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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 […]

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 […]

Generational Evolution: By Tony Dimasi

This article was written by Tony Dimasi for the AMP Capital Shopping Centres New Consumer Paradigm Report Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y, Generation Z, Millennials, Digital Natives, Generation Alpha – what on earth does it all mean? And more to the point – what does it matter? If you are a retailer, service provider or […]


Wollongong Entertainment Centre could inject more than $12 million annually into local economy

Ben Langford from the Illawarra Mercury, writes: The economic case for a convention centre in Wollongong is strong, with research predicting it could inject more than $12 million annually into the local economy. Market research conducted last year, and obtained by the Mercury, indicates a fully fledged convention venue would attract at least 80 extra […]

Have you made your submission to Plan Melbourne yet?

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 […]

‘Generational Evolution’ – Tony Dimasi recommends – ‘Understand your audience!’

Tony Dimasi discusses ‘Generational Evolution’ in his article for the AMP Capital Shopping Centres ‘NEW CONSUMER PARADIGM’ Report. Understand your audience – Tony Dimasi, retail research expert, recommends an understanding of generational cohorts to help build a better and stronger business although this is no magic bullet. For example, Gen Ys love Mexican food and are also […]