The Property Council has welcomed attendees to lunch with the Deputy Premier and a Diversity and Inclusion Breakfast over the last fortnight.

Deputy Premier Lunch

Last Friday the nearly 300 attendees packed the room to hear from Deputy Premier Steven Miles on his vision and plans for Queensland’s property sector.

As both Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Steven Miles is the industry’s most important State Government stakeholder.

At the lunch he discussed his wide-ranging responsibilities across various portfolios. This included working with the Property Council to secure the $1.8 billion SEQ City Deal and the economic momentum generated by the announcement of the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Deputy Premier also delved into his plans to address ongoing issues around housing affordability in Queensland. This included announcing the release of the Peer Review into the Land Supply and Development Monitoring report. This peer review followed the Property Council’s advocacy for a renewed look at the report as the benchmark for land supply in SEQ.

The Property Council would like to thank the Deputy Premier for taking the time to address industry and provide insight into the State Government’s plan for the property sector as we progress towards the Olympics.

Special thanks to Stockland for making this event possible

Diversity and Inclusion Event Wrap

Corporate Australia is focussing more intently on engagement with First Nations’ peoples. On 18 May, we were joined by a panel with practical and learned experience on how to create culturally safe environments for First Nations’ peoples within our organisations.

The keynote was Joseph Wallace, an Indigenous Man from Jirrabal Rainforest Aboriginal descendants in Far North Queensland and Juru Aboriginal descendants in Bowen. Joseph is Managing Director of Multhana Property services, based in South-East Queensland.

In his keynote Joseph spoke of his passion for creating positive change for the Indigenous community. Having extensive experience in the private and public sectors Joseph used his keynote to highlight the importance of encouraging Indigenous participation and improving access to skills development and jobs.

Multhana means “people coming together to help each other” in the Kalkadoon language and Joseph confirmed that this was his preferred approach to the business – giving opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to build and develop professionally, financially, and socially.

Joining Joseph on stage after his keynote was Corin Morcom, Senior Associate at Allens and Erin McDonald, Interior Designer with Conrad Gargett and First Nations Design Consultant at Blaklash Creative. The moderator was Tiarne Shutt, Head of Strategy and Engagement at First Australians Capital.

This panel and moderator were fantastic, bringing together Australians with practical experience to share their own opinions on how corporate Australia can better create inclusive workplaces for First Nations’ peoples.

There was a plethora of key learnings that left the room of property professionals in attendance feeling enriched, particularly after active engagement from the audience with the panel.

Importantly, the panel acknowledged that fostering a culturally safe environment for First Nations’ peoples is not something that happens overnight. There needs to be hard and uncomfortable conversations in order to make conscious and real change in an organisation.

These changes are incremental and will take time as not just corporate Australia continues to walk the path to reconciliation but as we all do. Establishing trust and transparency between corporate Australia and our First Nations’ communities is an important step in creating a culturally safe environment was a powerful takeaway message.

Thank you to Allens for hosting this event in your fantastic office – the ongoing support from Allens is appreciated.