House of the Week: 163a Paterson Road, Bolwarra

House of the Week | Blissful living in Bolwarra TRANQUIL: The timber deck overlooks the property’s inground pool and offers expansive rural views.
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House of the Week: 163a Paterson Road, Bolwarra

WELCOMING: The owners have loved driving into the 27-acre property, which has landscaped gardens surrounding the renovated homestead.

LANDSCAPED: Beautiful grounds surround the house, which is set on ?? acres.

MODERN TOUCH: The stacker doors from the living space to a timber deck was the only design element not in line with traditional features.

UNIQUE: The modern kitchen has a pressed metal splashback, large granite island bench and recycled timber elements.

CHARACTER-FILLED: There are double-hung windows, timber floors and high ceilings throughout.

House of the Week: 163a Paterson Road, Bolwarra

House of the Week: 163a Paterson Road, Bolwarra

House of the Week: 163a Paterson Road, Bolwarra

TweetFacebook House of the Week: 163a Paterson Road, BolwarraRachel Metcalf-Henness and Leigh Henness are no strangers to renovating older homes, but leaving their most recent project will possibly be their hardest move to date.

The pair bought a former dairy farm in Bolwarra without stepping foot on the property eight years ago.

After some careful consideration and planning theywent about extending and renovating the home.

“We drove all around to try to get a view of the property and we couldn’t, and we thought, ‘This is perfect, it’s really secluded’, and we actually bought it sight unseen,” Ms Metcalf-Henness.

“It was a traditional old homestead and was totally unrenovated.We lived in it for about four years because we wanted to get all of the light right and understand where everything went.

“We wanted to make it more modern living and there’s a space for all ages here, which is really lovely.”

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Without changing the footprint of the home, they renovated sympathetically to the residence’s era.

The only modern touch is a stacker door off the main lounge which opens to a timber deck and has expansive rural views.

“I really just wanted to keep the authenticity of the home with things like the cornices and skirting boards, and just modernised it to open it up a it,” Ms Metcalf-Henness said.

“We’ve only ever had old houses, so I knew how to love it back with what it deserves.

“Werecycled everything we could. When we took anything out, like the windows, we put themback in somewhere else. All the doors are recycled and it’s got so much warmth and character.”

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The couple are relocating their family to the Southern Highlands “otherwise I could probably have never let this lovely old lady go”.

“We’ve renovated every home we’ve ever had and,to know we sat with a sketch book night after night after night for a couple of years trying to work out the right floor plan, the result of this one was super rewarding,” Ms Metcalf-Henness said.

“Every time you drive down the driveway there are beautiful hedges and you look immediately at the silos and it feels like home.

“It is only five minutes to town but you stand on the front verandah,looking at the light and tapestry of the whole paddocks below us, and it’s just so lovely and so secluded. It’s the best of both worlds.”

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‘Austerley’, at 163A Paterson Road, is being marketed by River Realty’s Michael Kirwan through an expressions of interest campaign with offersexpected around $2 million.

Mr Kirwan said there was “nothing to compare it to” in the Bolwarra market.

“It’s pretty rare to have something like this only five minutes to town. It’s city convenience with a country lifestyle and we’ve had a lot of inquiry, upwards of 70 already,” he said.

“It’s a rare opportunity. There have been other properties that have sold on acreage around Bolwarra but haven’t had the same calibre of home or usually acreage properties are further out.”

There are four bedrooms, two bathrooms, multipleliving options, an inground pool and the old dairy has been converted into guest accommodation.

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Fremantle’s AFL injury crisis easing

Fremantle welcome back Nat Fyfe for their clash with Carlton after serving his suspension.Fremantle ruckman Sean Darcy could return to playing duties this week, while star defender Alex Pearce might only miss two AFL games with a broken thumb.
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Pearce underwent surgery earlier this week after breaking his thumb during Sunday’s three-point win over Adelaide.

But the club is hopeful he will return in round 16, meaning he might only miss games against Carlton and Brisbane either side of the bye.

“He was tough enough to play through but unfortunately we had to go to surgery to get it repaired,” high performance manager Jason Weber said.

“Hopefully, according to the surgeon we can turn it around in three weeks.”

Darcy injured the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in April, but is a chance to line up for WAFL side Peel Thunder this weekend.

Veteran ruckman Aaron Sandilands (concussion) is set to return for Saturday’s clash with Carlton at Etihad Stadium, while Nat Fyfe is back after serving his one-week suspension.

Harley Bennell could return to WAFL action this weekend if he has no further setbacks with his calf.

And in some other good news on the injury front, the Hill brothers are getting closer to making their returns.

Brad Hill hasn’t played since injuring his knee in round two, but he is expected to return to WAFL action on July 1.

Hill must play at least one WAFL game because it will serve as his one-match AFL ban for last month’s off-field misdemeanour at a Scarborough night spot.

His brother Stephen Hill hasn’t played since re-injuring his quad in round 10, but is set to return to training later this week.

Defender Michael Johnson is out of the running to replace Pearce this weekend after copping a one-match suspension while playing in the WAFL.

But Taylin Duman could come back in after recovering from his unusual back injury.

Duman was meant to play against Adelaide last week, but was pulled out after injuring his back while stepping out of his car at the stadium.

“Taylin just has a bit of disc history in his lumber spine,” Weber said.

“Coming out of the car he twisted the wrong way … he’s been treated by the medical staff and we’re confident we’ll get him to a test this week.”

No timelines have been set for the returns of Griffin Logue (ankle) and Lee Spurr (knee).

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Hunter asthma duo recognised in European Respiratory Society awards

TWO Hunter asthma researchers have won European Respiratory Society awards.
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Respiratory physician Professor Peter Gibson and Professor Jodie Simpson were both honoured with awards that each draw funding of 50,000 euros ($77,000).

Professor Gibson, who works at the John Hunter Hospital and is a University of Newcastle conjoint, received the ERS Gold Medal for excellence in asthma research.

Professor Simpson won the Romain Pauwels Research award in recognition of clinical research on airway diseases.

“These are outstanding achievements for Peter and Jodie, as well as the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and HMRI,” said Professor Vanessa McDonald, co-director of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma.

“It’s a fantastic outcome for our community and reflects our vision to be world leaders in the development and implementation of new treatment approaches for people who live with a chronic lung disease.”

Results of one of Professor Gibson’s recent studies showed asthma attacks were reduced by 40 per cent with a low daily dosage of macrolide antibiotic Azithromycin.

His work also helped have Mepolizumab listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme after targeted clinical trials.

Professor Simpson, who was co-leader on that study, has received international recognition for focusing on airway inflammation caused by neutrophils, which are white blood cells that fight infection.

She now leads a research program investigating airway inflammation and infection as well as treatment of severe asthma.

“It is a great honour to be recognised by a prestigious European society for my work as a lung disease scientist,” Professor Simpson said.

The awards will be formally presented during an international congress in Paris in September.

NRL Great survivor Jacob Lillyman reflects on his 16 season NRL career and the night Andrew Johns ruined his top-grade debut in Townsville

Jacob Lillyman remembers it as one of those Andrew Johns’ masterclasses.
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“One of his greatest performances at club level, they say,” the veteran prop recalled this week when asked about his memories of his NRL debut against the Knights some 16 seasons ago.

It was Saturday, August 9, 2003 and Lillyman was a 19-year-old backrower debuting off the bench for the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville.

For 35 minutes, he had a frontrow seatto aJohnsmagic show.

“He really turned it on that night,”Lillyman said.

“I remember gettingon just before halftime and it was already 48-0. I think it finished up 60-24.”

Johns scored 24 points on his own with a try and 10 goals and had a hand in most of his side’s 10 tries with Adam MacDougall scoring a hattrick and Matt Gidley and Ben Kennedy snaring doubles.

“I suppose the career was always going to head north from that point,”Lillyman joked.

And it has.

Six seasons at the Cowboys were followed by nine at the New Zealand Warriors prior to linking with the Knights this year for what will be his NRL swansong.

Influential: Veteran Knights prop Jacob Lillyman has been a highly influential figure at the club for Newcastle’s band of young forwards this season. He is set to hang up the boots after 16 seasons in the NRL. Picture: Simone De Peak.

In the toughest rugby league competition in the world, Lillyman 34, has been one of thegreat survivors.

“It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster at times but I have no regrets. I’ve had a crack and think I probably got the most out of myself so it’s been good,”he said.

Lillyman grew up in Richmond, a small town in western Queensland and spent four years at boarding school in Charters Towers before finishing highschool in Townsville.

He was still in high school when he played lower grades for the Cowboys prior to his 2003 debut.

READ MORE: Newcastle Knights newsHe says he decided on the move to Auckland and the Warriors at the end of 2008 just to experience something different.

“I thought I’d go to New Zealand for a couple of years and experience something different. ButI loved it over there,” he said.

“I played in a grandfinal there in 2011. Probably the last couple of years were a bit tough butI had a really good stint over there and enjoyed it and obviously met my partner over there.”

Lillyman could have stayed at the Warriors for a 10thseason this year and finished his career across the Tasman.

“There was an option to stay there for another year but where I was, it had been really tough mentally,” he said.

“I didn’t know how long I had left and just decided it would be good to go and experience something else.

“The opportunity came up here in Newcastle so we jumped at it just for the challenge and to experience a different lifestyle.”

He and his partner Tui-Kay and theirdaughter Arani moved to Newcastle and the family has grown by one since being here with daughter Kaea born seven weeks ago.

“It’s been great,” he said.

“Newcastle is a beautiful spot. One of the reasons for coming, you never hear anyone say a bad word about Newcastle, especially anyone that has lived here.

“I wanted to give the missus that sort of beach lifestyle, they love the beach. It is a long way from her family in NZ but we have really enjoyed living here.”

Not surprisingly, Lillyman has no hesitation in saying his Queensland Origin experience has been the highlight of his career.

“That was unreal,” he said.

“I was probably thrown in there a bit before I was ready in 2006but I managed to play 14 games all up over a period of years. We won a fair few series there and had a few good parties.

“You know, growing up in western Queensland, Origin is the pinnacle of everything and to come in and play alongside your Lockyers, Civonicevas and then the Smith, Slater, Cronk, Inglis era – some of the best players to have ever laced on a boot–that’s been a massive achievement and something I will always be proud of.”

Lillyman is adamant there are good times ahead for theKnights.

“With all the work that Browny and Moons have done with recruitment and the changes that have been made with Wests taking over, they are certainly putting all the ducks in a row, he said.

“It’s will be awesome for the fans. I’dreally love to see them rewarded over the next few years with some success because they deserve it. Hopefully, we can make a late charge this year.”

WA on board with national redress scheme

Counselling under the $3.8 billion national redress scheme may amount to some child sexual abuse survivors “taking a vacation”, a federal minister has suggested.
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Western Australia has become the final state to commit to joining the scheme, extending its coverage to more than 90 per cent of an estimated 60,000 eligible survivors.

The scheme will provide maximum redress of $150,000 and access to counselling, either through state-provided services or a lump sum payment of up to $5000, in addition to Medicare-funded services.

Asked about concerns over access to services outside metropolitan areas, Social Services Minister Dan Tehan said the federal government set up the system to be as flexible as possible for individuals.

He said if the state or territory has not committed to offering the services themselves, it will be up to the survivor to determine the type and form of counselling.

“I say this – and I don’t say it flippantly at all – in some instances they will want to take the money and they might think the best type of counselling for them is to take a vacation, and they will have that right to do it,” Mr Tehan told reporters on Wednesday.

“They will have the individual choice to decide what is the best form of counselling for them.”

Mr Tehan said the federal government had consulted closely with the states and territories to ensure that if they have committed to providing counselling, it will be right across their jurisdictions.

A number of organisations have highlighted the life-long impact of child abuse, with a Senate inquiry submission by Shine Lawyers arguing neither option for counselling and psychological services under the scheme meets survivors’ desperate needs.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said WA Premier Mark McGowan gave him a firm commitment that the state will join the scheme, making it truly national.

Mr Tehan said the scheme will cover 93 per cent of survivors, adding more non-government institutions are expected to join it.

The Catholic, Anglican and Uniting churches, Salvation Army, Scouts and YMCA are all on board, with the scheme to begin on July 1 if the legislation passes the Senate.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the redress scheme should have followed the royal commission’s recommendation of a $200,000 upper limit for compensation and provided further access to counselling.

The government argues that while the $150,000 redress cap is lower than the commission recommended, the $76,000 average payment is $11,000 higher.

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