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    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    It's hammer time in Mary Valley

    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

    It's hammer time in Mary Valley

    Gympie auctioneers are preparing for the fourth auction of Mary Valley properties and have forecast strong interest from bidders following an upswing in the local real estate market.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said 12 rural residential properties, ranging in size from 1.9 hectares to 26 hectares, would go under the hammer on Saturday 22 March.

    “The Newman Government’s strategy to rejuvenate the Mary Valley has been successful to date, with strong interest shown in purchasing and renting properties from the local community and investors,” Mr Seeney said.

    “More than 136 properties have been sold or are in the process of selling so far, bringing in a total of $37.6 million.

    “While the revenue raised to date does not hold a candle to the $500 million wasted by the former Labor Government on the failed Traveston Dam project, it shows the Newman Government is taking measured steps in the right direction.”

    The 22 March auction will be run by three Gympie real estate agents: Laguna Real Estate, Landmark Harcourts and the Professionals. Held at the Gympie RSL from 10.30am, the auction marks the fourth event to be held since 30 August 2013.

    Interested buyers can view the properties being auctioned online at www.maryvalleyproperty.com

    Member for Gympie David Gibson said the Newman Government’s strategy had improved local market conditions and had returned a sense of community to the valley.

    “I’ve been spreading the message far and wide that the Mary Valley is ripe for agribusiness and economic development opportunities and is a great place to live and work,” Mr Gibson said.

    “It’s great families and businesses are returning to the valley, creating a new and reenergised community pride.

    “More than 250 people attended the first auction of Mary Valley properties and more than 50 people registered to bid – I’m confident the March auction will deliver a similar result.”

    [ENDS] 22 February 2014

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