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.

Two Perth office buildings sold for $92m

ASX-listed property investment group Centuria has made its way west, acquiring two office buildings on the outskirts of Perth's CBD for $91.8 million.

John Holland to take KS3 tenancy

John Holland is finally preparing to shift its Perth workforce from Osborne Park to the city, nearly two years after the builder signed a 10-year lease for the entire KS3 office tower at Kings Square.

Airbnb offers solid returns

Property managers are tapping into the growing popularity of Airbnb to provide higher returns for residential landlords facing high vacancies and falling rents in the traditional leasing market.

Brand Agency to call Kings Square home

DEXUS Property Group is preparing to welcome its first major tenant to the largest office tower at Kings Square, with West Perth-based advertising group The Brand Agency to take a full floor in KS1.

Built signed to redevelop Raine Square

National construction outfit Built Holdings will start work shortly on Charter Hall Group’s $240 million redevelopment of Raine Square, after being appointed as primary contractor.

Apartments, food and beverage to make Murdoch more than medical

Perth's next apartments and employment hub will be created at Murdoch, with Fini Group selected to deliver the $200 million first stage of LandCorp’s Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct.

Council backs Brookfield's 52-storey Perth Plus

Brookfield Property Partners’ 52-storey plan for Elizabeth Quay has been endorsed by the City of Perth, ahead of any formal assessment by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.Earlier this year, Br

Pressure on in the ’burbs

More than 40,000 square metres of space in suburban office buildings have been vacated during the past 12 months, a result driven more by companies downsizing rather than growth in the number of firms moving to the CBD.

G+T brings Sydney flavour to Perth office

Law firm Gilbert + Tobin was so pleased with the fit-out when it moved into its new Sydney offices last year, it decided to borrow heavily from those plans when it shifted to new premises in Perth.

Caterpillar to help globalise Perth's robot brickies

Robot bricklaying machines could be built and distributed worldwide by Caterpillar in the near future, after Fastbrick Robotics signed a collaboration agreement with the global machinery manufacturer.

Angove in vogue amid North Perth demand

High street retail is on its way back, with the success of Angove Street providing a model for other town centres.

Removing the mystery from beer history

A pair of beer industry entrepreneurs is aiming to raise awareness of the history of WA’s favourite amber fluid.

Theatre, art gallery highlight Hyatt plan

Plans to redevelop the Hyatt Regency Perth include a public plaza, an art gallery, a theatre and performance space, new food and beverage tenancies, a supermarket and end-of-trip facilities open to the public, according to documents to be assessed by planning authorities next week.

TAMS Group grows against the odds

At a time when many of its competitors were slashing staff and cutting costs, Fremantle-based marine services firm TAMS Group maintained solid growth.

QPC buying its way to dominant position

The executive team at Quality Printers & Cartridges has a simple strategy to become the dominant player in their industry – if you can’t beat them, buy them.

kwik-ZIP carves out niche opportunities

As the only Australian-owned manufacturer of pipeline spacers, and with just four full-time employees, Bunbury-based kwik-ZIP is the embodiment of a small business punching above its weight.

Abco aims to clean up the competition

James Bagshaw wants his business, Abco Products, to be Australia’s top cleaning company by 2025.

Funds fight stalls theatre plan

Perth's historic Piccadilly Theatre will be left untouched while the arcade in which it is located undergoes redevelopment, with the mall’s owners putting a proposal to revive the theatre on hold after the City of Perth refused to financially back the plan.

Big builders facing insurance hike

Western Australia’s biggest builders are facing higher insurance costs, in some cases understood to be as high as 25 per cent more, as the Building Commission moves to reduce the reliance on taxpayers to foot the bill for failures in the sector.

Wodonga Plaza a match for M/Group

Property development and investment firm MGroup has added a second shopping centre to its portfolio, entering an agreement to buy Wodonga Plaza in Victoria from Vicinity Centres for $43.5 million.

Busselton pub sold to Charter Hall fund

One of institutional property group Charter Hall’s investment funds has bought The Ship Inn in Busselton, part of a $23.2 million sale and leaseback deal with Australia’s biggest pub owner, ALH Group.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Dan Wilkie and Mark Beyer discuss the state budget, fees and charges, skilled migration, the outlook for Perth property, new mining projects, the roadhouse blues, and indigenous business.

Perth property plunge not over yet

Property analyst BIS Oxford Economics believes there is limited upside for residential property in Perth and says the market has yet to bottom out, contrary to the widely held view that the worst is over for Perth homeowners.

Aspen lands $28m industrial estate deal

Aspen Group has announced an agreement to sell its Spearwood Industrial Estate, leaving only a single asset in its portfolio that isn’t a holiday park or an accommodation village.

Multiplex wins fit-out job for Woodside's new digs

WA’s biggest construction contractor, Multiplex, has extended its scope of works at AAIG’s Capital Square, having been appointed to deliver fit-out works at the office development, which will become h

Claremont tops for amenity

Theoretically speaking, office workers in Subiaco have to wait about seven times as long as their Claremont counterparts for a morning coffee, an analysis of amenity levels across 50 suburban office markets has revealed.

South Perth shines light on city-wide planning problems

Community acceptance of tall buildings has come a long way in Perth, but developers still face significant challenges in their efforts to add density to near-city suburbs.

Supply issues likely for apartments

Developers are seeking to exploit new niches in Perth's residential apartment market, with slow sales and patchy project launches likely to lead to supply issues in the near future.

Perth a plus for Melbourne architects

Melbourne-based architecture and interior design studio Plus Architecture has opened an office in Perth office under the leadership of former Woods Bagot Perth senior associates Will Schofield and Patric Przeradzki.

Office market recovery signs

Perth's CBD office market is emerging from its longest cyclical downturn since the early 1990s, according to one of the city’s largest commercial landlords.

Claremont surge for Blackburne

Apartments specialist Blackburne achieved $62 million worth of sales in one weekend at its latest project in Claremont, with the results confirming strong demand for western suburbs apartments.



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.