Melbourne Victory will travel to Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast for a pre-season training camp.

Melbourne Victory will travel to Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast for a pre-season training camp.

Melbourne Victory’s pre-season campaign will be ramped up this week, with the team heading north for a training camp ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season.

After returning to training on July 13, the boys in blue marked their competitive return to action with a 6-0 win over Balmain Tigers FC in the Westfield FFA Cup 2015 Round of 32 last week.

While Victory’s remaining pre-season match schedule is still to be confirmed, the team will travel to Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast for a training camp starting Tuesday.

 

Victory will spend six days in Coffs Harbour before heading to the Gold Coast for three days, culminating with an important hit-out against Brisbane Roar – their first pre-season game against Hyundai A-League opposition.

 

The match against Roar will take place at Fankhauser Reserve, Southport on Wednesday, August 20, with kick-off at 7.00pm.

“This trip provides a fantastic opportunity for the players and football department to spend some quality time together and to collectively focus on our goals and objectives for the season,” Victory head coach Kevin Muscat said.

“We will certainly use our time effectively while away and I am extremely confident the trip, including the game against Brisbane Roar, will prepare us well for our current FFA Cup campaign and the Hyundai A-League season, which commences in October.”

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Scoot launches Boeing 787 on direct Gold Coast-Singapore flights

Scoot launches Boeing 787 on direct Gold Coast-Singapore flights

Singapore Airlines’ low-cost offshoot Scoot will bring flying its latest Boeing 787-9 jet to the Gold Coast from Friday May 1st and move to direct flights to Singapore, dropping the route’s current ‘Singapore via Sydney’ triangle which runs several days a week.

The Gold Coast upgrade also makes Australia an ‘all Dreamliner’ market for Scoot, as more of the airline’s ageing Boeing 777s are put out to pasture.

Scoot already flies the Boeing 787 to Perth and Sydney, and the airline’s new Melbourne-Singapore route will launch with five Boeing 787 flights a week from November 1st.

The move from Scoot’s current ageing Boeing 777-200 jets to the all-new Dreamliners will be a substantial upgrade with the Boeing 787 offering a quieter and smoother ride with more comfort and less jetlag.

The airline has also outfitted its new planes with new business class seats and inflight Internet.

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Auckland, Brisbane and Gold Coast airports among winners at World Airport Awards

Brisbane Airport's international terminal. (Brisbane Airport)Two Queensland airports have been recognised at the recent Skytrax World Airport awards, while Auckland Airport retained its title as the best airport in the Australia/Pacific region.

Brisbane Airport was judged to have the best airport staff in the Australia/Pacific region, while Gold Coast Airport just down the highway was named best regional airport, again for the Australia/Pacific.

Gold Coast Airport chief operating officer David Collins said it was “humbling” to be held in such esteem by its passengers.

In the overall 2015 standings, Brisbane Airport was ranked 20th, an improvement of three places from 2014 and ahead of Sydney (21st), Melbourne (25th), Adelaide (63rd) and Perth (75th) as the highest-ranked airport in Australia.

“These achievements only encourage us to work even harder toward our goal of being world-best and the first choice for passengers, airlines and business,” Brisbane Airport chief executive Julieanne Alroe said in a statement.

Despite Brisbane’s climb up the standings, it was unable to dislodge Auckland Airport as the best in the Australia/Pacific region for a sixth straight year.

The top four airports in the 2015 survey – Singapore Changi (1st), Seoul Incheon (2nd), Munich (3rd) and Hong Kong (4th) – was unchanged from the prior year.

Changi has topped the list, compiled from feedback from 13 million air travellers across 112 nationalities, for the past three years.

 

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Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast property hotspots: report

March 5, 2015 – 12:00AM

Tony Moore

brisbanetimes.com.au senior reporter

Land value has increased by an average 5.6 per cent in Queensland over the past year.

Land value has increased by an average 5.6 per cent in Queensland over the past year. Photo: Arsineh Houspian

Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Cairns have been prime locations for property value growth, in the past year according to a new state government report.

The 2015 Valuer-General’s Property Market Report shows an average 5.6 per cent growth in land values for Queensland over the past year.

But the land valuations for The Gold Coast (10.7 per cent), Brisbane (9.7 per cent), Cairns (8.9 per cent) and Sunshine Coast (5.8 per cent) will all be increased well above the state average from June 30.

On the other hand Noosa (4.9 per cent), Redland (2.2 per cent), Maranoa (1.5 per cent), Rockhampton (1.2 per cent), Logan (1 per cent) and Ipswich (0.4 per cent) will all have smaller increases in the value of their land.

In Brisbane, suburbs such as Newstead, Bowen Hills, South Brisbane were in high demand in 2014, according to the report.

“This has translated into significant land value rises,” it says.

“The new visions represented by the Kurilpa Riverfront Renewal Draft Master Plan, the new cultural centre redevelopment, and the proximity to South Bank and the central business district (CBD) underpinned strong consumer interest in this exciting redevelopment area.”

The  report also shows renewed interest in relatively cheaper land and properties affected by the 2011 floods.

“In 2014, sales revealed that buyers were purchasing flood impacted land at prices close to the prices being paid for non-flood impacted land,” the report says.

“Flood-impacted suburbs such as Chelmer, Graceville and Sherwood showed large increases in site valuation which previously had included flood impact allowances ranging from 10 per cent to 25 per cent.”

In the inner-city, South Brisbane, West End and Kangaroo Point recorded a 14 per cent increase in overall valuations.

 

On the back of the report’s arrival, however, Queensland University of Technology property economist, Professor Chris Eves, warned a glut in apartments in Brisbane’s CBD, South Brisbane and West End, would cause a price crash for apartments in 2016.

“I know of one construction company [Hutchinson] that currently has contracts out for 3000 units in those locations and basically when you are looking at those sorts of numbers, you are looking at a serious oversupply, he said.

Professor Eves said research showed there had been a 9 per cent increase in the number of approvals for apartments in inner-city Brisbane in the past year.

“But we are not seeing the same sort of increase in the population,” he said.

The crash will hurt major developers, off-the-plan buyers and some banks, but deliver a bonanza for renters and buyers.

“If we see those approval numbers continue, we are looking at the potential of another Gold Coast/Sunshine Coast glut in the unit market.”

He said the glut in Brisbane CBD, South Brisbane and West End apartments would peak in 2016, causing prices to drop sharply.

Greater Brisbane

In Redland City, the average value increased by 2 per cent. Some Bay island land did decrease in value but, other than some localised market movement, residential land values in general were static.

Logan City land values remained unchanged. Larger homesites in the Cedar Grove area recorded significant increases with a more moderate increase in Chambers Flat and Park Ridge.

Commercial and industrial land values were static with the exception of some localised movements in Slacks Creek and Berrinba.

Ipswich City land values also remained unchanged overall. The strongest market in the local government area was the greater Springfield area comprising Springfield, Springfield Lakes, Augustine Heights and Brookwater where small increases in land value were recorded. Development has continued in the Deebing Heights and Ripley area, but the value has remained static.

Gold Coast

In the past 12 months the Gold Coast property market has continued to improve with an overall increase of 10.7 per cent.

The residential land market has shown significant recovery with median value in Bundall increasing by 38 per cent.

Other waterfront residential land recorded moderate-to-large increases, while beachfront land had only a minor increase.

Generally, residential land in the coastal area increased and land value west of the motorway was static.

Rural residential land value in the Currumbin Valley and Tallebudgera Valley areas recorded minor increases and remained static elsewhere.

Regional Queensland summary

Regional Queensland has had mixed results, with a decrease in values in centres influenced by the downturn in the mining industry, and tourism centres such as Cairns showing an upswing in values caused by improvement in the tourism sector. Centres that do not rely on tourism or mining have been stable.

The mining and gas industries continue to influence the property market as the resources sector moves from an exploration and construction phase towards a production and export phase. This slowdown in activity is affecting centres such as Gladstone, Wandoan, Mackay, and townships within the Bowen Basin and Central Highlands.

North Queensland summary

In Cairns, the property market is showing signs of growth, particularly within the residential sector. Values in all other sectors, including industrial and commercial, are stabilising.

Tourism figures are beginning to improve, with international passenger numbers to Cairns increasing by about 5 per cent, with growth in domestic visitors of about 4 per cent.

Median property prices for houses in Cairns have risen by 5.6 per cent over the past 12 months to reach $380,000 in October 2014. This is back to the levels seen in the peak of 2007–2008.

In Townsville, the residential market was “subdued”, with limited growth in the city’s northern suburbs, and inner-city suburbs maintaining their values.

Changing economy

Queensland’s Valuer-General Neil Bray said the Queensland economy was adjusting to the end of the construction phase of the liquefied natural gas projects and a slowdown in population growth.

“Overall the Queensland economy is in a period of transition, as construction of the liquefied natural gas projects near completion ahead of the production and export phase,” Mr Bray said.

While investment in homes and units increased 4.5 per cent in 2013-14 – after six years of declining investment – resource and agricultural exports however declined.

“A slowdown in population growth is a further constraint on overall growth.”

In Brisbane, low interest rates, helped access to finance which will see total residential land values rise by 10.9 per cent, the Valuer-General’s report says.

 

Source : The Brisbane Times

Scoot brings Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Sydney and Gold Coast

Scoot brings Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Sydney, Gold Coast

Singapore Airlines’ low-cost offshoot Scoot could be flying its advanced Boeing 787-9s to Sydney and the Gold Coast as early as April.

The move from Scoot’s current ageing Boeing 777-200 jets to the all-new Dreamliners will be a substantial upgrade with the Boeing 787 offering a quieter and smoother ride with more comfort and less jetlag.

The airline has also outfitted its new planes with new business class seats and inflight Internet.

Speaking on the sidelines of Scoot’s inaugural Boeing 787 flight from Seattle to Singapore, Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson told Australian Business Traveller that the exact timetable was dependent upon Boeing’s delivery schedule and could end up as May rather than April.

“We can’t give specific dates yet because we simply don’t know, and to be fair to Boeing, they also don’t know because there’s lots of parts coming from lots of places,” Wilson said.

“Boeing’s delivery calendar (gives) a roughly two-week window when you know the aircraft will arrive, and it’s only firmed up to be a specific date 30 days before delivery.”

Sydney will be served by the third Boeing 787 to join Scoot’s fleet, with the fourth plane earmarked for the Gold Coast.

Scoot expects to be flying an all-Dreamliner fleet around the middle of this year, with its new Melbourne-Singapore route also seeing the Boeing 787 in November.

Scoot’s first Dreamliner makes its debut today on TZ8 from Singapore to Perth – expected to touch down in the mining capital at 6:15pm local time before returning to the Lion City an hour later as flight TZ7.

Chris Chamberlin travelled to Seattle as a guest of Scoot and Boeing.

Source : Australia Business Traveller

Sailor badly burned as boat catches fire off the Gold Coast

February 1, 2015 – 12:58PM

Jorge Branco

Channel 7 image of a boat on fire off the Gold Coast.

Channel 7 image of a boat on fire off the Gold Coast. Photo: Channel 7

A sailor is in hospital after flames engulfed a 40-foot boat in waters off the Gold Coast.

The boat caught fire at about 11am while sailing about 20kms off the coast of Burleigh Heads.

A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman said the sole passenger on board suffered serious burns.

Smoke from the fire was reportedly visible from the mainland.

This photo taken by reporter @Bianca_Stone shows smoke coming from what is believed to be a boat off the #GoldCoast pic.twitter.com/fFnkBSje7I

Police believe another boat owner rescued the sailor, whose age and gender are unknown, before taking them to shore.

It’s believed a doctor from a third boat treated the injured sailor on the way to shore.

Paramedics took the patient to the Gold Coast University Hospital shortly before 12.15pm with what was described as “partial thickness burns”.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesman wasn’t able to further elaborate on the sailor’s condition.

 

Source : The Canberra Times

Decentralise Queensland? No worries, says expert

August 2, 2014 – 12:00AM

Kim Stephens

Journalist

Strong local governments, such as those on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, will making decentralising the state easier, according to an expert.

Strong local governments, such as those on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, will making decentralising the state easier, according to an expert. Photo: Sahlan Hayes

Doubling the number of people living in regional Queensland’s by 2044 is completely achievable, according to a leading population expert who says the state has evolved differently to its southern counterparts.

Chris Johnson, the Sydney-based chief executive of Urban Taskforce Australia, said just half of Queensland’s population lived in its Brisbane. In comparison, 75 per cent of Victorians call Melbourne home and 64 per cent of New South Wales residents choose to live in Sydney.

Doubling the population outside the Sunshine State’s southeast is a key target of the Queensland Plan, released by Premier Campbell Newman on Thursday.

Mr Johnson said the increasing size of the state’s regional centres, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, meant governance in Queensland was vastly different to that in southern states.

“Queensland, for various reasons, has bigger governments than NSW and Victoria,” he said.

“Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast all have bigger structures for local government, which means greater authority with those areas.”

“I think over time a stronger regional government structure has evolved and they are more identifiable in their locations.”

Regional councils will be key to Queensland Plan’s success, Mr Newman said.

Local Government Association of Queensland president Margaret de Wit said while there were challenges ahead in attracting people to the regions, the plan provided many councils with direction.

“It will be a very big challenge but this is where the local communities can say, ‘what can we do out here that can attract people. What opportunities are there?'” she said.

“Be it resources or tourism, they can look at what opportunities there are and that’s what I’m seeing already. In some places councils can see an opportunity for tourism and are already working on that themselves.

“That’s why the Queensland Plan will be a boost for those people.

“It’s not just motherhood statements that sit on a shelf but it gives direction.”

Cr de Wit said it was important to remember the Queensland Plan was a 30-year strategy.

She said the ambassadorial council announced as part of the plan would also prove invaluable for regional councils.

“Country people are so innovative in so many ways,” she said. “They get off their backsides and do things and they will seize opportunities.

“Councils will have back-up from the ambassadorial council but it’s going to take a while before you start to see anything through their own corporate plans.

“A lot of councils have their own ideas and visions and they might come up with some different ways of doing things, but there is a lot of enthusiasm for the plan from local government and they have that enthusiasm there in spite of the fact they are doing so tough in so many areas.

“But they are so resilient.”

Source : The Brisbane Times

Jetstar launches Melbourne-Tokyo flights, axes Gold Coast-Osaka

Jetstar launches Melbourne-Tokyo flights, axes Gold Coast-Osaka

Jetstar will launch non-stop flights between Melbourne and Tokyo’s Narita airport but axe its Gold Coast-Osaka service in a reshuffle of the low-cost airline’s Japanese network.

The new Melbourne-Tokyo service will see four flights each week on Jetstar’s Airbus A330 beginning from 29 April 2014, with flight schedules and fares expected to be released before Christmas.

This is the first Melbourne-Tokyo service since 2008 and will feed travellers into the Jetstar Japan network for flights to nine other Japanese cities including Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo.

“We know this is one of the largest unserved international markets in Australia and our bookings show that many Victorian customers are travelling to Tokyo via other ports in the network,” said Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO David Hall.

However, Jetstar’s thrice-weekly flights between the Gold Coast and Osaka will be dropped as of 8 May 2014, although Gold Coast-Tokyo flights will remain and at some stage be upgraded from the current Airbus A330 to Jetstar’s new Boeing 787.

“Once the 787 is introduced on the Gold Coast-Tokyo route we will be offering an extra 23,000 seats a year more than what is currently offered on our A330 flights,” Hall said.

“While we recognise that the Gold Coast is a major tourism destination for Japanese visitors, demand from Osaka was not as strong as that from Tokyo” Hall explained.

“The suspension of the service is part of our response to the current state of the Australian aviation market and a realignment of Jetstar’s international network.

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Australian Capital Territory stung in petrol pricing

October 30, 2013

Fleta Page

Reporter at The Canberra Times

Território da Capital Australiana, Comunidade da Austrália

Canberra is one of 28 regions nationally where motorists are more likely to be “ripped off” paying for petrol according to a study by the University of New England Business School.

The study monitored petrol prices at 111 locations across the country, looking at daily and weekly price data from 2007 to 2012, and identified a phenomenon it labelled rocket/feather pricing.

The phenomenon sees pump prices rocket up when wholesale fuel prices increase, while the downward price pressure is passed on to consumers much slower, descending like a feather.

“It appears that the vast majority of petrol stations are doing the right thing, however around a quarter of the service stations reviewed were participating in this rocket/feather pricing,” Professor Abbas Valadkhani said.

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In the ACT and NSW combined, the study found 30 per cent of petrol stations were guilty of it. “The only place where everyone is doing the right thing is in Western Australia. While we can’t prove the connection, Western Australia is the only state with a Government backed Fuel Watch body.”

The study, published in the Energy Economics journal, used a complex formula to predict the expected price of petrol in each location, which it compared to the actual price, allowing it to see how fast each market corrected itself. In Canberra, it found that prices would come down nearly five times slower than the rate of increase.

But that “asymmetric pricing” is just one issue in the capital, which also has a higher than expected gross profit margins.

Other locations for asymmetric pricing include the Gold Coast, Hobart and Brisbane metro areas and Cooma.

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Queensland tourism industry on the rise

October 10, 2013 – 12:01AM

Kim Stephens

The Gold Coast has always been central to Queensland's tourism economy.

The Gold Coast has always been central to Queensland’s tourism economy. Photo: State Library of Queensland

Holidaymakers are returning en masse to Queensland, new tourism figures reveal.

More than 400,000 additional tourists flocked to the Sunshine State in the 12 months to June 2012 than the previous year, Tourism and Events Queensland statistics show.

Both interstate and international visitor numbers are up and Queenslanders are also increasingly choosing to travel within their own state.

“There are less people travelling overseas, a lot have done their Asian holidays and they have gone back to traditional places like the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and Cairns for their holidays,” Queensland Tourism Industry Council chairman Shane O’Reilly said.

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Once Queensland’s economic powerhouse and the envy of all other Australian states, the industry has been in steady decline since 2008 in the face of heightened competition from cheaper Asian destinations.

However, regional snapshots compiled by the tourism body show large increases in Queensland’s leisure tourism hotspots last financial year.

Holidaymaker numbers grew by 9 per cent in Brisbane, 12 per cent on the Gold Coast, 6 per cent on the Sunshine Coast and 11 per cent in tropical north Queensland.

Statewide figures show international visitation grew by 6 per cent.

Overall interstate visitor numbers grew by just three per cent but that figure largely reflected the significant downturn in business traveller numbers due to the rapid decline of the resources sector.

Overall, holidaymaker numbers rose by 10 per cent statewide.

Mr O’Reilly said the statistics were promising but there was still a long climb ahead for the industry.

“The international numbers are mostly driven by the Chinese, a lot of our traditional markets are still not particularly strong,” he said.

“They are coming from such a low ebb, it’s going to take some strong growth for a couple of years to get back to where we used to be.”

The statistics also showed interstate visitors chose to stay longer in Queensland, with the length of the average stay up to 7.4 days from 6.2 days the previous year.

In Brisbane, councillor Julian Simmonds said the rise in visitor numbers was largely driven by an increase in intrastate travel, with many regional Queenslanders choosing to holiday in their capital city.

He said marketing campaigns surrounding events such as the State of Origin and Riverfire had targeted both Queensland and interstate travellers, resulting in longer average stays in the city.

“We have had strong improvement in the length of stays from Queensland visitors,” he said.

“A lot of the packages we are doing up, such as the Show Your Colours campaign that Brisbane Marketing did for State of Origin and the British and Irish Lions tour, mean that people come for one-off events but they are staying for two or three nights instead of just one for the event.”

The Tourism and Events Queensland report says the tourism industry contributes $22 billion to the Queensland economy, $10.55 billion directly and 11.5 billion indirectly.

Brisbane Times