Construction company buys landmark 1930s-built property at Yeronga


first_imgMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The property at 785 Ipswich Road, Yeronga.Mr Burtenshaw said Stokes Wheeler plan to maintain the 280sq m two-level building in its heritage form and occupy as their head office, relocating from their current premises at Loganholme.Built in 1934, the Old Yeronga Fire Station next to Yeronga Park is one of the earliest designs from leading Queensland architecture company Conrad and Gargett, who also designed Old Government House and Customs House in Brisbane.During the Second World War an effigy of Adolf Hitler was hung from the fire station’s awning, while the US and Dutch armies created a bivouac camp for more than a thousand soldiers in Yeronga Park behind the fire station.The fire station provided firefighting services to the surrounding areas until 1974 when the building was passed on to the SES who used it as a base and training centre for 24 years. The current owners, who are relocating to Redcliffe, bought it in 2001.“This is a well-constructed and truly unique office space with original finishes and fittings,” Mr Wray said.“The interior includes an original fire pole man hole and working counter levered garage doors which open into an engine room which has been preserved in its original state.” A 1930s-built fire station at Yeronga has sold.A historic fire station at Yeronga has sold for $925,000, after failing to sell at auction prior to Christmas.The landmark 1930s-built property, at 785 Ipswich Road, Yeronga, was sold to construction company Stokes Wheelerby Ray White Industrial Milton’s Aron Burtenshaw and Matt Wray.Mr Burtenshaw said despite a massive amount of interest, the fire station was passed in at auction.“The owners took a break over Christmas but we resumed negotiations with interested parties and by the end of January we had multiple offers,” he said.“We secured a cash unconditional contract for the owners at $925,000, which was well above the highest bid on auction day.”last_img read more

Marriage is different from cohabitation – Canadian court

ufbosuzpwurn 26 Jan 2013Today the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Quebec can exclude cohabiting couples from receiving spousal support in the event of relationship breakdown. The Institute of Marriage and Family Canada applauds this decision because it accurately reflects the fact that social science research shows marriage to be substantively different from living common law. “There is great consensus from social scientists, no matter their political stripe, that marriage is different from living together,” says IMFC Manager of Research Andrea Mrozek. “Unfortunately, the statistical reality is that people living together break up more readily – even if they do eventually wed. They are more likely to have multiple partners. Their children face more problems – higher rates of school dropout, more drug use and an earlier age of sexual initiation. And single parents – typically mothers – are more likely to be poor. These are some of the harsh statistical realities of living together versus getting married, and it is wise to acknowledge this difference,” says Mrozek. Marriage protects against poverty and remains the most stable manner in which to raise children. Some researchers have even identified that a new class division is emerging along married versus  unmarried lines. This is the message of author Kay Hymowitz’s book, Marriage and Caste in America. read more

Crosstown rivals clash in Westwood for MPSF title


first_imgThe USC-UCLA rivalry has never been this heated.The Bruins’ and Trojans’ men’s water polo teams — tied for No. 1 atop the NCAA top-20 poll — face off today for a 7 p.m. matchup at the Spieker Aquatics Center in Westwood. The outcome of the game is not only a matter of pride but will determine who will head into the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament as the top seed.“It’s a good matchup to have two number one’s going at it here in Southern California,” senior driver Peter Kurzeka said. “It should be a battle and I think there is gonna be a good crowd and it’s gonna be a good atmosphere for the sport of water polo in general.”Chasing perfection · Senior driver Peter Kurzeka looks to lead USC to its third undefeated MPSF record in four seasons at UCLA tonight. – Chris Roman | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (19-2, 7-0) go into the game against the Bruins (19-3, 5-1), the last of the regular season, as the only undefeated team in MPSF play.The Trojans are coming off a narrow victory against No. 7 Pacific on Nov. 13. The top-ranked USC team fought hard for its 11-10 win, with the game going into overtime. Junior driver Tobias Preuss helped carry the team to a victory with his performance in the first overtime period.“Someone always steps up in close games and for us [against Pacific] it was Toby [Preuss],” Kurzeka said. “In overtime he scored two huge goals and then we were able to lock it down on defense — and that’s what we’ve been able to do, that’s how we won last year’s final. We kind of wear teams down and we know that if we get into overtimes we’re usually be the team that’s in better shape that’s able to keep our cool a little bit more and focus.”In terms of players that have proven themselves to be essential this season for the Trojans, no one stands out, virtually all of USC’s offense has proven its worth this season.While Kurzeka and sophomore driver Nikola Vavic lead the team with 33 and 28 goals this season, respectively, it is not unusual to see many different Trojan players score for USC in a single game. In USC’s 21 games this season, only its game against Stanford on Oct. 2 saw less than five different players score.“With our team you never know who is gonna turn up for the day and be the star,” senior goalie Joel Dennerley said. “In the past different guys have been our go to players, whether it is Toby [Preuss], Kostas [Genidounias], Peter [Kurzeka], Nikola [Vavic]. Across the board we are a dangerous team so that is the key to our success. This Friday no doubt somebody will step up.”Kurzeka was quick to note the improvements the team has made since September.“Our offense is a lot better than the beginning of the season, and I think our defense overall is a lot better,” Kurzeka said. “We have some games where we give up a little more goals than we need, but we are also playing on a tough schedule right now in the MPSF and teams have a whole week to prepare for us so they are attacking our defense well.”The last five games the Trojans have played have been wins, but not up to their own standards in terms of goals against. They have not given up less than five goals since the end of October.“The past few games we haven’t met our expectation of four goals or less so we will look to improve on that,” Dennerley said.This season the Trojans’ opponents have been averaging 5.2 shots against per game. UCLA has been averaging 6.32 goals against.Regardless of the Trojans’ defensive goals not being met, however, Friday’s game will truly be a clash of water polo titans.USC is riding on a 10-game winning streak. UCLA boasts a nine-game streak of its own. The Trojans are averaging 12.05 goals per game this season, but the Bruins have a slight upper hand with their average of 12.36. Both teams boast powerful offensive players, so anticipation for an action-packed game is high.Even with all these factors in play, USC will go into the game with only one thing on its mind, however: a victory.“I feel pretty confident, we’ve had a good few weeks of training and I think we’re pretty energized,” Kurzeka said. “We know what’s at stake to finish conference play undefeated and to get a big win at their pool is going to be huge.”last_img read more