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.

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.

Councils crucial to shops policy success

WESTFIELD Group’s ambitious bid to transform the Whitford City shopping centre into a bustling town centre will test the state government’s commitment to its new shopping centre planning policy.

Portrait of a creative artistic force

WESTERN Australia’s isolation is a powerful source of inspiration for many local artists, but building a national profile can be a costly exercise when you live on the western edge of our vast continent.

Waste plant jitters as Melville eyes options

The operator of one of the biggest waste treatment plants in the state faces an anxious wait as the City of Melville reviews its investment in the waste treatment and resource recovery plant.

Matilda Bay knock-back stirs debate

THE Swan River Trust and the City of Subiaco have effectively skittled a redevelopment proposal for the Matilda Bay Tea Rooms, forcing the proponent to abandon plans for a licensed cafe on the iconic site.

Family & football

Former West Coast Eagles’ star David Wirrpanda has harnessed his celebrity profile to help develop a better future for disadvantaged indigenous kids and a powerful legacy that will outlive his sporting triumphs.

Port Geographe JV an option

THE Shire of Busselton has approached LandCorp to take over the problem-plagued Port Geographe development north of Busselton.

Sales at Quadwest’s Elevation defy gloomy inner-city apartment trend

INVESTORS bought-up a parcel of apartments in Perth’s highest residential tower this week as they sought to capitalise on the city’s ailing apartment market.

Civmec facility boosts AMC development

Management at Civmec are confident their new $30 million facility can help put the state back on the map as a fabrication centre.

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 the rights of private property owne

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



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.