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Katie McDonald

Katie McDonald is the property writer for Business News. Katie previously covered the community and arts, education and science sector when she joined the team in 2016, after a brief stint as a recruitment consultant. Katie completed a bachelor of commerce at the University of Western Australia in 2015 with a double major in marketing and english studies. 

Dunsborough Puma planning stoush persists

The two-year saga over a proposed 24-hour Puma fuel station in Dunsborough has taken a new turn, with the Southern Joint Development Assessment Panel lodging an appeal in the Supreme Court against the State Administrative Tribunal’s ruling in favour of the development.

B-grade buildings in limbo

A new vacancy index has provided a different perspective on vacant office space across Perth’s metropolitan region.

Opportunity brewing at Whitfords

The recent revamp of Westfield Whitford City’s hospitality precinct crafted the perfect business opportunity for Beerland Brewing to open its second venue today.

Transport noise policy revamp

Striking a balance between transport corridors and urban development is the main objective of a revised planning policy that aims to mitigate road and rail noise for new residential projects.

WA venues win national awards

Four Perth hotels and hospitality businesses, including Fraser Suites and the State Buildings, have been named best in their field at the annual Australian Hotels Association National Awards for Excellence.

City retail strip to become student accommodation

The new owner of 335 Wellington Street, home to the Wellington Surplus Stores for 75 years, has lodged an application with the City of Perth to build a $70 million student accommodation building.

Visa changes move goals for business

SPECIAL REPORT: Stricter visa rules are making it harder for businesses in WA to explore overseas options to meet their skilled labour needs

Recruiters adapt to a changing marketplace

SPECIAL REPORT: A possible skills shortage is among the challenges facing WA recruiters, amid an uptick in mining and hiring across the board.

Kings Square promises unique Freo offering

Property developer Sirona Capital has today unveiled plans for the 5,500 square metres-plus retail component of its $270 million Kings Square project in Fremantle.

Engineering the future of property development

The Perth office of Wood & Grieve Engineers has coupled industry design software with the gaming world to create a new virtual reality tool for land developers.

CBD retail strip sells for $8m

The building on the corner of Wellington and Pier streets, most recently home to the Wellington Surplus Stores, and an adjoining property have been purchased in an off-market deal for $8.4 million.

Entrepreneurs stitch-up sweet live music deal

A Murray Street basement once home to the pattern cutters and seamstresses of Perth fashion label Pierucci is set to become the city’s newest live music venue, The Sewing Room.

Liquor reform to benefit tourism operators

Accredited tourism businesses will be able to provide complimentary alcohol without a liquor licence, following changes to the state’s liquor regulations announced today.

MGroup offerings build post-niche

A gap in the local maintenance and minor works market has provided a business opportunity for integrated property company MGroup.

Services suite drives seniors’ projects

Service providers and developers are pursuing opportunities in WA’s growing aged care and retirement sector, with a pipeline of property overhauls and new builds worth more than $500 million.

High-end, big apartments selling

Sales across Perth’s new apartments market are on the rise, with larger apartments offering premium amenities emerging as best sellers.

Blossoming Profresh a cut above

Floral wholesaler Profresh has grown from a one-person business into a team of almost 15, generating $3 million in revenue in just its second year of commercial operations

Work starts on $270m Kings Square Fremantle project

Probuild has today started construction work on Sirona Capital’s $270 million Kings Square Fremantle renewal project, which will comprise a mix of commercial office and retail space, as well as a new administration and civic centre for the City of Fremantle.

$150 million DFO Perth project under way

Georgiou Group has started preliminary construction work on a new $150 million direct factory outlet near Perth Airport, which will include 120 specialty stores.

GDI strikes $216m deal for Westralia Square

The Insurance Commission of Western Australia has today accepted an offer from Sydney-based GDI Property Group for the Westralia Square office building in the CBD, taking total proceeds from its property sales over the past two years to more than $800 million.

Flametree spreads risk, produces complexity

A focus on quality fruit, targeted pricing, and strategic market expansion has helped Flametree Wines establish itself as an award-winning brand among Margaret River’s wine producers.

City retail revamp aims to rival the ’burbs

SPECIAL REPORT: Property groups are chasing retail opportunities in Perth’s CBD with a pipeline of upgrades and developments worth more than $250 million.

Lifestyle offerings prominent in $5bn retail centres upgrade

SPECIAL REPORT: Developers remain bullish on plans to evolve shopping centres into community, lifestyle and entertainment hubs.

Six new leasing deals for CBD

Six new leasing deals have been confirmed for the CBD this week, including strategic communications company Cannings Purple, which has today announced its relocation from West Perth to Brookfield Place Tower 2.

Building future foundations for tertiary education

Universities are rethinking the role property has to play in attracting and engaging students.

GDI in $143m bid for Perth’s IKEA store

Sydney-based GDI Property Group has set its sights on Perth’s IKEA complex in a conditional deal worth $143.5 million.

Sustainability key to affordable living

Innovative affordable housing models have emerged in Fremantle, with three developers pushing the envelope of sustainability and lifestyle.

W Fairweather & Son wins top building accolade

Fourth-generation commercial building company W Fairweather & Son was named the winner of the Master Builders Association’s Robert Law award at an event in Perth today.

Steel Blue: hard-wearing, not hard to wear

PHOTO ESSAY: Work boot company Steel Blue has shown niche, quality-focused manufacturing has a place in Western Australia.

Claremont apartments surge leads nation: report

Cottesloe-Claremont has been named the country’s fastest growing area for apartments, despite Western Australia continuing to have one of the lowest shares of medium-density housing approvals of all the states, according to a Bankwest report released today.

Artist in residence with Ray Glickman

Ray Glickman can often be spotted in a quiet corner seat in one of Perth’s busy cafes, putting his thoughts down on paper for his latest work-in-progress.

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Cedar named 40under40 First Amongst Equals

Gumala Aboriginal Corporation executive officer Jahna Cedar has been named the 2017 Business News 40under40 First Amongst Equals, taking the top honour ahead an impressive field of Western Australia’s young business and community leaders. 

Forrests gift $400m

Mining magnate Andrew Forrest and his wife, Nicola Forrest, have made history today with a $400 million pledge the prime minister has called a ‘game changer’.

New life for The Richardson Hotel

The owners of The Richardson Hotel & Spa in West Perth are evaluating their options to convert the building into a nursing home, in the wake of reduced demand for hotel rooms in Perth.

Recruiters adapt to a changing marketplace

SPECIAL REPORT: A possible skills shortage is among the challenges facing WA recruiters, amid an uptick in mining and hiring across the board.

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Coffee pods connect to charities

A new online coffee pod business with a focus on charity giving was launched in Perth last night.

Artists get creative on sales

With fewer exhibition opportunities or prospects of gallery representation, local artists have diversified their approach to the market. 

Royal Flying Doctor lands $23.7m grant

The Royal Flying Doctor Service today received $23.7 million from the state government’s Royalties for Regions program to help fund additional and replacement aircraft as well as developments at its Broome facilites. 

Hazer fines the future of hydrogen

One of Western Australia’s most abundant mineral resources – iron ore – is a key ingredient in an innovative process to produce cheap, clean hydrogen, which could have implications for the transpor