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Extended recovery in Sydney’s construction sector

Jason Anderson, Chief Economist Sydney’s construction sector has entered an extended recovery period. Activity has been weak since 2003, due to a slump in demand for new housing. A weak state economy has limited the growth in business activity and government revenues, which are reflected in the static levels of non-residential building and civil works. […]

CEO’s update – May

With over a third of the year already behind us, 2013 is shaping up to be a fascinating period for the Australian property industry. At MacroPlan we relish the positive shift in the market, particularly with the preparation of major new metropolitan and regional strategies as well as the launch of major city defining projects.  […]

MacroPlan draws crowds to Chinchilla

Community leaders, developers, residents and mining representatives were amongst the many attendees who flocked to Chinchilla’s Heeney Street RSL last week to hear the latest on the Surat Basin’s flourishing resource industry. MacroPlan’s Chairman Brian Haratsis highlighted the impacts this thriving sector will have on the region’s residential housing stocks and discussed the future challenges […]

Property Council of Australia – Planning Breakfast

Gary Prattley from Gary N Prattley Consulting in collaboration with MacroPlan presented at the Property Council of Australia’s May Planning Breakfast. Key topics covered in the presentation included: Overview of the draft Metropolitan Strategy Areas of concern and areas for further refinement Implementation and challenges Download the full presentation here. Should you require assistance in […]

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 […]