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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.

Alexium International rejigs board

US-focused Alexium International Group has announced the appointment of two Australian non-executive directors, Claire Poll and Susan Thomas, while chairman Gavin Rezos will be retiring as of May 2018.

Feds provide $334m for university research

Western Australian universities will receive 8 per cent of the $333.5 million in federal government funding announced today to support new research projects nation-wide.

Indigenous art meets high fashion in Perth

A fashion collaboration between internationally renowned Jimmy Choo, local designer Alvin Fernandez, and Western Australian indigenous artist Peter Farmer was brought to Perth earlier this week for a temporary exhibition.

Rebranding an art form at Perth Festival

The increasingly competitive nature of the arts marketplace has prompted a rebrand at the longest-running international arts festival in Australia, Perth International Arts Festival.

Tech offers home-based rehab

Technology that recently arrived in Perth from New Zealand could improve rehabilitation outcomes for multiple sclerosis and stroke patients, offering the potential to speed-up recovery while reducing the need to travel for treatment.

McKenna new Screenwest CEO

The state’s peak body for screen funding and development, Screenwest, today announced the appointment of Seph McKenna as its new chief executive, succeeding Ian Booth.

Art at the heart of a revitalised Perth inner city

The private sector has matched public funds dollar for dollar in 2017 to support the Historic Heart of Perth project, which aims to revitalise the east end precinct through public art and streetscape improvements.

Top award for medical device startup, NIMo

Medical innovation and commercialisation group SPARK Co-Lab launched its 2017 Design Course Pitch Night last night, naming medical device startup NIMo (Non Invasive Monitoring) as the winner.

Disability program LeadAbility at risk of closure

Leadership WA has put its disability program LeadAbility on hold as it seeks new sponsorship following the state government’s decision not to fund the program for 2018.

Viola directs new PICA vision

Curator and critic Eugenio Viola is bringing a fresh outlook and almost a decade of experience to his role as senior curator at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.

UWA granted $447 million worth of software by Siemens

Global technology company Siemens has announced an in-kind grant of $447 million worth of industrial software to the University of Western Australia.

A hands-on approach to generosity

Fundraising ‘giving groups’ Meridian Global Foundation, Impact100 WA and 100 Women are defying the economic slowdown, having raised a total of $1.1 million between them during the past three years.

Varis hopes customers stay Feral

Scale and authenticity were two factors attracting Coca-Cola Amatil to Feral Brewing, which now plans for a more rapid execution of its vision with the newfound support.

Doctors control the business model

SPECIAL REPORT: A shared approach to practice is paying dividends for the founders of Perth Urology Clinic.

Market, government moves to keep care at home

SPECIAL REPORT: Big changes to the home services sector have boosted consumer control over choice, leading to a more competitive market as an increasing number of consumers want care kept at home.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall, Matt Mckenzie and Tori Wilson discuss house prices, Tianqi, the sale of Henderson-based Silver Yacht, the latest in the Perth lord mayor saga, recent women in business awards, and health care.

Heathcare projects receive $1.2 million boost

Federally-funded MTPConnect has announced a $1.2 million commitment to two healthcare projects, both of which involve Telethon Kids Institute as a collaborator.

Artist in residence with Tom Muller

Artist and curator Tom Muller says Fremantle, like many port cities worldwide, has a wealth of heritage and history.

Holyoake marches to the beat of a different drum

Holyoake has developed into an NFP with international reach and self-sustaining social enterprises, and Angie Paskevicius has played a major role.

Inequality focus as Carroll takes global neurology role

WA neurologist William Carroll has been named president of the World Federation of Neurology, the field’s top global position.

Perkins ride raises more than $4m

This year’s MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised $4.1 million to support work at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Contract wins for ad agencies

Advertising and marketing agencies Marketforce and Longtail have won new contracts with Avivo and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia respectively.

Tianqi builds on strong cultural foundation

Tianqi Lithium has taken further steps to strengthen its cultural ties to Western Australia with the announcement of a $5 million partnership with the Foundation for the WA Museum.

Greenbatch adds new dimension to plastic recycling

Dreamfit founder Darren Lomman is launching WA’s first reprocessing plant to recycle plastic into 3D printing filament.

Percussionists go Kaboom in the basement

PHOTO ESSAY: Drumming duo Kaboom Percussion teamed up with events coordinator Ensembly to perform in the basement of CBD coworking space Studio Startup.

Artist in residence with Louise McKay

For artists of any kind, pursuing a passion and making full-time work out of it can be a tough gig.

Nature Conservancy’s call to business

US organisation The Nature Conservancy, which has worked closely with BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, visited Perth last week to speak about how the group and big resources companies can collaborate to benefit both the economy and the environment.

Bankwest to roll-out Asian banking initiative

Bankwest has launched an initiative in Western Australia aimed at building stronger networks with the Asian community in Perth.

Skilled refugees helped into right jobs

Specialist employment services provider atWork Australia has launched a pilot program in WA to assist skilled refugees find work they are trained for.

Country Arts launches collaborative programs

Country Arts WA has allocated $200,000 to each of three new arts initiatives to support and expand arts in regional Western Australia.

Anglicare invites corporates to dinner

The community services group is attempting to stand out from an overcrowded corporate charity market with a new offering.

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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.