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. 

Green light for student living in the city

A University of Western Australia-backed plan to build a major student accommodation facility in Perth's CBD has made major progress, with a Stirling Street proposal by developer Stirling Capital getting the nod from planning authorities.

Tourism Council calls for PCEC expansion

Western Australia's top tourism lobby group says the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre needs to grow by at least 60 per cent, otherwise the state risks falling behind its eastern counterparts

ACCC to assess newspaper tie-up

The prospects of a Perth consumer newspaper monopoly are firming, with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission preparing to review a tie-up between The West Australian and The Sunday Times.

Builders adjust to market plunge

The state's residential building sector is in line for the biggest single-year decline in building activity in its history.

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.

Mirvac, MRA terminate City Link agreement

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has been forced to reassess its development strategy for the remaining lots of the Perth City Link, with a long-term agreement with Mirvac Group terminated today.

Ready-made for downsizer market

Boutique developer Baltinas Made has responded to demand for larger apartments at its latest Mount Street development, giving buyers the opportunity to custom-build dwellings.

Point Fraser a coup for riverside dining

A 33-year wait for a major hospitality development on the Swan is almost over.

Investors target CBD offices

Interest in commercial property in Perth's CBD is on the rise, with interstate institutional groups and syndicators eyeing Perth as an alternative to crowded and competitive eastern states markets.

Gage Roads makes Australia's best brew

A Western Australian brewery has produced the top beer in the country for the second time in three years, with Gage Roads Brewing Company taking home the top prize at the Australian International Beer Awards overnight.

Pricing key at the top end

Green shoots are beginning to emerge for high-end property transactions in Perth, but sellers need to meet the market to ensure inquiry turns into sales.

Retailers needed to fill expanded malls

Shopping centre owners will need to fill 1,784 new shops by 2020, if an estimated $4.5 billion wave of mall development in Perth comes to fruition.

Aldi ready for big June opening

Aldi continues to gear up for the June opening of its first four Perth stores, with its $60 million distribution centre in Jandakot receiving stock and Western Australian producers lining up to sup

The Local sells for $2.5m

Leederville-based syndicator Scope Property Group has added The Local Hotel in South Fremantle to its portfolio, buying the freehold of the historic watering hole in a deal worth $2.5 million.

Strategy shift for Gage Roads Brewing

Palmyra's Gage Roads Brewing Company will wind back the amount of beer it makes for Woolworths' beverages arm, Pinnacle Liquor Group, to capitalise on its fast-growing range of own-branded craft be

Perth snubbed in ultra-rich rankings

A new global ranking says Sydney is the top city in Australasia for the ultra-wealthy, but despite being home to Australia's richest woman, Perth failed to rate a mention.

Diploma denies insolvency claims

Diploma Group chief executive Nick Di Latte has strongly denied claims by subcontractors that the ASX-listed company was behind on paying its bills, saying recent activity by the company had placed

App an agent of change

More than 800 Western Australian real estate agents have signed up to join followit, an app designed to bring a social media-style interface to property advertising.

Landlords pave way for global shops

Preparations are being made for international fashion giant H&M to open its long-anticipated second store in Perth, while the Plaza Arcade is in line for a $6 million revamp to make room for another flagship global tenant.

Singaporeans plan 52-storey tower

Plans for another apartment tower of more than 50 storeys in the Perth CBD have emerged, with Singaporean developer Fragrance Group's $200 million Milligan Street proposal to vie for the title of Perth's tallest residential building.

Step back in time for pizza bar

A new underground pizza bar is bringing a distinctly old-school vibe to the inner city.

Built to build new CBD hotel

A construction start is imminent on yet another CBD hotel, while Western Australia's tourism sector is in line for a $30 million marketing boost as the state government moves to the next phase of i

Perth grows into vertical trend

Apartment towers are getting taller, but one of the city's leading architecture firms says an authentic mix of uses is the next step in the maturation of Perth.

Timeline confirmed for Ritz-Carlton

Perth's tourism sector is expected to receive a boost from the Ritz-Carlton & The Towers proposal at Elizabeth Quay, with national construction contractor Probuild confirming it has been appointed to undertake the project.

Perth piques east coast interest

Developer and funds manager OpenCorp has predicted Perth's residential property market to turn around in the next 12 to 24 months, with the Melbourne-based company aiming to increase its portfolio in Western Australia after the recent launch of two projects.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss Geoff Rasmussen, NRW, defence contracts, Scoop Magazine, Quickflix, apartment developments and universities.

Planning problems in Subi, South Perth

The City of Subiaco has been trumped by the metropolitan west development assessment panel, while residents in South Perth face a two-month wait to learn the fate of a contentious apartment project on Mill Point Road.

Bespoke is best for Perth jewellers

PHOTO ESSAY and MULTIMEDIA: Perth-based jewellers Linneys, Rohan Jewellery, Blennerhassett Fine Jewellers, and Vildosola Jewellery Atelier remain committed to local manufacturing, resisting the temptation to lower costs by shifting their operations offshore.

Developers wanted for Greater Curtin

Curtin University expects to start building up to 1,400 new student accommodation beds at its Bentley Campus by the middle of next year, after officially putting out the call for development partners for the first phase of its Greater Curtin vision today.

Big shifts in commercial construction

SPECIAL REPORT: WA's big construction companies are going through a transition phase, following the end of a major building boom.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss iron ore, lithium, shipbuilding, retail, commercial property and construction.



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

Government exposed by bust builders

Western Australia's housing indemnity insurance scheme has been exposed by the collapse of two Perth-based builders, with the state government facing a $12 million cost and a rise in building insurance premiums expected as a result.

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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.

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.

South Perth high-rise stoush builds

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