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.

Bullsbrook farmland to be converted to housing

A large portion of Bullsbrook is set to be opened up for development, with the state government moving to rezone 362 hectares in the suburb to allow for the construction of residential, retail and commercial buildings.

Australia-first solar solution for Peel industrial estate

An industrial estate near Mandurah will be the first of its kind in Australia to be powered by a solar energy microgrid, after the state government appointed Brookfield's Enwave Australia to build a solar farm and battery storage solution at Peel Business Park.

MGroup in-house build bonus

Commercial and residential developer MGroup is confident it can avoid any scandals around building defects, largely because of its decision almost a decade ago to establish a construction division to carry out its own works.

Retail downturn more perfect storm than rent recalcitrance

SPECIAL REPORT: Landlords unwilling to budge on rents have been blamed for exacerbating Perth’s retail downturn, but leading leasing agents say the sector’s problems are substantially more complicated than the cost of tenancies.

Industry calls for umpire to manage developer contributions

Western Australia’s peak property industry groups have called for the establishment of an independent body to decide how local governments manage developer contributions.

Shopping centres meet the market

The $270 million redevelopment of Fremantle’s Kings Square is indicative of the experiential emphasis retail property owners are embracing across the city.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Dan Wilkie discuss nickel restarts, house prices, Subiaco, universities, and our special report on the retail sector.

Major projects kickstart Subi renaissance

Apartments developer Paul Blackburne says football’s move from Subiaco Oval to Optus Stadium can only be positive for the near-city suburb.

Pursuit of purpose key to Wesfarmers rise

Wesfarmers played a big role in bringing credibility and respect back to the business sector after the turbulent events of the 1980s.

Peard eyes US agency tie-up after shuttering offices

Peard Real Estate is exploring a partnership with NASDAQ-listed eXp Realty, part of a consolidation initiative that has resulted in the closure of five offices due to difficult trading conditions in Perth residential property.

Spaces for flexible office growth

The opening of Spaces Wentworth at Charter Hall’s Raine Square is the latest in a series of growth initiatives in Perth’s flexible office market.

Government approves $227m Subi investment

Subiaco’s transformation post-football is gaining momentum, with the state government approving $227 million of funding to revitalise the Subi East precinct, a commitment expected to be a catalyst for more than $1 billion of private sector investment.

Painting a legacy for family business

Seventy-five years after it was established, Eric Hood Painting & Maintenance is continuing to build a strong family legacy.

Rottnest, quokkas boost SeaLink's earnings

Rottnest Island’s quokkas have given SeaLink Travel Group a handy boost, with the company’s ferry services producing a profit for the first time since the national operator launched them around 18 months ago.

Values in action – snapshot of WA companies operating with purpose

How ten Western Australian companies operate with purpose.

Miners embrace challenge of social licence

Western Australia’s resources sector has evolved a long way from the perception, erroneous or otherwise, that its biggest and most profitable players are only interested in removing minerals from the ground and selling them to the highest bidder.

Main Roads committed to indigenous impacts

Main Roads Western Australia chief executive Peter Woronzow is embracing the unique opportunity for community development that comes with managing one of the world’s biggest road networks.

Authenticity an opportunity for business success

All businesses have a purpose to grow and be profitable, but consumers are increasingly demanding companies commit to more than their bottom line for the benefit of society.

Eight years, $83m, Waterbank still a sandpit

Buildings are still not coming out of the ground at one of Perth’s premium pieces of riverside real estate, despite $83 million of investment by the state government in the nearly eight years after a developer was appointed.

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.



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.