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.

Velrada partners with Microsoft on AI

Perth-based Velrada is set to partner with tech giant Microsoft and ASX-listed LiveTiles as part of a program to accelerate the uptake of artificial intelligence across industries such as mining, energy and financial services.

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.

Mod upgrades plant, appoints Sedgman, Azure

MOD Resources has increased the capacity of its planned processing plant at the T3 copper project in Botswana, while also appointing a lead engineer for the feasibility study, along with debt advisers for the project.

App-tech business of the week – TheScreeningLab

TheScreeningLab is a cloud-based software that can digitise any paper-based assessment.

Alcoa workers on strike

About 1,500 Alcoa of Australia workers are striking across the company’s Western Australian operations, with attempts to establish a new enterprise bargaining agreement with Australian Workers Union members so far failing.

Risco ups Tap offer to $39m

Tap Oil major shareholder Risco Energy Investments has increased its takeover offer for the oil and gas company to $38.7 million on the back of BDO’s independent expert valuation.

ACCC backs Fero takeover

Kewdale-based manufacturer Fero Group appears set to be acquired by global outifit DYWIDAG-Systems International (DSI) Group, after the competition watchdog said it would not oppose the deal.

Altura calls off takeover talks

Altura Mining has decided not to pursue a takeover from its largest shareholder, after its corporate adviser Citigroup began investigating a potential transaction in April.

Carnarvon shares soar again

Carnarvon Petroleum has announced another oil discovery at its Dorado-1 well in the Carnarvon Basin, with the company’s share price having more than quadrupled in the past month.

York Civil into administration

South Australia-based York Civil, which is finalising construction of the Matagarup Bridge and recently won a $30 million contract at Port Hedland, has been placed into voluntary administration.

Wesfarmers sells $860m coal stake

Perth-based conglomerate Wesfarmers has sold its stake in the Bengalla coal mine in NSW, continuing a major reshaping of its portfolio after the sale last year of another coal mine and the planned spin-off of its Coles business.

FMG to retain Atlas blocking stake

Fortescue Metals Group has reduced its stake in Atlas Iron but crucially still holds more than 10 per cent, meaning Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting will not be able to acquire full ownership of the takeover target.

EPA supports marina deadline extension

Property developer Tian An Australia (formerly PBD Developments) has won regulatory support to postpone the start of construction at its long-delayed Point Grey marina south of Mandurah.

Hancock moves to 56% Atlas stake

UPDATED: Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting announced late Friday it has increased its stake in takeover target Atlas Iron to 56 per cent, giving it effective control, and extended its $390 million offer for two weeks.

New Northbridge venue shuts down

Northbridge restaurant and microbrewery Cyril Mason’s has closed its doors less than three months after opening at the William Street location.

Pilbara releases DFS for $231m stage-two

Pilbara Minerals has released a definitive feasibility study for the planned stage-two expansion at its Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project, with chief executive Ken Brinsden confident the $231 million upgrade will go ahead.

Regis plans $29m expansion

Regis Resources has approved a $29.4 million expansion at its Duketon gold project, which is expected to add 570,000 ounces over a five-year mine life.

Curtin awarded $10.3m in research funding

Curtin University has received $10.3 million in funding as part of the latest round of grants from the federal government’s Australian Research Council, with the University of Western Australia awarded $6.6 million.

WA tops Halliday wine awards

Great Southern wine producer Duke’s Vineyard and Deep Wood Estate’s Julian Langworthy have topped the prestigious Halliday Wine Companion Awards announced in Melbourne last night.

Growth plans for WA gold miners

Three Western Australian gold miners have outlined their growth plans, with Saracen Mineral Holdings announcing a 20 per cent increase in reserves, Northern Star Resources unveiling a $60 million exploration budget, and Red 5 targeting annual production of more than 100,000 ounces.

App/tech business of the week- My Wellbeing Mate

My Wellbeing Mate app brings together a network of mental health resources by offering a gateway to helplines, websites, guides, videos, talks, apps, self-checks and more.

Esplanade Hotel on the market

The Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle is up for sale, with its owners hoping for a big premium on their $88.5 million purchase price in 2013.

Cant appointed new Finance boss

Landgate chief executive Jodi Cant has been appointed as the new director general of the Department of Finance, but the state government is still looking for a permanent boss for the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.

EPA backs Paroo Station lead mine

The environmental watchdog has recommended approval to TSX-listed LeadFX to restart the Paroo Station lead mine near Wiluna, which was placed on care and maintenance in 2015.

Green light for local govt reforms

The state government has today announced a host of local government reforms, including provisions related to councillors and chief executives receiving gifts.

Kalaf set to join APM

New APM chief executive Michael Anghie has bolstered his team by recruiting Youth Focus chief executive Fiona Kalaf to take a newly created role with the human services company.

House price decline continues in July

Perth house prices suffered their largest monthly decline in almost a year, after slipping 0.8 per cent in July, according to the latest data from CoreLogic.

Nahan in US tax dispute

Updated: State opposition leader Mike Nahan has revealed that his attempts to renounce his US citizenship in 2008 failed due to an ongoing tax dispute with the US government.

Western Areas in JV with Iluka

Nickel-focused Western Areas has signed a farm-in deal with Iluka Resources for a series of tenements in South Australia worth up to $5.8 million over the next seven years.

Gruyere set to cost $621m

Gold Road Resources has flagged further cost increases at its half-owned Gruyere gold project, while also extending an earthworks contract with MACA at the site.

WA economy shows improvement

Despite maintaining its position as the worst performing state in the country, Western Australia’s economy showed improving levels of investment, according to the latest CommSec State of the States report.



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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Strong support for cobalt miner's $20m raising

Australian Mines has raised $20 million through a strongly supported share placement, while denying any involvement in the leaking of details regarding the placement to the media.

$1m telco upgrade for regions

South Western Wireless WA is set to establish fixed wireless internet services across large parts of the Wheatbelt, after winning a tender run by the North Eastern Wheatbelt Regional Organisation of C

Optus locks in Perth Stadium naming rights

Perth’s new state-of-the-art sporting facility will be known as Optus Stadium after the telecommunications giant signed a 10-year naming rights deal with the state government.While the financial detai

Government backs mutual change

The federal government has announced it will adopt a host of Senate committee recommendations aimed at improving mutual and cooperative firms’ ability to raise capital.