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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. 

Brown-Neaves targets industrial potential

Property veteran and former ABN Group co-owner Garry Brown-Neaves has seized the opportunity to broaden his portfolio, launching new industrial and commercial estate Precinct 95 late last month.

Flexibility shapes office vibe

The design at Dentsu Aegis Network’s new home is tailored to cater to a variety of working styles and needs.

Cannington opportunity builds

Several property developments are taking shape at the heart of the City of Canning, with its $70 million regeneration program set to start works next month.

Changes afoot for Perth PR

Adapting services to include new digital platforms is a key focus for the major players in Perth’s communications sector led by Cannings Purple, which has maintained its top spot on the Business News ranking of the state’s largest public and investor relations firms.

Diverse offering key element for success

Perth's largest urban planning firm, TPG + Place Match, has sought to reposition itself in the market with a new direction and name – Element.

DJC links Doric and Jaxon

Construction veteran Harry Xydas has created a new holding company to own Doric and its sister company Jaxon, after he moved to full ownership of both businesses.

Riff plays to Spacecubed’s strengths

Spacecubed’s expansion plans are taking shape, with the social enterprise re-branding its original co-working space and using design as a key part of its business strategy.

Finbar on the lookout for hotel operator

Finbar Group is inviting expressions of interest from hotel operators for a proposed 18-storey hotel located on Adelaide Terrace, a site previously home to the ABC studios.

Big potential for Applecross site

A 1.7-hectare site combining 12 land holdings near Canning Bridge in Applecross has come onto the market, representing one of the most significant masterplan development opportunities in Perth.

Brown-Neaves launches Precinct 95

Property developer Garry Brown-Neaves has today formally unveiled a new 18 hectare commercial and industrial precinct within the existing Forrestdale Business Park, bordered by Ranford Road and Alex Wood Drive.

Medium density misses the mark

A disconnect between urban infill ambitions in WA and the sector’s ability to deliver is hindering the development of medium-density projects.

Saffioti plans taking shape

SPECIAL REPORT: Rita Saffioti is stamping her mark on the transport, lands and planning portfolios she took on last March, initiating a number of major reviews and appointing several industry figures to key roles.

Iconic Scarborough redux

Three months after the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority rejected its $450 million Iconic Scarborough proposal, developer 3 Oceans Property has emerged with a set of revised plans that feature slimmer towers and a renewed focus on tourism.

WA projects win national property awards

Alkimos Beach and Elizabeth Quay have won top honours at the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s national awards for excellence, presented in Melbourne last night.

David Jones makes a move in Mandurah

The growing spectre of online shopping has not deterred one of the country’s largest retailers from investing in its bricks-and-mortar assets, with David Jones opening its fifth Western Australian store today as part of the final chapter of Mandurah Forum’s $350 million redevelopment.

Rideshare market heats up

Five ridesharing operators have launched in WA during the past year, each bringing something different to the table.

Smart tech to shape future builds

Local builder Gemmill Homes is aiming to gain a larger share in the residential market by leveraging the latest in automation technology.

City greens hits the spot

City workers seem to have developed an appetite for salad bar City Greens Co on St Georges Terrace, prompting the launch of two more venues in the CBD and with a potential national rollout on the cards.

BGC chosen for $190m project

Construction has started on boutique developer Norup + Wilson’s $190 million Mount Pleasant project, The Precinct, following the selection of BGC as the preferred builder earlier this week.

Second marina still progressing

Two weeks after the Mangles Bay marina proposal was knocked back, it has emerged that a marina development in Rockingham could still materialise, with a development application for the neighbouring Port Rockingham project lodged late last month.

Developments launch renewal of Shenton Park heritage

The state government has named Fini Group and TRG Properties, in partnership with Primewest, as the successful proponents for the first two development lots at LandCorp’s infill project Montario Quarter, located at the former Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital site.

Serrano cuts through the doubt

40under40: Buying the rights to a failed product doesn’t sound like a great business plan, but for Ed Serrano it was the catalyst for starting his own manufacturing enterprise.

Miner wins gold at 2018 40under40 awards

Saracen Mineral Holdings managing director Raleigh Finlayson has received the top honour at Business News’ 2018 40under40 awards, named First Amongst Equals ahead of a diverse field of Western Australia’s young business and community leaders.

Real estate players think outside the box

Residential property agencies facing digital disruption and tighter margins have had to evolve their business models to remain competitive.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Katie McDonald discuss City of Perth, Cosco, Marketforce, Rio Tinto, Mangles Bay Marina and planning reform, and residential agents.

Sustainability ethos developing

Sustainability-driven land developments are taking shape across Western Australia, but only five projects have achieved the top six-leaf EnviroDevelopment certification.

Mangles Bay Marina proposal blocked

The state government has blocked a major residential project near Rockingham, following objections by local residents and environmentalists, with joint venturer Cedar Woods Properties saying this afternoon it was disappointed and would seek to recover its costs.

Caddy to lead WA Planning Commission

David Caddy will apply his more than 40 years of planning and leadership expertise to his new role as chairperson of the state’s planning commission.

Freo feel on tap at new bar

Ronnie Nights is set to bring something different to Fremantle’s main strip showcasing independent brews and wines in a setting with a distinctly local vibe.

Apartment sector performs in Q4

Perth’s appetite for apartment living continued to increase in the last quarter of 2017, driven largely by new projects.

Luxury builder in eighth MBA win

Luxury home builder A Di Bucci & Son has won top prize at the 2018 Master Builders-Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards, which were held over the weekend at a black-tie event at Crown’s Grand Ballroom.

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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.