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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. 

Education to inspire entrepreneurial minds

Local not-for-profit group Ausum Initiatives has teamed up with Kulbardi, a partly owned and managed Aboriginal office supplies company, to deliver an intensive entrepreneur program for young Aboriginal men and women.

Artists get creative on sales

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

Curtin facility grows grain research

A new agriculture research centre at Curtin University plans to tackle the $1.5 billion economic impact of crop disease in Australia. 

Kira appoints new chief

Local disability services provider Kira has appointed not-for-profit executive Vik Jeyakumar to lead the organisation as its new chief executive from February 6. 

Aligning tech with education needs

SPECIAL REPORT: More than 5 million jobs in Australia are at risk of digital disruption during the next 20 years, with a range of industries having already exchanged human capital for automated software and machinery. 

Fee focus a sign of the times

SPECIAL REPORT: Several high-profile schools have announced plans for restrained fee changes, including some freezes and reductions, in order to stay competitive after several years of weak economic performance in Western Australia. 

Opportunity stems from education

SPECIAL REPORT: As Australian businesses grapple with a rapidly evolving and increasingly digitised economy, educators are shifting focus to the skills required in an uncertain future. 

Minchin to lead care provider

Former Silver Chain Group senior executive Dan Minchin will lead three community care providers into a new era when they merge into one organisation later this year.

West Coast Fever scores UWA partnership

Perth’s national netball team the West Coast Fever today announced the University of Western Australia as a new major partner. 

Christmas maintains broad appeal

Despite a tough economic climate and an increasing number of people in need, charity Christmas appeals are still finding support.  

Breast cancer centre seeks $5m

Perth could have a world-class integrated breast cancer treatment and research centre by 2020 if a local not-for-profit group is successful in raising more than $5 million. 

WA Museum Foundation appoints new director

Not-for-profit executive Jenny Allen is set to leave her current position at the 500 Club after less than a year in the role to become director of the Western Australian Museum Foundation. 

Taking a tablet to fight fire

A UWA research project could change the way fighfighters and farmers deal with the threat of bushfires.

Gage crafts Fringe deal

Gage Roads Brewing Company will take to the Fringe World Festival stage in 2017 as the Perth event’s new major brewery partner. 

Milestone for shark tech trials

Shark detection technology developed by Perth-based environmental consultancy Astron and its partner, C4D Intel, has completed its first prototype field trials.

Hummus Club dips lid to crowd

The owners of a new Northbridge eatery have placed a big emphasis on connecting with the community, and used crowdfunding to provide one element of that relationship.

RFDS named Australia’s most trusted charity

The Royal Flying Doctor Service has been ranked the most trusted charity of the nation's top 40 largest and most recognisable charities for the sixth consecutive year, according to the recently published 2016 Charitable Reputation Index.

Jordan builds on rewarding career

As a child, Cockram Construction project manager Crystal Jordan wanted to be a firefighter like her father. Instead, as she grew up, she gravitated towards the construction sector – and it’s a decision she has never regretted.

PD Leading Enterprises to shut its doors

Perth charitable organisation PD Leading Enterprises, which provides support services to Western Australians dealing with mental health illness, has today announced it will cease its operations, following a lapse of funding from the Mental Health Commission last year.  

Beyond the 50-tonne spider

The Arcadia music festival and its giant scrap metal spider landed at Elizabeth Quay last weekend and lit up Perth’s dance scene, but there is more to the fire-breathing robot than meets the eye. 

Top eateries support Food Rescue

The inaugural Food Rescue Week begins in Perth tomorrow to promote the Food Rescue initiative, with the State Buildings, The Trustee and Lalla Rookh among the venues promoting the cause.

Cheung beefs up produce pipeline

A Singaporean businessman plans to advance the potential of WA’s $7 billion-plus agriculture export market.

New home, structure for Screenwest

Job creation and increased investment in the local industry are among the hoped-for outcomes of Screenwest’s move to new headquarters and planned change in corporate structure.

Perron family lends name to institute

The state’s oldest medical research institute will change its name in recognition of the philanthropic contribution by one of the state’s most prominent families over many years.

Giving circle grants $230,000 to WA charities

Collective giving circle Impact100 WA has injected $230,000 worth of shared donations into the state’s not-for-profit sector this month.

Ancient organisms help create fabric of the future

A WA-based company could potentially shake up the $US96 billion global textile industry with a natural fibre originally sourced from wine.

WA artist banks $30,000

Local artist Tarryn Gill has won the 2016 Bankwest Art Prize for Sculpture, valued at $30,000. 

Gallery diversifies cultural appeal

The Art Gallery of Western Australia plans to broaden its audience reach in 2017 with the renewal of galleries, development of new initiatives and partnerships, as well as the introduction of a contemporary series called Culture Juice.

Court named ambassador to Japan

Former Western Australian premier Richard Court has been named Australia’s next ambassador to Japan.

Providers await NDIS clarity

WA’s disability service providers are continuing to innovate despite being left in limbo pending a decision on the implementation of the NDIS.

PIAF appoints new executive director

One of Sydney’s leading arts figures is heading west to join the Perth International Arts Festival as executive director. 

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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.