It is a sandfly and mosquitoe mecca in the warm months believe me I live here.
I have built a house here and dealing with Redland Council is a nightmare. The restrictions add tens of thousands of dollars to your build. Considering how little the council does for the islands what they do and don't allow will frustrate you endlessly. Good luck!
Try to Google search for QLD Project Builders or Wilson Design and Build. These 2 companies are expert builders on Russell Island. They will answer your queries.
Markw20 was it you who said you would help to do a soil test and give a general lay of the land ?
I have know about Russell's island Q.L .D for a very long time this place is so beautiful and a very well keeped secret I know about Russell's for over 30 years it's so beautiful it's so cheap and in is a island in between Brisbane and the gold coast where more in a Australian would you want to live
With regard to all the complaints about the lack of sealed roads, power, water, drainage, etc etc....I was a land surveyor 30 years ago; and can tell you that the majority of costs that land developers incur, and pass on in the cost of individual building blocks, is not the cost of the bare land, but the cost of providing all of those in-built services. About $150,000 per block, or more (check costings with any mainland council that still has land being developed).
So, if you are buying an undeveloped block, don't blame the present council. The council of 40 years ago, maybe....perhaps they shouldn't have let the blocks be sold without all the amenities; but you are now paying for what you get.
I’ve just signed a contract to buy a 594sm block love to find out what I can and can’t build etc my block has electricity and water at the ready but with septic tank sides of things I’ll need to find out how I go by gettin one sorted
Highly recommend contacting Queensland Project Builders https://www.qldpb.com/ They are offering affordable house and land packages on Russell Island and Iv seen their display home over there. Top notch.
Russell Island directory has all the trades listed here
I would like to here from you please.
I considering to buy on Russell Island or Mackay Island.
I understand they are both under the same council.
I have so many questions about buying and building there , some real estate agents are helpful some are not.
You mentioned your a builder and you are obviously a straight forward person that says how it is
That is something I like about people when Im looking to spend money into a area.
Ill be honest I live in rural coastal South Australia but never been to QLD.
So I really dont know what to expect.
A few reasons so far Russell island is appealing to me,
2) cheap to buy
3) seems to be a quiet relaxed location
4) wild life
However I m some what confused on mixed messages Im receiving from other that have blocks on the islands and the councils deal.
It would be very greatful to hear from the island licenced Builders to guid me throughout the whole process of need to know before I go for it process.
Some who has been there and knows the process because they have achieved it themselves.
I know this is a open forum but I scan my emails
May you please contact me markw20
[email protected] com
If you are looking to build QLD Project Builders have a display home on Russell island worth checking out qldpb com next time you visit.
They also have house and land packages
QLD Project Builders have a display home on Russell Island. Highly recommended.
Visit them at qldpb . com
Rebel against this council they take far to much rates for small blocks
Hi I’ve bought land there and I’m living in Sydney. I really want to build but I need some help with builders.
seynett there is no time limit to build, however be aware that soil inspection reports (which you have to pay for) do have a limited life before you will need to get another one done. Havn't see too many sandflies however the mossies will carry you away if you don't weight yourself down - even in the centre of the island not just at the waters edge. They seem bigger than mossies on the mainland somehow, and are also active during the day which is also different from the mainland. Just one of the downsides living on a mangrove and mud island.
I have been looking into buying there as well however I have the benefit of being here, there is no building restrictions as far as time goes and you can build what ever you want in accordance with standard QLD building laws. I didnt come across many sand flies and I have been there in the summer, there werer a few mossies just near dark but no more than any other waterfront area of QLD.