Governor Wolf Hosts Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Session with State College Residents

first_img January 30, 2018 National Issues,  Press Release,  Redistricting,  Voting & Elections State College, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Penn State University faculty and students, community leaders, and residents for a non-partisan panel discussion on gerrymandering in the commonwealth. Nearly 100 constituents joined the discussion on how the current Congressional map affects their representation and how they feel redistricting should be approached. This is the first in a series of listening sessions the governor will hold across Pennsylvania in advance of the February 9 deadline for the General Assembly to deliver a redrawn Congressional map.“It’s important that we engage in open and transparent conversation on gerrymandering,” said Governor Wolf. “This is not a partisan issue and I want to make it clear that the people of Pennsylvania are the ones leading this charge.”Along with Governor Wolf, panelists included Zak Kalp, Penn State University senior and President of Better Politics PSU; Dr. Jessica O’Hara, Associate Teaching Professor in Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University; Dr. Bradford Vivian, Associate Professor in Communications Arts and Sciences, Penn State University, and Director of the Center for Democratic Deliberation; Debbie Trudeau, Fair Districts PA; and Jonathan Marks, Commissioner, Department of State Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation.Last week Governor Wolf announced he will enlist a non-partisan mathematician, Moon Duchin, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Mathematics from Tufts University, to provide him with guidance on evaluating redistricting maps for fairness. Governor Wolf has it made clear since the Supreme Court ruled the map unconstitutional that he sees this as an opportunity to eliminate partisan gerrymandering and deliver the people of Pennsylvania a fair Congressional map. Governor Wolf Hosts Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Session with State College Residentscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Issues Statement on Lockdown of State Prisons

first_img August 29, 2018 Governor Wolf Issues Statement on Lockdown of State Prisons Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement on today’s decision by the Department of Corrections to lock down the 25 state correctional institution because of multiple recent incidents of staff sickened by substances:“Pennsylvania’s corrections officers put themselves in harm’s way to make our commonwealth safer, and it is up to us to provide them protection from harm. I spoke to Sec. Wetzel today and they continue to work diligently to address the emerging issue of synthetic drugs in our prison system, and my office and I have been supporting his efforts. Today’s action to lock down all of the state’s correctional facilities is a necessary step to ensure the safety of our officers and provide the department the opportunity to assess and control the situation.“It is our responsibility to keep all commonwealth employees safe while at work so that they return home each day to their families. I have confidence that the Department of Corrections, working with state agency partners and law enforcement, will determine the cause or causes of the recent sickening of staff and put in place the necessary protections and procedures to ensure staff safety.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Dreamworld creator sells his Tamborine Mountain mansion

first_imgJohn Longhurst’s home at 105 Wongawallan Rd, Tamborine Mountain has sold.THE founder of Dreamworld, John Longhurst, has sold his sprawling Tamborine Mountain mansion for a multi-million dollar figure.The 85-year-old developer has owned the property since 2010, after purchasing it from former Broadbeach Councillor Eddy Sarroff for $2.3 million.Presitge Property Agents principal Amir Mian and agent Nick Zhang negotiated the sale but would not disclose the purchase price. 105 Wongawallan Rd, Tamborine Mountain.The kitchen has Quartstone benchtops, Miele appliances and a butlers pantry, while the home theatre has leather recliner seating for eight.There is an open plan room on the top floor that features a kitchen, walk-through robe, ensuites bathroom and sliding glass doors. 105 Wongawallan Rd, Tamborine Mountain.The three-storey five-bedroom, four-bathroom home at 105 Wongawallan Rd had been on and off the market for more than a year through different agencies.Mr Longhurst spent about $5 million redeveloping the property but has never permanently lived in the hilltop residence.Inside, it is influenced by American architecture, complete with a chandelier made of elk antlers. 105 Wongawallan Rd, Tamborine Mountain.John Longhurst is one of the Gold Coast’s most successful businessmen.In 1989, he sold Dreamworld for $180 million and sold his remaining share of the Logan Hyperdome to Queensland Investment Corporation for $350 million in 2013.In 2012, he was inducted into the Gold Coast Business Awards Hall of Fame. 105 Wongawallan Rd, Tamborine Mountain.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoOutside, the home has a distinctive A-frame shape, with a protruding rectangular section housing the master bedroom, a walk-in dressing room and an ensuite with a spa set in a marble podium.Set on 7.1ha, the property has two dams and underground rainwater tanks.There is also a stainless steel elevator to all levels of the home.A self-contained guest or housekeeper’s suite is located on the north side of the house, which overlooks a manicured garden.last_img read more

Relocating Sydneysider snaps up bayside beauty

first_imgThe kitchen at 14a Palmtree Ave, ScarboroughMr Cattanach said having a sole bidder at the auction was not indicative of the interest in the home. “We had about 35 groups come through the property and there were other buyers, but they weren’t in the position to bid at auction,” he said. “There is not a lot available in Scarborough at the moment so people are waiting for quality listings in the area.“That’s why we had so many groups come through Palmtree Ave in two weeks. “Properties that are listed predominantly sell within two to three weeks.” The Scarborough-based agent said buyers were looking for blocks of 500-600sq m. “Most buyers aren’t interested in anything that would require too much work,” he said. The home at 14a Palmtree Ave, Scarborough sold under the hammerONE bidder was all it took for a renovated home in Scarborough to sell last weekend. The property at 14a Palmtree Ave went under the hammer on February 11 and sold for $690,000. Forty20 Property marketing agent Trent Cattanach said a group of about 20 people attended the auction, despite the heat. The open-plan living area at 14a Palmtree Ave, Scarborough“We had one registered bidder,” he said. “Bidding started at $650,000 and progressed from there. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“The vendors were happy with the result, having already bought a home in Brighton. “And the new owners were pretty happy as well. “They’re from Sydney and are moving to Scarborough to be closer to their adult children.” last_img read more

Chirn Park cottage has been brought to life with a modern renovation

first_img8 Chirn Lane, Chirn Park.“We repainted the inside and outside, put in new carpet and added a lot of contemporary fixtures.” On a 562sq m block, the home has an outdoor deck which opens to the main living area. The open-plan kitchen overlooks the dining area and backyard. The property also features an electric gate. Lambert Willcox Estate Agents Broadbeach agents, Jesse Wilcox and Mitchell Lambert home will take the property to auction on April 29 at 10am 8 Chirn Lane, Chirn Park.THIS contemporary Chirn Park cottage was a home-away-from-home for homeowner and retired construction manager Steven Bennett. The civil engineer bought the home with his wife Debbie 10 years ago.“I lived in Darwin and all across Australia for work but we needed a home that would be perfect for Debbie and my daughter when I wasn’t around. 8 Chirn Lane, Chirn Park.The couple said they have spent the past two years doing renovations and creating a modern home.“We didn’t do any major extensions because the structure was open and let in fantastic breezes,” the father-of-one said. center_img 8 Chirn Lane, Chirn ParkMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“This house was quaint, and big enough for the girls but it was also really secure.“The home was more for my wife and while we looked at Burleigh we were surprised at how peaceful this home was but it was located in such a bustling neighbourhood with cafes.” The two-bedroom home comes with two bathrooms and two car spaces and has an open plan design.last_img read more

Breeze in for gorgeous bayside lifestyle

first_imgThe backyard and gardens are low maintenance.The downstairs living area opens through sliding doors to the back deck, which looks out over the fully-fenced, low-maintenance back yard and gardens. The double lockup garage has a built-in workshop area and the property comes with a water tank and solar panels, which provide a rebate each quarter. Mr Davidson said: “All the neighbours get on. They all talk to each other and look out for each other.”The property is being marketed by Margaret Vote and Chris Vote of Raine & Horne Wynnum Manly for offers over $799,000. The home at 18 Cobar St, Lota.ENJOY sea breezes and ocean glimpses from this two-storey bayside home. The property at 18 Cobar St, Lota, has four bedrooms and multiple indoor and outdoor living spaces. Owner Michael Davidson bought the home eight years ago when it was just 12 months old. “I liked the layout of the home and how big the master bedroom was with a full walk-through wardrobe,” he said. “Though I’d have to say my favourite part of the home is the north-facing front deck.“We always eat out on the front deck and we’ve got lovely breezes and slight water views.” The home is set up with the master bedroom and main living areas on the top floor. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The dining and living area at 18 Cobar St, Lota.Internal stairs lead to the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, which flows out through bi-fold doors to the front deck. The modern kitchen has stainless steel appliances, slide-out pantry, a breakfast bar and white cabinetry, while timber floors feature throughout the upstairs living space. The master bedroom has a walk-through wardrobe with his and hers doors, and an ensuite with bath, shower, dual basins and a separate toilet. Downstairs there are three more bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, a laundry with extra storage, a toilet and a second bathroom with separate bath and shower. last_img read more

Here’s where southern investors are buying up in Brisbane

first_imgSouthern investors are keen on properties such as this townhouse at 6/23 Railton St, Aspley which is looking for offers over $390,000.Research shows the trend of investing in South East Queensland while living in Sydney and Melbourne is on the rise.Peter Mastroianni, founder and director of, said momentum for the cross-border strategy was building.“Affordability issues aren’t something that’s evenly spread across the country and that’s why South East Queensland is such a drawcard,” he said.Mr Mastroianni cited analysis by advisory firm Herron Todd White which showed 13 per cent of first homebuyers are opting out of buying a home and instead purchasing an investment property while living with parents.“A comparable property down in Sydney is going to cost over $1 million and down in Melbourne it’s going to be pushing up to $900,000, but you could pick up something in Brisbane still around $600,000.“In greater Brisbane around Logan, Ipswich or the Moreton Bay region, you can pick up something with a three ($300,000) in front of it.”Mr Mastroianni said house-and-land packages on the Sunshine Coast where bringing in the southerners, as were the western corridor to Ipswich.“Spring Mountain (Ripley Valley) — new house-and-land estates are coming on line and it’s essentially a no-brainer for investors looking for potential satellite cities in good commutable distance.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoFor investors on a tighter budget, he saw potential in attached housing away from oversupplied centres. “I believe there’s a demand with units as well — and I’m not talking within five kilometres of the CBD or inner-CBD, but if you look at areas like Mt Gravatt and Holland Park as well as Coorparoo,” he said. “Aspley townhouses are proving quite popular as well. A recent contract we’ve processed out at Aspley at $460, 000 and that was probably the more expensive, or higher-end of the contracts we’ve been dealing with. Unit-wise, with two-bedders, they’re probably at the low $400,000s.“If you can put down a 10 per cent deposit, cover your costs and pick up something in the high $400,000s to low $500,000s and get a rental return of 4.5 to five per cent, or in some cases six per cent. The fundamentals stack up.”Mr Mastroianni said Brisbane looked prime for strong capital growth if government can help stimulate employment.“Brisbane’s a steady performer and the fundamentals are there. What would be really good to see is if the government can turn the ‘jobs tap’ on. Once employment starts really kicking up, I think that will have a significant impact on prices.“Brisbane — albeit that it’s been doing well ¬- it’s kind of just been chugging along. All eyes have been on Brisbane for a long time and it just hasn’t popped.”Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair.last_img read more

Landmark home being offered at a $300,000 discount

first_imgFormer Fone Zone CEO David McMahon with his wife Tracey have slashed the asking price for their historic Hamilton Hill to less than what they paid 18-months ago. Photo: Lyndon MechielsenAs beautiful homes go, Cremorne, located at 34 Mullens St, Hamilton, would top the list for some Brisbane-property watchers, but it’s proving a tough sell for its owners.“Cremorne” at 34 Mullens Street, Hamilton is a landmark colonial property.Fone Zone co-founder David McMahon and wife, Jane, have been looking to offload their circa 1905 home since September 2016, and have just slashed the asking price to $6,350,000.That’s $25,000 less than the McMahons paid in December 2015, according to CoreLogic records.A move to Aspen, Colarado has prompted the couple to reduce their price, according to Place Bulimba managing director, Sarah Hackett.Cremorne sits high on Hamilton Hill with stunning 180 degree river and city views from its a 2435sq m allotment.The home’s position provides picture-book views.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThe award-winning, two-level home is a classic colonial that was extensively renovated, including a heritage approved pavilion extension.Cremorne has been extensively renovated, including a contemporary extension. Photo: Lyndon Mechielsen“Receiving the 2009 State Residential Architecture Houses Award its exquisite internal features include stained glass windows, 13 foot high ceilings, three fireplaces, chandeliers and polished timber flooring,” according to its agent’s listing.Immaculate finishes throughout the formal and informal areas are part of the home’s rich history according to the agent. Photo: Lyndon MechielsenThe home included five-bedrooms, four-bathrooms, formal and informal living spaces as well as a 3000-bottle wine cellar, gym and media room.UNBELIEVABLE ASKING PRICE FOR THIS SUNNYBANK PROPERTYOutdoor entertaining feeds onto a swimming pool and landscaped gardens.Cremorne is a marriage of colonial and contemporary living. Photo: Lyndon MechielsenRiverfront commuters on Kingsford Smith Dve can spot the home’s landmark front verandah with double-rotunda profile.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

Bayside beauty wrapped in character

first_imgThe wraparound veranda at 128 Boswell Tce, Manly.“It’s taken a long time but everything except the kitchen, living, and dining room, and a deck at the back, has been done.“But all the plans for it are ready to go.”The majority of the upstairs area is beautifully presented with fresh white paint and light-filled interiors. The original open-plan kitchen, dining and living area is ready for renovation and there is already a new butler’s pantry opening to the veranda.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 The master bedroom at 128 Boswell Tce, Manly.The master bedroom has a walk-in robe, built-in robe and ensuite with shower.The second bedroom has a built-in robe and there is a family bathroom with toilet, basin and separate bath and shower.At the front of the home there is a big, shaded veranda. The home at 128 Boswell Tce, Manly.THIS mostly renovated 1920s Queenslander on a big block is close to the Esplanade. The home at 128 Boswell Tce, known as Myora, has a double-car garage, good sized bedrooms and indoor and outdoor living. Character features include timber floors, VJ walls, high ceilings and a lead light front door.Owners Robyn and Russell Ellem are selling to downsize. “When Russell bought the home in March 2001 it was a traditional Queenslander with closed in verandas,” Mrs Ellem said. The downstairs living area and kitchen at 128 Boswell Tce, Manly.Downstairs, there is a laundry and a big living space, with kitchen and tiled flooring, opening to the wraparound patio. There is a carport with space for four cars, work shed and two rain water tanks.Mrs Ellem said she’d miss the bay breezes. The carport at 128 Boswell Tce, Manly.“We live a lot on the side veranda and downstairs under the veranda — it’s so cool in summer,” she said.“Russell will miss his shed — he’s only just finished it.” Mrs Ellem said the home would make the perfect family home. The property is being marketed by Margaret Vote, of Raine & Horne Wynnum Manly, and will be auctioned on October 28 at 2pm.last_img read more

Brisbane’s $2m reno house sells for more than double that

first_imgOne of the bathrooms at 24 Bailey St, New Farm, after the renovations. Picture: The kitchen at 24 Bailey St, New Farm, before the renovations. Picture: More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoThe home at 24 Bailey St, New Farm before renovations. Picture: The home at 24 Bailey St, New Farm, after renovations. Picture: by Shane Marsh Architects, developer Strathallan spared no expense creating a house for the modern family, based around integrated living areas all on one level spanning 480 sqm.The office, laundry, kitchen, living and dining areas all connect through a single 14 metre, floor to ceiling glass door to the backyard. The kitchen at 24 Bailey St, New Farm, after the renovations. Picture: features include Vzug kitchen appliances, a Vintec wine fridge, a self-opening dishwasher, in-ceiling speakers, a steam room shower, automated blinds and curtains and even a fireman’s pole.Recent comparative sales include 579 Lower Bowen Terrace, New Farm, which fetched $4.8 million and 53 Mountford Road, New Farm, which sold for $3.3 million. One of the bedrooms at 24 Bailey St, New Farm, before the renovations. Picture: The home at 24 Bailey St, New Farm after renovations. Picture: facade and roof pitch are all that remain of the original 1930 Queenslander at 24 Bailey Street after undergoing a major renovation estimated to be worth around $1.9 million.Records show the property last sold for $1.5 million in July 2015.It is now under offer for $4.02 million.The home was marketed by Scott Darwon and Robert Freeman of Ray White New Farm. BRISBANE FIXER-UPPER SELLS FOR $1.1M HAMPTONS HAVEN BY THE RIVER GARDEN LANDS HOME $1.82M One of the bedrooms at 24 Bailey St, New Farm, after the renovations. Picture: you’ll find a no-mow lawn, built-in Weber BBQ, outdoor wood burning fire place, outdoor shower and heated pool.The property has a bigger than average 20 metre frontage and is on a 607 sqm elevated block — big for New Farm. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The bathroom at 24 Bailey St, New Farm, before the renovations. Picture: This renovated home at 24 Bailey St, New Farm, has sold for $4.02m. Picture: nearly $2 million on a renovation has paid off for the vendors of a property dubbed ‘New Farm’s greatest family home’, with the house going under contract for more than double that.What was once a rundown, pre-war character house was transformed into a five-bedroom, three-bathroom masterpiece.last_img read more