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Property Council adds 2 inductees to Hall of Fame

By Kyle Robbins
08 June 2022 | 1 minute read
Ken Morrison

Two industry leaders are set to be inducted to the Australian Property Hall of Fame, courtesy of the Property Council of Australia.

Dr Seek Ngee Huat and the late Jim Service AO are the two latest inductees into the prestigious Hall of Fame, with the pair’s pioneering contributions to the industry celebrated at the ceremony, according to Property Council chief executive Ken Morrison. 

“The Australian Property Hall of Fame celebrates those individuals who have left a lasting legacy to the industry and the community, and both Jim Service and Dr Seek can sit proudly among this group,” Mr Morrison said.

Mr Morrison has remembered Mr Service as a person of extreme character who was influential in the industry as a whole, most notably for his positive and progressive impact on the development of the nation’s capital.

“Jim was known as ‘Mr Canberra’,” Mr Morrison said, “and he was tremendously influential in the evolution of the nation’s capital for more than two decades”.

“He also left a legacy across the industry, overseeing the transformation of the Property Council in 1996 with a fresh focus on our industry’s role in working with governments to help solve the public policy challenges facing the country.”

In attendance at the dinner at the Great Hall in Parliament House on Tuesday, 7 June, was Mr Service’s widow Dorothy, sons James, Adrian and Robert, daughter Cathy and daughters-in-law Sue and Julie. 

James Service AM said of his father: “This is an extraordinary honour for Dad and the family and we know he would be very humbled to be recognised in this way. We miss him of course, but his legacy very much lives on in the city we call home – one he could say he played a small role in helping to shape.”

The induction of Dr Seek Ngee Huat, Mr Morrison stated, is a recognition of his role in establishing the foundations of Australia’s institutional property sector and his global career that spanned Australia, Singapore and other various countries.

“Dr Seek helped create the research base that has proven to be a lasting advantage to this country and then built a global real estate portfolio in GIC, including many iconic assets across Australia,” he said. 

Mr Morrison said Dr Seek’s lasting legacy lies in transparency and global capital partnerships, which he claims are “two defining characteristics of the Australian property industry”.

On his induction to the Hall of Fame, Dr Seek said “it is a pleasure to be inducted into the Property Hall of Fame; joining such a prodigious list of inductees is an immense honour”.

Since its foundation in 2012, a number of notable individuals have been promoted into the Property Councils’ Hall of Fame, such as Frank Lowy AC, Sir Keith Campbell and Sir Albert Jennings. 

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