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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

Construction of a rewarding career

FUTURE Directions Young Achiever Award 2002 winner Barry Baltinas believes a working appreciation of the property industry gained from on high gave him a head start in his chosen profession.

Farm groups weigh in to planning debate

PLANNING controls are stifling development in marginal metropolitan areas and flourishing tourist centres, according to one of the State’s agricultural lobby groups.

Review of dummy bidding rules

A REVIEW of the Auctions Sales Act is threatening the practice of dummy bidding at auctions in WA.

Private passions into the spotlight

A COLLECTION of works on display at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery reveals the private passions of local art collectors.

Builders make mutual decision

AN action group has been formed by local builders to ensure the establishment of an industry run mutual fund to provide indemnity insurance.

Paragon proposal hits snag

AN application to convert 153 units in the Paragon CBD Apartments development in the city to serviced apartments has been rejected by the City of Perth.

Childcare the next big thing

LOCAL childcare operations are being targeted by acquisition-hungry operations from the east coast of Australia.

Short ad bursts at Nova

GETTING the advertisers’ message heard will be a big job for commercial radio newcomer Nova 93.7, with creative solutions considered the key to cutting through the clatter.

Getting on a bit

WITH Seniors Week coming up next week, we thought it apt to examine some of the issues involving our ageing population.There is no doubt that this demographic shift will continue to impact on us all, as it has for the past five decades.

Child’s play no more as investors warned

WHILE the corporatisation of the childcare sector shows no signs of slowing, industry observers warn that the underlying property assets are closely aligned to the performance of the individual businesses.

FTI casts its eyes over gaming niche

AN animation unit set up at the Film and Television Institute in Fremantle is angling for a share of the $22 billion global gaming industry.

Creating new partnerships

Arts organisations rely on support from the business community to operate in WA.

Support colours public perception

THE walls of the art gallery are not usually the focus of much attention … it’s the art that usually steals the show.

Package deal plays out

SHIPPING containers aren’t a regular feature of sponsorship contracts, however a Deckchair Theatre production provided a unique sponsorship opportunity.

Pearl producer dives in to opera sponsorship and hits right note

OPERA and pearls – it sounds like a perfect fit and perhaps the essence of a very smart partnership.

Off to a flying start

AN independent aviation operator working out of Perth has capitalised on the gap left in the market following the collapse of Ansett.

Ad agencies ruing loss of the big idea

THE advertising industry has lost its electric personality and with it the big idea seems to have slipped beneath the board room table.

A difficult diagnosis

THE troubled corporate medical sector hasn’t presented many exciting property opportunities in recent years, however some fresh sea air might be just the cure for this ailing commercial sector.

Structure concerns with indemnity insurance cover

THE Home Building Contracts Amendment Bill tabled by Consumer and Employment Protection Minister John Kobelke will lay the groundwork for the development of a mutual scheme to provide housing indemnity insurance for residential builders.

Considering costs above their station

THE State Government has commenced negotiations to acquire up to 13 inner city retail properties for the construction of the new city train station beneath William Street.

Securing support proves a lottery for developers

THE $100 million redevelopment proposal put forward by Multiplex for the Raffles Hotel site in Applecross will spark some robust community debate if the history of development in the area is any guide.

Southern exposure

THE rapid development of towns in the State’s South West has prompted many holiday-makers to look further afield.



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.