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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Brogden MD at AICD

Former New South Wales opposition leader John Brogden has been appointed managing director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, after serving as chief executive of the Financial Services Council.

Fortescue reaches record iron run rate

Iron ore exporter Fortescue Metals Group has notched up a record 160 million tonne annualised run rate in the last month of the financial year.

New dawn for Day at Kingsgate

Former Kagara managing director Geoff Day has been appointed chief executive of Kingsgate Consolidated.

Creative talents find new stages to strut

Recent investment in school theatre facilities is having a mutually beneficial effect.

Newera raises $1m

Minerals explorer Newera Resources has announced an entitlements issue to raise just over a $1 million.

Kingsrose ticks approval boxes

Final approval has been granted for gold production at Kingsrose Mining’s Talang Santo mine in South Sumatra, Indonesia.

Potash West completes placement

Phosphate and glauconite explorer Potash West has completed an $800,000 placement to fund development of its Dandaragan Trough project near Perth.

Investors give green light to Greenland

Greenland Minerals and Energy has closed its fully underwritten $8.9 million rights issue oversubscribed.

Independence exceeds production

Exploration and mining company Independence Group has exceeded guidance for production of nickel, zinc and copper at its Long and Jaguar operations.

Calibre acquires Ark

Perth-based Ark Maintenance has been acquired by Calibre Group subsidiary G&S Engineering Services for $3.3 million.

New chief at Nexus

Nexus Minerals has appointed current general manager Andy Tudor as chief executive officer, whilst refocusing operations to Australian projects.

Zenith buys Queensland deposits

Perth-based explorer Zenith Minerals has acquired 51 per cent interest in Fitzroy Resources’ Rookwood project, with an option to purchase the remainder.

Legacy plans $25 million raising

Iron and gold exploration company Legacy Iron Ore has announced a 3:1 entitlement issue with a plan to obtain up to $25 million.

Golden age at Evolution

Fiscal year 2014 saw record gold production for Evolution Mining, a Perth-based operation with five mines across Queensland and Western Australia.

Kibaran raises $3.1m through placement

Graphite and nickel exploration company Kibaran Resources has raised $3.1 million through a share placement, just months after it completed a similar placement in February.

Impact raises $2.59m

Western Australian small-cap explorer Impact Minerals has announced a successful $2.59 million capital raising to fund drilling projects in New South Wales.

Geopacific raises $5m for Cambodia exploration

Gold and Copper exploration company Geopacific Resources has achieved a $5 million share placement primarily to fund activities in Cambodia.

RMG to restructure after $2.8m placement

Exploration company RMG has announced a share consolidation plan and a restructure of its Chilean mining operations in the wake of a successful capital placement expected to raise $2.8 million.

Board reshuffle at Buru Energy

Buru Energy managing director Keiran Wulff announced his resignation today as the oil and gas exploration firm appointed two new non-exececutive directors.

PBD seeks to sell failed development

Commonwealth regulatory approval has been granted for PBD Development’s (formerly Port Bouvard) Point Grey marina project, prompting the company to commence a formal assessment of opportunities for outright sale or joint venture development of the project.

Rick Hart sells second business

Long-time Perth retailer Rick Hart has sold his four-year-old Kitchen Headquarters business to Sydney based Winning Group for an undisclosed sum.

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.

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.

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.

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.



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.