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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Golden handshake for Rosair

Former Department of Regional Development director general Paul Rosair has received a $412,000 golden handshake after stepping down from the role on June 30, nine months earlier than stipulated in his contract.

India, Efic deal for exporters

The Australian Export Finance and Insurance Corporation has unveiled details of a new deal with India’s largest bank, The State Bank of India.

Strong quarter at Western Areas

Nickel producer Western Areas has performed strongly in the June quarter, finishing the year in a net cash position of $10.3 million.

Kin receives $3m funding for Leonora

Kin Mining has struck a $3 million funding deal with Geolord Resources to complete its acquisition of the Leonora gold project.

Uranium Equities to raise $1.5m

Uranium Equities has announced a one for three rights issue and placement to raise up to $1.5 million for its Alligator Rivers uranium field and general working capital.

Atma aims to break the poverty cycle in India

A recently established social enterprise is aiming to use the sale of bicycles in Western Australia to reduce poverty in India.

Elemental appoints new MD

Potash explorer Elemental Minerals has appointed John Sanders as managing director, replacing Iain Macpherson who will continue as a non-executive director.

Food vans offer gourmet grub

An iconic fixture at many sporting and cultural events, food vans are going gourmet, with pies and chips giving way to more sophisticated cuisine that, increasingly, is competing with the bricks and mortar hospitality sector.

Beef with Indian buffalo

Australian beef producers are facing competition in emerging exports markets from low-cost Indian buffalo production, according to the Australian Bureau of Agriculture Resource Economics and Sciences.

Coretrack, Latin raise capital

Two months after acquiring fraccing technology developer Ecopropp, energy company Coretrack has completed a successful raising of $2 million to advance the new business.

Bauxite lifts Athena forecast

Bauxite Resources has announced an increased forecast for its Athena deposit in Western Australia’s Darling Range.

Acquisition and placement for Aurora

Aurora Minerals has executed a three way deal with African Lion and Predictive Discovery, offering African Lion an $800,000 placement and in return receiving a 17.2 per cent slice in Predictive.

Nifty mining to resume

Copper producer Aditya Birla Minerals will resume mining activities at its Birla Nifty mine less than four months after it was closed due to a sinkhole.

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.



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.