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Ipswich set to trial electric driverless shuttle buses

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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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Queensland Attracts UK Property Seekers

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Research by realestate.com.au showed that searches for property in Queensland climbed by nearly a third in December compared to the same period in the previous year. This was driven largely by British people who are flocking to one of the most populous states in the country, according to a report by news.com.au.

The study found that property searches originating from the UK increased 31%, with the Sunshine Coast suburbs of Noosa Heads, Buderim and Mooloolaba as popular picks among potential buyers.

New Farm, Redcliffe and North Lakes, meanwhile, topped the list of the most in-demand suburbs in Brisbane.

Nerida Conisbee, Realestate.com.au chief economist, said Queensland, specifically its beachside properties, held the top spot in terms of total search activity among UK property seekers.

“The Hemsworth impact seems to be impacting the view of Byron Bay with this the most searched by UK property seekers in December 2018 — the number tripling from December 2017,” she said.

Universal Buyers Agents Director Darren Piper said that the chaos surrounding Brexit in Britain was enticing overseas buyers to explore the Australian property market.

“House prices in London have fallen for the fifth quarter in a row. It’s natural for investors to look for safe havens in times of uncertainty,” he said.

Australia’s property market has consistently grown over the past decade, with homes in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne reaching record prices.

“It’s the perfect time for people to get their foot in the door and it’s a great time as a homeowner to explore your options, maybe make a move or stay the course,” said Piper.

 

Source: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

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Where it’s cheaper to buy than rent: It’s Ipswich’s time to shine

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Where it’s cheaper to buy than rent It’s Ipswich’s time to shine

SHUT out of the Brisbane market? Don’t despair. You can still bag a bargain in Ipswich as it shakes off its stigma as the city’s poor cousin.

IT HAS played second fiddle to Brisbane for years, but finally, it is Ipswich’s time to shine.

Long regarded as the river city’s poor cousin, the “Switch” has shaken off its stigma and is forging a name for itself as the state’s property bargain capital — where you can get a house for less than your weekly rent.

New figures from realestate.com.au have revealed the suburbs across Queensland where it is now cheaper to buy than rent and eight of the top 20 are in the Ipswich growth corridor.

In Ebbw Vale, where the median house price is $248,500, it works out to be $386 cheaper to own a home in the suburb than to rent one.

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And in the burgeoning masterplanned community of Ripley, where it costs $1600 a month on average to rent of home, it only costs $1230 a month on average to own one.

It comes as Brisbane’s housing market has recorded its strongest annual rise in rents in three years.

After months of flat growth in rental properties, analysis of the latest CoreLogic data by realestate.com.au shows house rents increased 2.4 per cent in 2018, while the cost of leasing a unit became 2.6 per cent more expensive.

A rare combination of low interest rates, a rising population and fewer investors and new developments is starting to put upward pressure on rents in the sunshine state and industry experts say now is the time for long-term renters to buy.

Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the only way was up for rents in the city, as underlying demand in the Brisbane market began to absorb rental supply.

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Ms Conisbee said she was surprised by the “sheer number of suburbs” in greater Brisbane where it was cheaper to buy than rent.

“There’s quite a large number of them,” she said.

“Now is actually a good time to look to buy because we are looking to see further increases in rental levels.

“The reason being we have fewer new developments going ahead and also fewer investors in the market.”

Caitlin and Bryn Williams decided to buy a home in Ripley when they realised they could pay about the same in loan repayments as they were in rent.

After previously renting in Ipswich, they bought a brand new, four-bedroom house for just over $350,000 in the Ecco Ripley estate, where stage one of the $1.5 billion Ripley Town Centre has just been completed.

“We’re happy not to be renting anymore,” Mrs Williams said.

“What we were paying in rent, we were paying off someone else’s mortgage.”

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Ripley is on track to become Australia’s biggest masterplanned community — home to 120,000 by 2041.

CoreLogic figures show the suburb’s median house price has grown by nearly 20 per cent in the past 12 months.

Mohammad Bassiri of Ray White Springfield Lakes said people were starting to realise it worked out cheaper or just as expensive to buy a home in the Ipswich region as it was to rent one.

Mr Bassiri said a friend of his recently moved from a rental at Springfield Lakes to buy a three-bedroom house at South Ripley for $320,000 because he realised the mortgage repayments were the same as his rent payments.

WHERE IT IS CHEAPER TO BUY THAN RENT IN QLD

Suburb Median house price Monthly loan repayment Monthly rent Difference

1. Lamb Island $110,000 $405 $997 $592

2. Macleay Island $182,000 $669 $1,192 $523

3. Russell Island $165,000 $607 $1,083 $476

4. Kilcoy $272,000 $1000 $1,452 $452

5. Mundoolun $576,000 $2,118 $2,548 $430

6. Laidley $237,500 $873 $1,300 $427

7. Woodford $327,250 $1,204 $1,603 $399

8. Plainland $375,000 $1,379 $1,768 $389

9. Ebbw Vale $248,500 $914 $1,300 $386

10. Ripley $335,000 $1,232 $1,603 $371

11. One Mile $242,500 $892 $1,257 $365

12. Blackstone $314,000 $1,155 $1,517 $362

13. Leichhardt $243,375 $895 $1,257 $362

14. Lowood $251,750 $926 $1,278 $352

15. Brendale $270,000 $993 $1,343 $350

16. Riverview $238,500 $877 $1,213 $336

17. Cedar Vale $498,000 $1,832 $2,167 $335

18. Goodna $310,500 $1,142 $1,473 $331

19. Loganholme $381,900 $1,405 $1,733 $328

20. Redbank $329,000 $1,210 $1,538 $328

(Source: Realestate.com.au)

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Labor Unveils $6.6bn Affordable Housing Plan to Build 250,000 New Homes

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Labor Unveils $6.6bn Affordable Housing Plan

Labor has announced a ten-year plan to build 250,000 new homes across Australia, including 20,000 during its first term in government if it wins the election.

The $6.6 billion investment would see 250,000 new homes for low income and working families, key workers such as nurses, police, carers and teachers and women over 55, the fastest emerging group of Australians at risk of homelessness.

Subsidies of $8,500 per year would be offered to investors building new homes in return for cheaper rent for eligible tenants.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten unveiled the multibillion-dollar plan in his address yesterday at Labor’s three-day national conference in Adelaide.

“Building more affordable housing is infrastructure policy. It is cities policy. It is jobs and productivity policy,” he said.

The plan would see a family paying the national rental average save up to $92 each week.

“When you provide an affordable home for hard-working people, you give them the level playing-field and fair start they need,” he said.

Shorten said Labor would work with the states and territories, local councils, and community housing providers to make sure the rollout of homes were built “where they’re needed most” and would “go to the people who need them most”.

“Not foreign investors, nor international students.”

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The new homes would be accessible for all ages and for people with a disability, with Shorten describing the new homes as “more energy efficient, meaning lower power bills”, also offering a rental discount of 20 per cent.

Describing Labor as a “party of home ownership, and a party of affordable housing and community housing”, Shorten used the speech as an opportunity to call on industry super to “step up” and invest in affordable housing projects.

And of course, the opposition leader touched upon the hotly debated campaign election issue: negative gearing.

“This is a boost for renters and for the liveability of our growing suburbs… Alongside our plans to make negative gearing fairer, it will drive a boom in construction jobs and apprenticeships,” Shorten said.

A recent report published by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) found Australia needed to triple its social housing by 2036, faced with a shortfall of 433,000 social housing dwellings.

Labor Unveils $6.6bn Affordable Housing Plan to Build 250,000 New Homes

 

Property industry bodies welcome Labor’s announcement

Property Council chief executive Ken Morrison welcomed the incentives, but said they are “no substitute” for the supply of housing which is funded by 2.1 million property investors, “including those who access negative gearing”.

Housing affordability remains a critical issue for many Australians, an issue Morrison says is often overshadowed in the media by Melbourne and Sydney’s cooling markets.

“It makes sense to harness the investment capacity of the private sector to deliver affordable housing,” Morrison said.

“Labor’s incentives for investors to deliver affordable housing will make a contribution to meeting that need while also providing a boost to our construction industry, a key driver of economic activity.”

Planning schemes, land supply, and property taxes, which make up around 25 per cent of the cost of a new house are all part of the housing affordability mix, Morrison added, “there is no single ‘silver bullet’ solution”.

Urban Taskforce chief executive Chris Johnson said many different approaches are needed to tackle the hugely complex housing affordability issue.

“State and territory governments still have a responsibility to ensure that enough appropriately-zoned land is available in inner-ring suburbs to ensure sufficient housing supply,” Johnson said.

“Infrastructure levies must be kept under control to ensure that these do not add to the cost of housing production.”

 

Source: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

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