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, including Britain, India, Hong Kong and New Zealand,
People who buy a block of land, build a house on it for less than 750,000 Australian dollars, and live in it for six months are eligible for a AU$12,500 grant.
People would be able to buy a fully serviced, 1,000-square-meter block for the same price as the grant, effectively giving the plots away for free. But home buyers need to be Australian citizens or permanent residents.（AP）
outback：形容詞，內陸的。例句：This outback city is a far cry from the capital.（這座內陸城市與首都截然不同。）
inquiry：名詞，詢問、打聽。例句：Please make the inquiries at the counter.（請到櫃台洽詢。）
grant：名詞，補助金。例句：Anyone who comes out first will receive a grant from the school.（任何人拿到冠軍都能獲得學校發放獎助金。）