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REIQ Journal : September 2008
42 JOURNAL Q & A takes to win an REIQ Award for Excellence? Nominations are now open for the 2009 REIQ Awards for Excellence. All accredited agencies will receive a nomination pack in the mail during September. For more details or to member-only website at www.memberlink.com.au received tremendous help from many local businesses who were more than happy to donate time and expertise where necessary. With well over 1,000 people visiting the house during its six-week marketing campaign, and a great turnout on auction day, we feel this project definitely achieved its goal of generating awareness in the community. We achieved a great price for the home and the proceeds were divided between several community organisations. We took away a lot from this project having gained a great deal of knowledge of the concept of sustainable housing; from the products used to the subtle design differences in the layout and features of the home. We are now better placed to pass on this knowledge for the benefit of our clients. Colliers International Townsville took from this project a resounding sense of community spirit, something that is well ingrained in the culture of our organisation. Q: What other community groups and causes does Colliers International Townsville and its staff become involved in throughout the year? A: Colliers International tries to get behind as many community-based initiatives as possible. One of the major organisations and initiatives we are involved with is the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal, which we have been involved with for many years. REIQ Journal September 2008 Our role has included bringing together a selection of business people and clients to attend an annual breakfast to launch the Red Shield Appeal. Attendees are encouraged to make significant donations for this very worthy appeal. We also put together a dedicated team of people from our office who donate their time to doorknock for the appeal. Other major organisations we get behind include RonaldMcDonald house and The Cootharinga Society of North Queensland. We support numerous other charities, schools and sporting events including being a Corporate Sponsor of the Townsville McDonald Crocodiles. Q: Why do you believe that corporate social responsibility, philanthropy and community involvement are so important in the 21st Century? A: Colliers International Townsville believes in community sustainability principles. Being part of a vibrant prosperous society brings many benefits but we are also aware of the challenges that face our community. Colliers International Townsville are community and corporate leaders and we believe contributing to and driving solutions to these challenges is as important as maintaining a viable commercial enterprise. We are active in many areas of community sustainability, including raising awareness of corporate carbon impacts, and financially assisting local sporting and community groups. Nationally, Colliers International is the first property services group in Australia to be listed on the highly regarded Corporate Responsibility Index (CRI). Colliers International Townsville believes strongly in sharing our prosperity with the current community and sharing our finite resources with future generations. We believe that if your business is doing well in your community then you must give something back to the community. Q: What effect has winning an REIQ Award for Excellence had on your agency and your staff? A: Winning the REIQ Community Service Award has enhanced our team of enthusiastic professionals at Colliers International Townsville and – to a certain degree – our profile in the community in this regard. We proudly display our REIQ community service award in our office and display the logo on all our communications and advertising. We never set out to achieve what we have or to win an award. It’s more about the journey – the award was just the icing on the cake. Q: Finally, what is it that you love most about the real estate industry and the commercial property sector specifically? A: It would have to be the satisfaction of knowing that we have in some way contributed to our client’s success with respect to their property requirements. Working in the commercial and industrial property sector is both exciting and challenging. It requires a high level of expertise and knowledge that can only come with having a good understanding of the market. Like most things this doesn’t happen overnight, but if you do it right the rewards are certainly there.