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A French company that has developed and launched driverless electric shuttle buses in 20 countries will next week trial their driverless electric mini-bus at Springfield near Ipswich.

This follows trials along the Esplanade at Mooloolaba in December 2017 and their introduction at big business sites in California and Singapore in 2015.

They have also been trialled in Canberra and Darwin.

Overseas, the fully electric vehicles are used on airports and on large commercial sites to shift employees around the work sites.

Each shuttle costs about $320,000 but can carry 12 people – six seated, six standing – up to 45km/h.

When fully charged they can run for 14 hours from their lithium-ion battery, which charges overnight in eight hours.

They have no steering wheel and use sensors on each corner to “read” the roadway, objects in front, back or beside the vehicle.

The company is called EasyMile, which was put together in 2014 and now has launched driverless shuttle buses in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East, North America and Europe.

The same model – the EasyMile’s EZ10 electric shuttle – is coming to Ipswich.

Ipswich City Council is trialling one of the driverless shuttle buses around its Orion water theme park lagoon near the Orion Shopping Centre on John Nugent Drive at Springfield next week from Monday.

EasyMile spokesman Simon Pearce said anybody could ride the shuttle during the public demonstration times next week.

“The loop along John Nugent Way takes about five minutes, so it’s a great way to get a taste for what the future of public transport might be like,” Mr Pearce said.

Mr Pearce previously told News Corp the driverless shuttles used sensors to detect things around the vehicle.

“It operates completely autonomously, so no steering wheel, no driver’s seat, no accelerator, no brake,” Mr Pearce said.

“On each corner we have sensors which detect the road (and) they detect if people are walking in front of the vehicle.”

Their website says the company hopes to provide “a powerful in-house fleet management solution for autonomous vehicles”.

“(We can) provide smart mobility solutions for transporting passengers or logistics on private sites, urban, suburban or rural areas in diverse environments.”

Ipswich’s mayor Andrew Antoniolli said the city was interested in electric vehicles and had begun to install electric vehicle chargers on several of its light poles.

“The demonstration of this driverless technology is a long-term transport prospect and one we are certainly investigating.”

In September 2017, Ipswich City Council and the state government announced plans to recruit 500 motorists for a trial where their cars are fitted with technology allowing them adjust to information from road signs, or new road safety warnings, or queues.

“For example, a pedestrian crossing at a signalised intersection, a red light runner or a queue ahead,” Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said in September 2017.

“These rapidly developing co-operative and automated vehicle technologies could significantly reduce crashes and congestion and also reduce vehicle emissions and fuel use.”

Originally Published: www.smh.com.au

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Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed. New data has shown the top 68 suburbs in Queensland for capital growth over the last 12 months to June, with the number one spot reaching triple digits.

Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed

Outlined in the Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s Queensland Market Monitor report, REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said despite the ‘doom and gloom’ of the property market, there are still locations that are seeing large gains in profitability.

“A total of 68 suburbs throughout Queensland have delivered double-digit growth over 12 months, which is a really strong result,” Ms Mercorella said.

“And there are many more suburbs delivering strong single-digit growth. It’s a great market to be in at the moment.”

While south-east Queensland saw a lot of attention, there were some high growth suburbs found in central and northern Queensland.

The area with the strongest growth was Blackwater, which saw a rise of 151 per cent growth, which Ms Mercorella attributed to the resurgence of coal prices.

Aside from Blackwater, 10 other suburbs saw growth over 20 percent. These included:

  • Spring Mountain with growth of 103.6 per cent;
  • Collinsville with growth of 46.2 per cent;
  • Minyama with growth of 45.8 per cent;
  • Hamilton with growth of 32.9 per cent;
  • Hollywell with growth of 30.5 per cent;
  • Miles with growth of 23.5 per cent;
  • Mount Coolum with growth of 21.9 per cent;
  • Dundowran beach with growth of 21.5 per cent;
  • Boonah with growth of 21.3 per cent; and
  • Idalia with growth of 21.3 per cent.

Ms Mercorella said the top 11 suburbs were indicative of steady growth across the state, but warned against calling it a ‘boom’.

“While we’re definitely seeing prices come back in western Queensland mining towns, such as Blackwater, these prices are still below their peak,” she said.

It’s unlikely we’ll see a return to pre-2013 prices in those areas anytime soon.”

South-east Queensland

While the top 11 suburbs show a spread of high growth suburbs through the state, 41 suburbs out of the 68 are located in the ever-popular south east corner of Queensland.

Of these, 15 suburbs were located in the Sunshine Coast region, with the highest growing being Minyama, which ranked fourth overall.

The Brisbane region also saw a large number of high performing suburbs at 13. Hamilton was the region’s best performer and fifth overall.

Next was Ipswich with six suburbs, then the Gold Coast with four, Moreton Bay with three, while Redland and Logan suburbs did not rank.

Regional Queensland

Outside of south east Queensland, 27 regional suburbs ranked on the list, with the Townsville region recording four suburbs. Its highest performer was Idalia, which ranked 11th overall.

Next were the Cairns and Gympie regions, both recording three suburbs each. Cairns’ top performer was Palm Cove, which ranked 26th overall, while Cooloola Cove was Gympie’s top performer, which ranked 42nd overall.

While only recording one suburb, the Whitsunday region’s Collinsville ranked third overall.

The Bundaberg and Toowoomba regions both recorded two top suburbs, while the Banana, Charters Towers, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Isaac, Livingstone, Mackay, Rocky, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Western Downs regions all had one top suburb each

The top 68 suburbs which experienced double digit growth over the last year to June 2018, according to the REIQ, are:

RankSuburbMedian priceCapital growth over 12 months (as a percentage)
1Blackwater$94,250151.3%
2Spring Mountain$450,000103.6%
3Collinsville$95,00046.2%
4Minyama$1,310,00045.8%
5Hamilton$1,442,00032.9%
6Hollywell$810,00030.5%
7Miles$148,25023.5%
8Mount Coolum$670,00021.9%
9Dundowran Beach$607,00021.5%
10Boonah$324,50021.3%
11Idalia$485,00021.3%
12Rasmussen$347,50019.9%
13Yaroomba$749,00019.7%
14Biloela$272,75018.6%
15Burnett Heads$317,00018.1%
16Tivoli$295,00018.0%
17Cashmere$690,00018.0%
18Walloon$370,00016.7%
19Sunshine Beach$1,400,00016.7%
20Noosa Heads$1,070,00016.0%
21Hope Island$739,75015.7%
22Ripley$374,00015.4%
23Sandgate$705,00015.2%
24North Ward$575,00015.0%
25Paddington$1,150,00014.7%
26Palm Cove$606,00014.3%
27Charters Towers City$142,50014.0%
28Pelican Waters$761,00013.9%
29Cooee Bay$313,00013.8%
30Mount Ommaney$944,00013.7%
31Fernvale$357,50013.5%
32The Range$380,00013.4%
33Landsborough$432,50013.4%
34Sunnybank$832,50013.3%
35North Mackay$270,00013.2%
36Whitfield$540,00013.1%
37Graceville$932,50013.0%
38Hendra$1,100,00012.7%
39Shorncliffe$840,00012.4%
40Moranbah$185,00012.1%
41Coes Creek$442,50012.0%
42Cooloola Cove$317,50012.0%
43Battery Hill$578,00012.0%
44Seven Hills$940,00011.9%
45Nundah$755,00011.9%
46Monkland$240,00011.6%
47Bongaree$470,00011.6%
48Clifton Beach$557,50011.5%
49Maroochydore$639,00011.2%
50Twin Waters$823,00011.2%
51Cambooya$322,50011.2%
52Tewantin$572,50011.2%
53Coolum Beach$675,25011.2%
54Kedron$744,50011.1%
55Sunrise Beach$820,00011.0%
56Oakey$241,50011.0%
57D’aguilar$416,00010.9%
58Mountain Creek$610,00010.9%
59Flinders View$371,50010.9%
60Highland Park$570,00010.7%
61Rosewood$291,00010.7%
62Bulimba$1,300,00010.6%
63Kirkwood$353,50010.5%
64Woodgate$402,50010.3%
65Railway Estate$309,50010.1%
66Auchenflower$1,070,00010.0%
67Rainbow Beach$489,50010.0%
68Ormeau Hills$530,00010.0%

Source: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

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Real estate market in southeast Queensland has made a comeback since the GFC

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While the property market has come back on the Sunshine Coast, there are still some bargains to be had. Picture: Lachie MillardSource:News Corp Australia

LAST week with the family in tow, we ventured up the Bruce Highway to the Sunshine Coast.

I was calling auctions at Maroochydore for a number of offices on the coast, so we decided to mix business and pleasure and make a holiday out of it.

It was no small auction event either. The offices had amassed 66 properties from entry level units, canal front homes and even beach front penthouses!

I was calling the auctions with my regular coastal auctioneering partner Dan Sowden, principal at Ray White Maroochydore and the day was decorated with highlights.

But the value on the Sunshine Coast, and again the Queensland market, for me was an absolute stand out.

Bidding on one apartment in particular, 119/223 Weyba Rd, Noosaville, paused at $85,000. It’s a studio apartment and while it wasn’t sitting next to, Sails, on Hastings Street, it’s not in the middle of nowhere either.

I couldn’t believe the numbers I was calling out. When no one pushed beyond $85,000 we made the recommendation to pass the property in and I see it’s now listed at $102,000. Unbelievable!

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119/223 Weyba Rd, Noosaville is now listed for $102,000. Picture: realestate.com.auSource:Supplied

We also sold the million dollar plus penthouses and the glamour properties too. It took us about six hours and the event was filled with excitement and drama.

But it’s the value story that I think will surprise many people, it certainly surprised me.

The Sunshine Coast has a relaxed holiday lifestyle, it has amazing beaches and world class restaurants.

So with all that on offer there will always be multimillion-dollar homes on the Sunshine Coast, but sub $100,000 properties, even sub $300,000 properties are a genuine reality for the discerning buyer

Every school holiday, and as we step closer to Christmas, many Aussie’s will do what we did this week and head to the beach. They will likely have had to pay a peak season rate for their accommodation and quite often that can spark the idea of buying a holiday house.

The Sunshine Coast was one of the hardest hit markets in the GFC, this impact is still showing value today. If the dinner table conversation involves a coastal retreat, before you squash it on account of affordability, I’d head to realestate.com.au or grab a copy of the Sunshine Coast Daily, you too might be surprised by the value, there appears to be property for all budgets.

Originally published as Coast tourist hot spot where bargains can be found

Source:www.news.com.au

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Where you can rent in Brisbane for only $400 a week

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While renters in southern capitals such as Sydney and Melbourne worry about how to pay each week – let alone how to save a home deposit – Brisbane tenants can affordably rent within cooee of the city.

Domain Group data shows that there are 14 suburbs in the Brisbane City Council area with median rental prices of just $400 per week.

While renting an affordable unit can see you living within a couple of kilometres of the CBD, middle-ring houses in suburbs such as Upper Mount Gravatt and Oxley can also be leased affordably, according to the data.

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Mount Gravatt, on Brisbane’s south side, is one suburb where you can rent a house for $400 a week.

Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) CEO Antonia Mercorella said Brisbane offered tenants the “best of both worlds” due to the affordability of desirable rental locations.

“Probably one of the strongest benefits is that you don’t have to go very far from the CBD to reach an affordable price point,” she said.

“Suburbs such as Bowen Hills, Cannon Hill, Kelvin Grove, Morningside and New Farm are all well serviced by public transport and are all within five kilometres of the CBD – you would never get that in Sydney or Melbourne.”

Some of the suburbs have more than just proximity to the city to offer, she said.

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Morningside, in Brisbane’s east, offers great value for tenants.

Kelvin Grove has some of Brisbane’s best schools and is very well serviced with public transport options, Ms Mercorella said.

“Springfield Lakes is one of the most popular new areas, and at the last Census was one of our fastest growing regions in Australia,” she said.

“It is a master-planned community that offers families a lifestyle option – lakefront living with a community feel.

“Morningside is a suburb in transformation, with a number of new small-lot developments renewing the area. It is also a suburb in close proximity to the prestige Hawthorne and Bulimba pocket at more affordable prices.”

Ray White New Farm’s Haesley Cush said inner-city tenant demand continued to grow strongly, with unit rental prices softer due to the ample supply of new apartments that had hit the market.

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Tenants have the upper hand these days in Brisbane – a positive side effect of the apartment oversupply.

“Developers were so intent on letting out their properties because they had rental guarantees … that incentives came into the rental market for residential property for the first time in as long as I can remember,” he said.

“That put downward pressure on mum and dad investors with older units to compete with a brand-new unit where the developer not only has a better product in a lot of ways, but they were also offering incentives.”

Mr Cush said the new competition resulted in rents falling by about 30 per cent in New Farm. Lower interest rates were lessening the financial impact on landlords, however.

With supply of new units still high, most landlords were opting to retain their existing tenants and slowly increase the rent over time rather than take a punt on the open market, he said.

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Brisbane’s median rent price is $400 a week.

Mr Cush said southern buyers and renters were starting to stake their claim on the Brisbane rental and sales markets.

“I do think they won’t return once they get up here. The weather is better, school fees are cheaper, and it’s not the compromise in lifestyle for the difference in price,” he said.

“It does have less people, you don’t get as good a meal on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, and you can’t dine after 9.30pm still in most places, but for what is in some cases half the rent and sales price, we’re not talking about half the lifestyle.”

Source: www.domain.com.au

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