Marsha Jacobs

Airlines win, Eagles didn’t

Nearly 14,000 Western Australian are estimated to have travelled to Melbourne for last month’s AFL grand final, and from the tumbleweeds blowing down the terrace it’s safe to assume a lot of those were business people.

Trademark activity by power giant

Western Power has registered several trademarks ahead of the split up of the entity into several separate entities next year as part of a disaggregation of the power utility.

MATCH strikes in CBD

Boutique developer MATCH has been given approval to transform Perth’s first concrete and steel structure, designed in 1927 by Oldham, Boas & Ednie-Brown, into a heritage sensitive development consisting of 30 warehouse apartments and 39 terrace houses on

Managing investment risk.

Property investors who self-manage their properties have been warned they are at greater risk of experiencing problems with tenants and exposing themselves and their assets.

Support for proposed civic precinct

Perth could receive a spectacular multi-million city square next to St George’s Cathedral after the major stakeholders agreed in principle to support the opening up of a civic precinct between St George’s Cathedral and the Old Treasury Buildings.

Regional WA gets a boost

As part of the health upgrades, the State Government will invest $206 million in the redevelopment of four major country hospitals across Western Australia into regional resource centres.

Figures put Perth property ahead

The Perth property market is arguably leading the country in both the residential and commercial sectors.

Interest high in CBD site

Perth is assured of at least one new office tower, with expressions of interest open for developers to purchase 140 William Street, but industry players have warned that more space is needed to cope with demand.

Strong year for housing starts

Western Australia’s largest homebuilders have recorded their third year of near-record activity.

Developers eye off land left vacant

The Health Reform Committee report of March 2004 recommended a fundamental reconfiguration of the state's health system during the next 15 years. The Government’s recent allocation of $3.6 billion with the release of the 'WA Health Clinical Services Frame

Net alliance the right link

With the Internet playing an increasingly important role in real estate marketing, two Western Australian organisations have formed an alliance they hope will give them the leading market position over large media-owned websites.

Henley subdivision next for WRF

Listed funds management group WRF Securities Ltd has gone where few companies have ventured before – out of the resources market and into property.

Rate rise likely – BIS Shrapnel

Economic and industry forecaster BIS Shrapnel has outlined a strong future for Perth’s construction industry in its latest Building Industry Prospects Report.

Function meets workplace form

AS is the case with many businesses in Western Australia, interior designers are enjoying good times, as the resources-led economic boom shows no sign of slowing.

Work-life balance becoming harder

Western Australians are working longer and harder and balancing work and life is becoming more difficult, a Department of Consumer and Employment Protection survey has found.

RAC’s new home builds brand

After exhaustive consultation with staff and members, an 18-month construction period and a $44 million spend, Perth’s most substantial office building since Woodside Plaza is complete and is now home, during work hours at least, to more than 450 staff.

Contenders jostle for law dean posts

Western Australia’s law schools are undergoing a series of staff and other changes, with the established law schools at the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University and the University of Notre Dame Australia either appointing or advertising for

Reform plan no bitter pill

Royal Perth Hospital will be shut down and Princess Margaret Hospital relocated to the north block of RPH as part of the State Government’s health reform agenda, leaving two large sites of prime land suitable for redevelopment.

Developers meet the market

Developers may have an increasing focus on community, sustainability and affordability, but ultimately their focus remains bottom-line profits.

Refining the development of infrastructure

Infrastructure costs are a significant contributor to the expense of creating developments on the urban fringe.

Questions over regulation regime

Policy, regulation and unclear or contradictory legislation are major impediments for the development industry, according to attendees at WA Business News’ development forum.

Frustration behind proposed ‘super agency’

The state Government proposal to establish a ‘super planning agency’ is seen by many as the result of its frustration with the decision-making processes of local governments in relation to planning issues.

Consultation can be catch 22

Community consultation has become something of a catch 22 for developers.

Infrastructure access key

Issues over infrastructure, particularly the provision and accessibility of water, were among the most significant challenges of the next two decades, according to participants at the WA Business News boardroom forum.

State plays hard ball

As footy fans ratchet the excitement up a notch ahead of the weekend’s AFL grand final the State Government has brought sport to the forefront of the political debate with a renewed focus on Perth’s sport facilities.

The only way is up for CBD rents

Tenants are being encouraged to lock in contracts as rents continue to rise in Perth’s tightening office market.

ATO crackdown on depreciation claims

The Australian Taxation Office is launching a crackdown on one of the most lucrative tax breaks for investors by tightening the depreciation rules on residential investment properties

Developing a strategy on sprawl

With the number of people living in Western Australia expected to double within three decades, dealing with the pressures of a growing population is a challenge for legislators and developers, as Marsha Jacobs reports.

London looks long term in role as state architect

Western Australia’s first government architect, Professor Geoffrey London, has moved to create a framework that will ensure the pursuit of quality design in the state’s architecture.

Local lot prices up 54pc

Lot sales in Western Australia for the June quarter this year were the highest since 2003, according to recent figures from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA branch).

Push to make Dome a home

The Town of Victoria Park and the State Government are considering the potential redevelopment of 19.6 hectares of land around Burswood Dome once it closes.


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Work on $125m Midland Gate upgrade under way this month

Construction will get under way later this month on the $125 million transformation of the Midland Gate Shopping Centre.