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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. 

Rio's driverless trains gain approval

Rio Tinto’s autonomous train program at its iron ore operations is one step closer to full implementation after it received approval from the National Rail Safety Regulator.

$9m BHP win for Minetec

Bibra Lake-based Minetec has been awarded a $9.5 million contract to supply BHP’s Olympic Dam mine in South Australia with an underground fleet management system, while the tech firm’s parent company, Codan, has posted a profit upgrade.

Qantas launches cheap flights to Broome

The state government has announced a partnership with Qantas that will provide discounted airfares for flights to Broome in an effort to boost regional tourism.

Kidman signs lithium offtake with Tesla

Kidman Resources has signed a three-year offtake agreement with Tesla for the supply of lithium hydroxide, less than two weeks after announcing Kwinana as the site for a new lithium refinery.

Retractions spike highlights compliance, policing

There has been a big increase this year in the number of ASX-listed companies, primarily junior explorers in WA, forced to retract announcements.

Govt backs barramundi farm, Warburton resigns

The $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund has finalised its second deal, providing nearly $30 million to a barramundi farm in the Northern Territory, two weeks after chair Sharon Warburton stepped down.

Yujnovich calls for stronger industry voice

Shell Australia chair Zoe Yujnovich told today’s APPEA conference the oil and gas industry needed to be more active in defending its record, as protesters came together outside the Adelaide conference.

AHG slumps on trading update

Shares in Automotive Holdings Group slumped today after the company flagged challenging market conditions and a drop in retail margins due to regulatory changes.

Austal launches $40m expansion

Austal has announced a $US30 million ($40 million) expansion of its commercial shipbuilding operations across three sites, including a $6 million upgrade at Henderson, days after the company was left out of the contract to build Australia’s new offshore patrol vessels.

Seven upgrades earnings on strong mining sector

Seven Group Holdings has upgraded its full-year earnings guidance, after the company said it was performing above expectations due to strength in the mining industry and east coast infrastructure acti

ABN appoints CEO, new bank partner

Dale Alcock’s ABN Group has recruited former Arrium managing director Andrew Roberts as its chief executive, while announcing Bankwest as its new banking partner, after nearly 40 years with ANZ.

Sipa soars on Rio JV

Shares in Sipa Resources soared today after the company announced a joint venture agreement with mining giant Rio Tinto at the junior explorer’s Kitgum-Pader base metals project in northern Uganda.

NSL in $10m raising

Iron ore-focused NSL Consolidated has tapped investors for $10 million to fund an expansion of its Kurnool wet beneficiation plant in India.

Carnarvon in $20m raising

Carnarvon Petroleum has boosted its coffers with a $16 million capital raising to fund drilling at its Buffalo oil field in the North West Shelf, while also announcing a share purchase plan to raise up to $4 million.

Government investigates Qantas WA pilot school

The McGowan government says it will set up a taskforce to investigate establishing a pilot training academy in Western Australia, after Qantas today launched a formal request for proposals from state governments across the country.

Artemis sells off $20m Novo stake

Artemis Resources has announced plans to sell its stake in Canadian joint venture partner Novo Resources for $20.7 million, with the proceeds set to be spent on exploration at the company’s conglomerate gold assets in the Pilbara.

Western Gas searching for Equus partner

Perth company Western Gas is on the hunt for a partner for its Equus gas field project off the WA coast, and has revealed a new development plan, with first gas expected in 2023.

Antilles in $6.3m backdoor listing

Antilles Oil and Gas has announced plans to acquire aged care technology company HomeStay, which counts Fastbrick Robotics chair Shannon Robinson among its directors.

Asic hands down lifetime ban to Perth broker

A former Perth-based insurance broker has been permanently banned from the financial services industry by the corporate watchdog for misleading, deceptive and dishonest conduct.

Wilson resignation triggers third WA by-election

Fremantle MP Josh Wilson has triggered a third by-election in Western Australia, after resigning today following a High Court ruling that removed Labor senator Katy Gallagher from parliament.

Kin suspends work at Leonora

KIN Mining has suspended construction at its $35 million Leonora gold project after a review by Como Engineers confirmed increases in pre-production capital costs.

ABM signs agreement with Newcrest

Newcrest Mining has struck a preliminary farm-in deal with ABM Resources in relation to the Nedlands-based company’s Euro gold project in the Northern Territory.

Azumah up 56% on drilling results

Shares in West Africa-focused Azumah Resources soared today on the back of positive drilling results from its Wa gold project in Ghana.

Fleetwood slumps on earnings update

Shares in Perth-based Fleetwood Corporation fell nearly 20 per cent today after the RV and accommodation company flagged subdued market conditions for its caravan manufacturing business.

Former Horizon Power manager faces CCC misconduct allegations

A former Horizon Power IT manager and his business partner are being investigated by the Corruption and Crime Commission over allegations the pair billed the state-owned company more than $1 million for services provided by a firm they jointly owned.

Fremantle Ports terminals set for tender

The state government has announced Fremantle Ports will go to the market to lease the two container shipping terminals at North Quay.

App/tech business of the week- Pretty Pronto

Pretty Pronto is an app that enables users to find and book beauty services in their local area or further afield.

Sutherland sees the sunny side

Programmed managing director Chris Sutherland has talked up WA’s economic prospects, while challenging alarmism about artificial intelligence and labour trends at a Success & Leadership breakfast this morning.

Risco plans $30m Tap Oil takeover

After overhauling Tap Oil’s board earlier this year, major shareholder Risco Energy Investments has made a $29.8 million takeover offer for the Perth-based oil and gas company.

Austal makes $9m US purchase

Local shipbuilder Austal has expanded its footprint in the US with the acquisition of technology company ElectraWatch in a cash deal worth $US6.7 million ($9 million).

Vital in $15m tungsten sale

Subiaco-based Vital Metals has agreed to sell its tungsten project in Queensland to Tungsten Mining for a cash consideration of $15 million.

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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.