Saskia Pickles

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

Schaffer celebrates 50 years as listed WA company

One of Western Australia’s oldest listed companies, Schaffer Corporation, held its 50th annual general meeting today, celebrating an unbroken run of providing dividends to shareholders.

Hybrid role for renewables

Western Australia could receive up to half of the $400 million in national funding set aside for renewable energy projects in regional areas as miners, especially in the Pilbara, embrace the idea of integrating renewables with existing fossil-fuelled generators.

Centre Ford in voluntary liquidation

Northbridge dealership Centre Ford has gone into voluntary liquidation after the business which has operated for more than 30 years was unable to sell.

Dollar to stay near parity: Koukoulas

The Australian dollar will hover between US90 cents and $US1.10 over the next five years, leading economist Stephen Koukoulas told a Perth audience this morning.

No verdict in Sayers, Bartlett case

Mining services entrepreneurs Peter Bartlett and Ron Sayers face the prospect of a new trial next year after a jury was unable to reach a verdict on tax fraud charges.

‘Black direction’ for Bartlett, Sayers trial

The judge presiding over the trial of Barminco co-founder Peter Bartlett and Ausdrill managing director Ron Sayers today ordered the jury to keep deliberating in a bid to reach a verdict.

Panel rejects Swanbourne apartments

A five-storey, 204-apartment proposal by Blackburne Property Group has been refused planning approval by the Metro West Joint Development Assessment Panel.

Conspiracy trial jury seeks clarification

The jury in the trial of Barminco founder Peter Bartlett and Ausdrill managing director Ron Sayers was granted a request for extra information today as it weighs up the evidence ahead of its verdict.

Abstinence for art’s sake

State government agency Healthway made headlines this year for its large sponsorship deals with the Western Australian Cricket Association and Perth Glory, but a new study has found its sponsorship of arts events is the quiet achiever.

Global Electrotech out of administration

Global Electrotech is now back in charge of its business, following a successful deed of company arrangement under which the contractor has emerged from voluntary administration and receivership.

Independent school fees up

Almost all of Western Australia’s independent schools have increased their fees and enrolled slightly more students than last year, according to Business News’ Book of Lists research.

Chevron plans Elizabeth Quay move

Energy giant Chevron expects to start building a new Perth waterfront headquarters in three years time after the state government touted the oil and gas giant as the first major owner-occupier at Elizabeth Quay.

Matrix hit by market changes

Matrix Composites & Engineering said today that changing market conditions had resulted in production rates being below expectations and forced it to work with its lenders to ensure adequate funding.

MAK Water to build Carnegie desal

Malaga-based MAK Industrial Water Solutions has been awarded the contract to manufacture and construct Carnegie Wave Energy's desalination pilot plant.

Subiaco’s Doyle Court to be redeveloped

The historic Doyle Court building in Subiaco and the Mosman Park shopping centre, which are owned by the same overseas investors, are set for redevelopment.

Esslemont Cockram to build WAIS

Esslemont Cockram has won a $23.4 million construction contract to build the Western Australian Institute of Sport's high performance service centre.

Retravision cuts last ties to old network

Retravision members in Western Australia will get a return of surplus funds after voting this week to wind up their buying group, in a final step to protect themselves from problems that originated in

WA shopping centres need upgrades: report

Western Australia's shopping centres have more than 19 per cent higher productivity compared to the national average, but property consultant Urbis has warned shopping centres in the West are falling behind those in the eastern states because of less investment and centre growth.

Black Range acquires Uranium One assets

Subiaco-based uranium explorer Black Range Minerals has announced it will pay US$10 million to acquire Canadian miner Uranium One's Shootaring Canyon mill in the US.

Qantas, Ecoeggs, EA Games ‘shonky’

Qantas, Ecoeggs and EA Games were among eight companies named and shamed at consumer watchdog Choice's 8th annual Shonky Awards.

Firms look to greener fields

Mergers and land development opportunities have brightened the outlook for environmental services operators.

Kewdale rail project scrapped

The state government has changed a key aspect of its metropolitan freight strategy, scrapping one of three rail projects designed to reduce the number of freight trucks servicing Fremantle harbour.

Fremantle Port to expand railway

South Australian engineering and construction company York Civil has won the contract to extend the Fremantle port rail line at North Quay.

Cedar Woods tips profit lift

Land developer Cedar Woods Properties has foreshadowed a net profit after tax for the year to June 2014 of approximately $40 million.

Minotaur acquires Breakaway

Adelaide-based company Minotaur Exploration has acquired 91 per cent of Perth-based Breakaway Resources in an off-market takeover.

$58m in school construction contracts

Esslemont Cockram has won a $28 million contract to build new facilities at Willetton Senior High School, the largest of six construction contracts for education and training centres awarded recently

European firm makes Hostile acquisition

Canning Vale based medical and emergency services provider Hostile Environment Services has stepped up its growth strategy after agreeing to sell 55 per cent of its business to Europe's largest private ambulance service provider, Falck.

Tales of mining published as The Miners

West Perth restaurant and bar Black Tom's, a long-time favourite for thirsty mining executives, was a fitting venue for the launch yesterday of a book that features many of the personalities that have

McKinley Plowman joins international alliance

Joondalup-based accounting firm McKinley Plowman has joined the MSI Global Alliance, after recruiting a new director from a rival firm.

Synergy merger legislation introduced

The state government has introduced legislation to merge Synergy and Verve Energy, but is yet to release regulations that will specify how existing contracts between the government entities and the private sector will be protected.

Independence Group MD on leave

Gold and nickel miner Independence Group’s managing director Chris Bonwick has taken a second stint of special leave this year.



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.