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Striking streetscape attracts the perfect buyer

first_img70 Ontario Cr Parkinson stands out from its neighboursWHEN builders construct their own homes, you know they won’t skimp on quality fixtures and finishes.So it is with 70 Ontario Cr, Parkinson, which sold on April 20 for $725,888.Sales agent at LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills, Kosma Comino, said the 20-year-old, five-bedroom, Cape Cod-inspired masterpiece had the right pedigree. “The builder who built all the homes in Parkinson actually built the home for himself,” he said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“He styled it how he wanted and liked. He spent a lot of money on that build — back then it would have cost huge money to build something like that.” Mr Comino said the very precise sale price resulted from tough negotiations with the Chinese buyer.“We got down to the hundred-dollar mark and obviously we pushed them up to get that little extra — triple eight is good luck for the Chinese,” he said.Mr Comino said large homes with multiple rooms are performing well in Parkinson.“There aren’t many big two-storeys on the market that can cater for bigger families — especially the younger Chinese (buyers) who can’t afford Sunnybank, Macgregor and Robinson — so they’re venturing out to Calamvale and Parkinson,’’ he said. “I’ve got buyers calling saying, ‘Have you got anything?’ so if I had another right now I would have 10 registered bidders and would absolutely smash the reserve even if the expectation of the sellers is quite high.”last_img read more

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Reaching out to sex workers

first_imgABC News 14 March 2015Kate Connett is an outreach worker with Project Respect, but was formerly a sex worker herself. Lisa (not her real name) has been working in legal brothels in Victoria since she was 16.NORDIC MODEL AUSTRALIA COALITION (NORMAC)MEDIA RELEASENorMAC Welcomes Media Attention on Nordic ModelThe Nordic Model Australia Coalition (NorMAC) welcomes the recent ABC Lateline report on prostitution that highlighted the growing international shift to a Nordic Model of prostitution legislation.  The Nordic Model criminalises buyers of sex, not prostitutes, and prostitutes are assisted to exit the industry.Since forming in 2012, NorMAC has consistently lobbied Australia’s governments – both federal and state – the media and other institutions to engage with and listen to survivors of the sex industry.It was inspiring to hear the voice of prostitution survivor and Project Respect brothel outreach worker, Kate Connett, calling for a rethink of the legalisation and decriminalisation approaches to prostitution.  Kate spoke courageously of the exploitation she suffered as a prostitute, and how it now motivates her work with women still in prostitution.NorMAC was disappointed that the Scarlet Alliance ‘sex worker’ group representative, Jules Kim, refused to acknowledge the negative experiences of people in the sex industry. Ms Kim further denied that migrant women were disadvantaged in their ability to negotiate the transaction of sex, despite the Kirby Institute report from NSW noting that 46% of migrant women working in the sex industry rated their English language skills as fair or poor.NorMAC also strongly rejects Ms Kim’s claim that there is no link between prostitution and trafficking, and considers it part of an on-going campaign by the sex industry to ensure the voices of survivors of prostitution are silenced in the public.The Lateline program and the ensuing media discussion come at a crucial time for NorMAC, which is currently stepping up its campaign to introduce Nordic Model legislation on prostitution in Australia.NorMAC hosted its AGM for 2015 on 7th of March, and affirmed its position as the peak body advocating the introduction of Nordic model legislation. NorMAC is a secular group, with a focus on survivors of prostitution.The AGM appointed representatives for each Australian state.  Prostitution survivor Simone Watson is now the organisation’s director.For media comment, the director of NorMAC is available for contact.Simone Watson –Phone: 0477 448 164Email: [email protected]last_img read more

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