Buyers snap up new homes

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BELMORE and River Heights Estates are brimming with hot property, while Bradfordville and Eastgrove are on the nose.
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That’s the assessment of Goulburn First National real estate agent Paul Edwards.

RP Data last week released a report detailing Australia’s 10 most expensive suburbs according to house price. Mr Edwards did the same – focussing solely on Goulburn.

Homes at Belmore Estate off Marys Mount regularly fetched $30,000 more than similar dwellings across town at Monastery Gardens, he concluded.

Houses at River Heights Estate and near the CBD were also in high demand.

Eastgrove, long riddled by flood and nicknamed ‘Frog’s Hollow’ accordingly, can’t fetch the same prices.

Nor can properties at Bradfordville, seen locally as ‘too far out of town’ and dubbed ‘South Taralga’ by the Baby Boomer generation.

“Eastgrove has a stigma. It’s still called Frog’s Hollow,” Mr Edwards explained.

“At times it can be 10 per cent lower than elsewhere. It’s an area that doesn’t turnover often, which tells us the people who live there are passionate about Eastgrove.

“The Bradfordville area, that stigma comes from housing commission developments. As much as it’s not politically correct to say, it affects house prices.”

Despite the peaks and troughs throughout town, Goulburn’s housing market remains competitive.

The median house price in the city as of August was $310,000, RP Data found.

That’s in stark contrast to Australia’s most expensive suburb, Sydney’s Point Piper.

Homes in the luxury Woollahra area fetch a median price of $5.75 million. Eight of the nation’s 10 most expensive suburbs are in Sydney alone.

Goulburn, conversely, remains one of the most affordable and convenient cities in which to buy a property.

A separate RP Data survey ranked Goulburn the country’s eighth most affordable suburb – a finding which Mayor Geoff Kettle continues to spruik.

“Goulburn Mulwaree is a great place to live,” Cr Kettle told WIN News reporter Lauren Barker last month.

“You can get childcare in Goulburn, rather than being on a waiting list for it like you are in Canberra.

“With our proximity to Sydney and Canberra and with technology, people are able to be in Goulburn and work. They don’t need to be in their office in Canberra five days a week.”

Mr Edwards agrees, predicting house prices would continue to rise, albeit steadily.

“Given that Sydney’s still ticking along, I can see perhaps 10pc growth over the next 18 months,” he explained.

Market experts have long predicted Goulburn real estate would take off given its close proximity to Canberra – the country’s third most expensive city in which to live.

A lack of confidence in the public service sector has stalled treechangers’ minds, Mr Edwards said.

Instead, the majority of out-oftown investors hailed from Sydney.

“Canberra’s come off the boil, probably because of public service job insecurity,” Mr Edwards said.

“Statistically, (in 2008) we had 43 to 45 per cent of our sales were from Canberra. Now we’d be under 15pc.

“Sydney investors, on the other hand, they’re here in mass. Up to 30 plus per cent of buyers are from Sydney.”

City attracts all comers SOME 50 per cent of Goulburn property buyers hail from outside the 2580 postcode, Real Estate sales director Angela Storrier says.

Not wishing to go into detail on specific suburbs, Ms Storrier was adamant property from every corner of Goulburn remained in demand from buyers in Canberra, Sydney, the Southern Highlands and coastal areas.

Young couples, young tradespeople, investors, families and mature age retirees are among those making the affordable move.

“It’s hard to generalise because Goulburn has such a variety,” Ms Storrier said.

“Every area is nice and the different things they offer suit different people. For a long time it was like a well-kept secret, well I think it’s becoming less of a secret now.”

Ms Storrier said Goulburn remains a perfect place to live with its access to medical services, shopping, approachable police, low crime rates and friendly atmosphere.

While train services are also a big pull for the City, it’s an area that needs improvement.

Merino Country Estate off Mary’s Mount Road was noted as an area that has experienced massive growth – with stage one selling out, only three blocks remaining in stage two and 11 presale opportunities for stage three taken up.

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Protests at Whitehaven sites

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Protesters at the Gunnedah Coal Handling and Processing Plant this morning.All Whitehaven Coal north-west NSW open cut mine sites have been targeted by a mass protest today, with a further protest at the Newcastle port site.
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Protesters have their say at a Whitehaven site. Picture: Frontline Action.

Up to 150 people are protesting in six locations calling for an immediate stop to work at Maules Creek Mine and for the NSW government to audit the approval process behind the mine.

Maules Creek, Werris Creek, Tarrwonga and Rocglen mines and the Gunnedah Coal Handling and Preparation Plant have all been targeted by people locking themselves to access points and blocking machinery.

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Seven days: September 29, 2014

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Season puts a spring in step

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SCRIPTWRITERS couldn’t have done a better job says a local potato farmerSCRIPTWRITERS couldn’t have done a better job.
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That’s how Crookwell grazier and potato farmer Kim Weir sums up the last 12 months.

A perfect winter and autumn leave farmers across the district poised to cope with a spring the Department of Primary Industries warns will be hot and dry.

Solid winter rain consolidated a near-record autumn fall and has graziers and growers alike optimistic about the summer ahead.

“It’s been a perfect 12 months,” explained Mr Weir, who runs cattle and sheep and grows potatoes on a 1000-acre property near Crookwell.

“We had a hot, dry summer, nice autumn break and a wet winter.

If you could write a script like this each year, it’d be perfect.”

Those at the NSW Department of Primary Industries aren’t so optimistic. Strong winter frosts wreaked havoc for crop farmers and wine growers in parts, while a sudden change in temperatures has sucked moisture from previously well watered soil.

The Department is warning farmers the state-over to brace themselves for a lean summer.

“Soil moisture across the state is now rapidly declining as the weather warms up,” seasonal conditions coordinator Ian McGowen said.

“All areas need good rainfall in September to provide moisture for grain filling, promote pasture growth, improve soil moisture profiles and to replenish stock water supplies ahead of summer.

“Last month’s rainfall was average or above across 76 per cent of NSW, with good falls across most of western, northern and coastal NSW.

“However, much of southern and central NSW received below average rainfall, and some areas received only patchy falls.”

The Crookwell-Goulburn corridor bucked the rest of the state’s trend, it seems.

Crookwell potato farmer Garry Kadwell is excited about the season ahead.

“January and February were tough, but since the March break it’s been perfect,” he explained.

“If we can get some of those summer storms, that’d be perfect.”

While the outlook seems promising, Mr Kadwell has his work cut out.

“It’s certainly going to be an early spring,” he added.

“We had such good growth at the back end of summer.”

Local wine growers are also positive despite the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast.

The biggest obstacle standing in the way of Kingsdale Wines owners Howard and Elle Spark is disease, not the elements.

“Our worry’s not so much wet or dry weather at this time of year,” Mrs Spark said.

“Keeping an eye on the early morning temperatures and frosts, and monitoring disease is our priority.”

The couple plan to bring their vines into leaf over the coming months in preparation for next winter’s pickings.

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Wimmera funding to tackle family violence in indigenous communities

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Wimmera projects will share in $650,000 to help tackle family violence in indigenous communities. Picture: FILE PICWIMMERA projects will share in $650,000 in State Government funding to help tackle family violence in indigenous communities.
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Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge announced the funding on Friday.

“The projects are funded through the 2014-15 Indigenous Family Violence Community Initiative Fund and support the Indigenous Family Violence Strategy, a community-led initiative that aims to prevent, reduce and respond to family violence in Aboriginal communities,” she said.

“I am delighted to announce 38 projects across Victoria will benefit from funding of up to $37,000 for innovative ways to prevent and raise awareness of family violence in the local Indigenous community.”

The Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria will receive $13,000 for its Sisters Day Out workshop in Horsham.

The workshops support women to be prepared for incidents of family violence by being aware of their rights, knowing points of contact for help and knowing people who can provide ongoing support.

Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative will receive $10,000 towards the Wimmera DRUMBEAT – Discovering Relationship Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes and Thoughts – program.

The program combines the therapeutic potential of musical expression with basic cognitive behavioural therapy to deliver a range of social learning outcomes, including emotional control, improved relationships and increased self-esteem.

Goolum Goolum will also receive $2075 on behalf of the Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group for the VACSAL Junior Football and Netball Carnival.

The Wurega Aboriginal Corporation – which includes Horsham Rural City, Northern Grampians, Hindmarsh, City of Ballarat, Pyrenees, Ararat Rural City, Yarriambiack, West Wimmera, Golden Plains, Hepburn and Moorabool municipalities – has received $5000 for its Strong Families T20 Blast program.

The project will use Aboriginal community engagement principles to focus on the T20 Blast program to prevent Aboriginal family violence from occurring during the summer months.

Ms Wooldridge said people could visit http://www.dpc.vic.gov.au/index.php/aboriginal-affairs/aboriginal-affairs-policy/indigenous-family-violence for more information about the Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families: Towards a safer future for Indigenous families and communities 10-year plan.

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