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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.

Perth property recovery a slow road: Riskwise

Property investors in Perth are facing a bleak outlook, according to new research, which showed a combination of oversupply of units and apartments, lending restrictions and low rental returns would result in 15 per cent negative growth over the next five years.

WA gold miners highlight S&P/ASX 200 top performers

Gold miners with Western Australian operations are providing a strong return to investors, making up 35 per cent of the top 20 performing stocks in the S&P/ASX 200 for the past three months.

Reports offer contrasting outlook for Perth home prices

Fresh forecasts have delivered a mixed outlook for Perth residential property in 2019, with CoreLogic-Moody’s Analytics predicting another year of median house price declines, while Domain expects the Western Australian capital to be Australia’s best-performing city.

Thomas continues metro shift with Booragoon apartments

Construction has started on Thomas Building’s latest contract win, a $9 million, 25-apartment complex in Booragoon, as the formerly Pilbara-focused builder continues to grow its Perth operations.

Credit access top barrier to 2019 house price growth

Access to credit will remain the most significant barrier to house price growth in 2018, in Perth and across the nation, according to market analysts CoreLogic.

Brookfield gets green light for $480m in Perth office projects

Perth’s next wave of CBD developments is taking shape, with Brookfield Property Partners’ plans to add an 8-storey office tower to a redeveloped Elizabeth Quay busport approved this week, and its $360 million riverside headquarters for Chevron also understood to have gotten the nod from planning authorities.

NXT Tec raises bar for sustainable builds

A WA-based construction industry disruptor has delivered a world-first in environmentally sustainable building.

Sheffield turns focus to asset sales as office interest grows

Commercial property agency Sheffield Property Group has established an asset management division in anticipation of increased transactional activity in Perth’s office market in 2019.

Finbar facing stinky situation at Palmyra apartments

Finbar Group is embroiled in a court battle over whether it has to tell potential buyers of apartments at its $50 million Palmyra project that the D’Orsogna factory across the road may produce bad smells.

Flexible workspaces move past disruptor role

Serviced offices and co-working spaces are becoming an increasingly important part of commercial landlords’ property portfolios.

Mustera enlists international architects WOHA for Applecross

Acclaimed international architecture group WOHA has landed in Perth, providing design works for Mustera Property Group’s $105 million Forbes Residences proposal in Applecross.

Forrest’s contribution a standout

SPECIAL REPORT: In business and philanthropy, executive diversity and on the sports field, it has been quite a year for Andrew Forrest.

Offshore buyers, institutions drive office sales near $1bn

Australian institutional investors and offshore property powerhouses sharpened their focus on potential upside in Perth’s office market in 2018, as the total value of transactions approached $1 billion.

Blackburnes’ lasting legacy on Perth property

SPECIAL REPORT: Paul, Nathan and John Blackburne are proving that they don’t have to work for the same company to leave a family legacy in Perth’s property industry.

Old school cool in new Northbridge

Graham Hardie is continuing to evolve his entertainment empire after nearly four decades in Northbridge hospitality.

MBA says subbie protections could increase costs

Builders could soon face tougher penalties for not paying subcontractors on time, but the Master Builders Association has warned several reforms proposed to solve recurring payment issues could increase construction costs and result in more company collapses.

Planning failures drive DAP woes

Property industry bodies say it is local governments, not development assessment panels, which need to eliminate uncertainty in the planning process.

Applecross apartment proposal knocked back by JDAP

Boutique developer Norup + Wilson is headed to the State Administrative Tribunal to appeal the rejection of its latest proposal, a $39 million, 16-level apartment building near Canning Bridge.

First homebuyers fall despite improving affordability

Housing affordability is improving in Western Australia, but the number of first homebuyers active in the market has continued to decline, according to new research by the Real Estate Institute of Australia and Adelaide Bank.

Scott embraces disruption at Wesfarmers

Disruption, a demerger and divestments are shaping Wesfarmers’ long-term approach to growth, managing director Rob Scott told last week’s Success & Leadership breakfast.

Court overturns approval for Dunsborough petrol proposal

The developer behind a long-running bid to build a 24-hour Puma service station in Dunsborough faces an uphill battle to get the project approved, after Western Australia’s Court of Appeal overturned a Supreme Court ruling that gave it the go-ahead last year.

Saracen back to the drawing board for Royal George plan

Saracen Properties will reassess plans for a redevelopment of the historic Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle, after Planning Minister Rita Saffioti backed a proposal to limit building height on the site to seven storeys.

Steel doubts, new product mix improves Fortescue outlook

A recent deterioration in profits among China’s steel producers is boosting the prospects of lower-grade iron ore producers such as Fortescue Metals Group, with steelmakers expected to shift their focus to reducing costs rather than boosting volumes if margins continue to decline.

Bunnings UK sell-off still stings Wesfarmers CEO Scott

Wesfarmers chief executive Rob Scott says while decisions to sell out of Bunnings’ loss-making operations in the UK and Ireland, and to demerge supermarkets giant Coles, were easy in a commercial sense, the Bunnings move in particular proved taxing on an emotional level.

Commitment pays for Sayers, Tomasi

SPECIAL REPORT: Four prominent WA mining executives took big paydays in 2018.

Mixed year for WA's wealth creators

SPECIAL REPORT: Asset sales and M&A action were the highlights of a busy year for WA's wealthiest.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this podcast Mark Pownall and Dan Wilkie discuss lithium deals, apartment projects, housing construction, Perdaman contracts, and our special report on wealth creators.

Lending squeeze puts brakes on new housing

A crackdown on lending by Australian banking regulators has placed further pressure on Western Australian homebuilders, with a decline in housing finance in the state extending to a sixth consecutive year.

Positive developments for Bunbury, Albany

Two revitalisation projects not only promise to develop new tourism precincts, but will also bring beachfront apartment living to the regions.

Lawley’s rolls out new Nedlands store

Building a bread empire was not part of the plan when Sarah Thomas and her husband, Trevor, took over a Beaufort Street bakery in 2003; their goal was to reinvigorate the struggling business.

EPA clears part of Mandogalup for development

Satterley Property Group has welcomed advice from the Environmental Protection Authority that confirmed there were no health risks over its landholdings in Mandogalup, but uncertainty still hangs over whether part of the southern suburb is appropriate for residential development.

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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.