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Smoking ban in Queensland

17 October 2015 In: Queensland, Health, Family, General

Officials in Queensland, Australia, are taking further steps to ban smoking in public places. New laws are being drafted to ban smoking in and around childcare centres, children’s sporting events, bus stops and other areas. It is already illegal to smoke inside pubs, clubs, restaurants and workplaces in Queensland. Lighting up is also banned at major sports stadiums, outdoor eating areas and patrolled beaches. Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick said the additional laws are needed…

LNG industry in Queensland

16 October 2015 In: Jobs, Queensland, General

A new liquefied natural gas operation has begun in Queensland, Australia and the first shipment of LNG has just been exported. Total’s new Gladstone LNG plant at Curtis Island will produce 7.2 million tons of LNG per year once at full capacity. All production from the plant will be sold to Asian buyers in South Korea and Malaysia. The first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Gladstone LNG project has been loaded and…

Australia air flights up and down

26 September 2015 In: Travel, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Queensland, General

There has been a rise in international flights to Australia but a fall in the number of people using domestic flights. Domestic air traffic in Australia has fallen by 1% over the past year while an increase in the number of international visitors using Australian airports has increased. In 2014, almost 60 million passengers were carried on Australian domestic routes, a fall of 0.9% compared to 2013 but the number of flights (689,162) fell by…

Brisbane aims for 40% open space

23 September 2015 In: Brisbane, Queensland, General

The amount of public open space in Brisbane, Australia, is set to rise to 40% over the next 15 years. City officials aim to increase the amount of land set aside for non-building or commercial purposes in order to conserve and protect local wildlife and endangered species. Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, says that 40% of the city will be dedicated to green space by 2031. The Mayor told reporters: “Brisbane is Australia’s most…

House prices in Brisbane suburbs

20 September 2015 In: Property, Brisbane, Queensland, General

Brisbane and South East Queensland has become the target for price-conscious home-buyers looking for affordable housing. Suburbs in the south of Brisbane are now the focus of quickening growth in both development and sales. Logan City (between Brisbane City and Gold Coast City) has become popular in the past year and now the middle-ring precinct in Brisbane Southside is the place to look for affordable properties. Within this area, suburbs include Greenslopes (average house price…

Record unit sales in Brisbane

11 September 2015 In: Property, Brisbane, Queensland, General

Brisbane has witnessed a boom in apartment sales over the past three months. A record 2,277 new apartments have been sold across 86 projects in the city in the three months to June. The previous high was 1,541 sales in the last three months of 2014. Buyers have been flocking to Brisbane this year and the city has seen growth in both property values and rental returns, outperforming the capital city hot-spots of Sydney and…

New homes record in Australia

10 September 2015 In: Property, Sydney, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, General

The number of new homes planned in Australia has risen to record levels with over 200,000 approved in the past year, 40% higher than two years ago. While this record level of home-building has created an over-supply of properties in some capital cities and driven down prices, some major cities are suffering an under-supply that continues to force prices up. But industry observers say this imbalance will level out over the next two years and…

Brisbane boasts ‘Bar of the Year’

20 August 2015 In: Travel, Brisbane, Queensland, Entertainment, General

A boozer in Brisbane has been voted the best bar in Australia. The Gresham in Brisbane was voted Bar of The year in the annual Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards for its old-world charm, comprehensive range of whisky’s and cocktails and its’ award-winning bartenders. The venue has also been nominated for eight top honours at next month’s Australian Bartender Magazine Awards. A string of venues, restaurants and bars across Queensland have won top awards. Crosstown…

Workers needed in Australia

16 August 2015 In: Jobs, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Technology, General

Around 4,500 new workers are being sought to help the rollout of the National Broadband Network in Australia. Government officials say the workforce for the National Broadband Network must double in order to speed up the rollout and meet deadlines set for completion in 2020. Now moves are underway to attract skilled communications workers and to train workers new to the industry. Malcolm Turnbull, Communications Minister, told reporters: “We’ve got 1,300 jobs in New South…

200,000 new homes in Australia

20 July 2015 In: Property, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland

Around 220,000 new homes were built in Australia in the past year, with a rise of 8.6% in the first three months of 2015. Across the country, a total of 219,000 new homes will have been built this year with a forecast slightly lower rate of 202,000 to be built in 2016. This compares to an average 155,000 new homes built each year between 2005 and 2012, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, whose…

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