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‘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 […]


Section 4: Structural Change Case Studies

Case studies of new metropolitan strategies (e.g. Melbourne, Perth, Darwin) and key urban renewal projects (e.g. Fishermans Bend in Melbourne, Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Barangaroo in Sydney) demonstrate the change in paradigm, the issues confronted by land use/infrastructure planners, and the ongoing opportunities for developers in terms of investment in inner and middle ring areas.  […]


First Home Buyers set the foundation of a stable society

Home ownership, the great Australian dream, is more than simply shelter—it’s character defining, providing security of tenure and a stabilising influence over life’s decisions; it’s a store of value and source of wealth; and, it’s a driver of business activity across the economy. Many factors influence an individual’s decision to enter the market; the capacity […]


Section 3: Demographics

The key to understanding the future of structural change in Australia lies in identifying the underlying demographic shifts that are occurring alongside it. Australia has and will continue to be dominated by the south-eastern states (see Figure 1), with almost 40% of national population growth expected to occur in Melbourne and Sydney; although chiefly in […]


Section 2: Planning and Infrastructure [Part 2 of 2]

Infrastructure investment is not treated favourably from a taxation perspective – public–private partnerships are non-existent outside of Victoria, and First Home Owner Grants (FHOG) often direct growth to the urban fringe by only applying to new dwellings.  For example, taxation policies which favour urban fringe expansion are diametrically opposed to restrictive land use planning settings, […]

Ageing population

Ageing population will influence housing demand

Australia’s ageing population will bring significant change in housing demand, both in terms of location and dwelling type. The availability of suitable, comfortable, affordable and accessible housing is important for older people, and will factor as a significant influence of demand from both retiring households and investors. Currently there are just over 3 million Australians […]


Section 2: Planning and Infrastructure [Part 1 of 2]

Planning in Australia is a critical value driver for property.  The process of zoning, development approval, private project construction, public infrastructure construction and urban renewal is generally poorly executed by the public sector and difficult to understand within the private sector.  Poor land use planning (including regulation, value capture and infrastructure coordination) emerged in the […]