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It has to be said: Cameron Smith on whether Michael Ennis is a niggling itch he won’t be able to resist scratching – “Nah. I try to keep my calm.

“He might try to do it again on Sunday. My focus is about me, my teammates and my role in the side. I’m sure we’re going to cross paths at some point during the match.”

Harold Holt watch: An elderly man just hit up the Taren Point BCF for a new spear gun. There was something very fishy about the whole thing.

Stuff that’s happened since Cronulla started trying to win a premiership: The Olympics has been to 13 cities. Will the winner be Sid-on-ee on Sunday?: Mexico City, Munich, Montreal, Moscow, Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London, Rio.

The view from our unnamed Melbourne ‘NRL expert’: ‘Cameron Smith sures makes a lot of tackles but his lack of Inside 50s is a huge worry for Craig Bellamy and the footy club.’

The number: 1 – The number of clubs Paul Gallen and Cameron Smith have played for throughout their decorated careers.

What Craig Bellamy doesn’t want to see: Matt Cecchin doing counting practice before the match and failing to remember whether to stop at six or seven.

Storm watch: Final training, pep talks, Rocky.

Sharks watch: Final training, pep talks, Remember the Titans.

1967 snapshot: New Zealand changed from pounds to dollars. It also marvelled at the introduction of electric lightbulbs.

Worth a punt: Hard to go past the Sharks at the $2.10 with UBET if you’re keen on the fairytale. Multi it into The United States in the Turnbull Stakes and the house is paid off.

What the fans should be listening to: Melbourne – Things of Stone and Wood’s Happy Birthday Helen. Strong Melbourne imagery and even better if you happen to know a Storm fan called Helen, who happens to be having a birthday.

Cronulla -Fins by Jimmy Buffett. You got fins to the left, fins to the right. And you’re the only girl in town. Typical.

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Adrian Bott looks to add his his name to the group 1 tradition at Tulloch Lodge

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Winning combination: Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott. Photo: bradleyphotos苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛Wizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all Racing

Adrian Bott’s name sits next to Gai Waterhouse in the Randwick race book for the first time on a day that she has made her own for the past 20 years. So there would be some symmetry if the partnership can bank its first big one at Randwick on Saturday.

The young man knows what a privilege it is to train with Waterhouse and wants the success she and Tulloch Lodge have enjoyed for the more than 60 years.

“The history behind the stable on this day is quite incredible and it is something we want to continue,” Bott said. “Even going back to TJ, he held all the records on this day and Gai has matched them.

“It is something you try not to think about but we would like get our first group 1 sooner rather than later and in Global Glamour, Fabrizio and Dee I Cee … it could come as early as Saturday.

“The principle is the same with every horse – get them ready to the best of your ability and let them show theirs.”

Waterhouse has eight Metropolitans, eight Flight Stakes and seven Epsoms from the long weekend in October as well as having four Spring Champion Stakes winners before it was moved back a week. That is 27 group 1s, almost a quarter of her total success at the top level.

“That’s why she is the best,” Bott said. “Having her horses ready to perform on the biggest day. It is what we have done this year, we will get to Randwick with some great chances and there is some excitement going into the day.”

The Waterhouse-Bott combination doesn’t have the big numbers, but Global Glamour in the Flight, the heavily supported Fabrizio for the Epsom, and Newcastle Cup runner-up Dee I Cee in the Metropolitan.

Fabrizio has been shortened from $10 to $6 since the barrier draw despite coming out of restricted grade into the group 1.

He gets out early to dominate races from the front, which Waterhouse’s horses have often done in the Epsom, and may even start favourite by the jump as punters warm to him on the limit weight of 50kg.

“He is doing everything right and is peaking at the right time,” Bott said. “His win a couple of weeks ago was one of a really good horse and he is absolutely thriving.

“It was not always the plan to get here this quickly. We thought he would get to this level but maybe in 12 months time.

“However, when you have a horse like him fit and well and running the times he did it is hard not to be excited going into the Epsom.”

Bott has a fancy for Dee I Cee at $16 in the Metropolitan and believes he is going to love the long stretches of Randwick after his Newcastle Cup second to Sacred Master.

“He is a horse that I have a lot of time for and I think he is a cups horse,” Bott said. “Kerrin McEvoy is going to ride him on Saturday and I think they will really complement each other.

“Kerrin has come out and done a lot of work on him and the trip [of 2400m] is the key to him.”

Talented filly Global Glamour “has been her own worst enemy” in two runs this time but has still been competitive in the Furious Stakes and Tea Rose Stakes. She has been slowly away and tried to run off the track on the turn first-up when in the Furious, before blowing the start in the Tea Rose.

“I think we have fixed those quirks and if she does everything right on Saturday, she will take a stack of beating,” Bott said

“Having the couple of runs and the extra work under her belt will help her naturally and we have added a barrier blanket on Saturday, just to lower her energy levels at the start.

“That will allow her to get away with them and perform at her best.” The ultimate racing form guide with free tips, live odds and alerts for all racing.

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‘Peak Melbourne’: Music fans huddle around cassette player in city laneway

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The Bon Iver listening party in Fitzroy, one of many simultaneous events around the world. Photo: @emma.neale/InstagramThe phrase “Peak Melbourne” gets a workout these days but, round of applause ladies and gentlemen, it looks like we’ve made it.

Hundreds of music fans have gathered around a cassette player in a Fitzroy laneway to hear the highly anticipated new album from indie darlings Bon Iver.

Hipsters from across the city gathered for the album launch just off Johnston Street after the popular act posted a series of cryptic images with addresses in cities around the world

Other locations included London, Amsterdam, Paris and Brooklyn.

Those who attended the listening party found a vintage stereo and the instructions “when the music stops, flip the tape”.

They also were given newspaper printouts of band artwork.

When they hit play they heard Bon Iver’s new album — 22, A Million — the band’s first in five years.

While some posted their favourable experience on social media, others labelled the sit-in as “peak fkn Melbourne”.

There’s been a few challengers in the past but we might have a new clubhouse leader.  Peak fkn Melbourne. Bunch of kids listening to new Bon Iver. In a laneway. On cassette. pic.twitter苏州美甲美睫培训学校/whxQmH08bZ— Jeremy Story Carter (@jstorycarter) September 29, 2016     A photo posted by Bon Iver (@boniver) on Sep 28, 2016 at 2:19am PDT   Tonight was so beautiful.. communally listening to the new @boniver album on a cassette tape in Fitzroy with a group of strangers & friends  regram @matt__willis #listeningparty #22amillion #boniver A photo posted by Elle (@woodesmusic) on Sep 29, 2016 at 4:20am PDT   Gather ’round folks… It’s quiet, but it’s resonating amongst friends #22amillion #boniver #eauclaireA photo posted by Ambient Inks (@ambientinks) on Sep 28, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT

xxx   Omg Bon Iver!!!!! Lolz jk it’s just a boom box in an alley with his new album playing. Such a tease #sofitzroy @zannahhrmartinA photo posted by Michelle Elias (@melias37) on Sep 29, 2016 at 2:37am PDTThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲美睫培训学校.

Investors snap up $18b of assets and still counting

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Investors are seeking out office assets at a rapid rate Photo: Dallas KilponenIt has been a very busy year for commercial property, retail, industrial and office, with more than $18 billion of assets changing hands as investors seek out higher-yielding bricks and mortar.

According to Knight Frank’s head of institutional sales James Parry there is unprecedented demand for secondary markets.

Mr Parry, an adviser on the sale of the Edgecliff Centre in Sydney’s inner east with JLL, which was bought by the private Longhurst Group for $138 million, said he expected the demand to continue.

Colliers International also sold 333 Kent Street to a Chinese-based group Bridge Capital for $88.88 million.

“The demand for secondary markets is driven by the low cash rate at 1.5 per cent – the lowest in our history – as well as improvements in leasing fundamentals and rental growth,” Mr Parry said.

“Investors are willing to pay more as rents are going to rise. This is evidenced by the recent sale of 28 O’Connell Street for a record price of $14,896 per square metre. With the cost of debt, accelerated rental growth and lack of investment opportunities, we expect most sales over the next 12 to 24 months will continue to break records.”

He said a distinct lack of stock and improved leasing fundamentals will ensure the market remains tight. CBD assets expected to be traded over the next 12 months include 55 Clarence Street, 362 Kent Street, 66 Goulburn Street and 92 Pitt Street.

JLL’s preliminary figures for commercial property investment volumes at the third-quarter mark, although preliminary, reveal lower volumes than the record years of 2015 and 2014. It is a symptom of less product as opposed to less capital targeting Australian commercial real estate.

The firm’s preliminary figures show commercial property markets recorded $18.1 billion of sales, of properties worth more than $5 million individually, across the office, retail and industrial sectors over the first nine months of 2016. This figure is lower than the $22.4 billion of transactions finalised in the first nine months of 2015, reflecting a lowering of supply.

National investment volumes over the 2014 and 2015 calendar years were   $31 billion in 2014 and $33 billion in 2015.

JLL’s head of office investments, Australia, Rob Sewell said the lower transaction volumes this year were not a symptom of reduced interest, investor demand remained strong.

“We witnessed an unprecedented level of competition for this boutique B-grade building from domestic and international investors, resulting in 30 written offers. This sale is understood to have set a very strong pricing benchmark for the Sydney CBD.  This sale process demonstrates that investors are willing to assess a variety of asset grades to buy in the current market,” he said.

When product becomes available, JLL has recorded high levels of investor interest, while the number of bids is higher than received on comparable campaigns in 2007.

Mr Sewell said a number of key factors were contributing to investment activity levels for the final quarter of 2016 and into 2017.

These include tightening vacancy and positive effective rental growth, which provides the catalyst for the next asset creation cycle in Sydney, Melbourne and a number of suburban office markets.

“New development activity will generate fund-through opportunities for investors to gain exposure to core income-producing assets and support increased investment activity in 2017,” he said.

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Sydney CBD is an office landlord’s paradise

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Office landlords are in clover as the market supply comes under increasing pressure which has led to double-digit rental growth in the past year.

And as more buildings go under the wrecking ball, tenants are willing to pay over the odds for short-term space, while they look for suitable, longer term options.

According to Knight Frank’s latest research report Sydney CBD Office Market Overview: September 2016, the Sydney CBD is entering a period of unprecedented stock withdrawals, with 539,099 square metres earmarked for permanent withdrawal over the next four years.

The stock withdrawal has been triggered by the Sydney Metro construction, residential conversion and re-development. In the first half of 2016, 110,731 square metres were withdrawn from the market, more than half of which was withdrawn permanently.

Knight Frank’s head of office agency, John Preece, said the overall vacancy rate in the CBD was expected to trend down towards 3.5 per cent by the end of 2018.

“Vacancies in the secondary market are forecast to decline at a faster pace than the prime market due to stock withdrawals. This will lead to some secondary tenants moving to the prime market or out of the CBD,” Mr Preece said.

Knight Frank senior research manager, Alex Pham, said absorption is particularly strong in the prime market with an annual take-up of 192,198 square metres as at July 2016.

“This is the strongest level of absorption in the last decade and a reflection of the upgrading that is occurring and strengthening demand for prime space in the CBD,” Mr Pham said.

According to JLL, as demand for office space in Sydney’s CBD market rises and vacancy tightens, an increasing number of businesses are leasing space on short-term contracts, even in buildings set to be withdrawn and redeveloped in the medium term.

According to JLL, more than 20,000 square metres of space has been leased in the last 11 months in three CBD buildings located at 233 and 241 Castlereagh Street and 338 Pitt Street. The properties are, at this stage, set to be converted by owner Han’s Group to high-rise residential in the medium term.

At present, 27 tenants have leased space in the buildings, hailing from sectors including education, online retailing and insurance. Online retailer The Iconic leased three and a half floors in 338 Pitt Street, totalling approximately 3400 sqm. Insurance provider Allianz has leased more than 800 sqm in 233 Castlereagh Street, while a number of education providers have also leased space across the assets.

JLL’s manager of office leasing, Will Hamilton, said as vacancy continues to tighten, and there is an increase in businesses outgrowing serviced offices and co-working spaces, a number of companies are taking advantage of short-term cost-effective solutions.

“We have seen tenants utilise shorter term leases to set up new businesses and capitalise on opportunities, which would normally attract higher financials if it were not for term restriction.

“In addition, we have seen a number of groups who are in other locations securing expansion space in the CBD. This improves their access to city-based clients and opens doors to new business prospects, who might not have been able to seek out their services before, particularly for education providers.”

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Laundy Hotels snaps up Swansea pub

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Laundy Hotels has snapped up the Swansea pub for around $13 million. Photo: Troy SinclairThe Swansea Hotel in NSW’s Lake Macquarie region has sold for around $13 million to the Laundy hotel group. The CBRE Hotels team of Daniel Dragicevich and Ben McDonald sold the property off market to Laundy Hotels, which counts   venues such as the Watsons Bay Hotel and the Woolwich Pier Hotel among its stable. The Swansea Hotel is at the gateway to Lake Macquarie and on a 3235-square-metre site.

Daniel Dragicevich, national director, CBRE Hotels, said there had been a noticeable increase in investment recently in assets outside Sydney by traditionally metro buyers and the high- profile Laundy hotel group has been among those leading the charge. “We have sold seven NSW regional and coastal assets worth nearly $50 million this year alone as appetite continues unabated for these opportunities,” said Mr McDonald, manager CBRE Hotels.

Novotel expands

Challenger Investment Partners, on behalf of the owners, has appointed AccorHotels to manage its Surfers Paradise hotel, which is now operating as Hotel Grand Chancellor. AccorHotels will take over management of the hotel from Saturday, October 1, and re-brand the hotel to the group’s Novotel brand. Novotel Surfers Paradise will be the 30th Novotel in Australia and AccorHotels’ fourth hotel on the Gold Coast, joining Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach, The Sebel Coolangatta and Mercure Resort Gold Coast. It comes at a time of unprecedented growth in the Gold Coast tourism market in the lead-up to the  2018 Commonwealth Games

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Vendors opting for sales in one lot

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48A Oxford Street, Epping, Photo: suppliedDemand is growing rapidly across the country for development sites being sold in one lot as residents can reap a higher return and the buyer gets a property without any strata issues.

One of the latest is a development site at 48A Oxford Street, Epping, which has a value of about $17 million.

The 1603 square-metre property comprises 14 apartments with the strata owners selling in one line.

This has become a trend across Sydney and was boosted last year by a sale in St Leonards that reaped the vendors an average $9 million apiece.

Developers are also willing to bid high for these properties as they compete with other users such as suburban office developers and now industrial property investors.

Knight Frank’s associate director, Asian Markets, Linda Zhu, senior director, head of Asian Markets, Dominic Ong, and director, commercial sales, Brett Burridge, are managing the sale of the Epping property.

Ms Zhu said it has good holding income in a prime location.

The property comprises two full brick and concrete buildings sharing a basement level. The residential accommodation spans three levels, with private balconies and courtyards. The property is zoned as B2 Local Centre under Hornsby LEP 2013 with height control of 48 metres.

As evidence of the demand, CBRE head of metropolitan investment sales NSW, Nicholas Heaton, recently sold a range of properties in Coogee, St Ives and Darlinghurst for $50 million in five days. He said some were sold in one lot as the residents banded together rather than try independently.

A group of strata owners in a 19-level Melbourne city office building have banded together to put their tower on the market with expectations around $50 million.

Thirteen owners have joined forces to sell the block at 50 Franklin Street, built in 1965.

Its sale will mark a peak in a trend which has seen multiple property owners across Melbourne’s suburbs joining forces to take advantage of a heated property market in which developers are willing to pay a premium for larger combined sites.

In another recent example, 19 owners of a 1940s apartment complex at 596 St Kilda Road banded together to sell their low-lying block to a Singaporean developer for $25 million.

The combined deal netted the owners considerably more than they would have gained selling individually.

In June this year eight property owners in Bay Road, Cheltenham, banded together to sell their houses.

Separately, the properties at 375-389 Bay Road could be worth up to $800,000 each, but together, pitched at developers, the 4715 square metres will command a premium, expected to fetch up to $9 million.

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Central south-west, Sydney’s forgotten industrial precinct

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191 Miller Street, Chester Hill, sits on a huge 65,430 sq m and offers three separate buildings on site. Photo: Airphoto AustraliaThe conversion of industrial land to residential and commercial has led investors to scour regions in Sydney’s central south-west to gain a foothold on land suitable for the fast-expanding logistics and warehouse sector.

To take advantage of the demand, a new site has been bought to market at 191 Miller Street, Chester Hill, which sits on 65,430 square metres with three buildings. No price was disclosed, but similar assets have been sold for upwards of $26.5 million.

Ray White Commercial NSW is advising on the property through director Michael Ajaka, NSW managing director and partner, Jeff Moxham and Stephen Moses.

Demand for large distribution centres is rising, with groups ranging from online retailers, such as Amazon, to third-party logistics, such as DHL, to the supermarkets of Woolworths and Coles, among others.

Given the vast distances between towns and cities in Australia, warehouses are needed in more areas than in a small country such as Britain, to ensure goods arrive within the promised 24 hours.

As a result, investors are looking at sites near transport and Sydney’s west is the prime target.

“We have not seen such a massive landholding come to market in recent times, boasting a 144.7-metre frontage. The property also offers a strong tenant profile returning about $1.899 million in gross passing income and weighted average lease expiry of 4.89 years,” Mr Ajaka said.

“The property is a mix of older style and more modern industrial buildings with office facilities. It also offers easy truck and container access with high-clearance buildings, truck weighbridge, hardstand areas, container storage and an industrial waste recycling facility.”

Industrial vacancies have been contracting across Sydney, which has stimulated increases in investment demand; however the more established central south-west region is often forgotten, according to Ray White Commercial research.

Head of research Vanessa Rader says the market extending from Enfield to Moorebank, taking into account regions such as Milperra, Villawood and Chullora in recent years, has been contracting due to competition from other uses such as retail and residential, resulting in increases in land value but dampening sales turnover levels.

“These markets contain a high volume of older-style stock, which has witnessed improved tenant demand increasing average face rents by 3.52 per cent over the last year.  This location is home to manufacturing, fabrication and wholesale-type uses which generate strong local employment.”

Ms Rader said larger institutionally owned distribution facilities continue to favour the outer west and outer south-west regions due to their affordable, larger land parcels allowing for purpose built-facilities along the major motorways.

Mr Moxham said local investors have continued the trend of looking towards commercial and industrial assets to diversify investments during  this time of low residential yields, volatility surrounding the sharemarket and affordable finance.

“The outer industrial regions have been highly sought after by institutional players, lowering yields to now average 6.25 per cent to 6.75 per cent, keeping smaller local buyers out.

” Attention has now been drawn to these more established locations offering a more affordable yield combined with longer term potential,” Mr Moxham said.

Brad Lord, director of asset services from Ray White Commercial NSW’s newly opened Parramatta office, also said markets such as the central south-west still show some signs of affordability for tenants and  investors, with good access to heavy rail nodes and passenger rail as well as the M5 and M4 motorways.

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With new novel The Good People, Hannah Kent moves past Burial Rites

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Author Hannah Kent. Photo: SuppliedYou could almost look at at it as a case of two for the price of one. Hannah Kent’s 2013 debut novel Burial Rites – the story of an Icelandic woman beheaded for her role in a dual murder – might have been one of the most talked about first novels in recent memory. But it also sowed the seed of her second novel, The Good People.

“In the course of researching [Burial Rites] I had to translate a lot of Icelandic sources and this was incredibly tedious and laborious,” Kent recalls. “One afternoon I was basically brain-dead and thought – I was basically procrastinating – and I thought maybe a British newspaper would have reported the execution.”

She spent an afternoon looking through old British newspapers but didn’t come across any mention of Agnes Magnusdottir – the strong willed but tragic protagonist of Burial Rites. But she did stumble across a small article about an Irish woman “of advanced age”, named Ann Roche, who had been accused of a horrific crime. Ann’s defense case, which was briefly mentioned in the newspaper article, was so extraordinary that it “lit up” Kent’s curiosity – she claimed she had been trying to banish a fairy or changeling from the world.

Intrigued, Kent wrote the whole story down in her notepad and then got on with other things. “Years later when I was talking to publishers and they were acquiring Burial Rites, I was asked asked if I had a second novel in mind – and I immediately thought of this story,” she says.

The Good People is a sensitively drawn tale of love, grief, and terrible loss, set in a tiny Irish village in the early 19th century. Ann Roche, known in the book as Nance, is a folk healer. She’s summoned by a local woman, Nora Leahy, who is grieving the sudden, mysterious deaths of her only daughter and her beloved husband and is left alone, caring for her sickly young grandson Micheal.

Kent wanted to explore how grief, poverty and a lack of education combined in the lives of Nora and Nance. “They didn’t get involved in these activities simply through some inherent evil,” she points out. But she wanted to examine the ways that culture, society and politics intersected to shape the women’s lives into a particular, startling trajectory that ended in crime. “And you can’t escape gender and class in that situation.”

It’s a theme that her readers will find familiar from Burial Rites – where poverty, social class and gender roles bear down on Agnes Magnusdottir, forcing her into circumstances that ultimately lead to murder and her own execution. The Adelaide-born Kent was just 27 when she was offered a $1 million two-book deal for Burial Rites and there was no escaping the fact that the second novel weighed on her mind. But she says “it’s a wonderful problem to have. I mean how wonderful to have readers in the first place. I think it’s important to remember that if you focus on gratitude it enables you to get back to [the writing].”

The story of Agnes Magnusdottir’s life and her execution is known in Iceland and the records were well kept, offering Kent plenty of research material, and providing the historical bones on which to flesh out her novel.  But with The Good People, she had almost nothing to use from the historical record, save for the first article that piqued her curiosity, and a second story she found which illuminated the relationships between the women. She found herself free to create the detail of the women’s lives and fill in their stories.

“It was the first time really that I had such license and I found it a challenging in its own unique way – I wouldn’t say it was necessarily easier or more difficult, it was a very different process, and one which to me was almost like writing a debut novel all over again,” she says.

Like Burial Rites, this book is filled with descriptions of ritual and rhythm. Nance collects herbs and roots from the fields to spin her spells and heal the sick. A young villager is traumatised to find his wife wandering in her sleep to a fairy gathering place.  Kent spent time in Ireland researching the book and travelling alone was important to her, she says. She would meet fellow guests at B&Bs, or strike up conversations with fellow researchers in a library.  “Certainly in Ireland, someone told me they felt sorry for me – that I was just a girl by myself so they would always introduce me to people which was fantastic.”

A farmer who ran a B&B at his property allowed her to tramp through the fields, taking her to visit a piper’s grave surrounded by whitethorn trees, a fairy ringfort among the greenery, the river Flesk bubbling past in the rushes. “When I came to write the book it was too tempting to leave it out,” she says. “It was so clear in my mind’s eye – I had such a clear physical sensory experience of this river – and that’s what I wrote out of.”

And for the record, Kent had a black cat, so the supernatural fascinates her only as a lens for human behaviour. “Everyone either has a ghost story or knows someone who who knows a ghost story or knows someone who has a slightly supernatural experience, and I’m fascinated by these stories,” she says. “I’m interested because of what they reveal about us as humans – about our lived experience, our fears and insecurities.”

The Good People by Hannah Kent is published by Pan Macmillan. Hannah Kent will be in conversation with Jenn Webb at the Canberra Times/ ANU Meet the Author event on Monday, October 3 at 6.30pm. See anu.edu419论坛/events

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Litbits October 1 2016

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The Anne Edgeworth Fellowship, administerd by the ACT Writers Centre,  is provided to an emerging young writer in the Canberra region. It’s worth up to $5000 to be used to advance the recipient’s education in the craft of writing. Expressions of interest are due by October 14 at 5pm.

actwriters.org419论坛/awards/The-Anne-Edgeworth-Fellowship.shtmlWhat’s on

October 4-7: Adventures in Text: School Holiday Program for 11-13-Year-Olds from 9am to 3.30pm at Greyhound Racing Club, Jerrabomberra Avenue, Symonston,features instruction from local authors including Jack Heat and Kaaron Warren. Cost: $395 (+b.f.), $495 (+b.f.) for extra care until 5pm. eventbrite苏州美甲美睫培训学校/e/adventures-in-text-school-holiday-program-for-11-13-year-olds-tickets-27138275312?aff=litbits.

October 5: Holly Throsby will discuss her debut novel Goodwood, about a small community torn apart by rumour and mystery, at Muse Canberra at 6pm. $10 includes a drink. musecanberra苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛.

October 6: Spring Storytime. Come and share  some yarns from the National Library of Australia’s collection at 11.30am. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ferguson Room, Level 1, National Library of Australia. $2 a child. nla.gov419论坛.

October 6: Children, Parents and the Court: Legal Intervention in Family Life by John Seymour will be launched in the foyer, ground floor of the National Library of Australia at 6pm. Admission is free. nla.gov419论坛.

October 7: On the weekend of October 7-9 Well Thumbed Books. The Cobargo Crime Convention will showcase eight of the best crime novelists including Candice Fox and Sulari Gentill beginning at the Bermagui Library  at 5pm. fourwinds苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛/whats-on or call 02 6493 3414

October 8: Descriptions that Delight with Cate Whittle from 10am to 2pm at B Block Meeting Area, Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon will help bringing writing to life. Cost: ACTWC Member $90 (+b.f.), Non-member (includes 12 months of membership) $155 (+b.f.) eventbrite苏州美甲美睫培训学校/e/descriptions-that-delight-with-cate-whittle-tickets-26773110093?aff=litbits.

October 8: In The Boy Behind the Curtain, writer Tim Winton will discuss the real characters and events behind his bestselling novels in a discussion with the ABC’s Andrea Ho. National Library of Australia Theatre, Lower Ground 1, 11.30am. $15 includes refreshments and booksigning. nla.gov419论坛.

October 8: Indonesian author Leila S. Chudori will talk about her novel Home at the Asia Bookroom, Lawry Place, Macquarie at 4pm. Admission by gold coin donation to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. RSVP to 62515191 by October 7.

October 9: To Plot or Not to Plot with Cate Whittle from 10am to 2pm at B Block Meeting Area, Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon, is about how to plot novels. Cost: ACTWC Member $90 (+b.f.), Non-member (includes 12 months of membership) $155 (+b.f.). eventbrite苏州美甲美睫培训学校/e/to-plot-or-not-to-plot-with-cate-whittle-tickets-26773170273?aff=litbits.

October 10:The Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of Australia by David Lee will be launched in the National Library of Australia foyer at 6pm. Free admission. nla.gov419论坛.

October 14:  The School Magazine, the world’s longest continuously published children’s literary magazine, is celebrated at an exhibition curated by the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature at Civic Library until October 21. At 4pm editor Alan Edwards will reveal highlights over the years.

October 12: Mark Di Stefano, author of What a Time to Be Alive: That and Other Lies of the 2016 Campaign, wil be in conversation with Guardian Australia’s political editor Katharine Murphy at Paperchain Bookstore Manuka at 5.45 for 6pm. RSVP 6295 6723.

October 13: Senator Lee Rhiannon will launch A Lover’s Country by Stuart Rees, about love, murder and human rights, at Paperchain Bookstore Manuka at 6 for 6.30pm. RSVP 6295 6723.

October 20: Adventurer Tim Cope will talk about his three-year trek, 10,000-kilometre trek in On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey through the Lands of the Nomads at the National Library of Australia Theatre, Lower Ground 1, at 6pm. $15 includes refreshments. nla.gov419论坛.

October 23: In Wonderlands, illustrator and storyteller Robert Ingpen reveals the places, stories and people that inspired him. National Library of Australia Theatre, Lower Ground 1, 2pm. $20. nla.gov419论坛.

October 27: Paul Daley reveals how research into scientific and anthropological exploitation of Indigenous Australians in the early 20th century inspired characters in his novel Jesustown in the Conference Room, Level 4, National Library of Australia at 5.30pm. Free. nla.gov419论坛.

October 27: Moving On: A Tale of the Millennium by Don Aitkin will be launched by Claudia Hyles at Paperchain Manuka at 6pm. RSVP 6295 6723.

October 30: In the 2016 Harold White Lecture, Journalist and author Di Morrissey looks back on her years in the Australian writing world and speculates on the future. National Library of Australia Theatre, Lower Ground 1, 2pm. $20 Friends, $30 Non-members. Bookings: nla.gov419论坛.

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Record numbers of people moving to Melbourne’s housing estates

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Charles and Jane Kerbage with daughters Emily, 12, and Shanece, 9, on the block that will become their new home, at Woodlea Estate. Photo: Penny StephensRecord numbers of Melburnians are buying land in housing estates on the city’s fringe, proving the Great Australia Dream is far from dead – in fact it’s more desired than ever.

Frantic apartment construction has recently threatened the traditional dominance of house and land packages in Melbourne. In mid-2015, more units were being approved than houses in Victoria.

But fast forward a few months and the housing estates are again on top.

More than 22,000 blocks have been sold in Melbourne’s outer suburbs in the year until June, with some developers struggling to keep up with the demand for serviced land, according to research by Charter Keck Cramer.

So why are so many people willing to sacrifice the convenience of established postcodes, for a block and backyard on the city’s outskirts?

For Jane and Charles Kerbage, it comes down to value for money and a traditional sense of community – one where neighbours still knock on your door for a cup of sugar.

“It’s a different feel from the inner city where people hide behind their houses,” Mr Kerbage said.

When the couple first ventured out to the then-burgeoning western suburb of Caroline Springs about 1999, blocks in the housing estate were being sold for $29,000 out of a caravan on the side of the Western Freeway.

Friends asked them why they would move “out the end of nowhere” and even today, when Caroline Springs has its own police station, post office and department store, people still say “it’s so far from everything”.

Soon the Kerbages will move even further out west, with their two daughters, to a bigger house on a new block of land in the new Woodlea Estate, still living and chasing The Great Australian Dream.

One of Melbourne’s new housing estates. Photo: Penny StephensWhy buy an apartment, when you can have a house?

Affordability remains the key driver behind the popularity of greenfield housing estates. The average price of a serviced block in Melbourne is $221,730, less than half the price of lots in Sydney, which average $460,375.

This means while you might pay $1 million for a property in Ascot Vale, Heidelberg and Thornbury, you can still buy a new three-bedroom house within a 30-kilometre radius of the CBD for less than $400,000.

Unlike the apartment market, which is dominated by investors, between 40 to 50 per cent of those who buy a house and land  in the outer suburbs are first-home buyers. Photo: SuppliedThe enduring aspiration of home ownership

Those closest to the housing estate industry say the Great Australian Dream remains a real and “unabated” aspiration in Melbourne, with people feeling a need to own their own house, preferably with a lawn and backyard.

Matthew Chun, the chief executive of builder Simonds Group, said huge importance was still placed on owning land.

“I think that’s not just in the Australian psyche, it’s also felt by people who come from other countries where they don’t have that opportunity.”

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SOAP 2016 opening night

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2015 Winner: Middle School Lily Brice-Marwood – “Jetty Jumping”.

The iconic Robe Institute will once again play host to the SOAP opening night this year.

2015 Winner: Robe District Council Award Jacqui Bateman – “Young Salt”.

The night is set for October 28at 7pm. Open to the public, opening night is set to achieve a number of things. The event provides a great opportunity for locals, traveling spectators, contributors and sponsors to celebrate and be a part of a diverse exhibition of regional artworks on display.

Also on offer will be a mixture of Robe andMt Benson wines as well as beer from Robe Town Brew and a selection of finger foods from Cantina Kick.This year’s event will open at 7pm with live acoustic tunes allowing for public perusal of the exhibition. Following this will be the commencement of speeches made by the committee, sponsors and of course judges with the announcements of the 2016 prizes.

The 2016 Judges are announced: This year will see the return of the jovial and enthusiastic Anthony Mckee – a professional photographer from Melbourne who is always impressed with the photographic entries. Alongside him will be Penola’s very own Dagny Strand – a professional of both sculpture and 2D works. Hugo Michell, an Adelaide gallery owner and director of an innovative and contemporary space will round out the diverse team of three.

2015 Winner: Photography David Summerhayes “An Egret takes flight near Fox Lake – Robe.

A number of new things have happened this year, and we are keen to observe public interest and feedback. SOAP must be designed to be an event supportive of every artist regardless of background and profession, and we want to continue to make this event an attraction to everyone involved.

In my commitment to this cause, I have reduced both entry fees and commission on sales this year. Additionally, size restrictions have been increased and a youth’s peoples choice award has been introduced – all in direct response to public suggestion.

I am particularly excited to see entries into the Robe District Council sponsored Award of “Changing Climate, Changing Environments”. This progressive category should unveil some creative representation of both the natural world and some of the global challenges we have ahead of us.

Back again this year – with support from the Morgan family – the Belinda Morgan Memorial Prize which will award local talent from the Limestone Coast.Opening night is free of charge to all participating artists, as well as event sponsors. All other spectators will need to buy a ticket at the door for $15 – which includes a raffle ticket, wine and nibbles, as well as entrance into the 2016 exhibition.

There is still time to enter this year’s prize!Entry forms are made available at several local Robe venues as well as online at苏州美甲美睫培训学校southernoceanartprize.weebly苏州美甲美睫培训学校.

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Clearly Innocent Country Horse of the Year

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THE plaudits continue to roll in for Scone trainer Greg Bennett.

SUCCESS: Tommy Berry on board Country Horse of the Year Clearly Innocent.

At Friday night’s2016 NSW Country and Provincial Racing Awards, his galloper Clearly Innocent was named Country Horse of the Year.

The ceremony was heldat the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney.

Bennett and jockey Tommy Berry joined forces to win the prestigious The Country Championships Final at Randwick,withClearly Innocent claiming the $210,000 first prize from ex-Muswellbrook trainer Mack Griffith’s runner Pera Pera.

Samantha Clenton, who also guided the four-year-old geldingto victory in the Horsepower Luskin Star Stakes, took homeCountry Apprentice Jockey of the Year.

The Country recipients of the awards for 2016:Simon Nivison Special Achievement Award Ian Giffin (Wellington)

Country Horse of the Year Award Clearly Innocent

Country TAB Race Club of the Year Murrumbidgee Turf Club

Community Race Club of the Year Walcha Jockey Club

Outstanding Achievement Award Moree Race Club (The Chopper Cup)

Country Trainer of the Year Brett Thompson

Media Award John Scorse (Sky)

Country Jockey of the Year Greg Ryan

Country Apprentice Jockey of the Year Samantha Clenton

Special Recognition Awards were awarded to Barbara Joseph (trainer) and Geoff Newling (media).

The Provincial recipients of the awards for 2016:Ted McCabe Provincial Recognition Award Peter Norrgard

Provincial Horse of the Year Lucia Valentina

Provincial Trainer of the Year Kris Lees

Provincial Jockey of the Year Brenton Avdulla

Provincial Apprentice Jockey of the Year Andrew Adkins

All finalists and nominees, however, should be very proud of their efforts during the 2015/16 season which deserves this level of recognition.

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