Dan Wilkie

Dan Wilkie rejoined the Business News editorial team as Associate Editor in late 2018, after having spent the previous 18 months launching the now-defunct 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.

Mirvac moving at Burswood

ASX-listed developer Mirvac is shifting its focus to the Burswood Peninsula as its $350 million Beachside Leighton precinct reaches the final stages, with the company’s fourth residential building at the coastal enclave having recently topped out.

Harvest Road adds Albany oysters to expanding menu

Andrew Forrest is increasing the scope of his agricultural investment vehicle, Harvest Road Group, reaching an agreement to acquire Albany oyster farm Ocean Foods International.

Biome project a beacon of hope for WA tourism

Potential partners are lining up to get involved with the Australian Biome Project, as the team behind the $550 million tourism development seeks $6.5 million to conduct a full feasibility study and advance the proposal to its next stage of development.

Cedar Woods, Stockland flag stronger second-half results

Cedar Woods Properties is targeting a stronger second half of FY2020 after recording an expected profit dip in the first six months of the financial year, while Stockland said its results were also in line with expectations, with its earnings also weighted towards the second half.

Iluka Beach: upscale for downsizers

A focus on the emerging downsizers market and collaboration with some established firms has proved a successful strategy for one of Perth’s newest developers.

Work starts on Freo apartments, Beechboro shops

Work has begun on a Fremantle apartments project that promises to enliven the port city’s east end, while a $6.8 million redevelopment of Beechboro’s Altone Park Shopping Centre has also kicked off.

Developers still wary in South Perth

Recent planning decisions have been positive for developers in South Perth, but several major players have cautioned that significant challenges remain in the near-city suburb.

Freo keen to realise port potential

A long-term vision to create a world-class destination at Victoria Quay is close to being unveiled.

Freight network upgrades a complex priority

A more efficient freight network is a key priority for the state government, but upgrading the status quo requires a big spend and some complex solutions.

Industry calls on Labor, Libs to unite on stamp duty

Property industry lobby groups have called for a bipartisan approach to maintaining stamp duty rebates in the apartments sector, after a robust debate in parliament yesterday revealed the Liberal opposition as a critic of the tax cut.

SeaLink to stock Spinifex beers on Rottnest ferries

Spinifex Brewing Co’s range of infused beers using native ingredients will soon be available for travellers heading to Rottnest and cruising the Swan River, with SeaLink Travel Group’s Captain Cook Cruises division becoming the Aboriginal-owned brewery’s first stockist.

Perth land prices rising fastest in Australia: HIA

Residential land prices are rising faster in Perth than any other capital city, in the latest indication that a recovery in Western Australian property is taking hold.

Investors target Perth potential

Property investors believe Perth has the strongest potential for growth of any capital city in Australia during the next three years, according to a new national survey.

Saffioti responds to infill outcry

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti’s decision to allow for higher density around Daglish and Shenton Park train stations has been described by the state opposition as chaotic and erratic, but the minister says any new development will be at an appropriate scale and respect the local character and context.

Pindan secures Iris Residential's Jolimont build

Construction will start within weeks at Iris Residential’s $50 million One Mabel Park boutique apartments complex in Jolimont, with Pindan appointed to carry out the works.

Post-IPO Primewest diversifies

Primewest is diversifying its portfolio into agricultural assets, fresh from announcing it would spin-out five office properties in Perth and Brisbane into a new ASX-listed trust.

Movement on apartments for Momentum, Willing

Developers have made progress on a pair of near-city apartment projects, with construction starting on a $15.5 million complex in Highgate by Momentum Wealth, while Willing Property has secured approval for its Clifton & Central project in Mount Lawley.

Minderoo presses reset on Cottesloe upgrade

Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo Group is heading back to the drawing board on its plan to redevelop Cottesloe’s Indiana Tea House, after the local community expressed little desire to see an architectural jury’s preferred design become reality.

UWA targets April start for Forrest Hall stage two

Construction work will start in April on the $35 million second stage of the University of Western Australia’s Forrest Hall, with local building firm Jaxon appointed to carry out the works.

Sustainability standard at Knutsford

Sustainable building practices have moved past being a niche marketing tool to a buyer expectation, according to boutique apartments developer OP Properties.

Office market gaining steam as recovery takes hold

Professional services and flexible office providers have provided a boost to momentum in Perth’s CBD office market, with the Property Council of Australia’s vacancy rate continuing to decline and top-quality office accommodation becoming scarce.

Besk's niche offering comes with broad appeal

Besk co-owners Elliot Moore and Ben Braham are committed to delivering a dynamically different hospitality experience in West Leederville.

Dorado buys Northbridge office for $24.2m

Investment house Dorado Property has acquired the office building at 12 Newcastle Street in a deal worth $24.2 million.

Work starts on Wellington Square upgrade

Construction has started on an $18.7 million redevelopment of Wellington Square, with a new playground and a raft of recreational facilities expected to significantly boost the amenity of the eastern end of the CBD.

Growing pains for new-look Subiaco

Subiaco’s fortunes are on an upswing after years plagued by high retail vacancies, high-profile hospitality closures and an uncertain future with the exit of AFL football to the Burswood Peninsula.

Port Kennedy gets coastal village

A coastal village featuring a hospitality precinct and a new jetty will be the centrepiece of a $425 million housing estate in Port Kennedy, which will be developed over the next decade.

Minister issues go-ahead for $300m South Perth tower

UPDATED: ASX-listed apartments developer Finbar Group expects to start building its $300 million, 39-storey Civic Heart project in South Perth later this year, after Planning Minister Rita Saffioti superseded local planning authorities and approved the development.

City launches CEO search

Closing the Perth City Deal, tackling homelessness and antisocial behaviour, and providing opportunities for population growth are expected to be the top challenges for a new chief executive of the City of Perth.

Primewest to launch IPO for new office fund

Primewest is spinning out five of its office assets in Perth and Brisbane into a new publicly listed fund, with the new trust’s portfolio valued at around $285 million.

Government seeks developers for Freo, Scarbs landmarks

The state government is expecting keen competition from developers for a pair of prime development sites in Fremantle and Scarborough released to market this week.

Industrial, retail assets sell in $14.2m worth of deals

An industrial property in Malaga has sold for $7.5 million, while a bulky goods property tenanted by furniture retailer Early Settler and homewares shop Adairs has been sold to a local investor for $6.7 million.



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.

Tourism game-changer to land at Perth Airport

Perth Airport is paving the way for Western Australia to have a tourism attraction of global significance, setting aside land to facilitate the development of the $510 million Australian Biome Project.

South Perth high-rise stoush builds

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