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ULTIMATE June, 2019 Issue 10

SOLD AT AUCTION! 738 DARGAL ROAD, ROMA Expansive family home on 400 acres sells at Raine & Horne auction Page 4

RENOVATING Why should I “Future Proof” my home? Page 34

Real Estate and Renovators Guide



CONTACT US COVER: 738 Dargal Road, Roma QLD. Sold at Auction by Athol Cleland Raine and Horne Roma 0427 223 858. Advertising Sales: Phone (07) 4672 9902 DALBY Nicole McDougall Email: CHINCHILLA Debbie Phillips Email: ROMA, ST GEORGE, CHARLEVILLE Greg Latta Email:

Carmen Miller Journalist Thanks to the awarding of new resource exploration contracts in the Surat Basin, there is no denying that change is a foot in Western Queensland. The resurgence of the resources sector signals positive times ahead, and for anyone considering a tree change to the beautiful towns of Roma, Charleville, Chinchilla or Tara – there really is no time like the present. In this upcoming edition of the Ultimate Real Estate and Renovator’s Guide, we will preview some of the stunning properties currently on the market and show how you can treat your family to a lifestyle that is rich and fulfilling, whilst escaping the pressures and stress of fast-paced city living. Weekends at the Chinchilla Weir, evening trips to Charleville’s Cosmos Centre, Roma’s history-rich Big Rig and picnicking amongst Tara’s stunning scenery are just some of the amazing attractions such towns have to offer newcomers. As anyone lucky enough to live in this beautiful part of Queensland will attest to, there is something truly mesmerising about life on the land and as you will find, these regions encompass the very essence and spirit of rural living. And whether you are looking to buy new or try your hand at a little renovation, we certainly have you covered. Sustainable living is big on the agenda for many of us in this day and age however, deciphering just how sustainable your home is can often be difficult.

GENERAL MANAGER Erika Brayshaw Email: EDITOR: Jordan Philp Email: JOURNALISTS: Carmen Miller DESIGNER: Haylee Thomas Email: PUBLISHER’S INDEMNITY: The Ultimate Real Estate and Renovators Guide is published by News Corp Australia in Chinchilla Queensland. Those who make advertising placement and/or supply copy material or editorial submissions to Ultimate Real Estate Guide undertake to ensure that all such material does not infringe any copyright, trademark, defamation, libel, slander or title, breach of confidence, does not contain anything obscene or indecent, or does not infringe the trade practices act or other laws, regulations or statutes. Further to the above mentioned these persons agree to indemnify the publisher and/or its agents against any investigations, claims or judgements.


The stunning kitchen within 738 Dargal Road, Roma QLD, sold at Auction by Raine & Horne Roma.

In this edition we will unpack some helpful tips on increasing the sustainability of your living and hopefully help you save some pennies in the long term. Traveling further along the sustainability theme, we will also be delving into the idea of “future-proofing” your home and helping you ensure your house is prepared to cope with modern-day life over the next 50 years. All of this and so much more is in store for you in this jam-packed, second edition of the Ultimate Real Estate and Renovator’s Guide for 2019 so boil the kettle, put your feet up and start planning your blissful future in the regions which epitomise in each and every way, the very essence of carefree country living.

Picturesque tree lined streets of Chinchilla’s shopping district

Children enjoying the Miles Back to the Bush Festival which will be on again 10 – 13 September 2020. Image Courtesy of Western Downs Regional Council.

PAGE 3: ROMA Investment in Industry – Roma East gas field expansion set to create up to 400 construction jobs and help industry grow and thrive in the Maranoa region. PAGE 8: ST GEORGE Stunning St George – perched on the banks of the mighty Balonne River PAGE 12: CHARLEVILLE Tranquillity Beckons, with so much on offer, now is the time to explore and invest the intriguing Murweh region and learn why locals and visitors alike fall in love with this beautiful part of Queensland PAGE 16: DALBY Dalby ticks all the boxes, offering the perfect balance for families looking for a small town with big potential. PAGE 20: CHINCHILLA A Bustling Community – Chinchilla offers something for everyone. PAGE 24: MILES Where Art and Ag come together PAGE 26: TARA So much more than just camel races – a peaceful country centre. PAGES 28, 30, & 34: TIPS FOR RENOVATING AND FUTURE PROOFING HOME

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ROMA INVESTMENT IN INDUSTRY Roma East gasfield expansion is set to create up to 400 construction jobs and help industry to grow and thrive in the Maranoa region. THERE is no denying that for a town to succeed, new development is needed. Through growth and expansion, regions can flourish and with Santos’s announcement of the expansion of the Roma East Gasfield, such growth is sure to be seen in the Maranoa. 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 longtime drawcard for the region. With new developments in both the private and government sectors happening all over the

The iconic Easter in the Country street parade occurs annually in Roma

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. Record cattle prices and rain have meant graziers are doing better which brings trade to town. The Roma Hospital Redevelopment is underway, 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.

Annastacia Palaszczuk took time to visit Australia’s largest sales complex in Roma in 2018. POOLS

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.

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. 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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738 DARGAL ROAD, SOLD • 4 bed, master with ensuite & walk in robe. • Combined kitchen/dining area. • Ducted evap air-con & DLUG.

Athol Cleland 0427 223 858


• 4 bed set on 1024m2 • Modern kitchen with ample storage • Fully fenced, landscaped garden

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SOLD View Thursday 6:00 – 6:30pm Saturday 11:15 – 11:45am Auction Saturday, 24 February onsite at 11:00amm

• 400acres, 4 bed home, 5 bay shed • Mod kitchen & cold room, lounge & dining • bore, evap air con, stockyards

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• 3 Spacious Bedrooms • Bathroom with Shower and Bath • Open Plan Kitchen & Living • Verandahs on two sides of home • Established Lawns and Gardens • Fully fenced 769sqm block

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21 ivy Street, Roma • 5 Bedrooms, master with Ensuite & WIR • Double Garage with internal access • Spacious 989sqm block • Large open plan Kitchen & Living • Separate Media Room

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12 clearview drive, Roma • 3 Bedrooms, master with Ensuite & WIR • Open Plan Kitchen, Dining and Lounge • Outdoor entertainment • Double lock up Garage • Low Maintenance 320sqm block • Located opposite Park

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• Renovated with Character & Charm • 4 Spacious Bedrooms • Beautifully designed Kitchen, open plan with Dining & Lounge • Large back Verandah • Lock up Garage with air conditioned Office • Double Carport & Cubby House • 893sqm Block, fenced back yard

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STUNNING ST GEORGE FROM the moment you arrive to the time you leave, St George relaxes the senses in all the right ways. Perched on the banks of the mighty Balonne River, it is the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful Balonne Shire. Car weary legs will appreciate the two kilometre stretch of shady riverbank walkway flanking the town. Below the Jack Taylor Weir is where explorer Sir Major Thomas Mitchell crossed the Balonne River back in 1846 and gave St George its name. Better still, pack a few drinks and nibbles and jump on board a Sandytown River Cruise. As you idle down the middle of the river, sit back and enjoy the views and abundant bird life including pelicans, cockatoos and eagles. Book a leisurely afternoon cruise, fishing tour or full moon evening cruise. Keen anglers won’t be disappointed. The Balonne Shire has a reputation for the best inland fishing in Queensland, with no fewer than seven river systems traversing it. Settle in at the riverbank for a quiet afternoon in search of the great Murray Cod and Yellowbelly. There are also plenty of quiet spots to picnic and throw in a line like Beardmore Dam and Jack Taylor Weir. Some of the free community services available in St George include free electric BBQ’s and picnic areas along the Balonne River. Image Tourism and Events Queensland / Balonne Shire Council.

There is no shortage of fishing events to keep the family entertained; Dirranbandi Fishing Competition over Easter, Dirranbandi Carp Buster in October and the annual St George Fishing Competition in September. If country music is your thing then head to St George in the second week of July for the Yellowbelly Country Music Festival. It’s a great week filled with country music, bush ballads and other fun activities. There’s a range of accommodation options including caravan parks, hotels, motels or the St George showgrounds. If you would like to learn more about the local cotton and grape industry you can experience a Cotton Farm & Winery Tour in St George. Enjoy the on board commentary provided by local farmers as they showcase their fully operational cotton farm and vineyard. Afterwards, sit back and unwind as you enjoy a personalised wine tasting over lunch and entertainment in a relaxed country garden setting. You’ll have a whole new appreciation for the humble emu egg carved into a stunning, illuminated piece of art The Unique Egg in St George. Local character and artisan Steve Margaritus – or ‘Stavros’ as we know him has hand carved an amazing variety of patterns and scenes on each egg and has illuminated them. Down our tree lined streets you’ll find great coffee, gourmet delis, award winning restaurants and quality pub grub. And don’t miss a visit to the most westerly winery in Queensland – Riversands Wines. While away the afternoon with a free, personalised wine tasting at the cellar door followed by scones and home-made jam or a cheese platter and a glass of wine in their shady country garden.

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St George offers a variety of sporting activities and clubs, including football. Image Balonne Shire Council.

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TRANQUILITY BECKONS IN CHARLEVILLE With so much on offer, now is the time to explore the intriguing Murweh region and learn why locals and visitors alike fall in love with this beautiful part of Queensland. In today’s frantically busy world, taking the time to break away from the daily grind has never been more important. One such place which has the incredible ability to let you leave all your worries behind is the stunning Murweh region. For anyone looking to relocate to Charleville, memories of the “daily grind” will be well in the past as you soak up the peace and tranquillity of the idyllic lifestyle on offer in this beautiful part of Queensland. Charleville offers many great attractions. The Charleville Cosmos Centre and Observatory is one great destination, offering many great astronomy experiences. Patrons can view distant stars and planets through powerful telescopes, leaving you feeling a world away from the rat race. Attendees learn how to read the night sky, which is sure to ignite the fire of excitement in any budding astronomers. View the sun through a solar telescope, experience the interactive Cosmos Shuttle and hold a shooting star in your hand. For history buffs, The Top Secret WWII tour is an absolute must.

Find out what secret the Americans were hiding and be absorbed by the fascinating stories of history. Your guide will unveil an incredible story of the time when the world was at war and Charleville was at the centre of it all. The Top Secret WWII Tour is available daily.

For anyone looking to relocate to Charleville, memories of the “daily grind” will be well in the past as you soak up the peace and tranquillity of the idyllic lifestyle on offer in this beautiful part of Queensland.

And best of all, the fun in the Murweh region does not stop there. A highlight for many visitors who come to Charleville is the chance to meet the interesting and incredibly cute marsupial, the bilby. The Bilby is one of Australia's most endangered species and these cute characters can be visited at The Bilby Centre, located at the Charleville Railway Station in King Street between April and October. With so much on offer, now is the time to explore the intriguing Murweh region and learn why locals and visitors alike fall in love with this beautiful part of Queensland.

Charleville is home to a fully functioning airport with regular flights to and from Brisbane, Roma and Toowoomba.

A Cute and endangered Bilby in Charleville. You can have your own up close Bilby experience in Charleville, the Bilby capital of Australia at the Historic Railway station, King St Charleville.

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SALE 114 Galatea Street, Charleville OWNerS KeeN tO Sell NOW! Make the time to check this quaint timber home out as you will be surprised to see what it offers. On entering via the front door you will see an extremely large and interesting room with a large built-in cupboard and and a bathroom with shower and toilet also. this room leads to another large room with beautiful timber and glass doors that lead out to the deck and carport area. there are 3 bedrooms plus a second bathroom with a bathtub and toilet and another large room with a wood burner for the cooler months and a separate kitchen and laundry. take the time to inspection and make you offer on this one.

$80,000 Negotiable

SALE 13 Deverell Street, Charleville lOve thiS hOUSe ‌ BeaUtiFUlly reNOvateD! this four bedroom lowset Queenslander situated on a 2024m2 corner block of land surrounded by gardens has the privacy and space you need for your family to enjoy living in this great country town. With striking polished timber floors throughout, classic archways in the open plan living area with a well appointed kitchen with breakfast bar and dishwasher. there is a wood burner for the cooler months and airconditioner for those warmer times. the main bedroom has a walk through robe and ensuite and the family bathroom has a separate bath and shower. the separate toilet and laundry are located in this area as well. the second bedroom has a walk-in robe and the other two have built-ins so there is plenty of room for storage here. Plenty of room on the front veranda to relax and there is also a BBQ area just outside the kitchen with a built-in sink and BBQ as well.


SALE 27 eyre Street, Charleville Great hOMe, Great SPOt! BUy Me NOW! Sits on the hill! Unique design! Stands out! take the time to inspect this one as it has lots of character and extra charm. there are polished timber floors throughout, vJ walls and archways. three bedrooms with the main boasting the much loved window seat, a separate lounge room with a large built-in cupboard for extra storage. the combined dining and kitchen area has a stunning american oak kitchen with generous cupboard and bench space, electric wall oven and five burner gas bench top and dishwasher. the sun room that joins this area will allow more space for the family. the bathroom has a shower over the bath and the toilet is located in this room also. this home has ducted evaporative air-conditioning, and some split systems as well to ensure your are comfortable. the spacious area under the house is fully cemented with extra storage areas and the laundry and second toilet are located here as well. there is a water cooling tank and a rainwater tank, the yard is fully fenced and there is a single carport and garden shed. Close to primary schools and shops.

$180,000 Negotiable

SALE 28 Deverell Street, Charleville FlOOD Free - Great SPOt! reDUCeD tO Sell NOW! this lovely home located in a quiet and FlOOD Free are with the added advantage of exceptional neighbours on all sides could just be the one for you. With a delightful open living area boasting almost new floating timber flooring in the lounge room and a great kitchen with dishwasher and servery. the kitchen and bathroom have been renovated in the last five years also. there are three good sized bedrooms as well as a teenage retreat off the carport area which can also be a great place to relax or have a BBQ with friends if you wish. there is also an extra covered area at the front of the house which is also great for just watching the world go by. it is cool in the summer and warm in the winter as it is insulated and has large eaves on three sides of the house. Close to the showgrounds if you are the sporting type and smack bang in the middle for primary and secondary schools. Great one for the investor too as it is much sought after.

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FOR SALE 179-181 King Street, Charleville Set on a huge double block with many beautifully shady trees this spacious 4 bedroom home is the perfect place for your family to call home, It has a delightfully tidy kitchen and bathroom (with water cooling system), heaps of living and storage space and it even has a covered double carport. The large cemented entertaining area out the back is the perfect spot to catch up with friends while supervising the kids play in the yard.


94 Watson Street, Charleville There’s just something so beautiful about Queenslander homes - this beautifully renovated three bedroom home has all the much loved character in particular the lovely polished timber floors and elegant lead light in the entrance hall. It’s set out with an office and a sleepout, providing you with terrific space. It’s recently been restumped with adjustable steel stumps, freshly painted both inside and out, spacious bathroom with toilet and open plan living lounge / dining area. The kitchen has a natural feel with the gorgeous eye catching Tasmanian oak kitchen with blood wood benches, large industrial style oven perfect for those chefs including a slow combustion stove in mint condition perfect for heating the house during winter while also perfect for cooking use. The home is ducted with evaporative air-conditioning and ceiling fans to keep you cool during those hot summer days. With privacy fencing on three sides of the property there and a cemented and powered 17.5m x 6.5m Wide Span 5 bay shed (two lockable bays) with mezzanine flooring. The property has two rain water tanks, one to the house and the other attached to the shed.

$170,000 NegoTIable

168 Alfred Street, Charleville This petite two bedroom home would be the perfect first home to purchase. With built-in-wardrobes in one bedroom, large kitchen, combined dining and lounge and a little room out the front off the deck which could be used for an office, storage or craft room. Set back on a 862m2 block it provides plenty of space in the front and back yard for the family or pets and you’ve got a large shed out the back with plenty ofstorage space.

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FOR SALE 29 Watson Street, Charleville 2




If you’re a garden lover, this two bedroom high-set Queenslander has all the character you could ever want! It has beautiful polished wood floors and stainglassed windows throughout with separate rumpus area plus office. Older style kitchen and bathroom with separate toilet. The home is fully ducted with evaporative air-conditioning making it perfect for summer while you’ve got a beautiful antique wood oven in the kitchen providing you warmth during winter. A fully fenced yard with established lawn and gardens, two entertaining areas plus fenced dog enclosure and separately fenced veggie patch. Double carport out the front. Close to pool, corner store, IGA supermarket, squash & tennis courts and RSL.

$175,000 88 Cobb Street 3




This charming little three bedroom home is the perfect little buy for a family or first home buyers! It’s set out with split system air conditioning making it perfect all year round whether it be warm or cold. It provides a large modern style kitchen, separate polished wood floor dining room, while the lounge and bedrooms are carpeted. It’s within walking distance to the local IGA and hospital and only a short walk or drive to the Primary Schools and town centre.


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This lovely three bedroom, two bathroom home is perfect for any size family. It gives plenty of space with its large size combined kitchen and dining and separate lounge its perfect for entertaining and keeping the kids occupied at the same time. It has a smaller room which can be used as another bedroom/sleep-out. Within walking distance to the local swimming pool, IGA and Primary Schools.

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DALBY TICKS ALL THE BOXES Dalby offers the perfect balance for families looking for a small town with big potential. WHEN looking for a place to plant your feet, a family friendly atmosphere and business opportunity often top the list. Offering these key attributes and so much more, Dalby is emerging as a desired destination for people looking to capitalise on the town’s relaxed and welcoming lifestyle.

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 regional hub 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.

Situated in the black soil plains of the Northern Darling Downs, Dalby is a hive of rural enterprise. The town got off to a good start in the 1860s, spurred by powerful local pastoralists seeking to establish a viable regional service centre. The extension of the railway line in 1868 led to a boom in the town but significant settlement did not occur until soldier settlement after the First World War.

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.

The area is now developing an energy based economy with a large coal power station, a number of coal mines and natural gas wells established to the west. Industry includes large-scale engineering and support services for primary industries.

Celebrating Multiculturalism and Inclusivity, Dalby's Delicious and DeLIGHTful Festival is Dalby's signature festival taking place each August and people come from far and wide to enjoy all it has to offer.

Agricultural crops include cotton, mung beans, sorghum, wheat, barley, sunflowers, chickpeas, and corn. Dalby has a bustling

Thomas Jack Park, situated on the edge of the town centre, is a good place to stop and stretch your legs. With a choice of several cafes and coffee shops, seven pubs and two bowls clubs, you never want for anything in Dalby. There is plenty of local history and culture on display at Pioneer Park Museum, with its wide range of exhibits. Follow the Heritage Trail, which takes you past historic, late 19th Century buildings. Close by is the Bunya Mountains National Park, offering a mild climate, stunning rainforests, giant bunya trees and a quaint village with plenty of guest houses and holiday retreats. With temperatures at least five degrees celsius cooler than the surrounding plains, come prepared with warm clothing, even in summer. A short drive from Dalby is the tiny village of Jimbour, home to Jimbour House, one of the nation’s grand heritage homes. A day visit to Jimbour House and its historic garden and history walk, armed with a packed lunch and accommodation booked in the Bunya Mountains, makes an ideal combination for a relaxing weekend getaway.

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Celebrating Multiculturalism and Inclusivity, Dalby's Delicious and DeLIGHTful Festival is Dalby's signature festival taking place each August and people come from far and wide to enjoy all it has to offer.

Dalby’s Delicious and Delightful Festival street parade. Image Tourism and Events Queensland.

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The Landmark Chinchilla Plate at the Landmark Ladies race day 2019.

CHINCHILLA A BUSTLING COMMUNITY Chinchilla offers something for everyone. FOR locals who have long-lived in Chinchilla, there are many aspects of this beautiful town which drew them in. From schooling through to weekend activities, Chinchilla boasts an incredibly warm and welcoming community and offers the perfect environment in which to raise a family. Though modernisation has brought enormous developments in the last decade, an old heart still beats in this town. The word Chinchilla was derived from the Aboriginal word for cypress pine, Jinchilla, after explorer Ludwig Leichhardt stopped here in October 1844. A monument in his honour can today be seen in the Pioneer Cemetery on the busy Warrego Hwy, but it bears remembering that until 1877 there was no township at all. The first major development was the railway.

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Picturesque tree lined streets of Chinchilla’s shopping district

Built in 1878, the rail carted livestock, timber and grain out, and brought in passengers seeking their fortune. It was a critical period of growth for the town. The peak number of passengers using the train was in 1949, when 9569 tickets were issued. To accommodate families making homes in the area, Chinchilla State School was built in 1883 to educate 31 pupils. By 1913, the number of students attending the school had increased to 102. The Chinchilla Shire Council was inaugurated in 1912 with the first chairman being Mr L.L. Atkins. Dairying was once a large industry in the area with the first butter factory built in 1910. In 1939, more than three million pounds of butter was produced locally.

There are also plenty of other great attractions on offer in Chinchilla. The cultural centre, art gallery and historical museum loaded with steam engines and sawmill artefacts has something for each and every family member to enjoy. Experience the night sky and stars from within a swag on the banks of the Condamine River and Charleys Creek, and throw in a fishing line at the Chinchilla Weir for (almost) guaranteed freshwater golden perch and jewfish. Other things to see and do in Chinchilla include the wildflowers in the Barakula State Forest from late winter into spring, beautiful petrified wood from the area and the excitement of the Chinchilla races.

Primary production has always played a huge role in the Chinchilla shire and remains today. Along with dairying giving the town a name, Chinchilla is also famous for its melons and is a renowned spot for fossicking, fishing, bushwalking and camping. Producing 25 per cent of the country's watermelons, rockmelons and honeydew melons. Chinchilla is the undisputed melon capital of Australia. Nothing captures the strong community spirit of this town better than the biennial 'Chinchilla Melon Festival'. If you’re not a skier, there's always the hilarious melon bungee, melon eating, pip spitting or smashing competitions. Chinchilla Weir at Sunset is a spectacular sight for residents and tourists alike

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MILES WHERE ART AND AG COME TOGETHER MILES, in the heart of the resource-rich Surat Basin, is proving that the Western Downs is flourishing as one of regional Queensland’s premier arts centres. The town has always thrived on a strong foundation of agriculture and these days is now a vibrant rural township with an active arts and cultural community, largely thanks to a state-of-the-art centre housing an A-Class art gallery, library and IT Centre. Driving into town there’s no mistaking their love of all things creative and with artworks covering its exterior, Dogwood Crossing is the jewel in Miles’ crown. A buzzing centre full of artists, locals, visitors and curious minds, the architecturally stunning Dogwood Crossing attracts several well-known artists and visiting international exhibitions. Children enjoying the Miles Back to the Bush Festival which will be on again 10 – 13 September 2020. Image Courtesy of Western Downs Regional Council.

More than just an artists’ haven, the centre is the go-to place for holiday activities and those looking to pick up a new skill thanks to the local library hosting an array of workshops. The community doesn’t shy away from showing off its proud local history – in fact just down the road from Dogwood Crossing is one of the finest historical museums in Australia. The Miles Historical Village and Museum is where the district’s history comes to life in a remarkable streetscape of authentic and replica buildings from the pioneering era. Visitors and locals travelling out west can also rest their feet, grab a cuppa and continue to explore the region’s military history at the recently revamped Miles Anzac Memorial Park, one of the only parks in the Western Downs fully Wi-Fi enabled. For a town of only 1700 people, you’ll never get stuck for something to do or the relaxed country lifestyle in Miles.

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to throwing birthday parties, family reunions and community events with new shade, picnic shelters and barbecues. 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 stop and enjoy all Tara has to offer. You can also stop into the newly revamped Tara Grevillea Park in the centre of town to get your camel fix with Clarence, a hand-crafted wood statue taking centre stage on the lawn.

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A PEACEFUL COUNTRY CENTRE TARA is a quiet, stable town with a core community largely unaffected by growing industry to the north and west. With affordable housing and well-supported government services, residents enjoy a comfortable lifestyle of peace and privacy, with a few community events to keep things interesting. 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 fundraising events occurring throughout

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WHOLE GARDEN MAINTENANCE: • Mulch gardens to protect from frost • Check deciduous trees for scale insects and treat with pest oil if found. • Control fungal diseases and leaf curl on stone fruit by spraying leaves and stems with copper oxychloride (widely available). • Fertilise spring flowering bulbs.

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MEDITERRANEAN (ADELAIDE, PERTH) PLANT: Alyssum, begonias, dianthus, geranium, poppy, primula, stock, euphorbia and viola. PLANT EDIBLES: Chives, curry, dill, mint, parsley, sage, thyme, artichoke, asparagus, onions, broad bean, radish and members of the brassica family (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, cabbages). WHOLE GARDEN MAINTENANCE:

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• Prune espaliered fruit trees (trees climbing on a flat surface such as a fence or wall), prune berry bushes, spread superphosphate and potash around fruit trees. • In the wet season, watch out for mildew and black spot on roses and ornamentals and treat if present. • Top dress gardens lawns and veggie patches with organic fertiliser by the end of winter ready for spring.

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TEMPERATE (SYDNEY, COASTAL NSW, PARTS OF VICTORIA) PLANT: Clivias, grevillea, spring flowering annuals and banksias. PLANT EDIBLES: Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, cabbage, Chinese greens and spinach. WHOLE GARDEN MAINTENANCE: • • • • •

Harvest citrus and remove any fallen fruit to deter insects. Prune hydrangeas. Prep vegetable beds for spring planting. Prune back ornamental grasses. Spray lawns for bindii.

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Dean Ipaviz It might seem like a no brainer, but if you’re going to spend any money on home updates or renovations, it’s important you make sure that expense will result in capital improvement. I looked through a range of open homes in 2018 and it was easy to see why the ones that caught my eye had a higher asking price. With that in mind, I’ve come up with some left-field value adds that might not be on your radar but will certainly see some return on investment – no matter whether it’s your forever home or a property you’re going to sell. Here are six ways you can add value to your property for under $10,000. 1. INSTALL A SOLAR SYSTEM It’s becoming increasingly likely that there will be rebates for batteries in the near future, so installing a 5kw (or more) solar power system could be the biggest value add to your property – whether you’re planning to sell your home or not. Energy costs will continue to rise so it’s going to come down to people power and our willingness to adopt renewable technology. You can have a 5kw solar system supplied and installed for under $5000 in most Australian capital cities. Down the track, if you were to add batteries to this it would take a family of three with normal power consumption off the power grid for good. 2. LANDSCAPE YOUR GARDENS – OR ADD A VEGGIE PATCH The cost of landscaping or adding a veggie garden will largely depend on what you want to do, but $10,000 will be plenty of budget to get you going. Getting your hands dirty and giving yourself the ability to grow some food staples in your garden will save you money at the checkout in the long run, and also improve your connection with your food source. When you proudly show off your tomatoes or zucchini to family and friends at the dinner table it will also be a good conversation starter – just ask any budding gardener.

Most hardware stores stock benchtop repair and re-surfacing kits as off-the-shelf items, which is a cost-effective alternative to replacing the entire benchtop. These kits are hardwearing and you’ll also get the satisfaction of showing off your handy work to visitors. Given these kits are less than $250, why not give the doors and drawers a lick of paint while you’re there, too? The same goes for the bathroom vanity if you’re feeling really adventurous.

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4. ADD COLOUR TO YOUR BATHROOM TILES Much like grid power, construction costs are continuing to rise so it should be no surprise that the once humble bathroom renovation might not be as cheap as you’d hope. For a cost-effective alternative, why not consider using a hardwearing tile paint (available from all good hardware stores) on any dated tiles to give your laundry, bathroom or ensuite a refresh? The paints are usually applied as a two-coat system and you need to follow the directions to ensure the system binds correctly.

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This quick fix adds value and will pull the attention away from any dated 80s-look bathroom tiles. If you’re not keen to painting, simply give your tiles a good sparkling clean. 5. GET YOUR BATHTUB RE-LINED Re-lining the bathtub is quite a popular tactic to update and refresh its look. Once your white bath is stained, sometimes no amount of elbow grease can bring it back to life. Bath tub re-lines are simple and affordable; for under $1000 your bathtub can be looking whiter than a fresh set of veneers.

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6. INSTALL STORM AND GREY WATER CATCHMENT TANKS Saving every drop of water becomes even more important when you factor in the number of households Australia-wide. If we assume there are 8 million homes in Australia, then if every home had a minimum of 5000L of water storage, consider the amount of rain water that could be harvested at any one time and kept in our catchments. Remember, one small deed multiplied by millions of people is where the real impact is seen. You’ll also save on the costs of water use in the long run.

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Dean Ipaviz “What does ‘future-proofing’ even mean?” I hear you ask. In a nutshell, it’s how we ensure our homes are prepared to cope with modern-day life over the next 50 years. The biggest challenge of which is climate change. Climate change doesn’t mean it’s going to get hotter. Climate change is a change in global weather systems meaning the climate will become more unpredictable. Think hotter hots, colder colds, more rain in one go, longer droughts… you get the picture. And it’s already happening. How the built environment, and most importantly our homes, respond to these challenges will become increasingly important. And therein lies the essence of ‘future-proofing’. Essential futureproofing check list. First, ask yourself how many of these features do you have in your home?

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START THE CONVERSATION While future-proofing your home is about ensuring it features all the necessary passive elements (solar, insulation, plenty of water storage, orientation, etc), future-proofing also means having a smart home that has good internet. The ideal is a home that can easily go off grid yet can also keep you well connected in times of need, so you can stay in touch with what’s happening in the world. Natural light is a must in future-proofing a home, but where applicable install efficient LED lights to reduce your demand on the grid and also lower your energy bills.

WHY ALL THE FUTURE-PROOFING FUSS? Future-proofing your home means making smarter decisions with your money and thinking of the end goal and not the shorter-term pain that a more expensive but better performing set of windows or lights might cost.

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The notion that your small impact won’t do anything needs to be thrown out the window and replaced by the thought that a smarter – let’s call it ‘greener’ – decision multiplied millions of times around the world will have a collective impact that will hopefully limit the full predictions of what climate change has in store for all of us.

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