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Katie McDonald

Katie McDonald is the property writer for Business News. Katie previously covered the community and arts, education and science sector when she joined the team in 2016, after a brief stint as a recruitment consultant. At the 2017 WA State Media Awards Katie took out the top prize for the Best Culture and Arts Report and was also a finalist for the Best Cadet/New Journalist award. Katie completed a bachelor of commerce at the University of Western Australia in 2015 with a double major in marketing and english studies. 

PD Leading Enterprises to shut its doors

Perth charitable organisation PD Leading Enterprises, which provides support services to Western Australians dealing with mental health illness, has today announced it will cease its operations, following a lapse of funding from the Mental Health Commission last year.  

Beyond the 50-tonne spider

The Arcadia music festival and its giant scrap metal spider landed at Elizabeth Quay last weekend and lit up Perth’s dance scene, but there is more to the fire-breathing robot than meets the eye. 

Top eateries support Food Rescue

The inaugural Food Rescue Week begins in Perth tomorrow to promote the Food Rescue initiative, with the State Buildings, The Trustee and Lalla Rookh among the venues promoting the cause.

Cheung beefs up produce pipeline

A Singaporean businessman plans to advance the potential of WA’s $7 billion-plus agriculture export market.

New home, structure for Screenwest

Job creation and increased investment in the local industry are among the hoped-for outcomes of Screenwest’s move to new headquarters and planned change in corporate structure.

Perron family lends name to institute

The state’s oldest medical research institute will change its name in recognition of the philanthropic contribution by one of the state’s most prominent families over many years.

Giving circle grants $230,000 to WA charities

Collective giving circle Impact100 WA has injected $230,000 worth of shared donations into the state’s not-for-profit sector this month.

Ancient organisms help create fabric of the future

A WA-based company could potentially shake up the $US96 billion global textile industry with a natural fibre originally sourced from wine.

WA artist banks $30,000

Local artist Tarryn Gill has won the 2016 Bankwest Art Prize for Sculpture, valued at $30,000. 

Gallery diversifies cultural appeal

The Art Gallery of Western Australia plans to broaden its audience reach in 2017 with the renewal of galleries, development of new initiatives and partnerships, as well as the introduction of a contemporary series called Culture Juice.

Court named ambassador to Japan

Former Western Australian premier Richard Court has been named Australia’s next ambassador to Japan.

Providers await NDIS clarity

WA’s disability service providers are continuing to innovate despite being left in limbo pending a decision on the implementation of the NDIS.

PIAF appoints new executive director

One of Sydney’s leading arts figures is heading west to join the Perth International Arts Festival as executive director. 

Isolation no barrier to success

A small school in Coolgardie has not let its remote location compromise the ability to provide opportunities for students beyond the classroom.

DAP ticks off on $30m Claremont school plan

Plans for a $27.3 million, three-storey preparatory school at Christ Church Grammar School in Claremont have received provisional approval.The metropolitan west development assessment panel this week

Funding cuts threat to creative arts

A drain of talent from the creative arts pool could result if the government pushes ahead with proposed plans to decrease funding support for training.

Local NFPs announce tie-up

Care providers Care Options, Volunteer Task Force and Community First have announced their intention to amalgamate – the fifth merger of Western Australia-based NFP groups in the past three months.

State Buildings wins hospitality award

The State Buildings was named Perth’s best hospitality venue at the 2016 Western Australia Hospitality Awards for Excellence last night. 

Contemporary music a nice little earner

New research from Edith Cowan University has found that Western Australia’s contemporary music scene is worth nearly $1 billion to the state’s economy. 

Walsh to chair gallery board

Former Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh plans to apply ideas from his time in London to the arts sector in Western Australia, after being announced as the new chairman of the Art Gallery of WA. 

Reinterpreting the funding culture

SPECIAL REPORT: Arts and cultural organisations are pursuing innovation and collaboration to help manage the tougher financial conditions in WA. 

Innovation to ensure culture counts

SPECIAL REPORT: An app co-developed in WA could revolutionise the way organisations around the world measure the impact and intrinsic value of arts and culture programs. 

Cultural connections, artistic exchanges

SPECIAL REPORT: Three WA arts organisations have performed a series of firsts on tours to Asia this year, building on business and diplomatic strategies that highlight the value of cultural exchange. 

Leaders tell their stories to help stop suicide

Next month, Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den in Highgate will host a storytelling hub where a group of Perth entrepreneurs, business owners and leaders will gather to share personal stories and raise money for suicide prevention charity RUOK. 

Celebrating local literature

A Fremantle-based literature hub is determined to keep the Australian book industry and its creators alive and thriving. 

Bauwerk paints a bigger picture

Perth-founded natural paint manufacturer Bauwerk Colour is expanding its international operations with construction of a new factory in its biggest market, Saudi Arabia.

International database helps Perkins gene researcher’s disease work

A scientist from Perth is leading a team of more than 260 researchers from all over the world as part of an international project that could have extensive implications for medicine.

Turner’s vision becomes reality

The Lions Outback Vision Van has treated about 1,500 patients across 16 regional communities since it first hit the road six months ago. 

Sam Walsh joins Australian Council board

The Australian Council for the Arts has welcomed former Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh and fellow Western Australian Kate Fielding to its board. 

Garage sales back community needs

A national initiative that promotes sustainability and community collaboration will return to the streets of Western Australia on October 22. 

Enriching the patient experience

Several WA hospitals are experimenting with engaging and interactive art programs that could increase patient wellbeing.

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Cedar named 40under40 First Amongst Equals

Gumala Aboriginal Corporation executive officer Jahna Cedar has been named the 2017 Business News 40under40 First Amongst Equals, taking the top honour ahead an impressive field of Western Australia’s young business and community leaders. 

Stockland strikes $91m deal

ASX-listed property group Stockland has invested $91 million in the purchase of more than 4,600 residential lots across three metropolitan corridors in Perth, comprising a total 385 hectares of land.

Perth house prices tipped to grow by 2020

Perth’s house prices are forecast to grow by 3 per cent over the next three years, according to QBE Insurance Group’s latest Housing Outlook Report for 2017-2020.

The Marina, Mindarie named WA's best venue

The Marina, Mindarie was named Perth’s best hospitality venue at last night’s Western Australian Hospitality Awards for Excellence, joining the State Buildings and Print Hall as the most recent winners of the prestigious award.

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Disputed claims over Scarborough knock-back

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has disclosed that the majority of public submissions on the $450 million Iconic Scarborough development supported the project, but said all government agencies and utilities it consulted, with the sole exception of Tourism WA, opposed it.

MRA knocks back $450m Scarborough twin towers

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has rejected a $450 million proposal for two towers near Scarborough beach with the developer behind the project, 3 Oceans Property, saying the decision was a missed opportunity to show courage and vision.

Coffee pods connect to charities

A new online coffee pod business with a focus on charity giving was launched in Perth last night.

Artists get creative on sales

With fewer exhibition opportunities or prospects of gallery representation, local artists have diversified their approach to the market.