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.
Photo: Fairfax Media
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.
Would you pay $1.3million for this? Hoarder house filled with 100 cubic metres of junk sells for 60 times its original value after an incredible clean out and transformation
- An inner-city hoarders home has sold for 60 times its original purchase price
- Original owners had lived there for 45 years, purchasing it for just $22,000
- It took five people ten days to move 100 cubic metres of junk from the property
An inner-city hoarder’s house called ‘the worst house on the best street’ has sold for almost 60 times its original purchase price.
The property located in New Farm, a riverside inner suburb of Brisbane, sold for a whopping $1.3million at an auction on Saturday.
The original owners had lived in the property for almost 50 years, with the house last selling for $22,000 in 1973, realestate.com.au reported.
It had taken five people about ten days to move almost 100 cubic metres of junk from the premises prior to the auction.
The property’s original owners had lived in the property for more than 45 years and it took five people about ten days to move almost 100 cubic metres of junk from the premises
The property (pictured) located in New Farm, a riverside inner suburb of Brisbane, sold for a whopping $1.3million at auction on Friday, compared to selling for just $22,000 in 1973
The two-storey house, located at 140 Annie Street, pulled in more than 40 spectators including nine registered bidders.
A bidding war between interested parties saw the price hit quickly pass the seven figure mark.
Belle Property auctioneer Paul Liddy said prior to the auction he had expected the property to reach more than $1 million, describing the property as a ‘unicorn’.
‘Underneath the years of accumulated stuff, the home revealed the lovely bones as the ultimate renovator’s dream,’ Mr Liddy had told the Courier Mail.
‘I’ve only seen a handful of hoarder homes in my career, and this is the first that has blown me away with the gold we have uncovered underneath all the junk,’ he said.
Incredible photos from before its stunning transformation had showed rooms filled to the brim with junk.
‘I’ve only seen a handful of hoarder homes in my career, and this is the first that has blown me away with the gold we have uncovered underneath all the junk,’ Belle Property auctioneer Paul Liddy had said
After nine bids, and auction attendees spilling out onto the street, the house was sold under the hammer for $1.3 million
Photos after the mess had been cleared revealed an almost unrecognisable home which has further potential with more renovations.
But as the property is heritage listed, the new buyers will not be able to demolish it.
Mr Liddy said the sellers, who inherited the property, were ecstatic with the result and revealed that although they were emotional due to the house’s history, the price exceeded their expectations.
He said the buyers were a young couple not originally from Queensland, who were keen to turn it into their family home.
The most popular suburbs in Brisbane for Chinese property buyers
CHINESE buyers losing faith in their own property market are looking to Brisbane for a safer investment — and they have expensive taste. WHICH SUBURBS ARE THE MOST POPULAR?
The research by Chinese international real estate website, Juwai.com, shows Kangaroo Point had the highest number of inquiries from Chinese investors in the first half of 2018, followed by Newstead, Sunnybank, South Brisbane, Indooroopilly and Ascot.
That’s in contrast to Chinese demand for property in Brisbane in the first half of 2017 when the outer suburbs of Calamvale, Park Ridge and Rochedale were the most popular.
Juwai.com chief executive Carrie Law said the top suburbs list revealed the importance of new development, education, and convenience to Chinese buyers.
“Brisbane is attractive due to its easy lifestyle, beautiful water views, and quality English language educational institutions,’ Ms Law said.
“If you have a moderate, high-rise apartment in Brisbane, you can generally snap a beautiful selfie at the window or on the balcony with gorgeous water or district views in the background to show off to your friends at home in China.”
Ms Law said suburbs with new developments or large numbers of new house and land packages for sale were also in demand.
“Because of foreign investment rules, offshore buyers are pushed into new property to support the construction of new housing,” she said.
“It is a revelation for Chinese buyers that they can obtain a new house on its own land in Brisbane for about half the price of an inner-city apartment in Shanghai or Beijing.”
Last week, protesters ransacked a number of new apartment sales offices in China angry their investments were being sold for much less than they paid for them.
The unrest is a further sign China’s property market is beginning to cool, prompting investors to turn to places like Brisbane.
“Brisbane feels like a safe, desirable place to live,” Ms Law said.
“It often starts with a property purchase for sending a child to study or work in Brisbane. “Over time that can lead to additional investments, starting local businesses, and eventually the whole family moving to live in Brisbane.
“These buyers look for established homes with land and relatively new or like-new construction in areas with good schools for proximity to good private schools or universities.”
Brisbane is the third most popular city in Australia among Chinese property buyers.
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It ranks just below Melbourne and Sydney and just above Adelaide and the Gold Coast.
Chinese buyer demand for Australian property remains strong, increasing 10.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2018 and 4.4 per cent in the second.
But it’s a more sustainable growth rate than what the country experienced in 2016 when there was a massive run-up in Chinese demand for Australian property.
Zhen Luo and his fiancee, Yihan Lin, have just bought their first home in Sunnybank Hills, which is one of the most popular in Brisbane among Chinese buyers.
The couple from China had been looking for about six months, but eventually settled on a townhouse in the suburb with the help of Belle Property Calamvale.
Mr Luo said he thought Australia, particularly Brisbane, was a safer place to invest in property than China at the moment.
He said Sunnybank Hills was attractive because of its convenience, its proximity to shopping centres and the fact it was within the Sunnybank Hills State School catchment.
In Bardon — one of Brisbane’s most desirable suburbs — one of two architect-designed homes dubbed the Minka Twins has just sold for $1.888 million — 8 being the luckiest number in Chinese numerology.
Sold to an Asian family, the house is one of two still under construction in the suburb.
Marketing agent Di Anderson of Position Property said the new owners had two young children attending Brisbane Grammar, and were keen on securing a home that would
suit Brisbane’s subtropical climate.
“They were keen to purchase prior to completion to ensure they secured the property,” Ms Anderson said.
“As a result, the developer agreed to a small discount for buying during construction.”
TOP BRISBANE SUBURBS FOR CHINESE BUYERS IN H1 2018
1. Kangaroo Point
4. South Brisbane/West End
7. Sunnybank Hills
8. St Lucia
(Source: Juwai.com, ranked by number of purchasing inquiries)
TOP BRISBANE SUBURBS FOR CHINESE BUYERS IN H1 2017
1. Fortitude Valley
5. Park Ridge
7. East Brisbane
8. Russell Island
(Source: Juwai.com, ranked by number of purchasing inquiries)
Originally published as Chinese buyers look to Brisbane
Healthy Brisbane full list: Brisbane’s suburbs rated by health opportunities
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These include walkability, access to fresh food, proximity to hospitals and allied health facilities as well as hindrance factors like density of fast food and liquor stores.
Based on the scores across these indicators, each suburb was given a rating out of five stars. It’s important to note the study is about place, not people – it is designed to increase understanding of the opportunities suburbs provide residents to live a healthy lifestyle.
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