Developer Solaire Properties recycles plasterboard waste turning it into fertiliser for farmers

first_img Award-winning development company, Solaire Properties, have sold their latest development Cheval at Ascot. MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: Harley Weston, the managing director of the company, said the gypsum recycled from one of its homes could improve soil conditions in more than 4ha of farmland in the southeast’s ”food bowl” regions. “Environmentally responsible housing does not need to mean a mud-brick hut in the hills,” Mr Weston said. Buying property during COVID-19 Brisbane house with 3200-bottle cellar is worth toasting Joe Adsett Architects helped create Cheval, featuring five bedrooms and five bathrooms.While luxury, sustainability and smart home technology was a given in the company’s new-build, known as Cheval at Ascot, Mr Weston said it would also feature five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a four-car basement, three living areas, gym and tennis court, set in a 1315sq m block on Kitchener Rd. The home, designed by award-winning Joe Adsett Architects, was sold off-plan and off-market. Buyers scramble to secure double blocks close to Brisbane’s CBDcenter_img THE BASICS Award-winning development company, Solaire Properties, have sold their latest development Cheval located at Kitchener Rd in Ascot off-market and off-the-plan.A Brisbane developer is taking sustainable housing to a new level by using recycled waste from home demolitions to reduce the strain on the environment. Solaire Properties recycles plasterboard waste turning it into fertiliser for western Queensland farmers. It also recycles the gyprock, extracted in the construction process, out of every home it builds. Check out the spacious garage at the new Ascot property.Mr Weston said the sale of Cheval had broken a street record, however, he would not disclose the price. “The previous street record was $5.5 million and this is the fourth home out of four builds, in suburbs Paddington, Auchenflower and now Ascot, on which we have broken a street record,” he said. Meanwhile Cheval neighbours award-winning Brisbane architect Joe Adsett’s multimillion-dollar home in Ascot. Inside Cheval, a new-build at Ascot.In terms of sustainability, he said the house, which is still under construction, was a standout because of the level of recovery of usable items and materials from the demolished property. “This included truck loads of French doors, lead-light windows, red cedar doors and windows, two kitchens, air conditioners, timber flooring and pool fencing,” he said. “The kitchens went to Bundaberg and Toowoomba, the pool fence was used in Brisbane, garden plants were distributed throughout Brisbane and some were even used to landscape the neighbouring gardens affected by our Auchenflower projects. “The hot-water systems were donated to a Men’s Shed, and the red cedar walls were used for low socio-economic housing in Northern NSW. “Anything that was not sold online was donated to the recycling business Renovators Barn to be sold to other homeowners. The proceeds from these sales will be utilised in the seabin project that protects our east coast waterways.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago Developer: Solaire Properties Archtitect: Joe Adsett of Joe Adsett Architects Contact: Properties looks to identify how society will be living in decades to come, and supports these changes in its present builds.last_img read more

Duncan praises ‘opportunistic’ Ahmed Toure

first_imgKotoko coach David Duncan has praised striker Ahmed Toure’s instincts since he took charge.The Ivorian got three points for the Kumasi side through “a striker’s goal” in their First Capital Plus Premier League game against Liberty Professionals on Sunday.Ahmed Toure was on target for the fifth time this season.”The goal he scored was an opportunistic one because that is what strikers are meant to do or expected to do,” Duncan reflects.Kotoko managed to hold on to their goal advantage throughout the game as Liberty fought hard to at least earn a point from the game.Duncan’s impact drew a big crowd to the Baba Yara Stadium as he recorded his first home win and continued his unbeaten run since taking over the team last month. “You might see it as a goal that was taken easily but many strikers will squander opportunities like that so credit to his predatory instinct.“I must say it was a great game and my players did so well to hold onto the goal.”Kotoko have now moved to fifth with 19 points on the league standings.–last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26, 2015

first_imgSaturday, April 25, 2015•3:50 a.m. Officers investigated Driving Under the Influence and Defective Brake Light in the 300 block W. 8th, Wellington.•4:12 a.m. Thomas J. Stewart, 36, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.•5:13 p.m. Officers took a report of a mental subject by known subject in the 100 block N. Plum, Wellington.•10:51 a.m. Officers took a report of a vicious animal in the 300 block E. 11th, Wellington by known owner.•1:50 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 100 block E. U.S. 160, Wellington involved vehicles operated by Dylan M Hay, 25, Wellington and Morris D. Kemper, 52, Wellington.•1:50 p.m. Dylan M. Hay, 25, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for Inattentive driving.•1:50 p.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended in the 100 block E. 15th, Wellington.•1:50 p.m. Morris D. Kemper, 52, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for driving while license is suspended.•2:07 p.m. Dylan M. Hay, 25, Wellington was arrested on Sumner County warrants for failure to appear are confined for original charge of obstruction of law enforcement officers.•3 p.m. Elizabeth J. Hamilton, 28, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large.•7:26 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct in the 900 block. N. C, Wellington.•8:20 p.m. Joshua M. Asbury, WM, 22, ity was arrested, charged and bonded with criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.•8:45 p.m. Non-injury, hit and run accident in the 1100 block W. Harvey, Wellington involving an unknown driver and a fixed object/gas meter owned by Kansas Gas Service, Arkansas City, Kans. Wellington Police notes for Friday, April 24, to Sunday, April 26, 2015Friday, April 24•7:33 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 300 block E. 14th, Wellington by known subject(s).•4:00 p.m. Sandra J. McNevin, 66, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for fail to yield right of way.•4:20 p.m. Tracy A. Martin, 43, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large.•5:30 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington.•5:45 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block S. G, Wellington.•8:26 p.m. Officers took a report of disturbing the peace in the 300 block S. Olive, Wellington by a known suspect.•10:12 p.m. Justin W. Corter,  32, Wellington was arrested, charged  and confinced with aggravated battery, obstruction of law enforcement officers and criminal damage to property.•11:39 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct in the 200 block E. Lincoln, Wellington by known suspect(s). Sunday, April 26, 2015•12:51 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 300 block N. C, Wellington.•6:34 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property, battery and criminal trespass in 900 block by known suspect, N. Washington, Wellington by a known suspect.•7:01 a.m. Dustin M. Glenn, 33, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with criminal damage to property, battery and criminal trespass.•7:21 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 100 block N. High, Wellington.•4:25 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic dispute in the 600 block E. Lincoln, Wellington by a known subject(s).•4:30 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block S. G, Wellington.last_img read more

Produce Sellers Suffer Hike in Transport Fares

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Locally grown produce sellers based in several rural parts of the country have urgently appealed to the Ministries of Commerce, Industry and Transport to intervene in the current hike in transport fares.In several encounters and interviews with the rural small businesspeople mainly women, they pointed out that majority of their profit margins from harvested produce ends up in the pockets of commercial drivers.For the past 15 years, rural locally grown produce sellers have complained on many occasions about the drastic hike in transport fares across the country.They complain that their cries and appeals have only been addressed with empty promises by Ministries of Commerce, Industry and Transport officials.Regrettably, sugar-coated assurances have come from the mouths of many government officials evading the hard socio-economic conditions of small rural businesspeople.Promises of help have not been translated into practical and realistic measures that could address the unending transport related challenges of the small rural businesspeople in the country.Meanwhile a majority of the urban markets greatly depend on rural locally produce sellers for the conveyance of critically needed commodities that would in turn balance the diets of urban dwellers.According to transport and commerce analysts, policies geared towards addressing the decades old transportation problems must be practical and reflect the realities on the ground in all parts of the country and the challenges faced by small rural businesspeople over the years in the country.“Our sentiments, calls, cries and appeals have fallen on deaf ears and dumped in the dust bin of history by the relevant agencies of past and present Liberian governments,” a disenchanted woman charged.Rural peanut producer Hawa Ballah Kollie, 45, told the Daily Observer over the weekend that she has not able to make any decent profit due to the high cost of transportation and other unbearable circumstances.Madam Kollie who brought to the Red-light Market over the weekend 12 bags of peanuts pointed out that she spent a huge amount of money to transport the harvested produce to Monrovia.“I’m currently doing business at a considerable loss owing to the hike in transport fares from Bong County to the urban markets of Monrovia,” Madam Kollie lamented.Cassava grower Betty B. Tokpa, 39, said that almost all of the sales of her cassava produce landed in the pockets of commercial drivers as a result of the hike in transport fares in many parts of the country.“I’m only working for the commercial drivers and other public service providers, hence something practical must be put in place by the Ministries of Commerce, Industry and Transport,” Madam Tokpa stressed.A cucumber and bitter ball grower, Youngor B. Mulbah, 55, of Margibi County intimated that on many occasions the harvested produce gets rotten owing to the scarcity of transport vehicles and hike in transport fares.“I want the Liberian government ministries responsible to decentralize their official functions in several parts of the country in order to monitor the transport fares throughout the country,” Madam Mulbah emphasized.  Relax State of EmergencyIn related developments, some of the affected rural business women have sounded an urgent call on the Liberian Government to consider relaxing the State of Emergency in the country.The women explained that the State of Emergency has placed so many restrictions on the movement of critically needed locally grown and produced commodities in the country.“Consider our plight now and relax the State of Emergency so that we can be able to work, produce and supply the urban markets with the needed commodities,” the women urged.last_img read more

Ethics panel combs laws on lobbyists

first_imgBattered by critics over loopholes in Los Angeles’ lobbying provisions, the city Ethics Commission on Friday began re-examining regulations covering everything from registration to fundraising. In the first of several planned workshops, Ethics Commission staff members met with lobbyists and others to determine which regulations might need to be changed to better reflect the role and activities of lobbyists. “This city has had some regulations on lobbyists in effect since 1969 and has been a leader in looking at their activities,” Ethics Commission Director LeeAnn Pelham said. “But it’s been some time since we have had a re-evaluation of it.” The city’s lobbying laws have gained increased scrutiny since the November passage of Measure R, which gave City Council members the option to run for a third four-year term and was designed to limit the influence of lobbyists on City Hall decisions. Under current laws, lobbyists are required to report that they are hosts of events if they pass an e-mail on to at least 25 people or are involved in telephone conversations regarding fundraisers. That rule applies even if they have no significant hosting role in the event. Limits on lobbyists’ political activities long have been a concern of local officials. Concern escalated under former Mayor James Hahn, whose administration was embroiled in allegations regarding “pay-for-play” abuses. Subsequent regulations were designed to stem the role of lobbyists as political fundraisers. In one of his first acts after taking office, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also removed all lobbyists from city commissions. Pelham said the Ethics Commission review is expected to take several months to complete. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The measure, however, failed to address loopholes that have been used to allow lobbyists to continue to raise thousands of dollars on behalf of elected officials and candidates. Pelham said the commission’s review will include Measure R and its impact. For lobbyists, many of their complaints involve city bookkeeping rules that often require filing duplicate statements of work performed. They also want a clearer definition of what constitutes lobbying activity and any administrative work they do. Several lobbyists at the Friday workshop said most of their work has involved pulling building permits and submitting plans for approval to allow city work to proceed for their clients. The lobbyists also urged the city to adopt clearer rules on what must be reported for fundraising activities. last_img read more