The tiny village producing AFL stars

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Welcome to Collingullie, where one in every 200 residents become an AFL player.
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When Harry Perryman debuts for the Giants against Richmond on Saturday he’ll become the second Collingullie product to play in the top league, following in the footsteps of GWS teammate Matthew Kennedy.

Perryman, like Kennedy, came through the GWS Academy and was taken with pick No.14 of last year’s National Draft. Adelaide initially selected the youngster who can play through the midfield and off half back, but the Giants matched their bid.

Collingullie is a tiny village on the Sturt Highway, 26 kilometres north-west of Wagga Wagga boasting a school, general store and a pub. Perryman predicted most of its 400 inhabitants would make the trek to Western Sydney for the Tigers clash.

“They’ll probably all be here – they’re pretty keen I think,” he said.

“It’s obviously pretty special, this is always what you want to do, play an AFL game. I can’t wait to run out with the boys on Saturday.

“I always knew it was going to be a hard team to get into, there’s some great players in this side so I’ve just had to put my head down and keep working.”

Perryman will be playing alongside one of his idols, Heath Shaw, a man he watched closely growing up as a Collingwood supporter and the man who acted as his mentor while he was in the academy last season.

“Yes we’ve got a few injuries, but he deserves his spot in the team, it’s great to have him on board and I taught him everything he knows,” Shaw said.

“He’s a natural footballer and that gets lost a little bit these days. Everyone’s looking for the athlete and the guy with the washboard abs who can jump and mark it but Harry, he’s a rugged footballer.

“He reads the ball really well and he’s very skilful and I’m looking forward to playing alongside him on the weekend.

“It’s a basic game and the worst thing you can do when bringing young guys into AFL level is confuse them and give them bucket loads of information.

“We just like to keep it really simple,” Shaw said. “They got drafted for a reason because they can play footy, we just want to use their strengths and mould them into Giants players and that’s what Harry’s done and he’s really shone in the NEAFL under duress with a lot of top players.”

Indian gem stands out as beacon of taste

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A REAL GEM: Sapphire entices passers-by with its exotic aromas. Pictures: Marina Neil Raj has had Indian cuisine cornered, so to speak, in Newcastle for a long, long time. Well, down on the corner of Glebe Road and June Street, Merewether, Sapphire Indian Restaurant definitely has Indian cuisine, um … cornered.
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Find a park somewhere on the streetand enter through the large glass sliding door into a roomy well-lit room humming with the sound of ravenous, in-the-know Novocastrians with an appetite for samosa. The walls are painted in earthy tones and are illuminated by bright down-lights, and droplet shaped chandeliers hung high above white tablecloth covered tables and high-backed, soft (p)leather chairs.

An appetising atmosphere of tangled spice aromas set us grasping for the menu to see what edible treasures await us.

Vegetarians and people with a preference for proper protein are both well catered for in the entree section of the menu. There’s kaju kebab, which is a seasoned pureed potato coated with crushed cashew nuts, and mushroom duplex, which has nothing to do with affordable housing founded on fungi, and everything to do with mushrooms stuffed with potatoes, mint and cottage cheese that’s been battered with spices.

The same goes for the main menu. Here you’ll find seafood dishes, like deep fried black tiger prawns coated in a light and spiced batter, otherwise known as zingha vada, or, daal makhni (v); black lentils with kidney beans cooked slowly overnight for maximum flavour, as well as many variations of chicken, goat, lamb, and beef dishes, plus sides, including a refreshing raita (yoghurt, cumin seeds and black salt), naan breads and roti, and, of course, rice, such as basmati, saffron, and the incredibly aromatic and flavoursome coconut rice, which, in all honesty, has enough compelling flavours to be eaten on its own.

Evidently, it’s hard to decide what to order. Nevertheless, we do our best and start with the mysterious-sounding Chicken 65 and Kaju Kebab for entree, followed by beef biryani and the goat curry for main.

Sapphire is licensed and features a good selection of wines, beer, ciders, spirits, soft drinks, and lassi, including mango, rose, sweet, and salt flavours. It’s BYO too, and we take advantage of this by bringing a bottle of pinot noir from Hawke’s Bay, in New Zealand, which turns out to be perfect for washing down the deep flavours of tonight’s meal.

FULL TABLE: Kaju kebab, goat curry, beef biryani and raita yoghurt

First out is the kaju kebabs. They’re a pleasant surprise in terms of their taste and texture: mildly spicy, herbaceous and sweet, especially when dipped in the accompanying smoky, plum and chilli sauce. Purveyors of ‘hot-wings’ in Newcastle take note; Sapphire’s ‘Chicken 65’ consists of deep fried chunks of exotic spiced chicken, ginger and shallots that is more flavoursome and way more spicy than any hot-wing you’ll eat in this town, presently. I’ve already got my order in for Origin.

However, one note to the chef: save some money and ditch the decorative snow pea shoots. The sliced cucumber’s enough to refresh the palate between bite-sized morsels of both dishes.

As soon as all the mains were on the table we knew we’d over-ordered. Not to worry, because you can take leftovers home, just the same as if you’d ordered take away.

HOUSE-MADE: The pistachio ice cream comes highly recommended.

The beef biryani is a colourful earthy-orange dome of rice that encases chunks of beef seasoned with plenty of complex spices – cardamom, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, ginger, to name more than a few.

The goat curry is the favourite of the two mains. Soft bits of deliciously gelatinous goat cling gently to slow-cooked bone that swims in a small balti bowl filled with a rich, earthy and spicy sauce, perfect for dipping crispy bits of roti in later.

We end our evening by sharing a small bowl of house-made pistachio ice cream, initially recommend by our waiter, and now highly recommend by me.

It’s a refreshing way to end a fun and flavoursome meal that’s full of warm, comforting food ideal for the impending winter.

QUICK BITEWhat: Sapphire Indian RestaurantWhere: 367-369 Glebe Rd, MerewetherDrinks: Lassi, Soft Drinks, Beer/Cider, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails, (BYO also)Hours: Dinner: 7 Days 5pm-10pm / Lunch: Sun 12pm-3pmVegetarian: YesBottom Line: $85 for two incl. drinksWheelchair Access: YesDo Try: Chicken 65, pistachio ice cream

ADVERTISING FEATURE: Dealing with dizziness

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COMPREHENSIVE: Newcastle Neurodiagnostics offers high quality neurology tests to help you and your physician arrive at a timely and accurate diagnosis.Vertigo is a sensation that you are moving when you are not. It is often a symptom of an underlying problem with our balance system.
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People with vertigo typically describe it as feeling like they are spinning. It may also be felt as a rocking, tilting, or swaying movement.

Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, jerking eye movements, headache, sweating, ringing ears or hearing loss. Anxiety and loss of balance very commonly occur as a result of the vertigo.

A wide range of conditions and diseases can cause vertigo, and according to neurologist Dr Michael Katekar from Newcastle Neurodiagnostics, it is important to determine which,in order to get the appropriate treatment.

“Anxiety disorders, brain disorders, underlying medical conditions like low blood pressure, infection, heart problems and low blood sugar can play a role,” he said. “It is important to see your doctor if you have unexplained dizziness or balance issues, and seek specialised help if necessary.”

Disorders of the inner ear account for about half of all cases of ongoing dizziness. Those disorders include Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuritis and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). BPPV occurs when tiny calcium particles (otoliths) find their way into the semicircular canals of the inner ear.

“BPPV can occur at any age,” Dr Katekar said. “It’s rare in children and young adults but gets more common with age. It can follow a head injury, like coming off a bike or a car accident. Basically, it feels like you are moving when you not. You get an intense spinning sensation, provoked by head movement, especially looking up or bending forward.”

The condition can make people anxious, upset and limit their day-to-day activities, thereby impairing their quality of life. But depending on the cause of the vertigo, relief is available.

Newcastle Neurodiagnostics offers testing to facilitate diagnosis of a wide range of neurological conditions, with a particular interest and expertise in dizziness, and balance disorders. New investigation techniques, many developed in in the last few years, allow very detailed evaluation of the functioning of the inner ear. Accurate diagnosis often leads to effective treatment.

“Our practice is unique in that we have a physiotherapist working on site as part of our team,” Dr Katekar said. “If you have got BPPV there are techniques and manoeuvres – particle repositionings – that can fix it up very quickly. We’re all about getting people fixed up in a timely fashion.

“If the problem is more serious we can recommend and administer appropriate treatments.”

If you would like more information, visit www.newcastleneurodiagnostics苏州夜总会招聘.au or call 02 49423 944.

ADVERTISING FEATURE: Obesity surgery transforms lives

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BEFORE AND AFTER: Gastric sleeve patient Amanda Crowther, left, weighing 215kg in 2015 and now tipping the scales at 98kg.
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The transformative nature of surgery should never be underestimated by those wrestling with the irrational thought processes of obesity.

Sufferers often realise that over-eatingis irrational in itself, that they are lowering their quality of life and quite literally eating themselves to death.

Diets and exercise have often been tried and failed, and yet even whensurgical intervention is appropriate there are irrational fears, according to Dr Tim Wright, from Eastern Surgical Services.

“They fear it won’t work, that it’s high risk, or that they are going to fail, or that they won’t be able to justify the procedure to family and friends,” Dr Wright said.

”All irrational thoughts, because the truth is that when they lose the kilos, they have a completely different life.

“They can do things they never could do before, their self esteem goes through the roof, they say it’s been a life-saver and should have done it sooner.”

Amanda Crowther struggled with her weight all her life and by the time she attended one of Dr Wright’s monthly obesity surgery seminars, she weighed 215kg.

The seminar gave an opportunity to ask questions about what to expect, the risks involved and the likely outcomes.

“Dr Wright’s passion and compassion for those attending was clear,” Amanda said.

“There was no judgement, just a recognition that there was a problem and there was an answer.”

Amanda committed to gastric sleeving. As part of the process, she joined a health fund and embarked on a period of fasting in order to shrink her liver and reduce the chance of complications in surgery.

By the time the keyhole surgery was performed, on May 17, 2016, she weighed155kg. Twelve months down the track on her “sleeve-aversary” she’s tipping the scales at 98kg.

The emotional and physical transformation has been huge and she is literally jumping into her future with enthusiasm.

“I’m being the mum to my kids I never could be before,” she said.

“I can get off the couch now, I’m exercising and when I lose a couple more kilos, I’m going to do sky diving and base jumping.”

The key to commitment for Amanda was the information she got about the procedure at Dr Wright’s seminars.

”Having the surgery is not cheating,” Amandasays of yet another irrational fear regarding the procedure. “It has been lifesaving and I am so pleased I had it.”

Dr Wright urges anyone like Amanda to come along to one of his seminars and get informed.

“The fact is if you are in a health fund, then for the cost of a cheap second hand car you can achieve long term results you might have thought were beyond you,” Dr Wright said.

“And it is possible you can claim all out of pocket expenses back from your super fund.”

Keen to pass on the benefit of her experience, Amanda will be the guest speaker at the next seminar, at Rutherford Bowling Club, on May 24.

If you would like more information, ring Eastern Surgical Services on4032 8777.

Business feature: It’s a clean sweep at Jim’s

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Spick and Span: The Jim’s team regularly tackle all household cleans, whether they be one off jobs or regular bookings.Staying on top of cleaning tasks either at home or work can often slip down the priority list as day to day life sucks up the hours and time poor families juggle various commitments throughout the week.
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Team: The Jim’s Cleaning group is a network of dedicated professionals, all committed to quality service.

Jim’s Cleaning Group has been helping families and businesses across the nation since 1996 via its network of franchisees, all enjoying the benefits of running their own business, supported by the Jim’s brand.

As the second largest division after the Mowing side of the business, Jim’s Cleaning is in high demand and welcomes enquiry from those ready to take up the reigns of a new franchise opportunity.

Scott Mounter is Franchisor of Jim’s Cleaning for the Hunter Region and services both domestic and commercial clients throughout the Upper Hunter to Port Stephens and down to the Central Coast.

Scott says that the beauty of owning a Jim’s franchise is in the freedom it gives people to run their own hours according their individual needs.

“We offer carpet cleaning, pressure cleaning and window cleaning along with general cleaning services to both homes and businesses. Franchisees can choose how they run their week and really stay in control of how big they want the business to become, so it fits their own life,” says Scott.

With the power of its trusted reputation and a fast reliable service, Jim’s cleaning can cater to a range of cleaning tasks, from regular weekly cleaning to carpet cleaning or one-off vacate cleans for those leaving leased accommodation or commercial premises.

From windows to blinds, cars to kitchens, carpets to driveways, and factory floors to office floors this award winning company does it all.

“Our entire network of franchisees strive to maintain consistently excellent standards, from the uniforms we all wear to the high standard of work we deliver,” he added.

So whether you’re in search of someone to take the cleaning load off your week, or looking for a business opportunity, Jim’s Cleaning could have the solution for you.

With its commitment to providing franchisees with a guaranteed amount of weekly work, regular meetings to keep you connected with fellow franchisees and a comprehensive training program to get you up and running, joining the Jim’s Cleaning team provides plenty of reward.

“It’s entirely up to the individual how big they want the business to grow. Some have grown to employ staff, while others are happy keep it small and havebalance.”

If you are interested in joining the Jim’s Cleaning Group or would like to discuss how the team can help with cleaning tasks around your home or office then contact 131 546 for more information.

Detail: All aspects of your home are cleaned with attention to detail.

Are you getting paid enough? How much do people in your job earn?

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Have you ever felt underpaid? Do you wonder if the person sitting next to you is being paid more to do the same job?
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What about people in other jobs? Would you earn more if you changed careers?

Using our interactive, you can get the answers to all these questions.

The data is from the Tax Office and is based on income information for the 2014/15 financial year.

The ATO has divided up the paid work we do into 1199 job types, taking in everything from abattoir workers (who earn $39,748 on average) to zookeepers (who earn $45,866 on average).

Brain surgery is easily the highest-paid profession with neurosurgeons takinghome$520,755 on average a year. They earn more in a fortnight than the average fast-food cook takes home in a year.

At the other end of the spectrum, the lowest paid occupation is fruit or nut picking, for which you can expect to earn about $16,000 per year.

Using the interactive, you can see the income for all sorts of occupations.

Baristas earn $23,413 on average, private investigators earn $63,336, lawyers $119,891 and race car drivers $79,307. There are also five men whose occupation is listed as “bungee jumping master”, who earn $44,583 on average.

Some jobs that do not require tertiary qualifications (but are nonetheless highly-skilled) earn in the region of six figures – oil rig workers, crane operators and train drivers all earned more than $100,000 a year on average in 2014/15.

The average oil rig worker, for example,earned more than a typical financial adviser or meteorologist, but less than a school principalor a general manager.

But some jobs that take five or more years of tertiary study do not pay as much on average as you might expect. Osteopaths earn about $60,000 on average, physiotherapists $63,000 and architects $83,000.

Men tend to earn more than women for most jobs, and in some cases the gender gap is vast. ‘s 275 professional male cricketers earn almost $250,000 a year on average. As for our 33 female cricketers, they take home an average of $30,000 a year.

However, the data does not differentiate between full-time, part-time and casual workers, so some jobs may appear lower-paying than they actually are because they are not typically undertaken by people who work full-time.

On the flipside, the high flyers in some professions can push up the average well above what you could realistically expect to earn. To go back to the example of male cricketers – half of them are earning less than $88,372 a year. The average is pushed up to $250,000 because the most elite cricketers can command much higher salaries.

Finally, there are about three million people missing from the n Taxation Office figures – more than 2.5 million people left their job blank when filling in their tax forms and a further 500,000 were in a line of work that does not fit neatly into one of the tax office’s categories.

For example, there is no job code for rocket scientists, so we have no way of knowing if they earn more than brain surgeons.

Mark RothfieldDazzling lineup at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

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WORLD FIRST: The Kawasaki SX-R 1500, the world’s first four-stroke stand-up and winner of the recent n national titles is expected to be a big hit at the Boat Show.THERE will be more toys than boys at next week’s 29th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, ranging from wake boats and personal watercraft to the latest gear and gadgets.
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Many of the leading performance and recreational water-sports brands are displaying new models with price tags appealing to both entry-level and adventure-seeking buyers.

“Stand-up paddle boards are well represented in all forms, as are RIBs and ski boats, superyacht toys and jet skis – all in one place,” exhibition manager Dominic O’Brien says.

Yamaha will present two new 2017 models among its line-up of nine WaveRunners that are already creating an international buzz. There’s the family-oriented EX Series and the much-anticipated launch of the GP1800, a supercharged model for race enthusiasts.

New from Kawasaki is the SX-R 1500, the world’s first four-stroke stand-up and winner of the recent n national titles. Sporting a 1.5-litre engine, it’s hailed as “the fastest accelerating, mass-produced stand-up jet ski ever”.

Jetski World director John Moyle adds: “It’s the latest thing from Kawasaki and there’s nothing like it on the market. It’s fast, easy to ride and designed for people to learn to ride a pole ski easily.”

From Sea-Doo comes the latest Spark Trixx – specifically designed for “pulling off tricks” like never before.

Seabob Jet , meanwhile, will have the F5s this year – arguably the ultimate aquatic toy with lithium ion battery technology that produces 680Nm of torque and 4 kilowatts of power.It glides along at up to 20 km/h underwater but has a factory setting that shuts the engine off below a depth of 2.5 metres or if the rider lets go. You can tweak the depth to a maximum of 40 metres if inclined.

For affordable and fun family sailing, Henshaw Yachting is presenting the TIWAL 3.2 inflatable sailing dinghy. This nifty little boat is stable, comfortable and performs as well as a hard dinghy.

FAMILY FUN: The TIWAL 3.2 is an inflatable dinghy that weighs just 50 kilograms and packs up into two storage bags.

The TIWAL can take an adult and two children or two adults, weighs just 50 kilograms and comes in two storage bags – one for the hull and one for the structure and sail. It has a wide vee-shaped underbody to provide stability, while a sabre-shaped daggerboard and boom-less sail help with upwind ability and tacking.

Speaking of inflatables, Walker Bay will be offering a range of tenders, sailboats and water-sports accessories. Its most popular products include Airis kayaks, which inflate in around 10 minutes, and Airis stand-up paddleboards.

There’s also the Walker Bay rigid dinghy, an evergreen yacht tender that doubles as a sailing dinghy for kids.

RIB Force Inflatables will have 40 boats on display, mostly AB and Aurora boats covering fishing, sports and tender roles. The AB range is the number one brand in the US and first preference of the Caribbean superyacht fleet, with the larger models rated for 50 nautical miles offshore.

Whitewater Marine willdisplaythe premium Tigé wake-board and wake-surfing boats, boasting the latest technology and accessories.

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John Laws hits back at 2DayFM host Em Rusciano

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Radio veteran John Laws has hit back, in a private letter, at 2Day FM host Em Rusciano’s criticism of his earlier comments about female co-workers.
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Rusciano read the letter from Laws live on air on her show, Em Rusciano Show with Harley Breen, on Wednesday morning.

The letter ended “P.S. By the way, who are you?”

During an interview with Steve Price on The Project on Monday, Laws, who now broadcasts on 2SM, said he liked his female co-workers to “look feminine”.

Rusciano roasted Laws on her show on Tuesday, calling him an “irrelevant, sexist, misogynist idiot”.

On Tuesday, she told Fairfax Media: “In 2017, the fact a broadcaster could sit on national television and unashamedly pronounce that all the women in his office wear short skirts and he liked to look at them [is infuriating].”

During her on-air smackdown, Rusciano referred to Laws, 81, as a “glamorous corpse” and offered to appear as a guest on his show, saying she would turn up in a “three-piece suit and smoke a cigar”.

Laws turned down the invitation in his typed letter, which Rusciano also posted on Facebook.

“M (I hope I have spelt that correctly),” his letter began.

“I have been told about the phone call from your very charming producer Kim but I don’t know what you want.

“I can tell you what I don’t want, and that is to have some strange woman who I don’t know and probably don’t want to know, wander into my studio in a three-piece suit and smoking a cigar.

“Dear dear dear, you are a funny little person,” the letter continued.

“I don’t know what the future holds for you, but I do know it won’t include a so-called ‘irrelevant, sexist, misogynist idiot who shouldn’t be on air’.”

The letter, as Rusciano gleefully explained, was signed by Laws in green texta.

Rusciano was thrilled with Laws’ response.

“This is the most amazing letter I’ve ever received … I’m gonna be pen pals with John Laws, this is so exciting,” she joked, before extending an olive branch to the host.

“You are welcome on this show anytime,” she said, even offering Laws a job covering their gossip segment.

“But only if you wear a skirt,” Breen added.

Wil Anderson on how to find humour in a post-truth world

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ON THE BALL: Wil Anderson is bringing his Critically Wil show to Nelson Bay on June 2 and Belmont 16s on June 3. Tickets at proticket苏州夜总会招聘.au.
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Finding humour in a “post truth” world where politicians write their own scriptsis challengingbut Wil Anderson has a formula.

It involves a little critical thinking.

“We have come to the point where we had Tony Abbottand now we have Donald Trump and it’s become ridiculous to the point where you’re like well, how can I make this funnier?,” Andersonasks Weekender.

“I mean, theleader of the free world said climate change was a plot by the Chinese to take over the world. He actually said that out loud. How do you make that funnier or more ridiculous?

“So that was one of the issues I faced with this show. I needed to talk about the world of Trump but I didn’t want to talk about Trump. For me it was about moving away from talking about personalities. It’s a bigger challenge but it leads to much more rewarding material.”

Andersonavoids mentioning politicians’ names in a show he describes as “incredibly political” and instead, talks about issues joke-worthy politicians are for and against.

“Imade that choice becausesome have now become so ridiculous and so unhinged to facts and reality that playing them in their environment was counterproductive to comedy,” he explains.

“For example,rather than me talking about how Pauline Hanson is an idiot because she doesn’t believe in vaccines, insteadwrite a routine about why I think people don’t believe about vaccines. Believe me, anti-vaxxers get a good run in my show.”

Anderson doesn’t set out to offend. And if his comedy is in any wayprovocative, the intention is to provoke thought and discussion rather than anger.

“I’m the sort of person who can read all the reviews and all the online comments,” Anderson explains.

“I’m aware that some of the things I say do shock and offend people but I never sit down to write thinking that I want to shock and offend people. I’m just saying what I think and not everyone agrees.”

Anderson has a list of puns based on his name and chooses one at random, months before writing his routine,to be the title of an upcoming tour. Critically Wil, funnily enough,ended up being spot on.

“The show is critical. We’ve gottento a point where we are believing what we want to believe rather than relying on facts. This is a post-truth, alternative-facts world,” he explains.

Wil AndersonCatch Wil Anderson at Nelson Bay Diggers on June 2 andBelmont 16s on June 3.

A southside suburb with a common ingredient to success

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Watson: The suburb to watch in Canberra’s inner northForde: Did you know one of Canberra’s greenest suburbs is in Gungahlin?Chapman: A suburb of renewal and luxury in Canberra’s west
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I’ve thought a lot about what makes a Canberra suburb’s local shops stand out from the crowd and, in my mind, there seems to be a common ingredient.


It’s one of the reasons Gowrie, a quaint suburb wedged in the middle of sprawling Tuggeranong, manages to grab the attention of southsiders, and beyond.

The suburb is home to Common Grounds, an establishment that has received positive reviews from many residents and seems to have drawn Canberrans from further afield.

It’s among a number of businesses located at the Gowrie shops, including an IGA supermarket, all opposite a playground, playing fields and Gowrie Primary School. /**/

When it comes to buying, Luton Properties Tuggeranong sales agent Mina Etminan says there was another shop that piqued the interest of prospective buyers: a discount pharmacy.

She says Gowrie was an affordable alternative to nearby suburbs like Fadden, Macarthur and Monash, but with many of the same drawcards.

It’s also close to larger shopping centres like Erindale and Chisholm.

“People on a more affordable budget can have a nice house in Gowrie,” she says.

“It offers very similar things: a nice view, a good neighbourhood, a good school.”

Gowrie’s median property price is $546,000, according to Allhomes data.

Etminan says the suburb attracted a range of buyers including lots of families, plus first-time purchasers and investors.

And those residents ready to upsize often looked for a larger home within their community.

“That is the beauty of Gowrie,” Ms Etminan says.

“People who live in Gowrie want to continue living in Gowrie.”