The Backyard Birdies have landed

Lisa Camilleri in action against New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games in Dehi in 2010.

The Backyard Birdies have landed

Here at Village Buzz we heard through the grapevine that professional squash player Lisa Camilleri was retiring after a long career so we popped along to have a chat about that and her future plans.

An Everton Park local, Lisa achieved a top ranking of 28th in the world after winning 21 international titles, representing Australia on a number of occasions and following the squash circuit for 11 years after turning professional at the age of 18.

She recalls being around squash courts from a very early age after her mum Pauline, a keen tennis player, decided to take it up to get indoors and out of the Queensland heat. She had her first squash lessons at the age of eight when she also won the Queensland title in her age group – a feat she was to repeat every year from then until she turned 19.

In 2001 she earned a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport's Brisbane's squash unit where she lived in accommodation they provided and trained for more than four hours a day as well as receiving instruction in sports nutrition and even in how to cook.

In fact, she said, the AIS provided everything that an athlete could possibly need to attain their goal including access to a sports psychologist to refine and develop the mental capacity to compete and win at elite level in their chosen sports.

After turning professional she would enter between 15 and 17 tournaments every year on the Professional Squash Association Tour and travelled for 14 years all over the world, often living out of a suitcase but sometimes staying for a time in an area such as New York, New Zealand or Malaysia which was central to a number of tournaments she wanted to enter.

Backyard Birdies Lisa Camilleri and her partner Marcus Donnelly ready to take on the sporting apparel heavyweights.

She achieved her dream of representing Australia when she competed in the Woman's World Championships in 2008 and 2010 and the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and 2014. She also won 21 PSA event titles in her career.

A foot injury in 2011 saw her return to Brisbane for surgery where she took a business course to pass the time during her recovery and this came in very handy later when launching her sporting apparel business.

After recovering she returned to training and also did a stint as a high-performance assistant with Squash Australia where she was responsible for, among other things, sourcing uniforms for the national team.

Decent green and gold uniforms proved unexpectedly difficult to obtain so the idea of designing and sourcing sporting apparel took hold in the minds of Lisa and her partner Marcus Donnelly and they began to offer custom-designed uniforms mainly to squash teams around the world.

Marcus Donnelly, left, and Lisa Camilleri, far right, with their flock of Backyard Birdies brand ambassadors.

Lisa kept in training with the aim of competing in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 but was not selected. She is open about the fact that the news was upsetting to hear but she took the positive view that the time had come to retire, put down her competition racquet, pick up a mobile phone and diary and devote all her energies to promoting the couple's business.

Called Backyard Birdies in honour of the numerous birdies who regularly visit their backyard, the business offers a variety of off-the-shelf and custom-designed apparel for sports teams and commercial/charity organisations through their online store as well as some health products.

Lisa is thankfully not lost to the world of squash and teaches a Monday session for children at Stafford Squash Centre in Kitchener Road. She is also available on request for adults’ one-on-one lessons at the centre.


Contact Lisa


T: 0420 943 887

E: backyardbirdies@hotmail.com

W: https://www.backyardbirdies.com/


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Arana Hills retains ‘village’ feel despite proximity to Brisbane CBD


SOME 10km from Brisbane’s CBD is a suburb possessing “village” warmth, where locals hope urban sprawl and greedy developers never taint their way of life.

Arana Hills, despite being a similar distance from the CBD as Upper Mt Gravatt and Chermside, has so far escaped being picked over by developers.

One reason may be because it sits beyond Brisbane City Council’s reach and under Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Local business owners and siblings Kristy and Stephen Soderholm said they hoped developers never invaded and destroyed the great community feel that defined the suburb.

“A lot of people like it here because there is still very much a village feel, and we are really worried about losing that because that is what makes the area,” Ms Soderholm said.

“You really do feel you are close to the City, but we have been able to maintain that village atmosphere, and that’s what we are worried about losing over the next five years.”

The Soderholms’ parents started the Arana Hills 7 Day Hardware Store, opposite the Arana Hills Plaza, in 1983, with the siblings since taking over.

Ms Soderholm said some of their customers spanned three generations of the one family, while lately there appeared to be a strong influx of Europeans.

“There are a lot of younger families in the area, and it definitely is becoming more multicultural, with a lot more Europeans and South Africans, but we also get a few Scandinavians dropping in,” she said.

“We are getting the children of customers coming in and even the grandchildren of our original customers.”


Salon operator Claire Mock is an overseas-born resident of Arana Hills. Picture: Darren Cartwright
According the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Arana Hills has a population of 6810.

The top five ancestry responses to the 2016 Census were English (29.8 per cent), Australian (27.1), Irish (10.8), Scottish (9.1) and German (5.1).

However Australia was the top country of birth, followed by England, New Zealand and South Africa.

Hair Unlimited salon owner Claire Mock, who emigrated from South Africa less than five years ago, originally opened her store in Ferny Hills before relocating to Arana Hills earlier this year.

She said many of her clients were aged 30 to 50 and were very down-to-earth.

“I moved here five months ago and it’s the best thing I could have done,” she said.

“It’s a better location business-wise and it’s a lovely suburb with down-to-earth, ordinary folk.”

Local real estate agent Simon Whitehead said Arana Hills may have escaped Brisbane City Council’s 2014 Urban Renewal Plan — which will transform areas around nearby Ferny Hills and Mitchelton train stations — but there would still be some changes.

The Moreton Bay Regional Council has approved pockets of development around Arana Hills Plaza under its Next Generation Neighbourhood Plan.

“The average-sized house block was 600sq m and pretty much the minimum until the changes to the town panning a couple of years ago,” he said.

“The area around Arana Hills Plaza has been rezoned, which entails more high-density, so you can subdivide or go to the townhouse unit option.

“There are some units and apartments in and around Arana Hills Plaza already, but about 95 per cent of the dwellings are houses.”

The median house price for Arana Hills is tracking at $537,500 after finishing at $525,750 in 2016 and $497,000 in 2015.
On average about two houses sell a week, and Mr Whitehead said there were a lot of interstate buyer’s agents sniffing around the suburb because of its proximity to the CBD.

“For properties up to $600,000 you are looking at about 40 per cent sold going to interstate investors and the rest would be first home buyers,” he said.

“The big selling point is the distance from CBD, and it provides the happy medium between strong, happy growth and higher rental return.”

Despite being known as a family friendly suburb, Arana Hills has no schools within its boundary.

The nearest education centres are Grovely State School, Ferny Hills State, Mitchelton State High and Primary Schools, St William’s Catholic, Patricks Road State School, St William’s Grovely Catholic Primary School and TAFE Queensland, Grovely.

The suburb also relies heavily on public buses, with the nearest train station, Grovely, about 1km from the plaza.

Mr Whitehead said the lack of local schools and a train station certainly hasn’t held the suburb back.

It sits at the foot of Bunya State Forest and the most expensive houses in Arana Hills, which were only built in the nineties, have sweeping views of the surrounding suburbs and parkland.

The record sale for Arana Hills was in Yarraman St million and it was once the home of a Broncos legend, said Mr Whitehead.

“Arlington Estate was built in the late 90s and Yarraman St has had the most expensive sale,” he said

“It’s the house Shane Webcke once lived and it sold for $1.080 million.

‘The houses back on to Bunya State Forest which has bike and walking tracks and picnic areas.”


ANZ’s tighter lending rules in Brisbane, will hurt homeowners

Brisbane lending restrictions by madeleine hicks

The ANZ has told its brokers to tighten lending restrictions in 7 postcodes in Brisbane, where buyers will now need a 20 per cent deposit before they can borrow.

The bank said it would restrict owner-occupier and investment lending to a maximum of 80 per cent of the value of apartments in seven postcodes across Brisbane — including the trendy inner-city Spring Hill, Petrie Terrace and the CBD, where new apartment blocks have sprung up.

Other suburbs affected include Fortitude Valley, Bowen Hills, Newstead, Nudgee, Banyo, Virginia, Woolloongabba, Albion, and upmarket suburbs like Bulimba and Hawthorne.

ANZ has also released guidance to brokers on how best to accurately assess clients' financial situation, including keeping a record of their conversations.brisbane lending restrictions in place

An ANZ spokesman said the update was for a handful of Brisbane locations and was "part of our ongoing efforts to ensure we are lending responsibly and in consideration of all our regulatory responsibilities".

"We regularly look at a number of factors in relation to residential apartments to make sure we are meeting our responsibilities including, supply and demand, rental yield, vacancy rates and location," the spokesman said.

One of Brisbane's leading real estate agents, Madeleine Hicks said that "it is quite disturbing for people that are wanting to sell their homes if they are in those selected suburbs.  It has just got a whole lot harder."

"Potential purchasers will find it harder to get a loan in these suburbs, now meaning they may just by pass these areas"

"The suburbs that have had the restrictions put in place are those with a large number of unit developments going up.  It is important for council to balance the needs of developers and the existing residents when they consider new building applications." Hicks said.

List of suburbs affected
4000Brisbane CBD, Spring Hill, Petrie Terrace
4006Fortitude Valley, Bowen Hills, Herston, Newstead
4011Clayfield, Hendra
4014Banyo, Nudgee, Virginia
4102Dutton Park, Woolloongabba
4171Hawthorne, Bulimba, Balmoral
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“Don’t renovate before selling” warns leading local agent

Madeleine Hicks Says Renovation properties available in Stafford and Everton Park

THE demand for fixer-uppers in Brisbane is so strong, property experts are warning homeowners about the risk of renovating before they list.

Madeleine Hicks from Madeleine Hicks Real Estate at Everton Park said, "we are seeing buyers looking for homes that they can do up.  Especially the older style timber properties that we have in abundance in Stafford and Everton Park."

"Buyers are loving the larger blocks that we have as well as the great city views" Hicks said.

SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said too often people splash too much cash jazzing up their homes for a big sale.

“In a downturn, buyers will not value the renovations as much as the homeowner,” Mr Christopher said.

“We know the market will penalise over-capitalisation.”

Andrew Winter and Neale Whitaker.

Andrew Winter and Neale Whitaker. Picture: Mike Batterham

Star of Foxtel’s new show Love It or List It and design guru Neale Whitaker agrees, adding the decision to sell or renovate a property demanded thought and research.

“Be careful about overcapitalising,” Whitaker said.

“Have a look at similar properties that are unrenovated like yours in your area and see what they’re going for – and the type yours would be like after a renovation and what they’re going for.

“(Then) work out whether it’s worth doing because, let’s face it, even the most basic renovation is costly.

Even the most basic renovations are costly.

Even the most basic renovations are costly.

“But if you are torn, look at the potential resale value of the house as opposed to the property you would be thinking of buying and whether that’s a realistic transaction – and also the value that could be potentially added to your home.”

Whitaker said the majority of homeowners who decide to stay and renovate want to create more space.

“If they’ve been living somewhere for a long time, they stop realising the potential under their nose but with careful planning they can create the space they need,” he said.

“On the show we came across rooms that were completely redundant – one room was completely occupied by a cat – people get used to living a certain way.”

Renovations are booming in Brisbane’s inner-ring including Albion, Stafford, Alderley and Everton Park, with building renovations and carpentry the most popular, according to Australia’s largest network of trades professionals, hipages.com.au.

The data also showed bathroom and kitchen upgrades were a high priority with homeowners.


Mr Christopher said homeowners could renovate their property on a budget, sell it and upgrade to a better property for themselves.

“There are more buyers and freestanding houses in the marketplace,” he said.

“I don’t think we are in a market that is going to value one’s renovations all too well.”

Mr Christopher said Brisbane’s property market had improved however added “the pendulum is in the middle”.

“We are seeing more interstate migrations to Brisbane because of the price difference,” he said.

Love It Or List co-host Andrew Winter advised buyers to have realistic expectations when selling their property.

“Don’t expect to sell easily,” Winter said. “Never believe that your house will sell for more than market value, it can happen but generally it won’t.”

He said to avoid seller’s remorse it was important to hang on to your property if your financial situation allowed.

If you are thinking about making a move in property talk to the team at Madeleine Hicks Real Estate first.  They know the North West because it is their backyard.


Riverfire is turning 20


Brisbane’s biggest fireworks display is returning to South Bank! On Saturday, 30 September, Sunsuper Riverfire will ignite the evening sky with a brilliant explosion of colour. There’ll also be free, family-friendly entertainment in the lead-up – read on to plan your day.

Tell us in the comments below where is your favourite location to watch the Riverfire from! 

Riverfire South Bank turning 20


What’s on

Anzac Centenary Commemorations

While you’re waiting for the main event, make sure you head to South Bank Piazza for a host of free Anzac commemorations. Live music and performances will run from 11am-4pm, and they include important stories such as what it was like for our soldiers one hundred years ago while they prepared for the Battles of Polygon Wood and Beersheba, and the tale of the Anzacs and Australian Light Horsemen.  From 10am-4pm, kids can enjoy badge-making, write a letter of peace to our current serving Australian men and women, pat a live horse and see a real Australian Light Armoured Vehicle.

Aerial display

The Australian Defence Force will conduct an aerial display in the afternoon:

3.30pm RAAF Roulettes Display
4.30pm ARMY Helicopter Display (4 x MRH 90)
5pm RAAF C-17A Globemaster fly over
5.15pm ARMY Helicopter Display (4 x MRH 90)
5.40pm RAAF EA18G Growler display
7.05pm RAAF EA18G Growler fly over to signal start of fireworksRiverfire South Bank turning 20


At 7pm the piece de resistance, the fireworks, begin. The fireworks run for more than 20 minutes and include a mix of rooftop and river-barge launching stations. This year also marks Riverfire’s 20th anniversary, so the soundtrack will be specially programmed to feature hits from 1998 and onwards.

Vantage points

Riverfire is famous for its array of vantage points, right across the city. If you’re heading to South Bank to see the fireworks, mark these areas on your hit list:

The Clem Jones Promenade

With prime river frontage, there is no better place to see the show than the Clem Jones Promenade. Anywhere along this pristine location will guarantee sweeping views, but it does fill up quickly (avid Riverfire fans stake out their spots during the morning and afternoon), so make sure you get there early to secure a good location. Please note that in the interests of crowd safety, erecting a sunshade tent or chairs on the Promenade is not permitted at any time of day.

Treasury Brisbane Arcadia – The Cultural Forecourt

As the hub of the Brisbane Festival with a mix of eateries and outdoor bars, Arcadia is a great place to stop and enjoy the fireworks. Just remember that due to its pop-up venues, this space will have standing room only.

Streets Beach and surrounds

It’s a pretty rare treat to be able to watch fireworks over the CBD from the water, but Streets Beach and the Boat Pool offer water babies just that! The perfect place to cool down on a warm spring day; it’s also a great way to keep the kids amused while they count down the minutes to the next plane, helicopter or fireworks. It’s also a short hop-skip-jump to the food vendors for lunch, dinner and a cool ice-cream for afternoon tea. For those who want a sit-down meal, South Bank Surf Club and Southbank Beer Garden are offering special dining packages, available for booking now.

River Quay

Easily one of South Bank’s most popular destinations, River Quay is the perfect spot for Riverfire viewing. Patrons can arrive early in the day and while the time away with a picnic, or you can book into one of the River Quay restaurants (Stokehouse Q, Popolo, River Quay Fish, Aquitaine and The Jetty South Bank) for an evening meal.

The Wheel of BrisbaneRiverfire South Bank turning 20

Our famous Wheel will keep turning on Riverfire night, offering you the chance to check out the show from within – private gondolas are available for hire for family and friends.

To see where all of the above locations are, check out the official South Bank map. 

Essential information

The art to enjoying a hassle-free experience involves schooling up on essential information before you attend. Read on for details on what not to bring, how to access the event and more.

Getting in and what not to bring

South Bank is open daily from 5am until midnight. On Riverfire day, the Parklands will be fenced off for safety reasons, with security conducting bag checks upon entry from 9am onwards. As part of these checks, security will be confiscating the following prohibited items: alcohol (the Parklands is entirely alcohol-free on the night, unless you’re in a designated restaurant or bar area); drink bottles with broken seals (including bottles of water or soft drink); scooters, bikes, pets, glass, marquees, and any large, portable structures. If you’re unsure about whether to bring something, call the South Bank Visitor Information and Booking Centre on 07 3156 6366 or email them at vicsouthbank@brisbanemarketing.com.au.

Eat and drink

The restaurants mentioned above offer the best views of the fireworks, but if it’s a pre or post-show drink you’re after, check out your options on our Eat + Drink page. If you’re looking for simple grab-and-go fare (such as hot chips), head to South Bank’s Central Cafes or the pop-up food stalls at the Cultural Forecourt. Patrons are also welcome to bring their own picnic food, snacks and water (in sealed bottles only) on the day.

Parking and public transport

South Bank has several car parks – check out details and pricing in our parking page. You can also park in the city and walk over (South Bank is about a 20-minute walk from the CBD) or catch public transport. For a list of road closures on the day as well as information about aquatic flag applications, head to Brisbane Festival’s website. 


South Bank is proud to be an accessible venue – the Parklands has disabled car parks, a beach shower and changing room with a hoist and more to ensure that everyone can enjoy their visit. Head to our accessibility page for all of the details.

Eatons Hill Family Going to America for Life Changing Surgery

Every so often at Village Buzz we come across a story that really tugs at our heartstrings and the case of young James Meyer from Eatons Hill is definitely one of those.

He suffers from cerebral palsy and his parents Darren and Christine have launched an appeal to raise funds to take him to the United States for selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery. The surgery promises to remove spasticity in his muscles which will, in turn, relieve the pain and discomfort he endures. It will help him be more mobile and independent increasing his quality of life.

His birth in October 2013 (10 weeks premature) was traumatic and he was delivered by emergency Caesarean section. His twin sister Grace was born shortly afterwards and the medical team expected both children to recover fully in the course of time. By the age of 10 months, however, it became apparent that James wasn't hitting the same developmental milestones as his sister and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. This affects all sufferers differently and, in James's case, his cognitive function was luckily not impaired but he was in a state where the muscles in all four limbs are impacted by spasticity making his muscles tight and hard to move.

The condition is painful and threatened to reduce his mobility to the extent he might never be able to walk independently. The medical team launched an early intervention programme of treatment which included physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and speech therapy in an attempt to alleviate his symptoms.

He was classified as a 4 on the GMFCS scale which ranges from 1 to 5, with five being the most disabled. Doctors expected James would spend a lot of his life in a wheelchair but his mum Christine said he was so determined to walk that he is now able to use a hand-held walker and has been downgraded to a 3 on the GMFCS scale.

Determination, regular Botox injections and a self-funded programme of intensive therapy were responsible for this improvement. However, Christine told Village Buzz that these treatments are not long-term solutions because the effects of Botox only last a few months and intensive therapy costs between $3000-$5000 which is prohibitively expensive because it would have to be repeated three or four times every year.

The family began to hope again early in 2017 when Christine heard about SDR surgery from a mum whose child had successfully undergone the treatment and she and Darren began to investigate the possibility that it might benefit James too.

He was found to be a promising candidate but the surgery is not often performed in Australia meaning the family will have to travel to the St Louis Children's Hospital in the US where he can be operated on by leading specialist Dr Tae Sung Park.

The cost of travel, the surgery and intensive rehabilitation afterwards will cost $100,000 and so James's parents launched the Every Step Foundation to try to raise the necessary funds to relieve the pain their son suffers from and give him the best chance they can of living a normal life.

Christine explained that the SDR surgery will involve identifying the nerves rootlets leading out of James’s spine responsible for his muscle spasticity and cutting them. There will be plenty of physical therapy for him to undergo afterwards but his parents believe it will be worth it for the reduction in pain and discomfort and increased mobility it will bring.

Mum Christine believes the treatment will be successful and points out that the surgery has been performed thousands of times with many testifying to the positive effect it has had on their lives. James’ medical team are supportive of his parents’ decision to seek the treatment.

Without help from the community, however, it will be financially impossible for him to receive the treatment. The Every Step Foundation welcomes one-off or monthly donations at the link provided and will be holding events over the next few months to raise funds.

Donations are tax deductible. To donate, visit https://www.givenow.com.au/jamessdr

Ladies are invited for a fundraising lunch at Hillstone St Lucia in October. It will be a day of fun to support James on his journey to an independent and pain-free future. Follow Every Step Foundation on Facebook for updates on events and to see James’ progress.

We at Village Buzz wish the Meyer family every success with their fundraising efforts and will be holding thumbs for James when he goes through his life-changing surgery later in the year.

Every Step Foundation

Facebook: https://goo.gl/Hchq1Y

Website: http://www.everystepfoundation.org.au/

Donate: https://www.givenow.com.au/jamessdr

More information on SDR surgery

Website: http://www.stlouischildrens.org/our-services/center-cerebral-palsy-spasticity/about-selective-dorsal-rhizotomy-sdr

Brochure: http://www.stlouischildrens.org/sites/default/files/services/cerebral_spasticity/files/SDRbrochure_final.pdf


Fundraising Ladies Lunch

Date: 21 October 2017 at 11:00am

Location: Hillstone St Lucia, Carawa Street, St Lucia, QLD 4067.

Contact: Christine Meyer, 0422740304, info@everystepfoundation.org.au

Booking: https://www.trybooking.com/RKNH

Kevin Turner Interviews Allie Coutts from Madeleine Hicks Real Estate About the Tender Process

Kevin:Last weekend's show, we were talking about the benefits of an auction. I had an email during the week from Madeleine Hicks' office. Madeleine, of course, no stranger to our show, has been on with us from time to time talking about the tender process. I thought that might make an interesting comparison between auction and tender, so joining me to talk about that, Allie Coutts, who is with Madeleine Hicks, of course. Allie, you have just done some recent tenders, I understand.

Allie Coutts:

Yes, we've been doing them for a few years now, since we've done a lot training on them. We've really seen the benefit to our vendors in following the tender process.
Kevin:Yeah, of course, tenders aren't all that common in residential, very common in commercial, of course. So what are the benefits as you see it for sellers in doing a tender, say over an auction?
Allie Coutts:


Firstly for an auction, you need at least two bidders that are actively engaged, and the highest bidder only needs to pay a little bit above whatever the underbidder has sent. Even though they may have had more money in their pocket or had seen greater values to the property, so that can be a bit tense for vendors who are waiting and watching all that activity.


With tender, it doesn't matter if there's only one interested party. That interested party, because they don't know what others are offering, must write down the figure that they are actually prepared to pay or where they really see value for the property.
Kevin:Do you find that buyers generally understand the tender process or do they have to be educated by you, because really they're going into a fairly blind situation, aren't they?` At least with an auction, the buyer can actually see how much interest there is there.
Allie Coutts:







Yes, true. I guess the only indicator for the buyer is the attendance at the open home, but yes, we do spend a great deal of time with buyers and educating. We have information packs that we share with them very readily, and also talk through the process. It's in the buyers best interest, too. It's actually worked quite nicely with first time buyers because I give them the tender pack, which includes the contract and encourage them to sit with their nearest and dear one, and then convey it to lawyers or their advisors to complete the contract and include the figure that they are able to do. It's actually done in the privacy of their own home, usually. Then they just submit their tender into the box, and if it's them that's selected then it's happy days.
Kevin:Well and good.
Allie Coutts:Yeah.


I guess there's another advantage with tender as well, that's one of the reasons why it's so popular with commercial properties or major development sites is that it doesn't have to be cash unconditional, which is what happens at an auction. It can actually have some conditions with it, can't it?
Allie Coutts:




Correct. Correct. Certainly, we encourage the unconditional, but there again, that's in the hands of the buyer as to what conditions they require. Then in the calm environment of the sellers home, they open up the tenders on a given time and date. They look through and compare figures, offers, and conditions or non-conditions and then make their choice accordingly.
Kevin:What happens in that process when you're sitting down with the owner and you're opening up all those tenders, if there's one there that's almost at the point where the seller will take it, do you have the ability then to go back and renegotiate with one or more of those tenders?

Allie Coutts:


Yes. It's actually ... We're working for the vendor, and so we will follow their instructions, but that is absolutely up to them. They don't have to accept any of them. They're under no pressure to do so. Usually they're on the market though because they're ready to move, so invariably, they will. In a couple of cases, the tenders that have been submitted were far below what the vendor was seeking, and so at that point, we just put a price on the property and continued to market it as normal.







We also run our tenders shorter than a typical auction campaign of four weeks. We generally run them for three, and in some cases where there's been great interest or where we know there will be a great deal of interest, we've even brought it down to four weeks. Again, that's actually up to vendors. If there's a particular buyer that is very keen to submit their offer early and to know prior to the due date, then they can do so, but it's not ... They can't put in multiple attempts.
Kevin:No, of course not.
Allie Coutts:But that is also an option that tenders can close early.
Kevin:There's an interesting insight for you into the world of tender. Helping us there, Allie Coutts, from Madeleine Hicks Real Estate. Allie, thank you very much for your time.
Allie Coutts:It's a pleasure, Kevin. Thank you.

Strong Growth Hidden In Brisbane’s Middle Ring: Everton Park Suburb Profile

Driven by a combination of land scarcity, population growth and a strong economic outlook, Brisbane’s housing market has shown no signs of slowing down – and it’s this positive outlook that is propelling investors and developers into Brisbane’s middle-ring.

As median house prices continue to soar upward of $600,000, both investors and developers alike are pursuing opportunities in Brisbane’s middle-ring suburbs in a move to deliver more affordable housing alternatives.

According to Paul Riga, Director at Urbis – whom has been actively tracking the performance of ‘blue chip’ suburbs particularly across the eastern seaboard – it appears some parallels can be drawn when comparing some of Sydney & Melbourne’s well known million dollar suburbs and a number of Brisbane’s quickly emerging middle-ring markets.

One particular suburb that closely compares to its Melbourne and Sydney counterparts is Everton Park, in Brisbane’s Northwest.

“Everton Park is characterised by a quickly developing local economy, increasing household incomes and disposable incomes, growth in property prices and relatively limited local retail and medical amenity,” Mr Riga said.

“If you look at Sydney and Melbourne suburbs located 8-9km from their respective CBD’s, a high proportion of these areas now have median house prices well in-excess of $1 Million. The drivers for these areas are the proximity to the CBD and connectivity to a wide range of amenity options – similar attributes to what Everton Park currently demonstrates”

“To those unacquainted with the area, Everton Park appears like many other suburbs across Brisbane however it is a rapidly growing and evolving locality, characterised by strong growth in new businesses, and a median house price that has grown by more than 20% over the past 5 years.”

A Quick Snapshot Of Everton Park’s Market

Some key insights into Everton Park are highlighted below:

  • Since 2013, the number of businesses in Everton Park has grown by approximately 8%
  • Median value for house sales is March quarter 2017 is $580,000
  • 5.7% average annual growth in median house sales (with land <1,000m2) – based on the period from March 2007 to March 2017.
  • The current median vacant land price (<1,000m2) is $433,750 for the March quarter 2017.
  • 7.5% average annual growth in median vacant land sales prices (<1,000m2) – based on the period from March 2007 to March 2017.

What This Means For Investors

Looking at Everton Park’s market metrics, it is clear that there is a trend toward growth as the market strengthens and cements its status as an aspirational and blue chip location.

Oliver Bagheri, Director at Rogerscorp, believes that while Everton Park presents as a great location, it is also imperative to identify the right project to invest in and develop – most importantly those that present an ability to be realised over the longer term in line with market forecasts.

“The best development opportunities in Everton Park will benefit from the capacity to deliver a range of end-uses which are likely to align with the expected growth in the area, which is something that developers and investors should bear in mind,” Mr Bagheri said.

“It is no secret the current market has its challenges, however taking a counter-cyclical perspective, Everton Park’s inevitable growth will play a big part in the successful development of opportunities that will be realised over the longer term.”

Opportunities In The Market

As Brisbane quickly matures as a city, it is becoming increasingly difficult to locate readily developable land which benefits from varied end-uses – let alone identifying land in emerging blue-chip locations.

One precinct that is perfectly positioned to benefit from the strengthening Everton Park market, is 768 Stafford Road – MONARC – a 10,000 square metre proposed mixed-use precinct in the heart of the suburb.

MONARC has been conceptualised drawing upon the successes of other destination precincts such as Emporium, Coorparoo Square, South-City Square and Nundah Village – and will fill a localised gap in the market for a mix of modern residential and service based medical, retail and commercial end-uses.

Marketing agents of MONARC, Chris O’Driscoll, and Darren Collins of CBRE believe that “MONARC represents Brisbane’s next destination precinct which at completion will represent a fully integrated hub of modern residential, retail, medical and commercial spaces poised to capture the longer term growth expected in Everton Park,” Mr O’Driscoll and Mr Collins said.

“The actual physical attributes of the precinct – its size, shape, servicing and accessibility – combine with its scale and varied uses to create immense strategic value if you also consider this alongside Everton Park’s attributes as well as the broader scarcity of these types of sites throughout Brisbane.”

“Since the precinct’s development timing isn’t to be fully realised in the current market, it doesn’t have to be developed immediately – meaning a longer term view can be taken of the site, allowing time to ensure the vision for the precinct can be properly realised over the long term”

Looking at the locational and market attributes of Everton Park, it is clear investors and developers should be turning toward this emerging suburb to secure long term mixed-use development opportunities.

“Rogerscorp is a privately owned & operated property development & advisory company which is currently developing in-excess of $150 million worth of residential, commercial & retail projects across South-East Queensland.”


Originally Published: https://www.theurbandeveloper.com/

Local woman could be the highest-ranked female karateka in the world!

Here at Village Buzz we were intrigued to hear that a local woman will soon be heading out to Japan where she stands a chance of becoming one of the highest-ranked female karateka in the world.

Malwina Martin is an instructor at the Ho Shin Do Karate Club in Wilston Road, Newmarket, and is hoping to achieve her 5th Dan black belt grading in the Go Ju Ryu style of karate. She and other members of the club, including her husband Roderick, will attend a training camp, be graded and compete in the Japanese Karate Federation (JKF) nationals in Wakayama in August.

Pictured: At a recent training session to prepare for the trip to Japan were, from left, Janine Boothroyd, Ollie Martin, Maia Martin, Rod Martin, Malwina Martin, Luke Morrison
and Mia Anderson.

The club organises an annual trip to Japan to participate in a two-week camp held by Seiichi Fujiwara Hanshi who is a prominent member of the JKF and an 8th Dan karateka himself. Senior karateka from around the world attend the camp which provides an opportunity for learning and socialising.

"We always learn a great deal from the training camps run by Fujiwara Sensei during which we train for six hours a day for two weeks," said Rod, who is chief instructor at the club. "The experience is incredibly demanding physically and mentally and feels like the equivalent of running a marathon every day for the same amount of time!"

Those who will be heading to Japan on July 22 include Rod, Malwina, their daughter Maia, their son Ollie and club members Dr Janine Boothroyd and Mia Anderson. If successful, the touring party will achieve some major milestones during the trip.

As already mentioned, Malwina hopes to gain her 5th Dan and Rod, who has been training for the past 35 years, will attempt his 6th Dan in the All Japan Karatedo Federation Gojukai. This will make him only the fourth person in Australia graded at that level in Japan.

We chatted with club members before a recent training session and were fascinated to hear about their motivations for participating in such a demanding sport and to hear of Rod’s hopes and plans for his younger charges.

Everyone was in agreement that karate has been a major force for good in their lives and said it not only keeps them fit, but the total concentration it demands helps them to de-stress by emptying their minds of everything. They also agreed that the training helps to improve self-discipline and teaches etiquette and respect for others.

Rod said that karate had been through a dip in Australia in the past few decades but there has recently been a resurgence, especially now it has been reinstated as an Olympic sport for 2020 in Tokyo. He has high hopes that his young charges including Maia, Mia and Luke Morrison (who won't be going to Japan this year) will reach their peak as karateka by 2024 and make a serious impression in the Olympics that year.

We at Village Buzz wished the touring party all the best and said we hoped they would kick serious butt while in Japan. Ollie Martin replied it was more likely the tourists would have their own butts kicked, but that it would be a great learning experience anyway.


Rod and Malwina Martin: Rod currently is hoping to gain a 6th Dan Japanese grading while Malwina will go for her 5th Dan and both will compete in the JKF Nationals in Wakayama. The couple met in Australia, moved to London to teach karate, returned here and started the Ho Shin Do club in 2005. Rod now runs GO2 Health in South Pine Road at Everton Park.

Janine Boothroyd: Janine will be going for her 4th Dan while on tour. She is the current Australian Veteran Kata Champion in the JKF Australia and will be competing in the JKF Nationals in Wakayama.

Maia Martin: Maia will be going for her 2nd Dan. She is the current Australian Go Ju Kai Kata Champion and will be flying home early from Japan to join the Queensland team and compete in the Australian Karate Federation (AKF) Nationals in Sydney.**

Mia Anderson is hoping to gain her 1st Dan in Japan. She fights in the contact division, is a member of the Australian National team and will also compete in the JKF Nationals. Mia has a history of various championship wins in Australia and we wish her the best.


** Ho Shin Do club member Luke Morrison who holds a 1st kyu Brown belt and fights in the points sparring division of kyu and Black belts, will be joining Maia in the Queensland team to do battle at the AKF Nationals in Sydney.

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An Everton Park Home Frozen in Time

Here at Village Buzz we thought we’d seen everything but we had to revise our opinion when we had a house at 22 Dargie Street in Everton Park's Trouts Estate brought to our notice.

Real estate agent Mary Di Marco from Madeleine Hicks Real Estate in Everton Park took us along for a sticky beak because she was bowled over not only by its size and location but by the lavish interior decoration. The house was built in 1970 and one of the last built as part of the Trouts Estate established by Sir Leon and Lady Peggy Trout.

The elegantly styled residence is impressive enough with its imposing brick exterior and hilltop location but it’s the interior that really takes your breath away. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that stepping through the front door is akin to entering a 1970s time capsule.

The superbly sized combined lounge/dining room, contains a fully working fountain, period carpets and wallpaper, a profusion of greenery and silk flowers, a selection of framed art and many ceramic figurines ranging from tiny to as large as half life-size.  This grand space opens via sliding doors to a spacious upper balcony the stunning views of both city and mountains.

The upper level comprises 3 large and uniquely styled bedrooms, all with built in robes and vanities including the master resplendent in beautiful pink furnishings and accessories. The bathroom with separate bath and shower and the largest vanity viewed for many years features gorgeous figurines with purple and mauve decorative highlights.

The lower level  rumpus room decorated in oriental style are no less impressive. We were frankly amazed at the period furnishings and the number of ornaments on display – all of which are included in the sale.

The house is perched on the escarpment provides  splendid view from two decks out towards the city and the mountains inland. Mary believes, and we agree, that the property has unlimited potential for the astute looking for a gracious period home suitable for entertaining.  The bonus is advantage of the second street frontage and the opportunity to subdivide.

The current owner designed this much-loved family home and has now reluctantly decided to sell

It is arguably one of choicer properties in Trouts Estate and built according to the covenant laid-down by Sir Leon when he developed the estate.  This covenant included t strictures such as a residence had to be a certain footprint within the property boundaries, no front fences, the homes had to be brick and have a tile roof.

The vision of Sir Leon Trout when he developed the estate was to create a Country Club and to establish the power and cabling below the street level, so no unsightly lines to obscure views.  Subsequent owners are not tied to the original covenant and have erected both front and side fences.  This vision was well before its time particularly in Brisbane.

Sir Leon and Lady Peggy, who lived at 19 Dargie Street, Everton Park undertook frequent trips to Europe and United States of America.  He based his ideas for the estate on country club estates they saw on their travels in the US.

Another feature of the Everton Park's Trouts Estate is the naming of the streets.  Sir Leon and Lady Peggy Trout were great patrons of the arts and their bequests can be viewed at the Queensland Art Gallery.  In particular they liked the artists of the Heidelberg School.  Surrounding streets include the names of McCubbin, Streeton, Bunny as well as Dargie, Raglass, Feint and O’Toole to name but a few of renown Australian Artists.

22 Dargie Street, Everton Park: The facts

  • Asking $1-million +
  • 812m2 block with frontage on two streets and potential for sub-division
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • X-large workshop
  • Double lockup garage – internal access
  • Two-level outdoor living
  • Gorgeous combined living/dining area