Principal Lucy Cole said she believed the 2017 outlook for the Gold Coast property market was positive. Picture Mike BatterhamLUCY Cole Prestige Properties took a list of 15 properties to auction at the agency’s sixth annual alfresco auction on the weekend.Principal Lucy Cole said about 150 people including 40 registered bidders turned up to the event last Saturday where the team sold about $8 million worth of real estate.The agency sold six properties under the hammer including two above the $1 million mark.“There was a lot of spirited bidding on the day which was great to see,” Ms Cole said.“Two of the sales were above reserve which was also promising to see. We had another three that sold prior to auction and we have another four under negotiation now.” Auctioneer Scott Harman in action. Picture Mike BatterhamMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMs Cole said there were a range of buyers including international, interstate and local.Among the sales was an apartment in The Waterford building at Main beach. The three-bedroom apartment, which has 360-degree views of the Coast, fetched $1.85 million under the hammer. The crowd wait for the hammer to fall. Picture Mike Batterham A crowd of about 150 took part in the auction event. Picture Mike Batterham Auctioneer Scott Harman engages with the crowd. Picture Mike BatterhamA four-bedroom waterfront house at 11 Riverbank Court, Ashmore, also sold for $1.4 million.Ms Cole said she believed the 2017 outlook for the Gold Coast property market was positive.“I think it’s looking very healthy — there’s a buzz in the air and it’s very exciting.“Buyers want to be involved in our marketplace.“They can see that we’re moving forward.”
STEEL Challenge Matches worldwide are a speed shooting competition governed by the Steel Challenge Shooting Association.This gives the G.S.S.F. a SCSA affiliate organisation, the ability to pick from eight standardised stages with steel targets, ranging in size from 10″ (25 cm) round plates to 18×24″ (45×60 cm) square plates.Competitors are scored solely by the time it takes them to complete each stage, and the match winner is the competitor with the lowest overall time.The Guyana Sport Shooting Federation introduced Steel Challenge in Guyana and has been hosting these matches on a regular basis with the assistance of eager sponsors such as Publik.Publik, a popular name in the food industry, known especially for their tasty wings and burgers, assisted the G.S.S.F. in serving to local steel shooters a “phenomenal” competition to end the year 2017.This match saw shooters competing in the Limited and Production Divisions (9mm or higher caliber pistols are required).Trophies were up for grabs for the Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in both divisions, and special category medals for those in Law Enforcement who were competing amongst themselves within the divisions.The match was declared open by Match Director Dr. Pravesh Harry and then commenced with two squads shooting simultaneously in the Showdown and Roundabout Stages.Shooting concluded with the Smoke & Hope stage, which is the most popular one consisting of the largest targets thereby allowing the shooters to really exercise their trigger fingers in the fastest display of the day.Ryan McKinnon proved to really smoke this stage with timings of just over three seconds per string.In every stage competitors were required to shoot five different steel targets set out at various angles and distances, one of which is designated as a “stop plate” which is shot last.Registering a hit on the plate stops the time. The total time it takes to hit all five plates is used for the score with every miss and penalty adding three seconds to the time.’Scoring was done using a digital timer which records the times according to the shots fired.The competitor’s best four scores out of five strings of fire on each stage was then be added together for a collective score. The lowest total time/score for all stages wins the overall match.Scoring was done using a specialised scoring application called Practiscore which is then posted online at www.practiscore.com for all to access.At the closing ceremony, President of the Federation, Ms. Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon commended the match officials for the high standard of the match and thanked Publik for their sponsorship. She wished members and spectators present a Merry Christmas.The official scores of the Publik-sponsored match were then announced to a highly anticipating group of members and prizes were presented by GSSF Director, Mr. David Dharry and the Match Director, Dr. Pravesh Harry.Match Results of the G.S.S.F. Steel Challenge Competition sponsored by PublikProduction Division1st – Ryan McKinnon (54.97 seconds)2nd – Pravesh Harry (56.78 seconds)3rd – Michael Blake (87.46 seconds)Limited Division1st – Rajiv Latchana (71.07 seconds)2nd – Vidushi Persaud (73.90 seconds)3rd – Harold Hopkinson (83.38 seconds)Law Enforcement Category Winners in the Limited Division:1st – Harold Hopkinson (Time: 83.38 seconds)2nd – Odel August (Time: 102.94 seconds)3rd – Dallas Thomas (Time: 133.17 seconds)Match Winner – Ryan McKinnon followed by Pravesh Harry and Michael Blake in third.