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.
Businesses in the hospitality, tourism and retail sectors are holding out for COVID-19 restrictions to lift, as a majority of turnaround professionals believe these businesses won’t be able to survive more than three months if the shutdown continues.
Austal has won a $324 million contract to design and construct six evolved Cape-class patrol boats for the Royal Australian Navy, while also announcing it was not successful in the bid for a contract with the US Navy.
The Environmental Protection Authority has released its greenhouse gas guidance which maintains its goal of net zero emissions by 2050 but will be flexible in how it is applied, after receiving feedback on a draft it released in December.
Chalice Gold Mines’ shares were up more than 80 per cent today after releasing drilling results this morning while Mandrake Resources had big gains yesterday after announcing a farm-in deal with Andean Energy Resources on adjacent ground.
Western Australian charities offering support services are gearing up for a surge in demand as restrictions introduced to stop the spread of COVID-19 start to strain people’s finances and mental health.
The federal government will provide $100 million to more than 300 charities, Minderoo Foundation committed $5 million to community initiatives, and Gina Rinehart donated $6 million to the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia over the weekend to help charities meet increased demand.