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The Centralian advocate Tue 5 Aug 2008



The Centralian advocate Tue 5 Aug 2008


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 62 no. 21

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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, August 5, 2008 19 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 5A U G -2 00 8 PA G E : 19 C O L O R : C M Y K 1086834v2 Central Australian Building Supplies FOR ALL YOUR STEEL PRODUCTS 13 Coulthard Court Alice Springs Tel: 8953 7355 Email: dnasteel@bigpond.com Cool or CosyCool or Cosy for all Australian Conditionsfor all Australian Conditions Buying property in Alice is solid ALICE Springs is a great place to build a home there are plenty of reasons to own or build a house in Alice. Alice Springs has a steady market when it comes to land and houses, and remains widely unaffected by the price fluctuations in cities. Real Estate Institute of the NT southern region representative David Forrest said Alice Springs was hard to beat in a number of areas. He said: There arent many places you can live in that are only fiveminutes fromwork. If you lived in Melbourne or Sydney youd be looking at driving up to an hour to get to work and thats not mentioning the traffic. The town has facilities that are far beyond other regional towns of similar population. One area that Alice Springs particularly excels in is sports. Mr Forrest said: Children and adults can compete in sports at a level that rivals most cities. Property in Alice Springs is also in a state of continuous increasing value. Mr Forrest said: It doesnt seem to be affected by the massive rises and drops that occur elsewhere in Australia. Its a safe bet buying real estate in Alice Springs while your property may not leap up in price over a year, it will probably be worth more than when you first bought it. Mr Forrest said the town also had a strong sense of camaraderie and community. He sa id: A l i ce Springs is a friendly place the people are engaging and willing to invite others into the community. Using solid products adds appeal and value to homes Using bricks and pavers is a popular way to increase the value of homes. BUILDING materials in Alice Springs are plentiful and many businesses are ready to supply quality material. A combination of steel and bricks can make an attractive rear veranda. Bonanni Brickyard is one of the first points of call for anyone looking to build or improve the home. The business has been offering quality bricks, blocks, pavers and retaining wall products for nearly 50 years. Bonanni Brickyard is one of the primary suppliers of constructionmaterials around Alice Springs and is well known by many construction firms. Owner Fabio Bonanni said: Were a family operated business, and we will maintain the same high level of customer service and commitment to our clients that we started out with 50 years ago. When you come into the yard, youre dealing face-to-face with the business owners and operators. There are all different styles of pavers to suit every budget and project. From basic patio pavers to swimming pool surrounds and heavy industrial areas. These are the same standards that you would find in any major city. Concrete bricks, patio pavers, concrete and terrace blocks, cement, lime and sand can be picked up by the everyday handyperson as well as industrial businesses. Many of these products can be purchased by businesses and building firms, as well as customers who are looking to do some DIY work. Bonanni Brickyard is a wholesaler that deals direct tothe public for reasonable prices. The business also has an all-terrain forklift and truck hire available. The new stockyard and office, at now at 43 Ghan Road, is now open. It was constructed throughout last year and has a new large customer display area. People who are looking for framework for the house or to build extensions such as verandas or fences can talk to the guys at DnA Steel. DnA stocks a wide range of steel products and cuts most of the range to size. This is a popular service as customers only purchase the material they require for the job saving the customer undue expense. Manufacturing and fabrication to individual customer specifications is another service the business offers. This can range from welding brackets to posts down to metal frames and work benches. Make sure renovations are completed properly POORLY finished do-it-yourself home renovations can adversely affect a house resale price. Home owners choosing to install a DIYkitchencould cost themselves in the long run. If its not done correctly, itmay not be aesthetically pleasing and this can affect the resale price. There is good news for people looking for energy efficient home improvements with cheap loans for these expected to be available from next year. One of the Labor Governments election promises was to provide cheap loans of up to $10,000 for people who want to install solar panels, water tanks and other green products, such as insulation, awnings and grey water recycling. A spokesman for Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett said the loans would be available early next year. They will be available to all families earning less than $250,000 a year to enable them to make their homes more energy and water efficient. The spokesman said the scheme would cut up to $800 a year from energy and water bills. A Centralian Advocate Advertising Feature HOME GUIDE