Property Council leadership strengthened

Three new industry professionals have been appointed to the Property Council of Australia’s SA Division Council at a time when property can help shape the state’s economy. 

SA Executive Director Daniel Gannon said the Property Council was fortunate to have expert professionals helping to shape the direction of the industry.

“Property is South Australia’s largest private sector employer and biggest industry, accounting for almost 11% of the state’s economic activity,” he said.

“At a time when South Australia needs strong leadership and policy direction, the Property Council has assembled industry experts to help unlock job creation and economic development opportunities.”

Mr Gannon said that three new professionals have been appointed to its strategic leadership body, Division Council:

  • Rosina Di Maria, Principal, Woods Bagot
  • Matthew Lane, Funds Manager, Charter Hall
  • Leah Wright, Partner, MinterEllison

Additionally, Steve Maras has been re-elected SA President for another term. Adrian Esplin has been re-elected as vice-President, while Nick Emmett has been elected vice-President and replaces outgoing VP Anthony Carrocci. Con Tragakis has been re-elected Treasurer. 

“The Property Council champions the interests of more than 2,200 member companies that represent the full spectrum of the industry, including those who invest, own, manage and develop in all sectors, creating landmark projects and environments where people live, work, shop and play,” he said. 

“Our vision is a thriving industry creating prosperity, jobs and strong communities., and this new group of professionals will help make that vision a reality.”

Mr Gannon thanked outgoing Division Councillors and said key priorities for 2017 include fairer taxes, a modernized planning system and policies that improve SA’s economic development outlook.

Please see below statistics about the importance of property to the South Australian economy:

  • Property is South Australia’s largest private sector employer and biggest industry
  • It accounts for 10.8% of the state’s economic activity (or $10.5 billion)
  • It builds prosperity by paying $4.4 billion in wages and salaries – one in six people draw their wage directly or indirectly from property
  • One million South Australians have a stake in property through their super funds
  • Property is the largest single industry contributor paying 56.6% of state taxes, local government rates, fees and charges


Media contact:  Daniel Gannon | E  [email protected]