Phase two of the $500M Ecco Ripley development is gearing up

first_imgSekisui House has just opened for pre-sale registration, phase two of its $500 million masterplanned development at Ecco Ripley.PHASE two of the $500 million Ecco Ripley development has opened for registrations following a strong run of sales this year.Developed by Sekisui House, Ecco Ripley has already yielded more than $12.5 million of sales in the first quarter with nearly 80 per cent owner-occupiers.Phase two — Lighthaven — will mark the second major phase of the development, offering 300sq m to 450sq m lots with the buyers given the option to build a home designed by Sekisui House or contract a builder of their choice.Ecco Ripley sales manager Scott Blaney said Lighthaven was expected to continue the momentum from the first phase “Brooking Rise” and benefit from it location, only a short walk to the $1.5 billion Ripley Town Centre.“With the first stage of the Town Centre well under way, Ecco Ripley is becoming increasingly sought-after by homebuyers,” Blaney said. Sekisui House display home.The $40 million first stage of the Town Centre is scheduled to be completed early 2018.“Lighthaven will offer the closest housing to the Town Centre within the entire Ecco Ripley masterplanned community, or the entire Ripley Valley for that matter, and it offers the last opportunity to purchase land before the Town Centre opens,” Blaney said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“The value proposition offered by the Town Centre, as well as access to green open space, has been a compelling story for many buyers.“They are also drawn by diversity in product choice and the sustainability of Ecco Ripley which is the only community in the greater Ipswich area to achieve a Five Star Green Star Communities rating.”Ecco Ripley is being developed by Sekisui House, one of the largest residential groups in the world with a proven track record for taking a holistic approach to community design.More than 750 residents currently live at Ecco Ripley or are in the process of building their home in the emerging community. Sekisui House display home.A diverse range of housing options are planned for the Lighthaven precinct.“We’re expecting Lighthaven to become a lifestyle address for everyone from first-home buyers, second-plus home buyers and downsizers,” Blaney said.Check out these luxury developments…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:41Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:41 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreencheck out developments virtually!00:41 Related videos 00:41check out developments virtually!01:60Sneak peak inside Hawksburn Place Residences02:02Sneak peak: FV building03:05The Converted: Boot Factory01:30Dream Home: North Sydney00:45Dream Architecture: Mandalay HouseThe first release of Lighthaven will include 38 lots priced from $172,000, with land sizes ranging from 300sq m to 450sq m.Sekisui House also has a range of homes that are currently under construction or ready to move in, including terraces duplexes, and a limited release of park fronting double storey homes available in the Brooking Rise neighbourhood.Lighthaven will be surrounded by more than 10ha of open space with homes no more than 200m from parks and open space.last_img read more

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Dickie V.’s in town, baby!

first_imgIf you were to pick one person as the face of college basketball, who would it be?John Wooden? The legendary UCLA head coach led the Bruins to 10 national championships, including seven in a row. Yet, he’s still not the man.Dean Smith? He currently holds the record for most victories by a Division I head coach after 36 years of leading the North Carolina Tar Heels, including two national titles. However, he is also not college basketball’s No. 1 idol.Bobby Knight? “The General” needs just three more wins to surpass Smith on the all-time list so he may soon embody college basketball, but not quite yet.The answer is none other than Dickie V., baby!Sure, Vitale didn’t make his mark on the game as a player or coach, but for the past 27 years he has provided some of the most entertaining analysis when it comes to college basketball.It all started with a Badger basketball game as Vitale called ESPN’s first NCAA basketball broadcast on Dec. 5, 1979, when Wisconsin played at DePaul. Since then, Dickie V.’s gone on to call a thousand or so games and has created some of the most memorable catch phrases, half of which end in “baby!”Awesome, baby!Get a TO, baby!He’s a PTP’er!There’s an M&M’er!That kid’s a Rolls Roycer!He’s a Surf and Turfer, baby!It’s Maalox Time!He’s playing like Mr. Pac-Man, baby!Eat a Wilson Sandwich, baby!Slam-jam, baby!I don’t even know what half of them mean, but I still love the guy.Even if you find Dickie V. annoying and obnoxious, you can’t deny the passion and attention he brings to the game.This Saturday, Vitale will bring all of his catchphrases and his love for the game to the Kohl Center as No. 7 Wisconsin hosts No. 2 Pittsburgh, making it just that much better of a game to either attend or watch on TV.The last time Dickie V. was in town, the Badgers were deadlocked in a huge regular season game against the top-ranked Illinois Illini two years ago. Vitale went nuts, jumping in the Grateful Red section while yelling his head off as usual.This year, Wisconsin’s basketball team will be in just as big of a game. While it may not have the same implications as the Illinois game did, it will be rather telling of where the Badgers stand before the Big Ten season gets underway.Win or lose, though, you know it’s going to be an exciting game — just because of Dickie V. Just imagine the commentary he’s going to provide:Alando Tucker with the dipsy-doo dunkeroo!Jason Bohannon for three! There’s the Badgers’ diaper dandy, baby!Look at the polar bear, Brian Butch — he’s an all-Windex performer, baby!Vitale may be a goofball, but he’s never, ever boring.But while Dickie V. is primarily known for his broadcasting, his accomplishments on the court shouldn’t be overlooked — even though they undoubtedly are.Vitale’s roots in the game of basketball go way back. After college, he worked his way up through the high school ranks. Vitale coached East Rutherford (N.J.) High School to two consecutive state championships before earning an assistant job at Rutgers in 1970.After three years of helping out the Scarlet Knights, Vitale soon landed a head coaching job for Detroit in ’73. In the motor city, Dickie V. compiled an impressive winning percentage of .722 (78-30) before moving his way up to coaching Detroit’s professional team, the Pistons.Not surprising, Vitale and the professional game just didn’t mix. Considering his love and passion for the college game, it comes as a shock to see he even coached at the professional level.Vitale’s tenure in the NBA didn’t last long, but it turned out to be for the best. Right after the Pistons fired him following a 30-52 record in the 1978-79 season and a 4-8 start to the 1979-80 season, ESPN snatched him up to do color commentating for college basketball.The rest is history.If anybody defines college basketball, it’d be Dickie V. I mean, he’s not called “Mr. College Basketball” for nothing, baby!Michael is a senior double-majoring in journalism and communication arts. Send your favorite Dickie V. line to him at [email protected]last_img read more

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Absence of Imo, Okoronkwo Won’t Affect Amazons’ Title Defence, Says Danjuma

first_imgAnam Imo still holds the bragging rights as the top scorer of the 2017/18 NWPL regular season and was crucial for her side coming top of their group on a princely 29 points.The 2018 NWPL Super 4 tournament will hold from January 23 to January 26 among the quartet, reigning champions, Nasarawa Amazons, Bayelsa Queens, Sunshine Queens and 2018 Aiteo Cup winners, Rivers Angels.Danjuma insisted that his side have tens of the duo, Imo and Okoronkwo in their fold to make the title defence quite an easy ride.“The 2018 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4 title will return back to Lafia at the end of the days’ proceedings.“Nasarawa Amazons are the defending champions of the Nigerian women topflight and we are coming to Lagos to show our stuff aimed at retaining the title.“People are already expressing deep worries over our ability to defend the title due to the absence of our two key players, Anam Imo and Amarachi Okoronkwo.“Yes, the two players were key members of the team and quite useful to the team’s past achievements.“We will certainly feel their absence at the NWPL Super 4 no doubt about it but nobody is indispensable. I’m confident their absence will not hinder us from retaining the league crown.“Their absence is somehow going to be a blessing in disguise that will throw up more Imos and Okoronkwos in our midst.“We have good pool of players for each of the departments, at least, we have three or four players to each department.“We have good and quality replacements for Imo and Okoronkwo, I can tell you that at the end of the day tens of Imo and Okoronkwo will come to the limelight.“We want to use the 2018 NWPL Super 4 to prove to the doubters that Nasarawa Amazons can win title anywhere. We equally want to make a case once again that our 2017 Super 4 victory in Benin City was not a fluke but well-deserved.“I’m happy our first match will be a repeat of the NWFL 2018 Champions Shield clash we hope to right the wrong this time around when we face Rivers Angels.“We cannot be beaten twice by same team and denied the silverware we so much want in our cabinet,” said the former Nigerian coach to NWFL Media.The NWPL Super 4 showpiece is designed to be straight forward format this time around. Regular season’s group leaders will face the groups’ runners-up in the first match showdown.The winners will head straight to the final to determine the season’s champions while the losers settle for the third place match.The Al Makura Girls are winners of Group B and will confront perennial rivals and Group A runners-up, Rivers Angels.Similarly, Group A winners, Bayelsa Queens will square up with Group B runners-up and newcomers, Sunshine Queens.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Chris Danjuma NWPL SUPER 4Nasarawa Amazons Head Coach, Chris Danjuma has vowed to successfully defend the league crown at the upcoming Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4 despite the absence of two key players, Amarachi Okoronkwo and Anam Imo.The duo recently headed to Europe to pursue their professional career with the Hungarian giants, Ferenavarosi Torna Club. The two-some were standout at the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Ghana where Nigeria claimed her ninth title.last_img read more

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YOUR INCREDIBLE PICTURES: DONEGAL IN THE AUTUMN SUN (AND ONE FROM SYDNEY!)

first_imgTHANK you all for your pictures today featuring Donegal in the autumn sun.We have a prize of lunch for two at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny.Here’s just some of your pictures. More are welcome between now and midnight when our winner will be announced.Keep sending them to [email protected] picture: Sydney in the sunshine, from Paddy McFadden in Sydney.Below: Lough Swilly at Dawn by Laurence Blake. Second below: Trusk Lough, Ballybofey by Rory HarveyThird below: Gartan Lake at 9.30am by Joan Gallagher.YOUR INCREDIBLE PICTURES: DONEGAL IN THE AUTUMN SUN (AND ONE FROM SYDNEY!) was last modified: November 22nd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:competitiondonegaldaily.com picture speciallast_img read more

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