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Tuesday, 19 September

01:37

SQM sees rental shortages by 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Shortages 

SQM Research reported that vacancy rates fell across most capital cities in August.

The national vacancy rate of 2.2 per cent was marginally lower than the 2.3 per cent seen at the same time in the prior year. 

Melbourne (1.7 per cent) and Hobart (0.4 per cent) in particular are seeing sharp increases in asking rents, while the vacancy rate in Adelaide was down to just 1.6 per cent from 1.9 per cent a year earlier.

In fact, Hobart has the lowest vacancy rate on record for any capital city, and both rents and prices are exploding higher.  


Vacancy rates ticked down from July in Brisbane (3.1 per cent) and Perth (4.6 per cent) in August.

The rental market Perth needs to improve for landlords - median asking rents are some 34 per cent lower than at their peak. 

Meanwhile Darwin has recorded seven consecutive declines in its vacancy rate, suggesting that the rental downturn may finally be over in the Northern Territory. 

Smoothing the last 6 months of figures suggests that the rental market is not deteriorating significantly in most capital cities. 


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Monday, 18 September

22:12

Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker '752' Arrives into Rockhampton Airport as "Singa 8750" on a Sad Mission Central Queensland Plane Spotting

On Monday 18 September, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker '752' was photographed into Rockhampton Airport as 'SAF8750' / "Singa 8750" direct from Singapore.






With the United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy still parked on Gate 6, the KC-135R initially taxied in and parked on the Northern end of the Rockhampton Airport parking apron under the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower.

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21:47

United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy 87-0030 Arrives at Rockhampton Airport as "Reach 468" Central Queensland Plane Spotting

The large military jet action at Rockhampton Airport continued on Sunday 17 September with United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy (L-500) 87-0030 touching down from Darwin as "Reach 468".  It had arrived into Darwin from U-Tapao-Pattaya International Airport in Thailand the previous day.






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21:37

United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy 87-0030 Loaded with US Navy Stealth Boat and Departs Rockhampton Airport Central Queensland Plane Spotting

After arriving into Rockhampton Airport the previous day, on Monday 18 September, the United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy (L-500) 87-0030 was loaded with one of the two Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) Mk 1 Stealth Boats which are operated by the United States Navy SEAL's and were in Central Queensland to participate in joint Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17).






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16:37

Upcoming exhibition showcases wonders of Minjerribah "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Bringing to life the natural and cultural history of North Stradbroke Island, Mirroring Minjerribah is a one-night-only exhibition that features the works of over sixteen emerging Brisbane artists. The exhibition features works by students from Griffith Universitys Queensland College of Art and Queensland Conservatorium of Music, which respond to an immersive week-long experience on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). []

The post Upcoming exhibition showcases wonders of Minjerribah appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

15:53

South-East Oz Part 2: NSW Riverina sunshinecoastbirds

Superb Parrot
We had a Pink Cockatoo in the camping ground on our last morning at Lake Cargelligo (see following post) and two more at the treatment works, where Swamp Harrier and Spotted Harrier also showed. We headed south through the NSW Riverina to the rice town of Leeton, known as a birding hotspot, for a 2-night stay at the showgrounds.

Superb Parrot pair
It wasn't long before the first Superb Parrots flew overhead and I was soon enjoying close encounters with several birds of this aptly named species on the well-wooded golf course adjoining the showgrounds.


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13:48

Corruption between resources, energy and government is real "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

There is an urgent need for a cleanup in the relationship between the energy industry, government and the bureaucracy. Mounting evidence points towards an improper association that is feeding  corruption, as the industry offers inducements to open the way the benefit of the major shareholders.

To an extent, it is already clear that there exists a network of payments mainly going into the Coalition parties. Payments that often  arrive by  circuit, designed to prevent disclosure under Australias existing and inadequate disclosure laws and there is good reason to believe that donations to political parties and other types of payments are significant enough to ensure that policy is effectively written in the boardrooms and then rubber stamped in parliament by willing politicians.

Nothing shows this more clearly than Australias energy policy and the containment of the debate over where to go from here. In the face of overwhelming scientific evidence and the experience of changing weather patterns, it remains that government keeps on refusing to act decisively to reduce carbon emissions.

One suggestion that is often made  is that there is an ideological block, keeping the politicians locked into the religion of free market. After all, we have constantly been reminded that only the forces of demand and supply, unhindered by government interference, will provide the answers.

The truth is that they dont believe this any more than anyone else does. The best proof is that they have put into place a truckload of measures that bring government into the centre of regulation and control, not for the purpose of ensuring the needs of society are met, when these do not coincide with the corporations bottom line, but to assist them to expand their activities and guarantee a certain level of profitability. Their opposition is not to government intervention. Its just to certain kinds on intervention.

From the corporate viewpoint, paying for service makes good business sense, when the opportunity exists.

A good reason to suspect why the industry is currently enjoying so much support is that is has been paying for the service.

Two controversies have begun to untangle the web more than anything else and they are the Adani project in Queensland and events around fracking industry.

How is this help being given? By establishing generous funds to help with new proje...

10:41

Timber and Steel Premiere: Well Meet Halfway from The Acfields "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Image Courtesy of The Acfields Sibling folk duo The Acfields havent made life easy for themselves, given theyve decided to live in different cities. With Hannah in Melbourne and Dan in Brisbane, The Acfields have to overcome the tyranny of distance to write, record and tour but somehow they make it work. The new []

09:55

RAAF Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-441 Completes Airwork at Fraser Coast Airports - Plus an Army MRH-90 Pops in! Central Queensland Plane Spotting

On Monday 11 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft A97-441 was noted completing airwork around Bundaberg Airport.  It looked to fly North from RAAF Base Amberley and was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Trojan 20".

A97-441 taxis in at Rockhampton Airport during Exercise Talisman Saber 2017  (File photo)

After it had finished at Bundaberg Airport, A97-441 then ventured to Maryborough Airport where it was seen to complete a missed approach.  It then continued back to Amberley.

Meanwhile, on Friday 8 September, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-018 was spotted calling into Maryborough Airport.  It's exact movements are not known but local aviation enthusiast David G reports that the crew enjoyed the brief 'comfort' stop!



Thanks mate!

Photos taken by Daniel Bishop and David Geck  

09:40

NEW STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR MOJO'S MOBILE CATERING The Handmade Expo and Vintage Market

Stallholder Profile for Mojo's Mobile Catering

  • Your name: Jenny Overson

  • Your Business name and Facebook name and link: Mojos Mobile Catering (that is my trading name and Facebook name)

  • The suburb/town you live in now: Harlin 4306

  • What is it that you make and what skills do you use? I make deep fried desserts such as Oreos and Mars Bars,Twix, bananas, apples, bananas in bacon and my newest addition is funnel cakes. They taste like a hot donut but look nothing like it. I serve all of these with or without Bulla Ice cream and topping of the customers choice.


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Sunday, 17 September

16:52

Long term arrivals pick up with the economy "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Immigration picking up

Long-term arrivals into Australia slowed along with the economy from 2013.

But now they are rising again.

In fact annual permanent and long-term arrivals combined rose to 776,790 over the year to July.

That's some +7 per cent higher than a year ago, and the highest figure on record.


New permanent settlers in Australia now mostly hail from Asia, and largely head to Sydney and Melbourne.

That said, at this stage in the cycle, many incumbent Sydneysiders will take their equity off to regional New South Wales, or up to south-east Queensland. 

And some are even moving internally from Sydney to Melbourne for cheaper housing. 

08:56

With One Nation as likely power brokers, expect greater share of Qld Govt CAPEX in regions "GroovUs Feed Anews"

If I were the Managing Director of an engineering firm, Id start investigating the availability of office space in Queenslands regional centres, including Maroochydore, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, and Townsville. I would want the firm well-positioned to win new work from a State Government that will undoubtedly spend more on regional capital works, to satisfy the likely new power brokers  from One Nation, which is expected to win several regional seats. And I wouldnt count on Cross River Rail going ahead.

Todays Sunday-Mail is reporting One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson is anti-Cross River Rail, and instead wants some major regional projects funded, including a duplicated Sunshine Coast rail line and an expansion of the Borumba dam (to rival Wivenhoe in capacity) in the Gympie region (see this Gympie Times report). After the Traveston dam debacle, I suspect the likelihood of getting environmental approval for expanding the Borumba dam is pretty close to zero, but no doubt One Nation will find many other regional projects to fund.

The betting odds reported by Centrebet currently suggest Tim Nicholls is favourite to become Premier after the upcoming State election (see screenshot below). This is plausible, given Queensland currently has a minority government, One Nation is expected to win several seats, and Labor has ruled out a deal with One Nation. Election punters have obviously heavily discounted polling results suggesting Labor is well in the lead, as these are based on an assumed 55-45 preference flow from One Nation to the LNP and Labor, respectively. Many poll watchers expect the preference flow will more heavily favour the LNP than is currently assumed by Newspoll, so the election will be closer than Newspoll suggests.

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Saturday, 16 September

23:00

More Poems about Dinosaurs and Cats, Sunday 24th September "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The Kurilpa Poets proudly present; More Poems about Dinosaurs and Cats Sunday, 24th September, 2pm 91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane neath the trees of Musgrave Park. Spring is in the air and the Water Rats have awakened from their Winter Continue reading

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