Colliers Brisbane raise money for 1st PIF House in Brisbane

Colliers International in Brisbane held their 10th Annual Charity Lunch on Friday 24 May raising $60,000 which will go to their chosen charity the Property Industry Foundation (PIF), who build homes for at-risk and homeless young people.

Over 180 guests attended the event at Blackbird Bar & Grill Restaurant in Brisbane City and were entertained by Dave Thornton, an Australian stand-up comedian, actor, television and radio presenter. The money was raised through corporate sponsorships and donated items that were raffled off and auctioned on the day.

“We were delighted with the money raised and thank our key clients and suppliers for supporting Colliers International business and our brand in the community,” said Simon Beirne, Queensland Chief Executive at Colliers International who is also on the PIF’s Board of Advisers in Queensland.

“This year the proceeds will go towards the first PIF House in Brisbane which once built will provide 12 bedrooms for homeless young people. Brisbane Youth Service, who will operate the facility, will support and mentor these young people during a transitional period of 1 to 2 years before they move onto permanent housing,” said Mr Beirne.

Development approval was received this year to refurbish the existing 3-bedroom house on the property and build an additional three 2-bedroom and three 1-bedroom units.

To deliver the project by late 2020 PIF need to raise a total of $2.2m. With only $436,000 raised to date they rely on companies and people across the property industry to provide in-kind services, professional advice, goods and donations to build homes and bedrooms for the homeless youth.    

The mission of the Property Industry Foundation is to make a tangible difference to the serious and persistent problem of youth homelessness by partnering with respected charities to build safe environments and support charity-managed initiatives focused on education, employment and well-being. Kate Mills, CEO of PIF said: “Everything we do is made possible through the generous support of the corporate donors such as Colliers International, who have contributed $1.7m in total donations to date. “We work with corporate donors and charity partners in Queensland, NSW and Victoria to help rebuild young lives. One of our key objectives over the next two years is to deliver a total of 125 bedrooms in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – so that young people have a secure place to call home. 

Colliers International would like to thank the following corporate sponsors on their generous donations as part of the event: Alceon QLD Pty Limited, ARIA Property Group, Brisbane Airport Corporation, CIP, Cromwell, Felton Property Group, Frasers Property Australia, Goodman, Intermain, Midtown Centre, Port of Brisbane, Portal Developments, The Coffee Club and The GPT Group. And thanks to the following marketing and media sponsors for ongoing support of the event: ABC Photosigns, Aerial Hotshots, Commercial Real Estate, Hexflix, Metropolis, Newscorp Australia and RealCommercial.

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Simon Beirne

State Chief Executive | Queensland

Brisbane CBD

As the State Chief Executive of Queensland, Simon's responsibilities include overall supervision of the Queensland business comprising of 6 offices and over 200 staff. 

At Colliers, we work hard to connect internally to share knowledge about our clients and deliver better outcomes for them. This team ethos is a strong part of our culture and keeps our people highly engaged and it has kept Simon wanting to be part of this great business for the last 20 years.

Simon has over 25 years’ experience in the real estate industry and the agency having previously worked for Primac Elders as an auctioneer prior to joining Colliers International in 1998.

Simon's background is in industrial property where he has been responsible for some of the largest transactions in Queensland over the past 20 years.

In 2015 Simon was involved in the sale of the GIC/Frasers portfolio totalling $1.073 billion. This is the largest and highest quality industrial sale on record in the Australian market.

And in 2017 Simon had the pleasure of marketing the Coca-Cola Amatil Campus in Richlands which was sold to Charter Hall for $157m, making it the largest single industrial asset sale in Queensland's history.

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