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.

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 funds

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 busin

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 dev

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 their

LandCorp plans for regional demand

LANDCORP’S bid to build a network of industrial estates in regional Western Australia is premised on meeting industrial demand to support the state’s major mining and resource projects over the next d

Shortage of large industrial lots linked to infrastructure discourages investment

A lack of well-serviced industrial land is hampering investment in WA.

Award for clean sites

Mining village service provider Sodexo Australia’s resource recovery program has won it the Waste Authority’s Waste Reduction & Resource Recovery Initiative award at the 2011 Waste Awards.

Court win sparks valuation re-evaluation

RODERICK and Kathleen McKay’s successful Supreme Court bid to increase the compensation payment for the mandatory acquisition of their Ravenswood farm by Main Roads and the WA Planning Commission has

New Energy keen not to waste power opportunity

WEST Perth renewable energy business New Energy Corporation plans to build a $180 million waste-to-energy plant in Port Hedland to service the region’s growing population and the major resource projec

New scanner turns up gold

AN underwater sediment scanner that eliminates the need for divers and provides real-time data for environmental monitoring has won engineering group WorleyParsons and the Port Hedland Port Authority

Invest in land infrastructure, Barnett urged

Developer Cedar Woods has called for greater state government investment in basic infrastructure to avoid projected shortfalls in new housing stock and sharp rises in property prices in the next nine

Top fashion chains hunt big CBD space

A SHORT supply of big retail spaces in the CBD is hampering plans by two of Europe’s top fashion chains to set up shop in Perth and reap the benefits of the state’s long-term economic outlook.

Broad business support for the arts

THE celebration of Western Australia’s top business-arts partnerships this week revealed the increasingly important contribution small and medium-sized businesses are making to the state’s creative in

Hot CBD market drives smaller projects

Perth’s pressure-cooker office market is driving the development of a number of smaller projects on the edge of the CBD as city tenants seek space to consolidate their operations and take advantage of

Results reflect tough year for listed players

PERTH’S listed property players are upbeat in their outlook for 2012 even if investor sentiment and an anaemic residential market continue to weigh on their performance.

Pop-up shops inject new life into empty outlets

VACANT city shopfronts are being transformed into artisan emporiums, artist studios and fashion galleries as CBD landlords embrace pop-up, or temporary, retail concepts to energise unleased space.

Family snares top shop sites

A WELL-KNOWN Perth family is understood to be the new owner of a significant swathe of Oxford Street after paying $9.5 million for four of Leederville’s most high-profile shopfronts.

Hicks embraces Freo development challenge

PERTH Waterfront Taskforce chair Stuart Hicks is pitting his alliance-building skills against Fremantle’s thorniest planning issues after taking on the chair of the newly formed Fremantle Union.

Approvals assessment a welcome first step

LOCAL developers have cautiously welcomed a push to simplify the environmental approvals process for the Perth and Peel regions, so long as it doesn’t push up the cost of housing.

Asian growth just the ticket for Vix ERG

THE automated ticketing technology that promised so much and delivered so little for shareholders in listed company ERG has turned into a profitable business for Vix ERG and its backer, Duncan Saville

Isolation fosters innovation for iWebGate

The vast distances that separate Perth from the rest of the world have proved a creative catalyst for fledgling technology business iWebGate.

Broad applications for Remote-i

AUSTRALIANS living outside of the major cites will have access to top medical specialists from their own community if Perth-based researcher and innovator Yogesan Kanagasingam can realise his vision f

Administrators wade into seagrass impasse

LUKE Saraceni is understood to be close to putting an administrator into his interest in the troubled Port Geographe project after listed property developer Axiom put its 40 per cent stake into admini

Syndicators grow portfolios in soft sector

PERTH property syndicator Primewest is understood to be close to buying the former Clough building at 251 St Georges Terrace in a deal industry sources suggest could be worth at least $60 million.

FIFO workforce urged to get it right on census night

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia is urging the resource sector’s army of fly-in, fly-out workers to accurately complete their census forms tomorrow to ensure the state’s fast-gr

Ambitious plans built on strong foundation

AFTER a decade in Dubai, Woods Bagot architect Mark Mitcheson-Low has moved back to Perth with big ambitions for the city he sees as the regional growth hub of Australia.



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.