Apartment Owners suing Sydney Developer TOPLACE over dozens of ‘Defects’ in near new Parramatta Buildings

APARTMENT OWNERS SUING SYDNEY DEVELOPER TOPLACE OVER DOZENS OF ‘DEFECTS’ IN NEAR NEW PARRAMATTA BUILDINGS

The Body Corporate of Riviera Apartments shortly after settlement launched court action for 45 types of defects!

Including corroding concrete, acoustic, fire and life safety, hydraulic, electrical and mechanical matters

-general building defects like incorrectly installed doors, concrete wall panels, expansion joints as well as bathtubs, hand basins and toilets

-other defects claims relate to the installation of plasterboard walls, waterproofing of bathrooms and defective installation of internal water pipes in the laundry

READ MORE!

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-03/parramatta-apartment-owners-suing-sydney-developer/100185356?fbclid=IwAR2YP-41KOFeLxMA_-nBd3qZTrg1a5X9B1-5CU7bwa10h5d0eb-qIm4XKS0

Related article: Toplace is the same developer behind the $260 million Skyview towers complex in Castle Hill, currently under review.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-13/fair-traiding-finds-issues-at-major-sydney-apartment-development/100107048?fbclid=IwAR2XH_L29g0xV1O4S6je0jy2zhyehBnlOZmmB-8FRRUcGWHkZ631YuPbeJw

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Property Experts Push for a Post-Pandemic Population Boom

‘Ever wondered what those who wish to influence our society are up to?’

Have a read …

https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/australia-prepares-for-a-post-pandemic-population-boom-227737

Then …

-‘how different is this from Macro Business, ‘Nordic Countries show the way on Immigration’

In which the Unconventional Economist explains that since 1960 the Nordic countries have only grown their populations by a mere 25% compared to the 150% growth in Australia!

And NORWAY has a commodity economy like AUSTRALIA …

WHY can’t Australia focus on improving productivity and living standards?

Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway are among the wealthiest, happiest and with the highest living standards

Without mass immigration for population growth … to benefit the titans …

Cashed-up Chinese Buyers swarm Australia’s Housing Market with their sights set on Major East Coast Suburbs

Juwai lists Melbourne, described as a 'city of opportunities and fortune' as the best city for investment, notably because of 'strong government support' for overseas buyers
AAP Image shared from ‘Cashed-up Chinese buyers swarm Australia’s Housing Market … ‘

CONTRARY to reports from other media outlets JUWAI alleges that cashed-up Chinese buyers are flocking back at 51% to Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane

Housing price hikes have fuelled FOMO in China … just what we need …

HOW can this be so with our borders closed?

OR are they lay-buying our real estate? Having gained a PERMANENT RESIDENT (PR) Visa on purchase

AND they have their Onshore Proxy here … rels, and friends …

HOW can this be stopped?

SHOULDN’T SCOMO follow New Zealand’s lead and stop foreign buying of our real estate?

That has increased the supply and reduced prices in NZ for their people!

READ MORE!

https://gmnewshub.com/cashed-up-chinese-buyers-swarm-australias-housing-market-with-buyers-rocketing-by-50-per-cent/?fbclid=IwAR25MSmqEb_U8-uYmk9XhdJZEj7vC7_Gdi0h6PoKIwu6MMlZ2-y0hRm2Ixk

2021 URBAN TASKFORCE (the UT)

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An image from this developer lobby group to promote the idea that ‘Immigration matters’ … which it does very much to this lot. It is about their GROWTH through this PONZI Scheme at the expense of the amenity of communities across Sydney and beyond

WHY wouldn’t the Urban Taskforce support the growth of Sydney as outlined in the Metropolitan Strategy? Whoda thought who would have instigated this growth?

THE UT reports that they believe the growth could be higher than the governments predictions, if immigration levels are maintained.

THE PONZI!

They acknowledge that they understand that the community (us) have concerns about the change of character that will flow from a move to a more urban environment. Substitute with the description of ‘high-rise and higher density’!

Apart from the ‘change of character’ what the turbo-charged GROWTH has meant when once it took 20 minutes to drive across a few suburbs it now takes 50 minutes! Commuters constantly sit at traffic lights. Our infants are being schooled in demountable classrooms and have nowhere to play … our buses, trains and hospitals are all full-up!

House prices escalated with the Howard Government in the late 1990s allowing Middle Class Chinese to invest in education and our real estate to gain ‘Flexible Citizenship’ … hence a property boom in the early 2000s.

And again with onshore proxy and foreign online buying (Juwai) between 2015 and 2017… continuing until the border closures …

Currently following these closures with interest rates low, First Home Buyer grants, many selling their apartments for the freedom of a house and garden … thus inflating demand … and house prices have again escalated like never before! Jumping $300,000 plus from December 2020 to January 2021!

Was the UT behind this too? To make houses unaffordable so they can offload more apartments which buyers had been resisting due to so many defective development reports. Cough … cough …

THE UT suggests that somehow the extra 770,000 new housing units will need to go somewhere ‘so we are demonstrating one approach towards this’!!

VIEW: https://www.urbantaskforce.com.au/urban-ideas-2/

With a return to high immigration the shortage and high prices for Australians will maintain!

NOTE in the UT’s “Urban Ideas: Migration Matters”, the Sponsors including major sponsor Meriton and sponsor Ceerose which have been major beneficiaries of high immigration … ‘Ol Harry’ (Mr Meriton) even went so far as to say this in a report in 2019 in the SMH!…

-China has more than 1 billion people, and they love Australia. I think they love Australia as much as we love Australia. So there will always be enough of them that will buy.

-My grandsons, they understand everything. The real thing is how do you make things happen. I teach them how to make things happen.

VIEW: https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/i-ll-buy-cheaper-australia-s-property-king-is-exploiting-the-slump-20190215-p50xyl.html

SCROLL down to find which companies have representatives on both the Executive and Steering Committees of the Urban Taskforce! Developers who, it appears, have had much influence on NSW INC … and constructed many Precincts across Sydney and housing developments across Sydney and its urban fringes …

Urban Taskforce Executive Committee at 2021

The Urban Taskforce Executive Committee is elected by the members and oversees corporate policy, governance and financial management of the Urban Taskforce Australia. It includes some of Australia’s leading property developers.

The Executive Committee DEVELOPER members are:

  • KWC Capital Partners
  • Rebel Property Group
  • Multiplex
  • Walker Corporation

Update on Walker Corporation:

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In April 2021 from Save Sydney’s Koalas

‘This Walker Corp. concept plan in their Bushfire Report shows their proposed plan for the whole Appin area which will comprise 259 residential lots. With the removal of 25 hollow-bearing trees, the impact on the wildlife will be terrible. Not to mention the increased heat from the removal of trees and more heat-trapping asphalt and concrete’

Walker’s Parramatta Square project $3.5Bn is currently under development … but where there has been much controversy is in Sydney’s South West esp. around the rural village of Appin!

There Walker Corporation has very large landholdings in the midst of Australia’s chlamydia free Colony of Koalas!

And through developers like Walker Corporation, Country Garden, LendLease … much of Sydney’s former foodbowl has been lost to housing developments.

How has this come about?

View: Property Developers are among the biggest Political Donors in Australia, but should they be allowed to be?

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-01/wa-property-developers-are-among-largest-political-donors/13198886

These lobby groups have so much clout that no doubt because the Liberal Party has enjoyed so much $upport from the Property Council of Australia, the Urban Taskforce and others, what choice remained for the Labor Party?

View: Federal Parliament just weakened Political Donations Laws while you weren’t watching

https://theconversation.com/federal-parliament-just-weakened-political-donations-laws-while-you-werent-watching-149171

The NSW Government has determined the landholding in the South West District Plan as being suitable for urban release after 2036.

But this was not good enough for Lang Walker and submitted that earlier development was warranted!

Included is a letter to Sheridan Dudley South West District Commissioner Greater Sydney Commission

View: 

walkercorporation-southwest_open_submission.pdf (gsc-public-1.s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com)

Despite the local councils’ refusal in September 2020, Planning Minister, Rob Stokes granted approval to rezone the rural landholdings for the Macquariedale Road Project now for 260 homes!

IF our governments had looked to the future health of our environment immigration levels would have been maintained at some 70,000 per annum not 300,000 or more annually!

Again property developer influence with the FIRB Ruling (2008/09) allowing developers to sell 100 per cent of new homes to foreign buyers …

Urban Taskforce Executive Committee at 2021 continued:

  • Winten Property Group
  • McDonald Industries
  • Aqualand
  • Meriton
  • Holdmark Property Group

SOURCE:  https://www.urbantaskforce.com.au/about-us/urban-taskforce-executive-committee/

Urban Taskforce Steering Committee at 2021

The Urban Taskforce Steering Committee focuses on public policy issues. The Steering Committee includes a mix of property developers and key experts in the areas of urban planning, law, construction and finance.

KWC Capital Partners

Peter Spira AM
Chairman, Urban Taskforce Australia

Tom Forrest
CEO, Urban Taskforce

Norton Rose Fulbright

Aqualand

Ironbrook Property Group

Rawson Communities

Avenor

  • Woolworths Limited
  • Multiplex
  • Mills Oakley
  • EG
  • Cameron Brae
  • Urbis
  • Legacy Property
  • HWL Ebsworth
  • Crown Group
  • Meriton
  • Greenland Group
  • Stockland
  • Toga
  • Allens
  • Goodman
  • Lendlease
  • Payce
  • Danias Holdings Pty Ltd
  • Winten Property Group
  • Combined Development Group
  • Walker Corporation
  • Mirvac
  • CBRE

SOURCE: https://www.urbantaskforce.com.au/about-us/urban-taskforce-steering-committee/

SO … What’s the Agenda that led to Housing Price Hikes?

Kate Goldby and Zac Anthony are grateful for getting a foot on the property ladder thanks to a family member who guaranteed their home loan.(ABC News: Rhiana Whitson)

IN December 2020 house prices were recovering from the lows of

the mid year

Then over the Christmas break the housing market virtually closed …

BUT come 1 February 2021 instead of Agents dropping the price by some $200,000 when marketing a property allegedly to lure more buyers at Auction …

THAT at 1 February agents instead bumped up the median of December 2020 north by another $200,000 Guide Sale Price! In many instances at $2 Million!

… buyers find as they bid that their reserve for renos just goes to paying a higher price …

AND yet real estate agents said ‘We didn’t see this coming!’ …

WHAT happened over the Christmas vacation?  Was there a big meeting of the Real Estate Institute?

And who was invited to attend?

Could that have been the Big Boys The deve-lopers, the bankers and the Feds?

What was behind all this?  This Agenda?

 … Apart from the Feds using this as an opportunity to make it look like ‘Australia has a strong economy’?

Could it have been a ruse by the deve-lopers to sell off their excess of apartments since the Pandemic had cut off their foreign buyer demand?  

By engineering this price hike in ‘Houses’ to steer buyers especially First Home Buyers towards buying an apartment … really …

And the bankers, of course, enjoy the increased flow for their vaults

NSW INC Stamp Duty Coffers again overflow along with the newly introduced alternative of Annual Land Tax

Cough … cough …

The average amount parents (The Bank of Mum and Dad) are contributing is $89,000!

But as Martin North banking sector analyst said those that received $$ help from parents to get into the property market:

-are three times as likely to default on their loan in the first five years

BECAUSE …

-they have not been disciplined about their savings

-these parents either gift the money towards a deposit or become ‘guarantor’

-and put forward equity in their own property

-if the children fail to make payments the parents may lose their home!

AND … Mr North … it would seem despite being an Analyst is …  ‘a Man of Humanity’  warns that if in future these buyers end up in negative equity that Regulators should be looking at this very seriously!

VIEW:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/programs/the-business/2021-05-03/house-price-surge-means-first-home-buyers-are/13327796

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Billbergia Rhodes Plan for Road to Split Community Village in half!

Operators of the not-for-profit Concord Community Village say they will lose out while BILLBERGIA plans to build roads and apartments as high as 25 storeys in Rhodes East

Read more to learn how this could have come about

-six hectares – or 75 per cent – of the developable land in the precinct is owned or under option by Billbergia

IT appears Billbergia is favoured with three new proposed streets to run through their land … one of which will split the community village in half!

READ MORE!

‘Stupid idea’: A road that will split a property in half risks forcing residents out

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/stupid-idea-a-road-that-will-split-a-property-in-half-risks-forcing-residents-out-20210409-p57hvt.html#comments

VIEW Related Articles to find how this all ties together with a Minister alleged to be involved in land dealings!

‘SIDOTI and Sydney Developer referred to ICAC over Land Dealings’

Former minister John SIDOTI and developer, BILLBERGIA have been referred to ICAC following allegations that development plans were altered to benefit the developer of waterfront apartments in an urban renewal project at Rhodes.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sidoti-and-sydney-developer-referred-to-icac-over-land-dealings-20210304-p577na.html?fbclid=IwAR2XtA4TSyWaaVGkrreOfUsN7r6HNKnHbyO5bB4i9SYXyXAvcutLNNKkGG8

‘2020 Rhodes′

‘Sydney’s Investor-Grade Towers crush their Tenants and Kill the City’s Soul’

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/sydney-s-new-investor-grade-towers-crush-their-tenants-and-kill-the-city-s-soul-20201231-p56r48.html?fbclid=IwAR1s1ieQKoPq_Tm40YlisvS2NCGZKVAr7vK7Ml-zhAFGYSttgVijoYu4mGY

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WHY has the Construction Sector got the Highest Rate of Suicide?

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WHY has the Construction Sector got the highest rate of Suicide?

WITH 80 to 90% the spiral can start from a relationship break down, or any kind of loss, from a loved one to gambling.  Followed by unexpected financial problems … a lack of Job security*

They work excruciatingly long hours to work themselves out of a job—every six months

Pressed to complete large projects on-budget with unrealistic timelines … prioritised over employee wellbeing … for whose benefit?

Together the leadership and their staff are going through this drive for cost savings … for whose benefit?

These workers are 53% more likely to die by suicide than other employed males in this country. 

Death by suicide in the sector is six times higher than death due to site accidents.

Nor have they been encouraged to seek help …

AS it is said it starts ‘at the Top’ …

WHO benefits from the workers’ long hours, insecurity, on-budget, unrealistic timelines, cost savings … certainly not the workers or the clients (buyers) of developments …

AS it is said it starts ‘at the Top’ destroying our $ociety ...

READ MORE!

The Urban Developer: Why Is Suicide So Widespread In The Construction Sector?

https://www.theurbandeveloper.com/articles/suicide-construction-sector-australia

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About Gazcorp …

GAZCORP a Liberal Party Political Donor

About …

‘Australian-owned, Gazcorp is led by proud Sydney-siders, Nabil Jnr and Nicholas Gazal. Our switched-on city is on the verge of shining brighter than ever before. With experience and dedication, we share our vision for better urban living.

Gazcorp has evolved into one of the country’s major multi-sector real estate investment companies. Established under the leadership of the late Nabil Gazal, we have increased our commercial, retail and residential strengths, completing projects both domestically and across the globe.’

A little Background …

Liberal Party Donor $14,500  in the 2012-13 financial year, with the Liberal Party receiving four times more than the ALP.

Gazcorp Pty LimitedLiberal Party of Australia, NSW Division

ICAC: Chris Hartcher, Chris Spence and Darren Webber accused of hiding election funding

The slush fund had three principal donors — Australian Water Holdings, which was the subject of the previous ICAC inquiry that felled Premier Barry O’Farrell, major Newcastle developer Buildev, and Gazcorp — which was the subject of a previous ICAC inquiry about its shopping centre at Orange Grove.

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/icac-chris-hartcher-chris-spence-and-darren-webber-accused-of-hiding-election-funding/news-story/667e446389585b10b8d9e13f08e50347

ICAC: Gazals entertained Chris Hartcher on luxury yacht but deny paying $100,000 in bribes

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/icac-gazals-entertained-chris-hartcher-on-luxury-yacht-but-deny-paying-100000-in-bribes-20140507-zr605.html

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/icac-gazals-entertained-chris-hartcher-on-luxury-yacht-but-deny-paying-100000-in-bribes-20140507-zr605.html

Colonel Pickering’s (Ex Ryde LNP Mayor) pre-planned retirement scheme questioned

PLANNING MINISTER Roberts launched the Parramatta office of Bill Pickering’s lobbying firm Hugo Halliday after it vacated its Gazcorp-subsidised Gladesville office.

The Dark Lord and the Call of Cthulhu (or, The Crisis of Planning in NSW)

The NSW Planning Minister, a Whitsundays luxury yacht trip and a controversial planning agreement

https://www.9news.com.au/2019/03/22/14/45/news-nsw-planning-minister-anthony-roberts-conflict-of-interest

Also view:  REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS BEFORE GENERAL PURPOSE STANDING COMMITTEE No. 4 INQUIRY INTO DESIGNER OUTLETS CENTRE, LIVERPOOL ——— At Sydney on Monday 11 October 2004 ——— The Committee met at 11.00 a.m.

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How will ReOpening Our Borders impact the Property Industry?

HOW WILL REOPENING OUR BORDERS IMPACT THE PROPERTY INDUSTRY?

Ah – Ha …

Meanwhile News Reports as recently as this evening (18 April 2021) on the transmission of Covid-19 at the ‘ADINA’ between two families who have returned from overseas …


Why is it Health Minister Hunt appears anxious to allay fears?

Property Council Chief Executive, Ken Morrison speaks of safely reopening our borders … and then …Ken continues,

“population growth is a critical ingredient to Australia’s economic success.”

SUBSTITUTE with ‘the Property Council’s economic success’.

Ken Morrison then proposes the National Cabinet should take steps to increase Australia’s quarantine capacity … now if resumption of our borders cannot occur until 2022

… AND further proposes ramping up our quarantine arrangements to enable TEN TIMES the current capacity!

WHO is the Morrison Govt working for?

Back before Sc.mmo entered politics he wrote the policy for the deve-loper lobby, The Property Council of Australia

READ MORE: ‘How will Reopening our Borders impact the Property Industry’

In response to the global pandemic, Australia closed its borders to international visitors and migrants in 2020. As a result, the property industry witnessed weaker rental demand caused by the slower population growth.

Recently, the Property Council of Australia has welcomed the National Cabinet’s decision to task the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) with providing guidance on the future of international border quarantine agreements.

The decision – while still in relatively early stages – is expected to positively impact the property industry. The AHPPC has been requested to provide specific health advice regarding the implications for quarantine arrangements and the reopening of Australia’s borders – following the successful vaccine rollout of Phase 1A and 1B. This marks an important first step towards safely reopening our borders to international visitors and migrants* and in turn, seeing an increase in rental* demand across the nation

Property Council Chief Executive, Ken Morrison speaks of safely reopening; “the safe reopening of international borders is one of the biggest decisions facing Australia and this review is an important step in enabling this to happen. Australia needs greater clarity and consistency not just around our domestic restrictions but also around the implications of the vaccine rollout on our international quarantine arrangement.”

Ken continues, “population growth* is a critical ingredient to Australia’s economic success.* If the resumption of normal border arrangements cannot occur until some time in 2022, the National Cabinet should take concrete steps to increase our quarantine capacity now. Australia can stay safe and accelerate economic recovery by ramping up our quarantine arrangements to enable ten times the current capacity.”

SOURCE: https://www.a-d.com.au/buying-living/market-insights/how-will-reopening-our-borders-impact-the-property-industry?utm_source=ApartmentDevelopments.com.au&utm_campaign=10344cdb23-APD_Newsletter_VIC_Sun_18.04.21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_89b860427f-10344cdb23-263112251&fbclid=IwAR0nksQ5PEOEar1WwLWESFO9Q2kYVMrO4t4cgjApJ2mrzIQKYK6Gh70Zdqc

CAAN responds to Commentator Lex on Elizabeth Farrelly’s ‘Sydney’s Hamlet Tragedy: Urban Sprawl conquers all’

Lex wrote …

People have to live somewhere & it is far preferable to go up, allowing for the preservation of open spaces & transport consolidation than out, resulting in urban sprawl & the entire Sydney basin eventually being covered in squat buildings. It is the peculiarly Australian malady of High Rise Phobia that continues to fuel the urban sprawl that is threatening Mt Gilead & similar places.

CAAN: Yes, people do have to live somewhere, and in case it has escaped your notice, Lex, both Sydney and Melbourne have been subjected to high immigration … not just 70,000 per annum of permanent migrants, but during the term of the Howard Government it rose to some 200,000, 300,000 or more with temporary migration of Visa holders!

This population explosion began in the late 1990s of the Howard Government when Middle Class Chinese were invited to invest or buy our real estate to gain ‘Flexible Citizenship’!

And the Ponzi Scheme… the origins of which date back to the 457 Visa being introduced after John Howard took office …

Many on Student Visas were able to bring out family members through a Family Visa, Parent, Grandparent, and Guardian Visa. 

The PhD Student Visa, Investor Stream, Significant Investor … and more!

This huge influx particularly from China led to increased competition for our housing … house prices escalated … locking out many young Australians … Black Money was awash in our real estate as the second tranche of the AML Legislation was shelved … then in October 2018 the Morrison Government exempted the Real Estate Gatekeepers from the Anti-Money Laundering Laws!

In January 2019 Scott Morrison announced a cut to migration of some 30,000, but at the same time overlooked that there were some 2.2 Million VISA Holders in Australia!

This Visa manipulation has benefited not only foreign buyers but both the high-rise and urban sprawl developers … in fact a ruling of the FIRB has allowed them to sell ‘new homes’ to foreign buyers! Whole Precincts of high-rise and urban sprawl!

IT would seem that the Australian People have been overruled by developers, doesn’t it?

  • We have had no say about this whatsoever despite many spending years to try and save our Heritage, Fauna, Flora, Farmlands, villages and suburbs from their greed and destruction!

SO what do you say now, Lex, about ‘High Rise Phobia’ fuelling the urban sprawl? 

Search CAAN Website to learn more about  …

-Lang Walker, Walker Corporation

-Harry Triguboff, Meriton

-Country Garden (now Risland)

-LandCom

-Wilton, Appin, Mount Gilead

-Visa Manipulation

-Foreign Investment Review Board (the FIRB) and much more!

Read this from Elizabeth Farrelly:

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/sydney-s-hamlet-tragedy-urban-sprawl-conquers-all-20210409-p57hsm.html?fbclid=IwAR1avEyF2hBA7ESw5oPKjcz3EnEwHczfgZvL_Y-qD6N0RFeUikaZY47s3XI#comments