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Catie Low

Catie started her journalism career at Business News before broadening her experience with a stint as the commercial property editor for The West Australian. During this period she also covered the retail, technology and healthcare sectors, before shifting into the role of fashion editor for two years.
Catie then took a break from reporting to have a family, and returned as a regular contributor to Business News in early 2016.

Business collapse reveals untidy history

The liquidation of mining services outfit C&G Group Industries has revealed links between the Western Australian operation's director, Christopher Skelly, and a messy business collapse in Christchurch New Zealand.

Renewal after backpackers bail

Perth's backpacker hostels are feeling the pinch in a sluggish economy, despite a currency related lift in the leisure travel market.

Heart and soul plays marketing role

Given its vast size, selling the state as a holiday destination is a complex business; but energising those who live in WA to tell the story might be the key.

Price is right for destination WA - SPECIAL REPORT

The state's tourism sector is reaping the rewards of a weaker dollar but more needs to be done to secure the full benefits of holiday spending and lower post-boom prices. Click through to see more on our tourism feature.

Terry open to Curtin’s key role in driving transferable skills

Universities need to arm graduates with a set of global skills to deal with unprecedented technological change, according to Deborah Terry.

Resources required to sell state’s credentials

WA's private colleges are finding it tough to bounce back from the once-high $A and perception of the state as an expensive destination.

Navitas getting over Macquarie

The listed education provider has weathered a tough 12 months, but investors will drive renewed support as long as it hits its full-year forecast.

Smart investment, not fees, the future for higher education - SPECIAL REPORT

Asset income rather than revenue from students will underwrite the future of WA's public universities, but only if government policy catches up with the realities of higher education funding click through to see more on our universities feature.

Dollar dive works for universities

The falling dollar is attracting foreign students and bolstering fees at WA's universities, but it's not clear whether this will restore their once-fat surpluses.

Scope takes out major rival

Scope Systems has bought out NEC Australia's business-wide information management software in an agreement that significantly broadens the Perth technology operation's client base.

AFG hits new high water mark

Mortgage broking wholesaler Australian Finance Group is set for a record run into Christmas, with expectations its new loan applications will soar beyond $5 billion as early as this month.

Corporate deal may boost GCS options

Takeover speculation continues in the state's equipment hire sector, with plenty of interest in Global Construction Services.

Iron ore price slide colours port sale

The weak iron ore price has cast a shadow over the state government's asset sales agenda and raised concerns the commodity's slump will affect the sale price for the Kwinana Bulk Terminal and the Utah Point port.

Loan Ranger closes in on business lending

Online payday lender Loan Ranger is negotiating with one of the US's biggest online lenders to launch a business finance service early next year.

Poli circles Port Geographe

Aquila Resources founder Tony Poli has emerged as a potential buyer for the Port Geographe development, in a move that could breathe new life into the long-stalled coastal project.

The upside of rock bottom

Belt tightening among Western Australia's mining equipment hire operations, miners and mining contractors is pushing record volumes of yellow equipment into auction yards.

Buyer closes in on Port Geographe

A buyer is understood to be circling the Port Geographe development near Busselton, potentially ending years of uncertainty for the blighted marina project.

Mining slowdown drives record auction results

Industrial auctioneer Smith Broughton had its biggest ever auction in September, with $14.3 million worth of used mining kit sold under the hammer.

Miro has energy to burn

The specialist corporate adviser has carved a niche, honing in on the international oil and gas and mining industry.

Volatility bites values as deal flow stalls - SPECIAL REPORT

It has been a tough quarter for dealmakers as commodity and share prices slump but some players see promise in the market shake-out. This Special Report includes a fully updated database with 146 deals for the quarter and an updated stockbrokers list.

Wyllie Group cuts ties with Investmet

Major private investment player Wyllie Group has cut direct ties with mining dealmaker Michael Fotios's investment syndicate, Investmet, a significant backer of junior resources companies and other speculative opportunities.

Tesla’s Tan times out

The uncertain outlook for the state's power sector has triggered the departure of Tesla Holdings founding managing director Ben Tan.

Markets, port assets first to be sold

Perth's investment banking sector is jockeying for position to sell Canning Vale Market City, Utah Point in Port Hedland and the Kwinana Bulk Terminal, the first assets to be sold off to reduce the

Allchurch leads $20m US shale play

Oil and gas dealmaker Peter Allchurch has teamed up with fellow Aurora Oil & Gas founder John Kenny, and Houston-based geologist Neville Henry, to list US-focused shale oil hopeful Winchester Energy.

Asian flavour to food sector interest

Opportunities in the huge markets to Australia's north are driving greater corporatisation of the agriculture sector.

Winchester float draws dollars

A private investor has committed $5 million to the public listing of US-focused oil and gas explorer Winchester Energy.

Bonds buoyed by stagnant rates

Tight equity markets have opened the door to WA companies raising funds in other ways.

Crowdfunders call for regulation

Early movers in the fast-growing crowdfunding sector want to ensure the legitimacy of their business model is maintained.

Brookfield water move

Brookfield Infrastructure has joined Azure Capital as a major shareholder in emergent Perth water utility Water West.

Nine shoots for city locale

Channel Nine's wide-ranging search for a new home has speculatively linked the station with a variety of developments, including the state government's Elizabeth Quay project.

National law firms plan for growth in WA

Perth's busy planning sector has caught the attention of the east coast legal fraternity and firms keen to capitalise on growth opportunities outside of the mining sector.

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Brookfield water move

Brookfield Infrastructure has joined Azure Capital as a major shareholder in emergent Perth water utility Water West.

Wyllie Group cuts ties with Investmet

Major private investment player Wyllie Group has cut direct ties with mining dealmaker Michael Fotios's investment syndicate, Investmet, a significant backer of junior resources companies and other speculative opportunities.

Buyer closes in on Port Geographe

A buyer is understood to be circling the Port Geographe development near Busselton, potentially ending years of uncertainty for the blighted marina project.

Poli circles Port Geographe

Aquila Resources founder Tony Poli has emerged as a potential buyer for the Port Geographe development, in a move that could breathe new life into the long-stalled coastal project.

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Obviously I'm missing something, because it's clear my idea of what constitutes 'the news' is far removed from the views of many of my fellow Australians.

Karratha rents ‘normalising’ to $1,700/week

THE state's buoyant resources sector has proved a mixed blessing for Karratha.

Business collapse reveals untidy history

The liquidation of mining services outfit C&G Group Industries has revealed links between the Western Australian operation's director, Christopher Skelly, and a messy business collapse in Christchurch New Zealand.

Blunt business threat to Australia’s creative legacy

A Productivity Commission report, and moves by giant international tech companies, could bring significant changes to Australia's copyright laws, and we all stand to lose.