Who’s Who in 2022, Government Gurus: Nigel Charmier

Published 3:20am 8 December 2022

Who’s Who in 2022, Government Gurus: Nigel Charmier
Words by Moreton Daily

Work is gathering pace for chair Nigel Charmier and directors of Millovate as the future of The Mill at Moreton Bay starts to take shape.

Millovate was set-up to create and activate The Mill site as a “destination landmark”, leading the “vision and development options across 65 hectares of mixed-use space”.

Mr Charmier’s team has received expressions of interest for a 400-bed, 20-operating theatre private hospital – the largest to be built in this state in 30 years.

A shortlist has been drawn-up and proposals are now in a Request for Proposal process.

Millovate s also reviewing responses from a market sounding process, which closed on June 30, into and integrated health village on the site.

Its website says the same approach was used to investigate “the potential to plan and enable the development of innovative and diverse education offerings and lifelong learning”.

Early proposals are being developed including a lakes edge “activation” and a venue to host the 2032 Brisbane Olympics boxing tournament.

About Nigel Charmier

Nigel Charmier knows the Moreton Bay Region well. After living in Kallangur, the family moved to Bray Park where his children went to school. His parents lived at Morayfield.

He had friends and neighbours who worked at the old paper mill, on the site of the new USC university, and learned to water ski on the North Pine River close by.

“I would take my children and grandchildren to the houses where their parents were raised, because I think it is important for them to understand their background and family,” he said in a Moreton Daily interview after joining the Millovate board.

Nigel’s career includes 20 years with a major international real estate agency (JLL), where he was “a partner very early in life”. In 1994 he received a Medal of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the property industry.

For 11 years, he was Chairman of the Office of Economic Development for the City of Brisbane and has also been director of Queensland Airports, director of Griffith University and chair of the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast.

A legacy of the Games is a knowledge precinct, opposite Griffith University, at Southport. Moreton Bay Regional Council also wants a knowledge and innovation centre at Petrie, which is well placed to adapt in our changing world.

Nigel will draw on experience, such as being involved with the development of Brisbane’s South Bank Corporation since before the World Expo in 1988.

Environmental, preservation and heritage projects are also close to his heart. Nigel chaired the $215 million restoration of Brisbane City Hall, which was closed for three years.

Also on his resume is chair of the Oxley Creek Transformation, a $100 million project covering 20kms from Tennyson to Larapinta.

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