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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.

Local government bears cost of diverting rubbish from landfill

The waste sector is hopeful the state government will release a waste policy next year ending a policy vacuum in this essential service sector.

Morgan to lead redevelopment authority

THE East Perth Redevelopment Authority's veteran chief executive, Tony Morgan, is expected to lead the state government's newly formed Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) in the new year.

Fitzroy’s promise of support

Helen Fitzroy this week earned official recognition for her work to ensure families that lose loved ones on mine sites are not abandoned to their grief.

Primewest targets development potential

John Bond says Primewest is targeting redevelopments in the city centre and Peppermint Grove.

Slow sales force closure of The Herdsman in CBD

GREENGROCER and gourmet providore The Herdsman has shut the doors of its city store just 14 months after launching the CBD outlet at the base of the one40william building.

Boutique coffee & the perfect blend

Dian Aristia wanted a job with plenty of human interaction ... and found it with her sister at Infusion Coffee & Tea. Catie Low reports.

Lester lines up big move into syndication

The imminent retirement of Lester Group founder Richard Lester will formally install a new generation of Lester men at the helm of the business but the brothers have already set a new course for th

Bath’s Blue Cow puts the culture in cheese

NICK Bath can trace his enthusiasm for cheese back to the busy cheese counter at iconic department store Harrods in London's upmarket Knightsbridge.

Spatial Group provisions for the upswing

BIS Shrapnel provided some rare good news for the residential property sector this week when it forecast a rise in Perth housing prices and demand for new homes.

Breez blows in to regions

QUEENSLAND-BASED Breez Finance is targeting Western Australia's fast-growing regional centres as it finalises plans to launch a new cooperative lender early next year.

Long-term partners focus on iconic sites

LONG-TIME business partners Con Berbatis and George Atzemis are best known in property circles for their retail investments, but sluggish consumer spending has sharpened the pair's focus on Perth's

Marketforce swoops on prized HBF account

A RESURGENT Marketforce has prised the sought-after HBF account from rival agency Meerkats as the state's biggest health insurer charts a new course for its business.

Internet retail drives creative marketing

WHEN billionaire retailer Gerry Harvey launched a bid to get GST imposed on online purchases less than $1,000, he unwittingly provided a major publicity boost for internet shopping in Australia.

Price cutting diminishes service quality

WHEN the water-cooler talk turns to shopping, there are two big topics that no-one ever seems to tire of - online bargains and bad service.

With confidence down, feel-good factor in play as services take centre stage

WESTERN Australia's super-charged resources sector has provided little protection for retailers battling to overcome sagging consumer sentiment and a shift from spending to saving.

Retail property majors sink their money into centres despite spending slowdown

Investment worth tens of millions of dollars has been slated for a number of Perth's shopping centres as owners bank on a retail revival.

Park home plan halts $50m abattoir project

LINLEY Valley abattoir has shelved a $50 million expansion plan for its Wooroloo operation after failing in its Supreme Court bid to overturn an approval for a permanent park home on its boundary.

City office market braces for record run

A FEDERAL government employee superannuation fund is understood to be circling SAS Trustee Corporation's half share in the blue-chip QV1 office tower in Perth's sought-after CBD.

City office market braces for record run

A FEDERAL government employee superannuation fund is understood to be circling SAS Trustee Corporation's half share in the blue-chip QV1 office tower in Perth's sought-after CBD.

New retailer lifts bulky goods sector

National retail chain Baby Bunting has set its sights on Perth's competitive baby-wear sector after revealing plans to open its first two Western Australian stores before Christmas.

Ramelius says its not interested in Doray bid

Gold producer Ramelius Resources poured cold water on talk its newly acquired stake in promising Western Australian explorer Doray Minerals foreshadowed a take-over bid.

WA scores in AbaF awards

An Aboriginal perspective of the Canning Stock Route drawn from art centres along the remote desert track has been recognised in this year's national Australia Business Arts Foundation awards.

BGC slips as nation’s biggest builder

FOR the first time in eight years, homebuilder BGC has lost its grasp on the top ranking in the Housing Industry Association's annual homebuilders report.

Saraceni, Sirona take aim at Port Geographe

Luke Saraceni is understood to be finalising a proposal whereby he could take over the beleaguered Port Geographe development in Busselton, amid talk the state government is close to committing fun

Government free of WA Inc-era lease

THE Barnett government this week broke free of a punitive, 25-year lease contract, closing the chapter on a business deal that dates back to the wheeling and dealing of Bond Corp and the WA Inc era

Fast-track public housing contracts: builders

Western Australia's homebuilders are urging the state government to speed up the approvals process for new public housing and provide much-needed work for the residential construction sector.

Sirona builds business on Saraceni sales

FLEDGLING advisory and investment outfit Sirona Capital has forged a partnership with embattled property developer Luke Saraceni after buying two of his properties for its real estate investment bu

MasterWall targets brick-and-tile tradition

ALTERNATIVE building material business MasterWall is tackling Western Australian's preference for brick and tile homes with its polystyrene cladding technology.

Fast-track public housing contracts: builders

WESTERN Australia's homebuilders are urging the state government to speed up the approvals process for new public housing and provide much-needed work for the residential construction sector.

Agents critical of licensing proposal

A MOVE to nationalise the licensing of residential real estate agents has drawn wide criticism from the local sector amid fears new, national regulations could water-down training and professional

Private players reap industrial dividends amid large lot push

PRIVATE property developers are making the most of Perth's industrial land shortage to build the profits, along with much-needed facilities, for national and multi-national tenants keen to lift the

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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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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.