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.

Suseno learns from old masters

THERE is a framed note hanging in Tri Suseno’s CBD office; it’s penned by legendary investor Warren Buffett and reads, ‘There’s no money like old money’.

Three Birds in the hand for success

When Erica Ormsby and her sister and fellow foodie Andrea Mason first talked about launching their own fine foods label it was always as the first step in realising their dream of running their own fo

Building a capital city that works for people

The multi-million dollar bill for the Barnett government’s commitment to a slew of transformational projects in and around the city has dominated media coverage of these once-in-a-generation ventures

Saraceni hopes to rebuild on new boom

Veteran developer Luke Saraceni is looking beyond his legal and financial battles, lining up new projects for what he sees as the next ‘historic’ property boom.

CBD sales nudge $1b in a sharp turnaround

Investor interest in Perth’s office market is set to intensify in the new year after city sales hit fresh highs in 2011 on a rapidly declining vacancy rate.

Shell sounds out city leasing market

GLOBAL energy behemoth Shell plans to more than double its office footprint in the city as it ramps up its operation to support projects such as the $12.5 billion Prelude floating LNG plant.

Top food, wine precinct for City Square

THE heritage buildings at the base of Brookfield Multiplex’s imposing City Square office development are set to bustle with new life as work begins on transforming the long-neglected properties into a

AnaeCo eyes transformational strategy

ANAECO chief Patrick Kedemos believes the waste industry is set to undergo a profound, technological shift in the next 20 years comparable to the rapid advances in telecommunications since the advent

Waste-to-energy players look for support

WHILE the Barnett government deliberates over its waste policy, Phoenix Energy and local company New Energy are pushing ahead with plans to invest close to $1 billion in waste-to-energy plants in the

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 the 1

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 bo

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.



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.

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.

Managing the shift to automation

Automation is making some real changes in the workplace, but it’s the next generation of robotic technology that will really challenge our ideas about people and employment.