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Seaside life at inland prices

first_img52 Augusta Drive, Balgal Beach.LIVING by the beach is often a luxury reserved for those who can afford a seven-figure price tag but just north of Townsville homes by the sea are being listed for under $500,000.Areas such as Balgal Beach, Toolakea, and further north in the Hinchinbrook region all offer homes for under half a million that allow buyers to fall asleep to the sound of the sea. RELATED: >>Agents aid hot buyers in Townsville >>Rasmussen is proving you can nab a family-friendly home for under $200,000 >>Capital city buyers fed up with unaffordable property prices are heading to Townsville Selling agent Robyn Neilson is selling 52 Augusta Dr at Balgal Beach which is priced in the high $300,000s.The three bedroom two bathroom property has water views and is across the road from the beach.She said homes with water views near the beach always attract plenty of interest from the market.“They generally attract a higher price and they always sell well,” she said. “This home is amazing value … I don’t think there’s anywhere else you can get this for that money.“Balgal Beach is just such a brilliant place and I’ve travelled all over the world and this is where I choose to live.“It’s a wonderful community and location.” CLICK HERE for the latest Townsville real estate news Townsville Property Centre agent Jean Laterre said you can’t beat living by the beach and he has chosen to base himself by the sea at Toolakea.He is selling 72 The Esplanade which is priced at $475,000 and is a two bedroom, two bathroom home on a large 1012sq m allotment.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 202072 The Esplanade is for sale for $475,000.The property offers the ideal beachside lifestyle with the home’s front lawn ending where the sand beginsMr Laterre said white collar workers and people from interstate looking for a sea change at a bargain price were his main market for beachfront homes.“We get a lot of interstate inquiries (for beachside properties) and most of them are looking for a sea change rather than a holiday home,” he said.“Some people say I wouldn’t live on the beach because we might get taken out by a tsunami but you have a better chance of winning gold lotto.“This property is literally 50 steps from the beach.”Peter Reitano is selling 74 John Dory Street at Taylors Beach with a listing price of $460,000. The view from74 John Dory Street at Taylors Beach.The three bedroom, two bathroom home has beach frontage and the small coastal community is a fisherman’s paradise with all the streets named after fish.Mr Reitano said compared to other areas around Queensland beachside properties in Taylors Beach, Lucinda and Forrest Beach were relatively affordable.“We have quite a few properties around the district with water views and they do get strong interest,” he said.“With this property it has water views, you can stroll down to the beach and nothing can be built in front of you.“People really like the water views so they do usually attract a higher price than other properties in the area.”last_img read more

Global conference pushes plain cigarette packaging

first_img Share 34 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Plain cigarette (Photo: thecommentator.com)PARIS, France (AFP) – Ministers from 10 countries gathered in Paris Monday to launch a common drive to introduce plain cigarette packaging with the aim of stubbing out high smoking rates among young people.Representatives from nations as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Uruguay issued a joint statement saying that “significant scientific proof justified … plain cigarette packaging”.The ministers said plain packaging had been shown to “reduce the attractiveness of the product for consumers, especially amongst women and young people” as well as increase the effectiveness of health warnings on packets.Hosting the conference, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said the aim was “a world without tobacco” and that “the generation that is born today should be a generation without tobacco”.She told French radio that smoking killed 78,000 people each year in France and that eight million smokers worldwide would die each year by 2030 if nothing were done.According to the World Health Organization, one person currently dies every six seconds due to tobacco — nearly six million people each year.“My target, with plain packaging, is not long-term smokers but preventing young people from starting to smoke and for these people the plain packaging has an impact,” said the minister.Several countries have recently passed legislation to introduce plain cigarette packaging — laws that have met with fierce opposition from the powerful tobacco lobby.Australia was the first to introduce plain packaging legislation in 2012 with Ireland, France and Britain following shortly afterwards.In Australia, some studies have shown that the rate of young smokers has dropped following the introduction of plain packaging. The tobacco industry counters that high tobacco excise duty is the reason for the decline. Britain and France are poised to introduce plain packaging from next year.France has one of the highest rates of under-16 smokers in Europe and, in addition to the plain packaging measures, Touraine also announced last year that smoking would be banned in playgrounds and in cars with passengers under 12.Tobacconists in France staged protests in several regions against the measures.center_img Tweet Share BusinessHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Global conference pushes plain cigarette packaging by: Associated Free Press – July 20, 2015last_img read more

Active shooter situation reported in PSL

first_imgBoth the Port St. Lucie police and St. Lucie Sheriff’s deputies are at the scene.This is a developing story. Multiple agencies are currently on the scene of an active shooter situation at a home in Port St. Lucie.The incident is near Morningside Elementary school on SE Morningside Blvd.Authorities say the suspect is in a two-story home .Not much is known about the incident at this time but authorities say this will give an update on the situation once one is available.UPDATE: Media stage at the corner of 2400 block of SE Morningside Boulevard and 1700 block of SE Greendon Avenue by the Morningside Library.@WPTV @CBS12 @WPBF25News @TCPalm https://t.co/KYlejVCuWx— Port St. Lucie PD (@PSLPolice) July 6, 2020last_img read more