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Matt Mckenzie

Matt Mckenzie joined Business News in June 2014 and reports on projects, energy, agribusiness, small business, employment relations, 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. He was formerly president of the UWA Student Guild, where he introduced the first private catering outlets on campus, and has worked at a financial services company.

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Treasury bosses extend reach into utilities

Deputy under-treasurer Michael Court has joined the board of Horizon Power, the latest in a string of moves to appoint government employees to directorships at energy utilities.

Big lift in WA-Thai trade

Exports to Thailand from Western Australia have surged about 270 per cent from a low point just three years ago, as the South-East Asian country seeks to strengthen linkages with Australia and partners.

Building connections to enable disruption

Western Australia in 2029 will be dramatically different from today.

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.

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.

Disruption in motion

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

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.

Innovation revolution for disease, disability

Technology is dramatically expanding access to and the effectiveness of healthcare from the cities to WA’s most remote parts.

Power politics shock looms

There’s growing pressure for the state government to rethink how it prices electricity because of the proliferation of solar panels, but the issue could be electoral dynamite.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Matt Mckenzie discuss hospitality sector challenges, regional hotel expansion, gold versus lithium, heritage issues in Peppy Grove, Pacific Energy, our special report on infrastructure, and our Great for the State feature on disruption.

Worsley in two domgas deals

Worsley Alumina has locked in gas supply deals with Chevron and Woodside Petroleum today, as Santos chief executive Kevin Gallagher warns of a looming price spike.

$10m for green hydrogen

The state government will spend $10 million to push the development of a renewable hydrogen industry for exporting, remote power, fuel cell vehicles and use in gas networks.

Solar growth demands storage fix

Incentivising the uptake of home battery systems might help avoid a major capital expenditure requirement on the grid.

Fairness concern in taxi buy-back

Investors who bought taxi plates as prices fell after Uber entered the market could receive more compensation than long-term drivers, as payments under the state government’s taxi buy-back scheme begin flowing this month.

Labour supply pressure point

Demand for construction workers in Western Australia could double within 12 months, putting pressure on wages and schedules, according to an industry analyst.

Buyers eye Berrington Care rescue

Fifteen businesses have expressed an interest in buying Berrington Care Group, an aged care provider which went into administration earlier this month, while residents consider options for nearly $125 million of deposits.

Twisted outcomes on the grid

Uptake of rooftop solar is being severely distorted by a flawed pricing structure for electricity, forcing higher costs across the grid, according to one of Australia’s leading authorities on energy markets.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Dan Wilkie and Matt Mckenzie discuss Manchester United, Gemmill Homes, BGC asset sales, office rents, Blue Cow Cheese, solar storage, apartment development.

Magnesium hopeful targets NAIF cash

The company behind a magnesium project proposed for the state’s north is seeking government support

Rebelles aspire for Beaufort St revival

Liam and Sarah Atkinson have made what some might say is a rebellious move, taking the plunge and setting up a restaurant in the underperforming Beaufort Street precinct.

Freo strike amid intense competition

A significant flow of trade through Fremantle Port will come to a stop later this week as unionised workers strike to oppose automation and outsourcing.

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.

Aged care provider into administration

Administrators were today appointed to two entities in Berrington Care Group, which operates aged care facilities in Subiaco and Como.

Building costs climb for lithium refineries

Construction costs for many lithium refining projects have been revised up in the past year as proponents rethink the scale and scope of their developments, with Tianqi Lithium’s Kwinana project the latest to run higher than forecast.

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.

Money growth impact looms

Australia's monetary expansion during the past decade has been among the most substantial in the developed world, according to recent data, with the Reserve Bank today continuing an easing policy.

BN30 shows shares slow in the west

Western Australia’s listed companies have trailed the broader market in the past year, with the Business News BN30 index rising 5.2 per cent as the ASX 200 lifted 7.2 per cent.

Contracts play practical role for community

Fortescue Metals Group’s recent awarding of $179 million in contracts to Aboriginal businesses highlights two different approaches to indigenous development.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Dan Wilkie and Matt Mckenzie discuss Blue Cow Cheese, hospitality insolvencies, Ribs & Burgers, Flinders Mines, Sandfire Mod takeover, Barminco, indigenous contracts, Rising Stars, and Great for the State.

Administrations down despite builder, bar pressure

Administrations in Western Australia hit their lowest level in five years in the March quarter, but pressure continues for construction and hospitality.

Isolation brings positive push for microgrids

The vast emptiness of WA has proved to be an advantage when developing skills in the rollout of new electricity technology.

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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.

Liquidation as pressure builds at Yagan Square

Two businesses at Yagan Square have shut up shop in recent weeks, with warnings more may follow as tenants grapple with low foot traffic.

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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.