WITH OVER five million Australians expected to be over the age of 65 by 2025, luxury lifestyle communities have exploded over the past few years – and many developers are taking the opportunity to change the face of the retirement sector.

Pradella’s Seachange Lifestyle Resorts is one developer that has expanded its range of residential projects by releasing architecturally designed homes in prime unique locations, exclusively for the over 50s market to explore creative life choices in a secure environment.

"We brought this approach to both our current Upper Coomera and Toowoomba projects and made modifications to the masterplans to create designs that will grow with the community and help create a truly better place to live,” Pradella’s director of sales and marketing Alex McMahon said.

“Today's baby boomers have high expectations for their retirement lifestyle, so location and design of the home are both vitally important.

“As a developer of over 50s communities our focus weighs heavily on these aspects, it's why we invest a lot of time into researching market trends, finding the right sites, developing masterplans and creating homes that respond to the needs of modern seniors. 

“With a north-easterly orientation, positioned overlooking a grove of stately pine trees atop rolling green lawns flowing gently down to the Upper Coomera River, Seachange Riverside Coomera is fast becoming a premium lifestyle choice that offers downsizing with style,” Mr McMahon said.

The strong connection to both the river and the hinterland that surrounds Seachange Riverside Coomera has driven buyer demand from within a 10km radius. 

According to Mr McMahon, Seachange has a staged construction approach “with quality resort style facilities offering a diversity of activities and community social elements for wonderful community engagement”.

“Our philosophy is to create a welcoming community to allow residents to enjoy our great Gold Coast climate,” he said.

Seachange Riverside Coomera has responded to the baby boomers’ desire to downsize their financial commitments while upsizing their lifestyles, with homes available from $449,000.

Alex McMahon said, “People have more time and want to enjoy their lifestyle, to take advantage of a full range of activities and facilities to reconnect with friends and extended family.  Manicured lawns, fully equipped clubhouses, gym and swimming pools, everything tailored to maximise the resident’s lifestyle.  

“Everyone is inherently social, in additional to traditional facilities Seachange Riverside Coomera has a Bocce court and community garden recognising our owner’s diverse interests" Mr McMahon said.

“Lifestyle decisions are very personal. That’s why we encourage prospective buyers to inspect Riverside Coomera and chat with our residents to judge first-hand the natural affinity to the over 50s environment at Riverside Coomera.” 



SPRINGFIELD City Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Queensland Government to collaborate on new city technology innovations. 

In a sign of ‘things to come’, Minister Jones used the Springfield visit to sample Autonomous Vehicle Shuttle trial, operating as part of a separate test event by Easy Mile in Springfield Central, between Orion Lagoon and the University of Southern Queensland.

Ms Jones said the MoU covers areas of collaboration on innovation attraction, ecosystem development, as well as energy and big data innovation.

“Springfield City Group was delighted to get a glimpse of the future of transport and to be able to join in the experience with our community,” Mr Sinnathamby said.


MASTER Builders Australia is seeing the commercial construction sector have its best year in more than a decade, led by new transport and logistics infrastructure and a surge in Asian investment in hotels and resorts.

It may be enough to moderate a slowdown in residential construction and a consolidation in the engineering sector, Master Builders research is suggesting.

“With forecast growth of more than 14.5 percent (equal to $5.3 billion) commercial building activity will be strong enough on its own to drag the whole industry back into positive territory for the first time in four years,” Master Builders Australia’s national manager for economics, Matthew Pollock said. 

Mr Pollock said the latest Building & Construction Industry Forecasts produced by Master Builders Australia showed total commercial construction activity was expected to contribute $42 billion to the economy in 2017-18.  

“With a small moderation expected in the value of residential construction work and another year of consolidation in the engineering sector, the timing of this surge in commercial construction couldn’t be better,” Mr Pollock said.

“Better yet, new commercial construction projects will provide job opportunities for workers who may be finishing up on major high density residential projects over the next 12 months or so.

“New retail related construction is expected to rise to $6.9 billion in 2017-18, led by the recent introduction of some big international retailers, including Amazon which recently built a large distribution centre in Melbourne’s Dandenong South and plans by Aldi to open another 30 stores across the country in the next 12 months,” Mr Pollock said.

“Asia continues to be a strong source of tourist visitor numbers, particularly from Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and China. Asian investment is following the tourists with $4 billion committed to the construction of new pipeline of resorts and hotels with Queensland’s resort sectors forecast to do particularly well,” he said.

“Looking a little further down the track, the government’s investment in major transport infrastructure is ramping up and will support a boom in transport related construction over the next five years. There are currently more than $170 billion in transport projects in the pipeline, with activity expected to peak in 2019-20.

“This work will provide jobs for years and also provide much need productivity enhancing infrastructure. Master Builders has called for a greater focus on infrastructure investment to support businesses, but also to boost new housing supply and help with housing affordability,” Mr Pollock said.

“On the residential building front, the last three years saw unprecedented growth in new housing construction. We have built more than 200,000 new dwellings per year – a feat unmatched in our history. 

“Despite the forecast showing a moderation in new dwelling construction, we expect new commencements in 2017-18 to top 195,000 and average around 185,000 thereafter. To keep pace with population growth we will need to build at least 185,000 new dwellings each year for the next five years,” Mr Pollock said.



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 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.”



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.”



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.”




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