Hand-crafted cafe and historic homestead open many options
Property
A young man walked into the timber slab hut wearing a smile, a ponytail and his ukulele. “Can I have a cup of coffee if I play?” he asked the owner of the Rollonin Cafe, Renata Ryan, who returned his smile. Her late husband Tony would have been even happier. He liked the early days, when swaggies called offering to...
Little Lake, Narooma at risk of large scale fish kill with illegal opening
Environment
Fisheries officers from the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) are concerned attempts to illegally open a coastal lake at Narooma could lead to large scale fish kills. Investigations are underway following ongoing attempts to illegally open what are know as Intermittently Closed and Open Lakes and Lagoons (ICOLLS). DPI Acting Director Fisheries Compliance, Brett Andrew, says fisheries officers have...
Want to own your own island? There’s a 122-hectare one for sale on the South Coast
Property
Have you ever dreamed of owning your own island? If so, a rare opportunity has come up to buy a 122-hectare island on the NSW South Coast – only 20 minutes’ drive from Jervis Bay and two-and-a-half hours from Canberra. Burraga Island – often known as Pig Island – is up for sale near Nowra and is attracting a lot...
The rider from Rohan who bought the Dragon Inn
Property
Rohan was the land of the horse lords in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and the name Yvonne Harrack chose 23 years ago for her property adjoining Kosciuszko National Park. Conjure the movie Lord of the Ring’s Riders of Rohan galloping across the grassy plains and you have a picture of Spring Flat Estate near Delegate, where Yvonne named her...
Millions flow for Tulgeen’s supported housing vision. Watch this space!
News
There is a twinkle about Jen Russell that goes beyond the almost $5 million her service has just won from the New South Wales Government. Jen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bega Valley's Tulgeen Disability Services. For over 40 years Tulgeen has offered a vast range of supports to people living with disabilities. The afternoon I met Jen she...
Country homestead on 100 acres offers life on a farm 30 minutes from Canberra
Property
A country homestead on 100 acres of rural pasture is for sale 30 minutes’ drive from Canberra and offers the ‘rare opportunity’ to live on a farm while still being close to the city. The recently renovated three-bedroom homestead at 2963 Dog Trap Road, Jeir, is set on gently undulating land 15 minutes from Hall Village and close to local...
Tathra stalwarts decide its time to sell. Is this your big break?
Property
Two stalwarts of the Sapphire Coast tourism industry are contimplating more holiday time for themselves as they look to sell their business and open a new chapter in their lives. It's hard to imagine Tathra Beach House Apartments without Rob and Lesley White. The pair met while working in Thredbo during their mid-twenties, but started thinking about a life in...
Escape to the coast with this stately Long Beach home
Property
If you’re looking to escape to the coast and avoid some winter chills a stately light-filled home at Long Beach offers an attractive option. Less than two hours’ drive from Canberra, the four-bedroom homestead at 17 Barrakee Drive sits on 2.5 acres of land and is only five minutes’ drive from the beach. On the market for $989,000, the secluded...
Invest in an era when buildings passed the test of time
Property
Look at the top of the arched roof in this lovely old inn near Cathcart on the wind-swept Monaro plains, two hours south of Canberra. Built in 1838, the timber and iron ridge puts many of the shiny new apartment towers rising into the Canberra skyline to shame. “The ridgepole (main spine of the roof) is as straight as it...
Boutique vineyard and home for sale in the heart of Bega Valley
Property
If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own vineyard among rolling green hills then a property for sale for $699,000 in the heart of the Bega Valley could make all your wishes come true. Featured on River Cottage Australia, as well as local and Canberra region marketing campaigns, the 25-acre property at 46 Terlich Road, Verona, comes with a renovated...
Harden business group wants more ambitious growth model
Business
Growth projections for the Hilltops region are extremely negative and pessimistic, according to Harden Murrumburrah Regional Development Corporation. North-west of Canberra, Hilltops Council formed in 2016 when Boorowa, Harden and Young councils merged into one entity. While many Canberrans see Boorowa and Harden as affordable places for owning a home, Hilltops' latest economic and growth strategy predicts 0.4 per cent...
Escape to a Bega cottage garden
Property
This historic weatherboard cottage in Bega has enough charm to attract buyers from Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. The listing agent, Greg Coman, would not be surprised if the buyer came from interstate. If ever the Bega Valley featured in an episode of Escape from the City, then this 1898 weatherboard cottage with climbing roses and iron roof would be the...
Wild ideas to save St John’s orphanage
Community
Western Sydney developer Ammar Khan says he has a redevelopment plan including a 156-unit, four-star hotel that would finance the restoration of St John’s old orphanage in Goulburn. Mr Khan, who attracted 2.6 per cent of the vote as an independent candidate for Chifley in 2016, says he took his plan to owner John Ferrara two years ago as well...
Family’s housing plan would double the size of Sutton
News
Plans to convert rural land in Sutton into housing would double the size of the village just across the NSW border to Canberra's north. The Cartwright family, through a planning proposal prepared by Capital Region Planning, is asking the Yass Valley Council to rezone 180 hectares so it can develop a combination of large residential and rural-residential lots, with the...
Gothic-style home near parkland is for sale 900 metres from two South Coast beaches
Property
A grand Gothic-style home sitting in an elevated position on 40 acres of land is for sale next to Eurobodalla Coastal National Park and only 900 metres from two beautiful beaches. ‘Bingi Dreaming’ at 574 Bingi Road, Bingie, is a rare offering given its private setting and amazing location, with the home boasting both ocean and mountain views. Along with...
House Rules: Crumbling Gundaroo cottage doubles in size and value
Property
The Gundaroo home of House Rules contestants Katie and Alex Middlemiss has been transformed in seven days from a crumbling cottage “held up by twigs” to a 21st century country house with towering timber ceilings. In the process the home has more than doubled in size and almost doubled in value, with its valuation increasing from $430,000 to $760,000 -...
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