Report urges planning reforms

THE Western Australian branches of the Property Council of Australia and the Urban Development Institute of Australia have released a planning processes review study outlining more than 70 recommendat

Call for tougher taskforce

WORKPLACE Relations Minister Kevin Andrews has told Federal Parliament that the Building Industry Taskforce will become a permanent policing body, a year after the Royal Commission into the building a

Good call on Bunbury centre

A COLLABORATIVE effort between developers ERBEAC and designer/builder Gavin Constructions has resulted in a unique new regional call centre for Bunbury’s largest employer, Centrelink

Coastal council concerns

STATE Government moves to implement a Coastal Planning and Coordination Council to determine appropriate development along the coast has received a mixed reaction from local government authorities.

Industrial property sector emerges from its slumber

AFTER a decade of stagnation the industrial property market is experiencing a strong upturn and rental growth is tipped to be on the horizon.

Heritage comes at a cost

THE City of Perth has launched a program of financial incentives to encourage conservation of heritage places.

Fire safety concerns ignited

CONCERNS about the fire safety standards in some Perth nightclubs and other high-risk public buildings have prompted the City of Perth to consider establishing a risk management strategy to ensure building owners comply with current standards in the Build

Merged business to the target top end

WESTERN Australian-based multi-platform real estate agency Asset Domain has merged with Dempsey Real Estate to create an integrated real estate company specialising in the top-end property market.

Construction peak in 2007: BIS Shrapnel

A NEW report from BIS Shrapnel has forecast strong construction levels over the next three to four years, peaking in 2006-07.

Strategic move to 141 from AIE

ONLINE stockbroking firm and provider of complementary financial services, Australian Investment Exchange, formerly known as Sanford Securities, will relocate into the former Hartleys tenancy at 141 St Georges Terrace.

Aspen delivers profit

WESTERN Australian-based property group Aspen Group Limited has announced a half-yearly net profit before tax of $1.71 million coming off the back of $6.06 million in revenue.

Policy shift hits apartments

CHANGES to the national policies on investment in inner-city apartments by major banks and mortgage insurers is proving to be a hurdle for Perth’s growing apartment market.

Mirvac Fini buys in to the Maylands market

PROPERTY developer Mirvac Fini has purchased a development site in the riverside suburb of Maylands, joining the trend to move apartment developments out of the city into the eastern riverside precincts.

Innes driving Exchange Plaza’s new direction

Exchange Plaza property manager Trish Innes is aiming to drive the delivery of property management for the premium office tower in a new direction, as Tracey Cook reports.  

Perth grid-locked on power

AS the mercury soared into the 40s last week Perth’s increasing reliance on air-conditioning to cool homes and workplaces became starkly evident.

Resource-driven growth spurt to turn fortunes

DECENTRALISATION of tenants to suburban locations and the downsizing in corporate organisations has caused the Perth CBD office market to experience a negative net absorption over the past three years to September 2003.

Population growth a fillip for Canning Vale business

SPURRED on by widespread residential development, retailers are flocking to the Perth southern suburb of Canning Vale to set up shop.

Overpricing may put brakes on sales

PERTH property owners are overpricing their properties by up to 10 per cent in the expectation that house prices will rise by over 20 per cent during the coming year, according to Hegney Property Valuations.

Activ Foundation looks for new HQ

NOT-FOR-PROFIT organisation, Activ Foundation, has begun its search for new headquarters to house its central administration operations.

Farmers ready for land power battle

A GROUP of farmers is preparing for the final stage of a 17-year battle with Western Power over compensation for land the utility has taken to carry high voltage power lines.

Waldorf Group to move on unfinished business

PERTH’S biggest apartment development, the $300 million Mounts Bay Village complex, may finally be completed after the turmoil following the collapse of HIH in 2001.