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Iconic Coast restaurant set to expand and hire new staff

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EXPANSION: Popular Yandina restaurant and cooking school Spirit House is set to expand, with its owners beginning construction of a new private dining space next month.

EXPANSION: Popular Yandina restaurant and cooking school Spirit House is set to expand, with its owners beginning construction of a new private dining space next month.

A PRIVATE dining room with its own bar is the latest addition being planned as wildly successful Yandina restaurant Spirit House continues its evolution.

Now known as a fine dining destination, Spirit House has gone from strength to strength since transforming some “empty paddocks” into a natural wonderland, Asian dining experience and cooking school.

Starting with eight staff, Spirit House now employs 53 people, and three more full-time staff will be recruited to service the new private dining room and bar.

The 20-seat dining room will have its own chef, a courtyard and bar by Christmas if the Brierty family plans come together.

“It’ll be very dark and very sexy,” owner Helen Brierty said.

“We want it (so) that when people walk in they just go ‘wow, this is fantastic’.”

Mushroom laab from Spirit House, Yandina.

Mushroom laab from Spirit House, Yandina.

Ms Brierty said the restaurant had long needed a functions venue, as families and corporate groups wanted a space where they would not be disturbed.

The bar would also provide a “holding yard” of sorts, for people who arrive early for their reservation, Ms Brierty said.

“At the moment we don’t really have a bar — people drink at their tables,” she said.

“People wander around the garden waiting while their table becomes free.”

Located near The Ginger Factory on a five-acre block that is now a jungle with ponds, a restaurant and cooking school, Spirit House had become a destination in its own right.

“People come and they walk through the gates and say, ‘it’s like being in another world’,” Ms Brierty said.

“It’s so tranquil and you forget all your everyday problems while you’re here.

Spirit House restaurant and cooking school owner Helen Brierty.

Spirit House restaurant and cooking school owner Helen Brierty.Che Chapman

“It’s not something you do without thinking about it – it’s a special occasion that brings people here, because it’s got this special feel.”

The average wait-time for a weekend reservation at the busy restaurant was two to three weeks.

Development approval for the new building was granted by Sunshine Coast Council earlier this month.

Demolition of two sheds on the property to make way for the new facilities begins tomorrow, and construction is due to begin in August, Ms Brierty said.

“We’re hoping it’ll be ready to go for Christmas, because it’ll be ideal for people wanting to have Christmas staff parties and that sort of thing,” she said.

Original article published at  www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au by Nicky Moffat 26/7/16

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Abacus Offloads Novotel Twin Waters for $88.5 Million

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Abacus Property Group has sold the Novotel Twin Waters for $88.5 million to Melbourne-based asset trader Shakespeare Property Group.

The four-star, 361-guest room resort is located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

The property has been on the market for the past two years as a result of a number of failed and withdrawn bids.

Last year, the Chinese HNA Group pulled out of a deal to buy the resort.

HNA, who have been focused on tourism-related ­assets, also has plans to acquire the Sunshine Coast Airport but missed out to Palisade Investment Partners.

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Shakespeare Property Group has snapped up Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

New owner Shakespeare is a value-add investor that repositions, leases and sells commercial towers.

It has a strong record along the east coast of Australia.

The hotel is the Abacus’s last remaining asset after unit holders voted for a sell-down of assets three years ago.

In addition, Abacus has sold an adjacent, separate parcel of land for $11 million, due for settlement in October 2019.

The site, between the Maroochy River and the beach, has been touted as having the ­capacity for two more resorts.

Abacus has had a strong focus on reworks its portfolio with a sharpened strategy this year.

The group recently sold the Bacchus Marsh shopping centre in regional Victoria to property investor Colin De Lutis for $61.65 million.

Abacus also purchased a $93.5 million inner-city office building in Melbourne and another $48.85 million commercial building in Sydney’s Alexandria.

The group also entered into a venture partnership with global real estate management firm Heitman, acquiring an office tower in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley for about $170 million.

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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High-profile leases snapped up

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Bentleys Accountants and Coronis Real Estate each signed new five-year leases with options at 9 Nicklin Way, Minyama, where both deals were struck by CBRE’s Brendan Robins and Ryan Parry.

After a 38-year base in Caloundra, Bentleys have centralised their Sunshine Coast office to Minyama and Coronis has moved from Mooloolaba, into the 1200sq m A-grade building.

Mr Robins, who concluded the Bentleys deal, said the accountants have just executed a first-class office fit-out over 426sq m on level 1, and will be paying about $180,000 gross per year plus GST.

Coronis have moved into 290sq m made up of ground floor retail and first level office. They spared no expense on their new fit-out which includes a new espresso coffee offering with alfresco dining on the ground floor.

Mr Parry negotiated the new lease on behalf of the property owner and they will be paying about $130,000 gross per year plus GST.

“We’re pleased to have concluded two long-term leases over more than 700sq m of office space for our client, in quick succession. It is an outstanding result,” Mr Parry added.

There are only two remaining opportunities within the property with 89sq m on the ground floor and 185sq m of space on the first level.

Originally Published: www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au

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Queensland Economic Outlook ‘Positive’: Deloitte

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Construction and development appeared healthy to Deloitte’s analysts, who attributed some of Queensland’s strong economic outlook to high levels of interstate migration and international tourism, which have encouraged a growing list of tourism-related construction projects.

Queensland’s international tourist arrivals are expected to remain solid over the forecast period, averaging growth of 4.7 percent out to 2021.

There were reasonable gains in engineering activity in Queensland, and Cross River Rail was in the planning stages.

The report also put a focus on livability and housing affordability. In the midst of the continuing debate over house prices and quality of living, Deloitte reported that Queensland has less cause for concern.

Queensland’s place in the national picture of housing affordability is a comparative advantage. In the midst of a housing price boom, living in Queensland remains more affordable than in the southern states.

While Sydney and Melbourne house prices have experienced year-on year growth in the double digits, Brisbane has experienced a modest 3.5 per cent growth.”

Despite this optimism, Queensland was revealed to be mirroring the national trend, showing a slight decline in outright home ownership and owners who have a mortgage.

Rental stress was recorded to be higher than the national average, with more Queenslanders renting than owning their own home compared to the rest of the country.

“But with a modest decline in rent in the June quarter CPI figures, increasing vacancy rates, and new supply from an easing residential construction boom the conditions could result in Brisbane becoming a renter’s market,” Deloitte said.

Job growth was accelerating in Queensland and while population growth had “bottomed”, it was now back in line with the national average — although it remained below the level experienced in the state five years ago.

In less positive news, CommSec’s latest State of the States report found Queensland’s economic performance had slipped to sixth place, hampered by weak business investment and retail spending.

CommSec chief economist Craig James said that despite a recent surge in residential construction, oversupply is still a concern. Queensland would benefit from increased revenue generated by the state’s gas industry as well as spending that resulted from a rise in employment.

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt defended the state’s ranking saying that the CommSec report understated the state’s performance.

“Most people’s economic indicator is whether they have a job or not and both the DAE and CommSec reports highlight our strong performance in job creation,” Pitt said.

Of Queensland’s population of 4.7 million, more than half were recorded to be living outside of the state’s capital city. Queensland’s south-east corner, including Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Sunshine Coast, saw a growth rate in population twice that of the rest of the state.

Despite Queensland’s size, urbanization has taken hold — 66 percent of the population living within 0.6 percent of Queensland’s total area.

Originally Published: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

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