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.
It may have only taken about 18 months to build, but Perth’s newest hotel – the recently opened Aloft Perth in Rivervale – was a six-year journey for the world’s largest hotel operator, and one of Western Australia’s biggest home-grown builders.
Adrian Fini’s development firm FJM Property is gearing up to launch the third stage of its Knutsford Precinct, near Fremantle, which was last year named as one of the best infill projects in the nation by the Australian Institute of Architects.
Indigenous employment group Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation is continuing its push into hospitality and tourism, unveiling plans to develop a tourism hub at Cossack, a historic ghost town located around 15 kilometres from Roebourne.
UPDATE: Diploma Group boss Nick Di Latte says the company will continue to push forward with its proposal to revive the company and provide a return to creditors, after provisional liquidators were appointed to 20 Diploma-related entities today.
Scarborough’s sand dunes have gotten an 11th hour reprieve after the state government honoured an election commitment to rework planned road extensions, while businesses disrupted by a $75 million redevelopment program along the beachfront have been given a lifeline.
A third student accommodation project has been proposed for Perth’s CBD, while a Hong Kong-based developer has been enlisted to build a residential, retail and entertainment complex as part of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority’s latest efforts to get things moving at the Perth City Link.
In this Business News podcast, Dan Wilkie and Mark Beyer discuss big changes to the public service, property developers, opportunities in defence, a new Qantas service, and our annual review of mining projects.
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.
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.