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Planning authority board expanded to manage Melbourne’s growth to 2050 – MacroPlan in the press

Infolink The Victorian Government Thursday, 10 July 2014 Victoria Government Planning Minister Matthew Guy has announced the appointment of four new members to the Metropolitan Planning Authority (MPA) board to ensure the body effectively manages Melbourne’s growth to 2050. Mr Guy announced the appointment of Brian Haratsis, Laurinda Gardner, Freya Marsden and former Minister Theo […]


WA could experience predicted house-building boom despite reports confidence in property market is down – MacroPlan in the press

ABC News  Sunday, 15 June 2014 WA could still experience a predicted house-building boom this year despite reports confidence in the property market is down, an expert has said. Figures from the state’s Housing Industry Association (HIA) suggest more homes could be built in WA in 2014 than in any year on record. The HIA […]


Ageing and Health: Game On

The first key element in understanding structural change is to assess the impact of change and to address the impact of changing demographic structure. Demographics of Ageing Australia, surprisingly, has an older age structure than the USA.  This is attributable to very low levels of immigration in the 1970s and 1980s, associated with low levels […]


State trends in household spending

ABS Quarterly Update: New figures for retail and motor vehicle sales have been released and there are considerable differences across the states. Figures for Western Australia and Queensland identify a clear softening trend in the level of household spending growth. The recent data are consistent with our expectations for slowing population growth, primarily attributed to […]


NSW EOFY Infrastructure ‘Stocktake’ – Is there a silver lining?

The bevy of property and infrastructure related announcements that are likely to have a positive transformational effect on NSW, and particularly Sydney, continues to roll-out. The 2014 Budget has confirmed $61.5b worth of strategic infrastructure spending (over four years) – yesterday’s announcement includes funding for: Various Hospital redevelopments (St George, Sutherland & Gosford); the redevelopment […]


‘Plan Melbourne’ highlights economic opportunity

The final version of Victoria’s new strategic planning document, Plan Melbourne, was released in May this year. The plan implements a new spatial framework that splits the metropolitan region into five subregions, in recognition of the need to plan for the future at the subregional scale. This new subregional focus provides a mechanism for achieving […]


Rebalancing the Queensland Economy

Brian Haratsis, Executive Chairman – MacroPlan, explores the impacts of the Real Estate and Construction Industries on Queensland and outlines what new opportunities are presented from the emergence of the X-Factors. Understanding the future of Queensland’s Real Estate and Construction Industry  Brian Haratsis Executive Chairman E: P: 03 9600 0500 Brian Haratsis is MacroPlan’s Founder […]


Melbourne CBD planner says build where jobs are – MacroPlan in the press

Australian Financial Review Rebecca Thistleton Tuesday, 20 May 2014 Housing’s key driver is not population, it’s jobs, according to a key architect of Melbourne’s new planning strategy which was released on Monday. Brian Haratsis, chairman of MacroPlan, said the new plan would allow Melbourne’s CBD to expand into the country’s biggest for jobs and residential […]