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Issue 19 Nov 2012 - Feb 2013


Summer Fashion Embrace the season!


Reader Competition Five $50 vouchers up for grabs at 43rd on Stephen!


Mercedes CLS The curvaceous coupĂŠ with saloon practicality


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Shop ‘til You Drop South West Artisans

Home & Garden

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A Blooming Summer

Health & Beauty


Summer Fashion


Embrace the season!

On The Road


Reader Competition


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Mercedes CLS The curvaceous coupé with saloon practicality

Feature Property


Geographe Wine Region

Can-Am Outlander Max 500

Property & Finance

Five $50 vouchers up for grabs at 43rd on Stephen!




Beauty Talk

Investing in Property Meet ... Greg Gardiner Trend is Your Friend Working Towards a Goal

Summer Living 56 58

Panoramic golf course views!

Boating Activities for all the Family

Food & Wine 66 68

The Ferguson Valley

Restaurant Review Get Green and Clean

Book Reviews The Casual Vacancy and Exit Wounds


editor’s message

Welcome to the latest edition of The Bunbury Life! There’s something really special about this time of the year in the south west! Summer is here and the days are filled with glorious sunshine, endless blue skies and warm, balmy evenings. It’s the holiday season and we get a chance to relax and spend precious time with family and friends and take in the best of the sights and sounds our region has to offer. In this edition, you’ll find plenty of places to while away your time this summer. Read about the best places to shop, discover local events and activities, where to find the region’s best cuisine and award-winning wines, and don’t miss our special gift section

full of great gift-giving ideas. You also won’t want to miss our exciting reader competition where you can go in to the hat to win one of five $50 vouchers to spend at the stylish fashion boutique, 43rd on Stephen. Enjoy the read and don’t forget to check out our new website and to like us on our new look Facebook page! Here’s to a great 2013!


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Summer Fashion Embrace the season!

Stephanie Says…

The latest fashion trends from The Bunbury Life’s resident fashion expert...

embracing the mix of prints that have been so popular in recent seasons. Take your pick from digital, multitone, geometric or tribal with the From the sweetest soft pastels through to current eye-catching trend being to exotic jewel tones and daring neon, colour is wear your print head to toe. For the everything this summer. And this is far less brave, go for printed from being a temporary fad! The pants with a neutral top. recent European spring-summer Choose items for your fashion shows were positively wardrobe that are fluid and packed full of colourful treats! airy to encapsulate that Daring neon, an obvious choice for relaxed summer feel, such younger women, is a must-have as floaty chiffon shirts, tone this season and can be easily kaftans, maxi dresses and worn by all ages. Pick a neon nail palazzo pants. Asymmetric polish or clutch, ballet flats or heels hemlines add to the easy and combine with a neutral outfit to flowing look. If you like more create a purposeful, uplifting structure, the peplum has statement. At the other end of the held its ground since spring spectrum are pretty pastels. Wear and there are also fluted them in relaxed outfits for a fresh hemlines that add a girlie summer look, such as a billowy edge to slimline dresses. chiffon shirt with shorts, or For men, there’s a relaxed milkshake skinny pants with a loose chic style that’s big this nude singlet. summer. It involves chinos Navy and white, the classic nautical (sandy or dark ink blue), stripe, is given a colourful update casually rolled up to show this summer with accessories in off tanned ankles and turquoise, gold and sea green. The expensive leather shoes, a jewel inspired colours from the sea thin cotton scarf around the give the look a younger, more playful neck and a linen or print edge. Tuck in a striped top to wide shirt, tucked in or legged pants and add towering peep unbuttoned and loose. Print toe wedges in white. loose shorts work well too and add to that a straw And the print of the season? Well, trilby or fedora. the standout designs are bright tropical with exotic flowers and The Olympics are still wild animals (perfect for swimwear inspiring fashion with crew and the essential maxi dress), the necks, polos and cardigans in new ‘mirrored’ print effect, and fine knits of blue, grey and floral prints. Small flowers or George white and with flashes of oversized, it’s a picture-perfect, at Elysia Boutique tangerine, yellow or pink. flirty look and right on trend. Men - embrace it, the bright colours are here to stay! Summer fashion is also about 8

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Reader Competition

Five $50 vouchers up for grabs at 43rd on Stephen!

Razak at 43rd on Stephen

If you love wearing the hottest designer fashions together with the latest fashion accessories (and who doesn’t!), then don’t miss this! In this edition of The Bunbury Life, courtesy of stylish fashion boutique 43rd on Stephen, we have FIVE $50 vouchers to give away to spend in store. Located (as the name suggests!) at 43 Stephen Street, Bunbury, 43rd on Stephen is home to an ever expanding range of designer fashions featuring the very best Australian and international designers. Whether you’re planning a day at the races, need a dress for a school ball or are on the lookout for a show stopping piece for that special night out, chances are you will find it on the racks at 43rd. In store, find the latest collections from Seduce, White Verve, Natasha Gan, Honey & Beau, Sacha Drake and much more. The boutique is now also the exclusive Bunbury stockist of Adelaide based label Razak. New collections are constantly arriving so make sure you pop in regularly to speak to their friendly team to find out what’s new. To be in with a chance of winning one of these fabulous vouchers, all you have to do is answer the simple question below:-

From which city does 43rd on Stephen’s new fashion label Razak originate? To be entered into the prize draw, either email the answer to this question to or post the answer to 43rd on Stephen Competition, Blue Sky Media, PO Box 600, Mandurah, 6210. Please include a contact telephone number and your address. Closing date for entries is Friday, 1st February, 2013, one entry per person, please. Good Luck!

Sassy Divas Winners

In issue 18 of The Bunbury Life, we offered two $50 vouchers to spend at popular fashion boutique, Sassy Divas. We are delighted to announce the winners as Karrilee Michon of Bunbury and Tarryn Rankine of Thornlie. Many congratulations to you both!

Leschenault Leisure Centre Winners

In issue 18 of The Bunbury Life, we offered a pair of fantastic family membership packages to enjoy at Leschenault Leisure Centre. We are delighted to announce the winner of the first prize as Romy Campbell-Hicks of Myalup and the winner of the second prize as Sean Stewart of Eaton. Again, many congratulations! 10

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Shop ‘til You Drop!

Part 2 - Sassy Divas Location

A guide to the best boutiques in Bunbury

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What’s on the racks?

Ball gowns, bridesmaid dresses, cocktail dresses, graduation dresses, casual dresses, tops, shorts, jeans, bathers, bags, hats, fascinators, summer flats and sandals. Stock is available up to a size 20 and the store can custom make dresses to order from sizes 6 to 26.

Fonantelle and Tiani Guelpa.

Key labels stocked

Bariano, Mei Mei, Juliette, Pure Hype, Jendi, Living Doll, Paper Heart, Ajoy.

New this season

History of the store

Bright colours, printed maxis, sequins, a little bit of everything!

The store opened in August 2004, and spent seven and a half years on Victoria Street before relocating to the Prinsep street store in March 2012. It has been the winner of several awards, including the Small Business Achiever Award at the WA Regional Small Business Awards in 2009.

Best buy for under $100

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Bariano at Sassy Diva’s

A Bariano evening gown at $329.95. A dress up and dress down style featuring gorgeous fabric that can be worn as a bridesmaid’s dress or to a ball or wedding.

When to visit

School graduation, balls, races, weddings, birthdays.... any special event.

Who’s who?

Owned by Carrie Trigwell, key staff include Store Supervisor Lucy Guelpa together with Brooke

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm (Thurs 9am to 8pm).

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Summer collections at Unsunk Funk

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Summer collections at Unsunk Funk

One Teaspoon at Sabotage

One Teaspoon at Sabotage

Razak at 43rd on Stephen

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Work, weddings, washing-up. Should a shoe be relegated to just one setting??? But oh, please, NO!  Take some inspiration from our own shoe-tastic Garden of Eden (well, it IS heaven here you know!), and gear up for a season of pretties that will float you through the day, to cocktail hour, and beyond ....

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leather and cane fruit-styled bags from Kontessa. Then pack a punch to win Fashions on The Field by pairing with a similar hued pump from PeepToe, Siren or Mollini. How easy.

DISCO GLAM: Shimmy into a slinky halter neck maxi and strut your style in disco worthy, strappy sandals from Kosheen in oh so now silver and gold metallics. Pair down the look into a simple black strappy sandal à la Windsor Smith and take your form fitting black dress for work to a whole other level. And remember, style isn’t occasion-specific. Never be caught unprepared ...

WHIMSICAL: Hello petals, shoes get pretty. Soften up work wear with a soft pink slingback from Gino Vaello - so Dior - then pair her with flirty wrist-candy from Spencer & Rutherford to drag your taupe 1950’s frock from retro to race-day perfection.  GARDEN OF EDEN: Follow Ms Prada into the patterned trouser, and blossom into gardenparty ready, working texture and prints onto grass-friendly wedges from Minx, or Spanish platform espadrilles with floral ties from Gaimo.

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9. Bowerbird horseshoe ring at Eshe $169 10. Nancybird scarf bag at Eshe $240 11. Nancybird coin purse at Eshe $35 12. Gaimo at 13. Bowerbird Tree of Life stud earrings at Eshe $99 14. Nicoli bag with floral flat shoe at 15. Kosheen at

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Bebe at Kiss Chasee

Bebe at Kiss Chasee

Tahlia by Minihaha at Kiss Chasee

Tahlia by Minihaha at Kiss Chasee



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8. Handcarved silver bracelet with optional 10pt diamond at John Miller Studio, Yallingup $1325 9. Silver bangle with pink Argyle diamond at John Miller Studio, Yallingup $1770 10. Stack of 3 silver bracelets at John Miller Studio, Yallingup from $660 each 11. Splosh wall art at The Blue Budha from $49.95 25

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Local Artisans Renee Evans

Bowerbird by Renee Evans

For Bunbury-based jewellery designer Renee Evans, design has always come naturally. Entirely self-taught, from a young age Renee began creating pieces for her friends and family and her love of design continued throughout her schooling. On leaving school, Renee balanced her passion for jewellery design with her job as a dental nurse and, after securing a number of contracts with local gift and jewellery stores, she decided to start her own business. Initially starting with an out of town workshop, before her twentieth birthday she had opened her first store Eshe in Stephen Street, followed by a second store in Dunsborough shortly after. As well as running her 2 stores, Renee has also created Bowerbird, her very own unique jewellery collection. Drawing on influences from the world, nature and from her own journeys and life experiences, Renee was also inspired by a generous inheritance from her grandmother – a treasure chest of exotic jewellery from her worldwide travels. These pieces further fuelled Renee’s creative drive and appreciation of the craft and Bowerbird was born. Designed and created in Australia, the Bowerbird range is on trend while still remaining effortlessly timeless. The collection aims to express the wearer’s unique personal style and pieces are personalised to symbolize life’s memorable moments. “I love going on the journey of discovery, which ends in me creating

each individual piece. They all have their own story to tell,” explains Renee. The Sterling Silver Bowerbird collection features unique charms, stacked cuffs, bracelets, double finger rings and intricate hoop earrings. Complementing these signature pieces are fashion forward styles created in multi-patterned, mixed metal chains. Bowerbird also offers an in-house custom designed service, giving you the opportunity to create a personal heirloom for yourself or someone special! Each piece in the collection has its own unique story and can be worn as is or layered.


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A Blooming Summer There are plenty of ways to get a healthy garden for summer and most experts will often recommend reducing grassed areas, optimising shady tree cover and incorporating more decking or pavers. This is all good advice but what about the season’s colours? What a shame to have to miss out on beautiful foliage and flowers especially as, with a bit of careful nurturing, many will thrive in our hot summers! So, if you are after a bit of colour in the garden this summer, why not start by planting up some pots. Although potted plants are notoriously difficult to keep healthy during the hot weather, there are hardy options that will survive. Flowering containers bring the garden closer to you, they help to sculpt areas and they add gorgeous vibrancy to your outdoor area. One of the most attractive of plants able to survive the harsh WA sun and lack of rainfall is the native hibiscus. It is a shrub with dark green foliage and its flowers come in many colours, particularly striking are the mauve, deep blue and orange varieties. As with all native plants, once established, the hibiscus needs only a small amount of water. Or try one of the many bromeliads. Although

they all flower at various times of the year, there is a way to trigger a mature plant into flowering at your desired time. Place the bromeliad in the shade alongside a banana skin or apple and cover the fruit and plant in plastic for 3 days. The gas given off by the decaying fruit promotes flower growth. Put the plant back to its usual spot and a flower should appear within 4 months. For hanging baskets as well as pots, choose a geranium with its cottage garden appeal. Currently popular are the ‘butterfly bushes’ or gauras. These reliable waterwise plants do well in full sun and their butterfly-like flowers bloom in white and shades of pink. Bougainvilleas are wonderfully dramatic climbing plants and hardy enough to prosper in full sun. However, they can easily get out of control if not pruned back. Try opting for a compact version, a ‘bambino bougainvillea’, as these have spectacular flowers yet have a restricted growth habit so are perfect for pots. Ask at your local garden centre about new flower releases and find out what colourful options you can add to your backyard or patio. Remember to take in all the advice available about looking after your new plants. You’ll find it isn’t as tricky as you thought!


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ornaments, bird cages and more. The store is a veritable ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ and, with its large floor space and different display areas, there’s plenty to catch the eye. The store also now stocks its own range of clothing, resort-wear style label Island Time. This offers an affordable mix and match range with pieces all priced under $45. Perfect for easy summer wear and the south west climate. Open 7 days, visit Homeward Bound Imports at the corner of Victoria and Carey Streets, opposite the Reef Hotel.

Homeward Bound Imports

Chris and Jayne Bowen-Sant, owners of Homeward Bound Imports, are not exactly new to retail having opened their first shop over 30 years ago! Back in 1976, after having travelled the world for 3 years, the pair decided to put down in roots in Busselton and it was here that they opened their first store. Starting off by selling Jayne’s handmade jewellery together with a collection of exotic gifts gathered from the Philippines and China, it wasn’t long before the store was expanded to include a range of more diverse and eclectic stock. Following the demolition of the store to make way for a large shopping centre, Chris and Jayne opened their new store within the new centre, and so began a journey that would lead to a total of 14 shops in the next 3 decades. Their latest venture, Homeward Bound Imports, has been located in Victoria Street, Bunbury, since 2008. The store specialises in importing a unique range of furniture, homewares and accessories predominantly sourced from Indonesia, India and Afghanistan. The latest shipment to have arrived features an eclectic mix of furniture styles, including vintage, shabby-chic, recycled boat timber and whitewash teak with much of the furniture in the signature style of the store. In addition to the furniture is an extensive range of decorative items including mirrors, lamps, floor rugs, glassware, garden 34

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Beauty Talk

By Niobe Gulley

There’s nothing quite so energising as feeling the warm sun on our skin, especially at this time of year. However, we must always be aware of the strength of our fierce Aussie sun. We all know that we should wear sunscreen to protect our skin from burning but did you know that being burnt is just one of the harmful effects of sun exposure? Over time, the effects from every little bit of sun we experience start to build up. Pigmentation, premature aging, lesions, eye damage and skin cancer are all potential results of sun exposure. It is simply not enough to spend short amounts of time outside. Applying (and reapplying) sunscreen is a necessary part of everyone’s routine. Sunscreen protects the skin from the sun’s damaging ultra-violet (UV) rays. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and are able to damage the skin’s cellular DNA, which can lead to genetic mutations, potentially leading to skin cancer. When our skin burns, it is the effect of the UVB rays, which do not reach as far into the skin as UVA rays. A tanned skin is the effect of our bodies trying, unsuccessfully, to protect against more UV ray exposure. It is vitally important to not only choose the right sunscreen (‘broad spectrum’ protects against UVA and UVB rays) but to make sure that it is applied correctly. This means applying enough, applying regularly and applying daily. UVA rays are prevalent at all times of the year and can penetrate clouds and glass. Thick creams, light lotions and sprays, waterproof, non-greasy, there are plenty of options on the market to suit every requirement. Yet women, who despite being more likely to use sunscreen than men, are still reluctant users due to the heavy texture of some products or for fear of breakouts. But there are options on the market

that are light, oil free and a pleasure to use. Shiseido is a leading producer of suncare products that are both delightful to use and effective in protecting skin. The range of Shiseido Ultimate, Extra Smooth and Gentle creams and lotions that defend the skin from sun damage are some of the best available. Cover up with Shiseido’s Sun Protection Compact Foundation (SPF30+), it has a powder formula to give a natural look, or try their Liquid or Stick Foundation. Shiseido also has a soothing range of after sun care, featuring cream, gel, emulsion and oil. Clinique has a popular oil-free formula, Super City Block (SPF30), which is sheer and weightless. There is also a sheer product from Clarins, UV Plus HP SPF40 Day Screen, which also protects skin against pollution. And as for the tan, choose a self-tanning product that gives a natural glow without any risk from sun exposure. Beautiful formulae are also available from Shiseido, Estée lauder, Clinique and Clarins. Niobe Gulley is the owner of The Beauty Shop and The Beauty Shop Beauty Room. All products mentioned in the article above are available in her store.


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Quit Smoking For Good Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in Australia. According to figures released by the Australian government, in 2003 alone tobacco use was responsible for more than 15,500 deaths. We are all familiar with the mountain of scientific evidence explaining why we shouldn’t smoke. There is increased risk of death or illness from numerous cancers, heart disease, stroke, emphysema and other respiratory diseases. And let’s not forget that exposure to second-hand smoke can also cause premature death and disease in children and adults who have never smoked a cigarette in their lives. Nearly everyone has good intentions to quit but not everyone is able to deal with the withdrawal symptoms. Did you know, for example, that tobacco leaves are soaked in sugar and consist of anything from 8 to 18% sugar, thereby contributing to those withdrawal symptoms? So if you are struggling with a smoking habit that you just can’t kick, have tried to quit

before and have fallen off the wagon or simply want to improve your general health by finally beating the cravings, Bunbury-based Kaaren Guelfi could help. With over 30 years’ experience as a registered nurse, Kaaren is a professionally trained hypnotherapist, holistic counsellor and workshop facilitator, who offers a unique, highly successful system to help smokers quit. Using advanced hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming and reframing, her system has a 95.6% success rate for getting smokers to quit within 60 minutes. This proactive treatment involves talking about the specific reasons and excuses for not quitting, as well as talking about the system, and finds solutions to the unique problems faced by each individual. This simple and powerful system also provides support materials to ensure smokers remain cigarette free for life. For further information, call Kaaren on 0428 641057 and make your New Year’s resolution become a reality. 38

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Osteopathy Explained By Casey Hope

Osteopathy is possibly the most complete of all of the modern day manual therapies. Osteopaths pride themselves on their handson approach to the human body and their treatment methods are considered amongst the safest and most effective forms of complementary medicine. The main aim of osteopathic treatment is to restore normal function to the whole body, whatever the ailment. Treatment is not a cure or a quick-fix instead it assists the body in achieving its optimum health to ensure it is better able to deal with the problems being experienced. A typical osteopathic treatment will start by compiling a comprehensive case history of the patient, followed by an examination and hands-on treatment. Techniques may include working on soft tissue, gentle joint manipulation and articulation or stretching, and ligament balancing techniques. All techniques aim to restore balance and function to the body to allow healing to occur quickly. As treatments encompass the whole body, a consultation will finish with advice on helping to further manage the condition. This may include stretches, postural advice, workplace ergonomics, rehabilitation exercises and dietary advice. Osteopathy can offer relief for most types of pain, including back and neck pain, migraines and headaches, sporting injuries, arthritis,

repetitive strain injuries and pregnancy related complaints. The gentle, holistic approach of the treatments makes it suitable for treating people of all age groups. The above article was supplied by Dr Casey Hope (nee McGurk) who opened Coastal Osteopathy in Bunbury in 2011. Casey graduated from a 5 year, full-time double degree osteopathic program at R.M.I.T University in Melbourne in 2004. For the past 7 years, she has worked at the Doncaster Osteopathic Clinic in Melbourne before her relocation to Bunbury last year. Throughout her years of private practice, Casey has had first-hand experience of the benefits of osteopathic treatment for a range of conditions, from lower back pain to headaches and from sports injuries to pregnancy. She enjoys using a wide range of treatment modalities, making osteopathic treatment suitable for whole family, the active and inactive, the young and the elderly. Casey also developed an interest in treating pregnancy related complaints after seeing the benefits that osteopathy can provide during pregnancy, especially for lower back pain and pelvic instability. Originally from a small farming community in central Victoria, Casey has a keen interest in sports, having played tennis, netball, basketball and badminton. She is a passionate member of the Essendon Football Club, loves to travel and is an avid reader. Call Coastal Osteopathy on 9730 3292. 40

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Mercedes CLS

The curvaceous coupé with saloon practicality dynamic sweeping roof, Mercedes had not only created a design icon but also achieved impressive sales. And, as you would expect from a car that had been responsible for creating a marketplace revolution of sorts, it was soon clear that other luxury brands such as Audi with the A7 and Porsche with the Panamera also wanted a slice of the action. So in response, 6 years on and some 170,000 cars later, Mercedes released the equally

Back in 2004, the Mercedes CLS created quite a stir. Slotting in between the E-Class and the S-Class, but taking much of its cue from the former, the CLS marked the brand’s return to the executive coupé market after the demise of the E-Class coupé some ten tears earlier. Heralded by Mercedes as the ‘the first four-door coupé’, this sleek and stylish trendsetter set tongues wagging with its mix of four-door versatility and thrilling coupé-style looks. Who said that you couldn’t have performance, eyecatching lines and practicality in the same package? With its long bonnet and


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stunning CLS Mk11. With 4 engine options available plus an AMG version, the full Mk11 range first became available in Australia in mid-2011. From the front, the all new CLS took much of its inspiration from the top of the range SLS AMG sporting an aggressive nose, more prominent flared wheel arches and a beautifully contoured bonnet. In addition, the new CLS gained full LED headlamps, electromechanical power steering system and a raft of new technologies including Active Blind and Lane Assist. Currently, as then, the range consists of two diesel and three petrol engine options. The CLS250 CDI diesel equipped with a state-ofthe-art common rail direct injection system and two stage turbo generates 150Kw and a maximum torque of 500Nm whilst the 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY generates 195kW and 620Nm of torque. Fuel

consumption for the diesel options is an impressive 5.2 litres and 6.2 litres per 100km (combined). Kicking off the petrol range is the V6 350 BlueEFFICIENCY. Developed using lightweight materials to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions, the CLS 350 generates 225kW and 370Nm of torque. Next up is the V8 500 BlueEFFICIENCY developing 300kW and 600Nm of torque and finally, last but not least, the astonishing CLS 63 AMG fitted with the new AMG 5.5 litre V8 biturbo engine which achieves a mighty 386kW and 700Nm of torque. Never one to rest on its laurels, exciting news for 2012 is that Mercedes is also launching the CLS Shooting Brake into Australia. Premiered at the Beijing Motor Show in April, the Shooting Brake, based on the former E-Class estate, offers added hatchback practicality with the same range of diesel and petrol variants as the CLS. Expect cars to be available from around November. For further information on the Mercedes-Benz CLS range, contact Coastal Automotive Centre on 9721 8199.


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Can-Am Outlander Max 500

throttle response, it is the only V-Twin in its class. Capable of converting from one-up to two-up in seconds, thanks to its innovative Convertible Rack/Seat System (CRS), the Outlander MAX 500 is also built for comfort as well as speed with its plush raised rear seat and well-padded backrest in addition to its sturdy ergonomic passenger handgrips and raised floorboards. Other impressive standard features include the highly effective MacPherson front suspension system designed to deliver a smooth precise ride, and the Visco-Lok† 4 x 4 system that constantly monitors front wheel speed. Quite simply, if it detects one wheel is spinning faster than the other, it progressively sends more power to the wheel with the better traction. All done without the rider having to lift a finger! Finally, for peace of mind, all models also include the unique DESS™ anti-theft system which stops the ATV from starting unless a coded microchip in the key matches a code embedded in the engine control module. With its multi-functional digital gauge, lightweight 4 twin spoke, cast-aluminium wheels, 25 inch radial tyres and 5mm centre skid plate, the Outlander MAX 500 offers performance, handling, style and gadgets galore. What are you waiting for? For further information on the Can-Am ATV range or to arrange a test drive, visit exclusive Bunbury dealer Millard Marine and Motorcycle Centre at 5 Sandridge Road, or call 9721 3033.

The powerful ATV offering serious value It’s been a while since we took a look at the Can-Am ATV range. Regular readers will be familiar with us gushing over their range of 3-wheel roadsters but let’s face it, their range of all-terrain vehicles is pretty special as well. Built by Bombardier Recreational Products, the same company that gave birth to the Sea-Doo PWC, the Skidoo snowmobile and the Evinrude range of E-tec powered boats, CanAm ATVs first took the world by storm in the late 1990’s. As the first manufacturer-approved ATV to seat two, they were also the first ATVs with TTI rear suspension, a suspension system designed to deliver superior comfort in all conditions thanks to the unique placement of two independent pivot points. By combining power, handling and traction, together with aggressive, eye-catching looks, Can-Am ATVs quickly became highly sought after by both enthusiasts and professionals alike. The sort of brand that tends not to do things by halves, Can-Am will generally always offer something new and exciting in their ATV range each year and 2012 has certainly been no exception. Both the Outlander and the sporty Renegade have been given more powerful engines, a completely retooled chassis, and an updated Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) system along with several other notable upgrades. Our pick is the Outlander MAX 500, the most powerful ATV in its category. Featuring a potent, liquid-cooled 40.4hp engine with single overhead camshaft (SOHC) together with 4 valves per cylinder and 2 injectors for a seamless fuel delivery and 44

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Encouraging signs for investors By Theo Krinos

Ever since the GFC, we have become a nation of cautious spenders and avid savers. Many consumers have spent the last few years paying off debt and now find themselves in a much stronger financial position to go out and borrow to invest. Secondly, residential vacancy rates across all of our capital cities have continued to tighten. Recent data from SQM Research put the national residency rate at 1.9%. In other words, it’s a good time to be a landlord – particularly in WA! Finally, mortgage rates are hovering near historic lows with many experts predicting further cuts to come. Add into the equation the fact that prices are lower than they have been for years, it means, for many, investing in property has suddenly become a whole lot more affordable. With the market potentially on the turn, Western Australia certainly stands to benefit more than most. Population growth is set to continue to soar over the coming years and the resources boom will continue to put upward pressure on rental yields. With an increasing amount of investors re-entering the market, timing could soon be of the essence. Theo Krinos is Finance Manager at The Mortgage Gallery, Bunbury. Located at 32 Stirling Street, he can be contacted on 9791 4177 or email

Welcome to my latest column for The Bunbury Life. The key to investment, whether it’s in property or stocks and shares, has always been about timing. If you can pick the exact bottom of a market or the exact start of a new property price cycle (a skill, incidentally, that takes some doing!), then chances are you will be extremely well positioned to enjoy the upswing. For some time now the WA property market, and indeed the national property market, has seemingly been ‘bumping along the bottom’ but recent evidence suggests that this period may be coming to an end. Recent statistics from RP Data show that in the first 17 days of August there was a 0.3% increase in property values across our capital cities. This means that our capital cities have now experienced 3 straight months of property price increases suggesting, in some locations, that the bottom of the price cycle has been passed. So what does all of this mean? Well, if you are thinking of building up or adding to a property portfolio you may find that pretty soon you will be competing with a whole load of buyers looking to do exactly the same thing. Let’s look at the facts at why the market could be turning now. 46



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Meet ...

Greg Gardiner of Summit Realty

Is this a good time to be buying property? I believe any time is a good time. There is never the perfect property at the right price and at the perfect time in the market to buy. Unfortunately, too many buyers over think the purchase of property, procrastinate, delay the purchase or shelve it all together. Regardless of blips in the market, property is a proven long term investment.

In this edition of The Bunbury Life, we meet Greg Gardiner, one of Bunbury’s most successful and best known real estate agents and principal of Summit Realty, Bunbury’s largest real estate agency. Greg Gardiner is better qualified then most in understanding the many facets of the property market and, with over 20 years’ experience, is well qualified to give his unique spin on the current market.

What advice would you give to those looking to buy? I often use the phrases ‘buy and hold’ and ‘something is definitely better than nothing’ when talking to potential buyers. I come across so many people who relate stories of missed or lost opportunities because they failed to act at the time. The truth is, there are great opportunities in any market but you simply have to buy to take advantage of that opportunity.

Sitting at the helm of regional WA’s Number One sales office for listings sold ( REIWA Stats), on any given day, his organisation is responsible for the management of in excess of 1000 investment properties for local, interstate and overseas landlords and is responsible for the marketing and sales of their 500 plus listing bank. His role also includes the daily monitoring of the company’s staff of 50.

Where do you currently see value in Bunbury? Well, I believe there is always value in buying along Bunbury’s coastline plus east and south Bunbury are other areas I like. I also think the coastal properties of Binningup, Myalup and Preston Beach are always great areas in which to invest.

With an unsurpassed passion for property, Greg is certainly someone who practices what he preaches. With a personal portfolio of over 20 properties (and a few in the pipeline by the sound of it!), his property assets encompass residential, commercial, industrial and rural properties. His attitude of “today is a great day to be buying property” sits pretty well!

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Located in the prestigious Pelican Point Golf Estate on a 568sq metre block, this stunning 4x2 home is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac surrounded by high quality homes. With views of the beautifully manicured Sanctuary Golf Course from all living areas, the property includes a stylish timber lined alfresco area with outdoor blinds designed to maximise the magnificent location. Featuring an impressive kitchen with Blanco appliances, a wine fridge, dishwasher, glass splash backs and high quality granite benchtops leading to a tiled meals area, the downstairs of the property also includes a

spacious lounge room offering great views of the golf course, a formal dining room and study with garage access. All bedrooms are double sized and feature built-in robes with the main bedroom including a luxurious ensuite with spa bath, separate shower and toilet. The main bathroom also features a separate shower and bath together with a heat light combo and the property also contains an upstairs powder room, a third WC. An upstairs living area features a built in bar with access to an outside balcony with shade sail that offers more picturesque golf course views. There is also a good size activity room, or fifth bedroom, with built in robes. Featuring split level air-conditioning throughout, abundant storage, a double lock up garage and monitored alarm system, this executive home is sure to appeal to all buyers. Price $945,000. For further information on this property please contact Summit Realty on 9780 0555.

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Trend is your friend

....and your enemy!

dividend paying stocks like Commonwealth Bank and Telstra to get returns close to 9%. These are the trend setters.....not the trend followers...which one will you be? I firmly believe that if you are seriously thinking about leaving your money in cash, be quick and secure 3 to 5 year rates before you go to the bank next year and find that the rates are 3.5% on your term deposit and wonder why you are not even keeping up with inflation. If you can bear some exposure to shares, then get in quick as soon all the bargains will not be bargains. Remember, buying low is the secret to making money with property and shares, and buying high and being a ‘Leeming Trendy’ is the quickest way to lose money. When the share market is up and everyone is thinking, ‘geez, I wish I got into shares in 2012’, it will be too late! Harry Hindsight will not help you. Leaving money in the bank makes perfect sense. Leaving all your money in term deposits and cash does not. Cash and term deposits are savings accounts, not investment accounts. At Dixon Financial Group we charge zero fees on cash and term deposits. No management fees or adviser fees if you wish to leave your money in cash. There are also alternatives to cash, such as Australian bonds and fixed interest investments that provide higher rates of return than term deposits. Keep well and keep up with the trend. Jon Dixon is the Managing Director of Dixon Financial Group. Dixon FG is the only advisor group that has stop-losses on a portfolio. If an investment or superannuation fund held by them falls by 10%, the investment is sold down automatically and put into cash. Capital preservation is their rule number one.

By Jon Dixon

When it comes to investing, following trends is probably the simplest and most effective way to make money. Does it always work? No, but investing is about getting it right most of the time and making big gains and small losses. So right now what are the trends? Interest rates are going down and so, of course, cash and term deposits are returning less and less. A year ago, you got 6% and now you will be lucky to get 4.5% for a 12 month term deposit. Now to put that into perspective, that is a 25% fall, or let us use share market terminology, a 25% crash! Still want to leave your money in cash? Well, let’s look at the next trend; good old inflation, the silent erosion of wealth. Inflation is on the way up and is looking at reaching 3.5% by next year due to the carbon tax, a lower impact of a high Australian Dollar and increases in food costs due to petrol and wages. So when someone says, ‘leave your money under the bed’, remember your spending power is being reduced by 3.5% per year due to inflation and to give you another perspective, if your bank account earns 4.5% and inflation is 3.5% you are making 1% on your money! Plus, if you are paying fees or tax on that money you could well be going backwards! And you still want to leave your money in cash at the bank?! So the next trend is the share market. Well, as predicted in my last newsletter, it has gone up and it looks like the trend will continue. Investors are beginning to invest in high 50

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Working towards a Goal

quality retirement and maybe even the opportunity to retire before 65. As for what to do to accumulate retirement savings, it really doesn’t matter whether it’s cash, property or shares. Work out what you can afford to do without and put that aside. Don’t underestimate the value in getting professional advice. The right advisor is one that should complement your investment style. Maybe meet up with a couple before you make that all important decision as this person will be the one to help realise that retirement goal. The biggest tip I can give is to not invest in something you don’t understand. Do some of your own research, if needed. Right now there are so many opportunities in all sectors that you don’t have to dig too deep to find a good investment. So work out how much money you can do without right now and put this in the piggy bank for retirement. Anything extra now will grow into a handy amount as you near retirement. With that done, start dreaming about what to do in your retirement years! Phil Di Candilo is Director of RSM Bird Cameron Bunbury, part of a full service national accounting group, delivering expert corporate financial and advisory accounting services to clients across diverse industry sectors. Contact him on 9722 5600.

Not just working for fun

By Phil Di Candilo

It’s true that we should all enjoy the work we do, however, we are not doing it for fun. We all need to have an end game, a plan to retirement. Sure, we have the holidays that we accumulate during our working life, but remember, we don’t have to wait until we are 65 to retire! Don’t we all wish we could hang up the boots at 55? It can be done, and a good starting point is to enlist the services of a professional advisor to help set up a desired retirement plan. The important point is to start now. The earlier in your working life the better. It’s never too late to start; all that changes is the quality of the retirement. Saving for retirement is not rocket science but it does take discipline. It could be as easy as investing your next pay rise rather than absorbing it into lifestyle choices. Most of us could live on a lot less but as our family incomes increase so do our lifestyle costs. Just as businesses need to budget so do families. A long term plan and a ‘little going without now and then,’ may just mean in time a better 52

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Energy EfďŹ ciency for the Home

Lighting efďŹ ciently By Tristan Stanley-Cary

technology is advancing. The latest LED globes, for example, are rated to run for twenty years before requiring replacement. Another factor in the push for more efficient lighting is ceiling insulation. Halogen downlights run at very high temperatures and require ceiling insulation to be cut back for fire safety around each light. Across a whole house, these gaps in the ceiling insulation have a negative effect on the energy efficiency of the home. Installing downlights in this manner reduces the effectiveness of ceiling insulation by approximately half (halogen downlights in a room with R3.0 insulation would reduce the R-Value of the ceiling to R1.5). LED and compact fluorescent downlights can have insulation installed up to the sides of the fixture and in some instances the insulation can be carried over the fixture. Use of this new lighting technology is therefore saving money in heating and cooling costs as well as reduced operating costs. Tristan Stanley-Cary is the owner of Bunbury based energy efficiency consultants Lime Ratings. The company can assist in all aspects of energy efficiency, including assistance with lighting compliance with the Building Code of Australia. Located in the Railway Institute Building at 62 Wittenoom Street, Bunbury, contact them on 9721 4959, email, or go online at for further information.

New regulations introduced in May, aimed at reducing the use of low-voltage halogen downlights, now restrict the amount of wattage new residences can install. These downlights, although popular, are being replaced by LED and compact fluorescent alternatives to meet the increased energy efficiency requirements. As part of the six star requirements introduced into the building code of Australia earlier this year, lighting is now restricted in all new residences and is checked as part of the building permit application. Internal areas are limited to 5 watts per square metre, outdoor living areas to 4 watts per square metre, and garages 3 watts per square metre. These wattages do not need to be applied per room instead they can be averaged out across the whole house. For example, owners can still have high wattage lighting in the living rooms and kitchens as long as this is offset by energy efficient lighting in other areas of the home. With the phasing out of incandescent lighting through import restrictions, the government is now targeting halogen lighting through the regulation of new construction. Although more expensive to buy up front, both fluorescent and LED lighting alternatives use approximately 80% less electricity than a similar light output from incandescent and halogen. With LED and CFL lighting becoming more popular, prices are reducing and 54

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DF15A and DF20A

All new four-stroke, portable outboards now available First shown earlier this year at the Dusseldorf Boat Show, Suzuki Marine’s latest range of portable outboards has arrived in Australia just in time for summer after its recent unveiling at a media and dealer conference in Noosa Heads, Queensland. Now, some readers may think that it’s pretty hard to get excited about outboard motors but rest assured, for boaties, these brand new motors are big news! Featuring a swathe of technical innovations, the key feature of these latest generation outboards is an electronic fuel injection system that runs without the need for battery power. Of course, battery-less EFI is not exactly new to outboard engines but it is new to less powerful, manual-start outboards. The new EFI system is also combined with Suzuki’s Lean Burn Fuel Control system, guaranteeing easier starts, more responsive acceleration, smoother performance and above all, greater fuel efficiency. To achieve this, Suzuki engineers have designed a completely new fuel injection system, which includes an inline high-pressure fuel pump, a throttle body and small fuel cooler, vapour separator and fuel injector. Available in 8 separate configurations, the DF15A and DF20A come in short (15in) and long shaft (20in) with either manual or electric start. Weighing in at just 44kg in short-shaft, manual start configuration, the DF15A claims

to be the smallest and lightest outboard in its class beating its nearest competitor by 2.5kg. Boaties continuously hauling outboards on and off the transom after each outing on the water are sure to appreciate this! They will also appreciate their manageable size that enables them to be an ideal power match for a wide variety of boats, such as small RIBs and tenders, day boats and small fishing boats. They are also ideal for entry level boating. With the release of the DF15A and DF20A, Suzuki has once again upped the ante in the outboard market. It’s hard to believe that when four-stroke outboards first became available, models seemed sluggish and unresponsive. However, with each generation, four-strokes have continued to become lighter, more compact and more powerful. With their release of their latest generation of outboards, Suzuki have now created a four-stoke that is around just 6 to 8 kilos heavier than a comparable two-stroke! What’s more, these superb new EFI engines deliver two-stroke style grunt with class-leading economy, low emissions, and impeccable reliability. For further information on the range of Suzuki outboards, visit exclusive Bunbury dealer Millard Marine and Motorcycle Centre at 5 Sandridge Road, or call 9721 3033. 56

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wine list, The Deck offers a fabulous place to relax and unwind whilst taking in the stunning marina views. With a new management team and head chef, The Deck is open seven days for lunch and dinner. For those wishing to stay longer, there are a number of holiday villas available around the marina area and further information is available online at  or from the Busselton Visitor Centre. Visitors can also email or call 9752 5800. During your stay there are plenty of other exciting activities available to enjoy. You can take a cruise on Geographe Bay, go on a dive trip to Busselton Jetty, head out on a fishing charter or even go whale watching!

Port Geographe Marina Located in the heart of Geographe Bay’s sheltered waters, close to Busselton and at the gateway to the Margaret River region, there are plenty of reasons for boat owners to visit Port Geographe Marina this summer. With a large choice of 8 to 30 metre pens available on a short or long term basis, the marina is also home to The Deck Marina Bar and Restaurant and the Geographe Bay Race Week, the largest annual sailing event in WA, along with a number of other exciting events. Situated 107 nautical miles south of Fremantle, Port Geographe offers Bunbury boat owners the perfect destination for a day trip by water. As one of the south west’s premier boating facilities, boat owners will find a whole host of services available, including large fuelling bays operating 24 hours a day, boat lifting equipment, a high-powered boat wash, hard standing and trailer boat ramps and storage. The marina also offers a full repair and maintenance service. If you are visiting for the day, boat owners can take advantage of a number of short-term berths either on the floating pontoon in front of The Deck Marina Bar and Restaurant or on the jetty on the eastern side of the restaurant. Just give the marina office a call on 9754 8300 to let them know you are arriving. Renowned for its delicious seafood platters and extensive


The Summer Film Festival at Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre The 2013 Summer Film Festival marks the start of a new year at Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre and takes place between 4th and 26th January. It’s the perfect opportunity to try something new and experience the very best of international film making! Escape the hot January air with nine sizzling ... cont. pg 60 58

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new films from around the globe all hot off the international film circuit. With films of all genres and origins, starring well-known and up-and-coming actors, the 2013 Summer Film Festival has something for everyone and plenty of opportunities to dip your toes into something new. Bringing the crème de la crème of world cinema right to Bunbury’s doorstep, this is the south west’s very own slice of Cannes! Keep an eye on www.bunburyentertainment. com for a full timetable and film synopsis.


The Donnybrook Food and Wine Fest The Donnybrook Food and Wine Fest will be held on Saturday, 2nd February, from 10am to 4pm in the beautiful Donnybrook Amphitheatre on the banks of the Preston River. This free, family friendly

festival will feature over 50 stalls showcasing fresh, locally produced gourmet produce and award winning wines. There will be a number of free children’s activities, including a bouncy castle and face painting, and for fans of pizza, don’t miss the chance to meet Theo Kalogeracos, the 2010 World Pizza Making Champion, who will be sharing his pizza making secrets as well as his fabulous recipes.  The festival also includes a display of vintage cars, wine appreciation seminars, a waiters’ race and a grape stomp competition. For further information on the festival, contact Bernice O’Connell on 9732 2006, email or go online at

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or if you would like to experience wonderful views with friends or family, here’s your chance. Based at Bunbury Airport, Bunbury Flying School offers a range of scenic flights where all passengers have window seats and, as well as a variety of set itineraries, particular routes and destinations can also be specified. Prices start at around $40 per person (based on 3 people sharing) so it doesn’t have to be expensive to get airborne. This thirty minute trip will fly you around Bunbury, taking in the Leschenault Inlet to the north, the CBD and the coast to the south towards Dalyellup. A one hour sunset flight costs $240 (or $80 per person for 3 sharing) and will travel as far south as Busselton. Longer scenic flights will follow the coastline south, passing Busselton and Dunsborough on the way to Cape Naturaliste, and then again southwards to Cape Leeuwin and Augusta before tracking north and returning to Bunbury. This is an excellent way to view the coastline during the summer months and to discover the hidden bays around the capes area. Prices start from $90pp, again based on three passengers per flight. Allow two hours for flights covering the Cape Leeuwin, Margaret River and Augusta regions. For the more adventurous, Bunbury Flight School also offers a range of adventure flights in its Nanchang CJ-6. This aircraft not only gives passengers the chance to experience a genuine warbird, but an opportunity to experience some thrilling aerobatics! Warbird flying is truly exhilarating. These aircraft are quite different from the normal commercially available aircraft. Experience the excitement 62

and satisfaction that comes with flying in an unusual military aircraft from another culture and era of technology. Half hour aerobatic flights in the Nanchang are from $300 (1 passenger at a time). Prices for scenic flights start from $500 (1 passenger at a time). Scared of heights?! Well, adventure and scenic flights also make fabulous presents at this time of the year and are a gift that will be enjoyed and remembered for years to come. Gift vouchers from Bunbury Flying School are available for both adventure and scenic flights.

Go Skating At The Rink

Here’s a great way to beat the heat this summer yet still stay active and fit. Located at Gibbons Road, Davenport, The Rink is a large purpose built facility providing skating activities suitable for all ages and skating abilities. Run by leading national coach, Susan Brooks, The Rink is open to the public for general skating sessions every Friday from 6pm to 7.30pm and every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm. During the school holidays and on public holidays, the centre is open every ... cont. pg 64

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day from 10am and 3pm. General Sessions cost just $10 and include skates, blades and all protective gear. The Rink also offers beginners artistic classes on Monday and Thursday from 5pm to 5.30pm, cost $8, and a special Be Active Skate Stars class on Saturdays from 3 to 3.30pm, cost $8, where you can learn to skate on in-lines and quads. Looking for somewhere to hold a birthday or wind-up party this summer? The Rink can organise a number of different party formats that can be held during general sessions. Book a regular party, a Be Active party or a BYO party and, depending on the choice, receive special party invitations and skating equipment and party food on the day. Party goers and their parents will also receive a selection of gift vouchers from local business owners. For further information on skating times or to book a party, call 9725 6999 or go online at

volleyball centres in the state and offers competitions for players of all ages and abilities. Competitions run every night from Monday to Friday and include men’s, ladies’ and mixed events with the centre also competing in the state-wide super league. A Tuesday morning social round allows parents to come down and give the sport a try in a child friendly environment. Parents can relax and play whilst children have fun in the sand. School groups of all ages are also welcome during the week to use the centre for sporting activities at a nominal fee. The centre is also an ideal spot for holding kids’ parties and corporate events and is also available for hire at weekends when visitors can participate in a variety of different volleyball related sports. For local businesses the sport provides a great way to promote team building and for colleagues to have fun and socialise outside work. Newcomers can either enter a team or be placed into an existing one. With no extra equipment or kit costs and reduced rates for juniors, the centre offers a friendly, safe environment to enjoy an exciting sport whilst keeping fit and making new friends. For further information on the sport of indoor beach volleyball or hiring availability this summer, contact Helen or Daryl at Indoor Beach Volleyball on 0488 113918 or 0400 900320 or go online at

Play Indoor Beach Volleyball

At Bunbury Indoor Beach Volleyball Centre Feel the sand between your toes, keep fit and have fun this summer at Bunbury Indoor Beach Volleyball Centre. Located at 36, McCombe Road in the Halifax Industrial Park, the centre is one of the largest indoor beach 64

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Restaurant Review Smallwater Estate

Boasting an enviable reputation for its premium Zinfandel grapes and award-winning wines, there is now yet another good reason for visiting the picturesque surroundings of Smallwater Estate. Just over 12 months ago, the winery opened its new cellar door and restaurant and, amidst some rave reviews, we at The Bunbury Life felt it was high time we visited. Located halfway between Donnybrook and Balingup, just off the South Western Highway, Smallwater Estate is set on 53 acres of wonderful, rolling countryside. The cellar door and beautifully designed restaurant with its decked flooring and relaxed, comfortable interior are set in an elevated position, offering fabulous views over picturesque dams and the estate’s famous marron ponds. Take our word for it; the views are worth the visit alone! Arriving for lunch, and greeted by our hosts John and Gail, we began by sampling a selection of the estate’s wines at the cellar door. The Zinfandel, of course, was a standout but don’t miss the chance to try the excellent Smallwater Roze, the smooth Chardonnay or our personal favourite, the elegant Shiraz. Next, it was time for lunch! If you are planning a family trip, you will be pleased to hear that children are well catered for at Smallwater Estate. The playground is within easy view of the restaurant and the menu includes a choice of kid-friendly meals. So while we perused the menu and sipped our wine, the children were happily tucking into a tasty homemade ham and cheese pizza together with a special kids’ tasting plate of fresh fruit and crumbed chicken amongst other healthy delights.

Now it was our turn, and for our starter we were recommended the restaurant’s special Tasting Plate. What a great recommendation this was! The dish came laden with a delicious selection of freshly prepared treats, too many in fact to mention here but highlights included fish cakes with Thai dressing, sushi-style chicken and cucumber rolls, a spinach and feta cigar, baked ricotta with chilli and herbs, Middle Eastern chicken balls and a fantastic pumpkin tart with caramelised onion. With the plentiful supply of marron on the property, the menu, as you would expect, always features a number of unique marron dishes. Our choice was between The Garlic Butter Marron with Salad (served in the shell) and the Marron Risotto Stack served with a salad featuring roasted sesame seeds, strawberries and an apple and vanilla balsamic glaze. We plumped for the risotto and thoroughly enjoyed the delicate flavour of the fish combined with the tangy freshness of the salad. Other dishes that caught our eye on the menu included a Warm Greek Lamb Salad and the Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Tart in sour cream pastry. Tempting puddings included a Lemon Crumble Cake and a warm Pear and Ginger Cake served with syrup and cream. Offering stunning views and friendly service combined with great food and wine, Smallwater Estate comes highly recommended. As we left clutching bottles of Zinfandel and Shiraz, we vowed to return soon!


NOW IN BUNBURY! Although new to Bunbury, Danny and Jennie Drummond have been involved in the food industry for over 20 years. This experience has resulted in a catering business that can create food for any type of function be it large or small. Food is our passion, is the company motto and this is why our catering stands out from the rest.

New catering kitchen and lunch bar now open Unit 4, 7 Sandridge Road, Bunbury View a sample of our menus online or call for all of your catering requirements P: 9791 9501 E: W:

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Get Green and Clean

Incorporating more greens into an eating regime doesn’t have to be difficult. Try considering green smoothies, vegetable wraps and creative salads with high protein and gluten free grains, such as quinoa (keenwah) or millet. Starting the day with some greens will help the body feel energized and give it a big boost of alkalizing minerals, oxygen and enzymes. Green smoothies are not all about drinking spinach! Usually, they are a combination of three-quarters fresh fruits and a quarter greens. Our most popular green delight contains pineapple, apple, strawberry, lemon, dates and spinach. This smoothie is an amazing lime green colour that will have you feeling spritely by just looking at it. And yes, they are surprisingly delicious and truly delightful. Vegetable wraps are an inventive gluten free way to replace bread. They are light, flexible and a tasty way to encase a favourite sandwich filling. Add a buckwheat or quinoa salad to the table and create a clean, green and delicious meal. In the next issue, I will bring some culture to the table with some information on the health benefits of probiotic foods. Meanwhile smile, be happy, love life and don’t drive when you can walk. Annie Malone is the proprietor of The Natural Temptation Café, 47 Stephen Street, Bunbury.

How to embrace a fresh and active lifestyle this summer

By Annie Malone

Now is the perfect time to spring clean and refresh the body and review our eating style. Warmer days entice us to lighter foods, so it’s a great time to detox and find that extra energy to really enjoy the coming months. Take up the challenge and try a gentle change of eating habits and you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. Start by cutting down on all breads, cakes, meat, fish, dairy, products and sugar. Instead, enjoy fresh vegetable and fruit juices, plenty of filtered water, fresh salads with only lemon or olive oil dressings, and whole fruits and vegetables. This will give the digestive system a well-earned rest, allowing the liver to have a reduced work load for the day. The optimum eating plan is to aim for an 80% alkaline food diet (fruits, vegetables, alkaline grains and nuts) and to combine this with 20% acid foods, which are mainly protein based products and grains. For convenience in our busy lives, it is often easier to grab foods from the more concentrated food groups, a quick sandwich, pastry or cake to complement that cup of coffee.


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Geographe Wine Region

The Ferguson Valley

By Julie Hutton, Bonking Frog Wines

an authentic French bistro-style meal, or purchase a picnic basket from St Aidan and enjoy it there on the banks of the bubbling Ferguson River.

Summer….long golden days, warm balmy evenings….surely it is most Aussies’ favourite time of the year. However, in the vineyard the heat can be challenging and managing the vine canopy becomes a vigneron’s priority. Getting the right balance between sunlight and shade is imperative. Too much sun and the fruit will burn, yet too much shade will hinder ripening. Dappled shade is the mantra for grape growers at this time of the year. Summer is a great time to enjoy the Ferguson Valley and there is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered. Situated close to Bunbury and an easy day trip from Perth, more and more people are finding their way to The Valley and it’s not just the beautiful scenery attracting visitors to Ferguson. No, in summer the valley becomes a vibrant and exciting place to be. St Aidan Winery is leading the way offering film nights and concerts under the stars. Check out their website for event details at and find out about their planned Australia Day concert planned. If jazz is more your style, then include a visit to Hackersley Estate. Call Adrie or Aaron on 9728 3033 to find out what they have planned. Did I mention their amazing food? Of course, the wine, we mustn’t forget the wine. Beautiful smooth reds, crisp fruit driven whites and luscious fortifieds. Family owned wineries are the norm here and expect to be greeted at the cellar door by the owner who will happily share his wines and local knowledge with all and sundry. Beer drinkers aren’t forgotten either with two great boutique breweries to visit. And don’t forget to enjoy some of the fabulous food available while visiting the valley. Visit the Ferguson Falls cellar door and sample their excellent range of cheese, at Carlaminda enjoy

Places to Visit

There’s a lot to see and do and more details on visiting the Ferguson Valley can be found at Here, also find information on great places to stay, like the fabulous family friendly Ferguson Farmstay. Also a must is a visit to the Dardanup Visitor Centre, located in town. Talk to the friendly volunteers; they are a font of knowledge. Tel: 9728 1551. Here’s a selection of the Ferguson Valley and Dardanup Shire’s not-to-be-missed treats! Quirky Gnomesville is, well, quirky… fun and a little bit kitsch and bound to make the young at heart smile. Travel back in time at Dardanup Heritage Park and discover a world class collection of working agricultural and industrial machinery from WA’s pioneering past. View over 100 restored tractors and bulldozers, horse drawn equipment, military memorabilia and social history items before relaxing in the spacious tearoom serving up delicious well-priced food. Open every Sunday and Wednesday 9.30am to 4pm.

Wineries Angelicus Wines newly opened cellar door is a must visit! Located high on the scarp in Burekup, leave your low slung sports car at home but bring your sense of adventure! It is well worth it! Enjoy views to the Indian Ocean and taste unique wines, including the Spanish varieties of Tempranillo, Grenache and Verdejo that thrive here. While relishing the extraordinary views, why not enjoy a fabulous ... cont. pg 72 70


Malaysian & Chinese Cuisine Dine-in or takeaway, BYO Table bookings and catering for functions available Open 6 Days (Mon to Sat) Lunch 11.30am to 2.00pm Dinner 5.00pm to 10.00pm (to 11.00pm Fri & Sat) Lot 2, 10 Ommanney Street, Marlston Hill

Tel 9791 8788

47 Stephen Street

Located on Ferguson Road, the tasting room and restaurant of Hackersley Estate offer fabulous views over the surrounding hills. With an impressive array of awards behind tasting plate. Open 11am to 4pm Saturdays, them, including mentions in James Halliday’s Sundays and Public Holidays. top 100 wines, the estate is also well known for Tel: Sue on 0429 481 425 for more details. its delicious food served up by hosts Aaron Sitting on the border of the Dardanup and and Adrie Devitt. Open Thursday to Sunday Capel Shires is Bonking Frog Wines (this is me!). from 10am to 4pm, the winery also offers live We specialise in award winning merlot. We jazz sessions, the annual Shakespeare in the produce it in three styles - Summer, Winter or Vines and plenty of other events. Scandal. Not Merlot lovers? Then come and try Tel 9728 3033. our new classic white. You’re welcome to bring You would be hard pressed to find anyone a picnic to enjoy in the garden or just come more passionate about their wines than the and browse our great froggy gift range. Our owners of St Aidan Wines. Phil and Mary Smith cellar door is open Friday to Sunday between have put their heart and soul into their winery 12pm and 5pm. Or call me on 0408 930 332 to and it shows. Visit their cellar door, enjoy a see if we can arrange another glass of wine over lunch or time for a visit. perhaps purchase a picnic Home to a bistro specialising hamper and just sit back and in delicious French cuisine, enjoy the wines and the lovely Carlaminda Wines are also surrounds. Local chef Julie producers of a diverse range of Lawrence has created a range of wines. Set amongst the rolling St Aidan preserves and relishes hills, there’s a warm welcome which are now available at the awaiting from Anita who has cellar door. St Aidan wines recreated a piece of her continue to win acclaim and homeland in the Valley. Xena Liqueur Muscat is a must Situated on Richards Road the try. Try to get to one of their bistro is open 11am to 4pm on movie nights! Tel: 9728 3007. weekends. Call Anita on The largest winery in the 9728 3375 for further Water wall feature Ferguson Valley, Willow Bridge information. at Bonking Frog Wines Estate, sits high on the western Ferguson Falls Estate, on Pile watershed of the Ferguson Road, led the development of wine growing in River. They may be the dominant winery in the the Ferguson Valley with its first vines planted area but this doesn’t mean their wines have in 1982. The vineyard is situated on part of a lost their handcrafted feel. With vines first substantial dairy farm and they produce planted in the late 1990’s, in a short space of fabulous cheeses from their own milk. Their time the estate has already produced an award winning wines, complemented by their impressive array of outstanding wines. James beautiful cheeses, can be tasted at the cellar Halliday recently listed them as one of his Ten door from 11am to 5pm Friday to Sunday, or Dark Horses to watch in the 2013 Australian call 9728 1082 to arrange a tasting. Wine Companion – the recommendations don’t come much higher! Their most notable Boutique winery, Ferguson Hart Estate, is home release is the classic Black Dog Shiraz, a must to a multiple trophy-winning Shiraz, award try if you can get your hands on one! Cellar winning Semillon and an ever-popular door sales are available 7 days a week from Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. Twice winner of the 11am to 5pm. Tel: 9728 0055. trophy for Best Wine at the Geographe Wine Show, the winery offers something for all; Keep an eye out for Talisman Wines, which are fabulous wines, great coffee and home baked so far only available online at cakes, plus fine art and gifts. Located on Pile Their wine show results Road, they are open weekends and public have definitely got the wine writers talking. holidays 11am to 5pm. Tel: 9728 0144. ... cont. pg 74

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Art in a bottle Geographe Wine Region

Smallwater Estate - GEOGRAPHE WINE REGION -

Cellar Door and Restaurant Tantalize your taste buds… sit back and take in the beauty of Smallwater Estate and enjoy award winning wines

The creation of our masterpiece is the culmination of passionately crafting the perfect grape in the vineyard then extracting and blending it’s essence in the winery. Sample our award-winning wines sold exclusively from our brand new cellar door, take time out to enjoy a light lunch or make the most of our beautiful BBQ area, along the Ferguson River.

Open for Lunch and Tastings Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm Open Public Holidays

Open weekends & public holidays 11am-5pm; and most weekdays 11am-4pm (closed Wed.) Ph: 9728 3007 Fax: 9728 3006 FERGUSON RD FERGUSON VALLEY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA 6236


FWRO G INES Cellar Door Open

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 12-5pm 7 Dardanup West Road North Boyanup

Ph: 0408 930 332

Award winning Merlot and unique gifts designed to make you smile!

52 Tramline Road, Newlands For further information call 9731 6036 or 0429 956 424 or email

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corporate event, visitors can also enjoy bush walking, canoeing, nature trails and outdoor barbecues.


Moody Cow Brewery is a relaxed family-friendly venue. All beers are brewed on the premises and contain no additives or preservatives. Located on Ferguson Road, the brewery is open Thursday to Sunday and Public Holidays from 11am to 6pm and features live music every Sunday. They offer a range of traditionally brewed beers, cider, a range of local wines, light meals, snacks, coffee and fabulous views. There’s enough here to suit all tastes! Even the kids will be happy with a brand new playground available. Wild Bull Brewery were well deserved winners of the Tourism Award Small Business Awards Bunbury Wellington Region. This family friendly venue offers a range of handcrafted beers. You can enjoy a meal while the kids play. Open Thursday to Sunday and public holidays, they regularly have live music as well, Tel 9728 0737.

Useful Information Accommodation

Evedon Park Bush Resort, Lennard Road, Burekup, 9726 3012 Ferguson Farm Stay, Henty Road, 9728 1392 Peppermint Lane Lodge, 351 Wellington Mill Road, Wellington Mill, 9728 3138 Wellington Forest Cottages and Conference Centre, 333 Wellington Forest Road, Wellington Mill, 9728 3043


Dardanup General Store, 10 Charlotte Street, Dardanup. Open 7 days to 6.00pm


Ferguson Valley Visitor Centre, 5 Ferguson Road, Dardanup 9728 1551

Meet ... Jeff Dewar

Other Attractions Galleries

Owner of the largest winery in the Ferguson Valley, Willow Bridge Estate, Jeff Dewar has quickly built up an impressive reputation for his wines both at home and abroad. The Bunbury Life recently met up for a chat. What prompted you to make a career out of the wine industry? With two older brothers managing successful merino sheep studs, I decided early on that I didn’t want to be in direct competition with them. I was confident about diversifying yet remaining in the broad perimeter of agriculture. It was the mid-nineties when I was first introduced to the romance of the wine industry. So were a lot of other people both here in Australia and in NZ and I’m very fortunate to be still running a successful business today. What brought you to the Ferguson Valley? Initially, I had in my mind that the region in which I wanted to establish a winery was Margaret River. This resulted in exciting many a real estate agent over a period of months, only to come away unsatisfied and find myself still searching for the perfect property.

Run by artist and printmaker Denise Gillies, Lyndendale Gallery, is a charming boutique gallery featuring a selection of her own works together with works from other members of the SouthWest Printmakers. Also discover fine pottery, glassware, jewellery, hand-crafted books, textiles, wood art and fashion accessories from local southwest artists. Located, at 828 Crooked Brook Road, Dardanup, the gallery is open Friday to Sunday 11am to 5pm and by arrangement, call Denise on 9728 3038. 5th Element Pottery is a joy to the senses when the summer sun streams into the studio the glorious colours seem to bounce of the walls. You’ll find them in West Dardanup at 40 Gavins Gully Court. They are generally open weekends and by arrangement. Call Chris on 9728 0292. Situated at the northern gateway of The Valley, Evedon Park Bush Resort is surrounded by over 320 hectares of natural bushland. Overlooking a delightful lake, the resort offers apartment and cabin accommodation together with a restaurant open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch, dinner and Devonshire Teas. Perfect for a country wedding, family getaway or

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A family friend then introduced us the Ferguson Valley, which not only changed mine and now my family’s life for ever but has had a hand in introducing this hidden jewel to the world. When looking for the ideal conditions to grow premium grapes, the valley provides more than most. Cooling ocean breezes, elevation, rich soils and close proximity to WA’s second largest city. Which of your wines are you most proud of? The Black Dog Shiraz is definitely the wine I’m most proud of. It’s a wine that none of us saw coming. It was a result of a small block of Shiraz, rightly named now The Black Dog, being left to ripen for two to three weeks later than the rest of the block. Our winemaker at the time, Rob Bowen, anticipated high concentrated, rich flavours and the resultant wine was given the name Black Dog. The name originated when our cellar hand at the time, described the colour as being, “as black as the inside of a dog”. Successive vintages and numerous awards later and the wine has become an iconic

Willow Bridge wine that I’m immensely proud of. What do you get up to in your spare time? Spare time...well, with 4 young children most of my spare time is spent being involved with their sport or hobbies. I do enjoy having a game of golf or getting down to Busselton and spending time in the boat, fishing. Travel is something that I enjoy and with us exporting to over 10 countries it gives me the chance to visit at least two markets per year. Jeff Dewar Willow Bridge Estate

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Rated Five Star Winery and Top 10 Dark Horses, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013

Ph: 08 9728 0055 F: 08 9728 0066 Email: Web:

Gardincourt Drive, Ferguson Valley Our Cellardoor is open 7 days 11am-5pm


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Aristos Waterfront Restaurant Delicious local seafood in a relaxed friendly atmosphere on the Koombana waterfront. Fully licensed with coffee, cake and ice-cream available. Open 7 days Lunch and Dinner 15 Bonnefoi Boulevard, Marlston Hill

Tel 9791 6477

Danny’s Restaurant A new à la carte restaurant, featuring an enticing menu to suit all tastes. Open 7 nights 6.00pm until close, Lunch Tues to Fri 11.30am-2.30pm Unit 5, 10 Victoria Street

Tel 9721 3866

Evedon Park Café Bistro Licensed café and bistro nestled in the rolling green hills of natural forestland. Open Wed to Sat 10.00am – 8.00pm, Sun (Carvery) 12.00pm – 3.00pm 205 Lennard Road, Burekup

Tel 9726 3012

Janny’s Café Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and takeaway. Homemade food and friendly service. Open Mon to Sat 8.30am-4.00pm 22-26 Stephen Street

Tel 9791 8990

Henk’s Café A unique dining experience for locals and travellers to the south west region overlooking the picturesque Leschenault Estuary. Open 7 days 7.00am – 5.00pm Shop 7, Mardo Commercial Complex, 1 Mardo Avenue, Australind

Tel 9725 8466

Indian Ocean Lounge Bar & Bistro Bar and bistro serving delicious, authentic Indian cuisine. Private function room, business hiring available. Open Lunch Tues to Fri 11.30am – 2.00pm, Dinner 7 nights 6.00pm - Late 27 Victoria Street

Tel 9721 1555

L’amour de la Femme Australian/European cuisine using fresh local produce. Fully licensed. Open Lunch Fri and Sun, Dinner Mon to Sat from 6.00pm 18 Wittenoom Street Tel 9791 5504


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Lighthouse Award-winning dining, magnificent views, open for breakfast and dinner. Lunch on Fridays. Bar serving food opening soon. Open 7 days inc public holidays (including Sunday Grill) Lighthouse Beach Resort, Carey Street

Tel 9781 2700


Chinese Restaurant

Marlston Chinese Restaurant Delicious, well-priced traditional fare in a friendly atmosphere with attentive staff. Open Mon to Sat, Lunch 11.30am - 2.00pm, Dinner 5.00pm - 10.00pm Lot 2, 10 Ommanney Street

Tel 9791 8788

Mash Brewing Bunbury Handcrafted beers and ciders, modern Australian cuisine, fabulous ocean views. Open Sun to Wed 11.00am – 9.00pm, Thurs Sat 11.00am – 10.00pm 2/11 Bonnefoi Boulevard, Marlston Hill

Tel 9721 6111

Mojo’s Restaurant Modern Australian with French bistro flair, WA Good Food Guide chic and amazing wine list. All day meals, popular wine lounge/bar. Open 7 days 8.00am – Late Victoria Street (near the cinema)

Tel 9792 5900

Mot’s Café Traditional Cocos Malay food, including curry puffs, satays, fried egg noodles cooked fresh every morning. Friendly service, dine in or take-away, 100% Halal. Open Mon to Fri 10.00am-5.00pm, Sat 10.00am to 3.00pm Shop 5, 17 Prinsep Street, Central Arcade

Tel 9792 4515

Natural Temptation Café Vegetarian food to feed your body and soul, fresh juices and fruit smoothies, coffee, organic tea, healthy sweets. Open Mon to Fri 7.30am – 5.30pm, Thurs to 8.00pm, Sat to 4.00pm 47 Stephen Street

Tel 9791 2559

Rose Hotel Traditional bar and restaurant conveniently located in the heart of the CBD. Open Mon to Sat 12.00pm – 2.00pm and 6.00pm – Late, Sunday Bar only Victoria Street

Tel 9721 4533


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Silos Restaurant & Bar The perfect spot for breakfast, a refreshing drink or a tantalising meal. Open 7 days for Breakfast, Dinner & Bar from 5.00pm - Late Mon to Sat 1 Holman Street (Inside the Mantra Bunbury Hotel)

Tel 9721 0100

Smallwater Estate Situated high on the property, dine overlooking the picturesque vines and dams that produce the wines and marron served on the menu. Open for Lunch and Tastings Fri to Sun 11.00am - 5.00pm 52 Tramline Road, Newlands, Donnybrook

Tel 9731 6036

Thai Korat


Delicious Thai cuisine with friendly service in a city central location. Takeaway available. Open Lunch Tues to Fri 11.30am - 2.00pm, Dinner Tues to Sun 6.00pm - Late 130 Victoria Street

Tel 9721 9838

The Creamery Homemade gelato (ice cream), sorbet and frozen yoghurt. Lavazza Italian coffee and beautiful cup cakes. Look us up on Facebook. Open 7 days 9.00am – 9.00pm (9.00am – 10.00pm Sat & Sun) 30 Victoria Street

Tel 9721 5635

The Steakout A la carte steakhouse, best quality steak, ribs, chicken and fish available. Fully licensed, extensive wine collection, bookings essential. Open Tues to Sat 5.00pm - 8.30pm Corner Bussell Highway and Brittain Road

Tel 9792 4677 pages/SteakOut/382689035094700?ref=hl

Trattoria Briscola Family owned and operated, offering traditional Italian cuisine to dine in or takeaway. Extensive A La Carte menu, weekly lunch specials or set menus. Fully licensed. Open Tues 11:00am – 5:00pm, Wed to Sun 11:00am - Late 7 Hayward Street, Harvey (opposite Super IGA)

Tel 9729 2111

VAT Two Breakfast, lunch and dinner in a magnificent, absolute beachfront location. Available for weddings, parties and functions. Private dining room. Open 7 days 8.00am - Late 2 Jetty Road, Marlston Hill

Tel 9791 8833


accommodation The Boathouse Boutique B & B 11 Austral Parade, Bunbury Rooms – 3 luxury king suites Room Rate - from $107 per night. Corporate packages and senior discount plus seasonal specials. Please call to confirm. (Continental breakfast included) Guest Facilities - Waterfront access to private jetty, free wireless internet, free parking, private ensuites, air conditioning, tea and coffee, mini fridge, TV DVD, iron, hairdryer, laundry. Reservations - 08 9701 9250 or 0400 543111 Website - Affordable luxury waterfront accommodation for the corporate or leisure traveller. A warm welcome awaits!

Bunbury Motel and Serviced Apartments 45 Forrest Avenue, Bunbury Rooms – 66 Room Rate – From $96 (Single) to $260 (New 2 bedroom apartment) Guest Facilities – Huge pool, barbecue, Foxtel sports and Disney, free WIFI, free in-house movies, meals available. Reservations – 1800 017333 / 08 9721 7333 Website – Superb range of accommodation in a convenient location.

The Clifton and Grittleton Lodge Corner Clifton & Molloy Sts, Bunbury Rooms – 49 Room Rate – Standard $135, Semi-Executive $160, Spa Room $160, Executive Spa Suite $195, Grittleton Lodge $225, senior discount and seasonal specials (rates are subject to change, please call to confirm) Guest Facilities – Air conditioning, tea and coffee, in-house movies, Foxtel, ensuite, iron, hair dryer, internet. Reservations – Free Call 1800 017 570 / 08 9792 6200 Website – Beautifully appointed suites and rooms for the corporate to leisure traveller.


Hillway Apartments 30 Parkfield Street, Bunbury Rooms – Four 2 Bedroom Apartments, each sleep 6 Room Rates – Seasonal Guest Facilities – Fully fitted kitchen, BBQ area, reverse cycle air-con. Reservations – 0428 955143 Website – Walk to town centre, beach, café strip. Suits families.

Lighthouse Beach Resort Ocean Drive, Bunbury Rooms - 70 Room Rate - From $125.00 (Standard) to $310.00 (Executive Villa for 6) Guest Facilities - Lighthouse restaurant and bar, indoor heated pool, spa and sauna, games room, function rooms, free wireless broadband and in-house movies. Reservations - 08 9781 2700 Website - An affordable getaway with panoramic views.

Mantra Bunbury Hotel 1 Holman Road, Bunbury Rooms – 75 Studio, Deluxe Studio 2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments Room Rate – From $179 Guest Facilities – Heated swimming pool and spa, tennis courts, day spa, restaurant and bar. Reservations – 08 9721 0100 Website – Superior accommodation on the historic Koombana waterfront.

Quest Bunbury Serviced Apartments 14 Lyons Cove, Bunbury Rooms – 52 Room Rate – On application Guest Facilities – Broadband internet, fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities (excl studios), car park, breakfast options, local restaurant chargeback, valet dry-cleaning, in-house movies, pool, barbecue, tennis court. Reservations – 08 9722 0777 Website – Self-contained accommodation, centrally located overlooking Koombana Bay.


Lakeside Holiday Apartments I Lakes Crescent, South Yunderup Rooms – 28 Two Bedroom Ensuite Apartments Room Rate – $160 disabled, $190 standard, $210 lake view Reservations – 08 9537 7634 Website –, Beautifully appointed, fully furnished apartments close to the Murray River, halfway between Bunbury and Perth.

River Resort Villas 1 Tatham Road, South Yunderup Rooms – 22 three bedroom, two bathroom villas (lake or river views) Room Rate – $190.00 (min 2 night stay) Guest Facilities – Swimming pool, squash court, pool table, kids’ playroom, tennis court. Reservations – 08 9537 6476 Website - Enjoy the tranquillity of a relaxing holiday on the lake by the Murray River.


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Corner Symmons & Blair St Tel 1300 661272 4 – 26 January Summer Film Festival                              Thursday 31 January Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones                   Sunday 17 March Family Proms Concert                            

Saturday 2 March Multicultural Night Under the Stars Bicentennial Square A free, open air family concert with a range of performances and food stalls representing the various cultural groups in the region.

Friday 5 April Animal Farm                                          Tuesday 16 April FREEFALL - Gravity and Other Myths        

Sunday 10 March Stakes Day Thursday 14 March Bunbury Cup Bunbury Turf Club, cnr Brittain Road and Bussell Hwy

Tuesday 23 April Muckheap Saturday 4 May Sundowner Saturday 11 May Rhonda Burchmore - Legs 11

The Rink

Sunday 2 December City of Bunbury Christmas Carnival Bicentennial Square and Graham Bricknell Music Shell Featuring entertainment and activities for the whole family, including the Christmas Street Parade through the CBD.

Gibbons Road, Davenport Open for inline skating:Every Friday 6pm to 7.30pm Every Saturday 10am to 3pm Every Sunday 10am to 3pm Open Public Holidays and School holidays from 10am to 3pm $10 entry (includes skates, blades and protective gear) General Sessions $10 (includes skates, blades and protective gear) Beginner artistic classes Mon and Thurs 5pm to 5.30pm, $8

Saturday 2 February Donnybrook Food and Wine Fest Amphitheatre, South West Highway, Donnybrook, 10am to 4pm A free, family friendly festival with over 50 stalls showcasing fresh, locally produced gourmet produce and award winning wines.

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Book Reviews

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

What huge expectations lay before the author of the Harry Potter series when her first adult novel was published. No doubt many rushed to buy The Casual Vacancy solely because of the successes of J. K. Rowling’s adventures of Potter in his fantasy wizard world. However, from the very first lines, it is clear that this is a novel as farfetched from fantasy as the cold light of day. In fact, often, it is written with such insight to characters’ thoughts and psychologies that it feels quite confrontational. Widely respected Barry Fairbrother of Pagford (a small English town, seemingly perfect and packed with the usual stereotypical characters) suddenly dies, leaving behind a desirable place on the Parish Council. His death and empty seat release a chain reaction of events, which avalanches heavily on the community. Persevering through the complications of remembering who is who during the opening chapters, the reader will start to piece together the intricate relationships, feuds and motivations of Pagford’s inhabitants. Raw emotions rip through the novel, interspersed with welcome bouts of honest humour. With plenty of colourful characters, and a fascinating spiral of intermingled paths of life, The Casual Vacancy stirs up an intriguing mixed bag of emotions.

Exit Wounds

by Major General John Cantwell with Greg Bearup Exit Wounds is not a usual war story. In fact, it’s not a story at all and what jolts the reader constantly is that every single word describes real life. It’s also not the script from a movie where the hero overcomes the enemy in desperate and deadly scenarios amidst amazing cinematic effects and a powerful soundtrack. John Cantwell relives experiences from his military life and takes us through his immense challenges and exaltations as well as the sadness and regrets that lead to his suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Cantwell began life in the Australian Army as a private and rose up the ranks to Major General. Back in 1991, he served on the front line of the first Gulf War. Then his nightmares began; the first signs that Cantwell was suffering posttraumatic stress from the horrors that he had experienced. More combat duty ensued in Iraq in 2006. By 2010, Cantwell was the commander of all Australian forces in Afghanistan and the wider Middle East area of operations. As the years went on, he faced inner battles in which he struggled to keep his feelings of anxiety and dread under control. Yet his outer self displayed his constant commitment to duty and to the men and women he commanded. There are brutal accounts of events, sights and smells, along with honest descriptions of the rollercoaster of emotions that Cantwell and his soldiers experienced. He doesn’t try to glorify battles or play down desperate terror and grief. Exit Wounds is beautifully written, riveting and compelling. Cantwell lays bare the wounds inflicted by war, those we see and those that are hidden. The above books were supplied by Collins Booksellers, Bunbury. Visit their store at 117, Victoria Street, Bunbury, or call 9791 3755. 81

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