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Founders Lane and Balcombe Terraces set to inject vibrant residential living in Canberra

FOUNDERS LANE
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Founders Lane is set to transform the space between the city and Braddon. The development will create a new Canberra precinct, revitalising the area with upgrades to public landscaping and pedestrian access.

“Given the significance of the location of the precinct, we really wanted to make Founders Lane a celebration of Canberra,” says Kate Hulm, head of marketing for JWLAND.

“We want future residents and the broader Canberra community to feel a strong sense of ownership and belonging in Founders Lane.”

A bold angular design catches the eye immediately, bridging the transition between city and suburb. The first of two residential buildings in stage one was released a month ago.

“Founders Lane will be a welcoming place with a lively, village atmosphere,” says Michael Prendergast, head of development (ACT) for JWLAND. “We’ve designed the precinct to encourage a renewed pride of place in this part of the city through the incorporation of dynamic public places, community facilities, residential amenity and open green spaces.”

Inside, homes boast a sleek, modern design. Full height windows open onto private balconies from the contemporary kitchen dining area.

A large open-plan living area sits at the centre of homes, with a conveniently laid out kitchen.

Fully enclosable all-weather terraces allow residents to enjoy the outdoors all year round, with spectacular views over the city and towards Mount Ainslie.

A residents’ rooftop garden will provide a leafy retreat. The space is the perfect place to entertain and enjoy the views, with barbecue space and a communal residents’ garden. With Canberra Centre on one side, and Braddon on the other, homes at Founders Lane are within easy reach of all kinds of amenity. A true inner-city lifestyle is part of the area’s appeal, with lively cafes and nightlife. Some of Canberra’s best shopping and entertainment spaces will be within walking distance of these homes.

Homes boast double glazing throughout, Australian blackbutt timber flooring, Smeg thermoseal appliances, stone benchtops, Italian bathroom tile and rooftop solar panels.

Construction has begun at Founders Lane. The first two apartment buildings in stage one will be completed by mid to late-2019.

Address: 59 Currong Street North, Braddon

Price range: $350,000+

EER: 6.0

Agent: Jason Watson, JWLand, 0425366663

BALCOMBE TERRACES

The rolling hills of Denman Prospect stretch out from homes at Balcombe Terraces. Designed by DNA Architects, homes embrace the future of home technology while offering an enduringly stylish design.

Large living spaces form the focal point for homes, with an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area flowing onto a large private balcony.

These two, three and four-bedroom homes have been designed over two and three levels. Homes feature Ariston Appliances, 3Push home automation, 3Solar ready and 3GLAZE.

Denman Prospect is the perfect place to enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle, sitting along the Molonglo River corridor. A communal space embraces the natural beauty, equipped with barbecues for outdoor entertaining, while cycling parks and walking tracks are close by at Mount Stromlo. Denman Village shops will be a short walk away, with a supermarket, pharmacist, cafes and a medical centre.

Address: Corner of Eureka Way and Holborow Avenue, Denman Prospect

Price range: $479,000-$910,000+

EER: 7.7

Agent: Project marketing team, Instyle Estate Agents, 0413 038 916

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Famous match-fixing scandals in cricket

Match-fixing claims have dogged cricket throughout the years, with perhaps the most famous surrounding Hansie Cronje and South African cricket.
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In 2000, Cronje was charged by Delhi police with fixing one-day matches against India for money.

Cronje denied the charges, which also implicated some of his teammates.

But he was sacked just days after his denial, after confessing his dishonesty to the South African board. He acknowledged receiving money for “providing information and forecast but not match-fixing”.

Testimony by current and former players to South Africa’s King’s Commission later that year revealed that the allegations stemmed back to the mid ’90s and encompassed Test cricket as well as one-day matches.

Cronje admitted in his own testimony that he accepted money from bookmakers and that his “great passion of the game and for my teammates” was matched by “an unfortunate love of money”.

Cronje was banned from cricket for life. He died in 2002.

His teammates Herschelle Gibbs and Henry Williams received six-month bans from international cricket after pleading guilty to charges of accepting an offer to underperform in a one-day international in India.

In 1994-95, Australian cricketers Shane Warne and Mark Waugh were given money by a bookmaker in return for pitch and weather information on Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka.

Waugh and Warne said they refused to hand over more strategic material and the Australian Cricket Board privately fined the players. The issue did not become public until 1998.

More recently, scandal hit Pakistan cricket in 2010 when three cricketers were accused of spot-fixing in a Test match at Lord’s.

A News of the World investigation named Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir as members of the team who were deliberately underperforming at particular times.

The three cricketers were banned by the ICC – Butt for 10 years (five suspended), Asif for seven (two suspended) and Amir for five years.

Butt, Asif and Amir were also the subject of a criminal investigation and they, along with Mazhar Majeed, the man who bribed them, were found guilty by an English court of conspiracy to cheat at gambling and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments.

Butt was sentenced to 30 months in jail, Asif one year, Amir six months, and Majeed received a sentence of two years and eight months.

More recently, former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent was handed 11 life bans from cricket by the England and Wales Cricket Board after admitting to taking part in match-fixing.

Ex-New Zealand cricket Chris Cairns was cleared of allegations of match-fixing after an eight-week London trial in 2015.

Cairns was cleared of a perjury charge, and both he and his co-accused, Andrew Fitch-Holland, were found not guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Lalit Modi had in 2010 tweeted Cairns had been excluded from the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction due to his “past record of match fixing”. Cairns, who had no record of match-fixing, took legal action.

Cairns won his legal battle with Modi in March 2012, and was awarded costs and damages.

But when Vincent confessed to match-fixing in August 2013, he alleged Cairns was a cricket cheat to the ICC and Metropolitan Police. So did New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, in 2011.

Cairns was then accused of lying under oath in his 2012 libel trial win against Modi.

Vincent told the court Cairns introduced him to the dark art, instructing him to fix games for the Chandigarh Lions in the 2008 Indian Cricket League (ICL).

His role as an opener was to score 10 to 15 runs off 20 balls, then get out.

McCullum gave evidence that Cairns in 2008 twice tried to line him up as a fixer, once in a hotel in India, where he was in the IPL, and again in a cafe in England.

When Cairns emerged from court after being cleared, he said the British legal system had vindicated him.

In 2016, former South African opener Alviro Petersen was banned for two years by Cricket South Africa over breaches of the anti-corruption code, in relation to match-fixing during the 2015-16 season of a domestic Twenty20 competition.

CSA withdrew charges relating to match-fixing and accepting or offering bribes, but Petersen was banned for failing to disclose details of an approach to engage in corrupt conduct, failing to disclose evidence of another participant breaching the code, failing to cooperate with investigators by not providing accurate and complete information and concealing and destroying information relevant to the investigation.

Other players were investigated and sanctioned over the scandal.

Fairfax Media, with Stuff.co.nz

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Home of the week: Cottage style Queanbeyan home

A beautiful renovation has preserved the historic air of this Queanbeyan home, while preparing the interior for the needs of a modern family.
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Polished floors, high ceilings and period window detail preserve the atmosphere of the house, while the revamped kitchen and open-plan living space provide modern conveniences.

A generous open-plan living area sits to the rear, incorporating a spacious kitchen and lounge area, with a slightly separated dining space.

In the kitchen plentiful bench space, a double oven, gas cooktop and integrated dishwasher make for convenient meal prep.

A large backyard stretches invitingly out to the rear of the home. Established fruit trees, a vegie garden and trellis contribute a classic feel to the space, while a paved covered al fresco dining area is the perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors.

Back inside, four large bedrooms branch off the hallway. The oversized master bedroom boasts its own well-equipped en suite.

A beautiful main bathroom maintains the heritage atmosphere. The freestanding bath and classic fittings sit comfortably in the enormous space.

The home at 8 Park Street sits close to the arterial Canberra Avenue, and is walking distance from Queanbeyan’s central shops.

QUEANBEYAN

8 Park Street

4 bed, 2 bath, 2 car

Price guide: $690,000+

Agent: Alex Robson, Luton Properties Manuka, 0437 998 509

Auction: Tuesday, December 19, 6pm

Surrounding area: Queanbeyan blends the lifestyle of the country, with the convenience of the city. Just 20 minutes drive from Canberra’s centre, the city offers a full suite of amenity in its own right, including shops, schools, a hospital and award-winning parks.

Highest recorded sale in Queanbeyan in the past 12 months: $740,000, 29 Cameron Road, 3/3/2017

Recent sales:

$640,000, 33 Alice Street, 17/3/2017

$625,000, 19 Park Street, 21/04/2017

$570,000, 52 Thorpe Avenue, 09/03/2017

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Standing ovation for final sitting of royal commission

Joan Issacs hugs David Marr Witnesses from the Royal Commission into child abuse speak to media outside the commission. Photo: Nick Moir The final sitting of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse was packed to overflowing Thursday when Justice Peter McClellan walked into the room to a standing ovation.
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Scores of survivors of sexual abuse, and the people who supported them, were there – from family to lawyers – alongside the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and leader of the opposition Bill Shorten, applauded loudly as the commissioners took their seats for the final time in the Sydney hearing room.

The tissue boxes provided on the seats were passed around as Justice McClellan began his final address into the royal commission that began on November 12, 2012 when then Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced its creation.

Over the past five years, more than 15,000 Australians contacted the royal commission. Over 8000 of them spoke with a commissioner in a private session; for many it was the first time they had told their story. More than 4000 individual institutions have been reported as places where abuse took place. More than 2500 allegations had been reported by the royal commission to the police; many of them from private sessions. So far 230 prosecutions have been commenced.

“Many institutions we examined did not have a culture where the best interests of the children were a priority. Some leaders did not take responsibility for their institution’s failure to protect children,” Justice McClellan said.

Counsel assisting the Commission Gail Furness, SC presented a bound book called Message to Australia, made of messages from over 1300 survivors, to Dr John Vallance the NSW State Librarian, on behalf of the National Library. The book will be available in all state and territory libraries, and is a powerful testament to the trauma and tragedy of these stories.

But the elephant in the hearing room was all those who weren’t there. The absence of the many hundreds, thousands more victims of sexual abuse, who found peace from their endless torture “the only way they knew how by taking their lives,” as Joan Isaacs, one of the first to give evidence against the Catholic church four years ago said later outside the hearing room.

Those like Andrew Nash, who 43 years ago as a 13-year-old student at Hamilton Marist Brothers came home from school and killed himself in his bedroom. His sister Bernadette, who found him, and his mother Audrey were at Thursday’s hearing, they later learnt he had been abused by one of the six confirmed paedophiles at the school.

“We had no idea, no inkling, so today is an emotional day,” Mrs Nash said outside the hearing room.

Bill Shorten said a proper compensation deal for survivors was required but “that doesn’t give them back a stolen childhood”.

An Aboriginal smoking ceremony took place after the final session and the commission’s recommendations will be presented to Governor-General Peter Cosgrove on Friday.

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2017 a big year for Canberra’s property market

One of Canberra’s oldest homes ‘Westridge House’ at 55 Banks Street Yarralumla is up for saleCanberra’s residential market finishes the year with the third highest median price growth in the country, just behind Melbourne and – perhaps more surprisingly – Hobart.
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The local surge to $714,975 sees the ACT push through the $700,000 median price mark for the first time, helped, no doubt, by record prices being reached in a number of suburbs – from Forde to Forrest.

Allhomes data scientist Nicola Powell highlights a number of factors contributing to the stellar market performance.

“We’re continuing to see migration to the ACT as people exit markets like Sydney and Melbourne for lifestyle and value reasons,” she says.

“The market also continued to perform strongly through the winter, a time when sales have traditionally wound back.”

Dr Powell adds that Canberra auction clearance rates have also remained high, now eclipsing those of its nearest capital city neighbours.

The last word on the 2017 market probably belongs to the agent behind the ACT’s record auction price for a residential sale.

Mario Sanfrancesco, principal of Peter Blackshaw Manuka, is still keeping mum on the settled price of 55 Banks Street, Yarralumla.

It is believed, however, that the 1928 Westridge House on nearly two hectares of prime land sold for more than $6 million. It was a good month for the Manuka agent, who also sold a Forrest home for $6 million in an off-market sale.

“The inner south continues to set the benchmark for Canberra property prices,” he says.

“It’s an aspirational area that draws buyers from interstate, surrounding suburbs and even upgraders from within.”

THE YEAR THAT WASPrices soar. Canberra’s median freestanding house price jumped by 9.1 per cent during 2017, ranking the ACT as the third fastest rising market in Australia behind Melbourne and Hobart.Records tumble. The $6 million mark was hit by an off-market sale in Forrest and surpassed by the sale of Westridge House, Yarralumla, which sits on nearly two hectares of prime land.Inner south stars. The inner south has helped propel prices through tightened supply leading to heightened competition from upgraders and new arrivals from Sydney and other markets. Narrabundah offers entry-level opportunities.

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