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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.

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 this Tuesday to ensure the state’s

Social entrepreneurs help Indonesia save lives after disasters

ENTREPRENEUR Michael Henderson’s gaze has always been trained north, to our populous near neighbour and a region that also sits in a one of the natural disaster-prone parts of the world.

James sees full-service model as the best fit

THERE’S more than a hint of the old school ad executive about The Brand Agency’s founder, chairman and chief, Ken James.

Retravision harnesses brand goodwill

THE decision by Retravision (WA) to expand into solar energy systems earlier this year harnessed the goodwill developed by its 50-year-old brand to sell an increasingly popular green technology.

Digital dilemma as business recognises potential of social media 'conversations'

ADVERTISING agency 303 couldn’t keep up with coverage its Enjoy the Ride campaign attracted in social media in the days following its launch on behalf of the Office of Road Safety.

Positioning plays in brand new paradigm

Branding professionals are still grappling with the after effects of the GFC as well as increased competition from across the communications sector, but opportunities exist for creative thinkers.

Growth trend for main players

PERTH’S ever-shrinking pool of big brands hasn’t held back the renewal of the advertising industry, with seven of the top 20 agencies 10 years old or younger, according to the data compiled for the

Tight city leasing market puts spotlight on development sites in the CBD

Perth’s leasing market is the tightest in Australia, and with talk of a major new office tower, property analysts are warning tenants need to move now to take advantage of the city’s next major construction cycle.

A modern marketing man

In many respects Meerkats managing director Gavin Bain is the very antithesis of advertising.

QVI sale sparks talk of new city tower

The sale campaign for a half share in the blue chip QV1 building has sparked speculation over the potential for a significant new Perth office tower.

Future Fund, Peet pair up

LISTED property developer Peet expects to expand its land holdings by as much as 30 per cent over the next five years after partnering with the Future Fund to buy and develop large, residential land holdings in Australia.

International business chambers on the rise

TOUGH times may be a good measure of a business, but few senior managers would admit to having enjoyed the challenge of the GFC. One of those few is Penelope Williamson, who runs the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia’s Perth office.

EPRA chief leads authorities merger

The Barnett government’s push to amalgamate Perth’s four redevelopment authorities into a single Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) could fast track the development around the city’s key transport links.

East coasters like our shops

THE sale of two significant suburban shopping centres in Perth will test investor enthusiasm for the state government’s new retail property planning policy.

Juniper’s

It was a trip to Japan that opened Robert Juniper’s eyes to the wonders of the Australian landscape.

Indigenous art showcase

Oakajee Port and Rail’s annual showcase of indigenous artworks from the Mid West is building a collective brand for artists in the region as well as opening up economic opportunities.

Labour, property prices stifling architects

Perth architecture firms are still waiting for the post-GFC recovery to lure private sector developers back into the market.

Good design at heart of building standard

What if a building could improve your attention span, help you heal and save taxpayers’ dollars?

Axis shift to transform how people ‘see’ the city of Perth

THE Barnett government’s blueprint to transform Perth into a vibrant, contemporary city could prove to be the saviour of the local architecture sector, but the true potential of these once-in-a-generation projects reaches far beyond their financial impact

More cemetries, land live issue for board

After just three months in the top job, Metropolitan Cemeteries Board chief executive Peter Deague is quietly confident the board will secure land from the state government to develop at least three new cemeteries in the metropolitan area to meet demand f

Marble Group to roll-out brand plans

STANDING out from the crowd in a busy marketplace such as recruitment is sometimes as much about what you don’t do as it is about what you do.

IKEA switch

Less than 12 months after Meerkats snatched the IKEA account from Marketforce, the prized advertising client has switched back to its former agency, 303.

Investors swoop on strong leasing outlook

INVESTORS have been on a spending spree in Perth’s city office market in 2011, buying more than $180 million worth of properties in the first few months of the year.

NVESTORS have been on a spending spree in Perth’s city office market in 2011, buying more than $180 million worth of properties in the first few months of the year.

Demand for large-scale industrial sites is driving the construction of purpose-built developments in the otherwise flat industrial property market.

True cost of leases sought

A BID by the Barnett government to redress the age-old power imbalance between retail tenants and their landlords may force shopping centre owners to reveal the intricate details of their lease agreements.

Developers make Melbourne move

PERTH property developers are building their exposure to the Melbourne market in a bid to offset an anaemic local market and capitalise on the strong population forecasts for the Victorian capital.

Interest in Compass assets

HOTEL heavyweight Australian Leisure & Hospitality Group, Coles and Sandalford Wines owner Peter Prendiville are among the big names understood to be circling the assets of Compass Hotel Group.

Big mining centres want census to count

WESTERN Australia’s major mining centres are united in their efforts to ensure the 2011 census accurately records their growing populations and the elusive fly-in, fly-out population.

House closures signal weak consumer spend

PERTH’S patchwork economy pulled the shutters down on a further two House kitchenware stores this week, after the Carousel and Armadale franchises went into administration.

Not powerful, but passion and influence drive Hicks

HE’S chairman of the East Perth Redevelopment Authority and heads up the Perth Waterfront Taskforce, but don’t call Stuart Hicks powerful; instead, he says, it’s influence he’s wielding to build a 21st century face for the city.

Aspen signals institutional shift

AUSTRALIA’S listed property sector was savaged by the global financial crisis but Perth-based Aspen Group has battled more than punitive market conditions in the past year.

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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.

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.