Seminar to focus on getting property right

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Seminar to focus on getting property right


Published on 22 November 2012

22 November 2012

A seminar focusing on the role of property in developing a vibrant Sunshine Coast community will be held at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Friday 30 November.

About 30 representatives from local Chambers of Commerce, the Property Council of Australia, the Urban Development Institute of Australia and the Australian Property Institute have registered to attend the event at USC’s Uniclub from 3-6pm.

USC Lecturer in Property, Economics and Development Steven Boyd said the seminar would examine how the built environment could reflect the characteristics and values of a community and, when done properly, enhance them.

“Property is usually a person’s biggest asset,” he said.

“Even people who have an interest in other things, like retail or otherwise, usually have an invested interest in property. These people usually own their homes which, if they go up or down in value, affect their business decisions and livelihoods.

“In regards to property development, we know there are opportunities for better practice into the future.”

Mr Boyd said those attending the seminar would gain a snapshot of current issues facing the region’s property industry from six third-year Property, Economics and Development students.

“These 5-10 minute presentations will conclude 13 weeks of research conducted by our students, so industry representatives will really get value for their time,” he said.

“Of the six different presentations, one will examine the role of online retailing and whether it paves the way for the extinction of traditional bricks and mortar, while another will examine whether increasing density and diversity are solutions for housing affordability on the Sunshine Coast.”

Michelle Widdicombe

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