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Posted by Development Ready on Sep 20, 2016

Heading toward the final two weeks of football final’s action (across both codes), it would not be unreasonable to see a slight slow-down in market activity as participants on both sides of the equation take a break from major business and investment decisions, choosing instead to enjoy watching the spectacle that is live sport, especially at this time of year.

Nonetheless, in the commercial arena at least, the number of new development opportunities remains consistent with the figures over the past six to twelve months, with a slight increase in recent weeks of residential agencies listing standalone properties with associated development approval for typically small, low rise apartment projects - either in established middle-ring suburbs or establishing, designated growth precincts.

Perhaps one of the most significant news pieces that surfaced this week surrounded the cancellation and forced re-sale of a number of properties in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia due to a failure to seek Foreign Investment Review Board approval prior to purchase - interestingly, investors caught up in the regulatory breaches resided not only in China, but also in the UK, Malaysia and Canada.

Whilst headlines will undoubtedly focus on future changes to regulations and impending cancellations that may occur in the short term, the critical point here is that our Nations property market quite clearly holds appeal not just on a domestic level, but more importantly on a global scale - from our perspective, this is reflective of enquiries for our clients properties increasingly being sourced from buyers in Malaysia and Singapore in particular.

With a number of prime opportunities being snapped up swiftly in our major metropolitan markets, discussion amongst a number of developers has turned to finding unique projects in previously underperforming or undercapitalised market areas.

Canberra and it’s immediate vicinity is one such market, whereby political certainty, substantially improved airport infrastructure and growing employment opportunities within the technology, professional services and consulting sectors have attracted renewed interest and investment from developers.

Colliers International’s Canberra office have experienced this demand first hand, listing Block 14 & 15, Section 85, in the suburb of Bruce with development approval for 118 units across some 6,559 sqm of land. The site is being marketed as a residential development opportunity with a full suite of existing services connected and no provisions for affordable housing - an increasingly common stipulation for macro-sites in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane particularly. 

The site is immediately adjacent to the Australia Institute of Sport, 13km from Canberra CBD, and a large amount of amenity within 5km, such as the University of Canberra, Calvary Hospital and Belconnen Town Centre. The Belconnen Town Centre is a major employment hub with more than 7,500 public servants working within it.

Elsewhere, across Australia, here are this week’s featured development sites:


26 Rouke Street, Lilydale

Permit Potential: Growth zone, DD07

Land Size: 1,011 sqm*

Listing Agency: Ray White - Croydon

33 Twyford Street, Box Hill North

Permit Approved: Two (2) Luxurious Homes

Land Size: 794 sqm*

Listing Agency: Jellis Craig - Hawthorn

855 - 869 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill

Permit Potential: Medium / High Density Site

Land Size: 16,000+ sqm*

Listing Agency: CBRE - Melbourne

260 - 264 Highett Road, Highett

Permit Potential: Medium Density, Mixed-Use Development

Land Size: 1,120 sqm*

Listing Agency: JLL - Melbourne

115 Cheddar Road, Reservoir

Permit Approved: Four (4) Large Units

Land Size: 924 sqm*

Listing Agency: Ray White - Reservoir

1375 Burke Road, Kew East

Permit Approved: Thirteen (13) Spacious, Luxury Apartments

Land Size: 780 sqm*

Listing Agency: Savills - Victoria

3 Jacques Street, Hawthorn East

Permit Approved: Two (2) Townhouses

Land Size: 694 sqm*

Listing Agency: RT Edgar, Hawthorn

88-90 Union Street, Brighton East

Permit Potential: Luxury Residential or Aged Care

Land Size: 3,193 sqm*

Listing Agency: CBRE - Melbourne


Block 14 & 15, Section 85, Bruce

Permit Approved: (118) Dwellings

Land Size: 6,559 sqm*

Listing Agency: Colliers International - Canberra


404-408 Beach Road, Batehaven

Permit Approved: Portfolio Auction

Land Size: 5.23 Hectares*

Listing Agency: Colliers International - Wollongong

40 Delange Road, Putney

Permit Potential: Dream Home

Land Size: 607 sqm*

Listing Agency: Ray White - Epping

44 Montgomery Street, Kogarah

Permit Potential: 37 Apartments (STDA)

Land Size: 538 sqm*

Listing Agency: CBRE - Sydney

83 Booralie Road, Terrey Hills

Permit Approved: 8 Villas & 42 Apartments

Land Size: 1.95 hectares*

Listing Agency: CBRE - Sydney


25 Hawthorne Street, Enoggera

Permit Approved: Nineteen (19) Townhouses

Land Size: 1,981 sqm*

Listing Agency: Harcourts Solutions - Mitchelton

29, 31 & 33 Minnie Street, Southport

Permit Potential: Zone RD5 - Medium Density

Land Size: 3,041 sqm*

Listing Agency: Fox’s Real Estate - Southport

24 - 26 George Street, Southport

Permit Potential: Multi-Unit Townhouse Development

Land Size: 1,032sqm*

Listing Agency: Fox’s Real Estate - Southport

49 - 51 Yarroon Street, Gladstone Central

Permit Potential: Zoned Mixed-Use

Land Size: 2,161 sqm*

Listing Agency: Ray White - Gladstone

93 - 99 Hampton Street, Harristown

Permit Approved: (121) Lots Over Various Stages

Land Size: 7.8 Hectares*

Listing Agency: Colliers International - Toowoomba

163 Wellington Road, East Brisbane

Permit Approved: Mixed-Use Zoned Land

Land Size: 1,610 sqm*

Listing Agency: C Property QLD  

24 Bank Street, West End

Permit Approved: 23 Apartments

Land Size: 1,112 sqm*

Listing Agency: C Property QLD

297-303 Wardell Street, Enoggera

Permit Approved: 15 Townhouses

Land Size: 3,251 sqm*

Listing Agency: Ray White New Farm 

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