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New Gladesville Village Shopping Centre Refused by Council

The planning proposal for a new shopping complex and residential development on the site of the present Gladesville Shopping Village has been rejected by Hunters Hill Council. The exhibited proposal for a residential/business tower in the heart of Gladesville was refused by councillors on Monday night. The unanimous council decision to refuse the proposed development in its current form comes in response to widespread resident concerns about increased traffic and heritage conservation, raised Continue Reading→

TWT UPDATE: Court slaps down proposed Dunbar Park Estate development

A NSW Land and Environment Court decision to refuse a proposed controversial Dunbar Park Estate development has delivered a crucial community victory and another blow to the state's troubled planning laws.City of Ryde said the judgement handed down Wednesday by Commissioner Peter Walsh was a "huge win for residents".The planning proposal involved demolition of an existing single dwelling in Lexcen Place, Marsfield and its replacement with a residential flat building comprising four Continue Reading→

Comparison Rates Don’t Give Aussies Enough Credit

THE BAREFOOT BROKER with Jason Khoury Comparison Rates were rolled out by ASIC with good intentions but have turned out to be quite useless, so I’ll continue to lobby for their removal on the basis they’re just not real. A Comparison Rate (CR) is a made-up, notional & unrealistic ‘rate’ which tries to include ongoing fees into the actual interest rate, in a rudimentary effort to estimate the true cost of a loan. It’s like a car salesman giving you a price on a car that wraps up Continue Reading→

Comparison Rates Don’t Give Aussies Enough Credit

THE BAREFOOT BROKER with Jason Khoury Comparison Rates were rolled out by ASIC with good intentions but have turned out to be quite useless, so I’ll continue to lobby for their removal on the basis they’re just not real. A Comparison Rate (CR) is a made-up, notional & unrealistic ‘rate’ which tries to include ongoing fees into the actual interest rate, in a rudimentary effort to estimate the true cost of a loan. It’s like a car salesman giving you a price on a car that wraps up Continue Reading→

Overdevelopment freeze a hoodwink

BY OUR CIVIC ROUNDSMANNSW Deputy opposition Leader and Shadow Planning Minister Michael Daly has blasted the State Government’s 12 month freeze on medium density overdevelopment as a political stunt to get Ryde MP Victor Dominello re-elected.“The freeze ia a hoodwink to get Victor Dominello re-elected at next March’s State elections”, Mr Daley claimed.Mr Dominello along with Lane Cove MP and Planning Minister Anthony Roberts announced the freeze last week to give Ryde Mayor Continue Reading→

TWT Exclusive: Dominello seeks freeze on Ryde High-Rise ‘madness’

Ryde MP and NSW Finance Minister Victor Dominello has announced that he is appealing to the Minister for Planning and the Greater Sydney Commission to freeze high-rise development in Ryde.“Anyone that is familiar with Ryde knows that overdevelopment is hurting our community” Dominello said.“The most recent decision by Ryde Council to support a 60 storey tower in Macquarie Park is evidence of this and is sheer madness.”Ryde’s Local Environment Plan (LEP) sets the rules for Continue Reading→

The Barefoot Broker: Helping blind people around the world

HAVING won Best Small Brokerage in NSW, iChoice at Concord West is always looking for new ways to build on its relationships with clients, the industry and the broader community, including philanthropic initiatives - so it's with great pride that we announce that iChoice has become an official Corporate Partner of the Fred Hollows Organisation.“Ever since I heard a few years ago that there are blind people around the world that can have their eyesight restored, we’ve wanted to get Continue Reading→

Banking Royal Commission Shaking Things Up

THE MAJOR Australian banks' financial advisers are copping it, as we continue to hear their customers' interests have not always underpinned their recommendations in a Banking Royal Commission that has so far exposed shocking conduct.It’s disgusting and it’s now obvious that this inquiry was needed to clear the air.People are now understanding that banks are loyal to their shareholders and not their customers - confusing, as we assume banks have a moral obligation to look after Continue Reading→

Invasion of the two storey flats

The City of Ryde has threatened legal action against the State Government to stop an invasion of four unit manor houses in streets with single storey bungalows.The Council held a heated, extraordinary meeting on Thursday in response to so called “government changes to Ryde’s Local Environment Plan” to permit an estimated 41,000 manor houses in R2 zoned streets which Mayor Jerome Laxale claims the council is powerless to stop.Mayor Laxale said the government’s change – which Continue Reading→

The BAREFOOT BROKER with JASON KHOURY: How to think about money

BESIDES being The Barefoot Broker, for 30 years I've been a student of Economics, Psychology, Statistics and Neuro Linguistic Programming.Believe it or not, it all ties in together.Kids out there, get stuck into any learning you can get your hands on - it all helps. You'd think that people who can refinance their mortgage to save money will consider it, right?Well, not really. In fact, 80 per cent of people who have a mortgage or two know very well that they're throwing money down Continue Reading→

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