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Rail patronage figures for Redcliffe Peninsula Line below expectations



ABOUT a fifth of the number of passengers forecast to travel on the Redcliffe Peninsula Line each day are using the service, according to TransLink figures.

Data for October showed there were 4312 passenger movements each day, and 4431 each day in November. Figures for December and January were not provided.

Forecast usage data included in a 2011 report on the project predicted a total of 20,358 passenger movements each day when the line opened.

Rail Back on Track spokesman Robert Dow said timetabling problems caused by a shortage of drivers had an impact.

“It’s a bit unfortunate the whole saga has affected it to some degree. It has affected all lines,” Mr Dow said

Mr Dow said reliability had improved but had been an issue since the line opened, particularly during afternoon peak periods.

He said the track layout at Kippa-Ring station could be partly to blame as it was difficult for trains to turn around using single crossover tracks rather than a double crossover layout.

Mr Dow said trains also needed to run every 15 minutes in non-peak times instead of 30 minutes.

Transport Minister Jackie Trad said: “I am determined to work as hard as I possibly can to turn things at Queensland Rail around for the people of Redcliffe, Moreton Bay and all of southeast Queensland. We have committed to implementing all the recommendations of the Strachan Report to ensure we are delivering confidence in our network”.

The rail line, which was funded by the Federal Government, Moreton Bay Regional Council and the State Government, was touted as a solution to gridlock on the Bruce Highway, with each six-carriage train taking 600 cars off the road.

RACQ spokeswoman Renee Smith said trains had to be a reliable alternative to driving for motorists to make the switch.

“The Bruce Hwy carries up to 155,000 vehicles per day, so there would have to be a very large shift to rail patronage to have a significant impact on travel speeds/congestion relief,” she said.

Federal LNP Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said the line should be “abuzz with commuters” but confidence had taken a battering “as a result of the Palaszczuk Government’s subservience to the unions and their global failure to effectively manage the line”.

“The rail line has the capacity to ease congestion on a number of thoroughfares. However until the Palaszczuk Government can ensure a safe and reliable service, congestion will persist and people will continue to drive – they simply can’t risk waiting for a train which may or may not show up,” Mr Howarth said.

Mayor Allan Sutherland said while there had been some issues experienced with the operational rollout of the Redcliffe Peninsula Line, he was optimistic these were short term issues.

“Our region has waited more than a century for this project to be delivered, and while we know these short-term issues have been frustrating for local residents, our focus must continue to be on the benefits the new line can bring to our region,” Cr Sutherland said.

“Already, we’re seeing unprecedented growth and economic uplift along the new rail corridor, with the number of jobs, businesses, residents, new developments and investment along the rail corridor increasing at rapid rates.”


■ October: 4312 passenger movements per day

■ November: 4431 passenger movements per day

■ 20,358 passenger movements per day forecast in 2011

■ 155,000 vehicles use the Bruce Hwy per day

■ Each six-carriage train should be taking 600 cars off the roads


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Cost of Brisbane land lots fall 14pc as blocks shrink across the capital



Cost of Brisbane land lots fall 14pc as blocks shrink across the capital

6 & 8 Nabeel Place, Calamvale, was part of a 1,400sq m site that was split and re-split to see the development land gross profit of $500,000.Source:Supplied

THE cost of residential land in Brisbane fell a massive 14 per cent last year with lots on the Gold Coast now more expensive than the Queensland capital. But the devil’s in the detail.

New data by Oliver Hume found buying a block in Brisbane set buyers back $358,500 at the end of last year – a median price drop of 14 per cent in just 12 months.

Land on the Gold Coast was $25,700 more expensive than Brisbane, according to the latest Oliver Hume Quarterly Market Insights, with the glitter strip pulling off an 8 per cent rise in median lot price to $384,200.

But Oliver Hume senior research analyst Amanda Bittenbinder said Brisbane’s massive median price decrease was not because of a struggling market but the type of blocks that were coming to market.

“The Brisbane market is shifting towards smaller lot sizes, due to land availability and affordability,” she told The Courier-Mail.

“Our data shows that 48 per cent of project land sales in Brisbane over Q4 2017 were between 301-400sq m whereas the Gold Coast recorded 52 per cent of sales over 500sq m.”

She said the Gold Coast had a higher median lot size than Brisbane.

Broken down, the data showed “the rate per sqm in Brisbane was $899/sq m in Q4, whereas the Gold Coast recorded $513/sq m – that’s a difference of $386 per sq m”.

In the December quarter alone, 1,956 lots were sold in South East Queensland, a fall of 5.5 per cent that had more to do with stock availability than demand.

Agent Tom Zhang of Yong Real Estate said demand was outstripping supply in Brisbane.

One of his recent sales included 6 and 8 Nabeel Place, Calamvale, which was part of a larger 1,400sq m block that a developer had bought for $1.1m.

“A developer bought it, they subdivided the rear 800sq m out and further subdivided that into two 400sq m blocks. For 400sq m that was selling for over $400,000 each. Those two blocks at the back sold for $800,000 and he still has the front house that will sell for more than $800,000. So his total income of over $1.6m minus development costs still ends up a fantastic return in a short period of time.”

<a href="" title="">122 Roscommon Road, Boondall</a>, was split in two with each block on the market for over $350,000.

122 Roscommon Road, Boondall, was split in two with each block on the market for over $350,000.Source:Supplied

He said “small to medium developers are so hungry for this type of product”.

“It’s easy to sell the land. The normal homebuyer can’t afford big blocks but a 400sq m block they might be able to. The worry now is the low supply of empty blocks of land in Brisbane and in the southern suburbs like Sunnybank and Calamvale.”

Redland – which includes mainland suburbs like Capalaba and Alexandra Hills as well as island suburbs like North Stradbroke and Coochiemudlo Island – had SEQ’s third highest block cost. Its median land lot was $312,000, a figure that had dropped 3 per cent last year.

Popular Moreton Bay – which covers a large area including Caboolture and Redcliffe – saw a 4 per cent fall to $238,000, while the second cheapest land lots in SEQ came out of Logan where the median was holding steady at $230,475.

The cheapest place to buy land in the region was Ipswich ($199,500), though that’s changing rapidly with the area posting the second highest cost increase last year (4 per cent).

Despite low retail land supply and strengthening demand, the median land lot price in Queensland was fell slightly to $260,500, the Oliver Hume report said – mostly because of shrinking block sizes.

Median Retail Lot Price:

Moreton Bay $238,000 (-4%)

Redland $312,000 (-3%)

Logan $230,475 (0%)

Brisbane $358,500 (-14%)

Ipswich $199,500 (4%)

Gold Coast $384,200 (8%)

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Property sales strong as Mango Hill house listed for $1.1 million



Property sales strong as Mango Hill house listed for $1.1 million

North Lakes is one of the top three outer Brisbane areas where property prices are appealing to more homebuyers, new figures reveal.

It was one of seven suburbs within the greater Brisbane region where more than 400 houses were sold in the past 12 months, according to new figures from CoreLogic.

Caboolture leads the pack with 492 houses sold, with Morayfield close behind with 452 sales.

North Lakes recorded 436 house sales during the period and all seven suburbs had median house ­prices of less than $490,000.

Amanda Pearce from Raine & Horne North Lakes said the area’s attractiveness for families was one of the main reasons people wanted to move here.

“When I’m talking to my clients and asking them why they are looking to move to North Lakes, there is usually more than one reason,” she said.

“They have heard that North Lakes is not just a community but a family and they want their kids to grow up where they can go to school with the same friends.

“More than 60 per cent of the North Lakes population are families with children.”

Ms Pearce said some of her clients were either moving from interstate to get away from city life, or because the suburb had everything they wanted nearby.

She said more than 680 houses, units and lots had been sold since January 1 last year.

“The change in the median house price in 2017 in North Lakes was at plus 3.28 per cent compared to the Moreton Bay region, which was plus 2.73 per cent,” Ms Pearce said.

Raine & Horne’s Adam Ingram said shopping and transport facilities also added to the attractiveness of the North Lakes area.

Matt Goodall from NVRE Agents at Narangba has a house at Mango Hill listed for sale for offers of more than $1.1 million.

He said as far as he knew nothing had previously sold for the magic million-dollar mark at Mango Hill.

“It is the first of its kind at the moment,” he said.

Mr Goodall said the two-storey house was a standout in the street, as it was on a slightly elevated block.

“It has a unique design and certainly won’t suit everyone that comes through,” he said.

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