… because Jean Nassif is all set to develop a $111M Mascot Project
Renee McKeown writes in The Urban Developer ‘Toplace to Develop $111m Mascot Project‘ following others like Harry Triguboff’s Meriton … with a number of developments in Mascot, the trouble plagued ‘Mascot Towers’, and Aland the developer of neighbouring ‘Peak Towers’ .
Looks like this project is focussed on ‘real estate tours’ with 96 hotel rooms, 444 serviced apartments, a restaurant, with commercial tenancies and basement parking at 146-154A O’Riordan Street.
The Toplace project has received a ‘deferred commencement’ from the Sydney East City Planning Panel for ‘six months to gain a neighbour’s approval to carry out stormwater work at the property on 63-273 King Street occupied by catering company Avia Flight Services.’
Bearing in mind that the Owners of ‘Mascot Towers’ in October 2019 raised the issue that ‘tests have revealed a loss of soil from the areas next to the neighbouring Peak Towers building owned by development company Aland.’
-that is where the Mascot cracking and structural problems first appeared
AS we wrote earlier today … we have now located this ABC report for your information … ‘Face masks debate: WHO consider evidence for widespread face mask use, as US set to change its advice’ …
HERE it is from the Professionals who might know somethin’ …
Australian Medical Association vice president Chris Zappala said evidence around coronavirus was emerging quickly.
“The AMA remains quite comfortable with the current advice around use of masks and limiting surgical mask use largely to healthcare facilities and people who are unwell,” Dr Zappala told the ABC.
“But clearly this is a rapidly changing space, and we need to — with our epidemiologists and our healthcare workers — keep up to date with the evidence, and be prepared to shift our guidance if that evidence suggests so.”
Dr Zappala said widespread face mask use could inadvertently give people a false sense of security.
“A huge number of people wear those masks improperly — they take them on and off, they touch them, they don’t change them after a few hours … or when they get wet,” he said.
“There is a whole mix of evidence that needs to be taken into account and it is being considered.
“Let’s wait until we know for sure what the evidence is telling us … and then we can make the appropriate recommendations.”
Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO Exec. Dir. of Health Emergencies Program: “There is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any particular benefit. In fact, there’s some evidence to suggest the opposite…”
CAAN Photo: Callan Street Rozelle on a Saturday afternoon.
Matt Bungard a Journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald reports in ‘Respond to the new reality: Rozelle residents plead for WestCONnex reprieve’ from the noise pollution created by the construction of the Rozelle interchange for WestCONnex
WITH so many now working from home due to the CoronaVirus how come there is no letup for this?
IT’s clearly not of any benefit for Rozelle … but for shareholders … and is it to serve the wants of future foreigners acquiring more Australian housing and permanent residency … ?
‘Residents held a meeting on Wednesday afternoon on video conferencing service Zoom, chaired by state MP Jamie Parker. …
The member for Balmain said that residents weren’t under the illusion that roadworks could stop completely, but were hopeful that, with most people working from home at the moment, there would be more periods of respite.
“Residents recognise that there will always be some noise, but the impact day and night with people in their homes is just driving people to breaking point,” he said.
Mr Parker said that, in the short-term, there needed to be an end to night works, as well as proper noise and air quality monitoring, and advance notice of particularly loud and disruptive processes such as jackhammering.
“It’s intolerable for people to endure this – it only takes some flexibility from WestConnex,” he said.
“They need to respond to the new reality. People are at home, with their kids, 24/7. You can’t have them exposed to dust and noise all day and night.”
COMMUNITY RIGHTS appear now to be a thing of the past … with the people having to get out of the way of property and infrastructure developers … there is no letup from trucks, concrete pours … early in the morning …
And in Rozelle there is no break due to the nearby works on Victoria Road.
The locals are unable to leave their windows open because the dust permeates. Despite it being a COVID-19 lockdown recommendation to leave the windows open at night when sleeping … this Rozelle community cannot!
The people are locked in as the Transurban project advances around them.
The NSW Government through its Spin Doctors dresses up this Transurban project as ‘an essential service because it employs lots of people’. Who are these 3500 people? How many are citizens, or are the majority of them Visa workers working across the Rozelle Interchange, the M4-M5 Link and the new M5 sites?
MEANWHILE many Australians in a vast range of occupations have lost everything! And question what is special about Westconnex?
“Transport for NSW and our teams are following strict hygiene and appropriate social distancing measures as we deliver the major infrastructure to keep motorists, including freight, moving across our state now and into the future,” the spokesperson said.
“Unfortunately our work will be disruptive for some local residents now working from home.
“We understand these impacts and will continue working on potential solutions to help mitigate the effects.”
One solution already in the works is the ordering of noise-cancelling headphones for residents who are directly impacted by noise for a long period of time.
‘Real estate fund manager EG offloaded a retail centre on the Gold Coast for $61.8 million.
The sale of the Circle on Cavill shopping centre, foreshadowed by The Australian Financial Review, settled this week after it was bought late last year in an off-market deal by Macau businessman and casino owner Loi Keong Kuong.
It is not Mr Loi’s first purchase on the Gold Coast.
In 2018 he snapped up Soul Boardwalk, a troubled shopping centre nearby, at the base of the $850 million Soul tower at Surfers Paradise, for around $90 million.
The property went into receivership after 100 apartments at its residential tower, above the shopping centre, failed to settle in 2012.
MrLoi also owns commercial office buildings in Sydney and Melbourne.
EG first put Circle on Cavill on the market in 2018 after buying it in 2010 in separate receivership deal valued at close to $40 million.’
-mixed-use development now has 12,364sq m of gross lettable area across entertainment, dining, health and convenience-based retail as well as office space
-the offshore investor was seeing through the current global economic challenges
.taking a long term view on the Gold Coast and Australian economies
-with a huge level of pent-up offshore capital to be deployed when CoronaVirus settles
-recent changes to FIRB rules mean deals take longer
‘A group of former judges is urging Australia’s parliament to set up a bipartisan committee to scrutinise the government’s epidemic responses as it faces one of the longest shutdowns on record.’
For 125 days!!
In comments provided for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Ms Gaudron said:
“We have a national cabinet with no statutory or constitutional foundation, making decisions affecting us all now, and it seems, for many months and perhaps years into the future.
In the present circumstances that body is fulfilling a vital national role.
But the circumstances are not such as to require that its decisions are free of oversight, particularly as new and wide discretionary powers have been conferred on ministers of the Commonwealth.”
The group of judges includes two former judges of the Victorian Court of Appeal, David Harper and Stephen Charles, a former judge of the NSW Court of Appeal, Anthony Whealy, and a former judge of the Queensland Court of Appeal, Margaret White.
The executive director of the Australia Institute, Ben Oquist, who convened the judges’ group, said that Australia was already in a health crisis and an economic crisis “and we’d like to see if we can avoid a crisis of democracy as well”.
The president of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, former NSW director of public prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery, made a similar call on Wednesday: “Even the darkest days of the World Wars did not force parliament to close for extended periods.”
He called on the federal and NSW parliaments to make use of their committee processes for “more democracy and accountability in these difficult months, not less”.
An Australian Senate committee on Wednesday came to a bipartisan agreement to continue to meet by video link to exercise its powers to oversee the government.
The Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation said that it would monitor laws delegated to it to screen them for any infringements of personal liberty. This committee has a relatively narrow remit that excludes spending matters, for instance.
‘A former Chinese military officer who sent tonnes of protective equipment from Australia to China during the height of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has been accused of profiteering from the disaster, with medical supplies allegedly inflated in price by up to 300 per cent.
Warnings circulated by several insiders allege that the company run by former People’s Liberation Army officer Kuang Yuanping sold tens of thousands of medical protective coveralls in late February to Australian property developer Risland for $2.2 million.
Risland then flew the goods to China.
Leaked documents allege that Mr Kuang’s sale price to Risland of $25 for each item was far higher than market value, with identical items on sale in Australia at the time for $10 or less. If the mark-up quoted in the warnings to Risland is correct, Mr Kuang could have made more than $1 million in clear profit.
The documents show that several insiders issued warnings to senior executives at Risland in late February and early March of the alleged profiteering in connection with the COVID-19 humanitarian work. There is no suggestion that Mr Kuang committed any criminal offences.
The documents include comparisons of the true price of the goods.
Mr Kuang, who has deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party, has not responded to multiple efforts to contact him while Risland’s chief executive, Dr Guotao Hu, said he didn’t know if his company had been overcharged because he was “running real estate” and had no knowledge of what medical goods should cost.
‘A former Chinese military officer worked with Chinese Communist Party agencies and a group with links to organised crime to export tonnes of Australian medical supplies to Wuhan at the height of the coronavirus epidemic there.
The former officer, Kuang Yuanping, is now planning to bring medical equipment to Australia given the peak of the COVID-19 crisis in China appears to have passed.
People familiar with his plans said he wanted to help Australia’s efforts to contain the virus and assist China’s soft power and political influence goals in this country through charitable activity.
Sydney-basedMr Kuang is a former officer in the People’s Liberation Army who runs a number of Chinese Communist Party-backed organisations in Sydney and Melbourne. These organisations include some that are loosely backed by China’s soft-power agency, the United Front Work Department, which is charged with building influence for the CCP overseas and countering its critics.
One of the groups, the Hubei Association, was until recently run by former Chinese-Australia organised crime suspect, Tom “Mr Chinatown” Zhou.
As new coronavirus cases in China slow according to official statistics, Beijing is increasingly offering assistance to other countries battling the pandemic. China has offered aid to more than 80 countries and the World Health Organisation.
“What’s galling is China’s state propaganda arm repeating nonsense … claiming the Australian government is playing politics.”
Swinburne University China specialist Professor John Fitzgerald ;
-in February Mr Kuang helped coordinate two air lifts of medical supplies to Wuhan
-party officials in Hubei authorised his company, Huaren Group, to supply China urgently with medical supplies
-key backers of Kuang include two Melbourne men who worked with Mr Zhou from Crown Casino
–Kuang has organised sending Australian milk powder, meat and produce to China and import medical equipment into Australia on return flights
And, of course, shouldn’t we maintain sovereignty in
.food production .water resources .energy
BUT … What country in the world has
-only 3 weeks bulk oil based fuel supplies in storage -only a few ports not owned/operated by foreign interests -only a few energy retailers not foreign owned -only a few dairy processors not foreign owned -a majority of private hospitals are foreign owned -no controls on who can buy irrigation water entitlements
The list goes on, the answer is… … Of course it’s Australia!
Jessica Hinchliffe writes in ‘Triple Eight Race Engineers create ventilator to help ICUs during COVID-19 Crisis’
Why all the secrecy? Why do we seem to be reluctant to call it for what it is, criminal fraud? Why are we so timid to call it out as risking lives?
Why did it take a whistleblower to reveal the truth about the rubbish that was being imported to fill a shortage caused in part by the purchase of valid stock here and sent to China by Chinese construction companies Greenland and Risland? It’s enough to make us sick!
AND not before time!
New rules are also stopping people buying up supplies of protective equipment to then resell locally at an inflated price.
It has also sought to boost supply by opening up the nation’s emergency medical stockpile and increasing domestic production.’
Defence Correspondent Andrew Greene writes: ‘Australia seizes faulty coronavirus protective equipment imported from China’
An official has dubbed some of the intercepted Chinese personal protective equipment “dodgy”
Spain, Turkey and the Netherlands have rejected Chinese-made protective equipment
Australia has banned face masks, gloves, gowns, goggles, alcohol wipes and hand sanitiser exports
The ABC has learnt that in recent weeks, Australian Border Force (ABF) officers have intercepted several deliveries of personal protective equipment (PPE) that have been found to be counterfeit or otherwise faulty.
One law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, estimated the ABF had already seized 800,000 masks with a combined value of more than $1.2 million on the Australian market.
“We started seeing this stuff arriving roughly three weeks ago when news of the pandemic was really taking off,” the official told the ABC.
“The dodgy material is coming via air cargo because there is a backlog of sea freight at Australian ports.”
The official stressed that not all Chinese products were considered faulty, and other imports of PPE from China were still passing Australian regulations.
Chinese netizens are angry after internet censors deleted a picture circulating on social media of people lining up to pick up their family members’ ashes from a funeral home in #Wuhan, ground zero of China’s #virus epidemic.
INDEED why have many of our media outlets failed to even mention what GREENLAND and RISLAND (formerly known as COUNTRY GARDEN) did? That is buying up tonnes of our medical supplies and shipping it to the MK?
.that we sail into the future with an ideological addiction to so-called ‘free trade’
-where we are diving to the bottom -operating where a level playing field disadvantages ourselves -where reciprocity is ignored
AND all conspiring to demonstrate to the World we are prepared to sacrifice weaker sectors of our economy to uphold a market driven dogma …
IS it the case we are at the mercy of FOREIGN SOURCES for much of what our Public Health system needs to function?
IS it the case we have driven our Public Health system so hard that it has adopted a ‘JIT’ (just in time) position concerning inventories?
That there is little in store to cover emergencies?
We seem to ensure we have a well-equipped bush fire response capability,(thank goodness) is this because it’s largely about Property, Private Property?
Isn’t it a bit odd that a country sends urgently needed PPE to Western Countries knowing it will fail …
IS this an example of where Australians attitudes are at?
HERE in Australia are we more concerned about fisher folk making a few bucks rather than Australia having its own medicinal and allied manufacturing that could employ thousands of people and make us independent of imports?
-indeed did we see these fishers sell their lobster stock on the domestic market at greatly reduced prices?
IN Landline Sean Murphy writes ‘Australian fishermen brokering deal to fly lobsters to China, get coronavirus medical supplies in return’
‘Australia’s biggest wild-caught fishery is trying to secure an air freight charter to China to maintain a foothold in the world’s biggest seafood market — and possibly bring back medical supplies to Australia on the return trip.
China’s demand for live lobster fell off a cliff in late January as the COVID-19 crisis became more serious
The industry was at that stage worth up to $500 million per year
Demand has returned but there are few available flights to get the product into China
The western rock lobster industry was worth up to $500 million a year before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, and about 95 per cent of the product was air freighted to China. …
A trickle of trade resumed in February and demand has steadily grown since then — and around 80 per cent of vendors have resumed trading at China’s biggest seafood market in Guangzhou.’