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Katie McDonald

Katie McDonald is the property writer for Business News. Katie joined the team in 2016, covering the community and arts, education and science sectors before taking on the property round in 2017. At the 2017 WA State Media Awards Katie was a finalist for the Best Cadet/New Journalist award and took out the top prize for the Best Culture and Arts Report, which she also won in 2018. Katie completed a bachelor of commerce at the University of Western Australia in 2015 with a double major in marketing and english studies. 

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.

Payment security issues prompt calls for overhaul

The building and construction industry is assessing a number of options to improve its practices in the wake of company collapses and unpaid contractors.

Summit’s $20m HQ a style hub for clients

The state’s residential builders may have struggled through a slowdown in activity in recent years, but that hasn’t stopped Summit Homes Group from pushing ahead with its $20 million investment in a new headquarters and client hub.

Activate Perth makes first move

A new association is aiming to liven up the streets of the CBD and fill its empty spaces with startups and creative enterprises via short-term and rent-free rolling leases.

Uber plans regional expansion

A new Perth headquarters and driver support hub have been established to support further growth for Uber as it targets regional centres such as Bunbury and Busselton.

Property group wants Metronet broadened

Broadening the scope of the state government's Metronet rail project to include existing station precincts as a means to deliver short-term development opportunities was among the key recommendations outlined in an Urbis report released today.

BGC among WA’s largest private businesses

BGC Australia is one of the state’s largest and most diverse business groups, with revenue last financial year in excess of $2 billion from its building, construction, property, contracting, trucking and manufacturing operations.

Development potential for Northbridge site

A prime site in Northbridge, located on William Street opposite Yagan Square and Perth City Link and earmarked for a multi-tower mixed-use development, has been listed for sale.

National review seeks to strengthen security of payments

A national review has recommended all state governments establish a system of statutory trusts for building projects above $1 million as part of a package of measures to tackle the impact of company failures and late payments on contractors.

Monaci to head Georgiou Group

John Georgiou will step down as chief executive of family-owned Georgiou Group after 20 years in the role, with executive general manager Rob Monaci to take up the position from August 1.

First State makes $190m Freo foray

First State Super has made its first major investment in Western Australia, with the Sydney-based superannuation fund signing a $190 million funding agreement with Sirona Capital for the Kings Square Fremantle redevelopment.

Scarborough sale heralds rental plan

A Singaporean investment manager has bought the Sunmoon Boutique Resort in Scarborough for $8.3 million, with plans to transform the property into one of Australia’s first build-to-rent projects.

New infill drive to deliver 5,000 homes

While the push for more urban infill across Perth is nothing new, the state government has lifted its game today with the release of Western Australia’s largest collection of infill opportunities to market, calling on the private sector to help achieve its vision.

Sandalford selling wine experiences

SPECIAL REPORT: Sandalford Wines has established itself as one of Australia’s most popular wineries, with dining and events key to its appeal in the wine tourism market.

Chinese taste for WA wines leads Asian sales push

SPECIAL REPORT: Local wineries are embracing China’s growing taste for WA wine with plans to develop more export opportunities across Asia.

Dunsborough Puma developer has court win

The proponents of a Puma Energy development on Dunsborough’s main street had a win in the Supreme Court yesterday, but the issue is far from settled according to a local advocacy group against the proposal.

Building a case for timber

Alternative construction materials are attracting more interest in WA.

Blackburne receives top property accolade

Blackburne’s Aria Swanbourne luxury apartments has been named Western Australia’s development of the year, following an awards ceremony held by the Property Council of Australia WA and Rider Levett Bucknall last night.

Art adds value to planners

An art exhibition that aims to showcase the creative side of the state’s town planning professionals is under way at Brookfield Place.

Zorzi sells stake in Aveling Homes

After 10 years as a partner in Aveling Homes, Walter Zorzi has sold his share in the business and stepped down as one of the company’s directors.

Yolk expands project portfolio

Government partnerships, a focus on sustainability and counter-cyclical acquisitions have bolstered Yolk Property Group’s growth.

New builds spark inner city

Hibernian Place is the latest development in a series of initiatives aimed at reactivating Perth’s east end.

Kingman signs up for change

From small operator to market leader, local business Kingman Visual’s signage portfolio includes high-profile work at Perth Airport and Optus Stadium.

Urbanism an element of new digs

Element’s fitout at Hawaiian’s Parmelia House seeks to reflect the urban planning firm’s new brand.

Concerns over local builder's financial viability

The Building Commission has issued a warning to consumers about the financial status of registered building contractor ArchiApps, after receiving information prompting concerns over the company’s capacity to pay its debts.

Perth housing most affordable

Perth continues to take out the title of Australia’s most affordable capital city when it comes to buying houses and apartments, driven by lower property prices and low interest rates, a report released today has found.

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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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First project for Roy Hill foundation

The recently established Roy Hill Community Foundation has launched its first initiative at a primary school in Port Hedland, after securing $10 million in commitments.

Awards connects artists with business

The Perth office of global law firm Clyde & Co has continued its commitment to local artists with the announcement of a winner in its annual art project.

Bale sale beefs up fire recovery funds

A bale of hay that survived the recent fires near Myalup, north of Bunbury, has proved a valuable catalyst to efforts to restore the communities affected by the disaster.

Colour at core of new Bravo apple’s appeal

A balancing act between the science of plant breeding and consumer preferences has produced a new apple variety, developed in Manjimup, in WA’s South West.