Surge in first home buyers taking up Queensland government grant


first_imgNew homes under construction in Mango Hill, north of Brisbane. Image: AAP/Dan Peled.He said boosting the grant had also encouraged investment in new housing stocks with on-flow benefits for local contractors, subbies and suppliers who rely on the building industry.Mr Pitt said housing affordability was also a motivating factor in many people’s decisions to move to Queensland from southern states.“Already in the 12 months to March this year we’ve seen 15,716 people move up in the world to Queensland, the majority of those were from New South Wales,” he said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago“Our First Home Owner’s Grant is far more generous than those currently available in Sydney and Melbourne, and another incentive for southerners to make the move to the Sunshine State.” Migration to Qld highest in years Renters still suffering after cyclone The nation buying 8 per cent of new Qld homes More than 8000 people have accessed the first homebuyer grant in Qld since it was boosted to $20,000.THERE has been a surge in the number of people taking advantage of a boost to the Queensland government’s First Home Owner’s Grant.More than 8000 grants worth $162 million have been approved since July 2016 when the state government increased the incentive for first home buyers to $20,000 from $15,000.Nearly half of those (3100) were approved in the past three months after the grant was extended from June 30 to December 31 in the 2017 state budget.Treasurer Curtis Pitt urged Queenslanders to get in before the increased grant expired, but did not say whether the government was considering extending the grant further.The $20,000 grant is available for people buying newly built dwellings worth up to $750,000.“Greater investment in new housing stocks can help address housing supply issues and can assist in making new home ownership more affordable, at a time when home affordability can be a challenge,” Mr Pitt said. Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt. Image: AAP/Josh Woning.Victoria is catching up though, with the state government this week announcing first home buyers in the state’s regions now have access to a $20,000 grant — double the $10,000 grant available to city dwellers in the state. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Master Builders Queensland deputy chief executive Paul Bidwell welcomed the strong take-up of the grant since it had been extended, but said a further extension would be even more beneficial.“We pushed hard for an extension,” he said.“Whether we get another extension remains to be seen.”Mr Bidwell urged the state government to consider other incentives, including reducing transaction costs, which were another major impediment to buying a home in Queensland.He also noted that only around 10 per cent of first-home buyers actually purchased new properties.last_img read more

NASCAR results at Watkins Glen: Chase Elliott repeats in Go Bowling at the Glen


first_imgThe 2019 version of Go Bowling at the Glen felt a whole lot like 2018 — Chase Elliott even ran out of fuel during his celebratory burnout. Elliott held on to a narrow lead during the final laps to beat Martin Truex Jr. at Watkins Glen International for the second year in a row. The win is the second of the season for Elliott.Elliott and Truex finished a full nine seconds better than the rest of the field in a race dominated by two of the best road course drivers. Elliott led 81 of the 90 laps, the second most ever at Watkins Glen. The No. 9 became just the fifth driver ever to repeat winning on the track and the first since Marcos Ambrose in 2011-12. 3:24 p.m.: Kyle Busch spins through Turn 1 on Lap 2, but we stay green. The No. 18 looks to not be damaged.3:22 p.m.: Green flag as William Byron and Kyle Busch settle behind Chase Elliott.3:13 p.m.: Cars are rolling. A quick breakdown of today’s race: MORE: Watch the NASCAR live with fuboTV (7-day trial)Denny Hamlin continued his recent stretch of great finishes as the No. 11 placed third. Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five.Kyle Busch, who entered the day second in the Cup Series standings, did not make any friends as he was twice spun out by drivers (William Byron and Bubba Wallace) after continued contact with both cars throughout the race. The No. 18 Toyota still managed to finish 11th despite sustaining heavy damage, a result that was good enough to propel him to first in the Cup Series standings.Corey LaJoie, who sacrificed a month’s worth of salary in order to don a special paint scheme for Samaritan’s Feet — a faith-based nonprofit that gives shoes to impoverished children — finished 34th. The No. 32 reportedly raised over $100,000 for the charity.The Cup series returns to Michigan International Speedway on Sunday with just four regular season races remaining for the Consumers Energy 400.Sporting News provided live lap-by-lap updates and highlights from the Go Bowling at the Glen. Follow along below.NASCAR at Watkins Glen: Live updates, highlights from Go Bowling at the GlenGo Bowling at the Glen: 2019 winner, top 20 order of finish( All times Eastern.)FinishDriverTeam (Car No.)Laps led1.Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports (9)812.Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs Racing (19)13.Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing (11)4.Erik JonesJoe Gibbs Racing (20)5.Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske (12)6.Matt DiBenedettoLeavine Family Racing (95)7.Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas (4)8.Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi Racing (42)69.Brad KeselowskiTeam Penske (2)10.Kurt BuschChip Ganassi Racing (1)11.Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing (18)12.Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas (10)13.Chris BuescherJTG Daugherty Racing (37)14.Alex BowmanHendrick Motorsports (88)15.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Roush Fenway Racing (17)16.Michael McDowellFront Row Motorsports (34)17.Daniel SuarezStewart-Haas (41)18.Paul MenardWood Brothers Racing (21)319.Jimmie JohnsonHendrick Motorsports (48)20.Clint BowyerStewart-Haas Racing (14)Caution flags: 4Lead changes: 5Lap leaders:  Chase Elliott (81), Kyle Larson (6), Martin Truex Jr. (1), Paul Menard (1)5:36 p.m.: Chase Elliott holds on for his second win of the season.5:34 p.m.: Two laps left. Elliott has a lead of half a second.5:30 p.m.: Five laps to go, and Truex has never been closer, but he’s going to need a mistake from Elliott.5:25 p.m.: Denny Hamlin is in third and a full seven seconds behind Elliott. Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.5:22 p.m.: With 12 laps to go, Elliott has a lead of a single car length. Lap traffic is about to play a factor.5:16 p.m.: Truex gains a lot of ground on nearly every turn, but then Elliott pulls away on the straight aways.5:12 p.m.: Kyle Busch’s car looks like it’s been through a war. He’s 23rd with 20 laps to go.5:10 p.m.: Austin Dillon spins out and has to wait for the pack to pass. No caution.5:09 p.m.: Elliott just radioed that he may have a rear tire going flat from the contact with Truex.5:08 p.m.: Truex may have take some damage to his front fender from all that contact with Elliott.5:06 p.m.: Back green with 25 laps to go. Lots of contact between Elliott and Truex on the restart, but Elliott pulls away.4:57 p.m.: Caution is out after Bubba Wallace retaliates to some contact from Kyle Busch, and very intentionally spins out Busch.4:54 p.m.: Both the leaders have now pitted with 29 laps remaining, and Elliott maintained his narrow lead over the No. 19.4:50 p.m.: Truex is getting dangerously close to passing Elliott. The two are over nine seconds better than Kevin Harvick in third.4:46 p.m.: Daniel Hemric spins out, but no caution or damage.4:42 p.m.: Ty Dillon goes through the grass and has to head to pit road to remove grass from his grill.4:37 p.m.: Chase Elliott and Martin Truex are really pulling away from the field.4:34 p.m.: Green flag waves on the final stage.Stage 2 winner: Chase Elliott4:23 p.m.: Chase Elliott wins Stage 2 under caution.4:21 p.m.: Caution. Bubba Wallace spins out and makes heavy contact with the tire carousel. Since there are just two laps remaining, Stage 2 will end under yellow.4:17 p.m.: Green with four laps left in Stage 2. Elliott maintains his lead, with Truex in second.4:07 p.m.: Caution is out with seven laps to go, as Reed Sorenson’s No. 77 is heavily smoking.4:05 p.m.: As drivers begin pitting, Elliott retakes the lead.4:00 p.m.: Joey Logano went through the grass. He has a big chunk of grass on his grill. Parker Kligerman does a full spinout, but no caution.3:57 p.m.: Back under green with Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick in the front.3:50 p.m.: What a surprise…Kyle Busch has some beef with a driver. After William Byron spun Busch out early in the race, Busch sent Byron through the grass a few laps later. Both drivers have been sounding off about one another on the radio.Stage 1 winner: Chase Elliott3:46 p.m.: Chase Elliott holds serve to win Stage 1. Jimmie Johnson picks up valuable points in sixth place.3:44 p.m.: Elliott has a lead larger than six seconds with two laps remaining in the stage.3:43 p.m.: And drivers begin their pit strategies on Lap 17.3:41 p.m.: With four laps to go, William Byron tries to get by the inside of Hamlin, nearly spinning the No. 11, but no such wreck.3:35 p.m.: Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. have moved into second and third behind Elliott.3:30 p.m.: Aric Almirola just radioed that his shifter is “literally” about to break off.last_img read more

Garden party in the Jungle


first_imgThey may be close to the middle of the table, but these two rivals will top the bill in today’s round of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).Arnett Gardens, a team favoured by neutrals and one which increased in popularity when the likes of Walter Boyd, Onandi Lowe and Fabian Davis – all national players – donned their colours, will headline today’s RSPL action when they host their biggest rivals, Tivoli Gardens, in a game which represents more than football for many. Kick-off time is 3 p.m.While many will be looking on at the quality of football on display, others will be looking at the sharpness, or the lack thereof, of the Arnett Gardens team as they did not train for three days. The Junglists, as Arnett Gardens are dubbed, are, at least, one of two teams in turmoil after the salaries of players and coaching staff were slashed.”There are several things that can affect us, but we just have to put them behind us. Yes, we have not trained for three consecutive days and this morning we had a training session for the first time since then,” Arnett Gardens coach Jerome Waite confirmed to The Sunday Gleaner yesterday.That situation, Waite conceded, could give the visitors the advantage, but he added that the significance of the game will not allow his team to be anything less than competitive.”The opposing team could have the advantage, yes, but a game against Tivoli Gardens is always more than just a game. Politics is always a factor. There is the rivalry and bragging rights, of course. It is our equivalent of a Manchester City-Manchester United derby. That is how big it is.”With that being the situation, you know we will find a way. Anything but a positive result will not satisfy us. Our objective is to ensure that we don’t lose at home – as we did two years ago when we last won,” Waite explained.As far as Tivoli Gardens are concerned, they are running into good form at the right time.”We foresee that this game will be a very tough one as Arnett Gardens are playing well and are playing at home. Traditionally, these games are very physical ones and this should be no different,” Coach Omar Edwards said.”What is good for us is that we are coming off a good result. Our last game, a 3-0 win over Reno, shows that we are capable of scoring goals and preventing other teams from scoring, so this is a plus for us,” added Edwards.EXPERIENCE AND CONFIDENCEWhat is even more positive for Edwards is the fact that his team is gelling nicely. Veteran goalkeeper Edsel Scott, he said, has come in and brought experience and confidence to the team. Scott’s experience, as well as the quality of another veteran, Jermaine Johnson, added to those of emerging stars Elton Thompson, who has scored three goals in two games, and the midfield duo of Tevin Shaw and Marvin Stewart.Arnett Gardens, on the other hand, will be looking to the veteran pair of captain O’neil Thompson and Dicoy Williams to provide leadership at the back and count on the offensive gifts of Fabian Reid, Marvin Morgan, Kemal Malcolm and the young Damari Deacon to provide the ammunition.At Wespow Park, the defending champions, Montego Bay United, will have it all to do against leaders UWI FC, especially in the absence of their top forward, Dino Williams, who got himself sent off against Portmore United last week. Former champions Harbour View will be aiming to continue their stabilisation with a win over the struggling Jamalco.Second-placed Humble Lion will look to show their superiority over the surprisingly competitive Maverley-Hughenden FC. Wolry Wolfe has led Humble Lion from the front as always, but the Humble Lion backline will have to contend with Phillip Peddie, who has scored in every single game he has played since his return from overseas.Portmore United will be looking to add another scalp to their collection when they host the battling Waterhouse at Prison Oval, while Reno will be looking to put some distance between themselves and the bottom two when they host the embattled Boys’ Town.Today’s games:o 3 p.m: Humble Lion vs Maverley-Hughenden – Effortville Community Centreo 7 p.m: Harbour View vs Jamalco – Harbour View Stadiumo 3 p.m: Portmore United vs Waterhouse – Prison Oval Complexo 3 p.m: Montego Bay United vs UWI FC – Wespow Parko 3 p.m: Reno vs Boys Town – Frome Complexo 3 p.m: Arnett Gardens FC vs Tivoli Gardens FC – Anthony Spaulding Complexlast_img read more