Simon Johanson

Simon Johanson

Property Editor at The Age and BusinessDay journalist for Fairfax's,, and


Services in CBD demand


Simon Johanson Gyms, masseurs and beauty salons are challenging the CBD's traditional fashion and food sectors.


Pellicano speculates on office needs in south-east

Pellicano Group

Simon Johanson The Pellicano Group has begun building a large speculative office building in Moorabbin.


Convention Centre set to go

Convention centre

Simon Johanson The former Melbourne Convention Centre on the Yarra River is set to be demolished.

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Expansionist wants no part of space oddity

Tony Fernandes

Simon Johanson High-profile Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes has said he is looking to expand his Tune Insurance business into Australia.


International hotel to create 100 Victorian jobs

Simon Johanson The Malaysian-based Tune Hotels chain will open a 225 room hotel and base its operational headquarters in Melbourne in November.

Commercial property

Car parks snapped up as spaces dwindle


Simon Johanson Melbourne's population is booming but car-parking spaces are not matching growth.

Commercial property

Alpha group in Amcor bid


Simon Johanson Former Macquarie executive leads consortium that is purchasing paper factory site.

Commercial property

Tough times hit CBD vacancies

Melbourne CBD

Simon Johanson Melbourne CBD street-front shop vacancies rise to their highest levels in five years.

Commercial property

Court quashes regulator ban on short-stay leases

Simon Johanson The Supreme Court has overturned a decision by the building industry regulator that banned short-term tenants from occupying apartments in residential buildings.

Commerical property

Melbourne, RMIT muscle in as property heavyweights

RMIT building

Simon Johanson Between them Melbourne and RMIT universities are property gorillas.

Commericial property

Rising call for student housing

Students and university.

Simon Johanson A combination of the falling dollar and growth in international education is expected to increase the need for student housing over the next three years.

Commercial property

Investors driving surge

World Square Office Towers in Sydney.

Simon Johanson Syndicators and high-net-worth private investors are driving a pick-up in investment activity in Melbourne's city fringe and suburban office markets.

Commercial property

Pizzeria grabs slice of train hub shake-up

A soon to be opened restaurant own by Paul Matheis at the Southern Cross Station.

Simon Johanson Paul Mathis will complete a shake-up of 's Southern Cross railway when he opens a large restaurant at the station.

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Fashion designers took grants amid financial woes


Simon Johanson The fashion industry's latest high-profile victim, Lisa Ho, pocketed nearly $200,000 in taxpayer subsidies before collapsing, and ''jeans queen'' Bettina Liano was given $300,000 in ''innovation''...

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Labels crumbled despite getting big taxpayer handouts

Lisa Ho

Simon Johanson The fashion industry's latest high-profile victim Lisa Ho pocketed nearly $200,000 in taxpayer subsidies before collapsing and jeans queen Bettina Liano was given $300,000 in innovation grants after...

'The Bunker' goes on the market for $3m

Desmond Oppenheimer has his property, 6 Kirks Lane Melbourne, on the market for $3M.

Simon Johanson There are only seven houses – as opposed to apartments – in the CBD and one of the largest, at 680 square metres with a rooftop patio, is for sale.

Deal close on Amcor site

Simon Johanson Amcor may be a step closer to selling its redundant Alphington factory after community groups moved to support proposed planning changes for the site.

Something's brewing in Collingwood

Artists impression of SMA Projects' 350 apartment Yorkshire Brewery development in Collingwood.

Simon Johanson Collingwood's industrial heritage is a key element in the design of a 17-storey apartment project to begin construction in June on the former Yorkshire Brewery site in Robert Street.


US focus for Drapac funds

The Sears Tower.

Simon Johanson Australian property group Drapac is set to launch two investment funds to raise $50 million to invest in US real estate.


Investor set to double his money on three sites

Melbourne skyline.

Simon Johanson A wealthy property investor who is selling three prime city development sites may nearly double his initial $47 million investment.