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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.

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