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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. 

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.

City greens hits the spot

City workers seem to have developed an appetite for salad bar City Greens Co on St Georges Terrace, prompting the launch of two more venues in the CBD and with a potential national rollout on the cards.

BGC chosen for $190m project

Construction has started on boutique developer Norup + Wilson’s $190 million Mount Pleasant project, The Precinct, following the selection of BGC as the preferred builder earlier this week.

Second marina still progressing

Two weeks after the Mangles Bay marina proposal was knocked back, it has emerged that a marina development in Rockingham could still materialise, with a development application for the neighbouring Port Rockingham project lodged late last month.

Developments launch renewal of Shenton Park heritage

The state government has named Fini Group and TRG Properties, in partnership with Primewest, as the successful proponents for the first two development lots at LandCorp’s infill project Montario Quarter, located at the former Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital site.

Serrano cuts through the doubt

40under40: Buying the rights to a failed product doesn’t sound like a great business plan, but for Ed Serrano it was the catalyst for starting his own manufacturing enterprise.

Miner wins gold at 2018 40under40 awards

Saracen Mineral Holdings managing director Raleigh Finlayson has received the top honour at Business News’ 2018 40under40 awards, named First Amongst Equals ahead of a diverse field of Western Australia’s young business and community leaders.

Real estate players think outside the box

Residential property agencies facing digital disruption and tighter margins have had to evolve their business models to remain competitive.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Katie McDonald discuss City of Perth, Cosco, Marketforce, Rio Tinto, Mangles Bay Marina and planning reform, and residential agents.

Sustainability ethos developing

Sustainability-driven land developments are taking shape across Western Australia, but only five projects have achieved the top six-leaf EnviroDevelopment certification.

Mangles Bay Marina proposal blocked

The state government has blocked a major residential project near Rockingham, following objections by local residents and environmentalists, with joint venturer Cedar Woods Properties saying this afternoon it was disappointed and would seek to recover its costs.

Caddy to lead WA Planning Commission

David Caddy will apply his more than 40 years of planning and leadership expertise to his new role as chairperson of the state’s planning commission.

Freo feel on tap at new bar

Ronnie Nights is set to bring something different to Fremantle’s main strip showcasing independent brews and wines in a setting with a distinctly local vibe.

Apartment sector performs in Q4

Perth’s appetite for apartment living continued to increase in the last quarter of 2017, driven largely by new projects.

Luxury builder in eighth MBA win

Luxury home builder A Di Bucci & Son has won top prize at the 2018 Master Builders-Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards, which were held over the weekend at a black-tie event at Crown’s Grand Ballroom.

Cedar Woods, Peet lift profit

Property groups Cedar Woods Properties and Peet have both reported increases in net profit after tax for the first half of the 2018 financial year.

Government moves on planning reform

The property sector has been given its first taste of the latest changes to the state’s planning systems, with experienced town planner and urban designer Evan Jones revealing his initial ideas at a recent Urban Development Institute of Australia event.

LKD’s $40m East Perth project under way

Boutique property player LKD Development Group has taken the next step in delivering its latest project, appointing Jaxon to commence construction of its nine-storey residential development on Tully Road in East Perth next month.

People Moves: McLean retires, Ardagh back

Master Builders Association WA executive director Michael Mclean has announced plans to retire at the end of this year while former Perth business director Suzanne Ardagh has been appointed to lead Lester Blades’ board advisory service.

MRA approves new Scarborough apartments

Perth-based developer Norup + Wilson’s latest project The Beach Shack, a 99-apartment development in Scarborough, has been given the green light by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.

Foreign investor eyes student accommodation opportunities

Singaporean company Wee Hur Holdings is set to join Perth’s wave of student accommodation developments, following today’s announcement it has recruited Sydney-based Intergen Property Group as the fund’s onshore investment manager with a $700 million mandate to find new development opportunities across Australia.

MBA maintains, builds on roots

From skills shortages and new regulations to policy formation and industrial disputes, the Master Builders Association has played an important role in advocating for the state’s building and construction industry since 1898.

Dexus plans $165m office revamp

Commercial property owner Dexus has budgeted to spend $165 million on 240 St Georges Terrace, with works to commence in 2019 following the departure of the building's largest tenant Woodside.

Growth in land sales, prices

Signs of recovery across Perth’s property market continue to emerge, with the latest figures from the Urban Development Institute of Australia showing land sales were up 4 per cent for the December 2017 quarter.

CBD vacancy rate hits 24-month low

Perth’s CBD office market vacancy is improving, but there’s a growing gap between different market segments, with premium product luring tenants at the expense of lower-grade stock.

Buckeridge property sells for $43m

Singaporean-listed OKP Holdings has made its first foray into Australia, via the purchase of an East Perth property for $43.5 million from BGC directors Andrew and Sam Buckeridge.

Online trade shifts hours debate

As part of the 25-year Business News anniversary, we take a look at how the retail trade debate has changed.

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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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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.

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.

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.