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Melbourne Festival Time!

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Melbourne – we’re the city of a hundred festivals. As soon as one ends (think Melbourne Fringe Festival) – another begins! No wonder we’re routinely on the world’s ‘most liveable city’ lists. Today, the Chisholm & Gamon blog features highlights of the Melbourne Festival, taking over the city from the 11th – 27th of October. [...]

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Everything Old Is New Again

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October is a month to embrace new beginnings, think mindfully about consumption – and clear the decks of unwanted (but lovable) goods! Spring cleaning gives you the motivation and opportunity to beautify your domestic environment while redefining your personal style. You’re helped along by two ‘fresh start’ events in October – the Garage Sale Trail [...]

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C&G – Official RBA Announcement October 2013

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Yesterday the Reserve Bank of Australia announced their decision to leave the official cash rate unchanged at 2.5%. Today, Chisholm & Gamon look at the most recent RBA monetary policy decision and how it will impact upon the property market over the coming months.

It is widely understood that the Australian economy has slowed down and is growing at below predicted trends in some sectors.  This condition is considered by economists as normal – evidence that the economy is adjusting to lower levels of mining investment. As the year elapses, we can expect to see confidence levels increase across the economy – especially when it comes to household and business sentiment.

Of late there has been a clear increase in demand for finance from households, with data showing to a shift in savings behaviour when responding to “declining returns on low-risk assets”. Such a response illustrates that the economy continues to feel the positive impact of interest rate cuts from earlier in 2013. Despite the fact that unemployment has nominally risen, “inflation has remained steady and will continue to do so as the cost of labour moderates.”

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RBA Governor Glenn Stevens notes that “the easing in monetary policy since late 2011 has supported interest-sensitive spending and asset values…. the full effects of these decisions are still coming through, and will be for a while yet.”

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Immediately after the RBA’s most recent announcement, the Australian dollar gained 1/3 of a US cent – rising to $93.74.  This level is still 10% below its previous high in April. The RBA has cut rates a total of 8 times since late 2011, all with the aim of increasing economic activity outside of the mining industry.

RP Data-Rismark has shown Melbourne and Sydney property prices have jumped up to 2.5% in September. “We haven’t seen market conditions this strong since April 2009 for Sydney and May 2010 for Melbourne,” Tim Lawless from RP Data commented.

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So what of key trading partner China and its influence on our economy?  The world’s second largest economy has grown and expanded in September – and with Australian retail showing signs of improvement, we can look forward to another period of happy trade with China.

The central dilemma the RBA face? Whether to cut rates further. With property prices on the rise, unemployment slightly higher and gathering strength in the Australian dollar – economists are divided over such a decision. Tom Kennedy of JP Morgan believes another rate cut may be on the cards this year, a sentiment not shared by HSBC chief economist Paul Bloxham. His notes that the RBA’s decision yesterday was “fairly bland” and did not provide enough insight into future movements from the RBA board.

All eyes focus on our inflation levels and the next announcement from the RBA on Melbourne Cup Day.  What will you be tipping?

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C&G footy fan Dean Marshall’s premiership moment of glory

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For the record, Dean is is loyal North Melbourne fan, but went Hawks for the day. Look at that grin!

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Jumpstart The Mind: Festival of Ideas 2013

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Thoughtful Melbournites, you’re in for a treat – as the University of Melbourne’s Festival of Ideas is about to begin with a bang! This year’s theme is ‘the art and science of wellbeing’ – a topic that will interest many, given the increasingly time-poor nature of modern life. Over the next six days (the festival runs from the 1st – 6th of October), you’ll have the opportunity to partake in debates and listen to impressive keynote speeches on ways we can best overcome the complexity of challenges facing our community. Today’s C&G blog gives you a low-down on the best events on offer for the Festival of Ideas 2013.

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Opening Night: Human Rights, Social Equity & Health

Join Julian Burnside QC, Professor Marcia Langton and Mr Arnold Zable in the stirring opening night event for the Festival of Ideas at 6pm, Carillo Gantner Theatre on the 1st of October. This keynote speech is ‘an Australian pulse check’, with thought-leaders addressing the challenges of difference and diversity in our community. With the status of both our first people and our newest arrivals politicized issues, these are pressure-points which must be addressed with compassion and thought.

Environments – The Liveable City

With much of Australia’s population growth occurring in capital cities, making an urban lifestyle sustainable for the future is top of mind for governments, councils and town planners. Did you know that by 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities? On Wednesday 2nd October, join local and international keynote speakers as they discuss solutions to the rapid urbanisation of our main cities. Featuring Professor Jeffrey Sachs live from New York and Mr David Burney.

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Eating Ourselves To Death: Food & Nutrition

Chaired by the ABC’s Virginia Trioli, this keynote discussion addresses ways that the ever-expanding girth of industrialised countries might be curbed. Nearly a billion of the world’s population is overweight, while a further 300 million are defined as obese. A variety of nutritionists and health policy advisors will talk on subjects including obesity and the new media, allergies and controversial lap-band surgery. 1-2:00 pm on Wednesday 2nd October, Carillo Gantner Theatre.

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

Are men and women ever-destined to live on two planes of understanding (or misunderstanding)? Join thought-leaders and doctors of psychology as they discuss gender matters and the brain. Are gender-differences hardwired – and what is neurosexism?

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Girl Rising: International Day of the Girl

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October 11 2013 marks the second International Day of the Girl Child, an international observance declared by the United Nations. The International Day of the Girl shines a light on the inequality suffered by female children globally, discriminated against routinely and denied access to education, nutrition, medical care and legal rights – purely because of their gender. There’s a number of events you can be involved with here in Melbourne that support the International Day of the Girl, encouraging us all to remember that education opens doors to freedom and opportunity for women everywhere. Celebrate International Day of the Girl with C&G!

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Join the Global Women’s Project on October 11 for a very special screening to celebrate International Day of the Girl – Girl Rising. Girl Rising shows the truly world-changing effect that educating girls has on whole communities. From economic independence (educated women on average earn 20% more than their uneducated counterparts) through to lower birth rates and fewer child marriages – Girl Rising proves that there is a real way to bring about change, and that’s through schooling. The screening of this acclaimed film which will take place at Cinema Nova – so click here to book your tickets. Narrators of this inspiring film on the role of female education include Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Cate Blanchett. Click here to see the moving trailer for Girl Rising.

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There is also an International Day of the Girl lunch hosted by Plan International on October 11 at the MCG, featuring keynote speakers including journalist Wendy Tuohy and Plan International’s Director Julie Hood who will talk on the journey from poverty to opportunity for women in the third world.

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Are you a corporation or small business looking to take part in a giving program for 2013-14? You can’t look past UN Women’s fundraising venture for International Day of the Girl – click here to read more about participation and the difference you can make.

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C & G are Finalists in the REIV Awards for Commercial & Industrial Marketing!

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Chisholm & Gamon are proud to announce that we were a finalist in the REIV Awards for  Commercial and Industrial Marketing in the Category of Best Development Site Sales Campaign.

We were very excited to be in the top 4 in our Category and the only non-specialising commercial firm nominated.

Congratulations to all finalists!

CG 2013 Submission LR-page-001Our submission focused on an iconic corner development site located in the Elwood Village formerly occupied by the RSL.

Click here to read all about the development site and its history.

 

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