Speech: Speech: Melanie Hopkins welcomes back 2017/2018 Fijian Chevening scholars

first_imgBula vinaka Ladies and Gentlemen,It’s a pleasure to have you all here today despite your busy schedules.This year, we are celebrating Chevening’s 35th Anniversary which was launched 11th October, 2017.Like every year, we take time to catch up with the Chevening alumni and this enables scholars to also build their network.Applications for Chevening scholarships will open again in August and we encourage you to look out for potential leaders who can excel academically and benefit from studying in the UK.British Universities as you all know, are profoundly international, reflecting our belief that knowledge knows no boundaries and that diversity has inherent educational value. The program has a global alumni network of more than 50,000 exceptional individuals who are breaking boundaries across a variety of professional fields.In the 35 years, Chevening has remained constant; to bring the brightest individuals from across the world to the UK to experience all that the UK has to offer. These individuals immerse themselves in our culture and learn at world class universities and institution, making life-long friendships with their peers in the UK.Today, we celebrate your achievements and we are here to let you know how proud we are.I will be presenting certificates to Doctor Lusiana Manoa, who has been recognised and awarded a joint award for the Brian Abel-Smith prize for outstanding overall performance in the MSc in International Health Policy and to Dr Mike Kama who studied MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases.I would like to wish you all the very best in your areas of expertise.Thank you.last_img read more

Banner year ahead

first_imgThe arriving members of the Class of 2015 weren’t the only new additions brightening the Yard in the final days of August. Strollers in the center of campus might also have noticed a series of eye-catching red, black, and white banners going up across Tercentenary Theatre, marking the start of Harvard’s 375th year.The signage is just the earliest reminder of the University’s milestone. From a campuswide birthday party on Oct. 14 to a host of events planned for students, faculty, alumni, and the local community, the 375th will be a yearlong celebration of “Harvard’s tradition of imaginative change,” said President Drew Faust.“Such milestones encourage us to reflect on our institution’s remarkable past, and to remember that all we aspire to today finds inspiration in the creativity and commitment of those who have come before,” she said.The year’s events are designed to look ahead — to a future marked by cross-disciplinary research, public service, entrepreneurial innovation, and artistic achievement at Harvard — more than to peer back at a storied past.“Our venerable University is always in the process of becoming new,” Faust said. “Our forebears’ example reminds us that, while we stand on the foundations they have built, we must never stand still.”The year will see the opening of two major spaces echoing the literal shifting foundations of the University. The Innovation Lab, which will house cross-disciplinary research teams and entrepreneurial start-ups at 125 Western Ave., will welcome students and faculty on Nov. 18. The Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, Clinical Wing (WCC) complex at Harvard Law School will celebrate that new space on April 19.Alumni will be invited back for the anniversary, first for the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) reunions (Sept. 22-25) and then for the HAA board meeting (Oct. 13-15), which will coincide with the University-wide party Oct. 14.The University hopes to bring the broader community into the anniversary celebration as well, said Christine Heenan, vice president of Harvard Public Affairs & Communications. Harvard will combine its Allston-Brighton and Cambridge Football Days — traditionally separate days when community members are invited to a Harvard football game — into a larger celebration on Oct. 15.On April 10, Faust will speak at the Boston Public Library on her book “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War” as part of this year’s Lowell Lecture Series, “Remembering the Civil War.” Faust’s talk will be one of several appearances by members of the Harvard community at public libraries across Cambridge and Boston throughout the year.“The Cambridge, Allston-Brighton, and greater Boston communities have played and will continue to play a large role in the life of the University, and we plan to celebrate their involvement as part of the 375th,” Heenan said.The Harvard Graduate Council’s annual leadership conference for graduate students across the University will get a facelift for the 375th, as well. The conference, which will bring together 400 students on Nov. 4 and 5 at the Northwest Laboratory, will focus on collaboration across disciplines.The 375th “seemed like a really good umbrella for the conference to fall under,” said Harvard Medical School student David Duong, a conference organizer. The anniversary is an opportune time to think about “how Harvard wants to train future leaders in interdisciplinary thinking — training them not just how to think but how to communicate what the pertinent issues of your discipline are to other disciplines.”Some popular ongoing cultural events, such as the Wynton Marsalis Lecture Series, Arts First, and Harvard On The Move, will be incorporated into the yearlong anniversary plans as well.“I think it’s a fabulous idea,” said Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African-American Music, who will introduce Marsalis at his next talk on Sept. 15 at Sanders Theatre. The very idea that jazz and contemporary African-American music would be given such a prominent venue at Harvard might have been unthinkable in the past, she added.“It just shows that what gets included under the rubric of Harvard changes over time,” Monson said. “We have a president and a community [that are] enormously open-minded about the scope of what Harvard can be.”See a full, up-to-date listing of events.last_img read more

Rewarding nation’s problem-solvers

first_imgFrom nurturing home-grown businesses to building a network of volunteers that can revitalize a community, Americans are coming together to create solutions to the nation’s most pressing problems.Today, the finalists for the Innovations in American Government Award presented their initiatives at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) before the National Selection Committee.“The importance of the Innovations in American Government Award has never been greater,” said Anthony Williams, acting chair of the National Selection Committee. “Government is facing unprecedented challenges, and I think all of us are sanguine to know that there are leaders and programs out there — including these government finalists — that are working to serve and engage our people better.”The finalists — Boston Public Schools’ Teacher Residency; Littleton, Colorado’s Economic Gardening; New York City’s Center for Economic Opportunity and NYC Service; Oregon’s Statewide Land Use Program; and San Francisco’s Healthy San Francisco — were selected by public policy experts and practitioners from Harvard and other institutions around the country. The award winner will be announced in early 2012.According to the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at HKS, the six government initiatives demonstrate creative solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing issues: education, economic development, poverty, civic services, and health care.“Some of our nation’s most notable products, services, and programs have been conceived during times of great economic challenge,” said Anthony Saich, director of the Ash Center. “These Innovations in American Government Award finalists demonstrate that many of our nation’s biggest obstacles can be solved through the creation of smart, innovative programs even when budgets are tight and resources are scarce.”Members of the National Selection Committee included Carl Weisbrod, president of the Real Estate Division at Trinity Church; David Osborne, senior partner at The Public Strategies Group; Anthony Williams, HKS lecturer in public management; Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, adjunct professor at Georgetown University School of Public Policy; and William Clinger, a fellow in the Government Studies Department at Johns Hopkins University.Jesse Solomon, (right) executive director of Boston Public Schools’ Teacher Residency program, and Lesley Ryan Miller (left), Boston Public Schools director of teacher development and advancement, discuss their initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School before the National Selection Committee.The initiatives in detailNYC Service was launched in 2009 as a direct response to President Obama’s call for a “new era of service in America.” The program connects volunteers with a host of available “Impact Volunteer” service opportunities in the areas of education, health care, the environment, emergency preparedness, and neighborhood revitalization. From painting rooftops with reflective paint for increased energy efficiency to offering free exercise classes in disadvantaged neighborhoods, the program marks the nation’s first use of volunteer service to address civic problems. More than 1 million volunteers have been recruited since its inception.Also in New York City, the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) works to design, implement, and evaluate anti-poverty programs. CEO has now implemented more than 40 programs in partnership with 20 city agencies and has introduced a new measure of poverty for New York City, based on the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences. Unique programming includes SaveUSA, which encourages saving among low-income families by offering a 50 percent match to participants that save a portion of their tax refund. In addition, Jobs-Plus offers public housing residents aid in securing and retaining employment through job-search services and coaching, vocational training, and assistance with GED and ESL courses. CEO is now replicating five of its most promising programs in cities across the country through the federal Social Innovation Fund.Littleton, Colorado’s Economic Gardening program takes a different approach to economic development, focusing on enhancing the city’s home-grown industries to increase job growth and overall economic prosperity for the region. Launched in 1987, Economic Gardening gives emerging-growth Stage 2 businesses assistance in competitive market research, trade area analysis, social media, and Web marketing grounded in a host of scientific theories adapted to entrepreneurship. The program reports that since its creation, the city’s job base has nearly doubled (from 15,000 to 27,000) and sales tax revenue has tripled (from $6 million to $20 million), while the population has increased by 23 percent. Moreover, the city’s industry is now more diversified: from primarily oil and defense contracts previously to telecommunications, health care, engineering, software, and other industries.Oregon’s Statewide Land Use Program shares Economic Gardening’s philosophy of nurturing industries native to the region. Through property tax incentives, transferable development rights, and limited use requirements, the program protects and conserves farm and forest lands for agricultural and timber production. At the same time, the state establishes locally designated urban boundaries to both accommodate population and business growth while preventing urban sprawl onto rural lands. As a result, Oregon reports a high level of food and timber production. Its urban planning strategy incorporates public facility and public transportation plans, which the state notes are providing environmental benefits and cost savings by reducing reliance on automobiles.Economic development takes another shape in Boston Public Schools’ Boston Teacher Residency program. The program attracts and retains a diverse group of high-quality teachers to drive up academic achievement in areas of Boston with the greatest need. Aspiring teachers, called residents, participate in a yearlong apprenticeship, working with experienced teachers and taking courses to earn a master’s degree. Graduates receive ongoing support for their first three years of teaching. Boston Teacher Residency reports an 80 percent three-year retention rate of its graduates compared with the district’s 53 percent district three-year teacher retention rate before the program’s inception in 2003. Academic achievement is also up: The program is part of a set of district initiatives contributing to a 7 percent increase in the student graduation rate since 2006. Boston Teacher Residency co-founded Urban Teacher Residency United, which has supported replication of the residency model in 14 cities around the country.Like Boston Teacher Residency, Healthy San Francisco targets underserved and disadvantaged populations. As an initiative of the city and county of San Francisco, it provides health care to the region’s estimated 64,000 uninsured adult residents. Administered by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Healthy San Francisco integrates existing public and private health care providers into a single, centralized system, whereby residents can enroll, select a primary care medical home, and gain access to services, information, and support. Since Healthy San Francisco’s launch in 2007, over 85 percent of uninsured residents have voluntarily enrolled in the initiative, particularly notable as 20 percent of enrollees had not accessed health care services at all in the previous two years. Independent evaluation data reveals that enrollees show steadily declining emergency department use over time and that 94 percent of enrollees have expressed satisfaction with the program.The Innovations in American Government Award program was created by the Ford Foundation in 1985 in response to widespread pessimism and distrust in government’s effectiveness. Since its inception, nearly 500 government innovations across all jurisdiction levels have been recognized and have collectively received more than $20 million in grants to support dissemination efforts. Such models of good governance also inform research and academic study around key policy areas both at Harvard Kennedy School and at academic institutions worldwide. Past award winners have served as the basis of case studies taught in more than 450 Harvard courses and over 2,250 courses worldwide.last_img read more

Leaving a beautiful scar

first_imgWindsurfer Gonzalo Giribet and pianist Vijay Iyer have also been featured in Practice, a series of profiles zeroing in on the makings of performance.A surgeon’s knot seems a simple thing, tied to keep the insides in and the outside out.But a simple knot can be harder — and more vital — than it looks. A surgeon tying a knot isn’t like the rest of us tying our shoes, unless you sometimes tie with one hand or clutch your laces with surgical instruments.For physicians who’ve delved into the mysteries of loops, throws, and ears, square knots are routine and, with an extra overhand turn, become surgeon’s knots, less likely to slip. Only when they’re mastered can they be used in procedures, where knowledge of anatomy and disease are also crucial, where a knot too loose can cause a wound to leak and one too tight can kill the tissue it encircles.“I learned by practicing constantly as a medical student,” said Terry Buchmiller, an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-affiliated Boston Children’s Hospital. “The nurses would let us take the extra suture that wasn’t used during an operation. They’d always slide it to the medical student so we could grab it and go back and just sit and doodle [with it] and tie knots at home.” By now, the many steps behind a successful surgery — including knot-tying — are mostly second nature to Buchmiller, who specializes in the delicate work required on small children, newborns, and, when necessary, fetuses in the womb.But in the beginning, surgery was exactly as music had been.Growing up in Cupertino, Calif., Buchmiller first picked up the violin at 7, spending hour upon hour practicing the scales and finger positions. By high school she’d performed in two symphonies. She was a music major in college, practicing five or six hours a day to master a piece: the perfect placement of her fingers, the just-so angle of the bow, the bouncing arpeggio stroke, the tremolo’s fluttering repetition. As a member of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the memory of those sessions is more a feature of action than reflection.“At one point, in high school, I played three to four to five hours a day; during college, as a music performance major, sometimes five to six hours a day. So it was a tremendous amount of focus on that skill.”But it was a focus held in balance. Buchmiller had taken up her pediatrician on his offer to follow him around and observe his work. She was 15 when she saw her first surgery, at the University of California at San Francisco. She was always fascinated by the ability to fix what ailed people.“That interest never waned,” Buchmiller said. “I never had to decide what to do when I grew up.”‘You walk in and there’s a performance, that one-time performance for that patient.’Though the two may seem opposites, medicine and music have pulled her along instead of apart, Buchmiller said. The way of practice taught to her by music was mirrored in medicine: Break the complex down to its composite parts, learn those parts through intense practice, and then put them together into a greater whole.“The traditional way surgery and music is taught, the way that I learned both, was to focus on the individual building blocks, each individual skill, and then learn the big picture. Very scientific and very logical at the beginning and putting in the emotional part and the nuances only when your fingers know what to do, when your hands know what to do.”Even after years of performing general surgery, there was still plenty to learn, as Buchmiller realized when she arrived at Children’s Hospital in 1995 to begin her fellowship in pediatric surgery.“I could tie knots perfectly for a general surgeon, but now let’s try some on a baby. You’ve been through nine years of general surgery training and then you were told … well, that you had an opportunity to learn to be gentle all over again. That philosophy — because we do work on babies and children — that delicacy is paramount is something that is still ingrained in my head. Every time I go into the operating room, I still hear that voice from my mentor, and maintain a critical eye for not only my fellows’ and my residents’ hands, but mine as well.”But medicine is more than craft. The surgical skills that seem important to her today aren’t physical tricks or manipulations of the scalpel, but qualities of mind: focus and teamwork.“I think one is stamina. There’s no question that the ability to stay focused is a huge piece of surgery. This intense focus — I mean, hours can go by. Music may not [require] the same stamina, musical concerts are usually for a finite time, but I think the team-building skills are fairly similar.“Whether or not you’re the head of a surgical team in the operating room or if it’s just you and a pianist, or you as part of a symphony orchestra, it’s a team.”An operation requires a unit just as a symphony requires individual musicians. Each individual has to master specific skills, whether it’s administering anesthesia or playing certain notes, for the group to realize its goal.“If you really look at the way a conductor rehearses a symphony, they break the parts down and they drill [musicians] in the parts and then, only when we know the mechanics of it, can the conductor really be free to put the whole together to make the music, interpret the music,” Buchmiller said.“Our conductor’s always trying to embed in our … heads, ‘Please don’t wait until the last week to learn the notes because I want to make the music and I can’t make the music until you all really know the notes.’”Years of playing the violin helped shape Buchmiller’s approach to medical training.Then there are the notes of the operating room, individual acts by doctors and nurses and even by increasingly sophisticated machines, beeping and whooshing and tracing bright lines. These notes, punctuated, if all goes well, by the perfect knot, will never be played in quite the same way again, but the patient will live with them forever.“You walk in and there’s a performance, that one-time performance for that patient,” Buchmiller said. “You want the scar to be beautiful, because the kids are going to have that for, God willing, 70 or 80 years.”last_img read more

DelFest Announces Initial Lineup for 2020

first_imgDelFest, the festival brainchild of Del McCoury and his extended McCoury family now in its 13th year, in partnership with High Sierra Music, announced an initial star-studded lineup today. Once again, DelFest Academy will serve as a prelude to the festival, taking place May 17-20 at the Allegany County Fairgrounds, with registration also opening on Dec. 3rd. The Academy is a 4-day instrument-specific deep dive led by The Travelin’ McCourys and other star players, and students of all ages and skill levels, from children to adults, are welcome.   On May 21-24, 2020—Memorial Day Weekend—DelFest will stay true to their original mission statement with musical performances from The Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, Old Crow Medicine Show, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, Billy Strings, Mandolin Orange, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sierra Hull, and emcee, Joe Craven with many more to be announced.   The city of Cumberland is also a great host, offering multiple hotel options, a charming downtown and great amenities including biking, a steam train engine and museum, and top-notch dining.  In addition to traditional stage sets by these world-class artists, attendees can again expect to see one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy, intimate appearances, both at unique “playshops”—informal workshops where the emphasis will be on performance rather than instruction—and in late-night indoor performances and picking sessions. Stay tuned for more artists and ticket information to be announced in the coming weeks. Relive the magic from DelFest 2019 with Osiris’ Brokedown Podcast who was on-site recording exclusive interviews with last year’s artists. Personally chosen by Del McCoury, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD serves as the perfect location for DelFest–nestled along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, the Fairgrounds are convenient to four major airports and easily reached by rail or road. center_img Please visit DelFest.com for more information or to purchase discounted Advance 4-Day passes.   About DelFest: Held at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in beautiful Cumberland, MD, DelFest originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of McCoury music while creating a forum for world-class musical collaborations and to showcase fresh new talent. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of discounted Advance 4-Day passes which are available now at DelFest.com. All other passes including DELuxe VIP packages, on-site RV passes with and without hookups, and parking will go on-sale Dec. 3rd at 12p EST. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, the 13th Annual DelFest will again offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch. last_img read more

Conserve and boil water advisory for Town of Chenango

first_imgThe Town says the advisory applies to Upper Front St. beginning from Forest Hills Blvd. to the Chenango Town Hall, located at 1529 NY-12. TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) — All businesses and residences in the Town of Chenango are under a conserve and boil water advisory. Use bottled water certified for sale in New York State. Officials say the Boil Water Advisory is still in effect until further notice, regardless of when pressure returns. What you should do now: The Town of Chenango has ordered a conserve and boil water advisory until further notice due to a water main break in the area of the Northgate plaza. The crews are testing at least two consecutive rounds of water samples taken 24 hours apart. Use the boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice or baby formula, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food until further notice. Public Works crews are on site working to fix the problem and water pressure is being restored throughout the evening, estimated by the Town of Chenango to be finished by midnight tonight. Officials say the water system at the Northgate Plaza lost pressure due to a main line break on Saturday. 5:00 P.M. UPDATE ———————————— A public notice will be issued when the samples determine the water is safe to drink. Officials say it is possible the advisory will continue until Monday or Tuesday. Healthy individuals may bathe and shave in tap water, but be careful not to cut yourself while shaving, or ingest the water. The advisory also includes all side streets and Route 12A to IRR/Northrup Supply. Bring tap water to a boil and boil for one minute, cool before using. The Town says updates will be provided when possible.last_img read more

Sanja Cikopan Korotaj, Pula Tourist Board: By the end of the year, we anticipate 2 million overnight stays

first_imgPula is July 30th. In 2017, it recorded its first millionth overnight stay, which is ten days earlier than last year, or 28 days earlier than in 2012.So it is in Pula until 31.07. 212.932 tourist arrivals were recorded, which is 24% more than last year, and 1.024.381 overnight stays with an increase of 25%, while in the first six months of this year in Pula there were as many as 30% more arrivals and 35% more overnight stays compared to same period last year. Year after year, Pula breaks the records of overnight stays and attendance and becomes an increasingly important place on the tourist map of the world. As a city with over a thousand events a year, Pula is aware that the motive for coming is not accommodation, but just quality, diverse and authentic content. And the content is more and more from year to year, from various events, concerts, and a lot is invested in the development of new tourist products.The successful positioning of Pula, not only as a holiday destination, but also contributes to the excellent numbers City break destinations, believes Cinkopan Korotaj and adds that Pula was a candidate for the Most Successful City break destination. “The fact that a million overnight stays this year were recorded 10 days earlier than last year, with the fact that we had a record 1,8 million overnight stays last year, is optimistic. For one Pula that has been a strong industrial and military center for years, these are remarkable numbers. Pula continues to develop not only as a holiday destination but also as a City break destination and has applied for the most successful City break destination. An increasing number of events throughout the year, an increasing offer of various cultural and entertainment facilities as well as a growing number of accommodation facilities in the city center and other offers support this candidacy.”Points out Cinkopan Korota.The new Pula mega-rotor has become a water-light installation and a new attractionThe fact that Pula is connected to a large number of European cities by the airport, which is connected to a large number of European cities, also contributes to the great tourist results. Thus, in June, Pula Airport recorded 94.603 passengers (arriving and departing) and 1.418 air operations, which represents a growth of 40 percent. After three extremely successful airlines connecting London with Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split, British Airways has launched the fourth direct flight connecting Pula with Heathrow Airport in London. As of this season, Pula is so connected with the entire big European quartet, which, in addition to London Heathrow, also includes Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.In 2016, Pula recorded a record 1,8 million overnight stays, and 2 million overnight stays are expected by the end of the year. As the director of the Pula Tourist Board, Sanja Cinkopan Korotaj, pointed out, Germans are on the rise this season by as much as 47% more overnight stays, and Austrians, Slovenes, Italians and Britons are also recording a large increase compared to last year.Excellent tourist results in the first seven months are expected in the off-season, when it is planned to organize various sports and festival events. “In Pula, we are more than satisfied with the numbers so far, but we also have a great post-season ahead of us. We start at the end of August and the beginning of September with the festivals Dimension and Outlook, Croatia bike week, and we continue with the sporting event Ironman 8 9. and the first and largest in Croatia festival of light Visualia 70.3.-17.9. As part of Visualia, there will also be a 21 km night race Pula X-ica. All of the above, but also many other smaller sports, recreational and cultural-entertaining events, lead to a good post-season in Pula. ” concluded Cinkopan Korotaj.last_img read more

Ploče, Pojezerje and Vrgorac signed an agreement: Polje Jezero as a micro-cycling tourist destination

first_imgLandscape and climatological features of this locality Polje Jezero are especially suitable for the development of trekking or gravel cycling. The area is extremely favorable as a destination for the so-called. agency cycling tourism or as one of the destinations of cyclists from other nearby destinations (Makarska Riviera, Dalmatian hinterland and the Neretva Valley). The agreement between the City of Vrgorac, the City of Ploče and the Municipality of Pojezerje o launched a joint project to develop the locality of Vrgorsko polje (Polje Jezero) into a sustainable micro-cycling destination called Polje Jezero. The project will result in designing, tracing and marking trekking (gravel) cycling routes on existing local roads and unclassified macadam roads in Vrgorsko polje, and branding the Polje Jezero cycling offer and creating a marketing and promotion plan, as well as developing services and accompanying offers for cyclot. Tourist valorization of this valuable agricultural area is possible only through sustainable forms of tourism, and cycling is one of the most sustainable segments of the tourism industry because cyclists are looking for preserved areas and authentic local cultures such as Polje Jezero, whose development is particularly suitable for creating added value to rural areas. .center_img Source: Facebook City of PločePhoto: Pixabay Due to the fact that cyclists use the local trade and catering offer to a greater extent than other tourists, often travel in groups or whole families, and cultural and natural attractions and thematic events are important to them, this joint project of three neighboring local governments only is a logical reflex to the requirements and needs of tourist branding of this area.last_img read more

Which southeast Queensland suburbs can low income earners afford to rent in?

first_imgRental stress is on the rise, according to new research. Picture: AAP/Mick TsikasFORGET mortgage stress, rental stress is now the biggest concern in Queensland, with nearly 13 per cent of households spending 30 per cent or more of their income on rent.Low income earners in the city are the hardest hit, with new data showing there is only one suburb in southeast Queensland where a single person earning the minimum wage could afford to rent a unit without going into rental stress.An analysis of median rent prices for units across Australia by realestate.com.au shows that most lower-income earners are experiencing rent stress, with prices far higher than the minimum wage.Rental stress is defined as when someone spends more than 30 per cent of their income on rent.This analysis compares the minimum wage with median rent prices from realestate.com.au/rent for the 12 months to May 31, 2017.Only four suburbs in all of greater Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart had median rental prices for units that equalled less than 30 per cent of the minimum wage after tax.In Kooralbyn, 70km from Brisbane, the weekly median rental price for a unit is $180 a week, which means a low-income earner would spend 28.6 per cent of their income on rent.This unit in Kooralbyn is available for rent. Picture: realestate.com.auThe next most affordable place to rent in southeast Queensland for one person on the minimum wage is Laidley, 83km west of Brisbane, according to realestate.com.au, with the median weekly rent coming in at $215.Even then, 34 per cent of income is required to be paid to the landlord.Bayside babe blasts to $1m saleBeachside pad sells for top dollarWould you pay $1m for this?This unit at 3/387 Webster Rd, Stafford Heights, is available for rent. Picture: realestate.com.auIn the north Brisbane suburb of Stafford Heights, renters are paying $228 a week in rent on average, which means a low-income earner would spend 36 per cent of their income on rent.This unit at 36/5 Judith St, Flinders View, is available for rent for $240/week. Picture: realestate.com.auFlinders View in Ipswich and Park Ridge in Logan are the next most affordable, with low-income earner’s spending 38 per cent of their income on rent in these areas.Andrew Rechtman, executive general manager residential at realestate.com.au, said he expected Sydney and Melbourne to be largely unaffordable for low-income renters, but didn’t expect rental rates in other capital cities to be as prohibitive.“That’s what shocked us I think,” Mr Rechtman said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago“Clearly, affordability is beyond reach for lots of people renting even in the outer suburbs of Brisbane.”This unit at 6/77 Pine Mountain Rd, North Ipswich, is available for rent. Picture: realestate.com.auDouble minimum wage households fare better, according to realestate.com.au, with dual minimum wage earners in Brisbane able to afford the weekly median rent price for a unit in 142 suburbs.“If you put two minimum wage earners together, you get more bang for your buck,” Mr Rechtman said.“It doesn’t hurt to live with someone to share expenses.”This month, the minimum wage in Australia rose to $18.29 an hour, which equates to $694.90 a week, but welfare groups say that increase won’t make up for the rent rises seen in most cities over the past five years.According to Anglicare, just 12 per cent of properties in Brisbane are affordable for a couple both on the minimum wage with two children under 10.That’s a low number compared to Adelaide, where 41 per cent of properties are affordable.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThe 2016 Census found Queensland had seen a significant shift towards renting, with 34.2 per cent of us now paying a landlord, up from 33.2 per cent in 2011, and higher than the national average of nearly 31 per cent.The median weekly rent in Queensland has risen to $330 from $300 five years ago.As a result, more Queenslanders are under rental stress, with 12.8 per cent of households requiring 30 per cent or more of their income to pay the rent.That’s up from 11.9 per cent in 2011 and greater than the national average of 11.5 per cent.This apartment at 611/6 Land St, Toowong, is available for lease for $425/week. Picture: Space Property Agents.Space Property Agents executive leasing new business manager Jennifer Grainger agrees renting in Brisbane is expensive.“Rents are lower in Brisbane than in Sydney and Melbourne but our cost of living is still very high and wages aren’t as high so a lot of rental prices are still very high in Brisbane,” she said.Ms Grainger said tenants were increasingly looking around for a better deal, but she warned of the hidden costs that can be involved in moving.This apartment at 611/6 Land St, Toowong, is available for lease for $425/week. Picture: Space Property Agents.She said landlords were going to great lengths to attract and retain tenants, such as making improvements to their properties, getting professional photographs taken and offering incentives.Space Property Agents is currently advertising an apartment for rent in the Landmark building in Toowong for $425 a week, with the landlord offering one week rent-free and 30 days free internet.Follow Liz Tilley on Twitter @liztilley84Rental affordability in southeast Queensland on one minimum wage. Source: realestate.com.aulast_img read more