Abigroup Wins Department of Defence Contract

LEND Lease arm Abigroup has won a major government contract.

Details of a media statement released today is below:

Abigroup has won a national Defence contract to prepare RAAF airbases around Australia to receive the air force’s next generation of fighter jets.

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Defence Housing Australia Spends $150 Million Amassing Adelaide Streets

DEFENCE Housing Australia has spent more than $150 million on some 500 houses in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

The properties have been acquired since 2008 and are concentrated in housing developments near Edinburgh including Playford Alive, Blakes Crossing and around Gawler (train station pictured, right).

DHA has purchased an entire street in the Playford Alive development at Munno Para West.

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Understanding Your Rates Notice: A Guide

Rates Notice

THERE’S a sad day each year when home owners are delivered what might be their most misunderstood bill – the council rates notice.

Council rates are calculated using your property’s valuation and a rate in the dollar your council has budgeted as your contribution. Statewide (Victoria), the average rates bill for all properties -residential, commercial, industrial or farming – was $1135 two years ago.

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Victorian State Government Reaps $16 Million From Education Sites

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 to Anchor Massive Adelaide CBD Office Building

A NEW $200 million office building will be developed in Adelaide, after the Australian Taxation Office agreed to be anchor tenant.

The ATO, which also recently anchor tenanted a Melbourne building some say it didn’t need, will occupy 30,000 square metres of a building at Franklin Street, being developed by Western Australian based Aspen Group.

Aspen’s Tower 8 project will be bound by Waymouth, King William Flinders and Bentham streets, according to Adelaide Now, which announced the deal yesterday.

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Victorian Councils Added to the List of Carbon Tax Payers

DAYS before the federal labor government’s carbon tax is set to take effect, several Victorian councils have discovered they have been added to the list of some 500 companies set to pay.

The councils of Hume, Geelong, Wyndham and Bendigo have been included on the mystery list of polluters set to pay the tax. Several other councils in Victoria and around Australia are expected to be added in coming days.

Voters and the business community have criticised the hush-hush method the Labor government has decided to announce the polluters which will pay the tax.

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Councils crying poor while hoarding hundreds

The Property Council of Australia has criticised advertisements by the Local Government Association of NSW and Shires Association of NSW calling on the NSW Government to delay reforms which would stop councils hoarding taxpayers’ money as a misguided attempt to preserve an unsustainable and unfair funding system.

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VicRoads to Sell Major Craigieburn Residential Development Site

VICROADS – whose days headquartered from dank offices in one of Melbourne’s ritziest suburbs are reportedly numbered – is expecting some $15 million from the sale of a 31.3 hectare residential development site on what is now Melbourne’s northern outskirts, but will soon be considered a middle-ring suburb.

The Craigieburn site with a street address of 650 Hume Highway, is spread over two sides of the recently opened Hume Freeway*, which connects commuters to the Western Ring Road and the CBD in one direction, or the Metropolitan Ring Road, and a Greensborough traffic jam at the other.

The Melbourne-Sydney railway line dissects the southern edge of both VicRoads sites, some 25 kilometres from town.

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Avenue of Honour Part-Demolition Starts Local Development Site Sell Off Around Bacchus Marsh

DEVELOPERS and land owners are rubbing their hands with excitement at the prospect of a roundabout being developed at the Avenue of Honour in Bacchus Marsh, north-west of Melbourne.

Large tracts of used and disused farmland in the pockets around the proposed new road – including around Hopetoun Park, Parwan and Pentland Hills – are expected to be redeveloped as housing estates in coming years.

Tenders closed for one such site this week: the massive 168 hectare Underbank Stud Farm.

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Southern Way Wins Controversial $759 Million Peninsula Link Freeway Contract

VICTORIAN Road minister Tim Pallas has named development consortium Southern Way will build thTim Pallase controversial Peninsula Link freeway.

The $759 million contract – for a freeway some say does not need to be built because there isn’t a population to support it – will stretch 27 kilometres from Carrum Downs, to Mt Martha, and includes 11 road connections, more than 35 bridges, 18,000 square metres of retaining wall and public art.

It is due for completion in early 2013.

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Mornington Peninsula’s Arthurs Seat Chairlift Tourist Facility For Sale

Arthurs SeatPARKS Victoria is selling the rights to manage one of the Mornington Peninsula’s biggest, yet most ill-fated tourist attractions – the Arthurs Seat Chairlift.
 
Parks is looking for an operator to design, construct, run and maintain the new tourist hub – which would replace the existing 1960 facility, which shut in 2006 after a string of safety faults left holiday-makers injured, stranded, or both.
 
Up for grabs is a 950-metre chairlift path, and associated tracts of land at each end of the 305-metre summit, which previously supported a small thriving retail centre.
 

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Apartment Owners and Developer Win Bid to Shift East Melbourne Border

RESIDENTS in Becton’s posh One East Melbourne glass tower have won a battle to have their suburb name changed.
 
At a meeting last week, the Melbourne City Council approved a recommendation to shift the East Melbourne suburb boundary west, to include apartments and an office between 227 – 293 Wellington Parade South, which would have previously been considered Melbourne, 3000, and arguably be worth a lot less.

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VicUrban Announces Plans for $100 Million Office and Apartment Complex, Abutting Footscray Train Station

VICURBAN is proceeding with plans to build a major office building, and two apartment developments on a prominent, but disused 1.3 hectare block, abutting the Footscray train station, in Melbourne’s inner west.
 
The government’s sustainable land development arm is calling for submissions to develop three sites around McNab Avene, a former bowling green bound by the Footscray Market, Victoria University, and two train lines.
 
Government agencies, believed to be State Trustees and City West Water, will fully occupy the 15,000 square metre office, while the apartment towers, one of which could rise some 14-levels, will be a mix of traditional “own your own” units, student accommodation and affordable housing.

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