Monthly Archives: September 2013

Families lose thousands after aged-care home fails

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Dozens of families of aged residents at a collapsed respite home in Melbourne’s south-east have lost thousands of dollars in fees. The ABC reported on Friday that the families of residents of the Mentone Gardens home had been told their money would not be recovered. Mentone Gardens went into administration in June with debts of more than $4 million. According to the ABC, the administrator has referred the case to the corporate regulator. The ABC...

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Tribunal upholds real estate agent disqualification

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The Administrative Decisions Tribunal has upheld a decision by NSW Fair Trading to cancel the licence of former Maroubra real estate agent, Glenn George Farah of NG Farah Pty Ltd, and disqualify him from being involved in the direction, management or conduct of a real estate business until 9 September 2021. Glenn Farah was a former Director and Secretary of NG Farah Pty Ltd, a licensed real estate agency. Mr Farah was the subject of an...

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Timeshare booms on the Coast

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THE timeshare industry has shed its dodgy 1980s image and is the new tourism industry cool with the Gold Coast at its epicentre. Timeshare’s status as the unheralded engine room of Australian tourism has been confirmed in a new national report which found the industry’s 2012 economic output was a massive $616.5 million. And the Gold Coast is the nation’s epicentre when it comes to timeshare – almost 30 per cent of Australia’s timeshare units...

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Noisy kids or nasty neighbours?

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A landlord whose tenants’ children have been accused of being noisy and playing ball games in the common area wants to know if the other residents are over-reacting or if he should give the tenants notice to vacate. One child was seen throwing stones at a neighbour’s property while another climbed a fence to retrieve a ball. A neighbour who complained got a hostile reception from the parents. Meanwhile, the situation escalated when a couple...

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Holiday home owner loses fight with Google

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Google Australia appears to be untouchable when it comes to defamatory material posted on its search engine after a court agreed it was not the publisher but merely a local arm of its American parent. The decision follows similar cases around the world, including in Britain, Ireland and New Zealand, where courts have found that the subsidiaries of American giant Google Inc are unable to remove URL links and information from the Google Search index...

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It’s magpie season! How to avoid getting swooped

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The Illawarra is set to rival a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds in coming weeks as magpie swooping season reaches fever pitch. The region’s pesky ‘pie population is out in force, swooping unsuspecting cyclists, walkers and training groups. Magpie hot spots include streets in Balgownie, Woonona, Thirroul, the Princes Highway in Corrimal (near the fire station), Mount Brown, Gwynneville, Figtree (particularly Figtree Oval), Mangerton and the North Wollongong bike track. But WIRES black and...

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Stopping the rot: council ponders fluoride after decay exposed

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Byron Shire is expected to reconsider its anti-fluoride stance after figures showing small children in northern NSW are hospitalised at nearly double the state rate for mass extraction of rotten teeth. Anti-fluoride activists in nearby Ballina were defeated last month when the council voted eight to two against a motion that would have stopped the fluoridation of the water supply from proceeding. The vote came after experts, including the state’s chief health officer, Kerry Chant,...

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Net nightmares: when your ISP leaves you in the dark

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Moving house? Plan for the worst when it comes to internet access. One of the hassles of moving house is contacting all your utility providers to arrange a final bill for your water, electricity and gas. You then need to make sure they’re all turned on at your new home the day you walk in. These days there are even companies who will take care of all this for you. Things tend to go fairly...

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Real estate agent posts controversial ad with scantily clad women

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In the latest attempt at property porn, a real estate agent has produced a controversial video in a bid to sell a house in Thornlands, south-east of Brisbane. In the footage, posted to YouTube August 29, agent Mark Mason takes viewers on a tour of the house, but with a few added extras  – including sexual innuendo galore thanks to a gaggle of girls scantily dressed in bikinis. Along with the women utilising the property’s bath tub,...

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