Steve Maras, the Managing Director and CEO of the Maras Group, has been announced as an honorary South Australian Division life member of the Property Council of Australia due to his tireless dedication to the Property Council and the industry. The announcement came at the industry’s national conference, The Property Congress, in Adelaide last Tuesday.

Mr Maras was a Property Council SA Division Councillor between 2011 and 2023 and the SA Division’s longest-serving President (2015-2020). During that time, he sat on the Property Council’s National Board.

Mr Maras serves on numerous boards, advisory groups and committees and gives back mightily to the community through his charity, Living Without Limits, and as a supporter of the arts and Greek cultural developments.

Property Council Chief Executive Mike Zorbas said that during Steve Maras’ time on the SA Division Council, ‘there was great change across government, industry and the economy, “including four Premiers, four Opposition Leaders, six Planning Ministers, four State Treasurers and three Lord Mayors.”The Property Council head said that Mr Maras’ stewardship saw the Property Council’s impact on public policy elevated.

“His leadership on a simplified state planning system, suburban regeneration, CBD placemaking, property and investment is impressive.”The hallmark would be the significant land tax reforms achieved despite the previous SA Government trying to force the industry into accepting a punitive and retrospective aggregation through its 2019 State Budget,” Mr Zorbas said.

He called Mr Maras’ push for the tax reforms “one of the most significant state-based campaigns in recent memory.”Zorbas added that it required “difficult professional and personal choices over many months for both management and division council.”Combined with the Property Council’s successful advocacy to abolish commercial stamp duty in 2015, the list of ‘bread and butter’ business achievements during his tenure is formidable.

Steve Maras told Neos Kosmos that he was “honoured” to receive the life membership of the SA division of the Property Council.

“I am honoured to have this bestowed on me. I want to thank Mike Zorbas, Michael O’Brien and the entire Property Council Board.”Working in an industry with so many great people is great. The relationships and friendships you make are lifelong.

“I have always felt that whatever I do must have positive positive business, social and cultural impact,” Mr Maras told Neos Kosmos.

The Maras family have played a significant role in South Australia’s business, community and cultural life for the last three decades.