Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Boom town

A recent report by the Department of Sustainability and Environment shows that property prices in Venus Bay rose significantly while many other towns and suburbs fell from 2006 to September 2007.

The median house price in Venus Bay in September 2006 was $182,500. This fell to $162,500 by June 2007. By September 2007, the median rose sharply by 15.7% to $188,000.

Contrast this with pricier Inverloch with a fall of 13% from June to September 2007.

Download the full report here.

Friday, 4 April 2008

2 Days in the Dark

It's great to have the power back on!

I realised how much I take the convenience of electricity for granted when we were without it for the best part of 48 hours after the storms on Wednesday.

Now that the good folk of SP AusNet have restored the electricity life can get back to normal. Everything from washing your hands, to cooking, showering, flushing the toilet, washing clothes, watching TV and using the computer was out of the equation. Oh, and no phone (cordless phones don't work without electricity!!) That's just at home.

Outside, there was no petrol available because they couldn't pump it. The hardware sold out of camping style gas cookers (luckily they still had some at the service station).

I'm not complaining. It was nice to experience the absolute quiet and candlelight for a couple of nights. No buzzing fridge or idiots on the TV. Got reacquainted with the transistor radio and kept up to date with the havoc updates on 774 and ABC Gippsland.