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Saskia Pickles

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

Wave energy sets up in Swan River

Two former BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto engineers from the Wheatbelt officially launched a wave energy prototype in the Swan River today as part of a long-term plan to produce electricity at costs so low it will rival wind energy.

NDIS costs unrealistic: Trewern

Leading players in Western Australia's disability services sector claim the National Disability Insurance Scheme has set unrealistic cost parameters that could force up to 40 per cent of local providers out of business.

Single drug find in Fifo police sting

A single worker en route to the Roy Hill mine site has been found to be in possession of cannabis, after police searching for illicit drugs visited a number of remote Pilbara worksites serviced by fly-in, fly-out workers.

Partnership shines

A program aimed at educating and empowering young women in Geraldton is building on a unique partnership to diversify its funding base.

Competitive funding field for social enterprises

A local entrepreneur believes the state’s investor culture needs to change if the number of social enterprises is to grow.Western Australia’s social enterprise community is growing, but industry leade

Housing and tourism at vanguard of Hedland’s post-boom transition

Port Hedland investors and developers are proving to be resilient and opportunistic, but it remains to be seen how the Pilbara town will successfully diversify from its resources-reliant economy.

BCG takes stake in TSG Consulting

Global management consulting firm The Boston Consulting Group has taken a minority stake in Perth-based data and analytics company TSG Consulting.

Woodside warns of IP lockdown

A senior Woodside Petroleum executive has urged Perth companies to be less secretive, saying recent deals it struck with local businesses had occurred only after learning of their world-class expertise by chance.

Dr Turner to hit the road

Reigning 40under40 winner Angus Turner has welcomed an investment of almost $4 million into the Lions Eye Institute and pledged to use the funds to implement a new mobile eye healthcare service for use in the state’s most remote regions.

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United response to stop the drop into social disadvantage

Family businesses branching out

Almost three-quarters of Australian businesses are family owned, but despite their private nature, many are seeking professional advice on improving their operations.

Collaboration call on biodiversity

Western Australia is in danger of missing out on the opportunities presented by its unique biodiversity because of the lack of a collaborative approach by scientists, governments and industry.

Jobseeker data provide Fifo insights

A new survey and report offer a clearer picture of Fifo workforces in the resources sector.

Easing the human cost of hardship

Knowing many of Perth’s homeless people by name, Kris Halliday, along with state Member for Perth Eleni Evangel, is championing a new housing model.

AnaeCo loses operator status

The operator of a waste treatment plant developed in Perth’s western suburbs with support from Monadelphous Group has been told it will no longer run the plant following the disclosure of further delays and warnings of increased costs.

Leaders jump in to Fill the Pool

Leaders from more than a dozen businesses in Western Australia have come together with a “great sense of urgency” to address issues of female inequality in the workplace, according to Diane Smith-Gander.

It’s not as simple as just switching to solar

In some of the state’s more remote towns, where electricity can be 700 per cent more expensive to deliver than in Perth, embracing cheaper new technology is only part of the solution to driving down costs.

Tight rein on Gangnam style

The founders of a popular Korean restaurant in Karawara have curtailed their original expansion plans, despite being flooded with offers to open a number of new outlets.

Confidential fifo support service

The state government will provide a free, confidential drug and alcohol counselling service for fly-in, fly-out (fifo) workers and others who work away from home.

Young engineer champions anti-bias drive

Yassmin Abdel-Magied decided years ago to view her gender, ethnicity and faith as unique opportunities to enact positive change.

State and angels vital for startups

Western Australian Nobel prize winner Barry Marshall has called on the state government to kick-start a $100 million angel investment fund.

Maternity out, aged care and rehab in

The opening of Fiona Stanley Hospital has enabled two suburban hospitals within five kilometres of one another to completely change their services, dropping gynaecological and maternity offerings to focus separately on aged care and rehabilitation.

Local market open to insurance choice

SPECIAL REPORT: A small but growing Perth-based health insurance fund believes the market dominance of HBF is an unnatural position that can’t last in an increasingly competitive market.

WA health providers hitting national targets

SPECIAL REPORT: Hospital and aged care industry professionals have given WA’s health care system a mixed review, with some aspects applauded and others in need of improvement.

Scotland invests in WA's Carnegie

Carnegie Wave Energy's international growth has been boosted after the Scottish government awarded the Perth-based company a $4.3 million grant to develop a wave energy power conversion system.

Brownes milks social media revolt

Brownes Dairy believes it has benevolently quelled a social media revolt sparked by its move late last year to alter its flavoured milk recipes.

Margaret River wine tanks

Margaret River has cemented its position among the least profitable of the nation's popular wine regions, with the latest figures showing half of its wine sold at a loss for the second year in a row.

EMC builds case for clean energy

Investment uncertainty in the renewable energy sector hasn’t dampened demand, according to a local clean energy business, which is self-funding major growth plans it says are viable in the current market.

Lead role for Perth carbon capture lab

A nearly $50 million national research facility opened in Perth yesterday is set to further define Western Australia’s place in the world as a resources hub, but has its work cut out for it convincing the public of its benefits according to industry leaders.

Whalebone Classic inspires donation

A prominent Perth investor has personally sponsored the city’s latest surfing event, held at Cottesloe as one of seven long board contests on the World Surf League tour.

Arts needs cultural connections

WA’s arts sector needs an ambitious, united vision if it is to realise its creative and cultural dreams.

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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.