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Stockland’s Newport community on the Redcliffe Peninsula is a world away from the colder climes of Christchurch, New Zealand, and Peter and Diane Burke are making the most of their new way of life.

Stockland’s Newport community on the Redcliffe Peninsula is a world away from the colder climes of Christchurch, New Zealand, and Peter and Diane Burke are making the most of their new way of life.

 

Having adjusted to the balmier weather since moving into their new home last November, the couple are enjoying their al fresco entertainment area as well as all the laid-back coastal location has to offer.

 

“Everything is on the doorstep here. It’s close to shops at Kippa-Ring and North Lakes, and when the Town Centre is built at Newport we will be within walking distance of the restaurants and shops there,’’ Mr Burke said.

 

“And now I’ve got a TV in the entertainment area so I can lie in the pool and watch the cricket. They weren’t many days you could do that back in New Zealand.’’

 

The Burkes initially made the decision to move to Australia to be closer to their two sons, William and Fred, who were living in Brisbane.  

 

Encouraged to take a look at Newport, they flew over for a weekend and were immediately impressed by the plans for the vibrant Stockland community.

 

“It certainly had the X factor about it and we decided to go for it. It was above our expectations,’’ Mr Burke said.

 

“I thought it was going to be just another development but Stockland does a very good job. It had all the Stockland infrastructure, NBN was ready to go and the covenants were in place.

 

“My wife Diane grew up by the seaside in England, and we’re looking forward to that lifestyle. Eventually I hope to do quite a bit of fishing here as well.’’

  

For now, the couple are enjoying discovering their surroundings, such as Newport’s growing network of walking tracks and parkland, along with a friendly neighbourhood and close proximity to several beaches.

 

“It is ideal for early morning strolls and weekend picnics,” Mr Burke said.