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The Tweed Shire Council is expected to approve a site for an airport noise monitoring ... ABC North Coast NSW, Lismore, 07:30 News, Newsreader

15 Mar 2018 7:33 AM

Duration: 0 min 51 secs • ASR AUD 104 • NSW • Australia • Report Builder • ID: X00073948286 The Tweed Shire Council is expected to approve a site for an airport noise monitoring station at the southern end of the Gold Coast Airport today. Councillor Chris Cherry says there hasn't been a permanent device to monitor noise on the Tweed side for about nine years. Airservices Australia says the community will be consulted before a permanent device is installed, but that won't happen until after the new instrument landing system is in place.

Audience N/A All, N/A MALE 16+, N/A FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Chris Cherry, Tweed Shire Council

The Tweed Shire Council expects to approve a site for an airport noise-monitoring station ... ABC Gold Coast, Gold Coast, 06:30 News, Newsreader

15 Mar 2018 6:32 AM

Duration: 0 min 42 secs • ASR AUD 201 • QLD • Australia • Report Builder • ID: X00073948332 The Tweed Shire Council expects to approve a site for an airport noise-monitoring station at the Gold Coast Airport today. Chris Cherry, Tweed Shire Councillor, says there has not been a permanent device to monitor noise on the site for nine years. Airservices Australia says it will consult with the community about the new site. Audience 8,000 All, 4,000 MALE 16+, 4,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Chris Cherry, Tweed Shire Councillor

Townsville invited to cruise ship party Townsville Bulletin by Bettina Warburton

15 Mar 2018 1:00 AM

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Autopilot drama left crew hurt Age, Melbourne, General News, Patrick Hatch

15 Mar 2018

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Aviation changes still safe: expert The Australian, Australia, General News, Andrew Burrell

15 Mar 2018

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Date firms on inquiry North West Star, Mount Isa QLD, General News, Derek Barry

15 Mar 2018

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Renewables must be low-cost, says Adani local executive Australian Financial Review, Australia, Companies and Markets, Angela Macdonald-Smith

15 Mar 2018

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Virgin's contempt for bush residents North Queensland Register, Townsville QLD, General News, Derek Barry

15 Mar 2018

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Clean up operation for Games Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News

15 Mar 2018

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Activists going for gold Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News, Suzanne Simonot

15 Mar 2018

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New hotel wave to ease performance: Deloitte Australian Financial Review, Australia, Property, Larry Schlesinger

15 Mar 2018

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Gold Coast on roll as instability wave recedes The Australian, Australia, Commercial Property, Robyn Ironside

15 Mar 2018

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Queensland has welcomed a record number of international tourists in the lead up to the ... Channel 7, Brisbane, Seven News, Sharyn Ghidella and Max Futcher

14 Mar 2018 6:28 PM

Duration: 0 min 31 secs • ASR AUD 8,218 • QLD • Australia • Report Builder • ID: X00073943743 Queensland has welcomed a record number of international tourists in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games. Overseas visitors increased four per cent last year. On the Gold Coast alone, 1.1 million tourists spent $1.2b. the biggest market by far is China, making up almost 30 per cent of tourists, followed by New Zealand and the UK. Audience 314,000 All, 132,000 MALE 16+, 171,000 FEMALE 16+ Also broadcast from the following 9 stations Seven Bundaberg (Bundaberg), Seven Cairns (Cairns), Seven Central (Alice Springs), Seven Mackay (Mackay), Seven Mt Isa (Mt Isa), Seven Rockhampton (Rockhampton), Seven Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast), Seven Toowoomba (Toowoomba), Seven Townsville (Townsville)

A new survey has shown there was a boost in tourism numbers in Fraser Coast last year ... WIN Wide Bay, Bundaberg, WIN News , Lincoln Humphries

14 Mar 2018 6:08 PM

Duration: 0 min 37 secs • ASR AUD 222 • QLD • Australia • Report Builder • ID: X00073945437 A new survey has shown there was a boost in tourism numbers in Fraser Coast last year according to Tourism Research Australia. International visitors spending brought in $45.4m to Wide Bay making the Fraser Coast the third highest increased in the state behind Townsville and Brisbane. Audience N/A All, N/A MALE 16+, N/A FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Bradley Nardi, Fraser Coast Tourism and Events

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Chinese tourists have led the way in spending more than a billion dollars last year. They ... Channel 7 Gold Coast, Gold Coast, Seven Local News, Rod Young & Amanda Abate

14 Mar 2018 5:42 PM

Duration: 1 min 25 secs • ASR AUD 2,468 • QLD • Australia • Report Builder • ID: X00073943178 Chinese tourists have led the way in spending more than a billion dollars last year. They are the top visitors on the Coast, followed by the Kiwis the Brits, Japanese and the Americans. Despite this, Federal Tourism Minister Steve Ciobo is still not happy. He says the state is finding hard to keep up with its rivals. It is hoped the Commonwealth Games will further boost visitor numbers. Audience 44,000 All, 19,000 MALE 16+, 24,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Brett Curtis, Gold Coast Airport |Dean Gould, Coast [sic] Coast Tourism Vision AirAsia, Jet Star

Sale of Aquis Group's Surfers Paradise land confirmed as whole city block hits the market Brisbane Courier-Mail

14 Mar 2018 5:06 PM

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Townsville Enterprise says the city will benefit from a $5b deal to build the army's new ... ABC North Queensland, Townsville, 12:00 News, Newsreader

14 Mar 2018 12:02 PM

Duration: 0 min 47 secs • ASR AUD 96 • QLD • Australia • Report Builder • ID: X00073939835 Townsville Enterprise says the city will benefit from a $5b deal to build the army's new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle in Queensland. German contractor Rheinmetall will build 211 Boxer CRV light armoured vehicles at a new plant in Ipswich, with the first vehicles expected in 2022. About 115 of the vehicles will be based in Townsville and Enoggera. Patricia O'Callaghan, CEO, says Lavarack Barracks will have a key role in maintenance, and there will be spin-offs for local businesses. Audience N/A All, N/A MALE 16+, N/A FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Patricia O'Callaghan, CEO, Townsville Enterprise

Making the final approach toward title of Australia's first indigenous female commercial pilot Brisbane Courier-Mail

14 Mar 2018 10:46 AM

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News Headlines... ABC North Queensland, Townsville, Mornings, Andy Toulson

14 Mar 2018 10:25 AM

Duration: 1 min 19 secs • ASR AUD 162 • QLD • Australia • Report Builder • ID: X00073938089 News Headlines - Qantas has rejected claims that a reduction of airfare rates by 10% could create a boost in regional jobs. - The Victorian Government has accused the Federal government of politicising the awarding of a $5b contract to a Queensland-based manufacturer. German company Rheinmetall will build a 200-army vehicles in Ipswich beating a Victorian bid. The Andrews government believes the move is designed to save marginal seats in Queensland. - PM Malcolm Turnbull has thanked Rex Tillerson for his work as the US secretary of state. President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that Tillerson would be replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo. - Mick Fanning has won his heat in round three of the World Surf League championships at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast. Audience N/A All, N/A MALE 16+, N/A FEMALE 16+

Townsville Enterprise CEO Patricia O'Callaghan says a new study showed more than ... 4TO FM, Townsville, 07:30 News, Newsreader

14 Mar 2018 7:34 AM

Duration: 0 min 31 secs • ASR AUD 224 • QLD • Australia • Report Builder • ID: X00073936004 Townsville Enterprise CEO Patricia O'Callaghan says a new study showed more than 300 jobs would be created if airfares were cut by just 10%. She adds there would be a tourism and economic boom. Audience N/A All, N/A MALE 16+, N/A FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Patricia O'Callaghan, CEO, Townsville Enterprise Also broadcast from the following 3 stations hit103.1 Townsville (Townsville), Triple M Bundaberg (Bundaberg), Triple M Mid North Coast (Port Macquarie)

Foreign tourists continue to pour into the Gold Coast at record levels but Steven Ciobo, ... 4CRB FM, Gold Coast, 07:30 News, Newsreader

14 Mar 2018 7:31 AM

Duration: 0 min 27 secs • ASR AUD 23 • QLD • Australia • Report Builder • ID: X00073937669 Foreign tourists continue to pour into the Gold Coast at record levels but Steven Ciobo, Federal Minister, says the city continues to lag behind growth in tourism spending nationally. He claims the Gold Coast needs to perform better. Audience N/A All, N/A MALE 16+, N/A FEMALE 16+

A record number of international tourists visited the Gold Coast region last year. hit90.9 Gold Coast, Gold Coast, 06:00 News, Newsreader

14 Mar 2018 5:58 AM

Duration: 0 min 12 secs • ASR AUD 71 • QLD • Australia • Report Builder • ID: M00073936344 A record number of international tourists visited the Gold Coast region last year. Audience 18,000 All, 10,000 MALE 16+, 7,000 FEMALE 16+ Also broadcast from the following 1 station Gold FM (Gold Coast)

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15 Mar 2018 Age, Melbourne Author: Patrick Hatch • Section: General News • Article Type: News Item Classification: Capital City Daily • Audience : 88,085 • Page: 12 Printed size: 113.00cm² • Market: VIC • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 6,322 words: 257 • Item ID: 925762493 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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Autopilot drama left crew hurt A Qantas flight attendant broke her leg and another suffered numerous injuries when their aircraft’s autopilot unexpectedly disengaged as it descended into Canberra Airport last year. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s investigation into the incident has found a modification made to the Boeing 737-8 meant the pilot’s attempt to stop the aircraft going too fast inadvertently triggered an abrupt change in speed and angle. The incident occurred as the flight from Perth was preparing to land in Canberra about 10pm on March 13 when it encountered light to moderate turbulence, the bureau’s final report released yesterday found. The ‘‘fasten seat belt’’ sign was illuminated and cabin crew moved towards their seats at the front and rear of the plane. At air traffic control’s request, the aircraft was descending at its maximum speed of 320 knots, above the standard descent speed of 280 knots. It was at this point the wind suddenly changed direction, resulting in the aircraft accelerating past 325 knots and towards its maximum allowable speed of 340 knots. The pilot pulled the control stick back to override the autopilot, which was expected to then revert to a different autopilot mode – called ‘‘control wheel steering-pitch’’ (CWS-P) – that would raise the aircraft’s nose and slow its descent. However, the aircraft had been modified to remove that autopilot reversion, and so the autopilot disengaged, the bureau found. None of the 177 passengers on board were injured. The bureau said the pilot’s actions to slow the plane were ‘‘understandable’’ and common practice at Patrick Hatch Qantas.

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15 Mar 2018 The Australian, Australia Author: Andrew Burrell • Section: General News • Article Type: News Item Classification: National • Audience : 94,448 • Page: 3 • Printed size: 276.00cm² Market: National • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 5,578 • words: 462 Item ID: 925747866 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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FORMER CASA CHIEF BACKS LAW CHANGES PROPOSED BY DICK SMITH

Aviation changes still safe: expert ANDREW BURRELL

The nation’s aviation laws could be overhauled to reduce escalating costs for operators without compromising air safety, according to a former Civil Aviation Safety Authority chief. Bruce Byron yesterday backed key changes to the Civil Aviation Act being pushed by businessman Dick Smith, who has complained about a rise in needless red tape. He said the changes “struck the right balance” and would filter down to bureaucrats at CASA, leading to “less proscriptive” regulations that would cut costs for airlines, aerodromes, maintenance organisations and the general aviation sector. The Australian revealed yesterday that Mr Smith, a former CASA chairman, last month secured approval from Barnaby Joyce and Anthony Albanese for a rewrite of the act, but the prospect of a bipartisan deal died with Mr Joyce’s resignation from cabinet on February 23. Mr Joyce, then the Coalition transport minister, had agreed with Mr Albanese, his Labor counterpart, about removing a key part of the act that requires CASA to “regard safety as the most important consideration” in regulating the industry. Under the changes, CASA would instead be required to prioritise the “highest level of safety in air navigation” with the need for “an efficient and sustainable Australian aviation industry”. Mr Joyce, who resigned in the aftermath of his affair with political staffer Vikki Campion, declined to comment yesterday, but he did confirm the details of the proposal he agreed to as minister. Mr Smith praised Mr Albanese for his willingness to reform the

aviation sector and said he hoped the Turnbull government’s new Transport Minister, Michael McCormack, would back the proposed amendments. Mr Byron said he had tried to make similar changes to the act when he ran CASA between 2003 and 2009. “This part of the act has sat there in stone for 30 years and I think a review of it would be appropriate,” he said yesterday after being approached by The Australian. Mr Byron said he did not believe the amendments would affect Australia’s excellent record in air safety because organisations including airlines, maintenance companies, air traffic controllers and airports were already required to have an effective safety management system. It was now world’s best practice to recognise that aviation could not be completely free of hazards and associated risks. “It’s realising that you can never achieve absolute safety,” he said. “If you want that, stay in bed. “Any transport system will have attendant risks and it’s a matter of managing them. Having a recognition of that fact enshrined in the legislation might prevent various CASA administration from going too far.” Mr Byron said some of the regulations that had been imposed since he left CASA appeared to have imposed an unnecessary additional cost of compliance on operators.

Joyce affair ‘sank aviation reform’ EXCLUSIVE ANDREW BURRELL

Businessman Dick Smith won approval last month from Barnaby

efficient and sustainable Australian aviation industry”. Mr Smith, a former CASA chairman, said yesterday the rewrite would stop bureaucrats using the act to impose extra layers of needless red tape, which had

How The Australian broke the story yesterday


15 Mar 2018 North West Star, Mount Isa QLD Author: Derek Barry • Section: General News • Article Type: News Item Classification: Regional • Audience : 1,082 • Page: 2 • Printed size: 433.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 709 • words: 377 • Item ID: 925898604

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Date firms on inquiry BY DEREK BARRY

pressure dated from a year

THE end of next month is firming as a date for the airline inquiry hearing in Cloncurry, Mayor Greg Campbell told the North West Star on our live Elevenses program from Cloncurry Airport on Tuesday. “We got an update from (Inquiry head Senator) Barry O’Sullivan’s people and they’ve started to lock in some dates for Western Australia and the Northern

ago when he wanted to take his family to Townsville and found out it would have cost him $4800 which was more expensive than flights from Sydney to Los Angeles on the same day. “I don’t like people being taken advantage of especially in my own community,” Mr Griffin told the Star. “As a family man and as a resident of Cloncurry it’s so expensive to go anywhere.” Mr Griffin said he was concerned by the group

Territory in early April,” Cr Campbell said. “Towards the end of April, we are thinking”. The inquiry is officially looking into “the operation, regulation and funding of air route service delivery to rural, regional and remote communities” and one of the most vocal champions for change in our region, Hamish Griffin, also spoke to the Star on Elevenses. In his submission to the inquiry Mr Griffin said his

submission from the airlines under the name “Airlines for Australia and New Zealand (A4ANZ)”. “I refer to them as a cartel and they talk about airport charges as sometimes 30% of the ticket price, but that’s just not true,” he said. “It’s excuse after excuse and none of them have been able to say the real reason why the flights are so expen-

sive.” Cr Campbell said the Cloncurry Shire submission high-

lighted facts about passenger taxes and landing fees in the Council-owned airport. “That’s often given as one of the excuses but we are very clear and open about what those fees are and we have the same requirements as Brisbane and Townsville with security,” he said. “Our fees are fixed regardless of the ticket price, so I don’t think that is an excuse.” Cr Campbell said high fares were a “drawback” to the local economy.


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PLANE TALKING: Mayor Greg Campbell, editor Derek Barry and Hamish Griffin talk on Elevenses at Cloncurry Airport, Tuesday. Photo Lydia Lynch.


15 Mar 2018 Australian Financial Review, Australia Author: Angela Macdonald-Smith • Section: Companies and Markets Article Type: News Item • Classification: National • Audience : 44,635 • Page: 15 Printed size: 371.00cm² • Market: National • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 7,504 words: 560 • Item ID: 925857693 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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Renewables must be low-cost, says Adani local executive Angela Macdonald-Smith Embattled coal developer Adani is examining pumped hydro and wind power opportunities across Australia as it targets an ambitious expansion in renewable energy that could see its investment in the sector run past $1 billion within five years. Jennifer Purdie, head of the Indian group's Australian renewables arm, said the local target of establishing 1500 megawatts of renewable energy generation capacity by 2022 would see the current focus on solar power broadened to other technologies, while investment in Western Australia is also being investigated. "It's a sizeable investment," said Dr Purdie, most recently Aurizon's executive vice-president of enterprise services before taking up the role at Adani in February last year. "The real goal is around being able to provide energy solutions to our customers, reliable, secure and low-cost energy," she said. The group's first renewables output is expected in October with the start-up of the $110 million, 65-megawatt first phase of the Rugby Run solar farm in Moranbah, which will supply power to growing east coast electricity retailer Alinta Energy until 2030. A power sales contract for a second project, the 130 MW Whyalla solar farm in South Australia, is still in negotiation and expected to be inked in the June quarter. Adani is a huge player in the sector in India, where its 10 gigawatt target of renewables generation by 2022 dwarfs the Australian ambitions. The debate over the Carmichael coal project has brought accusations Adani's renewables business in Australia is no more than "greenwash". But Dr Purdie said Adani is "absolutely serious" about building renewables as a separate business and had identified the potential for solar investment here outside the coal opportunity. "It really goes to Adani's view around energy mix, that we believe that renewables are growing and we are

transitioning to a much higher percentage of renewables in the energy mix but it is about energy mix." She said the long-term nature of Adani's contract with Alinta, which runs to 2030, demonstrated the company's commitment "We're definitely here with a need to deliver; it's not something we can just change our mind about." Dr Purdie said Adani's focus on the low cost of renewables and developing solutions jointly with customers differed from some other developers. The company is targeting costs in the lowest decile at its solar projects. "We've got to make energy affordable. It's not just about we get the emissions down and it costs what it costs. We should be looking at it, working out what is the globally competitive energy price and targeting to get our energy mix to take us to that price." Dr Purdie said the recognition on proposed National Energy Guarantee policy of the need for emissions reduction and reliable supply to to hand-inhand is "a really helpful development". But she also raised "challenges" in the policy framework particularly around competition to help bring prices down. "That is one of the key issues, that the more you have fungible contracts and transparency the more you can enable smaller developers and smaller retailers to be in the mix. "If it becomes opaque and more complex then it makes it harder for people to compete, and over time that will probable not help customers."

The real goal is around being able to provide energy solutions. Jennifer-Purdie


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A mix of powers: Jennifer Purdie, head of Adani's Australian renewables arm. PHOTO: TASH SORENSEN

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15 Mar 2018 North Queensland Register, Townsville QLD Author: Derek Barry • Section: General News • Article Type: News Item Classification: Rural • Audience : 2,338 • Page: 2 • Printed size: 107.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 369 • words: 178 • Item ID: 925342980

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Virgin’s contempt for bush residents FLOODING is supposed to bring the best out in people but someone forgot to give the message to Virgin Airlines. In a Facebook post that has gone viral Cloncurry resident Hamish Griffin slammed the airline for posting extremely high airfares at a time when the town was cut off. Mr Griffin noted that on Wednesday the airline was advertising a $974 one way flight from Cloncurry to Townsville as a “special”. “How dare you advertise

this and spruce it up as a special. This fare is almost twice the usual fare and every one knows it is just because the roads are flooded,” Mr Griffin told Virgin. “We are cut off, running out of food, baby formula and fuel and you have the absolute audacity to hike up your prices. This is blatant price gouging and exactly the dishonest, disgusting, unfair and immoral behaviour that the current senate inquiry is investigating.” Virgin have shown no inclination to answer questions

about their price gouging in North West Queensland. – DEREK BARRY

Cloncurry resident Hamish Griffin has slammed Virgin for boosting airfares.


15 Mar 2018 Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD Section: General News • Article Type: News Item • Classification: Regional Audience : 21,468 • Page: 15 • Printed size: 76.00cm² • Market: QLD • Country: Australia ASR: AUD 485 • words: 175 • Item ID: 925843487

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Clean up operation for Games CLEANERS and council workers are ramping up their efforts to make the Gold Coast spick and span for the Commonwealth Games. Lawns are being mowed, graffiti is being removed and abandoned cars are being targeted and hauled away under the tidy-up effort. Scheduled maintenance has been fast-tracked, including painting on toilets, barbecues, playgrounds, viewing decks, park and Oceanway lighting and irrigation systems. Mayor Tom Tate urged locals to document any unsightly features and report them for cleaning. “I urge Gold Coasters to show the pride they have in their streets and suburbs and look for any eyesore that needs addressing, and report it,” he said. Among the works currently underway are the repainting of park furniture in high profile areas, extra street sweeping and the pressure cleaning and repainting of medians and traffic islands, plus weed control. Turf renovations are also underway in parks, with council also increasing grass cutting to weekly rotations from fortnightly rotations. More trees are being planted and dune maintenance has been stepped up at Coolangatta, Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise.

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Activists going for gold Indigenous protesters ‘gearing up for this for years’ SUZANNE SIMONOT

suzanne.simonot@news.com.au

SOCIAL media is expected to swell the ranks of young indigenous people heading to the Gold Coast to protest during the Commonwealth Games. Retired counsellor Arthur Bell, 69, said groups such as WAR saw the Games as a once in a lifetime opportunity “to make some sort of statement, no matter how meaningless”. The Stolenwealth Games Protest is being organised by a national committee that includes members of the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) and the Brisbane Aboriginal-Sovereign Embassy. Brisbane Aboriginal-Sovereign Embassy leader Wayne Wharton told the Bulletin the exact location of the protest camp would be made public closer to the date. He said up to 5000 to 6000 people were expected to converge on the Coast to protest. Mr Wharton has said he cannot promise the protests will remain peaceful. Mr Bell said indigenous protesters had been “gearing up for this for years”. He said the protesters were mostly “ disgruntled and disaffected young people”. “Identifying as an ‘activist’ or ‘protester’ is appealing to them,” he said. “It is very fashionable and they are out of control.” Mr Bell said he had written to local councillors and Mayor Tom Tate to warn them but fears they are “burying their heads in the sand” and claiming it is a “security issue”. “Clashing with the police and other security is exactly

what these people want,” he said. Aboriginal leader Warren Mundine has blasted former colleague Mr Wharton’s claims Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was pushing young indigenous activists towards terrorism and that activists were “not far” from taking up guns. Mr Mundine, a former head of the Prime Minister’s indigenous Advisory Council, said the comments were “foolish”. “I know Wayne Wharton ... we both protested the 1982 Commonwealth Games together and we shared a police cell,” he said. “But times have changed ... I’ve left the police cell behind and Wayne needs to as well.” Yugambeh elder Ted Williams, who sits on the Games’ Yugambeh Elders Advisory Group and indigenous Workers Group, said he’s only heard positive feedback from local indigenous people. “GOLDOC (the Games’ organising committee) have done their darnedest to include indigenous people in these Games,” he said.


15 Mar 2018 Australian Financial Review, Australia Author: Larry Schlesinger • Section: Property • Article Type: News Item Classification: National • Audience : 44,635 • Page: 32 • Printed size: 206.00cm² Market: National • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 4,167 • words: 478 Item ID: 925843336 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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New hotel wave to ease performance: Deloitte Larry Schlesinger A huge wave of new hotels entering the market in 2019 and 2020 will make it harder for operators to lift occupancies and room rates, despite rising demand from the China-led tourism boom. The findings from the latest Deloitte Tourism and Hotel Market Outlook Report, which forecasts international visitor numbers to reach 10 million by 2020, also expects new hotel openings to add a further 3.4 per cent to the national room stock in both 2019 and 2020, well up on the 2.3 per cent (5500 rooms) increase recorded in 2017. "Looking ahead for the hotel sector, Australia will see a significant number of new properties coming online, which will have a strong impact on the market," said Adele Labine-Romain, Deloitte partner and national tourism, hospitality and leisure leader. "As a result, the opportunity to grow occupancy rates any further over the next three years will be limited in many markets." The latest official figures show international visitor numbers surged 6.5 per cent to 8.8 million in 2017, with Chinese visitor numbers up 12.2 per cent. While Deloitte forecasts only a 0.3 per cent increase in occupancy rates each year until 2020, average room rates will grow by 2.7 per cent a year over the next three years - from $161 a night in 2017 because of the large number of new luxury hotels charging higher rates. Much of this new supply will occur in Melbourne with 50 active projects, including new Shangri-La, W Hotel, Ritz Carlton and Mandarin Oriental luxury hotels in development. The opening of new hotels has already affected Melbourne, with occupancy rates falling by at least a percentage point over 2017, along with Hobart and the Gold Coast, says the Deloitte report. Perth, which has been hammered by falling demand due to the mining downturn and an influx of new supply, was the

The Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour was one of the new hotels to open last year.

weakest capital city hotel market last year with a 4.6 percentage point decline in occupancy rate. According to the report, the gap between the average daily room rate in Sydney ($251) and Melbourne ($200) widened to more than $50 a night last year. Nationally, the average room rate increased 2.4 per cent in 2017 to $161 a night with occupancy rates up one percentage point to 68.5 per cent. In 2017, the most improved hotel market was the leisure-focused Cairns and Tropical North Queensland market where the average room rate increased 8.7 per cent to $155. Deloitte said global economic conditions remained favourable for Australian tourism, with a lower Australian dollar offsetting increased travel costs (due to higher oil prices) to help drive demand. Deloitte Access Economics forecasts international visitor trips to grow by 6.9 per cent a year and visitor nights by 6.4 per cent per annum on average over the next three years.

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15 Mar 2018 The Australian, Australia Author: Robyn Ironside • Section: Commercial Property • Article Type: News Item Classification: National • Audience : 94,448 • Page: 25 • Printed size: 516.00cm² Market: National • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 10,428 • words: 510 Item ID: 925751648 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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Gold Coast on roll as instability wave recedes ROBYN IRONSIDE INVESTMENT

In just five short years, the Gold Coast property market has turned from “heart attack” material to a solid prospect for would-be residents and investors. That’s the view of Melbourne developer Elias Jreissati, who calls the Gold Coast’s exclusive Ephraim Island home for three months a year, during Victoria’s winter. Last year he announced plans to build a high-rise luxury tower on Chevron Island. “I used to be a believer in the Gold Coast’s incredible ability to give anyone watching it a heart attack. It goes up fast, it comes down fast,” he said. “I’m not used to that in the Melbourne market — any movement happens over a fairly long period of time. It’s sophisticated.” What has changed his view is the steady population growth and broadening job opportunities. “It’s becoming a normal place of residence rather than an emotional place to come and fall in love with the sun,” he said. “Its stability has amazed me.” A key indicator of demand returning to the Gold Coast market is the steady increase in sales of $1 million-plus properties. CoreLogic data shows that in 2012, $1m-plus sales accounted for just 5.9 per cent of all houses sold on the Gold Coast, but last year that had grown to 15.6 per cent.

CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless said there was no doubt the Gold Coast had matured in the past decade, with its jobs base now much broader than tourism and construction. “Historically, the Gold Coast market has been a bit fickle,” he said. “It tends to go through surges which create volatility. “These days it’s much more diverse, with services, retail, hospitality, healthcare, education, government, even manufacturing.” Also contributing to the jobs growth and increasing perception of stability was the Commonwealth Games to be held on the Gold Coast next month. Mr Lawless said infrastructure associated with the Games had stimulated the region, which would also reap the benefits of international exposure. In the longer term, however, the resurgence of lifestyle markets such as the Gold Coast and Byron Bay would prove more significant. “We’re seeing more and more people who may have had retirement plans in 2008 put on hold because their retirement funds virtually halved in the space of a year,” Mr Lawless said. “We’re seeing particularly Sydneysiders and Melbournites who’ve doubled the value of their property in the last nine years, who’ve seen repairs to their wealth (since the GFC), return to

the lifestyle markets.” At the coalface of that resurgence are real estate agents who are enjoying the extended purple patch. Ray White Tugun agent John Parkes said the prestige market was the hottest segment of the Gold Coast property market. “Over the last 12-18 months, the middle stock has been going really well, but that’s been overtaken by the prestige market,” Mr Parkes said.

‘The Gold Coast market has been a bit fickle. It tends to go through surges which create volatility’ TIM LAWLESS CORELOGIC


15 Mar 2018 The Australian, Australia Author: Robyn Ironside • Section: Commercial Property • Article Type: News Item Classification: National • Audience : 94,448 • Page: 25 • Printed size: 516.00cm² Market: National • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 10,428 • words: 510 Item ID: 925751648 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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Elias Jreissati with wife Colleen on the balcony of the couple’s Ephraim Island apartment on the Gold Coast LYNDON MECHIELSEN

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