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BRILLIANCE Ed set to light up Perth with stadium’s first shows



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ur cover star needs no introduction. Ed Sheeran is a phenomenon - his first concert in Perth sold out within a few minutes, and his second show, much-requested by fans who failed to bag a ticket first time round, is sure to go the same way. And what a way to celebrate the opening of our city's brand new stadium - it's sure to be a weekend to remember next March. Ed's not the only megastar heading west. We've got a plethora of pop heroes heading our way, from THE UK boy band of the 90s - Take That - to current funky maestro Bruno Mars and local stars San Cisco. If music's not your thing, there are plenty of other ways to stay entertained this winter. Read all about the new indoor surfing destination - Aloha Surf or get on your (mountain) bike and head down south for some adventures in the mud. Looking further afield, Anna goes for a two-wheeled ride around the islands of Greece on an innovative wooden bike and Gill explores glorious Vienna. We've got a round-up of the latest TV shows (hint: Game of Thrones is back soon *insert loud whoop), and the latest Despicable Me movie is back with Gru and those Minions for round three. There's also property news, Insta inspiration for your interiors and cool ways with compost. On top of all that we've got over 160 new property listings from the Peard Real Estate group. Happy reading.

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98 PROPERTY Property News  Perth and WA’s vibrant building landscape 8


Exteriors - Dulux


Homewares - be inspired


Gardens - cool composting







Property - Outdoor barbecues




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72  Sport - Aloha Surf 74  Adventures - Mountain Biking 78 Drinks - 50th Anniversary of Margaret River wines 82 Cape Mentelle 84 The history of MR wine 86 Citystay - Citadines St Georges Terrace 88 Beauty - Cool Sculpting 90 Mug Shot - Oakover Grounds 92 Entertainment - Maggie Beer in Japan 94 Despicable Me 3 96 Sarah Blasko 97 Next Big Thing - Husky 98 Travel - Vienna 102 Cycling in Greece 105 10 Things... Ed Sheeran

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JM Property was presented with the Property Council of Australia’s RLB WA Development of the Year award at a cocktail reception in April. “FJM Property’s vision, $80 million investment and eightyear commitment has restored a heritage icon, changing the streetscape of our CBD and creating a new destination for tourists and locals alike,” said the Property Council’s executive director in West Australia, Lino


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Iacomella. The history of the three interconnected buildings, often called the Old Treasury buildings, stretches back to 1874, serving as the city’s post office, treasury, public offices, the office of the premier and cabinet, as well as a police cell block. The State Buildings had been lying dormant for nearly two decades before they were purchased by FJM Property and transformed into vibrant hospitality and retail precinct,

and the home of luxury 48-suite hotel COMO: The Treasury. “The attention to detail throughout the renovation, the innovative approaches used during construction and the commitment to quality make this project stand out from the pack,” Mr Iacomella says. “The State Buildings Perth have been reinvented as Perth’s first six-star hotel, and demonstrate why thoughtful development can breathe new life into tired parts of our city. If the Old Treasury’s walls could talk, they’d have a story or two to tell. And FJM Property’s vision and commitment will

ensure they continue to be a part of Perth’s history for another century,” Mr Iacomella said. The RLB WA Development of the Year award is part of the national 2017 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards program. RLB has partnered with the Property Council of Australia to present the Innovation & Excellence Awards program since its inception in 1982. The State Buildings Perth is also vying for the S4B Studio Award for Best Heritage Development at the national awards, which will be held in Sydney in May.

Heritage gems vie for top award


he Guildford Hotel and the recently opened Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre in Geraldton are among the finalists in the 2017 Western Australian Heritage Awards. Heritage Council chair Anne Arnold said this year the awards celebrate 25 years of honouring the leading contributors to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, promotion, tourism and interpretation in WA. “For the past 25 years, the Heritage Awards have played an important role in promoting the excellent work undertaken by our heritage champions,” Anne said. “The high calibre of the 2017 finalists illustrates just how far we have come in developing innovative and exemplary practices in the conservation and promotion of our state’s heritage. “In recent years, five WA Heritage Award winners have gone on to be honoured in the UNESCO AsiaPacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, clearly demonstrating the world-class standard of conservation and adaptation being undertaken in WA,” says Anne. Conservation and adaptive reuse finalists include one of Fremantle’s largest renewal projects, the former Dalgety Wool Stores, which has been transformed into Heirloom by Match, the stunning restoration of West End’s Wilhelmsen House, St Georges Terrace’s Palace Hotel, and the former fire-ravaged Guildford Hotel which has risen from the ashes to become a popular entertainment venue. “Among the innovative interpretation finalists are Sound from the Ground, a

musical interpretation of the stories of the East Perth Cemetery, and the Historical Panoramas website which provides a unique and visually dramatic way to explore the development of Perth and Fremantle,” Mrs Arnold said. “Regional projects are also illustrating how heritage can become a tourism driver such as the Busselton Jetty Experience, the Leonora Heritage Trail, Gwalia’s Gold Exhibition and Geraldton’s Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre which uses Hawes' own words from his extensive records, drawings and diary entries to tell his story.” Anne said the finalists represented a diverse crosssection of volunteers, professionals, organisations and projects, split evenly between metropolitan and regional areas. “I congratulate all the finalists whose work has resulted in significant achievements in the promotion and conservation of our rich cultural heritage,” Anne said. The winners will be announced just at the time of going to press at the former Royal WA Institute of the Blind in Maylands, now home to the WA Ballet, which won the 2013 Excellence in Adaptive Reuse Award.



nzac House will be redeveloped in a bold bid to enhance the iconic civic precinct, and increase the service capability of the Returned Services League WA, according to the City of Perth. The city’s council has voted to demolish the existing building on St Georges Terrace, in favour of a new 10-level mixed use building. Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said it was an exciting step forward for the RSLWA, and a move the city is proud to support. “The new building will accommodate the RSLWA Club and offices, function room, café and commercial

office space,” Ms Scaffidi said. “The building seeks to capitalise on the views across Government House gardens and the Swan River, taking full advantage of its fantastic location.” State president Peter Aspinall said understandably, many veterans and associates will be sad to see the end of Anzac House, however having a purpose-built facility will provide RSLWA with the ability to take advocacy and welfare to a new level. “RSLWA will encourage other ex-service organisations to co-locate and work beside the RSL to deliver more comprehensive services to veterans,” Peter said.

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Celebrating the coast


ominations for the 2017 Western Australian Coastal Awards for Excellence are now open, according to planning minister Rita Saffioti, in a move designed to celebrate our beautiful coastline. The 2017 award categories include Coastal Champion, Community Group, Local Government, On-Ground

Coastal Management, Coastal Planning Initiative and Coastal Development/ Design/Tourism Initiative. Applicants may selfnominate or nominate any eligible community group, organisation or individual. The awards are coordinated by the Department of Planning on behalf of the WA Planning Commission’s

Coastwest program. “The Western Australian Coastal Awards for Excellence celebrate the achievements of those involved in protecting and managing the state’s coast and marine environment,” said Ms Saffioti. “They highlight and raise awareness of the significance of our coastline and aim to recognise those who are

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ransforming the outside of your home with the right colour scheme and paint finish will future-proof your exterior and achieve curb appeal for years to come. To eliminate colour guesswork, the clever folk at Dulux have expertly curated three on-trend and fool-proof exterior colour schemes which can be easily applied to virtually any architectural style. Comprising Bright Spot, Botanical Life and Natural Beauty, these exterior palettes feature a selection of hues that can be mixed and matched with confidence to create a perfect and timeless colour scheme. Updating the exterior of the home with the right colour scheme not only makes a strong first impression and reflects a homeowner’s personality, but also has the ability to increase street appeal and add value. Comprising pops of brighter hues and a


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selection of easy-to-use neutrals, Bright Spot is especially ideal for popular mid-century architecture according to Bree Leech, creative consultant and stylist for Dulux. “Experiment with hues to achieve a modern take on architectural colour palettes. Use bold hints of colour such as Dulux High Blue or Go Alpha in architectural details such as the front door, pot plants and even letterboxes.” Offering a more traditional colour scheme, Botanical Life achieves a warm and welcoming lush look which is globally inspired with spicy colour accents, bohemian styling and tropical flare such as Dulux Cinnamon Sand, Coyote and Jungle Cloak. “Outdoor living has become an Australian way of life and botanical features play a greater role in our wellbeing as well as our décor,” says Bree. Natural Beauty is inspired by tactile

elements to offer colours which are drawn from nature and focus on neutrals, warm greys and charcoals. “The Natural Beauty colour scheme achieves a look which is relaxed with colours such as Dulux Vintage Beige, Malay Grey and Domino which can be paired perfectly with materials such as brick, timber and stone,” says Bree. Achieving the right look and selecting colours can be daunting; these Dulux Weathershield exterior colour schemes simplify

the painting process allowing homeowners to achieve the perfect exterior look without fear of making a costly colour mistake. Tested for over 40 years in Australian conditions, Dulux Weathershield will protect your home for as long as you live there. Designed to withstand all weather, from extreme heat to heavy rain, Dulux Weathershield also prevents UV damage and resists mould and stains. PL For more information about updating the exterior of the home with Dulux Weathershield, visit


BRIGHT SPOT: Try bold hints of colour Try a pop of colour on doors and exterior trim or pair neutrals such as Natural White and Timeless Grey with bright pots, chairs and exterior accessories.

NATURAL BEAUTY: Incorporate tactility Pair these neutrals with natural textures such as wooden elements and stone accessories and decorations.

Simple steps to future-proofing your home: 1. Select your main colour and accent colours to match. Use colour chips, A4 samples and sample pots to make sure your final selection is perfect for you. 2. Choose your Weathershield paint. You will need to use an undercoat for metal surfaces or when using Dulux ChromaMax™ colours. 3. Purchase the correct amount of paint according to the size of your job. 4. Be sure to read the paint label carefully for paint tips and clean-up directions.

BOTANICAL LIFE: Achieve a warm, lush look Bring this theme to life with bohemian styling including woven exterior furniture and planters as well as lush tropical greenery.

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ith available area for landfill in low capacity and increasing levels of carbon emission, the need to make organic recycling easier is becoming ever more crucial. In recent years, the concept of a circular economy has become something of a buzzword and is a popular approach towards a productive economy aiming to improve long-term sustainability. It’s an approach that goes beyond just recycling and attempts to prevent food waste going to the landfill. Composting is nature’s circular economy, where food waste is reduced and reused and its nutrients recycled into fertiliser. By returning these nutrients back to the soil, rather than letting organic waste rot away in landfills, we can feed diverse life in the soil. The bacteria, fungi, insects and worms in compost support healthy plant growth, which will help offset greenhouse gas emissions. Recently, Australians were encouraged to promote the importance and benefits of composting during a special Compost Week in May and through workshops,


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demonstrations or tours, much information was shared. “We need to close the loop on food waste and encourage more families and local communities to repurpose waste through composting,” says Eric Love, chairman of the Centre for Organic Research & Education (CORE) – the not-for-profit organisation that has been championing this international campaign exclusively in Australia for 12 years in an effort to reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfill. “Each time we throw away organics such as food scraps and garden waste in the rubbish bin we are contributing to climate alteration. A lot of people are still unaware of this and we believe that if they knew, they would try to do things differently.” Here are some top ideas for disposing of your organic waste: • Compost it using a compost bin or make your own compost heap. • Feed it to a worm farm – avoid citrus, spicy food, garlic, onions, meat, dairy and processed foods such as bread and pasta.

• Feed it to your chooks if you are lucky enough to have a backyard. • If you live in an apartment, the Bokashi Bin Bucket might be more suitable or you can also find a community garden near you to give your organic waste to, they usually have a few compost bins and worm farms. PL

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How to Invest in Property and Put Your Children through Private School



ant to put your children through private school but don’t have the money? Or perhaps you have the money but fear it means postponing a property investing strategy. Investing in property can pay private school fees. The key is considering how much time you have because the sooner you get started the better. If you have a new baby and want to send your child to a private primary school, you may not have enough time for property to deliver the funds needed unless you have started investing already. So you may have to find the money — but high school can be a different matter. If you buy the right property, you can expect to get about 6% capital growth, meaning it will double in value in 12 years. Buying a $500,000 investment property now should mean you would clear about $250,000 after capital gains tax in 12 years. Even with inflation that should cover most private school fees. Of course, the more children you have, the more properties you need.You may also want to think about allocating a property to cover your child’s HECS debt. One property bought early enough can mean


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your child leaving university without debt. Many parents, however, aren’t in the position to follow the above strategy. Often the time in their life parents have enough equity in their family home to buy an investment property coincides with their children starting high school. So does that mean you have to forget about property investing while your money goes towards private school funding? Not if you understand cash flow, a key component of property investing. Cash flow is king, which means you need an investment property with cash flow that won’t affect your ability to fund your children’s private school fees. Too many investors with little disposable income buy a property that looks great on the surface but sell it within 12 months because they ignored cash flow. Unless you earn a very high income, private school fees will decrease your disposable income, along with your mortgage, car loan and all the other expenses. How much does that leave to put towards an investment property every month? You must know how much the property will cost you every month after tax — and

make sure that you can easily pay it as well as your private school fees and all other expenses. The cash flow from a property depends on your taxable income but the fundamentals are the same regardless of income: Money In (rent and tax deductions) – Money Out (loan interest and property expenses) = Monthly Negative or Positive Cash Flow. From my experience, including meeting thousands of property investors, I have found that 90% of them didn’t know the investment property’s cash flow before buying it. If money is no object, it’s fine. But that’s not the case for most of us. The bottom line: new properties will deliver better cash flow than older properties, along with better rent, less maintenance and lots of depreciation. The key is to understand the cash flow before you buy and make sure you can still pay your private school fees.You can lock in the cash flow by fixing the interest rate for three to five years to gain some certainty. You can also take up the option of a 10-year lease-back guarantee available on some investment properties. This option means the rent will be paid for 10 years from the date your first tenant moves in. Be aware that property investment isn’t always about cash flow. Student accommodation and some other niche market properties may provide good cash flow. This doesn’t make them a promising investment. So, you can invest in property while putting your children through private school. But check the numbers very carefully and buy the right property that will work for you, not against you. PL MICHAEL SLOAN is the author of two books, The Formula to Successful Property Investing and Cracking the Real Estate Code. His articles appear on the National Australia Bank (NAB) website and he is regularly quoted in the media. Michael is the co-founder and director of The Successful Investor, a national property advisory firm.With over 20 years in the industry, he has helped hundreds of people safely establish and grow successful property portfolios. Find out more at

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inding the right real estate agent is one of the most important decisions to make when selling or leasing your property. Ideally, you want to find an agent who has a strong sales or leasing record, sound knowledge of the local area and someone you have a good rapport with. REIWA CEO Neville Pozzi said those looking to sell or lease their home should do their due diligence to find an agent they can trust. “The aim is to put yourself in the best position possible so your property stands out from others on the market,” said Mr Pozzi. “The right agent will help you do just that by working with you to present the property well and determine an appropriate listing or rent price. “It’s worth asking any potential agents about how they plan to approach the task of selling your home. In addition to enquiring about fees and marketing costs, ask how they will promote the property, what their knowledge of the local area is and what selling method is best suited to you,” said Mr Pozzi. The AgentFinder tool is a helpful way to find the right agent for you,

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SIMPLE SEARCH With its simple search functionality, you can easily look for agents and agencies by suburb and, with one click, discover more about who they are and what they do. Plus, you’ll find a full run-down of an agent’s contact details, so getting in touch is easy too. BACKED BY REIWA AgentFinder is owned and operated by the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia. REIWA are the local experts in all things WA real estate and exist to make selling, leasing and buying property as simple as possible for all West Aussies. Find the right real estate agent now at June/July 2017 | PRIMOLIFE



LEFT-RIGHT: John Cartwright, Donna Macpherson, Sue Rowles, Tash Welburn, Sandy Pollock and Lake Park.

Out with the old, in with the new



t’s a great time to trade up in Perth, and we’re not just talking about houses. Our vibrant Victoria Park team is moving onto bigger and better things as they prepare to relocate to an exciting new space. Peard Group’s CEO Peter Peard says the new Victoria Park office is just a few short weeks away and will be well worth the wait. “We’ve decided to try something new with the concept, moving away from the traditional real estate office to offer clients a different experience,” says Peter.


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“The traditional office will always have a place in the market, but I feel a mix of old and new is the way forward. “We’re always looking for different ways to market our properties and connect with clients, and we think this will do just that.” The move will be a short one, just a few hundred meters up the road from the old office on Albany Highway to the prominent Park Centre Shopping Centre. “We’re confident that the new space will offer prime exposure for the Peard brand,” says Peter.

The Group’s Victoria Park expert Tash Welburn says she’s excited about the move and offering clients in the area something unique. “We work in a vibrant area that has seen a lot of change over the past few years. “Victoria Park is an evolving suburb and it’s only fitting that our office moves in the same direction.The streets are lined with funky stores and cafes, so a move away from a traditional real estate office is exciting,” says Tash. The new Peard Victoria Park office will open in early July but, in the meantime,

clients will still have the full team servicing their area, as they work from a temporary location. For all your Victoria Park and surrounds real estate needs, get in touch with the team today at victoriapark. PL

Do you want to be a part of Victoria Park's newest real estate office? We’re always on the lookout for passionate real estate professionals! Call Melissa Farrell, Director of Business Resource, on 0404 084 244 for a confidential chat today!

A moment with Peard Real Estate Victoria Park’s newest expert Sandy Pollock DL What made you get into real estate? SP I love people and I love houses so it was the perfect mix really! DL What’s your favourite thing about being a real estate agent? SP I love looking beyond the fences. I’m passionate about different style homes and interiors and I get

really excited about selling them! I love helping people with their next property journey, it’s very rewarding. DL Tell us about your real estate approach? SP Probably the opposite to your typical agent. I’m very easy going and non-pushy which I think many clients can relate to. I also absolutely love dogs and kids which helps me make friends with clients pretty easily. DL What are you most excited about since joining the Peard family? SP A new start and fresh goals with an exciting, innovative company! I’ve been doing this for a long time, so it’s kind of liking breathing new life into a career. DL What’s your favourite thing about the Victoria Park area? SP It’s very cosmopolitan. I love character houses and most in the area are just that. There’s an awesome mix of the old and new and the area offers a nice family and community feel. Residents just love living here!

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PROPERTY Barbecues



f you can create the right outdoor ambience and a warm welcoming atmosphere, the cooler months can be a great time to entertain family and friends outdoors. “These days, with so many outdoor heating options, winter can be a great opportunity to set up a cosy outdoor entertainment space around the barbecue, producing some of the best barbecue meals, prompted by the mood of the season,” says Despina Sierra, product manager, cooking, at BeefEater Barbecues. Despina says barbecuing comfort foods such a leg of lamb with vegetables or cooking up a storm with a scotch fillet can impress guests and add a wholesome winter flavour to outdoor entertaining in the cooler months that will have friends begging for more. With this in mind, here are Despina’s easy outdoor entertaining tips for winter:


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Prepare ahead of time – the first rule is to ensure you have enough gas to fire up the barbecue. There would be nothing worse than your guests arriving and you need to find your nearest store to get your gas bottle refilled. Well before your guests arrive, organise to have your meat marinated and your vegetables chopped before heading out in the cold to start barbecuing. Preheat the barbecue – allow extra time to preheat your barbecue and be sure to limit the amount of times you open the lid to check on the food. During the cooler months, it is important to be more mindful of lifting the lid to check the meat. BeefEater has designed in-built roasting windows which are perfect for the winter cooking season, allowing you to watch your meal without losing valuable heat by opening the lid. Despina also suggests investing in a meat thermometer to ensure food is cooked to perfection, every time.

Light up – when it gets dark outside, you can create a warm atmosphere with simple lighting to help guests see each other. Placing candles safety around your outdoor space will instantly provide warmth and light. Outdoor patio heaters and fire pits can not only provide heat but enough light for your guests to enjoy without feeling too cold. Plan your space – to create a cosy and comfortable mood for your guests don’t be afraid to place rugs, cushions, blankets or side tables outside. Guests will be happy to mingle and keep their drinks close. Provide plenty of seating on the outskirts and check your chairs, rugs or blankets are not too close to fire pits or flames. “With outdoor spaces becoming an integral part of architectural plans and DIY home renovations, with some careful thought and planning, it’s easy to make the most of the outdoors, even in the cooler weather,” says Despina. PL


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uccess is often built on a reflex habit of saying yes to opportunities or requests that come our way. But if you say yes and can’t follow through because you don’t have the time then you inevitably let the person down. Many businesses agree to do extra work for their customers in order to be perceived as giving extra value, however, they often don’t deliver these extras in a timely fashion and often forget to do the extra work altogether. Learning to say ‘no’ is an important step to ensuring you don’t over commit, but it’s easier said than done. If you struggle with this, here’s five tips to help you say no with more confidence: Back-of-the-envelope pros and cons. Making a decision with information in front of you is always easier. Simply writing down the pros and cons of either a yes or no decision enables you to clearly see the implications of your decision. Actions speak louder than words. It is important that your actions are consistent with your words. If
you are constantly answering yes to things and
not following through because you really should have said no, then you will find yourself with more challenges that if you simply said no in the first place. Set yourself some clear rules and boundaries and stick to them. If you’re not 100 per cent committed to your answer, then ask for time. Often we are so busy that we are not 100 per cent present when saying yes or no. If you are unsure whether to answer yes or no to a request then it is reasonable to ask for some time to rationalise your decision.You might use this time to check


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your schedule or chat with your team before committing to an outcome. Calculate the ROI. You must start to associate a real cost to everything you do. Your time is worth money and you need to ensure you are investing it for maximum return each day. When presented with an opportunity, simply calculate the hours you expect the task or project to take and multiply this by your hourly rate. For example, you may have purchased a new piece of office furniture that needs assembling. This may take you 1.5 hours to complete. If your hourly rate is $100 then your investment in building the new piece of furniture is $150. This task could be done by someone else within your team or perhaps you may have been able to get a handy man to come and assemble the

furniture for between $30 - $40 per hour saving you time and money. This simple back-of-the-envelope calculation will make the decision easy. Share your reason for saying no. Many of the people you start saying no to may not be used to this answer from you. They may feel rejected and this may strain the relationship. By simply sharing your reason for saying no (you simply have too much on, can’t free up enough budget at the moment, etc.) you will generally get a more positive response and maintain strong working relationships. PL MATT MALOUF is a speaker, business coach, and author of The Stop Doing List (Wiley $27.95). For more information visit

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ravel fitness is part of your business strategy. Full stop. Whether you’re spending a week on the road in a variety of locations, away at a conference or always on the go travelling interstate on business, there are always ways you can integrate fitness into your travel schedule. My motto is you need to run your body like your business. This means building your wellbeing time into your daily agenda like you would any other meeting and not be location dependent. It’s a mindset and a lifestyle, not a chore. Time to reset your perspective on what exercise you need and want to be doing now your routine and responsibilities are different. It may mean you need a new game plan. Here’s how: TAKE YOUR “GYM WITH YOU” It’s actually easier than you may think to take your ‘gym’ with you, by using body weight exercises and packing some basic lightweight items and a pair of running shoes. Stock up your mental hard drive with exercises you can do anywhere and download your favourite videos and fitness apps to your iPad so you have an additional library to keep you on track. BACK TO BASICS Create space in the mornings before you start your meetings by getting some fresh air: explore where you are on foot or by bike – simply swap your heels or dress shoes for trainers and get to know your new surroundings. Exploring the city before everything opens is the perfect way to get your bearings (and find the best coffee or juice spots).

THE 1% RULE ROCKS When time is not on your side, there are still a number of short yet powerful workouts you can do with no gym required. I like to call these express sessions. 15 minutes is 1% of your day, if you fit your wellbeing into your agenda for 15 minutes every day for 100 days you will be 100% better off. My famous 1% rule. It works. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY If you are tired, then listen to your body: rest, relax and eat healthily to recharge and rejuvenate. Don’t raid the minibar for sugary snacks and drinks - instead make time for a bath, order a fresh salad and finish off your day in peace and harmony. I am on the road every week with early starts and late finishes, but that never stops me from getting my fit-fix. If you pack your running shoes and one or two fitness-ready outfits, you’re always good to go. Here are my top tips on keeping travel fit when you spend more time in the airport lounge than your own: 15-Minute Express Session: Quick walk or jog followed by a super set of 25 push-ups, 25 crunches, 25 triceps dips and 25 prisoner squats. Finish with three yoga poses to stretch. Skip your way fit: A skipping rope will roll up and fit in your shoe. Skip as a warm up and cool down at different tempos, then add your core work and body weight exercises in between.You’ll be surprised how effective skipping is for agility and cardio condition. I like to do this at hotels with roof-top pools or places with a great garden and view. Awesome fresh air sessions

and you can start your day like Rocky... Use the on-site gym or pool: Research where you are staying and find out what facilities they have on-site. Pack your swim goggles and squeeze in a few laps between dinners and other activities. Pack suspension straps: Take your gym with you with some suspension straps. I always take these on trips of four days or more and it ensures I can train on the spot for just 15 minutes a day, or longer combined with cardio. Use nature as your gym: Embrace your surroundings. If you’re on an island paradise or beach holiday, then head to the water for your workouts. In the countryside or even in a city that has amazing parks, head out to explore by hiking, running, walking, biking or even look at horse riding for a more adventurous twist if you’re away on a retreat. Why not?!. Sometimes we need to step back and review old rules we had and replace them with a fresh perspective on what healthy can look like. The ultimate aim is to find exercise while you are away that seamlessly fits into your day, and creates a nice moment to switch off and a different way to see the environment you are in. As you kick-start your personal journey into being your fit, healthy self – remember it’s about balance. Focus on what you can add to your life rather than what you have to give up. Integrate this as a lifestyle not just at home, but in the wider sense of your world. The impact will be amazing. PL NIKKI FOGDEN-MOORE is a global corporate health and leadership specialist and author of Fitpreneur.

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limbing to the top is easy; staying there is the Luxury, Location, Lifestyle! 65 Broadhurst Cres, Bateman has to be one of the most beautifully presented homes in Bateman. The degree of real test. excellence, thought and attention to detail that has gone into creating this masterpiece is immediately apparent. Style, class and quality abound! With so many reasons to view, it has to be top of your list. We are so excited to have been once This high quality fully renovated home, in sort after Bateman is situated on a 698sqm block. A very peaceful and Tom again awarded REIWA’s Top Group for the last serene location, this beautiful home is located close to schools, Murdoch University, St John of God Hospital and the Price upcoming Fiona Stanley Hospital, major transport, shopping centres and parks. quarter. To come out on top with only 12 offices says Opportunities to purchase homes of this calibre in the area are rare, so don’t delay! To view this property call Marg Paraburdoo Kudla today on 0457 515 007. a lot about the way we operate as a business . . . Our strategy has never been about having as many offices as possible. Right from the beginning, we’ve been about growing slowly, ensuring that our office locations were well thought out and that each office had the right people driving the premium brand.  We’ve focused on ensuring that all of our teams are successful and offer clients a consistent service across WA. Thank you to all of our hard-working employees for helping us climb to the top again! In property news, there’s been a lot of talk about the recent Federal Budget in recent weeks and we were pleased that housing affordability has be 7 mt lawley highlighted. The budget recognised the need to improve 8 victoria park housing affordability and address supply constraints,

boost infrastructure spending and retain negative gearing and capital gains tax for property investors. We’re confident that the budget will not only encourage growth in the economy but will be a huge leg-up for our property market as it recovers. Our market is currently experiencing a large supply of houses for sale meaning that properties listed need to be very competitively priced. Currently, there a more properties for sale in Perth than in Sydney, despite Perth having less than half the population.  Over-pricing in our city has been driven by a number of factors including agents lacking the necessary marketing expertise and support to correctly appraise a property combined with property owners not fully acknowledging that it is a buyers’ market in Perth. Successful real estate agents in the Perth property market are those who can correctly appraise the value of a property and educate the vendor as to its true market value before it is listed for sales. Our agents are some of the industry’s best, and have the knowledge as we all the support to provide accurate appraisals. If you’re looking for an expert and honest opinion, contact your local Peard Real Estate office. I hope you enjoy this issue of PRIMOLife magazine.




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WANNEROO SOUTH The Wanneroo South sub-market recorded a median house price for the year to January 2017 of $480,000, whereas the Perth Metro Region’s median house price was $525,000 for the same period. The suburbs of Landsdale, Marangaroo and Girrawheen have the highest number of sales in the market for established houses, in comparison to the rest of the Wanneroo South sub-market. The most popular suburbs in terms of properties leased within the sub-market are Girrawheen, Landsdale and Madeley.

On average, it takes approximately 69 days to sell a house in the Wanneroo South sub-market, with approximately 50 per cent of sellers’ discounting from their original listed selling price. In comparison, it takes on average 66 days to sell a house in the Perth Metro Region for the three months to January 2017 with 52 per cent of sellers’ discounting.

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FOR SALE Alexander Heights 41 Rosebury Avenue

From $469,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 2

Ashby 25 Hennessy Drive

From $490,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Balcatta 25 Beryl Street

From $750,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Balcatta 4 Attra Street

$529,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1 28

Grafted with an eye for uniqueness, this classic home offers a relaxed & easy care lifestyle, with great features & timeless elegance. Built on a large 728 square metre block of land, close to local shopping centres & only a 230 metre walk from public transport & the Alinjarra Primary school.With light filled living areas & modern downlights throughout the home simply compliments the stunning feature brick wall which leads to your kitchen which features ample storage. CONTACT Thanh Nguyen PHONE 0414 288 165 EMAIL

With the beach only a few minutes away you will love living Alkimos Alkimos. This completed spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom 2/88 Santorini Promenade inhome with double garage home is also eligible for the

Upon entering this beautifully maintained and much loved family home you will be captivated by the feel and appreciate the space and flexibility that this amazing property offers with generous living and outdoor areas to enjoy. This brilliant home offers so much for the growing or extended family with a wonderful blend of formal and informal living areas.

Aveley 20 Hirani Link

CONTACT Kim Riley PHONE 0449 781 685 EMAIL

Dual income property on a 946sqm duplex block. Side A - large lounge room , renovated kitchen, three generous sized bedrooms,polished jarrah floors throughout and spacious yard. Side B - open plan living, modernised kitchen, two good sized bedrooms and generous yard with powered workshop. CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL

Original home needing a makeover and an ideal starter home in this family friendly suburb.Large lounge and dining room, three good sized bedrooms and an additional living or study. Split air-conditioning units to all the bedrooms and living area plus solar panels.Fantastic location close to parks, public transport and West Balcatta Primary School.

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CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL

$364,900 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

END DATE SALE bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Balcatta 36B Bruton Street

$349,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Baldivis 17 Carbine Corner

From $475,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$15,000 First Home Owners Grant get in touch today to discuss your options. CONTACT Steve Wilcox PHONE 0421 277 366 EMAIL

Be quick to inspect this stunning three bedroom, 2 bathroom APG Home that is situated in undoubtedly one of the best locations in the award winning private Vale Estate. From the moment you enter this home you will be impressed by the feeling of spaciousness, with raised ceilings throughout and a well thought out floor plan enabling you to make the most of the park views from the master bedroom as well as the indoor and outdoor living spaces. CONTACTS Rod McDougall/Tiffany Bray PHONE 0418 909 954/0412 930 820 EMAIL

Set amongst leafy green gardens this duplex half is an ideal starter home. With an open plan tiled living area with split system air conditioner, 2 good sized bedrooms and renovated bathroom. Functional kitchen with electric cooking, fridge recess which has garden outlook. This property has a glorious gated yard with pergola, fruit trees and shed. CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL

At only 3 years old, this beautifully presented home is move in ready and offers you convenience at its best. The residence is located in a quiet street, less than 1km away from popular Makybe Rise Primary School and the new Tuart Ridge Shopping Village; home to Baldivis IGA, Brother of Mine Caf plus many new businesses to come. CONTACT Tray Edwards PHONE 0407 193 199 EMAIL

FOR SALE Balga 24 Elward Way

$350,000 bed 2 bath 1

Balga 31C St Kilda Road

From $319,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Banksia Grove 62 Viridian Drive

From $399,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Brabham 33 Bildersee Avenue

$399,000 - $429,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

If you want a cute little old house to renovate, this home has potential, 2 x 1 plus a big games room on the property, otherwise bring in the wrecking ball & start again! Located on a 728sqm block in a quiet street, Zoned R40, so can be duplex or triplex. This home is in a perfect position, with new apartments & town houses popping up everywhere, parks, shops & public transport around the corner. Walking distance to North Balga primary school. CONTACT Angie Pearce PHONE 0499 775 046 EMAIL

Balga 26 Fletching Street

This secure & private villa boasts open plan living room, dining room & kitchen with reverse cycle A/C. Fully fitted kitchen with gas cooktop, range hood, electric oven, recess for fridge/freezer and fitted dishwasher. Huge master bedroom with walk in robe and en suite, bedroom 2 & 3 are queen sized with robes. Private rear courtyard with new timber decking, storeroomCONTACT Ray D'Costa and double garage. PHONE 0403 165 936

Need a triple garage ? Want a big pool ? This super rare 4x2 Banksia Grove theatre property is available now and loaded with 48 Horticulture Gardens plus features ! Beautiful home in great location adjacent to

Create the right lifestyle here for the family and be impressed by the amazing entertaining and living areas. Presented in pristine condition your spacious family home awaits you here. The outdoor living and main living areas overlook the sparkling pool.

Beldon 18 Dawson Street


CONTACT Ben Hanson PHONE 0402 785 410 EMAIL

Nothing compares to this 2014 built modern three Bedroom, two Bathroom family home with additional theatre room home. Set amongst the new build area of Brabham you are only minutes away from the West Swan Road, where you can look forward to many afternoons of exploring all that the Swan Valley has to offer. CONTACTS Clinton Edwards/Caroline Bicknell PHONE 0409 040 901/0405 763 301 EMAIL

From $299,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

From $485,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

$530,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 2

Bullsbrook 6 Foaling Ridge


This 4 bedroom property has separate living room with reverse cycle A/C, fully fitted kitchen with gas cook top, electric oven & dining space. Huge master bedroom with robes & reverse cycle A/C. Bedroom 2 is queen sized with robes. Bedrooms 3 & 4 queen sized. Undercover patio with lawn & garden bed. Garden shed. Gated access to large front yard. 458sqm blockCONTACT Ray D'Costa PHONE 0403 165 936 EMAIL

retained nature bushland and walking trails. Superb appeal, Superb location & Superb value!

CONTACT Ben Hanson PHONE 0402 785 410 EMAIL

It’s evident as you open the solid jarrah front door, that this home has been lovingly improved. The kitchen is perfectly positioned to overlook the expansive patio and lawn area. A tradesman’s delight is the large workshop, fully insulated with high ceilings for additional storage of equipment, security blind over the window and a roller door for easy access. The property will tick the boxes for the environmentally conscious, with solar hot water, and solar CONTACT David Burnley electricity panels. PHONE 0414 960 233 EMAIL

Gently sloping and lightly treed with views to the escarpment is this 5 acre rectangular block located in Bullsbrook. Fully fenced and with phone and power to the front, this property is ready for your build. Surrounded by quality homes and only 5 minutes drive to Bullsbrook townsite including doctors surgery, pharmacy, post office and newsagency. Also on the school bus run servicing the local Bullsbrook College (K-12) and nearby private schools. CONTACT Samantha Hill PHONE 0407 666 905 EMAIL June/July 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Burns Beach 21 Garners Way

From $749,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Burns Beach 62 Beachside Drive

Contact Agent bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Butler 22 Cheshire Entrance

From $529,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Butler 63 Randstone Parade

$329,000 - $349,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2 30

This gorgeous home offers three living areas that includes an open kitchen, dining and meals area, theatre room and a spacious parents retreat as well as a separate study. Outdoors there is a generous alfresco under the main roof, extensive paving and easy care reticulated garden with room for a pool and the kids to play. With double glazed windows and doors plus modern neutral decor throughout, this home is ready for you to live in now. CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

Brand new luxurious beachfront residence, directly opposite parklands and with extensive sea views. Finished to perfection with a modern and practical floorplan which encourages lots of natural light plus loads of outdoor entertaining space with a pool. A real lifestyle choice – don’t miss this winner! CONTACT Todd & Danielle Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

Burns Beach 534 Burns Beach Road

From $785,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Butler 19 Newmarket Parade

From $549,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This large family home has 4 large beds, study and a huge theatre (or 5th bedroom). Be amazed as you enter the home. Huge master bedroom with his and hers WIR & large ensuite. Bedrooms 2,3 & 4 are all large doubles with robes. Large family room overlooks alfresco and pool. Kitchen comes with all mod cons. Activity room. Evaporative air conditioning throughout.CONTACTS Jay Furnell/Lisa Furnell

Butler 4 Salwick Street

Located in the Green Estate so you get access to many local parks, shared bore water for reticulation and high speed fibre optic internet. 3 good size bedrooms, modern kitchen, open living area, ducted air con and double garage. PLUS only a few minutes walk to the Butler train station and the developing Woolworths shopping centre.

Butler 9 Itchen Loop

PHONE 0466 431 313/0424 653 336 EMAIL

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CONTACT Jackson Hamlin PHONE 0438 500 318 EMAIL

From $399,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $399,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Prepare to be wowed from the moment you walk through the door, this wonderful residence seamlessly links all the main living spaces into one centralised location, including bringing the outside in, and is absolutely ideal for entertaining guests. Combining elegance with class and coastal convenience this truly is both a property and location to envy. CONTACT Steve Wilcox PHONE 0421 277 366 EMAIL

This beautifully crafted ex display home offers two spacious living areas including an open kitchen, family and dining space that flows to the stunning outdoors, a separate study and a high quality finish throughout. The spectacular outdoor entertaining area offers ocean and parkland views from the alfresco, a spacious gazebo, exposed aggregate, timber decking, feature stone, easy care reticulated gardens and plenty of room for the kids to play or a pool. CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

This very tidy home has so much to offer the astute buyer. The large block of 605sqm is a rare find which comfortably accommodates not only the big family home, but also a garden with alfresco, pool, shed & double garage. The layout has been well designed with multiple living areas to suit all your family members with various activities happening at the same time. CONTACT Paul Turner PHONE 0400 072 005 EMAIL

It is clear this stunning home has been loved and cared for. This welcoming property has the unique ability to instantly make you feel at home. A quality build with a great, functional floorplan makes every day living easy. A rarity of a huge garage which has been designed for a high 4x4, allows for plenty of space for the cars, bikes, toys & all of lifes luxuries. CONTACT Paul Turner PHONE 0400 072 005 EMAIL

FOR SALE Carine 3 Pendine Street

$730,000 - $755,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Carine 8 Excalibur Way

$800,000 - $850,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 3

Carramar 3 Coolamine Close

Offers Over $499,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Clarkson 3/1 Elsbury Approach

$289,000 bed 1 bath 1 car 1

A tranquil parkside location, charming features and a practical, but functional, floor plan all combine to deliver your family this beautifully-presented double-storey residence. A fantastic dome patio offers outdoor-entertaining options aplenty and features a cafÊ/shade blind for protection from the elements, whilst also preceding lush rear lawns and leafy gardens that altogether leave enough room for a future swimming pool – and then some. Block size: 697 sqm (approx.) CONTACT Karen Riches PHONE 0422 686 363 EMAIL

Carine 4 Caldwell Place

Solid, charming and spacious enough for everybody to enjoy, this double-storey residence is comfortably nestled on a generous 689sqm corner block with splendid views over the Carine Open Space treetops and plenty of scope for you to renovate and potentially convert the shell into the family home of your dreams! Features a front lounge, open-plan kitchen, casual meals area and separate formal dining room that extends outside to a side pergola courtyard. CONTACT Karen Riches PHONE 0422 686 363 EMAIL

Carine 9 Excalibur Way

I am excited to present this simply beautiful, feel good home to the market. This stunning 4 bed 2 bath + study home is a must see and is sure to impress. The floor plan, neutral tones and character of this home makes it suitable for young or old, single, couple or families.Low maintenance retained garden beds and a sparkling swimming pool complete this very pretty picture. CONTACT Esmari Bradley

Carramar 6 Coolamine Close bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Block size: 600m2 Built In 1999

This 1 bed, 1 bathroom, 1st floor apartment is a perfect choice for people wanting to get on the property ladder, downsizers or investors. This trendy apartment is low maintenance and is a short stroll to Ocean Keys Shopping Centre, pub and restaurants with Mindarie Marina and beaches only a short drive away.

Clarkson 4/10 Salamanca Turn

It is a fantastic time to buy an investment property. Here is an opportunity to buy one that not only has a tenant, but such a good tenant that they have paid rent in advance until 30/7!! Fabulous 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with double garage nestled in a lovely quiet location. Features generous size bedrooms, lovely open plan living, well-appointed kitchen overlooking the CONTACT Tish Thomas private courtyard. PHONE 0430 141 343

PHONE 0422 279 396 EMAIL

CONTACTS Jay Furnell/Lisa Furnell PHONE 0466 431 313/0424 653 336 EMAIL

$900,000 + bed 5 bath 3 car 4

From $675,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

$499,000 - $530,000

From $309,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Sitting proudly in a prime cul-de-sac location, close to excellent primary and secondary schools, this wonderful double story home on a 782sqm block is sure to please! Upon entering you'll immediately be drawn into the formal lounge & dining with french doors, high ceilings, feature fireplace & large windows allowing an abundance of natural light into the room. Enjoy hours of entertaining in the alfreco area with a well-appointed mains gas BBQ, sink & dining area. Let the kids run around the reticulated garden CONTACT David Hofler with enough room to add a pool. PHONE 0418 923 857 EMAIL

Subtly understated from its charming street frontage, this circa 1970s home will pleasantly surprise you with its delightfully-revamped interior and a massive backyard that is level, leaves plenty of room for a future swimming pool and has scope to be the outdoor-entertainment setting of your dreams. There is also the added bonus of having the sprawling Carine Regional Open Space parklands within a very short walk and a block size of 719sqm (approx.) CONTACT Karen Riches PHONE 0422 686 363 EMAIL

If space is what you are after then this one aims to please! This lovely family home on a generous 600m2 block has side access for your toys and a large pergola and sparkling pool for your enjoyment. CONTACT Esmari Bradley PHONE 0422 279 396 EMAIL


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FOR SALE Clarkson 33 Pollock Way

$399,000 - $409,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Why Build in this up and coming estate when the hard work has all been done here! Just move right in and make it home! Complete with high ceilings and quality fittings throughout, including LED lights. Situated in great location close to Ocean Keys Shopping Centre, Mindarie Marina and Claytons Beach and on easycare block ideal for first homebuyers, downsizers or the astute CONTACT Tish Thomas investor. PHONE 0430 141 343 EMAIL

Clarkson 9 Hacienda Drive

From $419,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Looking to downsize? Want a lock & leave? Call Bernadette Cooloongup to view this great villa! Set in the peaceful Waikiki Villas, 29/27 Goongarrie Drive now an Over 55s complex, adjacent to parkland and close to shops

Currambine 12 Arabella Mews

bed 2 bath 1 car 1

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Offers Over $230,000

Dayton 4 Echidna Link

$519,000 - $539,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Dianella 2/43 Norton Drive

$487,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1 32

and transport, this neat, freshly painted home is perfect if you're looking to downsize. With solar panels, instantaneous hot water and low strata fees you can downsize your expenses too. CONTACT Bernadette Woodhouse

Early $500,000's

Step into this modern home & make it your own sanctuary, boasting a large internal living of 233 square metres built on a spacious 540 square metre block this home is nothing short of space. Relax in the open & spacious lounge & dining area, which features wooden laminated flooring throughout. With a large theatre room and a study room this property just gives you all the more reason to make this yours!

Dayton 5 & 6/19 Candlestick Brace

PHONE 0402 420 393 EMAIL

CONTACTS Thanh Nguyen/Samuel Mills PHONE 0414 288 165/0413 171 970 EMAIL

Located within a few minutes walk of shops and major bus routes, this townhouse is an exceptional find. Located at the rear of a quiet group of. It provides plenty of living space with a generous separate lounge room and dining area with direct access to the tranquil courtyard.

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CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL

$279,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Not your normal Somerly 3 x 2! This one has beautiful rustic gardens with water feature & big mature trees out the back, & an abundance of fruit trees, making your own private orchard down the side. The other side of the house has been designed to enjoy a private garden area off one of the minor bedrooms. The house has an enormous master bedroom & parents retreat. CONTACT Jan Buchanan PHONE 0408 802 381 EMAIL

12 Arabella Mews in Currambine is sitting on a 549sqm block & was built in 1994, conveniently located to everything including Burns Beach Freeway exit, Currambine Train Station, great local Schools, Currambine Central & a very short drive to the stunning Beach with fantastic walking trails along the coast. Be quick to secure this beautiful home at a very affordable price. CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

$15,000 First Home Buyers Grant Available. Choose from one of two of these modern upstairs low maintenance apartments. Situated in the heart of The Swan Valley within a short distance to all that this magnificent wine and cultural region has to offer. Private courtyard, open plan living, stainless steel oven & cooktop with range hood, dishwasher, stone bench tops, reverse cycle air conditioning & raised ceiling’s. CONTACTS Rod McDougall/Samuel Mills PHONE 0418 909 954/0413 171 970 EMAIL

Turn you dreams into reality, wake up each morning knowing Doubleview distance between you and Scarboroughs magnificent 7/161 West Coast Highway the white sandy beach is only a skip and a jump over the sand

$1,795,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

dunes and you are in the water.The opportunity on offer has to be without doubt the most desirable, prominent location along our beautiful coastline. CONTACT Sam Mannino PHONE 0402 822 457 EMAIL


Doubleview 118c Herbert Street

From $729,000 bed 3

bath 2 car 2

SPLENDID SECLUSION ELEGANT has to be the word to describe this magic 3 brm 2bth Townhouse. Located along the side path through a secure gate, to the rear of the complex of 3 town houses, your privacy is guaranteed at all times. Only 5 years old, this townhouse displays a wonderful quality of life with a myriad of features. Timber floors throughout with ultra modern light fittings. Beautifully appointed kitchen with s/steel appointments, dishwasher, abundance of cupboards & drawers, microwave recess, stone benchtop. Gas hotplates, electric oven. Glass walls look out to the superbly secluded courtyard with bifold doors open to bring the outdoors in. Open plan kitchen, living and dining. Split air con to living area. Bedrooms are beautifully carpeted with skirting boards. Ensuite is crispy white with double vanity, huge shower recess with a delightfully large shower head. Master brm has Walk in robe, second bedroom has mirrored sliding doors to built in robe. Third brm is currently being used as an office, but also has mirrored sliding doors to built in robes. Upstairs has a spacious lounge room, carpeted with skirtings. Water heater is gas, and there is a gas bayonet in the downstairs living and upstairs lounge. Right of way at the rear of the house for easy access to the double garage with extra storage. No strata fees. This is perfect for the person who appreciates the finer details in a home.

For more information, please contact:

Sylvia Stephens

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FOR SALE Doubleview 175b Herbert Street

From $729,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Duncraig 15 Pentland Avenue

From $650,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 1

Duncraig 7 Truslove Way

$1,095,000 - $1,145,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Eglinton 13 Daybreak Street

From $419,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3 34

Its location with this nothing but quality built spacious 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home packed with all the extras, and offering the perfect lifestyle with this lock up and leave home close to everything. The level of finish to this home is certainly a cut above the rest, and a must inspect so be quick! CONTACT Adam Mannino PHONE 0411 962 383 EMAIL

Duncraig 11 Yarrimup Close

From $1,235,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Set in leafy green Duncraig and within walking distance to Glengarry Park, this immaculately presented family home has been maintained beautifully. The stunning new and contemporary kitchen is light, bright and overlooks an inviting and huge below ground pool. Features an open plan family/dining/kitchen area, huge lounge room with a separate bar area, outdoor entertaining area, with pitched roof, air-conditioning, easy care reticulated gardens and plenty of parking for 4 vehicles. CONTACT Sue Middleton PHONE 0422 046 457 EMAIL

Duncraig 64 Davallia Road

After a hard day’s work unwind in your own private space and watch the beautiful colours of the sunset from your very own balcony and reflect on how good life is! Features a formal lounge and separate dining, huge open plan kitchen meals and family area, separate casual lounge, big outdoor spaces surrounding a tranquil pool, a large pitched patio for entertaining and a large grassed area for kids and pets.

Edgewater 8 Emerald Way

Nestled on a whisper quiet street in a small community located just 2 minutes north of Alkimos and only 5 minutes from Shorehaven beach. This stunning property is so NEW the walls are yet to be painted and the backyard is still a blank canvas just waiting for the next owner to ad their touch.

Ellenbrook 78 Lomas Circle

CONTACT Namita Mehra PHONE 0409 920 737 EMAIL

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CONTACT Ryan Joseph PHONE 0400 006 693 EMAIL

$599,000 - $649,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Offers Invited bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$439,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

This property boasts an immaculately cared for 380sqm executive residence on 748sqm of land with manicured gardens and solar heated below ground saltwater pool. Features include sunken sitting room, formal and informal dining areas, large open plan kitchen, media / games room, upstairs study overlooking the front gardens and a large storage / hobby room under the main roof with double access via rear garden or garage. CONTACT David Burnley PHONE 0414 960 233 EMAIL

Dreaming of living in beautiful Duncraig South, within a short walk to Davallia Primary School, parks, shops even the train station, but have a limited budget? Then here’s your opportunity to make your dream come true! Features a large formal lounge and dining, modern kitchen of generous proportions, open plan family/TV room, massive undercover entertaining area outdoors and large grassed section for kids and pets. CONTACT Namita Mehra PHONE 0409 920 737 EMAIL

This is a truly unique property, set on a huge 680sqm block in R20/R40 zoning. Features a charming kitchen plus a second scullery kitchen, three living areas including formal lounge with fireplace, formal dining area, enclosed outdoor alfresco featuring bar and split-system air conditioning, luxury outdoor area with pitched, paved pergola surrounded by established tropical gardens, a fully powered shed, an outdoor shower and an optional spa. CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL

If you are looking for a quality home with Wow Factor look no further than this stunning property. Situated across from the park & within a short distance to local schools, The Vines Resort & the Ellenbrook Town Centre this is possibly the best located home in this price range also. Stunning solid Black Butt timber floors to main living area, well equipped galley style kitchen with breakfast bar & glass splash back, 900mm stainless steel appliances, double doors to home theatre & timber decked & timber CONTACT Rod McDougall lined alfresco. PHONE 0418 909 954 EMAIL

FOR SALE Girrawheen 36 Keeley Way

From $439,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

Greenwood 28a Cockman Road

From $540,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Greenwood 5/69 Wahroonga Way

$459,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Hamersley 4 Rannoch Circle

From $579,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 3

Renovated kitchen, bathroom & laundry. Recently painted throughout. Separate dining with Fujitsu reverse cycle A/C, Jarrah floorboards throughout (except wet areas & living room), separate lounge room, large master bedroom with reverse cycle A/C & ceiling fan. Large bedrooms 2 &3 with ceiling fans. Salt water swimming pool with shade sail, decking & gazebo. UndercoverCONTACT Ray D'Costa patio & entertainment area. PHONE 0403 165 936

Greenwood 2 Melaleuca Drive

This 2004 built home has recently under gone a makeover – it boasts two new sleek bathrooms, granite kitchen, a modern dÊcor and quality finish. Features an open plan design with two separate living areas including a front lounge room plus family room, meals/ dining and the centrally positioned kitchen. Large windows and a glass sliding door provide the sense of indoor/ outdoor connection and capture the serene garden outlook & entertaining area. CONTACT Julie Vincent PHONE 0403 809 445 EMAIL

Greenwood 29B Dargin Place

This beautifully renovated home is designed to merge the indoors with the outdoor areas. It boasts a stylish new kitchen, a sleek new bathroom, split system air conditioning and a contemporary decor finish. A private courtyard that wraps around the home offers the confidence of security & privacy for every room. This 1992 built home is sure to impress and has the added benefit of being just a stroll away from the Greenwood Train Station and parklands. CONTACT Julie Vincent PHONE 0403 809 445 EMAIL

Greenwood 7/69 Wahroonga Way

This beautifully renovated family home has it all: open plan living areas, carport with drive through access to a double garage/workshop, swimming pool, grassed area for the kids and ducted air conditioning all located on an elevated block (with city views). This home ticks all the boxes and you will be spoilt for entertaining on the raised backyard area complete with built-in barbecue and 2 sizeable grassed areas for the CONTACT Karen Riches kids to run around.

Heathridge 8 Dirk Hartog Cove


PHONE 0422 686 363 EMAIL

End Date Sale bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $335,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

From $459,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

From $575,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Newly built to the highest-possible style and standard, this this high-end display property is the flagship design of quality builders Jonathan William Homes. No expense has been spared in its creation, and the result is a glamorous, high-spec, low-maintenance home ready for you to move straight into and enjoy. All offers presented by 6pm on 14th June 2017. The seller reserves the right to accept an offer prior to the end date without prior notification. CONTACT Blaise Partridge PHONE 0478 890 876 EMAIL

Roll up your sleeves and make this one shine again. Set back in the elbow of the quiet cul-de-sac and backing onto parklands, this original home with an expansive yard is in a peaceful and leafy location. Features a good sized lounge room that overlooks both front and back gardens and patio, bore reticulated grounds and kitchen with freestanding gas oven that easily caters for the adjoining meals/ dining area. CONTACTS Julie Vincent/Ron Vincent PHONE 0403 809 445/0403 809 209 EMAIL

Newly renovated and beautifully finished, this charming, secure and modern home would be perfect for first-time buyers, downsizers or investors looking for the ultimate rental property. The kitchen and bathroom are modern and welcoming and the decked, undercover patio is the perfect spot to relax all year round. Accessed from the light, bright and spacious open-plan family and meals area, it looks out over expansive bushland and landscaped front garden. CONTACT Blaise Partridge PHONE 0478 890 876 EMAIL

You will be astounded when you find out what lies behind this deceptive hidden treasure. A vast, delightful family home, with 2 separate zones assuring harmony for families of all ages. Featuring large kitchen, supersized core living area including family, casual dining and open plan living room, a large pitched colorbond patio, secluded, low maintenance garden ducted air-conditioning, gas storage hot water system, insulation and a large shed on an easy breezy 675sqm block. CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL June/July 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Heathridge 46 Prince Regent Drive

Offers Invited bed 5 bath 3 car 1

High Wycombe 6 Ryde Lane

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

Hillarys 16 Waratah Mews

From $1,395,000 bed 6 bath 3 car 2

Hillarys 20 Tahiti Lane

$1,450,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 36

This grand, newly renovated property is the ultimate family home, and features an enormous, light-filled, open-plan family and meals area, plus an exceptional chef’s kitchen and separate bar, a huge paved outdoor entertaining area with its own industrial fan, plus a separate decked area, huge backyard (with heaps of potential for a pool, a studio or lawn) and landscaped tropical gardens. This stunning property offers both style and substance in a great Heathridge location. CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL

Heathridge 9a Lamarck Place

Positioned in a quiet family filled street this large home with only one owner has been completely repainted and new flooring that all perfectly blends the great floor plan with the new face! Situated on a big 503m2 corner block this residences floor plan offers flexibility, functionality and enough separation for growing families.

Hillarys 11 Orient Circuit

CONTACT Michael Krauze PHONE 0414 987 846 EMAIL

$335,000 - $365,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

From $839,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

This beautiful family home offers over 400sqm of exceptional living space including superb renovations, high ceilings and 5 living areas. Features a stunning oversize and renovated kitchen and perfect outdoor entertaining under the massive alfresco with clear glass walls and doors, extensive polished concrete floors and built in stainless kitchen including barbecue, range hood and fridge, or enjoy a spa under the separate cedar lined patio.

Hillarys 18 Urbahns Way

Quality open plan lifestyle living featuring a separate home theatre and large open plan living areas incorporating a beautiful granite kitchen. Solid natural timber floors throughout the entry and main living with numerous large glazed double doors leading outside to rear yard with timber decked alfresco entertaining area, all of which overlooks the parklands with own private access and a beautiful Northern sunny position.

Hillarys 55 Armytage Way

CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

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CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

$1,049,000 - $1,079,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$795,000 - $825,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

This delightful duplex half enjoys a commanding position on a surprisingly-spacious block in a whisper-quiet street. A welcoming and generous size lounge leads through to the tiled and renovated kitchen with open plan living. The large patio offers alfresco-style outdoor entertaining with cafe' blinds for all weather comfort. At the rear, there is plenty of grassed area for the little ones or the pets to play. CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL

Beautifully designed, two storey residence in an awesome location. Features timber floors throughout main living and the quality chef’s kitchen, open plan family room and meals/dining area, all adjoining the outdoor entertaining area with private yard. Easy care low maintenance 250sqm green title lot. Very rare opportunity as properties are very tightly held in this small exclusive estate, be sure you inspect. CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

With over 300sqm of living space and ocean views to Rottnest Island, this beautifully built Atrium home is located in one of Hillarys most sought after streets and a must see. It offers three formal and informal living areas, large central kitchen, study and big bedrooms. Outdoors features a huge wrap around pergola, extensive paving, feature stone and easy care reticulated gardens with plenty of room for the kids and a pool. CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

Presenting as a new build after a huge extension and renovation being carried out by a reputable award winning local builder. The open plan living, extensive natural light and rustic timber floors throughout attribute to a relaxed beachy feel. The kitchen is well-equipped and the lounge living has high ceilings with impressive triple stacking doors opening out to great alfresco outdoor entertaining area with built in barbecue and rangehood. CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

FOR SALE Hocking 95 East Road

$539,000 - $579,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 4

Inglewood 12/132 Ninth Avenue

$439,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Innaloo 2/13 Farris Place

$499,000 - $539,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Jindalee 5 Dotterel Green

$869,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

In a great location in Hocking, this home is all done! The lovely easy care Blackbutt look floors lead you to the huge open plan living area and kitchen. Features include a separate lounge or theatre room, separate study or kid’s activity room, evaporative ducted air conditioning, private enormous outdoor undercover entertaining area and a lock up single work shed at front and rear lock up garage with remote door and huge storage loft.

Iluka 8 Pyramids Chase

Spacious two bed villa set in a well maintained, medium sized group of villas. Open plan kitchen/dining, separate spacious lounge with sliding doors to the alfresco and Huge rear exclusive use courtyard. Walk to public transport, shops and cafes. This is an amazing find.

Innaloo 1/11 Dongara Street

CONTACT Jane Turnbull PHONE 0401 158 798 EMAIL

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

This QUIET and SECURE 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom villa with newly renovated kitchen, new flooring and painted throughout is sure to impress. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac this villa is only one of three in this tranquil and sort after location. With Morris Place shops, Bradley Reserve and Yuluma Primary only CONTACT James Drummond PHONE 0422 043 344 EMAIL

Elegant and stylish two storey home is set in an elevated and commanding position, boasting panoramic ocean views from the rear. Providing a sanctuary of relaxed and inviting luxury, the design is versatile and will cater to families of all ages or indeed couples that love space or enjoy the frequent company of others. CONTACT Steve Wilcox PHONE 0421 277 366 EMAIL

Contact Agent bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $385,000 bed 2 bath 2 car 1

Innaloo 27B Shaw Road

Offers Invited bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Joondalup 33 Thornbill Meander

From $699,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Picturesque parkland location. Stunning setting just footsteps to the glorious Sir James McCusker Park- this quality built Nobvus double storey displays something for everyone and offers all you need for easy and carefree living. Awesome pool & alfresco area. Exquisite timber floor boards & plenty of internal space. View today! CONTACT Todd & Danielle Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

Must be seen 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment, just finished and in fantastic Innaloo location. With close proximity to schools, shops, parks and transport, less than 10kms from the city, Innaloo offers it all! A step above the rest. These are a definite must inspect! CONTACT Adam Mannino PHONE 0411 962 383 EMAIL

As a modern 2012 build, this townhouse is spaciously spread across two storeys presenting an excellent opportunity for one lucky buyer. This lock and leave property is located in a whisper quiet location and boasts a functional layout with an airy open-plan living and dining area, gourmet kitchen overlooking the paved alfresco area, beautiful interiors with high ceilings, a wealth of natural light, soft neutral decor and wooden floorboards. CONTACT Ben Keevers PHONE 0404 056 010 EMAIL

Properties in this location rarely become available. Welcome to 33 Thornbill Meander, a much sought after single storey 4 x 2 x 2 (or 3/4 large bed/study) adjacent to front door. Positioned amongst mainly double storey homes in a picturesque, tree-lined extremely quiet street. Truly a home to suit all age groups. CONTACT Maria Bridgeman PHONE 0409 033 701 EMAIL June/July 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Kallaroo 12 Cambria Street

High $600,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Kallaroo 8B Delaware Place

From $399,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Kingsley 1/7 Catrine Court

From $430,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Kingsley 29 Alderhaus Drive

From $669,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 38

With all the hard work done for you, this beautifully renovated 4 x 2 property sat on a sizable 683m2 block is just waiting for one lucky buyer to simply move in and enjoy! The current owners have done an amazing job giving the home a complete makeover including a rear extension, renovated kitchen and beautiful below ground swimming pool to name just a few! CONTACT Pauline Lyon

Kallaroo 50 Castlecrag Drive

This spacious street front duplex offers great easy care living, nestled amongst the trees in a beautiful cul-de-sac. It offers a renovated kitchen, upgraded bathroom, new carpets and big bedrooms, all on one of the largest duplex blocks in Kallaroo. Watch the world go by under the huge patio, there is extensive paving and easy care gardens with plenty of space for the kids and pets to play.

Karrinyup 32A Paine Court

Here is a great opportunity to get into Kingsley and secure this immaculately renovated street front villa situated in a quiet location and within walking distance to the local Kingsley shops. Features a renovated kitchen, spacious living area with quality tiling, private and secure rear courtyard with built in barbecue, lock up outdoor storage room and easy care well established front garden and rear lawn. Strata fees are $237.50 per quarter.

Kingsley 1B Hampstead Court

This fully renovated home is set in a quiet Kingsley street location on a 692sqm block with beautiful rear elevated views and stunning sunsets. Features a stunning large kitchen, open plan family and meals areas and separate front lounge room and dining, separate study or nursery off the master bedroom, lovely outdoor pitched patio entertaining area with cafĂŠ blinds and new paving and beautiful tropical gardens and lawns with landscaping.

Kingsley 33 Glenfield Road

PHONE 0427 968 070 EMAIL

CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

CONTACT James Kennedy PHONE 0421 420 450 EMAIL

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CONTACT James Kennedy PHONE 0421 420 450 EMAIL

$899,000 - $959,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

AUCTION bed 4 bath 3 car 2

From $449,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

From $619,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

A generous family home with amazing space both indoors and out! Enjoy spacious formal and informal living areas, including a light and bright open plan kitchen family meals area with a warm gas log fire, a large games room, big renovated kitchen, pitched patio for all-weather entertaining overlooking the pool and grassed areas and a big backyard with so much room for entertaining. Everything that you would want – and tastefully renovated! CONTACT Namita Mehra PHONE 0409 920 737 EMAIL

Be welcomed by quality and ambiance as you enter this beautifully designed four bedroom, three bathroom Italian built home on 423sqm block. GRAB A GLASS OF WINE AND TAKE IN THE IMPRESSIVE LAKE AND HILLS VISTA! CONTACT David Lynch PHONE 0409 955 554 EMAIL

This perfectly located duplex home is ideal for a 1st home buyer, downsizer or single person wanting all facilities at their fingertips! Features include a modern renovated kitchen, large living lounge room, Breeze air ducted evaporative air conditioning throughout, outdoor patio area with party lights, below ground private spa with entrance off master bedroom, separate side access driveway ideal for extra cars, boat, or tradies van or trailer and rear lawn area and established gardens. CONTACT James Kennedy PHONE 0421 420 450 EMAIL

This character split level property sitting on a 700sqm block has the perfect Aussie backyard and is ideal for year round entertaining. Features a kitchen overlooking the entertaining area, two open plan living areas with raked ceilings in lounge and open plan family and meals, evaporative air conditioning throughout, log fire to main living and a big outdoor private entertaining area overlooking beautiful below ground pool with decking. CONTACT James Kennedy PHONE 0421 420 450 EMAIL

FOR SALE With an open plan living area opening out to a pitched paved Kingsley with private gardens this home is the perfect place for 101B Moolanda Boulevard patio entertaining family and friends. Walk to primary, parks, and

Kingsley 44 Harness Street

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

bed 4 bath 2 car 2


Madeley 9 Rossmore Drive

From $719,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 25 Middleton Loop

From $329,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

shops. Close to transport and located in Woodvale College catchment this home could be the one for you. CONTACT Lee Parkinson PHONE 0422 233 484 EMAIL

If you have been waiting for something special to come along then the wait is over as this one is sure to pull at the heart strings and even the fussiest of buyers is going to be taken by what this home has to offer. The features are certainly impressive and there will not be too many boxes left unticked on your list! CONTACT Rob Nicholls PHONE 0407 442 222 EMAIL

MEADOW SPRINGS Stunning double storey residence located within walking distance to Meadow Springs Golf Club and set within a boutique enclave with no thoroughfare traffic.The home has been created with an exceptional flow-through design and offers modern decor, o/plan lounge, dining area open onto great ent. area with stylish landscaped lawns. CONTACT Rick Uren PHONE 0414 779 834 EMAIL

Contact Agent

Mandurah 19 Thyme Meander

From $359,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 3 Terrigal Place

$849,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

MADORA BAY 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with separate Mandurah and powder room. Chef's kitchen with granite 6 Addingham Boulevard office benchtop, s/steel appliances and scullery. Blackbutt flooring

Mandurah 7 Medinah Street

bed 4 bath 2 car 4

bed 4 bath 2 car 2


to all living areas. Huge master bedroom, 3 double bedrooms. Separate theatre large alfresco area. Room to park the boat or caravan with side access. CONTACT Robin Archer PHONE 0409 620 922 EMAIL

From $449,000

This home is completely & utterly renovated inside out. With four bedrooms two bathrooms, a stunning open plan living area, separate lounge, huge games room/teenagers retreat. Plus a modern below ground fenced in pool & low maintenance back yard. Short walk to Halidon Primary school, parks, transport & located in the Woodvale. College catchment area. CONTACT Lee Parkinson PHONE 0422 233 484 EMAIL

GREENFIELDS Located in fantastic Belswan Complex over 55's. Open plan dining, family and kitchen area. Complex includes large social function room, craft, heated pool. Security gates, emergency call system, pet friendly. Caravan storage place and workshop. CONTACT Rick Uren PHONE 0414 779 834 EMAIL

BOUVARD Set on 5 acres is this custom made Jarrah home with separate granny flat. Sealed driveway, established trees, feature lake, and an abundance of wildlife surrounds you. The main home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, vaulted ceilings, wrap around verandah and fitted with high end appliances. Workshop, scheme water and bore reticulation. CONTACT Kathryn Fiorenza PHONE 0427 475 661 EMAIL

MEADOW SPRINGS This exemplary modern home is a creative compilation of innovative design providing optimum privacy and luxury with a focus on quality, style and elegance and perfectly configured for relaxed living and outdoor entertaining. All the hard work has been done and now its ready for new owners to enjoy and call home. CONTACT Rick Uren PHONE 0414 779 834 EMAIL

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FOR SALE Mandurah 27A Peel Street

$299,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 44 Barron Turn

$375,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Nest or invest in this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 car garage home set in this convenient location just a stroll away from Mandurah Foreshore and all of its amenities. Whether you are looking for your first home, downsizing, lock up and leave or an investment property this ticks all the boxes. CONTACT Pauline Bill PHONE 0487 832 539 EMAIL

SOUTH YUNDERUP Situated in the ever popular Austin Lakes with easy access to roads, shops and schools this 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom property has side access with plenty of room for parking boats, trailers or caravans. Whether you are looking for your first home, downsizing, investment property or lock up and leave this ticks all the boxes. CONTACT Pauline Bill PHONE 0487 832 539 EMAIL

Mandurah 39/37 Dolphin Drive

Offers bed 2 bath 2 car 2

$459,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Marangaroo 11A Constantine Way

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Marangaroo 39 Horton Crescent

From $579,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 40

side access. Open plan kitchen with plenty of bench space. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus theatre, great location. Ducted evaporative air conditioning and vacuum systems. CONTACT Simon Goodwin PHONE 0432 039 627 EMAIL

Set on a massive, 876sqm block at the end of a quiet, sought-after cul-de-sac, this spacious and beautifully presented family home has so much to offer. Features a charming formal lounge room, a spacious family and dining area, plus a theatre room (with projector!) and separate bar, ultra-modern kitchen and two brand new undercover areas including a paved alfresco boasting lighting, a ceiling fan, and even an integrated barbecue.

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CONTACT Blaise Partridge PHONE 0478 890 876 EMAIL

CONTACT Gabriele Negri PHONE 0409 686 172 EMAIL

MADORA BAY Quirky with Lifestyle and character plus‌. Mandurah stroll to the beach, soaring ceilings, loads of natural light 44 Madora Beach Road Acentral kitchen, open lounge/family/dining, sep study area.

HALLS HEAD Welcome to this beautifully built Scott Park Mandurah home located in the ever sought after Seascapes, Halls 45 Seascapes Boulevard family Head area close to the oceans edge. Awesome family home,

From $425,000

This is a great opportunity to acquire a quality apartment at the second floor of the secure lock up and leave Dolphin Drive Complex in the heart of the Mandurah Marina. This lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom resort style apartment is realistically priced and it represents a fantastic place to live in. Inc use of pool, gym, sauna, bbq area, storeroom.

From $389,000

Maylands 1 Alma Street

From $599,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Master fit for a king, ensuite spa. Bed 3 guest/teen retreat. Ample parking in front of house for a large boat or caravan K-mart, Coles, Aldi and more, all less than 1km. CONTACT Maureen Parsons PHONE 0413 033 144 EMAIL

Newly renovated and beautifully presented, this spacious property is the perfect place to call home. Set on a big 420sqm block, with plenty of garden space to both the front and back, this immaculate and stylish property has so much to offer. The stylish kitchen overlooks a light, bright, open-plan area which leads to a huge paved, undercover patio area, which wraps all around the home to provide you with extra entertaining space. CONTACT Blaise Partridge PHONE 0478 890 876 EMAIL

This beautifully renovated property set in a prime location and close proximity to everything this pocket of Maylands has to offer. This property has many features including loads of natural light, spacious living area with vaulted ceilings, fabulous alfresco living and plenty more. Viewing essential to appreciate this fabulous renovation. CONTACTS Helen Bond/Di Pitchford PHONE 0411 223 004/0414 875 635 EMAIL

FOR SALE Menora 73 Rookwood Street

$1,890,000 bed 5 bath 4 car 2

Mindarie 6 Andros Circuit

$699,000-$749,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This grand family home is a cut above the rest with character feature you would expect in a quality home. Enormous formal living and dining.Family living at its best with stunning chefs kitchen, five huge bedrooms, massive master suite with en suite walk in robe and balcony with city views. CONTACTS Helen Bond/Di Pitchford PHONE 0411 223 004/0414 875 635 EMAIL

Location is everything in Real Estate & 6 Andros Circuit certainly ticks this box. With everything practically on your door step, this beautifully maintained home is located in a fantastic street with multiple Parks, quality private & public Schools, local Shops, family Restaurants plus the popular Mindarie Marina all within walking distance. This makes this home an ideal place for CONTACT John Cowup family living. PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

Mindarie 17 Kimbe Court

From $599,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mirrabooka 12/6 Fragrant Gardens

From $293,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

MINDARIE HARBOURSIDE MANSION Starting with your own private jetty, park your boat (commercial grade for vessels up to 70 ft) before you enter this incredible 3 storey harbourside mansion offering Mindarie Marina living at its finest. Walking up the three huge levels is optional but should you wish to “travel in style” there’s even a lift for your convenience!

Welcome to this beautifully maintained family home perfectly positioned at the top of a fantastic cul- de- sac & sitting on a generous 623sqm block in the popular suburb of Mindarie. Suitable for a growing family in close proximity to great schools, loads of parks & shops to choose from. There is plenty of space in this home for the kids to play and a bonus solar heated pool. CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

At last, a property to run to – this gorgeous “over 55s” villa is simply stunning throughout and is privately positioned within a secure corner complex in an outstanding location opposite sprawling parklands. Incorporated into the practical design is a lovely kitchen, a huge open-plan living and dining area, a magnificent rear Merbau entertaining deck, inspired by a Balinese gazebo that defines tranquillity, as well as low-maintenance external living. CONTACT Rodney Vines PHONE 0417 917 640 EMAIL


EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST bed 6 bath 5 car 4

Set on approx1,189 square meters of land the property adjoins the Mindarie Marina at the rear, offering panoramic Marina and Ocean Views which can be enjoyed from almost every angle of them home. Deciding where to enjoy the spectacular sunsets from will be an ongoing challenge not to mention the spacious balconies and garden terrace which are perfect for all year round entertaining. Level 1 (main/ground) - Formal entry foyer, formal lounge and dining, kitchen, family room, laundry and powder room. Level 2- Second kitchen, study/dining, games room with built in bar area, semi en-suite style bathroom + second bathroom with external access (servicing the rear terrace and jetty area). Level 3 – Main resort style bedroom with WIR and en-suite. Second bedroom with WIR and en-suite, storeroom, 3 additional bedrooms with shared bathroom and a gallery/sitting area. Other consideration: Opportunity to negotiate a deal. Owners seeking a more compact modern residence in local area and income-producing assets for their retirement, willing to consider a combination of: Residential property in Sorrento / Hillary’s to Iluka / Burns Beach Area and / or Leased Investment or Commercial Property

SHARON BOTHA 0409 309 106

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FOR SALE Mount Hawthorn 1/18 Brady Street

From $449,000 bed 2 bath 2 car 1

Mount Hawthorn 20/1 Dunedin Street

All offers presented bed 2 bath 2 car 2

Mount Lawley 1/10 Alma Road

$585,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 2

Mullaloo 12 Bearing Parade

Low $500,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2 42

This uniquely designed luxury apartment is part of a small boutique development conveniently located close to schools, parks, shopping precincts and freeway. Two large bedrooms, two spacious bathrooms, open plan living, gourmet kitchen with stone benchtops, plus a single car bay and storeroom. This street front apartment will appeal to both owner occupiers and investors. CONTACT Phyllis Gemelli

Mount Hawthorn 16A Lynton Street

** Owner says SELL all reasonable offers presented ** This is the perfect chance to own your own private, secure and stylish apartment. This property offers generous living, 2 spacious bedrooms, 2 spacious bathrooms and a lovely balcony to do all your entertaining , 2 secure car bays and storeroom.

Mount Hawthorn 58 Tasman Street

PHONE 0407 386 501 EMAIL

CONTACT Phyllis Gemelli PHONE 0407 386 501 EMAIL

Located on the ground floor this impressive freshly renovated apartment has a very spacious strata area including two car parking spots With everything done for you, it requires no more than you and your furniture truck to unload. You can even bring your dog/cat as this is a pet friendly group. CONTACTS Caroline Bicknell/Clinton Edwards PHONE 0405 763 301/0409 040 901 EMAIL

Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to break into the Mullaloo property market with this little beauty! Whether you wish to downsize to a smaller residence without forgoing a fantastic garden; wanting a great starter home or are an astute investor looking for your next moneymaker ...then THIS could well be the property for you!

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CONTACT Pauline Lyon PHONE 0427 968 070 EMAIL

End Date Sale bed 3 bath 2 car 2

From $559,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Mount Lawley 17 Queens Crescent

$1,999,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mullaloo 87 Contour Drive

From $585,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

What a stunner! This immaculate home was designed for stylish easy-care living. From the moment you step inside you will be delighted with what this home has to offer. The high ceilings and abundance of glass fills this home with light; and the northerly aspect ensures the warm winter sun is fully utilised. CONTACT Phyllis Gemelli PHONE 0407 386 501 EMAIL

This spacious street front villa is awesome. Perfect to live in, or a perfect investment opportunity. With a very functional floor plan, this outstanding property features three great sized bedrooms, one well-appointed bathroom, a separate entry, large open plan lounge and a spacious and light filled open plan living/dining area opening onto a large private courtyard. CONTACT Phyllis Gemelli PHONE 0407 386 501 EMAIL

Magnificent family home set on a large 860sqm landscaped block in close proximity to everything Mount Lawley has to offer, including sought after schools, great shopping, cafes & restaurants. The impressive stone and wrought iron front wall with secure pedestrian and vehicle access set the scene for this fabulous character home. CONTACTS Helen Bond/Di Pitchford PHONE 0411 223 004/0414 875 635 EMAIL

Move in and enjoy the benefits of this original home on an 847sqm block. Inside the home features a formal living area with bay windows facing out towards Mullaloo Beach and Ocean Reef. High raked ceilings with exposed wooden beams over the open plan kitchen, family and dining area with ceiling fan. A 12-metre long patio along the rear of the home covers the extensive entertaining area. The garden includes reticulated lawns and a 3 x 3m CONTACT David Burnley garden shed. PHONE 0414 960 233 EMAIL

FOR SALE A choice of four, high specification, high build quality, brand Nollamara 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom street front homes with style to 2 Arun Place and 31 Eastdene Circle new impress. Superb keenly priced properties with functional

North Beach 131 West Coast Drive

bed 3 bath 2 car 2

bed 4 bath 1 car 2

From $399,000

North Beach 143 West Coast Drive

AUCTION bed 5 bath 2 car 2

North Perth 266 Charles Street

$650,000-$680,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Ocean Reef 6 Reacher Place

Expressions of Interest bed 4 bath 2 car 3

open plan layouts, gourmet kitchen, modern decor throughout and extras galore. CONTACTS Justin Chidlow/Marcus Lord PHONE 0402 946 446/0417 911 107 EMAIL

Elevated block of 690 metres with 15 meter frontage awaits your dream home to be built. This rare opportunity awaits, this is what you have been waiting for.

CONTACT David Lynch PHONE 0409 955 554 EMAIL

Beautiful heritage features characterise this gorgeous 3 bedroom home in North Perth. Cherished and lovingly restored to a high standard, the original charm is evident throughout. The location is also very convenient with parks, shops, cafes and restaurants nearby, its close to everything thats good about modern living.

From $2,990,000

North Beach 20A Edgefield Way

From $670,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Ocean Reef 10A Monk Glade

From $349,000

CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

An ocean panorama from multiple living rooms including the kitchen, living, family, dining and master suite. The luxury home is superbly oriented to capture the ocean vista. Entertain around the beautiful 'L-shaped' pool, also back dropped by the Indian Ocean. Situated in a cul-de-sac on a huge 987sqm block with no busy road in front, the location is unsurpassed. The verandah wraps around the rear of the house providing multiple areas to entertain outside. CONTACT Juliet Wills PHONE 0411 782 808 EMAIL

At one of the highest vantage points in North Beach this super–elevated, ultimate front-row property has enough land to subdivide into 2 titles (976sqm) and sustain sweeping 180 degree ocean views from its 23 metre frontage, this is easily the best land on offer on the north coastal strip. As a bonus there’s a well maintained beach house in which you can reside or rent prior to your subdivision. CONTACT Les Lindsay PHONE 0407 420 384 EMAIL

Modern style and sophistication pervade this stunning residence that is privately positioned to the rear and offers exceptional easy-care living in a dream location close to both the bush and the beach. Inside, a spacious open-plan living and dining area incorporates an immaculate kitchen into its flawless design. All of this precedes a gorgeous outdoor alfresco space that is paved for low-maintenance entertaining and boasts speakers too. CONTACT Rodney Vines PHONE 0417 917 640 EMAIL

Build your dream home on this rare, elevated and level 356 sqm block. The block is more than 30 metres in depth allowing plenty of space for a substantial single or two storey home. The unique block design ensures very little land is unused due to front boundary set backs. Wonderful location in a quiet cul-de-sac. Please feel free to walk over the block or call Shane for a private inspection or further information. CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

Padbury 1/20 Rudall Way

$519,000 - $549,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Nestled in a super quiet South Padbury street, this brand new street front villa will have enormous appeal to a wide range of buyers. Welcoming you inside, the villa boasts high ceilings, a warm and welcoming colour scheme and neutral decor with the hub of the home being an open plan dining and living area that flows out to the alfresco and private courtyard. CONTACTS Jarrod O'Neil/Caroline Foley PHONE 0411 103 617/0415 289 471 EMAIL June/July 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Padbury 10 Chadwin Place

From $719,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Padbury Lot 2, 6 Sweeney Way

From $349,000

Nestled on a large 754sqm block, this immaculately presented home offers modern décor and an abundance of space to entertain. Boasting two living areas, two meals areas, a beautifully appointed kitchen, awesome outdoor entertaining area (with café blinds and a pizza oven) and below ground swimming pool set in a tropical oasis, there is something for everyone.

Padbury 50 Walter Padbury Boulevard

Build your dream home on this fantastic 342sqm GREEN TITLED block with 10.06m street frontage located in one of Padbury’s most sought after streets. There are quality new homes already in the street (homes have sold in the high $900,000’s) as well as a secluded park and amazing ocean views (from the top of the street).

Quinns Rocks 12 Durban Way

CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

Ridgewood 41 Radstock Circuit

$339,000 - $349,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Rockingham 6 William Street

$795,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2 44

This 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home will not hang around for long. Located conveniently less than 5 minutes from the soon to be completed freeway access at Hester Avenue. Formal dining and 2nd lounge area, family room and well appointed kitchen. Split system aircon in lounge. Master bedroom boasting huge WIR and large ensuite. Easy-care garden. CONTACTS Jay Furnell/Lisa Furnell PHONE 0466 431 313/0424 653 336 EMAIL

Forget the apartment, this magnificent home is just perfect for the business couple, retirees and/or the family who loves entertaining. No sharing the pool and garage, no strata fees, and your very own workshop and small easy care gardens, complete with a stunning Bali Gazebo. This is the answer to your search for a new and exciting lifestyle with cafes, beach and restaurants CONTACT John Satherley just a short stroll. PHONE 0404 294 049

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From $619,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $729,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Rockingham 15 Antuka Road

$455,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Safety Bay 31 Wavelea Street

$649,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

This immaculately presented home accommodates for all the family’s needs and boasts two separate living areas, two meals areas, a stunning open plan kitchen, ducted air conditioning, bamboo flooring, a large outdoor entertaining area and a spacious backyard with loads of room for a pool. The home is conveniently situated in the sought after Hepburn Heights pocket and is perfect for the growing family. CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

Look no further - straight out of home beautiful. Rest, relax and enjoy for there is absolutely nothing to do or spend here. The sellers attention to detail and quality is apparent throughout. Home viewing will not disappoint. All year round entertaining from the shutter enclosed alfresco. Only 100 metres to the beach in perfect hideaway location. Definitely has to be seen CONTACT Jeff Parkes to be appreciated. PHONE 0418 923 989 EMAIL

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS only once so take advantage of this extra ordinary opportunity to buy a spacious 4 bedroom home with open plan living areas FULLY FURNISHED and just move in. Anchorage estate is well known and sought after area to live being just minutes from beaches, shopping centres, parks and medical facilities. CONTACT David Lomax PHONE 0409 084 940 EMAIL

Magic home in top location, close to schools, shops and beach boasting five bedrooms & two bathrooms. The home is beautifully presented with three separate living spaces and surrounded by lush gardens. There is a side access to a huge double brick powered workshop. Extras include ducted air conditioning, ceiling fans and many other features. CONTACT Fran Satherley PHONE 0414 447 343 EMAIL

FOR SALE Safety Bay 45 Wavelea Street

$420,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Scarborough 1 Filburn Street

From $990,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Scarborough 18 Moorland Street

$585,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Scarborough 6/22 May Street

POA bed 2 bath 2 car 2

Beautifully presented home located in sought after Safety Bay, with a short walk to the amazing Waikiki Beach. The large patio boasts an inbuilt BBQ and a bonus fire place, ideal for entertaining during the cooler weather. The lounge/media room has a built in wood fire place and a built in bar area just off to the side of the lounge. CONTACTS Graham York/Helen York PHONE 0467 773 977/0407 727 732 EMAIL

Every now and then a property comes along that represents an opportunity that must be considered. If you're looking for a home which doubles as a 1st class investment, so for more than one reason, you must take a closer look at this unique property. CONTACT Paul Kettle PHONE 0403 177 680 EMAIL

This north-facing, 3 x 2 villa enjoys plenty of sunshine, lovely outdoor areas, loads of parking and a relaxed, convenient location.Youll love the lifestyle too its a short stroll to top cafes, shops, primary schools, public transport and Abbett Park making this an attractive investment or live-in opportunity. CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

This well located development sold out in matter weeks, but here is a fresh opportunity for the astute buyer to get in prior to completion.This property ticks all the boxes when it comes to location, size, outlook and best of all price. CONTACT Paul Kettle PHONE 0403 177 680 EMAIL

Safety Bay 77 Georgetown Drive

From $449,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Scarborough 5/142 Duke Street

$585,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Scarborough 55 Andrew Street

From $865,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Scarborough 7/25 Ostend Road

From $420,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

A little piece of country living close to beach shops and schools. This home has a warm cosy atmosphere, just perfect for family living. There is a front living area overlooking parkland and a delightful family room opening onto amazing outdoor living, featuring, great shade trees, your own mini orchard and sheltered by attractive patio with loads of play area for the kids. CONTACT Fran Satherley PHONE 0414 447 343 EMAIL

A pretty driveway peppered with Frangipani trees leads to this handsome, 3x2 villa in Duke St. One of only six at this address, youll love the elegant exterior, the sensible floor plan and the spacious rear alfresco. Close to cafes, shops, Abbett Park and the beach, it offers a very desirable lifestyle. CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

Occupying box seat across from the popular Abbett Park, this beautifully presented townhouse is a picture of happiness and calm.Some of the many highlights include a near-new, stunning kitchen, 3 good-sized bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus a powder CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

Perfectly located just a short walk up the street to magnificent Butlers Reserve and only a few minutes to the beach and action.Close to the border of Wembley Downs, this stylish abode is a short stroll from Butlers Reserve and the trendy cafe strip on Brighton Road. CONTACT Sacha Daniel PHONE 0414 501 109 EMAIL June/July 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Scarborough 7/77 Abbett Street

From $289,000 bed 1 bath 1 car 1

CONTACT James Drummond PHONE 0422 043 344 EMAIL

Secret Harbour 3 Noosa Drive

Offers Over $419,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $599,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 5

Shoalwater 16a McKenzie Road

All Offers Considered bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Secret Harbour 15 Three Bears Loop

$820,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 4

Fresh modern, compact 4x2 with truly amazing pool in popular Noosa Drive. The brilliant outdoor entertaining area is the perfect TV footy watching spot offering shelter and privacy. Swim in the ENORMOUS ten meter in ground pool with water blade feature, quality paving, landscaping and glass pool fencing. There's also a lawned area for the kids and bonus garden shed. CONTACT Kim Lindsay

Secret Harbour 53 Berryessa Parkway

With spacious living areas, a massive 1087sqm block and an idyllic location, this family sized home offers so many opportunities, perfect for enjoying the holiday lifestyle, renting out as a holiday home, or developing for profit. Features two generous living areas, great outdoors with fully enclosed alfresco, extensive paving, easy care reticulated garden and masses of space for a pool and the kids and pets to play.

Shoalwater 163 Safety Bay Road

Are you looking for a private property in sought after Shoalwater? Do you want to be able to walk to the beach? Do you need room for the caravan or boat? This Ventura home has all this and more. Features include: an executive kitchen; a massive 55 sqm loft; a double garage with 2.4m height access, perfect for the 4WD. Call Bernadette to arrange a viewing! CONTACT Bernadette Woodhouse

Shoalwater 3 Fifth Avenue

PHONE 0407 137 062 EMAIL

Shoalwater 15 Watts Road


WOW! This 1 Bedroom, 1 bathroom upper level apartment is one to put on your list. If you are looking for a new home or a neat little investment property located in this growing beach side precinct then look no further.

CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

PHONE 0402 420 393 EMAIL

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Offers Over $699,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$535,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

$679,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Words hardly give justice to this magnificent spacious 4 bedroom home having a massive 277m2 internal living area complete with B/G POOL and OCEAN VIEWS. ABSOLUTELY IDEAL for the growing family with the beach around the corner and with a balcony at front and rear of house to give views of the ocean or across the escarpment at the rear. CONTACT David Lomax PHONE 0409 084 940 EMAIL

With uninterrupted, sweeping views over the golf course to the ocean, this home is unparalleled in the Comet Bay area. The substantial open plan living room, dining room and kitchen are situated on the upper floor at the front of the home to take in the stunning views. Call Bernadette Woodhouse now to arrange your viewing! CONTACT Bernadette Woodhouse PHONE 0402 420 393 EMAIL

Enjoy the lifestyle - short stroll to the stunning Shoalwater Bay, and a short stroll to Safety Bay Shopping Centre and Safety Bay Beach, restaurants, cafes, medical centre, library and parks. Shoalwater shopping centre is also just a few minutes walk, this is a top location and with a large piece of land which can easily be sub-divided into two. CONTACT Fran Satherley PHONE 0414 447 343 EMAIL

This home is being sold in an AS IS condition and is block value only, as is just so close to the beautiful Shoalwater Bay. There is potential to renovate and there are some ocean views from upstairs. If you are a renovator there are some nice features, loads of interior space, and would make a great holiday house. Block size one meter under 800sqm. CONTACT Fran Satherley PHONE 0414 447 343 EMAIL

FOR SALE Sorrento 11 Biscay Road

$895,000 - $920,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Sorrento 6 Candiru Court

From $890,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Tapping 20 Merrivale Circle

From $479,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Waikiki 8 Francis Street

All Offers Considered bed 5 bath 2 car 2

This perfect two storey home for the growing family has room for your boat and caravan plus 3 car parking. Features large formal lounge and dining room, galley kitchen, meals area, family room with high raked ceiling, study with built in furniture, large activity / kids retreat and a huge "all weather" outdoors overlooking manicured gardens with plenty of room for a pool if that's what your family desire.

Sorrento 27A High Street

Combining functionality and charm, this residence has plenty to offer. Situated on a generous 729sqm block, the property opens to an expansive open-plan formal living and dining area. At the heart of the home, the central living, dining and kitchen is well lit with high ceilings, trendy exposed brick walls and wooden floorboards. Outdoors, a massive paved patio area overlooks a fenced below-ground swimming pool and low-maintenance gardens. CONTACT Ben Keevers PHONE 0404 056 010 EMAIL

Sorrento 6 Lanikai Lane


Suit 1st home buyers or investors. This family home is ideally Waikiki close to Waikiki private Hospital and Waikiki 42 Mornington Boulevard located shopping centre. Features include: Evap A/C and ceiling fans.

Offers Invited

CONTACT Mary Peard PHONE 0407 151 153 EMAIL

CONTACTS Maggie Pawlik/Paul Sharry PHONE 0438 876 727/0417 174 180 EMAIL

ATTENTION Tapping buyers this one cannot be missed! Spacious 4 Bedroom 2-bathroom home with massive swimming pool. Please call Diane to register your interest now! CONTACT Diane Williamson PHONE 0431 112 750 EMAIL

Granny Flat at rear of block has now been removed - now ready to build on! Approx 75 metres to the award winning Waikiki beach. 1012m2 block ready to build your dream home. Live in the front house while you build or rent out. Don't miss this one contact Graham York. CONTACT Graham York PHONE 0467 773 977 EMAIL

Are you wanting to build in a quiet location and enjoy stunning ocean views? This proposed, prime survey strata block with laneway access in old Sorrento may be just what you are looking for. Located west of Cliff Street and tucked into the hill side, your new home could be designed to showcase panoramic ocean views and be within strolling distance to world class beaches and local cafes. Contact Mary to discuss development options.

From $829,000

View of park from backyard. Yes you are that close to the famous Hillarys Marina and Sorrento Beach.You also have the beautiful Lacepede Park as part of your backyard.This superb, level 448 sqm block is, indeed, ideally located and is ready right here, right now for you to build your magnificent new home. CONTACT Mick Evans PHONE 0417 933 620 EMAIL

$355,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Warnbro 54 Fendam Street

$929,000 bed 6 bath 3 car 6

Security doors, window grills, alarm system. Drive through access via single carport for extra vehicle, trailer or boat all under cover by a large colourbond patio. CONTACTS Graham York/Helen York PHONE 0467 773 977/0407 727 732 EMAIL

Every now and then an OUTSTANDING PROPERTY is listed for sale as in this HUGE 400m2/2 storey 6X3X6 home with 3 living areas all ON 2399M2 BLOCK with side access to workshop and gabled patio. Only by viewing this superb property will you appreciate the size and value on offer. Please contact me anytime to arrange an inspection. CONTACT David Lomax PHONE 0409 084 940 EMAIL June/July 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Big and beautiful home coming soon. Features three living Warwick near new swimming pool and patio, double carport, 117 Dorchester Avenue areas, modern bathrooms, huge kitchen and new carpet.

Watermans Bay 4/21 Elsie Street

bed 5 bath 2 car 2

bed 2 bath 1 car 1

From $683,000

Wembley 20a Grantham Street

$525,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

West Perth 36/7 Delhi Street

From $489,000 bed 2 bath 2 car 1

Woodvale 15 Agathis Close

$775,000-$795,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 48

Block size: approximately 771 sqm.

CONTACT Rodney Vines PHONE 0417 917 640 EMAIL

$589,000 - $629,000

Looking to get your foot in the door of the wonderful suburb that is Wembley? Dreaming of building your ideal home from scratch? STOP the search! Located just two streets over from the vast open spaces and numerous playgrounds that surround Lake Monger; many hours of family entertainment await you. With various cafes, shops and services so close by, as well as the local primary school in walking distance and with freeway and city access a breeze. CONTACT Dean Bradley PHONE 0411 110 779 EMAIL

Wembley 30 Marlow Street

Well located two bedroom top floor apartment is within walking distance to Watertown and Perth Arena.The apartment boasts timber floors, roof space attic, renovated bathroom and laundry and skylights to both bathrooms. The tasteful interior and open floor plan result in a feeling of space and light.

Woodlands 24 Mahlberg Avenue

CONTACT Phyllis Gemelli PHONE 0407 386 501 EMAIL

Agathis Close is a fantastic location, a quiet cul-de-sac street within an easy stroll to the local shopping centre, as well as convenient to transport, parks, schools and the local library. It is also filled with quality homes and this one is set on a generous 723m2 lot and complimented by a spacious family sized home complete with verandas and loads of box ticking features. CONTACT Rob Nicholls

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PHONE 0407 442 222 EMAIL

End Date Sale bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Offers bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Woodvale 17 Silkwillow Ramble

$549,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This gorgeous unit is ready for you to move into, while still having potential for the future. Features a large open plan lounge and dining area, flooded with light and complimented by bamboo floors and white wooden blinds. The newly updated kitchen is white with stone benches and plenty of storage. Outside features a private courtyard and garden beds, the perfect outdoor entertaining spot. CONTACT Jane Turnbull PHONE 0401 158 798 EMAIL

30 Marlow Street Wembley is a beautiful and character-filled home. It offers four bedrooms, two bathrooms, separate living and dining, a light-filled studio, outdoor alfresco and a beautiful pool. In other words, everything you could want from a home. But its the character of all those features that gives this home its creative flair. CONTACT Dean Bradley PHONE 0411 110 779 EMAIL

Designed to make the most of the spectacular views, this tri-level luxury home wont fail to impress! No matter where you are in the property, youll be treated to unbelievable views of the city, the hills and the suburbs. You will feel like you are living the high life! CONTACTS Justin Chidlow/Sam Mannino PHONE 0402 946 446/0402 822 457 EMAIL

This one owner 4x2 is located in a quiet, highly sought after location offering ease of access to Woodvales many great amenities and surrounded by other quality homes. Set back from the street this home is located on an easy care 545m2 block but still offers great functional internal living spaces and plenty of external green space. CONTACT Tony Mullen PHONE 0402 020 331 EMAIL



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FOR SALE Woodvale 7 Olsen Court

$879,000 Neg bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Yanchep 5 Truro Court

Why build? This supersized family home offers all the space for a family without the hefty price tag!Featuring 4 big bedrooms, plus large theatre room, plus activity area between bedrooms, spacious dining / living area and extra large wooden decked alfresco area. Every chef will love the fabulous kitchen. Central Yanchep location, only metres to new school. CONTACT Peggy Middelveld

This two bedroom villa has been extensively renovated. Freshly Yokine throughout and with beautiful, newly polished Jarrah 13/51 Shakespeare Avenue painted parquetry floors this home is fantastic value! Brand new kitchen

PHONE 0402 020 331 EMAIL

Yanchep 7 Karijini Street

From $360,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

They say life is like a box of chocolates, well buying a home can be just the same! Until you lift the lid and dive in you just don't know what you are going to get! So lift the lid on this huge elegant family home & be impressed with the flow of multiple living zones, large family spaces, large minor bedrooms & the very impressive outdoor entertaining pool area. CONTACT Tony Mullen

PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL

From $429,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

From $299,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Fantastic opportunity to purchase a fabulous family home on massive 810m prime coastal land that comes with ocean views.Top spot at the end of cul-de-sac where kids can play safely on the street, walk to the beach and walk to school and shopping centre! The 2 storey homes features 4 bedrooms, several living areas and great outdoor space. CONTACT Peggy Middelveld PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL

with new bench-tops, new cabinets, new tiled splash-backs, new pantry and one year old stove. Conveniently located just a short drive from the city. Be quick because this wont last. CONTACT Paul Middleton PHONE 0419 939 391 EMAIL

Upgrade your Peard Real Estate listing to a half or full page ad to showcase your property in star style! Contact Natalie for details on 0426 752 352 or email 50

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Maggie Beer heads to Japan

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



Take That are back I

t’s been 22 years since Take That, one of the world’s most established bands, have announced a national Australian tour. They haven’t exactly been putting their feet up in that time, touring Europe and the UK and pleasing their adoring (and now slightly older) fans. They’ve also been working away on some new stuff and have recently released an album titled Wonderland. Not only that, but they’re set to be back to say hello to us in Perth for their upcoming tour Take That Live 2017 so you’ll have the chance to hear it live. Make no mistake however, despite their fresh new tracks this will still be a trip down memory lane. Scoring an incredible 56 number 1 hits and 35 number 1 albums over the years worldwide, remaining members Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen will have plenty of best hits to choose from to delight devoted fans around the country. “We’re thrilled to be back to Australia and New Zealand,” says the band. “We can’t wait to perform all the songs our audiences know and love.” They’re back; let’s find out if they’re back for good.  Take That Live 2017, Perth Arena, November 11. Purchase tickets at


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et ready to head uptown and funk things up because Bruno Mars is coming to Australia in 2018 for his 24k Magic World Tour. Bruno took Australia by storm with his hit Uptown Funk and sold out arenas across Australia in 2014 so you might need to get onto it fast this time round. No surprises because this multiple Grammy award winner has sold over 170 million singles worldwide and over 26 million albums. Forbes must also be impressed, naming him #1 on their list of top 30 richest people under 30 – if only we were all this successful. Bruno is renowned for his electrifying on-stage retro showmanship so he knows how to deliver a killer performance. His pop/soul/funk sound will likely have everyone grooving. Don’t believe me? Just watch.  Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic Tour, Perth Arena, March 28 and 29. Visit au for more info.



ith masses of die-had 1D fans having some serious withdrawals lately, Harry Styles’ Live On Tour 2017 World Tour has come at just the right time to ease that pain and replace it with hysterical excitement. (Disclosure: he will not be coming to Perth this time, but he will be making it to both Sydney and Melbourne. Feel like a holiday?) His tour will be kicking off in North America with a 13-city run (lucky them), beginning in September. Next stop will be Europe before making his way all the way down under and then finishing off in Japan. So there are plenty of opportunities to plan a quick getaway and pencil Harry in. I know, I know – it really is that easy. Let’s face it, Harry was a very bright and shiny star within the 1D crew so it’s no surprise that he’s already got a new, self-titled debut album on the way. The lead single Sign of the Times topped the charts in over 84 countries on its release day. Not bad for a 23-yearold lad from Worcestershire. Harry’s newfound success as a soloist might just be a sign of the times that he’ll be making it on his own from here on out. And even if you didn’t get a ticket to see him sing, you can see him on the silver screen in Dunkirk, his movie debut, out in July.  Harry Styles’ Live Tour 2017, Emmore Theatre, Sydney, November 26, Spark Arena, Melbourne, November 30. Visit for more info.



remantle indie-pop quartet and Triple J favourites San Cisco are back with fresh new tunes, and a tour to match. After two albums that blew Australia and beyond away, they’ve returned with their latest album The Water. With the disco tune SloMo to rocking track The Kids Are Cool, the album’s upbeat theme emits nothing but good vibes. If you’re craving to hear their classics, we’re hoping much-loved hits like Awkward and Fred Astaire will feature on the setlist alongside the new tracks. Something else that’s new is the very special guest teaming up with San Cisco for this tour. Thelma Plum, another Triple J favourite, will be accompanying the quartet on tour to highlight new material from her forthcoming debut album. For the people of Perth, at Astor Theatre you’ll get an intimate, front row experience that no festival can offer.  San Cisco:The Water Tour, Astor Theatre, July 1 to 2.Visit for more info.

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ood Food & Wine Show is coming to Perth, so you’ll soon have the chance to discover new foods, new wines and new products. There’ll be hundreds of local and international exhibitors, so plenty to try. You’ll also be able to sharpen your culinary skills and learn fresh new recipe ideas from Australia’s top chefs and restaurateurs, including Manu Feildel, Miguel Maestre, Adam Liaw, Gary Mehigan, Matt Moran and Rick’s son, Jack Stein. They’ll show you how to impress friends, family or your next hot date with what they cook up. Release your inner wine connoisseur

(because we all have one) and join in the free wine tasting classes at the Riedel Drinks Lab, or learn to match your wine like a pro in Wine Selectors’ Cellar Door Sessions.You can even indulge in an elegant high tea with a flute of Champagne Taittinger. There are so many classes and events to cover, so get ahead and start planning your day now.  Good Food & Wines Show, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, from July 14 to 16.Visit for more info.



he Merry Widow was the runaway hit of its period when it premiered in Vienna in 1905. Its timeless themes of seduction, riches, love and confession have reaped this operetta extraordinary international success since its release right up until today. And this July you’ll have the opportunity to experience a brand new production of The Merry Widow, directed by Graeme Murphy, at His Majesty’s Theatre. Watch as the young rich widow Hannah encounters misunderstandings, profound revelations, seduction and love.This is a comedy where money and romance takes the stage. Staying true to form, the production will be embellished with art deco glamour, silky ballroom gowns and alluring music to complement the flirtatious characters and charming plot. A real visual - and aural - treat. The Merry Widow, His Majesty’s Theatre, from July 15 to 22.Visit for more info.


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Icelandic angel


he line-up for Splendour in the Grass had a lot of people yearning for tickets to Byron (and then tickets to the three-day festival), but alas, not all of us could put reality on hold for 72 hours of partying in Australia’s hippie capital. However for those who were desperate to see one of the line-up’s stars - Ásgeir - don’t despair. He’s having a side-show in Perth, bringing his otherworldly talent to the west coast. The Icelandic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and collaborator is renowned for his ability to make even the largest venues feel intimate. So imagine the atmosphere at our very own Astor Theatre, where Ásgeir will be performing. After selling out two Sydney Opera House shows in 2014, Ásgeir is back in Oz with brand new material from his highly anticipated second album Afterglow. The forthcoming album forgoes his folk-tinged acoustic sound for melancholic, melodic electronica. Hear it in all its glory live at the Astor.  Ásgeir – With Special Guest Gordi, Astor Theatre, July 25. Visit au for more info.



repare to have your mind blown. The Illusionists – Direct From Broadway are coming to meddle with the minds of audiences at Crown Perth this winter. Seven masters of their field have collaborated to produce a performance that has been the biggest selling magic show in Broadway history. The Manipulator, Al Halim from Korea, is regarded as one of the most masterful sleight-of-hand artists in the world; The Inventor, Kevin James, is one of today’s most ground-breaking illusionists; Colin Cloud is The Deductionist who mixes mind magic and brain science to read your thoughts; and British-born escape artist Jonathan Goodwin is The Daredevil - one of the most creative, skilled (and frankly crazy) stunt performers currently appearing on stage. James More, another Brit, known as The Deceptionist, brings fast-paced, modern magic and high risk illusions. Local Australian talent Raymond Crowe appears as The Unusualist, combining his unique take on physical comedy, mime, ventriloquism and intricate shadow puppetry. To top things off the line-up includes The Trickster, Harrison Greenbaum, who has become one of the most in-demand comedians on the New York circuit. This brain-bending performance will have just about anyone scratching their heads trying to figure out how in the world the things they do are possible. The Illusionists – Direct From Broadway, Crown Theatre from June 21 to July 2. Buy tickets at



ickelodeon star turned Pop Princess Ariana Grande has swiftly made her way to becoming a modern day pop icon and in light of recent events she’s proven to be as compassionate as she is talented. Out of respect for the victims of the tragic and hateful events that happened in Manchester, Ariana Grande has suspended all shows for her Dangerous Woman Tour to allow time to mourn those who have been lost. Instead, Ariana will return to Manchester to hold a benefit concert for the people of the city and raise funds for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack, as well as reportedly offering to pay for the

funerals. This pop princess has shared that she refuses to let hate win and that she doesn’t want to go the year without being able to see and uplift her fans, just as they uplift her. Ariana's exceptionally loyal following is a testament to this, with: 82 million Instagram followers, 30 million Facebook fans, and 40 million Twitter followers. We can only look forward to seeing Ariana performing her much-loved chart topping hits from Dangerous Woman when the time is right.  Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, September 4 to 5, ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney, September 8-9. Visit livenation. for more info.

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Big day out


eing a parent can be demanding, especially when your little ones require constant entertainment. So we understand that from time to time you’re in need of a fresh idea. So expect rejoicing around WA from kid-frazzled mums and dads - Toddler World is coming to Perth, bringing the ultimate pop-up play and discovery experience for toddlers to expend some of that energy. The event will host a heap of visual entertainment, with live shows featuring family favourite characters such as Spider-Man and Ironman, Frozen’s Anna and Elsa, Freedom Fairies and Happy Feet Fitness. With sport, dance, gymnastics and obstacle courses all available, there’s also plenty on offer for your child to get active and start honing in on their athletic ability early. Or if they’re more of a little Picasso, they can create their very own masterpiece with painting activities available.  Toddler World, HBF Stadium, from June 15 to 17. Visit for more info.


Are you ever curious about what a loved one might say to you now that they’ve passed? John Edwards, one of America’s most acclaimed psychic mediums, will shine light on this and other mysteries at his upcoming national tour. Witness the magic of John connecting with the other side with abilities that will astound you (if you’re a believer). There will be a question and answer session so perhaps if you’re lucky, he may even enlighten you with a message from a loved one. Even those who wonder if it’s all a bunch of hokum might find their faith questioned. John’s clients wait for over two years to sit with him for a private session as he is unwilling to compromise quality work for quantity of clients. He’s a lecturer, author and has captivated audiences worldwide. John has mastered his skills after 25 years of experience predicting future events and connecting with the other side. He captivates audiences with his deeply compelling, surprising, down-to-earth and occasionally humorous approach. What have you got to lose?  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


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If you’d like to bring a smile to a little one’s face, Lights by Dreamworks is not a bad place to start. The show presents much-loved characters from Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar in a mesmerising, illuminated form of Chinese inspired silk lanterns. The festival will be adorned with radiant light trees and eye-catching LED furnishings that might just seem like they’re emitting some kind of out-ofthis-world aura. If you’re an animation film fan, take a glowing seat and catch a glimpse of the hundreds of amazing images to be featured. Or just sit back and enjoy Shrek,

Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar in full as they play on a loop for an optional cinema experience. With a life-size Shrek within arm’s reach, it’ll be a much more immersive experience than viewing these films at home. If you’re bringing along any little ones, watch their faces light up as they enjoy plenty of interactive zones, rides and activities. There will be creative arts and crafts on offer, like decorating lanterns and designing your own viking shield, so you might just gain a new piece of art deco for your home too. Lights by Dreamworks, Crown Pyramid, Burswood, June 23 to July 23.Visit

Sam’s the man

In the swing of things J

oin some of Australia’s prominent stage and screen stars as they come together with WASO for Swing on This – all to deliver some classic swing-era hits to WA as part of the WASO 2017 Pops Series. Michael Falzon (We Will Rock You, The War of the Worlds Arena Tour), Luke Kennedy (The Voice,The Ten Tenors), Rob Mills (Wicked, Ghost the Musical) and Ben Mingay (Wonderland, House of Bond) will be bringing with them loved songs from Sinatra to Bublé along with some wellswung interpretations of modern hits. For those of you who are up to date with your swing staples, you can look forward to hearing Ain’t that a Kick in the Head, I’ve Got You Under My Skin,

Mack the Knife, Have You Met Miss Jones and New York, New York. Or, if you’re not quite sure whether you fit the era, more recent hits that you’re likely to recognise, such as Wonderwall, Jump, Tainted Love and Crazy Little Thing Called Love, are to be featured but with a re-imagined swing feel to fit the mood. Speaking of mood, the setting evokes the style of a big-band dance club from a bygone age. Back in those days, showmanship and repartee were integral parts of song and dance routines, so you can expect a high quality show and a good time from Swing on This. Swing on This, Perth Concert Hall from June 16 to 17. Buy tickets at or phone 9326 000

Scitech Planetarium, feature exhibitions, heaps of exhibits, science shows and puppet shows, plus much more! ScitechWA

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This could come as a bit of a shock but it’s been 30 years since the birth of one of our beloved childhood heroes, Fireman Sam. In recognition of this milestone, a limited edition commemorative collection of stamps is released this month. Retailing for an affordable $22, the collection will include a licensed stamp pack with two sheets of 10 stamps with tabs and a complementing medallion cover featuring Fireman Sam and other show favourites. Whether you’re one of the original Fireman Sam fanatics or looking for a gift for a smaller, more recent fan, this collection fits the bill. Fireman Sam has been an iconic character for so many Aussie kids over the last 30 years and remarkably he’s still just as popular today, ranking within the top five pre-school programs with over 100,000 viewers per episode. “Both the stamp pack and medallion cover have been designed to encapsulate the world of fire and rescue, highlighting Sam’s bravery and safety messages,” says Australia Post philatelic manager Michael Zsolt.  Fireman Sam Commemorative Collection, Australia Post outlets in June.Visit to purchase online.

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olourful, clever and cute-as-abutton, the Fujifilm Instax camera is a modern reimagining of the instant cameras that were so popular in the pre-digital era. Fujifilm has several variants, ranging from the introductory Instax Mini 70 to the more sophisticated Instax Mini 90, but they all have one thing in common - they take actual film and after snapping an image you can print it out straight away. Apart from being fun in a most tactile way, they would be a great camera to introduce a young person to the joys of photography. The Instax Mini 70 retails for $168.48 and the Instax Neo Classic 90 for a buck under $200. There’s quite a cult following too, with Instax fan clubs the world over. On the flipside, Fujifilm also produces the Instax Share SP-1 printer which can sync to a smartphone and wirelessly print off images. Darned clever, I say. For more information, visit


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ow much wood could a woodchuck cut if a woodchuck could cut wood? Err, I have no clue but I do know that thanks to the Kindling Cracker, said woodchuck would be able to produce a mountain of kindling without involving any risky axe swinging. Incredibly, the Kindling Cracker’s genesis was a school science project for then-13-year-old Kiwi Ayla Hutchinson. The idea is deceptively simple; you place a log in the ‘throat’ of the highquality cast iron Cracker (they are made in South Australia) and give it a good whack on the top with

a hammer (or other solid object). No axe required and, presto, the downward force pushes the piece of wood through to produce instant kindling. Clever thinking runs in the Hutchinson family, who live in rural Taranaki in New Zealand; her dad Vaughan is an engineer and inventor, as was her great grandfather William and great great great grand uncle George. With Alya’s family now involved in producing the Kindling Cracker and attracting sales (and a slew of awards) worldwide, it’s one school project that deserves top marks indeed. The Kindling Cracker starts from $135 and is available





he lovechild of the surfboard, stand-up paddle board and a hydrofoil, the snazzy new Californian invention the Jetfoiler promises to kickstart an entire new field of “nowind required” watersports. Built from the same light and tough composites used in high-end race boats, and powered by an emissionfree electric motor, the Jetfoiler is the product of Bay Area company Kai Concepts, which has also launched the kiteboat, a foiling trimaran pulled by a kite that can slash through the waves at three times the wind speed. The Jetfoiler prototype was tested in open water off Hawaii and can be seen zipping through Amsterdam’s canals in a spectacular and seriously cool promotional video with chief designer

Don Montague at the, err, helm. The company expects the Jetfoiler, which can reach speeds of 40km/hplus, to initially cost around $US10,000, with batteries lasting around an hour at a slower cruising speed. For more information, visit

’s always been a bit of a downer that the visions of my childhood (OK, watching The Jetsons) haven’t manifested themselves into real life. I’m talking about flying cars here people, the ability to hit fly mode and skip right out of that traffic jam and off into the wild blue yonder… Well, by George, the age of the flying car may finally be dawning. In Germany recently, the prototype of a two-seat electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) jet took to the skies. The Lilium Jet is 100% electrically powered, produces zero emissions, has a range of 300km and cruising speed of 300km/h; and, with the ability to take off and land vertically, doesn’t need a runway. At take off, the jet’s flaps are pointed downwards to provide vertical lift. Once in the air, the flaps gradually tilt into a horizontal position providing forward thrust. The jet then flies just like a normal aircraft. The Lilium Jet has 36 electric jet engines, with built-in “ultra redundancy” (one engine failure won’t affect the rest) and, says its Munich makers, a “Flight Envelope Protection System” that will stop the pilot from making any unsafe hot-dog manoeuvres. Says Lilium co-founder and CEO Daniel Wiegand: “The successful test flight programme shows that our ground-breaking technical design works exactly as we envisioned. We can now turn our focus to designing the five-seater production aircraft.” Lilium is aiming the five-seater at the commuter market, especially airport connections and the like. For more information, visit

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BOOK Shelf |

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KIRBY KING OF COMICS Mark Evanier Abrams, $TBD Unless you are a comic book collector or student of 1960s-70s pop culture, the name Jack Kirby probably won’t ring any bells. But stick around to the end credits of most of the recent blockbuster Marvel superhero movies and you’ll find his name big and bold on the screen - after all, Jack “King” Kirby created, decades ago, many of the super characters and themes that are now raking in billions at the box office. This year marks the 100th anniversary of “the King’s” birth and lifelong fan and one time Kirby assistant - Mark Evanier has updated this beautiful, definitive biography and collection of some of his greatest works. Born Jacob Kurtzberg in a tough New York tenement, Kirby was a dab hand at drawing at an early age - no mean


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feat in a neighbourhood where using your fists, not a pencil, was the order of the day. Kirby’s gritty street life experiences (and later on the battlefields of WWII) helped give his characters that extra ‘’something’’ but it was from his vast imagination that he found his real calling. In the early 1960s Kirby and the entrepreneurial Stan Lee formed a dynamic duo that launched Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, the X-Men and many other characters. Kirby and Marvel eventually fell out over artists not having full creative control and he defected to arch-rival DC Comics (home of Superman) where he was given carte blanche to invent a completely original Kirby-verse;

Mr Miracle, The New Gods and Kamandi remain as comic book classics. Kirby died in 1994 and never saw his characters become mega movie attractions. Nor did he see the endgame of his legal battle over his creations, with Marvel (now owned by the Disney Corporation) eventually agreeing to a confidential settlement (rumoured to be in the tens of millions) of a lawsuit brought by the Kirby estate. 50 NATURAL WONDERS TO BLOW YOUR MIND Lonely Planet, $14.99 A great little read to gear yourself up for your next holiday, Lonely Planet’s 50 Natural Wonders will indeed blow your mind - and no surprise that

WISDEN CRICKETERS’ ALMANACK 2017, edited by Lawrence Booth, Bloomsbury, $120

three of the selections are from our own amazing continent. Their travel experts have picked out The Great Barrier Reef, Uluru (“in a nation not short of natural wonders, the immense spectacle that awaits you in Australia’s vast red centre is truly breathtaking”) and Kakadu National Park as mustsee, along with 47 other spectacular destinations ranging from glowworm grottos in New Zealand to bridges formed from living trees in India. 1000 ICONIC WATCHES Vincent Daveau, h.f. ullmann, $69.99 The wristwatch was, originally, something only women wore - the fob,or pocket watch, was considered a more masculine, and altogether more reliable, piece of equipment pre-World War 1. But there was a massive downside to having to fumble around for your fob watch while in the trenches - as scores of officers discovered with fatal results. Armies realised the wristwatch was the way to go, and soon officers and troops were being issued en masse. When the war ended, they went back to civvy life, taking their wristwatches too - and soon the fob watch went right out of fashion. The age of the wristwatch had begun and even today, despite the onslaught of all things digital, watches live on. Vincent Daveau’s mini coffee-table book is a great reference, revealing the amazing blend of mechanical genius, sharp design and artistic creativity that goes into creating luxury watches - many with stratospheric price tags.

“Iconic” is a word used with reckless abandon, but it’s an appropriate epithet for the world’s most revered sporting almanack, which has been published annually since 1864. Named after diminutive Victorianera cricketer John Wisden (who once took 10 wickets in an innings, all clean bowled), the book is often referred to as the “Bible” of cricket - but never by the publishers themselves. Its 153-year history is worthy of a story in itself; the first edition had just 112 pages and contained information other than cricket statistics, such as the rules of quoiting and dates of battles of the English Civil War. The most famous single copy - now preserved at the home of cricket, Lord’s - was one belonging to cricket writer EW Swanton. He had a copy on him when taken prisoner by the Japanese; the book was stamped “Not Subversive” by his captors and was so popular with other PoWs it had to be reserved in advance like a library book - and borrowed for no more than 12 hours at a time. Even a German bomb, which destroyed the Wisden factory in London and

with it all of the company’s records, couldn’t halt the Almanack, the published books contained all the relevant stats and records and Wisden continued to be produced annually throughout the war. Cricket today is a mega-sport, generating billions globally, undoubtedly Australia’s main summer sport and a game now played at the highest level by both men and women. And it’s Australian Ellyse Perry whom Wisden names in the 2017 edition as the world’s leading women’s cricketer. Among a mountain of statistical data, Wisden also reveals some great cricketing tales - how a first-class hat-trick took three days, why a captain declared in a one-day game and why an England batsman gave a spectator his money back. Editor Lawrence Booth pulls no punches when it comes to critiquing the game - or its administrators - which is no surprise as Wisden has always been independent of cricketing authorities and can thus name its champions, and deliver its brickbats, with complete freedom of thought. Standard hardback and softcover versions of the 2017 Almanack are available for $100 and a large format version for $120. It is also available as an abridged eBook, The Shorter Wisden. Visit

PERRY POWER Wisden’s Women’s 2016 Cricketer of the Year, Australian Ellyse Perry. Image: Getty Images Australia/ Scott Barbour

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Matthew Mills COUCH Potato | GAME OF THRONES S7 Showcase, July 17 For one half of the Game of Thrones fandom – the half that have read the books – the real villain in the piece nowadays isn’t Cersei, Petyr Baelish or the big, icy zombie fellow, but portly, flat-cap-wearing wordsmith himself, George R R Martin. Their beef is simple – for the first five seasons of the blockbusting fantasy drama, TV-only GoT tragics had always been playing catch-up, the small screen version bringing to life bloody comings and goings in Westeros that had long been chronicled in the pages of the bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series. In fact, houses Stark, Lannister, Baratheon et al first became a thing way back in 1996, giving bookworms well over a decade to get through the half dozen tomes before TV-Jamie even thought about pushing Bran out of a window. That meant that the readers got to watch everything up to the point where the Black Watch turns on poor Jon Snow with the smug satisfaction of knowing full well Ned would lose his head and that Robb really should have RSVP-ed in the negative to that wedding invite while also revelling in the far wider storylines the written word allowed (spoiler alert, in the books, Cat’s not dead and there’s far, far more to the Sand Snakes than a nice rack).


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But then the books dried up and season six tore off on its own, bringing Jon back to life, feeding Ramsey to the dogs, wildfiring the High Sparrow, reuniting Daenerys with her dragons and pushing on with the bizarre Jamie-Bronn bromance that simply wasn’t a thing anywhere in the written version. And all the time this was going on, big George was promising the next instalment. It even has a name – The Winds of Winter – and his legion of literary fans have been waiting for it to drop for longer than Gendry has been waiting to get off that rowboat. But to no avail – all they’ve had from Martin is a bunch of tweets and a whole heap of disappointment. What’s going to happen in season seven then is anyone’s guess. Arya’s on the warpath, putting both her swordsmanship and culinary skills to good use to avenge her family, and Jon, Cersei and Danny are now equal favourites to get their butts on the Iron Throne – as long as the Others don’t bring winter to the world first while they’re toughing it out.Varys is back to reboot his double act with Tyrion and Bran is still busy messing everything up for everyone, not least poor Hodor, who exited stage left last season in possibly the most devastating of the all the show’s unexpected deaths. And that’s just a taste of what’s going on. Anything could happen – and now we don’t even have the literary spoilers to brace

us for the shocks that are sure to come. From now on, then, we’re all in it together – bookworms and TV nerds. Good luck, everyone. Watch if you love: Dragons, ice zombies, swords, swearing, watching your favourite characters die, sobbing over a plaintive cry of ‘Hodor’.

TABOO BBC First, July 17 As far as scene-stealers go, few can match Tom Hardy’s sheer brilliance in Peaky Blinders.

The cult series telling the tale of postWWI Birmingham gangsters was superb in its own right, boasting a host of memorable characters and performances, but when Hardy’s Jewish mob boss Alfie Solomons oozed onto the screen everyone else was forgotten. Each appearance would be a mesmerising, expletive-ridden monologue almost Shakespearean in its dark, menacing

beauty and macabre comedic timing. I for one still turn to youtube every now and then just to relive them. And of course he’s brought plenty of other brilliance to our lives, not least Bane, the villain Gotham actually deserved in The Dark Knight Rises, and will be remembered fondly by many as the winner of The Big Breakfast’s Find Me a Supermodel competition in 1998. (OK, not by many, or any really, but, hey, when Wiki throws you a bone like that you’ve just got to chow down on it). Anyway, he’s back in Taboo, an eightpart series set in the early 19th century and bringing to the party stolen diamonds, darkest Africa, perilous maritime adventures and rugged heroes going up against the East India Trading Co, and seeing as he’s the joint writer as well as the star, it’s going to be worth a look. Watch if you love: Peaky Blinders, The Knick, brilliant character actors.

from head to tow in gloop will have been picked from try-outs across the country. In fact, as I write this, there’s still places up for grabs, so if any of your rugrats want to have a shot at joining in, check out the Nickelodean website for details of how to throw their hats in the ring. If they don’t get a guernsey, though, they’re still going to love watching the show which is basically an excuse for all and sundry to get as mucky as possible while having as many laughs as they can negotiating a series of crazy obstacle courses. The dayglo gloop will keep on flowing till the champions are crowned – and there’s plenty of digital content to keep them entertained as they root for their favourites. Watch if you love: Gloop, theme parks, giggles, gloop and more gloop.

GLOW Netflix, June 23 Roxy Astor. Babe, the Farmer’s Daughter. Gremlina. Melody Trouble Vixen. Sara Deathray. Ring any bells? If they do, then chances are you’ve got a sequined leotard and an industrial can of hair spray tucked away in your attic. Yes, what we’re talking about here is female wrestling, in particularly the dazzling women wrestlers of the decade that fashion forgot, the 1980s. Roxy, Babe, Sara and the rest were all, of course, part of the GLOW phenomena – the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling who, under the watchful eye of Sly Stallone’s mum, brought glamour and sparkly lip gloss to the rough and tumble of two or more women slugging it out in a ring to the roar of a passionate crowd. Nope, I’m not making this up. GLOW was a thing – and now it’s coming back in comedy drama form thanks to Netflix. Set in Los Angeles when Ronald Reagan presided over a vibrant, if somewhat mental, America, the show tells the story of Ruth, a struggling actress who, after too long between jobs, decides to sign up to GLOW’s books, pull on a pair of Daisy Dukes and go hard in the ring against her fellow Amazons. Expect a lot of big hair, a lot of big bodyslams and a lot of very small costumes as she makes her way in the whacky world of women’s wrestling. Watch if you love: Retro drama, equal opportunities in sport, an excess of diamante.

SLIME CUP, Nickelodean, June 30 There’s every chance that your kids might recognise some of the gloopy contestants in the new series of this fantastically messy show – all the besties set to be running around Queensland’s Sea World and getting covered

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PRIMO People


SHOOT OUT The Western Australian Camera Club’s president Ray Ross (left) and secretary Richard Goodwin.


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t’s said if you give a man a fish you can feed him for a day; but teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Well substitute “fish” for “camera” and there, in a nutshell, is the ethos of the Western Australian Camera Club, the oldest continuously operating club of its kind in the state which marks its 100th anniversary in 2017. Whether an absolute beginner who doesn’t know an F-stop from the bus stop, a keen learner just starting out in photography or someone with advanced, specialist skills, the WACC helps its 60-plus members hone skills that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The world was a very different place, of course, in 1917 when Colonial Secretary, Education Minister and newspaper editor HP ‘Hal’ Colebatch convened a meeting in St Georges House that established the club. World War I was still raging and very, very few ordinary folk would have had access to cameras, which were expensive and bulky and chiefly regarded as a scientific tool in the most part. “In the early days the members were

mainly academics; the first president was Professor William Dakin who went on, along with famous photographer Max Dupain, to advise the Curtin Government on military camouflage,’’ says current club secretary Richard Goodwin, a former newspaper editor himself who went on to work in public relations. (There’s a rich irony here, of course, that Professor Dakin, a man with a passionate interest in exploring the visual medium, had the vital wartime task of ensuring things were well hidden from prying eyes).

PEEK-A-BOO Above right, Michele Augustyn captures the charm of traditional Japan with this beautiful shot of an apprentice geisha, or maiko, in a Kyoto Tea House.


MORNING RUN WACC Above, member Susan Ross took this fantastic image in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan, near India’s border with Pakistan. Lens: EF 70-200mm F4



Over the decades the club had some notable graduates, people such as Fritz Kos (1927-2006) who became one of Australia’s pre-eminent architectural photographers. “There was Ted Roche, a former president, who set up a portrait studio in London Court. He also hosted the meeting that formed the WA Photographic Federation,” says Richard of the umbrella organisation for around 40 camera clubs in the state. As cameras and film technology evolved, photography too morphed from being an instrument of scientific curiosity to an art form and then a family-affordable pastime which quickly became an essential component of modern life. “The 1960s were a real boom time for photography,” says Richard, who adds that as editor of Victoria’s Warrnambool Standard he had the privilege of working with top press photographers, an experience which fuelled his photographic passion. “I suppose some of that rubbed off on me,” he says. Club president Ray Ross, who runs a family building company, got bitten by the photography bug at a young age and says it’s the sense of strong fellowship and inclusivity that are the club’s lifeblood. “We’ve got members, men and women, aged from 13 to their 80s, we’ve all got a strong social connection,” he says. A club “syllabus” maps out topics for meetings each month, which can range from talks from pro photographers, tips on lighting, how to forums on shooting specialised subject matter (such as animals, underwater photography, or still life) and much more.

KALGOORLIE GOLD Opposite, Grace Munday’s spectacular shot of the Super Pit at Kalgoorlie shows the sheer scale of mining operations there.

There’s also a healthy competitive edge in the club, with members’ images (in either printed or digitally presented categories) being independently judged and scored. The scores go towards naming an end-ofyear club champion. Today pretty much everyone has the ability, via smartphones and the like, to snap an image. Even the most basic digital camera, too, has a level of sophistication that was once far beyond that available to the average person. But snapping an image on your phone and taking a great, composed, photograph are two entirely different beasts - which is where belonging to a group such as the WA Camera Club offers such great benefits. “A massive boost has been the boom in 4/3 cameras; these have all the benefits of the bigger SLRs but are ‘mirrorless’, and less bulky,” says Ray Ross. “Our club is great fun, a great place to learn and appreciate what you can capture through the camera lens,” says Richard. PL For details on membership (the club meets twice a month on Monday nights at the Tuart Hill Community Centre, Grenville Reserve) and events celebrating the Western Australian Camera Club’s centenary year, visit or check out their Facebook page.

camera basics DO 1. Fully charge your camera battery and carry a back-up 2. Keep in mind the rule of thirds when composing 3. Pay close attention to the background and edge of your shot to eliminate distractions 4. Be willing to experiment and to print your pics at least occasionally 5. Always be aware of your surroundings whether in an urban or wilderness setting DON’T 1. Take risks positioning yourself or your camera 2. Poke a lens in the face of a stranger 3. Delete images before you see them on a screen 4. Go out without a spare memory card 5. Leave your camera gear unattended or in a parked vehicle

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t didn’t take Ku De Ta Perth long to find its feet. Since opening in March, the West Australian outpost of the much-loved Bali restaurant has quickly established itself as a must-visit eatery. This is due in no small part to the stellar culinary team led by executive chef Daniel Fisher and head chef Liam Atkinson. Adelaide-born Dan has worked at some of the world’s most well-known restaurants before arriving in Perth in 2015, while


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chef Liam has long been recognised for his ability to take his cooking and venues to new heights. Both Dan and Liam forged their friendship at Perth’s Print Hall, and are pleased to be bringing their collective cooking skills and abilities to Ku De Ta. “I feel incredibly confident in our skills as a team and also in what we’re producing for the customers,” Liam says of Ku De Ta’s culinary team.

“We’ve been given free reign on all the menus,” Dan adds. “The bosses and the owners have all been really supportive; they believe in what we’re doing, which I think comes across. “When the powers-that-be let you do what you want to do, I think the food tastes better, because we really believe in what we’re doing.” The design of Ku De Ta has been heavily informed by Perth’s local heritage and culture to pay homage to the iconic venue’s new location. London-based architect Perparim Rama has used natural and organic materials throughout the venue, many of which have a historical reference point – from from the reclaimed Jarrah wood and timber from the Bunbury Jetty, to the use of oak, which was inspired by the two oak trees planted in the city gardens in the 1800s. When it come to the menu, Dan and


Liam take influence from international cuisine and techniques and apply them to local ingredients and produce across Ku De Ta’s three distinct dining areas: The Deck, The West and Dining. The Deck, Ku De Ta’s main bar, is a casual dining space with an all-day menu, starting with a contemporary breakfast from 7am. Boasting 270-degree views of the water, the menu features family-friendly dishes designed for sharing, including modern antipasti, house-made pasta, and pizzas cooked using an authentic Italian Pavesi pizza oven. The West features fresh seafood and charcuterie from a raw and cure bar alongside Modern Australian inspired sharing plates using hand-selected local produce. Open for dinner every night, plus lunch from Friday to Sunday, guests eat at large oak tables or along the bar and kitchen counter. Open for dinner every night, and lunch from Wednesday through to Sunday, Dining offers a relaxed a la carte menu in a sophisticated setting. “As chefs, we’re both modern and progressive; we want to do things that other people haven’t done,” Dan says. “We’re not trying to chase other people’s restaurants or other people’s food styles. We’re not looking in cook books every day to try and steal ideas, we want to be doing new stuff. “The great thing is, Liam and I always seem to be heading in the same direction. I’ve worked with chefs for years and years who never quite get what you’re talking about; we seem to understand each other when it comes to food. “Liam’s probably the easiest chef I’ve worked with in terms of the way that we both think about food,” Dan continues. “It’s awesome because we can bounce off each other and know where we want to get to, so it makes creativity easy.” “Plus, we still hang out after work and get takeaway Chinese, so we still must get on, sort of,” Liam adds, laughing.

Menu highlights include:

Aged Moojepin Mutton with green sauce, mint and eggplant in Ku Dining – while this will be a signature menu item, the dish will consistently evolve as the chefs use different parts of the animal. At West, make sure you taste the XO Pippies – delicate South Australian pippies cooked in a house-made XO sauce - and Shishito peppers and coppa with persillade. Seaweed spaghetti with locally sourced crab (the pasta is handmade with seaweed which is also used in the seasoning) and Stracciatella with sandalwood nut pesto are the chef’s pick for Deck diners.

Ku De Ta’s food has a strong focus on Australian produce, with as many ingredients as possible sourced from local producers and suppliers – think Moojepin mutton from Katanning, Wagin game and poultry and Gippsland pure beef. Other produce highlights include famed Blue Ridge marron from Manjimup, olive oil from family owned Wullura in Yallingup, and local ingredients such as native citrus and spices from Marvick Farms. Both Dan and Liam have worked tirelessly to assemble the very best local suppliers, visiting many of them on site at their farms to see firsthand where the produce comes from. They’ve also spent time at Ku De Ta Bali, imbibing the restaurant’s food ethos. “Both Liam and I spent a lot of time last summer working in the kitchens, so we could establish a real sense of the food ethos, which could be brought into our menu development here,” Dan explains. “At Ku De Ta Perth, while we don’t recreate the menus of Bali, we have created a diverse all-day dining menu using a similar philosophy.” PL KU DE TA PERTH On The Point, 306 Riverside Drive, East Perth, WA 6004 Visit June/July 2017 | PRIMOLIFE



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n true Greek style, Zeus Street Greek has mastered philosophy – the philosophy of food that is. After tucking into a veritable feast at the launch of its latest venture a few weeks ago –Perth’s first Zeus, located at 140 William Street – I got the impression that the chefs really knew what they were doing. Most likely because they’d received direction from Zeus Street Greek’s national head chef, Edward Klonis – the visionary behind Zeus’ street food menu. “The philosophy of food guides everything at Zeus,” says Edward. “It encompasses the three pillars: Welcome Home, Take Give, and Food Honestly.” “Food Honestly highlights Zeus’


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commitment to quality and it all begins with our food’s origins,” he says. “We will only partner with people like us, partners who value quality, sustainability and integrity,” says Edward; and the proof is in the pudding. After stepping into the large open space of the restaurant, I was seated at a long table filled with a spread of colourful bowls, plates and boards heaving with Greek goodness. The selection was chosen from the Zeus It Your Way menu and included an array of salads that were light and fresh, as well as many succulent slow-cooked meats. My favourite dishes had to be the grilled Cypriot halloumi, crusted with Greek oregano (the very best according to

celeb chef Rick Stein) and drizzled with lemon; the crunchy Aegean slaw topped with walnuts, aromatic dill and mixed with naturally sweet Greek yoghurt; and the tender pork souvla, served with tzatziki and lemon to cut through the richness of the meat. The souvlas can also come with chicken, pork or lamb skewer pieces and are slowly cooked over glowing embers until they become tender vand delicious. Each dish was incredibly simple, which is typical of Greek culture, highlighting the quality of the produce used, something that Edward is particularly proud of. “The Zeus menu features high quality, hero proteins of chicken, pork and lamb

which are sourced from premium growers,” he says. “Zeus chicken and lamb are both natural and healthy and free from antibiotics and hormones, and Zeus pork is 100% Australian and sow stall free. Salads are also a big part of the Zeus menu and we source the freshest veggies from growers and producers.” Zeus Street Greek relies on the quality of their ingredients to push the boundaries of popular opinions of the souvlakia, one of their signature menu items. “The Zeus mantra challenges Australia’s perception of the beloved souvlakia – from a greasy hang-over cure, to a healthy flavoursome meal,” says Edward. “Zeus’ brand of Greek street food is informed by our Hellenic heritage but with a modern Australian take. Ultimately, it creates a modern harmony of Greek street food and the best of Australian produce in a relaxed contemporary environment.” It was this casual environment which carried across into the atmosphere at the launch too. In typical Greek fashion, everyone was

thrown together, cheek by jowl, to share a feast of communal dishes strewn across the tables. Luckily for me, who had flown solo for the night, it made it easy to jump right in and get to know all the surrounding friendly faces – the team at Zeus are onto a winning formula with that plan. To make things even more friendly, the team at Zeus had hidden a few sneaky aprons under two chairs at each table as a surprise challenge. Those who were the lucky apron-recipients were awarded the title of chef for the evening, and were invited into the open restaurant-facing kitchen to customise their own pita creations. To finish the night off, chocolate and honey loukoumades, made with a donutlike consistency were basically crispy but soft, golden balls of bliss. Makes you want a trip to Greece but if that’s out of the question, at least Zeus Street Greek will fulfil any Hellenic cravings for now. Visit 

FUN FACTS Greek food is designed to be shared. It’s all about family and friends; so it’s very uncommon for a Greek to eat alone. Widely used Greek ingredients include olive oil, eggplant, tomatoes, potato, okra, lemon, cheese, herbs and honey. Plate smashing is an ancient Greek tradition that still occurs today at Greek weddings and in traditional Greek restaurants. The Greek diet generally consists of light flavours with lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood. Mezes refers to the traditionally small dishes that help make up a main meal, served with salads, dips and pita bread. When Greeks taste delicious food they celebrate the cook with the phrase “Yia Sta Heria Stas”, which translates as “I kiss your hands”.

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f you’re looking for a twist on the usual kids’ party offering, how about giving your child’s guests the chance to not only see what goes on behind the scenes of a working restaurant, but also to get handson with the dough at California Pizza Kitchen in Hillarys? The sessions are perfect for small or large groups, and the interactive kids' activity starts with a restaurant tour, through the kitchen back doors, just as the CPK chefs

do each morning to start their shift. The chefs walk the kids through each station, showing them what preparation is necessary and how the stations are organised, giving an insight into how menu items come together, from fresh ingredients, cooking methods, flavouring and seasoning, garnishing, and then presenting to the diners. CPK chefs enjoy these tours as much as the kids do, as they get to share their passion for food with an always enthusiastic

PARTY TIME Create your own pizzas at California Pizza Kitchen - the kids' party option with a difference.

audience. CPK’s Marlo Stubber gave us her thoughts on why kids get so engrossed in the sessions. “The kids are always so interested to see what happens in the kitchen,” says Marlo. “Their eyes pop open wide, and even though you know they’re just bursting to start tossing dough, they listen intently as chefs show them around. It’s like we’re sharing a secret with them, like magicians revealing their tricks to them, so it really

makes the kids feel special.” Following the tour, the kids get their chance to get their hands in the dough, with CPK pizza-makers giving them a lesson in making a pizza, CPK-style. They are able to see and try for themsevles the CPK method of hand-tossing dough, with the kids themselves going on to produce their own bases for their pizzas. Then they top them, and watch them cook in CPK’s purpose-built hearth oven. Then follows the

best part - they get to eat their creations. The sessions are entertaining as well as educational, and at only $28 a head (including their pizza and a soft drink), it’s a fantastic few hours for both kids and parents, who are welcome to stay for the duration. PL Visit If you’d like to find out more, or book a time for your kids and their friends, call the restaurant or email

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urf ’s up in the northern suburbs of Perth, with the imminent launch of a wave pool quite unlike anything ever seen before in Australia. Set to open in Joondalup in spring, Aloha Surfhouse is a 1,500-square-metre venue with the sole intention of spreading happiness through surfing. “I have a vision to create a venue where like-minded people can come together and have fun; a place that’s all about making people smile,” director Adam Blackwood says. The huge, split-level venue will comprise five areas: the wavepool, with waves from 60cm to 200cm; a lifestyle boutique offering local and national brands; a yoga studio with

over 30 classes per week; a coffee hub to chill out and relax; and a corporate space for functions and events. “Adam has a vision to build a community – a place where people can have fun and grab a smile,” marketing and operations team member Danae Woodcock says of Aloha’s philosophy. “Adam’s vision for the company is phenomenal and we’re going to see great things coming from it just because of the time and effort he’s put into it; his vision is really coming to life.” Suitable for novice surfers up to the more skilled wave catchers, Aloha Surfhouse uses innovative surf-stream

technology from America. “It’s never been seen in Australia before,” Danae explains. “A lot of Australian surfers will be familiar with flow-rider technology, which is like skim boarding. The American wave-machine technology that we’re using is very different; it’s got deep water so the surfboards require fins, making it more like real surfing than just skim boarding.” According to Danae, Aloha Surfhouse isn’t meant to replace real-life surfing. Instead, it’s intended to be an option when the surf ’s not great. “We’re all about adding to the ocean rather than taking away from it,” she says. “For us, it’s all about sharing our love

CATCH A WAVE Aloha Surf is a first of its kind in Australia, with an American-made wave machine providing all the ripples necessary to learn the art of surfing.

of the ocean and providing people with an environment where they can learn to surf in a safe and fun way.

“Everyone is welcome at Aloha Surfhouse, from beginners right through to experienced surfers. We’ll have barrel nights just for them, so they can refine their skills and learn the tricks that they perhaps can’t learn in the Perth surf.” PL For more information, visit

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S we all kicked back over winter next to a log fire with a glass of red in hand, a group of workers were braving everything nature had to throw at them in Bramley National Park, just outside Margaret River township. Their mission: in the most ecofriendly way possible, create a series of exciting, challenging but accessible trails for mountain biking enthusiasts, the latest piece in a fantastic recreational jigsaw that is putting the Margaret River region firmly on the map as a mountain biking mecca. Now you might wonder if mountain biking is even the right term, given that the highest point in the new Bramley National Park trail is around 27m. A hill yes, a mountain no. But as mountain bike enthusiast, David Wilcox, Margaret River local and director of mountain bike trail design company

Common Ground, explained that there ain’t no mountain low enough to prevent the construction of an amazing dream land for mountain bikers, no matter whether they are expert or novice. David says over the past five years the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Margaret River Off Road Cycling Association (MRORCA) have been working tirelessly to deliver 10km of new trails to the region. And so Common Ground, in association with Magic Dirt, set to work over what was a cold, windy and wet winter to create some magic. MRORCA says the trails will cater for all levels, from fast, ‘flowy’; less technical green trails to a black descent that “will have you more time in the air than on the ground”. So a lot of imagination has gone into making these rides - and their names - as gnarly as possible. From the beginner-suitable Green Circle to the Bender for intermediate riders to the Cash and Karri (geddit?) for the real guns, the Bramley Trail Network will offer something for everyone, as David points out in this guide:

GRABBING AIR The new mountain bike trails in the Bramley National Park are designed to offer something for all levels of riding skills, with green to black descents.

CUT CORK Beginner - Green Circle A great introduction to Margaret River Mountain biking. The trail forms a beginner, green graded loop, which takes in some of the best sections of contouring hill line alongside the Wadandi trail, and makes the most of a vantage point on the banks of the Bramley Brook and drops through dense karri forest on return. It can be ridden in isolation as a stand-alone loop or as a link out to the other trails in the network. A RIVER SOMEWHERE Intermediate - Blue Square Contouring along the banks of the Bramley Brook, A River Somewhere is a fast and ‘flowy’ piece of single track which takes in a variety of different forest and soil types. From tight vegetation to open woodland, karri loam to pea gravel; the changes in terrain and ride characteristic help to bring some of the variety of the West Australian

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TESTING TIMES The team at Common Ground had a mission: to create a series of exciting, challenging but accessible trails for mountain biking fans in the most ecofriendly way possible.

mountain bike experience to the micro scale. With many optional stone faced kicker jumps, bermed corners, and fast contouring sections, A River Somewhere will become a riders’ favourite. HIGH HORSE Intermediate - Blue Square The climb which doesn’t feel like a climb! High horse flows its way around the eastern most end of the Bramley Trail Network. Through clever alignment and construction, the trail maintains the feel of a fast, flowy


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ROCK & ROOT Intermediate - Blue Square Linking Cut Cork to Big Pine, Paper Trail and Bender; Rock & Root is a genuine old-school technical climb. The new trail incorporates sections of the original and has a punchy middle section that can be attacked via the optional A-line. BIG PINE Intermediate - Blue Square Big Pine is Margaret River’s Top Trail. A regular in the Cape to Cape mountain bike event, it runs down the western side of the Bramley Trail Network. Big Pine is both fast and friendly, progressive yet forgiving. Fresh off a re-build this past winter, the updated trail has some freshly shaped jumps, some reworked turns and new stone bedded river crossings. BIG CLIMB Intermediate - Blue Square Bypassing the dreaded fire road of days gone by, the blue graded climb winds its way up to the start of Paper Trail, Big Pine and Bender. Thoughtfully constructed, the hill disappears as the trail flows on, allowing you to have fun, enjoy the stunning karri forest and focus on the turns over how much it burns. BENDER Intermediate - Blue Square More natural in feel than Pugsley and Line Manager, Bender works the natural dips and compressions of the hill, combining flow trail fun with the subtleties and complexities of south west karri forest. Watch this one. Some of those corners come up fast!

single track while all the while gaining elevation. Great fun in its own right (even to those averse to climbing), High Horse is an ideal link back up to trails such as Line Manager, Cash and Karri, WRC and Pugsley. Cut the trail and hit attack mode on the stone pitched optional lines. Lap it up! PUGSLEY Intermediate - Blue Square Pugsley trail has a simple philosophy. Fun, fun, fun, for everyone. Compact and overbuilt with pumps, pops and banked descending turns. The features are designed to be rolled, manualled, or jumped, with a large margin for error built in.

PEDLIUP Intermediate - Blue Square Pedliup is a more direct climb than High Horse, What Goes Down... and Rock & Root. Aimed at the pedallers out there, genuine strava contenders will need to master the technical log ride to claim the crown. Clear this and the bulk of the climb is behind you. WRC Intermediate - Blue Square A trail for the racer in all of us. WRC (world rally championship) incorporates many of the currently existing landforms found in the forest, including old logging roads, to create a trail with a more natural feel. CASH AND KARRI Advanced - Black Diamond Drawing influence from the bike park flow

trails of British Columbia; Cash and Karri brings the motions of a full-scale jump line, to the smaller elevation profile of Bramley National Park. Running down a shallow gully, the trail incorporates step down jumps, step up jumps, a lofty right hand hip jump, and even a boner log feature. WHAT GOES DOWN… Intermediate - Blue Square A real gem in the middle of the Bramley Trail Network, What Goes Down… links A River Somewhere with Line Manager, Cash and Karri, WRC and Pugsley. LINE MANAGER Intermediate - Blue Square Re-imagining the same patch of forest as the much-loved Manager’s trail of the past; Line Manager is a blue flow line which takes in high and low speed jumps and corners on its route down the hill. With a wider profile than other trails in Bramley National Park, and exaggerated rider motions, Line Manager is a rollercoaster of a trail and will be universally appreciated by a wide range of riders. PAPER TRAIL Advanced - Black Diamond Paper Trail is a black graded technical trail, running down the western face of the Bramley Trail Network. Incorporating flow elements in the flatter top section, and technical rock gardens lower down, Paper Trail brings diversity to the Compartment 10 Trail Network. GOLDEN CARROT Advanced - Black Diamond Can you spot the golden carrot? Following the steep banks of a creek line at the western end of the Compartment 10 Trail Network, Golden Carrot is an advanced (black graded) climb, with enough stone and root to keep even the gnarliest mountain goats on their toes. Bringing the feel of the mountains to a hill not much taller than your average anthill, the Golden Carrot will have you cursing wizards and watching for witches as you fight to unlock the hill’s dark secrets. WANT TO KNOW MORE? Contact the Margaret River Off Road Cycling Association - visit Don’t have your own bike? There’s a great range of bike hire and tour options in the region. Check the Your Margaret River Region visitor centres or visit margaretriver. com. PL June/July 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


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his year marks the 50th anniversary of the first commercial plantings of vines in the Margaret River. I spoke to the owners and winemakers from some of Margaret River’s pioneering wineries;Vasse Felix, Moss Wood, Cullen and Cape Mentelle, about where they’ve come from and where they’re going.


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VASSE FELIX 1967 was the Summer of Love in London with the release of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper and The Doors' first album, but there was love of a different kind possessing Dr Tom Cullity. A Perth cardiologist, he was gripped with a passion to drive several hours from the city down dirt roads to a sleepy agricultural area in the south west of Australia to establish the first commercial

vineyard - Vasse Felix. The first vintage was a disaster due to rot and bird attacks ““I will not forget the exhaustion and disappointment.” he remarks. Jump forward 50 years and Margaret River now produces about 20% of Australia’s premium wine.You’d have to say that it was worth it. Long-time senior winemaker at Vasse Virginia Willcock has that same passion for

wine, for the region and for life as Tom Cullity. “The great thing about wine is that it is by far the least processed of all alcoholic drinks. All you need are grapes and they contain the natural yeast to convert to wine. Her philosophy on winemaking is “don’t mess with the fruit too much, when you’ve got a great site the best thing you can do is leave it alone”. She particularly recommends any of the Vasse Felix cabernets or chardonnays as the varieties that provide the most remarkable wines from the region. Vasse Felix has expanded exponentially since the early days. Time to sit back and take stock? No, she says emphatically. “Onwards and upwards. We have a diverse style of wines that are unique in Australia and globally, we make wines of distinction. We’d like to see Vasse Felix become one of the great estates of the world. We’re only 50 years in and of course some of the Europeans have been around for 300 years but that is the long term goal.”

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN The Margaret River region is celebrating 50 years of winemaking this year, and Moss Wood (left) is one of the founding vineyards in the area.

MOSS WOOD Moss Wood was founded in 1969 and has been owned and managed by Keith and Clare Mugford, two of the loveliest people you’ll meet, for the past 30 years or so. Over that time, they have carefully developed their range of wines while still being focussed on quality rather than volume. Moss Wood is best known for its delicious cabernets which are excellent. Its merlot is also a contender for best in Australia. Keith points out that Moss Wood was also a very early adopter in Australia of pinot noir and chardonnay, for which they’re highly

regarded. The great wines of Burgundy are still the reference point for Keith, although he is not trying to recreate the Côtes de Nuits in Wilyabrup. The wines are true to their sense of place. As a husband and wife winemaking team, Keith and Clare joke that they see a lot of each other but, as in ancient farming tradition, it works! Their philosophy is about keeping it simple. Keith emphasises that vintage conditions and the land have a much bigger impact than man-made interventions in determining the wine in the bottle. They know they’ve got some special vineyards and the mission is to make the best possible wine every year. Moss Wood’s wine tasting tour at their cellars is highly regarded by wine buffs.You can taste wine from the barrel and tank and visit the museum for back vintages. Tastings are by appointment only. CAPE MENTELLE “As we approach our 50th anniversary I feel like we are only scratching the surface.” So says Cameron Murphy, estate director at Cape Mentelle. The beautiful estate is owned by global luxury brands conglomerate LVMH, which is in itself a statement of Margaret River’s place in the world today. Cape Mentelle nestles comfortably alongside brands such as Moet & Chandon, Krug, Hennessy and Chateau d’Yquem. “Margaret River is still undervalued,” says Cameron. “As a region we only export about 12% of our wine, compared to Barossa which exports 55%. We’ve still got to tell the story internationally of what Margaret River can do. When our French


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drinks bosses, the Bordelaise royalty, visit they congratulate us on our 50 years and joke that the first 200 years are hard but it gets easier after that.” David Hohnen, the Cape Mentelle founder, is credited with popularising the sauvignon semillon style of which Cape Mentelle is now the market leader. In car speak, cabernet and chardonnay are the BMW and Audi of Margaret River but sauvignon semillon is the Toyota. It’s by far the biggest seller. “We are also putting a huge investment into cabernet. We are committed to making Australia’s best,” says Cameron. CULLEN WINES Vanya Cullen is the chief winemaker and managing director at Cullen Wines. She’s


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the daughter of founders Dr Kevin and Diana Cullen, themselves pioneers in innovative wine making practices. It’s fair to say that Vanya embodies the heart and soul of the Margaret River wine making region. She runs the vineyards on biodynamic principles (a holistic, non-chemical method of viticulture and wine making). “It’s really important to have a sense of the land in

your wines which is what biodynamic wines do,” she says. “However it’s even more important to have quality as your first intention. Then they become the best quality expression of place, unique and beautiful.” Does she still get nervous before releasing her wines?


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HEART OF WINE COUNTRY The vineyards in all their glory in the Margaret River region. Opposite, Vanya Cullen, chief winemaker of Cullen Wines is a leader in her field.

“They are our children and you hope they do well,” she says. “All the wines are made with the same care and attention without chemical use and connection to nature and with the highest quality intentions.” What to expect at the cellar door? To drink some of the world’s great wines on the place where they are grown. If you are

hungry you can stay for a delicious lunch overlooking the vineyards which grew the wines – it’s the complete package. While making it clear that a favourite wine is a matter of taste,Vanya chooses her top drops. “If I had to pick I would say Kevin John (chardonnay) and Diana Madeline (cabernet) 2015 are my favourites.” Vanya also reckons the sauvignon semillon is the most underrated wine in the range, particularly with some bottle age. The biggest lesson she has learned along the way is a simple one. “Let the heart of the land speak in the wine rather than the mind of the winemaker. In other words, hands off the wine and concentrate on the winegrowing. Let go as you don’t control it anyway.” According to renowned wine critic Jancis Robinson, “Margaret River is the closest thing to paradise of any wine region I have visited”. So let’s all raise a glass to the pioneers who broke the ground and to their successors are writing the next chapter. It’s clear that the story has only just begun. PL Read more from Fergal Gleeson on wine at



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ape Mentelle is one of the pioneering wineries of Margaret River. Owned by LVMH, the world’s largest luxury goods company which also owns brands like Moet & Chandon,Veuve Cliquot. Cape Mentelle have got big plans for the future.

time, Joseph Henriot was so impressed with Cape Mentelle (and Cloudy Bay in Marlborough also found by David Hohnen) that he told the board “If you don’t buy Cape Mentelle I will.” This has been a great platform to help Cape Mentelle to continue to develop.

FG Tell me the history of the winery CM Well it’s the story of Hohnen family’s pioneering spirit. Margaret River was a hippy surfing town back in 1970. The Hohnen family had some land interests which they had sheep on. David Hohnen convinced his father to move the sheep on and plant some vines. David and his brothers experimented and planted a wide range of varieties including shiraz, cabernet, zinfandel, sauvignon blanc and semillon to see what worked best. He ran the vines from east to west rather than from north to south like the European tradition because he wanted to take advantage of those breezes coming off the ocean. Less scientifically he set the rows further apart than they did in Europe. They were measured to the width of his tractor.

FG What’s the must-try wine from your range? CM David Hohnen really popularised the sauvignon semillon style of which Cape Mentelle is now the market leader. David took some inspiration from the French and added some barrel fermented semillon which adds texture and flavour. Cabernet and chardonnay are the BMW and Audi of Margaret River but sauvignon semillon is the Toyota. It’s by far the biggest seller. We are also putting a huge investment into Cabernet. We’re using micro selection of the best fruit in the vineyard. We’ve got some top end graduates from Bordeaux on an exchange program who are systematically mapping the vineyard, taking soil samples right down to block


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Things really took off when Cape Mentelle won the 1983 Jimmy Watson Trophy for Best Young Red. Cape Mentelle won again the following year and is in fact the last winery to have taken the trophy on consecutive years. At the time The Swan River dominated the Western Australian wine scene and Margaret River winemaking was scarcely a teenager. The wines really put Cape Mentelle on the world wine map and we developed from there. Cape Mentelle had some distribution arrangements with Veuve Cliquot in the 1990s. The President of Veuve Cliquot at the

and individual wine level. We are now using smaller tanks so that we can separate the best fruit from the best blocks. We’re also trialling some new cabernet clones. FG What can someone expect at the cellar door? CM You can taste the full range of wines including the premium wines at no charge. We also offer two tours. There’s a Behind the Scenes Tour of the original vineyards and winery and for those who want to really immerse themselves we offer a two hour Food and Wine Pairing Experience for $85. We also offer a movie season over the summer months with bean beds and blankets. We’ve got gourmet food vans if you’re hungry. The movie season attracts about 10 to 12,000 people every year. We run an international cabernet tasting every November

showcasing 20 of the best cabernets from around the world with guest speakers such as James Halliday. FG Where to from here for the Margaret River region? CM Margaret River has got an amazing coastline with beaches, restaurants and wineries to have some great wine experiences. There’ll be more luxury tourism in future. Direct flights to Busselton airport from Sydney and Melbourne will make a huge difference to the region. FG What do you still want to achieve at Cape Mentelle? CM As we approach our 50th anniversary I feel like we are only scratching the surface. When our French bosses, the Bordelaise royalty, visit they congratulate us on our 50 years and joke that the first 200 years are hard but it gets easier after that. We are committed to making Australia’s best cabernet. We are investing in research into new varieties which we offer at our cellar door. We are particularly excited about some new Malbec clones which we are sourcing from Moet Hennessy’s Terrazas de Los Andes in Mendoza, Argentina. We think Malbec has got great potential in Margaret River on its own or blended with Cabernet. Margaret River is still undervalued. As a region we export about 12% of our wine compared to Barossa which exports 55%.We’ve still got to tell the story internationally of what Margaret River can do. PL Visit

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STELLA BELLA The elegantly named Stella Bella was founded in 1996 and it’s well-named. It means “beautiful star” in Italian and reflects the founding winemaker’s love for Italian wines, which led to them producing moscato and a sangiovese, unusual choices in Australia at the time. Also unusual were the fresh and quirky labels- the Suckfizzle range caused a bit of controversy from some of the stuffier members of the wine trade. It seems pretty mild now when there are wines out there with names like The Ball Buster, Fat Bastard and Sassy Bitch, but the past is a foreign country and all that. Stella Bella won Red Wine of Show and Best Cabernet at Langtons for Serie Luminosa Margaret River Cabernet 2014. Amelia Knight says Stella Bella are really pleased with the success of their flagship red. “The cabernet showcases the Southern Margaret River which is the cooler end of the region. The location naturally produces sauvignon blanc in a fresh and punchy style but it was great to show what we can do with red wine. “ Experimentation is an important part of what they do at Stella Bella and the winemakers like to conjure up project wines using different techniques and with new varieties. Tempranillo and sangiovese

cabernet are made in approachable and food friendly styles. These are available exclusively at the cellar door or online. Amelia describes their cellar door as a “quaint little old building” where the focus is on a down to earth experience.Visitors are invited to bring a picnic, pick up a wine and enjoy the view. The Halliday

Wine Companion 2017 rated Stella Bella as one of the Ten Best Value Wineries in Australia. Wines range from the entry level Skuttlebutt series to the top of the range Serie Luminosa which took the prize! DEEP WOODS Deep Woods have won more gold bling than Michael Phelps. The picked up “Best Overall Exhibitor” at the Langton’s 2016 Wine Show along with prizes for the “Best Rose” and “Best Cabernet Blend”. But it doesn’t stop there. In previous years Deeps Woods has been awarded a Jimmy Watson Trophy 2016 and the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge 2014, two of Australia’s most prestigious awards. I could go on (there’ve been many more medals!) but you’re getting the picture of a winery that is in the groove. Julian Langworthy jokingly attributes their success to his “good looks and nepotism”! “We’ve had an amazing run which I’d like to keep going – redefining cabernet and chardonnay. I’ve been here 6 year but it feels like I’ve just started. The journey so far has been an amazing success

Julian particularly recommends their Cabernet Merlot which is age worthy and on a par with the Reserve range but more modestly priced. I always buy a few cases of this for myself. Deep Woods make 2 Roses- a Reserve and “Harmony” which is a steal. “We’ve been making them paler and drier every year for the past 5 or 6 years in the Provençal style. It is now our number 1 seller along with our Semillon Sauvignon Blanc.” Julian’s wine making style is all about flexibility. “It’s how I feel that day.You should never be too rigid.You must respond to different conditions. The larger wineries find it hard not be formulaic but I’m more finger in the wind and sporadic. It’s about being passionate to make some interesting and contemporary.” Julian has worked in France, Canada and in Coonawarra and Clare Valley in Australia. “I’m deeply biased of course but Margaret River is really idyllic for winemaking. When you have the right vineyard what happens in the winery is easy.“ WOODY NOOK Chief Winemaker Neil Gallagher jokes that

he had no choice but to get involved with wine. “My parents bought a property and planted vines in the early ‘80s. I became the winemaker in 1990 so I was thrown in at the deep end!” Neil’s been swimming pretty well. Woody Nook, which is a boutique winery was the Winner “Best Alternative Variety” at the Langtons Show for their 2014 Graciano. Woody Nook first planted graciano along with tempranillo back in 2006. Both are red grapes native to Rioja in Spain. Craig Dunkerton Assistant Winemaker told me more: “Graciano is a lesser known grape, in Rioja it’s used more as a structural component in a blend. Because it is tannic and acidic it is used to make a wine last longer or to add more punch. It took time for us to come to grips with it. We were going to add it to our tempranillo but we liked out tempranillo the way it was. In 2014 we made it as a single varietal and it turned out to be a great year for it. Our Tempranillo and our Graciano both got gold medals at the Langtons show with the Graciano ultimately being picked for the trophy.” Wine fashions evolve slowly and there is no doubt that cabernet, chardonnay and semillon sauvignon blends will remain at the core of Margaret River as they are at the core of Woody Nook’s range. As Craig says “Without these alternatives things could get a little boring for visitors to the region or make for limited wine lists in restaurants but cabernet will remain the king of Margaret River.” Their cabernet was the King of London Town when Gallagher’s Choice Margaret River Cabernet 2013 won three trophies at the International Wine Challenge. There’s still some available along with the 2014. PL Visit for more information about local wineries.

AWARD-WINNERS Winemakers in the Margaret River region are gaining national attention for their skills, including Woody Nook Wines (abvoe, right).

with a new brand. We’ve been admitted to the dress circle of Margaret River we’d now like to get to the pinnacle of it!” The Reserve range includes the Cabernet “contemporary, supple and juicy, powerful by Margaret River standards”, the Shiraz “spicy, mid weight” and the Chardonnay “funky and fruity”. All sell out quickly.

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ocated at the top end of the terrace, right in the heart of Perth’s CBD, Citadines St Georges Terrace is a stylish and central apart’hotel, ideal for travellers looking for convenience and comfort. LOCATION MATTERS Finding itself ssmack in the middle of the city, Citadines St Georges Terrace is ideal for first-time visitors to Perth, as it’s a great spot to get your bearings and explore on foot. Those who are more familiar with the


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city will appreciate the central location, and the fact that you’re within walking distance of absolutely everything the CBD has to offer. I stayed on a Friday night, when Perth seems to come to life. Total BS&Co, Citadines’ adjoining bar, was busy and bustling with music and good vibes. A little way down St Georges Terrace, you’ll find a vibrant cluster of bars, cafes and restaurants at Brookfield Place, including the Print Hall Bar, Bar Lafayette, Black Tie Co, The Trustee, The Heritage and plenty

more places to eat and drink. If ever you needed proof that Perth was getting groovy, Brookfield Place provides the evidence. Being Friday night, the shops in the city were also open late, and both Hay and Murray Street malls were as busy as a Saturday afternoon, with people casually shopping, eating and drinking. Perth’s shopping precinct is only a couple of minutes’ walk from Citadines St Georges, and here you’ll also find a great array of cafes and restaurants. Railway Lane – just

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off Murray Street Mall – is a particularly vibrant corner of the city, and packed with busy, innovative eateries. As well as being ideally located for shopping, eating and drinking, Citadines St Georges is also incredibly close to cultural venues such as The Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Museum of Performing Arts, Riverside Theatre as well as Government House and the Supreme Court of Western Australia. The rest of the city’s sights and attractions are easily

CITY BREAK Citdaines St Georges Terrace is ideally located for a night or two in the heart of Perth, a city which is experiencing something of a revival these days.

accessed by train, with Elizabeth Quay station just 10 minutes’ walk away. ROOMS FOR ALL SEASONS Citadines St Georges provides a sanctuary away from the hustle and busy of the city. A variety of comfortable and contemporary studio-style rooms are available, each with a home entertainment system including in-room movies, television and DVD player and a fully-equipped kitchenette fitted with all mod-cons. The stylish, modern and

bright apartments also feature an en-suite bathroom, a working desk, two-seater dining table, eco-friendly bath amenities, an electronic safe and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. I stayed in a 30sqm studio deluxe apartment, which can be fitted with a choice of a king-size bed or two single beds. A step up from the studio deluxe is the 40sqm studio executive apartment, which has a kitchenette as well as separate living and dining areas. One up again is the 48sqm studio premier apartment, which boasts a luxurious spa. All apartments are elegantly furnished with abstract art and contemporary furnishings, making you feel comfortable and welcome. A complimentary self-service launderette and business centre are located nearby, along with an an off-site gymnasium and aerobics centre, which guests are welcome to take advantage of. PL Citadines St Georges Terrace, 185 St Georges Terrace, Perth. Phone 9226 3355, email, visit citadines. com/perth.


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here’s been a lot of chatter recently about a treatment called CoolSculpting and, as it always pays to plan ahead for bikini weather, I put my hand up to try it out. CoolSculpting is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, sculpting your body’s ‘flabby bits’ using extreme cold and suction. It was invented after a couple of clever doctors discovered that children who ate lots of icy poles had fat loss in their cheeks. In simple terms, fat dies at very cold temperatures before your skin is affected. Effectively killing off the fat in your problem areas without invasive surgery. I visited local Perth expert Claire, from Academy Face and Body in Subiaco, to discover I’m the perfect candidate. I’m not overweight, I have a pretty balanced diet and I exercise moderately. But like all women, I have some stubborn fatty areas, the legacy of having two big baby boys and probably from eating too many Magnums and hot chips during pregnancy. THE LOW DOWN I needed three treatments for my stomach area and one each for my love handles. One


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large paddle was used for the top of my abdomen and two smaller ‘butter dish’ sized paddles for the lower part and for the love handle areas. The two smaller paddles are done first, followed by the large top paddle; a time commitment of almost six hours in the clinic. Make sure you bring snacks and your laptop or a good book. The attachment of the CoolSculpting cups was a strange sensation. The suction is quite strong and it takes approximately five minutes for the skin to completely drop in temperature. As it cools it feels a little like freezer burn, but without the pain, just a little discomfort. Then all you have to do is sit back and relax as the machine chills your fat cells to crystilisation, then they die and are eradicated from your body (cryolipolysis). ICE ICE BABY When the cups came off my skin felt a little uncomfortable as the warm blood rushed back in, kind of like pins and needles. The fat was basically frozen so my skin was very pink and felt hard, like a frozen steak fillet. In the weeks after treatment I highly recommend wearing loose fitting stretchy

pants as the areas treated will feel numb, with a side order of light pins and needles. Similar to when you wake up and your arm has gone to sleep and it doesn’t quite feel attached. This sensation lasted about five weeks for me. I started to notice my wobbly bits decrease at about the six-week mark. I caught my reflection in the mirror as I bent over to dry my legs after a shower, there was definitely a reduction in ‘gut overhang’. I may have done a little dance. My pants were also much looser and the buttons strained a little less.You’ll get the full results after about 12 to 14 weeks. Although I am moderately good at exercising, I need to say during this time I did NOTHING AT ALL. Not a smidge. This wasn’t a deliberate experiment, just a consequence of moving house, sick kids, travel and a busy work life. So any resulting loss must have been a direct result of CoolSculpting. It’s important to note that I didn’t actually lose any kgs on the scale. CoolSculpting treatments aim to reduce the fat in your target areas by 20-30 per cent. So although fat doesn’t weigh much,



how my clothes felt and the appearance of my stomach definitely indicated a level of success I was happy with. My verdict? CoolSculpting was safe, non-invasive, fairly pain-free and I noticed a flatness in my stomach and less handle in my love handles. This is a great treatment for when you’re already eating well and exercising, but just can’t shift those stubborn flabby areas. PL Call Absolute Face and Body on (08) 9382 4833 or visit for more information.



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WINTER WARMER Make the trip to the Swan Valley for a coffee and feed at Oakover Grounds.





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s Perth’s coffee culture blossoms we’ve seen so many new places pop up in all kinds of hidden nooks and crannies of the city. Don’t get me wrong – a lot of these places are incredibly cool and make top notch coffee. However, sometimes I crave a wide open space with a view that feels a little less like a copy and pasted Melbourne culture café and a bit more authentically Perth. When I’m in that mood, I head to Oakover Grounds. Oakover boasts a breathtaking location in the Swan Valley - and it’s like something out of a storybook. On a sunny winter’s day, choose to sit outdoors on the café's veranda or at one of the picnic tables scattered across the fields of green grass. We took a seat outside where we were surrounded by Oakover’s vineyards and had a view of the rolling hills to the east, and wide blue sky. Sitting right on the edge of a lake, we were even tempted to take a ride on one of the little yellow boats floating on the glinting water and paddle over to the island in the middle. With lifejackets available, it’s a treat for any age. We went inside to place our order, though table service is available for the veranda and the restaurant inside. Oakover’s casual, industrial-style interior more than complemented the rustic beauty that we

experienced outdoors. I ordered a flat white and also chose the garlic wild mushrooms with spinach, pistachio dukkah and Persian fetta on grilled bread, while my boyfriend ordered a long black and the braised baby chorizo with homemade spicy beans, a gooey egg and crusty bread. The food was delicious. The mushrooms were soft, juicy and packed with flavour. They were sitting on top of bread that was crispy but drizzled with the right amount of oil to leave it in no way dry, and were garnished with a generous serving of quality fetta and fresh green sprouts for colour. I could talk about the food and what else I was keen to try forever, but it was the coffee that reigned supreme here.

If you know coffee, you’re likely to have heard of FiORi – the Perth brand that’s taken the city by storm. Owned by the same family as Oakover, the FiORi team work within the same warehouse that is Oakover Grounds. While grabbing our morning coffees we could see the FiORi team freshly roasting their next batch of beans – it smelled amazing! I had a chance to chat with Oakover’s head barista Andy Tseng about how Oakover’s unique relationship with FiORi impacts their daily brew and makes each sip so much sweeter. “FiORi coffee has been around for a long time; a lot of our customers have been drinking FiORi coffee for about eight to 10 years, so they know it’s delicious and have high expectations for the coffee at

Oakover,” says Andy. As a barista, Andy comes with years of experience and plenty of passion but has never before worked with the coffee he makes at this level. “I’ve never had the chance to work with the roasters before and now they’re right next to me, so I can talk to them and know exactly what they’re doing with the coffee,” says Andy. “I can give feedback when the coffee is tasting really good or when it needs improvement and they can change things depending on that, which is really helpful.” Something else that’s extra special about Andy’s coffees is his immaculate latte art, which made me almost want to take my coffee home and put it on display (but it tasted way too good so that idea didn’t last long). He’s a highly skilled latte artist with a background in graphic design. If proof were needed, he was awarded the gold milk jug trophy for first place in the Western Region Pura Latte Art Championship, which took place in Adelaide last year. It’s Andy’s role to train all the staff at Oakover on how to become an expert on coffee, so rest assured you’ll always get a good cup; but if you jag a day that Andy’s in he might just paint you a pretty swan. Either way, at Oakover Grounds you can always sip on a delicious coffee while taking in a view exclusive to our picturesque corner of the country. The perfect way to spend a Perth morning. Reader giveaway: Buy a 1kg bag of FiORi coffee from Oakover and be given a complimentary coffee to dine in or take away. PL Oakover Grounds, 14 Yukich Close Middle Swan.Visit

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in Japan



peaking to Maggie Beer is just like you’d imagine; the equivalent of a verbal hug with a cuppa and home-baked biccie on the side. I catch up with Australia’s favourite TV home cook after watching a preview of her latest show, Maggie in Japan. It’s testament to the fame of this particular Margaret that there’s no need to include her surname in the one-hour special’s title. Viewers will follow the much-loved cook as she travels to Japan, exploring and experiencing the essence of Japanese cuisine and some of the unique cooking techniques found across the country.You’ll see Maggie enjoying a special meal cooked just for her in Tokyo before heading off to Noto, a seldom-visited region in Honshu, jutting out into the Sea of Japan. It’s here that perhaps Maggie is most at home, staying


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with an Aussie ex-pat chef and his Japanese wife and getting hands-on with some ancient local cooking techniques. What you see with Maggie on screen, it turns out, is very much what you get in reality. Her sense of wonderment pretty much pervades the whole joyful hour of her Japanese adventure, and it’s a sense of wonderment that still remains now she’s back in Australia and knee-deep in filming the third series of The Great Australian Bake Off. “I learned so much while I was there,” she says during a break in filming. “I’ve had the gift of being able to visit Japan many times, and my respect for everything they do along the food chain is strong. I was so thrilled to be able to bring back techniques to my home and friends.” She does indeed seem very at home in the island nation, a million miles away from

her rural idyll in the Barossa. “There were so many things I connected with in Noto in particular,” she says. “I was just in awe of their traditions, like the powerful fermented squid sauce - ishiri - which uses squid intestines as the basic ingredient and is prepared by pickling the ingredients with salt before letting them ferment naturally for two to three years.” One of the highlights of the show is watching Maggie’s reaction as her hosts, who ferment their own ishiri, lift the lid on a seething, almost volcanic, mass of fermenting squid intestines for her to inspect. She majestically manages not to faint, commenting merely that it didn’t smell as bad as she’d imagined. Ishiri is at the heart of many of Noto’s recipes, providing that illusive five-taste umami - to many dishes. “I saw the difference the quality of ingredients make, it’s so extraordinary, the level of control and perfection Japanese chefs employ in their kitchens. It’s something I really connected with again,” she says.

Her Noto hosts had an extraordinary array of ingredients at their disposal, making them virtually self-sufficient, including an orchard full of yuzu. The delicious citrus fruit was used widely, and Maggie plaintively wished her own yuzu tree in the Barossa had yielded more than its mere three fruit so she could follow suit. Of course, one of the most important mainstays of Japanese cuisine is its love of raw fish, and Maggie saw plenty of examples of the artistry of the sushi and sashimi chef in action. “I’ve always been keen on raw fish, and again it’s that perfection - the great soy, the great ishiri, great stock from miso, the perfectly fresh fish - which makes a dish so extraordinary.” A self-confessed country cook, Maggie has built her reputation on sticking to what she’s good at; making the most of the ingredients her farm in the Barossa gives her, reflecting the Mediterranean climate of the region. She was particularly happy therefore to see her new Noto chef friend melding Japanese traditional ingredients with an Italian twist - pasta with squid and black squid ink. “It excites me to cook with Japanese ingredients, it was a real journey of discovery, I just absorbed everything and learned. I was like a kid in a candy shop really,” she laughs. “I am fascinated by every part of their food culture where there is such pride

in every person in the cycle of food at every level. It’s a truly passionate endeavour for me to discover even more and be able to share this excitement with everyone.” In her seventh decade, Maggie is showing no signs of slowing down with many projects on the go at any one time. You’ll find her branded farm-fare, like phesant pate, vino coto and her beloved verjuice, in the supermarket and delis, and see her on screen not only in this one-off

special, but later in the year, starring once more alongside Matt Moran in Bake Off. Of that particular show, she has nothing but praise for the contestants who she judges each week. “Both Matt and I are not beyond taking ideas from the contestants,” she says. “I could never do the showstoppers they put together, I’m just in awe. I love making pastry and bread and do learn from them.” PL Maggie in Japan, Lifestyle Food on June 29.

CULTURE QUEEN Maggie Beer immerses herself in Japanese food culture in her latest TV special.

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or 15 years Kirsten Wiig has treated audiences to a parade of offbeat characters. Specialising in life’s lonely hearts, she serves up wacky, passiveaggressive, lonely or angry women with all the shades in between. But when I meet with the talented Wiig, she confesses her delight at playing the unreservedly joyous Lucy Wilde in the Despicable Me franchise. “It’s really fun to play a happy character because you have to get in that mindset,” says Wiig, 43, as we chat on the back-lot of Hollywood’s Universal Studios, home to


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Despicable Me and the Minions. “Lucy is a very exaggerated version of me in the sense that I have to find broader and bigger ways to do things or says things or, like, what sound would she make when she does a karate chop?” The queen of cynicism and glass-halfempty characters, she smiles as she says how she didn’t have even the slightest reservation about Lucy going off into the sunset and marrying Steve Carell’s Gru in DM2, today exploring married life in DM3 with the surprise arrival of Gru’s long-lost twin. “There’s a lot of unhappiness in the world right now so I feel like it’s great to have movies be unpredictable and sometimes it’s nice to have people drive off into the sunset. I think these movies are really funny and it’s good to be a part of something that you really actually watch and enjoy - and being with Steve it’s just the greatest job,” says the actress who also lent her voice to Sausage Party, Ice Age and

the How To Train Your Dragon franchise. Wiig’s rapid ascent as one of Hollywood’s top comic talents is all the more remarkable given that she didn’t even discover her funny bone until her early 20s. Majoring in art at the University of Arizona, she only took drama to fulfill a course requirement, stumbling upon her unique gift for creating characters. Dropping out of college, she moved to Los Angeles, honing her comedy skills at world-famous improv club The Groundlings, whose alumni include Will Ferrell and Lisa Kudrow. More importantly, she would meet future comedy partner Annie Mumolo with whom she co-wrote award-winning hit comedy Bridesmaids. Today they’ve just finished writing a still-untitled comedy which Wiig will also direct. “I just always wanted to try directing, especially when it’s something I’ve written.” If some writers struggle, she has no such issues. “Writing by myself isn’t always

so easy but, writing with her, no. We just bounce things off each other while we sit around and eat and write,” says Wiig who starred in Ghostbusters, Date Night and The Martian, and later this year will team up again with Damon for black comedy Downsizing. Joining us is Despicable Me alum Miranda Cosgrove, who has voiced Gru’s adopted daughter Margo in all three films. Just 16 years old when she first voiced Margo, she has grown up on DM along with her character.

FAMILY FUN Gill meets Despicable Me 3’s Kirsten Wiig (above) .

“In the first Despicable Me, it seemed like Margo was all about protecting her sisters and she didn’t really trust anybody. She was like the mom figure for her sisters and now, in this latest film, she actually has a mom - Lucy stepping in as a step-mom now she’s married to Gru.” Clearly enamoured with Wiig, she adds, “I feel like Kristen is more of a super fun friend than a mom. She’s just really funny and awesome and super cool.” Cosgrove was barely seven when she launched her career with small TV guest

roles progressing into major parts in Drake and Josh and later her own TV series, iCarly. Along the way, the petite actress made a big splash starring opposite Jack Black in School of Rock. Taking time out from her exhausting childhood, she is currently majoring in drama at USC. If most students long to graduate and find their place in the world, Cosgrove, 23, laughs when she says she’s done “everything upside down”. She bought her first home when she was just 17 and has remained at university more than is “probably necessary”. “Jennette McCurdy from iCarly is also my best friend in real life. During the last season of iCarly we both got houses really near each other in the Hollywood Hills. Neither of us is dating anybody right now so we have sleepovers all the time. “We both love Scrabble and are very competitive with it. We use Postmates delivery service to pick up late night ice creams, oreos and milk. Or sometimes we’ll get pizza and other junk food delivered while we watch Julia Roberts movies. Do we sound boring!?” Not at all. I’d come hang out with Cosgrove any time. PL


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ust when you might think Sarah Blasko can’t give anymore, she surprises us with something fresh to sink our teeth into. In this case, it’s her upcoming national tour The Soloist. Which is a rather appropriate name given it’s the first time Sarah has made the bold move to go out completely on her own, without the aid of a band, and lay bare her raw talent for singing, songwriting and gracing her audiences with a heartfelt performance. Sarah thrives on individuality and being able to craft her own style, her own way. While she can have a gentle approach to divulging aspects of her personal life (rightly so), it’s this unique sense of personal creativity that allows Sarah to share aspects of herself with her fans through music that is truly hers. “I feel as though there’s a real freedom in playing on your own and doing things in your own unique way,” says Sarah. “I’m looking forward to that freedom. I think that connecting with people is so much easier when it’s just me on stage performing.” I was interested to discover a little bit about who Sarah is and how she flourished into such a talented and successful soloist (after all, anyone who Elton John himself calls an inspiration must have a few tips). “It started out pretty simply,” says Sarah. “As a kid I naturally gravitated towards music. My dad used to play me a lot of records and it was a pretty varied collection.” This offers insight into why and how Sarah has managed to produce so many varied sounds across her career. “When I was about 16 to 17 I started listening to less pop music and more music that was about self-expression and individuality,” says Sarah. “I started listening to people like PJ Harvey, The Smiths, The Cure. I guess that’s what made me think I want to start writing songs and expressing


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myself through music.” After trying her hand at a few cover bands in her younger years, Sarah began writing her own songs while fronting Sydney-based band Acquiesce. But she knew herself well and recognised that the band life just wasn’t for her, so made the move to go solo at 21. “I realised I wanted to do what I wanted to do, and it wasn’t being in a band,” says Sarah. It’s not always easy to make it on your own and when asked what her greatest challenge has been as a solo artist, Sarah recognises that persevering and making it work has been her greatest accomplishment. Personally, I think smashing out a Triple J Like a Version cover of Life On Mars by the late David Bowie, while managing to pull off her own personal touch, is also no mean feat. Sarah’s most recent album Eternal Return, released in 2015, is another of her successes worth noting. Her 2015 tour for the album kicked off in April that year, only two months after the birth of her baby boy Jerry. Eternal Return has proved that Sarah has grown as a musician and has a diverse talent for producing music. Through songs like I Am Ready and I Wanna Be Your Man, she’s built upon her signature quirky folk and indie style, adding a rich 80s-inspired sound with surging synths. This layered approach only complements her contrasting soft, breathy lyrics, which almost hover on top like a refreshing breeze. You can expect to be hearing a mix of songs from Sarah on her tour The Soloist, including a range of these textured tracks from Eternal Return.

However, Sarah likes to hold her cards close to her chest and has chosen not to reveal the exact tracks that she’ll be sharing. “I will be playing some of my more wellknown songs during my tour but I don’t want to give it all away,” she laughs. One thing she will say – which is pretty exciting stuff – is that she has a new record in the works and fans can expect a taste during The Soloist. “I’ve basically finished the new record,” says Sarah. “I’m going to be mixing it once this tour has finished so it could be out by the end of the year. It’ll be fun to try a few of the new songs while touring.” Sarah’s songs are written with clarity, purpose and feeling. “I think the album is about the connection between joy and sadness and then what’s in between those two extremes of life. Which is just everyday life and making the most of that.” It’s been two years since Sarah’s Eternal Return tour and while she’s been spending that time with her baby son, she’s also had her head down working on more incredible music and is looking forward to getting back to her fans. “The way that music and performing affects people, it transcends language, it touches people in a way that nothing else can,” says Sarah. “It touches emotions in a way that no other art form can. It hits people on a kind of subconscious level and I love that about it.” “For myself, it’s a real release from life. I always feel like it’s just such a joyful releasing, therapeutic thing. It’s not really a job; I’m happy to be doing something that I love.” PL The Soloist, Astor Theatre, Perth, July 6. Purchase tickets at

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HUSKY PL What inspired you to start playing music and how old were you when you started? H I started on the classical piano when I was about five years old. One of my earliest memories was watching my older sister learn the piano; I used to watch through the keyhole in the door and I was curious as to what was going on, and at some stage I asked my folks if I could start. I played piano until I was about 13 and then I got into rock and roll and wanted to learn the guitar. PL If you could go back in time and see any one musician play somewhere, who would you pick, where would they play and why? H Uhh man, that’s a tough one. I’d probably go for Led Zeppelin at one of their earliest gigs. I’ve heard about some of the shows they played early on, where they played at stadiums and there were basically riots, people were just going wild. I imagine they would’ve been one of the best live bands of all time. PL What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done? Do you look back on it with pleasure or regret? H We were living in Berlin a couple of years ago; we were based there while touring Europe. Everyone was telling us to go to this club, Berghein. I’m not a clubbing man but I stood in line for about 6 hours. It was the middle of winter and it was freezing cold and I was waiting to get into this club in this old power station. I got to the front of the line and they wouldn’t let me in. I definitely look back on that with some regret. PL If a crystal ball could tell you any one thing about yourself, life, the future, or anything else, what would you want to know and why? H I think it’d be dangerous to know too

much… But If I could know something… what would I wanna know? Umm, I’ve always had this dream of writing a book, I wouldn’t mind knowing if that was gunna come true or not, and that way I wouldn’t have to spend all my time doing it if it wasn’t going to happen. I’ve actually started writing it, I’ve started about 10 times but I haven’t quite found the book yet. PL If you could host a dinner party and invite one historical figure who would you choose? H Joan of Ark. I think it would be pretty interesting to sit down and have dinner with Joan of Ark. From what I’ve read she had an incredible amount of courage and conviction, and those are two things I hold in very high regard. I’d be interesting to pick her brain on those things. PL Do you believe in ghosts or evil spirits? Would you be willing to spend a night alone in a remote, supposedly haunted house? H I believe that there’s something out there, and I believe it enough that I’d be terrified to spend a night alone in a haunted house. But I’d do it for the experience. PL I understand you’re a keen surfer. How do you cope away from the ocean? H Most of the time on tour I don’t have enough time to get out and surf. It’s also tough to travel around with my board, so I end up missing out a lot. I guess I try to compensate with the other things that I love, things like books, and poetry which I’ve always got with me on the road. I try to keep myself fit and I always take my running shoes and go for a run wherever I am, it’s a good way to explore a new city. But there’s nothing

really that compensates for the ocean and missing out on waves. PL If you were sentenced to hear one of the following all morning, every morning for the next year, which would be worst: a baby crying, someone screaming, someone cursing drunkenly, or the song “It’s a Small World” played over and over again? H I think probably the song, because there’s no worse torture than a song, even a song that’s just in your head, playing over and over. Even a good song is torture. PLWho is the most fascinating person in your life? Why? H Probably my nephew Leo, who’s 17 months old. I guess every moment of every day is so fascinating for him, just seeing the world through his eyes everything becomes fascinating. PL What are your two most compulsive habits? H Coffee and red wine. PLYou mentioned you’re a keen reader.What are you reading at the moment and what is the best book you’ve ever read? H At the moment I’m reading the second volume of a nine volume series, it’s called In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. The whole thing is just about a lifelong pursuit, I think it’s the longest book ever written. The best book I’ve ever read would be The Great Gatsby. I’ve read it a few times and its one of the most beautiful pieces of writing I’ve ever read. PL HUSKY is embarking on an Australian tour on June 15 to promote his new album, Punchbuzz. He will be visiting major capital and regional cities around the country.

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he very best way to see Vienna is from atop the city’s giant ferris wheel, or Riesenrad - a cultural and architectural Viennese landmark for more than a century. Built in 1897, Riesenrad is the jewel in the crown of The Vienna Prater, a deliciously nostalgic amusement park with exotic painted rides and bizarre sideshows from another century. It's not hard to


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imagine they’re all haunted, adding to both the terror and delight. Who can resist a ride on the Dizzy Maus, Sturmboot or the Ballwurfbude? Not me. The former hunting grounds of Emperor Joseph II, the Prater was given to the public 251 years ago. Beautifully preserved and lush, more than 2,500 original trees line the edges of this orgy of colour, chaos, laughter and screams.

The picturesque Riesenrad with its signature red painted cabins is a magical experience which defies even the fears of this vertigo-inclined reporter as it gently creaks up above the tree-tops accompanied by an audio tour transporting riders from Roman times through to World War II. Several cabins are even furbished as elegant dining rooms available for private hire for birthday parties, hen nights or perhaps a romantic proposal. ( No trip to The Prater is complete without a Viennese sausage so we stopped

by Bitzinger, an authentic local haunt where we devoured gleaming sausages coated in creamy mustard and sautéed onions ( Returning to the city centre, we met with tour guide Gabriela Steiner-Scharfetter for a half-day walking tour. Not usually a big fan of walking tours which can often be dreary or over-crowded - and there’s always that one tourist, isn’t there? The loud knowit-all who thinks they know more than the tour-guide? - but Vienna seemed like an ideal place to revisit the experience. Thankfully Gabriela restored all faith in walking tours. Immediately dismissing with any politically correct formalities, she went on to give a highly personalised guide to the city she loves, explaining how - among the 23 districts - districts 2, 6 and 7 are the coolest for their boutiques, cafes and nightlife, and to “forget about” District 1. “It’s all chain-stores. Why visit Vienna to shop at another H & M or Zara?” she asks. Good point.

POWER AND THE GLORY Vienna's rich place in history is fully on display architecturally, with many buildings still intact despite its the damage inflicted by World War II.

She explains how Vienna is one of the greenest cities in the world, with 51% green land-use. It’s also one of richest countries with a 25% immigrant population. It regularly tops quality of livin global polls and believes that culture is for the masses with heavily subsidised opera and museums. Gabriela whisks us by the Natural History Museum, “the oldest public collection of meteorites”; the Albertina Museum with its treasure trove of graphic art and the Fine Arts Museum which boasts a vast collection of works by Pieter Bruegel, the Elder. “Otherwise, it mainly reflects the personal taste of the Hapsburg family, if you like that sort of thing,” she sniffs. Silence descends as we pass the Judenplatz, a stark concrete memorial to the victims of the Holocaust,Vienna being the first major European city to fall to the Nazis. Built upon the underground excavations of a medieval synagogue burned down in 1420, concrete bricks are styled to resemble a wordless library of books, their spines facing inwards. With medieval structures jostling for space alongside churches, opera houses, government buildings, intricate spires, cobbled alleys and baroque curiosities, there’s way too much to see in one afternoon and Gabriela picks up the pace as we pass a graveyard, “the Schnitzel cemetery - too many overweight men”, she says in wry reference to the nation’s favourite dish, breadcrumb-fried veal, weiner schnitzel. For herself, she is a devotee to Vienna’s easily accessible network of cycle paths and running tracks, and she’s proud of the city’s 800 drinking fountains, all sourced from

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RIGHT ROYAL Dubbed in the past the City of Dreams, Vienna has been home to some famous residents, including Sigmund Freud and its favourite son, Mozart.

pure spring water. She points out a store selling fancy fish-skin shoes alongside a butterfly museum and The Burggarten, a former Imperial garden featuring Palmenhaus, a towering greenhouse where locals sip coffee beneath palms. Gabriela prefers to visit the Burggarten early in the morning to watch


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the Spanish Riding School put their horses through their paces. Once the grand capital of the AustroHungarian empire,Viennese royal patronage enabled Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Mahler to flourish. Johann Strauss even composed a Viennese waltz in the city’s honour and Vienna is still referred

to as the “city of music” thanks to its musical legacy. In the past century it has also been dubbed “city of dreams”,Vienna being home to the world’s first psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud. We enjoyed some dreams of our own, staying at modernist chic Hotel Grand Ferdinand. Located in the heart of Vienna

on the 19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks; the Vienna State Opera House and St Stephen‘s Cathedral are just minutes walk away. Opened in 2015, this landmarked building has been transformed from a business headquarters into an ultra contemporary hotel. With its black-ongrey colour schemes, leather-studded furnishings, ornate mirrors, sumptuous king beds and open-plan bathroom leaving nothing to the imagination, think sexy weekend rather than family vacay. Featuring three restaurants, its rooftop eaterie Grand Etage Private Saloon was our favourite, offering breath-taking views across the city, best enjoyed from the outdoor terrace surrounded by animated conversations held in dozens of languages. Breakfast here is a total feast offering a smorgasbord straight out of the Hapsburg empire - cheeses, meats, poached fruits with sour cream, devilled eggs, smoked fish, black bread with apricot jam,Turkish coffee and strudel.You can literally lose hours up here, perusing an assortment of international newspapers while deciding what to nibble on next. Served on porcelain china, glittering Wiener Silbermanufaktur silverware and crystal glasses, it’s a peculiarly decadent experience. Likewise, dinner drifts by over a couple of champagne cocktails and a global hip menu featuring the must-eat Polpetti meatballs, lobster empanadas, bouillabaisse or steelhead bream washed down with violet ice cream. Lit by statement-making Lobmeyr chandeliers and candelabra, Grand Etage Private Saloon celebrates both the old and new, with a cheeky Viennese wink. If Grand Ferdinand is a splurge by most budgets - its grandest suite costs $1,500 euros a night - then it curiously offers an eight-person “Dorm Room” for 30 euros a night per person, be it as a group of friends or AirBnB style for individual booking. Florian Weitzer, the visionary behind Grand Ferdinand considers himself as egalitarian, pointing to the fact that guests at the hotel’s ground-floor Gulasch & Champagne bar may drink the very best champagne for 16 euros a glass or enjoy a Velkopopovicy beer for 1.50 euros. Cheers to one and all. PL With special thanks to Vienna Now or Never at, Hotel Grand Ferdinand at and tour guide, Gabriela Steiner at

GETTING AROUND: The low-cost Vienna Card, pre-loaded for 24, 48 or 72 hour time periods, is the most affordable and easiest way to get around the city and surroundings via bus, tram or underground along with countless additional benefits. Visit

char tartare. Even more exotic was its non-alcoholic drink menu of Lavender or cardamom milk or juices pressed from beetroot and passionfruit. They also offer 120 varieties of cheese and freshly baked Viennese sponges. Strictly for locals in the know. Visit

Leopold Museum One of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement and famed for his erotic golden paintings, Gustav Klimt’s work is today scattered around the world, although Vienna’s Belvedere still maintains the world’s largest collection, including his iconic work, The Kiss. However, for a quick Klimt fix - and also to admire the work of his avant-garde contemporary Egon Schiele - The Leopold Museum is perfect. Since its 2001 opening, The Times has ranked it among the 50 most important art galleries in the world due to its Schiele collection. Stop by the Leopold cafe for Ottakringer beer and apple strudel. Visit

Schonbrunn Palace Marvel at the majestic summer residence of the Hapsburgs. See how they sang, slept, dined and partied. The Schonbrunn Pass Classic includes a palace tour with audio guide as well as admission to the Maze, the Privy Garden, the Orangery and Gloriette viewing terrace. Oh what fun they must have had. Visit

Meierei in Stadtpark After consuming so much strudel, Wiener Schnitzel and sausage, we were delighted to stumble upon this hidden café amid a leafy park with its health-conscious menu of marinated salmon trout, celeriac pancakes, poppy-seed noodles or

Viennese Markets Laden with delicious fresh produce, Vienna’s markets are a treasure trove of new culinary experience from the Brunnenmarkt, the longest permanent street market in Europe, to niche deli or flower markets. We visited Naschmarkt, Vienna’s most popular market offering about 120 market stands and countless restaurants serving cuisine from Viennese to Vietnamese and Indian to Italian. Grab a table at one of these pedestrianised street markets for a bird’s eye view on local life. Visit June/July 2017 | PRIMOLIFE


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f you aren’t Greek, the names of the islands Chios and Ios can sound very, very similar. So the six of us find ourselves at the Athens Piraeus port at 7am, bleary-eyed from navigating our wooden bikes through the predawn streets of the city, and discover that the ferry we intend to board is going to miss our target island by roughly 125 miles. “OK, so when is the next boat to Chios?” “In 14 hours.” We are in a pickle. Our bikes are supposed to be continuing on what is ultimately a 100-day tour of Greece, and we, their human riders, are responsible for getting them there. We hail from the Netherlands, Greece, America and Australia, and none of us are professional riders. As far as cycling teams go, we are an improbable assortment, and have been drawn together by an equally improbable force: 58 year old Paul Efamordis, co-founder of mattress company, boutique hotel chain and homewares empire COCO-MAT.


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He and I met on a street in Paris in the spring, when I stopped to check out his unusual all-wood, two-wheeled ride. We got talking and he told me about his plan for the summer. For 100 days he would lead an ever-changing gang of riders all over his home country of Greece, covering a minimum 40 miles a day. The bikes - handmade in Athens from sustainable local oak are more suited to quick city rides than long, hilly treks through the country, are big and heavy, and there would be no support team or merchandise or TV appearances. On the other hand I, and anybody I wanted to bring, would be his guest, staying for free at a mix of COCO-MAT hotels and hotels owned by friends of Paul and we would all explore Greece together, one mile at a time. It pained him, he said, to see Greece characterised as a country paralysed by debt, hostile to artisans and small businesses and at the total mercy of global economic forces, and this ride would be his attempt to prove the naysayers wrong.

The whole undertaking sounded so weird, spontaneous and fun that when he asked if I would join him, I didn’t hesitate for a second, even though I would only be able to go for three days. Flash forward to August, the Pireaus port, 7am. Our first challenge is the Greek ferry system itself. Huge vessels traverse the Aegean Sea day and night, swallowing trucks, motorcycles and families whole, slowly making their way between farflung islands in a complex and mysterious quadrille that changes according to the day, season and possibly the whims of the Gods. As luck would have it, Paul has been called away to the Netherlands for a few days and, as nobody else is really in charge, together we pore over dense timetables and drill the ferry agent with questions, and by 9am have conjured a multi-day island-hopping plan that will ultimately get us to Chios. Of the six riders, three of us only joined the tour the night beforerendezvousing and picking up our bikes in a hotel in Athens where the small team

had returned to after a long day of island riding. The tour is easy-come-easy-go in nature, with participants joining up and dropping off at their leisure, yet despite the unstructured feeling, we are already working well as a team, buzzing with excitement and ready this next leg of the trip under way. The adventure has begun. A few hours of sailing later, as the ferry slows down and begins its ponderous turn into port, we get a good look at our first stop: the island of Syros. Low stone walls meander over steep, scrubby hills like snail trails, and buildings cling to precipitous hills high above tiny white beaches that appear to be only accessible from the water. In this part of the world, it’s impossible not to

think of Homer’s Odyssey, and I feel a bit like one of Ulysses’ fated crewmen, brought to this island by chance and at the mercy of forces beyond my control. In contrast to its bare hillsides, the capital of Syros, Ermoupoli,  is busy, with an opera house, theatre, cinema, restaurants, market and university campus. Old men and women dressed all in black sit on street corners chatting and waving as we ride past yelling “Yassas!” in greeting. Heads turn to follow us as we ride past. We make quite a peculiar sight, after all. My bike is like none other that I’ve ever ridden. The colour of untreated pine, it has a wide, generous saddle, improbably thick crossbar and a delicate, springing mud

guard, all made of wood. Its large triangular handlebars remind me of the head and ears of a goat and it has the same awkward elegance of a newborn animal. This is nothing like the sleek, light road bikes I am used to, but despite all of its strangeness, it is a comfortable, solid ride. With the afternoon sun high and hot, we set out to explore. The road that cinches the island like a belt zigzags back and forth up a sharp hill, and when we break after an hour or so of hard climbing we can still see the port clearly. My bike has two gears, but it has a tendency to stick in the highest and, as the angle of the road increases, I stand up, willing the pedals to go around and around. Sweat beads down my back. Motorbikes and cars zoom past us, overtaking dangerously on corners, their drivers craning their necks to watch our slow procession. When my bike and I eventually see a downhill, it wants to fly and, feeling how solid and balanced it is, I am tempted to let it. But I keep one foot pressed firmly on the backpedal brake. This is not the kind of

terrain you want to take a spill on. By late afternoon we’ve seen both shores. A car stops us on our return journey, pulling over onto the shoulder. The driver, a local, is astonished to see us, and cannot believe that we have come all the way from Athens. A second later, an Englishman on a scooter pulls up to chat. A cyclist himself, he spends a while admiring our rides, spinning the wheels, examining the unusual build. We haven’t seen a single other bicycle on the island, and the locals are clearly unused to our presence. I think that it will take more than seven wooden bikes to convert the people of Syros to our mode of transport, but they seem content to let us try. Back in town, we make our way to Arhontiko Ermoupolis, a boutique hotel that was once a stately 15th-century mansion. Grimy and weary after a long day, this courtesy feels unutterably luxurious and I fall into my bed, exhausted. The next day, eight hours of sailing lie between us and Chios. From our temporary camp on the deck, we watch islands come and go, including Ikaria, named after he of the melting wings, and known for its unusually high population of centenarians. Lush and green, the tops of its high mountain peaks trap clouds like sheeps wool on a barbed wire fence. As the sun moves through the sky, the ocean becomes an even deeper blue, and the wind kicks ocean spray in a fine mist over my whole face until it is delicately encrusted in salt. Unrocked by the tiny waves, our great ferry determinedly brings us closer and closer to our destination. Gradually, the Turkish coastline emerges from the horizon; hazy and purply-brown. Hilly ranges with worn-off edges roll down to the coast and although we are too far away to make out any buildings or cities, my phone buzzes with an automatic text message “Welcome to Turkey”.   We are between two worlds. On one side of the ferry is Asia, on the other, Europe. A sense of unease rises from my gut as we approach the island in the growing darkness. All I know about Chios is what I’ve read in news reports – that refugees fleeing Syria and Afghanistan are passing through it in great numbers, and that Greek authorities, already crippled by the national financial crisis, are groaning under the strain. I feel queasy entering as a tourist, being able to come and go so freely from a place that others have risked their lives to reach and cannot freely leave. But despite my active imagination, the Chios port looks just like that of any Greek island. I learn later that we rode almost

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fast facts parallel to the largest refugee camp, but I only catch a glimpse of a few blue tarps flapping in the breeze, makeshift home to the large, ever-changing population of asylum seekers. We will be guided and hosted during our stay on the island by Agiris Santaris, a local entrepreneur and restaurateur whose passion for his home island and its history is totally infectious. Our itinerary for our first full day on the island takes us away from the coast, to the interior. As the sun rises and the heat increases, the town landscape gives way to quieter roads and long stretches of uncultivated land. The hills are plentiful, and we get strung out, each of us lost in our own world, tuning in more and more to our natural rhythm, and that of our bike. On busy roads near villages we keep our gaze forward, wary of veering into the traffic that whizzes past us alarmingly. As I make my way up a steep hill, an Army truck overtakes me. Two rows of young soldiers, barely out of high school, watch me curiously. I catch their gaze and they give me a cheeky salute, their guns loosely resting on their laps, boots dangling out the back of the truck. Yet for long stretches, there are no people. Just hot tarmac winding through the quiet hills and a dry landscape of gnarly coastal plants painted olive, khaki, and silverblue. With the sun beating down overhead and eucaylptus trees dotting the hills, I feel somewhat transported back to the Western Australian landscape I was raised in. Perhaps due to the feeling of familiarity,


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it takes me a long time to realize that the stubby trees neatly planted in rows all around me are not olive trees at all, but pistacia lentiscus. This sturdy evergreen produces the pride of the island: mastic, a cloudy whitish resin that seeps like little pebbles from cuts in the tree’s bark. According to lore, the mastic are tears cried for the naval officer Saint Isidoros who was tortured on Chios for refusing to worship the Roman gods. Harvested since ancient times, mastic is valued for its unusual flavor and medicinal properties, and is used to make everything from cosmetics to chewing gum. Southern Chios is the only place in the world where mastic can be successfully harvested, and its production has formed a cornerstone of the island’s economy and social structure of the region, known as the Mastichochoria, for thousands of years. In the heart of it all lies Pygri, a singularly beautiful village painted in elaborate black and white patterns that brings to mind the works of M. C. Escher. There is a cluster of ancient crones on every corner, and not a young person in sight. We attract every gaze, smile and friendly wave in the village, and shout “Yassas! Yassas!” as we ride by. I marvel to think that this spectacular village, which likely would be crowded with tourists anywhere else, is empty. We spread out on the road, dark purple shadows inching up the hills one by one and I stockpile great deep breaths of the air, to savour when I’m back in my inner-city home. I can hear nothing of the modern world at all, only my heartbeat and breath, the creak of the bike and the breeze.

If you are interested in joining a tour, keep a close eye on the COCO-MAT website for news and updates. WHERE TO STAY COCO-MAT Hotel Nafsika 6 Pellis Street, Kifissia,14561 Athens 011-30-210 80 18 027 Visit A elegant and modern boutique hotel located in the Kifissia neighbourhood of Athens. Rooms from about $80 per night (78€). Arhontiko Ermoupolis Vafeiadaki 15, 84100 Ermoupoli, Greece 011-30- 22810 87711 Visit archontikoermoupolis. A neoclassical 19th-century mansion converted into a luxurious boutique hotel, right in the heart of Ermoupolis. Rooms from about $72 per night (70€). Perleas Mansion Vitiadou Str, Cambos 82100, Chios 011-30-22710-32217 Visit A 15th-century Genoan-style mansion on four acres of orchard and farmland within the Kampos area of Chios. Rooms from about $100 per night (95€).



1. Ed Sheeran’s long-term love’s name is

Divide and conquer

Cherry Seaborn – very cool.

2. Russell Crowe has made a pretty juicy

slip of the tongue, referring to Cherry as Ed’s "fiancée" during an interview with Fitzy & Wippa. Will we be hearing wedding bells? 3. Ed met Cherry in high school and it’s believed he had a crush on her even then. Trust loveable Ed to end up with his high school sweetheart. 4. Ed names his guitars after people in his working crew. Next time you see Ed strumming one his beloved instruments, say hi to Lloyd, Felix, Cyril, Trevor, Keith, Nigel or James II (James I had an unfortunate incident and is no longer with us). 5. Ed removed all swear words from his album X before the release date after a taxi driver convinced him to do it for his daughter - bless. 6. Ed assigns colours to each of his songs; for example,You Need Me, I Don’t Need You is aubergine – who knew he was so creative? 7. On his year-long hiatus Ed Sheeran decided to go full throttle with his adventurous streak and stand up on the front of Peter Jackson’s war plane as Peter flew it around. We can thank our lucky stars that he landed in one piece.    8. Harry Styles has it all. Good looks and irresistible charms? Yes – but also a video of young Ed performing in a school production of Grease. And because he’s

cheeky as well as charming he’s threatened to publish it if Ed upsets him. 9. Yet another of Ed’s 1D chums is Niall Horan, but it’s safe to assume they became slightly less chummy after Ed’s ex Ellie Goulding cheated on him with Niall. If you were wondering which ex Ed’s referring to in his break-up track Don't, we have a likely suspect…

10. Just like the rest of us (well, most of

us) Ed’s a massive Game of Thrones fan. After bumping into a bunch of the cast at a party, he managed to have them all back to his where they were the first people to hear his new music – sounds like a dream. A second Perth date has been added to Ed’s world tour - catch Ed in person at the brand new Perth Stadium on March 2 and 3, 2018.

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race yourself, people – WA’s highways and byways are about to welcome another Mills. Yes, Felix, our second eldest, has finally passed his driving test and is currently counting down the days of the bizarre probationary period our state requires him to get through before he can hit the road on his own. I say bizarre because, for me, those initial days and weeks after finally getting to rip up my L-plates were the time to consolidate my skills, to breathe out and get used to driving without my grumpy instructor or other suitable adult sitting next to me. But, hey, WA says you need six months to forget everything you’ve learnt, so who am I to question the wisdom of our lawmakers? The upside, I suppose, is that it’s given Felix plenty of opportunity to work out what car to buy, a decision I’m happy to report he’s involving me in. What he was trying to work out, he told me in our most recent conversation, was how best to pay for it, bank loan or finance? Leasing maybe? I asked him what he was aiming at and he told me that his mate had a top-spec Hyundai Tuscon he wanted to get rid of, but he was also keen on a Land Cruiser. SUVs, basically. Nice ones. “Can’t you just save up a couple of grand and get a shed?” I asked. There was a pause before he replied: “A shed? Dad, I want to buy a car.” “No,” I chortled. “Not a real shed, a shed shed. A lemon. A banger. An old car, a nice 1998 Commodore or oh-two Magna? I saw a Falcon the other day going for seventeenfifty . . .” Another pause. Then simply: “Dad, no. I want a decent car.” Now this brought me up fast. Felix is working full time – an apprentice sparky, so likely to one day be out-earning his


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old man – has left home and lives in a nice rental with his lovely girlfriend, so he can, of course, spend his hard-earned on whatever he wants. But still, excuse me for a second while I get all “in my day” about this, but in my day, your first half a dozen cars were sheds, lemons and bangers. There was no other option. Yes, we shared with Felix’s generation the kudos of owning our own motor over driving round in Mummy’s, but I can’t think of anyone in their late teens in the early 90s that considered buying anything worth over a couple of hundred dollars. Didn’t everyone just meet a man in a pub, hand over a few crumpled notes and take proud possession of a battered Ford Laser with a hole in the floor you could see blacktop through and a passenger door that didn’t open? The advantages were obvious. It cost you little more than a decent night out but you could drive it for six months till it finally died then get a mate to tow you to a scrappy and get a good 20 bucks or so towards your next one. And while it was still active, you could extend its lifespan with a bit of remedial mechanics – you could whip out and replace a starter motor with just a Haynes manual and a monkey wrench for company and change a headlight bulb without having to hook it up to supercomputer. Also, of course, you didn’t really care when your mates spilled their stubbies in it. But no, Felix looks set to go down the same route as his older brother Henry, the proud owner of an admittedly awesome Ford Ranger, and invest in the kind of car that wasn’t even on my radar at his age. The downside, of course, is that the finance H has signed up to means he never has any money to go anywhere in it, but, hey, take a look at that shiny roo-bar . . .

For a while then, I puzzled over this new generation’s preference for leather seats and cup holders over hail-damaged bonnets and a healthy expendable income and couldn’t come up with a pro argument for the former. But then it hit me – because the sheds of my youth were replaceable, I drove them as such. I was, to be blunt, a terrible teenage driver. In the first three or four years I was behind the wheel, I clocked up a long, long list of prangs. One rusting stationwagon boasted a perfectly round dent in its back door, the result of reversing at speed into the only lamp post in a car park the size of Subi Oval. And while that was my comedy demolition derby moment, I also wrote off two of my throwaway sheds, one in a way so dramatic me and the two blokes I was with have never quite known how we all walked away. On long journeys, I’d drive with my left foot on the dashboard, I’d handbrake-turn into every third junction and I’d wheelspin the tred off those tyres I knew I’d never have to replace. And then I’d whine that I got pulled over so often because I had long hair, when really it was my idiot driving that attracted traffic cops. So, perhaps there is an upside to my boys now looking to invest in a quality motor – and that is simply that because they’re paying through the nose for them, they’ll drive them like they want to keep them. Henry, after three years on the road, has yet to have an accident, not even a mall car park shunt – and that may well be because he loves that car. I’ve learnt my lesson, by the way, and now drive like a nanna, not a hoon, but it took a while to wise up. If, then, a 9.9 per cent per annum loan over five years helps keep my boys safe, then who am I to question their desire for Bluetooth, sat-nav and an electric sun roof? PL

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PRIMOLIFE | June/July 2017

PRIMOLife June/July 2017  

Published on behalf of the Peard Real Estate Group, PRIMOLife is WA's leading property, lifestyle and ideas publication.