Saskia Pickles

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

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.

Roy Hill launches $10m charitable foundation

Roy Hill Holdings, its business partners and project contractors, have set up a $10 million community foundation they say will offer a “unique” approach to delivering educational and cultural programs to Pilbara communities.

EY says companies could recoup FBT

Companies that have paid fringe benefit taxes as part of flying workers to remote locations may be able to recoup those costs, even retrospectively, following a landmark decision in the Federal Court.

Government comes good with $24m for regional arts

Country Arts WA has welcomed a $24 million state funding program announced today in Bunbury as the biggest and most significant investment in arts and culture in regional Australia.

Community and arts weekly wrap-up

KangaART hopping to make a mark

Gender shift starts at the top

At 25.3 per cent, WA’s gender pay gap is the largest in Australia, and is one of four main barriers to women joining boards, according to a new report.

ECU researcher says FIFO recommendations ‘ignored’

A Perth researcher has criticised the federal government's hands-off response to a national inquiry into fly-in, fly-out practices, released two years after the House of Representatives standing committee tabled its report and almost four years after an inquiry into FIFO practices was commissioned.

Business wants closer training ties

With apprenticeship completion rates below 30 per cent in some industries, the business sector is continuing to push for reforms to vocational education and training.

Roy Hill serves as springboard for Samsung

Roy Hill’s lead, contractor Samsung C&T, has been awarded a $2.7 billion design and construction contract for a major motorway in Sydney, cementing its position as a player in major Australian infrastructure projects only two years after entering the market.

Report takes aim at Perth’s highly masculine culture

A Shell executive has challenged Perth's business community to address the blokey and highly masculine culture identified in a report which has also revealed state-specific barriers stopping Western Australian women from staying in work or progressing to executive levels.

Numbers adding up for Pica

Perth’s contemporary arts institute has increased its overall income by 96 per cent in nine years by diversifying its supporter base.

Double-edged sword in crime fight

A $2.3 MILLION allocation last week to charity from funds confiscated by police highlights the good that can come from freezing proceeds of crime valued at $158 million during the past three years.

Mozzies welcome human invasion

New housing developments in Perth and the state’s regional centres will increase the potential for future outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases, a leading entomologist says.

Collective giving making an Impact

A simple formula borrowed from a group of women in the US has become a growing philanthropic force in Western Australia.

Challenging perceptions of need

Garnering widespread interest is essential in a sector filled with worthy causes.

Creative solutions help transition homeless

The stark figures on homelessness and affordable housing in WA are in, and NFPs are working with corporates to help tackle the problem.

Growing giving - SPECIAL REPORT

The state's philanthropic landscape is changing, with greater cooperation leading to improved outcomes.

Feral iron ore site conditionally approved for drilling

The environmental watchdog has recommended a six-week exploration drilling program for iron ore near Perenjori, 350 kilometres north of Perth be conditionally approved.

Bali race a teamwork test

Perth business leaders are using a challenging yacht race to test their ability to control risk and get the best out of their team.

Roos and Bunnies come out (west) to play

Perth's professional sports administrators are getting bang for their buck in their efforts to lift the city’s profile as a sports destination, with some high-profile teams heading west this year.

Community and arts weekly wrap-up

AN Aboriginal community has come up with a new spin on the board game Monopoly to help job seekers with low literacy and numeracy levels learn how to manage work and money.

Architects go back to school

WA architects who visit schools on a voluntary basis are incorporating lessons learned when designing new education facilities.

WA wind, solar plans up in air

Western Australia could secure projects worth $1 billion under a reduced renewable energy target, although there is conjecture as to whether the final terms will be business friendly enough.

Posco in $130m exit from Sandfire Resources

South Korean steel giant Posco has sold its 15.2 per cent stake in Sandfire Resources for $129 million.

Pilbara FIFO story tells a different tale

The outcry following an erroneous online job advertisement has served to highlight the shifting ground in resources employment and how businesses are adapting to the sector slowdown.

Community and arts weekly wrap-up

THE stories behind the art that was created amid the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families during the late 1940s will be heard following the presentation of a Lotterywest grant.

Fuel scammers in Scancam sights

The Perth businessman who brought Dippin’ Dots ice cream and Mad Mex restaurants to Western Australia is preparing to launch a high-tech solution to the growing problem of fuel theft.

Narhex asks investors to cough up $4m

Narhex Life Sciences has launched a $4 million capital raising to support development of a phone app that can diagnose illness by analysing the sound of a cough.

$15m solar thermal plant lands at Northern Star

Clean power company Enerji has revealed its first hybrid solar thermal power station will be housed at one of Northern Star’s mines, and future renewable energy projects with the gold miner are being considered.

Aged care changes have a sting in the tail

Changes to the government’s funding model for aged care providers have increased competition, but also complexity.

Perth digital agency attracts coal money

Boutique Subiaco-based technology company Velpic has signed a $5.2 million deal to finance international growth plans, as part of a reverse takeover by east coast-based International Coal.



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.