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Saskia Pickles

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

New areas released for petroleum exploration

The state government is inviting bids for six petroleum exploration leases on and offshore with its 2013 acreage releases.

Shortlist for Esperance Port expansion

Two private consortia have been short-listed to tender for the design, finance, construction and operation of a new multi-user iron ore facility (MUIOF) at Esperance Port.

Shale gas to secure WA's energy future: Marmion

Unconventional gas developments could ensure Western Australia's energy security and provide significant economic benefits within the decade, Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion says.

EPA approves Tronox mine

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended approval for a new mineral sands mine in the Mid West.

One in five SMEs lose more than 10% of profit to theft

A survey of 500 small to medium business owners in Australia has found nearly one in five respondents lost more than 10 per cent of annual profit to theft.

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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.