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ABC Brisbane radio interview on Qld Councils

I had a nice chat with 612 ABC Brisbane’s Steve Austin on his Drive program yesterday afternoon regarding my most recent post New round of council amalgamations should be considered following Logan & Ipswich sackings. I began by telling Steve … Continue reading

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New round of council amalgamations should be considered following Logan & Ipswich council sackings

Queensland now has two councils, Logan and Ipswich, with state government-appointed interim administrators. The stench of corruption coming out of both council chambers was overwhelming, and Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has acted appropriately in both cases, appointing Logan’s interim … Continue reading

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Business counts data show rise of Uber and start ups

Yesterday afternoon, on his 612 ABC Brisbane drive time show (from 1:42:50), Steve Austin interviewed my colleague QEAS Director Nick Behrens on the still relatively weak wages growth figures released yesterday. Nick also covered more positive news regarding the state … Continue reading

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Heat map of Brisbane metro property prices – big opportunities in the Western corridor?

It is well appreciated that people are willing to pay more for properties that are closer to the CBD, have a greater range of services close by (e.g. transport, retail) and offer an attractive lifestyle (e.g. a cosmopolitan community, river … Continue reading

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Pockets of very high unemployment in Logan, Brisbane South West and Ipswich

I’ve produced the map of unemployment rates for local areas in the Brisbane metro area below based on the latest small area labour markets data for March 2015 from the federal Department of Employment. The data show that pockets of … Continue reading

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Urban sprawl filling in the 200km City

In the first seven months of financial year 2014-15, the top five suburban areas in Queensland for residential building approvals were: Newstead-Bowen Hills (1,358 approvals), Southport (1,305), North Lakes-Mango Hill (612), Caloundra-West (406), and Jimboomba (401) (see map below based … Continue reading

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Unemployment much higher in North Qld, Wide Bay, Ipswich and outer Brisbane metro area

The regional dimension to Queensland unemployment is readily apparent from the following unemployment rate maps I’ve produced based on Queensland Treasury’s handy information brief on regional unemployment. Here’s the map for the whole State: My old home town of Townsville … Continue reading

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