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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Sentiment up, marginally, in mining

Mining industry leaders are now more bullish than last year, according to research by Newport Consulting, but most are still not optimistic about their growth prospects going forward.

Mining wages breakout a payroll burden

Payroll tax is costing Western Australian businesses more than $2,700 per employee on the back of strong wages growth in the state during the past decade, according to a report released today.

Atlas shares slip further

Shares in Atlas Iron continued to tumble today, down 8 per cent to 3.3 cents, taking the company’s market capitalization to around $87 million.

Fracking has future for tight gas

With science increasingly giving hydraulic stimulation, or ‘fracking’, the thumbs up, the practice could be used to unlock enormous amounts of tight gas in WA.

Junior plays keen to stake claims in Perth Basin

SPECIAL REPORT: Global oil prices may have halved in the past 18 months, but WA onshore energy players like their prospects.

AWE won't frack Drover well

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.

Industry, governments set roadmap for resources recovery

After a prodigious drop in exploration spending during the past decade, miners and governments have unveiled a blueprint to kickstart greenfields programs.

DRA, BGC in tie-up

In a move to expand its presence in the mining services market, BGC Contracting will be forming a joint venture with South African firm DRA, the two companies announced today.

Sales data gives good news

Aggregate spending was up 0.6 per cent in WA in June, bringing the total increase in the past 12 months to 7.7 per cent, according to data released by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia today.

Liberal MP Don Randall passes away aged 62

Long-serving Liberal member of federal parliament Don Randall has passed away from what was believed to be a heart attack while on an electorate visit, aged 62.

Agriculture paper a first step: industry

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.

GE scopes out Nexxis for remote partnership

Remote-technology contractor Nexxis has sealed a partnership with global giant GE to bring medical imaging and other advanced technologies to the energy and mining industries.

Taxi paper paves way for reform

Taxi and Uber drivers are set to compete on a level playing field after Transport Minister Dean Nalder revealed the state government’s green paper into the industry.

Regional SMEs need finance options

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.

Neometals secures backing for lithium mine

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.

Government touts WA uranium

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.

Healthy food delivers for @panache

Having established a strong following with the CBD professional set since opening in 2012, wholefood cafe @panache has launched a new home-delivery business.

Solar ferries float crowdfunding

Perth businessman Kevyn Townley will be launching a crowdfunding campaign later this week for a tourism operation that will run solar-powered ferries on the Swan River.

Governments have little appetite for awards reform

Calls for reform to penalty rates are likely to grow louder following last month’s rise in unemployment in Western Australia.

Boom years brought widespread benefit

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.

Smooth transition for GMA Garnet

The leadership team is changing at one of Western Australia’s quiet business success stories, but the strategy remains firmly on track.After nearly 30 years at the helm of the world’s largest garnet a

Labour leader fined for racial abuse

Fines totaling $24,000 have been imposed by the Federal Court after CFMEU official Bradley Upton racially abused a construction company representative on a site in 2012.

Euroz acquires Entrust

Brokerage firm Euroz is expanding its funds management offering, with the acquisition of Perth-based Entrust Private Wealth Management for around $7.8 million.

Subsidies for mining stay low

Figures contained in a recent Productivity Commission review show subsidies to the mining industry are much lower than claimed by some critics of the sector.

CCI: 4% growth for 2015-16

Dull consumer spending growth and dramatically lower business investment are ahead for the state’s economy in 2015-16, according to the latest Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA Outlook, but expansio

Software is hard cash for PDC

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.

Harrier aiming for capital gain

A management buy-out of a slice of executive search firm Gerard Daniels in 2007 led to the creation of recruitment consultant Harrier Human Capital.

No monkey business, playtime is Funky

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.

Possibilities in processing of lithium

Domestic processing of lithium could provide a value-adding opportunity for an industry WA already dominates.

Asset sales, debt, PPPs part of funding suite for infrastructure projects

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.

Foreign firms target public builds

Despite the economic slowdown, Perth’s public infrastructure program is providing an opportunity for newcomers in the market to gain a beachhead.



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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St Barbara recruits new CEO

Former Rio Tinto executive Bob Vassie has today been announced as the incoming managing director of ASX-listed gold miner St Barbara.

Coalspur announces strategic review

Coalspur Mines has announced a major strategic review, including the potential sale of its flagship Vista project in Canada, or sale of the company as a whole.

Clough awarded Rio power contract

The collapse of Forge Group has opened up new opportunities for engineering contractor Clough, which has won a design and procurement contract for a power station that was previously awarded to Forge.

Schammer, Hasleby pitch online footy venture

Former Fremantle football stars Byron Schammer and Paul Hasleby have teamed up to launch what they hope will be the AFL equivalent of Facebook.