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SANTIN IS NATIONAL CHAMPION

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SANTIN IS NATIONAL CHAMPION

 

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In what was his last night as a Junior Sedan competitor, Lismore driver Jaiden Santin claimed the division’s ultimate prize – the 2024 Ian Boettcher Race Parts sponsored National Junior Sedan Championship on January 20, 2024.

Racing at the Grafton Speedway was hot both on and off the track all weekend, but in the end, Santin’s class shone through, after he outlasted the other seventy competitors to take the Australia #1.

With the final round of heat races providing plenty of surprises and even more shuffles in the overall points after some of the overnight leaders dropped back through the pack, the feature events were also hotly contested, Pary Das winning the C Main and Jake Fisher and Jackson Gordon each winning a B Main.

Despite the shuffle in overall points, the pole sitter would remain as overnight leader Jayden Hancock, while Santin did enough to qualify for the twenty-five lap final from position two.

Twenty-two cars contested the feature event, Hancock and Santin hitting the line perfectly to get the race underway.

Cars went three wide but it was Hancock who grabbed the lead as the battle behind got even more intense. 

With three laps complete the first yellow flag of the race came out, after B Main 2 winner Jackson Gordon hit the wall heavily in turn one.

Hancock got the best of the re-start as the race went back under green flag conditions, but Santin stuck right to his bumper. The leading duo pulled away from third place Leaman while fourth placed Indi Butcher was now coming under pressure from fellow overnight points leader Emilie Williams.

As Santin pulled along the outside of Hancock, Williams did the same to Butcher, Williams able to make the pass while Santin was not.

Santin then glued himself to the back bumper of Hancock as Leaman now began to close the gap.

Santin is the new National Champion - Image Courtesy speedwaysedans.com

Santin is the new National Champion – Image Courtesy speedwaysedans.com

Lap ten saw Santin duck to the inside coming out of three but again Hancock was able to hold off the charge.

Two laps later Santin drew alongside Hancock and this time he was able to hold it, crossing the line just 0.011 seconds ahead of Hancock. 

With just over half of the race completed, it was now Santin leading Hancock, Leaman, Williams and Brock Stubbs who had raced his way into the top five.

Santin began to stretch his legs from here, nearly two seconds ahead with five laps remaining and a pile of lapped cars coming up fast.

The heavy lapped traffic began to play a part as Santin began to look for a way through, but the yellows came on as Brodie Hollyman came to a stop against the turn three wall, setting up a restart with six laps remaining. 

Santin shot away like a bullet from a gun, Hancock and Leaman still in pursuit, but unable to match the pace of Santin who again took advantage of the clean air ahead of him.

With one to go he was 1.665 seconds ahead, the top four spread out while positions five to seventeen were bunched up in what was shaping up to be an epic finish for the minors.

Back up front, though, it was all Santin, who crossed the line 1.434 seconds ahead of Hancock and Leaman while Williams and Stubbs would round out the top five in a race that saw seventeen of the twenty-two starters complete the race, all on the lead lap

All results at this stage are still subject to final confirmation with further checks pending.

On behalf of the SSA, congratulations to all Junior drivers and their families for the efforts across the weekend, as well as to the Grafton Speedway for hosting what was a great event.

RESULT :

1. N51 Jaiden Santin, 2. Q2 Jayden Hancock, 3. W70 Jake Leaman, 4. T25 Emilie Williams, 5. N86 Brock Stubbs, 6. T77 Nate Garwood, 7. Q19 Jackson Kunny, 8. Q29 AJ Macdonald, 9. N36 Indi Butcher, 10. V47 River Paterson, 11. V10 Breanna Simpson, 12. W12 Jake Fisher, 13. V77 Will Fallon, 14. Q55 Sophie Santin, 15. T5 Bevan Davis, 16. W10 Mitch Binning, 17. V23 Tamika Simpson. DNF: V25 Cruz Farrell (20), Q12 Brodie Hollyman (19), W5 Jesse Hamon (14), W08 Tyler Scott (7), N97 Jackson Gordon (3). Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 1.434. Fastest Lap: 16.925 N51 Jaiden Santin.

 

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Grants Propel Housing Delivery in Regional NSW

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Grants Propel Housing Delivery in Regional NSW

 

Nearly $3 million in funding from the NSW Government is set to expedite the delivery of almost 24,000 new regional homes, with 16 councils securing grants under the second round of the Regional Housing Strategic Planning Fund. Ranging from the North Coast to the Central West and the Riverina, these councils will receive grants of up to $250,000 each.

The objective of these grants is to accelerate the delivery of new homes in regional areas through various strategies, including the formulation of housing plans, infrastructure preparation, and amendments to local environmental plans to facilitate the construction of diverse and affordable housing options.

As more individuals opt for regional NSW living, the demand for homes has increased, leading to rising prices and a shortage of available properties. Hence, bolstering regional housing supply is paramount.

These grants are part of a broader set of initiatives aimed at boosting regional housing supply, including the expansion of the Government’s Urban Development Program, the Regional Housing Flying Squad, the Regional Housing Fund, and the Accelerated Infrastructure Fund.

Together, these initiatives aim to streamline the planning process, support necessary infrastructure development, and aid regional councils in their housing-related endeavours.

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16 councils securing grants under the second round of the Regional Housing Strategic Planning Fund.

In Round 1 of the Regional Housing Strategic Planning Fund, $3.85 million was allocated to 20 projects across 19 councils. Notable projects include the Raymond Terrace Sub-Precincts Master Plan collaboration between Port Stephens Council and Homes NSW, aimed at expediting affordable housing supply.

Another project by Port Stephens Council focused on addressing development barriers such as drainage and flooding resilience in the Shoal Bay Precinct.

Armidale Regional Council, another recipient of Round 1 funding, successfully developed and implemented its Local Housing Strategy.
For further details on the councils receiving funding and their respective projects, interested parties can visit the NSW Planning website.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully emphasised the importance of supporting regional councils in expediting housing delivery for their communities. He highlighted the crucial role of regional NSW in the state’s housing supply landscape and underscored the government’s commitment to ensuring housing targets are met while also addressing future hazards.

 

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AI: Transforming Real Estate in Four Ways

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AI: Transforming Real Estate in Four Ways

 

In a world where AI reigns supreme, the real estate industry is undergoing a revolutionary transformation. Gone are the days of manual property searches and mundane tasks. AI is reshaping the landscape, empowering professionals, and enhancing customer experiences like never before.

Here are four ways AI is revolutionising real estate:

  1. Enhanced Customer Satisfaction: AI-powered assistants engage with clients, address queries, and provide personalised recommendations, offering round-the-clock support. This frees up professionals’ time to focus on high-value tasks, leading to unparalleled customer experiences.
  2. Empowered Property Search: AI algorithms analyse vast amounts of data to deliver accurate insights and personalised recommendations, streamlining the property search process. Buyers and professionals can make more informed decisions quickly, aligning with customer demands.
  3. Better Data for Investors: AI simplifies property valuation and risk assessment by analysing real-time data and identifying patterns. Investors can make informed decisions based on predictive analytics, ensuring profitable investments in a dynamic market.
  4. Simplified Property Management: AI-driven smart home technologies automate routine tasks, monitor energy consumption, and detect maintenance issues in real-time. This streamlines property management, reduces costs, and optimises property performance.
AI Transforming real estate

In a world where AI reigns supreme, the real estate industry is undergoing a revolutionary transformation.

AI is not only transforming real estate operations but also propelling the industry into predictive analytics. By leveraging historical data and market trends, AI algorithms forecast future property prices and demand, empowering professionals to seize profitable opportunities and stay ahead of the curve. With AI, the future of real estate looks promising.

 

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2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Unveiled: A Powerhouse Upgrade Ready to Conquer Australian Roads

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2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Unveiled: A Powerhouse Upgrade Ready to Conquer Australian Roads

 

By Jeff Gibbs

Toyota Australia is gearing up for the highly anticipated launch of the 2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado, set to hit the market with a range of new features and enhancements aimed at solidifying its position as a top contender in the SUV segment. With a mid-year launch on the horizon, the automaker has revealed key details about the upcoming Prado, including its variant line-up and advanced drivetrain specifications.

The new Prado will boast five distinct grades, catering to a wide range of preferences and driving needs. From the entry-level GX to the top-tier Kakadu spec, buyers can expect a comprehensive selection of options. Notably, the line-up will introduce an all-new ‘Altitude’ variant, specially designed for off-road enthusiasts seeking enhanced performance and rugged capabilities.

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2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Interior.

2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Interior.

Under the hood, the 2024 Prado will feature a formidable 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder powertrain, equipped with innovative 48-volt assistance technology. This cutting-edge drivetrain, shared with the face lifted HiLux, delivers robust performance with 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque, paired with an efficient eight-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, Toyota assures drivers of exceptional towing capability, with the Prado capable of handling a 3500kg braked trailer.

In terms of design and technology, each Prado variant comes packed with an array of premium features aimed at maximising comfort, convenience, and driving pleasure. LED headlights, a 12.3-inch multimedia screen with wireless smartphone connectivity, and a 10-speaker audio system are just a few highlights available across the range. Additionally, specific grades offer luxurious touches such as heated and ventilated seats, a refrigerated console box, and advanced driver assistance systems for enhanced safety and control.

2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

Toyota Australia’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Sean Hanley, expressed excitement about the upcoming release, emphasising the Prado’s longstanding legacy of reliability and performance. He highlighted the vehicle’s versatility in catering to diverse lifestyles and adventures, reaffirming Toyota’s commitment to delivering top-tier SUVs that meet the evolving needs of Australian consumers.

With pricing details yet to be announced, anticipation is high for the arrival of the 2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado. As drivers prepare to embark on new journeys and conquer challenging terrains, Toyota’s latest offering promises to set a new standard for excellence in the SUV market. Stay tuned for more updates and information as the launch date approaches.

Details will be confirmed closer to the Prado’s launch in mid-2024.

 

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