Top end buyers splash their cash on main river

first_img 113 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters.Features inside the iconic estate include a three-level staircase inspired by the Vatican, arched windows, wrought iron chandeliers and Roman bath-style pool. The 1489 sqm property also enjoys one of the largest water frontages in Paradise Waters, looking across to the grounds of The Southport School and north to the Southport skyline. 113 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters.The historic house was built in the late 1980s for Keith Williams, the legendary entrepreneur who built Sea World and developed resorts at Hamilton Island.The home was later owned by Dreamworld founder John Longhurst and was most recently sold by Flora and Sep Abedian following a seven-year tenure. 113 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters.The sale of a historic Surfers Paradise mansion is among a string of high end transactions on main river during the height of the COVID-19 period.An unnamed local buyer paid $5.5 million for the riverfront residence at 113 Commodore Drive in an off-market sale handled by Michael Kollosche and Jay Helprin in June. Untouched time capsules prove irresistible MORE: Virtual buyers bypass bordercenter_img 15 Southern Cross Dr, Cronin Island sold for $12.45m in June.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoMr Helprin said the sale reflected confidence at the top end of town with buyers turning to the security of bricks and mortar.“We’re seeing significant strength in the prestige market,” Mr Helprin said. Kollosche agents report a string of main river sales in recent months, led by the $12.45m deal on 15 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise in June. Fall asleep in this peaceful island estate 327 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters sold for $5.7m in July.A grand Broadbeach Waters mansion at 327 Monaco Street sold for $5.7m on July 11.A contract for $2.855m was signed on 25 Ipsley Drive, Broadbeach Waters in June while a vacant 1013 sqm lot at 85 Commodore Drive fetched $3.1m in May.last_img read more


first_imgA fruit and vegetable salesman who abused teenage babysitters at his Co Donegal holiday home has been jailed for 14 and a half years in the North.Paedophile Fred Ayton, 62, of Donnybrewer Road, Eglinton, would target the girls at his home at Inch, Inishowen.One of hundreds of incidents involving three girls while they were were variously aged between 11-16 between 1981 and 1987 took place in his family home while his wife was in hospital giving birth to one of their children. Jailing Ayton for fourteen-and-a-half years, Judge Donna McColgan QC, said he had deliberately befriended people he knew through sporting clubs so he could go on to groom and sexually abuse their daughters.There were three victims, two of whom were targeted over a period of several years, including incidents as they alternatively baby-sat for Ayton on Friday and Saturday nights.He gave the girls up to £30 – six times the going rate for babysitting in the 1980s – and also bought them food carryouts and drink before abusing them.Judge McColgan said in particular he had “robbed” two of his victims of their teenage years and said his behaviour was “exploitative, manipulative and abhorrent” and even now his attitude is still “boorish, loathesome and contemptible”.The judge said one of Ayton’s victim’s said she felt “brainwashed” by him.The judge said Ayton had a clear record and the court heard he had built up a business of supplying fruit and vegetable to the catering trade over 30 years but has now lost that.Prosecutor Frank O’Donoghue QC said one of the victims recalled first meeting Ayton during a holiday at Inch in Donegal after he befriended her father and at first he used to “playfight” with her before sexually abusing her and telling not to tell anyone as she was a “special girl” and that nobody would believe her as her dad was his friend.On another occasion as she babysat for him in Derry she woke up to find him sexually assaulting her and on another time the defendant had flown into a rage after he saw her kissing a teenage boy at the Moville Regatta.On a further occasion Ayton got her drunk on “poteen” before abusing her and she believed she had been abused hundreds of times over a five year period.Another victim abused for several years babysat for the defendant on Friday nights and said Ayton was “intimidating”.The third victim went to Ayton’s home to babysit with one of the victims when she was sexually assaulted.Mr O’Donoghue said Ayton had “systematically groomed and abused two vulnerable young females” and said on some occasions the abuse occurred when Ayton’s wife and children were elsewhere in the house.Ayton admitted a catalogue of offences including attempted rape, attempted buggery with a girl, 24 counts of indecent assault on a female and seven charges of gross indecency with or towards a child.The court heard three rape charges were not proceeded with by the prosecution with the agreement of one of the victim’s after Ayton pleaded guilty to the other charges.Defence QC Martin Rodgers said the defendant admitted he “used” the victims for his own gratification and his reputation in the community was now ruined.FRUIT AND VEG MAN ABUSED KIDS AT DONEGAL HOLIDAY HOME was last modified: June 26th, 2015 by John2Share 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:eglintonInchpaedophilelast_img read more

Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City Councils achieve 10 login for car salary sacrifice

first_imgAberdeenshire and Aberdeen City Councils have achieved a 10% log-in rate to their dedicated driver site after revamping their car salary sacrifice scheme.The car salary sacrifice arrangement was revamped in June 2015 as part of wider changes to the local authorities’ employee benefits programme, which is provided by P&MM.Thus far, 100 orders have been placed through the new scheme, provided by Tusker. This represents a 40% increase in orders compared to the salary sacrifice scheme that ran prior to June 2015.To communicate the scheme to the 20,000 eligible employees across Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council, a series of roadshows were held in partnership with Tusker.Martin Kitts-Hayes, Aberdeenshire councillor and chair of the organisation’s policy and resources committee, said: “Our employees work in a wide variety of roles, from home carers to road workers. We fully appreciate how expensive it is to live and work in Aberdeenshire, so this is a great way for our employees to limit and budget for the cost of travel.”last_img read more