Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) and Treasurer Jackie Trad are pushing for a City Deal for south-east Queensland.
Photo: AAP/Dan Peled
Political delays dogging infrastructure projects will be history if talks on Tuesday morning cement a new billion-dollar 15-year City Deal for south-east Queensland between all three levels of government.
Such a deal could benefit 3 million people catching trains and buses, driving on highways, building businesses, looking for housing, and finding school and universities between the Sunshine and Gold coasts and west to Toowoomba.
Deputy premier Jackie Trad and Brisbane’s lord mayor Graham Quirk will on Tuesday morning outline how close the 10 south-east Queensland councils – Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley – are to signing Australia’s largest City Deal with the federal government.
Australia now has three City Deals backed by the federal government: Townsville (2016), Launceston (April 2017) and Western Sydney (March 2018).
Cr Quirk, the chairman of Council of Mayors (SEQ) that represents the region’s local governments, described a City Deal for the area as “a dramatic change”.
“The power of aligning the efforts of all levels of government and securing a long-term program of investment in our region will be a game changer,” Cr Quirk said.
“For the first time, all levels of government will be working in unison to protect and enhance the prosperity and liveability of south-east Queensland.”
Brisbane’s lord mayor Graham Quirk begins a campaign for a City Deal funding package for 10 councils on Tuesday morning.
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A City Deal binds the three levels of government — federal, state and local — as a group to agree to a 15-year rolling funding program of infrastructure projects that a fast-growing region needs.
As projects provide a lift in land value, that financial uplift is identified, captured and then re-invested into the infrastructure funding pool, under a model first identified in Manchester in 2012 and then in Brisbane in 2014.
In April 2018, Cr Quirk and Ms Trad met the federal government’s new Cities and Urban Infrastructure minister Paul Fletcher, when they first put forward the SEQ City Deal.
All parties described those 2018 talks as “positive”.
Cr Quirk and Ms Trad will begin the public push for the SEQ City Deal at a business breakfast at Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday.
“We secured Australia’s first ever City Deal in Townsville, which is paying dividends with projects like the North Queensland Stadium, delivered through the City Deal,” Ms Trad said.
“That is under construction and on track to be open for the start of the 2020 NRL season.”
Townsville’s City Deal is a 15-year arrangement, while Launceston’s is a five-year deal and Western Sydney’s is a 20-year deal.
The federal government is tipped to announce City Deals for Geelong and Darwin by September 2018, allowing planners to work on Hobart, Perth and south-east Queensland over 18 months.
How could it help?
It locks in project funds over 15 to 20 years, moving them away from political promises, which are subject to election outcomes. It could remove election squabbling over the same project.
It sets out a timetable for projects allowing the private sector to invest more confidently.
It could help the next generation of infrastructure projects, after the Pacific Motorway, Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro projects were all delayed by politics, angering voters.
It has also been mentioned as a way of funding Moreton Bay’s new university campus at Petrie and breathing life into the Brisbane River’s Resilient Rivers proposal.
What is Townsville’s experience after 18 months?
The Townsville City Deal was signed on December 9, 2016. It is a 15-year agreement.
Work has begun on stage two of the 25,000-seat $250 million North Queensland Stadium. It will be finished for the 2020 rugby league season. It is funded by the federal and state governments, and Townsville City Council.
The Queensland government has promised $250 million for new water supply for Townsville.
A business case for new Townsville Port facilities is almost finished and the Queensland government has pledged $75 million for port upgrade.
Townville mayor Jenny Hill said choosing the right projects was essential to make a City Deal effective.
“The City Deal provides a roadmap for delivery that breaks the political cycle so it is very important to choose the right projects or areas for reform that will make the biggest difference to a city or region,” Cr Hill said.
“All three levels of government also need to buy into the key priorities of the local area that are included in any City Deal.”
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill on top of Castle Hill with Townsville in the background.
SEQ City Deal – the background
- May 2012: Co-funding model idea began in United Kingdom.
- June 2015: Queensland prepares its own case for City Deals after Ms Trad looked at the UK City Deals idea in Manchester.
- 2016: Council of Mayors (SEQ), Queensland Property Council and the Queensland government put a plan together.
- November 2016: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk signed a memorandum of understanding with prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in November 2016 to develop “tailored City Deals” for Queensland.
- February 2017: Ms Trad and Cr Quirk wrote to then-federal cities minister Angus Taylor, agreeing to a joint submission.
- Late 2017: A Cities Transformation TaskForce established in Brisbane.
- June 2018: Queensland’s major contractors called for a City Deal.
Hollywell, the often overlooked Central North Gold Coast suburb: HTW
Hollywell is often overlooked in property searches due to its size and the well known surrounding suburbs, according to a recent Herron Todd White (HTW) residential report.
It is a small suburb located just below Paradise Point and just above Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
It features canal front properties with bridge free broadwater access to a number of sites, as well as broadwater views.
“Whilst the suburb does lack quality shopping facilities, restaurants and cafes, it is within walking distance to suburbs that offer these,” the valuation firm said.
“Furthermore, public transport is readily accessible and runs straight through the middle of the suburb.”
Price points within the suburb do range as the property mix comprises units, dry block houses and canal front houses.
“Over the past six months we have seen entry level two-bedroom, two-bathroom units being acquired for just under $400,000, dry block houses selling upwards from $525,000 and canal front properties with bridge free broadwater access from $900,000,” the report said.
There was a recent $900,000 sale.
A circa 1980 five bedroom brick house at 361 Bay View Street, Hollywell was sold for $900,000 (pictured above).
The house features updated kitchen with timber floors, solar panels, concrete boat ramp, pontoon jetty and swimming pool.
Other highlights include north-east facing, 18 metre canal frontage with bridge free broadwater access, and 725 square metre land area.
The property is positioned on a local thoroughfare road that runs through Hollywell, which is a detracting factor.
The property was on the market for 64 days and original asking price was $1.15 million.
Gold Coast rainforest retreat sells in multimillion-dollar deal
A Gold Coast family will head to the hills after securing the keys to a picturesque property in a multimillion-dollar deal.
A rainforest retreat in Currumbin Valley has changed hands in a multimillion-dollar deal, selling to a large local family seeking a tree change.
The picturesque property sold for $2.4 million to the family from Sovereign Islands last week.
It was aptly named the Palasari Rainforest Estate and had a lush mountain backdrop and tropical rainforest surrounds.
Two residences were on the sprawling 10.52 ha property.
The main house was perched at the highest point and featured four bedrooms, a resort-style pool and an Asian-influenced design.
On the lower side of the block was an updated four-bedroom guesthouse.
Kollosche Broadbeach agent Rob Lamb, who sold the estate alongside Laura Delaney, said a Melbourne buyer also flew up and put in an offer but the local family had an unconditional cash contract.
“They are a large family with lots of kids who wanted to get out of the small confinements of urban living,” Mr Lamb said.
“There’s a bit more maintenance with a rural property but they can ride motorbikes and have a bit more freedom and privacy as the kids are growing up through their teens.”
Mr Lamb said the family plan to live in the guesthouse while renovating the main residence to better suit their needs.
A freestanding cellar door with a 1600-bottle, climate-controlled wine room, butler’s kitchen, powder room and outdoor patio was another impressive feature of the property.
The large block also had a thriving orchard with citrus, stone fruit, mangoes, avocadoes, apples, paw-paw, guava, banana, berries, macadamias, gapes, figs and vegetables.
The property was listed through Kollosche from late March, first with a $2.899 million price tag that was later reduced to $2.6 million, according CoreLogic.
Property records also showed it first hit the market with a different agency in January seeking more than $4 million.
The property last changed hands in 2015 for $2.3 million.
Currumbin Valley’s median house price has grown by 19.5 per cent in the past five years to $920,000. It is the Gold Coast 11th most expensive suburb.
Mr Lamb said he hadn’t seen any shift in the prestige property market in the lead up to the federal election and expected it to keep soldiering on. “For owner occupiers and particularly prestige properties, it shouldn’t affect anything too much,” he said.
“Interest rates look like they are heading down so it should suit the buyers looking to live in those prestige properties.”
The southeast Queensland suburbs where vendors are discounting their sale prices
The southeast Queensland suburbs where vendors are discounting their sale price by the largest percentages have been revealed.
New data analysis by Domain looked at the average rate of vendor discounting on properties in suburbs throughout Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast over the six months to March this year and found some areas were discounting by as much as 12 per cent.
Houses at Carindale, Clontarf, Redcliffe and Rochedale South topped out the list of Greater Brisbane suburbs with the highest percentage of vendors discounting their asking price, while Chermside, New Farm, Redcliffe and South Brisbane had the highest rate of discounting for units.
On the Gold Coast, houses at Broadbeach Waters and Hope Island both recorded double-digit average vendor discounting, while units at Main Beach and Southport had the highest rate of discounting.
Maroochydore and Tewantin headed up the Sunshine Coast houses that were being the discounted by the highest percentage.
Domain economist Trent Wiltshire said the rate of discounting was another market indicator that could help assess conditions in certain suburbs.
The data was compiled using a minimum of 30 observations and did not include properties that sold via auction or without a listed price.
“This can be a bit more timely than price data,” he said. “But it is only an average figure and, while the average or median is the simplest way to look at a suburb, it doesn’t tell the full story.”
Will Torres of Torres Property said overall the housing market in Carindale was performing well but that the average discounting rate was likely brought down by a specific price point.
Carindale’s median house price is $879,750, a rise of 1.1 per cent over the year to March.
“I’d say the market that is being affected at the moment is that mid-$1 million price range,” he said.
“Rewind to six months ago I was selling houses in this price range in three weeks — now I’m struggling to get numbers in the door. That’s where the discounting will be, around that $1.5 million range and that’s why the Carindale percentage is that high.
“Anything under that price point is still performing really well and selling well. Days on market have stretched but the buyers and the demand is overall still there.”
Broadbeach Waters recorded the highest rate of vendor discounting, by up to 12 per cent. Jordan Williams of JW Prestige said that figure had likely been increased by houses in the $2 million to $3 million range, which were sometimes overpriced.
“If you’re 10 per cent over the odds you won’t get a result, you won’t get a deal — that’s why you’re seeing that average discount for Broadbeach Waters,” he said.
“So this figure doesn’t mean the market has dropped here, it means some properties were overpriced. I sold a house for $4.5 million where the owners originally were asking $4.7 million. That’s a massive discount.
“But it started out that high because the owners said they wanted to give it a go, test the waters. There’s a million different scenarios for why people discount their properties.”
At Hope Island, where the average vendor discount is 10.3 per cent, agent Warren Hickey is selling a four-bedroom, two-bathroom contemporary home on Virginia Avenue, which is listed for offers over $995,000 and advertised as a huge price reduction.
However, he said the listing was not representative of the local market.
“On average we’d sell a property a week in Hope Island. I would say if you look back at everything we’ve sold in the past few years, we’ve probably only advertised one as having a price reduction and this is it. It’s the exception,” he said.
On the Sunshine Coast, where Maroochydore recorded an average discount on houses of 7.5 per cent, local Century 21 agent Damien Said said a lot of the properties in higher demand were now auctioned.
“That needs to be noted — those properties are automatically excluded from the data,” he said.
“If anyone in Maroochydore is discounting, I’d say it’s more of a reflection of a few properties that came on the market with unrealistic expectations.
“Generally, we’re finding that when properties do come on the market, as long as the price is realistic, our days on market are reducing. The coast market is still quite active.”
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