Real estate on the agenda
OUR COUNCIL needs to ensure it can manage the compliance of local swimming pools once the State Government introduces further new pool legislation soon.
That’s one of the more pressing concerns of the Real Estate Institute of Qld’s chairman Pamela Bennett, who was in Hervey Bay yesterday for the annual regional board of directors meeting.
“Pool and fencing legislation concerns real estate agents because they are involved at point of sale with those issues so we need to be sure local councils can cope with administering the new laws.
“One of the reasons we decided to hold our board meeting in Hervey Bay today is to get feedback from our members and they’ll be coming to join us at a cocktail party this evening.”
The State Government is now implementing a two-staged improvement strategy aimed at reducing the number of immersion injuries and drownings of young children in Queensland pools.
Stage one was introduced on December 1 last and applies to new residential pools and includes a simplification of Qld swimming pool fencing laws and regulation of temporary fencing for pools.
Stage two will be introduced shortly and will mostly affect existing pools. The first phase of stage two measures includes the introduction of a pool safety inspector licensing system and the establishment of a state-based pool register.
Pamela Bennett also wants councils to look harder at their fees and charges for developers.
“Locally more land needs to be made available for development but if fees are kept at a reasonable level, like any business this will attract developers.
“Victoria can develop a block of land much cheaper than can Qld. Local government there has acknowledged the problem and made developing land cheaper in a real effort to get people into homes.”
Ms Bennett acknowledges the market here is weaker than it was last year.
“An election, whether State or Federal, will always slow the market down and now we have more current uncertainty.”
Maryborough, she says is affordable for property purchases but she adds the REIQ is “canvassing all the time on the affordability of how people can get into the market”.
“We are still pushing for government assistance to first home buyers. Our benchmark is $15,000.
“People should also be able to access superannuation to buy homes and we are always looking at cutting taxes and stamp duty.”