Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth shares his property journey

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Not a politician in sight! Kakadu in Wet, Renata Gortan — Scenic flight over Jim Jim Falls during the wet season. Picture: Tourism NT

Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth (LNP) regularly sits in Parliament House, but when he is not in Canberra he prefers chilling with his family at their home in Clontarf, a beachside suburb on the Redcliffe Peninsula.

Queensland MP Luke Howarth in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra. Picture: Gary Ramage

He was re-elected to his seat with a 6.68 per cent swing in his favour, securing over 58 per cent of the local vote.

Here he discusses his property journey and dreams.

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FIRST HOME

I bought my first home in Zillmere about 20 years ago.

It was a more affordable suburb but still close to friends and family as I grew up in Bracken Ridge.

The best advice I’ve received is not to get a home loan unless you can afford a 10 per cent interest rate.

You never know when interest rates will go up, but if you’re prepared, you will always be able to afford your house.

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CURRENT HOME

I love that my house backs on to a beautiful golf course with residential koalas and I’m very close to Moreton Bay.

Aerial photo of Redcliffe and Scarborough — Picture: Richard Walker

I would love to have more space in the backyard, and maybe another storey so my three boys could have more space as they’re growing up.

Where I live, there’s an incredible sense of community. You’re always bumping into someone you know, and we work together to get things done.

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DREAM QUEENSLAND HOME

I don’t have a specific location in mind, but I would build a house out of natural materials like timber and stone, somewhere on a big block of land surrounded by Australian wildlife.

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FANTASY HOME

My fantasy home would be in Australia’s Kakadu National Park — I enjoy being surrounded by Australia’s wildlife and freshwater eco system.

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