Renovation renaissance in Upper Mount Gravatt

first_imgThere is underfloor heating in the family bathroom.The Lay St property is close to Garden City, public transport and the M1. The home is being marketed by Tommy Connolly from Un Real Estate Agents for offers over $675,000.“This house is one that ticks all the boxes,” he said.“It has undergone a full renovation with no expenses spared and now has a modern design.” The home has been painted inside and out.The home was repainted and the carport got a makeover.“The house now has that homely appeal and character to it,” Mr van Schagen said.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 2020Inside, polished timber floorboards and a white colour scheme feature throughout. The new kitchen has white cabinetry and stainless steel European appliances, including an induction cooktop.The bathroom is a standout, with underfloor heating, a freestanding bathtub and a rain shower.The open living area flows out to the back deck and the 660sq m block is fenced. The home at 24 Lay St, Upper Mount Gravatt is new to the market.THIS beautifully renovated home is new to the market in Upper Mount Gravatt. The property at 24 Lay St has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double carport. Damian van Schagen and Jessica McIlwan bought the home in 2012 when it still had a 1970s feel about it, including retro carpets and different coloured wallpaper. The couple completely renovated the house and turned it into a modern family home.They ripped up the carpets to reveal timber floorboards, re-sheeted the walls, re-plumbed the house, replaced the roof and put in a new kitchen and bathrooms. center_img The kitchen has a modern design.Underneath the house there is a second bathroom with a shower and toilet, and a workshop area that could be used as a games room. Mr van Schagen said the home would suit a young family looking for a quiet street. “The big backyard is perfect for kids and the neighbourhood is great,” he said. “The neighbours are mostly older owner-occupiers and there are so many conveniences close by.” last_img read more

MoA Completes Farmers’ Engagement, To Increase Rice and Cassava Production in Liberia

first_imgThe Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) through one of its food crop projects “the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP-Liberia),” has completed engaging local farmers from eight counties on increasing the production of rice and cassava in Liberia.The sensitization exercise started in Gbarnga, Bong County Monday, February 24, and concluded Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Pleebo, Maryland County.It was attended by policy makers in the agricultural sector and other stakeholders.WAAPP-Liberia is a ten year agriculture project aimed at increasing rice and cassava production with funding from the World Bank and the government of Japan.It is a regional agricultural program carried out in 13 West African countries.In Liberia, it is being implemented in Gbarpolu, Mar-Gibi, Bomi, Bong, Sinoe, River-Gee, Grand Gedeh and Maryland counties.During the engagement exercise, farmers from the eight participating counties expressed great enthusiasm for the introduction of WAAPP-Liberia in their various counties.They said it was a welcome gesture that could help create opportunities for them to improve their lives and make their various counties food secured.However, the farmers did not fail to mention the major constraints that confront them in their agricultural ventures.They disclosed inadequate support received in terms of the provision of tools, the lack of a market, and other factors which they said have hindered them over the years in producing more food.Ellen Jah, a farmer in Grand Gedeh County, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview that they were delighted about the program in their county.“I am very happy with the arrival of the agriculture project in our county,” she said.She said that farming was a difficult task for females in Grand Gedeh County.“The women of this county find it very hard growing food to make money for the support of our families. We are lacking basic farming tools such as cutlasses, hoes and other instruments. The supports received from the past years were not enough to have built our capacities,” she narrated.For his part, Steven Bono, another farmer, said there is enough fertile land for agriculture in his county.“We are going to work harder to disprove the notion that we Grand Gedeans are lazy,” he declared.Speaking at the close of the engagement exercise this past Thursday, March 20, in Pleebo, Maryland County, the communication specialist for WAAPP-Liberia, Elvis Sirleaf explained that the project was designed to address challenges in the agricultural sector.“This program aims to improve the lives of farmers and to make the country food secure. Farmers will be provided with seed rice, cassava cutting, and other agro-equipment to improve their productivity,” he said.He informed the south-eastern farmers that 50 metric tons of seed rice has already been transported to the South-east for distribution.Mr. Sirleaf said that WAAPP is involved in strengthening institutional and human resource capacities to improve the sector.“37 students are currently on foreign scholarships in the area of agriculture and other disciplines at various African universities. They are expected to return in the next few years to work for the country,” he told the farmers and policy makers at the program.The County Agriculture Coordinator (CAC) of Maryland County, Beatrice Bowman, last Thursday in Pleebo urged farmers in Maryland County to take the program seriously to make the county self-sufficient.“This time, I do not want you to become reluctant about this project. You need to rise up and work harder to remove poverty from your lives,” Madam Bowman said.She told the farmers that her office would do all it can to purchase the seed rice stored in the farmers’ warehouses.Speaking on Wednesday, March 19, in Fish Town, River-Gee County, the Superintendent of Tienpo Statutory district, David Broh, thanked the government of Liberia for the program.He encouraged the farmers in the South-east to make use of the opportunity to grow more food in their various counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more