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FKP Opens Up Prominent Melbourne CBD Corner

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:53

QUEENSLAND born, Sydney based property developer and investor FKP has opened up the ground retail level of a CBD office building occupying the prominent south-west corner of Lonsdale Street and Hardware Lane.

After being used as a non-retail break-out area by students at Taylors College for years, the 280 square metre space, formerly identified in the street by its dark tinted window-film, has been sub-leased to a unique new business which hopes to make an impact on Hardware Lane, considered one of the city’s highest character strips.

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Tasmania's Pub in the Paddock For Sale, With Drinking Pigs

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Monday, 20 August 2012 14:30

TASMANIAN tourist attraction the Pub in the Paddock is for sale asking $800,000.

The pub, run by Anne Free and renowned for its beer drinking pigs, is in the state’s north-east.

Built as the St Columba Falls Road hotel in 1880, and licensed since 1901, the pub also includes six guest rooms which derive rental income of $75 per night. On three hectares with South George River frontage the property also includes a 100-seat restaurant. A set of pigs, famous for being welcomed in the pub for a drink, are included in the sale price.

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Victorian State Government Reaps $16 Million From Education Sites

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Monday, 20 August 2012 08:37

AS TEACHERS and the cashed-up education unions bully for more pay, the cash-strapped Baillieu government has been forced to sell two prime assets including the landmark former Kangan TAFE in Gwynne Street Richmond, expected to one day make way for a  $200-million plus mixed use village.

In a busy week for school sales and listings, the state has reaped $9.25 million for the 7637 square metre inner-east site which will cease operating as a Kangan next March.

The Business 1 zoned property (aerial pic, right) is heralded as the largest commercial development site to sell in Melbourne this year measured by value – but it’s estimated the property could have been worth more than $20 million should it have sold with a more flexible zoning allowing for residential redevelopment.

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ATO Moves to Sell Distinctive Unfinished Perth Mansion

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012 00:18

THE distinctive half-built Perth mansion dubbed by locals as the ‘Taj on Swan’ is a step closer to being sold after the Australian Taxation Office moved proceedings in the Federal Court.

The half built home (pictured above at various stages of construction) on the corner of Bay View Terrace and Keane Street in Peppermint Grove is expected to fetch between $15 million and $18 million, according to sources.

It’s been reported the domed structure was costing $70 million to construct, and upon completion would be one of the most expensive properties in Australia.

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Lend Lease, Examplar to Build $2 Billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012 16:00

LEND Lease and a consortium known as Exemplar Health have been appointed to build a $2 billion tertiary hospital at Kawana in the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

The Sunshine Coast University Hospital (artist impression, right) will include 738 beds with the first stage due for completion in late 2016.

A statement released by Lend Lease this afternoon is copied below:

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Federal Government Unveils $400 Million Quarantine Facility, Mickleham, Melbourne

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012 05:40

THE federal government this week unveiled plans for a $400 million quarantine facility in Melbourne’s north.

The project for a site in Donnybrook Road was foreshadowed by The Age in May after the Gillard government paid the joint venture owners, developers AMP Capital and Folkestone, about $40 million for the 144 hectare parcel - marked as Stage 1 in the image, right.

The land had previously been earmarked for an industrial and business park.

To be developed by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Mickleham facility will hold imported animals – from cats and dogs to alpacas – as well as plants.

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Forza Capital Pays $20.6 Million For Carlton Office

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:00

FORZA Capital, the new investment vehicle created by breakaway Drapac senior directors Ashley Wain and Adam Murchie  have made another commercial property play – paying $20.6 million for a low-rise office with redevelopment potential adjacent to the Exhibition Gardens and Melbourne Museum.

The five-level office (pictured, right) with 175 basement car parks at 15-31 Pelham Street in Carlton, near the CBD border, returns $1.74 million in annual rent and sold on a yield of 8.4 per cent.

Much of the asset’s value lies in its development potential – with the 3772 square metre block able to accommodate three or more major towers down the track.  Carlton accommodates some of Melbourne’s most dense accommodation, configured as studios, or student accommodation.  In 2010 local developer Grocon proposed a 280-metre, 89-level tower with 800 flats for a nearby Carlton site. It developed Victoria’s tallest skyscraper – the 297-metre 90-level Eureka Tower in Southbank, with 556 flats.

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