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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. 

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 ahead o

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.

Fremantle heritage buildings expected to sell for $8m

Built by convicts in the 1850s, the warders’ cottages in Fremantle are expected to sell for a total of $8.2 million.

Recruiter designs city digs to draw people in

Artificial grass flooring, surfboards and graffiti are not usually found in a Perth office, but are some of the quirky features in Spencer Ogden’s new home on St Georges Terrace.

Master Builders fills empty space with cheaper rents

Faced with the task of diversifying its revenue streams amid a drop in construction activity, the Master Builders Association had to rethink how it could use the space at its regional centres.

Nicheliving launches $12m IPO

Property developer Nicheliving Holdings has announced plans to raise up to $12 million and seek an ASX listing to finance the next stage of its growth strategy.

Airbnb listings reach 8,000 in WA

More Western Australians are opening their doors to Airbnb, with the number of hosts in the state increasing by more than 50 per cent in the past year, according to a report by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre to be released today.

McGrath back in the modular game

The anticipated uptick in the resources sector and growth in lifestyle village developments has prompted one veteran builder to re-enter the modular housing market.

Kelvin Ryan leaves BGC

After eight years at the helm of the state’s largest home builder Kelvin Ryan has stepped down from his role as BGC Residential chief executive.

Home builders ready for recovery

SPECIAL REPORT: WA’s residential property sector is starting to show signs of stabilising, amid increased industry innovation and evolving housing types.

Smaller lots, clever homes make it affordable

SPECIAL REPORT: One local builder is aiming to help redefine the concept of living spaces as part of a flagship project in Perth.

Encon builds on past experience

SPECIAL REPORT: After 14 years of working together through the ranks at two of Western Australia’s largest construction companies, Mark Kepplinger and Mike Van Dongen decided it was time to establish their own business.

High-end operators take on tough market

SPECIAL REPORT: Two of the state’s leading high-end builders have taken different paths in response to changing conditions in the residential market.

Puma plan in limbo

The group planning a 24-hour Puma Energy project in Dunsborough will lodge an application next week to strike out an appeal by the State Solicitor’s Office against the recent approval of the development.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer, Matt Mckenzie and Katie McDonald discuss the GST debate, Kerry Stokes and gas sector deals, WA's resource sector outlook, local content on big projects, population growth and residential builders.

Location, amenities key for Cedar Woods

Cedar Woods Properties is hoping its range of competitively priced larger blocks will offer a point of difference and attract first homebuyers to its Piara Waters residential estate, according to WA manager Ben Rosser.

Fresh take for RSM near the quay

Fostering a collaborative and interactive workplace culture was a key driver behind the design of RSM’s new office space at Exchange Tower.

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.

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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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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.

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.