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.

Designers hot on agile workplaces

Landlords and office tenants are continuing to set new standards for office accommodation, with an interior design-driven focus on amenity, comfort and flexible working arrangements increasingly becoming the norm across the city.

Fresh plans lodged for Fremantle DoubleTree

Malaysian developer SKS Group has submitted fresh plans for its long-awaited DoubleTree by Hilton proposal in Fremantle, nearly six years after its original proposal was approved by planning authorities.

Co-working boost for the suburbs

Global flexible office provider IWG is eyeing new suburban and regional locations in Western Australia, seeking to capitalise on a growing trend of office decentralisation and changing work habits.

$100m resort proposed for Jurien Bay

Plans have been lodged to build a $100 million hotel, motel and apartments development on the beachfront in Jurien Bay, with a local private developer seeking to establish new levels of amenity for tourists visiting the Coral Coast.

Homebuilding flat, civil construction on rise

Fresh forecasts have pushed any recovery in Western Australia’s embattled home building sector out another year, while concerns have been raised about the capacity of the state’s building sector to cope with a predicted increase in activity in civil and engineering construction.

Primewest funds splash $45m on new assets

Newly-listed property fund manager Primewest has added $45 million of new assets to its portfolio, with its newest fund acquiring a Coffs Harbour shopping centre and a logistics facility in South Australia.

Yolk lifts national presence on RMA buy

Fremantle's Yolk Property Group is poised for further interstate expansion following its acquisition of national property management business Rental Management Australia.

Delivering the missing middle

The state government is making a major push for more medium-density housing, but market conditions and community sentiment loom as major hurdles for developers.

Limnios name marks 50 years in Perth

Western Australia’s longest-running residential downturn is not a big concern for the founders of Limnios Property Group, because in 50 years of being involved in inner city property, the Limnios family feels like they have seen it all.

Sirona wins approval for $100m South Perth tower

Local developer Sirona Capital will soon launch a marketing campaign for its $100 million Lyall Street Residences in South Perth, after winning approval to build on a site it has been seeking to develop for the last five years.

Govt agency susceptible to fraud: Auditor General

Western Australia’s Auditor General has warned the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries could be susceptible to financial fraud.

Developers want broad brush on art

Public art plays a key role in efforts to increase vibrancy and liveability across Perth, with developers willing to contribute if it makes sense for their projects.

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.



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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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.