Wild weather on the way for the Hunter

Wild weather on the way for the Hunter Friday Morning at Salamander Bay”Wanaka Tree”Photographer: Merakiartvan
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WEATHER: Sunny days are done for a little while. Picture: Emily Stoddart

Picture: Lynne Brunner

WEATHER: Sunny days are done for a little while. Picture: Emily Stoddart

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WEATHER: Sunny days are done for a little while. Picture: Emily Stoddart

WEATHER: Sunny days are done for a little while. Picture: Emily Stoddart

WEATHER: Sunny days are done for a little while. Picture: Emily Stoddart

WEATHER: Sunny days are done for a little while. Picture: Emily Stoddart

WEATHER: Sunny days are done for a little while. Picture: Emily Stoddart

WEATHER: Sunny days are done for a little while. Picture: Emily Stoddart

WEATHER: Sunny days are done for a little while. Picture: Emily Stoddart

Picture: Lynne Brunner

Picture: Lynne Brunner

Picture: Dylan Mitchell

Picture: Dylan Mitchell

SMASHED: The clean-up in Kurri Kurri. Picture: Marina Neil

SMASHED: The clean-up in Kurri Kurri. Picture: Marina Neil

SMASHED: The clean-up in Kurri Kurri. Picture: Marina Neil

SMASHED: The clean-up in Kurri Kurri. Picture: Marina Neil

SMASHED: The clean-up in Kurri Kurri. Picture: Marina Neil

SMASHED: The clean-up in Kurri Kurri. Picture: Marina Neil

SMASHED: The clean-up in Kurri Kurri. Picture: Marina Neil

SMASHED: The clean-up in Kurri Kurri. Picture: Marina Neil

SMASHED: The clean-up in Kurri Kurri. Picture: Marina Neil

SMASHED: The clean-up in Kurri Kurri. Picture: Marina Neil

SMASHED: The clean-up in Kurri Kurri. Picture: Marina Neil

SMASHED: The clean-up in Kurri Kurri. Picture: Marina Neil

SMASHED: The clean-up in Kurri Kurri. Picture: Marina Neil

SMASHED: The clean-up in Kurri Kurri. Picture: Marina Neil

SMASHED: The clean-up in Kurri Kurri. Picture: Marina Neil

TweetFacebook NOVEMBER: Sunny days and storms Do you have a weather photograph to share? Send to [email protected]南京夜网419论坛Wild wet weather is on the way for the Hunter region.

The storms are forecast to hit on the weekend, with large partsNew South Wales on flood watch.

An unprecedented wet weather system looks to smash through the recent record-breaking heat.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM)has forecast unsettled weather which willgenerate widespread rain as it interacts with humid air from the north, with moderate to heavy falls likely.

As the system moves into Victoria and NSW, that predicted rainfall only gets higher.

“The system will ramp up over Victoria and western NSW on Friday and into Saturday with rainfalls of 100-200mm expected in these areas, particularly those areas closer to the ranges,” BoM senior forecaster Scott Williams said.

“Southern parts of NSW and the ACT could see falls in excess of 100mm on Friday and Saturday with some places seeing 200mm.”

The weather will hit the southern parts of the state harder than the Hunter region. Newcastle, Maitland and the valley has a very high (80 per cent) chance of showers on Saturday, most likely in the afternoon and evening when a thunderstorm is expected to roll in.

Winds will freshen gradually ahead of a significant southerly change on Sunday and Monday.

“To get a rainfall event like this at any time of the year of the year is certainly unusual,” James Taylor, a senior meteorologist with the BoM’sextreme weather desk said, adding that spring is the most likely season for such weather.

WATCH: BoM senior meteorologist Adam Morgan explains how the wild weather will come in.

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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Worker’s body recovered after Blue Mountains rock slide

The body of a 36-year-old contractor has been recovered and his two colleagues remain in hospital with serious injuries after a rock slide in the Blue Mountains on Wednesday.
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Emergency services started the recovery effort about 9am on Thursday and the body was retrieved about 1.20pm, police said.

One of the man’s colleagues, aged 27, is listed as in a critical condition at Westmead Hospital, while the other, 26, is in a stable condition at St George Hospital with head and back injuries, a police spokeswoman said.

The three National Parks and Wildlife Service contractors were working to improve the safety of the National Pass walking track on Wednesday when they were hit by rocks falling from a height of 10 metres.

Emergency services were called about 11.40am on Wednesday, with critical care paramedics winched in by helicopter to assess the survivors.

Superintendent Darryl Jobson said it took rescue crews about an hour to reach the difficult site.

A crime scene was established on Wednesday night, and the body remained under police guard overnight.

The National Pass walking track has been closed since August 31 “due to an identified risk of unstable sections of rock”.

SafeWork NSW has been notified and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

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Controversial pelvic mesh banned in Australia

Vaginal mesh is to be banned in Australia after the medical regulator found the risk posed to patients by the device outweighed any benefits.
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The Therapeutic Goods Administration announced the ban this week after an investigation which followed widespread complaints from women who said the implants left them in debilitating pain.

The mesh device implants were used to treat common problems after pregnancy, birth and hysterectomies.

“The TGA is of the belief that the benefits of using transvaginal mesh products in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse do not outweigh the risks these products pose to patients,” a statement read.

The authority also said there was a lack of scientific evidence to justify the risks of the mesh products for the treatment of stress-related incontinence.

Changes to the register will take effect from January 4, 2018.

Women who were fitted with the implants said they had been left in excruciating pain and with chronic infections. In some cases they were no longer able to have sex.

Campaigner Gai Thompson said her life had become a “living nightmare” after mesh surgery in February, 2008.

“We’ve lost so much that I can’t believe in this day and age this can happen to women, that our lives are being destroyed and no one cares,” Mrs Thompson told Fairfax Media last year.

In an incident report to the TGA, Mrs Thompson noted multiple urinary tract infections leaving her resistant to some antibiotics, chronic and severe pelvic pain, chronic bowel problems, incontinence, multiple areas where the mesh had eroded her vagina, and that she was unable to stand for any length of time, suffered constant fatigue and stress, and had needed successive surgeries and treatments.

She was unable to work and as a consequence she and her husband had been forced to sell their home, Mrs Thompson said.

It’s understood the banned mesh products were only used in a minority of prolapse cases with tape products still well regarded by urogynaecologists for treating urinary stress incontinence.

Health Issues Centre CEO Danny Vadasz welcomed the announcement but said it was disappointing some devices would still be available under a special access scheme.

“We think there are ample reasons for a total ban. We can’t imagine which surgeon would still want to use mesh in the absence of evidence and with so many injured women,” Mr Vadasz said.

“What does this decision mean for women with stress urinary incontinence, for which mesh is still recommended?”

He also congratulated the women who courageously campaigned for the ban, calling the TGA decision a “historic move”.

Caz Chisholm, who set up the Australians Pelvic Mesh Support Group, said doctors, regulators and the manufacturers of the mesh devices had catastrophically failed women.

“We were guinea pigs, we didn’t know until it was too late,” she told Fairfax Media in March.

Ms Chisholm said many women were not told the risks of transvaginal mesh surgery and so did not give informed consent.

“Current systems still don’t allow the true extent of this disaster to be known,” she said.

“For so many women, you’re left feeling you’re the only one experiencing these extreme consequences.

“It’s only when women join the group they are able to say ‘Oh my God, it’s not just me. I’m not going crazy’,” she said.

In America tens of thousands of mesh victims have taken manufacturers and doctors to court and been awarded damages of as much as $12.5 million.

More than 700 Australian women launched a federal court class action against medical giant Johnson & Johnson in August, with the decision expected to be handed down by the federal court next year.

Calling for a senate inquiry into transvaginal mesh products, Senator Derryn Hinch told Federal Parliament the devices rivalled Thalidomide as one of Australia’s worst health scandals

The Senate inquiry heard how victims unable to have vaginal sex after mesh surgery “repeatedly” reported that their doctors suggested anal sex as an alternative.

More than 40 mesh devices were cleared for use by Australia’s peak health regulator, the TGA, without clinical evidence of safety and efficacy, and despite strong warnings from three Australian specialists as early as 2003, including Newcastle gynaecologist Alan Hewson, that some surgical mesh procedures “cannot be recommended”.

With Joanne McCarthy

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

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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


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


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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Roo takes out ute’s front seat at Jerrys Plains

IMPACT: The Mitsubishi ute after it crashed with a kangaroo on the Golden Highway at Jerrys Plains. Picture: NSW Police
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A MOTORIST on the Golden Highway at Jerrys Plains is counting their lucky stars after a kangaroo reportedly went through the front window.

Highway patrol officers said it was incredibly fortunate there were no injuries, with the force of the impact so strong the kangaroo snapped the front passenger seat.

It died in the back seat of the Mitsubishi ute, police said.

The crash occurred about 6am.

In other police news, highway patrol has issued more than 1000 fines for mobile phone use as part of a one-day state-wide traffic crackdown.

A further 306 fines were issued for drivers not keeping left, while 561 were issued for defective vehicles.

Traffic and Highway Patrol commander Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said police were disappointed with continued mobile phone use behind the wheel.

“Despite the numerous warnings and obvious dangers to drivers and innocent road users, the message not to text and drive is just not getting through,” he said.

“In a single day, officers issued more than 1,000 infringements to people who made the selfish choice to use their phone while driving.

“It is also disturbing to see so many vehicles that are not roadworthy still out on our roads, putting drivers and other innocent road users at risk.

“We have already lost 354 lives on NSW roads this year and the greatest tragedy is that many deaths were avoidable if people took responsibility for their actions and for the maintenance of the vehicles they are driving.”

In August, theNewcastle HeraldreportedHunter motorists forked out nearly $13,000 a week for mobile phone related offences.

At the time, aHeraldroadside survey revealed alarming mobile phone use on Link Road, Jesmond,and the Pacific Highway, at Highfields.


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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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OrotonGroup collapses into administration

AFR. Oroton Generic. Shot at the queen victoria building. Pic by Nic Walker. Date 24th March SPECIALX 0121231Iconic handbag retailer OrotonGroup is up for sale after becoming the latest casualty in Australia’s retail bloodbath and collapsing into voluntary administration.
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The 79-year-old company revealed on Thursday that an eight-month strategic review which looked to sell, privatise, recapitalise or refinance the business had failed to find a viable option to secure its future.

About 60 Oroton stores would continue to trade as usual while administrators Deloitte Restructuring Services pursue a sale or a recapitalisation, the company said.

“The board is disappointed that it has had to take this step after running such a comprehensive process,” said interim chief executive Ross Lane, whose grandfather Boyd Lane founded Oroton in 1938.

“However … it is apparent that voluntary administration is necessary to protect the Oroton business and the future of this iconic Australian brand.”

Oroton has suffered falling sales in recent years and ran at a $14.2 million loss in 2017.

The company’s shares, which went into a trading halt on Tuesday while the board finalised the result of its review, had fallen from $7.80 in early 2013 to $2.44 a year ago. On Monday, they closed at just 43??.

Administrator Vaughan Strawbridge said he and his colleague Glen Kanevsky would be focused on continuing to operate the business as they seek to sell or recapitalise the company.

Restructuring the group was also a possibility. “Our ambition is that a stronger Oroton business will emerge from this process,” Mr Strawbridge said.

Oroton joins a string of mid-sized fashion retailers to collapse over the past 18 months, with Marcs, David Lawrence, Herringbone, Rhodes & Beckett, Payless Shoes and Pumpkin Patch all going under.

Oroton said in August that it would close its six Gap franchise clothing stores so it could focus on its core handbag brand.

The company’s stock is tightly held, with the founding Lane family controlling 21 per cent of shares while fund manager and long-time company backer Will Vicars, of Sydney-based firm Caledonia, owns 18.2 per cent of shares.

Mr Vicars offered up to $3 million in credit support to Oroton in June as it underwent the strategic review, led by investment bank Moelis & Co.

Gazal Corporation, the listed wholesaler of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen and Pierre Cardin apparel in Australia, bought 7.3 per cent of Oroton in July.

A privatisation bid by the Lane family or Mr Vicars, or a takeover from Gazal, were all floated as possible outcomes from the review.

The company had net debt of $5.4 million at the end of FY17, and a market capitalisation of $18.3 million at its last share price. Only 31 per cent of its shares were in free float.

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Matildas star Kerr named Asian player of the year

It’s been a stellar year for Sam Kerr, the breakthrough star of Australian sport’s breakthrough team, the Matildas.
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And she has capped off a memorable 12 months off by being named as Asia’s best female player at the annual Asian Football Confederation (AFC) awards held in Bangkok overnight on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old, who plays for Perth Glory in the W-League and Sky Blue FC in the National Women’s Soccer League in the US, took the title ahead of DPR Korea forward Sung Hyang Sim and Japanese defender Saki Kumagai.

It is a rich reward for the forward, who, until quite recently, was better known as the younger sister of retired AFL star Daniel Kerr. Nowadays it is the West Coast Eagles premiership winning player who is known as the older brother of one of world soccer’s shooting stars.

“This is the third time Australia have won the award and I think we are going in the right direction with women’s football in Australia,” Kerr said after picking up the award.

“I am very proud to fly the flag for Australia. Individual awards are not important.

“It’s been a good year for the clubs and the Matildas and my top memory on a personal level is breaking the (scoring) record, and the award in the US which I will probably remember forever.

“My teammates are everything, like I said, without them it wouldn’t be possible. My two clubs are my everything and hopefully in the future I will have success also with the national team.”

Kerr starred for the Matildas in the recent two-match series with China, scoring twice in both the 3-0 win in Melbourne and the 5-1 victory in Geelong.

In the latter game she set a record, scoring for the national team for the sixth game in a row.

Her international coach Alen Stajcic says the improvement she has made in recent times is a testament to her dedication and hard work – and the increasing maturity she has shown in her game has taken her to the next level.

“She’s a true professional and I think she has shown that. The amount of attention she has had in the last three months, it’s really gone from zero to 100.

“To be able to come out and perform shows how much she has matured as a person and shows her sporting quality. She’s really becoming one of the superstars of Australian sport, to be able to reproduce effort after effort in every game … what else can you say.”

Former Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou and Japan’s Masatada Ishii were beaten to the coach’s award by another Japanese, Takafumi Hori, while international Asian player of the year, given to players from the region who earn their living outside of Asia, went to Tottenham midfielder Son Heung-min, who beat out Aaron Mooy.

Omar Khrbin, part of the Syria side who faced the Socceroos in September’s Asian World Cup play-offs, became the first player from his nation to be crowned Asia’s player of the year.

The 23-year-old claimed the title ahead of last year’s winner, Omar Abdulrahman of the United Arab Emirates, and China’s Wu Lei, who missed out for the second year in a row.

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Sydneysider combats $6.4m buyer’s remorse with bigger buy

A week after Pally Beauty Laser Clinics owner Feng Wei Guo and Biyu Lin took possession of the Killara mansion they’d paid $6.36 million for in April, the home of architect Jorge Hrdina and his wife Diana hit the market just 500 metres down the road.
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Not content with their historic Federation residence, known as The Gables, the couple bought the Hrdina home instead.

And so they did, paying well above the $7 million guide set by Scott Farquhar, of McConnell Bourn Lindfield, to outlay $7.38 million for the contemporary and recently built residence with tennis court and swimming pool.

The home is on almost 1800 square metres on dress circle Springdale Road.

By the time the second purchase was completed the couple from China had outlaid a total of $13.74 million for real estate in the leafy upper north shore suburb, and paid more than $842,000 in stamp duty to state government coffers.

Records show three days after Feng and Biyu moved into their new residence, they returned their former, albeit brief, home to the market. They then listed The Gables and set a $6 million guide ahead of a September auction.

The Gables sold for $6.38 million, offering a $20,000 gain in six months, all of which would have gone towards the $385,690 stamp duty on the sale.

All up the three registered sales are the second, third and fourth highest sales this year in the leafy prestige suburb, topped only by the $8.8 million paid in May for an estate in Arnold Street.

Killara was the location of another quick resale this month when the historic Federation property Poitiers was resold just six months after the buyer from China purchased it.

Hongjuan Li bought the property with approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board in March for $5.45 million from the family of former Wallaby captain Stirling Mortlock.

Six months later it was resold by Glenn Curran, of McGrath, for more than $6 million, reflecting a $550,000 gain in value in six months.

It was sold to the local family who were left as the underbidders when it first sold this year.

Mr Curran said the vendor had relisted the property when it became apparent the historic property would require restoration and maintenance.

Killara’s median house price has peaked at $2.9 million this year thanks to a 9.4 per cent rise in values in the past 12 months, according to Domain Data. Related: Upper North Shore record toppled by $12 million Warrawee saleRelated: O’Neil family sell their Point Piper playground after 60 yearsRelated: Chinese buyer who paid $5.45m in June just resold for $6 million

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