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Brisbane City Council has knocked back the huge Tricare retirement project at Taringa



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BRISBANE’S biggest retirement and aged care project, the Tricare three-tower project at Taringa, has been knocked back by Brisbane City Council this morning.

The council refused an application for aged care at 52 Seven Oaks St after developers refused to substantially reduce the height of proposed high-rise buildings.

Residents who have waged a well-organised campaign against the proposal said they expected Tricare to take the matter to the Planning and Environment court but would not give up.

They planned to go ahead with a public rally at Perrin Park, Toowong, at 3 pm this Sunday.

All candidates for the state seat of Maiwar last week said they would attend the rally.

City Planning Chairman Julian Simmonds said Council would “comprehensively and vigorously’’ defend any court action by Tricare, and had the resources to do so.

He said Council issued the refusal after developers failed to make changes in response to Council’s concerns about the size of the development on the site.

“In August Council’s planning team clearly advised that 16 storeys were not supported by Council on this site,” Cr Simmonds said.

“Concerns about the scale, height and bulk of the buildings and their appropriateness for the local area were raised by Council officers, as well as concerns about transport, access, parking, noise, and landscaping.

“Last month the developers indicated that they would not be reducing the height of the tallest building (16 storeys), and would only make minor reductions in heights to the other two buildings.

“Without a significant reduction in the height, the development was simply not of a height or scale that is consistent with the local area.

“Council has also considered community feedback on the proposal, with 868 submissions raising concerns about traffic congestion, the height of the buildings and removal of trees.”

Cr Simmonds said that Council remained very supportive of aged care development, which was in critical shortage, however, developers still need to abide by City Plan.

“All development proposals, regardless of whether they are for residential or commercial purposes, need to demonstrate their ability to meet the requirements of City Plan,” he said.

“I thanks, all residents for taking the time to share their views on this proposal.”

A spokeswoman for the ProtectTaringa lobby group said: “We are delighted that our hard work and the support of the community has led to this decision because it clearly wasn’t supportable.

“The Council has sent a very clear message to Tricare that the application failed to resolve the community’s legitimate concerns with the height and scale of the buildings, the significant impacts to the amenity for the local residents, and the removal of protected trees.

“We expect Tricare to appeal this decision but are also very pleased the Council has committed to comprehensively defending its decision if it goes to Court.

“We will certainly keep fighting to get the best aged-care facility possible for our community but it will not be in the form of high-rise towers in Taringa.’’

LNP candidate for Maiwar, Scott Emerson, said he congratulated residents on the decision.

“Like them, I felt Tricare had shown contempt towards the community when it failed to address the legitimate concerns raised about its proposal,’’ Mr Emerson said.

“While Tricare may seek to appeal this decision, it is heartening that Cr Simmonds has vowed the BCC will vigorously defend in court its decision to reject the proposal.

“In my many meetings with Julian to raise my and other locals’ concerns about the Tricare proposal, I found he fully understood the anger, frustration and trepidation that many in the community felt about the plan.’’

Simon Dwyer, TriCare Property and Planning Manager, said: “We are disappointed with Council’s decision and remain committed to providing high-quality retirement and aged care accommodation in areas where it is most needed.

“TriCare will consider Council’s decision before deciding its next steps.’’

Council Opposition Leader, Peter Cumming congratulated residents on their successful campaign, but said the decision was “a desperate attempt to save Scott Emerson’s political skin”.

“Only this week Lord Mayor Graham Quirk (at Tuesday’s Council meeting) accused us of abandoning the elderly when we criticised this development,” Cr Cumming said.

“Days later, he’s had a complete about-face. To turn down this application in the middle of a state election smacks of political interference.”

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Major Development Opportunity Hits the Block in Inner Brisbane



Major Development Opportunity Hits the Block in Inner Brisbane

Major Development Opportunity Hits the Block in Inner Brisbane

Major Development Opportunity Hits the Block in Inner Brisbane. An outstanding opportunity for investors and developers to secure a freehold 3-storey unit block in the heart of Brisbane’s Spring Hill has come to market.

The 12-apartment block, located at 25 Fortescue Street, Spring Hill occupies 809sq m of MU1 mixed-use regular shaped land.

The property provides long-term development potential with the benefit of prospective rental income.

The offering is improved by a brick and tile multi-unit apartment block. The 3-storey building provides accommodation for 12 two-bedroom residential units with parking available on site for each unit.

The property has a height limit of up to 7-storeys (subject to council approval).

According to WG Architects, the property could have a potential total gross floor area of 2,480 square metres.

If aggregated with a neighbouring property to form a land area of over 1,500sq m, the land parcel becomes code assessable to 15-levels.

Spring Hill is located on Brisbane’s northern fringe with excellent amenity and access to the CBD, Fortitude Valley, Inner City Bypass and the Story Bridge.

Located 2km north of the CBD, Spring Hill continues to attract buyers with its unique appeal.

Acting as a direct supporting precinct to the Brisbane CBD, Spring Hill is well-serviced by road networks, all forms of public transport, as well as numerous cafes, restaurants and shops.

Benefitting from the enormous interest in near and inner-city living, Spring Hill sits north of the CBD bounded by a railway line next to Gregory Terrace, Wickham Terrace, parts of Ann Street and St Pauls Terrace, and Warry and Kennigo Streets.

The site is directly north of the CBD and only minutes away from services and facilities, as well as the nightspots of Fortitude Valley.

Spring Hill is one of Brisbane’s few areas that successfully combine residential living with commercial and professional activities.

Spring Hill is continuing with the makeover that started more than 10 years ago. Many older homes have been immaculately restored or new, architecturally-designed homes have been built in their place.

The area attracts renters who want proximity to the city and this assures the area of continuing investment potential.

The suburb is particularly popular with Brisbane’s professionals and attracts strong interest from those who want the benefits of near-city living.

Major Development Opportunity Hits the Block in Inner Brisbane

The following major development projects are all within close proximity to 25 Fortescue Street and are anticipated to benefit the property and immediate area.

  • Valley Metro, a $500 million commercial development to be built above the Brunswick Street/Fortitude Valley train station.
  • The 22ha Brisbane RNA Showgrounds is currently undergoing a major $2.9 billion rejuvenation program transforming it into a thriving inner city hub, delivered in partnership between LendLease and the RNA.
  • Herston Quarter, Australian unity is beginning the delivery of Herston Quarter this year. The centrepiece of the $1.1 billion masterplan will be the Specialist Rehabilitation and Ambulatory Care Centre (“SRACC”).
  • Howard Smith Wharves, A $110 million development, approved by Brisbane City Council in 2015 and currently under construction, will reactivate 3.4 hectares of riverside land underneath the Story Bridge, including restaurants, an overwater bar, 1,500sq m exhibition space, a 164-room five-star hotel and multiple event spaces.
  • Brisbane Live, a recently priority-listed infrastructure project, the $2 billion Brisbane Live is a proposed 17,000-seat entertainment precinct over Roma Street train station that is anticipated to emulate the award-winning LA Live complex in the United States.

Closing date for offers is 4pm Wednesday 21 November.


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Brookfield Lists Masterplanned Former Quarry Site




Developer Brookfield Residential Properties has listed its 49.1-hectare quarry site at Keperra, in Brisbane’s north-west.

The site, located at 1004 Samford Road and 469 Settlement Road, is largely cleared and vacant and is currently operating as a quarry.

Brookfield has controlled the Keperra site for over a decade completing $300 million-plus worth of subdivisions.

The developer now looks to take advantage of an extremely rare infill land holding within a suburb bursting with lifestyle amenity, health and education options.

A significant portion of the site is elevated, providing potential residences with extensive suburban and bushland views.
A significant portion of the site is elevated, providing potential residences with extensive suburban and bushland views.Image: RPS Group

A development application and concept plan, for a masterplanned community, prepared by RPS Group, received approval last October.

The approved application would allow up to 700 low-medium density and medium-density residential buildings built across five stages.

Approximately 65 per cent of the site is proposed to remain as open space, as bushland, landscaped parks, active recreation and conservation reserves.


The site has development approval for low to medium density and medium density residential.Image: RPS Group

The surrounding area has seen significant investment spending on projects such as the 6,000sq m expansion to the Everton Park North West Hospital, $770 million expansion of the Enoggera Barracks and the $355 million refurbishment of Westfield Chermside Shopping Centre.

Keperra Railway Station is located within 900m of the quarry site as well as adjoining connections to Samford Road and Settlement Road, which connect Keperra to the Bruce Highway and Gympie Arterial Road.

Colliers International’s Brendan Hogan and Adam Rubie are running an expressions of interest campaign which closes November 14.

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Developer Unveils Plans for Brisbane Vertical Retirement Village



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National retirement village developer RetireAustralia has revealed plans for its first retirement apartment project in Brisbane.

The eight-storey development will comprise 183 contemporary independent living apartments and 35 state-of-the-art high level care apartments.

The project is located in Lutwyche, six kilometres north of Brisbane’s CBD.

The boutique development, named Fancutts Retirement Living in honour of the site’s history, will comprise more than a football field of space at 2,500sq metres devoted to community areas and facilities.

RetireAustralia CEO Alison Quinn said the development is one of a number of new communities underway to help improve the critical undersupply of quality seniors housing across the country.

“RetireAustralia has an excellent reputation as a national retirement village operator and we are excited to be delivering our first new retirement apartment project in Brisbane,” Quinn said.

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RetireAustralia’s plans for a vertical retirement village set on the Fancutts Tennis Centre site in Brisbane’s inner-north.

The developer, which has 27 communities across Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia, picked up the Lutwyche site from former tennis champions Daphne and Trevor Fancutt earlier this year for $13.6 million.

“The project has been named in recognition of the site’s history as the Fancutts Tennis Centre and Academy, while also honouring the Fancutt family who have been an integral part of the local community for generations, and we’re proud to welcome Daphne and Trevor Fancutt as ambassadors for the project,” Quinn said.

Designed by Marchese Partners in collaboration with the University of Stirling in Scotland, the boutique development will include a new care offering to become standard across the company’s new development projects.

This includes state-of-the-art features to enable residents to remain independent as they age, along with a diverse range of services, including private and government-funded care.

Other Queensland aged care development projects in planning include Aveo’s 16-storey retirement tower on the Gold Coast, which will accommodate more than 150 seniors, Denmac Nominees’ 12-storey retirement facility in Brisbane’s inner north suburb Windsor, and Japara’s $30 million aged-care facility in Robina.

Expressions of interest are now open for Fancutts Retirement Living with construction expected to commence by mid-2019.


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