Peter Garrett Defers Decision to Ban Uluru Rock Climbing

Peter GarrettUluruTOURISM operators in Alice Springs have been delivered good news, after Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett deferred a decision which would have banned people from climbing Uluru, which used to be called Ayers Rock.

It’s claimed the speculated 100,000 climbers per month were littering and defecating on the rock, during the climb, which also risks eroding the 348-metre rock.

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Will buyers be forced into apartment living?

Anyone who played (or plays) the computer game Simcity would understand the predicament Melbourne planners are in right now.

On the one hand, Melbourne’s population is growing – with some more ambitious estimates suggesting by 1000 people a week. New residents are coming from interstate (particularly Sydney and Brisbane) and overseas (New Zealand, United Kingdom). Many new residents are professional, high income earning professionals who may see Melbourne’s real estate market as relatively affordable.

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Prominent Fitzroy Site Set to Become Major Mixed Use Village, Melbourne

A SUPERSIZED block in bohemian Fitzroy is expected to make way for an $80 million-plus mixed use development after selling off-market to a developer.

On the north-east corner of Johnston and Gore streets, the 2122 square metre site sold for more than $8 million reflecting a land rate per square of some $4000.

Close to the corner of the Smith Street retail strip the former warehouse at 239-247 Johnston Street have been occupied in recent years by retail users including homewares and replica furniture store, The Dogs Breakfast Trading Company.

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Major Japan Builder Announces Eco-Friendly Coolum Residences, Sunshine Coast

HOMES which promise to provide “the most advanced eco-friendly design elements ever built in Australia” is being launched on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

The Coolum Residences will include photovoltaic roof tiles, insulated windows, wall ventilation and energy monitoring systems.

An announcement about the proposal and the developer – Japan’s largest home builder, Sekisui House, is copied below:

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Lend Lease Wins $315 Million Contract to Widen West Motorway, Sydney

LEND Lease has secured the $315 million contract to widen the M5 West Motorway in Sydney.

It will design and construct the upgrade which include interlink roads. Two lanes will be extended to three in each direction from Camden Valley Way, Prestons to King Georges Road, Beverly Hills.

Lend Lease’s construction business, Abigroup, has been working on the proposal since February 2010. Completion of the project is expected in December 2014.

Lend Lease announced the contract to the ASX this afternoon (June 26):

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Offshore Funds Cash up For Australian Farming Assets

INVESTORS from the United Kingdom are planning a $400 million fund to invest in cotton and wheat properties in eastern Australia.

To be known as Southern Agricultural Resources, and with Derek Shaw as a non executive director, the fund has reportedly identified for purchase 24 properties covering over 100,000 hectares in New South Wales and Queensland.

The fund has “been quietly shuffled around investment circles in the UK and USA” according to the AFR.

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Lend Lease Wins Contract to Redevelop Adelaide Oval

LEND Lease has been unveiled the preferred “proponent for construction work” for the Adelaide Oval redevelopment.

The Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority with the Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure selected Lend Lease and its subsidiary, Baulderstone to design and construct a new stadium with a 50,000 person capacity (image of proposal, right).

A copy of Lend Lease’s announcement is below:

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QIC to Develop $350 Million Canberra Complex

QUEENSLAND Investment Corporation will build a $350 million mixed use development in the Canberra city centre.

The proposed development will replace a car park, and include an 11-storey office with 41,500 square metres of space, as well as a 13-level apartment building with some 300 flats. According to the AFR, it will also include a 12,600 square metre shopping centre and more car parking.

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Mohamed al-Fayed Reaps $A2.5 Billion From Harrods Sale

Harrods LondonMOHAMED al-Fayed has reaped about $A2.5 billion from the sale of one of the world’s most famous shops, Harrods, in Britain.

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The new owner is the Qatari royal family.

Harrods includes seven levels of retail space and includes 300 department stores attracting some 15 million shoppers a year.

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