Dan Wilkie

Dan Wilkie rejoins the Business News editorial team as Associate Editor, after having launched Australia China Business Review as founding editor-in-chief. While specialising in commercial and residential property writing, Dan also writes across industries and assists editor Mark Beyer in planning and producing Business News' daily emails, fortnightly magazine and website publishing. Dan is a graduate of Curtin University.

Industry to wear costs of Port Hedland buy-backs

A buy-back scheme for Port Hedland property owners adversely affected by iron ore export-related dust is expected to be in place within the next six months, with the costs of the scheme to be borne by mining giants BHP, Fortescue Metals Group and Roy Hill Holdings.

WA assets among $140m portfolio sale

Privately owned property group Canute Investments has launched a $140 million national asset sell-off, including a shopping centre in Perth’s northern suburbs, commercial properties in West Perth and Ellenbrook, and a large residential portfolio.

No pressure for new Rosendorff owner

Rosendorff’s new owner is keen to build on the legacy of one of the city’s best-known jewellery stores.

St John of God unveils new $17m cancer centre

St John of God Health Care is partnering with GenesisCare and national medical property development group Heathley to deliver a $17 million comprehensive cancer centre at Murdoch.

Mixed bag for GDI at Westralia Square

ASX-listed GDI Property has reported mixed leasing success at its Westralia Square office building, with the state government reducing its commitments in the CBD tower to around 14,000 square metres, down from more than 25,000sqm previously.

Building begins on Stirling's Treehouse

Construction has started on Stirling Capital’s $42 million Treehouse apartment project in Jolimont, part of LandCorp’s Parkside Walk urban regeneration project.

Perth CBD office market leads nation for rental growth

Perth’s office market has emerged as the hottest leasing market in the country, with falling vacancies putting upwards pressure on rents in top-grade office stock.

Saffioti focused on amenity, industry

The state government is making solid progress on its congestion busting, industry boosting infrastructure rollout.

New HQ to leverage BGC brands

Diversified construction giant BGC Australia is consolidating its homebuilding divisions, with BGC Residential and J-Corp’s eleven housing and development brands to be based at a new sprawling headquarters in Osborne Park.

Economics, environment weigh on Westport

A key component of WA’s future economic growth lies in the hands of the agency tasked with determining the best location for imports and exports.

Contracting concerns as workflow expands

SPECIAL REPORT: Unprecedented transport infrastructure spending and an uptick in mining investment have buoyed the spirits of WA’s major contractors.

Office lease activity up

Leasing transactions in central Perth office stock in 2019 have more than doubled the volume of activity in the prior year, driving vacancies below 5 per cent for premium buildings.

Hilton rollout reaching the regions

One of the world’s largest hotel groups is injecting new life into regional holiday destinations by rolling out three new hotels across WA.

Woolworths sells Banksia Grove shops for $27m

Woolworths has offloaded a recently built Banksia Grove shopping centre for $27 million, with an unnamed Singaporean investor securing the asset after a highly competitive sales campaign.

Proven plan brings results at Karrinyup

Facilitating the biggest construction project outside of WA’s resources sector has been a complex undertaking for Rowe Group subsidiary Proven Project Management.

H&M to anchor new-look Karrinyup fashion mall

Global fashion retailer H&M is opening its second north-of-the-river store, taking a key tenancy at the revamped Karrinyup Shopping Centre, which is undergoing an $800 million refurbishment.

Glimmer of hope emerges for residential building

Western Australia’s housing sector has been rated as the least healthy in the nation, however, the Housing Industry Association's twice-yearly Housing Scorecard is starting to indicate the market may be turning.

Devwest regroups with SA foray

An interstate expansion is providing a platform for property group Devwest to revive its development pipeline.

Short-stay for the long haul

Undaunted by the level of digital disruption in the sector, short-stay accommodation provider Private Properties is embracing the challenges thrown down by global technology giants such as Airbnb.

Retail conditions stall centre builds

Subdued retail conditions in WA have resulted in more than $2.5 billion of shopping centre expansions to be deferred or have no timetable for development.

Activate Perth fills city’s empty spaces

Urban regeneration specialist Activate Perth is gaining traction in Perth’s CBD, filling five vacant spaces in recent weeks under its innovative rent-free, rolling lease model.

Design, innovation top priorities list

SPECIAL REPORT: Developers are leaving market uncertainty in the past and focusing on design and amenity to guide the next wave of Perth apartment projects.

Marriott bringing its Moxy to Perth

The world’s biggest hotel chain is bringing one of its newest brands to Western Australia, with a Moxy Hotel to be built at 195 Hay Street in East Perth.

Canning Bridge an apartment hotspot

SPECIAL REPORT: A new high-rise precinct is evolving around Mount Pleasant and Applecross.

Building starts on Applecross, Scarborough apartments

Construction has started this week on two apartment projects with a collective end value of $126 million, with Norup + Wilson launching its Beach Shack in Scarborough and Baltinas starting to build its Habitat Residences in Applecross.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Dan Wilkie and Matt Mckenzie discuss Manchester United, Gemmill Homes, BGC asset sales, office rents, Blue Cow Cheese, solar storage, apartment development.

Demand stokes office rent rise

Vacancies continue to fall in Perth’s CBD office market, pushing rents up for the first time since 2013.

BGC assessing sale of building materials units

BGC Australia is exploring the divestment of its fibre cement and plasterboard businesses, picking up on a sales process it deferred earlier this year.

Perth leads nation in loss-making property sales

Property owners are continuing to feel the brunt of the city’s residential downturn, with the number of Perth house transactions occurring for a loss hitting all-time highs.

Gemmill goes, signage stays

Prominent building identity Craig Gemmill has called time on 15 years at his namesake company, selling his stake to co-founder John Wilson, but the Gemmill Homes brand will remain active in Western Australian homebuilding.

Axiom lands back in Perth with retail project

Axiom Properties has launched its first Western Australian project since it exited the Port Geographe canals subdivision near Busselton in 2011, acquiring a three-hectare retail site in Butler for $9.6 million.



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 whe

most commented

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.

$650m plan to showcase indigenous culture

A $650 million development proposed to be built on the Burswood Peninsula promises to solve the fundamental problem with Western Australian tourism by bringing the state’s most unique indigenous experiences and natural attractions to the inner city.