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Dan Wilkie

Dan Wilkie rejoined the Business News editorial team as Associate Editor in late 2018, after having spent the previous 18 months launching the now-defunct 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.

Thriving hub of festivals, bars and street art

One of the world’s biggest fringe festivals, a stunning street art scene and key regulatory changes have been hailed as catalysts for Perth’s progression from dullsville into a destination.

Boosting productivity through design

A fundamental shift in commercial property leasing is continuing to provide opportunities for flexible providers.

Midland apartments to feature Power Ledger tech

Power Ledger’s energy trading technology has been incorporated into one of Western Australia’s most innovative building projects, the timber-based DeHavilland Apartments in Midland.

Northern Star tipped to buy Newmont out of Super Pit

Northern Star Resources has gone into a trading halt, with speculation mounting the acquisitive gold miner is raising funds to acquire a half stake in the Super Pit.

Policy shifts needed to rev up economy: Deloitte

Policy reform and government investment is needed to to boost Western Australia’s lagging economy in 2020, with international trade tension undermining the state’s long-term growth prospects.

US funds manager to invest $6.3m in Lithium Australia

Lithium Australia’s move into the energy storage market has been backed by New York-based institutional funds manager The Lind Partners, via a $6.3 million funding agreement.

Nusantara raises $11m for Indonesian gold project

Gold explorer Nusantara Resources has secured finance to advance a development strategy for its Awak Mas gold project, with an $11 million capital raising backed by one of Indonesia’s leading energy companies.

EG returns to Perth with CBD, Leederville buys

Sydney-based EG Funds Management has returned to Perth’s commercial property market, splashing more than $90 million in the past month on office properties in the CBD and Leederville.

Data points to housing recovery

Fresh data on Perth’s residential property market points to a long-awaited recovery in 2020, with sales activity tracking higher in the second half of 2019 and supply starting to tighten across in-demand suburbs.

Quadrant lands in Joondalup with CBD buy

Property funds manager Quadrant Investments is evaluating its options to develop a prime site in Joondalup’s CBD, after it established a new fund to acquire the asset for $4.3 million.

Yukich family tops taste test

A series of recent acquisitions has the Yukich family poised to become one of the state’s biggest players in hospitality, fine food and wine.

Scentre Group buys into Garden City for $570m

Garden City Booragoon will soon be rebranded as Westfield Booragoon, after Scentre Group acquired a half stake in the shopping mall from AMP Capital for $570 million.

Designers hot on agile workplaces

Landlords and office tenants are continuing to set new standards for office accommodation, with an interior design-driven focus on amenity, comfort and flexible working arrangements increasingly becoming the norm across the city.

Fresh plans lodged for Fremantle DoubleTree

Malaysian developer SKS Group has submitted fresh plans for its long-awaited DoubleTree by Hilton proposal in Fremantle, nearly six years after its original proposal was approved by planning authorities.

Co-working boost for the suburbs

Global flexible office provider IWG is eyeing new suburban and regional locations in Western Australia, seeking to capitalise on a growing trend of office decentralisation and changing work habits.

$100m resort proposed for Jurien Bay

Plans have been lodged to build a $100 million hotel, motel and apartments development on the beachfront in Jurien Bay, with a local private developer seeking to establish new levels of amenity for tourists visiting the Coral Coast.

Homebuilding flat, civil construction on rise

Fresh forecasts have pushed any recovery in Western Australia’s embattled home building sector out another year, while concerns have been raised about the capacity of the state’s building sector to cope with a predicted increase in activity in civil and engineering construction.

Primewest funds splash $45m on new assets

Newly-listed property fund manager Primewest has added $45 million of new assets to its portfolio, with its newest fund acquiring a Coffs Harbour shopping centre and a logistics facility in South Australia.

Yolk lifts national presence on RMA buy

Fremantle's Yolk Property Group is poised for further interstate expansion following its acquisition of national property management business Rental Management Australia.

Delivering the missing middle

The state government is making a major push for more medium-density housing, but market conditions and community sentiment loom as major hurdles for developers.

Limnios name marks 50 years in Perth

Western Australia’s longest-running residential downturn is not a big concern for the founders of Limnios Property Group, because in 50 years of being involved in inner city property, the Limnios family feels like they have seen it all.

Sirona wins approval for $100m South Perth tower

Local developer Sirona Capital will soon launch a marketing campaign for its $100 million Lyall Street Residences in South Perth, after winning approval to build on a site it has been seeking to develop for the last five years.

Govt agency susceptible to fraud: Auditor General

Western Australia’s Auditor General has warned the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries could be susceptible to financial fraud.

Developers want broad brush on art

Public art plays a key role in efforts to increase vibrancy and liveability across Perth, with developers willing to contribute if it makes sense for their projects.

Smaller South Perth towers head back to JDAP

Two previously-rejected South Perth apartment proposals will be reassessed by planning authorities next week, with local developer Sirona Capital and a private Singaporean group scaling back their towers in efforts to win approval.

Affordability plus in housing downturn

Perth's residential downturn has provided a strong boost to housing affordability, but there remains just two regions in the city where it is cheaper to buy than rent.

Fini Group given go-ahead for heritage project

Fini Group has been given the green light to restore Shenton Park’s Victoria House, with the heritage-listed former hospital to become a retail and hospitality precinct which will be integrated with 81 new dwellings.

Public art policy under pressure

National trucking giant Linfox is providing a major test for the validity and robustness of local government policies requiring developers to contribute to public art to win approval for major projects.

Apartments surge in Subi

Subiaco’s apartments market is running hot, with Blackburne racking up rapid sales success at its $280 million One Subiaco development and boutique developer Celtic Properties launching an 82-dwelling development on Roydhouse Street.

Identity through architecture

The new chair of Woods Bagot’s Perth studio wants to bring a distinctly local focus to the global architecture firm.

Mixed results for contracting groups

Contractors Georgiou Group, Ertech and Piacentini & Son have delivered a mixed bag of profit results in the 2018-19 financial year, with Ertech and Piacentini recording large improvements and Georgiou performing below expectations.

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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 whe

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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.

Tourism game-changer to land at Perth Airport

Perth Airport is paving the way for Western Australia to have a tourism attraction of global significance, setting aside land to facilitate the development of the $510 million Australian Biome Project.

South Perth high-rise stoush builds

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