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Madeleine Stephens

Madeleine Stephens joined Business News in January 2019 as a part time journalist. She covers a wide range of general news for online and print and is also responsible for appointments and the diary section. Madeleine completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2018 majoring in journalism and geography and is undertaking her honours in food security in Papua New Guinea this year.

Meridian Global giving inspiration

The donation that giving circle Meridian Global Foundation provided to mental health charity zero2hero five years ago shows the impact targeted giving can have.

Easing cancer patients' breath burden

Gary Lee has dedicated his professional life to making it easier for people to breathe, and on Friday night he was recognised for his work at the annual Cancer Council WA awards.

Perth embraces festival season

Fringe World and Perth Festival may offer audiences a different range of artistic experiences, but both achieved strong growth in ticket and box office sales this year, according to recent reports.

Box office booms at Fringe World

Box office sales at this year's Fringe World Festival were up by 15 per cent on 2018 figures, while 13 per cent more people attended ticketed events, according to a report released last night.

WA housing affordability improves

Housing affordability improved slightly in the March quarter in Western Australia, while the number of first home buyers and approved loans decreased.

Hands up for volunteers

Corporate volunteering has the potential to benefit all parties involved, but making sure it is worthwhile takes careful planning.

Freshwater resigns from UWA

University of Western Australia vice-chancellor Dawn Freshwater has resigned after 2.5 years in the top job and accepted the position of vice-chancellor at the University of Auckland.

New art foundation tackles gender bias

When art adviser and private curator John Cruthers was asked what his mother, art collector Lady Sheila Cruthers, would think of him establishing the Sheila Foundation to promote women’s art, he said she would ask why it had taken him so long.

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.

Top marks for Perth Festival

This year's Perth Festival encouraged 7,300 tourists to visit Western Australia while box office sales increased 21 per cent from 2018, the festival’s impact report has shown.

Black Swan revises leadership plan

Black Swan State Theatre Company announced today its outgoing executive director Natalie Jenkins has already left the organisation while also disclosing her replacement, Danielle Norrish, may not hold the role permanently.

New plants tested to tackle old mine sites

Rehabilitation of mine sites in Western Australia may be improved after Perth researchers identified several species of native plants well suited to tolerating conditions at the old sites.

Central Park refurbishment confirmed

Central Park management has confirmed plans to refurbish the office tower's lobby and forecourt, and has said the integrity of Brian McKay's artworks will be maintained.

Civmec profits fall while order book grows

Civmec has reported a sharp fall in quarterly profit to $141,000 after accounting for cost overruns on projects but has also reported strong growth in its order book.

Surprise leadership changes at Black Swan

Black Swan State Theatre Company announced late on Friday afternoon that executive director Natalie Jenkins would be leaving and recently appointed board member Danielle Norrish would take the role.

Dinner Twist turns to clean, green

Competition has enabled 2015 Rising Stars winner Dinner Twist to define its niche in the meal kit industry.

Rosendorff receivers liquidating assets

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

Rio awards three contracts

Rio Tinto has awarded $110 million in new contracts for its Pilbara operations, with the beneficiaries including indigenous contractor Yurra and global mining services firm FLSmidth.

Dixon leaves embattled miner

Struggling gold miner Blackham Resources has announced Bryan Dixon has resigned and stepped down from the board today following a “challenging period”.

Reports signal hope for WA economy

Western Australia's economy has been performing well below its long-term average but is showing signs of increasing economic momentum with growing exports and $73 billion of projects underway or under consideration, according to two new reports.

Advanced power meters for WA

The state government has announced it will spend $251 million to install advanced electricity meters, bringing WA in line with other states.

WA commits to new Fremantle traffic bridge

The state government is assessing the construction of an extra rail link over the Swan River, as part of a new Fremantle traffic bridge, after committing to the $230 million project.

WA unemployment up at 6 per cent

Western Australia’s unemployment rate has increased by 0.1 per cent taking it to 6 per cent in March, making it 1 per cent higher than the national average of 5 per cent.

WA building hotspots dominated by outer suburbs

Perth City was the only inner city area to be classed as a building hotspot in Western Australia, with most building approvals occurring in the outer suburbs, according to a Housing Industry Association report.

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.

One of Australia’s first mobile abattoirs built in WA

A WA-based engineering company has built one of the first mobile abattoirs for processing premium meat, addressing farmer and animal welfare concerns by eliminating the need to transport animals.

Liquor licence approval successfully appealed

The process for obtaining liquor licences in Perth has become less clear after the Commissioner of Police successfully challenged approvals for a new Dan Murphy’s store in Rockingham.

Perth entrepreneur develops ‘clicks-and-bricks’ strategy

A focus on high-end retail and a unique shopping experience are key factors driving Bethany James’ latest move.

Galaxy gets new chief executive

Perth-based lithium miner Galaxy Resources has announced the appointment of Iluka Resources’ Simon Hay as chief executive, commencing on July 1.

Order-In, Yordar make WA moves

Two online platforms are aiming to shake up business catering in WA.

New president for the State Administrative Tribunal

Attorney General John Quigley has announced the appointment of Supreme Court justice Janine Pritchard as president of the State Administrative Tribunal for a five-year term, effective from June 4 2019.

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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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Tourism Council calls for Airbnb regulation

Western Australia’s peak tourism body has called for greater restrictions on short-stay accommodation providers claiming residential properties on Airbnb do not increase visitation to the state.

Airbnb goes head-to-head with critics

More than a third of visitors to Western Australia who used Airbnb said they would never have had a holiday if it wasn’t for the online home-share platform, the company asserted today, as it fought back against criticism by Tourism Council WA and the Australian Hotels Association.

HBF wins naming rights to nib Stadium

Three major sporting facilities in Perth will bear the name of health insurer HBF after the organisation signed a deal for the naming rights to nib Stadium.

Langoulant to chair Infrastructure WA

Business groups have welcomed a bill introduced by the state government today to establish the advisory body Infrastructure WA.