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Population surges have put greater pressure on areas like the Gold and Sunshine Coasts especially. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT.QUEENSLAND will hit the magic five million headcount in May, official figures show, a milestone helped by a surge in births and migration – putting real estate in the crosshairs.ABS demography director Anthony Grubb said the state had hit 4.9m by the end of September last year and was growing at 1.7 per cent, helped along by the likes of 12,000 New South Welsh people crossing the border last year alone.“Natural increase and net overseas migration each added an additional 31,000 people to the state’s population in the year preceding September 2017,” he said. “The third component, net interstate migration, contributed 19,000 over the same period, including a net flow of 12,000 from New South Wales.”At the turn of the 20th century (1901), there were half a million Queenslanders, and it took 37 years to double that figure and another 36 to then go to two million in 1974.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoThe Commonwealth Games in April is set to see Queensland attract even more attention from a worldwide audience. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT“After that, population growth picked up its pace, taking only 18 years to get to three million in 1992, and just 14 years to reach four million in 2006.”Real Estate Institute of Queensland chairman Rob Honeycombe said $54b worth of properties changed hands in the state last year.“Our popularity means demand for housing is growing and this is good news for some of our weaker markets such as the inner Brisbane apartment market and regional Queensland.“Of course, there are pockets where housing supply is tight and this population growth is placing pressure on markets such as the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, where prices are rising steady and vacancy rates are at historic lows.”He welcomed the northern migration by NSW residents.“We have known for some time that many southerners are also moving to regional Queensland, seeking a peaceful lifestyle change. Downsizers and pre-retirees are selling their Sydney property to move to regional coastal towns, such as Bundaberg and the Fraser Coast, to buy waterfront property and a great lifestyle.”FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK
In the grand finale at Camp Randall Saturday for the 2013 regular season, Wisconsin (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) will take on Penn State (6-5, 3-4 Big Ten) in a game that presents the Badgers as heavy favorites.Opening the week with a 24-point spread in many betting lines, Wisconsin and Penn State couldn’t be coming from more different places this season.While Penn State is simply trying to prove itself in the Big Ten this season, No. 15 Wisconsin has a chance — barring a Penn State upset — of clinching a top-14 BCS position and a potential at-large bid for a BCS bowl game.However, if there is one team that can throw a wrench in those plans, it may be Penn State.Over the last five meetings, Penn State has won three, including a 24-21 win for the Nittany Lions at Penn State in the final week of the season last fall.For that to be the case again this year, Penn State will rely on the inexperienced arm of freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg. On the season, Hackenberg has averaged 237.8 yards per game through the air — good enough for second in the Big Ten — and has 16 touchdown passes. On the flip side the young quarterback has also thrown 10 interceptions in 2013 as well.Still, when he is on, he is on. In a 43-40 overtime victory over Michigan earlier this season, Hackenberg threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns. Against Illinois, he passed for 240 yards and two touchdowns.“He’s a competitor,” head coach Gary Andersen said in his Monday press conference. “He can throw all the balls. I think the offense has grown, as it’s gone through the season, to give him a little bit more as he’s progressed and developed. They’ve just got confidence in each other as a play caller and as a quarterback.”Complementing Hackenberg is the young quarterback’s favorite target, junior Allen Robinson.The six-foot three-inch wide receiver is averaging 119.1 yards per game in 2013 — the fifth-best average in the country.“He’s made a lot of big plays,” Andersen said. “Down the field, in the middle of the field. He gets off coverages very well, seems to read the zones and sit down on whatever you want, option routes or where he has the ability to run a streak or sit it down or break the route off on the outside.“He’s very talented at what he does.”The problems for Penn State arise in the red zone, where the team is a measly 23-31 converting redzone trips into points on the board, and three times has turned the ball over via an interception or fumble.Meanwhile, Penn State’s defense presents a slightly different story.The Nittany Lions rank 10th in the conference in passing defense allowing an average of 253.7 passing yards per game.As a result, redshirt sophomore Joel Stave may have the opportunity to make big plays in the air to complement Wisconsin’s rushing attack, especially to redshirt senior Abbrederis, as he and the other seniors play their last game at Camp Randall on Senior Day.Andersen said he hopes the added importance of Senior Day will help motivate the senior players to leave it all on the field in their final appearances.“It’s going to be emotional. Like I said, it’s emotional for me to see those kids moving across the field for the last time,” Andersen said. “They’ll lock and load. My guess is they’ll go through it very well. They’ll get the pictures and have some things to remember for the rest of their lives.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday agreement has been reached on major elements of a nearly $500 billion coronavirus aid package for small businesses, including additional help for hospitals and virus testing.Schumer said post-midnight talks among Democratic and Republican leaders, along with Trump administration officials, including White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, produced a breakthrough agreement on the package.“We have a deal and I think we’ll pass it today,” Schumer said on CNN. He cautioned that staff are still “dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s.”A Tuesday afternoon Senate session could provide an opportunity to quickly pass the legislation if it comes together quickly, though the Democratic-controlled House is planning on calling lawmakers to Washington for a vote later in the week.A senior Senate GOP leadership aide cautioned that the measure is not finalized and that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has yet to publicly sign off on it.Schumer said that Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were in close contact with McConnell during the endgame talks.“Every major issue was resolved,” Schumer said. “So yes, I believe we have a deal.”Most of the funding, more than $300 billion, would go to boost a small-business payroll loan program that ran out of money last week. Additional help would be given to hospitals, and billions more would be spent to boost testing for the virus, a key step in building the confidence required to reopen state economies.The emerging draft measure — originally designed by Republicans as a $250 billion stopgap to replenish the payroll subsidies for smaller businesses — has grown into the second largest of the four coronavirus response bills so far. Democratic demands have caused the measure to balloon, though they likely will be denied the money they want to help struggling state and local governments.The Senate met for a brief pro forma session Monday that could have provided a window to act on the upcoming measure under fast-track procedures requiring unanimous consent to advance legislation, but it wasn’t ready in time.McConnell, R-Ky., set up the Tuesday session in the hope that an agreement will be finished by then. McConnell warned, however, that he wouldn’t know whether the Senate could pass it by voice vote until the measure is unveiled.The House has announced a vote on the pending package could come later in the week, possibly on Thursday, according to a schedule update from Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. Hoyer also announced that the chamber will vote on a temporary rules change to permit limited proxy voting during the COVID-19 crisis.With small-business owners reeling during a coronavirus outbreak that has shuttered much economic activity, the administration has been pressing for an immediate replenishment of the paycheck protection program. But Democrats sought additional money in a replay of the tactical jockeying that caused the recently-passed rescue measure to spiral to about $2 trillion.Talks have dragged as the two sides have quarreled over the design of a nationwide testing regime, among other unsettled pieces.Democrats were rebuffed in a request for another $150 billion in aid to revenue-strapped state governments but did win the ability to used recently appropriated federal funds to cover revenue losses from the economic shutdown in stead of using it only for costs related to suppressing COVID-19.The administration says further state aid will come in the next relief bill. There’s also pressure to help cities with populations of less than 500,000 that were shut out of the massive $2 trillion relief bill that passed last month.Schumer said Monday that he had talked to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell and that Powell said the Fed is working to open up the Main Street Lending program to nonprofits and municipal governments.The emerging accord links the administration’s effort to replenish the small-business fund with Democrats’ demands for more money for hospitals and virus testing. It would provide more than $300 billion for the small-business payroll program, with $60 billion or so set aside for community lenders that seek to focus on under-banked neighborhoods and rural areas.Another $60 billion would be available for a small-business loans and grants program that has previously been aimed at helping businesses harmed by natural disasters like hurricanes. Additionally, it would bring $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for testing, according to those involved in the talks.The government’s Paycheck Protection Program has been swamped by companies applying for loans and reached its appropriations limit last Thursday after approving nearly 1.7 million loans. That left thousands of small businesses in limbo as they sought help. The National Federation of Independent Business, a GOP-friendly organization that advocates for small businesses in Washington, said it had surveyed their members and reported that only 1 in 5 applicants had received money so far.About $75 billion would go to U.S. hospitals — those straining under a ballooning coronavirus caseload as well as those struggling to stay financially afloat after suspending elective surgeries during the pandemic. About $25 billion would be added for COVID-19 testing, something states have said was urgently needed.The SBA loans, based on a company’s payroll costs, offer owners forgiveness if they retain workers or rehire those who have been laid off. The law provides for forgiveness for companies in any industry — even businesses like hedge funds and law firms. There’s a limit of $100,000 on the amount of employees’ compensation that can be considered when loan forgiveness is calculated.
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