Stephen Harrison

Stephen Harrison has been announced as the new president of the Urban Development Institute of  Australia’s Queensland branch, replacing outgoing president Brett Gillan.

Mr Harrison has 25 years of experience in the development industry, and has been vice president of UDIA Queensland since 2013. He is currently director of Harrison Development Group, responsible for the delivery of projects in Cairns, Coomera, Upper Coomera, Pimpama and Logan Reserve. He is also project director for Flinders, a 20,000-lot masterplanned community at Flagstone.

“The role the property development industry plays in the lives of Queenslanders is far more interconnected than most realise. Good quality property development is about developing strong communities, establishing lifestyles and thereby contributing to the incredible standard of living we enjoy in Queensland,” Mr Harrison said.

“People think the development industry is about buildings. It’s not. It’s about people. It’s about creating communities. The more we inspire this approach, the more we can ensure future projects are most aligned with how people want to live.”

Mr Harrison said the institute was engaged with the state government on Planning Act reforms and working with local councils to help develop local planning schemes.

Other appointments include vice presidents Ian Murray from Lendlease and Michael Loney from Ausbuild; the reappointment of secretary David Nicholls from HopgoodGanim Lawyers and treasurer Neil McAllister from St George Bank; and Cameron Leggatt from Frasers Property Australia and strategic advisor Sandy Vigar.