Residents in Brisbane’s northern and bayside suburbs will have access to a new tertiary campus at Petrie by 2020, regardless of who wins the July 2 Federal election.
Moreton Bay Regional Council has for the past two years been pushing ahead with plans to build a new university campus on 200 hectares on the site of the old Petrie paper mill, now being demolished.
In the past week, both the Liberal Party and the Labor Party have committed money to get the project under way by 2020.
Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison, in Petrie on Tuesday, confirmed that if Malcolm Turnbull was re-elected as prime minister, the Liberals would commit $35 million to the campus.
“A re-elected Turnbull Coalition government will provide $35 million towards infrastructure at the Moreton Bay Regional University Precinct,” Mr Morrison said.
“This funding will help to drive economic and employment opportunities across the Moreton Bay Region and beyond.”
The funding would support capital works to be done by Moreton Bay Regional Council to develop the site.
The site would include a campus of the University of the Sunshine Coast with shared community facilities and sporting facilities.
The local Liberal MPs who have worked with the Moreton Bay Regional Council’s bid for the university campus, Petrie MP Luke Howarth, Dickson MP Peter Dutton and Longman MP Wyatt Roy, were at the funding announcement on Tuesday.
Mr Howarth, representing Queensland’s most marginal federal seat, said he had discussed the new university campus with Mr Turnbull.
“I’ve been lobbying hard for the university for six months now and have had multiple meetings with the Prime Minister and the Minister for Education and Training,” Mr Howarth said.
“I’m pleased to have been able to deliver this funding commitment today, to ensure a new full-service university campus is built in the Moreton Bay Region.”
Labor had promised $98 million for the Petrie Mill site, under its plan to build a “Commonwealth Institute” there.
Labor’s Higher Education spokesman Kim Carr announced late last week that the Petrie mill site was one of 10 pilot sites around Australia as part of a $430 million package to have universities and TAFE campuses provide courses that matched the demographics of the particular area.
The council has begun talks with the University of the Sunshine Coast to provide law, business, science, engineering and many specialty courses such as “mechatronics”.
Commonwealth Institutes offer a mix of higher education with advanced vocational education as joint ventures between universities, TAFEs, industry and in many cases local and state governments.
Federal Labor’s money is subject to financial assistance from the Queensland government, according to a statement from Labor candidates Susan Lamb (Longman), Jacqui Pedersen (Petrie) and Queensland’s former attorney-general Linda Lavarch (Dickson).
Under Labor’s plan, the Petrie campus would be focused on advanced diplomas and associate degrees.
The money would go towards capital work – construction and infrastructure projects – on the Petrie site.
Labor planned to fund 1600 places at the campus.
Senator Carr said the problem in encouraging Australians to study after school was complicated.
“Hurdles preventing access vary from place to place, but include high unemployment, industry dislocation, economic structural change and distance to campus,” Senator Carr said.
“Labor knows these barriers must be broken down to ensure access to jobs and education is fair and widely available. Commonwealth Institutes of Higher Education are part of that solution.”
In April last year Moreton Bay Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said the 2011 census showed Moreton Region (52 per cent) had a lower than state average proportion (54.2 per cent) of people with a tertiary qualification.
The mayor said there was no major university campus in the region, which currently had more than 350,000 residents – a figure which would grow to 500,000 by 2031.
“Given that we are going to have a population larger than Tasmania in 20 years, one would think good future planning would allow for a future university campus in the region,” Cr Sutherland said.
Original article published at www.brisbanetimes.com.au by Tony Moore 22/6/16
City Council Backs Brisbane Olympic Bid
He was the sole voice of opposition to Brisbane City Council’s bid to host the Olympics but Greens councillor Jonathan Sri is adamant the negative impacts outweigh the positive.
The council’s confidential meeting this week included briefings from president of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) John Coates and the president of the Paralympics Committee Jock O’Callaghan.
The vote to formalise Brisbane’s commitment to the Games has paved the way for a formal bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games. It received bipartisan support with Sri the only dissenter.
Media and the public were barred from the meeting, to protect the locations of potential developments and any impacts it would have on property prices, the council said.
“While hosting undoubtedly offers some positive opportunities, after considering all the available information, I was concerned that the negative impacts upon our city will outweigh the benefits,” Sri said.
“Evidence from recent Olympics points to major cost overruns, significant disruption to residents, superfluous sports infrastructure that’s not as useful long-term as proponents might have suggested, and economic benefits flowing predominantly to major corporations rather than local businesses.”
Sri said taxpayers would have to foot the bill, estimated to be about $900 million, to develop new sporting venues.
An IOC feasibility study highlighted Brisbane’s need for about 20 per cent more sporting facilities.
Sri said the council and state governments were negotiating with the IOC over a new 50,000-seat stadium earmarked for Albion.
The Brisbane bid includes plans for seven new venues across the southeast corner, but that could be reduced to two with the use of existing facilities.
“While some of the infrastructure built for the Olympics can certainly leave a positive legacy and lasting public benefit, it’s almost inevitable that we’ll also spend public money building Olympics-standard sports facilities that we don’t really need and wouldn’t otherwise waste money on,” Sri said.
Brisbane was announced as a preferred candidate in February.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the formalised commitment to the Games bid had received bipartisan support which was a “strong result”.
He said the Games presented a good value proposition for the city and he hoped they would receive the green light as early as July, when the Tokyo Games were due to begin.
“Brisbane City Council voted yes to the jobs that will be created, yes to the opportunities this will bring to our city, yes to the opportunity this will bring to our region and our state and yes to the bring forward and fast tracking of infrastructure and investment in our region that will service the needs of a growing population,” Schrinner said.
The final submission from the three levels of government and the AOC is due in April.
Article Source: theurbandeveloper.com
Springfield Goes Global in Search for $15bn Developer
Springfield City Group has gone global in its search for a partner to help deliver its $15-billion Knowledge Precinct that will complete the masterplanned Springfield CBD.
The precinct will be the key commercial area in the Queensland city’s CBD and has been approved for 1.22-million sq m of commercial space and 5340 apartments on 119ha of developable land.
The group has now put out a tender for a global partner, which it expects will garner attention from Australian as well as international firms.
The group’s chairman Maha Sinnathamby said the precinct would be anchored on three key pillars for future economic growth: health, education and technology.
“This (global tender) initiative will turbocharge the development of the Springfield CBD. This project represents a unique opportunity to join us in creating a legacy,” Sinnathamby said.
“The completion of a futuristic city, harnessing innovative thinking, will make a real, positive impact on economic growth and job creation in southeast Queensland.”
Sinnathamby said the SCG had a 29-year track record as the master developer of Springfield City and had successfully partnered with some of the country’s leading property groups to build the masterplanned community, which is 24km south-west of Brisbane.
The Knowledge Precinct is estimated to be worth about $15bn upon completion and could support a city population of more than 145,000 people through the development of Health City, Education City and IDEA City, across the development pillars for economic success.
The city is expected to be valued at about $88bn when completed and Sinnathamby said it was on track to become Brisbane’s second CBD.
The city continues to grow with major stakeholders including the Mater Hospital and University of Southern Queensland developing plans for expansion.
Springfield City Group deputy chairman Bob Sharpless said there was still ample opportunity for development at Springfield as just 25 per cent was currently developed.
“With considerable established infrastructure, 11 schools, residential developments, a hospital, existing local and regional transport links such as highways and two rail stations … we are already well on our way to becoming an economic centre for southeast Queensland,” he said.
“With the right partnership in place we will usher in the next chapter for our city.”
The population of Springfield City is forecast to grow by 5.8 per cent per annum during the next 15 years, tripling its current population to about 115,000 by 2036.
Moelis Australia is assisting the group with its competitive global tender process. Initial discussions are to begin in the coming weeks while an outcome and preferred partner are expected to be announced later this year.
Article Source: theurbandeveloper.com
Surf Park Planned for Gold Coast Resort
Parkwood Village has announced plans to build a ‘world-class’ wave pool by 2023, forming larger plans for its already approved integrated resort and leisure precinct on the Gold Coast.
The Club at Parkwood Village announced it signed a partnership deal with Canada-based waterpark manufacturer WhiteWater to build the man-made waves—a $35-million Endless Surf pool about 10km from Surfers Paradise.
An integrated resort has already been approved for the 76-122 Napper Road club site in Parkwood. Now the company says it will take new plans to the Gold Coast City Council with the aim of a two-year project timeline, subject to approvals.
Parkwood managing director and founder Luke Altschwager says the proposed development would become a “world-class” integrated golf and surf resort with the Gold Coast’s first surf park to sit alongside the existing 18-hole golf course.
“I want to make sure Parkwood becomes the heart of the sport here on the Gold Coast,” Altschwager said.
“Not only is a world-class surf pool a perfect fit for our active community, it anchors a whole new level of economic investment in the area.”
Plans for the man-made surf park on the Gold Coast join the likes of the Kelly Slater-backed Surf Ranch at the Sunshine Coast proposed by Brisbane developer Consolidated Properties Group, and Urbnsurf’s first Australian location, in Melbourne.
The Parkwood club received the green-light to build a $160-million retirement village with 219 apartments plus leisure facilities last year.
It has approval for a 200-plus-bedroom hotel and residential apartments to expand its hospitality, medical and commercial services.
WhiteWater built its first surf pool in 1989. Last year it announced surf projects in Vietnam, a luxury resort in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, and Paris.
Its technology offers waves to suit beginners to professionals, with customisable waves ranging in size from two-to-seven foot every 10 seconds for rides of up to 26 seconds.
Altschwager said Parkwood Village will spend the next few months working with the community and council to reconfigure the current development approval to incorporate the new surf lagoon and upgrades to the golf course.
The Endless Surf pool is expected to include a beach-like lagoon.
Altschwager says he aims to have the project up by 2023, subject to approvals.
Article Source: theurbandeveloper.com
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