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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. 

Swift ties up new resources deals

Digital entertainment and communications service provider Swift Networks has won four new contracts for an undisclosed amount during the past week.

Cirrus secures $2m contract

Perth-based IT solutions integrator Cirrus Networks has won a state government support contract worth more than $2 million. 

Challenges remain despite e-commerce growth

Western Australian businesses are ahead of the curve in several aspects of e-commerce, reporting more online presence via websites, social networks and use of a digital business strategy than other states, according to the Sensis eBusiness report released today.

Asian connection brings Stephenson Mansell west

Executive coaching, mentoring, and leadership development firm Stephenson Mansell Group will use its recent foray into Asia to bolster business following its decision to open an office in Western Australia. 

Staff health a strategic move

Western Australia workplaces are taking a big-picture view of employee wellbeing, implementing programs to target mental, social, financial and physical health.

3D facial analysis to detect disease

A Perth doctor is creating the first 3D photo library of Australian Aboriginal children’s faces, an innovative medical resource that could improve the diagnosis of rare diseases. 

Caught short on workplace wellness

SPECIAL REPORT: Investment in workplace wellness programs has declined from boom-time levels, when it seems the need is greater than ever.

Wildflowers add a splash of colour on CBH grain silos

Three grain silos in town of Ravensthorpe will soon be the canvas for a 25-metre high wildflower mural, as part of the joint street art initiative between CBH Group and not-for-profit FORM. 

Consolidation shores up NFPs

Volunteer groups Community Mates and Big Help Mob are the third NFP pair in WA to amalgamate within the past month.  

Fresh start for WA health promotion

Bryant Stokes, Fiona Kalaf and Steve Harris are among new directors of health promotion agency Healthway, which has been revamped under new legislation after the previous board was forced to step down last year.

Perth business named best day spa

Perth-based wellness spa retreat Bodhi J has won a major prize at this year’s Australian Beauty Industry Awards, announced at the conclusion of the recent Sydney Beauty Expo.

Isle of Voyage to open at Elizabeth Quay

The heritage-listed Florence Hummerston Kiosk will reopen its doors to the public tomorrow as the Isle of Voyage, Elizabeth Quay’s latest addition to the restaurant scene.

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.  

Housing for South West seniors

This year’s Rising Stars NFP-charity winner, Access Housing, has started construction at its new project at Boyanup and Dardanup, providing new and refurbished affordable homes for seniors.  

Community care for problem gamblers

The producers of a documentary on problem gambling hope it will provoke greater awareness and community discussion of the issue in Western Australia.

Adam aims to change deaf discussion

The WA Deaf Society, an organisation established almost 100 years ago, has welcomed its first deaf chief executive.

Engineering a healthy future

Perth could be home to the world’s first 3D bioprinted heart thanks to a new engineering program launched last month, focused on technological solutions for medical problems.

SolarisCare, Cancer Support WA in sync

Two Perth-based not for profits have teamed up to combine cancer support services, with SolarisCare and Cancer Support WA announcing their plans to merge. 

Empired reports $1.7m loss

Perth IT firm Empired has sunk into the red but believes a strong recovery in the second half of the 2016 financial year has put it in a good position for FY17.

Scitech shifting to Cultural Centre

Scitech will relocate to the Perth Cultural Centre after almost three decades at its current City West home, a move expected to complement the $428 million new museum complex scheduled to open in 2020. 

Adventurers broaden front line

Perth charity Telethon Adventurers has plans to expand nationally at the end of this year, following the success of recent fundraising and research programs. 

Students take on startup scene

Educators have opened classroom doors to new learning possibilities via a program that connects industry with students in a competition to create their own technology startup.

Man’s best friend in the workplace

Perth photographer Kelly Pilgrim-Byrne is on a mission to uncover Western Australia’s most dog-friendly workplaces.  

New wheat variety tipped to boost competitive edge

A wheat variety developed by researchers based at Murdoch University could increase profitability for Australia’s $6 billion wheat industry. 

Full bottle on vermouth

An aperitif used for medicinal purposes in the early 1500s has been given a 21st century twist with the release of Burch Family Wines' Howard Park Vermouth. 

Award winning soprano returns to Perth

Opera singer and cellist Taryn Fiebig, who once performed for Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, will perform at a one night fundraising concert later this month at her alma mater Churchlands Senior High School. 

Rio manager wins CEW scholarship

Rio Tinto’s Zara Fisher has received a scholarship from Chief Executive Women to attend a prestigious management course in France.

UnitingCare West mannequins tell story of homeless women

UnitingCare West has made a creative and confronting statement with its 2016 Winter Appeal, which features an eye-catching shop window display in Forrest Chase across the Perth train station overpass.

Goods Shed takes on new, creative form

One of Perth’s oldest railway station buildings has been revamped as a pit stop of creative exchange.

Museum documentary wins top screen prize

The aquatic mystery of the Kimberley has been brought to the surface in the online interactive documentary Beneath the Waves.

Passion puts observatory in funds frame

Rather than succumb to a black hole of circumstance, the Perth Observatory has taken a proactive approach in ensuring it remains fully operational. 

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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.