24. Peter Tapiolas

Townsville Bulletin - - North Queensland's 50 Most Powerful People -

A ma­jor de­vel­oper who has an un­easy re­la­tion­ship with City Hall at the mo­ment af­ter crit­i­cis­ing its post-Yasi clean-up ef­fort. Mr Tapiolas is part of a fam­ily that has done pi­o­neer­ing work in build­ing homes and pro­vid­ing tim­ber. Mr Tapiolas is highly re­spected by both sides of pol­i­tics, and is not afraid to let de­ci­sion-mak­ers know his thoughts, par­tic­u­larly on coun­cil de­vel­oper fees and charges, set to be­come a ma­jor is­sue in 2011.

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