March 15, 2018

Smart City technology to advance Yeppoon Town Centre

Yeppoon’s Town Centre is set to become more energy efficient, safe and technologically advanced thanks to a $200,000 Smart Cities and Suburbs grant from the Australian Government.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said the Yeppoon Town Centre Smart Precinct project aims to provide smart LED street lighting, further access to free WiFi, data capture and analytics, local vendor advertising, smart waste sensors, interactive digital placemaking features, a smart kiosk and other smart technologies that will complement the newly constructed Local Disaster Coordination Centre...


March 14, 2018

See what your Central Qld home is worth: State comparison

ROCKHAMPTON is still the best place in the state to get bang for your buck according to a just released property report.

The Real Estate Institute Queensland's Market Monitor for the September quarter of this year provides a revealing commentary on real estate trends across the state and how our local region is tracking.

According to the report, Rockhampton's housing market has faced unprecedented downward pressure on prices positioning the region as the most affordable house market of the areas analysed by...


March 13, 2018

Booming coking coal prices leads the way to jobs for CQ

CENTRAL Queensland is in the midst of a metallurgical coal rush and the new Queensland Government is set to cash in.

Also known as coking coal, the commodity, which was an essential ingredient for steel production, has surged 33 per cent in price since the start of November to a seven month high of $US236 per tonne.

News Corp analyst John McCarthy said Queensland's new Treasurer Jackie Trad was poised to reap a potential $1.8b budget windfall, largely because of the increasing...


March 07, 2018

Parliament passes new depreciation legislation

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Housing Tax Integrity) Bill 2017 passed through Parliament November 15 which means owners of second-hand residential properties will be ineligible to claim depreciation on certain assets.
Thousands of property investors will be impacted, with an average loss of around $4236 per year in depreciation related deductions over the first five years of ownership.

However, there is no change to capital works rules. These deductions typically make up between 85 to 90 per cent of an investors’ total...


February 09, 2018

Mega farm to boost Plane Creek Mill

A 2300-hectare cane farm at Clairview, south of Mackay, could help Singapore-based multinational Wilmar deliver on an ambitious plan to increase throughput at Plane Creek Mill by 23 per cent.

The miller wants to increase the volume of cane crushed by the mill from the 1.171million tonnes processed this season to 1.6million tonnes over the next five years.

Part of the reason for a recent decline was a drop in the area under cane.

Farmers moved to other industries, such as cattle, as...


February 08, 2018

Yeppoon's dream lagoon takes shape

YEPPOON'S eagerly anticipated lagoon project is rapidly taking shape as Livingstone Shire Council offers expressions of interest for tenancies.

The pavilion building, which is under construction, will overlook the new swimming lagoon as part of the Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation project.

It will feature a wraparound balcony on the upper level, with glass walls offering expansive views of the Keppel islands.

The top level will feature a restaurant as well as reception, bar and balcony areas while the ground floor has...


February 06, 2018

PropertyMe Feature Spotlight: Owners Portal

According to a survey conducted by, communication with tenants and owners is the top driver for property management success. That’s where the Owners Portal comes in!

Not only does the Owner Portal streamline communication to keep your owners in the loop but it also simplifies your workload by increasing transparency and efficiency.

Without further ado, let’s dive into this month’s PropertyMe Feature Spotlight on the Owners Portal:

What is the Owners Portal?

The Owners Portal is an area...


February 01, 2018

Different types of leases

Consider the future of your business when choosing your business premises and investigating the lease. Does your business need the flexibility of a month-to-month lease or the stability of a long-term lease?

Short-term renting

Short-term renting gives you flexibility - if you expect your business to grow significantly you can rent small premises initially and move into a bigger location as you expand. However, your landlord can ask you to leave at short notice; having to find new premises could slow the...


January 30, 2018

Does a Slowdown in the Sydney Housing Market Necessarily Mean a Pick-Up in Brisbane?

The Sydney housing market is starting to slow following more than five years of strong increases in dwelling values.  As the Sydney market slows there could be some upside for other housing markets where capital gains have been more sustainable and rental yields are higher.  Australia’s third largest city, Brisbane, has recently garnered more attention as a candidate for improved housing market conditions.   In this week’s blog we look at the historic relationship between housing market growth in Sydney...


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