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Tori Wilson

Tori Wilson primarily covers community, arts and science at Business News, along with startups, breweries, health and education. Tori joined the team after a stint as a regular freelancer for Premium Publishers in Northbridge. She completed a double degree at Curtin University in 2017, majoring in marketing and professional writing and publishing.

Canning keeps the culture coming

The opening of a new heritage-listed live entertainment space in Northbridge later this year is the latest example of Marcus Canning’s cultural impact on WA.

Getting creative on firm funds footing

The financial performance of WA’s major arts organisations has fluctuated widely over the past year, research by Business News has found.

Howard Park finds natural fit

Howard Park Wines has signed up as a new sponsor for the West Australian Ballet’s upcoming season of Tchaikovsky and The Nutcracker, with the winery having deep roots in the art form.

Christie creates Perth’s next gallery

Respected South African-born artist and gallery owner Catherine Christie is on the cusp of launching a new gallery in Perth since moving to Western Australia five years ago.

Grants given to boost waste management

The state government has distributed about $1 million in grants among sixteen environmental organisations as it aims at boosts recycling and improve waste management practices in Western Australia.

StudyPerth to prioritise promotion

A new report commissioned by StudyPerth has recommended the international education body update its strategy to focus on destination marketing and employability outcomes.

TriEvents runs its course

Major events management operator TriEvents has folded, creating an opportunity for new players to step in and join the race.

Linking veterans to new opportunities

Veterans’ recruitment organisation Working Spirits is steadily increasing its profile among the Western Australian businesses community, with 10 former veterans recently finding placements, including with mining services business Macmahon Holdings.

Perth doctor finds success with fiction

Royal Perth Hospital emergency doctor Michelle Johnston has leveraged her career in medicine to drive the direction of her first novel, establishing her credentials as an emerging author in the process.

Schools, industry engage on Stem

A public independent school in Armadale has become the first school in the state to trial a program that partners industry with education to encourage greater adoption of science, technology, engineering and maths subjects (Stem).

Life sciences hub launches in Perth

A federally operated life sciences hub aimed at commercialising local research opened in Nedlands yesterday, backed by the University of Western Australia, the state government, and Commonwealth entity MTPConnect.

NDIS to challenge provider models

Changes being made at Intelife and Nulsen reflect the challenges facing the disability sector.

Wilco partners on US hydro technology

Majority Aboriginal-owned business Wilco Electrical recently secured distributorship across the state for cutting-edge US technology that draws water from air.

Perron’s positive impact recognised

Stan Perron’s long and influential role in WA has continued with his recent commitment to donate $10 million to the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science.

Greenbatch grows as it cuts waste

SPECIAL REPORT: Social enterprise Greenbatch has come a long way since 2016, when it drew up plans detailing a vision to establish a plastic reprocessing facility in Perth.

Docmosis making major US moves

SPECIAL REPORT: Software company DOCMOSIS is achieving impressive sales growth with lean resources, having only recently increased its staff numbers to four.

Proteins lock down cancer cells

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research has found a new way to block the growth of cancer cells.

Stan Perron donates $10m to neurological research

Stan and Jean Perron have announced they will be donating $10 million across 10 years to the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science, adding to a multitude of reasons Mr Perron was awarded State Shaper by The 500 Club today.

CEOs raise $500k in Sleepout

Sixty-three Perth business leaders slept rough last night for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, raising about $513,000 to go towards alleviating homelessness.

Subiaco brings opportunities for artists

The positive response to the Subiaco Theatre Festival has led to a near doubling in the size of the annual event this year.

New solution for desalination

A team of Murdoch University scientists is seeking an industry partner to help advance its electricity-free desalination system and bring it to market.

Digital solutions head tech awards

Medical platform HealthEngine and an online analytics system designed to benefit agribusinesses were among the winners at last week’s Western Australian Information Technology and Telecommunications Alliance Incite awards.

Rhinohide takes off-road route to US

Perth-based startup Rhinohide has spent the past three years growing its presence in Australia among 4X4 enthusiasts and is now preparing to expand into the US.

Festivals claim $127m impact

The state’s two leading arts festivals have a large role to play in the cultural and creative vibrancy of Perth during the summer months, according to their impact reports released this week.

Versatile hemp plant offers growth potential

Businesses and farmers see a bright future for the hemp industry in WA following recent legislative changes, but the fledging sector needs support.

Artist uses business success to back fundraiser

Broome-based artist Helen Norton has combined an entrepreneurial and adventurous spirit with her artistic skills to forge a successful career over the past three decades.

Vic Park bar voted best in Australia

Victoria Park bar the Dutch Trading Co has been named the best beer venue in the country, as judged by a panel of 23 industry leaders coordinated by Beer and Brewer Magazine.

Rainfall raises hope for farmers

Recent rainfall experienced across the state has lifted the outlook of Western Australian farmers, following one of the hottest and driest autumns on record.

BHP backs Zero2hero on suicide prevention

BHP Billiton has responded to a Hedland Senior High School student’s call for support by backing a youth-focused mental health and suicide prevention program based in the Pilbara.

Festival measures impact with Culture Counts

An analysis of Perth Festival undertaken by local firm Culture Counts has found near-universal support for the event's impact on, and importance for, Western Australia's cultural scene.

Study highlights complexity of shark-deterrent science

A shark-deterrent device designed by Perth-based Ocean Guardian has been added to the state government’s subsidy program following a study that found it reduced the risk of shark interactions by 60 per cent.

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Reshuffle of heads for Perth boys schools

Long-serving leaders of three of Perth’s most prestigious boys schools have announced their departure during the past fortnight, marking a shake-up for the education sector.

High-profile departures from Perth Modern board

Three high-profile business people have resigned from the board of Perth Modern School, just weeks after two other board members did not seek re-election, as the fallout from a governance dispute and a review by KPMG continues.

Pub player serves up new venue

A major eastern states hospitality group with deep pockets has just purchased its fourth venue in WA as part of a broader strategy to rapidly grow its presence in the west.

Fringe artists owed $200,000

An independent events company responsible for organising one of Fringe World Festival's major venues has allegedly failed to pay about $200,000 owed to performers as it prepares for voluntary administration.

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Wellness program targets Fifo isolation

SPECIAL REPORT: The effects of a Fifo lifestyle on the workforce have prompted changes in workplace practices among some of the major resources sector players.

Swan Taxis drives uptake of booking app

Swan Taxis has announced a 10 per cent discount for the next three months on bookings made through its flat fare app as it continues to battle for market share against Uber.

$64m in cuts made to WA education

The state government has announced a series of changes to the education sector, including cuts to gifted and talented programs, an increase in fees for swimming lessons, and the closure of rural residential college accommodation.

Startups face up to the competition

Tech innovators, investors and entrepreneurs descended on Perth during the past fortnight for a series of startup events that sparked wide-ranging discussions about how to strengthen the local ecosystem and compete on the world stage.