A master-planned community in the Brisbane-Gold Coast corridor has hit another milestone with the sale of its 2000th housing lot.The result at Lend Lease project Yarrabilba, in Logan City, has put the emerging region on track to reach its projected final population of around 45,000 during the next 25 years.Developer Lend Lease, which launched the project in early 2012, revealed the community was now averaging a completion rate of almost 50 new homes per month.Around 500 blocks have sold each year, with a surge of 102 sales in March this year alone.Yarrabilba’s population is now estimated at about 3,000.Lend Lease communities managing director Matthew Wallace says Yarrabilba attracted about 50% of market share in the Logan corridor sales last quarter.“We have affordable land and house-and-land packages in a location that’s hard to match, which confirms our unrelenting focus on providing a wide range of housing to meet the needs of the market,” Wallace says.New homes: 6 good reasons to buy off-the-planThe Heagney family are renting at Yarrabilba while they wait for their own home to be built in the master-planned community. Picture: Richard Walker/ News CorporationLand prices start at $147,500 with blocks ranging from 250sqm to 640sqm.Yarrabilba’s completed facilities include Logan’s first water playground at the $5 million Darlington Parklands, an oval, childcare centre and service station which incorporates a convenience store.The first display village opened with 30 homes and a new village is expected to be launched in July.The village is about five minutes drive south of Logan Village.Wallace says delivery of an IGA store, medical centre and shops is “imminent” while a Coles supermarket, tavern and vet hospital would open next year.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoBoom suburbs: Where do young Aussie families buy?Parks and other infrastructure attract buyers.St Clare’s Primary School is scheduled to start operation in 2017 with construction of the first state primary school to be built the following year.Land buyers Susanne and Paul Heagney are renting at Yarrabilba while they build a new home in the community to raise their two children Matilda and Mikayla.“Yarrabilba is a great example of Lend Lease’s commitment to catering to the needs of the community with convenient amenity right on their doorstep,” Wallace says.“We are focused on creating the best places and providing our residents with options for dining, great shopping, entertainment and education, as early as possible.”He says various community groups and regular events are already operating in the area.This article first appeared on the Courier Mail.
Loading… Read Also: Messi feels for Man City as PSG just paid a fine“The situation is what it is, but we came back, trained like normal and in the end, nothing really changed for us. We just play the games that we have and today we gave a good performance.“We still have a lot to play for with the two cups and the Champions league, so let’s hope we can find our rhythm as quick as possible and win some titles at the end of the year.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Kevin De Bruyne insists the Manchester City stars remain focused on winning trophies this season – and are not thinking about their Champions League ban.Advertisement City were on Friday given a two-season ban from European football and fined £24.9million for breaching financial regulations. Promoted Content8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Best Cars Of All TimeDazzling Wedding Looks From Different Countries In The World5 Reasons Why The Black Widow Solo Movie Will Be Awesome8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time De Bruyne and Co were enjoying their winter break when the news emerged last week, with the reigning Premier League champions returning to action on Wednesday night with a comfortable win over West Ham.And following that Premier League triumph, which saw De Bruyne wrap up the 2-0 win with a well-taken goal, the Belgian opened up on the players’ attitudes following the shock news.“We were on holiday when the statement happened. We came back and we played football,” said De Bruyne.
“I’m just glad it’s all over and done with and I can’t wait to get on the training field. “The thing that excites me the most is the world class squad we have and knowing we have a team that is capable of winning things year in, year out. “The more quality players that are around you, the more quality it brings out in you so I can’t wait to get started and play alongside them.” Sterling, who will wear the No.7 shirt worn in the past by City favourites such as Mike Summerbee, Georgi Kinkladze, Stephen Ireland and James Milner, was also grateful to his previous managers despite his protracted exit from Anfield. “It has been a long journey from QPR and I’d like to thank a few people who have helped me along the way,” he said. “I’d like to thank Rafa Benitez for taking me to Liverpool as a 15 year-old – that was a massive step for me and a new challenge. “Also to Kenny Dalglish for showing such faith in me and putting me in at such a young age. “I want to thank Brendan Rodgers for giving me a chance and an opportunity in the first team, giving me my full debut – against City funnily enough – and giving me a real chance to cement a place in the first team and show the world my talents. The 20-year-old England international became British football’s most expensive player on Tuesday when he signed a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium to complete a move from Liverpool which will be worth up to £49million. “It’s a good feeling and this is really happy time for me and my family,” Sterling told the club’s official website, www.mcfc.co.uk. “Finally, I’d also like to thank all the people around me – my mum and sisters, my management team and (agent) Aidy Ward for helping me focus and get where I am today. I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone.” Sterling passed a medical and completed the remaining formalities of the deal on Tuesday and he will fly out to meet up with his new team-mates in Australia within the next 24 hours. He is City’s record signing, surpassing the sums previously paid for Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero, after drawn out talks with Liverpool. City had two previous bids rejected before finally reaching a deal. Manager Manuel Pellegrini was delighted to finally get his hands on the player after that prolonged pursuit. He said: “Raheem Sterling is one of the best attacking players in world football and I am very much looking forward to him joining our squad out in Australia later this week. “He is a young player with outstanding ability and I am sure the Manchester City fans will be very excited about seeing him in action for the team.” City’s interest in Sterling had been an open secret for some time, but the Reds were desperate to retain his services as they braced themselves for an approach. However, they were fighting a losing battle from the moment he told Rodgers he wanted to leave following his return for pre-season training, and his request not to be included in the party for the club’s pre-season trip to Australia and the Far East sparked claims of a bust-up, something the Jamaica-born forward’s camp has strenuously denied. Sterling began his career at QPR and joined the Reds for an initial fee of £600,000 as a 15-year-old in 2010. He was handed a senior debut as a 17-year-old and was twice named the club’s young Player of the year. He will now face the prospect of competing with the likes of Aguero, Wilfried Bony, Edin Dzeko, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas and David Silva at the spearhead of a City side which finished a distant second to Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea last season. Raheem Sterling believes the most exciting aspect of his record-breaking transfer to Manchester City is being able to play alongside so many world class players. Press Association
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wayde van Niekerk’s bid for a first world double since 1995 now turns to the 200m after he stormed to a comfortable victory in the 400m.After initially struggling with the cold, the 25-year-old ran a solid final bend to blast to victory in 43.98 seconds with a lot to spare, and went straight into recovery ahead of Wednesday’s 200m semi-finals, with the final on Thursday.“It was quite freezing and I struggled to get myself warmed up and ready,” said Van Niekerk, who came into the 400m as defending world and Olympic champion.“I was doubting my momentum. In the last 150 metres I tried putting in an extra gear, but I couldn’t catch my stride until my last few metres. I just allowed the race to go through to the finish line.”Thoughts will turn straight to the 200m, and a rare double.The last athlete to claim the 200/400m double was American Michael Johnson, who achieved the feat the 1995 worlds in Gothenburg, repeating the achievement a year later in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.“It’s easier said than done,” said Van Niekerk, who smashed Johnson’s 400m world record when winning gold in Rio and then his rarely-run 300m record in Ostrava last month.“It’s competition, it’s very unpredictable.“My body still feels very good. It took me a while to recover. “But from endurance I go straight to speed… It’s a day-by-day, step-by-step process for us athletes.”– New challenges –Van Niekerk reiterated that every season threw up new challenges.“I know it’s never going to be a walk in the park,” he said. “I’m just so grateful to say I came through with a gold medal.“Every year has its new challenges, and every year it gets tough. I don’t think it ever became easier. Right after Rio I found out I had a back injury, and this entire season I have been struggling to find fitness, but at the same time my times have been getting better, especially in the short sprints.”Van Niekerk, the first athlete to break 10 seconds over 100m, 20sec over 200m and 44sec over 400m, added he was delighted his coach Anna “Tannie Ans” Botha would also receive a medal as part of a championships initiative to reward coaches.“Everyone knows the superstar coach I have,” he said of the 74-year-old great-grandmother who oversees the hottest property in world athletics.“It’s actually a massive honour for me to be able to reach these great heights with her.“She has had to wait a long time – with the third gold, she gets to take one home with her too. Unfortunately my two previous medals had to go to Mum as she said ‘Everything achieved at home has to stay here’. So I am glad to be able to take this one home myself!”Share on: WhatsApp
President Trump’s administration Thursday afternoon upgraded its warning to Americans against all international travel as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread.The State Department has issued a new alert which urges Americans not to travel abroad under any circumstances and to return home if they are already abroad, unless they are planning to remain overseas for the foreseeable future.“The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19,” the alert reads. “In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.”Before the upgraded warning, the department’s advice to U.S. citizens was to “reconsider” all international travel under a “level three” alert. The new, global “level four” warning is typically reserved for specific countries embroiled in conflict, natural disasters or where Americans face specific risks.However, the upgrade is not mandatory, and there are currently limited transportation options for international travel. The only way to ban Americans from traveling abroad would be to invalidate the use of U.S. passports, a ban that is currently in place only for North Korea.In addition, the main impact of such travel alerts is to cause insurance companies to increase customers’ premiums or to cancel travel policies for group and individual tours. Many of those had already been cancelled before the alert was raised to level three earlier this week.On a related note, the State Department has already advised Americans that many U.S. embassies and consulates around the world are operating with reduced staff and hours due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and that services for Americans who are in need of assistance are limited.