SUCCESS BUILT ON RESPECT
AFTER a property career spanning nearly 50 years, retirement is nowhere in sight for Pask Group founder Nev Pask.
The 85-year-old still leads the family-owned company responsible for Arise at Rochedale and other developments in Brisbane.
He has also built and developed projects on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Mackay and Airlie Beach, as well as in Victoria. In March, Mr Pask was recognised as one of Australia’s most respected property developers with an Allen Vogan Distinguished Service Award from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).
However, Mr Pask still remembers when he began his real estate journey in the late 1960s in Redcliffe.
“I’d always wanted to be in real estate – I was excited about it and I’ve enjoyed all of it,” he said. “I got a group of builders together and said I wanted to build brick veneer houses.
“They said I’d go broke doing brick houses in Redcliffe as everything was all fibro and chamferboard.
“But I’ve never done anything that I wouldn’t like to live in myself.”
Mr Pask said he had continued with this philosophy throughout his property career.
“You have to think how you’d like to see things done yourself – one man sees gold where another doesn’t,” he said.
“I’ve often done things where people thought I’d go broke but my houses are guaranteed for as long as I live.”
Mr Pask said the standard of current development was remarkable, compared to when he first began in the industry.
“But I would like to see more land released,” he said. “There are millions of dollars of land available and we’re not going to go back in population.
“Land is getting scarcer and it’s more expensive to buy so the onus is now on the local and state governments to release this land and put it into residential A zoning.”
You have to think how you’d like to see things done yourself — one man sees gold where another doesn’t.”
INDUSTRY PIONEER: Developer Nev Pask has received a Distinguished Service Award from the UDIA.