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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Export focus for development commission

The South West Development Commission has won a $400,000 contract to deliver the federal government’s Tradestart service in the southern parts of Western Australia.

WA wage growth lags nation

Wage growth in Western Australia has again come in at the lowest level in the nation in the year to March, prompting UnionsWA to call for workplace reform.

Lotterywest picks supply contract winners

A Canadian company and a New South Wales business have been awarded a $26.9 million contract to manufacture and deliver lotto scratchcard tickets for Lotterywest.

Forrest's $1bn Fortescue reward

Andrew Forrest will have an income of nearly $1 billion this financial year after Fortescue Metals Group announced a 60 cent per share final dividend today.

R.J. Vincent for $33m Subi demolition

Balcatta based R.J. Vincent and Co has been picked by the state government to demolish the grandstands at Subiaco Oval, with the playing surface to remain for community use.

Sterling's rental arm up for sale

Ferrier Hodgson has launched a quickfire sale of Rental Management Australia, one of 12 businesses associated with fund manager Sterling First that went into administration earlier this month.

Beware the billions for businesses

Opinion: While politicians are showering favoured industries in cash this federal election, voters should remember the recent train wreck of Carnegie Clean Energy as a reminder that subsidies for businesses can flop badly.

EPA nod for West Angelas

A $579 million expansion of Rio Tinto’s West Angelas iron ore mine has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority today.

Lamborghini aware of curves, optimistic on WA

Car sales in Western Australia might have been down again in April but there’s a sense of optimism about the Australian luxury vehicle market at Lamborghini, as the brand positions itself for two major automotive trends.

TAB, Landgate sales moving

WA BUDGET: There are at least two parties interested in buying the TAB, with the state government committing to put part of the money raised towards replacing King Edward Memorial Hospital.

GST fix helps state into surplus

WA BUDGET: Federal infrastructure grants and reform of the GST have helped the state government project a $1.5 billion operating surplus in the upcoming financial year, although funding for the Ellenbrook rail line is largely absent.

Hancock passes 85% in Riversdale takeover

Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting appears to have emerged victorious in its $644 million bid to acquire metallurgical coal hopeful Riversdale Resources, after Resource Capital Funds accepted the deal.

EPA approval for big Greenbushes investment

A big expansion of lithium production at the Greenbushes mine is a step closer after Talison Lithium was given environmental approval for its plans to lift output to 2.8 million tonnes per annum.

Big property manager into administration

Administrators have been called in to 12 companies under the umbrella of South Perth-based Sterling First, which claims to have a residential property portfolio of $900 million.

PS Structures for $41m Balcatta High rebuild

PS Structures, Ertech and WBHO Infrastructure are among contractors that have won $53 million of work from the state government in recent weeks, while PwC has been selected for two major consulting reviews.

Seven ways WA stays top in traditional fuels

Our list of seven reasons why WA will continue to be at the forefront of development of traditional fuels.

Spearheading move to power off grid

The battery minerals boom may have captured the public’s imagination, but WA is also at the vanguard of applying batteries and other technologies at the consumer level.

Hydrogen fires burning passion for innovation

Hydrogen is the most abundant element and WA could play a role in making the gas a big part of the world’s energy supply.

Electric time for energy hopefuls

Free to read: From resources projects to rooftops, the technological revolution under way in energy will have a lasting impact on Western Australia.

From gas to lithium, WA powering the world

The state is developing from a gas exporter to produce a range of energy commodities and technological innovations, with energy exports to potentially hit $50 billion in a decade.

$4.5m for StudyPerth student plan

The state government will grant $4.5 million towards StudyPerth’s plan to turnaround the decline of international student numbers, which will include an alumni database, digital marketing campaign and an international student centre in the city.

Coleman's carbon concerns continue

The federal Labor opposition needs to lock down the details of its emissions policy before the impact will be clear, according to Woodside chief executive Peter Coleman, but the ability to buy international offsets will be key to keeping the cost of carbon reduction low.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Matt Mckenzie discuss Wesfarmers' lithium bid, Perth house prices, Aldi's impact, AHG takeover, Tempo, contract awards, the election debate, and our latest Great for the State feature — Future of Energy.

Liquidation battle for Mad Dogs

Liquidators have been appointed to Mad Dogs Jungle Bar five months after the Milligan Street venue shut its doors following a dispute with the landlord, but it is anticipated the decision may be reversed.

Barnett, Lawrences on thinktank board

Colin Barnett, Carmen Lawrence and Jennifer Lawrence are among the high profile names appointed to the UWA Public Policy Institute’s international advisory board today.

$163m Nifty copper plan for Metals X

Metals X is planning to spend $163 million to sharpen up the performance of the Nifty copper mine, nearly three years after it bought the Pilbara operation from Indian business Aditya Birla Minerals.

Heytesbury posts $7.9m profit

Revenue at agribusiness Heytesbury Holding dropped 14 per cent to be $47.7 million in the year to December, but sales income was steady.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Matt Mckenzie discuss two major private WA companies – Andrew Forrest’s Harvest Road Group and mining contractor Byrnecut – plus the outlook for the Perth Basin and LNG projects, female directors, China’s Huawei, and our special report on construction companies.

Juniors pumped over Perth Basin potential

After a prolonged intermission, oil and gas activity in the Perth Basin appears to be picking up.

Friend or threat – looking at the heart of Huawei

Debate around the selection of Huawei to roll out the communications network for Metronet is just an example close to home of how the western world is grappling with the rise of the Chinese company as a technology powerhouse.

South Korea next for trade pact

South Korea should join Australia and 10 other nations in the second generation Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to Perth USAsia Centre chief executive Gordon Flake.



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.