Head west to score bestofthebargains

THE big story of Tasmanian real estate has been its upward trajectory over the past three years, but a new report puts a spotlight on how affordable some parts of the state still are. CoreLogic’s annual market summary Best of the Best 2018 revealed four sections of the national market where Tasmania leads the way. … Continue reading “Head west to score bestofthebargains”

THE big story of Tasmanian real estate has been its upward trajectory over the past three years, but a new report puts a spotlight on how affordable some parts of the state still are.

CoreLogic’s annual market summary Best of the Best 2018 revealed four sections of the national market where Tasmania leads the way.

The report declared Australia’s most affordable suburb was the West Coast town of Zeehan, with a median house price of $71,184.

Clarence municipality’s Risdon Vale was the suburb with the nation’s lowest median price within 10km of a capital city at $257,585. However, over the year, Risdon Vale led Tasmania with median price growth of 23.3 per cent.

The highest gross rental yield within 10km of a capital city was Hobart’s Eastern Shore suburb Clarendon Vale, which returned 7.6 per cent to investors.

And back on the West Coast, Queenstown recorded the most affordable weekly advertised rental figures of $143 a week.

Real Estate Institute of Tasmania president Tony Collidge said the results from the West Coast of Tasmania were “exactly what I would expect”.

“It was always going to be the area with the most affordable prices and the lowest rents,” he said.

At a city level, the report revealed Sandy Bay was far and away Hobart’s best performing suburb for the total value of sales this year.

Sandy Bay’s housing market almost doubled the next best performer, Kingston, with $154.8 million in sales compared with $80.1 million.

Sandy Bay also took out the top spot for total value in the units market with $59.5 million worth of sales.

With its median house price sitting at $920,464, Sandy Bay was also far ahead of the next best median value performers, Acton Park at $778,491, and Tranmere at $733,077.

Mr Collidge said the expectation now in Sandy Bay was “if you want to buy there, you will be paying in excess of $1 million”.

“I’d suggest it will be our first million dollar suburb [median price] and it will happen next year,” he said.

The report found Battery Point’s median unit price of $654,919 — 39 sales — led this corner of the property market ahead of a string of inner-city suburbs including Hobart, North Hobart, Sandy Bay, West Hobart and South Hobart.

Greater Hobart’s lowest median values were found in houses at Gagebrook ($209,261) and units at New Norfolk ($239,492).

In the unit market, Tasmania’s best median price change this year was West Hobart with 23.7 per cent growth.

Originally published as Head west to score best of the bargains

All they want for Christmas… a Sandy Bay buyer

THEY live in one of Hobart’s most desirable suburbs, but Peter and Aileen Chung have been waiting for more than a year for a buyer to snap up their home.

The scenario goes against the general trend of Sandy Bay homes which, on average, are sold after 10 days, CoreLogic data says.

Mr Chung — a former president of the Chinese Community Association for more than 30 years — said the house was designed for a family lifestyle.

“Some architects want to design a fancy showpiece, but that was not what we wanted. It was more important to build a comfortable family home,” he said.

Mr Chung, 82, said while he and his wife would like to relocate to Sydney to be closer to family, they were in no rush to sell.

“We are happy to wait for the right buyer,” he said.

The Chung family’s four-bedroom, four-bathroom property was featured in a HCC-published book 100 Hobart Houses by Miranda Morris in the ‘90s.

Located in Beddome St, Sandy Bay, the home has plenty to offer.

The location is one of Hobart’s finest, elevated and overlooking the river and Wrest Point.

Petrusma Property agent Jane Chen said unique features in the four levels, such as the rooftop dragons, the Chung family symbol or the paint colours were all easily changed should the next owner wish to put their own stamp on the property. It is listed in the $1.7 million range.

The latest CoreLogic figures put Sandy Bay’s median house price at $907,500, a figure that grew by almost 9 per cent in the 12 months through to the end of September.

In that time Sandy Bay houses were sold, on average, in 10 days on the market.

About 50 Sandy Bay homes have sold this year in excess of $1 million, per realestate.com.au.

The website’s statistics show the Chung home first hit the market in August 2017.

The site has 18 Greater Hobart home listings dating back as far as 2015 however most of them (13) hit the market last year.

Originally published as All they want for Christmas … a Sandy Bay buyer

Business support, health key issues as Mercury’s Future Tassie reader survey nears end

LENAH Valley woman Holly Bowden says supporting local businesses is the key to keeping the state’s economy booming.

Ms Bowden, 26, who runs Smitten Merino and Epitome Hats, said despite seeing a spike in spending by tourists some local producers were still struggling.

“We need to make sure money continues to go back into our state and that we’re getting as much as we possibly can made right here in Tasmania,” she said.

“The Tasmanian name is getting out there and it’s becoming renowned for being a really stylish and artistic place to visit because we offer so many exciting and different things from food and accommodation, to clothing and fashion. It’s really important for us to continue to focus on growth and tourism, but at the same time to make sure infrastructure and roads grow at the same rate as the population.”


Ms Bowden said addressing ambulance ramping and the need for more hospital beds should also be a top priority for the state.

“It wasn’t until last week, when my dad was in hospital, that I realised first-hand how critical it really is and how much of a huge priority it needs to be,” she said.

The future of Tasmania is again in the spotlight, with the Mercury running its second annual survey of readers.

After receiving more than 800 responses to our Tassie 2022 online survey at the end of last year, the Mercury is once again canvassing readers about issues facing our state.

All Tasmanians are invited to log in and complete the survey and express ideas on how the state can achieve its full potential.

The survey asks for your opinion on topics including traffic, tourism development, health, poker machines, the economy and sport.

The survey is open until Christmas and the full results will be published in the Mercury in January.

Originally published as Have your say on Tassie’s future

Tasmania Police Inspector Darren Hopkins reunited with rescuers

TASMANIA Police Inspector Darren Hopkins has told of the “harrowing” moment he was forced to make an emergency landing after flames engulfed the cabin of his plane.

Insp Hopkins, who suffered severe burns to his body in the crash, will be released from the Royal Hobart Hospital this week.

The experienced pilot met with his rescuers — the Kilby family — in an emotional reunion on Friday.

Insp Hopkins was on a regular weekend flight around the Tamar River in the state’s North on October 21 when flames engulfed the cabin.

The fire likely started from a faulty battery.

“My hands and arms were burning. I opened the cockpit door and I spotted the paddock, which looked like a good spot to land,” he told Tasmania Police on Facebook.

“It was about 70 seconds by the time I first spotted the fire to when I made the emergency landing. It was harrowing for sure.”

After touching down on the ground, the 52-year-old jumped out of the plane and rolled on the grass before finding a nearby cattle trough to sit in.

Launceston emergency nurse Toni Kilby and her daughter Meg, 10, were in the backyard of their Westwood property when they heard Insp Hopkins calling for help.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” Ms Kilby said.

“We doused him for half an hour with ice cold water before he got to hospital which was a big help,” she said.

“He’s really been in my thoughts so it’s just fantastic to be able to see him again under much better circumstances.”

It is expected to be about 12-18 months before Insp Hopkins makes a full recovery.

Originally published as Air-crash cop tells of fiery landing

Tourism hotspot investment opportunity

HERE is a chance to get a foot in the door of Tasmania’s tourism sector.

Located in the heart of Adventure Bay — Bruny Island’s most popular destination for visitors — this cafe enjoys a premium position next to the town’s general store, just a short walk from the Adventure Bay Community Hall and is mere meters from the beach.

The ground floor of the property includes the commercial kitchen, retail, serving space, bathroom facilities, as well as inside and outside customer seating.

Can I please order a large latte, cheers.Source:Supplied

The Penguin and Pardalote Cafe premises is offered for sale with outstanding tenants in place.

Since taking over the cafe in 2017, the tenants have built a highly successful fully licensed business that has become a key attraction for locals and visitors alike.

It is known for top-quality coffee, and the freshly made sweet and savoury crepes are menu highlights.

Just steps from the sand in popular Adventure Bay.Source:Supplied

On the upper level of the building there is an open-plan accommodation space that is currently occupied by the tenants.

Visitor numbers to Bruny Island have boomed in recent years.

Originally published as Popular cafe by the beach

Hair goes to fight cancer

WHEN Natalie Gray set out to raise awareness and funds for the Cancer Council she did not expect the level of support that her family has received.

Miss Gray and her colleague Connor Canning were hoping to raise $2000.

At their head-shaving event at real estate agency PRDnationwide in Montrose yesterday Miss Gray said they had raised over $8500.

“And there is still time to get involved,” she said, “we will be taking donations until Friday.”

Miss Gray’s mum Di Gray is fighting gastric cancer.

Mrs Gray said she was moved by the support.

“It makes me feel absolutely wonderful, warm and cared for, that they would do this for me,” she said. “It means I am not doing this alone, I am fighting as part of a team.”

Although a serious occasion, there were a few jokes and laughs at the event.

Before shaving her daughter’s head Mrs Gray gave her one last chance to back out, which was met with a short and sweet: “No, I’m good.”

As well as shaving his head, Mr Canning went a step further and had his chest waxed.

Donations can be made via doitforcancer.com.au, simply search for “PRD” at the site.

The Cancer Council calls gastric cancer the “silent killer” with 1 in 63 men and 1 in 151 women diagnosed with the disease.

The average age of people diagnosed with the disease is 68.

Although gastric cancer is one of the top 15 most common forms of the disease, Australia does not have a screening test available for it.

Originally published as Hair goes to fight cancer

ATAR joy for talented Roleystone twins

The anxious wait is over for thousands of WA students who found out their Year 12 exam results late yesterday, after they were released a day ahead of schedule.

Tertiary Institutions Service Centre executive officer Wayne Betts said about 200 students had accessed their ATAR results online within one minute of their release at 3pm yesterday and 5865 had seen them within the first hour.

About 11,920 school leavers achieved an ATAR compared with 12,170 last year.

The median Australian Tertiary Admission Rank for the State was 81.80, up slightly from last year's 81.25. Seventeen students attained the highest possible ATAR of 99.95.

There were double the celebrations in the Roleystone home of twins Matthew and Lauren Knight after they checked their results.

The 17-year-olds expected to do well after both finished as dux of Year 12 at their respective schools, Matthew at Mazenod College and Lauren at St Brigid’s College.

But they were still nervous about going online to find out their ATAR scores.

To their surprise, they ended up being much higher than expected. Matthew attained an ATAR of 99.7 and Lauren’s was 99.2.

Lauren, who was camping with friends when she found out her score, said she “stopped breathing for a second”. “I got back into the tent and checked my phone and I saw it there and I thought it was a joke because I was expecting about 95,” she said.

Lauren said her brother’s academic achievements had helped to spur her on.

“He motivated me to do better just because his marks were always better than mine”

While Matthew’s ATAR is high enough to get into almost any university, he also found out last week his audition to study jazz trumpet at the WA Academy of Performing Arts was successful. “I did really enjoy chemistry, so that’s my back-up plan,” he said.

Lauren said psychology was her favourite subject at school and she planned to continue with it at the University of WA.

Mr Betts said 908 girls attained an ATAR above 95, compared with 794 boys.

Out of the courses with the most enrolments, the highest median ATARs were achieved by students completing mathematics specialist (95.75), mathematics methods (91.70), literature (91.10), chemistry (90.20) and physics (90.00).

Students have until 11pm tomorrow to finalise their preferences in time for the first round of university offers, which will be available on Friday.

Originally published as ATAR joy for talented Perth twins

Treasurer Nicole Manison releases statement discussing economic report findings

TREASURER Nicole Manison has made a statement addressing the findings of the interim independent report into the Territory’s economy.

The report, released publicly on Friday, states the previous CLP Government made no preparations for the post-Inpex economic decline.

It also states the $500 million annual drop in GST is one of the Territory’s main economic problems, along with an increased demand for government services, and long-term demands on Government expenditure in health, youth justice and child protection, and police.

Ms Manison said Labor would make a smart approach to the issue and ensure the Commonwealth Government understood the Territory’s challenges.

“We will not be make any changes without first talking to the industry and coming up with a smart plan to be more efficient, create local jobs and fix our budget,” she said.

Ms Manison will meet with the Shadow Treasurer tomorrow in Adelaide, and the Federal Treasurer on Wednesday in Melbourne to discuss the report’s findings and solutions.

Originally published as Manison addresses findings

Scorcher on the way for Top End, as temps reach mid-40s

THE irrepressible Build-Up season is set to hit a frenzied climax over the next week as temperatures across the Territory soar into the mid-40s.

It’s enough to melt your ice-cream — a lesson young Eve and Sebastian Cunningham learned the messy way on the Esplanade yesterday morning.

But there is hope the Build-Up could soon abate with the onset of the monsoon across the Top End a possibility between Christmas and New Year, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Above average maximum and minimum temperatures are forecast in Darwin for the rest of the week.

BOM meteorologist Bradley Wood said there was only a slight chance of showers.

“Pretty much what we’ve been seeing for the last two to three weeks is set to continue for the next week,” he said.

“We are expecting pretty standard Build-Up conditions for Christmas, and unfortunately those warmer temperatures will persist until at least Christmas as well.” Darwin’s hot, dry December has so far yielded 5.4mm of rain, compared to the city’s December average of 255.9mm.

“Generally speaking we are seeing increasing temperatures across the globe, so increasing heatwaves are a likely thing of the future,” Mr Wood said.

In the meantime, Tennant Creek roasts in a heatwave threatening the town’s record of 18 days of 40°C in a row.

Alice Springs and Yulara are forecast to bake in the 40s until Wednesday.

Originally published as Scorcher on the way for Top End

Man and woman arrested, handgun and drugs seized after incident at Seaton

A man has been arrested for running another man off a busy road and threatening him with a handgun, police say.

The alleged incident occurred at Seaton about 4.40pm on Sunday when the victim was allegedly forced off Findon Rd by a man in a white BMW station wagon.

Police say the man in the station wagon threatened the victim with a small firearm and then drove away. Both men are known to each other.

Crime Gangs Task Force detectives used the BMW’s registration to find and search a house at Seaton, allegedly finding the handgun and an amount of methamphetamine.

A 30-year-old Seaton man was charged with aggravated unlawful threats, aggravated possession of a firearm without a licence, theft and trafficking a controlled drug. He was refused bail and will appear in Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday.

A 22-year-old Seaton woman was charged with possession of a firearm without a licence and was bailed to appear in Adelaide Magistrates Court in February next year.

Originally published as Gun, meth seized after alleged road rage clash