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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. 

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.

Telstra secures $220m national cancer contract

Telstra Health has announced it has won the bid for the $220 million, five-year government contract to deliver the National Cancer Screening Register.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.