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A giant inflatable water park will be trialled at Clontarf during the Christmas holidays



A GIANT inflatable water park will be trialled north of Brisbane these Christmas holidays.

The trial of the new attraction is part of the Redcliffe Foreshore Master Plan, which was adopted by Moreton Bay Regional Council on Tuesday.

The region’s chambers of commerce are backing the move as long as local business are looked after.

Moreton Bay Mayor Allan Sutherland said the water park would be trialled at Pelican Park, Clontarf, just north of Brisbane.

“Council is working with the State Government and private operators to trial an inflatable water park at Clontarf,” Moreton Bay Mayor Allan Sutherland said.

The water park is just one part of the master plan, which applies to a 15km stretch of foreshore and 30 parks, divided into nine precincts.

Nine precincts

1: Clontarf Beach, Pelican and Bells Beach Parks

2. Bicentennial and Woody Point Parks

3. Scotts Point, Progress, Lahore and Gayundah Arboretum Parks

4. Suttons Beach and Margate Beach Parks

5. Settlement Cove, Redcliffe Jetty and Captain Cook Parks

6. Queens Beach and Grant Parks

7. Scarborough Beach Park and Bill Marsh Lookout

8. Thurecht, Jamieson and Tingira Parks

9. Endeavour Park

The council conducted two consultation periods, including sessions with business owners.

More than 600 residents completed surveys and another 200 shared their ideas for the new plan.

An inflatable water park was the most popular attraction along the foreshore among residents.

Moreton Bay Regional Council has adopted a policy to determine what activities can be held in each of the nine Redcliffe foreshore precincts, including the Redcliffe Jetty. Picture: Chris Higgins

It describes the activities and businesses that can be set up at each of the major areas.

Including the use of pop-up food trucks, entertainment, activity hire and water sports.

Cr Sutherland said the council would work towards implementing the new assessment system for businesses wishing to work at the foreshore areas.

Councillor Koliana Winchester (Div 6) is looking forward to businesses using the foreshore areas.

“Under the new master plan, places like Suttons Beach will be able to open up to deck chair and umbrella hire, while areas like Bicentennial Park at Woody Point can be used for Eat Street-style markets,” she said.

Councillor James Houghton (Div 5) said the plan would complement existing businesses and retain the character of each of the nine key locations.

Commerce and Industry Redcliffe Peninsula president Nick Tzimas and Redcliffe Peninsula Chamber of Commerce president Ryan Elson agreed Pelican Park was a great location for an inflatable water park.

“It is a great idea and was part of our proposal,” Mr Tzimas said.

He said his main concern with the policy was the affect on local business and hoped the council kept the number of external business coming into the area to a minimum.

Mr Elson agreed: “One thing we said was that we didn’t want a competing business set up within 500m of an existing business.”

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CoreLogic figures reveal Moreton Bay region’s hottest real estate suburbs



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ELIMBAH has been the star performer in the Moreton Bay region real estate market this year.

According to the latest CoreLogic data, the median house price in Elimbah soared 14.7 per cent in the year to August to sit at $605,000.

That pipped Joyner, where the median house price increased by 14.6 per cent over the same period to sit at $596,250.

Woorim was top on Bribie Island and third in the region with the median house price rising 13.8 per cent to $515,000. Bellara was fourth 12.4 per cent to reach $362,500.

Margate was top on the Redcliffe Peninsula and fifth overall with its median house price up 12.2 per cent to $452,000.

Harcourts Noterom principal Gay Matthews pictured, said: “I’d say 2009 was a pretty sad year but each year after that the market has been getting better and better.

“We’re in a better position than a year before and last year we were in a better position than the year before that.

“We get a lot of buyers coming out from the North Lakes region looking for the bigger blocks, and we see some from the inner city too, of course,” she said.

David Deane Real Estate sales director, Mark Rumsey said he wasn’t surprised by the

figures for Pine Rivers.

“Overall the vast majority of property in the region has grown anywhere from 5-10 per cent

and sometimes in greater numbers,” he said.

“The only property category that has yet to see that growth is the villa and townhouse market,


“It’s a case of growth from the middle ring of Brisbane filtering out,” he said. “As we evolve as a region, people see us as a pretty god overall destination.”

LJ Hooker Redcliffe principal, Danny Mailer said demand for property was high in the

Redcliffe region.

“Stock isn’t lasting long once listed and we’re pretty much clearing everything at auction or

before,” he said.

“We listed a property (on Wednesday) and within a day five people had been through it and

we had two offers.”

Mr Mailer said the seaside lifestyle had long drawn buyers to the region but high prices in

other markets were pushing even more buyers to the peninsular.

“There are a lot of investors and interstate buyers in the market at the moment,” he said.

“The Sydney market is over-inflated and buyers from there are coming (to Redcliffe) to get

value for their money.”

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More smart city grants announced



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Queensland’s Moreton Bay Regional Council has been awarded a $450,000 grant to implement a smart parking project in North Lakes.

Under the project, local streets will be upgraded with digital street signs that will tell drivers how many free parking spaces are available on a given street.

A smartphone app will also be developed with a virtual map of free and occupied spaces updated in real time. Moreton Bay Regional Council will match the federal government’s contribution.

The city of Greater Geelong in Victoria will meanwhile be provided with a $415,000 grant for an initiative that also includes installing parking sensors to indicate parking availability.

In addition, the city will install ‘smart street furniture’ which will provide high-speed Wi-Fi across the city, LED streetlights that can boost brightness to reduce street crime, air and water quality sensors, touch screens and a public address system.

The city and private partners will contribute $518,000 in joint funding towards the project.

“Smart street furniture will literally ‘switch on’ the city, meaning residents and visitors can easily plug into a range of technologies — charging your electric car, digital signage to assist the all-important tourism sector, streetlights with sensors that react to antisocial behaviour,” Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said.

Both the grants form part of the $28.5 million first round of the government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs program. The grants to 52 projects across Australia were allocated yesterday.

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Why Bribie Island has become a hotspot for interstate migration



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 Interstate migration is rising in Queensland, with a heavy emphasis on the Moreton Bay region.

The northern Brisbane area had the highest number of migrants coming in from other states, and Bribie Island and its surrounding suburbs had a surprisingly high percentage of net interstate migrants, nearly 10 per cent.

That growth is being driven by an attractive and relatively unique market, focused on retirees and families looking for a quiet and safe spot while still being close to the city.

Jenny and Glenn Murch have made the move from Canberra for exactly that reason.

“When we got to Bribie we found a lot of like-minded people who were early into their retirement,” Ms Murch said. “We wanted to be close to a city, an airport, to a hospital but not right next to any of those.”

“We were looking for a place that would protect us from all that hectic tourism,” Mr Murch said. “And less of the problems that can come up in dynamic and younger communities.moreton market place

“We wanted to step off, and step back. When you cross over that bridge, you’re entering a defined community.”

ABS data shows the Bribie and Beachmere area had 612 people move in from other states last year, which is comparable to Maroochydore and Noosa. Those two bustling seaside suburbs had 684 and 664 people move in, respectively.

The Murches considered moving to more popular coastal areas, but were put off by how “hectic” tourism could be.

“Well we looked around Maroochydore and Caloundra. We felt it was too busy and not exactly what we were looking for,” Ms Murch said.

“We never looked at the Gold Coast at all because it was too hectic,” Mr Murch added.

Comparatively, Domain Group data showed suburbs like Noosa and Maroochydore had much higher interest from buyers outside Queensland.

Noosa had huge interest from out of area buyers in the past 30 days, with 68 per cent of searches coming from outside the state, compared to 46.7 per cent in Maroochydore and 29.8 per cent for Bribie.

However, the estate the Murches bought their block of land in, Pacific Harbour, has seen strong interest from serious southern buyers, QM Property’s marketing manager Annette Mengel said.

“Bribie Island is Queensland’s only offshore island connected to the mainland by bridge, and interstate buyers are amazed that a brand new home and luxury island lifestyle is available just 60 minutes’ drive to a capital city,” she said.

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