Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) and Treasurer Jackie Trad are pushing for a City Deal for south-east Queensland.
Photo: AAP/Dan Peled
Political delays dogging infrastructure projects will be history if talks on Tuesday morning cement a new billion-dollar 15-year City Deal for south-east Queensland between all three levels of government.
Such a deal could benefit 3 million people catching trains and buses, driving on highways, building businesses, looking for housing, and finding school and universities between the Sunshine and Gold coasts and west to Toowoomba.
Deputy premier Jackie Trad and Brisbane’s lord mayor Graham Quirk will on Tuesday morning outline how close the 10 south-east Queensland councils – Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley – are to signing Australia’s largest City Deal with the federal government.
Australia now has three City Deals backed by the federal government: Townsville (2016), Launceston (April 2017) and Western Sydney (March 2018).
Cr Quirk, the chairman of Council of Mayors (SEQ) that represents the region’s local governments, described a City Deal for the area as “a dramatic change”.
“The power of aligning the efforts of all levels of government and securing a long-term program of investment in our region will be a game changer,” Cr Quirk said.
“For the first time, all levels of government will be working in unison to protect and enhance the prosperity and liveability of south-east Queensland.”
Brisbane’s lord mayor Graham Quirk begins a campaign for a City Deal funding package for 10 councils on Tuesday morning.
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A City Deal binds the three levels of government — federal, state and local — as a group to agree to a 15-year rolling funding program of infrastructure projects that a fast-growing region needs.
As projects provide a lift in land value, that financial uplift is identified, captured and then re-invested into the infrastructure funding pool, under a model first identified in Manchester in 2012 and then in Brisbane in 2014.
In April 2018, Cr Quirk and Ms Trad met the federal government’s new Cities and Urban Infrastructure minister Paul Fletcher, when they first put forward the SEQ City Deal.
All parties described those 2018 talks as “positive”.
Cr Quirk and Ms Trad will begin the public push for the SEQ City Deal at a business breakfast at Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday.
“We secured Australia’s first ever City Deal in Townsville, which is paying dividends with projects like the North Queensland Stadium, delivered through the City Deal,” Ms Trad said.
“That is under construction and on track to be open for the start of the 2020 NRL season.”
Townsville’s City Deal is a 15-year arrangement, while Launceston’s is a five-year deal and Western Sydney’s is a 20-year deal.
The federal government is tipped to announce City Deals for Geelong and Darwin by September 2018, allowing planners to work on Hobart, Perth and south-east Queensland over 18 months.
How could it help?
It locks in project funds over 15 to 20 years, moving them away from political promises, which are subject to election outcomes. It could remove election squabbling over the same project.
It sets out a timetable for projects allowing the private sector to invest more confidently.
It could help the next generation of infrastructure projects, after the Pacific Motorway, Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro projects were all delayed by politics, angering voters.
It has also been mentioned as a way of funding Moreton Bay’s new university campus at Petrie and breathing life into the Brisbane River’s Resilient Rivers proposal.
What is Townsville’s experience after 18 months?
The Townsville City Deal was signed on December 9, 2016. It is a 15-year agreement.
Work has begun on stage two of the 25,000-seat $250 million North Queensland Stadium. It will be finished for the 2020 rugby league season. It is funded by the federal and state governments, and Townsville City Council.
The Queensland government has promised $250 million for new water supply for Townsville.
A business case for new Townsville Port facilities is almost finished and the Queensland government has pledged $75 million for port upgrade.
Townville mayor Jenny Hill said choosing the right projects was essential to make a City Deal effective.
“The City Deal provides a roadmap for delivery that breaks the political cycle so it is very important to choose the right projects or areas for reform that will make the biggest difference to a city or region,” Cr Hill said.
“All three levels of government also need to buy into the key priorities of the local area that are included in any City Deal.”
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill on top of Castle Hill with Townsville in the background.
SEQ City Deal – the background
- May 2012: Co-funding model idea began in United Kingdom.
- June 2015: Queensland prepares its own case for City Deals after Ms Trad looked at the UK City Deals idea in Manchester.
- 2016: Council of Mayors (SEQ), Queensland Property Council and the Queensland government put a plan together.
- November 2016: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk signed a memorandum of understanding with prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in November 2016 to develop “tailored City Deals” for Queensland.
- February 2017: Ms Trad and Cr Quirk wrote to then-federal cities minister Angus Taylor, agreeing to a joint submission.
- Late 2017: A Cities Transformation TaskForce established in Brisbane.
- June 2018: Queensland’s major contractors called for a City Deal.
The southeast Queensland suburbs where vendors are discounting their sale prices
The southeast Queensland suburbs where vendors are discounting their sale price by the largest percentages have been revealed.
New data analysis by Domain looked at the average rate of vendor discounting on properties in suburbs throughout Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast over the six months to March this year and found some areas were discounting by as much as 12 per cent.
Houses at Carindale, Clontarf, Redcliffe and Rochedale South topped out the list of Greater Brisbane suburbs with the highest percentage of vendors discounting their asking price, while Chermside, New Farm, Redcliffe and South Brisbane had the highest rate of discounting for units.
On the Gold Coast, houses at Broadbeach Waters and Hope Island both recorded double-digit average vendor discounting, while units at Main Beach and Southport had the highest rate of discounting.
Maroochydore and Tewantin headed up the Sunshine Coast houses that were being the discounted by the highest percentage.
Domain economist Trent Wiltshire said the rate of discounting was another market indicator that could help assess conditions in certain suburbs.
The data was compiled using a minimum of 30 observations and did not include properties that sold via auction or without a listed price.
“This can be a bit more timely than price data,” he said. “But it is only an average figure and, while the average or median is the simplest way to look at a suburb, it doesn’t tell the full story.”
Will Torres of Torres Property said overall the housing market in Carindale was performing well but that the average discounting rate was likely brought down by a specific price point.
Carindale’s median house price is $879,750, a rise of 1.1 per cent over the year to March.
“I’d say the market that is being affected at the moment is that mid-$1 million price range,” he said.
“Rewind to six months ago I was selling houses in this price range in three weeks — now I’m struggling to get numbers in the door. That’s where the discounting will be, around that $1.5 million range and that’s why the Carindale percentage is that high.
“Anything under that price point is still performing really well and selling well. Days on market have stretched but the buyers and the demand is overall still there.”
Broadbeach Waters recorded the highest rate of vendor discounting, by up to 12 per cent. Jordan Williams of JW Prestige said that figure had likely been increased by houses in the $2 million to $3 million range, which were sometimes overpriced.
“If you’re 10 per cent over the odds you won’t get a result, you won’t get a deal — that’s why you’re seeing that average discount for Broadbeach Waters,” he said.
“So this figure doesn’t mean the market has dropped here, it means some properties were overpriced. I sold a house for $4.5 million where the owners originally were asking $4.7 million. That’s a massive discount.
“But it started out that high because the owners said they wanted to give it a go, test the waters. There’s a million different scenarios for why people discount their properties.”
At Hope Island, where the average vendor discount is 10.3 per cent, agent Warren Hickey is selling a four-bedroom, two-bathroom contemporary home on Virginia Avenue, which is listed for offers over $995,000 and advertised as a huge price reduction.
However, he said the listing was not representative of the local market.
“On average we’d sell a property a week in Hope Island. I would say if you look back at everything we’ve sold in the past few years, we’ve probably only advertised one as having a price reduction and this is it. It’s the exception,” he said.
On the Sunshine Coast, where Maroochydore recorded an average discount on houses of 7.5 per cent, local Century 21 agent Damien Said said a lot of the properties in higher demand were now auctioned.
“That needs to be noted — those properties are automatically excluded from the data,” he said.
“If anyone in Maroochydore is discounting, I’d say it’s more of a reflection of a few properties that came on the market with unrealistic expectations.
“Generally, we’re finding that when properties do come on the market, as long as the price is realistic, our days on market are reducing. The coast market is still quite active.”
The booming property hotspots which have defied the housing downturn – and it’s good news for homeowners living in Queensland
Coastal and regional hotspots are bucking the housing market downturn with property prices at record highs.
As the market in Sydney and Melbourne continues to weaken, it’s a different story in regions such as Hobart, Canberra and Queensland’s Gold and Sunshine coasts.
The regions dominate in the 11 suburbs across Australia identified as the most resilient areas, according to CoreLogic data.
New figures released this month revealed national housing values have plummeted 7.2 per cent, the largest annual fall since the 12 months ending February 2009 during the global financial crisis.
But Core Logic head of research Tim Lawless says homeowners in weak markets are unlocking significant equity, helping to boost prices in coastal areas.
‘Baby boomers are retiring, having gone through a number of property cycles and have the equity to fund a lifestyle purchase,’ he told The Australian.
‘The money goes further in these markets than in Sydney and Melbourne.’
So, where are Australia’s most resilient areas?
The Sunshine Coast, Queensland
The latest figures are good news for those looking to sell on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
The median housing price in Sunshine Beach have soared 5.3 per cent in the last 12 months to almost $1.16million and up 26.6 per cent in the last five years.
The suburb was followed closely by Noosa Heads ($1.11 million) with a 2.9 per cent rise, where prices have jumped 29.5 per cent in five years.
In nearby Diddillibah-Rosemount, prices have jumped 16 per cent in the last five years to $747,812, 1.8 per cent rise in the last 12 months.
Renowned as a popular tourist mecca and for its laidback lifestyle, the Sunshine Coast is a growing region which attracts more than 3.2 million visitors a year and is Queensland’s third most populated area.
Further south of the Sunshine Coast, the median price in the Brisbane suburb of Windsor rose by 6.04 per cent to $902,000 while on the Gold Coast, the coastal suburb of Palm Beach now stands at $872,400, up 2.8 per cent and 42.8 per cent over five years.
Many parts of the nation’s capital are also bucking the downturn trend, according to CoreLogic.
Experts have hailed Canberra the strongest real estate economy out of all of the capital cities.
The median price in Garran has skyrocketed by 10.7 per cent to just over $1million in the last 12 months and 41.9 per cent over five years.
There were even higher rises in Lyons (14.1 per cent to $769,518) and Cook (17.4 per cent to $749,743).
A town not far from Canberra that also made the list was Yass in the NSW southern tablelands, where the median property price jumped by 4.8 per cent to $760,000, where prices have soared by a third within five years.
Hobart, Tasmania and West Beach, South Australia
2018 was a record year for real estate sales in the Apple Aisle, known for its relaxed lifestyle, affordability and cooler climate.
There were 11,400 property transactions worth a record $4 billion last year, according to Real Estate Institute of Tasmania data.
In Hobart, the average property price has risen 6.5 per cent to $809,300, a 39.3 per cent within five years.
Also in Australia’s southern states bucking the trend is Adelaide seaside suburb of West Beach, where the average price is now over $800,000 after a 4.4 per cent rise and 27.3 per cent change over five years.
At the other end of the scale, 17 of the 20 biggest price drops for the year were in Sydney’s mid-priced suburbs such as Epping, where prices have plummeted by almost a third in the last 12 months, The Australian reported.
Mr Lawless said there are signs that the worst of the housing market conditions are now over.
‘Values are still broadly declining, however the pace of decline has moderated since December last year and there are some tentative signs that credit flows have improved, albeit from a low base,’ he said earlier this month.
‘The prospect for lower interest rates is another factor that could support an improvement in housing market activity later this year.’
Hot property: Dated dress circle Noosa home sells at auction
A WATERFRONT home in need of an upgrade in one of Noosa’s most prestigious streets has sold under-the-hammer for $5.67m.
A WATERFRONT home in need of an upgrade in one of Noosa’s most prestigious streets has sold under-the-hammer for $5.67 million, with agents claiming the coastal hot spot is proving immune to the pre-election uncertainty plaguing the property market.
The four-bedroom house at 49 Witta Circle was sold at auction after a bidding war between four parties.
The result shows the Noosa prestige market is “rock solid”, according to marketing agent Eric Seetoo of Tom Offermann Real Estate.
“The … home was an oldie, but it occupies one of the most desirable locations on the waterfront near Hastings Street,” Mr Seetoo said.
“We found four bidders, three of whom were present, and another was on the phone from overseas, each with well over $5 million to spend.
“As you can imagine, I am busy finding properties for the underbidders.”
Agency principal Tom Offermann said he believed it was the highest Queensland house sale under-the-hammer so far in 2019.
“Witta Circle is one of those ‘can’t go wrong locations’,” Mr Offermann said.
“It’s on the water, picturesque, and an easy walk from Hastings Street and the beach.
“The capital growth has been over 15 per cent on average for the past 40 years — hard to beat.”
Mr Offermann said he was still finding demand strong, especially at the luxury end, where there was a critical shortage of stock.
Tom Offermann Real Estate recently sold a waterfront house at 55 Wyuna Drive, Noosaville, for $4.75 million and 27 Mossman Ct, Noosa Heads, for $5.75 million.
And an apartment in the La Mer complex on Hastings Street changed hands last month for a whopping $6.1 million.
“Property markets usually slow down during an election, but not this time in Noosa,” he said.
“The traditional slowdown isn’t apparent this time, with most clients adopting a wait and see attitude.
“Some are even predicting a post election rush into investment property before any negative gearing or capital gains tax changes are introduced.”
Adrian Reed of Reed & Co has just listed a five-bedroom, five-bathroom mansion at 54 Noosa Parade with a price guide in the late $7 million to early $8 million range.
Given the property’s location, river views and proximity to Hastings Street, Mr Reed is expecting it to be one of the most significant sales of the year.
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