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8 • Select an Agent that you feel comfortable with. • Talk to the agent about critical timings for the sale i.e., settlement period. • Ensure the Agent you sign with is the Agent present during the sale, not the assistant. • Have your house ready for sale, use the Checklist provided by your Agent. • Do a final walk through and talk to the Agent about how to stage the home. • For Open Homes use the guide as provided by your Agent. • Get the yard neat and tidy and do this the day before an Open Home. • Ask for quality feedback and if an offer is made it should be on paper. • Walk through other Open Homes to see what the competition is. • The process can be stressful so find ways to relax and trust your Agent’s judgement. What happens when you sell your house • Get a contract from the Agent, read over the contract and ensure the details are correct • If you need, get a Solicitor to look over the contract • When ready sign and initial relevant pages • Keep the house insured until settlement Brett Reddell Your Local Area Specialist Northern Gold Coast Seller To-Do-List • Put the important dates into the calendar - settlement • Get a copy of the dated contract from the Agent or Admin • The buyer will do a Building & Pest Inspection • The buyer will have or may have a Valuation done on the home • The buyer will do a Pre-settlement inspection • Clean the home before settlement • Gives the keys and remotes to your Agent • Congratulations it is settled. Brett Reddell Your Local Area Specialist Northern Gold Coast Buying real estate can be life changing ... a HUGE decision! It’s important for you to feel supported with experience and sound advice. I’m fortunate to have had lots of experience in sales for acreage, land, residential and investment houses and have worked in many fast paced businesses in management. I will ensure your next property sale or purchase will be stress and hassle free, because I understand where you’re coming from - I am just a regular family guy, like you! Listening to my clients has given me a fresh outlook on the real estate industry and will offer sound and knowledgeable advice to you when making this important decision. See advert page 9 Monday to Saturday 8am - 6pm Phone: 5670 8971 Pimpama City Shopping Centre 102 Pimpama Jacobs Well Rd, Pimpama www.tambvet.com.au • like us @ TCYVet Hills Food Prescription Diets Flea & Tick Products Puppy Preschool Consultations Vaccinations Desexing Dentistry Soft Tissue Surgery Orthopaedics Digital Xray Dental Xray Ultrasound In House Laboratory Digestive Health Did you know that your pets digestive tract is filled with billions of living microorganisms? These microorganisms play a vital role in balancing your pets digestive health and wellbeing. An imbalance in the bacterial populations can affect the body’s immune system, lead to digestive issues, inflammation of the intestines and diarrhoea. So how can we support and promote healthy gut flora? Probiotic supplementation helps to support the digestive system by introducing “good bacteria” into the gut. They can help maintain existing gut flora, or replenish healthy flora that has been reduced or terminated due to medication, stress, disease processes and diet changes. An alternative approach is to give prebiotic fibres that feed and nourish the microbes within the pets own microbiome. Hills Gastrointestinal Biome stimulates the microbiome to produce beneficial postbiotics to promote healthy stool and limits the recurrence of digestive upsets. Whether your pet has an acute case of diarrhoea, a chronic gastrointestinal condition, anxiety, or even allergies, your veterinarian may recommend different products to support your pet’s intestinal health. Remember to always consult with your veterinarian before initiating a supplement or diet change. If you have any questions please contact our friendly team Pimpama City Veterinary Surgery on 07 5670 8971.

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11 Coomera | Ormeau | Tamborine Mountain SOLD | $735,000 5 Woodrose Circuit, Pimpama SOLD | $700,000 31 Hydrangea Street Ormeau FOR SALE | Expressions of Interest 4 Fox Court, Ormeau Hills UNDER CONTRACT 19 Ross Crescent, Pimpama SOLD | $947,500 22 Emmaville Crescent, Ormeau FOR SALE | Expressions of Interest 31 Ellenborough Ave, Ormeau Hills SOLD | $697,000 10 Aspect Street, Pimpama SOLD | $777,200 5 Wilpena Street, Ormeau SOLD | $690,000 19 Chamberlain Rise, Ormeau Hills SOLD | $700,000 8 Pimpama Rivers Dr, Ormeau SOLD | $940,000 44 Stoney Creek Cct, Ormeau SOLD | $770,000 25 Ellenborough Ave, Ormeau Hills Rhyss Freeman 0438 709 771 Ormeau Hills Area Specialist Licensed Real Estate Agent Emma Ashton 0423 989 124 Pimpama Area Specialist Rachel Ryan 0433 774 501 Ormeau Area Specialist Licensed Real Estate Agent Independant Contractor UNDER CONTRACT Thinking of selling? Call your Division 1 area specialists.

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During this time Tanya has acted for clients in relation to a variety of matters including Family law matters, Criminal and Traffic matters amongst other areas of law including Civil litigation and Wills and Estates. The firm started off small with just Tanya and a para-legal and has since grown to include a fulltime Conveyancer, para-legal and Solicitor. Tanya’s focus is on delivering practical legal advice at a reasonable cost to clients. In 2018 Tanya decided to open Hilton Hartley lawyers located at Pimpama City. The name is derived from her grandmother’s family names. Her grandmother recently turned 100 years of age and it was important to Tanya to preserve those names for future generations. Tanya’s daughter Olivia Roeszler was admitted as a Solicitor earlier this year and her son Daniel Roeszler is due to be admitted as a Solicitor in early 2024. Tanya’s team is comprised of Chantal Hill who is a Senior Associate and practices predominantly in the area of Family Law and Department of Child Safety matters. Chantal is passionate about family law and is a strong advocate for her clients. Olivia Roeszler is our newly admitted Solicitor although she is not new to law, having been employed at Ormeau Legal for 10 years as a para-legal. Olivia practices predominantly in the area of Wills and Estates and Family Law. Olivia is extremely approachable and has been described as being friendly and highly efficient. Thomas Stubbings is our criminal lawyer who is happiest when he is wading through briefs of evidence and making submissions to Police Prosecutions in an attempt to have his client’s charges withdrawn or reduced. Tom appears almost daily in the Magistrates and District Courts of Queensland and has proven to be a worthy advocate having been successful in having charges completely withdrawn or reduced significantly for his clients. Renee Dormer has been admitted as a Solicitor for over 10 years and practices across a number of areas of law. Renee has completed her Family Dispute Resolution training to practice as an accredited mediator and is also undertaking her Master of Laws (Applied Law) majoring in Family Dispute Resolution Practice. Renee is local to the area and is known for her friendly and approachable personality. Sharyn Polzin is our full-time conveyancer. Sharyn has over 30 years’ experience in conveyancing and if there is something Sharyn doesn’t know, then it probably isn’t worth knowing. Sharyn works closely with a number of buyers agents and has formed excellent working relationships with clients which is evident in the number of repeat clients we see at Ormeau Legal. Daniel Roeszler is completing his law degree and is due to be admitted as a Solicitor in early 2024. Daniel currently assists our team on legal matters ranging from Family, Criminal, Traffic, Civil and conveyancing files. 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14 PEACHEY CG NEWS Nature's Wisdom ... Nature patiently waits and watches, not rushing or anxious, we are nature too, why do we buy into the rush script? Step away, rest, be at peace, with yourself. R Chizz Where is Peachey Community Garden? Peachey Community Garden. Cnr Tillyroen and Mc Creadie Roads, Ormeau Friday Mornings: 9am -afternoon bring something to share. Saturday Mornings: Annemarie has a stall at the Helensvale High School Markets selling seeds, and seedlings, also offering a garden design service so you can grow at home. 6am – 11am Sunday afternoons: 3pm until the mozzies come out. Bring something to share. Contact: Peachey Member 0424 171 019 | Email: peacheycg@gmail.com What to plant in January Summer should be a time of sitting back with a cool drink watching the garden, as we know plants keep stretching towards the sun, weeds go wandering and we do love to potter about. Keep the mulch up to retain as much moisture in your soil, if your soil has great microbes like us, they will do most of the work for you. Peachey will continue to rest a few of our beds as members are away, also the hot winds barrage the moisture out of the plants, covering plants with fine mesh will protect fruit trees and vegies until the cooler weather comes. When we are ready to plant the beds up, we will have soil that can take deep roots and grow great crops. Your crops are only as nutritious as the soil they are grown in. Remember our bodies are just like this earth, we are as vibrant as the food and environment we live in. “Look deeply into nature and you will understand everything,” said Einstein. Nature mirrors how it is treated, I believe our minds and bodies mirror the choices we make or are subject to. Herb of the month Perennial Basil This amazing herb will grow and flower all year round! The bees love it. The bush has a stronger flavour then your sweet Basil, so you simply use less of it! Great in salads, pesto and all-time favourite… on pizzas. Basil has this awesome effect of alkalising tomatoes, no wonder they are great for your taste buds! This one also makes a great bath vinegar which also acts as an antiseptic. Basil contains vitamins A,B,C and K. The minerals content are calcium, iron, copper, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, magnesium, and manganese. Appreciates full sun, regular watering, and good drainage. Happy gardening and a healthy life, Cheers, Annemaree. Thank you. To the many locals who showed kindness to each other over the Christmas season. Ormeau has an amazing people group who really do care. I saw people giving food, clothes, furniture, toys, acts of service; these feed our souls. Often the silly season can be draining with all the consumption and expectation. Thank you to the power of community, the people in your neighbourhood are there for you, to spread hope and remind us that human kindness is the greatest gift to give each other at this time and all year round. Thankyou Kimberley for posting on a few pages the question what would you like for Christmas that you can’t afford? People loved this!! People connected, shared needs and worked together, THIS is community, I was excited to hear the enthusiasm and extent to which people want to help each other. Divided we are vulnerable and guarded. Together we can achieve much. Community Share Chest Kiki is the “Keeper of the cupboard”, on site at Peachey. The Community Pantry chest is filled with handy items and nonperishable food for all who need. Kiki says, “Take what you need, leave what you can”. For all of us. This is the power of community; this makes my heart sing. Please don’t throw it away. That thing that you think your done with, take a photo and send it to peacheycg@ gmail.com or 0424 171 019, we may be able to use it or know someone who needs it. Each month we have free share, not everything needs to go to the tip. Upcoming Events In 2023 we launched the Peachey Parties. This gave locals a free platform to present their skills and see how people responded. We saw up to 8 young entrepreneurs presenting their jewellery, slime, beverages, and ingenuity. We had over 40 different youngish business owners strutting their stuff. Congratulations to you all, the effort it takes to create your own business is rewarded in freedom. 2024 we will be playing with the Art Intuitive Hub concept, the Young Entrepreneurs Club, the children’s village concept, and growing plenty of produce to share with you all. If you want to curl up at night with excitement for the coming months, worthwhile projects to put your time into to make a difference in your life and others, let’s create this together, contact details are below. . . life is better together.

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VOCALESCENCE CHORUS Come and join the award winning all female a-cappella chorus on a Wednesday night at the Upper Coomera Centre, 90 Reserve Road from 6.30 to 9.30. We love to see new members so why not come along and see what we are about. We will be returning to rehearsals on January 10th. Please follow our Vocalescence Website and Facebook pages and for up to date information contact Jo on 0417 747935. PROBUS CLUB OF PIMPAMA, a mixed Club, meeting at 9.30 am for 10 am, 4th Thursday monthly, at Pimpama Tavern, 102 Jacobs Well Road, Pimpama. We have a guest speaker, trivis, morning tea, fun and friendship each month. Bus trips, tours, outings, coffee & chat, lunches, theatre events and cards are some of the experiences offered. Contact: Kaye 0493 412 374/Dawn 0411 404 311/E: pimpama.probus@gmail.com. A.R.A.G.C. CAR CLUB - We welcome all new members, we are a friendly light minded, small group of classic car lovers. 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