New Property Council SA chief Richard Angove wants Torrens Riverbank redevelopment modelled on Brisbane

'Recreate' riverbank like Brisbane

An artist’s impression of the proposed SkyCity casino and hotel development overlooking the River Torrens. Source: Supplied

THE incoming head of the Property Council in SA wants the Torrens Riverbank redevelopment to “emulate and better” Brisbane’s South Bank precinct.

Former senior public servant and Adelaide Casino executive Richard Angove will take up the role of executive director on September 3.

He replaces Nathan Paine who is moving to Sydney for a national role with the council.

Mr Angove, 60, spent the past seven years with Adelaide Casino, most recently as its executive manager major capital projects – experience he believes will put him in a unique position to encourage private sector involvement in the Riverbank redevelopment.

Mr Angove described the precinct plan as “visionary” but said “it now needs the private sector to step up and get underway with a number of elements that will enliven the space”.

An artist's impression of proposed new Torrens Riverbank precinct.

An artist’s impression of proposed new Torrens Riverbank precinct.

“If we can emulate what they have done in Brisbane, and better it, we should be pretty pleased,” he said.

“It’s a very good piece of design.

“There you can walk along from the art gallery to the museum to food stalls, past the pool area.

“It has a unification from one end to the other which we don’t yet have in Adelaide.

Reece Andriotis flips in the South Bank swimming lagoon in Brisbane.

Reece Andriotis flips in the South Bank swimming lagoon in Brisbane.

“We have unique facilities (along North Tce) but they’re not yet linked together.”

Mr Angove, a father of three adult daughters, worked for four years in the Department of Premier and Cabinet under Liberal Premiers John Olsen and Rob Kerin and immediate past Labor Premier Mike Rann. He said stemming the brain drain out of the state would be another area of focus.

“I do have a personal view that if you were to speak to Melbournites, or people in New York, there’s a brain drain out of those places too,” Mr Angove said.

“I don’t think its unique to Adelaide but I think we’re disproportionately high.”


Adelaide visitors Madeline Hann and Lachlan Hann (left and right) play with Queensland kids Maddison and Jacob Preston in the water sprayers at South Bank in Brisbane last year. Photographer: Liam Kidston.

Exciting business and employment opportunities would keep young South Australians here, he said.

Mr Angove also plans to:

CONTINUE the council’s campaign against a planned carpark tax.

SUPPORT initiatives to make the city more vibrant.

A model at the Brisbane Wheel in South Bank.

A model at the Brisbane Wheel in South Bank.

HELP finalise the council’s long-term masterplan, to be released before the March state election.

This month, demographer Bernard Salt said the Gold Coast was turning into a mini-Adelaide .


Adelaide Now

Abbott misses the mark as babies duck for cover

August 8, 2013

Jacqueline Maley



As the campaign planes left Canberra airbase on Tuesday evening, bearing aloft their precious political cargo, the babies of Australia stood to attention.

They might not know much – lacking speech, dexterity and the sophistication needed to understand the nuances of fiscal equalisation – but they knew one thing for sure.


Awkward: Evie Whittaker gets a kiss from Tony Abbott. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Politicians were coming for them. Their plump cheeks and doughy little hands, so irresistible at the best of times, would be at an even greater premium for the next five weeks of the election campaign.


Opposition Leader Tony Abbott found his mark early. In Adelaide with shadow treasurer Joe Hockey, he visited the Bickford’s drinks factory, which makes flash cordials.

On his way in, Abbott spied 15-month-old Angelique Whittaker, held high in her mother Evie’s arms. Angelique was dressed in a snow-white tutu for the occasion. Abbott saw his moment, puckered up and zeroed in for landing. But as Angelique recoiled, his kiss was left in mid-air, unmet.

Tony Abbott meets Ashlee  Golding.

Tony Abbott meets Ashlee Golding. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Like a heat-seeking missile, it had to end up somewhere, and Abbott is an action-man, good in a crisis. He saved the situation by marshalling the kiss deftly onto the hair of mother Evie.

Evie didn’t mind a bit. “I love Mr Abbott,” she said later. “I love everything about him.”

Abbott and Hockey bounced into the drinks factory to formally announce a planned tax cut of 1.5 percentage points, although, for the bigger businesses that must pay the Coalition’s 1.5 per cent planned paid parental leave levy, it is not so much a cut as a fiscal whirligig that leaves them standing pretty much where they started.

Snubbed: Tony Abbott tries to kiss Carmen Garcia's daughter.

Snubbed: Tony Abbott tries to kiss Carmen Garcia’s daughter. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

After taking questions, it was onwards to the campaign office of Carmen Garcia, the 34-year-old mother who will face up against Labor MP Kate Ellis for the seat of Adelaide.

Also present was Garcia’s charming baby girl, nestling in her father’s arms. She was proffered towards Abbott, but turned her tiny snub nose away.

Babies: 2; Abbott: nil.

Still, there were consolations. The crowd was so enthusiastic about Abbott they chanted his name. Baby-faced Young Liberals in Christopher Pyne T-shirts cheered. Sweet old ladies lined up for kisses.

Abbott repeated his messages. This election was not about him, it was not about Kevin Rudd, it was about the people. The Coalition had a strong team. And the Coalition would deliver tax cuts of all colours.

Questions about costings, budget bottom lines, the exact detail of his paid parental leave scheme, they could be saved for another day.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Peter Beattie, former Queensland Premier, stands in federal election for seat of Forde

August 8, 2013 – 9:49AM

Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie will stand as a federal ALP candidate for the seat of Forde, ABC radio has reported.

Mr Beattie has been selected to replace candidate Des Hardman in the seat.

Mr Hardman, a radiographer at Logan Hospital, is expected to stand down this morning.


Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is a flying to Brisbane on Thursday to make the official announcement of Mr Beattie’s candidacy.

Former Queensland Labor president Andrew Dettmer said Mr Beattie was still a popular figure in the state and would give the seat a good shake-up.

Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie.

Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie. Photo: Glenn Hunt

‘‘Peter Beattie has always been a politician first and foremost,’’ he said.

‘‘Having a go at Forde, which is marginal, is great. There is no guarantee he’s going to win, which is a big call for anybody. It’s a great opportunity for Labor to win that seat back.’’

Mr Dettmer said he, like most in the country’s political circles, was caught off guard by the surprise announcement.

Dumped ALP Forde candidate Des Hardman, with Kevin Rudd.

Dumped ALP Forde candidate Des Hardman, with Kevin Rudd. Photo: @Des_Hardman/Twitter

‘‘Peter doing that is what Peter does best, running but providing a little bit of surprise,’’ he said.

‘‘I don’t think there’s any doubt Peter Beattie resigned as a popular premier.

‘‘I don’t think there’s any doubt that it’s something that will give this seat a very, very good shake.’’

Victorian MP Richard Marles told Sky News on Thursday that ”every Labor person around the country will be greatly heartened” by the news that Mr Beattie would run as a candidate in this election.

”He was a very popular figure as premier of Queensland,” Mr Marles said. ”He was somebody who absolutely left at the very top of his game.”

The recruitment of Mr Beattie would be a ”boost to [Labor’s] campaign right across the state of Queensland” and across Australia, Mr Marles said.

”What it says is that Australia’s leading Labor figures absolutely believe in the Rudd government,” he said.

Liberal MP Kelly Dwyer said Mr Beattie was ‘‘one of the last great pretenders’’ and a ‘‘wrecker’’.

‘‘He’s very big on talk, [he] wasn’t very good on implementation… and I think that the QLD people did cast their judgement on his government,’’ she said.

Mr Beattie ruled out a return to politics only two years ago, quipping it would trigger a state funeral because his wife Heather would kill him.

‘‘For the record I have never expressed any interest in either Brisbane where I live and certainly not Griffith where I don’t,’’ he told News Limited.

‘‘I have no interest in re-entering politics in either seat or anywhere else.

‘‘I am happily retired and will stay that way. I want nothing from the party but for it to perform.

‘‘I am 58 years old; a little old for a second political career.”

Mr Beattie, now 60, served as Queensland premier for nine years before handing over to Anna Bligh when he retired from Parliament six years ago.

Ms Bligh went on to lose the 2012 Queensland election and she quit politics despite retaining her seat in the Liberal National Party’s landslide victory.

Former Queensland Treasurer Terry Mackenroth says Mr Beattie is expected to boost Labor’s chances of re-election.

‘‘I think people still think Peter Beattie did a pretty good job as premier of Queensland,’’ Mr Mackenroth told ABC radio.

‘‘I’m certain when people decide who they’re going to vote for, they’ll look at the job he did and that will help him.’’

Mr Dettmer said he felt for pre-selected candidate Des Hardman.

‘‘I think everyone’s heart goes out to Des, he was working the seat pretty hard,’’ he said.

The marginal Queensland seat of Forde covers about 419 square kilometres south of Brisbane, reaching the outskirts of the Gold Coast City Council.

Liberal National Party MP Bert van Manen won the seat in 2010, with a 1.6 per cent margin.

Queensland Labor has declined to confirm the report at this stage.

Peter Beattie: timeline

  • November 18, 1952:  Born in Sydney.
  • Early 1970s: Graduates with a law degree from the University of Queensland.
  • 1974: Joins the Labor Party.
  • 1981: Become state secretary of the Labor Party in Queensland.
  • 1989: Elected to Queensland Parliament as MP for Brisbane Central.
  • 1995: Elected Opposition leader when Wayne Goss stood down after Labor lost government Mundingburra by-election.
  • 1998: Becomes Queensland premier when Labor formed a minority government with the support of independent MP, Peter Wellington. Later following a by-election the Labor Party achieved a majority in its own right.
  • 1998 – 2007:  Serves as Queensland premier.
  • September, 13 2007: Retires as premier and hands over to Anna Bligh.
  • 2008: Appointed Queensland’s Trade Commissioner to North and South America, based in Los Angeles.
  • 2010: Resigns from public life to take up a position with Clemson University in South Carolina.
  • 2013: Announces he will run for Federal politics in the marginal Queensland seat of Forde.

More to come …


Brisbane Times

Mobile growth boosts Telstra profit

August 8, 2013 – 8:59AM

Peter Cai

Business Digital problems since early Thursday.

Telstra says it now has more than 15 million retail mobile customers. Photo: Peter Braig

Telstra has delivered a 12.9 per cent rise in annual net profit on the back of strong growth in customer numbers.

The country’s largest telco posted a net profit after tax of $3.9 billion for the year ending June 2013, compared with $3.4 billion a year earlier and slightly higher than analyst expectations of $3.76 billion.

The company added 1.2 million new mobile customers in the last year against background of a slowing mobile market with one of the highest mobile penetration rates in the world. Telstra has more than 15 million retail mobile customers on its network.

Total revenue for the last financial was 26 billion, up 1.9 per cent compared with the same period last year, largely in line with the management’s guidance of growth in low single digit.


Mobile revenue grew 6 per cent during the period. That compares to the average of 8.9 per cent a year over the previous five years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The company declared a steady dividend of 28 cents per share for the year, keeping the payout at the same level it’s been at since 2005.

Telstra’s dividend yield, a measure of the payout in relation to its share price, hit an eight-year low of 5.5 per cent in May as yield-chasing investors drove the stock higher.

The telco’s shares gained 1 per cent to $5.05 in morning trade, bringing them within 10 cents of their multi-year highs from late May.

Telstra chief executive David Thodey said the strong mobile growth was on the back of the company’s renewed focus on customer services and continued investment in the network.

“We have been able to deliver the third consecutive year of significant customer growth as a result of our focus on improving customer service as well as continued investment in the network,” he said in a statement released this morning to the ASX.

Mr Thodey said Telstra would extend the 4G coverage to 85 per cent of the country by the end of this year.

Another bright spot in Telstra’s result is its Network Applications and Services portfolio, which includes cloud computing and data storage for corporate clients. The division’s profit increased 17.7 per cent to about $1.5 billion.

Mr Thodey indicated his intention to expand his fast-growing network application business to international markets.

Other parts of the business didn’t do as well. Telstra reported a 11.4 per cent decline in overall revenue for Sensis, as it continued to transition away from print towards being a digital business. Sensis axed hundreds of jobs earlier this year.

Sensis, Telstra’s classified and directories arm, reported digital media revenue growth of 11.3 per cent, which was offset by a 19.9 per cent decline in print revenue.

Revenue from fixed lines fell 2.7 per cent and data sales declined 2.2 per cent.

more to come

Brisbane Times

Record comemora média-dia conquistada nesta terça-feira


A Record está em festa.

Após cinco meses, nesta terça-feira (06) a emissora conseguiu registrar uma média-dia (faixa entre 07h e meia-noite) de 7,3 pontos, segundo dados consolidados do Ibope na Grande SP.

No mesmo dia, o SBT marcou 5,1 e a Globo liderou com 15,5 pontos.

Os destaques da Record foram o “Cidade Alerta”, que atingiu 11 pontos, e “A Fazenda”, que ficou em segundo lugar isolado com 10.

Ontem, o reality-show apresentou mais uma Roça, que desta vez eliminou o sambista Ivo Meirelles.


Diretor de afiliada da Globo é acusado de assédio

Sayonara Higia foi âncora do “Bom Dia Sergipe” – Divulgação/TV Sergipe


A TV Sergipe, afiliada da Globo no estado de Sergipe, vem atravessando um momento bastante conturbado em seus bastidores.
O diretor de jornalismo da emissora, Roberto Gonçalves, está sendo processado pela jornalista Sayonara Higia por assédio. O caso teria chegado a um ponto tão crucial que a afiliada recebeu dois representantes da Justiça do Trabalho nesta última semana para maiores averiguações da acusação.
Sayonara Higia foi âncora do local “Bom Dia Sergipe” e vem perdendo espaço no vídeo no decorrer dos últimos meses. Informações dão conta que o acontecimento não é recente e que a alta cúpula da TV Sergipe tardou para tomar as devidas providências.
Em tempo:
A acusação de assédio por parte de Higia não é a única pendência da TV Sergipe com a Justiça. A emissora também está sendo acionada para responder quanto ao acúmulo de funções de um determinado funcionário sem receber por tal. 
Na direção da afiliada, uma das acionistas pediu a demissão do jornalista em questão. Ainda na alta cúpula, há quem defenda o desligamento de todos os envolvidos, inclusive o diretor de jornalismo pelo que é chamado de “péssimo exemplo de gestão” e pela “exposição escandalosa da emissora junto à sociedade”.
As informações partem do jornalista e blogueiro Cláudio Nunes, que acumula mais de 15 anos de carreira dedicados aos mais diversos veículos da imprensa sergipana. Também contribuiu o jornalista André Barros, do Correio de Sergipe.

Cruzeiro já está em Criciúma para enfrentar o time da cidade

O garoto Caio Volpato enfrentou o frio no aeroporto e conseguiu autógrafos

torcida do Cruzeiro em Criciúma (Foto: Tarciso Badaró)

Torcedores esperaram o time chegar a Curitiba no
início da madrugada (Foto: Tarciso Badaró)

O Cruzeiro desembarcou em Críciuma, Santa Catarina, pouco antes da meia-noite desta segunda-feira. A Raposa vai enfrentar a equipe da casa nesta quarta, pelo Brasileirão, e já sabe que, mesmo bem longe de casa, terá torcida no estádio Heriberto Hülse. Natural de Criciúma, mas cruzeirense, o garoto Caio Volpato, de 16 anos, fez os pais o levarem até o aeroporto para ver os jogadores celestes.

– Eu sou daqui, mas sou cruzeirense. Um cruzeirense meio de coração dividido.

Caio contou como começou a paixão pelo time mineiro. Ele era fã do lateral-esquerdo Fernandinho, que em 2007 deixou o Criciúma para jogar no Cruzeiro. Ídolo na cidade catarinense, Fernandinho chegou para ser coadjuvante na Raposa, mas levou consigo a simpatia do garoto Caio.

– Depois que ele foi para o Cruzeiro, ele voltou aqui e participou de um programa da TV local. Aí eu liguei pra emissora e falei com ele. Ele foi tão gente boa que até foi lá em casa para me conhecer – conta o garoto, que compareceu ao aeroporto com uma camisa 6 do Cruzeiro, presente dado pelo ex-lateral celeste, que, depois, defendeu também o rival, Atlético-MG.

– Aí eu não tive como torcer por ele – completou Caio.

O Cruzeiro treina na tarde desta terça-feira, no CT do Criciúma. Caio queria ver o treino, mas não poderá porque terá prova no colégio. Mas ele estará presenta na quarta, às 19h30m (de Brasília), quando Cruzeiro e Criciúma se enfrentam no Heriberto Hülse.

Flamengo anuncia desligamento do vice de relações externas Flávio Godinho

Saída teria se dado em razão de compromissos do empresário no exterior.

Flavio Godinho, do Grupo EBX, coordenador da chapa azul do Flamengo (Foto: Vicente Seda /

Flavio Godinho foi um dos pilares da campanha
que elegeu Bandeira de Mello (Foto: Vicente Seda)

O Flamengo anunciou, através de seu site oficial, o desligamento do empresário Flávio Godinho da vice-presidência de relações externas do clube. Com a saída de Godinho, Flávio Willeman, atual vice-presidente jurídico, acumulará a função.

Executivo da empresa EBX, Godinho foi o responsável por estreitar a relação entre Flamengo e o técnico Mano Menezes. Ele foi um dos pilares da chapa azul na campanha que elegeu o presidente Eduardo Bandeira de Mello, ao lado do vice de marketing, Luiz Eduardo Baptista, o Bap.

De acordo com o site do clube, o empresário continuará colaborando informalmente com o clube, e sua saída se deu em razão de compromissos no exterior.