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.

Placemaking a planning priority

Western Australia’s planning system is at risk of delivering vanilla precincts that are replicas of one another if it continues its focus on policies and processes.

Tiffany & Co opens $5m Raine Square store

High-end jewellery store Tiffany & Co has opened at Raine Square, the third of four luxury brands to shift from King Street to one of Perth’s newest shopping destinations.

Community key for Willing

Former champion track cyclist Tim Willing is bringing a distinctly community-oriented approach to property development.

SMS platform for oil and gas

A local access management firm has entered a partnership with Swedish scaffolding manufacturer HAKI to provide a platform for expansion into the oil and gas industry.

Rents up for first time since 2017: REIWA

Residential rents have increased for the first time in three years across the metropolitan area, the latest evidence of an upswing in Perth property.

House prices continue upwards trend in Feb

Perth’s median house price rose slightly in February, with the latest set of data from market analysts CoreLogic indicating a gradual recovery in home values could be taking hold.

Gage Roads takes earnings hit on sales shortfall

Gage Roads Brewing Co has taken a half-year profit hit after sales of its Good Drinks brands at national chains dipped by 25 per cent, but the Palmyra-based brewer says the sales shortfall is a temporary issue.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss the stockmarket rout, Ben Wyatt, housing construction recovery, Paul Blackburne, infrastructure priorities, the Biome project, and our special report on Oil and Gas Projects.

Rentals shifting in landlords’ favour

Perth’s residential rental market is tightening significantly, with prospective tenants offering lease terms above the listed price in some locations as supply continues to fall.

Blackburne all in on apartments evolution

Paul Blackburne’s unwavering belief that Perth needs more apartments has been validated by the growth of his company into one of the city’s most prolific developers.

Mirvac moving at Burswood

ASX-listed developer Mirvac is shifting its focus to the Burswood Peninsula as its $350 million Beachside Leighton precinct reaches the final stages, with the company’s fourth residential building at the coastal enclave having recently topped out.

Harvest Road adds Albany oysters to expanding menu

Andrew Forrest is increasing the scope of his agricultural investment vehicle, Harvest Road Group, reaching an agreement to acquire Albany oyster farm Ocean Foods International.

Biome project a beacon of hope for WA tourism

Potential partners are lining up to get involved with the Australian Biome Project, as the team behind the $550 million tourism development seeks $6.5 million to conduct a full feasibility study and advance the proposal to its next stage of development.

Cedar Woods, Stockland flag stronger second-half results

Cedar Woods Properties is targeting a stronger second half of FY2020 after recording an expected profit dip in the first six months of the financial year, while Stockland said its results were also in line with expectations, with its earnings also weighted towards the second half.

Iluka Beach: upscale for downsizers

A focus on the emerging downsizers market and collaboration with some established firms has proved a successful strategy for one of Perth’s newest developers.

Work starts on Freo apartments, Beechboro shops

Work has begun on a Fremantle apartments project that promises to enliven the port city’s east end, while a $6.8 million redevelopment of Beechboro’s Altone Park Shopping Centre has also kicked off.

Developers still wary in South Perth

Recent planning decisions have been positive for developers in South Perth, but several major players have cautioned that significant challenges remain in the near-city suburb.

Freo keen to realise port potential

A long-term vision to create a world-class destination at Victoria Quay is close to being unveiled.

Freight network upgrades a complex priority

A more efficient freight network is a key priority for the state government, but upgrading the status quo requires a big spend and some complex solutions.

Industry calls on Labor, Libs to unite on stamp duty

Property industry lobby groups have called for a bipartisan approach to maintaining stamp duty rebates in the apartments sector, after a robust debate in parliament yesterday revealed the Liberal opposition as a critic of the tax cut.

SeaLink to stock Spinifex beers on Rottnest ferries

Spinifex Brewing Co’s range of infused beers using native ingredients will soon be available for travellers heading to Rottnest and cruising the Swan River, with SeaLink Travel Group’s Captain Cook Cruises division becoming the Aboriginal-owned brewery’s first stockist.

Perth land prices rising fastest in Australia: HIA

Residential land prices are rising faster in Perth than any other capital city, in the latest indication that a recovery in Western Australian property is taking hold.

Investors target Perth potential

Property investors believe Perth has the strongest potential for growth of any capital city in Australia during the next three years, according to a new national survey.

Saffioti responds to infill outcry

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti’s decision to allow for higher density around Daglish and Shenton Park train stations has been described by the state opposition as chaotic and erratic, but the minister says any new development will be at an appropriate scale and respect the local character and context.

Pindan secures Iris Residential's Jolimont build

Construction will start within weeks at Iris Residential’s $50 million One Mabel Park boutique apartments complex in Jolimont, with Pindan appointed to carry out the works.

Post-IPO Primewest diversifies

Primewest is diversifying its portfolio into agricultural assets, fresh from announcing it would spin-out five office properties in Perth and Brisbane into a new ASX-listed trust.

Movement on apartments for Momentum, Willing

Developers have made progress on a pair of near-city apartment projects, with construction starting on a $15.5 million complex in Highgate by Momentum Wealth, while Willing Property has secured approval for its Clifton & Central project in Mount Lawley.

Minderoo presses reset on Cottesloe upgrade

Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo Group is heading back to the drawing board on its plan to redevelop Cottesloe’s Indiana Tea House, after the local community expressed little desire to see an architectural jury’s preferred design become reality.

UWA targets April start for Forrest Hall stage two

Construction work will start in April on the $35 million second stage of the University of Western Australia’s Forrest Hall, with local building firm Jaxon appointed to carry out the works.

Sustainability standard at Knutsford

Sustainable building practices have moved past being a niche marketing tool to a buyer expectation, according to boutique apartments developer OP Properties.

Office market gaining steam as recovery takes hold

Professional services and flexible office providers have provided a boost to momentum in Perth’s CBD office market, with the Property Council of Australia’s vacancy rate continuing to decline and top-quality office accommodation becoming scarce.



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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Breakthrough for mallees

THE development of a specialised harvester has been hailed as a crucial breakthrough in creating a commercially viable oil mallee industry.

Debate hots up ahead of vote

City and rural business groups have lined up in their traditional opposing corners as Western Australians prepare for a six-week campaign ahead of the daylight saving referendum on May 16.

Simulation provides real-world solutions

TWO decades of research has taken Osborne Park software firm Stochastic Simulation to what it believes is the brink of revolutionising the oil and gas reservoir simulation industry.

Short, sharp slump for resources sector

INVESTMENT in mining and heavy industry in Western Australia will nose-dive by $9 billion in 2010-11 but will then steadily recover to the current boom levels, according to new construction industry forecasts.