Hunter coalfield towns see falls in land values, but Newcastle residential values up 14 percent: NSW Valuer-General

Hunter coalfield towns see falls in land values, but Newcastle residential values up 14 percent: NSW Valuer-General
Hunter coalfield towns see falls in land values, but Newcastle residential values up 14 percent: NSW Valuer-General

The total land value for the Hunter region has increased over the 12 month period to 1 July 2016 by 8.7 percent from $118.57 billion to $128.84 billion, according to the latest report from the Valuer-General.

The Report on NSW Land Values at 1 July 2016 found that decreases were experienced in land values in and around the Hunter coalfields due to the downturn in the coal mining industry. Muswellbrook (-5.3 percent), Singleton (-2.9 percent), and Upper Hunter (-3.1 percent) LGAs all experienced decreases.

Residential properties experienced the largest increase in land values with an overall increase of 9.8 percent. Residential land in coastal areas such as Newcastle (13.2 percent), Wyong (12.7 percent), and Gosford (10.2 percent) LGAs saw strong increases. These areas have experienced strong demand, and infrastructure projects like the upgrade of the Central Coast Highway and Hunter Expressway are continuing to have a positive influence on land values.

Commercial land values in the Hunter region increased moderately by 6.6 percent. Renewed interest in mixed use sites allowing high rise residential development had a positive influence on commercial land values in Newcastle (14.3 percent), with strong increases also experienced in Lake Macquarie (13.0 percent).

Industrial land values across the region increased slightly by 3.5 percent. The strongest increase was experienced in the former Wyong LGA (8.7 percent), with the largest decrease in Singleton (-11.3 percent).

Rural land values for the region increased slightly by 3.1 percent. Moderate increases were experienced in larger broad acre holdings. Lake Macquarie showed a strong increase of 10.7 percent, influenced by high demand for hobby farms and rural home sites.

For more information including interactive online land value summaries for all LGAs and 14 regions covering the state go to www.valuergeneral.nsw.gov.au.

Hunter coalfield towns see falls in land values, but Newcastle residential values up 14 percent: NSW Valuer-General 

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