ON THE RIGHT TRACK
Farmer and grazier Russell Reed and his family have a long history with the Brisbane Racing Club.
So it was only natural that when the Ascot Green development was launched, an apartment overlooking the straight and the winning post would be his “downsizer’s dream” come true.
“The whole family is into the racing scene,” Mr Reed said.
“We can watch a race from our balcony if we want to.”
Mr Reed and his wife Janette ‘Jenny’ Reed bought their three-bedroom apartment offthe-plan after deciding it was time to “scale down” from their larger home. When they were presented with the option to purchase the solar upgrade, they jumped at the chance.
“We are like the guinea pigs for what might be the future of apartment living,” Mr Reed laughed, likening himself to a “pioneer”.
“But with the rising cost of electricity and gas, we were grateful to be offered the option as it is limited,” he said.
“Everyone is looking for ways to save money and I just can’t see how prices will drop unless the government puts money in to more coal-fired power stations.”
The couple hopes to move in to the apartment mid-next year.
Mr Reed said they may be downsizing but he would never hang up his Akubra.
“The farm at Kingaroy has been in the family for over 120 years,” he said.
“It is a very dear and necessary part of our lives.
“We will just have the best of both worlds – rural life and the city, with the kids close by.”
Mirvac's Ascot Green residential apartment project overlooks Eagle Farm Racecourse. The project will trial solar power to some residents.