How Can We Address Development When We Have 29 Councils?

The failure of our local government authorities to address the issue of amalgamation leaves the Government with little option but to establish three regional planning authorities under the umbrella of the Tasmanian Planning Commission. How real is it to expect a co-ordinated approach to development when we have 29 councils? It appears that discu...

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Abolishing Land Tax

A Hodgman Liberal Government will… Introduce an immediate, fairer Land Tax rebate, cap bills at this year’s level and then progressively cut land tax from 2011‐12 over an eight year period until it is abolished. Land Tax is an unfair tax which is a drag on the Tasmanian economy. It affects all Tasmanians, as it is passed on in the service...

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Livable Housing Design

A livable home is designed and built to meet the changing needs of occupants across their lifetime. Livable homes include key easy living features that make them easier and safer to use for all occupants including: people with disability, ageing Australians, people with temporary injuries, and families with young children. A livable home is des...

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Smarter Small Home

When 30-year veteran of the property and real estate industry Kevin Doodney thought about the housing affordability problem in Australia, he knew there had to be a solution. The Smarter Small Home™ is the affordable concept home that was the result of his vision – and chutzpah. While Doodney was the catalyst for the project, the result is th...

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Hobart Nosedives to Australia’s Least Affordable Capital to Rent

Media Release by Brotherhood of St Laurence, Shelter, SGS, Community Sector Banking... with income growth failing to meet soaring prices Hobart has nosedived to become Australia’s least affordable capital city to rent, with income growth failing to meet soaring rents, according to the May Rental Affordability Index (RAI)....

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Latest Property Market Trends

Coming out of the Spring selling season, demand is still surging with low rates and house prices continuing to rise in most areas. According to NAB’s August Housing Market Report1, 2016 property prices have proved more resilient than expected, supported by higher than predicted population growth and two Reserve Bank cuts to interest...

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