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Peter Kermode

Peter Kermode has reported finance and property news for state and national newspapers. He has held senior corporate affairs positions at various major companies and institutions.

Macquarie Bank and Wood plc commit to former Woodside HQ

Real estate investment trust Dexus has filled more than half of 240 St Georges Terrace – the Woodside Petroleum building – with Macquarie Bank and engineering group Wood plc committing to about 22,870 square metres of space at the tower.

Passion, advocacy key for Gelavis

SPECIAL REPORT: Appointed to lead the MBA in WA just last month, John Gelavis brings a focus on effective communication to the role.

Technology links homebuyers with developers, builders

SPECIAL REPORT: New technology now available in WA uses an algorithm to match appropriate builders to specific blocks of land.

Builders feel pinch as home starts fall

SPECIAL REPORT: The WA residential builder market remains well down from its 2013 highs, despite homes becoming more affordable.

WA housing starts fall 8%

A depressed Western Australian housing market has hit residential builders, with the number of housing starts dropping by more than 1,500 in the 12 months to June 30, according to figures released by the Housing Industry Association.

Metronet to connect with urban amenity

The state government will leverage its Metronet program to drive development of urban density in Perth.

Walk tours an experience, not a destination

SPECIAL REPORT: When Ryan Zaknich started his Perth walking tours business Two Feet & a Heartbeat 11 years ago, one of his featured routes incorporated stops at each of the city’s small bars - all three of them.

Private builds for foreign students

SPECIAL REPORT: Accommodation groups are betting on international students returning to Perth.

Room choice here to stay

SPECIAL REPORT: Perth’s hotel capacity has increased by about 30 per cent since 2012 and Business News has identified a further 3,150 rooms that are either under construction or committed, as the city’s hotel sector is transformed.

Government sells WA to the world

SPECIAL REPORT: The state government is spearheading programs to build interest in WA as a preferred leisure destination within Australia and overseas.

Regus takes space at new Raine Square office

International serviced office provider Regus is close to finalising a lease for new office space at Raine Square, being developed by Charter Hall Group.

Finbar buys out Harmony partner

Apartment developer Finbar Group has bought the final stage of the Symphony City development site in East Perth from its joint venture partner Ventrade Australia for $4.5 million.

State government talks up strata reform, Metronet

The state government is negotiating with the Liberal and National parties to facilitate the upper house passing its proposed strata reform legislation.

Access key at Linc industrial estate

Mining services, logistics warehousing and food services firms are boosting demand for industrial property.

Airport precinct a major player

Jobs growth at Perth Airport was three times that of the CBD between 2011 and 2016 as property development in the area expands.

Jaxon targets growth at 60 years

Jaxon has re-emerged as a major contractor in the Perth market with big plans for the near term after six decades in the business.

Perth housing affordability improves: CoreLogic

Housing affordability in Perth continues to improve, according to a report from CoreLogic.

Landowner, WAPC in valuation fight

The Western Australian Planning Commission is weighing its options after losing a recent appeal against a Board of Valuers’ decision.

The Village Margaret River on the market

Sirona Capital has engaged Colliers International and CBRE to offer its 5,706 square metre shopping centre in Margaret River to the market.

Cockburn terraces at Mojo a go go

The first stage of the Mojo Urban Living estate in Cockburn Central North was launched last week, offering the first terrace-style homes in the area.

Office sublease space ticks up

The first increase in Perth’s office sublease space in almost three years is an indication of growing confidence in the market, according to CBRE.

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Neil Hamilton to chair BGC Australia

BGC Australia has appointed three high profile independent non-executive directors to help advise the family-owned business empire as it enters a global sale process.

Green light for Karrinyup shopping centre development

AMP Capital will begin a long-awaited $800 million development at Karrinyup Shopping Centre next week, increasing the size of the centre from about 60,000sqm to almost 110,000sqm.

Chevron turns the quay on new building plans

Chevron Australia has given the green light to a purpose-built tower at Elizabeth Quay, lodging a development application for a 30-level building for lot seven of the precinct.

WA housing starts fall 8%

A depressed Western Australian housing market has hit residential builders, with the number of housing starts dropping by more than 1,500 in the 12 months to June 30, according to figures released by the Housing Industry Association.

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Metronet to connect with urban amenity

The state government will leverage its Metronet program to drive development of urban density in Perth.

Labor property tax policies to damage WA housing: MBA

Federal Labor’s proposed changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax would hit Western Australia’s residential building sector at a time it is already reeling, according to economic modelling commissioned by Master Builders Association.

WA wages growth slow

Wages growth in Western Australia is lagging the country, with ABS data showing the state's wages increased just 1.6 per cent year on year, compared with a national increase of 2.3 per cent.

Delivering the news for 25 years

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: Riding the waves of Western Australia’s boom-and-bust economy while simultaneously dealing with the decades-long disruption to the media landscape means Business News has faced more than a few challenges during its 25-year history.