18 Alexandra Street, North Ward.Owner Paul Welch has lived in the house for the past eight years with his wife and three children.He said it was the perfect family home with plenty of space to spread out and his three children being able to walk to school at Townsville Grammar.“We bought the place in 2009 and renovated it and raised it,” he said. “Downstairs there is now a self-contained unit because we had parents flying in from the United Kingdom.“We’ve done a huge amount of work on the house and we repainted it about a month ago, put in a new kitchen, installed solar and relined the pool.“We’re going to be moving to a place that is slightly smaller because we don’t have family coming from the UK any more and our eldest child is going to university.”The classic Queenslander facade contains a home filled with modern amenities with views of the water and Castle Hill.More 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 2020Classic features such as high ceilings, timber flooring, tongue and groove panelling and timber fretwork and archways have been retained to create a character home. 18 Alexander Street, North Ward.WITH its white picket fence and sweeping front veranda 18 Alexandra Street conjures up images of an idyllic family life.The six-bedroom North Ward home is now ripe for the picking and will go to auction on September 5.Located on one of Townsville’s most popular streets on a 1012sq m block and superbly renovated, the expansive two-level home has already caught the attention of many potential buyers. 18 Alexandra Street, North Ward. The house has three living zones as well as a study and a self-contained guest area downstairs with a total of 416sq m of under-roof space.Mr Welch said Alexandra Street would have to be one of the best streets in Townsville.“We absolutely love North Ward and Alexandra Street because everyone looks out for each other and we all have an annual Christmas party,” he said.“I think our house is in the best bit of Alexandra Street because you don’t have all the noise of Paxton Street and you have a flatter backyard.“The home as well as being great for a family is a really fantastic party house where you can have 50 or 60 guests and the place looks nicely busy but you’re not tripping over each other.“We have really enjoyed living here and it’s such a fantastic spot.” 18 Alexander Street, North Ward.Harcourts Kingsberry selling agent Julie Mahoney said she was expecting a family to snap up the home.“We’ve had a huge amount of groups through because it will appeal to a big family demographic because it’s the type of home that is beautifully appointed but still feels like a home,” she said.“With the layout and position of the home you have an amazing grassed area as well as a large pool which is almost like a lap pool and is very deep ended.”For more information call Julie Mahoney on 0428 242 817.
Playoff season kicks off for the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team this weekend as the Badgers take on the Minnesota State University-Mankato Mavericks during the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.Due to their amazing performance this season, the Badgers (27-2-4-0, 22-2-4-0 WCHA) have the honor of taking on the Mavericks (7-24-4, 4-21-3 WCHA) at home. This could be one of the greatest keys to success the Badgers will have this weekend.The Badgers are currently 13-1-2 at home, with their only loss being sustained from the University of Minnesota during their fall campaign. Since then, the Badgers have won nearly every home game they have played, with only one game resulting in a tie.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin begins march to NCAA Frozen FourThe University of Wisconsin’s women’s hockey team returns home for the WCHA Playoff after a weekend of gridlock with border rival Read…The Mavericks, on the other hand, have not had the best of luck this season. Mankato has a 2-12-2 record on the road, with two of those loses coming from their visit to Madison in January.The record between these two teams has always favored the Badgers, especially during the playoffs. These two teams met during this exact same round last year, and Wisconsin managed to blow Mankato away 4-0 and 6-0 in the first two nights of play.Even this season, the Badgers managed to squash the Mavericks 17-2 during all four of their regular season match-ups. While no win is guaranteed, it’s clear if the Mavericks want to win, they are going to have to try and defy some serious odds.Women’s hockey: Back-to-back shootout leaves both teams winless in Border Battle classicIn what was one of the most bizarre endings to a regular season as of late, both the University of Read…Wisconsin is coming off quite a bizarre weekend, with neither a win or a loss under their belt after facing the University of Minnesota. This is the chance for UW to build some needed momentum before they head back to Ridder Arena next weekend for the WCHA finals.If this weekend goes well, the Badgers could find themselves facing Minnesota during one of the WCHA playoff rounds, so they are going to need to build all the confidence and stamina they need to face some tough opponents next weekend.The puck between these two teams drops Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday’s game will take place at 4 p.m. If needed, a contest is scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. The winner of this series gets to head to Minneapolis next weekend to play in the WCHA Final face-off tournament.
WASHINGTON – President Bush will tell the nation Thursday evening that he plans to reduce the American troop presence in Iraq by as many as 30,000 by next summer but will condition those and further cuts on continued progress, The Associated Press has learned. In a 15-minute address from the White House at 6 p.m. PDT, Bush will endorse the recommendations of his top general and top diplomat in Iraq, following their appearance at two days of hearings in Congress, administration officials said. The White House plans to issue a written status report on the troop buildup on Friday, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Bush’s speech is not yet final. Bush was rehearsing and polishing his remarks even as the U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker were presenting their arguments for a second day on Capitol Hill. In the speech, the president will say he understands Americans’ deep concerns about U.S. involvement in Iraq and their desire to bring the troops home, they said. Bush will say that, after hearing from Petraeus and Crocker, he has decided on a way forward that will reduce the U.S. military presence but not abandon Iraq to chaos, according to the officials. The address will stake out a conciliatory tone toward Congress. But while mirroring Petraeus’ strategy, Bush will place more conditions on reductions than his general did, insisting that conditions on the ground must warrant cuts and that now-unforeseen events could change the plan. Petraeus recommended that a 2,000-member Marine unit return home this month without replacement. That would be followed in mid-December with the departure of an Army brigade numbering 3,500 to 4,000 soldiers. Under the general’s plan, another four combat brigades would be withdrawn by July 2008. That could leave the U.S. with as few as 130,000 to 135,000 troops in Iraq, down from about 168,000 now, although Petraeus was not precise about whether all the about 8,000 support troops sent with those extra combat forces would be withdrawn by July. Petraeus said he foresaw even deeper troop cuts beyond July, but he recommended that Bush wait until at least March to decide when to go below 130,000 – and at what pace. At the White House, Bush met with House and Senate lawmakers of both parties and he publicly pledged to consider their views. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the president didn’t talk about the nationwide address. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Bush appears poised merely to bring the country back to where it was before the election that put Democrats in control of Congress – with 130,000 troops in Iraq. “Please. It’s an insult to the intelligence of the American people that that is a new direction in Iraq,” she said. “We’re as disappointed as the public is that the president has a tin ear to their opinion on this war.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WAR PLAN: President is expected to announce support for a reduction, assuming progress is made in Iraq. By Matthew Lee and Anne Flaherty THE ASSOCIATED PRESS