Property Council 2009/10 Committee nominations open soon!
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Council submits top projects list to Infrastructure
The Property Council has submitted its list of top
infrastructure projects requiring federal funding as part of
the $20 billion Building Australia Fund
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The Draft Development Schemes for Bowen Hills and Northshore Hamilton Urban Development Areas have arrived!
National electronic development assessments to help Aussie
across Australia will benefit from nationally consistent
electronic development assessments (eDAs) being developed by
the Federal Government
Property Council Annual Downtown Christmas Party – selling
Kick off the festive season at The Property Council of
Australia’s 2008 Annual Downtown Christmas Party, proudly
sponsored by Rider Levett Bucknall
planning expert to head Major Cities Unit
Ms Dorte Ekelund – a person with more than 25 years of
urban planning experience – will head up the Federal
Government’s new Major Cities Unit within the Office of
Sustainability & High Density / Community Living– Don’t miss
On November 26, the Property Council and Maunsell
Bassett will be taking sustainability into the lounge room
with a bumper sustainability seminar
Queensland Shopping Centre of the Year Awards: Entries
due 27 November
The Queensland Shopping Centre of the Year Awards aim to
recognise and publicly reward exceptional shopping centres
in Queensland, based on their performance
Queensland Shopping Centre Directory – out now!
The much-anticipated 2008 edition of the Property Council Queensland
Shopping Centre Directory has arrived!
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19 October 2008 - ABC News (Weekend)
Brisbane's billion dollar North Bank project has been
scrapped by the Qld Government, saying the community would
not support any building on the river which made the project
unviable. Qld Premier Anna Bligh says 93% of submissions
were opposed to the project, the Oppn saying the Government
is seeking to claw back votes and should have acted much
earlier and before millions was spent. Developer Brookfield
Multiples says it's disappointed by the decision, the
Property Council saying it's a lost opportunity.
Interviewees: Anna Bligh, Queensland Premier; Mark McArdle,
Deputy Oppn leader; Paul Lucas, Qld Deputy Premier; Peter
Beattie, former Qld Premier, Steve Greenwood, Property
ABC 612 Brisbane
19 October 2008 - News (Weekend)
Brisbane's $1.7b North Bank redevelopment project has been
scrapped due to lack of public support. Interviewees: Paul
Lucas, Deputy Premier.; Steve Greenwood, Property Council.
Australian Financial Review
21 October 2008 - Outrage over North Bank decision
Business has criticised Queensland Premier Anna Bligh's
decision to dump the planned $1.7 billion North Bank
development. The criticisms have raised doubts about the
government's commitment to major infrastructure projects 12
months out from the state election.
17 October 2008 - Virgin’s New Runway
When Virgin Blue decided it needed a new property to house
its entire Brisbane headquarters time was of the essence.
Virgin Blue national property manager Glen Plummer addressed
a Property Council of Australia function this week about the
difficulties a fast growing organisation faced housing
itself in the desperately tight Brisbane office market.
18 October 2008 - Builder Blasts Delays
Cr Newman recently told a Property Council breakfast that
the council processed development applications within 102
day on average, prompting laughter from the audience.
Property Council executive director Steve Greenwood said
thousands of developers throughout the state were
experiencing similar delays to Mr Chapman. “Definitely the
averages are down and it’s no surprise that people laughed,”
he said. “Averages hide extreme peaks and from our point of
view the development application process is one of the key
influences of housing affordability.” Mr Greenwood said
application delays could kill projects, especially in the
present financial climate. Efficient processing was “now
more important than ever”.
Australian Financial Review
23 October 2008 - Independence fears for retail tribunal
From next year retail tenancy disputes in Queensland will be
decided by the new Queensland Civil and Administrative
Tribunal. Some are worried that retailers’ interests will
not be looked after under the new regime.
ABC 612 Brisbane
23 October 2008
Begley says the decision by Ipswich Council to buy up twenty
six thousand square metres of retail and office space in the
CBD has been tipped to spark a development boom. Begley says
the Property Council of Qld says the forty five million
dollar deal will have benefits for the people of Ipswich
that go far beyond money, and tipping it could become an
icon, like Townsville's Strand. Begley introduces Steve
Greenwood, executive director of the Property Council.
Greenwood says it is a very positive move by the Council
because it will overcome an impasse of that area of the city
the Council has been trying to deal with for a number of
years. Greenwood says the Council will be able to re-plan
the area and it is an exciting move. Greenwood says they
seem to be looking at innovative solutions, and suggests
there will be social benefits in the area. Begley says the
Ipswich City Council will now be able to choose which
retailers move in, and asks if that would change the area.
Greenwood says the Council will now have the ability to
change the area, and says around Qld Councils such as the
Charters Towers Council are very proactive.
ABC Southern Queensland (Toowoomba)
23 October 2008
Greenwood talks about the criteria for eligibility for the
First Home Owners Grant. He says that there is a grant
available of $14,000 for existing home purchase or $21,000
for new homes is a very welcome amount of money for these
people. The State Government is spending a lot of money on
new infrastructures and those factors mean the demand out
there for building and construction material has gone up.