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Caboolture West could be Australia’s next major regional centre

Warning That Gold Coast Could Soon Be “Land-Locked”

CABOOLTURE West has the potential to become the next Parramatta or Dandenong, according to one of the country’s top demographers.

Professional services firm KPMG demographer Bernard Salt has called for the region to become a jobs hub to strengthen the area and prevent traffic carnage from commuters trying to muscle their way into Brisbane’s CBD.

Mr Salt was in favour of the Caboolture West plan, which he said would be “a next-generation North Lakes” and kept the “Australian dream” alive.

And he used Parramatta in Sydney’s West and Dandenong on the edge of Melbourne as case studies for success. “I am hoping over the next 20 years, jobs will be decentralised outside of Brisbane,” he said.

“It won’t be the community of west Caboolture coming into the city.

“With the new university centre at Petrie, or Chermside, we can see stronger regional centres.

“The same way that Parramatta and Dandenong have strong regional job centres, rather than the model that has evolved of living on the edge of the Bruce Highway and fighting our way into the city.”

Leading Australian demographer and social commentator Bernard Salt. Picture: RICHARD JUPE.

Mr Salt said growing digital industries could also ease gridlock, with more people able to work from home.

He has called for that way of thinking to be included into the masterplan for Caboolture West.

Mr Salt said the previous success of regions such as North Lakes and Caloundra West on the Sunshine Coast provided a template for Caboolture West to be even better. “It provides local jobs, it brings aspirational people to the area and young families,” he said.

The plan for the development of Caboolture West includes 70,000 new residents for the region and a raft of new infrastructure. Pic: Chris Higgins

A council spokesman said there were provisions in the plan for 17,000 fulltime jobs in the region, and provisions for a major district town centre, six local centres and 13 neighbourhood hubs.

“The plan also outlines six potential local centres within Caboolture West that will become key focal points and dedicated public transport hubs. It is expected the local centres will include offices, supermarkets, speciality stores, health, childcare and support services.”

Original article published at by Josh Alston, Caboolture Shire Herald 30/9/16

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Woolworths Plans $184m Distribution Centre in Brisbane

Woolworths Plans $184m Distribution Centre in Brisbane

Supermarket giant Woolworths has lodged a development application for a new 42,000sq m distribution centre in Brisbane.

Plans for the $184 million facility, lodged with the Brisbane City Council, show the distribution centre will be located in Heathwood, located 19 kilometres from Brisbane CBD.

The project is majority funded by Logos, with property development costs of around $148 million, and Woolworths signing an initial 15-year lease on the Heathwood site.

If approved by council, Woolworths chief supply chain officer Paul Graham said the facility will enable efficient deliveries to around 260 stores across Queensland and northern New South Wales.

“The extra capacity through the Heathwood distribution centre will be key to supporting our future growth in Queensland,” Graham said.

Graham said the facility will be co-located with Woolworths’ meat supplier Hilton Meats’ production facility, which the company expects would help remove up to 390 trucks from Brisbane roads each week.

Woolworths reported $32.4 billion in revenue in its half year earnings released this month, and a net profit of $1.36 billion, largely in line with expectations.

The February results also show that Woolworths raised its estimate of staff underpayments to $315 million from its initial estimate of $200 million following its review, impacting a larger number of employees than initially expected.

The supermarket giant has repaid up to $80 million to staff, following its admission late last year of staff underpayments.




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Developer Aland Wins Approval for Four Towers in Southport

Developer Aland Wins Approval for Four Towers in Southport (1)

Sydney developer Aland will build four towers in Southport after gaining approval from the Gold Coast City Council.

The project, led by Andrew Hrsto and George Flemming, was planned for vacant lots—at 91-101 Nerang Street and 22 Cougal Street, Southport—opposite St Hilda’s School.

The development includes four towers comprising 1,019 dwellings and 137 short term accommodation units, restaurants, retail, a function facility and theatre.

Only one submission was made against the proposal relating to traffic impacts for access to a neighbouring property.

Council officers also noted traffic concerns for the area with infrastructure updates and sewerage improvements earmarked for site which sits within the Southport Priority Development Area.

Developer Aland Wins Approval for Four Towers in Southport (2)

Council said they would provide $4.9 million toward the upgrade of the sewerage system however the final estimated infrastructure charge for the development is expected to cost $26.86 million.

The developers previously planned 1,500 dwellings on the site across five towers however this was changed after pre-lodgement meetings with council officers.

Aland also has plans for 366 apartment tower at 16 Parkes Street, Parramatta which they purchased from Singapore-listed CWG International for $40 million in late 2017.

They also own Peak Towers which was located next door to the plagued Mascot Towers.

The Southport development would occur over four stages starting with the shortest tower at 18-storeys and a podium.

Stage two will include a 50-storey tower, basement carpark and the rest of commercial space before the final stage commenced with the construction of a 62-storey and 71-storey tower.

The developers tapped architecture firm Tony Owen Partners to design the four tower project.




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Spyre Group Wins Approval for Burleigh Heads Tower

Spyre Group Wins Approval for Burleigh Heads Tower (1)

Brisbane-based developer Spyre Group is set to replace a 12-year-old apartment block with an 18-storey apartment tower on Burleigh’s The Esplanade.

The developer pulled together the $16 million deal from the eight owners of the existing building, submitting plans in late 2019 for a $77 million tower on the site.

The tower, which received approval on Tuesday, takes advantage of new increased-density zoning rules to build to the 53-metre height limit on the 112 The Esplanade site.

The Bureau Proberts-designed development will comprise 33 apartments over 18-storeys, with 16-levels of half-floor apartments and one ground floor terrace unit.

Spyre director Andrew Malouf said that a scarcity of development sites and a marked undersupply of luxury apartment stock attracted the developer to Burleigh Heads.

“This is our fourth attempt of finding a site on The Esplanade,” Malouf said.

“I think that the advantage we had was that no one looked at [this] site with the idea that an [existing 8-storey building] could be developed.

“By working with the existing owners and generating development uplift from an additional 10-storeys on the land, it proved to be a very feasible project.”

Spyre Group Wins Approval for Burleigh Heads Tower (3)

The approval comes as the Gold Coast’s southern markets clock their best performance in six years, according to Urbis’ latest apartment report.

Urbis consultant Lynda Campell said that the southern beaches were the star performer, recording the highest sales rate for the quarter.

“In 2019, the southern beaches precinct saw a total 434 sales—its highest annual result in six years,” Campbell said.

“The southern beaches are generally associated with more premium and boutique apartments. Of the 30 monitored developments selling in the precinct currently, only four contain more than 100 units.”

Spyre Group Wins Approval for Burleigh Heads Tower (2)

The existing block of apartments on the 1,011sq m beachfront site was developed by Mimi Macpherson—the sister of supermodel Elle—in a joint venture with PM Developments in 2003.

Demolition on the 18-storey apartment block could begin as early June, while Malouf said the developer will look to launch the project, “Natura”, in early March.

Further down The Esplanade, Nielson Properties is working through council approval on a $350 million twin-tower project. The development is set to include Burleigh Head’s first five star hotel.




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