Downsizers no longer need to turn their backs on the delights of a garden as savvy developers work to cultivate apartment communities with a green heart.Savvy developers are working to cultivate apartment communities with a green heart and keeping downsizers extremely happy.Form Landscape Architects managing director Matt Franzmann said it was a movement he was thrilled to get behind, collaborating on some of the most successful developments in the southeast corridor – including several apartment projects on the Gold Coast such as Vantage.“Most people associate apartment living on the coastal strip with high rises and no gardens, but there’s a more relaxed green heart of the Gold Coast emerging,” Mr Franzmann said. “Vantage in the Royal Pines precinct is leading the way.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe $200 million master-planned Vantage community at Benowa includes three completed buildings and a fourth under construction, but it’s far from a concrete jungle.More than 70 per cent of Vantage’s Ross St site is dedicated to landscaped, open space providing a “botanic gardens’’ atmosphere.“It’s taken two years to establish the trees but it’s wonderful to visit the site and see a developer, in this case Rayjon, really looking after the landscape. You don’t get that across the board,” Mr Franzmann said.Vantage’s latest release Dawn will add a large area of landscaping – almost doubling the amount of communal open space – with lawns for yoga and additional barbecue areas, all defined by lush landscape.Dawn includes two and three-bedroom apartments over 15 levels. Remaining two bedroom apartments start from $520,000.Rayjon’s brief was to create a tropical oasis, providing privacy to ground levels and amenity to the communal spaces.
“We will get better and if we apply ourselves in our normal fashion I see our 20th league title as nothing but the start of another decade of success. Whether I will be here to oversee another decade of success remains to be seen, but I certainly don’t have any plans at the moment to walk away from what I believe will be something special and worth being around to see. “It’s always difficult in football to be absolutely sure of the future because the game has a habit of tripping you up. But I don’t live in a fantasy world and believe we have every reason to feel confident about the future of Manchester United.” Meanwhile, Robin van Persie intends to snub Manchester United’s number nine shirt and stick with 20 – to save fans having to shell out on another kit. When Van Persie arrived from Arsenal, the number nine shirt was still worn by Dimitar Berbatov, who did not leave for Fulham until the end of August. Instead, the Dutchman inherited the 20 shirt worn by Brazilian defender Fabio prior to his loan move to QPR. Ferguson has offered Van Persie the chance to switch numbers next season. However, the favourite to claim the Premier League Golden Boot prize for the second straight campaign intends to stick with what he has. “I think I’ll keep it,” Van Persie told United Review. “I have the option to take number nine but I don’t think I will do that. I’ll stick with what is right and what feels good. Also, I don’t want to be harsh on the fans who have got number 20 on their kit. I don’t want them to have to buy a new shirt. “It’s been a good number for me and now I can at least celebrate the 20th trophy for another year. I’ll stick with it.” Sir Alex Ferguson insists he is going nowhere – on the day stories have emerged about his physical condition. Press Association Manchester United have confirmed their manager is booked in for hip surgery when he returns from the club’s pre-season tour at the end of July. Although United have not revealed the exact nature of the problem, the timings seem odd as, presumably, Ferguson could have the operation now, when it would not impact on the season. That has led to suggestions it might be a cover story for Ferguson’s retirement. However, in his programme notes ahead of the encounter with Chelsea, Ferguson underlined his desire to carry on. “This team of champions is not going away – we are here for the long ride,” Ferguson told United Review.
“I saw him like this on the first day of pre-season yet I had to keep telling everyone that was the case because the media thought it was different,” said Moyes. “I saw him in great form. He was in great fettle. His training was fantastic from day one. “But people kept saying different things and I found it difficult to prove it different. “You can see by his form and the goals he is scoring that what I was saying was right.” As Moyes acknowledged, Rooney is now approaching a point in his career when he is expected to handle more responsibility. And he is pleased to note the former Everton star is doing exactly that. “He is at an age where he would be one of the main players,” said Moyes. “He is certainly a main player for Manchester United and he is one of the main players for England. Rooney found the net in England’s World Cup wins over Montenegro and Poland over the past week to guide Roy Hodgson’s men into the World Cup finals. It follows on from his outstanding efforts for United with Rooney, 28 on October 28, having scored five times in his last six games. “That is what we expected. “He takes the responsibility, scores the goals when it is required. He has done that from a young age. “But the age he is at now he has that maturity which shows in how he plays, the condition he is in and the way he is playing for both club and country.” Rooney is virtually certain to start against Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday. The big question is whether Adnan Januzaj will too. It was the 18-year-old’s two goals that turned potential defeat at Sunderland into victory on United’s last outing a fortnight ago. Yet, as Moyes pointed out, Januzaj cannot expect to be involved every week. “I don’t think anybody plays every week for Manchester United,” he said. “We have enough players to rotate the squad. “Adnan is 18, does anyone expect him to play every week? Is he good enough? The answer is yes.” The only player who has started every game for United this season is goalkeeper David de Gea. Amazingly, De Gea is not regarded as one of Spain’s top three keepers despite earning selection for last term’s Premier League team of the year. However, Moyes has no doubt the former Atletico Madrid man will go on to become one of the world’s very best. “David had to come in and prove himself at Manchester United,” said Moyes. “Sir Alex bought him young and played him, at times when it was difficult because goalkeeper and centre-half are probably the two hardest positions to put out on the pitch for young players. “Manchester United doing that over the last couple of years has shown what you can get. “He is a top goalkeeper. He will go on in time to be one of the best there is. I have no doubts about that.” Victory over Southampton will shove United further up the Premier League table, although with three defeats already, Moyes’ men have a bit of ground to make up. However, Chelsea and Manchester City have also endured stuttering starts under new management and Moyes anticipates it will be later in the year before the picture starts to become clearer. “It is a long season,” said the Scot. “Come the end of November we are getting much closer to the end of the year and we may well see things a bit clearer.” Manchester United manager David Moyes feels his pre-season assessment of Wayne Rooney has been vindicated by the striker’s impressive recent form. Press Association
METEN-Meer-Zorg Masters have accepted the challenge thrown out by Everest Masters to a 25-overs per side cricket match, to celebrate the 50th birth anniversary of Ronald ‘Sticky’ Jaisingh today.Jaisingh, who is a longstanding member of Everest Cricket Club Masters team opted for a cricket celebration since most of his adult life is spent in cricket as a player and administrator, especially along the East Bank of Demerara.Everest Masters have been a dominant force on the local scene and have reached out to the Odyssey Transportation Services-sponsored Meten-Meer-Zorg (MMZ) Masters for the occasion and they have consented.In their most recent match, MMZ Masters edged the Media XI in a nail-biting finish and will be looking to continue their winning ways, while the hosts recently bounced back to their winning ways with a comprehensive victory over Bartica Masters, after losing four consecutive matches in and out of Guyana.The teams will wear coloured clothing and will play with the pink ball. The first ball is expected to be bowled at 12:30hrs.Teams will come from: Odyssey MMZ Masters; Troy Khan (captain), Muneshwar Balgobin, Mohan Chatram, Vinod Rajkumar, Jetendra Kishore, Hemandra Kowelsser, Sham Persaud, Gary Headley, Mohamed Willie, Zaheer Haniff, Chabiraj Ramcharran, Naiem Habib, Abid Haniff and Zamal Khan.Everest Masters; Rajesh Singh (captain), Sahadeo Hardaiow, Saheed Mohamed, Hemraj Garbarran, Azeemul Hanif, Basil Persaud, Imtiaz Sadik, Robert Pereira, Robin Bharat, Ucil Armstrong, John Ramsingh, Safraz Sheriffudeen, Ravi Narayan, Nadir Baksh and Ronald Jaisingh.