Dan Wilkie

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.

Builton fails, administrator appointed

One of state’s biggest residential construction firms, Builton Group, has succumbed to the financial stresses engulfing the sector, appointing an external administrator earlier today after reports of the company’s financial troubles emerged last week.

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.

Economic diversity a challenge for property

A new report assessing the diversity of property use across the city has provided some surprising results.

Rosewood spends $105m on upgrades

Aged care provider Rosewood is responding to increasing demand for its services by booking $105 million in developments for its West Perth and Leederville facilities.

Satterley goes from south to west

Satterley Property Group is closing its long-time South Perth headquarters, taking advantage of historically high levels of vacant office space to move across the river to West Perth.

Sustainability worth the price

New research shows homebuyers are willing to pay extra for energy-efficient design.

Questions over commission process

Consumers and contractors are becoming frustrated with the regulatory regime in residential construction.

Subbies empowered under new code

A new code of conduct for the state’s construction sector has been hailed as a game-changer for the industry, with the potential to reduce costs across the board by 20 per cent.

Finbar lodges DA for Palmyra low rise

Apartment specialist Finbar Group has kicked off 2017 with a fresh development application, lodging plans for its 258-dwelling, low-rise apartments project at the Golden Egg Farms site on Leach Highway in Palmyra.

Perth real estate beckons after Libor scandal

Disgraced international markets trader Paul Thompson appears to be gearing up for a return to Perth’s property market.

Housing market builds on year-end momentum

Perth’s housing market continued to show life to round out 2016, with median house prices posting their first quarterly increase since April last year, according to property analytics firm CoreLogic.

More M/Group heritage after Heirloom revival

The paint is hardly dry on the final touches to M/Group’s $130 million restoration of Fremantle's historic Dalgety Woolstores, but managing director Lloyd Clark is already on the lookout for his next statement project.

Dunsborough community concern over Puma plan

A planning stoush has emerged in the seaside town of Dunsborough over a proposed Puma fuel station on one of the last vacant development blocks on Dunn Bay Road.

Lower property prices good news for many in Karratha

A silver lining is emerging with regards to the fall in property prices in the state’s north-west, particularly in the resources hub of Karratha.

Got a problem? Call Houston

Former Special Air Service trooper Scott Houston knows what it takes to successfully transition from the armed forces into the private sector.

Fini thrives on delivering iconic vision

SPECIAL REPORT: One of Perth’s most prominent names in property has had a transcendent effect on the city in 2016.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss residential property outlook, Monadelphous and Civmec diversify, Nev Power, Adrian Fini and Brendon Grylls are our people of the year.

Faragher favours South Perth high-rise

Planning Minister Donna Faragher has scuttled the City of South Perth’s ambitions of reinstating height limits across a large parcel of the suburb.

Brewery to catch stadium foot traffic

Fans won’t have to walk far for refreshments before and after events at the new Perth Stadium, with a 2,500-person capacity tavern and microbrewery to be built adjacent to the Swan River pedestrian bridge on the Burswood Peninsula.

Architecture firm collapses after spin-out

Perth-based architecture firm DAPM Architects is in the hands of liquidators, less than a week after it was spun-out of national group DesignInc, but its managing director says the collapse represents an opportunity for a new beginning.

Demand for apartments a matter of timing

Waning interest in off-the-plan apartment sales in Perth is adding to the challenges facing developers.

Growing houses in Margaret River

A Margaret River-based entrepreneur is building a first for Western Australia – a house constructed out of hemp.

Land, location challenges for architects’ aged care builds

Aged care and retirement living projects are replacing office buildings and apartment complexes on the drawing boards of architecture firms across Western Australia, as increasing demand for beds stokes intense competition among providers.

The Grand Cru experience, a top cellar

Mount Lawley liquor retailer Grand Cru Wine Shop has undergone an evolution since being established more than 42 years ago.

LandCorp launches Nambeelup estate

LandCorp is seeking businesses to populate a new industrial estate in Nambeelup, a key plank of the state government’s plan to create more than 33,000 jobs in the Peel region by 2050.

Fremantle Port tourism revival

Creating a tourism precinct on the southern side of Fremantle Port has again been floated as a possibility, after the City of Fremantle put out the call for government and private sector support for its next wave of development opportunities.

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.



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.