Buy a unit, get a free scooter

A Brisbane developer has come up with a novel way to help alleviate inner-city parking woes.

The Serra Group, developers of a new 136-apartment complex in Toowong, is throwing in a scooter, complete with helmet and registration, as part of the sale of every one bedroom apartment.

Apartments less than two bedrooms at 38 High Street have not been allocated parking spaces, so the developer is offering buyers the opportunity to ditch their cars permanently.

Bruce Goddard of Place Projects, who is marketing the development, said it was within walking distance of all major public transport networks, but offering scooters would give buyers an alternative way to get around.

“It just gives people the added convenience of having an alternative to public transport,” he said.

“The developer has only recently introduced this incentive but so far it’s been extremely well received among buyers.


“You don’t need a motorbike licence to operate the scooter, only a car licence, so it appeals to most people, and we’re throwing in not only the scooter, but also a year’s registration and a helmet.”

The development is due to commence construction in July. 

Mr Goddard said just more than 100 of the 136-apartments had already been sold. 

Toowong is quickly becoming an inner-city apartment hotspot, largely due to its close access to bus, train and ferry stops.

The Serra Group scooter sweetener announcement came as Brisbane City Council's planning committee gave preliminary approval to a $23 million apartment complex in nearby Land Street

The CS Development Group has applied to transform three lots on Land Street, into a 12-storey, 119-unit tower.

Place advisory director Lachlan Walker said buyers in inner Brisbane were increasingly choosing one-bedroom apartments.

“This is due to a variety of reasons, including the demographic make up of households, which are growing smaller, as well as the affordability factor,” he said.

“In the March quarter, one-bedders comprised 40 per cent of sales for new apartment stock, the bulk of which changed hands for between $350,000 and $450,000.”

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk last week announced a parking taskforce that will investigate the city's parking issue over the next six months. 

The taskforce will examine how council can best deliver parking services, particularly in the inner city, where demand is far outstripping supply.

Cr Quirk said the formation came after a 25 per cent rise in public requests for parking enforcement last year.