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Peter Peard celebrates 20 years at the top


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elcome to an extra special edition of PRIMOLife. We're celebrating 20 years of the Peard Real Estate Group, and have given top billing to the man who started it all. Peter Peard has propelled his real estate group to the very top in two short decades - read all about his journey, and his hopes for the future. As befits such a celebratory edition, we've pulled out all the stops for some top stories, covering everything from encouraging getting kids into gardening thanks to Stephanie Alexander to an exclusive interview with a shining hip hop star, Illy. Thanks to the weather keeping us all rugged up to the max, it's probably time we all started planning a dream trip - and we've go that covered too. How about Naples in Italy? Join Mal Rogers as he goes in search of a mandolin in this beautiful city's backstreets. Or if you're feeling more adventurous, read all about a cruise aboard a traditional Indonesian sailboat, in search of Komodo's dragons. We've got a round-up of the latest TV shows thanks to Matt Mills's regular Couch Potato feature and Gill gets the best job of all: interviewing Ryan Reynolds and Selma Hayek for their new flick, The Hitman's Bodyguard. There's also property news, Insta inspiration for your interiors and advice on how to channel your instincts when it comes to business development. On top of all that we've got plenty of new property listings from the Peard Real Estate group. Here's to the next 20 years - congrats to the Peard Real Estate group from the Premium Publishers' team. Happy reading.

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contents AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017

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66 70 PROPERTY 8

Property News

Perth and WA’s vibrant

building landscape


Exteriors - Dulux


Homewares - every Dad has his day


Gardens - inspiring kids


Business Development


Cover story - the Peard Real Estate Group story


Biz - perfecting your business pitch


Peard Real Estate Listings


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LIFESTYLE 48 Primo Picks - all the best gigs & events 56 Bright Sparks 58 The Bookshelf 60 Couch Potato 62 People - WA's Kids Cancer Support Group 66 Eats - Poach Pear's success story 70 Sport - lacrosse stars 74 Adventures - ride the Munda Biddi trail 78 Drinks - local brewers making waves


58 a copy of The Legend from Bruce Rock



tickets to see Illy in Broome!



20 14 82 86 88 90 92 94 96 100 103 104

Citystay - The Richardson Hotel Beauty - Lip Lab's ace of base Mug Shot - Satchmo, North Perth Entertainment - Missy Higgins Next Big Thing - Verge Collection Entertainment - Illy comes to WA Travel - Komodo's dragons Travel - Naples 10 Things you didn't know . . . Lorde Home Truths - toothy tales

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Sun sets on Matisse Beach Club





carborough’s Matisse Beach Club will be closing its doors for good, according to a recent announcement. Matisse is one of numerous businesses to be affected by the heavy construction taking place along Scarborough beachfront as the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority carries out a major $100 million redevelopment scheme. As stated on Matisse’s website and social media: “From Monday July 3 there will be significant disruptions to our business with the entire closure of The Esplanade in front of Matisse as the MRA continues to redevelop the area. “Heavy construction will be taking place as a new road

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and pavement is being built; the esplanade area is planned to remain closed until the end of September. It is not viable for us to trade during this disruption.” According to the MRA, the Scarborough Master Plan outlines an exciting new vision for Scarborough and includes a range of foreshore improvements to create a contemporary, family-friendly, all-seasons destination, as well as a vision for facilitating private

Perth’s hottest venue i

chic cabanas • beach • cool

investment and development • cocktails of key sites across the entire project area. However, the lengthy redevelopments have resulted in significant losses to the local businesses - including Matisse Beach Club, which went on to announce its permanent closure. In the meantime, those remaining cafes and businesses are calling for the public to support them during such difficult trading conditions.



ew affordable housing developments, built in the heart of Rockingham are providing a haven for local residents. The Haven On The Park development consists of 32 properties – 28 apartments for seniors, families and couples on the social housing waiting list, as well as apartments for sale on the open market. This $9.3 million project, driven by community housing leader Access Housing, has been underway since 2015 and was officially opened by Housing Minister Peter Tinley in July.

“Haven On The Park is one of many exciting housing developments. It’s a great example of government and the community housing sector collaborating to deliver muchneeded social and affordable housing where it’s needed,” said Mr Tinley. Access Housing provides tenancy management services for the properties that they own and lease within Haven On The Park. It provides support services to assist social housing tenants sustain their tenancies. “Haven On The Park will improve the lives of prospective

tenants and drive positive social outcomes for the Rockingham community,” said Mr Tinley With the development consisting of 28 apartments and Haven Mews Townhouses being a group of four, three commercial premises remain to offer opportunities for business owners and provide additional jobs in the community. The Department of Communities (formerly the Housing Authority) retains four of the properties for public housing to support community members in need. “By working in partnership with community housing providers such as Access Housing, the McGowan Government will continue to provide new housing opportunities for those on lowto-moderate incomes,” said Mr Tinley.

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Golden days preserved


remantle’s West End has been permanently included in the State Register of Heritage Places to preserve its gold boom era buildings and maritime heritage. The precinct is said to embody the exuberance of the gold boom era when thriving as a port town and maintaining this for future generations will boost

tourism and create local jobs. The West End precinct is bounded by Market Street to the east, Collie Street and Marine Terrace to the south, and Little High Street to the west and includes both sides of Phillimore Street to the north. In total, the area includes 250 buildings and a space of 200,000sqm.

Heritage Minister David Templeman said: “The permanent inclusion of West End in the state register recognises the important story the precinct tells as a whole, and it will now benefit from the full protection of the law in perpetuity.” However, the listing does not explicitly prevent the area from being altered or developed. Changes can still be made as long as they maintain the integrity of the heritage site. Private owners are eligible to apply for a Heritage Council grant of up to $100,000 to help with

conservation works in the area. “Since the interim registration late last year, it is clear that being state registered does not impose a greater level of bureaucracy on development proposals. It simply means development needs to be sensitive to the heritage values of the precinct,” said Mr Templeman. “State heritage-listing will enhance the precinct’s appeal as a tourism destination, where visitors can immerse themselves in the sights and experiences of this historic area and contribute to its revitalisation.”

INSTA INSP0: @perthstyleco by HAYLEY RAPPA

WHEN IT COMES to discovering emerging interior design trends, inspiration is just a scroll away on Instagram. So, when we find swoonworthy interior design accounts, we just can’t keep it a secret. One of our favourites is


Perth Style Co. (@perthstyleco). Perth Style Co. is a premium real estate stylist company, specialising in strategic design concepts for properties just about to hit the market in Western Australia and their Instagram feed showcases their styling prowess.

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The talented team at Perth Style Co. has applied its design expertise to some show-stopping projects, including various properties listed with Peard Real Estate. Their sophisticated style is evident throughout their feed, which features luxe textures and some seriously gorgeous colour palettes. Although every picture tells a different story, whether it be moody bedroom décor, or light and bright, coastal living décor, they all have one thing in common - they ooze luxury. We are big fans of their stunning work here at PRIMOLife Magazine, so check them out on Instagram today.

Retail precinct revamped


he Underground at Allendale Square, Mirvac’s newly refurbished Perth CBD retail precinct, was officially opened on in July with a glamorous launch event. The refurbishment includes two spacious glass retail spaces erected along St Georges Terrace, with Perth’s iconic Mary Street Bakery taking this prime position for the location of their new café. New shops opening for the first time in Perth at Allendale Square include Soul Origin and Crafty Cuts, to commence trading later this year. Other new retailers opening in the 2,250sqm underground precinct include Authentic Bites Dumpling House, Mo Espresso, Social 77, Lee’s Kitchen, Freshii, Arirang, Chicken Rice Corner, Happy Nails, Timeless Beauty and Fabric Spa. Old favourites have also returned to the space including Lalla Rookh Bar and Eating House, Bellini Barber, Lunches Down Under and Zensaki.

Mirvac’s Group Executive of Office MPT Andrew Butler said: “The completion of the refurbishment at Allendale Square is a significant milestone, which showcases our commitment to Perth to provide an exceptional working environment and office precinct for tenants and the community now and into the future.” The entrance to the office building has been upgraded with a dramatic glass canopy designed by award-winning local architect, Christou Design Group. The Sherwood Court entrance has also been revamped by Christou Design Group to encourage traffic flow to and from the Swan River, Elizabeth Quay and Allendale Square. To mark the completion of these changes and launch in style, workers and visitors of the CBD were invited to enjoy lunchtime art activations and entertainment, including free smoked s’mores by Chicho

Gelato, giant Polka Dot pantry hot chocolates, posies by The Flower Run, special offers and the chance to win the Mary Street Bakery donut wall. “We invite everyone to experience the vibrant new retail hub and sample some of Perth’s favourite retailers. "As the only underground retail destination in the Perth

CBD, The Underground at Allendale Square offers a relaxed dining experience for workers and visitors to the CBD,” said Mr Butler. There are currently several premium leasing opportunities still available in the retail precinct. Enquiries can be made through Mirvac.

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nspired by the renewed interest in Brutalism combined with the influence of the geometric shapes of the Bauhaus period, Construct offers a minimalist look with a focus on natural materials, structure and form. Dulus colour expert Andrea LucenaOrr from Dulux says that the key paint colours including Reckless Grey, Tirau Double, Ahoy, Winter Terrace, Five Fingers Peninsula, Panda Pod, Concrete Effect and Copper Effect can make any space in the home feel modern and contemporary. “These colours are very diverse and can be used in most interior spaces. Being predominantly neutral, they are extremely accessible, from the lightest variation, Dulux Winter Terrace, a soft greige, right through


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to the darkest hue, Dulux Ahoy, which is an alluring deep blue,” says Andrea. While homeowners may not naturally gravitate to deeper colours, according to Andrea these neutral shades are easy to incorporate without overwhelming a space. Darker hues can create a dramatic backdrop to really highlight furnishings and accessories and truly make a statement. These deeper colours can also be balanced perfectly when paired with lighter schemes. With tactility being a key element in the winter palette, balancing textures and layering accessories will create a perfect scheme and add another dimension to the space. “Concrete is a multipurpose material that is no longer reserved just for floors or the outdoors,” says Andrea. Adding a Concrete Effect with its cool hue balances out warmer textiles while hints of Copper Effect can create a harmonious and welcoming space. “Incorporating textured surfaces such as Copper Effect adds further dimension and creates focal points in a predominantly minimalist colour space. This touch of copper is ideal for highlighting architectural details and can also be applied to home accessories,” says Andrea.

A somewhat understated colour palette, Construct allows homeowners to experiment with different neutral colour combinations paired with textures to add interest to a room. “The dark blues in this palette, such as Dulux Ahoy, contrast beautifully against a concrete surface whether this be an entire wall, a fireplace or an upcycled piece of furniture. It’s important to remember that these paint colours can be used on a lesser scale too, even the smallest changes can transform a room completely.

colour can be used in any space in the home. Tirau Double can be combined with brighter and deeper hues or, for a simple tonal effect, pair with crisp cool whites.

Five Fingers Peninsula

This mid-toned versatile colour is a muted blue with a greyish, cool undertone. It provides depth and can infuse a relaxed, soothing atmosphere into your space.

Winter Terrace

This elegant greige has a natural stone appearance and will introduce a sense of versatility into any space. Winter Terrace allows almost any colour to successfully shine when paired together and create the perfect haven for homeowners.

Concrete Effect


The refined, modern industrial effect of polished concrete is perfect for making a statement in the home whether it be on a living room wall or even a bedroom or home office.

Copper Effect

Introduce the beautiful luxurious warmth of copper with this Dulux Design Effect. This paint creates a sophisticated balance when paired with Construct’s blues, greys and Concrete Effect and provides a lively perspective to a predominantly cool palette.

Panda Pod

Reckless Grey

An underlying, slightly warm grey with a hint of a red undertone which can be used for main walls and living spaces, this is the perfect hue to create a beautiful contemporary space. Reckless Grey schemes well with many other colours such as darker greys and cooler whites.

Tirau Double

A soft grey with a silver undertone, this

This wonderfully neutral midbased grey is the perfect balance between a cool white and a dark charcoal. By combining deeper or brighter colours with Panda Pod, homeowners are able to bring a sense of harmony and poise to their space.


This deep and alluring blue is a great scheming choice to accompany spaces painted in a greige, cool white, metallic or Concrete Effect. Ahoy is fabulous in any living, bedroom or formal space and looks incredible when paired with natural elements such as timber and granite or composite stone.

TOP WINTER DECORATING TIPS Minimal styling can still have maximum effect. To achieve this, feature interesting bold shapes and a mix of materials such as concrete and metal to create your chic minimal space. Art is an important styling element in any home and the Construct trend uses it to reinforce the colour scheme, playing on shapes that draw inspiration from the influences of the Brutalism and Bauhaus movements. Use copper details for a luxurious, rich highlight to juxtapose Construct’s cool colour scheme. It’s okay to mix metal finishes such as silver, platinum and copper - just use a light hand when adding them to the space so they remain a feature finish that enhances but doesn’t take over. Layer minimal furniture choices with practical side tables, keep to the colour scheme and incorporate forms that work with the architectural style. Concrete and Copper Effect can be used on furniture details as well as walls to create unique bespoke pieces. Just make sure that if you are upcycling furniture such as a table that you add a glass top to safeguard the paint. PL

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HOMEwares |

Hayley Rappa

LEDlux Scanlon LED Table Lamp, $199, Beacon Lighting.


Carlton watch, $475, Melbourne Watch.


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Cross journal in midnight blue (medium), $34.95, Cross.


Small stainless steel fire pit, $385, Ansan Outdoor Furniture.

World's Greatest Dad mug, $12.99, Davis & Wadell.

Coast Vomo wash bags, $139, Coast New Zealand.

Chinchilla cushion, $35, Lorraine Lea. Coast leather cardholder, mahogany, $99, Coast New Zealand.

River (black) Hush Puppies, $189.95, Hush Puppies.

Ryobi One+ 18V cordless impact driver - skin only, $99, Bunnings Warehouse. Maverick 3-pce dad BBQ tool set in bag, $49.99, Maverick.

Supertool 9-drawer tool chest, $155, Bunnings Warehouse.

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Green sh oots



here is no shortage of adults who struggle with tending to a garden, or even keeping a small indoor succulent alive – so when is a good time to nurture those green fingers? The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation suggests the early primary school years is the ideal time to start cultivating such valuable skills and that students should carry on learning the ins and outs of garden and food education through to secondary years. The foundation provides the resources to do so with a collection of new books designed to accommodate each level of learning. Published in May of this year, Kitchen Garden Syllabus for Primary (Years F – 2) is the first of the foundation’s revolutionary new syllabus books. It includes everything you need to plan and run a successful kitchen garden program for the early primary years. The foundation has designed the new Garden Syllabus to inspire children to form positive food habits for life at an early age using fun, interactive and educational projects. It includes all the resources necessary to teach children how to develop the skills to grow fresh produce and cook healthy meals. Organised into eight themed sessions, the book covers all bases, from making a bug hotel to attract pollinators to their


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garden, to using their grown vegetables to create tasty okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes) and the sauce to match. Following up the release of Kitchen Garden Syllabus for Primary (Years F – 2), the foundation has since published two new books including Seasonal Food & Gardening for the Early Years: Book 2 and Kitchen Garden Education for the Secondary Years: Connecting to the Curriculum (Book 1), the first of its kind for secondary years. Like that for the primary years, Seasonal Food & Gardening for the Early Years includes a hands-on approach to learning the basics of growing produce and the skills to create fresh food. With this book, the children can learn to harvest sunflower seeds to make toasted seed muesli, to make bush tea and to grow bok choy from scraps.

Finally, Kitchen Garden Education for the Secondary Years: Connecting to the Curriculum offers a range of engaging and challenging learning tasks for Years 7 to 10. It’s organised into eight neat chapters according to the primary learning areas of the Australian curriculum to reinforce subject-specific learning with a kitchen or garden theme. In the arts, students learn to make ceramic apples and sushi plates; in English classes, they design a recipe template; and in health and physical education, students learn how to eat for health and wellbeing. In the humanities and social sciences learning area, students develop an irrigation plan and climate map; in languages, they translate kitchen garden words and terms and make bilingual signs; and in mathematics they learn how to run a stall at a farmers’ market. Science students learn how to identify and classify plants, and in technologies they investigate taste and recipe design. It’s all covered. Each book is designed to be usable and clear for both teachers and students, providing ingenious new resources that comply with the Australian Curriculum for classroom use. The foundation’s innovative approach to learning could be a groundbreaking method to developing successful, confident and independent young students and individuals. PL


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FINANCE Business Development

The intuitive entrepreneur



n modern business, it’s vital that owners not only make quicker decisions but stronger ones. By leveraging the power of your own intuition you can make effective decision-making much simpler and unlock the potential of your business. What is intuition? Intuition connects us to who we truly are. It includes heightened touch, sight, smell, taste, hearing and feeling. When shaking someone’s hand, you may get an instant feeling on whether you trust the person to do business with them or not. This is something you may be aware of some of the time, but what if you could tap into it all the time? How much time and money could you save? MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION AND HAVE THE COURAGE TO SEE IT THROUGH Access your intuition by using unconditional love (like the love a parent


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has for a child) and really feeling your heart. In business, we are constantly making decisions, consciously and unconsciously. As we become more conscious of ourselves and our decisions, we have the opportunity to make better decisions – decisions aligned with our heart.You will always do what is right by your child so now use that same feeling of love to what’s best for you and your organisation. Now, you can decide whether you sign a deal with a new client based on whether you feel a warm or heavy feeling in your heart. They might be a great fit financially but is this client going to be easy or hard to manage? Heart-based intuitive decisions are a game changer for your business and you must trust them. START WITH SMALL DECISIONS Someone may ask you to go to an evening business event.Your mind says you should

go because this colleague asked you, but your heart and body say you need to rest tonight.You decide to say ‘Thank you. I need a quiet night in’ and then you find out later that colleague cancels anyway. As you get more confidence and positive feedback from your decisions you can start using your heart-based intuition for bigger decisions. BE WILLING TO GET IT WRONG As you become mentally and emotionally clearer, your decisions will be more right than wrong, and much more often than ever before. It is about being brutally honest with yourself, your mind, emotions and your heart in any given moment. Be willing to allow all your decisions to be wrong and be blown away at how many right decisions you now make.

AS WE BECOME MORE CONSCIOUS OF OURSELVES AND OUR DECISIONS, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS – DECISIONS ALIGNED WITH OUR HEART. BECOME AWARE OF YOUR THOUGHTS, EMOTIONS AND BODY Take a moment. Scan your body for 20 or 30 seconds to a minute or two. Once you are able to calm your mind, this will release unsettling or stressful thoughts and emotions. It’s at this point that you can use your intuition. If you don’t wait until this point, you are not really accessing your intuition at all. If your mind and your

emotions are blocked, you are not able to make a clear and confident decision. MAKE IMPORTANT DECISIONS Sit comfortably, close your eyes, let go of your mind and emotions, and feel your heart. This is the time when you make your decision. It’s important to slow down in an ever-busy and fast world to make the most important decisions. The answer may not always be what our mind and ego want to hear, but it will be the truth for us and best for business. PL CRAIGH WILSON is an experienced business intuitive with 30 years’ experience. A soughtafter bestselling author, intuitive, mentor and international key note speaker, he offers smart, realistic and powerful transformational solutions to managers, business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders of Fortune 500 companies in over 44 countries around the world. Find out more about Craigh and his new book, Intuitive, at

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ounder and CEO, Peter Peard and his team at the Peard Real Estate Group have been helping Perth locals buy, sell, rent and lease property since opening their first office at the Hillarys Marina back in 1997. The company started out with a small office of three, driven by one man’s vision to change the real estate game. From the very start, Peter wanted to offer both clients and agents something better. Today, the company manages over 3,200 investment properties and sells $1.2 billion dollars’ worth of property a year with their 300-strong team. Peter’s decision to open Peard Real Estate came after 10 years in the industry, which saw him grow tired of looking at the


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same real estate business model. “I would watch principles run offices that were barely turning over a profit and walk away with nothing to show after 30 years of blood, sweat and tears,” he says from the group’s HQ in Subiaco. “At the other end, agents within those offices weren’t happy. They didn’t have the support they needed to succeed, resulting in a high turnover of staff. “I knew if I was going to open up my own company, I was going to do things a lot differently,” he says. Peter’s vision came to life with the opening of Peard Real Estate Hillarys, but the empire that followed has far exceeded his expectations and hopes. Today, the group is a powerhouse in WA,

boasting 12 office locations, with the official title of WA’s Top Office under their belt, a finance and settlements division as well as a corporate head office offering a complete support network. Peter says he’s maintained the same attitude from day one. “Our success is built on four key components: a unique structure, a solid administrative framework, premium marketing and a recruitment strategy focused on hiring only the best. “We’ve never compromised on these three core components and they have been imperative to our success and the premium service we can offer clients." It sounds like a simple strategy but in the cut-throat real estate business, it’s a

IMPRESSIVE Peard Real Estate Hillarys -WA's Top Office. Below, Butler Display Gallery.

testament to Peard’s approach to business that many agents and licensees are longterm members of the group. The company’s dedicated support team ensures that agents can focus on selling property and looking after their clients’ needs instead of being bogged down with paperwork. “If agents are supported, they are going to be more efficient and provide a better service to clients,” says Peter. “After all, it’s this premium service that makes our valued clients return and keep


Last Year’s Stats

• 3,200 rentals managed • 2,133 properties sold ($6.5 billion value)

• Top Office by Listings Sold – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 • Top office by Value Sold - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS AWARDS Marketing Excellence 2014, 2016, 2017 Business Excellence 2017 Service Excellence 2015 Haman Resource Management 2015 Brand Excellence Innovation 2014 Community Contribution 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 Employer of Choice 2012, 2014

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our business growing, no matter what the background market seems to be dictating. “Our ability to provide excellent support to our agents plays a major part in our retention rate. Many of our employees have been with us from the very beginning.” Naturally, every business owner hopes their company will be a success but few achieve exactly what they set out to do. For Peter it was about coming up with the right strategy and everything else would fall into place. “Sometimes I can’t believe how far we’ve come, to be honest. It’s an amazing feeling to see what myself and my incredible team have achieved in 20 years,” he says. “There was an element of doubt when we started out. We were flipping the business model on its head, and for the first few years, it was like steering a ship through fog, not knowing if it was going to crash. “The fog cleared eventually with our success and it became apparent that we had the right idea. “And that’s what it’s all about - taking those big risks and adapting to the times. “I saw the need to change the model twenty years ago and today, with the 'Uberisation' of business, I see the need to flip it again to stay ahead of the curve.”

Peard Real Estate Mindarie Opens

1997 FIRST OFFICE Peard Real Estate Hillarys opens 3 employees


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Peard Group formed Over 160 employees

Evolution Loans established

2003 Peard Real Estate Joondalup opens 40 employees




Evolution Settlements established 80 employees

A closer look at the Peard Group A MODEL FOR SUCCESS Peard Real Estate offices are not franchised. This means that clients benefit from all the services of a large company, but with the personalised service of a boutique agency. Processes are streamlined and clients receive the same premium level of service from whichever Peard Real Estate office they choose. The Corporate Operations' office provides centralised marketing, accounts and human resources support to each branch office, allowing agents to focus on what they do best – selling real estate.

A FOCUS ON SERVICE Offering finance and settlement services means clients needn’t go elsewhere for all their real estate needs. Whether they are looking to rent, buy, sell, or lease their property or are in need of finance and settlement services, everything is available under one roof. Streamlined processes across the group mean that clients receive a consistent premium service, whether they choose to sell with Peard Real Estate Mindarie in the north or Peard Real Estate Rockingham in the south. The policy for the group has always been quality over quantity. The company is careful with its growth, and although this has been an important factor in their longevity, a focus on ensuring each existing office does well has been the priority.

A PREMIUM BRAND The brand was developed from a simple premise: taking a professional approach to marketing and sales. The company’s marketing professionals are experts in their fields and committed to producing quality marketing materials and building brand awareness. The group focuses on innovative concepts that are split into premium property advertising and a corporate marketing arm, using digital platforms, social media, the company’s very own lifestyle magazine and large sponsorship deals. The group is one of the only real estate businesses spending big on corporate marketing, a factor which has been instrumental in the company’s success and image in the community.

Peard Real Estate Mandurah opens

2008 Peard Real Estate Scarborough and Rockingham opens


WA’S TOP OFFICE Peard Real Estate Hillarys has been awarded the exclusive title of Top Office in WA by REIWA for six consecutive years. It was the first Peard Real Estate office to open its doors in early 1998 and was located in Whitfords Beach. In late 1999, the new doors opened at the unbeatable Hillarys Boat Harbour, Sorrento Quay. With an estimated five million visitors each yea, including a growing number of overseas tourists, there’s no better place to display your property than in one of the best located real estate office in WA. All Peard Real Estate listings are displayed at the Hillarys office, meaning no WA clients miss out on the opportunity to showcase their home in a prime location. PL

Peard Real Estate Victoria Park opens Peard Financial Planning launched

Peard Real Estate Swan Valley opens Over 240 employees

2012 Peard Real Estate Canning Vale and Leederville opens 217 employees




Evolution Loans rebrands to Peard Finance Corporate Operations and moves to new headquarters in Subiaco. Peard Career Centre opens Peard Real Estate Karratha City opens Over 300 employees

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ow many times have you presented to an audience who have sat through your presentation scrolling through their iPhone, bored out of their brain, completely disengaged? Most of us, especially managers, are time poor. So we dig up old presentations and update dates and numbers, rather than taking a step back and thinking about what we are trying to achieve at the end of the presentation. The result? Presentation slides that are


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text-heavy, dense, confusing, distracting and misleading. Our most important and urgent messages stay trapped; hidden behind seriously bad-designed slides and long complex paragraphs of information. These messages could have made a difference in the world – secured buy-in from your team on a new vision or built awareness around a new product – but they go unheard, unseen, and not understood.

Finding time to research, write, design and rehearse is a constant challenge. But you must invest the time and energy into planning a powerful presentation if you want your audience to invest their time and energy in you. Here’s how. IDENTIFY YOUR OBJECTIVE Are you trying to educate your audience, sell them an idea or communicate the latest results or strategy? It is incredible how many

remembered. So when it comes content, it’s vital to have clarity around your main message, a soundbite that gets repeated again and again. Ask yourself: What is the one thing you want your audience to remember when the lights go down? Think of it as a bumper sticker message that you repeat throughout the presentation to ensure your audience remembers why they are there and what the key take-home message is. CONNECT THROUGH EMOTION There is no more B2B or B2C in today’s communication landscape. All this has done is create unnatural, overcomplicated messages and solutions. What the world needs today, what your customers, clients and stakeholders are crying out for is H2H – from human to human, a natural connection through compelling visuals and emotional stories. Our decisions – whether we buy or buy-in to something – are influenced by our emotions. So make your audience feel something. Use images to create sadness, excitement, inspiration or even anger if it’s appropriate to your cause. Use visuals to support your words Your slides are there to support what you are saying as a speaker – they are not a teleprompt. Your visuals are aids to help your audience understand what you are saying. Use icons to summarise main points and

presenters can not clearly articulate their reason for presenting – what they want their audience to do or feel after watching their presentation. When you have a clear objective then you can measure the success of your presentation. Why are you there and, just as importantly, what’s in it for your audience?

infographics to show key bits of data. This is how you make the material useful, easy to read and understand, as well as providing clear actionable insights that add value and impact for shareholders and stakeholders. CUT THE CR@P What gets left out of your presentation is more important than what goes in. Cut out all the clutter from your presentation to present clear and consistent messages. Some companies are clearly better than others at this. Many believe that sharing everything and blinding their audience with numbers, bullet points and information is the best way to be transparent and open – that couldn’t be further from the truth. This will only put the people you are trying to engage off, and make them lose interest faster. PREPARE TO PRESENT Preparing a presentation also involves preparing to present it. Practice your presentation out loud, not just in your head. This will give you an accurate idea of timing. Let your personality and passion shine, give the audience more than a report. Don’t try and memorise the script. Be prepared to deliver on the spot with no speaker notes, just a clear consistent message and idea of what you want your audience to do at the end. PL

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Bond business



hen taking on a residential tenancy, typically the owner requires the tenant to pay a security bond upfront which equates to about four weeks rent. The purpose of the bond is to provide the owner with an opportunity to mitigate any losses, should they be incurred by the tenant. These losses may include damage to the property (inside and out) or the non-payment of rent. THE GOVERNMENT BOND ADMINISTRATOR The bond is not kept by the owner or managing agent, instead it is paid to the Government Bond Administrator, which is a specific Government managed trust account. Landlords and property managers who fail to comply with this provision, and pay the bond into the Government managed trust, face severe penalties. A recent example of this resulted in the owner of selfmanaged rental properties being fined $24,000 for the misuse of bond monies.


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GETTING YOUR BOND MONEY BACK Typically, tenants receive their bond money back at the end of the tenancy, once the managing agent has inspected the property to ensure it is in the same condition as at the commencement of the lease (taking into account fair wear and tear). The state of the property is checked against the Property Condition Report (PCR) - a mandatory document required to be completed at the start of a new tenancy. The completed PCR is agreed to and signed by the landlord (or the managing agent on their behalf) and tenant at the commencement of the lease. BOND DISPUTES Sometimes, an outgoing tenant’s view of what constitutes ‘fair’ depreciation differs to that of the owner’s, which can lead to a disagreement over how the bond is disbursed. If a bond inspection reveals the tenant failed to, for example, clean the oven or mow the grass, the tenant should be given the opportunity to correct this. Sometimes, the tenant will leave these smaller tasks to the owner and give permission for the costs of

rectifying them to be deducted from their bond. Occasionally however, an agreement cannot be reached and the manner in which the bond is disbursed remains in dispute. In these situations, the PCR is relied upon to determine whether, for example, the carpet was stained during the term of the tenancy. It may have been stained prior, but if not noted in the PCR, it is difficult for the tenant to disprove responsibility. In the event of an unresolved dispute, the courts will ultimately decide the allocation of bond monies. It is important tenants ensure the PCR is accurate at the commencement of the lease. Make sure you agree with each item listed in the PCR and bring any items you think may have been overlooked to the attention of your property manager. If you make every effort to return the property to the owner in the best possible manner at the end of the tenancy, you are in a good position to have your bond refunded in full. PL For more information about rental bonds, view the Department of Commerce bonds page or speak with your REIWA property manager.

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FOR SALE Balcatta 354b Main Street

$449,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Balcatta 9 Felton Street

$545,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Balga 17A-C Sneddon Place

From $325,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Banksia Grove 15 Grandis Boulevard

$349,000- $369,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2 28

Super Value For something completely different this renovated double storey duplex half boasts 3 bedrooms, study, 1.5 bathrooms, heaps of storage cupboards and double garage all on a large 452sqm parcel of land. An opportunity not to be missed. CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL

Balcatta 4b Boyce Road

$449,000 - $469,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Offering three bedrooms with separate lounge room with in wall air conditioner, bright kitchen/meals area, large main bedroom with built in robes, second and third bedrooms are good sized. Generous 728sqm block Double brick workshop with power connected Bore reticulated gardens CONTACT Shaun Pettit

Baldivis 96 Kendall Boulevard

You choose from three newly built, beautifully finished units for sale at the same time that are close to schools, transport and parks situated in a quiet cul-de-sac. All three units feature 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 lock up garage, a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, air-conditioning, gas bayonets, built in robes and a paved patio area. Be quick as these low maintenance beautifully finished homes won’t last!

Balga 6B Olney Court

PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL

CONTACT Rodney Vines PHONE 0417 917 640 EMAIL

This well-located 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is larger than the average cottage block, & would make a fantastic family home. Its immaculately presented & ready for you to move straight into plus, theres absolutely no ongoing maintenance. The home boasts Astroturf & paving, with all the lawn you could need directly across the road. CONTACT Ben Hanson PHONE 0402 785 410 EMAIL

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$439,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $299,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Banksia Grove 5 Harbour Elbow

From $429,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Set in a quiet group of three and providing generous open plan living space with glorious bamboo flooring and a gas point. Great kitchen with pantry, dishwasher, gas cook top, and oodles of cupboard space,built in robes to all bedrooms, main bedroom with ensuite. Low strata levies. CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL

Look at all the other house for sale in Baldivis THEN contact me for a viewing of this immaculately presented 4b/r home featuring manicured gardens AND SIDE ACCESS for caravan, boat etc. This is a ONE OFF opportunity to buy a PRISTINELY PRESENTED HOME in popular Settlers Hill location central to schools, sporting grounds, shops, medical facilities etc. CONTACT David Lomax PHONE 0409 084 940 EMAIL

3x2 in whisper quiet cul-de-sac location with ducted a/c, quality tiling and finishing to bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen with high gloss cabinets. Double garage with storage, fully landscaped garden with reticulation, undercover alfresco with garden beds. CONTACT Ray D'Costa PHONE 0403 165 936 EMAIL

4x2 family home with enormous outdoor patio entertaining area. The front yard has also been enclosed to provide a safe and secure extra living space perfect for entertaining and relaxing. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac location opposite acreage lots thus providing a family friendly street location with lovely bushland outlook. CONTACT Ben Hanson PHONE 0402 785 410 EMAIL

FOR SALE Banksia Grove 21 Botanic Avenue

Offers Over $479,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This low maintenance surprisingly spacious home has all the extras to make it a very nice acquisition.The beautifully presented 4 bed 2 bath home is a must see & is sure to impress. Set comfortably on an easy care block with stunning landscaped gardens, overlooking a manicured park with streams & covered seating. Conveniently located close to schools & shops. CONTACT Esmari Bradley PHONE 0422 279 396 EMAIL

Beechboro 27 Barlee Way

$480,000 - $520,000 bed 6 bath 1 car 3

Bull Creek 1 Pearson Crescent

$1,280,000 Bindoon 811 Bindoon Moora Road OPEN TO OFFERS

bed 6 bath 3 car 2

New to the market is this fantastic large family home, comprised of six bedrooms, large central bathroom, new open plan kitchen & dining, separate Laundry, 2 separate living areas and formal dining. Sliding doors from the 2nd living area lead you out to the landscaped rear garden with large undercover alfresco area for year round entertainment. With off street parking behind a secure high wall for your Boat, Caravan or Truck a large 3-car garage with plenty of built in shelving and storage and drive through access to the CONTACT David Hofler rear workshop this property is PHONE 0418 923 857 sure to please. EMAIL

Every now and then you come across a home that surprises you with it's understated quality, character and effervescing with charm and enviable lifestyle. An exceptionally beautiful two storey home built on a 691 sqm block with generous living areas to accommodate a large family and to include large powered workshop with side access. This very rare unique six bedroom, CONTACT Karen Lloyd three bathroom home awaits PHONE 0421 614 447 you. EMAIL

bed 4 bath 1 car 2

MAD DOG RUN Mad Dog Run is located 13 kms from Bindoon & 24 kms from Gingin & is a unique property offering a rural lifestyle only 90 minutes to Perth. This 36 acre has a timber framed cottage with an open plan kitchen/dining, slow combustion stove, polished jarrah floors & lounge room with sunken conversation pit.

Samantha Hill 0407 666 905

Butler 12A Baldwin Link

$339,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Located in the beautiful Green Estate of Butler this Butler 3x2 home comes to you on a 476sqm block and 21 Tobermory Crescent immaculate has all the elements of the modern lifestyle. Overlooking a

Butler 21/2 Royston Link

bed 3 bath 2 car 2

bed 2 bath 1 car 1

From $399,000

park which is straight across the road is perfect for friends, family and even the kids to run around and play on. Local schools, shops and the eventual pools are all within minutes of this property. CONTACT Jackson Hamlin PHONE 0438 500 318 EMAIL

From $279,000

This immaculate Butler property with modern interiors, sizeable proportions and a desirable aspect set on an easy care block combine to create this well-appointed home. This light filled property boasts a superb Location only moments from all the amenities of Butler and local transport. CONTACT Kim Riley PHONE 0449 781 685 EMAIL

A compact urban apartment, well designed around coastal living and great shopping and transport links. A fantastic floor plan with the feeling of openness that continues through to the outdoor balcony making it a great space for entertaining friends and family. CONTACT Paul Turner PHONE 0400 072 005 EMAIL August/September 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE If you're thinking of building stop right there.. this fantastic Byford is like brand new. Freshly painted throughout, plush 45 Sansimeon Boulevard home carpets and freshly laid gardens.

Canning Vale 122 Canna Drive

bed 3 bath 2 car 2

bed 3 bath 2 car 2


Canning Vale 16 Hockley Loop

From $595,000

3 great sized bedrooms with large triple robe in the master, 2 bathrooms, well designed kitchen with plenty of cupboards and bench space, large living and dining area, reverse cycle air conditioning, good CONTACT Julie Read sized alfresco overlooking PHONE 0422 495 665 large garden EMAIL

Offers Invited

Located opposite to Famous Campbell Primary School on a large 624sqm block, this family home offers a lot, with great amenities nearby including day care, beautiful parklands, shopping centres and restaurants to name a few.

Canning Vale 20 Parnell Way

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Canning Vale 47 Draycott Loop

Offers bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Carramar 28 Balladong Loop

$399,000 - $439,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 30

CONTACT PK (Pankaj Kapur) PHONE 0424 194 509 EMAIL

This is an extraordinary opportunity to make this your new family home, situated on massive 870sqm, walking distance to famous Ranford Primary School, this enchanting 4 bedroom 2 bathroom family home is packed with superb features. CONTACT PK (Pankaj Kapur) PHONE 0424 194 509 EMAIL

Opportunity is screaming at you here and with some TLC and a few weekends of hard work you can transform this great size family home into a showpiece. Features a huge formal lounge and dining room, kitchen overlooking backyard, open plan family and games room leading to alfresco and big backyard, a garden shed and air conditioning to lounge area. Land area 603 sqm (approx.) CONTACT Maggie Pawlik PHONE 0438 876 727 EMAIL

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From $579,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Carine 12 Guinevere Way

From $799,000 bed 5 bath 3 car 2

Carramar 41 Kirkimbie Street

From $550,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Breathtaking 2012 build, immaculate family home located in famous Caladenia Primary School Zone with splendid architectural design features, extremely spacious rooms which includes two large living areas, decent size kitchen, double garage with ample parking up to five cars, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms on a 330sqm Green Title Block! CONTACT PK (Pankaj Kapur) PHONE 0424 194 509 EMAIL

With flawless magazine style presentation this beautiful home is the epitome of easy care and low maintenance living in an ultra convenient location. Built in 2010 on a 456sqm block with a living area of approximately 191sqm is situated in Glenariff Estate close to shopping centres, parklands, transport and all that Canning Vale has to offer. CONTACT Karen Lloyd PHONE 0421 614 447 EMAIL

This sparkling residence features open plan design entertaining areas both inside and out and is set on a HUGE 911sqm (approx.) block. Featuring modern fittings throughout, the formal entry that opens up to the cathedral ceilings in the lounge, a games room with bar and pool deck and a large open plan kitchen / meals area. This home also features a 3KW solar system, ducted evaporative air-conditioning plus 3 split-systems, a monitored alarm system & reticulated gardens. CONTACT Karen Riches PHONE 0408646651 EMAIL

Light & bright decor throughout. 4 spacious brms all with built in robes, 2 modern bathrooms, sep lounge/theatre room, stunning open plan living areas with a large modern kitchen overlooking the casual meals and vast family living areas which lead out through beautiful Bifold doors to a fantastic outdoor space with extensive paving & an awesome Bali gazebo. CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

FOR SALE This 4 bed, 2 bath family home has been freshly painted Clarkson and is ready for you to just move in, unpack and 31 Walyunga Boulevard throughout relax. Close to the high school, shops and parks and only

Connolly 9 Pine Valley Pass

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

bed 5 bath 3 car 4

From $379,000

Cooloongup 124 Willmott Drive

$290,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Doubleview 129B Ravenscar Street

$629,000 - $659,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Doubleview 246 Huntriss Road

From $899,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

minutes away from the new Freeway extension makes this a perfect location for the whole family. CONTACT Lisa Furnell PHONE 0424 653 336 EMAIL

From $1,450,000

3 Level, 610 square meters of prestige residence. Looking out over the Joondalup Resort Country Club Golf Course, the grand faรงade and portico invitingly draws you into the huge open lobby reception area. The backyard has an alfresco dinning entertaining and barbecue area with beautiful Cedar lined ceilings, all of which overlook terraced gardens and a big sparkling below ground pool. The property also has ducted Air Conditioning Valet Vacuum and Audio-Intercom. CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

This property is in a very good central location. Close to primary schools, hospital, parks and 3 minutes from large shopping centres. The kitchen has plenty of cupboard and bench space, which overlooks dining and family room, with split reverse split system air conditioner. This is a great size 700m2 block. With bore and reticulation, great side access to be able to park CONTACT Vandy Hall a caravan or boat. PHONE 0424 937 034

Darch 36 Tissington Drive

Its all here with this 4 bedroom 2 bathroom single level home, with all the features and in a fantastic and private north Doubleview parkland location. Property has been meticulously kept and features some very unique extras only seen in properties that are built with love. A must see. Call Adam to inspect today.

Better be quick with this upmarket home which has been Doubleview designed with nothing but absolute style and 170c Flamborough Street architecturally class in mind The property combines spacious living areas, an


CONTACT Adam Mannino PHONE 0411 962 383 EMAIL

Spacious open plan living in this elegant family home on a huge R40 Zoned, 946 sqm sub-dividable block. The open plan family, dining and gourmet kitchen open onto the outdoor entertaining and garden with saltwater pool. Double garage with additional parking for 3 cars and room for a boat / caravan. Extras include ducted air-conditioning, NBN (fibre to the exchange for extra fast internet speeds), a garden shed, reticulated gardens and jarrah floorboards. CONTACT Juliet Wills PHONE 0411 782 808 EMAIL

$699,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $689,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Doubleview 90 Moorland Street

From $599,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

This perfect home has so much to offer, from the stylish interior with high quality finishes, to a modern low maintenance living. Beautiful presented home with over 300 square meters of living space is everything you could wish for. Located in a quiet street with only a skip, hop and jump to all amenities. CONTACT Maria Bridgeman PHONE 0409 033 701 EMAIL

attractive design and excellent build quality to create an impressive home in a fantastic Doubleview location. It has been completed to a high standard which will nothing but impress. CONTACT Adam Mannino PHONE 0411 962 383 EMAIL

Better be quick with this 3 bedroom street front and free standing single level home, with all the features and in a fantastic and private north Doubleview location. Property has been meticulously kept, beautifully renovated, and is a must see. Its lock up and leave, and the perfect investment. Call Adam to inspect today. CONTACT Adam Mannino PHONE 0411 962 383 EMAIL August/September 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Duncraig 22 Scaddan Street

$889,000 - $929,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

Duncraig 28 Wanbrow Way

From $699,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 1

Duncraig 42 Granadilla Street

$729,000 - $769,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

East Victoria Park 22A Canterbury Terrace

From $899,000 bed 7 bath 4 car 2 32

Located in beautiful Carine Glades precinct dotted with trees and parks, this home boasts a small park right at its doorstep. Newly re-zoned R40 area so sub-division & downsizing is possible. Tastefully extended and renovated, this home offers a separate kids’ wing with its own large living area, a fabulous kitchen for the family chef and a spacious backyard with a pool for the whole family. Extras include ducted reverse cycle air-conditioning and easy maintenance yards. CONTACT Namita Mehra PHONE 0409 920 737 EMAIL

Duncraig 24 Truslove Way

Check out this perfectly positioned family home! This spacious and stylish family home is set on 847sqm in a quiet loop road. The gorgeous open plan kitchen has a huge Caesar stone island bench, with Marri floorboards, big windows & doors throughout. Outside is a pitched pergola, pretty garden with bore reticulation & a powered workshop.

Duncraig 2B Gidgee Place

CONTACT Frances Goncalves PHONE 0414 136 151 EMAIL

From $875,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $725,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This home features a spacious formal lounge, separate dining area, good sized kitchen and large open plan family room. Elegant timber floor boards grace the formal living areas. The huge outdoor pitched patio is complete with outdoor cooking facilities. The large backyard is perfect for the kids and pets to run amuck (or add a pool in!). Ducted evaporative air conditioning runs throughout with the bonus of 2 additional reverse cycle split systems. CONTACT Namita Mehra PHONE 0409 920 737 EMAIL

East Perth 37/43 Wickham Street

So many options...Do you have an extended or blended family and need a larger than usual home ? If you need a larger than average home, then this may be ‘the one' There are other options for this unique property eg; using either part of the house for Air B&B, thus generating a separate income or multiple student housing. If you’ve seen the rest of the multi bedroom properties, then don’t miss out on this one, you’ll be surprised at the quality of fixtures and fittings. CONTACT Sandy Pollock PHONE 0437 744 414 EMAIL

East Victoria Park 23 Esperance Street

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$520,000 bed 2 bath 2 car 2

$729,000 - $759,000 bed 4 bath 2

This unique family home on a 733sqm block is architecturally designed with an open plan concept. Featuring a huge sunken lounge and dining space with views to the pool, an elevated study & lounge as well as a modern kitchen with casual dining, generous pantry, utility and storage space. There is also plumbing for the main fridge/freezer plus second upright fridge & freezer. The spacious laundry has access to the deck, a separate toilet, and a second dishwasher. CONTACT Sue Middleton PHONE 0422 046 457 EMAIL

Just 3 years old is this spacious, Ventura-Built Home, contemporary family home that sits at the top of a quiet cul-de-sac. You are greeted with a formal lounge at the front of the home and a massive open plan kitchen, dining and family room to the rear. Featuring easy care reticulated gardens on a 499 sqm block with grassed play area for the kids or pets. With air-conditioning, double remote control garage and shoppers entrance, this beautiful home is complete. CONTACT Sue Middleton PHONE 0422 046 457 EMAIL

Nestled among the parks of East Perth, the water in Claisebrook Cove and Royal St shops, this two bedroom two bathroom apartment is a rare find for inner city living.This luxury apartment presents to a very high standard with added study nook, storeroom and two car stacker, offering the buyer a perfect city lifestyle. CONTACTS Helen Bond/Di Pitchford PHONE 0411 223 004/0414 875 635 EMAIL

Seriously, this gorgeous character home has been completely overhauled. Nothing has been left untouched and all works done are to an extremely high standard. I challenge you to find a better home in a better location. Seriously not one to be missed. CONTACT Tash Welburn PHONE 0409 884 176 EMAIL

FOR SALE East Victoria Park 45 Beatty Avenue

Auction bed 2 bath 1 car 2

Eglinton 43 Leeward Avenue

$499,000 - $519,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Eglinton 9 Vermilion Street

Offers Above $419,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Ellenbrook 31 Lindberg Boulevard

$499,000 - $529,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

PRIME land tick PRIME location tick PRIME opportunity tick. Original brick character home 1012 sqm block zoned R40 Potential 4 unit site (STCA) Rear lane access. Renovate, develop or just invest in your future the choice is yours Minutes to the vibrant cafe strip, schools,transport and the CBD. CONTACT Tash Welburn PHONE 0409 884 176 EMAIL

This near new family home is beautifully built and presented. It features 5 brms, theatre room, games room and an in ground pool. This home is a must see for the families looking to live close to the ocean. A little cherry on top is that it has just been fitted with a massive solar power system to help out with those rising power costs we are all facing. CONTACT Jackson Hamlin PHONE 0438 500 318 EMAIL

Nestled in an alluring location just 2 min from Shorehaven beach, this well designed and superbly finished abode will impress those seeking an easy care, luxurious beachside lifestyle. Every aspect of this superb home absolutely delivers as its finished to perfection in both taste and quality, leaving it impossible to resist !! CONTACT Ryan Joseph PHONE 0400 006 693 EMAIL

This stunning home situated opposite natural bush land that overlooks the 5th fairway of The Vines Resort Golf Course must be seen to be believed. If you are even contemplating building then you must put your plans on hold until you have viewed this one as the location & quality of this home is unsurpassable. This home has been thoughtfully designed for every member of the family, so whether its cooking up a storm in the gourmet kitchen, watching a movie in the home theatre, reading in the activity or socialising with familyCONTACT Rod McDougall & friends in the open plan living PHONE 0418 909 954 area this versatile home will not disappoint.EMAIL

East Victoria Park 55 Westminster Street

$719,000 - $759,000 bed 3 bath 1

Eglinton 7 Ochre Street

$570,000 - $600,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

Ellenbrook 23 Evesham Drive

$399,000 - $419,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Ellenbrook 41 Birkett Circle

END DATE SALE bed 4 bath 2 car 2

If you are after a quality character home, number 55 Westminster Street is honestly the property for you tastefully renovated and extended. Honestly, nothing to do but sit back and enjoy everything East Victoria Park has to offer. If quality is at the top of your list, put this one on top of your list. CONTACT Tash Welburn PHONE 0409 884 176 EMAIL

This family home is barely 2 years old and built with a growing family in mind. Built on top of 544m2 of land this house has packed in so many functional and high end features its incredible. This house is a must see if you are looking for a house that is like new, display quality, has big rooms and a pool. The triple car garage is just an awesome bonus for the husband. CONTACT Jackson Hamlin PHONE 0438 500 318 EMAIL

Are you looking for an immaculately presented family home with a sensible floor plan and a low maintenance yard? This home boasts style and quality and from the moment you enter you will feel at home. Featuring multiple living areas and a fantastic chefs Kitchen it has something for everyone. Positioned in a highly sought after location close to both Holy Cross College & Ellen Stirling primary school & also in the catchment area for the eagerly awaited Ellenbrook North High School opening in 2018. CONTACT Tiffany Bray PHONE 0412 930 820 EMAIL

Are you looking for an immaculately presented family home in the heart of Charlottes Vineyard? Boasting a lovely rose garden and warm country charm, you will be keen to enter this property and explore. This home has a sensible floor plan with multiple living areas, a freshly modernised kitchen and a great entertaining area overlooking the spacious garden so it is bound to have early admirers. Nestled amongst other quality homes and only minutes away from The Ellenbrook Town Centre, public & private schools, medical centres CONTACT Tiffany Bray & public transport it has everything PHONE 0412 930 820 you need! EMAIL August/September 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Gabbadah 57 Pieter Place

From $545,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 6

Greenwood 7 Forres Place

From $665,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Gwelup 37 Gardon Rise

$779,000 - $799,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Harrisdale 5 Argo Way

$435,000 to $455,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2 34

Welcome to this Rural Building Co home built in 2006 with only one owner who has maintained the home to a high standard inside and out. The winding driveway weaves through a parkland cleared 3 acre block with masses of grass trees and is well set back from the road for ultimate privacy. CONTACT Tracy Kriwopischin PHONE 0419 998 306 EMAIL

As you drive up to this beautifully presented home with cute Gosnells fence and picturesque front garden, double garage 151 Chamberlain Street picket with access through to the back, featuring front lounge

From $369,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Includes a HUGE kitchen with 2.8 metre Breakfast-Bar. Fully renovated with loads of space and appeal for the whole family, this home set on 735 sqm offers very comfortable living with its 2 spacious separate living areas, study area and a huge chef’s kitchen. The outdoor entertaining overlooks the beautiful backyard where there is plenty of room for the kids & pets to play. Brand new air conditioning is fully ducted throughout the home. CONTACT Julie Vincent PHONE 0403 809 445 EMAIL

Gwelup 12 Jodrell Road

High ceilings add a sense of spaciousness throughout this property’s multiple living zones. There is plenty of space for Mum and Dad to relax in the master bedroom suite, where a huge walk-in wardrobe meets a private ensuite. Other features include: Double French doors that open into a spacious formal lounge and dining room, a tiled kitchen and adjacent meals area and ducted evaporative air-conditioning throughout - all set on a 583 sqm block. CONTACT Leigh Wilson PHONE 0410 056 092 EMAIL

Hamersley 7/664 Beach Road

A nice and cosy 3x2 home near Harrisdale Primary School built in 2015, suitable for first home buyers, investors, and or downsizers. Close to all amenities, Stockland Shopping Centre, Harrisdale Senior High School, Carey Baptist College and so much more. This home has a beautiful park right outside your alfresco with kids play area.

Harrisdale 60 Mayor Street

CONTACT Khush Monga PHONE 0411 094 249 EMAIL

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From $875,000 bed 5 bath 3 car 2

High $400,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

From $519,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

room, main bedroom with semi en suite, roller shutters to both of these rooms, two remaining bedrooms, laundry with cupboards, ducted evaporative air conditioning, spacious family area with gas CONTACT Karen Lloyd connection and wood fire. PHONE 0421 614 447 EMAIL

This beautiful 4x3 home has plenty of room for a family all on a single level. With a few living areas, a study or 5th bedroom, spacious alfresco area and a pool, there is so much to love. Built by the current owners, it offers comfort and convenience in a peaceful location. CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

This secure over-55s retirement villa features a huge open-plan living and dining area. In the kitchen, excellent Chef cooking appliances are complemented by a double sink and a step-in pantry. Additional features include a private rear pergola, CCTV security-camera system, lockable rear storeroom, reticulated gardens, separate second toilet, reverse-cycle air conditioning, low strata fees and a single lock-up garage that boasts both a handy internal shopper’s entry door. No pets allowed. CONTACT Rodney Vines PHONE 0417 917 640 EMAIL

A beautiful highly maintained 4x2 home right beside Harrisdale Senior High School and a short walk to Harrisdale Primary school giving you that feeling of walking straight into a display home. This is a terrific opportunity to own a two-year-old house that is so close to schools, Harrisdale Shopping Centre, public transport and all other amenities. CONTACT Khush Monga PHONE 0411 094 249 EMAIL

FOR SALE Harrisdale 151 Keane Road

$399,000 - $419,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Heathridge 57 Conidae Drive

$449,000 - $469,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

High Wycombe 282 Adelaide Street

CONTACT AGENT bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Hillarys 4 Gemmell Way

From $845,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Introducing this phenomenal 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home located in a sought out and fast developing suburb of Harrisdale. It is a delightfully bright, modern 2012 built home comfortably situated within close proximity to Harrisdale Senior High School, Harrisdale Primary School, Stockland Shopping Centre, public transport, beautiful parks and many other hosts of CONTACT Khush Monga amenities. PHONE 0411 094 249

Heathridge 48 Prince Regent Drive

This renovated home sits on a level 700sqm block in an R40/R20 re-zoning area. Boasting top-quality finishes, you’ll love the chef’s kitchen with stone-look benchtops and state-of-the art appliances. Features also include ducted air-conditioning throughout, side access, a huge undercover entertaining area, low-maintenance gardens, plus two garden sheds for all the storage you could possibly need. There’s even a grassed area for the kids to play on while you relax on the patio. CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL

Henley Brook 3 Eriskay Terrace

This immaculately presented three bedroom unique property feels like home as soon as you walk in and has an immediate sense of space. Cook up a storm for the friends and family with the large wrap around kitchen that overlooks the dining and living area. Expansive open plan living areas, ideal for entertaining.

Hillarys 14 Martinique Mews


CONTACT Michael Krauze PHONE 0414 987 846 EMAIL

Featuring a generous sized master bedroom and recently fully-renovated master bathroom. The kitchen and huge breakfast bar adjoin the big open plan living area, looking out over the patio, pool and large backyard. Additional features include: Ducted air conditioning throughout, double garage with remote doors, access to the rear, lawns and gardens are fully reticulated. Elevated lot with potential opportunity to capitalise on ocean views from a second level and an easy stroll to the beach. CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

$535,000-$575,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$499,000 - $539,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$1,720,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 3

Hillarys 7/24 Halliday Grove

From $675,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Set on a huge 748sqm block in R30 rezoning is this fully renovated, spectacular property. Boasting new, double-glazed windows and doors, new carpets and downlights and a state-of-the-art kitchen, bathrooms and laundry. Outside is an enormous undercover entertaining area, looking down on to a below-ground pool complete with Kreepy Krawly and solar blanket. With a walk-through his-and-her robe in master suite and NBN just installed for speedy internet, don’t wait! CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL

Look no further than this much loved family home in the highly sought after "Morgan Fields" Estate of Henley brook. Positioned on a huge 758 sqm block, a stones though from Sandown park & lake this home will be snapped up by the first to view. Designed with a large family in mind this property boasts a huge open planned family room, a separate home theatre & an activity room in the kids wing. With added luxuries like raised ceilings & ducted reverse cycle air conditioning it has style & functionality. CONTACT Tiffany Bray PHONE 0412 930 820 EMAIL

Sophisticated in design and magnificent in its finish, this wonderful Builders Own Home offers custom, luxe fittings, fixtures and materials throughout. Featuring a stainless steel security gate, study, home theatre room and meals area that opens onto the protected alfresco with side access from the rear. The kitchen features a breakfast bar and stone benchtops, the laundry is extra-large and the upstairs lounge has access to its own balcony. Extras include zoned ducted air-conditioning and much more. CONTACT Paul Sharry PHONE 0417 174 180 EMAIL

Quality Webb & Brown-Neaves built home featuring solid Blackbutt timber floors, ducted air-conditioning, a 3rd powder room, formal lounge and a galley kitchen overlooking meals area with open plan living area opening out onto a private court yard. All bedrooms are upstairs and the master bedroom has access out to the balcony. There is a double automatic garage with storeroom. These properties very rarely come to market, act now! CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL August/September 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Hillarys 19 Cornfield Place

$825,000 - $850,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Hillman 104 Calume Street

$319,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Innaloo 14b Marian Street

$495,000 to $515,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Innaloo 435 Karrinyup Road

From $990,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2 36

Perfectly located 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms home with tiled floors throughout. Consisting of formal lounge and dining, open plan kitchen, casual meals, adjoining family living games area all with high ceilings and split reverse cycle air-conditioning with adjoining patio outdoor entertaining area, good sized rear yard and lawn with lush tropical gardens leading you to a thatched Bali gazebo chill area somewhere to further relax and enjoy the quiet coastal peacefulness. CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

Hillarys 19 Maroubra Vista

There is nothing to do to this lovely home other than to move in and enjoy it. This recently renovated and extended home will suit the most discerning buyer. At the front of home is a theatre/lounge room, followed by a separate dining, games room, lovely kitchen and queen and double size bedrooms. Enjoy entertaining outdoors under the colorbond gable patio overlooking pool. CONTACT Graham York

Iluka 12 Caspian Pass

Location, space and convenience, this appealing single level villa in superior South Innaloo location ticks all the boxes. Featuring 3 bedrooms, all with built in robes and an open plan living area with a generously sized separate lounge, dining and kitchen. This superbly maintained villa is nestled amongst a well maintained group of 3.

Innaloo 42B Boronia Street

PHONE 0467 773 977 EMAIL

CONTACT Justin Chidlow PHONE 0402 946 446 EMAIL

Large land holdings like this are near impossible to find! Astute buyers will see value here. Innaloo is a brilliant place to live and invest. Very handy to two major retail centres with major redevolpment underway. Great access to freeways North & South, numerous medical facilities, quality schools, plus only few minutes drive to Trigg Beach. CONTACT Marcus Lord PHONE 0417 911 107 EMAIL

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$800,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

End Date Sale bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Innaloo 5 & 7/31 Donar Street

$389,000 - $419,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

All but one of these stunning beach lots remains undeveloped - being the very best of the 6 lots in size and location. This is a rare opportunity to secure the very last, tightly held, ocean facing rear boundary lot located in the exclusive beachside of Whitfords Beach Estate. Build your dream beachside home utilising the beautiful North-West orientation taking in views as far west and north as the eye can see. Last one, be sure to move quickly! CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

This beautiful home is located in the prestigious suburb of Iluka & is positioned perfectly on a generous 757sqm block in a quiet location amongst other quality homes & is ideal for a family that demands space, style & comfort. Close to stunning Parks, Currambine Central which is full of great Cafes, Bars & Restaurants to choose from plus fantastic local Schools. CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

Set in arguably one of Innaloo's best locations, just a short walk from popular parks complete with exercise equipment for those early morning workouts, and close to shopping, transport and schools alike. What sets this home apart is the flexibility in design. You can have the master upstairs or downstairs or even use one of the masters as a living room. This home can change to suit you and your lifestyle. CONTACTS Damien Lloyd/Richard McNicol PHONE 0410 574 626/0433 838 547 EMAIL

Located in Donar Street, a prime South Innaloo location, these beautifully appointed two bedroom apartments are ready to move into and are conveniently located just a short walk to cafes, restaurants, shops and public transport. Together with the $500 million development, turning Innaloo into a mini CBD hub, makes is this an outstanding location. CONTACT Paul Kettle PHONE 0403 177 680 EMAIL

FOR SALE Joondalup 20 Ullswater Glade

From $409,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Kallaroo 33 Lygnern Crescent

From $619,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Kelmscott 33 Parkfield Road

$345,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Kingsley 18 Clinton Street

$699,000 - $729,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

With a backyard big enough for a tennis court and pool. The opportunities for great investing is right here. 710m2 in a popular suburb located very close to Joondalup Primary School and Windermere Sporting Oval the smart buyer will inspect. This is a must view and perfect for the first home buyer and is the entry level in Joondalup. CONTACT Lindsay King PHONE 0439 700 100 EMAIL

Kallaroo 3 Fairlight Rise

Offers bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Packed full of features, this immaculately presented home boasts two living areas (great for those who need more space), modern décor, study/nursery, air conditioning and a big blank canvass backyard. Further features include, wood venetian blinds, a large grassed area for the kids and pets, reticulated easy care gardens, a gas hot water system, modern kitchen with dishwasher and a huge driveway easily accommodating parking up to 6 cars and space for the boat or caravan. CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

Kallaroo 4 Woolwich Close

This beautifully presented home built on a generous 689 sqm block ideal for the first home buyer, small family or for retirees wanting room to park a caravan offering a low maintenance property to lock up and leave.This charming home features three good size bedrooms with built in robes, spacious lounge room with gas log fire, modern kitchen and dining. CONTACT Karen Lloyd

Kingsley 10 Claygate Way

Move straight in and enjoy the lifestyle and features of this wonderful fully renovated family home with separate study nook. Features include a stunning concrete pool (less than 10 years old and valued at $60,000) with solar heating, large outdoor entertainment area with built-in mains barbecue – sheltered by motorized remote control top of the range café style blinds. Additionally you will find ducted reverse cycle air conditioning throughout and a sunken, large formal lounge. CONTACT James Kennedy PHONE 0421 420 450 EMAIL

Kingsley 7 Barridale Drive

PHONE 0421 614 447 EMAIL

From $1,300,000 bed 5 bath 3 car 2

$449,000 - $479,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

From $449,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Impressive two-storey family home perfectly situated amongst exclusive residences in one of 'North Shore's' most sought after cul de sac locations. Sat on a large 910m block, this property offers excellent subdivision potential which can either be capitalised on now, or could serve as an excellent investment for your family's future*. CONTACT Pauline Lyon PHONE 0427 968 070 EMAIL

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST WELCOME. This huge 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom family home has views of the ocean, great location and a whole lot more. With an amazing kitchen, formal areas, family areas, fantastic theatre room, games room and massive outdoor entertaining area overlooking the pool. CONTACT Sue Middleton PHONE 0422 046 457 EMAIL

This country feel home with 2 separate living areas plus a large extra rear room behind the double garage will suit a young family or even 1st home buyers. Sitting on a large 742m2 block and with great neighbours surrounding you will love the living here and the features that are included in this value packed home! With a central kitchen, semi ensuite bathroom, two reverse cycle air-conditioning systems plus a beautiful native backyard and more! CONTACT James Kennedy PHONE 0421 420 450 EMAIL

Sitting on a flat 683m2 block, this home has separate living areas and will be a great first home purchase for a family wanting to get into this evergreen suburb location. Including a lounge with bar nook and an activity room, the home is serviced by ducted evaporative air-conditioning. The large rear backyard with lawn and gardens is perfect for the dog or for the children to play. CONTACT James Kennedy PHONE 0421 420 450 EMAIL August/September 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Kingsley 83 Goollelal Drive

$599,000 - $619,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 4

Kinross 29 Shetland Rise

Mid $480,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Lockridge 23 Devenish Road

$349,000 - $359,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Maddington 31 Coachwood Way

From $299,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1 38

Situated in the sought after prestige location opposite beautiful “Lake Goollelal,� this home boasts a central kitchen and separate living areas with a lounge and dining room, a family room and a large games room. An extra rear storeroom may be perfect for a home office or studio. Also included is cool breeze evaporative air conditioning, alarm system, outdoor cedar lined entertaining area with downlights and reticulation to the lawn and gardens. CONTACT James Kennedy PHONE 0421 420 450 EMAIL

Kinross 15 Menteith Place

I have the offer ready for you! What a location! Positioned in a cul da sac and elevated to catch the breeze with tree lined views. This property is a real surprise package once inside. You will definitely not be disappointed.. you will love the character and size something you cannot see from the street. Please phone me for your private viewing.

Lathlain 196 Orrong Road

CONTACT Judith Dunstan PHONE 0409 417 436 EMAIL

$459,000-$479,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mid to High $500,000's bed 4 bath 1 car 2

Whether its your first home or looking to invest, now is the perfect opportunity to enter the real estate market and own a great property close to shops (Midland, Bassendean), train line, schools, lovely parks, golf course, Altone Leisure Centre, library, approx. 13km from Perth CBD and approx. 15km from the airport. For you investors/developers, the property is zoned under the R20 code which means you have the possibility to build 2 dwellings on this 729m2 block. CONTACTS Samuel Mills/Thanh Nguyen PHONE 0413 171 970/0414 288 165 EMAIL

Lower Chittering 207 Holstein Loop

A fantastic opportunity for the first home buyer to get into your own home at an affordable price. Built on a generous 683 sqm block this cosy home features three bedrooms, main bedroom with split system air con, one bathroom, lounge room with air con, kitchen/meals and laundry. Stepping out to the enclosed patio area with extra room for entertaining. CONTACT Karen Lloyd

Madeley 3 Westbury Lane

PHONE 0421 614 447 EMAIL

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From $695,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

You will not want to let this one go. The very first thing you will notice about this property is the atmosphere and position as you approach the location and turn up the street.Slightly elevated and tucked away with fantastic street appeal you will have a smile on your face from the start. CONTACT Judith Dunstan PHONE 0409 417 436 EMAIL

You usually hear this saying for a car and not usually a home, but its TRUE. This lovely family home has been in the same family since it was built in the 1950s. Immaculately presented inside and out, this has been a happy family home for over 60 years. Lathlain prices can only go up given the close proximity to the airport, casino, football stadium and public transport on your doorstep. Dont miss out on this one. CONTACT Sandy Pollock PHONE 0437 744 414 EMAIL

Less than 1 hour from the city and only 30 minutes to Joondalup or Midland you could have your very own rural dream, so close to everything. In a most sought after area of the prestigious Maryville Downs is this beautiful level, fully fenced 5 acre bush block. Full of natures own treats, huge established old trees, grass trees, a resident family of kangaroos and an abundance of different kinds of wild flowers in spring. With no set building envelope, your free to build anywhere. CONTACT Samantha Hill PHONE 0407 666 905 EMAIL

Prepare to be wowed from the moment you walk through the double doors of this immaculate 4 bed, 2 bath residence, conveniently located in quiet cul-du-sac and set amongst quality homes. Built in 2013, this well presented home has been designed for modern low maintenance family living. CONTACT Maria Bridgeman PHONE 0409 033 701 EMAIL

FOR SALE PARKMORE RIDGE ESTATE, MADELEY CONTACT AGENT WHERE LIFE MEETS STYLE The final stage of Parkmore Ridge is the last opportunity to secure new land in this already established and highly sought after community. Beautiful houses, landscaping and parks fill this beautiful estate.Parkmore Ridge Estate can be found a short 25 minutes north of Perth, a 15 minute drive from Hillarys Boat Harbor and less than a 10 minute drive from Whitfords Train Station. Located right in the heart of the peaceful suburb of Madeley, Parkmore Ridge Estate is in close proximity to an abundance of local established amenities such as the vibrant and thriving Kingsway City Shopping Centre and the open and bright Darch Plaza, which fulfill all of your shopping, dining and entertainment needs. With just a short stroll to Bindaree Rotary Park, which offers you a slice of beautiful native Australian bush land andthe tranquil Lake Goollelal, you will never feel out of touch with nature. This unique opportunity to discover another side to life is not to be missed, with only 56 Lots remaining across 2 stages, and Stage 1 already 30% sold out prior to launch. Don’t delay as these won’t last!

DAMIEN LLOYD 0410 574 626 Peard Real Estate Leederville

Mandurah 18 Foster Road

$275,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Mandurah 5 Newstead Close

$350,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

COODANUP Beautifully presented brick and tile home on approx 816 sqm block, open plan family areas with views to outdoor area. Separate theatre room. Exceptional outdoor all year around entertaining area with massive patio. Plenty of room in the back yard to add a pool or for the kids to play. CONTACT Rick Uren PHONE 0414 779 834 EMAIL

HALLS HEAD Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac set in an elevated position with a relaxing tree top view. This 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 car garage property is set on a generous 755m2 block complete with studio/kids play room and is in a convenient location close to shops, schools and transport. CONTACT Pauline Bill PHONE 0487 832 539 EMAIL

Mandurah 30 Burley Street

$375,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Marangaroo 2 Elmwood Court

$499,000 - $519,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Conveniently located in central Mandurah this 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 car garage property is situated on large 809m2 block and has plenty of space for all the family, even room to build a granny flat in the back yard (subject to planning). Double gated side access and plenty of parking ideal for caravan or boat storage and powered 2 car shed. CONTACT Pauline Bill PHONE 0487 832 539 EMAIL

Set on a big 632 sqm big corner block is in a quiet cul-de-sac is this fresh, bright and welcoming home with additional study and ample living space. Featuring a casual, open-plan family & meals area that adjoins the brand new kitchen at its heart, overlooking the alfresco area. With a front lounge, formal dining area and a beautiful outlook onto the landscaped gardens, plus two powered sheds and side access. Plenty more included! Get in quick. CONTACT Blaise Partridge PHONE 0478 890 876 EMAIL August/September 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Marmion 7/10 Parnell Avenue

$379,000 - $390,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Mindarie 3/17 Boston Quays

From $749,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Mount Lawley 69 Farnley Street

$2,385,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mullaloo 28 Scaphella Avenue

$720,000 - $750,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3 40

Located in Marmion’s charming over-55s “Ocean Grove” complex, this retirement villa backs onto natural bushland and a lovely park. Featuring split-system air-conditioning, gas-bayonet heating and a ceiling fan in the living room - you will be comfortable at all times. With an open kitchen and dining area, this home is also serviced by an instantaneous gas hot water system. A central “community centre” can be hired out by residents for planned functions and gatherings. CONTACT Rodney Vines PHONE 0417 917 640 EMAIL

Maylands 53C Hillside Crescent

Absolutely stunning Penthouse apartment which stands totally in a class of its own. Overlooking the Mindarie Marina with breathtaking views & forever changing sceneries of the Indian Ocean. Built in 2016 & finished to a very high standard throughout with no expense spared, this is truly a magnificent place to call home.

Mount Hawthorn 38 Sasse Avenue

CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

Stunning character home sitting high on the hill, with sweeping views of the city.All the character features you would expect in a grand family home. High ceilings polished jarrah floors and a fabulous staircase.Beautiful formal room with gas fireplace and window seat. Huge bedrooms, study and massive rumpus/living/games room with kitchenette.

$700,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$720, 000 - $750,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Mount Richon 22 Summit View


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CONTACTS Helen Bond/Di Pitchford PHONE 0411 223 004/0414 875 635 EMAIL

Ideally located, this 3 bedroom Californian Bungalow home is in original condition and is the perfect blank canvas to create the perfect home. The home features, central passage, high ornate ceilings, skirting, wide jarrah boards under the carpet, leadlight windows, large separate lounge room with a fireplace. - 377m2 Green Title block. CONTACTS Phyllis Gemelli/Annabelle Purser PHONE 0407 386 501/0413 885 604 EMAIL

This 2,686 sqm elevated vacant block comes with amazing city views. Perfectly located within a 5 minute drive of central Armadale, with endless build options you have freedom to design and build your dream home to sit and enjoy the stunning sunsets and city lights. CONTACT Julie Read PHONE 0422 495 665 EMAIL

CONTACTS Di Pitchford/Helen Bond PHONE 0414 875 635/0411 223 004 EMAIL

With sleek modern flooring, light-filled spacious rooms and landscaped gardens to the gourmet kitchen at the heart of the home, it’s all done for you. Entertain year-round under the pitched translucent pergola in the alfresco kitchen with quality cabinetry, a gas barbecue and servery to the kitchen. Further features include landscaped gardens, ducted air-conditioning, two split system reverse cycle units, shed and a secure double carport with additional parking for the boat. CONTACT Juliet Wills PHONE 0411 782 808 EMAIL

This beautiful property could be just what you have been looking for.Grand entry and formal living, good sized study,huge open plan living, dining and stunning chefs kitchen,Four huge bedrooms all with robes and master with massive walk in, upstairs living or games room would be ideal for the growing family or a teenagers retreat.

Mullaloo 59 Key West Drive

From $799,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This spacious family home boasts proportions that are rarely seen. The master bedroom is massive with a walk-in robe and ensuite bathroom. Both bathrooms have floor to ceiling tiling and the separate study has built in furniture. On entry, you are greeted by the formal sunken lounge and dining room and you will notice the extra high ceilings throughout. Added extras include ducted air-conditioning throughout, ducted vacuum system, solar panels and easy care gardens. CONTACT Sue Middleton PHONE 0422 046 457 EMAIL

FOR SALE North Beach Address on request

Offers Invited bed 2 bath 2 car 2

Padbury 21B Macquarie Avenue

From $499,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Padbury 66 Wentworth Way

From $575,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Tucked into the crest of the hill with terrific ocean views from all over the split level designed home, just metres from the water’s edge. The rustic Margaret River style home features recycled brick driveway, parking, walkway and alfresco areas - solid timber decks, balconies & soaring ceilings, plus limestone & weatherboard feature walls & and iron rooves – it’s a unique “one off” property. Positioned in the R40 zoned section of the suburb it can be reconfigured or later demolished to provide two titles. CONTACT Les Lindsay PHONE 0407 420 384 EMAIL

Ocean Reef 77 Southern Cross Circle

Situated on a flat block (with no stairs), its own driveway, no strata fees and completed to a turnkey finish, this single level BRAND NEW villa is sure to tick all the boxes. Features include neutral decor, high ceilings, zoned reverse cycle air-conditioning and an open plan dining and living area that flows out to the alfresco and private courtyard. First home owners grant applies to the value of $10,000 (conditions apply).

Padbury 56 Gibson Avenue

CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

Situated on a large block in one of Padbury's best streets this immaculately presented 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom (plus Study/Nursery) home is perfect for those who enjoy space and love to entertain and relax. The home boasts three separate living areas, a modern central kitchen, a large outdoor entertaining area and a big backyard with a below ground pool. Further features include ducted air conditioning, separate dining area and security screens on all doors and most windows. CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

From $925,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $479,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Pearsall 60 East Road

From $589,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Quality and class are the words that come to mind when Port Kennedy this stunning property. Sitting on a large 657m2 26 Sainte Maxime Avenue viewing block with 225m2 of living, viewing this home is a must! No

Quinns Rocks 8 Dilkera Place

bed 4 bath 2 car 3

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Offers From $569,000

expense has been spared with the newly renovated designer kitchen which will turn cooking and entertaining into a treat rather than a chore. To organise a private viewing please contact Kim Lindsay CONTACT Kim Lindsay PHONE 0407 137 062 EMAIL


Quality built home on 450 sqm infusing modern with classic and packed with extras. Featuring lounge room / Home Theatre, a sunken games / entertainment room with built in bar opening to outdoor dining complete with second kitchen and pitched roof pergola. Upstairs is a huge “Master Chef” kitchen, an open plan meals & family room, spacious balcony, master bedroom with ocean views and luxury ensuite. With ducted reverse cycle air conditioning and much more! CONTACT Maggie Pawlik PHONE 0438 876 727 EMAIL

Situated on a large 700sqm rectangular block and perfect for the first home buyer (or tenant) to move straight in and enjoy. This low maintenance property offers 2 separate living areas, modern décor, air conditioning, large front and rear yards (with plenty of space for a swimming pool or workshop) and a big outdoor entertaining area. Additional features include a renovated bathroom, kitchen and laundry, easy care gardens and drive through access to the backyard. CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

Unique opportunity with loads of options or great second income, live in one and rent the other. Perfect for the growing family with teens, regular overseas visitors or elderly parents wishing to share those special family moments. Designed to offer all occupants ample privacy and space and beautifully renovated with five living zones, modern kitchen, extra parking and ducted evaporative air conditioning fabulous outdoors. Land area 635 sqm (approx.) CONTACT Maggie Pawlik PHONE 0438 876 727 EMAIL

Located in whisper quiet cul-de-sac, this amazing residence ticks all the boxes! This handsome abode is warm and welcoming from the minute you walk in the door, and has a functional and thoughtful floorplan to accommodate all the families daily movements, not to mention has a wonderful newly renovated kitchen worth thousands $$$. CONTACT Steve Wilcox PHONE 0421 277 366 EMAIL August/September 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Quinns Rocks 26 Rupara Circle

From $529,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Scarborough 3/41 Dover Road

All offers presented bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Seville Grove 2/135 Challis Road

Buyers over $249,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Sorrento 7/9 Steele Road

$355,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1 42

Proudly presenting this outstanding home in highly sought after coastal suburb of Quinns Rocks featuring a functional and thoughtful floor plan to accommodate all the families daily movements. At a glance, it features 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, theatre, gourmet kitchen overlooking generous family and meals area, outdoor alfresco overlooking landscaped gardens. CONTACT Steve Wilcox PHONE 0421 277 366 EMAIL

I am proud to offer this fantastic villa located in south Scarborough in a small group of 3 and across from Colin Ventnor reserve, its the perfect package. The feeling of the beach at your doorstep with features including 3 good-sized bedrooms, renovated semi-en suite bathroom, remote lock up garage, plus great floor plan. CONTACT James Drummond PHONE 0422 043 344 EMAIL

Quinns Rocks 27 White Tern Elbow

$299,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Scarborough 5/63 Brighton Road

From $549,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

This super cute and cosy home will make the perfect first home or investment property. Freshly painted throughout there is nothing for you to do but move in and enjoy. Features include: 3 bedrooms with robes, 1 bathroom, 2 living areas Kitchen, air conditioning , roller shutters, fresh neutral decor throughout, carport for 2 cars, alarm. This lovely home is conveniently located close to CONTACT Julie Read the park, schools, shops and PHONE 0422 495 665 bus. EMAIL

Sinagra 99 Vincent Road

Tucked away in the stunning beach side suburb of Sorrento, this two bedroom one bathroom upstairs unit with views presents the perfect investment opportunity for someone looking to enter this prime coastal location at an affordable price. Features include: modern floorboards, stainless steel appliances, a dishwasher, quality stone kitchen bench tops, a single carport and a sparkling pool in the complex. Currently leased until August 2018 at $300 per week. CONTACT Ben Keevers PHONE 0404 056 010 EMAIL

Sorrento 77/7 Harman Road

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Offers over $589,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$429,000 - $469,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

A ridiculously cheap price for a house in Quinns Rocks. 3 x 2 with Ducted A/c plus an add on games room & an extra room which could be used as a 4th bedroom or study.Has a good size front lounge & a French door through to the open plan kit & living areas.Overlooks Little Green Park & is walking distance to schools, shops & our beautiful beaches.Currently tenanted @$295 until Nov. CONTACT Jan Buchanan PHONE 0408 802 381 EMAIL

Located just up road from stunning Scarborough beach and the well underway $100 million dollar redevelopment , this immaculate 3 bedroom rear villa is all about that low maintenance lock and leave beach side life style your looking for. CONTACT Paul Kettle PHONE 0403 177 680 EMAIL

If you are looking for a home finished to perfection, this ex Ross North display home is the one is for you. This beautifully presented low maintenance spacious 4 bed 2 bath home is a must see and is sure to impress. Set comfortably on an easy care block with lovely landscaped gardens. This home is surely worth a visit! CONTACT Esmari Bradley PHONE 0422 279 396 EMAIL

Downsize to a retirement village that has so much to offer! Right from a club house with a host of activities and organised events to keep you entertained, a pool, gym and bowling green to keep you active to tranquil surrounds and manicured gardens. Features new timber look floors in the living areas, new carpet, large but private under cover area, low strata fees and NO EXIT FEES! CONTACT Namita Mehra PHONE 0409 920 737 EMAIL

FOR SALE Sorrento 115/7 Harman Road

$139,950 bed 1 bath 1

The Vines 26 Adlington Way

$595,000 - $615,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Thornlie 12 Brunswick Road

Offers From $539,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Thornlie 7 Knightsbridge Way

From $479,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Refurbished light and bright apartment now available in the sort after Seacrest Retirement Village. Set in well maintained gardens, it includes a heated pool, gymnasium, bowling green, library, craft room, dining area, meeting room and barbecue area. There is a good social scene which includes sundowners. Unlike many Lease For Life villages where there are exit fees, you and your family retain the full sale price making this an attractive purchase. CONTACT Chas Paridis PHONE 0418 911 289 EMAIL

Southern River 13 Trumpet Street

Location, quality and price all in one! This fantastic ex display family home situate in The Vines overlooking the park has everything you would expect from a contemporary, modern day home from its specific family friendly and orientated design right through to the quality finishings. Conveniently located within a short distance the The Vines Resort, Schools ,parks, major shopping precinct and other quality displays make this one of the most CONTACT Rod McDougall desirable locations in this price range. PHONE 0418 909 954

The Vines 9 Palomino Promenade

This fully renovated home will not disappoint. Situated behind the manicured front lawn sits this immaculately presented 4 bedroom 2 bathroom house. This home has been fully renovated delivering a modern kitchen, new bathrooms, large family areas with a separate dining room and an expansive undercover outdoor area, perfect for entertaining in all seasons. CONTACT Andrew Rogers

Thornlie 40B Elvington Way

First time offered to the market, located in a sought- after location of Thornlies premier estate, 7 Knightsbridge Way offers an array of features for first-home buyers and the growing family. Be greeted by the pleasant street frontage, well-manicured lawns and a seamless paved driveway. Upon entry through the double door, this charming home displays thorough attention CONTACT Julius Graham to detail. PHONE 0419 890 613

Trigg 11 Floyd Street


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$599,000 to $629,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$499,000 - $529,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

$259,000 to $279,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Auction - Contact Agent bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Beautiful house on a 586 sqm block size within the heart of the Southern River. Home has been built with so much of space inside/ out to accommodate a growing family and social gatherings. Large master suite with massive walk in robe and modern private En-suite & L-shaped enormous kitchen, activity area between bedroom 3 & 4, ideal for the kid’s entertainment area CONTACT Khush Monga PHONE 0411 094 249 EMAIL

Look no further than this immaculately presented family home in Equis lakes, The Vines. Featuring a stunning chefs kitchen complete with a walk in scullery & a bio fuel fire separating the meals area & family room it emanates warmth & class & will make you the envy of your friends. There are two outdoor entertaining areas to enjoy depending on your mood, one overlooking the parkland & lake, the other off the main living area. The theatre room & study complete this well laid out home & I'm sure whether you are CONTACT Tiffany Bray downsizing or a family looking for a PHONE 0412 930 820 fresh start it will have EMAIL loads of appeal!

Located in a sought after cul-de-sac location, with plenty of appeal, close to all amenities. This fantastic property incorporates a thoughtful design for people senior of age, young busy individuals and trades people looking for low maintenance living with the added benefits. CONTACT Julius Graham PHONE 0419 890 613 EMAIL

This brick & tile home sits in an enviable seaside location in a dress circle position on the elevated side of the street. With guaranteed sustained water views and within a short stroll to the Yelo CafĂŠ, Trigg Point & famous Mettams Pool. Favoured for additions / redevelopment as good water views are ensured from a second storey on this 506sqm block. Offering comfortable living and a strong rental return, a fixed term lease is in place until the New Year. CONTACT Les Lindsay PHONE 0407 420 384 EMAIL August/September 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Tuart Hill 109a Waterloo Street

Offers Above $555,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Tuart Hill 30 Morley Drive

From $439,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Victoria Park 40 Duncan Street

Expressions of Interest bed 4 bath 2 car 4

Wanneroo 5 Santa Way

$469,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 2 44

Its time to enjoy the best things in life! This modern 3 bedroom x 2 bathroom street front beauty is sure to impress. A short walk to cafes, restaurants & public transport.

CONTACT Sacha Daniel PHONE 0414 501 109 EMAIL

Fall in love with this classic brick and tile character home that has been renovated whilst still retaining its character and charm. This street front home boasts a functional layout with two separate living areas, a generously sized front lounge room and an open kitchen & dining area at the rear of the home. The home also features a private outdoor area CONTACT Justin Chidlow PHONE 0402 946 446 EMAIL

Fantastic opportunity for a beautiful character home in a sought after location. Not often do properties of this calibre present themselves for sale. This home makes a statement. It ticks so many boxes and really does have something for everyone. Opportunities like this dont last long so dont hesitate. CONTACT Tash Welburn PHONE 0409 884 176 EMAIL

Gorgeous family home, with nothing to do, but move in & enjoy! A delightful, air-conditioned, 4 bedroom home, with modern bathroom & kitchen, and a beautiful sparkling swimming pool and Bali style gazebo. What else could you want! This is a great location, with walking distance to schools, shops, parks and transport. CONTACT Brigitte Grigsby PHONE 0405 113 781 EMAIL

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Tuart Hill 109a Waterloo Street

Offers Above $555,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Its time to enjoy the best things in life! This modern 3 bedroom x 2 bathroom street front beauty is sure to impress. A short walk to cafes, restaurants & public transport. Features include Secure & private front tranquil entry/courtyard. Spacious lounge room with high ceilings, reverse cycle air-conditioning + gas bayonet . CONTACT Sacha Daniel PHONE 0414 501 109 EMAIL

This well designed & presented property will impress those Tuart Hill for a quality home. Built by award winning builder, 8B Glentworth Avenue looking Inspired Homes, this property has been designed and finished

From $529,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Waikiki 16 Cumberland Way

$525,000 - $550,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Warnbro 4 Chusan Court

All Offers Considered bed 5 bath 3

to the highest standard and offers an ideal combination of unquestionable quality, lifestyle and location. NO STRATA FEES CONTACTS Phyllis Gemelli/Annabelle Purser PHONE 0407 386 501/0413 885 604 EMAIL

RARE BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED ARCHITECT- COMMISSIONED FEDERATION STYLE HOME. This impressive home has everything for the most discerning buyer. Recycled red bricks from old Fremantle are a dominant feature to make this home one to remember Whether it be a small family gathering or serious entertaining; this home caters for everyones needs. CONTACT Graham York PHONE 0467 773 977 EMAIL

"How soon can I move in?" will be the only question on your mind after viewing this gorgeous property. Situated in a quiet street on a 748m2 block, this home has had no expense spared with its many renovations by the current owners, including a near new fully self contained granny flat that is currently being leased at $230pw until October. CONTACT Kim Lindsay PHONE 0407 137 062 EMAIL

FOR SALE Warnbro 15 Parkland Drive

From $429,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Wellard 20 Shipsey Place

Buyers Over $949,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Woodvale 55 Panzano Circuit

$619,000 - $629,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

This is a beautiful family home with many living spaces for the large family. There is an area for a home theatre, a large study space, plenty of family dining with the kitchen being the central hub of the home. The outdoors is a treat with drive through vehicular access to a huge powered workshop. This is a perfect home for your family and in such a top location, your CONTACT Fran Satherley search is over! PHONE 0414 447 343

Watermans Bay 6/19 Flora Terrace

This spacious Statesman built home has over 253m2 of living space and is located on 8.37acres of land. Boasting a separate games room, study, spa, high ceilings and a massive kitchen overlooking the open plan living area. The huge outdoor entertaining area, including a gazebo, overlooks the pristine salt pool. Features are endless, this property must be seen to be believed! CONTACT Graham York Contact Graham York today. PHONE 0467 773 977

This fabulous top floor apartment in well maintained secure West Perth could be just what you are looking for! Stunning 16/19 Ventnor Avenue group timber floors in the living areas. Chefs kitchen with quality

This cleverly designed home is set in one of Woodvales newest pockets and has been maintained well by the current owners. This is the perfect low maintenance living option for those who like to lock & leave or are too busy and prefer to enjoy their spare time relaxing. Quality built by Dale Alcock in 2013 and presented in immaculate condition.

Yanchep 4 Mast Link



CONTACT Rob Nicholls PHONE 0407 442 222 EMAIL

From $579,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

$565,000 - $585,000 bed 2 bath 2 car 1

From $369,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Reefside Cove is the most perfectly located over 55's complex in Watermans Bay: a unique, beautiful, well maintained, gated & secure complex of only 14. Features 2 bedrooms plus a study and a large open plan lounge, dining and open kitchen. Front and rear courtyards are both privately positioned and give the home plenty of light all year around. Complex facilities include swimming pool, spa, barbecue facilities and an undercover entertaining area. CONTACT Jane Turnbull PHONE 0401 158 798 EMAIL

appliances. Open plan living and dining room opening to a large entertainers balcony. CONTACTS Di Pitchford/Helen Bond PHONE 0414 875 635/0411 223 004 EMAIL

This beautiful cottage style home has so much space and is situated in a premium location within easy walking distance of the local shopping strip on Lindsay Beach Boulevard. This great property offers a lifestyle in a popular coastal village with plenty of amenities such as Doctors, Dentist, cafe, bakery, shops, parks, schools and of course the beach. CONTACT Paul Turner PHONE 0400 072 005 EMAIL

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GUITAR HERO Tash Sultana heads to WA

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Catch the latest shows, openings and exhibitions this winter - and win stuff too!





pril, 1984.13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching… The story of George Orwell’s 1984 is a universal classic that still rings as true today as it ever did (if not a little too much). Set in a world where an invasive government keeps a malevolently watchful eye on its citizens, this radical and much-lauded staging explores surveillance, identity and Orwell’s chilling vision. Soon it’ll be making its way to His Majesty’s Theatre. Produced by the UK theatrical innovators Headlong along with Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre, this dystopian tale hit the stage in 2013 and has since become an international hit. With a new Australian cast and after selling out at the Melbourne Festival, we’re expecting it to be well worth a ticket.  1984, His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth, until August 13.


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Boogie with the Aussie Bee Gees

WHO DOESN’T ENJOY a bit of Saturday night fever? No one (I hope). Keep your dancing shoes at the ready, because we’ve located your next fix of the best of The Bee Gees. The Australian Bee Gees Show are bringing their world tour to Australia (naturally) as part of The Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary. After 20 years on the world stage,

1,000 shows headlining on the Famous Las Vegas Strip and with 2,000 shows already under their belt, The Australian Bee Gees will be digging out their flares and dusting off their platforms as a tribute to the magical music of the Brothers Gibb.  The Australian Bee Gees Show, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, August 11. To purchase tickets visit



ames Morrison knows jazz. Besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist and Australian icon also plays piano, all the brass, saxophones, and double bass. He tours all across the globe and has collaborated with the world’s best performers. So, it’s pretty special that he’ll be performing at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre for the institution’s 20th birthday celebration. Now 54, James has played far and wide for some top-notch events to make up a very rich and impressive career. He’s performed for royalty, including twice for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; for US Presidents Bush and Clinton at Parliament House in Australia; and for President Obama at the White House on International Jazz Day 2016, just to list a few of his highlights. It’s safe to say the man has talent. Our tip: don’t miss out when he visits Mandurah.  James Morrison 20th Birthday Celebration, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, August 12.To purchase tickets visit

The power of science Science is one of those freak subjects that can actually be super fun without even trying; so National Science Week is making the most of it by kicking off with a bang and bringing us the 2017

Perth Science Festival. Roll up for over 40 different interactive stalls, science shows that go bang! (explosions are usually a draw card), and the chance to meet native animals. And the best part is, it’s all free - in the name of science. Expect a vast number of things to entertain you across various venues: get microscopic with viewing the world, uncover the latest in robotics, or study the stars – just to list a few.  2017 Perth Science Festival, Perth Cultural Centre, August 12 to 13. For more info visit

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Where the wildflowers grow


ings Park’s Botanic Garden is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Perth, and it will only be more beautiful in September when the wildflowers are in full bloom for the 2017 Kings Park Festival. You’ll have ample opportunity to frolic through fields of colour and the scent of spring as the celebration of ‘Where the Wildflowers are!’ kicks off. Enjoy free walks and talks, Perth’s best native plant sale, outdoor exhibitions, art installations and more with the Western Australian wildflowers as your backdrop. The exhibition – Wildflowers and Superpowers – is one worth noting, which leading visitors to a stunning temporary art-piece

in the heart of WA's Botanic Gardens. Delightful.  Kings Park Festival, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, September. For more info events/festival



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alling all photography enthusiasts. Get your cameras out and start snapping some shots of our great outdoors because The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) national photo competition is back for another year. They’re encouraging photographers of all levels to get involved in capturing Australia’s natural beauty for the chance at more than $5,000 in prizes to be won – including a two-night stay at QT Gold Coast or QT Port Douglas, valued at $830 courtesy of QT Hotels & Resorts, as well as vouchers from Ted’s Cameras. Good luck!  The Nature Conservancy Australia ­– Photography Competition, September 18 to October 27. For more info visit natureaustralia.


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ngus and Julia Stone are essentially dream siblings. Angelic in appearance and even more so in voice, it’s no wonder they’ve produced a multitude of sweetsounding tunes. It’s been a little while since they’ve graced us with some new stuff, but fortunately they’re back with their recent single Snow and a record due for release any minute now. Even better, they’ll be bringing their sun-drenched sound to Perth for you to hear their new tracks live in September. Accompanying Angus and Julia will be 14-year-old phenomenon Ruel, discovered by producer M-Phazes. For a glimpse of this kid’s talent, check out M-Phazes recent Like A Version featuring Ruel singing Jack Garratt’s Weathered, as well as the duo’s coloration Golden Years.  Angus & Julia Stone Tour, Perth Concert Hall, September 29.To purchase tickets visit



ussie singer-songwriter Meg Mac has unleashed a whole lot lately for her passionate fanbase. With her recent record Low Blows, WA fans are snapping up Meg Mac tickets fast as part of her upcoming national tour. Expect to hear plenty of new stuff from Low Blows, a powerful set of dynamic, deep soul exhortations that have an all-enveloping atmosphere and presence, distinctly and uniquely Meg Mac. When talking about the recording, Meg Mac said: “Overall, I wanted it to really feel like I was just singing in the room to you. So a lot of the vocal performances are live and unedited; I think it was important to do that”. Soon Meg really could be singing live in a room to you – at The Rosemount Hotel in the city. After selling out previously listed shows at The Enmore Theatre in Sydney and The Forum in Melbourne, it’s very likely tickets won't hang around for much longer.  Meg Mac’s Australian Tour, The Rosemount Hotel, October 6. To purchase tickets visit


Expect to be able to see a spectacle of colours rolling down into the heart of the Avon Valley when great big hot air balloons begin their descent upon Northam for the National Ballooning Championships – it really will be an impressive sight to behold. Over the course of five days, 30 balloons will be floating over the hills and through the valleys. Keep a keen eye out at dawn and then again in the afternoon if you want to catch them. Or, if you’re not a morning bird, the Balloon Glow will take place at night for another pretty sight when all the balloons will be fired up on the ground for a special display. Finally, the event will finish off with a ‘key grab’ comp. Basically the pilots need to be as speedy as possible, testing their keen skills at varying winds and altitudes, to race from point to point to collect foam ‘keys’ from the end of poles placed around the grounds.  National Ballooning Championships, Northam WA, September 2 to 9. For more info visit

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REAL LIFE MIND READER JOHN EDWARD, ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST ACCLAIMED PSYCHIC MEDIUMS, TALKS TO TORI WILSON ABOUT HIS MYSTIC ABILITIES BEFORE HEADING OUR WAY FOR A NATIONAL TOUR. PL Tell me about your abilities, what exactly can you do as a psychic medium? JE The psychic part of my work is connecting my abilities with my clients and talking to them about what’s happening now in their life and what’s coming for them. The medium portion of my work is where I’m using the same psychic ability but I’m actually connecting with those who have crossed over to the other side and I’m passing on messages from loved ones to let their family members know that: one, they’re OK and two, they’re still with them. PL Do you believe anyone has the ability to train their minds to channel the energies of those who have moved on? JE No. I think everybody has the ability to intuitively recognise their loved ones and friends; everybody could walk outside and tell you if it’s raining, but not everybody could be a meteorologist. PL What’s the most profound experience you’ve had as a psychic medium? JE One example is when I was reading for a person who was in her seventies. Her stepfather came through and he came in a very positive way towards her with a lot of love. She had had a conversation with him


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childhood to the soundtrack of The Wiggles' songs is the best kind of childhood; so it’s a good thing for all the kiddies of Perth that The Wiggles will be coming to bring us all a show this Christmas. Expect to join Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, and Henry the Octopus, as well as Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony. The crew will perform classics like Do the Propeller!, Hot Potato and Rock-a-Bye Your Bear while taking the kids through a ton of different kinds of dances (and the parents too). With an impressive set that includes the Big Red Car, The Wiggly Christmas Tour is very likely to be a fun time.  The Wiggles – Wiggly Christmas Big Show Tour, Perth Arena, November 18. For more info visit

and was the last person to actually see him before he committed suicide, so she held on to guilt. She was in high school; so, she was a 17-year-old girl who lost her stepfather to a suicide and felt responsible in some respect for her entire life until he came through in her seventies – that was powerful. PL Where are these energies that you connect with? Are they those in limbo who have not ‘crossed over’ (The Sixth Sense style)? JE I don’t think they’re stuck. I think there’s another dimension that mirrors the dimension that we’re living in and you could call it the spirit world or the other side, the afterlife, the hereafter, whatever people want to call it. PL Can you read people over the phone? JE I would say 90% of my clientele happen over Skype and over the phone and it’s very easy, it’s like the radio. If I felt something I would totally tell you. I’m sure your next question will be, ‘Are you feeling anything now?’ (Yep.) Nah, I would tell you. I would ask you if you wanted to know.  John Edward The World’s Foremost Psychic Medium November Tour, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre Riverside Theatre, November 14.Visit for more info or purchase tickets at

A BOATING BONANZA entire family. Bring the kids to the Kid’s Casting Competition – if they hit the target with their cast they win a prize! On the water we can expect to see sailing on the agenda with plenty of other on-water activities planned. Show director Peter Woods says that fishing will be another big catch on the cards. “The show will host the grand final series of the WA Bream Classics. This event will see participants head onto the river on kayaks to fish all day; and weigh-ins held in the afternoon. The

biggest catch will be the 2017 winner!”  Perth International Boat Show, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, September 22 to 25. For more info visit

E N T E R TA I N T H E F A M I LY Come and explore our exciting hands-on exhibits, explosive science shows, fascinating Planetarium, family friendly puppet shows and much more at Scitech! Scitech is proudly supported by the Government of Western Australia

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here’s nothing quite like a day out on Western Australian waters, so if you’re a boating fan it’s basically one of the best places to be. What’s more, the Perth International Boat Show is coming up very soon as the major boating event for WA with lots to offer. Taking place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and Elizabeth Quay, the location is perfect for presenting a combination of industry displays and festival fun for the


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tarboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 sounds like something that should be a sci-fi blockbuster, but although it isn’t the next Star Wars, it is likely to blow your mind. The Weeknd is coming to Australia for the first time as part of the second leg to his very well received Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour. If the tour title didn’t jog your memory, The Weeknd is behind the hit track Starboy, which reached us in November 2016, with the help of featured artist Daft Punk. You might also have had a dance to other acclaimed hits, including The Hills, Can’t Feel My Face, Often, In The Night and Acquainted. The Weeknd has already hit up Stockholm to Ohio, but has decided the party hasn’t finished just yet. His second leg will feature stops throughout North America, and for the first time, New Zealand and Australia, with French Montana and Nav joining him to ramp up the show even more.  The Weeknd, Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour, Perth Arena, December 14. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit

CHEERS TO A WA WINTER WINTER IS COMING. Well, it’s to be here already, but luckily we live in WA, where the sky is blue and the sun is shining about 80% of the time – which means we’re able to have cool events, like the Perth Craft Beer Festival, outdoors at the Claremont Showgrounds in the middle of August. This carnival of beer, cider and food is designed to have your tastebuds tingling as WA’s biggest beer festival. There’ll be a staggering 150 beers from over 40 breweries to try – good luck, you’ll need it!


Welcome home

ash Sultana has gone from strength to strength since her rapid rise to stardom, making appearances across the globe almost non-stop. After a mammoth 18-month sold out World Tour, she’s heading back home to play six final shows. Luckily for us, those shows include Fremantle and Margaret River. Get in fast because it’s very likely that these could sell out in a flash. It’s no surprise everybody has been flocking in to see Tash: she’s exudes cool vibes and is blessed with such talent, and is completely self-taught. Her skills were first picked up when she was noticed busking in Melbourne’s CBD – at the last count the number of instruments Tash has taught herself is a total of 15. A solo presence on stage, just like on the street, Tash has an incredible ability to create intimate atmospheres, no matter how large the crowd, and completely captures their


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There’ll also be plenty of beats to keep the vibe lifted, including a DJ set by Kevin Parker live on the opening Friday. Then, if you’re feeling bold, take a turn on the bumper cars, the bucking bull, the dunk tank or a ride that spins you around and around and around (maybe attempting that one at the start of the day might be best?)  Perth Craft Beer Festival, Claremont Showground, August 18 to 20. For more info and to purchase tickets visit

attention with her incredible talent. With a debut album on the horizon, these shows are your last chance to get your Sultana fix before she ducks off to make more sweet music. Supporting Tash across the tour will be fellow former buskers, Pierce Brothers and Melbourne-based free spirits, Willow Beats.  Tash Sultana Homecoming Tour, November 18 to December 16.Visit



SO WHY THE GAP? IT’S PRETTY SIMPLE… WE TAKE THE TIME. The time to check every minor detail of your circumstances, loan scenarios and what’s on offer out there in the market. We take the time to foresee any issues that might arise and stop the application from going through. We take the time to be meticulous in our research and analysis so that once we’ve compiled your application, we already have a pretty good idea whether it will be accepted or not - way before we press the ‘submit button’. It’s not always happy days and we have to disappoint client from time to time… But we ensure we give them the bad news before the bank or lender does, so their credit rating isn’t compromised. Most importantly, we’re honest – if after all the work is done, we don’t feel confident in the application going through - we won’t lodge it… simple as that!



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FRESH APPLE FOR THE HOME HomePod is proof that the Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In this case, that tree is Apple’s ubiquitous Apple Music database, that repository in the cloud somewhere with more than 40 million songs available for download - if you have a subscription of course. Now Apple wants to bring a new dimension to Apple Music, launching the squat but very-clever HomePod wireless speaker. The 18cm tall HomePod packs some mind-numbingly clever tech stuff into a compact package - an upward facing woofer for distortion-free bass; no fewer than seven “beam-forming” tweeters (each with its own amplifier) to channel the sound and six in-built microphones so you can talk - yes, talk - to the HomePod via Siri. HomePod can even sense, says Apple, exactly where it is placed in a room (corner, table, bookshelf etc) and then figure out the optimum playback experience. It won’t, of course, account for personal taste, so if you’re streaming a Justin Bieber track you are on your own . . . The HomePod is expected to be available in Australia from December for around $400. For more information, visit


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BUY ME A RIVER The brains behind the RIVER mobile power station turned to Indiegogo to raise funds to bring their idea for a lightweight, portable and eco-friendly super battery to life. They weren’t disappointed, with more than $US1 million pledged, 3,322% more than their target. The RIVER is now rolling off the production line (and its makers are aiming for an Australian retail release later in the year) and could be a game-changer if you like your camping and heading into the great outdoors, but want to stay connected but without having to have a noisy, heavy, generator nearby. A powerful lithium-ion battery is at the RIVER’s core, protected from overheating and surges by intelligent battery software, and not only does the device keep its charge for a year, it can be recharged via your car, the mains or (via a special adapter) solar power. And the RIVER can simultaneously charge up to 11 devices, with a total output of 500 Watts, in temperatures ranging from -20 to 60C. A RIVER unit, plus solar charger and element-proof carry case, is around $US1,000. For details, check out river-your-mobile-power-station-solar-generatorbattery-powerbank#/

SEED AND HEARD If you like vinyl and streaming music but can’t be bothered with a lot of gear, look no further - Seed is about to arrive. Seed is Taiwanese-designed, allin-one turntable system that not only plays vinyl via a high quality turntable (and Audio Technica cartridge) with an exclusive suspension system (no need to worry about vibrations from the in-built Seed speaker), but also has WiFi, Bluetooth and a web-streaming connection (there’s also an RCA line out and AUX line in for headphones). The amp can pump out 70W but the real beauty of Seed (it sells for around $U800) is its compact size and how it cleverly bridges the analog (vinyl) and digital music worlds. Digilog, anyone? For more information, email hym.seed@

HASSELBLAD BRILLIANCE It says something when your camera equipment is chosen to record possibly the most momentous occasion in mankind’s history - the journey to, and landing on, the Moon. But Hasselblad cameras, which are handmade in Gothenburg, Sweden, were a professional favourite and world leader in medium format photography long before NASA picked them to record the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. Apart from the very cool, ultra-ergonomic design, Hasselblad’s new X1D is groundbreaking because it is the world’s first compact mirrorless digital medium format camera. Weighing just 725g, less than half that of a conventional digital medium format camera, the X1D has a 50megapixel sensor and an ISO range from 100 to 25,600 and shutter speeds of 60 minutes to 1/2,000th of a second. Hasselblad has also launched a new line of lenses for the X1D but it is also compatible (via an adapter) with the company’s existing H System lenses. The X1D is priced at just under $12,000. For more information, visit Hasselblad cameras are available in Perth at C.R. Kennedy & Company, West Leederville, (08) 9489 8550 and Camera Electronic, Stirling Street (08) 9328 4405.

MAMMOTH UNDERTAKING At the very pointy end of the luxury watch world there’s a never-ending battle between manufacturers for bragging rights for creating the most exclusive, or technically challenging, timepiece possible. Switzerland's HYT hasn’t been in the game all that long but immediately rocked the boat when it launched a watch using an ingenious system to show the time by mixing liquids in micro-engineered tubes - a bold concept indeed, as most watchmakers go to extreme lengths to keep liquids well away from the finely engineered components of mechanical watches. Now HYT has gone a step further into crazy, with this ultra-exclusive (just five available worldwide) Skull Vida model. Not only does it boast HYT’s patented ‘micro-fluidic module’ but the striking skull dial is made out of mammoth ivory, dug from the frozen wastes of Siberia. A manually wound HYT movement ticks things over and offers a 65-hour power reserve when fully wound. If you can afford the $US95,000 for one you’ll have a unique collectors’ item for the dial of each watch has its own individual design and texture. For more, visit

PULP FIXATION In the 1930s and 40s ‘Pulp Fiction’ ruled the newsstands; and the more lurid, sensual or shocking the cover, the better; after all, competition to get readers’ attention was fierce with thousands of titles available. Now, thanks to British artist Mike Fyles and the creative crew at UK-based gift company CUBIC, that sense of pulp cool lives again. CUBIC commissioned Mike to create covers for six ‘makebelieve’ pulp titles, the illustrations being used on a range of groovy products such as tea towels, book ‘tins’ (you can stack ‘em on your bookshelf as a secret repository for keys and the like) and notebooks. “I’ve worked with Marvel, and a small number of press publishers in America, mainly producing cover art for what has become known there as New Pulp - a new generation of writers reviving and reframing old pulp characters who are now public domain,” says Mike. “This work was a departure of sorts, where the artwork - with the exception of the notebooks, would be on other types of products. The tins are very clever and I really enjoyed the collaboration with CUBIC’s Ian Richardson, who was one of the more creative editors I’ve worked with.” The book tins cost just under $28, the tea towels $15 and the notebooks around $12 and all are available from shop/jay/pulp

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BOOK Shelf |

Norman Burns


FAMILY TIES The late Wally Foreman and his sons Glen and Mark.

THE LEGEND FROM BRUCE ROCK GLEN FOREMAN, FFPress, $34.99 Shockwaves rippled across Perth on November 2, 2006, when respected sports journalist and administrator Wally Foreman died from a heart attack, aged just 58. And of course none felt his passing more than his family - wife Lyn and sons Glen and Mark. Wally's skills lay not just in analysing or commenting on sport, which he did with aplomb for the ABC and Channel 9 after beginning his media career at The West Australian newspaper; Wally, who hailed from Bruce Rock, was an “everyman’s” man who treated others with respect, be they kings or cleaners. His people skills (and sports knowledge of course) were instrumental in him being selected as the inaugural director of the WA Institute of Sport, a position he held for 17 years before returning to the media. Thousands attended his memorial service at Challenge Stadium; many more tuned in on live radio. But, of course, the


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pain and loss was most raw for the Foreman family. Now, son Glen, who followed in Wally’s footsteps into sports journalism before moving into a role at the WACA, has released an entertaining, and poignant, biography about his dad. “It’s taken me six years,” says Glen who realised during writing the book that he needed a unique angle to the tale. “I found I was writing it like a feature article and it was missing something. Then I read an amazing bio of Johnny Cash, by the LA Times’ music critic Robert Hilburn. I reached out to Robert and he actually got back to me; but he wouldn’t read what I had written; he said I had to find my own voice and just start writing.” And with the birth of his daughter, Charlotte, Glen found the catalyst to write from the heart - the book is written to her, the grandfather she never met but whose impact on WA’s sporting and media landscape still resonates today. To order, visit

FROM LILLIPUT TO LORD’S GREG YOUNG, SilverWood Books, $22 As I write this, Cricket Australia and its leading players are involved in a bitter stoush over (aren’t they all?) money. But turn the clock back and cricket was a different, and certainly far less lucrative, beast. For Perth lawyer-cum-author Greg Young the exploits of the West Indies’ cricketers of the 1950s and 1960s hold special memories - so much so that it’s led him to pen a quirky, fascinating look at why one little Caribbean island produced so many cricketing superstars. “My dad played WACA A grade in the early 1960s; he loved the game and had quite a few cricket books. When I was about 13 he gave me a book he’d been given by his grandfather about the famous 1963 Test between England and the West Indies. I was hooked by the photographs and the descriptions of the attacking West Indies’ style. "I began to read more about the great Windies teams of the 50s and 60s and learned that the most dominant West Indies batsmen of the era - Everton Weeks, Frank Worrell and Clyde Walcott (the Three W’s), Garry Sobers and Conrad Hunt - were all born within a few miles of each other on the tiny island of Barbados. And they were all knighted for services to cricket. I found that all pretty fascinating and From Lilliput to Lord’s grew out of that,’’ says Greg. The eye-catching cover really nails the Caribbean vibe too and therein lies another story. “I had been searching the net for artwork that spoke to what I described in the book - free flowing, bright and attractive cricket. I was originally going to use something abstract, like those great Verve Records album covers of the 1960s. But then I thought it would be nice to use

the work of a Bajan (from Barbados) - I came across Neville Legall’s artwork, which was perfect. Luckily Neville is a proud West Indies cricket fan and he graciously allowed me to use his work,” says Greg. TOUR DE OZ BRET HARRIS, HarperCollins, $29.99 St Georges Terrace, Perth, June 5, 1899. A big crowd gathers, along with WA Governor Sir Gerard Smith, to officially farewell adventurer and former Goldfields prospector Arthur Richardson. His mission: to become the first person to cycle around the continent; that’s an 18,507km journey facing brutally difficult conditions (searing heat, bitter cold, sandstorms) but also some fierce rivals from the east determined to do beat him to it. Thousands of kilometres away on the East Coast, brothers Frank and Alex White, and pastoralist Donald Mackay, also dream of completing the journey - but in a counterclockwise direction. The wiry Richardson, who’d sought his fortune in the Goldfields, had already notched up some formidable cycling achievements, conquering the Nullarbor Plain, a fiercely difficult ride over 2,100km of sandy tracks, in temperatures north of 50C. But, after 31 days of bone-jarring pedalling, he had successfully reached Adelaide. In Tour de Oz, leading sports journalist Bret Harris weaves a thoroughly fascinating tale that screams TV mini-series to me. Did Arthur make it? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out. 50 YEARS OF ROLLING STONE EDITED BY JANN WENNER, Abrams, $90 You could probably split rock music into two main eras - BRS (Before Rolling Stone) and ARS (not a great acronym I admit) - such was the impact the magazine, founded in New York in 1967 by Jann Wenner, had on cementing rock as a serious cultural art form. The morphing of rock ‘n’ roll into rock, and then into the multi-trillion dollar business it is today, is due in no small part to Rolling Stone’s influence, and this handsome book (sorted decade-by-decade) is packed with some of the magazine’s great interviews, and images, from the past five decades. With insights into Dylan, Cobain, Jagger and Springsteen, and many more of rock’s luminaries, plus some amazing images by the likes of Annie Liebovitz, this is a must for any pop culture fan.

THE FORCE, DON WINSLOW, HarperCollins Aust., $32.99 Californian writer Don Winslow struck a nerve when he got death threats - and complements - from some of the most ruthless individuals in the criminal world after his searing thrillers The Power of the Dog and The Cartel were published. The threats and praise came from the same source - members of Mexico’s notorious drug cartels; some were not happy at the way Winslow’s ‘fictional-butbased-on-fact’ characters were portrayed; but others were thrilled at the notoriety;

after all, ego plays a big part when you’re running a billion-dollar drug empire. For The Force Winslow has temporarily put the third book in his ‘drug war’ trilogy on hold, turning his focus on police corruption. The story of the not-so-clean NYPD Det. Sgt Denny Malone, caught between a rock and a hard place with the Feds breathing down his neck, has already garnered rave reviews. Winslow digs into the NYPD’s unsavoury side but he is no cop hater; he dedicates The Force preface to officers killed in the line of duty, a sobering list of names covering two and half pages.

CARS IN CUBA YOU SHOULD SEE BEFORE THEY DIE KIM BUDDEE, New Holland Publishers, $45 As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention and there’s no greater evidence of this than on the island of Cuba. Prior to its Communist revolution in 1959, Cuba was shaping up as a tropical extension of the American dream; well, at least that of hustlers and mobsters, looking to control the lucrative casino business. Big, flashy Yank Tanks ruled the streets - and then Fidel Castro and co came along to spoil the party. The island fell under Communist rule, the US slapped trade embargoes on the islands, which meant no new parts for all those cars; in fact, no new cars either. So for decades Cubans found a way to keep those relics rolling; Cuba’s resolve was put to even greater test when the Soviet Union disintegrated in the early 90s and the island was well and truly on its own. And from this automotive time warp springs Kim Buddee’s rather fabulous, and pithily named book, Cars in Cuba You

Should See Before They Die. “Every trip in a car in Cuba is a car buff ’s dream,” says Kim, who seized on the chance to visit the island when then President Obama began to re-engage with Cuba (moves now reversed by President Trump). “I came upon well-known brands such as Ford and Chevrolet and discovered forgotten marques including DeSoto, Studebaker and Nash. As a baby boomer these zombies from the 1940s and 50s piqued childhood memories, especially as our family car in WA was a green 1953 Ford Customline and my own first car was an FJ Holden,” says Kim, who’s already thinking about another trip down automobile memory lane. “If I were to make another book on cars it would be to scour the country of Outback Australia for those crusty, rusty, hulks sitting overgrown in paddocks and dusty shearing sheds. Or a return to Cuba; there are still 60,000 of these beauties roaming the island.”

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COUCH Potato |

Matthew Mills


MARVEL’S THE DEFENDERS Netflix, from August 18 There’s a simple reason why Batman’s cooler than Superman, why Ironman’s cooler than Captain America and why Deadpool is cooler than, well, everyone: No one likes a goody two shoes. Yes, a true good guy’s manners may be impeccable, their souls pure, their moral compass stuck rigidly at ‘do the right thing’, but nowadays most of us want our superheroes to have an edge, a bit of the bad boy about them, a bit of drama. Raise a sneering, sarcastic cheer then for the arrival of the ultimate team-up of angst-ridden uberhumans in Marvel’s The Defenders, a mouth-wateringly dark depiction of four of the moodiest malcontents ever to grace the comicbook universe. There’s Daredevil, the brilliant attorney blinded in a freak childhood accident, who prosecutes scumbags by day and metes out brutal vigilante justice at night. Next up’s Jessica Jones, a super-clever superhero so cool she doesn’t even need a special name. She was at school with Spider-Man himself and, like all the best tortured heroes, watched her parents die at an early age. Luke Cage, too, doesn’t go in for capes and dramatic noms des plume, instead just tries to keep his head down while he battles his own personal demons – hard to do when you’re super strong with skin a bullet can’t pierce. And then there’s Iron Fist, who dealt with the death of his parents in a plane crash when he was 10 years old by training to be the ultimate warrior monk. Like you do.


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Netflix superhero fans will know the quartet well – each has their own series already – but now, as they band together to unleash a whole lot of furrowed-browed whoopass on the baddies of New York, we can expect something pretty damn special that’s gonna be more than the sum of their mean and moody parts. Watch if you love: Luke, Jessica, Fisty and DD in their own shows, the bits in Deadpool kids shouldn’t see.

wait for the bad weather to go away with some great telly and the kind of tucker that makes you forget all about the wind howling outside. Great timing, then, that the Hairy Bikers are about to return to our screens with their guide to the ultimate in comfort food. If you’re not au fait with these two cult British celeb chefs, then it’s time to get to know them better. Known to their nearest and dearest as David Myers and Simon

HAIRY BIKERS COMFORT FOOD, Life Style Food, August 4, MAGGIE IN JAPAN, Lifestyle, August 2 Winter’s here and the best way to deal with it, I reckon, is to just rug up on the sofa and

King, the Hairy Bikers have been bringing their own brand of culinary conversation to the world since 1995, garnering a huge fan

base through their raw mixture of cooking tips and travelogue as they tour the UK on classic Harleys. There’s no airs and graces here, just a traditional Northern approach to the good life. Comfort food, then, should be their specialty – and they’ve promised to serve up an array of treats, including such delights as banana and treacle pudding, Caribbean chicken and pumpkin curry, oxtail soup and Lancashire hot pot. Plenty then to keep your mouth watering as the rain does it worst outside, but if you need even more comforting, then what could be better than inviting Maggie Beer round? Yes, everyone’s favourite Aussie chef is back for Maggie in Japan, which sees the much-loved Great Australian Bake Off host tour the land of the rising sun from Tokyo to Osaka by way of the Noto Peninsular to research culinary tricks for a feast for her friends back home in the Barossa. A 90-minute special, this is a chance to enjoy Maggie’s boundless enthusiasm and love of life and let everything else in the world take a back seat. Watch if you love: Classic motorbikes, crusty pies and crusty hosts, and anything with Maggie Beer in it. DIANA: TRAGEDY OR TREASON TLC, August 28 As much as it pains me to admit it, I’m not far off my 50th year on this planet – and

feared to be the next target. I was at my desk in Bristol when the tsunami struck that Boxing Day, as I was when the bomb went off in Bali, and I was here in Perth when more innocents died in Norway, Mumbai and Manchester. But the one that I remember most vividly has to be the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. I had a hangover and was eating Coco Pops, watching the news on a sunny morning in Scotland. I watched the reports for maybe ten minutes before it sank iN just what had happened, but when I did, I dressed and drove unbidden to the office of the Greenock Telegraph, as did each and every other journalist on the paper. Shocked, we brought out the paper’s first ever Sunday edition. It was, of course, one of the great news events of my generation and, like the babyboomers who can always remember where they were when JFK died, people of my age can always put a pin in August 31, 1997. Any look back at the events of that night in Paris, then, draws us in, so as the 20th anniversary looms there’s going to be a fair bit of reminiscing. Over three nights, Diana: Tragedy or Treason delves into the conspiracy theories that have raised their heads in last two decades as well as her legacy and the effect her death has had on the world, talking to the likes of her biographer Andrew Morton and bodyguard Ken Wharfe as well as crash investigators,

I’ve spent more than half of them as a journalist. And like most every other journalist I know, I can recount my career by where I was when the big stories broke. On 9/11, I was in London in the tower in Canary Wharf that was, for a brief time at least,

friends and employees. Whether it answers any questions is debatable, but TLC, part of the Discovery stable, can generally be relied on to keep journalism first and sensationalism second. Watch if you love: The drama of real life, leaving no stone unturned.

JOHN EALES REVEALS THE HAKA Discovery Channel, August 20 Speaking of memorable moments, one that went down in sporting history for all the wrong reasons was during the Wallabies’ clash with the All Blacks in Wellington back in 1996. It was, of course, the day Australia’s captain, John Eales, decided that he and his team mates weren’t going to face their New Zealand counterparts when they performed their traditional, pre-match haka. Normally, the guys in the green and gold would stare down their All Black counterparts as they performed the traditional Maori ceremony, but, in an ill-thought out act of defiance, this time they just carried on their warmups at the other end of the pitch as though nothing was going on. Natural justice kicked in and the Wallabies were thrashed 43-6, but more repercussions were to come – outrage poured from both sides of the ditch and the moment of madness cast a blight on Eales’ otherwise illustrious career. He has, of course, since accepted his mistake and apologised unreservedly, admitting in 2003: “I was ashamed . . . how little respect was shown to very rich tradition of the game. I’m still embarrassed by it.” Now, Eales takes things even further by reaching out to All Black legend Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford to help him learn more about this pivotal part of New Zealand’s culture and identity. Together they crisscross the two islands, visiting Maori communities in Rotorua, Eden Park and Auckland as Eales walks his own personal road to redemption. It should be a fascinating insight into a historic culture. Watch if you love: Every moment of every Wallabies/All Black clash, the power that comes from a great man admitting he was wrong. PL August/September 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


PRIMO People



f ever proof were needed that angels walk among us, the leading ladies at WA’s Kids Cancer Support Group provide all the evidence needed. Cassie Lovering and Donna Field – KCSG’s president and vice-president, respectively – work with a handful of dedicated committee members to support families who have children with cancer and other blood disorders. Their devotion to the cause comes from a place of deep empathy, due to their personal experience with the disease. “My son Harvey was diagnosed with


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a brain tumour in 2011,” Cassie explains. “He was 17 months old. We were on Ward 3B at PMH and once a week a lady called Sue would bring morning tea to the family room. Sue was the president of KCSG and had been with the group for 23 years. “Sadly, Harvey passed away in 2013,” Cassie continues. “At the end of 2013, Sue was looking at passing on the hat, and I put my hand up, taking over in early 2014.” For Cassie, taking over KCSG was part of the healing process. “It’s a little bit like Stockholm Syndrome,” she explains. “When

your child is first diagnosed, Ward 3B is an awful, horrible place and you don’t want to be there. “Slowly, you start trusting everyone who’s there, because they only have the best interests of your child at heart. The nurses aren’t friends, because they can’t be friends, but they’re the people that you rely on, as well as the doctors and all the other parents. “I wasn’t quite ready to leave Ward 3B when Harvey passed away, but slowly, as time goes by, it gets harder to go back.” At around the time that Cassie put her

IMAGE Crib Creative. THE WORST OF TIMES Right, Cassie Lovering and Donna Field from Kids Cancer Support Group know first hand what it's like to live with a child hit by cancer.

hand up for the KCSG presidency, she encountered Donna, who she immediately identified as a 3B kindred spirit. “My son Jackson was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of three-and-a-half, five days after my 40th birthday,” Donna recalls. “Jackson was having chemo one day and Cassie just came and introduced herself, and asked me if I’d be interested in being involved in KCSG. “Initially – because I was so caught up with Jackson in intensive treatment – I said to her that once he got on to maintenance I’d

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have a think about it, and a short time later, Kids Cancer Support Group 2.0 was born.” At the time Cassie and Donna took over in late 2014, KCSG had been operating – in one form or another – for more than three decades. The Life Family Support Group of Children with Cancer and Leukaemia, established in 1983, was the original parentrun support group for Ward 3B at PMH. The group was a non-profit organisation and registered charity supporting children with cancer and their families. It aimed to provide support to families through ongoing education, social events, and the purchase of play equipment and medical equipment for the ward. “When I took over, I could see the potential for the charity and what it could

support families as they adjust to their “new normal”. “We talk about life BC and AC – our life before cancer, and the life that we create after our old life is destroyed. “In the first six to 12 months of Jackson’s treatment, I’d never heard of the Kids Cancer Support Group, and it was awful to go through that journey alone,” she says. “Ward 3B – the doctors and the nurses and the other families – became my support network. They were the only ones who understood what that journey was like. “It was really important for me that other families didn’t feel so alone – and I guess that’s what Kids Cancer Support Group is really trying to do: connect, support and enrich. We connect families,

away,” Cassie explains. “Some of them end up retreating, especially if they have their own children.” Donna adds: “It’s very confronting. It can even be too confronting for their own families.” KCSG is – above all – a support network; a safe place, according to Cassie. “You can share a feeling or emotion throughout the journey, and another mum will say, ‘Oh my god, I thought I was the only one,” no, you’re not. “Sharing those feelings gives validation to the feelings of everyone.You’re not going crazy.You’re just living on pure adrenaline.” To this end, KCSG has a few strings to its bow: in general, it aims to improve the quality of life of children diagnosed

ALWAYS LOVED Left, Oli and Thomas, and Jane Hunt with son Thomas, one of the families helped by the support offered by KCSG.

do,” Cassie says. “Morning tea once a week was all well and good, but I knew we could do more.” Having been through cancer with their own children, Cassie and Donna knew intrinsically what was needed from the registered charity. “Our unspoken tagline is: we get it,” Cassie says. “We can help you and support you as your kid goes through treatment.” According to Donna, KCSG exists to


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providing them with support and enriching their lives in any way we can now, while we’re in the trenches.” The loneliness of the cancer journey is one that Cassie and Donna refer to regularly, and drives their determination to build KCSG. “When your child is diagnosed, your friends are there to support you, of course, but it’s too hard for them to understand that you have a child who might possibly pass

with cancer, leukaemia or blood disorders and their families. It also aims to improve conditions, treatment facilities and the quality of care available; provide information; provide social activities for families; address the issue of siblings; and support the parents and grandparents. “KCSG is about filling the gaps,” Cassie says. “The hospital can support the families, but there are a countless gaps that need to be filled.”

A KCSG activity particularly close to Donna’s heart is the weekend mum’s restorative retreat, held twice-yearly in the Swan Valley. With the help of psychologists, life coaches and social workers, the retreat provides mums with strategies to deal with stress and anxiety. It also offers restorative yoga, meditation, sound therapy, art therapy and various workshops. “This was the first project I worked on,” Donna explains. “It meant a lot to me, because I’d gone from being quite a sociable person to suddenly having no social life or outlet, and no peers who could relate to what I was going through. “I was a working, career mum with a great group of friends and a social life, and then Jackson was diagnosed and everything changed. “I just felt so isolated and alone, wanting to reach out to find someone who understood me and what I was going through. “Finally, another 3B mother and I were talking and decided that if a break was what the mums needed, we should organise it, because we needed it just as much.That was the beginning of the mum’s restorative retreat.” According to Donna, the weekend retreats usually begin with nerves and anxiety and people pulling out. “We promote the fact that you can come along and be in a safe environment with people who understand. There’s no expectation. “Our motto is: together we are stronger. We hold each other up; we’re there for each other. I didn’t feel alone after our first retreat. It helped me feel connected to other people who understood how hard this journey is.” “'Alone’ is a word that we hear a lot,” Cassie continues. “You could have all the support in the world, but it’s a lonely, lonely place unless people get it. “We make it clear that you don’t have to participate on the retreats. If you want to spend the weekend in bed because you don’t get that opportunity at home, do it. “All those barriers and walls that you put up to protect yourself, you can let them down for one weekend, and just feel free.” The dads also receive support through KCSG, in the form of dedicated Dads' Days. “It’s an opportunity for them to bond. It’s stereotypical, but they’re not as likely to open up and cry – they’d rather bond over a common interest, like fishing, go-kart racing or paintballing. Together, they’re starting to break down the barriers.” Donna and Cassie also realise the importance of supporting siblings through the cancer journey. Cassie has seen firsthand how children are impacted when their

brother or sister are diagnosed, and knows the devastation caused. “My parents took over the parenting role of my two older children for the six months while Harvey was in treatment. It was just easier for them to stay with my parents, because my husband still had to work. “We have to try and include the siblings. If it’s the baby of the family who’s sick, as Harvey was, the older siblings want to help their baby brother. That’s why we hold holiday programmes and movie nights, as a chance for the whole family to come together.” Donna adds: “We turn the ward’s waiting room into a movie theatre, and we have pizza and treats for the kids. Saturday night on the ward is not too much fun, and it encourages brothers and sisters to be involved.” As well as family activities, KCSG also provides Gladiator Goodies – toys and activities delivered to children on Ward 3B.


For the first time in the charity’s history, KCSG recently moved to its own premises in West Leederville. Donna and Cassie refer to the property as the KCSG “house”, and want it to be a base for the charity to offer even more services. “This is where we’ll fill in the gaps,” Cassie explains. “We can hold information sessions and workshops, covering everything from managing relationships to PTSD, which pretty much everyone has suffered.” Donna adds: “This house is going to help us expand and grow and build on those programmes and services. We want KCSG to go on forever. There are more than 100 newly diagnosed families with cancer in WA each year. “Some families, when their child passes away or finishes treatment, they’re happy to walk out of that door and live their life. For the majority, once cancer is there, it’s there. There’s life before, and life after; BC and AC. Some days you feel somewhat normal, but other days it still takes your breath away.” By sharing their personal experiences of having a child diagnosed with cancer, Cassie and Donna continue to raise awareness of the impact childhood cancer has on the whole family. Together, along with a passionate committee, they hope to further enhance the way these families are connected, supported and enriched by the Kids Cancer Support Group. PL For more information about KCSG, or to donate to the charity, visit, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

“The Gladiator Goodies are for siblings and friends as well – it’s about supporting and acknowledging the entire network.” One of KCSG’s most poignant acts is its donation of funds to bereaved families. “We contribute to the funerals of children who pass away,” Cassie says. “If a family wants a thousand dollars’ worth of balloons at their child’s funeral, then they can do that. If it helps them do one thing that they couldn’t do because it wasn’t part of their budget, then that’s great.” Like most charities, KCSG relies on donations to keep operating. It’s a situation that Cassie says can be tricky, as – understandably – the majority of people want to donate money towards finding a cure for cancer. “People do like to donate to research because they want to feel like they’re helping to find the cure, but that misses the people who are here now,” Cassie says. Donna adds: “The cure is too late for us; we’re here, we’re living it.”

KIDS CANCER SUPPORT GROUP is hosting its inaugural Night of Gold on September 2 at Perth’s most golden location – Perth Mint. Join KCSG for an exclusive night filled with golden memories and help raise money for WA children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Your GOLDEN TICKET ($125pp) includes: • Premium catering • Champagne, wine, beer • Live entertainment • Entry to Perth Mint and all exhibits • Gold-pour exhibition Buy tickets at au/kids-cancer-support-group/ night-of-gold.html

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PRIMO eats

Perfect pear



ust stepping into the home of Poach Pear products on Raymond Avenue in Bayswater set the drool factor to high. The cornucopia of beautiful artisan products, fresh fruits, gourmet seedencrusted crackers and leafy embellishment was phenomenal. Each charcuterie product by Poach Pear was carefully placed – duck paté with a tempting glaze of orange to make it pop, a paprika-tinged Spanish terrine, a small pot of silky smooth chicken and peppercorn paté and a duck terrine studded with green gems of pistachio. Already being a lover of your standard cheese board, I was dying to try them all.


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These were a few of the spectacular new products created by husband-andwife-run company Poach Pear, with their other freshly-made creations including their chicken and thyme paté, pork and walnut rillettes and duck chicken porcini rillettes. Add this to their sleek and practical new award-winning packaging and it’s clear that Adam and Marissa Bielawski have had a busy year bringing their many devotees new delights, to say the least. I was luckily enough to not just take home a collection of these perfect, handcrafted treats, but to also hear about the history and art of the creations from the pair behind the products.

TEMPTING SPREAD The delicious collection of Poach Pear deli goodies is widely available and their packaging has drawn many plaudits recently.

“I’m a big believer in tradition,” says Adam, who comes from a long line of UK farmers. “I try as much as possible to do things that are quite traditional and to stay authentic to what we are as a business but also to the food. So when it comes down to new products, I’ll try and do a couple that are quite traditional; like the pork and prune and the farmhouse terrines, then we just put our own little twist on it.” The duck and pistachio terrine is another classic, this time originating from France, Adam tells me. He’s added a generous amount of fresh thyme – picked from his own garden – and a touch of orange, along with the WA pistachios of course. “We’ve got some beautiful pistachios here in WA, so I’m adding them for a bit of colour. Duck meat is quite dark and rich so you want something that’s going to cut through that richness a little bit and pistachios do that really well,” explains Adam. Producing such charcuterie products as these is something of a dying art. Adam, a single-minded chef who’s determined to

carry on his family heritage and keep the passions and traditions behind the craft alive. With a databank full of products that he wants to bring to life, he holds on to old family recipes, dreaming up ways to make them work, somethng he’s managed

to execute perfectly with some of his new delicacies. “With products like the Potted Pig and the Spanish Terrine, I’m just trying to push the boundaries a little bit and see if people will like it.” I for one definitely did.

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The Spanish Terrine was easily my favourite. Adam took the robust and punchy flavours of the chorizo, like toasted fennel, aromatic coriander and hot paprika, and combined this with local pork to create a real taste of Spain in terrine form. While the craft of charcuterie as a widely practiced tradition may be dwindling in contrast to past eras, Poach Pear’s own trajectory is soaring. After expanding into Melbourne less than two years ago, they’ve


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continued to grow with their products now available in Queensland and South Australia, a testament to the quality of the product and brand. “Melbourne is a really tough food market because there are some amazing food producers based in Melbourne and they are very loyal, like we are loyal here,” says Marissa, the marketing brains behind the brand. “So to grow there, it shows that we have very good representation and that

we have a good product, because if we didn’t it wouldn’t survive.” Something that makes Poach Pear products that extra bit special is that they always maintain a small batch, hand-crafted philosophy, Marissa says. “Charcuterie really is a specialised business and a lot of people think it’s quite easy to do but you have to do it under strict controls and just be really careful with how things are done and we’ve always

maintained that,” says Marissa. “We don’t compromise. We keep it small batch and hand-crafted – we haven’t gone to huge machines or anything like that.” Like any specialist or creator, charcuterie is an art that not all can execute, yet Poach Pear have perfected. When asking Marissa what’s been the key ingredients to the brand’s success, she explains that a good product and moderate but sustained growth have lifted the company to where it is today. “I think we’ve kept it real and we’ve grown in a moderate way, we haven’t tried to be too quick,” says Marissa. “We’ve been quite consistent because Adam is really particular about the product and never compromises.” To give the brand an extra kick still, the couple have managed to stay ahead of trends by introducing new, cutting edge packaging for all Poach Pear products to complement their expansion and reflect the quality of the brand. The packaging, with its pear-shaped diecut windows and tapered sides, has been awarded first place for fresh food packaging in the most prestigious awards program of its kind,

the Dieline Awards. Created by local Perth graphic design studio Dessein, the simple silhouetted illustrations and muted colour palette of the packaging showcase the artisan qualities of the products perfectly. With their Perth operations down pat and the national expansion smoothly underway, Marissa and Adam don’t intend on stopping there. “It is our real desire to get into the south east Asian market,” says Marissa. “That’s where we really want to head and it’s a whole other learning curve, but one which I think we’re ready for.” PL Visit to find your nearest Poach Pear stockist.

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PRIMO sport


THREE AMIGAS Rebecca Banyard (right) and fellow team members Ashtyn Hiron and Elizabeth Hinkes are playing in this year’s lacrosse World Championships.


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h en I think of lacrosse, the first thing that comes to mind are visions of Mean Girl Regina George fiercely ploughing her way across the field, or Wild Child’s Emma Roberts dancing madly with her pink crosse in the air in an attempt to intimidate the opposition. But according to Rebecca Banyard, one of three selected Western Australians to compete in this year’s lacrosse World Championships, the real thing is much more impressive. Rebecca, 28, comes from a family where the game of lacrosse has always dominated. With both parents being lacrosse fans and players themselves, she was introduced to the game at a young age and it has been her passion ever since. Lucky for her, she’s grown up in Perth, one of three main centres for lacrosse in Australia, along with Melbourne and Adelaide, so has had a greater chance to thrive. “It’s incredibly fun and super fast,” says Rebecca. “Unlike a lot of other sports, you can run with the ball for as long as you like without restrictions. There’s also heaps of control with the ball. With footy you might bomb it and have a big scrappy mess, but lacrosse isn’t like that at all. It’s very precise with pinpoint throws and is a very free and fast flowing sport.” While lacrosse mightn’t be much like soccer or footy, it does have a number of similarities to both basketball and hockey so how do you play? To put it as simply as possible, the team which ends the game with the most goals wins. While the concept is straightforward, the finesse involved is not nearly as easy to execute. To begin with, games are started with a face-off (but let’s not get confused with a Wild Child dance off). As part of the official face-off, one player from each team lays their stick alongside the ball until the whistle is blown, at which point the players

battle to gain possession of the ball and must move fast to encourage a smooth and flowing game. Like basketball, lacrosse involves a manto-man defence, meaning each player on the defence is responsible for one player on the offence. This technique allows players to reclaim the ball from the offence and forcefully intercept passes, which is where the abilities of the defencemen are crucial. Defencemen need to have speed, skill and agility in order to slide in and scoop up the ball.

more of a contact game, but for women you’re not allowed to hit people’s bodies with your stick.” Fortunately, the game doesn’t end in as many injuries as you might think, but, if you were hoping that lacrosse might be a newfound sport for you to vent your pent up frustrations, don’t let the lack of physical contact hold you back. “Women’s is officially non-contact but still quite physical. A bit like basketball where it’s non-contact but there’s some

While it may seem a tad aggressive that the defending team’s aim is to dispossess the opposing team when they have the ball, using their sticks (or crosses) or their bodies, Rebecca tells me that it’s not at all as brutal as what you might have seen in, say, American Pie - especially in a women’s game. “Men’s and women’s lacrosse is quite different actually,” says Rebecca. “Men’s is

nudging anyway,” says Rebecca. “But with the men’s game you’re allowed hit people's bodies with your stick so they do wear a lot more protective equipment.” Whether it’s a women’s or a men’s game, Rebecca says they’re equally as tactical and both involve a lot of strategy. Here are a few tips that might start you off with an edge:

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NET RESULTS Lacrosse is a thrilling game to watch and play, with the highly skilled players running, passing and catching the ball at high speed.

Learn to cradle: Like dribbling in basketball, cradling is a skill that allows a player to move up and down the field and is a way to get past your defenceman while keeping possession of the ball. To cradle, hold the shaft of the stick just below the head with your dominant hand and use your non-dominant hand to loosely support the end of the shaft (make sure you’re covering the tail to avoid being disarmed). Use your hand closest to the head to tightly


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curl the stick toward you and then back in one fluid motion, using the centripetal force to keep the ball in the pocket. Now practice running like this. Learn to pass: Passing is vital to moving the ball between players to avoid being disarmed and to reach the goal. To pass, keep the head close to your ear and flick the wrist of your top hand (closest to the head) while pulling your bottom, non-dominant hand towards you.

Learn to catch: Catching involves skilful hand eye coordination.Your natural reaction might be to snatch at the ball or even to cradle it into the catch – ignore that. What you want to do is, with your stick up by your head, loosen the grip on your top hand and ease the ball into the pocket with a little give; it’s essentially the opposite movement to throwing the ball. A handy tip is to pretend you’re catching an egg. Alright, you’re now all set to join

Rebecca in the 2017 World Games in Poland. Just kidding, you might need a touch more practice. But you can watch Rebecca play on Foxtel’s ESPN, or better yet, if you happen to be in Wroclaw in Poland between August 4 to 7, you can catch the Women’s Tournament live in all its glory. Rebecca tells me that Australia is very competitive globally and in the top tier for England’s 2017 FIL World Cup, which was hosted in July, so we even have a decent chance at winning (disclosure: the results for the World Cup had yet to be determined when speaking with Rebecca). “Australia is the only team, apart from




the USA, which has won the cup for the women,” says Rebecca. “The USA is a pretty dominant player, with a lot more players compared to Australia, but Australia is still very competitive and winning the cup this year would be awesome.” The World Cup involved 30 different nations so it was no walk in the park to win. Rebecca won’t be stopping postcup either; with the World Games taking

place this month, Rebecca will be heading to Poland to compete against six nations, including the USA. “That’s a stepping stone for trying to get into the Olympics,” says Rebecca. “The International Federation of Lacrosse is pushing to get into the Olympics by making an effort to get more countries involved and by sorting out any necessary rule changes – so it’s all in the works, which is very exciting.” PL

t might come as a surprise to you that lacrosse has a rich history as not simply a sport of leisure, but as a sport of custom, community, and culture. See, lacrosse dates all the way back to the early days of the Native Americans, making it the oldest sport in North America (no wonder Americans know how to play it well). It was originally deeply rooted in the religion of the Native Americans and it was played for a number of cultural reasons, including a way of healing the sick, resolving inter-tribal disputes and as part of festivals. Pre-game, the Native American players would ritually decorate their bodies and their sticks with earthly paints and charcoal in a war-like fashion. Next along the history timeline, in the 1800s, the game spread to the French who naturally polished things up somewhat and added a hint of je ne sais quoi… and so ‘the game’ was granted its name - Lacrosse. The name ‘lacrosse’ is said to have originated from the French term for field hockey, le jeu de la crosse. Lacrosse is known as the fastest sport on two feet. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the USA. The first women’s lacrosse game was played in Scotland in 1890.

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PRIMO adventures



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ueensland may have the Great Barrier Reef but Western Australia has its own natural wonder, although the name Munda Biddi may not be on everyone’s radar - yet. In the Noongar language, Munda Biddi means “path through the forest”. Over a 10-year period since its inception in the late 1990s, the route has morphed section-by-section into probably the world’s longest continuous off-road cycling trail, a 1,000km journey from Mundaring in the Perth Hills through stunning bush and

forest all the way to Albany. The completed trail officially opened in April 2013 and is managed by the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which operates under the umbrella of the newly named Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (formerly Parks and Wildlife) and which also has generous support from Alcoa and off-road cycling enthusiasts. Winding its way through towering, ancient forests of eucalyptus and unspoilt bush, Munda Biddi attracts around 21,000

riders annually, a fair number of them from overseas (National Geographic and Lonely Planet have both named Munda Biddi as one of the world’s top 10 ‘must-do’ cycling adventures). However the trail’s true potential is yet to be fully realised, something the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation is now seeking to redress. The trail is designed to be enjoyed by all flavours off off-road cycling enthusiasts, from the growing band of “bike packers”, who carry their own tent, to those who get a

TRIUMPH: Munda Biddi Foundation chairperson Peter Versluis (left) with Declan von Dietze after Declan's recordsetting ride along the 1,000 kim trail.

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adventures kick out of exploring unsealed backroads via “gravel grinding” and even the casual cyclist who just wants to complete one or two sections at a leisurely pace but prefers to stay in more comfortable lodgings in nearby towns. For those comfortable with camping, there are free, purpose-built cycle-friendly campsites every 30-40km along the trail. The campsites have a composting toilet (but bring your own toilet paper), two water tanks (treat before drinking and use sparingly), picnic tables, undercover bike storage and sleeping shelters on platforms for around 25 people One issue has been the reluctance, until recently, of hard-core mountain bikers to take Munda Biddi seriously even though it has some pretty rugged sections. But earlier this year Perth’s Declan von Dietze smashed any notion that Munda Biddi was not challenging enough for the elite mountain biker. Declan, 22, who has competed at the elite level in international mountain biking, rode the entire 1,000km trail in four days, six hours and 39 minutes. Declan was accompanied by a film crew but they weren’t allowed to assist him in any way; he slept for just three hours a night, riding an astonishing 20 hours a day. At the finish, Declan was elated but, says Munda Biddi Foundation chairperson Peter Versluis, “stuffed”. “This was a great achievement which will give the trail huge exposure and it’s a


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record that other elite mountain bikers will now have in their sights,” he says. The foundation, too, has plans to really bring Munda Biddi into the spotlight; a fully supported eight-day ride (that is, support vans will carry all your gear; riders just need to worry about their bike) including a travelling tent village for riders is now being planned for September 2018. “We’re hoping to get around 200 participants and there’ll be two sections; one for solo riders, the other for teams of two or four. The teams can split the distances they ride; they just have to have one member on the trail at all times during the event,” says

ON YOUR BIKE The Munda Biddi Foundation helps promote the 1,000 km trail, with a fully supported eight-day ride, including a travelling tent village for riders, planned for 2018.

Peter. “The Munda Biddi Foundation aims to do three things: co-ordinate, with the department of biodiversity, conservation and attractions, the volunteers working to maintain the track; promote the trail and be a point of contact for those who wish to experience it. “The great thing is you can ride it in its

entirety, or just do sections; you can camp along the way or cycle just a section or two and stay at a nearby town; there really is something for every rider,” he says. And the Tales from the Tale section on the Munda Biddi website is proof positive of that; there are stories from Herb Boltong, who tackled it aged 72 years and 10 months, taking nearly five months; German backpacker Annika Traser, who’d already conquered the 2,500km across the Nullarbor, then got to Albany and took on the Munda Biddi; and 14-year-old Sergio Arellano, who tells of his family’s three-day Munda Biddi adventure as one they “will surely never forget”. So what are you waiting for? Get planning and get cracking for a go at one of the world’s great cycling journeys. TACKLING THE TRAIL Thinking of attempting at least one section of the Munda Biddi, or indeed the whole 1,000km? Best place to start is the official website at The website has section-by-section guides (the trail is ‘split’ into nine sections), details about towns along the way (there are 16), trail facilities such as huts and campsites, a distance calculator between points on the track, what to take and much more. You’ll also need a map (shop.dpaw., and although digital route files are available for download ( know/downloadable-route-files) reception in some areas may be spotty: besides, a physical map can't fail but an electronic device can. WestCycle also recommends a good, well-stocked first aid kit and emergency locator beacon (these can be hired from the Bibbulmun Track Foundation, To check on the most up-to-date trail conditions, visit alerts-and-updates/munda-biddi-trail. As Munda Biddi Trail Foundation chairperson Peter Versluis stresses, planning is the key to a successful and safe ride along the route. And if you don’t have a bike, but want to experience Munda Biddi, there are plenty of hire options. Check out, (08) 9221 2665;, Mark on 0428 263 668, or Follow My Ride, Thanks to the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation and WestCycle for their help with this article.

GET INVOLVED If you’re a keen off-road cyclist and want to have your say about the trail, or lend a hand to keep it operating, you can join the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation. Membership is free. Visit au/get-involved/becomea-member/ for more information. August/September 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


PRIMO drinks



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t will never catch on, said no-one about beer - ever. Which is just as well, because there’s something of a fresh craft beer revolution, er, brewing, around Western Australia. There are new ventures popping up everywhere it seems; from the chilly depths of the Great Southern, to the rolling green South West farmland, and the balmier climes in suburban Perth and Fremantle. Fremantle’s Sail and Anchor pub and the Matilda Bay brewery pioneered craft beer in the mid 1980s, paving the way for Bootleg, Little Creatures, Nail, Feral Brewing and many, many more. Some were victims of their own success (think Little Creatures), swallowed up by the big boys of the brewing industry (Lion Nathan, itself part of Japanese drinks giant Kirin, bought Little Creatures in 2012 in a $380 million deal), a couple fell by the wayside but most of the second generation are still going strong. And now a fresh wave of WA entrepreneurs is on the scene, promising new and exciting drops that certainly have

this beer lover, for one, salivating. The craft beer industry is much more than just a souped-up version of home brewing; it’s also a focal point for encouraging local, fresh produce on menus and a massive money earner to the economy. Research released last month by the Independent Brewers Association showed WA’s 49 craft breweries were generating almost $100 million annually. Nationally, 380 craft breweries were pumping more than $740 million into the economy. Certainly not small beer in anyone’s language. The great thing about craft beer, too, is it is as much an art form as it is a production process; each brewer can have his or her own signature, even within a generic style (ie lager or pale ale). Hamish Coates, founder of the justlaunched Rocky Ridge Brewing Company, is one of those brewers who’s been thinking right out of the box. Hamish honed his brewing chops at Margaret River’s Cheeky Monkey brewery

CAN DO ATTITUDE Oppositem Rocky Ridge's Hamis Coates at his self-sustainable brewery just outside of Busselton. Above, Denmark's Boston Brewing Co.,. and top, West Leederville's Nowhereman Brewery will be opening shortly.

and has set out to make Rocky Ridge, based at a 40ha farm just out of Busselton, as self-sustainable as possible; he grows his own hops and barley, collects rainwater via two 250,000-litre tanks and doesn’t rely on grid power. Not the easy way, for sure, but it’s a philosophy dear to Hamish’s heart. “There are only a few breweries around the world taking this approach, notably rogue Ales out of Portland (USA), one in Tasmania

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OTHER WORLDLY Opposite, Otherside Beer calls Freo its home. Above Nowhereman Brewery's equipment is ready to go.

(Two Metre Tall) but none in mainland Australia I’m aware of,” says Hamish. “I started home brewing during my time at uni, followed by a more serious look into the science of brewing, which led me to a job as an assistant brewer at Cheeky Monkey. I then started growing and experimenting with hops and barley at home on the farm, leading to questions about why we didn’t produce fresh ingredients for beer here in WA. This


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then brought us to the point where I was frustrated by the lack of knowledge about raw ingredients here, so started to study and learn more, finally leading us to open our own brewery,’’ he says. Aiming to produce 200,000 litres a year, Hamish says being a self-sufficient brewer has posed some challenges. “Consistency in raw product is a pretty major one, followed closely by power management.We are off-grid for our electrical system, relying on a solar and battery system for our production facility.This presents some obstacles, but it is an incredibly important part of our ethos,” he says. Rocky Ridge’s Ironstone Pale Ale, Granite IPA and Quartz Small Ale (the geological theme stems from an ironstone ridge that runs through the Jindong farm property) were, at the time of going to print, only available on tap but Hamish says the brewery plans to have them in cans by September. The Boston Brewing Co, out of Denmark in the Great Southern, is steadily gaining a foothold in the Perth area, now producing seven beers under its distinctive Blue Fairy Wren logo. “Boston Brewing Co. beers use 100% rainwater from our Denmark site, which is a huge advantage to have clean, pristine water without fluorides and chemicals. We source some grain and barley where possible from local sources and are working with some local fruit suppliers on some new, upcoming - and secret - releases,” says Boston Brewing’s general manager Glen Daniel. He adds: “I think people have come to appreciate the complex flavour profiles and work involved in creating craft beer and the difference to the conventional pasteurised mainstream beers. The public are also more aware of the craft beers being local businesses and understand the higher costs that accompany quality products that come from craft breweries.” Luckily for us city slickers it’s not just regional WA that’s seeing new tap houses and breweries. In West Leederville, the Nowhereman Brewery aims to be up and running from August 25. “Nowhereman is an extension of my passion for local produce and desire to show you don’t have to look far to find worldclass experiences and products in Western Australia,” says Nowhereman founder Reece Wheadon who has extensive experience in the WA craft brewing industry, including running WA Beer Week for six years. Nowhereman plans to launch with six beers, including Crate Digger Pale.

“The beers are produced by our amazing award-winning brewer Paul Wyman, who came to us from Colonial in Margaret River, after doing great things at The Monk in Freo. Our head chef, Matt Sartori, is equally esteemed, having spent time at Restaurant Amusé, Wildflower and many more of Perth’s favourite dining venues. We’re here to entertain and educate without being preachy, we love good beer and food and want to share that experience with everyone who walks in the door,’’ says Reece. Down in Fremantle - the spiritual heartland of the original craft beer boom - Otherside Brewing is the new kid on the block. Otherside was founded in late 2015 by the team behind music festival organisers Sunset Events, and launched its first brew, the Festive Session Ale, in 2016. That will soon be joined by an Anthem India Pale Ale and Social Classic Lager. Otherside also produces some special brews under its Pilot Series label. Perth’s northern suburbs, too, are set for their own craft beer mecca with Whitfords Brewing Company poised to set up shop at the revamped Whitfords Shopping Centre. It will be similar to - but not an exact copy of - owner Beerland’s other venture, the spiffing Northbridge Brewing Company. With a bunch of delicious brewed-on-site brews, and a planned sky deck with ocean views, the WBC looms as a must-visit. Now I don’t, of course, condone binge

drinking but you owe it to yourselves to sort out that designated driver and plan your own boutique brewery safari; you’ll be tasting some great beers, eating some top food, and helping the local economy at the same time. PL * Know of any new brewing ventures? Let me know at Nowhereman Brewery, 25 Harrogate St, Leederville is due to open on August 25. Rocky Ridge Brewery, 665 Boallia Road,Jindong,; Boston Brewing, 678 South Coast Highway, Denmark, (08) 9848 1555, boston; Otherside

Brewing,;Whitfords Brewing Co, Showcase on the Swan. Local, interstate and international brewers will showcase their products at the Beer and Beef Festival from September 22-25 at Elizabeth Quay.The festival runs from 4pm until 10pm on the Friday night, 11am to 10pm on the Saturday and 11am until 6pm on the final day. Expect drops from Rocky Ridge, Mash, Little Creatures and a whole host more with a phalanx of food trucks (with the accent on beef, natch) to keep the munchies at bay. For more information, visit

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LOCATION, LOCATION The Richardson is named after the street where it stands, and when you draw up outside, there’s not much to indicate that you're about to enter one of the best hotels in the city. That’s part of its appeal for me; it’s restrained, refined and elegant, a proper aristocrat in Perth’s hotel scene. Designed by architect Sir Terry Farrell, you’ll find luxurious facilities in this boutique hotel, including an indoor heated lap pool, poolside garden, sauna and well-equipped gym. There’s an award-winning restaurant - Opus - with a cocktail bar serving special daily cocktails in a romantic setting as well as an additional conservatory-style dining area and business facilities. More important than all that, however, is the promise of supreme privacy, to the extent that some of the world’s most publicity-shy VIPs book a suite at the Richardson when they’re in town. Think that’s all PR puff? Well, a brief scan of the wall of photographs in the resident’s lounge proves that JLo, Rhianna, Beyonce and Tame Impala have all enjoyed the Richardson’s special brand of ultraprivate service when in town. So even lowly me, as I sign in, is offered the chance to tick a box which promises absolute discretion, with a denial from staff, if required, that I’m staying in the hotel. Fortunately, as it’s just me, my 13-year old daughter and her friend making the most of a day and night in the city, I think Perth’s paparazzi will give that particular scoop a miss.

ROOM VIBES Australian art is a big factor in The Richardson with some extraordinary examples apparent in the foyer and public spaces. The rooms and suites too are adorned with unique works making each space special. Our two-bedroom suite was as gracious and comfortable as you might expect, with a lounge area leading out onto a balcony that took in views down to Subiaco and Domain Stadium in the distance. Kings Park is walkable from the hotel too and, just a short Uber ride away, you’ll find the CBD ready to entertain you with its newly revitalised zest for living. The

girls were thrilled with their large room and ensuite bath, while I had my own bathroom too, with shower and luxury toiletries. There’s a well-stocked kitchen - unusually for a hotel room with a full-sized fridge and freezer (thoughtfully stocked with choc ices), so if you’re in town for a longer stay, you can self-cater as if you were at home. As we were in full girly treats mode, we were particularly pleased to see that all movies - even brand new releases - were available to view free of charge. There were even some bowls of popcorn and freshly made iced tea ready to make our snuggle time special.

TAKE A DIP Before we settled down for the evening, we headed into the city to make the most of some time on the school holiday’s ice rink at Elizabeth Quay. There’s plenty to do in the city these days, from making your own free lollies at Roc Candy to taking the little ferry over to Perth Zoo. Plan ahead

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citystay and you’ll exhaust the kids (and yourself) in time for dinner. Back at the hotel, we decided to take a dip in the indoor heated pool. Although it was a bit chilly to soak up the sun, in the summer the adjacent sun garden would be a perfect place to read a book and enjoy a little oasis of peace and quiet right in the centre of town. We tried to last in the sauna longer than five minutes (failed), took another dip then sloped back upstairs in our fluffy white gowns to get ready for the highlight of our stay - a special high tea in Opus Restaurant. TEA FOR THREE Dressed up as elegantly as any typical 13year old can manage these days, the girls and I took our seats in Opus. We were immediately the focus of the attention of delightful waiters - the staff are a real high point of any stay at The Richardson - who made a fuss of the giggly girls and gave me a glass of Champagne (big tick). The traditional three-tiered collection of sweet and savoury goodies looked like a work of art when it arrived. At the top, three golden-topped scones, still warm, ready to be slathered with Chantilly cream and house-made strawberry jam. Down a level, and we found a trio of creamy raspberry


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The Richardson prides itself on the high level of service, discretion and an elegant wow factor its location provides.

SHAKEN AND STIRRED Have a cocktail in the romantic bar or take high tea in Opus restaurant (left); the Richardson aims to please at all times.

panacottas in little jars, mini chocolate cheesecakes and light-as-a-feather lemon meringue mini tarts. There were freshly cut rare roast beef and horseradish sandwiches, smoked salmon and cream cheese and, of course, cucumber sandwiches. The kitchen had some fun too with hand-made chocolates and fruity jubes sticking out of a little flowerpot, complete, of course, with chocolate ‘dirt’. Needless to say, we ate it all - apart from a couple of left overs which our waiter kindly packaged up for us to take to our room for a midnight feast. LAP OF LUXURY The Richardson prides itself on the high level of service, discretion and an elegant wow factor its location provides; we weren’t

disappointed. Crowning a special 24hour stay off with a chic breakfast (think brioche French toast with stewed fruits and mascarpone, eggs your way and freshly squeezed juice), we departed with more than a backwards glance. Back to reality, girls. PL Gabi and the girls stayed as the guests of The Richardson Hotel & Spa enjoying overnight accommodation in a deluxe two-bedroom suite, with breakfast for two served in the Conservatory, and Champagne Afternoon tea ($735). Book a Winter Indulgence package for a stay (until August 31 - html#WINTERINDULGENCE), or a Gourmet Getaway (from September 1, html#Gourmet)

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PRIMO beauty




’m pretty sure we’ve all been this girl; you go into a department store thinking you’ll find yourself the perfect foundation, you know the one, it has just the right amount of coverage, so you look put together, but not over done. So you talk to a consultant at a make-up counter, she matches your colours and you think you’ve solved that age old problem. Then you get home . . . Turns out the lights in the department store are fluorescent and the make-up is about three times darker than what you’d normally wear. Disaster, you never wear the make-up and you’ve wasted your hardearned money. Sigh. Enter Perth’s Lip Lab. The people who bought you customised lipstick in your perfect shade have now turned their talented hands to foundation. And it’s a total game changer. It’s called BYO as in Blend Your Own and the whole process takes about 45 minutes, so, if you're city based, you can literally do it in your lunch hour.

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My mixologist Megan Hoeneveld was a dab hand at finding my perfect shade. She asked me what foundation I normally wore, what kind of coverage I liked, whether sunscreen was important, if there was any pigmentation I needed to cover and what kind of finish I was after. For me, we went for an oil-free medium coverage foundation in ivory and added a mattifier, SPF and some ultra lightening fluid. There’s even a ‘fringe benefit’ you can add which is just like primer except you can basically skip that step because it’s already in your make-up. Genius. “There’s so many benefits to having a customised foundation made just for you,” Megan says. “Often you find the right colour, but it’s not the right coverage and then you find the right coverage but it’s too oily, this process allows you to find the perfect foundation fit and, because we can mix shades together, we can literally find a match for every skin tone. “It’s great for all ages too, if you want a lighter coverage so it doesn’t seep into wrinkles we can help you find it.” Megan (whose own make-up is flawless by the way) says she recommends applying your foundation with a brush and working

in sections, starting in the centre and then working your way out. BYO has also been a big hit with Perth brides-to-be, even though it only launched in April. “Brides and bridesmaids are really aware of the fact that they want to look amazing in their photographs and we can help them find the perfect shade so they don’t look washed out,” Megan said. “We’ve also had lots of hens' parties come in, they find their perfect foundation


and lipstick and everyone’s happy.” Once you’ve found your perfect foundation colour, The Lip Lab Perth girls apply the foundation to you in-store, checking how it settles on to your skin and if you’re happy with the result. They even go as far as taking you into natural light to check that it’s the right shade. This really is bespoke customer service at its very best. And if you’ve got time, they’ll do the rest of your face for you so you walk out of the store feeling like a million dollars.

MIX N' MATCH The hunt for the perfect foundation is over - The Lip Lab allows you to mix your own. Top, Bev's flawless base.

The whole experience is a real treat and, for $75, we think it’s money very well spent. MQ To make your appointment for BYO Foundation at Lip Lab Perth contact puckerup@ or phone 0415 664 546. Find The Lip Lab at Shop 5, 777 Hay Street, Perth.Visit

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Coffee, and all that jazz


hen I was tipped-off to head to Satchmo in North Perth my first thought was ‘why haven’t I heard of this place before?’ Once I’d walked through its doors (after first driving past and missing it entirely) I could instantly tell that this quaint find had been well-loved for ages - I’m just clearly out of the loop. As it turns out, this unsuspecting little hideaway has been in existence since October of 2015 when owner (and hospitality guru) Nathan Karnovsky opened its doors. Cute little knickknacks abound and, with an old-school décor, this cosy joint exudes a homely feel and seems to shout ‘we love jazz’. With vintage tunes playing round the clock, it’s hard not to get addicted to the good vibes, so to lend the people a helping hand Nathan sells a small collection of blues, soul and jazz vinyls from the corner of the café too. Genius.


If you’re a fan of the genre, the name Satchmo should have already given the theme away. It was the nickname used for iconic jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong, who, impressively, Nathan shares a nostalgic family connection with. His distant relatives took the talented musician in off the streets of New Orleans at a young age, building him up for great things. Just as the family passion for jazz makes up part of Satchmo’s DNA, so does Nathan’s Jewish heritage. The menu features Americana New York classics such as mamma’s matzo ball chicken soup, blintzes (a sweet crepe-like treat filled with ricotta and cinnamon), and a selection of the best bagels you could ask for. This is comfort food at its finest. When heading to the counter to order, I went up with a meal off the main menu in mind; until I got a glimpse of the plump

and shiny bagels winking at me from the display fridge. Game over, I couldn’t resist. I chose the pumpkin, haloumi and kale bagel dusted with poppy seeds. I was tempted by the corned beef with pickles option too (next time). To wash it down I ordered a flat white – which tasted so good that I went back for seconds. When it comes their coffee, Satchmo source their beans from the local Twin Peaks Roasters in Vic Park, which gives them a massive head start when it comes to making the perfect brew. If you know how good Bossman coffee is, the former owner Tom and the roaster at Twin Peaks are one and the same. To raise things up a notch, Nathan and the Satchmo team happen to be good mates with Twin Peaks’ Tom who makes a house blend just for them, so when you sip your coffee it’s a unique, bespoke cuppa. The barista definitely didn’t let the team

MUSICAL MOOD You'll find Satchmo at 1/400 Fitzgerald Street, Perth and it’s open every day from 7am to 5pm.

down. With skilful latte art, I had an inkling they knew their stuff before even taking the first sip. The flat white had a smooth and balanced hit of espresso and was capped with a thin layer of perfectly creamy micro foam (hint: when the milk is shiny you know it’s good); exactly the way I like it. The slightly smaller cup is most likely what

gave it that extra coffee kick. My pumpkin bagel was equally top notch. Bagels – which, originated out of the Jewish communities of Poland in the 17th century– are typically boiled before being baked, resulting in a dense and chewy inside and a seeded or salted shiny outer crust. Nathan knows this of course; prior to Satchmo he

travelled to New York on a bagel-based mission to learn from the very best how to make this delicious treat the right way. Bringing this method back to Perth, he established The Holy Bagel Co., from which, naturally, Satchmo’s bagels are sourced. So it makes all the more sense that my bagel was basically perfect; and it only left me $11 out of pocket too ($14.50 with the coffee), which is incredibly reasonable. After what turned into two hours, I was a convert. Satchmo is the sweetest and most satisfying café I’ve visited in a long time and I’ll most definitely be back to try that corn beef bagel. I’ll make sure to pop by on a Sunday too between 9.30 and midday to catch another of Satchmo’s quirky qualities; their weekly live jazz gig, set up just out front. Perhaps I’ll choose to sip on a Bloody Mary while I’m at it, and raise a glass to Mr Armstrong and his trumpet. PL August/September 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


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music Missy's



came to Missy Higgins late - which is to say in this extraordinary artist’s career, I only discovered her in the last five years. I fell in love, like so many others, with her authentic, earthy voice and hearttangling lyrics in top-charting album The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, released in 2011. Since then I’ve joyfully journeyed back in time, discovering her other work, particularly Oz, a collection of Australian tracks given the Missy Higgins sprinkling of stardust.


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Anybody who’s heard her version of The Drones’ Shark Fin Blues will never forget it. Her collection of works to date is remarkable. For somebody so young (the mother of one is still only in her early 30s), Melissa ‘Missy’ Morrison Higgins has achieved more since bursting onto the music scene at 15 than many artists achieve in a lifetime. Born in Melbourne, she played the piano from a young age and by 15 was writing her own music, penning All For Believing just in time to upload it to Triple J’s Unearthed - an opportunity to give unsigned Aussie artists a huge audience via the national radio station. That song won and from then onwards Missy Higgins has taken her place on the world’s radio playlists. The story-telling nature of many of her works makes them perhaps the ideal soundtrack for a balmy night under the stars, and after an orchestral tour with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra with old

material re-scored, Missy says that her desire to perform with an orchestral backing was ignited. “It just sounded so beautiful in a massive cinematic way,” she said. “I heard my old songs in a completely new way.” The An Evening with Missy Higgins tour was born, and a visit to Broome was a must. “I really wanted to come to WA, it means a lot to me - I’ve spent a lot of time in Broome in the past," she says. “I’ve written so many of my songs in Broome and had the most inspiring moments of my life up there.” In fact she lived in the Kimberley town in 2006, seeking inspiration from the extraordinary landscape, writing Going North before touring the US and South Africa with her new material. She also met her future husband - Dan Lee - in Broome, and the pair welcomed their son Samuel in January 2015. Concert-goers can expect a mix of old


and new material, says Missy Higgins. “When you play piano the songs lend themselves well to an orchestral setting,” she said. “It leaves a lot of space. I’ve just been overseas and have done a lot of writing and collaborating so we’ll see how the new songs go down.” Her passion for performance remains undiminished despite the extra pressures of motherhood, she says. “I still feel like on stage is where I come to life, I’m not a studio head type of performer. I like writing music and playing it live, connecting with an audience. “It’s a little bit harder in an outdoor setting but when it’s purely my show (rather than a festival), it’s easier to make those connections. It can be beautiful on a really different level.” The multi-talented performer pursued a course in Indigenous Studies and scored a role in the award-winning Australian movie Bran Nue Dae in 2009, and acting is something she’d like to try again. Broome, it seems, is never far from her thoughts. “It’s truly one of my favourite places on Earth. I can’t wait to go back, spend some time in the bush, get my feet dirty in the pindan soil, play guitar under a boab tree and have a mango beer! I’m really looking forward to this gig,” she says. Her work is famously autobiographical, charting lost loves, the pain of separation and her journey from teen to first-time mother. “My lyrics have completely changed,” she laughs. “My inspirations are different now - I’m writing about the world and what’s wrong with it. “Becoming a mum really cracked me open and made me much more sensitive. I keep bursting into tears when I watch the news. My priorities have changed - I now see the world as a person who has somebody to protect, that this is the world I’ve brought him into.” Always a passionate advocate of the environment, singing at the Save the Kimberley concert and a strong voice against the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef, Missy says these days she keeps returning to the subject of climate change. “My songs have always been very confessional, about past relationships, how I’ve felt about myself. Nowadays I feel far away from the songs I wrote 10 years ago - I feel completely unrestricted and able to experiment these days.” PL An Evening with Missy Higgins, Friday August 25 and Saturday August 26 at the Goolarri Amphitheatre, Broome.Visit shows for more info.

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omeo and Juliet would blush as Salma Hayek and Samuel L Jackson redefine romance in comedy action flick, The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Hayek’s Sonia calls him her “cockroach”, sweet-talking him with a string of crude expletives, while Jackson returns her love by breaking out of a maximum security prison to deliver her favourite tulips on their anniversary. But the real passion lies between Ryan Reynolds’ bodyguard Michael Bryce and Jackson’s hitman Darius Kincaid. “I love the bond they share,” says Reynolds when I meet with the unlikely


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couple in Beverly Hills. “These two guys couldn’t be more polarised but as we move through the story they start to acquire begrudging love and respect for each other. There’s a bromance and several love stories all wrapped up in this incredible, crazy action story.” Of course the Deadpool star gets plenty of love at home from wife Blake Lively and their two daughters James and Ines, while Jackson has been wed 37 years to actress LaTanya Richardon with whom he has an adult daughter. “I enjoy watching Ryan on screen and I

know him on a personal level and like him, so I thought we’d have interesting screen chemistry,” says Jackson, 68. While shooting the film, the couple let their humour rip. “Sam is so good at improv and can play ball with the best of them, and that is my background too so we just got out there and had as much fun as we could. We had a good thing going,” says Reynolds. If much of their on-screen bonding takes place during high speed car-bike-boat chases, Jackson is happy to let the stuntmen do the heavy lifting although Reynolds prides himself on doing as many stunts as

humanly possible. “The only problem is that sometimes I push myself a little too hard and forget that I am 40 years old and cement hurts,” he quips. Ever the romantic, Hayek relishes her unconventional screen romance with Jackson, purring in husky, sensual tones. “It’s love. They have the most amazing, passionate, crazy, mad relationship that is full of fire in every way. The best part for me is that as notorious as Kincaid is, you definitely get the idea that Sonia is his match, and he knows it,” says the sultry Mexican bombshell who knows a thing or two about romance, walking down the aisle with French fashion billionaire FrancoisHenri Pinault on Valentine’s day 2009, even naming their daughter Valentina.

Accompanied by her now 10-year-old daughter on a flying visit to Los Angeles, Hayek admits she’s a chip off the old block. “She’s part comedian, part lawyer. She‘s been on a lot of my movie sets with me now but I won‘t allow her see my R-rated films or let her hear me swear, like in this movie. I only use loving sweet words at home with my family.” Nontheless, Hayek didn’t hesitate a second to sign on to play Jackson’s foulmouthed bride. “Sam is a legend and I was excited to finally work with him. It’s been so easy and fabulous to be his wife, and even if she’s his crazy wife, you can see why they are meant for each other.” The biggest challenge perhaps for the petite actress was her epic bar fight where

she takes on five guys, bringing them to their knees. Unprepared for the scene, she says, “They were going to use a stuntdouble but I decided at the last minute to do it myself. I was sore for a week after we shot that but I’m so happy that at 50 I’m still kicking ass and able to do all my stunts. “It all worked out well and fortunately I didn’t hurt anyone. The only time I’ve injured anyone was when I punched director Mathieu Demy in the face and dislocated his jaw.” If Jackson’s philosophical hitman confesses on screen, “Love? What else is there?” then he adopts that same mantra in real life. “Love is the reason for everything we do,” he says. PL The Hitman’s Bodyguard is out August 31.

PLENTY TO LOVE The Hitman's Bodyguard gives Samuel L Jackson (left) and Ryan Reynolds (left inset) plenty of opportunities to have fun together.

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istinctly Australian indie-pop band Verge Collection is rising fast and moving far from the kerbs of Perth - they recently took out the $5,000 Tapped By Otherside grant to fund their upcoming headline national tour. The tour precedes the recent release of

their single For The Story, and there will be a new album by the WA boys dropping soon too. TW Tell us who you are and what you do. Ben Anderson: I’m Ben. I write for Verge Collection and play rhythm; our music is

aren’t just straight down the barrel but have that je ne sais quoi? TW What’s on your Spotify/iPod playlist at the moment? BA We have a ‘Vergies’ Spotify that I try and regularly update. So I put on the new tracks from Cub Sport and The Killers last night. I was thinking, ‘Oh man, this new The Killers song sounds like Talking Heads, this is great!’ TW Who would be your dream musical mentor or collaborator? BA Anyone that makes money (laughs). I don’t know, Paul Kelly; or someone with a bit more diversity and style, maybe like Tim Rogers.Yeah, Tim Rogers. I respect that guy’s career. Do music for a couple of years, become a model and then work for David Jones. TW Tell us about your new release. BA About a week and a half ago we released ‘For The Story’ and we’ll be putting out an album soon this year if it all goes to plan. ‘For The Story’ is a bit of a celebration as much as it is a critique of people just doing things purely because they want to have a memory for later on; whether or not it’s a good or bad memory. TW What do you love about Perth/WA? BA The weather. I know it’s pretty average today but compared to every other city in Australia, our weather’s the best I reckon. And it’s just home really.

indie-pop with a bit of a garage, folk-punk edge. TW What do you sing in the shower? BA I’m hell into Frank Sinatra sort of howling.

TW Who are your musical heroes? BA I think anyone who’s succeeding as a songwriter really. Like, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, they’re the classic ones. But more recently Jeff Rosenstock, The Smith Street Band and anyone who has great lyrics that

TW What are you looking forward to most? BA I’m always just enjoying what’s happening instead of looking forward. Obviously I have goals to become a selfsufficient artist, but right now I’m just enjoying it because it can disappear pretty quickly for different circumstances. TW How would you sum up your fashion style? BA Stagnant. PL August/September 2017 | PRIMOLIFE



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f you’ve been following Illy since his earliest releases, you might remember the beginnings of him carving his name into the Australian hip hop scene in 2009 with his Triple J Like a Version rendition of the Pixies’ Where is My Mind? and first album Long Story Short. Fast-forward past his second studio album The Chase, nominated for his first ARIA, his third album Bring It Back, which won Illy his first ARIA, and even still past his fourth album Cinematic, certified gold among other accolades… bringing us to Two Degrees, nominated for a total of six ARIAs – evidently, Illy’s Obama-inspired journey, moving two degrees, then two degrees, then two degrees, has moved him all the way to his most successful album yet and a massive 2017, with his regional tour still underway. Two Degrees takes hip hop to a whole new level – it doesn’t just sample from other

genres but blurs the lines with flavours of electronic and pop bursting through. It’s radio-friendly sound has been built upon the groundwork of previous Cinematic tracks like Tightrope, bringing us Illy’s most polished and popular hits, Papercuts featuring Vera Blue and Catch-22 featuring London’s Anne-Marie. Illy says the success of Cinematic is what gave him the confidence to go for it with Two Degrees and he’s more than happy with how the result turned out. “Even though in Cinematic I was trying to do more than just rap, I’ve always loved melody and song writing and the singing aspects of albums,” says Illy. “Two Degrees in particular is at points a hip hop album, at points it’s an electronic album and then at other points it’s almost a pop album. I’m really proud of it and it has really pushed those boundaries for me.” Despite a gradual shifting of Illy’s style,

I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK ON THE ROAD FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME. what has remained a consistent theme throughout all his albums is a title track that best sums up the point that he’s at in life. Staying true to tradition, Two Degrees does just that with lyrics that reflect Illy’s journey of making small, incremental changes over time to end up somewhere different. But with change comes an influx of new fans and a departure of at least some of the old – you can’t please them all and Illy makes no apologies for not trying to. Forget It, the album’s intro track, is a lighthearted reaction to the mix of opinions his fluid music style has aroused. “Forget It is a playful intro track, there’s nothing too heavy in it – I don’t think I was takings shots at anybody,” says Illy. “I think everyone wants to have an opinion, everyone’s entitled to an opinion, but I’m also entitled to disagree and have my response to it. I don’t get too caught up in it because the response has been so overwhelmingly positive and there’s so many more people that like my music now than they did this time last year before the album came out.” Despite some fans who resonate more

with Illy’s earlier sound, his new stuff has been killing it with the masses and his recent national tour was a testament to that. Even more importantly, Illy loves what he’s been doing. “For me personally, I really love the direction that I’m going in,” Illy tells me. “I definitely want to keep pushing my ability as far as a songwriter goes. I 100% wholeheartedly feel that my best stuff is still to come and I guess that’s professionally or musically kind of aspiring for me; to just keep getting better at my craft and keep pushing myself to do new things.” Illy shares that he currently has a few demos in the works and he hopes to keep building up ideas while on the road; but with a big six months ahead with his upcoming regional tour, he has a lot on his plate. “Yeah, it’s going to be, um – talk to me at the end of November and we’ll see if I’m still in one piece,” he laughs. “I’m looking forward to just playing shows. I love playing shows and the capital city run was awesome but there’s people who couldn’t make those gigs,” says Illy.

“I made my bones at the start of my career by playing these regional shows and going out there and just because the situation’s changed it doesn’t mean I’m going to stop when I have the opportunity to keep going out there. So yeah, I’m looking forward to getting back on the road for an extended period of time.” When I ask Illy if we can expect to see any of his guest singers performing alongside him at his regional gigs (fingers crossed) Illy is hopeful, but at this stage uncertain. “I hope so, but one of the problems with working with such talented people is they have their own sh*t going on as much as I have my sh*t going on, but if it lines up I definitely want that to happen.” PL Illy – Two Degrees Regional Tour, coming to WA August 3 to 18. For more info and to purchase tickets visit

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ooking at a map of Indonesia you can come to a few quick conclusions. One, it’s big. And two, there’s a lot of water to cross if you want to have a good look at it so, three, you're probably going to need a boat. You'll findsa very nice one with SeaTrek Adventures. Another thing to consider is the inverse relationship that exists in the quality of food and accommodation and the distance you travel east of Bali and Lombok. That’s fine for young and intrepid backpackers, but what of the more well-heeled traveller who likes his or her creature comforts and can afford to splurge a little extra on a nice comfy en-suite


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cabin and a great selection of food and beverages served up three times a day while undergoing their journeys to the world’s remote and wilder parts? This is where SeaTrek Adventures comes in, a Bali-based sea cruising company specialising in taking people on voyages of exploration on their two very large and traditional pinisi live-aboard boats, the Ombak Putih and the Katharina. They have 12 and six cabins respectively, and are equipped with a highly-trained crew, and top of the range navigational and safety equipment, and offer great service, comfort and quality victuals. Basically floating hotels, they are a fantastic way to explore the vast

natural beauty and myriad cultures of the archipelago. Having seen much of Indonesia by plane, car and motorbike, I decided it was time to put to sea for a change and I booked a passage with SeaTrek on a seven-day cruise entitled Dances, Dragons and Magical Lakes. The itinerary would take me from Bali to Lombok, across the top of Sumbawa, and through the Komodo National Park, with a multitude of sea- and land-based adventures along the way, not least of which would be an encounter with the legendary komodo dragon. After meeting at around 8am in Sanur with our fellow passengers, we were bussed

THE BIG BLUE All aboard with SeaTrek Adventures (above). You'll explore some of Indonesia's most gorgeous islands, including Komodo, home of the legendary dragon.

an hour away to Padang Bai, where our sleek and sexy ship was waiting our arrival. The crew were there on the beach with the tender boats to take us out to the beautiful behemoth anchored and waiting in the bay: the 42-metre long Ombak Putih. Her name means ‘white wave’ in Indonesian, and she has been cruising the waters of eastern Indonesia for nigh on 20 years, after her keel was laid in 1995 and operations started the following year. Regular maintenance and lots of love by her owners and crew have kept her ship shape and Bristol fashion, and she is a delight to sail on. Painted white, with blue trim and sails and a tropical hardwood superstructure, she lives up to her name as she cuts through these tropical waters. Our first afternoon was spent getting acquainted with the boat, the crew and our fellow travellers as we plied our way across

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the Lombok Strait. We anchored at sunset just off the Gili Islands with cocktails in hand and a sense of keen anticipation and excitement for the days ahead. There’s not enough room for all the details of each day here, but needless to say we ticked a lot of boxes. Most of the guests rose each day at dawn to watch the sun come up and experience the cool morning


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air before breakfast. Every day was different: we visited local villages, showered under sacred waterfalls, walked through riverbeds filled with buffaloes and butterflies, swung into mountain pools on ropes, made wishes at a magical island lake, snorkelled with manta rays and marvelled at dolphins from the foredeck, before arriving in the Komodo National park, where we lay on pinky-white

UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURES Every day is different aboard the Ombak Putih, including exploring islands and waterfalls, witnessing culture and just relaxing on deck.

sand beaches, swam in crystal clear waters and encountered fierce and mighty dragons on the islands of Komodo and Rinca. With long days of sea cruising, nights spent in comfortable and stylish cabins, great meals, cold drinks, lots of snorkelling, swimming and island adventures you’d be hard pressed to think of any room for improvement, but our crew and our very attentive cruise director found ways to do just that. Each time we returned from any excursion, welcome drinks and cold towels, turned-down beds and hot meals were not far away. They fed us, entertained us, partied with us, sang to us, ferried us around, kept our cabins in order, and made sure our boat got to where it was going with a minimum of fuss. Although the boats have sails, it’s only possible to set them when the wind is really blowing favourably. With schedules to keep and places to be, time is of the essence so the diesel motor is king and the sails are seldom used. That said, the crew will pull them up at least once per trip for a couple of hours to show the boat off in her full pre-machine-age glory, something we got to experience while sailing through Komodo’s waters. On longer cruises through more open waters there are more opportunities for actual sailing, but even without it you are in for one hell of a adventure holiday.

SeaTrek doesn’t just cruise for the fun of it. They plan their trips very precisely by doing lots of historical, natural and cultural research. Through discussions with their captains, tour guides and experts they find the best routes to take and the best islands to visit so as to allow their guests to capture an amazing glimpse of remote island life in Indonesia. It is for these reasons that

their longer cruises in the far reaches of the archipelago are so popular. When we motored into Labuan Bajo harbour in Flores on day seven, we were all sad to be leaving, but from what we had seen on this short glimpse of an Indonesia outside of Bali, the appetite for adventure had been well and truly whetted. PL Visit for more information.

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rucifixes that talk, shop assistants with the faces of Botticelli angels, sanctified blood that miraculously liquefies.You could believe anything might happen in Naples, never more than a Hail Mary away from being buried by the fractious Mount Vesuvius. I was in the city to buy a mandolin. This, the most lyrical and romantic of instruments, has its origins right here in old Napoli. The mandolin has fascinated me since I bought my first one many decades ago in Belfast; now it was time to get the genuine article. The city’s imbroglio of steep, narrow streets allow for just two feasible modes of transport: moped or foot. I opted for a Vespa scooter tour. It’s the only way to see Naples - and if you’re lucky, you don’t die. My driver would be guide, historian, translator, and indeed friend, on an odyssey along streets festooned with washing lines and tenements adorned with peeling stucco and graffiti. I’d caught the ferry in from Sorrento,

and while waiting for the Vespa, had a snack at the Caffe Gambrinus - previous customers: Oscar Wilde, Guy de Maupassant, Ernest Hemmingway. It’s not difficult to understand the cafe’s popularity; the pizza and coffee were just about the finest I’d ever tasted. Blimey. And I’d only been in the city five minutes. The scooter turned up. Antonio Mosca of Vesparound revved up his machine and we were off - along rutted streets and up the steep switch-back alleyways of this dodgy 3,000-year-old city. Equal measures of sheer beauty and squalor whizzed by. Naples has over two hundred churches, from ancient chapels with strident weeds growing out of every crevice, to epic cathedrals resplendent with medieval riches. Here, in the shadow of some of Christendom’s most glorious art, dramatically gesticulating people let it all hang out. These in-your-face citizens are more than happy to include you. We stopped at music shops, junk shops, bakeries and

ancient bars where locals would bid us join them. For a city with a reputation for organised - and indeed unorganised - crime, it is an astoundingly friendly place. Not all the time, though. A roundabout, overlooked by the 16thcentury Sant’Agnello Maggiore church, was the scene of the Lambretta scooter encounter. A distractingly beautiful woman sat on its pillion, facing backwards, chatting on a smartphone. Meanwhile her boyfriend weaved through the traffic. He avoided our scooter by inches, only to fall foul of a taxi driver. They traded operatic insults; all the while the pillion woman smoked her cigarette and continued her conversation. The traffic came to a halt; Antonio was

gesticulating - by this time I was too. The Napolese encourage you to join in. Obstruction cleared, and we were now closing in on the Via Sebastiano: music shops and luthiers a speciality. We settled on Strumenti Musicali Miletti, a byword among mandolinistas. Ornella, the assistant, was endlessly helpful. Antonio explained my lifelong love of the instrument, and my longing to be good enough to play on a Neapolitan masterpiece. “Ah the mandolin,” she sighed, “both a gift and a curse.” Couldn’t have put it better myself. A glass cabinet was unlocked, and a hand-carved maple and spruce work of art handed to me. This antique model was made right here in Naples in the 19th century. I picked out a few notes of Santa Lucia (what else, for goodness sake); the tremolo notes resonated like a bell in the old stone-walled shop. The fretting was laser accurate, the strings as easy to press down as an iPad keyboard. Alas, I didn’t have $8,000. Ornella produced a more modestly priced instrument. Magnificent. An Umberto Gechinni, complete with briar

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walnut pick-plate, inlaid with motherof-pearl. My fingers glided over the fingerboard. I wanted to say, right wrap it up now, and let’s go celebrate eponymously with a Bellini cocktail in the Piazza Bellini, just at the end of the street. But Antonio told Ornella we were undecided. Bargaining is a way of life here. We strolled down the Via Sebastiano, past more music shops, second hand shops, violin shops, instrument repairers. Streets were lined with traders selling everything from market produce to the most extraordinary bling. Shop early for Christmas – every conceivable decoration is available on the Via San Gregorio Armeno. The nearby Via San Gregorio Armeno is almost entirely devoted to selling Christmas decorations or ‘presepi’, the most famous supplier being Ferrigno Marco at number eight. Customers have included Bill Clinton, Silvio Berlusconi and me (although not together). Even if you’re an avowed humbug, you’ll enjoy deciding whether to go for a little statue of Donald Trump or one of Pope Francis to adorn your Christmas tree, or nativity scene this year. The baroque pantomime of Neapolitan life is played out against the smell of pizza and coffee wafting from every street corner (Naples is the cradle of the pizza as well as the mandolin). We passed the Church of San Domengo where Thomas Aquinas, one of the big hitters in the mediaeval Catholic Church, was a teacher. It was here in Naples that his spiritual guidance arrived through a surprising medium — a crucifix began talking to him. Who would doubt it in such a city as this?


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NAPLES WAS FOUNDED by the Greeks, who were somewhat inevitably followed by the Romans. Christianity was next up - St Peter and St Paul both preached here. Thereafter Europe’s foremost gangs showed up: Goths, Normans, Angevins, Fascists. This regular change of Neapolitan overlords bequeathed an enormous legacy of art and architecture to the city. But if you never ventured beyond the gloriously hedonistic Spanish Quarter, or the outrageously free-wheeling Spaccanapoli, the old Roman road which bisects the city, you’d still have a ball. Antonio pulled on my elbow as I stared up at the decaying Roman aqueduct that follows the Spaccanapoli — it’s an utterly unique feature of the city. He persuaded me that some light sight-seeing duties would be in order, not least a visit to Napoli cathedral. Most of the main cathedral, the Duomo, was built in the 13th century, but subsequently devastated by serial earthquakes — God’s behaviour can be somewhat disconcerting on occasion. The Duomo is the venue for the miraculous, and regular, liquefying of St Genarro’s blood. A vial of solidified blood of Napoli’s patron saint is brought out in solemn procession. Held aloft, the blood miraculously liquefies, to the accompaniment of encouraging cries from the faithful. Don’t Roger Moore your eyebrow: this is Napoli. It has to be a recurring miracle. Plenty of paintings too. You might feel like heading straight for Caravaggio’s Flagellation of Christ, shuddering with violence and despair in the bombastic Bourbon-era palace that is the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. It’s an arresting sensation to see this revered image in the city where its creator would regularly set his dogs on unsuspecting fellow citizens – just for fun. The hugely influential artist led a tumultuous life. He was renowned for brawling, drinking, gambling and general debauchery. Somewhat surprisingly he made it to the ripe old age of 38.

Fretted matters

Mandolin matters curtailed further flaneuring, and we returned to Miletti’s. A price was negotiated; the deal was done. After farewells that would not have disgraced Marco Polo heading out to the New World, we returned to base. Baked goods No matter what your business is in Naples, stay a few days and you’ll soon have your own favourite square. You’ll have your favourite cafe and favourite waitress – the one with a smile that lights up the piazza. The cats will be dozing in the shade, the oleanders fluttering slightly in the breeze. You’ll nod thoughtfully to yourself; yes, Naples has boundless artistic treasures, but this is no tourists’ theme park. The waitress will arrive with your bottle of Lacryma Christi (‘Tears of Christ’) — a wine produced locally by monks. You’ll look contentedly round this shambles of a metropolis knowing that you’ll be back — you could love this utterly compelling place. I took along the mandolin on my final day in the city, and in the hairdryer heat of a Neapolitan evening I plucked a nice fat D chord and started humming “. . . scuzza me, but you see, back in old Napoli, that’s amore. . . . .” PL

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gave rise to her noble stage name. Being a strong feminist, she decided to an ‘e’ to the masculine title for an extra, vivacious edge.



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Matthew Mills HOME truths |

On the pull



he unspoken truth about teeth is that they’re simply not fit for purpose. I’m serious - compared to most everything else in our bodies, they are, frankly, terribly designed. Basically, their whole raison d’etre is to chew stuff, to turn our food from beautifully plated-up delicacies Jamie and Nigella would be proud of to gunk that can travel easily down to our stomachs ready for the whole breaking down into nutrients and energy palaver. That’s it, that’s all we need them to do. It wasn’t the toughest task handed out when evolutionary forces were putting us together. In truth it’s nothing more than grunt work – teeth are the ditch diggers, the manual labourers, of the body part community. The heart, for instance, is resolutely keeping our blood flowing, the brain’s making all the decisions, conscious and unconscious, the lungs are doing simply spectacular things with nothing but fresh air, a host of other bits and pieces are constantly working minor miracles – and then there’s the teeth. Chew. Grind. Repeat. And yet, like the worst example of overentitled ingrate tradies, they make a massive song and dance about it all and, without constant care and management, will simply stop working every now and then and cause strife for all about them. Think about it. Make-up wise, they’re a bit similar to bones. Now bones, barring the most vehement attacks from merciless diseases or the ravages of old age, will just get on with the job.You don’t have to do anything much for them except try to avoid hard bumps on the footy field and bizarre trampoline accidents – they’re just there doing their thing, quietly and efficiently. And what about teeth’s near neighbour, the tongue? Just don’t bite it and that guy’s going to have your back, no problem, not just helping out with the whole eating thing but also doing pretty amazing things as far as talking goes. Eyes, admittedly, sometimes don’t work as well as they could, but there’s no real maintenance there, just a nice pair of glasses every couple of years, contacts for vanity days and goggles when


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you’re at the angle grinder. Ears are the same. Cotton buds occasionally, but you’re not really even supposed to go too deep with those. But teeth? Teeth want the world. Twice a day. Cleaning, top, back, front, with a hardbristle brush and their very own cleaning agent. And flossing. Don’t forget the flossing. And is that enough? Oh, no, that’s nowhere near enough. My theory is that however much love and attention you give your teeth, there’s no stopping one or two of them just giving up the ghost, crumbling under the stress of their manual labour and really ruining your day. Which is where I am right now as I’m writing this. Yes, it’s coming up on half eleven on a Monday morning and I’m four and a half hours away from the dentist’s chair, four and a half hours away from having the latest workshy slacker pulled kicking and screaming from my head. This particular tooth started griping a couple of weeks ago. Nothing too serious, just the odd whimper and moan, the odd indication that all was not well in the back reaches of my jaw. But, like the worldweary foreman who can tell from a hundred yards when the apprentice’s laboured cough is a signal that he’s going to phone in a sicky any day now, I knew the niggling wasn’t going to go away. So off to the dentist I went. Now, I need to be clear here that my animosity towards teeth doesn’t spill over into any ill feeling towards dentists – especially not the one our family goes to who is a genial, eloquent chap with a great bedside manner, young, good looking, the

kind of individual I’d be very pleased if my daughter brought home in a decade or so. What’s more, he’s wonderfully nonjudgemental. As we parade our many children in front of him for six-monthly check-ups, he accepts our British ancestry for what it is and agrees that we’re doing the best with can with the cards we’ve been dealt. So, no – dentists are great, and ours especially, so I put my mouth in his hands and braced myself for the worst. “Yeah, basically it’s knackered,” he told me, but not in quite so few words. There was talk of root canals and localised decay, other things that I don’t really recall. But then he cut to the chase, telling me: “It’s three grand to fix it, three hundred bucks to take it out.” Well, there’s your classic no-brainer right there. At 46, I told him, I think I’m a bit long in the tooth to be worried about the cosmetics. He nodded and smiled, pretending to appreciate the pun that he hears a half dozen times a week, handed me a script for antibiotics and told me to make another appointment and we’d get the job done then. And that appointment is now four and a quarter hours away. I’m not scared of course. No, my dentist’s lovely and it’s not as though he’s actually going to do what I’ve told the kids he’s going to do (I may have suggested that because they’re all so expensive I’ve had to take the economy route which involves a mallet and a rusty monkey wrench), so of course I’m not scared. Just aware of what’s going to happen in four hours and ten minutes. Looking forward to it being over, that kind of thing. In the meantime my moaning molar is making a last, concerted effort to make my life a misery, cranking up the jabs of pain like it knows it’s a condemned man. But, hey, do your worst, you useless chunk of calcium, you. A few days from now, I’m going to be feasting on a crusty baguette and you’ll be at the bottom of a bin somewhere. Just four hours to go. Pass the ibuprofen and wish me luck. PL










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