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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. 

Beadell to merge with Canadian firm

West Perth-based Beadell Resources has announced plans to merge with a Canadian mining exploration firm to create a dual-listed company on the ASX and the TSX venture exchange.

Nuheara approved for government program

Shares in local tech firm Nuheara soared today after the company announced it had become an approved supplier to the federal government’s hearing services program, which was allocated a $539 million budget this year.

Junior explorers raise $21m

Three local junior explorers have raised more than $21 million, with Draig Resources and Triton Minerals boosting their coffers while the Charlie Bass-led Eagle Mountain Mining has commenced trading on the ASX after raising $8 million via an initial public offering.

Security firm in $8m SA buy

Security services provider Threat Protect Australia has continued with its acquisition growth strategy, purchasing a South Australian security monitoring business for about $8 million.

Waste plant developer locks in supply deal

The private consortium planning a $400 million waste-to-energy plant in Rockingham has signed a 20-year supply agreement with the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council and been selected as the preferred tenderer by the City of Cockburn for a similar supply deal.

Tawana begins lithium production

Tawana Resources has opened the state’s fifth lithium operation, with the ASX-listed company announcing today that production has started at its jointly owned Bald Hill project in the eastern Goldfields.

WA tourism slumps despite national growth

Western Australia was the only state in the country to register a decline in international tourist numbers and spending in 2017 despite the national market recording steady growth, according to the latest data from Tourism Research Australia.

Veris in $12m consulting buy

Surveying company Veris has announced it will purchase east coast-based advisory services firm Elton Consulting in cash and scrip for an initial outlay of $12 million.

Panel throws out Eastern application

The Takeovers Panel has dismissed an application from Indonesian group Eastern Field Developments regarding its takeover target Finders Resources, with the panel determining that appropriate action has been taken by the company in relation to its Wetar project.

Image launches $25m raising

Image Resources has launched a $25 million capital raising that will contribute to the construction of its Boonanarring mineral sands project near Gingin, which is targeting production by the end of the year.

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.

App/tech business of the week- SpacetoCo

SpacetoCo is a space-sharing platform for the short-term hire of space.

Eastern increases stake in Finders

Indonesian group Eastern Field Developments has increased its stake in Finders Resources as the major shareholder pursues a hostile takeover of the copper miner valued at around $177 million.

Finlayson steers Saracen rise

40under40: First Amongst Equals winner Raleigh Finlayson has drawn on his childhood experiences in WA’s outback to run one of the state’s biggest gold mining companies.

Commissioners begin at City of Perth

The commissioners appointed to take charge of the City of Perth following the council’s suspension last week have commenced work, but the government is yet to establish an inquiry panel to investigate the issues that led to the suspension.

Mitsui plans unconditional offer for AWE

Mitsui & Co has announced its $602 million takeover offer for AWE will be unconditional if the Japanese company acquires more than a 50 per cent stake before March 14.

Rio expands autonomous truck fleet

Rio Tinto has announced it will expand its autonomous haul truck fleet to a fifth site in the Pilbara, with the iron ore miner set to add 15 driverless trucks at the West Angelas mine in May.

TAB sale consultation to commence

The state government has completed its analysis of potential sale options of the TAB wagering business, with a two-phase consultation process with the racing industry now set to take place to determine a final outcome.

Forrest launches World Rugby Series

Andrew Forrest has today launched a seven-match international rugby series featuring the Western Force that will act as a precursor to the planned Indo Pacific Rugby Championship in 2019.

Mod raises $18m

Copper explorer MOD Resources has tapped investors for $18.3 million, with the proceeds set to be used on exploration work at its T3 and T20 Dome projects in Botswana.

Three commissioners to run City of Perth

The state government has appointed three commissioners to take charge of the City of Perth, led by the retiring chair of the Western Australian Planning Commission Eric Lumsden, while also establishing a panel with powers of a Royal Commission to conduct an inquiry.

$1.2bn frigate contract for Henderson

The federal government has signed a $1.2 billion contract extension with a group of defence contractors for maintenance work on eight Anzac-class frigates for the next five years, with BAE Systems and CIMIC's UGL among the major beneficiaries.

Lithium Australia secures $18.2m funding

Lithium Australia has secured an $18.2 million funding package from US institutional investor Arena Investors LP via a multi-tranche convertible note facility, with the proceeds to be spent on developing a lithium processing pilot plant.

Eastern takes Finders to panel

Finders Resources’ largest shareholder, Eastern Field Developments, which is currently making a hostile takeover bid for the copper miner, has submitted an application to the Takeovers Panel requesting the company disclose details regarding its Wetar project and revise the independent expert report.

Talison eyes further Greenbushes expansion

Talison Lithium has engaged MSP Engineering to conduct a feasibility study into another expansion at its Greenbushes project while a $320 million upgrade, set to double production, is already under way.

City reveals WorkSafe meeting

The City of Perth has revealed that chief executive Martin Mileham sought advice from WorkSafe in July last year regarding the council's work environment, and that its executive team sent a letter to the Department of Local Government expressing concerns about elected councillors last month.

Board moves: CropLogic, St John of God

Company director and former WA attorney general Cheryl Edwardes has been appointed as the new chairperson for agribusiness CropLogic while St John of God Health Care has appointed Azure Capital managing partner Adrian Arundell to its board.

Vimy in $6.5m NT uranium purchase

West Perth-based Vimy Resources has acquired a uranium project in the Northern Territory from Canadian miner Cameco for $6.5 million.

House prices decline in February

Perth house prices fell slightly in February, in line with the national downward trend for the month, according to the latest data from CoreLogic.

Minister to suspend Perth council

Local Government Minister David Templeman will suspend The City of Perth council on Friday and is now in the process of determining the method of suspension, with two options on the table.

Decmil posts net loss, reshuffles board

Decmil Group has launched a major board restructure that includes the retirement of company founder Denis Criddle, as it posted an interim loss but pointed to strong revenue growth in the coming year.

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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.