The first of five freshman retreats directed by Notre Dame Campus Ministry took place this weekend at the Sacred Heart Parish Center. Campus Ministry organizes freshman retreats each year to help first-year students reflect on what brought them to Notre Dame and what personal and spiritual goals they have. John Paul Lichon, retreat coordinator for Campus Ministry, said the goal of the retreat is “to be an entry point for students for their faith life” and to “introduce the spirituality of the Holy Cross.” Lichon said students at the retreat are challenged to ask the question, “What does it mean to be complete in Christ?” According to the Campus Ministry website, this year’s retreat centered around the famous quote by Holy Cross founder, Fr. Basil Moreau, “Education is the art of bringing young people to completeness.” Tiphaine Delepine, a freshman business major, said activities ranged from awkward family photo contests to trips to the Grotto. She said adoration was particularly moving for her. “It was so powerful that everyone was sitting in silence for over an hour, just praying and being with God,” she said. Delepine said she initially signed up for the retreat to bond with her roommate. But after reflecting on the weekend, she said, the retreat took on more significance. “I learned about myself, I learned how I want to grow in my four years at Notre Dame, I learned about different opportunities to grow in my faith, and I made friends,” she said Danielle Thelen, a sophomore retreat leader and a music and business major at Saint Mary’s, said the retreat was an absolute success. “I wanted [the freshmen] to feel welcomed and for them to feel like they had a family and that they belong here at Notre Dame,” Thelen said. “I truly believe that we achieved this. You could tell by watching them becoming friends with people from different dorms and walks of life, talking about faith and opening up about their lives.”
Burgeoning commuter suburbs in Australia’s capital cities have topped a list of growth areas where buyers can enter the market for under $550,000.Tarneit, in Melbourne’s west, took out top spot on the national list of growth suburbs, recording annual growth of 18.3%. Rockingham, south of Perth, took out second place, followed by Craigieburn in Melbourne’s north.Tracey Dean, Director of Sweeney Estate Agents in Tarneit, says the suburb is popular with families, first home buyers and investors.“Tarneit is only about 20km from the CBD. The amenities are coming thick and fast – not only do we have Werribee Plaza, which is the largest shopping centre in the west, but we have a new train station opening this month. There’s also 13 highly-regarded schools in the area,” she says.Now is the time to jump in.“(The growth) is a fantastic achievement for the area, particularly for people who have already invested in the market.“There is so much more coming into the market. Now is the time to jump in.”New South Wales’ suburbs rounded out the top 10, with a strong showing from Sydney’s western suburbs including Campelltown, Lalor Park, Penrith and Blacktown. Suburbs in Newcastle and the Central Coast also featured.Entry level: Best growth suburbs under $350,000 Tarneit, in Melbourne’s west, recorded annual growth of 18.3%Understanding the dataEight out of the top 10 suburbs in the national list recorded annual growth of more than 10%. The results are based on two-bedroom houses with a maximum median sold price of $550,000 – where suburbs have had at least 10 sold properties in the last year.Annual growth is calculated as the compound annual growth rate in median price, comparing the median price of property sales in the preceding 12 months to the median price of properties sold in the same 12-month period five years ago – again limited to suburbs which have had at least 10 sold properties in both periods for two-bedroom houses.Get the latest property insights on our market data pageNational top 10 growth suburbs under $550,000Listed as suburb, state, annual growth, median sold priceTarneit – VIC – 18.3% – $294,000Rockingham – WA – 13.1% – $500,000Craigieburn – VIC – 12% – $300,000Campbelltown – NSW – 11.7% – $477, 500Lalor Park – NSW – 11.6% – $501,500Islington – NSW – 11% – $452,500Penrith – NSW – 10.9% – $470,000Blacktown – NSW – 10.5% – $507,500Carrington – NSW – 9.4% – $443,750Bateau Bay – NSW – 9% – $480,000Blacktown, in western Sydney, recorded annual growth of 10.5% Commuter suburbs lead the wayProximity to the city, good transport options and family-friendly neighbourhoods were all common themes among the suburbs that took out the top three spots nationally.Richard Smith, Senior Sales Consultant at Greg Hocking Tarneit, says the suburb was well-planned to include lots of open space and connected services.“You’ve got extended bus services, plenty of parks. It’s all made up of estates, they’ve all got schools and shopping centres, access to public transport,” he says.He says many of the homes on the market are practically brand new – most being as little as three years old. He says that’s an attractive proposition for investors, with maintenance and upkeep likely to be lower.You have got the best of both worlds – rental return and growth.“Rental yield is pretty high – around 5%, which is more than you get from the bank at the moment,” Smith says. “ You have got the best of both worlds – rental return and growth.”Commute time: Australia’s most affordable suburbs within 20km of the CBDIn Rockingham, where annual growth was recorded at 13.1%, Roger Moorhouse, Director of Acton Rockingham says buyers are seeking affordability and a beach lifestyleHe says Rockingham’s proximity to Perth – about a 45 minute drive – makes it a popular choice for buyers, with the suburb is home to a diverse range of people.“We’ve got on of the country’s largest naval bases nearby at Garden Island, so there’s a dominant population of naval personnel,” he says.“We have a lot of fly-in fly-out workers and we’re also close to industrial areas of Fremantle and Cockburn so we also have a lot of blue-collar workers.”Moorhouse says infrastructure, including freeways and public transport, and further planned land releases also make the area attractive to buyers.“There’s infill planned within the beach and city centre locations … population growth over the next 10 years is predicted to be massive.”Population growth over the next 10 years is predicted to be massive.Rockingham, south of Perth, recorded annual growth of 13.1%Discover a home that’s perfect for your lifestyle and budgetIn Craigieburn, which came in third place with annual growth of 12% for two-bedroom houses, Ray White Craigieburn Director Andrew Bellino says affordability and infrastructure are key to the suburb’s popularity.“It’s only about 30km from the CBD, so it’s not a big distance to travel.”If you’re looking at buying put your best foot forward.He says a number of investors – particularly those from Sydney – are now looking to buy in Craigieburn – where he says the price is about half of what you would likely pay for a home a similar distance from the CBD in Sydney.“There’s no sign of (the market) slowing down in the near future,” Bellino says.More from newsWhat lies ahead for housing prices in 2020?27 May 2015Up-and-coming suburbs set to boom20 Apr 2015“If you’re looking at buying put your best foot forward, put in a good offer rather than beating around the bush.“We’re seeing three to five bidders at every auction. Buyers sitting back and waiting for the market to slow might be waiting a long time.”Close to the CBD: Top 5 affordable inner-city suburbsTop 5 growth suburbs by stateRankings are based on a maximum median sales price of $550,000 and are for two-bedroom houses. Listed by suburb, annual growth, median sold price.NSWCampbelltown – 11.7% – $477, 500Lalor Park – 11.6% – $501,500Islington – 11% – $452,500Penrith – 10.9% – $470,000Blacktown – 10.5% – $507,500VICTarneit – 18.3% – $294,000Craigieburn – 12% – $300,000Eaglehawk – 7.7% – $235,000Castlemaine – 7.5% – $335,000Chelsea – 7.3% – $520,500QLDPalm Beach – 5.7% – $533,750South Toowoomba – 5.1% – $289,000East Toowoomba – 5% – $348,500Labrador – 5% – $397,500Roma – 4.8% – $252,500SASomerton Park – 4.3% – $545,000Adelaide – 3.2% – $516,000Mawson Lakes – 2.9% – $337,500West Croydon – 2.8% – $419,500Prospect – 2.6% – $476,000WARockingham – 13.1% – $500,000Westminster – 8.8% – $464,500Coolbellup – 6.5% – $521,250Belmont – 6.4% – $515,000Midland – 6.2% – $460,000TASWest Hobart – 2.4% – $427,500West Launceston – 1.8% – $245,000South Hobart – 1.1% – $360,000Mowbray – 0.5% – $195,000South Launceston – 0.5% – $236,000No data was returned for NT and ACT within the search parameters.*Data source: realestate.com.au/invest. Correct at time of publication.Main photo: Kate Hunter
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