Developer Robin Wright has pulled off large living without sacrificing elegance

first_img8088 Riverside Drive, Sanctuary Cove.The house offers a large lifestyle with an expansive open plan living area, soaring ceilings, bedrooms which comfortably fit two queen sized beds and the showpiece of them all — 20m of river frontage. 8088 Riverside Drive, Sanctuary Cove.LIVE life on a large scale in this waterfront property in the exclusive Sanctuary Cove estate.Enter through the gatehouse which opens to reveal an impressive north-easterly facing family home. 8088 Riverside Drive, Sanctuary Cove.While the home sits on a grand scale it oozes elegance and quality workmanship with Jarrah timber finishes and polished tiles. 8088 Riverside Drive, Sanctuary Cove.“The most elegant parts of Ahn’s home are the finer touches — the staircase, the water feature and the beautiful furnishings,” he said.“When Ahn is home in Australia we always catch for dinner and I always admire his home design.” center_img 8088 Riverside Drive, Sanctuary Cove. Homeowner Ahn Tae bought the 818sq m block 12 years ago to accommodate his large family. The house was developed in a year by Mr Tae’s friend Robin Wright.“I met Ahn through a friend, he was living in Korea and needed someone to build a large home,” Mr Wright said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago 8088 Riverside Drive, Sanctuary Cove.“Ahn was hoping his family would come out and live with him on the Gold Coast because he absolutely loved it here but the family decided to stay in Korea. Ahn and his family have only ever used it as a holiday home.” Mr Wright has built many large houses but said it was tricky pulling off a home that was both elegant and big at the same time.last_img read more

Dutch employers bid to bring unions back to pension reform talks

first_imgDutch employer organisations want the government to enable workers in hard manual jobs to be able to claim the state pension (AOW) early without a penalty.In a letter published in financial daily FD, Hans de Boer, chair of VNO-NCW, and Marc Calon, chair of LTO Nederland, suggested that the government should also refrain from charging AOW contributions during the period of early retirement.Jacco Vonhof, chairman of MKB Nederland, supported the proposal in a separate interview with daily De Telegraaf.The retirement age for the AOW is currently 66 years and four months. The government has already decided that the AOW age is to rise to 67 years and three months in 2022. The employer chairs said their proposal was meant to entice trade unions back to the negotiation table to discuss pension system reform, after talks between the social partners and the government collapsed at the end of last year.They were angered by the unions’ announcement of industrial action on 18 March – two days ahead of provincial elections – arguing that strikes would hit employers rather than the government.“The unions are not only barking up the wrong tree, but are also putting the saw into it,” argued the employers. However, they didn’t dispute raising the retirement age.In the past, methods for agreeing a definition of hard physical jobs failed as the issue was deemed too complicated by the government.However, De Boer argued that the Austrian government had shown it was possible by using ‘calories burned’ as a criterion.He said the country had also made a list of jobs subject to the option of early retirement. The arrangements didn’t automatically apply to people who did predominantly administrative work.The Austrian list also included irregular night shifts, work conducted in overly hot or cold conditions, work exposed to chemicals and work with severely disabled people.Unions respondResponding to the employers’ proposal, Tuur Elzinga, trustee at the largest union FNV, said that it was only willing to resume talks if the AOW age was fixed at 66.Therefore, the employers should target its proposals at the government instead, he said.Elzinga highlighted the difficulties in compiling a list of hard manual jobs, arguing that, for example, similar efforts in Belgium hadn’t succeeded. Credit: Mark PrinsWouter Koolmees, minister for social affairsWouter Koolmees, minister of social affairs, described the employers’ proposals as “interesting”, while highlighting the importance of a joint approach by the parties involved.Last year, Koolmees said that a solution for workers in hard physical jobs shouldn’t be sought in a definition “as the subject can’t be properly demarcated and would be unmanageable as well as difficult to implement as a consequence”.last_img read more