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Rainwater tanks and temporary barriers could protect Brisbane from floods

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Rainwater tanks and temporary barriers could protect Brisbane from floods

Queenslanders will be encouraged to raise and wet-proof their homes to protect against damage from floods, while temporary barriers could protect parts of the Brisbane CBD from inundation.

A flood-resilient building guide has been released by the state government alongside a new Brisbane River Strategic Floodplain Management Plan.

The guidelines for property owners are non-mandatory and do not replace requirements under the Building Act.

It includes recommendations for flood-resilient design options, such as elevating the finished floor level, wet-proofing the house to allow water to enter and leave without causing significant damage, dry-proofing to prevent water from entering a building, ventilation to prevent mould, and permeable fencing.

Home builders could also use rainwater tanks to store storm water that may otherwise contribute to flooding.

State Development Minister Cameron Dick said home owners were encouraged to talk to a licensed builder or architect about the guide and how they could incorporate flood-resilience strategies into their homes to reduce the cost and impact of future floods.

Meanwhile, the strategic plan, created with the Brisbane, Ipswich, Somerset and Lockyer Valley councils, Queensland government and Seqwater, includes 52 recommendations to strengthen flood resilience of communities in the Brisbane River flood plain.

It suggests consideration of temporary flood barriers in the Brisbane CBD and South Brisbane to prevent flooding.

“The temporary nature of the barriers means that they can be deployed in locations that are normally used for other purposes such as roadways,” the strategic plan reads.

Initial assessments suggested temporary flood barriers could provide flood immunity up to the one in 100-year flood level for South Brisbane and one in 200 years for the Brisbane CBD.

Consideration should also be given to a flood gate which could be installed along Marsden Parade in the Ipswich CBD to prevent backwater flooding from the Bremer River.

“When the flood gates are closed, the rail embankment would act as a temporary dam wall and prevent flooding of low-lying land, being the Ipswich CBD,” the report reads.

It also suggests Goodna could be protected from a one in 100-year flood through the installation of a flood wall levee along the Ipswich Motorway.

Ipswich City Council chief executive David Farmer said the flood gate and levee options would undergo feasibility testing as part of the development of a flood plain management plan for Ipswich.

The report estimates that during a one in 100-year flood in the Brisbane River flood plain, 17,300 buildings would be flooded, two-thirds of which would be in the Brisbane City Council area.

Out of that total, 12,000 were expected to be flooded above the main habitable floor level.

A one in 100-year flood would cost $6.8 billion, which was comparable to damages from the 2011 floods.

Mr Dick said the strategic plan was produced following the 2011 floods.

“Those floods left a deep scar across south-east Queensland and across those communities and families as well,” he said.

Mr Dick said as a result of the plan, councils would be better placed to make decisions about where development could and could not occur.

“It’s increased the capacity of councils to make proper planning decisions, for example, councils could take action such as acquiring land … that is zoned as urban, and acquire it and rezone it for non-urban purposes,” he said.

Mr Dick said while floods could not be prevented, the impacts on properties could be reduced.

“This [plan] has taken four years to produce – there’s been 50,000 computer model simulation and we’ve researched 134,000 properties that have been affected by flooding,” he said.

Councils will use the strategic plan to inform their flood plain management plans.

 

Souce: www.brisbanetimes.com.au

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Here’s our pick of the best buys in Brisbane and some of its surrounds at the moment — and they’re all under $800,000.

34 Ivy Street, Toowong

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With tongue-and-groove floorboards, a cast-iron fireplace begging for love, a sunroom, and a prime position on 405 square metres, this three-bedroom original workers’ cottage is bound to catch eyes of inner-west renovators. No price has been set yet but agent Alex Jordan says as a vacant block on land it would achieve over $600,000.

By negotiation

McGrath, Alex Jordan 0410 424 749

81 Payne Road, The Gap

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The rear of this multi-tone brick house surprises. There’s a single-garage-cum-workshop or home office between the double carport and an elevated timber sundeck, and there’s also a pool. It is fully fenced on a 625-square-metre block, and has three bedrooms with a further small room inside that could become a fourth bedroom or study.

$725,000

Harcourts, Stephen Dangerfield 0412 145 802

48 Bringelly Street, Arana Hills

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From its white picket fence to its flat sandpit-friendly backyard, the DNA of this three-bedroom, one-bathroom house is pure family. Set on a flat 607-square-metre block about 20 metres from the local bus stop, Grovely State School is 900 metres away and Arana Hills Plaza, restaurants and cafes are at the end of the street.

$486,000

Coronis, Jo Dryden 07 3351 5151

19 Allamanda Crescent, Albany Creek

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This substantial four-bedroom, double-storey house sits on a 1250-square-metre landscaped block. It has ample room for its pool and double garage, and there is a massive covered entertaining area and both casual and formal living and eating rooms. Two state high schools are located within 2.4 kilometres of the front door.

$779,000

Style Real Estate, Claire Little 0422 755 171

40 O’Quinn Street, Nudgee Beach

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This 54-year-old updated beauty on a double block opposite the beach offers three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 1000 square metres of land. Open-plan living and dining space, plenty of natural light, timber floors, and a second living area with clever built-in bench seating and storage are boons. The rear has a storage shed, two garden sheds and a single garage.

$789,000

Calio & Scott Real Estate, Carl Calio 0416 145 288

6 Chase Crescent, North Lakes

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Worth a look if a first-time home buyer, or investor watching budget-friendly growth areas, this super neat, modern three-bedroom, two-bathroom house also has a double garage. It is set on a low-maintenance and landscaped 486-square-metre block. It also has decent-sized, open-plan living and media rooms.

$439,000

Hudson Property, Viv Robinson 0407 918 184

50 Windsor Place, Deception Bay

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This two-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage on a 397-square-metre corner block has serious update or rebuild potential. Set three blocks west of Moreton Bay and one block to the suburban public primary school, it is liveable as a home or easily rentable with a modern kitchen and fenced backyard. It has a separate sunroom and a single carport.

$260,000-$280,000

Ray White, Lydia Robins 0438 166 763

441 Beenleigh Road, Sunnybank

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This renovated, four-bedroom, one-bathroom house has parking space for two cars on a 708-square-metre block. The floor plan is open between living, dining and kitchen areas and the metro rail station is about 400 metres away. Its reserve price is unknown as required by Queensland auction laws, but it was found in a search for homes under $800,000.

Auction, June 29, 12.30pm

RE/MAX, Gary Dellios 0411 879 935

4 Parliament Street, Bethania

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The federal election is done for 2019, but here is another way to get into Parliament. With three bedrooms and one bathroom, this brick-and-tile house also has a double carport and a double garage. On a flat 758-square-metre block, the back section is contained making for a fine play zone. Neutral timber-look flooring in the kitchen-meals area balances the retro swirl carpet in the living-dining.

$339,000-$369,000

LJ Hooker, Trina Wilson 0427 188 500

 

 

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Cbus Property will partner with local Brisbane developer Nielson Properties to deliver a $600 million riverfront commercial building in the city’s CBD.

The 3,000sq m corner site, an amalgamation of 205 North Quay and neighbouring 30 Herschel Street, will now house the city’s latest A-grade commercial building.

The office development, to be known as 205 North Quay, will deliver 50,000sq m of net lettable area.

Cbus Property chief executive Adrian Pozzo said the site was ideal as it takes advantage of Brisbane’s strong economic outlook, employment growth and the state government’s infrastructure investment.

“205 North Quay is a major ­riverfront CBD site, ideally located to capitalise on the major infrastructure projects nearby such as the recently announced Roma Street Station, Brisbane Metro, Cross River Rail and Brisbane Live,” Pozzo said.

“Queensland’s economic growth also anticipated to continue to outperform the Australian average.”

“We will look to build on these strong economic foundations and our past success with 1 William Street, to deliver a premium and future-focused commercial tower for Brisbane’s CBD in collaboration with our partner, Nielson Properties.”

No stranger to Brisbane CBD’s commercial market, the project follows Cbus Property’s 46-storey “tower of power” at 1 William Street, home to the Queensland government.

The 205 North Quay development will add to the continued regeneration of the burgeoning North Quarter precinct, which will also include Mirvac’s 80 Ann Street tower to be tenanted by Suncorp, Shayher Group’s 300 George Street project and the recently completed W Hotel on George Street.

The development will also be located in Brisbane’s prime commercial district, capitalising on the major infrastructure projects nearby such as the recently announced Roma Street Station, Brisbane Metro, Cross River Rail and Brisbane Live.

“As a local Brisbane developer, we’re excited to be a part of the evolution of the North Quarter as it becomes a vibrant hub bolstered by outstanding connectivity to Brisbane’s CBD and premium infrastructure and amenity,” Nielson Properties director Ross Nielson said.

Cbus and Nielson have commenced preliminary discussions with the Brisbane City Council.

Last week, Brisbane-based Sentinel Property Group snatched up Makerston House, a neighbouring commercial property in Brisbane’s North Quarter precinct from investment management company Challenger for $103 million.

Further along the CBD riverfront, work has also commenced at the $3.6 billion Queens Wharf developed by the Destination Brisbane Consortium, a joint venture led by casino giant Star Entertainment Group, Far East Consortium and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises.

Work is also under way on Brisbane’s newest riverside public space, with the area between the Goodwill Bridge and 1 William Street to be developed into an above-water pedestrian walkway and recreational area called Waterline Park.

 

 

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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‘Why not Hendra?’ The luxury house that is poised to set a new benchmark for this Brisbane suburb

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A prestigious new property in Hendra is tipped to break records when it goes under the hammer in a couple of weeks, setting a new benchmark for luxury in the area.

The five-bedroom, four-bathroom house may be located on General Street, but its myriad of bells and whistles means it’s anything but.

With a plethora of top-line features, including travertine tiles, state-of-the-art fixtures and a mosaic-tiled swimming pool, it includes a climate-controlled wine cellar as well as bespoke cabinetry throughout.

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Marketing agent Patrick McKinnon of Place Ascot said the house was part of an emerging trend in the suburb towards luxury new builds. The developers behind the home, Innovare Builders, were quickly transforming the standard of Hendra homes project by project, he said.

“They’ve really lifted the benchmark for what’s expected in Hendra and set the tone for the quality that people look for here,” he said.

“This house should a set a record for the area for 405-square-metre non-racecourse property. The records are around the $1 millions and I think this is better than anything else comparable on the market right now.”

While perhaps not as well-known as its prestigious neighbouring suburbs of Ascot and Hamilton, Hendra’s gentrification is well underway, partly due to the redevelopment of Eagle Farm Racecourse.

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The 379-square-metre statement home is within an easy canter of the racecourse as well as many cafe precincts.

Orazio D’Arro of Innovare Builders said Hendra’s multitude of attributes made the decision to develop there simple.

“In a nutshell, why not Hendra?” he said.

“We first chose Hendra because it is a gentrified living suburb with wide, tree-lined streets full of traditional and modern character houses and dotted by cafes, boutiques, other community businesses and gorgeous local parklands.”

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Mr D’Arro said the design inspiration was Hamptons exterior meets modern European interior.

“Modern life requires thoughtful use of space and automation as well as comfort and this was at the forefront of each and every design and inclusion decision,” he said.

Located within easy commute of the Brisbane Airport as well motorways north and south, the home can be controlled from anywhere in the world via state-of-the-art automation and electrical integration.

“Part of a busy modern family’s lifestyle demands convenience – even while travelling – and the electronic aids offered up here deliver convenience in spades,” Mr D’Arro said.

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Other features of the home include a rear patio designed for al fresco dining and summer barbecues, with a built-in, custom outdoor kitchen that features a barbecue and beverage centre.

The home also boasts an in-ground swimming pool lined with mosaic tiling and a manicured, drought-resistant lawn with landscaped gardens.

The property is located at 6 General Street, Hendra, and will go to auction on Saturday, June 22.

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Source: www.domain.com.au

 

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