Noosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ

first_img Suburb Median price Annual change in median price TOP SUNSHINE COAST SUBURBS FOR HOUSE PRICE GROWTH Suburb Median price Annual change in median price More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoSunshine Beach $1,750,000 33.2%Yaroomba $965,000 27.8%Minyama $1,165,000 26.2%Sunrise Beach $1,000,000 19.8%Moffat Beach $910,000 12.1%Doonan $966,250 11.3%Noosaville $1,080,000 9.9%Bokarina $840,000 9.8% Palmwoods $555,000 8.8%Pomona $530,000 8.2% Lauren Tregear, 29, and partner, Khye Fromader, 34, with their two-year-old son, Tommy, outside their house in Peregian Springs. The Noosa region is seeing tremendous growth in house and unit prices. Photo: Lachie Millard.NOOSA’S median unit price has hit a record high of $715,000, making it the most expensive property market in the state.Despite apartment markets in other locations bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic, the average unit price in the idyllic coastal haven increased 3.8 per cent in the three months to June 30, and is nearly 14 per cent higher than it was the same time last year.Over the past five years, unit prices in the region have grown more than 63.5 per cent, while in Noosa Heads alone, they have surged a staggering 99 per cent in that period. The view from the balcony of a unit on Hastings Street in Noosa Heads.House prices also continue to rise, with the median increasing 1.9 per cent during the June quarter to $836,724, on the back of five-year growth of nearly 48 per cent.Local agents say the region is seeing unprecedented interest and more profitable sales than ever before, despite being mostly inaccessible to buyers from outside the state.The Real Estate Institute of Queensland says the region is benefiting from being a domestic holiday location, with an influx of southeast Queenslanders flocking there once intrastate travel restrictions eased. Similar to its housing market, the low volume of listings is supporting the unit market with demand generally outstripping supply. Main beach at Noosa is always popular with locals and tourists.REIQ chairman Peter Brewer said Noosa had always been sought-after for its laid-back lifestyle, beautiful beaches and ecological areas, but the pandemic and the region’s strict population cap had only increased demand — particularly for luxury apartments. ”The Sunshine Coast has achieved something few jurisdictions elsewhere have managed; it’s maintained relatively high levels of well-performing property markets in defiance of COVID-19 — particularly the jewel in the region’s crown, Noosa,” Mr Brewer said.“With our borders still closed to both New South Wales and Victoria, that hasn’t deterred buyers from both Sydney and Melbourne in their search for property to purchase without ever having seen the property in person.“The ability for people to work remotely now is completely changing the paradigm and they’re happy to pay top dollar for whatever they can get their hands on.” Noosa’s laidback lifestyle and pristine beaches are part of its appeal.Lauren Tregear and her partner, Khye Frohmader, have lived in Noosa since they were kids and could not imagine living anywhere else.“We definitely consider ourselves lucky,” Ms Tregear said.The couple built their first home together in Peregian Springs three years ago and have watched house prices rise since.The area is slightly more family-oriented and more affordable than Noosa Heads or Sunshine Beach.Ms Tregear said she could not believe the interest in the region since COVID-19, particularly from people buying properties without setting foot inside them.“I’m not surprised people would want to live here,” she said.“I don’t think I could ever buy sight unseen, but I guess the area sells itself in a way.”The other regional market that outperformed in the June quarter was Toowoomba, where the median house price increased 1.4 per cent to $360,000. The unit market was equally healthy, with a median price rise of 3.2 per cent to just shy of $304,000 over the three months.Toowoomba was also the best performing major region for vacant land, with the median price increasing 9 per cent. The best performing unit market over the past five years was Centenary Heights, wherethe median unit price jumped more than 32 per cent.The REIQ says vacant land stocks have been absorbed and new home construction is set to boom between now and the end of 2020.Because Toowoomba is not heavily reliant on the tourism sector to sustain its economy, the closure of the Queensland border did not have a significant impact on the broader market in the region, according to the REIQ.The region is not overly reliant on the tourism trade so the market is expectedto continue to thrive post-pandemic. center_img TOP SUNSHINE COAST SUBURBS FOR UNIT PRICE GROWTH Alexandra Headland $438,000 15.3%Noosaville $550,000 13.4% Marcoola $410,000 9.3%Caloundra $490,000 8.8%Buddina $507,500 6.8%last_img read more

Steve Ballmer, Clippers fixing L.A.’s neighborhood basketball courts

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error When the project is complete, basketball players throughout L.A. – as well as volleyball and badminton players, square dancers, bingo aficionados and all other visitors to these popular community spaces – might associate their favorite pastimes with the Clippers, whose logo is displayed on every court renovated with the Ballmers’ donation.“I do love those, I have to admit,” Zucker said. “The idea that at your court, where you are, your dream of perhaps one day playing in the NBA, or pursuing some other profession, when you see (the logo), I think it helps with reminding you of those dreams.”Recently, the teens and 20-somethings hustling back and forth over the center court “LAC” monogram during open gym at Jim Gilliam Recreation Center said they were thankful to everyone involved with restoring their neighborhood court. That job required replacing the faded, lumpy, twice-water-damaged surface with shiny new hardwood and new padding beneath it.“When I first saw it, all I said was, ‘Wow,’ ” Jamar Luttrell, 15, said. “And then I started playing on it, and now when you run and try to stop, you stop. You don’t slide like you used to.”It’s safer that way, but also in other ways, 22-year-old David Sharp said.“It’s good to finally get a new floor, finally give the kids a reason to come back and play in the gym,” said Sharp, who grew up playing in the Jr. Clippers youth basketball league in the facility, where he now coaches.“It’s important because I believe it keeps everybody out of trouble, keeps the smaller kids out of trouble, gives them a place to come here without having to worry about outside problems,” Sharp said. “After they come out of school, instead of going and doing something they’re not supposed to, they come in here and play, you know? Keeps ’em safe like it kept me from a lot of the outside problems that go on in just this community.”“This is a very at-risk community,” said Denise Stansell, senior recreation director, noting that just in the prior six weeks, three people had been killed in close proximity to the gym.“So to have them come inside, it’s a safe shelter, you know? It’s one way in and one way out, so if they’re gonna start some trouble, they know they’re gonna be caught.”Because the polished new surface is drawing young people inside, Stansell is serious about keeping it pristine: “No Food or Drink” signs are taped every few feet along the walls inside the gym.They guys playing pick-up games said they’re happy to honor the new rules, even to police themselves, though they’re not yet ready to switch their NBA loyalties – whether it’s to the Lakers, the Golden State Warriors or Kyrie Irving.Garcetti gets it.“As a lifelong Lakers fan, I told Steve, ‘I now root for the Clippers every single time they’re playing – except those times they’re playing the Lakers,’ ” the mayor said.Garcetti said the city has committed to the Clippers that, thanks to the team’s donation, it will be able to maintain all of the remodeled courts.“We were on a cycle, scraping together as much as we could each year,” he said. “This would’ve taken a couple of decades to do and (in the meantime) other courts would have been falling apart. So instead of us spending that money to fix 10 percent of the courts, we’ll be maintaining all of them.”Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters The gift was spurred by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s goal of improving access to sports for children – especially girls – across the city ahead of the 2028 Olympic Games.Initially, he planned to recruit multiple donors to help finance the refurbishing of just L.A.’s indoor courts ahead of the Olympics, starting with a donation from the Annenberg Foundation to help restore gym floors at three L.A. city parks that needed it most. But the plan shifted after he reached the Clippers, who told him they wanted to fix all of L.A.’s courts.“It was a phone call from the Mayor’s office,” said Gillian Zucker, the Clippers’ president of business operations. “He called and laid out his excitement around all of the money that was being committed by the International Olympic Committee for the sake of sports programming for youth, and his belief that with that money, they were providing L.A. an opportunity to become the healthiest city in America – which was really exciting and inspiring when you have a vision that’s that big.”Especially for someone such as, say, Steve Ballmer.But before she filled in her boss, Zucker wanted to know more: How many courts, and where? Who would use them? PreviousClippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife made a contribution last spring that will, by 2021, have covered the renovation of 343 basketball courts operated by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks. So far, at least 140 have been completed. (Photo courtesy of the Clippers)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife made a contribution last spring that will, by 2021, have covered the renovation of 343 basketball courts operated by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks. (Photo courtesy of the Clippers)Denise Stansell, senior recreation director of the Jim Gilliam Recreation Center, is serious about keeping the facility’s newly refurbished basketball court pristine: “No Food or Drink” signs are taped every few feet along the walls inside the gym. (Photo by Mirjam Swanson, SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDenise Stansell, senior recreation director of the Jim Gilliam Recreation Center, is serious about keeping the facility’s newly refurbished basketball court pristine: “No Food or Drink” signs are taped every few feet along the walls inside the gym. (Photo by Mirjam Swanson, SCNG)“I do love those (Clippers logos), I have to admit,” Clippers president of business operations Gillian Zucker said of the logo that is emblazoned on all of the 140-plus courts the team has already helped refurbish in L.A. “The idea that at your court, where you are, your dream of perhaps one day playing in the NBA, or pursuing some other profession, when you see (the logo), I think it helps with reminding you of those dreams.” (Photo by Mirjam Swanson, SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife made a contribution last spring that will, by 2021, have covered the renovation of 343 basketball courts operated by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks. So far, at least 140 have been completed. (Photo by Mirjam Swanson, SCNG)Clippers guard Lou Williams speaks at the ribbon cutting for one of the basketball courts the organization has renovated for the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks over the past year. So far, the work on at least 140 of the 343 that are part of the plan has been completed. (Photo by courtesy of the Clippers)Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at the unveiling of one of the Clippers courts that the team has paid to refurbish. “I was blown away,” Garcetti said of the Clippers’ $10 million donation to refurbish the 300-plus public courts run by the L.A. Recreation and Parks Department. “We’ve never had such a huge commitment in such a short period of time.” (Photo courtesy of the Clippers)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife made a contribution last spring that will, by 2021, have covered the renovation of 343 basketball courts (indoor and outdoor) operated by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks. So far, at least 140 have been completed. (Photo by Mirjam Swanson, SCNG)Martin Luther King Recreation Center’s coordinator Paul Nichols, left, facility director Eric Griffin, center, and recreation coordinator Haymen Gebru pose next to the facility’s new concrete basketball court, part of the project the Clippers are paying for. (Photo by Mirjam Swanson, SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife made a contribution last spring that will, by 2021, have covered the renovation of 343 basketball courts operated by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks. (Photo courtesy of the Clippers)Clippers guard Patrick Beverley works with some of the kids at the ribbon cutting for one of the basketball courts the organization has renovated for the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks over the past year. So far, the work on at least 140 of the 343 that are part of the plan has been completed. (Photo by courtesy of the Clippers)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife made a contribution last spring that will, by 2021, have covered the renovation of 343 basketball courts operated by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks. So far, at least 140 have been completed. (Photo courtesy of the Clippers)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife made a contribution last spring that will, by 2021, have covered the renovation of 343 basketball courts operated by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks. (Photo courtesy of the Clippers)NextShow Caption1 of 12Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife made a contribution last spring that will, by 2021, have covered the renovation of 343 basketball courts operated by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks. (Photo courtesy of the Clippers)ExpandLOS ANGELES — It’s fitting, Clippers coach Doc Rivers says, that the team with a roster full of gritty, lace-’em-up-and-go-play gamers would sponsor a program to refurbish all the public basketball courts in the city.“We call ourselves the ‘blacktop team,’ ” Rivers said. “So I think it connects that the blacktop team is refurbishing courts so kids can get outside and play on the blacktop.”With his wife, Connie, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer last year donated $10 million to the L.A. Parks Foundation for renovations at all of Los Angeles’ public basketball courts.“I met some of my best friends at the basketball court, even if they didn’t play basketball, so I feel like that’s important when it comes to growing up,” Clippers guard Patrick Beverley said. “It helps you stay out of trouble – and social media’s so big now, so getting out for a pickup game in L.A., that’s all you can ask for.” Less than a year after the project was announced, 142 courts are finished being fixed, said Kieffer, adding that all of them are expected to be completed before the stated three-year timetable is up.The organization will unveil an additional batch of “Clippers Courts” on Tuesday at the shared campus of University Pathways Public Service Academy High School (“The U”) and Charles Drew Middle School.The facilities include an updated gymnasium with a full-size indoor basketball court and more than 110,000 square feet of refurbished outdoor space, which includes 9-1/2 basketball courts, two volleyball courts, two tennis courts, two four-square courts, four handball courts, new garden space and a walking path, plus a new exterior paint job for the school gym.Garcetti said he remembers a visit from Connie and Steve Ballmer, who is reportedly valued at $41.2 billion, making him the wealthiest team owner in American sports, soon after he purchased the Clippers for $2 billion in 2014.The mayor said the Ballmers wanted to know how they might get involved in the city in a meaningful, long-term way. Still, he couldn’t have imagined such a substantial contribution.“I was blown away,” Garcetti said. “We’ve never had such a huge commitment in such a short period of time; we wanted to make sure it would get done.” In response, the Department of Recreation and Parks delivered a couple of “crazy enormous” binders, she said, detailing the status of every public court throughout the city, including all of the indoor wooden courts as well as those outdoors with asphalt or concrete surfaces.Each received an A, B or C grade determined by the amount of renovation needed, whether it was a court requiring just some sanding, repainting, sealing and staining, or one that needed to be entirely torn out and rebuilt.“We put it all together and I went over it with Steve,” Zucker said. “I said, ‘There’s a number of directions we can go. We can chip in to the level that other community members will … or we can do something disproportionate. Why don’t you take a look at the scope of this and let me know?’ ”The Ballmers took the materials with them on a flight.“And when they landed,” Zucker said, “he called me and said, ‘Let’s do them all.’ ”Connecting the dots between and youth sports opportunities and the successful pursuit of “the American Dream,” the Ballmers made a contribution last spring that will, by 2021, have covered the renovation of 343 basketball courts operated by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks.“This is so far and away the largest corporate donation to the city in many, many years, and certainly to the Rec and Parks Department altogether,” said Judith Kieffer, co-founder, special projects for the L.A. Parks Foundation, which is coordinating the multi-stage projects around the busy schedules at each community center, from Van Nuys to Sunland to South L.A.“And it’s been seamless working with the Clippers,” Kieffer added. “They knew their niche – its basketball, obviously – and we have all the public facilities in the city, so why not? Let’s make a match.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more

Results of Wellington Golf Association 2-man scramble:

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The following are results of the Wellington Golf Association’s Two- Man Scramble held October 3-4, 2015:Championship FlightFirst – Brian McGreevy – Scott Templeton 63-60=123*** Second– Jarin McGovern – Myles Miller 61-62=123Third – Buddy Robertson – Derek Harrison 63-61=124A FlightFirst– Jordyn Lytton – Doug Johnson 62-65=127 Second– Mark Miller – Gary Richmond 64-64=128Third– John Schaar – Gary Smith 63-66=129B FlightFirst – Jesse Ybarra – Darrell Lampe 68-62=130 Second – Courtney Campbell – Jon McGhee 68-66=134Third  –Bill Butts – Mark Erickson 68-69=137C FlightFirst – Kyle Lake – Delmar Lake 67-69=136*** Second – Leander Greene – Galen Greene 70-66=136Third Tie – Brent Washburn – Jeff McGovern 69-69=138Third Tie – Adam Ricke – Chris Murphy 68-70=138Third Tie – Austin Craig – Mike Herrington 71-67 =138. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments D Flight1st – Tom Farley- Dean Russell 68-69=137 2nd – Kris Harrod – Tim Ricke 72-70=1423rd – J.R. Sorrels – Jeff Snyder 75-73=148center_img Won Sudden Death Playoff***Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE U16’S FACE RED HUGHS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgNaomh Colmcille GAA NotesThe seniors and reserves had no fixtures this week. The U16s are due to travel to Red Hughs for a championship match on Monday evening The winner of the Guess the Score competition from the Donegal v Dublin match will be included in next week’s notes.The Lucozade Sport Club Crusade promotion has now finished. Please continue to collect bottle tops in anticipation of future promotions. Thanks.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Congratulations to the Donegal senior and minor teams on their semi-final victories over Dublin. Check out the club’s Facebook page and local notes for details on tickets requests for the final. Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Seniors and reserves. Training on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm. Players to be down for 6:45 pm. See website and Facebook page for updates during the week.U18. See Facebook for further updates. U16. Championship match scheduled for Red Hughs on Monday evening (1st). See Facebook and website for updates during the week.U10. Training continues Friday 5th September at 6:30 pm.U10. Training continues Friday 5th September at 6:30 pm.Girls U12-16 Gaelic. See Facebook and website for updates during the week. Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s results will be included in next week’s notes. The Lotto is the main regular source of fundraising for the club so if you can spare some time to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Breda Friel if you’re able to help.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE U16’S FACE RED HUGHS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: September 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANaomh ColmcilleNoticesSportlast_img read more