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Membership matters

PROPERTY AUSTRALIA June 23, 2020

The Property Council has raised its voice above the noise of the crowd this year and our members have noticed. We talked to four leaders about their experience of working together in 2020.

Sasha Kovic, manager of new business for tier one construction company Roberts Pizzarotti, says the collaboration between the Property Council, governments, other industry bodies and employers has been “remarkable and something I have not seen in my career”.

“The Property Council team has worked incredibly hard during COVID-19 to lobby government to ensure we have a viable industry to return to post lockdown,” Kovic says.

“The depth and breadth of lobbying has been impressive. We were pleased – and relieved – to see one of our suggested projects included in the first tranche of the NSW Government’s accelerated projects.”

Kovic says the “pointed, relevant and informative” advocacy updates, together with regular livestream events, have helped her team stay connected during the pandemic “and I’d recommend they continue once we return to the ‘new normal’.”

Jessica Evans, relationships manager with interior fitout and refurbishment firm MPA, agrees.

“The livestream events have been phenomenal, and I trust the information I’m getting more than from any other industry source.”

Evans says the Property Council has been a standout communicator throughout the crisis. “The information we’ve received has been gold.”

Joseph Matina, managing director of Accumwealth Financial Services, says membership has been an invaluable source of market intelligence.

“Our membership has helped us understand how other members are responding and reacting to events, both immediately and in the long term. Given the amount and variability of content and media available on COVID-19, it’s reassuring to know that the news and updates from the Property Council are relevant and well-researched.”

Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers is “embracing the new normal,” says senior associate Janukshi Jamonts. She’s been inspired by the way in which the industry has come together “to find solutions that benefit the whole sector”.

“Being a part of a membership group that advocates for the property industry has helped businesses to address the immediate challenges, understand the options and assistance out there, and prepare for the obstacles and opportunities ahead in the future,” Jamonts says.

“Together, we’ve found ways to streamline processes, embrace technology and work collaboratively. It makes me believe there will be exciting opportunities for many businesses in the future.”

What do you value most about your Property Council membership? Share your stories with us through our #iworkinproperty series. Contact membership@propertycouncil.com.au to find out more.

Not a member? Find out how you can join the 2,200 Property Council members that are working together to create prosperity, jobs and strong communities.

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