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Stay in SA to Thrive Implores Property Council Award Winner


ADELAIDE is proving itself as credible and rewarding destination for young people seeking a stellar career says this year’s Property Council of Australia (PCA), South Australian Property Professional of the Year.

“I believe Adelaide is changing, there is a new (state) Liberal Government, commercial property stamp duty has been abolished and it can offer a good career path for people for my age. There is no need to go elsewhere,” said Oliver Totani investment services director at Colliers International who picked up the award at the PCA annual gala in front of 300 guests last Friday.

“It’s hard not to see a big amount of growth in the next five to 10 years. It is not just about settling down here with a family, but you can continue to learn and grow, in your professional career in SA.

“We need more of the 30-year-olds here,” the 33-year-old winner said. “In the past the choice was easy, the choice has become a lot more difficult.”

Mr Totani pointed to the 20 auctions his team had run within Adelaide over the past year as testament to a booming local market.

PCA (SA) chief executive Daniel Gannon, acknowledged Mr Totani’s unswerving belief in his home state.

“A proud local champion for our great industry, his commitment to ‘selling Adelaide’ is crystal clear, and judges agreed that his passion for SA had contributed to his enormous success in attracting new capital to his home state,” he said.

There was also a joint win – a PCA first – for the Young Property Professional of the Year with honours going to Charter Hall (SA) general manager Kimberley Gillan, and Sarah Constructions’. Matthew Woodrow.

“Kimberley has made a career out of putting clients and projects first,” Mr Gannon said.

“Her decision to leave agency and join Charter Hall last year has been met with a quick and positive impact within the business, and she is capably delivering the $250 million GPO Exchange.”

Mr Woodrow has risen from finance manager in 2013 to group financial controller, CFO and now COO.

“Despite confronting a significant health challenge in 2017, he has demonstrated great resilience while still contributing to the growth and success of the company and his portfolios,” Mr Gannon said. “Judges agreed that Matthew displays a passion for and commitment to this industry. His focus on creating a strong team environment and working with colleagues to deliver innovative solutions to complex problems earmarks him as an industry leader of the future.”

Mr Woodrow has also been ben short-listed for the national, PCA future leader of the year award.

SA hopes are high for the Adelaide Convention Centre (Stages 1 and 2) which took the state’s top property honour – the PCA Development of the Year award (by Lendlease) for a dynamic approach to tourism that is driving growth and opportunities for SA – and will be vying for the Hickory Award for Best Tourism and Leisure Development at the national awards in Sydney on Friday.

“The Adelaide Convention Centre is a city icon and a SA business tourism success story,” Mr Gannon said.

“Since opening in 1987, the venue has delivered more than $1.4 billion in economic benefit to SA. The recently expanded venue has transformed Adelaide’s skyline and is expected to inject an additional $1.92 billion into our economy over the next 25 years.”

The award is part of the national 2019 PCA/Rider Levett Bucknall innovation and excellence awards program. which has run since 1982.

The redevelopment, owned by Adelaide Venue Management, incorporates two new buildings that have boosted the Centre’s overall footprint to 20000sq m of multipurpose space.

“Increasing the venue’s capacity has created Australia’s most flexible and technologically-advanced convention centre,” said RLB director, Giulio Altarmura.

“The expansion shines a spotlight on not only the Adelaide Convention Centre’s incredible innovation and market-leading capabilities, but also fosters a tremendous sense of SA pride.”

Adelaide and commercial property can make a top career says Colliers’ Oliver Totani by Richard Evants, originally appeared in The Advertiser 14 May 2019.  

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