Katie Fulton with her son Xavier Cox, three months, and partner Andrew Cox in their Denbeigh St Queenslander. PICTURE: ANNA ROGERSCAIRNS couple Andrew Cox and Katie Fulton have used social media to share their renovation journey with like-minded Queenslander enthusiasts.In late 2015, they bought an attractive three-bedroom home at 17 Denbeigh St, Parramatta Park, with the intention of throwing themselves headfirst into a new DIY project.“We wanted to buy a house together and for some time had been admirers of Queenslanders,” said Ms Fulton, a schoolteacher.“We came to Cairns from the Torres Strait and decided to buy our dream home. “This was the first place we looked at. We then went to see about 15 others, but came back to this one. It already had a lot of charm about it but we could see there was some work that could be done by Andrew, which would save us a lot of money.”While her husband installed new fencing, decking and completely overhauled the yard, Ms Fulton was homing in on the home’s interior. “I was researching ideas on how to decorate a Queenslander and a lot of the results that appeared on Google were from Instagram,” she said. “There was a whole network of people, including some from Cairns, who were using social media to share ideas on preserving and restoring Queenslanders.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“These people understood the nuances of Queenslanders, such as shutters that won’t close properly and squeaky floors.” Using her smart phone, Ms Fulton began sharing their creative journey on Instagram under the name “Canecutters Cottage”. The account quickly gained popularity and now has close to 2000 followers, with several of her snaps even appearing in national home and living publications. During this time they have also been raising their first child, Xavier.When it comes to Queenslanders, she said prevention was “better than a cure”.“Preserve the detail in things, even down to the yard. Maintenance will be more affordable than trying to recuperate these homes,” she said. “With Queenslanders, it also helps to blend the old with the new. Appreciate some of the finer details but give the home modern things we all appreciate like airconditioning and a new kitchen.”After 18 months the couple is now moving to another, larger Queenslander to better accommodate a growing family.Open homes for 17 Denbeigh St, Parramatta Park, are today and tomorrow from 11.30am-12.15pm and Monday from 5.30-6.15pm.
– Andrew Ifill MVP trophy up for grabsONE thousand dollars ($1,000), compliments of FireSide Grill, will be awarded to each player who successfully completes a four-point shot at the upcoming Mackeson/Rawle Toney 3×3 Basketball Classic, which will be held at the Burnham Basketball Court in Georgetown from November 9-10.On Wednesday, Rawle Toney, principal of the entity, which is located on Garnett Street (between Republic and DeAbreu Streets), stated that ‘FireSide Grill N Chill’ felt it was imperative to align themselves with the tournament since they see it as a way of supporting grassroot development of sport in Guyana, with a novelty they have themed ‘Fire Shot’.According to Toney, proprietor Simeon Francis is a life-long fan of the sport of basketball, but since his establishment of ‘FireSide’ he has yet to find a tournament that fits his passion for the sport, until now.Toney said the ‘Fire Shot’ will change the dynamics of the tournament, since it changes the way players will want to think, given the fact that they will immediately be rewarded for their heroics.The organiser, Toney, relayed that Francis was never known for taking centre-stage of anything, but he’s more known for setting himself apart.It was known that FireSide will be paying homage to the late Andrew ‘Mr Dunk’ Ifill, a former national player who passed away in Trinidad and Tobago recently.Toney said that he’s overwhelmed at the fact that FireSide wanted to name the Most Valuable Player (MVP) trophy in Ifill’s honour, and that “shows the company is more than just giving to players, but also showing respect to someone who devoted his life to the sport of basketball.”The other big announcement was; the tournament is recognised by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) for which Toney thanked the support of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Association (GABF).Within Toney’s classic, the GABF will host a National three-point shootout for which the winner pockets $25,000.The winning team of the 3×3 classic will pocket $300,000, while second will take home $100,000 and third $50,000.The Most Valuable Player in the final will receive one pair basketball sneakers of his choice and a trophy, compliments of ‘FireSide Grill N Chill’.The tournament will employ a round-robin/knockout format, and close to 50 teams have registered, which has left the organiser having to turn away some teams.Chung’s Global Enterprise, the Guyana Lottery Company’s Let’s Bet Sports, Trophy Stall, Kester Gomes’ STUFF and Ansa McAl Trading are the tournament’s sponsors so far. read more