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. 

Managing infill-greenfield mix

SPECIAL REPORT: LandCorp is boosting land supply across Perth’s established suburbs, but it’s just a small step towards achieving long-standing goals for urban infill.

Acquisitions fuel Urban growth

SPECIAL REPORT: Urban Quarter has taken a counter-cyclical approach in building its project pipeline, securing more than $70 million worth of freehold land developments in the past four years.

Developers sense a shift in sentiment

SPECIAL REPORT: Another tough year has failed to dampen the spirits of many in WA’s land development sector, with key players gearing up for a brighter 2018.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall, Matt Mckenzie, and Katie McDonald discuss the Quintis collapse, Wheatstone’s environmental conditions, Doric’s Chinese joint venture, wage gap battle, Fringe festival and land developers.

Doric breaks new ground with China Wu Yi

Complementary objectives, skills and strategies are at the core of a new joint venture that’s aiming to shake-up the local construction industry.

Investors move on Perth seeking value

Foreign investors are making their mark on Perth, accounting for more than half of the purchases in the CBD office market in the past two years, according to Savills Australia.

Flux expands, innovates

The finishing touches are under way at the fitout for Flux’s two new floors at Parmelia House, which feature a shift away from full open plan.

Stockland gets green light for new shopping centre

ASX-listed property group Stockland is set to develop its fifth shopping centre in Western Australia after receiving state and local planning approvals for its Whiteman Edge Town Centre in Brabham.

Conditions improving for industrial property

Confidence is building among the state’s industrial property players, despite persistent market challenges.

TRG Properties selected for Parkside Walk

Local developer TRG Properties has secured the largest development site at LandCorp’s urban infill project in Jolimont, with plans to build 46 luxury apartments already under way.

Liv Apartments recognised for sustainability

A Defence Housing Australia apartment project in Fremantle has become the state’s third property development to be recognised as a One Planet Community, under the international Bioregional program.

North-west aviators take opportunities

Regional air service providers and sister companies Aviair and HeliSpirit are benefiting from a decision to increase the size of their fleets in recent years, flying more than 36,000 people across the Kimberley, Pilbara and Northern Territory during 2017.

Business confidence boost for property

Some in the state’s property sector are confident it has turned the corner, and are expecting further signs of improvement across 2018.

Thomas rebuilds his business in Perth

Alan Thomas faced a binary choice in 2015 to either wind down his business following the slowdown of activity in the company’s prime north-west market, or reinvent his building enterprise.

Increasing appetite for loyalty

Fraser’s Kings Park is among the early takers for a new program aiming to bring loyalty back to Perth’s food scene.

Events embrace intimate flavour

The operators behind UnWined Subiaco and Ice Cream Factory have tailored their approach to curate experiences different to traditional large-scale events.

Amana Living buys retirement village

Local aged care provider Amana Living has purchased the Settlers Meadow Springs Retirement Village in Mandurah and an adjacent parcel of land from ASX-listed Ingenia Communities Group.

McCullagh to lead common MRA-LandCorp boards

The state government has announced a new board to run the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and LandCorp in the lead up to their planned merger, with just one board member from the MRA continuing on the new body.

Pitcher Partners shifts to the Quay

Accounting, auditing and advisory firm Pitcher Partners has made a move on its strategy to grow its presence in Perth by taking up residency at 12-14 The Esplanade, overlooking Elizabeth Quay.

New platform seeks to change property marketing game

Lydon Hollitt is planning to shake-up property advertising with a new listing platform that matches active buyers and tenants with agents and vendors at minimal marketing cost.

Innovation key for retail

New research paints a more optimistic view of traditional retailers’ future following the local arrival of Amazon.

Emco builds on solid foundation in education

EMCO Building has cemented a strong position in the local education market, with a current pipeline of projects valued at about $100 million.

Better dementia outcomes by design

A suite of design principles tailored to improve the wellbeing of people living with dementia is shaping aged care facilities across the state.

Go2 People secures $18m building contract

Belmont-based labour hire and construction services business The Go2 People has been awarded a contract for the supply and installation of residential homes at the Meadowbrooke Lifestyle Estate in the South West town of Boyanup.

Pindan acquires Sydney office

Perth-based Pindan Capital has acquired an office in North Sydney for an undisclosed sum through a joint venture with global investment firm Starwood Capital Group and Sydney company Arrow Property Investments.

Builder amends unfair contracts

Local builder 101 Residential has amended its standard home building contract in response to the consumer watchdog’s concerns that it contained unfair terms and made false or misleading representations.

Woods Bagot named Best in State

Global architect firm Woods Bagot has taken out the top prize at this year’s Design Institute of Australia WA awards for its revamp of Perth’s 19th century Palace Hotel.

Saffioti criticises MRA over Scarborough project

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has taken the unusual step of publicly criticising the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, saying she was disappointed in aspects of its handling of the $450 million twin-tower proposal and was looking to improve its transparency and accountability.

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.

Oversupply to dampen recovery in residential market

BIS Oxford Economics’ latest outlook series report has delivered a stark analysis of expected demand for new houses and land across the Perth market in the near future.



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.