One more reason why Queensland is better than New South Wales

first_imgThere are plenty of homes on offer within 20km of the CBD for less than $500,000, including208 Lyndhurst Rd, Boondall which is listed for offers of more than $499,000. Picture: buyers should be laughing as new figures reveal our affordable hot spots are half the price of those in Sydney.The latest PRDnationwide Hot Spots report labelled Sydney’s “affordable’’ suburbs as having median house prices of more than $800,000, while in Brisbane they were around $400,000.The report found 16.1 per cent of suburbs within 20km of the Brisbane CBD had a median price of less than $500,000.The majority of suburbs, 41.7 per cent were priced between $500,000 and $750,000 and only 3.8 per cent were for more than $1.25 million.PRDnationwide national research manager Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo said while buyers in the Brisbane market could still access plenty of suburbs with properties for less than $750,000 that number had dropped slightly since the end of last year.“Interestingly the under $500,000 market remained stable, potentially due to new unearthed suburbs becoming gentrified,’’ she said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“Affordability is the big question.’’While there were 16.1 per cent of the suburbs within 20km of the Brisbane CBD for under $500,000, in Sydney only 0.3 per cent and in Melbourne 7.5 per cent fell within that range.“Buyers in Brisbane with a maximum of $500,000 can access triple (the number of suburbs than) Sydney and double Melbourne.“You would need a budget of $1 million to $2 million to access most of Melbourne and Sydney.“this demonstrates the extreme affordability contrast between the three capital cities.Dr Mardiasmo said in the past 15 months to March 2017 Brisbane’s LGA median house price grew by 4.8 per cent, with the western suburbs attracting the strongest house price growth and the northern suburbs the strongest unit price growth.On there are more than 5000 properties listed within the greater Brisbane region with an asking price of less than $500,000. Of those 897 are within the inner Brisbane area including.last_img read more

2 multi million-dollar elevators commissioned at Peters Hall overpass

first_imgTwo multi-million-dollar elevators are now operational at the Peter’s Hall overpass, East Bank Demerara (EBD), which were constructed to reduce road fatalities around that heavily trafficked area.This is according to Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson who commissioned the elevators on Friday last. He stated that the other elevators are scheduled to be up and running soon. Focus is being placed on the one at Houston, Greater Georgetown in time for the new academic year.However, five persons from the community were selected to operate the two elevators at Peters Hall.One of the newly commissioned elevator lifts at the Peters Hall overpass, EBD (DPI photo)The operators will be working a shift system from 6:00h to 14:00h and from 14:00h to 22:00h.The decision to close the lifts at 22:00h. is because there is little visibility of pedestrians after the aforementioned time.The young people will be outfitted with safety vests and radio sets. In the event of an emergency, the operators will be able to connect with their supervisor at the Demerara Habour Bridge Corporation (DHBC).Minister Patterson also charged the young operators to be respectful at all times and to treat the general public inclusive of children courteously.He noted that plans are in place to construct more overpasses in busy areas of the country.“We are working on one in the middle of Agricola. Right in front of the school… The preliminary designs are already out. That is the number one priority in my 2020 budget…we will be installing overpasses on the East Coast. I know four areas are already identified.”Meanwhile, Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Jaipaul Sharma who was also present at the commissioning of the Peters Hall elevators, highlighted the increased safety the overpasses provide, as well as the employment opportunities.“We are giving back to the community. The workers here [at Peters Hall] are from the community and from each area that we have an overpass, the young people from the community will be given an opportunity to work at the facilities.”Additionally, Public Infrastructure Engineer Mark Green related that an emergency response system is in place should there be a power failure.The cost for supply and installation of each elevator is said to be $13M with each having a maximum capacity of 400kg or accommodation capacity for about five persons at a time.In April last, Government had announced that it would have been installing elevators at five pedestrian overpasses along the EBD corridor.It was further announced that two elevators each will be installed at five pedestrian overpasses located at the Houston, Eccles, Peters Hall, Providence and Diamond villages on the EBD.Since the overpasses have been completed and accessible to the public, there have been and continue to be mixed feelings about the structures.Construction of the pedestrian overpasses had commenced mid-2017.The overpasses were intended not only to reduce the high level of road carnage and enhance public safety, but to also eliminate traffic congestion along the East Bank Road, which is said to be the busiest in the country.last_img read more

Teen gathers sweet treats for troops

first_imgSAUGUS – After sorting through nearly 800pounds of sweets, including Jolly Ranchers, Snickers bars and Red Vines, 17-year-old Charlotte Floyd is officially sick of candy. But the Saugus High School junior plans to give away her collected treats to those more in need of a bright spot in their day: U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Sending 10 boxes of candy to troops in the war-torn country is part of Floyd’s “Cash in Your Candy” nonprofit project that will also net Floyd her Girl Scout Gold Award – the final and most prestigious honor for members of the cookie-selling crowd. “I am really glad we can brighten up the days for our service people in Iraq,” Floyd said. “We wanted to steer kids away from the type of lifestyle that could lead to problems,” she said. Saugus Principal Bill Bolde praised Floyd, a teen he says is one of his most outstanding students. “She just does everything so well,” Bolde said. “Her desire to help others in this day and age – when so many people are out to get things for themselves – is outstanding.” Floyd’s mother, Kris Floyd, admits her daughter probably inherited her ambition. As president of the girls’ basketball booster club and leader of the parent volunteer group on the Saugus campus, Kris Floyd tells all three of her daughters to get involved with everything they can. But even this energetic mom said that, at times, the candy project was overwhelming. “Not many girls have the energy to spend so much time on one project,” Kris Floyd said. “I am so very proud of her.” Floyd has started a drive at Saugus High, asking teachers for donations to pay for shipping costs for the candy. And Charlotte Floyd is hoping her efforts can motivate other girls to get involved. “I plan to train other Girl Scouts on the program and then let them run it,” she said. (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And Floyd is hoping her treats really make it far. “Maybe, since they have all this candy, they can give some of it to the local (Iraqi) kids and brighten their days, too,” she said. Floyd, who has a 4.0 grade-point average, is active in student organizations including site council and plays varsity basketball. But she admits her dedication is driven by ambition. “It all looks good on your college applications,” she said. The candy project, however, started a little after Halloween last year when Floyd became concerned with the growing problem of obesity among children. last_img read more