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Buy land for the price of a holiday on the islands of Moreton Bay

first_imgSydney-based Harry Cobon, 5, at his grandparents’ Point Lookout holiday home which is now for sale at 4/6 Cumming Pde. Picture: Stuart Quinn.LAND parcels for the price of a holiday are on offer just outside Brisbane, and expat Aussies are snapping them up.The islands of southern Moreton Bay are a $4.95 ferry trip from the mainland, with 600sq m blocks starting at $15,000 on Russell Island, and savvy investors from as far as Abu Dhabi are buying their own piece of paradise sight unseen.MORE: Mansion with 200k chandelier shatters records Whopping $8.4m mansion sale sets new Brisbane auction price recordAuction success: Brisbane’s clearance rate highest in 2.5 yrsThe Redlands Coast Southern Islands have a combined population of about 6600, while North Stradbroke Island has 2220 residents. Source: Redland City Council.But demand is outstripping supply on the islands which will push property prices higher.Already Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island has seen a 46.6 per cent increase in median house prices in three years and real estate agents on the southern islands say overseas interest is growing.The view from one of the top properties on the market on North Stradbroke Island at the moment, at 4/6 Cunning Pde, Point Lookout. Picture: Stuart Quinn.“A lady in Abu Dhabi just bought an investment property on Lamb Island,” Harcourts Living real estate agent Chris McGregor said.“She’s originally from Brisbane and she may come to the island in several years.“And I just had an offer on a property on Lamb Island from someone in Tassie. They are looking for a cheap house to move in to and bought it sight unseen for $140,000.”Neighbouring Macleay Island is having a building boom with real estate agents estimating around 50 new builds are under construction on the island.Houses under construction, like this one overlooking the mainland, are a common sight on Macleay Island.“We’re getting quite a lot of retirees coming up from down south,” T. Barclay Real Estate agent Sally Kuroczycki said.“They’ve bought something here, they’ve got change and go travelling. They can lock it up and off they go. Or people might buy now and rent it out for later.”But it’s not just a bargain that is driving expat interest in Moreton Bay.The tourist hub of North Stradbroke Island, which attracted 375,000 visitors last year, has also seen an increase in overseas buyers in the past three months. And while median house prices at Point Lookout have almost hit $1 million, new developments are being bought off the plan in a sign of strengthening up-market demand.“It’s an emotional destination,” Dolphin Real Estate’s Olivia Cole said.“Lots of people grew up here and are now coming back. They’ve holidayed and are buying a property for their family so the tradition carries on.Harry Cobon, 5, and his sister Charlotte Cobon, 3 check out the pool with a view at their luxury holiday home at Point Lookout. Picture: Stuart Quinn.“And we’re seeing expat buyers from Hong Kong, Singapore and London that we haven’t seen before wanting to buy their special piece of Straddie.”Sydney-based Edwina Cobon has been coming to Straddie since she was a teenager. Her mum and dad’s holiday unit at 4/6 Cumming Pde, Point Lookout has just hit the market with Chris Ransley of Ray White North Stradbroke listing the house for $920,000 on one of the highest parts of Point Lookout.The Cobon family unit at 4/6 Cumming Pde, Point Lookout that is for sale now through Chris Ransley of Ray White North Stradbroke.“We grew up in Port Macquarie (NSW) but we would come here for holidays and stay at the resort, and then mum and dad bought this place 20 years ago,” Mrs Cobon said.“Since I’ve had kids we’ve got good friends from Barcaldine in Central Queensland and we meet on the island for a holiday. It’s the halfway point.”The Redland City Council and the Queensland Government are working toward a $34.1 million upgrade of the ferry terminals throughout the southern islands to improve facilities for the locals and to support day visitations and tourism.One of the four ferry terminals that will be upgraded as part of the $34.1 million infrastructure project. Picture: Jono Searle.At the Redland Bay Marina ferry terminal information desk, French-born Helene Grillot, is bemused by island property prices.“If this were Europe, the islands would be more expensive than the mainland,” Ms Grillot said.“Just because you cross the water here, land is so cheap.”Robert Baxter blew in to Russell Island 16 years ago when a storm swept his catamaran down the bay from Bribie Island.He fell in love with the place and built a five-bedroom home for his family and now he’s transferred to a one-bedroom house on Macleay Island.“Now the kids can’t stay with me, but I have family on Macleay anyway,” he said.A TransLink go card is all that you need to travel between Redland Bay and the islands of southern Moreton Bay. Inter-island travel between Macleay, Russel, Lamb and Karragarra islands is free. Picture: Paula Shearer.Also catching the ferry this week was film industry storyboard artist David Russell, who worked for George Lucas on the 2012 war film Red Tails, and sculptor Masha Marjanovich. The artistic couple are currently living on the Gold Coast while they build on one of the islands.“The Gold Coast is getting crowded,” said Mr Russell, who has lived at Broadbeach for 20 years.With land parcels at Broadbeach Waters selling for more than $800,000, the $30,000 investment to secure a prime island location in Moreton Bay was too tempting.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:55Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:55 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIslands for sale around Australia00:55“The islands are ideal locations … and there’s a lot of creative people out here,” he said.“The shoreline can be overpriced but I like the more aesthetic interior.”On Macleay Island, the three-bedroom, brand new house at 249 High Central Rd is an entry level property at $225,000.ENTRY LEVEL: This brand new house at 249 High Central Rd, Macleay Island is on the market through for $225,000. It has three bedrooms and is on 594sq m.High Central Rd turns into Kate St and is the spine of Macleay Island, running its 6km length.Further down the road, Joselyn and Steven Broomfield are selling their two-storey house at 151 Kate Street for $389,000.MID LEVEL: 151 Kate St, Macleay Island is a two bedroom house with a teenage retreat downstairs on an 898sq m block.Mrs Broomfield used to commute from Macleay Island to Toowoomba for an 8.30am start when she worked in merchandising for Bunnings.Stephen and Joselyn Broomfield are selling their home on Macleay Island after 12-and-a-half years.“It’s just about time management, working out the ferry times,” she said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe house with views of Cow Bay (named after the sea cows that live there) and North Stradbroke Island from the front balcony, while the rear deck looks across to the mainland.The view across Cow Bay to North Stradbroke Island from the front balcony of 151 Kate St, Macleay Island which is for sale for $389,000.In the dress circle location of Beelong Street, is the executive waterfront residence of 119 Beelong Street at $695,000 with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and an open plan studio with separate kitchenette downstairs.119 Beelong St, Macleay Island is on the market for $695,000 and has three bedrooms and three bathrooms on an elevated 1123sq m waterfront property.The view is across azure blue waters to North Stradbroke Island.From the back deck of 119 Beelong St, Macleay Island.“All the islands have a different character,” Sally Kuroczycki said from Macleay.Sally Kuroczycki lives on Russell Island and works on Macleay. A local sculptor makes memorial benches like this that overlook the water for locals to remember loved ones.“Russell Island is a whole lot bigger, it’s slightly cheaper and the infrastructure is not as advanced as here.“Then we’re the next biggest. We have amazing infrastructure with the golf course, bowls club, restaurants, two supermarkets. There’s not much we haven’t got. And there’s not a house on the island that doesn’t have resident curlews.Curlews are raising babies on the islands, and you might spot bandicoots but you won’t find a koala on the southern Moreton Bay islands and the only kangaroos are those that have swum across from Straddie to Russell Island.“Lamb Island is very pretty. It’s quietly ticking along, there’s a kiosk and an indoor bowls club, but not a lot of infrastructure.“And then there’s Karragarra, more expensive. There’s no infrastructure on the island, two main roads, and that’s the way the locals like it.”It’s on Karragarra that Queensland’s first driverless bus will be trialled for a six-month period starting in November.An EasyMile EZ10 driverless electric shuttle bus in use at the University of Melbourne, similar to the one that will begin operation on Karragarra Island later this year.“We’re feeling in the area that something is brewing, there’s more interest around at the moment,” she said. “It’s a good time of year.”But she said island living is not for everyone.“If you need a big shopping centre, and you need to shop every day and visit a different coffee shop every day, it’s not going to work for you,” Ms Kuroczycki said.“Here there is peace and tranquillity, and no stress.”Homes on Karragarra, Macleay, Lamb and Russell islands must have their own effluent disposal system and the size of the system will determine the number of bedrooms allowed in each building.Dwellings under 60sq m must be assessed under the Amenity and Aesthetics Policy and their position on the block must be assessed by the Redland City Council.The Redland City Council said Point Lookout has a unique character and the City Plan has specific building design outcomes that need to be checked before designing begins.FOLLOW DEBRA BELA ON TWITTERVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:19Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:19 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe 6 best coastal homes that have sold01:19last_img read more

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Mississippi State’s Reggie Perry bosses Russia, advances USA Basketball to FIBA U19 World Cup semis

first_imgReggie Perry showed Russia who’s in charge.A sophomore at Mississippi State, Perry scored 11 of the first 21 points for the United States junior national team on the way to a 28-point performance that delivered a comfortable 95-80 victory over Russia and a spot in the FIBA U19 World Cup semifinals. MORE: NBA Summer League 2019: Schedule, how to watchPerry’s early outburst and consecutive 3-pointers by Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton advanced the U.S. to a 31-14 lead on the way to a lead that grew as large as 28 points in the first half and settled to 51-27 at halftime.The Americans relaxed a bit in the third quarter and allowed the Russians to close to a 66-57 deficit with 52 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Zakhar Vedishchev, who led his team with 24 points. But the U.S. tightened its fullcourt press at the start of the final period, forcing three turnovers — two on steals by Haliburton — and three missed layups in the first 2 minutes. The lead quickly grew back to 17 points, and there never again was a threat.Perry finished with eight rebounds, three steals, three assists and two blocks, the most dominant performance of any U.S. player in the tournament to date. He was among the players who entered the NBA Draft but chose to withdraw, and that turned out to be great news for all of America, not just that portion of Mississippi that favors the Bulldogs. Through five games, he leads the team in scoring at 14.8 points per game and rebounding at 7.4.Haliburton scored 10 points for the U.S. to go with his seven assists and five steals. Villanova-bound Jeremiah Robinson-Earl scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Prospect Scottie Barnes of Fort Lauderdale scored 13 on 6-of-8 shooting. Of the 26 turnovers committed by Russia, 17 were on steals by U.S. defenders.The Americans again were not effective from 3-point range. Haliburton was 2 of 4 and Perry 1 of 2, but the rest of the squad went 0 for 10.They will play Lithuania in the semis Saturday. They were in the same pool earlier in the tournament, and the Americans won the game 102-84, with Haliburton scoring 21 points on 4-of-5 long-distance shooting.last_img read more

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Education key to developing responsible citizens

first_img…education workshop hearsOfficials from the Education Ministry and other educational institutions in Guyana are placing more emphasis on the importance of education in the lives of students as well as the need for teachers to pay attention to the critical requirements for the creation of responsible citizens.These issues were tackled at the educational leadership conference, hosted by the Education Ministry earlier this week, by three panellists – the Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson; Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana (UG) andChief Education Officer Marcel HutsonMarla Bernard.The Chief Education Officer, during his remarks, stressed on the roles that education played in society, surpassing the acquisition of formal education. While being educated at the various levels, there are other qualities that should be inculcated, with teachers expected to exploit and develop these with their students.“A critical role of education is that of socialisation. That has to do with training and teaching so that persons can actually develop the right kind of attitudes and behaviours that would actually pass the change that we want to see in society,” Hutson stated.“It also has to do with fitting people into society so that they could be citizens that are responsible, citizens that are caring and citizens that are productive,” he added.Furthermore, Professor Ivelaw Griffith addressed the room of educators from several administrative regions in Guyana, and explained that this could be acquired through modifications in the way formal classroom sessions were conducted, while establishing a sense that excellence should be the most important practice.“So many of our students – whether primary, secondary or tertiary – come from circumstances where there are so many insufficiencies: rental, single parents, insufficient money (and) food and it is very often easy to be comfortable with just getting on. It is very easy to get by. Our responsibility is not to be in the mode of allowing ourselves to just be that ‘get by’. We need to be aspiring [to] excellence,” the Vice Chancellor said.This, he stated, is one of the key values which will result in the production of good citizens of Guyana.The panel of speakers was also engaged in discussion generated by questions from the various regional officers.Furthermore, the educators were also briefed on other aspects of educational development, which they are expected to convey to other teachers of their respective regions. With a three-day workshop on formal training, which commenced on Monday, the Ministry is hoping that this will aid in the improvement of the quality of education in schools countrywide.last_img read more