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ULTIMATE September, 2019

Issue 11

A MODERN ICON Stunning residence in the heart of Dalby Page 5

LIVING ROOM INSPIRATION Our top tips to combine functionality and impeccable design Page 22

Real Estate and Renovators Guide



CONTACT US COVER: 86 Condamine Street, Dalby. Listed with Fitzsimmons Real Estate. For further information on the property, turn to Page 5. Advertising Sales: Phone 07 4672 9902 DALBY Nicole McDougall E: Nicole.mcdougall@dalbyherald.com.au CHINCHILLA Erika Brayshaw E: erika.brayshaw@chinchillanews.com.au ROMA, ST GEORGE, CHARLEVILLE Greg Latta E: greg.latta@westernstarnews.com GENERAL MANAGER Erika Brayshaw E; Erika.brayshaw@chinchillanews.com.au EDITOR: Carmen Miller E: carmen.miller@thechronicle.com.au DESIGNER: Haylee Thomas E:Haylee.Thomas@chinchillanews.com.au

Carmen Miller Journalist

RECENT studies have shown that one in nine Australian families suffer from housing affordability stress. And while this statistic is alarming, it is not at all surprising given the recent rise in cost-of-living and the fact that Brisbane’s median house price currently sits around $563,000. Dual-income families or partners with multiple jobs between them has become the norm in the 21st century however, this pressure-cooker lifestyle is certainly not for everyone. Looking outside the realms of our capital city and the story reads very differently. Relaxed lifestyles are being enjoyed, wholesome upbringings are considered a key focus and space and freedom are everyday luxuries. And this is due in no small part to the incredible affordability of our fantastic regions out west and the lifestyle the lack of such stresses allows. Realestate.com.au notes the median house price for homes sold in Dalby last year was $245,000 and Chinchilla an incredible $190,000. These are bustling towns boasting first-class health and education facilities, yet offer the space and freedom of the Australia of old. It is easy to feel that the great Australian dream of one day owning your own home is now a mere fantasy however, by making the tree-change this dream is not only possible but extremely achievable. Western Queensland is on the brink of a resurgence thanks to new and pending approvals for further development in the renewable energy and coal seam gas sectors and for those looking to get their finger in the pie, relocating to the west has never been a better option. Add to this the recently completed Second Range Crossing and the Western Downs and surrounding towns are now more accessible than ever. This edition covers some of the fantastic properties currently on the market and encapsulates all that these incredible regions have to offer. We speak with experts in the real estate game to discuss the current state-of-play for specific regional markets and provide a snapshot of what this relaxed rural lifestyle provides. Our renovation section once again delivers, with this edition specifically focused on creating a living room that is as functional as it is striking. All of this and more in our jam-packed 11th edition of the Ultimate Real Estate Guide. Enjoy! — Carmen Miller

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PAGE 03 : DISCOVER DALBY For a mix of city and country life, look no further than Dalby. PAGE 06 : CHINCHILLA THRIVES Chinchilla is the ultimate destination for relaxed family living. PAGE 12 : MILES HAS IT ALL Enjoy all this great place has to offer. PAGE 14 : TARA SHINES Housing affordability makes this region extremely enticing. PAGE 16 : ROMA WOWS Industry and development make Roma the perfect place to relocate PAGE 20 : CAPTIVATING CHARLEVILLE AND ST GEORGE The Murweh Region and Balonne district hold immense potential for family friendly living. PAGE 22 : LIVING ROOM SUCCESS Top tips for the budding home renovator.

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ESCAPE THE CITY Dalby offers the best of both worlds; a country feel with city conveniences.

WHEN it comes to choosing the perfect destination to raise a family, there are many factors one must consider. Schooling and a family friendly atmosphere have always played a key role in the decision-making process however, thanks to the rising cost of living and a renewed appreciation for the simpler times, housing affordability has nudged its way further up the list. With recent studies showing that one in nine households in Australia is seriously affected by housing affordability stress, taking into account the flow-on effects of a mortgage that is difficult to manage has never been more paramount. The median house price in Dalby last year was $245,000 and according to Andrew Fitzsimmons of Fitzsimmons Real Estate – this highlights one of the greatest draw-cards of the region. "Housing affordability and just overall affordability in general in Dalby is a huge enticer," Mr Fitzsimmons said. "Cost of living is so much cheaper here than the cities and you can enjoy a great lifestyle. "Add to that the fact you have no traffic issues and can get from A to B really quickly and life can really just be so easy." Mr Fitzsimmons also spoke to the location of the town, safe environment and great schooling on offer. "When living in Dalby you get to enjoy a different way of life with a lot less stress but still only live three hours from the coast. "It’s a good place to raise a family and I think that anyone who has got kids feels it is a nice safe environment." Another key attraction of the region that Mr Fitzsimmons said couldn't be undersold was the amount of activity currently taking place in the CSG, renewable energy and agribusiness sectors and the large-scale developments recently completed and those that could potentially be in the pipeline in years to come. “With the second range crossing, people can come straight up through the bypass and Dalby is a natural stopping point if coming from Brisbane and the coast to stretch your legs,” he said. “Our position in relation to Wellcamp and Charlton West and the inland rail could potentially see some things come

our way and add to that the re-zoned land for high impact industrial use and that may attract some large-scale businesses our way. “All of these things need to be kept in mind. “They just might further open the doors up to Dalby for more industry.” In a 2018 report from real estate experts from hotspotting.com.au, Dalby ranked in the top 50 “super charged” places in the country to buy homes. It was noted that the close proximity to Brisbane and affordable housing prices had made Dalby rocket on to the list. And while real estate is definitely proving quite the winning formula for the unassuming town of Dalby, it is certainly not all this wonderful place has to offer. Dalby has a bustling sports scene with rugby league, rugby union, soccer, cricket, lawn bowls, croquet, golf, Australian Rules football, and tennis among the sports represented. The gateway to the Surat Basin, Dalby has grown over the past decade along with the development of rich coal and gas fields in the area. This population impetus has seen Dalby grow into the modern city it is today, offering up-to date essential services which include hospital and ambulance, private and state schools, agricultural college, TAFE, a newspaper, an aerodrome and churches. The Dalby Hospital is the town’s primary facility looking after residents’ well-being. Situated on Hospital Rd, the hospital offers a range of services including surgical, pathology, palliative care, aged care and maternity care. Also available at the hospital is medical imaging, physiotherapy, speech pathology and social workers. Modern leisure facilities including an aquatic and fitness centres, racecourse — which hosts 12 meetings a year — art galleries, a good range of retail shops, mall shopping, cinemas and a civic centre all add to the town’s advantages. With a choice of several cafes and coffee shops, seven pubs and two bowls clubs, you never want for anything in Dalby.

BUSTLING: Dalby boasts a fantastic sports scene, pictured in the lineout are George Andreas (left) of Toowoomba Bears and Zac Storey of Dalby Wheatman in Downs Rugby Risdon Cup round two rugby union at Heritage Oval, Saturday, March 30, 2019. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

STUNNING SCENERY: Rural views in Dalby are simply breathtaking PHOTO: MONIQUE WOOLLEY

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86 Condamine Street, Dalby


Rarely do properties of this quality, or locations as sought after as this become available, here you have both, as well as awesome “Street Appeal”. This striking, executive residence represents “Excellent Real Estate”. Featuring: • Excellent foundations - suspended concrete floor on piers. • Quality construction by highly regarded local builder. • Around 2025 years old. • 4 x Large built-in bedrooms (2 x Downstairs have ensuites) • Ducted, reverse cycle air conditioning (Daikin). • Separate, large formal living room (2 x bay windows, rev cycle a/c). • Polished Tasmanian Oak floors in casual living areas, kitchen and hallways. • Separate, built-in office off front entry (Bay window). • Modern, functional kitchen with quality appliances and fit out, St George double oven, dishwasher, Caesar-stone bench tops, 2 pack doors. • Quality floor covers throughout, plenty of storage. • Impressive, central, internal staircase to upstairs bedrooms and bathroom. • Plantation shutters on many windows, ceiling fans, gas heater points. • 2 x Modern ensuites (heated towel rails), large showers • Upstairs bathroom has separate bath and large shower, separate toilet. • Covered entry patios at front and side • Alarm system. • Stamped concrete, pergola area, driveway and pathways around house • Double lock-up garage (auto door). • Bore • Rainwater tank • Shady, established yard and gardens • 1052m2 Allotment. It would be difficult to find a more convenient location - walk to shops, schools, churches, park, all on concrete pathways. Make your own piece of Dalby’s history in this landmark property.

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STUNNING SCENERY: The Chinchilla Weir is a much-loved part of the region.


CHINCHILLA CALLS With opporunity knocking and affordable housing on offer, Chinchilla is a great place to call home. CHINCHILLA has long been considered the heartbeat of the Western Downs and thanks to developments in recent years, this sentiment has only strengthened. The approved expansion at Cameby Downs coal mine, the $48 million Baking Board solar farm and a general confidence in industry is adding to the allure of the already desirable Chinchilla region. And when it comes to considering the area from a real estate perspective, Warren Barker from Landmark Chinchilla feels there’s never been a better time to consider a relocation to the town. “Confidence in the job market and surrounding industries are bouncing back after the down turn,” Mr Barker said. “There’s a fair bit of a buyer activity at the moment which is always a good sign.” Boasting a median house price of $190,000, compared to Brisbane’s median house price of $552,000, it is easy to see why people are looking to escape the stresses of the city and make a

family-focused tree change. “Affordability in the town at the moment to where we were about five to six years ago is a huge draw-card,” he said. “Making market predictions is always hard however, we’ve hit bottom so in any case, we should be upwards. And while Mr Barker feels affordable real estate alone could be enough to send people knocking, he feels Chinchilla has come along in leaps and bounds in the past decade and the town is all the better for it. “The Christian school has gone from strength to strength and the education on offer really is first class,” he said. “The Botanical gardens are incredible, I really can’t give enough wraps to the council on that. “It will be a central part of town and is just a great place for kids and family to hang out.”

COMMUNITY FUN: Melon skiing at the 2019 Chinchilla Melon Festival PHOTO: DYLAN CRAWFORD

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WINDMILL GARDENS • Beautifully maintained lawns & gardens for you to relax in and enjoy • Inground pool • Lovely entertainment area with BBQ and outdoor furnishings • Friendly community life • Regular activities in the community centre • 20 Modern spacious 2 bedroom villas • Close to all major facilities • All you could want and much more


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Each unit ranges in size from 165 Sqm to 169 Sqm. Currently the Chinchilla market has limited rentals available and these units are all currently rented.

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• Near new modern complex of 4 units has loads to offer. A brick complex built in a straight line and each unit boasts 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a study nook and double car lockable garages. • Stylish kitchens with electric appliances and dishwashers. • The living area has a reverse cycle air conditioner. • Double car garage with laundry and storage and internal access. • Under roof tiled alfresco / patio and privately fenced court yards. • Boasting 3 bedrooms with split system air conditioning and fans, all with built in robes.


• A brick complex built as 2 sets of duplexes with each unit boasting 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. • Units 1 and 2 have a study nook and double car lockable garages. • Units 3 and 4 have single car lockable garage and huge alfresco areas. • Stylish kitchens with electric appliances and dishwashers. Under roof tiled alfresco / patio and privately fenced court yards. • Boasting 3 bedrooms with split system air conditioning and fans, all with built in robes.


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MILES SHINES Discover a relaxed lifestyle in beautiful Miles.

GIVEN the fast pace of life in the 21st century — now, more than ever — families are looking to escape the rat-race of city living and relocate to a place where their children can run free and enjoy the simplicities of life. One such place which offers this particular lifestyle and so much more is Miles. From the down-to-earth locals, through to the community-spirited nature of the region — there is just so much to love about the place. And given the position Miles currently finds itself in, it seems the benefits of a relocation to the town go far beyond the community itself. According to realestate.com.au, the median house price in Miles last year was $127,500. One cannot underestimate the lifestyle and freedom that can be afforded with a manageable mortgage, or better yet, realising the dream of home ownership. When it comes to looking at the town through the lens of investment, houses in Miles rent out for $220 per week with an annual rental yield of 9.0% and units rent for $180 per week. with a rental yield of 5.9%. A relocation to this part of Queensland not only makes sense for your family but for your finances. Another major draw-card of the beautiful town of Miles is the fantastic schooling options on offer. As well as Miles’ own state school, the area also boasts thriving state schools at

MUCH LOVED: Miles Historical Village and Museum is a key part of the wonderful community that make up Miles PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Drillham, Dulacca, Condamine, Wandoan and Taroom. In 2013 Miles State School became one of Queensland’s first Independent Public Schools. A trial program for a period of four years, the Independent Public School initiative aims to increase autonomy in decision making, cut red tape and remove layers of management to improve outcomes for students. The move has already seen great success amongst students in the region. After completing their schooling with a tight-knit group of friends at primary school, many students go on to study at Miles State High School. A jewel in the school’s crown is the state-of-the-art Trade Training Centre. The Miles High Training Centre provides a range of quality trade training opportunities for students in the areas of engineering and furnishings. Students in the centre work on projects that are used within the wider Miles community with quality projects ranging from picnic tables and seating that will be used in local estates, display cabinets for the Miles Historical Village and a range of products for other local organisations. Offering an environment for your family to grow and thrive, Miles combines first-class education with the spoils of a relaxed country lifestyle. Add to that the incredible affordability of the region and it is easy to see why Miles stacks up as a great place to raise a family.

COOMUNITY SPIRIT:l Dogwood Crossing in Miles is the cultural heart of the community and brings arts and culture to the greater Western Downs. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

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COMMUNITY SPIRIT: The 2019 Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races.



Tara boasts great, community-minded people. TARA has a population of 2,300 people and is situated two hours drive from Toowoomba. And when it comes to housing affordability on the Western Downs, you cannot go past the town of Tara. The median house price in Tara last year was $73,000. There is currently 305 properties in the area for sale. And while Tara has plenty to its name, it is the community’s pride in their public spaces that really captivates. Tara’s main event, the biennial Festival of Culture and Camel Races, draws a good crowd every year. As the name suggests, the festival of local culture and roaming entertainment is supplemented by camel racing, an unusual sport that some feel passionately about. There are typically dozens of public fund-raising events occurring throughout the year, which can be an excellent opportunity to make new friends. Long term the town is sustained by

wheat, beef and some wool production, and the contribution of coal seam gas contractors. Tara offers an affordable, outback lifestyle with some great fishing opportunities. Telstra is the dominant phone provider in the Tara region due to the town’s distance from the Warrego Highway Popular among locals and visitors alike, the Tara Lagoon’s walkway and recreational grounds are in the early stages of being transformed into a vibrant space for everyone to soak in and enjoy all Tara has to offer. When it comes to education, Tara delivers in the department too. Tara Shire State College has been acknowledged as one of Queensland’s 60 ‘top improvers’. With first-class education and community-spirit which rivals any town, you cannot go past Tara for a wholesome country lifestyle situated so close to major cities.

Early morning fog at Tara Lagoon.


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Where opportunity and lifestyle combine.

GROWTH and development has been the

name of the game for Roma over the years and with continued interest in the region, there is a confidence in industry and what the great town of Roma can offer those looking to relocate. Roma and the Maranoa have been and remain a hub for economic activity and growth in Regional Queensland. The Roma Saleyards is the largest cattle selling centre in Australia, a long-time attractor to the region. With new developments in both the private and government sectors happening all over the Maranoa, steady growth is a certainty. People looking to move to or invest in the Maranoa have plenty of reasons to be excited. Roma is in a better position than many other regional areas and key industries are all strong. The Roma Hospital Redevelopment is under way, which will improve services and facilities in the area. It is a great time to live, work and invest in the Maranoa. Roma is continually going from strength to strength.

Along with the strong business community, Roma boasts a great family friendly environment. After a long day of working hard, Roma residents love nothing more than kicking back and enjoying one of the many activities available in this great region. MARANOA PCYC For those of you looking for a bit of fun and fitness, the Maranoa PCYC is the way to go for all kinds of sports. Started in 2012, the centre offers a variety of different services, from badminton to basketball to boxing and everything in between. COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE Looking for something to do with your hands? Why not learn a new skill at the Community Arts Centre? The Silversmiths Roma Group Inc offer a great creative outlet for people looking to broaden their skillset, whilst enjoying some time out from the daily grind. The silversmith workshops operate every fourth Saturday from 9am-4pm and every Friday night from 6.30pm at Studio 2, Roma Community Arts Centre.

Sunrise over the Roma Saleyards. POOLS The Denise Spencer Memorial Pool, named after the Roma Olympic athlete from the 1940s and 1950s, is open most of the year and runs classes and swimming squad for kids. There is also a water play park at the pool which the kids are sure to love.

PHOTO: NATASHA SMITH WALKING AND PARKS The Adungadoo Walkway, which takes runners and walkers along the Bungil Creek through the middle of town, has plenty of greenery, BBQ areas and the famous Yarning Circle, used by the Mandandanji people for special occasions. The walkway leads into the Big Rig Parklands.

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• Large 2 bedroom air conditioned units • Choice of plans • 24 hour emergency call buttons • Community centre for the residents’ use • Beautiful landscaped gardens • Friendly secure lifestyle • Shops, doctors and large variety of recreational clubs within minutes of the village • Taxi service available • Bus to Toowoomba – leaves from right outside the village

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Charleville and St George ooze country charm

CHARLEVILLE: Star gazing at the Charleville Cosmos Centre.


CHARLEVILLE Charleville has long been renowned for its fantastic Cosmos Centre and Bilby experience however, as all locals can attest to - life in this beautiful part of Queensland goes well beyond these two key attractions. Earlier in 2019, The Charleville Industrial Precinct was granted a $1 million funding package for expansion from the State Government and Murweh Shire Council. Such funding is a huge boost for the region and shows the renewed confidence in regional jobs currently being experienced in Queensland. Given this renewed focus, a move to regional Queensland has never been more enticing and thanks to Charleville’s extremely affordable median house price of $110,000, a lifestyle in this part of the state is not only enticing, but attainable. Discover a relaxed country lifestyle in beautiful Charleville.

ST GEORGE The Balonne River is at the heart of St George and sets the tone for a town that is as picturesque as it is liveable. The community spirit in the Balonne is a well-known feature of the region and locals lead a great, outdoor lifestyle with close-knit relationships. St George has a population of roughly 2,400 people and for any keen fisherman considering the tree-change, this is the place for you! Known as the inland fishing capital of Queensland, St George has no fewer than seven river systems traversing it. There is no shortage of fishing events to keep the family entertained year round in St George such as; Thallon Carp Busting Competition in March, Dirranbandi Family Fishing Competition over Easter, Dirranbandi Carp Buster in October and the annual St George Family Fishing Competition in September.

STUNNING ST GEORGE: Looking over the Balonne River with a magnificent summer sunset.


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MISMATCH: Renovation and styling in 2019 is all about mis-matched furniture and functional spaces that are as attractive as they are practical.


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12 hours a day, 7 days a week, with fully trained, experienced staff

Brothers Tim & Wayne Collie established the business in 2000. They have built up their business employing local staff, supporting community events and using local businesses. There Head office is in Condamine Qld and now expanding with a new Industrial yard in Roma Qld. From Condamine to Surat to Roma to Wallumbilla, we can meet your earthmoving needs.

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Toowoomba, 16 Stradbroke Street, 4634 2955 Bowen Hills, 9 Exhibition Street, 3252 0855 Ipswich, 10 East Street, 3812 0988 Mt Gravatt, 260 Newnham Road, 3422 2499 Chinchilla, 26-28 Carmichael Street, 4669 1300 Gatton, 8 Saleyard Road, 54624488 Look us up on the internet at www.kandrplumbing.com.au

Hot water systems, Vanities, Down pipes, Roofing, Toilet suites, Sinks, Bath tubs, Showers, Laundry Tubs, Tapware, Plumbing fittings & Plumbing systems


Come and see the experts!

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Red Soil Constructions is a building company providing quality expertise that has been servicing the Surat Basin and South Burnett regions for 26 years.

We offer no obligation free quotes, focussed on working with clients to best fit their needs, for residential and commercial jobs.

ContaCt us if you need a free quote on any of the following:

Metal reroofing/Cladding replacement & installation • downpipe installation & replacement roof insulation and Ceiling Batts • Patio roofs/design and construct

Phone 0447 440 548

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For more information visit our website www.redsoil.com.au | Email: estimator@redsoil.com.au or

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