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Katie McDonald

Katie McDonald is the property writer for Business News. Katie joined the team in 2016, covering the community and arts, education and science sectors before taking on the property round in 2017. At the 2017 WA State Media Awards Katie was a finalist for the Best Cadet/New Journalist award and took out the top prize for the Best Culture and Arts Report, which she also won in 2018. Katie completed a bachelor of commerce at the University of Western Australia in 2015 with a double major in marketing and english studies. 

Junior miners raise $30m

Local junior miners Prospect Resources, Azumah Resources and Sipa Resources, and Melbourne-based Red River Resources, have today announced a collective $29.8 million worth of capital raisings. 

Initiative plots pathways for Aboriginal women’s leadership

Not-for-profit group Leadership Western Australia chose the recent NAIDOC week celebrations to launch a new program tailored to building the leadership skills of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Funding shake-up for aged care

An ageing population and government cuts to funding have driven the aged care sector into unfamiliar territory.

Perth homes more affordable

Housing affordability in Perth improved 3.2 per cent in the June quarter amid slowing population growth and stagnant property values as Western Australia emerges from the post-resources boom slowdown. 

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 transport a

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. 

Lawyers inject $10k into WA community

An army of lawyers contributed $10,000 to the Western Australia community today through expert training and donations to not-for-profit legal centres. 

Hippocampus distils positive memories

Little Creatures co-founder Howard Cearns’ penchant for placing himself ahead of the curve has taken a fresh turn, with his newest venture recently opening its cellar door to the public.

Anglicare WA opens $3m centre

Anglicare Western Australia chief executive Ian Carter has welcomed the opening of a bright and modern counselling and support centre.

Historic Freo home for DADAA

The City of Fremantle has announced not-for-profit organisation DADAA as the new tenant for Fremantle’s historic Old Boys’ School. 

Good Food and Wine show kicks off

The Good Food and Wine show opened its doors to Perth this morning marking the beginning of a three day festival that showcases over 200 stalls including a select number of small Western Australian artisan businesses.

Carbon acquisition fuels growth

Carbon Business Group has announced the purchase of Pursuit Group, adding to a number of acquisitions in the past year worth more than $2 million combined.

National spotlight on Barking Gecko

Western Australian theatre group Barking Gecko has been nominated for two Helpmann Awards for its recent production of Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories. 

Tech approach for homeless youth

Vinnies has embraced technology in its latest tactic to engage street youth.

Conexio finds global market a perfect match

A laboratory on Collie Street in Fremantle is home to a WA business that revolutionised global donor and patient transplant matching.

PC Locs up family business award

SPECIAL REPORT: In 1998, then mathematics teacher Paul Symons was frustrated with the number of desktop computers being stolen from Perth schools, so he designed and created a solution – an innovative locking device that bolted a computer to a desk – PC Locs. 

Access Housing offers affordable opportunities

SPECIAL REPORT: Access Housing Australia was formed from the merger of three small community housing organisations in 2007, and established under the Corporations Act as a not-for-profit company.

Chemo@home makes public sector push

SPECIAL REPORT: Julie Adams and Lorna Cook took a calculated gamble three years ago when they decided to leave secure employment in the public sector, mortgage their homes, and seek to create a new paradigm in private healthcare – Chemo@home.

WA truffle farms for sale

A second truffle farm in the renowned Manjimup growing region in the state’s South West is on the market.

WA CEOs ready to rug up for sleepout

More than 100 of the state’s business leaders will bed down at the WACA Ground tomorrow night for the 2016 Vinnies CEO Sleepout, raising awareness and funds for the homeless in Western Australia.

Cable connection to Nyoongar film

More than two decades ago, Barry Cable cycled from Perth to the Melbourne Cricket Ground to toss the coin for the 1993 AFL Grand Final. 

Museum takes the world on tour

One door has closed but others are opening for the WA Museum collections, which are starting to pop up in interesting places across the state. 

High-tech take on shark deterrence

Shark attacks in WA have prompted local businesses to develop a suite of non-invasive counter measures.

Consistent quality key for WA truffles

Truffle growers in Manjimup are backing their ability to produce a world-class product in order to maintain a strong share of the international market, amid larger-than-usual crops from Europe this year. 

CEOs challenged by Vinnies Sleepout

Participants in this year's Vinnies CEO Sleepout, including the top fundraiser, Crown Resorts chief executive Barry Felstead, will be hoping for a surge in support to boost their pledges.

Getting men inside the tent

A creative approach to engagement is the latest weapon in efforts to get the health message out to men. 

Research meets market need

A Western Australian research team will head a national $11.5 million project aimed at more accurately assessing the quality of produce from the Australian meat industry. 

St John buys medical clinics

St John Ambulance WA has bought a Perth-based healthcare company as part of a plan to provide urgent care centres across the metropolitan area, and help alleviate pressure on emergency services.

Coffee pods connect to charities

A new online coffee pod business with a focus on charity giving was launched in Perth last night.

Gates Foundation awards WA research $US100,000

A professor and his research team focused on antibiotic resistance at the University of Western Australia are the latest recipients of award funding worth $US100,000 ($A138,000) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Resonance surges on UK approval

Shares in Resonance Health jumped 53 per cent today after its FerriScan technology was recommended for use under a new set of medical guidelines in the UK.

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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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First project for Roy Hill foundation

The recently established Roy Hill Community Foundation has launched its first initiative at a primary school in Port Hedland, after securing $10 million in commitments.

Awards connects artists with business

The Perth office of global law firm Clyde & Co has continued its commitment to local artists with the announcement of a winner in its annual art project.

Bale sale beefs up fire recovery funds

A bale of hay that survived the recent fires near Myalup, north of Bunbury, has proved a valuable catalyst to efforts to restore the communities affected by the disaster.

Colour at core of new Bravo apple’s appeal

A balancing act between the science of plant breeding and consumer preferences has produced a new apple variety, developed in Manjimup, in WA’s South West.