Min­ers keen to live in the Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Whit­sun­days po­si­tion as a key fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) and drive-in-drive-out (DIDO) hub for Aus­tralia is grow­ing, ac­cord­ing to the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment Limited (WMDL) Da­nial Rochford.

“With the life­style that is the envy of other re­gions around Aus­tralia as well as the close prox­im­ity to a num­ber of ma­jor min­ing and con­struc­tion projects, the Whit­sun­days is fast be­com­ing the go-to lo­ca­tion for those want­ing to work in the min­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­try,” Mr Rochford said.

“Many min­ers and their fam­i­lies are real­is­ing that in­vest­ing in res­i­den­tial prop­erty to ei­ther live or rent is a smart choice.”

The Whit­sun­days has been ac­knowl­edged by the re­cent REIQ mar­ket mon­i­tor as hav­ing not only the low­est priced hous­ing in the Mackay Is­sac Whit­sun­day re­gion, but also a higher gross rental yield than lo­ca­tions such as Bris­bane, Gold Coast and the Sun­shine Coast.

CEO of the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil, Scott Wa­ters said Coun­cil was also work­ing strongly to po­si­tion the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port as a key FIFO hub.

“We are strate­gi­cally lo­cated to the Bowen, Galilee and north west min­eral’s min­ing prov­inces and Coun­cil, in part­ner­ship with WMDL is look­ing at ways to con­nect th­ese min­ing precincts to the Whit­sun­days to help fur­ther boost FIFO,” Mr Wa­ters said.

Ray White Whit­sun­day prin­ci­pal Mark Beale said WMDL’s de­ci­sion to broaden the re­gion’s ap­peal was vi­tal in chang­ing the per­cep­tion that the Whit­sun­days was sim­ply a tourist des­ti­na­tion.

“We are evolv­ing as a re­gion and the word needs to be spread far and wide that this is a fan­tas­tic place to live and work, not just to hol­i­day,” he said.

“At the same time we need de­vel­op­ers to em­brace the area and en­sure our hous­ing sup­ply can meet the de­mand that is emerg­ing.”

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