By Victoria RatliffTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS- A Gary riverboat casino would be allowed to move inland under a bill approved Wednesday by a House committee – but with a $100 million price tag.That is one of the numerous provisions in Senate Bill 552, the giant gambling bill that was approved unanimously by the House Public Policy Committee. The amended bill covers an array of other gaming issues, including moving a second Gary casino license to the Terre Haute area and legalizing betting on sports, though not via phone or computer apps.Under the amendment offered by committee chairman Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, the Gary casino operator, Spectacle Gaming LLC, would have to pay a $100 million fee to repurchase the license they already have in order to operate at a new location near a northern Indiana interstate highway. Smaltz argued that gaming licenses are the property of the state, so if the location changes, a new fee to acquire it should be assessed.The size of the fee shocked some committee members.“To me it sounds like an address change,” said Rep. Vanessa Summers, D-Indianapolis. “It doesn’t necessarily sound like something that they should have to pay $100 million to do… Even for a rich person $100 million is kind of in the stratosphere.”Gary is seeking to allow the casino to move inland in order to open up its port for economic development.B.R. Lane, who represented Gary at the hearing, said later that the price tag “might have a chilling effect” on keeping businesses in Indiana. Gambling advocates here have kept an eye on Illinois, and the possibility of a casino being placed just west of Indiana’s border.And John Keeler, a lobbyist for Spectacle, said that business already paid for the existing gaming licenses. Under the amended form of SB 552, they would have to pay again, plus lose one license to the Terre Haute area which would go up for bid.“We do hope the license fee will be more reasonable, more business-friendly,” he said after the hearing.“It is a tremendous risk. One is the investment of $300 million in Gary (to build the new casino) and the other is the…potential competition from a Chicago casino.”Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, called for the fee to be eliminated altogether.“To me, I think it should be a zero fee to move. I think it’s fair compensation. They’re taking a risk” by investing millions to relocate the casino, he said.Eberhart, though, was most interested in another provision in the amendment. His community, Shelbyville, has one of two racinos in Indiana, along with Anderson, which combines horse racing and a casino. Those racinos, unlike other casinos in Indiana, do not have live table games, that use human dealers rather than video. A 2015 law allows them to get those live games in 2021, but the version of SB 552 which passed the Senate 38-1, moved those up to this year.“The only reason Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park don’t have live table games now is because of Gov. (Mike) Pence and his threat to veto the entire gaming bill in 2015,” Eberhart said.Also added to the bill Wednesday was an amendment by Rep. Edward Clere, R-New Albany, allowing veterans and fraternal organizations to participate in sports betting as long as the money only goes towards the organization. Clere said that since the bill already would legalize sports betting, a version benefiting charities also should be approved.“I thought it would be an appropriate time to add this new opportunity so that they could conduct spots brackets or pool surrounded events,” he said.Despite numerous questions from the committee, Clere’s amendment was adopted as Smaltz and House Ways and Means Co-Chairman Todd Huston, R-Fishers, both stressed that the bill is a work in progress and will be heading next to that budget-writing committee.Smaltz said his amendment nixed the use of computers and mobile phones for sports betting because he was concerned that that could lead to every community having gambling. If someone could bet on a sporting event from their phone, it would be hard to argue that they couldn’t have black-jack and other casino games, he said.Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, said the bill does represent an “expansion of gaming” in Indiana.“You don’t move boats from water to land and not call it an expansion,” he said.He said the bill opens the door for other casinos to ask to move off the water and on to land. Sports betting and live dealers at racinos also expand gambling, Lehman said.Yet he voted for the bill saying, “We’re here, we’re in. To use a gambling term, we’re all in. We’ve made this agreement and at the end of the day jobs, tax dollars” are dependent on the business.FOOTNOTE: Victoria Ratliff is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news site powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Evansville 2017 Proposed Health Care Plan Breakdown, ComparisonsSEPTEMBER 29TH, 2016 CHELSEA KOERBLER EVANSVILLE, INDIANA Many Evansville firefighters and policemen are against the proposed health care changes in the city’s 2017 budget.But how exactly do the compare to plans in other cities in the Tri-State? Lets break it down.Evansville’s current health care plan: Single firefighter monthly premium- $43.23.Firefighter w/family monthly premium- $70.13.Single policemen monthly premium-$56.14.Policemen w/family monthly premium $83.04Individual deductible- $750; Individual out of pocket maximum- $4,000Family deductible- $2,250; Family out of pocket maximum- $8,000Proposed 2017 health care plan (plan 1):Individual premium – $80.25Family premium- $224.71Individual deductible- $1,000; Individual out of pocket maximum- $4,000Family deductible- $3,000; Family out of pocket maximum- $8,000Proposed 2017 health care plan (high deductible health plan):Individual premium – $56.14Family premium- $83.04Individual deductible- $3,000; Individual out of pocket maximum- $6,550Family deductible- $6,000; Family out of pocket maximum- $13,100Henderson’s city employee health insurance (self-funded):Individual premium – $50Family premium- $150Individual/Family deductible- $1,000; max out of pocket- $2,000Owensboro’s standard health plan: Individual premium – $112Family premium- $325Individual deductible- $750; Individual out of pocket maximum- $1,750Family deductible- $1,500; Family out of pocket maximum- $3,500Evansville city council is currently working with city officials to revise the health care plan. Any changes would be presented at the next city council meeting on October 10th. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
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With GanjaWhiteNight’s recent resurgence in the US, the band continues to impress fans with their electronic/hip hop hybrid sound at venues and festivals nationwide. GWN’s music speaks for itself, but their newest release takes things ever farther. Teaming with famous Belgian street artist Ebo, the band has released a bewildering video of their song “Wobble Monster.”Check out the exceptional animated video from the band, streaming below.
Phish’s fall tour kicks off this Friday, October 14th, in Charleston, SC. Who knows? Maybe we’ll see more shirts from Trey… Last night, beloved jam band Phish made their return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, playing the late night show in support of their recently-released Big Boat album. Two years after the band took the same stage to play a track of their then-new album Fuego, the Vermont jammers returned with some breezy cuts for late night audiences everywhere.Anyone who’s listened to Big Boat by now will notice the album’s apparent horn section, played on the record by members of the Trey Anastasio Band. For this live performance, those horn parts on “Breath And Burning” were played by members of The Roots, who serve as the house band for The Tonight Show. The horn section included saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith and trumpetist David Guy.After appearances from guests Taraji P. Henson and David Harbour, Fallon introduced the group as one of the most “epic live bands ever.” Phish then came out and played a rousing version of their new song “Breath and Burning.” The band also treated the audience to one additional song, “Blaze On,” though that was released as a web-only video.Fortunately, you can watch videos of them below. (We’ll be updating the “Breath and Burning” video when it’s officially released, but the “Blaze On” was just put out by the show).
If you’ve spent any considerable time around the Phish from Vermont over the last 34-odd years, you’re no doubt familiar with the “never miss a Sunday show” adage. And if you’ve spent even one night on the musical game-board that is Midtown Manhattan over the past week and change, you’re becoming familiar with a newly forming adage, though one that’s no less true: For The Love Of Icculus, Never Ever–EVER–Miss A Baker’s Dozen Show. Especially if that Baker’s Dozen show happens to fall on a Sunday…Following Saturday night’s “Cinnamon” show, which saw more fingers in the air than at any show in recent memory, extras were plentiful outside the Garden early Sunday evening. But just because the tickets were there for the taking, doesn’t mean the excitement was any less palpable among the New York masses. The gravity of this historic residency has begun to fully register for everyone within the Phish universe (and even for those outside this beautiful bubble). The excitement and creative stimulus afforded by the nightly themes, the out-of-the-blue covers and rarities dredged up by the band’s commitment to no repeats over the run’s 13 shows; it’s all continued to raise the stakes each night, and the band has continued to exceed the ever-rising expectations. We’re now on the back half of the Baker’s Dozen, which means the band is not only fully settled and in a groove, but also crossing ever-more songs off the list, necessitating deep dives into their 30+ year-long catalog. On top of all that, Phish announced that the flavor of the day was “Jimmies”–understandably setting the rumor mill ablaze. Jimi Hendrix. Runaway Jim. And, of course, every Phish fan’s favorite Jimmy–that blissfully ignorant owner of an eternally unlucky feline by the name of Poster Nutbag…Phish took the stage at just about 10 minutes past 8, and proceeded to deliver an immaculate opening set filled with “white whale” song selections, big Type-1 peaks, and thoroughly dialed-in musicianship across the board. The band got the show on the road with the summer’s first “The Curtain,” prompting ecstatic cheers from the audience. The first of a litany of Phish classics to appear during Sunday’s performance, the fan favorite was played to perfection, before moving into a delicate yet rapturous “With” jam. Nailed it.A theme-appropriate “Runaway Jim” got the call in the two-spot, with Mike Gordon leading the foursome into a funky groove before passing the ball to Page McConnell for an impressive dual synth/organ keyboard run, simultaneously holding down the sonic texture and pushing the story forward melodically. Trey Anastasio hopped out front from there, getting dark and gritty before leading the song to a classic white-light peak. Nailed it.Gordon-penned Big Boat composition “Waking Up Dead” followed, making its first appearance since Mexico this past January. After just a handful of performances of the complex new composition—many of them somewhat botched—this version sounded fantastic, Page shining the brightest with his unhinged organ funk fills. It’s clear they’ve been practicing it, and it paid off handsomely last night. The song’s haunting slither seemed to portend the imminent post-Night 8 morning that awaited us all today, and its weirdness foreshadowed the dark, shadowy jamming that was coming in set two. Nailed it!The ominous atmosphere continued with a rare rendition of creepy carnival-kidnapping caper “Esther,” just the fifth since 2010 and the first since the memorable bustout-filled first set on 8/9/15 at Alpine Valley. After a raucous, peaking “Home” (which is rapidly becoming one of the best Big Boat tunes in the live arena) and straightforward renditions of “Brian and Robert” and “Nellie Kane,” Phish incited the loudest screams yet as they kicked into yet another pair of beloved early-years rarities not played since 8/9/15: “Colonel Forbin’s Ascent” > “Fly Famous Mockingbird!” “Forbin’s” was joyous and filled with laughs (especially as Trey “censored” the “weary shit-ass” line to “weary carcass”), and the notoriously difficult-to-play “Mockingbird” was absolutely, confidently, emphatically nailed.The “Mockingbird” narrations also featured more amusing nods to the evening’s theme. First, Trey quoted the “Jimmy” lyrics from “Squirming Coil,” reciting them a la medieval poetry—”The words of the Helping Friendly Book are powerful, but you don’t need many of them, for lo, it is written: Lo…’Jimmy holds the Tannis Root, The forest’s tasty nectar shoot, The sun tips off the monarch’s suit, From sequined sash to shiny boot…” But of course, he just told us that so he could tell us this (taking inspiration from The Beatles‘ “Glass Onion”): “Here’s another clue for you all: The monarch was Wilson!…And here’s another clue for you all: The Walrus was Jimmy!!!”From there, the crowd already thoroughly delighted, the band launched into the summer ’17 debut of “David Bowie,” highlighted by sparse, focused jamming with Gordon’s bass and Trey’s piercing guitar leading the way. Chris Kuroda made spectacular use of his new toys on his well-documented favorite Phish song, putting an exclamation point on a nearly too-good-to-be-true set one. Throughout the set, Phish was a hammer, and every song they queued up looked just like a nail. All that was missing was a “Bittersweet Motel” to validate the metaphor—though there was nothing “bitter” about Sunday’s first frame.After a break, Phish came out for set two and lit into The Who‘s “Drowned,” a song originally sung by Quadrophenia‘s young protagonist: Jimmy. This “Drowned” marked the second time a big version of the song has opened a second set at MSG, the first being 12/31/95—one of the closest things the notoriously picky Phish fan base has to a consensus “best show.” The song continued the trend it set on New Year’s ’95, wading deep into the waters with a submerged “echolocation” jam, each musician tossing up lines for each other to catch and land with smoothly. Fish-powered bliss led to swelling Trey flourishes, floating across the sound mix side-to-side, the light rig never more appropriate in its “underwater marionette”-like splendor. The jam touched briefly on “Mountain Jam” before riding an unrelenting backbeat from Fishman and whale calls from Trey to a beautiful piano lead (cleverly juxtaposed with a cacophonous feedback loop) and, finally, dissolving into a billowing mist.“A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing” followed, continuing the dark, brooding improv that had already been established throughout the show. This ocean song got some swanky lounge style jamming, evoking the same Genesis-type vibe they’ve hit with precision on several jams this run. Trey laid down funky rhythm fills while Fishman applied the gas and Mike and Page colored in the lines—really taking it out there, loose and open, catching connections. After a dissonant build, the band broke the vamp down to virtually nothing, bobbing on soft ghost notes before growing into tension-building minimalist weirdness. Riding the jam’s final waves, Trey locked into an ascending riff, accenting a drum-and-bass groove with a quick “Jimmy!” delay loop jam. “Jimmy” echoed through the room, and a single word crept into the audience’s heads—“Harpua??”—before the endlessly-chased song’s “oom-pah-pah” intro delivered on that suspicion, the Garden delirious with excitement.“A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing”As the song started, stagehands brought out chairs for Mike and Trey, who sat down, crossed their legs, and proceeded to grab their newspapers and read. Trey broke the silence with a thoughtful exclamation: “Wow, there’s lumps in the cosmic gravy. No seriously, there’s lumps in the cosmic gravy!” With comically scholarly, “Schoolhouse Rock!” matter-of-fact-ness, the band went on to explain—in what appeared to be mostly Phish-y nonsense—a thorough reasoning of why in actuality, and according to science, The Universe is, in fact, a donut. The “Harpua” narration saw each of the band members joke and pontificate about the “cosmic fireballs,” “large-scale radiations,” “squishing,” “topology,” “submicroscopic loops,” nods to various Phish lyrics, and other silliness in service of explaining why, obviously—”DUH”—The Universe has to be a donut!It wasn’t until after the show was over and the Internet was surfed that fans seemed to discover that this amusing “Harpua” skit wasn’t gibberish at all. It was, in fact, pulled almost word-for-word from a 2003 article in the New York Times, titled The Universe As Doughnut, which presents a sincere, science-backed astrophysical argument for why The Universe is actually shaped like a donut. So it wasn’t “distress tubes” and “solar garlic” and “slicing nipples.” It was science. Data. Phish wouldn’t lie to us, of course—The Universe has to be a donut. And during this incredible Baker’s Dozen run, donuts have been our universe.[Video: djmaffi]After completing the “Harpua” composed section with a hilariously-altered refrain (“Poster is Dead, and the universe is a donut”), the band dropped into a down-and-dirty “2001,” featuring still more dark jamming augmented with smoke machines and “Harpua” teases from Trey. Finally, they finished the set off with a sing-along “Golgi Apparatus” and an a cappella “In The Good Old Summer Time,” which featured Fish lyrical flubs that only further excited the grateful crowd.For the encore—during which Trey wore an “Is This Still Lawn Boy” shirt, a nod to Jam-Filled night 4—a Jimi Hendrix cover seemed like a strong bet. “Bold as Love,” “Fire,” and even the rare “Izabella” were thrown around as guesses, but the band instead opted for another unexpected turn: their debut of Are You Experienced? classic “The Wind Cries Mary.”Wow. Just…wow. Just when you think it can’t get better on this incredible run, Phish exceeds your wildest imagination once again. “The Curtain With,” “Esther,” “Forbins” > “Mockingbird,” “Bowie,” “Harpua” all in the same show?! Lots of dark, dirty, weird improv? Barely a single note misplaced throughout the night? And a Hendrix cover debut taboot? The Baker’s Dozen refuses to disappoint. The band is on an incredible hot streak, making magic at every turn—and we’ve still got 5 more nights to go! What a time to be a Phish fan…[cover photo by Instagram user type2photography]Hot Takes:Repeat Watch: Ok, at this point I think we can all agree that “repeat watch” is pretty much on auto-pilot. But for posterity’s sake: Over the course of the first 8 nights of the Baker’s Dozen, Phish has played 145 different songs, and hasn’t repeated a single one.Today’s Donut: “Jimmies” [“Runaway Jim”; “Fly Famous Mockingbird” (“The Walrus was Jimmy!“); “Drowned” (sung from the perspective of Jimmy in The Who’s Quadrophenia); “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing” (“Jimmy!” delay loop quotes from Trey); “Harpua”, “The Wind Cries Mary” (by Jimi Hendrix)]We Tired Yet?: Going into Sunday’s show? Sure. Coming out? Never felt more energized. Almost upset that we don’t have a show tonight. But then again, there’s a mountain of laundry building up and the new Game of Thrones burning a hole in the DVR…maybe a day off isn’t such a bad idea. See you Tuesday!SETLIST: Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 8 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 7/30/17SET 1: The Curtain With > Runaway Jim, Waking Up Dead, Esther, Home, Brian and Robert, Nellie Kane, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird > David BowieSET 2: Drowned, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, Harpua > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Golgi Apparatus, In The Good Old Summer TimeENCORE: The Wind Cries Mary Phish debut.
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Neverland Taps Jon Bon JoviThis concept album keeps getting starrier! Jon Bon Jovi recently tweeted that he sang “Beautiful Day” on Finding Neverland’s upcoming soundtrack. The superstar joins other big names on the record including the Broadway-bound Jennifer Hudson, Rita Ora, Jessie J and the rumored Taylor Swift and Alicia Keys. The tuner, which features music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, will open on April 15 at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre, starring Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer and Broadway.com Vlogger Laura Michelle Kelly.Kerry Ellis Joins Forces With Brian MayBroadway.com Audience Choice Award winner and current Cats headliner Kerry Ellis has teamed up with Queen legend Brian May for a new recording. “One Voice” will be released digitally on April 13 and you can check out the video here.Laura Benanti Will Host Drama Desk AwardsSpring Spectacular’s Laura Benanti will return as host of the previously reported 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards on May 31 at The Town Hall in New York City. “THIRD TIME’S A CHARM! Oh, wait… I’m hosting this for the second time? Well, I’m sure it will be fine,” the Tony winner and top tweeter said in a statement. Nominations, which honor achievement in Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway productions in the same categories, will be announced on April 23.Jimmy Fallon Tests Carey Mulligan’s Culinary SkillsCarey Mulligan has taken up where Hugh Jackman left off and is cooking up a storm on stage in Skylight, whipping up a batch of spaghetti bolognese (from scratch) during the course of the David Hare play. What happens to the Broadway leftovers? Well, on April 8 they went to Jimmy Fallon—check out his verdict on The Tonight Show below! Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Related Shows Finding Neverland View Comments
The Virginia Endurance Series is putting on The Gamut at Carvins Cove, a mountain bike race, this Sunday, January 12th at 9am in Roanoke, Virginia. This marks the first VES event of 2014 and is free to all participants! Please note: this is not for the faint at heart. The course consists of biking every trail, 40+ miles, at Carvins Cove in a single day. Whose new year’s resolution was to get in shape and be more active? Now’s your chance!Riders can meet up at the Bennett Springs Parking Area for the start. Carvins Cove trail system is the 2nd largest municpal park in the nation. Think of it as paradise for any mountain biker and hiker. The trails are full of both relatively flat, low-lying trails and steep climbs with awesome descents. Be ready for a mixed bag. That makes it more entertaining, right?The cold snap is over and the forecast is looking perfect for a day of biking. Oh, and how could I forget, The Gamut is part of the BRO 100 – our list of the ultimate Blue Ridge activities. Get after it!
By Gustavo Arias Retana/Diálogo October 29, 2020 China’s expansive presence is causing a negative impact on different Latin American countries. Destruction of ecosystems, corruption, crime, and unfair competition are some of the shadows that China casts over the region.The ecological sector is among the most affected. Chinese fishing vessels are depleting marine resources and protected maritime areas. For example, the Ecuadorean Naval Force told the press in late July that a massive fishing fleet, mostly Chinese-flagged, was operating in the vicinity of the Galapagos Islands’ Exclusive Economic Zone.“We firmly support Ecuador’s efforts to ensure PRC- [People’s Republic of China] flagged vessels do not engage in illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and stand with states whose economies and natural resources are threatened by PRC-flagged vessels’ disregard for the rule of law and responsible fishing practices,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on August 2.This problem isn’t new. In 2017, Ecuadorean authorities reported detaining the Chinese freighter Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 in the Galapagos marine reserve. The ship was carrying 300 tons of shark fin, in addition to hammerhead and silky sharks. The crew was prosecuted for environmental crimes.The Ecuadorian naval vessel LAE Isla San Cristobal (LG 30) sails toward the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) while conducting a joint patrol to detect and deter potential Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated fishing in the vicinity of the Galapagos Islands, Aug. 28, 2020. From Aug. 25-29, Bertholf patrolled over 3,000 square nautical miles of Ecuadorian and international waters and conducted joint operations with the LAE Isla San Cristobal, providing persistent presence and surveillance of fishing activity throughout the region. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)Other countries such as Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay also suffer from excessive fishing in their seas by Chinese companies, Juan Carlos Sueiro, head of the international nongovernmental organization (NGO) Oceana, told Diálogo. Among the most affected species are sharks and totoabas, he added.Corruption, unfair practices, crimeThe Chinese impact on Latin American ecosystems is not limited to marine resources. On June 2, 2020, the NGO The Society for Conservation Biology published a study reporting that jaguar poaching and trafficking in Latin America is linked to China’s private investment in different countries of the region. “In essence, it seems that countries with new Chinese money rolling in are the ones where we see an increase in overseas jaguar trade,” Vincent Nijman, the study’s co-author, told The New York Times in June.Another impact of China’s investments in Latin America is corruption. For example, according to an investigation published in June 2019 by the Ecuadorean newspaper El Universo, at least seven Chinese companies hired by the Ecuadorean government for public works in sectors such as construction, mining, telecommunications, and oil exploitation made payments to entities that the Ecuadorean Internal Revenue Service classified as ghost companies.Chinese companies also engage in unfair trade practices such as steel dumping, forcing countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, among others, to take measures to protect their industries. Dumping consists of selling a product at a price that is lower than its production cost, as an attempt to grab the market and eventually recover well more than the money invested.The partnership between Chinese mafias and organized crime is also evident in synthetic drug trafficking.For instance, Chinese criminal groups smuggle fentanyl into the United States through alliances with Mexican drug cartels, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) report Fentanyl Flow to the United States, published in January 2020. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine and produced at a low cost in China. It entered the U.S. illegal market in 2013 and is popular for being 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine, the DEA says.
5 Yongala Court, Castle HillMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“And that’s really what we love so much about this home; the view.“In fact, I’m currently standing in the kitchen, listening to the radio and cooking and looking out to the sea. It doesn’t get much better than that.”But of course, this home’s wow factors don’t stop here.Configured to provide ample leisure, entertainment and storage spaces, this top-quality home has a mix of open-plan and formal living options, each with wonderful aspects. Family and guests will adore the generous sleeping accommodation, with a choice of bedrooms and bathrooms on both levels, ensuring your tenure is timeless. 5 Yongala Court, Castle HillAs you would expect with a home of this size, the garaging is equally generous, with adjoining storage rooms. Best of all, your “drive-on” access is near level which is a rarity on the hill. With the Halpin’s daughter now having moved out of the family home, the couple is looking to downsize and have commissioned Julie Mahoney from Harcourts Kingsberry to the take the property to auction on July 18. 5 Yongala Court, Castle Hill“We were looking for a bigger house with more amenities for our teenage daughter and this property ticked all the right boxes.“In fact, it was perfect for three people.”Positioned in a tightly held cul-de-sac at Yarrawonga, the home’s private location made the owners feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life.“It’s city living with a country outlook as you get Castle Hill on one side but views towards the port from the other side,” Mr Halpin said. 5 Yongala Court, Castle HillWITH its large round-arched windows and hilltop design, this Castle Hill home has true attributes of a palace.But there is one thing missing. A new king and queen of the castle to call this standout property home.Built in 2000, this grandiose property has come to the market only twice in 17 years and most recently has been the home to Robin and Isabell Halpin.“We’ve been here for 10 years when we moved from Alexandra St, so really just 500 metres up the road,” Mr Halpin said. 5 Yongala Court, Castle Hill“Our daughter actually left home three to four years ago so we could have easily sold five years ago but the house just kept us here,” Mr Halpin said.“We just really enjoyed living here but the reality is that the house has just become too big for us to manage.“We’re both retired so the only reason were selling is because it’s time to move on.”