3 Braemar Crescent, Castle HillA CASTLE Hill home with one of the best outlooks in Townsville will be sold under the hammer today.3 Braemer Crescent will be open for inspection at 10am before going to auction at 11am with the home’s stunning ocean views expected to draw buyers.The two-stoery double brick home has four bedroom, three bathrooms and a double garage positioned on a 961 sqm block. 3 Braemar Crescent, Castle HillMore 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 2020Smith and Elliott principal Sally Elliott said 60 people had already come to view the home.“The outlook is extraordinary and it’s an extremely solid home because it was built and designed by Kevin Max who was one of Townsville’s leading architects and builders back in the day,” she said.“It’s a home that would suit most people and it does have a self contained granny flat which is very spacious that has its own entrance but it also has an internal staircase.“Nearly every room expect for two bathrooms has an outlook.“It has got a warm and welcoming feeling and it’s just in one of those positions that don’t often come along and it can’t be built in front of.” 3 Braemar Crescent, Castle HillThe auction follows Ms Elliott selling a nearby property at 30 Yarrawonga Drv, Castle Hill at auction in December for $1.56 million. The house is located in a quiet cul-de-sac and is north facing with a huge, 38 sqm patio that has ocean and island views.There is plenty to room for a pool and the house could also be easily extended. For more information call Ms Elliott on 0409 550 454.
Ed Boks is general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EVERY year, nearly 1 million cats and dogs pass through the doors of animal-control agencies throughout California. And every year, hundreds of thousands of them – many perfectly healthy and adoptable – are euthanized by overcrowded shelters that are unable to find them good homes. Here in Los Angeles, despite the fact that we have some of the best voluntary spay and neuter programs in the state, more than 19,000 dogs and cats were put down at city shelters over the past 12 months. Perhaps those numbers don’t bother you, but this one might: Collectively, our state and local governments are spending $250 million to house, care for, and ultimately kill about half a million dogs and cats each year. To combat this taxpayer burden and overpopulation crisis, Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, has introduced the California Healthy Pets Act, which would require most pets in California older than four months of age to be spayed or neutered. Under Assembly Bill 1634, dog and cat owners who don’t comply would be cited if their pet comes in contact with a local animal control officer. They would then be given time to spay or neuter their pets before a fine would be assessed. A portion of those fines would be used to expand the availability of free or low-cost spay and neuter programs. In absence of this legislation, California will continue to take a piecemeal approach to pet overpopulation, and things will never really improve. But there is already a proven approach to solving this problem just waiting to be implemented – mandatory spay/neuter laws. And with a growing number of free and low-cost spay/neuter services up and down the state, mandatory spay/neuter laws should not pose a financial burden for pet owners. Levine’s legislation contains a number of common-sense exceptions, including for show and sporting dogs, law-enforcement dogs, dogs used in search and rescue, pets that are too old or in poor health, and guide, service and signal animals. The bill is modeled after a highly successful mandatory spay and neuter ordinance that has been in place in Santa Cruz County since 1995. Within two years of the measure’s enactment, the county began to see a noticeable reduction in the number of animals entering its shelters. Within eight years, despite a 15 percent growth in the county’s human population, the number of animals entering its shelters was cut in half. Despite cries from breeders that Levine’s bill is too severe, there are counties that already have more stringent laws in place. And why shouldn’t they? Medical research shows that spayed or neutered cats and dogs live longer and healthier lives. Spaying and neutering protects and improves the health of pets by reducing or eliminating many health problems that are difficult and expensive to treat. Depending on how you choose to look at the pet overpopulation problem in California, there are either 500,000 or 250 million good reasons to try to do something constructive to solve it. Crafted by a comprehensive coalition of animal-welfare experts, AB 1634 would establish California as a national leader in the humane care for animals, and save our state’s taxpayers millions of their hard-earned dollars.