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Green behind the gold: the hidden property gems of the hinterland

first_img677 Tomewin Mountain, Currumbin ValleyFROM estates set in rainforest and volcanic rock, to sunsoaked sandy beaches kilometres from the ocean, there’s a treasure trove of prestige property to be found in the hinterland.It’s the green behind the Gold Coast, where multimillion-dollar properties sprawl over lush woodlands, often offering much more than a single residence. 77 Wilson Rd, Tamborine Mountain is perched on top of the mountain. The interior design is next level.Raw industrial pieces, organic materials such as spotted gum, vast expanses of gliding glass and eco-sensitive features combine in this designer residence, on the market for $2.27 million. It also offers ocean and skyline views beyond the immediate treescape. 25-27 Forest Ridge Drive, Bonogin is in an exclusive estate. Industrial luxe. 1 Dungogie Drive, Tallebudgera has a tropical pool setting in the country.Sandy beach and 25m of sparkling water? It’s hard to believe this tropical oasis isn’t beachfront. The Tallebudgera Park Estate residence also features a built in aquarium, and if that’s not enough H20, there’s also a creek bubbling through tropical gardens. Each space is tasteful.“It had not been lived in for five years, it was in such a state of disrepair,” Mr Williams said.“It was completely dated, the bathrooms were out of order, there was a lot of damage done by the renters who were in, everything had to be redone.”Mr Williams’ family, all builders, pitched in over 18 months to complete the meticulous renovation, calling on an architect to design the interior and capitalise on its position on the highest part of the mountain. center_img The Castle at Lisson Grove, 274-280 Main Western Rd, North Tamborine is fit for royalty. Be king or queen of your own private castle. This boutique hotel has hit the market for $2.99 million, complete with wedding and restaurant venue, day spa and six individually appointed and themed cottages. Timber features extensively throughout.“This is one of the real special ones of the Valley,” said Shaun Williams, who has just listed his 4.65ha ‘Hanging Rock Estate’, named after a nearby rock conglomerate formed when Mount Warning was a volcano.The property is one of only five tightly held, north east facing properties on Mt Tomewin.As with most acreage properties, it was a labour of love, and it took hundreds of thousands of dollars to transform the original house built in 1989 to the lavish timber abode of today. The natural surrounds attracts an abundance of wildlife.It’s private and tranquil, a sophiscated residence with touches of industrial luxe, nestled between flashes of green birdnest ferns, staghorns, palms and rainforest trees.There are also two cabins that are council approved for dwellings, and another is a class 10 shed suitable for multipurpose use.Manicured walking tracks meander to picture perfect spots throughout the property, situated on the Queensland/New South Wales border, reserve and National Park.“It wasn’t pretty to buy, but it’s turned out amazing now,” Mr Williams said.“We were going to have it as a business ourselves but we’re getting ready to retire. It would be very good for someone to have a tourism venture there.”The property listing outlines the rarity of the acreage. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoPull up a chair and soak in the view.“This is a rare combination of multiple residences that would be hard to duplicate with the environmental protection zones,” it reads.Mr Williams said the property measured up to its $2.4 million price tag.“There’s properties on this hill selling for $2.5-$3 million, this is one of the best.”It features as one of the top five Hinterland properties on the market. IN GOOD COMPANY: Other hidden hinterland gems The pool is also award winning.It’s described as “living on the edge” and this iconic property is certainly breathtaking. Uniquely, the residence encompasses an old farmhouse, that was absorbed into the new structure. The home is a Masterbuilder award winner.last_img read more

PBSO: Fired Employee Makes Hoax Active Gunman 911 Call to Local Business

first_imgLaw enforcement officers say a local business fell victim to a hoax active gunman situation last week.With their guns drawn and SWAT gear on, and helicopter and drones flying overhead, the officers entered a Palm Springs business last Thursday prepared to confront what they had been told was a deadly active gunman scenario.Rhonda Oliva, officer manager for Beacon Irrigation and Lighting, says 28-year-old Jeremy Riley had been fired from the business about 30 minutes before the call was made, for showing up to work about an hour late for his second day on the job.He apparently made the hoax 911 call shortly afterward.Deputies arrested Riley that day and charged him with giving a false report of using a firearm in a violent manner.A judge also ordered that he undergo a mental-health evaluation and be held in the Palm Beach County Jail without the possibility of being released on bond.Riley was arrested at his home near the business, according to sheriff’s authorities.Oliva says, “We give them all applause and kudos. We wanted this guy caught and put in jail because it was just obviously wrong. Everyone’s preparing for a hurricane. … That’s the last thing we needed.”She adds that Riley did not appear focused during his first day of work, “but there was nothing that jumped out that said run the other way.” In addition, his background check and references came back clean.According to Oliva, Riley spent his first day working on pools. Another employee called and told her that Riley apparently did not have lunch money, so she had someone pay for his meal. She also paid Riley for the full workday on the spot, to allow him to cover his phone bill.However, Riley showed up late for work the next day, prompting the supervisor to fire him.Within 30 minutes of his termination, 911 dispatchers received the following call:“Yes, I worked at Beacon Irrigation and Lighting and there’s a guy here with a gun.“He’s shooting people, please!”The call then disconnected.As deputies approached the business, they spoke with employees at a neighboring office who alleged that they had heard a gunshot nearby about five minutes earlier. When deputies determined the area was safe, they listened to a voice message that Riley had left on the company’s phone. In it, he says, “I promise you guys will regret it,” he reportedly said in reference to his termination. “Save this phone call. You can use it as evidence. “Karma is a (expletive).” Records show that Riley’s phone was pinging nearby, which indicates that he was probably still in the immediate area as the deputies surrounded the business.“It was horrific,” Oliva says. She adds, “I don’t think I’ll ever forget that.”last_img read more

Tonga goes down to PNG by 15 points

first_imgDespite being new to international hockey, the Tongan girls put up a brave fight during the 45 minutes gate.PNG led off with a good half by registering the first 5 points with no response from the Tongan women.PNG’s Vanessa Perry opened the second period scoring two goals before an additional two goals were scored extending their lead to 9-0.The last period saw an attempt by Tongan Valeti to score keeping the ball in the PNG goal mouth but goal keeper Rosemary Miria was able to hold off the Tongan.PNG’s Vanessa Perry managed to get two more goals past Tongan keeper Mateaki Taufa.A good pass from PNG’s captain Terry Kiapin to Kari Raurela found the Tongan box further extendimg their leaf to 12-0.An easy dribbling of the ball by Alice Fred registered yet another goal for PNG to 13-0 before captain Terry Kiapin sent two shots from the half way line straight into Tonga’s goal.In other women’s matches today, Fiji beat Vanuatu 8-1 in a tight match.Fiji’s Tiara Dutta scored three goals while Lala Ravatu and Tessa Harman also scored two goals each.The only goal scored by Vanuatu came from the captain Belinda Nampas.last_img read more