Bomben’s Cairns real estate treasure sold at auction

first_imgGiovanni (John) and Lynette Bomben sold their house at auction after living their 46 years. It was built by Mr Bomben himself in 1970 and took two years to build. PICTURE: JUSTIN BRIERTYTHE home, built by hand by one of the community’s most-loved families, has been sold under the hammer.John and Lyn Bomben have mixed feelings about selling their Nolan St home of 45 years which Mr Bomben built after emigrating from Italy.“We had to have a very serious talk, me and my wife,” Mr Bomben, 77, said.“We were getting on in age and the house was getting too big. “I’ve got a titanium knee so getting up and down the steps is difficult.“I’m happy the young woman bought it because it was a happy home and I hope it will be for her.”Mr Bomben, who helped start Leichhardt Football Club and has been a stalwart of the Far North soccer community for more than four decades said the most endearing memories of the house was when teams of children, in town for sports carnivals, would stay over.“It’s amazing. Some of them got married, came up here for the honeymoon and introduced me to their wife and then later their kids,” he said.The Bombens met and married in Lismore, while Mr Bomben was working as a carpenter and a cane cutter. They moved to Cairns for work, rented a flat in Lake St and bought a block of land for cash and Mr Bomben’s brother came out from Italy to help in the construction.“It’s always like this,” he said.“In the Italian way of thinking you’ve got to build your nest and live there for as long and as happy as possible. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“We only have one son and now he wants to do his own thing.”The couple plan to move to a smaller home near the Leichhardt soccer clubhouse.RE/MAX agent Cathy Ratcliffe said the auction on February 6 was a bittersweet occasion.“They were happy about it but sad at the same time. It went for the reserve price of $525,000,” she said. “More than 55 groups went through the property in two weeks and we had lots of email inquiries from interstate as well. “It also got more than 1200 hits on in a week.“It’s not often you have a property that has only had one owner and is in original condition, crammed with 45 years of love.”Ms Ratcliffe said while many people held misconceptions about auctions they were the perfect way of selling a property which was difficult to price.“People think they don’t work but they do. They meet the market,” she said. “In this case, for the age of the property it was a fair value. It was a good price.“It is still an in-demand location. Anything on that hill fringe is highly sought after and there is not a lot of stock at the moment, which is a great time to be going to market because you haven’t got that extra competition.”last_img read more

Three West Indians on shortlist of six for WICB head coach post

first_imgGus LogieGus LogieBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, – ( – Three West Indians including former international players Augustine Logie and Jimmy Adams, along with Barbadian Henderson Springer, are on a shortlist of six contenders for the post of West Indies team head coach.That position, left vacant following the firing of Phil Simmons three months ago, as well as the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in light of the resignation of Michael Muirhead, are to be ratified at the quarterly meeting of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in St. Maarten this weekend.Well-placed sources in Antigua, the headquarters of the WICB and Jamaica, where WICB president Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron resides, told that former Australian batsman Stuart Law is among those on the shortlist for head coach, which attracted several candidates from England and Australia.The sources did not name the other two candidates.According to the sources, the WICB is very keen to have the new coach in place as early as next month to prepare for the tours to the Caribbean by England in February and March for three One-Day Internationals (ODI), to be followed by Pakistan for a four-match Test series.( read more