Meet Our Neighbours: Melissa Ryan, Inclusive Volunteering in Mitchelton

Meet Our Neighbours Melissa Ryan, Inclusive Volunteering in Mitchelton

Meet Our Neighbours Melissa Ryan, Inclusive Volunteering in Mitchelton

People with disabilities are often seen as passive recipients of services or charitable efforts, who are unable to be contributing members of society. Inclusive Volunteering has been developed to challenge this notion!!

Despite having a physical disability myself, I have had a strong connection with volunteering for quite a number of years. During this time, I have had a number of volunteering roles including working as a “companion” in a large residential facility, a “School Librarian” at a special school, doing some research for Boggo Road Gaol Historial Society, volunteering with the Golden Valley Lioness Club and The Queensland Victims Homicide Group.

As well as formal volunteering efforts, I have been on numerous committees throughout the years. These committees having ranged from supporting families who have a family member with a disability, campaigning for more personalised care for people with disabilities, to planning and writing policies and dealing with issues related to service provision for people with disabilities.

In 2014, I began volunteer work at Mitchelton Special School, initially assisting with administrative tasks. Early in 2015, my role at the school changed to researching and developing volunteer roles for students who either were in there final years of school or who had recently left school. This project was reasonably successful and provided me with a lightbulb moment-Why couldn't I establish my own business-linking people with disabilities up with volunteer opportunities within the community- Inclusive Volunteering was born!!

Extensive research revealed that there was a great need for someone to find volunteer roles in our community for people with disabilities. Young people with disabilities who have just left school or older people with disabilities who were interested in volunteering had no source of information on how to negotiate a volunteer role suited to their particular needs within the community.

Inclusive Volunteering provides a highly personalised and responsive service to potential volunteers with disabilities and/or their families, by finding volunteer opportunities within the community that suit the unique needs of each individual volunteer with a disability.

Inclusive Volunteering has two main programs, our School Leavers' Pathway Program- is a supported internship type program specifically designed for young people with disabilities who are just about to leave or who have recently left school. This program involves the participant working with a mentor ( provided by Inclusive Volunteering)- to develop the skills they will need in the workplace, Workplace Placement: Role matching and workplace orientation, Skill Development: conduct training Needs Analysis and provides on the job experience.

Our Adult Mentoring Program is for people with disabilities aged between 25 to 40, who wish to make a valuable contribution to their community. This program runs along similar guidelines as the School Leavers' Pathway Program.

We welcome individuals and businesses to get involved by volunteering in one of our programs.

For further information, please contact Melissa Ryan melissajmelissa@outlook.com

Check Our Facebook Page and visit our website at www.inclusivevolunteering.org.au

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Amazing New Invention by Local from Mitchelton

When a challenge has been set, how many of us rise up and turn it into a positive, much less a business opportunity?

When busy, working mum of 4 kids, Nicole Gibson’s husband kept complaining about nowhere to wash his hands in the laundry, due to the tub being used to soak items, it inspired her to design and invent what was to become the Söka tub. The result saved her marriage and sanity!

After designing a cardboard prototype, Nicole employed a local industrial design company to help put her ideas into CAD. The Design Filter company from Stafford have been an important component in starting her business. Not only did they offer design advice but also provided her with cost-effective options for obtaining patents, trademarks and registering the design. Nicole then had a 3D plastic prototype made, from where she invested her time into researching plastic manufacturers here in Queensland and around the country. Söka Australia is now proudly manufactured here in Brisbane. Nicole employs a number of outside businesses that help support Söka Australia with manufacturing, distribution, bookkeeping, IT, web design, interior design, marketing and business support. Nicole is a proud Australian, and more so a very passionate Queenslander. She values the importance of manufacturing locally, producing a quality product and emphasizing a Brisbane associated brand awareness when advertising her new innovation.

The Söka tub allows delicate, soiled and coloured clothing to be separately soaked in different laundry solutions whilst housed in the one bucket. The Söka tub is space saving and the stackable design can fit easily in the laundry sink or look stylish on any bench. With 3 removable compartments, a large main tub, 3 draining lids and the main lid, this is not only compact in size but has the ability to soak a wide variety of items. Perfect for the great outdoors it has infinite uses in and around the home. The lack of similar products on the market reassured Nicole that her design was unique and would serve its purpose in the community.

For decades and up until March this year, the only original nappy pail was the only soaking bucket on the market. With its limited uses, a potential for children drowning, flimsy handle, and its size, Söka Australia saw a huge opportunity in the marketplace to introduce a more sustainable option that promotes using less water and detergent, encourages biodegradable laundry products and assists those individuals who suffer from sensitive skin and skin allergies. Considering only 5% of new mums use cloth reusable nappies here in Australia, the Söka tub could certainly prove to be a catalyst for a shift in being more environmentally friendly and therefore reducing the extremely high amount of disposable undergarment waste products that currently pervade our landfill. The Söka tub is the only bucket with removable compartments on the market. The draining lids allow for easy drainage of waste or excess water prior to placing into the water sensitive front loading washing machines.

Since manufacturing started in March 2018, Nicole has donated Söka tubs to Marist College Ashgrove for event prizes and also offered a percentage of sales to raise money for special charity events such as the Fred Hollows Foundation. Nicole also attends local markets and expos which allows her to directly liaise with customers and showcase her new innovation. She is keen to continue to build brand awareness throughout Brisbane, Queensland, and Australia. Nicole is also currently in discussion with a number of companies interested in distributing Söka tubs worldwide. She is excited to be building her business and Brisbane’s economy whilst offering local employment opportunities.

This innovate product is stylish, practical, water and detergent saving; and with a multitude of uses is bringing organisation back into our homes in Brisbane. This new clever Söka tub really is a must-have whether you live in a small space, you’re a new mum, a grey nomad (it would be perfect in caravans), or even if you just like saving the planet from excessive detergent and water usage. Personally, I have found the Söka tub a space-saving solution for a myriad of uses in my all adult home and I seem to find a new use nearly daily for it. Originally, I purchased it to soak small items and it has saved me time washing as well as saving expensive items from damage by the washing machine. Now I find I’m using more with one as my compost container as well.

The Söka tub is now available for purchase online https://www.sokaaustralia.com.au and at the moment members of Brisbane Bulk Buys Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1669373663112972/ have a discounted limited deal.

What started out as a must have for all mums has now become an item that every home needs.

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

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When life gets too busy and you feel like you’ve lost direction

When life is busy and you need a little help finding your direction I’ve found someone who can help.

Molly Brumm from Conscious Heart Kinesiology is like a personal stress GPS, finding the subconscious co-ordinates for where you store your stress habits and patterns and helping you clear them.

Kinesiology transformed Molly’s life and well-being as well as that of her family too! She has been a kinesiologist for over 15 years and has used kinesiology consistently to strengthen and support her health.

Molly is passionate about grounding people and restoring their energetic stability - basically getting you out of anxiety, depression and anything overwhelming you and putting you back in the driver’s seat again. Her mission, which she loves, is to connect or even reconnect you back with your Telos: your life’s purpose; something I love to ask most people I meet and as Molly’s puts it “it isn’t to pay taxes!”

Molly facilitates you to see the bigger picture of health/life issues and resolve negative patterns in your life. She is a busy and dedicated mum of 3 young adults. To Molly family is the most important work she has created in her life. She trained as an Actor through the Victorian College of the Arts and has worked directing 2-3 productions a year as a High School Drama/English teacher. Coaching adolescents to explore other parts of themselves through a role and in a bigger story brought her untold joy because they were getting a glimpse of who they could become, not limited by teenage anxieties and conformities.

Molly now works as a speaker and facilitator as well as conducting private one on one sessions to help her clients achieve their goals in life, health and love. She also teaches small groups about being energetically hygienic - from Chakra Meditation classes to Touch For Health Synthesis, and Chakra Energies for Business.

Molly loves the energy, enthusiasm and warmth in the people she has met through business networks like the NOW Business Group -Business Building Community, Brisbane Women Connecting, the Hills Chamber of Commerce and Moreton Bay Libraries.

Molly dedicates time by presenting free talks in Moreton Bay Libraries, she chairs the Women in Business Committee at the Hills Chamber, and helps out with Brisbane Women Connecting and she founded and runs the Brisbane Kinesiology Club.

She also supports research for kinesiology and specifically the science of Muscle Response Testing. Most recently she has organised and ran an event that raised awareness, increased knowledge and raised money to support a Qld kinesiologist pursue further research in Oxford at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine.

Molly’s vision for the future is to own and run an Energy School, where people can access ongoing weekly classes as well as workshops to experience their chakra energy and spirit anchored in the physical reality of their body. She’s keen to share her passion, educate and thus empower others.

Molly believes kinesiology offers sequence and structure to working with the mystery of our energy bodies so everyone can improve their health, mental stability and emotional resilience. Its approach shows you how to assess energy moving it from an intangible thing to something tangible and where you can experience visible changes in front of your own eyes!

Drawing on her inner child Molly said she would like to focus more on her curiosity and playtime.

Molly is fascinated by acupoints and the Traditional Chinese Medicine way of viewing humans and our development. By playing and exploring how she can create specific protocols through a kinesiology framework her inner child feels like she’s on an old- fashioned wooden seat swing that can really soar high!

She also wishes she’d been able to perform Juliet, Viola, Ophelia and Beatrice in an incredible English company like the Royal Shakespeare Company or the Bristol Theatre.
There are many classes that Molly holds including her monthly meditation class and a healing circle.

Some others are as follows: -
Chakra Meditation class, Keperra - 2nd Wed each month, next one August 8th, September 12th, October 10th, November 14th, December 12th
6.30pm - 7.45pm in Keperra $15 


Healing Circle, Redcliffe Library Thursday August 2nd, 13th September, 18th October, 22nd November 9.30am - 11.30am $36
https://www.trybooking.com/WOUW


Touch For Health Level 1: August 5th, 12th and 19th Touch For Health Level 2 - 4 - TBA
https://www.trybooking.com/WCPR

You can also book online at www.consciousheartkinesiology.com.au

Or Molly can be contacted on 0411 969 554 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 6.00pm and Saturday 11.00am-2.00pm

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

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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.

 

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Don’t Sell Your Home in 2018 (UNTIL You Read This!)

Don't Sell Your Home in 2018 (UNTIL You Read This!)

Don't Sell Your Home in 2018

2018 is here! For anyone who is considering selling their home in 2018, we are going to dive into a great list of tips that will help your home sell fast and for the highest price possible.

One of the first things you should do is discuss in detail your options with whoever is involved in the selling of the home. Look at the homes for sale in your neighbourhood to give you a rough idea of the anticipated sales price. A lot of locals are shocked at the value of their home in Everton Park and surrounding suburbs thanks to the high level of demand and low stock levels.

Don't Sell Your Home in 2018 (UNTIL You Read This!)

10 Steps to Selling Your Home in 2018

Make Sure You're Ready to Sell

Many people begin to consider selling long in advance of actually putting a for sale sign in their yard. If you're considering selling, it doesn't hurt to start familiarizing yourself with the process by doing research. That being said, don’t put your home on the market until you are 100% ready and committed to selling. Take your time to get prepared!

The listing price for your home is going to determine if it sells. The correct amount is one that the market decides, not one that the seller decides themselves. Your Madeleine Hicks Real Estate agent will review the comparable sales and together you will determine an appropriate selling price for your property!

Knowing you are 100% ready to sell is one of the most important parts of selling your home. If you're considering selling it doesn't hurt to start growing familiar with the process. Many people begin to consider selling long in advance of actually putting a for sale sign in their yard.

Many people don't have a choice. Selling their home is a necessity commonly because they've already purchased another home, are being relocated to work in a new area and sometimes dramatic life-changing events.

Sometimes selling your home isn't so black and white. Sometimes you sell as a part of a growing family or an investment opportunity. Maybe you want to liquidate your assets and move your investments around. Either way, you don't want to sell your home without making sure you are ready and have discussed the options.

Interview Local Real Estate Agents to Help Prepare

Preparation is key to getting your home sold in 2018.

Maintaining a spotless and presentation-ready home for any last minute showings is crucial because it could be the deciding factor in a purchase. A buyer that walks into a home that is messy will walk right back out without having a second thought. Buyers are driven by their ability to picture themselves living in the home that they are being shown. If your house isn’t prepared or appealing, they won’t feel the comfort that is required for them to purchase. Real Estate agents with experience can do a tremendous job of assisting you preparing your home for a sale. They will make many recommendations and offer advice on how you can keep your home clean and charming.

It starts with curb appeal. Before potential buyers even step inside the house, they will have a front view of the property as they are pulling into the driveway. In this moment, the buyer begins to judge whether or not they are interested in looking inside. As soon as they get out of their car, you want their first thought to be, “Wow this home is beautiful.” In order to get them excited to see the home, you need to maintain an appealing yard. Be sure to have healthy mown grass in the summer, and tidy well kept bushes in the winter.

Next, make sure that the inside is swept, vacuumed, dusted, mopped, etc. When your home is sparkling and spotless, the potential buyers are more likely to leave with positive thoughts. If you can maintain a clean home throughout the selling process, you will have a much higher chance of selling.

Once you've discussed the idea of selling your home in greater detail and everyone involved is in agreement, you'll likely want to begin interviewing local Real Estate Agents. We pride ourselves on having some of the best real estate agents in Everton Park and surrounds! This will help you understand some things you can do before you list your home that may help increase your return on the sale. There are a lot of great Listing Agents out there and some that are not so good as well, so you will want to find one that you can work well with.

One of the best things you can do as a Seller is put yourself in the buyer's shoes. What made you want to buy the home? Would you buy your own home?

Your Real Estate agent will be able to see your home through the eyes of a potential buyer. Most sellers have grown emotionally attached to their home and they may have a differing opinion as to how valuable their home is compared to potential buyers... Sometimes it's worth more, sometimes it's worth, less. The only way to truly determine is to let the market decide!

Improve the Home

Selling your home in 2018 is going to give you a great opportunity to make a great return on your investment.

When it comes to selling your home, you want to get the most profit back possible. Repairing or upgrading different details of your home is very beneficial for your return on investment. If your home is worn down, it would be wise to pay for improvements because the home would be placed at a much higher value with these renovations. To start, check the landscaping around your home. Does your house have a positive curb appeal and look beautiful from out front? If not, it might be time to plant some fresh grass seeds or have a professional landscaper come by to make improvements.

You may also want to remodel the bathroom or the kitchen. These two rooms are very important because many people search for a beautiful kitchen and a gorgeous master bathroom when determining which home to buy. Find out what designs would look best in your setting and make the improvements! For the bathroom, this could be new flooring tiles, polishing the bathtub/shower, and remodeling the sink. For the kitchen, you could start by upgrading the countertops to a finish that is more modern, such as granite or marble.

There are other rooms you should also look at and see if they need any improvements as well. Whether it is a room inside or even adding a patio or deck, you will want to choose renovations that will be well worth the investment. Getting a good listing agent can help you find any red flags and help prepare your home for when it is time to hit the market. All of these additions and improvements will make your house stand out and be more likely to sell when competing against other homes. In addition to this, these renovations will tremendously increase the value of your home, giving you a more profitable return on investment.

Determine the RIGHT Listing Price

Determining the best listing price for your home can be a stressful part of the selling process. Since we tend to grow emotional attachments, everyone believes that the home they have lived in is worth more than it really is. However, any good real estate agent will tell you that it is not the seller who determines the price of the home, it is the market. To get a better idea of what your home would be valued at, research what price homes in your surrounding neighborhood have been sold for.

If you list your property in the spring and summer months, you will experience more buyers searching for a home. Since the demand to purchase would be high, you would have the option to test the market for a few prices. If your first listing price doesn’t draw in buyers, you can decrease the amount and repeat this process until you have a sale! If you’re selling during the winter month, usually you would have less leverage to test the market since there are fewer buyers during these months. At this time, you should list your property at a value that similar homes are selling for so that your home isn’t overlooked by buyers for being overpriced.

Real estate agents assist in determining the best pricing point. Their expertise will guide you through the process and they will find other homes that you can compare yours to. After analyzing a few comparisons, the value of your home should be more clear. As long as you don’t let your emotional attachment get in the way of deciding a price, you will be all set and ready to sell your home!

Professional Real Estate Marketingtips to sell in brisbane

Getting your home out on the market for everyone to see will attract a much larger crowd. Since professional real estate agents have access to a greater network than non-agents, they can get your home sold faster than if you were to sell it yourself (for sale by owner).  Listing your home on the MLS will increase your chances of getting potential buyers to see that your home is active. Your real estate agent will also do marketing on their own to make more buyers aware of your listing. For example, they may use billboards, their own website, open houses, flyers, direct mail marketing, and their network with other real estate agent to promote your home. When you have a listing agent, they are extremely determined to help you sell.

Using pictures is another effective way to draw interest in your home. We love to show off your property with images and videos. After capturing all of the rooms, we put the media online and potential buyers can take their own virtual tour of your house. This way, your home is being exposed to numerous people not only who are checking out homes on MLS, but also people who are on the edge of buying in general. This can motivate them to buy and set up a showing for your house if they like what they see.

Have the RIGHT Selling Strategy

There are plenty of different strategies that work for selling homes. For example,  depersonalizing your home, decluttering it to make it look bigger, and letting in more light by opening up blinds and shades are all effective selling strategies. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes, what is it that they want to get out of taking their time to see your home? They want to walk into a clean home and need to be able to envision themselves living in it one day. Depersonalizing your home is a nuisance but it will help your chances of selling. You can do this by taking out family pictures and replacing them with neutral pieces of artwork. This makes it easier for the buyers to imagine putting up their own family pictures if they purchase the home.

Another selling strategy is removing any pets for showings. Whether you have a dog, cat, bird, hamster or something more exotic, take them out of the home for the day since not every potential buyer will be an animal lover. Be sure to clean up any water bowls, toys, litter boxes, hamster wheels and fur because buyers don’t want to walk out covered in hair. By removing the animals, you also create a safer environment for cleaning supplies and air fresheners to make your home even more appealing.

Let your home shine! Getting as much natural light in through the windows is a smart move to show just how ‘alive’ your home looks. A buyer that walks into a dark home in the middle of the day can leave unsatisfied, without a desire to purchase that property. Natural light makes a home look much nicer and more pleasant. When you have time, walk around the house and determine what is causing light to be blocked from entering the windows. If bushes are causing the unwanted darkness,  cut them down.

Negotiate Professionally, NOT Emotionally

Negotiating can get tricky at times because you have to be careful when it comes to receiving offers from buyers. It is important to not let your emotions take control when you are looking for an offer or if you are making a counteroffer. Remember to always stay professional when you are negotiating, as this would give you the upper hand. Your Madeleine Hicks Real Estate agent will help make sure that you aren’t letting your emotions get the better of you. At the end of the day, you, the buyers and the agents involved are all working toward the same goal:  To sell your house!

When you receive an offer, do not respond right away. Instead, take your time looking it over and review your options. If you are in a multiple offer situation, you will be less stressed out since you have fallback options. When there is only one offeror, that’s when things tend to get hectic. As the seller, you may begin to get unmotivated and worry that you aren’t going to get the best deal. Take a deep breath and take your time looking for the offer to think over your options. Before sending an offer, be sure to debate the pros and cons of making that deal to make sure that it is a smart move.

Let the Buyers Feel As Though They Won

If a potential buyer isn’t constantly showing excitement for the purchase, they may back out at any time. By ensuring that your buyers feel that they are getting a deal of a lifetime, they will remain interested throughout the whole process. As the seller, show that you are excited for them to take this new step!

When it comes to negotiating, it is always important that you make the buyers feel as if they won. When they think that they have received the best deal, they will accept it and the both of you will be heading for a settlement. Similar to negotiating professionally and not emotionally, it is also important that you negotiate strategically. Let the buyers gain as much ground as you think they will need in order to feel like they are getting the better end of the deal. When they are satisfied with the deal in front of them, they will accept it and you both will finally close!

Prepare for your Move-out

Now that you are settling,  all of the stressful steps of selling your home are over and you can let the transactions run their course. Keep in mind that after all of the signing and initiating, you still need to move your belongings out of the house before you are completely finished. Anything that you do not convey with the title will have to go. This may include the refrigerator, the washer and dryer, and anything you specifically jotted down and disclosed to the buyer that would be coming to you after you sold.

Sellers who have already relocated usually have their home completely move-in ready for the buyers throughout the process. This is when a house is entirely empty and vacant when potential buyers are walking through it. If you are a seller that still lives in the home and have not yet relocated, be sure to get pre-approved to purchase a new home ASAP.  You don’t want to be left out in the cold because you don’t qualify for the home you were planning on purchasing. Make sure that you are financially ready to move out so buyers can move in.

Any garbage that is left in the house while moving out must be removed and thrown. Don’t be those sellers who make your buyers clean up your messes for you. Gather your belongings to pack them so that you are ready to move to your new home. If you have many items that you don’t want to keep, two helpful options can be a garage-sale or selling on Gumtree or eBay. By doing this, you are cleaning out the house and making, even more, money at the same time.

Whether you still live in the home or you have already relocated, always remember to leave the utilities on until after the home is settled!

Close and Congrats!

You’ve made it! You have followed all of the steps listed above and you’re finally ready for the last one! The offers are on the table and you have accepted the most appealing one! Congratulations, you now get to move on to closing!  If the buyer’s lawyer and agent approve all paperwork and the bank approves the transactions, there’s nothing much more to worry about. It is a long process for most, and even more, a stressful one. But you did it! Congratulations on officially selling a home!

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Village Buzz Christmas Lights 2017

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Finding the best Christmas Lights in Brisbane all depends on where you live, how much time you have and often how old your kids are.  The kids are the best at finding them.

At Village Buzz we are trying to make it easy for you, simply download the map to your phone and you will be on your way

You can use the map at the bottom of the page to find lights near you or use the list below (the map is easier) – we have kept things fluid as we will be updating if you let us know about any other good ones.

 

 

9 Blackwood Ave Mitchelton
10 Longreef Ct Albany Creek
36 Sugarloaf St Wavell Heights
146 Maundrell Terrace Chermside West
123 Dorrington Dr Ashgrove
30 High St Ashgrove
115 Horn Rd Aspley
1/123 Samford Rd Enoggera
12 Bowers Rd S Everton Hills
7 Greenfern Pl Ferny Grove
48 Daisy St Grange
 19 & 16 Barokee St Stafford
27 Minimine St Stafford
7 Minimine St Stafford
34 Ashley Rd Chermside West
146 Maundrell Tce Chermside West
36 Sugarloaf St Wavell Heights
16 Kosta Pl Albany Creek
8 Calhoun St McDowall
6 Calhoun St, McDowall
2 Coleridge St, Stafford Heights
2 Pimelea St, Everton Hills
16 Kambala St, Everton Park
 Please let us know in the comments if you can find any that are not on this list.
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Are you sitting on a Splitter Gold Mine?

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Splitter blocks are once again becoming popular as investors try to get the most bang out of their buck or you may be already sitting on a goldmine if your existing property can be split.

 

The term splitter block applies to properties where: there are two or more lots on one title.

A recent example was a Fallon Street, property at Everton Park.  It was a 1225 square-metre block, already on two titles but with the option to reconfigure to three titles, it created a frenzy when it was listed.

The listing agent said, "It went nuts. I can’t give you an exact sale price as it’s not unconditional yet, but I can tell you it went for over $1 million,” he says.

The inner city Brisbane suburbs such as Newmarket, Wavell Heights, Nundah, Virginia, Bald Hills, Deagon, Sandgate, Banyo, Boondall, Northgate, Mitchelton, Enoggera have been popular spitter block locations over the last decade.

These inner city suburbs in Brisbane typically are lots of 10m by 40m or 405sqm so if your property is 809 or higher you may find it is already split into two lots and you don’t have to worry about spending money on subdivision approvals or waiting for the approvals to be processed.

There is a downside like the need to demolish or move an existing house and in some cases the house may be heritage listed or in a demolition controlled zone.

As soon the lot has been split into the two titles the site is cleared and two new houses can start construction.

Splitters are where investors take advantage of old town planning methods. In the 60?s and 70?s around Australia, most residential blocks were subdivided at a ¼ acre or 1000m2. Today Local, State and Federal  Governments all know the value of a more dense population. Governments save billions of dollars in infrastructure by encouraging the community to live closer together. They even encourage the development of smaller blocks of land today that are in some cases less than 250m2.

When developing splitter blocks in Brisbane there is a lot of things you need to consider:

Below is the process we go through to determine if the project is viable when splitting a block for development.

To determine the costings of a splitter block you need to look at:

  • Cost of the site
  • Demolition approval
  • Demolition costs
  • Services (Server and water)
  • Location of services on the block
  • Other associated development costs
  • Transfer and legal costs
  • Subdivision costs (e.g. civil design, town planning, public notices, council fees and any council contributions).
  • Building construction costs
  • Associated site costs (Leveling and retaining)
  • Marketing on finished products

If all the figures add up to a profitable project….an educated decision can be made.

After identifying the block could be suitable as a splitter block, we check:

  • The demolition control Precinct (DCP) if the house is built pre 1946
  • if the block is on the flood map or any overland flow issues.
  • Dimensions of the block and if it is suitable for sub division into a splitter block

and then run through the costing of the project.

Do you have any questions about splitter blocks and or sub division in Brisbane or surrounding areas? Don't hesitate to call our the team at Madeleine Hicks Real Estate who know all about the best areas to acquire splitter blocks in our area.

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Suncorp blacklists your suburb!

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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.

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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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$50 Million Makeover Planned for Brookside Shopping Centre

Brookside Shopping Centre has announced that further works are set to begin as part of a $50 million makeover, with the central cross road of the shopping centre poised to become a revitalised hub and food precinct for shoppers.

These works are in conjunction with the opening of Target, Cotton On Mega and Sportsgirl, prior to Christmas this year.

Brookside has commenced construction work, to give the 46-year-old shopping centre a modern makeover including façade upgrades, contemporary interiors and tenancy remixing, in line with existing and emerging customer needs and expectations.

The centre court area will be transformed into a food and meeting hub with casual dining and communal spaces. The look and feel of the interiors will be warm and inviting, emulating the Queenslander style that is so prominent within homes in the Mitchelton / Brookside trade area.

These works also involve building in the large void currently in centre court, to create more floor space to increase the food offer available.

Centre Manager, Mr Russell Shaw said that “The planning for this $50 million makeover was inspired by the aspirations of our customers whilst still maintaining the convenience and intimacy that Brookside has long established.”

“As well as the families in the trade area, the customer base also includes a very loyal older demographic and young, vibrant singles and couples moving into the area. Creating a retail offer and community space that connects and resonates with our customers’ needs and wants will be key in making this a project a success.”

Mr Shaw said that with the introduction of Cotton On Mega, together with Sportsgirl, Target, and the new centre court food hub, that Brookside Shopping Centre was well positioned to attract additional key retail offers, incremental customer patronage and future growth.

The Buchan Group were appointed to design the shopping centre makeover – the same architects who designed the newly refurbished Toowong Village, Wintergarden and Robina Town Centre. Building companies Broad and Mettle are jointly undertaking the construction project.

The Shopping Centre will remain open during the construction and refurbishments, reassuring disruption to shoppers and retailers will be minimised.

For updates visit their Facebook page or visit the centre.

Source: Brookside Shopping Centre Press Release.