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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. 

Sotheby’s markets Taj to the world

A Peppermint Grove property once home to the infamous ‘Taj on Swan’ is set to go under the hammer, with the owners recently engaging Sotheby’s International Realty to run a global sales campaign.

WA to lead residential property recovery

Sentiment towards Western Australia’s housing market fell during the second quarter of 2018 but the state is expected to lead the country for residential property capital growth over the next two years, according to a survey of industry professionals.

Lester to recycle capital in WA

Western Australia-based developer and investor Lester Group has ridden the wave of a strong east coast property market and is now seeking more opportunities closer to home.

Pindan secures regional housing contract

The state government will transfer land in Westonia to the Central East Aged Care Alliance as part of its initiative to boost seniors’ accommodation across the Wheatbelt region, with Pindan awarded the tender for the design and construction of 72 new dwellings.

MRA backs $14m timber hotel

A proposal for the state’s first timber high-rise building, to be located on the corner of Beaufort and Newcastle streets, has been given the green light by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.

Iacomella to depart Property Council

Lino Iacomella will step down from his role as Property Council of Australia WA executive director later this month after two years in the position.

Fini adds to Freo sustainability

Several alternative approaches to tackling housing affordability are taking shape across Fremantle, with social enterprise Nightingale Housing one step closer to actualising its Wood Street project with its recent launch of presales.

GDI lifts valuation on Perth office tower

Nine months after GDI Property Group settled its acquisition of A-grade commercial tower Westralia Square the building’s valuation has increased by $38.75 million, an encouraging sign for the Perth office market.

Home prices continue to fall

Perth's dwelling prices suffered another drop in the month to June down 0.5 per cent, with units continuing to suffer larger falls compared to houses.

Hawaiian adds to property portfolio

Hawaiian has expanded its shopping centre footprint, finalising its $22.7 million acquisition of the Newpark Shopping Centre in Girrawheen.

Optus Stadium takes design honours

Design firms HASSELL, Cox Architecture and HKS have received plaudits for their work on Perth’s Optus Stadium at the 2018 WA Architecture Awards, with the sports and entertainment precinct winning the top accolade and prizes in four other categories.

$50m William Square makeover complete

Private real estate and investment firm Warrington Property has completed its $50 million redevelopment of the William Square office building in Northbridge, and has appointed agents to lease the remaining vacant space.

SPH builds opportunity on gender diversity

SPECIAL REPORT: SPH Architecture + Interiors is an industry leader in terms of workplace diversity, with its share of women employees well above the construction sector’s participation average of about 11 per cent.

Vanguard expands its repertoire

SPECIAL REPORT: In 2014, Daniella and Matt Papa opened the doors to a new performing arts studio with just eight students on their books.

Veris tops Rising Stars

Perth-based ASX-listed company Veris outshone a quality field to be named the overall winner at the 2018 Business News Rising Stars awards held last night. It was one of nine organisations to win an award on the night.

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.

MercyCare adds child care centres

Not-for-profit community services provider MercyCare has purchased five early learning centres from private operator Acacia Hill Childcare for an undisclosed sum, doubling the group’s existing sector portfolio.

Aegis facility revitalises heritage site

Sitting empty for three decades, the old Swanbourne Hospital site has been given a new lease of life, reopening as a high-end aged care residence and function venue.

Iconic Scarborough on the cusp of approval

A key government advisory body has recommended the Iconic Scarborough twin-tower project be given the green light when the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority board meets tomorrow.

Yolk to transform Champion Lakes

Yolk Property Group, in partnership with Southern Cross Care, will develop one of the last remaining sites at the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority’s Champion Lakes residential development, with plans for more than 100 new dwellings along with a wellness, aged care and retirement precinct.

Moody's tips Perth house price recovery in 2019

Perth’s house values will decline for another year but are tipped to recover in 2019, a report released today has found, conflicting with an ANZ analysis from earlier this week that predicted further house price falls for the state in the next two years.

BGC hotel assets on the market

BGC Australia has kicked off its asset sale program with the listing of the recently completed Westin Perth and Aloft Perth hotels, along with an adjoining commercial office building in Rivervale, a CBD development site and a neighbouring food and beverage precinct.

Sandover Pinder to connect with clients as Carabiner

After more than two decades as Sandover Pinder, the local architecture firm has changed its name to Carabiner – a rebrand its directors say better reflects the business as the link between clients’ needs and good design.

Perth house prices continue to fall

The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows Perth’s house prices are down on the last quarter, while the ANZ is forecasting further house price falls for the state in the next two years.

Perth plays catch-up on student accommodation

The latest uptake of CBD-based projects could provide the shot in the arm Perth needs to boost international student numbers.

Don’t knock it till you try it

Community concern over mid- to high-density developments remains an ongoing challenge facing the state’s apartment developers.

Finance squeeze shifts focus

SPECIAL REPORT: Developers are exploring alternative funding methods due to a tough property market and tight lending conditions.

Development visions align

SPECIAL REPORT: High-density residential developments are emerging alongside some of the state’s shopping centres, as owners seek to reposition their assets to offer more than just retail.

Apartment sales up amid shift in density debate

SPECIAL REPORT: Confidence is returning to the state’s apartment market, with developers seeking to boost their project pipelines. Click through to see our map with 30 apartments projects across Perth and our updated ranking of Property Developers.

Unlocking the city’s heritage potential

A resurgence of heritage restoration has started to take shape across the CBD, with a number of initiatives aiming to boost renewal.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Beyer, Matt Mckenzie, and Katie McDonald discuss the latest economic growth data, three intriguing takeover prospects (Atlas Iron, HBF, BGC), stockmarket floats, including Primero group, agricultural projects in WA's north, the continuing debate over fly-in-fly-out, and our special report on Perth apartment projects.

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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.

Perth house prices continue to fall

The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows Perth’s house prices are down on the last quarter, while the ANZ is forecasting further house price falls for the state in the next two years.

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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.

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.

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.