Albany Creek and Eaton’s Hill have finally been recognised in a national report, for their superb family suitability
It seems that size really does come into the equation, with large block sizes going a long way to provide “must haves” for families.
RP Data (a national company that provides property information) and Aussie Home Loans ranked Albany Creek and Eatons Hill as the 19th and 22nd top suburbs in the country, respectively, for family living.
It compared about 3800 Australian suburbs on house price, block size, average number of bedrooms, historic capital gains and proximity to local amenities to create a list of the 100 top suburbs for family living in Australia.
Homes in Albany Creek sell for a median price of $487,500. On average, homes are built on a block of about 812sq m and have 3.7 bedrooms.
Eatons Hill, which ranked 22nd overall, has a median home price of $529,500, while it came in at No. 5 on the top 100 suburbs list for spacious block sizes, with 1508sq m blocks on average. Eatons Hill homes have 3.9 bedrooms, on average.
Moreton Bay Regional Council dominated results, with seven of the state’s top 20 suburbs, including Morayfield, Bray Park, Narangba, Bellmere and Deception Bay.
Mother Angela Jessett decided to move to Albany Creek to raise son Riley, 17 months, because she loved the community spirit and had such lovely memories of childhood visits to cousins living in the suburb.
“When I moved to Brisbane (from Kingaroy) I chose Albany Creek … I love all the trees, the creeks and it doesn’t feel like you’re in the heart of busy life,” she said.
Real estate agent Peter Campbell, who lived in the same Albany Creek house his grandfather built in 1910, said generations of locals loved the area so much they rarely left.
He said the area thrived because Pine Rivers Shire Council’s plans for the area’s infrastructure before most homes were built helped create a tight-knit community.
Clever use of cul de sacs, instead of through streets, and a plan for parks within 400m of every home encouraged people to stay in their neighbourhood, while bike paths meant people did not have to drive, he said.
“You’ve got the three schools, Albany Hills primary, Albany Creek and All Saints. All of those are connected by bikeways and paths,” Mr Campbell said.
He said the physical boundaries of the suburb — Albany Creek, the South Pine River, and Bunyaville Reserve Forrest — also helped preserve a sense of community.
Original article published at www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/moreton by Lara Lauth Quest Newspapers 13/3/2014
Moreton Bay Rail Line shared pedestrian & cycle path
The State Government has been called upon to open a shared pedestrian and cycle path to make-up for the major signalling delays on the new Moreton Bay Rail Line.
“We are hoping they will open the shared pathway so the people can … use something that should already be open,” Mango Hill Progress Assoc President Laurence Christie said.
“It would go some way to relieving the disappointment,” he said.
A spokeswoman for Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said: “The minister has requested the Department of Transport and Main Roads investigate opportunities to open the bikeway in advance of the rail line opening.”
Residents in Mango Hill, and North Lakes said they wanted to use the pathway to cycle to Petrie Station and to access the schools on the line.
Original article published at www.couriermail.com.au by Jamie-Leigh Mason, North Lakes Times 4/6/16
Brisbane’s new state-of-the-art private cancer centre
Northlakes, north of Brisbane is now home to Australia’s first private integrated cancer centre
The Icon Integrated Cancer Centre combines a 15-chair day hospital, two radiation therapy units and an on-site pharmacy.
The doors were opened to the centre at North Lakes, between Brisbane’s CBD and the Sunshine Coast, yesterday.
All treatments, including haematological, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination, are delivered on the site.
Icon Group chief executive Mark Middleton said the centre had the capacity to deliver treatments to 15,000 patients per year.
“From the start, the patient and their needs are first,” he said.
“The integrated centre approach means we are working as one team, supporting the patient and the result is a comprehensive service delivered by familiar faces who understand the individual needs of their patients.”
North Lakes is the first of three integrated centres operated by the Icon Group, a private specialised cancer care organisation.
The group plans to open another in Melbourne in mid-June 2017 and a third in Canberra, expected to open in late 2017.
Original article published at www.couriermail.com.au by Amelia Broadstock, North Lakes Times 27/5/16
North Lakes and Mango Hill Police Station has its first female acting officer-in-charge
NORTH Lakes/Mango Hill Police Station has its first female police officer leading the station, since it opened in 2009.
Senior Sergeant Kate Pausina joined the North Lakes crew last week as acting officer-in-charge after an impressive resume in the blue uniform.
Since she was sworn in to the service in 1999, Sen-Sgt Pausina has spent time in juvenile justice, child sex offences, Coroner’s Office, intelligence and strategy, road safety and, most recently, acting officer-in-charge at Albany Creek Police Station.
“I always wanted to join the police, but my mum wouldn’t let me,” Sen-Sgt said. “So, instead, I studied nursing and was a registered nurse for four years before I decided to do what I really wanted to.”
Sen-Sgt Pausina said her mum was unhappy at first but had since become her biggest supporter, along with her police officer husband and their two children.
Sen-Sgt Pausina last year completed her Masters of Suicidology – the prevention of suicide.
“That is something I am really passionate about,” she said.
“In the Coroner’s Office, you see the number of suicides is three times the number of road fatalities. And it is a preventable death.”
Sen-Sgt Pausina said she fondly remembered her first stint at the Pine Rivers Police District. She was based at Petrie from 2000 to 2003, and visited Mango Hill. “Mango Hill was just that – bushland and mango trees,” she said.
“There is a lot coming up in this area – major shopping developments, major infrastructure like the rail and, with that, a lot more people visiting the area.”
Originally Published On: http://www.couriermail.com.au/
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