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Improved growth outlook for shopping centres?

Ellis Davies, MacroPlan’s Manager – Retail, reviews the September 2013 MacroPlan Shopping Centre Benchmarks and considers the outlook for shopping centres. Over recent years it is clear that trading conditions for shopping centres have been challenging. While Australia’s economy has remained relatively strong since the GFC, consumers have been overly cautious and have been saving […]

2014 outlook: It’s a small world, after all

Written by Jason Anderson, Chief Economist – MacroPlan In macroeconomics, an assumption of the ‘small open economy’ is often used. The basis of this assumption is that being small and open, the economy operates as a reflection of economic conditions in the rest of the world. For Australia, floating of the currency and deregulation of […]


Coalition job cuts to see vacancy rates soar

Greg Brown from the Australian writes: DEEP public-sector job cuts over the next four years will push up Canberra’s office vacancies and reduce rents for landlords, according to market analysts. A Senate estimates hearing was told this week that more than 26,000 workers could leave the public service nationally over the next four years. However, […]

Brisbane steals the show for September

Greg Brown from the Australian writes: WHILE booming off-the-plan apartment sales in Sydney and Melbourne have hogged the limelight this year, Brisbane came to the fore in the September quarter, recording the highest number of new apartment sales in more than a decade. Next year is set to be even bigger, with property experts saying […]

Keys to Planning Melbourne’s Future: Plan Melbourne

The Victorian State Government has released the Consultation Draft of Plan Melbourne, Melbourne’s new Metropolitan Planning Strategy.  Executive Chairman of MacroPlan, Brian Haratsis is a member of the Planning Minister’s Advisory Committee who was responsible for the preparation of the Strategy.  Brian was the only economist amongst the group and has played a key role in […]

Property Council’s Industry Briefing: 20 of Victoria’s Best Investment Sites – Presented by David Brown

Victoria’s economy shifted and rapidly expanded under the Kennett era policy of government ‘getting out of the way’. Since then, growth has slowed, but the infrastructure deficit has kept growing. Victoria’s economy needs projects that will drive economic growth, create jobs and stimulate investment – without significant cost to government. We have identified Victoria’s top […]

NSW Planning Bill: What you need to know

Wayne Gersbach, General Manager for New South Wales writes: Following extensive public and industry consultation, the NSW Planning Bill has passed through the Legislative Assembly, the first step towards the overhaul of the much-maligned NSW planning system. As many would know, a slightly ‘watered-down’ version of the Bill was presented to the Assembly, leaving industry […]

Housing demand strong in the west…

Stuart McKnight, General Manager for Western Australia writes: The strength of housing demand in Western Australia has taken the industry by surprise, with a 34 per cent year-on-year increase in dwelling commencements in the State.  Western Australia’s Planning Minister John Day launched the Housing Industry Forecasting Group’s outlook for the dwelling construction industry in the […]