Brisbane auctions ramp up this weekend. Photo: Darren England.Brisbane’s auction market is performing well despite a comparably low clearance rate, according to Corelogic.The analyst’s latest data reveals Brisbane last week recorded the nation’s lowest clearance rate at 50 per cent.For the same period, Sydney recorded a clearance rate of 76.8 per cent while Melbourne had 77 per cent clearance.However, CoreLogic auction spokesman, Kevin Brogan, said a deeper dig into the numbers proves the city is actually doing well in the auction stakes.Mr Brogan said, historically, a clearance rate of 50 per cent for Brisbane is good, particularly when you consider relative prevalence of auctions across capitals.“In Sydney and Melbourne 40 per cent or more of houses go to auction,” he said.“Fewer than 10 per cent of the properties go to auction in Brisbane.”Brogan says agents don’t necessarily measure the success of an auction campaign by whether the property sells under the hammer.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago“It’s possible it (may) help you to negotiate a private treaty sale which is, at the end of the day, a successful outcome.”Brogan also said the average vendor discount for private treaty shows Brisbane, at five per cent, is operating in-line with southern capitals.Vendor discounts relates to the eventual sale price for a property compared to its initial asking price.“Sydney’s 4.1 per cent and Melbourne’s 3.8 per sent,” he said.Among the Brisbane properties up for auction this Saturday is 28 Loch St, West End at 9:00am 28 Loch St, West End.The draw of Brisbane State High School catchment will overcome most buyer’s reservations about having to raise a paint brush.If you have a wish to be river side, take a look at 34 Gordon St, Hamilton at 10:00am where a gathering crowd will see a very desirable waterfront holding go on the block.In addition, 4 Stubley St Wavell Heights at 11:00am looks set to make waves with its unique architectural design sure to draw in the locals.
The mood is bright for the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team after back-to-back victories against Minnesota State in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs that earned them a trip to the Final Face-Off.The weekend got off to a hot start for the Badgers (31-3-2, 23-3-2), as they easily defeated the Mavericks, 7-0. Wisconsin’s offense struck early and often with three first period goals, all coming within four minutes of each other. Senior Brooke Ammerman was the top performer, scoring four goals and bringing her season total to 32.“Friday night’s game, we played exceptionally well,” head coach Mark Johnson said at his weekly press conference. “Especially in the first seven or eight minutes where we came out with a lot of energy, scored some goals and really created a difficult task for Minnesota State.”The Badgers carried their momentum from Friday night over to Saturday’s matchup as they again asserted their dominance in a 4-0 shutout, the second consecutive shutout for goaltender Alex Rigsby.Rigsby had 28 saves in her ninth shutout of the season.On offense, the Badgers relied on four different players to score the four goals. After allowing three goals in the first period, Minnesota State kept fighting and boasted a 12-8 shot advantage over UW in the second period. Despite their efforts, the Mavericks’ defense still allowed one goal in the period, and the Badgers emerged with a 4-0 victory.With the culmination of the weekend’s games, the Mavericks’ season came to an end as they finished with a record of 7-28-1. On the other hand, Wisconsin advances to the WCHA Final Face-Off for a showdown with the University of Minnesota-Duluth Friday at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth.The stakes are high in Duluth as the teams jockey for position in the NCAA tournament. With a record of 20-13-1, the Bulldogs would benefit greatly from a win, and Badger head coach Mark Johnson knows UMD will hit the ice hungry for a statement win.“It is a very big game; I haven’t looked at the power ranking points but, as of last weekend, they’re on the outside looking in. And so for them, obviously, if they were able to knock us off Friday afternoon it’s going to help their case,” Johnson said. “Playing against the host team in their backyard with their backs against the wall is the challenge that we face.”With much on the line, it looks to be a tightly-contested game — something the Badgers do have experience with since they’ve had 15 games decided by two goals or less this season. As the playoffs progress, Wisconsin is expecting more close games, something Johnson believes his team is well suited for given their past experience.“It comes down to your ability as a player to execute,” Johnson said. “Special teams become critical this time of year. Everybody tightens things up, and goals are tough to come by.“I think if you have had some of those situations throughout the year, they are going to help you. If you have experienced players that have been in these situations before, that’s certainly something that’s going to help you.”The Badgers will look for leadership from upperclassmen Brianna Decker, Brooke Ammerman and Hilary Knight, who rank first through third, respectively, on the Badgers in scoring. But in order for the Badgers to make a deep run into the NCAA tournament, they are going to need contributions from players outside those three.One player that could step up is Carolyne Prevost, a senior forward from Sarnia, Ontario, who has scored 25 goals this season and doesn’t shy away from the big moment. Last year in the Final Face-Off semifinal, Prevost scored the game-winning goal to beat North Dakota and then scored two goals in the national championship game to help defeat Boston University.“She sort of sparks us,” Johnson said of Prevost. “When she’s playing well, that line becomes certainly more difficult. She missed some games around Christmas time because of an injury, but she seems to be relishing the moment, similar to our championship game last year in the NCAA Frozen Four where she came out and played probably her best game of the year.”The winner of Friday afternoon’s game between the Badgers and the Bulldogs will go on to face either Minnesota or North Dakota for the conference championship Saturday.
Councillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig of Can’t Pay Won’t Pay has called on householders in Donegal not to return the Application Packs currently being sent out by Irish Water to assess Water Charge levels.Councillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla EasbuigThe West Donegal-based county councillor says it could be the first step in building a boycott of the charges.“Every day I am hearing from people who are struggling to get by and are extremely worried at this latest bill they will have to find the money for. My message to them is that I will not give a cent to Irish Water and I advise them to do the same,” he said. “There is enormous anger at the introduction of these charges and I am struck by the number of people who have contacted me to say they will not pay them. I believe that Irish Water and the government are in for a huge shock when they discover the level of resistance there exists to these charges and I believe it is possible we can defeat them by not paying what is effectively double taxation.”Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig says his other concern is that Irish Water is a halfway house for privatisation of our water supply.“Water is a precious natural resource. It is too important to be treated as a commodity to be bought and sold for profit. Our water supply must remain in public hands and I am believe this will not happen under Irish Water. The whole rationale of introducing charges is to create a profitable business which can be sold to corporate interests.”“As a first step I am saying to householders, bin the Application Pack from Irish Water. Do not give them your PPSN numbers. Don’t make their job any easier in trying to assess charging levels. You will not be alone in doing this. I and thousands of others will do the same. Whatever they decide to levy on us we will not pay it and we will stand together against any attempts to force us. A widespread boycott will throw the system into chaos.” “We have yet to see installation of water meters in the county, but it appears to be not far off. Can’t Pay Won’t Pay will offer their full support to any community which is organised and resists the installation of meters or any organised community that needs assistance in removing any meters installed. We believe that acts of civil disobedience are fully justified in resisting the attempt to turn our water supply into a profit supply.”COUNCILLOR CALLS ON DONEGAL PUBLIC NOT TO RETURN IRISH WATER APPLICATION PACKS was last modified: September 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boycottIrish Waterouncillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuigwater charges