The Wests Tigers always felt Mitchell Moses strutted around Concord with a sense of entitlement.
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Perhaps it was the result of hearing constant references to being “a superstar in the making” since the age of 16.

But at Parramatta, he isn’t owed a thing. In fact, it is he who owes them for taking a punt on a player many thought might never live up to the hype.

There were plenty who questioned Parramatta’s pursuit of Moses, wondering why Brad Arthur would fork out in excess of $700,000 a season on a player shown the door by the Tigers.

But those doubting Arthur’s vision have been wiping egg off their face for the past few months as Moses put together the most influential half-season of football in blue and gold since Jarryd Hayne shined for the team in 2009.

So how does a player who produced just two try assists in 10 games for the Wests Tigers this year then lay on 14 tries and 14 line-break assists in the following 13 weeks wearing another jersey?

“The Tigers were the ones that took his contract off the table,” his housemate and former Tigers teammate James Tedesco said. “If the club is doing that, it became obvious they didn’t really want him here.”

“From that point, as a player, that would affect you mentally and that’s why he wanted the change. You could see that he just wasn’t himself any more.

“You can tell he was just a bit frustrated. The way the whole situation panned out for him was disappointing. He’s said the fresh start over there was what he needed and he couldn’t be happier.”

Tigers fans criticised Moses for this perception he stopped trying in his final weeks at the club.

But interestingly, he touched the ball more and ran for more metres this season at the Tigers than he has at Parramatta.

Sometimes less is more, right?

In the past, Moses has been guilty of trying to overplay his hand. In his first three weeks at the Eels, probably with the intention of trying to prove himself, the Parramatta halfback touched the ball an average of 45 times per game.

Compare that to his last three weeks of football, where, despite only handling the ball an average of 29 times per game, Moses has still managed to produce four try-assists and six linebreak-assists.

Arthur is a big believer in making sure his players stick to the game plan. The right play, not the big play. On the surface, that seemed like a recipe for disaster given Moses’ track record of thriving when playing off the cuff.

He was never satisfied with the game plan imposed by Jason Taylor at the Tigers, constantly seeking approval to throw off the shackles.

Interestingly, Arthur is a stickler for structure. Yet Moses has flourished and finally found some consistency in his game. Maybe Taylor was on to something after all? But the constant undermining and lack of respect for Taylor shown by some must have filtered its way down.

Perhaps that sense of entitlement played a part. But there is little doubt Moses’ attitude has shifted dramatically since arriving to play under Arthur.

Parramatta officials noticed how wary Moses was when he first arrived to play at the club. He was scarred by everything that had happened at the Tigers.

If they aren’t already, perhaps the Tigers will one day regret the decision to pull his contract off the table. But had Mitchell Moses been playing this sort of football, he might have been the member of the big four they wanted to keep most.

“Me and Brooksy both said, ‘Do whatever makes you happy’,” Tedesco recalled of the turbulent period in which contract negotiations at the Tigers dominated the headlines.

“We knew we weren’t going to be as good as a team without him, but that would have been pretty selfish of us to ask him to stay for our benefit. He had to do what would benefit him as a player and a person, so we supported him 100 per cent. We said to him, if you’re not happy here and you think you’ll be happier over there then go.”

Earlier in the year, when it looked increasingly likely the Tigers would be fighting to avoid the spoon than competing for a top eight berth, Tedesco, Brooks and Moses organised a trip to Melbourne with a punters club in September.

Clearly, Moses won’t be attending now.

“Who knows, the way Parra are going they can make the grand final,” Tedesco said. “That would be a great success story from what happened at the start of the year to take them to a grand final.”

And if they do, they’ll be talking about Moses in the same light as Hayne, the man he cheered on from the stands as a Parramatta-adoring teenager all those years ago.

Low key exit

Still on the Wests Tigers, two of the remaining members of the big four will bid farewell to the club after Sunday’s Leichhardt Oval fixture against the Warriors.

The club wanted to organise something special for Tedesco and Woods, however the pair are keen on a low key exit from the club.

They have managed to win back plenty of support from disgruntled fans over the past few months with the way they have conducted themselves and are wary of how a big send off will be perceived by the supporters.

The club has repeatedly been told the pair is content on shaking hands and waving goodbye to the fans and don’t want a big song and dance made of their exit.

Eels stand ground

The Eels were hoping to open the 2019 season at the newly renovated Parramatta stadium. However that now appears unlikely.

The stadium may not be ready until at least a month through the season, potentially even mid-way through it.

There’s been some talk about the naming of the stands. It’s likely the Eels will retain the Ken Thornett, Mick Cronin, Peter Sterling and Brett Kenny stands, however they will likely be changed for when the Western Sydney Wanderers use the venue.

Moylan on bench

Matt Moylan has been named on an extended bench for the Panthers but don’t expect him to play this weekend.

The Penrith five-eighth hasn’t even been given the green light to resume running duties.

The club hopes he will be right for the first week of the finals, but that could be pushed back to week two if he struggles to heal quickly.

Dog plays fetch with unexploded WWII mortar Peppah looks proud with her find – an unexploded WWII mortar. She located it in the sand dunes at Anna Bay on Saturday, August 26.
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Peppah with her Birubi sand dunes find – an unexploded WWII mortar – on Saturday, August 26. The family thought it was an old car or bike part at first.

Peppah with her Birubi sand dunes find – an unexploded WWII mortar – on Saturday, August 26.

Peppah with her Birubi sand dunes find – an unexploded WWII mortar – on Saturday, August 26.

Peppah with her Birubi sand dunes find – an unexploded WWII mortar – on Saturday, August 26.

Peppah with her Birubi sand dunes find – an unexploded WWII mortar – on Saturday, August 26.

Peppah, the white dog, Brixton, the brindle dog, with Mischa Spring, 17, and Shenandoah Spring, 12, exploring the Birubi sand dunes at Anna Bay.

Peppah, the white dog, and Brixton, the brindle dog, with the unexploded WWII mortar.

Peppah and Brixton on the sand dunes.

Peppah and Brixton on the sand dunes.

TweetFacebookBrixton playing in the Birubi sand dunes at Anna Bay on Saturday, August 26. Later, Brixton’s friend, Peppah, found an unexploded WWII mortar. Mr Spring used Google maps to pinpoint the location of the mortar and phoned police about 4.30pm.

The unexploded military mortar, about 15 centimetres in length, was located in the dunes about 200 metres fromJessie’s Road in Anna Bay.

Detective Inspector Scott Parker, the Port Stephens police command’s crime manager, said Peppah and the family had a lucky escape on Saturday.

“There is a possibility it could have exploded in [Peppah’s] mouth,” he said.

On receiving the report of the mortar find, the Port Stephens command contacted the NSW Police Force’s Rescue and Bomb Disposal unit.

Rescue and Bomb Disposal then contacted the Royal n Air Force (RAAF).

On Sunday, members of the RAAF attended the location of the Anna Bay mortar provided by Mr Spring.

The RAAF completed a “controlled detonation” on site, which disposed of the mortar.

“It’s fortunate on this occasion that it didn’t explode when found,” Detective Inspector Parker said.

“[Peppah] is quite lucky.

“We remind the public that if you do find old military ordnance to do as [Mr Spring] did and pinpoint the location and contact police and we will contact the ADF.”

For updates on thelucky poochesfollow Peppah and Brixton on their dedicated Instagram page:peppah_brix

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To fashion lovers, Maria Sharapova’s comeback dress at the US Open was a work of athleisure art.
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To tennis fans (or anyone who perspires while exercising), it was a distracting chafing hazard.

The five-time grand slam champion chose a little black tennis dress adorned with crystals and lace to return to the grand slam circuit, an arena she left after she tested positive to a banned substance, meldonium, following a loss to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of the 2016 n Open.

It wasn’t just any old tennis dress made from miscellaneous pieces of Lycra. As Sharapova stepped onto Arthur Ashe Stadium she mirrored Princess Diana circa 1994, when the royal wore a black Christina Stambolian “revenge dress” to upstage Charles and Camilla’s affair.

Sharapova too upstaged her opponent, the second-seeded Simona Halep, in her first grand slam match in 19 months and won in a fashion that was as thrilling as her kit.

For her return to tennis, the star collaborated with fashion designer Riccardo Tisci and Nike, the sportswear brand which “suspended” her sponsorship contract last year after news broke of the positive drug test.

Her all black ensemble is a far cry from the preppy and crisp uniforms usually spotted on centre courts of other grand slams like Wimbledon. She chose black due to superstition as she won the 2006 US Open wearing a black dress.

“When I think of anywhere that I play, I want to bring a sense of elegance to the feeling that I have when I walk onto the court. That’s what I felt with the 2006 dress, and what I really wanted to relive in this dress is the moment of elegance and thinking of Audrey Hepburn and her classic Givenchy dress,” she told Vogue.

Coincidentally Tisci is the former Givenchy creative director and had previously worked with Nike for other projects.

The inclusion of “technical lace” and Swarovski-beading was Tisci’s idea.

“I said it would be fantastic for crystal to be a part of the dress … Crystals have never happened before on a tennis player,” Tisci said.

Tennis, fashion and Sharapova fans can buy the exact dress only from Nike’s New York store – for about $630.

Tisci also created a bomber jacket which is available for about $880. Liittle Black Dress for Maria Sharapova’s return to the US Open @mariasharapova @nike #nikertA post shared by Riccardo Tisci (@riccardotisci17) on Aug 23, 2017 at 10:58am PDT

There was a risk the new home of the Powerhouse Museum would not be a world class, architecturally beautiful building, according to a report prepared for Parramatta Council.
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Deloitte Economics was commissioned by council to assess the economic impact of a new cultural precinct with the Powerhouse Museum as the NSW government negotiated to acquire the riverbank site known locally as the David Jones car park.

The Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo. Photo: Louise Kennerley

The same analysis found the economic impact of a $500 million museum build could be as little as $106 million if international and domestic visitors did not come in the big numbers predicted, an upper house inquiry into the Powerhouse move heard..

“If that’s what you are looking in terms of economic impact,” Greens MP David Shoebridge said at Tuesday’s hearings, “it’s a pretty poor investment for the region.”

The number was conservative, said the council’s administrator, Amanda Chadwick: “That’s the stimulus on top of construction.”

Estimates by the museum’s founding director Lindsay Sharp, reported in Fairfax Media on Monday, that the move could cost up to $1.5 billion once capital expenditure, flood mitigation, moving expenses and inflation was factored into the decision dominated proceedings.

The NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin said the “cost to taxpayers” would be far less than $1.5 billion.

Asked if design compromises would have to be made to satisfy the needs of a commercial third party brought in to offset the project’s ballooning costs, Mr Harwin said it was the nature of such reports to look for risks.

“I have no idea why the consultant put that in the report but I’m very confident that it will be an iconic world class building,” Mr Harwin said.

Ms Chadwick said design excellent standards set by council and state planners would mitigate against any such risk.

Under questioning from committee chair, Robert Borsak, of the Shooters and Fishers Party, Mr Harwin denied the government had entered into any formal or informal agreement with developers around future use of the Ultimo site.

He was unaware the government had any contact or had begun negotiations with developers but took the question on notice along with questions around the value of airspace above the Powerhouse Museum.

Throughout the minister’s evidence the government continued to send mixed messages.

Announcing the purchase of the riverbank site on July 28, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian said: “Let me be clear, there will be one Powerhouse Museum in NSW. It will be across the river here [in Parramatta].”

But Mr Harwin maintained relocation would proceed subject to the finalisation of the government’s final business case expect at the end of 2017.

The business case would consider “all options” to deliver a museum at Parramatta including a “flagship campus” and “continuing a cultural space in whole or part in the precinct at Ultimo”, he said.

Labor’s Walter Secord calculated a $1.5 billion cost could pay to build two Sydney and five country hospitals.

Ms Chadwick outlined purchase details for the new Powerhouse site.

In exchange for the riverbank site, the NSW government had agreed to pay council $100 million for the redevelopment of the Riverside Theatre, $10 million for a pedestrian bridge, and $40 million for council to deliver cultural polices.

Ms Chadwick conceded a business case had yet to be prepared for the theatre’s expansion. Were it deemed imprudent the promised $100 million would be returned to council to be invested in other community priorities, she said.

The upper house committee will call Ms Berejiklian, the former premier, Mike Baird, and the former arts minister Troy Grant as future witnesses.

Auctions are becoming a more popular sales method in southeast Queensland but not all properties or sellers are the right fit.
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In reality, a professional agent and auctioneer will do everything they can to create “perfect” auction conditions but does such a thing exist?

Place Estate Agents managing director and experienced auctioneer Paul Curtain said a number of factors needed to be in play for a perfect auction but in essence it was about the buyer and the seller.

“A perfect auction is where a seller walks away feeling that they got a price that is a fair representation of market value or above and where the buyer walks away feeling that they’ve bought the house that they wanted ??? even though they may have paid above what they went there to pay for it, they’re still happy with what they paid for that property,” he said.

The relationship with the auctioneer was also important, he said, including how familiar they were with the seller, the property, and the location.

Another factor to help maximise the result on auction day was the auctioneer’s ability to handle multiple bidders as well as their negotiation skills, he said.

“Part of being a good auctioneer is theatrical but I’d say 20 per cent is style and 80 per cent is substance,” Mr Curtain said.

“The substance side of it is clearly your ability to handle multiple bidding. For a good auctioneer that’s pretty easy. If you’ve got 10 people bidding at you that’s like a kid in a candy shop. Related: Wilston suburb record smashedRelated: Auction goes $50k over reserveRelated: Auction battle for Wavell Heights home

“Inevitably, whether there’s multiple bidders or one bidder, when the auction actually pauses, you have to go and have a level of negotiation between your highest bidder and the seller.”

Mr Curtain said that while southeast Queensland’s auction market was maturing, about 80 per cent of auctions that he calls have to pause during proceedings to negotiate between the seller and the highest bidder ??? which wasn’t the case in Sydney and Melbourne.

Apollo Auctions director and 2017 REIQ Auctioneer of the Year Justin Nickerson said that a perfect auction was fundamentally about demand and supply.

“Any marketplace where you have a high number of buyers and an undersupply of property is generally what you would consider a perfect auction market,” he said.

“You want to have multiple buyers competing on the one property and they don’t have the ability to say, ‘If I don’t buy this one, I’ll buy another one’.”

In Brisbane, desirable locations such as Paddington and Highgate Hill were the strongest auction markets with buyers mostly having to bid at auction to secure a property, he said.

He said strong demand from buyers in those suburbs meant that they were perfect auction locations.

“If you want to buy in those markets you need to learn how to buy at auction. The same in Sydney. You either need to learn how to buy at auction there or you keep searching forever,” he said.

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has slammed a new TV advertisement by opponents of same-sex marriage as “total rubbish” licensed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The Coalition for Marriage’s debut TV ad, which Fairfax Media understands is due to air on commercial networks from Tuesday night, links marriage equality to sex education at schools.

It claims that in countries which have legalised same-sex marriage, “parents have lost their rights to choose”, and features an unidentified woman who says her son was told “he could wear a dress” to school.

A screenshot from the Coalition for Marriage’s new television advertisement. Photo: YouTube / Coalition for Marriage

The ad, which has been uploaded to YouTube and was authorised by Sophie York of the Marriage Alliance, does not directly address the question of whether same-sex couples should be able to marry.

But it features another unidentified woman who claims: “When same-sex marriage passes as law overseas, this type of [school] program becomes widespread and compulsory.”

Mr Shorten, who opposed the postal survey and its plebiscite predecessor, told Fairfax Media the ad was “offensive and hurtful to LGBTI ns and their families”.

“This is exactly what was predicted when Malcolm Turnbull decided to waste $122 million on a postal survey. He gave the green light to this rubbish,” Mr Shorten said.

“This is not freedom of speech. This is freedom to hurt. I just want to tell LGBTI families that they are not on their own. Most people know this is total rubbish.”

The Labor leader nonetheless encouraged ns to participate in the postal survey and promised to “campaign hard” for a “yes” vote.

The ad also drew criticism from the executive director of the Equality Campaign, Tiernan Brady, who labelled it “disgraceful and dishonest”.

“The people behind this ad know that the n people are for allowing all ns the right to marry, so they have resorted to misleading people, to pretend this is about something else,” he told Fairfax Media.

“Sadly, over the next few weeks, the n people will get used to this daily dose of red-herrings and lies, served up by a bucketful of cash. As the no side seek to divide ns, we will continue to seek to unite them.”

In a statement, Ms York said parents across “are speaking to each other about the impacts of radical LGBTIQ sex and gender education programs”.

She said parents had “a right to know how a change in the marriage law will affect what their kids are taught at school” because “the education departments won’t tell them”.

On the ABC’s Q&A on Monday night, Attorney-General George Brandis – a supporter of same-sex marriage – said any bill introduced under the Coalition would contain “very strong protections” for religious freedom.

But he warned against obfuscation of the issue by opponents of same-sex marriage.

“Let us remember what this plebiscite is about. It is about one question and one question only: should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry,” Senator Brandis said.

“That’s it, that is the only question the n people are being asked to decide.”

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The Canberra Vikings will be bolstered by the return of Wallabies scrumhalf Joe Powell, but a second-row battle will ignite the opening round of the National Rugby Championship.
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Wallabies rookie Izack Rodda is set to square off against the man he replaced in the Test squad, ACT Brumbies captain Sam Carter, when the Vikings play against Queensland Country on Saturday.

Powell, Rodda and Izaia Perese have been released from Wallabies camp and cleared to play in the first game of the NRC season.

Powell has played just 126 minutes of rugby in the past three months after being used sparingly since making his Wallabies debut against Fiji in June.

Rodda made his Test debut against New Zealand last weekend and the big Queensland lock beat Carter for a spot in the Wallabies training squad.

The individual battle will add spice to the clash at Viking Park as Carter fights to prove he deserves a spot in the n squad.

The Brumbies skipper was dropped despite a strong Super Rugby season, with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika opting for Rodda, Rob Simmons, Rory Arnold and Adam Coleman.

Rodda, 21, is tipped as a star of the future and didn’t look out of place when he was thrown on to the field in an intense Bledisloe Cup clash last weekend.

Carter is expected to play the bulk of the NRC season if he isn’t recalled to the Wallabies squad, but the Brumbies will monitor his workload.

Powell will be a massive inclusion for the Vikings and will be keen to use the game to impress Cheika enough to earn his first Rugby Championship cap.

The Vikings will wear an ACT Kookaburras heritage jersey to connect with Canberra’s rugby community, while the junior finals will also be played at Viking Park this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Brumbies have re-signed back-rower Rob Valetini despite the 19-year-old not making his Super Rugby debut this season.

Valetini will use the NRC as his launching pad to Brumbies duties next year after impressing in his n under-20s campaign.

But the teenager will not be eligible to play for the Vikings against Queensland after being ruled out for 19 days following a concussion.

Valetini was given a mandatory 19-day stand-down time because of his age.

The 113 kilogram versatile flanker wants to learn off David Pocock next season and chase his dream of playing for after moving away from his family in Melbourne to link with the Brumbies.

“I am loving life at the Brumbies and I am happy that I have the opportunity to continue to learn my rugby at the club,” Valetini said.

“This last season has been very enjoyable and I have learnt a lot. Moving away from Melbourne was tricky at the start and I had to leave my family behind to chase my rugby dream. But I feel like I have exchanged one family for another.

“The Brumbies is a very close-knit group and they have made me feel very welcome. I have made some good friends during my time at the club and I feel I am improving as a player every day.

“The coaching staff here is first class and we have a great bunch of blokes in the squad and just being around the experienced guys means that I am learning new things and how to be a professional athlete.”


Saturday: Canberra Vikings v Queensland Country at Viking Park, 3pm. Tickets available at the gate.

Dumped Wallaby Samu Kerevi is one of 12 players from the n squad who will be released by coach Michael Cheika for the opening round of the National Rugby Championship that kicks off this weekend.
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Kerevi, who had a game to forget against the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney, will get a chance to find some form for Brisbane City in the NRC, should he be selected.

Second-rowers Kane Douglas and Adam Korczyk have been released for City, while recent Wallabies debutant Izack Rodda and Izaia Perese may get an opportunity for Queensland Country.

Joe Powell (Canberra Vikings), Tetera Faulkner, Curtis Rona and Billy Meakes, of Perth Spirit, and Marika Koroibete, Jordan Uelese and Lopeti Timani, of Melbourne Rising, have also been released from Wallabies duties to play for their NRC teams.

A similar-sized Wallabies squad will fly to Perth on Sunday for their next Test against South Africa at nib Stadium.

Meanwhile, Perth Spirit captain and Western Force representative Michael Ruru says it would be detrimental for the code in Western if they were to lose their NRC side.

With the axe hanging over the Force ahead of next week’s appeal in the NSW Supreme Court, people in the west are concerned Rugby WA may be stripped of its NRC franchise as well from next season.

“It’s still a bit up in the air,” Ruru said. “We’ll just have to roll with it and see what happens.

“It’d be detrimental to the game if it wasn’t there. You’ve got these young kids coming up, aspiring to be footy players and playing club rugby with aspirations to play NRC ??? so if there’s no NRC squad there’s no real point to play rugby in WA, other than socially, because there’s no aspiration to go higher.”

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver, who will leave his position in the next few months, said having an NRC team in the west was “absolutely” imperative.

“We really want to make sure that there is the appropriate player-development pathway in every corner of the country, including WA,” Pulver said. “My own personal view is a Perth NRC team is a very important part of that pathway.”

Pulver later joked that when he makes an appearance in Perth next week to watch the Wallabies, “I suspect a couple of Western Force fans might sidle up beside me, so I can look forward to that”.

NSW Country Eagles Paddy Ryan said it would be a shame if the Spirit, last year’s NRC champions, did not feature in the competition in years to come.

“If they weren’t to have a Super Rugby team and the decision were to be upheld, I think they should certainly have something for the NRC,” Ryan said. “They won it last year, they’ve always been strong. If you asked a few of them they would say their Super Rugby success for the Force came off the back of how close the Perth Spirit team was.”

Players from all nine NRC teams were present at Allianz Stadium on Tuesday morning for the launch of the tournament, which will see a Fijian side added for the first time.

“The boys can’t wait to get on the field,” said Fijian Drua halfback Seru Vularika. “People back home are very excited. They can’t wait for the boys to play at our home ground. We’re going to play the Fijian style of rugby with plenty of offloads.”

2017 NRC round one fixtures (all kick-off times local)

Saturday September 2: Brisbane City vs Fiji Airways Drua at Ballymore, Brisbane, 3pm

Saturday September 2: Canberra Vikings vs QLD Country at Viking Park, Canberra, 3pm

Sunday September 3: Sydney Rams vs NSW Country Eagles at TG Millner, Sydney, 3pm

Sunday September 3: Perth Spirit vs Melbourne Rising at McGillivray, Perth, 3pm

In the market for a brand new property? Whether your budget is big or small, here’s two of southeast Queensland’s best new developments:ONE Palm Beach
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Have you heard of ONE Palm Beach yet? One of two sister developments on the Gold Coast by Velocity Property (the other being the sold out ONE Burleigh Headland), it’s promising to be one of the more luxurious offerings along the highly-desirable Gold Coast beachfront.

Just like the old auctioneer saying goes, they aren’t making any more land ??? and absolute beachfront is rarer still. Only recently a block with a 1970s house in Hedges Avenue sold for $6.5 million, which just goes to show how much value people are placing on the Gold Coast.

If Velocity had put up garden variety apartments on the beach, they would have flown off the shelves by themselves. But what’s on offer at ONE Palm Beach is a little more than that.

The luxury apartments are two per level so that means less neighbours and more peace and quiet ??? if you can hear them over the sound of the ocean. The units also promise to be eco-friendly, offering powerwalls, solar glass panels and natural cooling methods to save on power bills and the environment.

That’s not to say the developer skimped on the luxury features??? there’s marble in the bathrooms, marble in the kitchens, which also feature Miele appliances and butler’s pantries.

Every apartment has an ocean view, from the wrap-around floor-to-ceiling windows that take up as much space as possible. With three bedrooms in each apartment and anywhere from 170 to 250 square metres of space, downsizers won’t have to compromise much when making the move either.

Apart from the obvious beachfront location, Palm Beach is conveniently located near the Burleigh Village, which has seen a renaissance of cafes and restaurants in recent years.

If this the first time you’ve heard about ONE Palm Beach, you’d better get onto it quick. More than half of the apartments are sold already. Prices for the remaining units start at $2,195,000.

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On the other end of the spectrum, a brilliant opportunity to grab some land for a remarkably affordable price has come up, just outside of Toowoomba.

Essence Estate is a master planned community nine kilometres from Toowoomba’s CBD, with blocks starting from $149,900. Land sizes vary from 400 square metres to nearly 750, giving buyers plenty of land to build their perfect home.

Essence is very much a family-orientated development, with lots of emphasis placed on how family-friendly Toowoomba is. And it’s all true ??? the “Garden City” has graduated from being a “large country town” to a thriving regional centre, with lots of opportunities for families to establish themselves.

As a city, Toowoomba has incredible heritage and historically good infrastructure and education facilities. Now it’s beginning a journey towards becoming a commercial and retail hub.

The Wellcamp airport has provided a boost to the local economy and commercial developers are building a huge new shopping centre which will bring more jobs and options for locals.

Just a short drive in to Toowoomba takes you to those history rich attractions, such as the Empire Theatre and a variety of gardens, which presents plenty of opportunities to keep busy on the weekend.

As Toowoomba grows, more developments are beginning to spring up, giving buyers more of an opportunity to buy into the rapidly expanding regional city; Essence is one of the first to do so.

After you buy you have 18 months to build your home, which is subject to approval to covenant laws. That means that you can rest easy knowing Essence will keep the same look and feel for years to come, protecting the value of your home.

Interested buyers are encouraged to get in contact with Colliers International’s Brad Lipp. Click here to find his phone number and the listing on Domain.

The AFL Commission and league bosses could not reach a resolution on the expansion of the AFL Women’s competition at Tuesday’s day-long board talks in Geelong and have put off a decision on the distribution of new licences until grand final week.
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A robust two-hour debate broke up with chairman Richard Goyder and his commissioners instructing the AFL to do more work on the women’s format after refusing to ratify a range of recommendations put forward by Gillon McLachlan and his football lieutenant Andrew Dillon. Eight AFL clubs, including five provisional licence-holders, face a nervous wait of a further five weeks before learning whether their clubs will be handed licences in time for the 2019 season.

The hot favourites are Geelong, West Coast and a hybrid North Melbourne-Tasmanian team, with Richmond and St Kilda also determined to convince the commission their submissions are compelling. The Kangaroos had tentative plans to fly to Tasmania this week and hold a joint announcement with premier Will Hodgman had their push been successful, but that has been placed on hold.

Gold Coast, led by new boss Mark Evans, have also heavily lobbied to join Brisbane as the second Queensland team, while Essendon and Hawthorn – which did not bid last time – have put forward strong cases.

The disputes yesterday centred not only on the number of clubs and which clubs deserved licences but also the structure of the competition once the league increased and whether the competition would be played in two conferences from 2019.

There were a wide range of different views at the meeting with some commissioners and executives concerned at pushing forward too fast for talent to develop while others were strongly of the view that the AFL – having brought forward the launch of the national league by several years – should continue to maintain its ambitious expansionist strategy.

Tuesday’s talks marked the second time this season the commission has failed to accept a recommendation from its executive regarding the expansion of the AFLW. In May it instructed the AFL team to do more work on its proposal before capping the league at eight teams for another year.