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Regional properties more affordable than ever across North Queensland


first_img107 Ocean View Drive, Bowen offers magnificent ocean views and could be all yours for $799,000The drop in value of local properties has been somewhat offset however by a 12.5 per cent boost to land values in Airlie Beach. Queensland Valuer-General Neil Bray said valuation changes varied across the region.“Residential values have risen slightly in Cannonvale, with some slight to minor reductions in Bowen and Proserpine, minor increases in Airlie Beach and significant falls in Collinsville and Scottville,” Mr Bray said.“Some localities, such as Collinsville and Scottville, reflected significant decreases in median values due to a downturn in the coal mining industry with the median value of residential land in Collinsville falling from $21,000 to $9500.” View of Bowen Harbour, North Queensland. iStockIF owning a weekender is on your bucket list, cast your eyes towards the Whitsundays.Property valuations across Bowen and Collinsville have dropped to a record low in annual valuation figures released by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines this month.While valuations have only fallen by an average of 1.5 per cent across the Whitsunday region, Collinsville and Scottville land values have been slashed by over half after they were similarly cut last year.Bowen land value also dropped by 12.4 per cent. This five-bedroom home at43 Pelican Street, Collinsville is the perfect project for a motivated renovatorLand owners who object to their land valuations can register their concerns with the department until May 8.While the overall drop in values may have left some property owners in a perilous position, Housing Industry Association Regional Director North Queensland Robert Harding said the drop in values was an opportunity for buyers and builders looking to invest in the region.“The largest cost of building is the land component as well as government taxes,” he said.“Whenever we see land values drop, it generally benefits our building industry as everything that goes into building becomes more affordable so this drop is certainly welcomed by all of us.” Looking for a tree change? This Collinsville property onNormanby Road comes with 400 breeders and a four-bedroom homestead.“The movement in valuations reflect the diversity in our Whitsunday Region’s economy — some areas have seen significant improvement while other areas are still doing it tough,” Cr Willcox said.“It is like a patchwork in movement in the land valuations, even at a suburb level, some streets have increased, while others have decreased.“If the property owners dispute the valuations provided for 30 June 2017, they must object to the State Government, not council.” Are you looking for a weekender with plenty of room for a boat? Than94 Herbert Street, Bowen should be on your `must-inspect’ list.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The new land valuations will be used by Whitsunday Regional Council to generate general rates for 2017/18.Movement in land valuations will impact on the individual rate assessment, as well as the total rate revenue that council receives through rate notices.In stressing that valuations were set by the Queensland Government, Mayor Andrew Willcox encouraged locals to review their new valuation and challenge it if they had concerns.last_img

Not one, but two UK professional trustee accreditation programmes


first_imgBoth the APPT and PMI accreditations follow the framework put together by the Professional Trustee Standards Working Group last year.Those trustees seeking accreditation via the APPT’s process will still need to have completed two PMI exams, but the PMI is now also delivering its own accreditation process.Applications for PMI’s and APPT’s professional trustee accreditations will open from 24 February and in April, respectively, according to the organisations’ press releases.David Fairs, executive director of policy at TPR, commented on both the accreditation launch announcements, in each case stating that he encouraged professional trustees “to fully engage with accreditation programmes”.On APPT’s specifically, he said: “We welcome the APPT’s accreditation for professional trustees to ensure new standards created to improve governance and administration are delivered in a clear and structured way. The standards are an important step to increase protection for savers.”And on PMI’s: “We regard the accreditation of professional trustees as crucial in promoting improved governance standards. We are pleased to note that PMI has produced an accreditation programme which aims to play an important role in achieving our shared objective of improving standards within the professional trusteeship sector.” The Association of Professional Pension Trustees (APPT) and the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) announced separate accreditation programmes for professional trustees last week.Both announcements were made on the back of The Pensions Regulator (TPR) publishing its plan to drive up pension scheme governance standards, albeit without following through on a proposed requirement for schemes to appoint at least one professional trustee.IPE understands that the emergence of two separate accreditation programmes comes after APPT, the industry body for professional trustees of occupational pension schemes, decided to appoint a different provider to manage its accreditation rather than PMI. IPE previously reported that APPT was to oversee the accreditation framework, with PMI to run it.APPT, whose announcement preceded PMI’s by a day, has not commented.last_img read more