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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. 

Govt cuts back Christmas trading hours

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA has lashed the state government’s decision today to reduce extended Christmas trading hours as applied last year.

WA wineries taste more success

Western Australian wineries have continued their recent run of success, with Howard Park’s Janice McDonald crowned the Gourmet Traveller winemaker of the year and Frankland Estate's Judi Cullam claiming the Len Evans award last night.

Property Council cautiously backs noise reforms

The Property Council of Australia has welcomed proposed laws governing apartment projects in entertainment precincts, but has expressed caution about where the policy applies and its impact on planning approvals.

Tribune, Rand flag $250m payout

Shares in local gold stocks Tribune Resources and Rand Mining have soared today, after each announced special dividends worth a combined $250 million, following an adverse ruling by the Takeovers Panel on Monday.

Brickworks boost in WA

An improved result in Western Australia, despite challenging market conditions and continued falls in brick selling prices, has helped building materials company Brickworks boost underlying net profit to $223.7 million for the 2018 financial year.

ABS house price data at odds with CoreLogic

New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows a less severe annual decline in Perth house prices than other sources.

Wesfarmers startup picks CEO

Wesfarmers’ new technology agribusiness, Decipher, has appointed its first chief executive, after recruiting Anthony Walker from international geospatial services company AAM.

Juniors get down to business

SPECIAL REPORT: Several junior gold-focused companies in WA are vying to mature from exploration to production.

Miners consolidate holdings

SPECIAL REPORT: The state’s gold industry is planning to invest more than $1 billion in exploration and development to sustain continued modest growth in production.

Mixed results for gold miners as output hits 6.6m oz

SPECIAL REPORT: WA’s 30 gold miners achieved a small increase in aggregate output last year with the state’s biggest producer, Newmont Mining, making up about a sixth of this at 1.1m ounces, research by Business News has found.

Tech Scene - Reiwa

Reiwa has recently launched the reiwa.com app, which allows users to search for properties, find and compare local Reiwa agents, view home opens and shortlist their favourite properties and searches.

Ramelius lobs $59m Explaurum bid

Ramelius Resources has launched a $59.2 million hostile takeover bid for exploration company Explaurum, which is aiming to develop its Tampia Hill gold project in the Wheatbelt.

Resolute appoints Shugg

Gold producer Resolute Mining has appointed Sabina Shugg as a non-executive director, while new data from the Australian Institute of Company Directors has revealed an uptick in female participation on ASX 200 boards.

Altura mine WA’s seventh as lithium players dig in

The opening of Altura Mining’s Pilgangoora operation last week provides a good opportunity to evaluate the state of the local lithium industry.

Ruane calls for Empire board spill

Perth mining executive Michael Ruane is seeking a board spill at Empire Resources, less than two months after the gold miner was forced to restructure its board due to a push from a separate group of dissident shareholders.

Vicinity to spend $20m on WA solar

ASX-listed Vicinity Centres has announced it will invest about $20 million across three Perth shopping centres as part of the second stage of its national solar power project.

Perth house prices in four-month slide

Perth house prices have fallen for a fourth straight month, after registering a 0.6 per cent decline in August, according to the latest data from CoreLogic.

Board moves: Ward, Minosora

Geoff Ward has been appointed as chief executive of local tech company Hazer Group, while Michael Minosora is set to chair junior explorer Golden Deeps.

Northern Star in $347m gold buy

Northern Star Resources has announced the acquisition of a gold mine in Alaska for $US260 million ($347 million) from Japanese group Sumitomo, along with a $175 million share placement to fund the purchase.

IGO banks $53m profit

Diversified miner Independence Group has reported a big jump in profit for the 2018 financial year, driven by the first 12 months of commercial production at its Nova operation.

Shortlist chosen for $1.6bn train program

The state government has shortlisted three consortiums to build and maintain 246 new railcars during the next decade, while choosing Bellevue as the preferred site for the associated manufacturing facility.

RCR cost blowout, FY18 loss and $100m raising

RCR Tomlinson has revealed the details of a $57 million write-down at one of its solar projects, with the contractor today announcing a $16.1 million loss for the 2018 financial year and a $100 million capital raising to help cover the cost overruns.

MMA flags tough 2019

Shares in MMA Offshore have fallen today, after the marine logistics company forecast a challenging year ahead as part of its 2018 financial report, which also included a $36.3 million loss.

Profit lift for mining services stocks

Macmahon Holdings has posted strong profit growth for the year to June, adding to a string of good results for local mining services companies, including Lycopodium and NRW Holdings.

Technology moves Murray Engineering forward

Diversification helped Murray Engineering boost its revenue during the resources downturn, and the business is now hoping its technology focus will create future growth.

Northern Star posts $194m profit

Bill Beament-led Northern Star Resources has reported a record profit for the 2018 financial year, driven by increased production and sales.

WA gold miners post profit surge

Local gold producers Saracen Mineral Holdings and Silver Lake Resources have announced solid growth in profits for the 2018 financial year, while Western Australia-focused St Barbara also registered a positive result.

Eastern Goldfields scales back operations

Michael Fotios-led Eastern Goldfields has suspended its gold processing operations at Davyhurst, as the company completes a strategic review of its business and searches for a recapitalisation deal.

Western Areas flags cost rise in FY19

Shares in Western Areas have fallen more than 6 per cent today, after the nickel producer posted an $11.8 million net profit for the year to June but forecast a rise in costs in 2019.

Monadelphous lifts profit to $72m

The market has welcomed a strong annual profit report and positive outlook for Monadelphous, even though the engineering contractor has warned its construction revenue will fall after a big surge in work on the Ichthys LNG project in Darwin last financial year.

Imdex lifts profit to $21m

Mining equipment company Imdex has attributed a big jump in revenue for the 2018 financial year to improved market conditions in the resources sector and growing interest in the company’s technology offerings.

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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.

Perth accountant pleads guilty to fraud

Perth accountant Neil Alessandrino has pleaded guilty to a rolled-up fraud charge in the District Court this week.

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.

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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.