Real estate agents have heralded an exodus to the South West as more people choose the region and its lifestyle while the mining sector declines.

Pioneer Resources this morning released positive drilling results at the explorer’s Fairwater project on the Fraser Range, a day after its share price unexpectedly spiked 21.43 per cent.

Australia's newest oil and gas company, the US$2.1 ($2.73) billion Quadrant Energy, is expected to be launched today when a consortium of Brookfield Asset Management, Macquarie Capital and Angela Bennett settles its acquisition of Apache's WA business unit.

Australia's iron ore miners have been boosted by higher prices in recent days, but analysts predict further job losses in the industry in the year ahead.

The Northern Territory government is taking too long to punish those responsible for a radioactive spill on Aboriginal land in Kakadu, traditional owners say.

There's no sign of recovery for the world's top mining companies hit by falling commodity prices.

Global miner Glencore has taken a swipe at Australia's mining giants, saying their mass iron ore and coal expansions had "cannibalised" revenue and hurt the economy.

GR Engineering and Future Power WA have won contracts on Sirius Resources’ Nova nickel project.

Woodside Petroleum CEO Peter Coleman says the time has come for his industry to talk up gas as more than merely a transition fuel but a far cleaner and better alternative to coal.

Central Petroleum will take a 50 per cent stake in, and operatorship of, the Mereenie oil and gas field in the Northern Territory from Santos.

Shares in logistics and infrastructure company Qube have hit a seven-month low as it warned tough trading conditions were unlikely to improve in the next 12 months.