July 16, 2018

Back-to-school Ikea hacks to tame the weekday rush

Whether it’s back to school or just back to routine, the working week can leave the high-traffic areas in your home suffering from major congestion.

We spoke to Tabitha Krygsman, interior designer at Ikea Australia, for her top tips on how to keep these zones running smoothly no matter how busy your household.

Back to school: Tabitha’s top five organisation tips

1. Establish a weekly planner

A great way to help keep stress levels down and keep track of what’s happening and when...


July 11, 2018

A Guide to Indoor Plant Success

Plants are important to add life to a room. We are forever telling sellers to get plants, fake or real! 

Reduce, reuse, recycle – ideas to recycle everyday items into something cool around the house
This Seller used a building block as a planter, she also used random old jars and containers for pot plants

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July 09, 2018

Three-year wait to reopen cyclone damaged road almost over

THE three-year wait to reopen the Scenic Highway at Statue Bay is almost over.

The important link road for the Capricorn Coast has been closed since Cyclone Marcia devastated the site in February 2015 and repairs have been delayed by repeated weather events and engineering difficulties.

The road is now set to open to the public by mid-July after final touches such as guard rails and handrails to protect users of the new cycleway/footpath are put in place before a final seal...


July 06, 2018


If just over two (2) million domestic visitors and an annual spend of $1.1 Billion dollars isn’t impressive enough, this will: – the Southern Great Barrier Reef destination has seen the strongest percentage increase in visitation in the state of Queensland at 10.2% growth in visitors from March 2017 to March 2018! 

 National Visitor Survey results were released this week from Tourism Research Australia to reveal domestic tourism is up in Australia and Queensland, with the SGBR punching well above its...


July 05, 2018

Nine In Ten Australian Properties Are ‘Flipped’ For A Profit

Global data analytics provider CoreLogic has released its first Property Flipping Report, which provides a national analysis of properties that were ‘flipped’ (bought and re-sold within a short time frame with the purpose of making a profit) in 2017.  

The research measures flips within one year of purchase and within one to two years of purchase. It also tracks national trends in flipping over a 20-year period, from June 1997 to June 2

Key findings

  • Nationally, the vast majority of properties (almost...


July 04, 2018

There is a silver lining to Metro Builders collapse

THE collapse of local building company Metro Builders has left contractors out of pocket and customers with incomplete houses.

But one coastal real estate agent says there may be a silver lining despite the storm. 

Principal of @Real Estate, Natalie Gesler, who has her finger on the pulse of the Capricorn Coast property market, says established homes for sale were being compared to the unsustainable low house and land packages advertised by the recently closed Metro Builders.

But now, under new circumstances, building...


July 03, 2018

5 ways to create an epic centrepiece

An epic table centrepiece can lift a room by providing a focal point, adding colour, or accenting features.

“Table centrepieces are a great way to add character and individual personality into your home,” says Camilla Molders, interior designer and decorator. She is speaking of both temporary installations for an event and more enduring arrangements for a coffee or side table.

Here are five ways you can create an epic centrepiece for your table.

1. Go wild with flowers & foliage

From a humble bouquet...


July 02, 2018

QLD BUDGET 2018: Regional areas win big

JACKIE Trad will take Queensland further into debt to pay for the largest investment in infrastructure since the 2011 flood recovery program.

About $30 billion will be spent on economy-building projects for regional Queensland.

As predicted, Ms Trad failed to surprise Queenslanders in the Palaszczuk Government's fourth budget - handed down on Tuesday. 

A $45.8 billion investment in infrastructure projects over the next four years will be the largest since 2012-13, which funded the recovery from 2011's deadly floods.

"It's a budget that gears...


June 27, 2018

Surge in number of Rocky people working on Cap Coast

AN ADDITIONAL 413 Rockhampton residents are now commuting to the Capricorn Coast for work.

This figure is a 46.4 per cent increase over five years (2011 to 2016).

2011's Census revealed 890 workers living in Rockhampton commuted daily to the Capricorn Coast, with that number surging to 1,303 commuters recorded at the time of the 2016 census.

Capricorn Enterprise chief executive Mary Carroll said it had been long established that a third of the workers who live on the Capricorn Coast commute daily...


June 22, 2018

QLD houses lead building approvals growth

NATIONAL detached house approvals have jumped to their strongest level in 15 years, and private houses in Queensland are leading the trend.

Australian Bureau of Statistics trend figures showed that over the three months to April, 31,562 new detached houses were approved for construction.

Housing Industry Association senior economist Shane Garrett said it was the most in any three-month period since 2003.

“The volume of approvals for new detached houses is at its strongest in 15 years,” he said.

“The performance of the detached...


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