October 10, 2019

A leap forward for Great Keppel Island Resort

More than a decade after the closing of Great Keppel Island Resort back in February 2008, latest media speculation can now be confirmed.

Pat O’Driscoll from Knight Frank Rockhampton/Capricorn Coast is leading the sales process along with positive negotiations between the State Government, current owners Tower Holdings and a Sunshine Coast developer who hopes to be the new owner of the eagerly anticipated Great Keppel Island Resort Development.

With plans to construct a multi-million-dollar hotel and marina on the Southern Great Barrier...


October 04, 2019

RBA interest rates: Reserve Bank cuts rate to 0.75 per cent

Two of the big four banks have now cut their rates — but neither has done so by the full amount.

Commonwealth Bank was the first of the big four to cut rates. CBA will cut variable home loan rates by just 0.13 percentage points, barely half the amount of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s rate cut today. It said if it passed on the full cut...


October 01, 2019

A decade of development ahead – emerging signs of a positive and growing economy

Recently released data from a variety of sources confirms what Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll has been saying: there are signs of a positive and growing economy in our region.

With the number and size of the major projects across the region, requiring substantial numbers of workers, growth in employment, housing and population is likely to continue for a decade or more.

As Ms Carroll explained, “While local employment is a key priority, estimates of the workforce needed suggests that a number...


September 26, 2019

Length Of Home Ownership Continues To Rise

The latest data to May 2019 shows that home owners are holding onto their property for much longer than they were 10 to 15 years ago. The average hold period has consistently increased since 2005 across both house and units nationally. The average hold period figure is based on sales from the past year, using the latest sold date and the previous sold date to establish how many years a property has been held for between each transaction. Nationally, the...


September 19, 2019

10 Aussie open plan kitchen-dining areas we love

What’s become of the dining room? As Australians, we’ve embraced open-plan indoor-outdoor home design, and with that dining rooms have shifted and evolved.

In Australia, we’ve progressed the concept of the ‘dining room’ to mix and merge with various areas in the home, and the outdoors.

Here, interior stylist Adam Powell shares 10 shining examples of modern-day dining rooms, as well as his tips to get each look.

1. Conveniently place

These days, it’s important for a dining table to not be too far...


September 17, 2019

Mum’s jaw-dropping $700 pantry makeover

Carmen and Jared Strong picked up the keys to their beautiful new home in January this year.

Unlike other decluttering projects featured in the Clean Sweep series, Carmen, 28, and Jared, 31, had a slight advantage, having just moved into an empty home with their two children, Leilah 3, and Louie, 7 months.

"I had a clean slate building a new home," Carmen told

"While the move was huge in itself, I have slowly focused on one room at a time, budgeting out each...


September 13, 2019

5 trends we predict will feature in The Block this year

The Oslo in St Kilda was in dire need of refurbishment, but the new Blockheads are sure to return the iconic structure to its former glory and then some. 

With the return of The Block comes work to the rundown Oslo Hotel in St Kilda – The Block site for season 15. The huge renovations are only just beginning, but we simply can’t help but wonder about the trends sure to dominate in the season ahead.

Though it most recently operated as a budget backpackers hotel,...


September 11, 2019

Business travel on the rise as billion dollar projects kick-off in the region!

Our thriving resources and mining sector along with strong education and health industries are reflecting consistent growth in domestic visitation across the Southern Great Barrier Reef (SGBR) destination with 711,000 business travelers (up 23.6%) touching down and spending time in the Capricorn (Central Highlands, Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast), Gladstone and Bundaberg Regions.

Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll credits the increase in business visitors to not only the expansion of the CQ mining/resource industry and a record production of coal, but also...


September 09, 2019

Darren Palmer’s tips for achieving the magazine look at home

A home less ordinary is much more achievable than you might think.

Just look behind the designer curtain at some of the smoke and mirrors we use to make spaces shine as brightly as they can. If you want your home to look photo shoot-worthy, if even only temporarily for a special event, here are some of the stylist tricks that’ll help.

Furniture layout

Worry less about where the television is or if there is one at all. Often we will remove TVs from...


September 06, 2019

Seven living room style sins to avoid

Some things you want in your home for a reason that’s not aesthetic, but if you want a truly inspiring interior then you’ll have to find somewhere other than your living space to stash these items:

Sports trophies and medals 

No one wants to take away from little Timmy’s first place in the 100m dash, they just want to take evidence of it away from the lounge. We all love celebrating a win but look for a spot elsewhere in your home...


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