REAL ESTATE: 10 Lama St, Chelmer today“It was down the road from my sister and I must have walked past it a thousand times,” Mr Brice, whose family co-founded Wotif.com which was sold to travel giant Expedia six years ago, said.“When the agent called, I had to have it. We bought the house less than two years ago and embarked on a massive renovation, a total rebuild in fact from the ground up. “It was a huge labour of love.” MORE NEWS: Baby boomer ‘house party’ goes off House prices bounce back after election $1.5m house that won’t be lived in Mr Brice said they were now selling as it was time for a new project.“I love renovating heritage houses,” he said. “It was absolutely rotten when we got it, with water and termite damage.“But being able to work with the council and heritage professionals, to transform it and make it in to a house for a family to enjoy for the next 130 years, that’s the passion.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago“We spent about six months working with Brisbane City Council’s heritage department to totally rebuild the house in sympathy to its character,” Mr Brice said.“We negotiated with council to allow some modern conveniences – like an ensuite – but we have essentially built a very modern house that … retains its heritage appeal. “We have four children, so I built the house for our family, with plenty of zones. It’s 130 years old, and it will now last another 130 years.” An indoor/outdoor room leads off the kitchen and the family room, and includes space for alfresco dining, a functioning wood fireplace, a wet bar and built-in refrigerators. This area opens out to the garden, the pool deck and the pool, which is ringed by Travertine pavers and has floating steppers to the covered pool cabana. Three further bedrooms can be found in the children’s wing, which includes a rumpus room, mudroom and laundry.Living spaces include a family room and lounge, plus a dining room. There is also a study and a guest room. REAL ESTATE: 10 Lama St, ChelmerHis family co-founded an online travel empire that allowed travellers to jet off to some of the world’s most spectacular destinations.But it was an original homestead in Chelmer that had always caught Will Brice’s eye. RELATED: Wotif you could escape to this heritage house? The property called Dalmuir at 10 Lama St, Chelmer – in Brisbane’s leafy western suburbs – was completely transformed by Mr Brice and his wife Shona in keeping with its traditional style. Ray White Sherwood agent Adriana Cameron said the luxurious five-bedroom home with four entertaining areas and three bathrooms was “utterly faultless”.Dalmuir was built by the Frew family in 1893, with the area known as Frew Estate.Robert Frew, who died in 1930, was well known for his presidency of the Queensland Tennis Association, often referred to as the father of Queensland tennis. The former Milton Tennis Centre is named in memory of him, Frew Park. Other features include an attic retreat with built-in day beds, ideal for a library, quiet area to study, or a private space for guests, Jane Churchill and European wallpapers throughout the formal spaces, ducted airconditioning and ceiling fans and the original ironwork detail on the front veranda, juliette balcony and internal staircase. The renovation took 12 months as everything had to be rebuilt, including every leadlight window and sash.The galley-style kitchen has European stainless-steel appliances, a Carrara marble island benchtop, American walnut island benchtop feature, and a scullery with built-in shelving.The house has five bedrooms including a spacious master suite with an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.
The 7th grade Bulldogs beat North Decatur 42 – 17 on Saturday.Dempsy Bohman and Colt Meyer led the scoring with 10 apiece. Bohman also cleaned up the boards with 11 rebounds. Seth Gausman scored 8 points along with 4 assists. Drew Kiefer and Hank Nobbe added 5 points each.Batesville has their season ending tourney this week and are currently 11 – 3 on the season.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.The BMS 8th grade lost 49-42 to North Decatur Saturday.Scoring for the Dogs were Austin Siefert with 17, Trey Heidlage with 13, Cooper Williams had 4, Devin Scripture and Sam Haskamp had 3 each and Tyler Myers had 2 points.BMS opens the SEI Tournament tonight at Jac Cen Del.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Terry Giesting. read more
Mabaruma mayoral election fiasco…maintains by-elections should have been heldThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Councillors in Mabaruma have collectively decided to continue their boycott of all meetings chaired by incumbent Mayor Rupert Henry Smith after he was re-appointed Mayor by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan.In keeping with the instructions of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, the Town Council of Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini) held elections for the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor on Monday last.Smith was nominated as the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For ChangeMayor Rupert Henry Smith(APNU/AFC) pick for the mayoral chair while Councillor Vibert Emmanuel was the PPP/C’s pick and following the voting process a tie of 6:6 was declared. This according to Chapter 28:01 resulted in the need for another round of voting, which was done with the same results. However, Town Clerk Barrington Ward wrote to Minister Bulkan requesting his intervention.In a letter dated March 15, Bulkan appointed Smith Mayor.“By virtue of the authority vested in the Minister of Communities in Section 13 (8) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, which also provides that in such circumstances the Minister shall select one of the above-nominated Councillors as the Mayor, it is hereby declared that Councillor Henry Rupert Smith is the Mayor of the municipality of Mabaruma for the ensuing year,” the letter noted.This, however, did not go down well with the PPP/C Councillors, who were furious at the Minister’s appointment, since they have a matter of similar nature before the courts. The Councillors have collectively decided to continue their protest of boycotting all meetings chaired by Smith.This position was related to Guyana Times by Opposition Member of ParliamentPPP/C MP Collin Croal(MP) for the Region, Collin Croal. He noted that the Councillors would continue working for the betterment of their constituents, but would not support the person that sat in the mayoral chair unless a democratic process was employed for his or her election.“The Councillors all would continue to do their work and attend the committee meetings and the statutory meeting, but when the instrument is handed over (at the statutory meeting) and the Mayor have to chair it, then they will walk out of that meeting,” he explained.“By staying there and recognising the Mayor would give legitimacy to his post and it was not a democratic process that got him there,” Croal added.Croal further related that in the event of a second tie, according to Section 13(6) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, the power to break that tie lay with the registered voters within the town. According to Section 13(6) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, “on account of equality of votes, the Town Clerk shall appoint a date not later than December 28 in the same year for the election of the Mayor from the tied candidates by the voters whose names appear on the register of voters, for the time being in force, for the city.”In April of 2017, Justice Diana Inshanally quashed the appointment of Smith as the Mayor and ordered that fresh elections be held. The ruling was as a result of PPP’s Zulfikar Mustapha challenging the decision by Bulkan to appoint a mayor after there was a 6-6 tie in the number of seats won at the 2016 Local Government Elections.Justice Inshanally noted that the appointment violated the Municipal and District Councils Act because it was “is in excess of and without jurisdiction, made in bad faith, is unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, based upon irrelevant and improper considerations, mala fide, malicious, vindictive, unlawful, ultra vires, null, void, and of no legal effect”.With the same situation playing out again, Croal said that they were still awaiting a ruling on the 2016 case, which would decide if they were to challenge Smith’s appointment once again.He added that they would continue their protest as Smith was expected to be sworn in as Mayor for a third term soon. read more