Members discuss co-exchange issue

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) continued to discuss the co-exchange program and explored ways it could partner with Notre Dame’s student government at its meeting Wednesday.   Last week, SGA held a forum regarding co-exchange, which was meant to allow student voices to be hear, student body president Rachael Chesley said.  But she said many students did not feel the administration listened to what they had to say. “I think in the upcoming weeks, we are going to stay on the administration because I don’t want them to think that we’ve forgotten about this and that students are suddenly OK,” she said. Chesley encouraged SGA to consider creative ways for the administration to make up for the lack of co-exchange meal ticket availability. SGA also created a new finance committee, which will be responsible for creating the budget, as well as working with clubs and organizations for sponsorship purposes. In the past, much of SGA’s meeting time was spent discussing whether or not to give clubs money, which hindered productivity, Chesley said. “Now, the finance committee will take care of that end of things,” she said. SGA also discussed several partnership opportunities with Notre Dame’s student government. Chesley said there were two opportunities to work directly with the University’s student leaders. SGA planned to co-sponsor an event where attorney C.L. Lindsay would visit the community and to co-sponsor a program that reaches out to local businesses and creates a partnership so students can receive discounts. “It will encourage students to go out to the local businesses, which will help them, and it’ll help students because it will be more cost-effective to go out,” Chesley said. “Also, it’s going to benefit the community.”last_img read more

Have your smashed avo and eat it too: Brisbane’s best suburbs for foodies to buy a home

first_imgBrisbane foodie Amy O’Keefe bought her first home in this building in New Farm.BRISBANE’S BEST SUBURBS FOR FOODIES TO BUY A HOME Suburb Median unit price Average Zomato rating 1. New Farm/Teneriffe $580,500 3.65 2. Annerley/Fairfield $465,750 3.543. Coorparoo $420,000 3.52 4. Chelmer/Indooroopilly/Taringa $459,250 3.50 5. Alderley/Enoggera/Gaythorne $423,470 3.50 6. Camp Hill/Carina/Carindale $500,125 3.49 7. Corinda/Graceville/Sherwood $462,000 3.46 8. Ashgrove/Ashgrove West $437,500 3.45 9. Mansfield/Mount Gravatt/Wishart $423,390 3.45 10. Highgate Hill/South Brisbane $542,917 3.45 (Source: Zomato, Foodie Amy O’Keefe and partner, Ben Kasehagen, have their morning coffee at a cafe near where she bought a home. Photo: Liam Kidston.Miss O’Keefe admitted that while it was “doable” to afford an apartment in the exclusive suburb, buying a bigger house might be more difficult in future.“We can enjoy it as a young couple now, but we might have to be move further out later,” she said.“As a starting point, it seems like a pretty good long term investment.“New Farm’s never really going out of fashion.” MILLION DOLLAR BREAKTHROUGH A STEAL Coorparoo is a good suburb to buy a home if you’re a foodie.If you’re looking for a top notch dining spot in Brisbane’s west, Chelmer, Indooroopilly and Taringa are the top picks.On Brisbane’s northside dinners are buzzing about Alderley, Enoggera, Gaythorne, Grange, Newmarket and Wilston. “Foodies looking to buy an apartment in an area with top rated restaurants get good bang for their buck in 4051 where the median apartment price is $423,470 — a 3 per cent premium compared to the Brisbane average,” money expert Bessie Hassan said.Postcode 4122, home to Mansfield, Mount Gravatt, Mount Gravatt East, Upper Mount Gravatt and Wishart, also offers good value for foodies, with the median apartment price an affordable $423,390. RIPLEY’S FOCUS ON GREEN LIVING Perhaps surprisingly, Brisbane’s CBD scored poorly, achieving an overall rating of 3.26 out of 5, making it one of the city’s lowest rated foodie suburbs.Ms Hassan said these were the spots where home hunters might want to consider settling down if eating out was a priority.“Despite high property prices across Brisbane, there’s still the opportunity to get a good priced apartment in a great food region,” she said.“Being able to call some of Brisbane’s top eateries your ‘local’ is a major drawcard for some.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoOn the flip side, suggests foodies stay clear of the suburbs of Wynnum, Kingston and Runcorn, which scored the lowest. New Farm rates highly for its quality dining scene. Picture: Annette Dew.Rounding out the top three postcodes for highest rated restaurants are 4103 and 4151 — both in Brisbane’s inner south, with Annerley, Fairfield, Coorparoo and Carindale scoring highly when it comes to tantalising home hunters’ tastebuds.Coorparoo, with a median apartment price of just $420,000, is also the cheapest suburb for house hunters who love to eat out. ‘I’M GOING TO WEE IN YOUR PANTS’ Foodie Amy O’Keefe and partner, Ben Kasehagen, have their morning coffee at a cafe near where she bought a home. Photo: Liam Kidston.WHEN it came to buying her first home, Amy O’Keefe wasn’t fussy — it just had to satisfy one requirement. The self-confessed foodie has a smashed avocado habit that’s simply too hard to break, which is why she made a beeline for Brisbane’s top rated restaurant suburb.The city’s best foodie suburbs to buy into have been revealed, with New Farm on the northside and Annerley in the south topping the list based on ratings from restaurant index Zomato, analysed by comparison site Farm is the foodie capital of Brisbane, with the 4005 postcode earning the highest average restaurant rating of 3.65 out of 5. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE With a median apartment price of $580,500 the highest rated foodie suburb also comes out on top for price, with prices about 41 per cent higher than the median Brisbane unit price of $411,000, according to CoreLogic data.Miss O’Keefe and her partner, Ben Kasehagen, bought a one-bedroom, art deco apartment in the heart of New Farm last year and haven’t looked back.“There are heaps of cool cafes, lots of nice bars, and there’s always something going on in New Farm because of the facilities here,” she said.The 29-year-old occupational therapist said the couple ate out around four times a week.“You get home late from work and there are good options everywhere,” she said.last_img read more