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Small-scale brewing’s next frontier

One of WA’s most experienced hospitality professionals is helping lower the barriers to enter the craft beer industry.

Cranking up the beer creativity

WA’s contemporary brewers are building on the foundations laid by modern institutions such as Little Creatures and Feral Brewing Company.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Liberal leadership change, State of the Arts, agricultural outlook, Patersons sellout, Curtin's expansion, gold challenges, Western Australians honoured, and our special report on defence.

Saracen makes $38m takeover bid for Bligh

Saracen Mineral Holdings has made an all-scrip takeover offer for Fremantle-based gold explorer Bligh Resources, as it seeks to increase the resource for its Thunderbox operations.

Tasman shares surge on Fortescue deal

Fortescue Metals Group has signed a conditional farm-in and joint venture agreement with Perth-based Tasman Resources for an exploration project in South Australia.

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.

ASG awarded $9m in contracts

The Department of Education has awarded two contracts worth $7.2 million and $1.9 million to Perth-based IT company ASG Group for the ongoing use of its Oracle technologies.

Jaxon to build $21m Claremont apartments

Celsius Property Group has signed construction contractor Jaxon to build the latest apartment project at Claremont Oval, a $21 million, 40-dwelling luxury development.

Tempo optimistic of solar cost blowout solution

Tempo Australia has emerged from a one-and-a-half month trading halt to announce it has agreed terms in-principle with Enel Energy that will potentially prevent a cost blowout at a major solar contract.

ASX opens flat as energy rises, banks lose

The Australian share market has opened flat as gains in the energy and mining sectors were cancelled out by a slide in financials.

Morning Headlines

Extra time for MinRes deal

Oil prices up 2% after attacks on tankers

Oil prices settled 2.2 per cent higher overnight after attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman stoked concerns of reduced crude trade flows through one of the world's key shipping routes.

Gold gains on US Fed rate cut expectations

Gold prices climbed to a week's high overnight, supported by expectations for an interest rate cut by the US Federal Reserve following soft inflation data although an uptick in equities capped gains.

Symbol crashes into administration

Symbol Mining has gone into administration, less than three months after the Subiaco junior tapped the market for nearly $2.2 million.

ASX flat as tech, energy shares drop

The Australian share market has treaded water for a second straight day as both energy and tech stocks dipped while health care shares rebounded.

WA's unemployment rate rises again

Western Australia was the only state in the country to record both a decrease in employment numbers and an increase in its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May.

Adani mine granted approval

Adani has declared it's full steam ahead for its controversial coal mine after the Queensland government issued the final approval the company needs to begin construction.

Target sales sag further for Wesfarmers

Wesfarmers says full-year earnings from its department stores could fall by as much as $103 million after sales at the struggling Target chain fell by 2.3 per cent so far in the second half.

Borrello bought by national law firm

Thomson Geer has become the latest in a string of east coast law firms to enter the Western Australian market, acquiring LSV Borrello 10 years after the local firm was established.

Charges over WA Army base work injuries

Three companies have been charged over serious injuries suffered by two workers during the redevelopment of Campbell Barracks in Perth.

Five big WA gold mines at risk of closure: analyst

Market research firm IBISWorld has identified five large gold mines in Western Australia set to shut down by 2025 because of low reserves, less than a month after a prominent gold mining consultancy rejected reports that Australian gold production is set to fall substantially.

Entertainment offerings breathe new life into Old Synagogue

Opening four venues in a heritage building in Fremantle is the latest venture from the team responsible for taking Oktoberfest national.

Restoring confidence key

OPINION: In WA and on the national stage, the men in charge of the purse strings face challenges of control and confidence.

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.

Liza Harvey new Libs leader

Liza Harvey has been elected unopposed as leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party in WA with Bill Marmion chosen as her deputy.

Morning Headlines

US-Australia to secure rare earths

Oil slumps 4 per cent on US crude build

Oil prices tumbled 4 per cent overnight to their lowest settlements in nearly five months, weakened by another unexpected rise in US crude stockpiles and by a dimming outlook for global oil demand.

Gold climbs on US Fed rate cut speculation

Gold prices gained momentum overnight as the US dollar dipped on speculation about the US central bank cutting interest rates this year amid global economic growth concerns.

Mike Nahan resigns as Liberal leader

Mike Nahan announced at 7pm last night his intention to step down as leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party, with a view to installing a new leader by the end of this week.

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