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Dan Wilkie

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

Positive developments for Bunbury, Albany

Two revitalisation projects not only promise to develop new tourism precincts, but will also bring beachfront apartment living to the regions.

Lawley’s rolls out new Nedlands store

Building a bread empire was not part of the plan when Sarah Thomas and her husband, Trevor, took over a Beaufort Street bakery in 2003; their goal was to reinvigorate the struggling business.

EPA clears part of Mandogalup for development

Satterley Property Group has welcomed advice from the Environmental Protection Authority that confirmed there were no health risks over its landholdings in Mandogalup, but uncertainty still hangs over whether part of the southern suburb is appropriate for residential development.

Small bars breathe new life into Perth pubs

Change is sweeping through front bars and suburban watering holes across the city, with publicans of some of the city’s most recognisable pubs spending up big in efforts to stay relevant in Perth’s rapidly diversifying hospitality sector.

Sharing the vision pays dividends for coastal developers

Developing along Perth’s coastline has traditionally been one of the biggest challenges in WA property, but a new wave of projects promises to change the status quo.

New projects a taste of Freo’s future

Historic Fremantle is in line for a distinctly modern look, as more progress is made on a development surge worth more than $1 billion.

House prices dip, rates stay on hold

Homeowners in Perth will have to wait another month to see if a predicted recovery in the residential property sector gains traction, following a 1.3 per cent fall in median prices in July.

Offshore group buys 64 Finbar apartments

Finbar Group has sold the serviced apartments component of its latest project in West Perth, striking a deal worth $12.5 million with a funds management group headquartered in Singapore and Hong Kong.

South East Queensland next for expanding Satterley

Satterley Property Group has bolstered its Queensland portfolio with a 63-hectare acquisition in Ripley Valley, around 33 kilometres south-west of Brisbane.

Dexus bullish on office recovery

Despite staring down a looming vacancy in one of its largest assets, Dexus says there is a lot to like about the fundamentals of Perth’s office market.

Co-op to share Nannup truffles

A new share-farming initiative is being established in the state’s South West, giving the public the opportunity to stake a patch in the exclusive and expensive truffles market.

Land price rise stokes property positivity

Land prices in Perth increased by 3.7 per cent in the June quarter, the latest sign of positive movement in the property sector, according to the Urban Development Institute of Australia WA.

Luxury hotel named WA’s best build

Crown Towers Perth has emerged as Western Australia’s standout construction project, with the ultra-luxury hotel on the Burswood Peninsula winning two major categories at the Master Builders Association’s annual excellence in construction awards.

Melville Plaza to get $5m upgrade

Retail landlord Hawaiian will spend $5 million bringing one of the oldest shopping centres in its portfolio up to date, with work to start on a redevelopment of the 45-year-old Melville Plaza later this month.

Positivity flows into office sector

A growing chorus of major voices in Perth’s commercial property sector is suggesting the worst of the recent period of sluggish activity may be over, with consistent demand for space and renewed investor interest indicating the marketplace is on the improve.

Eastern deals attract west coast groups

East coast opportunities are increasingly beckoning for WA-based property companies.

Putting community back into idle spaces

An online startup is bringing the sharing economy to residential and commercial property. 

Listed players losing tenant war

Analysis of spaces available for lease across the portfolios of Perth’s 10 biggest office landlords shows stock market-listed groups are having the most trouble locking down tenants.

Two Perth office buildings sold for $92m

ASX-listed property investment group Centuria has made its way west, acquiring two office buildings on the outskirts of Perth's CBD for $91.8 million.

John Holland to take KS3 tenancy

John Holland is finally preparing to shift its Perth workforce from Osborne Park to the city, nearly two years after the builder signed a 10-year lease for the entire KS3 office tower at Kings Square.

Airbnb offers solid returns

Property managers are tapping into the growing popularity of Airbnb to provide higher returns for residential landlords facing high vacancies and falling rents in the traditional leasing market.

Brand Agency to call Kings Square home

DEXUS Property Group is preparing to welcome its first major tenant to the largest office tower at Kings Square, with West Perth-based advertising group The Brand Agency to take a full floor in KS1.

Built signed to redevelop Raine Square

National construction outfit Built Holdings will start work shortly on Charter Hall Group’s $240 million redevelopment of Raine Square, after being appointed as primary contractor.

Apartments, food and beverage to make Murdoch more than medical

Perth's next apartments and employment hub will be created at Murdoch, with Fini Group selected to deliver the $200 million first stage of LandCorp’s Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct.

Council backs Brookfield's 52-storey Perth Plus

Brookfield Property Partners’ 52-storey plan for Elizabeth Quay has been endorsed by the City of Perth, ahead of any formal assessment by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.

Pressure on in the ’burbs

More than 40,000 square metres of space in suburban office buildings have been vacated during the past 12 months, a result driven more by companies downsizing rather than growth in the number of firms moving to the CBD.

G+T brings Sydney flavour to Perth office

Law firm Gilbert + Tobin was so pleased with the fit-out when it moved into its new Sydney offices last year, it decided to borrow heavily from those plans when it shifted to new premises in Perth.

Caterpillar to help globalise Perth's robot brickies

Robot bricklaying machines could be built and distributed worldwide by Caterpillar in the near future, after Fastbrick Robotics signed a collaboration agreement with the global machinery manufacturer.

Angove in vogue amid North Perth demand

High street retail is on its way back, with the success of Angove Street providing a model for other town centres.

Removing the mystery from beer history

A pair of beer industry entrepreneurs is aiming to raise awareness of the history of WA’s favourite amber fluid.

Theatre, art gallery highlight Hyatt plan

Plans to redevelop the Hyatt Regency Perth include a public plaza, an art gallery, a theatre and performance space, new food and beverage tenancies, a supermarket and end-of-trip facilities open to the public, according to documents to be assessed by planning authorities next week.

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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

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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.