September Message from Michael Tilt, CEO

Last month we launched our new MapCloud product and the response has been overwhelming!  A few clients were so enthusiastic, they couldn’t even wait for the product release and signed up straight away.  You can read more about it in this issue and see, in a very tangible way, how MapCloud can help you keep you ahead of the pack. And talking of launches . . . Destructive Cities, the newly released book by Brian Haratsis, has ‘launched’ some very exciting discussion in the property industry.  Since the initial unveiling in Sydney some weeks ago at a UDIA luncheon, Brian has introduced the book in Perth, Melbourne and, just this week, Brisbane.

The Brisbane event, was provocatively titled, ‘Where there’s chaos, there’s money’.  Brian presented a keynote address which was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Chris Herde, Editor of the Courier Mail commercial property section, Prime Site.

The impressive line-up of panelists joining Brian for the evening were Stuart Moseley, Deputy Director-General in the Planning Group for the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning; Stuart Macnaughton, partner and leader for McCullough Robertson’s Planning and Environment Group; and Consolidated Properties co-founder, Don O’Rorke.

Last week The Age newspaper was crowing ‘State of excitement as Victoria’s population passes the six million mark’.  The article went on to claim that Melbourne was well on its way to overtaking Sydney for the title of Australia’s biggest city.  However, it conceded that, ‘while Melbourne will soon overtake Sydney in terms of population, Victoria still has a long way to go when it comes to catching up to New South Wales as whole.’

Overseas migration is the biggest contributor to overall Australian growth, but demographers claim that the surge in Victoria’s population has been enhanced by people leaving northern states in search of employment down south.

‘More than 14,000 people decided to ditch their old state and flock to Victoria over the past 12 months, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics,’ said The Age.

Meanwhile, recent population projections by the Department of Planning and Environment in NSW show that Victoria’s ‘rival’ will grow to close on 10 million people by 2036.  It would seem that the race is on!

In our own modest way, MacroPlan is also growing.  We are expanding around the country and are looking to recruit.  If you know of someone, please tell them to get in touch with us.

Our national consulting team is active across a range of sectors. Here is a snapshot of our advisory focus from the past few months…

A big weekend of footy ahead with both the AFL and NRL grand finals to be played. Good luck to all the teams involved and may the best team win!

To discuss any of the items mentioned above, please contact my office on 02 9221 5211 or send an email to .

Michael Tilt