Monday 13 April 2015
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Police are investigating a suspicious fire in the yard of a business premises in Coober Pedy.
An off duty police officer noticed flames coming from the yard of a business premises on
Police and CFS attended and discovered a large pile of tyres had been set alight.
Police are treating the fire as deliberate. A Crime Scene Investigation Unit member will be
attending to examine the scene.
Police ask anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious around the time of the
fire, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 FREE or online https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au
Coober Pedy dugouts are a renovator’s delight.
IF someone’s a bit behind the times we ask if they’ve been living under a rock.
But Coober Pedy residents say living underground is the way of the future.
Andrew Brockhoff in the kitchen of a Coober Pedy dugout he’s renovated. Picture: Tom Huntley Source: News Limited
Andrew Brockhoff and his partner, Sandy Williams, have renovated several Coober Pedy dugouts and
Mr Brockhoff said there was strong demand for good underground homes in the desert opal-mining town.
“They’re usually larger than a normal house because the cheapest thing to do is dig a hole, but the
costs of finishing it would be the same amount as a normal house,” he said.
He said while electricity costs of running lights all the time could be a downside, heating and
cooling the homes was, well, a breeze.
“Depending on the depth of the dugout, the constant temperature can be anything from 20C to
24C, so you don’t need airconditioning in summer but if it’s very still outside you do need a
small fan to circulate the air,” Mr Brockhoff said.
“If you’ve ever lived in a dugout you never want to live anywhere else.
“My partner is about to go to Port Augusta for a week and she’s dreading living above
ground — the noise, the light, the traffic, how close the neighbours are, the lack of
privacy — underground it’s silent, dark and cool.”
According to CoreLogic RP Data figures in the Property Guide, in The Advertiser on Saturday, Coober Pedy had
31 recorded sales this year with a median value of $121,250.
While values have dropped by 8 per cent over the past year, they have grown by 18 per cent over the past five years.
Raine & Horne Coober Pedy real estate agent Monica Nagyszollosi said Coober Pedy had some great investment opportunities.
“It’s far cheaper to buy a home than to rent, and the type of population we currently have, the younger generation, the
majority of them prefer to rent than purchase,” Ms Nagyszollosi said.
“You can buy a house or a dugout for around $60,000 and rent it out for about $150 per week.
“If you have adequate heating and cooling, above-ground homes sell well and you will have happy tenants.”
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