Quick Snips May 2014

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I just checked to make sure that I gave everyone the heads up about how good April had the potential to be. It is nice to be right for a change. Two weeks of school holidays and two extra long weekends definitely help, but when we turn on summer like conditions consistently throughout the month the place fills to the brim with locals and visitors making the most of the accommodation, the beaches and the local shops and restaurants as well. There was hardly a spare spot on the coast and not a frown to be seen anywhere..
All except for our very own secluded piece of paradise. The place where nobody goes even if they give away free passes. If you are prepared to put in a short walk to get your own private beach you will find it in front of Palmer Resort. I took a lazy stroll along the beach on the last long weekend and the lifeguard was the only person anywhere near that patrolled beach. Look to the north and then to the south and there are people everywhere. The lifeguard was having a good time out on his paddle board though because there was no one for him to keep an eye on. Hopefully he enjoyed that because it appears that he is about to continue the downward employment spiral at the resort as his service contract is not going to be renewed. If I was him I would run away as quickly as possible and not leave a forwarding address. The last bloke to leave was the former general manager and Palmer United Party candidate Bill Schoch. He is now in court trying to find out how his agreed employment remuneration of $1,000,000 p.a. suddenly turned in to a supposed contract for $150,000 p.a. that he knew nothing about. It seems that he got booted when he alerted Clive to the discrepancy. To make 2014 even more memorable, the big fella has now sent Bill a bill for over $600,000 to cover his accommodation and living expenses whilst he was working at the resort. This whole thing has become a disgrace and a farce. Can the last person to the leave Palmer Resort please turn the lights out.
On a much more positive note, there looks like we have a very good chance that this weather pattern that we have now been experiencing since last August could continue right through our winter. After four (or is it five) years of never ending rain it looks like El Nino is returning to our shores. Hopefully it doesn’t hang around for as long as last time when we nearly ran out of water but I am sure that another six months of this won’t have anyone complaining.
ANZAC ceremonies are getting bigger everywhere each year and the dawn ceremonies at Mudjimba and Coolum are definitely no exception. Thousands of people including numerous younger children are turning up to remember past sacrifices at both events in an amazing show of support.
I mentioned last month that the sale of Surfair tavern and restaurant was in the hands of receivers. Good news with advice that the locally owned Scanlon Property Group has now contracted to purchase the property and get it back up and running again. Driving through Coolum this morning I noticed that the footings for the new DAN MURPHYS are down. At this rate this will be up and operating before the new service station just along the Esplanade will be finished even though they had nearly nine months headstart. The only thing Coolum need more than a bigger bottle shop right now is a second service station that might hopefully stimulate some price competition with the current lone operator. I can’t believe that one operator can sit their prices so consistently 20 cents per litre above the rest of the coast. I hope they enjoy it while they can.
We have been given the opportunity to sell 10 new two and three bedroom townhouses at the corner of David Low Way and Tanah St West off the plan. These are within easy walking distance to the beach and Mount Coolum shops and priced between $365000 to $395000. Rental demand is very high and new properties are nowhere to be seen still so these look good. Please contact any of our sales team for more information.
Our last In Rooms auctions for this financial year will be held on June 11th. It is already looking like a strong rollout of properties and should ensure the selling financial year finishes strongly. As always if you are thinking of selling or buying or just interested in what is going on in our market these events are always worth considering and attending.

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