The extended lockdown has had some strange fallout in different parts of the world, and in Australia, it has led to a demand for land in the vast outback. The Outback town of Quilpie hoped to attract five new families to their community of 800 and offered free residential land to anyone who applied. 250 applications poured in from different parts of the country and the world from people who love wide open spaces or those who hoped the offer would help them build spacious homes in a smaller town. A novel idea to meet a housing and worker shortage in the outback has taken off in an unexpected way. Relatives who struggle to buy houses and mortgage payments are “a little jealous of us” say Tom Hennessy and Tessa McDougall, proud new owners of the free block of land.

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