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Regional townships reaping rewards

SOMERSET is proving to be a property hotspot with three of its townships ranking amongst the top 10 in Queensland for projected population spikes.

Published: 3rd July 2020

SOMERSET is proving to be a property hotspot with three of its townships ranking amongst the top 10 in Queensland for projected population spikes.

The population of Fernvale, Lowood and Kilcoy is forecast to increase by 4.7% over the next three years according to a new report released by the Ripehouse Advisory Group.

The projected rise and shift in population to Somerset, amongst other regional areas, is being partly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the findings were not a surprise.

“People have, for a long time, been looking to Somerset for a tree change and with COVID, they now have extra incentive and reasoning to enjoy our rural amenity and escape the rat race of the city,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Somerset has many lifestyle benefits, wide open spaces, sense of community and accessibility to Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba and the Gold Coast all within a short drive.

Crowne Real Estate agent, Kay Sinclair, said the property market in Somerset was booming.

“In the last fortnight, I’ve sold two properties sight-unseen and unconditionally to two separate couples from America. That’s unheard of,” Ms Sinclair said.  

“They want to live in Fernvale so they have obviously done their research and are impressed by the area.

“Lots of people in Brisbane are also selling their properties and looking for a bit of extra land and that country lifestyle.”

Ms Sinclair, who also calls Fernvale home, said Somerset was a great place to live.

“Everyone is so friendly so it’s like living in a small country town but it’s just a short drive out of the city,” she said.  

“It really is a great place to live so it doesn’t come as a surprise that the population will increase substantially over the next few years.”

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