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ON A FAMILY SCALE
PBE REAL ESTATE
38-40 McBride Ave, WONTHAGGI
l Four bedroom plus study entertainer
l Fully self-contained pool house
l Solar power
l High quality fit out
l Amazing alfresco entertaining with eight seater spa
THE LAND YOU’VE
BEEN WAITING FOR
PBE REAL ESTATE
38-40 McBride Ave, WONTHAGGI
PBE Real Estate is proud to offer for sale
by tender this captivating coastal parcel of
Consisting of two allotments, each
measuring 1000m2 approx. (1/4 acre)
90 minutes from Melbourne and 15
minutes from Phillip Island, Kilcunda is
the gateway to the Bass Coast’s finest
Here is a rare opportunity to purchase
either one or both of these never before
Build your dream home with
uninterrupted coastal views from Cape
Paterson to Cape Woolamai.
For more information please contact PBE
Tenders close Tuesday, February 14,
2017 at 5pm.
THESE two wonderfully affordable lifestyle al-
lotments are located in a very special and unique
pocket of our coastline, Harmers Haven.
Harmers Haven is nestled in the Bunurong
National Marine and Coastal Park featuring
great surfing and fishing beaches and excellent
Harmers Haven is only a very short drive to
Cape Paterson and Wonthaggi meaning you will
benefit from a peaceful existence with the town
conveniences only minutes away.
These two one acre plus allotments are
priced at $259,000 and $299,000 and will be
sold over the summer months priced as such.
Both feature quick access to the beach!
There are also other allotments available upon
enquiry. Please contact the friendly staff at PBE
Real Estate on 5682 1833 or go to wonthaggi@
pberealestate.com.au for further information.
HOUSEHOLD rainwater tanks have made a mas-
sive comeback across Victoria over recent years.
It is estimated that in Melbourne alone, one-
in-three households capture rainwater to flush
toilets, water gardens or for other outdoor uses.
The Victorian Building Authority (VBA), the
state’s building and plumbing regulator, recom-
mends that in all areas with a mains water sup-
ply, the reticulated drinking water is used for
drinking and food preparation.
With Victoria’s summer renowned for its tor-
rential downpours, it is not too late to install
a tank to make the most of the precious, free
resource of rain and save money on water bills.
Rainwater tanks must be installed on ap-
propriate and adequate supporting bases with
stormwater and water supply connections to
and from the tank carried out by a registered/
VBA Technical and Regulation director Jar-
rod Edwards said a rainwater tank is a great
idea for those who are sustainability-conscious
and want to save money on water bills, particu-
larly where there is a large garden to be main-
tained or there is a desire to connect the tank to
the home for toilet flushing.
“However, it is important to check with your
council to find out if a planning permit is needed
and what the health and building regulations are.
“Once you have done that, a registered/li-
censed plumber can advise on the best size and
type of tank and best location for it on your
property,” Mr Edwards said.
“Free-standing tanks do not require a build-
ing permit, but the structural adequacy of the
supporting base or tank stand must be as-
“Consider the potential damage to adjoining
property or people if a tank toppled. For exam-
ple, a 2000 litre water tank weighs more than
Important points to consider when installing
a rainwater tank include:
• A registered/licensed plumber must con-
nect the roof catchment to the rainwater tank
and the tank overflow to the stormwater drain.
Jobs valued at $750 or more (including the
tank, fittings and labour) require a compliance
certificate to be issued by the plumber.
• Where rainwater is to be used for toilet
flushing and provision is made for this to be
augmented from a drinking water supply, the
plumber must ensure adequate backflow pre-
vention to protect against health impacts.
• Australian Standards and guidelines apply
to the design, material, manufacture and instal-
lation of rainwater tanks. A registered/licensed
plumber can help identify which tanks meet
• If you need to change the position of your
downpipes or gutters to maximise your rain-
water collection, you must use a registered/li-
• Overflows or discharge pipes from roof
mounted evaporative air conditioners should not
be allowed to discharge onto the roof catchment
area for your tank due to water quality issues.
• Keep your roof and gutters clean and flush
your tank every two or three years. Tanks
should not be entered for cleaning – do it from
outside with a hose or engage a professional
Mr Edwards said that for those building a
new home, installing a rainwater tank and con-
necting it to all sanitary flushing systems can
help achieve the minimum regulatory require-
ments of the 6 Star building standard.
He urged people to talk to their builder, archi-
tect or plumber.
To find a registered/licensed plumber or for
further information about rainwater tanks at
your home, contact the Victorian Building Au-
thority at www.vba.vic.gov.au or visit your local
INCREASINGLY sought after by buyers seek-
ing a lifestyle change, a number of regional Vic-
toria’s most popular holiday destinations have
recorded significant capital growth – both over
the quarter and the year.
The latest Real Estate Institute of Victoria
data shows the median house price in Halls
Gap, bordering the Grampians National Park,
has increased almost 20 per cent in the three
months to September 30 to $318,500.
This was up from $267,000 in June.
The Ballarat suburb of Golden Point, near the
Sovereign Hill Goldfields Museum, also expe-
rienced double-digit quarterly growth, up 10.3
per cent to a median house price of $295,000.
Solid growth was also recorded in the coastal
town of Metung in East Gippsland, where the
median house price rose 5.6 per cent over the
quarter to $393,500.
Meanwhile, multiple regional towns also experi-
enced solid price growth in the year to September 30.
Loch Sport near Ninety Mile Beach recorded
one of the state’s largest increases this year, with
the median house price rising more than 25 per
cent to $185,000 – an increase of $37,500.
The popular tourist town of Cowes also ex-
perienced solid growth, with the median house
price increasing 16 per cent to $394,500.
This was up from $340,000 last year.
Other beachside towns continuing to show
growth include Torquay, which has increased
14 per cent in the past year to a median house
price $690,000; Ocean Grove, up 5.8 per cent
to a median of $551,250; and Lakes Entrance,
up 2.4 per cent to $302,225.
Northwest of Melbourne, house prices in the
spa town of Daylesford rose 8.7 per cent over
the year to a median of $480,000 – an annual
increase of more than $40,000.
Other tourist destinations experiencing price
growth include the riverside town of Echuca,
up 4.6 per cent to a median house price of
$329,500; and Rochester, less than 30km
away, where the median house price increased
14.8 per cent over the year to $264,000.
For more information on median house pric-
es by town, visit reiv.com.au.
Geoff White is the CEO of the REIV.
House prices rise in tourist hot spots
Tap into the benefits of a rainwater tank
Both blocks are more than one acre in size
and nicely priced.
Your own special haven
The blocks offer quick access to the beach.
By Geoff White
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