THE Clean Energy Regulator claims Australia has cemented itself as a world leader in the use of rooftop solar generation, with another annual record for installed capacity.

The Clean Energy Regulator’s figures reveal there was more than 1057 megawatts of capacity installed last year, beating the previous record of 1035 megawatts set in 2012. 

This brings the total installed small-scale capacity in Australia to more than 6000 megawatts.

According to the Clean Energy Regulator, Australia now has the highest penetration of rooftop solar in the world.

“One in five Australian homes has rooftop solar and an increasing number of small businesses are making the most of the financial and environmental benefits of solar,” Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said.

“The Clean Energy Regulator predicts 2018 will see at least another 1000 megawatts of capacity added to Australian rooftops.”

Part of the drive behind rooftop solar has been the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme which provides financial incentives for households and businesses to install renewable energy systems. This has helped business to reduce its reliance on the electricity grid and reduce emissions, the minister said.

“Earlier this year, the Clean Energy Regulator announced the Renewable Energy Target will be met thanks to more than $12 billion of investment in large-scale projects,” Mr Frydenberg said, noting investment in renewable energy was “at record breaking levels”.


PRADELLA Property Ventures’ $70 million over-50s gated country club estate, Seachange Toowoomba, is feeling the effects of property owners seeking ‘sea change in the mountains’.

Pradella has even unveiled a  new onsite sales centre to meet demand for its latest new homes release.

“The opening of the sales centre means that buyers can start to get a sense of what it will be like to live in the Seachange Toowoomba community,” Seachange Lifestyle Resorts sales and marketing director, Alex McMahon said.

“They can view first-hand the spectacular location and the superb quality of the homes’ fixtures and fittings, with our first 20 homes expected to start construction within the next four weeks.”

Also planned to start construction within the next few weeks is the key feature of Seachange Toowoomba: The Summer House. The Summer House is the resort’s centre of lifestyle and active recreation, offering residents tennis courts, a heated swimming pool, fire pit, outdoor barbecue and other luxury features.  

Mr McMahon said Seachange Toowoomba was all about space, privacy and low maintenance living in a multi-million dollar community. Pricing released for the two or three bedroom architecturally designed homes range from $375,000 to $525,000.

Limited to 162 lowset two or three bedroom homes, each of the architecturally designed dwellings will be created to take full advantage of the premium location and provide a strong connection to the local environment with floor plans specifically designed to bring the outdoors in.

 “The word Seachange was carefully chosen as our brand,” Mr McMahon said. “Seachange Over 50s Lifestyle Resorts speaks to the core promise of what we set out to achieve and how we differentiate ourselves.

”Inherent in the concept of a Seachange lies a promise,that there will be a change for the better. We like to say ‘it’s not just about changing where you live but how you live’.

“In fact, much has been said about the benefits of community living, and at its very core is a simple concept of like-minded people sharing common interests and interacting on a daily basis at many levels to enrich each other’s lives,” Mr McMahoin said.

He said Seachange Toowoomba was destined to become a new community of like-minded active people who owned their own homes “and helped nourish each other’s mind, body and soul”.

“The paradigm shift in how we approach senior’s living is based on a fundamental belief that an active adult is a happy and healthy adult,” Mr McMahon said.

“We constantly strive to set the benchmark for retirement living so every member of our communities can have the opportunity to truly love the way they live.

“We really feel that our purchasers will achieve their Seachange dream with the right lifestyle community at the right time in their life with a value shift that offers a brand new home that fits within their budget,” he said.

“We are poised for a bright future as the brand continues to grow and prosper. It’s an exciting time and we look forward to welcoming the next chapter for Seachange at Toowoomba.”


PRADELLA Property Ventures is charting new sales ahead of target for Seachange Riverside Coomera – and can be put down to the very ‘sea change’ effect the development is named after.

Pradella sales and marketing director, Alex McMahon said most buyers admitted they were rewarding themselves for a lifetime of earning – and now relentlessly chasing the dream of a sea change to waterfront living.

“Lifestyle was a big focus when we designed the Coomera community,” Mr McMahon said. 

“We have addressed the needs of ‘empty nesters’ with the latest riverside project at Upper Coomera with buyer take-up outperforming early expectations. 

“Moving to Seachange is perfect for ‘empty nesters’ looking to downsize to something more suitable without compromising expectations. Our owners are asking for beautiful finishes and generous spaces. 

“Seachange Riverside Coomera offers luxury, spacious living space enjoying classically timeless elegance with superior finishes and appliances,” Mr MacMahon said.

He said ‘trending’ at the moment was a new type of earthen luxury – “lavish tranquillity that focuses on a sense of wellbeing to enhance liveable spaces, maximising the lifestyle elements and community engagement that are important to our purchasers”. 

“Following buyer feedback we have up-scaled the garage capacity to a triple garage to enable a hobby or boat or other equipment to be safely stored,” Mr McMahon said.

When completed, the boutique resort community Seachange Riverside Coomera, positioned on the river at Upper Coomera, Gold Coast, will feature 124 premium homes in a master planned, gated country estate featuring a five-star Country Club and River House complete with heated lap pool, spa, sauna, library, cinema, treatment room, lounge, bowls green, twin pickle ball courts, gym, art studio, men’s shed workshop, meeting room and bar in a blue-ribbon estate.

Pradella Property Ventures managing director David Pradella said there was a gap in the market for over 50s communities that offered high-end living accommodation with lifestyle opportunities in a central location.

Seachange Riverside Coomera offers a range of high-quality, architecturally designed contemporary two and three bedroom homes priced from $449,000.

 “All the homes at Seachange Riverside Coomera are pet friendly and installed with a private intercom integrated to the main gate, delivering security, safety and peace of mind for residents,” Mr McMahon said. “Best of all, we take care of all of your lawn and garden maintenance, allowing you to sit back and relax.

“Our buyers are finding that the balance between rewarding past working achievements and celebrating the freedom to come and go as you please in this phase of life with the benefit to live and be active in a friendly connected community is one of the key drivers to purchase.”


REDLAND City Council’s new data centre, developed by Vertiv,  utilises a modular style  and the latest technologies to boost economical operation while lowering carbon dioxide emissions by more than 70 percent over the superseded system.

The Redland data centre that took only four months to finish and yet apart from its environmental credentials it is also highly rated for disaster-resilience.

Redland City chief information officer, Glynn Henderson said the efficient design of its new modular data centre was expected to reap economic and environmental benefits. Aside from moving to a well-ventilated area, the new data centre space is also more compact. Mr Henderson said he anticipated a 30 percent reduction in electricity costs and 70 percent reduction in CO2 emissions due to the use of more efficient plant and equipment.

“That’s really important because we’re a very eco-focused city,” Mr Henderson said. 

Being a coastal council, Redland City can also be involved in coordinating emergency responses to natural disasters such as fires and storms.

“One of the great things about having a compliant and highly resilient data centre is the ability to react quickly around disaster management. That’s a big thing for us,” Mr Henderson said. “As the city develops into the digital age and we increase the digital footprint in some of our newer city expansions, we’ll see a lot more requirement to connect services and utilities globally.”

Vertiv managing director for Australian and New Zealand, Robert Linsdell said a robust, scalable and secure infrastructure was needed for cities like Redland that are looking to become smarter for the future.

“There’s plenty of hype about smart cities and IoT but it’s important to consider what infrastructure you need to pull that off ,” he said. “Redland City understands this, and it is taking the steps now to make sure it can do the exciting part in the right way later.”

Vertiv, formerly known as Emerson Network Power, designed and built the 42-square-metre, self-contained facility with a 10-rack capacity and includes power, cooling and racks from Vertiv’s range.

Redland City Council approached Vertiv and Peak Services in late 2017 for a modular data centre design to replace its ageing primary and secondary data centres. The council’s old infrastructure was approaching end-of-life and becoming increasingly inefficient and expensive to operate.

Redland City Council was looking to move its critical applications to a depot site, not only to free up office space but also to ensure that data was secure.

Vertiv’s modular data centre for Redland City uses a steel-framed, double-skinned, insulated construction designed specifically to take the weight of specialist data room equipment. The facility is also fire-rated and structurally certified.

Peak Services information manager William Osborne also praised the “successful partnership” between Vertiv, Redland City council and Peak.

“Councils are different from other entities in that they spend public money,” Mr Osborne said. “They’re accountable to their rate payers for the spend, so anything they do spend must be done in a transparent and open manner to demonstrate value for money.

“From a supplier perspective, we keep costs down by looking at efficiencies in production, manufacturing, delivery and commissioning. What separates Vertiv from other data centre providers is its ability to customise and tailor the solution to meet council needs. For example facility sizing, energy consumption and facility expansion.”


BUILT ENVIRONMENT construction giant John Holland is taking a stake in the re-imagined new Maroochydore city centre, looking at a completed development value of more than $200 million.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with John Holland representatives, the University of the Sunshine Coast and SunCentral Maroochydore Pty Ltd . The deal opens the way for negotiations on developing multiple lots in the city centre.

Discussions between the parties include potential pre-commitments from the Sunshine Coast Council and the University of the Sunshine Coast, subject to further negotiations.

Mayor Jamieson said the MoU demonstrated the “superb, quality investment opportunity that the Maroochydore city centre offers in one of the fastest growing and most dynamic regions in Australia”. 

“To have a company of the calibre of John Holland, with an international track record, seeking a significant stake in the new Maroochydore city centre is a huge vote of confidence by a Tier One property developer in the future of the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Jamieson said.

“We are creating Australia’s first truly smart city for the 21st Century – one which will generate thousands of construction jobs, more than 15,000 permanent jobs and provide a $4.4 billion boost for the local economy.
“John Holland obviously understands the value in being part of the early stages of this development and the growth trajectory of our region, with the development of a new CBD, the opening of the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital, the expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport and our plans for an international broadband submarine cable linking the region directly to global markets.”

Sunshine Coast Council has already committed to having its primary civic presence in the core commercial precinct.

“This will include customer service facilities, a council chamber and work space accommodation for staff and Councillors, although we will continue to maintain a decentralised work force at Caloundra and Nambour,” Cr Jamieson said.

“Our council represents the whole region and will always ensure it maintains a strong presence in major centres like Nambour and Caloundra, in the interests of accessibility to our customers and our community.

“But equally it is important that our presence in Maroochydore is consolidated and housed in a corporate headquarters in our new city centre.”

John Holland CEO Joe Barr said the Maroochydore CBD development was a landmark project which would leave a legacy for future generations on the Sunshine Coast.
Mr Barr said the company believed the city centre had enormous potential, being in the heart of one of the nation’s most desirable and fastest growing regions and just 10 minutes from Australia’s newest international airport, due to open in late 2020.
“If you look at what’s happening right now and the infrastructure being rolled out, it’s very clear the Sunshine Coast is on the move and has an incredibly bright future,” Mr Barr said.
“John Holland is keen to pursue this development opportunity and we look forward to releasing further detail about our proposal in due course.”
The Sunshine Coast is not new to John Holland, having successfully delivered the $150 million Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital in Kawana, which opened in 2013.
The company also has a strong development pipeline with investments in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
University of the Sunshine Coast vice-chancellor, Greg Hill said the university was participating in the exclusive negotiations with John Holland, the council and SunCentral Maroochydore, with a view to a future presence in the Maroochydore city centre. This may include a combination of student accommodation, teaching and community spaces.
“This is an exciting opportunity, and, after working together for 20 years, our partnership with Sunshine Coast Council is being taken to a new level,” Professor Hill said.
SunCentral chairperson Doug McTaggart said submissions had been received from companies across a range of sectors since expressions of interest in the core commercial precinct opened last year.

“The core commercial precinct in the Maroochydore city centre includes lots for commercial office buildings, retail space and approximately 600 residential apartments, as well as a new waterway, parks and plazas,” Dr McTaggart said.
“John Holland’s proposal for the Maroochydore CBD is certainly impressive and discussions with their representatives are well advanced.

John Holland’s submission could see the company awarded development rights over key commercial lots currently in the market.

“This is just the beginning. It’s very clear that the Sunshine Coast region is coming of age and the future is here” Mayor Jamieson said.


PRADELLA Property Ventures has launched a master-plan for the development of the Seachange Riverside Coomera enclave on Queensland’s Gold Coast, moving to raise the bar again on over-50s lifestyle resorts.

The recent on-site launch event gave prospective purchasers “a real taste of why Seachange was the recipient and winner of the World’s Best Lifestyle Resorts in 2017” according to Pradella director of sales and marketing, Alex McMahon. 

Riverside Coomera will be the third Seachange property in Pradella Property Ventures’ portfolio.

“Following the overwhelming buyer response to Seachange Village Emerald Lakes, we felt it was the ideal time to address the huge demand for another Gold Coast over 50s lifestyle resort,” Mr McMahon said.

“Seachange is positioned on the river at Upper Coomera with direct boating access, and full amenities are at your doorstep. The Riverside Coomera site is also well positioned to address the demand for a resort in a blue-ribbon location.

“We are now fully DA approved. The site comprises two sites and the second has just been fully approved.”

Riverside Coomera features 124 premium homes in a master-planned, gated country estate. It incorporates a five-star Country Club and River House complete with heated lap pool, spa, sauna, library, cinema, treatment room, lounge, bowls green, twin pickle ball courts, gym, art studio, men’s shed workshop, meeting room and bar.

“If you’re after a luxurious over 50’s lifestyle, look no further than Seachange Riverside Coomera,” Mr McMahon said. 

“Lifestyle was a big focus when we designed the Coomera community – everything is designed to energise and invigorate the people who live there.

“Residents will be surrounded by other independent, like-minded people and they can engage in a range of health and wellness activities in centralised facilities onsite. They can catch a movie or musical performance at the country club; work out in the fully equipped gym; relax with a massage; or do some fishing from our own pontoon,” Mr McMahon said.

“Moving to Seachange is not about changing where you live, but how you live.”

Seachange Riverside Coomera offers a range of architecturally designed contemporary two and three bedroom home designs ranging in price from $459,000 to $749,000.

“All the homes at Seachange Riverside Coomera are pet friendly and installed with a private intercom integrated to the main gate, delivering security, safety and peace of mind for residents.  Best of all, we take care of all of your lawn and garden maintenance, allowing you to sit back and relax,” Mr McMahon said.

According to McMahon, The choice of luxury low set or high set homes is compatible with buyer preference, superior finishes and appliances are all inclusive “set in a very desirable location providing a viable solution for our downsizing market”.

“The market conditions in Coomera are some of the strongest in South East Queensland off the back of Westfield’s Coomera Town Centre development which will offer a huge incentive to our purchasers,” McMahon said..

Seachange Riverside Coomera is located at 29 Ghostgum Grove, Upper Coomera, and has local shopping, medical and transport options within a short drive.

Pradella Property Ventures Group is one of Queensland’s most innovative and longest-established property developers. The group was originally part of the Pradella Group of Companies, headed up by brothers David and Kim Pradella. Since a corporate restructure in 2007, Pradella Property Ventures  has developed its own brand focused on innovative lifestyle and tourism-related developments, led by managing director David Pradella.



THE Federal Government has confirmed funding of $24 million toward the upgrade of the Cairns Marine Precinct.

Agreements have been signed with Norship Marine, BSE Cairns Slipways and Tropical Reef Shipyard with funding to flow from the Federal Government to undertake a variety of works to increase the capability and capacity of the existing shipyards.

The Cairns Marine Precinct provides facilities and support services to the Australian Defence Force while providing a critical contribution to the local economy and local jobs, according to Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne. 

Mr Pyne said the projects would include over 170m of wharf construction, upgrades to electrical and fire systems, workshop construction, security systems, hardstand resurfacing and construction of an additional 135m of slipway rail.

“More than $400 million of maintenance work on the replacement fleet of up to 21 Pacific Patrol Boats will be conducted here,” Mr Pyne said.

Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the delivery of this commitment would ensure Cairns was well placed to secure additional maintenance and sustainment work for commercial customers and the Royal Australian Navy.

“Over 1,300 people are employed in the shipbuilding, repair and service sectors in the region,” Mr Entsch said.

“This work will sustain immediate construction jobs, and also long term shipbuilding and maintenance work right here in Cairns.”

This $24 million investment is in addition to the Federal Government’s $420 million investment to develop additional wharf space and other support facilities at HMAS Cairns.

While the government is investing in the upgrades, the works themselves will be managed by the shipyards involved.


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