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David Harrison elected new Property Council president

The Property Council of Australia has a new president: Charter Hall Managing Director and Group CEO, David Harrison.

Harrison takes the reins of the industry association from JLL CEO Australia and New Zealand Stephen Conry AM, who has concluded his two-year term.

GPT Group CEO Bob Johnston and Brookfield’s Sophie Fallman have both been elected as National Vice-Presidents. The 20-member board of national and local leaders now also features a 50:50 gender balance for the first time in its history.

“It has been a tough year for the property sector,” Harrison says. “But we should be proud of the major role the industry has played in Australia’s response to the COVID pandemic.

“Property has done much of the heavy lifting to pull our economy out of recession, and stands ready to achieve even better results over the long term with a continuation of positive policy settings.

“As stimulus and support measures are wound down, the Property Council will be leading the public debate on reactivating CBDs, resuming overseas migration, and reforms to our tax and planning systems,” Harrison says.

“With property employing 1.48 million Australians, and contributing $234.7 billion to our economy, the health of our industry needs to be front of mind for all levels of government.”

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