EVENT: Emerging Developer Series 2017 - Melbourne

After four successful series, we are delighted to announce our highly popular Emerging Developers Series will be back again this year.


The Emerging Developers Series is a six-part program of interactive sessions for an intimate group of aspiring property developers. This series is designed to walk you through the property development process from start to finish.

Emerging developers will have access to leading industry experts who will provide strategic insight into property development and key developer issues from tax structuring, to design and construction.

Event details

Date: 6 sessions hosted on a monthly basis starting Monday, 27 March 2017
Time: 6.00pm - 8.30pm (canapes and refreshments provided)
Venue: ShineWing Australia, Level 10, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 
Format: Interactive class-room style format where our expert guest speakers will share their insight and expertise on a key component of the property development process.
Cost: $1000+GST

This includes:

  • Six 2-hour sessions and networking opportunities with speakers and attendees

  • Soft and hard copies of speaker presentations and handouts

  • Automatic inclusion to our Emerging Developer's Series Program, including invitations to future networking events

  • Invitations to ShineWing Australia's annual Property Update event which brings together Australia's leading property professionals


To register your interest, please email the ShineWing Australia marketing team via marketing@shinewing.com.au 

In order to maintain an interactive group, please note that places are limited to 25 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 


Justin Ganly, Managing Director, Deep End Services
Justin is a leading industry, market and property analyst who contributes regularly to the Australian Financial Review and is also a member of the Advisory Board for MAB Corporation.

Stefanie Palazzolo, Associate Director - Residential Projects, CBRE
As associate director of Residential Projects of the world’s largest commercial and residential real estate agency Stefanie acts as a conduit between all CBRE internal teams and external parties managing the entire process from developing initial sales and marketing strategies to exhausting every possible avenue to sell all project apartments.

Daren McDonald, Partner, ShineWing Australia
A leading accounting, commercial and taxation advisor to property developers in Australia. With 25 years’ experience in financial and strategic consulting to property developers on significant joint ventures.

Alan Tan, Director & 5D Quantity Surveyor, Mitchell Brandtman
Alan has worked as a Quantity Surveyor for more than 18 years on projects large and small, providing Quantity Surveying and construction support for some of Australia’s most trusted names.

Brihony Boan, Partner, Gadens
Brihony Boan is a Partner in the Property, Construction and Planning Team at Gadens in Melbourne, focusing on property development and distressed property sales.

Mark Pallot, Managing Director, Hyaline Finance
With over a quarter of a century experience in banking and finance, Mark is widely renowned as one of the best commercial financiers for private developers in Melbourne. 

Cameron Jones, Director of Acquisitions, Pomeroy Pacific
Cameron Jones is in charge of the Acquisitions Department at Pomeroy Pacific and brings to the role over 10 years of industry experience across residential, retail, commercial and industrial sectors. In 2016 alone, Cameron’s team secured >$200M of viable development opportunities for Pomeroy Pacific Clients including: Browns Road, Clayton, >$50M (mixed-use); Franklin Street, Melbourne, >$50M (residential / student accommodation): Hampstead Road, Maidstone, >$40M, (mixed-use); Warrigal Road, Oakleigh, >$25M,(mixed-use); Thompsons Road, Cranbourne West, >$7M (commercial / retail) and Logis Estate, Dandenong South, >$5M, Business Park (industrial / retail).

Luke O’Grady, Project Director, Pomeroy Pacific
Luke O’Grady is responsible for the Development Management Team at Pomeroy Pacific and with nearly 15 years in the industry, Luke has a vast experience with all facets of the residential development industry including medium and high density residential apartments, townhouse projects or land subdivision. Prior to joining Pomeroy Pacific, Luke spent 7 years at Stockland where he was responsible for keynote development projects including: Highlands, Craigieburn (7,000 lot Master Planned Residential Community; The Grove, Tarneit (2,500 lot Master Planned Residential Community) and at Pomeroy Pacific, Queensbridge Street, Southbank (51 storey residential tower with 850 apartments).

Matthew Gibb, Managing Director, Gibb Group
Matthew has in excess of 20 years’ experience in the industry and 15 years in senior positions in commercial and industrial property both in Australia and overseas including that of COO. Matthew's wealth of knowledge is second to none in the commercial industrial sector.

Cameron Alderson, Director, Canopi Homes
Cameron’s previous positions include Development and Marketing Director, Mirvac, Victoria and General Manager, Stockland, Victoria where he lead the growth of that business in 2001 to 2008 from $20 million in end sales value to over $1 Billion. He held the position of Victorian Division Vice President and Councillor of the Property Council of Australia from 2006 to 2010. In 2008 Cameron led a study of global housing affordability trends which underpins his passion and depth of understanding of the design and delivery of smaller homes, faster methods of construction and government policy relating to housing affordability. 

Sarah Macklin, Director, Urbis
Sarah has a passion for making great cities even better, shaped by her experience as an urban planner for over five years in London and a decade in Melbourne. Sarah draws on this experience with key strengths in planning strategy and development facilitation of large and complex, including health infrastructure, retail and mixed use developments, commercial developments, and residential schemes. Sarah is also accomplished at guiding the preparation of masterplans and development frameworks. Sarah advises development sector and state government. Sarah is a planning advisor to a range of clients, including Epworth HealthCare, Lendlease, ISPT, The GPT Group and Stockland.

Session topics and dates 

Session 1: Development ready - Daren McDonald
Monday, 27 March 2017 (or Monday, 15 May 2017)
Are you ‘development ready’? This introductory session will provide a brief overview of the series structure as a whole and focuses on the development planning process. Daren explains the importance of a holistic and strategic development plan along with key factors to consider before embarking on any new project. In particular, this session focusses on structuring, asset protection as well as understanding and developing risk management methodology

Session 2: Demographics and sales strategy - Justin Ganly and Stefanie Palazzolo
Monday, 15 May 2017
You may have a plan but is there a market? The next stage in the cycle looks at the existing conditions and the projected opportunities in the Victorian property market. This session focusses on identifying your target market and how to ensure compatibility with your development plan. Leaders in the field will provide an assessment on current market trends and give advice on how to determine effective sales approaches and marketing strategies tailored to your project.

Session 3: Feasibility and managing the construction costs - Alan Tan, Cameron Jones and Luke O'Grady
Monday, 19 June 2017
The preparation of an accurate feasibility statement is essential to the developer’s assessment of the opportunity. In addition, it is critical in determining a host of other factors such as risk and reward, timings, tax and cash flow planning and equity partners’ expectations. In addition, a successful development is all about delivering your project on time and on budget. In this session, our industry expert will provide practical advice to ensure you start off on the right foot when it comes to managing the construction costs of your development.

Session 4: Legal documentation and town planning - Brihony Boan and Sarah Macklin
Monday, 17 July 2017
Getting documentation right the first time around minimises the risk of liability, performance issues and non-deliverables. Therefore it is crucial that proper attention be given to all legal documentation including (but not limited to) land acquisitions, contracts of sale, town planning submissions and supplier engagements and building contracts. Our legal and town planning experts will talk you through the documentation and practical application associated with all aspects of the development cycle and give tips on how to avoid some of the common pitfalls.

Session 5: Funding: Structuring debt and equity deals - Brendan Ivers and Mark Pallot
Monday, 14 August 2017
This session aims to look at both traditional and alternative methods for obtaining funding and structuring the deal. In particular, George will address the role that debt can play in funding a development along with the legalities and risks around alternative financing options. Sean will cover structuring the deal for equity investors and property schemes. In short, everything you need to know about what to consider and avoid in modern-day deal structuring.

Session 6: Q&A with the property gurus and Completion - Cameron Alderson and Matthew Gibb
Monday, 11 September 2017
In the final session of this series, there will be a recap on the different phases of the development cycle with particular focus given to the completion and settlement of the project. Topics such as post-development briefings, residual issues and taxation will be covered with reference to the initial planning phase of the project.

This non-technical session will be led by well-known developers who will share their personal insight into how and why they got involved in property development, lessons learned and their journey to date. This session will be a rare opportunity to get firsthand knowledge from experts in the trade - learn what to avoid in the development process, how to judge feasibility of the project and increase your chances of success. 

Registration and more information 


Know someone interested in property development? You are welcome to direct any interested property professionals to this web page or to the ShineWing Australia Marketing team via marketing@shinewing.com.au.