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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. 

Top chefs gather for foodie fest

Farmers, cooks, producers and consumers will join one of Australia's top chefs Ben Shewry this Sunday for a series of workshops, panel discussions and talks as part of Perth's inaugural Food and Drink Symposium. 

Festival honours Fremantle’s past

Visitors to Fremantle will take a step back in time as the city kicks off its annual heritage festival today. 

Support blooms for Cystic Fibrosis

Hundreds of volunteers and businesses across the state have joined forces to sell more than 13,000 long-stemmed roses in support of children and young adults living with Cystic Fibrosis.

Strong appetite for Brightwater giving appeal

Brightwater Care Group held its annual fundraiser at Crown Towers last Friday, with about 1,000 guests raising $230,000 for the organisation's work in the community.

$US650,000 scholarship for Perkins researcher

Ryan Lister's work in the epigenetics and genomics lab at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research has received a boost in the form of $US650,000 from a prominent US-based institute. 

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'.

New campaigns broaden arts bodies’ donor base

SPECIAL REPORT: A decision to invest in giving campaigns has helped several of the state's arts organisations increase their philanthropic income.

Passing the social licence test

SPECIAL REPORT: A commitment to supporting local communities is a win-win for some of the state's best-known business names.

Broadening the appeal of giving

SPECIAL REPORT: Charities are diversifying their approach to building revenue streams as a soft economy challenges their business-as-usual fundraising models. 

Diabetes Research WA names new board members

Diabetes Research WA has appointed two-high profile resources industry executives to its board. 

Artist in residence with Carly Lynch

A wind chime made from old cutlery, marbles and fishing line was the first of many creations for Carly Lynch, a local artist featuring in the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts' 2017 Hatched: National Graduate Show.

FTI offers up a window into city’s past

A set of stained glass panels that depicts historical scenes of Perth city has provided a fundraising window of opportunity for its current owner, the Film and Television Institute of WA. 

Sneaker lovers get their kicks at art gallery

More traditional art forms have taken a back seat as the latest exhibit at the Art Gallery of Western Australia explores the contemporary design and history of pop culture icon - the sneaker.

Gindalbie licenses new technology

Gindalbie Metals has become the first company to announce plans for the use of a new mineral processing technology developed by Curtin University, with initial focus on its Mount Gunson copper-cobalt project in South Australia.

Scitech CEO to retire

Alan Brien will retire as chief executive of Scitech after 17 years in the role.

Artist in residence with Cameron McLaren

Cameron McLaren has always known he was funny, but it took him 24 years and stints in mining, security and delivering pizzas to realise he could make a living out of it. 

Funds shortage keeps puppeteers on a string

The need for more funding and resources in WA's creative sector, and changes to student loans, could be compromising the state's ability to deliver the training needed to nurture emerging talent. 

Leadership demand a sign of the times

SPECIAL REPORT: A soft economy hasn't deterred a new leadership organisation from launching leadership training and development programs in WA.

Providers prepare for future needs

SPECIAL REPORT: Government reforms and cuts to funding could limit the aged care sector's capacity to meet future demand.

Business, Labor keen to make training work

SPECIAL REPORT: A 19 per cent drop in the number of trainees and apprentices in WA over the past five years is a challenge for the new state government, but also an opportunity to grow the sector.

Gentle art of conversation not lost on mental health advocates

Perth business leaders, teachers and psychologists are part of a campaign using art to start conversations about youth mental health.

NFP seeks local support for care kits campaign

Not-for-profit organisation People Who Care is calling on the community and local businesses to pledge funds or donate items for kits to help those fleeing domestic violence. 

Perth initiative gives to Greeks

The Hellenic Initiative Australia has launched a campaign inviting people travelling to Greece to volunteer while they holiday.

Hearing loss cost still background noise

The Ear Science Institute of Australia is proffering several initiatives to tackle a condition that costs Australia billions.

Artist in residence with Ofa Fotu

Singer-songwriter Ofa Fotu grew up in Fremantle surrounded by melodies, but hadn't planned for music to become her career. 

WASO tunes up for Karijini opera

A string quartet from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra will exchange its Perth Concert Hall home for a natural stage in the Kalamina Gorge next week for the 2017 Karijini Experience.

Local distillers show winning spirit

Those who fancy a tipple of the finest vodka or whisky will be pleased to learn that two of the world's best are made right here in Western Australia.

Needle lights new era of microscopic surgery

Surgeons will now be able to see into disease areas contained deep inside the body, such as brain tumours and breast cancers, thanks to technology developed at UWA. 

FTI funding compromises screen awards

The state's premier screen industry event, the WA Screen Awards, has been postponed this year due to the uncertainty of future funding arrangements surrounding its organiser, the Film & Television Institute WA.

Artist in residence with Adam Mitchell

From staging performances in his backyard as a young child to working with Perth's top talent in numerous Black Swan State Theatre Company productions, freelance 'theatre maker' and 2017 40under40 winner Adam Mitchell has built a successful career in the arts. 

Vinnies appoints new CEO

Susan Rooney will join the St Vincent de Paul Society WA in May as the organisation's new chief executive, having spent the past 15 years leading the Cancer Council WA.

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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