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. 

Pocock resigns from Hazer Group

Shares in local tech company Hazer Group have sunk after the company announced on Friday that founder and managing director Geoff Pocock, and non-executive director Terry Walsh have resigned.

Lift in share value for Ellison, Buckler

The directors of Mineral Resources and Altura Mining have enjoyed solid growth in the value of their shares over the past month, according to data on Director Shareholdings tracked by Business News.

App/tech business of the week- PlayBiz

PlayBiz is a school readiness resource that provides parents with a toolbox of video and written content of developmental theory, practical strategies and a library of activities to develop a child’s crucial foundation skills for school readiness.

Panel rejects Auris application

The Takeovers Panel has thrown out an application from Perth-based Auris Minerals to stop a group of dissident shareholders from voting at a meeting to spill the company’s board.

Cyber security research centre launched

The federal government has today launched a cyber security research centre at Edith Cowan University, backed by $140 million in cash and in-kind funding from industry, government and research participants.

Tawana merges with Bald Hill partner

Lithium producer Tawana Resources has announced plans to merge with its Bald Hill project joint venture partner, Singapore-listed Alliance Minerals Assets, to form a $446 million company.

Altura appoints Citigroup for possible takeover

Altura Mining has appointed Citigroup as its corporate adviser in relation to a potential takeover of the $740 million company by its largest shareholder, Chinese battery manufacturer Shaanxi J & R Optimum Energy.

SRG in $32m NZ buy

Local contractor SRG today announced the purchase of New Zealand-based TBS Group for $NZ35 million ($32.9 million), with a $24 million capital raising being used to part-fund the acquisition.

Mitsui gains majority stake in AWE

Japanese group Mitusi & Co has gained a majority stake in Waitsia gas field operator AWE after a keenly contested takeover battle, and has now declared its $602 million offer unconditional.

Finders in board overhaul

The board of Finders Resources has been overhauled after Indonesian group Eastern Field Developments increased its stake above 90 per cent in its $177 million takeover of the copper miner, with David Fowler appointed as a director and acting chief executive.

Resolute, St Barbara invest $9m in junior explorers

Goldminer St Barbara has invested $4 million in local explorer Duketon Mining, while Resolute Mining has announced it will take a $5.1 million stake in a Canadian gold-focused company.

Caravel calls 249 meeting

West Perth-based Caravel Minerals has been forced to call a general meeting to vote on the election of two new directors, who are part of a dissident group that had also wanted shareholders to vote on the removal of three existing board members.

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.

WA gold miners begin production

Three Western Australian gold miners have recently started production at their respective operations, with Dacian Gold’s $200 million Mt Morgans project near Laverton pouring its first bar of gold last week.

ASIC intervenes in Finders takeover

The corporate watchdog has submitted an application to the Takeovers Panel asking it to block certain shareholders of Finders Resources from accepting an offer for their shares.

Metalicity in Canadian spin-off

West Perth-based Metalicity has announced plans to spin-out its Admiral Bay zinc project on the TSX Venture Exchange as Kimberley Mining, following strong interest from Canadian investment banks and fund managers.

Watpac ponders WA sale

Watpac is considering selling its Perth-based mining division after the company announced it had recently missed out on two major contracts.

AAMC signs on FMG for Aboriginal-owned mine

Australian Aboriginal Mining Corporation chairman Daniel Tucker is confident the company will become the first Aboriginal-owned and operated iron ore miner this year, after signing a mine gate sales deal with Fortescue Metals Group.

Children's Hospital water given all-clear

The Perth’s Children Hospital is on track to receive its first patients in May after the chief health officer today gave the facility’s water quality the green light.

Chief Justice Martin to retire

Western Australia’s Chief Justice Wayne Martin will stand down after more than 12 years in the role.

Altona gains approval for $93m merger

Aspiring copper miner Altona Mining is one step closer to a $93 million merger with Canada-based Copper Mountain Mining after Altona shareholders approved the scheme of arrangement today.

Mitsui locks in deadline for AWE takeover

Japanese group Mitsui & Co has announced it will not extend the deadline on its $602 million takeover offer for AWE and confirmed its offer price of 95 cents per share is final.

Titan to buy Andina

Peru-focused Titan Minerals has announced plans to acquire West Perth-based Andina Resources, which owns a number of assets in close proximity to Titan, in a scrip deal worth approximately $19 million.

Pacific Energy in $90m acquisition

Pacific Energy has strengthened its position in the remote power market by striking a deal to acquired Kewdale-based Contract Power Group for $90 million in cash and shares, adding to its existing operations through subsidiary Kalgoorlie Power Systems.

App/tech business of the week- Lazy Frog Booking

Lazy Frog Booking is a travel booking website that provides users with the ability to search for deals on flights, hotels, cruises, car rentals and travel insurance.

Carbine cans Mount Morgan

Subiaco-based Carbine Resources has pulled the pin on its planned redevelopment of the Mount Morgan copper-gold project in Queensland, in which it has already invested $12 million, while managing director Tony James and two directors have tendered their resignation.

WA records marginal population growth

Western Australia has continued its trend of marginal population growth, with the state registering growth of 0.9 per cent for the 12 months to September, as interstate migration remains in negative territory.

Brickworks lifts WA results

Building materials company Brickworks said today its Western Australian division has returned to profit following a major restructuring, one month after competitor Boral said it recorded a break-even result in WA.

EPA approves Kimberley irrigation plan

The environmental watchdog has recommended approval of the first stage of China-backed Kimberley Agricultural Investment’s Carlton Plain project, which comprises a 3,000-hectare irrigated development north-west of Kununarra.

WA job ads hit 2.5-year high

Online job advertising is growing at its fastest rate in 2.5 years in Western Australia, with the latest figures showing a 14.8 per cent surge in ads over the past 12 months.

Pact secures new Subi school contract

PACT Construction has been awarded the forward and earthworks contract for the new $68 million Inner City College at Kitchener Park in Subiaco, while the state government has approved the Subiaco redevelopment scheme.



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.