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Coles backs Ipswich – good investment given strong population growth

Coles has announced it is building three new stores in Ipswich, obviously recognising the strong current and projected population growth in the region (Coles project to bring new stores and 700 jobs to Ipswich). While Ipswich is currently around the … Continue reading

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QCA should investigate V8 Supercars funding in industry assistance review

The Townsville V8 Supercars event appears not to have delivered the huge visitor numbers and economic benefits that were once forecast by its organisers, given the announcement of a new joint marketing campaign with other V8 races. The Townsville Bulletin reports (V8 … Continue reading

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Qld unemployment hot spots – Ipswich, Cairns and Wide Bay

I’ve prepared some maps of regional unemployment rates based on last week’s new regional labour force data from the ABS for February 2014 (see below). The figures I’ve used are taken from Queensland Treasury’s information brief, which presents 12-month moving … Continue reading

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Housing outlook improving

Yesterday’s building approvals data from the ABS should be encouraging for the Queensland building industry because they signal a recovery in housing construction, just as approvals of new apartment stock are declining. Approvals of private houses are trending upwards (first … Continue reading

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Ipswich will play important role in eventual recovery of Qld building industry

With Springfield continuing to grow and a new master-planned community being developed at Ripley Valley, Ipswich will play an important role in the eventual recovery of Queensland’s building industry from its current weak condition. Indeed, residential land data published today … Continue reading

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New Ipswich Coles shows regulation banning supermarket liquor sales is pointless

The Queensland Government may as well remove the regulation banning supermarkets from selling liquor, as called for by Master Grocers Australia (see this AAP story) because with co-located bottle shops they are effectively already selling liquor. This was apparent when … Continue reading

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Ipswich to lead building industry recovery

There is more encouraging news for the building industry today, with a report that Queensland’s biggest housing development, at Ripley Valley 5km south-west of Ipswich CBD, has commenced, as reported in the Queensland Times: AFTER more than five years of … Continue reading

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Stop Not Till the Goal is Reached

The developer of Springfield, Maha Sinnathamby, thinks like a winner. No matter what difficulties life throws at him – the collapse of his first property empire or the near collapse of his second, Springfield – he faces each challenge with … Continue reading

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