Rural riches in little known suburb

first_imgThe Newman’s have just sold their property for $920,000 after buying it six years ago for $570,000. They say even though the property market is tough there is still money to be made. They also reckon Toonpan which offers a semi-rural lifestyle is Townsville’s best kept secret. This is Sharee Newman on the property.THE Newman family’s Toonpan home has become a property success story, selling for $920,000 after they purchased it five years ago for $572,000.Sharee Newman, who lives at 242 Mountview Dve with her husband and two children, says the sale is proof there is still money to be made in Townsville’s downtrodden property market.The family gutted the five-bedroom home during a five-month renovation to create a picture perfect homestead sitting in pride of place on 26ha.Even after completing a six-figure renovation, Mrs Newman said they had come away with a healthy profit.“When we bought it in 2012, it was a bit of a mess and they had renters here at the time,” she said.“It was on the market for a long time and we came back to look at it again and the renters had gone and they had cleaned it out but there was still a lot of water damage. “I was pregnant at the time and I just thought, ‘I can’t do this’, but the previous owners had all the right infrastructure in place so we went ahead and bought it.”The property was sold to a Townsville family with three children who want to be able to enjoy a rural lifestyle. Mrs Newman said well-maintained acreage properties were a rarity in Townsville and she felt that was why it sold for such a high price.“I noticed in Townsville that you don’t see a lot of acreage properties of this size where it’s tidy inside and out and I think there is a real lack of these properties in the market,” she said.“We had overseas interest, interstate interest and the rest was locals.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“We’ve kept it well maintained and that’s what really attracted people and within three weeks we had an offer.”The home has a large undercover entertaining area and a six-bay shed, while there is also a dam, bore water, rainwater tank and a pet pig that will be given to the new owners. The dam has been stocked with barramundi and there is a bridge leading to an ­island in the centre of the dam.She said the home had been a rural paradise and they were sad to be leaving to relocate to Victoria. “We get turtles out of the dam that crawl up to the house, we catch barra out of the dam and you get kangaroos hopping about the place,” she said.“The bird life is amazing and you get storks that are as tall as me and they are like a jumbo jet when they fly in. It’s a great home for kids.”The southern suburb of Toonpan is arguably Townsville’s best-kept secret. It offers a rural lifestyle, large lots, mountain views and tranquillity. The suburb, off the Flinders Highway, mainly hosts owner-occupiers and properties rarely come up for sale.McGrath agent Karyn Voevodin, who sold the property, said the price was a reflection of the limited amount of quality acreage on the market.“I’ve got a number of buyers who are still looking for something similar,” she said.last_img read more

Dominica highlights the importance of its forest this week

first_img Share LocalNews Dominica highlights the importance of its forest this week by: – December 12, 2011 Share 34 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Photo credit: un.orgThe launching of the book “Playing with Plants in the Nature Isle” and the commissioning of a standing exhibition on the natural history of the island are among activities marking International Year of the Forest 2011 today.Other activities will include tree planting, media appearances with former and present members of staff, presentations on the Crapaud Project and Baby Sisserou which was bred in captivity in May 2011.Acting Forest Officer Jacqueline Andre said International Year of the Forests 2011 is a celebration of the central role of people in the management, conservation, and sustainable development of the world’s forests. “Throughout the year countries have been highlighting the multiple roles forests play in our lives because they provide shelter to people and a habitat for biodiversity; they are a source of food, medicine, fresh air, and clean water; and they are a crucial part of the equation for maintaining a stable global climate and environment. In short, forests are vital to the survival and well being of people everywhere, all 7 billion of us,” she said.The activities which are being held under the theme “Celebrating Forests for People” will end on December 16th, 2011.A radio address by the acting minister for Agriculture and Forestry Ivor Stephenson officially launched the week of activities today. Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Angels select Louisville pitcher Reid Detmers with 1st-round draft pick

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “His curveball is a separator for him,” Swanson said.“His pitches, the way he uses his pitches, they build upon themselves. He has such a natural feel for pitching, the moxie – the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. How much swing and miss he gets on fastballs up and down, in and out, it’s just a lot when you can see it.”Swanson personally scouted Detmers’ final collegiate game at Wake Forest on March 6. The weather was bad, Swanson said – “40 degrees, one of those nights where the flags were standing up” – and he was awed by Detmers’ competitiveness.“There was a sequence where he got hit on a line drive comebacker, stayed in the game, struck out the side to get out of it,” Swanson said.Last year, Detmers pitched for the U.S. National team following his sophomore season at Louisville. In his last full college season, Detmers set the Cardinals’ single-season strikeout record with 167, and tied the program record for wins with 13. Swanson said the Angels scouted Detmers often in 2019, and as a high schooler in Chatham, Illinois.The Angels have been allotted $6.4 million to spend on their five picks in this year’s draft. The assigned bonus value for the number-10 pick is $4,739,900.Detmers had been drafted once before, when the Braves selected him in the 32nd round of the 2017 draft out of high school. His father, Kris, was a minor-league pitcher in the Cardinals’ organization from 1994-99.The younger Detmers called his father a “huge influence” on his career. He wasn’t allowed to throw a curveball until his freshman year of high school, but it quickly became his signature pitch.“It’s always had that shape,” Reid Detmers said. “I’ve always had a good feel for it.”Coincidentally, Detmers was part of the same Louisville recruiting class as outfielder Jo Adell, who is now the top prospect in the Angels’ organization. While developing outfielders hasn’t been an issue for the Angels recently, developing starting pitching has. That could allow Detmers to stand out in a relatively thin minor league system.Keanan Lamb, the Senior MLB Draft Writer for Baseball Prospectus, said “the command for both (his) fastball and curveball are advanced, just needing a little extra work on the changeup to help his overall starter profile. Assuming the transition from college to the pros goes smoothly, he could move reasonably quickly in the Angels’ system that desperately could use starting pitching.”Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone It’s usually a safe bet that any player chosen in the Major League Baseball draft, even a first-round pick, will not make his major league debut until the following season at the earliest.Not so in 2020.The Angels chose Louisville pitcher Reid Detmers with their first-round pick Wednesday. He’s the first pitcher the Angels have chosen with their top draft pick since Sean Newcomb in 2014. The last time they drafted a pitcher higher than 10th overall was 1993, when they chose left-hander Brian Anderson with the number-3 pick.The scouting report on Detmers – and the uncertainty around MLB roster sizes this season – predict he could arrive sooner rather than later. “I think I’m ready, but that’s not up to me,” Detmers said on a conference call from Louisville. “That’s up to the organization. I’m going to follow their guidelines. Hopefully I can get that call soon. I’m going to do everything to the best of my ability.”It’s a good year to be a fast-moving minor leaguer. The coronavirus wiped out the minor league schedule, but commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Network on Wednesday “we’re going to play baseball in 2020, 100 percent.”Once the season begins, teams might need more players than a 40-man roster allows. That invites the strong possibility that teams will be allowed a “reserve list” of non-roster players who could join the major league club later in the season. Could Detmers be a candidate?“We look at him as someone who could be really close, and have an impact in short order,” said Matt Swanson, the Angels’ director of amateur scouting. “One thing I’ve learned: the player is going to let you know when that is.”Detmers, who turns 21 in July, made four starts in his junior season. He was 3-0 with a 1.23 earned-run average when the NCAA postponed games due to the novel coronavirus. Detmers struck out 48 batters in 22 innings, though he is not a power pitcher in the mold of Newcomb and many other first-round selections. His fastball sits in the low- to mid-90-mph range, and his aptitude for location is considered advanced.last_img read more