Tag Archives: developers

Denman Prospect not going englobo

By 9 September 2013

The Economic Development Directorate has announced the LDA will develop Denman Prospect themselves:
The Land Development Agency will develop the new Molonglo suburb of Denman Prospect rather than sell the 100 hectare site as an englobo parcel.
The decision was taken following extensive negotiations with a potential purchaser which finally proved to be unsuccessful.
“While it is [...]

Property Council award winners

By 3 August 2013

The Property Council have had their big bash and announced the winners of this year’s awards:
ACT Property Development of the Year
Sponsored by Rider Levett Bucknall
Winner: RM Hope Building, 2 National Circuit
Developed by ISPT Pty Ltd
Designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects
ACT Property Business of the Year
Sponsored by GHD
Winner: GEOCON
Allan Wylucki Property Professional of the Year
Sponsored by Hays [...]

Are there any good Canberra app developers?

By 5 December 2012

For some organisations outsourcing the work to India or the Ukraine just won’t do.
So what locals can do quality smartphone apps at a good price?

Molonglo Group finds the love for Labor

By 29 November 2012

Today’s return of gifts has a donation of $4,500 to Labor from the Nishi developing Molonglo Group.

Inner South Canberra Community Council AGM Tues 27 Nov

By 26 November 2012

7 PM 27 NOVEMBER 2011
1. Welcome – Gary Kent, Chairperson
2. Apologies
3. Guest Speakers
(a) 7 pm “Our changing suburbs – what, when and how and why don’t I know about it?” Craig Simmons Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate ACT Government
(b) 7.30 pm “A proposal to re-zone the majority of [...]

Safety Inquiry given more time to finish homework

By 20 November 2012

Worksafe brings word the much needed construction sector Inquiry Panel has been given until this Friday to report:
The Inquiry Panel looking into compliance with safety requirements in the ACT’s construction sector has asked the Attorney General for a one week extension to the deadline for completing their report in order to ensure the report includes [...]

Liberals go again on the lease variation tax

By 15 November 2012

It seems a simple enough premise. If people buy land with one lease purpose, at a value to suit that purpose, they get a windfall if the Government agrees to vary the lease purpose to something more lucrative.
Rather than bank the money from having an amenable government it seems manifestly self evident a part of [...]

Property Council screaming over “commence and complete” fees

By 17 September 2012

In a speech to over 200 industry representatives at a Property Council function held on 21 June 2012, ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr said:
“Today I can announce that the Government will waive commence and complete fees for commercial, mixed use and multi-unit residential developments. Commence and complete provisions will now only apply to the construction of [...]

When pokies meet developers with help from Labor

By 12 September 2012

Labor in the ACT has two great loves. Poker machines and real estate deals.
So it’s very exciting to see Joy Burch bring the two together along with patronage and largesse.
Nine small licensed clubs will receive grants of $15,000 each to assess the viability of their sites for residential development, ACT Minister for Gaming and Racing [...]

Just look at who’s donating to Labor!

By 24 August 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Elections ACT are now running a more up to date list of political donations and this afternoon a swag of them have turned up (dated 6 August).
We don’t know what Dataflex’s connections are but the rest!
So Hawker Britton are star Labor Party lobbyists. Somewhat in disgrace we gather after founder Bruce Hawker ran the campaign [...]

The Property Council’s report card

By 15 March 2012

What’s not to like about a lobby group assessing the performance of Government regulation of its members and releasing a report card?
Simon Corbell is quite happy with what they had to say about his work.
“I am very pleased to see an improvement in the way our planning system is working, according to this report card [...]

New housing crisis?

By 2 March 2012

Liberal leader Zed Seselja is banging the drum on housing affordability:
The number of ACT dwellings approved for building has plummeted by 60 per cent in trend terms since June 2011, while the average cost of a median priced home in Canberra has skyrocketed to the nation’s highest at $505,000. This comes after information obtained [...]

Government and Developers ever closer intertwined. John Hindmarsh to chair the Cultural Facilities Corporation.

By 27 December 2011

Joy Burch has announced into the silly season that the Executive Chairman of the Hindmarsh Group (“A leader in construction, development and property, Hindmarsh draws upon this expertise to deliver specialist services in retirement, parking operations and capital management.” According to their website), John Hindmarsh, is giving of himself to chair the Cultural Facilities Corporation:

Construction booming

By 1 December 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Andrew Barr is letting us know that the latest Construction Snapshot is looking rather rosy:
Canberra’s construction sector continues to show its strength with around $13.5 billion worth of projects currently planned or under way in the ACT according to the latest Canberra Construction Snapshot.
Construction is a major contributor to the ACT economy and since coming [...]

Zed on the Hawke review and Neil Savery

By 19 July 2011

Liberal Leader Zed Seselja is hinting at very serious allegations:
Suspicions that the review into the public service was all about ACT Labor removing the chief planner have been confirmed by the former Chief Minister Jon Stanhope and it appears this type of advice from the Chief Planning Executive wont be welcome under Katy Gallaghers leadership, [...]

RAM Constructions win the Chief Minister’s Affordable Housing Award

By 28 June 2011

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has congratulated RAM Constructions for winning her Affordable Housing Award, as part of the 2011 Master Builders and Boral Excellence in Building Awards.
“I congratulate RAM Constructions on winning this award which recognises excellence in affordable construction and design. I also extend the Government’s appreciation to all those nominated for the Award [...]

Zed weeps for the Property Council

By 25 June 2011

24 hours after the event Zed Seselja put out an outraged media release on the passage of change of use charges for developers wanting to throw up units on single residence blocks:
“Day one of an ‘accountable’ Gallagher Labor government and she’s already thrown openness out the window,” Zed said.
“What we saw tonight is the ramming [...]

Your problems with builders. Simon wants to hear!

By 24 May 2011

A courageous Simon Corbell is calling on the people of Canberra to tell him about your troubles with builders.
Mr Corbell said the survey, which was established last year in response to claims of widespread shoddy work, particularly with new units, will help the Government understand where improvements are required across the industry.
“The ACT Budget allocated [...]

Prestige Development or Future Slum at Jamison?

By 9 March 2011

Does 250 one bedroom apartments, 67 two bedroom apartments and only five three bedroom apartments  on the site of the old Jamison Inn sound like a presteige development for Jamison to you?
To me it sounds like a future management headache for the community and the unlucky body corporate to bear.
Parking at Jamison will be [...]

Bob Winnell gets his land half price from the ACT Government

By 18 January 2011

The Canberra Times has the thrilling news that after deciding to discard the transparency of land auctions the ACT Government decided that a good price for land direct to favoured developers in 2009 should be nearly half the price charged in 2007.
At auction in 2007 the Government sold housing blocks in Canberra’s north for [...]

Development application Casey

By 4 January 2011

I came back from a lovely holiday to have a letter in my mail box from ACT Planning and Land Authority indicating the vacant block opposite my front yard has received the following development application:
“Multi-dwelling 45 Unit, 3 storey building, basement carkparking” etc
Must be confident that it will be going ahead, given the developer has [...]

Woden arcology downsizes to merely immense

By 2 December 2010

In a beautiful example of the use of ambit claims the ABC reports that Hindmarsh’s proposed mega apartments on Callam Street in Woden are coming down from 35 storeys to a mere 12-18 storeys following consultation with the Woden Community Council.
Nicely done.

Woden the Manhattan of the south?

By 4 November 2010

The Canberra Times reports on plans by the Hindmarsh Group to build 35 storey residential towers in Woden.
There are, of course, plans for electric cars, and Sydney’s Oxford Street too!
Developer Hindmarsh and the Land Development Agency unveiled yesterday a vision for electric cars and tower communities of up to 5000 people in the town [...]

Style guru thinks cappuccinos are cool

By 1 November 2010

The Canberra Times has worrying news of the visit to chat to developers by “cultural planner” Charles Landry.
Charles has the shattering insight that urban infill is probably a good idea and is sharing it with no doubt gobsmacked groups such as “representatives of the Hindmarsh, Doma and Rock development groups, the Canberra Business Council, Master [...]

Don’t you worry about that say Canberra Builders

By 20 October 2010

Construction in the ACT has reached the point where Phillipino visitors to the city make “Tsk Tsk” noises when they walk past our construction sites.
My own unscientific, but reasonably widespread, walking past suggests the eskies are open and the booze is flowing (mostly bacardi breezers) on many construction sites by 10am.
But the ABC Reports the [...]

Gateway Apartments go to court

By 29 September 2010

The Canberra Times reports that Ms Anne Moore and the owners corporation of the Kingston Foreshore Gateway Apartments are off to the federal court seeking redress from the Land Development Agency and Bovis Lend Lease over sub-standard construction.
It must be pretty bad to draw this kind of public attention to their very expensive real estate [...]

The observatory cooks off

By 28 September 2010

[First filed: Sep 27, 2010 @ 12:14]

The dereliction of the beautiful observatory buildings in the old Downer Club has long been a tragedy. This morning it burned as recorded in these postings from the ESA:
5:33am Monday 27 September 2010 – Fire in Dickson The ACT Fire Brigade is responding to a fire inside an old [...]

Important Planning Issues for South Canberra

By 9 September 2010

[ 14 September 2010 at 7:00 pm; ] Important Planning Issues for South Canberra
Public Meeting – All Welcome

Presented by Inner South Canberra Community Council (ISCCC)
At Eastlake Football Club Tues 7pm 14 Sept 2010
Speakers invited from ACTPLA & NCA

• What is the optimum population level for the ACT and how does the Government sees its role in facilitating residential growth to [...]

Back to the drawing board on 301 and 303

By 30 August 2010

Earlier in the month Andrew Barr was asking you to get your submissions in on proposed changes to the Territory Plan to improve solar access to new single occupancy developments (rendering them more expensive) while at the same time making it easier to infill multi-occupancy developments.
Yesterday (a Sunday) Mr Barr announced he was extending the [...]

NCA wants comments on Canberra Avenue

By 16 August 2010

The National Capital Authority is calling for comments on development on Canberra Avenue. The plans are DCP No.10/04 and DCP No.10/06.
Andrew Smith, NCA Executive Director National Capital Plan said the DCPs will guide development adjacent to this significant avenue.
“The draft DCPs have been prepared to guide the future development of the sites within the [...]

Are you part of “A huge groundswell of anger”?

By 30 July 2010

The Canberra Times is leading with John Thistleton’s supposition that:
A huge groundswell of anger is brewing among residents of Canberra’s inner suburbs over unit developments.
Which is curious, because as a long term inner northican I look at the developments with some hope that they might one day lead to prices low enough that I too [...]

Location, location, location – and dogs

By 29 July 2010

I was at the RSPCA yesterday to collect the latest addition to the family and saw that the development across the road from the centre is well underway.  I also noticed it is really, really close to the RSPCA. 
Don’t get me wrong – I love the RSPCA and support their work – but I don’t [...]

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