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Private Hospital Plans Announced Within Northpoint Enterprise Park

Northpoint Enterprise Park has long supported the development of a community focused precinct with the development initially through the custom built, state-of-art medical centre, the Epping Medical Centre. More recently the Eclipse Childcare Centre has been built. Epping Gardens, an aged care home is currently under construction by Heritage Care, and most recently Mantra announced their plans for a brand new $70 million hotel to be built opposite the Epping Medical Centre.

This week an exciting plan has been revealed, for the development of a $250 million private hospital of up to 360 beds, built on land adjoining the Epping Medical Centre. This announcement sees the fruition the long term objectives of the Northpoint Enterprise Park development team to create a comprehensive, facility focused community precinct for the rapidly expanding population that calls the north of Melbourne home.

Below is an extract from an article written by Nick Lenaghan that appeared in the Australian Financial Review about the private hospital development. The full article can be read here.

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Generation Healthcare REIT will partner with Healthe Care Australia, the country’s third-largest private hospital operator, on a $320 million medical campus at Epping in Melbourne’s north.

The venture underscores the rapid maturing of healthcare property as an asset class and will be the first major new development by Generation since it was bought out by Canada’s NorthWest Healthcare Properties earlier this year.

The development will proceed in two stages after Generation took an initial $29 million stake last October in the Epping Medical Centre.
The investment – a debt-structured deal involving a put-and-call option – was an opportunity with considerable upside for Generation, led by Miles Wentworth.

Population in the catchment is expected to grow by two-thirds over the next 20 years. Now joining that opportunity is Healthe, which is led by Steve Atkins and has a powerful owner, China’s Luye Medical, which absorbed the Australian operator after gaining FIRB approval last year.

The centre was only 52 per cent occupied when Generation came in. It sits in an underserviced zone, within one of Melbourne’s fastest-growing urban corridors.

In the first stage, Healthe will take up much of the vacancy in the centre after a refurbishment comprising four operating theatres and 30 beds. Then comes the bigger stage, a $250 million new private hospital of up to 360 beds, built on land adjoining the centre, on which Generation put its foot through an option in the original deal.

The Epping centre is close to a public hospital, a benefit that should help drive further demand. For Mr Wentworth, the Epping project follows a model Generation has used successfully on other sites – Frankston and Casey on Melbourne’s outskirts and at the Epworth hospital – across its $760 million portfolio.

“It’s about creating significant, integrated health campuses,” he told The Australian Financial Review.

Population surge
Population in the area is expected to grow 64 per cent over the next 20 years, a big drawcard for Healthe, which is rapidly expanding with the backing of its Chinese owner.

“That catchment area has been under-bedded from a private perspective,” Mr Atkins said. “People have had to leave the area to get services. As we have seen the public hospital get bigger and bigger, our belief is the private opportunity presents itself.”

Partnering with a property trust, such as Generation Healthcare, has been a key element in Healthe’s expansion over the past decade. With Epping, it will have 36 hospitals, but only one of them is held on the balance sheet and the rest held in third-party trusts.

“It’s one of the things that’s allowed us to grow so well,” Mr Atkins said. “It’s a prudent manner in which to deploy capital. In the last seven years, we’ve spent close to $500 million on brownfield expansion of our existing hospitals.

“There would be few in our market who have done anything close to that. Having that REIT relationship has certainly supported that.”

Institutional investment into healthcare real estate is surging. Yields are being squeezed. Emerging players and existing platforms are accumulating bigger portfolios.

Even Australia’s largest listed office landlord, Dexus, is getting into the scene. In June it unveiled plans for an unlisted $760 million healthcare property fund.

Another rapidly growing manager is Barwon Investment Partners which is investing out a $500 million institutional healthcare property fund it launched last year.

“The maturity of the asset class will create more opportunity,” said Generation’s Mr Wentworth.

Firming yields and the demand to free up capital to fund services will give pause for thought for healthcare operators owning real estate, which will “consider doing some sale and leaseback or using the partnered capital” to assist their growth, he said.

Responding to travel and public transport challenges

Significant improvements to the road network surrounding the Northpoint Enterprise Park and ConnectNorth Business Park has long been a priority for the McMullin Property team. The benefits include improved access to and then flow throughout the Business Parks, as well as simple, quick access to all local arterial roads.

It is great to see that the City of Whittlesea has recently updated their ‘Road and Public Transport Plan’ and the roads through and surrounding Northpoint Enterprise Park and the adjoining ConnectNorth are high on the agenda.

Click here to read their comprehensive report that includes:

  • The transport story so far
  • How we will meet the challenges
  • Arterial roads
  • Collector roads
  • Intersections
  • Public transport
  • Cycling
  • Walking
  • The way forward

In summary, the roads directly impacting the Business Parks include:

  • O’Herns Road Interchange
    High Priority
    Funding committed: due 2018/2019
    Access to residential estates in Epping North and the Cooper Street employment area is currently limited to High Street – Epping Road and Cooper Street via the Hume Freeway.The construction of the O’Herns Road interchange will enable Epping North residents and the Cooper Street employment area much-improved access to the Hume Freeway. It will also decrease congestion on the local road network including Epping Road, Cooper Street and Miller Street.
  • Edgars Road extension, Willandra Drive to O’Herns Road
    High Priority
    Edgars Road is a north-south arterial road from Mahoneys Road in Thomastown to Cooper Street in Epping that also connects to the Metropolitan Ring Road. A missing link exists between Cooper Street and O’Herns Road that could provide connectivity to the Cooper Street employment area and the residential estates north of O’Herns road.The extension will provide an alternative north-south arterial connection to Epping Road as this section of Edgars Road would redistribute traffic through Epping and Epping North. It will reduce congestion on High Street, Epping Road, Mill Street and Cooper Street and increase peak period capacity along Epping Road and Cooper Street.

    Wider benefits include bus, walking and cycling connections from the residential estates to Epping Central and the Cooper Street employment area to provide an increased level of accessibility for the community. Improved employment opportunities in Epping Central will also arise.

Bayford Ford in Epping – Watch Their Video

Bayford Ford is located within Northpoint Enterprise Park at 356 Cooper St, Epping.

It is great to see this video of the beautiful, modern, and functional building they have created in this prime Epping location, across the road from the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market.

Mantra Aquire New-Build Hotel In Melbourne’s Booming North

The Northpoint Enterprise Park team has long been committed to utilising the highly visible land on the corner of Cooper Street and Willandra Drive, directly opposite the Epping Medical Centre, as the site for a high-quality hotel. We are now pleased to welcome the Mantra Group who will operate a new-build hotel in this prime location. Once it is operational this hotel will further enhance the high-quality business facilities available to business that are located within Northpoint Enterprise Park.

Follow is the article written about this new hotel, the original article can be viewed here.

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One of Greater Melbourne’s fastest growing areas will benefit from a $70 million hotel development that will service the rapid increase of activity in Melbourne’s booming northern suburbs.

Epping will be the site of the 214-room hotel that is being designed to capitalise on both the history of the northern suburbs and the unique attributes of Epping today.

Located right near Melbourne’s new wholesale fruit, vegetable and cut flower market and The Northern Hospital, construction is due to start in the latter part of 2017 with opening scheduled for mid-2019.

The hotel is being developed by Too Build and will be operated by Mantra Group.

Operating as Mantra Epping Hotel, it will feature both hotel rooms and apartments, a café/restaurant, brewhouse, conference and meeting facilities, gymnasium, and an open car park containing 143 marked bays and secure bicycle storage.

Occupying a prime corner position at 250 Cooper Street within the prestigious Northpoint Enterprise Park at Epping, Melbourne’s fastest growing expansion corridor just 18km north of the CBD, the four-star, two-wing hotel has been designed by leading architect Peddle Thorp and Bruce Henderson Interiors.

One of Australia’s largest construction companies, Hacer Group, has been engaged to complete the project build, creating an expected 300 construction jobs.

Mantra Group Chief Executive Officer Bob East said the Group is thrilled to operate this new-build hotel under a hotel management agreement.

“This acquisition comes at an opportune time in the Australian hotel market, with hotels in Melbourne and surrounds experiencing a substantial uplift in demand in recent years,” said Mr East.

“This strong performance is set to continue with further domestic and international visitation uplift forecasted for the greater Melbourne market.

“Mantra Epping Hotel will complement our extensive Melbourne portfolio and reaffirms our strategy of securing desirable new properties in Australian capital city metropolitan markets.

“With its strong and varied accommodation demand drivers, we’re confident this hotel will provide a market-leading hotel offering, well positioned to become the region’s premier corporate, meetings and leisure hotel.”

Too Build Chief Executive Officer Ian Wilson said the project is perfectly timed to accommodate the next stage of growth for Epping.

“What’s exciting to me is to create something I know the local community – traders and residents alike – will really want to spend time in whether they have guests staying at the hotel or not.  Mantra Epping Hotel will become a proud part of the local community and a favourite meeting spot,” said Mr Wilson.

“Mantra Epping Hotel is surrounded by an array of retail shops, showrooms, business and industrial premises, plus The Northern Hospital and the newly relocated Melbourne Market are both situated nearby, which will all provide important business opportunities for the property.”

Epping is located within the City of Whittlesea, one of the largest municipalities in metropolitan Melbourne covering an area of approximately 489 square kilometres.

Committed to Quality Streetscapes and Wetlands

An appealing feature of Northpoint Enterprise Park has always been it’s wide, well thought out roads. As a master-planned Business Park, these roadways have been carefully designed to ensure ease of access via all major local roads and a smooth flow throughout the Estate. McMullin Property and the Northpoint team from the outset invested in quality landscaping throughout the 120 ha Estate which has included upgrades to the natural wetlands across several stages. It is this sort of attention to detail, that also includes the wide landscaped streets and substantial open public spaces, all contributes to the overall appeal of the Business Park, giving owners, tenants and occupants a superior work environment and first class amenities.

Northpoint Enterprise Park this week celebrates another milestone as the Landscaping works for the Stage 4B Streetscapes and Stage 4B Wetland Contracts have reached Practical Completion.

Both the Streetscapes and Wetlands upgrade now enter their maintenance periods before being handed over to City of Whittlesea and Melbourne Water respectively.

McMullin Property and the Northpoint team acknowledge the dedication shown by Marcus Zikaris and his team at MZL Australia P/L and also Spiire who designed and superintended both contracts.

Heritage Care Aged Care Development Well Underway

Heritage Care‘s beautifully designed Aged Care development, Epping Gardens, is located on Willandra Drive, Epping. The development has been designed by Point Health Architects and built by APM Group (Aust) Pty Ltd. McMullin Property is the developer and is working closely with Heritage Care from inception to completion. Despite the winter months, work on the building site has continued to progress well and is expected to be completed around February 2018.

Epping Gardens by Heritage Care will create an important component of the community focused precinct within the business park Northpoint Enterprise Park. Epping Gardens joins the existing community focused facilities that include the Epping Medical Centre and Eclipse Child Care Centre. Further developing the facilities in this part of Melbourne’s thriving North will on be an International Hotel that is due to commence development shortly, and will become part of the Mantra Group.

Epping Gardens Overhead Image of the Property Under Development

Heritage Cares Epping Gardens Development

Heritage Cares Epping Gardens Aged Care

Heritage Cares Epping Gardens Aged Care

Northpoint In Perpective

The team behind Northpoint Enterprise Park, McMullin Property, have recently launched, and in record time, sold, the land adjoining Northpoint Enterprise Park, known as ConnectNorth.

ConnectNorth will become a complimentary Business Park to Northpoint, essentially extending the high-quality commercial and industrial precinct that has been steadily developing over the last 10 years in Melbourne’s Northern suburb Epping.

The great news for the businesses that already call Northpoint Enterprise Park home, is that the road network through to O’Hearns Road will continue to be developed, in a timely manner, under the same professional and efficient team that has developed the current Business Park. This extended road network with open up and improve access to O’Herns and further improve the flow of traffic throughout the Business Estate. This development will also increase the volume of high-quality companies that operate within this region which will, in turn, improve the services available within the area. The flow on effect for businesses should also be to improve access to quality employees who are attracted to working within a thriving business precinct.

Edgars Road Extension – Open To Traffic

The last piece of the jigsaw within Northpoint Enterprise Park’s road network is in place and opened to the public on 23 June 2017.

This network of roads includes a further part of the Edgars Road extension which initially includes only the Western carriageway.  In the future, the Eastern carriageway will also be built, at a time to be determined by VicRoads, at which point the road will be divided with 2 lanes, and then ultimately 3 lanes in each direction.

The signals at the corner of Edgars Rd and Taryn Dve, next to Bunnings, have been turned on as the intersection is now fully functional. There is a further set of lights installed on the corner of Edgars Road and Willandra Dve intersection but these will not become operational until Edgars Rd extends into the next estate to the North to meet up with O’Herns Rd.

Within this area, there is also extensive landscape works currently being undertaken, largely in and around the wetlands, extending alongside Edgars Road.

Budget Wins For City Of Whittlesea

The City of Whittlesea has one of Australia’s fastest growing populations. Fortunately they also have a pro-active Council who are big-picture focused, with a view to backing the ongoing growth and development of local facilities to suitably support their growing population.

Many of the large projects that have been identified as being needed within the City of Whittlesea, such as main roads and public transport improvements, aren’t Council’s responsibility. But just because they can’t directly build them, doesn’t mean they can’t have a say. They  focus significant efforts into lobbying the Victorian and Federal governments, on behalf of the City of Whittlesea’s residents and businesses, for the important projects the City needs.

Each year before both governments release their annual budgets, the City of Whittlesea submits their wishlist of projects that they believe need to be funded.

This year the City of Whittlesea has had some wins for their community.

Victorian Budget

• Yan Yean Road duplication: $125 million for the duplication of Yan Yean Road in Plenty and $96.6 million for the stage 2 upgrade to the Yan Yean Road in Yarrambat

• $162.7 million to upgrade and expand inpatient infrastructure at the Northern Hospital

• Edgars Creek Primary School (land) funded as part of $70 million investment to purchase 11 sites across the state

• $13.8 million for the construction of Yarrambat Park Primary Proposed P-6

• $2 million for the installation of traffic lights at Plenty Road/Macmeikan Street/Laurel Street/Wallan Road

There was also funding for some ongoing projects:

• $600 million for the Mernda rail extension project

• $11 million for Mernda stabling and Broadmeadows government land purchase

• $15 million for the Mernda Police Station

• $2 billion in Community safety funding for Victoria Police – including 45 new Police Officers for the Whittlesea area

• $77.7 million for the O’Herns Road upgrade

• Funding for stage 1 and stage 2 upgrades to Plenty Road in Mill Park and South Morang

• $700 million over four years towards upgrades for the M80 Ring Road

• $100 million for the North East Link for planning and pre-construction activities

They continue to advocate for an Outer Suburban Arterial Roads Program to include Epping Road duplication, Bridge Inn Road duplication, Edgars Road extension, Findon Road, Childs Road duplication, Plenty Road duplication, Craigieburn Road East duplication.

Federal Budget

• O’Herns Road Interchange: The Federal and Victorian governments agreed to the $3 billion Victorian Infrastructure Package– which includes the construction of O’Herns Road Interchange.
This is of great benefit to the businesses within Northpoint Enterprise Park as it improves access to and from the Hume Freeway and to the Park and area in general

• Roads to Recovery: The Federal Government renewed its commitment of $4.4 billion from 2013-14 to 2020-21 for the construction, repair and upgrade of local roads – many are in the City of Whittlesea.

How Melbourne’s North is Growing – Take A Look At This Great Birds Eye View

The City of Whittlesea’s rapid growth comes from the 8,000 new residents that move into the area each year plus there are approximately 63 babies born within the Municipality each week. The current population is approximately 202,730 residents and this is expected to reach 333,700 by 2036 representing an increase of 64.5% over the next
20 years.

Northpoint Enterprise Park is located in the heart of this expansion, with prime access to the Hume Freeway, Cooper Street and many of the key businesses establishing themselves in this vibrant and growing region of Melbourne.

These recent aerial images of Northpoint Enterprise Park and it’s surrounds highlights not just the great growth within Northpoint Enterprise Park, but also the region in general.

There are only 3 blocks remaining for sale within Northpoint Enterprise Park. If you are interested in finding out more contact John Purdey, Development Director on 0418 320 394 oe email jpurdey@mcmullin.com.au

 

 

Epping Gardens: Care and Quality to be delivered in Beautifully Designed Aged Care Development North of Melbourne

In November 2016, Heritage Care will be stamping its signature style for beautifully designed Aged Care facilities with a $32 million development project in Melbourne’s booming northern suburb of Epping.

eg-image4Construction is scheduled to commence in November 2016 with expected completion by early 2018. This development is designed by Point Health Architects and built by APM Group (Aust) Pty Ltd. McMullin Property is the developer, working closely with Heritage Care from inception to completion.

Location
Epping Gardens has the fortunate position of starting with a blank canvas. Heritage Care purchased the land within Northpoint Enterprise Park, where they have had the opportunity to select a prime location to fulfil their resident’s needs.

The facility is easily accessible via major road networks, and is directly opposite the Epping Medical Centre, which is a custom built medical centre housing a vast range of medical, health and wellness services and specialists. The Epping Medical Centre also has future plans to develop a Day Procedure Centre. The Northern Hospital, being the major hospital in Melbourne’s North is less than 5 km away and there is an International Hotel planned for development in an adjoining allotment.

Homes
Once complete, Epping Gardens will offer state-of-the-art residential aged care services for seniors. The new development will provide a range of options and benefit-geared solutions for all stages of ageing, offering a coordinated design, one that is tailored to individual needs and connects with the local community.

“Heritage Care is pleased to serve Australia’s aged care residents. We look forward to opening Epping Gardens to meet increasing demand for residential aged care. It is well known that Australians are living longer. In 2015, there were approximately 500,000 Australians aged over 85. By 2055, it is estimated that 1,900,000 Australians will be over the age of 85. This ageing population is a key driver of the expected shortfall of 70,000 aged care beds by 2022.” Says George Gabriel, Executive Chairman, Heritage Care.

“We look forward to working with the local community around Epping Gardens to improve our residents’ experience. To this end, we will work closely with the local medical precinct, including the medical professionals of nearby Northern Hospital and the extensive allied health networks of the Epping Medical Centre.” Says Mr Gabriel

Through a cleverly, custom designed facility, supportive staff and an engaging program, Epping Gardens will deliver a caring and supportive environment that promotes supported independence where appropriate, aiming to keep residents physically and mentally active, eating well, staying socially connected and having access to a high standard of clinical care.

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About Heritage Care
Founded in 2002, Heritage Care is an Australian, independently owned, provider of residential aged care.

Heritage Care originated from humble beginnings with a single aged care home accommodating 43 residents, but this was just the beginning of a vision for owner Tony Antonopoulos, now the Managing Director.

Heritage Care currently operates three residential aged care facilities; Chomley House, Prahran; Watergardens, Sydenham and Heritage Gardens, Bayswater North. The Heritage Care team are currently developing close to 1,000 new aged care beds across its existing portfolio, with future developments coming to Mt Eliza, Melton and Werribee.

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Aged Care Has Arrived At Northpoint

breakingground-ceremony-300-400On the 9 November 2016, the McMullin Property team, in partnership with Heritage Care hosted a Ground Breaking Ceremony for an exciting new development that is starting within Northpoint Enterprise Park: Epping Gardens Aged Care.

Located in Willandra Drive Epping, Epping Gardens is a 148 bed aged care development to be owned and operated by Heritage Care.

This development further enhances Northpoint Enterprise Park’s Health and Community Precinct, which already incorporates the Epping Medical Centre and Eclipse Child Care Centre, who are both close neighbours to the aged care project. The bustling Northern Hospital is also just a stone’s throw away from this exciting new Development.

The Ground Breaking Ceremony was well attended by local industry stakeholders and the wider health care community, all eager to see what Heritage Care has in store for the Development and the needs of the local elderly community. Heritage Care Executive Chairman George Gabriel was on hand to take part in the Ceremony, and had this to say of the momentous occasion;

“The location of Epping Gardens is not an accident. Firstly, we have deliberately selected Epping due to its high population growth outlook. Secondly, we have deliberately selected Willandra Drive Epping because of its strategic location within a medical care precinct – close to both Northern Hospital and Tristar Medical Group, plus the added benefit of a nearby child care centre.
The synergies and potential benefits are substantial as Epping Gardens works with local community service providers.”

George went on to talk about the need for aged care services for our increasingly ageing population;

“The challenge is that longer life expectancy is bringing increased demand for health care services in old age. Over the next 40 years, it is estimated that there will be approx 2 million Australians over 85 years old, compared to less than 500 thousand today.

This ageing population is driving demand for residential aged care and is leading to an expected shortfall of 70,000 residential aged care places by 2022.”

After further comments by McMullin Property Executive Director Trevor Gorman, Councillor Mary Lalios had the honour of ‘turning the first sod’, and in doing so marking the Developments official commencement.

How the project impacts on the local community

The project is expected to be complete by mid-2018. In addition to providing care to 148 elderly citizens from the Shire of Whittlesea and surrounds, the project will provide a huge boost to local employment with in excess of 350 workers to be employed on & off site during Construction. Once construction is complete and Epping Gardens opens it doors, there will be a further 200 full time jobs created to run the home.

From L to R: Trevor Gorman, Executive Director, McMullin Property; Cr Mary Lalios, City of Whittlesea; George Gabriel, Executive Chairman, Heritage Care

From L to R: Trevor Gorman, Executive Director McMullin Property; Cr Mary Lalios, The City of Whittlesea; George Gabriel, Executive Chairman, Heritage Care

From L to R: Ian McMullin, Managing Director, McMullin Property; Peter McMullin, Chairman, McMullin Group; John Purdey, Development Director, McMullin Property; Murray Ness, City of Whiitlesea, Steve O’Brien, City of Whittlesea; Matt Benson, General Manager, McMullin Property

Construction has commenced on Epping Gardens Aged Care

 

330 Coopers Is Coming To Northpoint

330 Cooper, as the name suggests is located on Cooper Street in Epping, Victoria, within Northpoint Enterprise Park, which is situated in one of the fastest growing precincts of Melbourne. McMullin Property are undertaking this new Showroom Development that is current available for lease. The available space is flexible, with the possibility of up to 3 separate showrooms.

The 330 Cooper development give tenants that opportunity to position themselves in a key location within Melbourne’s northern suburbs. This area is experiencing unprecedented growth and is now the second fastest growing Municipality in Australia. 330 Cooper’s Large Format Retail (LFR) goods spending generated in the catchment area will grow from $795.4 million in 2014/15 to: $1 billion by 2020/21 and onto $1.24 billion by 2026/27. Furthermore Epping is the designated Principle Activity Centre within the City of Whittlesea.

Prime Location Highlights Include
330 Cooper is located at 330 Cooper Street, Epping, Victoria. This prime location is:

  • Within the premier Business Park in Melbourne’s North, Northpoint Enterprise Park
  • Opposite the new Melbourne Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable & Flower Markets
  • Between a new large format Bunnings Warehouse and the largest Australian AMX Superstore
  • Within 1km of Northern Hospital and Epping Plaza Regional Shopping Centre
  • Within easy access to Hume Freeway
  • Near the future Costco complex

330 Cooper is located within the City of Whittlesea

  • The City of Whittlesea is experiencing unprecedented growth and is now the second fastest growing Municipality in Australia>
  • 330 Cooper has outstanding exposure to Cooper Street, which carries 50,000 vehicles per day, this will increase to 59,000 vehicles per day by 2021*
  • 330 Cooper’s catchment area includes 294,221 people, with a forecast growth rate of a staggering 5% per annum*
  • 142,000 people will move to the catchment area in the next 12 years, bringing this population to 435,932 by 2027*
  • Large Format Retail (LFR) goods spending generated in the catchment area will grow from $795.4 million in 2014/15 to: $1 billion by 2020/21 and onto $1.24 billion by 2026/27*
  • Epping is the designated Principle Activity Centre within the City of Whittlesea

Women in Industry – Excellence in Manufacturing

Caravan Industry Recognised in High-Profile Awards

The team at Northpoint Enterprise Park would like to take this opportunity to congratulate one of our long term Northpoint residents Gabby Montagnese of New Age Caravans, who has recently won the 2016 Excellence in Manufacturing Award.

This award is part of the Women in Industry Awards which has been developed to recognise and reward the achievements of women working within the mining, engineering, manufacturing, logistics and commercial road transport industries, and aims to raise the profile of women in these sectors, as well as promoting and encouraging excellence.

Upon receiving this honour Gabby said, “It is fabulous for our industry to be recognised for excellence in manufacturing. This is the first time a caravan or RV manufacturer has had a nomination, let alone a finalist and a winner. This allows us to showcase that our industry is a career of choice for women all over Australia”.

It is unsurprising that Gabby has been gathering accolades as her company New Age Caravans has very quickly become an industry leader, now holding the mantle as the second largest caravan manufacturer in Australia.

When asked about the key factors of New Age Caravan’s success, Gabby says it’s about never being complacent and always striving for excellence in all aspects of business. “It’s more than just product; it’s also about leadership, workplace culture, business-to-business relations and aspiring to improve the quality of life of our customers.”

This recent achievement for Gabby comes just a few short months after taking out the 2016 Caravan Camping Sales Future Leaders Award.  It’s fantastic to see Gabby gaining wider acknowledgement for her success and to have manufacturing in the caravan industry recognised in national awards.

Helping Businesses Lower Their Carbon Footprint

Northpoint Enterprise Park has long been considered at the forefront of offering professional, progressive investment for businesses that invest within their Estate. This includes:

  • High quality Industry and Business environment that is the result of a comprehensively master-planned vision, including extensive wetlands and open-spaces, with wide tree lined streets and boulevards
  • Easy accessibility for customers, suppliers and their own distribution networks via Cooper Street, now a 6 Lane major arterial road, as well as immediate proximity to the Hume Freeway and Edgars Road
  • Location and proximity to key businesses and amenities within the area including the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit Vegetable and Flower Market, The Northern Hospital and Epping Plaza Shopping Centre

Also key to the strength and reflective of their progressive thinking and forethought of planning for Northpoint Enterprise Park is their offering of Natural Gas as a clean and efficient energy source to it’s businesses.

The attraction of offering natural gas is that it is widely considered the best energy choice for business because it is instant, clean and infinitely controllable. It is also safe, efficient, reliable and convenient to use. For a multi-purpose Business Park such as Northpoint Enterprise Park the flexibility of natural gas is appealing, as regardless whether it is for an office or factory heating, gas cooling, power generation, boiler, hot water and commercial kitchens to a variety of manufacturing applications, there is a natural gas appliance that suits all of these business energy needs.

Some other positive potential business benefits include:

  • Natural gas delivers consistent low running costs
  • As a lower carbon emission fuel, choosing natural gas instead of other fossil fuels may help a business lower its carbon footprint
  • Natural gas is reliable, as unplanned supply interruptions are rare. The natural gas distribution networks allow flexibility in managing short term load fluctuations
  • Natural gas is convenient.  Unlike gas stored on-site, it’s always there when you need it and there is no concern about running out of fuel, or arranging deliveries
  • Costs are predictable as unlike other energy sources, the unit price of natural gas is not impacted by sharp price fluctuations, allowing you greater control over the cost to your business

Committed to working with network professionals for each stage of our development, offering natural gas to all land holders is no exception. For connection or technical guidance and advice, we deal with APA Group – Operator of Australian Gas Networks. The Victorian Industrial & Commercial Representative, Networks Commercial is Scott Hardy who can be contracted on 03 9463 8397 or 0438 076 246.

Melbourne industrial market driving construction-ready demand

More than 145,000 square metres of speculative industrial development greater than 5000 sqm is underway across Melbourne’s industrial markets, according to Savills.

Savills’ Victorian research manager, Monica Mondkar, said another 400,000 plus square metres is in the planning stages and likely to be driven by pre-commitment activity.

“An additional of 93,715 square metres of warehousing space was currently in early planning stages in the north, and another 318,973 square metres – all at Melbourne Airport Business Park precinct – in the north, however the majority was expected to commence construction based on pre-commitment activity,” she said.

“The figures include 27,000 square metres of speculative construction scheduled for completion within next 12 months in Melbourne’s western region, 58,485 square metres in the northern region and more than 60,000 square metres in the south-east.

“The figures did not include the conceivably greater number of projects under 5000 square metres and are a modest estimate based on planning applications for industrial development including warehouses, distribution centres and cold storage facilities.

“Some 871,836 square metres of industrial space was reported leased in the 12 months to March in Victoria – up a healthy 36 percent on the five year average figure of 641,328 square metres – with pre-commitments accounting for a significant 309,691 square metres.”

Savills’ Industrial Director, Michael Green said the demand and the relative scarcity of development sites was putting upwards pressure on values for smaller allotments with prices on some estates in the north and south-east at $300 plus a square metre.

“Demand for lots in the northern region had left only eight lots available at McMullin Group’s Northpoint Enterprise Park,” he said.

“Genesis Developments had sold out a speculative 11 unit development and was now in the process of building another high-end speculative 20 unit development next door on the back of those sales, while at MAB’s Alliance Business Park nearby, six lots were sold or under offer in the last stage of that development.

“In the south-east a private Melbourne based developer has purchased the last three vacant parcels of industrial land totaling 7000 square metres at Hallam Central Business Park for just over $2 million with plans for speculative development, while in the west 13 development sites totaling 12.8 hectares at Goodman’s Westside Industrial Estate, also earmarked for speculative development, sold for more than $20 million over just four weeks in January and February.”

Article from Property Observer, 8 June 2016

Northpoint Stage 4B Works Progress

Northpoint Enterprise Park, located just 18km North of Melbourne’s CBD and directly opposite the recently opened Melbourne Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market, is quickly approaching completion with works at Stage 4B (the Estate’s final Stage) well underway.

Stage 4B has completely sold out, however there are a limited number of lots remaining in Stages 4A and 5. Click here for details of the remaining Lots within the Estate.IMG_4460

Edgars Road – Culvert Base Slab preparation
Top Image:  Edgars Road – Culvert placement

Stage 4B infrastructure works commenced in March 2016 and to date:

– Culvert excavation works under Edgars Rd are completed
– Earthworks are 80% complete
– Sewer reticulation is 80% complete
– Drainage is 60% complete
– Water main reticulation works have commenced

The Stage 4B works are on track to be completed in October / November 2016, thus forming the ‘final piece in the jigsaw’ for the Northpoint Enterprise Park.

For further information about remaining Land within this Stage and other areas at Northpoint Enterprise Park visit For Sale or contact John Purdey on 0418 320 394 or jpurdey@mcmullin.com.au

Childcare Now Available Within Northpoint

Eclipse Early Education Epping is a new, custom built child care centre located with the vibrant Northpoint Enterprise Park. This immaculate new centre offers 94 places, with convenient  opening hours for working parents of 6.30am until 6.30pm Monday to Friday, only closing on public holidays.

With a strong focus on enquiry and learning, the Eclipse Early Education Epping provides age appropriate educational programs for children aged from 6 weeks to 6 years. The nurturing environment is light, modern and spacious with a focus on the use of natural materials. The environment is purposely designed to foster a feeling of calm and a sense of belonging by all members of the Eclipse community.

Included daily for the children are delicious, wholesome meals, catering to varying dietary requirements, cooked with love onsite by their passionate and dedicated chef.

Centre tours and visits by potential families are encouraged, so parents can feel assured about the high quality of the facilities and the caring and nurturing nature of the educators.

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About Eclipse Early Education Epping

  • 94 place child care centre
  • Open Monday – Friday, 6.30am – 6.30pm
  • Caters to children from 6 weeks to 6 years
  • Open year around, excluding public holidays
  • Delicious healthy meals prepared daily by a qualified chef

Contact Eclipse Early Education Epping

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Construction Starts on Stage 4B at Northpoint Enterprise Park

The McMullin Property team has kept the ball rolling on development at Northpoint Enterprise Park, with the Civil Works for Stage 4B NOW UNDERWAY.

Stage 4B is the final Stage within Northpoint Enterprise Park. The area consists of 16 Lots covering some 58,931 sqm. The Lots are a mixture of Commercial and Industrial Land and all Lots are SOLD.

The Infrastructure works for this stage consist of;

  • 700 lineal meters of local roads,
  • A further 400m section of Edgars Road
  • Traffic signals at intersection of Edgars Road and Willandra Drive
  • A Culvert crossing of Edgars Creek (under Edgars Rd)
  • An extensive Wetland reserve and creek rehabilitation to Edgars Creek

It is anticipated that the works will take approximately 7 months.

There remains a Limited number of Lots available for Purchase within Stage 4A and 5. To find out more visit Northpoint For Sale page or contact John Purdey on 0418 139 926, email jpurdey@mcmullin.com.au

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