Trading Standards given new role in regulating ‘Win a House’ property raffles

first_imgOrganisers of property raffles, which have become an increasingly popular way to sell a home when estate agents are unable to find a buyer, are to be regulated.Until recently organisers have only faced scrutiny from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), but from now on all complaints about property raffles are to be referred to the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT).The problem is not a large one – the ASA has only received 90 complaints about property raffles over the past five years – but the sums of money involved are significant.Also called ‘Win a House’ prize draws or competitions, promoters offer their own homes in a bid to raise the funds they had hoped to receive for their properties via traditional routes.Many property raffles flounder after failing to reach their targets and then, when organisers offer a cash alternative of a lesser value, participants then complain.InvestigationsThe ASA has consequently conducted several investigations into how these raffles have been advertised. Organisers often have no inkling that their property raffle advertising breaches ASA codes or that running it could be a legal issue under the Estate Agency Act 1979.Also, NTSELAT is keen to remind promoters that they must follow certain rules including adhering to Anti Money Laundering Regulations and be members of an approved redress provider.But this assumes that their prize draw or competition has been conducted correctly. If not they could be an ‘illegal lottery’ and would fall under the jurisdiction of the Gambling Commission.To add another layer of complexity, if a raffle is not explained clearly enough, it could be a ‘misleading action’ under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.“There is a clear difference between winning a house worth a specified sum and winning a much lower amount of money,” says James Munro, Senior Manager at NTSELAT.“In many cases these distinctions are not clear. Consumers buying a ticket need clear and truthful information on what happens if not enough tickets are sold.”Read more about property raffles NTSELAT James Munro February 28, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Trading Standards given new role in regulating ‘Win a House’ property raffles previous nextRegulation & LawTrading Standards given new role in regulating ‘Win a House’ property rafflesThe National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team is to deal with complaints about this unusual and increasingly popular way of selling a home.Nigel Lewis28th February 20200797 Viewslast_img read more


first_imgNorth Bergen truck driver charged with sexually assaulting childThe Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (BCPO) has charged a North Bergen man with allegedly sexually assaulting a child, according to a BCPO press release.The North Arlington Police Department arrested Luis Lozano, of North Bergen on March 16.The arrest came about a month after North Arlington police received a report alleging that Lozano sexually assaulted a juvenile female multiple times in 2017 and 2018 in the borough, the release says.Both police and the BCPO’s Special Victims Unit launched an investigation leading to Lozano’s arrest.He is charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, both second degree crimes.North Bergen school reps to donate funds for colorectal cancer awareness On March 28, educators from the North Bergen school district will make a donation to Fight Colorectal Cancer (FCC), a non-profit fighting to end the disease. The donation will happen at the Eye Contact Vision Center, 7733 Bergenline Ave., at 10 a.m. Owner Bob Ceragno, a colorectal cancer survivor, began collecting funds for FCC in 2016, and will be on hand.His store holds its annual fundraiser in March to raise funds for awareness. The donation will come from a dress down day the district planned for Friday, March 23. For more info please contact Bob at (201) 868-0768.Omnibus spending bill could include infrastructure funding for Hudson River Tunnel ProjectAmtrak is set to receive $541 million from the White House’s $1.3 trillion omnibus spending plan, according to reports. That money could go towards upgrades on the agency’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) which would include Amtrak’s Hudson Tunnel Project.The project aims to rehabilitate the North River Tunnel running between New York and New Jersey, and add additional tunnels between the states. It is part of the larger Gateway Program, which seeks to improve capacity on the NEC, between New York and Newark Penn Station. The Hudson Tunnel Project is set to cost around $12.7 billion; the overall Gateway Program could cost $29 billion.The omnibus also includes money in discretionary grants that could be partially used to fund Gateway, according to sources who spoke with one news outlet.The allocation could be a way to subvert Donald Trump, who has opposed the project, even saying he would veto the spending bill if it included a $900 million direct earmark for the tunnel.At press time, Congress had not passed the omnibus bill. Friday, March 23, was the deadline for them to do so to avert a government shutdown.Firefighters douse four-alarm fire at Woodcliff PlantJust as the most recent nor’easter began lashing the area with high winds and heavy snow, firefighters were called to the Woodcliff Treatment Plant on River Road to extinguish a four-alarm fire. The fire was apparently started accidentally by contractors engaging in renovations at the site at about 9 a.m.When the workers were unable to extinguish the fire themselves they called in the fire department. North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue had to deal with both smoke and blinding snow conditions but were able to get the fire under control within about two hours, with mutual aid on site from Jersey City, Bayonne, Hoboken, and other locales.Residents in neighboring communities were initially advised to keep their windows closed due to the smoke. Jersey City provided hazmat units to monitor the air and officials advised that no hazardous materials were involved in the incident.The fire was contained to the building where it began, with firefighters successfully keeping it from impacting neighboring buildings which power the plant.Registration opens March 26 for spring programs at the LibraryThe North Bergen Free Public Library’s springtime program registration for both the main library and the Kennedy branch begins on Monday, March 26. Registration is open to North Bergen and Guttenberg residents. Proof of residency and library card are required. Registration is limited.Programs are available for adults and for children of all ages from babies to teens. Registration is open until April 7.Programs run from April 2 through June 9. For more information contact the North Bergen Public Library at (201) 869-4715 or visit The main library is located at 8411 Bergenline Ave. and the Kennedy branch is at 2123 Kennedy Blvd.Township provides free flu vaccinations to over 1400 KidsThe North Bergen Health Department recently arranged to secure flu vaccinations for any resident children who remained unvaccinated, resulting in the township providing more than 1,400 free vaccinations in nine schools.Although flu vaccinations are recommended to everyone at the beginning of the flu season in autumn, many children did not receive shots this year. After a local child died tragically of pediatric flu-related issues on Feb. 12, the township secured a special rush delivery of vaccines. Voluntary vaccinations were given for free to local children beginning Feb. 15 and continuing through early March.An average of 20 percent of the school population in the district received the free vaccines over a span of about two weeks.In some individual schools the rates were as high as 42 percent receiving shots during that period, indicating just how low the rates of vaccination were earlier in the season. In addition, approximately 400 adult flu vaccines were given out in October 2017 at 10 sites, as part of the township’s annual free vaccine program.The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. For more information on the North Bergen Health Department and the programs they offer visit or @NorthBergenHealthDepartment on Facebook. John Belluardo Honored as Educator of the YearNorth Bergen’s John Belluardo received the highly prestigious honor of New Jersey Educator of the Year at the third annual 21st Century Drug and Violence Prevention Conference and Marijuana Symposium in Atlantic City.Belluardo is the supervisor of the student assistance resource program for the North Bergen School District and has been involved in drug and violence prevention for more than 20 years, first with DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and now with LEAD (Law Enforcement Against Drugs), organizers of the annual conference.The organization presented Belluardo with a plaque that commends him “for his commitment in fighting the epidemic of drug abuse and violence” in local communities. He was presented with the plaque by former North Bergen Police Officer Joe Sitty, who runs the LEAD program for the township. 1 / 2  The North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue successfully doused a four alarm fire at the Woodcliff Treatment Plant in North Bergen March 21. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz)  2 / 2  North Bergen school administrator John Belluardo recently earned the prestigious New Jersey Educator of the Year award. See briefs for more information. ❮ ❯center_img ×  1 / 2  The North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue successfully doused a four alarm fire at the Woodcliff Treatment Plant in North Bergen March 21. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz)  2 / 2  North Bergen school administrator John Belluardo recently earned the prestigious New Jersey Educator of the Year award. See briefs for more information. ❮ ❯last_img read more

Coca-Cola prizes

first_imgCoca-Cola has announced the winners of a prize draw competition it ran at the recent Bakers’ Fair North West on Sunday, 14 October.First prize was £1,000 worth of shopping vouchers, which were won by Karen Borg from Roch-dale, Lancashire.Angela Thompson from Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, and Stephen Rowland from Atherton, Lancashire, were the two runners-up and both won £250-worth of shopping vouchers. At the fair, held at the Bolton Arena, the company also gave away free bottles of Coca-Cola.The one-day regional event, organised by British Baker and Bake & Take, brought together millers, ingredients manufacturers, machinery suppliers, wholesalers and drinks companies.last_img read more

The Ex-Mayor Of moe.down Recounts This Year’s Top moe.ments

first_imgSATURDAYmoe.’s day set has traditionally been all about the next generation. The Kids Tent All-Stars once again made an appearance, though now some of the children have grown up enough to take their place alongside the adults on actual, non-inflatable instruments. Check out the next generation of rockers as the proudly proclaim the “We are” Bleow:“Spine Of A Dog>Buster”“We Are”Directly after moe.’s day set, one of the best sights of the weekend wasn’t on any stage, it was on the mud slicked hills and foot path. A ton of hay was delivered to help solidify the grounds, and after a plea from moe. for volunteers to help spread it over, hundreds of fans swarmed the pile and quickly had the field on the path to recovery.Blackberry SmokeAtlanta, Georgia’s southern rock rising stars Blackberry Smoke are being talked about as the next big thing in a genre in need of fresh blood. Check out highlights from their stellar set below:Blackberry Smoke, “Ought To Know”Blackberry Smoke, “Six Ways to Sunday>Good One Comin’”Blackberry Smoke, “Sleeping Dogs Lie>Come Together>Sleeping Dogs Lie”moe. Night SetAnother night set saw another round of incredible visitors. Long time friends Fishbone came back out to help moe. get nice and funky, while Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr brought a southern rock swagger to an epic “Opium” before Otto Schrang from The Mike Dillon Band took “Recreation Chemistry” to new places with his stellar visit to Loughlin’s percussion, “Freddies Dead” With Fishbonemoe., “Opium” with Charlie Starrmoe., “Recreational Chemistry” with Otto Schrang SUNDAYThe last day featured some of the wildest variances in music, as the anarchic Mike Dillon was followed by the Americana stylings of Railroad Earth. Both acts have worked with moe. in the past and show the dynamic diversity the band is capable of. If you can comfortably go from punk rock lunacy to string salutes to mother earth, it is safe to say you can pretty much do anything musically.The Mike Dillon BandMike Dillon welcomed moe.’s Jim Loughlin for some intense mallet madness during his day opening set in the tent. Check out some of the furious percussion below:Mike Dillon Band, “Insanity” with Jim LoughlinTwiddleVermont’s beloved Twiddle won themselves new fans and delighted their faithful with one of the strongest sets of the weekend. Check out some of the love below:Twiddle, “Polluted Beauty”Twiddle, “Orlando’s”Twiddle, “The Fantastic Tale of Ricky Snickle”moe.When you have been doing the whole “traveling rock star” thing for 27 years, the chances your memoe.ry might get a little hazy are increased exponentially over the standard deterioration brought on by simple aging. That said, the brain freeze suffered by bassist Derhak during the tune “New York City” in the clip below is likely one of the most epic suffered on a stage this year. Anytime you are forced to Google your own lyrics during a track, you have to worry you may have a problem. I’m chalking this one up to an early morning Lacrosse pick up match he participated in with the fans though…those games can get kind of, “Crab Eyes>New York City”Before the band could return for their second set there was one vitally important task to be taken care of…the election of the next “mayor of moe.down.” As I mentioned earlier, for the last three years I have had the honor of serving as the vital link between the fans and the band. It’s one of the highest positions of power in the festival world, and I have striven to uphold this lofty audience. Though I was more than happy to finally relinquish the title, some sneaky soul snuck me onto the ballot at the last minute.I could go on and on about the reasons I spent so much time, energy and mental health seeking the office and serving, but in the end it was all about love. The love I feel, the energy I get from the band’s music, the smiles and blissful expressions of my fellow .rons, the hard work put in by the most dedicated crew in the business…it all comes from the same place. Whatever it is in the combination of the five members of moe., their instruments and gear, and a shit ton of electricity that makes my very soul smile, I know that it was easily the smartest thing I ever did, running for and winning my coveted title.The mayoral election is different than most,  as it is not limited to humans. Heck, I lost to persons, places and even things in my years pursing the office. After multiple rounds of voting, at long last a new mayor was crowned…bass player Derhak’s…uhm…”.bulge.” I want to congratulate the .bulge on running such a stiffly competitive race. I for one am proud to be followed by as impressive a candidate as the .bulge, though hopefully not to closely. Check out the fun of the election hi-jinks below:“Election”moe., “Mexico” with Mihali Savoulidis & Ryan DempseyThe weekend ended with a bang, thanks to the fireworks that marked the finale with a suitable element of finality. We had all been scared that our beloved weekend getaway with moe. might not ever return, and now, at last, we were all experiencing the warm after glow of the return. The music moe. made over the weekend was exactly the reason why we had all been so saddened by the temporary hiatus. In fact, the incredible skill, dexterity, and passion moe. showed over the 7 sets they played, rain or shine, provided a perfect example of why we all fell in love with the band in the first place.Few bands manage to last as long as moe. has, and fewer still remain as vital and as relevant. The secret seems to be the band’s willingness to evolve and to never take themselves too seriously. Humor has always been a strong component in the band’s sound and it has been said that laughter is the best medicine. As long as there are sources of joy from the music of moe. in our lives, it is obvious that we can make it through any dark times until the sun shines once again.Oh, and if you enjoyed the melding of moe. and Twiddle then don’t forget the upcoming Colorado run that will feature three epic nights of music from the two bands at the Boulder Theater and Red Rocks! After a two year hiatus, the moe.down music festival returned with seven blistering sets from jam band icons moe. along with stellar support from Fishbone, Railroad Earth, Twiddle, Kung Fu, Mike Dillon and more. The mountainous back drop of the Snow Ridge Ski Resort was echoing with the sounds of soaring guitar jams, wild percussive freakouts, and most importantly, the heartfelt cheers of an elated fanbase. More than anything else, moe.down is about family, or….we’re a very punny bunch.When I write the word “We” in the context of moe. fans, or moe.rons as we are more generally known, I mean that in the most sincerely personal way. If you’re looking for an unbiased and journalistic review I’m afraid you are out of luck because I am probably the most biased reviewer this event could possibly have. I love moe.down so much I spent five years of my life trying to capture it’s highly coveted “Mayoral” office–and then spent the last three years doing my best to see it return. My name is Rex Thomson and I’m addicted to moe.Hear Ye, moe.rons: An Open Letter From The Mayor Of moe.down In The Twilight Of His Termmoe.down was founded on a fairly simple premise: a small festival dedicated to the band’s hardcore fans and their love of moe. and music in general. If music is emotionally-installed, then the music these moe.rons hear translates to pure joy in their hearts and minds. I know that when the guitar duo of Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier are weaving their slinky guitar lines, or Jim Loughlin and Vinnie Amico are twisting and turning the beats in on themselves, or Rob Derhak is slapping his bass with his trademark manic intensity, the rest of the world falls away and I am lost in a world of pure sonic bliss.Of course, after being forced to wait two extra years for our return to Turin, New York and the mayhem on the mountain, this year felt especially new. After such a long build up, thousands poured into the small ski resort, gleefully ignoring the rain showers that were forecast and were, indeed, falling intermittently already. The early arrivers showed the first sparks of what was to be a weekend-long parade of the cooperative community by helping cars get through the mud to get everyone in safely. Neighbors helped pound in tent stakes and stretch tarps to prepare for a wet and wild weekend with wide smiles and hearty laughs.FRIDAYThe approach to the main stage was slippery, and as fans slid their way in to watch sets in the tent from bands like Hayley Jane and the Primates and Kung Fu, it was easy to see who had started their party early by the amount of mud on their backsides. As moe. guitarist Schnier brought his side band Al & The TransAmericans to the main stage, most everyone had made it in and the front of the stage was full of emotional reunions and heartfelt hugs as people from far and wide came together again to bask in the music being made. Even the sun popped back out to give the audience a much needed chance to warm up for a long night to come.Al & The TransAmericans, “Everything Here”Al & The TransAmericans, “Guitar”Al & The TransAmericans, “Ain’t Wastin Time No More”moe.One of the best parts of any moe.down is the unique collaborations that come from it. moe. hand selects their lineup with purpose. The musicians they invite to share the stages are friends and people whose work they also enjoy, and the spirit that comes from that mutual admiration infects everything that goes on during, “The Chain” with Ryan Montbleau, Haley Jane & Kirk Juhasmoe., “San Bernadino” with Kung Fu’s Tim Palmieri, Beau Sasser and Robert Somerville moe., “Billy Goat”moe. returned to the stage for a special night one treat, a five song acoustic-tinged encore that featured a mix of covers and classics. Check out a couple of tunes from their final Friday moe.ments below:moe., “Raise A Glass”moe., “Blister In The Sun”last_img read more

Student case study writing competition: Innovative multistakeholder governance groups

first_img Read Full Story The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is excited to announce a writing competition to identify innovative multistakeholder governance groups and help us understand the conditions under which they are most effective. We are seeking original papers (8 to 12 pages, single spaced) that help us better understand innovative, globally diverse governance groups. The deadline is September 15, 2015.Although “multistakeholder governance” has many meanings, at its core it encompasses a variety of decision-making approaches that incorporate representatives from multiple groups in discussions and the formation of outcomes. ICANN and NETmundial are some of the most prominent examples that come to mind, but multistakeholder governance has a rich and complex history, with many diverse and interesting examples within but also far beyond the realm of Internet governance. This competition is an opportunity for students and postdoctoral scholars to help expand our understanding of multistakeholder governance groups.The Berkman Center, in collaboration with the Global Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers (NoC), recently examined twelve diverse examples of multistakeholder governance groups. Through this writing competition, we are seeking submissions that will add to this list and help us help us explore other globally diverse and unique real-world examples. From the submitted case studies, we will select the top three. First place will receive a cash stipend of $4000; second place will receive $3000; and third place will receive $2000. Additional awards for honorable mention may be given at the discretion of the Berkman Center.For more information, read the full announcement.last_img read more

Global EMV transactions on the rise

first_img 50SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr EMV issuance and usage in the U.S. is up substantially. There were an estimated 200 million chip cards issued in the U.S. prior to the Oct. 1, 2015 liability shift. Today, there are some 600 million EMV cards in circulation in this country.Much of the rest of the world — Europe, Canada, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region — has long been in the process of transitioning to chip cards. More than 3 billion EMV cards were in circulation across 80 countries at the end of 2014.Recently released data from EMVCo, the technical body for global development of chip card acceptance, indicates EMV cards represent one-third of global card-present transactions. The data was collected from July 2014 through June 2015. Chip card transactions in the U.S. made up less than 1 percent of all transactions during this timeframe, which may not be surprising given the country’s impending liability shift and lagging adoption. continue reading »last_img read more

Use big data to thwart the zombie apocalypse

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions face the equivalent of a zombie horde seeking to suck the lifeblood from their business and leave them wandering aimlessly across a barren landscape, John Best, president of Best Innovation Group, told CUNA Marketing & Business Development Conference attendees Monday.This “death by 6,000 cuts” comes in the form of:Continuing interchange income compression;Merchant steering to lower-cost payment alternatives;A persistent low net interest margin environment;Nonbank entrants aiming to disintermediate the credit union-member relationship; andRegulatory overreach, including Consumer Financial Protection Bureau damage awards.Credit unions’ saving grace: the ability to mine member data for valuable insights that will lead to new sources of revenue, deeper member engagement, and lower costs.Best offers five lessons that can help credit unions navigate this frightening new landscape: continue reading »last_img read more

DoD appeals judge’s ban on mandatory anthrax shots

first_img In an appeal filed May 16, DoD is arguing that the lower court judge overrode the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) scientific judgment on the vaccine and that the injunction is endangering “countless” service personnel for the sake of the six people who sued to stop the vaccination program. “The district court compounded that error by substituting its own judgment of AVA’s efficacy for the contrary scientific conclusions of the Food and Drug Administration,” the brief states. Jim Turner, a Pentagon spokesman, said the plaintiffs in the case are due to file a response to the DoD appeal by Jun 30. Last January, the FDA issued an emergency authorization for DoD to resume giving anthrax shots, but only on a voluntary basis. After getting Sullivan’s approval of the emergency authorization, DoD announced earlier this month that the voluntary program would go forward. But officials said they would continue to seek authority to restore the mandatory program. “The sweeping injunction . . . sets aside the military’s judgment as to the optimal means for protecting against the threat of anthrax without any gain in safety,” the brief states. “The interests of thousands of members of the armed forces are not aligned with those of the six plaintiffs. The court’s ruling jeopardizes the safety of the countless persons who have never been made part of this action.” May 25, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking a federal appeals court’s permission to revive its mandatory anthrax vaccination program, which was stopped by a lower court’s ruling in October 2004. A May 23 report by said John Michels, attorney for the plaintiffs, declined to comment on the DoD appeal before the response is filed. More than 1.3 million people have received the anthrax vaccine, called Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed (AVA), in the DoD program since 1998. But the vaccine has been dogged by concerns about alleged side effects. Hundreds of service members have refused the shots, and some have been punished or forced out of the military. It says the FDA has repeatedly confirmed that the vaccine is effective for all forms of anthrax exposure. DoD asserts that Sullivan’s ruling relied on the finding of a 1985 FDA advisory committee that the vaccine’s “efficacy against inhalation anthrax is not well documented.” But the FDA has explained that that conclusion was based on a “misunderstanding” of the data, the brief says. DoD appealed Sullivan’s ruling to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In its brief, the department argues that Sullivan’s ruling “intrudes” into the military’s efforts to protect troops from possible anthrax attacks. DoD also argues that it is “wholly unnecessary” to stop the entire vaccination program for the sake of the six service members and civilian contractor employees who sued the department over objections to the shots. Moreover, even if the FDA’s actions affirming the vaccine were “ineffective,” the vaccine’s original license granted in 1970 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would still be in effect, DoD contends. That license was not limited to particular routes of anthrax exposure. “Formal FDA confirmation of the license was not required to ratify the terms of a license already in existence,” the brief states. The NIH was responsible for licensing vaccines and drugs until 1972. US District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in Washington, DC, ruled late in 2003 that the FDA had never specifically approved use of the vaccine for preventing inhalational anthrax. The FDA then affirmed that the vaccine could be used for that purpose, but in October 2004, Sullivan ruled that the agency had ignored its own rules in making that affirmation without inviting public comments.last_img read more

However, Austria rejected Croatia’s request: the whole of Croatia remains on the red list

first_imgSlovenia, the Netherlands, Germany The warning against travel to Croatia is in force from Monday at midnight. Returnees from holidays from Croatia must show a current negative test for coronavirus or undergo testing within 48 hours.  Side dish: List of Croatian laboratories for testing on COVID-19 The warning has been active since Monday, and this measure has logically forced many Austrian tourists to interrupt or postpone their vacation in Croatia and return to Austria. As we know that Austria is one of our main emitting markets, this is certainly a big blow for our tourism, especially for the extension of the tourist season, ie the post-season. The decision of Slovenia, ie the Netherlands, is expected on Thursday, and the positive news is that we are still on the green list in Germany. Laboratories where the COVID-19 test in Croatia can be performed can be found in the attachment. center_img Source: However, Austria rejected Croatia’s request that the epidemiological situation in Croatia be viewed through the regions, and not for the entire territory of Croatia, reports the Austrian news agency APA. The situation is as it is, we have to adapt again and turn to new markets, and the focus should certainly be on domestic guests. As we know, Austria has put Croatia on the red list, and to enter Austria you need a NEGATIVE PCR test or be tested in Austria within 48 hours at your own expense. last_img read more

Boutique estate offers limited land release on South Stradbroke Island

first_imgBuyers will receive a vehicle permit allowing them to access 20km of surf beach.AN EXCLUSIVE patch of Gold Coast paradise is up for grabs with the release of waterfront lots on South Stradbroke Island.QM Properties is developing South Stradbroke Island Waters which sits on the former site of Couran Point Resort.The initial release includes seven canal front lots from $410,000, three dry lots from $250,000 and two waterfront homes from $870,000. QM Properties is redeveloping the former Couran Point Resort site.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoQM Properties general sales manager Damien Ross said South Stradbroke Island Waters was a unique site that would never be overdeveloped.“Ninety per cent of the island is classified as state forest which means only a handful of lucky buyers will be able to call this unique development home,” Mr Ross said.“This is a truly boutique estate as it is the only freehold land on the island.Mr Ross said residents would not forgo any key amenities in order to live in this serene setting.“There is direct boating access to the Gold Coast Broadwater and Coomera Waters, and Sanctuary Cove Marina is only a few kilometres away,” he said.Every buyer of the freehold lots will receive a vehicle permit allowing them to access 20km of surf beach – ideal for those looking to take advantage of the Jumpinpin bar to the north and the Southport Seaway to the south.“The development really gives residents the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds with access to the natural beauty of South Stradbroke and the burgeoning communities of the Gold Coast,” Mr Ross said. Ninety per cent of the island is classified state forest.In addition to the rainforest 4WD track that connects the community to the surf beach side of the island, residents will also have access to a proposed common pool area with two pools, gazebo and amenity block.“The continued excellence of the estate is of great concern to us which is why we have put in place a quality building covenant, ensuring all residents’ property values are maximised in the future,” Mr Ross said.last_img read more