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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Local County Has Highest Unemployment Rate In State

first_imgThe jobless rate in Fayette County rose to 8 percent in May. (Image: Tour Connersville)A southeastern Indiana county has the highest unemployment numbers in the state, according to new data released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.The jobless rate in Fayette County increased last month from 7.6 percent to 8 percent. The county now has the highest unemployment rate surpassing Vermillion County at 7.8 percent.The May numbers show the unemployment rate held steady across the state at 5.7 percent, mainly due to approximately 2,000 Hoosiers returning to the labor force to look for work.Indiana’s rate of unemployment remains more than one-half of a percentage point below the national rate. Indiana’s labor force gains also continue to outpace the national rate, as the Hoosier labor force has grown by more than 46,000 over the past year, while U.S. increases have been minimal.“The Hoosier labor force has grown significantly for the past eight months in a row,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “This is not the case with some of our neighboring states who have experienced unemployment rate declines due to decreases in their labor force. It is clear that Hoosiers are going back to work and that good jobs are available.”Other counties in the region were just above or below the state average with Ripley County at 6.1 percent, Dearborn at 5.8 percent, Franklin County at 5.6 percent, and Decatur County at 5.2 percent.last_img read more

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