The Northern Territory news Mon 4 Feb 2019
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MONDAY FEBRUARY 4 2019 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA THE Alice Springs property market is one of the strongest in the Territory, according to a recent report by Hotspotting and Ryder Property Research. The National Top 10 Regional Hotspots 2019 report said Alice Springs strong rental yields, low vacancies and reasonable house prices were a big positive for the Territorys market. First National Framptons Alice market on the rise Central Australia rated the hotspot for NT property director Andrew Doyle agreed with the report and said the regional market was progressing well. Weve seen some extreme activity down here, he said. The market was relatively strong for the whole of 2018. The Alice economy is running along reasonably well, prices remained steady and activity was good. According to the Real Estate Institute of the NTs RELM magazine December 2018 issue, 61 houses were sold in Alice Springs at a median price of $475,000 during the December quarter. The regional town comes second to Palmerston, where 111 houses were sold at a median price of $447,000. Houses are greater in de mand from a purchase point of view, Mr Doyle said. There is an increase in demand for police housing. Pine Gap employees coming out of accommodation provided by the US Government are also coming into the private market. In the same period, 38 units were sold in Alice Springs for a median price of $327,000. Alice Springs had the lowest dwelling vacancy of 3.9 per cent, while the highest was Darwin and the northern suburbs at 8.5 per cent. Units had a vacancy rate of 3.3 per cent, while houses are tied with Katherine at 5.5 per cent. In rental yields, houses sit at a stable 5.7 per cent, second to Katherine at 6.7 per cent. Units dominated the rental yield list at 6.2 per cent but have dropped 2.1 per cent over the year. Mr Doyle anticipated the market would continue positively in 2019, based on 2018s performance. Our market is very strong and what were experiencing is reflected in the data, he said. Were hoping well see similar results to what weve seen in the last six to nine months. RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS Food for prosperity in Year of the Pig THE Territorys tourism boffins are planning a series of commemorative events cashing in on Darwins wartime history to lure military buffs to the Top End. The program will start with the anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin later this month and run through until Anzac FOOD is an important part of every culture and for the Chinese, every dish served at Chinese New Year is symbolic of prosperity. Tomorrow Frank Yeh will be hosting a Chinese New Year banquet at his restaurant OKA Malaysian and Chinese. He will be presenting six significant dishes, each with their own unique meaning. With every dish we try to bring you luck, he said. Prosperity raw fish or Qicai yu sheng is a Cantonese-style sashimi salad with strips of raw fish and vegetables. It is tossed at the start of the meal to symbolise good luck and fortune. Braised pork hock or Hengcai jiu shou means windfall or receiving unexpected money, like winning the lottery. Braised dry oysters with Black Sea moss is Fa cai hao shi or good fortune and good business. In salt and pepper king prawn, the shellfish represents a little dragon, which is a symbol of prosperity. Abalone with mushrooms or Ruyi baoyu which means wishful. Steamed fish or Nian nian you yu which means more than a year or may every year end with surplus. This year is the Year of the Pig in the Chinese horoscope. The pigs chubby face and big ears are signs of fortune. OKA Malaysian and Chinese owner Frank Yeh explains the significance of six dishes served at Chinese New Year Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD Plan to lure military buffs to the Top End Day as part of the Governments $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package. Tourism Minister Lauren Moss said the events were expected to attract more than 15,000 visitors and provide a $4 million boost to the local economy. The Territory is rich in military heritage and stories and 2019 is the year to visit for all those history buffs out there with some exciting new military themed events on our calendar, she said. This new campaign will help raise awareness of these experiences and ensure military history fans see Darwin and the Territory as the ultimate pilgrimage destination in Australia. JASON WALLS The USS Peary memorial Present this token at a participating newsagents and Woolworths supermarkets while stocks last. *Books 2-15 are available for $2.80 each when you buy the NT News or Sunday Territorian from 03/02/2019 - 16/02/2019. Total collection $67.00. Available at participating newsagents and Woolworths supermarkets while stocks last. One Book per original token from hardcopy (not digital) newspaper only. Copyright 2019 Disney. All rights reserved. MagicalStory.com.au only with todays paperJust $2.80* * Paper + Cinderella $4.50* TOKEN
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