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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. 

Perth first choice for Aloha Poké

Perth’s up-and-coming healthy food market was one of the factors that drew Singaporean restaurant chain Aloha Poké to the Western Australian capital, with its first international outlet opening at St Martin’s Centre in the CBD two weeks ago.

Golden Group starts work at Belmont Park

Fives years after unveiling its vision for high-rise apartments at Belmont Park Racecourse, Golden Group will host a groundbreaking ceremony at the site today.

Westin Hotel opens in Perth’s east end

Marriott International has opened Perth’s first Westin Hotel at an official ceremony this morning, anchoring a new dining and leisure precinct set to revamp the area.

Perth CBD office sales reach $740m

Perth’s CBD office market recorded $740 million worth of major transactions in the 12 months to March 2018, more than three times higher than it was this time last year, according to research undertaken by Savills Australia.

Architects adapt, future-proof services

Doing more with less is common practice for most businesses in an economic slowdown and the state’s architects are no different, with many adapting and evolving their services to win work.

Heritage a Melbourne drawcard

The Melbourne Hotel is hoping its $40 million makeover, which aims to strike a balance between old and new, will give it a competitive edge in the Perth market.

Jaxon wins $35m aged care project

Craigcare has appointed local builder Jaxon to deliver its third aged care facility in Western Australia, located on Grandstand Road in Ascot.

ADC proposes new East Perth precinct

A private syndicate of local investors led by Australian Development Capital has contracted to acquire a state government site in East Perth where it plans to develop a town centre with residential, retail, office accommodation and community space.

Dismantling the status quo

SPECIAL REPORT: Alternative construction techniques and new technologies are changing the way we build.

Payments’ security under review

SPECIAL REPORT: Building company collapses leaving projects unfinished and subcontractors empty-handed have prompted calls for a different approach to assessing security-of-payment laws.

Big builds bring confidence

SPECIAL REPORT: Confidence is growing among WA's construction companies, with Business News research identifying at least $4 billion worth of major private and public projects starting to take shape and more investment planned. Click through for our list of key building projects under way.

Freo Woolstores redevelopment blocked

Silverleaf Investments' proposal to redevelop the Woolstores Shopping Centre in Fremantle has been knocked-back by the Metro South-West JDAP, largely due to its design.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall, Matt Mckenzie, and Katie McDonald discuss Gorgon stage two, corporate tax debate, defence contracts, employment data, fracking ban, tourism, and our building and construction feature.

Legal action dropped against Sirona Capital

The administrators of the Cooper & Oxley group of companies have withdrawn legal action in the WA Supreme Court against Sirona Capital, after trying to retrieve a $5 million investment.

Brown-Neaves targets industrial potential

Property veteran and former ABN Group co-owner Garry Brown-Neaves has seized the opportunity to broaden his portfolio, launching new industrial and commercial estate Precinct 95 late last month.

Flexibility shapes office vibe

The design at Dentsu Aegis Network’s new home is tailored to cater to a variety of working styles and needs.

Cannington opportunity builds

Several property developments are taking shape at the heart of the City of Canning, with its $70 million regeneration program set to start works next month.

Changes afoot for Perth PR

Adapting services to include new digital platforms is a key focus for the major players in Perth’s communications sector led by Cannings Purple, which has maintained its top spot on the Business News ranking of the state’s largest public and investor relations firms.

Diverse offering key element for success

Perth's largest urban planning firm, TPG + Place Match, has sought to reposition itself in the market with a new direction and name – Element.

DJC links Doric and Jaxon

Construction veteran Harry Xydas has created a new holding company to own Doric and its sister company Jaxon, after he moved to full ownership of both businesses.

Riff plays to Spacecubed’s strengths

Spacecubed’s expansion plans are taking shape, with the social enterprise re-branding its original co-working space and using design as a key part of its business strategy.

Finbar on the lookout for hotel operator

Finbar Group is inviting expressions of interest from hotel operators for a proposed 18-storey hotel located on Adelaide Terrace, a site previously home to the ABC studios.

Big potential for Applecross site

A 1.7-hectare site combining 12 land holdings near Canning Bridge in Applecross has come onto the market, representing one of the most significant masterplan development opportunities in Perth.

Brown-Neaves launches Precinct 95

Property developer Garry Brown-Neaves has today formally unveiled a new 18 hectare commercial and industrial precinct within the existing Forrestdale Business Park, bordered by Ranford Road and Alex Wood Drive.

Medium density misses the mark

A disconnect between urban infill ambitions in WA and the sector’s ability to deliver is hindering the development of medium-density projects.

Saffioti plans taking shape

SPECIAL REPORT: Rita Saffioti is stamping her mark on the transport, lands and planning portfolios she took on last March, initiating a number of major reviews and appointing several industry figures to key roles.

Iconic Scarborough redux

Three months after the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority rejected its $450 million Iconic Scarborough proposal, developer 3 Oceans Property has emerged with a set of revised plans that feature slimmer towers and a renewed focus on tourism.

WA projects win national property awards

Alkimos Beach and Elizabeth Quay have won top honours at the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s national awards for excellence, presented in Melbourne last night.

David Jones makes a move in Mandurah

The growing spectre of online shopping has not deterred one of the country’s largest retailers from investing in its bricks-and-mortar assets, with David Jones opening its fifth Western Australian store today as part of the final chapter of Mandurah Forum’s $350 million redevelopment.

Rideshare market heats up

Five ridesharing operators have launched in WA during the past year, each bringing something different to the table.

Smart tech to shape future builds

Local builder Gemmill Homes is aiming to gain a larger share in the residential market by leveraging the latest in automation technology.

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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.