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The Northern Rivers Times Edition 179 December 14, 2023

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THE BENEFITS OF RENOVATING YOUR HOME

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The before and after benefits of renovating your home.

THE BENEFITS OF RENOVATING YOUR HOME

 

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Renovating your home can be a daunting task with the investment of time, money, and energy it demands. However, the numerous benefits that come with home renovations can far outweigh the initial inconveniences, offering long-term rewards that enhance both your living space and lifestyle. There is a myriad of advantages to renovating your home, from increasing property value to enhancing energy efficiency, improving functionality, and boosting aesthetic appeal, and so much more! Let’s look at a few.

Increases Property Value

One of the most significant benefits of home renovation is the potential increase in your property’s value. This is especially important for homeowners looking to sell in the future. Strategic renovations, such as updating kitchens and bathrooms, adding additional living space, or improving the home’s exterior, can significantly boost the market value. According to real estate experts, even minor kitchen remodels can recoup an average of 81% of their cost in added value, making renovations a wise investment for those looking to increase their home’s marketability.

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Enhances Energy Efficiency

Renovating your home also presents an excellent opportunity to enhance its energy efficiency. Replacing old windows or blinds with energy-efficient options, adding extra insulation, and upgrading to high-efficiency appliances can reduce your home’s energy consumption. This not only helps in saving on utility bills but also contributes to a smaller carbon footprint. Energy-efficient homes are increasingly in demand, which can further increase your property’s value and appeal to environmentally conscious buyers.

Improves Functionality and Space

As families grow and needs change, the functionality of a home can diminish. Renovations allow homeowners to customise their living spaces to better suit their current needs. This could mean knocking down walls to create an open concept living area, adding a home office, or expanding the master bedroom. Improving functionality can also involve updating outdated features, improving lighting, or enhancing storage options, all of which can significantly improve the quality of daily life.

Boosts Aesthetic Appeal and Comfort

Aesthetic appeal is another critical factor that is significantly enhanced by home renovation. Updating the design and décor of your home can transform it into a more inviting and enjoyable space. Whether it’s through modernising finishes and fixtures, repainting, or adding decorative details, renovations can breathe new life into your home. This not only makes your living space more pleasant but can also make it more comfortable. For instance, upgrading your HVAC system or improving insulation can enhance indoor comfort levels by regulating indoor temperatures more efficiently.

The before and after benefits of renovating your home.

The before and after benefits of renovating your home.

Enhances Safety and Security

Renovations also provide an opportunity to address any safety or security concerns. This can include fixing structural issues such as cracks in the foundation, replacing old wiring to prevent electrical fires, or upgrading windows and doors to enhance security. Making these improvements not only protects your investment but also ensures the safety and well-being of your family.

Promotes Better Use of Space

Renovating your home can also lead to a more efficient use of space. By reimagining and reorganising areas, you can eliminate unused spaces or convert them into functional parts of your home. For example, an unused attic can be transformed into an additional bedroom, or shed can become a family entertainment area. These changes not only make your home more functional but can also add to its value.

Increases Comfort and Enjoyment

The comfort and enjoyment of your home are paramount, and renovations can play a significant role in enhancing these aspects. Upgrading your kitchen or bathroom can make these spaces more luxurious and enjoyable to use. Adding features like a deck or patio can also create outdoor living spaces for relaxation and entertainment, further enhancing your home’s comfort and enjoyment.

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Encourages a Healthier Lifestyle

Finally, certain renovations can encourage a healthier lifestyle. For instance, creating a dedicated workout space can motivate you to exercise regularly. Similarly, renovating your kitchen with a focus on functionality can inspire healthier cooking and eating habits. By making your home more conducive to a healthy lifestyle, renovations can have a positive impact on your overall well-being.

Get to renovating!

The benefits of renovating your home are manifold. From increasing property value and enhancing energy efficiency to improving functionality, boosting aesthetic appeal, and ensuring safety, the advantages are clear. While the process may require significant investment and patience, the end result can offer a more comfortable, enjoyable, and valuable living space. Whether you’re planning to sell your home in the future or simply looking to enhance your current living experience, home renovations can be a worthwhile endeavour.

 

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Discover hidden gems with launch of latest Visitor Guide

Discover Richmond Valley Visitor Guide

THE latest edition of the Discover Richmond Valley Visitor Guide, containing information on everything from festivals and events, interesting places to visit, spectacular national parks, reserves, rivers and beaches, exciting adventure activities, to places to stay, eat, shop, is making its way to visitor information centres and tourism-related organisations throughout NSW and South-East Queensland.

The Discover Richmond Valley Visitor Guide, designed to unlock the treasures of our vibrant community, is produced in full colour in an A5, magazine-style format, with 10,000 copies printed and distributed.

The guide is also available online in an accessible, e-magazine format on the Discover Richmond Valley website.

Key features of the Discover Richmond Valley Visitor Guide include:

* Curated experiences: Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, an outdoor enthusiast, or an art aficionado, the guide offers tailored itineraries to suit every taste and interest.
* Hidden gems: Venture off the beaten path and discover the lesser-known gems which make the Richmond Valley truly unique. From charming local cafes to secluded hiking trails, there’s always something new to explore.
* Insider recommendations: Benefit from insider recommendations from locals who know the ins and outs of the Valley’s best-kept secrets.

In line with other North Coast local government areas, the Richmond Valley visitor economy has been growing incrementally over the past five years. Tourism is estimated to contribute $78 million direct visitor expenditure to the Richmond Valley visitor economy per year. Domestic daytrips account for 59 percent of visitors to the region and domestic overnight visitors account for 40 percent of visitors.

Increasing direct visitor expenditure and overnight visitation is, therefore, important to growing the area’s visitor economy.

Richmond Valley Council’s Director Community Service Delivery Angela Jones said the visitor guide was a “must have” for visitors.

“Our goal with the new Discover Richmond Valley Visitor Guide is to provide visitors with an authentic experience which goes beyond the traditional tourist trail,” Ms Jones said.

“We want visitors to feel like locals, uncovering the hidden gems and secret spots which make our beautiful Valley so special.”

For copies of the Discover Richmond Valley Visitor Guide, contact the Casino, Evans Head and Woodburn visitor information centres at tourism@richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au

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Save Wallum campaigners ready to fight off bulldozers

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Save Wallum campaigners ready to fight off bulldozers

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Supporters of the Save Wallum campaign ensure there will be ‘a big community presence’ if developers try to proceed with earthworks on the unspoiled coastal heathland in Brunswick Heads.
Byron Shire Council staff will issue the subdivision works certificate for early stage one works to begin on the major and highly controversial housing estate, the developer has named as ‘Wallum.’

Save Wallum campaigners ready to fight off bulldozers

Images show koala scratching on large scribbly gums taken at the Wallum site marked for development.

Wallum, or wallum country, is actually, a coastal ecosystem along south-east Queensland, and northern NSW, characterised by flora-rich shrubland and heathland.
Developer Clarence Property Pty Ltd plan to build 124 residential lots, three medium density lots and supporting infrastructure on the culturally sacred and ecologically significant land at 15 Torakina Road, Brunswick Heads.

It is home to numerous threatened species, including nine federally listed Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES) such as the critically endangered Swift Parrot and Mitchell’s Rainforest Snail.

More than 5000 people have thrown their support behind the Save Wallum campaign since it started more than six months ago.
Campaigners have spent countless hours combing through environment and planning laws to try and stop what they call a ‘zombie development’ which was approved due to a loophole in NSW planning legislation.

The proposal for the Wallum housing development was approved by the Northern Regional Planning Panel (NRPP) in May 2023.
Save Wallum spokesperson and local ecologist James Barrie said the development did not reflect current environmental or cultural concerns and requirements.
At last week’s Byron Shire Council meeting he told councillors if they approved the subdivision works certificate, they were perpetuating known, incorrect information and allowing destruction of a precious environment.

“Corrections by expert (independent) ecologist David Milledge need to be heeded in detail and the plans updated to include the statutory requirements for the threatened species concerned,” he said.

Mr Barrie said Eucalyptus Signata at the site had been previously misidentified as Eucalyptus Racemosa.

“Significant koala feed trees have not been identified in the plans.

“We still don’t know the actual number of koala feed trees to be removed.

“This demonstrates the basic information that was requested, can’t be answered from the expert reports.

“So how can a VMP (vegetation management plan) address impacts on threatened species such as the koala when we don’t even know the number of koala feed trees to be removed,” he said.
Mr Barrie also slammed the developer’s ‘revised froglet management plan’ and stated there was no scientific evidence that artificially constructed frog ponds have ever worked.
Hundreds of community members were present at the meeting, voicing their disapproval – as they have done for months – about the development.
Councillors went into deadlock with four voting in favour to approve the subdivision certificate and four against.

After hours of debate, Mayor Michael Lyon used his casting vote to determine the matter, voting in favour of approving the application.

Save Wallum campaigners ready to fight off bulldozers

The ecologically and culturally significant Wallum heathland

Mr Lyon said he had made it ‘crystal clear’ from the beginning that council were limited in their power as the Northern Rivers Planning Pannel (NRPP) had already approved the development.
He said it would be better to have discussions with the developers about preserving parts of the site rather than ending up in court and potentially coming out with nothing.
The early stage one ‘ecological rehabilitation works’ certificate for the subdivision to start was subject to discussions to clarify some potential errors including, the VMP being updated.
Councillor Peter Westheimer, who was against the subdivision certificate being issued, asked ‘how much are the community willing to risk for Wallum.’
“I’d say a considerable amount,” Mr Westheimer said.

“Risking that the council has to go to court and the council will have costs, that’s just the way it is.
“I’ve been involved in lots of these issues since the early nineties, and it takes guts for the community, and it takes energy … but the community can win.
“Let’s look at some of the terms being thrown around in the environmental management plan, we have a ‘habitat translocation plan’ a ‘revised froglet management plan’ these terms are increasingly dystopian.

“They are all about humans trying to manage an environment which they want to destroy but trying to make themselves feel better along the way,” he said.
Supporter of the Save Wallum campaign Maria Lloyd said she and many others were left ‘really disappointed’ by the decision.
“We really hoped council would step up and support the community,” Ms Lloyd said.

“We’ve had incredible community support for this issue for months, council have received thousands of emails from members of the public.
“The issues of the environmental significance of the site and cultural values of the area have been brushed aside in favour of negotiations with a developer who has shown no respect for the area,” she said.

The Northern Rivers Times was unable to contact the developer before this story went to print.

But they told ABC they rejected claims from Save Wallum that environmental and cultural assessments carried out were inadequate.
Clarence Property’s managing director Peter Fahey has stated they have been rigorous and recent and gone through all the processes set out by the state government and the council.
A follow up on the developer’s comments will be in next week’s edition.

The Federal Environment Department said Clarence Property had been notified of its obligations under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

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