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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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Frasers Acquires Infill Land Site for Masterplan



Frasers Acquires Infill Land Site for Masterplan
Frasers Property Australia has acquired a rare infill land parcel in south-east Brisbane for $27.75 million with plans to develop a masterplanned community on the site.

The 5.4-hectare site at 179-193 Fursden Road, Carina has been owned by Cobbity Farm Bakeries since 1983.

The listing presented a rare infill development opportunity in Brisbane’s middle ring, according to Frasers Property Queensland general manager Cameron Leggatt.

Frasers Property plans to develop the land parcel, currently occupied by Cobbity Farm’s former bakery, into a masterplanned community comprising traditional housing lots as well as terrace homes and townhouses.

The masterplan will include community amenities and parkland.

“This site provides a strategic opportunity for Frasers Property to bring to the market a suite of new products in an inner-city area that has been largely fully-developed for more than two decades,” Leggatt said.

Frasers Property has already been active in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs, launching the recently completed Coorparoo Squaremixed-use development and the Solito at Carindale.


Further down the Australian coast, Frasers acquired a 23-hectare parcel of industrial land in Melbourne’s south-east for $19 million, with plans to build an industrial estate on the land later this year.

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Integrated Aged Care Towers Proposed in Woolloongabba



Integrated Aged Care Towers Proposed in Woolloongabba
On the same day Lendlease announced their intention to develop an aged care precinct at Brisbane’s Doomben racecourse, local developer Pikos Group lodged an application with the Brisbane City Council for a new 10-12 storey integrated health and aged care facility in Woolloongabba.

Cardno lodged the application on behalf of the Pikos Group’s medical and aged care development arm, “Collective Health and Wellness”.

The Brisbane-based developer diversified into health and aged care development in 2014, after 30 years of residential development.

Located across two neighbouring blocks at 52 and 64 Annerley Road Woolloongabba, the facility will include over 7,678sq m of health care services, an 842sq m child care centre, 70 residential care rooms, 45 retirement units and 876sq m of ground level retail space.

Related reading: Moelis Australia Commits to Aged Care Sector with $53 million Acquisition

Collective Health and Wellness managing director Steven Jones spoke with The Urban Developer about the demand for aged care facilities in Brisbane’s inner-city.

“We had been studying the Mater precinct for some time and through our relationships with key medical professionals we understood the need for a new high quality medical facility to service the growing medical needs of Brisbane.


“It was always our intention that we would build a world class medical facility that attracted the specialists to the area and further supported the area as the medical hub of Brisbane.” Jones said.

Jones said that the site’s proximity to the Mater Hospital has generated a lot of enquiry from groups looking to co-locate their high-care aged care specialist facilities to be closer to one of Queensland’s largest hospitals.

The project will be split across two sites utilising two separate buildings interlinked to one another – one housing health care and the other a mix of aged care and retirement living.

The development includes a 600sq m rooftop communal recreation space.

The development was designed by Kris Kowalski Architects. Jones said that the developer was sensitive to designing in a way that did not detract from the area.

“We are very fortunate to have good friends in both medical and aged care who have educated us as to the challenges faced in this area and how we can build a facility which highlights the strength of Brisbane as a place for specialised medical treatment through all stages of life.” he said.

The application is currently pending approval from the Brisbane City Council and a commencement date is yet to be confirmed.

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Lendlease Announce Partnership to Develop Aged-Care in Brisbane



Lendlease Announce Partnership to Develop Aged-Care in Brisbane
Property giant Lendlease has entered into a development agreement with the Brisbane Racing Club to develop an integrated retirement and aged care precinct overlooking the Doomben racecourse.

Developed over five stages, the two-hectare development will include 300 independent living units, 108 full service high-care aged beds and resort-style facilities including a café, restaurant, and a new bowls club.

The Brisbane Racing Club is developing a $1.5 billion master plan, which includes the “reinvigoration” of an 89-hectare site in Brisbane’s Ascot, with Mirvac building the residential component, designed by BVN.

Lendlease’s deal with Brisbane Racing Club comes as the developer re-entered the aged-care sector last year, purchasing 756-bed licences from the federal government on the eastern seaboard and finalising an alliance with Catholic Healthcare.

In 2013, the company had exited the aged-care business, selling its aged-care business to Archer Capital for $270 million. Chief executive Steve McCann said at the time that the aged-care business was more closely aligned to healthcare services than property.


Tony Randello, managing director of Lendlease’s Retirement Living business, said the company was attracted to the Doomben site’s metropolitan location within seven kilometres of the Brisbane CBD, proximity to Royal Queensland Golf Course, Hamilton Wharf, Racecourse Road and the Brisbane International Airport.

“The site provides an opportunity to develop a market leading, intergenerational retirement and aged care community adjacent to a renowned racecourse,” Randello said.

“We look forward to working in close consultation with BRC, local authorities and the local community to develop the master plan and respond to the ageing population of greater Brisbane.”


The chairman of Brisbane Racing Club, Neville Bell, said the project was another important step in the BRC’s $1.5 billion master plan.

“This development agreement represents the next phase of the BRC Master Plan over our two racecourses. While we have been active in transforming the Eagle Farm precinct, this is the first project on the Doomben side of our Club,” Bell said.

“This partnership with Lendlease is part of the BRC’s strategy to develop our non-core land. This is producing a diversified business model that will future-proof the BRC and help to fund new racing and patron facilities.”

Lendlease participated in an expression of interest sales process to acquire the site, which is a 99-leasehold interest.

In October, Lendlease announced a sale of 25 per cent of its $1.7 billion retirement living business to giant Dutch fund APG Asset Management in order to support its development plans, with APG being seen as a capital partner with a similar vision.

Lendlease has 71 retirement villages across Australia.

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