No concern for developers in Redlands as land sales surge

first_imgAusbuild managing director Matthew Bell says there is plenty of steam left in the Queensland market with sales surging ahead in the Redlands. Photographer: Liam Kidston.THE Brisbane land market is expected to continue to power ahead despite national concerns that building approvals peaked last year. Ausbuild joint managing director Matthew Bell said there was a lot of strength still left in the Brisbane market, with the Redlands area proving to be quite a powerhouse.“On a national basis Sydney and Melbourne influence those figures strongly, but I’m confident the local marketplace has a lot of steam left in it,” he said.“We haven’t yet seen the heights of price growth that the southern states have seen and therefore our position is much stronger from an affordability perspective, which is key in most buyers minds.” Esperance estate, Thornlands. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Mr Bell said land within 25km of the CBD and infill subdivisions were still very strong.“With the economic position here still being relatively strong from wage growth and the current interest rate environment, there would have to be significant change in either of these factors to negatively influence the growth rates.”Ausbuild has a strong interest in the Redlands, having developed there for more than 20 years.Mr Bell said it was an interesting marketplace because of its lifestyle appeal and proximity to the water.“Redlands itself, over the years, has benefited from strong infrastructure and transport investment with more businesses establishing themselves within the community,” Mr Bell said.“So what we’ve found is that it’s never oversupplied with development … the supply and demand equation has always upheld the value of property in the Redlands area.”“It’s the lifestyle that attracts the buyers to Redlands and now we have strong community and businesses basing themselves in Redlands.” More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoAusbuild display home at the Esperance estate, Thornlands. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Ausbuild has four major land estates in Thornlands, with Esperance and Majestic, both almost completely sold out, and Altitude and Kinross recently launched.Mr Bell said a strong majority of buyers they had sold to over the last five or six years were coming from within 5kms of where the developments were based.Mr Bell said Esperance was the company’s flagship development, appealing to a wide cross-section of buyers, bringing a lot of diversity to the community.With a wide range of allotment size, Mr Bell said the estate enabled a broad cross section of buyers including young first-home buyers who had grown up in the Redlands, the ability to buy into the area when they would normally not be able to afford to remain in the area.“A lot of first-home buyers here have grown up in the Redlands, they have their parents here, their friends here and they seek employment here, they don’t really want to leave,” Mr Bell said.“Yet often the new subdivisions are out of reach of their budget.”The newly launched Altitude was designed to appeal to a different buyer profile, with 52 lots ranging in size from 350sq m to 1000sq m, and a strong uptake on the seven larger blocks since launch last month.center_img Ausbuild display home at the Esperance estate, Thornlands. Photographer: Liam Kidston.“This is a segment of the market that we usually can’t appeal to because of estate lot size restraints, but it’s a segment where third and fourth home buyers still want this larger size lot.“We find that the downsizers and often the first home buyers are looking for low maintenance housing product and that’s where we try and get as much mix into an estate as we can,” he said.“But whenever we do produce lots over 600sq m we get strong demand.”Kinross is bringing more diversity to Ausbuild’s portfolio with the first stage launched in what will be a 76 lot subdivision.“This estate has a bit of a bushland feel, it’s very rural,” Mr Bell said.“We really understand the Redlands buyer and hence have a strong pipeline of development in front of us.“Ausbuild has been in the Redlands for more than two decades and it’s obvious the move to urban communities is not just a passing trend — but a societal shift that is gaining momentum.”last_img read more

Simpson ‘setting’ pace for UW

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoThe University Wisconsin volleyball team has developed a balanced attack this year with five players averaging more than two kills per game. A lot of that can be attributed to the play of junior setter Jackie Simpson.However, Simpson is not looking to receive any credit for the team’s success. Instead, she is looking to give credit to the rest of her teammates.”I think a lot of times, the focus goes to who gets the kills,” Simpson said. “If I was going to say any position is under-noticed it would be the libero. Jocelyn Wack is the person who really steadies our team. So if anybody should get more recognition, it’s her.”Simpson started her volleyball career in seventh grade where she was actually cut from the team. But she used that as motivation to become a better volleyball player.”[Being cut] made me more interested in the sport because I was actually [more interested in] soccer and basketball,” Simpson said. “I tried out for a club volleyball team that was run by my high school coach. She asked me to play on her eighth grade team, so then I started playing club.”Ever since then, volleyball has been her passion, and because of her good hands Simpson has become a successful setter.”When I first tried out, I pretty much could not do anything but set,” Simpson said. “Even though I was taller than almost ever girl on the court, they made me a setter because I had good hands.”After a successful high school career, where she named first-team all-state in 2003 by the Chicago Tribune and the Champaign News Gazette, Simpson was recruited by UW head coach Pete Waite.”[Simpson] was a taller setter, No. 1. She is very physical, very strong,” Waite said. “You watched her play in high school and she was very competitive also, and that is all good ingredients for a college setter. She played in the Chicago area, which is very tough in high school and club ball. Those are the things we wanted to bring to Wisconsin and she is progressing every year.”After starting 28 matches over the last two years and leading Wisconsin to the Elite Eight, Simpson broke her left hand in the spring. However, she used her time on the sideline to improve her game.”With a broken hand, she wasn’t able to be on the court, but I think she learned a lot in other ways,” Waite said. “She got stronger with her serve. She got the mental side of the game down better because when you are on the sideline you observe things more like a coach than you would a player.”Waite noted that what Simpson learned in the spring is being carried onto the court this season.”She is much more consistent [this year]. She had more highs and lows last year,” Waite said. “She had some great games and then had some matches where she was down and struggling at bit.”Simpson’s volleyball IQ, according to Waite, has skyrocketed recently.”She is much more open to learning,” Waite said. “She is accomplishing a couple of those things she has been working on for a couple of years.”Besides being more consistent this year, the biggest difference in Simpson’s game is her aptness to go on the offensive attack.”Passing has a lot to do with [me becoming more offensive],” Simpson said. “I think that it is just a confidence factor, and I’m getting more comfortable with throwing the ball down.”Simpson’s improved play this year has caused her to gain some national recognition. After leading the Badgers to victories over Penn State and Ohio State Halloween weekend, Simpson was named both Big Ten Player of the Week and Sports Imports/AVCA Division I Player of the Week.On the weekend, Simpson averaged 15.17 assists per game along with 1.67 blocks, 1.83 digs and 1.17 kills per game. Yet Simpson still passes the credit to her teammates.”It was definitely exciting [to win those awards],” she said. “I wasn’t really expecting it. It was such a team effort that I really felt that it could be anyone on our team. Our passing was great. Our hitters were on fire, but I’ll take it. I’m honored.”However, Waite is quick to give credit where credit is due.”I think Simpson took a big step up in her game. Her confidence on the court, her composure, her decision-making,” Waite said. “She’s just dishing the ball out to the hitters so evenly that it’s really tough for the opponents right now.”Part of Simpson’s success can be attributed to the coaches she has worked with since coming to Wisconsin. Both assistant coaches, Rod Wilde and Colleen Bayer, were setters at the collegiate and national level.”[Simpson’s] had some great setting coaches,” Waite said. “They each take a different vision as far at what she needs to work on. Sometimes it’s footwork. Sometimes it’s hand position. Sometimes it’s strategy. They both have great experience … she can’t get any better setting coaching anywhere in the country.”last_img read more

Kyle Farmer rescues Dodgers with two-run, pinch-hit double in 9th

first_imgKemp and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts were ejected following that inning-ending strikeout.The Dodgers scored first on a home run by Joc Pederson leading off the game, his eighth home run of June.Chatwood sidestepped any more damage despite five walks, a hit batter (Chris Taylor took one off the back of his helmet) and a wild pitch in his five innings. The Dodgers’ next run didn’t come until the sixth inning when the Cubs infielders lost a ball in the sun – which briefly made an appearance – and Yasiel Puig’s pop-up fell for an RBI double.Maeda wasn’t quite as effective at avoiding paying for his control problems.Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for the Cubs in the second inning. Maeda was one pitch away from getting out of the inning but Kris Bryant lined a full-count pitch down the left-field line for a two-run double. PreviousCHICAGO, IL – JUNE 19: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after the Dodgers took the lead against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning in game one of a doubleheader on June 19, 2018 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Dodgers won 4-3. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsChicago Cubs starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood (21) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 19: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning in game one of a doubleheader on June 19, 2018 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) wipes away sweat during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant (17) hits a ground rule two RBI double during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) smacks his leg after pitching during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant (17) runs on a ground rule two RBI double during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber (12), left, and Addison Russell, right, high-five after scoring during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) wipes his face in the dugout after being relieved during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) delivers during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) walks off after being relieved during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago Cubs’ Jason Heyward (22) points after scoring during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo (44) hits an RBI single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 19: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Chicago Cubs forces out Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at second base during the fourth inning in game one of a doubleheader on June 19, 2018 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)Chicago Cubs center fielder Ian Happ, left, and right fielder Jason Heyward try for the ball hit for a double by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (27) argues with home plate umpire Tripp Gibson (73) after he was called out on strikes during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (27) argues with home plate umpire Tripp Gibson (73) after he was called out on strikes during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (27) and manager Dave Roberts (30) are ejected by home plate umpire Tripp Gibson (73) as third base coach Chris Woodward (45) looks on during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 19: Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers argues a strikeout call with umpire Tripp Gibson #73 during the ninth inning in game one of a doubleheader against the Chicago Cubson June 19, 2018 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Dodgers won 4-3. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) points to Kyle Farmer after scoring during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer (17), left, and Justin Turner, right, hug after the baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. The Los Angeles Dodgers won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes (15) scores during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer (17) hits an RBI double during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) scores during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 19: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after the Dodgers took the lead against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning in game one of a doubleheader on June 19, 2018 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Dodgers won 4-3. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)NextShow Caption1 of 28Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)ExpandCHICAGO — With the Dodgers down to their last strike, Kyle Farmer came through with a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field.Farmer’s pinch-hit double salvaged a game that, before Farmer got off the bench, saw the Dodgers go 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and have three players ejected for arguing called third strikes.Cubs starter Tyler Chatwood and Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda struggled to find the strike zone. The two combined for 10 walks, with Chatwood going five innings. Maeda walked a career-high five while lasting only 3-2/3 innings.Home plate umpire Tripp Gibson had his own problems finding the strike zone. He angered the Dodgers with a series of called strikes in the early innings. It came to a head in the fourth when Justin Turner and Matt Kemp each got in Gibson’s face after called third strikes. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Two innings later, Maeda gave up a two-out single and walked his career-high fifth batter, prompting Roberts to replace him with Adam Liberatore. Anthony Rizzo dropped an RBI single into left field.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.It stayed that way when the Cubs stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth.Cubs manager Joe Maddon opted to go with lefty reliever Justin Wilson in the ninth – not former Dodger Brandon Morrow, signed as a free agent to be the Cubs’ closer this year.  Morrow is dealing with a sore back.Wilson walked pinch-hitter Austin Barnes to start the ninth, the Dodgers’ eighth walk of the game. One out later, Turner moved the tying run into scoring position with a single.That brought Yasmani Grandal to the plate. When Gibson called a third strike on him that looked low, Grandal complain in animated fashion and flung his bat away when Gibson ejected him from the game.Farmer came up as a pinch-hitter and lashed a grounder down the third-base line, past a diving Bryant. Barnes and Turner scored as the ball rattled down the left-field line.Kenley Jansen closed it out in the bottom of the ninth, converting his 16th consecutive save situation.last_img read more