Dan Wilkie

Dan Wilkie is chief of staff for the Business News editorial team, overseeing the news and feature pages of the print publication. Dan's main reporting round is property, including areas such as building and construction, architecture and residential real estate. He also follows hospitality and tourism. Dan is a graduate of Curtin University. 

Affordability remains an issue

More than 80 per cent of houses sold in Perth in the year to the end of June went for $400,000 or more, the latest evidence of the difficulties faced by low income earners seeking to own a home.

Proven performer spun-out as new Rowe Group entity

After a quarter of a century, one of Perth's top planning firms is going back to its roots.

Developers wanted for western suburbs land

LandCorp is seeking a development partner for its latest urban infill project, Parkside Walk in Jolimont.

Satterley adds to Vic land bank

Satterley Property Group has made its second Victorian acquisition in the past three months, acquiring a 68-hectare residential estate in Melbourne's Donnybrook for $34 million.

ASIC moves on Pilbara developer

Pilbara-focused developer Veronica Macpherson has been blocked from leaving the country by the corporate regulator and her Macro Realty Developments business has been ordered to stop providing financial advice.

Fini hotels named WA's best

The influence of Adrian Fini's hospitality dream team was celebrated last night, with the two latest ventures by the group that founded Little Creatures Brewing among the highlights at the Australian Hotels Association's 2016 accommodation awards.

Maylands infill model pitch

Architect Sam Klopper has shrugged off community consternation over an apartment project on Kennedy Street in Maylands, instead pitching the development as a model for future urban infill.

Failures further insurance woes

Slowing residential construction has claimed more scalps, with the flow-on effects likely to have negative repercussions for the affordability of new housing.

Two new WA estates for LWP Property

LWP Property Group has launched two new land estates in Perth's southern suburbs, shrugging off slowing market conditions that are forcing other developers to look interstate.

Builders urged to act early on contracts

Resolving disputes between contractors and subcontractors on government jobs is looming as a key state election issue.

Perth's Ritz-Carlton up for sale

A for sale sign has gone up at the flagship project at Elizabeth Quay, with developer Far East Consortium putting its Ritz-Carlton hotel on the block just one week after Premier Colin Barnett turned the first sod on the luxury development.

Setback for DAP protesters

Advocates for the abolition of Western Australia's development assessment panels took a hit yesterday, after the WA Local Government Association knocked back two motions that called for the scrappi

Property Council calls peak for office vacancies

Perth's office vacancy rate has risen to nearly 22 per cent, but the Property Council of Australia says that figure could mark an end to commercial landlords' pain due to the supply cycle having peaked.

New names for city hotels

Two CBD hotels are in line for a rebrand, with the Goodearth Hotel and Perth Ambassador Hotel to join the Choice Hotels franchise.

Mirvac shows off new Allendale look

A new food and beverage precinct will open early next year on St Georges Terrace, with Mirvac Group today unveiling its vision for a redeveloped Allendale Square.

TPG finds match in placemaking firm

Perth's biggest town planning firm has just gotten bigger, merging with placemaking consultancy Place Match.

Swiss timing right for King Street

Watches of Switzerland has extended its lease at historic King Street, signing on for a further 10 years at the upmarket fashion enclave.

Slim pickings in city for space eaters

An increase in office vacancies in Perth's CBD has shifted the market dynamic clearly in favour of tenants, but despite a historically high level of empty floors, there is little choice for companies that need a lot of space.

Perth feels heat as resources hubs share commercial property pain

Perth's commercial property sector is reeling from the simultaneous downturn in iron ore and oil and gas, but the WA capital is not alone among global resources hubs.

Finbar buys Rivervale apartment site

Apartments developer Finbar Group has reached an agreement to buy LandCorp's last available plot of land in the Springs redevelopment precinct in a deal worth $6.4 million, but has not yet specified when it will proceed with the development.

Developer campaigns to sell Jurien Bay

One of WA's oldest land development companies has launched a marketing campaign with a major difference - it's not about selling any lots.

Crawford victim of Pilbara property plunge

Liquidators have been appointed to Crawford Property Group, with the firm becoming the second Pilbara-focused real estate player to run into strife in 2016.

Mayor regrets failure to prescribe height limits

Construction of some of Perth's tallest buildings was never part of the City of South Perth's plan to revitalise the suburb, according to Mayor Sue Doherty. 

500 jobs on offer at Crown

Resorts and hotels operator Crown Resorts has given the state's hospitality sector a handy fillip, launching a recruitment drive for more than 500 employees to run the luxury Crown Towers property

West Perth vacancy hits record high

Commercial landlords in West Perth are coming under increasing pressure to retain tenants, as the near-city suburb's office vacancy rate hits all-time highs.

Hospitality highlights Whitford City revamp

A new dining and entertainment precinct will open late next year in the northern suburbs, featuring up to 10 new restaurants and an eight-screen cinema complex.

Property price growth proves possible: Reiwa

Perth's residential property market may be enveloped in a cloud of doom and gloom, but the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia has released a list of eight suburbs across the city that recor

KPMG, CGU join race for office space

Global accounting giant KPMG and insurance group CGU have joined a host of firms searching through Perth's 400,000-plus square metres of vacant office space for new homes.

WA still in focus for big builders

National builders John Holland and Probuild are embracing new strategies to enhance their standing in the WA construction market.

Councils ramp up DAP protest

Community consternation over WA's planning and approvals system for big projects is looming as a key state election issue.

New tower planned for Raine Square

One of Perth's newest office precincts is in line to get a fresh face, with Charter Hall seeking to build a second tower at Raine Square, part of a $150 million redevelopment plan.



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

Culture Kings coming to Perth

Heralded streetwear retailer Culture Kings is opening a Perth store, signing a lease to take up space in the Hay Street Mall, in a deal brokered by Colliers International.

First Perth Aldi to open in Joondalup

UPDATE: Aldi says it's first Western Australian store is set to open in mid-2016,at the state's largest shopping centre, the Lend Lease-owned Lakeside Joon

Crawford victim of Pilbara property plunge

Liquidators have been appointed to Crawford Property Group, with the firm becoming the second Pilbara-focused real estate player to run into strife in 2016.

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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.

Watchdog to shut down property agency

A Pilbara-focused real estate agency in Victoria Park has had a supervisor appointed to its financial operations and will be wound up under orders from the Department of Consumer Protection.

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.

Redman joins attack on live export ban

West Australian Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman has called the federal government's decision to suspend all live cattle exports to Indonesia "hasty", saying the $250 million industry is now at risk of collapse.