Plenty of debate on Manunda

first_imgThe owners of the Apex Milk Bar (L-R) Bill O’Rourke and Ricci Whelan love their customers and living and working in the M suburbs. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKESAY the word “Manunda” and prepare for a wave of different reactions from Cairns real estate pundits and punters.Fans say the city-fringe suburb, replete with affordable houses and units, represents some of the best value for money in the local property market.They think it’s been unfairly painted with the notorious Cairns “M Suburbs” brush.Detractors say Manunda is a hotbed of crime to be avoided at all costs, which is reflected in its median house value of just $350,000.But Headrick St resident Amanda Allan strongly believes the suburb has plenty to offer.“The ‘M Suburbs’ reputation has been around for 30 years or more, but it’s unwarranted now – every suburb in Cairns has its trouble spots,” the graphic artist said. “Manunda, being between Parramatta Park and Edge Hill, is great for people who might not be able to afford those suburbs but still want to live centrally. “There are many beautiful Queenslanders that can be picked up very cheaply.“Now is a great time to buy in Manunda, and there’s no doubt in my mind that, eventually, people will see the value and prices will start to change.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoBut Ms Allan also said her three years at Manunda had not been without problems.“I moved to a nice, quiet street, but shortly after there was quite a big drugs problem,” she said.“It’s gone now, and the street is back to normal.” Ms Allan is helping revive the Manunda Neighbourhood Watch group in an effort to maintain order in the area.Named after the ship TSMV Manunda, the suburb is within the catchment zones for several local schools.In May, Bill O’Rourke, the owner of Manunda burger hotspot Apex Milk Bar, gave the suburb resounding praise. “At Apex Milk Bar we’re lucky enough to be able to talk to our customers most days of the week and we have the best customers,” he wrote on Facebook. “This is a vibrant and diverse community with enormous potential to contribute to Cairns and beyond.”last_img read more