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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.

Regis hits production record in FY18

Regis Resources, Independence Group and Ramelius Resources have all provided production updates for their respective mining operations, while Millennium Minerals says it is on track to ramp-up its gold output by the end of 2018.

Huawei JV wins $205m PTA contract

A joint venture between Chinese group Huawei and UGL has been awarded a $205 million state government contract to build and maintain radio systems for Perth’s rail network.

Ku De Ta failure dents the Point

The $50 million On the Point hospitality precinct in East Perth has suffered a major setback after its anchor tenant was placed in administration but other restaurants and bars at the riverfront property are set to continue trading.

EPA approves BHP iron ore plans

The environmental watchdog has today recommended approval of BHP Billiton’s long-term development plans in the Pilbara, including construction of 13 new iron ore mines and expansion of four existing mines.

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.

Roy Hill to share profits, targets 60mtpa

Roy Hill Holdings has introduced a staff profit scheme after achieving its 55mtpa production target and has confirmed its interest in expanding to 60mtpa.

Perth airfares on the rise

Airfares on key international business routes from Perth continue to rise, according to a new report, while Virgin Australia has today unveiled plans to start direct flights between WA and Tasmania later this year.

Independence pays $21m to Creasy

Independence Group has agreed to pay $21 million in cash and shares to prospector Mark Creasy to acquire a 70 per cent stake in a series of tenements in the Fraser Range near its Nova nickel mine.

App/tech business of the week- SWAN Systems

SWAN Systems is a web-based soil moisture measurement and monitoring decision support system that collects automatically logged data from sensors.

SA wins $35bn frigate contract, WA gets $670m

The federal government has today announced its $35 billion frigate project will be built in Adelaide, with local shipbuilder Austal missing out on the main contract.

Flinders, AVZ in ASX clarifications

Two local mining companies have been forced to provide clarifications to the ASX this morning, with Flinders Mines responding to a presentation given by BBI Group, while lithium-focused AVZ Minerals told investors to ignore a Twitter post from one of its strategic advisers.

Carnegie sells EMC in merger deal

Carnegie Clean Energy has agreed to sell its battery storage and microgrid business to ASX-listed Tag Pacific as part of an all-scrip merger deal.

Atlas hopeful on port rights

The future of Atlas Iron has been further muddied today after the takeover target said the state government had indicated to media it could compromise on its policy regarding development rights at Port Hedland if either Fortescue Metals Group or Hancock Prospecting takes control of the junior miner.

AHG flags doubts over $400m deal

Automotive Holdings Group has revealed that the planned $400 million sale of its refrigerated logistics business to Chinese conglomerate HNA Group will not be completed by the specified June 30 deadline, with the company unsure whether a deal will be reached.

Numbers game at Wanneroo

SPECIAL REPORT: The recent appointment of a full-time chief executive and the shift to new facilities have been major factors in the Wanneroo Basketball Association’s success during the past three years.

Veris broadens operations

SPECIAL REPORT: ASX-listed company Veris has transitioned its business from the mining sector to become a diversified outfit focused on key infrastructure projects across Australia.

St John secures ambulance contract extension

St John Ambulance WA, which is one of the state's largest not-for-profit businesses with annual revenue of $280.6 million, has been awarded a two-year contract extension by the state government while a broad review of its service is undertaken.

Orion, Kibaran, Flinders raise $30m

Three junior explorers have announced capital raisings worth up to $29.5 million, with Denis Waddell-led Orion Minerals tapping investors for $17.3 million.

Spitfire and Excelsior in $80m merger

Junior gold explorers Spitfire Materials and Excelsior Gold, which own neighbouring projects north of Kalgoorlie, have agreed to a merger, with the new entity worth about $80 million.

ATO ruling halts $508m auto deal

Perth investor Andrew Hopkins’ planned $508 million buyout of national panel beating business AMA Group has been cancelled after the group failed to get an expected ruling from the Australian Taxation Office.

Fleetwood sells caravan business for $1m

Perth-based Fleetwood Corporation has sold its struggling caravan manufacturing business, with the company forecasting an overall loss of up to $15 million on the deal.

Gold miners post strong output forecasts

Gold producer Northern Star Resources has hit its gold production rate target for 2018, while Doray Minerals has announced an increased production guidance for the 2019 financial year.

MinRes pulls out of Atlas takeover

Chris Ellison-led Mineral Resources has decided against making a counter offer to Gina Rinehart’s $390 million takeover bid for junior miner Atlas Iron.

Ex-Austal exec blocked from Civmec switch

A former Austal executive has been restrained from working for competitor Civmec on the $3.6 billion offshore patrol vessels program, after an interim injunction was handed down in the Supreme Court last week.

App/tech business of the week- Home for Now

Home for Now, which was developed by Anglicare WA and UWA's Coders for Causers, is a web app that provides live listings of available crisis and transitional accommodation on any given night.

Dutch gyro deal positive for Veem

Marine engineering firm Veem is hopeful its gyrostabiliser technology will provide the next major step in its future growth plans.

EPA backs Albemarle lithium refinery

The environmental watchdog has recommended conditional approval to US-based Albemarle Corporation’s proposed 100,000 tonnes per annum lithium refinery near Bunbury.

Grist set to chair Robo 3D

Perth investor Tony Grist is set to take charge of US-focused 3D printing company Robo 3D, which has announced the acquisition of a US software company operating in a related field and major cost cuts in its existing business as it seeks to achieve breakeven trading.

Asic launches legal action against Frank Wilson

The corporate watchdog has launched legal action in the Federal Court against former Quintis managing director Frank Wilson, alleging he failed to disclose the loss of a major contract in 2017.

MinRes strikes deal for Koolyanobbing

Mineral Resources has struck a deal to purchase the Koolyanobbing iron ore mine from US-based Cleveland Cliffs, after getting support from the state government and railway owner Arc Infrastructure for a deal that will save up to 400 jobs around Southern Cross and Esperance.

Chinese group lobs $13bn offer for APA

The ownership of two major gas pipelines in Western Australia could change hands after a Chinese consortium proposed a $13 billion takeover of energy infrastructure giant APA Group, one year after the same consortium bought DUET Group, which owns the Dampier to Bunbury gas pipeline.

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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.