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elcome to the very first edition of Highfields Style! This has been a wonderful, exciting and beautiful transformation for our much-loved Highfields’ Own. We absolutely love the new look and new name of our magazine – and I am so grateful to the wonderful people who have helped bring all our creative dreams to life! This edition has certainly been one that I’d like to dedicate to the creatives – as such, it has been moulded around them. I am so excited to introduce you to The Hobsons (p8), an absolutely fantastic local Highfields band, who are being recognised worldwide for their fantastic sound. The Hobsons grace our cover this edition, captured by Theresa Hall Photography. A massive thank-you must go to creative geniuses Tegan Radford of Tegan Radford Beauty and Lisa Ciurleo for creating hair and make-up magic for our cover models. Our pages are graced with the talents of local watercolour artist Bruce Griffiths (p18), who shares his insights on art, inspiration and our wonderful area. I would love to hear your feedback, so please send me a message on social media.

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INSIDE STYLE 08 Meet local band The Hobsons 10 See the latest looks from Jendi 18 Watercolourist Bruce Griffiths talks art 21 Amy Manz talks getting through the cold unscathed 22 Finding your mummy best friend with Bindy Scott 27 Get the most divine DIY hair treatment

REGULARS 13 Delight in beautiful recipes from Decadence 33 Pick up some stellar interior tips from Home Living 39 Check out What’s On in the Highfields area 40 See who was out and about at Hampton Festival 45 Tony’s Notes, the Highfields property market and more 4

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Meet Brad Pike, Highfields family man and owner of Pristine Water Systems Toowoomba

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How long have you been in Highfields for? We have lived in Highfields for the last 14 years and have been running our business since February 2016. What brought you to the Highfields region? We love the community atmosphere, that you can walk into the shop and people will smile and say hello. It is lovely to live in a community that supports each other. How have you seen the region change since you have been living and working there? The region has grown so much. There are so many conveniences in Highfields now yet it still has that real community feel. What do you love the most about the Highfields region? The people. The generosity and the kindness of the people who live here, you couldn’t ask for a better place. Where is your favourite Highfields region hotspot? There are so many! I don’t think I could choose just one, but if I had to, Peacehaven Park is a beautiful spot. Where do you like to take friends or family members when they come to the area? Well The Chocolate Cottage is

iconic, so that is a given. We always try for a late breakfast sitting on the edge of the range, taking in the views and enjoying the food. What would you like to see for the Highfields region in the future? I would like to see plenty of parks. We have such a beautiful area here in Highfields and it is growing so rapidly that we need to ensure we keep some of the wonderful land that brought so many of us to the area. How do you participate in the community? I help out with my son’s soccer team and my wife is the manager for our daughter’s netball team. Last year we donated a prize to the state school to raise money at the school fair. I am also an active member of the Perseverance ski club. We love our local community and always try to use our local businesses such as buying school books from the local newsagent, using the local hardware, eating out in the area and generally ensuring that we keep our money local. These businesses are generally owned by mums and dads just like us that keep our community going.

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I’m with the band BY CLARE STANDFAST

WITH AN INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE TUNED IN, HIGHFIELDS BAND THE HOBSONS ARE INFLUENCING MUSIC LOVERS ONE NOTE AT A TIME

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heir album has been streamed in more than 23 countries covering iTunes and Spotify, and they’ve lived in Highfields for 15 years. With the sounds of alternative country, jazz, rock, blues and folk running beautifully through their veins, The Hobsons family band are making cohesive, breathtaking music — and the world is stepping up and taking notice. “It’s never been about fame or money for us — it’s about touching someone with music,” guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Gerard Hobson says. “People come up to us after a show and start telling us their connection from one of our songs — that’s humbling. “We could tour and drop everything, but that’s just not what is important to us. “Love each other first, then the kids, then the music.” The Hobsons are made up of father and husband Gerard Hobson, vocalist, wife and mother Judy Hobson, vocalist and daughter Georgia Hobson, bass player Mark Chalmers and drummer Harry Schneider. Judy and Gerard met in a local Toowoomba band, Common Ground, more than 20 years ago, and Gerard’s job as a high school teacher has taken them all over the state to places such as Cairns, Bamaga and Cunnamulla. Performing with their daughter Georgia and as a family has its ups and downs, but the Hobsons enjoy it. “It’s an incredible honour to do this as 8

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We feel privileged that we have been able to showcase our music here. — GERARD HOBSON

a family, but finding the time for all three of us to be in a creative space can be tough,” Gerard says. “We each have our roles and respect each other for who we are as people and what each person brings. “We continue to grow and learn and create — family comes first.” All self-taught through life-long love affairs with music, the Hobson family collectively agrees that nothing beats practice, rehearsal, organisation and belief. “When we’re sitting around the kitchen table singing and a new song pops up, it’s a surge of adrenalin,” Gerard says. “When we all look at each other and say, ‘that sounds good’ — it’s the coolest

thing.” While The Hobsons performed covers for quite some time, the last five years has seen a large focus develop on their original music. “I guess we don’t try and write and perform songs to a formula that sells,” Gerard says. “We like to think the messages in the songs are strong and tangible and the power of the girl’s vocals deliver the songs with the meaning they deserve.” With the elements of honesty, social justice, fun and humour intertwined in their lyrics, The Hobsons like to create songs that people can relate to. “It’s absolutely inspirational to play our own songs; seeing people react and respond to our music is awesome,” Gerard says. “There’s just a special vibe in the band playing our own songs and connecting with the audience.” The Hobsons enjoy playing at both small, intimate gigs as well as for larger crowds. They played at Hampton Festival in 2016 and 2017 as well as the Carnival of Flowers in 2016, Australia Days and the Mayoral Christmas Carols in Queens

Park. “There are many amazing musicians in this area — support local bands and live music... support original music,” Gerard says. “Every artist comes from somewhere, why not Highfields, Toowoomba or the Darling Downs? “It’s such a diverse area and the more original music is promoted and supported the better.” The Hobsons recorded their first album at Highfields Sound and Productions. “It was fantastic to keep it local,” Gerard says. “We feel privileged that we have been able to showcase our music here and use it as a platform to continue doing what we love.” Listen: ‘Don’t Look Back’ album is on iTunes and Spotify See: The Hobsons on YouTube Contact: Facebook page, The Hobsons THE HOBSONS WILL BE PERFORMING AT PEACEHAVEN PARK, HIGHFIELDS ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 FROM 1PM TO 3PM. August/September 2017

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HIGHFIELDS WATERCOLOUR ARTIST BRUCE GRIFFITHS CHATS ABOUT INSPIRATION, THE REGION AND THE BEAUTY OF MARRYING IT ALL TOGETHER

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or most of us mere mortals, if my brush goes its own way, it is because it was always meant to be,” watercolour artist Bruce Griffiths says. “There are no mistakes in watercolour. “If you think like that, you will loosen up when you paint. “Remember, this is fun. “If you stuff it up, and I have plenty of times, it is only paper — it is not a sheep station.” It could easily be mistaken as a metaphor for life, but for Highfields artist Bruce Griffiths, his passion for watercolour painting is all too real. With 15 years experience tucked under his belt, Bruce has been largely self-taught. “I said to my wife I would like to paint and she said, ‘why don’t you!’” “I commenced my journey as someone who wanted to paint, but with no real idea how to achieve. “Since then I have attended workshops that took me to a new level each time — my influences have been Robert Wade OAM, Greg Allen, Dave Taylor and the brilliant Joseph Zbukvic, all immensely talented and challenging artists.” Bruce attends a new workshop each year, challenging himself and developing his self-taught skills. He is semi-involved in the construction industry, which is often displayed in his works, combined with the sea and country. 18

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Bruce frequented the Highfields region for many years visiting family before settling here a year ago. “I love the relaxed lifestyle — half urban, half country,” Bruce says. “With its seasons, you enjoy the changing colour of our region. “It’s a perfect base for travel to all points of the compass and a home hub for my art studio.” With atmospheric tones and controlled colours throughout many of his paintings, Bruce values simplicity in art. “Our task as an artist is simply to direct the flow to where we want it [to go],” Bruce says. “Let it do its thing and then get the heck out of there — it’s as simple as that. “When it is all said and done my aim is

to create what I see and largely what I feel — the job of the artist is to deepen the mystery.” Bruce has predominantly exhibited solo across the Gold Coast, Yamba, Toowoomba and Crows Nest, as well as art demonstrations and art workshops. He also does art tuition from his studio, and now frequents art competitions and festivals in and out of the region. Bruce believes that you should learn from the best but still develop your own style, and his mentors include Robert Wade OAM and Joseph Zbukvic. “Both have forgotten more than I will ever know!” Bruce says. “Art talks to those who listen.” While there are a great many things


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Bruce can display through his work, he believes that it’s the conquests of marrying all the elements of a great watercolour — tone, mood, atmosphere, light, balance, colour and shapes — that make great art. “I am trying to paint what my heart feels and usually it will contain a story,” Bruce says. “You do not need a thousand made up colours — prime colours for mixing will produce many shades and hues suitable for your paintings. “The truth is, you will never completely master everything and that is a great challenge that brings you back to the easel each time, but in art, valour is best.” Bruce finds that his favourite

paintings are the complex paintings he has completed where he has challenged himself. “If they are still with me, I pass them by and shake my head that I actually did them,” Bruce says. “But, I love the stories that do not need an explanation sheet — they reflect most often mankind in some format against the sky or the sea, against the elements. “I am trying to paint what my heart feels and usually it will contain a story.” For Bruce, the importance and reasoning behind the creation of art varies with each piece. “There is an adage, ‘don’t sing cheap songs’, and so it is with art,” Bruce says. “If you’re painting commissions, it is value for money for your client that is

important — to create something that you are proud of and is worthy of sale. “If you are hobby artist, then just have fun, loosen the bounds and enjoy — after all, it is just paper and watercolour.” Bruce currently has works displayed at the Highfields MET Gallery, Tweed Ultima at Tweed Heads, some local Gold Coast eateries and Watling Art Services, Burleigh Heads. Visit Bruce’s website, www.brucegriffithswatercolours.com.au to view some of his works. Contact Bruce on brucengriffiths@yahoo.com.au or 0403 346 229. Contact the Highfields MET Gallery on 4698 7285. August/September 2017

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TALK TO US ABOUT TRAVEL BY AINSLEY HARDIE, MANAGING DIRECTOR ITALKTRAVEL HIGHFIELDS

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S I headed off to the USA recently, I sat on my flight to Melbourne and realised I had already travelled on trains, planes and automobiles since I’d left Toowoomba. Firstly, I drove from Toowoomba to Brisbane and parked in the long-term park at the international terminal, then took the train to the domestic terminal to catch a plane to Melbourne. Not a bad start to the day. At italktravel Highfields this is what we do every day – we talk trains, planes and automobiles, even boats. Talking travel is not just our job, it’s our passion and we love planning and researching holidays near and far every day. When thinking of your next trip, these are some of the ways we can assist:

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o here we are in the season of runny noses, horrible coughs and the dreaded nasal drip. Yep, this edition’s column is exploring ways to help us all get through the cold months relatively unscathed. Oh, and did I mention that hay fever season is just around the corner? Let me introduce you to the salt inhaler – and no, it’s not naughty. These little contraptions have been a godsend in our household over the past few years but not many people know about them, so here’s a run-down: Salt inhalers are just as their name suggests – a tube filled with Himalayan pink salt. While it’s relatively new in Australia, eastern Europe has been onto the benefits for more than 200 years. The salt helps remove mucus, bacteria

and toxins from your lungs as it has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. On breathing the salt in through the tube it cleanses the airways and brings the salt ions into your lungs to relieve asthma, allergies, colds, congestion and sinus.

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All you have to do is place the inhaler mouthpiece into your mouth, breathe in normally through your mouth and either exhale through the nose or you can remove your mouth from the mouthpiece and exhale. The important thing to remember is to not breathe back into the mouth piece itself. Now if you forget and accidentally breathe back into the tube, don’t stress.

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FINDING YOUR MUMMY FRIEND BY BINDY SCOTT, MODERNWIFELIFE31 BLOGGER

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and values you. I am lucky enough to have a friend like this. I met her in our ante-natal class before both our daughters were born, so we’ve been friends for about four years. In the world of mummy groups and forums, it is hard to wade through the judgment and 1000 different opinions on what you should and shouldn’t be doing to find someone who gets you. But when you do – you find your motherhood soulmate – it’s good. So how do you connect with another mum? You have to put yourself out there. It is almost like dating, you have to be out there. Go to the ante-natal class, playgroups,

mothers’ groups, accept the playdate invite. Sometimes you need to try a few different places before you find one you click with, but don’t give up. Find your person. She is out there and she needs you as much as you need her. Companionship is vital for parents, especially stay-at-home mums. We can feel isolated and out of touch. I feel it is so incredibly important to have at least one person that keeps you sane with the validating “me too” response and the camaraderie we often need in parenthood. Friends enrich our lives, but having a best friend during motherhood – she can be your lifesaver.

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KIDS LOVING NATURE BY ALLY MARTELL

The outdoors is calling — take the opportunity to get your kids outside and learn the importance of the natural environment

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oung children learn some of the most valuable lessons in life from the outdoors. Well that’s what I think, and I’m speaking as a mum and a former primary school teacher. It breaks my heart to see children endlessly cooped up in front of computer screens. I believe children should spend time interacting with nature every single day – rain, hail or shine. Even getting dressed properly for the conditions outside is an opportunity to teach your children about sun safety, warmth, rain and so on.

Here are my suggestions for helping your young children to learn from being in the outdoors: ◆ Go for a walk – around your garden or a park or in your neighbourhood – and encourage children to use their senses. Ask them to tell you about all the things they can see, hear, smell and touch. Ask them to recount these things when they get home. ◆ Spend quiet time listening to the natural world and smelling the air. ◆ Talk about bird songs and see if you can identify kookaburras and magpies.

Try and copy the sounds. ◆ Give your children their own little garden. Plant seeds and watch them grow. Take photos of them each week. ◆ Talk about different flowers and leaves; their shapes and colours. Trace around the leaves on a piece of paper. ◆ Encourage an interest in the wonder of nature, the colours and variety of flowers and insects. Try and draw them. ◆ Run on grass, kick leaves and jump in puddles as often as possible.

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ary MacKillop Catholic College is growing. Construction has started for stage two of the secondary section of the college. This stage of construction will create a permanent senior school administration building, and a technology building to initially incorporate metal technology, timber technology, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). The build will introduce an additional science laboratory, graphics room, textiles technology, and four more

general learning rooms as well as spaces to accommodate music and art. Stage two creates a second auditorium space with the capacity to expand over time to accommodate up to 1500. Its initial form in 2018 will be a shelter area incorporating toilets, change rooms and store rooms. In 2018 Mary MacKillop Catholic College will extend its enrolment to offer classes from Prep to Year 10. This growth will continue until the college will present its first Year 12 group in 2020.

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In the coming year, the college anticipates running three streams of classes for Year 7. This represents a positive enrolment trend as the senior section of the college continues to gain a reputation as a place of educational excellence. In such a competitive educational market it has been most important to create points of difference that would allow the college to shine when compared to other good schools. Mary MacKillop now boasts afterschool programs in drama, music, art, dance, as well as after-school homework classes four afternoons each week. The instrumental program that started 18 months ago now has an impressive 115 students taking individual instrument tuition. Once proficient with their instrument, students are invited to participate in various ensembles including guitar, wind, brass, string, drums and vocal. Community positive regard for the college has resulted in an unprecedented number of enrolment applications for Prep 2018. In order to be able to accommodate this demand, the college has sought approval from the Catholic Schools Office to operate a fourth Prep class.

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REMEMBER THE WINTER COLOUR SCHEME OF WHITE, BLACK AND BLUE

This can be done easily by buying a bird shelter, feeding them or – better yet – both.

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Keeping your garden clean and beautiful during winter can be a battle, as the cold weather ruins what you worked so hard for

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WINTER FLOWERS

A good start to keeping your garden flourishing during winter is buying winter plants that can thrive during

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FEEDING THE BIRDS

You can create a lively feel in your garden by attracting birds to your home.

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COVERINGS

The work-around: They frame your view outside and can dramatically improve the feel of a room, so it’s worth taking another look at ugly window coverings. “You certainly don’t have to put up with heavy window dressings that don’t work, block light or collect dust,” says Sara. “Removing these items and storing (them) carefully, they can be re-hung when you leave.” She recommends replacing unwanted coverings with some nice sheer curtains, hung with removable brackets – or even leaving private windows without coverings.

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“We would argue strongly that any commitment to making your space feel personal and homely is of utmost importance to your happiness, success and health,” says The Real Estate Stylist director Sara Chamberlain. Here are two of Sara’s top tips for improving your rental while treading lightly.

THE PROBLEM: HIDEOUS WINDOW

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CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS WEEK

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WHEN: September 15 to 24

WHERE: Highfields Pioneer Village Head down to the Highfields Pioneer Village in the Carnival of Flowers week for a variety of fun activities among their beautiful gardens. Enjoy some damper making, silversmithing, a whip cracking school, fire museum and transport museum tour, period costume photo shoots and craft lessons in the Village Hall. There will be extra trains running on September 17, 20 and 24. Billy tea and damper is available all day. Some of these are only available on certain days, so contact the Village on 4696 6309.

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THIS PROPERTY IS THE BIGGEST BLOCK IN THE ESTATE WITH A LAND SIZE OF 1575SQ M

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Welcome to the first edition of Highfields Style magazine. It seems that recently Meringandan is the local area hotspot. The last couple of properties that I have taken to the market in Meringandan have attracted tremendous interest and have sold very quickly. The main reason for this is probably that you can buy a home on a large block in Meringandan for about $100,000 cheaper than a comparable property in Highfields. The fact that Meringandan is only five minutes drive from Highfields and all the amenities that Highfields has to offer make it an affordable and desirable area that I am sure will continue to grow. Stock across Highfields and surrounding areas is still at a near all-time low, especially on the larger blocks. Hopefully this will change shortly as we approach spring and the traditionally busy time of year for real estate. Buyer inquiry in the local area remains strong with most buyers complaining that there is very little to look at. Rental stock is also hard to find with our current vacancy rates right across the area half what they were in January, which seems to suggest that rents look set to be on the increase very shortly. This will please investors who have had a harder time over the past few years. Overall our prices locally have been stable for a while now and are extremely affordable when compared to areas like Melbourne and Sydney where prices have skyrocketed in the past few years. It is understandable that families moving here from those areas can’t believe what they can get for their money and a 15-minute drive to work is a dream.

SPACIOUS KLEINTON PROPERTY A ppreciate the attention to detail that this modern lifestyle contemporary home has to offer. With nine-foot ceilings throughout, a dedicated media room and a large open-plan family dining room, this home is sure to impress. The kitchen offers a butler’s pantry, loads of benchspace and 900-millimetre oven that is sure to please the master chef in any family. The four bedrooms are all double sized, with the master offering a luxurious ensuite with double shower and a massive walk-in robe, plus a separate office. The north-east facing outdoor living area is massive and private. This property is the biggest block in the estate with a land size of 1575sq m and a drive-through backyard access

ideal for a caravan. There is mature established landscaping complete with a vegetable patch and a detached 6m x 6m shed. Only a couple minutes drive to the Highfields Secondary College and Village Shopping Centre, this is a truly remarkable home that is sure to impress.

KLEINTON Address: 6 Lockyer St, Kleinton Land: 1575sq m Asking: $629,000 Agent: Tony Franke Ray White Toowoomba Range 0410 540 005


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TRACKING YOUR EXPENSES IS ALWAYS AN EYE-OPENER

SAVING QUICKLY FOR A DEPOSIT ON YOUR FIRST HOME S

aving for the deposit on a first home can be exciting, but it can also end up being tedious and drawn out. You may want to speed up the process in order to save money in the long run and get into your new home quicker, says Loan Market. This does call for some sacrifices, however drastic measures won’t be sustainable. Before creating a budget, you’ll need to identify what you are currently

spending money on. You can use an app (such as Spending Tracker) or a simple notebook and pen to record purchases and income. This is often an eye-opening activity and will make it easier to decide what to cut back on. Free budget planners online (PocketBook is a great one to use) help users manage money and keep on top of personal finances. If it’s unlikely you’ll be considered for

a raise at work, you’ll need to think about other ways to increase income. Do you have items you no longer use that you can sell? Talents you can utilise, like teaching a musical instrument, tutoring or even dog walking? Airbnb is a great option if you have a spare room you can rent out in your current home. If you don’t use the car much, consider a peer-to-peer sharing scheme such as Car Next Door to make extra cash by renting out your vehicle. Speaking of vehicles, most households have more than one car, but is this vital? Selling a car will give you more money to put away, as well as saving the costs of registration and servicing. If you are planning to buy a home with someone else, you can motivate each other to save. Compare notes and have a friendly competition to see who can save more quickly. While saving for a deposit can be challenging, it doesn’t need to be stressful. The money-saving tips you learn along the way will always come in handy, even when you’re sitting comfortably in your new home.

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BUSTING FOUR COMMON MORTGAGE MYTHS Take the time to understand your mortgage and work out what your best long-term options are.

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ortgages are much maligned, often seen as burdens rather than the useful tools that they really are. But that’s just because they’re misunderstood, says Ray White.

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1. MYTH: YOU’LL HAVE ONE MORTGAGE TILL THE END

Busted: As of February, Australian owner occupiers held just over 55,000 home loans with an average value of $364,972, Australian Bureau of

Statistics data shows. That’s a rather large number so you’d be forgiven for thinking your current mortgage is going to be a 30-year commitment. But you’d be wrong. As market conditions shift, your income increases and your lifestyle changes, and so too should your mortgage. That means your current mortgage may only be for four or five years, and

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Monthly repayments are easy and convenient, but switching to fortnightly or weekly instalments could save you thousands or more in interest and cut years off your home loan. that you should regularly review it to make sure it always suits your current situation.

2. MYTH: INTEREST RATE IS THE BE ALL AND END ALL

Busted: Selecting a particular home loan purely because it has a lower interest rate could be a serious mistake. While saving a few dollars is always great, picking a mortgage that suits you and your needs is far better.

For example a fixed loan may have a slightly lower interest rate than a variable loan. However, if you decide to sell within the fixed period you’ll most likely be charged a break fee of thousands of dollars. Lower interest rate loans may also have less useful features that make your mortgage less flexible meaning they may be more difficult to pay off in the long run. The moral of the story is, don’t be blinded by a super low rate and look at the loan as a whole before making any decisions.

3. MYTH: REPAYMENT FREQUENCY DOESN’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Busted: Monthly repayments are easy and convenient, but switching to fortnightly or weekly instalments could save you thousands or more in interest and cut years off your home loan. That’s due to the simple fact that there are 26 fortnights in a year. If you cut your monthly payments in half and pay that amount fortnightly you’ll effectively make an extra month’s payments every year. A July 2016 Commbank article

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4. MYTH: REFINANCING ISN’T WORTH THE TROUBLE

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Highfields 6 Clarke Road 4

Spacious and Gracious Positioned in one of Highfield’s most prestigious &SUBURB sought after Property locations thisAddress quintessential family home is a must to inspect. Immaculately maintained & presented offering 4 generously sized bedrooms master with a beautiful outlook from the bay window. Open plan living & dining, separate formal lounge, complete with 9 foot ceilings. Simply amazing backyard that has been thoughtfully landscaped with ample rear yard access.

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• 9ft Ceilings Throughout • Private & Peverell View •Auction Entertaining with North East Aspect September 14, 2012, •Wednesday, Walking Distance To Major Shopping 6.30pm at two the Town HallSchools & Newly Centre, Primary View Saturday High October or Sunday Established School November Name Surname XXXX XXX XXX name.surname@raywhite.com raywhite.com/123456 0000 0000

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Highfields 23 Honeyeater Drive 4

Now, This is Living Located in the ever popular Kalimna Park Estate SUBURB Address sits this qualityProperty Gordon Burke built family home just waiting for you! A superb combination of formal and informal living areas allow for all the family to spread out.

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• Functional Floor Plan • Immaculate Presentation •Auction Quality Stainless Steel Appliances September •Wednesday, Separate Driveway To 14, 6 x 2012, 6 Shed at thePrimary Town Hall •6.30pm Highfields Catchment Area View Saturday October or Sunday November Name Surname XXXX XXX XXX name.surname@raywhite.com raywhite.com/123456 0000 0000

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Highfields 4 Ibis Crescent 4

Simply Delightful With Plenty Of Space Everyone is looking for the perfect home, a place SUBURB Address that meets the Property needs of their busy family as well as offering a fabulous back drop for entertaining friends. That is fuss free and easy to live in. Ticking all the right boxes this immaculately present home offers light bright interiors, fully fenced 1200m2 block & a great shed. With 4 bedrooms plus built in office, activity room complementing the bedrooms & a fantastic media room.

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• 3 Living Areas • 4 Bedrooms Plus Study •Auction All Bedrooms Have Walk In Robes September 14, 2012, •Wednesday, Immaculate Presentation 6.30pm at the Town Hall View Saturday October or Sunday November Name Surname XXXX XXX XXX name.surname@raywhite.com raywhite.com/123456 0000 0000

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Highfields 2 O’Davis Street 4

The Best In Modern Family Living This stunning family home showcasing the attention SUBURB Property to detail that will impress all.Address Offering 4 bedrooms with huge main and ensuite. Open plan family dining off the ultra impressive kitchen, plus a dedicated home theatre. Large north east facing entertaining with immaculate lawn and landscaping. Without a doubt this home has been admired by anyone who has ever driven past and now is your chance to call it home.

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• Open Plan Living • Butlers Pantry •Auction Home Theatre 2012, •Wednesday, Detached September 12m by 4m 14, Shed 6.30pm at the Town Hall View Saturday October or Sunday November Name Surname XXXX XXX XXX name.surname@raywhite.com raywhite.com/123456 0000 0000

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Highfields 1 Wren Street 4

Functional Family Living Set in a quiet and desirable street in Highfields, is this SUBURB Property Address very well presented and maintained home showcases a practical family friendly layout. If you have been looking for that family home that is both affordable and well located call today to arrange an inspection.

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• 4 Bedrooms • Open Plan Living •Auction Separate Lounge/Media Room September 14, 2012, •Wednesday, 809m2 Allotment 6.30pm at the Town Hall View Saturday October or Sunday November Name Surname XXXX XXX XXX name.surname@raywhite.com raywhite.com/123456 0000 0000

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Kleinton 6 Lockyer Street 4

Spacious and Gracious Appreciate the attention to detail that this modern SUBURB Property Address lifestyle contemporary home has to offer. With 9 foot ceilings throughout dedicated media room and large open plan family dining room. The kitchen offers a butlers pantry loads of bench space and 900 millimetre oven that is sure to please the master chef in any family. The 4 bedrooms are all double sized with the master offering a luxurious ensuite.

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• 4 Bedrooms Plus Study • Huge Walk In Robe •Auction Kitchen With Butlers Pantry September 14, 2012, •Wednesday, Largest Block In The Estate 6.30pm at the Town Hall View Saturday October or Sunday November Name Surname XXXX XXX XXX name.surname@raywhite.com raywhite.com/123456 0000 0000

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Cabarlah 5A Meharry Court This Is Your Deam Block This outstanding block is situated in the scenic SUBURBarea Property Address escarpment of Cabarlah, offering endless opportunities. A short 20 minute drive to Toowoomba, this block offers the perfect opportunity to build your dream home.

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• 3570m2 residential block • Close to schools & shopping centres •Auction Escarpment views Wednesday, September 14, 2012, 6.30pm at the Town Hall View Saturday October or Sunday November Name Surname XXXX XXX XXX name.surname@raywhite.com raywhite.com/123456 0000 0000

Sale Offers Over $299,000 Tony Franke 0410 540 005 tony.franke@raywhite.com


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Top Address At Affordable Price. Located in a prime Highfields location close to all amenities that Highfields has to offer, this executive brick home is sure to impress. Complete with wood heating and a large covered entertaining area. This home represents fantastic value for money and will sell quickly.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2012, • 2973m2 Block 6.30pm at the Town Hall • Space For The Kids

View Saturday or Sunday • Fully FencedOctober Backyard November • Multiple Storage Sheds Name Surname XXXX XXX XXX name.surname@raywhite.com raywhite.com/123456 0000 0000

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SO LD Meringandan WestAddress 17 Skyview Street SUBURB Property Secluded, Peaceful & Plenty of Space

Offering genuine value for money this large quality built family home is packed full of features. Set in a quiet street with an abundant supply of rainwater storage plus a bore. You will love the established gardens and the sun drenched north eastern entertaining area.

Wednesday, September 14, 2012, • 5 Large Bedrooms 6.30pm at the Town Hall • Multiple Living Areas

View Saturday October or Sunday • 4000m2 Allotment November • Detached 6m x 7.5m Shed XXX XXX •Name This Surname Home HasXXXX To Be Sold & Is name.surname@raywhite.com Priced Accordingly. raywhite.com/123456 0000 0000

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Serenity Is Yours

Take the time out to enjoy the things that matter with your very own patch of paradise. Escape the hustle and bustle, less than 15 minutes drive away from the Toowoomba CBD. Tucked away in a quiet leafy street in exclusive Highfields this home is perfect for early retirees or young families.

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Auction Wednesday, September 14, 2012, • 3292m2 Allotment 6.30pm at the Bedrooms Town Hall • 3 Spacious

View Saturday October or Sunday • Open Plan Living November • Enclosed Outdoor Entertaining Area Name Surname XXXX XXX XXX name.surname@raywhite.com raywhite.com/123456 0000 0000

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Brand New & Ready For You!

Built by an award winning local builder this luxurious new home features spacious living area & fabulous entertaining area. All four bedrooms are built-in, the main with large walk-in-robe & ensuite. Located in a great new estate, ideally located to capture all the amenities that Highfields has to offer.

Wednesday, September 14, 2012, • Privately Fenced 6.30pm at the Town Hall • 888m2 Allotment

View Saturday October Sunday • Generous Open Plan or Living November • Seperate Lounge/Media Room Surname XXXX XXX XXX •Name North Facing Entertaining Area name.surname@raywhite.com • First Home Owners Grant Applies raywhite.com/123456 0000 0000

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Kleinton Sportsman Drive SUBURB53 Property Address

Simply Stunning - Builder’s Own Home This home offers luxury & livability that simply has to be seen to be believed! Offering a generous open plan living with well appointed kitchen with massive amount of storage & bench space. Opening up to a spectacular covered entertaining area with a secure yard.

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Auction Wednesday, September 14, 2012, • Air Conditioning 6.30pm at the Town Hall • Security Screens

View Saturday October or Sunday • Rainwater Tank November • 6m x 6m Powered Shed Surname XXXX XXX XXX •Name Established Landscaping name.surname@raywhite.com • Separate Dedicated Home Theatre raywhite.com/123456 0000 0000

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August-September 2017 edition of Highfields Style magazine.