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A BOLD new plan could see Bribie Island’s foreshore undergo some dramatic transformations if a trial at Redcliffe is successful.

A giant inflatable water park will be trialled at Pelican Park as part of the Redcliffe Foreshore Master Plan, adopted by Moreton Bay Regional Council recently.

The plan also includes areas where activities and businesses such as pop-up food trucks, entertainment, hire stalls and water sports can be set up along the waterfront.

The region’s chamber of commerce is also backing the move.

La Vera owner Michael Bain said he welcomed the idea of a planning process for the Bribie Island foreshore.

“It would be great to see this area and all its facilities managed more efficiently,” he said.

“I would like to see the under-utilised amphitheatre located in Brennan Park put to better use.

“The Island and surrounding area have many great artists that would love an opportunity to use this facility at staged events.”

Councillor Brooke Savige (Div 1) said due to Bribie and Redcliffe’s similar foreshore accessibility it makes sense for the council to adopt similar commercial adventures.

“It will be a little down the track and we’re not sure of the finer details at the moment but we will give the resident an opportunity to have their say on what they want to see activated along the foreshore,” Cr Savige said.

“The main this is communicating with local businesses and making sure what we do won’t take away from them but add to them.

“We have a fantastic area and we want to be activating that foreshore with more people so businesses can thrive and get involved.”

Mayor Allan Sutherland said he welcomed ideas from residents and businesses on activating the Bribie Island foreshore and encouraged them to continue to share their ideas with the council.

“The Redcliffe Foreshore Master Plan and Activation Strategy is a pilot trial for the whole of Moreton Bay, and could pave the way for similar activations in Bribie Island and other areas in the region,” Mayor Sutherland said.

For a copy of the master plan, visit moreton bay.qld.gov.au/redcliffe-foreshore-masterplan

Originally Published: www.couriermail.com.au

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Queensland Attracts UK Property Seekers

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Queensland Attracts UK Property Seekers

Research by realestate.com.au showed that searches for property in Queensland climbed by nearly a third in December compared to the same period in the previous year. This was driven largely by British people who are flocking to one of the most populous states in the country, according to a report by news.com.au.

The study found that property searches originating from the UK increased 31%, with the Sunshine Coast suburbs of Noosa Heads, Buderim and Mooloolaba as popular picks among potential buyers.

New Farm, Redcliffe and North Lakes, meanwhile, topped the list of the most in-demand suburbs in Brisbane.

Nerida Conisbee, Realestate.com.au chief economist, said Queensland, specifically its beachside properties, held the top spot in terms of total search activity among UK property seekers.

“The Hemsworth impact seems to be impacting the view of Byron Bay with this the most searched by UK property seekers in December 2018 — the number tripling from December 2017,” she said.

Universal Buyers Agents Director Darren Piper said that the chaos surrounding Brexit in Britain was enticing overseas buyers to explore the Australian property market.

“House prices in London have fallen for the fifth quarter in a row. It’s natural for investors to look for safe havens in times of uncertainty,” he said.

Australia’s property market has consistently grown over the past decade, with homes in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne reaching record prices.

“It’s the perfect time for people to get their foot in the door and it’s a great time as a homeowner to explore your options, maybe make a move or stay the course,” said Piper.

 

Source: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

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Labor Unveils $6.6bn Affordable Housing Plan to Build 250,000 New Homes

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Labor Unveils $6.6bn Affordable Housing Plan

Labor has announced a ten-year plan to build 250,000 new homes across Australia, including 20,000 during its first term in government if it wins the election.

The $6.6 billion investment would see 250,000 new homes for low income and working families, key workers such as nurses, police, carers and teachers and women over 55, the fastest emerging group of Australians at risk of homelessness.

Subsidies of $8,500 per year would be offered to investors building new homes in return for cheaper rent for eligible tenants.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten unveiled the multibillion-dollar plan in his address yesterday at Labor’s three-day national conference in Adelaide.

“Building more affordable housing is infrastructure policy. It is cities policy. It is jobs and productivity policy,” he said.

The plan would see a family paying the national rental average save up to $92 each week.

“When you provide an affordable home for hard-working people, you give them the level playing-field and fair start they need,” he said.

Shorten said Labor would work with the states and territories, local councils, and community housing providers to make sure the rollout of homes were built “where they’re needed most” and would “go to the people who need them most”.

“Not foreign investors, nor international students.”

Affordable Housing Plan

The new homes would be accessible for all ages and for people with a disability, with Shorten describing the new homes as “more energy efficient, meaning lower power bills”, also offering a rental discount of 20 per cent.

Describing Labor as a “party of home ownership, and a party of affordable housing and community housing”, Shorten used the speech as an opportunity to call on industry super to “step up” and invest in affordable housing projects.

And of course, the opposition leader touched upon the hotly debated campaign election issue: negative gearing.

“This is a boost for renters and for the liveability of our growing suburbs… Alongside our plans to make negative gearing fairer, it will drive a boom in construction jobs and apprenticeships,” Shorten said.

A recent report published by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) found Australia needed to triple its social housing by 2036, faced with a shortfall of 433,000 social housing dwellings.

Labor Unveils $6.6bn Affordable Housing Plan to Build 250,000 New Homes

Property industry bodies welcome Labor’s announcement

Property Council chief executive Ken Morrison welcomed the incentives, but said they are “no substitute” for the supply of housing which is funded by 2.1 million property investors, “including those who access negative gearing”.

Housing affordability remains a critical issue for many Australians, an issue Morrison says is often overshadowed in the media by Melbourne and Sydney’s cooling markets.

“It makes sense to harness the investment capacity of the private sector to deliver affordable housing,” Morrison said.

“Labor’s incentives for investors to deliver affordable housing will make a contribution to meeting that need while also providing a boost to our construction industry, a key driver of economic activity.”

Planning schemes, land supply, and property taxes, which make up around 25 per cent of the cost of a new house are all part of the housing affordability mix, Morrison added, “there is no single ‘silver bullet’ solution”.

Urban Taskforce chief executive Chris Johnson said many different approaches are needed to tackle the hugely complex housing affordability issue.

“State and territory governments still have a responsibility to ensure that enough appropriately-zoned land is available in inner-ring suburbs to ensure sufficient housing supply,” Johnson said.

“Infrastructure levies must be kept under control to ensure that these do not add to the cost of housing production.”

 

Source: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

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Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed

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Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed. New data has shown the top 68 suburbs in Queensland for capital growth over the last 12 months to June, with the number one spot reaching triple digits.

Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed

Outlined in the Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s Queensland Market Monitor report, REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said despite the ‘doom and gloom’ of the property market, there are still locations that are seeing large gains in profitability.

“A total of 68 suburbs throughout Queensland have delivered double-digit growth over 12 months, which is a really strong result,” Ms Mercorella said.

“And there are many more suburbs delivering strong single-digit growth. It’s a great market to be in at the moment.”

While south-east Queensland saw a lot of attention, there were some high growth suburbs found in central and northern Queensland.

The area with the strongest growth was Blackwater, which saw a rise of 151 per cent growth, which Ms Mercorella attributed to the resurgence of coal prices.

Aside from Blackwater, 10 other suburbs saw growth over 20 percent. These included:

  • Spring Mountain with growth of 103.6 per cent;
  • Collinsville with growth of 46.2 per cent;
  • Minyama with growth of 45.8 per cent;
  • Hamilton with growth of 32.9 per cent;
  • Hollywell with growth of 30.5 per cent;
  • Miles with growth of 23.5 per cent;
  • Mount Coolum with growth of 21.9 per cent;
  • Dundowran beach with growth of 21.5 per cent;
  • Boonah with growth of 21.3 per cent; and
  • Idalia with growth of 21.3 per cent.

Ms Mercorella said the top 11 suburbs were indicative of steady growth across the state, but warned against calling it a ‘boom’.

“While we’re definitely seeing prices come back in western Queensland mining towns, such as Blackwater, these prices are still below their peak,” she said.

It’s unlikely we’ll see a return to pre-2013 prices in those areas anytime soon.”

South-east Queensland

While the top 11 suburbs show a spread of high growth suburbs through the state, 41 suburbs out of the 68 are located in the ever-popular south east corner of Queensland.

Of these, 15 suburbs were located in the Sunshine Coast region, with the highest growing being Minyama, which ranked fourth overall.

The Brisbane region also saw a large number of high performing suburbs at 13. Hamilton was the region’s best performer and fifth overall.

Next was Ipswich with six suburbs, then the Gold Coast with four, Moreton Bay with three, while Redland and Logan suburbs did not rank.

Regional Queensland

Outside of south east Queensland, 27 regional suburbs ranked on the list, with the Townsville region recording four suburbs. Its highest performer was Idalia, which ranked 11th overall.

Next were the Cairns and Gympie regions, both recording three suburbs each. Cairns’ top performer was Palm Cove, which ranked 26th overall, while Cooloola Cove was Gympie’s top performer, which ranked 42nd overall.

While only recording one suburb, the Whitsunday region’s Collinsville ranked third overall.

The Bundaberg and Toowoomba regions both recorded two top suburbs, while the Banana, Charters Towers, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Isaac, Livingstone, Mackay, Rocky, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Western Downs regions all had one top suburb each

The top 68 suburbs which experienced double digit growth over the last year to June 2018, according to the REIQ, are:

Rank Suburb Median price Capital growth over 12 months (as a percentage)
1 Blackwater $94,250 151.3%
2 Spring Mountain $450,000 103.6%
3 Collinsville $95,000 46.2%
4 Minyama $1,310,000 45.8%
5 Hamilton $1,442,000 32.9%
6 Hollywell $810,000 30.5%
7 Miles $148,250 23.5%
8 Mount Coolum $670,000 21.9%
9 Dundowran Beach $607,000 21.5%
10 Boonah $324,500 21.3%
11 Idalia $485,000 21.3%
12 Rasmussen $347,500 19.9%
13 Yaroomba $749,000 19.7%
14 Biloela $272,750 18.6%
15 Burnett Heads $317,000 18.1%
16 Tivoli $295,000 18.0%
17 Cashmere $690,000 18.0%
18 Walloon $370,000 16.7%
19 Sunshine Beach $1,400,000 16.7%
20 Noosa Heads $1,070,000 16.0%
21 Hope Island $739,750 15.7%
22 Ripley $374,000 15.4%
23 Sandgate $705,000 15.2%
24 North Ward $575,000 15.0%
25 Paddington $1,150,000 14.7%
26 Palm Cove $606,000 14.3%
27 Charters Towers City $142,500 14.0%
28 Pelican Waters $761,000 13.9%
29 Cooee Bay $313,000 13.8%
30 Mount Ommaney $944,000 13.7%
31 Fernvale $357,500 13.5%
32 The Range $380,000 13.4%
33 Landsborough $432,500 13.4%
34 Sunnybank $832,500 13.3%
35 North Mackay $270,000 13.2%
36 Whitfield $540,000 13.1%
37 Graceville $932,500 13.0%
38 Hendra $1,100,000 12.7%
39 Shorncliffe $840,000 12.4%
40 Moranbah $185,000 12.1%
41 Coes Creek $442,500 12.0%
42 Cooloola Cove $317,500 12.0%
43 Battery Hill $578,000 12.0%
44 Seven Hills $940,000 11.9%
45 Nundah $755,000 11.9%
46 Monkland $240,000 11.6%
47 Bongaree $470,000 11.6%
48 Clifton Beach $557,500 11.5%
49 Maroochydore $639,000 11.2%
50 Twin Waters $823,000 11.2%
51 Cambooya $322,500 11.2%
52 Tewantin $572,500 11.2%
53 Coolum Beach $675,250 11.2%
54 Kedron $744,500 11.1%
55 Sunrise Beach $820,000 11.0%
56 Oakey $241,500 11.0%
57 D’aguilar $416,000 10.9%
58 Mountain Creek $610,000 10.9%
59 Flinders View $371,500 10.9%
60 Highland Park $570,000 10.7%
61 Rosewood $291,000 10.7%
62 Bulimba $1,300,000 10.6%
63 Kirkwood $353,500 10.5%
64 Woodgate $402,500 10.3%
65 Railway Estate $309,500 10.1%
66 Auchenflower $1,070,000 10.0%
67 Rainbow Beach $489,500 10.0%
68 Ormeau Hills $530,000 10.0%

Source: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

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