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  • Secure your family’s future

    2019 - 01.14

    For many of us, providing for our family is a primary motivation that prompts us to make plans and set goals for both our personal and business lives.
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    Buttoo many of us don’t give adequate consideration to the risks that could potentially derail the attainment of those goals and objectives.Let’s consider some facts and their potential implications:

    83 per cent of people in Australia have car insurance, yet only 31 per centhave income protection insurance.20 per centof all mortgage defaults are due to illness or accident.If you are in business with a partner the chance of one of you becoming disabled or dying before age 65 is 52 per cent.Generally speaking, the thought of losing your motor vehicle pales into insignificance when it is stacked against the potentially devastating impact of losing our capacity to generate income. Far more than just the motor vehicle is on the line if we are unable to generate regular income for six months, 12 months, two years or even the rest of our working lives.

    The thought of losing one’s home is also sobering. Hence the second statistic is another important one that points to the fact that for every person who can’t afford the repayments on their home mortgage, one in five was not due to the fact they didn’t budget appropriately or earned insufficient income. Rather, it was due to them becoming sick or injured in an accident.

    The final statistic is a side-step away from the importance of protecting income for an individual, to consider the likelihood that there could be a serious challenge where your business income is partly dependent on another individual.

    This additional layer of complexity and risk prompts the question, “Why would I not insure my income, or my business’ income, as a priority?”

    Too often, this is the missing piece of sound personal and business planning.

    Many people give consideration to addressing their personal insurance needs but end up placing it in the ‘too hard basket’ after thinking:What cover do I need?What are the differences in the types of cover and policies?It’s too expensive.

    Your insurance recommendations should also be co-ordinated with wills and estate planning needs, as well as with any business structures that your accountant has implemented or is recommending. An experienced financial adviser will provide guidance and assistance to ensure that you not only have an insurance portfolio tailored for your needs but that it works seamlessly with the advice you receive from other specialists who support you.

    Don’t wait until it’s too late to put appropriate insurance cover in place.

    Alex Myers, Financial Adviser, PKF Wealth

    Know the social media traps

    2019 - 01.14

    RIGHT LURE: Put in the work, do the research and you’ll attract more customers.Sometimes social media is a deal that sounds too good to be true, from a business perspective.
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    You have sites with millions of users, all of them looking to read and share content created by those they follow, and it costs nothing to tap in to?

    No business in its right mind would pass up that opportunity.

    However, social media marketing isn’t as easy as it may sound.

    You may be able to cast your lure for free, but people on social media are canny.

    They aren’t going to bite at just anything.

    So here are three mistakes you need to avoid if you want to catch potential customers.

    Getting on your soap box

    Social media is not a place where you can geton your soap box, shout louder than anyone else, and attract a long-term audience.

    It’s an interactive medium, which means you need to show people passing by your page that you are a person, and that you are willing to engage with them.

    You aren’t giving a speech,you are having a conversation.

    Not putting in the hours

    Social media marketing isn’t something you fiddle with in your free time.

    In order for it to succeed, it has to be a viable, vital part of your business plan.

    So make sure you dedicate time, planning, and human resources to making sure your social media marketing efforts are successful.

    Just winging it

    Before you get started, make sure you do your research, get an idea of what will make your marketing efforts successful, and watch the numbers associated with your posts.

    Adjust your plans based on the results your posts get, and re-evaluate your strategy every time you notice changes.

    Social media can be an excellent way to engage potential customers if you use it as part of a professional marketing plan.

    Craig Wilson is managing director of Sticky.Digital

    It’s taken 355 games, but Sydney’s learning to love Cameron Smith

    2019 - 01.14

    And then, just like that, we all finally got it with Cameron Smith.
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    The accountant-ish footballer who strolled into the Melbourne Storm 17 seasons ago without giving the slightest indication of the greatness within on Saturday will break Darren Lockyer’s record for most games played.

    In the qualifying final against Parramatta, in Melbourne Storm’s first step towards the premiership they apparently had locked up months ago, Smith will play his 356th match.

    For how many of those games, though, has he been warmly loved and respected and supported by a code that is so bitterly divided by state lines?

    Few players transcend the hatred vomited out by six weeks of State of Origin. In modern times, only Lockyer and Johnathan Thurston have really done it.

    It took a while, but Smith is finally there.

    “If people don’t like the way I play, that’s fine,” Smith says. “I’d just like to be respected for how I’ve gone about my business. If they don’t like me because of who I play for or who I’ve represented, that’s fine as well. Not everyone’s going to like you in sport: I got my head around that a long time ago. Whether this game changes people’s opinions, I don’t know.”

    Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy puts it this way: “He must be doing something right. Because I don’t think there was too much out of Origin this year about how much of a grub he is. If Cameron had played his career at a Sydney or Brisbane club, he would’ve been considered the statesman that he is now much sooner. His qualities and some of the things he’s done have been overlooked.”

    Perhaps. Maybe we’re just starting to understand him better. Maybe he’s showing us more of himself. Maybe we’ve come to understand his part in some of the game’s biggest controversies.

    Or maybe it’s just his post-match speeches. Smith loves a post-match speech. He nails a post-match speech better than anyone in the game.

    He almost stole the show from Cronulla after last year’s grand final with his graciousness and poise up there on the sparkly white podium, paying homage to Paul Gallen and long-suffering Sharks fans.

    He did something similar after the Origin decider this year as he paid tribute to teammate Johnathan Thurston, who had missed his final match for Queensland because of injury.

    “I’ve never been a good talker,” Smith says. “I was quite a shy guy through my teenage years. And I still am now. If I have to talk, I will ??? I feel I do well in those situations because it’s from the heart. It’s not fabricated. It’s just who I am. I speak what I feel. Last year I didn’t feel like talking too much, but felt strongly about saying that to the Sharks fans. It’s hard these days getting the real person to speak in front of a camera. There’s club messages and messages from the coach about stuff you can’t talk about. In those moments, I can be me.”

    So said Shakespeare: “Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.” Smith’s reputation has been muddied by three significant controversies.

    He became the poster boy for the Storm’s wrestling techniques after he was suspended from the 2008 preliminary and grand finals for a tackle on Broncos forward Sam Thaiday.

    “Some will say he didn’t play in a grand final in which we were smashed [40-0 by Manly],” Bellamy says. “But I reckon he’d remember that grand final more than the others, because he wasn’t there. I can remember the next year, in 2009, in that finals series he had a look in his eye I’d never seen before. Before one of the finals, I remember going into the rooms and looked at him and thought, ‘I’ve never seen this before’. He wasn’t going to be stopped. I’ve got a point to prove here, and I’ll show it. To be honest, I’ve never seen that look in his eye since. I’d say he had it in Origin III this year.”

    Then came the devastation of the Storm’s salary cap scandal that saw them stripped of two premierships and forbidden from playing for points during the 2010 season. As the captain and the one receiving payments outside of the cap, he became the punching bag for that one, too.

    Without prompting, Smith recalls the moment his life was turned upside down.

    “We were at training at Princes Park and I realised Craig had left training,” he says. “He never leaves training, so I knew something was up. Right at the end, we were called into the meeting room and Craig told us the news.

    “We shed 11 players from that year and we came out and we were minor premiers that following year. That was a defining moment for our club. You can dish out whatever punishment you want and rip the club apart, but we can show you we are a quality organisation.”

    And then there were the dreadful events of round three at AAMI Park in 2014 when Knights backrower Alex McKinnon suffered a devastating spinal injury while playing against the Storm.

    While McKinnon was being attended to, Smith was speaking to referee Gerard Sutton and calmly defending his teammate, Jordan McLean, for his involvement in the tackle.

    “I don’t call it the ‘Alex McKinnon stuff’,” Smith says. “It’s the ’60 Minutes stuff’. That was pretty ordinary. More so for my family I was upset. My family had to sit through that and answer questions about it.”

    Smith is referring to the 60 Minutes interview with McKinnon aired in 2015 in which an edited version of Smith’s exchange with Sutton was shown to the wheelchair-bound footballer.

    McKinmon was furious and the story complicated an already delicate situation. Nine, ultimately, apologised to Smith on The Footy Show.

    “It was a hatchet job if there was one,” Smith says, still clearly wounded. “It was a stich-up on myself. In fairness to Alex, I think they stitched him up to. He was in a really difficult situation. I still haven’t seen the story, but by all reports it was a fantastic piece until they brought me into it. I don’t know why they went down the line that they did.”

    Says Bellamy: “Usually he can handle most situations, but that hurt him more than anything. It reinforced what a decent guy he is. He never fired back. He asked the question on the field at the time. He didn’t know the seriousness of the situation with Alex.”

    All three are dramatic twists and turns in an otherwise sparkling career that’s yielded premierships, Origin wins and Test victories.

    There’s the personal accolades, too. He’s broken so many records in recent years it’s hard to keep up with exactly what he’s actually broken.

    “He’s broken the record for breaking records,” joked former Storm fullback Matt Geyer when Smith played his 350th match earlier this season.

    Bellamy, of course, forecast none of this when he first laid eyes on Smith all those years ago.

    Much is made of how unimpressive Smith is in the gym, but what stands out for the coach is his captain’s mental toughness to play the position he does, for 80 minutes, and do it consistently well.

    “When I first saw him you would never have thought he was that resilient to play this amount of games,” Bellamy says. “To do it physically is one thing. But mentally, to think, ‘I have to make another 60 tackles next week’, is another. He’s a determined bastard. People outside the organisation probably don’t see how much.”

    In many respects, it’s reassuring to see a footballer like Smith break Lockyer’s record; a player who has reached the summit through footy nous and hard work and nothing more.

    It’s there for all of us to see each time one of Smith’s teammates is struggling to his feet and Smith already knows what he’s going to do when he plays the ball.

    “I do a bit of work on the opposition and their defence, especially around the ruck area. I try to find trends in what markers are going to do. But most of it is to do with my natural instincts. I’ve been very lucky to be given a skill to read the game. You read it a couple of plays ahead of where you are at that moment. It’s hard to explain: I can almost play a set out in mind before it unfolds. It’s something you can’t coach or teach, I just have that ability about where I need to go, where I need to pass, do I need to kick now? It just comes to me naturally.”

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    Liberals to campaign for Elliott at election

    2019 - 01.14

    POLLING DAY: Saturday is election day in Newcastle, Maitland, Port Stephens and Dungog in the Hunter. Picture: Simone De PeakLIBERAL Party volunteers will hand out material encouraging voters to support Kath Elliott on polling booths inNewcastle on election day, giving weight to a Labor Partycampaign that has sought to link the Newcastle Independent ticket to the conservative side of politics.
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    The material, authorised by Ms Elliott, instructs voters to choose the independent candidatewithout preferences.

    It comes after the Liberal Party earlier disendorsed its mayoral candidate, David Compton, as well as candidates in wards three and four, because of “irregularities” with their how to vote material.

    While those candidates will still appear on the ballot for the Liberal Partythey won’t be supported on polling day and could be subject to a contest in the court of disputed returns ifelected.

    Ms Elliott has not shied away from saying that she hoped to receiveLiberal Party preferences, andon Friday she said that she welcomed their support.

    But news that the Newcastle Independentswill receive direct support from the Liberal Party on polling day will give a boost to Labor, which in the final week of the campaign has dialled up the negativity on Ms Elliott’s ticket.

    The focus of Labor’s campaign has been in Ward Four, where incumbent councillor Allan Robinson is standing on the Newcastle Independent ticket with former NBN sports presenter Mike Rabbitt.

    Earlier this week the Newcastle Herald reported that Labor had begun distributingfliers linking Newcastle Independent candidates to the Liberal Party and former Newcastle Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy.

    The fliers specifically targeted Cr Robinson and Mr Rabbitt because of their links to Mr McCloy and attacked Cr Robinson’s record while on council.

    And on FridayNewcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes releaseda statementcriticising Cr Robinsonfor voting against a motion to provide funds to modernise libraries a few monthsbefore the election.

    Cr Robinson had voted against the measure, along with the Liberal Party councillors, because it was tied up with budget measuresrelated to the 2015Special Rate Variation. But Cr Nelmes said in the statement that Labor was “the only team with a financial plan that can deliver these facilities”.

    “You can’t say one thing for fiveyears in the council chamber, and something completely different in an election campaign,” she said.

    But Ms Elliott said Labor’s tactics were proof they were “running scared”.

    “At this late stage we’re seeing a lot of negative campaigning towards us and we take that as meaning we’re a force to be reckoned with,” she said.

    And while the Newcastle Independents say they’ve run a “clean campaign”, both groups have clashed since the beginning of the campaign.

    Ms Elliott in particular has campaigned hard against Labor’s 2015 special rate variation, saying at one election forum that Cr Nelmes had run a “con” on the city by pushing for the increase.

    NRL boss to become principal

    2019 - 01.14

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    FORMER Manly Warringah Sea Eagles chief executive Tim Cleary has been appointed the new principal of All Saints College, Maitland.

    Mr Cleary was principal of St Augustine’s College in Brookvale from 2002 to 2016.

    He became Sea Eagles CEO in January this year, but resigned in May.

    Mr Cleary will join All Saints College in January 2018 and head two campuses,St Peter’s (years seven to 10) and St Mary’s (years 11 and 12), under a unified leadership model that will include two heads of campus and three assistant principals responsible for welfare; faith/mission; and learning.

    Catholic Schools Office director of schools, Michael Slattery, said he was looking forward to Mr Cleary joining the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

    “With 30 years of experience in the independent sector, Tim is a visionary leader, a great community builder and has high-quality education standards,” Mr Slattery said.

    “These attributes are essential to supporting All Saints College move forward to develop St Mary’s and St Peter’s campuses under the umbrella of college, enhancing the continuum of education across years seven to 12.”

    Mr Slattery said current St Peter’s principal Bernard Burgess and St Mary’s principal Phil Tobin, along with other executive leaders, will be given the opportunity to apply for the heads of campus and assistant principal positions.

    The college’s third campus, St Joseph’s atLochinvar, will separate and stand from January 2018 as its own schooland expand to take year 11 and 12.

    The St Mary’s campus will host a garden party on September 10 to mark thearrival of the Dominican Sisters in 1867.

    Public servant wins Comcare bid for running shoes

    2018 - 12.13

    A former public servant who was hit by a car on his way to work 31 years ago has won a legal bid forcing the government to pay for his cushioned running shoes.
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    James Dalgleish worked for the Housing Department in 1986 when a car ploughed into him and fractured his left ankle, an accident which Comcare subsequently agreed to cover.

    Twenty years earlier, while employed by the Defence Department, he had been injured in another accident while travelling home from the office.

    Between 2012 and 2015 his doctor wrote to Comcare at least four times, requesting the government cover the $250 cost of cushioned running shoes to help treat ankle pain.

    In September 2016 Comcare wrote back to deny Mr Dalgleish’s claim.

    “Currently, the available medical evidence does not indicate that running shoes meets the above criteria for your accepted compensable condition of injury and fractures to left foot,” they wrote.

    Prior to the 2016 letter, Comcare had agreed to pay for Mr Dalgleish’s running shoes on a number of occasions, following the recommendations of his doctor and a podiatrist.

    Dissatisfied with their decision to stop doing so,??? Mr Dalgleish took the case to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in August.

    The tribunal overturned Comcare’s recommendation and directed them to cover the cost of Mr Dalgleish’s “cushioning runners”.

    They said Comcare should also play for replacement runners “from time to time as he reasonably requires”.

    Earlier this year the tribunal ruled against a similar claim made by former public servant Jeffrey Chalfont.

    Mr Chalfont, who had been on compensation since a brief stint as a Commonwealth public servant in 1993 ended in a twisted knee, lost his legal bid to force the government to keep paying for his “exercise shoes”.

    Mr Chalfont’s regular GP wrote a letter, at his patient’s request, to Comcare in 2013 saying Mr Chalfont should be provided with two pairs of exercise shoes per year.

    He again claimed compensation for exercise shoes in January 2015 but this time Comcare said no, deciding “exercise footwear is not therapeutic treatment”.

    On internal review of the decision, a Comcare officer determined there was no medical justification or opinion to justify buying more pairs of trainers for Mr Chalfont.

    The 66-year-old then took his case to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal but had no luck there either, with tribunal member Dominique Griggs not impressed by Mt Chalfont’s claims,

    “There is insufficient evidence to determine that Mr Chalfont is still suffering from the effects of the knee injury,” Ms Griggs wrote in her decision.

    “It follows therefore that the exercise shoes are not reasonably required.”

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    Can Nathan Lyon topple Shane Warne and be the greatest?

    2018 - 12.13

    Nathan Lyon loathes the “greatest of all time” tag but Australian Test legend Michael Hussey has challenged him to usurp Shane Warne and become just that.
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    Lyon ripped through the Bangladesh line-up with 22 wickets in two Tests to take his career tally to 269 – well short of Warne’s mark of 708.

    But Hussey says Lyon is just entering his prime and has backed him to silence the critics and forge a legacy as one of Australia’s best ever players.

    The Australian cricket team has three esteemed positions in the captain, vice-captain, and the one that leads the victory song, Under the Southern Cross I Stand.

    The latter is a position of distinction only eight players have held since its institution in 1974 and Hussey was the man that passed the duties on to Lyon following his retirement in 2013.

    Hussey mentored Lyon when he first came into the Australian squad and always thought “if he was given half a chance he would have a great career”.

    Now he has handed him a challenge that shapes as nearly impossible, but it’s one that could end up making Lyon’s name one remembered for generations.

    “My last message to him was ‘you’ve just got to catch Warney now’,” Hussey said.

    “He’s number two for Australian spinners, now it’s time to catch Warney. You never know, it might be a bit of a tough ask but if he keeps playing and keeps performing well, there’s no reason why he can’t keep performing for quite a few years to come.

    “I think he’s just coming into his prime now.”

    Lyon has long had his doubters but reaffirmed his position as Australia’s premier spinner with 22 wickets in two Tests against Bangladesh.

    While Lyon’s epic series made a huge statement to the knockers, Hussey says “he doesn’t have to prove it to me, I already knew” the former Wests-UC tweaker is the best in the country.

    Hussey admits Lyon has his fair share of critics but the 29-year-old’s record proves he will be a vital cog in the Australian team as they look to win the Ashes and return to the mantle as the world’s best.

    “It’s a difficult one for the spinners, for anyone to follow Shane Warne,” Hussey said.

    “You’re just expecting miracles all the time because that’s pretty much what Warney did for Australia for over a decade.

    “The stereotype is the spinner is just going to come on and rip through the opposition and win the Test match for Australia on the last day.

    “That’s what everyone expected after Warney, but unfortunately the game is a lot harder than that. We had Warne and McGrath there for over a decade and they’re two of the greatest players to have ever played.

    “It was always going to be a lot tougher but I think he’s found what his role is within the team. He has a really good understanding of his game and what makes him successful.”

    Hussey likened Lyon’s critics to those in search of the next Adam Gilchrist as Australian wicketkeeper, which has some losing sight of a gloveman’s main role – to keep wicket, not score runs.

    Former Test batsman Ed Cowan has already set Lyon the task of eclipsing 500 Test wickets to join an elite group featuring only Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Anil Kumble, Glenn McGrath and Courtney Walsh.

    Lyon is ranked second behind Warne for the most wickets in Asia by an Australian following a “brilliant” showing in Bangladesh.

    Now Hussey has backed Lyon to reap the rewards when Australia start their Ashes campaign against England in November.

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    Could Canberra have its own BBL team within five years?

    2018 - 12.13

    Canberra’s hopes of securing a Big Bash League team of its own have been revived with Cricket Australia planning to capitalise on the competition’s “explosive growth”.
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    Canberra fans have been crying out for BBL action in the capital and could have a team to call their own within five years.

    CA boss James Sutherland says expanding the BBL is a matter of being able to “give fans what they want” after Australian cricket launched its new five-year strategy on Thursday.

    The league has already expanded to include another eight games this summer with Manuka Oval all but locked in to host the Sydney Thunder’s clash with the Melbourne Renegades on January 24.

    Cricket ACT boss Cameron French would love to have a BBL franchise playing out of Canberra but for now is intent on locking down a deal with the Thunder.

    “If there was ever expansion we’d certainly put our hands up,” French said.

    “Our focus at the moment is hopefully supporting the Thunder to get great crowds whilst they bring games here for the next couple of years.”

    Potential expansion bids have emerged in Geelong and the Gold Coast but Canberra already meets a host of operational considerations.

    The commercial viability of a Canberra franchise could be the only stumbling block, with BBL officials determined to ensure Cricket ACT would not suffer financially.

    While it varies from club to club, the Thunder have previously indicated to Fairfax Media the yearly costs of running a BBL club could total up to $6 million.

    While formal criteria for expansion has not been issued,a venue that is satisfactory from a cricket operations, spectator, and broadcast perspective is a must.

    Manuka Oval has already hosted a BBL final, while a new media centre is being built at the venue ahead of the region’s first Test match in the 2018-19 summer.

    BBL expansion is seen as a package deal which means any new franchise would need to sustain men’s and women’s teams.

    The framework is already in place at Cricket ACT with staff accommodating the Comets and Meteors, who play in the Futures League and Women’s National Cricket League respectively.

    The $6.2 million high performance centre at Phillip Oval would also be a huge tick in Canberra’s favour, with the venue seen as a potential training base for a BBL club in Canberra.

    The venue will open later this year and it will double the number of turf practice wickets at Cricket ACT’s disposal, including indoor nets.

    Canberra’s hopes of securing a BBL game might not remain in limbo for much longer with Thunder general manager Lee Germon keen to finalise a deal with the ACT government within a week.

    There has been little movement since Australian cricket’s new memorandum of understanding was struck.

    But French reassured Canberra cricket fans a deal is nearing completion for the January 24 blockbuster.

    “It looks really positive from everything we’re hearing,” French said.

    “It’s just a matter of the finer details and making sure everyone’s comfortable with the final arrangement. Hopefully as Lee said, an announcement in the next week.”

    Canberra could host a double header this season with the Thunder still looking to confirm a venue for a home WBBL fixture on January 24.

    The ACT government is desperate to secure elite men’s cricket given Canberra won’t host the men’s Australian team this season despite being midway through a four-year deal to have international cricket played at Manuka Oval.

    Meanwhile, Canberra will host the under 18 female national championships in Twenty20 and 50-over competitions from November 27 to December 7.

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    Five of the best houses for sale south of the River

    2018 - 12.13

    The south side of Brisbane is home to South Bank and West End, but just a little further down the road are streets with some of the most expensive homes in the city, but are surrounded by more affordable options too.
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    Whether it’s a multi-million dollar home on Fairfield’s answer to Hendra’s Mein Street, or a relatively affordable home in Yeerongpilly, there’s something for most buyers below the Brisbane river. 41 Brisbane Corso, Fairfield

    Price: $3.95 million

    Agent: Brett Greensill and Jermaine Jones

    4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 car parks

    This stunning architecturally designed home is on the Brisbane Corso, a riverfront street that stretches from Fairfield to Yeronga.

    It would be close to impossible to find a house along the Corso that would sell for less than a million dollars, and this home is no exception.

    Built about eight years ago, the home was designed by the award-winning Push firm. The forward-thinking build maximises the space available to it on a relatively narrow 1046-square-metre block.

    “This is best property along there for sale right now,” selling agent Brett Greensill said. “Including the fact it’s at an elbow in the Brisbane river, it’s got great aspects.” Related: What it’s like inside the Gold Coast’s best penthouseRelated: City dwellers are filling their homes with plantsRelated: Property investors aren’t as rich as you think4502/15 Anderson Street, Kangaroo Point

    Price: $889,000

    Agent: Cecilynne Jurss

    2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car parks

    For a two-bedroom apartment, this home in the recently renovated Yungaba estate is unusually spacious. The floor space clocks in at 126 square metres, which is practically unheard of.

    But the price is a little steeper than usual, but you’re paying for prestige, extra space, and quality fittings with this one. 56 Nathan Terrace, Yeerongpilly

    Price: $1.3 million plus

    Agent: Emil Juresic and Taylah Rossiter

    6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 car parks

    According to Emil Juresic, Yeerongpilly is a criminally underrated suburb.

    “I believe Yeerongpilly is truly undervalued,” he said. “You can buy this property [for] $1.3 million. In other suburbs, you’d have to pay that much just for the land this close to the city.”

    The large six-bedroom house is perfect for a big family, and is in a relatively quiet and private suburb.

    The downstairs area also features a kitchenette, so if your family isn’t quite big enough to require all that space, the option to rent it out is available too. 3/34 Dutton Street, Hawthorne

    Price: $499,000 plus

    Agent: Trent Ballantine

    2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 car park

    When apartments are renovated, it’s almost always an incredible end result and this home is no exception. This is another one of those apartments with an exceptional amount of space, and a perfectly modern bathroom to boot.

    On the southern edge of Hawthorne, Dutton street isn’t as close to the famous Oxford Street as you’d like but it makes up for that by being closer to arterial roads. That means your commute into the city would be a little easier than if you were right up near all the Oxford Street action. 44 Clara Street, Annerley

    Price: $639,000

    Agent: Greg Black

    3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car parks

    This townhouse would make an excellent family home or a premium rental product. It’s finished to a different standard to other complexes, and all of the bedrooms aren’t crammed into the top level, as per usual.

    The bedroom on the lower floor has its own courtyard, and the master has its own balcony. The home seems to encourage indoor-outdoor living, and would almost certainly be a good fit for families with older children who need space, or like to fight over which bedroom they get.

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    Logies migrate north following bizarre tug-of-war

    2018 - 12.13

    A week is a long time in television.
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    Over the course of just five days, the Logies went from calling Melbourne’s Crown Casino home to announcing its new home on the Gold Coast.

    The Victorian state government announced it would put an end the “substantial” subsidies for Australian television’s night of nights at the beginning of the week, a move that displeased the likes of TV royalty Bert Newton.

    Today host Karl Stefanovic also joined the outrage bandwagon, arguing the Andrews government had “lost the plot”. He went as far as to threaten to boycott the awards altogether.

    By Monday evening, the sunshine state had emerged as the most likely state to host the 2018 TV Week Awards – with both Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate offering to dig deep to bring the Logies to a warmer, sub-tropical climate.

    Despite this, NSW was still clinging to the hope the Logies would undertake a regional roadshow of towns such as Dubbo and Albury. NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian even floated Western Sydney as a potential home for the new-look Logies.

    But those hopes were dashed on Friday when Palaszczuk claimed victory during an early-morning interview on Channel Nine.

    “It’s coming here to the Gold Coast and it’s going to be fantastic – in fact, why don’t we rename it the Goldies?” the Queensland premier told Karl Stefanovic.

    Palaszczuk also questioned the Today host’s boycott, arguing he should support the state where he started out as a journalist. The TV personality later changed his tune, pointing out he should “definitely be hosting” the 2018 awards.

    “If the bosses let me come, I’ll be coming and I’ll be having a great time,” he added, perhaps a subtle nod to his infamously tipsy post-Logies performance on Today in 2009.

    The Queensland government has remained tight-lipped on how much money it will give the Logies. However, Palaszczuk has said it will bring millions of dollars’ worth of tourism to Queensland.

    “We went in hard, put the best possible deal on the table and, of course, this means increased tourism to the Gold Coast,” she said. “We expect the flow-on impacts will be around $40 million.”

    Cr Tate said the Logies will call the Gold Coast home for at the least the next four years.

    “For Gold Coasters, the hosting of this award is for you, I know we’ll make all the stars from Sydney and Melbourne who’ll be flying in feel very welcome,” he said.

    The Logies have been held in Melbourne for the past 30 years. The 2018 awards ceremony will be held at the Gold Coast’s Star Casino.

    – with Rob Moran

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