Madeleine Stephens

Madeleine Stephens joined Business News in January 2019 as a part time journalist while completing her studies and started working full time in October 2019. She covers community, arts, hospitality and tourism for online and print and is also responsible for appointments and the diary sections. Madeleine completed a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in 2019 majoring in journalism and geography and received first class honours for her thesis on food security in Papua New Guinea.

CBH meeting to determine director's future

CBH Group district four member director Trevor Badger has refused to resign after allegations he materially breached board confidentiality, forcing CBH Group to hold a special general meeting for growers to vote on whether to remove him.

Forrests lift Minderoo donations to $2bn

Andrew and Nicola Forrest have donated an additional $520 million to their philanthropic organisation Minderoo Foundation, bringing their total donations to $2 billion.

WA whisky crowned best in the world

Great Southern Distilling Company has been awarded the title of Best International Craft Whisky in the World by the American Distillers Institute for the second time, this year for its Limeburners Heavy Peat.

Shock four-year funding announcement for arts sector

Forty-nine arts organisations that previously received Australia Council for the Arts funding have missed out in the latest round, with the 95 recipients selected last Friday to share $31.7 million over four years.

KeepSpace keeping up with new orders

Perth startup KeepSpace has found its e-commerce packaging services in demand as government restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 cause retail stores and hospitality venues to close.

Resources sector donates $6.6m for COVID-19 support

In an initiative led by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA, the Western Australian resources sector has pledged $6.6 million to Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations, Foodbank WA and Lifeline WA.

Navigating disability change

Two long-standing disability services chief executives share how they have dealt with upheaval and disruption in the sector.

Surprise election of new CBH chair

Simon Stead has been elected chair of CBH Group, replacing longstanding director Wally Newman, who is stepping down from the board immediately.

Minderoo pledges $160m for COVID-19 response

Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation is flying in tonnes of medical supplies from China and increasing Western Australia's capacity to test for COVID-19, as part of a rescue package announced today.

Crisis calls for clear communication

Public relations may not immediately spring to mind in terms of business sectors likely to experience ongoing demand amid the COVID-19-driven economic downturn.

Perkins’ bid to #StopTheSpread

Canva chief executive Melanie Perkins spoke to Business News about the impact of COVID-19 on her business and the world.

Hospitality sector plans for uncertainty

Hospitality businesses are making difficult decisions about whether to stay open and offer takeaway options or close.

Gage Roads increases packaged beer production

Gage Roads Brewing Company has increased its weekly production of packaged products by 80 per cent to meet a recent surge in demand but has cut production of draught beer and withdrawn its earnings guidance because of the uncertain outlook.

Alcohol restrictions considered, hospitality sector shuts down

Volume restrictions on alcohol sales will be required to ensure staff safety and avoid public panic buying, according to Australian Hotels Association WA chief executive Bradley Woods.

BHP launches fund for regional communities

BHP has announced it is establishing a $50 million Vital Resources Fund to help support regional Australian communities in areas of its operations, including the Pilbara and Goldfields regions, facing

Arts sector says the show must go online

The performing arts sector is coming up with new ways to ensure people are entertained, in light of government restrictions on indoor events attended by 100 people or more as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leadership changes at Wesfarmers

Wesfarmers has undergone a restructure of its industrial division, with David Baxby to step down as managing director.

Northbirdge lands in Northbridge

The owner of Northbridge bars Ezra Pound and The Bird, Kabir Ramasary, has added another two hospitality venues to his portfolio with the opening of Northbirdge Dining Room and Northbirdge Wine Bar last month.

VisAbility happy to be home

A Victoria Park disability service provider was under financial pressure and planned to sell its specifically adapted building to stay viable, until management devised a new plan.

Businesses prepare for COVID-19

As the effects of the coronavirus pandemic worsen, businesses are making sure they are prepared for disruption, with many trialing work from home arrangements.

BCIT board appoints Howard-Smith as chair

Reg Howard-Smith has been appointed chair of the Building and Construction Industry Training Board, as the state government proceeds with changes to the Building and Construction Training Fund's operation and governance.

Perth Festival aims for visitor boost

Ambitious plans to attract more visitors from outside Western Australia for next year’s Perth Festival and beyond are top-of-mind for executive director Nathan Bennett.

Gaines, Agnew, Curtis win women's day awards

In celebration of International Women’s Day, inductees of the WA Women’s Hall of Fame and the winners of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA Women in Resources Awards were announced over the weekend.

#YourHelp vital for community services

Organisations in the community services sector established the #YourHelpWA campaign to secure 20 per cent more funding to cover increasing staffing costs. 

Forrest joins consortium to buy Windlab for $68m

Andrew Forrest has added to his diverse business portfolio, purchasing global renewable energy development company Windlab in a consortium with Sydney-based Federation Asset Management.

PTA awards $6.5m rail contracts

The Public Transport Authority of WA has awarded Metronet rail contracts to Calibre, RJV and CFC Group-owned Cape.

Perth Festival box office ticks up

Perth Festival anticipates it will achieve a small increase in its box office sales, from $5.4 million in 2019 to $5.5 million in 2020.

Rethink needed for recycling

The Ewaste Watch Institute’s John Gertsakis says there are several issues with the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme that need to be resolved to improve the sector.

Forrest in $242m FMG buy

Fortescue Metals Group chair Andrew Forrest has purchased an additional $242 million worth of shares in the company, shortly after Perth-based executives of other leading companies, including Peter Coleman, Ian Testrow and Bill Beament, also made big trades.

Neurodiversity in the workplace

Employees with autism and their employers have emphasised the importance of clear communication at a recent Autism West event.

Theatre, cinema take centre stage

Theatre 180 and entertainment platform CinemaStage are bringing theatre to the cinema for a production of AB Facey’s A Fortunate Life.



Tsvetnenko refused bail

Tech millionaire Eugeni “Zhenya” Tsvetnenko was denied bail this morning at the Perth Magistrates Court after being arrested on fraud charges in the United States.

Rosendorff name saved by local jeweller

The receivers of Rosendorff struck a deal last night to sell the jewellery business to an unnamed local buyer already in the jewellery business.

Perth accountant banned for six years

The corporate regulator has banned a Perth accountant from providing financial services for six years after an investigation found he bought and sold shares for clients so companies could meet the minimum requirement to be listed on the stock exchange.

Rosendorff receivers liquidating assets

After 55 years of business, iconic Perth jeweller Rosendorff has been placed in receivership.

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Broome tour company wins top tourism award

Kimberley Wild Expeditions, a member of the Indigenous Champions Program, won the tourism industry’s highest prize over the weekend, just days after the Tourism Council WA called on the state government to maintain funding for Aboriginal tourism.

Gary Martin named as one of LinkedIn’s top voices

Australia Institute of Management WA chief executive Gary Martin was the only Western Australian to be named in LinkedIn’s inaugural list of top influential opinion makers.

Vimy Resources announces major restructure

Uranium explorer Vimy Resources has announced a major restructuring, including the resignation of three directors, further cost-cutting and a focus on its base metals project.

WA has the biggest homes in Australia

Newly built homes in Western Australia are the largest in the country, with new houses averaging 235.3 square metres and new apartments increasing in size by 8.7 per cent.