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.

Calls for greater defect protection

Apartment building defects have been thrust into the national spotlight via a series of major problems at east coast developments.

Fini Group, Linc Property lead consortium to buy Midland Brick

Midland Brick is coming back into Western Australian ownership, with a consortium featuring Fini Group, Linc Property and Birchmead acquiring the brickmaker from ASX-listed building products supplier Boral for $86 million.

ABN Group's new HQ wins planning approval

Residential construction giant ABN Group has received the green light to shift its headquarters from Osborne Park to Leederville, after FJM Property’s $35 million proposal to build on the Leederville Hotel car park site was approved by planning authorities today.

Incentives distort two-tiered market

Optimism is emerging in Perth’s office market, but that doesn’t mean landlords’ challenges are over.

Developer pioneers new solar plan

An initiative being rolled out in Perth’s northern suburbs promises to reduce the costs of installing residential solar panels while also creating a new asset class for institutional investors.

CBRE leads in shopping centre sales

Neighbourhood shopping centres and supermarkets are drawing significant investor interest, with more than $140 million worth of transactions occurring in 2019.

Planning shake-up cuts DAPs, streamlines WAPC

Wholesale changes to Western Australia’s planning system, including a reduction in the number of development assessment panels, a more streamlined Western Australian Planning Commission, and standardised local government regulations have been welcomed as a boost to housing affordability and a catalyst for greater diversity of housing choice across the state.

New home building to continue slump: MBA

Home building activity will continue to shrink over the next 12 months in Western Australia, with the state’s residential construction companies having to wait until 2020-21 for any improvements in a sector that has been in decline for a half decade.

Industry to wear costs of Port Hedland buy-backs

A buy-back scheme for Port Hedland property owners adversely affected by iron ore export-related dust is expected to be in place within the next six months, with the costs of the scheme to be borne by mining giants BHP, Fortescue Metals Group and Roy Hill Holdings.

WA assets among $140m portfolio sale

Privately owned property group Canute Investments has launched a $140 million national asset sell-off, including a shopping centre in Perth’s northern suburbs, commercial properties in West Perth and Ellenbrook, and a large residential portfolio.

No pressure for new Rosendorff owner

Rosendorff’s new owner is keen to build on the legacy of one of the city’s best-known jewellery stores.

St John of God unveils new $17m cancer centre

St John of God Health Care is partnering with GenesisCare and national medical property development group Heathley to deliver a $17 million comprehensive cancer centre at Murdoch.

Mixed bag for GDI at Westralia Square

ASX-listed GDI Property has reported mixed leasing success at its Westralia Square office building, with the state government reducing its commitments in the CBD tower to around 14,000 square metres, down from more than 25,000sqm previously.

Building begins on Stirling's Treehouse

Construction has started on Stirling Capital’s $42 million Treehouse apartment project in Jolimont, part of LandCorp’s Parkside Walk urban regeneration project.

Perth CBD office market leads nation for rental growth

Perth’s office market has emerged as the hottest leasing market in the country, with falling vacancies putting upwards pressure on rents in top-grade office stock.

Saffioti focused on amenity, industry

The state government is making solid progress on its congestion busting, industry boosting infrastructure rollout.

New HQ to leverage BGC brands

Diversified construction giant BGC Australia is consolidating its homebuilding divisions, with BGC Residential and J-Corp’s eleven housing and development brands to be based at a new sprawling headquarters in Osborne Park.

Economics, environment weigh on Westport

A key component of WA’s future economic growth lies in the hands of the agency tasked with determining the best location for imports and exports.

Contracting concerns as workflow expands

SPECIAL REPORT: Unprecedented transport infrastructure spending and an uptick in mining investment have buoyed the spirits of WA’s major contractors.

Office lease activity up

Leasing transactions in central Perth office stock in 2019 have more than doubled the volume of activity in the prior year, driving vacancies below 5 per cent for premium buildings.

Hilton rollout reaching the regions

One of the world’s largest hotel groups is injecting new life into regional holiday destinations by rolling out three new hotels across WA.

Woolworths sells Banksia Grove shops for $27m

Woolworths has offloaded a recently built Banksia Grove shopping centre for $27 million, with an unnamed Singaporean investor securing the asset after a highly competitive sales campaign.

Proven plan brings results at Karrinyup

Facilitating the biggest construction project outside of WA’s resources sector has been a complex undertaking for Rowe Group subsidiary Proven Project Management.

H&M to anchor new-look Karrinyup fashion mall

Global fashion retailer H&M is opening its second north-of-the-river store, taking a key tenancy at the revamped Karrinyup Shopping Centre, which is undergoing an $800 million refurbishment.

Glimmer of hope emerges for residential building

Western Australia’s housing sector has been rated as the least healthy in the nation, however, the Housing Industry Association's twice-yearly Housing Scorecard is starting to indicate the market may be turning.

Devwest regroups with SA foray

An interstate expansion is providing a platform for property group Devwest to revive its development pipeline.

Short-stay for the long haul

Undaunted by the level of digital disruption in the sector, short-stay accommodation provider Private Properties is embracing the challenges thrown down by global technology giants such as Airbnb.

Retail conditions stall centre builds

Subdued retail conditions in WA have resulted in more than $2.5 billion of shopping centre expansions to be deferred or have no timetable for development.

Activate Perth fills city’s empty spaces

Urban regeneration specialist Activate Perth is gaining traction in Perth’s CBD, filling five vacant spaces in recent weeks under its innovative rent-free, rolling lease model.

Design, innovation top priorities list

SPECIAL REPORT: Developers are leaving market uncertainty in the past and focusing on design and amenity to guide the next wave of Perth apartment projects.

Marriott bringing its Moxy to Perth

The world’s biggest hotel chain is bringing one of its newest brands to Western Australia, with a Moxy Hotel to be built at 195 Hay Street in East Perth.



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.

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.