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 wrote across industries and assisted editor Mark Beyer in planning and producing Business News' daily emails, fortnightly magazine and website publishing. Dan is a graduate of Curtin University.

New traditions for streamlined Aspen

PERTH-BASED national property development and syndicated funds manager Aspen Group’s new managing director, Gavin Hawkins, is targeting its Aspen Parks and Aspen Living divisions for future growth.

Government failing urban infill: UDIA

The state government is failing in its bid to increase urban infill development in metropolitan Perth, according to new industry research.

Smooth seas

Fremantle legend John Longley is living proof that with a little passion and determination, anything can, and will, happen.

Fremantle gearing up for ISAF 2011

THE organising committee behind the ISAF 2011 World Sailing Championships to be held in Fremantle next December is expecting an event three times the size of the 1986-87 America’s Cup defence that will deliver a $41 million windfall to the port city from

Property valuers point to 2011 recovery

RESIDENTIAL and commercial valuers are looking towards next year for a recovery in the property sector, as the industry endures criticism that overly optimistic valuations contributed to the global financial crisis.

Perth falling behind in high-rise builds

PERTH’S residential high-rise construction market remains flat, lagging behind other states where the sector shows more promise for recovery than other parts of the construction industry, new research says.

Shopping centres poised for expansion

PLANNING policy changes due to be released this month will give shopping centre owners in Perth the impetus to invest in centre expansions, an area which has been constrained for over ten years, according to the Shopping Centre Council of Australia.

Sunday shopping in Joondalup from Sep 5

Sunday shopping will kick off in Joondalup from September 5 after the Governor Ken Michael and Commerce Minister Bill Marmion signed off on new retail trading regulations today.

Lend Lease lifts profile

MULTINATIONAL property developer Delfin Lend Lease says it will use the first stage of its Alkimos joint venture with state lands agency LandCorp to build its business and expand its presence in Western Australia.

Primewest goes against the flow

SINCE its establishment in the early 1990s, Primewest Management has built one of Western Australia’s largest property investment firms on the back of finding value where others don’t.

Underwood Ave reveals issues

THE decade-long saga surrounding the proposed development of a parcel of bushland in Shenton Park has highlighted issues with the environmental approvals process in Western Australia and has sparked calls for further review.

Primewest to develop bulky goods centre

Booragoon's Norma Road will become home to a 24-warehouse bulky goods centre under plans announced by WA-based property syndicator and developer Primewest Management.

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.



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.

Mandatory code to guide commercial rent relief

Landlords will be forced to reduce commercial rents by the same proportion that the tenant’s revenue has fallen due to the COVID-19 outbreak, under a new mandatory code of conduct announced by the federal government today.

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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.