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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. 

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.

Red Rooster unveils new store concept

Red Rooster has chosen Northbridge as one of four locations where it will open new-format stores, with smaller-footprint operations designed to allow the barbecued chicken chain to secure more inner-city sites.

Inpex to have name up in lights under new lease deal

Oil and gas giant Inpex will hang its logo 24 storeys above the Perth CBD, after confirming it will stay put at 100 St Georges Terrace, one of two new leases covering 20,000 square metres in the ISPT-owned building.

London calling for office tenants

Office landlord Hawaiian's refurbishment program at London House has paid dividends, with three new tenants taking space in the 18-level St Georges Terrace building in the past three weeks.

Ezone a step closer for UWA

The University of Western Australia's proposed $600 million engineering zone at its Crawley campus has taken a major step towards construction, with plans lodged to build the development's $80 million first stage.

Brookfield confirms Westpac as Tower 2 tenant

Banking giant Westpac has been confirmed as the newest tenant for Brookfield Place Tower 2, as one of the city's newest office towers moves towards full occupancy.

Airport to open adventures, exports

SPECIAL REPORT: The upgrade of the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport promises to be a game-changer for the South West.

Marketing shift as Perth opens for tourists

SPECIAL REPORT: WA's tourism growth strategy is moving from finding supply to driving demand.

Builder denies claims of 'misleading' reviews

One of Western Australia's 10 biggest homebuilders has denied any wrongdoing, after the corporate regulator claimed it created and manipulated review websites to spread favourable information about the company.

Concerns mount over e-conveyancing

The move to an electronic conveyancing platform for house and land transactions in WA is being rushed, according to a peak lobby group.

Retailers waiting for redeveloped city malls

Vacant shops are usually considered to be harbingers of doom and gloom in the retail sector, but that may not necessarily be the case in Perth's CBD.

Bars, brewers keep up the craft work

A new wave of beer-focused venues is driving the continued evolution of Perth's small bar scene.

Stalled South Beach apartments site to be revived

Resource Development Group is continuing its push into residential construction, winning a $27 million contract to build a 24-townhouse project just south of Fremantle's South Beach, on an apartments site abandoned by Stockland following the GFC.

Uni hits snag in new building plan

The University of Notre Dame has hit a roadblock for its plans to develop a new building in Fremantle, with council officers recommending the proposal be rejected because it is too tall for the port city's historic West End.

Mark my words podcast

In thisBusiness Newspodcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss WA growth, Crown jobs, penalty rates and tourism.

Investors bullish on apartment stock

Western Australian apartment investors are increasingly confident that their properties will provide a capital return, even over the short term.

International eyes on medical assets

Specialist medical centres are emerging as the asset type of choice for offshore buyers in Perth, according to local boutique management and consulting firm Griffin Group.

Reviving history at Swan Valley site

Restoration work is set to get under way on one of the Swan Valley's oldest buildings, with plans lodged to create a grower's market, art gallery and artist studios, grape processing facility and w

More developers forced to change South Perth plans

Frustration is mounting among developers in South Perth as they are forced to reassess projects after the second major change to the suburb's town planning guidelines in the past six years.

Customer focus keeps Camera Electronic in the picture

At a time when bricks and mortar retailers are facing an online onslaught, and with just about every person on the street having a camera in their pocket, Camera Electronic is fighting back, opening a new store in the CBD.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Dan Wilkie discuss election promises, South Perth, mining raisings, Richard Goyder and mining services.

New Civic Heart to be 25% smaller

Finbar Group's new plan for its Civic Heart site in South Perth will have 74 fewer apartments and an end value 45 per cent lower than its original proposal, while it will be delivered a year after the first project was scheduled to be complete, the developer has revealed.

Peet flags gloomy WA outlook for rest of 2017

Land developer Peet says it doesn't expect conditions to improve in Western Australia in 2017, as it continues to push its long-running strategy to focus its operations outside of its home state.

Fierce competition for Builton works

More than 50 home building companies put themselves forward to take on the work in progress of collapsed builder Builton, with JWH Group emerging as the administrators' top choice.

Property industry says Labor's tax will hurt WA

Property industry lobby groups say WA Labor's plan to introduce a 4 per cent tax on foreign buyers of residential property if it wins the March 11 state election is a retrograde step for the state'

Improving sentiment to drive property rebound

Perth's median house price is on the verge of upswing in 2017, as a stabilising labour market and surging commodity prices drive marked improvements in consumer sentiment.

Boral shakes off WA pain to deliver solid profit

Building products manufacturer Boral has maintained a solid half-year profit despite cutting 100 jobs in Western Australia last year, following a plunge in sales volumes and earnings at its Boral B

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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.

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.

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.