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Baby's birth helps ring in new year
Les and Emily Simpson with their baby, Lucas, who was the first baby born in 2016 in Queanbeyan.
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Kimberley Le Lievre
Queanbeyan s first baby of 2016 was a
little boy, who arrived just after
midnight on New Year s Eve as a
special surprise to help his parents ring
in the new year.
Lucas James Simpson was born at
1.24am on New Year s Day, weighing
3.4 kilograms and measuring 51
Proud parents Les and Emily
Simpson, of Bungendore, were thrilled
to welcome their first baby and said
New Year s Eve will never be the same
"He came a week early," Mrs
"We did have plans [for New Year s
Eve], we were going to go for a swim
in the afternoon and then our street
was having a bit of a get-together. We
had to tell everyone to cancel the
Mr and Mrs Simpson have a history
of historic events happening on
Their wedding in April 2015 was
the last held at Gold Creek Station in
Hall, as the building burnt down the
"Our wedding was fine, but all of
our stuff got burnt," Mrs Simpson said.
"We had the reception and the
ceremony at the Gold Creek Station,
and we had planned to go back in the
morning and clean it up but when we
got there it had all burnt down.
Actually, it was still on fire," she said.
While the couple was initially
worried their wedding candles -- which
they remember blowing out on the
night -- could have caused the fire,
their fears were allayed when they
found out it started in the kitchen.
"It was pretty horrible at the time."
Mrs Simpson recalled.
But as for their action-packed start
to the 2016, Mr and Mrs Simpson
couldn t be happier.
"We re getting used to it but the
whole situation is a bit scary really,"
Mrs Simpson said, of having a new
baby to look after.
"We re always panicking if he s too
warm, or too cold, or too hungry, but
he s going well."
"He s had more good nights than
bad, so that s hopefully a good sign."
Both parents said they would be
thrilled if little Lucas grew up riding
motorbikes, like his parents. But as for
his future, they said all that mattered
was that he was happy and healthy.
Kimberley Le Lievre
Queanbeyan has had an overall growth
in residential land values, up more
than 2 per cent from 2014 to 2015.
The figures put out by the NSW
Office of the Valuer General on
Thursday, January 7, show an overall
jump of 2.98 per cent for general
residential, with low-density and
medium-density residential up about
0.75 per cent, high density residential
up by 1 per cent and large lot rural
residential up more than 5 per cent.
The growth indicates an overall
strengthening in the market, according
to Ian McNamee and Partners
managing director Shane McNamee.
"In 2015, we experienced a strong
growth within the established housing
market in our company s focal
catchment of Queanbeyan,
Jerrabomberra and Googong," Mr
McNamee said. "We put this down to
a lack of supply, strengthening
demand and an overall improvement in
"There was particularly strong
demand for established homes in
Queanbeyan between $400,000 and
$550,000, and in Jerrabomberra
between $650,000 and $850,000,"
Residential land values have
remained steady in Queanbeyan in the
three years since Notices of Valuation
were last issued. Its residential land
values are influenced by the Canberra
market that has been relatively weak
over the past three years because of
government-sector job cuts and
uncertainty over employment, the
Office of the Valuer General reported.
Queanbeyan City commercial and
industrial land values were steady over
the three-year period. Hobby farm
land values remained steady, however
better located properties close to
Queanbeyan city saw a slight increase
NSW Valuer General Simon Gilkes
said the notices to be issued give
landholders the opportunity to
consider their land value before it was
used by council for rating.
A rise in land value will not
necessarily lead to similar rises in
rates, he said.
Park access blocked as city centre beautification starts
Site preparation for Stage 2 of the
CBD upgrades is under way, with
construction fences blocking off
Queen Elizabeth Park to the public.
Local contractors Bost Civil are
undertaking the work to beautify the
area, which is due to be completed
later this year.
The car park within Queen
Elizabeth Park will be unavailable for
the duration of the work.
As part of the project, Collett Street
will be reconstructed. This is expected
to take 12 weeks and will require
traffic management in the area.
Access to at least one of the
Riverside Plaza driveways will be
available at all times during roadwork.
A date has not yet been set for the start
of the roadworks.
To register for updates during
construction, email cbd.upgrade@
qcc.nsw.gov.au or visit
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