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Dan Wilkie

Dan Wilkie was chief of staff for the Business News editorial team, overseeing the news and feature pages of the print publication. His main reporting round was property, including areas such as building and construction, architecture and residential real estate. Dan is a graduate of Curtin University. Dan left Business News in 2017.

Bars, brewers keep up the craft work

A new wave of beer-focused venues is driving the continued evolution of Perth’s small bar scene.

Stalled South Beach apartments site to be revived

Resource Development Group is continuing its push into residential construction, winning a $27 million contract to build a 24-townhouse project just south of Fremantle’s South Beach, on an apartments site abandoned by Stockland following the GFC.

Uni hits snag in new building plan

The University of Notre Dame has hit a roadblock for its plans to develop a new building in Fremantle, with council officers recommending the proposal be rejected because it is too tall for the port city’s historic West End.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss WA growth, Crown jobs, penalty rates and tourism.

Investors bullish on apartment stock

Western Australian apartment investors are increasingly confident that their properties will provide a capital return, even over the short term.

International eyes on medical assets

Specialist medical centres are emerging as the asset type of choice for offshore buyers in Perth, according to local boutique management and consulting firm Griffin Group.

Reviving history at Swan Valley site

Restoration work is set to get under way on one of the Swan Valley’s oldest buildings, with plans lodged to create a grower’s market, art gallery and artist studios, grape processing facility and wine

More developers forced to change South Perth plans

Frustration is mounting among developers in South Perth as they are forced to reassess projects after the second major change to the suburb’s town planning guidelines in the past six years.

Customer focus keeps Camera Electronic in the picture

At a time when bricks and mortar retailers are facing an online onslaught, and with just about every person on the street having a camera in their pocket, Camera Electronic is fighting back, opening a new store in the CBD.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Dan Wilkie discuss election promises, South Perth, mining raisings, Richard Goyder and mining services.

New Civic Heart to be 25% smaller

Finbar Group’s new plan for its Civic Heart site in South Perth will have 74 fewer apartments and an end value 45 per cent lower than its original proposal, while it will be delivered a year after the first project was scheduled to be complete, the developer has revealed.

Peet flags gloomy WA outlook for rest of 2017

Land developer Peet says it doesn’t expect conditions to improve in Western Australia in 2017, as it continues to push its long-running strategy to focus its operations outside of its home state.

Fierce competition for Builton works

More than 50 home building companies put themselves forward to take on the work in progress of collapsed builder Builton, with JWH Group emerging as the administrators’ top choice.

Property industry says Labor's tax will hurt WA

Property industry lobby groups say WA Labor’s plan to introduce a 4 per cent tax on foreign buyers of residential property if it wins the March 11 state election is a retrograde step for the state’s e

Improving sentiment to drive property rebound

Perth's median house price is on the verge of upswing in 2017, as a stabilising labour market and surging commodity prices drive marked improvements in consumer sentiment.

Boral shakes off WA pain to deliver solid profit

Building products manufacturer Boral has maintained a solid half-year profit despite cutting 100 jobs in Western Australia last year, following a plunge in sales volumes and earnings at its Boral Bric

South Perth uncertainty stalls Civic Heart

Buyers at Finbar Group’s $400 million Civic Heart project are being refunded their deposits, after the state’s largest apartment developer announced it would scale back the size of the tower because of uncertainty regarding planning rules in South Perth.

Developers keen on Cannington

A commercial property across the road from Westfield Carousel has sold for $1.6 million, as developers continue to seek sites around the City of Canning’s planned new town centre.

Western suburbs supermarket named world's best

The Taylor Road IGA in Nedlands has won the accolade of best independent supermarket in the world, sharing the title with another IGA from South Australia.

Industry reignites stamp duty debate

Property industry bodies have entered the state election fray, with both the Urban Development Institute of Australia and the Property Council of Australia lobbying for stamp duty concessions and planning reform to boost housing affordability.

Technology shake-up for property

Disruptive technologies continue to gain traction in the property market, with more than 400 Western Australian agents expected to use online advertising portal HumblAbode by the middle of this year, while a Perth-based firm is taking a software platform designed to simplify back-office transactions to the ASX.

Community key for apartment buyers

Community spirit and communal facilities have emerged as priorities for apartment buyers, according to preliminary results on a new survey by WA Apartment Advocacy.

Small CBD effect, big impact in the suburbs

Striking a balance between CBD and suburban office markets is becoming crucial in a post-boom economy.

WorkZone East sold in near $70m deal

Sydney-based property fund manager and investment group CorVal has made a big acquisition in Western Australia, buying Northbridge office building WorkZone East from Charter Hall in a $68.2 million deal.

Builton-linked entity resurfaces as Buildplex

A company associated with Builton appears to be manoeuvring to complete two of the biggest jobs of the failed development and construction company – the Quattro on Burswood and Vue Maylands apartment projects.

Bulky goods centre sold for $57.8m

Retail property syndicator APiL has added to its Perth portfolio, buying bulky goods precinct Joondalup Gate for $57.8 million.

Steady year tipped for office vacancies

Office vacancies in Perth’s CBD have peaked, according to some in the commercial property sector, with markets expected to stabilise as construction of new offices slows.

Extra funds to market Perth as travel hub

The state government will spend nearly $3 million each year for the next three years to market Qantas’s new Perth-to-London direct flights, which the national carrier confirmed would go on sale in two

Water West offers supply solution

SPECIAL REPORT: Developers are turning to wastewater recycling to ensure they can deliver lush public open space in their estates.

M/Land launches with 67-lot Secret Harbour development

SPECIAL REPORT: The head of a new boutique land developer believes difficult market conditions provide the perfect opportunity for the business to make a splash in the market.

Smaller houses suit changing lifestyles

SPECIAL REPORT: Developers are working more closely than ever with Western Australian builders to provide a diverse range of housing options to cater for changing lifestyles in a rapidly evolving market.

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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.