Creating Australia

Jessica Reynolds

Hi there, welcome to the Creating Australia podcast. My name’s Jessica Reynolds and I’m a private town planner and business owner based on the Gold Coast. I’m passionate about engaging with the amazing people that make the property and development industry what it is today. In Creating Australia, I want to learn from experts in the industry and share their knowledge and wisdom with you. In each episode, we’ll talk with different people and unpack their past experiences and innovative ideas for the future. Join me now for an episode of Creating Australia, where we dive into the industry, exploring local stories, projects, businesses, people, ideas, and more.

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In this episode Dan Holden of Holden Capital brings us into his world of financing developments throughout Australia. We discuss:How  Holden Capital started and developed into the force it is today.Dan's industry insights for property developers and the current state of the market.His book, Constructive Finance; and What it is like to be an 'overnight success'.You can find Dan via https://www.holdencapital.com.au/ and the Constructive Finance book can be found here https://www.constructivefinance.com.au/

Nov 30

20 min 36 sec

Zou Build was established in 2012 and is owned and operated by husband and wife team Chris and Christal Fysentzou. They have appeared on channel 9life’s Ready Set Reno (season 1 and 2) and Open Homes Australia as well as having their renovations featured in Queensland Homes Magazine, Domain.com.au, Interiors Addict, Better Homes and Gardens, Houzz. In this episode we discuss:How Zou Build started and evolved from 2012Their experience renovating 2 houses on TVTheir top tips for those looking to renovate their homes The process of having #Zouhouse approved through Council You can contact Chris and Christal via www.zoubuild.com.au or https://www.instagram.com/zoubuild

Nov 15

19 min 57 sec

Aaron Wailes is a building designer and owner of Green Coast Design.In this episode we discuss:Aaron's career progressionSetting up a business during the GFCRebranding from Aaron Wailes Building Design to Green Coast DesignCreating relationships over obtaining free advice How to contact AaronWebsite: https://greencoastdesign.com.au/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greencoastdesign/

Nov 1

26 min 49 sec

In this solo episode, Jessica Reynolds, discusses how to utilise 'accountability' to ensure you property development project's success. A lot of people believe that you can throw a project at a consultant, a company or a team and everything will go smoothly. Jess believes that this just isn't living in reality, however accountability can be utilised to keep work on track.    In this episode 3 real world 'failures' are shared as well as a personal win when it comes to utilising accountability when managing a project and people.   

Sep 28

9 min 50 sec

Alanna Jayne Mctiernan is a master photographer and professional storyteller. She works with architects, interior designers, urban designers and landscape architects to showcase their creations.  In this episode we discuss: Alanna's career from portrait photographer to working with urban spaces and places Being a Brisbane local living in a Queenslander. Purchasing a house and starting a new business after being made redundant.  Creating a value based business.  The importance of personal creative projects You can find Alanna and her work via:  https://www.alannajaynemctiernan.com

Sep 21

22 min 1 sec

In this episode I sit down with Michelle Cao of Mii & Co Properties.  This is an open and honest discussion with Michelle about: her first project the best and worst parts of being a developer cultural barriers to becoming a developer the problems she faced with her first development in Sydney how she deals with stress Michelle’s skills tip for those wanting to get into property development and be a developer. This interview really warms up and is a great insight to being female in the property development world.  You can find Michelle via instagram. 

Sep 14

18 min 33 sec

Sherrie Storor is a sales and business coach for high performers. With a personal sales achievement of over 850 properties and the management of more than 4,000 transactions over her career, Sherrie has a speciality and fondness for coaching real estate agents to “success without sacrifice”.   In this episode, Jessica and Sherrie discuss: Sherrie’s exciting boom and bust journey to her life today. Starting the popular Women in Real Estate Business events series. Three ways Sherrie wants to change the narrative around real estate. What success is to Sherrie. You can find sherrie here sherriestoror.com.au

Aug 11

27 min 12 sec

Jacob Butler is a buyers’ agent and the founder of premium agency Hunter Gather. With a proven track record in the real estate industry, he worked in both sales and buyers’ advocacy for leading agencies including Ray White and Cohen Handler before founding Hunter Gather. In this episode Jessica and Jacob discuss: Jacob’s journey to becoming a buyers agent. Living in Papua New Guinea. 30-40% of HG’s business being repeat clients or referrals from past clients. The increase in property developers reaching out for unique sites. The influx of interstate buyers and local buyers mixed with low stock. Jacob’s top tips for buying property in the current market. You can find Jacob here www.huntergather.com.au

Aug 11

21 min 30 sec

Sjaan has extensive knowledge when it comes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), specifically in Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). In this episode Teah Hammet discusses why Sjaan has developed a passion for this niche in the building design industry. 

Apr 18

27 min 44 sec

Amy has 15 years of experience in branding, marketing and communications for national and international brands. In the last 10 years she has niched into working with architecture and interior design practices to develop their brand and market their work. As the founder of Markedly, Amy exclusively focuses on getting architects and creative businesses out into world making them visible to their ideal clients.  In this interview Jessica and Amy discuss tips for marketing in 2021 + Amy's career and experiences to date in the industry.  Website: https://www.themarkedly.com.au/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marked.ly/    

Apr 11

21 min 46 sec

As a lecturer at Griffith University, Tony’s research and practice interests include adapting cities to climate change impacts; the role and function of green infrastructure; sustainable and low carbon design; the interplay between built environments and human health; and achieving high quality urban design outcomes. He regularly competes for national and international research funding and has received funding from the Australian Research Council and CSIRO, among others. Tony’s research is widely published in multiple formats and languages, is internationally cited and has proven translation to real-world outcomes.

Mar 28

44 min 59 sec

With an impressive resume of leadership positions in and out of the architecture field, Cameron Frazer bravely took on the role of CEO at ThomsonAdsett in the midst of a global pandemic and national recession.  In this episode of Creating Australia, we discuss his history (and love) of taking on challenging roles and his ability to see opportunity. As Cameron has achieved a lot his insights into his past experiences are valuable with the clarity of hindsight.  You can connect with Cameron via the ThomsonAdsett Website and LinkedIn.  

Mar 21

24 min 32 sec

With a non-traditional business model, well-articulated service offerings and beautiful designs; Bec Caldwell's Maytree Studios is a Brisbane favourite for architectural design.  In this episode Jessica Reynolds and Rebecca Caldwell discuss what starting a small business is really like and the different approaches Bec has taken with Maytree Studios to make architecture more accessible without 'cheapening' the product. You can find Maytree Studios on Instagram, Facebook and their website https://maytreestudios.com.au/  

Mar 14

23 min 32 sec

In episode 51 of the Creating Australia Podcast Jessica Reynolds sits down with Michael Pell, Founder and Director of Independent Property Planners Australia to talk property investment advice, the impacts of COVID-19 on the Australian property industry and the importance of utilising social media in business. You can find Independent Property Planners Australia at https://ippaustralia.com.au/ and follow them on Instagram @ippaustralia. You can also get in touch with Michael Pell via Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Mar 8

23 min 38 sec

"People are in the industry for genuinely good reasons and they all have a story." This week, Teah interviews our host Jessica Reynolds, director of Urban Planners Queensland. They discuss Jessica’s career as a town planner, her experience as a female entrepreneur, and why she started the Creating Australia podcast. Time Stamps 00:52               Introducing Jessica   03:35               How Jessica found her calling as a town planner   05:59               Jessica’s entrepreneurial journey   07:24               The beginnings of Urban Planners Queensland   08:59               The male-dominated industry of urban planning   10:02               Biggest challenges and unexpected experiences as an entrepreneur   12:04               Brand authenticity and connections through social media    14:43               A day in the life of a town planner   18:25               Reason for starting the Creating Australia Podcast   19:34               Future goals for the Creating Australia Podcast   20:33               Jessica’s favourite developments   21: 36              Jessica’s ideal project Does Jessica’s entrepreneurial journey inspire you to start your own business? Do share your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to subscribe for more content!  Links Urban Planners Queensland’s Instagram https://urbanplannersqld.com.au/

Feb 28

23 min 13 sec

“Residential Architecture with Joe Adsett” This week, Jessica Reynolds interviews Joe Adsett, Founder of Joe Adsett Architects.  They discuss how Joe’s company was founded, Joe’s approach to architecture versus more traditional approaches, and Joe’s biggest career challenge.   Time Stamps   00:44               Introducing Joe   02:13               Joe’s experiences as a young architect, and how he started his business.   04:01               The importance of vision & beauty versus only functionality in architecture   06:53               Joe Adsett Architects’ first project that was not client-driven.   09:42               How Joe determined what buyers wanted in his first non-client-driven project.   11:19               How Joe regulates the risks in real estate development   12:10               The project that Joe is working on now   13:41               How Joe collaborates with clients on client-driven projects   16:23               Joe’s biggest career challenge.   18:05               How innovation can disrupt an industry.   20:51               How to contact Joe.     Were you inspired by Joe’s insight into how architects should back themselves and pursue their own projects? Do you relate to Joe’s challenge of finding a niche in his field? Do share your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to subscribe for more content!    Links Joe Adsett Architects website Joe Adsett Architects Instagram

Nov 2020

21 min 47 sec

“Interior Design” This week, Jessica Reynolds interviews Elisha Manning, an interior designer and owner of @ourlittleabode on Instagram. They discuss Elisha’s background, how she services her clients and her dream project.   Time Stamps 00:41               Introducing Elisha and what she does.   01:33               Why she began to pursue interior decorating.   04:28               Comparing event management and interior design   04:58               How Elisha’s marketing experience influenced her success in interior design.   06:52               Elisha’s primary clients.   08:00               How Elisha determines her service offering   11:25               Elisha’s tips for redecorating or styling your house.   13:14               How to find the best professionals to help you with redecorating   15:13               Elisha’s ideal project.   17:11               How to contact Elisha. What do you think of Elisha’s advice for people who are redecorating? Does Elisha’s career in interior design inspire you? Do share your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to subscribe for more content!  Links Elisha’s Instagram

Oct 2020

17 min 50 sec

“It’s Not Wood, It’s Aluminium” This week, Jessica Reynolds interviews Darren Galway, Co-owner of Knotwood, a company that designs aluminium systems with a wooden finish. They discuss Darren’s background, his approach to starting new businesses, and his hopes for the company.   Time Stamps   00:43               Introducing Darren and what he does.   02:08               What Knotwood does.   03:09               The involvement of Darren’s family in Knotwood.   04:55               Darren’s first job at a bank and his business making security doors and screens.   07:07               The source of Darren’s business savvy.   08:25               Darren’s powder-coating businesses.   09:35               How Darren got into wood grain powder-coating.   12:12               Why Knotwood began to sell fully designed aluminium systems, instead of just doing the wood grain coating.   14:09               How Knotwood expanded to the US and Canada.   17:11               Plans to expand Knotwood to the UK and non-English-speaking countries.   18:00               Darren’s personal goals for Knotwood   19:29               How to contact Darren   Headline Quotes 7:28 “...you have just got to work. You work hard.” – Darren Galway   What do you think of Darren’s tenets of business i.e. working hard, taking opportunities, and iteratively filling holes in processes? Do you relate to any of the different stages in Darren’s long entrepreneurial journey? Do share your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to subscribe for more content!  Links Knotwood’s website Knotwood’s Instagram Knotwood’s Facebook Knotwood’s Twitter

Oct 2020

20 min 16 sec

“Real Estate Videography with Tom Kuzma” This week, Jessica Reynolds interviews Tom Kuzma, Co-founder of X Media, a company that produces video advertisements for the real estate industry. They discuss how X Media was founded, how X Media’s videos differ from traditional real estate videos, and advice for people looking to break into content creation.   Time Stamps   00:44               Introducing Tom.   01:51               How Tom and Ben founded X Media.   03:07               The gap that X Media filled in real estate video production, which was mostly dominated by old school companies.   06:53               The role of entertainment in X Media’s videos.   08:00               How X Media comes up with new video ideas, and X Media’s sources of inspiration.   09:48               Tom’s opinions on companies which imitate X Media’s style and content.   11:32               The funniest thing that Tom has witnessed during his time at X Media.   13:17               How X Media gained clients and the importance of networking.   15:43               How Tom and Ben cultivate a healthy business partnership.   17:20               Tom’s advice for people who are interested in becoming content creators.   19:18               How to contact Tom.   Headline Quotes [04:29] “The biggest thing that has helped our growth is just trying to be different.” - Tom Kuzma   [17:01] “Trust is massive” - Tom Kuzma   Were you inspired by Tom’s insight into the importance of entertainment for the quality of video advertisements? What do you think about the difference between old school real estate videos, and the videos that XMedia makes? Do share your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to subscribe for more content!    Links https://www.x-media.com.au/ https://www.instagram.com/xmedia/?hl=en  

Oct 2020

20 min 44 sec

“Test Before You Invest” This week, Jessica Reynolds interviews Nikki Quittner, Founder of Test Before You Invest, a company that provides clients with “big picture” architectural advice before they begin the design and construction process. They discuss how Nikki got into architecture, why she started her company, and her views on the architecture in Sydney versus that in Queensland.   Time Stamps   00:44               Introducing Nikki Quittner.   01:36               The services provided by Test Before You Invest.   03:13               The importance of being “active” versus “reactive” in your career.   04:37               How Nikki’s grandparents’ careers drove her towards architecture.   06:49               How Nikki’s stint in Sweden influenced her approach to architecture.   08:32               The inspiration behind Test Before You Invest and Nikki’s experience as a sole female founder.   14:43               The architectural process in Queensland versus Sydney.   16:29               The influence of sustainability on architecture in Sydney.   19:53               How Nikki presents her opinion when she disagrees with designs provided by clients.   21:09               The difference between traditional architecture versus Nikki’s style of architecture.   24:01               How to contact Nikki.   Headline Quotes 03:41 “...stop. Look around us. See what people really need and what people are really looking for.” – Nikki Quittner   11:01 “I am a big believer that challenges are the catalyst for change” – Nikki Quittner   Contact Nikki: https://testbeforeyouinvest.com.au/about

Oct 2020

24 min 53 sec

This week, Jessica Reynolds interviews Brett Hales, Founder of Tappr, a company that helps to set up transactions for small businesses at a fraction of the cost of traditional banks. He currently works at Synapse, which enables businesses to set up and provide financial services. He also runs operations at ENSO, a new digital bank.  They discuss why Brett founded Tappr, his work at Synapse, and the role of digital banks as opposed to traditional banks.

Sep 2020

22 min 14 sec

This week, Jessica Reynolds interviews Adam Di Marco, Founder and CEO of the Urban Developer, a media company for the property industry, which also organizes events and educational workshops for property developers. They discuss Adam’s journey towards founding the Urban Developer, his background in property development, and his inspiration and interests within property development. What do you think of Adam’s media platform for the property industry? How do you think that the Urban Developer actually helps to produce better cities? Do share your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to subscribe for more content! 

Sep 2020

22 min 4 sec

Jessica Reynolds interviews Jacqui Savva, a passionate property developer. They discuss Jacqui’s experiences, passion for her work, and challenges as a woman in property development. What do you think of Jacqui’s method of investing in her own projects? Do you agree with Jacqui’s analysis of the differences between male and female property developers? What part of her discussion with Jessica Reynolds inspires you the most? Do share your thoughts in the comments down below and be sure to subscribe for more content!

Sep 2020

22 min 5 sec

Jessica Reynolds interviews Lucas Piperides, managing director of HL Landscapes, a civil infrastructure landscaping company. They discuss Lucas’ career trajectory in landscaping and landscape architecture, HL Landscapes’ revegetation efforts, and Lucas’ top tips for his clients.

Sep 2020

17 min 1 sec

Jessica Reynolds interviews Kelle Howard, an interior designer who specializes in an aesthetic that she calls “coastal luxe.” Kelle talks about the recent creation of her dream house, her interior design experience, and tips for designing your own home. What do you think of Kelle Howard’s approach to facing challenges? How would you want to design your dream home? Do share your thoughts in the comments down below and be sure to subscribe for more content!

Sep 2020

18 min 1 sec

This week, Jessica Reynolds interviews Lianna Pan, Founder of Freedom Property Investors, a company that helps investors to achieve their passive income goals and financial freedom. They discuss Lianna’s journey from poverty to financial freedom, her immigration to Australia, and her thoughts on buying property during a pandemic. Were you inspired by Lianna’s hard work to climb out of poverty towards financial freedom? What do you think of Lianna’s advice to be optimistic about property investment during the COVID-19 pandemic? Do share your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to subscribe for more content! 

Aug 2020

24 min 22 sec

Jessica Reynolds interviews Karen Kunst, founder of KjK Interiors, an interior design studio based in Brisbane. They discuss Karen’s change in career to interior design, her day-to-day life and common tips she has for her clients.

Aug 2020

20 min 38 sec

Jessica Reynolds interviews Dan Everett, owner of Everett Property Development & Management and organizer of Property Feed, which is an educational and networking event for property development in Southeast Queensland.  They discuss the role of property management, tips for clients, and Dan’s dream project.  Time Stamps   00:43 Introduction of Dan Everett.   03:12 The purpose of Property Feed and how it was established.   05:00 What property managers do.   08:15 The difference between property managers and standard developers.   09:20 Types of clients of property managers.   12:08 Benefits of using a property manager versus developing a property yourself.   13:45 The best part of Dan’s career.   14:43 Dan’s dream project.   15:52 How to contact Dan. Headline Quotes  12:55 “Every development, whether it’s a renovation through to large developments, they are all businesses. ” – Dan Everett 13:54 “Probably the best part is being able to directly influence and help people on a journey that is really complex and forever changing...” – Dan Everett   We want to hear from you! What do you think of Dan Everett’s role as a property manager? Which parts of his experiences inspire you? Do share your thoughts in the comments down below and be sure to subscribe for more content! 

Aug 2020

17 min 23 sec

Jim Atwood – Creating Queensland Jim is the owner of Divine, a Brisbane based building company. He has over 20 years experience in the residential industry. His latest build in the suburb of Bardon has been featured in Home Beautiful, The Financial Review and even The Wall Street Journal. Jim has built a reputation for his genuine and down to earth nature, award-winning designs and quality builds.  Episode Run Time: 15:43 “Home Building: Joys, Challenges & Tips ” In this episode, Jessica Reynolds interviews Jim Atwood, a builder whose private home Amaroo was recently featured in various media including the Wall Street Journal.  They discuss how Jim got into home building, the biggest challenges in the industry, and Jim’s advice for people who want to renovate their homes.   Time Stamps 00:40 Jim Atwood Introduction. 01:58 How Divine Renovations got started.  03:11 Jim’s private home, Amaroo, and his journey of building it. 05:15 How Jim accounts for weather when planning the construction of a building. 06:06 Why Amaroo is Jim’s biggest achievement. 08:09 The biggest challenges in the building industry. 09:30 Jim’s biggest tip to clients who are looking to renovate. 12:24 Jim’s primary inspiration within the building industry.  14:07 How to contact Jim. Headline Quotes 09:52 “...have a look at your own finances. Work out what your budget would roughly be.” – Jim Atwood 8:22 “...the biggest challenges are probably design”. – Jim Atwood   What do you think of Jim’s home building company? Which part of his experience

Aug 2020

15 min 47 sec

Jessica Reynolds interviews Scott Kuru, CEO and Founder of Freedom Property Investors, a company which provides real estate consulting and mentorship.  They discuss Scott’s journey towards financial freedom, why he advocates holding property over developing property and what drives Scott’s work in real estate. Time Stamps 00:41 The performance of Scott’s consulting business during COVID-19.   1:50 Media sensationalism & the exaggeration of negative news.   3:20 A positive example of a business that boomed during COVID-19.   5:06 Why simply working hard at your job is insufficient for financial freedom.   6:30 Comparing the share market and the property market.   7:17 How to decide what to do with the property — hold, develop?   8:18 Why holding the property is the safest way to earn extra money.   11:18 Scott’s background and the services that he provides.   14:04 The kinds of questions that drove Scott to venture into real estate.    14:29 How Freedom Property Investors got started.   18:16 Financial freedom without excessive hours, excessive risk and sacrificing one’s lifestyle.    19:20 The struggles that come with property development.   21:22 The audience that Scott serves, and the type of advice that he provides.   24:11 Why people on pensions are Scott’s primary motivation for providing his services.   27:36 Scott’s thoughts on the real estate market in Brisbane.   31:32 How to contact Scott and get his advice. Headline Quotes   14:44 “Nothing multiplied my money the way property did.” - Scott Kuru -    26:37 “Unfortunately, your finances, like, you can’t just wake up one day and turn it around.” - Scott Kuru -    Call to Action What do you think of Scott’s approach to financial freedom? Are you inspired to educate yourself on purchasing real estate? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below and make sure to subscribe for more content!  Links Sign up for Scott’s live stream

Aug 2020

22 min 51 sec

In this episode, Jessica Reynolds hears from Jessie Summons, COO of construction company Matrak, advisor for design company Good Design, and co-founder of housing development company Nightingale Housing. Jessie discusses her involvement in her many different projects over the years, and her passion for sustainability as a driving force behind each venture she takes on.

Jul 2020

19 min 42 sec

 This episode is sponsored by datracker.com.au “Small is the New Big” On this episode, Jessica Reynolds interviews Ian Ugarte, a Property Developer, Educator, Entrepreneur and Advocate for Affordable Housing. They discuss  Ian’s life experiences, property downsizing, and the people’s need for genuine connection.   Time Stamps   02:04               Introduction of Ian Ugarte.   4:32                 Ian’s experience feeling directionless and depressed to the point of being suicidal.   5:35                 Ian’s business purpose; bringing back genuine connection to the community.   6:27                 How Ian established himself in Property Investment.   9:44                 Ian on competing in the Skills Olympics which led him to teach plumbing.   12:41               Ian as Assistant Director of Business in TAFE Sydney Institute.   15:21               The realization of people’s need for genuine connection.   18:44               The property downsizing process which Ian calls “uplife”.   22:05               On changing the housing landscape and making property investments future proof.   25:52               Diversity and adaptability in housing.   28:12               Microapartment program for people to save money on accommodation.   29:29               Ian on his staff members working from home, and their increase in productivity during COVID-19.   31:34               Ian shares his favorite projects.   33:59               Ian’s final message.

Jun 2020

36 min 21 sec

This episode is sponsored by datracker.com.au On this episode, Jessica Reynolds interviews Marty Sadlier, a quantity surveyor and director of MCG Quantity Surveyors. MCG is Australia’s fastest growing Quantity Surveying firm, having been featured in the 2018 Australian Financial Review’s Fast 100. In this discussion, Marty will give us his insight into what is happening in the industry, and his professional foresight.   Time Stamps   1:06                 Introduction of Marty Sadlier and MCG Quantity Surveyors.   2:48                 Marty shares his residential and commercial projects.   3:18                 How Marty developed his passion on quantity surveying.   6:36                 Situation of builders in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic.   10:50               The correlation of price drop and quality in renovating homes.    13:48              How premium service level builders survive in the market.   15:48               Behaviors of the different offices of MCG.   18:00               Marty’s concluding speech.     

Jun 2020

19 min 54 sec

Rob Flux is a property expert and founder of The Property Developer Network. I have interviewed Rob previously on the podcast, however he has some relevant expert advice to share in this episode. If you are a developer, property consultant or investor you should hear out Rob’s thoughts on doing development and development deals during a pandemic. I hope you enjoy this episode which is sponsored by DA Tracker. Australia’s number 1 development application tracking and collaboration platform for private town planners. You can find out more by going to DATRACKER.COM.AU.     If you aren’t sure who I am, you can search Jessica Reynolds - Urban Planner on LinkedIn or go to UPQLD.COM.AU. 

Jun 2020

22 min 52 sec

On this episode of Creating Queensland, Jessica Reynolds interviews Marianne Taylor, an Architectural Historian and founder of The House Detective, a company which investigates the history of Australian houses and who lived there.   Time Stamps   1:48      Introduction of Marianne Taylor and her work as Architectural Historian at The House Detective.   2:39      On why people engage in The House Detective’s services.             3:30      On how The House Detective helps clients whose houses were established prior to 1911 legislation requirements.   5:16      Marianne discusses how she gives general and planning advice to those who have heritage listed properties.   6:14      How long a project takes to finish and Marianne’s love for work.   7:15      How The House Detective started and Marianne’s background.   8:36      Marianne shares her discoveries on Brisbane and Queensland’s architectural planning and the personal stories of the people.   9:52      Marianne shares her opinion of the impact of social changes on urban planning.   10:46    On how Marianne uses old and modern methods of researching and the resources                                               she utilizes.     12:55    Some crazy and interesting stories from Marianne’s research.   14:46    Marianne shares her passion for post war houses and mid-century modern style                                      homes.   17:25    Heritage home listings being protected by legislation.        18:30    Different perspectives on heritage homes.  

May 2020

20 min 40 sec

On this episode, Jessica Reynolds interviews Debra Hood, a local Brisbane artist on Domestic Architecture. Notable for her work on the Mooroolbin City Cat wrapped in her artwork. She is also passionate on renovating Post War homes in Brisbane.   Time Stamps   1:37                 Introduction of Debra Hood and how Queenslander houses captured her heart   3:00                 Debra’s moving to Brisbane and creating art   4:41                 Debra working with Brisbane Suburban Escapes.   6:15                 What’s next for Debra after her commissions   7:11                 On winning the City Cat Wrap Competition in 2016   8:24                 How artists cope with changes and maintaining local history and architecture   10:13               Why good architecture and planning help preserve Queenslander houses and not in creating replicas.   11:06               How architecture dictates society   14:27               The renovation of John Dalton Mcdonald’s residence, a 1968 modernist home   16:45               Challenges with renovations   18:51               Preservation of Modern Houses     21:19               On creating awareness in preserving Modern Houses

May 2020

25 min 3 sec

On this episode, Jessica Reynolds interviews Rachel Smith, an International Transport Planning, Demand Asset Network Management, Behaviour Change and Business Case Consultant who solves billion-dollar government problems. Rachel is also an author, a columnist and a speaker. Jessica and Rachel will discuss Asset Demand Management house businesses and government, own planning change in relation to COVID-19, and meeting the mayor of Bogota, Columbia.      Time Stamps   0:59                             Jessica and Rachel talk about their experiences the past few weeks of self- isolation and working from home because of COVID-19.   6:10                             Jessica and Rachel discussed that nobody predicted the world wide shut down which resulted to transportation and establishments limit their operations.   8:32                             Jessica read an article that if a Global Financial Crisis (GFC) or recession hits, people will still spend money on small luxury items just to get that “little kick’ of feeling better   9:31                             Introduction of Rachel Smith   10:39                           Rachel explains what is Demand Management   11:04                           Rachel gives example on how Demand Management can help the Australian government save and generate money after COVID-19   15:10                           Demand Management’s image problem and Rachel’s mission to educate people about it      17:18                          Rachel shares on how effectively she communicates to people using her “litmus test” on planning and transport infrastructure   19:46                           Challenges on the general public be interested on transport planning and get their support to make change   21:30                           How the government, experts and people can make changes on urban planning during COVID-19     26:39                           The Australian’s community mindset and how work from home literally changes their lives   28:25                           Rachel’s opinion on people’s craving for connection with other people and what will happen 18 months from now.   31:15                           Jessica and Rachel talks about if there will be changes or innovation after COVID-19 and how strong leadership will take an important role.   33:33                           Rachel shares her biggest win of her career, the AITPM Janet Brash Memorial Scholarship   37:30                           Rachel shares her Bogota trip and how she met Enrique Penalosa, Bogota’s Mayor   40:18                           How Rachel found out her passion

Apr 2020

41 min 53 sec

I am Jessica Reynolds and this is the Creating Queensland podcast where I interview those in the property and development sector. In this episode I interview one part of the Reno_Gals, Holly Docherty, one of two women who are about to complete their 3rd renovation project in 5 years.   Holly is open and transparent about the process including costs and profit. This episode is going to be highly valuable for other renovators, wannabe renovators and builders.   We also answer the important questions such as does Holly watch the Block?   If you would like to find out more about me you can search Jessica Reynolds urban planner on linked in or search upqld.com.au

Apr 2020

21 min 6 sec

In this episode I interview Melinda Jennison of Streamline Property. We discuss what a buyer’s agent contributes to a property purchase, adaptation of the real estate industry to Covid-19 and the current state of the market. For reference the recording date was 26th March 2020.    If you would like to find out more about me you can search Jessica Reynolds urban planner on linked in or search upqld.com.au.

Mar 2020

18 min 14 sec

There are a number of interesting and exceptional people in the Queensland property and development industry. There are also a number of innovative businesses and products out there, hoping to revolutionise the industry.   So you are looking for a home in a particular suburb or even street, but you have to wait for the right home to come up for sale on RealEstate.com.au or get a really proactive agent involved and hope for the best. Or maybe you are a developer and you know the properties you want but you have to hope you can find the owner’s details and broker a deal.   In this episode I interview Mark Allen of Patch Property, an application which allows you to make an offer on any property whether it is for sale or not.       And who am I exactly?   I am Jessica Reynolds. I’m a town planner and owner of Urban Planners Queensland, you can find out more about me through UPQLD.COM.AU, or give the company a follow on Instagram by searching urban planners Queensland.     This episode is part of our prop tech or technology in property series where I speak to those creating or using technology to improve how we work. Thank you for listening to this episode. If you would like to see this product in action please head over to the Urban Planners Queensland YOUtube channel. Links are in the episode notes or you can find the recordings by visiting upqld.com.au, that is upqld.com.au

Jan 2020

24 min 33 sec

There are a number of interesting and exceptional people in the Queensland property and development industry. There are also a number of innovative businesses and products out there, hoping to revolutionise the industry. Lots of things can go right or wrong when you purchase or sell a property but how does everyone involved actually know when there is a problem?. There are a number of people involved in a sale including the buyer, the seller, the agents, conveyancers and mortgage brokers but there generally hasn’t been a single and simple c tool which connects all the relevant parties. In this episode I interview Shaneal Sharma of Houseroo, creator of Transactor. An application which is a property tracker and connection tool. And who am I exactly? I am Jessica Reynolds. I’m a town planner and owner of Urban Planners Queensland, you can find out more about me through UPQLD.COM.AU, or give the company a follow on Instagram by searching Urban Planners Queensland. This episode is part of our prop tech or technology in property series where I speak to those creating or using technology to improve how we work. If you would like to see this product in action please head over to the Urban Planners Queensland Youtube channel. Links are in the episode notes or you can find the recordings by visiting upqld.com.au.

Jan 2020

20 min 13 sec

So you are a home owner, architect, drafter or builder and you are about to commence renovations to a building but before you can do the fun stuff (design) you need accurate measurements of the existing structure.   Traditionally, you would physically go to site to undertake these measurements by hand and manually photograph walls and details. In this episode I interview Braden Corfield, who is the general manager at Sonto , we discuss the application of 3D scanning and modelling technologies to improve measurement accuracy and reduce manual labour.   And who am I exactly? I am Jessica Reynolds. I’m a town planner and owner of Urban Planners Queensland, you can find out more about me through UPQLD.COM.AU, or give the company a follow on Instagram by searching urban planners Queensland.   This episode is part of our prop tech or technology in property series where I speak to those creating or using technology to improve how we work.   This podcast series is accompanied by our Youtube channel where you can visually see the interview as well as screen recordings of the product. I hope you enjoy this episode.

Dec 2019

21 min 25 sec

If you are looking to purchase a property, as part of your initial due diligence you most likely want to know if your site floods, if there are any easements, if there are bushfire hazards and where the underground services are? Develo property reports compile this type of information into a simple, easy to read report suitable for home buyers, agents, builders, solicitors and insurance companies. It is also very affordable…   Develo has three directors Grant Johnson, Bevan Gibbs and Glen Richards.   In this episode I interview Grant Johnson, who is also founder of Fluid Building Approvals.   And who am I exactly? I am Jessica Reynolds. I’m a town planner and owner of Urban Planners Queensland, you can find out more about me through UPQLD.COM.AU, or give the company a follow on Instagram by searching urban planners Queensland. This episode is part of our prop tech or technology in property series where I speak to those creating or using technology to improve how we work. If you would like to see this product in action please head over to the Urban Planners Queensland Youtube channel. Links are in the episode notes or you can find the recordings by visiting upqld.com.au, that is upqld.com.au

Dec 2019

19 min 28 sec

Currently, if you go to buy a property you need to pay and spend a lot of time doing searches during your due diligence and hope that you haven’t missed anything. If you are a developer or builder, there is a lot of paperwork prior to hand over.   Inndox are leading the way when it comes to consolidating information on a property and working with governments to ensure a better future for property owners, developers and builders.   In this episode I interview Andrew Mackie-Smith who founded Inndox with his partner Trish.   And who am I exactly?   I am Jessica Reynolds. I’m a town planner and owner of Urban Planners Queensland, you can find out more about me through UPQLD.COM.AU, or give the company a follow on Instagram by searching urban planners Queensland.     This episode is part of our prop tech or technology in property series where I speak to those creating or using technology to improve how we work.   This podcast series is accompanied by our Youtube channel where you can visually see the interview as well as screen recordings of the product.

Dec 2019

20 min 43 sec

Are you looking to renovate a Queenslander home in Brisbane? This is part 3 of the 3 part Queenslander Renovation Series where I discuss everything you need to know from a town planners perspective - from choosing your consultant team - to how much does a town planner cost - to what will Council actually let you do?  In this episode I touch on: What information you should know about your house prior to speaking with a town planner; What demolition work Council will and won't allow; and What new building work Council will and won't allow to your Queenslander.  If you would like more information about town planning and renovating Queenslanders in Brisbane you can download my free e-book on the UPQLD.COM.AU website homepage.  Thanks for listening, please do leave a review!  Jessica Director - Urban Planners Queensland

Nov 2019

12 min 15 sec

Are you looking to renovate a Queenslander home in Brisbane? This is part 2 of the 3 part Queenslander Renovation Series where I discuss everything you need to know from a town planners perspective - from choosing your consultant team - to how much does a town planner cost - to what will Council actually let you do?  In this episode I touch on: What does a town planner actually do; When to start using one; What does it cost; The planning process; and Timeframes to expect. If you would like more information about town planning and renovating Queenslanders in Brisbane you can download my free e-book on the UPQLD.COM.AU website homepage.  Thanks for listening, please do leave a review!  Jessica Director - Urban Planners Queensland 

Nov 2019

9 min 22 sec

Are you looking to renovate a Queenslander home in Brisbane? This is part 1 of the 3 part Queenslander Renovation Series where I discuss everything you need to know from a town planners perspective - from choosing your consultant team - to how much does a town planner cost - to what will Council actually let you do?  In this episode I tell you my 5 key tips for choosing and building a great consultant team to ensure your project is a success.  If you would like more information about town planning and renovating Queenslanders in Brisbane you can download my free e-book on the UPQLD.COM.AU website homepage.  Thanks for listening, please do leave a review!  Jessica Director - Urban Planners Queensland 

Nov 2019

8 min 4 sec

There are a number of interesting and exceptional people in the Queensland property and development industry. My guests today Brock Beazley and Andy Macpherson fit into that category. Andy and Brock are both professional photographers in the Architectural and Real Estate space. What I loved most about interviewing these men, was how supportive of each other’s career they were. Thank you for listening to the Creating Queensland podcast. Please leave a review and you can find out more by visiting upqld.com.au.

Oct 2019

45 min 22 sec

There are a number of interesting and exceptional people in the Queensland property and development industry. My guest today, Rob Flux is one of them. Rob founded the Property Developer Network, a monthly meet up group for developers in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. In this episode we discuss his goal of setting 1000+ people financially free by the year 2030, how he got started in property and of course, tips for property development.   This is episode 19 of the Creating Queensland Podcast, I am your host Jessica Reynolds. My day job is director of Urban Planners Queensland, a private town planning consultancy based in Brisbane. This podcast is about getting to know the people behind the projects and is a platform to share ideas, expert advice and opinions. Thank you for listening to the Creating Queensland podcast. Please leave a review and you can find out more by visiting upqld.com.au.

Sep 2019

20 min 23 sec

There are a number of interesting and exceptional people in the Queensland property and development industry. My guest today, Claire O’Rourke is one of them.   Claire is one half of Bluebird Property Partners, in this episode we discuss her career, building a project team for optimal results and her advice to developers drawing on her wealth of experience.   This is episode 18 of the Creating Queensland Podcast, I am your host Jessica Reynolds. My day job is director of Urban Planners Queensland, a private town planning consultancy based in Brisbane. This podcast is about getting to know the people behind the projects and is a platform to share ideas, expert advice and opinions.   Thank you for listening to the Creating Queensland podcast. Please leave a review and you can find out more by visiting upqld.com.au.

Aug 2019

22 min 12 sec