The new Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport under construction near Toowoomba by the Wagner family is having a positive knock on effect on property sales in the Brisbane / Toowoomba corridor.
“A combination of the new airport and the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is drawing many sales in our Fairways development at Hatton Vale,” said QM Properties Sales Manager Damien Ross.
“Position is everything in real estate, and we are very well placed in relation to these major infrastructure projects,” said Damien.
The two projects will facilitate the ease of commuting for the fly in / fly out and drive in /drive out workforce.
“We are flood free and situated exactly half way between Brisbane and the Dalby, Surat and Roma mines,” said Damien. “The airport has the capacity for 747’s as well as smaller planes and is due to open in October.’
“The airport sits 700 metres lower than Toowoomba, so is much less prone to fog,” he said.
Off the back of this news, QM Properties’ ‘The Fairways’ estate has noted a clear trend with FIFO’s, notably from Surat Basin, but as far north as the Mackay region.
“This proximity has caused a mini boom with the fly-in fly-out and drive-in drive-out miners responding to the development,” he said. “The mining community favours residential areas just outside of Brisbane with the peace and quiet that rural living offers, but the location needs to have easy access to a major highway for commuting.”
Young first home buyers like Michelle and Braden Watson are a case in point.
Like most buyers of property, it’s not just one factor, but a combination that was the deciding choice for The Fairways.
“Braden really wants peace and quiet after being away for his weeks outside Mackay,” said Michelle. “The last thing he wants is being able to hear the neighbour’s television.”
With two small girls, aged 4½ and 13 weeks, Michelle is also looking forward to the rural lifestyle on 2½ acres.
“We aren’t on a road as we are down an easement, our doggie will love it and I am looking forward to a shorter commute to my job in Brisbane,” said Michelle.
Michelle’s travels to work from Calamvale, which takes about an hour, often with traffic snarls on the inbound M1.
“My commute to the city from The Fairways is going to be about 40 minutes on the express train, so much more relaxing,” she said.
The Watsons had been looking for land for a couple of years on the south western and south side of Brisbane.
“We looked at The Fairways and it was early days for the development, so we waited to see what was happening out there,” said Michelle. “Then when we returned a year ago it all looked lovely, with well-kept homes, so we made our decision.”
“QM helped us through the whole first home buyer’s process, with a few speed bumps, like me having another baby!” she said. “We received very personal service from them, with a few extensions needed, but they sorted it all out for us and really took all the pressure off.”
The Watsons are already feeling like part of the community, and know their new neighbours already.
“There is a great sense of community spirit right across the Lockyer Valley,” said Damien. “It is a very close knit place to live where everyone supports each other.”
“The quality of the home’s and the fact that the Hatton Vale Golf Course is part of the estate makes it a very attractive place to live,” Damien said. “The level land is also easy to build on, and is attracting some of the most prestigious homes in the region.”
“But it is the environment that helped us make our decision,” said Michelle. “We got up there early the other weekend, just as the morning fog rose to reveal a group of kangaroos and wallabies on our block. Heaven!”