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. 

Isolation no barrier to success

A small school in Coolgardie has not let its remote location compromise the ability to provide opportunities for students beyond the classroom.

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.The metropolitan west development assessment panel this week

Funding cuts threat to creative arts

A drain of talent from the creative arts pool could result if the government pushes ahead with proposed plans to decrease funding support for training.

Local NFPs announce tie-up

Care providers Care Options, Volunteer Task Force and Community First have announced their intention to amalgamate – the fifth merger of Western Australia-based NFP groups in the past three months.

State Buildings wins hospitality award

The State Buildings was named Perth’s best hospitality venue at the 2016 Western Australia Hospitality Awards for Excellence last night. 

Contemporary music a nice little earner

New research from Edith Cowan University has found that Western Australia’s contemporary music scene is worth nearly $1 billion to the state’s economy. 

Walsh to chair gallery board

Former Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh plans to apply ideas from his time in London to the arts sector in Western Australia, after being announced as the new chairman of the Art Gallery of WA. 

Reinterpreting the funding culture

SPECIAL REPORT: Arts and cultural organisations are pursuing innovation and collaboration to help manage the tougher financial conditions in WA. 

Innovation to ensure culture counts

SPECIAL REPORT: An app co-developed in WA could revolutionise the way organisations around the world measure the impact and intrinsic value of arts and culture programs. 

Cultural connections, artistic exchanges

SPECIAL REPORT: Three WA arts organisations have performed a series of firsts on tours to Asia this year, building on business and diplomatic strategies that highlight the value of cultural exchange. 

Leaders tell their stories to help stop suicide

Next month, Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den in Highgate will host a storytelling hub where a group of Perth entrepreneurs, business owners and leaders will gather to share personal stories and raise money for suicide prevention charity RUOK. 

Celebrating local literature

A Fremantle-based literature hub is determined to keep the Australian book industry and its creators alive and thriving. 

Bauwerk paints a bigger picture

Perth-founded natural paint manufacturer Bauwerk Colour is expanding its international operations with construction of a new factory in its biggest market, Saudi Arabia.

International database helps Perkins gene researcher’s disease work

A scientist from Perth is leading a team of more than 260 researchers from all over the world as part of an international project that could have extensive implications for medicine.

Turner’s vision becomes reality

The Lions Outback Vision Van has treated about 1,500 patients across 16 regional communities since it first hit the road six months ago. 

Sam Walsh joins Australian Council board

The Australian Council for the Arts has welcomed former Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh and fellow Western Australian Kate Fielding to its board. 

Garage sales back community needs

A national initiative that promotes sustainability and community collaboration will return to the streets of Western Australia on October 22. 

Enriching the patient experience

Several WA hospitals are experimenting with engaging and interactive art programs that could increase patient wellbeing.

Adams secures top WA business woman title

Julie Adams, the co-founder of Rising Stars award winner Chemo@home, has been named the Telstra Western Australian Business Woman of the year.

Manjimup hub to grow premium agribusiness

A new $3 million premium food centre that will help regional agricultural and food businesses find new markets was officially opened in Manjimup today.

Scitech lands at NASA

Two of Scitech’s travelling exhibitions, which account for part of the organisation’s near-$2 million export operation, have made a landing at the Nasa Science Centre in the US.

Art sales raise funds for cystic fibrosis

The Spring Rose Art Exhibition held recently at Deloitte’s new Brookfield office lobby raised more than $18,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Western Australia.

American-style pizza makes big statement at Hillarys

Perth has taken the biggest slice of global franchise California Pizza Kitchen, with the opening of the group’s Australian flagship restaurant at Hillarys Boat Harbour.

Perth’s top innovators come out to play

On October 15 the Perth Concert Hall will again unveil some of the state’s most innovative thinkers, with the first eight speakers of this year's TEDxPerth announced today.

App advocates action on mental health

A WA company has plans to disrupt the current mental health landscape with its new interactive app.

Top Lion hears positive message on Perth foundation

Perth has hosted the head of Lions International for the first time in four decades, with US-based Bob Corlew in town this month to see first-hand the impact of the Lions Foundation of Western Austral

Probes draw curtain on ‘locked’ gold

A team of researchers in WA are leading an emerging geoscience field that could influence the future of gold recovery.

Sodashi stays close to home

A niche skincare products manufacturer has kept all its operations WA based despite its accelerating growth in a global high-end market.

Giving voice to topical issues

In the age of social media, led by a generation of digital communicators, it may seem remarkable a tradition dating back millennia has not only survived, but is thriving.

Innovative mental health check launched

A world-first mental health check-in that combines wearable technology with an online survey was launched in Perth today.

Eden Energy to raise $15m

Eden Energy today announced plans to raise a further $15 million to support the commercial roll-out of its innovative concrete additive product, having tapped investors for $10.3 million in May this year. 



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.