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Bookie takes a punt and puts his Maleny mega-mansion on the market

first_imgThe living spaces are huge, and could easily be used as a set for Downton Abbey.The equestrian complex also includes two Olympic dressage or showjumping arenas — one of which is under cover with lights — 12 extra large stables, tack rooms, a six-horse walker and 45 individual paddocks, while the 8ML dam virtually droughtproofs the property. Solid post and rail fencing has been used extensively to frame the individual paddocks and the property’s boundary, further enhancing the appeal of the property.“This really is a location that has it all,” Mr Pottinger said.“From the quaint township on your doorstep crammed with fresh food producers and good coffees, to world-class dining options like The Long Apron at Spicers Clovelly or The Tamarind. “Add to that the pristine beaches, surf breaks, tourism hot spots like Mooloolaba and Noosa on the coast and easy access to one of Queensland’s premier racecourses Corbould Park, you don’t really get much better.” Mr Pottinger said the property’s proximity to the Brisbane and Sunshine Coast airports would also appeal to buyers wanting to work interstate but embrace their dream lifestyle.Montana Park will go to auction at 11am on July 29. The walk-in-robe could rival some inner-city flats in terms of size.“Montana Park offers the ultimate rural lifestyle, while still being within easy reach of the spectacular Sunshine Coast beaches and vibrant hot spots.”The property was originally a rundown dairy farm but was purchased in 2006 by a couple who turned it into a premium equestrian facility.Mr Shannon purchased the property from the couple in 2010, changed its name to Montana Park and invested more money in to extensive renovations including doubling the size of the homestead, putting a roof over one of the Olympic arenas, adding bitumen and landscaping, upgrading all the hydraulics and improving all staff and guest accommodation. Montana Park could be straight out of Big Sky CountryEach spacious bedroom boasts views over the property. The Versace-inspired master suite features a his and hers bathroom, walk-in robes, a massage room, steam room and lounge retreat.In terms of living space, there is a sunken lounge with soaring timber ceilings, a double-sided fireplace and a built-in bar. The media centre or board room on the upper level comes with Feng Shui elements including a cocktail bar, waiting room, ensuite and two extensive balconies with stunning views over the property.The fully-equipped home cinema and professional standard gymnasium comes with surround sound, overlooking a resort-style, in-ground pool.Outside, there is a stable complex including an instructor’s suite, a three-bedroom guest’s living quarters as well as a separate four-bedroom manager’s residence. The Versace-inspired master suite overlooks the sprawling property.It comes after a previous sale in 2017 reportedly fell through due to changes to Australia’s quarantine laws, preventing that buyer from moving horses from Hong Kong.Listing agent Lew Pottinger from Ray White Buderim said Montana Park, which will officially hit the market this weekend, had already piqued the interest of a number of potential local, state and international buyers.Nearby properties are owned by ex-MotoGP star Chris Vermeulen and billionaire Super Amart founder, John Van Lieshout, according to CoreLogic.“It’s rather unique to find a luxury property such as this, in one of Australia’s most popular tourism destinations and high growth regions,” Mr Pottinger said. And there is plenty of space to sit back and breath in the clean, mountain air. The sprawling homestead also boasts some serious wow factor, and could easily be straight of Big Sky Country.At a whopping 1804sq m — eight times the size of an average home — the homestead is accessed via an impressive gated entrance and circular driveway and is set in 104 acres of rolling hills with views to the horizon.“The impressive homestead has a media room, commercial-grade kitchen with large walk-in pantry, gymnasium, fireplace and resort-style swimming pool,” Mr Pottinger said. “While currently being used as a four-bedroom home, Montana Park has been cleverly designed with flexibility in mind and could easily accommodate six large bedrooms in a variety of configurations.” The Shannon family went on to breed and raise many horses on the property, as well as spelling their own race horses.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“This world-class property is perfect not just for the horse enthusiast, but for the business person looking to fulfil a lifelong passion for almost any equestrian discipline,” Mr Pottinger said.“It has everything a breeder or trainer would require and for those who are passionate about dressage or show jumping, the facilities are first class and also allow for camps and teaching clinics.” Montana Park at Maleny will go to auction at 11am on July 29.RENOWNED bookie Dean Shannon is taking a punt and putting his world-class horse estate on the market. And he is hoping it’s second time lucky.The Neds managing director and former Ladbrokes CEO bought the 42.23ha Montana Park at Maleny for $7 million, but is selling up after purchasing another property closer to Brisbane and his business interests. Montana Park has everything a breeder or trainer could wantlast_img read more

Wisconsin ‘Dials’ up comeback win

first_imgYANA PASKOVA/Herald PhotoIt was a true battle of the titans. Wisconsin and No. 12 Ohio State were caught in a heavyweight brawl and after 38-plus minutes of both teams giving it their all to bite, scratch and claw their way to victory, Wisconsin delivered the haymaker that allowed them to walk away with a 78-73 victory. UW’s Alando Tucker and the Buckeyes’ Terrence Dials, the respective colossuses of each team, met in the paint. After banging for position, Dials received the ball with his team trailing by four and needing a basket badly, while Tucker was trying desperately to seal the Herculean Badger comeback — the team had trailed by nine at the half. Dials faced up, edged in a little closer and then went for a two-foot jumper. Tucker blocked the shot of the OSU juggernaut, who had looked so unstoppable making 10 of his first 12 shots, and made the more super-human play. After deflecting Dials’ shot straight up in the air, Tucker snatched the ball, sprinted down the floor and drew a foul. He made the ensuing free throw to push the lead to five and Ohio State drew no closer the rest of the way. “It had to be fun to watch,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “I enjoyed his performance and his teammates did too.””It’s amazing to have a guy like [Tucker] playing on our team,” senior Ray Nixon said of his roommate Tucker, who finished with 27 points and 16 rebounds, both game-highs. “Sometimes we get caught watching him do so much for our team that it can hurt us, but he is just great.”Dials finished the game with a team-leading 24 points.Wisconsin (18-7, 8-4 Big Ten) overcame a nine-point halftime deficit by scoring 50 points in the second half — shooting over 55 percent — allowing it to squeak past Ohio State (18-4, 7-4) in one of the most hard-fought games of the season.”There’ll be a lot of sore guys tomorrow,” predicted Ryan.For all of Tucker’s heroics and Dials’ wasted efforts, it was the supporting cast that provided the difference in the game. Four Badgers, including Tucker, scored in double-figures, with sophomore Brian Butch (17 points), Nixon (13) and junior guard Kammron Taylor (12) all making huge contributions. “We finally put it together,” Tucker said of the total team attack. “This is what we have been talking about, game after game.”With Tucker’s 16 boards as a base, UW as a team out-rebounded the Buckeyes by 11, a major development in the game according to Ryan.It wasn’t Tucker who hit the game’s biggest shots, but Butch and Nixon who made the game-changing baskets. With just under six minutes remaining in the game and the Badgers trailing by four, Nixon got hot and scored 10 of Wisconsin’s next 12 points. “I thought that I was open,” Nixon said. “It was a time that we needed to step up, we needed a couple of key baskets and I thought that I could hit those shots.”Then, one possession before Tucker would make the play of the game on Dials, Butch made a 3-pointer to give Wisconsin a four-point lead, hopping up and down on one foot, as he watched the shot pop up high off the rim before falling through. “It definitely was a team effort,” Butch said. “Everyone stepped up, everyone hit big shots, everyone had defensive plays when [they] needed to.”Wisconsin kept it close through the opening minutes, matching Ohio State basket for basket. However, with the score tied at 14, the Buckeyes went on a 12-2 run to take a 10-point lead and were able to push their lead to 13 at one point. OSU’s Dials was perfect, making all five of his shots and both of his free throws to tack up 12 points. It could’ve been worse for the Badgers, but Dials picked up his second foul with 6:11 remaining in the first half, forcing the 6-foot-9, 260-pound center to sit the remainder of the frame. As it was, Wisconsin went into the locker room trailing 37-28. Once Wisconsin started to make a move in the second-half, the crowd soon got into the game and by the time Wisconsin took their first lead of the half with 2:54 remaining, the crowd noise was deafening. “The crowd really liked it too,” Ryan said. “The energy in that place — every time you think you’ve heard it at it’s loudest — wow. That was electrifying that last six minutes, and the block was a part of that.””It’s a great feeling when you hit a big shot or make a great stop and you feel the building was about to erupt,” Nixon said. “The fans just go nuts and you feel a surge go through your body.”And though the Badgers missed a few free throws late in the game, they were able to hold off the Buckeyes with more defensive stops.”The recipe for defeat was unfolding, in that we missed some free throws,” Ryan said. “Fortunately, they didn’t hit shots down at the other end. We held on.”last_img read more

Students show appreciation for safety workers

first_imgMany students made handwritten thank-you cards and passed them out to safety workers and DPS officers on and around campus. Photo by Wanting He | Daily TrojanInteraction with USC’s safety workers is part of daily life for students: From scanning into University dorms to showing ID cards to “yellow jacket” security ambassadors after curfew, these individuals are an integral part of the USC experience. USC’s Explore Kindness club hosted Safety Worker Appreciation Day on Thursday night to encourage students to take a moment and have a conversation with security workers they see on a daily basis. Students could also provide them with snacks or thank-you cards as tokens of appreciation. “[What] I’m hoping for is that all the safety workers here, especially the ones that are here late at night for us, that they just feel like they are appreciated by our community, because they are the protection for our community,” said Explore Kindness co-president Evelina Godecki, a junior majoring in business administration. “I just want them to have a smile on their face and feel like what [they’re] doing is impactful.”While the event was based on encouraging individual actions from students to demonstrate their appreciation, Explore Kindness met on Trousdale Parkway at around 9 p.m. to provide supplies students can pass out. The club provided snacks and candy, as well as supplies to create thank-you cards. Nancy Huang, a sophomore majoring in business administration, participated in the event by making and giving thank you cards to the security officers she often sees around campus. “These workers keep us safe every day — it’s the least we can do to thank them,” Huang said. “You can walk around on campus and feel totally fine, that’s because of the workers.”Beyond having safety workers feel appreciated on Thursday, Godecki hopes the event makes students more aware of safety workers to increase personal interaction throughout the year.“I hope that this will end up sparking the interest in doing it a little bit more,” Godecki said. “I remember last semester, there was a yellow jacket right outside of my building that I would always say ‘Hi’ to. I would always pass and she would ask how my day was, and I would ask her the same.” Godecki said she never exchanged names with the safety worker, but they always recognized each other when they passed. She hopes the event will encourage students to build a connection with the workers and become more familiar with them. The Explore Kindness club is a USC chapter of a nonprofit organization of the same name, dedicated to making the world a better place through random acts of kindness, according to its website. The USC chapter does campaigns throughout the year to brighten people’s days, such as provide coffee for students during move-in day and “Do Something Nice” day, where they hand out written tasks for students to complete on Trousdale Parkway, with each task being a gesture of kindness for the student to do that day. This also isn’t the first time Explore Kindness has shown gratitude for safety workers — during Spring 2017, it held a Yellow Jacket Appreciation Day, but event participation was low due to stormy weather, Godecki said. “It wasn’t the impact it could’ve been just because of weather reasons,” Godecki said. “So we decided that we wanted to do it again this year, and make it more inclusive, because there are a lot of people keeping us safe at night, so we wanted to include DPS officers, and the people who stay up late to let us into the buildings.”This event, and Explore Kindness in general, has a simple goal for students at USC.“We want people to have a little bit more intention with their day,” Godecki said.last_img read more