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New primary school being built at Griffin will open in 2016



A NEW primary school under construction north of Brisbane is expected to cater for the growing population in Griffin and the surrounding suburbs of North Lakes and Mango Hill.

With the suburbs facing expansion and an influx of young families, locals are also calling on the State Government to plan for another high school.

The name of the new primary school at Griffin is yet to be decided and is expected in coming weeks, as parents express interest in sending their children there from next year.
Principal Vicki Baker said community consultation and a number of meetings had resulted in a committee deciding on the independent public school’s colours, logo and uniform, in preparation for the first day of school in 2016.

“We have had 130 expressions of interest. Of those, 71 are for preppies,” Mrs Baker said.

The school will open its first stage in January with 16 classrooms, an administration building, resource centre, canteen, music room and technology centre.

“We are predicting between 200 and 250 students at the beginning,” Mrs Baker said, with the school accepting Prep to Year 6.

“Stage two (built in 2017 and open in 2018) will be more classrooms and a hall. We are likely to have 400 students by the end of 2017.”

Ten classroom teachers have already been employed for 2016.

Need for another high school

Another secondary school is needed for students in Griffin, Mango Hill and North Lakes, according to Murrumba state Labor MP Chris Whiting.

Speaking about the new Griffin primary school, Mr Whiting said the growth of the area demanded more education facilities.

“It was very clear in this area, with its huge growth and such a focus on quality education, that a new school is not only necessary, but ­expected,” Mr Whiting said.

The Queensland Schools Planning Commission’s First Report to the Minister for Education, Training and Employment showed a strong need for expansion of secondary schools in the North Lakes and Mango Hill areas to cater for growth.

Mr Whiting said there were no firm plans to build a high school in the area, but it was “being discussed”.

“I said during the ­campaign I was lobbying and pushing for extra high school facilities,” he said.

Mr Whiting said it was just a case of where a new school could be built, with land scarce in North Lakes.

“The State Government owns some land next to ­Costco.

“There is vacant land ­between Boundary Rd and Costco; the State Government Education Department owns that.

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Auction tips: Why and when you should auction



WHEN it comes time to sell your property, the age-old argument of auction versus private treaty naturally comes to the fore.

There is no one best practice but the general consensus among property professionals is both type of housing and market confidence play pivotal roles.

Core Logic RP Data auctions spokesman Kevin Brogan crunched combined capital city data over the 12 months to November 2015 and found higher valued and more unusual properties were taken to auction.

“If you have a house in a street and there are 10 others like it, you have a pretty good idea of what it’s worth,” Mr Brogan said.

“But if it’s unique or unusual you might not be able to pick what it’s worth so you take it to auction on the proviso there’s enough interest.

“Looking at the combined capital city data over the past 12 months to November, you see the general median price of houses that sold at auction is about $950,000.

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Brisbane’s Moreton Bay gaining strength: Terry Ryder



Brisbane's Moreton Bay gaining strength: Terry Ryder

The latest event in the evolution of the Brisbane market is the strong emergence of the Moreton Bay Region in the far north of the city.

It has joined Logan City in the far south as the precinct with the most momentum in the Greater Brisbane area. Meanwhile, Ipswich City in the south-west is putting its hand up as well.

Most national commentators misunderstand what’s happening with the Brisbane market. They look at that single figure which apparently describes the whole Brisbane metropolitan area and conclude not much is happening. Australian Property Monitors says Brisbane prices rose 5% last year while CoreLogic RP Data says 4%.

But beneath that one generalised (and highly misleading) figure, there has been lots of activity in precincts which have recorded double-digit annual growth in median house prices.

Markets in the Greater Brisbane area have been on the move for about two years. The inner-city suburbs were busy a couple of years ago and then the middle-ring suburbs on the northside surged. Many of them had annual growth in the 13% to 15% range. The middle-ring suburbs on the southside joined the party 12-18 months ago.

Now it’s the outer-ring areas that are leading. There are still rising suburbs in those northside and southside middle-market precincts, but it’s the cheaper areas on the outskirts that have the greatest activity and momentum.

In this regard, Brisbane is displaying the same pattern we have seen over the past three years in Sydney and Melbourne – the upturn started in the near-city areas and gradually gravitated outwards from the centre. The Ripple Effect is alive and well in residential real estate.

In Brisbane, Logan City (which is the urban bridge between Brisbane and the Gold Coast) has been  the market leader in terms of sales volumes for the past 12 months or so. But now it’s counterpart in the north, the Moreton Bay Region local government area (which is the urban bridge between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast) has mounted a challenge.

Like Logan City, Moreton Bay Region is all about affordability, transport infrastructure and jobs nodes. Many of the suburbs of Moreton Bay Region – including Caboolture (the capital suburb), Morayfield and Deception Bay – have median prices in the $300,000s, while Burpengary and Narangba are in the low $400,000s.

These are high-volume housing markets: Caboolture, Deception Bay, Morayfield and Narangba have each recorded over 340 house sales in the past 12 months. Some have seen median prices rise 6-7% in the past year – but, in terms of price growth, they’re just getting started.

Median rental yields are an attraction for investors, ranging from 5.2% to 5.6% in most of the suburbs of the Moreton Bay Region.

The LGA includes the Redcliffe Peninsula, which has heightened appeal because the long-awaited Moreton Bay Rail Link will be completed this year.

The overall region has improved amenity through the evolution of the North Lakes master-planned community, which includes major retail (and will soon include an Ikea superstore).

The region also has good proximity to Brisbane Airport, the Port of Brisbane and the Australia Trade Coast industrial precinct, which means plenty of jobs are handy to the suburbs of Moreton Bay Region.


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Illegal homes sell-off will not affect market



THE property industry has backed Treasurer Joe Hockey’s plans to force 500 foreign home owners who breached investment rules to sell their properties.

Mr Hockey said an investigation into foreign investment had found the homes, worth a total of $1billion, were bought outside the investment rules.

He said among those found were overseas students – “some who had never filed a tax return have bought properties worth $5 million”.

Property Council of Australia chief Ken Morrison backed the move, but said it would not do anything to address housing affordability.

Mr Morrison said the sales were a “drop in the ocean” and far too few to impact the market.

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