Australian Town Overwhelmed by Response to Free Land Offer

Authorities have been overwhelmed by more than 250 inquires in less than two weeks from around Australia and internationally.

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Tom Hennessy, right, and his fiancee Tessa McDougall stand on their land in the Australian Outback town of Quilpie, on Oct. 2, 2021. Quilpie had hoped its offer of a free residential block of land to anyone who would make it their home might attract five new families to the remote community of 800. But authorities have been overwhelmed by more than 250 enquires in less than two weeks from around Australia and internationally. (Leon O'Neil via AP)
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian Outback town of Quilpie hoped its offer of free residential land to anyone who would make it their home might attract five new families to the remote community of 800. But authorities have been overwhelmed by more than 250 inquires in less than two weeks from around Australia and internationally. The Quilpie (Quill-Pea) Shire Council came up with the novel idea to overcome a housing shortage, an obstacle to…

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