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ISSUE 15

UNIQUE ROBIN BOYD HOME FOR SALE ‘IF IT LIVES, WE WANT IT’. AN EARLY HISTORY OF THE MELBOURNE ZOO

IN THE GARDEN

WITH THE FRASERS

FEBRUARY 2013


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Disclaimer: Eview Real Estate Partners nor any companies of the Eview group accept any form of liability, be it contractual, tortious or otherwise, for the contents of this publication or for any consequences arising from its use or any reliance placed upon it. The information, opinions and advice contained within, are of a general nature only and may not relate to or be relevant to your particular circumstances. There are many issues involved with buying and selling real estate so it is important that you get specific advice prior to making any decisions on your next real estate transaction. All information contained herein is gathered from sources we believe to be reliable. However we cannot guarantee its accuracty and interested persons should rely on their own enquiries. Should your home be exclusively listed with another agency, please disregard any information contained within regarding the engagement of Eview Real Estate Partners to sell your property.

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EVIEWTIPS Long-term investment strategies are a much better option in a fluctuating property market If you are an astute investor, then you would know that the best way to maximise your profits is to look for long-term investments. It is harder to make money from the “buy, renovate, sell” short-term strategy than it is from the “buy, renovate, sell” long-term strategy. So what do you do if you have the perfect property that fits the bill for a “renovation investment”? Obviously, first things first – make sure you buy it for the right price and do not overspend. Remember, the reason you are buying is to renovate the property and sell it for a profit. If you overspend to begin with it will be very hard to turn the renovation into a profitable exercise. The easiest way to work out whether you will make a profit is to do all of your research first. Have a look around to see

- DAVID POLITAKIS

what houses/units are selling for with the renovations completed. Then decide exactly what it is you want to do and get some quotes and draw up a budget; it is also worth getting building and pest inspections at this stage (the budget will blow out if there are any hidden problems that you have to deal with). Then deduct your total costs from the predicted future sale price and see what profit you come up with – in turn determining whether it is a sound investment or not! There are a few handy tips to remember when buying and selling an investment property: Remember most renovations cost more than you budget for and take longer than you expected. Even getting a quote these days can take forever. Before you go ahead with any renovation of a rental property think about what type of tenant you wish to attract, and plan your renovations with this in mind.

Look at the property as an investment – it is unlikely that you will want to live there at any stage so be more practical in your approach to décor. It is not about putting your stamp on it – and it is far easier to get a tenant for a property that has been decorated in neutral tones thus allowing them to put their own personal stamp on it. It is a tough job renovating and investing but if you get it right in the beginning it can be a good money-spinner.

GROWTH RETURNS TO MELBOURNE HOUSING MARKET IN DECEMBER QUARTER By Enzo Raimondo – CEO REIV The REIV December quarter medians confirm strengthening demand and an increase in housing prices in Melbourne. The median house price in Melbourne increased by 2.4 per cent in seasonally adjusted terms to $536,190 from $523,492 (revised) in the September quarter. The median price for units and apartments increased by 2.4 per cent in seasonally adjusted terms to $452,168 from $442,924 (revised). This is the first time the REIV has published the median prices in seasonally adjusted terms, a method that accounts for the variations that occur in transactions over a year. The research shows that strengthening demand has resulted from a combination of improved Victorian consumer confidence, four interest rate cuts and the seasonal increase in activity in the December quarter. Underpinning this increase has been an estimated 16 per cent increase in sales transactions in Melbourne compared to the December quarter in 2011.

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Overall transaction numbers remain low in historical terms and that may cause some ongoing fluctuations, but if improvements in confidence continue 2013 will see improved activity and an increase in sale values. Some of the higher increases in demand were recorded in the more expensive suburbs where buyers have found significant value: Kew, Brighton East, Essendon, Hawthorn, Glen Iris and Fitzroy North. These suburbs recorded very strong clearance rates as buyers competed for well priced property. The stronger growth in the upper end of the market is a reflection of the larger falls in prices recorded in 2011. Healthy growth was also recorded in the more affordable market segments with the median increasing by 4.5 per cent in middle suburbs and 3.6 per cent in the outer suburbs.


FROM THE DIRECTORS Welcome to the 15th edition of our new look “The Melbourne Preview.” We are excited to bring to you a fresh publication highlighting the best of Melbourne, property highlights, restaurant reviews and real estate news. Now in its third calendar year, we are proud to see Preview evolve into an informative and value-based magazine. So how is the market? During December and January we have seen that the property market has had a steady recovery of home sales and pricing. The team at Eview has been busy building strong foundations following three of our busiest months on record with over 220 homes sold in the last 90 days. As we approach the end of summer, our

team is expecting the increased activity to continue through the autumn months and have added to the database many new buyers who are actively seeking their new home. Using our well-established agent network, comprehensive print and digital marketing, we eagerly anticipate the launch of some great properties and are excited to showcase them in the weeks ahead. In this edition we interview former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and his wife Tamie. Take a journey through their garden wonderland and if time permits, visit their open house in Merricks. We explore the history of the Melbourne Zoo, and take an inside look into the late renowned architect Robin Boyd’s unique

designed McClune Courtyard home. In signing off, we’d like to thank our wonderful readers for their feedback. Your words of encouragement and support are greatly appreciated and very much welcomed. To our clients who have entrusted us to sell or manage their most valuable asset, we are sincerely grateful. We hope you enjoy this edition of Preview, and if you require any assistance with any of your real estate needs, please contact one of our great team members or your local office. All the best for 2013, Manos Findikakis - CEO

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LUXURY BY THE BAY

This classic Mount Eliza residence with grand portico entry and a striking facade presents as new, and has been lovingly restored and renovated with specific attention to detail, luxury and quality finishes along with exceptional living and entertaining spaces. Formal and informal living areas include a separate home theatre room, separate dining, formal lounge, central kitchen adjoining the informal family room with featured shutters along the west side, with all living areas opening to the covered patios. The master bedroom captures bay glimpses and offers ensuite and built-in robes, along with the additional 2 bedrooms with built-in robes and a 4th bedroom is ideal for guests or home study. The dramatic entry makes a statement with long curved stone walls guiding you to the elegant formal entrance. The outdoor covered alfresco area is large enough to entertain in style with bay glimpses and a treed outlook to the north. The solar-heated family pool is accessible from the family room and the separate home theatre / bar area features integrated ceiling mounted speakers and access to the over-sized laundry and triple garage. All this family living is on 2/3 of an acre within minutes to the village shops, Canadian Bay beach, Peninsula and Toorak colleges: a home to be truly envied. For more information call Anastasia Arvanitakis 0414 267 830. Page 4

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INSIDEVIEW - WITH MARIA FINDIKAKIS So what makes one real estate agency different from another? One of the most frequent comments made about real estate agents is that ‘you are all the same – there is no difference between you and the other agent.’ On the surface, this is how it appears. All agencies advertise their properties on the internet, they use newspaper advertising to promote locally, and basically drive around in similar cars. The only visible difference at times is the colour of the brand they represent. But that’s as far as the similarities go. As a consumer, the most important decision you can make about the sale of your property is the ‘agent’ you choose to represent you in the marketplace. Note that I stated ‘agent’ not ‘agency’. This is where the real difference is, and the one which will ultimately determine the final result of the sale of your property. The ‘agency’ is the colour vehicle that the ‘agent’ drives. How the ‘agent’ drives the vehicle is what is important. So what does that mean to the potential seller? When selecting an agent, the person you will be in direct contact with is the person who will be presenting your home to market. In most cases they will be showing the buyers through the property and coordinating the marketing and documentation in preparation for a sale. If your selected agent is backed by an agency that provides all the support systems that are required for the agent to fulfil his duties, then you have a winning combination. What to look for is that the ‘vehicle’ (agency) has a great ‘motor’ and the ‘driver’ (sales person) has the skills to drive the vehicle to the finish line! That is, navigate the sales process efficiently, quickly and for the best sales result. You must feel comfortable with the agent you select. This is the golden rule of real estate. The more comfortable you feel with an agent, the more trust and genuine integrity he or she displays with a proven track record, the better the chance you have of success. Be wary of those agents who overpromise; more often than not they will subsequently under deliver. The worst thing you can do is put the wrong agent in front of the right buyer! You only get one chance to maximise the result of your sale; thereafter any profits are transferred to the purchaser. Common questions one should be asking of purchasers: Would you have paid more for the

property? Would you use that agent to sell your property? This is a sure sign to see if the selling agent really had the skills and the negotiating talent to extract every potential dollar from the market. So what makes Eview so different? Again, an often asked question. I guess Eview can start by boasting that in 6 years, as a group, we have transacted over 3200 residential property sales to the value of over $1.2 billion dollars and are currently responsible for the asset management of a further $450 million dollars’ worth of property under our property management divisions. But all this means very little to anyone thinking of engaging Eview, or for that matter any other agency which boasts similar or greater sales. The difference is in the quality of the agents on the ground, ‘the drivers’, and the support system behind them, ‘the vehicle.’ This is where we believe Eview stands apart from others. As a group, our focus is the ‘individual agent’ not the brand. Yes, the brand is important, but if we didn’t have the right ‘drivers’ representing the brand, then we would not be able to provide the level of service a seller or investor would expect. You see most agency brands are so protective of the ‘brand’ that they forget the most important person, the agent on the ground providing the service to the clients. That’s why you see so many agents go from one agency to another; we are proud to state that Eview has one of the highest retention rates of agents in the industry. When an agent or any other staff member joins Eview, we treat them as our business partners; they make Eview their brand and their home. Our business model works in the favour of our vendors When a seller engages any one of our Eview representatives, they are engaging the whole Eview group of sales agents. The ‘vehicle’ allows what we call ‘the right to sell’ policy whereby every agent has access to any listed property within the group; so much so approximately 2 in every 7 sales is a conjunctional sale with colleagues. So what that means is that all our buyers registered with our agents are exposed to the seller’s property, regardless of who is the engaged agent. This is turn allows for greater competition, and results in better sale prices. Now many agencies claim that they ‘share’ buyers; however in reality, most groups are office based, and rarely share their

listings. Our business model focuses on the individual agent; the group can only be successful if each one of our agents is successful. Hence we are quickly becoming the agency of choice for many of the top performing sales agents. Multi office operations are now a business model of the past. There is now only one office space and one market place. It is called the ‘world wide web’; so much so we have incorporated our business name to reflect this current and growing trend. Our weekly training, centralised administration support and marketing departments are

second to none. With that in mind, this allows our agents to do what they do best: activate superior marketing strategies and expose seller’s properties to the widest audience of buyers. Thereafter, our unique ‘negotiation’ process extracts the best possible outcome from the marketplace. Eview’s philosophy is ‘clients for life.’ We stand by our performance and service levels and will always strive to be the agent of choice, just as individuals have their solicitor or accountant. We will never look at selling your home as a ‘once off’ transaction. We want to be by

your side for the long term, earn the right to be referred to your family & friends, and be your real estate partner for life. So if you are thinking about a possible sale of your property, or simply would like to meet one of our agents to experience our unique ‘difference,’ we are always willing to share valuable information to assist in whatever capacity we can with your real estate needs. It would be our privilege to sell or manage your property; we know we will exceed your expectations. – Maria Findikakis

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IN THE GARDEN WITH THE By Fran Henke When the President of Open Gardens Australia says this will be the last time of opening her garden, you have to wonder why. Age? Aggravation?

When their garden ‘Thurulgoona’, attracts around 10,000 visitors over two days, parking is extremely important. “But I said last time that would be the last time,” Mrs Fraser smiled.

Twenty five years ago Tamie and Malcolm Fraser opened their garden in Victoria’s western district to support the new scheme and to help keep staff going on their property, ‘Nareen’.

“They are very long two days,” she explained. “Opening the garden starts on the Thursday with set up. And the scheme wants owners to be there to answer questions,” she said.

“There was drought, stock prices were low, it was a difficult time,” said Mrs Fraser now president of Open Gardens Australia.

You wonder how the notoriously gruff Mr Fraser handles this. But he was charming this day, accepting instructions from Yanni (photographer) on where to stand in his own garden, being extremely interested in the cameras and lenses chosen to deal with deep shade.

A different story today: the Frasers have gardened at Merricks for 14 years and you’d think that with former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser in his early eighties, his wife in her seventies, they would wish to retire. Far from it. “It’s very expensive to open the garden,” said Mrs Fraser candidly. “The first time we had to rebuild the bridge. This time following the wet winter, the paddocks used for parking were very pocked and we had to have them smoothed out.”

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Inside, when Mr Fraser has disappeared on men’s business, a camera magazine on the table reminds he is a keen photographer too. We talk through elements of gardening, colour, water, sound, and I remind Mrs Fraser of complaints about the ‘Nareen’ garden being ‘too green’ all those years ago.


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“We opened the garden to buses and a group came from Footscray, they were so disappointed. It was the end of autumn and little was out”, she recalled. The Frasers are hardly retiring types. They chose to live on the peninsula after considerable exploration she said, because “people here are doing things, elsewhere they seemed too retired”. I noted how agile Mr Fraser is for his age, bending to weed, to deal with Choc and Grizzle the dogs, moving easily. “He’s good isn’t he,” she agreed with clear pleasure. They play golf (at Flinders) Mr Fraser has a shed, home to his woodturning equipment, and he has a boat. On top of presidency of Open Gardens, Mrs Fraser has long supported Red Cross, which will benefit significantly from the popularity of the Fraser garden. She describes the garden design as “flagrantly amateur”, populated by “impetuous purchases and gifts from friends”, so is there a colour scheme? “No, and not a lot today, I cut everything back after Christmas to time with the opening days (February 16 and 17). There will be yellows and mauves beyond the rose garden, blue geraniums in front of the roses.” Mrs Fraser said she doesn’t design her garden for what other people think about colour or anything. “I don’t like structure in the garden, we have done our own thing.” She doesn’t like garden rooms but prefers the garden to lead where it will. The ‘Thurulgoona’ garden flows from sitting areas overlooking the property and valley to a smoke-hazed Western Port, around to the “cigar garden for family and friends with anti social habits”. Here too are Mr Fraser’s camellias. He is famous for breeding the registered C. japonica ‘Tamie Fraser’. Four years ago I asked Dame Elisabeth Murdoch if she still wanted to make changes to her garden, so asked Mrs Fraser that question. “There are always changes to make in a garden,” she replied. “We planted too closely. Fourteen years on there’s too much shade under the oak and some plants need to be shifted or thinned out.” And not everything worked at first. Significant earth works were undertaken to make the garden intimate and accessible. “The house was on a very steep slope and we wanted it to sit into the garden,” Mrs Fraser said. An experienced dozer operator moved earth from under the tennis court and around the shed. “I had collected seed from ‘Nareen’ of favourite plants and spread them when the top soil was replaced, but nothing came up, not one plant. The soil structure had been too disturbed,” she said showing early pictures of a red clay desert. (cont.) The Melbourne Preview

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The garden is watered from two picturesque lakes near the long drive, providing a grand entrance, slowed by ducky inhabitants basking in dust. When looking for the new home, Mrs Fraser said big trees were important as she loved the sound of wind through cypresses at ‘Nareen’. But there were none at what was to become ‘Thurulgoona’, so hundreds have been planted providing windbreak and windsong. They have help in the garden once a week, more often closer to open day. As president of the scheme, Mrs Fraser points out Australia’s is the second largest open garden scheme in the world, over the US. Britain where it all began, is the busiest. She loves the idea of people being able to wander round other peoples’ gardens. “And you learn so much from visitors”, she added. I asked about the property name, having found a reference to ‘Thurulgoona Station’ in Henry Lawson. “It was Malcolm’s great grandfather’s property (SW Qld) where he discovered the first artesian water in Australia,” Mrs Fraser replied. Thus ‘Thurulgoona’ will be open possibly for the last time on Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17. There will be stalls, light lunches, teas and wine tastings available. Free onsite parking. Entry $10. Entry is near the intersection of Stanleys and Merricks Road, enter from Merricks Road.

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THINK LATERALLY – CROSS SELLING Does your agent have a broad range of listings across a broad area and price range? If not, you are missing the opportunity to have qualified genuine buyers introduced by an active agent to your property off his or her other listings. When meeting people at other listings (at open homes or private inspections) that do not suit the buyer, your agent has the opportunity to take the time to understand what the buyer is looking for, and with the right range of listings can immediately introduce these potential buyers to other suitable options, possibly in another area that they are not currently looking in.

met the buyer at a property they looked at with him in Dromana. That property did not suit, but he took the time to understand what the buyer specifically wanted, what areas they would consider, and the budget they were working with. This resulted in a sale and a very positive outcome for both vendor and purchaser. Simply relying on enquiry from the internet, for sale boards and print advertising is not enough in the current market.

Steve Walsh (left) is actively satisfying buyers needs and obtaining some great results for very pleased vendors by operating in this manner.

An active agent that is representing a range of terrific homes and properties throughout the broader Mornington Peninsula, across a range of prices, will always achieve superior results, especially when conducting open homes on both Saturdays and Sundays so as to capture the most enquiry at the times when prospective buyers have the free time to get out and look at properties.

Most recently his sale at 58 Carnoustie Grove, Mornington demonstrated the above. Steve

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This unique property in Healesville is just 6 years old and built in a very sought after small residential development. The one acre allotment alone is valued at $400,000. With this in mind my data base had several buyers wanting to purchase within this estate and the proof is in the result of this property that sold in five days in October 2012 with multiple offers. The home itself is simply stunning throughout and has everything that opens and shuts. The vendors had designed the home to their taste but also built it knowing they would sell within 6 years and made it attractive for families large and small. The above asking-price sale result was inevitable as properties like this in Healesville are very hard to find. It was a pleasure to achieve such a great result for my vendors and they were over the moon with the way the sale of their biggest asset was managed!! The lucky new owners were also impressed and in fact employed me and one of my eview colleagues to sell their property in Lilydale. Stuart Aldridge – 0402 464 511

A POLISHED GEM IN THE VALLEY There is something magic about Healesville. A peaceful enclave in the Yarra Ranges, it is a town that feels frozen in time, where nature is always on your doorstep, and a peaceful lifestyle awaits. Just seven kilometres from the main street lies a rural property that is the epitome of a Healesville lifestyle. The forty acre property offers stunning views from all angles. Inside, the red hue of the spotted gum floors entice you to stay, and all the finishing touches you would expect are present.

Evaporative cooling keeps you cool in the summer, while ducted and wood-fired heating provides an inviting winter home. As well as a premium residence, attached to the main home is a fully selfcontained unit, ideal for parents of older children. The heated in-ground swimming pool and spa are the jewel in the crown of a property that offers huge sheds and workshops, water aplenty in the way of tank, bore and dam, brilliant fencing all around top quality pasture. To find out more about this property, call Stuart Aldridge on 0402 464 511

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ICONIC ROBIN BOYD HOME By Jonathan Chancellor An iconic Robin Boyd creation, the McClune courtyard home at Frankston South, has been listed for sale.

connecting rooms sheltered beneath a suspended roof with a central open square landscaped courtyard. More than $1 million is being tipped for the Marcus Road family home.

The sympathetically restored home is being marketed as an exceptional example of Boyd’s ability to blend clean structural lines, huge expanses of glass windows and zoned living to integrate perfectly with nature.

Built in the late 1960’s for teacher Ian McClune on land then abutting Sweetwater Creek, the property is one of 11 Robin Boyd-designed homes built on the Mornington Peninsula.

It’s set on a gently sloping 4,028 square metre Frankston South block in a natural bush setting.

It was briefly owned by Melbourne lawyer –and Boyd fan – Peter Mitrakas, who sold it to the Stowe family in 2009.

The marketing agent Janice Dunn at Eview Real Estate Partners Frankston is describing it as a number of

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A LEGACY OF DESIGN Robin Boyd CBE (1919-1971) was a renowned Victorian architect, author, critic, and public educator in the 50s and 60s, a leader in Melbourne’s Modern Architecture movement, a visionary in urban design and outspoken on the ‘Australian Identity’. He was a member of the talented Boyd family which, among others, included the novelist Martin Boyd and the painter Arthur Boyd. Acting as the cultural conscience of the nation, Boyd encouraged people to extend their thinking and expectations beyond ‘the known’ and ‘the given’. He urged people to reassess and innovate and, most importantly, he led by example. Robin Boyd was a public educator. He was passionate about good design and devoted his life to creating a wider public understanding of its benefits. He died in 1971, aged only fifty-two. The Melbourne Preview

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Meet some of our people Paul Organtzidis I 0431 646 115 I specialise in... Selling Residential property IRUPD[LPXPSURÀW I work anywhere from... The City of Casey. Aligning with Eview... The team attitude, family culture and the support systems in place allow me to really concentrate on my clients’ needs and getting their homes sold for the best possible result, every time. I love it! Favourite restaurant... Mum’s place. Tip for selling ... Go with your gut feeling. It’s usually always right!

Sam Bucca I 0412 755 544 I work anywhere from... Mornington Peninsula in particular Somerville, Seaford and Frankston.

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Career highlight... Achieving No. 1 selling agent at Eview.

I work anywhere in... the South Eastern Suburbs. Describe the area where you work ... The land of opportunity.

Eview has provided me... Team Culture, the opportunity to be my own Boss.

Aligning myself with Eview... Team focus, ethical professionalism and family values.

Tip for selling... Presentation, Area Research!

Career highlight... Achieving $86,000 over another agents estimate on a circa $500,000 home and seeing the tears of joy! You realise how much you have changed their life, I love it! Favourite activity/place in Melbourne... The movies, it’s the one time I turn my phone off for 2 hours and don’t check it.

My favourite activity... Going to the Footy.

Anastasia Arvanitakis I 0414 267 830 I work anywhere from... South Frankston to Mt Martha. I grew up in... Mornington during my primary years and Mt Eliza (Old Girls Toorak College) during my teenage years. My lifestyle...LVGHÀQLWHO\UHOD[HGDQGDP surrounded by beautiful green open spaces, and water, love it! Eview has provided me... with all the tools I need to achieve outstanding results for my clients, every time. My favourite activity... I love the food in Melbourne, is eating an activity?

Stuart Aldridge I 0414 267 830 I specialise in... Residential and Rural Sales and Auctioneer. I work in... Healesville and the Yarra Valley. I grew up in... Belgrave. My favourite architectural style... is earthy and rustic. Aligning with Eview... has allowed me to be in control of my future and there are endless opportunities. My tip for selling... is to employ an agent that gets results! Me.

Michael McClure I 0403 736 761 I work anywhere in... Frankston and surrounding Suburbs. I grew up in... Langwarrin/Frankston. Favourite activity/place in Melbourne... is AFL Football - MCG. Favourite restaurant... Flat Head Bar and Grill - Rosebud. My tip for selling... Prepare your home for sale before you go to the market. Page 14

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MEDIAN HOUSE PRICES DECEMBER 2012 QUARTER PROPERTY UPDATE *Indicates that less than 30 sales were recorded during the quarter

Suburb

Lower Quartile

CITY OF BAYSIDE BEAUMARIS* $795,000 BLACK ROCK* $836,250 BRIGHTON $1,247,750 BRIGHTON EAST $897,000 CHELTENHAM* $554,000 HAMPTON* $668,750 HAMPTON EAST* $668,750 HIGHETT $612,500 SANDRINGHAM* $978,750 SHIRE OF CARDINIA BEACONSFIELD* $446,250 COCKATOO* $285,700 EMERALD* $391,875 GEMBROOK* $440,000 PAKENHAM $306,000 CITY OF CASEY BERWICK $385,000 CRANBOURNE $295,000 CRANBOURNE EAST* $355,000 CRANBOURNE WEST* $271,000 DOVETON* $271,375 ENDEAVOUR HILLS $367,125 HALLAM* $318,000 HAMPTON PARK* $305,000 NARRE WARREN $341,500 NARRE WARREN SOUTH $373,625 PEARCEDALE* $420,000 CITY OF FRANKSTON CARRUM DOWNS* $305,000 FRANKSTON $306,250 FRANKSTON NORTH* $215,000 FRANKSTON SOUTH $412,500 LANGWARRIN $347,600 SANDHURST* $450,000 SEAFORD $360,625 SKYE* $346,250 CITY OF GLEN EIRA BENTLEIGH $724,000 BENTLEIGH EAST $587,500 CARNEGIE $691,375 CAULFIELD* $956,000 CAULFIELD NORTH* $956,000 CAULFIELD SOUTH* $760,250 ELSTERNWICK* $895,000 MCKINNON* $758,500 MURRUMBEENA* $720,000 ORMOND* $719,000 CITY OF GREATER DANDENONG DANDENONG* $343,500 DANDENONG NORTH* $343,500 KEYSBOROUGH* $410,300 LYNDHURST* $426,750 NOBLE PARK* $365,000 SPRINGVALE* $376,000 CITY OF KINGSTON ASPENDALE* $551,538 ASPENDALE GARDENS* $551,538 BONBEACH* $475,000 CARRUM* $305,000 CHELSEA* $440,000 CLAYTON SOUTH* $449,000 DINGLEY VILLAGE* $485,000 EDITHVALE* $553,000 MENTONE* $635,000 MOORABBIN* $580,000 MORDIALLOC* $590,000 PARKDALE* $646,250 CITY OF KNOX BAYSWATER* $393,125 BORONIA $380,000 FERNTREE GULLY $400,250 KNOXFIELD* $417,000 LYSTERFIELD* $556,500 ROWVILLE $490,000 SCORESBY* $426,000 THE BASIN* $415,000 UPPER FERNTREE GULLY* $365,000 WANTIRNA $470,000 WANTIRNA SOUTH $464,500

Dec-12 Median

Upper Quartile

Sep-12 Median

Dec-11 Median

Quarterly Annual Change Change

$910,000 $922,500 $1,750,000 $1,075,000 $600,000 $733,750 $733,750 $705,000 $1,090,000

$1,050,000 $982,250 $2,340,000 $1,300,000 $667,500 $833,500 $833,500 $825,000 $1,388,750

$929,000 $1,160,000 $1,645,000 $935,000 $620,000 $805,000 $805,000 $674,500 $1,070,000

$1,052,500 $1,192,500 $1,570,000 $1,151,500 $586,000 $722,000 $1,150,000

-2.00% -20.50% 6.40% 15.00% -3.20% -8.90% -8.90% 4.50% 1.90%

-13.50% -22.60% 11.50% -6.60% 2.40% -2.40% -5.20%

$497,500 $350,000 $440,000 $445,000 $335,000

$552,500 $390,000 $510,000 $590,000 $401,000

$515,000 $335,000 $410,000 $333,000

$510,000 $327,500 $560,000 $342,250

-3.40% 4.50% 7.30% 0.60%

-2.50% 6.90% -21.40% -2.10%

$451,500 $321,000 $387,500 $297,500 $286,500 $405,000 $359,800 $310,000 $382,500 $467,500 $435,000

$548,000 $390,000 $425,000 $315,500 $308,000 $440,000 $431,000 $337,500 $417,500 $515,000 $605,000

$450,000 $315,000 $368,500 $308,750 $309,600 $385,000 $299,500 $355,000 $390,000 -

$448,000 $312,000 $370,000 $310,000 $415,000 $392,500 $325,000 $365,000 $417,850 -

0.30% 1.90% 5.20% -3.60% -7.50% 5.20% 3.50% 7.70% 19.90% -

0.80% 2.90% 4.70% -4.00% -2.40% -8.30% -4.60% 4.80% 11.90% -

$331,000 $340,000 $238,500 $485,000 $399,950 $570,000 $414,000 $367,500

$375,000 $390,000 $263,750 $585,000 $566,200 $605,000 $468,750 $388,750

$338,750 $340,000 $253,000 $535,000 $371,500 $522,500 $370,000 $372,500

$333,000 $352,500 $252,000 $548,000 $393,750 $417,000 $382,750

-2.30% 0.00% -5.70% -9.30% 7.70% 9.10% 11.90% -1.30%

-0.60% -3.50% -5.40% -11.50% 1.60% -0.70% -4.00%

$800,500 $640,500 $819,000 $1,282,500 $1,282,500 $875,000 $1,100,000 $920,000 $750,000 $800,000

$929,250 $730,000 $899,963 $1,555,000 $1,555,000 $1,137,500 $1,539,500 $978,750 $801,250 $1,118,750

$794,000 $650,000 $747,000 $1,301,500 $1,301,500 $815,000 $1,050,500 $990,000 $688,000 $850,000

$767,500 $672,500 $800,000 $1,065,000 $1,065,000 $813,500 $1,214,000 $885,400 $820,000 $863,750

0.80% -1.50% 9.60% -1.50% -1.50% 7.40% 4.70% -7.10% 9.00% -5.90%

4.30% -4.80% 2.40% 20.40% 20.40% 7.60% -9.40% 3.90% -8.50% -7.40%

$381,800 $381,800 $430,000 $457,500 $375,000 $441,500

$420,500 $420,500 $575,000 $540,000 $444,750 $488,750

$391,400 $391,400 $429,000 $460,000 $381,000 $440,000

$380,000 $380,000 $428,000 $455,000 $388,088 $426,944

-2.50% -2.50% 0.20% -0.50% -1.60% 0.30%

0.50% 0.50% 0.50% 0.50% -3.40% 3.40%

$577,500 $577,500 $542,000 $331,000 $516,250 $468,500 $515,000 $565,000 $700,000 $635,000 $627,500 $707,500

$637,500 $637,500 $610,000 $375,000 $560,000 $478,750 $577,000 $693,000 $780,000 $700,000 $790,000 $796,750

$552,000 $552,000 $507,500 $338,750 $505,800 $525,000 $684,000 $687,500 $669,000 $760,000

$520,000 $520,000 $483,000 $333,000 $515,000 $482,500 $520,000 $540,000 $647,500 $635,000 $680,000 $750,000

4.60% 4.60% 6.80% -2.30% 2.10% -1.90% 2.30% -7.60% -6.20% -6.90%

11.10% 11.10% 12.20% -0.60% 0.20% -2.90% -1.00% 4.60% 8.10% 0.00% -7.70% -5.70%

$422,800 $431,000 $429,050 $443,000 $685,000 $528,000 $491,300 $491,500 $423,750 $500,000 $513,500

$465,563 $462,375 $478,125 $513,750 $760,000 $600,000 $520,000 $595,000 $470,250 $570,000 $585,375

$411,000 $430,000 $431,000 $486,100 $675,065 $547,750 $500,000 $520,000 $570,000

$430,750 $432,000 $424,000 $470,900 $582,500 $515,000 $455,000 $440,000 $405,000 $517,750 $544,500

2.90% 0.20% -0.50% -8.90% 1.50% -3.60% -1.70% -3.80% -9.90%

-1.80% -0.20% 1.20% -5.90% 17.60% 2.50% 8.00% 11.70% 4.60% -3.40% -5.70%

Suburb

Lower Quartile

CITY OF MANNINGHAM BULLEEN* $667,000 DONCASTER $650,000 DONCASTER EAST $650,000 DONVALE $605,000 TEMPLESTOWE $755,000 TEMPLESTOWE LOWER $623,250 WARRANDYTE* $620,375 CITY OF MAROONDAH BAYSWATER NORTH* $393,125 CROYDON $405,000 CROYDON HILLS* $573,129 CROYDON NORTH* $550,000 CROYDON SOUTH* $410,000 HEATHMONT* $467,250 RINGWOOD $420,375 RINGWOOD EAST $457,875 RINGWOOD NORTH* $530,000 WARRANWOOD* $657,525 CITY OF MONASH ASHWOOD* $610,000 CHADSTONE* $558,000 CLAYTON* $449,000 GLEN WAVERLEY $635,000 HUGHESDALE* $682,600 MOUNT WAVERLEY $645,000 MULGRAVE* $490,000 OAKLEIGH* $507,500 OAKLEIGH SOUTH* $507,500 WHEELERS HILL* $568,000 SHIRE OF MORNINGTON PENINSULA BITTERN* $587,500 BLAIRGOWRIE* $565,625 DROMANA* $399,250 HASTINGS* $243,250 MCCRAE* $480,000 MORNINGTON $410,000 MOUNT ELIZA $585,000 MOUNT MARTHA $495,000 PORTSEA* $774,750 ROSEBUD $337,000 ROSEBUD WEST* $294,500 RYE $387,500 SAFETY BEACH* $478,750 SOMERVILLE* $355,000 SORRENTO* $620,000 TOOTGAROOK* $349,250 CITY OF WHITEHORSE BLACKBURN $637,750 BLACKBURN NORTH $580,000 BLACKBURN SOUTH* $629,222 BOX HILL* $579,000 BOX HILL NORTH* $579,000 BOX HILL SOUTH* $660,500 BURWOOD* $532,000 BURWOOD EAST* $532,000 FOREST HILL* $552,500 MITCHAM $541,500 MONT ALBERT NORTH* $780,500 NUNAWADING $544,200 VERMONT $530,000 VERMONT SOUTH* $617,410 CITY OF WYNDHAM HOPPERS CROSSING $278,750 POINT COOK $398,000 TARNEIT $319,250 WERRIBEE $250,000 WYNDHAM VALE $295,000 SHIRE OF YARRA RANGES CHIRNSIDE PARK* $414,750 HEALESVILLE* $319,250 KILSYTH* $391,500 LILYDALE $395,750 MONTROSE* $394,000 MOOROOLBARK $386,500 MOUNT EVELYN* $365,000 SELBY* $325,000 WARBURTON* $267,500 WOORI YALLOCK* $334,500 YARRA JUNCTION* $240,000

Dec-12 Median

Upper Quartile

Sep-12 Median

Dec-11 Median

Quarterly Annual Change Change

$720,888 $708,000 $712,944 $698,000 $835,000 $685,750 $677,500

$795,000 $816,375 $785,625 $887,500 $1,119,000 $730,000 $1,005,000

$708,500 $715,250 $661,250 $718,000 $866,750 $658,000 $760,000

$625,000 $674,000 $700,000 $737,000 $858,000 $690,000 $682,500

1.70% -1.00% 7.80% -2.80% -3.70% 4.20% -10.90%

15.30% 5.00% 1.80% -5.30% -2.70% -0.60% -0.70%

$422,800 $448,000 $590,148 $615,000 $420,000 $533,875 $477,000 $495,000 $605,000 $707,500

$465,563 $540,000 $619,000 $685,000 $485,000 $583,500 $556,625 $588,750 $800,000 $796,750

$411,000 $448,750 $510,000 $486,250 $415,000 $542,500 $497,000 $537,500 $588,000 $655,000

$430,750 $430,550 $554,500 $449,500 $418,800 $495,000 $471,000 $482,000 $591,250 $662,500

2.90% -0.20% 15.70% 26.50% 1.20% -1.60% -4.00% -7.90% 2.90% 8.00%

-1.80% 4.10% 6.40% 36.80% 0.30% 7.90% 1.30% 2.70% 2.30% 6.80%

$682,000 $629,875 $468,500 $720,000 $737,500 $746,000 $520,000 $562,000 $562,000 $652,000

$795,000 $671,250 $478,750 $868,000 $800,675 $875,000 $550,515 $603,750 $603,750 $830,000

$651,250 $601,500 $765,000 $808,000 $665,000 $518,889 $545,000 $545,000 $675,250

$770,000 $611,000 $482,500 $742,944 $740,000 $740,500 $500,000 $600,000 $600,000 $575,000

4.70% 4.70% -5.90% -8.70% 12.20% 0.20% 3.10% 3.10% -3.40%

-11.40% 3.10% -2.90% -3.10% -0.30% 0.70% 4.00% -6.30% -6.30% 13.40%

$630,000 $645,500 $448,750 $352,500 $652,500 $507,500 $756,800 $585,000 $1,105,000 $376,250 $320,000 $430,000 $550,000 $412,000 $725,000 $373,250

$777,500 $786,250 $549,240 $396,250 $672,000 $620,000 $870,000 $770,000 $1,530,000 $449,000 $367,250 $498,000 $688,000 $545,000 $975,000 $493,500

$525,000 $456,500 $492,500 $475,500 $708,000 $572,500 $382,000 $380,000 $420,000 $600,100 $370,000 $712,500 $412,500

$470,000 $526,250 $338,500 $780,000 $500,000 $795,000 $599,500 $1,180,000 $390,000 $335,000 $410,000 $566,000 $380,000 $940,000 $367,500

23.00% -1.70% 32.50% 6.70% 6.90% 2.20% -1.50% -15.80% 2.40% -8.30% 11.40% 1.80% -9.50%

37.30% -14.70% 4.10% -16.30% 1.50% -4.80% -2.40% -6.40% -3.50% -4.50% 4.90% -2.80% 8.40% -22.90% 1.60%

$726,250 $610,000 $679,000 $632,500 $632,500 $719,944 $610,000 $610,000 $609,000 $580,000 $830,000 $575,000 $580,000 $675,000

$876,250 $647,000 $746,500 $757,500 $757,500 $822,250 $648,400 $648,400 $641,500 $653,000 $956,000 $658,500 $638,000 $801,750

$768,000 $576,000 $601,250 $651,000 $651,000 $720,000 $637,440 $637,440 $580,000 $600,000 $809,000 $560,625 $580,000 $610,000

$768,000 $580,000 $624,000 $612,750 $612,750 $825,000 $605,000 $605,000 $546,250 $580,000 $757,500 $585,000 $569,500 $655,000

-5.40% 5.90% 12.90% -2.80% -2.80% 0.00% -4.30% -4.30% 5.00% -3.30% 2.60% 2.60% 0.00% 10.70%

-5.40% 5.20% 8.80% 3.20% 3.20% -12.70% 0.80% 0.80% 11.50% 0.00% 9.60% -1.70% 1.80% 3.10%

$310,000 $435,000 $361,000 $280,000 $321,500

$346,000 $526,250 $403,625 $356,500 $348,225

$310,000 $440,000 $340,500 $300,000 $300,000

$330,250 $450,000 $349,000 $297,750 $305,000

0.00% -1.10% 6.00% -6.70% 7.20%

-6.10% -3.30% 3.40% -6.00% 5.40%

$450,000 $374,000 $470,000 $421,250 $446,000 $420,000 $422,000 $340,000 $300,000 $401,250 $345,000

$530,000 $578,750 $535,000 $451,625 $493,750 $457,001 $458,000 $392,000 $355,000 $575,000 $380,000

$430,000 $460,000 $411,000 $435,250 $427,000 $430,500 $399,900 $300,000 $320,000 -

$440,000 $420,500 $412,750 $512,000 $455,000 $420,000 $420,250 $310,000 $361,000

4.70% -18.70% 14.40% -3.20% 4.40% -2.40% 5.50% 0.00% 25.40% -

2.30% -11.10% 13.90% -17.70% -2.00% 0.00% 0.40% -3.20% -4.40%

Source: REIV. Copyright & Disclaimer. © 2012 The Real Estate Institute of Victoria Ltd. (REIV). All rights reserved. No reproduction, distribution, or transmission is permitted without the prior written permission of the REIV. In compiling information, the REIV has relied upon data supplied by third parties. The REIV uses recognised statistical techniques in compiling its data, and this data is checked for accuracy and questionable sales results are either verified with the selling agent or discarded. Because the REIV has relied upon data supplied by third parties, the REIV does not warrant the information?s accuracy or completeness. Subscribers specifically accept the information on as ?as is? basis. To the full extent allowed by law the REIV excludes liability in contract, tort or otherwise, for any loss or damage sustained by readers, or by any other person or body corporate arising from or in connection with the supply or use of the whole or any part of the information in this publication through any cause whatsoever and limits any liability it may have to the amount paid to REIV for the supply of such information.

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A RARE FIND IN THE CBD Rare Steak House, Little Collins St, is one of two restaurants located at opposite ends of Melbourne’s CBD, with the Little Collins venue coming into its sixth year of business, and the King St venue its fourth.

Both restaurants have an ever-increasing large number of regular customers, all of whom are well known to managers, staff, and quite often each other. “We are proud to provide an extremely high level of service to our guests, with some of our regulars not even needing to look at a menu or place an order” said Rare venue manager, Rochelle Honour. Rare specializes in providing consistently high quality meat, predominantly beef, with the menu featuring 17 different cuts including 3 Wagyu, and an Angus Pure range. Produce is sourced as locally as possible, and the meat is all proudly Australian. Pork ribs are also a strong focus point on the menu and have a loyal following; they are renowned for their extreme tenderness and the unique housemade marinade.

weekly specials.

They have a varied cocktail list which is updated seasonally and an extensive wine list which focuses primarily on Australian produced wine. It boasts an extensive selection of reds to compliment the meat and features more than a few of Australia’s flagship producers along with some smaller, more boutique wineries. The beer list strongly supports local breweries, along with a wide array of international and well known Australian producers. “Our policy at Rare is to cook everything fresh to order; as such we are very flexible with any special requirements our guests may have and can tailor most of our dishes to suit individual needs,” said Rochelle. “All in all our aim is to provide each and every person who dines with us quality, simple, well cooked food in a great atmosphere with top notch service, and to leave them with the feeling of a great experience which they can’t wait to repeat.”

The range of sauces are as sought after as the steaks – with some of them such as the Danish blue cheese having an almost cult like following. Menu staples such as the crispyfried onions, baked mushrooms with feta and boerewors are also hugely popular, the boerewors being a spiced South African beef sausage - a nod to the roots of Rare founder Saul Miller.

Rare - Lt Collins ll Street (Entrance Down McGraths Lane) 6/61 Little Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 p 03 9663 3373 e ltcollins@raresteakhouse.com.au

Some of the more recent additions to the menu are seafood dishes which include a fish of the day, Coffin Bay oysters and sizzling garlic prawns, all of which have proven to be a hit with regulars and new guests alike.

Rare - King Street

The Head Chef is Dutch born Pim Witte, who has been with Rare for 8 months and takes great pride in the quality, presentation, development and cooking of the extensive menu. He is also responsible for creating the

42-44 King Street Melbourne VIC 3000 p 03 9620 9888 e king@raresteakhouse.com.au

A TRULY UNIQUE RURAL LIFESTYLE An opportunity has arisen for the astute buyer to secure a unique Mount Martha residence.

tial to be used as a 6-12 person bed and breakfast, subject to approvals.

Set among 8 acres of tranquil landscaped grounds and natural bush land, this superb family residence is on offer for the first time in almost forty years.

It boasts quality interiors, with an open fireplace, rumpus, study and builders workshop.

In what is essentially a private estate, this is a lifestyle opportunity like no other. The breathtaking sweeping district views stretch to Mount Martha Cove, Red Hill and Arthurs Seat.

An orchard, dam, and country style appointments make it a perfect package. Simply put, it is an idyllic rural retreat in a highly convenient setting, just minutes to wineries, schools, village life, and beaches. For more information call Steve Walsh on 0407 789 877.

The property has further development poten-

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‘IF IT LIVES, WE WANT IT’ hare has been sent by the Zoological Society of London, and has been turned out, and is now breeding freely on Phillip Island.”

Melbourne Zoo was founded by the Zoological Society of Victoria in October 1857, prior to the zoo being established in its first location in Richmond. The society was renamed The Acclimatisation Society of Victoria in 1861 leading up to the Zoo opening in its current location in Royal Park.

Other birds introduced to beautify this new land or to entertain hunters included pheasants, partridges, grouse, quail, ducks, geese, swans, and pigeons.

The Acclimatisation Society of Victoria was founded by Edward Wilson (1813–1878), a former editor of The Argus newspaper. An avid collector, Wilson’s motto and vision for bringing plants and animals to Australia was simple; ‘if it lives, we want it’. The zoological gardens and Melbourne zoo were established primarily to find the species best suited to the Australian landscape and climate with the intention of then introducing them to the wild. Also there was the incentive to introduce species to combat problems currently being experienced by the new arrivals attempting to farm this hostile and different land. The Acclimation Society of Victoria’s grandiose statement in The Argus in 1864 that “The acclimation, or rather the introduction and assimilation to a

Above: Royal Park had a very open layout in 1862.

new set of conditions, of every good thing that the world contains, to a country so singularly adapted as Australia to a wide range of produce, seems about as legitimate an enterprise as can be conceived.” Animals introduced to Australia and analysed for their suitability included al-

Above: An eight hours procession entering to zoological gardens in 1864. Below: The opening of a new tiger enclosure in 1877. Right: A poster from 1893 showed a great variety of animals and displays.

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paca, llama, Angora goats, Cashmere goats and sheep. Not forgetting the “noble art” of hunting, the fallow deer, the Indian elk and the spotted axis deer were “turned loose at Wilsons Promontory”. To be regretted in the future, “The

Not all animals were imported for their looks, but many for their industry. In response to crippling caterpillar infestations on crops, the Acclamation Society held nothing back in their arsenal. Introduced to ward them off were blackbirds, skylarks, starlings, chaffinch, sparrows, the Java sparrow, the Chinese sparrow, the goldfinch, the greenfinch, the yellow hammer, the ortolan, the canary and the robin. Farmers subsequently complained that caterpillars were no longer a problem, but that birds were now devouring their crops. Ligurian bees were also introduced, and are now in sanctuaries on Kangaroo Island in South Australia and there was also discussion as to the introduc-


– THE EARLY DAYS OF THE MELBOURNE ZOO tion of ostriches which were reportedly en route in a French Man-of-war.

was in financial trouble and the public had lost interest.

There was no more noble cause than that pursued by the Acclimatisation Society of Victoria. They stated “In seeking to stock this country with new, useful, and beautiful things, to add to our national wealth, to suggest new forms for our colonial industries, to provide for manly sports, which will lead the Australian youth to seek their recreation on the river’s bank and mountain side, rather than in the café and casino: to surround every homestead, and the path of every wayfarer with new forms of interest and beauty, and to add new elements to the food of the entire people, the Acclamation Society conceive that they are engaged in a word sufficiently noble to secure the sympathies of every good man.”

The Zoo made changes in order to survive and expanded their role to include building a collection of animals for the amusement and instruction of the people of the colony. This new direction was driven by Albert Le Souef, appointed secretary of the Zoo in 1870 and then director in 1882.

In the 1860’s, the duties of the Acclimation Society and the Zoological society were merged and “in consequence of the increasing number of animals, and the unhealthiness of the original site of the Zoological gardens, an entirely new establishment has had to be formed at the Royal Park, involving a very heavy expenditure in fencing, planting, forming excavations for ponds, building a superintendents house, shelter sheds, pens etc”. The Royal Park site was developed during the 1860’s but by the late 1860’s it

As a result of this shift in ideology, by 1880, Melbourne Zoo’s animal collection included lions, tigers, a panther, deer and hoofed animals such as sheep and cows, which were exotic for the colony at the time. The Zoo purchased its first elephant, Ranee. Wallace was another loved arrival; the lion was famous for his love of classical gramophone music. It is said that he ‘listened attentively with a dreamy, far off look in his eyes’. By the mid 1890’s, attractions of the Zoo included elephant rides, an Australian fauna collection, lions, monkeys, bears, beautiful gardens and amusements for children. The zoo would continue on to present times diversifying its displays and its range of animals whilst its original aim of finding animals to fill Australia’s vast plains and mountains would become a thing of the past.

THE Visitor Map MELBOURNE ZOO

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Toilet Baby Changing

Water Recycling Plant

Accessible Toilet Peccaries

Food & Drink Kangaroos

First Aid

Leopard Lodge

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Wombats

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Giant Tortoises Lions

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Great Flight Aviary Zebras & Giraffes

Trail of the Elephants Small Cats

Bears

Pelicans

Australian Bush

Discovery Centre

Seals

Gorilla Rainforest

Wild Sea

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Growing Wild Penguins

Main Drive

Elephants Elephant Village Cafe & Conference Centre

Orang-utans

Lakeside Bistro, Plaza Take-away & Cafe

Pelicans Bugs & Butterflies

Reptile House

Rainforest Room Function Centre

Upfield train line 55 Tram

Carousel Park Tigers

Tree-top Apes & Monkeys

Japanese Garden

Otters

ATM

Giant Tortoises

Keeper Kids

Meerkats

Bike trail

Brush Turkey

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Mandrills

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Gorillas Wild Encounters Membership & Photo Sales

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HOROSCOPES - FEBRUARY Aries: (Mar 21 - Apr 20)

Cancer: (Jun 23 - Jul 23)

Libra: (Sep 24 - Oct 23)

Capricorn: (Dec 22 - Jan 20)

While February may not be a month of great passions, it will be a month of cheer and harmony.

You’ll be able to settle problems, big or small, with ease this month. Stay focused and persevere and nothing will stand in your way.

Communication with the person by your side is an important issue this month.

It will be a peaceful month, with no out-ofthe-ordinary events. Things will be weighed, evaluated and settled. For example, it’ll be appropriate for setting a financial strategy or for assigning tasks .

You will meet a new person who will interest you greatly and will receive news that will impact the sentimental side of you.

Decide to end a certain chapter in your life which will result in some emotional frustration.

There’s a top month in store for you in February, but it will be complicated.

Professionally, it will be hectic, and the next three of four months will see a run of success.

You will be filled with ambition and new initiatives will be launched. You’ll find it an easy task as other people will be around you that will make the process run smoothly.

February is a promising month as concerns investments and extra income (collaboration, scholarships, gifts, sponsorship, etc.).

Financially, things will go well this month. Decisions must be considered carefully, regardless of whether they relate to profession, money or your private life. Be careful when travelling this month, and be careful what you say. Remember, silence is golden!

You won’t be exactly in your top shape, especially in the first half of February It would be wise if you spared your strength and protected yourself. There will be a predisposition towards nervous tension, intellectual exhaustion and troubles related to trips. Ask and you will be given!

There may be a complications regarding health or the partner’s workplace. The problems seem to be solved with the help of family and/or money. February will mark the beginning of a very busy or hectic period, which will last until the middle of March. It’s good to know, so that you can make plans, because only planning and rigorous discipline will help you over these weeks. A warning signal is necessary here. In February there’s a rather high risk of exhaustion, sickness, accidents. Don’t expose yourself, avoid excesses and stimulants, lead an organized life! It’s not the right time to experiment with things at your cost. Have some rest and, when needed, go to the doctor without delay. Don’t take risks! Keep a thorough record of your papers and documents and make backup copies of all important documents!

This month will mark the beginning of a more difficult period of communication. Make sure you make yourself clearly understood and listen patiently to prevent possible confusion. There will be one big piece of good news coming your way this month! You’ll be quite busy, you’ll travel, initiate procedures, try to convince people, negotiate, etc. Be careful you don’t become exhausted. Make an extra effort to get the sleep you require to function at your best. Be kind to people around you. It will pay off ten–fold!

Aquarius: (Jan 21 - Feb 19)

Taurus: (Apr 21 - May 21)

Leo: (Jul 24 - Aug 23)

It is a romantic time for you, but you risk being hurt if you put too many feelings on show.

February will be a month full of promise! Hopes and dreams are there to be fulfilled.

Scorpio: (Oct 24 - Nov 22)

An interaction with someone you care deeply about will occur in public and leave you unsettled.

There will be accomplishment in store for you related to love, or at least a happy and delightful period, in which you’re on the same wavelength with a dear one. You’ll hopefully look towards the future together, you’ll make plans, and your initiatives will be carried out successfully.

While you will be hoping for a month of peace, there will be some particularly loud elements you will have to contend with.

A successful month! In February you’ll shine, stand out, receive praise for your talents, display leadership or organizing qualities. You might even reach a dais of honour, end up with a medal, a title, a degree, or receive public applause.

It is a time to be conservative in matters of money and love. Don’t be afraid to get involved in such matters, but know when to draw the line!

Generally speaking, it will be a month to promote yourself, in matters of the heart and work. Work on the brand of “you”!

Make the most of your talent and capacity to express yourself. If you have a creative profession or you want to highlight your potential, to promote your image, aptitudes and creations, you’ll have enough energy and creativity to do an excellent job.

It is a good month to begin exercising regularly, as it will ward of an illness that otherwise may come your way. It will leave you in great shape by the end of the month, and overflowing with energy and morale!

Therefore, you can expect success, praise, honors, prizes, the consolidation of your fame even a promotion, who knows. Your work will be appreciated and well rewarded financially. February will be generous, especially in the first part. Manage your money moderately though, because the coming weeks can bring along some misunderstandings, delays or unexpected expenses. Your mood could be oscillating also, with happy days and days with no mood for anything. Try to enjoy the small daily good things, go out more often, or listen to music. Set new objectives at the social or professional level!

Gemini: (May 22 - Jun 22) Relationships will be the focus of attention this month. Some disturbance can occur on account of the different objectives. You’ll set certain main aims in this period, while your partner will have other priorities. In addition to all this, there will be some anxiousness, haste and irritability. There is the possibility though for you to find ingenious solutions to solve problems. Stress will be your number one enemy in February. And too much stress can alter the physical equilibrium. You’ll have energy, but this won’t save you from diseases. You need an organized life, with no excesses and imprudence, rest and nervous relaxation. Plan important actions carefully!

Another advantage of February is that it ensures support and understanding from superiors, capable of helping you to reach your goals. If you happen to suffer from any chronic ailment, have your necessary medical check-ups done and follow doctor’s instructions exactly. Socialize as much as possible, make new friends!

Virgo: (Aug 24 - Sep 23) February will be an exciting month for you. Be aware of other Virgo people, as their reality may not be as they seem, and a self-destructive element may follow. January was a month of stress, but February will leave you more relaxed and happy with life. Be prepared to seize chances as some will come your way! February will be very active as regards contracts, collaboration, public relations and relationships with the others, generally speaking. It could be productive and could bring you useful contacts. Beware, though: it can also be marked by competition or conflicts.

Financially, things will look good. It is to be expected that extra income from side sources will appear, with an important gift or a benefit coming through other people. You’ll greatly need exercise, but beware, because there’s also the risk of accidents this month.

Sagittarius: (Nov 23 - Dec 21) New, unexpected and adventurous passions will come into your life. Get ready to meet them head on! It is not all rosy, though, as jealousy will be an issue and this may lead to arguments and misunderstandings. One thing is for certain, February won’t be a boring month for you! This month, there will be some profitable trips where you will meet nice people. Collaboration with these people will pay off over time.

Accurate information, well-thought strategy and good timing will favor success. And successful work draws money.

Information, reading and conversations can have a positive impact on health and physical shape.

Although hectic and stressful, the month of February doesn’t seem to pose problems. On the contrary!

There will be some risks when it comes to premises and family. Past misunderstandings may resurface that you thought were well in the past.

Express yourself clearly, listen carefully, avoid conflicts!

Financially, it is not the month to take risks. Don’t spend more on pleasures than you should, or you will regret it! February will be a month of joy, socialising and fun.

Pisces: (Feb 20 - Mar 20) February will mark the beginning of an important period for relationships. It will be a busy month, scattered with incidents, challenging and stressful from all points of view. Don’t make any final plans, because nothing is certain, but don’t leave things either, because they could get out of hand. Wisdom and patience will be the key to solving some lingering problems. Don’t take risks or resort to fights, just be calm and things will fall into place. Mail and trips will always be in the background, because at least a part of the interests will have to do with foreign countries or with long-distance collaboration. You are recommended to be very careful when driving and when handling sharp, hot or explosive objects. There’s a danger of accidents, infections, inflammations. Don’t rush, don’t expose yourself, don’t fight!

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Arthur Proios

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