Queenslanders to be 5m strong within weeks, and real estate is set to reap the rewards

first_imgPopulation 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 FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Men’s basketball falls to Oregon as Porter sits with a suspension

first_imgJunior guard Jonah Mathews has been one of the lone threats from deep lately, hitting 15 of his 31 shots from beyond-the-arc in Pac-12 play. However, the team hasn’t followed in Mathews’ tracks: Excluding the contributions of Mathews, USC has shot just 8 for 42 from deep since entering conference play. A Boatwright and-one late in the first half capped an 8-2 USC run and brought the Trojans with 7 points at 28-21, but a personal 5-0 run from Oregon freshman forward Louis King halted the lone example of momentum the Trojans had mustered. King combined with redshirt senior forward Paul White to score a combined 28 first half points, as much as the Trojans had all together going into halftime. Oregon head coach Dana Altman recognized the recent shooting funk of USC and dared the Trojans to shoot throughout the night, by sitting his team back in a 2-3 defense. Enfield employed the same daring tactic, but Oregon responded by shooting 54 percent from deep, hitting a season-high 13 three-pointers. The shooting from deep was just one of the many storylines of a game between teams heading in different directions. The Trojans entered the game missing star freshman Kevin Porter Jr., who, after finally returning from a thigh bruise that kept him out ten games, faced a team suspension. According to a USC spokesperson, Porter Jr. was suspended by head coach Andy Enfield for “conduct issues” that occured between Thursday’s loss to Oregon State and tipoff on Sunday. His situation will be re-evaluated upon the team’s return to campus. Junior forward Nick Rakocevic had a career week to kick off conference play, averaging 25 points and earning Pac-12 player of the week. However, the last week of play has been the polar opposite for Pac-12 rebound leader. After scoring 50 points in USC’s two Pac-12 wins, Rakocevic has scored just 17 in the last two games, leaving USC without one of their previously reliable offensive weapons for much of the night. Coming into the game, the Trojans had defeated Oregon in their last three meetings. Poor rebounding and shooting from USC stopped the streak from growing past there. The Trojans shot just 5-for-18 from deep and got outrebounded 31-to-22. Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan Both teams suffered hard fought defeats in their last outings and both teams served as prime examples of how a team usually starts a game after such a loss. Oregon came out with something to prove, taking a 12-4 lead in the game’s first four minutes. USC on the on the other hand came out lackadaisical, making just two of its first ten shots. Senior forward Bennie Boatwright played an efficient game, but the Trojans needed more than a good shot percentage and 13 points. Boatwright’s heroic 37-point effort from Thursday night seemed to halt his aggression against the Ducks, as he attempted just nine shots in a game where the Trojans were searching for any signs of offense. Both King and White had career nights, as White tied a career-high 19 points while King followed up his best game of the season against UCLA with an equally impressive performance against USC, totaling 19 points, 8 rebounds and a career-high 6 assists. After starting conference play with back-to-back convincing wins at the Galen Center, a brutal Oregon trip leaves USC at one of their lowest points of the season. Just three days after losing in overtime to Oregon State, the Trojans suffered a demoralizing 81-60 loss at Oregon Sunday night. The Trojans will look to bounce back from a tough week on Saturday at 1 p.m. as they take on UCLA at the Galen Center.last_img read more

Goals decisive as Kiladangan crowned U21A champions

first_imgThe North Tipp side powered through the first half, outscoring the Mid champions by 8 points – it was Kiladangan: 1-11(14) Holycross Ballycahill: 0-6(6) at half time.A strong breeze favoured Holycross/Ballycahill in the second half but heading into it that far adrift left them with too much ground to make up.Kiladangan finished 6 points clear – 2-17 to 17 points. Kiladangan have been crowned County U21A hurling champions for the first time in the club’s history.Two goals – one from Tom O’ Meara, and one from Bryan McLoughney in either half – proved decisive as they defeated Holycross/Ballycahill 2-17 to 17 points.Kiladangan’s first goal came in the first play of the game – leaving Holycross with an early mountain to climb. Photo © Tipp FMlast_img read more