Katie McDonald is the property writer for Business News and joined the team in 2016. 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. At the start of 2020 Katie returned to the Business News team after a stint in copywriting. Katie completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Western Australia in 2015 with a double major in marketing and english studies.
Draft legislation aimed at better protecting payments for subcontractors has excluded previously promised cascading statutory trusts, and instead promises a more “measured approach to implementing payment reform”.
The federal government has launched a new $25,000 HomeBuilder grant, to go towards new builds or renovating an existing home, as the state government prepares to announce its own package in coming days.
Western Australia’s property developers hope the physical isolation that has helped mitigate the worst of COVID-19 in this state will also insulate the local apartment market from a contagion of a different kind.
Adrian Fini-led FJM Property has unveiled plans to redevelop the Leederville Hotel and laneway into a multi-venue food, drink and entertainment precinct that will link with the new headquarters for Dale Alcock's ABN Group.
The state’s property market was on the cusp of recovery pre COVID-19 according to CoreLogic, which recorded four consecutive months of Perth dwelling value increases in early 2020 – the longest stretch of capital growth since 2014.