Saskia Pickles

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

Opportunities emerge from sector slowdown

Two local enterprises have joined forces to leverage off each other’s niche offerings amid a declining resources sector and limited growth opportunities for indigenous businesses.

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Kids on campus good for business

WA universities are being recognised for taking a lead role in the provision of more family friendly workplace practices that encourage women back to work.

Ladies rule at Perth agencies

Two Perth agencies are so confident their female employees provide the X factor, they’ve built their business around hiring women.

Barnett will be forced to back down: Milne

The federal and Western Australian governments will be forced to permanently shelve plans to close remote Aboriginal communities in WA, Greens leader Christine Milne said in Perth this morning.

Sandfire drops ‘social harm’ case

Sandfire Resources has dropped Federal Court proceedings against the research body at the centre of the Australian National University’s controversial divestment action late last year, following an admission the researchers failed to meet their own standards.

Foreign students win WA mining scholarships

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion has hailed Western Australia as a top destination for research and resources development, following the awarding of prestigious scholarships to a number of overseas students.

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RFDS puts call out for support In commemoration of its 80th anniversary, the Royal Flying Doctor Service is seeking business and personal donors to contribute to a major capital raising campaign.

Climate change challenges coastal councils

Councils in Western Australia have revealed a mixed bag of plans relating to their preparation and response plans to projected rising sea levels, hotter days and less rain.

Getting behind indigenous tourism

A plan to grow the state’s Aboriginal tourism offerings relies heavily on corporate participation.

Rent revision call for Newman’s Boulevard

The chief executive of the Shire of East Pilbara has called on the owner of Newman’s only shopping centre to reduce rents.

Pilbara plans for growth beyond mines

Two Karratha businesswomen believe cheaper commercial rents are vital to ensuring the sustainable growth of small businesses as part of a plan to diversify the Pilbara’s economy.

BHP’s clean slate on diversity

It may be too soon to expect a woman to take the helm of BHP Billiton, but the iron ore giant has revealed an initiative it hopes will lead to greater gender diversity among its management team

A better read

A CONTRIBUTION of almost $1 million from Rio Tinto has provided a major fillip to the continued success of Australia’s most comprehensive family literacy program.

Sleepout gets personal

CHIEF executives across Western Australia are gearing up for the sixth year of St Vincent de Paul Society’s CEO Sleepout, due to be held on June 18.

Unique Aboriginal art Revealed

A new peak body representing rural Aboriginal art centres is hoping to attract corporate support for its role highlighting tourism and education opportunities.

Bruce and Dug look for oil

Perth-based oil and gas services company DownUnder GeoSolutions (Dug) has seized the chance to capitalise on what may be Australia’s biggest oil find in decades by commissioning the nation’s largest seismic survey.

Fremantle Dockers align with Curtin University

Curtin University students will be given unprecedented access to the Fremantle Dockers in an alliance signed today, which also aims to connect the football team with academic staff.

Commodities slump deflates EIS benefit

The state government's scheme to stimulate mining exploration has provided wide-ranging economic benefit, but the negative effect of falling commodity prices could stifle any further gains, according to modelling by a new report.

Seniors falling foul of family

Older Western Australians across all income levels are being subjected to growing levels of abuse, homelessness and cash grabs by relatives, according to legal professionals.

St John grows sustainably

THE state’s biggest provider of first aid courses has transformed its service offering amid an influx of cut-price market entrants.

St Bart’s joins retail alliance

A property development planned for Newman has brought together a couple of unlikely bedfellows and set up a unique social enterprise for the St Bart’s not-for-profit group.

Breast cancer study gets down to work

WA researchers are looking at ways to help breast cancer sufferers get back on track.

Balancing life after the FIFO swing

A Western Australian company founded four years ago to help fly-in, fly-out workers manage their finances has shifted its focus to reflect the resources sector’s changing fortunes – dealing with redundancy issues.

Manufacturing local business

Two local businesses are proving that manufacturing still has a future in Western Australia, with quality and reliability providing an edge in two very different markets.

Newman retail alliance causes stir

A $70 million property development planned for the Pilbara mining town of Newman has brought together a couple of unlikely bedfellows and, in the process, created uncertainty for some existing retaile

Margaret River rides wave of exposure

Surfing has long been an economic driver to the Margaret River region, but the sport’s impact is increasing further due to the status of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

Street spruiking a sign of the times

A young Perth job seeker will start a new job today after successfully spruiking his availability on St Georges Terrace.

Peak body warns on challenges to WA's energy investment

The peak body representing Australia’s electricity generators, retailers and poles and wire networks has warned changes to WA’s electricity market need to keep new investors in mind.

MagNet stalls as iron ore falls

A Western Australian iron ore industry group has reluctantly mothballed its activities, citing the difficult economic circumstances facing the industry.

Women on site a fair trade

FOUR new businesses are seeking to combat the low level of female participation in Western Australia’s trades sector.



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.