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New ferry from Redcliffe Jetty to Moreton Island proves popular with first service sold out

MORETON Island is now in reach, with a ferry to and from the Redcliffe Jetty starting on September 24.

The announcement, revealed exclusively by the Redcliffe & Bayside Herald, was met with excitement from locals who have missed a Moreton ­Island connection since the Combie Trader II ceased ­operation in 2008. But concerns have been raised about the cost.

A return trip between the Redcliffe Jetty and Bulwer, which takes about 45 minutes, will cost $80 per adult, $62 for a child, or $220 for a family.

In comparison, one-way tickets from the closest service at the Port of Brisbane cost $28 for an adult or $18 for a child ($56 return for adult; and $36 return for a child).

But it takes double the time once on the boat plus time and costs associated with travelling to Brisbane.

The ferry service from Pinkenba to Tangalooma Island Resort takes about 75 minutes and costs $80 for adults and $45 for a child.

The Redcliffe2Moreton Express, which connects Redcliffe to Moreton Island.

While many have taken to the Herald’s Facebook page to express their dislike at the cost, many others are willing to pay $24 more per adult ticket for the convenience and in support of local business on the Peninsula.

Taking a vehicle from Port of Brisbane – which the Redcliffe service does not offer – costs from $75 each way including the driver, and up to $300 for a trip in peak season.

The ferry will depart the Redcliffe Jetty at 10am for the first time on ­September 24, and every Sunday thereafter, with the permit allowing for additional services.

The boat leaves Bulwer at 3pm and arrives back at the Peninsula by 4pm.

Moreton Island from the air. Picture: Queensland Tourism

The 22m ferry known as Redcliffe2Moreton Express carries up to 100 passengers and will be run by local business Dolphin Wild Island Cruises owners Jim and Lisa Edwards.
Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism, a contractor of Moreton Bay Regional Council tasked with running most of the council’s events and promoting tourism and business in the region, will operate the service.
MBRIT chief executive Shane Newcombe said the price was “competitive” and the service relied on patronage to remain viable.
“The demand we get for the ferry will play a huge role in increased services and (changes to) pricing,” Mr Newcombe said.
An online poll, conducted by the Herald, found more than 40 per cent of the 400-plus respondents wanted the service to operate on Friday afternoon, to allow for weekend stays on the island.
Those who said they wanted to try the service said they were happy to support a family-owned and operated business.
Annalese Greiner told the Herald: “I would (be) happy to support this family-owned business trying to bring something back to the region that has been missed and sought after by community for so long.”
“Another great thing for tourists and locals to do right from our backyard. Buy local, support local business.”
Mr Newcombe thanked Redcliffe state Labor MP Yvette D’Ath and Environment Minister Steven Miles for their support with State Government approvals, as well as Moreton Bay Regional Council.
Ms D’Ath said the credit belonged to Mrs Edwards for coming up with the idea and plan for a ferry service.
“Anyone on the northside now doesn’t have to … spend most of the day travelling to Moreton. They can come here, have breakfast and enjoy the markets, get on a boat and be on Moreton Island less than an hour later, and then return here for a meal,” Ms D’Ath said.
Councillor Koliana Winchester (Div 5) said the issue of carpark spaces near the Redcliffe Jetty was something she would discuss with MBRIT if needed,but pointed out there were several nearby carparks, including in front of the Redcliffe police station to the north and near Settlement Cove Lagoon to the south.
Mrs Edwards, whose business has operated on the Peninsula for close to 30 years, said there were a lot of costs associated with operating the vessel and she hoped residents and visitors would support the service.
“If we can’t cover costs, we can’t operate,” she said.
She said there would be a taxi service once passengers arrived at Bulwer.
“We are really excited to offer this to the community, and the businesses it will support,” Mrs Edwards said.

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New Home Builds to Remain High Until 2022

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Construction of new homes will be strong well into next year as new home sales increased 5.8 per cent in August.

However, meeting this demand will continue to challenge the construction sector as it deals with lengthy material delays and cost hikes.

This was likely to extend until 2022 as developers rush to meet demand for new homes.

For August, sales in Queensland increased 44.3 per cent, NSW 17.9 per cent and South Australia was up 64.3 per cent, according to HIA new home sales data.

The results were worse for Victoria, down 10.8 per cent, and in Western Australian where activity also dropped, by 11.8 per cent.

The report showed that while buyer activity was rising, it was 15.5 per cent lower than in the three months to August last year during HomeBuilder, but well above 2019 levels.

Private new house sales in Australia 

New Home Builds

HIA economist Tom Devitt said new home sales remained strong in August, albeit not at the record levels prior to the end of HomeBuilder in March 2021.

“The strength in new home sales in recent months indicates that the boom in detached home building will continue to create strong employment opportunities into the second half of 2022,” Devitt said.

“A more reasonable timeframe for comparison is the same period in 2018 and 2019, before the adverse impact of Covid-19 and the stimulus from HomeBuilder.

“In the past three months sales were 15.4 per cent higher than at the same time in 2019 and 4.5 per cent higher than the same time in 2018.”

Comparing the results to before the pandemic, in the three months to August, Western Australia was up 60.0 per cent, followed by NSW up 28.1 per cent and Victoria 6.7 per cent compared to 2019.

Queensland was down 1.5 per cent for the same period and South Australia was 15.2 per cent down.


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Brookfield brings forward Rivello, Hamilton construction start after quick 80% apartment sales success


Brookfield Residential Properties’ managing director Lee Butterworth said the building program had been brought forward by six months

Construction of Brookfield Residential Properties’ Rivello apartment tower in Hamilton on the Brisbane River will start in October.

The commencement is six months earlier than scheduled after $118m in sales were secured within weeks of the development’s August launch.

More than 80 per cent of the 150 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, sub-penthouses and penthouses in Rivello have been sold off-the-plan.


Rivello 15 Wharf Street, Hamilton QLD 4007 

The sales include two penthouses at $5.5 million each at the 15 Wharf Street, Hamilton project.

Urban reported on its launch that it had been the higher end apartments in the $147 million, 21-level building designed by Cottee Parker Architects which had been among the first to sell.

Brookfield Residential Properties’ managing director Lee Butterworth told the Courier Mail it was “a significant achievement to reach this sales milestone so quickly.”

“It is a credit to the lifestyle-centred design and desirable Brisbane River position, together with the exceptional demand in the market.”

Two bedroom apartments were priced from $605,000.

Completion is now scheduled in late 2023 with Brookfield noting the availability of building supplies had been factored into the development program by the Tomkins Commercial and Industrial Builders.

Rivello is the ninth building to be developed at Portside by Brookfield.

The new building will be developed on a 2,829 sqm site, neighbouring Brookfield Residential Properties’ most recent residential projects – Gallery House One and Two.


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Construction begins at The Monaco, Main Beach apartment tower, as penthouse sells for $9.5 million


Andrew Erwin, of NPA Projects, who is marketing The Monaco, said buyers are responding to the enhanced level of amenity on offer.

A locked-down Sydney buyer has snapped up the penthouse in the Gold Coast’s own apartment principality – The Monaco – for $9.5 million, as developer Ignite Projects pushes forward with construction next week ahead of an imminent sell out.

The Monaco, which has been two years in the making, is being developed by Ignite Projects and built by McNab Builders, opposite the Southport Yacht Club at the doorway to the much-loved Spit.

The Sydney-based buyer of the expansive two-level 630 sqm penthouse was impressed by the design and unrivalled location, and plans to use it for his ‘forever home’.

The penthouse sale caps off a buying rush with all but one of the 24 residences in the $110 million building sold with an average sale price of $4.6 million.


The Monaco Main Beach 2-4 MacArthur Parade, Main Beach QLD 4217 

Ignite Projects managing director Josh Foote said buyers in the opulent development will have the veritable keys to the kingdom when construction is completed in 2023.

“The Monaco in many ways represents the renaissance of Main Beach, with the building replacing an aging unit block and a well-known house, referred to locally as the ‘container home’,” Mr Foote said.

“The building is setting a new standard for the suburb, which is getting a well-deserved facelift thanks to the $205 million revitalisation of the Spit to turn it into the Gold Coast’s version of Hyde Park and a 300-berth marina at The Southport Yacht Club.”

Mr Foote said buyers have been attracted to the attention to detail and customisation options available in the residences.

“Buyers can customise their apartment, including their entire kitchen and have access to first-class facilities including a 24-metre heated pool alongside a private dining area and virtual golf simulator,” he said.

“I liken each apartment to an art gallery because of the thought that has gone into every aspect from the Greek marble and Spanish handmade wall tiles in the ensuite through to the designer cocktail bar and fluted columns throughout. It is all about luxury and refined living.”

Andrew Erwin, of NPA Projects, who is marketing The Monaco, said buyers are responding to the enhanced level of amenity on offer.

“Each apartment in The Monaco has the feel of a penthouse with unrivalled luxury,” Mr Erwin said.

“The apartments in The Monaco have sold really well and to be almost sold out before construction even starts is an amazing achievement.”

“Buyers have come from interstate and locally within Main Beach, which is the home of luxury apartment living on the Gold Coast.

“The median apartment sale price in Main Beach in May was $795,000 – more than $300,000 above the Gold Coast median of $458,000.”

The Monaco contains a collection of 25 full-floor and half-floor residences at 2-4 MacArthur Parade, Main Beach.

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