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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 leading financial services company.

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Kreepy Krauly, JWH named to hall of fame

Osborne Park-based manufacturer Kreepy Krauly and homebuilder JWH Group were last night added to Family Business Australia’s hall of fame.

$5m IPO for nickel, cobalt hopeful

Shares in nickel and cobalt hopeful Aldoro Resources will begin trading on the ASX tomorrow, after a $5 million initial public offering.

Aus Mines' $US12m deal for cobalt work

Perth-based Australian Mines has secured a $US12 million convertible note facility with a New York fund, as it seeks to continue development of a Queensland cobalt project and completes the acquisition of a second cobalt deposit.

Altura in $US15m debt raise

Lithium producer Altura Mining has secured an additional $US15 million of debt funding to support a second stage expansion and the ongoing ramp-up of its Pilgangoora operation, after officially opening the project last week.

Empired wins $9m+ NZ contract

Empired subsidiary Intergen has won a $9 million-plus contract to develop a digital transformation program for New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs.

Small Metronet slice for local contractors

Early works for the Yanchep rail extension and Thornlie to Cockburn link will be contracted separately, as the state government attempts to give opportunities for smaller players after combining the main portions of the two projects into one package.

MinRes takes position in cobalt hopeful

Mineral Resources has continued to diversify its interests, taking a $2 million stake in West Perth-based Barra Resources, which is developing the Mt Thirsty cobalt project near Norseman.

Todd to raise $4.2m

Subiaco-based copper hopeful Todd River Resources plans to raise $4.2 million for drilling work at its Mt Hendy discovery in the Northern Territory.

Thiess wins $190m Leinster contract

CIMIC Group subsidiary Thiess has won a $190 million contract extension for mining services at BHP Billiton Nickel West’s Leinster underground mine, where it has operated since 2016.

Jessica Gomes grows to Asia

SPECIAL REPORT: China and South Korea are key targets for Jessica Gomes as she seeks to take her skincare business into Asia later this year.

Designers plan global assault

SPECIAL REPORT: Asia and the US are the big targets for Perth designers who hope to break onto the world stage.

Downer wins Broome Chinatown work

Downer has been awarded a $6.9 million contract for work to revitalise Broome’s Chinatown streetscape, with works on Carnarvon Street and Dampier Terrace to start this month.

Hydrogen a potential energy option

The cost of hydrogen production could be competitive enough for Western Australia to become a exporter in the next decade, while use in applications such as remote area power systems is not far away.

National growth accelerates in June

State final demand lifted 0.2 per cent in Western Australia in the June quarter, while national GDP growth hit its fastest level in more than 5 years at 3.4 per cent in the 12 months to June.

Gaetjens flags productivity push

Treasury secretary Phil Gaetjens has said policies to improve labour productivity would be critical if Australia was to continue its record run of growth, while hitting back at claims about growing inequality.

US business boosts Austal

A strong performance in the United States has underpinned a 150 per cent increase in profit for shipbuilder Austal, although chief executive David Singleton has said the company’s defeat in the offshore patrol vessel bid will mean a tougher future for its Henderson shipyard.

Tax policy failure a missed opportunity

Opinion: Riding on a bus in Sydney almost two decades ago, my mother was worried we’d be homeless if the country went into a recession, as many were suggesting could happen after the Howard government introduced the GST.

Investec picked for Landgate privatisation

The state government has chosen Investec to advise on the partial privatisation of Landgate, a day after the agency's Victorian equivalent sold for $2.9 billion.

Tech, culture key in Asia

Improving technology and increased use of big data could create significant value for Australia through integration with Asian economies, while business leaders need greater understanding of the market, according to consultancy VCI co-founder Graeme Stanway.

$2.9bn for Victorian land registry

The Victorian government has sealed a $2.86 billion deal to lease that state’s land registry for 40 years, giving an idea of how much Western Australia’s government may expect from a similar, but smaller, privatisation under way locally.

Waste-to-energy investment tops $870m

SPECIAL REPORT: Almost a billion dollars worth of waste-to-energy projects are in the pipeline in WA.

Changes on horizon for Pilbara

SPECIAL REPORT: Moves to reform the Pilbara’s electricity sector will improve competition and lower prices, proponents claim.

$3bn of projects amid market flux

SPECIAL REPORT: About $3 billion of electricity projects are in the pipeline in WA, but technological change and regulatory pressure are creating investment uncertainty.

Morrison hopes to unite party, country

Prime minister designate Scott Morrison has admitted his party was battered and bruised this week, but committed to focus on unifying the country, with a review of the government's drought response his number one priority.

Bishop tipped to run for PM

There will likely be three contenders to become Prime Minister tomorrow, reportedly including WA’s Julie Bishop, with Malcolm Turnbull preparing to call a second leadership spill.

Tax cuts dead, but Turnbull bats on

Company tax cuts have been jettisoned following defeat in the Senate, as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull mounts a defence of his leadership, while an eligibility cloud hangs over challenger Peter Dutton.

Turnbull survives votes on leadership, no-confidence

Two frontbenchers have reportedly offered their resignations to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this afternoon, adding to that of former Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton, after Mr Turnbull held off a leadership challenge this morning.

Kangaroo approves PT Bayan bid

Directors of junior miner Kangaroo Resources has given a tick to a bid from Indonesian coal miner PT Bayan which values the company at $515 million.

GEV to pursue stranded Malaysian gas

Global Energy Ventures is developing a plan to develop stranded gas fields in Malaysia using its floating compressed natural gas technology, after signing a letter of intent with Kuala Lumpur-based Tamarind Resources.

Calima raising $65m for Canada

Subiaco-based oil and gas junior Calima Energy has raised $25 million through a placement, and aims to pick up a further $40 million through debt to underpin a drilling campaign at its Canadian exploration tenements.

MineArc wins Telstra WA business of the year

Welshpool-based supplier of emergency refuge chambers to the mining industry, MineARC Systems, was declared the Telstra WA Business of the Year last night, while Perth Cat Hospital, Pachamama and Earbus Foundation also picked up prizes.

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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.

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.

Warning to Uber moonlighters

Uber drivers using the service as a supplementary income should declare it to their primary employer, according to Minter Ellison partner Kathy Reid, after a driver who had worked during sick leave lost an unfair dismissal claim.

$130bn of major projects in WA

Nearly 140 major projects are either under way or planned for WA, new research by Business News has found. Click through to access the new list on the BNiQ Search Engine.

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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.