Message from the President

In Tasmania, the Property Council of Australia is a proud contributor to the national agenda. The significant and positive effect that property and construction has on the state's economy is clearly articulated.

Matthew Clark – Tasmanian President (Associate - Senior Town Planner, JMG Engineers & Planners)

The property industry is crucial to Tasmanian's future economic success. It employs almost 40,000 people, some 17 per cent of the workforce, contributing over $800 million in property-specific taxes and delivering 11 per cent to gross state product.

The Property Council is committed to becoming reform partners with all levels of government. To that end, our advocacy reform priorities for the next two years are very clear, particularly in local government and planning reform. Red and green tape reduction is an important objective. Setting appropriate and healthy population growth targets are necessary for the state to keep pace with national projections. Tasmania urgently needs taxation and council rates reforms to become more efficient, competitive and to attract investment. Efficiency gains in management of energy and water utilities need to occur.

Recent major advocacy wins have been achieved with new state government commitments including the creation of Infrastructure Tasmania and a single state-wide planning scheme. Appointments of a Coordinator General and a Regulation Reduction Coordinator will bring in much-needed changes. Already, measures such as land tax reform and the two-year headworks holiday, which provided relief from charges for developers, have doubled the number of building and plumbing plans in the past year.

The Property Council is ready, willing and able to progress our reform priorities in a manner that continues to deliver both quality for our valued members and jobs for the Tasmanian community.