More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoBuyers have responded to the changes.The tower will be built on site of the old Oak building on the corner of Remembrance Drive and Gold Coast Highway. Knight Frank Director of project marketing Chris Litfin said buyers had responded enthusiastically to the revised development plan.“Buyers really like the fact that they can live in the heart of Surfers Paradise but can still enjoy hectares of riverfront parkland – it is like an oasis in the city,” Mr Litfin said. “The previous plan had a wave of inquiry from local downsizers that wanted to be in a central position on the Gold Coast. But, they wanted bigger apartments and extra car parks, particularly with the three-bedroom apartments.”Mr Litfin said sales had skyrocketed since the changes were made. “Buyers are also amazed that the apartments start at only $495,000 – which allows downsizers the opportunity to sell their existing house and relocate, with change in their pockets to travel,” he said. Morris Property Group development manager Brodie Lister said the price point and location, away from the Surfers Paradise nightclub and restaurant area, made it attractive to owner-occupiers. Price and location has attracted buyers to Essence.REVISED plans for a Surfers Paradise high-rise have resulted in $10.5 million worth of sales.The 33-level Essence tower, originally launched in 2015, was reworked after market feedback saw owner-occupiers demanding more parking spaces and larger rooms.Developer Morris Property Group has now made 20 sales in the 183-apartment project.Two-bedroom apartments range from 98sq m to 162 sq m while three bedrooms are up to 132sq m. Prices range from $495,000 to $899,000. Finishes include Parisi tapware and Ilve appliances.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — As the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service nears, a coalition of civil rights and conservation groups is calling for public lands to be more inclusive over the next century.The coalition has started a petition urging President Barack Obama to issue an executive order to make public lands more diverse.Maite Arce, president of the Hispanic Access Foundation, says the coalition has the legacy of public lands in mind with this petition.“Our work here as a coalition is to challenge this president, and also our next president, to really embrace a vision for the next century of conservation that focuses on the importance of national parks and public lands for all Americans, with emphasis on all,” she states.Indiana has three National Park Service units – the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, Indiana Dunes on the south shore of Lake Michigan and the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes – as well as more than two dozen state parks.Arce says hiring a diverse workforce in the parks, in order to hear from diverse voices, is key to making public lands more inclusive.“There’s always been for many years a discussion about the difficulty in reaching diverse communities, but without those individuals working on these lands and for our parks, it’s really going to be difficult to develop programming that reaches and engages different populations,” she stresses.Shantha Ready Alonso is the executive director of Creation Justice Ministries, an environmental justice group that represents major Christian denominations. She maintains there should be more protections for the sacred parts of public lands.“Right now, too many places where there are petroglyphs, or we know that there are graves, are being ravaged and disturbed because they’re under-protected and under-recognized,” she points out. “We would like to see more reverence for those types of places.”