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Why Gold Coast Developers Turned to Harvey Norman Commercial

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Despite the difficulties and loss in productivity that Australia’s southern states have experienced since the onset of Covid-19, the demand for building materials and new projects in Queensland has remained strong, a reality Queensland’s Harvey Norman Commercial division has witnessed.

With record high levels of interstate migration and historically low interest rates fuelling a booming development and construction industry, Queensland shows no sign of slowing down yet.

One development and construction group benefitting from this trend is the award-winning Cru Collective. Located on the Gold Coast’s Palm Beach, Cru’s latest development Siarn, designed by architects BDA, sold out nine months ahead of completion.

Featuring stunning coastal views, oversized balconies and the latest in high end finishes and appliances, Siarn offers the residents of its 16 apartments a beachfront lifestyle paired with exclusive amenities including a oceanfront pool, sundeck, infra-red sauna and alfresco dining areas.

Recognising the need to cater to the strong owner-occupier market, Cru collaborated with Queensland’s Harvey Norman Commercial Division to select a range of appliances, finishes and fittings that would allow the project to shine in a competitive market.

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▲ Harvey Norman Commercial added its expertise to Cru Collective’s Siarn Development on the Gold Coast.Image: Siarn Palm Beach, by Cru Collectiv 

Among the fittings selected for Siarn included bespoke rose gold bathroom accessories from the Australian supplier Brodware; Italian-inspired basins and bathware from Parisi; quality sinks from Swiss brand Franke and stunning Zip Hydrotaps in brushed rose gold.

Following a personalised consultation and private selection appointments at Harvey Norman Commercial’s state of the art selection centre on the Gold Coast, Cru also included a range of high-end Gaggenau appliances for Siarn’s kitchen and butler’s pantries, a German brand recommended for its cutting-edge design, innovation and quality. Integrated refrigeration from Fisher & Paykel and German Miele laundry appliances were also selected for the luxury residences.

A Cru spokesperson said Harvey Norman Commercial’s diverse range of products on offer and ability to source customised and unique items at the best price has always made them the first port of call.

Cru found the team’s strong knowledge of products, design trends and industry insight was invaluable to a project’s success.

“We love the team at Harvey Norman Commercial and are grateful for all the support provided during the build,” they said.

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▲ Bespoke brushed rose gold tapware sourced for Siarn Palm Beach by Harvey Norman Commerical.Image: Siarn Palm Beach by Cru Collective


Over the past 30 years, Harvey Norman Commercial has been the supplier of choice for architects, developers, builders and plumbers—a trend that Queensland proprietor Steve Cavalier sees only continuing into the future with the announcement of the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games.

Since opening their doors in Queensland in 1989, the commercial division has grown and evolved to support the needs of their clients.

With now more than 150 employees, four large format warehouse facilities and three dedicated Selection Centres in Queensland, Harvey Norman Commercial offers its clients a one-stop-shop for products and services specifically tailored to the construction and design industry, crediting their long-standing supplier relationships, solid after-sales support and committed team as the key to their success.

Harvey Norman Commercial’s state of the art showrooms are trade only and by appointment only.

The Queensland commercial division has selection centres on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Townsville. To arrange an appointment or a personalised selection service, call 07 3297 3700.

Harvey Norman Commercial showrooms are also at Taren Point, Somersby and Nowra in NSW; Mitchell, ACT: Mile End, South Australia; Osborne Park, Western Australia; Port Melbourne, Victoria; Darwin in the NT; and Cambridge, Tasmania.

Main image: Siarn Palm Beach by Cru Collective 


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Landmark Brisbane Hotel Sells for $50 Million


A Sydney-based hospitality group has swooped on a landmark riverside Brisbane hotel at the northern end of the city’s iconic Story Bridge.

Oscars Hotel Group—owned and operated by brothers Bill and Mario Gravanis—has paid $50 million for the Oakwood Hotel and Apartments.

The 11-storey accommodation asset, on a prominent 2966sq m corner site at 15 Ivory Lane, has been offloaded by Singapore’s Mapletree Investments, which purchased it in 2015 for $48 million.

Formerly the Adina Brisbane Hotel, its sits above the Howard Smith Wharves precinct and Crystalbrook Vincent Hotel—originally The Fantauzzo—that was purchased last year by Syrian billionaire Ghassan Aboud in a $70-million-plus deal.

The four-star Oakwood Hotel and Apartments comprises 162 suites, a bistro, business centre, gym and pool but its new owners are expected to undertake a major revamp to capitalise on its prime location within the popular riverside precinct.

Its latest change-of-hands adds momentum to the rising wave of southern property players seeking geographic diversification due to the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns in New South Wales and Victoria.

Industry experts predict the flow of capital into Queensland’s property sector will continue its groundswell over coming years in the lead-up to the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.

The Gravanis brothers—known as Sydney’s kings of hospitality with a portfolio of more than 30 venues across NSW—made their big move into Queensland in May, snapping up Long Island in the Whitsundays for circa $20 million.

They are planning a new resort project for the island off Airlie Beach.

Oscars Hotel Group was established in 1986 with the acquisition of a single pub in Sydney’s inner-west.

Its purchases of Brisbane’s Oakwood Hotel and Apartments and Whitsunday’s Long Island are part of a strategic expansion to gain northern exposure in the tourism and hospitality sector.

CBRE Hotel’s national director Wayne Bunz negotiated the deal.


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Cromwell Sells Ipswich Office Tower for Record $145m


Cromwell Funds Management Limited has sold the Icon building in Ipswich for $144.9 million, a record price paid for an office building in Queensland outside Brisbane.

Castlerock picked up the nine-storey building with 17,870sq m of commercial space after raising $90 million in seven weeks for its new The Auslink Property Trust No 2.

The A-grade tower at 117 Brisbane Street, in the Ipswich City Heart precinct, was built in 2013 and included 207 car parks, 120 bicycle stations and office winter gardens.

Cromwell made the decision to sell because of the $16.4-million premium to the previous book value of $128.5 million and that the trust had less than two years to maturity.

Cromwell head of retail funds management Hamish Wehl said unit-holders would receive a special distribution as a result of the transaction.

“It was a difficult decision to sell the property, however, with less than two years to go to maturity, we felt that money-in-the-hand was the right outcome for unit-holders,” Wehl said.

Castlerock director Adam Bronts said the capital raised showed the appeal of the new fund and the high level of demand for quality property assets.

“This capital raise was the largest in Castlerock’s 18-year history, so it was extremely gratifying to see such keen investment appetite for the fund,” Bronts said.

The Queensland government is Icon’s major tenant, accounting for more than 91 per cent of the net lettable area.

The sale is unconditional and is expected to settle on October 21, 2021. It was put in play through Colliers state chief executive Simon Beirne and Queensland director of investment services Sam Biggins.

“Castlerock’s acquisition is further evidence of syndicator capital moving up the price curve into larger office assets in key metropolitan markets in Queensland,” Biggins said.

“The Icon transaction represents the largest sale of an office building in Queensland outside Brisbane. Castlerock was attracted to the long-term growth prospects of the Ipswich region. which is Queensland’s fastest growing local government area.”


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Preparing for a rural property renaissance


It appears that agriculture has hit a purple patch and the rural property market, like rising commodity prices, is finding new highs.

It is a unique cycle and the key drivers are low interest rates, strong commodity prices and favourable seasonal conditions said Brad James, Rabobank’s Regional Manager for Southern QLD and Northern NSW.

While not every rural producers season is on par, things are still reasonably good and being spurred on by the hike in commodity prices led by beef, grain, cotton and also sugar according to James.

This general alignment of the planets is also backed by a willing banking sector, who is showing great faith in the future of the agriculture industry. Certainly at least that is the sentiment of Rabobank.

James said there is a lot of emphasis on growth, through both on farm investment and expansion into further holdings.

“The property market is going strong and it is difficult to pick where the top point is, particularly in the beef sector as people seek to expand their business and rebuild their herd numbers as prices hit 30 year highs, in relative terms.

“It’s a rare event when the market goes up in contrast with low herd numbers, both domestically and globally and that has helped build the confidence in the land market.”

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Planning to expand

With the keen focus on growth and expansion across agricultural operations, James said it is important to weigh up your options and to have a plan before committing to buying that new property or indeed embarking on major expansion plans that see the enterprise needing to increase debt.

“While the first instinct may be to buy more property so you can grow and expand your operation, as a business it is also important to consider how well placed you will be if there is a correction in markets, a lift in interest rates or a missed season… or heaven forbid, all three.”

“Consider what your appetite for risk is and how well you have mapped out the expansion plan and importantly also consider the risk appetite of other key stakeholders in the business.”

“With so many vagaries to manage in agriculture, most of these out of the producers control, it is important to be agile and prepared to change and open to new thinking or ways of doing things that may be needed to manage through adversity. This applies in a range of commercial (non-farm) businesses also.”

“It is also important to keep a close eye on the level of gearing the enterprise is being asked to manage/service when expanding,” James said.

“This is a highly sensitive ratio to manage when we have escalating land prices, as we have now. The large fixed expense associated with the acquisition of further holdings is serviced by the many variables around the income stream as mentioned. This is why gearing is such a focus point.

“As we all know, it takes time to build the herd and develop country, these should all be part of your business plan.”

James said the impact of an adverse circumstance can vary and some we cannot foresee nor avoid, but if we have a line of sight on the early warning signs and take an agile approach then we stand the best chance of moderating the impact.

“There is one certainty in all of this, those enterprises with the highest relative levels of gearing feel the impact the most. So keeping up to date with market and commodity trends and knowing when to engage that ‘what if’ strategy is key,” he said.

Efficiency gains

James said the current hike in confidence  across agriculture was likely to create some ground breaking innovation in farming, particularly for the beef industry who are enjoying very strong returns, this is often associated with reinvestment into technology and efficiency gains.

“What we are seeing is people reinvesting in their industry with the confidence that this will improve their long term efficiency and in the end profitability,” he said.

“We can expect to see efficiency gains across management practices, pasture development, livestock handling, use of drones, carbon farming, rotation grazing and regenerative agriculture.”

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“This could be the catalyst for a road map for the future as producers look to take advantage of this current trend,” said James.

“There are so many tremendous opportunities in agriculture at present and with a measured approach, many can avail themselves of the unique circumstances to develop and grow in what we consider to be among the best agricultural lands and enterprises in the world.”

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