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.

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.

Canning Bridge an apartment hotspot

SPECIAL REPORT: A new high-rise precinct is evolving around Mount Pleasant and Applecross.

Building starts on Applecross, Scarborough apartments

Construction has started this week on two apartment projects with a collective end value of $126 million, with Norup + Wilson launching its Beach Shack in Scarborough and Baltinas starting to build its Habitat Residences in Applecross.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Dan Wilkie and Matt Mckenzie discuss Manchester United, Gemmill Homes, BGC asset sales, office rents, Blue Cow Cheese, solar storage, apartment development.

Demand stokes office rent rise

Vacancies continue to fall in Perth’s CBD office market, pushing rents up for the first time since 2013.

BGC assessing sale of building materials units

BGC Australia is exploring the divestment of its fibre cement and plasterboard businesses, picking up on a sales process it deferred earlier this year.

Perth leads nation in loss-making property sales

Property owners are continuing to feel the brunt of the city’s residential downturn, with the number of Perth house transactions occurring for a loss hitting all-time highs.

Gemmill goes, signage stays

Prominent building identity Craig Gemmill has called time on 15 years at his namesake company, selling his stake to co-founder John Wilson, but the Gemmill Homes brand will remain active in Western Australian homebuilding.

Axiom lands back in Perth with retail project

Axiom Properties has launched its first Western Australian project since it exited the Port Geographe canals subdivision near Busselton in 2011, acquiring a three-hectare retail site in Butler for $9.6 million.

Momentum builds for flexible spaces

Flexible office providers are continuing to make their presence felt in Perth’s office market.

Innovative builds push boundaries

Western Australia’s building downturn and increased take-up of smaller dwellings is providing impetus for the adoption of alternative construction techniques, with builders seeking to pass cost and time savings on to homebuyers as they battle to maintain market share.

Prices hit by land glut

The state’s land developers are rolling out stock at a much higher capacity than needed, with the excess product hitting the market resulting in median land prices falling to around $5,000 under fair value.

New data delves into density

A new report has revealed the reasoning behind community opposition to increased density.



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.