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Decision on horizon for key marina section of huge North Harbour development at Burpengary

Decision on horizon for key marina section of huge North Harbour development at Burpengary

THE marina development at North Harbour, Burpengary, is a step closer after work in the Caboolture River was given the green light.

North Harbour developers North East Business Park, along with neighbouring developer Trask Development Corporation, applied to the State Government to carry out work that would allow construction of the marina on the south bank of the river.

The government wanted reassurances that the work would have no impact on the river, landholders and marine life.

It also wanted assurances on who would be responsible for managing eronsion on the northern bank, apposite the proposed marina.

Moreton Bay Regional councillors, at the December Coordination Meeting, agreed to take responsibility for the funding, ownership and ongoing maintenance of areas within the application area.

It was believed that Unitywater would also contribute to the erosion works.
North Harbour project director Peter Lightbody said there were still some steps to go before the marina went ahead, but it was an important step.

“There has been a lot of discusssion over who does what in the river,” he said.

“This council resolution means the council will look after the northern bank along with Unitywater with us as proponants on the southern bank.

“That means some entity has been identified for all componants and hopefully it is a way forward and a catalyst to get approval.”

Cr Peter Flannery (Div 2) said there would be significant economic benefits as a result of the decision.

“Caboolture River is currently eroding and I believe in the future we’ll have to take action to prevent erosion to our assets along there,” he said.

“The Federal Government has previously said they are happy for this to occur. There is a lot of community support for this, people are asking me when is it going to happen.”

Cr Adam Hain (Div 3) said once competed North Harbour would be “the most significant development in the northern end of the region” and a “game changer”.

Crs Darren Grimwade and Allan Sutherland declared a conflict of interest as one of the applicants was a political donor of theirs, left the Chamber and did not vote.

Trask Development Corporation owns land next to the North Harbour project and has been working with North East Business Park on getting approvals.

North East business park at Burpengary East.

North East business park at Burpengary East.

North Harbour developers North East Business Park, with neighbouring developer Trask Development Corporation, applied to the State Government to carry out work that would allow construction of the marina on the river’s south bank.

The government wanted reassurances work would not impact the river, landholders or marine life and to know who was responsible for managing erosion on the north bank, opposite the proposed marina.

Moreton Bay Regional councillors last week agreed to take responsibility for the funding, ownership and ongoing maintenance of areas within the application area.

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Public consultation open on two West End green bridges

Public consultation

Brisbane City Council has released several options for the locations of two new pedestrian bridges linking West End to Toowong and St Lucia for public consultation.

Both bridges, which would be accessible to people on foot or on bicycles or scooters, have three options available for input, with varied impacts on private property, public space and access to transport.

Consultation on the options, proposed under the council’s Green Bridges Program, is open until the end of January.

Public and active transport committee chairman Ryan Murphy said designs for the Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek green bridges were also being finalised and construction was expected to begin in late 2021.

“We can confirm the Kangaroo Point bridge is being progressed with a navigational clearance height of 12.7 metres, which is no lower than the Captain Cook Bridge,” Cr Murphy said.

“We are progressing the Breakfast Creek bridge based on a skewed alignment from the north-west corner of Newstead Park to Kingsford Smith Drive and Cameron Rocks Reserve, and a tied-arch bridge design.”

Cr Murphy said two tenderers – Connect Brisbane and the Hull SRG Joint Venture – had been shortlisted to design and construct the Kangaroo Point bridge.

Three tenders – Fulton Hogan, Georgiou Brady Joint Venture and JF Hull – are bidding to construct the Breakfast Creek bridge.

The first St Lucia-West End option connects Guyatt Park in St Lucia to Orleigh Park in West End, with high-frequency public transport options available on both sides and no resumption of private land.

However, it would consume some of the public parks on both sides of the river, and “may impact established trees and park infrastructure”, according to the council website.

That option was expected to have the highest number of trips daily, estimated to be 4000 trips by 2031 and up to 4600 by 2041.

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A St Lucia-to-West End bridge proposal from Brisbane City Council.CREDIT:BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL

A second option requiring resumption of private property would link Ryan Street in West End to Munro Street in St Lucia, and is estimated to carry 1600 trips daily by 2031.

A final option, which would require a steeper bridge grade, would connect Boundary Street park in West End to Keith Street in St Lucia, resume more private properties and have about 2400 daily trips by 2031.

For the Toowong-West End green bridge, one option would see land resumed at 600 Coronation Drive, the former ABC site that has long been touted as a potential public park and bridge landing space, linking to Orleigh Park near Forbes Street in West End.

That bridge proposal would carry 3400 trips daily by 2031 and 4600 by 2041, the council said, with some partial resumption of private land.

The second Toowong-West End option would connect Archer Street in Toowong to West End’s Orleigh Park near Drury Street, and is expected to carry about 3800 trips daily by 2031 and 5100 trips by 2041.

It would also have good travel connections, but bring “impacts to character houses and local streetscape”, the council said.

The third option would also connect Archer Street, near Glen Road, to Orleigh Park near Drury Street.

It would require a steeper grade and have “significant visual and amenity impacts”, but good connectivity to public transport and Toowong centre.

The third option was projected to have 3700 trips daily by 2031 and 5000 trips daily by 2041, according to the council.

Greens councillor Jonathan Sri said he wanted to have full community consultation before providing his own input to the council.

“I still really want to see more information justifying the St Lucia footbridge, because I suspect the business case for it might not be quite as strong,” Cr Sri said.

“I’ve previously told council that while I’m very supportive of the West End to Toowong footbridge, I suspect that getting a new CityCat terminal for the western side of West End might actually be a higher priority.

“The Toowong bridge is a high priority and a new CityCat terminal is a high priority but a direct footbridge to UQ might not be as urgently needed.”

Cr Sri said he also wanted more information around the projected traffic counts cited by the council for each option as they varied significantly.

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National property boom to be turbo-charged by infrastructure-led economic recovery: Hotspotting’s Terry Ryder

National property boom to be turbo-charged by infrastructure-led economic recovery

The latest price data from Domain shows a strong performance by house prices right across Australia. I’m predicting a national property boom in Australia in the near future and the Domain figures confirm that the strong up-cycle is already under way in many parts of the nation.

These figures show that every capital city had growth in their median house prices in the September Quarter – except Melbourne where there was no change. These figures are similar to recent data from other notable sources, including SQM Research and CoreLogic.

Apartment markets have been less bullish, and some capital cities have dropped (impacted by high CBD vacancy rates in the big cities), but even there the national averages are a 0.1% rise in the September Quarter and a 2.2% rise annually.

The numbers overall are quite remarkable amid a pandemic-induced recession. In the September Quarter alone, house prices grew by 2.8% or more in four of the capital cities: Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra. Hobart rose 6.9% and Darwin by 6.6% – in the September Quarter alone.

Many readers will be scratching their heads. We never hear about these markets, do we? We hear a lot about Sydney and Melbourne, but when’s the last time you read an article about the strong Adelaide housing market or Canberra property prices. How many are aware of the strong recovery under way in Darwin and also in Perth.

In annual terms, all capital cities have house prices higher than a year ago. The national average is a rise of about 5% but individual cities have done much better. Hobart house prices are 16% higher than a year ago and Canberra is up 10%. Sydney, Adelaide and Darwin have all risen 7%.

This reflects what we have observed month-by-month since the start of the pandemic, based on CoreLogic figures. Sydney and Melbourne have had numerous months in which house prices have dropped but the other capital cities have had growth months most of the time.

Canberra has produced house price growth in each of the past seven months and Adelaide has had growth in six of the seven months since February. Perth, Brisbane and Darwin recorded some down months, but bounced back in August and September, with Darwin showing particularly strong figures.

Most regional markets have had sustained growth throughout the pandemic period since February, with Regional Tasmania delivering growth in every one of the past seven months, while Regional Queensland and Regional NSW delivered uplift in six of the seven months.

This strong showing by Regional Australia is seen also in the Domain figures just published. Despite the overall positive performance in the capital cities in the September Quarter, the capitals were out-performed by the regional markets.

Domain reports that many regional markets have seen double-digit increases in their house prices, with some rising as much as 30%. Regional markets in Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and Queensland all have outstanding growth performances.

Among the best have been the Southern Grampians in Victoria (up 31%), the Byron Bay region in NSW (up 29%), Forbes in NSW (up 22%), the Isaac LGA in Queensland (up 23%) and the Derwent Valley in Tasmania (up 28%).

My own price analysis in recent weeks confirms strong regional uplift, with notable growth in the top end of the Sunshine Coast market, with some suburbs up about 30% in annual terms.

Now think about it. We’ve all seen the headlines, which were particularly strident in March and April, forecasting a collapse in property prices.

But residential property has not collapsed. It has done rather the opposite. Prices are rising in most locations around Australia. The national property boom I’m forecasting is already under way in many parts of the nation.

And the infrastructure-led economy recovery planned by federal and state politicians will turbocharge this trend. Stay tuned.

TERRY RYDER is the founder of Article was first published on Property Observer

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Construction of Brisbane’s first new and highly anticipated golf course in 70 years has begun

Construction of Brisbane's first new and highly anticipated golf course in 70 years has begun

Construction of the long awaited Minnippi 18-hole championship public Golf Course and club in Cannon Hill is underway after receiving approval from Brisbane City Council earlier this year.
The golf course stretches between the Fursden Road playing fields at Carina and the hill beside Cannon Hill Shopping Centre.

The golf course will be the first of its kind for the area and will have everything for golf beginners to championship professionals, with a standard championship length 18-hole game, two nine-hole courses and a shorter six-hole course.
The 125 hectare site which the public golf course is being built on is located on the unused Brisbane City Council land on the western side of Bulimba Creek, east of Creek Road and north of Fursden Road at Cannon Hill. Bulimba Creek separates the development site from the existing Minnippi Parklands recreation area.

Along with construction delivered by one of Australia’s biggest construction companies, BMD, Council have planted 80,000 native trees on the site. The golf course is effectively an expansion of the Minnippi Parklands at Tingalpa and will remain in public hands and be operated by the council.

This year’s pandemic has seen a tough year for construction, however the golf course moves ahead into its next stage, which will provide a great boost for local jobs and supplier opportunities. The course surrounds and brings a picturesque backdrop to Azure Development Group’s recently completed residential enclave, Cornelia Edition.

Cornelia Edition is an exclusive gated community offering 31 luxury golf course terraces with resort-style amenities for residents. Primely located in the East Brisbane suburb of Cannon Hill, the terraces interact directly with the new golf course and benefit from the areas diverse and amenities with a strong community feel.

Cornelia Edition brings resort living inspired by the Palms Springs lifestyle with resident amenities including a large resort-style pool, outdoor lounge, fireplace, and open leisure area with a selection of terraces enjoying uninterrupted views of the parklands.
Residents of Cornelia Edition will benefit from the lush green views of the high end golf course by having a direct interface to one of the holes and the natural amenity of the community. Parks, connected bikeways and the convenience of good public transport provides residents with a peaceful and easy lifestyle.

Construction on the exclusive housing enclave has completed and work on the golf estate is expected to be finished in 2022.

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