News

5000 step out to dream the great Aussie dream at home expo

HAMMER TIME: Wollongbar’s Kain and Chloe McGarry with sons Hudson, 3, and 11-month-old Oliver at the Ballina Home Sweet Home Expo on Saturday.
HAMMER TIME: Wollongbar’s Kain and Chloe McGarry with sons Hudson, 3, and 11-month-old Oliver at the Ballina Home Sweet Home Expo on Saturday. Leah White

WOLLONGBAR couple Chloe and Kain McGarry were just two of an estimated 5000 people who attended Ballina's Home Sweet Home Expo on Saturday.

For them, the expo was all about investigating builders, properties and locations for their next home buy.

Mrs McGarry said they bought in Wollongbar six years ago and were looking to upsize to help accommodate their two boys, Hudson, 3, and Oliver, 11 months.

"I tried to look online but I'm more of a sort of visual person and speaking face to face with someone, so it's definitely been much more helpful," Ms McGarry said.

Mr McGarry said being able to meet the people behind the businesses was a major benefit of the expo.

"I just think it's handy having everything in the one spot, like financial planning and lending options," he said.

Ballina Chamber of Commerce executive officer Nadia Eliott-Burgess said the objective of the expo was to stimulate the local construction industry.

"Obviously for an event that people will enjoy and we draw a large audience to, it had to be broader than that," she said.

"And so we expanded it into options for existing home owners, people who want to buy property and decorate property.

"But also, it's about improving the lifestyles of our existing residents."

This year was the first time the Ballina Home Sweet Home Expo has been staged.

Ms Eliott-Burgess said the catalyst for the expo was the launch of Ballina Council's Land Subsidy Scheme.

The scheme offers $25,000 grants to assist low to moderate income earners purchase land within selected parts of Ballina and Wollongbar.

The expo featured 60 exhibitors, with everything from tupperware to pest control, builders, lenders, tools, outdoor furniture, thermo mixes, barbeques, wardrobe fit-outs and real estate agents.

The expo was held at Ballina RSL from 9am to 5pm.




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'I apologise every day that I am not the person he married'

My battle with postnatal depression...

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

‘Maniacs’ are making people leave Lismore

Darren Bell, owner of Play Quest, in his kitchen where a violent intruder caused havoc.

"The CBD is now a place that people don’t feel safe"

New bakery planned for Goonellabah industrial area

Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread

Proposed commercial bakery would create jobs in Goonellabah.

A CSG explainer for confused voters

Sandwich boards outside Prepoll are confusing voters. Greens candidate Kudra Falla-Ricketts and Greens  Jeremy Buckingham, in the middle of it all.

What is the Water Trigger and what have local pollies done?

Latest deals and offers

Car crash at Alstonville

A crash at the intersection of the Bruxner Highway and Ballina Road involving a number of cars.

A car crash at the intersection of Bruxner Highway and Ballina Road.

Dash Cam of Slip in Snow

Even light snow can be hazardous.

Dash cam shows how easy it is to lose control in even light snow.

Chaos outside Istanbul Airport

Turkish police block the road after an suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 28 June 2016. At least 10 people were killed in two separate explosions that hit Ataturk Airport.

Distress as cars escape Istanbul airport after bombing.

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%

DIY: How to build a backyard fire pit

DIY stars and Weekend magazine columnists Ayden and Jess Hogan.

Would you build this for your backyard?