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.

Albany icon up for grabs

NEARLY four years since the former hotel was demolished, the Esplanade Hotel site at Albany’s Middleton Beach is on the market for $15 million.

DORIC development exceeds expectations

WHEN Harry Xydas and Barry Osboine established DORIC Constructions in 1989, they had plans to build a $30 million construction company.

Karratha on the move

KARRATHA’S growing reputation as a property investment hotspot has been strengthened by investors showing strong interest in the region’s first private sector-funded resort-style apartment complex.

Skills shortage may affect housing supply

THE Housing Industry Association has warned a looming construction skills shortage has the potential to exacerbate housing supply issues in Western Australia.

New growth plans for PBC

THE acquisition of Perth Building Company by South Australian-based building and engineering firm Built Environs will provide PBC with the resources needed to diversify its operations and expand into the lucrative field of resources and engineering constr

Primewest acquires Southern River shops

WA-based wholesale property syndicator Primewest Management has announced the acquisition of the Southern River Shopping Centre for $25.5 million.

Pilbara cities opening doors

THE Pilbara Cities initiative is providing property development firms with opportunities to expand beyond their normal scope of operations, according to a prominent Western Australian developer.

Residential building recovery stalling: HIA

THE residential building sector is concerned about the sustainability of a new home building recovery in Western Australia, according to new industry research.

Labour efficiency

WESTERN Australia’s construction industry labour force is the most efficient in the nation, new statistics have revealed.

Subi explores Nedlands merger

THE City of Subiaco has taken a significant step towards the amalgamation of its council after it entered an agreement with the City of Nedlands, which could see both councils merged by 2013.

Gryphon to acquire Shield Mining

WA-based West African gold explorer Gryphon Minerals has announced a friendly all-scrip takeover bid for fellow West African gold player Shield Mining.

Concern over cost blow-out

AUDITOR General Colin Murphy is concerned that the Fiona Stanley Hospital project could be delayed and its cost could blow-out as a result of insufficient transition and workforce planning.

New warranty scheme hurts builders: MBA

WESTERN Australian builders are experiencing teething problems with the transition to new builders’ warranty insurers, which the industry expects will result in higher costs for property buyers as the market adjusts to the withdrawal of the sector’s large

Cathedral revamp tops prize list

THE Australian Institute of Architects has named Saint Mary’s Cathedral at Victoria Square the outstanding Western Australian building project of 2010.

Claremont plan passes milestone

THE Town of Claremont has moved a step further towards the revitalisation of underused land between the train station and Claremont Oval, with the Western Australian Planning Commission approving the structure plan for the Claremont north-east precinct on

No ‘i’ in Creevey’s team

Paddi Creevey says the individual honour of an OAM is testament to the first-rate work of her colleagues.

Fierce competition for construction work as sector shifts focus to public sector work

As the Western Australian commercial construction industry heads towards the end of a boom period, the major players are spreading their wings in search of the big jobs.

Effects of boom still lingering in CBD

TWO years ago, Perth’s skyline was littered with cranes and the city was in the midst of a commercial office construction boom.

Hospital works drive construction sector

IT is without a doubt the largest construction site in metropolitan Perth, sprawling over an area three times the size of Subiaco Oval.

Public sector jobs keep construction afloat

AN array of government-funded building projects, including theatres, Tafe colleges and police centres is boosting the order books of construction firms in Western Australia.

Budget gives fans a sporting chance

THIS year’s state budget provided a number of highlights for Western Australia’s sporting diehards.

William Street transforms with key players

THE $6 million restoration program of William Street in Northbridge, which is approaching completion, has attracted some of Perth’s most notable hospitality operators including restaurateur and Little World Beverages director Nic Trimboli.

DAP proposal proving problematic for councils

PERTH’S six western suburbs councils have expressed their concerns to Premier Colin Barnett over the proposed introduction of development assessment panels.

Urgent action needed for hospital risks

Auditor General Colin Murphy says urgent action needs to be taken to avoid further cost blowouts or time delays on the $1.76 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital project.

Exclusive: Probuild wins Raine Square

The Western Australian arm of national construction giant Probuild has been named preferred builder to take over from Salta Constructions at stalled high-rise office tower Raine Square.

Restart nears at Raine Square

SARACEN Properties is aiming to sign up a new builder this month for its stalled commercial office tower Raine Square, which has been shut down for the past few months.

Joint ventures planned to ease land supply concerns

HOUSING Minister Bill Marmion is getting set to release a “significant” number of lots in order to ensure adequate short-term land supply for housing.

City of Perth acts on neglected buildings

THE City of Perth has put owners of neglected and vacant buildings in Northbridge on notice, warning them to put redevelopment plans in place or risk having to tear the buildings down.

State aims to save $25m on office leasing

THE state government will use its reorganisation of office leasing commitments to underpin the development of activity centres under the state planning framework, Directions 2031.

Govt. office moves to save $25m per year

The state government's reorganisation of office leasing commitments could result in a duplication of Dumas House in West Perth and the creation of several department-specific government precincts in the CBD.

State move may spark suburban office shift

Demand for office developments outside the CBD is spiking as top-quality buildings hit the market at the right price.



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.