House of the Week: Terrigalphotos

House of the Week: Terrigal | photos TweetFacebook House of the Week | Terrigal | PhotosNatural materials and open spaces give this lakeside home timeless appeal. Pictures: Coastal Construction and BuildingHaving a home on the water is a dream for many, but sometimes even those lucky enough to find a lakeside property on the market discover it’s still not quite their ideal home.
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When Troy and his wife Amanda found a property for sale beside Terrigal Lagoon – a spot that they regularly visit – they loved the location.

The downside was that the cottage was too small to be a comfortable living space for them and their two young children.

Taking advantage of the location, they built a larger home closer to the water and refurbished the original dwelling for good measure.

Coastal Construction and Building, based on the Central Coast, were pivotal in transformingthe existing building, changing its look entirely and making passers-by wonder if it was a completely new build.

The family lived in the smaller home while it was being refurbished, and while their future home was being built. Nowthey’ve movedto the larger house.

All up, the work took about 12 months to complete.

While the original building is 100 metres from the water, the new home is about 40 metres from the lake.

The bigger property makes it better suited for family life: it has five bedrooms, a study and three bathrooms (including an ensuite with a sauna). Theproperty has space for seven cars.

One of the key specifications for the home was that it had to have an inviting feel for visitors. A large indoor dining area is matched by a similar outdoor space, where the family spends most of their time in the summer.

A butler’s pantry behind the kitchen helps keep the open-plan area tidy when guests are over, while the Sonos music system that’s set up throughout the house has proved invaluable.

Over winter, a gas fire keeps the home cosy and the cinema room is used more frequently.

“We had a big Australia Day party earlier in the year,” Troy said.

“It was great to have a party that big, and that everyone could come over and use the space. They said the house was amazing without being pretentious, it’s just a nice home.”

A big part of this is down to the design created by Andrew Moseley of Suburban Projects. His brief was to use the location to make a functional space that included a deck for outdoor entertaining – something that he managed to do perfectly.

Other professionals were brought in to help sculpt the dream home: Rolling Stone Landscapes took care of much of the outdoor area, including adding a pool, while Coastal Construction looked afterthe exterior. As it is the first home Troy and Amanda have built, they felt it was important to get the right people to help.

The couple chipped in too. Troy helped with manual tasks in the early stages, while Amanda added her touches to the interior later. The couple’s children, aged four and five, were too young to have any real input on the plans, but they were a major consideration in the design.

“They’re pretty adventurous, so we had to make sure the house was kid-friendly as well, as they’ve got a lot of growing up to do,”Troy said.

“We had to make sure the materials we chose would stand the test of time as they’d be getting knocks and bumps and scratches. We wanted materials that were pretty hardy and good quality. The timber floors are made from 100-year-old recycled blackbutt, which is basically indestructible. You could have a party with nine-inch stilettos and it wouldn’t put a mark on them, they’re that hard.”

The flooring, made from old railway sleepers, is one of the highlights of the project for Troy. And although the home has some special features, such as its sauna (which Troy says is “a luxury item but totally worth it”), he is most proud of the use of natural materials throughout the home.

As well as the wooden floorboards, the house has timber wall linings, copper is used in the ceilings, there are stone tiles in the bathroom and a limestone entry way.

Troy didn’t want to chase a modern trend that would look dated in a few years, sothe natural materials and open spaces have giventhe home timeless appeal.

Inspiration came from the Hamptons, the home’snatural surroundings and life at the beach.

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Bernard Tomic it’s time for you to live your life – away from tennis

Bernard Tomic in round one action. Photo: Getty ImagesOK, Bernie, bring it in tight.
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Mate, you will recall that time we spoke in person, in that Gold Coast restaurant, you challenged me as to why I write “all that shit” about you. I replied that it’s because, just as your job is to deliver overhead smashes, my job occasionally entails that too. It’s a living.

But now, here we are again.

As you know, right now you are the talk of the tennis world once more, and not in a good way.

After drifting to a dull first-round defeat at Wimbledon, you proceed to unload, as the cameras rolled, on just how bored you are with the whole tennis thing, you know? Yes, for others, playing at Wimbledon might be the goal of their existence, their highest attainment, and for others evenattendingWimbledon as a spectator is right up there on their bucket list.

But not you. You’re a bit too … good for that?

“I don’t know why, but I felt a little bit bored out there, to be completely honest with you,” you said. “This is my eighth Wimbledon, or ninth I think … and it’s tough to find motivation … I couldn’t care less if I make a fourth-round US Open or I lose first round … I believe you have to respect the sport, but I think I don’t respect it enough. I just believe playing many years on tour now has sort of taken a toll …”

And yes, you have your critics on Twitter, you noted, but those losers you reckon, are likely just out there, “somewhere, making $50 an hour”.

Mate, what is goingon?

For me, your comments were like a series rocket-flare soaring high over the raging sea, on a dark and stormy night – nothing less than endless cries for help.

To play Sigmund for a moment, no one could utter such endless quotes – each one a stick of lit dynamite dropped casually down your own tennis shorts – without there being something seriously wrong.

The American tennis writer Ben Rothenberg nailed it when, speaking on 3AW, he said of your performance, “He went straight into sabotaging himself and couldn’t shovel fast enough. Everything he said was just designed to cause trouble for him – it was an impressive amount of self-flagellation.”

Exactly. Or maybe a worrying amount of self-flagellation. This wasn’t a racist, sexist, homophobic or bigoted dickhead inadvertently revealing himself to be sexist, racist, homophobic or bigoted – the usual source of controversial comments by sportsmen. This was damn nigh calculated, verbalhara-kiri.

As I say, endless cries for help.

All right, so here it is.

Mate, stand down. Take a year off. Get totally away from tennis. Find yourself. Neither you nor Nick Kyrgios has ever really had the chance to grow up and make the same mistakes other young men your age make, away from public scrutiny, and clearly have no one in your entourage, or even perhaps in your own family to grip you by the shoulders and tell you the things you need to be told.

So get away from it. Have a year when you don’t pick up a racquet. If you want, go trekking in Nepal. Or back-packing in Chile. Work on a kibbutz in Israel.

Fall in love with a Norwegian woman in Japan, and have your heart broken by a Burmese princess in Patagonia. Live! Breathe! Move!

Your every comment screamed, “I am so bored with this whole f—ing thing, I just can’t stand it any more,” and on one level that is even admirable. But only if you take it to that level, and actuallydoget away from it.

But, one way or another, youcannotgo on making a complete dick of yourself the way you do. For one thing, tennis won’t let you.

You blithely say you can keep doing what you’re doing for another 10 years if you want, and you’ll have made enough money that you won’t have to work, but you are mistaken.

With your publicly professed attitude, tennis cannot afford to have you there. You are anathema to everything it stands for. The man who defeated you in that first round, Mischa Zverev, noted of you, after your comments, “Let’s say he’s the opposite of, let’s say, Rafa.”

And while tennis finds ever more ways to send Rafael Nadal tens of millions of dollars because he represents everything that makes the sport great, it will find ways to send you to Coventry – look it up – because you represent everything that makes people turn away from the sport, by saying and doing things people didn’t even know was possible from a professional athlete.

And there really is another way. Instead of being bored all the time, and dully saying you guess you can make enough money, so you won’t have to work – in which case I guess you’ll still be as bored as you seemed to me to be that day on the Gold Coast – find something you reallyarepassionate for. Move beyond your founding premise that a job is something it is goodnotto have to do. As they say, find a job that you love, and you’ll never work again!

But, right now, that clearly ain’t tennis. So get away from it. Discover a love for tennis, or for something else. But you cannot go on like this.

Stand down, young man. And good luck.

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One man’s mission to find a missing plane

One man’s mission to find a missing plane Crash scene: In this rare picture, the wrecked Stinson aircraft is removed from near the Gully Line in 1958. Photo by Bill Hitchcock
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REMINDER: To mark the 80th anniversary of a famous rescue, a replica Stinson Model A is on display outside O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, in the Gold Coast’s hinterland.

TweetFacebookThe Riddle of the Stinson. It starred a young Jack Thompson as Bernard O’Reilly, the laconic bush hero involved.

REMINDER: To mark the 80th anniversary of a famous rescue, a replica Stinson Model A is on display outside O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, in the Gold Coast’s hinterland.

My interest started with an email from Weekender reader Vit Lapp.

“A famous Stinson rescue occurred in mountains south of Brisbane. The story is well remembered there. There were pictures in the foyer of what used to be a guesthouse, but is now called O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat (on the Gold Coast hinterland),” Lapp said.

“When all had given up, this bushman O’Reilly went out. He knew exactly where to go and found people still alive at the crash,” Lapp said.

More background then came from Newcastle’s East End reader Jim Donnelly.

“Your article on the Stinson aircrafts which operated from the old Newcastle airport is very interesting. You state that two Stinsons were imported from the USA in 1939,” he wrote.

“You are probably aware that in February 1937 a Stinson crashed near the Lamington Plateau, in (southern) Queensland. Seven men were aboard. The two survivors were near death and not found until 10 days after the crash. They had no food during that period. They were injured and suffering burns, as the (three-engine) aircraft had burned fiercely.”

He said a cyclone had been raging the night the commercial airliner flew over the farm of bushman Bernard O’Reilly, the dogged lone searcher who eventually found the wrecked Model A airliner. He later wrote about the subsequent rescue in his 1940 book Green Mountains.The two pilots involved were killed on impact as were two of the passengers.

“The three survivors were John (later Sir John) Proud, a member of the Prouds the Jewellers family and two men called Joseph Binstead and Jim Westray. As Westray could walk, he set off to find help (then vanished).”

Proud had a compound facture of the leg and the others could only crawl to a nearby creek to find water. After O’Reilly found Proud and Binstead, he returned to get more help before coming across Westray’s body en-route.

“Later O’Reilly heard a gunshot and contacted the shooter who was able to guide him the rest of the way out. Horses were provided for the rescue and Proud and Binstead were taken to hospital,” Donnelly wrote.

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Manly suspected of salary cap breaches

The integrity of the NRL is under a cloud amid revelations that players from several clubs have taken secret benefits or cash payments in likely breach of salary cap rules.
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The Manly Sea Eagles is suspected of breaching the salary cap via secret payments to at least one player in previous seasons, according to information gathered by NSW police andNRL officials.

But it is understood Manly is not the only club under scrutiny, with the past behaviour of several other clubs also attracting police attention.

In revelations that pose a significant challenge for the NRL and chief executive Todd Greenberg, it is understood the NSW Organised Crime Squad has gathered evidence suggesting secret salary top-up payments have been made to players from several clubs. The information has emerged during an investigation into match fixing allegations.

An NRL insider told Fairfax Media detectives havenot found evidence of anorganised conspiracy involving players deliberatelylosing games. But detectives have information about intelligencebeing leaked by club insiders to punters, and, hidden player payments that may breach salary cap rules.

“It is systemic,” said one witness who has been interviewed by police about his own role making undisclosed player payments at several clubs.

Another figure who has been scrutinised by police, but who denies any wrong doing, is a well-known punter.

When asked on Wednesday by Fairfax Media about whether he had ever made any undisclosed payments to a Manly player, the punterresponded: “You write it. I’ve got no comment to make.” He refused to address the question when pressed butalso said that secret payments were happening “at nearly every club.”

The NRL is facinga situation similar to that in2014, when the Australian Crime Commission, using coercive interview powers, gained information from league insiders about doping issues. That information was passed, in a redacted form, to the NRL before the start of the 2013 season, allowing the league to launch an inquiry and take action.

The NSW Police Organised Crime Squad, which would not respond to questions citing its ongoing inquiry, is continuing to gather evidence mid-way through the NRL season.

It is understood police areyet to share detailed information with the NRL. This may partly be because several of the players and league figures who have given information to detectives have done so during confidential coercive examinations, which can notbereleased to non-police organisationssuch as the NRL. It means the NRL may never have access to information that could allow it to deal with cheats.

An NRL spokesman said league officials were “in regular dialogue with police on matters relating to the game”.

“At this stage, we are not in possession of evidence of salary cap violations which would warrant any disciplinary action,” the spokesman said.

“But we remain in contact with police and will take action if it is warranted.”

One police witness, a businessman, has told investigators he made undisclosed cash payments to help a small number of clubs retain valuable players. Manly was not one of these clubs. But intelligence has also been gathered about a cash handover in a car park in connection to a former Manly player. A second former Manly player is also the subject of allegations involvingundisclosed player payments.

Several well-placed sources also confirmed that both police and the NRL holdconcerns about Manly’s handling of third-party player payments, including the accuracy of club financial records and the possible failure to disclosepayments asrequired by the league. Third-party player payments involve sponsors or club supporters providing benefits to players that are below a certain level and reported to the NRL as part of the management of a club’s salary cap.One well known Manly identity is suspected of condoningbehaviour that risked breaching the salary cap.

Making secret payments to players to top up their salaries may involve the criminal offences of fraud or secret commissions, while also breaching NRL salary cap rules.

Fairfax Media has spoken to a small number of sources who have given evidence to the NSW Organised Crime Squad, including during secretive coercive hearings. It is unlawful to discuss what is said in a hearing, so some sources have asked not to be named.Fairfax Media has also spoken to a NRL insider with knowledge of some of the issues facing the league.

The sources said Manly is suspected to have engaged in salary cap breaches similar to those undertaken by Paramatta, which saw the club lose 12 points, effectively ending its 2016 season.

In news that will relieve the NRL, several well placed sources also told Fairfax Media that the police match fixing inquiry has failed to find evidence of organised game rigging. No person wil be charged with any serious criminal offences linked directly to game rigging, although other charges involving fraud or money laundering may still be laid.

Police informants and those with involvement in the betting activities under scrutiny have described to Fairfax Media some of the testimony and evidence given to investigators. It strongly suggests that a betting identity was given inside information from players and officials, which they then used to inform their betting. Such conduct may involve breaches of NRL rules and relatively minor criminal offences, known as summary offences.

But the betting activities of this punter and his associates are also suspected to involvemoney laundering or the proceeds of crime. One player and one former club staff member are allegedly involved in this betting ring.

Manly has been approached for comment.

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Tew hopes Wests will consider community

STATEMENT: Our Knights One Chance facilitator Rob Tew says the community-ownership campaign has been suspended. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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OUR Knights One Chance organisers hope there is still a possibility forpartial community-ownership if the Wests Group take control of Newcastle’s NRL franchise.

There was speculation on Wednesday that the NRL and Wests had struck a deal to hand over the Knights, who have been fundedby the governing body since the demise of former owner Nathan Tinkler in June, 2014.

The report said an announcement might be made this week, although that would contradict comments from Wests chairman Owen Kilpatrick, who told the Newcastle Herald on Monday:“It’s still a work in progress. We’re certainly not close to getting any deal done.”

The Our Knights campaign was launched in December in the hope of raising $20 million to buy the Knights by selling 40,000shareholdings at $500 apiece.

In a statement on Wednesday,Our Knights facilitator Rob Tew said he understoodthe Wests takeover would proceed but was hopeful there would be a community-ownership component.

“It appears the Wests Group has reached agreement with the NRL for Wests to take control of the ownership of the Knights,’’ Tew’s statement read.


“The Our Knights facilitators are excited that it appears the Knights will continue to have a future in this region.

“This was the reason we commenced our campaign back in November, when there was a risk that the licence may shift from the region in the absence of a local buyer at that time.

“As you are aware, we are supportive of community ownership of the Knights however, we understand that the NRL’s preference was to negotiate with Wests as a consequence of Wests’ history of success, operational scale and asset backing and we have respected the NRL’s decision in undertaking those negotiations.

“For this reason, we had suspended our campaign whilst those negotiations were under way.

“At this point we don’t know what ownership structure is being proposed by Wests. It is Wests’ prerogative should they wish to offer a community shareholding in the Knights.

“We certainly hope they do as we have always been of the belief that a community shareholding in the Knights would benefit the club.

“We look forward to gaining a better understanding of what has been agreed and what is being proposed.”

Wests’ commitment of $10 million towards a proposed rugby league centre of excellence, which, if approved, would be matched dollar for dollar by the state government,was seen as a statement of intent.

If the Wests board endorses the deal tabled by the NRL, the group’s 125,000 members would be asked to ratify or reject the proposal.

BOWING OUT: Rob Tew’s full post.

ON HOLD: Our Knights facilitators Mike Rabbitt, Rob Tew, Marty Adnum, Andrew Poole, John Duncan, Nick Dan and Michael Neilson announced their campaign in December. Picture: Simone De Peak

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