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Cronulla Mall Report: March 2015

IMG_20150317_135440Our iconic Cronulla Mall has seen many changes during the first quarter of 2015 and we bet there’s more to come!

Starting from the northern end of the Mall, Paco Organico (formerly Bass & Flinders) has moved in. Firstech Computers below Cronulla Cinema’s still sits empty waiting to be leased while further down Flirty has also closed its doors as of yesterday…

2015-03-17_14.54.56_1Clothing store Code Orange is no longer and Wholesale Outlet has moved in. Another clothing store Lemon Jelly (formerly Velvet Jayne) is also closing down with 50-80% off storewide.

Surrounded by state election signs and campaigners, the iconic former Commonwealth Bank landmark is still for lease, when will any one ever move in?!

After no luck leasing the former Greenhills Australand office, it is now going to auction on 30th April, watch this space!

Get ready for next summer (or hopefully some warmer weather later this year) with 10-50% off all summer stock at Pure Sea surf shop.

2015-03-17_14.58.51Coming to the end of the Mall, the left side of Eclectic Home & Garden still sits empty…

Do you know of any other changes happening in the Mall or around Cronulla? Let us know!

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Cronulla Mall Report: Back to beach weather!

IMG_20141031_124437What a day! October has almost ended and it feels like Summer already!

Firstly, if any one is looking for last minute Halloween costumes and accessories pop into Dollar King in the Mall, it has it all!

Fingers crossed the weather stays this wonderful for the weekend, especially with the Beachfest on at Dunningham Park, Peryman Square and the Plaza. Retro cars will be on display for judging and awards with live bands and solo performers over the two days.

Starting from the south, half of Eclectic Home & Garden sits empty waiting for a new shop owner.

IMAG1024We finally have a new tenant in the former Chocpad shop – Leah’s Wax Works has moved in! Further down the mall Classic Nails Beauty and Waxing has also moved into the former Body Pro Supplements store.

Unfortunately we’re still eagerly waiting to see who will eventually move into the old Australand Greenhills Beach office.

IMAG1029_1Forever Fashion are closing down with 50% of storewide. I wonder what new store will appear here?!

The optometrists near Code Orange are surrounded by builders and scaffolding, a new store layout perhaps?

Where la luna was on top end of mallNutrition station is opening soon where La Luna was and the local computer store next door to McDonalds and the Cronulla Cinemas entrance has also closed.

Closer to the beach new coffee shop Bianchini’s is doing a roaring trade, looks like a popular spot!

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The Block Auction Results 2014

Chris & Jenna's Apartment

Chris & Jenna’s Apartment

Last night the nation tuned in to watch the finale of Channel 9’s The Block. Whether you’ve followed the series since the beginning, watched a few episodes here and there or purely just switched on to see the results, we were all watching and everyone’s talking today!

Last year the contestants took home over $500,000 each, a big difference to this year’s results…
  • The boys Simon & Shannon won this years series and took home $445,000 ($100,000 prize money plus $335,000 profit)
  • 2nd place Chris & Jenna walked away with $310,000
  • 3rd place Max and Karstan received $40,000
Shannon & Simon's Apartment

Shannon & Simon’s Apartment

Darren & Dee and Michael & Carlene walked away with just $10,000 for their efforts over the last 10 weeks. As news.com.au calculated, their efforts were worth $10.21 per hour based on a 16 hour working day over 7 days a week, including the $700 per week away-from-home allowance received from Channel 9! To sum it up, these two couples worked for just over half of the hourly minimum wage.

This morning I asked our Managing Director Kylie Emans about the results and her response as a real estate agent was: “the property market has spoken, now that was reality! The only reality in that reality tv show!”

Michael & Carlene's Apartment

Michael & Carlene’s Apartment

All those people lining up to look and all of us watching on TV but who are the buyers? 3 bidders stood out and the first auction stalled before a bidding war between two parties kicked off (what a relief that was!), but they were all the same buyers (even some familiar faces from previous seasons) bidding on each apartment, what a joke!

Now everyone is pointing the blame – were the reserves set too high? Are the auctioneer’s to blame? Did the bidders have inside information? Or was it all down to the order of the auctions? (despite the majority of couples wanting to go towards the end!)

One thing’s for sure, it definitely shows the unpredictable nature of the property market!Source: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/the-block-darren-and-deanne-and-michael-and-carlene-earnt-just-1071-per-hour-for-their-efforts/story-fn8yvfst-1227088489917

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Tiny House Movement

IMG_20140913_162839The Tiny House Movement brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘downsizing’!

Local southern Sydney USYD student Beck Benson and her friend Reece Brennan, the creators behind The Tiny Abode, have spent the last four months creating Beck’s new home (worth around $18,000, measuring 2m x 3.6m) in an effort to combat high house prices in Sydney.

The construction on-wheels includes a small yet complete kitchen, bathroom and sleeping loft. The minuscule mansion even sleeps up to 4 with a queen bed, single fold down bed and a hammock!

auction on tomorrowWhile most of us couldn’t even contemplate calling a six metre-squared space our home, perhaps it could make the perfect studio, man-cave or small granny flat in your backyard!

The unique-looking bedroom on the left is the result of James Galletly’s new tiny house business and Marrickville’s recycling initiative The Bower to create a room on wheels made of 95% recycled materials. The small property on wheels by The Upcyclist will be auctioned this weekend and is expected to sell for between $10,000 & $15,000.

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Cronulla Mall Report: Spring 2014

IMAG0684_1Welcome to Spring! So far we’ve had rain, wind and more rain, but we’re hoping for clear, sunny days next weekend for Cronulla’s annual Spring Festival! We heard The Flying Pig Collective will be here with the best pulled pork!

After bracing the cold, windy, drizzly weather today, we’re happy to announce there’s quite a few changes since our last report!

IMAG0659Walking to the Mall from the carpark, the first thing you’ll spot is the new Protein Bar in the corner, we’re yet to try it out but we’ve heard good things!

Once you’re in the Mall, you’ll notice a few updates:

  • The former Commonwealth Bank building is now a warehouse expo for a 14 day sale
  • Renovations near Code Orange
  • Kurrabar Cafe are hiring staff
  • Cronulla Pie Shop’s awning is still yet to be replaced
  • Australand’s Greenhills Beach shop is still vacant, feels like forever!
  • Body Pro Supplements store also for lease – sign says deposit has been taken, wonder what’s moving in here?!
  • Eclectic Home & Garden has split in two and word on the street is that a real estate franchise is moving in
  • The Lucky Dragon has new windows
  • Renovations near the southern newsagency (train station end)

IMAG0682Outside the Mall, Oporto has downsized to make room for new coffee shop Bianchini’s Espresso on the corner. They’re still working on the shop but hopefully it will open soon!

Next door, Balkan Restaurant is also renovating, plenty of changes to come!

Further down by the beach Simone’s on the Park still sits empty. We’d heard plans for a gym but no action has taken place. Hopefully someone will take advantage of the great location!

Leaving the Mall heading into the carpark you’ll notice the upgrades taking place in Croydon St carpark, hopefully this will ease traffic congestion!

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Cronulla Spring Festival 2014

Can you believe it’s almost September already?! Well it is! This means the Cronulla Spring Festival is just around around the corner! We’re hoping September is a dryer month than August, we’d love the sun to shine on this glorious weekend!

monro_park_2The Cronulla Spring Festival will be held on 13th & 14th September. The Sutherland Shire’s biggest annual celebration welcomes all! There will be plenty of entertainment from Cronulla Plaza to the beach with fun activities for kids, market stalls and bargains from local stores, as well as great coffee and food to keep you going!

Entertainment
The Pavilion Stage will host live shows and musicians throughout the weekend, including:

  • Kirrawee High Stage Band
  • Sharnielle Hartley
  • Sea Naturals Capella Choir
  • Local performers
  • Hi Lifeguards
  • Blossoms
  • South American Pan Pipes

Spring-Fest-253There will be plenty of entertainment for the little ones as well, including Despicable Me2, Mr. Potato Head and Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

Kids Corner
At the southern end of Cronulla St (near the train station) the kids will be delighted by a whole heap of activities, including:

  • Animal Farm ($3 entry)
  • The Fun House (free)
  • Get Wild animal shows and displays including reptiles, turtles and a baby croc! (free)
  • NSW Fisheries ‘Get Hooked’
  • Plenty of rides
  • Pony rides and kids craft activities in Monro Park

Wellbeing Fair
Chill out in Monro Park and get your hands on a number of natural products and watch the entertainers supplied by A Touch Of Eden while the kids take pony rides around the gardens!

Rides-CrowdShow & Shine
Overlooking North Cronulla Beach, Peryman Square will be home to plenty of classic cars for the RSL Motoring Enthusiasts Club Show & Shine event.

Cronulla Design Ideas Competition
The Mayor of the Sutherland Shire will announce the winners of the Design Ideas Competition, best of luck to all who entered!

Road Closures & Parking
If you’re leaving your car on Cronulla St or Surf Rd on Friday night, make sure you move it before 4am! Cronulla St and Surf Rd will be closed from 4am Saturday morning until 7pm Sunday night. Parking will be scarce so if you’re driving be prepared for a long walk (unless you’re lucky enough to score a top spot!) otherwise jump on the train and you’ll arrive right in the hub of all the activity!

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The Block Sicily

Gangi-in-Sicily_DA_2998601bOn the other side of the world in a picturesque Sicilian village, the council are selling off homes for less than the price of your morning coffee!

Sounds crazy? It is! The village has put up with years and years of overall decline and neglect and are now looking to revamp their town by selling off vacant homes, for just one euro each! This equates to about $1.43, amazing!

So, where’s the catch?! The bargains come with a few conditions, but nothing too damaging…

  • Buyers must pay a $7,000 (approx) guarantee to the local council promising that they will renovate the properties. The money will be redeemed once the homes are restored.
  • The houses must be restored within 5 years and considering that most of them are either derelict or barely standing, the cost of the renovation will be around $50,000.
  • As per usual, legal costs are always involved, so this will set you back around $8,500 per property

Gangi2_2999115cOnce you’ve taken care of these conditions, you’ll have yourself a brand new historic home in Gangi!

The council tried this idea a few years ago but with a lack of English-speaking councillors, it wasn’t very successful. Now the village are looking for foreigners to give the village new life!

Unlike Cronulla, the village is not near the coast, but it is a lovely, small medieval town surrounded by the mountains and friendly people!

Ready to invest, renovate and relocate? Enquire here today!

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Coffee @ Peace Festival 2014

peace1The 6th Annual Coffee @ Peace Festival at Peace Park, Eton St Sutherland will warm you up this Sunday 10th August between 10am and 4pm.

This year the coffee providers include:

  • Albero di Lemone
  • Brother & Fox
  • Cafe Fix (Adore Estate Coffee)
  • Forget Me Not Cafe
  • Ray White Jannali – fundraising for Sylvanvale
  • Sister Fox
  • White Horse Coffee

peaceThis year the international influences that have brought great tasting coffee to Australia will be on show as well! The food vendors include:

  • Authentic Turkish Gozleme
  • Bite Size Delights
  • Double D’s Taqueria
  • Chip On A Stick
  • Kuroneko Ramen
  • Mojo Picon
  • O!MOMO
  • Portuguese Kitchen
  • Rotary Club of Sutherland BBQ
  • Salads to Go
  • Tsuru
  • Nougat Limar
  • Essenze Chocolate
  • Cakes by Nadia

tradiesThis year’s wellbeing stalls include:

  • Assistance Dogs Australia
  • La Bella Rosa Florist
  • Curves Sutherland
  • Style Threadz
  • DH – Natural Medicine Clinic
  • Tradies Club

Activities such as Japanese parasol painting, Shire Tourism’s free photo booth and my pet dinosaur will be available throughout the day, including SGSCC Coffee Appreciation 101 sessions with Ossie Campbell and plenty of entertainment on the Fiesta Stage & the Tradies Talent Stage all day.

For a full event program of the day’s activities, click here.

See you there!

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Cronulla Mall Report: July 2014

IMAG0202We’re starting to feel the winter chill but that hasn’t kept people away from our beachside suburb! The beaches are certainly quieter but as per usual Cronulla is still a hub of activity.

One word comes to mind while walking through the Mall – sales! Some of these include:

  • All sale stock at Flirty under $30
  • Sales at Decisions Decisions
  • Winter store clearance at Forever Fashion
  • And many more!

IMAG0209_1Aside from Sportscraft that recently moved into the Mall, there haven’t been any other major changes.

The old Commonwealth Bank and Australand Greenhills Beach office are still looking to be leased.

IMAG0212_1The Cronulla Pie Shop have unfortunately lost their awning once again after a truck incident, but the customers still look happy enjoying the sunshine.

IMAG0215_1The much-loved Pirate Ship is undergoing some repairs and is scheduled to be out of action for a while, hopefully it will come back almost brand new!

Unfortunately Cronulla On Ice has ended but it was a major hit! We hope it comes back next year, hopefully even bigger this time!

Hopefully our stunning winter weather will stick around for the Sutherland 2 Surf this Sunday, hope to see you there!

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Sutherland 2 Surf – 20th July 2014

The 43rd annual Brooks Caltex S2S Fun Run & Walk will take place on Sunday 20th July 2014.

The S2S kicks off at 8am sharp at the starting line on Flora Street, Sutherland (behind the Sutherland Entertainment Centre). Once the race has commenced, competitors will run/walk down Flora St along Clements Parade and up Hotham Rd to reach the Kingsway. Participants will then travel all the way down the Kingsway, along Elouera Rd and onto Mitchell Rd towards the NEW finish area at Don Lucas Reserve (Greenhills carpark).

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Brooks Caltex Sutherland 2 Surf Fun Run & Walk

Race Rules

  1. You must wear your own allocated chest bib tag; they are not transferable.
  2. There will be a “mat” timing both the start and finish, allowing for you to have an accurate net time. At the finish line you must cross the timing mats to ensure a time.
  3. Once you’ve passed the finish line please keep moving into the recovery area.
  4. The organiser reserves the right to reject or cancel any entry in the race at any time.
  5. Police requirements are that competitors stay in the left nearside lane along the route, and walkers are not to impede runners if overtaking. Traffic signals and directions must be obeyed unless otherwise directed by Police or Race Officials.
  6. No bikes, roller skates, skateboards or dogs allowed.
  7. As participants come out of Hotham Rd to turn into the Kingsway they must all immediately go to the left hand side of the Kingsway and keep on the left hand side all the way to Northies.
  8. Please consider the environment and use bins to dispose of any litter.
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New finish line location

Road Closures
Roads between Sutherland and Cronulla will begin closing from 5:30am with a progressive re-opening of roads from 8:20am with all roads set to be open again by 10:30am. For more detailed information regarding the road closures click here.

Event bus transfers
Special event buses will depart from Cronulla High School to Sutherland before the event. The 1st bus departs at 6:30am and the last bus will depart at 7:15am. Buses will also depart from Cronulla High School to Sutherland after the race presentation and the last bus will leave at 11:00am. The cost is $4 per person per trip. Please contact Anne Caterson on 0417 236 113 for more information.

Best of luck to all participating!

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