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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.

Ocean Reef Marina proposal gets EPA tick

Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority has given conditional approval to LandCorp’s long-awaited 750-pen Ocean Reef Marina, with the project a step closer to starting construction by the end of next year.

Subi markets redevelopment approved at DAP

Apartment developer Blackburne’s $235 million plan to redevelop Subiaco’s Pavilion Markets site has received final approval from planning authorities, paving the way for a formal marketing launch next month and a potential construction start by early next year.

Action urged on housing pain

Pressure is mounting in WA’s residential construction sector, with insolvencies piling up amid sustained falls in building activity.

Finbar upbeat as Vue, Palmyra near completion

Apartments developer Finbar Group is poised for a strong performance in the second half of the 2019 financial year, forecasting a solid uplift on its first-half net profit of $1.89 million with the expected completion of its Vue Tower and the first stage of the Palmyra Apartment Estate.

M/Group buys Queensland shops for $36m

Diversified property company M/Group has expanded its portfolio into Queensland through the $36 million, off-market acquisition of Pialba Place Shopping Centre in Hervey Bay.

New homes role for Hawaiian’s O’Hara

Former BGC Australia Residential boss Kelvin Ryan is bringing a distinct Western Australian flavour to his role as managing director of Victorian homebuilder Simonds Group, signing prominent Perth property executive Kate O’Hara to head the company’s marketing operations.

New policy brings design to the development forefront

New rules will soon apply to high-density developments across the Perth metropolitan area, including minimum apartment sizes, guidelines around tree retention and natural light, and how projects integrate with the wider neighbourhood.

Developers line up for Perth’s next office opportunity

Developers across Perth’s CBD are positioning themselves to ride the city’s next wave of office development, with options for tenants with large space requirements becoming scarce despite an overall vacancy rate of 18.5 per cent.

HBF to sell Kings Square headquarters

Insurance giant HBF has placed its headquarters at Kings Square on the market, appointing JLL to handle the sale of the asset in an improving Perth CBD office market.

Race team doing the business off track

Perth-based driver Calan Williams is taking inspiration from motorsport history to secure the capital required to break into the lucrative world of Formula 1.

Adams Group sold to Rottnest Fast Ferries

ADAMS Group founder Adam Barnard has sold his stake in Western Australia’s biggest tour operator and will step down as a director on March 1, but will remain involved with the company as a consultant to guide it through an expected phase of rapid expansion in the state’s tourism sector.

Strategen goes national with JBS&G merger

Western Australian environmental services group Strategen is set to merge with national firm JBS&G Australia, creating a 200-strong consultancy with offices in five Australian states.

Evolving the offering a priority for Perth publican

With the recent acquisitions of The Breakwater and the Newport, Perth-based hospitality group Capitol Corp is continuing to diversify its offering.

Office vacancies continue downward trend

Perth’s office vacancy rate has fallen to its lowest level since 2015, with increasing momentum in commercial leasing reflecting brighter sentiment across Western Australia’s business sector.

High-value assets hit commercial market

A raft of high-value commercial property assets has hit the market this week, including a shopping centre in the northern suburbs, a two-level office on Stirling Highway in Claremont and a large parcel of land in Muchea.

Developing expectations of design shift in Perth

The man behind the Perth expansion of Australia’s biggest architecture practice is expecting a quantum shift in the way projects are developed in the city.

Uni poised for progress on Greater Curtin

Curtin University will soon embark on the first phase of its $500 million Greater Curtin plan, which includes more than 900 new student accommodation rooms, a hotel and serviced apartments alongside new educational space.

SKS shifts focus after Northbridge opening

After opening the first DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Australia, hotels developer SKS Group is advancing a raft of new Perth projects.

Robot bricklayer firm finds JV partner in Brickworks

Construction robotics group FBR has signed a deal that lays the foundation to launch a joint venture with building products manufacturer Brickworks, to produce bricks optimised for use with its Hadrian X robot bricklaying system.

Single Fin drives solid quarter for Gage Roads Brewing

Gage Roads Brewing’s Single Fin Summer Ale has propelled the Palmyra-based brewer to a quarter of solid growth, after the brew was named the nation’s fastest-growing beer brand late last year.

Weakness continues for Perth home values

Perth’s median house price fell by 1.1 per cent in January, contributing to a 5.6 per cent fall in the last 12 months according to the latest data from market analysts CoreLogic.

BGC finds Malaysian buyer for The Westin Perth

Malaysian property investment group YTL Corporation has added to its Perth portfolio, with one of its subsidiaries acquiring The Westin Perth from BGC Australia in a deal understood to be worth around $200 million.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall, Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss Dale Alcock and Adrian Fini, South Perth development, house market sentiment, Infinite Energy, Wright Prospecting’s financials, Kinetic IT, and our special report on major WA private companies.

Fini, Alcock team up for new ABN Group HQ

Two of Western Australia’s most prominent property identities – Dale Alcock and Adrian Fini – have formed an alliance to develop a purpose-built new headquarters for ABN Group in the centre of Leederville.

Fini targets market uptick

One of Perth’s best-known private developers is focusing on building momentum for an expected market recovery in 2019.

Planning changes pave way for two-tower Civic Heart

Finbar Group’s new $330 million Civic Heart in South Perth will comprise two towers at 39 and 22 storeys, with the state government giving its tick to planning guideline changes for the site.

Lithium, gold and base metals driving deals

SPECIAL REPORT: Global players are converging on WA as resources assets become increasingly attractive in the international arena.

Chinese investor buys Vasse Coles for $20m

An unnamed Chinese private investor has purchased a Coles supermarket in the state’s South West for $19.6 million, part of a $50 million asset sell-off by the retail chain.

Maroomba to grow with the workflow

While open to expanding their business, the new owners of Maroomba Airlines are in no hurry to fly beyond current capacity.

Survey reveals shared concerns over Airbnb users

Property owners using websites such as Airbnb to rent out their homes share similar concerns to their neighbours over short-stay users, with a new survey indicating both groups support tighter regulat

Strata changes offer premium potential

Western Australia’s revamped strata regulations have made it easier for property owners to sell together and realise a higher premium than if they sold individually, particularly in strategic locations.

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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.