The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Articles from February 16, 2013

Airport Land on the Market
LJH Commercial Toowoomba are proud to announce the marketing of a unique product has now commenced and LJH Commercial are confident of conducting a successful sales program. The construction of a new airport has been approved for the Lake Clarendon...
A New Pope? Ia[euro][TM]ll Be a Contender
THIS could well be last column. Okay, stop cheering... both of you! It may not be, it all depends on whether Iam successful in my application for a job that has just come up in Rome. Hey, itas not beyond the realms of possibility for, according...
Are First-Home Buyers on Strike?
FOR a number of years, rumblings of discontent have grown louder among interest groups in support of first home buyers (FHBs). One such group even went so far at to call for a home buyer's strike in 2011. There is no doubt that FHBs have deserted...
As Clear as Mud; While Lessons Were Learnt from 2011, Insurance Premiums and Policies Continue to Trouble Residents
Byline: Vani Naidoo Making a claim Do: Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to check what your policy includes or excludes, and seek guidance on the claims process Get your wet contents out of the house/business and start...
Brian Hoping Top Golf Talent Is a[euro][approximately]catchinga[euro][TM]
Byline: Anthea Gleeson anthea.gleeson@thechronicle.com.au VOLUNTEER Brian Walter hopes some of the professional talent on display at the City Golf Club will eventually rub off on his game. Mr Walter is one of 60 volunteers lending a hand during...
Builders Take on Carbon Tax Burden
THE carbon tax is increasing the cost of building, but a surprisingly high proportion of building industry businesses have not yet adjusted their prices, according to the December 2012 Survey of Industry Conditions report released by Master Builders...
Cash in with Good Business Practices; Profits Only Part of the Equation
ONE of the most common questions I have been asked by business owners is aif I made all this money where did it go?a They made a good profit, but they are no better off financially. This frustrating feeling comes because a profit and a cash surplus...
Centenary Heights Renovation
THIS property is an absolute pearler with the high quality renovations and extension. The timber home is set on stumps with an iron roof with the walls and ceilings fully insulated to maximise climate control. The home offers three generous bedrooms...
Charleville Teacher Hailed as Local Hero; Elizabeth Dedicated to Helping Disabled Children
TEACHER Elizabeth Handley was selected as a finalist in the Australian of the Year awards but is already a winner in the eyes of the children of Charleville. The University of Southern Queensland graduate and educator at the special education centre...
Council Ready to Rebuild
Byline: Adam Davies adam.davies@thechronicle.com.au LOCKYER Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones said his council was ready and up to the challenge of building back stronger, more resilient infrastructure in the wake of the 2013 flooding disaster....
Dealer Group Welcomes Proposal
Byline: Alyssa Welke alyssa.welke@thechronicle.com.au PETER Roberts hopes a State Government move to split the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act (2000_ (PAMDA) into industry specific Acts reduces red tape in the motoring industry. Mr Roberts,...
Dona[euro][TM]t Be Discouraged; Take a Glass Half-Full Approach to the Reserve banka[euro][TM]s Decision to Hold the February Cash Rate
IN SPITE of the housing and retail sectors rallying for a rate cut to spur on spending, mortgage brokering firm Mortgage Choice is hopeful that existing and potential mortgage holders will view the decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia to leave...
Downturn Has Its Positives
MANY people believe a weakening economy is bad for the residential property market, but the reverse is often true. Irrespective of whether youare an investor or paying off your home, you shouldnat lose sight of the fact that when the Reserve Bank...
Escape the City Stresses
THIS gorgeous spacious and modern home is ideal for a family looking to get out of the rat race, but still be close to all of the cityas amenities. This five-year-old has a stunning rural outlook and every possible modern convenience you could imagine....
Focusing on the Wow Factor; Forda[euro][TM]s New Hot Hatch Has Vani Naidoo Searching the Dictionary for More Superlatives
WOW! Thatas not usually a word that glides from my vocabulary. Frankly I think there are more descriptive words in the English language to express admiration of a sensational success. Iam also usually not generous in the compliments department,...
Forecast Is for Speed
NINE News weather presenter Garry Youngberry has had a love for cars from a young age but he says nothing beats a good ute. What is your current drive? My current drive is a brand spanking new Nissan Navara dual cab ute. It's less than two weeks...
Four-Way Tie as Action Hots Up for Qld Crown
Byline: GLEN McCULLOUGH glenm@thechronicle.com.au ROUND one pacesetter Jason Norris survived a day of putting blues and a wall of challengers to hold a share of the lead with three other players at the halfway mark of the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA...
GARDEN CUTTINGS; Stumped by a Sickly Salvia? Send Your Question, Including a Return Address, to Justin Russell, 237 Hampton Rd, Hampton, Qld, 4352 or Email Justin@thistlebrook.Com.Au
Q. WONDERING if you can tell me where I can get champagne melon seeds. I have been growing and keeping seed of our melons for about six years but now they are red flesh, although we have not planted red melons for at least five years, wondering...
Get You Head around Neutrals
THE cream, the bone, the off-white, the white, the ivory or the beige? The 12th Man's parody of Richie Benaud's blazer options is no joke for home decorators picking a shade of white paint. Pavlova, bombe Alaska, clotted cream, cumulus, Mont Blanc...
Gorgeous Modern Home
A BUILDER'S own home, this very large family home has plenty of space. It is set in a new development surrounded by quality, new homes. The dedicated entry way provides a clean introduction to the home, which is fresh and modern throughout. ...
Gorwing Vegetable Can Be Easy
A WELL-TENDED kitchen garden with an abundance of produce is a joy to behold, from a practical and aesthetic point of view. So itas cause for celebration that vegetable plots are the new horticultural black, with more people, including a growing...
Hard Work Key to Long Life, Says Thelma, Aged 101
Byline: Ally Martell ally.martell@thechronicle.com.au THELMA Altmann Davis loves a chat and as she celebrated her 101st birthday recently at Blue Careas Rose Cottage she proved that she still has lots to talk about. She can tell you about working...
Hint of Nostalgia with Reincarnation
VOLKSWAGEN has rehashed its popular air-cooled icon from the 1950s, a60s and a70s with a vehicle it believes can sell on driving credentials, as well as nostalgia. The same sales pitch was used for the first Beetle reinvention in 2000. But that...
Join Up for Some Good Clean Fun
USQ Saints Rugby offers a supportive and family-friendly atmosphere for boys aged 5 to 16 years and girls aged 5 to 12 years. Rugby is not only a great way to keep fit and healthy; it is also an excellent opportunity to make new friends outside...
Jones Boosts Magpies in Hunt for Title Glory
Byline: TRENT SLATTER trent.slatter@thechronicle.com.au GAME DAY TCI A-grade open competition, round seven Wests v Northern Brothers Diggers at Captain Cook Oval 6 Railways v University at Captain Cook Oval 7 Metropolitan-Easts...
Life Itself the Ideal Inspiration
THE pageant of life, with all its new experiences, friends won and lost, lessons learnt, times of fun and foolishness, the laughter and the tears, is a moving kaleidoscope of images. It offers a rich source of inspiration for the artist who, through...
Long Journey to Priesthood; Ordination Now Rare Ceremony for St Pat,COs
Byline: Peter Hardwick peter.hardwick@thechronicle.com.au TO say Darrell IrvineCOs journey to the priesthood was unusual, would be an understatement. The father and grandfather will be ordained into the priesthood in St PatrickCOs Cathedral on...
Lucky This Time with Snake Scare
Byline: Stuart Cumming stuart.cumming@thechronicle.com.au ANN-MARIE Bach has vowed to brush up on her first-aid skills after a terrifying encounter between her 19-month-old daughter and a brown-coloured snake. Mrs Bach was about to hang washing...
Master Builders Reinforces Scam Warning
MASTER Builders is urging consumers and businesses to be mindful of the State Governmentas warning and be on the look-out for scams in the aftermath of the stateas flooding crisis. Master Builders director of housing policy Paul Bidwell said it...
Maturity Strikes Old Favourite; While Holden Has Committed to Another Commodore after the VF, Grant Edwards Reports This Is Likely to Be the Final Australian-Built Large Rear-Wheel Drive Car to Wear a Lion Badge
VITAL STATISTICS Key new features: Reverse Traffic Alert which warns of passing vehicles when reversing out of spaces Blind spot alert to warn of obscured vehicles when changing lanes Auto Park Assist which effectively parks the car automatically,...
Money Laundering Arrest
Byline: Stuart Cumming stuart.cumming@thechronicle.com.au A 29-YEAR-OLD Toowoomba man has been charged as part of a million-dollar international money laundering ring, with links to Brisbane and the Gold Coast. He was one of at least 20 people...
More Mileage from Summer Harvest
SOMETIMES, the process of growing your own food is completely overwhelming. Not so much because of the work involved, which for the most part is satisfying and creative, but because of the sheer abundance that comes to fruition at certain points...
More Than Meets the Eye
A LOW-KEY front exterior doesnat give anything away about the size of this four-bedroom home. The 1960s-built home is set back from the street and has an abundance of bedroom and living space. Soaring cathedral ceilings throughout the home add...
Mortgages Cheapest in Years
LENDERS have cut interest rates for the most popular type of fixed-rate mortgage to their lowest levels in more than two decades, amid bets the cash rate will fall to a record low as early as next month. As Westpac cut its rate on two-year fixed...
Nationa[euro][TM]s Shock and Awe; A Land of Droughts and Flooding Rains, Our Nation Is Prone to Weather Extremes. We Look Back at Some of Our Worst Disasters
Byline: Vani Naidoo AUSTRALIAaS geography and climate make it a magnet for natural disasters such as cyclones, bushfires, storms, heatwaves and floods. That these disasters tend to be seasonal and successive doesnat help matters. We look at some...
New Dwelling Loans Up, but Cuts Needed
A WELCOME rise in the number of loans for new dwellings offered some hope for the year ahead despite a third successive monthly decline in home loan approvals nationwide, says mortgage broker network 1300HomeLoan. 1300HomeLoan Managing Director...
No Truck with Costly Toll
PROJECTS QUEENSLAND RANGE BYPASS BUSINESS CASE About 41 kilometres in length Four-lane dual carriageway from Helidon to Toowoomba Twin two-lane tunnels 695 metres each Proposed travel saving of up to nine minutes for cars and 44 minutes...
Open for Business; the Floods May Have Hit the Region Hard, but Businesses Are Now Ready to Open Their Doors Once More
Byline: Ron Goodman A THIRD flood event in as many years has been the reality for some businesses in the Warwick, Chinchilla and Laidley areas in 2013. Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland south-west regional manager Roger Gorrel said...
O What a Fun Week after Flood
THE University of Southern Queensland Orientation Week is exactly what student Heather McInherney needs after a chaotic start to 2013. The second-year Bachelor of Creative Arts student returned to the campus last week after watching her family home...
Paper Bag Holds Key to Escape from Drugs
REGULAR trips to Toowoomba Hospital to pick up his methadone prescription have been a fact of life for Michael for the past decade. For years, the medicine in that little paper bag was all that stood between him and the abyss. He continued to...
Performance Heroes Shine as New Brand Fights for Foothold; This New Trio of Performance-Focused Cars Are Sure to Build the Awareness of Opel in Australia, Grant Edwards Discovers
What matters most The good stuff: Remarkable grip and balance from the Astra OPC, refined Insignia OPC ride, supportive sports seats, Astra OPC styling. What we'd like to see: Automatic option for the Astra, more punch from the V6, more simplistic...
Plenty of Space in Rangeville
SPACE abounds in this generously proportioned family home, located in one of Toowoombaas most sought-after areas. The home is a short walk to Picnic Point and enjoys spectacular city views thanks to its elevated position. Set on two levels, the...
Queensland PGA Championship Round Two Scoreboard
CITY GOLF CLUB DAY TWO Par 68 -10: Cameron Smith (am) (Qld), Kevin Marques (am) (Qld), Brad Kennedy (Qld), Jason Norris (SA) -9: David Brandson (Vic), Jake McLeod (am) (Qld), Matt Giles (NSW) -8: Ryan Lynch (Vic), Michael Hendry (NZ),...
Rain Washes out Free Drug Dosing
THE move to cancel free methadone dosing at the Toowoomba Hospital ATODS clinic was not made lightly. It was sparked by rain damage to the dosing centre from the recent deluge that doused the region. The change will bring the Toowoomba program...
Regions Mean Business; Oswald Shrugged Offas Commerce Activityregains Momentumand Confidence
Byline: Ron Goodman Central Queensland BUSINESS confidence in Mackay, Rockhampton and Gladstone has suffered a bigger hit from the downturn in new mining investment than from the flood event from tropical cyclone Oswald. Chamber of Commerce...
REIQ Outlook
IT WAS my privilege to attend the Development Industry Reference Group on behalf of the REIQ this week which brought together representatives from a number of industry stakeholders. Also in attendance were the Housing Industry Association, the Master...
Scent of Home Gave League Players a Lift
WHISPERS agent had to chuckle when he heard of a Hong Kong businessmanCOs attempts to cash in on ChinaCOs smog-filled air by selling canned fresh air C[pounds sterling]from the countrysideC[yen]. It may have made international news, but our man...
Team Will Miss Lecturer, Researcher, Friend and Mentor
DURING his 23 years at the University of Southern Queensland, Geoff Wilson has been a lecturer, a researcher, a mentor and a friend. The senior lecturer in nursing said his last goodbyes to his co-workers in the nursing department earlier this month,...
Things to Do This Weekend
CIDERFEST CELEBRATE all things cider at the Spotted Cow today from 3pm until midnight. Discounted prices are sure to get the Saturday session going. The Spotted Cow is on the corner of Ruthven and Campbell Sts. Visit www.spottedcow.com.au....
Time Ripe to Slip into Festival Fun
Byline: Callum Bentley callum.bentley@thechronicle.com.au Watermelon FACTS The watermelon is believed to be indigenous to southern Africa The scientific name for watermelon is Citrullus lanatus of the family cucurbitaceae The word C[pounds...
TRL Classic Reunion
Byline: TRENT SLATTER trent.slatter@thechronicle.com.au REUNION 40th anniversary of 1973 TRL grand final Saturday, February 23, at the Federal Hotel from 5pm All Newtown and Oakey players welcome FORMER Newtown captain-coach Graham Tucker...
Volunteers Help with Clean-Up; Heartbreaking Farm Losses but Mayor Hails Aussie Spirit, Courage Shown by Region
Byline: Chris Calcino chris.calcino@thechronicle.com.au COUNTING the cost of flood damage to the Western Downs will take months to complete. Mayor Ray Brown has been trekking back and forth from Brisbane as he lobbies government for funding to...
We All Love Our Sunburnt Country
PROOF is in the meat pie a Aussies love to holiday in their own backyard. According to Flight Centre, Australiaas largest travel agency, the number of travellers opting to stay on Australian turf increased by around 15% in 2012, compared to last...