Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Expand International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Apprenticeship Programs in the Lehigh Valley

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Education,  Infrastructure,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding for the acquisition and renovation of a property located at 101 S. Seventh St., Allentown, to turn it into a lab space enabling the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) to expand their apprenticeship programs, strengthening the local workforce.“One of the goals of my PAsmart initiative is to invest in apprenticeships, which offer rewarding careers for Pennsylvanians in a number of skilled trades,” Governor Wolf said. “This funding will help expand the IBEW’s apprenticeship program, providing opportunities for new labs and classrooms to train the next generation of electrical workers.”IBEW Local Union No. 375 was awarded $1 million for acquisition and renovation of the nearly 35,000-square-foot building. The renovations will result in new offices, meeting space, classrooms and electric labs for training the next generation of electricians. Renovation work includes new entrances, new roofing, interior partitions, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing improvements. Additionally, the project includes ADA upgrades and improvements to the entire streetscape, including new trees, sidewalks and curbing.“An important part of a healthy and growing economy is the availability of a qualified and skilled workforce,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne. “This RACP for IBEW 375 for renovations to expand its training and apprenticeship programs at its new headquarters in downtown Allentown will help ensure electrical workers entering the job market have the necessary training and skills to perform work that is both high-quality and extremely safe. Working with my colleagues and the governor, providing financial support to attract employers and employees to the Lehigh Valley and across Pennsylvania and make sure they receive proper training is a critical investment for the fiscal success of the Commonwealth.”The newly-purchased and renovated building will enable the IBEW to expand the number of apprentices accepted into the program and trained annually. The expanded training classes will lead to more skilled electrical workers, providing workers with family-sustaining jobs and giving local manufacturers a greater talent pool from which to hire.“Location matters. IBEW has a great history of training the next generation of tradespeople. By locating their new facility in our urban core, IBEW is ensuring that all folks will have an opportunity to access these great family sustaining jobs,” said Rep. Peter Schweyer.“The modern job is one that requires training and skills,” said Rep. Mike Schlossberg. “Our friends at the IBEW have been promoting high wage, high skill jobs for decades. I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues in the legislature and the governor’s office to help make this project a reality.”Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development. Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Expand International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Apprenticeship Programs in the Lehigh Valleycenter_img August 14, 2018last_img read more

Gov. Wolf: Clean Energy, Business, Faith, Environmental Advocacy Organizations Support Veto of Bill that Ignored Dangers of Climate Change

first_img September 25, 2020 Energy,  Environment,  Press Release Nearly a dozen clean energy, business, faith and environmental advocacy organizations have expressed their support of Governor Tom Wolf’s recent veto of House Bill 2025, which ignored the dangers of climate change and would have prevented the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from taking any action to abate, control or limit carbon dioxide emissions in the commonwealth without the prior approval of the General Assembly.Carbon dioxide is a harmful greenhouse gas and a major contributor to climate change, and this bill would have put a halt to DEP efforts to mitigate the impact climate change has on lives and livelihoods in Pennsylvania, including rulemaking currently being developed to allow Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI is an economically sound program that has a proven record of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in member states.Clean Air Council:“I congratulated Gov. Wolf last week on the successful Environmental Quality Board vote to advance his carbon limits program forward, and I applaud him today for vetoing a reckless, dangerous piece of legislation in House Bill 2025 that would have reversed that progress. House Bill 2025 would indefinitely obstruct any and all policy efforts to reduce carbon pollution in Pennsylvania. It’s that simple. Supporters deceitfully framed it instead as a mere process bill, one that would give the General Assembly a voice in setting climate policy. This is fundamentally misleading because, under state law, the legislature already has a robust role in the development of regulations and, quite frankly, we know the legislative majority’s position: block progress, deregulate the fossil fuel industry, and drill our way to ‘prosperity,’” saidJoseph Otis Minott, Esq., executive director and chief counsel of Clean Air Council. “Climate change is an urgent, existential threat that demands serious, commensurate policy solutions. Thank you, Gov. Wolf, for standing with the vast majority of Pennsylvanians who agree and who support your plan to cut carbon while creating tens of thousands of new jobs.”Clean Power PA Coalition:“We applaud Governor Wolf for rejecting House Bill 2025 and protecting efforts to cut carbon pollution and create jobs through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). With this veto he is standing with the overwhelmingly majority of Pennsylvanians who support RGGI.A poll conducted earlier this month found that 72 percent of Pennsylvania voters are in favor of the state becoming part of RGGI. The initiative also has wide support from the business community because of the significant economic benefits it has brought to participating states and will deliver to Pennsylvania as well. Economic analysis of the program shows that it would create 27,000 jobs and boost the state economy by nearly $2 billion. It also will reduce asthma attacks and other health problems for thousands of Pennsylvania children and adults. The Governor’s veto of House Bill 2025 keeps the state moving in the right direction in tackling climate change and investing in the clean energy jobs of the future. RGGI also can provide resources to help communities affected by the continuing transition in our energy markets and ensure that workers are not left behind.”Evangelical Environmental Network:“The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) is thankful for Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of the ill designed House Bill 2025. House Bill 2025, if signed, would have stopped Pennsylvania from joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and continued fossil fuel pollution’s threat to our children’s health. House Bill 2025 would have kept Pennsylvania in the dark with continued dependence on dirty fossil fuels instead of rebuilding Pennsylvania with family-sustaining jobs to ensure a cleaner, brighter, and healthy future,” said the Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox, president and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network.“It’s well past time to transition to a clean energy economy. Today we can have both the energy to power our economy and a clean environment. We no longer must choose between a strong economy and the life and health of our children, including the unborn. One in eight women give birth prematurely in the United States each year due to PM2.5, with the number increasing to one in five for Black women (30 percent of premature infants die).“Over 2,700 Pennsylvanians died prematurely in 2018 due to Pennsylvania’s air pollution, due in good measure to the electric industry. Pennsylvania’s pollution is also believed to have contributed to more than 2,300 premature deaths in other states,” Hescox said. “All told, Pennsylvania holds the auspicious claim of having the third highest rate of air pollution-related deaths in the U.S., after California and New York. RGGI will help Pennsylvania defend our kids’ health, but our energy workers are caught in the middle. Men, women, and families suffer much to provide our energy, and we cannot leave them behind as has been done in the past. The reality is that coal plants will close in Pennsylvania, and RGGI will not likely hasten coal’s demise. That’s already occurring, and gas will be next. Fossil fuels are simply no longer economically viable. In reality, they never really were if you consider that our children paid the cost in their hearts and lungs. The true, average cost of coal is 14.87 US cent/kWh over what we paid on our meter due to pollution’s impact on public health.”Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance:“We applaud Gov. Wolf’s leadership,” said Matt Elliott, executive director for the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA). “For years, Pennsylvania has sat on the sidelines as other states in the region enjoy the benefits of RGGI. The results from participating RGGI states are clear: their economies have grown, their air is cleaner, and their clean energy markets are expanding.”Natural Resources Defense Council:“The governor’s veto of this anti-climate legislation comes as the #ClimateCrisisjeopardizes people’s health, safety, and livelihoods,” said Mark Szybist, senior attorney of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Climate and Clean Energy Program, in a tweet.Nuclear Powers PA Coalition:“(Gov. Wolf) just took a huge stand for Pennsylvania’s #cleanenergy industry and the ~100K jobs it supports in our commonwealth,” said the Nuclear Powers PA Coalition in a tweet.Moms Clean Air Force:“Moms across the Commonwealth are thankful to Gov. Wolf for his veto of House Bill2025, which further shows his commitment to reducing climate pollution and protecting the health and future of Pennsylvania’s children. Linking to RGGI will protect our children from the power sector’s dirty air pollution that impacts health and contributes to climate change,” said Patrice Tomcik, Butler County resident and Project Manager for State Campaigns for Moms Clean Air Force. “Pennsylvania’s children and other vulnerable communities deserve to breathe clean air. Reductions in carbon and the associated harmful air pollution from the power sector can improve children’s health. A recent children’s study showed that by lowering harmful pollution from power plants, RGGI has helped to avoid asthma attacks, preterm births, low birth weight, and more. The health benefits were quantified between $191 million and $350 million. In addition, Pennsylvania’s participation in RGGI is critical to achieving the Governor’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.”PennEnvironment:“We applaud Gov. Wolf for his veto of the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s misguided attack on climate solutions. RGGI enjoys the support of a bipartisan group of governors in the region, and this valuable program offers key mechanisms for reducing pollution and fighting climate change. Joining our neighboring states to the north, east and south in this alliance can create a healthier, more vibrant region with clean air that transcends borders,” said PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center’s Executive Director David Masur. “As the Western U.S. suffers through devastating wildfires, the Gulf Coast recovers from another hurricane, and after the Keystone state experienced a sweltering, record-hot summer, many Pennsylvanians are wondering how to fight the climate crisis here at home. Gov. Wolf is providing a bold answer. Given a choice between living in the past with dirty fuels or being on the right side of history, Gov. Wolf is showing he’s ready to protect our communities and future generations across the state.“Still, the passage of House Bill 2025 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly serves as a stark reminder that many politicians are lagging behind the science of climate change and the will of their constituents to solve this existential crisis. It’s high time that politicians in Harrisburg come up with solutions to address climate change instead of continually putting up roadblocks to commonsense action,” Masur said. “PennEnvironment applauds the Environmental Quality Board for giving RGGI the green light and Gov. Wolf for vetoing this rollback of climate protections. We’re confident that the public comment period will show how broad and deep support runs for RGGI and for implementing solutions to address climate change.”PennFuture:“We applaud Gov. Wolf for doing the right thing in vetoing House Bill 2025,” said Rob Altenburg, director of the PennFuture Energy Center. “It’s clear that the governor possesses the legal authority to implement a cap-and-invest carbon reduction program in Pennsylvania, and there’s no good reason for the legislature to attempt to take away that authority. The science is crystal clear: we need immediate and meaningful action to cut our carbon pollution, and implementing a program similar to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is our best chance to accomplish that goal.”Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Environmental Defense Fund:“The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Environmental Defense Fund commend the Governor for vetoing House Bill 2025 and thank him and his administration for their steadfast leadership to advance pollution limits for power plants. House Bill 2025 would have allowed the General Assembly, through mere inaction, to block any proposal by the Administration to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This includes, but would not have been limited to, draft rulemaking now under consideration for Pennsylvania to link with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)– a market-based platform that has, for over a decade, proven to both reduce emissions and further economic investment and growth.“Despite acknowledgment that climate change presents a very real and immediate threat to Pennsylvania, there has been no action taken by the General Assembly to address it. Over a decade ago, the legislature passed a law requiring recurrent climate change impact assessments and policy recommendations be developed, and time and time again the calls generated through those reports – matched by scientists, businesses, the military, investors and more worldwide – have gone unheeded.“While we encourage legislative engagement on this critical issue, the legislature must commit to action. This includes affirmative steps to reduce emissions, protect communities and public health, help workers, and strategically position Pennsylvania for the inevitable, net-zero energy future. The options and opportunities are there; the days of idleness should be behind us.”Sierra Club:“The RGGI program is truly going to be the most important action Pennsylvania has taken on climate to date, and we applaud Gov. Wolf’s continued leadership in pushing this program forward. According to DEP’s analysis, RGGI will provide thousands of jobs and increase overall economic activity in PA by $1.9 billion by 2030. This is the program we need in a post-COVID economy recovery plan. Thank you Governor Wolf for acting on climate and working to protect future generations,” said Tom Schuster, Pennsylvania Clean Energy Program director for the Sierra Club. “If we do not start acting immediately to reign in climate disrupting pollution, it will be too late. We cannot sacrifice our children’s future in an attempt to support the coal industry, which is dying with or without RGGI. If the legislature wants to play a more productive role, they can start by supporting community transition packages or designating some of the RGGI allowance proceeds to help communities adapt to inevitable change.”Further, a recent letter from a coalition of nearly two dozen businesses expressed their support for Pennsylvania’s participation in RGGI, noting, in part, “RGGI presents one of our most cost-efficient opportunities to accelerate emissions reductions while preserving Pennsylvania’s proud status as an economic powerhouse for the many years to come. We encourage Pennsylvania’s lawmakers and stakeholders to constructively work together to support and swiftly implement the Commonwealth’s participation in this important initiative.” SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Gov. Wolf: Clean Energy, Business, Faith, Environmental Advocacy Organizations Support Veto of Bill that Ignored Dangers of Climate Changelast_img read more

Aussies added $10 billion in housing loans in a month, to now owe $1.561 trillion on homes

first_imgQueensland saw owner occupied housing lending drop in December, seasonally adjustedMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoAUSSIES added $10 billion in home loans in one month, bringing total outstanding housing loans to a whopping $1.561 trillion, latest official data shows.Australian Bureau of Statistics housing finance data for December showed housing loan outstandings jumped 0.7 per cent between November and December last year, with owner occupied loans hitting $1.016 trillion and investment housing loans at $545 billion.“The total value of dwelling commitments excluding alterations and additions (trend) rose 0.8 per cent in December 2016 compared with November 2016, and the seasonally adjusted series rose 0.4 per cent in December 2016.”Seasonally adjusted, owner occupied lending was up 1.3 per cent, led by strong growth out of ACT up 6.3 per cent, followed by New South Wales 1.5 per cent, Victoria 0.8 per cent and Northern Territory 0.5 per cent. But elsewhere saw falls including Queensland (down 1.3 per cent), Tasmania (2.7 per cent), South Australia (1.9 per cent) and Western Australia (2.7 per cent).First home buyers remained at 13.8 per cent of total owner occupied commitments for the month, but their numbers were down to 7,690.last_img read more

Gold Coast mega-mansion changes hands for multi-million dollar figure

first_img201-205 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters has changed hands for a multi-million dollar figure.ONE of the Gold Coast’s biggest mansions, which had a price tag of $12.5 million, has sold in just three weeks.It is understood the property, at 201-205 Monaco St in Broadbeach Waters, changed hands in a cash sale.The deal involving a Taiwanese buyer was negotiated by Christopher Jones and Lisa Halpin of Savills Residential Gold Coast, who declined to confirm the contract price. “The Taiwanese buyer was looking for a home to suit his needs on the Gold Coast and, while the home will have a fulltime caretaker, it has been bought as a holiday home for his family,” Mr Jones said. “Monaco St has always been popular among buyers of this calibre and it’s always known to be tightly held.” 201-205 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago201-205 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.Fitch Retail Investments boss David Fitch, head of one of South Australia’s most successful family business groups, bought the home with his wife Rachel in 2015. A grand foyer with sweeping staircases and chandeliers is a showpiece greeting visitors to the three-level waterfront residence.Poised on a 4001sq m block with a sweeping driveway, the luxury six-bedroom, eight-bathroom mansion includes a tennis court, pool, sports bar, games room, home theatre and office. The sale was prompted by Mr Fitch’s off-market purchase of Villa Cantarocco at 255 Monaco St.He reportedly paid a record $11 million for the purchase, which was negotiated by Kollosche Prestige Agents principal Michael Kollosche. 201-205 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters. 201-205 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.last_img read more

Mission Beach slowly starts to regain its former touch

first_imgTourist Daisy Hijnen, 23, holidays in Mission Beach Photographer: Liam Kidston.THE forecast is starting to look more promising for a beloved Far North coastal community.Truus Biddlecombe-Sanders has lived through the highs and lows of Mission Beach since she moved to the famous tourism town with her husband Patrick Biddlecombe in 1997.“After arriving in Australia we lived in Melbourne, Cairns and the Gold Coast but decided to retire here,” she said. “We had been all over the world: there were the Caribbean beaches and African outback; but Mission Beach offered us everything.”Every day Mrs Biddlecombe-Sanders walks along the beach with her dog, and on a Friday evening will enjoy a seaside drink with friends.She said Mission Beach had not lost any of its charm over the past two decades.“Of course it has grown but the village atmosphere very much remains,” she said.“I don’t think it will change much; it is too far from the airport to become like Port Douglas.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoThe Wongaling Beach resident, who sits on the Mission Beach Community Association committee, said she hoped to remain in the town for as long as possible. While a traditional favourite among Far North holiday-makers, Mission Beach recorded a population of 815 in the 2016 Census – a slight increase from 765 in 2011.But like the entire Cassowary Coast, the community’s property market has been languishing for almost a decade.This was compounded by the devastation wreaked by cyclones Larry and Yasi.But while still well below the levels reached in 2007, when Mission Beach median house prices soared above $400,000, the local real estate market is showing signs of improvement.“The Cassowary Coast market has been gradually rebuilding in volume from the 20-year low it experienced in 2011, which coincided with market disruption caused by Cyclone Yasi,” said Herron Todd White research director Rick Carr. “Mission Beach has been through the worst and prices there are starting to slowly rebuild, but market conditions in Innisfail are still flat.“Meanwhile the median house prices in Cardwell and Tully have tended to reduce.”last_img read more

Sustainable home earns praise

first_imgArchitect Chloe Naughton who designed the award winning Inverdon House in Bowen.Despite not being successful in winning the award, Ms Naughton said she was proud of the house crediting Tim, Jack, Mark, Robbie, Woppa and Scottie from J D Lowcock and Co Builders, along with subcontractors, for building the house, and Clifford Stanyon for the engineering. The house had won the individual home $651,000-$750,000 category at the Master Builders Mackay and Whitsunday Housing and Construction Awards this year.Ms Naughton said there were a number of  considerations she made when creating her plans.“Along with understanding the climate, it was deeply important to dissect the lives of the clients in order to provide them with a space that responded to their daily rituals while offering a model for living which essentially simplified their lives,” she said“The brief called for the house to be low-maintenance, floodproof, cyclone-proof and easy to live in with provision for a future live-in-carer. Inverdon House AIDA category nomineeA SUSTAINABLE home designed by a former Bowen woman has been recognised as one of the year’s best at the 2017 Houses Awards.Inverdon House, designed by architect Chloe Naughton for her parents, was the only North Queensland finalist at the awards held in Melbourne this month.Ms Naughton said that while the recognition for the house was wonderful, the most important reception is that of her clients. BCM EMBARGOED MARCH 31 Inverdon House AIDA category nominee“Buildings are places people inhabit for the majority of their lives so to be able to influence one’s experience in life through their built environment is a very powerful role,” she said.Ms Naughton said her parents said “they love living in their forever home”.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The awards were presented at the National Gallery of Victoria with Brisbane’s Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters taking out the Australian House of the Year.The Inverdon project was a finalist in two categories, being recognised for Sustainability and New House over 200sq m categories.center_img J D Lowcock & Co won the Individual Home from $651,000-$750,000 category at this year’s Master Builders Mackay & Whitsunday Housing & Construction Awards for its work on Inverdon house — the permanent residence for a soon to be retired couple. Picture: ZESTY PHOTOGRAPHY“This house was designed for my parents who went from living in a house with a single door, no cross-ventilation or outdoor living space and a year-round reliance on airconditioning to now a house which completely opens up to nature. “It has changed the way they live.”last_img read more

Women break through concrete ceiling amid rise in wealth creation via renovating and developing

first_imgRenovator and developer Simone Burke had a new kitchen and floor put in at her Sippy Downs investment house on the Sunshine Coast. Picture: Liam Kidston.ALMOST half of all property investors now were women, but many were still being short-changed out of millions because of the “blokey” nature of builders.Latest industry data showed that higher levels of working women, lone person and single parent households, divorce and longer lifespans were seeing almost as many females own property as males, 47 per cent according to the Property Council Australia.According to specialised female property investment advisory group Build in Common, the top five perceived main reasons why more women were not developing or renovating were “finding a builder, architect or tradespeople”; “lack of expertise or no previous experience”; “perceived as being too expensive”; “I don’t know where to start” and “not knowing if I can trust what a tradesperson tells me”.BIC co-founder and former commercial lawyer Pia Turcinov said women were capable of more than just painting and buying soft furnishings. “We want to help women project manage the trades for their renovation, or even have the confidence to co-ordinate an entire subdivision or commercial development.”The data showed that the top three projects being considered by women developers were kitchen renovation, new builds and subdivisions, with the top three calls for help being around budgeting guidelines, timeline examples of building projects and explaining what trades were needed for a project.Her fellow BIC co-founder and CEO of commercial construction firm Rodine Australia Justine Teggelove said techspeak impeded many women from building higher equity levels in real estate.“The construction sector is the most male dominated industry in the country. It has a jargon that often locks women out of the conversation,” she said.Demand for ways to break through that was so high BIC has created a toolkit to “designed to take the uncertainty out” of renovation and development projects.“A kitchen renovation can add significant value to a property, but if you outsource every aspect of the development you can easily over capitalise. Our toolkits will give women the confidence to optimise every improvement they make to their property.”The majority of women who were using the toolkits were in the 40s (40 per cent) followed by women in the 30s (25 per cent) and those in their 50s (21 per cent).Sunshine Coast resident Simone Burke was now mid-renovation for an investment property in which she “ripped up the floors and laid the vinyl planks herself”.When she first began developing and flipping properties, there was nothing available to break through the jargon of male tradies who made her feel like she was asking “dumb questions”.Ms Burke was influenced by her parents, who she said had made some really smart property purchases while she was growing up.She bought her first investment at 26 and was empowered by it. She did some basic cosmetic renovations on it, “even though I had no idea how’’.After meeting her husband and starting a family, the couple decided to put their money into property.Ms Burke said she started off with just small cosmetic renovation projects and tried to do as much as she could herself.“You have to be sensible with things like electrical and plumbing and always seek help from professionals.’’More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoShe would “absolutely’’ recommend property development to women.“Although feeling intimidated at first by the huge financial out lay, it has been really empowering,’’ she said.“This has encouraged me to continue on with further properties and take on more renovations on each one.’’ Top Tips for Renovating/Building/Developing: Have a plan Sit down and take stock of your current financial situation, so that you know exactly what your starting point is as far as your assets and liabilities go … The level of your risk exposure will affect not only your sleep cycle, but also likely timelines and levels of return. Understand the numbers Become financially literate. Know the terminology and what specifically to ask of your financial advisers … No question is a dumb one when it comes to your money and your property. Understand the players Research upfront who you are likely to be dealing with and in what context (financial advisers, banks, accountants, developers, real estate agents, lawyers, government agencies, and the list goes on). Know their roles. Back yourself to get started Map out a rough plan and understand the principles of the process. Don’t wait until you feel that you know it all. Embrace the fact that you may never feel completely ready. (Source: Build in Common)last_img read more

Radio star Luke Bradnam is now selling both his houses

first_imgLuke Bradnam testing out the Gold Coast Bulletin Prize Tinny on the Broadwater Main Beach last year. Picture: Mike BatterhamRADIO star Luke Bradnam of Triple M and Gold FM seems to have some big plans underfoot, with both of his properties currently on the market – and they’re like chalk and cheese.The Channel 9 weatherman has a three bedder in North Ipswich and a waterfront five bedder in Broadbeach Waters on the Gold Coast, according to CoreLogic records. CoreLogic shot of Bradnam’s North Ipswich property.Records show Bradnam put the Ipswich property on the market for $260,000 – a tidy $200,000 more than he paid in 2002.The house is on a 448sq m block in a suburb where the median price had grown 10.4 per cent in five years. Bradnam’s Broadbeach Waters home has its own tennis court. There’s also a waterfront pool.Bradnam’s home on the Gold Coast was bought for $1.85m 12 years ago, according to CoreLogic data and has so much room it has its own tennis court and pool, plus access to the broadwater. The median price in the area has grown 60.3 per cent in the area in the last five years. No price has been set on the property publicly, with it to come “by negotiation”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoTriple M Brisbane Drive Show’s Luke Bradnam and Ben Dobbins with Agro. Picture: AAP Image/Mark Calleja.last_img read more

Buyers are choosing apartments over house on the Gold Coast

first_imgMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoALLEGRA at Southport.“About 60 per cent of sales we made in the first quarter were apartments and townhomes, and there was quite a bit of activity at the top end of the market, which shows demand for this style of property is strong across the board,” Mr Taylor said.“We sold an apartment in Como Crescent in Southport for $3.22 million and, at the other end of the spectrum, five apartments in Labrador sold to a single investor for $140,000 each.“While house prices fluctuated in 2017, apartment prices remained stable and that has played a role in the continued demand for this type of property.”LJ Hooker Surfers Paradise also noticed the trend, particularly among local and interstate buyers investing in apartments in the $350,000 to $600,000 price range.Agency principal Anna Tooma said anyone interested in listing an apartment is in a good position. The Beach Apartments at Broadbeach.“The Gold Coast and more particularly the 4217 postcode area is very popular with local and interstate investors because they get great value for their investment dollar,” she said.“The Gold Coast can afford to embrace this surge in residential investment because of the direct and indirect benefits including job creation, boosting the economy and tourism plus community development.”Residential sales director Sam Mansy said those investing in central areas including Surfers Paradise, Main Beach and Broadbeach would also capitalise on the development, lifestyle and the tourism markets. Research shows more apartments and townhouses are being sold on the Gold Coast than houses.MORE homeowners are choosing to buy apartments over houses on the Gold Coast, new research reveals.Data from the Queensland Statistician’s Office shows 8511 apartments and townhouses were sold in the March, June and September quarters last year compared to 6412 houses.During that period, the average price for a house ranged between $638,000 and $650,000 while apartments had an average sale price of $425,000 to $427,000.@realty director JJ Taylor said the company sold $46.9 million in property on the Gold Coast during the first quarter of this year – $26 million of which was apartment and townhouse sales.last_img read more

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first_imgStuttgart, GermanyMarch 5 – 7 1997Eurocargo ’97. Huss-Verlag GmbH, Joseph-Dollinger-Bogen 5, D-80807 München, Germany.Fax: +49 89 323 91-416New York, USAMarch 10 – 12 1997Annual Global Forum on Railroad Finance. Information Management Network, 25 West 45th Street, Suite 1505, New York 10036, USA.Fax: +1 212 768 2484e-mail: imnreg@aol.comOkayama, JapanMarch 11 – 13 1997Sanyo Shinkansen 25-year Commemorative International High Speed Conference. Director, High Speed Conference Secretariat, West Japan Railway, 4-24 Shibata 2-chome, Kita-ku, 530 Osaka, Japan.Fax: +81 6376 6025London, Great BritainMarch 12 – 13 1997Competitive Opportunities and Critical Commercial Issues in Pan-European Rail Freight. SMi Ltd,1 New Concordia Wharf, Mill Street, London SE12BB, Great Britain.Fax: +44 171 252 2272Amsterdam, NetherlandsMarch 13 – 14 1997European Rail ’97. Business Seminars International Ltd, Sussex House, High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN330AL, Great Britain.Fax: +44 1424 773334London, Great BritainMarch 13 – 14 1997Optimising Safety Investment in Emerging Urban Transit Systems. AIC Conferences Ltd, 2nd Floor, 100 Hatton Garden, London EC1N8NX, Great Britain.Fax: +44 171 242 2320Washington DC, USAMarch 18 – 19 1997Opportunities in Railway Restructuring. World Research Group, 12 E 49th Street, 17th Floor, New York NY10017, USA.Fax: +1 212 421 9410e-mail: info@worldrg.comHong KongMarch 18 – 20 1997Asia Rail ’97 and Rail Ops seminars. IIR Ltd, 20/F Siu ON Centre, 188 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.Fax: +852 2507 5666Paris, FranceMarch 19 1997Euromodal ’97. UIC, 16 Rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris, France.Fax: +33 1 44 49 20 29Hanoi, VietnamMarch 19 – 21 1997Vietnam Transport Infrastructure Congress ’97. IBC Asia Ltd, 268 Orchard Road, #18-02, Singapore 238856.Fax: +65 733 5087Lille, FranceMarch 20 – 21 1997The Channel Tunnel Experience – Lessons for the Future. CT97 Secretariat, Institution of Electrical Engineers, Savoy Place, London WC2R0BL, Great Britain.Fax: +44 171 240 8830London, Great BritainMarch 20 – 21 1997Second Annual Conference on Electronic Payment Systems in Transport. IBC Technical Services Ltd, Gilmoora House, 57-61 Mortimer Street, London W1N8JX, Great Britain.Fax: +44 171 636 1976Cape Town, South AfricaApril 7 – 11 19976th International Heavy Haul Association conference – Beyond 2000. Danie Van Zijl, Spoornet, Paul Kruger Building, Wolmarans Street, Johannesburg, South Africa 2000.Fax: +27 11 773 2393Hannover, GermanyApril 14 – 19 1997Rail Transport Technology at Hannover Fair ’97. Wolfgang Pech, Deutsche Messe AG, Messegelände, D-30521 Hannover, Germany.Fax: +49 511 89 32694York, Great BritainApril 23 – 24 1997Train Maintenance Tomorrow … and Beyond. Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1 Birdcage Walk, London SW1H9JJ.Fax: +44 171 222 4557Utrecht, NetherlandsApril 23 – 25 1997Rail Tech Holland conference and exhibition. Europoint BV, Johan H J Haarhuis, PO Box 344, 3840 AH Harderwijk, Netherlands.Fax: +31 341 425614Dallas, Texas, USAMay 13 – 15 1997AAR 10th Annual Hazardous Materials Seminar. Cyndi Stone, Association of American Railroads, 50 F Street NW, Room 5003A, Washington DC 20001, USA.Fax: +1 202 639 2204Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaMay 14 – 16 1997Exporail (Asia) 97, and associated conference on Mass Transit Management and seminars on Vehicle & Track Performance. Interfama Brooks Exhibitions Pte Ltd, Forum Place, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL100RN, Great Britain.Fax: +44 1707 275544Conference details from Judy Whitham, Independent Technical Conferences.Fax: +44 1234 841375Seminar details from Rachel Connix, Institution of Civil Engineers.Fax: +44 171 233 1743Buenos Aires, ArgentinaMay 19 – 22 1997Latin Rail ’97. Christian Ernst Suarez, AIC Conferences Chile, Nueva de Lyon 96, Of 405, Santiago, Chile.Fax: +56 2 246 8109København, DenmarkMay 22 – 26 1997High Speed Train exhibition. Secretariat for DSB Jubilee, Sølvgade 40, DK-1349 København K, Denmark.Fax: +45 3315 0400Yangon, MyanmarMay 22 – 26 1997Myanmar Transport Expo ’97. CP Exhibition, Room 1703, 109 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.Fax: +852 2511 9692e-mail: cpexhbit@hk.super.netLuzern, SwitzerlandMay 26 – 28 1997International congress ’Sustainable top achievements of the railways – long-term solutions’. Projektleitung Jubiläum 1997, SBB, Mittelstrasse 43, CH-3030 Bern, Switzerland.Fax: +41 512 20 40 99Stuttgart, GermanyJune 2 – 6 199752nd UITP World Congress and City Transport 97 exhibition. UITP, Avenue de l’Uruguay 19, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium.Fax: +32 2 660 10 72last_img read more