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Katie McDonald

Katie McDonald covers the community and arts, food business and science stories for Business News. Completing a bachelor of commerce at the University of Western Australia in 2015, she majored in marketing and English studies. After a brief stint as a recruitment consultant, Katie is the most recent addition to the Business News editorial team. 

Cooper tackles footy culture

From commandeering car horns around the oval on game day as a child watching her father play for Swan Districts, to kicking the footy with her brothers, AFL national manager of female football Jan Cooper said her passion for the sport had only grown over the years. 

Leading front on equity agenda

WA has the largest gender pay gap in the country, and Perth's top business leaders are determined to do something to change that.

Global tech giants join wwweb festival in Perth

Representatives from some of the world's most innovative companies will touch down in Perth next week to share their insights into the 'internet of things' at Perth's inaugural eight-day Festival of the Web.  

Targeting 20 jobs in 20 days

The Autism Association of WA is part way through its campaign to secure 20 positions for jobseekers with autism, and is calling for more prospective employers to get involved.

Cafe serves Cat Haven support

The founders of local social enterprise Cat Cafe Purrth are hoping to open two more cafes later this year, thanks to the appeal of the business's cat, coffee and cake combination.

Connecting the indigenous experience

Accessibility and funding are two issues that have compromised the ability of WA's Aboriginal tourism sector to satisfy unmet visitor demand.

Solving the modern man’s dilemma

Do men really need a tray to store their phone, wallet and keys? Three local entrepreneurs certainly think so.

Santa Maria creates commercial gains

40under40: As the creator of two medical devices, Peter Santa Maria is determined to help Perth scientists and doctors commercialise their research and inventions.

Pfleger taking medical research out of the lab

40under40: Kevin Pfleger is on a mission to turn WA medical research into solutions for chronic disease.

Cedar named 40under40 First Amongst Equals

Gumala Aboriginal Corporation executive officer Jahna Cedar has been named the 2017 Business News 40under40 First Amongst Equals, taking the top honour ahead an impressive field of Western Australia's young business and community leaders. 

Artist in residence with Johannes Pannekoek

The decision to sell his commercial business was the first of many steps into the unknown Johannes Pannekoek has taken in his pursuit of a career in art.

Abilities bring business benefits

A lack of employer awareness and experience in terms of hiring people with a disability has led to misperceptions about what they can offer. 

$8m needed for legal aid

Western Australia's peak association for lawyers has called on the state's political parties to commit at least an additional $8 million to legal assistance services ahead of the March 11 election.

Solar glass offers clear vision for crop growth

Scientists at Edith Cowan University's Electron Science Research Institute have received a $1.6 million federal grant to enable further development of a new type of solar glass that offers significant potential for agriculture.

Artist in residence with Alex Desebrock

With the Perth International Arts Festival under way, Business News caught up with Alex Desebrock to discuss life as a local artist and her latest creation.

Qld uni hangs shingle in Perth

Central Queensland University will open its first Western Australian campus at the end of the month in the Perth CBD.

Pollies cool on arts commitment

The local arts sector has struggled to capture attention for a move it thinks is key to the sustainability and future development of the industry, with no political parties committing to the Chamber of Arts and Culture's proposed pledge of $100 million of increased funding over the next four years.  

New mine approved for Atlas Iron

Resurgent iron ore miner Atlas Iron will begin production at its Corunna Downs project in the Pilbara in March next year, after giving the green light for its development today.

WHL completes $5m RTO raising

WHL Energy has cleared the way to reinvent itself as a technology business after raising $5 million from investors ahead of its reverse takeover of Perth-based Quantify Technology.

A study in democratised giving

A group of young women living in high poverty areas of rural Cambodia will have access to tertiary level education after a recent live crowdfunding event in Perth raised more than $10,000.

Charities cement corporate connections

Tight economic conditions have led the volunteering sector to adapt its practices as demand for services continues to grow.

Money a Fringe factor for local talent

Punters and performers have flocked to Perth's colourful, diverse and pleasantly bizarre Fringe World Festival, which is poised to exceed last year's box office sales and hit the $10 million mark, but factors other than money are driving local artists.

Safeguarding a sustainable fishery

Researchers are combining traditional methods with new technology to ensure the sustainability of WA's rock lobster fishery. 

Leaders lend voice to The Big Issue

Prominent Western Australian business and government leaders, including Nev Power and Dale Alcock, will hit the streets this week to sell The Big Issue magazine as part of the not-for-profit organisation's annual awareness campaign.

Floating more therapy than fad

Stressed corporate types are among the growing clientele driving the success of Perth-based Nick Dunin's floatation therapy business.

Decision on $3.4bn WA NDIS rollout

The state and Commonwealth governments today signed a bilateral agreement for a nationally consistent, locally delivered National Disability Insurance Scheme, set to be delivered from July.

Lifeline profits from Garreffa’s life story

High-profile butcher and philanthropist Vince Garreffa will launch a new book next week, as part of his ongoing commitment to raise funds for suicide prevention charity Lifeline. 

Harvesting opportunity

An empty block cum ecological oasis in East Perth is providing opportunities for Perth's unemployed by meeting the demand for fresh produce.

Force signs $1.5m partnership deal

The Road Safety Commission has signed on with the Western Force to become the club's naming rights partner for the 2017 Super Rugby season.

Researchers target evolution of chronic pain responses

WA scientists hope a suite of new developments will advance the treatment of chronic pain conditions, which cost the Australian economy billions every year.

Fever breaks with past plays to land new sponsorship deals

Netball WA has been scoring in the sponsorship arena, a result of both opportune timing and strategy.

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Cedar named 40under40 First Amongst Equals

Gumala Aboriginal Corporation executive officer Jahna Cedar has been named the 2017 Business News 40under40 First Amongst Equals, taking the top honour ahead an impressive field of Western Australia's young business and community leaders. 

Solving the modern man’s dilemma

Do men really need a tray to store their phone, wallet and keys? Three local entrepreneurs certainly think so.

South Perth welcomes Australia’s first driverless bus

After 10 years of research and development, Australia's first driverless electric shuttle bus made its public debut this afternoon as it cruised along the South Perth Esplanade.  

DAP ticks off on $30m Claremont school plan

Plans for a $27.3 million, three-storey preparatory school at Christ Church Grammar School in Claremont have received provisional approval.

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Coffee pods connect to charities

A new online coffee pod business with a focus on charity giving was launched in Perth last night.

Artists get creative on sales

With fewer exhibition opportunities or prospects of gallery representation, local artists have diversified their approach to the market. 

Royal Flying Doctor lands $23.7m grant

The Royal Flying Doctor Service today received $23.7 million from the state government's Royalties for Regions program to help fund additional and replacement aircraft as well as developments at its Broome facilites. 

Hazer fines the future of hydrogen

One of Western Australia's most abundant mineral resources - iron ore - is a key ingredient in an innovative process to produce cheap, clean hydrogen, which could have implications for the transpor