Rawlinsons Costs at Odds With That BER is Paying

RAWLINSONS – the construction industry’s cost handbook – is going a long way into highlighting waste in the ALP government’s $16.2 billion Building the Education Revolution program.

According to the latest edition of the Rawlinsons Constrution Handbook, single level primary school buildings should cost about $1350 per square metre to construct.

By comparison, the NSW government is spending $13,306 per square metre building 21 canteen buildings in public schools.

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Developer Employs Julia Gillard’s Partner to Sell Apartments

THE PROPERTY developer which recently and curiously appointed would-be-Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s partner, Tim Mathieson, a hair products salesman, to sell its luxury apartments, has sought Ministerial approval to build a landmark skyscraper, opposite the Queen Victoria Market and Flagstaff Gardens.

Ubertas Group plans to demolish an existing two-level office building at 330 – 360 William Street, and replace it with one of two high density proposals, which the government says – because of the development’s proposed scale – the Minister for Planning Justin Madden must approve.

The biggest proposal being considered is for a 50-level complex with 626 apartments, but earlier this month a (relatively) smaller proposal, of 35-levels and including 476 apartments, was submitted to the Minister for consideration, a spokeswoman for Mr Madden’s office said.

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Ubertas Group to Sell Last Apartments at 505 St Kilda Road

A UNIQUE luxury apartment with a “left-wing” connection has hit the market, as the developer of a new complex clears the last of the unsold apartments.

The double-storey “townhouse-style” apartment is on the ground floor of Ubertas Group’s 505 St Kilda Road complex, a project built on the site of what was St Kilda Road’s first high-rise office.

The 505 complex is absolute park-front, having a security door connecting residents to the massive Fawkner Park. The apartment itself (G02) includes two bedrooms, a study, two car parks, downstairs courtyard and upstairs balcony – both with a park vista.

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