Flying Foxes in Kingfisher Creek

brisbane flying foxes

Did you Know that Flying-foxes are the largest flying mammals in the world, are nocturnal and are native to Australia?

Why do flying foxes live here?

The vegetation along Kingfisher Creek at Albany Creek provides a safe place for Black and Grey-headed flying foxes to rest each day. In south East Queensland, most flying fox colonies are close to waterways in bushland.

Grey-Headed Flying FoxesSpot the difference

Look carefully: you can see Grey-headed flying have a collar of orange fur right around their neck, while Black flying foxes only have orange fur on the back of their neck.

What’s good about flying foxes?

Flying foxes help build healthy forest for other wildlife by spreading seeds and pollinating native plants. Flying foxes may fly up to 50km each night in search of food. They are important for many native tree species (such as Eucalyptus) that rely on cross-pollination from other trees located long distance away.

Never handle a flying fox

A flying fox on its own during the day, on or near ground, is likely to be sick or injured. Never handle a flying fox as they may bite or scratch. A small number of flying foxes carry Australian Bat Lyssavirus. This virus is potentially fatal to humans and can be transmitted via saliva. The virus is not transmitted through droppings or urine, or from animals roosting or flying overhead.

Black Headed Fox

If you encounter a sick or injured flying fox, call the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625) or a local wildlife care group.

What is council doing?

Council manages flying fox colonies in accordance with State government legislation. For more information, contact Council on (07) 3205 0555.

What you can do

If you live in close proximity to a large number of flying-foxes:

  • do no leave washing out at night - bring it in before dusk
  • cover your vehicles
  • cover or place outdoor furniture undercover at night
  • do not disturb the flying-fox as this just increases their noise level - they are quiet when left alone
  • use a pool cover at night.



Moreton Bay Regional Council


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McDowall Sales up over 300% – November Real Estate Roundup!

November Market Update

November Market UpdateSales of properties in November in McDowall skyrocketed as buyers keen to move in before Christmas jumped into the market.

The number of sales last month of 13 was the highest recorded sales for several years in this highly desirable suburb.  Even more encouragingly was the highest sale price of $900,000 for a Streisand St property.

With sales activity increasing and prices rising 2018 is looking good for this inner north suburb.

High prices were recorded in all suburbs of the Madeleine Hicks Real Estate service area during November with 2 properties changing hands for in excess of $1million in Everton Park.

We also saw a reduction in the number of properties listed for sale during November as sellers were not wanting to be trying to sell over the Christmas period.  This trend continued in December as well, so it looks like the buyers will fighting over few properties in the New Year.

Our experience has shown that having your property listed for the start of January is perfect as that is a time when buyers are  actively looking.  They may be on holidays, so have the time to search properly.  The other reason that being listed in early January is that there are usually fewer properties on the market so the chances of your property selling and getting a great price are enhanced.


Highest Sale Price: - $900,000Lowest Sale Price: - $270,000
Properties Sold: -  13Properties on the Market: - 32
AddressBedBathCarLand SizeSale Price
27 Streisand Dr432770$900,000
19 Laurina Cr532800$835,000
2 Belafonte St422735$750,000
83 Paramount Cir522700$715,000
25 Sinatra Cres422694$700,000



Highest Sale Price: - $912,000Lowest Sale Price: - $430,000
Properties Sold: -  9Properties on the Market: - 23


AddressBedBathCarLand SizeSale Price
31 Amott St422607$912,000
21 Belfort St422640$750,000
5 Gable St322579$650,000
20 Kingaroy St324647$622,000
12 Chuter St311607$575,000



Highest Sale Price: - $716,000Lowest Sale Price: - $420,000
Properties Sold:- 8Properties on the Market:-  43
AddressBedBathCarLand SizeSale Price
33 Armfield St421630$716,000
33 Frerricks St422607$700,000
44 Clifford St422433$605,000
9 Guntur St312627$595,000
83 Ogden St311607$530,000



Highest Sale Price: - $1,800,000Lowest Sale Price:- $330,000
Properties Sold:-  15Properties on the Market:- 76
AddressBedBathCarLand SizeSale Price
5 Buller St1166809$1,800,000
73 Pullen Rd5224437$1,200,000
647 Stafford Rd3121093$680,000
90 Barton St422697$662,000
46 Streeton St422607$620,000
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Simple ways to cut your energy bill and save money

Simple ways to cut your energy bill

A Newspoll survey conducted late last year showed many Australians plan to keep rising energy prices in check by closing curtains, washing clothes in cold water and taking shorter showers – but how much does any of that actually affect the average power bill? Apparently, quite a bit.

By matching the five most popular energy-saving strategies with some ballpark dollar savings based on the National Australian-Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), it was found the average three-person household can save hundreds of dollars a year.

Put simply – simple changes can lead to big savings on your power bill.

Of course, all of this varies depending on which state you live in, how you use power, and exactly how you implement each strategy in your home. But whichever way you look at it, there are plenty of opportunities to reduce your utility bill with just a few behavioural changes.

1. Closing curtains/blinds: $55 p.a.

Windows are a home’s biggest sources of heat in summer (and cold in winter) so the 89 per cent of Newspoll respondents who plan to close blinds and curtains can expect to save around $55 this year according to the NSW Government’s Save Power website.

Effective window insulation includes:

- Shading windows and skylights during the day as much as possible

- Lined curtains and close-fitting Holland and/or Roman blinds instead of vertical blinds, conventional or timber Venetians

- External blinds or awnings on north, east and west windows

- Keeping doors and windows closed during the day as much as possible

- When the temperature drops at night, opening doors and windows up.

With window glazing, you can save even more. If the cost of double-glazing looks a bit steep, consider secondary glazing (fitting a membrane to the window) instead.

Heating or cooling the whole house can be expensive. Where possible, shut doors to areas you are not using and only heat or cool the rooms you spend the most time in.

Make sure your curtains or blinds seal your windows properly, and keep your curtains closed at night, and during the day when there is a heat-wave. Block draughts around doors and windows to stop air leaking out, or in.

Of course, it helps if you’ve got effective house insulation. Energy retailer AGL estimates efficient insulation can bring the temperature down by up to 7 degrees in summer, and increase it by 10 degrees in winter, slicing more than $100 off your power bill every year.

Simple ways to cut your energy bill

2. Washing clothes in cold water, drying on line/rack: $380 p.a.

Washing your clothes in cold water can save $115 per year

AGL says that cold water has been ‘scientifically proven’ to be just as effective as hot water when it comes to washing clothes, and Save Power calculates the cost saving at $30 or more per year.

You can save another $30 per year if your machine is a front-loader with a 5-star energy rating.

But the real savings kick in when you cut back on clothes dryers. These energy thieves can use more power over the course of a year than a reasonably energy-efficient fridge, and cutting them out can save a whopping $350. Dry outside or on a rack instead – apart from being budget-friendly, it’s a whole lot kinder to your clothes too.

If you do need to use the dryer, AGL recommends setting it to warm rather than hot – it takes a little longer but uses less energy.

Bear in mind the cold water rule doesn’t apply to dishwashers – hot water is more efficient when it comes to dishes.

3. Being quick in and out of the fridge: $25 p.a.

Running your fridge efficiently can save about $25 per year. That means making sure it’s set to the right temperature (fridge at 4°C, freezer at -18°C), has decent sealing and is kept closed as much as possible.

Fridges use more power when they’re empty than when they’re full so if you’ve got a second fridge, turn it off and leave the door ajar when you don’t need it. Giving it a rest for six months of the year could take another $130 off your bill.

And if it’s time to upgrade, you’ll find an energy-efficient model pays itself off before long by reducing power bills by about $145 per year.

Your fridge is always on, making it one of your most expensive appliances. Make sure the door seal is tight and free from gaps so cold air can't escape. An ideal fridge temperature is 4 or 5 degrees and an ideal freezer temperature is minus 15 to minus 18 degrees Celsius. If you have a second fridge or freezer, only turn it on when you need it.

4. Taking shorter showers: $105 p.a.

Shaving three minutes off shower times can save a three-person household about $105 a year – or much more if your house is still running an electric water heater.

“Electric water heaters account for around 25 per cent of a household’s energy use,” says Stephen Cranch from Solahart, an Australian solar water heater manufacturer.

“Switching to a solar water heater will reduce water heating energy consumption by 50-90 per cent,” he says – he says, and according to Save Power, reduce your annual power bill by about $150.

Plus, the Federal Government is planning to phase out electric water heaters from 2012, so rebates are also available for households needing to upgrade.

5. Switching appliances off at the power socket: $125 p.a.

Up to 10% of your electricity use could be from gadgets on standby

It’s estimated that standby power contributes about 10 per cent of every power bill, so switching things off at the wall can save $125 or more a year.

And it’s not just computers and appliances. Even chargers use power when they’re not connected to our phones, iPads, razors and toothbrushes, and the digital clock on our microwaves can cost more to run than the cooking function itself.


6. Set your Air Con

Every degree above 20 degrees can add 10% to your heating bill

In summer cooling can account for over 30% of your bill. Set your air conditioner between 24 and 27 degrees. Every degree above 24 can add 10% to your cooling bill. In winter, set your air conditioner to 21 degrees or above.

7. Turn heaters and coolers off when you don't need them

Turn off when you leave the room, or go to bed. With some ducted heating systems you can turn off the heating in the rooms that are unoccupied. Make sure all your heating or cooling is turned off when you leave the house.

8. Insulate your roof

An insulated ceiling makes a big difference to your energy bills. If you already have insulation installed, check that it is properly installed and has the right rating (measured in 'R-value'). In Victoria, insulation rated R3.5 or higher should be used for ceilings.

9. Save energy in the kitchen

Thaw frozen food in your fridge to reduce cooking time. When you are cooking, use the microwave when you can – it uses much less energy than an electric oven. If you use the stove, keep lids on your pots to reduce cooking time. Use the economy cycle on your dishwasher and only run it when it's full.

10. Use energy-efficient light globes

Replace old incandescent and halogen light globes with energy-efficient globes. Energy-efficient globes save power and last longer. Light globes can sometimes be replaced for free or at reduced cost.

But awareness goes a long way. All up, you can reduce your bills by close to $700 without sacrificing comfort or refitting your home.


Property Ownership Skills Start Early

Property Ownership Skills Start Early

With all of the talk recently about the increasing difficulty that First Home Owners face getting a foothold in the market a recent study by Cambridge University may have a solution.Property Ownership Skills Start Early

Many parents don’t talk about the value of saving money with their children until they are in their teens. A Cambridge university study shows that children are open to learning about the intricacies of financial management much earlier and can develop good habits as young as seven.  The Cambridge study uncovers how the different phases of a child’s understanding can be encouraged so that property ownership follows naturally on as an almost inevitable next stage.

According to the study, there are several stages on the path to learning about money and spending – and learning to count is one of the first. By the age of five or six most children grasp the idea that money represents something and can be exchanged for goods at a shop. By the age of seven they can understand that if the money they have isn’t enough for a purchase they want, they cannot buy it. But it isn’t until children can understand the passage of time past a month (about age eight) that they can learn the value of delaying an immediate want to get something greater later. This delayed gratification is the key component of saving and then of investing.

Most parents don’t think of explaining their choices as they fill a shopping bag, but letting children participate in purchases and understand why you buy what you do is a great start to making them realise that you don’t spend all your money on a whim and that some expenses have to be planned at least week to week and others over a larger time frame.

At the same time, providing pocket money and a piggy bank so they can touch and count money allows them to try out some of these principles for themselves – not buying a bag of lollies today is not only good for your teeth but it means you can save for  a toy from which the pleasure will be more long-lasting .Property Ownership Skills Start Early

It pays to set up a bank account for your child as early as you can, making it exciting to go and put money into the account where it will earn interest.

It also helps if parents don’t just buy children what they want whenever they want it. Get them to use pocket money or wait for birthday, Xmas or other special gift times. They learn that the world doesn’t grind to a halt if they go without and that the pleasure of many things is short-lived anyway. Understanding that some items need to be saved for is a key life skill and without it property ownership is likely to be out of reach.

When a child’s savings reach an appropriate level, they can choose an interest-bearing account with parental help and as they get older they are ready to learn about investing. When teenagers get a part-time job, show them how to budget, dividing their money into saving, (long term goals) and spending (short term goals) and perhaps even allowing a little for charity.

Let us know what you think, do kids these days know how to be effective savers?

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9 great things about granny flats

5 great things about granny flats

They might not seem like the most glamorous of property extensions, but granny flats are becoming increasingly popular among renters, homeowners and investors.

Here are five reasons why you might want to consider investing in one!

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Six things to do this Christmas in Everton Park

Six things to do this Christmas in Everton Park

We love Everton Park and its surrounds. And with Christmas just days away, we thought we’d give those of you die-hard locals – and those considering making this part of Brisbane your local – some local festive ideas.

1. Don’t do Christmas yourself
Have you considered out-sourcing Christmas? The food part, that is. For the I-didn’t-do-it-myself-Christmas lunch with delicious hot and cold Christmas lunch buffet featuring seafood, carvery, salads and desserts, where everyone gets to enjoy themselves, it’s worth considering the Everton Park Hotel.

2. Light up
Get competitive with the neighbours (in a good way of course) and up the ante on your Christmas light display. Local Everton Park retailer, Christmas Alight will help you to get your lights right. And if you’re not into doing things yourself, they can even install your lights for you.

Christmas in Everton Park

3. See the best Christmas lights
Others say so, therefore it must be true: local Everton Park family, the Brinums, at Bowers Road South have created a place that is AMAZING- we went last year and it was like an hour long mission through a massive property containing tons of decorations, lights, santas workshop, a garden exploration and even food and glow sticks for sale- INSANE!!! parking nearby isnt possible so be prepared for a small walk

4. Don’t forget the library
Our local, Everton Park Library (as well as all Brisbane libraries) have a great range of Christmas and school holiday activities. Check them out online or just pop in and enjoy some cool books in air conditioned comfort.

With Christmas celebrations underway, everyone is super excited about the festive season. Everything stops when Cheeky Monkey receives a message from Santa saying that Frosty the snowman is missing from the North Pole! Can Cheeky Monkey and his friends find Frosty and get him back to the North Pole before he melts?

5. If retail is your thing
If you’ve got this far in the Christmas journey and realised you really should hurry up and get some Christmas pressies, don’t panic, there’s always Brookside Shopping Centre: a mere five minutes away by car. We reckon it’s the North side’s best kept secret. You can for get about Pokemon at Brookside has it's own version of Augmented Reality, Clues for Claus.

Santa needs your help to save Christmas!  Can you help him get ready for Christmas Eve?  Join in on a magical search where your imagination comes to life through our Brook Rewards app.  If you follow the clues to find Santa and redeem your free gift

6. There’s always a café nearby

Now, it’s not quite Everton Park, but neighbouring Gaythorne is becoming a bit of a go-to place for cool cafes. Just second’s walk from the Gaythorne train station is Hansell and Gretel, and Grubb Street – and one seriously cool restaurant, The Gypsies Wagon. All do great food and coffee.


We would love to hear from you about what your favourite thing to do at Christmas time is.

And this Christmas, above all, we hope you get a chance to take it easy and spend some happy times with friends and family.



How to Research the Property Market

Whether you’re buying, selling, or renting, the real estate industry can be baffling. There are so many statistics out there within arm’s reach, but the quantity of them can be overwhelming for anyone not comfortable with market trends. For those who are unfamiliar, where do you begin to make your research of what’s on offer that little bit easier?

Find data you can trust

Nowadays we are no longer restricted to promotional flyers at real estate agencies. Thanks to the Internet, we have a wealth of information conveniently afforded to us that doesn’t require surpassing an agent with a hidden agenda for easy access.

Find information on demographic and economic trends to see what is in high demand or supply with CoreLogic and publications.


Learn how to interpret the data

This goes without saying that those who can analyse the facts and figures will have a clear advantage over any competitors. While the real estate data is leaning towards a favour in the seller’s market, it is always worth investigating to compare current yields and capital growth predictions between different areas that you are interested in. Observe employment trends using the ABS website, or browse suburb reports and profiles, consumer confidence trends and the market cycle reports fast with your local reputable real estate agency, or a few keywords typed into Google search.


Get your weekly insights

Keep up-to-date with the goings-on by actively seeking out property lift outs in your local paper (or other desired markets), searching for published auction results, and by subscribing to weekly newsletters or investor newsletters. Create alerts for areas or establishments of interest to keep on top of your desired locations and properties. Discover what similar properties sell for or take a peek inside open house inspections for yourself to see what might give your property an edge against competitors, or what you’d look for in a home.


Seek advice from others

Speaking to multiple people – those players in the game, those on the fringe and other trusted friends and family members – will you give you varied perspectives and insights, a good combination of both professional and candid.


Don’t discount other factors

There is always more to the story, so investigate if there is an increased supply of or improved facilities, such as local pools, recreational areas, transport, local businesses to come in future. These sorts of factors can significantly catapult an area’s capital growth.


Approach your search with a touch of cynicism

Above all else, ensure that you conduct your research with a healthy dose of skepticism. If something you are told or conveyed does not add up, trust your instincts and seek another opinion or further clarification.


Once you arm yourself with the right tools to conduct your search, you will be well on your way to being a better decision-maker in the ever-confusing real estate playing field. Charge ahead of the competition and book a consultation with the Brisbane property experts – Madeleine Hicks Real Estate! Call our team today on 07 3355 6845!


What Will the 2016 Census Tell Us?

What Will the 2016 Census Tell Us


In the lead up to August 9, known by all as ‘Census Night’, many Australians were left dumbfounded at the obligatory task of completing the national, five-yearly Population and Housing Census. For the first time, the survey was brought into modern-day times, and Australia was encouraged to jump online and complete the form electronically.

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Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

For Sale

Saturday, 20th August

9.00 to 9.30am         12 Hoskins Cl McDowall
9.30 to 10.00am       33 Heatherlea St Brendale
9.30 to 10.00am       1/24 Terrace St Newmarket
10.30 to 11.00am     39 Mountridge St Everton Park
11.00 to 11.30am     19 Silkyoak Way Albany Creek
11.30 to 12.00pm     41 Andress St McDowall
1.00 to 1.30pm         12 Hoskins Cl McDowall

Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

For Rent

Saturday, 20th August

10.00 to 10.30am     32 Speilberg St McDowall
10.30 to 10.45am     7 Ballindery St Everton Park
11.00 to 11.15am     1098 Southpine Rd Everton Hills
11.45 to 12.00pm     500 Stafford Rd Stafford
2.00 to 2.15pm         4/467 Hamilton Rd Chermside


Why you should move to Stafford Heights

Why you should move to Stafford Heights

Stafford Heights is located a mere 8 kilometres away from the heart of Brisbane, with neighbouring Everton Park, Chermside and Kedron nearby. With an abundance of family friendly homes, investment growth opportunity and nearby shops, restaurants, transport, hospitals and public facilities all within a hop, skip and a jump of your home, relocating to Stafford Heights will be the choice you wished you had made earlier.

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