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Katie McDonald

Katie McDonald is the property writer for Business News. Katie previously covered the community and arts, education and science sector when she joined the team in 2016, after a brief stint as a recruitment consultant. At the 2017 WA State Media Awards Katie took out the top prize for the Best Culture and Arts Report and was also a finalist for the Best Cadet/New Journalist award. Katie completed a bachelor of commerce at the University of Western Australia in 2015 with a double major in marketing and english studies. 

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. 

Crowdfunding, saucy branding add spice to Bunsters exports

A distinctive recipe, creative product name and a viral crowdfunding campaign have been the key ingredients of success for a local hot sauce business.

Artist in residence with Chris Isaacs

Local playwright and ‘theatre maker’ Chris Isaacs wants his performances to provoke questions. 

Cleanaway opens new $20m facility

Cleanaway has opened a $20 million materials recovery facility (MRF) in South Guildford, which it claims is the most advanced recycling plant in the Southern Hemisphere.

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.

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Perth house prices rebound

North Fremantle, Claremont and West Leederville are among 12 Perth suburbs to record a growth in house price after experiencing price falls last year.

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. 

Stockland strikes $91m deal

ASX-listed property group Stockland has invested $91 million in the purchase of more than 4,600 residential lots across three metropolitan corridors in Perth, comprising a total 385 hectares of land.

Perth house prices tipped to grow by 2020

Perth’s house prices are forecast to grow by 3 per cent over the next three years, according to QBE Insurance Group’s latest Housing Outlook Report for 2017-2020.

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Disputed claims over Scarborough knock-back

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has disclosed that the majority of public submissions on the $450 million Iconic Scarborough development supported the project, but said all government agencies and utilities it consulted, with the sole exception of Tourism WA, opposed it.

Iconic Scarborough gets the go ahead

Following the rejection of an initial proposal late last year, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has given 3 Oceans Property the green light to progress its twin-tower mixed-use development on the corner of West Coast Highway and Scarborough Beach Road.

SAT sides with Como Hotel developer

Woolworths subsidiary ALH Group has had a win in the State Administrative Tribunal this week over its plans to develop a Dan Murphy's liquor store as part of its Como Hotel redevelopment, following a multi-year saga involving liquor licensing and the City of South Perth.

MRA knocks back $450m Scarborough twin towers

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has rejected a $450 million proposal for two towers near Scarborough beach with the developer behind the project, 3 Oceans Property, saying the decision was a missed opportunity to show courage and vision.