Saskia Pickles

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

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.

Top women push harder for equality

At 26 per cent WA has the highest gender pay gap in the nation, but many of the state’s female business leaders are working on addressing equality in the workplace.

WA hydrogen, graphite producer seeks IPO

A clean energy technology developed at the University of Western Australia with funding from Wesfarmers is the driving force behind Hazer Group, which is looking to secure up to $5 million as it prepares to list on the Australian Securities Exchange later this year.

Cathryn Carver NAB’d

ANZ's most senior Perth-based female executive Cathryn Carver has resigned to take up a post in Sydney with banking rival NAB.

Synergy welcomes WA power control switch

Transferring control of large swathes of WA’s electricity market to the east-coast based national regulator has been welcomed by dominant market player Synergy.

Scouts, Guides seek image change

TWO of Western Australia’s longest-established youth organisations have undertaken a number of initiatives to update the broader public’s view of their roles and relevance.

Spare Parts puts it all together

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre has hit the sweet spot in live children’s entertainment, continuing to attract audiences and a wide range of funding.

Little firm takes off with big UAVs

ONE of Perth’s newest, and smallest, law firms is working with some of the world’s biggest companies, capitalising on a niche area in which few other businesses in the Asia Pacific region have experti

Aboriginal investment fund launched

Perth based entities Primary Securities and GCM Advisory have launched Australia’s first Aboriginal investment fund, with an aim to provide 15 per cent returns and promote the growth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.

Record crowds to test Domain stadium

Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles fans will be heavily invested in the on-field action at the two preliminary finals in Perth tonight and tomorrow, but the operator of the ageing Domain stadium is counting on an even bigger bet coming off.

Perth election heats up

The City of Perth’s small but growing residential population is increasingly the target of those seeking council positions.

Boys’ club welcomes girls

Top Western Australian publicly listed companies with fewer women on boards than the national average may get the boost they need following the launch of a new club.

More babies, fewer immigrants for WA

Western Australia has experienced the nation’s highest rate of births, but the second biggest percentage fall in overseas migrants, taking the state’s total population to about 2,587,000.

Scaffidi campaigns on unfinished business

Lisa Scaffidi has set out her plans for Perth at a Business News event as she campaigned for a third term as lord mayor, in a race against one of her own councillors, Reece Harley.

Calls for infrastructure spend

Under-pressure civil contractors have called on state and federal governments to take on further debt to finance more public infrastructure projects.

Communication key as fundraisers target market

Western Australia’s fundraisers are becoming more sophisticated in their efforts to support charities, according to prominent industry leader Anne Smith.

Rules questioned amid ‘market power’ claims

Claims of excessive prices have uncovered a deeper frustration surrounding aspects of WA’s electricity market rules.

Waste power needs investment spark

Three waste-to-energy projects have received environmental approval, while the state government has increased landfill levies.

Wave players’ swell connection

WA’s natural wave resources have made it home to three energy companies that have taken a collegial approach to developing the new technology.

Private players frustrated by slow pace of power reform

SPECIAL REPORT: Business News looks at what’s holding up and what’s contributing to electricity price reductions, reviews the players in WA’s wave energy and waste-to-energy industries and reports on allegations of market manipulation by a Synergy-owned business.

First Pilbara business goes off-grid

An Aboriginal organisation has become the first business in the Pilbara to go completely off-grid, finalising a deal to be reliant on solar power and batteries announced mid last-year.

Museum seeks long engagement

THOSE driving the development of a new $428 million museum in Western Australia are hoping to engage with more than 1 million annual visitors to the new facility within its first few years.Western Aus

Arts groups in funding limbo

WA’s arts sector is fighting uncertainty over changes to federal funding with a united approach.

Small steps towards quality coffee culture

Christian Simone’s small business often has people queuing for service, but despite the month-old cafe’s popularity, he hasn’t let a single patron inside.

Women take on small businesses

WA is leading the charge in the growth of small business owners, and fresh research shows more women than men are out in front.

Claremont, East Freo mooted for refugees

The Claremont Showgrounds and the Leeuwin Barracks in East Fremantle have been identified as potential places to house Syrian refugees.

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.

Moribund WA leadership needs spark

Leadership WA’s newest adviser has taken aim at what he called the state’s lack of bold decision making and absence of fresh ideas to challenge the status quo.

EON collaborates to deliver solid nutritional foundation

A Western Australian not-for-profit group has taken a collaborative approach to ensure a shortage of funding doesn’t jeopardise its work with indigenous children and remote communities.

Finding best fit for disability funding

The disability services industry is agitating for the state government to start early negotiations with the Commonwealth over the choice of disability services model for Western Australia, as funding

New developer for Freo solar project

The proposed developer of a 10-megawatt solar power station in South Fremantle has withdrawn from the project, citing issues with the market and the development site, which previously housed landfill.



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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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.

EPA approves Tronox mine

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

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.

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.