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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.