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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. At the 2017 WA State Media Awards Katie took out the top prize for the Best Culture and Arts Report and was also a finalist for the Best Cadet/New Journalist award. Katie completed a bachelor of commerce at the University of Western Australia in 2015 with a double major in marketing and english studies. 

Property Deals

August property deals.

High-tech, sustainable, future-proofed apartments

Owner-occupiers and investors increasingly look for technology and sustainability features when making apartment purchases.

Profit growth for Peet

Property developer Peet has reported an increase in net profit after tax for the 2018 financial year, entering FY19 backed by a state government contract for a 220-hectare landholding in Brabham, near the Swan Valley.

Perth house prices rebound

North Fremantle, Claremont and West Leederville are among 12 Perth suburbs to record a growth in house price after experiencing price falls last year.

Alcock, Fini in development Mode

Two of Western Australia’s property industry leaders, Dale Alcock and Tony Fini, have teamed up to deliver a 20-home development targeting the ‘missing middle’ in Perth’s residential market.

Hotel operator sells Canning Hwy plot

ASX-listed Transmetro Corporation, the owner and operator of the Metro Hotels group, has sold a surplus landholding adjacent to its Metro Hotel Perth on Canning Highway for $3.18 million.

Experiential retail connections

SPECIAL REPORT: The reinvention of retail assets has taken centre stage when it comes to online competition, with centre owners, developers and tenants seeking to create experience-driven destinations.

Retail assets prove value

SPECIAL REPORT: Investors are eyeing opportunities in the state’s retail property market.

Shopping for experiences

SPECIAL REPORT: New retail property developments are driving offerings that capitalise on lifestyle needs, but five of the biggest projects are yet to push the button.

Ric New honoured with Robert Law Award

Midland Brick founder, the late Ric New, has been honoured for his influence on Western Australia’s building industry, receiving the Master Builders Association’s Robert Law award.

Work starts on $55m SwanCare project

Adco Constructions has broken ground on SwanCare’s $55 million retirement living and aged care project at Bentley Park, which will include a new residential care facility as well as a leisure precinct.

Brokers building a better process

From a reputational point of view, Tristan Kirkham acknowledges the role played by building brokers is not as well understood as that of insurance and mortgage brokers.

International students bypass WA

South Australia is giving Western Australia a run for its money in the race to attract international students.

Office facelifts shape success

Construction company SHAPE Australia has ridden the surge in office building revamps, resulting in two awards and its highest revenue in five years.

Brewer to head Property Council

Former National Lifestyle Villages marketing general manager Sandra Brewer has been named the Property Council of Australia’s new Western Australian executive director.

Far East gets the Minister’s tick for $158m project

Planning Minister Saffioti has approved Far East Consortium’s plans for a two-tower development adjacent to the Perth Arena, with one tower to house the Dorsett Hotel.

Lester Group creates new seniors’ community

Local property investor and developer Lester Group has unveiled plans for a new 186-home seniors’ lifestyle community called Edenlife Australind, within its Kingston residential estate in the south west.

Gelavis to lead MBA, Hailes leaves UDIA

Property executives John Gelavis and Allison Hailes have both left their respective roles this week, with Mr Gelavis selected to head the Master Builders Association of WA.

Brand’s new tourism division to corral the ‘complex beast’

The Brand Agency has launched a destination marketing division, headed by former Tourism WA chief executive Gwyn Dolphin.

MGroup’s Monument moves at Beeliar

Integrated property business MGroup has added another string to its bow with the launch of a new land development brand – Monument.

Perth office vacancies continue to fall

The worst may be over for Perth’s office market, with the latest statistics pointing to another fall in vacancies, dropping slightly from 19.8 per cent to 19.4 per cent in the six months to July, according to the Property Council of Australia’s mid-year office market report released today.

Carousel’s $350m revamp reveal

Scentre Group is set to lift the curtain of its $350 million Westfield Carousel redevelopment at the end of this month, which will feature a new rooftop dining and entertainment precinct as well as an additional fashion mall, anchored by David Jones.

Flinders Square sold for $39m

ASX-listed property group Vicinity Centres, which is looking to sell six shopping centres in WA, has exchanged contracts with a private Australian property syndicator for Flinders Square in Yokine.

New hotels offer diverse art canvas

The city’s pipeline of hotel developments is providing immense opportunities for local artists and art dealers.

Eglinton properties hit the market

Two large englobo sites, ripe for residential development and comprising 171.7 hectares in Eglinton, have been listed for sale.

Architectus has designs on Perth

Western Australia’s improving economic outlook was a driving factor behind the decision by national design firm Architectus to open a Perth office, headed by former Woods Bagot executive Mark Mitcheson-Low.

Office market upside

Questions over the stability of Perth’s office market have dogged the sector of late, but signs of an uptick in sentiment are emerging.

New wine venue a natural choice

A local natural wine aficionado is hoping he can educate and develop the palates of Perth with his new bar-cum-liquor store Wines of While.

Hassell selected for $17m regional project

Design firm HASSELL has been appointed as the architects for the new $17.8 million South Regional Tafe Esperance campus, with planning and design works now under way.

Work to start on $15m Rockingham revamp

Civil engineering contractor Ertech has been chosen to deliver the first stage of the City of Rockingham’s plans for a $15.7 million revitalisation of its foreshore precinct, with construction to start on Monday.

Works starts on $90m aged care precinct

Broad Construction has commenced building works at Hall & Prior’s $90 million planned community Karingal Green, a new aged care precinct set to provide 160 beds, health and wellness hubs, as well as research and training facilities.

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Perth house prices rebound

North Fremantle, Claremont and West Leederville are among 12 Perth suburbs to record a growth in house price after experiencing price falls last year.

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. 

Stockland strikes $91m deal

ASX-listed property group Stockland has invested $91 million in the purchase of more than 4,600 residential lots across three metropolitan corridors in Perth, comprising a total 385 hectares of land.

Perth house prices tipped to grow by 2020

Perth’s house prices are forecast to grow by 3 per cent over the next three years, according to QBE Insurance Group’s latest Housing Outlook Report for 2017-2020.

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Disputed claims over Scarborough knock-back

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has disclosed that the majority of public submissions on the $450 million Iconic Scarborough development supported the project, but said all government agencies and utilities it consulted, with the sole exception of Tourism WA, opposed it.

Iconic Scarborough gets the go ahead

Following the rejection of an initial proposal late last year, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has given 3 Oceans Property the green light to progress its twin-tower mixed-use development on the corner of West Coast Highway and Scarborough Beach Road.

SAT sides with Como Hotel developer

Woolworths subsidiary ALH Group has had a win in the State Administrative Tribunal this week over its plans to develop a Dan Murphy's liquor store as part of its Como Hotel redevelopment, following a multi-year saga involving liquor licensing and the City of South Perth.

MRA knocks back $450m Scarborough twin towers

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has rejected a $450 million proposal for two towers near Scarborough beach with the developer behind the project, 3 Oceans Property, saying the decision was a missed opportunity to show courage and vision.