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Auction watch: Demand growing for Jerrabomberra homes

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A refurbished Jerrabomberra home with views across the region and beyond was among Saturday’s successful auctions.
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A mixed bag of weather wasn’t enough to deter prospective buyers from competing for the four-bedroom house at 10 Dennis Place.

Selling agent Larry Eckhoff, of Ian McNamee and Partners Real Estate Jerrabomberra, said a $750,000 bid kicked off the proceedings.

The bidding quickly climbed past the $800,000-mark, before a young couple of first home buyers from the area snapped up the property for $820,000.

Mr Eckhoff said the house had been “beautifully refurbished”. The cul-de-sac location was also a drawcard.

“It has magnificent views right through Jerrabomberra to Canberra,” he said.

Mr Eckhoff said Jerrabomberra and greater Queanbeyan continued to lure buyers across the ACT border.

He said the NSW government’s new stamp duty concessions, exempting first home buyers from paying the tax on new and existing properties up to $650,000, continued to draw young buyers from the capital.

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“We’re still getting a lot of ACT buyers coming over and buying now,” Mr Eckhoff said.

“Jerrabomberra has been a popular area for a while but in the last six months it’s getting more and more popular.

“You can’t get enough properties in Jerrabomberra at the moment. Possibly, that might change once we get into September; there’s certainly a few people holding off. There’s definitely a shortage of homes at the moment.”

While some sales have cracked the million-dollar mark, Mr Eckhoff said Jerrabomberra offered quality houses on big blocks at more affordable prices compared to the nation’s capital.

The ACT hasn’t been short of sales either.

Luton Properties director Richard Luton said a shortage of stock continued to spark strong sales – and prices – under the hammer.

His agencies have recorded 100 per cent clearance rates over the past two Saturdays, including August 5.

Saturday’s Canberra-wide clearance rate was 67 per cent off 44 reported auctions, according to Domain Group data.

It comes off the back of a staggering 90 per cent clearance rate recorded a week ago.

“I hope, once spring comes, there will be more on the market,” Mr Luton said.

“We’re very, very short on supply in all [Canberra regional] markets. I haven’t seen anything like it in wintertime.”

One standout sale was 4 Verco Street in Hackett. It sold for $1,260,000 under the hammer.

Selling agent Michael McReynolds said the sale price was above expectations, with nine of the 10 registered bidders vying for the property.

It was the first time the property, backing Mount Majura Nature Reserve, had been on the market in 46 years.

Mr McReynolds said the new buyers were inner north residents.

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Pattinson out of Bangladesh tour with back problem

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‘s fast-bowling stocks have taken another hit with James Pattinson ruled out of this month’s Test tour of Bangladesh.
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Pattinson, 27, has been replaced by Jackson Bird, who toured India earlier this year but did not play a Test.

Pattinson had complained of soreness in recent days and was sent for scans on Friday. These have shown inflammation around an old stress fracture which contributed to his long lay off last year.

The Victorian quick had returned from injury late in the n summer and helped the Bushrangers to the Sheffield Shield title. He recently returned from a successful stint in English county cricket and is said to be “shattered” by his latest injury.

It’s expected Pattinson will able to resume full training in about a month, ensuring his focus can be on regaining his Test spot ahead of the home Ashes series. He is expected to be available come the start of the domestic summer.

He played the last of his 17 Tests against New Zealand in Christchurch in February last year, and had been encouraged to modify his bowling action as a result of back problems.

Pattinson’s absence follows the decision to rest spearhead Mitchell Starc, who had complained of soreness in his foot after the Champions Trophy in England.

Bird will join Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins in the pace attack. Mitchell Swepson’s rise to becoming ‘s next frontline leg-spinner will continue after he was included in the squad.

The national selectors had initially indicated they would add a fourth fast bowler but opted for another spinning option. This came, in part, because the slated A tour of South Africa last month was scuttled as a result of the now-settled pay dispute. Bird had been one of four fast bowlers hoping to push for Test selection.

National selector Trevor Hohns said he was satisfied had enough fast-bowling depth. Batting allrounder Hilton Cartwright can also provide medium-pace, if selected in the XI.

“We are comfortable with the fast-bowling stocks we have in the squad so have opted to add an additional spinner given the conditions we are likely to face in Bangladesh,” Hohns said.

“Mitchell is a very exciting young leg-spinner who we think will benefit immensely from further experience in the sub-continent.”

Swepson, 23, has been on the selectors’ radar for some time, and their interest in him was confirmed when he was chosen for the Test tour of India earlier this year. He did not play a Test but benefited from the experience of training in the sub-continent conditions – a similar type he will face against a hungry Bangladesh keen to build on its improving form.

Nathan Lyon, ‘s most successful off-spinner, and left-arm finger spinner Ashton Agar were already included, the latter a controversial selection ahead of Steve O’Keefe, who had bowled to a shock victory in the opening Test against India in Pune when he claimed 12 wickets for the match.

That Swepson has now been chosen ahead of O’Keefe would suggest the national selectors have moved on from the left-arm finger spinner, who has found himself in trouble off the field. Swepson has not played in a game since the end of the Big Bash League series. The Queenslander’s last first-class match had been in December.

Leg-spinner great Shane Warne has provided strong public and private support for Swepson, having called for him to be selected for India, and also to play in the first Test. Warne has also given him a one-on-one practice session.

He had initially caught the eye of skipper Steve Smith when he was used as a net bowler on ‘s tour of Sri Lanka last year.

has not toured Bangladesh since 2006 when it claimed a 2-0 series win. The tourists will head into a pre-series camp in Darwin next week, before leaving for Bangladesh on August 18. They will play a two-day tour match in Fattulah from August 22, with the first Test in Dhaka beginning August 27.

AUSTRALIA TEST SQUAD: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Jackson Bird, Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade

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Maitland Football For All celebrates another great year

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Football for All a celebration of life | PHOTOS UNDER 7s: Maitland Football For All and Rutherford Dragons in action.
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UNDER 7s: Maitland Football For All and Rutherford Dragons in action.

UNDER 7s: Maitland Football For All and Rutherford Dragons in action.

UNDER 7s: Maitland Football For All and Rutherford Dragons in action.

UNDER 7s: Maitland Football For All and Rutherford Dragons in action.

UNDER 7s: Maitland Football For All and Rutherford Dragons in action.

UNDER 7s: Maitland Football For All and Rutherford Dragons in action.

UNDER 7s: Maitland Football For All and Rutherford Dragons in action.

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UNDER 11s: Maitland Football For All and Thornton in action.

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UNDER 11s: Maitland Football For All and Thornton in action.

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UNDER 11s: Maitland Football For All and Thornton in action.

UNDER 11s: Maitland Football For All and Thornton in action.

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UNDER 9s: Maitland Football For All and Thornton in action.

UNDER 9s: Maitland Football For All and Thornton in action.

UNDER 9s: Maitland Football For All and Thornton in action.

UNDER 9s: Maitland Football For All and Thornton in action.

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Why more older Chinans are renovating instead of relocating

12.12.2018, Comments Off on Why more older Chinans are renovating instead of relocating, 苏州桑拿会所, by .

The Age, News. Trevor and Jenny Tiller in their apartment which has had renovations done to improve accessability.Pic Simon Schluter 3 August 2017.After living in Brighton for almost 50 years, Trevor and Jenny Tiller are in no rush to leave.
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But as the years go by, they have had to face some hard truths.

Aged 81, Mrs Tiller, a former school psychologist, is living with a degenerative neurological disorder.

“In two and a half years, Jen has gone from walking slowly to barely walking,” Mr Tiller said.

Their son, an architect, convinced the couple to look into renovation options to make their ground-floor apartment more accessible. Reluctant, they had plans drawn up and sought some quotes.

“We did it, thinking it was something we’d act on in the future,” Mr Tiller said.

But when Mrs Tiller was recently hospitalised for ankle surgery, her husband knew she could not return to their home unless things changed.

“It wasn’t a matter of waiting anymore,” he said. “She was no longer capable of getting in and out of the bath.” Related: Downsizing cost traps awaiting retireesRelated: 1 in 5 expect to retire with mortgageRelated: Who is the typical property investor?

The Tillers are like thousands of older ns, opting to renovate their houses to delay moving into retirement villages and nursing homes.

According to research last year by Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the Property Council of , the average age a person enters an aged care facility has risen to 75. But the latest census data shows the vast majority of older ns still live in private dwellings.

More than 80 per cent of people aged between 85 and 89 live in private housing, which includes self-contained flats in retirement villages. And roughly half of the population aged between 95 and 99 occupy private dwellings, according to the n Bureau of Statistics.

Council on the Ageing head Ian Yates said the reasons older ns wanted to stay at home were varied.

“Mostly it’s because they want control over their lives, and they enjoy where they live,” Mr Yates said. “They might need some help, but that doesn’t mean that they feel they need to give up control and, unfortunately, residential aged care is too often associated with a lack of control.”

With one in six ns now aged over 65, the government is in the process of reforming home care.

Aged care minister Ken Wyatt said $2.2 billion would be spent on the Commonwealth Home Support Program for older ns this financial year.

“The n government acknowledges many people would prefer to live independently at home as they get older,” Mr Wyatt said.

By 2050, the government estimates a workforce of more than 800,000 people will help service the needs of 3.5 million older ns, mainly in their own homes.

Home care packages have expanded enormously in the past decade but Mr Yates criticised the “lack of consistency” between the states and territories on home modification schemes.

Architects and builders have reported a significant increase in queries surrounding home modifications, such as installing ramps and rails.

Archicentre director Peter Georgiev said accessibility was a primary consideration in new buildings, pointing to accessible separate studios, or granny flats.

“I can’t say with any authority that it is on people’s radar but it’s a bloody good idea,” Mr Georgiev said. “If it’s not, then it should be.”

Mr Tiller could afford to renovate the bathroom, quoted at between $9000 and $14,000.

The 82-year-old former consulting engineer spent countless hours poring over information about government assistance services and funding packages.

“It’s like finding your way blindfolded through a maze of razor wire,” Mr Tiller said. “It takes a lot of time and a fair amount of intellectual effort to work your way through the whole thing.”

The federal government said current reforms were aimed at giving consumers greater choice and flexibility over the way support was provided.

The Tillers hope to stay in their home for as long as possible.

“For Jen, it’s important,” Mr Tiller said. “She’s not looking forward to permanent residential care at all.”

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Lapierre scrapes into long jump final

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Fabrice Lapierre ‘s reigning world silver medallist has squeezed into final of the long jump as the last qualifier despite not hitting any of his jumps cleanly.
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Lapierre managed to grab 12th place of 12 qualifiers with a best effort of 7.91m to go through to the final on Sunday (London.time). He advanced among the next best performers, or lucky losers group, outside those who automatic qualified with jumps of 8.05m or more.

Lapierre jumped from before the take off board on each of his three attempts, leaving him confident that if he can launch a good clean jump from the board he will find the extra range to still replicate his effort in Beijing at the last worlds two years ago.

“I didn’t hit the board on any of my attempts tonight, and if tomorrow I can do that then I’m in the mix for a medal,” Lapierre said.

“It was pretty nerve-wracking waiting, once I saw Jeff [Henderson, the Olympic gold medallist from American in Rio last year] go up I thought I was no chance but I managed to sneak in. I just can’t wait to come back tomorrow. The crowd is awesome.

“The first one I was just getting used to the runway, and the second one I went for the qualifier. I think I would have got there had I hit the board,” His second jump was his biggest.

In Rio last year Lapierre also got through to the final but ultimately could not replicate the form of a year earlier in Beijing when he won the world silver medal. At the Olympics he finished tenth and was disappointed in his performance.

Fellow n Henry Frayne was eliminated after a best jump of 7.88m.

In the 1500m ‘s Zoe Buckman made it through to the semi-final with her run of 4:05.44 enough for to qualify among the fastest losers outside automatic qualification.

Young pair Linden Hall (4:10.51) and Georgina Griffith 4:08.99 ran well but missed out on qualifying.

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Funeral for Chinan tennis great Peter Doohan to be held at Newcastle Sacred Heart Cathedral

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Tributes for Doohan the ‘Becker wrecker’ | photos, videos Peter Doohan in 2011.
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Peter Doohan in 2001.

Newcastle’s Peter Doohan after defeating Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987.

Peter Doohan waves to a friend as he leaves the court with a happy Pat Cash after their doubles triumph on October 03, 1987.

Peter Doohan and Pat Cash in the Davis Cup, October 3, 1987.

Pat Cash leaps for a forehand smash as Peter Doohan looks on in the Davis Cup doubles encounter, March 15, 1987.

Peter Doohan (foreground) with Alton Bowen in 2012.

Peter Doohan and Rod Stubbs, at Nelson Bay Tennis Club.

Peter Doohan in November 2012.

Peter Doohan at the Nelson Bay courts during upgrades in 2009.

Peter Doohan with Roger Federer in 2011.

Peter Doohan and Pat Cash at the Davis Cup Semi at White City VS India on October 3, 1987.

Peter Doohan in action in April, 2005.

Peter Doohan in 1987.

Peter Doohan in action against Leconte, January 14, 1988.

Newcastle tennis player Peter Doohan was inducted into the Hunter Region sporting hall of fame in 2005.

Peter Doohan.

TweetFacebookBoris Becker speaking about his loss to Doohan at WimbledonIt was expected Becker, the two-time defending Wimbledon champion, would make easy work of Doohan, who was ranked 70th in the world at the time.

The game turned Doohan into an n tennis legend.

Doohan won7-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 against Becker, in what isstill regarded as one of the greatest upsets in Wimbledon history.

On hearing Doohan had died, Becker tweeted “RIP mate! You were the better player”.

Friends and family have been invited to attend Doohan’s funeral, which will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newcastle from noon on Saturday, August 5.

A private cremation will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW.

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Record turnout to championship founded by Peter Doohan | photos, videosPeter Doohan dies after battle with MNDHow Doohan became the ‘Becker Wrecker’Peter Doohan in the fight of his lifeEARLIER:

Tennis has lost one of itsgreatest ever underdogs with the passing of Hunter legend Peter Doohan on Friday after a brief battle with motor neurone disease.

Dubbed the“Becker Wrecker” after famously defeating two-time defending champion Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987, Doohan reached a career-high world ranking of 43.

He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of MND in May and given only months to live.

He died on Friday, aged 56.

Doohan’s brother-in-law, Ashley Roff, said on Sunday that the long-time player and coach was a“gentleman”.

Our tribute to Peter Doohan. #RIP#FightMNDpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/F9wAN2Lov6

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— Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) July 22, 2017My heartfelt condolences to the family of #PeterDoohan ! The tennis fraternity lost a great guy and wonderful player ! #tennisaustralia

— Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) July 22, 2017Newcastle Herald journalist Carrie Fellner spoke to Peter Doohanabout his devastating diagnosis. Here is her story from May 21, 2017.

Hunter sporting great Peter Doohan has spoken bravely about his battle with motor neurone disease, revealing he is about to begin a course of powerful, experimental drugs in a bid to prolong his life.

The 56-year-old admitted things have been “up and down” since hereceived the shock diagnosis last Tuesday, with his neurologistgiving him months to live.

There has since been an outpouring of support for Doohan, both from within the Hunter and the broader tennis community.Pat Cash, Wally Masur and John Fitzgerald have been among those to send messages of support from and abroad.

Doohan spoke to theNewcastle Heraldon Sunday from a pub near the Sydney hospital where he will begintreatment on Monday.

He was accompaniedby family members so he could watch his beloved Newcastle Knights take on the Panthers.

“They are very powerful drugs to try and settle down my immune system, which happens to be in overdrive,” he said.

“I’m just hopingto get some strength back, because at the moment my body is very weak. A little bit of quality time would be good. I won’t ask for too much”.

Doohan – better known as the “Becker Wrecker” –pulled off one of the most memorable upsets in tennis history with his defeat of two-time defending championBoris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987.

By doing so he helped clearthe way for Pat Cash to claim eventual victory in the tournament.

“I’ll have to remind him to send me the royalty cheque in the mail,” he joked.

Doohan counts his undefeatedDavis Cup record and his singles win over Andre Agassi among other career highlights.

Hereached a career-high world ranking of 43 in singles and 15in doubles, winning six ATP titles.

Will O’Neil, who runs the Cessnock Tennis Centre, has been close friends with Doohan for decades and said the news had left him “completely and utterly gutted”.

He said he was“clinging”to hope that the experimental drug treatment wouldbe a success.

“Peter is a friend and a mentor and someone I’ve looked up to since I was 10 years old,” he said.

“He’s an absolute gentleman and a real stalwart for Newcastle. A finer example of a gentleman you couldn’t find.”

Motor neurone disease is terminal disease wherepeople progressively lose use of their limbs and their ability to move, speak, breathe and swallow. The mind and senses usually remain intact.

There is no known cause or cure for the disease, which has an average life expectancy of two-and-a-half years.

More than 2000 people have the disease in , about 60 per cent male and 40 per cent female.

Mr O’Neilwas confident Doohanwould fight his battle with the same tenacity that earnedhim the nickname‘The Bear’ on the court.

“That’s why I’m still giving him a chance, I know how much of a fighter he is,” he said.

“You’d think you had the match and then you’d lose and go ‘I don’t know how the hell that happened, but it did.’”

Doohan spent his formative years atMerewether High School, playing tennis at District Park in Broadmeadow on weekends under the guidance of coach Frank Brent.

After turning professional, he spent 20 years playing and coaching in the United States. He was based inArkansas, where his sons John and Hunter still live.

Doohan returned to Nelson Bay in 2009 and coached up until June last year. Since becoming unwell, he has been spending much of his time with his mother, who lives in Hamilton South.

Reflecting on his career, he said one of the most rewarding aspects has been the close bonds forgedwith many of his former students and their parents.

“I get a lot of satisfaction from the way those students grow and learn life lessons through sport,” he said.

Tennis taught children integrity, he added, because unlike other sports they were forced to make line calls against themselves.

“Things like perseverance, persistence, commitment and hard work.We don’t expect them all to be Wimbledon champions. The reason we play sport is because of the things they learn for life.”

Doohan admitted he is passionate about his home town, to “the point of being overzealous”.

“I love the Knights,” he said. “I flew back from the US in 2001 to watch them win the premiership.”

He said his proudest moment as a Novocastrian was when his Wimbledon winwas ranked number four in the Herald’stop 101significant moments in Hunter history.

Mr O’Neil describedDoohan as a “true mate” and a very caring dad to his two boys.

“The amazing part about Pete is he will just always go out of his way to help you.”.

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City of Sydney council area emerges the clear winner at development awards

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The City of Sydney council area has emerged as the clear winner at the UDIA NSW | Crown Group Awards, the urban development industry’s night of nights.
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The awards, which are organised by the Urban Development Institute of (UDIA) and judged by a panel of industry heavyweights, were presented at a glitzy dinner in Sydney last night.

Big winners included the Tramsheds at Harold Park, which won for Excellence in Retail Development; Connor at Central Park in Chippendale, which won for Excellence in High-Density Development; and 50 Martin Place, which took out the award for Excellence in Urban Renewal.

“Inner Sydney just keeps getting better and better,” says Julie Bindon, head judge of this year’s awards and director at urban development services firm Ethos Urban.

“It’s the strongest property market in , and the most competitive, with some of the highest land values, and that brings benefits in terms of the calibre of developments that are taking place,” she says.

“In other words, the strength of the market ups the ante for would-be developers.”

Bindon says generous project budgets helped give residential developments such as Connor and retail precincts such as the Tramsheds an edge over the competition.

“These developments have quality materials, quality finishes and great attention to detail, because the inner-city market can bear those costs,” she says.

Other inner-Sydney winners, such as Barangaroo South, which took out awards for Excellence in Mixed-Use Development and Excellence in Sustainability, benefited from a combination of innovative thinking and ample cash, Bindon says.

The judges were keen to highlight developments that are helping Sydney transition towards high-density living in a sensitive manner. Speaking about the Central Park apartment blocks, which now dominate the inner-city enclave of Chippendale, Bindon says: “Yes, it is dense; yes, it is big – but it integrates into the existing area.”

She adds: “The entire Central Park development transitions really well into the low-rise Chippendale environment at the rear. It’s a great demonstration of how urban renewal can be done well at density and impact positively on the adjoining areas.”

Inner Sydney wasn’t the only winner at the awards night, which totalled 16 categories. Dutton Lane, the re-invigorated council car park in Cabramatta that now incorporates speciality retail, snagged the Excellence in Government Leadership Award, while the lushly landscaped Fairwater development at Blacktown took out Excellence in Masterplanned Communities.

The judging team comprised 17 experts including acclaimed architect Lara Calder, Homeworld founder Mike Scott and former Landcom managing director Sean O’Toole, who was awarded the Order of medal for his contributions to urban planning.

Bindon says the team judged each shortlisted development using a a standard set of criteria, but also relied on “a fair degree of gut feel”.

“There’s an element of ‘soul’ in each of these winning projects,” she adds – “something that intrinsically excites all the senses.”

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Matthew Brown’s final gift was his heart

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Heart was Matt’s final gift | Photos Matthew Brown, who was killed in February in a motorbike crash.
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SOLACE: Christine and Russell Brown, whose son Matthew was killed in a motorbike crash in February, and their daughter Michelle. Matthew’s organs were donated to five people. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SOLACE: Christine and Russell Brown, whose son Matthew was killed in a motorbike crash in February. Matthew’s organs were donated to five people. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SOLACE: Christine and Russell Brown, whose son Matthew was killed in a motorbike crash in February, and their daughter Michelle. Matthew’s organs were donated to five people. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Matthew Brown, who was killed in February in a motorbike crash.

Matthew Brown, who was killed in February in a motorbike crash, and his pug Gemini.

TweetFacebookWHENMatthew Brown came off his motorbike at Eastern Creek on a stinking hot dayinFebruarywith hisfather Russell watching inthe stands,his family beganthe worst 48 hours of their liveswith a single comfort.

In the weeks before the accidentMatthew, 34,had done things he’d never done, or hadn’t for ages. He’d gonekayaking with his dad, sorted out his will,entered his pug Gemini in a dog show (which she won).

He’dtold his mother Christine, firmly, that he wanted todonate his organs if he died.

“He’d always riddenbikes since he was a little boy. The person who got his heart, they got a perfectly strong heart,” Mr Brown said.

“Matthew had a massive heart.”

The Sunday he came off his Suzukiat 180 kilometres anhour,Eastern Creek hadfelt like the hottest place in the country. Matthew and Russell had journeyed down from the family home in Medowie, where Russellteased his son and daughterMichelle, 37, that he’d neverget rid of them.

Matthew had a conversation withhis dad in pit lane, the last one, mostly jokes.Then he took off.

“We had a phone call from Dad saying Matthew’s had a fall, and not knowing if he’d survive,” Michelle said.

“We rushed down to Sydney and he’d just come out of surgery. Then [Organ donation body] DonateLife asked if we intended on donating his organs.”

And as Matthew drifted through the final hours of his life, which ended soon after doctors told the Browns the blood had stopped flowing to his brain, organ recipients were being lined up to receive his kidneys, pancreas, liver and heart.

The Browns gave staff at Westmead Hospital theirinstructions, in line with Matthew’s wishes, for his organs to be harvested.It brought themsolace, Mrs Brown said, staved off a bit of the helpless feeling.

“It kept our minds ticking over all the time,” she said.

“I think everyone should have the conversation with their loved ones, while they can. It’s not that hard.”

The Brownsdidn’t agree to everything; they didn’t donate Matthew’s eyes.

Hisorgans were taken and transplanted inside five people.

His chest was flat when his family saw him again, his father noticed, not caved in. There were signs of a cut.

Speaking on Friday near the end of DonateLife Week, the annual drive for more people to register as donors, the Browns had just been forwardeda letter from the family of a12-year-old boy whohad receivedMatthew’s liver.

“You have saved another person’s life,” it read, “our little brother and son.”

People can register to donate their organs by visitingregister.donatelife.gov.au.

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Fox on the prowl for development sites

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Michael Fox’s new boutique development venture is “gathering momentum” after quietly buying five development sites for more than $60 million.
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In the process CostaFox, a joint venture between the former Little Projects executive and Geelong-based Costa Asset Management, has amassed a $600 million development pipeline in the year-and-a-half since it was founded.

Apart from its first high-profile development of a Manly apartment block in Sydney’s Bower Street, Mr Fox has operated under the radar since ending a two-decade association with rich lister Paul Little that spanned Toll Holdings and the development company Little Projects.

CostaFox’s six luxury apartments in Manly set a record $33,500 square-metre price for the area after one with sweeping ocean views sold for $9.5 million last year.

The apartment block was now under construction.

Larger owner-occupier apartments in prime locations were now coming into their own, Mr Fox said.

Early in 2016, the group purchased a distressed asset, a potential development site at 180 Bay Street in Port Melbourne, for $10.5 million which if flipped two months ago for $14.5 million, earning a 40 per cent uplift after holding it for a year and half.

It has now focused on two industrial developments, an echo of Mr Fox’s past developing commercial sites for Smorgon and Toll Holdings.

That focus was the result of wariness about the effect of government, banking and tax measures to cool ‘s overheated apartment sector.

“We’ve had a big boom in apartments. That’s now coming off,” he said. As well, industrial values were “climbing reasonably quickly”.

The group has sought planning approval for 177 smaller warehouses, offices, a childcare centre, shops and cafe at its $100 million Indwe??? Street development in West Footscray.

It purchased the site, opposite a residential street, for $10.3 million, employing architects Rothelowman to design industrial units that “look like townhouses”.

The project was not without controversy.

“It was only recently rezoned to future employment land but residents want it changed to residential zoning – which would suit us – but I don’t think the Council or department of planning support that,” he said.

Plans were underway for another 9.7-hectare site in Cooper Street, Epping which it snapped up for $9.5 million.

The group has also swooped on a corner block at 111 Lorimer Street in Fisherman’s Bend, a location immediately behind Mirvac’s low-rise Yarra’s Edge development.

Under planning guidelines the site will take a 40-level tower. The group paid less than the $20 million asking price for the 4108-square-metre block.

CostaFox plans to put 400 apartments and 3000 square metres of commercial space on the site when the market is ready.

“We are gathering momentum,” Mr Fox says.

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Farah upstages all as he wins tenth consecutive gold

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Mo Farah doesn’t race, he teases. He mocks as he wins. For a period the field thought they had a chance of beating him; yet again they were fooled. Farah, the greatest distance runner ever, leaves his sport undefeated over 10,000m.
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Farah won the gold medal in his home stadium in front of a giddy crowd and in the process on the night even overshadowed Usain Bolt.

Bolt’s true farewell was to come 24 hours later in the finals of the 100m, not the heats he had messily navigated on Friday’s opening night, whereas Farah’s race was a final farewell, at least in that event. He waits now to see if he can also claim the 5000m gold again too.

He has now won an unprecedented 10 consecutive Olympic or world championships gold medals across 10,000m and 5,000m.

For context, Haile Gebrselassie, the man – pre-Farah – considered the greatest ever, won six in a row at 10,000m in his career. Kenenisa Bekele won four consecutive 5km and 10km Olympic and world titles.

Farah raced as he did here in 2012. He dropped to the back of the field and coasted, surged to the front, dropped back again. Coasted in the near group and surged when the pace needed to be put on.

“What a way to end my career in London. This was very special,” Farah said.

“I knew at 12 laps to go when they went hard from there I knew it was going to be tough. It was about believing in my sprint finish and knowing that I have been in that position before. It helped a lot having that experience.

“That was a special moment for me. I miss spending time with them [my family]. To have my family on the track is very special.” He celebrated on the track, walking a lap with his four kids, the youngest carried in his arms.

Farah knew, as did the rest of the field, that when the moment came they could not stay with him. He had history as well as the crowd with him.

Twice his rear leg was clipped and he stumbled yet managed to recover his step without falling.

“I didn’t want to go down. I didn’t want to let other people down,” Farah said.

Indeed Farah carried the crowd with him. As he turned down the straight approaching 4000m he waved his arms to he crowd to lift and come with him as he surged from the back of the field.

“I just wanted to play with the guys’ heads. It wasn’t an easy race though. It has been a long journey where I have worked very hard on long distance but also speed,” he said.

He finished in 26 minutes 49.51 to win from Uganda’s Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei in 26:49.94 while Kenyan Paul Kipngetich Tanui won bronze in 26:50.60.

This time as the games began in London’s Queen Elizabeth Stadium, the home of the Olympics five years ago, the Queen was not a Bond girl. Her Majesty did not drop from a plane flanked by Daniel Craig to parachute into London’s Olympic stadium. Pity.

There was still a familiar resonance of the Olympics about the championships. There was still no empty seat and the crowd noise was ear-bleedingly loud. After the sparse crowds of Beijing and Moscow it made for a welcome change.

‘s Patrick Tiernan was disappointing with his run, mucking up his pacing and blowing up late in the race to finish at the rear of the field.

“It’s really disappointing. I knew I was in good shape. It was just bad. It just started hurting and then I just didn’t want to get lapped. It was horrible. I’ve got the 5000m, though. I’ll be back.,” he said.

In the biggest shock of opening night, Gen Suhr, the American Olympic gold medallist, failed to record a height in the pole vault.

Farah’s performance only enhances his record and status as the greatest distance runner ever but will do nothing for those sceptical of his clean status.

He is tarnished by association for his coach, Alberto Salazar, who continues to be investigated by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

And last month documents leaked by Russian hackers Fancy Bears named Farah among a list of athletes that the sports own body had referred to in a document as likely dopers.

The comment allegedly came in a reference to a November 23, 2015 test and read “Likely doping; Passport suspicious: further data is required.” A second file however, dated April 2016, said that Farah was “now flagged as normal”.

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