Special Reports

Production lags record gold price

The state’s gold miners are positioning themselves to take advantage of the commodity’s surging value.

Gold stars prepare for pit fight

Northern Star Resources and Evolution Mining have emerged as the main contenders to acquire Barrick Gold’s share in the historic Kalgoorlie Super Pit.

Gold Road’s bright deal delivers at Gruyere

Gold Road Resources’ lucrative path to production could be the catalyst for change in how gold juniors advance their projects.

Retail downturn more perfect storm than rent recalcitrance

SPECIAL REPORT: Landlords unwilling to budge on rents have been blamed for exacerbating Perth’s retail downturn, but leading leasing agents say the sector’s problems are substantially more complicated than the cost of tenancies.

Shopping centres meet the market

The $270 million redevelopment of Fremantle’s Kings Square is indicative of the experiential emphasis retail property owners are embracing across the city.

Perth in top 20 most liveable cities

Perth has continued to be ranked as one of the world's most liveable cities but sits below Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide because of the poor rating for its culture and environment.

Gas, batteries firm as coal exits

SPECIAL REPORT: Gas peaking generation and utility scale batteries will become increasingly valuable in WA as coal power units are retired and new wind farms come online.

Retail, hospitality hit by rents, slow spending

The rate of business failures in hospitality and retail during the past year should be ringing alarm bells for decision makers.

Reward for effort despite looming franchise regs

The franchise sector is regularly under review, yet it has been a successful pathway for many small business owners.

Green impact facing major projects

SPECIAL REPORT: Business News spoke to green advocates to explore how the petroleum industry might find common cause with the environmental movement, as pressure builds on billions of dollars of projects.

Domgas needs big developments

SPECIAL REPORT: Four prospective domestic gas projects will be key to ensuring adequate supply in WA in the next decade, despite new facilities recently starting up.

Unions ready for offshore fight

SPECIAL REPORT: An alliance between two big unions will put pressure on oil and gas contractors at a time when many enterprise agreements reach their expiry and a big projects are set to get under way.

Seven WA disruptions, then and now

We share seven of the many stories of WA ingenuity and entrepreneurship to have had an impact during the past five decades.

Disruption in motion

Three big changes in the transport industry will revolutionise how Western Australians move around in decades to come.

Blue sky opportunities

In the dunes of the state’s South West, on the mine sites of the red north, or in remote villages around the world, drones are unlocking opportunities.

Perkins, Green lead modern disruptors

Before the business she co-founded attained its $1billion ‘unicorn’ valuation, Melanie Perkins hit a point where she thought she had failed her co-founders.

Building connections to enable disruption

Western Australia in 2029 will be dramatically different from today.

Contracting concerns as workflow expands

SPECIAL REPORT: Unprecedented transport infrastructure spending and an uptick in mining investment have buoyed the spirits of WA’s major contractors.

Economics, environment weigh on Westport

A key component of WA’s future economic growth lies in the hands of the agency tasked with determining the best location for imports and exports.

Aviair flies in with regional routes

A privately owned WA airline has taken the lead on an innovative new service as the state government continues its review of regional aviation.

Regional aviation on the rise

Every major airport in Western Australia achieved growth in passenger numbers last year, with Broome and Kalgoorlie hitting annual records.