Oliver Hume Expands Into Northern Territory With DHA Appointment

PROPERTY services group Oliver Hume has been appointed as the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA) 1,151-lot Breezes Muirhead development in Darwin, the first time the company has taken on a project in the Northern Territory.

 The appointment caps a stellar year for Oliver Hume with the company reporting a record number of sales across its existing operations up and down the east coast and the consolidation of its pipeline with a number of major new appointments.

 The award-winning Breezes development is located in the highly sought-after Darwin suburb of Muirhead. This community will feature 1,151 lots, with DHA building 329 properties for Defence members and their families. The remaining land lots will be sold to the public.

 Oliver Hume Queensland Joint Managing Director Brinton Keath said the appointment was a significant milestone for the company, marking the first time it had been appointed to a project in the Northern Territory.

“We are delighted DHA has put their faith in us to complete the sales program at Breezes Muirhead and as a business, we are thrilled to be expanding our footprint to a new region,” he said.

Oliver Hume has appointed Darwin local Lenny Holt as Sales Manager at Breezes. Mr Holt will be based in the Breezes Land Sales Centre within the community.

Mr Keath said it was an opportune time to be entering the Darwin market after a period of volatility for the local property market.

“The impact of the resources downturn and a lack of confidence in the government has resulted in a pretty rocky market over the last few years,” he said. “We think with a stable government and the emergence of new economic drivers the local market will continue to stabilise over coming months.”


Breezes Muirhead

Oliver Hume Chief Operating Officer Julian Coppini said the appointment was in line with the company’s goal to expand its geographic footprint while consolidating its dominance of core markets in Melbourne and South East Queensland.

“The appointment caps a strong finish for the year where we achieved numerous records across the business with total sales volume up more than 50% on the year before,” he said.

“We have a built a strong team and a comprehensive service offering to our clients encompassing research, marketing and strategic product planning services which can be applied to just about any project in the country.”

The strong performance this year reflects the expansion of the company’s offering in recent years to include project advisory and consultancy, property fund development, project land and apartment sales, asset management, corporate advisory and development site sales and acquisition.

“The diversification of the Oliver Hume business across all facets of development – communities, apartments, townhouses and house and land – gives us access to unparalleled insights into the market and underpins a strong value proposition for our partners,” Mr Coppini said.

Mr Coppini said the company had built the capacity and expertise to offer partners a comprehensive ‘whole of life’ service for projects commencing from site acquisition through to settlement services.

The company has secured a number of other major new appointments this year including a high profile role with Places Victoria and a major masterplanned community at Walloon in the western growth corridor of Brisbane.

Oliver Hume’s existing clients include some of country’s most established developers including Villawood Properties, Amex Corp, ID LAND, Pask Group and ISPT Super Fund.

Oliver Hume Director Paul Ciprian said the appointments reflected the company’s ability to provide developers with a competitive edge in the development, marketing and sale of new residential communities.

“While some segments of the property market are displaying signs of stress, the outer suburban land and communities market is still experiencing strong demand from a diversified base of first and second home buyers and investors,” he said.

Mr Ciprian said developers competing for market share would ensure prices remained affordable for buyers but not to the extent it would impact developers’ profit margins.

“It is a good market where there is something for everyone,” he said.


Daydream Island Announces Major $50 million Redevelopment

Daydream Island Resort and Spa’s owners China Capital Investment Group (CCIG) has announced a more than $50-million-dollar redevelopment which will see significant infrastructure upgrades to the popular Whitsunday tropical island resort.

The works will see the resort closing in early 2018 for a period of time to ensure renovations can occur in the shortest possible time and with minimal disruptions.

Daydream Island Resort and Spa general manager Dawson Tang said the major redevelopment would see accommodation refurbishments as well as renovations to existing attractions and installation of new features which will transform Daydream into an upscale 4½ star world-class resort.

“This is a very exciting development in the history of Daydream Island and for The Whitsundays,” Mr Tang said.

“Our owners have recognised the need to revamp Daydream’s facilities especially as we embark on a greater push into international markets including the lucrative China market.

“Prior to commencing the redevelopment in 2018 it will be very much business as usual this coming year.

“With well-over 100,000 guests staying on Daydream Island each year we recognise the need to continuously improve our product and we will be improving the guest experience based on recent feedback right up until the redevelopment.”

“As Australia’s Famous Reef Island we will continue to deliver a unique connection through our Whitsunday location and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, our fringing coral reef and the Living Reef on-island experience.”

Major works will include redevelopment of the Arrivals pavilion, Reception, main Atrium area, Waterfalls restaurant, Lagoons bar, all room types and Mermaids Restaurant. Additionally, the Lovers Cove function area will be expanded and a new Asian inspired restaurant will be built.

One of Daydream Island’s signature attractions, the Living Reef lagoons, will also be upgraded and receive some brand new features which will enhance interaction with guests.

The resort’s conference facilities will be significantly revamped and expanded.

To ensure minimal disruption to guests, some strategic projects will be implemented in 2017 on the South End of the island.  Fish Bowl bistro, Boat House Bakery and Ginger’s Hut will be closed for a period from the first week in February this year. Alternative food and dining facilities will be provided. Access to South End facilities including swimming pools, the outdoor cinema, motorised watersports and the Endeavour Wedding Chapel will not be affected.

CCIG purchased Daydream Island in March 2015 and has since completed many accommodation and facility upgrades and refurbishments plus a renovation to the resort’s main restaurant, Mermaids.

Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the 4.5 star Daydream Island Resort and Spa offers 296 beautifully appointed rooms, comprehensive facilities such as the Rejuvenation Spa and Living Reef lagoon, a wide variety of activities, sparkling bays and secluded beaches, which all combine to provide a superior tropical island experience.

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