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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.

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.

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.

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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.