Saint Mary’s hosts mental health awareness week

first_imgIn an effort to increase mental health awareness and foster a sense of unity on campus, Saint Mary’s will host several events this week as part of its Support a Belle, Love a Belle (SABLAB) initiative.Junior Mary Joy Dingler, co-chair of the Student Government Association’s Social Concerns Committee, said she and her co-chair junior Jenna Wozniak collaborated to schedule both new events and continue successful ones.“Jenna and I worked together all summer planning this week,” Dingler said. “The student panel and guest speaker are traditions for SABLAB, so we just had to organize those. Apart from that, Jenna and I just tried to think of events that would bring girls together.”Dingler said she can personally attest to the transformative power of SABLAB, as she took part in years prior.“I remember participating in events my freshman year and loving everything about it,” she said. “It brings girls together in a unique way and under a different type of circumstance.”According to Dingler, students of all ages can benefit from this week as they bond with other Belles and gain understanding of mental health issues.“I think it is something upperclassmen look forward to every year, but I think it is also important for the new students on campus,” Dingler said. “During the first few weeks of school, students are scared, nervous and homesick, and SABLAB brings them together during a tough time.”Wozniak said she also encourages all students to take active roles in SABLAB, because the health and wellness of Saint Mary’s students is a priority that must be regarded with the utmost seriousness — especially by those who do not suffer firsthand.“Students who are not directly influenced by these issues are not always aware of them,” Wozniak said. “SABLAB week shines a light on mental health issues and acknowledges that Saint Mary’s is a safe community that wants to provide an environment for its students to flourish in every way possible.”According to Wozniak, students will gain new knowledge of the counseling services available to them, which will help them support fellow Belles.“It is important that students who are affected by mental health issues know they have resources available to them to help them succeed during their time here,” Wozniak said. “Alone, we are capable of doing great things, but together we are invincible.”Dingler said SABLAB incorporates events for everyone, with activities ranging from a presentation by two women featured in “The Hunting Ground,” a CNN documentary released this past spring that highlights the issues of sexual assault on college campuses.Other events include a visit from the South Bend Humane Society, which will bring four dogs and a rabbit to campus. Dingler said she is especially looking forward to a student panel whose members will openly discuss mental health issues and the importance of a good support system.“We will hear about a variety of different issues from girls with different experiences,” Dingler said. “I think it will be a great opportunity for girls to be educated by students with experiences that they might be able to relate to on some level or another.”Students should feel comfortable and accepted at Saint Mary’s, and SABLAB is the perfect way to ensure that happens, Dingler said.“I hope students walk away from each event knowing in their hearts that no matter who they are, they are the Belles of Saint Mary’s, and by coming to this school they are part of a sisterhood that will never falter,” Dingler said. “I hope they become more knowledgeable about mental health and make connections that will only strengthen the support system here at Saint Mary’s.”Tags: love a belle, mental health awareness, SABLAB, saint mary’s, support a bellelast_img read more

Notre Dame Forum panelists share expectations for discussion, comment on Archbishop Lori’s controversial history

first_imgThe backgroundWednesday’s panel takes place over one year after the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report brought clergy sexual abuse allegations to the forefront of Catholic consciousness. Since the report, the Vatican has taken a more aggressive stance toward addressing the crisis — on May 9, Pope Francis announced a new law requiring Church leaders to report all allegations of sexual abuse. The policy also provided stipulations for how to investigate them.This legislation joins the 2002 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which established a “zero-tolerance” stance toward abuse — though the policy applies only to priests and deacons. Both Lori and McChesney helped to develop the charter.In conversations with The Observer, Wednesday’s guests shared their views of where the Church stands in addressing the crisis, as well as their hopes for the evening’s discussion. Addressing the crisisAllen, who has spent decades reporting on the Vatican, called the Church’s handling of the crisis “a mixed bag.”“I think we have to say out loud — and we should not be afraid to say — that there has been tremendous progress made in terms of the understanding of this pathology [of clergy abuse] and also in terms of the accountability we impose for it,” he said.But despite legislation like the Dallas Charter and the May 9 law, few clergy who hide or ignore cases of abuse are held responsible, Allen said.“A bishop who commits sexual abuse is going to be gone tomorrow,” he said. “A bishop who covers it up? Nah.”It is these coverups that keep abuse and other acts of corruption alive yet hidden, president of web database Bishop Accountability Terry McKiernan, who will be attending the panel, said. McKiernan warned the Catholic community to be skeptical of the Church’s progress.“Since 2002, the Catholic Church in the United States — both the dioceses and also to some extent the religious orders — have chosen a PR strategy that basically put forward the message that we’re on a learning curve, we’ve done a lot of work and we’re now a very safe place for children,” he said.Cruz said the culture of coverups that runs rampant in the Church makes grassroots reform from Catholic communities especially necessary.“Right now, it’s the time of the survivors,” he said. “It’s the time of those people who want to build, not those people who want to keep destroying and feeding this culture of abuse, and coverup that has no room in the Church.”Steinfels, who wrote a critique of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, said there also ought to be greater accountability in the government’s investigation of the crisis. He added that a key component in addressing clergy abuse is understanding where it comes from.“I would like to raise the question of, ‘Going forward, how can we equip people and the Church to have a better understanding of the history of this whole scandal?’” Steinfels said. “And here’s where I think an institution like Notre Dame can have a key role.”Rebuilding public trust in the Church is another important tenant of reform, Lori said — an obstacle clergy and laity must work together to overcome.“I think that the ultimate goal of the conversation is to offer healing to victim-survivors, to children, to restore people’s trust, to help people who are struggling in their faith,” he said. “And this cannot be done unless we pray about it, unless we work toward it. But we also have to dialogue.”No matter where the conversation goes, honesty will be the qualifier for a successful discussion, Allen said.“If there is anything we have learned from the abuse scandals, it is that pretending a problem isn’t there doesn’t make it go away,” he said. Joseph Han | The Observer Five key players in the push for Church reform will continue the global conversation on the clergy sexual abuse crisis in a panel Wednesday evening.The panel, “The Church Crisis: Where Are We Now?,” will be held Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Leighton Concert Hall. A keynote event for the 2019 Notre Dame Forum, “‘Rebuild My Church:’ Crisis and Response,” the panel will feature Archbishop of Baltimore William Lori; Kathleen McChesney, former executive assistant director at the FBI; Juan Carlos Cruz, an advocate for survivors of clergy abuse; and Peter Steinfels, former editor at Commonweal and former columnist for the New York Times. John Allen, editor of online Catholic newspaper Crux and Vatican reporter, will moderate.center_img A controversial archbishopHowever, some have claimed the archbishop has been doing just that.Lori has been criticized for his numerous attempts to block Church transparency efforts — just this summer, he came under fire for his controversial investigation of Michael Bransfield, the former bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia.Notre Dame has not publicly acknowledged any of these criticisms — promotional materials for Wednesday night’s panel stated only that he investigated “allegations of sexual harassment and financial impropriety by the former bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.” But they were aware of them, vice president for public affairs and communications Paul Browne confirmed in an email to The Observer.“Archbishop Lori was invited to be part of the Forum event because of his insight, experience and tenacity in addressing the sex abuse crisis in the Church,” Browne said in the email. “We are certainly aware of the criticisms that have been leveled, but the purpose of the event is to talk about where we are and where we need to go, and we believe each of the panelists can speak about both what the Church has done well and its mistakes in handling the crisis.”Allen, who was the first to recommend Lori for the panel, said controversies surrounding the archbishop should not distract from what he brings as a Church leader and longtime advocate of reform.“I think [Lori] is a smart and deeply responsible guy,” he said. “And, does that mean he’s handled every issue that has come before him perfectly? No.”In a system as broken as the Catholic Church, critics should not be so quick to single Lori out, Allen added.“Give me a cleric who doesn’t have a controversial background,” he said. “Name one — I can’t.”Even so, Lori has long been held up as an example for clergy abuse response and prevention efforts. Just this year, the Archdiocese of Baltimore also established a new system for reporting complaints against clergy.The question remains of what role Lori will play on the panel, and how he will respond to questions about his past.“A bishop has an archdiocese to run and has a message to convey, and it’s just not always or even often the case that we get thinking outside the box from officeholders in general,” McKiernan said. Still, skeptics should withhold their judgement until the panel, he added.“That kind of a possibility that Archbishop Lori might play it safe, I think we need to balance it with the really amazing opportunity that we have here,” McKiernan said. “If he is willing to answer to ideas for change, is willing to really engage with hard questions about his time in Bridgeport, even his work in the Bransfield investigation, we could get a livelier evening, and an evening that might actually yield commitment for real change.”McChesney said critics of Lori should see his seat on the panel as a chance for dialogue.“[The panel] gives the audience an opportunity to ask [Lori] questions about things that they are concerned about. He is willing to come to a forum and discuss those things insofar as he can,” she said. “I think that is excellent. I think you want to hear from people that you may agree with, and people you may not agree with.”Lori said his past should be left out — or at the very least, be left at the periphery — of Wednesday night’s discussion.“This event is not about me,” Lori said. “I’m not the focus of this. This is a conversation about the Church, where the Church is now and how we can move forward. And so being the only cleric on this panel should not mean that I’m a target, it should illustrate how we can have a conversation together as one Church made up of clergy, laity and religious.”The archbishop said he is not one to turn away questions, however, pointing to his embrace of public discussion in his home community.“I’ve done 18 listening sessions around the archdiocese,” he said. “That means going to 18 different locations and spending, basically, three hours with an open mic, alright? Understand, I’ve been to the rodeo before.”Allen said those who disagree with Lori’s place on the panel should remember the University is hosting the forum from a place of goodwill.“It is enormously to the credit of Fr. Jenkins and the University that they are investing considerable time and treasure in something that quite honestly, isn’t necessarily the University’s concern,” he said. “Notre Dame, for the most part, has not been one of the epicenters of the sexual abuse crisis. … [The University] knew full well it had the potential to invite critical attention, but they decided to do it anyway.”Tags: Archbishop Lori, Catholic Church abuse scandal, Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Juan Carlos Cruz, Kathleen McChesney, Notre Dame Forum, Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, Peter Steinfelslast_img read more

Vermont Pure Holdings Sells Retail Bottling Operation to Micropack Bottled Water

first_imgVermont Pure Holdings, Ltd announced that it has sold its retail production assets, located in Randolph Center, Vermont to Micropack Bottled Water of Natick, MA. Included in the sale are the bottling facility and spring sites in Randolph Center and the associated business.”This is one of a series of steps Vermont Pure is taking to strengthen and expand our core home and office delivery business,” states Tim Fallon, Chairman and CEO. “The divestiture of the single-pack retail segment of the business is a strategic and logical evolution for Vermont Pure. We believe that this business change will provide the necessary capital, expertise and attention so that all aspects of the Vermont Pure brand reach their full potential.”The company will retain the Vermont Pure trademark and continue to distribute water under that brand throughout its home and office distribution area. Vermont Pure plans to relocate its five gallon home and office bottling operations that are currently in Randolph Center to another location in Vermont, and source its spring water under an existing water supply agreement.”Vermont Pure will continue to pursue our successful strategy of accretive acquisitions of independent home and office distributors within our marketing territories,” continued Fallon. In the year ending October 31, 2003, Vermont Pure’s home and office segment had revenues of $49.9 million and operating profit of $7 million.Micropack Bottled Water, a national leader in the manufacture and sale of value-tier, single-serve bottled water products aquired Vermont Pure’s state-of-the-art bottling facility and spring sources located in Randolph, Vermont, and will assume responsibility to serve Vermont Pure’s growing portfolio of private label retail customers. Vermont Pure will license the Vermont Pure trademark to Micropack USA for use in bottling and distribution of retail products.”We are proud to add Vermont Pure’s outstanding facility, spring water sources and professional staff to our growing service network,” says James Morgan, Micropack’s president and CEO.last_img read more

Fracking skeptics finally get their moment

first_imgFracking skeptics finally get their moment FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:It was just a year ago that Tom Loughrey tried pitching a fund to bet against shale producers.“I was basically kicked out of every office in New York City,” Loughrey said.In the months since, an exchange-traded fund that tracks oil drillers has lost half its value, shale production growth has slowed, funding has gotten scarce and more than two dozen companies have collapsed into bankruptcy.Things have changed for Loughrey, too. The 43-year-old former hedge fund manager no longer looks to invest the money himself. He ditched the fund and teamed with Michael Friezo, an ex-Credit Suisse Group investment banker who once gave him a job. They formed Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based Friezo Loughrey Oil Well Partners LLC, or FLOW, to advise others.Loughrey’s sweet spot is the gap between expectation and reality when it comes to drillers’ projections of what their wells will actually produce. He uses data number-crunched from state records and applies assumptions he says are more realistic than those offered by companies in investor presentations.As the shale boom decelerates, other data shops are selling similar services. They include Enverus, formerly known as Drillinginfo Inc., RS Energy and Rystad Energy.“Independent, unbiased analysis can shed a light of truth on management projections,” said Nick Volkmer, RS Energy’s vice president of intelligence. “It’s well-known that management teams are often compensated for production and reserves growth, incentivizing optimism and a rosy view of the future.”The warning that drillers routinely cram single-spaced on the first slide of a company presentation to investors is considered by the SEC sufficient enough that the next hour of line graphs and bullet points is essentially wishful thinking.Allowing producers to advertise oil and gas reserves that aren’t proved is meant “to enable companies to provide investors with more insight,” the SEC said in 2008.Companies are required by law to report well results to state regulators, but often that data is difficult to find and hard to aggregate. As Loughrey puts it: “It’s like a bunch of dusty old phone books.”That gives Loughrey an edge when it comes to analyzing oil producers.“They’re losing money every year,” Loughrey said. “There’s something wrong with this.”More: Shale Doubters Finally Get Their Moment as Revolution Falterslast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Federal court throws out two key permits for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

first_imgNC Wildlife Resources Commission delays lifting Sunday hunting ban Last year, the WRC announced that they would form public listening sessions in the spring and a stakeholder group to gather public input about lifting the Sunday hunting ban in time for the 2020 hunting season. Those sessions never took place, in part because some of the commissioners on the WRC felt uneasy. A survey conducted in 2018 by the WRC showed that users of public game land are split nearly in half on the issue of opening the land for Sunday hunting. Respondents to that survey cited a number of concerns including animal rights, religious beliefs and safety concerns.  Researchers in Mexico have discovered five previously unknown reefs off the southwestern Gulf coast of Mexico. The reefs cover more than 2,700 underwater acres and are located both inside and outside of protected areas. The newly discovered reefs include one off of the Tamiahua Lagoon, which is the northernmost and longest coral reef ever discovered in the area. A 150-year ban on hunting on public game lands on Sundays may remain for at least another two years as the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC), the agency that oversees hunting on public land, gathers public input about potentially lifting the Sunday ban. Construction for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been held up since December 2018 due to regulatory setbacks. Dominion Energy, the major developer of the pipeline, released a statement saying that they expect the permits to be re-issued and the pipeline to be completed by late 2021. A judge with the U.S. 4th Circuit Court has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service didn’t follow its order to protect endangered species when it fast-tracked and re-issued two permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Judge Robert Gregory ruled that, “in fast-tracking its decisions, the agency appears to have lost sight of the mandate under the ESA (Endangered Species Act): ‘to protect and conserve endangered and threatened species and their habitats.’ Federal court throws out two key permits for Atlantic Coast Pipeline 5 previously unknown coral reefs are discovered in Mexico Scientists are now asking for the reefs to be legally protected from drilling and development, stating that the reefs are a key component in the marine food chain and an oasis for ocean species fleeing warming water temperatures.last_img read more

Colombia and Venezuela Agree to Intensify Fight Against Drugs

first_imgBy Dialogo February 14, 2012 On February 10, Colombia and Venezuela agreed to conduct coordinated operations against drug trafficking, as part of binational security programs that include confronting kidnapping, extortion, and illegal armed groups. The agreement was reached during a meeting in Colombia between the defense ministers of both countries, as part of the process of normalizing relations between their governments after a 2010 diplomatic crisis that originated in security issues. “It was a frank and friendly meeting; we’re reactivating our mechanisms of trust, and we’re working to confront transnational crime together,” Colombian Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón said. This was Pinzón’s first meeting with his counterpart, General Henry Rangel, named to that post by President Hugo Chávez. “To the extent that we see results, trust between the two countries will continue to be increased,” Pinzón stated, upon revealing that the Colombian and Venezuelan Air Forces will conduct simultaneous operations to intercept drug planes that move between the two countries. Another of the fronts on which the two countries will move forward will be the fight against kidnapping, with a protocol that was established to enable a joint reaction by the authorities in response to the report of a kidnapping along their shared border, the Colombian official revealed. For his part, Rangel said that the two countries took a step toward putting an end to “myths” that have damaged bilateral relations. Colombia and Venezuela share a 2,219-kilometer land border, along which the presence of guerrillas and criminal gangs dedicated to drug trafficking and made up of former ultra-right-wing paramilitaries is reported.last_img read more

Tourist awards given as part of the Croatian Tourism Day

first_imgAs part of the traditional tourist event Days of Croatian Tourism, tonight the first part of the awards of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in the categories for destinations of the year, attractions of the year, awards to the business sector (Tourist flower – quality for Croatia) and people in tourism”Today, Croatia is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, and in order to ensure the long-term success of Croatian tourism, we must continuously improve. That is why the Days of Croatian Tourism, as the largest gathering of stakeholders in Croatian tourism, are a great opportunity to look back at the results so far, exchange experiences, discuss new ideas and trends in the world of tourism.. “, pointed out the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli on the occasion of the grand opening of this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism.See the list of all winners hereThe second part of the awards will be presented tomorrow, Thursday, October 26, for the 10 best in tourism, in the following categories: Cultural tourist attraction of the year, Tourist event of the year, Innovation in tourism of the year, Restaurant of the year, Tourist agency of the year, Marina of the year, Camp of the Year, Hotel of the Year, Tourist Destination of the Year and the Anton Štifanić Award for Lifetime Achievement and Person of the Year.In addition, the participants of the Croatian Tourism Day will also have numerous lectures, workshops and round tables tomorrow, Thursday, October 26. In the main part of the program on the second day of the event, a round table will be held on the topic of building national tourist brands “Tourist destinations – management, marketing and branding”, which will be attended by distinguished experts from Slovenia, UK, Austria and Croatia. Furthermore, a lecture on “Sustainable tourism for sustainable destination development” will be held as one of the fundamental principles of enabling further growth and development of tourism. In addition, on the second day, a traditional meeting of tourism workers with representatives of the Government of the Republic of Croatia will be held to discuss the most current topics and challenges facing the tourism system.last_img read more

Hotel Bellevue in Lošinj won the prestigious Condé Nast Johansens award for Best Destination Spa

first_imgHotel Bellevue, hotel brand Lošinj Hotels & Villas of the Jadranka Group has won a new international prestigious award.This is the Condé Nast Johansens award for excellence in the Best Destination Spa category, which was awarded to Lošinj’s Bellevue last night at the award ceremony at The May Fair hotel in London. The annual Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence for 2018 is a label of outstanding quality, and it was awarded to Bellevue thanks to the results of online voting, guest feedback and reports from local experts.It is also a faithful confirmation that the Bellevue Hotel really belongs among the world’s hotel elite and that it enjoys the trust of guests from all over the world. “It is a pleasure to be alongside the world’s leading hotels of the highest level and luxury, which in itself is a huge recognition and confirmation of our recognition at the international level. The Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence, as well as all awards so far, are the result of the joint work of all Jadranka employees who successfully spread the word about our hotels, premium offer and the island of Lošinj as a destination around the world. For all of us, this should be an incentive to continue to justify the trust of our loyal guests with dedicated work and raising the offer to an even higher level, so that they would always be happy to return to Lošinj.”, Pointed out the member of the Management Board of the Jadranka Group Goran Filipović.Hotel Bellevue 5 * has established itself as one of the favorite choices of foreign guests who enjoy and gladly return to the luxurious and airy atmosphere of the first 5 * hotel in Lošinj. That this is indeed the case is confirmed by the recognition given to him by TripAdvisor this year, for which the hotel guests are responsible. Namely, they declared Bellevue the best Croatian hotel and the best luxury hotel in Croatia after only two seasons since its opening, thanks to the characteristic premium level of the offer.Related news:THE COMBINATION OF “BLUE” AND “GREEN” CROATIA – DOES IT SOUND TO YOU?MODEL OF DUAL EDUCATION IN TOURISM: LOŠINJ JADRANKA GROUP BECAME A BERNAYS PARTNER IN THE TOURISM SECTORlast_img read more

PREMIUMGender biases run deep in Indonesian companies: Survey

first_imgTopics : #gender gender-gap #gender-diversity workplace #workplace Women #women Linkedin Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook A recent study by the International Labor Organization (ILO) has shown that Indonesian women are increasingly well-trained and have begun to surpass men in educational attainment and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills. They represent a promising pool of talent for the country, but gender biases continue to plague Indonesian workplaces, holding many women back from their professional potential.In June of this year, the ILO surveyed 400 companies in Indonesia and found that 80 percent supported gender diversity in the workplace. Companies said that diversity and inclusive policies would increase profitability, enhance creativity and innovation and would improve their reputations as employers.But the realization of this professed desire remains distant for most companies in Indonesia.A lack of women in senior management and on boards of directors of Indonesi… Google Forgot Password ?last_img read more

Paddington worker’s cottage undergoes stunning transformation after multi-million dollar makeover

first_imgThe home at 87 Tooth Ave, Paddington, after it underwent a major renovation.Despite this, he saw the potential to create something special and snapped up the home on 503sq m in October, 2015 for $695,000. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoThe house was lifted and shifted to create a new main entrance and make room for a double carport.The excavation process involved taking out more than 50 truckloads of soil from the backyard to get the level right. The home at 87 Tooth Ave, Paddington, before it underwent a major renovation. The home at 87 Tooth Ave, Paddington, before it underwent a major renovation. The home at 87 Tooth Ave, Paddington, after it underwent a major renovation.“We liked the square block, allowing 20 metres of frontage rather than the traditional 10 metres, which gave us ability to play around with the design,” Mr Oosthuizen said.He and his wife then moved back in to the home in January and have spent the past three months camping on-site while they finished the internal renovations before putting on the market.“It really is the glamorous life of a renovator to camp on-site and live on a mattress, but that’s what it takes,” he said.“It is a very stressful process. You’ve got to be resilient.“I don’t know how people do it if they work full time.” The home at 87 Tooth Ave, Paddington, after it underwent a major renovation.The amazing renovation job cost over $1 million for the construction phase alone, but for architect and builder Arno Oosthuizen, it’s been a labour of love.When Mr Oosthuizen first viewed the dilapidated property at 87 Tooth Avenue, he knew he had a major project on his hands.“You could feel the house swaying as you were moving inside it, so it was fairly unstable to be honest,” he said. The home at 87 Tooth Ave, Paddington, before it underwent a major renovation. The home at 87 Tooth Ave, Paddington, before it underwent a major renovation.IT might look flawless now, but before its stunning transformation this pre-war Queenslander was barely standing. Check out the before and after photos of this property in exclusive Paddington, which has been transformed from an old, turn-of-the-century worker’s cottage to the ultimate modern family home. The home at 87 Tooth Ave, Paddington, before it underwent a major renovation. The home at 87 Tooth Ave, Paddington, after it underwent a major renovation.The home has been transformed into a five bedroom, three bathroom, two car space property, with pool, media room, wine cellar and expansive terrace.Alex Rutherford of Place Estate Agents said the property fitted a marketplace that had not been catered for in recent years.“The reality is this house has been architecturally designed so the living areas are taking and framing the views,” she said.“It is different and it’s very modern. It’s something that I haven’t seen for quite some time.”The property is scheduled for auction on-site on May 13 at 9am through Place Estate Agents New Farm. Tips for prospective renovators from Westpac: · Ask yourself why Are you renovating to create more space for your family, to update the appearance or functionality of your home, or to add value? The reason you are renovating will influence your choices throughout the renovation process. · Do your research If you are renovating to add value to your property, research the area thoroughly to avoid overcapitalising on your renovations and to understand what buyers in the area are looking for.· Set a budgetBegin sourcing quotes to get a realistic idea of how much the work will cost and what you can achieve within your budget.last_img read more