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The Development Drum
Urban Development Institute of Australia
The Queensland residential property development industry podcast for UDIA members.
4 days ago
Interview with Beth Toon from Place Design Group | S3Ep5
In this episode of the Development Drum, we talk to Beth Toon who shares the challenges she faced in navigating the business through COVID-related changes across multiple countries and states. Beth also tells us how she manages to stay connected to a large team of multidisciplinary and technical experts. Links from this episode: Home - Place Design Group About your host: Kirsty Chessher-Brown is the CEO of UDIA Queensland. About Beth: Beth Toon is the Chief Executive Officer for Place Design Group, leading Place Design Group into its next phase, with a commitment to long-term growth and success. She has had more than 20 years’ experience across a broad variety of sectors. Prior to becoming Place’s CEO in 2019, Beth successes include co-founding a strategic marketing and public relations firm in 2009 where she led a range of project-based services across the corporate, not-for-profit, property, hospitality, fashion, and lifestyle sectors for renowned brands. This breadth of experience combined with her exceptional communications skills has enabled her to apply a fresh approach to the planning and design realm. Produced By The Podcast Boss
Sep 20, 2023
Interview with Scott Ullman from Frasers Property Australia. | S3Ep4
In this episode of the Development Drum, we talk to Scott Ullman about the focus on people and culture at Frasers. Scott also compares his experience as General Manager with his previous role as Development Director. Links from this episode: Property Developer in Australia | Frasers Property About your host: Kirsty Chessher-Brown is the CEO of UDIA Queensland. About Scott: Scott Ullman is the Queensland General Manager at Frasers Property Australia. Scott joined Frasers Property Australia in 2007 and oversees the acquisition and development of apartment, mixed use, townhouse, and land communities which have an end value of in excess of $2 Billion. Scott has almost years of experience in the residential property sector. Prior to joining Frasers, Scott was a consulting engineer and project manager working on numerous property and infrastructure projects throughout Queensland. Scott holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil, Hon). Produced By The Podcast Boss
Sep 13, 2023
Interview with Mike Hurley from Aria Property Group | S3Ep3
In this episode of the Development Drum, we talk to Mike Hurley about the rewards and challenges he has found in the property industry plus his vision for property in Queensland. Links from this episode: Aria Property Group About your host: Kirsty Chessher-Brown is the CEO of UDIA Queensland. About Mike: Mike Hurley is one of the founders of ARIA and has been responsible for driving and running the residential development division of the company for the past decade. This includes 4 UDIA National award-winning High-Rise Developments: The Standard, Oxley & Stirling, The Melbourne Residences, and Botanica. Over the last 10 years, Michael has been responsible for developing and delivering over 2,000 residential units across 15 projects valued at over $1.4billion. Michael is a member of the UDIA Brisbane City Council policy committee, and is a Business South Bank board member. When not at work you can find Mike chasing around his two extremely energetic young kids, training for his next Ultra Marathon, or planning his next family adventure. Produced By The Podcast Boss
Sep 7, 2023
Interview with Michael McNab from McNab Construction and Development Group. | S3Ep2
In this episode of the Development Drum, we talk to Michael McNab about his long standing association with the UDIA Queensland and the importance he places on growing, developing and supporting people in a team with over 300 people across South East Queensland. Links from this episode: McNab About your host: Kirsty Chessher-Brown is the CEO of UDIA Queensland. About Michael: Michael McNab is the Managing Director and founder of Queensland construction and development group McNab, now one of Queensland’s largest privately owned companies. Michael is also a Director of UDIA Queensland. McNab currently has 500 staff across South East Queensland, and has built a reputation for providing certainty, in uncertain or fluctuating markets. Produced By The Podcast Boss
Aug 25, 2023
Interview with Brook Monahan from Mosaic Property Group. | S3Ep1
In this episode of the Development Drum, we talk to Brook Monahan about his decision to move from Agribusiness to property, and the successes and challenges he has experienced in the industry. He shares his approach to leading teams and community engagement.Links from this episode: Mosaic (mosaicproperty.com.au)About your host: Kirsty Chessher-Brown is the CEO of UDIA Queensland.About Brook: Brook Monahan brings a wealth of knowledge as Founder and Managing Director of Mosaic Property Group, one of Queensland's most awarded and respected property developers. Mosaic's unique, fully-integrated business model, sees it control every aspect of the development and delivery process, from research, site acquisition, design, marketing, sales, and construction, to property and asset management and caretaking long after completion. Numbering over 60 completed developments since 2014, Mosaic has a further $1.5billion of residential and mixed-use projects set to be delivered across South East Queensland within the next five years. And with over 185 team members and 2,000 consultants and sub-contractors, Mosaic is a significant employer and contributor to Queensland's economy.Brook is also the Director and Co-Founder of the Mosaic Foundation, which supports local grassroots organisations in making a genuine difference to society's most vulnerable, including the homeless, sick, and disadvantaged children. Produced By The Podcast Boss
Jan 19, 2023
Interview with Warwick Bible from Mirvac | S2Ep10
In this episode of the Development Drum, we talk to Warwick Bible from Mirvac about his background in property and development, the importance of the work that the UDIA Queensland performs, and his proudest achievements as President of the UDIA Queensland. Links from this episode: https://www.mirvac.com/ https://www.udiaqld.com.au/ About your host: Kirsty Chessher-Brown is the CEO of UDIA Queensland. About Warwick: Warwick is the General Manager of Mirvac QLD and is responsible for Mirvac's residential development operations, with more than 25 years property experience in QLD and NSW. Warwick holds formal qualifications in Property Economics, MBA, is a Fellow of FINSIA and current President of UDIA – Queensland. Warwick is a keen hiker and has recently completed both the Carnarvon Gorge and Hinchinbrook Island great walks.
Jan 12, 2023
Interview with Rebecca Oelkers from BHC | S2Ep9
In this episode of the Development Drum, we talk to Rebecca Oelkers from BHC about her advocacy for affordable housing and social justice, the current housing crisis, the importance of design when developing affordable housing and the future of BHC. Links from the episode: https://bhcl.com.au/ About your host: Kirsty Chessher-Brown is the CEO of UDIA Queensland. About Rebecca: Rebecca has over 19 years experience in the affordable housing sector and is a passionate advocate for affordable housing issues and committed to growing the supply of safe, secure, affordable housing and delivering services that enable tenants to achieve increased wellbeing and inclusion.
Dec 14, 2022
Interview with Michelle Wooldridge from Cedar Woods | S2Ep8
In this episode of the Development Drum, we talk to Michelle Wooldridge about the different challenges that exist between urban regeneration projects and Greenfield projects, how she navigated the complex landscape of the previous year and learn all about her new dog-friendly office. Links from this episode: https://www.cedarwoods.com.au/ About your host: Kirsty Chessher-Brown is the CEO of UDIA Queensland. About Michelle: Michelle hails from a background in property after a decade at Lend Lease, overseeing urban regeneration projects including Brisbane showgrounds, Herston Quarter, Cairncross Morningside and Cross River Rail as well as Yarrabilba 15,000-lot master plan community. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business with Distinction and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Dec 7, 2022
Interview with Max Shifman from Intrapac, and President of UDIA National | S2Ep7
In this episode of the Development Drum, we talk to Max about his thoughts on what role the Federal Government could play in unlocking supply, and how saying ‘yes’ from early in his career led him to managing a forensic and safety engineering consultancy before joining Intrapac. Links from this episode: https://intrapac.com.au/ About your host: Kirsty Chessher-Brown is the CEO of UDIA Queensland. About Max: Max Shifman is the UDIA National President and CEO at Intrapac Property one of Australia’s largest private developers. He received the UDIA Victoria Young Professional Award in 2013 and was part of the team responsible for Intrapac’s multiple UDIA Excellence Award-winning Somerfield project, Whiterock Ripley, and Kinley, the former Lilydale quarry redevelopment. In whatever spare time he has left after all of that, he’s also a bit of a fitness fanatic.
Dec 1, 2022
Interview with Tanya Martin from Lendlease | S2Ep6
In this episode of the Development Drum we talk to Tanya about the parts of her job she find most rewarding and which job, in her early career she considers where she had the most fun, but probably did the least for her career! She shares her thoughts about how important community education and communication is around the topics of development timeframes and scale. Links from this episode: https://www.lendlease.com/au/ About your host: Kirsty Chessher-Brown is the CEO of UDIA Queensland. About Tanya: Tanya Martin is a Senior Development Manager at Lendlease and has over 20 years of planning and development experience. In her time at Lendlease Tanya achieved approvals for a number of large-scale projects including Yarrabilba and Elliott Spring and she is currently leading the team delivering Kinma Valley. In any spare time left after work and family, she enjoys good food, good company, and a good laugh – she is our kind of people.
Nov 24, 2022
Interview with Anthony Demiris from AVID | S2Ep5
In this episode of the Development Drum, we talk to Anthony about how his intentions to have a career in finance, actually led him to a fulfilling career in local and international, large-scale property development. We learn about his family’s passion for Cobber dogs and which sport he follows in his downtime. Links from this episode: https://avid.com.au/communities/residential/avid/qld/harmony/ About your host: Kirsty Chessher-Brown is the CEO of UDIA Queensland. About Anthony: Anthony Demiris is a Project Director at Avid and leads Queensland's Development team. He was integral in establishing Avid's $3 billion Harmony project on the Sunshine Coast, which recently took out Project of the Year and Master Planned Development Award at the UDIA Queensland 2022 Awards for Excellence
Nov 16, 2022
Interview with Jamisen Rivera from Frasers Property Australia | S2Ep4
In this episode of the Development Drum we talk to Jamisen about adapting to the burgeoning market of build-to-rent, making the leap from marketing into property development, and the piece of leadership advice she’d give to her 20-year-old self. Links from this episode: https://www.frasersproperty.com.au/ About your host: Kirsty Chessher-Brown is the CEO of UDIA Queensland. About Jamisen: Jamisen Rivera, is a Development Director at Frasers Property Group and is delivering one of Frasers’ first build-to-rent projects, Brunswick & Co, as well the riverside apartments at Hamilton Reach. Udiaqld.com.au
Nov 9, 2022
Interview with Harrison Phillips from Sekisui House | S2Ep3
In this episode of the Development Drum we talk to Harrison about how he stays motivated on long-term projects, lessons learnt from community engagement, and the impact winning the Institute’s Young Leader of the Year award has had on his career. Links from this episode: https://www.sekisuihouse.com.au/ About your host: Kirsty Chessher-Brown is the CEO of UDIA Queensland. About Harrison: Harrison Phillips is the Queensland Project Director for Sekisui House Australia. Harrison is currently leading the team to develop the $1.2B West Village precinct in Brisbane’s West End. Harrison was the Institute’s Young Leader of the Year for 2021. Udiaqld.com.au
Oct 26, 2022
Interview with Paul McManus from KubUnity | S2Ep2
In this episode of the Development Drum we hear from Paul about his passion for delivering affordable housing, how he moved his ‘hobby’ in development to a career, and how he finds his networks and mentors. Links from this episode: https://kubunity.com.au/home About your host: Kirsty Chessher-Brown is the CEO of UDIA Queensland. About Paul: Property was always in Paul’s blood; acquiring his first property at 19. After undertaking a few projects as a “hobby”, Paul transitioned to pursuing property development full-time. Kubunity took out the Institute’s Award for Excellence for Affordable Housing last year. udiaqld.com.au
Oct 19, 2022
Interview with Dan Gibson from RPS | S2Ep1
In this episode of the Development Drum we talk about how Dan stays connected to his team, his experience of going through an acquisition, finding purpose and a work-life balance, plus tips for his 20-year-old self. Links from this episode: https://www.rpsgroup.com About your host: Kirsty Chessher-Brown is the CEO of UDIA Queensland. About Dan: Dan Gibson is the Regional General Manager, SEQ at RPS and manages a large team of 120 technical experts. An urban designer and a lifelong resident of SEQ, Dan has contributed to many of the region’s most well-known urban development projects. Udiaqld.com.au
Sep 21, 2021
Interview with Don O’Rorke from Consolidated Properties Group
In this episode we talk about Don’s plans for the company, his team, their portfolio, and the current opportunities in the market in light of current conditions. Links from this episode: https://www.consolidatedpropertiesgroup.com.au/ About your host: Chelsea van Riet is the UDIA Queensland’s Director of Research and Engagement. About Don: As a founding member of Consolidated Properties Group, Don has successfully shaped the business over 40 years to its current $2.3 billion development pipeline.
Jul 18, 2021
Interview with Sonia McDonald from LeadershipHQ | #007
In this episode of the Development Drum we talk about leadership and what makes a good leader. Sonia describes the importance of courage in being a leader and mastering your fears. She also touches on the details of her latest book and what it takes to improve your soft skills for the betterment of your workplace. Links from the episode: https://www.leadershiphq.com.au/ About your host: Chelsea van Riet is the UDIA Queensland’s Director of Research and Engagement. About our guest: Kindness advocate, Mum, Leader, Speaker, Author and all-round fabulous human Sonia McDonald has dedicated decades of her life to understanding leadership and what can make good leaders great. She founded Leadership HQ as part of her mission to rid the business world of superficial leadership.
Jul 13, 2021
Interview with Tim Lawless from CoreLogic | #006
In this episode of the Development Drum we discuss market conditions and the recovery from COVID. Tim shares his insight on the current state of the market and highlights what he will cover when he addresses members at our Developers Conference on September 2. Links from episode: https://www.corelogic.com.au/ About your host: Chelsea van Riet is the UDIA Queensland’s Director of Research and Engagement. About our guest: CoreLogic’s esteemed head of research, Tim Lawless. He’s been telling the story of Australia’s housing markets for over 20 years, sharing insights into current conditions from both a macro and micro level.
Jun 27, 2021
Interview with Claire O’Rourke from Bluebird Property Group | #005
In this episode of the Development Drum we talk with Claire about their young property business based in Brisbane working across varied stages of the development cycle with clients. Variety is the spice of life for the Bluebird team of six who are based in co-working space in the Valley. The business partners started the business with 4 children under 4 between them and juggle busy personal and professional lives. Links from the episode: https://www.bluebirdproperty.com.au/ About your host: Chelsea van Riet is the UDIA Queensland’s Director of Research and Engagement. About our guest: Claire on Linkedin
May 31, 2021
Interview with Emma Birkett from Mirvac | #004
In this episode of the Development Drum we chat to an Assistant Development Manager for masterplanned communities based in Mirvac’s Queensland office. We hear about the start of Emma’s property career, her experiences so far in the local market, and how she is trying to grow her knowledge base. Links from the episode: https://www.mirvac.com/ About your host: Chelsea van Riet is the UDIA Queensland’s Director of Research and Engagement. About our guest: Emma has been working with Mirvac since she completed her university studies. She is now working on a large masterplanned community as an Assistant Development Manager, a role she has held for the past two years. Connect with Emma on Linkedin
May 10, 2021
Interview with Brent Thompson from Siera Group | #003
In this episode of the Development Drum we chat to a boutique developer operation in the SEQ market about his journey into property development, pursuing project opportunities, and where the market might go in 2021. Links from the episode https://www.sieragroup.com.au/ About your host Chelsea van Riet is the UDIA Queensland’s Director of Research and Engagement. About our guest Brent Thompson founded Siera Group in 2014, a boutique residential property developer and builder, specialising in medium-density housing, luxury homes, and small lot subdivisions in South-East Queensland. Connect with Brent on LinkedIn
Apr 23, 2021
Interview with Cameron Leggatt from Frasers Property Australia | #002
In this episode of the Development Drum we chat with the Executive General Manager Development of Frasers Property Australia about the property market in 2021, adapting the workforce to COVID, and managing the property buyer’s experience beyond the sale. Links from the episode: https://www.frasersproperty.com.au/ About your host Chelsea van Riet is the UDIA Queensland’s Director of Research and Engagement. About the guest With more than 20 years’ experience in property, Cameron is responsible for Frasers Property Australia's national development portfolio of land, housing, apartment, mixed use communities.With prior roles at Macquarie Bank in Australia and the USA, Cameron joined Frasers Property in 2010 and was appointed General Manager, Residential Queensland in 2013, becoming Executive General Manager Development in 2019. Connect with Cameron on LinkedIn Please contact us if you have any suggestions for guests email email@example.com
Mar 26, 2021
Interview with Megan Barron from Sekisui House Australia | #001
In this episode of the Development Drum we talk to the Project Executive Director - Sales, Marketing & Public Relations for the West Village development in Brisbane’s West End about her property industry journey and predictions for the market.
Mar 3, 2021
Welcome to The Development Drum
The Development Drum is the official podcast of the UDIA Queensland and gives listeners an insight into the State’s property industry. Hear firsthand what’s like to work in the sector and deliver homes, spaces, and places for Queenslanders. We talk to property professionals just starting out in their career, seasoned leaders, researchers, and consultants. In each episode we chat to a UDIA member and look at how they spend their days, what motivates them, and hear their stories.