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Matt Mckenzie

Matt Mckenzie joined Business News in June 2014 and reports on projects, energy, agribusiness, infrastructure, small business, manufacturing and economics. He completed bachelor of arts and bachelor of economics degrees at the University of Western Australia, majoring in political science and international relations, economics, and money and banking. In 2018, Matt won a WA Media Award for business reporting.

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WA outlook improving: James

An increase in retail spending, a growing population and improved housing finance figures suggest positive times ahead for Western Australia’s economy, according to CommSec chief economist Craig James.

Title reshuffle for Scarborough

Woodside Petroleum and BHP have reshuffled their interests in two petroleum titles key to the Scarborough LNG project, as the companies prepare for a final investment decision this year.

Equinor out of the bight

A move by Norwegian government-backed Equinor to withdraw from oil and gas exploration in the Great Australian Bight has been labelled disappointing by industry groups, and welcomed by environmentalists.

Profit up for MMA

A 34 per cent lift in first-half profit at MMA Offshore shows an improving environment for offshore service providers, with the company having won work with Woodside and Esso.

Cash for Yara hydrogen study

Yara Pilbara and Engie have received a $1 million boost for a planned renewable hydrogen project from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, but Western Australia will not be involved in the establishment of a new Australian Hydrogen Centre.

Wesfarmers sells $1.1bn Coles stake

Wesfarmers has sold $1.1 billion of Coles shares, reducing its holdings of the supermarket chain to 10 per cent, while revealing $24 million of payroll problems during its half-yearly results released today.

Bigger bandwidth for STEM women

As rapid technological change disrupts the economy, WA must ensure women share the benefits.

Rethinking the brain drain

Almost one in 10 people aged 24 to 30 have left WA in the past five years, signalling more must be done to create a culture of opportunity.

Shooting for the stars in a smart WA

Ambitious entrepreneurs and sensible policies could make WA the world’s pre-eminent location for data analytics, remote operations and high-tech industries.

Cost, delay troubles for Metronet

The Metronet rail rollout could cost about $2 billion more than first estimated, as the state government gets shovels moving on projects amid delays.

Perth confirmed for space hub

An industry consortium including Woodside and two universities has confirmed Perth will be the hub of a new remote operations centre dedicated to the space industry.

Mindset shift at core of STEAM

How do we prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future?

Saul’s call: March quarter warning

Australia’s economy could go backwards in the March quarter, although a recession is unlikely, one of Australia’s top economists has warned.

Autonomous truck deal for Roy Hill

Iron ore miner Roy Hill Holdings is taking a further leap into the world of autonomous mining, selecting Epiroc and ASI Mining to convert its fleet of 77 trucks from manned to driverless use.

Fashion sector faces fresh challenge

The Fashion Council WA says it is finalising a deal to pay suppliers to the 2019 Perth Fashion Festival, four months after the event.

WA ramps up for naval build

Work on the first Henderson-built offshore patrol vessel will get under way within weeks, part of a 12-ship program worth $2 billion headed by German business Luerssen and local partner Civmec.

Crunch time on climate

SPECIAL REPORT: Bushfires on Australia’s east coast will put pressure on emissions policy at a time when decisions are being made on major projects needed to boost the economy in the west.

Setting a path for 2020 and beyond

SPECIAL REPORT: A hiatus in the US-China trade war and an improved economic outlook gives WA leaders an opportunity to look at longer-term challenges such as climate change and technological disruption.

Local businesses winning Eliwana work: Fortescue

More than 80 per cent of spending on the Eliwana iron ore project has been through local contractors, Fortescue Metals Group said today, while Premier Mark McGowan announced a major approval had been fast tracked to enable the mine to be completed on schedule.

$3bn blockage in lithium pipeline

A decision by Wesfarmers and partner SQM to pause investments at the Mount Holland mine and Kwinana refinery bring to about $3 billion the value of lithium projects deferred in Western Australia during the past year.

$241m saving for gas users

Domestic gas users will benefit by as much as $241 million over five years under Australian Gas Infrastructure Group’s latest pricing proposal for the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline.

Vote not needed for four-fold dilution

Indian state-owned corporation NMDC recently lifted its stake in local mining hopeful Legacy Iron Ore to more than 90 per cent in a deal that minor shareholders say dramatically diluted their equity, with regulators powerless to take action.

Bauxite project for northern Kimberley

A private business has lodged documents with the environmental regulator for a new bauxite mine in the Kimberley, a project estimated to be worth around $35 million.

Wilkes to be Yeeda leader

Burch Family Wines chief executive and 40under40 winner Anthony Wilkes is making a move into beef with his appointment to Yeeda Pastoral Company, which takes effect next month.

Morrison’s Kyoto conundrum

Moves to scrap the use of carryover carbon emissions credits from the Kyoto Protocol could significantly increase the cost of Australia meeting its Paris Agreement target.

$52m liquids terminal for Kwinana

Plans have been lodged with the state’s environmental regulator for a $52 million bulk liquids terminal in Kwinana, a facility that would hold liquid fertiliser, cooking oils and caustic soda.

$10bn tax bill for resources

Nine WA-linked resources businesses are ranked among the country’s top 20 corporate taxpayers, despite a widespread perception the industry does not pay its way.

Julimar next in Woodside plan

Drilling on phase two of the Julimar-Brunello gas development will begin this quarter as part of a US$4 billion ($5.8 billion) capital expenditure drive by Woodside Petroleum in 2020.

Gas concerns delay $1bn major project

Businesses are facing a challenge locking in gas contracts for major projects in Western Australia, including Coogee's planned $1 billion Burrup Peninsula methanol plant, which the company is now pursuing without partner Wesfarmers.

Late by 89 seconds, Fortescue catches a break

Fortescue Metals Group won a Supreme Court decision today over an exploration licence application that had been declined because it was processed seconds after the regulator’s deadline.

DP World strike as IR battle continues

Workers at the DP World terminal at Fremantle Ports are striking today after negotiations between the company and union broke down over provisions to restrict automation and outsourcing in a draft bargaining agreement.

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Green light for Bechtel Pluto camp

A $180 million project to house up to 2,500 fly-in, fly-out workers for the expansion of Woodside Petroleum's Pluto LNG plant was approved by the local joint development assessment panel in December.

WA returns to growth as Australia avoids recession

GDP has bounced back from a poor showing in the September quarter with December quarter seasonally adjusted growth of 1.1 per cent, while Western Australia snapped a five quarter streak of shrinking state demand to grow 0.4 per cent.

EC&M into administration

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

Financial probe for student union

The University of Western Australia Student Guild has dismissed a staff member over financial irregularities after bringing in forensic accountants from BDO to undertake a special analysis of its 2013 accounts.

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McGowan to cancel Roe 8

The Roe 8 road project will be cancelled if the Labor Party wins the upcoming state election, opposition leader Mark McGowan said today, even though the government has already signed a contract for construction, with $236 million of funding to be re-allocated to three alternative roads.

Nalder makes fresh freight link pitch

Transport Minister Dean Nalder has highlighted the social benefits of Roe 8 and touted the minimal environmental impact of the project at a lunch today, adding that the link would need to be built regardless of any move to an outer harbour.

Green light for Kwinana lithium plant

A $400 million lithium processing plant to be built in Kwinana has got the green light, with West Perth company MSP Engineering to act as head contractor.

Feds back unconventional drilling

Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg said the federal government would be pushing states to remove moratoriums on unconventional gas extraction, including fracking, he told the LNG 18 conference today.