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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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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.

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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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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.