Investment Properties for a Financial Future

Australian property investors continue to dominate the market, with the percentage of investors eclipsing 30 per cent.

According to new research conducted by Mortgage Choice, investors currently account for just over 30 per cent of all new loans written – significantly higher than the 27 per cent recorded just 12 months ago.

Mortgage Choice spokesperson Jessica Darnbrough said it is unsurprising to see a spike in investor activity as, according to the company’s latest First Time Investor survey, this type of buyer not only sees property as a lucrative investment, but as a way to future proof their wealth.

“In our recent First Time Investor survey we asked respondents what their key motivators were for buying an investment property and almost 79 per cent said they would purchase an investment property to set themselves up financially for the future,” Ms Darnbrough said.

“In addition, 58.4 per cent of investors said they see more benefit in investments such as property, than they do in the share market.”

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Motorists now paying more to use toll roads

Motorists have been paying more to travel on south east Queensland’s toll roads since the first of the month (Tuesday, July 1) according to the State’s peak motoring body. RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said most tolls increased, in line with inflation.

“This is a timely reminder for motorists to consider whether using a toll road is right for them,” Ms Smith said.

“With most tolls increasing by the Brisbane Consumer Price Index (CPI), motorists using toll roads need to weigh up travel time and convenience benefits by doing so.

“The Clem7 increase will be the second rise in six months. Previously annual toll increases for the tunnel were applied on 1 January.”

The toll for the Airportlink did not increase, following an increase on 17 April.

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Fun and Running
The Lakes College Fun Run

The challenge is on again for everyone from Mum’s and Dad’s to School’s, local businesses and sporting groups. It’s time to pull on your running shoes and lock in that date of August 17 and let The Lakes College Fun Run team guide you to meet the challenge of your choice.

Pick your distance and make it yours on the 2, 5 or 10 kilometre tracks around picturesque North Lakes. Enjoy regular updates on fitness and exercise to help you meet your goals.

This year with Torque Ford as the major sponsor, Torque Ford Dealer Principal Janelle Wojtowicz says “Our catch cry is when you talk we listen, and we see great benefits in partnering with The Lakes College to promote our vision of being there when the community talks to us. Not only does Torque Ford embrace the opportunity to partner with The Lakes College Fun Run in presenting this signature community event, but I am sure it will spur us on to enter a team and join the challenge to get fit for August 17.”

See school versus school in the Primary and Secondary challenge, see business versus business and sports club versus sports club in the Community Shield Time Trial, or just come along and complete your own personal challenge with an individual run or walk.

Preparing for the Bridge to Brisbane? Use the event to confirm you are ready to go in three weeks’ time from the August 17. Or just come along as a spectator and soak up the atmosphere of one of the biggest community events in the area.

Race Director Graham Quick says “We see the TLC Fun Run as not just an event that is run on the day for runners but a community engagement that spans months leading up to the day itself. Our philosophy is to work with the community on every level from sponsors and business owners to our community partners and surrounding schools to create an environment that we all benefit from.”

For more info including online registration head to

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Costco is open, So... What's it like?

You say tomato...

If you're anything like me, you may have been expecting to be confronted by high-rise rows of foreign canned and jarred goods during your visit to Costco's first outing in the state. Perhaps a package of loo-paper that you'd need to borrow a mate's ute to bring home or a foot-stool sized jar of mayo? Yes and no. We saw larger items, regular sized items in multi-packs, and a boogie board sized slab of chocolate.

I'll admit to a little apprehension at the American retail giant's arrival. Driving by recently I had imagined the large "Gasoline" text adorning the petrol station out the front was an ominous sign that the warehouse would be stocked solely by Paul Newman salad dressing and exotic sounding products like fanny-packs, and s'mores.

Instead the warehouse was stocked with products we know and buy all the time...

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School Dates and Holidays For 2014

Queensland state school students have returned for Term 1 on Tuesday 28 January, the day after the Australia Day public holiday.

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said teachers reported back on Thursday 23 January, with student-free staff development days for 23 and 24 January.

“I’m looking forward to another significant and exciting year for education in Queensland,” said Mr Langbroek.

He said a student-free day would fall in Term 4 on Monday 20 October, with three discretionary student-free days – which may be changed by individual schools – pencilled in for the start of the Easter break on 7-9 April.

“Last year the Government legislated the Labour Day public holiday would be marked on the first Monday in October, this year it falls on the 6th, with the Queen’s Birthday to be celebrated on 9 June in line with most other states and territories.”
“The class of 2014 will end for Year 12 students on Friday 21 November,” said Mr Langbroek.

“Years 10 and 11 finish their school year on Friday 28 November, with most other state schools breaking up on 12 December. Some regional and remote school finish on 5 December.”

Mr Langbroek said Independent schools and Catholic schools base their holidays on the state school dates but they can vary from school to school.

“I suggest the families of students who attend non-state schools, to please check with your particular school for attendance dates,” he said

“The Newman Government is working hard to revitalise front line education services so that Queensland continues to be a great state with great opportunities.

“I wish all staff and students across Queensland a very successful and safe school year in 2014.”

The 2014 state school calendar outlining term, holiday and staff development dates can be downloaded from

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