November message from Michael Tilt, CEO

As the silly season draws near, it has been a very busy November for the team at Macroplan! Executive Chairman, Brian Haratsis launched his new book Autropolis: The Diverse Mobility Revolution at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Annual Christmas Luncheon in Sydney last week. Autropolis outlines the impact that Autonomous Vehicles will change the way we move about, but where we live, how we shop, property values and employment opportunities.

Autropolis is officially available for purchase. This is a must read book for everyone in our industry.  If you’re stretched for time or not much of a reader, you can watch a series of short videos presented by Brian himself, where he dives into detail on some of the key points in the book.  Alternatively, get in touch if you would like a presentation to your team. Grab your copy of the book here (available in hardcopy of PDF).

MacroPlan has prepared a submission for the Parliamentary inquiry that will examine the Australian Government’s role in the development of cities. In MacroPlan's submission we propose that a partnership approach with the Commonwealth, focused on leadership innovation is essential for the development of cities. This framework was based on six major challenges for Australia.

At Macroplan we love our sport almost as much as we love property. Earlier this month, the Australian Socceroos secured their spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. A special congratulations to Alex Gersbach, the son our NSW General Manager, Wayne Gersbach who was part of the Socceroos squad who beat Honduras on the 15th! We can't wait to cheer the team on next year.  A special shout out also to the Matilda’s who had two magnificent wins over China last week, securing their position as one of the Australia’s best International teams.

While we still have our glasses in the air, celebrating Australia’s sporting successes (I won’t get started on the Ashes series or the Rugby League World Cup), I would like to acknowledge Gary White for winning the 2017 PIA NSW Planner of the year.

Well, it has finally happened (kind of). Amazon has soft launched in Australia. After months of speculation about the start date, and dire warnings from analysts (not ours - refer to our recent article) that it would spell the end for retailers, the internet behemoth has arrived on our shores.

The soft launch last week was timed (we think) to coincide with Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping holidays in the US. Although the format has yet to really take off in Australia, Amazon is no doubt hoping it will in future.  If you’re interested in understanding how Amazon will impact your retail centre or retail interests, please get in touch with our National Retail Manager, James Turnbull.

The Greater Sydney Commission recently released drafts of its Region and District Plans, and Transport Strategy.  The breadth and detail of the plans acknowledge the importance of integrating planning for social and transport infrastructure with land and property development.  Get in touch if you would like a briefing.

And, finally, a little house-keeping.  We’ll be closing our offices for a short Christmas break from December 22 until January 8.  Of course, we’d be delighted to hear from you before we head off to celebrate and recharge our batteries for an even better 2018.

Michael Tilt