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http://townsvillebulletin.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,7034,15429927%5E14787,00.html
Developer flags seafront project

28may05
BRISBANE developer Consolidated Properties says it has a visionary seafront project that will transform Townsville.

However the company's managing director, Don O'Rorke, said yesterday he could not reveal details of the $600 million scheme until the State Government had decided on two competing proposals.

Consolidated Properties has teamed with Jupiters Hotel & Casino and Breakwater Island owner Tabcorp Holdings to build Townsville's ocean terminal project - a mixed-use residential development incorporating a marina and cruise ship terminal on a 50ha area, including 6ha of Breakwater Island land and seabed to be reclaimed on the seaward side of Breakwater Island.

Mr O'Rorke said they were well advanced with plans and had had in-depth discussions with the Government when a rival bid emerged.

A consortium led by Macquarie Bank submitted a $1 billion scheme, including a cruise and military ship terminal on May 6.

"I feel we have a good project and a project that's well planned and well thought out, that's visionary," Mr O'Rorke said.

"Macquarie Bank is a substantial organisation.

"It's good for the people of Townsville that they are going to get a choice.

"I'd like to think we are going to win but it's out of our hands."

Tabcorp owns 6ha of land surrounding the Jupiters Townsville Hotel and Casino and the Breakwater Marina.

The plan is to reclaim a further 45ha of land between the breakwalls in front of the Jupiters hotel.

State Development Minister Tony McGrady has told the Townsville Bulletin the Government is assessing the two proposals against its value-for-money framework.

He said Cabinet would decide which was the best offer and whether or not to pursue it in due course.

Mr O'Rorke said they hoped to get an answer from the Government shortly.

"Whether that's days, weeks or months remains to be seen," he said.
http://townsvillebulletin.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,7034,15429196%5E14790,00.html
City transformed
By TONY RAGGATT
28may05

ALMOST $1 billion worth of apartment and townhouse projects are set to transform the face of Townsville as the city undergoes an unprecedented transformation.

According to property developers, the city is undergoing the type of reformation experienced when Brisbane hosted Expo 1988 and then transformed its riverfront with the Southbank development.

Brisbane developer Don O'Rorke, whose Consolidated Properties is teaming with Tabcorp and vying to develop the $600 million ocean terminal project on The Strand, said Townsville was coming of age. "The city is going through a transformation," Mr O'Rorke said.

"There's definitely a consciousness now that Townsville is emerging as a city."

Developers feted property writers from around Australia yesterday to highlight the region's phenomenal property boom.

The ocean terminal project is the city's largest proposal involving a cruise ship terminal and residential estate on 45ha of reclaimed land seaward of the Jupiters Townsville Hotel and Casino.

Two groups, Tabcorp-Consolidated Properties and a Macquarie Bank-led syndicate, are vying for the right to develop the project.
 

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Thanks for posting Malt. The cruise ship terminal and associated reclamation will be the best thing that's happened to Townsville since The Strand redevelopment IMO. There'll be insane amounts of development space - should be well over 1000 apartments all up (big for Townsville anyway). The render below is just a vision from the CBD Taskforce but gives an idea of the scale of the development.

 

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Actually since you made a thread for this Malt I might make this an official thread for discussion on the Ocean Terminal Project. Details of the winning design should be public soon then shouldn't be too long before reclamation begins. And then, the apartments go up. Wonder what the height limit will be. There isn't a height limit at the moment because, well, the land doesn't even exist.
 

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There wasn't as much info about the cruise ship terminal in that article as I thought Malt - I've added the article I was thinking of to your original post - sorry to hijack your thread like this but I put a full copy in the Townsville projects thread, which is the best place for it anyway.
 

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Hey, i dont mind lol.
Now it will last much longer :p (The thread)

Thats alot of reclamation. Can you post a picture of the current area?
Where is the casino? (its not that small area of land poking out is it? because if so, this new reclamation is utterly insane.
 

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Cheers Malt. Here's a photo. All the area between the two perpendicular breakwaters will be reclaimed, except for a marina in the middle. What is known as Breakwater Island (where Jupiters & the Entertainment Centre sit) has for some reason been rendered in the pic I posted - the shapes I think must represent Jupiters & Ent Centre are in the wrong place anyway. Also check out the pano link in my sig for a complete view of the city showing this area.
 

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I'd like to see a couple of Medium Rise Hotels and Apartments on this project like some buildings between 40-50ms on site etc.
 

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I hope they build a major multi-level shopping plaza and restaurants on part of the development......the view at night will be awesome overlooking the strand....how exciting.....hurry up!!!
 

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The Bully is reporting today that there is going to be a big announcement tomorrow re: the cruise ship terminal. Can't wait to hear more about that one.
 

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OK here's the render that I scanned from the Townsville Bulletin. Overall I'm disapointed with the fact that its a canal estate rather than highrise units scattered across parkland and plazas as envisaged by the CBD Taskforce.

THE DETAILS:
- Construction is to begin mid 2006 with completion of the cruise ship terminal by 2009, completion of residential development and canal estate not specified.
- To be constructed by Consolidated Properties and financed by Tabcorp who own Jupiters and other land in the area, after Macquarie Bank withdrew
- A canal estate of 240 houses on the duck pond each with private marine berth plus additional public marina in front of Jupiters
- Redevelopment of Breakwater Island and Mariners Dr to include 1260 lowrise apartments with the tallest building being a 12s apartments on vacant western half of Breakwater Island

 

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Though I guess its still hinting the fact that there may be a few High-rises in the project though, but its like our own version of the Palm Juremiah, except not palm tree shaped, much smaller, and cannot be seen from space.
 

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I take it, storm surges and coastal flooding are some of the dangers involved with living by a canal.
 

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its a bit meh.

Before it looked like public space where everyone could go as well as some nice apartments...

Now it looks like private canal estates where no one goes except the people living there.
 

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I take it, storm surges and coastal flooding are some of the dangers involved with living by a canal.
I'm sure that will all be taken into account. (Not that we get storms anymore!!) ;)
 

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Malt said:
its a bit meh.

Before it looked like public space where everyone could go as well as some nice apartments...

Now it looks like private canal estates where no one goes except the people living there.
Down near the casino area there are alot of apartments & opens spaces, boardwalks etc. There is a render in todays Townsville Bulletin showing a bit. Can't really see alot, but what is shown looks pretty good.
 
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