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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. 

Apiarists celebrate sweet certification success

A new certification process will help WA beekeepers capture a larger share of the global honey market.

Screenwest becomes an NFP

The state’s peak body for screen funding and development, Screenwest, has today formalised its transition from a government agency to an independent not-for-profit organisation.

Caroline’s cream rises

Perth-based Caroline’s Skincare is preparing to ship its first container-load of product to China, having been one of three brands to sign an MoA with a Chinese agency at a 2016 Australia-China Health Expo.

City of Perth backs SPARK Co-Lab

A $70,000 grant provided by the City of Perth in support of SPARK Co-Lab’s new Actuator program will help local medical entrepreneurs take their inventions to market. 

Charities challenged to measure up

Many charities are struggling to measure outcomes in an increasingly competitive funding environment.

Syme distils recipe for success

A series of local and global accolades has helped craft export opportunities for Great Southern Distilling Company.

Perth Airport warehouses sold for $46m

ASX-listed Growthpoint Properties has purchased a portfolio of industrial properties at Perth Airport, in a deal worth $46 million.

Artist in residence with Berndnaut Smilde

Berndnaut Smilde has spent years sculpting temporary clouds inside bare and evocative architectural spaces, but was inspired to replicate his artwork outdoors after encountering the sweeping landscapes of the Pilbara last year. 

Artist in residence with Philip Mitchell

A career in puppetry was the furthest thing from Philip Mitchell’s mind two decades ago, when he had his sights set on making it in the music business.

Resources for a robotic future

Three resources sector leaders have given very different insights into the role robotics and automation may play in the industry’s future.

Microfinance sows opportunity

From poverty to self-sustaining, WA-founded charity The Foxglove Project is helping women in developing countries start their own business.

$18m for WA cancer research

A series of cancer research projects led by the University of Western Australia has been awarded $18 million from the Cancer Research Trust and other partner organisations.

$10m in tickets sold at Fringe

The 2017 Fringe World Festival brought in $10 million in ticket sales, with over 750,000 people making their way to the Northbridge-focused festivities.

Nuheara realises budding talent

SPECIAL REPORT: The top winner at this year’s Rising Stars awards is a Perth startup making rapid inroads into the wearable technology market. Click here to read about Nuheara and the eight other category winners.

Holistic recovery a PeopleSense priority

PeopleSense started as a three-person operation servicing the local market, but has grown into a large organisational consultancy firm with 100-plus staff and a national presence. 

Passing Paws digs into niche market

Passing Paws Pet Cremations has tapped into a niche (but growing) market for personalised pet bereavement services, as part of the move towards greater humanisation of domestic animals.

Nuheara shines among Rising Stars

Wearable technologies company Nuheara has topped an impressive year of growth, being named the Business News Rising Stars overall winner for 2017.

Felstead's $1m homeless pledge

Barry Felstead has set his sights on raising $1 million for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. 

Chequered past motivation for new career

Perth entrepreneur Paris Mitchell has packaged his past experiences with addiction and substance abuse into a series of educational presentations and workshops for schools, not-for-profit agencies and corporates.

Institute sounds out sales potential

A $4 million international grant will help the Ear Science Institute Australia get a new product to market.

Poach Pear plates up to meet demand

A fine foods producer is extending its offering across Australia to satisfy a growing appetite for its artisanal products. 

BDO dons purple bras for good cause

More than a dozen partners from BDO will wear purple bras over their corporate attire this Wednesday in support of Breast Cancer Care WA’s annual Purple Bra Day, in the hope of raising at least $10,000 for the charity’s services. 

Artist in residence with Jarrad Seng

Whether he’s taking photos of baby leopards in Namibia or of acclaimed musicians performing to packed stadiums all over the world, award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and creative director Jarrad Seng has turned what was a hobby into a fulfilling career.

NASA robot Woodside’s latest recruit

Woodside has unveiled what its future workforce might look like, following the arrival of its new NASA designed robonaut.

Deal Thunder struck with metal money powers plays

Perth Thunder is celebrating recent wins both on and off the ice, with national finals in sight and the signing of its first naming rights sponsor last month.

SOS, website have the goods on giving

Local charities and corporates are turning to an online platform to more efficiently source and gift items for people in need.

CEOs sleep rough for a good cause

The state’s business leaders will spend the night outdoors at the WACA Ground on June 22, one of the longest and coldest nights of the year, in support of the 2017 Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

Seed funds for social impact

Perth-based adviser Impact Seed is backing local startups it believes can achieve social outcomes and a profitable return.

Future is now for injury prevention

Researchers are planning to shake up the safety sector with a new forecasting technology that can compute the likelihood of workplace incidents.

UWA research grants top $5m

The University of Western Australia has been awarded more than $5 million in research funding from two federal programs during the past week.

Pet project pays off

Businesses are chasing down opportunities in the pet market, worth an estimated $12 billion in Australia. 

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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. 

Forrests gift $400m

Mining magnate Andrew Forrest and his wife, Nicola Forrest, have made history today with a $400 million pledge the prime minister has called a ‘game changer’.

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.  

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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