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Queensland’s population hits 5 million people today

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Queensland's population hits 5 million people today
PHOTO: Is this Queensland’s 5 millionth person? Cordy Kerr-Kennedy was born yesterday in Townsville. (ABC News: Mark Jeffery)

Queensland’s population has tipped the 5 million mark today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has told State Parliament.

Ms Palaszczuk said several expectant families were on standby to welcome the state’s five-millionth resident.

“Somewhere today a brand new mum and dad will be eager to meet their new arrival,” she told the house.

“The whole family will want to know: is it a boy or is it a girl? And the doctor will say, ‘congratulations, it’s a Queenslander’.”

Ms Palaszczuk said the two main drivers of the increase were migration growth, particularly from New South Wales, and from 60,000 babies being born in the past year.

Queensland's population hits 5 million people today
PHOTO:
 The state’s five-millionth resident was born today.(ABC North Queensland: Nathalie Fernbach)

“Overseas and interstate migration is up by 50,000 people in the past year, 19,000 came from interstate … more than 12,000, or 230 a week, move from New South Wales to Queensland,” she said.

ABS data also revealed the fastest and largest-growing area in Queensland in 2016-17 was Pimpama on the Gold Coast, which grew by 3,000 people.

Large growth also occurred in Jimboomba on Brisbane’s south side and in North Lakes — a suburb north of the city — which both increased by 2,100 people.

Coomera on the Gold Coast and Springfield Lakes in Ipswich also experienced large growth up 1,400 people.

The State Government’s population counter gives a “synthetic estimate” of the number of current Queenslanders, assuming a total population increase of one person every 6 minutes and 22 seconds.

Earlier this year the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said Queensland’s population was growing at 1.7 per cent and was projected to tick over to 5 million in May.

ABS data released in March also revealed Brisbane was one of the country’s fastest-growing cities and had increased by 48,000 in 2017, hitting 2.4 million people.

Queensland's population hits 5 million people today
PHOTO: The ABS estimated Queensland’s population was growing 1.7 per cent a year. (AAP: Dan Peled)

ABS demography director Anthony Grubb said the state’s population had “come a long way” in the last century.

“In 1901 the population was half a million; a tenth of what it is today… it took 37 years to hit the 1 million milestone in 1938 and another 36 years to reach 2 million in 1974,” he said.

But Mr Grubb said population growth “picked up the pace” after that, taking just 18 years to reach 3 million then only another 14 years to hit 4 million in 2006.

Queensland could be leading growth state in future

Population demographer Dr Elin Charles-Edwards said although Queensland is not currently the fastest growing state, it is possible it could top the leader board later down the track.

‘Not in the short-term, but Queensland is coming up off a relatively subdued growth so perhaps we might be entering an era of more rapid growth,” she said.

Dr Charles-Edwards said the challenges that generally come with increased population could be managed in Queensland.

“As long as we keep up and don’t take our eye off the ball we can continue to absorb quite high levels of growth… but really it’s keeping up with the infrastructure that’s the key challenge,” she said.

Dr Charles-Edwards said it was important to note some parts of the state, particularly in western Queensland, were experiencing population decline.

“While the south-east corner is growing and also many Indigenous communities are growing, other parts of the state are shrinking,” she said.

“Perhaps we could do more to encourage people to move outside the south-east corner.

“If we were able to work out some way to decentralise our population, growth a little bit further up into the northern regional centres, I think that would benefit the growth of south-east Queensland.”

Source: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

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Luxury Gold Coast ‘castle’ on the market

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Luxury Gold Coast 'castle' on the market

It’s the mega mansion that towers over water. Fit for a King or Queen.

Welcome to the South East’s real-life “castle” home. Nestled on Knightsbridge Parade West at Sovereign Islands on the Gold Coast.

“It’s got a very palatial feel to it… Most of the feedback  is it’s very European, built very solid,” Ali Mian from Ray White Runaway Bay told 9News.

The floor plan is as big as eight tennis courts.

Seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a gym, sauna, pool, pontoon, cigar and games room, home theatre, all stretched across three floors.

Of course there’s a lift to help you get to each one.

And lots of room to store one, two, even 15 of your own cars.

The list keeps going.

“The entire upstairs is master penthouse we call it… and it’s got a roof top terrace.”

Luxury Gold Coast 'castle' on market

Luxury Gold Coast 'castle' In the market

The land was snapped up in 2005, among four blocks that fetched $9.5 million. At the time it was dubbed Queensland’s most expensive.

It took 12 years in total to design and build the fortress.

Based on the Taj Mahal, as well as UK TV Show ‘Midsomer Murders’.

Since 2010 just two owners have called it home, and now it’s back on the market.

The owner is asking for $9.8 million dollars and says he won’t budge. That’s because five blocks down from the castle, a home sold for $7 million last month, and it’s half the size.

Property experts say it’s likely to receive exactly that.

Luxury Gold Coast castle on the market

“A lot of them are still being sold under replacement cost and the unique positions that some of these do offer they’re locations you won’t sort of see again” John Newlands from REIQ said.

So far there are three buyers interested.

All are already Gold Coast residents, one is a nearby neighbour.

Source: www.9news.com.au

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Gold Coast property: Why this neighbourhood is Surfers Paradise’s best-kept secret

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Gold Coast property Why this neighbourhood is Surfers Paradise’s best-kept secret

It’s one of the quirks of property journalism that when you discover somewhere exciting and new, well, you just have to write about it.

However, in doing so the secret is let well and truly out of the bag.

Did someone say Byron Bay?

So one can only hope that doesn’t happen in Budds Beach, which is technically part of Surfers Paradise – not that the die-hard locals want to be reminded of that.

It only has about 10 streets, stretching west from the Gold Coast Highway north of the glitter strip to the beach, which purists would say is actually part of the Nerang River … but that’s just semantics.

Height restrictions in some of its streets, unlike the soaring high-rise towers a few hundred metres down the road, mean that many residents have some sort of water view towards the precinct’s namesake of Budds Beach.

Gold Coast property Why this neighbourhood is Surfers Paradise

Yet, for a seemingly exclusive enclave, its property prices are surprisingly egalitarian with multimillion-dollar waterfront homes a hop, skip, and jump from older units priced from about $300,000.

“You’ve got million-dollar houses and million-dollar duplexes to high-rise apartments and walk-up apartments,” Harcourts Coast Sales Consultant Katrina Keegan said.

“There’s a lot of locals that have been there for 30-plus years and we’re getting a lot of people looking for a sea change because sometimes Surfers can be really overwhelming, just with the tourism factor of it.

“It’s perfect for any downsizer – many of those buyers are now coming to Budds Beach because they like the fact that it’s a little quieter and it is kind of Surfers Paradise’s best-kept secret.”

The precinct might be only about one kilometre long and a few hundred metres wide, but it seems to have an embarrassment of options for those lucky enough to stake a claim as an owner or a tenant.

There remains a smattering of holiday houses, often old Gold Coast beach shacks, however owner-occupiers are by far in the majority.

Gold Coast property Why this neighbourhood is Surfers Paradise’s kept secret

And what a lucky bunch they are, given they can stroll to a protected beach in mere minutes, perhaps stopping at the community’s social hub, Bumbles Cafe, along the way.

Lambert Wilcox Estate Agents director Mitchell Lambert has been frequenting Budds Beach since he was a boy and these days has been known to slowly pull up on a jet-ski, given the six-knot speed limit, to partake in its myriad amenities.

He said listings never last long – multiple offers are the rule rather than exception – with would-be buyers often living down the street because they never intend to leave Budds Beach.

“Most people who move into Budds Beach move out of Budds Beach in a box,” Mr Wilcox said.

“If you live in Budds this what you’re doing: you’re walking down to Bumbles for a coffee, you’re walking your dog, you’re going to the park, you’re going to have a swim in a really nice section of the river with nice sand, and then you’re going to watch the sunset.”

Oh dear. I fear Surfer’s Paradise’s best-kept secret is no longer.

 

 

Source: domain.com.au

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Investors rush to Gold Coast property market ahead of federal election

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Investors rush to Gold Coast property market ahead of federal election

The Gold Coast property market may be getting an unexpected shot in the arm from the federal election.

After a quiet finish to 2018, during which the median house price rose by only 1.6 per cent and units  were down slightly by 1.2 per cent, Ray White Surfers Paradise CEO Andrew Bell has noted an increasing sense of urgency among buyers eager to lock in a purchase sooner rather than later.

These buyers were factoring in a change of government at the next federal election and the likelihood of changes to the tax treatment of investment properties, as previously signalled by Labor, he said.

“Elections often create uncertainty in the market, but this time it’s a little different because of proposed changes mooted by the Labor Party,” Bell said.

“The market is well and truly factoring a Labor victory and the likelihood of major changes to the taxation regime for property owners.

“Many are buying now to take advantage of the grandfathering provisions proposed by Labor for existing properties.”

Investors rush to Gold Coast property market ahead federal election

Labor’s plans include the abolition of negative gearing on established properties and a reduction of the capital gains discount from 50 per cent to 25 per cent. Negative gearing would remain in place for newly built homes and apartments.

The current rules for capital gains tax and negative gearing would still apply for investors who already own properties.

“The proposed changes are the most significant in a generation for the property market and that’s prompted many buyers to bring forward their plans to step into the market,” Bell said.

“We tapped into this thought process in the planning for The Event last month, which led to an exceptional clearance rate during and following the auction program.”

Bell said the election stimulus had coincided with a cyclical increase in buyer inquiries for Gold Coast property from local and interstate investors.

“We’re certainly seeing an uptick in inquiry from investors keen to buy now before any of the proposed changes are made,” he said.

Investors rush to Gold Coast property market of federal election

Bell has warned the proposed changes to property tax rules will affect the broader market, especially those who are unprepared.

“However, there are significant advantages for those who buy properties before these new laws come into effect,” he said.

“The market is definitely more anxious about what’s coming but there are many buyers looking to lock in their position now well ahead of the changes.”

Australia’s biggest auction event, held last month on the Gold Coast, reported a clearance rate of 60 per cent and rising, making it among the most successful RWSP auction programs held on the glitter strip, Bell said.

“There are compelling reasons still in play to support the Gold Coast property market going forward, and we don’t believe that will change any time soon,” he said.

“Strong migration rates, combined with the strength and diversity of the local economy should see buyer activity hold up well throughout the year.”

 

Source: domain.com.au

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