Home' D Fine Redland Lifestyle Magazine : November 2009 Contents By Linda Muller
This is a man with a vision. And his vision is
far reaching, creative, accessible and
generous. At 50, Greg Bell has already put
his stamp on 'his patch', a legacy yet in its infancy.
Every time you have a drink at Lakeside,Victoria
Point; every time you watch a movie at Cineplex;
every time you take a book out of the Victoria
Point library; every time you walk your children
across the bridge to Redland Bay State School --
you walk in the footprint of Greg's vision. And you
put a smile on his face.
"You don't do it for a thank you. No one really
says 'thank you'.You do it because the Redlands is
a unique environment that is possibly the most
wonderful and livable place in Australia. Quite
simply, it's worth it,"Greg said.
"I feel positive about this area. Call it fluffy stuff,
if you like. I want to see the Redlands get over its
past and move forward to the future. There are
some great opportunities here. I say bugger the
tourists.Let's make it great for us -- the people who
As the Bell in Fox and Bell, Greg holds fast to his
company's motto of"live, work and play"
for example, represents the 'play' part. The
company's latest project, the Redland Bay
Business Park, is designed to foster the 'work'
Built at German Church Road, Redland Bay, the
park should ultimately support 2000 jobs, a figure
Greg said would statistically help an equal
number of local families. The estate offers full
security, storm waste management,
environmental credentials and a body corporate
funded by a bulk power purchase.
The sustainability and
effective maintenance of this estate
is the like that has never been
seen in the Redlands. It's totally
unique. A lot of thought has gone
Greg talks a lot about "community"
. In fact,
business partners Greg Fox, Gordon Wilson and
town planner Garry Hargrave bandy about the
concept freely as they talk about their shared
plans -- plans including the upgrading of 7-8km of
Redland Bay foreshore from Weinam Creek into
something akin to that at Wynnum, bringing
vibrance to Cleveland.
"We like to think that we look at solutions that
are fair dinkum -- solutions that are economically
viable and achievable. This is too great a spot to
give up on. I want to realise what we can do and
where we can be,"he said.
While the business Greg embraces Redlands as
his larger home, the private man lives quietly
"among the gum trees"
"I enjoy our family time. I like the serenity of
where I live, "he said.
With a wife, two daughters and even a female
dog, Greg remains unashamedly a "man's man" .
His hobbies are kayaking, camping and hunting.
His haunts are North Stradbroke Island,
Stanthorpe and Far North Queensland.
"I know,it's blokey isn't it? But when you live in a
full female household, you have to keep
something intact, "he said.
You see the boy in the man at these times and it is
a quick transition to Greg's childhood,growing up on
a family small crop farm on Bunker Road,his mother a
teacher at Ormiston State School.
"I had a fantastic childhood. We had a lot of
freedom, roaming those bush paddocks and
working on the farm alongside our parents."
A student at Cleveland High School, Greg
continued childhood pursuits, and remained
interested in AFL football.
"The community then was more intact than it is
now. We were too far away from things and this
isolation kept us together."
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has a vision
for his 'patch'
GREG Bell looks across the
lake almost wistfully. But don't
be fooled. This man in his
trademark jeans and T-shirt
may look comfortable on the
outside, but his contemplative
mood is jagged by new ideas,
plans and projects.
Continued page 7
Photos: Melissa Gibson
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