Millionaires roll into town
June 22, 2022
Brisbane property developer and investor Warren Ebert approached previous owners GPT with a purchase offer last year and the $400m sale was finalised in February.
Dozens of investors participated in the purchase and many of those will be in Darwin on Wednesday in time for a tour of the centre on Thursday.
Sentinel director Michael Sherlock said Covid-related travel restrictions limited access to Darwin when the purchase was being planned.
He said the value of the asset persuaded many to invest sight unseen.
“It was quite a task to complete the acquisition during Covid times,” he said.
“The investors weren’t able to get people to the Territory. Only Queenslanders were able to visit and this is a gamble when they’re promising to spend money.
“It’s a chance now for investors from NSW and Victoria to come and inspect what they’d invested in.
“They’re so excited they’re jumping out of their skins to get to Darwin and see what they bought … and look at other investment opportunities.
“We want to showcase all there is to see in terms of lifestyle and investments in Darwin.”
While reluctant to reveal the identity of the millionaires who are behind the project, Sentinel believes the investor caravan will open up further interest in Darwin from cashed-up interstate buyers.
“There’s some really big hitters who have an eye for a solid investment,” he said.
The visitors will be transferred to Casuarina Shopping Square by bus on Wednesday morning and will spend two hours in the centre sampling food and beverage options as well as visiting some of the 190 stores at the complex. They then head to Casuarina Club.
Infrastructure NT freight and logistics senior director Tracey Lines will be a guest presenter.
Other guests include Environment Minister and Casuarina MLA Lauren Moss, Ashley Heath from Ward Keller and Lily North from Belong Group.
Mr Ebert hopes to develop Casuarina Square into a town centre that will provide residential and lifestyle choices for residents and visitors.
Sentinel has invested heavily in the Top End during the past couple of years including purchasing the CasCom building and Wishart cold stores.
NT News | Camden Smith