The Property Council of Australia is delighted to announce that Auxilium Property Director Andrew Hay, has been elected as the new Queensland President of the Property Council.
Mr Hay is a senior real estate developer with in-depth experience delivering large scale and complex projects including urban regeneration projects, residential developments, commercial headquarters, regional shopping centres, infrastructure delivery and hotel/hospitality projects. Previously, Mr Hay, has held leadership positions in companies including Lendlease, Stockland Property Group and Queensland Investment Corporation.
He most recently served four years as Property Council’s Queensland Vice President and has been a member of numerous advisory committees and working groups within industry and government.
Mr Hay said that he was excited to take on the role at the beginning of an exciting period for Queensland’s property industry.
“It appears that Queensland has emerged from the last year better than could have been anticipated and the key now is capturing that momentum and ensuring all the industry’s hard work is rewarded,” Mr Hay said.
The property industry is a key component of Queensland’s economy and accounts for 11.4 percent of the State’s economic activity, with 1 in 6 people drawing a wage directly or indirectly from the sector.
“The property industry worked hard last year to support the economy and provided large scale rent relief to Queensland businesses during the height of the COVID pandemic.
“Now that Queensland has shown its economic resilience it is time to leverage the State’s momentum and look to enabling projects that will create long term jobs and growth for the State.
“Our economy is not in the clear yet and challenges remain. At the forefront of our agenda will be reactivating our CBD, to ensure our greatest social and economic asset does not become a long term drag that could jeopardise our recovery.
“Queensland’s success in dealing with COVID will mean that we are a more attractive location than ever, so a candid discussion around the State’s ongoing land supply issues must happen now.
“The Property Council will continue to propose innovative and dynamic opportunities to Government including an increased focus on championing Build-to-Rent which is an asset class the private sector is increasingly looking to invest in.
“I am looking forward to an exciting next two years. A lot is at stake for our industry, but there are also significant opportunities, and the Property Council is committed to championing our sector every step of the way,” Mr Hay said.
Mr Hay replaces AVID Property Queensland General Manager Bruce Harper, who has successfully led the Property Council over a challenging two-year period and spearheaded the Property Council’s Queensland election platform in 2020.
“Mr Harper’s leadership, passion and guidance has been appreciated by the Division Council, the executive team and members,” said Chris Mountford, Queensland Executive Director of the Property Council.
“Mr Harper will remain on the Division Council as Immediate Past President and Queensland’s industry will continue to benefit from his contributions,” Mr Mountford said.
The Division Council is comprised of 18 of the Queensland property industry’s leaders and incorporates members with a range of expertise across the full spectrum of property sectors.
The 2021-22 Queensland Division Council is comprised of: