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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.

The real Freemantle

Swan River Trust and Liquor Commission chair Jim Freemantle says he isn't anti development.

$234m hospital upgrade

St John of God Health Care is planning a $234 million expansion of its Murdoch Hospital, creating WA's biggest medical precinct - just as long as it can secure the staff to service 165 new beds.

Battle for smarts

Paul Johnson has taken on the top job at the University of Western Australia and says there is no time to lose in making Australia a much smarter country.

$400m Kwinana waste plant plan

A $400 MILLION waste-to-energy plant slated for Kwinana's industrial strip will be the first of its kind in Australia if it can shore up a waste supply and community support.

Passionate about performance

Sally Richardson is determined to showcase Australian performances to as wide an audience as possible.

Jockeying for position in digital dimension

A CROWDED digital marketplace is driving diversification in Perth's web development sector and pushing this specialised industry into the advertising heartland of branding.

Field of (digital) dreams

Dockers president Steve Harris has enthusiastically embraced change throughout his career.

Pretzel supplies point of contact

THE launch of First Point Supplybase later this year will give Western Australian businesses the opportunity to secure a bigger slice of lucrative contracts in the global oil and gas sector.

Taking Perth to next stage

Shelagh Magadza ends her four-year reign at the Perth International Arts Festival this month with success at the box office and pride in the support of Perth audiences.

Art of Venn

Friends Desi Litis and Jade Rubino share a strong vision to showcase contemporary artists in a creative space in the heart of the city.

Marketforce does its own re-creative

A well-known Perth advertising agency has harnessed a string of high-profile client losses to reinvent itself as a collaborative, contemporary business.

Remote access to top-flight health care

The inequity in health services between city and country prompted Peter Tually to develop TeleMed.

Freo joins cruise circuit

WESTERN Australia is fast becoming an essential stop on the luxury liner circuit as Fremantle celebrates its busiest cruise calendar since the heady days of the 1970s.

Consensus builder

David Karotkin is urging the community and its political leaders to show the courage to invest in good design

Land rights concern

A COMPENSATION payout of $3 million to conservationist Martin Copley regarding a 309-hectare parcel of land in Ellen-brook has sparked concerns about the erosion of

Using experts from ‘outside’

THE Town of Victoria Park has thought outside the circle in its efforts to find a manager for the Swan Portland site.

Spotlight on planning issues

LOCAL developers are becoming increasingly concerned about the State's planning system, which they claim is too costly and lacking experienced planners. At the heart of the matter are inconsistencies across the State's local councils.

Keeping watch on agent-free property sales

AN increase in institutional ownership of major commercial and retail properties in Perth led to a rise in the number of sales completed in 2002 without an agent's involvement.

China link no flight of fancy

CHINESE airline China Southern is undertaking market research at home and in WA to measure the demand for flights into Perth International Airport. The airline has experienced double digit growth in passenger numbers into Australia in the past 12 months

Free trade for some

THE deregulation of retail trading hours is expected to deliver a bonus to some retail property owners, however, not everyone will emerge a winner. One retail property analyst said the spectre of deregulated trading hours represented two very dif

Regulation focus for strata reviews

THE absence of regulation in the strata management industry has provoked concern about this $28.5 billion sector of the residential property market. The chairman of a Legislative Assembly inquiry into the strata management industry in WA, Member

Barrack Square hotel proposal floated

A PROPOSAL for an 86-room floating hotel at Barrack Square has been given conditional approval by the City of Perth Council. The $25 million development proposal, put forward by local operation PH3 Property Group, will now go before the Swan Rive

Big payoff for small business

A SMALL business category has been included in the State Arts Sponsorship Awards this year in recognition of the hard work and support small businesses provide the arts community.Animation Works caught the judges' attention this year for its sponsors...

Disclosure key to dummy bids

MOVES by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection to abolish dummy bidding at auctions in WA will decimate the market, according to players in the local property sector.FPDSavills man...

Planning to avoid delays

THE State Government's new Planning Appeals legislation promises to deliver massive reductions in the turnaround time for planning appeals in WA.The new two-tiered system, which is expected to consider up to 1,000 appeals a year, will process minor a...

Access to good medical news

LOCAL medical technology company Medic Vision will launch a television series on Access 31 to showcase the good news stories in the Perth medical sector.The series will focus on medical research and treatment in WA including the work at the Lions Eye...

Christmas Island refugee centre land talks start

THE Federal Government is locked in negotiations to acquire land and mining rights on Christmas Island for the construction of a new $219 million detention centre.Phosphate Resources Ltd declined to comment on the discussions, however it is likely th...

Barking up the right tree

A PARTNERSHIP between Barking Gecko Theatre Company and the Insurance Commission of Western Australia has delivered an important message about the perils of dangerous driving to young people all over the State.This innovative sponsorship arrangement ...

Farmers feel environment threat closing in on them

THE WA Government is facing a multi-million dollar compensation bill if it goes ahead with plans to prevent farmers clearing bush land they own, according to the Pastoralists and Graziers Association of WA.

Committee finds pain of clearing

THESE are case studies from the standing committee on Public Administration and Finance that is conducting an inquiry into the Impact of State Government Actions and

Puppets inspire big art gallery purchase

FOUR shadow puppet-inspired bronze sculptures will form the first major acquisition for the Art Gallery of WA's sculpture courtyard.

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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.