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CONTENTS............ P 4: Local Real Estate Boom P 5: Courtyard Cafe Design P 13: Local Designer in the Spotlight P 17: Rural Feature: ‘Craigie Station’ P 26: Bombala Garden Jewels of Wisdom

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59 Vale St, Cooma • Ph: (02) 6452 0313 Front page photo ‘Craigie Station’ is courtesy of Shannon Fergusson Real Estate. For more information on ‘Craigie Station’ see page 17. Monaro Media Group, producers of the Snowy Monaro Region’s only independently owned and produced newspaper, The Monaro Post, is proud to bring to you their 11th publication of their annual “Innovation” magazine. Innovation has been established to help you with all your building, renovating and lifestyle requirements. Please enjoy edition 11 of Innovation – a guide to all your building, renovation and lifestyle needs across our region.


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Snowy 2.0 Eight Sydney investors were on the phone to agent Shannon Fergusson the day of Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement of Snowy 2.0. “We have seen a significant change in the market since the announcement of the Snowy 2.0 feasibility study,” says Mr Fergusson. Craig Schofield of One Agency says since the announcement in March there has been an increase in sales and property values. “There has been lots of outside interest in the area since the announcement and the market will continue to be on the increase should the construction go ahead,” says Mr Schofield. “The expansion to the Snowy Scheme has opened the eyes of investors to the Cooma market. Being in close proximity to Canberra, but much more affordable, investors who weren’t aware before have realised it is a good option for investment.” Mr Fergusson also believes the introduction of the first homeowners grant in July has played a part in the

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increase of sales, particularly from Canberra buyers who can’t access that grant in the ACT. “There are also quite a few local buyers who up until now had been renting while waiting to buy a home, but have now realised they need to get in quick,” says Mr Fergusson. “Real estate agents in Cooma were previously carrying 20 to 30 properties at any one time, but now I’m lucky to be carrying two or three. “I would predict the market has increased by at least 10 per cent. With things moving so quickly and the market changing from day to day, pricing is really up in the air at the moment. Previously I was confident with being quite precise with my pricing, but now it seems putting a higher price on a property does not deter buyers as would have before. Eyebrows are certainly being raised with the prices at the moment. Old snowy homes which you could normally sell for around $150,000 are now all going for more than $200,000.”

Mr Fergusson believes, should the Snowy 2.0 project go ahead, there will be a second wave in the market, with more properties up for sale to take advantage of the opportunity. “Some people may be interested in selling, but have decided to hold off until the snowy project is confirmed,” he says. Mr Schofield says it’s not just sales that have increased, but rentals too. “There is an increase in the demand for rentals, which has seen the prices go up also. “This is an exciting time for the town, with more opportunities for local businesses.” Mr Schofield says he has seen a flow on effect in the town of Bombala, where he has an office. “With investors now paying attention to the area, and with limited supply in Cooma, there has been increased interest in Bombala, which is also quite affordable for buyers.”


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E D I TION 11, NOVE MB E R 2017 The hot new coffee spot in town is turning heads, not just because of the great coffee, yummy cakes and friendly service, but because of its trendy design features. Gab Merrigan, owner of The Flower Pantry florist in Cooma is responsible for the majority of the design choices. “I wanted to create a place where people want to come and sit for their coffee, not just a takeaway kind of café. I love the history of the building, which was built in the 1860s. It has such a quaint character and I wanted to create something timeless, yet contemporary. And of course we wanted to utilise the outdoor courtyard, which is so beautiful.” Gab’s original plan was to simply set up a coffee counter within The Flower Pantry shop, but when the hairdresser next door left, the plans changed. “I didn’t want to leave another shop empty, and we knew the courtyard space could be used for something special. So we decided to go for it and try and bring some life back into this end of Vale Street.” Wrangling together various local tradies, Gab got the job done and convinced her younger sister Charlotte, a barista and café manager in Melbourne at the time, to take it on. “Not that I needed much convincing,” says Charlotte. “We grew up in Junee and are country town girls at heart. I am enjoying being here so much, closer to Gab and my four young nephews, and the café is my pride and joy. I am passionate about coffee. I love being that first point of call for people, to help get them through their day.” Ricky Salvestro was doing some structural work on The Flower Pantry next door, so Gab got him onto some jobs in The Courtyard Café. Ricky put in the high seating/standing bench at the café front window, as well as the huge double doors that connect the café with the courtyard and The Flower Pantry. These bring more light into the café and invite customers to explore the secret garden in the courtyard and The Flower Pantry’s gorgeous wares. Next Gab enlisted Gregg Mckenzie, cabinet maker, who did the carcass work for the café counter. Mitch Phillips made the indoor bench seat and the face of the counter, with beautiful green patterned tiles. Glenn Bailey rewired the building and built the courtyard seating benches. Jimmy Boller did the floor tiling, which adds another great detail in a herringbone pattern. Simon Riehs, Charlotte’s boyfriend, hung the pendant lights, which are a dramatic feature of the space, taking advantage of the high ceiling. Greg Searle did some of the painting, along with most of the Merrigan family. Gab is responsible for all the styling choices, having collected second hand chairs over time, which she matched with provincial and industrial style furnishings to create an eclectic look and atmosphere. The cushions were made by Kate Eddey, a friend who makes scarves, with material sourced from Cooma Furnishing Co. Gab’s green thumb came in handy for the courtyard, planting lots of greenery to soften the outdoor area. “I put in some lovely silver berch trees that will eventually provide some shade for the courtyard, which is important.” While enjoying the atmosphere, The Courtyard Café has delicious Academy Coffee from Orange, baked goods from the Wild Rye Bakery in Pambula and cakes from local baker Nancy Munro. There are also fresh sandwiches made daily available for toasting. The Paddock Perfect Farm at Crackenback sell their jams, honey and relishes in the store and the girls have stocked their shelves with treats from the Junee Chocolate and Licorice Factory to bring back memories of their home town. No matter where you look, there is something beautiful to see at The Courtyard Café.


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Bonsais make an interesting addition to any garden. Bonsai is Mobile: 0431 351 873 a Japanese art form E: involving growing trees in Weekend and evening appointments available. containers. While some are intimidated by bonsais, Unit 3/30 local artist Graham says Baron St, working with bonsais is Cooma, NSW much easier than raising children or pets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trees are very tough. Some of the best trees for bonsai are those gathered from the wild and even ones that have been chewed by wildlife. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a matter of trimming the roots and planting it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always tell people, if you have reared a child or a pet, you can certainly grow a bonsai.â&#x20AC;? COMMERCIAL & DOMESTIC Graham has been Č&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2026;Â?Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2019;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;ĆŹĎ?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;Č&#x2C6;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2026;Â?Â&#x2022;ĆŹÂ?Â&#x2021;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2022; a keen bonsai artist Č&#x2C6; Č&#x2C6;Â&#x2021;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;ĆŹÂ?Â&#x192;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2026;Â?Â&#x2022; for many years. Having Č&#x2C6;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2022;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2022;Č&#x2C6;Â&#x192;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;ĆŹÂ&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021; a large collection many years ago, which he had to leave behind, Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passion was reignited 16 years ago when he ǤÂ&#x2013;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â?Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2022;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;̡Â&#x201E;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2030;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2020;ǤÂ&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â?ǤͲ͜ͳʹ͜ͺ͚ͺ͚͜ Ǥ͸͜͡ʹʹ͜͝Ͳ needed to remove a tree

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protected from severe wind, severe cold (if the tree is frost sensitive) and from extreme heat. 5. Talk to other bonsai artists, if for nothing else, peace of mind you are on the right track. Setting up a working station in Coomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centennial Park every so often, Graham and his bonsai artist friends

1. Spend some time with your bonsai every day. 2. Check moisture content. 3. Check access to light and air. 4. Ensure it is

encourage others to come along with their bonsais to share knowledge and tips. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every tree and every person has a lesson to teach when it comes to bonsai,â&#x20AC;? says Graham.


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Russell Vine, a long term property owner and resident of Jindabyne, recently announced the establishment of a new Solar consultation, design and installation business to directly service the people in the Snowy-Monaro. His business focus is based on reliably actioning work when it is expected, providing innovative industry leading products, a deep choice of products, efficient and seamless installs, but most importantly, genuine service and meeting or exceeding the client’s expectations. As an accredited Clean Energy Council designer and installer, Russell can customise an integrated solar energy system to the customer’s requirements, as he has the unusual and not found often in this industry, knowledge of both the product and the Snowy Region climatic challenges. Full accreditation also ensures you receive all of the renewable energy subsidies (STC’s) for your new system. Russell will visit the client’s premises, whether new, or existing residential or commercial, and discuss the client’s solar expectations and current electricity usage. If need be, a more comprehensive electrical energy audit from SRS might be appropriate. He will then make practical recommendations on how to improve their consumption by changing habits, load shifting of tasks to cheaper energy time slots, and a comprehensive quote for an appropriate solar solution. With an eight-stage process:

Snowy Regional Solar’s Managing Director, Russell Vine (right) at the recent Mitre 10 Trade Expo in Jindabyne, 1) Electricity usage - Every family is different. explains the benefits of an LG solar system. The first step is to understand the specific home and family energy usage. 2) Home site inspection - Like every client is different, so too is the home/dwelling. We need to understand roof pitch, compass direction, strength of your roof and a myriad of other smaller details. 3) Satellite data - There is multiple government produced weather and satellite data, that needs to be collected, collated and then applied to the premises, and its energy consumption. 4) Solar system design – With the information from the first three points Snowy Regional Solar will select from only the best and most proven products to design a system specific to your home 5) Install - The installation phase will be achieved efficiently with a minimum of fuss for the client. 6) Monitor - After installation, Snowy Regional Solar (and the client) will monitor the system to ensure that it is operating as designed. 7) After sales care - After six months Snowy Regional Solar will send through a free audit report - a before and after bill comparison. 8) First year report - 12 months after the installation they will be in contact with you again to discuss cleanliness and operational consistency. As an authorised LG Energy Dealer for the Snowy Monaro region, SRS has direct access to the resources, professional development and technical support of one of the industry leaders. Further to this, according to ‘Choice’ magazine, independent tests continually rate LG modules the best available on the Australian (and Global) market with greater output and longer life before degradation. When questioned about the selection of partners Mr Vine explained, “To do credit to the best LG modules, we have chosen only world class supply partners like LG’s sister company, LG Chem batteries, ABB Italian designed and manufactured Inverters, and English designed PowerDiverters”. He further added, “given our rural area we need reliable products to guarantee only the highest quality and performance”. *See conditions at

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The Sleep Health Foundation Australia says most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per night, but almost half of us arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t getting it. Research shows between 33 and 45 percent of Australians have poor sleep patterns that affect our day to day lives. Many of us have heard of the ancient Chinese art of feng shui (fung-shway) involving certain rules to create positive energy in a space. Whilst some may be sceptical about the practice, there are some feng shui rules that make sense and could lead to a better nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleep. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken a few tips from feng shui experts that could help you sleep better. 1. The bed According to feng shui principles, the placement of your bed in the room is very important. You should be able to see the door in front of you when lying down, but not be directly in line with it. There

should be equal room on both sides of the bed and a bedside table on both sides. Get a solid headboard, preferably wooden with no bars or holes in it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to keep the space underneath your bed clutter-free to keep your mind clear of chaos and stress while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sleeping. Invest in better bedding so you look forward to getting into bed. Make sure you have the right pillow for your sleeping position and choose earth tones such as blue, green and brown for your linen.

add to that positive energy. Try using candles or dimmer switches to keep the energy in the room soft and relaxing.

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house. Although experts are divided on whether they belong in the bedroom, some argue that the green colour of plants can be soothing and help put you in a good mood. Decorate with relaxing colours in earth tones such as blue,

green and brown. The National Sleep Foundation agree with this one; when your eyes pick up the colour blue, your blood pressure and heart rate slow down, helping to prepare you for sleep.

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Local designer in the spotlight: Aspiring interior designer, Christie Moodie has a knack for country styling and bringing life back into a tired home. She is Mitre 10 Cooma’s merchandising guru and styles the Liv4 and garden centre to inspire people to create their dream homes. Christie and her partner, Ben Rolfe, have recently done up one of the oldest houses on Hazeldean, a three-bedroom stone cottage at ‘Arable’. With a bit of hard work and some wellplanned styling decisions, the pair have brought the house back to its former glory. Christie said the biggest jobs were removing the render off the front

of the house and fireplace. With the render gone, the beautiful original stonework is a feature on its own. With the addition of some unique recycled timber furniture made by handyman, Ben, the house is now their own little haven in the country. We asked Christie for some tips on revamping an older house. What are your top tips for a firsttime decorator? “Keep it simple, don’t over-style and plan before you buy. If you go into a shop going ‘I want that, that and that’, without thinking about how everything will work


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What are the easiest and most cost-effective ways to re-vamp a room? “Linen, cushions and greenery. At home, I change my living room around about three times a year. I move the furniture around, change up the cushions, it freshens everything up and gives it a whole new feel. “Ben’s always going crook at me because I’m always changing things around!” Continued on page 16.

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Out with the new and in with the old Bryce Built Constructions is about much more than just building. They have a passion for restoring buildings to their former glory, creating a world where history and modern luxury can live in harmony.

Elle and Kitt Bryce moved to the Snowy Monaro from Canberra two years ago, after spending many weekends and holidays on a property just outside of Bombala. “We fell head over heels for the region and the great community that exists here,” said Elle. “We really wanted to be able to create a life here with our family.” After a nervous few months buying a property and moving the business from Canberra, they were bowled over by the support they received from the locals. “My dream has always been to live within a country community, equally for the landscape, and the people who live here,” said Kitt. “We count ourselves lucky to have been given the opportunity to work with amazing clients such as preschools, high schools, local RSLs and cafes as well as some beautiful residential and farming properties,” Elle said. Kitt and Elle have managed to grow Bryce Built Constructions from a one-man-show to a team of four. Kitt is the boss-man and restoration is his talent. He has a passion for restoring older, more unique homes and buildings. Design, interiors and styling are Elle’s thing. Along with looking after the accounts and administration for the company, she is currently completing a Diploma in Interior Design and Decoration. She loves combining natural materials together such as timbers, leathers and stone to create warm, inviting spaces.

A restoration story Kitt’s passion for making old things new again began early in his career. “When I finished my apprenticeship more than ten years ago, I moved over to London, taking a position as a site foreman/lead carpenter at a high-end refurbishment company. “We worked predominantly in Kensington, Chelsea, Wimbledon and Leicester Square. This was without a doubt the birth of my love for restoration, as we specialised in keeping the centuries-old history, while seamlessly integrating modern comfort.” On his return, Kitt was eager to use his expanded skill set, but unfortunately at the time, the industry in Canberra was trending towards cheaper massproduced housing and ultra-modern interiors. “After deciding that renovation and timber work was what I really wanted to focus on, I took the last five years to further broaden my skills, and ‘tool up’. Now we carry out a large portion of required works inhouse, from slab preps, new home construction and structural alterations, to custom joinery, complete restorations, kitchens and bathrooms.” Latest projects Kitt said their most challenging project so far in the region is a current renovation in Bombala. “The home is a mish-mash of construction methods ranging from the 1800’s through to the mid 1970’s,” said Kitt. “We have managed to retain its gorgeous cottage feel, while bringing in all the mod-cons. “We have worked hard to bring every one of the old surfaces back to nice straight, flat lines and have added a breathable thermal barrier to the house for improved temperature regulation, double glazed PVC windows, and multiple layers of insulation.” With its age and structural challenges comes the opportunity to give new life to some spectacular timbers. “We will be using the original shingle roof tiles for various features and the hand-cut cladding slabs as a study nook or book shelf,” said Kitt. “The original floorboards have already been dressed and installed as feature wall cladding in the newly renovated Club Bombala bistro, bringing a bit of Bombala history into the modernised club feel.”

Current renovation trends Elle is the design and interior expert for Bryce Built and has noticed a number of popular styles and trends coming through this season. “Whites, greys and washed woods are popular at the moment,” she said. “Think bleached or lime washed hardwoods with matte finishes. “They give a renovation a nice fresh clean feel but also give you the freedom to add pops of colour and texture using smaller home décor items such as cushions, throws and indoor plants. These items are also inexpensive meaning you can replace them easily when you want to change things up!” Elle said eco-friendly and energy efficient renovations are gaining momentum as people become more environmentally aware and budget-conscious. “Use of double-glazed windows, underfloor insulation and the correct positioning of windows can have a huge impact on your heating and cooling bills. “Using reclaimed timbers not only looks great but recycles some of the beautiful hardwood that usually just gets ripped out during renovations. “We have created some stunning dining tables, kitchen benchtops and open shelving using hardwood salvaged from wall studs, old flooring and even reclaimed railway sleepers.” Elle’s advice before you start your renovation: • RESEARCH what’s out there. “Visit as many showrooms as possible and educate yourself on all the available options. Jot all your ideas down on paper. Create some sketches of how you would like things laid out BEFORE you enlist the help of a draftsman.” • PLAN your project in detail. “The single biggest mistake people make is beginning a project without a final picture or goal in mind, or deviating from the original plan mid renovation. This is costly both in time and dollars.” • CONSULT a professional. “From there you can consult with a builder about bringing your vision to life. I truly believe that the contract you sign should be with the company that you feel most comfortable with – go with your gut!” Bryce Built Constructions service the entire Snowy Monaro Region, as well as Merimbula, Pambula, and Bega. Contact Kitt on 0415 707 159 or email

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Local designer in the spotlight: Continued from page 13. What inspires you? “I get inspiration from the house. Ever since I moved in, I’ve always liked the country rustic look. I’m also a Pinterest lover and I love Country Style magazine. Every year for my birthday, I make sure Mitre 10 gives me a subscription!” “Ben loves to make his own furniture; when he goes around the farm he keeps an eye out for old pieces of timber or metal. He made our coffee table from old sleepers from the cattle yards and an outdoor table from recycled timber from the tip.” What are your go-to colours for the living room? “Definitely neutrals, I’m a real neutral-lover. In my living room at home I’ve got a neutral lounge with splashes of bright turquoise with timber features and a bit of greenery.” What are your picks for this season’s colour palette? “Soft, pastel pinks and definitely

greys. And you can’t go wrong with timber. That’s something I’ve noticed they use a lot of on The Block, which I really like. “Ben and I have actually applied for the next season of the Block!”

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How do you open up a smaller space? “Use whites and neutrals, they make a room look so much cleaner and brighter. Stay away from dark colours.” What is your favourite thing about your house? “I love the stone wall at the front of the house. It took a whole weekend of Ben chipping away and pressure washing it to get it back to the original stonework.” Christie and Ben are already onto their next project and have bought a house in Cooma, which they plan to renovate. Christie is currently doing a course in wedding planning and wants to start her own business (unless they get a call-up to be on The Block, that is).

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Christie uses neutral tones with pops of colour and greenery to bring her lounge room to life.



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Your chance for that home among the gum trees A quintessential, picturesque Australian country home is up for auction, right here on the Monaro. ‘Craigie Station’ is a magnificent rural 721-acre property located on the southern end of the Monaro. With a beautiful northeasterly aspect, a gentle undulation ranging from 750m above sea level on the river flats, to 900m above sea level at the rear of the property, it is the true Australian dream. Not only is the property beautiful, it has historic value as well. In 1939, Charles Lawson became the licensee of a parcel of land to be known as ‘Lawson’s Station’. At the time the property covered an area of six by four miles. It was some time later that the property became known as ‘Craigie Station’ named after an area in Scotland of the same name. Evidence of the old head station on the banks of a creek about a mile south of the present homestead was shown on an 1860s title map, but evidence was destroyed in the 2000s for pine plantations. The beautiful 1840s stone cottage perched on the banks of the river would have been one of many huts or humpies lining the banks of the river and would have housed the many on farm staff of the day. Oral history from the Jenkins family has it that this cottage was built by Ben Boyd’s assigned men. At the time, Boyd held ‘Quimburra Station’ to the east among other Monaro and Riverina runs. Built in the 1860s by the Lawsons, the present homestead has had many additions throughout the decades. The big fireplace with bread oven in the middle room may have been a separate kitchen from the formal rooms at the front of the home. Circa 1872 the north wing facing the pond was grafted on. This was skillfully built of timber, some sawn and some hand worked weatherboards. Charles Lawson’s family had been ship builders, so no doubt he expected excellence in woodwork. Around 1888, Murray Wright purchased the property. It is believed it was them who laid the iron over the roof shingles, sweeping right across to incorporate the middle rooms and where the kitchen currently stands. They are also responsible for the magnificent paddock elms, the maritime pine, old apple trees and the garden layout. Their wool shed was gear driven by the steam engine, which is now featured in the Delegate town park. In 1992 Dick Haebick, a local agent, thought it would be amusing to show the Craig’s Craigie Station. Jule and Norman thought it best to humour him. Historically, the property has been run as a sheep and cattle operation, but the quality of the land and abundance of water would allow for a diverse range of agricultural pursuits to thrive. For the past seven years, the property has been operated under a lease agreement with a neighbour. This lease will be ceased upon the sale, but if the new purchaser is interested in continuing a lease agreement the option is available to explore with the right buyer.

Property History: In 1839 Charles Lawson (born 1811 in Dundee), arrived in Australia circa 1830) became the licensee of a parcel of land to be known as ‘Lawson’s Station’. At the time the property covered an area of six by four miles. It was some time later that the property became known as ‘Craigie Station’ named after an area in Scotland of the same name. Today there are remains of Hawthorn hedges, orchard and gardens. The house would have been the usual construction of slabs and bark. This site was used as an orchid for many years after the Lawson’s built the brick section of the present homestead sometime in the 1860’s. Adjacent to the present homestead were the stables and stockyards, which is now the site of the current garaging. The property also includes a 292 acre conservation area, which was initiated by the current owners. Containing significant grass and woodland areas with interesting flora and fauna, this particular area was historically more naturally timbered. The conservation area can still be used for grazing purposes intermittently, after the annual seeding of native grasses. Property Description: ‘Craigie Station’ is positioned with a North Easterly aspect, with a gentle undulation ranging from 750m above sea level on the river flats to 900m above sea level at the rear of the property. In recent years, the property has been occupied mainly by sheep with up to 1200 DSE being carried. Previous to this the owners consistently carried 80 cows and calves plus followers. Another valuable feature of Craigie Station is the water security. Not relying on just one source offers excellent peace of mind and ability to utilise the whole property effectively. The property includes a 2km frontage to the reliable Little Plains River, a noted trout-fishing stream. Connected to the river is a multi-stage Grundfos electric pump. Supplying a two-inch line to the main 60,000L storage tank. Also connected to the river is a solar pump, which services the same two-inch line. This solar pump is mainly used for the gardens in the winter months when demand for water is not as high. There are also several earth dams on the property, including a trout stocked 20 mega-litre dam. This dam is positioned some 100m in fall above the improvements and majority of grazing country. This dam is capable if ever needed to supply water throughout the property although not currently connected. The dam has a 1.5-inch poly line available to supply troughs and down to the properties infrastructure, as well there is a six-inch steel gate valve at the dam. This was originally designed for key line irrigation purposes. There are an additional six dams and springs throughout the property. Fergusson Real Estate will be conducting the online auction of the property on 6-7 December, 2017. | Ph: 0429 788 143 |


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Kid’s palettes are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and vibrancy is being replaced with depth. Fashion now says the neon pops have disappeared and analogous colour schemes (colours that sit next to each other on the colour spectrum) have emerged; try using a light colour for the walls and adding a darker version for painted furniture, then darker again for accessories.

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COLOUR FOR BABY “A more sophisticated palette works for a nursery too and ties in well with the rest of the house while providing a gender neutral base to work with later. Try a warm white like Dulux White Beach Quarter or for a bit of depth,


try a true grey like Dulux Tranquil Retreat or a warm grey like Dulux Unforgettable, coupled with crisp white trims; they’ll work with both blue or pink when he or she arrives” says Claire.

COLOUR FOR GIRLS Claire says “think dusty pinks coupled with rich, deep berry reds; It is all about the layering and these ‘aged’ hues work well with popular light oak furnishings and vintage whites”. Try Berger Woven Cloth, Cavedon or Just a Touch with highlights in Berger Prairie, Dulux Potter’s Pink or Moroccan Leather. Claire goes onto say “young girls love to display

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For young boys, variations of blue work well, “whether it is a dark

navy or a grey blue, layering the blues looks smart, adds interest and transitions well into the teenage years. Try Berger Night Flight, Berger Blue Dimension or Dulux Whangaroa and add complementary burnt orange accessories in Dulux Orange Squash or Colonel Mustard with paint trims

and cabinetry in crisp white”. Claire goes onto say “Don’t be afraid to paint all the walls dark which actually aids with sleep, you can also tie the scheme together with a theme like space travel and use a hero piece like a space rocket to help determine your colour choices”.


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Just by using a good quality masking tape you can create a feature by sectioning areas and then using a variety of colours in the same hue. Peter says “make sure you press down the edge of the masking tape to avoid bleeding; you can gently use a plastic ruler to get even pressure”. Peter also advises not to make the coats too thick near the edge of the tape and remove it before the final

coat is dry. Porter’s Paints have a range of kids wallpapers in various hues that will add some depth to the space, for something less permanent vinyl decal wall stickers are an easy way of adding to the design of a nursery or bedroom and are easy to change or remove as the child grows. Chalkboard paint is a fun and easy paint effect to incorporate into a

child’s bedroom. You can paint a big blackboard area or even little squares or circles all over one wall for messages. Both Dulux and Porter’s Paints sell a range of chalk paint “the great thing about the latest chalk paints is that they come in a range of colours to complement your scheme, you’re no longer just stuck with black or green” says Peter.

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Summer - Ready : Re-energise Your Home with Tropical-Inspired Accents

Escapade is one of the key palettes identified in 2018 Dulux Colour Trends’ ‘Balance’. Featuring a medley of playful, tropical colours, such as pale mint and soft pink, this palette is guaranteed to stimulate the senses and add a sense of energy and fun to any neutral space. “This palette is about pure happiness; It’s about creating that holiday feeling all-yearround,” says Pip Brett, Dulux Colour Trends Contributor and owner of homewares store Jumbled. “It has a retro 1970s and 1980s vibe, while still managing to be thoroughly modern.” “The summer palette for 2018 is quite a departure from the cocooning neutrals and deeper tones of last year,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour Expert. “This season’s colours are all about balancing the different parts of ourselves – our passion for our homes, our lust for adventure, our love of retro glamour, and fascination with technology. Summer will be filled with palm prints, positive vibes and visual delights.

This summer, interiors will be eclectic, with visually interesting combinations of colour and patterns paired with crisp white prevalent. Individuality and personal expression will be key, with lashings of colours that reference 80s glamour and luxury hotels in exotic destinations.

Incorporating uplifting colour and prints in a white space can be transformative, lifting the soul and making you feel more dynamic and creative,” she says. Homeowners can breathe new life into a neutral scheme with accents of Dulux Cuticle Pink or Soft Fresco, says Andrea. “These shades go beautifully with many of the Dulux Most Loved Whites, we’ve highlighted Lexicon® Quarter, as well as midtoned timbers and sumptuous velvets in rich jewel shades. “If you’re hesitant to dip into colour, fear not: even small doses of these exuberant shades can have a huge impact. Create fun, eye-catching accents in unexpected places, such as doors, the inside edge of a wall or door frame, along a staircase or adding an element of surprise in a storage nook. “Complete the look by painting one or two smaller pieces of furniture in the same striking hue, and then add in tonal accessories, such as coloured glassware, bold artworks, patterned cushions and bedlinen. For the rest of the walls choose a cool white – our hugely popular

STYLING TIPS FOR SUMMER 2018 BY PIP BRETT, DESIGN AFICIONADO AND DULUX TRENDS CONTRIBUTOR • Declutter your interiors so that furniture and accessories have plenty of room to breathe. • Add in plenty of luxe textures – think soft furnishings and accessories in sumptuous velvet, silk and sheepskin. • Introduce bright artworks that pick up on this season’s bold, tropical hues. • Touches of gold will add a glam feel. • Don’t forget greenery – indoor palms and ferns will bring a botanical-inspired interior to life and help you create a happier healthier home.


Lexicon® Quarter is the perfect pairing.” For a richer and more decadent look, says Pip, another appealing colour combination to consider from the Escapade palette is Dulux Cuticle Pink with the deeper pink Carmen and Solution, a mid-base blue. “It’s a colour combination that would work equally well in summer and winter,” she says. “To really make the combination pop, you could then add in splashes of mustard in soft furnishings and artwork.” “Colour is nothing to be afraid of,” says Andrea. “Introducing new schemes can invigorate a space - making you more positive and productive. “And the beautiful thing about paint is that if you decide on a new colour down the track, you can simply paint over it.”

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WHEN ARE WE MOVING? The answer to that question is very soon, we plan on having our new shop open at the end of November. We are currently working on getting all the little finishing touches done and setting up the shelving, then we can start moving which will be a huge job. We moved from a much smaller shop in Massie Street to our current location on Sharp Street thinking that this would give us a lot more room to expand our range, but after a few years we soon realised that this was still not big enough. When the opportunity came up to purchase the site on Polo Flat Road to relocate our frame and truss plant, High Country Truss and Frames, we decided that this would be a great location to build a bigger hardware shop and having both businesses on the one site made sense. We have visited many large hardware stores over the last few years looking at many different layouts and ranges and we believe that we have come up with a well designed store and a range of products that we will increase over the coming months and years.



Electrical, plumbing, paint and timber are just a few of our current ranges that we will be expanding, but there are many new ranges that we will be adding over the coming months including, BBQâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and accessories, outdoor furniture, garden giftware and pool chemicals to name just a few.

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DRIVE THRU Our new drive-thru section has been designed with easy-access for larger vehicles and trailers.

TRADING HOURS To be able to provide better service to our customers, we will be increasing our trading to Monday to Friday 7.00am to 5.30pm, Saturday 8.30 to 2.00pm and Sunday 9.00 to 1.00pm.

OUR CUSTOMERS We have had a lot of positive feedback from our customers, who are very excited about our new shop and are looking forward to shopping at the new location with great easy access.

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to our new shop at the end of November and will be holding a grand opening in early February when we have settled in.

WINTER WARMERS In our new shop we will have a large display of wood, gas and pellet heaters and a bigger range of heater accessories. We will have a heater to suit any style home with a great selection from the Australian brand Eureka, Jindara, the famous American Lopi heaters and the Pellet Experts. Eureka Woodheating has been the pre-eminent brand in the Australian market place for woodheating based on quality, strength and prolonged high performance. For many years Jindara has been the choice of heating for many households in Australia. This choice is based on the quality, strength and all round performance of the Jindara brand. Lopi have a fireplace to suit everyone. From traditional gas log fires and freestanding slow combustion wood heaters to gas and wood fireplaces for more contemporary designs to suit modern homes. Pellet Experts are the Australian manufacturer of NatureHeat Pellets and supplier of high-quality, European-certified pellet heaters. Their 100% pine Australian NatureHeat Pellets are manufactured locally in their factory in Cooma to the highest standards for heating pellets.


Our new store will have a larger range of paint with the Australian owned brand Haymes Paint being added to our current range of Wattyl and New Look paints, giving customers a bigger choice. We will also be expanding our range to include more speciality paints and a selection of wall paper and accessories. Our Design Bar provides consumers with access to style inspiration, thousands of different colour samples, leading brands and even an expert to guide them through the process. All colours are displayed in a

uniform way, reducing confusion over paints and brands, making the selection an easier, more natural, process. The aim is to make colour selection as effortless as possible for consumers. Design Bar is a first for the paint specialist category. The concept has brought together some of its biggest players, who are collaborating to create a better experience for consumers. Design Bar is an inspirational space, allowing customers to design colour their own way.

FOR THE GARDEN Since we added a small garden centre a few years ago our range of plants and garden accessories has been growing. We always have a great selection of 100mm potted colour available so you can create an instant garden with lots of colour. Our current selection includes many different coloured petunias, snap dragons, gazanias, marigolds, lobelia, zinnia, alyssum, dianthus and many more. We also have a great range of seedlings for your vegetable garden, flower garden and for pots. At our new shop we will also have a larger selection of pots in plastic, terracotta and ceramic available and a great range of garden inspired giftware, including wind chimes, plant stands, wall art, clocks and garden art. Our range of locally grown natives from the Monaro Native Tree Nursery and our selection of plant, shrubs and trees will be able to be a lot larger as we will have so much more room. Over the coming months we will also be setting up our landscape yard, making the products that we currently sell in bagâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s available in bulk.


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MaxiWall©: Helping Australians build with bushfire safety in mind With ever-increasing house prices across major cities, living in the Australian bush is an appealing and even necessary prospect for those looking to up-size the family home, or get their foot on the property ladder. However, with the great outdoors comes the risk of bushfire, which is set to intensify as summer rolls in. When planning to build or renovate a house in an at-risk area, the external cladding is the most important material to consider because it forms your first line of defence from fire. Now there is more choice in fire-resistant masonry for builders and consumers than ever before, thanks to the national launch of MaxiWall; a new, cost-competitive Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) that is also kinder to the environment from Big River Group. “MaxiWall can be used in the highest Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) areas: Flame Zone. With an external render finish, MaxiWall is classified as a 100 per cent non-combustible building material. It is resistant to fire up to 1,200°C and achieves a two hour fire rating when installed with approved systems,” explained Jim Bindon, Managing Director of Big River Industries. “For homeowners needing to build a house rated BAL 29 or higher there will usually be additional costs involved in construction, due to a number of additional design, specification and construction requirements that cannot be ignored. Many homeowners only become aware of this additional cost at the planning stage and are surprised to find how it might affect their building or renovating budget,” he said. One of the greatest contributors to the building cost is the national energy rating requirements, as bushfire prone areas are both quite cold in winter and very hot in summer. “Fortunately an entire MaxiWall exterior could be completed in a fraction of the time compared to rendered brick or block, which helps significantly reduce construction time and site costs. MaxiWall also has four times greater thermal resistance than standard house bricks, the amount of energy required to heat or cool is greatly reduced, and provides long term savings to homeowners.” MaxiWall’s light weight can provide a substantial saving by reducing the amount of structural steel required in a two storey home. Savings can also be expected with reduced footing costs. “On top of the physical benefits, its contemporary rendered finish offers a more stylish and sustainable alternative to traditional brick and concrete, while still providing that solid feel of traditional bricks. MaxiWall can be finished in a multitude of different rendered finishes, ensuring any design choice can be accommodated,” continued Bindon. The national launch follows Big River Group’s acquisition of Adelaide Timber & Building Supplies (ATBS) earlier this year, and has ensured the product is available in every region. Previously, the MaxiWall brand was only available in South Australia, where it enjoyed substantial growth and success over several years. Australia has a building standard

for bushfire-prone areas, the AS3959, which covers everything from sub-floor supports and floors to roofs, verandahs and gas pipes, and sets the standard for each of the five BAL ratings: • BAL 12.5: Low • BAL 19: Moderate • BAL 29: High • BAL 40: Very high • BAL FZ: Flame zone To determine a home’s BAL rating and any special requirements for building in a particular area, builders and homeowners must consult their local council, government or local fire authority in their state. MaxiWall is a pollutant free building material, sourced from world class production facilities using German technology and automated processes to ensure every panel is of optimum quality and consistency. By using reduced raw materials it helps reduce around 30 per cent of environmental waste compared to traditional concrete and 50 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. It also offers a more comfortable home living experience due to superior insulation and soundproofing qualities – up to seven decibels greater per surface area than other solid building materials of the same weight. MaxiWall is fully compliant with current Australian Standards and has Australian Codemark Certification. The registered brand is wholly owned and exclusively distributed in Australia by Big River Group. For more information visit au

Top Tips for Fire-Proofing Your Home To help fire proof your home, the team at Big River Group has provided these top tips: • Select exterior housing materials and fencing for their fire resistance • Keep gutters clear of debris and install a metal mesh guard • Install fine metal mesh screens on windows and doors • Attach a fire sprinkler system to gutters • Fit seals around doors and windows to eliminate gaps • Undertake some serious gardening to cut back trees and shrubs overhanging buildings, clean up leaves and twigs around the property, and keep lawns short • Repair any damaged or missing tiles on the roof, or gaps in external walls

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If you want to buy or sell a home, land or investment property you’ll have to sign a contract. The legal work involved in preparing the sales contract, mortgage and other related documents, is called conveyancing. It’s possible to do your own conveyancing, however, most people get a licensed conveyancer or solicitor to do the work for them. This fact sheet explains what is involved with conveyancing. Who can do conveyancing work? Three options for doing your conveyancing are: • using a licensed conveyancer • using a solicitor • doing it yourself. Before you start organising your conveyancing, it’s important to do your homework first.

Licensed conveyancers must have professional indemnity insurance to protect you in case they make a mistake or are negligent in their work. If they are dishonest with the money you have entrusted to them, you may have access to the Compensation Fund administered by Fair Trading.

Using a conveyancer In NSW, conveyancers must be licensed with NSW Fair Trading. Most conveyancers hold an unrestricted licence that allows them to perform the full scope of conveyancing work for residential, commercial and rural property. Conveyancers are licensed to do legal work such as preparing documents, giving legal advice on contracts and explaining the implications. Before you decide to use a particular conveyancer, check if they are licensed with us first. To find a conveyancer, look them up in the Yellow Pages under ‘Conveyancing Services’ or call one of the professional associations listed on this fact sheet.

Using a solicitor While conveyancers and solicitors are equally qualified to do conveyancing work, solicitors can also give you legal advice about other matters. Solicitors, like licensed conveyancers, must also have professional indemnity insurance for your protection. To find a solicitor who does conveyancing: -Look up the Yellow Pages (under ‘Conveyancing Services’), -Call the Law Society of NSW on 9926 0333, -Do a search for specialists in ‘property law’ in your local area using the ‘Find a Lawyer’ page on the Law Society’s website www.lawsociety.

To complain about a solicitor call the Legal Services Commissioner on 9377 1800 or 1800 242 958. Doing your own conveyancing Doing your own conveyancing can be risky because you can’t get the same insurance available to a licensed conveyancer or solicitor. This means that if you make a mistake you are responsible and there’s nowhere you can go for financial compensation. For example, your solicitor or conveyancer may fail to make sure the vendor has disclosed everything they are legally required to, such as an order to demolish the place. If you suffer loss as a result of this negligence you may be able to take action against them – that’s the difference! Do-it-yourself conveyancing kits are available from: Law Consumers’ Association Tel: 9564 6933 Australian Property Law Kits Tel: 1800 252 808.


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composted, work into the top layer of the soil. Work in some leaf matter or well-rotted manure too. Divide perennials, mulch, trim away spent blooms, remove spent blossoms from spring flowering bulbs and let foliage die back without removing it. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget general pruning, fertilising and aerating the lawn to complement the garden. POPULAR THIS SEASON At Bombala Garden Jewels, lots of bits and pieces have been popular lately, such as potted colour, annuals, roses, ornamental trees, weepers and evergreen shrubs. Pots are also an attractive structure to any garden landscape. Soon we will be receiving a beautiful range of Del Jardin candy and rustic pots that will add a pop of colour to your garden.

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FFrom previous i page KEEP IT SIMPLE There are many ways to make your gardening experience easier. Regular maintenance will keep the small jobs from getting out of hand, make sure your keep mulching, watering and take care not to over-plant. Using the correct equipment is a must; secateurs, knives, gloves, a kneeler pad, digging shovel, edging spade, loppers and pruners will make your tasks achievable and remember to make sure your tools are sharp. Think about the fully-grown dimensions of a plant or tree before planting. This is probably the number one thing you need to get right when establishing a garden. CONSIDER THE CLIMATE With the harsh Australian sun and long dry spells it can be hard to maintain a quality garden while also keeping costs and maintenance to a minimum. Fast growing, hardy plants that require minimum water once established work well in our climate. Ornamental grasses that are mass planted can successfully complement any garden.

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Whether building a new home or renovating and adding to an existing home, it is extremely difficult for average Australians to know what costs are involved in the many aspects of construction. The Cost Guide 2017 prepared by Archicentre Australia addresses this problem by providing cost adviceforresidentialconstruction components. Archicentre Australia director Peter Georgiev says the Cost Guide helps those embarking on this major investment to keep control of the future buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design and construction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are many aspects to residential construction carried out by various trade experts, so it is virtually impossible for most people to comprehend the costs involved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The updated guide provides cost ranges relating to common aspects of home repairs and maintenance as well as estimates for renovations and additions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The guide assumes use of standard materials, fixtures and finishes, and is aimed at giving people an idea of what costs to expect,â&#x20AC;? Peter Georgiev says. For repair and maintenance work the guide covers roofing and roof drainage, including guttering and downpipes; drainage; damp proofing; plumbing, including replacement of taps and shower roses; electrical, including additional power points; insulation; plastering; masonry, including repointing; tiling; concrete paving; window replacement; flooring; floor repairs; fencing; interior and exterior painting; levelling; restumping; and termite treatment. As far as renovations and additions are concerned the guide provides a possible cost range for new construction work, including extensions to an existing building; for renovations inside an existing building; and for wet area fitouts, including bathrooms, kitchens and laundries. The indicative square metres rates provided are for the basic

shell only and the extended roofline over the shell. The estimates assume good access to the site and relatively simple roof configuration. Not included are the costs of upgrading services such as electrical, plumbing, heating or repairs and upgrades to part of the existing house, such as roof and gutter repairs, painting, damp, reblocking and pest treatment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It explains costs in a reasoned manner,â&#x20AC;? Peter Georgiev says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;as a precursor to seeking a site and building specific â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;opinion of probable costâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; provided when you engage an Archicentre Australia Design Architect to provide a feasibility sketch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The feasibility sketch provides more specific cost advice related to the individual project. Further definition will be achieved once the design is developed, costed by an independent quantity surveyor, and taken to competitive tender when actual prices are obtained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In many instances, cost can be saved and/or a better job achieved through an architectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rigorous preparation of tender documents and a review of tenders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By using Archicentre Australia for your feasibility design process, you are making use of our filter, where we match your needs with a Design Architect who will suit your circumstance. Unlike many design professionals on offer, our Design Architects understand residential design and architecture â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why you can rely on their knowledge from feasibility stage through to the completion of construction to guide the process of you interfacing with the building industry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Compare it to the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;add onâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; costs of volume builders â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you may be surprised,â&#x20AC;? he concludes. The updated guide can be viewed by visiting: www. resources/cost-guide/



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Archicentre Australia, the national architect’s advisory service. These assessments and advice offered by its architects are independent – providing buyers and sellers with fair minded appraisals applicable to their unique situations. Archicentre Australia director Peter Georgiev says that almost every house has at least one shortcoming – it is a matter of degree – and it may not provide value for the buyer or seller to remedy all issues. “Shortcomings vary according to the construction methods of the era and/or of the quality of renovations and their respective designs. “In many cases, especially in auction situations, the buyer cops responsibility for shortcomings. This is somewhat mitigated if a building is less than 10 years old, in which case the original builder is liable for building faults,” he said. The residential property advisory service offered by

Archicentre Australia removes much of the uncertainty from the stressful home buying or selling processes. “It is a complex area – so architects provide guidance on understanding the zeitgeist of a property and its neighbourhood context while being able to cast an eye into its future opportunities,” Peter Georgiev said. “The ‘Off the Plan’ concept is popular these days but often not very rewarding. An architect can highlight inherent shortcomings that not many others in the building industry are able to bring to client’s knowledge base. “What’s more, architects bring a design edge to their assessments and an analysis, either of the building being assessed, or the opportunities that the building and site present for the future.” He said rather than just trusting the inspections provided by socalled building inspectors or paraprofessionals, Archicentre Australia advises seeking the professional services of an architect for an independent property assessment. “These thorough assessments go beyond the constructional and build quality focus of an inspection by also considering lifestyle aspects that can only be introduced through design and architectural/siting opportunities.”

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a week and in time, they will develop better root systems and eventually need less watering,” Peter Georgiev says. Internally, design is also important to make efficient use of nature’s provisions, he says. “Grey water can also be utilised for toilet flushing in many locations while rainwater tanks can also be used for this purpose. “It is also important that waterfriendly devices are installed by residents, including WELS rated taps, washing machines and dishwashers, in order to minimise the impact on water use,” he says. Archicentre Australia provides internal and external design advice and assessment that puts liveabilility, which incorporates sustainability, at the forefront of home design. Landscape architects have particular knowledge regarding appropriate plant species, paving materials, heights of paving relative to internal floor levels, decking, entertaining areas and other outdoor effects. “It is wise to seek their advice on effective, sustainable and complementary strategies for external design and work as landscape tradespeople often focus on one aspect,” says Peter Georgiev.

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Spring has sprung and with the new season signalling an end to winter, residents need to turn their attention to spring cleaning and home maintenance, according to Archicentre Australia. The national architectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advisory service says this is important for all homes as a well-maintained property makes for a healthy, happy and comfortable lifestyle, and enhances property value. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This annual process is a must for all residents, including renters, owing to the health, safety and lifestyle benefits,â&#x20AC;? says Archicentre Australia director Peter Georgiev, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and is vital for those considering selling their property during the spring selling season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While many simple maintenance and spring cleaning tasks can and should be carried out by occupants, assistance should be sought from building professionals, such as architects, for assessment of constructional matters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Archicentre Australia has a residential Property Assessment service or an Architectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advice service that involves architects assessing

is to patch cracks when re-painting to improve appearances. Brick homes should be checked for rising damp, which is caused by a breakdown of the dampproof course brought on by old age or neglect of site levels, appropriate site drainage and subfloor ventilation. Be careful not to create external garden conditions that give rise to horizontal damp by covering sub-floor vents, or laying beds hard up against walls above the damp-proof course. Reasonable air circulation must be maintained to prevent stale air, excessive humidity and condensation, all of which can affect health and cause materials to deteriorate. Long periods of stagnant, moist conditions will encourage mould. Any mould should be removed and items such as evaporative coolers, stoves, range hoods, clothes dryers and showers should be well vented to the outside, not just into roof spaces. Windows should be cleaned inside and out while insect screens need to be checked and replaced if damaged. Doors and windows should

Spring means home maintenance properties for issues relating to footings/ foundations and building conditions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that can better inform customers of their priorities relating to maintenance. This can extend to elements and finishes (floors, walls, ceilings, roofs), balconies, decks, stairs, fire protection measures, insulation, poor ventilation and dampness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is also a Timber Pest Inspection service carried out by independent licensed timber pest inspectors, and it must be remembered that termites can occur in any area,â&#x20AC;? Peter Georgiev says. Many regular maintenance issues encountered in homes can be tackled by residents but if left untended can lead to more serious problems. For instance, smoke alarm batteries should be tested and batteries changed. Surfaces inside and out should be cleaned and painted if necessary. Most plaster walls will crack in time but provided the footings and foundations are sound, often all that is required

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be checked to ensure they open and close properly as any jams can be caused by structural issues. Floor coverings should be cleaned and slip or trip hazards identified and remedied. Check the colour of your stove topâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gas flame for signs of contamination as natural gas should burn blue. Fuses that blow with increasing regularity indicate a wiring problem and should be attended to by an electrician. If you have drips from internal or external taps have a plumber attend to change the washers. Any leaks in cisterns also need to be attended to while hot water units should be checked for any issues, such as constant leaks from the overflow pipe. Outdoor decks and balconies should be checked for visible signs of deterioration and wooden surfaces should be cleaned and if necessary re-sealed. Gardens should be kept neat and tidy, and any untidy bushes, shrubs or trees trimmed, particularly if they hang over the gutters or roof.

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for cooking with real fuel There’s no doubt about it, whether you’re barbecuing a steak at searingly high temperatures on the grill, or opting for the low and slow smoking method, there’s nothing quite like the delicious taste and smell of barbecue food cooked over natural fuel such as charcoal or wood. “From traditional grilling, roasting or slow cooking, cooking with natural fuel has seen a huge resurgence. It adds a new, exciting dimension to cooking outdoors as well as producing that delicious, mouthwatering, smokey taste that is so sought after,” says Mr Graham Brake, group general manager of outdoor appliance company, Fornetto. Here, Mr Brake shares his top tips for cooking with real fuel: 1. Charcoal choices – not all charcoal is created equal. Opt for a poor grade and you may be faced with a slow start to your outdoor cook-up or a fizzle-out finish. Opt for high grade natural or lump charcoal to ensure a sustained heat that also imparts a lovely earthy flavour into your food. 2. Wonderful wood – the type of wood you choose makes a big impact on flavour. Most Australian hard woods are a great choice. White Gum, Yellow/ White Box, Red Gum, Ironbark and fruit woods such as Apple and Cherry are all popular woods

that are readily available. Check your wood is dry and free from pests or contamination. Avoid Australian aromatics such as pine and eucalyptus that can add a disagreeable flavour to your food. 3. Smoking chips – these are a great way to enhance the flavour of your barbecue food, giving that unique smokey taste. Many chips are infused with additional flavours such as red wine, cognac or muscatel, to impart depth and flavoursome flair to your finished meal. 4. Low and slow – from pulled pork to hickory smoked ribs, without doubt the flavour of the moment is produced by cooking at low temperatures for a long time. Inspired by popular North American cuisine, this cooking technique is produced perfectly by using a multi-function smoker. Opt for a free-standing smoker with separate compartments so you can adapt your technique and quantity of food to suit your needs. 5. Griller in the midst – with the best fuel and a high quality barbecue, there’s nothing as satisfying as cooking up a storm over a dancing flame. As a rule, items that take less than 30 minutes can be cooked directly over the coals, however larger cuts of meat that require longer should be positioned above the coal on the grill, with a drip tray underneath to catch the fat and prevent your meat from burning.

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the analysis. Some colours seemed to deter buyers. Darker, more stylespecific walls like terracotta and brick red dining rooms sold for $2,031 less than expected. Yellow kitchens and pink bedrooms also performed poorly. The least successful bathroom walls were off-white or eggshell white, selling for $4,025 less than expected. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Colour can be a powerful tool for attracting buyers to a home, especially in listing photos and videos,â&#x20AC;? said Zillow chief economist, Svenja Gudell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Painting walls in fresh, naturallooking colours, particularly in shades of blue and pale grey not only make a home feel larger, but also are neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Incorporating light blue in kitchens and bathrooms may pay off especially well as the colour complements white countertops and cabinets, a growing trend in both rooms.â&#x20AC;? Outside the house, exterior paint colours like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;greigeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (a mixture of grey and beige) sold for $3,496 more than similar homes painted medium brown, taupe or stucco. The easiest way to add value to your house? The front door. Houses with a navy blue, dark grey or charcoal front door sold for $1,514 more than expected.




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Nursery industry unveils new-look campaign to boost plant sales The nursery industry has today unveiled a new-look national consumer campaign encouraging Australians to increase the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;plant-life balanceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in their homes, their workplaces and their communities. The Plant Life Balance program is designed to increase demand for Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high-quality nursery stock by getting Australians excited about placing more green life in their homes and promoting the benefits of plants to our health and wellbeing. The launch marks a new era for Plant Life Balance, which is supported by a suite of resources for retail nurseries and consumers, including plant styling guides and a phone app, to provide Australians with a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;plant healthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rating for their home. The nursery industry, together with Hort Innovation and RMIT University contributed to the development of the campaign, which forms part of the industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s broader marketing effort to increase green space in urban areas by 20 per cent by 2020, under the 202020 Vision initiative. As with previous campaigns, Plant Life Balance is funded by Hort Innovation using the nursery marketing levy and funds from the Australian Government and is being rolled out across a widerange of retail nurseries throughout the country from today.

Nursery and Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) CEO Peter Vaughan said the campaign was an exciting development for the industry that will seek to put more plants in Australian homes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a proactive campaign that sees science and innovative technology being used to drive plant sales by harnessing platforms and approaches that suit the modern consumer,â&#x20AC;? Mr Vaughan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The campaign features seven plant â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;looksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to suit a range of tastes and, more importantly, improve air quality and wellbeing, by integrating a number of particular plants into the designated space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The app, on the other hand, allows users to take a photo of a room then drag and drop a select range of plants, to give both a health rating and a visual on what your new green space will look like. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The resources are free and easy to use, which can be downloaded viahttp://â&#x20AC;? Mr Vaughan said the essence of Plant

Life Balance was to promote the variety of benefits provided by the industry and to deliver return on investment to levy-payers, by boosting demand for nursery stock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is an exciting time for Australian nurseries,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The campaign taps into the great work of our growers and also past campaigns, to build upon the current green movement that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re encouraging production nurseries to explore the looks and app, so they understand the basis of the campaign, and to contribute to its success through providing the right plants and making plant recommendations in the future â&#x20AC;&#x153;The flow-on benefits of such a campaign could be significant, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for nurseries to think about

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White colour schemes will always be classic, so if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re planning on painting the entire house they are a great choice, as you will be far less likely to grow tired of them. With a seemingly endless amount of whites to choose from, the hardest part is choosing the right white for your home. To help take some of the guess work out of the equation, Inspirations Paint have put together expert design advice to help narrow your selection and tips for choosing your final paint colour. Which white is right? What works for one home may not work for another, so simply copying a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scheme or even one from a magazine or Pinterest can leave you disappointed as there are many factors that contribute to choosing â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the right whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. According to Inspirations Paint Colour Consultant and Interior Designer, Alex Ace â&#x20AC;&#x153;when selecting a white or neutral wall colour, you need to take into account your flooring type, your furniture, the style you want to create, as well as both the natural and artificial lighting you have throughout your home. Once all these factors have been considered and weighed up, you can then decide which white to chooseâ&#x20AC;?.

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Importance of lighting: Alex says â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important not to underestimate the impact of both natural sunlight and artificial lighting in a room; the appearance of the same colour throughout the whole house can change dramatically from room to room just because the room faces a different orientation or one room has a cool light bulb, whilst another may have a warm light bulbâ&#x20AC;?. This might mean selecting a different colour for your living areas to your bedrooms depending on where they are located in the home, or changing your light globes to create the look you want. Warm vs cool whites Broadly speaking, there are two types of whites; warm and cool and these work most importantly with the lighting in your room. Alex says â&#x20AC;&#x153;warm whites normally have either a yellow, brown or red undertone and work well in rooms that have a cool southern light as they impart a warmth and softness into a cooler room to create a cosy atmosphereâ&#x20AC;?. Try Dulux Antique White U.S.A., Dulux Natural White or Berger Paper Stock. Alexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite white right now is Dulux Natural White, Alex says â&#x20AC;&#x153;it suits an extensive range of architectural styles from traditional through to contemporary and although it is technically a warm white, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adaptable to many colour palettes; even the modern cooler greys which are popular at the momentâ&#x20AC;?.





DALGETY Cool whites work well to tone down the warmth in rooms with lots of northern light. According to Alex â&#x20AC;&#x153;the black or blue tint in these cool

Selecting your final paint colour Before you commit to one colour, Inspirations Paint in-store expert, Kath Haynes, suggests collecting a number of paint chips in hues that work for your lighting and dĂŠcor. Once the colour options have been narrowed, the best tool to use is large hand painted colour samples called Brush-Out Boards, to assist with

whites helps to neutralise that bright Australian northern lightâ&#x20AC;?. Try Dulux Lexicon Half, Dulux White on White or Berger Rhythm and Soul.

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Keeping it cool Summer is just around the corner and now is the time to get your cooling and refrigeration systems ready…It’s set to be a scorcher! Jay Kelly and Mick Allen are your local air conditioning and refrigeration experts, working together to guarantee you the best product and reliable service every time. Jay is an air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic with over 17 years professional experience in the industry. He works from Jindabyne but services the entire Snowy Mountains and Monaro region. Mick is an electrician offering residential, commercial and maintenance services throughout the region. Mick can handle all your electrical needs, from new homes and renovations, sheds, maintenance, commercial installations and everything in between. Mick and Jay have combined their services to create a one-stop shop for all your electrical, air conditioning and refrigeration needs. Jay’s family have lived in the Snowy Monaro region for six generations. Jay returned home three years ago to start up his own business in the area. “I’ve always wanted my own business, so I jumped in the deep end and here I am!” He began as a sole trader and now operates as Jay Kelly Refrigeration Pty Ltd. He employs Mitch Rand as a tradesman’s assistant and his sister, Tiffany, and Kiera do the office work. Three months ago, Jay started working

Jay Kelly and Mick Allen are working together to make keeping cool this summer easy and stress-free.

with electrician, Mick Allen, who recently moved from Albury to Adaminaby. “Jay and I have been good mates for about 10-12 years now,” said Mick. “I moved to be closer to family, and Jay kept ringing me saying there was a lot of work down here for an electrician, so I thought, why not?” Jay and Mick have combined forces to make the job of buying and installing air conditioning systems quick and easy. “We wanted to be able to complete the job in one go,” said Jay. “We pride ourselves on providing a reliable service and making the whole experience faster and easier for our customers.” Jay is a service agent for Mitsubishi Electric and can supply air conditioning units direct from the supplier. He offers a range of other products, including evaporative cooling systems, ducted gas, split systems, air-to-water systems, concrete slab heating and cooling and fridges. Jay is a commercial refrigeration mechanic and can fulfil all your

commercial refrigeration requirements, including service, breakdowns and installs. He also services and installs beer systems at local hotels and offers cool room and freezer hire. Jay and Mick service the entire Snowy Monaro region, from Jindabyne and Cooma down to Bombala and Delegate, out to Adaminaby, Thredbo and Perisher and everywhere in between. Mick said business is booming and he is enjoying living in Adaminaby.

“I love the area around here, I’ve always loved the high country and it’s great to be able to spend some more time here.”

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Whether your colour palette for this Christmas is snowy white, sparkly silver and purple or traditional green, gold and red, you can coordinate your decorations with some gorgeous pots of flowers to brighten up your Christmas dinner table or outdoor entertainment area. Early November is the time to get planting so your potted creations are looking fabulous for the Christmas party season. Here is some inspiration: * Crisp white lobelias, alyssum and geraniums combined with trailing Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’. * Hanging baskets filled with vibrant red calibrachoas and cascading white lobelia. * A planter bowl with a showy red geranium in the centre surrounded by a halo of white alyssum.

* Purple and white petunias and grey leafed cineraria ‘Silver Dust’ planted together in a decorative trough.

To promote lots of healthy growth and festive flowers, keep the pots wellwatered and feed each week with plant food rich in potassium. Regularly trim off any dead flowers to help keep the plants looking tidy. Before guests arrive, you can add some final touches to the pots such as ribbons, baubles and sprigs of holly and tinsel. Right; Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’. Photo: Looking at Plants Bottom right: Red calibrachoas ‘Mini Petunias’ are great for filling balcony planters. Bottom left: Grey-leafed cineraria ‘Silver Dust’ is a festive choice.

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Spring means creating vegie gardens Continuous celery How often have you purchased a bunch of celery from the supermarket, only to use just a few stalks and the rest goes yellow and limp in the bottom of the crisper? It doesn’t need to be this way! If you grow your own celery, you can harvest individual crisp and crunchy stalks as you need them. Yates Green Crunch Celery is a delicious celery with long stringless bright green stalks. Whether you use your celery in salads, soups, smoothies or stir fries or as a low carb cracker alternative with a tasty dip, it’s a healthy and versatile vegie to have on hand. During November in cool and temperate areas, sow Yates Green Crunch Celery seed 6 mm deep in trays of Yates Seed Raising Mix or sow direct into a sunny vegie patch or a medium sized pot. Seedlings will start to pop up in 2 - 3 weeks and be fully mature from 20 weeks. Single stalks can be harvested earlier than this as required. Pick the outer stems first with a sideways pull, leaving the young leaves to continue to grow. For paler, sweeter celery stems, exclude light by wrapping the lower stems for the last few weeks before harvest. This is a technique called blanching and the stems can be wrapped in newspaper and gently fixed with twine or a large waxed

juice carton can be placed over the stems, leaving the top leaves exposed. Another method is to use a section of PVC pipe, which can be reused each year. To help keep celery plants healthy and productive, feed them each week with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food. How to grow the best home grown tomatoes Tomatoes are one of the most popular, versatile and delicious fruiting vegies to grow at home. Here are our top tips for a fantastic tomato harvest: * Support tall growers - tall growing tomatoes such as Yates Grosse Lisse and Yates Tommy Toe will need a support to grow on. You can use tall tomato stakes with soft twine or pantyhose or tomato cages. * To pinch or not - extra side shoots, (called laterals) begin to form in the leaf bases on tomato plants. They can be pinched out to allow in plenty of sunshine, abundant flowering and larger individual trusses of fruit. Alternately, on smaller growing and bite size tomatoes leave the laterals to increase the amount of flowering trusses for a bountiful harvest. * Consistent water and food - water regularly and deeply at the base of the plant. Avoid splashing water over the foliage to help reduce the chances

of fungal problems like blight and mildew. Watering potted tomatoes is particularly important, as they will dry out faster than in-ground tomatoes. Mulch plants with Lucerne or pea or sugar cane straw to help retain soil moisture. Feed each week with Yates Thrive Liquid Plant Food. * Control white fly - white fly are tiny white sap sucking insects which fly up in a cloud if disturbed, then settle back on the foliage. To help protect tomato plants from damage spray every 5-7 days using Yates Nature’s Way Herb and Vegie Spray which is a soap based spray that’s certified for use in organic gardening. * Control caterpillars and common diseases - Yates Tomato & Vegetable Dust will help protect your tomatoes from major pests and diseases, such as caterpillars, early blight, powdery mildew and rusts. Apply dust early in the morning or evening when the air is still and reapply every 7 days or after rain. Tomato seed sowing tip: in cool areas, tomato seed can be sown up until the end of November, in temperate areas sowing can be extended until Christmas. Small space beans You don’t need to have a large garden to be able to grow your own delicious green beans. Dwarf varieties

of beans are ideal for small spaces and can even be grown in a pot. They’re abundant croppers too, so you can harvest lots of beans from a limited area. Yates Stringless Dwarf Snapbean is renowned for its snap-fresh, crisp, stringless, rounded pods that are full of flavour. Try green beans wrapped in prosciutto, green beans with cherry vinaigrette or pan fried haloumi and green been salad. Yum! Starting your patch or pot of beans couldn’t be easier: * Find a sunny spot that receives at least 6 hours of sun a day. * In the vegie patch, enrich the soil first with some Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. For potted beans, choose a medium sized pot (around 30cm in diameter) and fill with a good quality potting mix such as Yates Premium Potting Mix. * Sow seed 25 mm deep directly into damp soil or potting mix. Do not water for a few days after sowing (as overly wet soil can lead to the seeds rotting). Seedlings will pop up in 7- 10 days. * Dwarf beans don’t require a trellis to climb on but if tendrils appear (particularly during prolonged cloudy weather) trim these to maintain a bushy habit. * Feed each week with Yates Thrive Flower & Fruit Soluble Plant Food. * Pick pods regularly.


Spring lawn care tips for all experience levels No matter what your lawn expertise, Turf Australia has some simple tips to get your lawn into top shape this spring. Backyard Beginner? Fertilise Have a patch of lawn but not sure what to do with it? Fertilising is one quick, no fuss way to bring out the best in your lawn this spring. Lightly fertilising in early spring will rejuvenate your lawn after winter by adding essential ‘trace elements’ or minute levels of nutrients in the soil, which are important to keep it looking healthy throughout the warmer months. Choose a slow release fertiliser and sprinkle it evenly across the lawn. If you can, check the forecast and fertilise before rain is predicted. If not, just give the lawn a good water to help flush the nutrients down to the grassroots.

Mid-level Maintenance? Aerate Aerating will give an established lawn a kick-start for spring by breaking up the soil underneath to let in sunshine, oxygen and water. You only need to aerate if your lawn’s soil is compacted – you can check by pushing a screwdriver into the soil. If it’s difficult to push in, it is likely you need to aerate. Using a garden fork, push it about 7-10cm into your lawn and repeat in 1020cm intervals across your lawn. If you have a big yard or it’s heavily compacted, it’s worth hiring an aerating machine for about $15-25 from the local hire shop or nursery.

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Even the best-looking lawn can build up thatch, which is the layer between the soil and where your grass turns green. Too much thatch can cause new grass roots to grow in the thatch rather than the soil, leaving the lawn feeling spongy and susceptible to brown sunspots in the summer heat. To break up the thatch, give your lawn a good rake first one way, and then the other in a grid or lower your mower height by one notch and mow the grass. Repeat this 2-3 times, each time lowering the mower a notch each time.

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