Innovative Design Bogged Down in Planning
“I’ve just been rejected in all my applications for new houses in this council.”
Sydney Planning: The Best or Nothing
Karl Benz once remarked that he built a great motor car with the axiom “Das Beste Oder Nichts” meaning “the best or nothing,” and it is...
Record Land Releases Creating Huge Greenfield Opportunities
Drive along the old Princes Highway toward Pakenham in Melbourne’s south-east and ‘Land for Sale’ signs dot the landscape.
Middle Ring Suburbs Missing Out
The recent report by the Grattan Institute - Housing Affordability - Re-imagining the Australian dream - makes a plea for more medium density housing in inner...
Big Opportunities in Hotel Development and Construction
Four years ago, Australia’s hotel market was struggling as a surging dollar saw the cost competitiveness of our tourism industry relative to overseas peers plummet, weak...
New Suburbs, Latent Heave, Trees and Lessons Not Learnt
On August 16th 2017, The Age contained a two-page article about 8,000 blocks in a new suburb called Mount Atkinson, situated between Caroline Springs and Rockbank...
It’s Time for Developer Control
When I first saw London tower fire, I thought it was an act of terror.
The Planning Act 2016: Changes to Development Assessment in Queensland
Queensland has adopted the new Planning Act 2016 (Planning Act) – repealing the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) – with the change taking effect on July...
Former RBA Governor Outlines His Approach to Housing Affordability
With housing affordability becoming such a big political issue in Australian cities, it is very interesting to see how the former Governor of the Reserve Bank...
NZ:Feelers out for $300m Waterfront Partner
Auckland Council is on the hunt for a consortium capable of delivering an infrastructure redevelopment north of $300 million that would meet the city's plans to...
Lend Lease Full Year Profit Down 25%, Despite Record Pipeline of Projects
Global property developer Lend Lease's development pipeline has hit a record of nearly $45 billion thanks to new projects in Asia and the Americas.
NZ Landlord PFI Seeks Funds for Acquisitions
Listed industrial landlord Property For Industry it will hit up investors for $49.5 million for acquisitions and developments after more than doubling its first-half profit.
Investment in Hotel Properties Jumps
Transaction volume in the Australian hotel investment market reached $1.9 billion for the first half of 2015, and looks set to overtake the $2.5 billion transacted...
Melbourne Wants Development Partner for Queen Vic Market
Plans to transform the Queen Victoria Market precinct and add as much as half a billion dollars in new property to the area are fast gathering...
Ex-Sydney Mayor Facing Corruption Charges
An ex-Sydney mayor who was branded corrupt and dumped from council is now headed to court on charges of blackmail, misconduct in public office and lying...
Stockland Renews Push for Australand
Property developer Stockland is renewing calls on rival Australand to open its books so it can pursue its $2.4 billion takeover offer.