Qantas, AFL chairman Richard Goyder’s city bolthole in heritage building flies onto market

Qantas, AFL and Woodside Energy chairman Richard Goyder is selling his property in a heritage building once home to the Herald Sun newsroom.

Qantas, AFL and Woodside Energy chairman Richard Goyder and his wife Janine Goyder are offloading their New York loft-style pad in Melbourne’s CBD.

The high-flying couple have owned the apartment for 16 years, but have now placed it on the market after recently splashing $10.43m on a new house in South Yarra.

It is understood they have upsized to accommodate their Melbourne-based family, after Ms Goyder placed a caveat on the luxe four-bedroom home near Chapel St.

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Now, the couple have $2.8m-$3m price hopes for their three-bedroom city bolthole at 29/2 Exhibition St.

RT Edgar Toorak agent Chelsie Cargill declined to comment on the high-profile owners, however public records show the apartment belongs to the Goyders.

The pair are best known for Mr Goyder’s work as chairman of both the AFL and Woodside Energy, positions he has held since 2017, and chairman of Qantas since 2018.

Qantas chairman Richard Goyder and wife Janine. Picture: Matt Jelonek.

The spacious living area at the apartment.

The perfect city bolthole.

Their apartment is located on the corner of Flinders and Exhibition Streets in an “iconic” heritage building that was once home to the Herald Sun newsroom from 1923 to 1995.

It is now known as Herald Living after it was transformed by Hassell Architects in collaboration with Schiavello Constructions in 2006.

Stretching across two levels, the 180sq m pad features a spacious, open-plan living, kitchen and dining area that leads into a central bathroom and bedroom.

Two further bedrooms are found upstairs including the huge main suite with a walk-in wardrobe and stylish ensuite.

The apartment stretches across two levels.

Live like a high-flying executive.

Other attractive features include soaring ceilings, timber floorboards, marble benchtops in the kitchen and bathrooms, plus views across the city and Exhibition St through the original metal-framed windows.

Mr Goyder’s recent South Yarra purchase adds to his existing sizeable property portfolio in Western Australia, believed to include a 1200ha hobby farm near Toodyay, a holiday home in Augusta, and a five-bedroom house in the ritzy Perth suburb of Mosman Park.

The Qantas chairman’s property moves come after the airline faced scrutiny in recent weeks over allegations it sold tickets for flights that had already been cancelled.

Consumer watchdog the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has filed Federal Court action against the national carrier over the claims.

The Goyders are selling after recently splashing $10.43m on a new house in South Yarra.

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Mr Goyder is also chairman of the AFL. Picture: Jonathan DiMaggio/AFL Photos via Getty Images.


Vanessa Hudson is now chief executive of Qantas Group after Alan Joyce stepped down. Picture: NCA Newswire/Gaye Gerard.

Qantas boss Alan Joyce has also announced he will step down early from his role amid backlash surrounding the alleged “ghost flights”, as well as claims the airline lobbied the federal government to reject Qatar Airways’ bid to increase flights to Australia.

With the spotlight now on Mr Goyder, the chairman has said in an interview that he has no intention of going anywhere.

“I’m fully committed,” he said. “We’ll get to work and do what we need to do and I think my role in that is pretty important.”

Vanessa Hudson replaced Mr Joyce as managing director and group chief executive of Qantas on September 6.

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