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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. 

New life for The Richardson Hotel

The owners of The Richardson Hotel & Spa in West Perth are evaluating their options to convert the building into a nursing home, in the wake of reduced demand for hotel rooms in Perth.

Captain Cook to set sail for Rottnest Island

Captain Cook Cruises has today announced it will extend its ferry services to Rottnest later this year, joining Rottnest Express and Rottnest Fast Ferries, which could create downward pressure on prices of trips to the island and boost jobs.

Unique landscapes, stories create tourism showreel

SPECIAL REPORT: The growing number of films produced in WA has created opportunities for local talent, employment and tourism.

Finetuning the art of audience engagement

SPECIAL REPORT: An increasingly competitive funding environment has prompted several arts and cultural organisations to sharpen their focus on audience development as a means to boost sustainable income streams.

Strategic plan to build on creative connections

SPECIAL REPORT: A focus on creating and sustaining a liveable, connected and internationally appealing city is driving arts and culture development and construction projects across Perth.

Perth hub fosters medical tech

Solutions to some of the world’s most complex medical problems could be sitting on our very doorstep, thanks to a collaborative lab bridging research and commercialisation.

Artist in residence with Sharyn Egan

Sharyn Egan didn’t fully embrace her lifelong dream to be an artist until her 38th year.

Banking on a collaborative culture

Startup founders, business leaders, policy makers, artists and creative institutions are joining forces to shape the future of WA’s economy.

Apiarists celebrate sweet certification success

A new certification process will help WA beekeepers capture a larger share of the global honey market.

Screenwest becomes an NFP

The state’s peak body for screen funding and development, Screenwest, has today formalised its transition from a government agency to an independent not-for-profit organisation.

Caroline’s cream rises

Perth-based Caroline’s Skincare is preparing to ship its first container-load of product to China, having been one of three brands to sign an MoA with a Chinese agency at a 2016 Australia-China Health Expo.

City of Perth backs SPARK Co-Lab

A $70,000 grant provided by the City of Perth in support of SPARK Co-Lab’s new Actuator program will help local medical entrepreneurs take their inventions to market. 

Charities challenged to measure up

Many charities are struggling to measure outcomes in an increasingly competitive funding environment.

Syme distils recipe for success

A series of local and global accolades has helped craft export opportunities for Great Southern Distilling Company.

Perth Airport warehouses sold for $46m

ASX-listed Growthpoint Properties has purchased a portfolio of industrial properties at Perth Airport, in a deal worth $46 million.

Artist in residence with Berndnaut Smilde

Berndnaut Smilde has spent years sculpting temporary clouds inside bare and evocative architectural spaces, but was inspired to replicate his artwork outdoors after encountering the sweeping landscapes of the Pilbara last year. 

Artist in residence with Philip Mitchell

A career in puppetry was the furthest thing from Philip Mitchell’s mind two decades ago, when he had his sights set on making it in the music business.

Resources for a robotic future

Three resources sector leaders have given very different insights into the role robotics and automation may play in the industry’s future.

Microfinance sows opportunity

From poverty to self-sustaining, WA-founded charity The Foxglove Project is helping women in developing countries start their own business.

$18m for WA cancer research

A series of cancer research projects led by the University of Western Australia has been awarded $18 million from the Cancer Research Trust and other partner organisations.

$10m in tickets sold at Fringe

The 2017 Fringe World Festival brought in $10 million in ticket sales, with over 750,000 people making their way to the Northbridge-focused festivities.

Nuheara realises budding talent

SPECIAL REPORT: The top winner at this year’s Rising Stars awards is a Perth startup making rapid inroads into the wearable technology market. Click here to read about Nuheara and the eight other category winners.

Holistic recovery a PeopleSense priority

PeopleSense started as a three-person operation servicing the local market, but has grown into a large organisational consultancy firm with 100-plus staff and a national presence. 

Passing Paws digs into niche market

Passing Paws Pet Cremations has tapped into a niche (but growing) market for personalised pet bereavement services, as part of the move towards greater humanisation of domestic animals.

Nuheara shines among Rising Stars

Wearable technologies company Nuheara has topped an impressive year of growth, being named the Business News Rising Stars overall winner for 2017.

Felstead's $1m homeless pledge

Barry Felstead has set his sights on raising $1 million for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. 

Chequered past motivation for new career

Perth entrepreneur Paris Mitchell has packaged his past experiences with addiction and substance abuse into a series of educational presentations and workshops for schools, not-for-profit agencies and corporates.

Institute sounds out sales potential

A $4 million international grant will help the Ear Science Institute Australia get a new product to market.

Poach Pear plates up to meet demand

A fine foods producer is extending its offering across Australia to satisfy a growing appetite for its artisanal products. 

BDO dons purple bras for good cause

More than a dozen partners from BDO will wear purple bras over their corporate attire this Wednesday in support of Breast Cancer Care WA’s annual Purple Bra Day, in the hope of raising at least $10,000 for the charity’s services. 

Artist in residence with Jarrad Seng

Whether he’s taking photos of baby leopards in Namibia or of acclaimed musicians performing to packed stadiums all over the world, award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and creative director Jarrad Seng has turned what was a hobby into a fulfilling career.

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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.

The Marina, Mindarie named WA's best venue

The Marina, Mindarie was named Perth’s best hospitality venue at last night’s Western Australian Hospitality Awards for Excellence, joining the State Buildings and Print Hall as the most recent winners of the prestigious award.

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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.

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.

Coffee pods connect to charities

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

Artists get creative on sales

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