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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.

Online hub for homeseekers

Iain Shields is acutely aware of the challenges around social housing, having experienced them personally in the UK and then in a professional capacity in Australia.

Novice Nunan wins Lester Prize

Liam Nunan had never entered an art competition before winning the The Richard Lester Prize for Portraiture 2019 for a painting of his friend Jonny Hawkins on Friday night.

The Agency to manage Aspen’s $20m portfolio

The Agency has been appointed to manage Aspen Group’s recently acquired $20 million Perth rental portfolio.

Work-related deaths declining in WA

The incidence of worker fatalities across Australia has continued its trend decline over the past decade, with the number of deaths attributed to workplace incidents falling to 13 in WA and 144 nationally.

Perth Festival launch 2020 program

Artistic director Iain Grandage launched the 2020 Perth Festival program last night and announced the first week of the 24-day festival will be dedicated to First Nations performances.

Industry applauds payroll tax changes

Today's decision by the state government to increase the payroll tax exemption threshold has been welcomed by industry bodies.

Nanollose founder resigns

The founder of a company commercialising technology to make fabric from beer and wine has resigned from his role as chief scientific officer.

Fast growth likely for IT workforce in WA

WA is estimated to have the country’s fastest growing IT workforce over the next five years with annual growth of 3.2 per cent, according to a report commissioned by the Australian Computer Society.

Charity events raise $47m for medical research

Western Australia’s two biggest charity events, Telethon and the MACA Cancer 200 Ride for Research, raised a collective $47.4 million for medical research over the weekend.

Washer, Edwardes to leave cannabis board

AusCann Group Holdings chair Mal Washer and director Cheryl Edwardes have advised they will retire from the medical cannabis company's board, with major shareholder Merchant Group planning to nominate one new director.

NDIS providers embrace technology

With the rollout of the NDIS due to be completed by mid-2020, disability service providers are turning to IT solutions to improve efficiency and make the system more accessible to users.

Empowerment, confidence vital for success in business

Business News’s inaugural Food for Thought breakfast brought together some of WA’s best female business minds to discuss issues ranging from inequity to ongoing workplace challenges.

Creatives hit The Heights, now on with the show

An ABC serialised drama is providing consistent work for creatives in WA’s television industry.

WA backing for impact investing

A new alliance was launched in Perth this month to promote investment in organisations focused on environmental, social and cultural good while also creating financial returns.

Artrage chief aims for outreach

New Artrage chief executive Sharon Burgess reckons she has the best job in Perth, allowing her to combine her passion for the arts with her business experience.

Tech scene: Spreadsheet users win as problem solver excels

PERTH consultant Wyn Hopkins has a special claim to fame; he prompted Microsoft to update its highly popular Excel package to fix an issue that had been annoying users for years.

Volunteers offer Lifeline

Lifeline WA is on its way to meeting its ambitious goal to answer the equivalent of all the state’s crisis calls by June 2020, after doubling its volunteer workforce in the past three years to answer a record 32,000 calls last year.

Orange Sky wins corporate backing

A unique mobile service for homeless people will benefit from a recent injection of funding.

Black Swan, Perth Festival announce new board members

Two Western Australian arts organisations have made changes to their boards, with appointments including David Shirley, Rowena Albones, Ben Lisle and Rishelle Hume.

Film innovators launch whale tale

Prospero Productions will premiere its new immersive documentary Whale Super Highway, which tracks a mother and a baby whale down the coast of Western Australia, in a 35-seat dome at CinefestOz at the end of August.

ACCC finds franchisees are ill-prepared

Franchisors in the food services sector have commonly provided inadequate information to potential buyers, while nearly half of prospective franchisees do not get any independent professional advice before buying, a new report has found.

Duhe to chair West Australian Ballet

The West Australian Ballet has appointed Woodside Petroleum chief financial officer and executive vice-president Sherry Duhe as chair, following the retirement of Robert Edwardes.

Reward for effort despite looming franchise regs

The franchise sector is regularly under review, yet it has been a successful pathway for many small business owners.

Australian CFOs report decreased market optimism

Australia’s chief financial officers have become less optimistic about the Australian economy in the past year, citing concerns about global and local economic conditions, including the rising trade tensions between the US and China.

Two WA universities in Australian top 10

Curtin University and the University of Western Australia rank in the top ten universities in Australia, with Curtin jumping from 16th position to ninth in the past year, according to the Center for World University Rankings.

HBF sells Friendlies to Pharmacy 777

HBF has sold the Friendlies Pharmacy master franchise, under which 31 Western Australian pharmacies currently operate, to Pharmacy 777 and agreed to partner with the buyer to provide preventative health services to its members across the stores.

Phylogica shares stabilise after big rally

Perth biotech Phylogica today announced positive test results from its drug delivery technology, but the news was not enough to sustain a rally in the company's shares, which have risen 33 per cent over the past week.

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.

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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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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.