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.

Getting it right on giving

Our society must take care of its most vulnerable, but political motives have shifted the pendulum on 'need' and developed a sense of entitlement.

More scandal than I can handle

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.

KBR set for Kings Square ‘energy hub’

KBR is believed to have committed to office space in the third tower at Leighton Properties' Kings Square project alongside one of its key clients, Shell.

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Having children changes your life forever - in most ways significantly for the better. There are, however, a couple of things I've refused to surrender to family.

A little ray of sunshine

The decidedly wintery start to spring this year has got me yearning for a spot of sunshine.

Challenger Life bags Bunbury Forum

The institutional buy-up of Western Australia's shopping centres continued this week when one of Australia's best performing sub-regional centres, Bunbury Forum, was sold for $143 million to Challenger Life.

State turns to quay for returns

The Barnett government is understood to have picked a winner for the first two lots at Elizabeth Quay, pushing the button for the second land sale at the 10-hectare riverside precinct.

$1.5bn shopping centre plans boost prices

Strong population growth and changes to retail regulations are driving shopping centre sales.

Land values up amid retail site competition

ALDI's imminent arrival in WA and continuing competition between the retail majors has sidelined many retail developers who just can't pay the big prices Coles and Woolworths will shell out for new sites.

Big brands and food key to city retail revival

The arrival of a clutch of new international brands in coming years has the potential to rejuvenate the city retail sector, which has been hit by softer spending and the extended shopping hours at suburban centres.

Hawaiian counters spending slowdown

Property group Hawaiian is building on its investment in the community to turn its neighbourhood shopping centres into meeting places.

Butchers a cut above

Another store at my local shops pulled down the shutters this week.

Just Say No, or Just Do It?

Sometimes people want to be inspired to reach a positive goal, so why are there so many fear-based messages out there?

Primewest buys in to South Central

Perth property syndication business Primewest has secured a 20.42 per cent stake in the South Central retail centre from a group of the property's founding investors, including John Poynton and Lin

Where are the quiet achievers?

The public may claim to dislike 'personality politics', but evidence of our obsession with image is all around us.

Exchange Plaza sale hits leasing hitch

The campaign to sell Colonial First State Global Asset Management's half share of Exchange Plaza appears to have hit a speed bump amid concerns over the tower's key tenant.

SAT decision sets new low for Subi

Future development along Subiaco's busiest commercial arteries could be limited to two storeys following a decision handed down by the State Administrative Tribunal.

Perron puts more money into malls

Major private shopping centre owner Perron Group is investing heavily in its WA retail assets as competition for retail properties intensifies.

Tender woes prompt ‘flight to safety’

The traditional tender process for construction procurement may be exacerbating problems associated with the tight construction market.

Iconic south west resort put up for sale

Malaysian multinational Sime Darby Group is quitting the WA property market after putting its three hospitality assets, including the picturesque Karri Valley Resort, up for sale.

GHD joins mini-building boom

The ink is finally dry on GHD's contract for at least 6,500sqm in QUBE Property Group's office project at 999 Hay Street on the western fringe of the CBD.

City landlords chase E&Y signature

Global accounting giant Ernst & Young is running the numbers on a new CBD address amid the growing likelihood it will quit its Mounts Bay Road address in favour of a new office tower.

Architects battle high building costs

WESTERN Australia's high construction costs threaten to constrict the new project pipeline, according to Perth's leading architecture firms.

Metier taps into Chinese appetite for big brands

A Perth property consultant has secured a major contract in China, indicating ample opportunities for WA service providers willing to embrace the Chinese way of doing business.

Student enrolments hit by changes to immigration policy

WA could attract more international students if it marketed itself as an education destination.

New buds amid Sino slowdown

A moderation in the growth of China's economy has sharpened the focus on trade opportunities beyond the mining and resources sector.

Hardie ducks line up on Roe

Redevelopment plans for a prominent Northbridge property have been resurrected as the City Link breathes new life into land on the city's northern fringe.

Sirona Capital eyes opportunities in Fremantle turnaround

Investment Group Sirona Capital plans to expand its property footprint in Fremantle beyond the $300 million Kings Square redevelopment and position itself to benefit from the long-awaited commercia

Australand expands Cockburn investment

Listed property developer Australand claims it is back in "acquisition mode" after spending $7.5 million on two lots in Cockburn's town centre.

QUBE joins city office build

Construction of QUBE's office tower at 999 Hay Street is expected to start in August, amid expectations the developer will soon ink a leasing deal for the west end project.

State flexes muscle on planning impasse

The state government has used its beefedup planning powers for the 10th time in less than three years in a bid to end a long-running impasse over the future of the derelict Subiaco Pavilion propert



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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More scandal than I can handle

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.

Failure to engage makes for risky business

Political and business leaders need to make clear, rational arguments to counter the more extreme claims from those who feel disenfranchised.