Warwick Leeson OAM - The Mayor - Property, Australia's Favourite Obsession

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Warwick Leeson OAM - The Mayor

Warwick Leeson OAM - The Mayor

Zoning, planning, infrastructure and community spirit will all have a significant impact on property prices.

In this episode I have the pleasure of chatting with Warwick Leeson OAM, who was several times the elected mayor of his local council Nillumbik that covers part of Melbourne's northern growth corridor and the green wedge suburbs. Councils are in the unique position to bestow property owners with all sorts of benefits that can make the location more desirable and hence of course more valuable.

I ask Warwick things like do councils really appreciate or understand the financial value that planning and infrastructure changes can create for landholders? What role does property play in local government thinking and decision making and when considering a particular development, do council consider the uplift in the land values associated with the project? A great chance to talk to a key decision maker about the inner workings of local councils.

About the Podcast

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Property, Australia's Favourite Obsession
We can't get away from it - everybody has a connection to property, as a tenant, a homeowner or as a landlord; hence our obsession with it!

About your host

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Jeremy Calnan

I just love investments and I’m obsessed with property.

Ever since I was a young kid and mum used to take me along to open inspections, I’ve had a keen interest in property.

Discussion around our kitchen table used to regularly include the topic of property, I guess you could say it’s in my genes.

Having worked as an investment professional since the early 1990’s the GFC prompted me to ask the question “What causes the share market to crash at regular intervals”.

I found the answer to this question in the study of land economics, which surprised me, until I really thought about it, and then I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen it sooner!

Once I understood land economics and the true drivers of the property market, I was provided with a unique insight into how property interacts with the credit and share markets.

More importantly, it brought me back to my obsession with property!

I live in the beautiful city of Adelaide with my wife Alice and my spare time is spent watching my two sons playing AFL football or just relaxing with family and friends.

Professionally I’m a director of Calnan Flack an Investment, Financial Advice and Education Company with my time divided between funds management and the creation of financial education for clients.

Jeremy Calnan (AR 244353) and Calnan Flack Pty Ltd (AR 446976) are Authorised Representatives of PGW Financial Services Pty Ltd – AFSL 384713.

See calnanflack.com for more information.