Tori Wilson

Tori Wilson formerly covered 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. She left Business News in 2018.

Shark deterrent developer launches IPO

UPDATED: Perth company Ocean Guardian Holdings, which trades as Shark Shield, has launched a prospectus for a $5 million initial public offering as it seeks to grow a suite of ocean safety products in

Stewart targets Raine cheques

New chair Jan Stewart will be looking to grow awareness and financial support for the intergenerational Raine health study.

Digital direction for Chemo@home

A 2016 Rising Stars winner has launched a series of new upgrades to its home-based service, placing it at the forefront of digital health.

WA's world-leading telescope expands

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) has undergone a second round of developments, making the pioneering, Western-Australian based telescope 10 times more powerful in its effort to examine the origins of the universe.

Walsh to chair national arts council

Former Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh will take up the position of Australia Council of the Arts (ACA) chair, as of July, after almost two years on the board.

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.

McGowan departs Silver Chain

After 11 years at its helm, Silver Chain chief executive Christopher McGowan will depart the community care organisation and return to his home in South Australia, taking up the role of SA Health chief executive in May.

Fresh greens at your fingertips

Indoor plant solutions startup Urbotanica is hoping to springboard off the growth in healthy food preparation appliances with the launch of its UrbiPod.

Bacteria drive wastewater efficiency

A team at Murdoch University is seeking to commercialise new technology it says has the potential to revolutionise wastewater treatment and save cities big bucks.

Web puts photographers in the picture

Perth photography business Salty Wings is a prime example of how creatives in the 21st century can drive success off the back of social media.

Struggle to meet market needs

SPECIAL REPORT: With the number of apprentices and trainees continuing to decline, Tafes and RTOs are refining their strategies to prepare people for jobs of the future.

Too many kids going hungry

Western Australia’s major hunger relief organisation, Foodbank WA, has released its first national report, finding more than one in five children experienced 'food insecurity' over the past year.

End Homlessness WA launches on Adelaide Terrace

A group of not for profits that joined forces 18 months ago with a mission to end homelessness will today publicly launch its 10-year plan on Adelaide Terrace, followed by a music event through the streets of the CBD.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer, Matt Mckenzie, and Tori Wilson discuss Synergy and renewable energy, the Atlas Iron takeover, live sheep exports, Bill Shorten’s Perth visit, a new report on Kwinana, and the debate over training and apprenticeships.

Businesses wary of tax training plan

SPECIAL REPORT: The state government’s plan to remove the payroll tax exemption for employees undertaking training has secured the support of the Greens and The Nationals WA, despite strong opposition from the Liberals and the state's leading business lobby group.

Social enterprise for homeless seeks $50,000

An emerging social enterprise, The Underground Collaborative, is seeking about $50,000 to provide employment pathways for Perth’s homeless and disadvantaged amid plans to roll out a series of coffee carts across local parks.

Parks have friends in high places

A not-for-profit group established and chaired by retiring Governor Kerry Sanderson has attracted strong corporate support in its mission to improve our state’s parks.

Crafting the perfect brew

WA’s beer offering today is a world away from the limited choices of just a few decades ago.

Better diabetic ocular outcomes

WA researchers are working with a US partner as they seek to commercialise a local breakthrough in the diagnosis of diabetes-related sight degeneration.

Minderoo Foundation funds editorship

As the inaugural winner of the the Minderoo Editorship, Armelle Davies will receive funding for a three-year full-time position at Fremantle Press, providing a valuable opportunity in a niche local industry.

University enrolments up for Navitas

Global education services provider Navitas has grown its university partnership student enrolments by 6 per cent for the 2018 financial year, while enrolments in its migrant English program have dropped.

Pilbara is Silicon Valley of mining: Rio

Rio Tinto has co-hosted 21 of the state’s major companies at Scitech to announce further details on its partnership with South Metropolitan Tafe, with high-tech courses in automation expected to be rolled out in 2019.

History and humour triumph in Tom Malone Prize

Adelaide-based Tom Moore has won one of the nation's most prestigious glass art awards from the Art Gallery of WA, with a work he says references quizzical historical applications of glass for comedic effect.

$50m for mining research centre

A new mining research centre to be co-based in Western Australia and South Australia and backed by 34 industry and academic partners is set to proceed after the federal government committed to provide $50 million in funding.

MercyCare CEO moves to Juniper

MercyCare chief executive Chris Hall will depart the aged care organisation to take up the corresponding role at Juniper where he will continue to deliver community support services.

Forrest Hall comes to fruition

New accommodation designed for the brightest minds within and entering the state has been built on the river bank outside the University of Western Australia thanks to a $27.5 million donation from Andrew and Nicola Forrest.

Educators read sector needs

Three Perth-based specialist education providers are achieving commercial success addressing literacy concerns as parents seek to drive better outcomes for their children.

Gaye sells complete collection to corporate buyers

Western Australian textiles artist and design consultant Jennifer Gaye says she is excited about the direction her print works are taking her.

Influencers and innovators shape arts sector outcomes

SPECIAL REPORT: An eclectic mix of corporate heavyweights, private philanthropists and innovative disruptors have helped to shape the state's arts sector.

Hawaiian Ride for Youth raises $2.2m

The 2018 Hawaiian Ride for Youth continues to be one of the state's most successful fundraisers, raising $2.2 million for mental health prevention with 170 riders.

Albany joins Form silo trail

A 35-metre seadragon has taken shape across grain silos in Albany, the fourth instalment in a series of murals across regional towns by arts group FORM and grain handler CBH Group.



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.