Have Cane Will Travel – Disabled Travel in Australia

Award-winning comedy writer, Ian Heydon (Kingswood Country, How Green Was My Cactus, The Samuel Pepys Show, The Year My Country Broke) recently took out an unexpected award – for writing about travelling with a disability.

In 2010 Ian was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That led to the question – what does a writer who has a disability and who loves to travel write about? The answer was pretty obvious. Because Ian uses a cane for mobility assistance, he built a website called Cane & Able Travel and that site won the inaugural Business disAbility Award for Business Innovation in 2012.

Back in 2003, Ian had a travel book on Australia published called The Small Guide to A Big Country (Explore) and he subsequently bought a travel agent’s licence (Small Guide Travel). Much of Ian’s research for that book is still valid. As Ian says, “They haven’t moved the Sydney Opera House or most of Australia’s main attractions, so all I really needed to do was update where necessary and add the accessibility and disability facility information. It’s a bonus that the Small Guide Travel consultants can assist with itinerary advice and bookings.”

When Ian travels these days he uses both a cane and a wheelchair for getting around. “Before my diagnosis with MS I guess I felt a bit of pity when I saw other people in wheelchairs. I didn’t realise that wheelchairs give a person with a disability so much freedom. Mine allows me to get around much better at airports, especially when the boarding gate can be a fair distance from check-in, and it makes art galleries, museums and theatre so much more accessible and enjoyable.”

Ian first took his wheelchair on a trip to Dubai, London and Paris in 2012. While there are websites with attractions and disability information for those destinations in the pipeline, Ian’s first priority is writing about Australia. In late 2012 he visited Cairns and road-tested attractions like Skyrail and Quicksilver’s Great Barrier Reef as well as disabled-friendly accommodation. From this came the destination specific website, Cairns Disabled Travel.

The next cab of the rank was Canberra. According to Ian, Canberra is arguably Australia’s most rewarding destination for travellers with a disability. “There are flights from all other major cities and centres, they have an excellent public transport and wheelchair-assisted taxi system and all the major attractions are accessible, with many of them free. There’s excellent accommodation, terrific restaurants and bars and so much to see and do. It really is a fabulous tourist destination. Sure, after a couple of weeks there might be some thumb twiddling but for a few days away it is fabulous.” Ian visited Canberra in 2011 and 2013 to research accessible accommodation and attractions and the Canberra Disabled Travel website is now live.

Ian has a multi-destination itinerary on the drawing board for all Australian capital cities and major regional centres so you could see him soon in your part of the country. But the Kingswood? No, he won’t be taking the Kingswood!

Buying pots online; the convenience and diversity in M Lennon pots and planters

Pots are a convenience for gardens in more ways than one. For starters, they serve to boost the garden’s beauty and orderliness, consequently boosting the whole property’s beauty. They also offer great convenience as they are ideal for planting plants and flowers.

However, with the fast pace at which virtually everything is moving, quality pots are becoming increasingly hard to find. Fortunately for garden owners, you can now find pots online as fast and easily as everything else.

Buying pots online
At M Lennon pots and planters, you can explore inventories of different kinds of pots coming in diverse sizes, colors and designs all from the comfort of your computer.
Unlike most other objects, pots can be highly manipulated to bring out any shape you may wish. However, how best this comes out depends on the potter’s skill, and also the quality of the soil used. Creativity is also crucial as the material’s versatility allows designing, and great designs make pots not only useful in the garden but also as furniture complements. The design, quality and texture of the pot complemented by a great design bring a natural and solid look to a room.

At M Lennon pots and planters, you are guaranteed of exceptional creativity as you can order pots online with up to 100 different designs on the same vessel. You are also guaranteed to get more conveniences like:
• Size
Depending on your needs, you can order pots as tall as 40 feet and not have to worry about delivery. You can also order ordinary pots or specify the size you want to perfectly suit your needs. You can also get much smaller pots like saucers and pot feet to serve other purposes other than growing, and all made in excellent quality.

• Shapes
A pot’s shape also matters a lot when it comes to appearance. As such, to suit different client’s needs, there is a wide variety of different shapes available to clients. You can order the classic rounds or go with the square pots. You can also order one tailored to your desired shape to perfectly meet your needs.

• Design
To add beauty to the pot, M Lennon pots and planters offers clients up to a 100 different designs, all of which can even be incorporated into the same vessel for different clients’ convenience. You get to choose the design you want and get it incorporated into your pot while also meeting other specifications like shape and size.

• Material
For different textures and looks, you can order pots made from diverse materials like fibre glass, terra cotta, Tuscan and bon fire pots among others.

The convenience that comes with ordering pots online
At M Lennon pots and planters, you are guaranteed of services and conveniences which cannot be found elsewhere. When you order pots online, you get to enjoy services that include the following:
• Delivery without deposit.
• Pots on credit.
• Fast delivery taking as short as seven days depending on distance.
• Free polished pebbles to serve as fillers during delivery. This guarantees safety for your pot.

To certify quality, each pot comes with a signature which not only portrays elegance, but also adds to design and beauty.

“Offers Over” – why not just cut to the chase?

If you’ve browsed realestate.com.au recently, you will have seen lots of properties listed as “offers over”. You might be wondering why we do this rather than just applying a fixed price.

Why we do it?
Ultimately “offers over” exposes more people to your property online, if used the right way —let’s not forget that some 90% of our buyer enquiry comes through these channels.

For buyers, realesate.com.au has set price bands when searching (ie: $400k to $450k and $450-$500k). Generally, we recommend using ‘offers over’ when you’re on the cusp of a search band.

For example, if you are aiming for a price of $460k for your home. We would list it as ‘offers over $450k’ on realesate.com.au – your property will display for buyers browsing the $400-$450k price range as well as those browsing $450-$500k.

This exposes your property to more people and gets more people to your open (people who may not have considered your property before). Even if the price is slightly out of their price range – they showed up! It’s your agent’s job from there!

We recently listed a duplex in Fitzgibbon as “offers over $300k”, a move designed to encourage a larger subset of buyers to visit the property. The home sold for $315k—an impressive figure given that the highest previous sale for a similar home in the area was $290k!

Misuse of ‘offers over’…
In my experience many agents use ‘offers over’ to avoid the uncomfortable price discussion with their owners. It’s a way for them to list the house at what they (the agent) think it’s worth without agreeing on a clear price expectation with the owner.

Can you make an offer under on an ‘offers over’ property?

Our agents will always have a firm price that the owner is expecting. After all, the first question at the open is ‘how much’?

Buyers should have the capacity to buy at or above the price indicator. Although they can open negotiations with a lower price, almost always the property will sell at or above the indicator.

When we don’t use it…
It’s not effective if your price expectation is not in line with the market.

It’s also not as effective if your ‘offers over’ price sits in the middle of a search band. A property listed as “offers over $420k” will only display for buyers searching $400k-450k”. Of course there may be some exceptions here, but this is a common mistake many agents make!

And last but not least, ‘offers over’ pricing is also useful for auctions or when agents are a little unsure on the market value (ie: for a unique property).

So if we recommend “offers over” on your next houses for sale Aspley rest assured and take it in your stride!

To view property Aspley visit our web site. To find out more about Justin Watt, owner of Watt Realty and previous owner of Harcourts Aspley click here.

Brisbane Airport Transfer Options

Traveling to a new city either for business or pleasure presents a number of challenges. One of the biggest challenges is finding a reliable means of transport. To overcome this challenge it is advisable for any traveler to hire the services of Transport Company to cater for all their transportation needs. In cities such as Brisbane travelling from the airport to the designated hotel is made easy by the presence of airport transfer services. Travelers are able to move from one part of Brisbane to another using these services. Before hiring any company for such services it is important to know how to spot the best companies in the industry and ensure you have best services and value for your money.

brisbane-airport-transfersGold Class Transfers is one of the leading Brisbane airport transfers service providers in Queensland. The firm has gained a reputation for being reliable, convenient and affordable. These are the three primary components needed in the making of a great transport company. The company offers 24/7 door to door transport services to and from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, and Sunshine coast. Thus, clients can conveniently access the services of the firm at any time of day. The firm’s twenty-four hour door to door service deliver custom, compounded with the fixed rates on all its services has earned the company a good reputation among clients.

Reliability is another important component to look out for in the search for the best transfers service providers. Going back to Gold Class Transfers, the service provider’s drivers are all qualified with over ten years worth of experience. This guarantees a customer the most comfortable and luxurious chauffeur experience. Apart from being experienced, the drivers are all accredited with no criminal record. Thus, the reliability of a company can be seen from the quality of staff and the overall quality of services offered.

Cost is one of the most important factors to consider when hiring a transport company. Transportation costs can consume a large percentage of a traveler’s budget, if they are not careful. To avoid this it is important to hire a company whose rates are fixed. This allows a client to calculate the total amount of money they are going to use on transport before embarking on their journey. Gold Class Transfers offers fixed rates from the airport to the Brisbane central business district. This information can be found on the Gold Class Transfers official website. This makes it easy for potential clients to calculate how much they might use on transportation and thus help in the planning.

The client is essential to the profit making machine of any service provider. It is for this reason that companies such as Gold Class Transfers invest in the comfort and satisfaction of their customers. A transport company that has invested in the comfort of its clients is always the best to go with. Gold Class Transfers has an array of additional services geared at satisfying the customer’s need. The firm has invested in the installation of Wi-Fi in all of its vehicles, which the clients do not have to pay for. To add on to this the company has installed special baby seats in its vehicles.

The amount of luggage carried can inconvenience a traveler, especially if they had not made any transport arrangements. With the services of an airport transfers service provider it is easy to get luggage transported from the airport to wherever a traveler is going. To lessen the risk of loosing luggage during transportation, Gold Class Transfers offers trailers to clients with excess luggage. This service comes free of charge and is meant to make it easy for a client to transport their luggage.

The defining component of any transport company is; the vehicles used. The type, model and brand of vehicle used contribute greatly to the success of a company. In terms of vehicles, Gold Class Transfers has a number of modern vehicles that offer comfort and versatility. For family travelling, the firm has a VW Multivan, which is big enough to accommodate an average sized family. This seven seater vehicle has a large luggage compartment for the whole family. The luggage area can also hold traveling gear and other equipments needed, depending on the travel needs of a client.

For corporate clients, Gold Class Transfers features the luxurious Holden-Caprice, which combines, performance and style to deliver the best in executive transport. The wide variety of vehicle types that the company has means that it is able to service clients with different kinds of needs. This is another primary ingredient needed in the making of a good transport company. The versatility of the services offered give clients flexibility and assurance that the company can be able to handle any transport needs they may have. These vehicles are comfortable and large enough that clients do not have to feel squeezed.

Customer satisfaction is another core component of a good transport company. Whether a customer is satisfied or not will depend on how the company they hired treated them. A transport company has to be able to cater for all the needs of its clients from the get go. One of the main challenges clients face is locating their designated drivers once they alight from the plane. Gold Class Transfers makes it easy for client’s b y requiring the drivers to track the clients. Upon arrival a client will be greeted by one of the firm’s accredited drivers holding an Ipad with the client’s name on it.

To ensure that a client is not left looking for their designated driver, a good company has to be timely. The driver must always be at the airport some few minutes before the arrival of the client. Timing is something that Gold Class Transfers specializes in. Therefore, once a client alights they are guaranteed to find their designated driver with a placard with their names on it. How timely a company’s drivers are will add to a company’s reputation. This goes for both international and domestic clients traveling to Brisbane.

Dealing with international air transport system can be tricky for both client and company. However, since it is the company that relies on the satisfaction of the client, it is the firm that should be prepared for anything. Delayed flights are a common phenomenon in air travel and can interfere with traveler’s intentions. A good transport company has to be able to factor in such unpredictable occurrences such as flight delays. Gold Class Transfers does not charge for any additional waiting time their driver’s endure due to delayed flight. Thus, whether their flight is delayed or not a client can be guaranteed that they will find their designated driver waiting upon their arrival.

The driver’s can wait for up to 80 minutes for their assigned clients. However, should the client’s flight be delayed, the driver can wait for a longer period. Another key ingredient that is needed in the making of a good transport company is zero hidden costs. When transacting with international travelers, especially through banks, companies may benefit unfairly from hidden costs. This is why Gold Class Transfers gives its clients the option of paying via bank or by cash. A client can pay their driver in cash. This payment option will earn a client a ten dollar deduction from the cost shown on the website. This means that if a client decides to pay by cash they pay ten dollar less than the amount prescribed on the company website.

Though a good transport company needs to have fixed rates, there are circumstances the can alter this. One of these circumstances is where a client wants to share the services with other passengers who may be going to different locations. In such a scenario, the rate may change depending on the number of passengers and where it is they are traveling to. Being that companies are legal creations, all companies must abide to the laws of the areas where they operate. A client may be get in to trouble simply because the company they have hired has not adhered to certain laws.

To avoid this Gold Class Transfers ensure that it abides to all laws relating to transport companies. One such law is that consumption of alcohol and smoking in vehicles is prohibited. Thus all of the company’s vehicles are no-smoking zones. This guarantees the client of their security and safety. To add on to the client’s experience, the company’s offers wake up calls for its clients. Moreover to further adhere to the Queensland rules and regulations, the company has Queensland Transport and Airport accreditation.

The cost of Brisbane airport transfers services will depend on a number of factors, key among them the number of passengers and the desired destination. To make planning for clients a good transport company has to have a list of the different costs on its website. This is what Gold Class Transfers has done with its services. The cost of traveling from the airport to the Brisbane CBD is different from that of travelling from sunshine coast to Brisbane and vise versa. Depending on where a traveler will be going to they are able to plan themselves in advance and avoid any financial complications.

Hiring the services of Brisbane airport transfers companies makes financial sense to any traveler. This is because a traveler does not have to worry about parking. One of the alternatives available to travelers is hiring a car for use. This mode of traveling has a host of challenges in comparison to hiring an airport transfers company. For starters with a car for hire service, a traveler has to worry about where to park their hired vehicle. In addition to this, the traveler has to worry about the cost of parking, which may be high particularly in a metropolis such as Brisbane.

Another problem with hiring a vehicle is that a traveler may not be safe from the financial risk of getting in to accidents. Should a hired vehicle be involved in an accident, the person who hired it will most probably have to cater for the damages. On the other hand with airport transfers services, the client is not in charge of the vehicle, thus any damage sustained on the vehicle will be borne by the company. Thus in terms of financial risks, hiring Gold Class Transfers is a better option.

Taxis are the most used modes of transport in most cities, and Brisbane is no exception. However, for an international visitor, using a taxi for their daily travels can be costly. This is because taxis charge differently depending on the distance to be covered. Thus, a traveler may end up using more than they planned. With airport transfers services a traveler is sure of the amount of money they are going to use on their transportation even before traveling. This helps them to plan their finances well and ultimately help in saving money to be used for other purposes.

Another drawback with using taxis is that they are restricted in terms of where they can go. A taxi may not take one to their exact destination, nor will a taxi pick them up from their destination. With the services of Gold Class Transfers clients are picked from exactly where they are. This saves time and is a more convenient means of travel compared to using a taxi. Therefore in terms of convenience hiring Brisbane airport transfers services is the best option one has. Unlike Gold Class Transfers’ drivers who are experienced and accredited, not all taxi drivers may be competent enough to chauffeur clients to their intended destinations.

Hiring airport transfers services is the best option travelers have. This is because; clients are assured quality and timely delivery of services not to mention safety. Additionally, clients have somewhere to lodge any complaints they may have about the services. Airport transfers companies offer additional services meant to satisfy the client. The other two options available lack the level of expertise and competence that a fully-fledged company offers. Hence, it is safer and more cost effective to hire an airport transfers company for transport services and purposes.

LED light bulbs

With the technological improvements in the electronics industry, there has been development of LED lights. The use of LED lights has been advocated as the best in energy saving efforts over the traditional lighting options like the fluorescent and incandescent lighting systems. The LED lights usually use series of diodes which emits light in order to produce illumination. The following are their key benefits when installed and how they achieve their purposes.

With ever increasing electricity bills, many people have been finding it hard to manage the power use in their homes in lighting. LED lighting uses significantly less energy as compared to incandescent and fluorescent lights. This means that the LED light bulbs use about 6 watts in energy consumption and approximately 360 kilowatt hours for the whole lifespan of the LED light bulb. As compared to 60 watt light bulb, LED light bulb uses a tenth of their energy, therefore reducing the amounts of power in the long run. CFL lights use double amounts of the energy that the LED light bulb uses. This comparison gives a clear indication that really LED light bulbs are beneficial when used in lighting purposes.

It has been a burning concern for many people to find most of their electric bulbs having a short lifespan. With LED lights, their lifespan can last about 60,000 lighting hours. The common 60 watt incandescent bulb with 1,500 hours of lighting, it can be seen that the LED light bulbs can last 40 times longer, thus saving cost of acquiring more bulbs, or replacing 40 times as compared to having only one LED light bulb. It will be observed that in the long run, more energy is saved and reducing the expenses of replacing bulbs and on high energy costs.

The durability and safety of the LED light bulbs is far much better than the traditional lights bulbs. It is a common observation that the traditional bulbs are fragile and are easy to break and release harmful and poisonous gases. With LED lights, they can withstand such strong impacts especially when they are dropped or banged. This is the main reason why they are recommended to be used in those places where it is prone to breakage as a result of human acts. The incandescent bulbs too contain xenon, halogen, and krypton which are potentially harmful to human health when they are released or breakage. Therefore, by using the LED lights, one is assured of health and safety while improving the home lighting.

In the entertainment industry, LED lights have used for long time because of their ability to produce a directional lights other than the traditional light bulbs which are not capable for the same purpose. Moreover, the LED lights come with different colors for different and customized applications. The LED light’s steady beams are known to light long distances and as such, it is helpful where strong light is needed. It has also been proved that with LED light colors, they can improve brightness and at the same time giving an aesthetic appearance on area which it has been used for lighting. This feature is not available with the traditional bulbs.

There have been concerns about the health safety with electricity bulbs when used for lighting purposes. This is because the traditional bulbs as in the case of the incandescent bulbs contain mercury. When the mercury is exposed, it poses harmful effects on the human skin. When manufacturing the LED lights, mercury is not used and as such, it reduces the risks for both the environment and health.

The life of a battery is prolonged by using LED light bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs. This is because it has the capability of using minimum battery power while at the same time producing sufficient light with less energy. Therefore, the battery can stay for about 12 to 16 times as compared with incandescent bulbs used at the same time. This is actually economical in the long run.

Finally, with LED lights, it is possible to save significantly large amounts of energy. It is estimated that about 97 percent of the energy in the traditional bulbs are lost in the form of heat energy. This is because they use more energy to heat up the light producing elements. Therefore, LED light consumes very little energy to produce heat energy and eventually translates to minimum power consumption.