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CEO's Diary - June 2019

4 June 2019, Inside Development Professional Development: I had the opportunity to welcome this year’s attendees to the Inside Development Professional Development day. Run exclusively for local councils, state government and government entity employees, the program informs our government colleagues on the development process from the developer’s perspective: from feaso to finishes!

4 June 2019, Planning System Reference Group Meeting: Chaired by the Deputy Director-General of Planning, the Reference Group includes representatives from local government, the Property Council of Australia, the Council of Social Services, and the Planning Institute of Australia. The purpose of the Group is to act as a sounding board for potential changes to policy and process as well as providing feedback from our members.

5 June 2019, Underutilised Urban Footprint Workshop: The Underutilised Urban Footprint team was formed to help ensure land within the urban footprint is used effectively as our industry works with government to meet the dwelling targets set in ShapingSEQ. We value the opportunities to discuss this important body of work with representatives from the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

5 June 2019, Meeting with Ellivo: I met with Mason Cowle of Ellivo Architects to discuss the importance of design. Through the work of the Research Foundation, we know that design done well is at the forefront of how a community perceives a project. Ellivio’s experience in delivering the missing middle product will assist in framing the next round of the ILRG’s work on design.

5 June 2019, Ministerial Housing Council Meeting: I am privileged to attend regular Ministerial Housing Council meetings on behalf of the Institute. Hosted by the Hon Mick de Brenni, Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport, these meetings are an excellent opportunity to better understand the housing challenges facing Queensland as well as a providing feedback from our members.

6 June 2019, meeting with Place CEO, Beth Toon: I had an opportunity to meet with Place CEO, Beth Toon. It was great to get an update on what is happening in the industry from a consultant perspective.

7 June 2019, presentation of results from the first round of research for the Industry Leaders Research Group: Independent research Paul Kennedy of Two Thirds Sky presented the findings of the first round of qualitative research funded by the Industry Leaders Research Group. This round further drilled into community understanding and receptivity towards performance-based planning.

7 June 2019, Boardroom Lunch with Deputy Reserve Bank Governor, Dr Guy Debelle: The Institute hosted Dr Guy Debelle, Deputy Reserve Bank Governor, for an intimate lunch with members. It was a rare opportunity to hear straight from the horse’s mouth about the RBA and monetary policy.

7 June 2019, Meeting with Brisbane Lord Mayor, Cr Adrian Schrinner: I met with the newly appointed Brisbane Lord Mayor, Cr Adrian Schrinner and discussed the work of the Institute. We discussed the  research, funded by the Industry Leaders Research Group, within the community engagement space. The Institute has long enjoyed a collaborative working relationship with Brisbane City Council and I am sure this will continue under the Lord Mayor’s leadership.

11 June 2019, Queensland Budget Stakeholder Briefing: I represented the Institute at the Deputy Premier’s briefing on the 2019-2020 State Budget. It was good to see an emphasis on infrastructure, but it was concerning to see increases in land tax and land tax absentee surcharge rates.

12 June 2019, Community Engagement event with the Gold Coast Logan Branch: I presented the findings of the ILRG’s research into community engagement at a event on the Gold Coast. I always enjoy spending time with our branches, and it was difficult to tear myself away from spending the rest of the day on the beautiful Gold Coast.

12 June 2019, Brisbane Lord Mayor’s 2019-2020 Budget Speech: The Institute was invited to attend the Lord Mayor’s presentation of his inaugural Budget. It was heartening to hear that infrastructure had received a spending boost in the budget, and we look forward to consulting with the council on the planning scheme amendments associated with the renewed emphasis on universal housing design.

12 June 2019, meeting with member, I had the opportunity to meet with a member who has been trialling a new approach to community engagement. Inspired by a workshop held by our independent researcher, Two Thirds Sky, it was exciting to see the work of the Institute making a real difference to how our industry engages with the community.

17 June 2019, meeting with Kerry Doss, Deputy Director General of Planning: I meet regularly with Mr Doss to discuss the issues faced by our members across the state.

17 June 2019, meeting with Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning: I met with representatives of DSDMIP as well as Julie Saunders, Chair of the South East Queensland Housing Supply Expert Panel to discuss the implementation progress of ShapingSEQ.

19 June 2019, meeting members of the Sunshine Coast Executive Branch Committee: I had the opportunity to meet with members of the Sunshine Coast Branch Committee. It is valuable for me to receive on the ground feedback of the issues our regions are facing and I really enjoyed the chance to catch-up with our volunteer committee members.

19 June 2019, meeting with Pelican Waters: I had the opportunity to meet with the team at Pelican Waters. This is a development that has been a hallmark of development on the Sunshine Coast for such a long time and I appreciated the opportunity to more about the Sunshine Coast landscape.

19 June 2019, meeting with RPG: while I was on the Sunshine Coast, I also had the chance to meet with another valued member, RPG. What a beautiful location and a fantastic chance to hear about the opportunities and challenges currently facing our members on the Sunny Coast!

20 June 2019, meeting with Labor’s Lord Mayoral Candidate, Rod Harding: After meeting with Mr Harding last year after his candidacy was announced, I had a further meeting with Mr Harding. As the 2020 election approaches, I appreciate the chance to meet with candidates and discuss the challenges our industry faces and discuss the work of the Research Foundation.