New Hotel For Palmerston

Development approval has been given to construct a $50 million hotel that will form Stage One of the Maluka Views development right in the heart of the Palmerston CBD.

The Palmerston Hotel will be located right behind ‘the Hub’ on Roystonea Avenue and consist of 161 hotel rooms, including 32 suites and also 41 short stay apartments.

Local investors John ‘Foxy’ Robinson and Mick Burns have joined forces to make this project a reality which will employ around 240 people during construction and 110 once completed.

Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment and also local Member for Brennan, Peter Chandler said with the fast-tracking of local land release this development is exactly what Palmerston needs.

“Palmerston is a growing community, with two suburbs currently under construction and more right around the corner so it’s important we really utilise our CBD,” Mr Chandler said.

“This site has sat vacant for many years and the government has released it for development through our urban infill strategy which has identified 70 parcels of Crown land across the Territory which could yield up to 2,700 dwellings.

“Hotel accommodation is under immense pressure, especially in the Dry, this development will bring online much needed rooms for the developing City of Palmerston.

“The next stage of the Maluka Views development will have a residential focus while achieving a mix of commercial, retail and alfresco dining options to establish a unique and vibrant address within Palmerston.”

Local Darwin businessman John ‘Foxy’ Robinson said Palmerston was long overdue for something of this calibre.

“There are 50,000 people living in Palmerston and the Rural Area and there is nothing of this standard for them to access,” Mr Robinson said.

“Together with my fellow investors we have confidence in the growth of Palmerston, so much so we’re quite literally putting our money where our mouths are.”

Winning New Perth Stadium Design Revealed

The new Perth Stadium will be a world-class five-tiered stadium with roof coverage over 85 per cent of its seats, a striking bronze facade that reflects Western Australia’s unique geology, LED lights that show home sports team colours, and a wide range of ‘fans first’ facilities including two of the largest video screens in the country.

Premier Colin Barnett and Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron today unveiled the winning stadium design at a special event on the Burswood Peninsula.

Mr Barnett said contractual negotiations between the State Government and WESTADIUM to design, build, partially finance and maintain the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct were successfully concluded and the contract would be signed in coming days.

“This is a very exciting day for all West Australians and I am delighted to reveal the design of this world-class venue, which will play a pivotal role in the transformation of Perth,” the Premier said.

“The winning design successfully meets the State’s requirement for a world-class, multi-purpose stadium within a parkland setting, and does so with a uniquely Western Australian focus.

“The seating bowl maximises stadium atmosphere, gives fans exceptional views and brings them close to the action, providing a special home ground advantage for our teams.

“These facilities will not only deliver an outstanding fan experience on event days, but will also provide year-round access to a magnificent recreational precinct.

“I’m also particularly pleased to announce that the successful negotiations for this contract have confirmed that the capital cost of the stadium is around $40million less than what was originally budgeted.”

Mr Waldron said this was an important day in the State’s sporting history which reflected the meticulous planning undertaken over the past three years and an unrelenting focus on successfully delivering a ‘fans first’ stadium.

“The emphasis on delivering a venue that has the fan experience at the very heart is very much in evidence in this design,” he said.

“Seat sizes are generous and each one will have a cup holder; fans will enjoy access to more than 70 food and beverage outlets; and those requiring higher levels of access – such as people in wheelchairs – will be able to use designated seating platforms across all seating tiers.

“The technology provisions include 4G Wi-Fi coverage across the stadium and precinct, two giant 240sqm video screens – some of the biggest in the country – and a further 1,000 screens throughout the stadium so fans never miss any of the action.

“The stadium will include the widest range of seating and hospitality options of any stadia in Australia.”

The design of the sporting and recreation precinct surrounding the stadium is inspired by Dreamtime stories and the connection with the Swan River, and will have three distinct recreational spaces encouraging use by the community all year round.

A covered Community Arbour, linking the new six-platform stadium station to the river, will represent Noongar community stories. The western section of the precinct will be home to an amphitheatre, two children’s playgrounds, picnic areas and a boardwalk while the community sporting oval to the north will be available for public use on non-event days, as well as providing event-day parking.

On site, WESTADIUM will now begin preparations for construction to start by the end of the year. This will involve erecting site offices, mobilising machinery and other facilities necessary to accommodate a peak workforce of 950 during the construction phase.

The WESTADIUM consortium has significant international stadia experience and its members have been involved in an impressive array of past projects, including the recently completed and highly acclaimed Adelaide Oval redevelopment, ANZ Stadium Australia and the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in the USA.

The consortium is led by three key members, Brookfield Multiplex (design and construction), John Laing (equity investor and asset management) and Brookfield Johnson Controls (facilities management).

Fact File:

– The new Perth Stadium is due to be open in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season
– The Project Definition Plan released in December 2012 stated the project budget was $902.4m, consisting of $820.7m for the stadium and $81.7m for the sports precinct, plus $16m for project management
– Finalisation of the design-build-finance-maintain contract for the stadium and sports precinct confirms the project is within budget

WA Miners Urged To Take Lead In Global Uranium Push

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion says Western Australia should build on its world-leading resources technology to take a major role in the global uranium industry.

“We have seen competitor nations expand their energy mining sectors and now, with Australia home to one-third of the world’s known reserves, it’s time we embraced a leadership role as well,” Mr Marmion said.

Addressing the 10th annual Australian Uranium and Rare Earths Conference in Perth today, the Minister said Australia was well-placed to supply new and expanding markets.

“An increasing number of rational people across the world are seeing nuclear energy, with its low carbon emissions and base-load power capacity, as a fundamental part of the response to climate change,” he said.

“Our biggest trading partner, China, is set to lead the charge for a cleaner, lower-carbon emission future – and we are in the box seat to ride the rising market for uranium.”

China already has 20 reactors on line, with 29 more under construction, and plans to triple its nuclear power generation by 2020, then triple it again by 2030.

Australia recently signed a supply agreement with the United Arab Emirates and negotiations continue with India, which has 21 reactors in operation, six under construction and 35 planned.

Mr Marmion acknowledged recent challenges faced by the industry but urged conference participants to take advantage of opportunities.

“Now is the time for consolidation,” he said. “Over the next 18 months get all of your Commonwealth and State approvals in place so that you are best placed to capitalise on the next phase of market expansion.”

“No State dominates gas energy exports like WA, and our Government certainly shares the vision for a dominant role in uranium, too.”

Fact File:

– Western Australia ideally located to supply emerging energy markets
– 73 reactors under construction worldwide, 172 on order or planned
– Nuclear generation is planned to supply 25% of India’s electricity by 2050
– The Liberal National Government’s Exploration Incentive Scheme has just funded two new uranium drilling programs and the recent Theseus and Yalgoo discoveries

Locals Win Big As INPEX Reaches Halfway Mark

More than 200 Territory-based companies have secured subcontract work on the Ichthys LNG Project as construction reaches the halfway point at Bladin Point.

“The $34 billion Ichthys project has reached a major milestone with construction now 50 per cent complete and it is great to see so many Territory-based companies getting a slice of the INPEX pie,” Chief Minister Adam Giles said.

“To date, 363 lower tier subcontracts have been awarded to 232 NT-based companies by JKC’s first tier subcontractors.

“During the first quarter of this year, JKC have also awarded four major subcontracts which are expected to have significant NT content.

“It’s not only the big firms that are seeing the benefits on INPEX’s presence here with more than 840 purchase orders and subcontracts of under $500,000, awarded by JKC to 228 NT-based firms covering work like catering, printing and even local hardware stores.

“The Territory’s economy is currently experiencing an unprecedented period of growth on the back of Ichthys and the project is on track to achieve first production by the end of 2016.

“This afternoon I will be joining the Darwin INPEX team in a live, global broadcast to commemorate the 50 per cent milestone for the Ichthys project.

“This follows my meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a top level business delegation in Canberra last week which included Chairman Kuroda from INPEX.

“A key topic for discussion in Canberra was Japan’s need for increasing volumes of LNG and this is something the Territory is well placed to assist with as our relationship with Tokyo goes from strength to strength.

“Since setting up in Darwin in 2012, INPEX has proven its credentials as a good corporate citizen investing almost $700,000 in local community events and charities.

“I was also thrilled to recently open the newly upgraded helipad at Royal Darwin Hospital that has been funded by the Ichthys project. It’s one of many lasting legacies INPEX will leave behind in the Territory.

“I thank INPEX for its contribution to both the Territory’s economy and community so far and wish the project well as it heads into the second half of the construction phase.”

Rezoning Completes Lara West Growth Front

An extension to Greater Geelong’s northern growth front has been put in place, with the residential rezoning of the 62-hectare Manzeene Village area in Lara West.

Minister for Planning Matthew Guy said the rezoning would provide for subdivision of around 650 lots to accommodate much needed homes and provide a vital link between central Lara and the Lara West growth area.

“Lara West is one of Geelong’s most significant growth areas, eventually accommodating around 10,000 people and providing a high level of services for the area and surrounds,” Mr Guy said.

“Manzeene Village completes the planning picture for the Lara West growth front, which will feature an employment precinct, a large neighbourhood activity hub, three new schools, community services, sporting facilities and parkland that can be enjoyed by everyone in the region.”

Manzeene Village will feature a local commercial area and at least 5,000sqm of local parkland and shared pathways to allow for additional recreational opportunities, which will be set out under a Development Plan before development starts.

It follows the approval of the 390-hectare Lara West precinct in February this year.

“Development at Lara West will be undertaken gradually over 30 years to help meet the needs of the projected 500,000 extra residents in the Greater Geelong region by 2050,” Mr Guy said.

“With planned road improvements, expansion of public transport services, the Regional Rail Link and brand new local employment opportunities, Lara will remain an attractive place to live and work just outside of central Geelong and Melbourne. We are keen to secure the best outcome for the residents of Lara and Geelong, providing housing for the anticipated population growth, while also preserving the feel of the town and quality of life for residents.”

Lovely Banks and Batesford South will be the next new suburbs to be planned in Geelong’s northern growth corridor and will ensure a continuing lifestyle and housing affordability advantage over Melbourne.

$100 Million Tower To Invigorate Riverfront Precinct

A $100 million, 100-metre high apartment building has been approved for Docklands, becoming the first tower in the prime riverside Bolte Precinct.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy said the development will enhance the Docklands area, connecting the city’s iconic river with the thriving central business district.

The building is part of the ongoing Yarra’s Edge development, the 30-level tower at 160-186 Lorimer Street and is designed to 4 star Green Star standard and features:
– 229 apartments (ranging from one-bedroom to family size apartments);
– 302 car parks;
– 84 bicycle spaces; and
– ground floor retail premises.

“This development reflects not only the fact that Melbourne is the best place to invest and build, it is also a centre of great architectural and urban design. This development delivers on Plan Melbourne, our vision for Melbourne to 2050, which supports development in the central city with access to transport, jobs and services close by,” Mr Guy said.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is boosting construction activity and creating thousands of new jobs in the building industry. Building permit activity for 2014 so far is 13 per cent above the same period in 2013, up to $10.6 billion.”

Mr Guy warned against Labor’s destructive plans for the construction industry.

“The Labor Party wants to make housing less affordable for Victorians, by opposing well-planned suburbs as well as apartment towers in the CBD. Labor would destroy thousands of construction jobs and hurt our economy with its destructive attitude to our city.

“Our projections show Melbourne’s expanded central city is likely to become home to an additional 100,000 people by 2031. Around 60,000 new dwellings will be required to accommodate this growth, so it’s important that we direct higher density to areas like Docklands while ensuring new developments cater for singles, couples and families.”

Upon completion Docklands is expected to have attracted in excess of $17.5 billion in private investment and be home to an estimated 20,000 residents, 60,000 workers and millions of visitors annually. The Lorimer Street development adjoins the Lorimer Precinct of the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal area and expected to house more than 80,000 residents.

Brisbane To Welcome The Nation’s Best For 2015 Australian Athletics Championships

The 2015 Australian athletics season will come to an impressive crescendo in Brisbane (Qld), with Athletics Australia and Tourism and Events Queensland today confirming that the Sunshine State capital will play host to the 93rd Australian Athletics Championships on 26-29 March 2015.

Set to ensure the return of the event to Queensland for the first time since 2009, the four-days of track and field action will be the culmination of a nationwide series that descends on every Australian state in the early stages of next year.

“The Australian Athletics Championships is the pinnacle event of our domestic season, where the country’s best athletes are pitted against each other to determine our nation’s champions and we are very proud to be bringing this event back to Brisbane as we look ahead to the 2015 IAAF World Championships later in the year, and of course the Rio Olympic Games the year following,” Dallas O’Brien, the Athletics Australia Chief Executive Officer, said.

“The announcement of our partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland to host the event in one of Australia’s most vibrant cities is a coup for our sport, and with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on the horizon it is fantastic to know that the Queensland Government is supportive of important national sporting events in their state.”

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the event was a fantastic addition to Brisbane’s major events calendar and would further strengthen Queensland’s reputation for delivering high quality sporting events.

“As we look forward to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, it is major sporting events such as the 2015 Australian Athletics Championships that showcase our ability to host leading sporting events while also providing a platform to profile our iconic destinations,” Ms Stuckey said.

“This event is expected to attract more than 800 of Australia’s best athletes, generate more than 6000 visitor nights to Brisbane and contribute more than $1.5 million in visitor expenditure to the economy.

“The Queensland Government’s 20-year plan for Tourism, Destination Success, recognises that events such as this drive repeat visitation and showcase the State’s unique experiences as the industry strives toward the goal of growing annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.”

Minister for Sport, Steve Dickson, said athletics remained one of the most popular sports for young Queenslanders with almost $1.5 million in Newman Government funding to support track and field clubs issued last financial year.

“Under our Get Started program, almost 1,800 vouchers have been redeemed by children and young people to help them participate in athletics,” Mr. Dickson said.

“The Government’s ongoing investment in sports infrastructure at QSAC provides a home for the Queensland Academy of Sport, a facility to host high profile events so Queenslanders can see Australia’s best compete, but also to provide the best facilities for our young athletes of the future to achieve their goals and live healthy and active lifestyles.”

“QSAC hosted more than 80 school athletics carnivals last year and hosting elite events such as the Australian Athletics Championships helps inspire the young athletes who use the venue for training and encourage others to participate in track and field.”

Athletics Australia can today also confirm the dates for the 2014-2015 Australian Athletics Tour.

Closing out 2014 with the Zatopek:10 before launching again in the New Year in Hobart (TAS) with the Briggs Athletics Classic, Australia’s longest running one-day invitational meeting, the nine-meet series will also descend on Newcastle (NSW), Adelaide (SA), Perth (WA), Brisbane (Qld), Sydney (NSW) and Melbourne (Vic), as well as Canberra (ACT) for the first time since the Australia Cup was disbanded in 2010.

Additional information on the season, including the event grid, travel funding details and prize money structure, will be issued in the weeks following the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

2014-2015 Australian Championship Schedule
5-7 December – Australian All-Schools Championships, Adelaide (SA)
8 December – Australian Schools Knock-Out, Adelaide (SA)
14 December – Australian 50km Race Walking Championships, Melbourne (Vic)
8 February – IAAF World Cross-Country Championships Selection Trial, Canberra (ACT)
11-15 March – Australian Junior Athletics Championships, Sydney (NSW)
26-29 March – 93rd Australian Athletics Championships, Brisbane (Qld)

2014-2015 Australian Athletics Tour
11 December – Zatopek:10 (Australian 10,000m Championship), Melbourne (Vic)
24 January – Briggs Athletics Classic, Hobart (TAS)
31 January – Hunter Track Classic, Newcastle (NSW)
7 February – Canberra Track Classic, Canberra (ACT)
14 February – Adelaide Track Classic, Adelaide (SA)
21 February – Perth Track Classic, Perth (WA)
7 March – Queensland Track Classic, Brisbane (Qld)
14 March – Sydney Track Classic (Tour Final), Sydney (NSW)
21 March – IAAF Melbourne World Challenge (Tour Final), Melbourne (Vic)

Destination NSW Appoints Group Director, Destination Development

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Chipchase announced that Ms Julie Bishop has been appointed as the Group Director, Destination Development for the NSW Government’s major events and tourism agency.

“I am delighted to announce that Ms Bishop has been appointed. Julie brings a wealth of experience to the position, which includes 18 years in the tourism industry both here in Australia and abroad,” Ms Chipchase said.

“Ms Bishop’s career includes eight years at Tourism Victoria in research, destination development, regional marketing and state branding roles, as well as senior roles as the Director of Marketing with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority in the United Arab Emirates and Director of Global Marketing with Tourism Northern Territory.

“After returning to settle in Sydney, Ms Bishop has worked with Transport for NSW to bring the Opal card to life and in the aviation sector, looking after Air New Zealand’s brand in Australia,” she said.

Destination NSW General Manager, Industry Partnerships and Government Policy, Simonne Shepherd says Julie will lead what is already a strong Destination Development Team, who work with a broad range of NSW industry stakeholders, to help contribute to the goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure in NSW by 2020.

“Ms Bishop brings multi-disciplinary experience to leading the Destination Development Team, which includes Destination Partnerships, Regional Programs and Services, Visitor Services, Regional Event Development and Sector Development,” Ms Shepherd said.

Ms Bishop says she’s looking forward to starting her new role at Destination NSW, contributing to doubling overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.

“Sydney and NSW are wonderful destinations to promote, so I am looking forward to joining the team and utilising my experience gained in Australian and overseas markets,” Ms Bishop said.

NSW Dominance Across Key Tourism Indicators Continues

NSW continues its dominant position with the greatest share of visitors coming to the State from around Australia according to the latest National Visitor Survey (NVS) Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase announced.

“Sydney and NSW remains the most popular place, with more visitor nights and expenditure than any other state,” Ms Chipchase said.

For the year end to March 2014 NSW was visited by 26.3 million people living in Australia who stayed more than 85 million nights.

Total expenditure by domestic overnight visitors in NSW grew by 10 per cent to $15.35billion during the same period and this growth was driven by the Holiday and Visiting Friends and Relatives market segments.

“NSW visitor expenditure was higher than any other state capturing 29.3 per cent of total expenditure across Australia and exceeding our target for the year-end March 2014,” Ms Chipchase said.

“In addition to providing a boost to the NSW economy, the latest NVS results also mean that we are well on track to meet the Government’s target of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.

Ms Chipchase attributed these latest NVS results to the success of Destination NSW’s event acquisition strategies and targeted marketing and industry partnership campaigns for Sydney and Regional NSW.

“Major events such as Vivid Sydney are also important drivers of visitation across our State. More than 1.4 million attended this year’s festival which helps drive visitors, nights and expenditure during what was once a quieter winter period,” Ms Chipchase said.

“Fantastic regional events such as Deni Blues & Roots Festival, 2014 NCHA Futurity in Tamworth, Ironman Australia Port Macquarie and The Peak Festival in the Snowy Mountains also contribute to our State’s excellent National Visitor Survey results,” she said.