Quick Snips September 2011

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Another rip snorter month on the Sunshine Coast and I am pretty sure that we could all start getting used to this. Add three parts sunshine and one part rain which was pretty much how August panned out and the place is looking sensational. This is the time of year that we traditionally start coming out of our winter hibernation and all parts of our business being sales, permanent rentals, holiday rentals & body corporate management show more active signs of life. Thankfully and unlike the portrait being presented in the media, we do seem to be following our traditional cycle and we are starting to get busier.

To kick start our sales activity this spring we have decided to go all out with our first ever SPRING MULTI AUCTION EVENT to be held on site at SURFAIR on Thursday October 13th from 6pm. We will have 11 properties going to auction on the one night with a huge marketing campaign running throughout the September school holidays. The mix of properties being offered is sensational and we have tried our best to ensure that we have sellers that are genuinely interested in meeting today’s market . It definitely feels like it’s a buyers market right now and I can assure you that astute buyers will find plenty to like from our offerings whether they are owner occupiers, first home buyers or investors. Anyone that attends on the night will also have the chance at Lucky Door Prizes that include a 42” Flat Screen Television or they might win a weekend test drive of a new Mercedes Benz courtesy of Garry Crick Mercedes. If anyone is interested in more information on our AUCTION EVENT please check out our website for property details or contact any of our sales teams in the Coolum and Marcoola offices. We would love to hear from as many people as possible.

Well they haven’t wasted any time in ripping in to the Birtwill Street shops in Coolum. As soon as the last person left Luke’s IGA the dozers and workmen moved in and started making some serious modifications to the existing buildings. It will be a mess for at least another couple of weeks but they will be doing everything possible to be open for the school holidays. Let’s hope so because I don’t think WOOLIES in South Coolum Rd is handling the extra demand placed on it by this closure very well.

The new toilets in Tickle Park are open for business (thank goodness) and now the next step will be the upgrading of the shelters at the southern end of the park. Surely if they start these now they should be able to have them ready for Christmas.

The on going saga of Horton Park Golf Club has taken another turn. The club after voting to accept the money from Council to buy their golf course then turned around and for their own reasons decided not to put their signature to the agreement. The Council and club has now come to a new agreement which will see Council buy the Horton Park for $42 million and allow them to stay at the course for another two years. The club has hopefully this time agreed to secure a new site identified by it’s consultants on cane fields between Pacific Paradise and Bli Bli. This site covers 125 hectares (on the right hand side of David Low Way as you head towards Bli Bli From Pacific Paradise) which will allow an 18 hole course plus another 9 holes in to the future. The next two years will allow the course to be designed, approved but also allow time for it to establish grass coverage suitable for use as a golf course. This agreement is still to be ratified but it does seem to satisfy all parties. Even better we get a brand new golf course on the North Shore, bring it on.

Finally, after many years of angst the brand new North Shore Community Centre will have it’s official opening on Saturday September 10th from 9.30am-12.30. There will be plenty of activities going on but it will be a great chance to showcase this much needed facility for the area. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

I am not too sure what they are doing up there but the Mount Coolum walking track has been closed for maintenance and upgrading for up to 6 months. It obviously copped quite a lot of damage in the rain earlier this year.

We are coming up to the end of the first term of the first amalgamated Sunshine Coast Council. Only 6 months to go and we know that Big Bob is definitely not standing for re election but there is still a lot of behind the scenes stirring to see who will contest for the mayors job in the next council. There definitely seems to be a push to try and find someone from outside the current council and councilors to take on the job so it will be interesting to see what names are put up over the next few months. The current council has done an impressive job in very difficult circumstances merging the three previous organizations but that is still only the first part of the process. The next person up to bat is going to need pretty unique skills to keep us moving in the right direction. The challenge is still in front of us.

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