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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. 

Bentley, Gnangara industrial lots for sale

National dairy products supplier Lion is divesting some of its land holdings in Bentley, including a 2.9-hectare site, following its recent consolidation of the Masters Dairy depot as parts of its three-year growth plan.

Catching up to students’ housing needs

SPECIAL REPORT: A new wave of property developments is taking shape across Perth’s CBD, with more than $200 million worth of student accommodation projects in the pipeline.

Perth outer suburbs in the mix

SPECIAL REPORT: Developers, buyers and tenants are eyeing mixed-use precincts across Perth’s suburban property market.

Developers get out of the office

SPECIAL REPORT: Developers and investors are looking beyond office buildings to explore a variety of property opportunities across Perth.

Pop-up gives a taste of apartment living

Perth’s first pop-up apartment installation at Forrest Chase has been extended for one more day, offering visitors the chance to win a free month's stay at the Oracle apartments on Stirling Street as part of a 12-month social experiment.

WA projects receive national acclaim

The East Pilbara Arts Centre and the Gen Y Demonstration Housing Project have been recognised for their design excellence at the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards held in Canberra last night.

Brookfield committed to $1.1bn Elizabeth Quay project

Brookfield Property Partners today unveiled the design blueprint for its $1.1 billion twin tower development at Elizabeth Quay, following its entry into project delivery agreements. Click through to see animated fly through video.

No joke, comedy has a new home

After nearly 20 years, Perth’s leading comedy company will get its own home, with the new venue set to open in the CBD later next month.

Bound for Bondi with a bit of ‘wow’ factor

PHOTO ESSAY: Local artist Johannes Pannekoek says he’s always in the process of creating something new and unusual, with his latest sculpture making its first appearance last week at Bondi’s 2017 Sculpture By the Sea.

Welshpool site hits market

A Welshpool industrial and commercial property, comprising more than 19,000 square metres of warehouse and office tenancies, has been brought to market by joint agents LJ Hooker Commercial Perth and CBRE.

Nicheliving targets growth via IPO

The planned listing of Nicheliving Holdings has provided a detailed insight into the state of the business and its future plans.

Recognition for top women in construction

The local chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction has recognised the achievements of Western Australian women at its annual awards, held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre this morning.

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.

App ensures sales process is open for negotiation

The team behind Perth-developed property app Openn Negotiation says it wants to bring transparency back to the residential sales game.

AMP Capital tower attracts interest

AMP Capital has secured 17 commercial tenancies in the past 12 months as work continues on the revamp of its 30-storey building on 140 St Georges Terrace.

Larger apartments may provide a marketing edge

Property developer Edge Visionary Living has tapped into an appetite for larger apartments in Perth’s established suburbs, with its Eden Floreat project achieving close to $30 million in sales ahead o

Right fit for law firm

Perfecting the look and feel of a new office space can often take centre stage for incoming tenants, but for international law firm Allen & Overy a key priority for its new premises was a little different.

Nothing off the table as Jesters bakes fresh plan

A new strategy, rebrand and expansion into different selling channels are all part of Robert West’s plan to revamp Jesters Pies.

Hospitality a key ingredient at new InterContinental

Smart design, new hospitality offerings, and local business partnerships are core ingredients of the InterContinental Perth City Centre hotel’s strategy to position itself for long-term success in the CBD.

Allingame steps up at UDIA

Nick Allingame is planning to put his property experience and industry networks to good use in his new role as UDIA WA president.

Fremantle heritage buildings expected to sell for $8m

Built by convicts in the 1850s, the warders’ cottages in Fremantle are expected to sell for a total of $8.2 million.

Recruiter designs city digs to draw people in

Artificial grass flooring, surfboards and graffiti are not usually found in a Perth office, but are some of the quirky features in Spencer Ogden’s new home on St Georges Terrace.

Master Builders fills empty space with cheaper rents

Faced with the task of diversifying its revenue streams amid a drop in construction activity, the Master Builders Association had to rethink how it could use the space at its regional centres.

Nicheliving launches $12m IPO

Property developer Nicheliving Holdings has announced plans to raise up to $12 million and seek an ASX listing to finance the next stage of its growth strategy.

Airbnb listings reach 8,000 in WA

More Western Australians are opening their doors to Airbnb, with the number of hosts in the state increasing by more than 50 per cent in the past year, according to a report by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre to be released today.

McGrath back in the modular game

The anticipated uptick in the resources sector and growth in lifestyle village developments has prompted one veteran builder to re-enter the modular housing market.

Kelvin Ryan leaves BGC

After eight years at the helm of the state’s largest home builder Kelvin Ryan has stepped down from his role as BGC Residential chief executive.

Home builders ready for recovery

SPECIAL REPORT: WA’s residential property sector is starting to show signs of stabilising, amid increased industry innovation and evolving housing types.

Smaller lots, clever homes make it affordable

SPECIAL REPORT: One local builder is aiming to help redefine the concept of living spaces as part of a flagship project in Perth.

Encon builds on past experience

SPECIAL REPORT: After 14 years of working together through the ranks at two of Western Australia’s largest construction companies, Mark Kepplinger and Mike Van Dongen decided it was time to establish their own business.

High-end operators take on tough market

SPECIAL REPORT: Two of the state’s leading high-end builders have taken different paths in response to changing conditions in the residential market.

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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.

Perth house prices continue to fall

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.

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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.

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.

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.