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Cycling on Brisbane Bike Paths

Cycling on Brisbane Bike Paths

 

Brisbane has an extensive and growing network of bikeways.

Through the Better Bikeways 4 Brisbane program, Brisbane City Council is investing $100 million between July 2016 and 2020 on bikeways to improve access to local destinations and the city centre. The Lord Mayor’s signature bikeway projects include:

Training rides

Brisbane has many popular training rides. Here are two of the best loops to try.

Mt Coot-tha loop

The ride begins at the base of Mt Coot-tha on Sir Samuel Griffith Drive. Ride in a clockwise direction for a moderate in-the-saddle climb, or in an anti-clockwise direction for a challenging, leg-burning ascent. The loop is approximately 12 kilometres. Ramp up your hill training with this heart-pumping ride and be rewarded with amazing views at the summit lookout.

Brisbane River loop

This 35-40 kilometre ride includes bikeways and on-road riding in South Brisbane, Brisbane City, Milton, Auchenflower, Toowong, St Lucia, Indooroopilly, Chelmer, Graceville, Tennyson, Yeronga, Dutton Park, Highgate Hill and West End. There are lots of variations to the loop and it can be completed in either direction (generally anti-clockwise for training), with many people beginning and ending the ride at South Bank.

For more information on training rides and other bikeways, visit cyclingbrisbane.com.au

Brisbane Cycling Festival

The annual Brisbane Cycling Festival brings the best of the world’s track cyclists to the Anna Meares Velodrome at Chandler. It also includes competitive road races and mass participation events.

 

Brisbane’s bikeways

Brisbane’s bikeways are a great way of getting to and from where you are going without the hassles of finding a car park and being stuck in traffic.

Ride around the city

Council is building a bikeway network for the whole city. To keep up with new bikeways and consultations, sign up to Cycling Brisbane (see page 2).

For suggestions about where to ride, visit cyclingbrisbane.com.au/bikeways/brisbane-bikeway-rides

Beat the heat

Brisbane summers are hot, so it’s good to know that leafy parts of the city can be more than five degrees cooler than treeless areas, which make them more pleasant places to ride. Bikeways are often located through parks and alongside waterways.

You will find stretches of leafy shade along:

  • Bulimba Creek Bikeway (map 13)
  • Cabbage Tree Creek Bikeway (map 8)
  • Enoggera Creek Bikeway (map 9)

Alternatively, you may want to consider an electric bike (e-bike) to help keep you riding all year round. E-bikes give a power boost provided you are pedalling. They may help you to keep riding through heat and humidity, and over hills.

Brisbane Bike Path maps

Inner North to City Centre

The North Brisbane Bikeway is being constructed in stages to connect northern suburbs such as Aspley, Chermside, Kedron, Lutwyche, Wooloowin and Albion to the city centre. The project is a partnership between Council and the State Government.

Currently the stages from Albion are complete, and construction is underway to extend this to Wooloowin.

Council has consulted on a 1.2 kilometre connection from the intersection of Chalk Street and Bridge Street in Wooloowin to the Kedron Brook Bikeway adjacent to Bradshaw Street in Lutwyche.

The existing separated bikeway runs south from Windsor Park towards Victoria Park, and is a direct connection to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the Brisbane Showgrounds. From here, the bikeway is shining brighter than ever, following the completion of the Normanby Fiveways Bikeway lighting project. The bikeway continues through Roma Street Parklands and into the city centre.

Cycling on Brisbane Bike Paths

Inner South to City Centre

People on bikes travelling from the south can use the Veloway 1 that runs alongside the Pacific Motorway. This connects directly to the Kangaroo Point Bikeway and the city centre.

Use the bikeway to access the city centre from Tarragindi, Holland Park, Greenslopes, Buranda and Woolloongabba. An improved link is being constructed between Holland Park and Tarragindi that will provide a safer bikeway connection to the suburbs beyond.

Destinations on the Veloway 1 include the PA Hospital, Griffith University and stations along the South East Busway.

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Inner East to City Centre

You can ride to the city from the east on both sides of Brisbane River.

From the northern side, use the recently completed 1.2 kilometre Lores Bonney Riverwalk from Bretts Wharf Ferry Terminal to Cameron Rocks Reserve at Breakfast Creek. Continue along the river through Newstead, Teneriffe and New Farm Park. Use a short section of road to connect with the New Farm Riverwalk to Howard Smith Wharves and beyond to Eagle Street and the City Botanic Gardens.

On the south side of the river, use the off-road shared path on the river side of Wynuum Road. A new bike path is being constructed at East Brisbane as part of the Wynnum Road corridor upgrade. A mix of quiet roads and shared pathways takes you under the Story Bridge through Captain Burke Park, and connects to the new Kangaroo Point Bikeway and over the Goodwill Bridge to the city.

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Inner West to City Centre

From Kenmore, Indooroopilly and Fig Tree Pocket, use the Centenary Bikeway that runs adjacent to the Centenary Freeway to Toowong. You can also link to the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens via a dedicated active travel bridge.

Ride through Toowong along Sylvan Road, which now utilises peak period bike lanes. Between 6-9am for inbound traffic and 4-7pm for outbound traffic, from Monday to Friday, parking spaces along Sylvan Road are a no standing zone, meaning bike riders have more on-road space.

Connect with the Bicentennial Bikeway to complete your journey to the city along the Brisbane River. The Bicentennial Bikeway features separated pedestrian and bikeway pathways along its entire 2.7 kilometre length.

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Mitchelton to Toombul (Kedron Brook Bikeway)

The Kedron Brook Bikeway stretches for almost 20 kilometres from Mitchelton to Nundah using a mixture of off-road shared pathways and separated bikeways. It runs through Everton Park, Stafford, Grange, Gordon Park, Lutwyche and Kedron.

Use the bikeway to get to local schools, shops, sports clubs and busway stations. You can also access many creekside parks, picnic facilities, barbecues and a number of dog off-leash areas.

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Toombul to Sandgate

These bikeways connect north Brisbane suburbs to the Sandgate Foreshore and Shorncliffe Pier. The Jim Soorley Bikeway has links with Toombul Station and shops, and the Nundah Criterium Track. From here it continues along the Kedron Brook towards Nudgee Beach and the Boondall Wetlands.

Connect with the completed Gateway Upgrade North separated bikeway towards Bracken Ride, Deagon and Sandgate, with links to North Boondall Station and a range of leisure and recreation facilities including Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre and Bracken Ridge BMX Facility.

Quiet street links take you to the water with the Sandgate Foreshore to the north (and onward connections to Clontarf) and Shorncliffe Pier to the south.

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McDowall to Virginia (Downfall Creek Bikeway)

The Downfall Creek Bikeway connects suburbs such as McDowall, Craigslea, Chermside, Geebung and Virgina with important facilities including Westfield Chermside, Chermside Library, Chermside Pool, Seventh Brigade and Marchant Parks, and Virginia Train Station.

7th Brigade Park features a 500-metre street skills course and is a great location for children to develop their bike riding skills.

Brisbane Bike Path maps

McDowall to Bracken Ridge (Cabbage Tree Creek Bikeway)

The path runs through McDowall, Aspley, Carseldine, Fitzgibbon and Bracken Ride. It connects to a number of local parks, Aspley Shopping Centre, Carseldine Train Station, the Emily Seebohm Aquatic Centre and the brand new Bracken Ridge BMX Facility. The new state-of-the-art facility is the largest of its kind in Australia, with 640 metres of asphalt track suitable for beginner through to more advanced riders.

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Ashgrove to Herston (Ithaca Creek and Enoggera Creek Bikeways)

These bikeways link the north west suburbs of Ashgrove, Red Hill and Newmarket with the North Brisbane Bikeway to create a connection to the city centre and northern suburbs.

These bikeways provide access to a host of inner-north green spaces and sports clubs including Spencer Park, Finsbury Park and Downey Park.

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Woolloongabba to the University of Queensland (UQ)

Travelling to the University of Queensland has never been easier thanks to the recently completed Woolloongabba Bikeway. The Woolloongabba Bikeway extends:

  • 1.1 kilometres along Stanley Street between Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba and Dock Street, South Brisbane (separated bikeway), and
  • 1.4 kilometres along Annerley Road between Stanley Street, Woolloongabba and Gladstone Road, Dutton Park (a mix of separated bikeway and on-road bike lanes).

The Stanley Street section provides convenient access to the Gabba Stadium, Mater Hospital, Queensland Children’s Hospital, South Bank and the city centre. Heading up Annerley Road provides access to Boggo Road Urban Village and the forthcoming Inner City South State Secondary College. The bikeway connects you straight to the Eleanor Schonell Bridge and through to UQ and beyond to St Lucia.

The Eleanor Schonell Bridge is the first bridge in Australia exclusively designed for buses, bikes and walking. People riding bikes have access to a separated bikeway, which provides safe and convenient access to the university for students and staff.

No bike? There are CityCycle stations located at both ends of the bridge and at docking stations along Annerley Road and Stanley Street.

You can read more about the Woolloongabba Bikeway upgrade project on Council’s website.

Brisbane Bike Path maps

Tarragindi to Norman Park (Norman Creek Bikeway)

The Norman Creek Bikeway stretches from Tarragindi to the Brisbane River at Norman Park, and provides convenient access to many local facilities including busway stations, train stations, Stones Corner Library and shops, Langlands Pool, schools, sports clubs and the Norman Park Ferry.

The bikeway also connects with paths to University of Queensland, PA Hospital and the city centre.

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Wynnum Manly Foreshore

This seafront bikeway provides access to Manly boat harbour and marina, Manly Pool, Manly Village, parks including Wynnum Wading Pool and playground (with Brisbane’s only tidal wading pool), and Wynnum Pier.

Connect with train stations on the Cleveland Line to create an enjoyable day out on the Wynnum Manly Foreshore.

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Murarrie to Wishart (Bulimba Creek Bikeway)

The Bulimba Creek Bikeway stretches from Murrarie to Wishart. Use the bikeway to travel to Westfield Carindale, Carindale Library, Minnippi Parklands, Carindale Recreation Reserve and a number of other parks and open spaces.

Minnippi Parklands includes a 1.6km circular bike route around a lagoon. The smooth, flat pathway makes this a great location to learn to ride.

The northern end of the bikeway finishes at Murrarie Recreation Reserve, which includes a criterium racing track. The reserve is also very close to Murrarie Station.

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Runcorn to Mount Gravatt

This route between Runcorn and Mount Gravatt provides convenient access to many local facilities including busways, train stations, Runcorn Pool, parks, Garden City Library and Westfield Garden City.

It also connects with the Veloway 1 bikeway, which goes from Eight Mile Plains in the south to Brisbane’s city centre.

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QUT Kelvin Grove to QUT Gardens Point

Travelling by bike between QUT Kelvin Grove and Gardens Point is a great option. This route also provides convenient access to Roma Street Parkland, the city centre and South Bank. You can also ride across two green bridges, the Kurilpa Bridge and Goodwill Bridge, where no vehicle access is permitted.

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Murarrie to Hamilton

The Murarrie to Hamilton bike ride connects you from the Murarrie train station to the Bretts Wharf ferry terminal via the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridge on the Gateway Motorway. The bridge is an important river crossing and includes an off-road shared path. To the north, the route connects with Kingsford Smith Drive and the Lores Bonney Riverwalk, and links you to inner eastern suburbs to Brisbane’s city centre. To the south, the route provides access to Carindale, Wishart and Eight Mile Plains via the link with Bulimba Creek Bikeway.

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Darra to Fig Tree Pocket

These two routes provide convenient access to facilities such as the Darra train station, Mount Ommaney Shopping Centre and Mount Ommaney Library. Choose whether you take the most direct route, or ride via Rocks Riverside Park.

Use these off-road routes to try and replace short car journeys with your bike. For trips to the city, both routes connect to the bikeway that runs alongside the Centenary Freeway towards Toowong and beyond to the city centre.

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Eight Mile Plains to Tarragindi

This route runs from the Eight Mile Plains bus station to Tarragindi, with an ongoing direct connection to the city centre. It includes links to Westfield Garden City, Garden City Bus Station and Library, sports facilities and Griffith University Mt Gravatt and Nathan campuses.

At Eight Mile Plains, the route connects to Wishart, Carindale and beyond via Bulimba Creek Bikeway. At Tarragindi, there is a link to the Norman Creek Bikeway, which provides access to busway stations, Stones Corner Library, Langlands Pool and other leisure facilities, schools and the Norman Creek ferry terminal.

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West End to City Centre

This riverside route starts at Orleigh Park and travels along the separated bike path through Riverside Parklands to Davies Park, where you can check out the Davies Park Markets on a Saturday. Ride on-road before joining the off-road bike path that links to the Kurilpa Bridge (walking, bikes and rideables only) into the city centre.

For journeys to the east and south, continue along the river towards South Bank rather than using the bridge. This route also provides easy access to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Queensland Cultural Centre, South Brisbane train station and the Cultural Centre bus station.

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Inner City Connections

Brisbane isn’t called the river city for nothing. Use this map to find out how to get from the northside of the river to the south, and how to head east and west using two green bridges (the Kurilpa Bridge and Goodwill Bridge) where no vehicle access is permitted, and the separated path on the Go Between Bridge.

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New apartment developments pop up in prime locations in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast

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Location is everything for these luxurious new developments, whether overlooking the Brisbane River or a stone’s throw from glamorous Surfers Paradise.

Buyers in the market for an apartment well may be spoiled for choice.

Boutique Chevron Island

Even if you’re not a Gold Coast local, you’ve probably heard of Surfers Paradise, famous for its glitz and glamour.

You’re perhaps less likely, however, to be familiar with Chevron Island, an exclusive and slower-paced urban island in the very same neighbourhood.

This boutique development offers 42 luxury apartments on the north-east corner of the island, surrounded by the Nerang River.

The 14-storey building, designed by award-winning BDA Architects, hosts several floor plan options, from two-bedroom homes to four-bedroom penthouses.

The majority of apartments available in the project are two and three-bedroom stock, starting from $499,000.

The development will be home to several high-end amenities, including a pool and spa, gym, rooftop yoga centre, residents’ lounge, barbecue facilities, zen garden and a specialised co-working space.

CEO of Draycon Building Howard Dabit said the project’s design had been responsive to lifestyle changes brought about by the pandemic.

“What we’ve done, which makes this building very unique compared to a lot of the others that are being built at the Gold Coast at the moment, is we adopted the co-work space environment, right from day one,” he said.

“A lot of people are saying because of covid, they want to work from home, they feel more comfortable, and it’s giving them a lot more flexibility.”

The communal space will feature free internet, meeting booths, lounges, a kitchenette, and an array of snacks and drinks. Residents will also have the option to work outside, and to socialise within the space.

Interiors will feature sound-insulated timber floors, European appliances and for those on upper floors, the option to customise elements of the kitchen and butler’s pantry.

Mr Dabit said the superior quality of the project was aided by the fact Draycon was both builder and developer.

“The ideology of the building is the same, you don’t have the developer thinking one way and the builder trying to lessen the quality to ensure that he can make a bigger profit,” he said.

“Because we’re one, we get to integrate that and make it so that we’re happy with the profit levels that we’re making, and we want to provide the quality for the end user, and that’s the advantage of having a builder/developer in such a project.”

The project has begun construction, and is set to be completed about July 2022.

Brookfield Gallery House

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Gallery House, 7-11 Wharf Street, Hamilton Photo: Supplied

This riverside development in the blue-chip Brisbane suburb of Hamilton is selling fast, with more than 90 per cent of apartments sold across the two towers.

With both stages completed last year, Gallery House offers 300 apartments, including one to four-bedroom homes, skyhomes and penthouses.

Many of the homes are afforded sweeping views of the Brisbane River, with others facing north to overlook the city’s inner suburbs.

Remaining on the market is a small cross-section of apartments on offer, starting from $387,000 for a two-bedroom unit and from $2,295,000 for penthouses.

Managing director of TOTAL Property Group Adrian Parsons said the development had attracted strong interest from local Brisbane residents.

“We’ve found that the development has been in very high demand since June, where people have either been buying their first home from our one and two-bedroom range, or people have been downsizing from larger homes into a prime riverfront two, three or four-bedroom apartment,” he said.

“People really just love the aspect of living on the river, and the location at Portside Wharf with the recent completion of the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade makes accessibility from Portside into the city more convenient.

“With the River Walk that has been established, it’s added a new lifestyle element to living in the precinct.”

Mr Parsons said the apartments’ oversized design was perfect for the downsizer market.

“I think one of the main things when people are looking at downsizing from a house is they’re worried that they’re going to compromise too much by moving into an apartment in terms of space, so when these apartments were designed, it was clearly understood who the target market would be,” he said.

“Whether they’re a three-bedroom or a four-bedroom, they’ve got really large living areas, lots of open wide living areas that front onto the river, also with large balconies.

“Not only do the apartments have generous storage inside, but buyers can also buy basement storage areas for other things they may want to store.”

Market Lane

Located in the new CBD in Maroochydore, this Sunshine Coast development will offer 146 apartments in two towers.

Buyers will have the choice of two and three-bedroom configurations, along with a limited selection of penthouses, each offering sought-after views of the coastline and picturesque hinterland.

The development also encompasses six small office terraces, as well as retail and dining.

Embedded within the brand new City Centre precinct, the project is set to enjoy all the perks and amenity of the budding development hub, affording it a 90/100 walk score.

It is situated directly opposite the new town square and a two-hectare park, part of a sizeable chunk of the CBD site earmarked for open space.

Designed with investors and developers in mind, the mixed-use precinct will feature smart technology throughout, including technology-assisted parking, real-time public transport and community updates, wifi hotspots, safety systems and electric car charging stations.

Some 40 per cent of the 53-hectare site will be kept as open space, and waterways will be integrated throughout.

Market Lane itself will offer 450 square metres of ground floor retail and dining, along with a rooftop terrace on one of the towers, replete with an entertaining area and private dining room.

Other amenities available to residents will include a 25-metre resort-style pool and barbecue leisure space in the centre of the development.

The towers will also feature secure access, lifts, an above-ground car park, CCTV, and an on-site facilities manager.

 

Article Source: www.domain.com.au

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First home buyers flood back into market on low rates, rising house prices

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First home buyers are flooding back into the property market lured by ultra-low interest rates and government support, with two of the nation’s biggest mortgage brokers experiencing a surge in loan applications from young buyers.

AFG, a major listed wholesale broker, reported a 30 per cent annual jump in its total home loan applications in the latest quarter, as other brokers including Mortgage Choice also said they had seen sharp growth during the summer.

But while the lending surge is underway, analysts are predicting a modest rise in foreclosures as banks stop offering automatic home loan deferrals for customers thrown into financial stress by the pandemic.

AFG chief executive David Bailey said the company’s latest figures showed 22 per cent of loan applications lodged by its brokers in the latest quarter were for first home buyers, compared with the historical average of about 12 to 13 per cent of loans going to first time buyers. Mr Bailey said government incentives for first home buyers and rising prices were helping to fuel the strong demand.

“As we are starting to see clearance rates improve and prices rise across the country, people are starting to worry that they might miss out. They are probably bringing their decisions forward … to take advantage of the incentives,” Mr Bailey said in an interview on Wednesday.

Investors made up only 21 per cent of AFG’s loan applications, the lowest percentage on records going back to 2013.

Australia’s property market proved to be surprisingly resilient to shock from the pandemic, with prices rising in late 2020 after official interest rates were slashed to just 0.25 per cent and banks allowed struggling property owners to put their repayments on pause.

Mortgage Choice chief executive Susan Mitchell said over the past two months the market had been “very buoyant,” with loan applications up by 25 to 30 per cent compared with a year earlier. Ms Mitchell also noted the surge in first home buyer activity, saying these buyers accounted for almost 25 per cent of applications, up from 13 to 15 per cent normally.

“We are seeing the first home buyers back at the same level that we saw back in 2009,” she said.

Mortgage broker Homeloanexperts.com.au said inquiries since December were more than 60 per cent higher than the same period last year, also citing strong interest from first home buyers and expats returning to Australia.

Alongside government support for first home buyers, banks have also cushioned the housing market by allowing customers to pause repayments temporarily, but most borrowers will have to make their usual payments from March, when several government stimulus programs also end.

The end of all these stimulus measures and supports simultaneously could result in a small lift in foreclosures, property data analysts SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said, but he was not concerned about a “mass forced sale event”.

“The banks have done well in managing the loan deferrals. They have shrunk from their peaks at the beginning of the pandemic,” Mr Christopher said.

Starr Partners chief executive Doug Driscoll was “perplexed and bewildered” about the strength of the property market during the pandemic.

“The leniency and the patience of the banks is stopping there from being any tsunami of forced sales. There will naturally be a slight increase in foreclosures [at the end of the repayment holidays] but not a severe spike,” Mr Driscoll said. “Everything last year was pointing to foreclosures and price falls but it’s just business as usual.”

 

Article Source: www.brisbanetimes.com.au

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Tight rental market forces tenants to find their edge or risk losing out to competition

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With vacancies rates dipping below 1% in parts of the region and a surge in demand, competition for rental properties is fierce in South East Queensland. Renters currently applying for properties are being forced to put their best foot forward to put them ahead in the eyes of landlords.

Managing Director of Solutions Property Management Laura Valenti said there had been a staggering increase in property demand over the past few months: “Demand is extremely high. In fact, I have never seen such high demand and low supply,” she said.

“We manage over 1000 properties in the greater Brisbane area and since the beginning of November 2020 our vacancy rate has been zero.”

With so few available rental properties, having an edge over other applicants is vital. While some people are offering more rent than advertised, some tenants are seeing better outcomes after completing a free, online tenancy skills course developed by the Tenancy Skills Institute.

The course was developed after extensive consultation with property managers, and covers the top four skill sets identified as crucial to a positive tenancy; communication, rights and responsibilities, maintaining a rental property and budgeting. Once complete, graduates are awarded a certificate to support future rental applications.

Tenancy Skills Institute State Manager, Mark Davidson explained tenants who complete the course will stand out from the crowd.

“Tenants who demonstrate an understanding of their rights and responsibilities, are effective communicators, budget well to pay the rent on time and maintain the property are at an advantage.

“The certificate might just make the difference on a rental application for some property managers.” said Mark.

Laura Valenti’s agency Solutions Property Management is just one of a growing number of industry supporters who agrees the course is of high value for tenants.

“It [the course certificate] would definitely put them above others who have a similar application,” said Laura.

Since it began, the Tenancy Skills Institute has given over 2000 Queenslanders a head-start in their rental journeys. Experienced renter, Wendy* believes that without the course she would still be searching for housing.

Wendy said: “The course did me great, I found it interesting, helpful and enjoyable.

“I was finally approved for a property after completing it and moved in at the start of January.”

 

Article Source: www.miragenews.com

 

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