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    Minimum wage case: ACTU submission to increase compulsory super contributions

    2019 - 06.21

    ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver: ”For a 20-year-old minimum wage worker, the Abbott government’s decision to not pass on the 0.5 per cent increase in compulsory super until 2021 means they will be $18,401 worse off in retirement,” Photo: Janie BarrettThe ACTU will for the first time make a claim for an increase in compulsory superannuation contributions as part of its submission for an increase in the minimum wage.

    The submission to the Fair Work Commission’s annual review of the minimum wage will aim to compensate Australian workers for the federal government’s decision to freeze superannuation increases until 2022.

    The ACTU said its submission, to be made on Friday, will include an application for compulsory superannuation to rise from 9.5 per cent to 10 per cent. It will also call for an increase in the minimum wage which is now $640.90 per week.

    ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said it was the first time such a claim has been made since the introduction of the current system of mandatory superannuation payments. The ACTU would seek an extra 0.5 per cent to the minimum super contribution in awards in addition to an increase in minimum wages.

    Mr Oliver said a full-time worker on the national minimum wage will be $3.20 per week, or $167.09 per year, worse off as a result of the freeze on minimum superannuation entitlements.

    “For a 20-year-old minimum wage worker, the Abbott government’s decision to not pass on the 0.5 per cent increase in compulsory super until 2021 means they will be $18,401 worse off in retirement,” he said.

    Unions have campaigned for compulsory superannuation to eventually increase to 12 per cent.

    Mr Oliver said entitlements had been expected to rise to 10 per cent on July 1 this year under the Superannuation Guarantee before Treasurer Joe Hockey last year announced a freeze on any increases.

    “Mr Hockey should support the half per cent increase on the basis of his suggestion last year that employers would pass on the cut in superannuation through wage increases,” he said.

    Mr Oliver said maintaining a fair minimum wage is essential to avoid the creation of an underclass of working poor in Australia.

    “The annual minimum wage case is the only opportunity for 1.86 million of Australia’s lowest paid workers to receive a pay rise,” Mr Oliver said.

    “Research shows boosting the minimum wage is good for workers and does not have a negative impact on employment.”

    Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer Kate Carnell said the annual review of the minimum wage is “to do just that – to determine any movement in cost of living issues”.

    “The review has nothing to do with retirement savings,” Ms Carnell said.

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    Thomas Kelly’s killer Kieran Loveridge moved to Supermax after claimed assault on inmate and affair with guard

    2019 - 06.21

    Kieran Loveridge is led from court after his original sentencing in November 2013. Photo: Kate GeraghtyTeenage killer Kieran Loveridge has been moved to the state’s highest security prison after having an “improper relationship” with a female guard, just a week after he allegedly stomped on the head of another prisoner.

    Loveridge is serving a minimum of 10 years for the manslaughter of Thomas Kelly, who was punched once on the back of the head on his first night out in Kings Cross in 2012.

    Loveridge was also convicted of a string of random assaults on the same night.

    2GB broadcaster Ray Hadley revealed on radiolast week that Loveridge, now 21, was being investigated by police for allegedly stomping on the head of an inmate in a Kempsey jail on March 10.

    Loveridge and another inmate, aged 22, allegedly assaulted the 31-year-old man in a cell. He had to be treated for facial injuries in Kempsey Hospital.

    The two inmates were segregated, moved to other jails and given higher security classifications, a Corrective Services NSW spokesman said.

    On Thursday, Hadley revealed Loveridge had been moved to Goulburn Supermax and prison officials were also investigating an affair he was having with a female guard at the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre.

    “A female correctional officer has been suspended from duty at Mid North Coast Correctional Centre after it was learnt she had allegedly commenced an improper relationship with an inmate,” the Corrective Services NSW spokesman said.

    “CSNSW is investigating the alleged relationship.”

    Hadley said other prison guards raised the alarm after they noticed odd behaviour between the pair.

    Loveridge was initially sentenced to five years and two months for manslaughter but it was raised to a minimum of 10 years after the Director of Public Prosecutions appealed against the “manifestly inadequate” sentence.

    Mr Kelly’s death caused public outrage and partly led to the introduction of mandatory sentences for drunken violence and a state-wide liquor crackdown.

    Loveridge could remain in jail until 2026.

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    Attacker tried to drag nurse into car boot in Crows Nest: police

    2019 - 06.21

    A nurse has fought off an attacker who grabbed her from behind and tried to drag her into the boot of a car as she walked along a street in Sydney’s lower north shore, police say.

    Police are now hunting for the man, thought to be aged in his 30s and who was dressed in black when he ambushed the woman in Crows Nest about 10.25pm on Wednesday.

    The 27-year-old woman, who is employed as a nurse, told police she was walking along Falcon Street when the man grabbed her from behind, covered her mouth and tried to force her into the boot of a silver or grey sedan.

    The woman began screaming loudly and punched the man in the groin, forcing him to release her.

    The woman fell to the ground, and the man got back in his car and drove away.

    The distraught woman raised the alarm at a Caltex Service Station a short distance away on Falcon Street.

    Police from the Harbourside local area command were called to the service station, but could not find any trace of the man.


    The woman was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital where she was treated for a number of minor injuries, including grazing, bruising and swelling.

    A NSW Police spokeswoman said police investigating the incident believed it was a random attack.

    Police described the man as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern or Indian/subcontinental appearance, aged in his early to mid 30s, about 175 centimetres tall with a stocky build and short, dark hair.

    At the time of the attack he was wearing a black T-shirt and black pants.

    Anyone with information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

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    No limits: rights holders could potentially block hundreds of piracy websites in Australia with a single strike

    2019 - 06.21

    Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull will introduce the legislation on Thursday. Photo: Andrew MearesEnding online piracy in Australia long overdue, say rights holders

    Movie, music and TV rights holders will be able to request judges block an unlimited number of overseas websites facilitating online piracy in the one court case under the Abbott government’s website-blocking legislation, due to be introduce into parliament on Thursday, Fairfax Media has learned.

    The Copyright (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, which is set to cost telcos about $130,000 a year, contains no cap on the number of websites rights holders can request a judge to block in a single injunction.

    Critics of the regime are likely to argue that having no cap on the scheme could result in what happened in India, where a number of legitimate websites were blocked, including Google services, when a judge agreed to block some 472 websites. An updated judgment fixed the error.

    The bill, a draft of which Fairfax obtained before a final version became publicly available on Thursday, also does not say how the sites should be blocked. This means that it will be up to judges to decide whether to stipulate in their rulings how a site is blocked, or for internet providers to figure it out for themselves if a judge makes no mention of this.

    The bill only states that the injunction requires internet providers listed in court cases by rights holders to take “reasonable steps to disable access to the online location”.

    How sites are blocked is important, as some of the cheaper blocking methods can result in collateral damage. Australia’s corporate watchdog ASIC, for instance, inadvertently blocked access to more than 250,000 innocuous websites when trying to block one believed to be defrauding Australians.

    ASIC did this by identifying the IP address of the web server the fraudulent website was hosted on and ordering internet providers to block it under a controversial section of the Telecommunications Act called section 313, which requires the providers to co-operate with Australian enforcement agencies.

    But the problem was the IP address blocked was shared by many other websites, leading to hundreds of thousands of other sites also being blocked.

    Also not in the bill is a mandated consumer advocate in the court cases, meaning it will be up for the judge to weigh up the public interest in blocking a website. Citizens and digital rights groups won’t be prevented from going to cases and raising issues as a third-party, although this could be costly.

    But it appears consumers and rights groups won’t be able to apply to a court to revoke blocks, as they are not listed as one of the types of parties that can do this.

    The competition watchdog, the ACCC, and the communications regulator, the ACMA, are the only people envisaged by the government to be able to apply to revoke a block other than the people behind a blocked site, an internet service provider asked to block it, or a rights holder.

    Scheme to cost internet providers $130,000 a year to run

    There is also no provision in the bill for ISPs to be compensated for setting up a site-blocking regime. The bill’s explanatory memorandum states that the introduction of the site-blocking regime is estimated to cost the entire Australian telecommunications industry $130,825 a year to run, which could push up the price of internet.

    Sites proposed to be blocked will have to be informed; however a judge could waive this requirement “if the court is satisfied that the owner of the copyright is unable, despite reasonable efforts, to determine the identity or address of the person who operates the online location” facilitating access to the infringing material.

    Before ordering websites to be blocked, a judge must take into account a number of things, including whether other jurisdictions have blocked the site and whether it is in the public interest to disable access to the piracy site.

    An earlier draft of the bill also suggested that freedom of expression be taken into account but this was not in the final bill.

    A judge must also consider whether blocking the site is a proportionate response; the site also has to be hosted outside Australia.

    The site must also be a service whose “primary purpose” is to facilitate copyright infringement. It must also be proven that it is facilitating an infringement in Australia.

    Also to be taken into account is whether the site is “flagrantly” infringing copyright, the bill states.

    There is no mention of a public register or similar where Australians can see which sites have been blocked. There’s also no mention of whether citizens will see a message when accessing a site that informs them why it was blocked.

    In good news for digital rights groups, a judge may limit the amount of time a site is blocked for and, upon application, revoke or vary a block.

    The bill was introduced into parliament on Thursday by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull. It is due to be referred to a parliamentary committee for scrutiny.

    It’s understood that only six weeks will be given for the committee to examine and hold public consultations.

    “There will be adequate time for consultation and for people to make submissions throughout this process,” a spokesperson for Attorney-General George Brandis said.

    Unintended consequences in drafting

    The bill was initially slated to be introduced last week. But a number of “unintended consequences” identified in the bill caused it to be delayed, Fairfax Media has been told.

    One of those unintended consequences, according to sources familiar with the drafting of the legislation, could have resulted in the websites of virtual private networks (VPNs) also being caught up in the blocking regime if they were deemed by a judge as facilitating copyright infringement.

    VPNs are often used to circumvent website filtering in countries by allowing users to “tunnel” their internet traffic through another country where there is no filtering. But some countries, such as China, have attempted to block access to them.

    One such VPN website, TorGuard, promotes itself as being able to “unblock any website regardless of geographical location”, and it’s understood there were fears in some circles that the way the legislation was initially drafted could have meant VPNs facilitating or allowing piracy could have been blocked as well.

    A number of other drafting issues meant the bill was sent back to the Attorney-General’s Department for redrafting by the Attorney-General.

    “He didn’t like the drafting,” a government source said of Senator Brandis’ reading of the bill.

    “In an area such as this if you are not really specific you end up catching a lot more stuff than you are potentially targeting,” another source said.

    It’s not clear whether the final bill addresses the concerns of VPNs being blocked.

    Simon Bush, head of the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association, which represents the $1 billion Australian film and TV home entertainment industry, confirmed the bill had been delayed because of a number of unintended consequences in the drafting.

    But Mr Bush would not say whether one of them was the prospect of VPN websites being blocked.

    “There did appear to be some unintended consequences in the drafting of the bill,” he said. “The minister’s office has identified those [and has looked to fix them].”

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    Jeremy Clarkson: ‘Assault’ of Top Gear’s Oisin Tymon investigated by UK police

    2019 - 06.21

    Clarkson’s road to ruin

    Matters may be about to get a whole lot worse for Jeremy Clarkson after UK police confirmed they are investigating the alleged assault that led to the Top Gear star being sacked.

    North Yorkshire Police have asked for a copy of the BBC’s internal investigation into a fracas involving Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon at the Simonstone Hall Hotel in the Yorkshire Dales.

    “The information will be assessed appropriately and action will be taken by North Yorkshire Police where necessary,” they said in a statement.

    The BBC investigation, conducted by senior executive Ken MacQuarrie, made clear the seriousness of the alleged incident, which took place on March 4 on the hotel patio.

    “Oisin Tymon was subject to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack by Jeremy Clarkson,” concluded MacQuarrie. “During the physical attack Oisin Tymon was struck, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip. The verbal abuse was sustained over a longer period, both at the time of the physical attack and subsequently.”

    The alleged attack – which MacQuarrie said Clarkson admitted – was only halted when a bystander stepped in to break it up.

    Clarkson continued to abuse Tymon after the incident using “the strongest expletives and threats to sack him”.

    Tymon then drove himself to a local accident and emergency department for attention to his injuries.

    The fracas allegedly erupted after Clarkson was told the hotel kitchen had closed and he couldn’t be served steak and chips for supper.

    In his own statement announcing Clarkson’s dismissal, BBC Director-General Tony Hall said a line had been crossed.

    “There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another dictated by either rank, or public relations and commercial considerations,” he said. Clarkson fans left in the dark

    Tens of thousands of local fans hoping to attend next month’s two-day Top Gear festival in Sydney have been left in the lurch after Clarkson’s sacking.

    Organisers of the Top Gear Festival planned for April 18 and 19 at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek were scrambling on Thursday morning to respond to news that the corporation had punted Clarkson.

    “We are working through the implications of today’s announcement with our partner Brand Events and will make a definitive statement on the Live tour as soon as possible,” said BBC Worldwide in a statement.

    Clarkson has a seven-figure contract with BBC Worldwide to front the live shows staged around the world.

    BBC Worldwide insisted it was “still planning ahead as scheduled” but chances of the event taking place are looking increasingly unlikely, especially after an event in Norway has already been cancelled before the bombshell announcement.

    As of Thursday morning tickets for up to $400 to see “Jeremy, James and Richard all together for the first time” were still being sold on Ticketek’s website.

    It is unclear how many tickets have already been sold for 2015 but last year about 46,000 motorsport fans attended the Sydney event to see their idol, Clarkson, and watch events including “Star in a Car” and “Car Football”.

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    ACCC keeps its eye on Heinz-Kraft $59b merger

    2019 - 06.21

    Mondelez’s local operations stated it’s trademarks are not affected by the Kraft-Heinz merger. Photo: RICK WILKING Kraft Food’s trademarks such as Vegemite and Cadbury in the Asia-Pacific region were taken over by Mondelez International in July 2013. Photo: Eddie Jim

    The competition regulator is keeping an eye on a proposed mega-deal that would create the world’s fifth-largest food and beverage company.

    The privately held H.J. Heinz will merge with the listed Kraft Food Group to create Kraft Heinz, it was announced overnight, in a deal that valued Kraft at about $US46 billion ($59 billion) before net debt.

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and private equity firm 3G Capital, which bought Heinz in 2013, will invest $US10 billion into the deal to take a 51 per cent stake. Kraft shareholders will retain the rest.

    Kraft split into two separate public companies three years ago. Kraft focused on US groceries, while Mondelēz International became an international biscuit, chocolate and lollies operation.

    Following this, Kraft Food trademarks in the Asia-Pacific region were taken over by Mondelēz International from July 2013.

    Mondelēz International’s brands here include Cadbury, The Natural Confectionary Co, Ritz and Oreo. It also holds trademark rights for Kraft products such as Vegemite, Kraft Peanut Butter, and Kraft Singles.

    A Mondelēz International spokesman said “our rights on trademarks are not affected by today’s announcement from Kraft Foods Group”.

    Questioned whether there was any cross-ownership between Kraft and Mondelēz International, and when those trademarks expired, he replied: “There’s no relationship between Mondelēz International and Heinz and the licensing arrangements are commercial in confidence.”

    A spokeswoman for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it was “aware of the transaction. If it decides to conduct a public review, it will be listed on the ACCC’s website.”

    If the merger is seen to be substantially lessening competition in Australia, a review would be held, with divestments one possible outcome.

    Neither the competition regulator nor the industry body the Australian Food and Grocery Council have local market-share figures on Mondelēz International or Heinz.

    Heinz products include baby food, baked beans, tomato sauce, and pasta. The last accounts for its Australian operations showed revenue of $534 million and a $12.3 million loss for the eight months to December 29, 2013, due to big changes on its balance sheet from the Berkshire Hathaway-3G Capital buyout.

    The last thorough inquiry into the grocery industry was held in 2008, although this focused on grocery retailing.

    Mondelēz International does not file accounts to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. The Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and China, accounted for $US4.6 billion of its $US34.2 billion ($43.8 billion) in revenue in 2014, according to Bloomberg.

    Mondelēz International is led in Australia and New Zealand by Amanda Banfield, and employs more than 3,500 people, according to its website.

    It was controversially promised $16 million from the Coalition to help expand its Tasmanian chocolate business. That pre-election promise was recently ditched.

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    Sachin Tendulkar is the Paul the Octopus of the Cricket World Cup

    2019 - 06.21

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    It’s the video that has gone viral in India ahead of the country’s crunch Cricket World Cup semi-final on Thursday against hosts Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

    In the eyes of many Indians, Sachin Tendulkar could already walk on water thanks to his record-breaking batting feats over a 25-year international career. But now it’s his skills in prediction that has captured the attention of his fans and drummed up comparisons with Paul the Octopus.

    Paul, who resided at a Oberhausen aquarium in Germany, gained fame at the 2010 FIFA World Cup for his successful predictions during the tournament.

    Tendulkar has matched Paul’s feats. Whereas Paul had to clamber into a box with a country’s national flag to make his calls, Tendulkar simply spoke at a media conference.

    During a book launch in London in February for his autobiography Playing It My Way, the former Indian captain was asked who will win the World Cup.

    “I can’t pinpoint any one team but there are a few competitive teams,” said Tendulkar.

    “I would like to name Australia, South Africa, New Zealand (as a dark horse), and India”.


    The four countries qualified for the semi-finals with New Zealand the first through to the final after an epic semi-final win against South Africa on Tuesday at Eden Park in Auckland.

    Tendulkar was then asked whether England could make the semi-finals.

    His answer of “No, not really” was met with laughter from the room. He went on to say of England, “Anything is possible at this point, but going by the current form England will not be that competitive.”

    Tendulkar’s comments came after England had twice beaten India in the tri-series in Australia in January, but he added that it was the defending champion’s spin options that gave them the edge over other teams.

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    AROUND THE BLOCK: Oasis in the middle of the city

    2019 - 06.21

    6 Noster Place NewcastleIT manager Linda Hack and her young family swapped weekend skiing for ocean swimming when they moved from Zurich, Switzerland, to Newcastle.

    The family have lived for the past four years in one of the city’s best-kept secrets, Dartford, but have recently listed it for sale after deciding to downsize.

    “We left Canberra to live in Zurich for six years for my husband’s job, but when we decided to return to Australia we saw the potential Newcastle had,” Mrs Hack said.

    “We hoped the city would develop. When we found such a quiet family home in the CBD, we knew it was unique.”

    Since purchasing 6 Noster Place in 2011, they have painted the interior, laid turf and planted trees.

    “The property’s best feature is that it provides our son with a backyard to play in, in the middle of the CBD,” Mrs Hack said. “We also love the location – we walk everywhere.”

    Quietly secluded behind a row of quaint terraces and accessed off Wolfe Street, the historic family residence spread over four levels has an entry foyer leading through to a separate lounge and to the open-plan gourmet kitchen, meals and living area. This flows through aluminium bi-fold doors out to a large tiled alfresco area.

    At the top of a flight of stairs are three bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, two of which open out to the wrap-around verandah to take in the vistas of the city, harbour and Stockton Bight.

    There is also a home office or sewing room and master bathroom complete with his and hers vanities and dual shower.

    Above all of this – and hidden away by pull-down stairs – is the loft, which is large enough for a teenagers’ retreat.

    Other features include ducted reverse-cycle airconditioning, security system, gas outlets, ample storage, three storage sheds, off-street parking for two cars and permits for on-street parking for two cars.

    Josh Mana, of Raine and Horne Newcastle, has listed the property on 319 square metres for offers above $1.29 million.

    464 Webbers Creek Road PATERSON

    ALISON Perrott’s family don’t have to jostle with crowds on New Year’s Eve.

    From their picturesque Paterson property they can see four sets of fireworks explode – down the street, at Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland.

    “It’s quite remarkable,” she said of her home at 464 Webbers Creek, which has recently been listed for sale.

    “There is no one around and through the beautiful vista of trees you can see civilisation is just there, but you’re not quite in it.”

    Investment adviser Mrs Perrott and her business adviser husband David grew up in Parkes and Armidale respectively and wanted to give their two now-teenage children a similar experience of growing up on a farm.

    The couple had lived in Sydney and later on eight acres at Dunnes Creek, but fell in love with the Paterson parcel of land “as soon as we saw it” in 2005.

    They finished building their architect-designed “dream home” at the end of 2007.

    So determined were they to spend the rest of their lives there that they made the hallways wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs.

    But increased responsibilities in their careers – each sits on a number of boards and travels regularly – has led the family to make the difficult decision to downsize to Adelaide.

    Bernadette Berlyn and Nathan Berlyn, of McGrath Edgecliff, have listed the five-bedroom house for offers over $950,000.

    The property has views over the Moonabung Range and is on 169 acres registered for livestock or primary production.

    The house features a formal lounge and dining areas; a living area and a family retreat with a built-in freshwater fish tank.

    It also has a gourmet country kitchen with Bosch appliances; guest quarters with queen-sized bedrooms and a private bathroom; and a parents’ wing appointed with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.

    There is ducted airconditioning as well as cosy fireplaces and nine-foot high ceilings.

    Outside, the house has alfresco entertainment areas, verandahs, a self-cleaning swimming pool with heated spa, machinery sheds, fire equipment, water tanks, two dams and a creek.

    3/266 Darby St Cooks Hill

    INVESTOR buyers and those seeking low-maintenance living are expected to be among bidders when a distinctive, modern townhouse in Cooks Hill is auctioned on March 28.

    Designed by Schreiber Hamilton Architecture and built by Foteff Property Group a decade ago, 3/266 Darby Street is part of an eight-unit complex, with the ground and first floors of each townhouse constructed from concrete.

    Listing agent and auctioneer Anthony Merlo of Dalton Partners – who sold the development on behalf of the Steve Foteff 10 years ago and owned a unit in the complex until four years ago – said the design of the townhouse would never date.

    The townhouse’s lower level comprises a laundry and bathroom, two bedrooms, ensuite and courtyard, while the upper level offers a third bedroom, large open-plan living and kitchen area as well as an alfresco deck.

    Offering a sunny northern aspect, the townhouse also features ducted air conditioning, a garage and an additional covered car park – a rare find in the suburb.

    The townhouse will go under the hammer on site at 10.30am.

    Mr Merlo suggests bidding will commence from $650,000.

    The Gables, Booral

    A METICULOUSLY restored home set on the site of a former silk work farm has been listed for sale. Denise Haynes of R & R Rural and Residential Property at Stroud said Lea-sa and Rob Thomsen’s Booral property The Gables was set on a private parcel of 20 acres and would be an idyllic family home or weekend retreat.

    The renovated house with its stunning gabled roof line contains four bedrooms, two bathrooms – one with a claw foot bathtub – spacious living areas, a large galley kitchen and separate pantry storeroom. It also features polished timber floorboards underfoot, original pressed metal ceilings, an open fireplace, combustion wood heating and a partly covered in-ground saltwater swimming pool.

    Believed to have been built in 1864 by Robert Carnell, the double-storey house is aptly named for its six gables, with the front three featuring picture windows. Ms Haynes said she understood Mr Carnell – who also built St Barnabas’ Anglican Church in Booral and churches in Raymond Terrace – completed much of the building work during the night while his son held a lantern for him. The Gables was also known as The Wormery from its time operating as a silk farm.

    It is listed for offers over $750,000.

    35 & 37 Girling Street ISLINGTON

    A PAIR of cottages just minutes from the CBD will be auctioned together next week, offering buyers double the opportunity to invest and renovate in vibrant Islington.

    Nick Scott bought the houses at 35 and 37 Girling Street in the 1980s as investment properties, but has decided the time is ripe to sell.

    The three-bedroom cottage at number 35 has a new iron roof and a small gated side yard with room for off street parking.

    The four-bedroom cottage at number 37 has a lounge room and eat-in kitchen, plus a gated side yard providing off street parking for two cars, a caravan or a boat.

    It also has room for a shed, subject to council approval.

    Listing agent and auctioneer Debbie Wiseman, of LJ Hooker Hamilton, said serious bidding was anticipated from $300,000 for No.35 and from $370,000 for No.37.

    “Affordable real estate like this is hard to find so close to the action,” Ms Wiseman said.

    The properties are close to Tighes Hill TAFE and less than a kilometre to the cycle way at Throsby Creek.

    They will be auctioned at 6pm on Wednesday, April 1, at The Travelodge, King Street, Newcastle.