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.

Feral brews one just for the locals

Swan Valley-based boutique beermaker Feral Brewing Company has created a new beer for sale exclusively in Western Australia.

Malaysian group plans $100m Cockburn project

Malaysian property group Seri Mutiara Development is planning a $100 million residential project in Perth’s southern suburbs, having bought three plots of land at Cockburn Central West.

Perth's new icon revealed at Elizabeth Quay

A public art gallery and viewing platform 45 storeys above the ground will create a new tourist drawcard at Elizabeth Quay, with the latest development at the state government’s flagship redevelopment project unveiled today.

Uniqlo on its way to Perth CBD

Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo will open its first Western Australian store in Perth’s Murray Street Mall, with a flagship two-level shop anchoring a $6 million redevelopment of Plaza Arcade.

Little Dove win a gauge of local craft brewers’ art

SPECIAL REPORT: Western Australian breweries’ continued success is building on a rich brewing pedigree.

Carrying the can for craft beer

SPECIAL REPORT: There’s a definite case of old school meets new school going on in the boutique brewing set, with aluminium cans increasingly the container of choice among the craft beer crowd.

Brewers, bars team up to grow craft consumption

SPECIAL REPORT: WA brewers are finding that it’s better for the industry if they work together.

Landlords look at upgrades to lure new tenants

CBD landlords are continuing to invest in their assets to ensure they remain relevant in an increasingly competitive office market.

Slow sales squeeze small developers

There are glimmers of hope emerging for beleaguered apartment developers, despite slugglish sales across Perth.

Selective focus, apartments projects drive Momentum

Buyers’ agency and developer Momentum Wealth has braved Perth’s patchy apartments market with a new syndicate, raising $6.5 million from investors for a 40-dwelling project in Highgate.

MNG heading east with tie-up in Victoria

Top WA land survey firm MNG is branching out to explore opportunities in the greenfields land development market on the east coast.

BGC now nation's second-largest builder

BGC has relinquished its spot as Australia’s most prolific home builder, but it is still the biggest builder in Western Australia, as the downturn in housing construction continues to be felt.

MSC breathes life into West End heritage

The biggest single user of Fremantle Ports, Mediterranean Shipping Company, has unveiled a new headquarters for its Australian and New Zealand operations in a heritage building in Fremantle’s historic West End.

New golf concept to leverage tourist growth

A new-format international golf tournament will make its debut in Western Australia early next year, as the state government looks to capitalise on rising interstate tourism interest.

High-end builder goes under

Osborne Park-based builder Quattro Homes has been placed into administration, the fourth residential builder in Western Australia to collapse in the past three months.

Finance squeeze hurting Perth land market

Land developers are predicting further pain as finance changes put a damper on the industry.

Urbis aims to add value

Consulting and advisory group Urbis is preparing to add property valuation to its suite of services, following its move to customised new premises at The Quadrant on William Street.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Dan Wilkie discuss property planning, builders fraud, Fastbrick Robotics and fashion.

Developers wanted to build up Murdoch

Work is expected to start later this year on Western Australia's first dedicated health and knowledge precinct in Murdoch, with developers sought to deliver up to 400 homes, 33,000 square metres of office space and more than 80 short-stay apartments.

Advocacy group to push back on apartments

A new group of property professionals promises to bring balance to Perth’s debate over density.

No longer driven to drink in Margs

Tourists have been given more incentive to hang up the car keys and stay in town when visiting Margaret River. 

Report slams Perth planning

The bulk of Perth’s local governments are missing the mark on long-term strategic planning, according to a new Property Council report into the sector.

Cambridge density plan rejected

Six years of surveys, community consultation and planning have come to naught in the Town of Cambridge, after Planning Minister Donna Faragher rejected proposed changes to the area’s town planning sch

Backpacker exodus concern for tourism

Backpackers are skipping Western Australia and heading to other states, with a big fall in the number of working holidaymakers contributing to disappointing international tourism statistics released t

Builders fined for fraud, unfinished work

Two Perth-based builders have been denied registration and another has been fined, in a busy week for Western Australia’s Building Commission.

Station spurs density in Aubin Grove

A new train station at Aubin Grove has been the catalyst behind an evolution of product from residential land developer Richard Noble & Company.

Gage Roads seeks cash to buy out Woolies

Gage Roads Brewing Company will tap the market for $10.1 million to buy back Woolworths’ stake in the Palmyra-based brewer, capping off a busy 12 months where it created Australia’s best beer while also returning to profitability.

Downturn timing right for Melchor

A new player is applying an international model to win work in the highly competitive commercial construction sector.

Neighbourhood centres the place to be

Suburban shopping centres are becoming the most sought-after asset class in property.

The future, coming to a mall near you

Perth’s big retail centres are evolving to become much more than just a collection of shops.

Affordability remains an issue

More than 80 per cent of houses sold in Perth in the year to the end of June went for $400,000 or more, the latest evidence of the difficulties faced by low income earners seeking to own a home.



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.