Local agent appointed REIQ Zone Chair

Richardson & Wrench Bargara Beach Principal Le-Anne Allan will push for improved training and education of young real estate agents in her role as the newly appointed REIQ Zone Chair for the Bundaberg Region.

Mrs Allan said she looked forward to promoting the initiatives of the REIQ in the region and being in a position to represent the interests of local agents to the wider industry body.

“Training and raising the professional standards of real estate is top of my priority list,” said Mrs Allan. “In the Bundaberg region we face the challenge of being remote from many of the resources available to metropolitan agents but technology means this should not be a barrier.

“I also hope to encourage more agents to become members of the REIQ and for the marketplace, that is every buyer, seller, renter or landlord, to recognise that a CPD accredited agent has achieved an industry recognised standard of achievement and knowledge.”

Mrs Allan has been a member of the REIQ for more than 10 years since establishing R&W Bargara Beach with her husband Glen in 2005. She has established training and education programs within her own agency and is keen to see others do likewise.

“For the young people who enter the industry it’s the difference between having a job or a career,” said Mrs Allan. “And for the people who use real estate services it is critical that they receive the best advice and their property is expertly managed throughout the sales process or as an investment rental.”

On the local front Mrs Allan said the Bundaberg region looked set for a period of growth, aided by government investment in critical infrastructure projects.

“We have over $184 million of investment coming into the Bundaberg region with work due to begin on The Rubyanna waste water treatment plant, a new plasterboard factory and other major projects” said Mrs Allan.

“The completion of critical infrastructure projects will open up development right along our coastline. With a link road due to start from Hughes Road through to a Wearing Road extension road to Windermere Road, developers are looking forward to the extension of services to the southern areas of Bargara and beyond.

“Investment generates jobs and with it the need for housing and this is critical to the future of the region. Tourism is likely to continue to grow as an income generator with increasing awareness that our little piece of paradise is the southern gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

“Our inquiry over Christmas and New Year were at levels not seen for seven or eight years with out-of-towners and investors definitely back in the market.”

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