Search

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. Katie completed a bachelor of commerce at the University of Western Australia in 2015 with a double major in marketing and english studies. 

New wheat variety tipped to boost competitive edge

A wheat variety developed by researchers based at Murdoch University could increase profitability for Australia’s $6 billion wheat industry. 

Full bottle on vermouth

An aperitif used for medicinal purposes in the early 1500s has been given a 21st century twist with the release of Burch Family Wines' Howard Park Vermouth. 

Award winning soprano returns to Perth

Opera singer and cellist Taryn Fiebig, who once performed for Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, will perform at a one night fundraising concert later this month at her alma mater Churchlands Senior High School. 

Rio manager wins CEW scholarship

Rio Tinto’s Zara Fisher has received a scholarship from Chief Executive Women to attend a prestigious management course in France.

UnitingCare West mannequins tell story of homeless women

UnitingCare West has made a creative and confronting statement with its 2016 Winter Appeal, which features an eye-catching shop window display in Forrest Chase across the Perth train station overpass.

Goods Shed takes on new, creative form

One of Perth’s oldest railway station buildings has been revamped as a pit stop of creative exchange.

Museum documentary wins top screen prize

The aquatic mystery of the Kimberley has been brought to the surface in the online interactive documentary Beneath the Waves.

Passion puts observatory in funds frame

Rather than succumb to a black hole of circumstance, the Perth Observatory has taken a proactive approach in ensuring it remains fully operational. 

Technology personalises healthcare

SPECIAL REPORT: Advances in technology are changing the interaction between healthcare providers and consumers, providing greater competition and choice.

Directory to disrupt healthcare

Major health insurers HBF and Bupa have announced they will invest in the development of fellow insurer nib’s online health service platform, Whitecoat, which promotes itself as a TripAdvisor-like model offering consumers search, booking, survey, and pay functions for healthcare treatment.

Collective $37m in WA capital raisings

Six listed resources companies operating in commodities as diverse as gold, lithium and iron ore have announced a collective $36.9m in capital raisings today.

Federer to serve it up at Hopman Cup

Roger Federer is set to compete at the 2017 Hopman Cup, marking the tennis legend’s first appearance in Perth for 15 years.  

Samsung picks ZipTel app

An app developed by Perth-based telecommunications company ZipTel has been selected to feature on the new Samsung operating system that will launch in August. 

Junior miners raise $30m

Local junior miners Prospect Resources, Azumah Resources and Sipa Resources, and Melbourne-based Red River Resources, have today announced a collective $29.8 million worth of capital raisings. 

Initiative plots pathways for Aboriginal women’s leadership

Not-for-profit group Leadership Western Australia chose the recent NAIDOC week celebrations to launch a new program tailored to building the leadership skills of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Funding shake-up for aged care

An ageing population and government cuts to funding have driven the aged care sector into unfamiliar territory.

Perth homes more affordable

Housing affordability in Perth improved 3.2 per cent in the June quarter amid slowing population growth and stagnant property values as Western Australia emerges from the post-resources boom slowdown. 

Hazer fines the future of hydrogen

One of Western Australia’s most abundant mineral resources – iron ore – is a key ingredient in an innovative process to produce cheap, clean hydrogen, which could have implications for the transport a

Royal Flying Doctor lands $23.7m grant

The Royal Flying Doctor Service today received $23.7 million from the state government’s Royalties for Regions program to help fund additional and replacement aircraft as well as developments at its Broome facilites. 

Lawyers inject $10k into WA community

An army of lawyers contributed $10,000 to the Western Australia community today through expert training and donations to not-for-profit legal centres. 

Hippocampus distils positive memories

Little Creatures co-founder Howard Cearns’ penchant for placing himself ahead of the curve has taken a fresh turn, with his newest venture recently opening its cellar door to the public.

Anglicare WA opens $3m centre

Anglicare Western Australia chief executive Ian Carter has welcomed the opening of a bright and modern counselling and support centre.

Historic Freo home for DADAA

The City of Fremantle has announced not-for-profit organisation DADAA as the new tenant for Fremantle’s historic Old Boys’ School. 

Good Food and Wine show kicks off

The Good Food and Wine show opened its doors to Perth this morning marking the beginning of a three day festival that showcases over 200 stalls including a select number of small Western Australian artisan businesses.

Carbon acquisition fuels growth

Carbon Business Group has announced the purchase of Pursuit Group, adding to a number of acquisitions in the past year worth more than $2 million combined.

National spotlight on Barking Gecko

Western Australian theatre group Barking Gecko has been nominated for two Helpmann Awards for its recent production of Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories. 

Tech approach for homeless youth

Vinnies has embraced technology in its latest tactic to engage street youth.

Conexio finds global market a perfect match

A laboratory on Collie Street in Fremantle is home to a WA business that revolutionised global donor and patient transplant matching.

PC Locs up family business award

SPECIAL REPORT: In 1998, then mathematics teacher Paul Symons was frustrated with the number of desktop computers being stolen from Perth schools, so he designed and created a solution – an innovative locking device that bolted a computer to a desk – PC Locs. 

Access Housing offers affordable opportunities

SPECIAL REPORT: Access Housing Australia was formed from the merger of three small community housing organisations in 2007, and established under the Corporations Act as a not-for-profit company.

Chemo@home makes public sector push

SPECIAL REPORT: Julie Adams and Lorna Cook took a calculated gamble three years ago when they decided to leave secure employment in the public sector, mortgage their homes, and seek to create a new paradigm in private healthcare – Chemo@home.

Pages

Most-read

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.

most commented

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.