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.

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 commercial r

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 property. 

Office construction not enough to build confidence

Three major office projects have got the go-ahead in the city but it's the future project pipeline that concerns the city's consulting sector.

Field narrows for Elizabeth Quay land

The battle to secure the first development plots at Elizabeth Quay has intensified after the field narrowed to just two bidders this week.

More Satterley moves in Victoria

Satterley Property Group boss Nigel Satterley has confirmed he has been in talks with Australand’s biggest shareholder, CapitalLand, regarding the acquisition of its residential assets in Western Aust

May Holman Centre set for $100m revamp

The long-vacant May Holman Centre is poised to undergo a $100 million transformation after owner Golden Group this week secured an anchor tenant for the St Georges Terrace office tower.

On track at Belmont

Indonesian-backed Golden Group is preparing to launch the sales campaign for apartments in the first tower at its multi-billion dollar Belmont Racecourse redevelopment.

Brookfield Place II set to proceed

Construction of Perth's next big office development could start within weeks as investment group Brookfield strives to meet its 2015 deadline for a second tower at Brookfield Place.

LandCorp/Mirvac get green light for Mulataga

The Shire of Roebourne has given Mirvac and LandCorp the go ahead for the Mulataga master planned community in Karratha, paving the way for the construction of more than 2000 new homes in the rapidly

Three bidders for Elizabeth Quay site

The race to build a hotel and apartment tower in the state government’s blue riband Elizabeth Quay precinct has turned into a tug-of-war between three consortia.

Court ruling backs Subi office project

The Supreme Court has backed the authority of the state government’s development assessment panels, after dismissing a challenge to a $15 million office project in Subiaco.

Saraceni loses appeal over public examination

Embattled property developer Luke Saraceni’s battle with the corporate watchdog will move to the Supreme Court after his appeal to the Full Court of the Federal Court was dismissed this morning.

Institutional investors target new city office projects

The purchase by Dexus of the first three towers in the Kings Square precinct caps a stellar month for city office sales as the major property groups home in on the new opportunities in Perth’s expanding

New planning panels face legal challenges

Planning approval for a Subiaco office project under a new assessment model has run into stiff opposition and could lead to more legal challenges to the state government’s fledgling planning applicati

Price bubble warning on tight land supply

The WA arm of the Urban Development Institute of Australia has warned the residential land market is at risk of overheating if action is not taken to fast-track the release of new land.

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

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

Office developments redraw city boundaries

The lure of strong rental returns and WA’s busy resources sector has triggered a number of new boutique office projects at the outer edge of the CBD.

Modernist survivor signals changing times

The anniversary celebrations for Council House this week serve as a reminder of the value of each era’s contribution to the architecture and design of Perth.

999 Hay Street marks milestone for QUBE

Construction of QUBE’s new office tower in the CBD will set a high-water mark for the group, but being the best (not the biggest) remains the focus for this developer.

Panels no cure-all for planning problems

Town of Cambridge mayor Simon Withers says the impact of Development Assessment Panels would be improved if developers could choose whether to use them or go straight to local councils.

Blackburne targets three projects a year

BALANCING the rewards of Perth’s resurgent apartment market with the risks of it growing too big too fast is a daily discipline for Paul Blackburne.

Patience rewarded on AFG securitisation business

AFG spent close to $1 million preparing to list on the ASX in 2007, but held off as the financial storm clouds gathered on the horizon.

Apartment sales raise affordability concerns

Perth’s apartment market has shifted up a gear with off-the-plan sales jumping on the back of interest rate reductions and the rental squeeze.

Subi redevelopment plans to ace critics

A tough retail market has shaped the mix of businesses proposed for a radical makeover of the Ace Cinema property in Subiaco.



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

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