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State MP Shane King calls on Kallangur to stop feeling ‘poor us’ and get sense of pride



KALLANGUR may have hit its bottom point but it has a bright ­future in the heart of the Moreton Bay region, according to the state member for the area.

State Labor MP for Kallangur Shane King said despite losing its library, banks and many businesses, the community was becoming positive about its future.

“I think for a long time we’ve felt, and I say felt: ‘poor us, we’ve lost everything’,” he said. “We need to get on board and become a place that’s got a sense of pride.”

While the business association and community members said there were positive signs, the founding president of the Kallangur Progress Association said if more was not done, Kallangur was at risk of becoming the “ghetto” of the ­region.

Mr King said optimism for the region was buoyed by the new Kallangur train station and the “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” of the planned university at Petrie.

He also urged residents to take advantage of the suburb’s place in the Moreton Bay region.

“We’ve got the shops at North Lakes, let’s not resent that, we’ve got the bay at Redcliffe, we’ve got the rural lifestyle that we can enjoy at Samford and Dayboro,” he said.

“We don’t need the hustle and bustle of North Lakes: let’s be the place people want to live.”

Kallangur Business Association vice-president Simon Payne said the area could imitate Redcliffe’s rejuvenation from an undesirable suburb to an attractive hub.

“Obviously we can’t beat North Lakes, the area is going to start being more consolidated and residential . . . but it’s still very possible for (Kallangur) to return to something like it was in the ’80s,” he said.

He said the association was working on a project to bring businesses in Anzac Ave’s empty shops.

But Tony Watson, President of Kallangur Progress Association, warned a ‘ghetto’ could take root in Kallangur if Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) did not provide better infrastructure for the growing population.

He said MBRC had ­approved three large unit developments in Kallangur in anticipation of the university at Petrie and had rejected the association’s calls for more parkland and a community centre.

“Kallangur will become a ghetto if they don’t put anything in except units,” he said.

Councillor Denise Sims (Div 7) said she was “keen to work with my council colleagues and the community to explore opportunities to renew and enhance the main street”.

Kallangur State School principal Andrew Swales said politicians, community groups and businesses were pitching in to build community spirit.

“They’re trying to reinvigorate and build up Kallangur . . . it’s people working together and doing our best to ensure the future is bright for Kallangur,” Mr Swales said.

He said the school had volunteered its grounds for the Carols in Kallangur event.


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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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