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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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Kelly nationalises water maintenance

The WA government has turned the clock back by returning maintenance and operations work across Water Corporation’s Perth and Mandurah networks to state control.

EC&M into administration

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

Ayles gives fashion fest a sporting chance

Creating a more inclusive fashion festival and controlling costs have been the two priorities for the new boss of the Fashion Council WA.

Banks beware a currency revolution

Australia’s big four banks could be reduced to one within a decade, in an extreme scenario, as Western countries follow moves in China towards the mass adoption of social media-based payment systems, according to a New York University professor visiting Perth.

Gold miners reap rewards of strong market

Strong gold prices and higher production levels have helped lift revenue at gold miners Saracen Mineral Holdings and Regis Resources, with Saracen’s net profit up 22 per cent to $92.5 million.

Pay deal approved by public workers

A new wages deal for public sector workers that offers an extra holiday and superannuation payments during unpaid leave had been approved by workers, two months after Business News revealed the public sector union had claimed the deal broke the state government’s pay policy.

Java runs out of juice

The Leederville-based business which owns the iconic Perth brand Java Juice has entered administration, with stores in Joondalup and Perth closing doors in recent weeks.

Activists arrested in parliament showdown

Eight protesters were arrested at state parliament today as members of the Extinction Rebellion group took their climate change activism to the next level, with a sitting in the legislative assembly brought to a standstill.

Woodside setting up balance sheet for big build

A move to reactivate a dividend reinvestment plan and a $US 1.5 billion debt deal should be read as a sign Woodside Petroleum is confident that its Browse and Scarborough projects are moving forward, chief executive Peter Coleman said.

Key McGowan adviser in fight over CCC inquiry

The head of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet has been accused of an “extremely serious intentional breach of parliamentary privilege” by a parliamentary committee chaired by Labor's Kate Doust for his actions during a Corruption and Crime Commission investigation.

McGowan lobbying on submarine maintenance

Labour and capacity constraints in South Australia could lead to cost blowouts and delays in the building of new naval vessels, Premier Mark McGowan said today, as he lobbied federal counterparts to move more maintenance work for existing submarines out west.

Unions ready for offshore fight

SPECIAL REPORT: An alliance between two big unions will put pressure on oil and gas contractors at a time when many enterprise agreements reach their expiry and a big projects are set to get under way.

Domgas needs big developments

SPECIAL REPORT: Four prospective domestic gas projects will be key to ensuring adequate supply in WA in the next decade, despite new facilities recently starting up.

Green impact facing major projects

SPECIAL REPORT: Business News spoke to green advocates to explore how the petroleum industry might find common cause with the environmental movement, as pressure builds on billions of dollars of projects.

Cockatoos, wetlands on rail route

Nearly 30 hectares of Black Cockatoo foraging habitat and three priority wetlands will be impacted by the Thornlie-Cockburn link rail project, according to environmental documents.

Gorgon carbon capture online

The $2 billion carbon capture and storage facility at Chevron’s Gorgon LNG plant has entered operation, more than three years after first gas was shipped from Barrow Island.

Trade surplus, WA exports smash ceiling

Western Australia’s exports surpassed $161 billion in the year to June, as Australia recorded its largest ever trade surplus in the month.

Two coal units to close at Muja

The state government will shut two more generating units at the Muja coal power station, in October 2022 and October 2024, much earlier than scheduled.

Links course playing out of the rough

The operator of Links Kennedy Bay, which claims to have been named one of the top five public access golf courses in Australia, has gone into liquidation with a large tax debt.

Cause for optimism amid battery clouds

There’s cause for optimism about the potential to manufacture battery components in Western Australia in the long term, according to BHP Nickel West asset president Eddy Haegel.

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.

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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.