The perfect parcel in Forrest

Tennyson Crescent is undoubtedly one of the more sought-after addresses in leafy Forrest and that’s the first feature that heightens the appeal of No.22.
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The second is that this modest two-storey house sits on a mouth-watering 2476 square metres of prime, inner-south land.

This beautiful, rectangular block has minimal plantings, which makes it somewhat of a blank canvas if the fortunate buyer has grand designs in mind.

That’s not to say the existing home is without its charms – it has the warmth that only timber floors and an open fireplace can deliver.

There’s certainly plenty more to like, with french windows bathing the formal living and dining areas in light while a renovated kitchen and two bathrooms deliver contemporary comforts.

A glorious, parquetry-laid sunroom offers the perfect spot for a morning coffee while an upper-level deck provides an elevated position to take in the scenery over a sundowner. There’s also a detached single garage and carport.

No.22 Tennyson Crescent can best be summed up as a property with options. It really comes down to the imagination of its new owner. Live in, extend, or build the house of your dreams on a blue-chip parcel of land.

Whatever you decide, one thing won’t change: the unrivalled location – close to quality schools, the Manuka and Kingston shops and the parliamentary triangle.

FORREST

22 TENNYSON CRESCENT

PRICE GUIDE: $3 million-plus

EER: 1.5

AGENTS: Richard Luton & James Carter, Luton Properties Canberra City, 0418 697 844 & 0413 974 912

AUCTION: Saturday, December 9, 3pm, on-site

2 bed 2 bath 2 parking

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Packer interviewed by AFP over investigation into Israeli PM

The Australian Federal Police interviewed billionaire James Packer on Wednesday in connection with the Israeli investigation into its Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Israeli investigators listened in on the interview, which is looking into allegations that the Netanyahu family received lavish gifts, including champagne, cigars, fine clothes and jewellery, from wealthy businessmen including Mr Packer.

Israeli state employees and elected officials are forbidden from accepting gifts, but Mr Netanyahu has characterised the items in question as personal gifts from friends.

This reportedly includes providing luxury holidays and hotels for the PM’s family as well as free tickets to concerts given by Mr Packer’s then fiancee, pop chanteuse Mariah Carey.

There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by Mr Packer.

A spokesman for Mr Packer confirmed that he was interviewed in Melbourne on Wednesday “as a potential witness in an investigation in Israel”.

An AFP spokesperson said “Mr Packer participated in an interview conducted by the AFP, in consultation with Israel”.

The AFP said he participated in the interview “on a voluntary basis as a witness for an investigation being conducted by Israeli authorities”.

“Mr Packer is not suspected of criminal conduct in either Israel or Australia with respect to this investigation.”

Mr Packer has a close relationship with Mr Netanyahu, but according to Israeli reports he was recruited by Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan to help fund the systematic demands of the Netanyahus.

Mr Packer has a home in Tel Aviv that has the Netanyahu family as a neighbour.

“Spending time with Arnon and Prime Minister Netanyahu has been an amazing eye-opener for me and it reinforces how lucky we all are in Australia,” Mr Packer told The Daily Telegraph in 2015.

The connection between Milchan and the Packer family goes back to the 1990s, when Kerry Packer acquired a 25 per cent stake in Milchan’s movie production business, New Regency, for $165 million.

Milchan, a former Israeli intelligence operative and arms dealer, has film credits that include Pretty Woman, and recent Oscar winners The Revenant and 12 Years a Slave.

James Packer has also enthusiastically pursued a relationship with Milchan. Mr Packer has invested $15 million in Milchan’s security firm, Blue Sky International, which has recruited senior experts from Israel’s intelligence and security service.

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Partners for independence

INITIATIVE: NTC is excited to announce its new Independence Day program, commencing in February 2018, for people aged 18 and over with disability, operating Monday to Friday.Ability Options and integrated partner, Newcastle Temporary Care, are united in their provision of support to people of all ages.
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They have experienced teams working in person-centred ways to support people with an NDIS plan in the Hunter region and on the Central Coast.

“Our Support Coordination team supports people to have greater control over their NDIS plan,”Naomi McCorkell, General Manager Community and Lifestyles, Northern Region Ability Options, said. “We strengthen relationships with important people in the lives of children, young people and adults.”

The Support Coordination team partners with people with disabilities who are aspiring to reach their full potential and to have greater inclusion within their local communities.

The Ability Options Therapy team comprises eight passionate and experienced clinicians who deliver speech pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology and behaviour support. They apply best practice in the delivery of evidence-based services and are focused on achieving positive outcomes for people in their homes, schools, workplaces and in the broader community.

Ability Options offers therapy services to people across the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland areas.

“Our team works together, talks to each other and collaborates with other service providers to deliver well-coordinated, seamless and high-quality therapy services for children, young people and adults. We are taking on new NDIS participants right now”, Ms McCorkell said.

Newcastle Temporary Care (NTC) was founded in 1978 by some parents who envisaged their children spending time with other families and making new friends. The service has grown with respite care and support being delivered in a variety of innovative ways.

In June 2015, Newcastle Temporary Care partnered with Ability Options to maximise the benefits of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for the people they support.

“Our combined strengths, together with our shared values, have amplified our capacity to enhance lifestyles and provide increased opportunities for people to build their independence and to participate fully in a wide range of social and capacity-building endeavours,” Ms McCorkell said.

NTC is excited to announce its new Independence Day program, commencing in February 2018, for people aged 18 and over with disability.

The day program will operate Monday to Friday from the Lake Macquarie PCYC and in the community.

Enrolments for Independence Day are now open.

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Top three: Allhomes’ pick of open homes to see this weekend in Canberra

7 ASTON CRESCENT, COOK(pictured)
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5 bed 2 bath 2 park

EER: 2.5

Be charmed by the unique character of this home filled with classic period-style features within the floorplan of a modern family home.

Completely renovated and remodelled, on a sizeable 690-square-metre block in the heart of Cook and set among other quality homes, the current owners have loved and transformed this house to become the classic Californian bungalow it is today.

This rare find displays its unique character of a bygone era with modern day conveniences, including an updated bathroom and en suite, new kitchen with Caeserstone benchtop, AEG and Miele appliances, and the year-round comfort of ducted gas heating and a working combustion fireplace.

Elegant and comfortable, this gracious home echoes the past with graceful lines, large rooms, ornate cornices and custom-made ceiling roses.

Price guide: $950,000 +

Agents: Mark Johnstone and Troy Reddick, Ray White Canberra, 0414 382 093 and 0407 808 717

Auction: Saturday, December 9, 1pm

13 DELORAINE STREET, LYONS

4 bed 2 bath 2 park

EER: 6

Stylish, yet practical, design with high-calibre finishes, every step through this stunning home affirms a craftsmanship of premium quality. A vast layout of 308 square metres reveals elegant interiors with multiple living areas and seamless indoor/ outdoor entertaining. It boasts an envious chef kitchen with a hidden butler’s pantry and inbuilt wine fridge.

Price guide: $1.25 million +

Agent: Rowan Glanville, Peter Blackshaw Real Estate Woden and Weston Creek, 0431 145 951

Auction: Saturday, December 9, 10am

23/37 IPIMA STREET, BRADDON

3 bed 2 bath 2 park

EER: 4.5

Perfectly nestled in the tightly-held boutique complex, The Allenby, and surrounded by established trees and greenery, this generous three-bedroom townhouse is an easy walk to the metropolis of Braddon’s famed Lonsdale Street, walking trails of Mount Ainslie, and ANU, offering an enviable opportunity for those seeking relaxed living that’s a stone’s throw to the city.

Price guide: $700,000 +

Agents: Treston Bamber & Tennaya Coveney, Ray White Canberra, 0488 488 956 and 0422 355 063

Auction: Saturday, December 2, 1pm

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Big Fish: Pokies giant Aristocrat bets on social game

Australian poker-machine giant Aristocrat has sealed a $1.3 billion deal to acquire a hugely popular social gaming company based in the US in a move to capitalise on the worldwide boom in mobile games.
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Aristocrat’s acquisition of Big Fish Games, revealed on Thursday, doubles the size of Aristocrat’s fast-growing digital arm and makes it the second-largest social casino gaming business in the world by revenue.

Aristocrat chief executive Trevor Croker said the acquisition was a major expansion of the company’s social gaming footprint.

Headquartered in Seattle, Big Fish makes popular social games for mobile devices and desktop including Big Fish, Gummy Drop!, and Fairway Solitaire.

“The strategic and financial benefits from the acquisition are highly compelling,” Mr Croker said.

“The acquisition of Big Fish will immediately provide scale across our entire digital platform.”

On Thursday, the ASX-listed Aristocrat also unveiled its full-year results, reporting its revenue had grown 15 per cent to $2.4 billion, driving a massive 41 per cent jump in net profit to $495 million.

But despite the substantial rise, the company’s share price plunged throughout the day, falling nearly 7 per cent, or $1.61, to close at $21.99.

Investors raised concerns on Thursday about Big Fish’s weaker year-on-year financial performance.

In its latest earnings report, its parent company, Churchill Downs, said Big Fish revenue had declined $US4.4 million ($A5.8 million) in the third quarter compared to the previous year. Its adjusted earnings fell by $US10.2 million.

But in a statement on Thursday, Churchill Downs said Big FIsh had a “bright future that will be best realised by being part of Aristocrat’s strategy and vision for their online mobile gaming portfolio”.

Aristocrat’s core business is manufacturing poker machines and other electronic gaming machine technology, but the company has notably upped its bet on the online social gaming market this year.

In August, it announced the purchase of Israeli gaming company Plarium, which makes the popular Vikings: War of Clans game, for $635 million.

Mr Croker said the Big Fish acquisition made Aristocrat the second-largest social casino gaming publisher globally, with revenues increasing from $383 million to $641 million for the year ended September 30.

Big Fish has about 700 full-time employees and five in-house development studios in Seattle and Oakland.

Aristocrat investors were told Big Fish’s key game development talent and leadership team had entered into non-compete and retention arrangements with Aristocrat.

Aristocrat will pay shareholders an unfranked final dividend of $20?? per share.

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