Dan Wilkie is chief of staff for the Business News editorial team, overseeing the news and feature pages of the print publication. His 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.
Two student accommodation projects in Northbridge have moved closer to being built, after Devwest Group applied for approval to repurpose Telstra's headquarters, and Stirling Capital lodged paperwork for early works at its Stirling Street proposal.
Doubt has been cast over a wave of proposed apartment and hotel developments, with a patchy sales market forcing developers to apply for extensions to planning approvals for hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of projects.
The offshore owners of Hyatt Regency Perth are planning a mammoth redevelopment of the East Perth hotel, with plans lodged for approval for the first stage of a three-tower residential and commercial precinct.
National construction contractor Probuild has added another big-ticket contract to its growing portfolio in Western Australia, having been appointed to build the $200 million NV Apartments development on Murray Street.
Perth median home values rose 1 per cent in March, according to the latest data from CoreLogic, but the Western Australian capital remains Australia's worst-performing residential property market on an annual basis.
A recent flurry of leasing deals by oil and gas-related firms has provided hope that Perth's CBD office market has hit the bottom, despite further downsizing expected in the energy sector throughout 2017.
A Singaporean investment group has taken a long-term view on Perth's hotels sector, shrugging off plunging room rates and a massive wave of new developments to purchase the Crowne Plaza Perth for $50 million.
Weakness in Western Australia's residential construction sector is throwing up significant challenges for building product manufacturers, weighing on the profits of ASX-listed outfits Brickworks and Boral.
QV1 co-owners Investa Property Group and Eureka Real Assets have unveiled the look of Perth CBD's newest food precinct, the $6.5 million first phase of nearly $150 million worth of redevelopment works at the 43-level office tower.
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.
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.