A complete internal renovation transforms Stockton home

Stockton transformation MAKING A SPLASH: Sherree Doodson chose ‘Terrazzo’ handmade encaustic tiles with mother of pearl for the kitchen splashback.
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NEW LOOK: Large vintage concrete tiles were used on the walls and ceilings of the bathrooms to give them a unique appearance.

The home in Roxburgh Street, Stockton has had a full makeover inside.

Greys were used throughout the home with whites to highlight the ornate ceilings.

Vintage concrete tiles, all individual in nature, provided a fresh look to the home’s bathrooms.

Different shades of grey were complemented with white ceilings and picture rails.

This Stockton home got a fresh new look throughout.

TweetFacebookIt’s nice to keep your cabinetry really simple and if you want any feature your splashback is what you do.

Sherree Doodson

They used large tiles on the walls and floors, “450 square” in size.

“It’s quite an unusual size to use in a bathroom but it really suited this house,” Sherree said.

“The effect of using that size is it opens your bathroom up, it makes it appear a lot larger than your traditional 300 x 300 or 300 by 600.”

She suggested when looking to do a bathroom renovation“functionality –the layout of the bathroom” should be considered.

Feature tiles were also used in the kitchen.

“The kitchenwas very simple but I prettied it up with some Terrazzo, handmade encaustictiles on the splash,” she said.

“It’s areally old-fashioned style of tilethat they used to use on the floor,but it’s really amazing.

“They’ve got mother of pearl throughout, so under lights it’s really pretty.

“It’s nice to keep your cabinetry really simple and if you want any feature yoursplashback is what you do.”

The four-bedroom home is on the market with a price guide of $1.1 million to $1.2 million and is scheduled for auction on February 17.

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My Kitchen Rules returns to reinforce a harsh truth

My Kitchen Rules is back for 2018, which means another year of tears, shouting matches and Manu Feidel demanding more sauce.
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Monday night saw the Seven Network usher in the ninth – yes, ninth – season of its top-rating reality TV program. And while the show jumped straight into the action with an Italian feast, producers couldn’t mask an inconvenient fact: that with every passing season, MKR becomes less and less about the cooking.

Yes, there are the feel-good vibes as everyday ns share recipes passed down from generation to generation. And you could splice together a short film with the numerous shots of Pete Evans salivating as he takes a break from his controversial paleo diet.

Roula couldn’t stomach the first entree of MKR but now she can’t stomach Jess. Photo: Seven

But the cooking has taken a back-seat in recent seasons. It’s a classic formula: fend off potential boredom with a format viewers have seen again and again by turning up the drama.

Last year, it was West n contestant Josh who had producers clasping their hands with glee when, among other things, he called another contestant a “slut”. The cameras remained glued to the self-appointed seafood king as his relationship cracked and buckled on national television.

Before Josh’s rise, remember that it was Wollongong friends and co-workers Mel and Cyn who got the devil’s treatment. The high-powered women claimed to have been edited selectively and even boycotted the show after realising what had become of their reputations.

Then there were the countless tears from Melbourne small business owner Courtney, who clashed with Josh as the dizzying season came to a close. At one point Manu had to pull the 29-year-old aside to console her.

MKR: Jess telling Roula she would throw her out of her chair if she was in her restaurant. Photo: Seven

This year, it looks like the drama isn’t going away. In fact, season nine’s debut episode left viewers with the distinct feeling the verbal barbs are about to get worse.

The main contenders for the villain treatment this time around (in group one alone, so help us God) are NSW sisters Jess and Emma and Victorian friends Roula and Rachel. The four women shared some pointed words in between critiques of (this season’s) Josh and Nic’s pop-up restaurant and (if the cameras weren’t lying) do not like each other at all.

It was some clever foreshadowing for a future dust-up, with Seven promising that this year a team will be kicked out of the competition for the very first time for “going too far”. Given the insults that flew across the dinner tables in 2017, one can only imagine what lies around the corner.

This is not to say that drama is inherently bad. This is, after all, reality TV. But MKR was already treading a fine line between traditional cooking show and something akin to Jerry Springer to begin with. There’s a reason few of its contestants become household names – within or beyond the culinary scene – once the cameras stop rolling.

Let’s hope this big dust-up happens early on in the show. It’ll be a win-win. Producers can get their ratings boost, while fans settle in for the long run with what they originally signed up for: Manu, in his thick French accent, demanding more sauce.

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‘He reminds me of Thurston’: Tamou big fan of new Panther

He played alongside an Immortal-in-waiting for most of his career and James Tamou is already seeing the Johnathan Thurston effect of James Maloney at the Panthers, despite spending just weeks on the training field with his new teammates.
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One of Penrith’s biggest recruits has given a nod to the club’s latest representative acquisition Maloney, who only weeks before Christmas remained unsure whether he would land at the foot of the mountains in the Matt Moylan swap deal with the Sharks.

But Tamou, who has battled hamstring tightness for much of the pre-season and is cautiously optimistic about being fit for the Panthers’ first trial, has already sensed his former NSW teammate Maloney’s Thurston-like qualities will rub off on Penrith’s maturing squad.

“It kind of reminds me a bit of Johnathan Thurston, in he demands what he wants and when he gets what he wants he can play to his best,” Tamou said. “I think that will help us for sure.

“Off the field he was unreal [in former Origin camps]. I was sitting in the back seat [of the bus] just watching him and laughing. He’s slowly bringing that here as he gets to know everyone. He’s so chilled and laid back he’s easy to get along with, but letting his voice be known, too.

“Even in Origin camp he was doing most of the talking and he’s brought that here as well, which is good to see. It will do the young boys, especially Nathan Cleary, the world of good. He’s still young and it won’t hurt to get that experience and knowledge.”

Maloney’s first hit-out for Penrith could be as soon as the Panthers’ opening trial game on February 17 against the Roosters, which could feature a clash with his n teammate and Origin foe Cooper Cronk.

Tamou’s interrupted pre-season has kept him detached from the main group since a week before Christmas, when he suffered a low grade hamstring strain, which has been complicated by a minor back issue.

“It’s pretty frustrating at the moment because you’re trying to build relationships and it’s getting closer to the season starting,” he said.

“The boys look pretty prepared and I’m still inside not quite getting there yet. It’s getting frustrating, but I’d rather do all this now than in the middle of the season and be missing games then.”

Tamou is the first to admit he made a slow start to life at Penrith but is relieved he won’t be saddled with the tag of marquee signing for the pre-season premiership favourites like he was last year.

Asked to rate his 2017, the 29-year-old said: “Inconsistent. It took a while to get there and I’d have one game and then go missing for a couple and then be back up there.

“Being favourites and me coming into the side definitely played a part [in my form last year], but 12 months on it’s taken a back seat. Instead of being the marked man I guess I can concentrate on the football a bit more.

“If I start well and then build on that, make that the level of footy I want to be at, then I can make a very good contribution to the team.”

The Panthers will cap their pre-season preparations with a clash against the Bulldogs before hosting the Eels in their season opener.

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Bernard Tomic close to quitting I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!

Tennis player Bernard Tomic is on the verge of quitting Ten’sI’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!after only two days in the jungle.
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The 25-year-old, who was left dizzy and sick from a tucker trial challenge, told other contestants he wanted to leave the show and go back to playing tennis.

He admitted he has been struggling to cope with life for some time, something which prompted his decision to enter the jungle to “find himself”.

“Obviously I lost myself the last year,” Tomic said. Although visibly upset after not completing a difficult jungle challenge, Tomic appeared to discover a renewed interest in his tennis career.

“This is the jungle, this is so different. Not what I expected, I don’t think I can do it,” Tomic said.

Bernard Tomic said the show is not what he expected. Photo: Channel 10

“There is no point in me being here anymore and wasting unnecessary time for myself because I need to be out there playing and competing and I feel bad because I just met this bunch of people and you guys are super,” he said.

RELATED ARTICLESAnthony Mundine: Gay people are ‘confusing’ to societyAs the Ten reality show was unfolding live from South Africa on Monday night, even the hosts Julia Morris and Chris Brown appeared to be uncertain about what was happening as they were told information through their earpieces that Tomic was asking to speak to producers.

“We actually don’t know anything at this stage,” said Brown, while Morris added: “Will he stay or go? The truth is we don’t know yet.”

The Tomic drama, which included him being attended to by a medic during the tucker trial, managed to overshadow the arrival of “camp leader”Anthony Mundine.

Beranrd Tomic is looked after by a medic during a tucker trial. Photo: Channel 10

Despite sprouting an array of sexist statements soon after his appearance (to the dismay of his female and male camp mates), Mundine was eventually one of the contestants trying to help Tomic, encouraging him to have a night’s sleep before making a final decision.

Jackie Gillies, fromThe Real Housewives of Melbourne, also proved to be an unexpected motivational ally, telling Tomic: “I don’t think you should give up. I think you should power through it and you should do it for your charity, do it for yourself. Don’t give up.”

Tomic had earlier talked about his disillusionment with elite sport after a tough childhood and singular focus on tennis in his teens.

“I didn’t have a childhood and I didn’t have a life since I was eight or nine years old,” Tomic said. “I needed a break to be normal.”

AFL footballer Josh Gibson, who is also a contestant on this year’s series, told Tomic he needed someone new in his corner to keep him “on track” in life and tennis.

“I agree with that, but then if I don’t want to do it there is no point,” Tomic said.

When Gibson asked if he would be happy with his achievements in the game if he retired now, Tomic said “No”.

Jackie Gillies tries to convince Bernard Tomic to stay. Photo: Channel 10

Later in the day, though, after the horrendous tucker trial, Tomic was clearly yearning to be back on a tennis court instead of being in the jungle.

Show host Morris said Tomic was a good guy who was “hypercritical” of himself, while Brown mused about the pressure he must have experienced as an elite sportsman.

“I wonder how much of this is down to his tennis career?”, Brown said. “Indoctrinated into that ‘winning everything’ mentality from a young age, too. He is unable to allow himself to fail. It is a big thing for him.”

Whatever the excuse, Tomic may be leaving much sooner than producers of the Ten show had hoped for.

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How property has overtaken health as Queensland’s biggest employer

More Queenslanders than ever are choosing to work for the property industry, with 331,400 people employed during 2015-16.
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That’s 38 per cent up on 2013-14 figures from economic consultants AEC Group, which show the property industry has now clearly overtaken the health and social assistance industry.

Property is now the state’s largest contributor to GSP (gross state product) and government revenue, at $42.7 billion and $11.2 billion respectively.

“Is it a surprise that it’s the biggest industry? Not at all really,” McGrath New Farm sales agent Drew Davies said. He made a sideways change in the property industry, out of an architecture firm and into a real estate agency.

Mr Davies said people engaged with the property industry through necessity and because it could be an aspirational career choice.

“I was a draftsman, I designed houses and worked on highrises. It played a role in my decision to move to real estate,” he said. “I had a great conversation with this young bloke on a flight to LA. He told me what industry he was in, it was property. When I stepped off the plane, I quit my job.”

While the extra money and potential career choices swayed him, Mr Davies said real estate was a lot of hard work.

“There’s no ceiling and that’s the attraction, there’s no ceiling on income,” he said. “But I think a lot of young people get romanced into the industry with the promise of high income but they need to think of it as an apprenticeship. Related: Gold Coast buyers dominate at auction eventRelated: Holiday locations that double as good investmentsRelated: How our state economies stack up against the world

“If you work hard and put your head down, you’ll start to see a return after three years.”

Property Council of Queensland Director Chris Mountford said the hard workers in the industry and their impact on the economy shouldn’t be understated.

“Some one in three Queenslanders’ wages rely on our industry directly and indirectly. That’s a huge contribution to the livelihoods of individuals and families,” he said. “These are white collar and blue collar jobs, from high finance to skilled trades, and from construction to the managers of the most sophisticated commercial properties.”

Those commercial properties can then have a flow-on effect down the line too, Mr Mountford said.

“Excellent office accommodation it’s another driver in bringing new businesses to the area,” he said. “Our industry creates assets which are important for every community and helps shape our cities for the future.”

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The $700k cost of moving the Sydney Sevens

Rugby took a $700,000 hit to recast the Sydney Sevens as a world-leading example of gender equality in sport.
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Just as star sevens player Charlotte Caslick was demanding organisers go one step further in combining the men’s and women’s legs of the world series in Sydney, Rugby was coming to grips with the cost of changing the date of the event this year.

The tournament attracted 54,875 people across the Day long weekend, down more than 20 per cent on last year’s crowd of 75,000. At an average cost of $35 a ticket, that means a $700,000 shortfall in gate revenue for Rugby .

It is a disappointing result for the game’s governing body, which requested a date swap with the New Zealand leg in order to stage the first fully integrated men’s and women’s competition on the Sevens World Series circuit.

The swap brought forward the event by a week, putting it on a collision course with a rare Day long weekend and a Foo Fighters concert that drew 50,000 people to ANZ Stadium.

There were also critics within the organisation. Caslick, the highest profile member of the champion women’s team, railed against what she interpreted as a deliberate attempt to confine the women to the morning session at Allianz Stadium while giving the men the plum evening time slots.

“It was alright, can’t say I loved it,” she said, referring to the time slots.

“I think we can still improve; I’d love to see the men and women combined more. It’s pretty s–t when you run out at nine o’clock in the morning and no-one’s turned up yet.

“I’d love to see Sydney and the rest of the tournaments create more of a unanimous tournament.”

Rugby chief executive Raelene Castle said she could see where Caslick was coming from.

“There’s some merit in them, absolutely, but we need to understand that the women’s game has come a long way in five years and even as recently as 12 months ago we had the girls playing on the outside oval and only moving into the main stadium for their finals,” Castle said.

“We’ve made a big step forward in having a fully integrated tournament and we’re now one of only two tournaments in the world where the men and women are combined. That poses some really big challenges.”

The news was not all bad for the code. On top of the women’s history-making 213-0 performance across the competition and the men’s drought-breaking upset win over South Africa’s Blitzboks, Fox Sports reported a 13 per cent rise in television ratings across the weekend.

The women’s final drew 62,000 viewers on Sunday afternoon while the men drew 70,000 – a solid result given it was competing with the n Open final and the ODI cricket.

Rugby and World Rugby faced a backlash last year after making the women’s teams play on a training field across the road from the main stadium. It is the same arrangement used in Dubai, but was seen as poor treatment for the n women in particular, who were fresh from a historic gold medal triumph at the Rio Olympics.

Rugby requested the men’s and women’s competitions be fully integrated but to do this and New Zealand had to swap their events to satisfy player welfare guidelines on rest periods between tournaments.

On Sunday World Rugby boss Brett Gosper threw his support behind integrated tournaments and said the international governing body would help out financially to make it a viable commercial proposition for unions.

“We know it’s not easy to do in every country, we’re going through the tender process now for the next World Series, we’ll incentivise countries who can combine the women’s event with a men’s event,” Gosper said.

“We’re bullish about it, know we can’t get all 10 [World Series] destinations to that but we’ll push to increase that number each cycle.

“There’s a commercial push, not just a moral desire to get the women out there, a commercial belief that it’s good for business.”

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Plans for retirement village, apartments at ex-Channel Nine studio

Channel Nine have shifted from their Bendigo St, Richmond, address after 53 years. Pic shows The Channel Nine studio in 1964. THE AGE . news . NOVEMBER 25, 2010 . pic from Channel Nine archives . The site of the former Channel Nine television studios in Richmond could soon become a retirement and aged-care hub.
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Property developer giant Lendlease has lodged an updated application for the unfinished parts of its project at 22 Bendigo Street, once the entertainment capital of Melbourne.

The amended application seeks to scale up the development, increasing the height of some buildings from six to nine storeys. The developers have also honoured planning scheme provisions to include a small portion of affordable housing on the site.

Yarra council in 2012 approved the original development plans after Lendlease bought the GTV9 site in 2010 for an estimated $50 million.

The entire site consists of seven separate plots of land, combined to create four major precincts, referred to as the northern, southern, central and heritage precincts.

About 40 per cent of the site has already been developed, with the northern and heritage precincts completed years ago. The first residents moved into the complex in 2013 after the heritage-listed former Wertheim piano factory was developed into a mix of apartments and retail.

Lendlease has since appointed Bates Smart architecture firm to redesign the masterplan (originally designed by Hayball) for the central and southern precincts, with a new focus on retirement and aged care accommodation.

If approved, the site will boast 332 dwellings in total and include a 144-bed aged-care facility, with the project’s gross floor area coming in just under 45,000 square metres.

Lendlease has partnered with Catholic Healthcare, which will run the aged-care facility on site if the project gets the green light.

In its application to Yarra council last week, the developer said the new plans responded to the needs of the local community’s ageing population. The municipality’s population aged over 65 is predicted to grow at a rate of 44 per cent per annum by 2031, according to .id, a demographic research company.

“[T]here will be an additional 10,000 Yarra residents over 65 by 2031, more than double the number there is today,” the Lendlease proposal stated. “This figure highlights the need for a solution to enable residents within the City of Yarra to age in place.”

The proposed facilities for residents living in the retirement village include swimming pool, cinema, library, bar, games room and dining area.

Women’s Housing Ltd, a Cremorne-based organisation that links women with secure and affordable housing, will own and manage the affordable housing on site, which amounts to roughly 5 per cent of the project’s dwellings.

If the amended plans are approved, construction will continue in three stages with the final stage wrapping up in 2021.

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China could be world’s healthiest nation, says innovation plan

ns could be the healthiest nation on earth, with the longest life expectancy, if the government pursues a “national mission” that harnesses genetic and precision medicine innovations, according to a new 2030 innovation blueprint.
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Innovation and Science chair Bill Ferris, who will release the blueprint alongside Innovation Minister Michaelia Cash on Tuesday, has also backed the Turnbull government’s ambitious new Defence Exports Strategy, which aims to catapult into the top 10 of global arms exporting nations.

That plan drew a furious response from charities and NGOs on Monday, including World Vision, Save the Children and Gun Control .

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne on Monday. Photo: AAP

However, Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne insisted the government would not breach its international obligations around arms dealing, emphasising that has the most rigorous export permits regime in the world and would not, for example, export to China.

The n Industry Group’s Innes Willox called the strategy a “significant step” in helping to support the n Defence Force and grow local industry.

The call to arms for greater investment in medical and scientific research – and the ambitious goal to live longer and healthier – is one of 30 recommendations in the 2030 innovation blueprint.

Other suggestions include a sweeping review of the public service’s ability to innovate – a measure likely to be adopted by government, a shake up of vocational education, improved teaching of science and maths, reversing the decline in business investment in research and development and using the immigration system to attract skills.

Two other ambitious “national missions” – large-scale undertakings that would drive investment and bring together the public and private sector – that are proposed are preserving the Great Barrier Reef beyond 2030 and converting the gas supply of an entire n city from natural gas to clean hydrogen to create a “hydrogen city” .

The new report builds on the Turnbull government’s December 2015 national innovation and science agenda and notes that ‘s average life expectancy of 82.5 years is the 6th highest in the world, with per person health expenditure of only US$4493, the 14th-highest.

The plan to use genomics and precision medicine would aim to provide earlier diagnosis of illness among ns, improve prevention and deliver better and safer medical treatments.

Mr Ferris said already had genome sequencing skills and that “has to expand it dramatically and take on the task of [adding] genomics and precision medicine into the system we have”.

Pursuing such an ambitious medical research and innovation agenda would ensure, Mr Ferris said, that did not fall behind in the race for a greater share of $1.6 trillion in global capital spent on innovation.

On the Defence Exports Strategy, Mr Ferris said the Defence Science and Technology group was “very alive to the importance of innovation and is seriously trying to embrace better engagement”.

“We are aligned with this, we think it is a sensible focus.”

Mr Pyne said the “five eyes” countries – the US, Britain, Canada and New Zealand – would be ‘s top export priority, followed by Europe.

“We have military-to-military arrangements with China but we wouldn’t normally see China as an export market, no. China is not an n ally in the way the United States is,” he said.

World Vision’s Tim Costello said the decision sent a shocking message about n values.

“Of all the products could export to the world, I can’t think of anything worse than a weapon,” Mr Costello said. “If we were exporting renewable energy, or breaking new ground in biotechnology, that would be something we could take pride in. How can we take pride in a weapon?”

Save the Children chief executive Paul Ronalds said the exports would potentially fuel global insecurity and instability, as Oxfam expressed specific concerns that the nation could export weapons to Saudi Arabia, which is heavily involved in the war in Yemen.

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Munster at crossroads after World Cup incident with Hunt

Tick, tick, tick …
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Speak to those on the fringes and they will tell you it was only a matter of time. As electrifying as Cameron Munster is on the field, you could set your watch to the moment he was going to blow up off it.

The running joke is opposition defences can train many sets of eyes on him to curb his mesmerising influence on the field, but his own employers can never have enough sets of eyes to curb his equally damaging influence off it.

Which is why allegations he was involved in an altercation with Kangaroos and Queensland teammate Ben Hunt during the World Cup-winning campaign, during their stay in Darwin for the quarter final, shocked many but also shocked few.

At the crossroads: Cameron Munster of the Storm. Photo: AAP

Those in the n camp were playing down the fist fight angle on Monday, but weren’t running from the fact Munster stepped out of line in a friendly wrestle gone wrong right under the noses of Mal Meninga and Cameron Smith who, when asked about previous selection controversies on the basis of off-field behaviour, said: “How hard is it to be a good person?”

Munster and Hunt, both of whom spent a large part of the camp as “Emus”, or Kangaroos squad members not part of the top 17, later shook hands and laughed it off. All good, just boys being boys.

You reckon Craig Bellamy had the same reaction when n officials banished Munster, 23, back to Melbourne mid-tournament to face his Storm coach before he later returned to the Kangaroos with an apology for Meninga?

Which is the greatest conundrum when it comes to the Storm’s other Cameron, a career at the crossroads as it’s just about to take off.

Munster plays in the most professional set-up in the NRL, under its hardest taskmaster and most revered captain.

He not only filled Johnathan Thurston’s sizeable boots for his State of Origin debut, but he played so well people stopped wondering if the dynasty was about to end and started questioning whether NSW had a hope for the next 12 years. The time known north of the border as After JT had never looked so bright.

He then won a premiership alongside Cooper Cronk. Made his Kangaroos debut during the World Cup a month later. And still people whisper about how it all could unravel at any moment.

This year, Munster’s halves partner at the Storm will most likely go by the name Croft and not Cronk. When he looks across the other side of the ruck, a 20-year-old with five games of NRL experience will be helping call the shots rather than a 34-year-old professional with 323 NRL appearances who has helped make Melbourne.

Every one of Cronk’s representative jerseys – and Thurston’s for that matter – is up for grabs this year. Munster should slip into whichever one he demands, but those pulling the strings still fret. Smith has even felt compelled to go on record and claim Munster has standards to adhere to, yet the Hunt hoo-ha suggests his captain’s plea has fallen on deaf ears.

Coach Kevin Walters said last week on the eve of this year’s Queensland Emerging Origin camp that players knew the behavioural standards required of them after the calamity of two years ago, when eight were banned from the 2016 series for breaking curfew.

Six, including Munster, made their debuts in the come-from-the-dead Origin escape in last year’s series. Walters said they all had learned their lessons.

All, maybe, except one.

Tick, tick, tick … boom!

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Brisbane couple would trade million-dollar views for a roof

Kylie Rinkin and Allan Holloway wake to million-dollar Brisbane River views every morning.
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They hear the water bob against the boats on the opposite side of the river, where they are moored off Brisbane’s Botanical Garden.

“But I’d rather wake up to four walls and a roof and a TV and a fridge than those million-dollar views any day,” Mr Holloway said.

Kylie Rinkin and Allan Holloway at Kangaroo Point. Living on the streets, but with million-dollar views. Photo: Tony Moore

Ms Rinkin, 34, and Mr Holloway, 38, are homeless. They have been homeless for three years since they left New South Wales, desperate to start a new life away from they described as the “drugs and despair” of Gunnedah and Singleton.

Of late, they have been living in a covered timber jetty beneath an art work calledThe Flickering Wind Generatoron the Riverwalk at Kangaroo Point.

And now they’re thinking about starting a family together.

Homeless couple Kylie Rinkin and Allan Holloway in their riverside ‘apartment’ at Kangaroo Point. Photo: Tony Moore

In Brisbane City up to 60 people sleep on the steet. Within three kilometres of the city it grows to 80 people. In greater Brisbane, it could get up to 150 to 200 people.

Ms Rinkin was born in Singleton, Mr Holloway’s hometown was in Gunnedah. They met about four years ago when they both had different partners. Mr Holloway said Ms Rinkin talked him through a very hard stage in his life.

“We both knew we wanted to start a whole new life. We were just wasting our time smoking drugs in New South Wales and we just wanted to get a new place to live,” he said.

Ms Rinkin said she came up to Brisbane to help her sister-in-law about three years ago.

“She had five kids and she asked for help with the kids. We lived there for a couple of months and I had a falling out with my brother,” she said.

“Pretty much after that, we moved out and we’ve been homeless.”

They had “a few weeks” in a place in Beenleigh, but Mr Holloway’s opposition to marijuana at the share house resulted in him being bashed by several men with a steel bar.

The orange curtains in Kangaroo Point Riverwalk show where Kylie and Allan have made their temporary home. Photo: Tony Moore

Today, their Kangaroo Point riverside “apartment” has no walls, no doors, no shower, no bathroom, no kitchen and their bright orange curtains are rugs provided byRosies: Friends on the Streets.

When it rains, their belongings get wet.

Their bed consists of a couple of sleeping bags, and “a swag each”. On the right side are their clothes, behind them some pillows and blankets and on the left side, toiletries and some cooking utensils.

The three big orange rugs act as curtains, to give them some shelter from the wind, sun or the rain.

“As long as our bed stays dry, well that’s OK,” Ms Rinkin said.

Over the past three years, they have slept elsewhere at Kangaroo Point, in the park near the Kurilpa Bridge, then across the river near the so-called “fire-pit”, where homeless people congregate, at North Quay, and out at Petrie and Kallangur, north of Brisbane.

“Then we came back to get closer to the food vans, so we moved up here and we’ve been here in this spot for three months, I’d say,” Ms Rinkin said.

Few people hassle them, they said.

The police know they are there. Brisbane City Council’s homeless team knows they are there. Micah Projects housing outreach team knows they are there.

They are not being urged to move on and the forementioned organisations are trying to find them somewhere to live.

Micah Housing’s Jim de Couto, who runs the “Home for Good” program, told Fairfax Media the couple had been approved for “high needs” housing, which meant a wait for “five to six months”.

“But they have already been waiting for a couple of months, so I’ll ring tomorrow to see if anything is available,” he said.

In the meantime, they are just waiting.

“We wake up about 6am to 6.30am and we go down to the food van, which calls in down near the Jazz Club,” Ms Rinkin said.

“We get sandwiches and a hot coffee or a Milo and then just make our way back here. We come back and basically watch TV (on a mobile phone) all day.

“Three or four times a week we go toThe 139 Club– it’s got a new name now (3rd Space) – for showers and brekkie.”

Adds Mr Holloway: “We watched TV on my phone, but I dropped it over the side into the water, so I have to wait until next payday to get another phone.”

Mr Holloway said he was on Centrelink pension because of scoliosis and damaged discs in his back, while Ms Rinkin says she wants to become a hairdresser.

They have an 18-month plan.

“I’d like to have a roof over my head and I’d like to have a baby,” Ms Rinkin said.

“That would be nice. And start and finish a hairdressing course.”

Ms Holloway thinks having a child “would be mad”. He already has a child, but living with his child as “dad” would be great.

Micah’s Mr de Couto said about 60 to 80 people slept on the streets within three kilometres of the Brisbane CBD.

“Brisbane is the only capital city to see a reduction in rough sleeping; that’s on the street,” he said.

“Ten years ago we would see 200 to 250 people sleeping rough in the three kilometres around the city. It was 280 to 300 in greater Brisbane.

“Today we are seeing 60 to 80 people sleeping rough in that three kilometres around the city.

“Outside that – in greater Brisbane – it’s about 100 to 150, perhaps 200 people sleeping rough.”

Brisbane Times

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