2019 what a year you have been, hard to believe this is our last update for the year – it sure has been a busy few weeks leading up to the end of the year as we wrap up and get ready for 2020. Over the last month we have attended a range of meetings with our Peak Bodies industry colleagues, been involved in joint submissions and advocacy activities and attended the first industry forum for the review of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Plan.
We have set up a taskforce between industry and local government to collaborate and work together to achieve positive outcomes for the Wollongong CBD. We also held our inaugural Illawarra Design Excellence Symposium together with the Innovation Campus which was a great success and the Future Directions End of Year Trivia Night to celebrate 2019 with our Future Directions Committee and members. Many thanks to Edmiston Jones and Kells for sponsoring this event.
The 2020 Illawarra Outlook Event has also launched and we have a great line up of speakers planned for you to provide an economic outlook for the industry and the region, discuss trends amongst the property sectors, infrastructure planning and growth strategies and the opportunities for investment attraction and jobs across the region.
Lastly, I would like to wish you all a happy and safe Christmas and New Year, thank you all for a great 2019 and I will hopefully see you all at the Illawarra Christmas Celebration on 11 December – it is going to be an excellent networking event, so don’t forget to register!
Illawarra Design Excellence Symposium
On 8 November, the Property Council partnered with the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus and LendLease to deliver the first inaugural Illawarra Design Excellence Symposium. The event which was attended by over 180 people, focused on the places we create and how we use design to shape our communities.
We heard from an excellent variety of speakers who covered many themes including the health and wellbeing of people in place, the importance of nature and impact of inter-generational communities, how we consider ageing in place, sustainability through design, the importance of streetscapes and engagement with the community through the design process.
It was a very thought-provoking day for all who attended and enable attendees to reflect on these key themes and the importance of how and what we design impacts our communities. Many thanks must go to Chuck Stone and his whole team at the Innovation Campus for putting on such a great day and to LendLease for sponsoring the event, and our Illawarra Committee for all their support.
A huge thanks must also go to our wonderful speakers including Amanda Steel – CBRE, Paul Cooper – UOW, Arabella Rhode – LendLease, Jancey Malins – UOW, Susanne Pini – HDR, Clayton McDowell – UOW, Richard Does – DesignInc, Mark Jones – Edmiston Jones, Clinton Ostwald – Urbis, Graham McCabe – Urbis, Pascal Perez – UOW and Allison Heller – Ethos Urban.
Australia’s Gateway Cities Report: Gateway Cities to Growth Launched
On 25 November, the Committee for Geelong together with its partners the City of Wollongong, City of Newcastle and City of Greater Geelong launched Australia’s Gateway Cities: Gateways to Growth report with The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure in Canberra.
The report draws on important research undertaken by Deakin University, the University of Wollongong and University of Newcastle which addresses the nature and contribution of Gateway Cities to the national and state economies, as well as easing the population pressures our capital cities are facing.
Considering the human dimension of these communities and their contributions to Australia’s national development, the report provides a review of policy settings and recommendations focused on future growth and economic development. It also includes modeling to identify factors that show how ‘Gateway Cities’ can offer greater impacts and benefits for investment such as Market Interconnectivity, Economic Resilience and Transformative Capacity and National Economic Integration and Strength.
Lord Mayor of Wollongong Council, Gordon Bradbury AM has said “this report is a significant start to mitigate our population pressures in Melbourne and Sydney and to create a model to enliven the regions.” Read the media release here and the report here.
Member Update: McGuire & McInerney Lawyers
We officially welcome McGuire & McInerney Lawyers as Property Council members, based in the Illawarra region the organisation is widely respected as a law firm with people, expertise and the approach to deliver results across a broad range of legal services.
You may not know that Matthew Barnes, a Partner at Maguire & McInerney is an expert in the Building and Construction Industry and is in fact the only specialist Building and Construction Lawyer in the region. Matthew has acted extensively for property owners, builders and developers in relation to defective building claims, Security Payment Act claims and general contract disputes.
Even though in his practice Matthew’s primary focus is to achieve non-litigated or mediated resolutions of disputes, he has extensive experience in appearing at NCAT, the Supreme Court of NSW, and the lower Courts in all forms of building and construction matters. Matthew also appears in interstate Courts and has been appointed to the Register of Practitioners of the High Court of Australia, with expertise in insurance, professional negligence, equity, local government and planning law. Read more here.