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Ipswich property markets set to jump by up to 20%
House prices in some of Ipswich's core suburbs are tipped to potentially lift by 20% within a year and masterplanned communities are also set to be hot property.
The median sale price of Ipswich homes for the September quarter was $320,000, up 1.6% on the previous quarter.
Year on year Ipswich's median house sale price rose 4.6% and there was no change from five years ago.
Booval and Silkstone recorded some of the highest median sale price increases for the quarter and were predicted to climb further this year.
Booval's median sale price rose 8.2% to $289,500 and Silkstone was up 7.1% to $287,000.
Ray White Ipswich principal Warren Ramsey said these core suburbs and any areas along the railway line were poised for growth.
These heritage homes could be demolished today
Highgate Hill residents have come together to oppose the demolishing of two homes listed on Brisbane City Council's heritage register.
One of the two homes in Highgate Hill's Jones Street is Keddington Villa, which was built in 1882 and occupied in 1883.
Police now advising residents they have to move away from entrance to Highgate Hill property. pic.twitter.com/rY5pgdyphY— Terri Begley (@TerriReports) February 7, 2016
Local historian Peter Marquis Kyle said the history of the curious U-shaped building warranted the home's protection.
"I have lived across the road from Keddington Villa since 1983," Mr Marquis Kyle said.
The police came to advise the angry residents to move away from the entrance of the property. They have agreed to let the workers in but will return tomorrow to focus on the matter.
Miners calls for royalty, rates cuts to save 60,000 jobs
A third of Queensland's coal mines are losing money, prompting calls for the State Government and councils to charge mining firms less to sustain jobs.
Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Michael Roche said in the past two years 21,000 jobs had been lost in the industry in Queensland.
He urged the government to protect the remaining 60,000 jobs as a new report on the state of the industry was set to be delivered on Monday.
Mr Roche said there had been a "blow out" in local government rates and wanted to talk to the State Government about a reduction to royalties.
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