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Industry groups on the move

PROPERTY industry groups have been repositioning themselves in the marketplace, with the latest move by the Urban Development Institute of Australia to the old Perth Property Council headquarters at the National Mutual Centre, 111 St George’s Terrace.

UDIA executive director Judy Carr said the move from the Australian Property Institute home in South Perth gave the UDIA ability to expand its resources and provide a better service to members.

The API has been pushing for a property house which could house a number of property industry groups that could then work together.

However, Ms Carr said, while the two groups had common members, their focus was quite different.

“We are more involved in lobbying whereas they are more involved in professional development,” she said.

The move coincides with the appointment of Greg Taylor who will undertake UDIA’s research. Mr Taylor was formerly with the WA Grain Pool’s research and policy division.

“One of the beauties of UDIA is that the people owning the land are the people actually doing the lobbying. So we need to have them really well briefed so that when they go and see the relevant ministers they all sing the same song,” Ms Carr said.

“We need to be really well researched on our topics and this move gives us the opportunity to do that.”

The Property Council was the first to change headquarters, moving into Parmelia House.

The Australian Property Institute is still considering new premises in Rokeby Road, Subiaco which is expected to give the Institute a higher profile than the South Perth office.

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