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Dan Wilkie

Dan Wilkie rejoins the Business News editorial team as Associate Editor, after having launched Australia China Business Review as founding editor-in-chief. While specialising in commercial and residential property writing, Dan also writes across industries and assists editor Mark Beyer in planning and producing Business News' daily emails, fortnightly magazine and website publishing. Dan is a graduate of Curtin University.

SMEs join suburbs to CBD office flight

Small to medium enterprises have joined the unrelenting migration of firms moving from the suburbs to Perth’s CBD, with affordability in the central city office market described as unprecedented.

Far East’s Perth projects raise bar

Residents will start moving into Far East Consortium’s premium apartments project The Towers at Elizabeth Quay before the end of the month, with the Hong Kong-headquartered developer shifting focus to its Perth Hub at Perth City Link as its Ritz-Carlton Hotel also nears completion.

Pindan wins $70m aged care build

Aged care group Rosewood has appointed Pindan for its latest build, a $70 million facility to be built on Cleaver Street in West Perth that will include a restoration of the heritage-listed Florence Hummerston Lodge.

Town planning evolution puts emphasis on place

An emphasis on placemaking has driven an evolution in town planning across Western Australia as developers and landowners strive to achieve a point of difference through activation and engagement.

Funding boost narrows gap in tourism marketing spend

Premier Mark McGowan and Tourism Minister Paul Papalia have unveiled a $12 million spending boost for tourism and events marketing, but there remains a gap between Western Australia’s total tourism budget and those of the big-spending eastern states.

Quadrant lease deals follow suburbs-to-CBD trend

Leasing success at The Quadrant on William Street has continued a trend of city fringe and suburban tenants moving to the Perth CBD, while options for firms with large space requirements have become increasingly scarce.

Hotel room rates, occupancy flagged to fall in 2019

Perth’s hotels market has been tipped to be one of the weakest in the country in 2019, with average room rates, occupancy and revenue per room all forecast to fall during the next 12 months.

Golden Group unveils first stage of Belmont Park

Plans for the first stage of Golden Group’s $3.8 Belmont Park development precinct have been lodged for approval, with the first two buildings comprising residential towers of 32 and 27 storeys.

CoreLogic tips 2020 floor for house prices

Residential property values in Perth are likely to continue to fall throughout 2019 before bottoming out in 2020, according to CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher, continuing the longest and largest price correction in the city’s history.

Aged care to bolster builders’ books

Builders are pivoting their focus to WA’s aged care sector to insulate from downturns in other parts of the construction business.

Remote health fix key in Mann’s world

40under40: Building a pharmacy empire in the north of the state is simply a by-product of Hannah Mann’s determination to make a positive impact in remote health.

Mustera mulling options after Applecross knock-back

Mustera Property Group is considering whether to lodge an appeal with the State Administrative Tribunal after its $105 million Forbes Residences proposal in Applecross was rejected by planning authorities.

Perth property to ride out slump on economic cycle

Perth’s property sector appears poised for gradual recovery after one of its most challenging downturns in recent history.

Reiwa calls for stimulus shift

Western Australia’s peak residential real estate body is urging the state government to provide a stimulus boost for first-time buyers of established homes to address oversupply of properties across the metropolitan area.

Choice drives LandCorp infill push

SPECIAL REPORT: LandCorp has a busy 2019 ahead of it as it pursues precinct development in some of Perth’s most desirable suburbs.

Amex rebrand the latest in shifting landscape

SPECIAL REPORT: After operating for more than 30 years as Amex Corporation, Okeland Communities has embraced its family history by rebranding.

Resilient developers await market rebound

SPECIAL REPORT: Battered by the biggest downturn to hit the property sector in decades, WA land developers remain in survival mode as they await an expected recovery.

Sub-$500,000 sales drive median house price dip

Perth home values dipped again in February, with increasing activity in transactions under $500,000 putting downwards pressure on the city’s median price.

Film project boost for WA-China business

A Perth media group has unveiled a partnership with a Chinese streaming platform to enhance WA's trade relationship with the People's Republic.

Primewest lands first major Perth office buy of 2019

Primewest has added seven-storey CBD office building ENI House to its portfolio for $86 million, amid fierce competition from local and overseas investors.

Cedar Woods, Peet post strong first-half profits

Western Australia-based land developers Cedar Woods Properties and Peet have booked solid half-year profit lifts, with both companies’ diversified portfolios placing them on solid foundations for future earnings growth.

Ocean Reef Marina proposal gets EPA tick

Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority has given conditional approval to LandCorp’s long-awaited 750-pen Ocean Reef Marina, with the project a step closer to starting construction by the end of next year.

Subi markets redevelopment approved at DAP

Apartment developer Blackburne’s $235 million plan to redevelop Subiaco’s Pavilion Markets site has received final approval from planning authorities, paving the way for a formal marketing launch next month and a potential construction start by early next year.

Action urged on housing pain

Pressure is mounting in WA’s residential construction sector, with insolvencies piling up amid sustained falls in building activity.

Finbar upbeat as Vue, Palmyra near completion

Apartments developer Finbar Group is poised for a strong performance in the second half of the 2019 financial year, forecasting a solid uplift on its first-half net profit of $1.89 million with the expected completion of its Vue Tower and the first stage of the Palmyra Apartment Estate.

M/Group buys Queensland shops for $36m

Diversified property company M/Group has expanded its portfolio into Queensland through the $36 million, off-market acquisition of Pialba Place Shopping Centre in Hervey Bay.

New homes role for Hawaiian’s O’Hara

Former BGC Australia Residential boss Kelvin Ryan is bringing a distinct Western Australian flavour to his role as managing director of Victorian homebuilder Simonds Group, signing prominent Perth property executive Kate O’Hara to head the company’s marketing operations.

New policy brings design to the development forefront

New rules will soon apply to high-density developments across the Perth metropolitan area, including minimum apartment sizes, guidelines around tree retention and natural light, and how projects integrate with the wider neighbourhood.

Developers line up for Perth’s next office opportunity

Developers across Perth’s CBD are positioning themselves to ride the city’s next wave of office development, with options for tenants with large space requirements becoming scarce despite an overall vacancy rate of 18.5 per cent.

HBF to sell Kings Square headquarters

Insurance giant HBF has placed its headquarters at Kings Square on the market, appointing JLL to handle the sale of the asset in an improving Perth CBD office market.

Race team doing the business off track

Perth-based driver Calan Williams is taking inspiration from motorsport history to secure the capital required to break into the lucrative world of Formula 1.

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MBA takes a positive view amid collapses

Two more builders have gone bust as the transition from all-time highs of activity continues.

Local builder goes bust after watchdog warning

Mount Hawthorn-based builder Talbot Le Page Homes has been placed into administration, just more than a month after the Building Commission warned consumers over its financial capacity.

Builton close to collapse

UPDATED: Residential construction outfit Builton Group is closing its doors, after staff were told not to come to work on Monday, while an announcement that the company has been placed into administration expected later today or over the weekend.

Perth builder goes bust

Home building companies Freelife Homes and Visionaire Homes, both divisions of Capital Works Constructions, have been placed into voluntarily administration, leaving more than 300 customers unsure whe

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Satterley stirs apartments debate

Prominent land developer Nigel Satterley has predicted more pain to emerge from Perth’s apartments market, forecasting widespread price falls and more projects to fail as pressure builds on developers.

Gillard and Swan remain after challenge evaporates

Prime minister Julia Gillard and her deputy Wayne Swan will continue in their jobs, after no competing candidates entered the leadership ballot called in Canberra today.

South Perth high-rise stoush builds

The ongoing battle over high-density development in South Perth has stepped up a notch in recent weeks.

Legal fight looms over tower rejection

The rejection by planning authorities of a 44-storey apartment proposal on Mill Point Road in South Perth is unlikely to be the last word in the battle over the contentious project.