Resources Boom Real Estate

Instead of buying shares in BHP Billiton, what about buying an investment property in Roxby Downs, South Australia, where the rapidly-expanding Olympic Dam mine workforce has to live? Or perhaps Mackay, near the Queensland coalfields? It's risky, but here's a plan for catching the commodities boom by investing in property.

At a time when the property market in Australia's three largest cities has slowed, investors are casting a wider net for "the next big thing". Many are looking at mining towns. Thanks mainly to a massive increase in China's demand for coal, areas such as Queensland's Bowen Basin, west of Mackay, are enjoying a new lease on life. And the Federal Government's August 5 announcement that it has taken control of uranium mining in the Northern Territory has given another fillip to mining industry housing development.

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