Quick Snips November 2012

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I have no idea what Keith was thinking when he said that I would have stories from my surf trip to pass on this month. I’m sure that everyone knows that what happens on tour stays on tour. I am happy to tell you that as good as our trip was, there is nothing like two weeks in Indonesia to make you appreciate how good it is here.
October has been a continuation of our great run of beach weather although it has been almost completely lacking in surf. Months of unseasonal northerly wind has also seen the best build up of sand on our beaches that we have seen in many years and the water conditions at the beach are picture perfect and crystal clear with temperatures back to a very comfortable 20 plus degrees. Weekends have seen the Full House signs going up across the Coast as our local holiday market has made the most of what feels like a very early start to summer. Local shops and restaurants have been reporting bumper trading conditions which can only help in providing a much needed boost to business confidence. After what had seemed like a pretty quiet whale season, there was no holding back during the month as an endless stream of mothers and calves followed their southern migration with an incredible number of close encounters so close to the beach it seemed like they could have been scratching their bellies in the sand.
As far as our business goes, it is good to report that all of the above seems to be translating into strong activity across all departments. Permanent rentals are moving strongly with shortages of houses to rent being experienced. Holiday bookings are also active and pointing towards a very strong Christmas period. And as Keith mentioned our sales results are proving to be very consistent. Our last “In Rooms” auction that was held October 18th saw eight out of the eleven properties sold which we consider to be an exceptional result in any market. After what has been three very difficult years on the Coast it definitely feels like conditions are ripe for a turnaround. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the sun to stay out and the rain to stay away for a lot longer still. Full steam ahead from here because it look’s like we could have a great summer coming at us.
For anyone that has been around Coolum or Marcoola since the beginning of July I am sure that your patience has been well and truly tested with the streetscaping projects being undertaken. We are treating the works as some short term pain for what will definitely be a long term gain for both precincts. Thankfully the weather has been on our side and work is progressing right on schedule. Most of the major work should be completed by the end of November with only some landscaping finishing touches leading in to the school holidays. The removal of the power lines will be one of the last tasks undertaken in Marcoola. Christmas will come with a whole new look for both Coolum and Marcoola to greet the holiday makers.
Many of you might know that I have been a voluntary director of the Bendigo Community Bank at Marcoola, Cooroy and Tewantin since inception. Over the years we have managed to support many of the local community groups with sponsorships now totaling in the hundred’s of thousands of dollars. This year our company held community forums in each of the areas that we operate to try and identify any particular projects that we could support. Following on from the North Shore forum and after further discussions with our local councilor and the North Shore Traders Association, it was very satisfying to be able to contribute $20,000 to the Street Art for the Marcoola project. This will be in addition to the $50,000 that council had allowed in their budget plus it has now led to the Marcoola residents association and other local businesses raising a further $15,000. All up we now have a budget of well over $80,000 to develop some street art concepts that will really show off the new precinct. Even better we still have funding available to assist some other projects once they can be identified. It has been a long and sometimes difficult road travelled but it is great to see the community banks really starting to hit their straps and returning some solid chunks of money back to our communities.
PALMER Resort will also have a new attraction to greet their visitors this summer. Newspaper reports showed them unpacking the head of their new Tyrannosaurus Rex animated dinosaur direct from China. Yes it’s true.
The 3 day Golden Days Festival kicks off on Friday November 16th with the main music program held on the Saturday at the Coolum Sports fields. The Sunday will feature free family activities and events in Tickle Park.
This years Australian PGA tournament has announced Rory Sabbatini and Darren Clarke will be joining Greg Norman and a host of the top Aussie golfers at Palmers Resort from December 13-16. This is great timing for the area filling a usually quiet period for holiday accommodation leading in to Christmas. It may even encourage a few people to stay for longer. Let’s hope so but more importantly let’s hope that the resort can retain the tournament from here.
The new Draft Planning Scheme for the Sunshine Coast has been launched and is open for public discussion until December 14. It is on display at various points across the coast but the best way to get access is www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/draftplanningscheme .
The first sods have been turned for the new Horton Park Golf course at Bli Bli. With $40,000,000 to spend and a blank canvas to work with, you can expect this to be a special addition to the Coast. Pressure will be on for the course to be ready to play by mid 2014 so that they get underway with their plans for the current golf course site in central Maroochydore.
This year has just about run it’s course and before you blink we will be kicking off 2013. Make sure you take the time to get to the beach and enjoy what we have while we have it. Our next “In Rooms” auctions will be December 6 followed by February 7th 2013, hope to see you there!

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