Saskia Pickles

Saskia Pickles worked as a journalist at Business News from June 2013 to March 2016. 

WA borrowers struggle with repayments

Western Australians are falling behind on their mortgage repayments at a higher rate than borrowers in any other state, according to new Reserve Bank of Australia data.

Departures outnumber WA arrivals

The 12 months to June 2015 has marked the first time in more than a decade that fewer interstate people came to Western Australia than left.

3D printer company expands raising

Falcon Minerals, which is preparing to become a 3D printer-focused company called i3D Technologies, has secured pre-commitments from investors ahead of a planned $5 million capital raising.

Thrifty WA to supply Silver Lake

A subsidiary of Thrifty WA has won a two-year contract to supply 37 light vehicles to gold miner Silver Lake Resources.

Tourism initiative targets SE Asia

A new business that aims to boost tourism spending by promoting established operators, with a marketing strategy skewed towards South-East Asian travellers, has been launched in Perth.

Georgiou struts its arts stuff

Construction contractor Georgiou Group has encouraged Perth corporations to reject what it calls ‘tokenistic connections’ with the arts community.

Loan provider, charity to merge

One of the nation’s leading providers of no-interest loans is preparing to merge with a Western Australian charity in order to remain viable.

Guidelines review for school markets

The Department of Education is advising state schools against establishing new farmers’ markets on their grounds amid growing demand for the popular weekend attractions.

Small NFPs seek specific talents

Legislative changes and a desire to attract professional board members are driving significant governance change at WA’s smallest NFPs.

Select Harvests limps out of WA

Publicly-listed almond grower and health food retailer Select Harvests has sold its Western Australian orchard project for $9.5 million, following $60 million of write-downs over the past three years.

Measuring community outcomes sparks debate

A number of Perth’s leading community sector experts have spoken candidly about why it is so difficult to measure the impact their work has on those they’re helping and society at large.

Western Australians nation’s most generous

Western Australians lead the nation in charitable giving according to recent Roy Morgan Research which has revealed 71 per cent of the state’s population gave to charity in the past year, compared with the national average of 66 per cent.

Global Electrotech debt repayment hitch

An arrangement struck two years ago allowing Perth electrical, fire and security service provider Global Electrotech to slowly repay some of its $9 million plus debt to creditors has hit a snag.

Flying Doctor invests in unique first

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is seeking to buy what will be the first flight simulator of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, as part of plans to develop a state-of-the-art training centre in Western Australia.

$3 million gift to Murdoch

A Western Australian World War II veteran who passed away earlier this year at the age of 103 has donated $3 million to Murdoch University from his estate.

Funds fillip for education

A Western Australian charity focused on improving the lives of Aboriginal children through exercise and nutrition programs has hired staff and increased the amount of work it’s doing in several schools, following a major funding increase.

Pulse Health enters WA market

Sydney-based Pulse Health is set to enter the Western Australian market for the first time, with plans to buy the Waikiki Private Hospital and the Westminster day surgery.

Surprise lab find no yolk for cancer

A chance discovery many researchers may have dismissed as an error has brought about a series of surprising and rewarding events for University of Western Australia PhD student Callum Ormonde.

Limes fingered for niche growth potential

Farmers in Pemberton are hoping to add a new ingredient to the South West town’s successful business recipe, pinning their hopes on growing the market for finger limes.

Synergy on competition watchdog’s radar

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is understood to be investigating Synergy following predatory pricing complaints from several players in the state’s electricity market.

NFPs boost social media presence

Lifeline WA, HeartKids and Manna Inc are among 10 Western Australian not for profits set to receive more than $10,000 each from the Bankwest Foundation to help them design and develop social media strategies.

Grist invests in 3D printers

As part of a backdoor listing with Falcon Minerals, prominent technology investor Anthony Grist has paid $US1.5 million to become a major shareholder in a US-based company that has experienced rapid growth selling 3D printers.

Small businesses crowdfunding change

Perth venture capital firms have welcomed government measures today that will allow small businesses to raise money by crowd-sourcing, but criticised them for not going far enough.

Corporates prefer cash for social giving

The state’s corporate donors still prefer their gifts to be in cash, while in-kind contributions have fallen away in favour of increased staff volunteering, according to the latest Giving West survey.

Synergy boss ups ante on energy reform

Synergy chairman Lyndon Rowe has mapped out a detailed agenda for energy market reform, saying there would be catastrophic consequences if the government did not tackle market players with vested interests.

Military on course for business

A CHARITY established by the Prince of Wales is helping former Western Australian military personnel transition into the small business sector.

South West builds creative edge

WA’s South West is attracting more creative talent, with efforts to connect people and grow businesses beginning to bear fruit.

Wash and wax on notice as Brila aims for clean finish

A new joint venture that aims to disrupt carwash businesses across the nation is preparing for its Perth launch, because the Japanese distributors believe if their product can keep cars clean in Weste

‘Misleading’ domgas report review call

The latest official report into Western Australia’s gas supply and demand outlook has raised the ire of a group of major domestic gas users, which says some of its key findings are misleading and called for an independent review into how the report is compiled.

Hollywood master plan on track

Western Australia’s largest private health facility is preparing for major growth during the coming decade amid forecast cuts to public health.

Claudia Karvan joins FMG initiative

Actress Claudia Karvan joined Fortescue Metals Group chief executive Nev Power to recognise White Ribbon Day and speak out against violence towards women.



Karratha gas plant breakdown

Western Australia’s biggest and most productive gas production facility suffered an equipment failure early this morning.

Unpoliced safety statistics questioned

The resource sector’s safety record has been brought into doubt after a contractor was crushed while working at a liquefied natural gas plant and hospitalised, but the incident was not recorded as a lost-time injury.

Perth businessman to run for lord mayor

Engineer, entrepreneur and restaurateur Michael O’Hanlon has declared he will run for the position of Perth lord mayor at the October election, based on an ambitious three-point economic plan for the city.

City of Perth axes CEO

City of Perth chief executive Gary Stevenson has been sacked, three years into a five-year contract, following a horror year for the council.

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Synergy boss ups ante on energy reform

Synergy chairman Lyndon Rowe has mapped out a detailed agenda for energy market reform, saying there would be catastrophic consequences if the government did not tackle market players with vested interests.

Perth gets modular building factory

A UK company has joined forces with a Perth projects and contract management group to set up the state’s first manufacturing business dedicated to modular building.

Coles, IGA complete store swap

Independent grocery group Metcash is set to finalise its first store swap in Western Australia with supermarket giant Coles.

Female tradie business to expand to Perth

An all-female plumbing business, the Plumbettes, is set to expand its operations from its Brisbane base into Western Australia.