Anthony Tupou’s family-first plan proves a winner

Friday, 14. September 2018

CONTENT: Veteran forward Anthony Tupou has played three games for the Newcastle Knights since signing with the club a month out from the NRL season. Picture: Max Mason-HubersANTHONY Tupousays he made the decision to leaveEnglish Super League club Wakefield Trinitylast December for his wife, Kimberley.
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In the end, it’s led to his own football dream coming true at the Knights.

With no guarantees of a deal in Australia, the former Test and NSW State of Origin starwas content to brush aside the second year of his two-season Wakefield contract and do what was best for Kimberley and their sonsRyder, 7, and Jovi, 5.

For Tupou, 34,that meant potentially returninghome and playing for his schoolboys club, Wests, in the Newcastle Rugby League whilestarting life after professional football a little earlier than planned.Another option was staying in Kimberley’s home town of Christchurch, New Zealand.

“I left England and I had nothing,” Tupou said.“It was a risk, but it was sort of where I was at. I was just content to see whatever happens, happen.”

What happened was a one-year lifeline at his juniorclub and an overdue debut for the NRL team he followed as a boy.

“It wasn’t really about the money here at the Knights,” he said.“Everyone has sort ofrealised that, with what the Knights meant to meas a younger mangrowing up here and seeing those legends go around.For me, it was more about being able to be hereand having the opportunity to represent the Knights.”

The softly-spoken former Sharks and Roosters enforcersaid his family “had the times of our lives” in England but were glad to be settled in Newcastle.

“The boys got to see a new country and were excited, and we got to see snow, me for the first time, and we loved it,” he said. “Inside and outside of footy, we had a good crew over there, but I just felt it was time to come home and to get my wife back around herfamily.

“I felt it was unfair. She’d followed me around for 14 years, and with no help for herwith two little boys. It was pretty challenging and I felt like I could make that decision for her, and it just turned out in my favour as well. I’ve ended up here at the Knights.”

Tupou was unsure about football past this year but said Newcastlewas definitely home after winning over Kimberley.

“She loves it now,” he said. “She wasn’t quite sold on Newcastle over the years. I met her back in 2004 and I’ve been trying to get her to like Newcastle ever since, but now we’reactually here, she’s starting to see it for what it is–the best place in the world, in my opinion.

“There’s been a lot of good changes in my family and to be here to witness it, it’s been so good.We’re all on a bit of a high at the moment.Without going into detail,life’s going good.”

The Tupou namehas regularly featured in Newcastle Rugby League circles for many years and Anthony was glad to be back among his family. His brothers, Willie, Ben and Jon, have all played in the local competition.

“I think there’s 130 something of us here,” he said.

“My old man’s family,we’re all in Newcastle, so chances are I’ll always bump into someoneI know here everyday.”

Anthony’s family are living in Adamstown and the next generation are already lining up in Wests colours. He said “Ryder plays at Wests and he loves it” and Jovi is ready to follow in his footsteps.

“They’ve had a bit of a disjointed run,” he said of his sons.

“They’ve been to four different schools in three years. They wereenrolled in New Zealand because we weren’t sure we’d come to Newcastle.

“We went from Sydney, to England then New Zealand, and now we’re back here and we’re settled. We’ve told them now, ‘this is it, this is where we’re staying’.

​”The plan was always to settle here in Newcastle, it’s just taken a bit longer than we thought to get here.

“It’s funny how football works, to end up here at the end of my career. I feel so fortunate and that feeling hasn’t left.”

Tupou has playedthree games this year, after signing a month out from the season, and he was happy with his progress.

“I missed a lot of the pre-season but I feel like my fitness is good now and I’m up to speed with all the plays and I’ve got some good relationships with the boys and how they play now,” he said.

“So I think the next coming weeks I’m going to look to help out the team more and play the football that I’m used to.”

As for a second year at the Knights, he said: “I’ll leave it up to them.

“I’m not going to push. If they think I can bring something to them next year, then, of course.

“I’ll just see how I am at the end of the year, because I’m loving this now and I don’t want to think about anything else than just playing this year. It’s amazing.”

Kimmorley’s daughters step up for mum

Friday, 14. September 2018

FOLLOWING IN HER FOOTSTEPS: The Kimmorley sisters (from left) Mia, 13, Ava, 10, Ivy, 6, and Maddi, 15, will take part in the May relay. Picture: John VeageThe Kimmorley sisters wanted to do something specialtohonour their late mother and support the fight against cancer.
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The four sisters tragicallylost their mumSharnie Kimmorley, wife of former NRL star Brett Kimmorley, last month tobrain cancer.

Fittingly, the eldest daughtersMaddiand Miajumped at the chance to join some friends and take part in the Sutherland Shire Relay for Life.

Therelay raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for Cancer Council NSW eachyear and is being staged at Wanda Beach’s Don Lucas Reserve on May 6/7.

The pair, whichattend Woolooware High School, has already raised over $5000between them forthe event.

“It wassomething that they wanted to do,” father Brett said.

“It was a way for them to do something. I’m very proud of them. They have been unbelievably strong.”

Brett and his four daughters are all planning on taking part in the 24-hour relay. He said it was a good way to help support the fight against cancer.

“It is a horrible thing this disease so if in some capacity we can help, that’s great.”

As of Monday,eldest daughter Maddi had raised the most money outof any individual supporting the 2017 relay.Brett said the girls were quite competitive with one another, and they had done really well to raise the support.

He said it wouldlikely be atough event for the girls – honouring their late mum – but he was very proud of their efforts.

Siblings: The Kimmorley sisters (from left) Mia, 13, Ivy, 6, Ava, 10, and Maddi, 15, will take part in the relay on May 6/7. Picture: John Veage

Relay for Life co-chairman Rod Coy said theywere doing an outstanding job.

“It’s very inspiring,and I’m sure their mother would be proud of them,” he said. “I’m very pleased to see the initiativethey are taking during a painful time.”

The Sutherland Shire Relay for Life is the second biggest Relay for Life in Australia.

This isthe first year since the eventwas borne that it won’t be held at Sylvania Waters Athletics Track.

The relay sees teams of about 10 to 15 people participate. Eachteamtriesto have at least one member walking on the track duringthe entire 24-hour relay.

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Man guilty after $100K cocaine find

Friday, 14. September 2018

Newcastle Courthouse. A CHARLESTOWN man has pleaded guilty to a serious drug supply charge –which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail –after police found more than $100,000 worth of cocaine in his car last year.
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Jarrod James Coughtrie, 31, appeared in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday via audio visual link from theMetropolitan Remand and Reception Centre where he pleaded guilty to supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.

Lake Macquarie police were conducting physical and electronic surveillance on a number of alleged drug suppliers when they spotted Coughtrie meet with another man at the Edgeworth Tavern on September 22 last year, according to a statement of facts, which the court heard had not yet been agreed upon between the parties.

Coughtrie was being watched as he got out of his car, had a conversation with another man and was handed a pink plastic bag.

Police followed him as he drove from Edgeworth to Charlestown before pulling him over in Dudley Road about 1.50pm, court documents state.

“I’m f—ed, there’s drugs in there,” Coughtrie told police, according to the statement of facts.

“In the back on the floor in a pink bag. “Youse are going to find it anyway.”

When asked how much cocaine was in his car, Coughtrie replied: “A fair bit. “I’m f—ed. “I don’t normally carry that much.”

A search of the car revealed two shopping bags containing two plastic resealable bags, which had white powdery substances in them.After he was arrested and cautioned by police, Coughtrie told them: “It’s coke. “I don’t normally do this. “I hate this stuff.”The drugs were later weighed at Belmont police station and came to a total of 420grams, court documents state.

An analysis of the drugs revealed the first bag contained 280 grams of cocaine with 75percent purity, while the second bag contained 140grams of cocaine with a 71 per cent purity.

“The street value of the drug is estimated at more than $100,000,” a police statement says.

The matter was adjourned to Newcastle District Court on May 4 to a set a date for sentence.

Yields tighten in Melbourne’s shopping strips

Friday, 14. September 2018

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Commercial yields paid for a property leased to Bendigo Bank at 164-166 Burgundy Street are on par with fixed-term bank deposits or bond returns. The prominent corner property was sold by Fitzroys’ Geoff Emmett and Chris James for $5,302,000 under the hammer. The sale price reflected a sharp 3.4 per cent yield and a land rate of around $7470 per sq m. The property, with three tenancies, returned $179,934.10 per annum.


Yields around 3.5 per cent are the new benchmark for Melbourne’s high street stores. A two storey Victorian-era shop at 108 Glenferrie Road sold at a hotly contested auction with six bidders for $3.31 million, Gross Waddel’s Alex Ham and Tamara Gross said. The property was returning annual income of $116,420, fetching the vendor a yield of 3.5 per cent.


Investors buoyed by Richmond’s booming population, the result of apartment-led development, were willing to pay $1.22 million on a tight 3.1 per cent yield for a two-level shop at 362 Victoria Street. Morley Commercial’s Jonathan Lu negotiated the sale via an auction with multiple bidders.


A fish and chip shop with development upside sold under the hammer to a local investor for $552,500 for a yield of 3.4 per cent. The 110 sq m building at 111 Railway Parade had approved plans and permits for a three-storey development with four, two-bedroom apartments and a shop, Ray White Commercial Oakleigh’s Ryan Amler said. The fish and chip shop returned rent of $19,701 per annum.

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Another store, shop 1 on the corner at 2-4 Balcombe Road and Ebden Avenue, was hotly contested by five bidders and eventually sold for $570,000 at auction. The building, leased to a pet grooming business, changed hands on a 5 per cent yield on annual income of $29,000, Gross Waddell’s Alex Ham and Benjamin Klein said.


A vacant three-level office building with basement parking and the potential to develop up to five levels at 556-558 High Street has sold for $1.3 million. The property, on 424 sq m, was sold prior to auction by CBRE’s Josh Twelftree, Sandro Peluso and David Minty.


A private investor has bought a 372 sq m office/warehouse for $520,000. At 39 Scammel Street, the property is leased to Whites Diesel Australia on a three-year term, Knight Frank’s Scott Braithwaite and Daniel De Sanctis said.



Consumer finance business Thorn Group, which controls the Radio Rental brand, has taken a lease in the heart of hip Church Street. Teska Carson’s Fergus Evans and Luke Bisset brokered the deal for 300 sq m in 577 Church Street at $151,000 per annum net on a three-year term with a two-year option.

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The circus is coming to Port Melbourne. The Circus Spot has leased a 1000 sq m clear-span warehouse at 31 Essex Street on annual rent of $95,000 net. CBRE’s Guy Naselli and Daniel Eramo said the deal was done on a five-year lease plus two further terms of five years.


Suncorp Bank sees a bright future in Bridge Road, leasing a 155 sq m corner space for its newest branch on a five-year term. The 143 Bridge Road site was leased by Fitzroys’ Terence Yeh for $106,660 per annum plus part outgoings and GST. Mr Yeh said several national tenants were interested in the space including a home loan group, furniture showrooms and real estate agents.


The Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) has leased a whole floor at 150 Lonsdale Street after outgrowing offices at 215 Spring Street. Colliers International’s Shane Burns introduced the tenant to Knight Frank and Charter Hall, securing a 10-year lease term on level 23 for net face rent between $410-$420 per sq m. In another deal, Ascom Wireless Solutions secured 200 sq m at 390 St Kilda Road earlier this month at $285 per sq m. Lucy Martin negotiated the three-year lease term. Ms Martin also negotiated Clickon Furniture leasing a ground-level showroom at 3 St Kilda Road, St Kilda, on a five-year term at face rent around $300 per sq m. Further out in Mulgrave, NGT Marketing committed to 348 sq m at 799 Springvale Road, Mulgrave, at a rate of $285 per sq m, Ash Dean and Chris Meehan said. Mr Meehan, along with Damien Atkins, also leased Grey Innovation additional office space on level four at 543 Bridge Road in Richmond on a five-year lease term for an 785 sq m office at $365 per sq m.


Mahogany by Hand, maker and designer of mahogany furniture, has taken a warehouse lease at 110-118 Cochranes Road. Savills Australia’s Gareth Jackson said the business will pay about $125,290 per annum on a three-year lease with options for the 1340 sq m office and warehouse. Meanwhile, in Noble Park, airconditioning manufacturer and distributor Seeley International took a five-year lease at a rental believed to be around $160,000 per annum for a refurbished office at 480 Princes Highway. The property will become the firm’s new Melbourne headquarters, Daniel Kelly, in association with Mark Spigelman from Lawson Real Estate, said.


About Space Lighting has consolidated two existing warehouses into one lease over 1700 sq m of office/warehouse space at 10 The Crossway. Knight Frank’s Scott Braithwaite and Daniel De Sanctis said the rental was undisclosed but comparable rentals in the area range from $60 to $75 per sq m.


CBRE has expanded its Victorian development sites team with the appointment of former Ray White sales agents Jimmy Tat, Leon Ma and David Silcock.

Donald Cant Watts Corke has appointed Mark Vass as a senior-level director on its Victorian quantity surveying team.

Colliers International has beefed up its CBD retail division, employing Brigitte Doupe as a retail leasing executive. Ms Doupe was previously with KordaMentha Real Estate.

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Investors seek out $450m of north shore assets

Friday, 14. September 2018

Investors are snapping up about $450 million of north shore assets with at least four major properties being offered as the owners take advantage of the strong demand for higher-yielding bricks and mortar assets.
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The forthcoming Victoria Cross Metro Station, seen as a “a game changer” within the North Sydney CBD along with unprecedented levels of activity including new office schemes and new retail and town planning initiatives to invigorate the CBD, has also encouraged the selling spree.

Chinese private trading company General Nice Group has finalised the sale of its 146 Arthur Street office tower in North Sydney for $78 million. It is said Aqualand was the likely buyer as it looks for more sites in North Sydney. Aqualand was also said to signed a conditional deal to buy the Fujitsu Centre, 15 Blue Street, North Sydney, for $168 million from Phillip Wolanski’s Denwol Group.

CBRE’s Sharon Yang negotiated the 146 Arthur Street sale in a deal that highlights growing foreign buyer interest in commercial property investment opportunities in Australia’s major capitals.

“Offshore investors are targeting not only residential sites but are increasingly attracted to income-producing assets,” Ms Yang said.

“Sydney’s strong office market fundamentals and the outlook for rental growth in satellite locations such as North Sydney has been a key drawcard.

“This has led to a significant tightening in North Sydney’s prime office yield, to 5.95 per cent as at December 2016, with offshore and domestic investors perceiving there to be good potential for further rental growth underpinned by falling vacancy rates and ongoing infrastructure improvements.”

The assets for sale include the $100 million-plus 116 Miller Street and 173 Pacific Highway, 8 West Street, North Sydney, said to be valued at over $50 million and 108 George Street, Hornsby, said to be worth between $20 to $25 million.

There are also suggestions Abacus Property is looking to sell 32 Walker Street, in which it has a 25 per cent stake, alongside funds group Heitman that owns 75 per cent on behalf of South Korea’s National Pension Service.They bought the site in 2011 for $35.6 million.

Property Bank Australia, Security Capital Corporation and RG Property are also taking advantage of the prevailing market with the sale of 116 Miller Street and 173 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, in May. The combined value is just over $100 million.

Bevan Kenny and Chris Veitch of CI Australia and Tyler Talbot, Angus Klem and Dominic Ong of Knight Frank have been appointed as the selling agents.

Hornsby sale

According to agents, Sydney’s north shore, from North Sydney to Hornsby, continues to go from strength to strength, as recent changes in town planning due to significant growth over the past decade see an increased level of high-density mixed-use developments, most notably in Hornsby.

The four-storey property at 108 George Street, Hornsby, is on 2265 square metres and is being sold through Matthew Dunn and Tim Grosmann of Savills and Tyler Talbot and Dominic Ong of Knight Frank, on behalf of a local private investor who developed the site in 2008.

The property is 100 per cent occupied with the retail leased to Officeworks and office leased to the NSW government, United Protestant Association of NSW and Australian Unity.

According to Matthew Dunn, director of capital transactions at Savills, the tenancy mix provides strength and diversity to the overall investment fundamentals and “we expect strong interest from local and offshore investors and developers, looking to make their mark on one of Sydney’s strongest markets”.

Tyler Talbot, head of sales, North Shore at Knight Frank, said “it is feasible to achieve a high-quality mixed-use development comprising a 12-storey mixed-use tower with about 100 marketable apartments and 2500 sq m commercial/retail space”.

Tim Grosmann, director of capital transactions at Savills said the future for this type of property will evolve “given that Sydney’s population continues to grow by 1.8 per cent per annum and that the planning guidelines in the immediate area are adapting to cater for this growth”.

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