Natural disasters: The boring details carry weight.
Several Queensland homes have been inundated by mould, which poses a significant health threat in the aftermath of severe rains and flood events.. Experts say remaining moisture and humidity levels in south-east Queensland have created the perfect breeding ground for mould and that residents should act quickly to protect themselves and their homes. David Hall from South Queensland Restoration said he's been bombarded with calls in the wake of the state's floods. Now, whilst the likelihood of the Swan bursting its banks seems extremely unlikely, there is one takeaway that those of us in the much dryer west can appreciate... having the right insurance is helpful but not a silver bullet to protect you and your property from both the immediate aftermath and the long term consequences.
What we here at team Yatta heavily encourage is to do your research on how your location will effect your cost of cover and what local emergency plans are in place for locations that are either within or border areas of higher likelihood for fire or flood events. Resources like this map, which details which areas in and bordering Perth are more susceptible to bushfire events, are pretty easily available. The only tool required is a willingness to make use of the information superhighway.
If you are looking to invest into an area that may have risks with it, its also very important to know where your obligations as landlord begin and end, and often a simple misunderstanding can poison a tenant-landlord relationship. Again using the Queensland situation for anecdotal understanding, this report from the ABC details how that recovery is going for tenants and landlords alike and a couple of handy little guides from the WA state government for tenants and landlords alike.
We can't foresee a natural disaster, but, we can be have the best damn plans on what to do when it does.
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Karijini National Park: Aggressively Beautiful
Ah international travel. Remember that?
As the brief winter in Perth would roll in you could head to the Mediterranean, consume your bodyweight in vino, pastry and cheese, blissfully unaware of the howling winds and frosty mornings back home and head back to work browner, fatter and much happier than the folks you left behind .
Then well, we needed to get creative. Can't leave the state? No problem, its huge, we surely have something that isn't just heading down to Margaret River. Again.
Turns out the answer was in front of us the whole time.
Covering 627,422 hectares just north of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Hamersley Range, Karijini National Park is Western Australia’s second largest national park. Its climate can best be described as tropical semi-desert. A highly variable, mainly summer rainfall of 250–350mm, often associated with thunderstorms and cyclones, is accompanied by temperatures frequently topping 40°C. The ideal times to visit the park are late autumn, winter and early spring. Winter days are warm and clear, but nights are cold and sometimes frosty. Massive mountains and escarpments rise out of the flat valleys. The high plateau is dissected by breathtaking gorges, and stony, tree-lined watercourses wind their way over the dusty plain. Erosion has slowly carved this landscape out of rocks that are over 2,500 million years old. There are many beautiful gorges and sites to visit in Karijini National Park, but be sure to include Dales Gorge, Fortescue Falls, Weano Gorge and Oxers Lookout. The Karijini Visitor Centre is just off Banjima Drive and is open in season from 9am-4pm daily. It is closed from early December to early February each year.
The camping area at Dales is one of two locations in the park where you can stay overnight. It is a large campground with picnic tables and gas barbecues at the nearby picnic area and is a good base from which to explore the park. Campsites are in very high demand from June to September. During this period a two-night maximum stay overflow camping area is in operation. Bookings are essential for Dales and the overflow.
Much of the southern half of the park is inaccessible. Visitors concentrate on the spectacular gorges in the north, with their rock pools, waterfalls and unique wildlife. You can enter Karijini National Park from Tom Price, Roebourne, Port Hedland or Newman. Be aware that distances travelled can add up quickly when touring this park. The nearest fuel is over 80km from Dales Campground at Munjina Roadhouse or Tom Price and around 70km from the Karijini Eco Retreat to Tom Price. A trip from Dales to Weano via the shortest route is about 112km return. Plan your visit carefully.
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Now if you prefer to consume your information through audio instead of through text (which is understandable) come and check out or podcast which lives here. It is a show we are doing weekly which has a nice blend of education and entertainment aimed at the prospective homebuyer.