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

Entrepreneurs stitch-up sweet live music deal

A Murray Street basement once home to the pattern cutters and seamstresses of Perth fashion label Pierucci is set to become the city’s newest live music venue, The Sewing Room.

Liquor reform to benefit tourism operators

Accredited tourism businesses will be able to provide complimentary alcohol without a liquor licence, following changes to the state’s liquor regulations announced today.

MGroup offerings build post-niche

A gap in the local maintenance and minor works market has provided a business opportunity for integrated property company MGroup.

Services suite drives seniors’ projects

Service providers and developers are pursuing opportunities in WA’s growing aged care and retirement sector, with a pipeline of property overhauls and new builds worth more than $500 million.

High-end, big apartments selling

Sales across Perth’s new apartments market are on the rise, with larger apartments offering premium amenities emerging as best sellers.

Blossoming Profresh a cut above

Floral wholesaler Profresh has grown from a one-person business into a team of almost 15, generating $3 million in revenue in just its second year of commercial operations

Work starts on $270m Kings Square Fremantle project

Probuild has today started construction work on Sirona Capital’s $270 million Kings Square Fremantle renewal project, which will comprise a mix of commercial office and retail space, as well as a new administration and civic centre for the City of Fremantle.

$150 million DFO Perth project under way

Georgiou Group has started preliminary construction work on a new $150 million direct factory outlet near Perth Airport, which will include 120 specialty stores.

GDI strikes $216m deal for Westralia Square

The Insurance Commission of Western Australia has today accepted an offer from Sydney-based GDI Property Group for the Westralia Square office building in the CBD, taking total proceeds from its property sales over the past two years to more than $800 million.

Flametree spreads risk, produces complexity

A focus on quality fruit, targeted pricing, and strategic market expansion has helped Flametree Wines establish itself as an award-winning brand among Margaret River’s wine producers.

City retail revamp aims to rival the ’burbs

SPECIAL REPORT: Property groups are chasing retail opportunities in Perth’s CBD with a pipeline of upgrades and developments worth more than $250 million.

Lifestyle offerings prominent in $5bn retail centres upgrade

SPECIAL REPORT: Developers remain bullish on plans to evolve shopping centres into community, lifestyle and entertainment hubs.

Six new leasing deals for CBD

Six new leasing deals have been confirmed for the CBD this week, including strategic communications company Cannings Purple, which has today announced its relocation from West Perth to Brookfield Place Tower 2.

Building future foundations for tertiary education

Universities are rethinking the role property has to play in attracting and engaging students.

GDI in $143m bid for Perth’s IKEA store

Sydney-based GDI Property Group has set its sights on Perth’s IKEA complex in a conditional deal worth $143.5 million.

Sustainability key to affordable living

Innovative affordable housing models have emerged in Fremantle, with three developers pushing the envelope of sustainability and lifestyle.

W Fairweather & Son wins top building accolade

Fourth-generation commercial building company W Fairweather & Son was named the winner of the Master Builders Association’s Robert Law award at an event in Perth today.

Steel Blue: hard-wearing, not hard to wear

PHOTO ESSAY: Work boot company Steel Blue has shown niche, quality-focused manufacturing has a place in Western Australia.

Claremont apartments surge leads nation: report

Cottesloe-Claremont has been named the country’s fastest growing area for apartments, despite Western Australia continuing to have one of the lowest shares of medium-density housing approvals of all the states, according to a Bankwest report released today.

Artist in residence with Ray Glickman

Ray Glickman can often be spotted in a quiet corner seat in one of Perth’s busy cafes, putting his thoughts down on paper for his latest work-in-progress.

MPF increases east coast presence with $20m deal

Perth-based Mair Property Funds has acquired two commercial properties in Melbourne in an off-market deal worth $20.3 million.

Game changer for marine research

A new $62 million research centre at UWA plans to advance solutions for the management, sustainability and conservation of marine resources via tie-ups between scientists and industry.

Indigenous research success shows value of a good yarn

The impact of a WA initiative that empowers young Aboriginal women was recently showcased at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education.

Mural to revamp Merredin silos

THE first brushstrokes have been applied to four CBH grain silos in Merredin as part of cultural organisation FORM’s annual PUBLIC street art project.

Finbar proposes two South Perth towers

Finbar Group has called on the City of South Perth to introduce a special planning scheme for its Civic Heart project, where it is now aiming to build two apartment towers despite describing the WA apartment market as the most challenging in the company’s history.

Holmes a Court art collection on show

An exhibition opening and new book have provided an insight to a selection of works from the private collection of arts advocate, philanthropist and Perth businesswoman, Janet Holmes a Court.

Perth office vacancies drop

Perth’s ailing office market could be on the mend, with the CBD recording the largest drop in vacancies of any capital city during the past six months, according to the Property Council of Australia.

The Sebel sells for $15m

Singaporean-owned property management company CEL Australia has confirmed its first move into Australia’s hotel market, announcing the purchase of The Sebel Mandurah for $15 million.

New life for The Richardson Hotel

The owners of The Richardson Hotel & Spa in West Perth are evaluating their options to convert the building into a nursing home, in the wake of reduced demand for hotel rooms in Perth.

Captain Cook to set sail for Rottnest Island

Captain Cook Cruises has today announced it will extend its ferry services to Rottnest later this year, joining Rottnest Express and Rottnest Fast Ferries, which could create downward pressure on prices of trips to the island and boost jobs.

Unique landscapes, stories create tourism showreel

SPECIAL REPORT: The growing number of films produced in WA has created opportunities for local talent, employment and tourism.

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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.