Mildura Weekly : Friday April 17 2015 Vol 9 No 23
04 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015 THE former Harry Nanya Hostel in Deakin Avenue sold last Fri- day for $585,000...a surprising $215,000 above the reserve. That, auctioneer and PRD na- tionwide director Richard Wyatt says, highlights Mildura’s short- age of real estate suitable for temporary accommodation. The property, at 362 Dea- kin Avenue and covering 1300 square metres, was purchased by a Mildura-based community or- ganisation to provide emergency accommodation to help fight homelessness in Mildura. It was formerly owned by Ab- original Hostels Limited. After quick-fire bidding by several parties, the property took only minutes to reach the final purchase price. The reserve had been set at $370,000. Interest in the property came from private investors, local businesses and social service or- ganisations. Mr Wyatt described the auc- tion result as “a surprise.” “It demonstrates a pressing need for real estate that can be converted into short-term and emergency accommodation in Mildura,” he said. “And, it shows just how far organisations will go financially to make sure someone’s got a roof over their head.” “When a property exceeds expectations by $215,000 – with the initial price point estimated in the mid to high $300,000s – I think that’s conclusive evidence of the desperation of some or- ganisations to be able to offer this type of accommodation.” For more than two decades the Harry Nanya Hostel provided short-term housing for indige- nous people. The building boasts eight bedrooms, four bathrooms and a pool. That, Mr Wyatt said, put the property in the ‘unique’ category for Mildura. He said that in the past, housing organisations here had tried to buy some of Mildura’s older motels. There is a real hunger from a lot of different organisations for accommodation, but there’s not a lot of properties that lend themselves to that kind of use, he said. “Forget town planning. Just from a practical point of view a suitable property has to be near transport, schools, daycare, med- ical facilities and shopping,” Mr Wyatt said. “This auction shows you there is a real lack of this type of real estate available, and that people or organisations will go well beyond the expected price to secure them.” “The sale result highlights Mildura’s shortage of real estate suitable for temporary accommodation” – auctioneer Richard Wyatt. Harry Nanya Hostel sells for $585,000 • SOLD!: Auctioneer Richard Wyatt, LEFT, calls ‘Sold!” on the former Harry Nanya Hostel, ABOVE, last Friday. ALLIED Health professionals, GPs and community representatives from across Victoria converged on Mildura yesterday to discuss the rise in obesity. The Loddon Mallee Obesity Sym- posium saw professionals from across the Loddon Mallee Region and greater Victoria come together to prioritise prevention efforts and reduce obesity rates. The event proved “a rare opportu- nity” for health professionals to hear from experts in the field of obesity and preventive health, with discus- sions focusing on how the current obesity epidemic has become a major concern. Participants also had the oppor- tunity to discuss how local communi- ties can work together to combat the issue. Key note speakers included Ex- ecutive Manager of the Obesity Pol- icy Coalition, Jane Martin, Head of Prevention Division Cancer Council Victoria, Craig Sinclair, and Senior Public Health Advisor Prevention and Population Health Branch Depart- ment of Health and Human Services, Dr Shelley Bowen. They were joined by local profes- sionals working within the Healthy Together initiative, providing attend- ees with practical examples of how working with local communities at a population level can, and has, been used effectively in Mildura. Community Wellbeing and Ser- vices Portfolio Councillor, Sharyon Peart, said important work had al- ready been undertaken in Mildura around preventive health, saying the Council was keen to share that knowl- edge with the rest of the State. “It has been well publicised that obesity has become the leading cause of illness and premature death in Aus- tralia,” Cr Peart said. Symposium tackles obesity www.brendanstours.com.au Freecall 1800 981 187 / ARARAT • Tour costs include: Luxury Coach Travel, Motel Accommodation twin share, Admissions, Meals and Air Fares as per itineraries. • For bookings or to request a full itinerary that details the many tour highlights, please contact Brendan’s Australian Tours, Ararat. MOTEL ACCOMMODATED COACH TOURS PICK UP & RETURN TO YOUR HOME SYDNEY AND THE BLUE MOUNTAINS 8 days 4th May $3190 Highlights: Albury, Dog on the Tuckerbox, Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise, Sydney Tower, Kings Cross, Bondi Beach, Chinatown, Star City Casino, Blue Mountains, Katoomba, Bathurst, Cowra, Young. BRIGHT IN AUTUMN 6 days 13nd May $2095 Highlights: Benalla, Bright Autumn Leaves, Harrietville, Bright Berry Farm, Red Stag Deer Farm, Beechworth, Beechworth Goal, Yackandandah, Mt Buffalo, Mt Beauty, Kiewa Valley, Falls Creek, Barwidgee Lavender Farm, Myrtleford, and Glenrowan. CAIRNS AND THE GULF COUNTRY 25 days 28th June $9590 Highlights: Blackall, Longreach, Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Charters Towers, Magnetic Island, Paronella Park, Australian Sugar Museum, Green Island, Cairns, Barrier Reef, Daintree River Cruise, Kuranda Train and Sky Rail, Breakfast with the Birds, Port Douglas, Undara Lava Tubes, Gulflander Train Ride, Gulf of Carpentaria Sunset Cruise, Mt Isa, Alice Springs, East MacDonnell Ranges, Coober Pedy, Roxby Downs, Murray Bridge. CAIRNS, LONGREACH & BARRIER REEF 12 days 28th June $5380 Highlights: Blackall, Longreach, Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Charters Towers, Magnetic Island, Paronella Park, Australian Sugar Museum, Green Island, Cairns, Barrier Reef, Daintree River Cruise, Kuranda Train and Sky Rail, Breakfast with the Birds, Port Douglas. CAIRNS AND THE GULF COUNTRY 17 days 6th July $7195 Highlights: Green Island, Cairns, Barrier Reef, Daintree River Cruise, Kuranda Train and Sky Rail, Breakfast with the Birds, Port Douglas, Undara Lava Tubes, Gulflander Train Ride, Gulf of Carpentaria Sunset Cruise, Mt Isa, Alice Springs, East MacDonnell Ranges, Coober Pedy, Roxby Downs, Murray Bridge. NORTHWESTER & SOUTH WEST COAST 47 days 3rd August $16990 “See the itinerary for the many tour highlights”. DARWIN VIA CENTRAL AUSTRALIA 15 days 3rd August $6645 Highlights: Central Australia, Coober Pedy, Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs, West MacDonnell Ranges, Tennant Creek, Katherine Gorge Cruise, Kakadu, Yellow Waters Cruise, Darwin, Mindil Market, Litchfield National Park. COOBER PEDY, AYERS ROCK, ALICE SPRINGS 9 days 3rd August $4150 Highlights: Adelaide, Port Augusta, Central Australia, Coober Pedy, Umoona Opal Mine, Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs, West MacDonnell Ranges, Standley Chasm, Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Alice Springs Desert Park, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Alice Springs School of the Air, Alice Springs Telegraph Station. WEST COAST, KIMBERLEY & SOUTH WEST COAST 35 days 15th August $13340 “See the itinerary for the many tour highlights”. WEST COAST AND THE KIMBERLEY 23 days 15th August $9675 Highlights: Darwin, Katherine, Kununurra, Ord River Cruise, El Questro Station, Zebedee Springs, Chamberlain Gorge Cruise, Wyndham, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Derby, Boab Prison Tree, Broome, Willie Creek Pearl Farm, Cable Beach, Port Hedland, Tom Price, Exmouth, Coral Bay, Monkey Mia, Kalbarri, Perth. DARWIN TO BROOME AND THE KIMBERLEY 12 days 15th August $5950 Highlights: Darwin, Katherine, Kununurra, Ord River Cruise, El Questro Station, Zebedee Springs, Chamberlain Gorge Cruise, Wyndham, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Derby, Boab Prison Tree, Broome, Willie Creek Pearl Farm, Cable Beach. BROOME TO PERTH INCLUDING TOM PRICE & NINGALOO REEF 14 days 24th August $6490 Highlights: Broome 3 nights, Cable Beach, Eighty Mile Beach, Port Hedland, Mt Tom Price Mine tour, Karijini National Park, Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef, Coral Bay, Shark Bay, Carnarvon, Monkey Mia Dolphins, Kalbarri Wildflowers, Perth 3 nights. PERTH AND SOUTH WEST COAST 15 days 4th September $5995 Highlights: Perth, Gloucester Tree, Margaret River Chocolate Factory, Cape Leeuwin & Lighthouse, Pemberton Timber Mill, Valley of the Giants, Albany, Whale Watching Cruise, Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Super Pit Tour, Great Australian Bight, Nullarbor, Port Augusta, Adelaide, Murray Bridge. CANBERRA “FLORIADE” 6 days 27th September $2190 Highlights: Albury, Canberra City, Cockington Green, Australian War Memorial, Government House, Parliament House, Old Parliament House, Embassy Drive, National Museum, Telstra Tower, High Court of Australia, Floriade Festival. YARRA VALLEY, HEALESVILLE & MELBOURNE 6 days 5th October $2085 “See the itinerary for the many tour highlights”. TASMANIA 10 days 14th October $4160 (pension) $4250 (adult) “See the itinerary for the many tour highlights”. NEW ZEALAND DISCOVERY 19 days 27th October $6235 Highlights: Kauri Museum, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Dolphin/Hole in the Rock Cruise, Sky Tower, Longlands Farm & Restaurant, Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride, Agrodome, Thermal Mud Pools & Geysers, Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi and Concert, Cruise on the Interislander Ferry, TranzAlpine Rail Journey, Lakes District Museum, Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch, Haggis Ceremony and Gift, Larnach Castle, Glenfalloch Restaurant, City Sights tour of Auckland, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin.
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