A sale in Moncrieff has smashed the suburb record by $60,000, when 30 Slim Dusty Circuit sold on Wednesday 14 August.
The four-bedroom, Hamptons-inspired home sold for $1,010,000, eclipsing the previous suburb record of $950,000.
Hive’s director, residential and project sales, Josh Morrissey, said both the vendors and the new owners were elated with the sale.
“We achieved what we had set out to do so; [the vendors] were very happy.
“[The new owners were] over the moon, they had been searching for the perfect house and they found it,” he said.
30 Slim Dusty Circuit was on the market for eight weeks, and Morrissey said the home received a lot of interest throughout the campaign.
“The home received a lot of compliments throughout the campaign and it’s clear why; it’s stunning. Moncrieff is a new suburb and price ceilings are still being set there, and we found buyers were not confident to commit past the $1 million mark.
“We love pushing the boundaries in this place which has resulted in the second suburb record in Canberra for Hive this year. Moncrieff holds many quality homes yet to hit the market so stay tuned,” he said.
WorkSafe ACT to be independent
Legislation introduced into the Legislative Assembly would see WorkSafe ACT established as an independent entity, as a result of an independent review’s recommendations.
The new entity would be established as the Office of the Work Health and Safety Commissioner, but continue to trade as WorkSafe ACT. The regulator’s functions will now sit with the Work Health and Safety Commissioner.
ACT Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety, Rachel Stephen Smith, said WorkSafe ACT and the Commissioner would be independent officers when carrying out functions under work health and safety legislation, and would be subject to new reporting requirements and a new compliance enforcement policy.
Calls for compulsory insulation
A consortium of ACT community organisations has called on the ACT Government to make ceiling insulation mandatory in rental properties.
The Conservation Council ACT Region, the ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS) and renting advocacy group, Better Renting, have called on the Government to make the insulation compulsory, to complement changes to the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS) announced last week. The expansion of the EEIS incentivises a transition to electric heating, as well as supporting residential insulation.
“It’s good news that the EEIS has expanded the range of activities that can be offered by energy retailers, and including insulation is common sense as it delivers immediate improvements in comfort and energy savings,” said Conservation Council ACT Region executive director, Helen Oakley.
“Unfortunately, while most home owners don’t think twice about installing ceiling insulation as a basic measure, rental properties often aren’t well insulated”.
Better Renting’s executive director Joel Dignam said the rebate is a good step, but said renters were at risk of being “locked out of the benefits”.
“Past experience of the EEIS and other programs suggests that landlords do not voluntarily take up opportunities to improve their properties. To complement the rebates, the ACT Government should require landlords to ensure sure their properties are adequately insulated,” he said.
ACTCOSS executive director Susan Helyar agreed, and said expanding the EEIS would make a difference to many people, particularly those living in public housing.
“ACTCOSS also wants to see increased energy efficiency standards for rental housing so that quality improves”.