It's hard to believe that it's been one year today since PEAKURBAN opened its doors. We're thrilled with how our first year has unfolded and have enjoyed every minute of it. 
Across our Brisbane and Sunshine Coast offices, our team is now 20 strong and are helping to deliver many quality projects throughout SEQ. 
We're particularly proud to be working with such exceptional clients without whom, we just simply wouldn't exist. On behalf of our team I would like to extend a sincere thanks for the faith and trust you've put in us over the last year. We are very grateful for your support and it means a lot to us. Thank you.
In this newsletter, we look at Infrastructure Agreements, conversion applications and the Unitywater Accreditation and Certification system which is due for roll out in January 2018.
We hope you find this information useful. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. 

Brent Thomas
Managing Director
M:  0438 143 113

Cutting Time and Cost of New Connections to Unitywater Networks

In July 2017, Unitywater commenced an Accreditation and Certification (A&C) system for the development industry.
This A&C system is designed to improve the efficiency and processes to connect new developments to Unitywater’s water supply and sewerage networks, and to give industry greater control over the time and cost of completing new connections to their networks.
Several of PEAKURBAN staff have been attending the necessary training that will prequalify both PEAKURBAN as an Accredited Entity and those staff members as Major Connections Certifiers (MCC). As a MCC it will be possible to assess and manage connection applications, certify engineering designs, prepare approval packages and coordinate the construction and handover of new network infrastructure in a streamlined manner. Under the A&C system, Unitywater is required to sign and issue all statutory notices and certificates within 10 business days of receiving a certification package from a MCC, i.e. approvals within 10 days.
From January 2018, Unitywater will begin accepting certification packages from Accredited Entities and MCC’s.
The current system where Unitywater assess and process applications will continue to operate until 1 July 2019, then be replaced entirely by the A&C system.
Further information on the A&C system can be found here.
Infrastructure Agreements - Negotiating the Right Deal

by Andrew Hunter
Negotiating the right deal in an Infrastructure Agreement (IA) is critical in ensuring the commercial viability of a project. On too many occasions we have seen IA’s that are one sided, impose excessive infrastructure standards and as a consequence result in works or financial contributions that stall projects for long periods of time. The last few IA’s we have seen are unnecessarily complex and in our view, if executed as proposed would be an implementation nightmare.

So why do IA's need to be so complex? We don't think they need to be and have listed a few key principles that we've found useful in simplifying them.  These principles can be found here.

Conversion Applications: 
Get the Credits you are entitled to

What's a conversion application?

This is a common question asked by many developers who are not aware they can apply to have non-trunk infrastructure converted to trunk infrastructure.

In short, a conversion application is an avenue available under the planning act that allows the conversion of non-trunk infrastructure to trunk infrastructure which means you may be able to get the offsets or credits that you are entitled to. Click here to find our more.
Hayfield, Ripley
The team at PEAKURBAN are currently working with Goldfields who recently acquired a 109ha development site in the Ripley Valley to be known as Hayfield.
PEAKURBAN assisted Goldfields during the due diligence phase and are now progressing with detailed engineering design to enable construction commencement in early 2018.
The development site originally consisted of 725 residential allotments and we are pleased to have been able to identify opportunities to increase yield to 800+ allotments.
Jon McMorrow, Development Manager for the Hayfield project remains pleased with the progress on the project and had these words to say:
“Hayfield is our first major project in Southeast Queensland and so it has been more important than ever to have the right team on the job – We are especially pleased with how PEAKURBAN have added value to the project through their knowledge and smarts which has resulted in significant yield increase and cost savings for Goldfields. PEAKURBAN are helpful, driven and responsive and we feel that they always have our best interests at heart.”
The Hayfield project further adds to PEAKURBAN’s existing presence in the Ripley Valley and we now look forward to helping Goldfields deliver their first major project in SEQ.

Welcome Josh Strogusz

Josh Strogusz
Senior Civil Designer


Josh is a Senior Civil Designer with over 10 years of experience in both Civil Design and Drafting on residential projects across Queensland. This includes experience in large greenfield developments and brownfield sites.

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