Paradise Palms is one of many great features of Kewarra Beach. Picture: Marc McCormackKEWARRA is an Aboriginal word meaning “at the foot of the rainbow”.And for many long-term residents like Shelley Gooding, Kewarra Beach has certainly been worth its weight in gold.Over more than 20 years, the beautician and her husband Stan have come to love the Northern Beaches suburb while living in their charming Chelsea Close home.“It feels safe here, you can walk around at night and it is a good, healthy environment in which kids can grow up,” Mrs Gooding said. “We can go down to the beach and enjoy a barbecue with friends.”Kewarra Beach is not seen by tourists in the same way as neighbouring suburbs like Trinity Beach and Palm Cove, but that’s just how the locals like it.At about $460,000, according to CoreLogic, the median house price at Kewarra Beach has risen steadily over recent years.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoBut the suburb’s laid-back lifestyle is arguably its biggest virtue, and the reason locals like Mrs Gooding are “not going anywhere”.“We built the house for our kids and now we’ve got grandchildren coming, so we’re not in a hurry,” she said. Panguna Valley residential estate has been a welcome addition to Kewarra Beach which, although about 20km from the Cairns CBD, is close to the shops and schools of Smithfield.Kewarra Beach selling agent Todd Hudson, of Cairns Beaches Realty, said the suburb attracted a “wide range of people”.“Kewarra Beach is one of the best price points for buying property and there are still quite a number of houses on big blocks,” he said.“We still get a lot of medium buyers, in that $400,000-$450,000 range, and also first-home owners and retirees. The level of inquiry so far in 2017 has been better than last year.” A five-bedroom home on Teewah Close, Kewarra Beach, sold in March for $490,000.Although seen as a more affordable alternative to Palm Cove and Trinity Beach, the suburb has recorded a number of property sales in excess of the $1 million mark.
For a moment, however fleeting it was, Syracuse was where the college football world was watching. This wasn’t like anything SU had seen this season — not in its thrilling overtime win against Central Michigan or even a triple-overtime loss to Virginia. This year has been defined by its drama — in both wins and losses.For a moment, every bad thing that debilitated the Orange the past six weeks didn’t matter.Syracuse was living in that moment. And what a moment it was.Arms of jubilation reached to the top of the Carrier Dome when Juwan Dowels picked off a pass right next to the Syracuse sideline. Everyone rushed to jump on him. The Loud House reached its highest pitch. It was SU’s ball, down seven, with just 18 minutes to play in the game.“That moment was very special,” Dowels said. “It was a good moment for all of us … We just got so excited, probably a little too excited … it’s against the No. 1 team.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe script of Syracuse’s season has seemingly been one of ups and downs. But its trajectory had taken an undeniable downward turn. On Saturday, though, bowl contention didn’t seem relevant. The 41-17 loss last week and the 45-21 loss the week before was an afterthought.It was fun in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, for a moment. It was what big-time college football felt like.But the reality of Syracuse’s (3-7, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) season was inescapable in a 37-27 loss to Clemson (10-0, 7-0), the best team in the nation.“It’s a hard one to swallow,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “We were in a position where we could play and beat this team. We needed another stop there or another play there in the fourth quarter to get it done. We were close.”Syracuse played down to its reputation in the game’s first two minuets. Three plays and 36 seconds had seemed to cook the Orange. A Deshaun Watson 64-yard pass. A Wayne Gallman 11-yard touchdown run. And then a Zack Mahoney fumble on the first play from scrimmage. It was Clemson ball, up 7-0, and just 23 yards from tacking on some more.But a combination of Mahoney and the Syracuse defense led the Orange back. SU made the big plays, the kind that make you hold your breath until its finally over. The first was a forced fumble at the start of Clemson’s third drive. The next was a 28-yard run by Ervin Philips immediately after.It was that story all day. SU had two more takeaways than Clemson. It had five plays of 28 yards or more. Those are the kind of plays that get you wins. The kind that gave this game a novel type of excitement.“They had guys that wanted this win and want to prove themselves,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. “We had to work for it and fight hard … They fought today.“That’s just the nature of where we are right now.”Syracuse fought back after the game felt over at halftime. A third-and-11 from SU’s own 2-yard line turned into a 28-yard strike to Steve Ishmael as Mahoney took a big hit. Five plays, 70 yards more, and it was a one-score game.Clemson and Syracuse traded field goals — two Tigers kicks made up an entire second-half offense. The Orange was alive, and so was a fan base that just hours ago was more obsessed with Shafer’s job security than the game before them.Riley Dixon punted it away with 5:57 left to play and Syracuse down 10. The white flag was raised. With each first down the crowd got thinner. With each tackle the roar of the crowd got fainter.For a moment — a fleeting one at that — Syracuse seemed to own the college football world.But as the game ended, it was right back to where it started. Another loss tacked onto a two-month long stretch. Another bowl-less season to piggy back the one before it.For a moment, none of that mattered. But then that moment ended. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 14, 2015 at 9:28 pm read more