St. Leonards and other second CBDs see strong office rental growth

August 31, 2018 by  

Sydney’s CBD is finding strong competition in the office space market from several suburbs across the metropolitan area, including St. Leonards on the Lower North Shore. Increased city-wide commercial activity means it is important for companies to keep their business cards and logo design up to date.

The latest edition of the Office Market Report from the Property Council of Australia (PCA) finds that other parts of the North Shore including Macquarie Park and Chatswood are also seeing an uptick in office vacancy levels. In the six months to July a drop of 1.6 percentage points was reported in the area across the harbour from the main CBD.

Paul Lynch of commercial property management firm JLL believes residential development activity coupled with significant new office investments in the North Sydney area are behind the improvement.

"It’s also a persuasive influence in attracting corporates to relocate from the Sydney CBD."

he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Parramatta in western Sydney remains a leader in business activity, reporting the lowest office vacancy rate in the country at 3.2 per cent in the six months to July. All types of office stock in the area from Premium to D-grade are said to be running up against their maximum capacities. The PCA has called for a continued focus on encouraging new investment in local council planning policies in order to keep up with demand.

Woolloongabba area receives extra heritage protections

August 30, 2018 by  

The City of Brisbane, which incorporates the suburb of Woolloongabba, has moved to protect its character by preventing the demolition of many properties built before 1911. Municipal ordinances are often communicated via correspondence featuring custom letterheads.

An amendment to Brisbane City Council’s City Plan 2014 proposes that 57 pre-1911 homes and other heritage properties will be prevented from being demolished. They join 400 inner-city buildings previously recognised for their historical and cultural significance.

In June Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced a new blueprint for inner city areas to halt developments of apartment complexes and townhouses in streets, which are predominantly made up of single homes with their own backyards.

The council also plans to strengthen the approval process for new developments to stop large skyscrapers from blocking views of the cityscape. The Brisbane skyline between St Stephen’s Cathedral and Central Station is one such protected aspect under the amended plan.

Any future developments in and around iconic landmarks and civic spaces including the General Post Office, Post Office Square, ANZAC Square and Reddacliff Place would require very specific approvals. Brisbane City Council Planning chairman says the sites “represent everyday places where people can gather and take pride in our city."

The council is seeking public feedback on the proposed amendment before giving the go ahead to formally alter Brisbane City Plan 2014.

Demolition of Mersey Point Jetty begins

August 29, 2018 by  

On Monday 6th August contractors SMC Marine began work on the demolition of the old timber jetty at Mersey Point in the City of Rockingham.

An inspection in 2014 determined that the timber jetty needed to be replaced. Construction of a new jetty, 150m to the north of the old one, began in [Read more]

Meet your fellow business owners

August 29, 2018 by  

Kingston Council has organised a networking event for local business owners to be held on Thursday 20th September. People running their own businesses are always busy, with little time to form connections with other people in the area but often nearby businesses can [Read more]

Love red, fight cancer

August 28, 2018 by  

Fight Cancer Foundation presents the leading fundraising event, Red Ball Melbourne, in support of those burdened by cancer.

Fight Cancer Foundation is a nationwide organization whose focus is providing support, including care and treatment, to cancer patients and families. Fight Cancer Foundation also grants [Read more]

Melbourne celebrates its day

August 28, 2018 by  

Come and celebrate with the city as it commemorates its 183rd foundation day.

Melbourne was first settled on 30 August 1835 by persons travelling on the Enterprize. The city’s founders travelled north of the Bass Strait looking for [Read more]

Springvale area suburbs part of green waste revolution

August 27, 2018 by  

Several thousand households in parts of Melbourne’s south east, which encompasses the suburb of Springvale, are to take part in a new program which will see food scraps and green waste sent to a newly developed composting plant. Changes to municipal waste programs are often announced with the assistance of brochure printing services.

Federal Minister for the Environment Josh Frydenberg has said that 12,000 truckloads of organic waste will be diverted away from regular landfill to the $65 million plant, which is located in Dandenong South. A Spanish waste management firm named Sacyr built the plant with the assistance of a $38 million Federal Government loan granted by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

CEO of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Ian Learmonth said the plant will do a lot to reduce harmful methane greenhouse gas emissions:

"With this technology, councils can avoid those emissions by turning their organic waste into re-usable compost."

Householders will be able to use their green bins, which are normally reserved for garden waste only, to dispose of food waste. High quality compost generated by the plant will be used by the eight local councils taking part in the program to help fertilise municipal gardens and parks.

Concern about noxious odours from the plant will be prevented by what Sacyr says is specialist technology to ensure storage units are completely sealed and reliably deodorised.

South Melbourne area property prices continue their gains

August 27, 2018 by  

Business and residential properties in South Melbourne and the surrounding inner-city suburbs continue to bear fruit for investors. Both heritage and new [Read more]

Winning entry to feature at Sydney Design Festival

August 26, 2018 by  

Graphic design skills and an eye for architectural design in particular have been great assets for entrants in the 2019 Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ (MAAS) Architecture Commission.

Introduced as an aspect of the Sydney Design Festival for the first time last year, the commissioned piece which attracts entries from Brookvale and throughout New South Wales will be featured at next year’s event.

A MAAS spokesman described the festival as:

“An annual celebration of design.”

In 2019 the winning entry’s design will be displayed on the Powerhouse Museum’s forecourt which offers the successful designers high visibility due to the busy traffic corridor along Harris Street as well as ongoing museum visitation.

Entries, which closed on August 13, were called from designers and architects.

Their task was to come up with a design concept for a temporary structure or installation that not only works at the site but also explores the prospect for architecture to deal with complex issues such as access and environmental sustainability.

MAAS Director Peter Denham said:

“The MAAS Architecture Commission is an opportunity for emerging practitioners to create something truly unique that will be experienced by both the design community and the wider Sydney community.”

Last year the inaugural Commission recipient was Sydney-based architecture studio Trias with an installation called Four Periscopes.

This year’s winning design will be announced in September to allow time for the installation to be mounted during the Sydney Design Festival to be held from March 1 to 10, 2019.

Green light for $158m two-tower development 

August 25, 2018 by  

Development approval for a two-tower $158 million development near Perth Arena has been announced.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the Far East Consortium will undertake the construction at Lot 2 and 3A within the area known as the [Read more]

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