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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. Katie completed a bachelor of commerce at the University of Western Australia in 2015 with a double major in marketing and english studies. 

Hearing loss cost still background noise

The Ear Science Institute of Australia is proffering several initiatives to tackle a condition that costs Australia billions.

Artist in residence with Ofa Fotu

Singer-songwriter Ofa Fotu grew up in Fremantle surrounded by melodies, but hadn’t planned for music to become her career. 

WASO tunes up for Karijini opera

A string quartet from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra will exchange its Perth Concert Hall home for a natural stage in the Kalamina Gorge next week for the 2017 Karijini Experience.

Local distillers show winning spirit

Those who fancy a tipple of the finest vodka or whisky will be pleased to learn that two of the world’s best are made right here in Western Australia.

Needle lights new era of microscopic surgery

Surgeons will now be able to see into disease areas contained deep inside the body, such as brain tumours and breast cancers, thanks to technology developed at UWA. 

FTI funding compromises screen awards

The state’s premier screen industry event, the WA Screen Awards, has been postponed this year due to the uncertainty of future funding arrangements surrounding its organiser, the Film & Television Institute WA.

Artist in residence with Adam Mitchell

From staging performances in his backyard as a young child to working with Perth’s top talent in numerous Black Swan State Theatre Company productions, freelance ‘theatre maker’ and 2017 40under40 winner Adam Mitchell has built a successful career in the arts. 

Vinnies appoints new CEO

Susan Rooney will join the St Vincent de Paul Society WA in May as the organisation’s new chief executive, having spent the past 15 years leading the Cancer Council WA.

Getting Aboriginal girls back to school

A netball-based education and community initiative is helping Aboriginal girls to shoot for the stars.

Getting more from the daily grind

From pods to beans, the founders of social enterprise Community Pod have extended their business model.

Cooper tackles footy culture

From commandeering car horns around the oval on game day as a child watching her father play for Swan Districts, to kicking the footy with her brothers, AFL national manager of female football Jan Cooper said her passion for the sport had only grown over the years. 

Leading front on equity agenda

WA has the largest gender pay gap in the country, and Perth’s top business leaders are determined to do something to change that.

Global tech giants join wwweb festival in Perth

Representatives from some of the world’s most innovative companies will touch down in Perth next week to share their insights into the ‘internet of things’ at Perth’s inaugural eight-day Festival of the Web.  

Targeting 20 jobs in 20 days

The Autism Association of WA is part way through its campaign to secure 20 positions for jobseekers with autism, and is calling for more prospective employers to get involved.

Cafe serves Cat Haven support

The founders of local social enterprise Cat Cafe Purrth are hoping to open two more cafes later this year, thanks to the appeal of the business’s cat, coffee and cake combination.

Connecting the indigenous experience

Accessibility and funding are two issues that have compromised the ability of WA’s Aboriginal tourism sector to satisfy unmet visitor demand.

Solving the modern man’s dilemma

Do men really need a tray to store their phone, wallet and keys? Three local entrepreneurs certainly think so.

Santa Maria creates commercial gains

40under40: As the creator of two medical devices, Peter Santa Maria is determined to help Perth scientists and doctors commercialise their research and inventions.

Pfleger taking medical research out of the lab

40under40: Kevin Pfleger is on a mission to turn WA medical research into solutions for chronic disease.

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. 

Artist in residence with Johannes Pannekoek

The decision to sell his commercial business was the first of many steps into the unknown Johannes Pannekoek has taken in his pursuit of a career in art.

Abilities bring business benefits

A lack of employer awareness and experience in terms of hiring people with a disability has led to misperceptions about what they can offer. 

$8m needed for legal aid

Western Australia’s peak association for lawyers has called on the state’s political parties to commit at least an additional $8 million to legal assistance services ahead of the March 11 election.

Solar glass offers clear vision for crop growth

Scientists at Edith Cowan University’s Electron Science Research Institute have received a $1.6 million federal grant to enable further development of a new type of solar glass that offers significant potential for agriculture.

Artist in residence with Alex Desebrock

With the Perth International Arts Festival under way, Business News caught up with Alex Desebrock to discuss life as a local artist and her latest creation.

Qld uni hangs shingle in Perth

Central Queensland University will open its first Western Australian campus at the end of the month in the Perth CBD.

Pollies cool on arts commitment

The local arts sector has struggled to capture attention for a move it thinks is key to the sustainability and future development of the industry, with no political parties committing to the Chamber of Arts and Culture’s proposed pledge of $100 million of increased funding over the next four years.  

New mine approved for Atlas Iron

Resurgent iron ore miner Atlas Iron will begin production at its Corunna Downs project in the Pilbara in March next year, after giving the green light for its development today.

WHL completes $5m RTO raising

WHL Energy has cleared the way to reinvent itself as a technology business after raising $5 million from investors ahead of its reverse takeover of Perth-based Quantify Technology.

A study in democratised giving

A group of young women living in high poverty areas of rural Cambodia will have access to tertiary level education after a recent live crowdfunding event in Perth raised more than $10,000.

Charities cement corporate connections

Tight economic conditions have led the volunteering sector to adapt its practices as demand for services continues to grow.

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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.