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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.