Gold Coast land values: Carrara and Bundall increase the most in residential land value

first_imgRay White Surfers Paradise Group director Andrew Bell said the results confirmed the property market was on the up.He predicted suburbs surrounding Bundall and Carrara to benefit from their increased land values.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“When property values go up in one location it means a lot of people can’t afford to buy there so they look for the next adjoining area so you get this cascading effect,” he said.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands predicted northern NSW buyers to look towards Coolangatta for affordability and said there was more growth predicted on the northern Gold Coast.“Nerang has always been a marketplace that’s had a median price and while I don’t predict it to change dramatically it will enjoy the growth,” Mr Newlands said.“The northern corridor including Hope Island and Coomera is also something to watch.” “Land values have generally increased since the last valuation, with some significant increases in some market sectors and localities,” Queensland’s valuer-general Neil Bray said.“Some localities such as Carrara reflected moderate increases in median value due to its central location with the median value of residential land in Carrara increasing from $270,000 to $325,000.”While no Gold Coast suburbs declined in land value, Coolangatta, Pacific Pines and South Stradbroke recorded no change. Carrara and Bundall have recorded the biggest increases in land valuation.Property valuation and advisory business Heron Todd Gold Coast director Tod Gillespie said while the valuations confirmed the property market on the Gold Coast had strengthened, they did not reflect market value.“There is still some disparity between market value and government site value and if you could buy land at some of the sites valued there would be a rush of buyers,” he said.“As an example Palm Beach is valued at $570,000. “Agents would be rushed with inquiry as cottages that are being knocked down there are going for above $700,000.”“Everyone knows the market has gone up and this is just confirmation.”Ray White Surfers Paradise Group director Andrew Bell shared a similar view.“It’s just further evidence that property values here are rising,” Mr Bell said.“It’s such a great statement for the city at large.” REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands said the Coast’s “boom and bust” reputation was starting to diminish with the expansion of other industries. Picture Glenn HampsonOther suburbs Mr Newlands tipped included Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach and Tugun.He also said the Coast’s “boom and bust” reputation was starting to diminish with the expansion of other industries.“What happens on the Coast is the professionals go to major cities for jobs and we lose a lot of talent,” he said.“We are starting to see other industries apart from tourism and construction firing in their own capacity — film making, the medical and education industries are giving the Coast more depth and with the depth comes more jobs.” WINNERS Carrara, 20.4 per centBundall, 19.6 per centPalm Beach, 16.3 per centTallebudgera, 15.7 per centClear Island Waters, 15.1 per cent LOSERS Coolangatta, zero per centPacific Pines, zero per centSouth Stradbroke, zero per centBilinga, 1.8 per centOxenford, 2.3 per cent The Valuer-General’s 2017 Property Market Movement report shows the median price for residential land on the Gold Coast increased by 8.5 per cent over the past year to $320,000.LAND valuations have surged by 20 per cent in Carrara and Bundall off the back of a booming housing market.Property experts tip the effects to flow north to Hope Island, south to Coolangatta and across the M1 to Nerang with all three suburbs predicted to increase in land value over the next year.The Valuer-General’s 2017 Property Market Movement report shows the median price for residential land on the Gold Coast increased by 8.5 per cent over the past year to $320,000. SEE THE SUBURB-BY-SUBURB INTERATIVE MAP HERE last_img read more

Media witness: Honken used time before execution for himself

first_imgDate: 07/17/2020 08:03 PMBC-US–Federal Execution, 12th Ld-Writethru/1091Eds: UPDATES: With AP Photos. EDITS: Tightens. Links additional photos NOTE CONTENTS: Includes graphic details of execution.Iowa meth kingpin is 3rd executed by US government this weekMICHAEL TARMAssociated PressTERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – The U.S. government on Friday put to death an Iowa chemistry student-turned-meth kingpin convicted of killing five people, capping a week in which the Trump administration restored federal executions after a 17-year hiatus.Dustin Honken, 52, who prosecutors said killed key witnesses to stop them from testifying in his drugs case, received a lethal injection at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Two others were also put to death during the week after a hiatus of nearly 20 years, including Wesley Purkey. His lawyers contended he had dementia and didn’t know why he was being executed.The first in the spate federal executions happened Tuesday, when Daniel Lewis Lee was put to death for killing a family in the 1990s as part of a plot to build a whites-only nation. Lee’s execution, like Purkey’s, went ahead only after the U.S. Supreme Court gave it a green light in a 5-4 decision hours before.Honken, who had been on death row since 2005, was pronounced dead at 4:36 p.m. The inmate – known for his verbosity at hearings and for a rambling statement declaring his innocence at sentencing – spoke only briefly, neither addressing victims’ family members nor saying he was sorry. His last words were, “Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for me.”A Catholic priest, Honken‘s spiritual adviser, stood near him inside the death chamber. Honken spoke on his back, strapped to a gurney under a pale-green sheet. He didn’t look toward witnesses behind a glass barrier, keeping his eyes firmly fixed on the ceiling.Honken‘s lawyer, Shawn Nolan, said his client was “redeemed” and had repented for his crimes.“There was no reason for the government to kill him, in haste or at all,” Nolan said. “The man they killed today … could have spent the rest of his days helping others and further redeeming himself.”In a statement, Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec said “just punishment has been carried out.”“Nearly three decades after Honken coldly ended the lives of five people … all in an effort to protect himself and his criminal enterprise, he has finally faced justice,” Kupec said.After officials began administering the lethal injection, Honken began blinking his eyes, his fingers twitching and his lips quivering. After several minutes his breathing became more labored. He turned increasingly ashen as blood drained from his face and hands. His fingers gradually stopped twitching, and his breathing became shallower until it stopped.Honken was pronounced dead after 30 minutes – longer than the other two executions. An official with a stethoscope walked into the small death chamber, put his fingers on Honken‘s neck to check for a pulse, listened for a heartbeat, then exited.Seconds later, officials announced the time of death.Honken, whose crimes struck at the foundation of the U.S. justice system, always seemed the least likely to win a reprieve from the courts. After the two previous executions were repeatedly delayed amid back-and-forth legal maneuvering, Honken‘s began almost on the minute it had been scheduled for weeks.While out on bond in his drugs case in July 1993, Honken and his girlfriend Angela Johnson kidnapped Lori Duncan and her two daughters from their Mason City, Iowa, home, then killed and buried them in a wooded area nearby. Ten-year-old Kandi and 6-year-old Amber were still in their swimsuits on the hot summer day when they were shot execution-style in the back of the head.Their primary target that day was Lori Duncan’s then-boyfriend, Greg Nicholson, who also lived at the home and was also killed. He and Lori Duncan were bound and gagged and shot multiple times. Honken had recently learned Nicholson, a former drug-dealing associate, was cooperating with investigators and would likely testify against Honken at trial.Lori Duncan didn’t know Nicholson was an informant and she wasn’t involved in drugs.As the investigation into Honken continued, he killed another drug dealer working with him, Terry DeGeus, beating him with a bat and shooting him.Honken had earlier informed the judge in his drug case that he would plead guilty at the end of July. But days after the still-undiscovered killings of Nicholson and the Duncans, he told the court he would stick to his not guilty plea.A statement from the Duncan family said the execution provided a degree of justice and closure to the family.The two young Duncan girls “never had a chance to grow up and share in the joys and sorrows of their life,” it said. “Their mother never got to see them having their first dance, first date or first walk down the aisle at their wedding.”“We will continue to live with their loss,” it said. “However, this is a step toward healing of broken hearts and shattered lives.”Investigators found the Nicholson and Duncan bodies only seven years after the killings, in 2000, after Johnson scrawled out a map showing a jailhouse informant where they were buried. DeGeus’ body was found a few miles from the wooded area.Honken was considered so dangerous that the judge took the rare step of impaneling an anonymous jury. Other security measures included fitting Honken with a stun belt under his clothes to prevent him from trying to escape.Johnson, Honken‘s girlfriend, was convicted in a separate trial and sentenced to death. A judge later reduced her sentence to life behind bars.In recent days, prison authorities permitted Honken to make his last calls to family and friends, according to Sister Betty Donoghue, a Catholic nun whom he called Wednesday.On death row, Honken befriended Lee and knew his execution was called off one hour, then was back on another hour, Donoghue said.“He was very upset with the way Danny died,” said Donoghue, who visited Honken regularly over the past decade.Yet Donoghue, of the Sisters of Providence just outside Terre Haute, said she was startled by how calm Honken sounded over the phone.“He was at peace. I was totally amazed,” she said. “He believed he would go to heaven. He is ready to meet his maker.”At his sentencing in 2005, Honken denied killing anybody, but Donoghue said she never heard him say he was innocent.Honken‘s mother, brother and college-age daughter visited him in prison in recent days, she said. TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA — North-central Iowa drug kingpin Dustin Honken was executed late Friday afternoon. The 52-year-old Honken, who prosecutors said killed key witnesses to stop them from testifying in his drugs case, received a lethal injection at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Two others were also put to death during the week after a hiatus of nearly 20 years. Reporter Heather Good of CBS television affiliate WTHI-TV in Terre Haute was among the media witnesses who saw Friday’s execution.   “Dustin Honken used his time really for himself. He recited a poem and a prayer, never once looking up to anyone in the media room or any other room.” Honken, who had been on death row since 2005, was pronounced dead at 3:36 PM Iowa Time. The inmate – known for his verbosity at hearings and for a rambling statement declaring his innocence at sentencing – spoke only briefly, with his last words being, “Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for me.” ======Below is the Associated Press’ final report regarding Honken’s executionlast_img read more