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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. 

SOS, website have the goods on giving

Local charities and corporates are turning to an online platform to more efficiently source and gift items for people in need.

CEOs sleep rough for a good cause

The state’s business leaders will spend the night outdoors at the WACA Ground on June 22, one of the longest and coldest nights of the year, in support of the 2017 Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

Seed funds for social impact

Perth-based adviser Impact Seed is backing local startups it believes can achieve social outcomes and a profitable return.

Future is now for injury prevention

Researchers are planning to shake up the safety sector with a new forecasting technology that can compute the likelihood of workplace incidents.

UWA research grants top $5m

The University of Western Australia has been awarded more than $5 million in research funding from two federal programs during the past week.

Pet project pays off

Businesses are chasing down opportunities in the pet market, worth an estimated $12 billion in Australia. 

Crowdfunding, saucy branding add spice to Bunsters exports

A distinctive recipe, creative product name and a viral crowdfunding campaign have been the key ingredients of success for a local hot sauce business.

Artist in residence with Chris Isaacs

Local playwright and ‘theatre maker’ Chris Isaacs wants his performances to provoke questions. 

Cleanaway opens new $20m facility

Cleanaway has opened a $20 million materials recovery facility (MRF) in South Guildford, which it claims is the most advanced recycling plant in the Southern Hemisphere.

Top chefs gather for foodie fest

Farmers, cooks, producers and consumers will join one of Australia’s top chefs Ben Shewry this Sunday for a series of workshops, panel discussions and talks as part of Perth’s inaugural Food and Drink Symposium. 

Festival honours Fremantle’s past

Visitors to Fremantle will take a step back in time as the city kicks off its annual heritage festival today. 

Support blooms for Cystic Fibrosis

Hundreds of volunteers and businesses across the state have joined forces to sell more than 13,000 long-stemmed roses in support of children and young adults living with Cystic Fibrosis.

Strong appetite for Brightwater giving appeal

Brightwater Care Group held its annual fundraiser at Crown Towers last Friday, with about 1,000 guests raising $230,000 for the organisation’s work in the community.

$US650,000 scholarship for Perkins researcher

Ryan Lister’s work in the epigenetics and genomics lab at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research has received a boost in the form of $US650,000 from a prominent US-based institute. 

Forrests gift $400m

Mining magnate Andrew Forrest and his wife, Nicola Forrest, have made history today with a $400 million pledge the prime minister has called a ‘game changer’.

New campaigns broaden arts bodies’ donor base

SPECIAL REPORT: A decision to invest in giving campaigns has helped several of the state’s arts organisations increase their philanthropic income.

Passing the social licence test

SPECIAL REPORT: A commitment to supporting local communities is a win-win for some of the state’s best-known business names.

Broadening the appeal of giving

SPECIAL REPORT: Charities are diversifying their approach to building revenue streams as a soft economy challenges their business-as-usual fundraising models. 

Diabetes Research WA names new board members

Diabetes Research WA has appointed two-high profile resources industry executives to its board. 

Artist in residence with Carly Lynch

A wind chime made from old cutlery, marbles and fishing line was the first of many creations for Carly Lynch, a local artist featuring in the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts' 2017 Hatched: National Graduate Show.

FTI offers up a window into city’s past

A set of stained glass panels that depicts historical scenes of Perth city has provided a fundraising window of opportunity for its current owner, the Film and Television Institute of WA. 

Sneaker lovers get their kicks at art gallery

More traditional art forms have taken a back seat as the latest exhibit at the Art Gallery of Western Australia explores the contemporary design and history of pop culture icon – the sneaker.

Gindalbie licenses new technology

Gindalbie Metals has become the first company to announce plans for the use of a new mineral processing technology developed by Curtin University, with initial focus on its Mount Gunson copper-cobalt project in South Australia.

Scitech CEO to retire

Alan Brien will retire as chief executive of Scitech after 17 years in the role.

Artist in residence with Cameron McLaren

Cameron McLaren has always known he was funny, but it took him 24 years and stints in mining, security and delivering pizzas to realise he could make a living out of it. 

Funds shortage keeps puppeteers on a string

The need for more funding and resources in WA’s creative sector, and changes to student loans, could be compromising the state’s ability to deliver the training needed to nurture emerging talent. 

Leadership demand a sign of the times

SPECIAL REPORT: A soft economy hasn’t deterred a new leadership organisation from launching leadership training and development programs in WA.

Providers prepare for future needs

SPECIAL REPORT: Government reforms and cuts to funding could limit the aged care sector’s capacity to meet future demand.

Business, Labor keen to make training work

SPECIAL REPORT: A 19 per cent drop in the number of trainees and apprentices in WA over the past five years is a challenge for the new state government, but also an opportunity to grow the sector.

Gentle art of conversation not lost on mental health advocates

Perth business leaders, teachers and psychologists are part of a campaign using art to start conversations about youth mental health.

NFP seeks local support for care kits campaign

Not-for-profit organisation People Who Care is calling on the community and local businesses to pledge funds or donate items for kits to help those fleeing domestic violence. 

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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.