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.

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.

Kalium Lakes gets new investor

A London-based private equity fund has agreed to a conditional cornerstone equity investment of $20.8 million in Kalium Lakes, giving it a 19.99 per cent holding in the aspiring potash producer.

Better connection, problems solved

Former Rising Stars winner Injury Connect has rebranded as Solv to better reflect its continuing rapid growth and expansion of services into safety and health software.

$72m in new work for NRW

NRW Holdings has been awarded about $72 million in contracts through its subsidiaries Golding Contractors and RCR Mining Technologies.

Tracey Horton joins GPT

Sydney-based property company GPT Group has announced the appointment of Tracey Horton as a non-executive director, the second Western Australia-based director to join its board.

Volgren bus contract renewed

The state government has awarded a $549 million contract to Volvo to continue supplying Transperth buses with local manufacturer Volgren to fit-out the vehicles.

Battery Minerals gets new MD, chairman

David Flanagan has moved to a new executive chairman role at Battery Minerals, making way for former Atlas Iron chief operating officer Jeremy Sinclair to become managing director, among several board changes at the graphite company.

Beaver’s goal more than a pipe dream

40under40: It’s said that adversity often provides opportunity, and the success of this year’s Medium Business category winner bears that out.

GLX announces partnership with OPIS

Online LNG marketplace GLX has announced a partnership with US-based information service OPIS to create LNG indices, a week after Woodside announced it had invested in the platform.

Gage Roads to open microbrewery in Sydney

Perth-based Gage Roads Brewing Company is setting up shop in Sydney after securing a site for its first microbrewery and taproom in the inner-city suburb of Redfern.

Investor recovers $10m Stripe Capital loss

QBE Insurance has been ordered to pay $10 million to a Perth investor who was a client of stockbroking firm Stripe Capital and former Perth broker Todd King.

Stamatiou joins Innovative Foundations

Nick Stamatiou has established a Perth office for international firm Innovative Foundations after spending two years setting up and leading Deloitte’s IP Strategy and Commercialisation practice.

New plan approved for old synagogue

Fremantle’s idle synagogue will be transformed into a restaurant and hospitality venue after Fremantle Council’s planning committee approved the proposal last night, the latest of a string of approved plans to repurpose heritage buildings in the area.



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.