Saskia Pickles

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

China invests in WA battery storage

Chinese investors appear increasingly bullish about opportunities in Western Australia’s energy sector, following revelations a division of China’s biggest offshore oil and gas producer, CNOOC, was a significant influence in one of the state’s biggest battery storage trials.

Social enterprises go live for funds

Live crowdfunding organisation The Funding Network believes it is changing philanthropy by showing people they don’t have to be rich to make a real difference.

Asthma ride back in the saddle

THE body behind one of Western Australia’s longest-running and largest participation cycling events is confident it can put a string of setbacks behind it.Asthma Foundation WA chief executive David Jo

Three, six-year arts funding awarded

More than 30 Western Australian arts organisations are set to share in $29 million worth of state funding, with some organisations likely to secure up to six years worth of grants.

Mining industry urged to share jewels

A Perth jeweller has used the launch of her first men’s collection to call on the mining industry to open its production lines to Western Australia’s creative community.

Business confidence up for first time in 12 months

Business confidence in Western Australia has improved for the first time in 12 months, according to the latest results of a Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA survey.

Two WA businesses named best in nation

A hotel and a laboratory in Perth have been recognised as two of the best places to work in Australia, while two Western Australian workers have also been honoured for excelling during their training.

Headwinds buffet power hopefuls

Having invested million of dollars over many years in an uncertain regulatory environment, Western Australian private power station developers are now facing further delays due to proposed changes to the electricity market.

State mulls handing over IR control

The state is considering shifting control of industrial relations to the Commonwealth, in an effort to make it easier for small businesses to negotiate on issues such as penalty rates.

Salt sees tsunami of ‘entitled’ boomers

Older Western Australians enjoy better health than their counterparts in the rest of the country and have some of the highest income and wealth in the nation, but the gap between rich and poor WA residents who are elderly is of considerable concern, according to a new report.

Rottnest Island to get solar power

Energy Made Clean has won the contract to build a solar farm on Rottnest Island as part of a $7.3 million renewable energy project.

NFP revenues swell

They don’t exist to make money, but Western Australia’s largest not-for-profit businesses, including HBF, RAC and St John of God Health Care, have all recorded increased revenue, according to BNiQ research.

Variety takes new funds route

Variety WA marks its 35th anniversary this year, and while it has plenty to celebrate, there have been challenges along the way.

Electricity sector ‘Uber’d’: Nahan

Energy Minister Mike Nahan has welcomed the ‘Uberfication’ of the electricity industry, saying the largely state controlled market must be challenged.

Pressure points drive stress response

SPECIAL REPORT: The financial pressures facing many Western Australian businesses are being compounded by significant levels of worker stress, sick leave and absenteeism, a local consultancy has found.

Builders scaffold on mental health issues

SPECIAL REPORT: The state’s construction sector has developed a unique initiative aimed at minimising the prevalence and effects of depression and substance abuse.

Staff health a valuable exercise

SPECIAL REPORT: WA businesses can point to a range of wellness initiatives, but tough economic times and an emphasis on safety over health has put some employers behind the eight ball.

Aboriginal artists’ incomes drop amid market oversupply

Aboriginal artists are producing more art than the market is demanding, leading to 40 per cent falls in average incomes between 2007-08 and 2012-13, according to a recent government report.

More charities lose tax concession status

Nearly 50 Western Australian charities are among 169 Australian organisations to have their charitable status revoked today after failing to meet disclosure requirements.

Fifo tensions escalate

Friction between the resources industry and the mining town of Newman has escalated following the state’s decision to approve an extension for BHP Billiton’s 1,200-bed Kurra camp.

Report tips 50% gas demand boost

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association has seized on findings in the recently released International Energy Agency’s world energy outlook that natural gas consumption will increase by almost 50 per cent by 2040.

King Content opens in Perth

International communications agency King Content has opened an office in Perth, to meet what it says is an underserved market and client-driven demand.

Small gifts make big impact

Local microfinance organisation Bamboo Micro Credit has been growing its interest-free loan charity to help Indonesians pull themselves out of poverty.

Medical research funding stalls

Figures released today show Western Australia’s share of national health and medical research grants has not grown, despite the hopes of leading researchers that an industry-led reform would put the state back on a path to funding in line with WA’s share of the national population.

Kids Institute head hopes for research grants boosts

Jonathan Carapetis has helped WA researchers take a more collaborative approach to securing national funding.

Hazer aims to undercut miners

A Perth technology company seeking to disrupt the mining and energy industries has highlighted how rapid changes in the clean energy sector will also disrupt its own plans to scale up its hydrogen and graphite production.

Silver Chain invests for change

Health and community care organisation Silver Chain’s 2014-15 surplus has slipped following increased investment in new client offerings and service delivery methods.

Inclusive businesses recognised

Alcoa of Australia, Bankwest, Curtin University and Shell Australia have been recognised as the best businesses in Western Australia for implementing gender equality measures.

BHP clinches Pilbara native title deal

BHP Billiton has signed a native title agreement with the Banjima people, calling the century-long deal one of the most significant of its kind in Australia.

Trade deficit improves on ore exports

Australia’s trade deficit improved to $2.3 billion for the month of September, in seasonally adjusted terms, despite Western Australia’s export performance being softer than the same time last year.

NGIS Australia project wins UN award

A Perth geospatial business has been recognised by the United Nations for its contribution to a project named as one of 16 globally for its “game-changing” actions addressing climate change.



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.