Retro revival

Injecting older homes with a whole lot of style Part 3

Updating a home from the 70s, 80s or 90s might not sound as romantic as stripping back a little post-war weatherboard charmer, but there are lots of advantages, not the least of which is cost.

These homes offer excellent value for money. They’re less likely to need the big jobs like re-wiring or re-stumping and with their more modern open floor plans, simple, cosmetic upgrades can achieve big results.

For this story we’re lucky enough to be able to show you more of the transformation of a 1970s Castlemaine home purchased from Waller Realty in 2015. The house was in pretty bad shape when the owners bought it but as you can see, what they’ve been able to achieve is pretty spectacular.

Ask the experts

In the first two parts of this story we looked at using landscaping to modernise and soften exteriors, opening up the floor plan and using simple materials like paint to bring in more light and things to consider when it comes to the electrics. This time, Lynne Mewett, Interior Designer and Principal at Creative Ambience shares her ideas.

“Homes from these eras don’t generally have any task lighting,” says Lynne. “This is a real focus in modern homes so it’s a great place to start, especially in the kitchen.”

Ambient or general lighting provides overall illumination while task lighting, as the name suggests, helps you perform specific tasks like cooking and food preparation, reading, working, etc.

“Adding recessed, pendant or under cabinet lighting over work surfaces can provide an instant lift,” says Lynne

Task lighting has been used to great effect in the Castlemaine home. Work surfaces are suddenly brighter and more inviting to use, even with the addition of extra overhead cupboards.

Speaking of cupboards, Lynne suggests keeping a kitchen intact, if the carcass is good, and updating by painting or replacing door and drawer fronts, changing splashbacks from tile to glass and adding new bench tops.

“Updating a dark, laminate bench top to a light stone will not only provide a beautiful work surface it will also bring in more light, especially if you add glass splash back and task lighting,” she says.

The owners at Castlemaine have gone for a combination of approaches, replacing door fronts, adding some new cabinetry, changing tiles and giving everything a fresh coat of paint. What a difference!

Changing window furnishings is another trick Lynne relies on to make a big difference without a big price tag.

“The tendency in these eras was to have drapes, which, while fabulous insulators, add volume and can make a room appear smaller,” she says. “These days most people prefer blinds or shutters.”

What’s needed depends on the room. You want as much light as possible in living areas, while for bedrooms and bathrooms privacy is the top priority. Thankfully, there are blinds to suit pretty much any specification.

Holland or Roller blinds are both space and cost effective. The images below show the difference replacing drapes with these blinds can make.

“The great thing about these houses is that most of them have good bones,” says Lynne. “They’re open plan, they have things like alfresco areas and ensuites and these are exactly what people want in a modern home today.”

We agree Lynne! So, don’t be daunted by first appearances. See beyond the dated fittings and daggy finishes and visualise these homes as they could be. With a little ingenuity and some hard work you might just uncover the home of your dreams.

Take a look at our current listings and see if you can find one for yourself.

Follow up with Part 1 and Part 2 of this story here.

Personable and proactive

The vendors at 18 Yurunga Drive in Castlemaine wanted to downsize, reduce their energy consumption and spend less time on maintenance. They had already purchased a block of land and were keen to start building when they met with Nick Haslam.

Experienced with buying and selling in Castlemaine they chose Waller Realty as they felt the team was the most proactive in town. They also recognised how well the agents worked together with a focus on achieving the best results.

From the very first meeting they were pleased with Nick’s approach, describing him as personable and very easy to talk to.

They were initially surprised by the price Nick set for the property but say he was confident it could be achieved and they trusted his instincts. They did not have to wait long. The property sold within five weeks and for only just under the asking price.

If you would like to speak with Nick about your property contact our Castlemaine office on 03 5470 5811, call Nick on 0418 322 789, or email him at nick@wallerrealty.com.au

Nick Haslam

Highly skilled and professional

When the vendor at 5 Camp Street Daylesford made the decision to sell he knew he needed to find an experienced agent.

Having lovingly restored Goodman House, one of the finest properties in the district, over the past 18 years he wanted someone who could appreciate how unique the property was and who was skilled enough to handle a sale of this size and nature.

Tom Robertson came highly recommended and made the trip to Daylesford to see the property the day the vendor called. He describes Tom as highly skilled and professional, respectful of his wishes when it came to the specifics of the sale process, and absolutely discrete.

Tom recommended some minor works be taken care of before listing the property and was able to work around the vendor’s requirements in terms of price and marketing. Within a month the property was on the market and within just three weeks, it had sold.

The vendor says he was thrilled not only with the swift sale but also with the buyers, who he says understood and appreciated the property.

If you would like to speak with Tom about your property contact our Castlemaine office on 03 5470 5811, call Tom on 0408 596 871, or email him at tom@wallerrealty.com.au

 

Tom Robertson

Maldon Primary: balancing academics and wellbeing

Maldon Primary grade prep/one students working on some fun maths games in class. Image supplied by Maldon Primary School.

Deciding where to send your kids to school can be agonising, especially if you’re moving to a new town. In the Mount Alexander Shire we offer everything from state to Steiner education and from tiny one class schools to large contemporary colleges.

We thought we’d drop in and ask the schools to share what makes them unique. First up, Maldon Primary.

“Maldon Primary is a warm and friendly place to send your child,” says Principal, Jodie Mengler.

Jodie has been at Maldon for 19 years, five as principal, and says the school, which currently has enrolments of 94 students, is strong in both academics and student wellbeing.

In 2016 Maldon was named in the top five most improved primary schools in Australia based on data shared on the Federal Government’s, My Schools website.

“We’ve been on a huge improvement journey over the last three years implementing programs to ensure every child is able to reach their full potential and thrive,” she says.

The Kids as Catalyst Program, an innovative, child-led social change program for grades 4 – 6 children, is one she’s particularly proud of.

“The kids work like mini philanthropists, developing partnerships with community groups, working out what they need and implementing a project,” she says.

“Children often find it hard to step into the shoes of others,” Jodie adds. “With Catalyst they identify and solve real problems and learn how rewarding giving back can be.”

The school has recently worked with the Maldon Men’s Shed, Maldon Pre-School and the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). A group this year is working with Maldon Hospital to introduce animals for therapy.

Maldon Primary School main building

When you visit the school you can’t help but be wowed by the grounds. Whether it’s AFL, soccer, playing in sand, in the music garden, feeding the chooks or the fish, working in the vegie garden (where the children regularly harvest and cook meals to share), using the fitness equipment or just dragging branches to build cubbies, the opportunities for play are vast.

The school buildings reflect the heritage and history of the town (Australia’s first Notable Town) but look inside and you’ll discover thoroughly contemporary learning spaces thanks to over half a million dollars of building upgrades which have just been completed.

“It’s all about creating an environment where the children love coming to school and where parents know their children will be happy and safe,” says Jodie.

“The partnerships we have with parents and the wider community are so important to us. We want families to be part of the school community and know that we value their input into their child’s education.”

Like to know more? Visit Maldon Primary School, call 03 5475 1484 or email maldon.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

 

Census 2016: our region is growing and the way we live is changing

The 2016 Census has been released, providing the latest data on Australia’s population – who we are, where we live, how we live and much, much more. So what does this snapshot of the nation reveal about those of us who live in the Mount Alexander Shire and how have we changed since the last census in 2011?

There are more of us

More people still live in our capital cities, which are growing twice as fast as the rest of the country, but regional areas are also experiencing rapid growth.

The number of people in the Mount Alexander Shire has grown by nearly 7 per cent since 2011, from 17,591 to 18,761.

That’s a similar rate to our neighbours in the popular Hepburn Shire, but outstrips the growth in places like the LaTrobe, Yarra Ranges and Colac Shires, all comparable distances from Melbourne, by several per cent.

Affordability is still high

Housing affordability is a hot topic across the country. High buyer demand and limited supply continues to drive prices upward and most people are feeling the pinch, particularly if they’re living in a capital city.

In 2016 people in our region spent an average of $1,300 a month on their mortgage.

That’s more than $400 less than the state average of $1,728 and significantly lower than the average monthly mortgage in popular Melbourne suburbs such as Northcote, Coburg, Prahran and Essendon, which range from $2,000 – $2,167.

 If you’re looking to buy property in one of the towns in our region such as Castlemaine or Maldon this is good news.

 The way we live is changing

While the majority of homes in the shire are still separate houses the 2016 Census shows an increase in other types of dwellings such as semi-detached homes and townhouses.

The number of semi-detached, terrace or townhouses in the shire has more than doubled in the last five years.

“The trend towards more concentrated, medium density living in towns like Castlemaine and Maldon reflects changes we are seeing all over the country,” says Waller Realty Agent, Tom Robertson.

“More people in our region are choosing to build and live in smaller homes for reasons of convenience, for cost and, in many cases, to reduce their environmental impact. We expect to see this shift in thinking continue to grow in the next few years.”

Additional details from the Census are due to be released in October 2017. This includes information on employment and income.

Maldon goes plastic bag free

It’s estimated one trillion plastic bags are used and discarded every year worldwide. The Maldon community is taking a stand against waste, joining 30 other towns in the Loddon Mallee region to become a Plastic Bag Free Town.

Australians use over 10 million new plastic bags every day. Each bag can take up to 1,000 years to break down, meaning that every plastic bag ever produced is still in a landfill. Those that are blown away, dumped or littered end up in water systems and, ultimately, in the ocean where they are thought to be responsible for killing more than one million seabirds and 100,000 mammals every year.

The Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group (LMWRRG) and Maldon Inc have been working with stores throughout Maldon to help them become plastic bag free. The group says owners, managers and the general public have been hugely supportive throughout the transition process.

“We strongly encourage all Maldon residents to support the town traders and remember to take their reusable bags,” says Karen Fazzani, Executive Officer LMWRRG.

“Every effort in this regard helps protect the environment from damage plastic bags can cause especially when they take such a long time to break down.”

Stores that previously supplied plastic bags have been provided with a recycled paper alternative and re-usable calico bags will be available throughout the town. Boomerang Bags have also recently become available.

It’s hoped that as time goes on people will start to bring their own re-usable bags when they shop, removing the need for retailers to supply a bag altogether. To get everyone in the swing of things, throughout July people can enter the draw to win a hamper worth $250 every time they shop in Maldon with their re-usable bags.

“One of the actions in our Council Plan is to support Maldon and other communities to be plastic bag free, says Sharon Telford, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire. “As a Maldon local, it’s fantastic for us to be the first plastic bag free town in Mount Alexander Shire.”

“Reusable bags are a simple and effective way that we can all reduce our impact on the environment. It’s small decisions that have a lasting impact and I’m very proud of our community for taking this step.”

The team at the Waller Realty office in Maldon are extremely supportive of the initiative and praised local traders for their commitment to protecting the environment.

“Becoming a Plastic Bag Free Town will make Maldon an even more appealing place to live and we congratulate everyone involved,” says Waller Realty’s Leah Panos.

Part of the Phamily

Sisters Nhung and Lani in their restaurant, Phamily Kitchen, Castlemaine. Image @lynchmobmedia

It has been a year since sisters Nhung and Lani Pham (the Pham in Phamily Kitchen) opened their own little slice of Vietnam in the heart of Castlemaine and we couldn’t be happier to help them celebrate.

The sisters describe their food as home-style. These are the dishes they grew up eating, but with their own twist, and Phamily Kitchen has wound its way into the hearts of Castlemaine locals and visitors.

The menu is focused on seasonal eating. Lunch is all about quick, fresh options for people with limited time. Dinner is more relaxed, encouraging sharing, talking and lingering over many delicious communal plates.

“Our passion for food is reflected in our dishes which are tasty, fresh and flavoursome but still traditional,” says Nhung.

Both sisters had careers in finance, brief for Lani, longer for Nhung, but they shared a vision of opening their own restaurant.

“We just had to find the right time and the right town,” says Lani who manages the kitchen after years honing her skills in restaurants in Melbourne’s north.

Once they decided on Castlemaine it took them six months to find the perfect location. When Narelle Waller of Waller Realty showed them an unassuming little shop on Barker Street they say they knew it was the one.

“We had debated whether to buy an established business or take a leap of faith and completely fit out a place ourselves,” says Nhung. “Once we saw this space we knew straight away this was it.”

It’s not hard to understand why. Towering ceilings wrapped in centuries old pressed tin reveal the building’s ancient past but the new fit out is totally contemporary. Long banquet seating is just made for cosy conversations over dinner and a collection of intricately woven light fittings of odd sizes, shapes and heights bob above diner’s heads, reminiscent of traditional fishing baskets. A delicate mural painted by an artist friend depicts scenes of rural Vietnamese life.

Ask them about their favourite menu items and Lani picks the classic beef noodle soup, especially over the colder months. From the seasonal menu, a kolrabi and beef salad takes both women back to their youth in Perth. Kolrabi is popular in Vietnamese cooking and for the Pham girls growing up, there was no escaping it in winter.

“Dad was an avid vegetable grower,” says Nhung. “We didn’t grow up with traditional lawn to play on it was just garden beds and in winter half the garden was Kolrabi!”

For Nhung it’s the braised pork.

“My Dad loved having braised pork with rice and stir-fried vegetables so for me this is total comfort food.”

The sisters are thrilled Castlemaine has embraced their concept and welcomed them so warmly.

“We’re just ecstatic and so grateful for the way the town has taken us in,” says Lani.

Phamily Kitchen is open Tuesday – Saturday for lunch and dinner. Call them on 03 5470 6051 for bookings. You’ll also find them on Facebook or at www.phamilykitchencastlemaine.com.au

Understanding and generous

Selling the family home of 25 years can be an emotional time. The owners of 5 Forest Street in Castlemaine turned to Waller Realty agent Liz Bell after an unsuccessful campaign with another agency.

Disheartened by the process but determined to sell, they knew they needed to find the right agent for their home.

They felt an instant connection to Liz and fellow agent Tom Robertson who arrived with new ideas for marketing and presentation and an overall sense of positivity around their ability to sell the property.

They found Liz to be understanding and extremely generous with her time. Always available, Liz encouraged them to contact her whenever they had questions or concerns and was able to provide support through some more tricky negotiations.

The vendors couldn’t be happier with the recent sale of their home and are now enjoying a peaceful time, relaxing and watching the wildlife at their new property.

If you would like to speak with Liz about your property contact our Castlemaine office on 03 5470 5811, call Liz on 0417 311 733, or email her at liz@wallerrealty.com.au

From 70s relic to contemporary stunner

Injecting older homes with a whole lot of style Part 2

Do you dream of turning a rambling farmhouse into the quintessential country retreat or dragging a creaking Victorian into the present day with a sleek, modern makeover?

When we think of renovating it’s often these homes that come to mind. Highly sought after (with a price tag to match), with ageing wiring, stumps and dated layouts, costs for these fixer-uppers can skyrocket before anyone’s even started swinging a hammer.

So what about tackling a home from a less popular era like the 70s, 80s or 90s? Could there be one tucked just around the corner from that dreamy California Bungalow crying out to be updated?

While they might not have the initial street appeal these homes can really shine with a little love and offer excellent value for money.

Ask the experts

In Part 1 of this story we heard from Wayne Zantuck of Wayne Zantuck Design and Landscape Construction. Now, Dugald Campbell from Edifice Construction and Adrian Kowal from Kowelec share their ideas.

We’re also lucky enough to be able to show you the transformation of a 1970s Castlemaine home purchased from Waller Realty in 2015. From 70s relic to sleek, contemporary home.

“I think the best place to start with homes of these eras is by opening up the floor plan,” says Dugald. “This will bring in more light and create living spaces more in line with current trends.”

“One of the great thing about these homes is that the trusses usually extend to the external walls so removing internal walls isn’t an issue, ” he adds.

Dugald also suggests using skylights and solar tubes to bring in more light and one of the simplest renovation options of all – paint!

For our 70s transformation everything from the walls and lintels to door jambs has been given a coat of bright white and the change is striking.

Princess st Dining

Electrics can be a significant cost when renovating. Adrian says cabling in these homes is generally in good condition and won’t require re-wiring.

“We tend to find most fittings are compliant and safe and if switchboards do need to be upgraded it’s a pretty easy job,” he says.

Both Adrian and Dugald recommend checking how much power is at the property as mains may need to be upgraded if renovations include adding swimming pools or large air conditioning units.

Bathrooms are often a sticking point in houses of this era. Dated and dingy, gutting them is often seen as the only option. But with some simple changes like new tiles and taps, a bit of re-grouting and paint they can be brought back to life.

See the transformation above. New vanity, taps and toilet and suddenly this dated relic is looking right on trend.

When it comes to bathrooms no one likes to share. Homes of this era are more likely to have an ensuite than your ageing Edwardian and, while it might not be the one of your dreams, Dugald says this can be a real advantage.

“Cosmetic changes like replacing old style shower bases and screens with modern walk-in showers and updating tired tiles and vanities can all be done for a lot less than the cost of adding a new bathroom,” he says. “When it comes to managing a budget this can be a real advantage.”

Next time, local interior decorator, Lynne Mewett from Creative Ambience shares some ideas for simple upgrades in the kitchen and living areas.

Renovation images by @lynchmobmedia

Private sale or auction: which is better in the country?

If you’re looking into property in our region, especially if you’re relocating from somewhere like Melbourne or another major city, you’ve no doubt noticed private sale is the norm. But have you ever wondered why?

In a fast moving market like Melbourne where properties sell quickly and demand is high an auction is ideal.

Vendors are banking on strong competition on auction day pushing the sale price up. Buyers are hoping they’ll snag themselves a bargain. There’s a sense of overall urgency because the campaign has a set end date (auction day) and everyone is compelled to make a decision on the day.

So basically, strong market, lots of competition, more auctions.

Regional areas where demand is not quite as high and properties tend to move more slowly are better suited to private sale and there are a number of reasons why.

“Auctions are competitive,” says Waller Realty Agent, Tom Robertson. “For a vendor this can mean the property sells for more than the expected value. This sounds great, but in a small community there’s a downside”.

“In the country, people don’t like to bid against their neighbour or their friends,” says Tom. “With a private sale, buyers are less likely to know who else is interested and specific details can be kept out of the public eye. This makes everyone more comfortable.”

Another reason auctions tend not to be so successful in regional areas has to do with the length of time properties are likely to sit on the market before they sell.

In an auction when the hammer goes down the deal is done. The sale is unconditional, there’s no cooling off period and the contract is signed on the day.

“This works in a market where a buyer can purchase a property and reasonably expect they could sell their own quickly, ideally within the standard 4 – 5 weeks of an auction campaign,” says Tom.

“If you know you’re going to be able to sell your own place quickly you’ll bid with confidence.”

In the country the average time on the market is longer, around 120 days, and offers are more likely to have conditions: extended settlement periods, subject to finance or the sale of the buyers own home, so unconditional sales are far less common. Generally, conditions are much better suited to private sale.

According to Tom one of the common misconceptions people have about auction vs private sale is that at auction you’re likely to pay over the top of the range and for private sale you’re likely to pay less.

“This is not necessarily the case,” he says. “A private sale is just as likely to go up if there are several interested parties.”

It’s quite normal for another buyer to come in during a private sale negotiation and push the price up, not unlike what happens on any given Saturday at an auction in any street in Melbourne.

“Ultimately, the onus is on the buyer to get the contact signed and back to the agent. The sale is only final when the vendor signs whether it’s an auction or a private sale,” says Tom.

Like to know more about buying or selling in our region? Speak to one of our agents or call the Waller Realty office in Castlemaine on 03 5470 5811 or Maldon on 03 5474 1055.

Cycle the Goldfields

Image: Tread Harcourt

If you really want to experience our region there’s no better way than on a bike.

Cyclist of all ages and abilities are spoilt for choice with sensational bush bike trails, touring options and kilometres of exhilarating, scenic road riding. And now, with a world class mountain bike park in Harcourt scheduled for completion towards the end of 2017, we’re about to take it up a notch.

Backed by the Victorian Government, the Harcourt mountain bike park will provide up to 34 kilometres of trails for all abilities with stunning views in a natural forest setting. Built to International Mountain Bicycling Association standards the park is expected to attract 100,000 visitors each year.

It’s an exciting development for our region: great for tourism, great for jobs and yet another fantastic way to fill in your spare time if you’re lucky enough to live here.

But our region has long been a popular destination for cyclists.

Image: Tread Harcourt

The iconic Goldfields Track which stretches from Ballarat to Bendigo winds its way through the district and we’re only a short drive from Bendigo’s trail network. In March this year the upgraded Maldon to Castlemaine Rail Trail was officially opened, a leisurely, scenic 18 km trail running between the two towns alongside the heritage Victorian Goldfields Railway. You can even pit your speed and skills against the train at the annual Race the Train event each November.

We’re renowned for our single track riding, with loads of great, well promoted trails to find yourself, or you can talk to a local and get them to send you in the right direction.

One local who’s always happy to talk about cycling is Peter Grant, owner of The Bike Vault in Castlemaine. Peter grew up in the area and he and his brother and business partner Gary Grant will celebrate 10 years in business this year.

“I think what cyclists love is that we’re close to Melbourne so the cycling is accessible but because we’re out of the city it’s safer,” says Peter.

“The road riding is excellent. The roads are quiet and there’s anything from undulating loops around Castlemaine to longer rides out to Maldon, around Baringhup, to Harcourt via the reservoir at Golden Point. There are so many options.”

“The Maldon Rail Trail is a fairly easy ride so it’s good for all abilities and if you pick a day when the train is running you can ride one way and get a ride back on the train, which is great for families” he says.

“If you’re trying the Goldfields Track, I think the best part is between Mount Franklin and Vaughan Springs, it’s a really great flowing area that’s easily accessible.”

The Bike Vault has bikes available for hire and they’re offering readers of the Waller Realty blog a unique deal. Come to The Bike Vault and mention this article for 50% off the cost of hire. What a great way to experience the region!

If you’re coming to the area we even have our own bike friendly accommodation. Tread Harcourt offers unique cycling-centric accommodation close to everything. They can sort you out with maps of the local trails, take you on a tour, organise a shuttle and help you really make the most of your stay.

You could also check out: Castlemaine Cycling Club Castlemaine Rocky Riders

Don’t write off the 80s 90s house

Injecting older homes with a whole lot of style

Mass plantings of natives and exotics create more street appeal and soften the look of this home. Image: Wayne Zantuck Design & Landscape Construction

They were the decades that brought us Madonna, the rubik’s cube, hyper colour t-shirts, He-man and the Masters of the Universe, mobile phones the size of house bricks, frozen yoghurt and acid wash denim.

The 80s and 90s also brought us a style of home many think will be too difficult to modernise. Generally built of brick veneer, this was the era of colonial or faux period styling, often with dark interiors, lower ceilings and exposed beams.

But don’t be put off. With some relatively simple upgrades these properties can really shine, not to mention offer excellent value for money.

What’s great about them?

Concrete slabs

No re-stumping worries or costs.

Storage

These homes have it in abundance. Think built-in and walk-in wardrobes, double garages, pantries, hall cupboards and living room units.

Space

The trend towards open plan living was really taking shape so they often have great flow and large spaces (surely no child of the 80s could forget the rumpus room?). You’re also likely to find at least three if not four bedrooms.

Low maintenance

Unlike weatherboard, bricks require almost no maintenance. Unless you want to change the colour they’ll look great while you do nothing, forever.

Ask an expert

We asked three experts for their top tips to lift a classic brick veneer. First up, Landscaper, Wayne Zantuck from Wayne Zantuck Design and Landscape Construction.

“Front garden design in this era relied heavily on feature ornamental trees, often either side of a central path to the front door, with boundary hedges and lots of lawn,” says Wayne.

He suggests moving away from the rigid lines and symmetrical design, softening the lines with some organic curves and using ground covers that assist with passive cooling, preferably low evergreens. He also favours using a more simplified planting schedule, which can create street appeal at the same time as being functional.

“These days we’re more water and climate conscious – gardens need to be bullet proof!” he says.

“We’re replacing lawns with larger garden beds and mass plantings of what we call ‘set and forget plants. Usually a combination of natives and exotics, like grasses that don’t need to be pruned, plants like rosemary or euphorbia that are self doming and ornamental grape vines that grow quickly and are super hardy.”

Wayne also installs ‘living screens’, vertical walls of greenery that are often as simple as two posts strung together with open mesh, wire or other material for plants to be trained through. It’s a quick, low cost solution that delivers both a lush backdrop and more of that all important passive cooling.

Living screens add lush colour and help cool the property. Image: Wayne Zantuck Design & Landscape Construction

Here in Castlemaine Wayne likes to add sculptural elements made from materials with a link to our history.

“We often use steel, stone and red brick in our gardens,” he says. “It’s a great way to tie a dated house to the area.”

Steel and stone features help tie this property to the area. Image: Wayne Zantuck Design & Landscape Construction

Next time, a local builder and interior decorator share their ideas.

Nurturing our newest mums

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, a perfect time to celebrate a place that nurtures new mums in our region, Castlemaine Health.

Castlemaine Heath has a long history of providing birthing services to the women and families of our community. Offering a safe, homelike environment with three modern birthing rooms, a team of experienced and dedicated midwives and the support of a network of local GP Obstetricians.

The Family Birthing Suite suits women with a low risk of pregnancy and birth complications.

“We offer a comfortable, safe, friendly space to birth in a natural way,” says Cate Wotley, Maternity Enhancement Coordinator at Castlemaine Health. “We have double beds and en suites so partners can stay and women can bring in any support people or props they want.”

“Our approach is woman-centred. It’s all about enabling them to birth naturally, instinctively and actively in a safe space with good support,” adds Cate.

The team of midwives at Castlemaine Health work closely with a group of GP Obstetricians based in Castlemaine. Women see their GP throughout their pregnancy, coming in to the hospital several times to attend ante natal classes and have routine scans and tests. A woman’s GP is present at every birth.

“Research has shown that having a known carer throughout pregnancy, labour and birth is really important,” says Cate. “For women in our community that’s their GP Obstetrician.”

Once baby is born women tend to stay on in hospital for two to three days. If they want to go home early, midwives will arrange for additional home visits so everyone gets the support they need.

New mothers are linked in with the local Maternal and Child Health service when they come home from hospital and, if they need it, support from services like the Australian Breastfeeding Association, counselling and mother and baby services. They’re also linked in with the many local parenting and play groups.

“We have an excellent network of support services for new mums and young families in the community, says Cate. “And because we’re small we all know each other really well.”

If you’re planning for a baby or already expecting and would like to know more about the Family Birthing Suite at Castlemaine Health call the Maternity Enhancement Coordinator on 5471 1471.

Waller Realty is proud to have supported the Family Birthing Suite at Castlemaine Health for more than 20 years. We’d like to wish all the mums in our community, especially our new mums, a very happy Mother’s Day.

 

 

Maldon riders raise over $11,000 for hospital

The Maldon team, hospital staff and sponsors including Waller Realty Directors, Rob and Narelle Waller. Photo: Tarrangower Times

A group of Maldon locals participated in last month’s Murray to Moyne bike ride raising more than $11,000 for the Maldon Hospital.

The Murray to Moyne, a team relay ride now in its 31st year, aims to raise much-needed funds for health care. Teams nominate the hospital or health service they will be raising funds for when they register.

This was the first year a team from Maldon has participated.

“We are extremely grateful to the group for supporting the hospital in this way,” says Katrina Sparrow, Director of Nursing at Maldon Hospital. “We’re also thankful for the sponsors, who helped get the team on the road.”

Funds raised will be used to purchase a new CPR dummy and syringe driver for the hospital. Both pieces of equipment will be used within the hospital and out in the community.

“The syringe driver will be used by our palliative care team in the hospital and by our District Nurses who visit people in their homes,” says Katrina.

“We’re in the process of partnering with trainers who will work with community groups interested in teaching CPR to their members. These groups will be able to use the new CPR dummy.”

The hospital held a thank you evening at the end of April for the riders, sponsors and supporters. Waller Realty Directors, Rob and Narelle Waller, were pleased to be able to attend.

“We’re proud to have been one of the sponsors of the Maldon Murray to Moyne team and to see the money they’ve raised go towards purchasing vital equipment for Maldon Hospital,” says Rob Waller. “Congratulations to the riders on a marvellous achievement.”

 

 

This entry was posted on May 4, 2017, in Maldon.

Bought and sold in less than three weeks

The owners of this contemporary property in Penhallurick Street, Campbells Creek always planned to downsize and move closer to the centre of Castlemaine. What they weren’t expecting was for that to happen in less than three weeks!

When a property in Templeton Street, Castlemaine came on the market through Waller Realty they knew it ticked all the boxes, but with their home not even listed they weren’t in any position to buy.

Tom Robertson from Waller Realty encouraged them to put the house in Campbells Creek on the market immediately. Having just sold a similar property he had a list of prospective buyers looking for this style of home so he felt sure interest would be high.

He was right. After just one open for inspection they had an offer well above their expectations. They were also the successful purchasers of the property in Templeton Street. A wonderful result for everyone involved!

If you would like to speak with Tom about your property contact our Castlemaine office on 03 5470 5811, call Tom on 0408 596 871, or email him at tom@wallerrealty.com.au