Townsville’s north continues rapid growth

first_imgA render of the North Shore car wash which is under construction.“The last 12 months in particular has seen North Shore grow with the opening of the North Shore State School, ArcCare Aged Care and stage two of the North Shore Medical Centre,” he said. “This population growth is now to a critical mass point where commercial ventures are becoming financially viable in the Northern Beaches of Townsville such as the Car Wash and the master plan of North Shore is maturing into a township.” A render of the North Shore car wash which is under construction.TOWNSVILLE’S northern growth corridor is continuing to develop at a rapid pace with a $3 million car wash the latest project to get the green light.The Northshore Car Wash is under construction and will be open by mid 2019.It’s being built by Halcorp Developments near Bunnings on North Shore at 6 Galax Entrance.It will have a retro inspired, mid-century design complemented with the latest car wash technology available. A render of the North Shore car wash which is under construction.Halcorp Developments director, Rick McLaren, said the project was designed to deliver a fun car, boat, caravan and pet washing experience rather than it being a chore. “We have done extensive research on the latest trends and innovations available in this sector including a research trip to the United States,” he said.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 2020“We have found that the industry is moving towards creating more of an experience for users, a hub where people can take the kids to wash the car and dogs and actually enjoy it.“We engaged emerging architectural firm Twohill and James to help rethink the design from scratch, and create a facility designed specifically for the user experience. “We have taken inspiration from the 1950s and 60s, a time when cars were celebrated and taking care of them was important, and we have overlaid this with a modern, subtropical design aesthetic.”center_img A render of the North Shore car wash which is under construction.The car wash will have state-of-the-art equipment such as fragrant dispensing vacuums, a twin-bay “Pooch Pit” with a clean design inspired by the tropics to fit in with Townsville’s landscape.The multimillion-dollar facility follows a wave of commercial and residential development in Townsville’s northern suburbs.A $1.2 million youth activation hub featuring a skate park and obstacle course is also planned for North Shore and is due to be finished next month. North Shore project director Andrew Astorquia said the masterplanned community had grown to 5500 residents with the trade catchment of the North Shore Town Centre servicing over 23,000 people. last_img read more

ESL Shipping’s Crane Issues on New Vessels Mainly Fixed

first_imgSerious technical problems with cranes aboard ESL Shipping’s new LNG-fueled bulkers have been mainly fixed, according to the company’s parent, Aspo Group.Aki Ojanen, CEO of Aspo Group, said that the new ships “were disappointments” as their cranes remained inoperable throughout the first quarter, and they were unable to operate as planned.At the end of the period, crane manufacturer Cargotec MacGregor informed that it had mainly returned the cranes operational.The installation and testing of the autonomous crane system were postponed to the second quarter of the year due to warranty repairs.The extensive and serious problems in the conventional mechanics of all the cranes aboard the ships have affected the company’s profitability in the first quarter of 2019. The issues resulted in significant loss of income and additional costs for the shipping company as ESL Shipping had to identify other transportation options with a lower profitability during the repairs.ESL Shipping however ended the quarter with an increase in its operating profit, driven by higher transportation volumes and the earnings of the acquired Swedish shipping company [email protected] profit for the quarter was up at EUR 3.2 million, compared to 2.6 million reported in the same period in 2018. The operating profit rate for the period was 7.3%, which is low considering the long-term target, the company explained.Net sales increased by 113% from the comparative period and stood at EUR 43.7 million, up from EUR 20.5 million, as a result of the vessel capacity brought by the [email protected] acquisition, the deployment of the two new LNG-fueled vessels and higher transportation volumes.The cargo volume carried by ESL Shipping during the first quarter amounted to 3.6 million tons, rising from 2.5 million tons handled a year earlier.Looking forward, ESL Shipping expects the financial performance of the new LNG-fueled vessels to reach the targeted level starting from the second quarter.Uncertainties associated with the development of the cargo markets are expected to have the most significant impact on the performance of the shipping company’s largest Supramax vessels in 2019.Most of the use of the shipping company’s transportation capacity has been secured in the Baltic Sea and Northern Europe through long-term agreements. The current forecasts of general transportation volumes of contractual partners are satisfactory in the key customer segments, even though there are uncertainties in demand due to the political situation and increased economic uncertainty.last_img read more

MULTIPLE STAKES WINNER ACCEPTANCE & ‘MIRACLE HORSE’ TOUGH SUNDAY HEADLINE SATURDAY’S $250,000 CAL CUP DERBY AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_img                ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2015)–Multiple stakes winner Acceptance, who is unbeaten in three starts for trainer Don Warren, and Tough Sunday, a horse who has overcome being born deaf, blind and without a mother, headline a field of eight California bred or sired 3-year-olds in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles.Bred by Old English Rancho and owned by E.W. and Judy Johnston and Robert Riggio, Acceptance broke his maiden at first asking by 13 ¼ lengths and he comes off emphatic wins versus state-breds in the one mile King Glorious Stakes on Dec. 14, and in the seven furlong Golden State Juvenile on Nov. 1.By Vronsky and out of the Perfect Mandate mare Allswellthatnswell, Acceptance has banked $257,600–easily making him the leading money earner in the Derby lineup.Tough Sunday, who is owned by his breeder, Nick Alexander and trained by Steve Miyadi, comes off an impressive 6 ¾ length state-bred maiden special weight win going seven furlongs on Dec. 28 and will try a route of ground for the first time in his fourth career start.In breaking his maiden, Tough Sunday, who is by Grazen, from the General Meeting mare Sunday Dress, earned a Cal Cup Derby best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 83 and will be ridden back by Tyler Baze. A truly miraculous story, Tough Sunday endured a difficult birth in which his umbilical cord became compromised, resulting in a lack of blood flow and oxygen. In addition to being born deaf and blind due to the lack of oxygen, he lacked a nursing instinct, and as a result, was abandoned by his mother.When asked about his chances stretching out, Baze responded, “I love this horse.”Second, beaten three lengths by Acceptance in the King Glorious, Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ homebred Pulmarack broke his maiden going a mile two starts back and merits respect in what will be his fifth career try.Named by owner/breeder Alexander for the former major league slugger Ted “Big Klu” Kluszewski, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Kluszewski finished third, beaten 3 ½ lengths in the King Glorious and will be making his sixth start on Saturday.Although a well beaten fourth at 3-1 in the King Glorious, Griffen Thoroughbred Stables’ Mischief Clem will try to rebound for the potent team of Kent Desormeaux and Bob Hess, Jr.The complete field for the Cal Cup Derby, which will be run as the sixth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Tough Sunday, Tyler Baze, 117; Acceptance, Elvis Trujillo, 124; Mischief Clem, Kent Desormeaux, 117; Neveradoubt Joe Talamo, 117; Kluszewski, Rafael Bejarano, 117; Chanito, Brandon Boulanger, 117; Pulmarack, Drayden Van Dyke, 117, and Avati Bello, Mike Smith, 117.                There is special early first time on Saturday of 12 noon. Admission gates open early as well at 10 a.m. RACE IS ONE OF FIVE STAKES ON 10-RACE SUNSHINE MILLIONS/CAL CUP DAY CARDlast_img read more