Partnering at 80 Ann Street
Engaging with the local communities in which we operate is an important part of our commitment to leave a positive legacy.
It’s an integral part of our business and something we’ve been doing for nearly 50 years. Driving this is our passionate team who want to collaborate with local communities – both because it’s the right thing to do and delivers better outcomes.
Take, for example, our 80 Ann Street project team in Brisbane. When construction began in 2018, they noticed a large number of people living on the streets around site and began looking at how they could make a difference in a meaningful way. What followed has been an ongoing relationship with Micah Projects, a not-for-profit organisation that provides assistance across the Brisbane community. Micah’s services, which have a strong alignment to Mirvac’s own ambition to reduce isolation and facilitate connected communities, range from helping people find permanent accommodation to supporting those affected by domestic violence.
Since partnering with Micah, our 80 Ann Street project team has participated in and hosted a number of activities that support these services. It’s been great to see our partners and subcontractors lending their support too, which in turn, helps us to have an even bigger impact. For example, together with Suncorp (our major tenant at 80 Ann Street), we took part in Micah’s Kettles and Toasters fundraising drive, which was aimed at helping set up homes for those transitioning from rough sleeping to permanent housing. And in December last year, our team joined members of the Brisbane community to help prepare over 300 fresh fruit hampers as part of their Christmas Hamper Appeal.
In addition, Mirvac’s subcontractors – including Precision Interiors, Heinrich, Micos Group, Fredon and Aus PT – kindly donated prizes to be raffled at an onsite BBQ, raising funds for Micah's Home for Good support and advocacy teams, while a staggering $60,000 was raised through a project team golf day attended by the Mirvac team, contractors and project partners. More recently, at our sixth annual Mirvac Community Day, the 80 Ann Street team, along with our tenants at nearby assets, helped to organise 40 bedding packs and 100 care packs filled with toiletries, towels, warm throw rugs, pots, pans and kitchen utensils, to give to children, women and men who are vulnerable.
Micah’s CEO said that the partnership with Mirvac has helped them to assist people not just to access housing, but to make their house a home.
So many children, their families and individuals feel such relief when they can begin again with the support of the community and through partnerships like we have with Mirvac,” she said.
And for Mirvac, it’s helped raise awareness around the challenges faced by people experiencing homelessness.
“We’re proud to support Micah as we continue to help enrich the lives of those who are disadvantaged in the community,” Samantha Collins, Development Manager.
Mirvac acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and we offer our respect to their Elders past and present.
Artwork: ‘Reimagining Country’, created by Riki Salam (Mualgal, Kaurareg, Kuku Yalanji) of We are 27 Creative.