Meet the couple that bought an entire town

first_img Good news for first home buyers One of the original cottages at Allies Creek which will be retro-renovated. Picture: Lachie Millard Picture from 2001 when Queensland Sawmills Pty Ltd was still operating at Allies Creek.“We hope down the track to attract the grey nomads and the motorcyclists and we’re going to try over time to create a little bit of something nostalgic,” Mr Peeters said. “It’s only four and a half hours from Brisbane so it’s an easy day ride if you want to do nine hours, or we would prefer you stay overnight at least.” The couple hope to attract craftspeople to be a part of recreating the vintage town. [email protected] Peter and Karyn Peeters plan to move the entire contents of his enormous mancave in Brisbane to the new bar in Allies Creek. Picture: Adam HeadMEET Queensland’s newest property ‘moguls’ — the Harley Davidson-riding grandparents who bought Allies Creek, a deserted town that went viral when it hit the market for $500,000. On the cusp of retirement, an excited Karyn Peeters, 58, and husband Peter, 60, beat hundreds of others to land the keys to the town for $550,000. MORE: Vast flat space that’s been allocated for use by grey nomads and families on caravan holidays. Picture: Karyn Peeters. This shed will be turned into an enormous pub and recreation area. Picture: Karyn Peeters.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago “I’d say to get the complete park up and running — two years,” said Mr Peeters, a builder who also has a stake in a roofing and steel business.Complete with its own church, lake, sawmill, two whole streets of houses and four large sheds, the resurrected town was expected to offer the charms of “yesteryear all around the property”. Aerial view over the houses of Allies Creek. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMeet the couple that bought an entire town00:41In an exclusive interview with The Courier-Mail, the Peeters expected to spend around $2 million over two years to create a retro tourism mecca that their friends, family and six grandchildren could be proud of — but which could also be shared to “save the bush”. Reconnaissance pictures of Allies Creek in Queensland supplied to The Courier-Mail. Picture: Karyn Peeters.center_img The original church at Allies Creek which Mrs Peeters plans to resurrect with the help of her leadlight glass skills. Picture: Lachie Millard. The previous owner put in a large pontoon that’s perfect for romantic drinks, cocktails or even wedding vows. Picture: Karyn Peeters.Mr Peeters, who’s currently constructing 10 units in Brisbane, has already sent tradies to the town to kickstart the project.His wife, Karyn, who grew up in the Queensland Outback at Julia Creek — north of Winton’s famous dinosaur trail — said it was “the peacefulness” of Allies Creek that struck her first. “I just love the calmness of the place and it just felt like we were going back in our youth and coming home.” “We’re going to have a bar and recreation area which will couple up with the church so we can have weddings, and also for the weekend people who want to come and visit.”They hope the first wedding will be that of their daughter — who became engaged yesterday (Friday). Pretty in pink … the homes brought back nostalgic feelings for the new owners. Picture: Lachie Millard. Ridiculous offer: Free car with house The exterior of the old sawmill reflected in the Allies Creek dam. Picture: Lachie Millard.Apart from adding new facilities for laundromats, caravans, and a commercial kitchen, the talented couple plan to hold workshops for mosaic-making, leadlight windows, small carpentry and timberwork. Mrs Peeters will resurrect the leadlight windows in the church herself, and also oversee the authenticity of the retro-renovation — turning back the clock with 21st century conveniences. Buy a houseboat and pay it off in 10 weeks FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

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Comoros v Ghana: 10 quick facts about Avram’s current Black Stars

first_imgWhat: World Cup 2018 QualifierMatch: Comoros v GhanaDate: November 13, 2015– ASAMOAH GYAN SET TO HIT 50 GOALSThe Black Stars captain is on the cusp of hitting 50 international goals for Ghana. Having made his debut for Ghana at a tender age of 17 in 2003, the precocious striker has grown in leaps and bounds to become arguably the most prolific striker to don the Black Stars jersey.In 93 appearances, Gyan has 48 goals.And with two games coming up against Comoros in the space of four days, many will not bet against him hitting the big five-oh. His career with the Stars has been topsy turvy. He possibly could have hit the 50 goal mark earlier had he not gone on a self imposed exile in 2012. All the same, there will be no better place to reach this landmark than on home soil. Hopefully, the fans in Kumasi will be treated with this historical moment. –AVRAM GRANT’S FIRST GAME IN KUMASIThe fans in Kumasi may be treated with what possibly could be a history defining moment should Gyan net his 50th Ghana goal but amidst all of this will be Avram’s Grant first game in charge at the Baba Yara Stadium. The Israeli will be in the Kumasi dug out for the first time since his appointment barely a year ago. In this period, the Stars have only played one home game – and it was in Accra against Mauritius. Other games for the Stars during Grant’s tenure have been in Equatorial Guinea, France and Rwanda. What does Avram have in store for the Kumasi fans? –JORDAN AYEW COULD HIT DOUBLE DIGITS IN GOALSThe Aston Villa striker is already in his best goal scoring year for the Black Stars after bagging four goals in 2015. It’s his highest since his Ghana debut in 2010. He scored in Ghana’s semifinal win over Equatorial Guinea, a brace against Mauritius and the winner against Congo. Jordan is currently on nine goals at senior level and, with two matches on the horizon, is set to reach double figures. He had a slow start to his international career but the talented striker is slowly, but surely, finding his feet. And with Asamoah Gyan negotiating the age bend into his 30s, Jordan can grab the chance to spearhead the Ghana attack for some time to come. –CHRISTIAN ATSU MISSES FIRST COMPETITIVE GAME UNDER AVRAM GRANTOne of the mainstays of Avram Grant’s setup has been Bournemouth winger Christian Atsu. Irrespective of his poor club form, the winger has never been overlooked by the Israeli coach. In all eight competitive games this year, Atsu has starred.The script will certainly be different this time with the winger out of the squad with an injury. The mantle will now fall on either Solomon Asante (TP Mazembe), David Accam (Chicago Fire) or new boy Samuel Tetteh (WAFA) to provide the width for Ghana on the right flank. Atsu last missed a competitive game for Ghana almost a year ago (19th November 2014) when he failed to make Maxwell Konadu’s team against Togo in Tamale. –SAMUEL TETTEH COULD MAKE GHANA DEBUTThe youngster could make his debut for the Black Stars. The WAFA attacker has risen through the ranks at the academy side as well as for the national youth teams. Only in the year 2015, Tetteh has featured for the national under 20 team, the national Olympic team and the local Black Stars.His year could be complete should he make his debut for the Black Stars. The only remaining member in current Black Stars set-up who made a step up from the Satellites to the local Black Stars to the Black Stars is midfielder Emmanuel Agyeman Badu. –RABIU MOHAMMED HAS NOT MADE A COMPETITIVE START SINCE SENEGAL LOSSBadu’s midfield partner in the 2009 under 20 World Cup triumph is yet to start a competitive game for the Black Stars since their 2-1 defeat against Senegal in January. The emergence of Afriyie Acquah and Mubarak Wakaso as a duo have pushed the strong tackling midfielder down the pecking order. The pair have started every competitive game for the Black Stars since Ghana’s 2-1 win over South Africa in the Afcon – with the exception of the Mauritius game where Agyeman Badu replaced Acquah. Rabiu will have to bide his time and hope to force his way back into the Stars team soon.– PHIL OFOSU AYEH COULD MAKE COMPETITIVE DEBUTThe young full-back could make his competitive debut for the Stars in these two upcoming games. Ayeh featured for Ghana in the 1-1 friendly against Canada but is yet to feature in a game of real importance. The Comoros double header offers him a perfect opportunity to represent his country in a competitive game. As to whether he could displace Harrison Afful is solely based on his performances and how best he impresses Avram Grant. All in all, Ghanaians will be itching to see the stuff Ayeh is made of.–EBENEZER ASSIFUAH CALLED UP, WILL HE FINALLY PLAY?Assifuah was called up to the squad to face Rwanda in September but did not feature. The FC Sion has been in good goal scoring form for his club side and, despite bursting onto the scene in 2013, he is yet to play for the senior national team. The Comoros tie affords him a good chance to prove his worth especially if Ghana get an impressive away win on Friday.–SAMUEL TETTEH IS THE FIRST LOCAL OUTFIELD PLAYER TO BE CALLED UNDER AVRAM GRANTOne criticism of the Israeli trainer has been the little or no attention he has given to the local leagues. But he has finally called up an outfield player who plays in the local premier league. Till date, all local players called up have just been ‘keepers. Tetteh’s call up brings to an end a two-year spell without a local outfield player in the Black Stars. The last time an outfield player was called was in June 2013 when Kwesi Appiah called then Hearts of Oak forward Mahatma Otoo.–MORE THAN 2 LOCAL PLAYERS CALLED UP FOR FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARSTetteh’s inclusion also means more than two local players have been called up for the first time since 2012. The squad has had a maximum of 2 local players for a considerable period of time. The 2012 squad comprised of Ernest Sowah, Richard Kissi-Boateng and Emmanuel Clottey who were at Berekum Chelsea and Ben Acheampong of Kotoko. They were called up by Kwesi Appiah for his first official games in charge of Ghana against Lesotho and Zambia in the 2014 World Cup qualifier.–Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

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Next weekend on the Bjelašnica Mountain – ”BH Telecom Ilidža Fis Cup”

first_imgTwelfth International Ski Competition and BiH Tournament ”BH Telecom Ilidža Fis-Cup 2013” for seniors and juniors will be held next week in organisation of BiH Ski Federation and Ski Club Ilidža on the Bjelašnica Mountain, reports FENAMore than 100 skiers from BiH,Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Greece, Hungary and Bulgaria will participate in this competition.According to manager of the competition Alem Holjan, 30 skiers will present BiH, 20 Croatia, 20 Slovenia, 10 Serbia and 5 Montenegro.”This year’s competition will be much more visited than the last year’s. The weather is good, there is a lot of snow, and we’ve created, together with company ZOI’84, conditions for the best ski race”, said Holjan on today’s press conference.According to officials of BiH Ski Federation and officials of International Ski Federation (FIS), this traditional competition is one of the best organised in BiH and in region.In the past 12 years, several well known skiers participated at this competition – Katarina Lavtar and Ana Kobal from Slobina, Natko Zrničić from Croatia and Silke Bachmann from Italy.Žana Novaković, who won last year in giant slalom, will lead BiH team, while Igor Laikert will not participate for men’s teams because of his duties in Norway.On Saturday at 9.30 a.m., there will be giant slalom races for men and women, while the slalom races will be held on Sunday at 9.30 a.m.Announcement of winners will be done on Sunday at 13.30 pmlast_img read more

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Dzumhur in the Second Round of the ATP Challenger in Moscow

first_imgThe best BH tennis player, Damir Dzumhur, qualified for the second round of the ATP Challenger tournament in Moscow, after he yesterday won against the host player Philipp Davydenko with 3:6, 6:2 and 6:2.Although he lost the first set, Dzmhur outclassed the opponent in the next two sets and qualified to the second round of $ 50 000 worth tournament in the capital of Russia.It is interesting that Dzumhur and Davydenko already had an opportunity to play together at the tournament in Moscow. Namely, Dzumhur in the pair with Tomislav Brkic in the first round of qualification of doubles, was better than the Russian pair Philipp Davydenko/Alexey Vatitin with the result of 6:1 and 6:2.Two day ago, Brkic played the match of the first round of singles in which he won the Russian representative Ivan Gakhov with 6:2 and 6:4.(Source: novovrijeme.ba)last_img read more

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