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.

Year up for HOUS emergency service

LAUNCHING an emergency breakdown service for houses instead of cars may seem to many to be a novel application of ‘roadside’ assist.

‘What If?’ projects out

A HOST of ambitious plans to improve the city’s central business district is set to be unveiled for public discussion by the City of Perth.

Strong recovery for residential building

The Housing Industry Forecasting Group has tipped housing starts will increase by 20 per cent over the next year, followed by a 5 per cent fall in 2011.

Rail link leaps towards future

IN A milestone week for underground tunnel projects in Perth, the Northbridge Link reached its first landmark with the launch of the tender process to sink the rail line, and the Graham Farmer Freeway turned ten.

Into the breach

Bill Marmion is determined to make the best of an unexpected opportunity.

Innovative projects lead sustainable charge

A LIBRARY in Mosman Park and a small home in the Swan Valley have been launched as showcase projects to illustrate the effectiveness and affordability of environmentally sustainable design.

Karratha apartment deal for Forrest

The family company of mining magnate Andrew Forrest has been nominated to deliver a 72-apartment project in Karratha.

Horseshoe Bridge re-opening delayed

Traffic congestion around the Wellington Street train station will persist for another two months, after Transport Minister Simon O'Brien confirmed the Horseshoe Bridge re-opening had been delayed.

$100m cost blowout for Northbridge Link

The cost for sinking the railway line for the Northbridge Link has blown out by $100 million, months before a contractor is nominated to begin the project.

Looming boom will increase pressure on Perth’s strained residential property sector

Housing affordability could become the victim of Western Australia’s economic growth.

Planning key to unblock supply chain

NDUSTRY has praised the state government for attempting to streamline the planning process, but is concerned reform won’t come in time to avert a land supply shortage.

WA builders steer clear of BER rorts

THE Master Builders Association has backed Western Australian builders’ handling of the $16.2 billion Building the Education Revolution schools program, following claims of price gouging by builders in other states.

Town planners look to regions

WESTERN Australia’s town planners have shifted their focus from metropolitan residential planning to infrastructure and regional projects as a result of lingering effects of the financial crisis.

Lester leaps in to Subi

PRIVATELY owned property developer and investment firm, The Lester Group, has backed its positive view of the commercial property market by agreeing to buy an $8.5 million Subiaco office building.

Salta lodges writ over Raine Square

Salta Constructions has commenced court action against Saracen Properties over the Raine Square dispute.

Purvis plans to take karts to the world

TO some, go-karts are little more than a fun day out for the kids, but one former Perth real estate professional sees dollars and cents.

Rethink urged on industrial land

With a potential boom looming, industry is questioning the state government’s industrial land priorities.

Cambridge slashes approval time

THE Town of Cambridge has introduced a priority building approvals process, which will allow residential applications to be assessed within five days.

Shifting focus for designers

WESTERN Australia’s top interior designers are looking to diversify their focus away from commercial office fit-outs to government, leisure and hospitality work as the number of new office buildings coming to market peaks.

Raine Square builder deal close

Saracen Properties is expected to announce a replacement builder for the $500 million retail and office development Raine Square within the next two weeks.

New lending facility for Police & Nurses

Police & Nurses Mutual Banking is negotiating with ANZ to obtain a $500 million secured lending facility.

Big-picture vision will fade if the wrong building blocks are used to grow the city

Amid strengthening resources and property sectors, how should Perth manage the prospect of a big population increase?

Transport the key to suburban growth

WITH Perth on the cusp of a population boom, the city’s urban planners are mindful it is not just the central business district that is required to grow.

Competition tight for city tenants

INNER-CITY apartment owners have been forced to cut rents and improve dwelling presentation in order to attract tenants in a competitive market.

Martin gets on the Good foot

PROPRIETOR of The Good Store, Marshall Martin, has a simple business philosophy – sell products people genuinely need that actually work.

Land supply estimate cut in half

THE Western Australian Planning Commission has halved its estimate of the number of lots available for housing in Perth, as property industry leaders warn the state is not prepared for another surge in housing construction.

New facilities to boost Kemerton

THE state government has cleared the way for silicon producer Simcoa to double its operations near Bunbury, giving the green light for two additional furnaces to be built at Kemerton Industrial Park.

Industry calls for private warranty system

More bureaucracy would be the worst outcome from the state government’s review of housing indemnity insurance.

Peet syndicate drawn into gas dispute

The waste management firm at the centre of a class action dispute over a methane gas leak at a Victorian housing estate is attempting to point the finger at the syndicate which owns the estate.

Building a difference

A BELMONT-BASED builder is staking its claim to a niche in the competitive Western Australian homebuilding market, by doing things a little bit differently.

New super rules over property

UNDER new regulations to be introduced by the federal government, accountants, mortgage brokers and real estate agents will no longer be able to provide advice to investors who wish to borrow to buy property with their self-managed super funds.



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.