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Dan Wilkie

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. 

Relationships key to longevity

SPECIAL REPORT: Two home-grown WA building companies are celebrating four decades in the business this year.

Builders target niche opportunities

SPECIAL REPORT: Competition is ramping up among the state's commercial builders, as different strategies emerge to fill order books.

Malaysian developer acquires second Perth site

A major Malaysian property developer is eyeing Perth as a launchpad for an entry into the Australian market, off the back of a $14 million acquisition of a development site in Leederville.

Research stirs debate over apartment size

Fresh research shows apartment residents are increasingly moving towards larger dwellings, but one of the city's top sales executives says there remains a market for all apartment types.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Dan Wilkie and Mark Beyer discuss 457 visas, chief executive salaries, Chinese investment in WA and the state of the construction industry.

Terrace gets taste of cheese, chocs

The evolution of The Western Australian Club's former premises at 101 St Georges Terrace is continuing, with Guylian Belgian Chocolates to open a cafe in the historic building next month.

Link Group to move up terrace to QV1

International share registry and shareholder management firm Link Group has inked a nine-year lease at office tower QV1, taking the building's occupancy rate past 90 per cent.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Dan Wilkie and Mark Beyer discuss house prices, training and apprentices, iron ore prices, apartment projects and student housing.

Finbar lodges plans for three Canning Bridge towers

Perth's largest apartment developer, Finbar Group, has applied to build a $350 million, triple-tower development at Canning Bridge, with the three-stage project to comprise up to 452 apartments.

Elizabeth Quay calling for Goh

The potential to create iconic developments at Elizabeth Quay may be proving a lure too attractive to resist for Malaysian developer Victor Goh.

New site aims to take the mystery out of buying land

Developers have a new avenue to sell vacant land in Western Australia, via a recent entrant into the increasingly crowded and competitive online property market.

Devwest, Stirling Capital move on student projects

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.

Projects in danger of falling over as patchy conditions bite

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.

Pro or no pro, Margs still pumping

The potential axing of the Margaret River Pro from the World Surfing League's Championship Tour has done little to dampen the outlook for the region's surfing economy.

3 Oceans chief maps out Scarborough plan

Creating an iconic tourism-oriented development in the beachside suburb is just the beginning for 3 Oceans Property.

Georgiou wins $17m Kwinana contract

Georgiou Group will build Tianqi Lithium's new Australian headquarters, under a deal worth $17 million with the Chinese lithium miner's head contractor, for its $400 million processing plant in Kwi

TRG joins throng at Claremont Oval

TRG Properties will develop 170 apartments at Claremont Oval, after becoming LandCorp's fourth private sector partner at its Claremont on the Park renewal project.

Hyatt owners move on towers plan

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.

Fini to lead another quay joint venture

Prominent property identity Adrian Fini has secured the final lot at Elizabeth Quay, in another joint venture with Malaysian developer Victor Goh.

Listed players winning battle for tenants

Office tenants are favouring properties owned by listed trusts and superannuation funds over private owners, as competition to fill vacant buildings along the terrace intensifies.

Probuild wins $200m apartments job

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.

Small growth in sputtering housing market

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.

End of boom not end of road for modular builder

Five years ago, modular building manufacturer McNally Group was riding the crest of the giant investment wave that was Western Australia's resources construction boom.

Beaufort Realty joins Ausnet agency network

Ausnet Financial Services has beefed up its real estate agency network, acquiring Mount Lawley's Beaufort Realty in a deal worth $2.56 million.

New tenancies won’t move vacancy needle

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.

Amenities add continues in Perth office stock

Building upgrades in the Perth CBD are bringing the city's workplaces in line with the best offices available worldwide.

East Perth hotel sold for $50 million

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.

Access, interaction key features of Aloft offering

One of the newest entrants to Perth's hotels sector is promising a radically different approach to hospitality. 

Residential wall bites brick makers

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.

Engineering group grows into new office

MSP Engineering has established a new headquarters in West Perth to cater for a bigger workforce as it builds a $400 million lithium processing plant in Kwinana.

Investa, Eureka offer glimpse of new QV1

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.

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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.

Builton close to collapse

Residential construction outfit Builton Group is closing its doors, becoming the second local homebuilder associated with Tim Guest's Infinite Wealth to go bust in as many years.

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

Uniqlo on its way to Perth CBD

Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo will open its first Western Australian store in Perth's Murray Street Mall, with a flagship two-level shop anchoring a $6 million redevelopment of Plaza Arcade.

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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.

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.