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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. 

Short list for $47m freeway contract

Three engineering alliances have been shortlisted for a $47 million 'smart freeways' project that will use technology to convert the emergency lane on part of Kwinana Freeway into a full-time traffic lane.

Tellus waste facility gets EPA approval

The Environmental Protection Authority has recommended conditional approval for Tellus Holdings to develop a clay mine and waste storage facility at its proposed Sandy Ridge project in the Goldfields.

Cleanaway to buy Tox Free for $671m

The directors of Osborne Park-based Tox Free Solutions have decided to cash-in on 17 years of successful national growth by accepting a friendly $671 million takeover offer from waste management competitor Cleanaway.

Chinese group launches $463m AWE takeover bid

A Chinese state-owned energy company has stepped up its efforts to gain control of the Waitsia gas field north of Perth, launching a hostile bid today for oil and gas group AWE after withdrawing its proposal for a friendly takeover earlier this week.

WA lobster industry worth $282m

The western rock lobster industry contributes $282 million and around 900 jobs directly to the Western Australian economy with an overall impact of more than $500 million, a new report has found.

Finders major shareholder to reject offer

Finders Resources’ second-largest largest shareholder, Taurus Funds Management, has rejected a 23-cents-a-share bid for the copper miner by Indonesian group Eastern Field Developments.

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.

Lithium stocks up on funding deals

Shares in junior lithium explorers MetalsTech and Force Commodities have spiked after the companies announced funding and joint venture agreements, while European Lithium will tap investors to progress its lithium project in Austria.

$5m tech placements

Technology companies Syntonic and Family Zone are planning to grow their respective international customer bases after announcing separate $5 million share placements today.

Finders shares stay below Deloitte valuation

Finders Resources has urged its shareholders to reject a takeover bid from Indonesian group Eastern Field Developments after independent expert Deloitte valued the copper miner well above the 23 cents offer price, despite Finders’ share price continuing to hover near that mark.

WA cleaners fined $500,000

Former high-flying Western Australian businessman Mark Povey and his wife, Catherine Paino-Povey, have been fined more than $500,000 for short-changing three overseas workers thousands of dollars in wages through the couple’s contract cleaning company.

Positive signs for Perth property

Perth home prices have risen for the third straight month for the first time since 2014, according to the the latest CoreLogic home value index report.

Junior gold miners raise $12m

Junior miners Draig Resources and Capricorn Metals will tap investors in separate capital raisings as both companies advance their respective Western Australian gold projects.

Gold royalty hike canned

Treasurer Ben Wyatt says the state government will drop its proposal for a gold royalty hike after a revised plan was blocked in the Legislative Council last night.

RAC to trial driverless cars in Perth

RAC has announced that it will partner with French autonomous vehicle manufacturer Navya and the state government to trial driverless vehicles on Perth streets next year.

Creso in $17.5m placement and chocolate partnership

Medicinal cannabis company Creso Pharma will raise $17.5 million through a strongly supported share placement, while also announcing a partnership with Swiss chocolate firm Aeschbach Chocolatier to develop marijuana flavoured chocolates.

Indigenous groups take Carnegie solar farm stake

Carnegie Clean Energy has signed a binding term sheet with government agency Indigenous Business Australia and the Perth Noongar Foundation for a 50 per cent stake in the renewable energy company’s $17 million Northam solar farm.

TransAlta power station offically opened

TransAlta officially opened its new 150-megawatt combined cycle natural gas power station in South Hedland today, with Horizon Power as its sole foundation customer after Fortescue Metals Group backed out of an offtake agreement.

MMA postpones annual meeting

MMA Offshore has postponed its annual meeting after a complaint from major shareholder Halom Investments to the Takeovers Panel regarding a $97 million capital raising.

Tap takes action over major shareholders

Tap Oil has submitted an application to the Takeovers Panel requesting the disclosure of details surrounding major shareholders Risco Energy Investments and Chatchai Yenbamroong, and for the pair to be restrained from voting at the company’s annual meeting.

Dawson endorses EPA's MinRes report, decision pending

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has endorsed the environmental watchdog’s rejection of Mineral Resources’ Jackson 5 and Bungalbin East iron ore project, however, the government is yet to make a final decision on the proposal.

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.

WA businesses get worse on late payments

Western Australia was the only state in the country to record an increase in late business payment times for the September quarter, new data has revealed.

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.

AHG in $400m logistics sale

Automotive Holdings Group has sold its underperforming refrigerated logistics business to Chinese conglomerate HNA Group for an enterprise value of $400 million.

AWE records highest flow rate to date at Waitsia

Sydney-based gas company AWE has produced more positive test results at its Waitsia gas field, with the highest flow rate to date recorded during recent flow testing.

Servtech to raise $1m and revamp board

Recently listed tech company Servtech Global Holdings has announced a capital raising of up to $1 million, through a convertible loan facility, and a board revamp as the company seeks to overcome sluggish revenue growth.

Battery in strongly supported $20m raising

Battery Minerals has announced a $20 million capital raising, primarily through a strongly supported share placement, ensuring the company can progress at its graphite projects in Mozambique.

Risco seeks board overhaul at Tap Oil

Tap Oil major shareholder Risco Energy Investments has notified the company of its intention to overhaul the company's board at the next planned annual meeting in February.

Cool reaction to $93m Altona acquisition

Perth-based Altona Mining has negotiated a scrip-based takeover deal that will see the aspiring copper miner bought by Canada's Copper Mountain Mining but its shares remain well short of the 17 cents valuation of the takeover scheme.

RugbyWA in voluntary administration

RugbyWA has entered into voluntary administration as Rugby Australia pursues the state’s rugby body for legal costs relating to the removal of the Western Force from the Super Rugby competition earlier this year.

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Quintis chair under fire at heated meeting

Quintis chairman Dalton Gooding has come under fire from company founder and former chief executive Frank Wilson and other shareholders at a heated annual meeting today.

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.

Cleanaway to buy Tox Free for $671m

The directors of Osborne Park-based Tox Free Solutions have decided to cash-in on 17 years of successful national growth by accepting a friendly $671 million takeover offer from waste management competitor Cleanaway.

WA cleaners fined $500,000

Former high-flying Western Australian businessman Mark Povey and his wife, Catherine Paino-Povey, have been fined more than $500,000 for short-changing three overseas workers thousands of dollars in wages through the couple’s contract cleaning company.

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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.