Saskia Pickles

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

St John records healthy surplus

St John Ambulance has reported increased revenue and surplus for the 2014-15 financial year, growing its income from ambulance trips, health department contracts, and first aid training services.

Synergy entity’s pricing breached rules: ERA

Vinalco Energy, the Synergy-owned Muja power station operator, could be fined up to $100,000 after it was found to have exercised unlawful power over Western Australia’s electricity market.

Lifeline calls for support

A 95 per cent increase in calls to Lifeline WA over the past five years has prompted the crisis support service to raise funds for volunteer training.

National awards for The Hub, Bethanie

PERTH-BASED The Hub Marketing Communications has won a national award for its work with the ‘2015 Revealed: emerging Aboriginal artists’ event.

WA wins $28.6m in research funding

Researchers at Western Australian universities have secured 8 per cent of grants in the latest round of national research funding, which has allocated a total of $357 million.

Freo to host enviro film festival

The City of Fremantle will host Western Australia’s first major international environmental film festival.

PCEC forecasts increased revenue

A host of “hero” events, attracted in part by the development of new hotels and Elizabeth Quay, is set to drive significantly increased revenue into the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, with flow-on effects for the wider economy.

Refugee service seeks sustainable funding future

A WA community legal centre is seeking broader community and corporate support following a significant increase in demand for refugee services.

Freo council cracks down on louts, scammers

Complaints about anti-social behaviour in Fremantle have prompted the council to enact a zero-tolerance strategy that will include more police patrols, better lighting and a crackdown on begging.

Curtin drawn to new climate alliance

Curtin University has emerged as a key player in moves by a major European climate change action group to establish a venture in Australia and New Zealand.

Trademark row blocks Irish entry

Irish fast food company Supermac’s is confident the legal obstacles put up by McDonald’s Australia will not stop it expanding into Perth and Sydney.

UAV uptake saves miners

Two Western Australian organisations have become the second and third in the nation to secure unmanned aerial vehicles its manufacturer says can fly 300 per cent longer than its competitors’.

EPA takes ‘bigger picture’ approach

Paul Vogel has used his last Environmental Protection Authority annual report to highlight concerns about growing traffic congestion and vehicle emissions, as well as support plans that promote greater uptake of cycling and public transport.

Perth Arena loses sponsor

Brisbane-based Suncorp Bank is calling time on its sponsorship deal with Perth Arena, making it the first corporate partner to withdraw support since signing with the facility at its 2012 opening.

Recognition for NFP leaders

Dedication, commitment, and business acumen pay off for some of the state’s leading NFP executives.

Building leadership from within

When BHP Billiton was in the process of establishing its coal and base metals offshoot, South32, a key factor for many who decided to join the new business was their desire to work with its chief executive, Graham Kerr.

John Hughes Group targets under 30s

Veteran car dealer John Hughes has revealed his business has cut it’s print advertising budget in half, in response to tight economic conditions, but was exploring ways to tap into the under-30s market.

Waste-to-energy project gathers steam

The proponent of one of Perth’s three waste-to-energy plants is hopeful more local councils will commit to diverting waste from landfill towards the $400 million project, following a contractual agreement with a group of long-term supporters.

WA grads record second highest median salaries

Recent University of Notre Dame Australia graduates have had the greatest success finding full-time employment, but graduates of the University of Western Australia have recorded the highest average salaries.

Perth cyclists stymied by poor planning

“It is hard to think of an activity with more benefits than cycling,” Auditor General Colin Murphy said in a report released today that concludes Perth’s cycle network needs better planning before bike riding can become a significant mode of transport.

Fifo rosters still an issue: Jacobs

The chairman of a state inquiry into the impact of fly-in, fly-out work practices on mental health has highlighted several missed opportunities following the state’s announcement it will enact half of the 30 recommendations.

State responds to FIFO mental health inquiry

The state government has announced it supports half of the 30 recommendations stemming from a parliamentary inquiry into the impact of fly-in, fly-out work on the mental health of those in the resources industry, after considering the findings for nearly four months.

$50m work target for disabled

A diverse group of local not-for-profit disability enterprises has set a target to win $50 million worth of contracts by 2018 and create an additional 500 jobs for people with a disability.

Gallery’s spicy treasure trove

A celebration of WA’s historical connection with trading ships dating back more than 500 years will be on display this spring and summer.

Sharpshooters seeking business Lynx

The new owner of Perth’s professional women’s basketball team has set the agenda for gender equality in professional sports.

Demand for charity spurs development

One of Perth’s premier charities is selling properties in Osborne Park and Belmont to fund a new development in Canning Vale, to cope with what it says is an alarming increase in demand for its services.

New take on performance reviews

Health insurer HBF and miner BHP Billiton are turning away from a singular focus on annual performance reviews in favour of more regular and personal engagement with staff.

EMC to build nation's biggest battery

Perth-based company Energy Made Clean has won a contract worth almost $4 million to build a battery storage system claimed to be the nation’s biggest.

Working harder on mental health

In Mental Health Week, WA companies get a tick for supporting the wellness of their workers, but sector professionals say there’s a long way to go.

Scaffidi hit with misconduct finding

The Corruption and Crime Commission has found City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi “signally failed in her duties” by not disclosing gifts and travel contributions from BHP Billiton and Hawaiian.

Law jobs plan gives back to community

A Perth lawyer has come up with a novel approach that addresses two issues facing the law community – a lack of job opportunities for recent graduates and a funding shortfall for community legal centres.



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.