We’ve had a successful and very busy 2017 and the holiday season is suddenly upon us. In the frenzied rush to the end of the calendar, it’s a good time to review some of our milestones and achievements.
Here are just a few of the highlights:
We’ve grown taller. Our Sydney office moved to a new home, and while our new street address is just a few ‘doors’ further down from the old one on Martin Place, we’ve gone a long way up in the world - all the way to the 52nd floor.
We’ve grown wider. Our Project Management division which we launched last year with a Sydney-based team, now has a significant Melbourne market presence with a number of major development projects already underway.
We’re getting mobile. MacroPlan has embraced the advent of self-driving vehicles, which we believe will have a greater effect on our lives than the personal computer and the mobile phone. Our Chairman, Brian Haratsis, has been in the vanguard, releasing his book Autropolis: The Diverse Mobility Revolution to great acclaim just last month. This transformative technology will change everything, not least, property development and planning.
To ensure we’re in the ‘driver’s seat’ when autonomous vehicles hit the roads, MacroPlan has forged close working relationships with the Australia New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) and the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), bodies which represent key players in transport infrastructure and the transport industry.
We’re addressing imbalance. It’s no secret that the property business has been largely a blokey industry. This year we launched an in-house program to grow and develop women in our business. We kicked off with a workshop in Melbourne, attended by a team of people from around the country. MacroPlan prides itself on thinking differently, digging a little deeper and bringing fresh perspectives to problems. We need to harness the potential of all our staff to make that happen.
We received accolades. Take a bow, Gary Prattley, our ACT General Manager! After a 50-year career in planning (and still going strong), Gary was awarded the prestigious PIA Sidney Luker Medal, granted only every two years to a person who has made a notable contribution to Australian urban and regional planning. Gary has been part of the fabric of our business and been involved with Brian and MacroPlan since the start. He represents the depth and breadth of experience that MacroPlan brings to the table.
We reached for the skies. And we grabbed the cloud. MacroPlan rolled out MapCloud, which allows clients to access a range of up-to-date visual property and demographic information - anywhere, anytime. We’re very proud of this powerful and bespoke product which brings valuable data to the client’s finger tips, and we’ve been arranging demonstrations in boardrooms around the country.
We’re hitting the refresh button. We decided it was time for a makeover, so in parallel with the preparation of our strategic plan, expect a new look to the MacroPlan brand in early 2018. But you’ll have to wait and see . . .
We’re saying thank you. On behalf of everyone at MacroPlan, I would like to say thank you for continuing to engage with us and for fostering meaningful relationships with us. Our success is driven by our ongoing collaboration.
As well as finishing off the work year, this holiday season is a time for families, so it’s appropriate to mention here that the MacroPlan family celebrated the birth of four babies and three weddings.
We’ll be closing our offices from December 22, opening up on January 8 when we’ll be ready to ring in the New Year with you. And I’m betting 2018 will be even bigger and better!
Here’s wishing you, your colleagues and your families a healthy and safe festive break.
Michael Tilt, CEO