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Queen Elizabeth II honoured with public square in Sydney

The NSW Premier has announced that a new square named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II is planned for Macquarie Street

By Robyn Willis
Thu, Sep 15, 2022 11:24amGrey Clock < 1 min

Sydney will be home to a new public square with a statue named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. Premier Dominic Perrottet said the square, to be known as Queen Elizabeth II Place, will be part of a revitalisation of Macquarie Street and will link the Domain to the city.

The plan is part of a 20-year project to revitalise that part of the city and make it more attractive to tourists.

The Premier said the square would be a reminder to future generations of the monarch’s ‘dedication, passion and service that she carried out for the people of New South Wales and Australia’.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said it was ‘an appropriate and fitting tribute’ to the Queen, who passed away on September 8.

Sydney MP Alex Greenwich also expressed his support for the project to give Sydneysiders an opportunity to reflect on the Queen’s legacy and contribution.

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“Property prices grew by approximately 25 percent over the pandemic so it’s unsurprising that much of that growth ultimately proved unsustainable and the market is now correcting itself,” Dr Wong says. “Despite the recent softening, the market is still significantly above its long-term trend and there are substantial headwinds in the coming months. Headline inflation is still red hot, and the central bank won’t back down until it reins in these spiralling prices.” 

This should be enough to give anyone considering entering the market pause, he says.

“While falling house prices may seem like an ideal situation for those looking to buy, once the high interest rates, taxes and other expenses are considered, the true costs of owning the property are much higher,” Dr Wong says. 

“People also must consider time lags in the rate hikes, which many are yet to feel to brunt of. It can take anywhere from 6 to 24 months before an initial change in interest rates eventually flows on to the rest of the economy, so current mortgage holders and prospective home buyers need to take this into account.” 

 

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