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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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Gnangara to service subsea, space

Telstra and Dutch multinational Fugro have opened a remote operations centre in Gnangara, which the partners hope could be used to service industries beyond oil and gas.

Going alone on carbon has costs: Woodside

The emissions reduction policy proposed by the Environmental Protection Authority in March was misaligned with the Paris Agreement, would lead to lower abatements for a given cost, and potentially even send emissions overseas, according to Woodside Petroleum.

TraumaSim sews up US deal

A Midvale business which creates simulated injuries for military and emergency services training has bought its United States counterpart as it plans to expand stateside.

Quigley amps up corruption fight

State Attorney General John Quigley has taken a battle between parliament’s upper house and the Corruption and Crime Commission to the Supreme Court.

Revenue tide lifts budget

A $2.4 billion surge in revenue above forecast levels helped the state government record a $1.3 billion operating surplus in the year to June, but the overall cash position of the budget is still in a deficit of $924 million.

Stronger markets support insurers

Perth-based health insurer HBF has posted a 53 per cent rise in its net surplus to $93.7 million, while profit at the state government-owned Insurance Commission of WA fell 27 per cent to $203.5 million, despite an improved return on its investments.

Allseas wins Barossa pipeline contract

Allseas Group has been selected to build a 260 kilometre pipeline linking the Barossa gas field to the Darwin LNG facility, with ConocoPhillips likely to make a final investment decision on the project before March 2020.

Synergy hit by $657m loss

Power utility Synergy has taken a $446 million impairment and reported a loss of $656.9 million in the year to June, which the state government-owned business said was driven by higher fixed costs as revenue fell.

Joyce worth every penny

OPINION: The recovery of Qantas highlights why government intervention is not necessary and good leadership should be rewarded.

Seven leaders who built WA's resources industry

Harnessing the enormous mineral and petroleum wealth of WA required leaders willing to drive innovation and take risks. We profile seven of the most important.

CEFC boosts commitment

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation claims to have increased its investment in WA 10-fold since 2018.

Nature does the business

Peter Buckman says he loves his work with the Friends of Kings Park because he can see the positive impact of his efforts.

Mining, energy benefits widespread

WA’s resources industry has business and community benefits that reach far beyond the export dollars they earn.

Producing at their peak

Duke Ranson looked at about 100 parcels of land before deciding on the perfect place for Duke’s Vineyard winery, an endeavour that’s paying dividends.

Coast, river resources to respect and enjoy

Perth is blessed with world-class beaches and the iconic Swan River, but the city is still exploring how best to activate and protect these locations.

A Pirate Life for Perth in 2020

Local hospitality entrepreneur Andy Freeman is leading a move to build a local branch of South Australian brewery Pirate Life in Perth, with a three level, 1000 person venue to open on Murray Street next year.

WA jobless at 5.8%

Unemployment fell 0.1 percentage points in Western Australia in August to be 5.8 per cent, although the number of people employed full time fell by about 7,900.

Petroleum tax rules encouraging waste

Australia’s petroleum tax system will fail to raise much revenue, yet big producers won’t be earning big profits either, according to oil industry consultant Juan Carlos Boue.

ERA claims $7.5bn savings

Consumers have saved $7.5 billion through the Economic Regulation Authority’s tight leash on major utilities, according to chair Nicky Cusworth, but work is needed to make the state's rules regime more effective.

Accounting for the surplus

There’s an economic significance to Australia delivering a current account surplus in the June quarter that reflects a wider trend than just strong exports.

$1.4bn for Landgate partial privatisation

The McGowan government has inked its biggest privatisation deal yet, with Landgate’s titles register to be operated by a consortium including industry superannuation funds and a Macquarie Group fund, in a deal worth $1.4 billion.

Gebro into administration

Small indigenous business Gebro Contracting, which has worked with Main Roads and Georgiou Group, has entered administration.

No axe to grind as venues compete

Perth will soon be home to three venues with a very different type of entertainment - axe-throwing - adding to a growing number of nightlife options offering interactive activities to lure in punters.

Juwi to take RCR's role at Greenough solar

Synergy’s renewable power joint venture has chosen Juwi Renewable Energy to complete the expansion of Greenough River solar farm, nearly a year after previous contractor RCR entered administration.

Gas, batteries firm as coal exits

SPECIAL REPORT: Gas peaking generation and utility scale batteries will become increasingly valuable in WA as coal power units are retired and new wind farms come online.

$9.4m for Hazer hydrogen

A commercial biogas to hydrogen operation in Perth is a step closer for Hazer Group, after the company announced it had received approval from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency board for $9.4 million of funding.

Market improves for graduates

The graduate jobs market is a competitive environment, but there is cause for optimism as parts of the state’s economy emerge out of a downturn.

EC&M workers returning amid uncertainty

Nearly 160 of EC&M’s 400 employees will be back at work in September, with administrators progressing deals with major clients since the business hit the wall last week.

2050 net zero carbon target for WA

Western Australia will be carbon neutral by 2050 under an aspirational policy announced by the state government today, although it is not yet clear what mechanism will be used to achieve the goal.

Retail, hospitality hit by rents, slow spending

The rate of business failures in hospitality and retail during the past year should be ringing alarm bells for decision makers.

Suppliers caught in EC&M insolvency

Bibra Lake-based Magellan Power has been hit by the insolvency of EC&M after supplying nearly $500,000 of equipment to a project, leading managing director Masoud Abshar to add his voice to calls for stronger laws around payment of subcontractors.

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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.