Urban Development Institute of Australia committee members Dale Ware and Neil Jessop discuss development in Gladstone.
Urban Development Institute of Australia committee members Dale Ware and Neil Jessop discuss development in Gladstone. Christopher Chan

New Gladstone branch hopes to make development easier

HOW does the prospect of lower property prices sound?

According to Gladstone's Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) branch president Andrew Allen, this is the future hope of the newly-restored UDIA committee.

The UDIA represents the interests of the property development industry in Queensland.

Mr Allen, Gladstone's Ray White principal, has been involved in the association for about eight years, so when a group of local individuals determined to re-establish the Gladstone UDIA branch, Mr Allen seemed the best fit for the president's role.

Mr Allen said the UDIA could assist the State Government with planning issues.

"And now that the market has softened down we've got more time again," he said, in relation to the Gladstone branch.

"One of the main aims of UDIA is trying to make development easier for people. And trying to break through some of the red tape."

So what affect will this have in the long run?

"Hopefully bring down the prices of property," Mr Allen said.

The committee also consists of large multi-national players including Devine Homes and Walker Corporation.

Mr Allen said they were looking to run informative, quarterly events with guest speakers involved in the property industry.

Deputy Mayor Matt Burnett said the Gladstone committee sounded like a good idea.

"We have a lot of development going on in Gladstone at the moment," Cr Burnett said.

As the council's representative on Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd and the Traffic and Environment Advisory Committee, Cr Burnett said the difference the branch would make would include meetings to discuss common concerns.

Cr Burnett said the committee would also help local builders who could network and be on a referral system.

"It's like Hastings Street (Noosa) - when you get all the restaurants together it works.

"I'm not shy about wanting to see the Gladstone region grow - development and working together is a good thing."

The committee is looking to expand its membership base for Gladstone.



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