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Tayler Neale

Tayler Neale is the online reporter at Business News. He also reports on junior mining and the business of sport.  Tayler completed a bachelor of commerce and a bachelor of economics at the University of Western Australia in 2015, majoring in corporate and investment finance, international business economics and money and banking. He previously worked as a journalist at the Albany Advertiser. 

Rio to hit top end guidance

Rio Tinto has posted a strong second quarter result at its Pilbara iron ore operations, with the miner now forecasting it will hit the top end of its annual guidance.

Beadell in board, contract changes

Gold producer Beadell Resources has announced a board restructure and a new mining contract at its operations in Brazil, as the company pursues a primary listing in Canada.

Rio driverless trains in first delivery

Rio Tinto’s autonomous train program delivered its first cargo of iron ore in the Pilbara earlier this week.

Nicheliving makes more changes in listing quest

The long road to an ASX listing for Nicheliving Holdings continues, after the property developer released its fourth supplementary prospectus this week, including details of its new 'big 4' auditor and a new director, and foreshadowing the release of a third replacement prospectus that will not have financial forecasts.

App/tech business of the week- Perth Property Lawyers

Perth Property Lawyers offers a defined range of legal documents and services on a fixed-fee basis, with a menu-pricing structure aimed at undercutting most traditional property law practices.

Govt suspends second live export licence

The federal government has suspended the licence of a subsidiary of embattled live exporter Emanuel Exports, after the sister company sought to ship 60,000 sheep left stranded following the initial suspension.

Resolute hits revised guidance

Resolute Mining has posted steady preliminary production results at its gold operations for the 2018 financial year, while also providing guidance for next year as the company moves towards its target of 500,000 ounces per annum.

State govt defends Huawei contract

The state government says there was no conflict of interest with the recent awarding of a $205 million contract to Huawei, after it was revealed the Chinese group paid for flights and phones for two cabinet members during a trip to China in 2015.

Tap rejects $30m Risco bid

Tap Oil has urged shareholders to reject a $29.8 million takeover bid from major shareholder Risco Energy Investments, after independent expert BDO valued the company well above the offer price.

Dacian to raise $45m

Dacian Gold has announced a capital raising worth up to $45 million to fund exploration at its Mt Morgans operation near Laverton.

Iron ore drives record Pilbara exports

Pilbara Ports Authority has reported a record annual throughput for the 2018 financial year, with nearly 700 million tonnes of cargo passing over its docks, on the back of an uptick in activity at Port Hedland.

Sandfire buys into Alaska project

Sandfire Resources has entered into a strategic relationship with Victoria-based White Rock Minerals, which includes a $2.5 million equity investment and an option to earn-in to the junior explorer’s Red Mountain zinc project in Alaska.

Regis hits production record in FY18

Regis Resources, Independence Group and Ramelius Resources have all provided production updates for their respective mining operations, while Millennium Minerals says it is on track to ramp-up its gold output by the end of 2018.

Huawei JV wins $205m PTA contract

A joint venture between Chinese group Huawei and UGL has been awarded a $205 million state government contract to build and maintain radio systems for Perth’s rail network.

Ku De Ta failure dents the Point

The $50 million On the Point hospitality precinct in East Perth has suffered a major setback after its anchor tenant was placed in administration but other restaurants and bars at the riverfront property are set to continue trading.

EPA approves BHP iron ore plans

The environmental watchdog has today recommended approval of BHP Billiton’s long-term development plans in the Pilbara, including construction of 13 new iron ore mines and expansion of four existing mines.

Terrace Hotel set to close down

The Terrace Hotel, which restored the heritage St Georges House in 2012, is set to shut its door from tomorrow afternoon, Business News understands.

Roy Hill to share profits, targets 60mtpa

Roy Hill Holdings has introduced a staff profit scheme after achieving its 55mtpa production target and has confirmed its interest in expanding to 60mtpa.

Perth airfares on the rise

Airfares on key international business routes from Perth continue to rise, according to a new report, while Virgin Australia has today unveiled plans to start direct flights between WA and Tasmania later this year.

Independence pays $21m to Creasy

Independence Group has agreed to pay $21 million in cash and shares to prospector Mark Creasy to acquire a 70 per cent stake in a series of tenements in the Fraser Range near its Nova nickel mine.

App/tech business of the week- SWAN Systems

SWAN Systems is a web-based soil moisture measurement and monitoring decision support system that collects automatically logged data from sensors.

SA wins $35bn frigate contract, WA gets $670m

The federal government has today announced its $35 billion frigate project will be built in Adelaide, with local shipbuilder Austal missing out on the main contract.

Flinders, AVZ in ASX clarifications

Two local mining companies have been forced to provide clarifications to the ASX this morning, with Flinders Mines responding to a presentation given by BBI Group, while lithium-focused AVZ Minerals told investors to ignore a Twitter post from one of its strategic advisers.

Carnegie sells EMC in merger deal

Carnegie Clean Energy has agreed to sell its battery storage and microgrid business to ASX-listed Tag Pacific as part of an all-scrip merger deal.

Atlas hopeful on port rights

The future of Atlas Iron has been further muddied today after the takeover target said the state government had indicated to media it could compromise on its policy regarding development rights at Port Hedland if either Fortescue Metals Group or Hancock Prospecting takes control of the junior miner.

AHG flags doubts over $400m deal

Automotive Holdings Group has revealed that the planned $400 million sale of its refrigerated logistics business to Chinese conglomerate HNA Group will not be completed by the specified June 30 deadline, with the company unsure whether a deal will be reached.

Numbers game at Wanneroo

SPECIAL REPORT: The recent appointment of a full-time chief executive and the shift to new facilities have been major factors in the Wanneroo Basketball Association’s success during the past three years.

Veris broadens operations

SPECIAL REPORT: ASX-listed company Veris has transitioned its business from the mining sector to become a diversified outfit focused on key infrastructure projects across Australia.

St John secures ambulance contract extension

St John Ambulance WA, which is one of the state's largest not-for-profit businesses with annual revenue of $280.6 million, has been awarded a two-year contract extension by the state government while a broad review of its service is undertaken.

Orion, Kibaran, Flinders raise $30m

Three junior explorers have announced capital raisings worth up to $29.5 million, with Denis Waddell-led Orion Minerals tapping investors for $17.3 million.

Spitfire and Excelsior in $80m merger

Junior gold explorers Spitfire Materials and Excelsior Gold, which own neighbouring projects north of Kalgoorlie, have agreed to a merger, with the new entity worth about $80 million.

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Terrace Hotel set to close down

The Terrace Hotel, which restored the heritage St Georges House in 2012, is set to shut its door from tomorrow afternoon, Business News understands.

Western suburbs house prices set to rise

Moody’s Analytics is forecasting continued weakness in Perth's residential property market this year but a return to positive growth in 2019, with Perth’s western suburbs and Mandurah tipped to be the best-performing regions.

Perth house prices on the way up

Perth house prices were up 0.3 per cent in March, and have risen in four of the past six months, according to the latest data from CoreLogic, adding to hopes of a sustained improvement in the residential property market.

Superfunded goes into liquidation

Perth-based company Superfunded has been placed into liquidation after the Federal Court made orders to wind-up the business following an application by the corporate watchdog.

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Design change for Swan River bridge

The state government has approved design alterations to the Swan River pedestrian bridge in an attempt to cut $4 million in construction costs, while also announcing further delays to the bridge’s opening date.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape set to end

Western Australia's premier food and wine event, Margaret River Gourmet Escape, will be held in its current form for just one more year, with the state government planning a reconfigured event that includes the Swan Valley in 2019.

Byrnecut slams payroll changes

Byrnecut executive chairman Steve Coughlan has slammed the state government’s decision to crack down on payroll tax exemptions, saying his company will no longer receive the exemption for courses being undertaken by 1,200 employees.

Crowdfunding available for startups

UPDATED: Australian startups will now be able to raise capital via crowdfunding sources after the corporate watchdog today approved the first batch of licences allowing companies to act as intermediaries in the process.