Marsha Jacobs

Simplifying strata title law

The increase in high-density living, and related potential for disputes over strata title issues, has prompted a Perth pair to open a new business focused solely on strata rules and their application.

Horton a study in success

Six months into a five-year contract as dean of the University of Western Australia’s business school, former corporate adviser Tracey Horton appears comfortable with her new academic role

Stage 1 sale at Capricorn

The release of 100 lots at Capricorn Village, part of the $20 billion St Andrews project, marks a new phase in the plan to develop a satellite city for 150,000 people north of Perth.

Modern vision for new UWA school

The University of Western Australia’s new $45 million business school is a striking departure from the traditional architecture commonly found on university campuses.

Wheeler deals from a fresh deck

The name Glenn Wheeler will ring a bell for those who have been around Perth’s business scene a while.

Affordability model elusive

While government and private industry emphasise the importance of affordable housing, the best model for delivering affordability remains unclear.

Accor pushes into local market

The Accor Hotel Group is continuing its expansion into the Western Australian market with the four-star Sanctuary Golf Resort in Bunbury joining Accor’s All Seasons brand.

Wesbeam opens $85m lumber facility

Western Australian company Wesbeam has officially launched its laminated veneer lumber product range onto the market with the opening of its $85 million operation at Neerabup Industrial Estate.

City arts centre design field narrowed to five

Five architectural consortia have been short-listed to design Western Australia’s $42 million performing arts venue from 137 international and Australian registrations received.

Infrastructure under pressure

While the plantation timber industry is still in its early stages in Albany, existing infrastructure is already under pressure to deal with the volume of timber making its way to the port.

City looks to develop its own tourism brand

The City of Albany has embarked on the initial phase of a market research campaign focused on developing a tourism brand for Albany.

Checkup for leadership

Dr Neale Fong has recently overseen the training of 100 future leaders within the Health Department as part of a series of reforms he is implementing.

Editor fined for contempt

West Australian Newspapers and The West Australian editor Paul Armstrong have been fined after pleading guilty to contempt of court charges.

Peet, Cedar Woods lift profits

In its first year after listing on the Australian Stock Exchange, Western Australian-based developer Peet & Company has announced a profit of $31.6 million for the year to June 30.

Albany developing a fine balance

Albany's plantation timber industry has sparked a surge of investment and opportunity. A balance of traditional and emerging industries is creating a strong foundation for growth in the Great Southern centre.

Retail trading issue divides

A quirk of old shire boundaries has led to division in Albany over retail trading.

Space squeeze on for CBD offices

Perth office users are squeezing the most out of their tenancies in a contracting office-leasing market, decreasing the average amount of space used per employee.

Gene project grows legs

This time next year Western Australia will take the first steps towards becoming a world leader in genetic research

Office vacancy rates at record low in CBD

Perth has experienced a record take up of office space in the last six months, with vacancy rates in the CBD plummeting to 9.5 per cent, giving it the strongest vacancy decrease of any Australian CBD office market.

Allen a key player for Jaxon board

Former Multiplex deputy chairman and managing director, Geoff Allen, has been appointed to the board of Western Australian-based Jaxon Construction as a non-executive director

High Court decision may affect approvals

Developers in Western Australia have been warned that a High Court decision late last year, which calls into question the status of planning approvals as a right that attaches to land, has the potential to affect development approvals.

Pro Property joins Coldwell Banker

Pro Property has become the first Western Australian representative of the world’s eight largest franchise company, global real estate firm Coldwell Banker.

Building approvals hit record $6.2b

Western Australia’s property sector continues to outperform those of other states, boosted by the state’s continuing strong economic growth.

Acacia owner eyes resort business

A shift in focus to resort-style developments was a major factor behind the decision to sell the Acacia Hotel in Robinson Avenue, Northbridge, announced last week.

Gateway setback for EPRA

The East Perth Redevelopment Authority’s plans to redevelop 40 hectares of riverfront property on the eastern gateway to the CBD have suffered a double blow, with no tenders received for the first stage and industry players criticising the redevelopment p

BHP outback art award

BHP Billiton Iron Ore has won the Caliburn Corporate Strategy Award at the national Australia Business Arts Foundation Awards, making it the third year running a Western Australian-based company has won.

Go-ahead for $28m Albany port plan

State Cabinet has endorsed a revised $27.8 million development proposal for Albany’s Princess Royal Harbour.

Strong outlook for building in 2005-06

Economic and industry forecaster BIS Shrapnel has released its annual report on building in Australia, with the outlook for Western Australia showing a strong increase in commercial building and a steadying for residential building.

State height policy to affect Bunbury plans

An integral part of Bunbury’s City Vision Strategy is the inclusion of multi-storey developments on the foreshore.

Space race on for CBD tenants

The buoyant state of Perth’s leasing market may be good news for building owners and developers, but tenants are being warned of a shortage of space and increasing rents as vacancy rates continue to drop

MBA establishes building council

The Master Builders Association of WA has established a Construction Council to deal with issues affecting the building industry’s commercial sector


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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.