The architecture of the four buildings and the central backyard concept is what sets the Newstead Series development apart.A SITE previously held for 103 years is now the location of a series of four architectural icons, a building concept thought up by a developer and his friends over a coffee.JGL Properties managing director John Livingstone is behind the Newstead Series, a collection of four boutique buildings with a total of 300 apartments and townhomes, which was born over a coffee date with some mates.Named after Australia’s famous wool presses, the four buildings are The Carlyle, The Donaldson, The Ajax and The Koerstz.With construction by Watpac well underway, completion is set for the end of the year with 90 per cent sold.Livingstone said the Series prime location was the biggest influence on the project, catering to local downsizes and young professionals looking for an upgraded lifestyle.JGL Properties managing director John Livingstone and leading architect Liam Proberts from Bureau Proberts collaborated on the Newstead Series.“We see this side of Newstead as an exclusive owner-occupier enclave bounded by wide tree-lined streets,” he said.“You can get into the hustle and bustle of the city and Gasworks and then retreat back to this quiet enclave of Newstead North.”Leading architect Liam Proberts of Bureau Proberts said the project was quite distinctive as they were able to create configuration concepts from what was an untouched opportunity.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“We came onto this project at the right time when council was looking to the future of the area, which meant we were essentially able to work with them to create the best possible outcome,” Proberts said.“We wanted to design a formation that would engage this collection of buildings with the community, using suburban scale artwork.”BCM real estate Home magazine for April 29: Newstead Series. John Livingstone and Liam Proberts.Across the four buildings buyers can choose from around 120 design configurations, meaning the majority of apartments and townhomes will have some unique features.Proberts said the “backyard” concept of the development was something that he loved.The Newstead Series has poured $2 million into the “backyard” which is central to the four buildings.The landscaping includes a 25 metre swimming pool, open lawns, outdoor dining areas, an outdoor LED cinema screen, outdoor gymnasium, sauna, communal herb gardens and a fire pit.“I love the Newstead Series backyard, it’s the one thing missing from most residential developments, so these four buildings are able to provide the backyard through the central landscape oasis,” he said.Newstead Series backyard.The Newstead Series hosted an evening for buyers and interested public at Rogue Bar and Bistro earlier this year with Proberts attending as a special guest, alongside Livingstone, and Ray White sales executive Hamish Bowman.The dynamic team spoke about some of the inspiration behind the collection with Proberts citing teamwork between council, developer, builder, artists and locals in the design process as a key defining factor of the project.
Chermside Shopping Centre at Chermside, where demand for homes has dropped. Photo: Steve Pohlner.Listings in these suburbs are in strong supply due to high levels of home building in the area. They also attracted the least amount of clicks from potential buyers on realestate.com.au over the past year.REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the low demand, high supply dynamic made these areas “buyer’s markets” where home hunters held all the cards. “There’s definitely not a lot of people looking in these areas compared to properties available,” she said.“We sometimes refer to these as ‘buyers markets’ because they are the ones where you can potentially pick up a bargain or at least have a bit more negotiating power.” GRAB A RENTAL BARGAIN IN BRISBANE’S SOUTH WEST Houses under construction in Eagle Farm. Photo: Jodie Richter.In McDowall and Holland Park, you can get a unit for a quarter of the price it was 12 months ago, while in Gaythorne, just 7km from the CBD, houses are more than 18 per cent cheaper. Hotspotting.com.au director and property analyst Terry Ryder believes the neighbouring suburbs to Willawong and Richlands — Redbank Plains and Goodna — are good options for homes at attainable prices with price growth indicators. Mr Ryder said there was an ample supply of houses in these suburbs, the median price was in the $300,000s and they were close to transport links. Brisbane doctor Stacey Davie, 29, is looking to buy her first home in an inner city suburb for under $600,000.Miss Davie said she was looking in Bowen Hills and New Farm and finding there were plenty of options to choose from, within her budget.“They’re definitely affordable at the moment,” she said.“Some people are worried unit prices are going to drop further, but if you hold on to it as a long-term investment, it’s ultimately going to go up again.“With interest rates low and prices dropping, it seems like a really good time to get in.”BAG A BARGAIN IN THESE SUBURBS1. Willawong2. Richlands3. Chermside 4. Albion5. Newstead 6. Rochedale 7. South Brisbane 8. Fortitude Valley 9. Bowen Hills10. Upper Kedron(Source: Realestate.com.au, based on the lowest views per listing)WHERE HOME PRICES HAVE DROPPED THE MOST IN 12 MONTHSSuburb Property type Change in median price Median price Eagle Farm Unit -35.4% $602,500 Marburg House -33.4% $275,000 McDowall Unit -25% $398,000Holland Park Unit -24% $368,750Milton Unit -23.6% $412,500Walloon House -22.9% $320,000 Hendra Unit -21.7% $587,000Wooloowin Unit -21.4% $381,000Wacol Unit -20.7% $397,500 Gaythorne House -18.4% $648,500 (Source: CoreLogic) REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee.Other areas where housing demand fell over the past year included Albion, Newstead, Bowen Hills and South Brisbane — suburbs where there has been a flurry of new apartment construction.Median unit prices in most of these suburbs failed to grow or fell over the past year.Ms Conisbee said it was worth looking in these high development suburbs because there was a good chance of being able to negotiate prices down even further.“These suburbs now have low levels of development in the pipeline, which means prices will probably pick up in the next three to four years,” she said. WOULD YOU GET FRISKY IN FRONT OF YOUR FURBABY? Apartments under construction in South Brisbane. Image: AAP/Richard Walker.The Brisbane unit market fell four per cent in the last quarter, according to the latest Real Estate Institute of Queensland report, but over the past five years the market is still in positive territory having grown 11.3 per cent. “There is a lot of scaremongering around Brisbane units but the reality is that this is the cheapest inner city units have been,” Mr Piper said. “We’re at the bottom of the market, which means there is real opportunity for first home buyers to see growth on their investment.”Eagle Farm, about 4km from Brisbane’s CBD, has seen the biggest drop in home prices in the past year, with the median unit price falling 35.4 per cent to hit $602,500, according to property researcher CoreLogic.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago Stacey Davie, 29, a first homebuyer inspects a Bowen Hills apartment that’s for sale. Picture: Annette Dew.HOME buyers are in the box seat in Brisbane for the first time in years, with property prices in some suburbs more than a third cheaper than this time 12 months ago. Prices have plunged a whopping 35 per cent in just one year in some areas, while new research shows demand has also fallen in many suburbs within a 20km radius of the Brisbane CBD in the same period. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE At the same time there has been a rise in the supply of properties for sale — especially high-rise units — meaning buyers have more properties to choose from and less competition.Data from realestate.com.au shows home buyers are in a particularly commanding position to negotiate a better deal in the suburbs of Willawong, Richlands and Chermside. Apartments under construction in Fortitude Valley. Picture: Richard Walker.Universal Buyers Agents director Darren Piper said conditions had not been this favourable for buying units in Brisbane since the GFC nearly 10 years ago, thanks to the inner city apartment construction boom.“You can buy an apartment within a kilometre of the city for as little as $220,000, and better yet, you will actually end up cost cutting by saving on Uber fares because you can walk to work, bars, boutiques and restaurants,” Mr Piper said. AXE MURDERER’S HOME SOLD FOR MILLIONS Units are cheaper than ever in inner Brisbane at the moment.He said it was possible to enter the market at the moment with as little as $30,000.“Maybe that means selling your car to help you with the deposit to live a little closer to the action, or cutting back on weekly wines or gym membership but you don’t need to save like crazy or give up your lifestyle to enter the market,” Mr Piper said.
USC students are set to take part in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference, an annual conference for college students that aims to promote leadership and solutions to global challenges.First Daughter · Chelsea Clinton kicks off 2013’s Clinton Global Initiative University conference by welcoming students at the Opening Plenary. – Photo courtesy of Paul Morse / Clinton Global InitiativeThe conference will be hosted by former President Bill Clinton at Arizona State University from March 21-23. The event is part of a wider mission of CGI U to “turn ideas into action.”USC students have consistently participated in the conference in past years. Students must prepare an application to the conference, which includes a “Commitment to Action.”“This commitment to action is a new specific and measurable initiative from either an individual student, or a group of students that will undertake in the months after the CGI U conference,” said Bill Wetzel, director of CGI U. “We try to bring in a lot of leading young change-makers who can tell their stories to the students in the room.”The CGI U Conference includes approximately 1,100 students from more than 300 schools and universities around the world, Wetzel said.Lychee Dai, a graduate student at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, attended CGI U in 2013. Her project focused on sharing knowledge through online media.“My commitment involved launching an education app that allows people to share their educational knowledge,” Dai said. “If you are good at math, and I can speak another language, then we can be connected on the app. After being connected on the app initially, you can then learn from each other in person.”At the conference, Dai won funding to fully develop her project.Angela Zhou, a freshman in the World Bachelor in Business program, will attend CGI U this year.Her Commitment to Action project aims to combat sex trafficking in East Asia as well as in other underdeveloped countries. She hopes to work with the International Princess Project, an organization dedicated to combating sex trafficking.“As I learned more about it, I realized that sex trafficking is a really big problem in America and in other countries also,” Zhou said. “International Princess Project provides women who are rescued from sex trafficking brothels in India a vocation in sewing pajamas. It’s a really innovative way to combine fashion and social activism, which is something I’m interested in in the future.”Zhou said she realized she wanted to help sex trafficking victims while in high school.“I realized through volunteering with International Princess Project in high school that first of all, not many people knew what sex trafficking was, and second of all, not many people my age were volunteering,” Zhou said. “I decided I wanted to educate other students my age about sex trafficking, so I founded an organization called the Teen Ambassadors Program that aids sex trafficking prevention organizations.”She hopes that her involvement in the CGI U conference will allow her to expand her efforts further.“I haven’t really spread it beyond the Orange County area, but I am going to push for the growth of the organization and push for the growth of the Teen Ambassadors Program,” Zhou said. “I think it would be really beneficial to expand the organization past just the borders of India and into other East Asian countries as well.”Tim Kline, a graduate student at the Marshall School of Business, will also attend CGI U. For his project, he worked with two students from the Art Center College of Design, Connie Bakshi and Rudy Rummel.The project focuses on the creation of a children’s game called Tejo Conejo, based on popular Colombian traditions. Their goal is to allow disadvantaged women in Colombia to acquire technical skills and earn a livelihood in the manufacturing of this game.“What we envision is that we’re setting up a micro-factory for the women that’ll have daycare for their kids, right in their communities. So all they have to do is walk down the street, and their children will be there with them,” Kline said. “They can spend as many hours or as few hours as they want.”Kline explained that the group hopes to appeal to a wider market in Colombia.“We think there will be a market in Bogota for a game that taps into traditional Colombian folklore but also is a social impact project that helps out families in the outskirts of Bogota.”Kline has enjoyed reaching out to work with other schools.“I think it’s so fulfilling to work with the designers. It’s important to have cross-functional teams to get things done,” Kline said. “Working with people who are most creative and have a different perspective has been very rewarding.”
Nasarawa United players and coaches have dragged the Lafia-based club to an industrial court in the Plateau State capital of Jos over their unpaid salaries, allowances and signing-on fees.According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Nasarawa State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice was joined in the suit filed before Justice Kenneth Amadi.In the originating summons, Paul Hammachi, who is the counsel for the players and the five coaches, claimed that the club sacked them and refused to pay their entitlements totaling N182.54m (N136. 2m for the players and N46.35m for the coaches).The five coaches (Evans Ogenyi, Sylvester Ekoja, Michael Jatau, Bala Nikyu and El Shammah Inusa) were sacked in 2015.They disclosed that the aforementioned sum (N182.54 m) was scrutinised and awarded to them on September 10, 2015 by the Nigeria Football Federation Players’ Status and Arbitration Committee, Abuja.Via the affidavit, they said: “But, two years after this arbitration, the club and the Nasarawa State Government have not paid us.”The plaintiffs told the court to enforce the verdict since it was, in itself, equal to a judgement of the court.During proceedings on Monday, Ishaku Usman, the counsel for the defendants and the Solicitor General of Nasarawa State, pleaded with the court for extension of time.He thereafter requested for an adjournment and it was granted by Justice Amadi, who adjourned the case until January 24, 2018 for further mention.RelatedChineme Martins: Committee Recommends N10m Fine For Nasarawa United Over Player’s Death, Wants Player ImmortalisedJuly 23, 2020In “Featured”NPFL: Akwa United Chairman Tongue Lash Players and CoachesJanuary 31, 2019In “NPFl”NPFL: Plateau United Management Take Paycut Measures Against Players And Technical CrewFebruary 22, 2019In “NPFl”