Tayler Neale

Tayler Neale was an online reporter at Business News. 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.  He joined Business News in 2017 and left to pursue further economic studies in 2019.

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.

Emeco hits first profit since 2013

Heavy equipment supplier Emeco Holdings has recorded its first period of net profit since 2013 as the company cited improving market conditions as a key driver of increased earnings.

Go2 locks in $16.5m agreement

Labour hire and construction services company The Go2 People has secured a contract to become the exclusive registered builder for a holiday home project on Dirk Hartog Island, off the coast of Western Australia near Shark Bay.

Sayers sells $101m Ausdrill stake

UPDATED: Ausdrill’s outgoing managing director Ron Sayers received $101.4 million overnight after selling his 10 per cent stake in the company he founded.

RTG in $US34m raising

Subiaco-based RTG Mining has raised $US34 million as the company aims to secure an interest in the old Panguna copper-gold project in Bougainville, while Azure Minerals also announced a capital raising worth $8.2 million.

Nahan calls for Perth council suspension

The City of Perth will seek to appoint a new acting chief executive at a special meeting tonight after Robert Mianich went on personal leave yesterday, just days after being appointed to the role.

ASIC seeking Superfunded liquidation

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission has applied to the Federal Court to appoint a liquidator to local company Superfunded, owned by former financial adviser Mark Goldenberg.

Mining contractors post mixed results

Three local mining contractors have released their half-year results today with mixed outcomes, as Ausdrill posted a big increase in profit while MACA and Swick Mining both registered a decline in profit despite increased revenue.

Board moves: FMG, AHG, Capricorn

Automotive Holdings Group has selected current director Rob McEniry to replace outgoing chairman David Griffiths, while England-based Sebstian Coe will become a non-executive director at Fortescue Metals Group.

Perth tourism campaign launched

The state government has launched a new tourism marketing campaign for Perth focused on affordable hotel deals for east coast tourists.

App/Tech business of the week- Stuck

Stuck offers flexible roadside assistance from local automotive experts.

Divirgilio steps down at DVG

Japanese company IDOM will take over the day-to-day operations of DVG Automotive Group after chief executive Lou Divirgilio stepped back to focus on his role as chairman.

WA slips in world mining ranks

Western Australia has slipped in the latest rankings of an international survey that measures the impact of government policy on exploration and mining investment.

AHG upbeat on WA car market

Perth-based Automotive Holdings Group has flagged a slight reduction in profit for the half year, but the company said it had noticed increased confidence in the Western Australian car market.

RCR notches profit boost

Engineering contractor RCR Tomlinson has reported a big boost in profits for the half-year, propelled by a near doubling in revenue as the company increases its stake in the renewable energy sector.

Southern Ports Authority to be retained

A review of the Southern Ports Authority released today has shone a mostly positive light on the three-way merger, with only minor concerns related to the implementation flagged in the report.

Universal seeking $5m IPO

Perth-based tech company Universal Biosecurity is aiming to raise $5 million through an initial public offer to fund a two-year research and development program.



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.