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New Subdivisions in Brisbane Address Housing and Land Shortage Crisis

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The burgeoning housing and land shortage crisis in Brisbane is seeing a glimmer of hope as new subdivisions sprout across the city

New Subdivisions in Brisbane Address Housing and Land Shortage Crisis

 

The burgeoning housing and land shortage crisis in Brisbane is seeing a glimmer of hope as new residential subdivisions sprout across the city, offering eager buyers much-needed relief. These developments aim to provide prospective homeowners with an opportunity to secure their own piece of the property market in various parts of the city.

One of the promising locations is Taigum, situated on Brisbane’s northside, where 36 blocks of land have become available, presenting a golden opportunity for buyers to claim a brand-new home for the reasonable sum of $800,000. Similarly, on the northside of Brisbane, prospective buyers can explore 13 available blocks in Bridgeman Downs and nine lots in McDowall.

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In the west, Fig Tree Pocket offers a unique opportunity for acreage-style land, coupled with direct access to pristine natural surroundings. This locale provides a serene escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.

The driving force behind these developments is Brisbane-based developer Chapter Two, headed by Director Jon Quayle. Mr. Quayle emphasises that many individuals hold the misconception that the only way to build a new home in Brisbane is by demolishing an older property in an expensive inner-city area. However, the reality is different. Chapter Two is bringing more than 80 new blocks of land to the market by adopting an innovative approach to development. The company actively seeks out smaller subdivisions in established neighbourhoods, thus creating fresh opportunities for buyers.

The burgeoning housing and land shortage crisis in Brisbane is seeing a glimmer of hope as new subdivisions sprout across the city

The burgeoning housing and land shortage crisis in Brisbane is seeing a glimmer of hope as new residential subdivisions sprout across the city

Chapter Two’s efforts have recently borne fruit with the approval, received in September, for 36 lots at Taigum, on a site originally planned for townhouses. By working closely with the Brisbane City Council, the developer is now providing a unique chance for individuals to secure their piece of land. The anticipated lot sizes at Cordyline Taigum will average around 300 square meters, with house and land packages expected to start from a competitive $800,000. This represents significant value for the Brisbane property market.

Moreover, Chapter Two has successfully completed a boutique project in Fig Tree Pocket, with homes priced at $1.5 million. This development is strategically located near the Brisbane River, within walking distance of leading schools, expansive parklands, and equestrian fields.

The inaugural Residential Land Report, a collaborative effort between digital property settlement firm PEXA and demography analysts Informed Decisions, reveals the challenges posed by a decrease in vacant land settlements in Queensland, totalling 24,226 in the fiscal year 2023. This figure represents a substantial annual decline of 16.2 percent. Despite this decline, several key greenfield councils, particularly in South East Queensland, still lag behind forecasted dwelling growth.

In summary, these new subdivisions and residential developments represent a positive step towards mitigating Brisbane’s housing and land shortage. With innovative approaches to development and collaboration with local authorities, developers like Chapter Two are making homeownership more accessible and affordable for eager buyers. This expansion of available properties provides hope for those seeking to enter the housing market and alleviates some of the pressures caused by the current housing crisis.

 

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The Beauty of the Sugar Industry

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The Beauty of the Sugar Industry

 

A recently completed mural at the entry to the 150-year-old Harwood Sugar Mill is stopping traffic and creating excitement in the little village with the oldest Australian owned sugar mill.

In the lead up to the 150-year celebrations, artist Nitsua, has created an artwork that reflects the blending of the cane growing and milling activities in the Northern Rivers, that exists thanks to the all-Australian partnership between the grower-owned NSW Sugar Milling Cooperative and family-owned Manildra Group.

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The artwork was commissioned by Sunshine Sugar as part of the preparations to celebrate the significant milestone of 150 years continuous manufacturing operation and Australian ownership – all on the same location on the bank of the mighty Clarence River.

As Sunshine Sugar CEO, Mr Chris Connors commented: “Not too many businesses in Australia can say they have achieved such a significant milestone, which is why we are making the effort to celebrate and promote the resilient industry we have here in NSW.”

Sunshine Sugar and the NSW sugar industry have a line-up of community events and activities happening at Harwood (near Yamba) in August. The celebrations with culminate in a massive outdoor community event to be held at the Harwood Cricket Oval on Sunday 25th August.

Find out more at: 150th Harwood Mill Landing Page – Sunshine Sugar

 

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Services Australia’s Mobile Service Centre “Golden Wattle” to Visit Northern Rivers Region

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Services Australia’s Mobile Service Centre “Golden Wattle” to Visit Northern Rivers Region

 

Services Australia’s Mobile Service Centre, Golden Wattle, is set to visit towns in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, providing easy access to Centrelink, Medicare, National Disability Insurance Scheme, and Department of Veterans’ Affairs services.

Golden Wattle will visit:

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  • Nimbin: Wednesday, 17 July, opposite the neighbourhood centre, Cullen Street (9:30 am to 4:00 pm)
  • Urbenville: Thursday, 18 July, near Captain Cook Park, Urben Street (9:30 am to 3:30 pm)
  • Woodenbong: Friday, 19 July, in front of Woodenbong Hall, Unumgar Street (9:30 am to 4:00 pm)
  • Kyogle: Monday, 22 July and Tuesday, 23 July, in the Kyogle visitor centre car park, Summerland Way (9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
  • Bonalbo: Wednesday, 24 July, in front of Bonalbo Hall, Koreelah Street (9:30 am to 4:00 pm)
  • Tabulam: Thursday, 25 July, opposite the hotel, Court Street (9:30 am to 3:00 pm)

About Mobile Services Centres: Mobile Services Centres are 20-tonne trucks operated by Services Australia staff, providing regional and rural Australians with friendly, face-to-face service and tailored support. On this trip, staff can assist with:

  • Centrelink claims
  • Medicare registrations
  • Accessing online services

Additionally, information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Department of Veterans’ Affairs programs and support services will be available.

For more information, visit the Services Australia website.

 

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Saffin Secures $30,000 Grant for Youth Crime Prevention

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Lismore MP Janelle Saffin with North-Tracks Works Chair Patrick Higgins, Secretary/board member Kevin Bell and Mr Bell’s working dog Maezzie. - Youth Crime Prevention

Saffin Secures $30,000 Grant for Youth Crime Prevention

 

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin has successfully secured a $30,000 grant for North-Tracks Works, a Lismore-based organisation dedicated to empowering vulnerable young people. This funding will enable the expansion of their life-changing programs to engage more youth in Goonellabah, Coraki, and Casino.

Ms. Saffin expressed her gratitude to NSW Minister for Police and Counter-terrorism Yasmin Catley for approving the grant following her advocacy on behalf of North-Tracks Works. She praised the organisation, which operates out of a shed in South Lismore, for its impactful work with young people aged 11 to 18, offering one-on-one support, mentoring, and practical learning opportunities.

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“I previously secured a $44,000 Local Small Commitments Allocation grant to help North-Tracks purchase equipment and materials for skill-building,” Ms. Saffin said. “This additional grant will allow North-Tracks to employ youth workers and expand their proven youth program, which is supported by Richmond Police District Commander Superintendent Scott Tanner.”

Patrick Higgins, Chair of North-Tracks Works and a local real estate agent, thanked Ms. Saffin for her efforts in securing the additional funding from Minister Catley. “We don’t fit in the box for normal funding. Our approach is about creating a sense of belonging and purpose through our skills program and training working dogs. It’s the work with the dogs that bridges the gap,” Mr. Higgins explained.

“At North-Tracks, we spend 10 percent looking back, 10 percent at where you are now, and 80 percent looking forward. We help them chase their dreams and goals,” he added. “Our team has three basic goals: keep them safe and alive, keep them out of jail, and help them move forward to live a full and productive life.”

This funding is set to sustain and expand North-Tracks Works’ impactful initiatives, providing more opportunities for at-risk youth to gain essential skills and find a sense of purpose and for Youth Crime Prevention.

 

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