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Villa World will rejuvenate a wetlands reserve as a showpiece for Arundel Springs

first_imgThe regenerated nature reserve and wetland will create a natural backdrop along Arundel Springs Ave.A NEGLECTED strip of Gold Coast wetland will be converted into a nature reserve as part of a 25ha residential project.Developer Villa World has announced that the wetlands will become the “spectacular centrepiece” for its Arundel Springs estate.The Arundel reach of the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area — which is home to a diverse range of natural species including a large population of kangaroos — has been locked away from public view for decades under private ownership as one of the Gold Coast’s last working dairy farms.Villa World CEO and managing director Craig Treasure said that since buying the Greenacre Drive infill site from the O’Brien family in 2016, Villa World had created a masterplan to include extensive public space directly fronting the Coombabah Wetlands.“Villa World sees this development as a major opportunity to both provide recreational amenities for the local community and to revive an area that has lain waste through years of neglect,” Mr Treasure said.“The area is overgrown with introduced weeds and is choked with sediment. We plan to extensively clean it up and add new plantings in line with council requirements to create a beautiful natural environment for everyone to enjoy. We have been working closely with the City of Gold Coast which has been very supportive of this initiative.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe first lots at Arundel Springs will be released later this year.The upgrade will include new bike and walking paths to connect landscaped parks and amenities within the Arundel Springs community. There will also be a series of resident access points to the nature reserve and viewing decks. Mr Treasure said the regenerated nature reserve and wetland would create a natural backdrop along Arundel Springs Ave — the main access route through Arundel Springs.“Villa World has designed Arundel Springs as an interactive environment to encourage play and recreation within the natural and urban spaces we’re creating,” he said.“The public spaces are designed to have minimal impact on the Coombabah Wetlands, while creating a distinctive and functional environment for the public. This will provide a spectacular centrepiece to the Arundel Springs project, which is currently Villa World’s flagship development on the Gold Coast.”On completion, Arundel Springs will comprise 306 residential lots and about 80 town homes. The project is expected to create around 1500 jobs during its staged development.Arundel Springs is scheduled for release in the first half of this year with lots ranging from 300sq m to 811sq m.“Arundel Springs is a community that will appeal to young couples, families and active retirees looking to build their dream home,” Mr Treasure said.last_img read more

Van Persie sidelined for United

first_img Press Association Unlike the last-16 clash versus Olympiacos, United will play their first leg at home. The Red Devils, who drifted from 18-1 to 33-1 following the draw, will take on Pep Guardiola’s side at Old Trafford on April 1 before they travel to Germany for the return leg eight days later. “I would prefer to be at home in the second leg,” Moyes said. “But we have got it. That is the way the draw has come out – we just have to take it.” Van Persie was carried off on a stretcher in the dying minutes of United’s win over Olympiacos with a knee injury. United are unsure how long Van Persie will be out for, but the striker will definitely miss the evening game at Upton Park. Robin van Persie will not be available for Manchester United’s game against West Ham on Saturday, manager David Moyes has confirmed. “We are getting him re-scanned again on Friday because there was nothing conclusive,” the United boss said. “He won’t be available for Saturday’s game. “We will give you an update as soon as we can.” United beat Olympiacos 3-0 at home in the second leg of their tie to make it through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. They were given the daunting task of facing Bayern Munich in the last eight at Friday’s draw in Nyon. Moyes concedes he has a tough task on his hands. “I have probably drawn out the favourites,” the Scot said. “They are the holders so it is a really tough draw for us but it’s one I am looking forward to.” last_img read more

Okpekpe Race Promoter Hails Ambode, Access Bank over Lagos City Marathon…

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Promoter of Okpekpe 10km International Road Race, Mike Itemuagbor, has congratulated Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and Access Bank for successfully hosting the second edition of the Access Bank/Lagos City Marathon last Saturday in Lagos.“I congratulate Governor Ambode for promising and delivering a world class marathon and Access Bank for sponsoring the event,” began Itemuagbor whose race, the Okpekpe 10km International Road Race is the first and so far only road race in Nigeria to get an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) label. “I am particularly delighted that the second edition of the Lagos Marathon was a remarkable improvement on the first edition and hopes subsequent editions would even be much better, ” he further said and harped on the health implications of running.“Health they say is wealth. A healthy nation will definitely be productive and by extension prosperous. And experts have not ceased to emphasise on the benefits of exercising to the body. “By organising this marathon, the governor is not only promoting sports and tourism in Lagos State but also ensuring he governs over a healthy community of people,” stressed the race promoter.Itemuagbor also hopes governor Ambode will strive to take the marathon to the next level by making it the first full marathon in West Africa to get an IAAF label. “That will make Nigeria the only country in Africa to have two IAAF label races. With the conclusion of the second edition of the Lagos Marathon, organisers of the event can apply for a bronze label for the race and I am confident their application will be favourably considered,” said Itemuagbor whose race is also a full member of Association of International Marathon and Road Races (AIMS), an organisation comprising of over 400 road races in over 100 countries in the world.Meanwhile, the fifth Okpekpe 10km International Road Race will hold on Saturday, May 13 in Okpekpe in Edo State.The race is one of the very few in the world to have developed a tracking application for athletes competing in the race which will make it easy for friends and family members to track the performance of their friends and loved ones wherever they are in the world.Kenyans swept all the top spots of the male and female category of the Access Bank/Lagos City Marathon. Abraham Kiptum who won the maiden edition last year successfully defended his title in 2hrs.15 mins : 20 secs to leave his compatriots, Ronny Kiboss (2 hrs 15mins 25 secs) and Kiprotich Kiroi (2hrs 15mins 30secs)  for the second and third spots.Kiptum smiled away from Lagos with the grand prize of $50,000 while the second and third place winners got $40,000 and $30,000 respectively.The first Nigerian male runner to reach the finish line Philibus Sharubutu got N1million for his effort.last_img read more