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. 

Finbar unveils $47m Rivervale apartment project

ASX-listed property developer Finbar Group plans to proceed with its third apartment development at The Springs Rivervale, which will be brought to market in early 2018.

Making space fit for business

Speculative fit-outs have emerged as a drawcard for boosting leasing activity in the CBD.

New city bar grounded in history

A vintage cash register, sepia-stained photos and assorted drapes of corn and chilli line the walls of the city’s newest venue, Market Grounds, a pub that seeks to reflect its roots as occupant of the site where Perth’s early marketplace was established in the 1850s.

NXT generation of construction disruption

A Perth-based construction technology company plans to disrupt the industry with a building system it claims will deliver faster, cheaper, greener and higher-quality projects.

Acure signs BP to regional truck stops

Angelo Del Borrello’s property group Acure Asset Management has announced BP Australia as the new operator for its four regional roadhouse properties in WA, six months after the previous operator Outback Travel Centres was placed into administration.

Perth builder fined for misleading review websites

Aveling Homes has been ordered by the federal court to pay $380,000 in response to the competition watchdog’s claims that it had manipulated review websites.

Mirvac plan targets first home buyers

Listed property developer Mirvac Group has introduced a scheme to make apartments at its Latitude Leighton Beach development more affordable for first home buyers.

Cooper takes the reins at UDIA

Western Australian property professional Darren Cooper will apply his 30 years of industry experience to his new role as national president of the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

Fifth generation takes charge at Perth builder

SPECIAL REPORT: Family business AT Brine & Sons has played a prominent role in shaping Perth since 1894, constructing some of the city’s most notable buildings.

Spadaccini named nation’s top builder

It was a big weekend on the national stage for Western Australia's building sector, with several of the state's top names recognised at the Master Builders Australia National Excellence in Building and Construction awards, held in Hobart.

Construction starts at new $21m Girrawheen estate

Site works have commenced today at The Amble Estate in Girrawheen, where the Department of Communities, Yolk Property Group and Ventura Home Group have partnered to develop 4.2 hectares of underutilised land into an affordable residential community.

Sirona Capital makes South Perth move

Local developer Sirona Capital has partnered with Singaporean-owned property management company CEL Australia to deliver a new luxury apartment tower in South Perth.

LandCorp and MRA to merge

The state government has announced a progressive merger of its two land development agencies, LandCorp and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, with the property industry calling for the new agency to retain the planning approvals powers held by the MRA.

Fini launches Henley on Park

Property developer Tony Fini has launched his latest venture, Henley on Park, a boutique five-storey apartment development in Como.

Reiwa to branch out with HumblAbode

The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia has signed a five-year partnership agreement with online advertising portal HumblAbode, strengthening its reach in the local market.

Sadleir joins Perron Group

One of the state’s largest property holders, Perron Group, has appointed former Cedar Woods Properties managing director Paul Sadleir to its board.

Creative design creates space

Faced with the confines of a small block, local property developer and architectural practice Baltinas turned to innovative design for its recent residential project on Mount Street in West Perth.

Future-proofing Perth's CBD

Several initiatives have emerged in a bid to reduce Perth’s office vacancies and revitalise the city’s older buildings.

Spadaccini builds on success

Rob Spadaccini’s business has come a long way in 20 years – from renovations, extension works and small homes, to building multi-million dollar residences of national acclaim.

Efficiency key to Split system

Perth-founded building systems manufacturer Pro9 Global is planning to shake-up the construction industry, with a new energy-efficient and fire-resistant wall and façade structure.

WA building largest homes nationally

The average size of Australian homes, inclusive of both houses and apartments, has hit a 20-year low, a new report has found; however, Western Australia is building the largest homes in the country.

Evan Jones to lead planning reform team

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has recruited experienced town planner and urban designer Evan Jones to head a review that she hopes will deliver a more strategic and streamlined planning process.

Variety develops in Perth’s east

A seven-storey apartment project at Ascot Waters has added more variety to the market in Perth’s eastern suburbs, with the developer saying it has attracted potential buyers from other parts of the city.

Inclusivity builds opportunity

AWB Building Co principal Graeme Kennedy cites the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme as the key driver of his decision to set up his business three years ago.

Notre Dame sets sights on Customs House

The University of Notre Dame Australia has entered into an agreement to purchase the heritage-listed Customs House building in Fremantle’s West End for an undisclosed sum.

The Marina, Mindarie named WA's best venue

The Marina, Mindarie was named Perth’s best hospitality venue at last night’s Western Australian Hospitality Awards for Excellence, joining the State Buildings and Print Hall as the most recent winners of the prestigious award.

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.

Mundijong and Cardup to become activity hubs

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has prepared the release of 650 hectares as part of a project to develop industrial and commercial precincts in Mundijong and Cardup.

Forrestfield sites sell for $9m

Professional services firm JLL has brokered the sale of two Forrestfield industrial land holdings for a total of $9.4 million.

Primewest lifts office market share

The $216 million sale of Westralia Square and the purchase of the Quadrant building for $175 million have been the largest-value office transactions of 2017 thus far.

Let there be light

Flexible workspaces, residential-like interiors and lighting matched to the body’s circadian rhythms are some of the design elements influencing commercial building fitouts in Perth.



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.