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Designing communities around better health

Health Matters: Victorian Healthcare Association Issue 1 [May 2013] During the 20th century, unbelievable advances were made in medical science, enabling our society to dramatically reduce — and in many cases eradicate — diseases that had plagued humankind for centuries, dramatically increasing life expectancy around the world. There will be similar changes in the 21st century, with increased life spans and consumption-led lifestyles combining to bring […]

Economy adds to housing squeeze

Katie Lee from The Weekend West writes: WAs economy continues to grow faster than other States, including a population increasing by an average of 1000 people per week, according to a recent report released by Otan Property Funds Management, which highlights the increasing pressure the growth is placing on rentals and house sales.  Otan Property Funds Management recently commissioned research into the effects of the State’s thriving economy […]

Property developers expect growth in density

Samantha Hutchinson from the Australian Financial Review writes: Two of Australia’s biggest listed developers will dedicate more resources to building townhouses, apartments and attached homes as the population’s housing preferences change. Jason Anderson, Chief Economist for property consultancy MacroPlan, provided comments for this article to the Australian Financial Review regarding: Growth in national detached housing […]

Councils not prepared for ageing downsizers

Stephen Nicholls from the Sydney Morning Herald writes: Research has identified 20 ageing ”hot spots” in need of more apartments for downsizers. Umina Beach on the central coast tops the list: 33 per cent of residents are aged over 55. Mosman is next at 29 per cent. ”I think really people who downsize do want […]

Queensland’s best suburbs

Which suburbs in South East Queensland scored the highest in services and infrastructure, and does it affect the prices of the houses? Real estate investors advise suburbs that a near hospitals, universities, have good transport and schools are desirable… however MacroPlan Dimasi crunched numbers using a secret formula to calculate which suburbs are being looked […]

$8.5 million HAF Funding for Mackay

MacroPlan Australia was successful in supporting the Plantation Palms Estate’s successful bid for funding under the Federal Government’s Housing Affordability Fund. The funding, announced by Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Minister for Housing, on 5 May 2010, will facilitate the opening up of several stages of the estate’s development and the concurrent provision of affordable housing […]

NSW White Paper

The NSW Government is building a planning system focused on sustainable growth to deliver the jobs and houses we need to support our growing cities and regions. In September 2012 Gary White, MacroPlan’s Strategic Planning Advisor — Major Projects,  was appointed as an expert advisor to the NSW Government to assist in the development of […]

MacroPlan Wins National Award

MacroPlan along with Gold Coast City Council, HASSELL, Aurecon and Gaskell Planning Consultants were announced as winners for Best Planning Idea — Large Project for the ‘Gold Coast Rapid Transit 2031’ at the 2013 National Awards for Planning Excellence. The Gold Coast Rapid Transit project is one of the most significant public transport projects in […]

2013 National PIA Conference

Australia’s only entirely planned city was the meeting place for a significant gathering of the country’s planning professionals during Canberra’s Centenary celebrations.  Planners, Urban Designers, Architects, Lawyers and other professionals involved with planning, development and creating great places and spaces came together to celebrate the Value of Planning at the 2013 Planning Institute of Australia […]