The OrchardTOWNSVILLE’S newest large lot master planned community is growing quickly with eight homes either about to begin or already under construction and almost as many on hold. Elements North Queensland Sales Manager Paul Fotinos said The Orchard’s location and fully serviced large homesites were a major factor in the success of sales. “This is the only development that offers easy access to just about every major employment hub as well as large homesites that are all fully-serviced including NBN ready, underground power, town water and sewage connection, kerb and channelling,” Mr Fotinos said. “We always knew there was a pent-up demand for this kind of product in the local market but to have this many lots all but sold in the past few months has exceeded our expectations.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“There are definite signs that confidence is returning to the residential market and all indications are that the demand will grow faster for larger, full-serviced homesites that provide generous building envelope compared to the traditional lot.” The Orchard is a 350 home development set in natural bush land off Darling Road in Jensen and boasts new, fully serviced homesites from 1000 to 4000sq m.Mr Fotinos said The Orchard’s proximity to the Ring Road meant there were just one or two sets of traffic lights to work for residents employed at major employers The Hospital, JCU and Lavarack. “There are around 20,000 locals employed at these employment nodes and we have received a lot of interest from this market all seeking more space,” Mr Fotinos said. “There are some great schools just minutes away and also plenty of shops and parks nearby. Buyers are really drawn to this balance of convenience, lifestyle and space.” For more info, call Mr Fotinos on 4731 1425.
Javan Shah, a senior majoring in business administration, launched Dinobo, an application connecting students for summer storage solutions on March 26.Shah described the startup service as an inexpensive and convenient way for students to store their belongings close to campus during the summer months. The platform connects students who stay at USC over the summer with those who want to leave their belongings near campus. The main advantage of this service is that it is much cheaper than the traditional storage companies students usually use.Shah spoke about how the initial idea stemmed from his own personal experiences finding storage space during the summer.“When I was a freshman, I saw this need for places to store goods because I had that need myself, and because some people stay here during the summer, I just thought how great it would be if we could just match those people up,” Shah said.In an email to the Daily Trojan, Shah described the benefits of Dinobo compared to other storage services and facilities.“It provides convenient storage locations because you can find space wherever people are living,” Shah said. “If you’re a freshman living in Gateway, you can just find space in a Gateway apartment, which saves you a lot of hassle involved with moving goods.”For enhanced security and safety, only students with a USC email address can sign up for the service.After creating the application, Shah used social media and physical flyers to market the service to students around campus.“For marketing, it is a little difficult to reach all students, partly because there’s so many of us. But once they find out what the website is, the response is usually overwhelmingly positive,” Shah said.Shah spoke about how his personal background and education contributed to the conception and creation of his business.“I took a gap semester and learned some programming, though I ultimately ended up outsourcing other programmers to design it,” Shah said. “I definitely want to be an entrepreneur, though, and work at my own startup, and depending on how it goes, this might be the one.”Shah also discussed how his experiences as a USC Marshall business student prepared him to launch his own startup company.“Marshall gave me exposure to creative students who like technology and entrepreneurship. You get more ideas and improve your thinking when you discuss and brainstorm with people who have similar interests, but may have different viewpoints and opinions,” Shah said.Though the initial stages of introducing the service will be focused on the USC campus, Shah also touched upon the possibility of bringing it to other universities.“It’s a model that can be expanded to other universities because I think a lot of people can use this solution,” Shah said. “Right now we’re focused on growing it at USC as much as possible over the next few weeks, and we’ll see where it goes.”
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