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Dan Wilkie

Dan Wilkie was chief of staff for the Business News editorial team, overseeing the news and feature pages of the print publication. His main reporting round was property, including areas such as building and construction, architecture and residential real estate. Dan is a graduate of Curtin University. Dan left Business News in 2017.

Disabled feel slump first

THE not-for-profit sector has long been one of the key employers of disabled people in Western Australia.

Directors need the right focus

A CENTRAL issue for the directors of not-for-profit organisations is overseeing a unique set of complex objectives in a sector where many lack experience.

Mid West power plan under review

THE state government has established a working group to review energy infrastructure options in the Mid West after its surprise decision to defer the upgrade of the transmission line to Geraldton.

Pool tech potential

PERTH'S largest manufacturer of fibreglass swimming pools has developed what it says is a world first - a pool protection system that guarantees the colour won't fade.

Mining with a conscience

David Flanagan takes a long-term view of his company’s role in the broader community.

Asia Iron set to match Gindalbie

THE development of the Mid West region as an iron ore province has received a major boost after approvals advanced two significant projects.

Pen shortage a major blow to boat dealers

WHEN Riviera Marine, one of Australia's largest luxury boat builders, went into receivership last week, it could have been seen as another blow for a struggling sector.

The Kimberley meets Eagle Bay

True North Ashore has brought a little bit of the Kimberley to Eagle Bay, as Dan Wilkie reports.

Boost to leisure, business travel campaigns

TOURISM Minister Liz Constable has announced the state government's plans to ensure Western Australia's tourism industry rides out the economic downturn.

Antaria to join forces with global giant

PERTH technology firm Antaria expects a licensing agreement with global pharmaceutical firm Merck will see its products make an impact on the international market.

Local breweries favour direct distribution

GAGE Roads Breweries has cancelled its distribution agreement with VOK Beverages, marking a significant shift in strategy for the Palmyra-based brewer.

National gas regulator proposed

A federal government report released today has recommended the establishment of a national offshore petroleum industry regulator to streamline the approval process for oil and gas projects.

Research to help water, waste utilities

MURDOCH University researchers have contributed to a breakthrough that could help water utilities and waste treatment facilities deal with odour problems, which currently require multi-million dollar investments.

Profile - Andrew Carter

Andrew Carter is inspired by his unique creative niche in the world of visual arts.

T-Line to harness safety benefits

A PERTH-BASED inventor has used $80,000 in government grants and some of his own money to develop an award-winning safety line he says would be on the market by year's end.

More funding for apprenticeships

THE state government has launched two initiatives to boost apprenticeships and training, but the opposition says the government's plans are short-sighted and inadequate.

$14m development plan for valley

IN the near future, a well-aged chardonnay or shiraz may not be the only vintage attractions on your wine tour through the Swan Valley.

IBM connection crucial for Fundi

ONE of the biggest challenges for export businesses in Perth is finding an effective way of getting their product to a global market.

CME supports merger concept

Chamber of Minerals and Energy president Kim Horne has supported the concept of a national amalgamation of mining industry bodies but has not accepted the detail of current proposals.

Land release for Karratha

THE state government has released the fourth instalment in a series of housing initiatives to address acute housing shortages in the Pilbara.

Sharing research on cystic fibrosis

A PERTH charity has demonstrated it's not how much you have that counts, it's what you do with it.

Spicing it up with Peter Hickson

Peter Hickson has catered to all types of people in his 40 years in the industry.

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.

New sales team drives Imtrade

FARM chemicals company Imtrade Australia believes its new sales management team is poised to build on its 25 per cent per annum growth and challenge its major competitors.

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.

Breakthrough for mallees

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

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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.

South Perth high-rise stoush builds

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

Legal fight looms over tower rejection

The rejection by planning authorities of a 44-storey apartment proposal on Mill Point Road in South Perth is unlikely to be the last word in the battle over the contentious project.