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Startup EdgeDC is finalising plans for an initial 300-rack data centre in Brisbane’s north, heralding its arrival as a new entrant into Australia’s burgeoning market for carrier-neutral facilities.

Director Adam Davis – one of three at the new company – told iTnews that plans for the Pinnacle data centre were hatched about five years ago but had accelerated in the past two years.

Moreton property InvestorDavis will share EdgeDC’s journey and lessons learned when he speaks at the Australian Cloud & Data Centre Summit in March 2016, which is co-organised by iTnews.

”We got to a point where we’d written an EOI document – which we didn’t take anywhere – and built a business plan in our own heads, but that was the end of it for a while, and it disappeared,” he said.

“It really hit the accelerator when I had a meeting with an industry contact who had contacts north of Brisbane that were looking for data centre space and I happened to mention that we’d always wanted to build a data centre there.

“He then did an introduction and we had some discussions. Through those, we ended up getting introduced to a developer and a financier, and it just snowballed from there. All of a sudden it was back on the books.”

The company’s earlier due diligence led it to scope potential sites for the Pinnacle facility and to ultimately select North Lakes, about 28km north of Brisbane CBD.

“North Lakes is a relatively new suburb with new power and communications infrastructure, and dual fibres running up the Bruce Highway for redundancy back into Brisbane,” Davis said.

The distance could make Pinnacle an attractive proposition as a secondary site for disaster recovery for customers whose primary facility is in Brisbane.

Davis also noted the area “doesn’t flood” – Brisbane’s 2011 floods caused problems for some CBD-based facilities – and was easily accessible: the site sits within a business park, where customers wishing to be close can take office space.

One-off events such as when Brisbane hosted the G20 in late 2014 had also taken some of the gloss off CBD-based facilities, according to Davis.

“In speaking to clients that currently have their data centre in the CBD, the G20 was a real eye opener for them because they found it very difficult to get to their own equipment because of the lockdown requirements in the city,” he said.

“That changed some of the mentality around having a CBD location.”

The initial Pinnacle data centre will be a greenfield build, approximately 1700 square metres in size and about 50 percent technical floor space, amounting to around 300 racks.

The build methodology is “very scalable and modular”, Davis said.

“We can build out in small incremental blocks as clients come on board but maintain an N+1 redundancy on all systems,” he said.

Additional land is available to fuel expansion – for example, a second building – and edgeDC has also scoped out a number of brownfields sites elsewhere in Brisbane.

“As a company we don’t want to finish at one data centre,” Davis said.

While the data centre market in Australia appeared crowded, Davis was buoyed by its growth prospects.

“When I looked back on the entire data centre market, especially in Queensland, I saw that it had continued to grow. It certainly didn’t look like a market that was ever going to subside,” he said.

“We had a glut in the market some five years ago when everyone expanded but it was very quickly taken up.

“That was the driving force for us. We saw that there was still ongoing demand and there was growth in that demand as well.

“The bell curve is heading up.”

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Moreton Bay Rail Line shared pedestrian & cycle path



The State Government has been called upon to open a sharedMoreton Investor pedestrian and cycle path to make-up for the major signalling delays on the new Moreton Bay Rail Line.

“We are hoping they will open the shared pathway so the people can … use something that should already be open,” Mango Hill Progress Assoc President Laurence Christie said.

“It would go some way to relieving the disappointment,” he said.

A spokeswoman for Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said: “The minister has ­requested the Department of Transport and Main Roads investigate opportunities to open the bikeway in advance of the rail line opening.”

Residents in Mango Hill, and North Lakes said they wanted to use the pathway to cycle to Petrie Station and to access the schools on the line.


Original article published at by Jamie-Leigh Mason, North Lakes Times 4/6/16

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Brisbane’s new state-of-the-art private cancer centre



Northlakes, north of Brisbane is now home to Australia’s first private integrated cancer centre


moreton investorThe Icon Integrated Cancer Centre combines a 15-chair day hospital, two radiation therapy units and an on-site pharmacy.

The doors were opened to the centre at North Lakes, between Brisbane’s CBD and the Sunshine Coast, yesterday.

All treatments, including haematological, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination, are delivered on the site.

Icon Group chief executive Mark Middleton said the centre had the capacity to deliver treatments to 15,000 patients per year.

“From the start, the patient and their needs are first,” he said.

“The integrated centre approach means we are working as one team, supporting the patient and the result is a comprehensive service delivered by familiar faces who understand the individual needs of their patients.”

North Lakes is the first of three integrated centres operated by the Icon Group, a private specialised cancer care organisation.

The group plans to open another in Melbourne in mid-June 2017 and a third in Canberra, expected to open in late 2017.


Original article published at  by Amelia Broadstock, North Lakes Times 27/5/16

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North Lakes and Mango Hill Police Station has its first female acting officer-in-charge




NORTH Lakes/Mango Hill Police Station has its first ­female police officer leading the station, since it opened in 2009.

Senior Sergeant Kate Pausina joined the North Lakes crew last week as acting officer-in-charge after an ­impressive resume in the blue uniform.

Since she was sworn in to the service in 1999, Sen-Sgt Pausina has spent time in juvenile justice, child sex ­offences, Coroner’s Office, intelligence and strategy, road safety and, most recently, acting officer-in-charge at Albany Creek Police Station.

“I always wanted to join the police, but my mum wouldn’t let me,” Sen-Sgt said. “So, instead, I studied nursing and was a registered nurse for four years before I decided to do what I really wanted to.”

Sen-Sgt Pausina said her mum was unhappy at first but had since become her biggest ­supporter, along with her police officer husband and their two children.

Sen-Sgt Pausina last year completed her Masters of ­Suicidology – the prevention of suicide.

“That is something I am ­really passionate about,” she said.

“In the Coroner’s ­Office, you see the number of suicides is three times the number of road fatalities. And it is a preventable death.”

Sen-Sgt Pausina said she fondly remembered her first stint at the Pine ­Rivers Police District. She was based at ­Petrie from 2000 to 2003, and ­visited Mango Hill. “Mango Hill was just that – bushland and mango trees,” she said.

“There is a lot coming up in this area – major ­shopping developments, major infrastructure like the rail and, with that, a lot more people visiting the area.”


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