Nambucca Close Emergency Declaration Revoked After Fire, But Public Urged To Stay Away

Authorities have revoked the emergency declaration for Nambucca Close in Murrumba Downs following the massive explosion that rocked a residential neighbourhood last week. However, police are still urging people to avoid the area if possible as the investigation continues.

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The blast occurred around 1:00 p.m. on 12 July 2023 at a home on Nambucca Close. Neighbours reported hearing an incredibly loud explosion that sounded like something landed on their roofs. The subsequent fire engulfed the residence.

Earlier in the week, authorities had declared an exclusion zone around the site whilst streets were closed, including Nambucca Cl, Yaraki Ct, Pine River Dr and Drysdale Ct. Hastings St and Evans Ct were also shut down for several hours after the incident.

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The burned down house was owned by Garry William Maidment, according to public records. Unidentified human remains were discovered on the property prior to the fire, based on a statement from local authorities. 

Photo credit: Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS)/Facebook

Mr Maidment allegedly had difficulty making mortgage payments on the home, causing him to post on his social media account about planning to seek revenge against his body corporate and bank days before the incident. The medical examiner’s office has not yet released the identity of the human remains found at the scene.

A fundraiser has been launched for a neighbouring family, whose property sustained significant damage from the explosion and fire. During the incident, a 19-year-old resident of the property was home when the roof suddenly caved in on the lounge room where she was sitting. Thankfully, the victim was able to free herself from the rubble physically unharmed, but the traumatic experience has left her shaken. 

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The family’s dog and their guinea pigs were able to be rescued by a helpful neighbour. Sadly, the family’s beloved cats remain missing after likely running away during the chaos. 

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The cause of the blast remains under investigation. Whilst the emergency declaration has been lifted, police say the area remains an active investigation site. Residents are encouraged to avoid the location if possible to allow investigators to complete their work as the forensic investigations will take several days.

Published 17-July-2023

Teddy Bears Picnic: Must-Not-Miss Family Event at Murrumba Downs

Looking for family entertainment like no other? Teddy Bears Picnic, a must-not-miss family event especially if you have children under five years old, will be afoot at Murrumba Downs.

Taking place on 30 March 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the John Oxley Reserve, the Teddy Bears Picnic will be filled with singing, dancing, and other activities for the little ones. 

Expect the event to unleash plenty of amusement to keep the children preoccupied, especially on the main stage, where Little Wattlebird Band, Renata Jayne and the Happy Singing Kids will be showcasing live entertainment. A fantastic presentation of The Big Bear Show will also have the kids having a good time.

Activities on the Main Stage: 

  • 9:05 a.m. North Lakes Library Rhyme Time
  • 9:30 a.m. Renata Jayne
  • 10:20 a.m. Happy Singing Kids
  • 10:45 a.m. Little Wattlebird Band
  • 11:15 a.m. Workshop Wonders – The Big Bear Show

Teddy Bears Picnic will feature a Build-A-Bear workshop for $10, free face painting, free animal farm, and free amusement rides for the Trackless Train, Merry-Go-Round, Teacups and the Chipmunk Slide & Jumping Castle whilst mums or dads could check out the market stalls or haunt and try the bites on offer from the local food trucks. 

But the highlight of the event is the Teddy Bear Parade and guests are reminded not to forget to bring their favourite Teddy Bears. 

Teddy Bears Picnic is supported by  Moreton Bay Regional Council and sponsored by Moreton Alert, Ausbuild, UniSC, Brisbane Whale Watching, Village Motors and Pacific Harbour Golf and Country Club and supported by Gold Sponsors Lead Childcare & Education, Sesame Lane Care & Kindergarten, e2 Young-Engineers Brisbane Outer North, The Benevolent Society, North Lakes State College, Living Faith Lutheran Kindergarten and Belgravia Leisure.

Published 28 March 2023

Murrumba Downs Is Among Greater Brisbane Suburbs Where Unit Buying Is Cheaper Than Renting

In many Brisbane suburbs, including Murrumba Downs, mortgage repayment has become cheaper than rent, the latest research says.

The Aussie Core Logic Rent Versus Buy Report revealed that in approximately 70 per cent of the regional Queensland suburbs, it is cheaper to buy than to rent. And while it is true for all property types, the trend is mostly seen in units and houses in locations where prices are $300,000 and below.

Apart from rising rent cost in a number of towns and suburbs, Aussie CEO John Symond said that the trend is mostly triggered by record low interest rates coupled with lower property values and tight rental supply.

The research used discounted variable rate and a three year fixed rate to compare median rental cost with monthly mortgage repayments. It also assumed a loan-to-value ratio of 90 per cent with a 10 per cent deposit and the life of the loan at 30 years.

In Greater Brisbane, Browns Plains and Oxley is where unit buyers could save the most. According to the research, mortgage repayments in these locations are cheaper than renting by more than $500. Following Browns Plains and Oxley are Waterford West, Springwood, Richlands, Beenleigh, Murrumba Downs, Eagleby, Logan Central, and Woodridge.

According to, the median unit rent in Murrumba Downs is  $430 per week, based on 58 unit listings from 1 Nov 2019 – 06 Nov 2020 whilst the median unit price is $273,500 based on 34 unit sales from 1 Nov 2019 – 06 Nov 2020.

Meanwhile, Kilcoy is where house buyers could realize the biggest savings, almost $470 cheaper than monthly rent costs. Kilcoy is followed by Woodridge, Kingston, Logan Central, Goodna, Macleay Island, Slacks Creek, Laidley, Russell Island, and Leichhardt.

Overall, the research revealed that 29.3 per cent of Brisbane suburbs offer families more savings by having a mortgage on a house rather than renting a house. That could still rise to 63.3 per cent of Brisbane suburbs when a three-year-fixed rate mortgage is applied.

As for units, families could save more on unit mortgages in 76 per cent of Brisbane suburbs and 97 percent when a three-year-fixed rate mortgage is applied.

Using a discounted variable rate, the average mortgage repayment on units is $134 per month cheaper compared to monthly rental payments. The difference could still go up to $379 a month cheaper if a three-year-fixed rate mortgage is applied.