Fini unveils his vision to reality

Tony Fini is renowned for his role in establishing one of Western Australia’s most successful property developers, the Fini Group. Now he’s turning his attention to a tourism project in Gingin as Julie-anne Sprague reports.

Vodafone office mobile, open plan

Vodafone management last week moved in to new offices at 76 Kings Park Road, West Perth.

Critics hammer bush plan

Submissions for the State Government’s Bush Forever closed last week amid attacks from industry groups claiming the proposal is an attack on private property rights.

Valuers on notice after court ruling

A decision last week by the High Court in relation to valuation of commercial premises has highlighted the need for valuers to take into account future developments in the property market.The case fou

Action at the luxury end

Despite the ongoing speculation about the viability of Perth’s apartment market, growth is being maintained in the luxury apartment sector as new products hit the market.

Leasing market tightens up

Perth’s CBD office leasing market is emerging from the slumber of recent years as tenants rush to take advantage of low rents and incentives.

Cambridge plans unveiled

Cambridge Street Projects Pty Ltd director Greg Pearce hopes to start building a four-tier $14 million retail development in West Leederville next year.

Critics want clarity on State acquisition

Critics of the State Government’s recent use of planning legislation to acquire land have argued that last week’s response by Government to a parliamentary report into voluntary acquisition of land fails to address the real issue confronting land holders.

City to push for theatre site as part of performing arts precinct

The City of Perth is seeking urgent discussions with the Department of Culture and Arts to lobby for a site near the Perth Concert Hall as its preferred location of a planned $30 million theatre development.

Costs cut into builders’ margins

The lag time between the signing of construction contracts and the start of work is having a negative effect on many builders, who say cost increases in labour and materials over that period are cutting into their profit margins.

Beating heart of retail in CBD’s refurbished malls

The announcement of several prestigious new tenants for St Martins Arcade is seen by many as a sign of positive things to come for Perth’s shopping malls.

Retrospective land tax hit

The Office of State Revenue has issued a number of developers with retrospective land tax assessments for subdivided land previously considered exempt.

Saraceni waiting on Raine Square

DEVELOPER Luke Saraceni says a building on the recently purchased Raine Square site will probably go no higher than eight to 10 storeys due to the size of the site.Mr Saraceni and his business partner

Activity stirs in the city

The area around the intersection of Wellington and William streets will receive a much needed injection of life if a series of proposed developments in the area become more feasible as a result of pedestrian traffic generated by the William Street Station

Land-use changing: report

Government take-up of floor space in Perth has increased more than any other sector in the 11 years from 1990 to 2001, according to a recently released report analysing the change in land use in the city.

Contamination clean up

The creation of a free public database under new legislation concerning contaminated sites is expected to ease the transaction process for buyers of contaminated land.

Government’s revised port plan well received in Albany

The State Government  is ready to take a revised concept plan for the development of the Albany waterfront to the next level.Plans unveiled last week still require the approval of the local council, b

Educational designing

Architects Woods Bagot drew inspiration for its design of the $400 million College of Technology in Doha, Qatar from a Bedouin rug, Arabic text and an extract of the old Doha City street pattern.

Wetland flight heating up

Draft policy and legislation designed to protect wetlands has drawn strong criticism from industry bodies, which call it yet another intrusion on property rights for which land owners are not being compensated.

Scarborough height cap concern

The Western Australian government has capped the height of Scarbourough beachfront developments at eight storeys, following the results of a community survey.

Mid-West beach plan

It is not just mining companies riding on the back of a multi-million dollar development boom in Geraldton.