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  • Work begins on new $12 million learning centre at Gold Coast high school

    CONSTRUCTION has begun on a $12.43 million multi-storey learning centre at Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School on the southern Gold Coast. Minister for Education Grace Grace said Broad Construction Services had been awarded the contract and have already started building the three-level 2020 Ready facility. It’s expected to take nine … Read more

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  • World’s first “ground-scraper” hotel opens in Shanghai

    The world’s first “ground-scraper” resort hotel — plunging 88 metres into an old quarry on the fringes of Shanghai —has opened its doors to the public, reports ABC News. Built into the sidewall of a decommissioned quarry, the 18-storey Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland two floors above ground and 16 below ground level, … Read more

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  • Brisbane enjoying $1.2b office boom

    Brisbane is enjoying a $1.2 billion transaction boom across major office assets in Q3 2018, as investors rush to capitalise on a thin supply pipeline and increased occupier demand, reports The Australian. International investors are well represented, with Singapore-based ARA Asset Management and US funds manager Heitman believed to be positioning … Read more

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  • The best hidden Instagram tricks

    In 2010, Instagram burst onto the web scene with a simple mission: To improve the quality of all our smartphone snaps. Since then, the photo-centric service has grown into a fully-fledged message and social network—and along the way, Facebook bought it up. Even if you’ve installed Instagram on your phone, you probably don’t … Read more

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  • Royole introduces the first foldable smartphone

    Yesterday, Royole beat Samsung and Huawei to the punch by releasing the first-ever commercially available smartphone-tablet hybrid. California-based start-up Royole may not be so little-known for much longer. The world has been on the edge of its seat waiting for Samsung or Huawei to unveil the world’s first foldable smartphone-tablet, but Royole has beaten to them to it by unveiling its own FlexPai. Similar to what Samsung … Read more

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  • NAB has lifted their home loan interest rate

    NAB is increasing its special base variable rate 18 points to 3.87%, up from 3.69%. The NAB’s Base Variable Rate Special Offer, for new owner occupier principal and interest customers, is a discount of 0.30% of the advertised rate. Previously the discount was 0.48%. The increase will only apply to new customers. From … Read more

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  • NSW to make big change to stamp

    The Berejiklian government will make the biggest overhaul to stamp duty in 30 years delivering a tax break to future home buyers that will grow over time. Under the changes the seven price bands, or brackets, which determine how much stamp duty is paid by home purchasers will start to rise with … Read more

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  • Four Towers Added to $2bn Broadbeach Masterplan

    The Queensland government has approved four more towers for the Destination Gold Coast Consortium’s Broadbeach masterplan. The Destination Gold Coast Consortium — a joint venture between Star Entertainment Group and Hong Kong-based partners Far East Consortium and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises will now undertake a 10-year construction phase to complete … Read more

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  • Is commercial property near the top of the cycle?

    A $6 billion surge in corporate action in the listed property sector is the strongest signal yet, for some at least, that a correction is just around the corner, reports the AFR. The last few weeks alone have seen a raft of major deals in the commercial property sector. These include: … Read more

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