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Mobile Phone users may not be able to call triple 0 (are you affected)

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Mobile phone users in three Brisbane suburbs may be unable to contact triple-0 for weeks as upgrades to a local shopping centre will cut power to telecommunications infrastructure.

Telstra customers across three suburbs in Brisbane's north will not be able to call, text, or use data at times over the next two months, as shopping centre upgrades affect all networks.

Telstra texted customers in Gaythorne, Mitchelton and Everton Park last week warning of network disruptions between January 30 and March 7.

Meanwhile, Vodafone and Optus customers can expect slower data speeds and reduced reception at times, but not complete blackouts like Telstra phones.mobile phone reception cuts

Photo: Henry Zwartz

The Brisbane suburbs which will experience mobile signal disruptions have a combined population of more than 20,000 people.


Mitchelton's Brookside Shopping Centre will be upgrading a cooling tower on top of the building from Tuesday until March 7, which will mean all phone providers with towers on the shopping centre's roof, will have to cut off their signal as well.

A Telstra spokeswoman said on Monday that customers in Gaythorne, Mitchelton and Everton Park would lose reception at times while the repairs were underway.

But the spokeswoman said the phone provider had taken necessary steps to minimise the impact on customers in the affected areas.

"We have numerous base stations around the area which will take over ... so that the impact should be minimal," she told ABC Radio Brisbane.

In separate statements, Optus and Vodafone said other sites in the area would provide overlapping coverage during the upgrade works.

"Optus has made changes to nearby sites to ensure they are best positioned to handle the additional traffic," an Optus spokeswoman said.

"Vodafone operates from several other sites in the Mitchelton and surrounding area which will provide overlapping coverage during the works," a Vodafone spokeswoman said.

In the event of an emergency, Telstra phones that can't pick up a signal will switch to another provider's network in order to call triple zero.

According to a statement on the Telstra website, the disruptions to mobile services were expected to occur from Monday to Friday 6am-6pm but not weekends.

The Telstra spokeswoman said a temporary Cell on Wheels will be sent to Mitchelton and payphones in the affected areas would be available to use free-of-charge during the next two months.

She added some customers will be able to receive and make calls using the internet through Telstra Wi-Fi Calling.

More than 20,000 residents live in the affected suburbs, according to the 2016 Census.

Gaythorne mobile users will be affected from Tuesday until February 9, Mitchelton will experience patchy coverage from February 12-22 and Everton Park customers can expect disruptions from February 23 to March 7.

We would like to know what you think about this situation.  Please let us know below.


Council Approves Redevelopment Of Former Brisbane Quarry Site

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The Brisbane City Council’s city planning committee have given the thumbs up on a development proposal to transform the 49-hectare quarry site on Settlement Road, Keperra.

Brookfield Residential Properties lodged the proposal in 2016 for the $313 million redevelopment.

Quarrying activities will be gradually be phased out, eventually ceasing, according to the Courier Mail, who said redevelopment work was expected to start in 2019.

“Once quarrying is complete, we are proposing to turn the site into a master-planned community for people to live, work and play,” Brookfield said.

“Approximately 65 per cent of the site is proposed to remain as open space, as bushland, landscaped parks, active recreation and conservation reserves.”

Brookfield’s recently approved Keperra quarry redevelopment.

Read more: http://brisbaneinvestor.com.au/

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Suncorp blacklists your suburb!


Big banks are set to announce tougher measures to crack down on high rise apartment purchases including blacklisting more than 100 Brisbane suburbs, doubling the minimum apartment size to qualify for funding, evidence of rental cash flows and tough new valuation criteria.

Lenders such as Adelaide Bank are introducing "minimum funding requirements" requiring apartments to have their own bathrooms, kitchens, laundries, and windows in key rooms, such as bedrooms and lounge rooms.

Others, such as Suncorp Bank, the nation's fifth largest mortgage lender, are circulating a list of 39 Brisbane postcodes covering more than 100 city and metropolitan suburbs where the new lending restrictions will apply from next Monday.

"Our settings have been adjusted for postcodes based on recent weakness in the investment unit market in Brisbane, with evidence of a reduction in prices," a Suncorp Bank spokesman said.

suncorp restricts lending to local suburbs

McDowall and Everton Parks No 1 rated real estate agent Madeleine Hicks said "suburbs like McDowall, Stafford, and Everton Park, are really a victim of what has been happening in neighboring suburbs Chermside and Nundah.  A lot of units have been built in those suburbs and we are paying the price"


"Whilst there has been some unit development in our main suburbs it has been nothing compared to our neighbors," said Hicks.

Nervous lenders are turning the screws on apartment buyers amid growing concerns about over-supply, falling prices, restrictions on foreign buyers and potential risk from combustible cladding widely used on high rise apartment exteriors.

For example, new apartment sales in the Queensland capital have reportedly collapsed by more than 70 percent in a year, prompting desperate developers to offer lucrative incentives to attract buyers.

Developers, such as Consolidated Properties, claim Brisbane has been cruelled by restrictions on financing set up to ease speculative buying in Melbourne and Sydney.

Other developers, such as ForceOne Development, have been using incentives like a free Toyota Yaris to encourage apartment sales.

AdelaideBank, a division of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, will today (Wed) announce stricter controls on apartment lending that include bigger sizes, better design, identifiable cash flows for investor/lands and more stringent calculations of a borrowers' capacity to repay.

 On the Plus side

"Now presents a great opportunity for cashed-up investors to get into the growing Brisbane market and take advantage of bargains that exist.  We know that the population in Brisbane will continue to increase and that will mean there will always be strong demand for homes in the inner suburbs," said Madeleine Hicks

In fact, Ms. Hicks called for "greater investment in infrastructure in the Stafford, McDowall and Everton Park suburbs to better reflect the increase in population that is moving into these suburbs.  This only seems fair as the Council is collecting greater revenues but not spending the money here."

The Minimum requirements for high-density apartments to obtain funding include windows in bedrooms and living rooms, separate bathrooms, and their own laundries and kitchens. High-density apartments are complexes of more than 50 units or five stories.

Minimum sizes for two bedroom apartments have been doubled to 60 square meters and timeframes for off-the-plan valuations have been reduced from six to three months to "better the risk" and "align acceptance of applications and valuers' professional indemnity cover".

Last month Australia and New Zealand Bank also issued a blacklist imposing tougher terms requiring borrowers to have a 20 percent deposit.

The value of apartments has fallen by about 1 percent in Brisbane during the past 12 months, according to SQM Research, which monitors property prices.

Several recent reports by independent consultants have warned demand will be exceeded by the estimated supply of new apartments in Brisbane, which will add to downward pressure on prices.

There is also growing investor concern about the outcome of current investigations into the widespread use of inflammable cladding on apartments, particularly who will be liable for its replacement.

 Under Suncorp's new rules, it will no longer accept investment loan applications for apartments that do not have a minimum deposit of at least 20 percent.

What do you think are the banks right to restrict lending in certain suburbs only?

Source Brisbane Investor

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Trash & Treasure – Join in

Bunya Lions Trash & treasure

The Lions Club of Brisbane Bunya are hosting a Trash & Treasure Market at Keperra Baptist Church carpark to raise funds for the Australian Lions Children's Cancer Research Foundation along with Hummingbird House.

The event will be on Saturday, March 18 at 7 AM - 1 PM

The Lions Club will have a food van selling bacon & egg rolls for breakfast & sausage sizzles for lunch.

We are looking for stallholders who would like to book a space for $20. All funds raised from this will be shared equally between the ALCCRF & Hummingbird House.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/258993817856832/ for more details

ALCCRF is the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation and over the years, with the help of people just like you, the ALCCRF has raised over $10 million dollars for childhood cancer research - and has supported countless Australian organisations leading the fight against childhood cancer.
Please contact us if you would like to have a stall either with second-hand items or handicrafts or otherwise.

Hummingbird House is Queensland’s only children’s hospice.

Hummingbird House provides short break stays, family wellbeing services, creative therapies, and care at the end of life, for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.  Hummingbird House is a place where kids can be kids, families can reconnect, and precious memories can be created.




Fire Destroys Keperra Homes

f3be48047c419bb4b7ef00936764c475Neighbours described hearing a ‘pop’, like a car door being slammed, before looking out their window to see flames shooting out of the weatherboard house in Keperra.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services rushed to the Blackbutt St in Brisbane’s west at 7.45pm but the house was fully alight by the time they arrived.

“Flames were visible en route,” QFES station officer Bill Opray said.

Four fire trucks and twelve firefighters battled the blaze for almost 15 minutes to get it under control.

“We fought it from bought sides to protect structures on either side,” Mr Opray said.

“[The house is] completely destroyed, they will have to rebuild, they’ve lost everything.”

A neighbour who lives across the street said she heard a man scream at least five times before the fire took the house.

The three occupants of the house managed to escape in time, with one woman taken to hospital with minor burns and another man seen leaving the property draped in a bedsheet.

Residents at an apartment across the street said the fire spread quickly.24d2544223b7ba829d004a10e9152445

“We heard a car door slam, looked out the window and it was well alight,” the neighbour said.

“Firefighters didn’t stand a chance.”

With all residents escaping safely from the home, it further emphasises the importance of working Smoke Alarms.  From January 1, 2017 new smoke alarm laws came into place, you can check them out here http://villagebuzz.com.au/know-new-smoke-alarm-rules/