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THE NOOSA SHIRE’S free WEEKLY MAGAZINE

Your Local Mag ISSUE NO. 10 26th JULY 2014

Go Slow!

FOODIES ARE COMING TO TOWN

INSIDE SPORT LEGENDS GIVE GOLD MEDAL NOD TO NOOSA MICHAEL MATUSIK HAS HIS FINGER ON THE PROPERTY PULSE


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Community

UPDATE

Summit Ball a major fundraiser

Red Faces raise funds for Ellie A RED FACES NIGHT BASED ON THE POPULAR HEY HEY, IT’S SATURDAY SEGMENT IS BEING HELD AS A FUNDRAISER FOR 18-MONTH-OLD ELLIE TOPLIFF, WHO HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH TAY-SACHS Little Ellie Topliff DISEASE. Tewantin Noosa RSL is hosting the talent quest-style night on August 23, with performers or groups presenting their routine – be it singing, dancing, comedy or something utterly bizarre - for judging. Diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease just after her first birthday, Ellie’s gorgeous smile touches all who meet her. Tay-Sachs is a very rare, untreatable disease caused by an abnormal gene. Sufferers lack an important enzyme that helps break down a fatty material called ganglioside GM2. This material builds up in the brain, and eventually damages nerve cells and causes neurological problems. In its advanced stages, the disease causes a gradual loss of vision, deafness, seizures, respiratory problems, gradual paralysis and dementia. The life expectancy of a child with Tay-Sachs Disease is two to five years. There is no cure nor is there any treatment available. The main focus for Ellie’s parents, Catherine and Joel, is to keep Ellie as comfortable and happy as possible and to make the most out of every moment they have with her, to create everlasting memories. All proceeds from this event will go towards Ellie’s ongoing care. Donations can also be made at http://www.gofundme.com/Elliessmile

NOOSA’S SUNNY BEACHES ARE ABOUT AS FAR AS YOU CAN GET FROM THE SNOWCAPPED PEAKS OF THE HIMALAYAS, but two local ladies have become the number one fundraisers for a girls’ education project in remote regions of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Heather McNeice and Krista Waddell, both Noosa residents, travel regularly to Bhutan and have formed a close association with the country and its people. On their last trip, they completed the Snowman Trek, a perilous 240km, high-altitude expedition renowned as “the toughest trek in the world”. In April 2014, their fundraising efforts saw them appointed as co-representatives of the Australian Himalayan Foundation (AHF) in Queensland. And this year, they will be presenting the AHF’s biggest Queensland fundraising

event, The Summit Ball, on September 20. The Summit Ball will be held at the Sheraton on Hastings Street and will include a champagne reception, dinner and entertainment from renowned Tibetan singer-instrumentalist, Tenzin Choegyal, and Coast band, RUSH. All funds raised go directly to the AHF’s girls’ education program in Bhutan. Heather and Krista have already raised almost $7,000 this year and proceeds from The Summit Ball will push them closer to their $20,000 target. Tickets for the Summit Ball are now on sale for $175pp, tables of 10 people. Everyone is welcome. Tickets can be purchased from Heather and Krista or online at http://www. australianhimalayanfoundation. org.au/index.php/events/ upcoming-events

Coast Guard plans Memorial Wall JIM FAGAN

An artist's concept of the proposed Coast Guard Memorial Wall at Noosa Spit

Three years ago Coast Guard Noosa Commander John Milland spoke to Deputy Mayor Bob Abbot about an idea he had for a Memorial Wall where people who scattered their loved ones’ ashes at sea could remember them with memorial plaques. Bob, who was then Mayor of Sunshine Coast Council, liked the notion, and now Noosa Council Mayor Noel Playford and his Councillors are considering giving the nod for the Wall to become a reality. It’s proposed the five metre wall will be located at Noosa Spit, adjacent to the walkway leading to

the radio tower at the Noosa River mouth groyne. “Like other flotillas in our squadron, we provide an ashes scaering service,” Commander Milland told YLM. “It is very formal. We wear dress uniforms, flags are at half-mast and we go

to a quiet location, usually close to Noosa National Park, so people can watch from the shore. We also provide a certificate with the date and name of the person and the latitude and longitude of the location. “What’s been missing until

now has been a place to commemorate the deceased. “Families will be able to purchase a plaque on the Wall and we also intend expanding it to include other people who have had a relative or close one cremated and who may have scaered their ashes elsewhere, other than the sea,” Commander Milland said. He said Caloundra Coast Guard has had one for some years and it is a highly requested service. Mooloolaba, and Sandy Straits Coast Guards have also dedicated memorial walls. If approved, the Coast Guard will build and maintain the Memorial Wall. “As well as providing a community service, we also see it an important opportunity for us to raise funds. For example, we will need $1 million in eight years’ time to replace our primary vessel, The John Waddams. It will be 20 years’ old by then.”


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Community

UPDATE

WIN tickets to One-Act Play Festival The Radiators! Michelle flies in from London to win JIM FAGAN

AUST AUSTRALIAN STR RALIAN ROCKERS THE RADIATORS WILL APPEAR FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY AT THE VILLA NOOSA HOTEL ON AUGUST 1 – AND YLM HAS THREE DOUBLE PASSES TO GIVE AWAY! The rock ‘n’ roll road to stardom is a dangerous road, littered with the corpses of starry-eyed hopefuls, wannabes and one hit wonders. Few survive but The Rads certainly did and last year they celebrated 35 years together since they played their very first show. Formed in a transition from a band called Big Swifty, little did they know they would go on to forge a unique sound and influence thousands of teenagers throughout Australia. Debuting in Sydney in September 1978 The Rads embarked on a formidable performing schedule, playing over 320 gigs in the first 12 months alone. They soon came to the attention of major record companies and were signed to Warner Brothers late 1979. The Radiators still tour extensively playing an average of 100 shows per year and fans young and old flock to grab a slice of living Aussie music history and rock the night away to the and classic hits that made The Radiators a household name in Australia. To win a double pass to see The Radiators at the Villa Noosa on August 1 at 7.30pm (with support Born to Run Duo), email your name, address and telephone number to Isobel@yourlocalmag.com.au, marking your entry RADIATORS. Tickets are $20 and available at the venue, or by phoning 5430 5555.

Michelle McCormick has been in London with her husband and young daughter since February but the Perth author decided she Noosa National One-Act Play finalists: Michelle Mcwanted to see her Cormick from Perth (winner), Michiko Parnell, also from play, The Invitation, Perth (third) and Frank Wilkie (second) of Noosa. performed at invitations that never arrive, until one simple question changes everything: the National One-Act Play where’s the baby? Directed by Liza Park, Festival at Noosa Arts Theatre The Invitation starred Karina Seale and so she booked a flight popular local real estate agent, Steve Mitchell. and arrived in Noosa last Noosa’s Frank Wilkie was awarded Thursday. second place for The Devil’s Dance. It On Monday she returned to London where her husband is working, clutching $3000, excited and happy, aer The Invitation won the award for Best Play at the final day of the festival on Saturday. “It was expensive coming here but the prize money was prey good so I took a punt,” actor, drama educator and now playwright Michelle told YLM. “This festival is such a brilliant opportunity for people like me, who are just starting to write, to be accepted like this.” The Invitation tells the story of new parents Ester and Tom, who seem to be caught up in a continuous cycle of miscommunication and long waits for

wasn’t the first time Frank had been a finalist. In 2010 his play, Tudo Ou Nada, made the top three and, although he didn’t win the top prize, his play won the Audience Choice award. Third placegeer was another Perth writer, Michiko Parnell, with Instructions for Two or More Players. It also won the Nancy Cato Audience Choice Award. Interestingly, it was a clean sweep for the cast and director of Michiko’s play with Best Actor Award going to Paul Barrs; Best Actress: Julia Verbugt; and Best Director: Kate Cullen. The Festival was presented in association with Noosa Long Weekend and sponsored by Bendigo Bank.

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ON LOCAL

OLYMPIC VILLAGE

Sport legends GIVE GOLD MEDAL NOD TO NOOSA

JIM FAGAN

John Konrads teaches swimming at Noosa Aquatic Centre

The Commonwealth Games have just started in Glasgow and, depending on when you are reading this, there are about 740 or so days until the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil where athletes will strain every sinew in a relentless quest for medals and podium glory. The world’s sports fans will live every moment of both the Games and you can bet some of them will be in Noosa, remembering those times when they proudly watched the Australian flag fluering above them. They are former Commonwealth and Olympic champions who have come here to live and enjoy what Olympian and US Tennis Open winner Pat Raer calls “one of the most beautiful places in the world.” Like Pat, their names ring with sporting greatness. Swimmers Dawn Fraser, John Konrads, Briany Elmslie, David Theile, Gary Winram, Bill McCabe (water polo), Kevin Gosper (athletics and former chairman of the International Olympic Commiee), Tony Blue (athletics) and Emma Snowsill (triathlon). Latest to join Noosa’s Olympic Village is gold medallist John Konrads who came here with his family just over four years ago. Pat, who was born in Mt Isa and came to Eumundi

with his family when he was eight, has been here the longest so at YLM we decided to ask both men just why they feel Noosa is such a special place and if they would share their Olympic memories with us.

I have vivid memories of the early 80s, having a swim and a body bash on Main Beach before grabbing a family ice cream from Betty's.

YOU HAVE STAYED IN SOME OF THE WORLD'S GREAT CITIES. WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO LIVE HERE? PAT. I have vivid memories of the early 80s, having a swim and a body bash on Main Beach before grabbing a family ice cream from Bey’s. Noosa is one of the most beautiful places in the world Pat Rafter and sometimes you have to see the rest of the world to appreciate what you have in your backyard. It’s safe, great weather, outdoorsy and healthy. Davis Cup tennis is also taking me to places around the world that I have never been before and, quite frankly, never want to go back. JOHN. My family and I have lived in Syd-

ney and Melbourne and we’ve been coming here for more than 30 years. We love the place and have very fond memories so we decided to come here. My daughter has had a baby boy in Noosa and we are very happy grandparents. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE FAMILY OUTINGS? PAT. It would definitely be out the front on the beach, the kids playing in the waves or trying to surf and building cubby houses behind the dunes. Those memories will stick with them forever. Also, a walk through the National Park is always fun. JOHN. We live at Sunrise Beach and love going there but there is still so much more we want to discover. As an example, we haven’t been to Australia Zoo yet and that would be a good place to go with my grandson. We like Eumundi and the Sunshine Beach Surf Club and the beautiful terrace there and generally having some nice times with friends at their places or ours.


John Konrads (centre), winner of the 1500 metres freestyle at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Silver medallist Murray Rose (left) and George Breen (bronze) is at right. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE RESTAURANT, CAFE, BEACH? PAT. Wasabi is a fantastic restaurant. I love Canteen for lunch and anywhere on Hasting Street for atmosphere. Aromas is a great place for breakfast. Granite is a great place to surf but like all the points it gets crowded very quickly and the en-

WHAT WERE THE OLYMPICS LIKE FOR YOU? IF YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL MEMORIES, WOULD YOU SHARE THEM, PLEASE? PAT. The Olympics were incredibly special. Tennis, like golf, are the two most stupid events to be in the Olympics but I was so excited to be part of it. To see all the other great athletes around the world in one big commune was a real eye-opener. I went to as many events as I could, sometimes at the expense of my own sport but the Olympics was about being there, to cheer on my mates as well and I loved it. Seeing the 4x100 men’s freestyle was an absolute highlight as well as Cathy winning the 400. Memories that will never be erased. JOHN. Any medallist will tell you that being highest you can on the Olympic podium is the hig go, the top of Mount Everest, and also being on mates in the Olympic team and with your team t places like Japan, Hong Kong and Paris where I was I went twice. I enjoyed the travel when w young but now all I want to see is Mt Coolum when the plane’s landing! of YLM thanks Dr Ian Jobling, director di the Centre of Olympic Studies, University Un of Queensland, for his assistance with this article.

WHAT SPORTING ACTIVITIES DO YOU ENJOY?

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I have a plan usually of golf on Wednesdays, gym on Mondays, tennis on Tuesdays, workout with mates on the beach on Thursdays and maybe aybe a run through the park on a Friday. When there here is surf then everything changes. The surf comes and goes very quickly around here so you u have to prioritise and surfing has to be at the top op of the list when that happens. This is a greatt week for me but I’m on the road so much for work ork that it is sometimes hard to find that routine. ine. JOHN. I got back into swimming in the e 90s and in Noosa I do swimming clinics for adult dult swimmers which can include a complete stroke mechanics program with underwater video eo playback. Two summers ago I started teachching kids again at Peregian Beach College. I’m really enjoying that and just recently I started rted an adults’ squad one evening a week at the he Aquatic Centre. It’s lapsed for winter and will start again until September. I play a lile tennis and I’m learning golf.

ergy of the place changes to a not so nice place to be. JOHN. We like the Yacht Club and one of our special places is The Spirit House at Yandina. It’s exceptional.

Aussies Pat Rafter (far right), Nick Kyrgios and Lleyton Hewitt will join Serena Williams in Team Singapore in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League

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STORY

GoNOOSASlow HOSTS NATIONAL CONFERENCE

- foodies about!

ISOBEL COLEMAN

Food tourism is a growing market and another string to Noosa's impressive credentials as a desirable place to visit.

In a major coup for local growers and foodies, Slow Food Australia will bring its annual national conference to Noosa next month. Expected to aract delegates from around the country and special guests from Italy - the home of Slow Food - the conference will highlight the importance of positive food choices that promote good health, protect local environments, build social networks and support local growers. To be hosted by Slow Food Noosa, the conference will take place over four days,

starting on Thursday, August 7. A packed program will include presentations by guest speakers, including Australia’s foremost expert on nutrition, Dr Rosemary Stanton, author of “Chemical Free Kids: Raising Healthy Kids in a Toxic World”; Dr Sarah Lantz, and the Chairman of Australian Organic, Dr Andrew Monk who will discuss the politics and future of food labelling. Local speakers and presenters will include Noosa Farmers’ Market founder, Shane Stanley; local celebrity chef Ma Golinski and, of course, the Noosa Shire’s many local growers and producers. Ma told YLM that he couldn’t wait to share our incredible local produce with the visitors.

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“It’s a real coup for Noosa to host the Slow Food National Conference. I think that many people on the Sunshine Coast are already aligned with Slow Food’s principles without even being conscious of it. We are big supporters of Farmers’ Markets, we like to buy locally grown or produced foods, many of us know our local butcher or baker by their first name and prefer to patronise restaurants and cafes that are passionate about using local ingredients,” he said. “As a chef I love the quality of flavour that local, seasonal produce brings to my dishes and also love establishing relationships with my suppliers whether they be strawberry farmers, seafood suppliers, cheese makers or vegetable growers. “Using local produce allows me to support local businesses and provides me with the chance to share and promote the abundance of local produce we have on offer.” Ma will also be aending Slow Food’s international Terra Madre event this October in Italy. “I’ll be puing our local produce in the international spotlight whilst I’m there. I’ll have to warn the Italian guests at the Slow Food Conference to get ready for us. Italian produce is prey good but I think ours is even beer!” The Noosa conference will start with a Hinterland Food Safari – a farmgate tour to some of the region’s local growers and producers, which will include tastings and the opportunity to participate in the Slow Food Australia Food Mapping Project. The official conference runs from August 8-10 and highlights include Slow Food representatives from Italy and around Australia speaking on various projects, including the international Ark of Taste and 10,000 Gardens in Africa initiatives; themed dinners in some of Noosa’s award-winning restaurants using local produce and foods prepared by notable Noosa chefs; a Sunset Cruise on Noosa River showcasing bush foods, prepared and introduced by Ma Golinski, and a guided tour of Noosa Farmers’ Market with Shane Stanley. Tourism Noosa CEO Damien Massingham

and our world-class chefs.” Slow Food Noosa President Erika Hacke said they were pleased to be hosting this national event and to shine a light on local producers. “A key part of our conference program is to showcase our local producers who encapsulate the key ingredients of the Slow Food philosophy – good, clean and fair food,” she said. “We want to highlight what we are doing in this region to our national and international guests and spread awareness of positive food choices.” Mrs Hacke said the Hinterland Food Safari would quite literally place some local growers on the map. “One of Slow Food Australia’s key projects is Food Mapping, where we are creating an Matt Golinski at a Slow Food Noosa event online resource for people to pinpoint growers and producers throughout Australia,” said the Slow Food Australia National Meetshe said. “Having the national meeting here ing offered the chance to showcase the region’s provides the perfect opportunity to ensure our natural aributes as well as its food. local growers are included. “Food tourism is a growing market and an“We feel that the area has such a wide other string to Noosa’s impressive credentials product range of food so diverse from seafood as a desirable place to visit,” he said. to cheeses, and we are proud of the opportu“In fact, our research has shown that food nity to showcase them and include them in the is of the main aractions for visitors to Noosa national and international efforts to help build and this conference will expose the region’s their industry.” best food growers, producers and chefs to an Slow Food Noosa is one of Australia’s larginternational and national audience. est convivia with more than 100 members who “We are proud to have such a proactive and regularly aend events and fundraise to supstrong local convivium supporting actively port local projects. showcasing and bringing extra aention and While the event is restricted to Slow Food support to this important industry. members, the local community is encouraged “What people will discover is that as to support their local convivium through well as having the environmental and social aending one of their events. Tickets for the credentials that come with being a UNESCO dinners, cruises and farmgate tours may be Biosphere Reserve, our community are actually available to the general public and will be prostrong advocates for the Slow Food philosophy moted on the Slow Food Noosa Facebook page through closer to the date. our support of local growers


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Noosa

PEOPLE

Music led to romance for singing DJ I have presented a radio segment entitled Morning Magazine on Thursday mornings from 8 until 10 on Noosa Volunteer Community Radio for the last 12 months. With upbeat music, some news commentary and some editorial content, my session is mostly targeted at people going to work, drivers, and people enjoying their morning cup of coffee.

Entertainment and music have always been with me. I am the past president of Noosa Arts Theatre (four years) and I have directed several musical productions. My interest in the theatre was started by my parents who were always playing LP records of the big musicals. I knew the words of “Some Enchanted Evening” in my teenage years (I was a bit of a nerd) which was ironic because that song was the means by which I met my wife, Jannine.

Noosa People

Welcome to YLM’s new series, Noosa People, where we invite locals to tell their own stories of life in Noosa. Starting the series is Paul Ritchie, 67, radio presenter, Eumundi When I was relatively

new to the Sunshine Coast, I auditioned for the role of Captain Bracke at Noosa Arts Theatre because it was the only non-singing role in the musical South Pacific. I had played him Paul Ritchie I took up music at 61, on stage in teaching myself from Port Moself instruction books, and then resby in my days in PNG, not that I geing professional help from an couldn’t hold a note as I had sung in unsuspecting Bruce Barne. a barbershop quartet and a choir at Fiing it into a busy travelschool. ling working life was tough, Anyway, I was prey raw and but for the first couple of years I Pauline Penfold, the director, not forced myself and poor Jannine knowing how inexperienced I was to endure at least a half hour at stage singing, asked me to audievery night of practice on a saxotion with that song which I did. So I phone. I could not get enough became Emile de Beque and turned of it and realised I should have up at the theatre to be cast alongside started years ago. But now, my future wife, alias Nellie ForI love struggling to play alto bush. So we fell in love on stage and saxophone in the Noosa District 14 years later the song still brings Concert Band, and the Buderim warm feelings to us both. Concert Band and the same tolI have also sung with Noosa erant music directors allow me Chorale and, when I first joined it, to keep coming back. I realised I couldn’t read music so

I could not get enough of it and realised I should have started years ago.

I retired as a general manager of a public company in 2011 aer 14 years with it in marketing and then as general manager. Like many retirees I had (and still do have) withdrawal symptoms, so I consulted for a year to a large resource exploration company and then in sales with a solar power systems company. Business still holds its allure and helping businesses is my hobby. Jannine and I live on a couple of acres of garden near Eumundi and thankfully close to Noosa. With a few good friends and the opportunity to travel occasionally, life is prey good. JIM FAGAN


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ON LOCAL

Why I LOVE Hastings Street!

Robyn Opperman KNOWS A GOOD THING WHEN SHE SEES IT ISOBEL COLEMAN Robyn Opperman is an astute woman. She knows Noosa and she knows real estate. And she knows she made a wise decision opening a second Belle Property Noosa office in Hastings Street. “I wouldn’t have done it if I wasn’t sure it was the right place to be! Hastings Street is buzzing and I have the utmost confidence in having an office there,” Robyn told YLM. “I have been monitoring it as a “new” business owner since we took over on May 5 and I’ve been astounded by the volume of people on the street.” Foot traffic through the door and sales on the books confirm Robyn’s belief that the Noosa property market is in recovery – “but it won’t happen overnight. “And that’s a good thing. It’s a sustainable recovery, which is far beer in the long run. “The market had a fantastic Christmas and we can look back over the last financial year with confidence,” Robyn said. “You can see the improvements in the market and they flowed right through summer. Onsite managers reported one of their best Easters ever. “We need more than just one good season but we are definitely in the infancy of a real recovery.” And that recovery is evident in recent sales. “For example, entry levels in suburbs like Noosa Waters have risen from around $1 million to $1.3 million. We are also seeing developers coming back into the river precinct. “Some of those developers are now completing their properties, and more plans are

“There is a conscious dri in how we do going into Council, and we are seeing the end business – bringing in that second office opens products selling for between $1.2 million and up new opportunities for our clients, our agents $1.5 million.” and our rental property owners.” Robyn recently sold two duplexes in EdAn artistic soul herself, Robyn loves Belle ward Street, Noosaville. Property’s link with Belle interior design magaAnd while some see auction rates as easing zine, too. off Robyn reports that they are working well “To me, houses and interior design go hand for Belle Property. in hand, and Belle Property feels the same, “We do focus on auctions because they which is why they sponsor Belle’s wonderful work. Oen we are selling just prior to auction, too – even the day before. And this is a result of art dinners, which are held all over the country. “I recently aended one in Sydney, inspired the agents’ hard work but also vendors recogby an amazing Australian woman, artist and nising realistic values.” designer Florence BroadAnd clearly this hurst.” is working for Belle Born in rural Queensland Property, as the in 1899, Florence lived in group was this week England and Australia, finally named Boutique seling in Sydney where she Network of the Year established a hand-printed for the second year wall paper business. By 1972, running. her wallpapers reportedly Honesty and contained around 800 designs integrity are values in 80 different colours, while Robyn rate very by the mid-1970s she monopohighly and her two Robyn Opperman lised the quality end of the real estate offices Australian market and was reflect that. exporting worldwide. “We don’t have a crystal ball and we She then turned her aention to screen wouldn’t be so arrogant to say we know exactly printing, before being brutally murdered in what a property will sell for. But we do know her studio. Much of her collection of printthe market and the influences that affect price,” ing screens and film positives were bought by she said. Signature Prints. “If we speak honestly to our clients about it “It’s an amazing tale and the dinner was they can then make an informed decision about held in Signature Prints’ inner city factory.” their asking price.” Belle Property’s promises are Integrity, Robyn also believes that buyers are more Dedication and Premium Results. And with savvy now. Robyn’s proven background in business and “Real estate today isn’t what it was six to real estate, her eye for detail and her belief in 12 months ago and home-grown pictures and supporting other local businesses and her comsloppy copy won’t work. The way a property is munity, you know you are in good hands. marketed is very important.

Real estate today isn't what it was six to 12 months ago and home-grown pictures and sloppy copy won't work.


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Demographics central to property outlook When it comes to understanding the property market, especially on the Sunshine Coast, much-respected commentator Michael Matusik is one of the best.

My usual property outlook presentation these days covers two main themes – Cycle and Structure. The interplay between these two elements makes up the property market’s DNA. I have wrien about the property cycle several times over the last 12 months and have also covered four of the main five ingredients that make-up the most important structural foundations supporting the Australia residential market. These four pillars include employment; wages; income and the cost/availability of money. This missive will cover the most vital ingredient for mine, being demographics. Now I am not talking about population

growth per se – but a deeper cut of the available statistics. Also, I am not that interested in the past, but much more interested in the future. I am talking about age forecasts. We are lucky in Australia that the ABS, aer each Census, recalibrates their age-related forecasts. They did so late last year, with their estimates reaching out as far as 2100. Now we won’t get that ahead of ourselves but we will have a look at what’s likely to happen over the next decade or so. HOUSING DEMOGRAPHICS I don’t really like generational segregation ie baby boomers; generation X & the like – I think they are too broad and don’t necessarily translate well when it comes to real estate action.

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Create a focal point with a mirrored splashback Whether you prefer retro or ultra modern, you can create your dream kitchen Fresh paint, new-look cupboards and a new benchtop have given this tired kitchen a new lease of life

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Or maybe you’re selling your property and want to spruce it up a bit. Or maybe you’re going nowhere but your kitchen looks old and tired and you think a refurbishment would be too costly. But if you’re cost-savvy and shop local you could get a completely new look on a budget.

ONE DOOR CLOSES . . . Refacing cabinet doors might seem like an economical alternative to fully replacing cabinetry but be beware, that’s not always the case. Instead get a local tradesman to spray-paint your existing doors for a really smooth finish, or visit your local paint shop and DIY.

AND OPENS It’s amazing how new door hardware will transform a cabinet. If you are having the doors sprayed anyway, the pros will fill in the old hardware holes, allowing you to choose any style you like as a replacement.

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And on the subject of paint, freshen up your kitchen ceiling with a coat of white. It’s amazing how smoke and steam from cooking can turn it dingy and yellow.

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ILLUMINATE! Clever ceiling lighting can have a huge effect on the look and feel of your kitchen. Halogen has become almost the norm in many new kitchens and renovations but LED bulbs have come a long way, last for ages and are very energy efficient, as well as cool to the touch. If you don’t have enough light in your kitchen hire a local electrician to install more built-in lighting, or choose lower-cost options such as “rope” lighting, which can be added under overhead cabinets.

SPLASHOUT If you don’t have an existing kitchen A collection of vintage splashback this is a great opportunity to bottles can look great add character and elegance for just a few in the kitchen

DECLUTTER Update, clean and decluer accessories! Do you really need all those fridge magnets? Could you put more things away in cupboards? Remember less is more so replace with something new and fresh: prey vases or bowls, collections of vintage boles, or simply a spotless expanse of windows.


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Demographics central to property outlook From page 15 UPGRADERS – 45 to 59 years. Having children later means that many, even well into their 50s, still have teenage children at home. With teenagers you want space – demand is highest for houses, with lots of bedrooms, a pool etc. DOWNSIZERS – 60 to 74 years. Many want to move into something with a nexus to the ground; in a small project and if possible in their existing neighbourhood. Living close to the grandchildren is also a strong locational consideration. AGE-RELATED CARE - over 85 years. At this age – and it is mostly women who live this long – some form of assistance is oen required. But many who live to 85 years, the statistics show, can expect another ten years of life, so nursing homes (for the sake of labelling them) aren’t necessarily God’s waiting room these days. Spending on housing peaks when people upgrade, and the money spent on housing, and the number of moves made, drops sharply once we are in our mid-to-late 50s. Charts show that: YOUNG RENTERS – drop in market demand over the next ten years. My experience is that town planning is a decade behind the actual market and the willingness to approve down-

town high-rise apartments in big blocks should have been done ten years ago, not now. The demand for product is much smaller than many realise. Well, that’s what the statistics are telling us. And it is for that reason we aren’t advising on or advocating large scale downtown apartment projects these days. FIRST HOME BUYERS – significant increase in demand. Affordable housing is increasingly important, especially given the casualization of the Australian workforce. Many may also remain renters out of choice or force. But the potential demand is here. More affordable product is the answer, not grants or handouts. UPGRADERS – a drop in demand. This will slow down the momentum of the housing market in coming years, especially so once interest rates rise. This is one of the reasons, we believe, why Australia’s housing market will contract post 2016. DOWNSIZERS – strong li in underlying demand. Many will opt to age in place, as the upgrading market that usually buys their property will not be large enough to consume this supply. Also, many would sell if they could find smaller and affordable local digs. The irony here is that this is the demographic that mostly protested against local infill development in the past. However, some are reassess-

ing this non-development stance. First home buyers are another potential buyer group, but these larger houses will need to be retrofied to allow shared accommodation to help first timers pay the mortgage. This is the space in which town planners and urban decision makers need to spend more time, and not in ten years’ time! RETIREMENT – a big shi, too and more so in the 2020s. Living in more compact housing suits this demographic – more travel; lile maintenance and convenience. Importantly, they like a limited number of neighbours, and they like their pets, too. Pet-friendly developments are a must. AGE-RELATED CARE – lile change, but post 2020 a massive shi upwards. The ABS statistics suggest that during the 2030s, the largest single housing market in Australia – with the need to build close to 40,000 new dwellings per year – will be for those aged 85 or older. It is lile wonder that the likes of FKP and Eureka Group Holdings Limited are focusing on existing and future sites to cater for this pending demand.

Michael Matusik, Director, Matusik Property Insights. www.matusikmissive.com.au


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what's on July / August July

July

July

18th – 27th July

25th July

Noosa Long Weekend Festival

At Tewantin Noosa RSL, 8pm, phone 5447 1766.

Book Now

Retro Nudes

Art is Life expressed

An exhibition by the Noosa Paper & Books Group, at Harbourside Gallery, Noosa Marina, daily from 10am to 4pm, phone 5447 5007 or 0411 244 304.

An exhibition by Robin Pierre Versluys, at Harbourside Gallery, Noosa Marina, daily from 10am to 4pm, phone 5447 5007 or 0411 244 304.

An exhibition by Kristine Cameron, at Harbourside Gallery, Noosa Marina, daily from 10am to 4pm, phone 5447 5007 or 0411 244 304.

26th and 27 July

26th July

Andre Rieu’s 10th Anniversary 2014 Mastricht Concert

DJ Dave Daly At Tewantin Noosa RSL, 8pm, phone 5447 1766.

Jay Hoad

Via satellite at Noosa 5 Cinemas, two shows only, 3pm, phone 5447 5130.

31st July

Michelle Brown

At Noosa Heads Surf Club, 8.30pm, phone 5447 3055.

31st July – 2nd August

31st July

On The Footpath

Sweet Charity

At Tewantin Noosa RSL, 7pm, phone 5447 1766.

Local author Maggie Christensen will launch Band of Gold at Annie’s Books on Peregian, at 6pm. Phone 0414 891 259.

St Teresa’s Catholic College School Musical, at The J Noosa, July 31 at 7pm, August 1 at 11am and 7pm, and August 2, 1pm and 7pm, phone 5329 6560.

2nd & 3rd August

6th August

Conscious Life Festival At Peregian Beach College, off Old Emu Rd, 9.30am to 4pm, see www.consciouslifefestival.com.au or phone 0400 673 563.

Noosaville 65 Lake Weyba Dr

Various locations, see www.noosalongweekend. com

Chicks At The Flicks The Hundred Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren, at Noosa 5 Cinemas. Entertainment, raffles and gift bags from 6.30pm, movie at 7pm. Bookings essential on 5447 5130.

King of the Mountain Festival Pomona, 7am-5pm, see www.kingofthemountain. com.au

27th July

SPM Law-Noosa Dolphins Mini Pro-Am At Tewantin-Noosa Golf Club, 11.30am start. Phone 0447 878 429.

1st August

2nd August

Judy Watson Exhibition

The Radiators

Book Sale

At Noosa Regional Gallery, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 4pm, until August 24. Phone 5329 6145.

8th August

The Naked Magicians At The J Noosa, 7.30pm, phone 5329 6560.

Plus support at the Villa Noosa, 7.30pm, phone 5430 5555. WIN free tickets – see page 6

At Noosaville Library, 9.30am-noon, phone 5329 6555.

13th August

16th August

Laugh with Robin Storey Local author event at Noosaville Library, 10am11.30am, phone 5329 6555.

Open inspections from Friday 25th July Belle Property - Bruce Hawthorne

Sat 2nd August 11-11.45am, prior to Noon Auction

Rose Callaghan Realty - Rosemary Callaghan

Sat 12-12.30pm

Rose Callaghan Realty - Rosemary Callaghan

Sat 11-11.30am

Tewantin 3 Murdock Crt

27th July

July/August

Sunshine Beach 17 Pacific Ave

Contraband

Noosa Jazz Club hosts The SCREAM Big band At The J, Noosa Junction, 7.30pm, budget bar, no BYO, phone 5447 2229.


Your Local Mag Issue 10 - 26th July 2014  

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