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.

New lead role for planning department

PREMIER Colin Barnett has announced changes to the planning process that will establish the Department of Planning as the lead agency in major redevelopment projects, including the Perth waterfront and Northbridge Link.

Tribunal ruling burns Infusion

THE State Administrative Tribunal has upheld the right of commercial landlords to veto the sale of retail leases if they object to the prospective purchaser.

Shops council urges care on retail reform

COMMERCE Minister Troy Buswell will introduce legislation into parliament the government says will create a more equitable retail environment.

Top architects award for Cottesloe apartments

PUBLIC buildings won most of the gongs at last week's Australian Institute of Architects (WA) awards, but it was a masterful apartment development in Cottesloe that scored the top award.

$170m contract to boost Decmil growth

PERTH-BASED engineering and construction firm Decmil has been awarded the largest work-order in its history, to build a construction village for Chevron's Gorgon LNG project.

Belmont Park plans ready to ride after short spell

PERTH could soon have a new tourism and entertainment precinct at Belmont Park after Planning Minister John Day tabled a rezoning amendment in parliament last week.

New urban blueprint for Perth

The state government has released a new planning framework that abolishes limits on the size of shopping centres and cuts the target for urban infill from Labor's "unrealistic" goal.

Big market for versatile conveyor

A PERTH company has developed materials conveying technology it says could mark the end of large haul and dump trucks in mining, and revolutionise the bulk materials handling industry at ports.

Paladin emerges from the uranium pack

The uranium industry is a notoriously tough nut to crack, but one local player is making its mark.

Moore River move controversial

THE decision by Planning Minister John Day to approve a major residential development south of Moore River has sparked outcry among opponents and applause from property developers.

Stimulus boost for building sector

WESTERN Australian architects and builders are set to cash in on the federal government's latest building industry stimulus package.

Consolidation needed in uranium push

With the uranium sector on the cusp of major growth in WA, junior exploration firms have been told to join forces or risk missing the boat.

Strategic’s Singapore launch

HENDERSON-BASED shipbuilder Strategic Marine this month launched a new vessel it says sets new design and construction standards for crew boats in the oil and gas industry.

Local steelmaker bucks the trend

Major resources projects in WA have insulated the local steel fabrication industry from the global financial crisis.

WA lags in national property turnaround

THE national property market is continuing to recover off the back of an increase in new home sales, but Western Australia is lagging behind the rest of the nation, according to new industry data.

WA ownership for RE/MAX franchise

REAL estate agent Geoff Baldwin, fresh from completing the purchase of the RE/MAX franchise rights for Western Australia, believes the industry's traditional business model is finished.

Mice made to order

A WESTERN Australian biotechnology firm has signed an agreement it says will establish it as a world leader in medical research.

Fire fuels waste facility’s woes

A CONTROVERSIAL southern suburbs waste processing plant has been gutted by fire just days after submitting a $2 million odour prevention plan to the Department of Environment and Conservation.

Capital access holds back not-for-profit sector

Some of Western Australia’s most successful commercial enterprises are not-for-profit businesses that compete head-on with profit-driven companies.

Making a buck part of the business

FIGHTING widespread public perceptions of not-for-profit businesses as philanthropic organisations, while competing commercially against the private sector, is a key challenge facing the sector in Western Australia.

Bottom line not the only focus for NFPs

CHIEF executives of not-for-profit businesses speaking at the recent WA Business News boardroom forum said that balancing their community and member goals with the need to be commercially efficient was one of their biggest tasks.

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.



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.