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When Greg finished school, he joined
forces with childhood friend, carpenter and
farming neighbour ("We ran around the same
bit of bush.") Greg Fox building houses at the
top end of the market. It was the boom days
for Raby Bay and the boys'gamble paid off.
"I walked into the office one day. The
phone was ringing and I realised I wasn't
enjoying this. We were doing the same old,
same old -- building show-off homes where
the focus was on who had the biggest boat.
"The question was what to do next."
The answer lay in town planning and
creating the best Redlands possible.
"We used to brainstorm and came up with
the 'live, work, play' 12 years ago."
Greg said he focused primarily on the
southern regions, probably because of his
familiarity with them.
"We wanted to give back to the
community with every project."
An example of this is the residential
development opposite Redland Bay School,
all with fully reticulated gas lines, where
home owners were given options to be self
"We looked around and realised there was
a problem with kids walking to school. So we
resurrected the bridge over Moogurrapum
Creek, connecting pathways to make it safe
and visible. When I see a mum pushing a
pram over that bridge, I feel good, " he said.
So too when Greg strolls the Redland Bay
Village Shopping Centre, something he
"tidied up"in 2000.
"The kids made the tiles. It's about giving
back and giving the community ownership.
Now that community has a meeting place --
a place to catch up. Like Lakeside, this
becomes the heart and soul of the
community. It's nice to think I was part
It hasn't been without its frustration.
Greg is all too aware of government and
council red tape and the negative badging of
being a developer.
"There is a lot to contend with. I am just as
sad to see farms go as the next person.
Developers are poorly judged. But no matter
how much you might enjoy the lifestyle of
my childhood, there is no going back. We
can't go back to where we were. So, we
embrace the great opportunities that are
here and understand what the area can
deliver. It's about balance.
"Bring it on," says Greg.
"Here's the idea. Let's just do it. "
So says a man who believes he is
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