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.

Singaporean developer partners with Pindan

Singapore-listed property developer Oxley Holdings has embarked on a mission to get a foothold in Australian property, acquiring 40 per cent of local development and construction group Pindan for $32 million.

Telstra HQ to become student village

Telstra’s administrative headquarters on Stirling Street has been sold and the new owner, a private equity player from China, plans to redevelop it into a 500-bed student accommodation facility, the second such proposal for the area.

Support for South Perth high rise

A snap poll of residents in South Perth has revealed strong support for development in the area, despite activism against the high-rise project plans.

More hurdles on horizon for Diploma

An embattled Perth-based developer has capped off a turbulent 2016 by selling one of its most prominent projects.

Lion Air targets more Perth flights

Indonesian airline Lion Air is expecting to add new Perth to Bali flights to its itinerary, with its Batik Air subsidiary to start operating the route later this month or early in the New Year.

Georgiou wins $61m Freo build

Construction will start later this week on Defence Housing Australia’s 166-dwelling Liv Apartments in Fremantle, after Georgiou Group was appointed as DHA’s building contractor.

New skyscraper to be Perth's tallest

Plans for what would become Perth’s tallest building have been lodged for approval, with Singapore’s Fragrance Group seeking to build a 62-level, 485-room hotel at St Andrew’s Church on St Georges Terrace.

Appeal rejected on South Perth tower

A South Perth resident group claims a Court of Appeals decision to uphold the quashing of a development approval on Mill Point Road confirms the original intent of the suburb’s town planning scheme, but the developer behind the proposal says the judgement only highlights problems with development guidelines in the area.

Eco takes glamping global

From Rottnest Island to the US Virgin Islands, luxury camping, or glamping, is taking off, with a local manufacturer poised to take advantage of soaring global demand for high-end tents. 

Building industry lauds return of regulator

Unions have been put on notice with the revival of the Australian Building and Construction Commission, as the building sector celebrates the what it says is the return of law to the industry.

Moody's warns of more house price falls

A new gloomy forecast has emerged for Perth house prices, with global economic research firm Moody’s predicting further declines in 2017.

Collier Homes a natural fit for Amara

Experienced Perth business executive Dario Amaria has spoken to Business News about his plans to revive one of Western Australia’s oldest building companies. 

Zorzi named nation's top builder

Western Australians have dominated the Master Builders Association’s national awards, with the top prize of residential builder of the year going to local Adrian Zorzi, and Built Holdings and Doric wi

Deconstructing the data divide

Australian architects and engineers are lagging behind global counterparts in the adoption of new technology, resulting in errors, delays and lost productivity at development sites.

Apartment prices resilient at The Springs

Prices in one of Perth’s newest residential enclaves, The Springs at Rivervale, are holding value better than apartments across the wider Perth metropolitan area, despite concerns of excess supply restraining capital growth.

Mantra to operate Atzemis' new city hotel

Hotel and resorts operator Mantra Group has been confirmed as the partner for a new property at 900 Hay Street by local developer George Atzemis, following the opening earlier this month of Mantra's new Peppers Hotel opposite Kings Square.

Housing recovery hard to predict

Western Australia's declining residential building sector will bottom out by next year, however the state government's official forecaster says the speed of any potential recovery beyond 2016-17 would be difficult to predict.

Zone Q's South Perth apartments rejected, again

China-backed developer Zone Q Investments’ plans for a South Perth apartment tower on MIll Point Road have been rejected for a second time by planning authorities, as uncertainty over the suburb’s town planning scheme puts a cloud over future development.

ADC steps up to heritage challenge

Local developer Australian Development Capital is taking on one of the industry’s biggest challenges – redeveloping a historically significant property in Fremantle’s West End.

Next evolution emerging in real estate marketing

Fresh initiatives are emerging in the world of online property advertising, as the sector embraces technology to effectively market residential real estate.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss Collier Homes, Rottnest Express, Sealanes, Diab Engineering, office leasing deals, and chief executive salaries.

International students bypass WA for other states

Western Australia needs to sell itself better as a destination for international students, with the state’s share of foreign students studying in Australia plunging over the past 13 years, according t

Tenants pounce on prime CBD office space

Law firm Gilbert + Tobin is the latest company in Perth to shift address, as firms with expiring leases take advantage of the most tenant-friendly market in 25 years.

Brownes cultivates pouch market

Dairy producer Brownes has become the first local company to manufacture yoghurt pouches as part of an ambitious plan to usurp Yoplait as Western Australia’s highest selling yoghurt maker.

Investa finds major leasing success

Investa Property Group has inked Perth’s largest office leasing deal for 2016, one of three new leases totalling 13,639 square metres.

Amara breathes life into Collier Homes

Long-running homebuilding brand Collier Homes will continue to operate in Western Australia, after the business was sold to local entrepreneur Dario Amara.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Dan Wilkie discuss Donald Trump from a WA perspective, Gold Road, PDC BIM, Laurance Wines, Fremantle developments and junior miners.

New beer bar to fill northern suburbs gap

Beerland Brewing is responding to a perceived shortage of craft beer in Perth’s northern suburbs, building a new venue to anchor a hospitality precinct at the redeveloped Westfield Whitford City.

State shift signals $250m Freo revival

Developer Sirona Capital says it is keen to build on and enhance the fabric of Fremantle, after the state government confirmed it would shift three agencies to the port city today, paving the way for a $250 million-plus redevelopment of King’s Square.

Jaxon starts building Forrest Hall

Construction has started on the University of Western Australia’s Forrest Hall, a $16 million accommodation facility designed to attract the world’s best researchers to the state.

Historic centre a renewed retail hub at City Beach

A community-first focus is paying dividends for shopping centre owner GPA, with its Empire Village Shopping Centre becoming a new focal point in City Beach. 



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.