Archive for the ‘Development’ Category

Economy, Shares & Trams

The fact that the Bank of Japan (BOJ), that’s their central bank, the equivalent of our Reserve Bank, is quietly buying stocks in Japanese companies should sound alarm bells for those touting a stimulus led recovery. In fact it’s estimated the (BOJ) are a top (10) owner
in 90% of the leading stocks in Japan.

So what! You say when we have more important issues like our misguided light rail, an election campaign, struggling manufacturing, youth unemployment and dozens of other issues … Read the full post »

CAPITALISM OUT RUNS DEMOCRACY

I’ve started using Uber. Yes I have succumbed to the concept in of all places the home of Uber, San Francisco. Is it that I’m mellowing or just giving up on the tide of inevitability where big businesses can defy governments, and the laws to push their own agendas? All for what has become the seemingly sacrosanct right to preserve share holder value.

Whether it’s Uber, a large grocery chain, … Read the full post »

Life At Throsby


Wickham has undergone many changes over the years.  From its origins as an industrial suburb that housed many of the cities woolsheds, rail yards and port related services together with residential minors-hut type dwellings; to the modern suburb which has seen a metamorphosis of old industrial type buildings being converted into residential dwellings or demolished altogether and developed into new mixed … Read the full post »

The Evolution of Sport and their Associated Buildings

As most people would have seen or come across, it is not uncommon for a former Commercial office building or an industrial warehouse to be converted into residential dwellings and/or hotels – providing that the zoning allows.

In Newcastle right now we are seeing the CBD post office premises proposed to be converted into a hotel; much like other examples that have happened in other major cities -the Westin in Sydney … Read the full post »

Sydney Investors Eye Up Newcastle

182-188 Hunter St, Newcastle_High Resolution-1 (Small)With Sydney prices rocketing along Raine & Horne Commercial are seeing an influx of Sydney investors and developers snapping up city properties.

Alan Tonks of Raine & Horne Commercial said “In the inner city there is a real feeling of optimism and positive expectation. We have strong enquiry from Sydney developers seeking mixed use opportunities with 2 … Read the full post »

An Interesting Part of Newcastle's CBD – Soon to be Sold!

Newcastle City Council are selling one of their assets.

Formerly the Newcastle School of Arts building; 182 Hunter Street is opposite the Urban Growth/GPT development site and also takes in both Wolfe and Scott Street frontages.

Listed as a heritage item of local significance, the site and the building have intrinsic links to Newcastle’s early history.

A study by EJE Heritage gives a timeline of the site stretching back to 1869 when a … Read the full post »