Friday, December 27, 2013

Templestowe's Maneki Neko Cat Rescue

Templestowe's Maneki Neko Cat Rescue trying to find kittens homes for Christmas... read more


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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Police continue hunt for vandals after more cars have windows smashed in Templestowe

EIGHT more cars have had their windows smashed by vandals in Manningham, bringing the total to almost two dozen in a week.... read more.

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The preferred Australian English spelling dictionary now available for Apple's MacBook Air and Mac computers using OS X.

If you're not happy with the spelling suggestions made by Apple's built-in Australian dictionary you're not alone. Most people don't like American spelling suggestions (which are secondary spelling variations in Australia).

Previous dictionary products I've supplied for Mac users have only worked with Microsoft Office products Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, but not Outlook. Outlook use Apple's built-in dictionary and not Microsoft's dictionary. Now Outlook users on the Mac can have the preferred Australian spelling.

You can find the preferred Australian English spelling dictionary for Mac OS X at http://www.australian-dictionary.com.au/mac/

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Templestowe resident Ron Reynolds and his wife Sue say dozens of animals and birds have been killed by cars in his street,

Templestowe resident wins fight to have Manningham Council install a speed hump in Porter St to help save wildlife from speeding cars... read more.  


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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Templestowe author Rose Inserra has a new children's book out called Annabelle and the Missing Turtles.

TEMPLESTOWE author Rose Inserra had a wonderful time tapping into her inner child to write Annabelle and the Missing Turtles, the just-released third novel in the Australian Girls series.... read more. 


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Templestowe residents pleased Manningham Council rejected 64-bed, $10m nursing home in Monckton Rd

TEMPLESTOWE residents say they are thrilled Manningham Council has knocked back a proposed multi-million dollar nursing home in their semirural area.... read more


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

How long is the traffic delay in Fitzsimons Lane Templestowe/Eltham?

Today I was at Greensborough and was debating as to whether or not I should go back via Heidelberg to avoid the traffic delay in Fitzsimons Lane or just grin and bear it. I thought this was a good opportunity to time the delay so I could factor that into future decisions about whether or not to shop north of the Yarra.

I joined the end of the queue in Fitzsimons Lane in Eltham. Slight down the hill after the curve for those who know the area. At this point there were two fairly equal lanes of traffic merging into one further down the road.

The time to get through this section of road to the roundabout was a little over 10 minutes. If traffic was stopped for some reason or banked up further back into Eltham, then the delay could easily be longer.

However at least now I know it wouldn't have been quicker to go back via Heidelberg and to simply sit and enjoy the slow moving traffic.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Liberal Party promised traffic lights at Fitzsimons Lane

At the last election the Victorian Liberal Party member promised traffic lights in Templestowe and Bulleen. Bulleen lights have been delivered and technically, it could be said they will have delivered lights in Templestowe as well.

I say technically because the lights won't be the lights most people expected.

Whilst we have to wait and see the result, the upgrades at the Templestowe roundabout are mostly for buses. In fact I've been told there will be a light to give priority to the bus travelling west to east. That could mean an even longer delay for other traffic.

Only time will tell if the traffic management lights help the traffic flow for everyone, or just the public transport system owned and run by the government, heavily subsidised by the rest of the road users, and used by only 15% of the population.

If all users of the road system were treated equally everyone would benefit. The government's approach benefits only their services at the expense of everyone else. We see the longer queues in Manningham Road caused by introduction of the bus lanes. Hopefully the same doesn't occur at the Templestowe roundabout.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Fitzsimons Lane roadworks traffic delay

Just drove from Templestowe through Eltham via Fitzsimons Lane. Traffic going from Eltham to Templestowe was banked up almost to the Main Road roundabout in Eltham.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Bus on Foote Street Templestowe blocks the view for cars exiting Hawtin Steet.

Today as I exited Hawtin Street to turn right onto Foote Street, I had to wait, then wait, and then wait some more.

The problem is the bus stop was moved from westt of Hawtin Street to east of Hawtin Street. Actually this move was a good move because on the west the bus blocked the view of cars turning from Williamsons Road onto Foote Street heading east. There is an almost continuous stream of cars so moving the bus now provides a clear view to the west when exiting Hawtin Street.

However, by moving the bus to the first house on the left of Hawtin Street the government has just created another problem. The view of cars heading west on Foote Street is completely blocked by the bus when stopped making it very dangerous. You simply can't move until the bus leaves.

When I reached Foote Street today the bus was sitting there. How long I don't know. There was no one getting on or off, but someone may have already got on. My concern is, previously I'd noticed the Smartbus sitting in Williamsons Road to pass time, since it was most likely ahead of schedule. However, if this behaviour has now moved to Foote Street because of the roadworks on Williamsons Road, it is a concern.

This is the second time in as many weeks this bus has blocked my view of the road creating a difficult situation.

Had the government moved the bus one more house along the view would not be blocked. It amazes me how the government continues to screw up what is already a difficult intersection. First they removed the median area making it so cars have to dart across up to five lanes of traffic. Now they've made it even more difficult to view traffic on a very busy road.

If this bus stop is causing you concern and affecting your safety, please contact me. I find together people can make a difference, but it does take effort.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Templestowe power outage update

Power came back on around 12 minutes ago. Outage was for around an hour and a half. Credit to the repair people.

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Williamsons Road and Foote Street Templestowe traffic lights out

The traffic lights at Williamsons Road and Foote Street are out. Police are directing traffic.

Interestingly the police have stopped cars from turning right into Foote Street from Williamsons Road in both directions. If you want to get onto Foote Street you'll have to turn before or after Foote Street.


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Templestowe power outage

Power just went out in Stradmore Avenue Templestowe.


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Friday, September 20, 2013

905 Smartbus running ahead of time.

This morning I decided to get the 905 Smartbus from Templestowe Reserve to the city. I always wonder whether I'll catch the bus.

As I was about 100 metres from the stop I saw the bus go sailing past. I reached the stop at 8:21am. The timetable at the stop had the bus scheduled for 8:24am. I checked online and the bus is scheduled for 8:23am.

The next bus however was spot on time.

When taking a bus it is always a good idea to take one bus earlier than needed. That improves the chances of getting to where you want to go on time.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Templestowe Real Estate Agents don't sell many Templestowe properties.

In November 2012 I decided to post the addresses of properties for sale and the agents selling the properties on this blog. The result has been totally unexpected.

Previously I would have thought most properties advertised for sale would have been listed by an agent in Templestowe or a surrounding suburb. The result is the one agent in Templestowe sells very few, but more surprisingly is the number of properties which are listed for sale by agents in Box Hill,  further away and even interstate. I would have thought most people would have thought to list using a local real estate agent but if that was ever the case, it is no longer the case.

Since the 1st of July I've blogged about 43 properties. One listed by a Templestowe agent, 32 listed by an agent in a surrounding postcode and 10 listed by agents outside of the area. That's nearly a quarter of properties being listed by agents outside of the area. Whilst surprising on the one hard, it does make sense. It really doesn't matter as much where the agent is because most people would now use the internet to find properties and that means it doesn't matter where the agent or the buyer is located.

Whilst I don't wish to promote domain.com.au over realestate.com.au, if I read the site information correctly, domain offers owners the ability to advertise their own property and if domain.com.au became the dominant source of properties, the opportunity for owners to easily and cost effectively advertise their own homes for sale may become a reality.

The internet is certainly changing the way business is done in many areas. We've seen share trading change from a percentage of the value of shares traded to a low cost per trade. Holiday rental properties went from mostly offline to nearly all online in a couple of years. It is only a matter of time until the real estate industry model changes as well. Perhaps not tomorrow, but I believe the day will come.

For those interested in promoting their own property on the internet with your own site you really can do it for next to nothing. A domain for around $20 (for two years), use some free hosting space, create your own pages and your property could be on the internet in a matter of days.

If you're interested in promoting your own home on the internet you're welcome to contact me.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

15 Chivers Road Templestowe Vic 3106

15 Chivers Road Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Scott Banks Real Estate.

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1/63 Hawtin Street Templestowe Vic 3106

1/63 Hawtin Street Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Barry Plant.

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38/31-33 King Street Templestowe Vic 3106

38/31-33 King Street Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Investor Mentor  - Mooloolaba.

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30 Bali Hi Boulevard Templestowe Vic 3106

30 Bali Hi Boulevard Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Jellis Craig.

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Proud of their contribution - Achilleas Youth with the Ambassador of Greece HE Haris Dafaranos and his wife Eyvah Dafaranos.

AHEPA's Achilleas Youth has officially announced that $4,000 was raised at the event held at St Haralambos Church Hall in Templestowe, Melbourne.... Read More

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

15 Helmsdale Retreat Templestowe Vic 3106

15 Helmsdale Retreat Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Jellis Craig.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Templestowe St Mark's Anglican Church has gone.

Yes, the church on the corner of Foote Street and Glendale Avenue has now gone.



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1 Helmsdale Retreat, TEMPLESTOWE VIC 3106

1 Helmsdale Retreat, TEMPLESTOWE VIC 3106 advertised for sale by Ray White.


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3 Ellen Grove, TEMPLESTOWE VIC 3106

3 Ellen Grove, TEMPLESTOWE VIC 3106 advertised for sale by Ray White.


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Monday, September 2, 2013

6 Lempriere Court Templestowe Vic 3106

6 Lempriere Court Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Mandy Lee Real Estate.

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6A Read Street Templestowe Vic 3106

6A Read Street Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Jellis Craig.

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9 Chiswick Court Templestowe Vic 3106

9 Chiswick Court Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Parkes Property.

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1/5 Verbena Street Templestowe Vic 3106

1/5 Verbena Street Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Mandy Lee Real Estate.

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Menzies - Kevin Andrews, Richard Cranston, Manoj Kumar, Agostino Guadiani, Ramon Robinson, Phil Baker, Andrew Conlon

Menzies Electorate

With the election a few days away I decided to check out the candidates for Menzies and their backgrounds. The Menzies electorate is blue ribbon liberal so there is little chance another candidate will win. Still it is worth reviewing each candidate to see what they are offering the electorate.

Area: The Menzies electorate covers the following suburbs or parts of suburbs.

Bulleen, Templestowe Lower, Templestowe, Doncaster, Doncaster East, Donvale, Warrandyte, Warrandyte South, Park Orchards, Warranwood, Wonga Park, Croydon Hills and Croydon North.

In effect Menzies covers The City of Manningham plus a few more suburbs in the east.

Candidates: The candidates for the 2013 election in the order as presented on the ballot paper are:

1 ANDREWS Kevin,Liberal    Member of Parliament
2 CRANSTON Richard, The Greens, Photographer
3 KUMAR    Manoj, Australian Labor Party, International Business Manager
4 GUARDIANI Agostino, Palmer United Party, Business Owner
5 ROBINSON Ramon, Independent, Entrepreneur
6 BAKER Phil, Rise Up Australia Party, Director of Administration
7 CONLON Andrew, Family First Party, Engineer

One interest I have is which candidates live in the electorate. So far the following is public information I've been able to ascertain.

Richard Cranston - Doncaster East
Ramon Robinson - Warranwood

I'm happy to update the list of local candidates should a candidate wish to contact me with their suburb.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Templestowe man buys power tool from Doncaster East Aldi, finds two bricks in box

Neville Hathaway bought what he thought was an electric screwdriver from Aldi in Doncaster East on Monday, but got home and opened it up to find two bricks. ... Read More

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Anthony Zaia's death prompts coroner to call for tougher road rules

Mr Zaia, a fourth-year apprentice spray painter from Templestowe, was driving 36km/h over the limit on the Eltham-Yarra Glen Road in Kangaroo Ground.... Read More

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19 Glendale Ave Templestowe Vic 3106

19 Glendale Ave Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by ASL Real Estate.

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31/31-33 King Street Templestowe Vic 3106

31/31-33 King Street Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Eastfield Real Estate.

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33/31-33 King Street Templestowe Vic 3106

33/31-33 King Street Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Eastfield Real Estate.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

49 Smiths Road Templestowe Victoria 3106

49 Smiths Road Templestowe Victoria 3106 advertised for sale by Hudson Bond.

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241 - 243 Serpells Road Templestowe Vic 3106

241 - 243 Serpells Road Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Ray White.

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3/181 Foote Street Templestowe Vic 3106

3/181 Foote Street Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by ASL Real Estate.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

8 Rosco Drive Templestowe Vic 3106

8 Rosco Drive Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Barry Plant.

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Manningham FEASTival bargains on 23rd of August.

I saw the promotion of the Manningham FEASTival online and thought I'd check out the specials. Some aren't particularly good but some do offer good value. The following are the offers I thought may be worth considering.

Cocoa Moon Cafe Warrandyte – Buy one get one free coffee.
Eastern Court Restaurant – 50% of the total bill when you mention the FEASTival.
Yarra Valley Country Club – specials look interesting but I don't know their regular prices.

Be careful however with the offers. I could not find an end date for the FEASTival and that could catch some people out.

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241 - 243 Serpells Road, TEMPLESTOWE VIC 3106

241 - 243 Serpells Road, TEMPLESTOWE VIC 3106 advertised for sale by Ray White.

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7 Mossdale Court Templestowe Vic 3106

7 Mossdale Court Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Philip Webb.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

9 Oliver Road Templestowe Vic 3106

9 Oliver Road Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Jellis Craig.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

9 Oliver Road Templestowe, Vic 3106

9 Oliver Road Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Mandy Lee Real Estate.

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UPDATE: Not quite sure what happened here. Mandy Lee Real Estate advertised this property for $1.35 million and has now been removed from realestate.com.au site.

Friday, August 16, 2013

7 Mayo Close Templestowe, Vic 3106

7 Mayo Close Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Barry Plant.

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25 Forest Court Templestowe, Vic 3106

25 Forest Court Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Barry Plant.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Williamsons Road bus stop and lane closed

With the Smartbus roadworks now started, the eastern lane of Williamsons Road near Porter Street in Templestowe is now closed.

The bus stop in this section of road is also closed.


The closure of the lane shouldn't have a large effect as the lane only went for a short distance after the roundabout. There will however be some effect as the third lane before the roundabout in Fitzsimons Lane which continues to Williamsons Road is also closed. This lane was previously used by buses, cars turning left and a third lane of traffic at the roundabout.

From what I've read the roadworks in the area will continue until 2014.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Alert: Postal Vote Application delivered to your mail box may not be from the Australian Electoral Commission. Beware of material from Kevin Andrews MP.

I must admit this one shocked me. A couple of days ago I had a Postal Vote Application Form, which I was going to pass on to friends of the family to use, since they could use them and I had no purpose for them. The forms had arrived in the mail. I was gutted when I read the following.

People who intend to vote this way have been urged by the Australian Electoral Commission to take extra care when filling in forms, as postal voting applications sent to the household may be a vehicle for political parties to collect the most personal details of the voting public.... Read More

These forms reportedly aren’t from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) and in fact are from the political parties. In my case I suspect the Liberal Party because it has on the back “With the compliments of Kevin Andrews MP”. When you fill out the forms according to the newspaper article they apparently go to the party where the information is collected and the form then passed on. It is illegal not to pass the form on.

This is all totally legal. I personally see this as a straight out scam. We expect it on the internet but when our own politicians do it what hope is there for this country. I’m both shocked and disappointed.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

32 Stradmore Avenue Templestowe Vic 3106

32 Stradmore Avenue Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Innovate Real Estate Coffs Habour.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

David Cassai 'retreating' during Rye brawl, court told

Prosecuters allege Dylan Closter 'pursued' David Cassai, taking 'two big swings' before landing the punch that allegedly killed the 22 year-old last year. ... Read More

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Roadworks begins this week Williamsons Road, Porter Street, Fitzsimons Lane, Templestowe area.

The Smartbus upgrades begin this week in the area of Williamsons Road, Porter Street, Fitzsimons Lane in the Templestowe area.
 
Delays are expected and the work will go on for some time as it involves bus lanes on all the roads, the installation of traffic management lights and pedestrian lights.

It is probably best to avoid this area possibly for the next few months. Not sure how long the roadworks will take.

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Friday, August 2, 2013

7 Darnley Drive Templestowe Vic 3106

7 Darnley Drive Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Barry Plant.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

3 Tennyson Court Templestowe Vic 3106

3 Tennyson Court Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Hocking Stuart.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

12 Briarfield Court, Templestowe, Victoria 3106

12 Briarfield Court, Templestowe, Victoria 3106 advertised for sale by Bill Schlink First National.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Shell Templestowe petrol station closed.

Just went past the Shell service station on the corner of Foote Street and Fitzsimons Lane Templestowe and noticed it was closed.

The service station and KMart Tyre and Auto are closed. There is temporary fencing around the perimeter.

Don't know if this is temporary or not but since there's been no notices I'd guess it is temporary.

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UPDATE: The closure appears to be temporary. There is an advisory board which lets people know the service station will be closed from Monday 22nd of July to Friday 11th of October.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

388 Church Road Templestowe Vic 3106

388 Church Road Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Margaret Bland Realty.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

29 Birchgrove Crescent Templestowe Vic 3106

29 Birchgrove Crescent Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Allens Real Estate.

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66 Beecroft Crescent Templestowe Vic 3106

66 Beecroft Crescent Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Fletchers.

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Fifteen-year-old Sarah Brown disappeared in February after leaving her Templestowe home.

Mum's tearful plea for missing teenage girl Sarah Brown to come home after going missing for months... Read More

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9 Shelley Court, TEMPLESTOWE VIC 3106

9 Shelley Court, TEMPLESTOWE VIC 3106 advertised for sale by Ray White.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

127 Serpells Road Templestowe, Vic 3106

127 Serpells Road Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Jellis Craig.

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28 Stradmore Avenue Templestowe, Vic 3106

28 Stradmore Avenue Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Hoskins.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Mia Mia Aboriginal Art Gallery director Colin McKinnon-Dodd accuses Parks Victoria of racism as Westerfolds Manor sits empty

Mia Mia Gallery director Colin McKinnon-Dodd still can't understand why the gallery was booted out of its home. ... Read More

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Monday, July 15, 2013

32 Browning Drive Templestowe Vic 3106

32 Browning Drive Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Jellis Craig.

 

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5 Keryn Close Templestowe, Vic 3106

5 Keryn Close Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Amore Real Estate.

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Seven burglaries this month in Doncaster East and Templestowe

Police say at least seven residential burglaries have taken place in Doncaster East and Templestowe this month... Read More

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Williamsons Road, Fitzsimons Lane, Porter Street Templestowe roundabout roadworks contract has now been awarded.

According to a recent press release on the Victorian Government website the contract for the roadworks and associated work for the roundabout in Templestowe has been awarded.

The contract has been awarded for major improvement works at the intersection of Williamsons Road, Porter Street and Fitzsimons Lane, Templestowe, Minister for Roads and Public Transport Terry Mulder and Member for Bulleen Nicholas Kotsiras said today.... Read More

My real concern for these roadworks is, has the government simply prioritised their own interests over the interests of drivers and local residents. The Williamsons Road/Foote Street roadworks were largely designed to improve the flow of the Smartbus system and as such created problems for locals exiting out of Hawtin Street into Foote. It is now sufficiently dangerous to exit Hawtin Street onto Foote Street that some local residents are scared to do so. The government has significantly damaged the intersection for local residents.

Only time will tell if this is again the government looking after their own interests, or having a more balanced approach that looks after the interests of everyone. Keep in mind that only 13% of locals use public transport (according to statistics from Manningham City Council) so if a greater emphasis is placed on public transport that can only usually be achieved at the expense of drivers.

For me the main concerns I’ve identified so far are the dedicated bus lane which travels west to east on Porter Street, where cars turning left may not see the bus passing straight across which creates a dangerous situation. There is no way for people to safely cross Porter Street at the intersection.
 

 
An additional concern I’ve just identified could simply be poor technical drawing (http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/5B65A197-F2CC-4430-8BC8-15EEAE3324FD/0/VICROADS_n1550385_Templestowe_Bus_Priority_map.PDF). The problem is a $5.8 million dollar project should not have poor documentation and if it isn’t poor documentation, then it indicates serious changes which could make the roads nearly unusable for many people. The ability to turn right from Porter Street into Williamsons Road has been removed. The ability for two lanes to turn right into Fitzsimons Lane from Porter Street has been removed. This means all cars exiting Hawtin Street to go to Eltham (and there are many during peak times) and all cars travelling along Porter Street (again there is many) will only have a single lane to turn right to go to Eltham. Currently there are two lanes.

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PS. An email request for clarification on the lane markings has been sent to VicRoads. A request to consider providing a safe crossing point on Porter Street near the roundabout was also included.

UPDATE: 1/08/2013
I receive response today from the project engineer. The arrows missing on the drawing available from the VicRoads site were missing and the map with the arrows distributed to local residents with the arrows is correct. In addition a central pedestrian refuge has been added between the two bus stops in Porter Street to the west of the roundabout to improve pedestrian safety.

I've also passed on my concern about the bus travelling west to east on Porter Street to the left of vehicles that are turning left from Porter Street into Fitzsimons Lane. Having a vehicle driving straight through to the left of a vehicle which is turning left creates a potentially dangerous situation and I was wondering if this would be controlled by some form of traffic management signal.

UPDATE: 1/08/2013
I received the following response from the project engineer with regards to the bus lane and some form of traffic management to avoid the conflict of buses going straight through whilst vehicles attempt to turn left.

Buses will be able to call up an exclusive 'B' lantern as they approach the intersection. This will give the motorists on Porter St a red signal whilst the bus enters the intersection.

With the safety issue concern now put to rest, it will be good to use the new intersection as a pedestrian, bus and car user when the works are complete.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

1 Dewpond Court Templestowe Vic 3106

1 Dewpond Court Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Philip Webb.

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47-49 Glendale Avenue Templestowe Vic 3106

47-49 Glendale Avenue Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Jellis Craig.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Water outage Stradmore Avenue Templestowe

There was a crew working in Stradmore Avenue Templestowe tonight. The water has been off for a number of hours.

This is the third time this year around the same area of pipes which is unusual.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

39 Unwin Street Templestowe Vic 3106

39 Unwin Street Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Jellis Craig.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

104 The Grange Templestowe Vic 3106

104 The Grange Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Stockdale & Leggo.

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9 Luiceer Court Templestowe, Vic 3106

9 Luiceer Court Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Aussie Home Real Estate.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

203/2-4 Anderson Street Templestowe, Vic 3106

203/2-4 Anderson Street Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Hocking Stuart.

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AAMI provides parital home insurance refund to Templestowe resident

I received a letter yesterday from AAMI with a cheque attached. They'd treated Templestowe as being covered by the CFA whereas Templestowe is covered by the MFB and thus appear to have overcharged. The refund was $84.42 which represents roughly a 35% refund of the Fire Levy charged including GST and Stamp Duty.

It is hard to say if this is a result of the new Fire Services Levy starting on the 1st of July. I (and I'm sure others also) would have compared what AAMI had charged and the new Fire Levy. At the rate AAMI had charged they would have been charging nearly twice the new levy and that simply wouldn't have appeared to be right. With the adjusted charge the new Fire Levy is a few dollars more.

I decided to write a calculator to make it easier to determine the new Fire Services Levy which is available at http://www.justlocal.com.au/clients/fire-services-levy-victoria. That made it easier to compare the old and the new levy.

I think people will need to be very careful with home insurance renewals. The levy is being removed from home insurance and I can't help but wonder if some insurance companies will not reduce their premiums by the full amount. This is a good time for people to shop around and make sure they're getting the full saving from the Fire Services Levy being removed from their home insurance. Off course it isn't gone, just moved across to being part of our municipal rates.

It is also a reminder of the need to check premiums from different providers. In this case there was $84 being paid to AAMI that really didn't represent an insurance premium and other companies should have been able to provide the same service at a lower price. I do have to wonder how long this overcharging had been going on for.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Wombat beside the road on Ftizsimons Lane

On Sunday whilst driving to Eltham, I noticed a wombat which had most likely been hit by a car. It was located near Rosehill Road Lower Plenty.

Hitting a wombat can do a lot of damage to a car and sadly the wombat will also usually not survive.

With the number of kangaroos and other wildlife killed by cars on Fitzsimons Lane, it is a reminder to take care and be on watch for wildlife.

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17 Kensington Place Templestowe, Vic 3106

17 Kensington Place Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Hocking Stuart.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

83A James Street Templestowe Vic 3106

83A James Street Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Barry Plant.

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40 Clontarf Crescent Templestowe Vic 3106

40 Clontarf Crescent Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Fletchers.

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

4 Stradmore Avenue, Templestowe VIC 3106

4 Stradmore Avenue, Templestowe VIC 3106 advertised for sale by Bill Schlink.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

13 King Street Templestowe, Vic 3106

13 King Street Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Hocking Stuart.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Doncaster Hill needs train station: council

What do you think. Does Doncaster Hill need a train station?

MANNINGHAM council has called on the state and federal governments to extend a potential Doncaster train line to its highrise Doncaster Hill precinct.... Read More

To me it does seem strange not to have the train station go to Doncaster Hill which is a central hub of activity in the area. If I recall correctly 70% plus of retail activity in the area happens at Shoppingtown. The Doncaster Park & Ride isn’t near anything. If you look at most train stations they are located at community centres, although some stations aren’t, but Shoppingtown is certainly a focus for the area. What is missing at Shoppingtown is suitable long term parking and if that was made available then the need for the Park & Ride would largely disappear.

I’m still not certain the train line is needed at all. Templestowe is located close to Eltham, Bulleen to Heidelberg and Doncaster, Doncaster East, Donvale runs parallel to the Box Hill line which would only be about 10 minutes away from Doncaster line. Not sure if this one has really been thought by everyone. Personally I’d prefer the money was spent on a train line to the Tullamarine airport which I think would benefit a lot more people.

Only about 13% of people in the Manningham area currently use public transport. The real question is would you stop using your car if a train line was built?

If I go into the city I use the Smartbus. It takes about 45 minutes plus the walking and waiting time. If the train is built I’d have to catch a bus and a train and with the waiting time between each mode of transport I can’t see how it would be any faster and suspect it would be slower. I’m not convinced about the train for my needs as a Templestowe resident. But I should add I’m not a city worker. If the majority in the area are interested in a train and would use the train I’m happy to support the building of the train line.

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Doncaster electorate currently held by Mary Wooldridge to be absorbed into other electorates.

I thought this was interesting.

Two seats have been completely scrapped, one in Doncaster and the other on the state's northern border, and replaced by new seats in the growth corridors in Melbourne's west and north-west.... Read More

For the Bulleen district it appears more of the Doncaster district has been included and a small area of Doncaster East around The Pines has been removed. To me it didn’t seem to make sense the area of Doncaster East was included in the Bulleen district, but in the end the aim of the boundaries is to try to keep numbers fairly even across districts.

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137 Foote Street Templestowe, Vic 3106

137 Foote Street Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Barry Plant.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

1/5 Verbena Street Templestowe Vic 3106

1/5 Verbena Street Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Mandy Lee Real Estate.

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3/5 Verbena Street Templestowe Vic 3106

3/5 Verbena Street Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Mandy Lee Real Estate.

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2/19 Browning Drive Templestowe Vic 3106

2/19 Browning Drive Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by ASL Real Estate.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

59 Websters Road Templestowe, Vic 3106

59 Websters Road Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Hocking Stuart.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

A cold night in Templestowe last night

We woke up this morning and the pigeons were huddling together in the backyard basking in the rays of sunlight. It looked rather cute but perhaps it was just their way to keep warm.

I didn't realise how cold it had been until I noticed a rather weird flickering in the birdbath. The flickering was a layer of ice. Sure was a cold night.




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Saturday, June 22, 2013

3 Clontarf Crescent Templestowe, Vic 3106

3 Clontarf Crescent Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Ray White.

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Shell Templestowe petrol price.

Looks like school holiday time is close. Petrol prices are up.




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Friday, June 21, 2013

Car dealer Anthony Smith is selling his Templestowe property - Notre Maison

Car dealer Anthony Smith is selling his Templestowe property – Notre Maison – to move closer to his Mornington Peninsula dealerships.... Read More

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Water off in Stradmore Avenue, Templestowe

The water pressure was significantly reduced from around 8pm and was down to a very slow flow when I tested again around 15 minutes ago. Don't know why.

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4 McLachlan Street , Templestowe VIC 3106

4  McLachlan Street , Templestowe VIC 3106 advertised for sale by Hudson Bond.

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3A Hathaway Close Templestowe Vic 3106

3A Hathaway Close Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Barry Plant.

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60 Taparoo Road Templestowe Vic 3106

60 Taparoo Road Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Barry Plant.

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Woolworths weekly specials catalogue a bit deceptive with Everyday Rewards specials

I noticed a family member this week buying groceries at Woolworths. A number of items were on special in the catalogue. When they got to the counter and the items came up but no special came up. I then provided my Everyday Rewards card and the $7 plus discount was applied.
To me that is a real trap. I certainly didn't think the specials on the front page of the Woolworths catalogue were only for Everyday Rewards card holders. I wonder how many others have been caught out thinking they're getting a special when they aren't.
To make it easier to check out the Coles and Woolworths weekly specials I've added links to their catalogues on the www.JustLocal.com.au/3109 postcode page. Keep in mind I've added the links so accessing the specials is convenient for myself and others in my area. The specials may differ in other areas of Australia.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Professor Paddy Dewan with Rachel after the operation

Templestowe professor travels to Papua New Guinea, removes massive lump from 13-year-old girl's neck... Read More

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Monday, June 17, 2013

4 Lomic Court Templestowe Vic 3106

4 Lomic Court Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Stockdale & Leggo.

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1/108 Wood Street Templestowe Vic 3106

1/108 Wood Street Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Jellis Craig.

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3 Flowerdrum Close, TEMPLESTOWE VIC

3 Flowerdrum Close, TEMPLESTOWE VIC advertised for sale by Ray White Real Estate.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

37-39 O'Briens Lane Templestowe, Vic 3106

37-39 O'Briens Lane Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Margaret Bland Realty.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

38 Forest Court Templestowe Vic 3106

38 Forest Court Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Mandy Lee Real Estate.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

3 Kendall Close Templestowe, Vic 3106

3 Kendall Close Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Noel Jones.

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Templestowe doctor Bernie Crimmins, of Templestowe, author of Blokes' Health 2

BERNIE Crimmins has never been short of motivation to push the message that men need to look after their health.... Read More

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Apartment 211/2-6 Anderson Street Templestowe, Vic 3106

Apartment 211/2-6 Anderson Street Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Ian Stevenson Real Estate.

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243 Porter Street Templestowe

243 Porter Street Templestowe advertised for sale by Barry Plant.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

25 Clontarf Crescent, Templestowe, Vic 3106

25 Clontarf Crescent, Templestowe, Victoria 3106 advertised for sale by Hudson Bond.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

2/370 Church Road Templestowe Vic 3106

2/370 Church Road Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Jellis Craig.

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

MFB's Templestowe station did not answer a dedicated emergency phone line or their standard landline after the dispatch failed

A log of the call shows there were two failures of the dispatch system, and that the MFB's Templestowe station did not answer a dedicated emergency phone line or their standard landline after the dispatch failed.... Read More

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Major flood warning for the lower Yarra River from Templestowe downstream

The Victorian SES has issued the following Major flood warning for the lower Yarra River from Templestowe downstream... Read More

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8 Waites Court Templestowe Vic 3106

8 Waites Court Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Fletchers Real Estate.

 

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

10A/11 Milne Street Templestowe Vic 3106

10A/11 Milne Street Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Landfield Real Estate.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Greek Orthodox Church cop parking fines at Easter midnight mass

Manningham Council fined Templestowe resident Angelina Alexandrou, with Eve and Tom Alexandrou, for parking illegally near the Greek Orthodox Church of St Haralambos during midnight mass to celebrate Greek Orthodox Easter... Read More

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

7 Spring Valley Drive Templestowe Vic 3106

7 Spring Valley Drive Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Margaret Bland Realty.

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5 Waites Court Templestowe, Vic 3106

5 Waites Court Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Jellis Craig.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Works proposed for Williamsons Road/Fitzsimons Lane

Porter Street, Williamsons Road and Fitzsimons Lane are designated as priority roads for buses, with SmartBus 901, 902 and 905 operating through the area. Bus priority and roundabout improvement works to reduce delays to vehicles and buses are expected to begin in mid 2013.... Read More

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

2/366-368 Church Road Templestowe, Vic 3106

Townhouse Auction, 2/366-368 Church Road Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised by Barry Plant.


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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Apartment 9, 22-36 Anderson Street, Templestowe Vic 3106

Apartment 9, 22-36 Anderson Street, Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Bill Schlink.

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1/5 Verbena Street Templestowe, Vic 3106

1/5 Verbena Street Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Mandy Lee Real Estate.

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3/5 Verbena Street Templestowe, Vic 3106

3/5 Verbena Street Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Mandy Lee Real Estate.

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3/346 Porter Street Templestowe, Vic 3106

3/346 Porter Street Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised by Philip Webb.

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3 Forest Court Templestowe, Vic 3106

3 Forest Court Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised by Margaret Bland Realty.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

46 Taparoo Road Templestowe, Vic 3106

46 Taparoo Road Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Margaret Bland Realty.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

27 Dellas Avenue Templestowe, Vic 3106

27 Dellas Avenue Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by McLaren Real Estate.

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7 Gum Ridge Close Templestowe, Vic 3106

7 Gum Ridge Close Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Ray White.

Kelvin Eldridge
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Aldi Foot Switch Power Point

I noticed on Saturday the 18th of May Aldi are selling a foot switch power point for $9.99. This is similar to the foot switch I previously sold for $19.95. If the quality is good these foot switches are very good at saving money on your electricity bill. By using the Electricity Cost Calculator you can work out the payback of turning off your entertainment system using a foot switch and you’ll find it will only be a matter of months.

These switches are good if the power point is less accessible such as behind a cabinet. With the cost of electricians you may even find using a foot switch to turn devices on and off regularly is cheaper than replacing the wall switch.

Based on my experience I’d suggest the foot switch is a very good buy if the Aldi product is a reasonable quality. I have found some foot switches can last for years whereas some last between 1-2 years. At least at this cost the foot switch should pay for itself if used on a daily basis where standby power is being consumed by entertainment devices.

 

 

Kelvin Eldridge

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

2 Chivers Road Templestowe, Vic 3106

2 Chivers Road Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Margaret Bland Realty.

Kelvin Eldridge
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Monday, May 13, 2013

16 Aloha Gardens Templestowe, Vic 3106

16 Aloha Gardens Templestowe, Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Parkes Property.

Kelvin Eldridge
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Friday, May 10, 2013

40 Browning Drive, TEMPLESTOWE VIC 3106

40 Browning Drive, TEMPLESTOWE VIC 3106 advertised for sale by Ray White.

 

Kelvin Eldridge

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11 Darnley Drive Templestowe Vic 3106

11 Darnley Drive Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Jellis Craig.


Kelvin Eldridge

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

1/188 Foote Street Templestowe Vic 3106

1/188 Foote Street Templestowe Vic 3106 advertised for sale by Philip Webb.

 

Kelvin Eldridge

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Templestowe grandmother Sia Pantos makes the best baklava in Victoria.

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Servicing Templestowe, Doncaster, Eltham and the surrounding area.

Search Australia new features including searching using your choice of Google, Bing or Yahoo, quick access to a JustLocal postcode page and check if you're using the preferred Australian English spelling.

Search Australia was added to JustLocal to give those who wish to search a search engine which focuses on Australian sites and removes many of the directories which have now taken over the internet. I’m pretty happy that if I search for ‘fish and chips’ in a local suburb, if the business has a web presence I can now see their page. Of course many small businesses don’t have a web presence which doesn’t help them or their customers. I’ve shown a number of local businesses how a site I’ve put on the internet for them can generate hundreds of leads a month but in the end they don’t seem to care.

The worst example of not providing up-to-date information is when I went into a fish and chip shop in Doncaster Road. After placing the order via telephone the order was some 15% dearer. Every customer was complaining because like me they were ordering from an out-of-date menu and the business decided to increase their prices without letting them know. Had the business put their menu on the internet I would have known before I ordered and so potentially could everyone else. I’ve never used the business again so an out-of-date menu can and does lose businesses customers. A single page site assists hundreds of customers a year and is easily paid for by a single repeat customer. Small business can’t see if they don’t provide the tools people need they’ll go elsewhere and the bigger companies ARE providing online menus.

But I digress. The real purpose of this post is to let users of JustLocal know of three new features I’ve added to Search Australia, the search engine available on every JustLocal page and also available as an Add-in to Internet Explorer. If you add a single letter at the start of the search phrase you can select your preferred search engine, go to a JustLocal postcode page, or find out if you’re using the preferred Australian English spelling for a word.

1. Type in g, b, or y and go directly to Google, Bing or Yahoo. If you add a space and then your search query (such as ‘g fish and chips templestowe’) you’ll get search results for local fish and chips shops without all the directories. That is hopefully if they have a site you’ll get the actual business’ site.

2. Type in j and you’ll go to JustLocal. Type in j followed by a space and a postcode (such as ‘j 3106’) and you’ll go to the JustLocal postcode page. That’s a pretty convenient method to go direct to your local JustLocal postcode page. Keep in mind if your area isn’t covered you’ll get a place holder page with generic ads. As soon as a business or person in your area takes up the mantle to promote JustLocal in your area the generic page will be replaced with local information.

3. Type in w followed by a word and you’ll go direct to the Word Check page to check if you are using the preferred Australian English spelling for a word. You do need a password to see the answer. All clients of mine are provided with the password. In fact if you use Search Australia from JustLocal and type in ‘dictionary’, you’ll have access to Word Check for a while. A thank you for trying out Search Australia.

On top of removing dozens of directories now cluttering search results when using Google (not Bing or Yahoo) and the ability to enter a single word or couple of words to go to the top searched for sites by millions of users, these new features should make Search Australian even more useful. Clients are welcome to request the list of top site search terms. I don’t currently publish the terms on the internet because of the work involved collating the list so please feel free to ask for a copy to assist you in your searches.

Don’t forget, the most convenient way to use Search Australia is to use the link to add Search Australia as your default search engine in Internet Explorer. Then you can perform a search direct from the address bar in Internet Explorer. If everyone in Australia used Search Australia (heaven forbid as my server wouldn’t hold up to it) if could potentially save many hundreds of millions of searches when people are looking for major Australian companies, a TV guide and even the weather. Search engines want you to end up on their page to make money from advertising. I want you to get quickly to the site you want to get to.

For me the real test of whether or not something I’ve developed is worthwhile is whether I use it myself or not. Search Australia is my preferred search tool. It doesn’t stop me from using Google, and in fact if I want to use Google I simply enter the letter ‘g’ and I go direct to Google. I can quickly decide which search engine I’d prefer and not be stuck with just one. With one or two words I access most of the popular sites such as ANZ, eBay, Gumtree, Freeview (TV guide) etc., so it makes sense to use Search Australia rather than end up hunting through Google results that have become so cluttered. I hope you find Search Australia useful too.

 

 

Kelvin Eldridge

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