ASK THE EXPERTS: Where investors should cast their gaze in Asia and at home

The Brisbane Report asked some of Brisbane’s sharpest business minds about the inbound and outbound opportunities businesses and investors should be keeping an eye on in Asia and at home. Here’s what they had to say.

Graham Norris, Director Industrial Transactions, Ray White Commercial Qld

Graham Norris - Ray White

Brisbane City Council has been very successful in the stimulation of development and investment in selected markets that have been under supplied - the hotel and student accommodation sectors are the obvious examples. This has been achieved by adopting incentive based schemes through reduction in infrastructure charges. From an industrial investment perspective most of the investment into Australia from Asian based groups is conducted by institutional investment groups and fund managers who are motivated by strong corporate covenants with long lease terms. Brisbane is well positioned to initiate similar incentives through infrastructure or tax relief to position development and investment competitively against interstate rivals and encourage major corporations to establish in our region.

Lyndon Garbutt, specialist tax lawyer, McCullough Robertson

Lyndon Garbutt - McCullough Robertson

Brisbane businesses are in the perfect position to capture investment from Asia. We have seen several Asian investors in a variety of industries choosing to base their Australian operations in Brisbane. One of the factors influencing clients to choose Brisbane is access to the vibrant Sunnybank community; which has developed to provide excellent support and infrastructure for people from Asian backgrounds, including education, cultural and religious facilities such as the Chung Tian Temple.

Chris Titley, Stockbrocker, Morgans Financial Limited, host of the Morgans 40 Under 40 Podcast

Chris Titley - Morgans

We are inherently lucky here in Australia with our access to a world-class food and commodity source that the world, and in particularly Asia as a region, can enjoy. We should and will continue to leverage our expertise within this sector from a technological point of view to create world-class companies and showcase our incredible talent to ensure sustainability and processes to improve output.

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