First home buyers flock to Bluewattle

first_imgPicture: Megan MacKinnonThe Vercueil family, Stefan, Natacha, Lee-Cha, 18, Kariena, 14, and Martin, 15, recently built their first Aussie home at Bluewattle after moving to Townsville from South Africa.STRONG buyer demand among first home buyers and young families will see the creation of a further 30 new lots at Bluewattle Estate later this year.Australian Defence Force families made up 15 per cent of new builds in Bluewattle in the past 12 months, with many buyers being drawn from other facilities in the Douglas Employment Precinct, including the Townsville Hospital, James Cook University and CSIRO.Bluewattle sales and marketing manager Andrew Forster of Knight Frank said he expected to see first home buyers and young families continue to be attracted to Bluewattle with the $20,000 First Home Buyers Grant extended to the end of the year.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Bluewattle has a lot to offer young families with respect to its wonderful parks, proximity to schools and major workplaces, and the continued focus on community events such as our recent May Fair at Bluewattle and upcoming Halloween and Christmas events,” Mr Forster said.“Bluewattle is gaining a well-deserved reputation for being a family-oriented community and residents at Bluewattle couldn’t be more pleased to have Defence families as neighbours they can trust and appreciate.“We currently have only a handful of lots available, all of which have generous incentives as part of our Block Buster land clearance promotion. We’re looking to sell these lots, as we make way for another 30 lots to be released later this year.“This new land release will represent an exciting new stage at Bluewattle, which will see improved connectivity with existing services in the Upper Ross including new walkways allowing access to Good Shepherd and Rasmussen schools, the Upper Ross PCYC and the Upper Ross Community Centre, without having to venture near the traffic along Riverway Drive.“Townsville City Council’s duplication of Riverway Drive will also have a direct benefit for our residents when complete.”For more information about Bluewattle, visit bluewattle.com.aulast_img read more

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St Kitts-Nevis reports double digit decrease in serious crimes

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet NewsRegional St Kitts-Nevis reports double digit decrease in serious crimes by: – February 11, 2012center_img 23 Views   no discussions Share Police Commissioner C. G. Walwyn BASSETERRE, St Kitts — (CUOPM) — Police in St Kitts and Nevis are reporting a significant decrease in the total number of reported incidences of crime in 2011 compared with the previous year.Police Commissioner C. G. Walwyn said statistics revealed that there was a 14.3 percent reduction of serious crimes recorded.“On our sister island of Nevis there was a 5.5% increase in the total number of crime reported overall compared with the previous year 2010. However, the detection rate in District C, Nevis Division stands at 47.4%,” said Walwyn, who pointed out that the law enforcement agency is also paying close attention to the percentage of crimes committed by juveniles in the Federation and will be endeavouring to intensify its crime prevention campaign in the present calendar year.“The last quarter of 2011 has recorded a reduction of crimes in the Federation on a whole. The total allocated crimes for the Federation decreased by 5% or 105 reports less than the previous year, with a 35% detection rate,” said the police commissioner.Walwyn said the police have intensified their efforts to improve the detection rates of all crimes, especially considering that 7.9% of the crimes detected in the past year have been committed by juvenile offenders. “As commissioner of police, I wish to record appreciation to those responsible citizens who are joining the law enforcement agency in implementing its crime prevention initiatives and to commend those who are partnering with government in boosting the crime fighting capabilities of the force for their valued support,” he said.Walwyn said, “As an agency for peace, law and order, it is our duty and our commitment to improve on our previous performance and we solicit the support of all in spreading crime prevention tips and not just in reporting incidences in a manner that, at times, results in the distortion of the facts.” Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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Six Young Artists Speak Up About Kinship Care

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Family Education and Support ServicesFamilies from across Washington will gather on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. in the Governor’s Mansion located near our State Capitol Building to honor six children who submitted winning essays for the 14th annual Kinship Voices of Children contest. Each of these young children and youth, ages 5 to 19-years-old, created inspirational pieces of written and/or visual art about their experiences being raised by a relative caregiver. Each child submitting a winning entry will be awarded with a signed certificate, a $100 check donated by Twin Star Credit Union, and an overnight stay at the Great Wolf Lodge for their family.Most children find safety and comfort in the arms and care of their family, including grandparents and other relatives. For more than 2 million children in the USA, living with a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or other family member has become a permanent or long-term arrangement. When parents are unable or unwilling to care for their children, placing them with a relative caregiver can have some advantages. Kinship care reduces the trauma children experience when placed with strangers. It enhances children’s sense of identity and self-esteem, continues connections children have to their siblings and other relatives, and strengthens the family’s ability to give children the support they need. Kinship care often comes as a surprise to both the child and the relative caregiver.What does it mean to a child who can’t live with their parents to know he or she is safe, loved, and has a place to belong? Some answers to this question are offered in the winning entries submitted to the Kinship Voices of Children Contest. The contest was originally initiated by the Statewide Kinship Oversight Coalition, and is coordinated by Family Education and Support Services in collaboration with Aging and Long Term Support Administration/DSHS, Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging, and Kinship Navigators and advocates across Washington State. The event is sponsored by TwinStar Credit Union in collaboration with the Great Wolf Lodge.Judges included Bill Moss, David Stillman, Terry Jefferies, Amanda Stevens, Carrie Petit, Lori Mahar, Mike Fenton, Jennifer Strus, Teri Agulara Flemming, Shelley Arneson, Karen Fraser, Bonnie Jacques, Melisssa Goldman, Olvia Schu, and Trista Mason.6-year-old Joseph said this about his winning entry (pictured) – “Family is like gears- they all connect together.” Photo courtesy: Family Education and Support ServicesThis year, 52 entries were received. Some are funny, some serious or even sad, but all are sincere and offer testimony to the value, sense of family, and love each young artist experienced in living with a relative caregiver. The winning entries are:Joseph, age 6 – Olympia, WACasey, age 7 – Roy, WATaryn, age 8 – Forks, WAThomas, age 10 – Port Townsend, WASummer, age 13 – Naches, WABrittany, age 15 – Cashmere, WAIn addition to the children being honored, we will also acknowledge Ms. Judy Lin. Our 2017 booklet compiling all entries into the Voices of Children contest has been dedicated to Judy in honor of her substantial contributions to Kinship Caregivers across our State.For more information about this contest or to learn about Kinship Care Resources contact Lynn Urvina at 1-877-813-2828 or e-mail Lynn@FamilyESS.org.last_img read more

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