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.

Smaller South Perth towers head back to JDAP

Two previously-rejected South Perth apartment proposals will be reassessed by planning authorities next week, with local developer Sirona Capital and a private Singaporean group scaling back their towers in efforts to win approval.

Affordability plus in housing downturn

Perth's residential downturn has provided a strong boost to housing affordability, but there remains just two regions in the city where it is cheaper to buy than rent.

Fini Group given go-ahead for heritage project

Fini Group has been given the green light to restore Shenton Park’s Victoria House, with the heritage-listed former hospital to become a retail and hospitality precinct which will be integrated with 81 new dwellings.

Public art policy under pressure

National trucking giant Linfox is providing a major test for the validity and robustness of local government policies requiring developers to contribute to public art to win approval for major projects.

Apartments surge in Subi

Subiaco’s apartments market is running hot, with Blackburne racking up rapid sales success at its $280 million One Subiaco development and boutique developer Celtic Properties launching an 82-dwelling development on Roydhouse Street.

Identity through architecture

The new chair of Woods Bagot’s Perth studio wants to bring a distinctly local focus to the global architecture firm.

Mixed results for contracting groups

Contractors Georgiou Group, Ertech and Piacentini & Son have delivered a mixed bag of profit results in the 2018-19 financial year, with Ertech and Piacentini recording large improvements and Georgiou performing below expectations.

Kardinya's $100m new town centre

Shopping centre owner-developer Con Berbatis has unveiled a $100 million-plus plan to redevelop Kardinya Park Shopping Centre, with preliminary designs calling for apartments, a cinema and a comprehensive suite of food and beverage and recreational facilities.

Office players lining up for next wave

SPECIAL REPORT: Commercial developers are continuing to prepare for more favourable conditions in Perth’s office market.

Minister to intervene in South Perth, planning impasse hits Melville

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has confirmed the state government will assess whether Finbar Group’s Civic Heart proposal in South Perth should have been approved, while at the same time another planning flashpoint is emerging in Melville.

Primewest winning in tough IPO market

Investors across Australia have backed Primewest’s ambitions to expand its offering via an ASX listing, with the company confirming it has raised its targeted $100 million.

Stamp duty stimulus good, not great

The state government’s stimulus of the apartments sector has been welcomed by industry, but project eligibility and its likely effect on new home builds are being questioned.

Murdoch, UWA planning CBD campuses

Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia have confirmed they are in the early stages of planning new campuses in Perth’s CBD, while Murdoch is also partnering with Spacecubed to launch a teaching and events space on St Georges Terrace.

Evolution, not revolution for new-look BGC

A broad suite of asset sales is high on Daniel Cooper’s agenda, but radically changing the way BGC operates is not on the priority list for the company’s new chief executive.

Minister weighing South Perth planning intervention

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti says the state government is assessing whether it needs to intervene following the rejection of Finbar Group’s $365 million Civic Heart proposal in South Perth by planning authorities.

Industry welcomes stamp duty relief for apartments

Off-the-plan apartment buyers in Western Australia will receive a 75 per cent rebate on stamp duty for the next two years, capped at $50,000, under a stimulus package unveiled by the state government today that has been roundly welcomed by the development industry.

BGC boss urges bold moves to boost Perth growth

The new chief executive of one of Western Australia’s most iconic companies says the state government needs to adopt a bold vision to help shake-off the state’s population growth woes and kickstart residential construction, with the establishment of Perth as the world leader in autonomous vehicles the type of initiative that should be embraced.

Land developers on board with infill

Changing market conditions are driving a shift in strategy for WA greenfields land developers.

One shot for Marra and the A-team at DevelopmentWA

WA’s newest government agency has a clear mandate to deliver maximum community benefit through urban and regional regeneration.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss the Biome tourism project, Pilbara power, high rise in South Perth, Pindan, Santos, Woodside and big gas projects, cyber security, ICT infrastructure and philanthropy.

Craft beer meets indigenous culture

A team of Western Australian entrepreneurs is preparing to launch a new brewery designed to create employment opportunities for Aboriginal people, with proceeds from one of its beers to support returned servicemen and women.

Midland ripe for residential revival

The City of Swan’s urban regeneration efforts have attracted a growing round of investment in Midland’s town centre.

Co-working space launched at Quest

A new co-working space has been launched 18 storeys above Adelaide Terrace, with Quest East Perth establishing a flexible office facility in joint venture with business networking forum The CEO Institute.

Finbar rails against Civic Heart rejection

Western Australia’s biggest apartments developer has blasted planning authorities’ rejection of its Civic Heart proposal in South Perth, saying the process appeared to be “superficial and subjective” as it gears up for a State Administrative Tribunal appeal.

Tourism game-changer to land at Perth Airport

Perth Airport is paving the way for Western Australia to have a tourism attraction of global significance, setting aside land to facilitate the development of the $510 million Australian Biome Project.

Mirvac steps up affordability

National developer Mirvac is spearheading a push for more affordable housing product in Western Australia, with initiatives designed to provide a stepping stone to home ownership and reduce ongoing living costs.

New agent appointed to sell Dalkeith mega-mansion

A new agent has been appointed to sell the Dalkeith mansion built by the late Alan Bond, with Mr Bond's daughter Jody Fewster to sell the palatial home on behalf of owner Sue Gibson, after a near two-year sales campaign failed to find a buyer.

ABN heads field in tough market

SPECIAL REPORT: Western Australia’s record housing downturn has shaken up the hierarchy of the state’s biggest builders, with ABN Group now topping the list and two new entrants making their way into the market’s top five since industry activity peaked midway through the decade.

Patient still breathing, recovery to take time

SPECIAL REPORT: Forecasts are finally turning positive for WA residential construction, as the industry continues to evolve its offering in a new era of increased housing diversity.

Northerly on retirement mission

Building and development firm Northerly Group is adding retirement living to its suite of services with its latest Perth project.

Oxley takes control of underperforming Pindan

Singaporean development group Oxley Holdings has moved to full ownership of Pindan for zero cost, after cancelling around $24 million in debt while also disclosing that the local contractor had failed to meet performance targets.



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

most commented

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.

Tourism game-changer to land at Perth Airport

Perth Airport is paving the way for Western Australia to have a tourism attraction of global significance, setting aside land to facilitate the development of the $510 million Australian Biome Project.

South Perth high-rise stoush builds

The ongoing battle over high-density development in South Perth has stepped up a notch in recent weeks.