If you’re thinking about building, now is the time

first_imgCM Master Builders MBA genericWITH land values low and tradesmen desperate for work, there has never been a better time to built, according to Acting Regional Director, HIA North Queensland Robert Harding.“It is clear that the North Queensland building industry is undergoing a tough time following the decline in the mining industry with approvals year on year for the December quarter down 21 per cent in Townsville, 31 per cent in Mackay, 21 per cent in Cairns and 20 per cent in Rockhampton,” he said.“While policy makers have made positive announcements to address the economic malice that has plagued the region in recent times, the underperformance of the residential building sector in 2016 indicates the urgent need for those policy decisions to be implemented without further delay.“In light of the fact that other regions on the east coast have seen record or near record levels of new home building in 2016 the question needs to be asked of the policy makers as to why North Queensland has failed to share in that housing cycle upswing.“It is clear that where that upswing has occurred residential building has generated a huge amount of economic activity and consequent employment.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe Converted: Boot Factory03:05 Related videos 03:05The Converted: Boot Factory00:43Best converted homes 201704:02The Converted: Butter Factory02:35Dream Home: Hawthorn00:39Average house? Wait till you see the extension!01:33Looks can be deceivingMr Harding said the upside the decline in approval figures was that for those intending to build or to enter the property market, there has never been a better time.“Trades are in ready supply and build times are short meaning mortgage payments during the build period are reduced,” he said.“Prices are competitive and this coupled with the stabilising of land prices as evidenced by this weeks Valuer Generals report mean there has never been a better time to build in North Queensland.“There is better news for builders engaged in the renovation market with activity in Queensland increasing by 11 per cent in 2017-2018 financial year and is forecast to continue in the subsequent year at a still healthy 7 per cent.”last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton takes his record 90th career pole in Hungary

first_imgBUDAPEST: Lewis Hamilton took a record-extending 90th career Formula One pole position, on Saturday, as he led a Mercedes one-two in Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying.The six-time world champion is aiming to win the race for the eighth time at the Hungaroring on Sunday to equal retired Ferrari great Michael Schumacher’s record for victories at the same grand prix. Championship-leading Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas qualified second with the Mercedes-powered Racing Point cars of Canadian Lance Stroll and Mexican Sergio Perez together on the second row. Agencies Also watch: Truck Catches Fire in Nagaon; Locals Suspect Foul Playlast_img

USC crushes Pacific by double digits

first_imgAfter a month of road trips in front of hostile crowds and tough opponents, the No. 1 USC men’s water polo team finally returned home to face Cal Lutheran  and Pacific on Saturday and did what it has done consistently throughout 2012: win handily over a team it was expected to beat.Steady · Junior driver Stephen Siri scored two goals Saturday. Siri now has 13 goals on the season — eight fewer than last year’s total. – Ricardo Galvez | Daily Trojan“We love being at home,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said. “Everything is more comfortable. I thought we played well after the first quarter, the defense and James Clark played excellent. Offensively we were strong the whole game, so I was very happy with that.”The Trojans’ businesslike menatility is truly something to marvel at. The team is 20-0 this season, and though only a handful of games have been highly contested (top-5 teams such as Stanford, California, and UCLA all have pushed USC to the brink), every other team that has faced USC has been utterly beaten.“We talk about staying focused a lot, and we understand that it’s important to be prepared,” Vavic said. “Our guys believe in it. You can talk about it all you want, but if you don’t believe in it, then it’s just talk. Our guys realize how every opponent can beat you, so they take care of business, prepare, train hard, and we have great leadership.”On Saturday, USC started slow, and the first period featured seven goals scored — four for the Trojans and three for Pacific. Pacific actually led 3-2 late in the first before two quick goals by junior driver Stephen Siri and senior driver Tobias Preuss gave the Trojans a lead that they would not relinquish.“Pacific didn’t do anything that we didn’t expect,” Vavic said. “We made a few careless individual mistakes and let them score a couple of goals. But we did a good job the rest of the game. Excluding the first quarter, our defense was good.”In the second quarter, USC established its superiority with three straight goals to start the frame. After a Pacific goal on a penalty shot, Preuss assisted on junior two-meter Jeremy Davie’s goal to give the Trojans an 8-4 halftime lead.The third quarter was much of the same. Led by junior goalie James Clark, who finished with 12 saves, USC’s defense suffocated the Tigers’ attack. Pacific scored on another five-meter penalty shot in the third quarter to make the score 9-5 before the Trojans went on a 4-0 run with goals from Preuss, senior driver Michael Rosenthal, and sophomore driver Marc Vonderweidt. The goal from Preuss gave the senior a hat trick, tying him for the game high with junior driver Kostas Genidounias, who has now scored 36 goals on the season.“You want to see five guys scoring a goal,” Vavic said. “It’s always good for the team to be balance like that. It’s good for the confidence of each player. You don’t want to see just one or two players scoring and everyone else watching.”In this latest step toward another championship, the Trojans started slow before exerting their dominance and avoiding an upset.“Last week, Berkley beat Stanford, then Long Beach went to Berkley and beat them,” Vavic said, citing instances of upsets of top-ranked teams. “Teams are getting upset, and we did not allow that to happen this week.”last_img read more

Ed Elsass, 50, Wellington: June 25, 1963 – June 2, 2014

first_imgEd Elsass, of Wellington, died on Monday, June 2, 2014 at his home in Wellington at the age of 50.Ed ElsassEd was born the son of Stew and Nancee (McGee) Elsass on Tuesday, June 25, 1963 in Wichita. His mother preceded him in death.On Friday, August 30, 1985, Ed and Carol (Lawless) were united in marriage in Mulvane. Together they celebrated 28 years of marriage.Ed was a corrections officer for the Sumner County Detention Center in Wellington. Survivors include his wife, Carol Elsass of Wellington; daughter, Shanonn Sharpe and her husband Tyler of Yukon, Oklahoma; son, Benjaminn Elsass and his wife Jeanette of Wellington; father and stepmother, Stew and Marilyn Elsass of Springfield, Missouri; sister, Susann Elsass of Florence, Alabama; stepsisters, Cathy DiFilippo and her husband Tony of Nixa, Missouri and Sarah Truitt of Springfield, Missouri.Memorial services for Ed will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Church of Christ in Wellington.Memorials have been established in his loving memory to the Ed Elsass Memorial Fund, American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more