What is the quintessential Canberran suburb?

NewsFranklin the dog with Barbara Howell of Bonner who has built trust with the homeless dog. 23 Jan 2015Photo: Rohan ThomsonThe Canberra Times Photo: Rohan ThomsonGungahlin region leads house price growth across CanberraCanberra’s light rail could drive up property values along tram lineCanberra’s median house price surpasses $700,000 for first time
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A four-bedroom, two-bathroom house in Franklin could be the quintessential Canberra home.

The Gungahlin suburb’s median price has climbed above the $700,000 mark, on par with the Canberra-wide median of $705,059.

Domain Group data shows that the median house price in Franklin, in the six months to March, was $707,500.

A four-bedroom house at 11 Aldous Street in Franklin sold for close to that amount in September.

The $709,000-home was set on a 495-square-metre block, had two living areas, an en suite to the master bedroom and a double garage. It last exchanged in 2009 for $530,000.

Watson and the suburb of Gungahlin also had a median price comparable with the Canberra-wide figure at $700,000 and $697,500, respectively.

Canberra’s suburban medians ranged from $435,000 in Charnwood to $1,637,500 in Yarralumla.

Domain chief economist Andrew Wilson said Canberra was a compressed market compared to other capital cities.

Sydney, for example, recorded suburban medians ranging from $468,500 in Wilmot to $4,975,000 in Longueville.

“Canberra is a market that does revolve around the centre,” Dr Wilson said.

“There’s not a lot of budget or prestige suburbs and the peak of demand is in the middle.”

Four in five Canberra suburbs had a median house price within $200,000 of the city median.

Domain Group data scientist Nicola Powell said the “average Canberra suburb” had shifted over the past five years.

“Because we’ve had such strong prices growth, what that has meant is perhaps your average, everyday Canberra house is starting to be pushed out onto the outer ring,” Dr Powell says.

“If you rewound to five years ago, it may have been located nearer to the city and maybe in the southern region.

“It reflects that a higher proportion of buyers are priced out of the inner north and inner south area.”

Franklin and Watson are among the suburbs that have experienced a spike in their median property price, in line with the progress of the light rail project.

Further growth is expected along the transport corridor as the project nears completion.

“Infrastructure becomes more important as Canberra spreads,” Dr Wilson said.

“[The light rail] an absolute positive for what is a city that is now not just broadening, but densifying as well.”

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Mum’s the word

File photo: iStockThe mother of a man accused of themurder of a Whorouly woman allegedly hired a hitman to kill the key witness in his trial.
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But her plan went south when police discovered her alleged plan and posed as the hitman willing to do the job for $25,000.

Michael Cardamone, 50, is due to stand trial in July for the alleged murder of Karen Chetcuti Verbunt in January 2016 – accused of drugging and assaultingher before setting her alight.

Both he and his mother MariaCardamone have been charged withperverting the course of justice and incitement to commit murder.

The 78-year-old applied for bail in Wangaratta Magistrates’ Court on Friday, but was refused on the grounds she was an unacceptable risk to witnesses in the community.

Homicide squad Detective Senior Constable Steven Eppingstall told the court in evidence that police intercepted phone calls between MariaCardamone and her son in jail in March, where they allegedly discussed the need to kill the witness.

An undercover operative posing as a hitman agreed to a price to be paid in two installments of $12,500 before and after the job.

“She was very guarded in the words she used, she often spoke in code and was the instigator of some of these codes,” DetectiveEppingstall said.

He said MariaCardamone hid the arrangement from the rest of the familythen, on March 23, she tried to rip off the “hitman” and paid just$9000.

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— Shana Morgan (@shana_morgan) May 5, 2017Mrs Cardamone has been willing to go to great extremes to protect her son.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Maio Eliades

Barrister Gordon Chisholm said there was no evidenceMariaCardamone was a threat to any other witnesses and had been banned from calling or visiting her son in jail.

He argued a $25,000 surety from a family member and an order to engage with mental health services would reduce the risk of reoffending.

“The individual witness that Mrs Cardamone is fixated on would be in a different category to other witnesses,” he said. “There is no evidence to say she’s going to move her fixation.

MariaCardamone, a short woman dressed in a dark pink jumper, put her hand to her head and shut her eyes when magistrate David Faram announced he would refuse her bail application because she was an unacceptable risk of reoffending.

“The medical report indicates she has been suffering from depression and has been in an anxious state for sometime,” Mr Faram said.

“This case against her seems to suggest she planned this reasonably well (and she) was, and perhaps remains, fixated on making sure this particular witness is not available to give evidence in the trial.”

MariaCardamone was remanded for a committal mention on August 3. Her son’s trial is due to begin in Wangaratta on July 31.

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North Newcastle part of league history

TRIUMPH: North Newcastle trio Bec Young, Caitlin Moran and Simone Smith celebrate after the Jillaroos’ 16-4 victory over the Kiwi Ferns in Canberra on Friday. Picture: Getty Images.North Newcastle’s newly formed women’s squad will play part in two significant rugby league moments within the space of 24 hours.
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The squad will haveits first Sydney Women’s Metropolitan Rugby League game at home groundPassmore Oval on Saturday after startrio Bec Young, Caitlin Moran and Simone Smith helped Australia to a 16-4 Test win over New Zealand in Canberra on Friday.

“It is very special,” North Newcastle’s Margaret Watson said.

“The gentlemen who have come back and put in all the effort to re-establish the team have done a great job. And the men’s playershave been great as well. We do team runs against them on Friday night and it’s a shift where the women’s team is an equal part of the club.”

Watson is one of seven North Newcastle players in the NSW Country squad.

The former Australian rugby union representative will be joined by Phoebe Desmond, Jerry Burgmann, Kylie Hilder, Donna Sutton, Amy Broadhead and Alicia Martin in a fixture against City at North Sydney next Sunday (May 14).

North Newcastle, who lost round one 50-12 to the Greenacre Tigers last weekend,tackle theRedfern All Blacks at Passmore Oval on Saturday (3pm).

Young, Moran and Smith aren’t likely toback up for North Newcastle but will play an important role throughout the 2017 campaign.

It is the first time North Newcastle, one of the Hunter region’sfoundation clubs from 1910, have fielded a women’s team.

In recent seasons much of the squad played in the same state tackle competition under the Hunter Stars banner and prior to that with Maitland.

AAP reports: The Australian Jillaroos have avenged last year’s Test loss to the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns with a gritty 16-4 win in Canberra.

The Jillaroos continued their dominance of the Ferns from the Auckland Nines whitewashand turned the tables on last year’s 26-16 loss by winning a bruising Friday’s double header.

Home captain Ruan Sims was named best afield after leading her side’s pack through the middle in a tough encounter.


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Knights’ shining light in state junior decider

STARS: Newcastle Knights trio Jaron Purcell, Bradman Best and Max Buderus ahead of Saturday’s Harold Matthews Cup final. Picture: Simone De Peak
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It has been two decadessince the Newcastle Knights won their maiden first grade grand final.

None of the players in the club’s Harold Matthews Cup squadwere even born.

But at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday the Knights’ under-16 side will line upagainst the same opposition, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, and try to emulate the feats from that famed September afternoon in 1997.

Newcastle coach Mark Morrissey has been providing the youngsters with a few history lessons, including images of Paul “Chief” Harragon’s run-in with John Hopoate and video of Darren Albert’s memorable match-winning try, but it will be the impact of two former champions that resonates with the current crop.

Matthew Johns, who played in both of the club’s premierships, and Danny Buderus, who was involved in just the later 2001 triumph, will present thesquad with their jerseys in the dressing sheds before the state juniordecider.

“All of these kids weren’t even born back then,” Morrissey said.

“There’s a bit of history there that we’re using as motivation to try and get them home.

“And to have both Matty [Johns] and Danny [Buderus] both there will be a special moment for the kids and something they will remember for a long time.”

And it comes at a time when the club’s NRL team are languishing at the bottom of the ladder, despite improved performances, following back-to-back wooden spoons.

“It’s a glimmer of hope and light out there for fansthat look at the future and development,” Morrissey said.

“We are developing future first graders and there is a future here at the Newcastle Knights, we just have to hold onto them.”

Three of the key elements to an undefeated 2017 campaign have been skipper Jaron Purcell, fullback Bradman Best and Max Buderus, nephew of former Australian hooker Danny.

Purcell and Best were also part of last year’s Newcastle squad that lost the grand final.

The NSW under-16 squad will be named after theshowdown.

Kick-off is 11am.

Cronulla and Parramatta meet in the SG Ball decider.

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS: 1Bradman Best2Maile J Townsend3Darcy Heaney4Cooper Jenkins5Patrick Achurch6Max Buderus7Kobe Davies8Thomas Affleck9Mitch Black10Christian Ma’anaima11Riley Meyn12Harry Croker13 Jaron Purcell (c)14Ryan Potts 15 Tyler Doney16Ben Olsen17Sione Tuitupou Kutu18Trentham Petersen19Blake Layton20Harry Whitfield23Jack Jackson.


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Canberra export Marc Tokich trialing in Europe after winning NYL award

Canberra FC junior Marc Tokich is trialling in Germany after being named National Youth League Player of the Year following an outstanding campaign with the FFA Centre of Excellence.
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Tokich, 17, has developed dramatically over the past two seasons under former Socceroo and Centre of Excellence coach Tony Vidmar who kept the rising star in his program for an additional year.

The attacking midfielder was spotted as a late blooming 14-year-old and came into the academy at 165cm and 47kgs, before graduating at 183cm and 72kgs, and Vidmar said the budding talent isn’t done yet.

“Marc missed a fair bit of football because we had to manage his training load and growth otherwise he would have got injured, and he’s still growing,” Vidmar said.

“He was a delayed developer but we saw the football potential in him and invited him to train with us in 2014 and then offered him a scholarship.

“Knowing his quality, the individual player was our priority, that’s why we kept him on for an extended period and I don’t think anyone else could have done that.”

Vidmar wasn’t surprised the young picked up the NYL award for the competition that ended in January and said Tokich remained training with the academy before earning his trial in Europe.

“Marc is an attacking midfielder who knows where’s the goals are, he has good drive and combination play and had a very good year so the award was very well deserved,” Vidmar said.

“He’s a quiet guy and doesn’t say too much, he likes to let his football to do the talking and I think he’s starting to grow as a person and becoming a leader.”

FFA player development manager Jackson Kupke said Tokich’s rise can be attributed to the world class facilities at the AIS where the Centre of Excellence is based.

“His success is down to the sports science at the AIS and that he was affectively managed,” Kupke said.

“His growth and load management has been so tightly monitored over the past two years that our physio would look at his daily data and speak with coaches on what his body could tolerate.

“He has been part of Australian under-20 side preparing for the 2019 World Cup and I expect him to make that team when the squad for qualifiers is announced later in the year.”

Tokich’s father Tony confirmed his son will remain in Germany for another month after the club extended his trial period last week.

“We’re very proud of him and it’s well deserved because he works very hard,” Tokich said.

“He has come a long way and long way to go but we’re just happy he’s following his dreams because this is all he has ever wanted to do.”

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