Thompsons invest for Chinese lobster tourism

One of Western Australia's most prominent fishing families will invest in tech company OpenDNA to provide marketing services and a Chinese mobile payment system to lure Chinese tourists.

Bellamy's stock soars 56% on China buyout

Bellamy's shares have surged by more than 50 per cent after the infant formula maker announced it had entered into a $1.5 billion takeover scheme with the China Mengniu Dairy Company.

ACCC won't block Elders' $187m AIRR tilt

The competition watchdog says it has no reason to block Elders' proposed $187 million cash-and-scrip takeover of wholesale buyer Australian Independent Rural Retailers, which has 12 member stores in Western Australia.

Live export inspector bill passes Senate

Live animal exports will be policed by an independent inspector-general under legislation poised to pass federal parliament.

Farm confidence strong in WA

Farmers are upbeat in west and south of the country after a drop of winter rain, though confidence in the drought-affected eastern states continues to crumble.

Wellard FY loss widens on poor second half

Wellard's full-year loss has widened by 33 per cent to $48.4 million after the cattle exporter was hit by Turkey's halt on live feeder imports and large impairments.

EC&M into administration

Henderson-based electrical contractor EC&M has entered administration this morning, with about 400 staff to be temporarily stood down.

Wellard sells Swagman for $US25m

Heytesbury has been gazumped by a company from Luxembourg after it struck a deal to purchase Wellard’s M/V Ocean Swagman.

Fishing council taps Ogg as CEO

Alex Ogg has been appointed chief executive of the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council Inc, after serving in the role on an interim basis since May.

Primero wins Agrimin contract

Agrimin has awarded Primero Group the engineering design contract for the process plant component of its $545 million Mackay sulphate of potash project.

Jaylon wins $15m Beyondie contract

Malaga-based Jaylon Environmental Systems has secured a $15 million contract to supply and install evaporation pond liners for Kalium Lakes’ Beyondie sulphate of potash project.

Wilson ordered to repay $13m

Quintis subsidiary Arwon Finance has won a Supreme Court ruling against its former chief executive Frank Wilson requiring him to repay a $13.2 million loan taken out in 2014.

Potato chief embroiled in CCC saga

The former chief executive of the Potato Marketing Corporation and another senior public servant have been slammed by the Corruption and Crime Commission for a consulting arrangement where one allegedly used their position for enrichment at the state's expense.

Austral exec to lead world sustainable fishing project

Perth has notched another success amid international efforts to improve the health of the world's oceans, with Martin Exel chosen to lead a global movement supporting sustainable fisheries.

Kalium secures $102m funding offer

Kalium Lakes is a step closer to a final investment decision on its Beyondie sulphate of potash project, after it received a credit-approved offer from German KfW IPEX-Bank for around $102 million.

Shell, APA win Kalium gas contracts

Kalium Lakes has awarded Shell Energy the gas supply contract, and APA Group the gas transport contract, for its Beyondie sulphate of potash project.

Regulatory changes to support WA sheep farmers

The state government has announced new regulations to help boost lamb exports, which hit a record $306 million in 2018.

ACCC flags Landmark-Ruralco merger concern

The ACCC is examining whether a proposed takeover of Ruralco Holdings by a Canadian fertiliser giant could reduce wholesale competition and lead to discrimination against some independent retail stores.

WA crop area to be lowest in years

Heavy rainfall over the past few days will be good news for WA’s farmers; however, most have already cut back their expected cropping area due to dry weather conditions in recent months.

Kelly’s lobster deal sinks

The fishing industry says it is disappointed by the state government's backdown on a local lobster supply deal, with a planned international lobster festival to be one of the casualties.

Potash players primed for slice of growing market

SPECIAL REPORT: As land and population pressures drive the need for more productive farming, WA finds itself at the centre of a new mining race.