Simon Johanson

Simon Johanson

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

Business confidence 'to be hit' by ALP dumping East West Link

Simon Johanson Business confidence will take a hit and future infrastructure projects will face increased costs if the ALP follows through on its vow to dump the East West Link project if it wins the November...

Qube warns Port of Melbourne charges could double

Jenny Wiggins and Simon Johanson Melbourne cargo charges could double over the next two years, raising prices of imported goods for consumers as the privatisation of Australian container ports pushes up rents, logistics group Qube...

Industrial sector vacancies fall over six months: report

Simon Johanson A slowdown in speculative development and better tenant retention are behind a recent decline in industrial vacancy rates, according to consultants Urbis.

TNT builds super hub at Melbourne Airport

The Age Google Earth image of Melbourne Airport car park long term and short term are visable. Image date 2009. 18th October 2013

Simon Johanson Global transport and logistics group TNT has started construction on a super hub' near Melbourne Airport.

St Kilda Road in investor's sights

For sale.

Simon Johanson AIMS Property Fund is close to selling its 492 St Kilda Road office, with the asset in due diligence to an undisclosed buyer.

Last of Walker's Collins Square towers

Lang Walker: Plans for Docklands.

Simon Johanson Sydney billionaire Lang Walker is making plans to begin work on a fifth tower, the last in his $1.5 billion-plus Collins Square project in Melbourne's Docklands precinct.

Kingswood golf site exceeds $80m sale forecast

Simon Johanson The site of the Kingswood Golf Club in Dingley has been sold to a well-known developer for more than the original $80 million forecast asking price, club officials say.


Docklands' Supersonic artwork installed without planning approval, may have to be altered

Artist Dion Horstmans with a scale model of his 'Supersonic' sculpture.

Simon Johanson An 80 metre-long Supersonic artwork has been installed in Docklands without proper planning approvals in an oversight that has left Walker Corporation yellow-faced.

Australian pollies love their properties... and islands ...and rentals

 Industrial Relations and Employment Minister Richard Dalla-Riva, is the Parliament's rental kingpin and property doyen.

Simon Johanson One owns an island, another half a dozen rental properties, and the third a block of flats.

Woolies sells in Toorak

Simon Johanson A freestanding Woolworths supermarket in Toorak has sold for more than $12 million on a near-record low yield below 3 per cent.

Sale of Bradmill site stalls

Simon Johanson One of Melbourne's largest inner-city land sales has become bogged down in negotiations, but the owner of the former Bradmill denim factory who stands to make a potential $120 million windfall...

Development looms at Queen Victoria market

The Munro family’s holdings are expected to fetch at least $60 million.

Simon Johanson The relentless rise of tall towers appears set to encroach on the doorstep of Melbourne's famed Queen Victoria Market.

Parking levy bites suburban tenants


Simon Johanson The flow of corporates leaving Melbourne’s suburbs to take up space in CBD offices may accelerate next year as the suburban car parking levy bites.

Docklands office on the market

The 11-storey property for sale in Docklands.

Simon Johanson Sydney-based private investment company Fitzpatrick Investments will divest a four-year-old office building in Docklands Drive.

Melbourne-based tech start-up to light up Silicon Valley

Lighting entrepreneurs Chris Duffield and Danny Bishop.

Simon Johanson A Melbourne-based tech start-up that is reshaping the lighting systems of commercial buildings will seek venture capital for expansion from California's famed Silicon Valley.

Mirvac forges entrance at Yarra's Edge

Simon Johanson Marina, Park, River and now Wharf's Entrance. The final precinct in Mirvac's Yarra Edge development will launch in October with the 228-unit Forge apartment building, 11 riverfront homes and seven...

Rents in popular retail strips too high

Simon Johanson Retail rents in some suburban shopping strips may need to drop by up to 50 per cent before struggling streets will return to their former glory, agents say.

Police to investigate plumbing auditor

Simon Johanson A plumbing industry auditor's $10 million contract with Victoria's building regulator has been terminated and the matter referred to police following audit irregularities.

Thousands affected by 'slab heave' report blunder

Simon Johanson A government authority ‘‘misstated’’ the findings of an investigation into slab heave which has left thousands of poorly-built homes in Melbourne’s outer suburbs with...

Big retailers squeeze suburban shopping strips

Bridge Road in Richmond this month recorded its highest vacancy level in 10 years.

Simon Johanson The arrival of a host of international retailers and opening of Melbourne’s swank new Emporium shopping centre has taken a heavy toll on traditional suburban retail strips, with vacancy rates...

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