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.
Sydney-based Perth Basin player AWE has announced it won't need to further use hydraulic fracturing at its Drover-1 well, after existing drilling results gave it a clear assessment of shale gas potential in the field.
Western Australia risks falling behind its competitors in agriculture and could miss out on making the most of opportunities in Asia, according to panelists at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia discussion on the industry today.
Small and medium-sized businesses in regional areas might need to look to non-bank lending pathways to secure finance, particularly if they are lacking in assets, according to a report to be released today by the Regional Australia Institute.
Australia is likely to emerge as the clear leader in global lithium production after Perth companies Neometals and Mineral Resources today announced an offtake and funding agreement with a Chinese producer for the planned Mt Marion mine.
Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion has again touted Western Australia’s credentials as a destination for uranium mining, this time at today’s opening of the Australian Uranium Conference in Perth.
The benefits of the nation's mining boom years appear to have benefited those on lower incomes more than initially thought, and the nation is one of the most reliant on income taxes, according to a report recently released by the OECD.
PDC BIM has found strong demand for its services in the space where information technology and construction collide, winning work at the Perth Children’s Hospital, the new Perth Stadium, Inpex Ichthys LNG, and for BHP Billiton’s iron ore mines.
Play equipment manufacturer Funky Monkey Bars has swung its way into the Rising Stars alumni after developing an innovative kids offering that gained market traction on the back of word-of-mouth brand promotion.
After a decade of strong population and economic growth, debate continues as to the best ways to fund the state’s future infrastructure needs. Business News has compiled a list of the biggest state government assets that could be sold in future to fund infrastructure.
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.
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.