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WSBA 2019 Property Market Update Dinner - Claremont Football Club function center

Please join us for an informative up date on all things property. Hear from three of WA's leading experts on the local property market.

  • Dates:Nov 13
  • Time(s):5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Venue:Claremont Football Club function center


  • Type:Networking
  • Industry:Legal,Finance,Leadership,Agriculture,Arts & Culture,Education,Mining,Tourism,Oil & Gas,Engineering,Human Resources,Environment,Real Estate,Technology,Wine
  • Hosted By:Western Suburbs Business Assn


Please join us for an informative up date on all things property. Hear from three of WA's leading experts on the local property market. The latest forecasts and trends in residential, commercial and retail markets plus an overview on investment and development with the opportunity for guests Q & A time.

This is always an informative, entertaining evening and one of the most popular events on the WSBA calendar

5.30pm - 6.00pm Welcome networking drinks in the Denis Marshall room.
6.00pm - 8.30pm Dinner & guest speaker presentations in the Graham Moss room.


WSBA Members: $135.00
Non-Members: $165.00

Open seating unless tables of eight (8) are booked.- please contact us to a secure table.

Tickets include three-course dinner and all beverages.

Menu information : If beef is not your preference for main course please select the vegetarian option at point of booking.


Gavin Hegney

Gavin Hegney is one of Australia’s most influential voices in property. As a skilled analyst of the property and finance sectors, he is a prolific market commentator and shares his insightful understanding in forecasting future market trends. Gavin has earned a longstanding reputation of integrity and business innovation and has been a prominent member of Western Australia’s property industry for 35 years.

He was founding director of a national property valuation company and started the first property buying service in WA

In 2016, Gavin elected to embark in a new direction by departing from his business and diversify into a solo career which has delivered many new exciting and varied opportunities.

Paul Blackburne

Paul Blackburne is the Founder and Managing Director of Blackburne. Since starting the company in 2003, Blackburne has grown to become Western Australia’s leading integrated property group, specialising in property development, sales, property management, strata management and mortgage broking.

Blackburne has won a number of awards including: 2018 UDIA Winner Best Medium Density Development (The Cove, Minim Cove), 2016 UDIA Winner Best High Density Development (Aria, Swanbourne), 2015 UDIA Winner Best Medium Density Development (Monarc, Highgate), 2018 Winner of Property Council of Australia’s WA Development of the Year (Aria, Swanbourne), 2018 UDIA Finalist (Oracle, Perth), 2017 Finalist for UDIA Best High Density Development in Australia (Aria, Swanbourne), 2015 UDIA Finalist (Encore, Subiaco) and 2014 UDIA Finalist (Haven, East Perth).

Paul has personally been recognised with a number of leading awards which include: 2016 First Amongst Equals Winner of WA Business News 40under40 Award – recognising Perth’s leading business entrepreneur under the age of 40. Paul is regularly featured in the media giving comment as an expert in apartment development and can often be seen guest speaking at industry events.

As Managing Director, Paul leads a strong executive team to continually deliver world-class developments to the people of Western Australia.

Jim Tsagalis

Jim is the Managing Director of Lease Equity, one of Australia’s leading commercial property agencies.

He holds a Bachelor of Economics, post graduate degree in Management, a current Triennial Certificate and is an Associate of The Australian Property Institute.

He has held board positions with The Global Entrepreneurs Organization which boasts over 10,000 of the world's leading entrepreneurs. He is the Chairman of The Per City Focus, a Business Improvement District for the CBD and is a board member of Historic Heart a collection of owners promoting the East End of Perth with Art installations, gardening and activations.

The business manages more than 20 shopping centres in the metro and country Western Australia , numerous office buildings, industrial properties and strip properties culminating in over 1000 tenants under his company’s management. He solely owns the business employing almost 40 people and having some of Australia's wealthiest families , Listed Property Trusts, Universities, Religious Organizations and sovereign funds as clients. He is a trusted advisor to all of these and key influencer in their investment decision making.

He is one of Perth's most connected commercial property players with both tenants and owners. If it’s happening in commercial property, particularly retail, he is either doing it or knows about it. His knowledge is encyclopedia and he had a renowned work ethic regularly turning regular 70 hour weeks. He travels the world extensively bringing investors and tenants to Western Australia and is renowned as a prolific deal maker. Many of the international and national brands that have opened in Perth have been introduced by him. The company has a staggering 70% market share of retail leasing in the CBD and has been responsible for project leasing over 500,000 m2 of suburban malls.

He has built one of Australia’s largest independently owned commercial real estate practices.

Jim has over 25 years of experience in the property industry including retail, industrial and commercial leasing, sales and asset management. He has personally transacted in excess of 2,000 leasing deals totalling over $350M in rent, averaging almost 100 deals per year. This is a staggering rate by world standards. He has also been active in the sales arena having transacted over $350M in sales.

He oversees a business that has managed or transacted over $25B worth of real estate. Notable sales include Plaza Arcade $48M, Southern River Shopping Centre $27M and Equus Retail Arcade $29M. The business transact more than 350 deals per year.

He is “hands on” both owning and running Lease Equity whilst being at the forefront of master planning advisory and transactions.

Jim is internationally recognised for his property expertise, including consulting and advising to some of Australia and the world’s largest REIT’s, a number of the world's largest sovereign funds, local and State Governments, Universities and some of the largest private property owners in the Australian market. Several notable projects he has undertaken include Forrest Chase, enex, 140, Brookfield Place, enex, Cloisters Shopping Arcade, Cockburn Gateway and Whitford City all of which have benefited significantly with Jim’s expertise and extensive network.

Some of Jim's latest projects include Hibernian Place (incorporating The Westin Hotel), QV1, FOMO (Kings Square, Fremantle), Murdoch University, UWA and Curtin University and Forrest Chase.

His body of work and thought leadership has literally shaped much of Perth's retail property market making him a key player and influencer in the market.

It is understood his property influence extends to his own commercial real estate portfolio which is thought to be vast and be greater than $50,000,000.

He is an astute reader of the market and predictor of trends. 

About our Sponsor

Perth’s leading apartment developer, Blackburne, has been involved in the Perth property industry for many years.

The award-winning developments Blackburne create benefit from their property obsession, with every apartment designed to deliver an exceptional lifestyle experience.

Blackburne has a strong track record and has become an industry leader in residential apartment sales, recognised by the many awards it has received.

While property development is at the core of their business, it is strongly supported by complementary services including sales, strata management, property management and mortgage broking.

About the WSBA

The Western Suburbs Business Association is a not-for-profit, member-driven organisation that connects and represents business people across the western suburbs of Perth and beyond. If you are interested in learning more about the WSBA, email us or visit our website.

Mental Health Issues at Work: How to have the conversation

Ever felt unsure about how to discuss mental health with a colleague you are concerned about or manage?

  • Dates:Nov 21
  • Time(s):9:00am to 12:00pm
  • Venue:The Platform, L3, 256 Adelaide Terrace, Perth


  • Type:Workshops,Courses
  • Industry:Finance,Leadership,Education,Mining,Oil & Gas,Engineering,Human Resources
  • Hosted By:Curtin University


One of the key pillars of the  Thrive at Work framework is  Mitigate illness, and an illness organisations are increasingly having to manage is mental ill health. When done well, organisations identify employees who are experiencing mental ill health, support employees who are impaired to get well again, and assist those who have been unwell to return to the workplace.
Privacy, confidentiality and uncertainty about what to say without causing upset or offence are some of the reasons that stop us having difficult conversations about mental health.

Likewise, there are barriers for employees who may find it difficult to raise concerns about mental health and wellbeing: fear of being misunderstood or their job being under threat, stigma and myths about mental ill health, etc.

The workshop will provide an easy to use framework and simple, practical tips for people in workplaces who need to respond to someone they are concerned about.

It is suitable for managers, supervisors, HR staff, CEOs, OHS staff and anyone who wants to learn how to understand how to respond appropriately when someone has a mental health issue.

What to expect
This masterclass will:

  • Provide an overview of the reasons we need to look out for people and how to identify someone who might be struggling at work.
  • Discuss the importance of knowing your people and fostering high quality connections.
  • Identify the barriers to having a conversation with someone who may have a mental health issue
  • Identify the challenges for someone to speak up about their mental health issues in the workplace.
  • Provide some guidelines for preparing, undertaking and bringing courage to a conversation.
  • Discuss and understand the importance of empathy.

The workshop will be interactive and participants will have an opportunity to share their experiences and have Q & A time.

Emotional Intelligence Workshop

A four-part workshop to help improve you and your team’s emotional intelligence skills through practical strategies.

  • Dates:25 Nov and 2 Dec
  • Time(s):8.30am to 12.30pm
  • Venue:Curtin St Georges Terrace


  • Type:Workshops
  • Industry:Legal,Finance,Leadership,Education,Mining,Oil & Gas,Engineering,Human Resources,Environment
  • Hosted By:Curtin University


In this workshop, you will learn to identify and apply practical strategies to improve your emotional intelligence skills with a focus on your self-perception, self-expression, interpersonal, decision-making, and stress management that we encounter every day in our personal lives and the workplace.

Everyone has emotions and you can improve your ability to recognize them in others and yourself and adjust them accordingly. These skills are essential in all workplaces especially for those in roles that require the provision of care, teamwork and leadership.

Join us for this workshop being held over two days on Monday 25 November and Monday 2 December 2019.

This is a four-part workshop:

  • An online self-assessment. 
  • A one-on-one online session with Dr Nigel Gribble.
  • Two half-day workshops at Curtin St Georges Terrace.
  • A two-hour group follow up session in the New Year.

Studies have shown that people with advanced emotional intelligence skills will have better job performance and leadership skills.

This workshop is suited to leaders, managers and any staff wishing to up-skill on the fundamentals of emotional intelligence in the workplace and in their personal lives.

If you wish to increase productivity, have efficient meetings, build team resilience and less overall stress then register now.

CIDN Perth with IACC XMAS Sundowner

This year we are joining forces with the Irish Australia Chamber of Commerce to host the biggest and most entertaining networking event for the 2019 Christmas calendar!

  • Dates:28th November 2019
  • Time(s):5.30-8.30
  • Venue:Henry's Rooftop Bar, The Reveley


  • Type:Networking
  • Industry:Legal,Finance,Engineering,Human Resources,Technology
  • Hosted By:CIDN Committee


This year we are joining forces with the Irish Australia Chamber of Commerce to host the biggest and most entertaining networking event for the 2019 Christmas calendar! What better place to catch up on industry news than at the stunning Henry's Rooftop Bar above The Reveley on Elizabeth Quay aptly named after Perth's first Civil Engineer Henry Reveley.
End the year with a host of new and revived connections to share the tales from 2019 and opportunities in 2020!
Early bird tickets from $58 and includes food, drink and entertainment! Registrations can be found through our website or the link on this listing.
We look forward to seeing you there! The Committee 

A Rugby Christmas

A Rugby Christmas Brought to you by FIIG Securities and the Perth Rugby Business Network.

  • Dates:Dec 10
  • Time(s):5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Venue:Level 1, 131 St Georges Terrace


  • Type:Networking
  • Industry:Legal,Finance,Leadership,Mining,Oil & Gas,Engineering,Human Resources,Real Estate,Technology


The South Africans have already received their Rugby Christmas present!

So what can the Australians, Kiwi's , Poms, Welsh, Irish, Scots, Argies, French and other rugby playing nations look forward to in their Christmas stockings!

Join the Perth RBN in the FIIG Securities boardroom to find out.

We will have the insight of ex- Wallaby Mark Connors.

Mark Connors

Mark is the Head of Private Client Solutions and Intermediaries at FIIG Securiuties.

He has a diverse background including legal, financial services, professional sport, rugby commentary, charity work and Board directorships. Following completion of his law degree at QUT he practiced as a lawyer in Brisbane over a 10 year period and combined this with a professional rugby union sporting career representing both the Queensland Reds and Wallabies.

Mark’s rugby career highlights include winning the 1999 World Cup as well as Bledisloe Cup and Tri-Nations Series’ victories with the Wallabies, and Super 10 Championship wins with the Queensland Reds. During his professional rugby union career he also lived and played rugby in both England and Japan, has been a frequent speaker and presenter including holding a long time rugby commentary role with Radio 4TAB over two decades. Mark previously served on the Board of the Australia Rugby Union from 2007 to 2012 and then as a Director of the Queensland Rugby Union from April 2012 until July 2019. In February 2017, he joined the Board of the Australia Japan Foundation which is Australia’s oldest cultural council supporting people-to-people links underpinning this key bilateral and regional relationship.

Mark worked in the Financial Services Industry with Wilson HTM for 10 years before joining FIIG in mid-2016 as its Queensland State Manager. He was appointed as FIIG’s Head of Private Client Solutions in June 2018. Mark is still serving as a current Board Member of the Australia Japan Foundation.

Our Host

Darryl Bruce

Darryl has almost 20 years’ experience working in the financial services sector across Australia, UK and New Zealand. Prior to joining FIIG in early 2014 Darryl worked as a corporate bond fund manager for a 200+ year old private bank in the UK for 8 years. This included the tumultuous period before, during and after the GFC.

After working at FIIG as a private client dealer for almost two years Darryl was appointed head of FIIG’s business in Western Australia in late 2015.

We look forward to seeing you all there, for what should be a great evening of networking business and rugby.

Workplace Relations in a Modern Workplace

A masterclass designed for those who need practical knowledge on everyday issues in employee relations.

  • Dates:12 March 2020
  • Time(s):9am to 4pm
  • Venue:Curtin St Georges Terrace


  • Type:Workshops,Courses
  • Industry:Legal,Finance,Leadership,Agriculture,Education,Mining,Oil & Gas,Engineering,Human Resources,Technology
  • Hosted By:Curtin University


As modern workplaces grow increasingly complex, organisations must ensure that they maintain their knowledge of workplace and employee relations.

Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman recently delivered celebrity chef George Calombaris a $200,000 ‘contrition’ fine for underpaying more than 500 of his current and former employees a total of $7.8 million.

That well-publicised case highlighted that Australia’s industrial relations landscape is complex and precarious. It is particularly tricky for organisations that lack in-house IR practitioners and employment lawyers.

Our one-day masterclass, is designed to address challenges faced by those in corporate, non-profit, local government, consultancy along with SME owners in all sectors – HR professionals in organisations without discrete IR expertise would also find this masterclass highly valuable.

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