Our Backyard


Last week I shared how Sarah Henderson, our Federal M.P. for Corangamite was coming to Lorne to make some exciting announcements. Well that she did and in such a big, big way. In fact, $3.26 million, matched by the same figure from the Surf Coast Shire for the re-development of the Stribling Reserve facilities and a further $90,000 for the Lorne Bowls Club for the re-surface of their green. On the back of the Point Grey funding announcement this brings an allocation of in excess of $12 million into Lorne over the last six! Not hard to see why many of our neighbouring towns at times get so envious of what we are able to achieve and its probably fair to say that we have been “batting well above our weight” when it comes to seeking funding for local projects – but all these things don’t just happen. We are fortunate to have a very strong community driven structure, Aspirational Plan and most importantly people who are prepared to roll their sleeves up and make these Aspirations a reality.


With the disasters of the January market still ringing loud and clear in our ears, one can be forgiven for not wanting to get ahead of ourselves as the market, and confidence within, slowly rebuilds. After making our February budgets, contracting a couple of good deals in the first half of the month and with a handful of negotiations underway, the market is not strong but in “recovery mode” with opportunities for buyers and a need for vendors to be well aware of the current market conditions. Those vendors who listen to the input of their agent and position their offering in the recommended price range are still likely to attract buyer interest, but you must be “tightly priced”! Unfortunately, the days of “let’s try a little higher” are now associated with the need to “wait a little longer” if the market range is predicted below your expectation. One doesn’t have to listen too hard to hear what’s going on in the Australian property market, albeit that its not always what someone wants to hear. Now more than ever if a seller is prepared to be realistic as opposed to optimistic, we feel confident a deal can be done.


Saturday 16th March

11 – 11:30 18 Dorman Street, Lorne

Sunday 17th March

11 – 11:30 45 Charles Street, Lorne


As the summer season fades to a memory many locals start to get the opportunity to get some time off and experience other parts. I was one so lucky person, to experience a beautiful part at Kauri Cliffs in the far north of New Zealand – magic!


“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will”.

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