News & Publications


  • Join the Fraser Coast Mayor for Breakfast

    The UDIA (Qld) is hosting a Mayors Leading Urban Growth breakfast on Friday 25 September in Brisbane.  Fraser Coast Branch President Glen Winney is keen to gather industry representatives to join him at an exclusive table with the Fraser Coast Mayor, Gerard O’Connell.

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  • ‘You’ve just got to get in there and do it!’

    Says Plus Development Group Managing Director Judith Holmes, currently attending a property development course.

    Having been in property development for a long time, Judith found the property development course didn’t waste any time on less important aspects:

    “They took us quickly through the case of the high priority and focused on the 5 key facts you absolutely needed to know about a certain topic,” Judith said.

    For a comprehensive overview of the development process from start to finish on September 16-17 join our Fundamentals of Property Development Course. Early bird prices from $1375 (save over $300!) are available until 31 July 2015.  Don’t miss the last professional development opportunity for this year, you’ll kick yourself if you do!


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  • Are you ready to join The Crowd?

    In March 2015 Australia’s first property crowdfunding platform was launched.  Within one month, the first residential housing project in Australia was successfully crowdfunded. Overseas, developers in China have already raised a record $806 million through a global crowdfunding campaign. Is crowdfunding set to revolutionise the way Australian developers finance new projects?  Find out who this business gamechanger is at the UDIA (Qld) Annual Developers Conference.

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  • Leadership Breakfast with Shadow Minister Tim Nicholls MP

    The Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Planning, Small Business, Employment and Trade, Tim Nicholls MP, will share his views on planning reform in Queensland at an Ipswich Leadership Breakfast on 6 August.

    Earlier this year, Mr Nicholls introduced a series of Private Member’s Bills into Parliament, including the Planning and Development (Planning for Prosperity) Bill 2015. The purpose of the new Bill, as outlined in the Bill’s explanatory notes , is to ‘facilitate the prosperity of Queensland, pursuing ecologically sustainable development balancing economic growth, environmental protection and community wellbeing’.

    This leadership breakfast is an opportunity to hear the Shadow Minister’s perspective on what these Private Member’s Bills might mean for planning reform in Queensland.

    The events will also provide the opportunity to hear Mr Nicholl’s views on:

    ·         the state Government’s planning reform direction

    ·         priorities for Queensland infrastructure investment

    ·         impact of the State Budget in his shadow portfolio

    For more information on this event, and to book, click here.

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  • Proposed increase to building heights in Cairns

    The Cairns Branch congratulates Cairns Regional Council for its new Draft Planning Scheme, saying the proposed changes are a positive step to ensuring economic prosperity, jobs and good urban design in the region.

    Several changes have been proposed to the original draft, including an increase to building height provisions in the CBD from 46m to 80m and in North Cairns from 14m to 25-46m.  A summary of the changes can be found here.

    To fully understand the impact of the proposed changes, the UDIA (Qld) Cairns Branch will put a spotlight on the new Draft Cairns Region Planning Scheme at an event on 4 August.

    Read on, to find out more.

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  • Revised ‘Telstra New Developments Policy’ announced

    As a direct result of discussions with the UDIA, Telstra has revised its recently released New Developments Policy to provide developers with greater costs certainty and additional time to adjust to the new policy.  SO what are the key elements of the new revised policy?

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  • Will the new Coastal Management District affect your development?

    The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has announced plans to release a new Coastal Management District, re-introducing climate change factors including a sea level rise of 0.8 metres by 2100.

    The UDIA (Qld) has requested a meeting with the Minister’s Office and DEHP to discuss these changes and will update you as soon as we know more.

    In the meantime, we strongly recommend you provide us with feedback on if and how the new CMD may affect your land holdings and future development plans before Friday 31 July 2015.

    This will greatly assist the Institute to ensure the views of our industry are heard and help to advocate to minimise red tape around the process.

    It’s very simple - follow our step-by-step process here.

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