Amazon – Expected impacts are over-hyped…

As we are now all aware, Amazon is launching in Australia in 2018, with distribution facilities likely to be operational by 2018/19. The Australian market has all the key fundamentals for Amazon to make solid inroads. Australians already shop with Amazon – spending around $500 – $1 billion on Amazon businesses per year. Ebay has […]

The infrastructure projects building Australia and its property industry

Australia’s Federal Government Budget 2017-18 released in early May, presented quite a large number of infrastructure projects. Many of these are not new and in fact while $70 billion worth of projects are committed across Australia, new spending initiatives announced in this budget represent only a small percentage. Nonetheless, this $70 billion investment does represent a […]

Planning reform for Queensland commences 3 July

The Queensland Government has recently released the final piece of its planning reform puzzle, with the finalised Planning Regulation 2017 now publicly available. Queensland’s new planning legislation, which comes into effect on 3 July, will be supported by a suite of recently gazetted and released state interest instruments and promises to deliver a more simplified, […]

When it comes to growth, we are our own worst enemy

What proportion of Australia’s landmass is used by our cities? 20%? 10%? 5%? If that’s the case then the truth may shock you. Land use in Australia is closely monitored by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, a section of the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, using both the latest […]

‘Fast 5’ with Jeremy McKinnon – Senior Manager – Advisory

Jeremy McKinnon leads MacroPlan’s Advisory Services practice and is a senior property analyst with over 17 years of national and international experience.  Jeremy specialises in property economics, research and development advisory.  He is commercially focused with extensive due diligence and transaction experience.   What makes the Gold Coast an appealing destination for property investment?    […]

Understanding housing investment cycles

The holy grail of housing investment might be summed up as: when do I invest and where?  If only it were that simple. Unfortunately, housing investment cycles in Australia are increasingly complex to understand as the economy evolves from the recent mining construction boom into a global services economy. The reason why it’s becoming harder […]

Tied up in tape

When it comes to property development, sometimes it feels like the easy part is the bricks and mortar construction.  The hard bit is making your way through all the red tape which ties up the approvals process – even before the first foundations are laid. The thing is, dealing with the bureaucratic paper work isn’t […]

The future of infrastructure in Australia

In Australia, we don’t have a big picture view about how we are going to create our future. There are a number of government bodies providing metropolitan strategies and infrastructure plans, but there isn’t an integrated comprehensive vision with a clear implementation process. As Australians, that’s a problem for all of us.  As investors and […]

Are governments helping or hindering development?

Governments in Australia have struggled with the planning and regulation of major cities, particularly over the last 30 years. Of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world, four of them are in Australia. That’s a fantastic claim to fame.  Unfortunately, we also hold the title for having four of the world’s most expensive […]