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FRIDAY 24 OCTOBER 2008

UPCOMING EVENTS

BRIEF BITS

Treasurer announces successful sale of Brisbane Airport shareholding MORE

Seqwater establishes new Ipswich office MORE

Designs for new Calliope Range crossing on track MORE

Banana Shire Council report identifies areas of development assessment failure MORE


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THIS EDITION

Property Council 2009/10 Committee nominations open soon!
Keep an eye out in next week’s edition of News this week for nomination forms.

Property Council submits top projects list to Infrastructure Australia
The Property Council has submitted its list of top infrastructure projects requiring federal funding as part of the $20 billion Building Australia Fund MORE



POSITION AVAILABLE: Looking to supercharge your career by working for the Property Council?
The excitement of Dubai’s bright lights, nightlife and opportunity to make a fortune has proven too much for one of our team MORE


29 OCTOBER Commercial Property Breakfast: The Draft Development Schemes for Bowen Hills and Northshore Hamilton Urban Development Areas have arrived! MORE


National electronic development assessments to help Aussie homebuyers
Homebuyers across Australia will benefit from nationally consistent electronic development assessments (eDAs) being developed by the Federal Government MORE
 


Property Council Annual Downtown Christmas Party – selling fast!
Kick off the festive season at The Property Council of Australia’s 2008 Annual Downtown Christmas Party, proudly sponsored by Rider Levett Bucknall MORE

 


Urban 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 Infrastructure Australia MORE



Sustainability & High Density / Community Living– Don’t miss Nov 26
On November 26, the Property Council and Maunsell Bassett will be taking sustainability into the lounge room with a bumper sustainability seminar MORE

 


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 MORE

 


2008 Queensland Shopping Centre Directory – out now!
The much-anticipated 2008 edition of the Property Council Queensland Shopping Centre Directory has arrived! MORE





 


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MEDIA WATCH

ABC1 (Brisbane)
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 Council


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.


Courier Mail
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.


Courier Mail
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.

 

 


October 29 - COMMERCIAL PROPERTY BREAKFAST

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October 30 - RETAIL BREAKFAST
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November 6 - DOWNTOWN BREAKFAST
NOVEMBER POLITICAL POWER SERIES
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November 13 - RETAIL SHOP LEASES ACT WORKSHOP
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November 20 - DOWNTOWN LUNCHEON
NOVEMBER POLITICAL POWER SERIES
The State of Growth
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