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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. 

WA building largest homes nationally

The average size of Australian homes, inclusive of both houses and apartments, has hit a 20-year low, a new report has found; however, Western Australia is building the largest homes in the country.

Evan Jones to lead planning reform team

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has recruited experienced town planner and urban designer Evan Jones to head a review that she hopes will deliver a more strategic and streamlined planning process.

Variety develops in Perth’s east

A seven-storey apartment project at Ascot Waters has added more variety to the market in Perth’s eastern suburbs, with the developer saying it has attracted potential buyers from other parts of the city.

Inclusivity builds opportunity

AWB Building Co principal Graeme Kennedy cites the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme as the key driver of his decision to set up his business three years ago.

Notre Dame sets sights on Customs House

The University of Notre Dame Australia has entered into an agreement to purchase the heritage-listed Customs House building in Fremantle’s West End for an undisclosed sum.

The Marina, Mindarie named WA's best venue

The Marina, Mindarie was named Perth’s best hospitality venue at last night’s Western Australian Hospitality Awards for Excellence, joining the State Buildings and Print Hall as the most recent winners of the prestigious award.

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.

Mundijong and Cardup to become activity hubs

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has prepared the release of 650 hectares as part of a project to develop industrial and commercial precincts in Mundijong and Cardup.

Forrestfield sites sell for $9m

Professional services firm JLL has brokered the sale of two Forrestfield industrial land holdings for a total of $9.4 million.

Primewest lifts office market share

The $216 million sale of Westralia Square and the purchase of the Quadrant building for $175 million have been the largest-value office transactions of 2017 thus far.

Let there be light

Flexible workspaces, residential-like interiors and lighting matched to the body’s circadian rhythms are some of the design elements influencing commercial building fitouts in Perth.

Bentley, Gnangara industrial lots for sale

National dairy products supplier Lion is divesting some of its land holdings in Bentley, including a 2.9-hectare site, following its recent consolidation of the Masters Dairy depot as parts of its three-year growth plan.

Catching up to students’ housing needs

SPECIAL REPORT: A new wave of property developments is taking shape across Perth’s CBD, with more than $200 million worth of student accommodation projects in the pipeline.

Perth outer suburbs in the mix

SPECIAL REPORT: Developers, buyers and tenants are eyeing mixed-use precincts across Perth’s suburban property market.

Developers get out of the office

SPECIAL REPORT: Developers and investors are looking beyond office buildings to explore a variety of property opportunities across Perth.

Pop-up gives a taste of apartment living

Perth’s first pop-up apartment installation at Forrest Chase has been extended for one more day, offering visitors the chance to win a free month's stay at the Oracle apartments on Stirling Street as part of a 12-month social experiment.

WA projects receive national acclaim

The East Pilbara Arts Centre and the Gen Y Demonstration Housing Project have been recognised for their design excellence at the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards held in Canberra last night.

Brookfield committed to $1.1bn Elizabeth Quay project

Brookfield Property Partners today unveiled the design blueprint for its $1.1 billion twin tower development at Elizabeth Quay, following its entry into project delivery agreements. Click through to see animated fly through video.

No joke, comedy has a new home

After nearly 20 years, Perth’s leading comedy company will get its own home, with the new venue set to open in the CBD later next month.

Bound for Bondi with a bit of ‘wow’ factor

PHOTO ESSAY: Local artist Johannes Pannekoek says he’s always in the process of creating something new and unusual, with his latest sculpture making its first appearance last week at Bondi’s 2017 Sculpture By the Sea.

Welshpool site hits market

A Welshpool industrial and commercial property, comprising more than 19,000 square metres of warehouse and office tenancies, has been brought to market by joint agents LJ Hooker Commercial Perth and CBRE.

Nicheliving targets growth via IPO

The planned listing of Nicheliving Holdings has provided a detailed insight into the state of the business and its future plans.

Recognition for top women in construction

The local chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction has recognised the achievements of Western Australian women at its annual awards, held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre this morning.

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.

App ensures sales process is open for negotiation

The team behind Perth-developed property app Openn Negotiation says it wants to bring transparency back to the residential sales game.

AMP Capital tower attracts interest

AMP Capital has secured 17 commercial tenancies in the past 12 months as work continues on the revamp of its 30-storey building on 140 St Georges Terrace.

Larger apartments may provide a marketing edge

Property developer Edge Visionary Living has tapped into an appetite for larger apartments in Perth’s established suburbs, with its Eden Floreat project achieving close to $30 million in sales ahea

Right fit for law firm

Perfecting the look and feel of a new office space can often take centre stage for incoming tenants, but for international law firm Allen & Overy a key priority for its new premises was a little different.

Nothing off the table as Jesters bakes fresh plan

A new strategy, rebrand and expansion into different selling channels are all part of Robert West’s plan to revamp Jesters Pies.

Hospitality a key ingredient at new InterContinental

Smart design, new hospitality offerings, and local business partnerships are core ingredients of the InterContinental Perth City Centre hotel’s strategy to position itself for long-term success in the CBD.

Allingame steps up at UDIA

Nick Allingame is planning to put his property experience and industry networks to good use in his new role as UDIA WA president.

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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. 

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.

The Marina, Mindarie named WA's best venue

The Marina, Mindarie was named Perth’s best hospitality venue at last night’s Western Australian Hospitality Awards for Excellence, joining the State Buildings and Print Hall as the most recent winners of the prestigious award.

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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