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Australia's Population Boom Continues, We're Now at 22.5 Million

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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:05

AUSTRALIAN Bureau of Statistics show the nation’s population surged 1.4 per cent last year to 22.5 million.

Victoria led the population surge recruiting 75,000 new residents in the way of immigration, more babies and a net increase from other states. The state now has 5.6 million people.

Mining states Western Australia (which gained 67,400 residents) and Queensland (66,500) were the next fastest growing states.


Woollahra Council Approves Lachlan Murdoch's $11.6 Extension, Bellevue Hill

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Sunday, 01 July 2012 00:18

THE Woollahra Municipal Council earlier this month approved the $11.6 million renovation of a Bellevue Hill home, lodged by Channel Ten chairman Lachlan Murdoch (pictured, right) and his wife Sarah.

The approval is subject to conditions designed to protect the views and privacy of neighbours (some of whose houses are pictured in the aerial image, far right).

The high-profile couple paid $23 million in 2009 for the Bellevue Hill mansion, formerly the French Consulate. The couple later purchased a home adjoining the elevated historic mansion which has postcard water views.


The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley, For Sale

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Saturday, 30 June 2012 00:12

POPULAR music venue The Tivoli in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, will be auctioned next month.

The Brisbane business and freehold is being sold by the O’Rourke family.

The art deco building, developed in 1917 according to its website, will host upcoming performers Rick Astley and Jose Felliciano.

Website did not publish an expected sale price. The hotel sits on a 2160 square metre block.


TAL Leases 10,500 Sq m in Sydney CBD

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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 03:00

THE life insurer formerly known as Tower, and now, TAL, will relocate across from Sydney’s north to the CBD after committing to lease 10,500 square metres at 363 George Street, near Martin Place.

TAL will leave Milsons Point and Albert Street which it has called home for 40 years. The move will bring together the company’s 850 staff – including some currently located at another Martin Place office.

It’s new George Street office will spread across 12 levels. It fills part of 60,000 square metres being vacated by the Commonwealth Bank (which is moving to the Darling Quarter).


Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre Opens in Heidelberg, Melbourne

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Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

TWENTY years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Australian entertainer Olivia Newton-John opened a landmark rehabilitation centre in Melbourne’s north-east this month (pictured, far right).

Olivia Newton-John thanked the Baillieu Liberal government for finalising funding for the $189 million Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, which includes day and radiation oncology and complementary therapies such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, meditation and homeopathy.


British American Tobacco Australasian Plant, Pagewood, Sydney, to be Redeveloped

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Friday, 29 June 2012 00:37

PLANS for a $56 million rebuild of British American Tobacco’s Australasian plant in Pagewood, Sydney, have been approved.

Much of the existing plant will be demolished and  replaced with a smaller facility, according to the AFR.

Some 60 per cent of the 16.5 hectare site will be sold for residential and commercial redevelopment.


Fairfax, News Limited to Sell Property Assets

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Monday, 25 June 2012 00:00

Fairfax saviour: entrepreneur Gina Rinehart

CHANGES to the media landscape announced this week will result in a shake-out of commercial assets all over Melbourne.

Fairfax, publisher of The Age, is expected to make between $20 - $25 million for its high-tech printing and distribution facility near the Melbourne Airport in Tullamarine, abutting the Tullamarine Freeway (pictured, below).

Fairfax paid $5.6 million for the six hectare piece of former farmland in 1999 – then spent another $220 million building the existing printer which included machinery from Germany and Switzerland.

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