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Tough year but ‘Hair’ hopeful on home turf

Forbes Platypi captain / coach Heamani Lavaka admits it’s been a tough year for his troops in Central West Rugby Union’s Blowes Cup competition.
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But ‘Hair’ as he is widely known, is determined to give loyal supporters something to cheer about when his side hosts CSU Bathurst at Grinsted Oval this afternoon.

Both clubs’ first grade teams have struggled against more experienced rivals this season, but Hair says the Platypi will only improve as the relatively young squad matures.

Today is the last home game for the Platypi with an away game against Cowra to finish the season for all grades next Saturday.

“We want to finish at home on a high,” Hair said yesterday.

“[Today] is a must-win for us and the boys, the way they trained this week, they understand what they have to do to finish the season off the way we want.

“We want to play with a bit of respect for our supporters, because some of them are there every week and they know what it’s like to have a tough year too.”

Lavaka was pleased to announce that the Platypi would welcome back forward Jarrod Hall and back / half Josh Coulthurst today after both missed last week’s heavy loss to Dubbo.

“Jarrod’s our go-forward man in the team, and we’ll need him to be at his best [today] because we’ll need to play CSU in our forwards.”

The Platypi coach said CSU would use their quick and mobile backs to beat Forbes if they are given an opportunity to play expansive rugby.

While it hasn’t been an ideal first season for the coach, Hair said he would welcome another chance next year.

“It’s been a tough season and sometimes when you go through a tough time like that you want the season to be over, but for me, it’s not that way. I want to come back and see how we improve next year.”

Forbes forfeited colts last weekend but the Platypi will field three grades today, Hair said, with first grade to kick off about 3.15pm.

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Dragons lose Brisbane battle with Broncos 32-6

The St George Illawarra Dragons were defeated 32-6 by the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Friday. Picture: dragons南京夜网419论坛 NRL.St George Illawarra’s bidto reach the semi-finals is in their ownhands after they were convincingly beaten 32-6 by competition-leader BrisbaneBroncos on Friday night at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.
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The Dragons were down 16-0 at halftime and didn’t score until wingerJustin Hunt crossed for a try converted by five-eighth Gareth Widdopin the 69th minute.

The Dragons were seventh on 24 points entering the game and now havethree games to play before the finals against Penrith, Gold CoastTitans and Wests Tigers.

Halfback Benji Marshall was a late withdrawal with a torn hamstring fromlast week’s win against the New ZealandWarriors.

Second rower Jack de Belin started the match at halfback.

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett, who coached the Dragons between2009-2011, would have been pleased to down his former club inBrisbane.

The Dragons tried hard but were no match on the night against adefiant Brisbane defence.

The Broncos scored tries in the seventh, 19th and 32nd minutes in a dominant first half display.

The Dragons haven’t beaten Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium since 2009.

Brisbane, who lost their past two games, got back to theirmethodical approach in attack and brick-wall defence to frustrate theDragons.

Second-rower Tyson Frizell, fullback Josh Dugan and secondrower Joel Thompson never stopped trying.

Benji Marshall is expected to be fit for the Thursday, August 20round 24 clash against Penrith at WIN Stadium,Wollongong,at 7.45pm.

The Dragons lost Ben Creagh with a head knock and smashed nose and hedidn’t return in the second half.

Gareth Widdop said on ABC Radio after the match that Brisbane were toogood on the night and he was confident the Dragons will bounce back over the next three weeks and return to the winners list.

Dragons forward Trent Merrin told Channel Nine that the team needs to win every game to make the finals.

It will be Merrin’s final game at Wollongong as next year he is headed to Penrith Panthers; the Dragons’ opponentsnext Thursday.

Leader Man of the Match, Brisbane halfback Ben Hunt.

Brisbane 32 (Ben Hunt 2 tries, Jordan Kahu, Lachlan Maranta, Anthony Milford, Dale Copley tries, Corey Parker 3 goals, Anthony Milford onegoal) defeated St George Illawarra 6 ( Justin Hunt try, Gareth Widdopone goal ) Crowd: 33, 840.

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Cold doesn’t deter locals from seeing Bash

Cold doesn’t deter locals from seeing Bash PEACE: The hippy van brought some tunes to the CBD as it drove down main street. (bashintown5)
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WELCOME TO YOUNG! Variety Bashers on Wednesday received a cute welcome from Amy Ramsay, Calais Muller (2), Teigan Griffiths, Cooper Martin (1), Nairvana Griffiths (2) and Ruby Griffiths (6) as they passed through town. (bashintown16)

There were also leopard print, Pink Panther and tiger-strapped-to-the-roof vehicles.

PRINCESS PRESENT: Bashers were in the presence of royalty – four-year-old Kay Dee – as they convoyed down the main street. (bashintown7)

There were also leopard print, Pink Panther and tiger-strapped-to-the-roof vehicles.

There were also leopard print, Pink Panther and tiger-strapped-to-the-roof vehicles.

ALL SIZES: The 25th Variety Bash vehicles came in all shapes and sizes, including a limo! (bashintown11)

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Hawks aim up without Absolum

WE CAN COPE: East Wagga-Kooringal confident they can cope without captain Ben Absolum. Picture: Kieren L Tilly
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East Wagga-Kooringal are adamanttheirfinals campaign won’t be derailed by Ben Absolum’s injury.

The Hawks skipper suffered a tear to his left Achilles and has been advised it’s a six- to eight-week injury.

Absolum’s backedvice-captain, Joe Scott, to lead from the front and says he’ll have plenty of support.

“Last year, if a few blokes didn’t play well we were in a bit of trouble but this year there’s a line-up of blokes performing every week,” Absolum said.

Coach Gavin McMahon said the setbackwould’ve beendevastating a year ago, but hebelieves the Hawks are better balanced in 2015.

“Whereas last year Benny, Marc Geppert and Stu Brierty really dominated, they haven’t had to this year,” McMahon said.

The Hawks travel to CSU with the minor premiership well and truly in their keeping and McMahon wants to see a finals-type performance before they enjoy a week off.

“We’ll be full steam ahead given it’s a dress rehearsal for the full week after and we’ve got blokes having to play for their spots,” he said.

CSU are fighting to avoid the wooden spoon.

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Season goes on the line in lower grade clashes

WHILE all the focus will be on the two first grade blockbusters this weekend the lower grade clashes also see in-form teams going head-to-head.
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Today the reserve grade major semi-final is played at Caltex Park with CYMS taking on Westside in a local derby.

Forbes enjoy the week off after finishing as minor premiers and will be keen to see the second and third placed teams battling it out.

The Fishies finished second after only losing four games all season and captain-coach Craig Roworth has seen his team improve as the season has gone on.

Roworth is part of a powerful forward pack featuring the likes of Jopi Tui, Seru Mateo, Luke Taylor and Lee Price while in fullback James Pomfret they have one of the competition’s standout players.

Westside have always placed a huge amount of pride in their reserve grade side and have been quietly confident of lifting the trophy all season.

The Rabbitohs have the kind of depth in reserve grade the rest of the competition envy and the likes of Jarrin Fernando, Darren Toomey and Seaun Stanley are sure to be in the thick of the action today.

In today’s under-18s eliminations semi-final Macquarie take on Wellington with both sides possessing a stack of individual talent.

Harry van Dartel, Phil Combridge, Wade Kavanagh, Kotoni Staggs and Brogan Black will be key to their side’s hopes.

Tomorrow Macquarie are in action again with their experienced reserve grade side meeting Wellington in the elimination semi.

Zac Rennick, Matt Lane and Craig McLean have all played plenty of first grade for the Raiders and their performances will be vital in the clash against the Cowboys.

Tomorrow’s under-18s major semi will also be one to watch as rivals Parkes and CYMS face off.

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2019
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Game to carry special meaning

OLD Scotch and Uni-Mowbray meet in an NTFA division 2 clash at the NTCA Ground on Saturday that carries special significance for both clubs.
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The third versus fourth contest has importance for finals, which are only a couple of weeks away, but carries extra meaning as the two teams vie for the Butzin-Jordan Cup and medals in memory of respective club stalwarts Lucas Butzin and Jeff Jordan.

Old Scotch club captain Butzin was killed in a car accident in 2006 on the day the Thistles were scheduled to play Uni-Mowbray.

He was the club’s best and fairest winner in 2002 and 2004 and the association’s best and fairest winner in 2005, as well as the Thistles’ A reserve coach in 2003.

Jordan lived for his beloved Uni-Mowbray Football Club and was a football identity in Northern Tasmania for more than 30 years.

He was a Northern and Tasmanian representative, club best and fairest winner and NTFA living legend who succumbed to cancer in 2010.

Both men were proud of their football clubs, and their legacy lives on with the two clubs playing the memorial game in their honour each year.

Old Scotch footballers Shaun Muller and Daniel Ellis with Uni-Mowbray rivals Anthony Viney and Dylan Dwyer, with the Butzin-Jordan Cup that the two teams will be playing for on Saturday. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

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2019
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Letters to the editor

Same-sex marriage coverage overdoneI was fairly gobsmacked to see the huge coverage on SSM in yesterday’s Addy (August 13). A little overdone, don’t you think? Even for aFairfaxpublication – notoriously Left and on the side of marriage ‘equality’, overdone.
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I would really like you to do a story on the effects of this type of SSM legislation on freedom of speech, conscience and religion, thought, belief, opinion, and expression, including freedom of the press; freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.

All these were curtailed (under threat of fine and litigation) inCanadafollowing legalisation of same sex ‘marriage’.

The debate we are having today on this issue inAustralia, would actually be a breach of discrimination laws if it were taking place inCanada. We know this from experience of Canadians such as Dawn Stefanowicz – who was raised by a homosexual father and his succession of partners.

She has written an article: A Warning fromCanada: Same sex Marriage Erodes Fundamental Rights, at the Public Discourse website. It would also be a breach of those laws to suggest that every child should know and be raised by their biological parents.

InCanada, under gender neutralism, all varieties of gender and sexuality are protected – except heterosexuality. Non gender-specific language is being imposed in media, government, workplaces and schools. Children are the most vulnerable and have no voice.

Knowing all this, and perhaps to achieve this end, is what makes proponents of SSM, either Parliamentary members or newspaper editors or any citizen agitate for this radical change to our laws. I can’t understand this, nor can I forgive it.

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If all this can happen in a democracy such asCanada, it can happen inAustralia. I urge my fellow citizens and legislators to become informed.

Helen Leach, BendigoThe Victorian State Government has released the local government Rates Capping Terms of Reference which outlines the Governments objectives to contain the cost of living in Victoria.

While supporting Council autonomy and ensuring greater accountability and transparency in local government budgeting and service delivery which is reflective of services that the community needs and demands.I am not sure that the objective to contain the cost of living whilst supporting council’s autonomy are compatible objectives .

This council has spent ratepayers monies like water , taking on projects and expenditure which will affect the cost to ratepayers going forward , whilst ignoring the services which ratepayers demand. Eg; HACC services, Kindergartens, meals on wheels, local pools , Science discovery centre, streets and roads.It is also “ ironic” that it was the Liberal Kennett Government who capped rates in 1995 after reducing and amalgamating councils. A Labor Bracks Government who let councils off the hook in 1997 scrapping the cap altogether , and now a Labor Government bringing the cap back after the horse has bolted.

The Municipal Association of Victoria has already opposed the move and made statements “That the costs of running a household were irrelevant to councils costs”. And noted that the Federal Liberal Government had cut funding to Victorian Councils by $124 million over 3 years.We need Councillors that are not ingrained with the mantra of growth and more growth , whilst ignoring the needs of ratepayers , and not thinking of those who endure the rise after rise of rates with little or no offset in fixed income. Council’ sustainability and financial capacity has always been its ratepayers being bled by increased rates year after year.“This is not about cutting services or staff , it’s about encouraging councils to get back to the things that matter to their community and councils must put a stop to over-the-top executive pay rises and needless waste.”{ Minister for Local Government}

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The Shipping News: SeaDream sets sail for the Mediterranean on a wine cruise

SeaDream will call in at Italy’s famous Portofino during its Mediterranean cruise. Photo: Supplied SeaDream will call in at Italy’s famous Portofino during its Mediterranean cruise. Photo: Supplied
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Ecruising is heading down the Nile as part of a 16-night adventure. Photo: Bertrand Rieger

SeaDream will call in at Italy’s famous Portofino during its Mediterranean cruise. Photo: Supplied

SeaDream will call in at Italy’s famous Portofino during its Mediterranean cruise. Photo: Supplied

Wine route

SeaDream Yacht Club is charting an impressive swath of the Mediterranean coast this October, with ports of call at Civitavecchia (Rome), Ercole and Portofino in Italy, Monte Carlo, St Tropez and Sanary-sur-Mer in France, and finishing in Spain with visits to Barcelona, Valencia and Malaga. The nine-day sailing is one of SeaDream’s popular ‘Wine Voyages’ that include a number of activities led by wine experts and winemakers, including complimentary on-board wine tastings. There are also optional visits to wineries in premium wine regions, and an optional Winemaker Dinner.

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Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations is mostly associated with cruises in the Americas, but with three new vessels (in addition to an existing vessel) and four new itineraries in New Zealand, it seems the company is expanding its horizons. The ships carry between 16 and 72 passengers and are purpose-built for cruising in New Zealand; they can access everything from the remote wilderness of the Fiordlands (including Doubtful Sound, accessible only to small ships) to the tranquil Bay of Islands, where an eight-day cruise gives passengers the chance to kayak and visit vineyards.

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Lindblad Expeditions has rolled out its inaugural 2016 European program aboard National Geographic Orion, with 11 one-week itineraries between April and September for a ship that, for some time, has been cruising Australian and Pacific waters. Next year the Orion makes maiden voyages to Portugal, Spain, France, Britain, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, the Baltic republics and Scandinavia, and promises more active, insightful experiences in these perennially popular destinations. On-board experts will cover fields such as ancient and modern history, political science, art, viniculture, photography and music, and active options will include hiking, biking and kayaking.

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Ecruising has a new cruise-tour in Egypt on a 16-night itinerary that includes a Nile cruise. Departing Australia on November 7, guests begin the journey with three nights in Dubai before flying to Cairo for three days’ exploration of the city’s highlights, such as the Pyramids and Egyptian Museum. Guests then fly to Luxor for three nights before boarding Sun Boat IV for a four-night cruise along the Nile to Aswan with daily sightseeing at monuments along the way. The cruise finishes at Aswan with a three-night stay at the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel.

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Uniworld has announced the expansion of its in-suite butler service throughout its European fleet. Guests staying in suites on board Uniworld’s ships will find their every need attended to by butlers trained at England’s esteemed Ivor Spencer Butler School. That’s just the start of the luxuries in the river-cruise line’s suites, however, which also feature handcrafted beds, a choice of pillows, bathrooms lined in Italian marble and Hermès and L’Occitane bath and body products. In-suite amenities include laundry and shoeshine service, breakfast, a Nespresso coffee machine and personalised exercise training and wellness services.

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Last chance for Hawks

EAGLEHAWK’S BFNL top three aspirations, and by extension its premiership hopes, go on the line at MyJet Oval on Saturday.
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RIGHT MAN: Brenton Conforti could get the task of playing on Golden Square Corey Jones.

The fourth-placed Hawks must defeat home side Golden Square to have any chance of knocking the Bulldogs or Sandhurst out of the top three.

The Hawks haven’t been taken seriously as a premiership threat this season because they’ve failed to deliver each time they’ve played one of the big three.

They haven’t been blown away by Strathfieldsaye, Golden Square or Sandhurst, but one poor quarter of football has cost the Hawks dearly.

The last time the Hawks met Golden Square, the Bulldogs kicked five goals to one in the third quarter and won by 15 points.

In round nine against Sandhurst, Eaglehawk conceded seven goals in the second term and lost to the Dragons by 27 points.

The Hawks’ two games against reigning premier Strathfieldsaye have followed similar paths.

In round two, Eaglehawk was down by five goals at half-time, before holding its own in the second half to lose by 39 points.

In round 11, Eaglehawk outscored Strathfieldsaye for the final three quarters, but the damage had been done early when the Storm kicked seven goals to three in the first quarter.

“There’s been parts of matches where we’ve been in control, even at stages against Strathfieldsaye, but you have to put together four quarters of footy if you want to compete with the top sides,’’Eaglehawk coach Luke Monaghan said.

“It’s something we haven’t been able to do this year.”

The man Eaglehawk must stop is Golden Square star Corey Jones.

Jones didn’t play in Golden Square’s 15-point win earlier this season, but in three games last year against the Hawks he kicked 14 goals and was best on ground twice.

“Corey Jones is Corey Jones. If you worry about him too much, you’re not doing the right thing by Geary, Rosa, Daley, Baird and Herring,’’ Monaghan said.

“You’ve got to have the cattle to stop a man like that and not many teams do.We’ll put some time into him, butthere’s more to Square than just Jones.”

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Politics plumbs new depths

IT’S not been a happy couple of weeks for the reputation of politics in Australia. Just as the furore of the travel expenses scandal was dying down we saw the prime minister of the country pull one last rabbit out the hat in his bid to further delay to legalisation of same-sex marriage.
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And, finally, we’ve seen the independence of a royal commissioner, no less, called into question after it was revealed he had been booked to be the guest speaker at a Liberal Party fundraiser. After all that, even those few remaining idealistic voters who did not believe politicians were more interested in looking after their own than looking after their constituents would have been having second thoughts.

Just how did we get to this point? Has politics really descended so far that party apparatchiks either have no sense of what is expected from the rest of the community, or simply don’t care?

The anger surrounding royal commissioner Dyson Heydon being asked to give the annual Sir Garfield Barwick address is a case in point.

While Mr Heydon has now withdrawn from the engagement, it’s hard to comprehend how Liberal Party organisers could ever have thought inviting him to give the address was a good idea in the first place.

Mr Heydon is overseeing a royal commission into the unions that, from day one, has been branded a political witch-hunt by the government’s opponents.

And while it has uncovered some low-scale corruption, there has been nothing so far to justify the reported $61 million cost of the commission.

So you would have thought the last thing the Liberal Party would want to do would be to give the Labor Party more ammunition to support its claims of bias. But, apparently, no.

That’s either an appalling lack of political judgment, or an appalling lack of respect for the voting public. We’ll let you decide which.

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Consultation over whale watching platform

Consultation over whale watching platform the concept design for the whale viewing platform is unique and will be the only infrastructure on the coastline in Meelup Regional Park, to provide universal access with a180-degree view of Geographe Bay.
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the concept design for the whale viewing platform is unique and will be the only infrastructure on the coastline in Meelup Regional Park, to provide universal access with a180-degree view of Geographe Bay.

the concept design for the whale viewing platform is unique and will be the only infrastructure on the coastline in Meelup Regional Park, to provide universal access with a180-degree view of Geographe Bay.

the concept design for the whale viewing platform is unique and will be the only infrastructure on the coastline in Meelup Regional Park, to provide universal access with a180-degree view of Geographe Bay.

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Bond for concealing offence

DESTROYED: Firefighters battle the Young Furniture One fire. Picture: The Young WitnessA WOMAN who pleaded guilty toconcealinginformation from police about a bungled break-in that caused a disastrous furniture store fire at Young has been placed on a nine-month good behaviour bond.
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Amy McIntosh, 28, was also given a seven-month suspended jail sentence in Wagga Local Court on Friday after pleading guilty to entering a building (the Furniture One store) in September last year and denying knowledge of her defacto’sbreak-in that led to the fire.

Her defacto, Allan Wayne Schodde, has admitted to the break-in.

He used an angle grinder to try to open a safe in the store.

He was unsuccessful, but sparks landed on carpet and eventually started a fire that Schodde was unaware of when he left the shop empty handed.

Schodde will be sentenced in Wagga District Court.

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Housing boom lifts earnings for REITs

houses and more houses Photo: Glenn HuntThe current reporting season has reached the halfway mark for the real estate investment trusts and as predicted, residential developments are the shining beacon.
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Mirvac is one of the nation’s biggest home developers and has said the division is one of its main profit generators.

According to Citi analysts, Mirvac offers a compelling investment opportunity with a combination of upside risk to earnings and an undemanding valuation.

Mirvac chief executive Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz said while housing is buoyant, the double-digit price growth in NSW is unsustainable. But Citi analysts said the 2016 financial year earning’s guidance of 3  to 5.7per cent strikes them as conservative. “Development earnings will have a heavy skew to the second half, leaving room for doubt at the first half results. However, we think margins on projects settling in the second will be above average, and this represents upside risk,” the Citi analysts said. “Further, visibility on those development earnings is good, with 67per cent of 2016 financial year development earnings before interest and tax and 57per cent of 2017 financial year development EBIT has already been secured.”

The brokers added that Mirvac’s outlook commentary suggests ongoing positive conditions for residential markets, albeit  they expect the Sydney housing market’s rate of growth will moderate.

“This still looks like a favourable backdrop for fellow residential developer Stockland. The other stock with significant implications from the Mirvac Group result is Investa Office.

“Mirvac has confirmed that they are in exclusive due diligence to purchase the Investa management platform. While no deal has been agreed to, a sale of management rights to Mirvac could potentially see changes in the style of management and/or direction of Investa office.”

CLSA’s analysts said Mirvac’s residential business was the standout in this result, with record contracts on hand providing strong visibility of earnings. “However, despite hitting the top end of its guidance, dilutive asset sales and increased sales and marketing costs associated with an 80per cent increase in lots released dragged down the result,” the analysts at CLSA said.

“We expect Mirvac to tighten guidance towards the top end at first half of 2016 and reiterate a buy recommendation.”

Goodman Group was another beneficiary of the housing boom, selling $1.1 billion of land to residential developers in the year to June 30. UBS said they remain supportive of the business model.

GPT, Stockland, Federation, Charter Hall and Scentre are to report their results in the coming week.

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