Monthly Archives: May 2019

Buying into friendship and community

Ties that bind… the living area. Vendors Corinne Smith and Amara Jarrat.
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Renters from a new residential development in Erskineville became owners on Saturday, splashing $758,000 on a two-bedroom apartment.

The top-level apartment 3417 on 2/Nassau Lane had many features to offer, but the most valuable asset was something money can’t buy; the community feeling.

It was therefore no surprise for vendors Corinne Smith and Amara Jarrat when the winning bidder turned out to be their neighbour.

While the new owner wanted to remain anonymous, he had competition from two other renting parties of the block.

”You get a sense of friendship and community here that stays with you even when you move out,” Ms Smith said.

Although the development is only three years old, residents in the ”Motto 2” building have developed close ties.

”I think we bonded so well, because we all moved in at the same time in 2009. That night most of us went to a nearby pub and we have been on good terms ever since,” Ms Jarrat said.

The building has a large outdoor pool, a landscaped garden, and there’s plenty of space for visitors parking.

Designed by award-winning architects Allen Jack+Cottier, the building seems to have the right mix of public and private amenities.

The unit is split over two levels, with the master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, a 33 square metre entertainer’s terrace and the entrance upstairs on level four. The large south-facing terrace is tiled and partly covered.

Downstairs is the main living area with an open-plan kitchen, a second bathroom with bath tub and two balconies adjacent to the large living and dining room with city views and the second bedroom.

The property has 129 square metres of combined indoor and outdoor living space, single security parking and a handy nine-square-metre storage space.

Real estate agent Ercan Ersan recorded 92 inspections in the past four weeks and issued 16 contracts, with six registered bidders present at the auction.

Progressing in increments of $20,000 to $30,000, the auction was driven by four active bidders, three of them residents of the building.

After the reserve price of $725,000 was met, increments were reduced to $5000 and further reduced to $2000 and $1000 before the hammer fell at $758,000.

The vendors are moving to Earlwood, where they have purchased a house with plans to start a family. They had paid $695,000 in 2009.

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Shed as cladding a true vision

What is it that makes wonderful buildings speak to us? The sense of shelter promised? Memories evoked? Innovative revealed? The possibility of heritage lost, or futures held? Or, simple, is it beauty calling? When they speak, how do we respond?
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A wonderful old dilapidated structure in inner-city Sydney spoke so strongly to then architecture student Raffaello Rosselli he dared to dream – of his first commission, and of celebrating a classic example of the Australian shed.

The two-storey corrugated iron building from the 1940s sat at the back of an ordinary block in Redfern.

Originally used as a workshop,it was in disrepair. The block’s new owner was approaching architects to replace or repair.

At this stage Rosselli did something that still surprises him – he cold-called the owner, putting a passionate case for saving.

“I’d been cycling past for years, and loved it,” he says. “I’d dreamt of working on it.”

Despite being a student with no built works, Rosselli’s passion, idealism, youthful enthusiasm and solid approach won him the job.

His plan was simple: to “celebrate something typically Australia” by deconstructing the shed piece-by- piece, keeping all materials, building a timber-framed two-storey structure with the same footprint and then re-using the old to create new.

It now looks as close to the original as possible, with carefully resolved changes to meet the client’s brief.

While light and air previously flooded the building in an unplanned and unfettered way (from gaps in the roof and walls), Rosselli inserted evocative and appropriate corten steel-framed window boxes to the south and east, opening the structure to its location and light.

Responding to the client’s request for a contemporary western-facing wall, he designed “a simple, curved modern fibre-cement face”, inserting window boxes upstairs and sliding doors downstairs.

Internally, the program of spaces and materials are simple to maximise the allusion of spaciousness in what is, in reality , a very small footprint. Downstairs is one bathroom and large studio space. Upstairs, self-contained guest accommodation. Balancing the richness of the exterior walls, inside is a cool sea of white plasterboard.

“This building is really all about the exterior. What’s so beautiful is the patchwork of green, grey, rust, and silver iron, which highlights each of the building’s stages and its history. We had to add a very few newer pieces, but we kept these tucked behind the patchwork of older iron.”

I can’t think of a better Christmas story. Idealism rewarded, a building saved, and beauty of the raw form celebrated.

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Good soil, food, water and a haircut can make your gardenias best in the street

Gardenia… one of Sydney’s most loved plants.A good garden should reflect your lifestyle.
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A great garden can improve it!

One of the most-loved plants in Sydney is the gardenia, and the most-asked question in the past 20 years is: how do I stop my gardenia leaves from going yellow? Second to that is: why don’t my gardenias flower?

Well it’s not that hard to have amazing gardenias. It’s a bit like a having a pet dog. If you start with some simple training, your dog is a lot easier to look after and then more enjoyable, which in turn means you spend more time with it and then it becomes easier.

Then you have a dog that everyone loves. It’s the same with gardenias. If you plant them in a well-drained fertile soil with a nice organic mulch, feed then, water them and give them a hair cut after flowering, your friends and family will think you are a guru in the garden.

What gardenias love

They are subtropical so they love the sun for six hours a day. If you can protect them from hot afternoon sun, even better.

Moist, well-drained soil.

Add Dynamic Lifter to the bottom of the hole when planting.

Mulch well, about 50mm deep around the plant. It helps with keeping the roots cool in summer and warmer in winter. Don’t build the mulch up around the trunk – this can cause rot.

Remove spent flowers. This will encourage a second and third flush. Just nip the buds off or you can pinch them of with your fingers.

After flowering has completely finished, you can reduce the size of the whole plant to whatever size you like to keep it compact.

Yes, you can cut them back hard, even to a stump.

If there are a few yellow leaves it’s nothing, just old age, but if the new growth looks yellowy rather than bright, happy lime green you’re in need of a complete fertiliser. I use Dynamic Lifter in spring and summer and give them a real boost with a liquid feed every couple of weeks with Yates Uplift.

As far as pests and diseases go, scale, mealy bug and sooty mould can be a problem but the presence of these insects would lead me to think the plant is in the wrong spot or under stress from lack of food and water.

Gardenias are a great plant for boarders and small hedges, and can grow and thrive in pots with good water supply.

I love my gardenias and get the maximum reward by planting them as a boarder to my front door. They fill the area from late spring to early autumn with the sweet smell of summer. When they are happy flowering and filling the area with perfume, I fall in love with my garden just a little bit more.

I love nothing more than cutting some flowers off at the bush and laying them in a large bowl of water. It looks great, but the free air-freshener when you walk in the door is amazing.

Jason Hodges is a presenter on Channel Seven’s Better Homes and Gardens. He talks landscaping on Mix 106.5.


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Kimmorley sees Raiders as a ‘good challenge’

Canberra Raiders new assistant Coach Brett Kimmorley Canberra Raiders new assistant Coach Brett Kimmorley says the new role presents a “good challenge”.
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Kimmorley wasted no time taking up the appointment, joining the Raiders for training this morning.

Brett Kimmorley left the Canterbury Bulldogs to begin a “new chapter” in his coaching career and believes he can help instil a steely attitude in the Canberra Raiders in an attempt to end their inconsistent finals appearances.

Kimmorley wasted no time joining the Raiders, fronting for his first training session on Monday morning just days after signing a two-year deal to be David Furner’s assistant.

He was part of Des Hasler’s coaching team at the Bulldogs last season and helped the team into the NRL grand final.

But the chance to take on more responsibility convinced Kimmorley it was time to move to the capital and try something new.

“I’m very excited, it’s a new chapter and a good challenge for me,” Kimmorley said.

“The club [Canberra] is in a very good position at the moment … to be given the opportunity to be one of the assistant coaches is a great career move for myself.

“I was considered more of a specialist [halves] coach at Canterbury. The offer Dave gave me is great … it was just an opportunity for me to grow and have a shot.

“I feel like I’ve done a good apprenticeship, played for a number of years and last year taught me a lot working with Des for 12 months.

“It’s an interesting part of my own journey to develop … I hope it’s going to be a wonderful career move.”

Kimmorley will be with the Raiders full-time for the next two seasons.

However, his family will remain in Sydney and he will still be able to complete some of his duties working at Fox Sports when it slots in with the Raiders’ training and playing schedule.

Kimmorley played more than 300 games in the NRL and helped guide the Melbourne Storm to a premiership in 1999.

He represented Australia 20 times and NSW in 10 State of Origins.

His arrival in Canberra provides a big boost to the Green Machine, who have undergone a backroom overhaul despite finishing sixth on the ladder.

Head coach Furner has employed two new assistants – Kimmorley and former under-20s mentor Andrew Dunemann – to replace Andrew McFadden and Justin Morgan.

He has a new strength and conditioning coach and is still searching to add a sport scientist to his staff.

After a woeful start to their 2012 campaign, they fired in the back half of the season to earn a home semi final before losing to South Sydney.

But the Raiders haven’t been able to make the finals in consecutive seasons in almost a decade.

To break the pattern of making the finals one year and missing them the next, Kimmorley said the coaches needed to be strict to ensure there was an improved attitude.

“I think attitude is a big part of it and from the first training session I’ve seen, the players are certainly very accountable and all you can ask is they put the hard work in now,” Kimmorley said.

“In the end it’s up to the players how much they buy into their own pride and some of the excitement they would have got from the end of last season.

“It was a fair journey into the semis and it’s about getting that going from the start of the year.

“It’s a wonderful job to be offered and I hope I can do the best I can with some good times around the corner.”

Furner tried to recruit Kimmorley as a player at the end of 2010, but the champion halfback declined and decided to retire instead.

Meanwhile, Canberra captain David Shillington returned to training for the first time on Monday after being given an extended break because of his duties with the Australian team.

Shillington is the Raiders’ representative on the Rugby League Players Association, which is trying to negotiate an increase in the salary cap.

There will be another meeting in Sydney on Tuesday where the RLPA hopes its request will be granted.

But if negotiations stall, Shillington conceded a boycott of games was possible despite it not being his preferred option.

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Dispute with PGA resolved, says Palmer

The first of Clive Palmer’s dinosaurs looms over his Coolum resort.Billionaire Clive Palmer reportedly locked PGA officials out of his resort over the weekend but has released a statement, saying issues with the golf tournament have been “resolved amicably”.
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The PGA is due to tee off at the resort on Thursday, a week after it was revealed the golfing body was looking for a new home for next year’s event because negotiations to host it at the resort had reached a stalemate.

Mr Palmer also placed signs around the Palmer Coolum Resort advertising his project Titanic II in the past few days, much to the chagrin of the organisers of the PGA golf tournament.

Last night he released a statement saying “issues” had been resolved, but he did not specify what the issues were.

“We had some issues with the PGA of Australia which have now been resolved amicably,” he said.

“The Australian PGA championship has been held at Coolum since 2002 and last year’s event saw more than 36,000 spectators come to Palmer Coolum Resort with at least a similar number expected this time around.

“We are very much looking forward to this year’s tournament.”

Mr Palmer said his resort – which was the Hyatt Regency before he bought it in February – had a “premier” golf course.

The Sunshine Coast Daily reported Mr Palmer locked PGA organisers out of his Coolum resort and told them they could not hold their tournament on his course after a dispute over signage.

Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia, confirmed the organisation had “signage concerns” with the resort however he did not address allegations Mr Palmer wanted to display Titanic II signs during the event.

“I’m pleased to say that the issues have been resolved this afternoon and the tournament will remain unaffected,” Mr Thorburn said in a statement yesterday.

Since buying and rebranding the resort Mr Palmer has faced a range of issues, including criticism of his plans to erect 150 replica dinosaurs at the resort.

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