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lthough Christmas is still far enough away not to cause a shopping panic, there's still plenty to feel merry about in May. The heat of the summer is becoming a mere memory rather than a daily endurance and the change in season means we get to investigate parts of our wardrobe not visited since October. The seasonal change is most notable in our state's far north and during a visit to Broome for The Weekender feature, I witnessed this with a beautiful congregation of dragonflies bobbing and darting above Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa's Ocean Pool - beautiful. Sue discovers more airborne excitement with a new fitness craze - aerial fitness courtesy of Rafters. You literally exercise, mid-air. To match this new health kick, she also discovers that the vegan lifestyle isn't all mung beans and hemp with a new book celebrating some creative vegan-friendly recipes. Matthew gets behind the wheel of the Great Wall's X240 and also meets Josie Janz, a netball star and leading light in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community for PRIMOPeople. We've collected a clutch of great new movies for you to look forward to, perhaps most notably Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie. Gill finds this enigmatic star to be a charming, kind-hearted soul - the opposite infact to the evil witch she's always wanted to play in the film. Bryan Cranston puts Walter White behind him for a monster of a role in a new version of Godzilla and I look forward to Eurovision 2014 with our cover girl, Jess Mauboy. Who doesn't love grabbing a cup of coffee on the way to work and these days, you're more likely than not to grab that cuppa from a Muzz Buzz booth. The success story of this WA business is a fascinating one, with its chairman, Warren Reynolds, proving that the simplest ideas are often the best. Taking the landscape and beautiful flora as her inspiration Jude Taylor has been crafting gorgeous fabrics for the past 35 years - here's your chance to read her story. As usual our little footy nut Myles (10) continues to ask the hard questions of the nation's AFL legends. This time Hawks superstar and Fox Footy commentator Dermott Brereton gets the treatment proving he's still got the passion which made him such a force on the oval. As usual we discover the delights of a couple of WA's areas - this time it's Cowaramup's turn to step up into the limelight, the little south west town proving a delightful spot to lay your hat. The Swan Valley too is proving to be a popular choice for families keen to live in the country but within reach of the CBD. You'll find stories too on Sri Lanka, San Diego, the best things to do in May and of course a round up of the best parties in town. Happy reading,

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12 - 17 PRIMOpicks This month's events

Discover the healthgiving advantages of an Ayurvedic holiday in Sri Lanka

18 PRIMOpeople Netball star Josie Janz heads up the Deadly Sista Girlz 26 PRIMOhealth It's flu season - time to protect the family


Fitness Rafters Aerial Fitness takes the weight off - literally with its innovative FlyGym equipment


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Myles (10) shows ex-Hawk Dermott Brereton no mercy

29 PRIMOweekender Broome is beautiful at this time of year and only two hours from Perth





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76 Homes 76 PRIMOshowcase A grand family home in the heart of Mindarie 78 PRIMOproperty WA’s best residential listings from Peard Real Estate and Stocker Preston

34 PRIMOeats The home delivery revolution - dinner twist will change your life (probably)

52 PRIMOfashion Jude Taylor's designs are as timeless as the landscapes they reflect

39 PRIMOdrinks Muzz Buzz and the secret of its success

54 PRIMOinteriors Be inspired by a practically perfect beach house in Cottesloe

42 - 49 PRIMOtravel 46 El Coronado's place in history, thanks to Marilyn Monroe and the Wizard of Oz

58-69 PRIMOentertainment 58 Eurovision 2014 62 James Blunt 64 Maleficent 68 Godzilla

50 PRIMOdrive Great Wall's X240

98 WHY I LOVE . . . The Swan Valley 118 SPOTLIGHT ON . . . Cowaramup The little south west town which moo-ves with the times

70 PRIMObiz She-male bosses and how to survive them 72 PRIMOfinance What are your mortgage options? 73 PRIMOlegal The tragedy of MH370 and compensation implications 74 TAKEfive

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PRIMOpicks Here’s PrimoLife’s pick of May's top entertainment and events. Enjoy!

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Dancing up a storm Hot off the back of their acclaimed 2013 international tour, Sydney Dance Company are coming to WA with their multi-award winning production 2 One Another, starting with five shows at His Majesty’s Theatre, from June 18 to 21. This critically acclaimed production recently won big at the 2013 Australian Dance Awards, collecting awards for Best Choreography, Best Female Dancer and Most Outstanding Performance by a Company. Beautiful, dynamic and highly physical, 2 One Another is performed by 16 of the best contemporary dancers in Australia, including multi-award winning Charmene Yap (2013 Best Female Dancer, Australian


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Dance Awards; 2012 Best Female Dancer in a Dance/ Theatre Production, Helpmann Awards.) The show is the result of an exciting collaboration between Sydney Dance Company artistic director and choreographer Rafael Bonachela, set and costume designer Tony Assness, and composer/music director Nick Wales, with poetry by Samuel Webster. An exultant and sensual study of human interaction and relationships, 2 One Another explores the couple (2), the individual (One), and the group (Another), in ‘a thrillingly fluent piece that maintains its vibrancy over its hour-long journey' (Sydney Morning Herald).

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Good luck! The performance is set against a stunning digital backdrop of motion design and animation and features an exceptional soundtrack seamlessly embracing Baroque to electronica - shot through with poetry fragments created and utilised during the development of the work. Sydney Dance Company's last performed in Perth in 2011, introducing West Australian audiences to the work of Bonachela, with his critically acclaimed work, We Unfold. 2 One Another, His Majesty's Theatre, 825 Hay Street, Perth, Wednesday June 18 to Saturday June 21 at 8pm, tickets from $45 to $65.Visit or call 1300 795 012.

If you fancy a slice of something delicious, then your luck's in. The Jazz Apple season has kicked off in style right now, with homegrown fruit arriving on shop shelves directly from growers right here in WA. According to farmers in Manjimup, this season is looking like one of the most productive harvests to date and despite the lack of rain, the Jazz Apple crop is blushing like a bride across all regions. With a firm flesh and a tangy, sweet flavour thanks to its Gala and Braeburn apple DNA, Jazz Apples have been growing in Aussie orchards since 2006, a relative newcomer to the apple varieties on offer. An import from New Zealand, the Montague family have been a driving force in bringing this delicious variety to Australian lunchboxes and fruit bowls across the land. growing from Batlow in New South Wales, Stanthorpe in Queensland to the fertile earth of Tasmania. So next time you fancy a snack which packs a crunch as well as a bucketload of fibre, vitamins B and C and potassium, make sure you pick up a Jazz Apple during the weekly grocery shop. Jazz Apples are available in all major supermarkets and food retailers nationally.

Monster of a show really a delight

Long table lunch with Herb Australian Iron Chef Winner Herb Faust will be partnering with Barton Jones Wines to present a long table Garden, Grill and Guilt event. Diners will have their food presented, shared banquetstyle in a fun and relaxing way at the Avon Valley Gourmet Food and Wine Festival (which runs over the weekend of May 31 to June 1). This is your chance to enjoy Herb's three-course dining experience and savour every taste of the talented chef's innovative, fresh and seasonal menu, as he describes each course. Established and planted to vines in 1978, Barton

Jones Wines is set alongside ancient forest in the heart of Australia's south west in the Geographe wine region. Fruit from old vines, over thirty years old, provides the all-important raw materials to produce hand-crafted boutique wines. Northam Recreation Centre, Peel Terrace, Northam on May 31 and June 1. Lunch tickets are on sale now, but hurry - ticket numbers are strictly limited. Lunch and festival ticket packages available from $167. Visit


Whether their favourite food is roasted fox, owl ice cream, scrambled snake or Gruffalo crumble, audiences eat up this delectable tale about the adventures of a clever little mouse in a forest full of predators, which returns to Perth after sold out seasons in 2010 and 2011. London’s Tall Stories Theatre Company have toured in Britain, Europe, America and beyond with their monster hit and this “transformation of a well-loved story into an exuberant, funny show” (Time Out, London) has been an even bigger hit in Australia, with sold-out seasons and a prestigious 2009 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production for Children. Adapted from the Gold Award-winning children's book, The Gruffalo follows Mouse into the deep dark wood on a lunchtime hunt for hazelnuts. Armed with just a nut map and a very vivid imagination, Mouse runs into the smirking, wheeler-dealer Fox; an eccentric, retired Woodland Air Force General Owl; and the maraca-shaking, party animal Snake. Rather than becoming the main course of their next meal, Mouse kills their appetites with stories of an imaginary monster friend. Little does this clever critter know but Mouse will have to escape the jaws of this faux protector as well. In a production that has become the toast of London’s West End, Tall Stories vibrantly reinvents this delightful tale through its signature style of bold, multifaceted storytelling. This triumphant trio of performers fill the forest with colourful characters and toe tapping, sing-along songs. This monster of a show beautifully captures the magic of Donaldson and Scheffler’s adored “modern classic” (The Observer). The Australian production has attracted critical acclaim, with the Sydney Morning Herald calling it "funny, charming and smart... brings the house down", while the Courier Mail said "while your children are having a whale of a time... you will too." The Gruffalo, State Theatre Centre, from June 17 to 22, bookings at or 1300 795 012.


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Laughing all the way to the festival The Perth International Comedy Festival is the largest and most exciting comedy event in WA, and is another confirmation that the city is becoming a real hub for cultural events in Australia. First held in 2012, the festival quickly cemented its place in Perth’s cultural calendar with rave audience and media reviews, almost doubling attendance from 26,324 in 2012 to 41,059 in 2013. Centred around the Festival Hub in Mt Lawley, with the iconic Astor Theatre at its heart, the festival keeps Perth audiences in fits of laughter for three weeks every May. The festival kicks off in grand style with a lavish gala event, Perth’s biggest night of comedy, at the Astor Theatre. This year an additional gala show will cater for growing


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audiences and the rising popularity of the highly anticipated night. The program, curated by festival director Jorge Menidis, features performances from the finest Australian acts, the biggest international stars and the most promising emerging talent offering up everything from stand-up to sketch, satire, impro, musical, absurdist, theatre, magic and kids comedy. Today, the festival is one of Perth’s fastest growing cultural events and every year aims to offer a bigger, better or more diverse program to satisfy Perth’s rampant appetite for comedy. Perth International Comedy Festival runs from May 1 to May 18, Astor Theatre, 659 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley, tel (08) 9370 1577, or visit for a full program of events.

Lost love and ballet shoes Be spirited away by this haunting tale of impossible love, vengeful ghosts and the ultimate forgiveness. West Australian Ballet presents one of the all-time most popular productions Giselle - under the talented eye of choreographer, Aurelien Scanella. The story is a timeless one and concerns that of a beautiful and innocent peasant girl Giselle, who falls for Prince Albrecht, who sought her affections in disguise. When she discovers Albrecht is engaged to another, her grief causes her to die of a broken

heart and her spirit joins the Wilis - ghosts of women betrayed. In revenge, the Wilis lure men into their forest and force them to dance to their death. They have set their eyes on Albrecht, and Giselle must make a choice. Luminous and haunting, Giselle is the most loved of all Romantic-era ballets, and in this production audiences have the extra treat of enjoying the score performed by WASO. West Australian Ballet presents Giselle, May 9 to 24, His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay Street, Perth,


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The V8 Supercars Championship is bringing a truckload of action to the west for the Perth 400 with new drivers, new formats, a new manufacturer and new generation V8 Supercars. The Perth 400, from May 16 to 18, is the fifth event in the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship and features a new SuperSprint format of two 100km races on Saturday and a 200km race on Sunday. Hopes for a win by a West Aussie will be pinned on local hero Garth Tander, the only West Australian competing in this year’s championship. At the launch of the Perth 400 with fellow V8 Supercars driver Nick Percat, he said he was looking forward to a promising year.

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“We finished 2013 with some pretty good momentum and carried that over to start this year well. There’s some pretty rigorous development going on with the cars so they are only going to get stronger.” With Volvo also joining the grid this year as the fifth manufacturer, Tander believes the field will still be even leading up to the Perth 400. “I think the competition is the most open it’s been for quite some time. Nobody’s really got a dominant car and there’s no real dominant team, but that’s good as there’s plenty of interest going into each weekend. Barbagallo Raceway, home to the Perth 400, is set to provide a huge weekend of racing with three national and

Unsung hero brought music to the masses Dame Myra Hess was one of Britain's best-loved pianists and when the Second World War broke out, she put her own international career on hold to produce almost 1700 lunchtime concerts at the National Gallery in London. Admission: One Shilling is the the humorous, passionate and highly entertaining account

of one of the most remarkable musical achievements of the 20th century, and one which lasted for the entire duration of the war. Performed by Olivier-award winning actress Patricia Routledge (best known to television audiences as Hyacinth in keeping Up Appearances) and internationally renowned classical pianist Piers Lane, the

two local support categories alongside the championships. Tander said the track is bound to provide entertainment for spectators. "Barbagallo always provides really good racing, with the nature of the layout and the nature of the surface here being very low-grip, you’ll see some pretty exciting racing." Joining Tander in the field of 25 drivers will be last year’s winner in Perth, Jamie Whincup, returning with Triple Eight Racing and Holden to defend his title after taking out the V8 Supercars Championship at the end of last year. Teammate and previous V8 Supercars Champion Craig Lowndes will also hit the grid, alongside previous Perth round winner Will Davison who will be sporting new colours with a switch from Ford Performance Racing to Erebus Motorsport. Motorsport enthusiasts can also keep an eye out for newcomer Robert Dahlgren from Sweden, who will take to the driver’s seat for the new Volvo Polestar Racing Team following his strong performance with Volvo racing in Europe. Tickets start from $16 and are available to purchase through Ticketek at Day passes, family passes, grandstand seating and Paddock Passes are all available. For more details on the Perth 400 visit http://www. or check out the V8 Supercars Series on Facebook - http://www.facebook. com/v8supercars.

show has entranced audiences in Britain and beyond. It's the first time that the show will perform in Australia on this strictly limited tour. With the glorious music of Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Bach, Admission: One Shilling could be the melodic hit of the season. Admission: One Shilling, His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay Street, Perth, May 29 to 31, tickets are available from au or by phoning 1300 795 012.

Hands upjazz for Following unprecedented success in 2013, the Perth International Jazz Festival (PIJF) makes its triumphant return to the city for one weekend only from May 9 to 11. Established in 2012, the festival is the brainchild of associate professor Graham Wood. Together with the board of directors, they created a jazz festival that in it’s first year, ranked fourth in Time Out’s ‘Top 7 Australian jazz festivals’ (August 2013) and featured in the West Australian’s art’s ‘Best in the West’ for 2013. With a strong intention to use the PIJF to promote jazz music to the wider community, the festival’s aim is to bring inspiring music by many talented musicians from around the world and Australia to Perth in an accessible and vibrant way. Presenting 48 incredible jazz performances across 10 exceptional venues throughout Perth, the three-day festival will feature a blend of ticketed and free community events, showcasing a host of celebrated local, national and international jazz artists. Highlights include Greg Osby, Kate Ceberano and Kristin Bernadi, Jazz for Kids and plenty of jam sessions to keep jazz nuts happy. Visit for a full program of events, venue information and ticket prices. may 14 | PRIMOLIFE



Painterly In March the Guy GreySmith: Art As Life exhibition was officially opened by the Minister for Culture and the Arts, Honorable John Day at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA). The opening night was a great success, with many of WA’s art enthusiasts, family and friends of Grey-Smith, and his two children Sue and Mark in attendance. The exhibition features many of Grey-Smiths great artworks is the first full retrospective of his work since his death in 1981. The exhibition features more than 120 works including paintings, work on paper and ceramics. It highlights some of Grey-Smith’s major paintings throughout his career including still life, figure studies and works on paper. Born in 1916 Grey-Smith was a 20 when he joined the Royal Australian Airforce. Later on he transferred to the British Royal Airforce and embarked on a mission to attack Germany. He was captured and kept as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft III, and it was during his time as a POW that GreySmith taught himself how to draw. After his repatriation, Grey-Smith’s passion for art continued as he studied at the Chelsea School of Art in London under Henry Moore. During this time he was


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influenced by artists such as Matisse and Cezanne, and adopted their style of modernism and cubism paintings. His confidence was rising by the late 1950’s, and alongside other Australian painters, he launched the ‘Perth Group’. The group’s aim was to promote European modernism in Australia, as it had not yet been accepted by the art-loving public at large. “His seemingly abstract paintings are in fact deeply felt and considered representations of specific places”, said the curator of historical painting, sculpture and design at AGWA, Melissa Harpley. Known for pioneering modernism in Western Australia, Grey-Smith remains one of the most important artists of his generation His challenging paintings of the Australian landscape are often depicted as powerful, imaginative, and enduring. Inspired by his journey across the Nullarbor and his home in Pemberton deep within the Karri forest, GreySmith’s abstract paintings and colour palette reflect directly the unique landscapes of Western Australia. The exhibition is the first retrospective of Grey-Smith’s work since his untimely death at the age of 65 and will run at the Art Gallery of Western Australia until July 14 2014.


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Shakespearean shenanigans Girl falls for boy. Boy falls for girl. But when the malice of an evil duke tears them apart and forces them to flee into the forest, can love still win the day? And more importantly: can a woman still win her man while pretending that she's a he? Shakespeare's As You Like It is one of the

most beloved romantic comedies of all time. Playful, passionate and enchanting, the topsy-turvy tale of Rosalind and Orlando is chock-full of outlandish characters and some of Shakespeare's greatest lines. Full of wit, wisdom and warmth, it's the perfect play for anyone who's ever been in love, brilliantly interpreted by the talented team at Black Swan State Theatre Company. As You Like It, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, 174 to 176 William Street, Perth.Tickets available through Ticketek at p: (08) 9228 8440 | e: | 64 Angove Street, North Perth WA 6006 may 14 | PRIMOLIFE



Deadly intent They're a group dedicated to making the futures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls rosier, headed up by a giant of their community in more ways than one, West Coast Fever champ, Josie Janz. Matthew Mills reports Images by Crib Creative When the Deadly Sista Girlz turn up at a school and start clearing away desks and tables, Josie Janz admits, there are often a few raised eyebrows. On the one hand, the teachers know that that day’s incursion is being run by a hugely respected, multi-award winning program that is helping change the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls for the better, but on the other there is no hiding the fact that their methods are, well, unorthodox to say the least. What follows is, basically, a lot of fun. Hip hop dancing is on the cards, smiling girls making shapes to the kind of tunes not normally heard in a school hall. There’ll be painting, laughing, drawing.


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And when all the girls are happy, relaxed and at ease with the mentors that have dropped round that day, they will finish up sitting in a circle around snacks and drinks, yarning. “We’ve had teachers ask us what we’re doing, saying that the girls aren’t learning anything,” Josie says, “but this is how we do things. We don’t teach, we try to create activities which let the girls unlock themselves. We’ve developed our techniques over five years and we find that this is the approach that works best.” The Deadly Sista Girlz is one of the many programs run by the David Wirrpanda Foundation. Its goal is to engage, inspire and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls aged between eight and 17. Since its launch, a string of highprofile Indigenous mentors, led by Josie, the program manager, have worked across regional and metropolitan WA in 10 schools and seven community locations. And the project is spreading – four interstate schools also now have had the Deadly Sistas drop in. So far, they have brought their own

brand of encouragement and nurturing to hundreds of girls. The laid-back approach, Josie explains, is essential to addressing the issues the project sees as the key to encouraging the young women to grow up successful, happy and healthy. On the agenda are self esteem, sexual health, financial literacy, drug and substance abuse, healthy nutrition – all major issues, but, Josie says, ones that are not always easy to address. “We can’t just sit the girls down and start talking to them about these things,” she says, “they’ll just close up. We want them to be open, which is why we have fun. Then, when we get to the point where we are talking, we sit how we would sit in our communities, on the floor, relaxed, not at desks. That way we get the girls talking. “We set a lot of store in humour and cheekiness. We know that if the girls are being cheeky that we have connected and we try to get across that it’s OK to operate that way.” Josie has been at the heart of the Deadly Sista Girlz almost from the beginning. No doubt you recognise her already – as the 185cm stalwart of the West Coast Fever defence, the 26-year-old strikes a formidable figure. And any fan of netball will be well versed in the competitive, skillful presence on the court that has made her a vital part of the team and saw her named in the Australian under-21 squad in a test against Jamaica. As mentors go, then, she is an obvious and successful candidate – and it was through netball that she got involved with the Wirrpanda Foundation. After the game brought her to Perth, she became close friends with fellow Fever star Bianca Franklin, sister of Sydney Swans gun Buddy. Bianca was already working with the foundation and introduced Josie to David himself and Troy Cook, another footy star at the heart of the acclaimed organisation. Josie quickly got involved, working closely with Shannon McGuire, David’s model fiancée, in Deadly Sista Girlz. She excelled in her role and, when Shannon fell pregnant, took over as program manager. Now, Josie is as committed to the Sistas as she is to her role on court – and rightfully proud of how it has developed. “At first, we would fly in and fly out, staying maybe in Karratha for two or three days, but now we have established local mentors so the girls have someone to turn to every day,” Josie says. “Our aim is to influence communities to pull together, work together, which may mean that soon the Deadly Sista Girlz won’t be needed, but then we will have succeeded. These girls are future mothers, so if we can

build the skills they need, then they can pass them on to their children. We want the situation to fix itself. If, ten years down the line we are no longer needed, then that’s a success.” As well as building all-round confidence, the Deadly Sistas look to help their girls with more down-to-earth, basic skills, such as school uniforms and books and simply getting to school each day. Having someone to talk to, Josie says, is vital and, as well as the local mentors in place, a Deadly Sista Girlz Facebook page offers a way to reach out. “Social media is a difficult area,” Josie admits. “Often it can be very negative, with things being posted which are detrimental

and damaging. But it can be a lot of good so we stick with our Facebook presence. Often girls don’t, say, have credit on their phones to get in touch, but it’s easier to connect via Facebook and often we can help and offer advice.” Josie is unapologetic about questioning how mainstream education caters for children and hopes that the project’s different approach can influence change in how things are done in the classroom. “Often, if a child is bullying another child, a school’s reaction will be to give them a punishment which is bullying as well,” she says. “They will be made to sit on their own, or be excluded, which isn’t helping anyone.

ENGAGING Josie Janz (left) takes the Deadly Sista Girlz into schools around WA to help open up dialogue with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.

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people There will be a reason behind the child’s actions and that is what we need to get to.” She is skeptical too of the idea that always knowing the answer is an asset to be lauded and encouraged. “Take maths, for instance,” she says. “Children will play the 'bang bang bang game' at school, everyone standing up and questions fired at them. ‘What’s four times four,’ they’ll be asked and if they don’t answer straight away then they have to sit down. "That’s why girls will say ‘I’m dumb’ when they’re not. We should encourage deep thinking, not instant results, after all, all the greatest people in the world are those that say ‘I’ll have to go away and think about this’ before making a decision. We need to encourage girls to work at things, to develope, not to just dismiss themselves as dumb.” On the flip side, however, Josie yearns to see an end to the idea that children can be born brilliant.

... girls will say 'I'm dumb' when they're not. We should encourage deep thinking, not instant results

“Often you’ll hear of an Aboriginal boy being a natural on the footy field and coaches telling them that they have been born with a gift, that it is just given to them. Then they go to, say Melbourne, to play and when they’re told that they have to work on something they say no, this is how I do it, I’m a natural and they don’t succeed. “It’s not about being a natural it’s about practice, practice, practice. Bianca told me a story about her brother, Buddy, who is always described as one of the greatest natural footy players in Australia, that he was born with a gift. “But that’s not the case. When he was a boy, his father drew four goalposts on a shed and told him to practice his kicking. Bianca remembers day after day just hearing the thud of the ball against the shed over and over again.” Another of the program’s primary goals is to ensure Indigenous women are proud of their communities and their culture. Elders, Josie says, are passing away and the history


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of their cultures is being lost. “Little of our history is written down in books, but it offers many rich resources. We want to keep the girls talking, having conversations with mum, dad, nan or pop, to keep the history alive,” Josie says. Too often, she says, Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islanders believe that they have to flip between the black world and the white world, that the two cultures can not work together. “You hear of too many Indigenous boys going to, say, Melbourne to play footy and eventually giving up and coming home. They may have been told that they can’t go home for their granma’s funeral, which in Aboriginal cultures can last for two weeks, so they just walk out. It should be that you can be an Aboriginal sport star or lawyer without having to leave your culture behind.” A big difference between black and white culture in Australia, Josie says, is the definition of success. “Many Aboriginal parents are not overly concerned about their children having a big bank account and a white-picket fenced house in Perth. "Their goal is that their girls have what the Kimberley mob refer to as liyarn – a good spirit. If their child gets to 18 and has liyarn then they’re happy, they’re not phased by high achievement. If you live in the bush and are happy that should be seen as successful as earning lots of money.” Community, then, is all to Josie and the Deadly Sista Girlz. Growing up in a strong community, based on helping each other and working together – a cornerstone of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture - is the key to success for the girls being helped by the program. And, although she admits she doesn’t get back to her home town of Derby as often as she would like, she relishes the times she is there. Born in Queensland to her nonIndigenous father Graham and Torres Strait Islander mother Imelda, she came to the Kimberley town by way of the Northern Territory. Graham worked closely with Derby’s Aboriginal communities helping them through the legal maze of native title legislation and Josie admits that, as a child of an Indigenous mother and non-Indigenous father, she had the best of both cultures growing up. Her parents, she says, were supportive and caring, key to her success both on the netball court and with everything else she has taken on – a major factor in her conviction that mothers and fathers should be the major stakeholders in their children’s lives.

She admits that as a child she saw Derby as a “dry old dusty town” but as she matured she came to realise how important and vibrant her home was. “When I go back now, I’m not seen as Josie the netball player, I’m just Josie who grew up in Derby, knows a lot of people and is part of the town. I’m a proud Derby girl.” Now, though, Josie will continue with her work both on the netball court and as the driving force behind the Deadly Sista Girlz. Her passion for the project drives her on – and is writ large in her enthusiasm for talking about her work and both the problems and positives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders cultures. There’s still a lot to do, she admits, but she is determined to keep working. “What really lies at the heart of the Deadly Sista Girlz,” she says, “is that it isn’t just a project – we really must help these children. “If I don’t help these children, I’ve failed.” PL

What does 'Deadly' mean? Deadly is used by many Aboriginal people to mean excellent, very good, in the same way that wicked is by many young English speakers. The Deadlys are awarded for outstanding achievement by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. This usage is not exclusive to Aboriginals. It is a term commonly heard in Ireland too.

CIRCLE TIME Above, David Wirrpanda's Foundation runs many programs, including the Deadly Sista Girlz, to help inspire and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Fancy getting fit while hanging from the rafters? Well your luck's in. Welcome to the brave new (airborne) world of the FlyGym By Suesha Rana It's not often that words such as 'fun' or 'exciting' are used to describe fitness training, but those are indeed words which describe the new keep fit experience that is aerial fitness or to be more accurate, a FlyGym. In simple terms, it's an anti-gravity method of exercising recommended for all ages, which incorporates Pilates and yoga movements. If this sounds entirely bonkers, you'll think again when you book a session at Rafters Ariel Fitness, Perth’s very own FlyGym, where you can get fit and toned while literally hanging about in the midair. Owners Sayshie Pyonton and Heather Elborough introduced this growing fitness craze to their Lord Street studio in Perth six months ago, and already classes are so popular that bookings are essential. Classes at Rafters consist of one

instructor and nine students per class. This ensures the group sessions aren’t crowded, feel intimate and instructors can pay attention to each student. To enhance this experience further the studios have soft lighting and tranquil music playing in the background. FlyGym help individuals gain their optimal level of fitness and well-being

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while having fun and being creative in a completely suspended environment. According to the creators of FlyGym, aerial fitness is suitable and safe for young and old clients. “We have clients of all ages, the oldest one being in their seventies,” says Sayhie. If you’re the type of gym bunny who finds traditional forms of exercise too, well, land -locked or boring and don’t enjoy the idea of running on a treadmill like a hamster, then FlyGym could be your new Big Thing. "You will never get bored as there are plenty of different positions and tricks to accomplish designed to keep you off your toes, " says Sayshie. "Why not bring your friends along, try classes together and have fun while working out?" Apart from being a FlyGym instructor, may 14 | PRIMOLIFE



Sayshie is also mother to three-month old baby girl, Blair. "I practiced FlyGym yoga throughout my pregnancy and I'm sure it has helped me lose almost all the weight I gained during pregnancy." The FlyGym apparatus allows the body to move in a full 360 range of motion, while being safely suspended above the gym floor. This movement is said to help improve strength, body awareness, increase joint mobility, and decompress the spine. The slings are made of a stretchy cotton blend, and are extremely strong and comfortable. “There is no need to be afraid or feel self conscious,” says Sayshie. "The instructors can tailor moves according to your comfort level and although it takes a couple of classes to get used to the sling, once your body has adapted to the sling it can further your range of motion, ultimately enhancing your strength and flexibility. The sling is a great support and completely safe - and huge fun.” PL For session times, visit or call (08) 9227 1057.


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Aim high – classes to try Aerial Yoga

In this class you will learn how to take traditional yoga poses and exercises off the ground in order to add a fun alternative to your regular practice. This creative class is great for learning new ways to workout and shows the diversity of the FlyGym equipment. Flygym 1

FlyGym 1 is a perfect way to get started in aerial fitness. A fusion of yoga, Pilates, strength training and stretching, this class will give you the perfect all-round workout while giving you a taster of what FlyGym can offer. FlyGym Restorative Fitness

With FlyGym, aerial fitness exercises can

be adapted in a supportive and therapeutic manner so that anybody can enjoy the freedom of movement that suspended exercise brings. By hanging the fabrics close to the ground, participants with limited mobility can enjoy supported stretches and gentle inversions. FlyGym Fit

In this class you will learn how to take FlyGym to the next level. Combining fat burning cardio moves, with fun aerial moves, this high intensity class will get your blood flowing, leaving you feeling clear headed and ready to take on the world.

Fly Gym Flex

FlyGym is an amazing tool to train flexibility and stretch those muscles to help you become lean and long. Utilising both the resistance of the fabric and gravity it allows you to strengthen while you lengthen, giving stability and flexibility like nothing else can.

fitness. From FlyGym Personal Training in the studio, boxing sessions in the park, and everything in between, they're happy to structure a program to suit your needs. BarreAttack

Barre Attack will help improve your posture and balance, it will improve your fitness

and flexibility and most importantly it will tone your tummy, butt and legs.You do not require any Ballet or Pilates experience, just a fun attitude and a willingness to work hard. Barre Attack is a dynamic fusion of Ballet, Pilates and Fitness providing an all-over body workout with special attention for the legs, butt, thighs and arms. ••

Flygym Pilates Strength

Flygym Pilates Strength is an intense Pilates style workout, and classes will focus on integrating the entire body, rather than exercising each body part separately. As you begin to focus on your body as a whole you'll achieve better alignment and teach your body to work more efficiently. FlyGym Aerials

Want to get more out of your FlyGym workouts? Love being in the air? Wish you could run away and join the circus? Then this class is for you. FlyGym Aerials is predominantly in the air with high flying, inversions, contortion, spins, flips, splits and everything in between. So much fun! *Pre-requisite: at least 1 Master Class must be taken before enrolling in this class. Personal Training

Rafters’ offer a variety of PT programs to suit your needs and bring back the fun in

Infant Aquatics Teaching babies as young as 6 months to swim for survival. Limited times available so to enrol now or for more information call Stacy on 0406 119 184 or visit Sir Charles Gairdiner Hospital, Gairdiner Drive, Nedlands, Perth. may 14 | PRIMOLIFE



Hot shot

To avoid the winter snuffles - and worse - this year, consider protecting the family with a flu shot. You'll be doing the whole community a favour

It's the time of year when everybody seems to be carrying more than their fair share of tissues and decongestant. It's flu season but you don't need to succumb and hide under the doona at the first sign of a cold snap. Young Perth Mum Gemma Rule had never had a flu shot, but chose to do so

when she was 35 weeks pregnant with her second baby this year. Gemma visited the doctor with her two and a half year old daughter Indiana who was suffering from severe croup. It was then the GP suggested the mum-to-be should have the influenza vaccine. “I hadn’t considered having the flu vaccine before as I had always been pretty good at avoiding colds and flu. But when the doctor explained that it would protect me and the baby once it was born, then I didn't hesitate,” Gemma said. “With winter coming and me breastfeeding, I know I will be tired and a bit rundown. “With a new baby and a toddler, it’s important that I can do what I can to avoid getting sick. “Knowing the baby would be protected too, it just made sense.” Influenza is just one of a number of winter viruses that cause coughs and colds,

but it is the most severe. The World Health Organisation singles out pregnant women as the most important risk group for seasonal influenza vaccine and WA Health is encouraging more pregnant women to take advantage of the free influenza vaccine to protect themselves and their baby. Free influenza vaccine has been available for pregnant Australians since 2009 but uptake has been poor. Although vaccination rates are improving, in 2013 only 41 per cent of pregnant women in WA had the influenza vaccine. A survey of pregnant women in Western Australia last year showed those who were not vaccinated would have had a flu shot had their antenatal carer recommended it. “Knowing the vaccine is safe is an important consideration for pregnant mothers. “Not surprisingly, uptake is higher among women who believe the vaccine is

The World Health Organisation singles out pregnant women as the most important risk group for seasonal influenza vaccine and WA Health is encouraging more pregnant women to take advantage of the free influenza vaccine to protect themselves and their baby PICTURE OF HEALTH Mum-to-be Gemma Rule and daughter Indiana are looking forward to a flu-free winter thanks to the influenza vaccination.

safe for themselves and their babies,” said Dr Donna Mak, WA Health public health physician. In 2013, about 59 per cent of WA pregnant mothers reported having been advised to have the flu vaccine by their antenatal care provider. “Most midwives and community health nurses as well as GPs are able to administer the vaccine and we’d like to see all health care providers recommending immunisation to pregnant women,” Dr Mak said. Of 3,173 women contacted postvaccination, no serious vaccine-related adverse reactions were reported. “Some women experienced swelling at the injection site, a headache or some fatigue,” Dr Mak said. Gemma said that for her the positives of being immunised against the flu outweighed any small risk of adverse effects. “I felt very comfortable choosing to be immunised. I really trusted my doctor’s advice.”

Gemma said her husband Adam would be the next in the family to be immunised. “Adam cops colds quite regularly so it is a must that he gets the flu vaccine. “He has also started a new job so he can’t afford to have time off with the flu,” she said. Dr Mak said that antenatal influenza vaccination uptake increased by 60 per cent between 2012 and 2013 and hoped it would increase by the same amount again in 2014. “We are encouraging GPs and other health professionals to be proactive in recommending vaccination to pregnant women.” For Gemma, she wouldn’t hesitate to recommend being immunised to other mums-to-be. “It just makes sense for me and for the wellbeing of my family.” PL For more information about the flu vaccine visit

FAST FACTS WA Health is encouraging all Western Australians to get immunised against influenza this season to avoid catching and passing on the virus to vulnerable groups. Older people and young children are particularly at risk of becoming seriously ill from influenza, more commonly known as the flu. Last year, nearly 600 people over 60 were diagnosed with flu and, of these, 295 were hospitalised. Communicable disease control director Dr Paul Armstrong says it’s important to stress that influenza is a more severe disease than most other cough and cold illnesses of winter and vaccination is the best protection. “It is important that people at high risk of contracting the influenza virus are vaccinated for their own safety and to strengthen the community’s defence,” Dr Armstrong said. "Flu can be a very serious illness and is easily spread from person to person through coughing or by touching contaminated surfaces then touching your mouth and nose,” he said. "Getting vaccinated early, during the autumn, will give your body plenty of time to build up immunity before the flu season begins.” Symptoms of flu include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills, muscle aches, tiredness and vomiting. In severe cases, it can result in complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia and can lead to hospitalisation – or even death. People who are at a higher risk of complications from influenza and eligible for a free flu vaccine, include: • people aged over 65 • children aged from six months to five years • Aboriginal people aged 15 years and older • pregnant women • people with a chronic medical conditions. The vaccine is available from GPs, Aboriginal Medical Services and community immunisation clinics. Dr Armstrong said some private providers may charge a fee to administer the flu vaccine and advised people to discuss this with their doctor or immunisation clinic when making an appointment.

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Champagne & supernovas Broome is the jewel in WA's northern crown, its laid back vibe so well known that it's practically the law to leave your urban stresses at the airport By Gabi Mills

Greg Quicke knows his nebula from his pulsars. He also has a magnificent beard, but even that is dwarfed by the heavenly show Greg invites you to explore once the sun has gone down and the clear, enormous skies of the Kimberley envelop guests on his Astro Tour like a black velvet cloak. As one of the official Characters of the Kimberley, Greg certainly lives up to the hype. Softly spoken but with a gift for the dramatic, the little semicircle of star hunters (myself included) sat rapt as he shared his self-taught knowledge of the heavens above. We learned for instance that it's not the sun going down at dusk, but the Earth spinning away from the sun - not as catchy perhaps but more accurate. That moonlight is in fact

sunlight (just reflected off the moon's pallid surface), and that if you really concentrate, you'll become aware of the fact that we are all moving at thousands of kilometres per hour, every moment of the day. To prove this, we charted the apparent movement of the fixed stars and planets above our heads within the two-hour Astro Tour - by the end of the session, Saturn had suddenly appeared over the horizon, Alpha Centauri, the third brightest star in the night sky and located a mere 4.37 lightyears from Sun, twinkled a little further up than it had before. Never had the night sky seemed so packed with activity, igniting in all those present a determination to apply their new-found celestial knowledge to their own backyard skies once home. may 14 | PRIMOLIFE



SUPERSTAR Above, Greg Quicke's Astro Tours are a highlight of any visit to Broome while right, the nightly march of the camels on Cable Beach is an iconic sight. Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa is the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy Broome's special vibe.

When in Broome

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Roebuck Bay's colourful tides astonishing hues created by the eternal rhythm of the bay's tidal system, governed of course by Greg Quicke's powerful celestial sidekick, the moon. Historic Chinatown - take a tootle around Broome's multicultural past and pick up a bargain while you're at it. Coconut Well - hire a 4WD and make the 25kms trip to this pristine snorkelling spot. During high tide the lagoon fills up invitingly and gives visitors in the know the chance to drift snorkel and experience the wonders of the world beneath the waves. Hovercraft adventure - zoom over Roebuck Bay and the tidal flats and see the wrecks of World War II flying boats, a reminder of Broome's tragic part in recent conflict. You'll see the world famous dinosaur prints too at low tide, a marker from ancient times when giants roamed the earth.


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Home, though, seemed a long way away in Broome. It's special that way. Just over two hours by plane from Perth, it's a whole universe away from the state's capital. Closer to south east Asia in terms of climate and pace - Broome Time is an official way of operating after all, a little like 'ma単ana' - it's a relief to discard any sense of urgency and just chill, dude. We checked into Broome's grand old lady hotel, Cable Beach Resort, and were swept along by the gracious staff (and a golf cart) to our villa for the next couple of days. Taking a traditional pearl captain's house as its design inspiration, the villa was generously proportioned with a kitchen, sitting room, large bedroom and, best of all, its own private courtyard, terrace and plunge pool. Camphor wood and Balineseinspired furniture firmly post the resort's

tropical colours to the mast - there's a feeling of permanence and opulence here which even the seasonal threat of a nasty cyclone can't dispel. It feels like the resort is as much part of the landscape as the nightly troupe of camels marching their ponderous way off the iconic beach which gives the resort its name. It's as rooted in the mystical atmosphere the whole town emanates as the colourful dream catchers and healing crystals on sale in the town's Courthouse weekend market, as magical as the so-called stairway to the moon which draws visitors in their droves when the moon and tides align for one of the world's most sensational photo opportunities. Of course it's not all New Age mysticism and braided hair. There's plenty of opportunities to indulge the hedonist


Romance and indulgence are alwa ys on the menu when you stay in a Cable Beach Club villa. The villas will place you in the lap of luxury the moment you arrive – with a private courtyard, plun ge pool, valet service, full breakfast and much mor e. Why not add a relaxing massage in Chahoya Spa by L’Occitane or a romantic dinner in the Club Restaura nt? Simply speak to the helpful reservations staff. The Cable Beach Villa package


• Villa accommodation for three nights • Valet service • Sparkling wine on arrival • Canapés served to your villa daily at 5pm • Sunset Bar & Grill buffet breakfast daily • Private return Broome Airport transfers

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within too, something we were keen to explore too, thanks to the chilled bottle of fizz in our fridge. The resort itself has several excellent dining options from the poolside Thai restaurant to the beautifully decorated Club dining room, packed each night with guests keen to experience some of the best cooking on offer in the region. Of course there's in-room dining too and when the nights are as balmy and starstudded as they were during our stay, it was too much of a wrench to drag ourselves away from our little courtyard haven so we ordered a bucket of local prawns the perfect late night snack to keep the champers company. Next morning we had an undemanding morning ahead of us. Matthew was booked in for a massage (read his review on page 32) while I had an appointment with a thriller to keep, poolside. There are two beautifully landscaped pool options - one for families with kids in tow, and one for those who crave a more adult atmosphere (ie cocktails rather than cannonballs). That's where we set

up shop for the morning, wafting between a leisurely paddle around the pool and ordering cool drinks to keep up our energy levels in preparation for lunch. While Matthew was being comprehensively pummelled into submission at the Chahoya Spa, I found out more about the Characters of the Kimberley. As well as Greg and his starry, starry nights, there's also a castaway and a stockman. Despite having zero cooking experience, Kylie Bartle talked her way into a ship’s cook role and developed a passion for the turquoise waters and untouched wilderness of the Kimberley coast. Fast-forward through the years and Kylie now shares her ‘pinch me’ moments with those aboard the MV Great Escape, one of the area's premier cruising experiences. Meanwhile there’s nothing Cyril Yeeda loves more than to saddle up and ride the wide open spaces at Home Valley Station. With the magnificent Cockburn Range as his backdrop, this modern day cowboy knows the horse trails of the area like the back of

his hand and wows city slickers with horse rides that showcase incredible landscapes. It was becoming clear to me that there was so much more to Broome than just a bloody nice beach and some dromedaries with the hump. This ancient land holds many secrets which, if you've got even just a few days, are there to be discovered. One of the best ways to explore the region is from the air, and King Leopold Air is one of the best operators to give you a unique bird's eye view of the dramatic landscape below. Their best-selling Buccaneer Explorer tour ($540 per person, from April to November) leaves at 7.30am or 1pm for an unforgettable two and a half hour kaleidoscopic aerial introduction to Roebuck Bay, the Dampier Peninsula and,of course the Horizontal Waterfalls. Created by one of the world's highest tides, the whitewater tidal shift through two narrow, rocky cliffs creates one of the most impressive sights you'll ever have the chance to snap - the pilot gives you plenty of chances to do so too, approaching from both directions for may 14 | PRIMOLIFE



Rubbed the right way


must have done something right in the lead-up to our trip to Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa – maybe finally getting the shed cleared out the weekend before had something to do with it. Whatever it was, though, I wasn’t going to ask too many questions when she suggested that I should do a bit of investigative journalism and check out the resort’s Chahoya Spa. It’s a strange thing that often when a couple finds themselves in a beautiful sanctuary like this it will be the woman who wends her way down to the spa for a bit of pampering – there is no doubting that my better half has a fair bit of experience in this area. The man, then, will be left to sip a beer by the pool until she returns, glowing after an hour or so of being treated like a queen. If this rings bells, fellow male PRIMOLife reader, then I can now tell you that it’s time to fight for your right to partake – it’s time for men to retake the spa. Yes, there was much on the Chahoya’s treatment menu that might not be every chap’s cup of tea. A long list of facials, for instance,

maximum photographic effect. Then it's off to the jewel-like deserted islands which make up the Buccaneer Archipelago, stumbled upon by William Dampier way back in 1688. You'll see Koolan and Cockatoo Islands as well as evidence of man's presence in this mineralrich landscape with the open cut iron ore on those remote outposts. It's not all highflying adventure however. Landing at Cape Leveque, there's time for a quick dip in the sheltered waters of the bay and a cold one before the flight back to Broome via some of the most beautiful

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with evocative names – Angelica Fountain of Glow, Immortelle Secret to Brightness, to quote but two – are probably best left to the fair sex (although I am aware that real men nowadays are quite at ease with moisturising, so go for your life if that’s you poison). For me, though, my time in the Chahoya was all about getting a massage, a proper, all-over, stressbusting massage that would wash away the knots of work and kids that seem to set up camp in my shoulders. I plumped for the Relaxing Aromachologie Massage, sixty minutes of ‘Swedish effleurage strokes combined with aromachologie essential oils'. And it was bliss, every bit of it. From the moment I entered the beautifully quiet, stylishly laid-out spa itself, I felt the stress seep away. After a surprisingly heavenly foot wash, I was on the massage table and drifting away as my masseuse worked areas I didn’t even know I had. I slipped away to a different plain in that sensuous hour as she worked her magic and then left, loose, walking on air. Remember, chaps, we too can have all that. ~ MATTHEW MILLS.

coastlines you'll ever see including Pender Bay, Middle Lagoon, Willie Creek (famous for its pearls) and of course Cable Beach itself. Back in the welcoming arms of the resort, it's hard to not be overwhelmed by the natural beauty of the place which owes much to the mastermind behind its creation, Lord Alistair McAlpine. With a contract to buy the land famously signed on the back of a beer coaster in the Pearler's Bar of Roebuck Bay Hotel, Lord McAlpine filled the place with pick of his globetrotting art-loving life with artefacts including works by Sir Sidney Nolan, Elizabeth Durack and

No visit to Broome is complete without a pilgrimage to Matso's, a microbrewery with a big heart. As well as producing its famous handcrafted Mango, Pearler's Pale Ale and Ginger beers, there's also a Desert Lime and Wild Ginger cider, the perfect antidote to a Kimberley heatwave. Built in 1910, the original Matso's building was the Union Bank of Australia building in what was the old red light district of Broome. It's less than salubrious neighbours included opium dens and brothels, all businesses which did brisk trade thanks


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wildlife painter Humphrey Price-Jones. His influence also extended to the breathtaking gardens with clever lighting at night showing many of the most stunning plants and trees off to full advantage. For treespotters, it's a treat with abundant frangipanis, boabs and the giant of the resort, the entrolobium, a rainforest escapee which often houses a barking owl or two. Wildlife is never far away and we were joined each night by a thieving pair of possums, keen to make off with our cheese and crackers when our backs were turned.There are plenty of frogs and lizards sharing our space and if you're lucky you'll also spot bower birds, ibis, shaky pay lizards and slow-moving monitors seeking shelter under decking. So unique are the gardens the hotel has put together a garden tour with a local expert - as eye-opening as Greg's sky-based tour to be sure. It's nearly time for us to leave but Broome has got one last surprise up its sleeve. A host of multi-coloured dragonflies swoop and dip over the ocean pool heralding, we're told, the change from the wet to the dry season. A couple land on my hand as I read the last chapter of my book, their tails bobbing on my sunkissed skin, as if providing a reminder of our introduction to the airborne wonders of this magical spot. Dragonfly, we will not forget you. PL

to the town's hard-working pearl diving community. It's enjoyed a peculiarly mobile existence over the years, moving from its original position on Sheba Lane to its current spot on Hamersley Street. These days, the hard-living mah jong-playing divers may have long moved on, but Matso's still attracts its fair share of pilgrims and, thanks to the family-owned business investing in local accommodation options, it's possible to stay within earshot of the bar at the Moonlight Bay Suites, just across from the brewery. Some would say that's too good an opportunity to miss. ••

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PRIMOeats It's taken a Swedish couple to turn the traditional, heart sinking 'what's for dinner, mum' cry across Perth into new squeals of excitement with their innovative home-delivery meal service, dinner twist By Gabi Mills

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They do everything better in Sweden, and that's a fact. We know that parents are supported with luxuriously long maternity leave packages, that everybody looks like an extra from Vikings or ABBA (ie hot) and if it wasn't for the fact that a schooner of beer costs the same as a small car and it's barely ever daylight, we'd all move there immediately. So it's no surprise that of course the Swedes do hassle-free dinnertime brilliantly too - especially when it comes to laboursaving ways of feeding the family - and we're not talking a greasy burger or floppy pizza delivered to the door. Chris and My Tistrand who moved to Perth five years ago from the chilly Swedish city of Gothenberg, imported more than blonde hair, an ability to construct flatpacked furniture and a relaxed attitude when they set up home on the other side of the world. "We wanted a lifestyle change so when I was offered a job by a US engineering firm over here, we thought we'd live here for three years, to just see how it went," says Chris, an ex-automation engineer. "But Perth grew on us so we stayed." A baby girl made the duo a trio in those first three years in W, and it seemed a natural development in due course for the Tistrands to start a family business together. The hardest part however was deciding what kind of business to run. "Back in Sweden, the dinner delivery concept was well established," says My. "On a visit back there three years ago, we were sitting with our friends one Sunday and the doorbell rang and there was a bag of food and a recipe book. It was a light bulb moment for us." Realising that this was the kind of convenience many busy families in Perth would love too, Chris and My spent the


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next six months developing and researching their new business - dinner twist - and eventually delivered their first box packed with produce from carefully selected local suppliers, test driving the concept with some of their fellow Swedish ex-pats. "We wanted to include ingredients which we would source for ourselves for an evening meal, so the quality had to be really high. We also demand that all our fresh vegies and fruit are cut and packaged on the day we receive it, to maximise the healthgiving aspects of each ingredient." The business took off, with fans spreading the word through social media sites, bloggers and other non-traditional avenues before the couple realised they had something of a hit on their hands. "We send out hundreds of boxes every

week now, and I've planned a whole year's worth of weekly recipes," says My, who cooks and develops every recipe the team sends out. "Sometimes it's hard to anticipate what might be at its best weeks in advance, so I try to be a bit flexible with ingredients too and change them the week before if necessary." Because My roadtests each and every recipe, you can be sure that each dinner twist box will have the right quantities of each ingredient required with the minimum of waste when it's time to wash the dishes. "There are two types of boxes available a family box with more traditional, familyfriendly recipes, and a foodie box with more adventurous ingredients." Orders are made online after the new

Family-friendly fare Editor Gabi Mills puts dinner twist's family box through its paces and finds the delicious food comes up trumps in her household of seven hungry mouths

DINNER DATE Chris and My Tistrand (above) are the brains behind dinner twist, a new way to feed the family.

week's recipe is posted on Facebook and via the website, with deliveries made every Monday or Tuesday depending on the customer's address. Of course, there are some Swedish recipes included in the delicious selection, as well as themed weeks, such as Mediterranean-inspired dishes. There's a couple's box, no delivery fee and customers can sign up for regular deliveries each week or just one off boxes as and when they feel like it. In short, it's the chilled out way to stock up the fridge and pantry for the week. So instead of fish and chips, dinner twist customers can look forward to simply delicious dishes like flaky almond snapper. Ditch fried chicken and try Jamaican-style chicken instead and forget hot dogs - try sausage skewers on a chilly Wednesday.

First of all, receiving anything in a big box is exciting in our house so when the dinner twist delivery arrived, there were little squeals of delight as every ingredient emerged from the generously proportioned, recyclable box. Most importantly make sure you grab the recipe book and keep it handy for the week ahead. It was the key to making all the ingredients work for the next four days with delicious-sounding, easy dinners on the cards for the family. First up was some WA snapper cooked with a little jacket of pesto on each plump fillet, served on a bed of sweet cherry tomatoes, punchy garlic and parsley bread with salad plucked not more than a few hours before on the side. I beefed the offering up a little (I do have two over six foot teenage boys in the house) with some Greek roast potatoes and, after just 30 minutes of preparation and cooking, served up the kind of meal which our family frankly has come to only dream about. Felix (16) literally licked the plate clean and polished off his less fishloving brother's plate off too for good measure. Oli (5) loved helping me make the garlic bread, stuffing the little slashes in the rolls with the green garlicky

With handy tips on how to store fresh herbs and spices as well as pantry ideas to augment each box's ingredients, My and Chris are excited about the possibilities their Scandinavian-inspired business holds for the future. "We currently deliver as far north as Clarkson and as far south as Bertram," says Chris. "We don't want to compromise on the quality of the ingredients so for now we're just concentrating on maintaining those standards for our customers. But who knows? One day maybe there will be a dinner twist box landing in Queensland or Tasmania we'll just have to wait and see." PL Visit for more information and to place your order. A two-person box is $99 while a four-person box is $129.

mixture before carefully placing them in the oven (with mummy watching encouragingly of course). So day one was most certainly a success. Part of the secret to dinner twist's winning ways is the importance it places on sourcing the best ingredients - local where possible. So that explains why the snapper fillets were so gorgeously fresh and firm, why the salad wouldn't know the meaning of the world 'wilt'. Another 24 hours, and it's time to cook up a storm again, this time with some pasta with chicken and pesto. Realising early on that I'd made the rookie's error of not reading ahead the night before (I'd used up all the cherry tomatoes on day one when I should have held some back for tonight's offering), I improvised and chucked in some chopped capsicum instead. Felix, encouraged by last night's success took over as chef for the night and amazed us all with his deft cooking skills. This is the boy who can burn a boiled egg after all. Seriously good stuff, and once again easy as to put together. We ploughed through the next few days like born again short order cooks, with Daisy (10) rolling up her sleeves to make the cute little lamb patties and Matthew (43) particularly enjoying the final feast of pork steaks with sugar snap peas and a cranberry coleslaw. There's plenty of room to be innovative - this is by no means a bossy collection of recipes which does not allow you to go off piste. It's a relaxed, inspiring way to rediscover your cooking mojo - which, in the case of this long-time family head chef, couldn't come soon enough. ••

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Veg out Adele McConnell turns the traditional image of a hemp-wearing vegan on its head with her delicious new collection of vegan recipes – The Vegan Cookbook By Suesha Rana

If the change of season makes you crave a lifestyle change too, then maybe it's time to ditch the meat and dairy and consider exploring a vegan diet. Despite its rather strait-laced image, it's a diet that really works wonders, detoxifying the body and putting a spring in your step. And vegans don't just have the moral high ground by not eating meat and animal products - according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes or high blood pressure than carnivores. If you think you’re ready for greener living but need some help getting started, head to Adele McConnell’s vegan food blog and then snap up a copy of her book, The Vegan Cookbook. She writes about everything vegan in an inclusive, friendly way, from embracing a healthy lifestyle to experimenting with delicious vegan recipes, from skincare to clothing choices. Not to be confused with vegetarians, vegans have a strict plant-based diet with no animal by-products to be consumed. A vegan lifestyle is based on achieving an environmentally safe planet and an animalfriendly life, which, when you think about it, should be a pretty cool way of living in today's over-exploited world. Going vegan is no longer just a diet; it's become a whole lifestyle choice for many. The vegan trend has really gained traction in

fad-friendly US with recent research showing that almost eight million Yanks now class themselves as vegans. And it's not a diet that's just reserved for the hair shirt and vegetarian shoe brigade. A-listers like Usher, Alicia Silverstone, Natalie Portman, Russell Brand and Ellen DeGeneres are all avid celebrity vegans. There are even rumours that DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi are planning on opening their own vegan restaurant, with queues out the door guaranteed. A common mistake many people make is thinking vegans don’t have enough protein in their diet intake, because they don’t eat meat. However, vegans get their protein from foods such as tofu, chickpeas, lentils and soy products. Even though beans and vegetables are not as high in protein as red meat, these little powerpacked products are more than sufficient for healthy bodies on a daily basis. If you're a newby vegan, then The Vegan Cookbook's recipes are extremely easy to follow and buck the version many have of vegan recipes being dull and boring. Adele’s stylish dishes are prepared with nutritionpacked ingredients and taste delicious. From breakfast to desert, Adele has more than 85

mouthwatering recipes for vegans and vegetarians to try. Even if you don’t want to go the whole hog and take the vegan path but would like to incorporate more greens in your daily meals, Adele's book has much to offer. The Vegan Cookbook makes getting your five vegies a day a breeze and, because the meals are hearty and filling, you may find that you won't even miss that bacon sandwich or rare steak. Highlights include mushroom and roasted beetroot polenta nets, Moroccan quinoa soup, and kale and soba noodles with ginger-chilli sauce - enough to tempt even the most committed carnivore to consider the dark green side. If you'd like to see Adele cooking her delicious vegan recipes, head to her You Tube Vegie Head channel, where fellow foodies watch her inspiring, easy-as cookery demos online. PL The Vegan Cookbook, Adele McConnell, $28.99. may 14 | PRIMOLIFE


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BIG BUZZ-NESS He's in charge of the best little drive-thru coffee shops in Oz and it's no surprise that Warren Reynolds is just like the coffee Muzz Buzz serves strong, uncompromising and memorable By Gabi Mills Images crib creative

Spend any time at all with the CEO of Muzz Buzz, Warren Reynolds (pictured right), and you'll be left in no doubt about his management style. Straight-talking, no punches pulled, demonstrative and demanding, 'brutal' in his own words - this is a business owner absolutely focused on creating - and maintaining a premium brand in a notoriously fickle industry. From the moment he bought the original Muzz Buzz business in Belmont ten years ago, which he used to frequent as a customer, Warren had a clear vision of the kind of innovative business he wanted to create. "I had used Dunkin' Donut drive thru stores in the US as early as 1989, and that was my first experience of a drive-thru anywhere in the world. As my background was fast-moving consumer products, I understood what made customers tick." This vision - which differed radically from that of the original owner of the Belmont store - led to Reynolds buying the whole company with the intention to grow the business, and not see it as 'a toy'. And grow it he has - like the foamy top of a wellmade latte. may 14 | PRIMOLIFE



With 39 Muzz Buzz outlets in WA alone and a further clutch of the distinctively designed booths all around Australia, the world it seems is Warren's oyster. "We've just signed a joint venture in UK, Russia and China with stores opening in those locations before the end of the financial year," says Warren. "We're working on a joint venture in Japan too." The coffee-loving customers who make a visit to Muzz Buzz an essential part of their morning routine are, says Reynolds, increasingly well educated about their cup of joe. "Whichever country we sell to, the 18 to 40 age group of customers is very well informed about what coffee they like. Most coffee in the US, surprisingly perhaps, is very poor, and in some cases, Europe too. "The best coffee of all that I've found was in Vienna but Australia and New Zealand have the most sophisticated coffee market in the world. That's because there's lots of competition, lots of Italian and Greek influences and it's generally a very innovative market." As a proud Western Australian - "sixth generation, first off the boat" - he's also proud of running a company which celebrates one of the great by-products of multiculturalism and Perth itself. "Name a city in the world where you'd find this variety of food on offer," he says. "Rome? No, there's only pizza of one variety and the spaghetti is lousy. New York? No, and the coffee is terrible. We're


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A DAILY RITUAL Muzz Buzz has revolutionised the way many Australians grab their fix of caffeine without leaving the comfort of their car.

very fortunate to live here because of all the competition between producers." As ever the strength of the Muzz Buzz brand relies not only on the effectiveness of the staff in charge of brewing the coffee but also on the beans themselves. "We buy the best beans in the world from New Guinea, Sumatra as well as Africa. They're roasted in a roaster in

Melbourne by award-winning barista Justin Metcalfe - he's a superstar. "We're so lucky to have him, one of the best roasters in the world, producing coffee for us from one of the best laboratories in the world - a true combination of science and art." As with any business where multiple outlets provide a service, replicating the

same levels of quality throughout is vital for the business's success. "Training is key and we knew that investing heavily in that would result in consistency and an obsession with hygiene," says Warren. "Our barista machines cost $20,000 each and there are two per store.You'll never see a grubby milk rag around the milk nozzle in one of our outlets - our staff know that kind of thing just won't be tolerated." Thanks to Warren's hands-on style too, staff know that there's always the possibility that the next latte they hand over the counter could be to the main man himself. "I'll turn up at a store and will go through it like a dose of salts," he says. "My staff are outstanding and because of that, the consumer wins. "They all know that if one store isn't up to scratch it could let down the whole brand." It's not all about making big bucks however. Warren and his team donate 'a whole lot of produce' to Joe Walsh, a local Catholic priest who helps kids on the street. "We gave him a freezer and packed it full of good, healthy food for the kids." With 58 stores nationwide and three more in the pipeline, Warren's staff numbers around 800 to 1000 on any given day. "We also employ 400 cows," he quips. "They contribute three million litres of milk a year, all from Brownes dairy." Like Brownes, Warren tries to use West Australian companies where he can - the syrups for the coffees are provided by Magnum Essences and sandwiches are created by another local business. Warren himself is perhaps as unique as the brand his built from scratch. After spending some time setting up a joint venture in Belarus, the local government there asked him to be the Australian Consul, representing their interests back home. "I don't go around flouting my position, it's just nice to be able to contribute to another country's growing prosperity and help their citizens. "There's lots of business opportunities between our two nations - tractors for instance, are big business over there." He's also a keen amateur airman, and regular flies his Laser 230A and DHC1 Chipmunk (a vintage 1946 ex-military airplane). The Muzz Buzz success story is showing no sign of slowing down, with international partners lining up to have a cup of the action, as well as other diverse avenues also actively explored. "We'll be launching Muzz Buzz ATMs shortly," he says, "and the plan has always been to move into manufacturing and warehousing." Asked to estimate the number of customers who gratefully clasp a Muzz Buzz Tall or Grande to their lips each morning, Warren says that 'tens of millions' of people each year partake of a sip or two. "That's a quarter of the Australian population," he says. An impressive stat for one of life's simple pleasures. And that's not the only extraordinary fact about this WA business on the verge of going global. "There are only two buildings in the world which are under copyright," he says. "The Sydney Opera House is one and the other is the design of the Muzz Buzz booth, created by Lindsay Allan, a Perth architect." The passionate West Australian says he's constantly asked to describe Australian culture when he's abroad, a question he's more than happy to answer. "We're a capitalist society with socialistic values. I give a damn about my neighbour, and if our society doesn't maintain decent living standards for all Aussies, well then I won't have a business." PL Visit for all locations and full menu.

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Life lessons Likened to a milder version of India, the teardrop isle of Sri Lanka has only appeared on the Australian tourist trail in last few years but, says Carmen Jenner, it's a welcome addition to many travellers' must-do list especially if a healthy break is on the cards Granted, the country has taken a battering after the 30 year war and the 2004 tsunami, but even so, Sri Lanka's beauty is staggering. Formerly known as Ceylon, there are few destinations as jam-packed with beaches, ancient civilisation, wildlife, spices, tea, culture, cuisine, gems, adventure sports, luxury hotels and the ancient medicine system, Ayurveda. I must confess, I’m slightly anxious about my stay in an Ayurveda retreat. I really like espressos, I don’t take kindly to being told what to eat and nor do I enjoy the taste of medicine. Not to mention I’ve dragged my husband and 10 year-old daughter along who has made it abundantly clear she’s not on board with the vegetarian menu. Meaning the 'Science of Life' Ayurveda has been passed down through the generations for over 5,000 years and is still practiced today by most Sri Lankans.


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In fact, Ayurveda centres are dotted throughout the island as the government dispenses herbal medicines free of charge and it’s not uncommon for tuk-tuk drivers to stop suddenly for a top-up of herbal medicine or tea. Barberyn Ayurveda Resort has been caring for its guests since its opening in 1984 for predominantly a European clientele, a third of which are returning customers, and now, two and a half newbie Australians. Barberyn is considered one of the most authentic and holistic healing retreats in the world and as it was the first of its kind, it paved the way for wellness tourism in Sri Lanka by bringing Ayurveda to the Western world with two resorts, Barberyn Reef in Beruwala (hour from Colombo) and Barberyn Beach, three hours south in the seaside town of Weligama. The essence of Ayurveda is maintaining a level of balance between the three life

energies, or doshas:Vata, Pitta and Kapha. When our doshas are in harmony we achieve a state of equilibrium; our wellbeing improves, vitality increases and the ageing process is delayed. Imbalances occur from incorrect eating patterns, stress, negative feelings, lack of exercise, smoking, pollution, alcohol and drug consumption. The symptoms include tension, insomnia, back pain, arthritis, obesity, sinusitis, skin conditions, migraines

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and depression, to more serious illnesses like Parkinson’s disease and cancer. As Dr Chamari, who has been with Barberyn for eight years says, “Since I started we’ve had a guest who is suffering from AIDS stay with us on a regular basis. His immunity has greatly improved and he’s doing well.” On arrival I receive a doctor’s consultation and a treatment plan to remove toxins, known as panchakarma, as well as a prescription for herbal medicines and a

controlled eating plan. The treatment plan has three phases: 1) preparing the body for purification 2) purification, and 3) post purification and rejuvenation. This isn’t a quick fix solution and while most guests will dedicate one to two weeks, three weeks provides optimal results. Nutrition is the cornerstone of health and there are six tastes, or rasas, not just for the taste buds but for absorption of the

whole body. Consuming all six tastes at every meal balances out the doshas. The tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent. I’ve been put on a controlled diet so the delicious cashew nut curry, pumpkin dishes and orange cake are off the menu for me but I have free reign over the vegetarian biryani, string hoppers, curries, roasted vegetables, red rice, lentils, breads (to sop up all that goodness) and tropical fruits. may 14 | PRIMOLIFE


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Consumption isn’t just about food either as liquids are equally important. Take note, gallons of warm water and herbal tea is consumed, which leaves little room for the forbidden coffee and alcohol. Even cold drinks are to be avoided as they decrease your digestive power and slow down detoxification. Each day begins with a three-hour treatment, which at first may be a confronting experience as there’s no segregation between the sexes as everyone swans around in just a green sarong. Not to mention I’m not generally in the habit of being bathed by complete strangers. They don’t remain strangers for long and I soon start to relax during the synchronised

massages, baths, herbal paste applications, facial therapies and acupuncture. Every day I’m given fresh herbal medicines which include decoctions, pills and powders which need to be consumed at specific times every day. Over 400 herbs are sourced from both resorts, nearby mangroves and the tea-producing hill town of Kandy, and one decoction can contain up to 60 ingredients and include bark, root seeds and flowers. The decoctions are boiled in earthenware pots over a long period of time and reduction produces a strong and pungent flavour which is best diluted with honey or warm water. Barberyn is not for the “cocktails at sunset” crowd and some of the therapies

and humidity can be challenging at times, especially as most of the simply decorated rooms exist without the interruption of TVs or air-conditioning as maintaining peace and a core body temperature assists with the purification process. However there is plenty of free time to enjoy the optional and inclusive activities like yoga, Ayurveda talks and excursions. I opt for a lagoon safari with a visit to Cinnamon Island which has the added bonus of afternoon tea with cinnamon flavoured biscuits; they’re kind of healthy, right? Other afternoons I slip into the salt-water pool overlooking the ocean or flop on the balcony with a book and those commanding ocean views. Most nights are

undemanding except during the fire-breathing and dancing cultural extravaganzas. My stay allowed me to thoroughly indulge in me time while escaping the trappings of modern living and toxic, existing habits. In fact, I may have even overindulged since I left weighing one kilo more than what I arrived with. I’m so chilled, I don’t even care. As society becomes more health conscious Karin has noticed an increase in clients open to an Ayurveda way of life, which is hardly surprising given Perth’s large Sri Lankan community who live lengthy and healthy lives. PL Follow the links for more details at and Ayurveda

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Where was born San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado has been making history for more than 125 years and shows no sign of slowing down, says Gill Pringle

With its red castle-like turrets and Victorian splendour, this iconic ocean-front hotel has hosted presidents, billionaires and celebrities from across the globe. If you're a movie buff, you'll recognise it as the spot where Marilyn Monroe filmed iconic scenes in Some Like It Hot in 1958 while Peter O’Toole shot dramatic scenes for The Stunt Man from the hotel’s rooftop. Del Coronado’s guest register reads like a White House holiday home with US presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and both Bushes visiting. Like much of southern California, where

city and road names are in Spanish, Coronado translates as 'crowned', with local street signs employing a distinctive crown motif. The Del, as it’s affectionately known, further expands on the regal theme. Wizard of Oz author L Frank Baum designed four majestic crown-shaped chandeliers which today hang from the hotel’s grand Crown Room. Holidaying in Coronado with his family in the early 1900s, Baum was inspired to create his Emerald City soon afterwards. The crown motif is apt for a hotel that has hosted royalty including Hawaii’s King Kalakaua in 1890 and Edward, Prince of Wales in 1920. And of course Hollywood

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CROWNING GLORY The Del as it's known is a beloved part of San Diego's history, playing host to presidents, billionaires, movie stars and all those who love a slice of the Californian good life.


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royalty has long been drawn here. Just 125 miles from Los Angeles, yesteryear’s screen idols Greta Garbo, Rita Hayworth, John Wayne, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and many others sought respite from their busy lives at the Del. One notable guest was Dorothy herself, Judy Garland, cast in MGM’s famed musical, the Wizard of Oz, long after Baum’s death. With a new addition of private luxury cottages right on the beach, an exclusive enclave known as Beach Village, a new generation of celebrities like Robert Downey Jr, Rihanna, Sandra Bullock, Lady Gaga and the Beckhams register under psuedonyms, enjoying the individual swimming pools and concierge service without ever visiting the main hotel. Boasting five different restaurants, the Del’s crowning jewel is the Crown Room. With its magnificent sugar pine ceiling, the vast wooden dome resembles an upturned ship, no surprise since the hotel’s original owners hired workers from the nearby dockyards. Decorated, of course, with Baum’s crown chandeliers, the Crown Room is celebrated for its sumptuous Sunday Brunch. Here tables groan beneath the weight of fresh seafood displayed on towers of ice; lamb, steak and pork are attended to by nifty chefs while an entire shelving unit displays cheeses from every country. Washed down with mimosas and bloody marys, consider next a choice of delicious home-baked desserts and a whole lolly shop full of sweet treats. It's one of those affairs that leaves you wishing for a second stomach, later providing ample reason to

rent a bike from the beach stand, pedalling off those calories on a self-guided tour along the coast path. When we visited earlier in the year, the Del’s annual Christmas-time ice rink was still set up on the beach, an experience unlike no other, swirling on ice to music alongside waves gently lapping up the shore. At night time it looked even more magical, strung about with fairy lights. After sunny days on the beach or in the pool, at sundown the Del takes on a whole different atmosphere, with guests dressing up or simply casual depending on dining options. A row of bonfires illuminate the sands offering private 'smores parties. Day in and day out, a local man tirelessly builds the most elaborate sandcastle, and dusk is the time when mischievous children sneak out of the shadows to knock it down. Our own top-storey room with veranda commanded a panoramic view across this stunning 28 acres of unspoilt Pacific Ocean beachfront, a perfect spot to kick back in an antique armchair and soak in the sunset. If it's hard for traditional hotels to compete with modern luxury brands, then the Del makes up for it with old world charm and hospitality. Like an old fashioned seaside holiday, it's impossible not to feel a sense of history and nostalgia for a bygone era. In the immortal words of Ron Burgundy: Stay classy, San Diego. PL Room rates range from US$299-a-night for a Victorian room with queen bed, double occupancy with ocean view through to a US$4700-anight private gated three-bedroom beach cottage with private pool, kitchen, concierge service and breakfast.Visit

fast facts • While the Coronado peninsula is not strictly an island, the spectacular two-mile San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge helps lend that impression. An architectural masterpiece, the bridge makes a dramatic 90-degree turn half-way, offering amazing views across the Pacific Ocean. A picturesque pedestrian ferry also operates between Coronado’s bay front dock and downtown San Diego or take a two-hour tour around the coastline with Flagship San Diego Harbor excursions. Visit for more information. • L. Frank Baum rented a modest pale yellow home at 1101 Star Park Circle, a short stroll from the Del. Built in 1896, the house is where he penned Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz and other books in the series. Still a private residence, you can actually see the face of the Wicked Witch peering from the side of the house visible from the street. Find plenty of Oz books and Emerald City memorabilia at the Del’s giftshop and local stores. • No vintage hotel is complete without a ghost. Known as 'The Beautiful Stranger', Kate Morgan was a pretty young woman who checked into the Del on November 24 1892, using an alias. Five days later her

lifeless body was found on a staircase leading to the beach, a gunshot wound to her head, which the local coroner later deemed self-inflicted. Her spirit is said to linger on in Room 3737 (formerly numbered 302) and also as a ghostly figure near the beach and in the resort’s giftshop where employees routinely witness seeing giftware mysteriously flying off shelves.

• Take a guided 90-minute leisurely walking tour of Coronado. Beginning in a stately mansion, the tour focuses lovingly on the Del, recounting stories from this playground of Presidents and Princes with juicy stories of their encounters with Navy pilots and SEALs from the nearby naval bases. Held thrice-weekly call + 619 435 5993 or visit • Get a taste of Americana dining at nearby Clayton's coffee shop, a retro 50s diner at 979 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118. No fuss or frills or even reservations, part of the fun is hanging on the sidewalk with the locals waiting for your table number to be called. Seated in our red leather banquette, we dined on frothy milk shakes, burgers and fries and homecooked apple pie, all the while jostling to make our own vintage rock n' roll picks on the table top juke box. Tel: 619-435-5425. may 14 | PRIMOLIFE



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Matthew Mills extols the virtues of Great Wall's X240 - a bargain for those in the know

There’s no getting away from the fact that being a lifestyle journalist has its perks. A long time ago, I cut my teeth as a bonafide news hack, a job that I quickly fell in love with, but there was no getting away from the fact that glamour wasn’t something that cropped up that often as I pounded the streets doing my bit to answer the call of the Fourth Estate. Yes, there was the thrill of bringing home a scoop, but mostly my days were spent skulking through dodgy suburbs, trying to stay awake in endless council meetings or drinking weak tea with the latest couple to espouse that ‘a little bit of give and take’ was the key to reaching a golden or ruby

wedding anniversary. Generally then, I found myself more often than not in places that you wouldn’t want to spend a Saturday evening, rather than glad-handing the great and good with a glass of Veuve in one hand and a dictaphone in the other. But then the siren call of feature writing – putting together those articles that talk of the good things in life rather than the bleak reality of society – sounded and lured me over to the shiny side of journalism. At once, my working day changed. No more was I pulling on a pair of wellies to squelch around a paddock or breathing in the smoke and ale of the coppers’ pub. Now my patch was a long list of hotels, theatres, launch parties and junkets. Life was good, I realised, but there was a tiny fly in this giant ointment jar of excess. The thing is, you see, us hacks don’t, contrary to popular belief, take home a massive wedge of cash at the end of each week. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not destitute or anything, but when you’re suddenly thrust into the world where the other half live, it’s a bit of a shock to see how little of this gilded society your paycheck will buy you. I remember early on being assigned a

seat at a lavish ball, top chefs, top society, top dollar. It should have been a wonderful introduction to this new side of journalism, but instead I spent the whole evening acutely aware of how cheap my suit was, how nonmarque my shoes were and how obvious it was that everyone else there that night was politely not mentioning the fact that my wardrobe was simply not up to scratch. Still, as my first chief sub used to say, there are no problems, just solutions. As such, I began working out how to buy cheap but look expensive. Soon, I had mastered the art of trawling Target and K-Mart for the gems in the menswear section that said bohemian rather than bogan, developed a knack for finding just the right tie in the Salvos and worked out which wine to take to a work-related dinner party that was far enough away from cleanskin to not raise eyebrows, but still would give me change from a twenty at Dan Murphy’s. So, now I’m quietly confident I look the part when I’m in the company of the elite and I think I’ve mastered the manners and customs needed to not come over as an oik around the rich and the famous. But one thing has always eluded me, one area of prestige I’ve never been able to fill on my salary – the car. Until now that is.

This week I’ve been behind the wheel of a Great Wall X240 – and I think I’ve finally found the way to look the part on the road without a bank account stuffed with bucks. Let’s get it out of the way first – this car costs $23,990. I’ll say that again. $23,990. That’s not the kind of money, you’d think, that will buy you the kind of metal that’s going to sit comfortably in the VIP

car park of a Sandalford extravaganza. That’s not even the kind of money that’s going to buy you a ten-year-old version of the car of your dreams. But, somehow, tthey've managed to put together a car that looks the part, drives the part, is the part for the kind of money that those of us not in the one per cent can get their hands on. Just look at the pictures on these pages. You'll see a gleaming SUV, cool, sleek, calm and collected, confident in its shape and ready to roll into the glittering realm of the better things in life. Its compact and graceful form makes you proud to get inside it. And when you

up on their own when it starts to rain – the latter a bonus here in WA when precipitation is so rare it’s easy to forget where the switch to turn them on exactly is. So, yes, here’s a car that absolutely looks the part at any venue. The name may not be familiar to everyone, but individualism is an asset in good company. And some may know the X240’s little secret, but prudence is a virtue too – this car says ‘I know how to spend my money, I don’t just throw it around’. Of course, there’s also the day to day to consider – I’m not out all the time at glitzy locations, there’s still the school run and the daily commute to get through. And here,

SMART INVESTMENT Great Wall's X240 has all the bells and whistles despite its super-low price tag, from leather seats to reverse cameras..

do, you feel like you’ve made it. As you relax into the leather seats, check out the gamut of gadgets that puts this beautiful bargain above much of everything else you can get for the price tags. Bluetooth, touchscreen audio, reversing camera, those lovely little buttons on the steering wheel, it’s got them all. The lights come on automatically when it gets dark and the windscreen wipers start

the X240 works fine. It may not be the most powerful 4x4 on the road – a 2.4litre, four-cylinder engine delivering 100kw of power at 200Nm of torque doesn’t put it too close to the top of the oomf ladder – but I always felt that it had everything under the bonnet that it needed. It’s economic too, drinking just 10.3 litres for every 100km and undeniably comfortable and roomy – the large boot area easily took a couple of kids’ bikes. And remember it is a 4x4 and boasts nice ground clearance and button-press ratio change, so it will take you offroad if you want it too. A diesel version is replacing the X240 I understand but it's still possible to snap up the model described here as supplies are in run-out mode. It's a pretty, confident car that stands easily against it competition touting pricetags twice as large. Forget cheap and cheerful, this is cheap but classy. PL Great Wall X240 2.4L 4-cylinder petrol $23,990.With sunroof, $24,990. Find dealers at may 14 | PRIMOLIFE



Inspired by country For the past 35 years, Jude Taylor Designs has celebrated the wonderful wildflowers and natural beauty of Western Australia through her fabrics and with her new range, her inspiring work is more popular than ever By Suesha Rana Images crib creative

Growing up as a young girl in Western Australia, Jude Taylor saw only the beauty of the wildflowers among the harsh bush lands. She says her passion for art has always been derived from the unique look and style of wildflowers. “My first painting was a simple bottlebrush in a vase, with strong black and white patterns,” said Jude. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Margaret Preston, a strong modernist artist, Jude was able to start working on her art again after her four children started school. During this time, Jude explains that her ‘naïve’ artwork often reflected her life. “A lot of my early works are looking through a window, because I had four children and I was in the home a lot, but you could see the beauty of what was around you. So, a lot of my early works are of my four children and of the valley, pictures of them (children) on the boats and swings.” For Jude, wild flowers represent femininity, because they “persist, flourish and sustain in an environment that appears too harsh for survival”. As such she admires strong women such as Judith Wright and Germaine Greer and believes that women must cherish all the roles they play throughout life. Jude proudly states that raising her family has been her life’s greatest achievement. In 1990, Jude showcased her first exhibition at the Gomboc Gallery and Sculpture Park in Middle Swan. It was soon followed by solo exhibition in 1996 at Sydney’s Holdsworth Gallery and Charles Hewitt Gallery. Using linocuts Jude was able to depict the extreme conditions of the Western Australian wilderness, drawing focus on its hard edges against the harsh light. Growing confident in her artistic talent and passion for the wildflowers, Jude wanted to explore the softer side of nature. Jude still worked with linocuts, but instead of printing on paper, she decided to use canvas and painted her artwork in oils. In 2008 she held an exhibition called Abundance aiming to capture the essence of these wildflowers. "Each one had their own secret for life within it, ready to burst out and give it its all," she says. Jude had gathered a great many patterns from her artwork


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FLOWER POWER Jude Taylor has drawn on her country upbringing throughout her highly successful creative career.

displayed in Abundance and realised that she could venture into screen-printing and textiles. She was overwhelmed with the advice she received from family and friends of what she should do with her patterns. “It was quite challenging to hold it in and go at my pace.” Jude went on a journey to Bali because she knew they would have artisans in situ to produce the quality of work she required on fabrics. A self-confessed introvert, Jude initially found herself outside her comfort zone during these solo trips. However, her artwork was now turning into a going business concern and exciting times were ahead.

Indonesia introduced Jude to a whole new range of fabrics that she could work with. Complementing her patterns of delicate flowers, Jude found herself falling in love with sensual local fabrics such as silks. Recently, Jude has been working with Australian fabric experts Sparkk Designs and is thrilled to announce that her new range is sleek and stylish. “The professional back-up of Sparkk’s experience makes me confident that orders of any size can be filled to the complete satisfaction of my customers.” Jude’s patterns of wildflowers can be found on cushions, wallpapers, clothing and handbags, just to name a few. They are digitally printed on fabrics such as Belgian linen, English cottons and silks. In 2012, Jude was commissioned to refurbish the office of the Premier and cabinet in the historic Hale School building in Perth, a

The colour palette for these prints is more muted, but emulates the feel of the Australian wilderness prestigious project for the local designer to tackle. "The colour palette for these prints is more muted, but still emulates the feel of the Australian wilderness," she says of her choices for the redesign. Jude’s greatest challenge during this renovation was the constant travel to and from Indonesia - and the difference in light. “You are working in an Indonesian factory and there is very little electricity and you’re looking at a colour, but when you bring it back to Australia, in an office in Perth underneath florescent light, it wasn’t the same and there was very little room for error,” said Jude.

The café is Jude’s old house, which has been renovated with the help of her children. Few meters away from the café is Jude’s studio, where she holds workshops. When Jude isn’t busy hosting workshops, she likes to take time away by the beach. Her favourite pastime is snorkeling or being able to sit still and observe the environment around her. "I haven't planned for any exhibitions in the near future," she says, "but I'd gladly accept another challenge like the refurbishment of the Premier's Office." PL Jude’s artwork, fabric, home décor and clothing can be found at Taylors Café in Middle Swan.Visit for more information. may 14 | PRIMOLIFE



A beautiful beachside home in WA has been given a makeover by Gina Schaadt, designer and consultant for Veranda Home & Garden, says Sandy Harvey The brief was simple. Designer and consultant for Veranda Home & Garden Gina Schaadt had to take a charming home near Cottesloe beach and create a warm and comfy holiday home feel which brought the essence of simple beachside living into the owner's busy lives. As a starting point Gina drew inspiration on the stylings for this particular project from the beach and set about recreating the comfortable, yet casually classy atmosphere that the exclusive Hamptons island enclave in the US is renowned for. The primary colour throughout is sand, wood from the beach, grey, inspiration of light woods, blue and turquoise used for highlights - a classic Hamptons palate. "Then I added an extra dimension with subtle usage of coral and light-coloured natural timber pieces for lighting and furniture," said Gina "with the occasional bowl of gorgeous high quality faux flowers, such as delicate orchid providing a vibrant, colourful focal point." Generously proportioned bedrooms combine the wonderful texture of natural timbers with natural fibres like linen, while pristine white bedding and cushions add a


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TRANQUILITY DEFINED A Cottesloe beach house has been filled with beautiful home furnishings based on the Hamptons ocean-inspired colours and vibe.

reminder of the ocean's sea-blue to the mix. A natural solid oak timber dining table and oak cross back dining chairs with linen carvers at each end provide a comfortable area for fabulous entertaining. As is so often the way, one of the most important living spaces to get right was the kitchen. "The kitchen and large living area is open and breezy and connects seamlessly to the outdoor entertaining area," said Gina. "The kitchen surfaces have strong clean

lines and are bright and warm at the same time." Timbers from an old wharf in Bunbury were utilised for the kitchen and outdoor table that had very sentimental value to the client. Chairs were then chosen to match the table. The interior flooring throughout is a beautifully finished timber parquetry with gold inlays used to dramatically define borders from room to room while outside, the excellent timberwork has been

freshened into a gleaming white hue. "White stone Travertine balcony flooring provides magnificent walkways from the many double doors exiting from bedrooms, lounge and dining areas right around the house to the cosy and spacious rear patio." A key design decision was the use of potted faux trees which provide a lovely contrast to the white and bright outdoor colourings, and, a bonus, they never need watering, which also prevents staining of the gorgeous stonework. "The owners and their family and friends should be enjoying this delightful retreat for many years to come," said Gina. PL Visit Veranda Home & Garden, Suite 2/1, Leura Avenue, Claremont WA 6010, visit or call (08) 9385 6533 to find out how the team can transform your home. may 14 | PRIMOLIFE



A moment with Myles . . . Dermott Brereton shows no sign of taming his trademark competitive edge when Myles, 10, finds out what makes the legendary ex-Hawk tick these days as one of Fox Footy's star commentators images Kristoffer Paulsen Myles: Would you say that you're primarily known for your aggressive style of play? Dermott: When people think of my name, I'd say yes, they tend to think of that being my style of play. Myles: Do you regret that? Dermott: No. Myles: How did you get your nickname, 'The Kid'? Dermott: I was 16 years old and was sitting on the bench in a reserves game for Hawthorne, and the coach (Des Meagher) didn't know my name. He said to one of the other players, 'come on, get a kick or we'll put that kid on', pointing at me. I went on to have a game and it went pretty well it was the first time I played as a man rather than a boy. Myles: What would you say to somebody who called you a sniper? Dermott: I'd think that they didn't know a great deal about footy. Myles: Why did you kiss Billy Duckworth in 1988? Dermott: Well he's very good looking. I thought he was going to head butt me actually so I just grabbed him instead. (Ed: Brereton kissed Duckworth while Jason Dunstall lined up for goal. Dunstall kicked the goal but due to Brereton's kiss, the goal was disallowed.) Myles: Did you mind when Kevin Sheedy called you 'just another mad Irishman' after that incident? Dermott: If you think about it, when he said 'just another mad Irishman', he was actually talking about himself too so, no, I didn't find it offensive. Water off a duck's back. Myles: How did you feel when Mark Yeates shirtfronted you? Dermott:At the time I wanted to go and find him. I ended up with two broken ribs and a tear in the kidney. The worst thing was the doctor advised me not to drink, so I waited til midnight to have one. Myles: Which club did you play the roughest for and which one was your favourite? Dermott: I played my best and roughest


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footy at Hawthorne, but also got suspended twice at Sydney for 14 weeks. Although I'm not officially involved with the Hawks anymore, I was on the board for 10 years, overlapping with Jason Dunstall. If they ever ask me to do anything, like an advertisement or a function, I'll always do it, no problem. Myles: What was the 'line in the sand' game in 2004 all about? Dermott: In 2004 Essendon at the time were a much better team than us, much tougher and more effective. I believed that Mark Johnston deliberately slammed Robbie Campbell's head into the ground so when we went downstairs with Peter Schwabb (the coach), I spoke to a couple of the boys and told them to be very mean and aggressive in the next quarter, and to make Mark's game terrible. The result was that all the boys got involved and there was a record amount of fines from that match. Up until then, they'd beaten us 10 times in a row, by 10 goals. The next game they beat us by three points, and then we beat them for the next nine games in a row. Myles: How did you get injured during your stint on Dancing on Ice in 2006? Dermott: I picked up my partner and was meant to throw her but just as I did my bicep exploded. I've now got a screw in the top of my shoulder and bolts in my arm all because I didn't warm up properly. Myles: Who was the hardest player you ever went up against? Dermott: I'd say Ross Glendinning - an amazing player. Myles: Who was your childhood hero? Dermott: Phil Carman, who played

for Collingwood and then went on to Melbourne, Essendon and North Melbourne. Myles: Would you still like to play in today's game? Dermott: I'd enjoy playing the game in this day and age - I'd dominate it. Myles: What do you think of the 2014 AFL season? Dermott: It's been a good season so far - the basic principals apply that the weak will get stronger, like GWS and Gold Coast who have drawn all the talent to their pool of players. I'm not convinced the Eagles will win the flag. We haven't seen them up against a strong team yet (at the time of going to press). Let's see what happens then. Myles: Who was the funniest Hawk? Dermott: That's a toss up between two guys - Robert 'Dipper' DiPierdomenico and my very best mate, Chris Wittman (98 games and two premierships). He's very dead pan, keeps a straight face while all around him are cracking up. Myles: Who do you think from the current players would make it in the future as a presenter like you? Dermott:You need to have something about you to make it on TV, a bit of charisma. I could see Brian Lake (Hawthorn, Norm Smith medallist) presenting - he's quirky, a bit weird and entertaining. Maybe Dean Cox or Robert Murphy too. Myles: Have you apologised to Chris Lewis? Dermott: In 1991 I racially taunted Chris and yes I have apologised for that. As a society we've learned more tolerance and

learned the correct way of behaving towards people who are from different backgrounds to our own. Chris is a fantastic fella and very funny. I'm still waiting for those to apologise to me and Dipper though. Myles: Would you recommend kids coming up through Auskick to copy your rough style of play? Dermott: Not the young juniors but for those 15 and above, yes I would as long as they play within the rules.You used to be able to bump players within five metres of the ball but now if you instigate the bump, the onus is on you to miss their head. In my day and age, I played within the rules. Myles: What's your new show, Ed and Derm's Big Week In Footy, all about? Dermott: We cover off every game during the week and chat about all the stuff we loved as we grew up, what the marks of the week were, the best goals. We also talk about other codes too. Myles: Do you get nervous before you go on air? Dermott: I get nervous for the first 10 seconds on the show but once I've got the first sentence out, I'm up and running and it's OK. Myles: What do you do in your spare time? Dermott: I love surfing, working on my house and kicking the ball around with my son, Devlin (14). PL Catch Dermott and Eddie McGuire (below) on Sundays on Ed and Derms' Footy Show on Fox Footy at 7.30pm (AEST).

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It's been a long time coming (over three decades to be exact) but finally, Australia is taking its rightful place on one of the biggest, cheesiest showbiz stages of all Eurovision 2014 By Gabi Mills 58

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For somebody brought up in the UK, the Eurovision Song Contest was a major part of my childhood. Once I was at uni however it was actually a ridiculously daft show, the perfect backdrop to a once-ayear evening of drinking and derision with a soundtrack of schmaltzy Euro-pop. Meanwhile in Australia, a nation which drew Swedish songbirds ABBA to their collective chest before they even won Eurovision in 1974, the passion for listening to a mixed bag of the talented and ambitiously talentless performers was shared, despite the geographical distance.



SBS has loyally shown the entire grand final Eurovision night for the past 30 years, sharing with our big red land a slice of Euroweirdness once a year. For a nation with a significant European lineage, it makes sense of course that so many of our fellow Aussies just love this kind of schtick on the gogglebox. And this year, there's even more of a reason to watch than ever. Our very own Jessica Mauboy has been invited to sing as the interval act in the second semifinal on May 8 in Denmark. Already a platinum-selling artist, Jess no doubt will wow the expected 125 million




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plus worldwide audience with her own brand of Euro-friendly pop - she's written a song especially for the night. "You can hear it is her," says Mikkel Bech, head producer of the event, "but she reflects the Eurovision spirit perfectly." So expect spandex, goth rock and cross dressing, presumably. PL Watch Eurovision 2014's semi-final One on Friday May 9 at 8.30pm on SBS ONE, semi-final Two on Saturday May 10 8.30pm on SBS ONE and the Grand Final screens on Sunday May 11 7.30pm (... contd. over) on SBS ONE.





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Irishman Johnny Logan has won the Eurovision Song Contest three times, singing the winning song himself in 1980 and 1987 and writing the winning entry for Linda Martin in 1992. Norway - famous for its long line of 'nil points' - has been last ten times. However they've also won it three times proving once and for all that there's no rhyme or reason to the competition apart from the fact that Scandinavian countries will always vote for each other, France hates the UK and Turkey will never vote for Greece, even if it's a Really Good Song.



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In 2001 the largest audience ever attended the event in Copenhagen. 38,000 people were there to witness the first ever Estonian victory. This year Copenhagen is once again the host city. In 2008 and 2011 a record number of 43 countries participated, a huge increase on the first year, 1956 held in Lugano, Switzerland, when just seven countries took part. Eurovision is not only one of the longest-running TV shows in the world, but also one of the most watched non-sporting events worldwide. Everywhere from South Korea to Canada, Uruguay to Colombia screen the event, and, since 2000 the event is also now broadcast over the internet. Julio Iglesias launched his career on the show, going on to sell 300 miillion worldwide, as did Celine Dion and Bucks Fizz. So that's another reason for us all to be grateful for Eurovision.



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Ireland has won seven times, while Luxembourg, France, Sweden and the UK have won five times. Songs in English have won 24 times, but French is also popular with 14 victories under its belt. Dutch and Hebrew songs have won three times each.

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Twitter's cleverest anti-troll warriors also happens to be one of the UK's best singer/songwriters. James Blunt is one smart dude, says Gabi Mills

Born James Hillier Blount, James Blunt seems to get under more than his fair share of peoples' skin, mostly, it seems because he's just, well, James Blunt. He's been accused of many things, from being too posh (he is quite well-to-do, to be fair but that's hardly his fault), too army (he was a serving officer in the British forces), too bland (hands up who admits they've got Blunt on Spotify?) but there's no denying that Mr Blount/Blunt is smarter than your average popsicle in the charts. Just take a look at his Twitter feed and you'll see what I mean. For instance here's one reply to @yanto1973:


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Or this retort to @spenno44:

For somebody routinely called every name under the sun on his own Twitter feed, you get the feeling that Blunt would be the guy to have in your corner should the insults start to be flung in your direction. Fortunately us Aussies will have the chance to bask in his intellect - and vocal talent of course - when he begins his tour at the end of May in New Zealand before visiting every state in Australia with guests Busby Marou. With his most recent single Bonfire Heart, taken from his

MODEL CITIZEN James Blunt arrives at the Warner Music Group post Grammy party at the Chateau Marmont in LA.

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upcoming album Moon Landing peaking at the number one position on the iTunes single chart and with just under four million views already, Blunt could be forgiven for thinking that actually, he's rather popular (take note, @RachelJohnsto96 - "@JamesBlunt my dog could do better!!!!!"@JamesBlunt Then your dog should try harder.@RachelJohnsto96: ) Blunt shot to fame with a couple of songs which never seemed to be off the radio playlist back in 2006, You’re Beautiful and Goodbye My Lover from his platinum selling album Back to Bedlam. It was one of the UK’s best-selling albums of the 2000s and the beginning of the public's love/hate relationship with Blunt. He appeared on Top Gear in a memorable episode where he was the 'star in a reasonably priced car', underlining his reputation for being a wit with his easy banter with fellow controversial toff, Jeremy Clarkson.

For his fourth studio album Moon Landing, Blunt has said that he wanted to go back to sounding like himself. "I was playing a lot of ukulele - mainly because it makes me look bigger,’ says Blunt. He also returned to producer Tom Rothrock, and to working with just the two of them in the studio, occasionally bringing in selected musicians from the Back To Bedlam sessions. Picking up a guitar and writing his first song at 14, Blunt wrote his university dissertation on the music industry, took that guitar to the war in Kosovo and always dreamed of making music, saying what success has meant, more than anything, is freedom. "What it allowed me to do was go on tour with a band. That was absolutely amazing," he said. But it also meant much more than that, with three world tours, four number one singles, five Grammy nods (plus two BRITS, two Ivor Novellos and a host of MTV awards), a six-piece band, seven whole years on the road, nearly 17m albums and 20 million singles sales worldwide following - and of course 743,000 Twitter followers at the time of writing. Bringing a full band with him for the tour and renowned for his charm and grace on stage, Australian audiences will be treated to the full Blunt charm offensive when he returns for his first visit since 2011, playing songs from his highly anticipated new album as well as a collection of hits. "There's just something romantic, old-school and lonely about the moon landings," he says of the album's title. "A nostalgic memory of something huge that we can hardly believe we once achieved and, for some sad reason, can't achieve again – like first love." PL Tickets for the Perth show at the Riverside Theatre, June 13 are available from or call 13 28 49. Follow James Blunt on Twitter @ jamesblunt


Maleficent It's the bad girl role Angelina Jolie was born to play, says the enigmatic actress, finally revealing the back story to one of the all-time great fairy tales of childhood By Gill Pringle


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hy? Because she’s the biggest movie star there is,” says legendary producer Joe Roth explaining why Maleficent would never have been made without Angelina Jolie. “I went after her before I even went after the director - she seemed like the only

person you could put in the part. There was no point in making the movie if it wasn’t her,” says the former Disney chairman who’s produced some of Disney’s most successful movies including Alice in Wonderland and Oz: The Great And Powerful. “I went to her house and I saw her

kids and one of them had horns on and I thought, oh that’s a good sign. And her brother had said she always wanted to play the part as a kid, and I thought ‘OK well, here we go, here’s the opportunity’. I promised her we would make sure it was a good movie.” One of the most beloved and also misunderstood women in Hollywood, Jolie has long identified with Maleficent, the witch/bad fairy who put a spell on a young Sleeping Beauty in Disney’s 1959 animated classic. “I loved Maleficent when I was a little girl,” she reflects today. “She was my favourite Disney character. I was afraid of her and I loved her. She had this elegance and grace and yet she was so cruel, just wonderfully and deliciously cruel.” Fascinated by the script she says: “It was like uncovering a great mystery. We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty and we all know Maleficent and what happened at the christening because we’ve all grown up with that. But what we’ve never known is, what happened before? “Children have always been told she’s pure evil. And she is evil, but its not all she is - and its not fair that the story was left there,” says Jolie, 38, who relished her transformation for the role, donning black horns and claws and perhaps even fearsome black wings. But when Maleficent finally begun shooting at Britain’s legendary Pinewood Studios two years ago, the film-makers hit a snag - all the tiny children auditioning to play the toddler version of Princess Aurora were terrified of Jolie. “The strange thing was people with little kids would visit the set and I would think, ‘I’m a Disney character!’” Jolie told me when she made a surprise appearance at Disney’s annual D23 fan convention in Anaheim, California last year. “I’d go over to the children and say hi, and they would scream and run off. One little boy actually said ‘Mommy, Please, tell the mean witch to stop talking to me’.” But, in the meantime, film-makers began to despair of finding a child who wouldn’t be terrified of Jolie in her Maleficent getup. “All the other three and four-year-old actors wouldn’t come near me, so it had to be a child that liked me and wasn’t afraid of my horns and my eyes and my nails. So it had to be Viv,” she recalls today. Enter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, making her movie debut as the toddler version of Princess Aurora/Briar Rose while her older siblings Pax and Zahara both have walk-on parts in the christening scene. “She was the only four-year-old who wouldn’t scream,” says Jolie who was may 14 | PRIMOLIFE


delighted when Elle Fanning was cast as the teenage Aurora. “Elle is Aurora,” she says. “From the moment I met her, she is just sunshine. She’s a wonderful, sweet, intelligent young woman.” Typical of Jolie, who has a mission to empower women, she hopes that young girls will take away an important message from Maleficent: “I hope the girls especially


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will see the importance of having a sense of justice and a sense of what’s fair and what’s worth fighting for. They’ll see that they can be warriors and at the same time soft and feminine and deeply feeling, with all the complexities women have.” After two decades of interviewing movie stars, this journalist must confess a bias, having fallen for Jolie many years ago when

she begun our interview with a huge smile and an unexpected opener, “What would you like to know? Ask me anything.” And she really hasn’t changed since then, remaining curious and open to all of life’s possibilities rather than locking herself away in a guided cage. When I returned to Los Angeles after attending PRIMOLife's launch party in February, she and Brad were ahead of me in the security line at Sydney Airport, juggling the family without a single nanny in sight and apologising to other travellers waiting in line. She insisted that a portion of the proceeds from Disney’s Maleficent clothing line, which she teamed with Stella McCartney to create, go to SOS Childrens Villages, while in March she was in Sarajevo for a humanitarian conference. Parents of six, Brad and Angelina have both been joined by their children in their movies, Pitt featuring their oldest son Maddox in World War Z last year, although neither of them are keen to see their kids become full-time actors. To this end, her children are more likely to accompany her to a refugee camp or a orphanage than they are on the red carpet. “We think it's fun for our kids to have

cameos and join us on set, but not to be actors. That’s not the goal for Brad and me at all. I think we would both prefer that they didn’t become actors,” she recently told Entertainment Weekly. For producer Joe Roth, Maleficent is likewise the realisation of a long cherished dream. “When I worked at Disney, Maleficent was the most popular villain in the entire canon of Disney villains, even more so than Cruella De Vil, whom I cast as Glenn Close in 101 Dalmations. “But Maleficent was always the arch villain of the Disney canon. I call this a ‘second chance’ movie; the big underlying theme is watching an innocent have her heart broken and what road do you have to travel in order to regain it?” ask Roth who more recently produced Snow White and The Huntsman. “For kids, Maleficent will be like unwrapping a mystery, finding out what was really going on,” teases Jolie. Expect Maleficent to have you rooting for the other side. PL Maleficent is released on May 29.

MYSTERY WOMAN Angelina Jolie vamping it up as bad witch Maleficent in Disney's latest offering and left, Elle Fanning as Aurora, the princess destined to sleep forever.

I loved Maleficent when I was a little girl. She was my favourite Disney character. I was afraid of her and I loved her.' ~ Angelina Jolie on Maleficent, the enchantress from Sleeping Beauty

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OM Fresh from his worldwide success as Walter White in Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston is ready for an even bigger challenge – a remake of one of the most iconic monster movies of all time. By Gill Pringle If Godzilla was one of the most popular movie monsters of all time, then Hollywood has had little success reprising that Japanese monster magic, most notably with Roland Emmerich’s 1998 re-boot, reviled by fans and critics alike and earning multiple Razzies including Worst Remake. Enter Walter White. If there’s anyone who understands monsters then it has to be Bryan Cranston whose small screen creation on TV’s Breaking Bad was a masterpiece in menace. But now it’s his turn to tame the beast, portraying a nuclear physicist in this ambitious 3D re-imagining of Godzilla. “I remember seeing this frightening monster that you couldn't possibly contain, you couldn't possibly kill it," says Cranston, and you think for a moment he’s describing his own evil alter-ego Walter White.


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Instead he’s actually recalling why Godzilla was his favourite childhood monster. “I remember watching it as a young, impressionable boy and I just loved the absolute power of this enormous monster and the futility of all the military firing guns and the bullets are like gnats to the thing. It's like, what are they going to do?” smiles the 58-year-old actor when I caught up with him at Comic-Con in San Diego. Hopefully Cranston’s Joe Brody has a few tricks up his sleeve as he takes on this new improved Godzilla, now grown more deadly, pulsating with radioactive power as it fights against a world overrun by equally malevolent creatures. With beautiful French actress Juliette Binoche cast as his wife and grown children portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron

Taylor-Johnson, you can be sure the Brody bunch will do their best. Boasting the tallest Godzilla in movie history, director Gareth Edwards confesses his monster has been a work in progress. “Initially we went ‘OK, we're going to make the tallest Godzilla ever by far and we started doing all the animation and it was like ‘He's too tall! It’s no fun if he's that big and you just see him straight away all the time!’ so then we reduced him and tried all these different sizes. "We literally went: here's a version with this size, here's a version with that size, and the size we landed on was pretty much just taller than the tallest he's ever been and so we can claim that.” But not too much taller. “Yeah, it's like when they built the Chrysler Building and then the Empire

State put an aerial on or something. We only wanted to get just above what had already existed but he's the size he is for a reason because it's a visual storytelling and you've got to be able to hide him a little bit for it to keep that thrill and suspense,” he says. Coinciding with the beast’s 60th anniversary, Godzilla was filmed on a monster-sized US$170 million budget, the giant radioactive monster once again wreaking havoc on mankind. With the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki still fresh in the Japanese consciousness in 1954, Godzilla was originally conceived as a metaphor for nuclear weaponry, going on to become a worldwide pop culture icon, starring in 28 films. Initially hesitant about joining the film, Cranston reveals, “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it at first because it was so big. I didn’t know if I wanted to step into that world.” But his fears were allayed once he joined with the rest of the cast on location in Vancouver - and during the interview he’s teasing the director about the film’s giant budget. “Gareth’s first movie [In The Shadow of the Moon] was done for $200,000 so this budget just added three zeroes to that. I was amazed he wasn't freaking out. He was completely calm. I was more nervous than him and I would come in and ask ‘How you doing today? You getting sleep? Are you freaking out at all?’ and he would say ‘No, not really,’” recalls the actor who’s happy to grow his hair back in his post-Breaking Bad life. Happily wed to actress Robin Dearden with whom he has a daughter Taylor, 20, he admits it’s a struggle to find a balance in his life now that he’s become one of the most recognisable faces on TV.

MONSTER MASH Bryan Cranston (right) stars as scientist Joe Brody in a re-boot of classic monster flick, Godzilla.

“I’m very blessed to have this career and yet familial issues are always a part of my decision making; you're always juggling those things and it's not often easy. But, in leaving Breaking Bad, I thought this would

be a good opportunity to go completely in a different direction. I wanted to change things up and so this was perfect.” Hear him roar. Godzilla is released on May 15.

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The perils of working for a she-man

Jennifer Granger suggests we all do our research before accepting a job, especially if your boss is a powerful female It’s Sunday evening and you have a slightly sick feeling in your stomach. The thought of going to work the next morning is making your life a misery. Come to think of it, you’ve been feeling like this for the past six months, ever since you joined your current company. And the reason for the queasy stomach suddenly hits yo: your boss. Turns out that your new female boss is both unpredictable and vicious. One moment she’s friendly and really pleasant and the next, she’s the boss from hell. A whole gamut of behaviours can typically take place in the space of an hour and you are on a roller-coaster every minute of your working day. It might be little consolation but many people suffer the same


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fate as you. Sally for example took a new job with a marketing consulting firm thinking that she would enjoy working for a woman. But poor Sal wasn't prepared for working for such a highly masculine-oriented female boss. When she interviewed for the job, her new boss appeared utterly charming and could not have been friendlier. Sally felt that Chantal really wanted her on the team. It felt good to be so wanted. But once Sally settled in at her desk, within just a few days, she could tell that there was a whole other side to Chantal and it wasn’t pretty. Sally couldn’t imagine why, but suddenly Chantal seemed be threatened by Sally’s presence. In particular, Chantal really hated it when Sally attracted positive notice from colleagues for her very specialised skills in service marketing. Surely this shouldn’t be happening, Sally thought. Those same specialised skills were exactly the reason why she had earned the job in the first place. Sally had a very special niche, no doubt about it. But what Sally hadn’t counted on was that she had triggered the ‘threat button’ in her boss, who it turns out was a highly competitive, highly masculine-oriented career woman. The truth is that this kind of woman is not your friend and she

doesn’t make a very good boss either. A boss like Chantal is very good at figuring out the best coattails to ride to the top, and she wants all the attention from the top focused on her and only her. She likes competent people because they make her look good, but woebetide anyone who is overly talented and who might overshadow her. That’s because bosses like Chantal are power-hungry, insecure and probably not as talented as their underlings. If you work for a boss like this, you need to be good enough to get the job done, while being careful not to excel too much since that might bring you to the notice of the higher-ups. Instead of walking on eggshells and never getting noticed, it’s better to avoid being hired by someone like Chantal in the first place. And here’s how. When you are being interviewed, discretely ask some salient questions so you can flush out the true archetype of your new boss. For instance to whom does she report? What is that relationship like? Are they close? Is it a good working relationship or is it a little more than that? Is she afraid of her boss? Also see if you can find

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out who else reports to her boss and how do all the direct reports get along with each other? Here’s how to read the answers. If your potential boss seems too close to her boss, then she will not want anyone else to shine. If she is afraid of her boss, again she won’t want anyone else in her department to excel. If she is very competitive with her peers and colleagues, that doesn’t bode well for you either, particularly if you are talented and upwardly mobile. So beware and do your homework before you get hired. Otherwise you may find out the hard way that working for a highly-masculine female boss delivers nothing but a dead end job and a lot of queasy Sunday nights. PL Working as a corporate insider on four continents over a 20 year period before becoming a transformational coach, Jennifer Granger now lives in Melbourne, Australia and is the author of a ground-breaking book, “Feminine Lost:Why Most Women are Male” (Weinstein Books, $19.99). Her book discusses the sorry state of relationships between men and women in the boardrooms and bedrooms around the world, and she explains how finding one’s own correct balance of internal energies creates a better life at work and at home. Perth • Sydney • Melbourne • Brisbane • Newcastle Tamworth • Rockhampton • Walcha

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Family Guarantor Loans – with Paul Hamilton, General Manager of Peard Finance

good or bad?

With Perth’s median house price reaching more than $540,000 in the first quarter of 2014, many first home buyers are struggling to raise the deposit required to buy a property When I first entered the industry nine years ago many lenders were allowing purchasers to borrow 100% of the property value plus fees. While this was great for the home buyer, unfortunately many people started their housing journey with negative equity (ie their loan was worth more than their house). Over time this reduced to more sensible levels and borrowers were required to demonstrate an ability to save 5% or more of a deposit to qualify for a loan. In 2008, as a result of the GFC, most lenders increased the minimum deposit requirement to 10%-15% of the property price. As we speak many lenders still allow people to borrow with a 5% deposit but the rules and restrictions surrounding them are increasing. What are the benefits of having a guarantor? For the borrower it means that you can potentially buy a house without having a 5% deposit. As part of the borrower’s loan is secured by the guarantor’s property, the risk to the bank is reduced. This means that the lender does not need to charge Lenders Mortgage Insurance and the interest rates offered are generally cheaper. These two things can potentially save thousands of dollars for the borrower. RISKS TO THE GUARANTOR On the flipside, while there is no need for the borrower to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance it does pass the risk to the guarantor. Quite simply, if the borrower doesn’t pay the loan, the guarantor will ultimately be responsible for that debt. If the guarantor is looking to buy other property, or lend against the equity in their home, it can also limit their options as part of


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their equity will be used by the borrower. Before considering being a guarantor there are some key things that you should consider first. Ask lots of questions and do you own research. A qualified mortgage broker can help by providing information in relation to the different lender policies so that you understand your obligations. Obtain legal or financial advice The majority of lenders require a guarantor to obtain legal and financial advice. While this can be deemed as an inconvenience it should also be viewed as a good investment to make sure that you and the applicants understand your legal obligations. If you choose not to obtain advice there are lenders that allow you to proceed on the basis that you understand your obligations. consider extra Insurance While anyone with a loan should have a level of insurance, it is even more important when someone is borrowing with a guarantor. This insurance could protect the borrower from financial hardship and the guarantor from being lumped with the loan. Discuss an exit strategy Ideally the guarantee will remain in place until such time as the borrower has achieved 20% capital growth or the applicant has paid down the loan by the guarantee amount. As such in most cases, the guarantor should expect to be in place for three years or more. PL Visit to find the local broker in your community.


PRIMOlegal with John Hammond

When the worst happens

Legal action by the relatives of the passengers who disappeared aboard Flight MH370 is inevitable, says director of Hammond Legal John Hammond

That fateful flight from KL to Beijing may have turned into one of the world's greatest mysteries at the time of going to press, but what is undeniable is that on board the plane there were 152 Chinese passengers, 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians, six Australians and three Americans. From the outset, Malaysia Airlines are liable under an international treaty known as the Montreal Convention. Under the Montreal Convention, Malaysia Airlines are liable for as much as $175,000 per passenger and with 227 passengers on board that equates to nearly $40 million. Under the Montreal Convention there is no question of whether anyone is at fault. The payment under the convention is a minimum payment regardless of fault. Relatives of the survivors may seek to question the plane's manufacturer Boeing. A claim against Boeing would be a product liability claim. For this claim to have a chance, a problem with the plane's design or equipment would have to be established. Damages would be substantial, particularly if relatives filed their law suits in the USA where the damages that are awarded are usually much higher than in other countries. There are reports that at least one US law firm has commenced an action against Malaysia Airlines and Boeing.

Chicago-based law firm Ribbeck Law has been approached by several families to file a law suit against Boeing and Malaysia Airlines on the premise that the plane went down due to mechanical failure. Personally, I do not understand how there would be any information available at this point in time to establish mechanical failure or to put either Boeing or Malaysia Airlines in the frame for compensation payouts. Malaysian Airlines have offered the families of the passengers $5000 each. Malaysia Airlines have said they have 'adequate insurance coverage in place to meet all reasonable costs' of the disaster. The insurance company Allianz is the airline's lead insurer. It is reported that Allianz has already made payments into a trust account in the anticipation of payments being made to the relatives. Malaysia Airlines could face a suit for negligence if it is established that there was pilot error. Again the damages would be astronomical if lawsuits were filed in the USA and negligence on the part of Malaysia Airlines was proved. Surprisingly, compensation claims can be settled even before it is known how the plane crashed. For example, the Air France 447 that vanished in 2009 between Rio de Janeiro

and Paris was a case where compensation was paid prior to the cause of the crash being discovered. While wreckage was floating in the sea days later, it took two years before the plane's black box recorders were discovered at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. This did not prevent Air France paying compensation to the relatives of the deceased passengers. Most lawyers are confident that Malaysia Airlines will want to settle rather than have a fight in court which could be deeply damaging to the brand. Lawyers cannot agree that the claims may be worth. According to the International Business Times (April 9 2014) some lawyers believe that the total compensation could vary from $400,000 to $10 million for each passenger. Whatever the outcome of legal action against Malaysia Airlines or Boeing, let’s hope that it is resolved quickly and that the families of the passengers are able to achieve some form of closure. The problem with legal action is that as long as there are legal claims around the families will not be able to obtain any peace of mind. PL If you require legal assistance call the team at Hammond Legal - (08) 6311 7080. may 14 | PRIMOLIFE


Take five.. ARIES

Horoscopes by Patsy Bennettby | Horoscopes PATSY BEnnETT | ASTRoCAST.CoM.AU


March 21-April 20

The full moon on May 15 suggests a new agreement or negotiation could be uplifting, if not fortunate, especially in the areas of work and your broader interests. Your finances could be on the up, too. However, your sign’s ruler, Mars, will be retrograde until the end of May, putting your health and lifestyle in focus.



April 21-May 21

The recent solar eclipse in your sign will continue to open your eyes to new options in May, which will encourage you to look towards new horizons, especially at work and specifically regarding your work/play balance. Developments will revolve increasingly around your values, as you ascertain what – and who – is truly valuable.

July 24-Aug 23

So much rests on your ability to negotiate and ride both the upward trends and the downward spirals in May. People will surprise you, so it’s worth being prepared to deal both with illuminating and confusing information; and with unpredictable people. A great guide for you this month is: what is truly important in my life?


June 22-July 23

This month’s events will provide you with invaluable insight into how to make the changes you’d like to see within your life, especially at home and at work. And, while you may perceive your options as limited you may be surprised by the support and encouragement you receive which will help you to accomplish important goals.



May 22-June 21

You may be surprised by unexpected or powerful developments, especially in connection with work, your career and your general direction. The Gemini new moon on May 29 further suggests changes to do with your general wellbeing will flourish. If you are negotiating new contracts at this time, ensure you double-check the details.

Aug 24-Sep 23

Your sign’s ruler, Mercury, will help you to negotiate, communicate and to get things done this month, especially regarding travel, study and broadening your horizons. Unpredictable people may continue to surprise you, although this month, you may find that you’re better able to deal with circumstances that arise.


i e i n c t o f n Rules: Form as many words as possible. Each word must contain the centre letter. Plurals made by adding “s” are not counted. GOOD 18 BETTER 22 BEST 25



1. 9. 10. 11. 13. 14. 16. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22.

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 12. 15. 17. 19. 21.

Explorers (11) Favourite (3) Respectable (9) Disagreeable (5) Determine (7) Carry to excess (6) Have ambitions (6) Performer (7) Ate dinner (5) Amuse (9) Study (3) Unceremonious (4,3,4)

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Suitable (3) Robust (5) Divulge (6) Hates (7) Uprising (9) Dogmatic (11) Eternal (5-6) Watcher (9) Merit (7) Keep (6) Dullard (5) Type of lettuce (3)

SUDOKU How to play: You are given a 9x9 grid which has been divided up into nine 3x3 boxes. The aim of the game is very simple: to fill each row, column and 3x3 box with the numbers from 1 to 9 inclusive.

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Sep 24-oct 23

You’re likely to feel so much more in sync with the people close to you this month, especially if you appreciate the necessity to roll with the ups and downs; and to accommodate the unpredictable nature of some of the people you interact with. the full moon mid-month suggests a new financial phase will begin.


oct 24-nov 22

the recent eclipse in your partnership zone will continue to exert an influence on your relationships, especially around may 15. a new approach to your daily schedule, including work and health, could see improved energy levels. a trip or a communications device could minimise – or exacerbate – tension in your life.


Dec 22-Jan 20

a change at home will breathe fresh air into your life in may; and developments could come from out of the blue, so keep an open mind. Lovely influences suggest you’re likely to catch up with old friends; or enjoy a club or your social life more than you have recently. events this month could broaden your social and family horizons.

feb 20-March 20

may revolves around your broader interests, including travel, legal and study matters; and your awareness and self-development if you’re spiritually minded. by the end of may, you’ll have progressed considerably within one – or more – of these areas, especially if you’re careful with negotiations and stand your ground.

quick quiz


3. Did the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predict a longer US winter or an early spring this year?

8. In what Asian country is the active volcano Mount Sinabung located?

4. Favouritism shown to relatives is known as what? 5. Who was the first boxer to defeat Muhammad Ali in a professional fight? 6. Which of these seas does not border Australia: Arafura, Scotia or Timor?

9. How many awards did The Great Gatsby win at this year’s AACTA Awards: 8, 10 or 12? 10. Which 15th century ruler is said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula?

1. Nine Inch Nails. 2.World War I. 3. Longer winter. 4. Nepotism. 5. Joe Frazier. 6. Scotia. 7. Haim. 8. Indonesia. 9. 12.10. Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia.

7. Sisters Este, Danielle and Alana make up which US band?


2. The First Battle of Passchendaele took place in what war?

infection, nicotine, confine, coniine, fiction, nicotin, infect, incite, conine, noetic, notice, fecit, nonce, ionic, conin, tonic, nice, cite, cone, once, cent, cote, coif, foci, coin, icon, otic, conn. .


FinD-A-WoRD { theme: SPAce } Find these words in the grid: NebuLa






























1. Which of the following bands has Dave Grohl not been a member of: Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age or Nine Inch Nails?

Jan 21-feb 19

this is a great month to kick-start a refreshing phase at work. If you’ve been looking for a new career or interest or to boost your profile or status, then may could be the month to make progress, especially as the full moon in your status zone will help boost your credibility. all this could also lead to important changes at home.




nov 23-Dec 21

the full moon mid-month and the new moon on may 29 together suggest that a new approach to work and health could benefit you greatly. this is your month to get on top of your daily timetable; to schedule more agreeable work ethics and to derive more fulfilment in life. ask: what do I truly want to do in may? the stars will help you.

AcRoSS: 1 Pathfinders; 9 Pet; 10 reputable; 11 Nasty; 13 resolve; 14 overdo; 16 aspire; 18 artiste; 19 dined; 20 entertain; 21 con; 22 Free and easy. DoWn: 2 apt; 3 Hardy; 4 Impart; 5 detests; 6 rebellion; 7 opinionated; 8 Never-ending; 12 Spectator; 15 deserve; 17 retain; 19 dunce; 21 cos.


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Labour of love

Harmony is at the heart of this generously proportioned home with million-dollar views across the Indian Ocean and a grand design to match Within moments of walking through the doors at 42 Lighthouse Parade in a quiet part of the northern suburb of Mindarie visitors will discover that the current owner/builders of the home know a thing or two about craftsmanship. They've also got a gift for making the most of the wide open spaces the downstairs part of the house affords, with an immense feeling of depth achieved by a gallery on the first floor which looks down on the action below. With hand-built cabinets installed throughout the property, and top of the range design features throughout, this is the definition of living on a grand scale. The five bedrooms, three-bathroom family home is designed to make it easy to manage a large family without compromising a certain sense of style or elegance. A theatre room next to the front door leads to a separate outdoor sitting area, perfect for an all-important post-match dissection of who made the best mark or goal. Walk through to the impressive living


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space which dominates the ground floor and there's enough room for everybody to enjoy the natural light flooding in from the wall of windows facing the ocean and to the left, Mindarie's marina. The kitchen, open plan and generously proportioned and fitted with top of the range appliances means the cook will never labour alone. A real high point - and a feature which the current owners plan to replicate in their new property - is a walk-in cold room. Perfect for storing larger items which domestic freezers just can't accommodate and giving an unusual dimension to the keen chef's arsenal. There's a large pantry too, once again displaying the wonderful carpentry evident throughout the whole house. Easy-to-clean micro screed flooring is present throughout the ground floor as well as spotted gum feature wooden flooring, the combination of light and dark reflected in decor choices throughout the property. With a vintage Wurlitzer setting the stage for a house perfect for entertaining in the living room, the outside space does

not disappoint either. There's an outdoor kitchen, laundry, an extra WC for those remaining poolside for the duration of the day and plenty of room for loungers, casual seating and dining furniture. Stairs lead up from this area too to the first floor balcony, keeping a strong connection visually with the downstairs and upstairs areas. A guest bedroom on the ground floor affords privacy with a large an en-suite and wardrobe areas making it the perfect spot for visiting friends or in-laws. Upstairs, a further three double bedrooms continue the generous, harmonious spirit of the home, the spotted gum flooring this time sharing acreage with thick carpet in neutral shades. Panelled ceilings give an interesting textural touch to the space and, in a patriotic yet understated flourish, feature lighting is in the shape of the Southern Cross above one section of the room. This eminently liveable home is perfect for families who enjoy the finest things in life, from million-dollar views to lazy afternoons on the balcony.

This is the definition of living on a grand scale

SUPERLATIVE QUALITY This Mindarie mansion is a real showstopper with plenty of room for everybody to enjoy the wonderful views and wide blue skies from the pool deck (left) and top floor balcony (above). Bedrooms are generously proportioned and there are multiple living areas.

The main suite is beautifully laid out, the ensuite bathroom large enough for its own postcode. The walk in robe, again with floor to ceiling cabinets would make a Kardashian jealous and the laundry cupboard has a hidden secret: a chute leading directly down to the laundry below, saving the need for carrying heavy loads downstairs. There's an upstairs bar, reverse cycle heating and air con throughout and, in a final flourish, a ethanol-fuelled cabinet with realeffect flames proving that this house really does warm the cockles of the heart. PL

42 LIGHTHOUSE PARADE MINDARIE By Auction on May 17 car 2 bed 5 bath 3

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Welcome to the property section of PRIMOLife


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One of the most significant trends in the property market during 2014 has been the re-emergence of investors buying properties in large numbers WITH RETIREMENT NOW being no guarantee of a stressfree way to spend our golden years, it's more important than ever to make the right investment decisions. In recent years, property investors have been largely absent from the property market thanks in large part to the confidence body blow dealt by the Global Financial Crisis. However, thanks to strong rental returns and rising property prices investors are being lured back into the property market in big numbers – not only in WA but also nationwide. A recent national survey of 1,000 homeowners found that almost half had recently purchased, or intended to purchase, an investment property. This growing activity by investors is now feeding into rising property sales, something we've seen here at the Peard Real Estate Group with sales jumping by $30 million during March 2014 compared to the same period last year. That means there are a lot of savvy buyers out there keen to maximise their hard won dollars by picking a property or two to grow their funds. Looking longer term, the influence of investors in the property market is set to remain strong, especially in light of recent comments by Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey. It's now on the table that not only could the pension age be raised to 70, but that the amount paid could also be limited over time, sending a clear message to Australians that they cannot rely on a government-funded pension to see them through their retirement years. Already, the pension age is planned to be raised to 67 years between 2017 and 2023. The reality is that the Federal Government needs to review spending on their pension scheme because it is predicted that the number of Australians aged from 64 to 84 will double from 2010 to 2050 while the number of people aged over 85 will quadruple. As people are now living longer due to improvements in lifestyle and medical treatments, more money is now required to fund a person’s retirement. That's why a growing number of people are now investing in property for long term capital growth and rental income so they have an asset that continues to not only grow in value but also delivers high rental returns during their retirement years. So to beat the pension squeeze and build a nest egg for your family the message is clear. Snap up one of Peard Real Estate's properties and your future will be more secure. I hope you enjoy this issue.


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Luxury, Location, Lifestyle! 65 Broadhurst Cres, Bateman has to be one of the most beautifully presented homes in Bateman. The degree of 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. This high quality fully renovated home, in sort after Bateman is situated on a 698sqm block. A very peaceful and serene location, this beautiful home is located close to schools, Murdoch University, St John of God Hospital and the upcoming Fiona Stanley Hospital, major transport, shopping centres and parks. Opportunities to purchase homes of this calibre in the area are rare, so don’t delay! To view this property call Marg Kudla today on 0457 515 007.


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A proper career

CHALLENGING ROLES Left, Deon Nickell-Davies and Chanel Rebola have both worked as property managers - and highly recommend it as a career.

Deon Nickell-Davies has worked in property management for the past 10 years and would recommend the role - but only if the candidate is up for a career-changing challenge Property management is is a seriously important part of the picture at the Peard Real Estate Group and the collection of individuals who look after clients' properties from Karratha down to Mandurah are cut from the same cloth says Deon Nickell-Davies, Peard Real Estate Group's Business Development Manager. "Ideally you have to be a proactive rather than reactive type of person," says Deon, who has worked for more than a decade at the frontline as a property manager in the past. "You need a positive attitude, to be energetic with a high attention to detail. You'll need really good organisational skills and love dealing with people. In short, you'll need to be a problem solver with a can-do point of view." Of course in such a people-oriented role,


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property managers encounter challenges every day, from families desperate to find a new home to non-payment of rent, from maintenance issues to signing up new properties. "They will often be tackling ongoing disputes as well as dealing with conflict resolution issues," says Deon. "It's as much about educating their clients about what their rights are as well as managing expectations and achieving good rent returns in an often fluctuating market. So for all of this, we'll look for candidates with exceptionally good communicating skills - getting your message across effectively is half the battle in many instances." For Deon, the demanding role has kept her on her toes thanks to an ever-changing

daily task list. "There's certainly a lot of job satisfaction when you work so hard for your clients and achieve the results everybody wants," she says. Good past property managers have come from diverse backgrounds but, says Deon, certain industries provide an excellent training ground for the role. "A hospitality background can be valuable, because candidates understand the importance of client service. Also a sales background can help when putting together a package to win new clients. Mostly we look for personalities which are a mix of a certain element of nurturing and toughness." It's impossible to describe a 'typical' day in the life of a property manager, says Deon, but new recruits can expect to tackle a mix of lease renewals, maintenance queries, writing new acquisition advertisements and of course communicating with clients and potential renters. "At the end of the day, if you're a flexible, hard-working individual who loves dealing with the public, this is a role to consider," says Deon. What makes a great property manager? Chanel Rebola, Peard Real Estate's Human Resources Manager gives some tips on what it takes to be a top property manager. "To attract the next potential and desired property manager, we look for a few things: firstly an individual who has completed the relevant REIWA certification and formerly registered with DOCEP," says Chanel. "Secondly, a valid driver’s licence is absolutely essential due to the outside work carrying out property inspections ensuring owners' assets are maintained." Thirdly, experience is key, says Chanel. "To truly understand what is required in the role of Property Manager (PM), an experienced PM ideally needs to have worked in a residential real estate office managing their own portfolio of between 50 to 100 properties for a length of at least a year or two." Depending on the portfolio and location of office Peard Real Estate is hiring for, says Chanel, the company may consider internally promoting an Assistant Property Manager who has or is working toward their registration, while looking to pursue a career in property management. "This is the natural career progression for this division. Managing these properties requires diligence, often referring to Lease

Agreements and the Residential Tenancies Act, as well as extremely strong communication skills with the ability to multitask and handle difficult situations using conflict resolution. "Peard Real Estate provides PMs with a fuel card and mobile phone and seniors are provided with a company car (with a new fleet of BMWs on the horizon). "It goes without saying too that we expect our property managers to present themselves in a professional manner at all times - they're often the face of the company and as such need to look the part." And with over a ten-year career in property and being a previous registered property manager herself, this helps Chanel with the selection criteria process too. "We have also appointed two Business Development Officers whose primary role is to build the rent roll within the office they are assigned to." Property Managers are remunerated

according to their level of expertise and in addition they are included in a Property Management Bonus pool paid each month and calculated on the performance of the office rent roll. "We currently have 36 property management employees across the group comprising of Assistants, Property Managers and Senior PMs. "We also have a PM Supervisor who oversees all Property Managers and Assistants who is based in our Mindarie office." Peard Real Estate offers a unique and diverse culture like no other with rewards such as an annual luncheon for all PM’s and Assistants at prestigious locations like Coco’s in South Perth, as well as regular training and development CPD courses designed to augment their career paths. "As we continue to grow we are always looking for quality property managers to join Peard, so why not contact me for more information about this rewarding and challenging role?" PL

Property managers are often the face of the company and as such need to look the part If you are thinking about a real estate career or you are currently working in a real estate office and want to take the next step to becoming one of Perth’s most successful Sales Associates, phone Melissa Farrell, Business Resource Manager, for a confidential chat on 0404 084 244.

Peard Real Estate Group's high flying team of Sales Associates have been performing very effectively across the board in March REIWA March 2014 statistics

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Pierre leroy Peard Real Estate Canning Vale 3 Listings sold leigh wilson Peard Real Estate Hillarys 2 Listings sold esmari bradley Peard Real Estate Joondalup 2 Listings sold

Top 30 Salespersons by listings sold



marcus lord Peard Real Estate Scarborough 9 Listings sold james kennedy Peard Real Estate Hillarys 8 Listings sold

Top 30 offices

Top 30 rep listings

by value sold

sold by auction


Sacha daniel Peard Real Estate Scarborough 1 Auction sold

Top 30 branches by listings sold

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peard scarborough $21,701,000


peard mindarie $18,052,350


peard joondalup $17,418,000

PEARD REAL ESTATE scarborough 32 Listings sold


PEARD REAL ESTATE joondalup 31 Listings sold


PEARD REAL ESTATE mindarie 31 Listings sold


PEARD REAL ESTATE rockingham 30 Listings sold

peard hillarys $39,142,550

Top 30 offices sold by auction


PEARD scarborough 1 Listings sold

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PEARD REAL ESTATE mindarie 4 Listings sold PEARD REAL ESTATE hillarys 3 Listings sold

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FOR SALE Alkimos 84 Shipmaster Avenue

From $899,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Ashby 9 Reinagle Street

$595,000 - $635,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Aveley 24 Amethyst Parkway

$575,000 - $595,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Baldivis 4 Yelbeni Loop

$435,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 82

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BRAND NEW DISPLAY HOME This contemporary open plan design offers plenty of space to entertain family and friends. Yet when It is time to relax and unwind its the perfect retreat from the world. CONTACT Jeff Parkes PHONE 0418 923 989 EMAIL

There's something for everyone in this well equipped stylish family home. It simply doesn't get any better than this, so come along, fall in love, unpack and enjoy. Large 608 m2 block, enclosed double door theatre, stylish open plan family room & kitchen, games room, huge peaked patio & sparkling BG pool. CONTACT Diane Williamson PHONE 0431 112 750 EMAIL

Ashby 5 Matisse Street

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

$595,000 - $625,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Balcatta 2 Reston Street

This neat and tidy 4 bedrooms 2 bathroom property offers you a sunken home theatre, family room, games room, modern in design freshly painted throughout with open plan living.The spacious backyard offers a blank canvas, add your finishing touches and enjoy! Call Melissa Mendes on 0400459411 to view today.

Baldivis 7 Colonial Boulevard

CONTACT Melissa Mendes PHONE 0400 459 411 EMAIL

CONTACT Diane Williamson PHONE 0431 112 750 EMAIL

This fantastic home in whisper quiet local traffic only location Aveley and built with the ultimate family living in mind 11 Whitehart Entrance isthisdesigned home has all the attributes that you are looking for with

Situated on 651sqm block just metres from the park this home is open plan living with timber floors to main living areas, an extra-large home theatre with french doors and a very spacious master suite. This property is certainly priced and positioned to sell so if this spacious family home is in your price range then do not hesitate to arrange your viewing. CONTACT Rod McDougall PHONE 0418 909 954 EMAIL

Fab family four by two - whisper quiet location. Spacious chefs kitchen Inc stainless steel appliances, formal lounge, open plan family & meals area, huge peaked patio entertaining area, private garden to the rear ( room for a pool), huge shed (work shop type), side access & close to local shops.

From $649,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Offers from $489,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

the added bonus of a fifth bedroom. If it is space, creature comforts and social interactive family living that you require then look no further. CONTACT Rod McDougall PHONE 0418 909 954 EMAIL

Superbly located with potential for city views this elevated, European 3 bed home provides plenty of options to create a great family home. Features include master bedroom with full wall of built in robes, two extra large secondary bedrooms, modernised kitchen, separate lounge, high ceilings, wood floors & under croft garage with extra storage under the house. CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL

You will be absolutely impressed with this 4 bedroom home that has been designed to perfection, as you enter the home you are greeted by the front lounge room with a lovely feature chandelier, the generous sized master room is opposite and feature his & hers WIRs & double sized shower. Hurry to view this one as it wont last!!!!! CONTACTS Michael Mocnaj/Michelle Dasborough PHONE 0437 907 150/0403 939 430 EMAIL

FOR SALE Baldivis 11 Smithers Parkway

$535,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Baldivis 13 Rivette Road

From $599,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Baldivis 25 The Hawthorns

Offers bed 4 bath 2 car 2

LOCATION, LUXURY AND SERENITY This is exactly what you get when you buy this pristine presented 4x2 luxury home located near Tranby College and Settlers Primary School. From the moment you step into the tiled entry hall you will be impressed with the quality of finish throughout. CONTACT David Lomax PHONE 0409 084 940 EMAIL

This absolutely stunning brand new home in Tuart Ridge has unbelievable specifications and finishings of the highest quality. With 329m2 including 259m2 of internal living this large 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom plus study will provide your family with not only a practical, but a luxurious modern home. CONTACTS Michelle Dasborough/Michael Mocnaj PHONE 0403 939 430/0437 907 150 EMAIL

Set in highly sort after Highbury Park, this 4x2 plus study is ready for new owners to simply move in and enjoy. With separate living areas, large bedrooms, open kitchen/dining/activity and alfresco this family home will offer not only the space but the location you'll love. CONTACTS Michelle Dasborough/Michael Mocnaj PHONE 0403 939 430/0437 907 150 EMAIL

Baldivis 12 Nunweek Turn

$589,000 - $629,000 bed 5 bath 3 car 2

Baldivis 19 Calilly Way

$619,000-$649,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

$799,000 - $869,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

Baldivis 8 Minchin Turn

bed 5 bath 3 car 3

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

and splash back in the kitchen and bathrooms. This home has so much to offer a must to discover all its hidden treasure. CONTACT Toni Walder PHONE 0410 068 935 EMAIL

CONTACT Camille Ainsley PHONE 0417 508 364 EMAIL

A beautifully presented home, the minute you walk in this home you feel the warmth of the atmosphere. To the left is a home theatre and to the right is the king size master bedroom and ensuite. Down the hallway with high gloss bamboo flooring leads you to the dining, large kitchen and big family space, we can expand your entertaining to the patio with the relaxing CONTACT Toni Walder sound of water from PHONE 0410 068 935 the pond. EMAIL

Quality living in this two story triple garage home. Located in Baldivis popular settlers estate across from a fantastic park this 30 Brennan Promenade the property offers not only a high quality home but relaxing life

This beautifully presented 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home is Baldivis with extras and wont last long. Quality is evident 56 Brennan Promenade filled throughout from bamboo flooring to solid granite bench tops


Located in settlers this property has it all! Large 4 bedroom plus fully equipped granny flat located at the end of the house where privacy for all has been considered. Great size 631 size block with side access ability for the boat or caravan. Nothing compares, this is a must see! Call now to arrange your viewing as it wont last.

$460,000 - $489,000

style surrounding you. Don't delay to view the incredible features in this property. CONTACT Camille Ainsley PHONE 0417 508 364 EMAIL

Located minutes from Settlers & Tranby schools this large 4 bedroom home on a 605sqm block will excite the best of buyers. Large media room, separate kids activity and a large back yard to add a pool, you will have a fantastic home. Currently has tenants paying $450 per week and would consider staying on with lease due June 2014. CONTACT Camille Ainsley PHONE 0417 508 364 EMAIL may 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Banksia Grove 1 Bahama Way

From $480,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Banksia Grove 38 Salwood Loop

$380,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Banksia Grove 59 Celadon Loop

From $429,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Baynton 55 Tharnda Road

$729,000 bed 5 bath 4 car 3 84

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4X2 plus study plus theatre room! Fantastic location opposite retained bush forever corridor & nature walk trails. Lots of space here with generous sized rooms including the large main living area which opens out onto the patio & good size rear yard. Ducted evap air con, fantastic side access plus the double garage with its own through access. CONTACT Ben Hanson PHONE 0402 785 410 EMAIL

Released under the Governments Opening Doors scheme, is this brand new property perfectly located in this booming suburb! Available to the ready buyer, this strata duplex at this price will not last! The above purchase price represents your 100% ownership in this property. BLOCK SIZE: 299sqm CONTACT Ben Hanson PHONE 0402 785 410 EMAIL

Big 4x2 in handy corner location boasting the most impressive outdoor living area. This home is big on features with soaring high ceilings & three separate living areas plus as mentioned the most amazing all year enclosed patio area. Loads of room to move both inside & around this one. CONTACT Ben Hanson PHONE 0402 785 410 EMAIL

Four or five bedrooms with four full bathrooms two laundries and 3 car spaces. All interior lights are the latest LED low voltage downlights. Two laundries and two drying areas make wash days a breeze. Complete with Large shaded patio providing a cool outdoor garden oasis complete with a new four burner barbecue. CONTACT George Cook PHONE 0414 756 250 EMAIL

Banksia Grove 13 Teasel Way

From $440,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Absolutely brand new, spacious 4X2 in the newest part of this booming suburb. Super spacious with separate living areas, downlights throughout, great alfresco off main living area and a good size rear yard that presents as a blank canvas to add your minimal finishing garden touches and add some real value instantly. Front landscaping is included. CONTACT Ben Hanson PHONE 0402 785 410 EMAIL

This is a perfect starter home or investment property. Don't Banksia Grove the opportunity. This one will not last! There is plenty of 55 Horticulture Gardens miss room to breathe here and this happy home will suit young

From $449,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Banksia Grove 7 Oligantha Elbow

From $399,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Beechboro 30 Maguire Avenue

From $459,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

families, empty nesters and professionals. Neutral palette! Come make your mark! Block size: 375 sqm, House size: 198 sqm, Built in 2011 CONTACTS Ben Hanson/Esmari Bradley PHONE 0402 785 410/0422 279 396 EMAIL

3x2x2 suitable for INVESTORS ONLY as tenant in place having just signed on until February 2015 is wanting to stay. Fantastic return on investment with tenant paying $430 per week. Super low maintenance property would make a great no fuss addition to any property portfolio. Current owner has priced this one for immediate sale. CONTACT Ben Hanson PHONE 0402 785 410 EMAIL

Situated in a great location this spacious family home is built for entertaining inside and out. With 760sqm of land, opportunity is knocking for the astute first home buyer or investor. Complete with a huge gabled patio entertaining area, vast gardens reticulated from bore and money saving solar panels. You will need to be quick. CONTACT Jennifer Jones PHONE 0409 684 213 EMAIL

FOR SALE Bertram 3 Kail Place

$489,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Bulgarra 924 Walcott Way

$515,000.00 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Burns Beach 13 Umina Way

From $495,000

SECURITY AND CENTRAL LOCATION - There is no better way to describe this magnificently presented 4x2 located in a quiet cul-de-sac with no through traffic, near school and Bertram shopping facilities. The WOW factor kicks in on stepping onto the tiled entry which extends through to kitchen, meals and family areas making for that bit of class and easy cleaning. CONTACT David Lomax

Brabham 45 Heisler Boulevard

Until recently this neat three bedroom Bulgarra property has been home to state government staff who have looked after it as if it were their own. The location of the property provides scope for all kinds of sporting pursuits with Bulgarra Ovals just a short walk as are the Karratha Rec Club, the Golf Club and the Basketball and Tennis clubs. Karrathas Back Beach is also just a short walk away. CONTACT George Cook

Bullsbrook 77 Brookvale Mews

Build your new home among the quality show homes of Burns Beach. This superb 544sqm block located just a short stroll from the Ocean. Level and fully fenced this property ticks all the boxes. Take a drive past, then call Team Middleton for more information.

Burns Beach 16 Southport Loop

PHONE 0409 084 940 EMAIL

PHONE 0414 756 250 EMAIL

CONTACT Paul & Sue Middleton PHONE 0419939391 - 0422046457 EMAIL

Burns Beach 21 Whitehorses Drive

From $1,195,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

A HARMONY OF DESIGN IN A DESIRABLE LOCATION !! Individually designed and custom built with an appealing Australiana theme, this high quality residence is perfect for the teenage family with excellent separation of living, triple garage, low maintenance grounds and bonus ocean views !! CONTACT Todd Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

From $499,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$695,000 - $725,000 bath 2 car 2

From $859,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Burns Beach 28 Quarram Crescent

From Mid $800's bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Do you want a brand new home but can’t or don’t want to wait for the lengthy building process? Here is your chance to secure a modern contemporary 4 bedroom home completed with neutral colour tones and quality appliances. Don’t delay, call today to discuss this very exciting home located in the beautiful Whiteman Edge estate. CONTACT Jennifer Jones PHONE 0409 684 213 EMAIL

Situated on 3.22 undulating hectares overlooking its very own lake this charming lifestyle home has everything you require to get away from the hectic and busy schedule you are trying to escape. The current owners have spared no expense in turning this property into a magnificent home. This very much loved home has nothing to do except simply move in and enjoy. CONTACT Rod McDougall PHONE 0418 909 954 EMAIL

THE EASY LIFE !! A majestic low maintenance abode with serene parkland vistas, a short stroll to the beach and absolutely impeccable presentation awaits you here !! Fibreglass saltwater, solar heated pool with feature waterfall, reticulated 369m2 block. Built in 2011 by APG Homes. CONTACT Todd Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

Perfectly located within the heart of this prestigious suburb & beautifully proportioned, the stunning property will most certainly satisfy all family member demands! A grand entrance hall leads you to separate home theatre/media room off entry, continuing through to a natural light filled open plan kitchen, dining & living section. Block size 553 sqm CONTACT Stephen Simpson PHONE 0408 944 282 EMAIL

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FOR SALE Butler 11 Talybont Bend

From $510,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Tucked away in the corner of a quiet bend this fantastic home presents great value for money. Located in the Seahaven Premium Estate Butler this desirable home is neat as a pin and awaits its new owners to call it home. Within is reach of Butlers schools, parks and shopping precincts this home is all about the easy life. CONTACTS Paul Turner/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0400 072 005/0421 277 366 EMAIL

Butler 22 Pembury Way

$469,000 - $489,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Now you can have it all; style, elegance, functionality and Butler living. This modern terrace-style property 281 Camborne Parkway low-maintenance is ideal for first home buyers, investors or for those

Butler 30 Bodorgan Avenue

bed 3 bath 2 car 2

bed 3 bath 2 car 2

$399,000 - $409,000

Butler 4 Redington Drive

From $469,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Canning Vale 3 Baychester Circle

From $849,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 86

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considering down-sizing. With the ocean in sight and Butler Centro and the new train station within walking distance this home really does have it all. CONTACT Gemma Andrews PHONE 0424 821 615 EMAIL

This fantastic home offers exceptional value for money with most of the extras already done. Perfectly positioned on a 570sqm home site with side access to the powered workshop at the rear of the property still leaving heaps of room for a pool. There is a great alfresco area for those that like to be outdoors entertain your family & friends. CONTACTS Paul Turner/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0400 072 005/0421 277 366 EMAIL

Perfect for everyone sits this stunning, 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home. Every entertaining room has views of the breath taking lake and parklands which can be admired and adored for hours of relaxation in The Avenues Estate. With Parklands, CVC high school, Campbell Primary School and transport all at your fingertips. CONTACT Jemima Botha PHONE 0416 406 410 EMAIL

$439,000 - $459,000

Canning Vale 13 Merrion Ramble

From $899,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Carine 62 Cressbrook Way

From $949,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

This neat home with FANTASTIC outdoor area is currently a successfu Holiday Let. Spa for the winter and Pool for the summer with a grassed area for the kids or the family dog to enjoy. Located only a 5 minute walk to all amenities & minutes to the Jindalee beach its the ideal accommodation for those overseas visitors OR the family that needs everything close by. CONTACT Sara Revet PHONE 0449 833 508 EMAIL

Dedication and vision by the owners exemplifies the quality, style and elegance that this magnificent home embodies. Impeccably presented throughout lies this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home, offering generous open plan living areas, overlooking well appointed kitchen, gorgeous bathrooms, and spacious bedrooms. CONTACTS Steve Wilcox/Paul Turner PHONE 0421 277 366/0400 072 005 EMAIL

There is no place like home! And there is nowhere else you would rather be once you experience the elegance and sophistication of this quality built 4 bed 2 bath Beaumonde home. Exquisite open plan Kitchen, Large open plan dining and living. Huge home theatre plus study, ducted reverse cycle air con, double lock up garage and enticing outdoor entertaining area. CONTACT Jemima Botha PHONE 0416 406 410 EMAIL

For those seeking a SPACIOUS FAMILY residence, big enough to comfortably accommodate older children which offers the best in living and entertaining, overlooking a reserve and playground and a short walk to Carine Primary and High Schools, with easy access to shops, public transport and the beach ~ look no further than 62 Cressbrook Way. CONTACT Karen Riches PHONE 0408 646 651 EMAIL

FOR SALE Carramar 160 Golf Links Drive

From $839,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Carramar 26 Carwoola Circle

From $559,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Connolly 39 Spyglass Grove

$749,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Cooloongup 40 Park Drive

Offers Over $299,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Spacious 2 storey family home. Short stroll to golf course, shops & schools. This In-vogue built home has it all. 4 massive brms, 2 upstairs & 2 down, all have either double or triple robes. 2 theatre/lounge rooms, again 1 up & 1 down. This home would be ideal for overseas guests or teenagers, with a kitchenette & computer nook upstairs. Marri wood flooring, high ceilings CONTACT Sandy Watts to living areas & a B/G pool. PHONE 0412 448 891

Carramar 21 Litchfield Crescent

Rarely seen, quality home complete with fresh new carpets. Ready now, for you & the family to move right in. Well presented, complete with street appeal & beautifully maintained gardens. Truly a house to make home and store all those wonderful memories for a lifetime.

Carramar 29 Iandra Loop


CONTACTS Sam Mannino/Jesse Bullied PHONE 0402 822 457/0422 335 594 EMAIL

From $695,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Offers over $529,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This exceptional double storey home is positioned in a prime location of the popular suburb of Connolly, and inside the World Class Joondalup Country Club Resort & Golf Course, moments from the Indian Ocean. With Jarrah floors in both the family and formal lounge, this home has the welcoming, comfortable appeal for the discerning home owner or Investor. Contact Carl today. CONTACT Carl Freeman

Cooloongup 4 Waterloo Road

This 3 bedroom 1 bathroom property offers value buying, starting with its spacious block size of 684sqm. Formal lounge, dining/kitchen with its 900mm free standing oven/cook top. Laundry, patio extensions and private outdoor courtyard area.

Craigie 13 Corima Place

PHONE 0408 793 037 EMAIL

CONTACT Melissa Mendes PHONE 0400 459 411 EMAIL

$399,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $485,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 3

A unique immaculately presented home in a popular Carramar street, boasting one of the best pools around! This home really could be featured in a Homes design magazine! Stunning wood floors in majority of living areas, alarmed, reverse cycle air con. The flavour and feel of this stunning home will not disappoint. Call to view today! CONTACT Berny Wales PHONE 0407 994 052 EMAIL

‘OH’ SO PRIVATE ON 717SQM BLOCK Not often will you come across a lovely home in Carramar on a fantastic block nestled in a whisper quiet location. With room for extra parking for van or boat with ample room for pool or workshop. Situated within walking distance to schools, shops and lovely parks. CONTACT Sandy Watts PHONE 0412 448 891 EMAIL

Nestled away in the prestigious Woodbridge Estate with Rockingham Hospital, Rockingham Train Station and HUGE Parkland Reserves all at your fingertips is your new home! Situated on a generous 549m2 easy care block your new lifestyle will be complimented with a large L shaped patio area making entertaining a breeze. CONTACT Ken Gosper PHONE 0447 741 974 EMAIL

With not a cent to spend this 4 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 2 w/cs home ideally located within a quiet Craigie cul-de-sac is sure to impress! Within walking distance to the local shops, medical centre, primary school, transport and park it really is the perfect family/investment home. CONTACT Belinda Lawrence PHONE 0432 547 921 EMAIL may 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Currambine 1 Tanglewood Way

From $829,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 4

Dampier 116 Lyndon Drive

$750,000.00 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Doubleview 164a Cobb Street

From $1,259,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Doubleview 37a Paramatta Road

From $429,000


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Gorgeous reno’s set this immaculate family home apart w/ French doors, 4 living areas, high ceilings & fab kitchen. Stunning reno’d kitchen has granite tops, range hood & dishwasher, twin fridge space, big pantry & b/fast bar. Big master has reno’d ensuite & big robe. Bathroom 2 is also reno’d. Fantastic outdoors - curved patio w/ blinds or enjoy a wine on the balcony. 4 car gge + gated, side caravan parking, R/C air, solar panels, solar HWS, security CONTACT Shane Capelli screens & more!!

Currambine 38 Nashville Loop

Calling all Dampier buyers.This is the home you have been waiting for going on 25 years when the current owner bought it. Large 915 M2 Lot providing space for the whole family to enjoy. Tastefully landscaped with lawn areas and an abundance of trees. Great presentation inside including kitchen renovation. Close to school, the beach, The Mermaid and the Yacht Club. CONTACT George Cook

Denmark 1189 West Coast Hwy

With superb finishes to the absolute highest level & an abundance of eye-catching features, this street front strata home combines design functionality with a fantastic location to create the perfect family home, Beautifully situated across the road from the magnificent Hale playing fields, offering easy access to Brighton and Scarborough beaches, & Jackadder Lake, this stunning contemporary family friendly home has created an inspiring presence in Cobb Street CONTACT Sam Mannino PHONE 0402 822 457 EMAIL

Doubleview 2/244 Wilding Street

This 288sqm rare parcel of land is located on a quiet street in a secure position and only a few minutes away from an abundance of local and Major Shopping centres, fantastic schools, and only minutes to Perth’s best beaches, easy access to the freeway and public transport. This rear block has potential second storey views from its elevated position and laneway access. Build your dream home on this fantastic piece of strata titled land and enjoy the many benefits this outstanding Suburb and Location have to offer. CONTACT Sam Mannino PHONE 0402 822 457 EMAIL

Doubleview 85b Paramatta Road

PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

$529,000 - $559,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2


A great opportunity to get into this sought after growing suburb. An attractive modern townhouse in the heart of Currambine, located near shops, cinemas, restaurants, transport, freeway, parks and schools, this is likely to be snapped up. If youre looking for a low maintenance home in this fantastic suburb or an investment property, this is the one! CONTACT Berny Wales PHONE 0407 994 052 EMAIL

Rare 41 acre property with old house, 2 titles, located on the edge of town, surrounded by urban zoned land. A brook meanders through the valley below the house, and creates a picturesque outlook, and provides huge scope for landscaping. Perhaps a rezoning application might be more in keeping with your ideas? A rare opportunity… CONTACT Patrick Grogan PHONE 0419 497 432 EMAIL

PHONE 0414 756 250 EMAIL

$499,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

From $780,000

Enquire today, tomorrow might be too late. A quiet, secure villa in a group of 4 with space to bask. Immaculately presented, perfectly positioned & only meters to local shops, parklands and the beach. This delightful home offers spacious living areas and the perfect outdoor entertaining. CONTACT Jesse Bullied PHONE 0422 335 594 EMAIL

Two adjacent green title blocks, arguably the best Doubleview has on offer. Both 489sqm, with 11m frontage and approx. 44m deep, with an abundance of possibility to build your dream home with potential second storey views. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy the many benefits this outstanding Suburb and Location have to offer….so call your builder and come on over. CONTACT Sam Mannino PHONE 0402 822 457 EMAIL

FOR SALE Doubleview 217 Herbert Street

From $699,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Duncraig 5 Huntley Court

From $769,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Better be quick for this fully renovated classic old world charmed free standing character home with multiple living areas and in this fantastic popular north Doubleview location

CONTACT Adam Mannino PHONE 0411 962 383 EMAIL

Best positioned in a prestigious cul-de-sac on a generous 830sqm block, this renovated 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home enjoys all the comforts your heart desires. There’s separate living areas, ducted air conditioning, sparkling resort style pool and exquisite grounds to suit the most active children or pets. Double garaging with rear entry will suit boat or caravan enthusiasts, plus there’s a workshop / storage area and & excellent security. Be quick to view this affordable family home today! CONTACT Les Lindsay PHONE 0407420384 EMAIL

Duncraig 48 Sycamore Drive

From $1,150,000 bed 4 bath 4 car 2

Duncraig 7 Poynter Drive

Low to Mid $800,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Now you can have the best of three worlds! A spacious home, an envious location in the midst of sought-after Carine Glades & amazing local facilities! As you drive up the maple-lined avenue leading into beautiful Carine Glades Estate you can tell that you are in a very special part of the world! A picturesque landscape of tree-lined avenues, dotted with maples & lush green parks unfolds before you, charming even the most CONTACT Namita Mehra fastidious buyer! PHONE 0409 920 737 EMAIL

a special 4 bed, 2 bath family home which has been tastefully extended and renovated to create fabulous living that seamlessly flows outdoors to a large entertaining area and tranquil gardens ! Enjoy large bedrooms, big formal lounge, stunning kitchen with large open plan family, modern bathrooms and the convenience of being just a short stroll to Poynter Primary! CONTACT Namita Mehra PHONE 0409 920 737 EMAIL

This stylish AU Complex apartment offers an enviable lifestyle East Perth within two striking structures that are connected by 42/208 Adelaide Terrace alocated spacious entertainment deck incorporating solar-heated

A great location with views and a very well maintained East Perth this apartment offers a spacious habitable floor 702/112-122 Goderich Street environment, space, neutral interiors and quality fittings; it has 1great size

bed 3 bath 2 car 2

bed 1 bath 1 car 1

From $734,000

Ellenbrook 6 Rennex Ramble

From $499,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

swimming pool, timber lined sauna, fully equipped gymnasium, games room, air-conditioned lounge facilities & gas bbqs. CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

Situated in a nice quiet street in Malvern springs close to the school is this fabulous 4 bedroom 2 bathroom family home on a good size block with plenty of room to add a pool or playground. It has all the features to tick off your wish list. Dont delay view today. CONTACT Fiona Moir PHONE 0429 294 850 EMAIL

From $279,000

Ellenbrook 63 Farmaner Parkway

From $579,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

bedroom, 1 bathroom and 1 car bay. Perfect opportunity for Investor, FIFO and First Home buyer. CONTACT PK (Pankaj) Kapur PHONE 0424 194 509 EMAIL

Be prepared to be impressed by this huge 5 bedroom home with study that boasts everything for the whole family, including location, presentation and a functional floor plan. From the moment you enter the hallway, you will see the quality and thought put into building this home. Just move in and enjoy life! CONTACTS Fiona Moir/Tiffany Bray PHONE 0429 294 850/0412 930 820 EMAIL may 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Embleton 10B Wade Street

$599,000 - $639,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Glendalough 48/16 Leeder Street

End Date Sale bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Gwelup 22 Waldemar Street

From $819,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Heathridge 12A Ironwood Avenue

From $429,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1 90

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Location! Size! Value for Money. BLOCK SIZE; 323 SQM | HOUSE SIZE; 181 SQM. Modern Decor throughout both thoughtful and practical, Including quality touches such as, Reverse Cycle Aircon Throughout, Bamboo flooring to living area and Quality Tiling to Wet Areas. Priced to Sell! CONTACT Gayle Fitzmaurice PHONE 0437 180 094 EMAIL

Ferndale 15 Serrata Crescent

From $579,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 3

This is an opportunity not to be missed, ideal for both first-home buyers and investors. A spacious, well laid out 3 bedroom apartment located at one end of the building. Having just had new carpets laid this apartment is perfect for investors or first home-owners with nothing to do to rent out or move in yet fantastic scope to add value with a full renovation. CONTACT Ivan Helman

Gosnells 35 Greenough Way

Located on the high side of the road with potential city views, this neat and tidy 3 bed, 1 bath home is on a large 752sqm block (approx). Featuring beautiful floor boards throughout & loads of natural light this charming property is one not to be missed. Double doors lead to the centrally located, timber decked courtyard, the perfect place to entertain or relax & enjoy the northern sun in winter. This home offers one lucky buyer a combination of superb lifestyle & convenience, make it yours today. CONTACT Leigh Wilson PHONE 0410 056 092 EMAIL

Harrisdale 27 Kudos Circuit

Young families will love the space afforded to them in this wonderful 3x1 home tucked away in peaceful Heathridge. This secure home is ready for living featuring a very functional layout including a vast outdoor space which is the perfect place to entertain. This fantastic residence is situated just a hop, skip and a jump from Heathridge Primary School & Admiral Park provides the perfect excuse for the whole family to get outdoors.

Heathridge 60 Peninsula Avenue

PHONE 0421 416 144 EMAIL

CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL

From $399,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

From $649,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

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

WHEN SIZE MATTERS Here is a rare opportunity to secure a large five bedroom, two bathroom home located in a quiet street within walking distance to the Canning River Reserve. Properties like this do not come to the market often. Do not miss out! Call me today for more information. CONTACT Seroja Kasli PHONE 0404 036 333 EMAIL

1st homebuyers, investors and anyone else wanting an amazing three bedroom, one bathroom plus study/4th bedroom and two toilet home with newly renovated bathroom, toilets and kitchen. Ring today to secure your private viewing prior to our 1st home open or you will truly be disappointed. CONTACT Jemima Botha PHONE 0416 406 410 EMAIL

THIS IS THE ONE! Move into the beautiful Vertu Estate and enjoy, walks through the lake and parklands in this fantastic and young four bedroom, two bathroom plus study/5th bedroom home Be quick to view and snap up your dream home today and call Jemima for your private viewing now... CONTACT Jemima Botha PHONE 0416 406 410 EMAIL

This commanding property in a great Heathridge location sits proudly perched high above the rest boasting a lovely outlook and close to all amenities. As you enter, the generously proportioned living area boasts family friendly flooring, natural light and leads into the renovated kitchen/dining including dishwasher, stainless steel appliances, gas cook top and ample storage space. Built 1976 To book your look, call Gaylene Bicheno today! CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL

FOR SALE Heathridge 75 Lysander Drive

END DATE SALE bed 4 bath 1 car 1

High Wycombe 13 Joudah Court

$429,000 - $449,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Hillarys 12 Millstream Rise

From $1,150,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

Hillarys 7 Amalfi Drive

$1,500,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

You've heard the phrase 'Opportunity Knocks', well stand back because with this property opportunity is almost banging the front door down! Located in the City of Joondalup's proposed rezoning area this 4 bedroom, 1 bathroom home on an extremely generous 734m2 corner block truly is any investors delight. CONTACT Claire Ramsey PHONE 0416 329 004 EMAIL

Heathridge 98 Conidae Drive

From $535,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Dont delay, this home wont last long at this price. With ducted air con on a 628 block with a 4 x 8mtr powered workshop, double garage with drive thru access straight into the shed. 2 x gables patios, one on each side of the house, built in Bar b q area and even your own veggie patch. All this in a quiet little cul-de-sac, walking distance to the school. CONTACT Angie Pearce

Hillarys 11 McWhae Road

From top to toe, absolute credit to the owners. They have painstakingly fully renovated the whole home inside & out, new ceramic floors, new carpets, tiled to ceiling frameless glass shower screens and stone tops new tap ware to both bathrooms, new reverse cycle air con new kitchen with soft close cabinetry & stone bench tops, new paint, new paving, new solar power system, new swimming pool, & CONTACT Jeff Coghill the list goes on. PHONE 0412 928 643

Hillarys 6 Cook Avenue

Pure Class and Opulent Style- This brand new 4x2 Webb and Brown-Neaves built family home in picturesque Hillarys is unmatchable in elegance and luxury. Being the MS Mega Home lottery grand prize no expense has been spare with the property coming full furnished and ready for living. The open plan living spaces along with double sized bedrooms are perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

Hillarys 8 Harcourt Drive

PHONE 0499 775 046 EMAIL


CONTACT Ben Keevers PHONE 0404 056 010 EMAIL

From $615,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

From $549,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

$550,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

You get a second chance at this sophisticated & stylish home which is brimming with glamour & has room in all the right places! With multiple living areas plus spacious outdoor entertaining, this will accommodate the growing family with ease. Brilliantly designed for modern living, it will receive rave reviews from your family & friends! Positioned in a fantastic location in a street earmarked for potential rezoning proposed R20/R60 coding & situated on a level 720sqm block with easy access to all amenities, local CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno schools, freeway & train station. PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL

An outstanding opportunity has arisen to secure this beautifully presented home situated in an ultra-convenient location on a large 683sqm block. Boasting beautiful leafy outdoors and a light filled interior, this property is sure to please. Located so close to local schools, shops, transport, parklands & only a short drive to the beach, Hillarys Marina, Whitfords Shopping Centre & freeway. CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

You will be pleasantly surprised upon entering this beautifully presented low maintenance property just perfect for those wishing to downsize, purchase their first home or after a property they can lock up and leave. Opportunities like this do not come up often! CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

JUST IMMACULATE! Be quick! Gorgeous light bright 3 bedroom street facing duplex.Beautifully presented through out, open plan living with stylish laminate timber flooring, neutral decor and split system air-conditioning. There is a good sized modern kitchen and meals nook also. CONTACT Kathy Clement PHONE 0403 539 820 EMAIL may 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Bargain buying 2x2 apartment investment in Hillarys Harbour Hillarys now available. * Can be lived in after March 2018 * 314/68 Southside Drive complex Currently subject to a leaseback agreement to the Hillarys

Hillarys 35 Centennial Gardens

bed 2 bath 2 car 1

bed 4 bath 2 car 2


Hillarys 35 Conica Crescent

From $899,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Hillarys 51 Deverall Square

$1,050,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Iluka 6 Padilla Way

$869,000 Plus bed 4 bath 2 car 2 92

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Harbour Resort, this fully managed apartment would make a great no fuss addition to any property portfolio. With a no stress guaranteed income of $4125 per quarter after all outgoings. Cash buyers only CONTACT Ben Hanson need apply. PHONE 0402 785 410

From $959,000

Situated less than 1 km from the beautiful beaches of the Indian Ocean, this superbly presented 4x2 family home with large double garage, 3 living areas and over 190m2 of living space truly is an absolute entertainers delight; offering everything your heart could desire and more! Block Size: 573m2

Hillarys 42 Maldives Drive


CONTACT Claire Ramsey PHONE 0416 329 004 EMAIL

Welcome to this brilliantly designed, elegant and classy residence. It is stylish and most comfortable and has a lovely family glow as soon as you enter.

CONTACT Mick Evans PHONE 0417 933 620 EMAIL

A pleasure to present this lovely family home. Four big bedrooms, two bathrooms, soaring ceilings throughout, huge chefs kitchen & big open plan casual living. Relaxing below ground pool & entertaining area. CONTACTS Lyn Stowe/Anne Dearson PHONE 0405 109 113/0417 773 490 EMAIL

End Date Sale bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Iluka 4 Aral Court

From $759,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Iluka 9 Deerfield Place

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

Are you looking for a quality, spacious, well designed single storey 4 bedroom plus study home in a quiet cul de sac location? Then dont miss seeing this stunning, light filled Beaumonde built home with great street appeal and practical, family friendly floor plan. Additional features include private, fully paved outdoor entertaining area, ducted reverse cycle air con, security system, reticulated gardens from own bore, ample storage ( plus store room), generous double garage with auto door, desirable north / south aspect CONTACT Mary Peard block, 629 sqm approx. PHONE 0407 151 153 EMAIL

QUALITY DEFINED IN A WORLD CLASS LOCATION !! Luxurious low maintenance living, serene parkland vistas with an ocean glimpse and offering every conceivable extra that you would expect in a home of this calibre. Designed by the award winning Grandwood Homes. CONTACT Todd Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

THE MONEY MAKER !! Tucked away in a private cul-de-sac, just a few minutes walk to beach, this highly affordable & well presented residence has all the additional extras & is a prime opportunity for the astute buyer looking to enter Iluka. With a solar heated plunge pool, loads of extra parking & low maintenance garden, your additional touch CONTACT Todd Utley will provide excellent future PHONE 0417 910 967 returns !! EMAIL

OVERTAKING THE JONES’S! A commanding street presence in an irreplaceable location is just the tip of the ice-burg for this spectacularly designed home. Totally striking in its modernity, this residential masterpiece offers every luxurious extra while maintaining a practical aspect to aid everyday living. CONTACT Todd Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

FOR SALE Iluka 14 St James Approach

From $1,175,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

Iluka 29 Manhattan Avenue

Offers above $845,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Iluka 30 Venice Entrance

From $1,250,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Iluka 42 Manhattan Avenue

From $795,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

LUXURY UNLIMITED !! Creative and timeless in appeal, this architecturally designed residence exudes a resort-style ambience with a generous and clever floor plan, quality finishes and impeccable presentation. Located in arguably one of the best locations in Iluka, the home represents more than just a fabulous lifestyle – it’s also a sound CONTACT Todd Utley investment for the astute PHONE 0417 910 967 buyer. EMAIL

Iluka 25 Padilla Way

This fabulous home has the quality and the stamp of style, renovated with a touch of class from Germany, filled with quality and carefully designed for those that love to cook and entertain and need the space. Located just up the road from Sir James McCuster Park this family home is set on a generous 694sqm block with great side access for a boat or caravan. CONTACT Fiona Moir

Iluka 29 St Lucia Road

PHONE 0429 294 850 EMAIL

From $815,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $1,150,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

SPACIOUS, STYLISH AND SENSATIONAL !! Eternal ocean views, proximity to parklands, expansive living areas and an ambience of warmth & quality underscore this impressive family home. Perfect for growing families & for those who like the finest things in life, this abode represents excellent value & truly is an opportunity to secure your comfortable future. CONTACT Todd Utley

Iluka 32 Coronado Ridge

MASSIVE AND MAGNIFICENT Boasting a whopping 243m2 of internal living, this immaculate ‘one owner’ Statesman built abode is absolutely set to impress. Just a short stroll to manicured parklands and Currambine Marketplace, this home is the ideal platform to watch your family grow!

Iluka 52 Atlantic Avenue

PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

CONTACT Todd Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

From $879,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $850,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

YOUR LUCKY DAY !! Double storey home with ocean views! 754sqm block with loads of grassed area for kids or room for a pool. Rear access to the block to park the boat plus heaps of extra off road parking for other vehicles. Prime north facing location, all this tucked away behind enclosed front yard for maximum privacy.This home shouts CONTACT Todd Utley amazing value and is a rare PHONE 0417 910 967 find. Be Quick !! EMAIL

THE GOOD LIFE !! Designed to capture the peaceful parkland vistas opposite by having the main living area upstairs, this beautifully maintained residence is located just an arm’s length to the beach front and boasts an ‘as new’ presentation. Quality built by Ross Griffen Homes, the home also includes an sensational pool & alfresco CONTACT Todd Utley area that is sure to impress. PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

SERENE BUSHLAND VIEWS !! You won’t believe your luck finding this quality built double storey Don Russell residence in prime location at such a reasonable price. Backing onto Iluka’s beautiful nature reserve & boasting serene & extensive bushland views, the property is generous in both size & features & maintained meticulously by CONTACT Todd Utley current owners. A real gem !! PHONE 0417 910 967 Secure today !! EMAIL

SECLUDED SANCTUARY !! Holiday at home all year round in this private, oasis style residence. Exuding a calming and tranquil ambience, the home features all of the creature comforts needed to maximize your enjoyment of living and entertaining with ease and includes a study and theatre room. 570sqm block.

CONTACT Todd Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL may 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Iluka 198 Delgado Parade

From $789,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Iluka 490 Shenton Avenue

$999,000 - $1,039,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Innaloo 24c Odin Road

From $559,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Innaloo 62A Odin Road

$499,000 - $539,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2 94

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“HONEY… GRAB THE CHEQUE BOOK..!!” This home is the quintessential Great Australian Dream, with its eye catching bullnose verandah, clean crisp neutral lines, flawless presentation and close proximity to leisure areas and shopping precinct. Manicured parklands and coastal cycleways are all close by Essential viewing !! CONTACT Todd Utley

Iluka 465 Burns Beach Road

THE BEST BUY… BY THE BEACH !! Perfectly positioned just 4 homes from the beach front, this exquisitely presented residence boasts a family friendly design and is ideal for easy care entertaining. Offering a quality build with sensational ocean views, youll be hard pressed to find anything better at this price !!

Innaloo 22c Bates Road


PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

CONTACT Todd Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

NORTHERN OCEAN VIEW BLOCK !! Looking for an opportunity to build your dream home? Don't miss out on this level 565m2 block in prime location & within walking distance to beach & parklands. Boasting a northern aspect with ocean views, the site is symmetrical in shape and has an 18 metre frontage for easy building of a wide array of home designs. CONTACT Todd Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

$689,000 - $749,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Rarely does a townhouse come with so many extras! A great location opposite the park, modern interiors, timber-decked alfresco with a built-in spa, 2 living areas to spread out in, big bedrooms, ducted aircon, parking for 3 cars… and no strata fees! This is your opportunity to grab something special! CONTACT Namita Mehra PHONE 0409 920 737 EMAIL

Its location location with this 3 bed 2 Bath home that’s so close to everything! Built in 2001 this home is situated close to shops, schools, cinemas, cafes and local pubs all only minutes away. Ideal for the first home buyer, fly in fly out worker looking for a lock up and leave, or the smart investor looking for an investment rental property with fantastic returns. CONTACT Adam Mannino

Innaloo 50A Barnes Street

This immaculately presented and spacious 3 bed villa is perfect. Whether you are buying as your home or investing, you just cant go wrong with this location close to Innaloo shopping Centre & Stirling Train Station. Features include separate lounge with split air conditioning unit and gas point,.

Investors we have a fantastic tenant on a long term lease that Joondalup love to stay.Positioned at the top of this very secure 62/2 Molloy Promenade would gated complex to ensure sensational inland and of ECU

PHONE 0411 962 383 EMAIL

CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL

End Date Sale bed 3 bath 2 car 2

From $410,000 bed 2 bath 2 car 1

This Barnes Street property offers spacious family living in Innaloo with a very functional yet creative design. This abode has a great easy care factor and is just as simple to lock up and leave for a trip away. There are superb entertaining spaces both inside and out that are light and bright and add a vibrant feel to the home. CONTACT Dean Bradley PHONE 0411 110 779 EMAIL

parkland views, this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment offers beautiful modern dcor, spacious living & big bedrooms. Reverse cycle air conditioning, separate lock up store room & so much more! CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

FOR SALE Good things come to those who waitand this stunning Kallaroo is no exception!!! Located within the resort-style 213/177 Dampier Avenue Apartment "over 55's"retirement complex of St Ives at Northshore this

$355,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Karrinyup 4B Murray Way

$1,125,000-$1,175,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

completely renovated, immaculately presented 2 Bedroom ground floor apartment is an absolute joy to present and inspection will not disappoint!

Karratha 5/4 Welcome Road


CONTACT Belinda Lawrence PHONE 0432 547 921 EMAIL

Precisely finished to perfection this sleek 4x2 family home offers a unique luxury just minutes from the coast. This property has been specifically constructed to take full advantage of its rear position and presents a low maintenance, fashionable yet comfortable place to call home with inland views that will excite. CONTACT Ben Keevers PHONE 0404 056 010 EMAIL

PHONE 0414 756 250 EMAIL

A country atmosphere makes this one of the most appealing Kelmscott in Perth. If you are used to a quiet, rural lifestyle, this 9/33 Brookside Avenue villas foothills home is as good as it gets, so close to shops and

T-SALES bed 2 bath 1 car 1

LARGE COUNTRY STYLE Kingsley & tidy 3 bed, 1 bath plus 2 sep living duplex. Situated 173B Twickenham Drive Neat on high side of street, the home is just waiting for new

Kingsley 18 Clinton Street

bed 3 bath 1 car 1

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $489,000

Kingsley 7 Newington Place

High $700,000s bed 5 bath 2 car 2

owners! A perfect home if you’re looking to downsize, first home buyer, or simply a home to live comfortably in. Short walk to shops, primary schools, train station and in the Woodvale College CONTACT Lee Parkinson catchment area. PHONE 0422 233 484

From $769,000

Set in one of Kingsleys best locations sits this magic 2 storey dale alcock ( extended ) family home with all the features & benefits that your family is looking for! Just 150mtrs to Kingsley shops, Kingsley park, Creaney primary school this home is also located in the Woodvale Colledge catchement. CONTACT James Kennedy

Kinross 7 Whim Court


PHONE 0421420450 EMAIL

This is the commercial Investment that you have been waiting for; an opportunity to invest in the Karratha CBD. This will always be Karratha's prime office location and as such will always command high occupancy rates. This really is a golden opportunity to acquire a well located office with an excellent tenant providing a healthy 10% Net return on investment. CONTACT George Cook

From $559,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

transport. Raked ceilings, open-plan living area, carport, bushland outlook . There can be only one successful buyer: You? CONTACT Patrick Grogan PHONE 0419 497 432 EMAIL

Welcome to 18 Clinton Street, a low maintenance, spacious family abode ready for living, all it needs is you. Beautiful Bamboo timber floorboards flow throughout and there are multiple living areas both inside and out that offer fantastic entertaining opportunities. Family living never looked so easy and attractive but you are afforded that luxury here in Kingsley. It will be hard to find fault in this magnificent property with beautiful floorings, spacious living areas and an entertaining oasis out the back. CONTACT James Kennedy PHONE 0421420450 EMAIL

A pleasure to present this lovely family home that caters for everyone! Freshly painted & new carpets throughout means you can move in, put your feet up & enjoy! Sunken games room looks out to rear gardens with sparkling BGP, ducted r/c air con throughout. Situated in a peaceful cul-de-sac, walk to schools, shops & transport. CONTACTS Anne Dearson/Lyn Stowe PHONE 0417 773 490/0405 109 113 EMAIL may 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Kinross 61 Glomach Circle

From $559,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Leeming 39 Findlay Road

From $659,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Spacious Ventura built family home. Four big bedrooms, separate lounge, sunken casual living with central kitchen & meals area & relaxing alfresco area. Room for pool/boat or workshop. CONTACTS Anne Dearson/Lyn Stowe PHONE 0417 773 490/0405 109 113 EMAIL

An outstanding opportunity to buy in this sought after area! Situated on a large 718sqm block, this 4 bed, 2 bath, family friendly home boasts a fantastic entertaining yard with lots of room for a pool! With drive through access, there is plenty of room for secure parking as well as room for a caravan/ boat. Set in a great location close to public transport, shops, schools and hospitals. CONTACT Marg Kudla PHONE 0457 515 007 EMAIL

Langford 36 Osten Drive

$480,000 - $510,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 2 Peach Tree Pass

Buyers from $895,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

EASY CARE LIVING Looking for your first home or a great investment? Do not overlook this one. Only 15km from the city, this 3 brm home built in 2004 is in premium location opposite a park & within walking distance to Langford Village Shopping Centre. CONTACT Seroja Kasli PHONE 0404 036 333 EMAIL

MEADOW SPRINGS Stunning individually designed two storey home set on 903m2 of land overlooking the golf course.Exceptional quality throughout which has to be seen to be believed. Huge living areas quality fittings. Below ground pool and separate entertainment building. Side access for boat and caravan. CONTACT Dee Russell PHONE 0418 112 154 EMAIL

Lake Clifton Lot 52 & 53 Southern Estuary Road

$225,000 ea

JUST REDUCED…BARGAIN ACRES IN LAKE CLIFTON Think you can’t afford a 5 acre lifestyle- think again. A rare opportunity to acquire a 5-acre lifestyle offering a natural bushland setting just 2 minutes to Perth – Bunbury freeway, just an hours drive from Perth. Nestled in picturesque Lake Clifton. 5 beautiful acres powered and fenced ready for you to build your new home in a relaxing, rural retreat. Fishing, Crabbing, beaches and golf all close by. What a great opportunity ,

Irene Martindale 0417 355 257

Ridiculously low at $225000, Better act fast! For further information contact Irene Martindale on 0417355257 or visit our website at 96

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FOR SALE Mandurah 12 Hovea Place

From $469,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 18 Branchfield Way

$855,000 bed 4 bath 2

Mandurah 3 Calvert Place

$349,000-$359,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 43 Iluka Road

Buyers Over $359,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

COODANUP Viewing will not disappoint, convenient location, this address will suit any buyer. From its sunken private theatre room to a fantastic open plan kitchen and meals. High ceilings, exposed timber beams you will love it. Newly renovated kitchen that flows out to an entertainer’s jarrah eco deck with built in bar, w/hop, side access. CONTACT Kathryn Fiorenza PHONE 0427 475 661 EMAIL

PLEASANT GROVE Exceptional opportunity to secure this lovely property in popular Pleasant Grove. Large 2035m2 block. Quality 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom solid oak floors, alfresco, swimming pool, large workshop, side access for boat/caravan. outlook. Close to estuary and beach. CONTACT Irene Martindale PHONE 0417 355 257 EMAIL

GREENFIELDS Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac on the high side of the street. Lounge, combined kitchen, meals and family room. Master bedroom with ensuite. Double enclosed drive through access. Large powered workshop and undercover entertainment area. CONTACTS Michael Klyne/Helen Clark PHONE 0426 502 023/0433 621 468 EMAIL

DAWESVILLE Beautifully maintained gardens surround this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home which sits comfortably on a 631 sqm block. Offering three living areas, designated study and most importantly a 26m frontage with side access, what’s not to love about this place? CONTACT Aaron Boud PHONE 0432 028 483 EMAIL

Mandurah 14 Achilles Place

Buyers over $349,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Mandurah 19 Pinegrove Vista

$469,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

GREENFIELDS 3 bedroom home with semi ensuite Formal lounge and dining room. Modern combined kitchen, family room and meals area. Large undercover entertainment area. Genuine side drive through access with powered workshop. Extra height double carport. Reticulated gardens CONTACTS Michael Klyne/Helen Clark PHONE 0426 502 023/0433 621 468 EMAIL

MEADOW SPRINGS Beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom quality built home by Dale Alcock. Massive 747sqm block, side access, bore. Open plan living area with well appointed kitchen. Massive covered outdoor entertaining area. CONTACT Rick Uren PHONE 0414 779 834 EMAIL

MADORA BAY Just 600m to the beach and almost brand Mandurah this large and spacious Scott Park family home offers 43 George Hibbert Road new, high ceilings, large open living, study, games, theatre and

Buyers over $619,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 9 Driftwood Road

$525,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

activity areas.The 3.7m wide side access allows plenty of room for your boat or van. To enjoy the beach lifestyle in fabulous Madora Bay, call me today! CONTACT Maureen Parsons PHONE 0413 033 144 EMAIL

SILVER SANDS This home on 3 levels is crying out for a make-over! Set high on a 585m2 block with distant views of the ocean this home commands attention. Priced accordingly to allow for improvements this home has to be a great investment. For all those D.I.Y.’s this has to be the one! CONTACT Dee Russell PHONE 0418 112 154 EMAIL may 14 | PRIMOLIFE


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the swan valley It's the wine-rich hotspot right on Perth's doorstep but what's it like to live in this happy hunting ground for those in search of the good life? Licencee of Peard Real Estate's Swan Valley office Rod McDougall shares his love for the area The Swan Valley is one of the most generous areas in the metro area, located only 20 minutes from Perth CBD and 10 Minutes from the airport. Accommodating all age ranges from third and fourth generation families still working the vineyards throughout the greater Swan Valley region to first homebuyers and young families establishing themselves in areas such as Ellenbrook, Whiteman Edge and St Leonards, it's a real hot spot for many. There are also many second, third and even fourth time home owners that have come to the area, upsizing as they've outgrown their existing homes. Housing styles encompass everything from cottage to traditional, retirement to acreage and apartment living. The area also offers rural options and horse properties available through Henley Brook, Belhus, Baskerville, Middle Swan and beyond to Brigadoon with some fortunate property owners enjoying uninterrupted views of the Perth skyline. It's true to say that there really is something for everyone in the Swan Valley and we quite often find it is a sought after


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location for people making the move to the country who don’t perhaps want to leave the metro area completely behind. And if there's a golf nut in the family then your luck's in, thanks to a 36-hole world-class championship golf course and resort located in The Vines. Developers have rightly targeted the Swan Valley as a hot spot, and we believe that once the Ellenbrook, Aveley developments have been completed areas such as Dayton, Brabham and Caversham will really start to move ahead. These locations are becoming more and more desirable due to the proximity to the airport and the solid infrastructure in place in the town centre of Ellenbrook. The Swan Valley may contain some of the state’s most historic and iconic landmarks but at the same time has some of the most vibrant and modern suburbs in Perth. This year the Swan Valley celebrates 180 years of winemaking and is WA’s oldest wine region and the second oldest nationally. The best way to describe it would be a country lifestyle complete with all the mod

cons and easy access to the airport and the city. As Ellenbrook is increasingly becoming a regional hub for surrounding areas with a full shopping precinct, it's becoming less necessary for residents to travel outside of the area apart from work. There's no railway line as yet but my son and his mates have no problem getting to where they want to go using the current bus service. I have no doubt that there is a need for a railway line for local commuters as parking and traffic congestion becomes an even bigger problem closer to the city but for me, it is more about giving tourists easier, quicker and better access to what I believe is the best region to live in, in the metropolitan area. This is in no small part illustrated by the many restaurants, breweries and cafes to choose from and although it would hard to pick one out in particular, I have always had a soft spot for Edgecombe Brothers on Gnangara Road. It's one of the most laidback venues for lunch you'll find in the Swan Valley, they also have some fantastic fortified wines and the best value for money bubbly around.

GREEN AND PLEASANT The Swan Valley is packed with gorgeous vineyards to visit with cellar door tastings, artisan food producers and plenty of cafes to keep residents and visitors happy. Thanks to its proximity to Perth, the Valley is close enough to civilisation for residents to enjoy a slice of country life without being too remote.

If you're looking for a great pub then try the Brook Bar and Bistro - it's equal if not better than any of the best suburban taverns in Perth with great food, live entertainment, two bars, two beer gardens, a Pub TAB and great service from staff who aren’t afraid to have a laugh. For coffee you can't go past Jaxx on Main Street in Ellenbrook - this café has recently opened and it is refreshing to have a café with their main focus being about making great coffee. may 14 | PRIMOLIFE


WHYILove...The Swan Valley

For residents with kids under their roof, there are many options for schools to choose from. From my own point of view, my kids have been to quite a few as the area grows and boundaries change. We have been fortunate to meet some fine teachers and some great friends through all of them. My girls currently attend Aveley Primary and we are very fortunate to have such a great school on our doorstep. There are some great private schools in the area also - my son attends Holy Cross and my colleagues in the office have kids at Swan Valley Anglican, Ellenbrook Christian College and St Helena’s, all of which have great reputations and have pre-primary through to year twelve. For healthcare, the closest Hospital is Swan Districts, the Broadway Medical Centre on The Broadway Ellenbrook as well as Aveley Medical Centre/ Chiropractor, dental, X- ray services are available. Exploring the SwanValley is one of living in the area's great pleasures, and I find the best way to see the Swan Valley is by getting a group of friends together and just see where it takes you. Discovering and exploring the region for yourself is the best way to do it. You don’t have to drive hundreds of kilometres to have the ultimate food and wine experience when it's right here on your doorstep. Whether you love wine and fine food, or a glass of beer or cider, the Swan Valley


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A TASTE OF THE GOOD LIFE With so many top quality food and wine producers in the Swan Valley, it's possible to spend many happy weekends discovering new taste sensations. Right, Sandalford is not only home to some world class wines but also plays host to world class music acts.

and the next winery, brewery or restaurant you visit may just become your personal favourite. It's not just about the wine however family-friendly days out include fun aboard the Clydesdale-drawn wagon tours, the Margaret River Chocolate Company and Whistlers Chocolate Company, Oasis Supa Golf & Adventure Putt, Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm and my personal favourite, Oggies Ice Creamery just to mention a few. Whiteman Park is on most kids' must-do list as a family attraction and with free entry, is an inexpensive way to spend time with the little ones. For those interested in art there are also a number of art galleries scattered throughout

the region, including Paul Dowe Galleries, Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park, Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery and the newest Yonga Boodjah Aboriginal Art Gallery where visitors can watch the artists in residence as they work on new pieces. The Vines Resort also has some great midweek golf specials which allow you to practice your swing in time for the next big tournament. One final point, during a recent drive down West Swan Road my daughter counted 48 horses in the paddocks. There aren’t too many other places in the metro area you can do that. PL To find out more about the Swan Valley and view properties on offer, visit or call Rod on 0418 909 954.

You don't have to drive hundreds of kilometres to have the ultimate food and wine experience when it's right here on your doorstep

Rock ‘n’ roll vineyard attracts stars Sandalford was more than living up to its reputation on the night two legends - John Farnham and Lionel Richie - made it their own on a balmy summer night in February. With good natured crowds picnicking on the grassy banks in front of the outdoor stage, a glamorous gaggle of VIPs were being wined and dined under a marquee before the main event kicked off. It's worth treating yourself to a VIP event at Sandalford at least once before you shuffle off this mortal coil. There's something infinitely thrilling about strutting through the dedicated VIP entrance like a bona fide Beckham, being adorned with a VIP bracelet and making the most of delicious home-grown wines and gourmet canapés during the run up

to the concert itself. Of course it helps if the main acts are as top quality as John Farnham and Lionel Richie - but then again, Sandalford does seem to have a knack for attracting the big names, from Bublé to Duran Duran and Sting. The setting can't be bettered I'd say anywhere in the Southern hemisphere, the luscious vineyards stretching out in the distance and the well-tended grounds providing the perfect backdrop to listening to memorable tunes under the stars. As a VIP, there's a special section of the seated area set out just for you and of course being VIPs, there's no need to queue with the hoi polloi should you

require a top up during the evening. There's a special VIP-dedicated wine station just for you. If the venue has captured your heart, and a wedding is on the horizon, it's hard to imagine a more show-stopping location for your special day. Sandalford Wines is only 25 minutes from the Perth CBD and has a unique range of venues varying from landscaped gardens, modern theatrette, luxurious river vessel to charming and elegant function rooms. By Gabi Mills If you'd like to find out more about Sandalford's event calendar and special occasion opportunities, visit for more information.•• may 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Mandurah 208 Mclarty Road

Set Date Sale bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mariginiup 25 Pennygum Place

$1,600,000 bed 3 bath 3 car 3

Merriwa 12 Redcloud Ridge

From $499,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mindarie 23 Lena Pass

$949,000 - $999,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 4 102

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HALLS HEAD Large 2 storey 4 bedroom two and a half bathroom home set on 723m2 block. Family, lounge, formal dining, open plan kitchen and games rooms and ample storage. Covered timber decked outdoor entertaining area, large MAN shed and double garage. Private raised gardens and plenty of lush foliage. Plenty of car parking. CONTACT Dee Russell PHONE 0418 112 154 EMAIL

Grand Family Home PLUS Separate Granny Flat. This is a property which will truly reward you & your family for the years of hardwork and will not fail to impress from the moment you first approach the homestead over the tree lined Mall Style driveway approach. If you’re looking for special then this is it and look no further. CONTACT Brendan Williams PHONE 040 99 55 040 EMAIL

Words can hardly describe the WOW that you will experience when you first inspect this flawlessly finished 4 Bedroom, 2 bathroom home featuring a luxurious Resort style outdoor pool area.Situated in sought after Seagrove estate and close to Brighton Village shops and outstanding schools. CONTACT Tertius Du Toit PHONE 0416 239 306 EMAIL

Magnificent double storey home, built by Beaumonde, which sits on a very generous 733sqm block in a quiet street with stunning endless views to the Ocean from both levels. With huge amounts of space for any family that demands quality and style. This beautiful home is located in close proximity to the popular Quinns Beach and all other amenities. CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

Mariginiup 24 Wells Street

$1,799,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Located on the border of Wanneroo & Mariginiup is this potentially magnificent 10 acre Rural property. Whether you are considering an investment or somewhere to set up the perfect home you can't go wrong with this one. 4x2 Colonial style home with verandas all round. The home is situated well off the road. The property is currently tenanted on a month by month basis. CONTACT Deb Treloar PHONE 0402 472 006 EMAIL

It’s time to enjoy the best things in life! This sleek, stylish, Maylands spec. home will suit the fussiest of buyers. These Home 62B Caledonian Avenue high feature 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, home theatre, Chef’s

From $655,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Merriwa 24 Calabar Court

$339,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Mindarie 25 Glensanda Way

From $699,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

kitchens with Essa stone tops and includes dishwasher, alfresco, high ceilings, inverter air-conditioners, full reticulation & double garages. CONTACT Sacha Daniel PHONE 0414 501 109 EMAIL

Whisper quiet cul de sac location with sensational inland views from back verandah, this little 3 x 1 would be brilliant as either first home or investment. Close to school shops & transport & only a 2 minute drive to the beach. CONTACT Jan Buchanan PHONE 0408 802 381 EMAIL

How about a lifestyle change, or a brilliant investment until the time is right for a lifestyle change prices are only going to go up. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful ocean views, the easy care gardens, the wonderful location and the quality fit out of this executive 3 x 2 Townhouse. CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL


Mindarie 42 Lighthouse Parade


bath 3 car 2

Carpe Diem Peerless by Comparison. Contemporary statement in timeless elegance. Immerse yourself in the serenity of the Indian ocean panoramic indulged with ease from this resort lifestyle property. The photos paint the picture , an inspection will confirm you are experiencing something very special ....and a winning bid on the day will give you peace of mind that you have secured the dream home beyond your imagination.

For more information, please contact:

Jeff Parkes 0418 923 989

This property has exceptional design features that allow for that famous indoor/outdoor lifestyle that West Australia is famous for and built to a very high spec that please the most disconcerning buyer.

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FOR SALE Mindarie 72 Alexandria View

All Offers Presented bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Mount Nasura 38 Carradine Road

T-SALES bed 6 bath 2 car 1

Mount Pleasant 19 Coogee Road

From $819,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Mullaloo 14 Whelk Place

From $1,590,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2 104

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This stunning Craig Sheils built home is in an extraordinary location & features an exciting design, which explores contemporary themes whilst maximising uninterrupted ocean views. A large family home which comprises of several spacious living areas with outstanding 180 degree ocean views. Perfectly positioned & within a high-class area, this large double storey home features 4/5 bed, 3 bath, study & secure three car garaging. With fully integrated audio visual the home has absolutely everything CONTACT Carl Freeman including security. PHONE 0408 793 037 EMAIL

Mindarie 99 Anchorage Drive

Country lifestyle on the Heritage Trail just 1.5 km from cinemas and cafes. Large, split level house overlooking a creek and parklands opposite rural lands. 5000 sqm block, pool, studio/flat, tennis court, workshop, verandas and gable patio. Truly a rare property in an ideallic valley setting.

Mount Nasura 60 Paterson Road

CONTACT Patrick Grogan PHONE 0419 497 432 EMAIL

From $799,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

T-SALES bed 3 bath 2 car 1

TERRIFIC EASY CARE HOME You won’t want to miss this if you are looking for a fabulous 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, easy care home on a GREEN TITLE in this desirable suburb. Situated close to the river, transport, facilities and in the Applecross High School Zone, this property will appeal to retirees, families, couples, singles and investors. CONTACT Julie Forrest

Muchea 207 Carl Street

There can only be one winning performance that deserves such an accolade for visual splendour, dramatic and bold interior colours, a home that presents "Beverly Hills" mansion proportions attached to a magnificent glamourous "Hollywood" lifestyle! Ladies and gentlemen it is my pleasure to introduce you to view this memorable work of art, so please make yourselves comfortable and enjoy the picture show! CONTACT Stephen Simpson PHONE 0408 944 282 EMAIL

Mullaloo 7 Gardinia Place

PHONE 0428 821 338 EMAIL

$479,000 or near offer bed 5 bath 2

From $699,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Enjoy the sophisticated style living and wonderful views that this magnificent residence has to offer. Renowned for its beach lifestyle you can either enjoy your wonderful sheltered alfresco area with its timber decked floors and cedar wood ceilings overlooking the outdoor heated spa, or alternatively take a short stroll to Mindarie Marina. CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

1517sqm block in a secret location in hills . 2 storey character-filled cottage style home with a Tudor theme. A great place for kids to enjoy outdoor adventures away from social media and TV. Sit on the balcony and take in the fresh scent of the nearby pine forest. Nothing else compares, so experience it before the world finds out! CONTACT Patrick Grogan PHONE 0419 497 432 EMAIL

The owners are keen to sell this 4675 sqm (just over one acre) block with 5 bedroom 2 bathroom brick tile residence located in the Muchea Townsite. Opposite Sandown Equestrian Park with views to farmland from the front Patio. Bore. No water bills here. Partially reticulated. The 9x4m above ground pool needs the finishing touches of decking to complete. CONTACT Jenny Treloar PHONE 0427 012 729 EMAIL

Tucked away in a small quiet cul-de-sac rests a deceptively spacious 4 bedroom 2 luxury bathroom home on a low maintenance block. Presenting large living areas with modern kitchen and contemporary decor the home is in an ideal location for parklands, beach and all major amenities. Mullaloo is flying! Come on board! CONTACT Stephen Simpson PHONE 0408 944 282 EMAIL

FOR SALE Mullaloo 30A Koolyanga Road

From $895,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 4

Nollamara 23a Hailsham Road

$469,000 - $489,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Ocean Reef 16 Spur Court

From $1,099,000 bed 5 bath 3 car 2

Ocean Reef 24 Leeway Drive

From $685,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This MAGNIFICENT young 5 year old 2 level quality built Simon Farrant home, is one property not to miss. Super spacious with a neutral colour palette, generous zoned living areas, 4 bedrooms and 2 luxurious bathrooms not to mention quality fittings and fixtures throughout plus so much more be quick as others will!!

Mullaloo 41A Laurel Street

From $549,000

CONTACT Kathy Clement PHONE 0403 539 820 EMAIL

WAKE UP WITH PARKLAND VIEWS! Like a morning workout or sunset stroll? Enjoy that and more with the views of the immaculately kept Roberts bridge Reserve. The stunning interior will impress with quality fixtures and fittings, separate lounge/theatre room and extreme low maintenance. CONTACT David Weir PHONE 0402 930 908 EMAIL

PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

Ocean Reef 10 Herreshoff Ramble

From $769,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This immaculate Perceptions built home will please the most particular of buyers with 355sqm of stunning living space that includes 3 spacious living areas, several outdoor entertaining areas, 5 bedrooms & 3 luxurious bathrooms. With panoramic ocean views, timber floors, high recessed ceilings and quality finish throughout; this is easy care family living at its best CONTACT Shane Capelli

Ocean Reef 21 Windward Loop

Gorgeous reno’s, spacious living areas, high ceilings, stunning timber floors & new bathrooms – this home won’t last long! Fully reno’d kitchen has s/less appls incl range hood & dishwasher plus a big fridge space, Oversize master has twin BIR’s & a newly reno’d ensuite. Bathroom 2 is also newly reno’d. Fantastic outdoors with gabled patio, extensive paving & feature . 2 car gge has rear access for extra vehicles. Ducted air, solar HWS, reno’d laundry, garden shed & more!! CONTACT Shane Capelli

Ocean Reef 4 Mabena Place

PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

LAND - You get a feeling of Coastal tranquillity from this beautifully located 624 sqm green title lot. Build your dream home or the owners have shire approved plans for a 2 storey home. You have the privacy and security of a rear driveway to a beautiful northern aspect with great coastal outlook the views are exceptional from the high elevation giving you a peaceful rural feel. CONTACT Jeff Coghill

From $949,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

From $1,295,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Completely stripped & professionally reno’d. BRAND NEW Blackbutt floors, carpets, blinds, light fittings & paint. BRAND NEW kitchen has s/less appls, stone tops & gloss cupboards. Brand New bathrooms w/ stone tops, modern tiles & clear screens. Fantastic outdoors w/ pergola, pool incl new equip, retic’d gardens & new fencing. Double gge w/ rear access + side access for boats. Ducted air, new laundry, new roof coating, garden shed & more!! CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

Sweeping views, high ceilings, timber floors & 4 living areas, this home suits big families. Fabulous enclosed alfresco w/ timber deck, cedar lined ceiling, timber shutters – ideal for wintery days or open up for summer breezes, it leads to the landscaped pool & garden. Kitchen has granite tops, s/less appls walk in pantry & breakfast bar.Double gge suits 4wd’s & has storage & shoppers entry + 2nd drive for boat parking. R/C air con, solar panels, gas points, alarm, HWS w/ temp controllers & more!! CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

Beautiful Beaumonde built home w/ almost 400 sqm, panoramic views, ‘beachy’ style & quality fixtures incl double glazing. Fabulous outdoors – enjoy sunsets on the balcony, entertain in the conservatory, relax in the spa or alfresco. Kitchen has granite tops, walk in pantry, range hood, dishwasher, wine rack & dual appl shelves. Kingsize master has 2 WIR’s, balcony, ensuite w/ spa, marble bench top & walk in linen. Beds 2, 3 & 4 all queens w/ BIR’s + 2 bathrooms. Garage suits 4wd’s & extra storage. R/C air con, ducted vac, CONTACT Shane Capelli alarm, roller shutters, gas points PHONE 0410 339 499 & more!! EMAIL may 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Ocean Reef 27 Constellation Drive

From $699,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This Charming four bedroom two bathroom home will appease the entire family with an array of living options. This quality built home has been thoughtfully designed for family living at its best. The main living zone is also designed to make entertaining convenient and comfortable, with plenty of space for guests to gather around the bench in the kitchen, room to relax in the meals area and living room and plenty of space in the alfresco area. The main living zone is bright, spacious and free flowing. CONTACT Valerie Boyle PHONE 0404 864 932 EMAIL

DIRT CHEAP !! Ocean Reef your dream home. Ocean front brilliance. Rare earth 69 Southern Cross Circle Build facing the proposed Ocean Reef Marina in this sought after,

From $699,000

From $479,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Pinjarra 43 Sunset Circle

Offers over $469,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 106

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From $1,149,500 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Padbury 10 Nevoria Place

high growth location. Level 483sqm with 14.6 metre frontage, private “off main road” entrance. Champagne and sunsets forever! The perfect platform awaits you here Don’t say “I should have”. CONTACT Todd Utley Act now!! PHONE 0417 910 967

From $729,000

Wonderful opportunity to secure this superbly presented, duplex home, set in a great location. Positioned in a quiet street and with easy access to shops, schools, transport, parks and only a short drive to Hillarys Marina. This is certainly an opportunity not to be missed.

Padbury 4 Hume Place


Padbury 12B Barrallier Way

Ocean Reef 33 Bacchante Close

CONTACT Bob Edmiston PHONE 0409 990 850 EMAIL

Why build? Buy brand new! Located in the sort after Murray River Country Estate, this magnificent 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home, built with a family in mind. Open plan living, x-large bedrooms, office, theatre, corner block with double gate access to backyard. CONTACT Kathryn Fiorenza PHONE 0427 475 661 EMAIL

bed 3 bath 2 car 2

From $559,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

Port Kennedy 5 Tryall Avenue

From $419,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Beaumonde home w/ commanding street appeal, stunning views, 3 living spaces, sep study & formal dining Kitchen has s/less apps incl twin oven/grill, microwave, range hood & dishwasher, double fridge space & walk in pantry Great outdoors - gabled patio, café blinds & 180 degree views, spa & powder room w/ bidet. Garage has storage space & shoppers entry R/C air con, gas points, electronic HWS control & more!! CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

Situated on a large 754sqm block in a whisper quiet Pinnaroo Heights cul-de-sac, this outstanding family home offers the most discerning buyers a lifestyle you cannot compete with. This stunning property offers something for the whole family. Located in one of Padburys most sought after streets, so close to local schools, parklands, shops, restaurants, transport and only a short drive to the beach and Hillarys Marina. CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

If you have been searching for the property with a beautiful homely feel and one you can simply move straight in and enjoy, then this could be the one! Situated on a large 756sqm block. Located amongst all that Padbury has to offer including local schools, shops, transport, parklands and only a short drive to the beach, Hillarys Marina and Whitfords Shopping Centre. CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

Entertainers Delight For Families with Spa Looking to make the move? Want to entertain your friends? Don't miss this great property in the heart of coastal Port Kennedy. Located an easy commute to beaches, golf course, boat ramps, cycling paths, parks, schools and so much more. CONTACT Rob Davis PHONE 0439843776 EMAIL

FOR SALE Port Kennedy 11 Eiffel Crescent

From $489,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Quinns Rocks 1/12 Catalina Place

From $699,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Quinns Rocks 58 Camira Way

$697,000-$715,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Riverton 200/13 Jillian Street

From $569,000

Shhhhh . . . I've found a hidden gem. Hidden around the bend is this amazing complete family package with so many options. Designed open plan home with side access through purpose built patio is crying out for your caravan or boat. You could build a workshop, add a pool and still have room enough to kick the footy. CONTACT Rob Davis PHONE 0439 843 776 EMAIL

Port Kennedy 17 Athens Entrance

$469,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This Webb & Brown built home was designed with an emphasis on outdoor / indoor living and entertaining. Set in secure boutique block of x9 townhouses, its inspirational design features state-of-the-art finishes and enjoys a stylish collaboration of floor coverings, quality window treatments, stainless steel balustrading, gorgeous bathrooms and a gourmet kitchen. CONTACT Steve Wilcox

Quinns Rocks 12 Worlanna Mews

This spacious, elegant, loved residence has a homely feel whilst being luxurious with its style and immac presentation. Solid wooden floorboards, window shutters, large ent areas with dble French doors internally & externally. Walk outside to the spacious undercover area with the luxury of pool & bali hut.Stones throw from beach, school & parks.

Ridgewood 60 Ballymote Gardens

PHONE 0421 277 366 EMAIL

CONTACTS Sara Revet/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0449 833 508/0421 277 366 EMAIL

RIVERTON'S BEST BLOCKS - Green Titles pending Build your dream home here, this premium Riverton location demands a fine home indeed .Proposed Lots 200 & 201, 13 Jillian Street Riverton .429m2 block with 10.66m frontage opposite Montes Park .Rossmoyne Senior H.S Zone, walk to Riverton P.S .Minutes to Canning River, CONTACT Wayne Hocking local shopping and bus routes PHONE 0414 863 854 EMAIL

From $479,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $420,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Riverton 201/13 Jillian Street

From $569,000

Nice big home on a good size block has just come available in lovely location of Kennedy Park. Conveniently located close to parks, public transport, golf course, primary schools, shopping centre and beautiful Port Kennedy beaches, this property will be sure to impress. Rooms include enclosed theatre, family, dining, study & 4 big bedrooms. CONTACT Vandy Russell PHONE 0424 937 034 EMAIL

Well presented throughout, this 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in quiet and convenient location offers a perfect family lifestyle close to all amenities, featuring formal lounge, kitchen overlooking family and dining room, neutral dcor throughout, large patio area, rear garden shed, grass area for the kids and double size garage. CONTACTS Steve Wilcox/Sara Revet PHONE 0421 277 366/0449 833 508 EMAIL

Incredible value has to be seen in this immaculate 3x2 cottage home opposite a park with ocean views in the quiet suburb of Ridgewood. From the moment you walk through the front gate of this property you will take in the attention, time and effort that has gone into creating an easy care immaculate home. CONTACTS Paul Turner/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0400 072 005/0421 277 366 EMAIL

RIVERTON'S BEST BLOCKS - Green Titles pending Build your dream home here, this premium Riverton location demands a fine home indeed. .Proposed Lots 200 & 201, 13 Jillian St. Riverton .429m2 block with 10.66m frontage opposite Montes Park .Rossmoyne Senior H.S Zone, walk to Riverton P.S .Minutes to Canning River, CONTACT Wayne Hocking local shopping & bus routes PHONE 0414 863 854 EMAIL

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FOR SALE Rockingham 4/13 Merope Close

$255,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Safety Bay 31 Wavelea Street

Offers Over $620,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Scarborough 14/2 Brighton Road

$949,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Scarborough 3/137 Abbett Street

From $639,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1 108

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2 storey, 2 bedroom townhouse in the centre of Rockingham. Features include lounge, kitchen with ample cupboards overlooking a large private courtyard. Upstairs there are two bedrooms and a bathroom. Very close to shops, cafes and the beach. Call Bill for more information. CONTACT Bill Penny PHONE 0433 373 505 EMAIL

From the moment you enter this magical home you will feel tranquil with a knowing that this home feels right for your family. The lush greenery surrounding offers coolness and privacy and the space and flow of the home offers the right living space for every member of your family. The home has ducted air con, ceiling fans & gas point. CONTACTS Fran Satherley/John Satherley PHONE 0414 447 343/ EMAIL

So much more than an Oceanside Apartment. Safe & secure complex, located in the heart of vibrant Scarborough. This first class, 3x2 apartment features an open plan living area, quality kitchen and appliances, outdoor pool & BBQ area. Location and lifestyle and it’s best. CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

Better be quick for this immaculate, well located double storey three bedroom townhouse, in a small attractive group, perfectly positioned and only a short stroll to local sports clubs and parklands. This delightful home offers spacious living areas and the perfect north facing outdoor entertaining. Its the perfect location, Its affordable, its beautiful and it could be yours!! A great home and secure investment. CONTACT Adam Mannino PHONE 0411 962 383 EMAIL

Safety Bay 26 Caribbean Drive

$409,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

Safety Bay 8 Seahaven Street

Offers Over $465,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Scarborough 14a Hinderwell Street

$899,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Scarborough 4/29 Sackville Terrace

From $559,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Positioned in the peaceful beachside suburb of Safety Bay is this wonderful 4x1 family home. This great home sits proudly on a large 684sqm block and will allow you so much room to move and play. You can design your backyard just the way you've dreamt about. With the ability to create unrestricted side-access this is an outstanding opportunity. CONTACT Jodie Lindner PHONE 0408 518 514 EMAIL

This stunning home has rich Jarrah floors throughout. Beautiful outdoor living area, boasting high ceiling and feature walls. The kitchen is new with gas cooking and loads of cupboards, drawers and a dishwasher. The bathroom and laundry have been fully renovated in neutral colours. CONTACTS Fran Satherley/John Satherley PHONE 0414 447 343/ EMAIL

This Magnificent Two Storey Four Bedroom Two Bathroom Family Home, with an open plan layout and quality fixtures and fittings throughout is situated in one of Perth’s most iconic beachside locations and just a few minutes’ walk to the beach is sure to attract lots of attention. Featuring outstanding features such as high ceilings, large home office, well equipped chef’s kitchen and sunset views from the balcony, this is a must view! CONTACT Sam Mannino PHONE 0402 822 457 EMAIL

Better be quick for this parkland located, immaculate three bedroom home located in a small attractive group at the quiet beach end of Sackville Tce, perfectly positioned and only a short stroll to the beach and Scarborough sportsman’s club. CONTACT Adam Mannino PHONE 0411 962 383 EMAIL

FOR SALE Scarborough 139 Newborough Street

From $649,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

Scarborough 187 Westview Street

From $859,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Scarborough 203 183 West Coast Highway

$949,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Scarborough 40a Kay Street

$829,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

This beautifully presented home will appeal to the most discerning buyers, both owner occupiers or investors. This tastefully renovated home enjoys an open plan layout filled with natural light. The huge alfresco area which is set amongst beautiful established gardens enjoys a leafy outlook and is perfect for entertaining. The home is bright and free flowing across a single level with several living areas. The entrance leads to a spacious formal and dining area. CONTACT Valerie Boyle PHONE 0404 864 932 EMAIL

Scarborough 18/29 Hastings Street

PRIME DEVELOPMENT OPPURTUNITY. Looking for land in a fabulous location commanding Great Ocean and Valley view’s then look no further. Be quick to secure this 690sqm block zoned R30 with DA conditionally approved for “two” side by side townhouses.

Scarborough 19/176 Elliott Road

CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

Absolute Resort Style Living On the Coast Situated in the Observation Rise complex, this superb apartment offers resort style living at its best. Boasting a lagoon style pool, BBQ area, gym facilities, sauna and heated spa, catering to all the family’s needs. This renovated 3x2 with BIR has it all. CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

Live in luxury and enjoy the spoils that come with living in this upmarket quality single level Home, in a fantastic Scarborough location in close proximity to all sought after amenities. Move fast for this unique opportunity, you won’t find a home in a better location with better quality fixtures and fittings! **Photo for illustration purposes only** CONTACT Sam Mannino PHONE 0402 822 457 EMAIL

$895,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

From $305,000 bed 1 bath 1 car 1

Scarborough 26 Manning Street

From $979,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Buy now off the plan and secure your beachside apartment on Perths legendary sunset coast. Oceanna29 is a boutique development offering spacious, open plan with large internal/external resort style amenities. Located in the rejuvenated Scarborough Beach precinct, this is the sea change you can afford, but cant afford to miss out on. CONTACT Paul Kettle PHONE 0403 177 680 EMAIL

Throw away the car keys, slip the board under your arm, and stroll to stunning Scarborough /Trigg beaches. Quality cafes, shops and transport are within walking distance and many more exciting amenities are opening all the time like Matisse Beach Club. Be quick and grab yourself a slice of the fast developing coastal gem that is Scarborough. CONTACT Paul Kettle PHONE 0403 177 680 EMAIL

Iconic location. With the best views in Scarborough, this elevated 4 bed 2 bath home has views from all 3 levels & boasts one of the most prominent locations in Scarborough Beach. Located in the 458 amendment the block has R80 zoning allowing development potential on this corner site. CONTACT Paul Kettle PHONE 0403 177 680 EMAIL

WOW..... What great value this two bed apartment in Scarborough Rise Scarborough, with incredible views of R410/183 West Coast Highway Observation Scarborough, Trigg and Hillary's spectacular beaches. Located

$795,000 bed 2 bath 2 car 2

on the top floor, with NINE FOOT ceilings to give an amazing feeling of space; this apartment is simply awesome. CONTACT Mick Evans PHONE 0417 933 620 EMAIL may 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Secret Harbour 19 Hassars Road

Buyers Over $749,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Shoalwater 19 Atrion Lane

$570,000-$580,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Shoalwater 4/186 Arcadia Drive

$785,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Sorrento 4 Bennetts Place

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Gorgeous Sidewalk 250sqm 4 x 2 property with all the extras in ritzy Hassars Road in Secret Harbour. Listen to the ocean only metres away, walk to golf club, local shops, facilities and schools. Tasmanian oak floors to entry and main living, appealing sunken lounge, separate games room and main living with access from games and family to the gorgeous alfresco and pool area.CONTACT Julie Pym

Be impressed with this cracker of a home with a relaxed Secret Harbour feel in a great position very close to park and superb 7 Drummonds Approach beach Secret Harbour Beach. This home is a great entertainer and

Overlooking a superb lake in the very sought after Anchorage Estate in Shoalwater. Features include chef’s kitchen overlooking spacious family room, dining room, separate lounge and study. Outside there is a lovely alfresco leading to the double lock up garage and grassed area with loads of room for the van or boat, all of this a short stroll to shops, cafe strip and beautiful CONTACT Bill Penny Palm Beach. PHONE 0433 373 505

Attractive art decor home unit on ground floor almost Shoalwater only a minute walk to the bay for your morning 3/93 Gloucester Crescent beachfront swim. This is a small complex with a carport for your car and

Beautifully appointed 3x2, 2 storey townhouse in prestigious Shoalwater with million dollar views of Penguin Island and sparkling Safety Bay just across the road. This beautiful property has solar power, solar hot water, and lock up garage, it even has a stair lift. Stunning bamboo flooring throughout, spa in private courtyard garden. There is a wonderful view from CONTACT Bill Penny almost every room. PHONE 0433 373 505

Shoalwater 46b Second Avenue

Your family palace awaits with five bedrooms and three bathrooms plus home office and gym spread throughout two spacious levels. The open living and dining spaces that expand outside make this the perfect home for entertaining. You will be able to pack life away with all the storage that is available throughout this fantastic Sorrento property.

Sorrento 8 Nuytsia Avenue

PHONE 0411 436 537 EMAIL



CONTACT Ben Keevers PHONE 0404 056 010 EMAIL

$899,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$289,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

$520,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

From $949,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

the huge open plan light filled hub of the house will be sure to impress. Fantastic well equipped kitchen that leads directly out onto the very impressive outdoor entertainment area complete CONTACT Julie Pym with pizza oven, BBQ and TV PHONE 0411 436 537 station. EMAIL

extra parking space.The rooms are large and bright with a feeling of space and a flair for decor. A lovely home affording a magic lifestyle and at this price will sell quickly. CONTACTS Fran Satherley/ PHONE 0414 447 343/ EMAIL

Enter along a plant filled driveway complete with overhanging Bourganvilia, olive trees and fruit trees, to enter this secluded hideaway affording complete privacy. Ideal for the travellers who want to leave their home in complete safety whilst holidaying. A minutes stroll to local shopping centre, café, chemist and other amenities. CONTACTS Fran Satherley/John Satherley PHONE 0414 447 343/ EMAIL

Stunning Parkland Vista - Located in “Leafy Old Sorrento” oozing with charm and character opposite stunning parkland close to excellent primary schools, Sacred Heart School, public transport, Hillarys Marina, restaurants and cafe strips. Pool with separate spa feature, gazebo and pergola area, 3 car garage – 3 automatic doors, secure parking to side for small boat / caravan / Trailer, gas hot water system, aiir-conditioning System, block size 791 sq metres CONTACTS Maggie Pawlik/Paul Sharry PHONE 0438876727/0417174180 EMAIL

FOR SALE Southern River 11 Hogan Place

From $649,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Southern River 5 Rees Pass


In a quiet little cul de sac is this large and spacious four bedroom, two bathroom plus study family home offering double rooms with built in robes, high ceilings, ducted reverse cycle air conditioning, alarm, spacious kitchen, theatre room with French doors, powered workshop and paved outdoor entertaining area. CONTACT Jemima Botha PHONE 0416 406 410 EMAIL

Here it is! Your golden ticket! The last vacant lot in this gorgeous street, surrounded by quality homes with lovely fully established gardens. Absolutely level, 642m2 CORNER BLOCK, just waiting for your dream home.Don't delay view today and secure your own little piece of paradise. CONTACT Mike Eldridge PHONE 0413 741 043 EMAIL

Subiaco 9/72 Subiaco Road

Buyers in high $400's bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Tapping 47 Rosinski Circle

From $519,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Southern River 29 Sandmartin Drive

From $799,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Subiaco 56 Heytesbury Road

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

Here lies an entry-level opportunity to buy into the area with this beautifully presented, Subiaco Townhouse. A tranquil & leafy pathway welcomes you to this quaint terrace style home with a location that boasts easy access to transport, central Subiaco, the city & surrounding areas. With a good investment return, scope for future property gains, and a lifestyle on offer, this property CONTACT Ryan Benade will suit both first-home buyers PHONE 0451 070 945 and investors alike. EMAIL

Tapping 37 Colwyn Loop

Youll be hard pressed to find a 3 Bedroom property as spacious as this! Built in 2009, and located on a quiet family friendly street, this immaculately presented home truly is a cut above the rest; with its high curved ceilings, 3 king size bedrooms and dream location opposite a lovely park in the sought after Ashton Heights Estate. (432m2 block)

Waikiki 17 Ketch Place

CONTACT Claire Ramsey PHONE 0416 329 004 EMAIL

From $569,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$559,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This stunning two storey home is suited to families young and old. Features: study, formal lounge and powder room, modern kitchen with new granite bench tops, plenty of cupboards, dishwasher & open plan living and stunning lush green tropical garden. If you want to be taken away to the tropical islands step inside this fabulous home and let us take you there. CONTACT Jemima Botha PHONE 0416 406 410 EMAIL

Situated close to Rokeby Road in the heart of Subiaco is this fantastic early 1900’s character home. Set on a 550sqm cnr blk, this property comprises of 3 bdrms, 2 living areas & offers excellent potential to update & extend. Whilst having been maintained over the years this property would be perfect for a growing family looking to create their dream home in a prime location. CONTACT Lee Cheatle PHONE 0408 915 245 EMAIL

We are proud to present this modern family home which is a true credit to its current owners. Big block, Big home in this increasingly popular suburb. This Dale Alcock built home has all the space you need with a total of 250sqm of home on a 638sqm block. A modern open floor plan and neutral dcor this is one to call home. CONTACT Paul Turner PHONE 0400 072 005 EMAIL

Quality like this beautiful family home does not enter the market often! This incredible home boasts 220sqm of living area and was definitely designed with your family in mind! Positioned in a peaceful cul de sac with parks, schools, shopping and public transport all so very close, and not forgetting the beautiful Waikiki beaches are within close proximity, it has CONTACT Jodie Lindner everything you could wish PHONE 0408 518 514 for and more!! EMAIL may 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Waikiki 44 Westlinton Circle

$470,000-$490,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Are you looking for a large open plan family Home? Do you need a study? Large block? Access through garage? Look no further. This large family home was built in 2010 and is definitely worth your consideration. Set in a low traffic area only the people that live in the street have need to drive down it. CONTACT Rob Davis PHONE 0439 843 776 EMAIL

Wanneroo 22 San Rosa Road

$450,000 - $470,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

ABSOLUTELY IMMACULATE !! Convenient lakeside location, beautifully renovated and priced to please. You’ll be hard pressed to find better value than this !! Spacious living, meals, stunning kitchen with loads of bench & cupboard space & dishwasher. Sun-filled family has timber veneer floors, gas bayonet, reverse cycle wall unit a/c. Pergola & CONTACT Todd Utley fully fenced above ground PHONE 0417 910 967 pool. EMAIL Happy family memories begin here !!

“FROG CHOIR” Wanneroo picturesque Yellagonga Regional Park and lake frontage 36 Banyandah Boulevard With with an abundance of nature’s wildlife literally on your

Wanneroo 48 Mulwarrie Circuit

bed 3 bath 2 car 1

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $495,000

Wanneroo 75 Donnelly Ramble

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

Warnbro 5 Manta Court

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doorstep, this is a truly unique location! So quiet and peaceful, this is the perfect place to share with your loved ones. You’ll appreciate everything this home and its surrounds has to offer. CONTACT Todd Utley

From $479,000

LIVING THE DREAM !! The ultimate family entertainer, finished to perfection overlooking Yellagonga Regional Parklands offering every conceivable extra that you would expect in modern day living. Built by Summit homes in 2004.

Warnbro 15 Powis Way

PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

CONTACT Todd Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

This immaculate 4x2 home is nestled in a lovely quite cul-de-sac location, only ten minutes from the beautiful Warnbro beach. As you walk through this home, it starts to tick all the boxes for you, a cosy living room with lovely decor, an amazing kitchen, lovely family room, overlooking a magnificent polished timber decking surrounded by the garden of eden. CONTACT Vandy Russell PHONE 0424 937 034 EMAIL

$325,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Warnbro 7 Ryde Close

Buyers Over $399,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This is an outstanding opportunity presenting itself here and the eventual buyer will be a very happy person which can only be Good News!!! This home is a very neat and tidy 4 bed, 2 bath and will suit a multitude of buyers. There is so much here this purchase represents unbelievable value for the happy buyer. CONTACT Brendan Williams PHONE 040 99 55 040 EMAIL

Your lucky day to buy this 2x1 with sleep out in an established area at the right price central to schools, shopping centres and the beach. A great starter home or add to your portfolio. CONTACT David Lomax PHONE 0409 084 940 EMAIL

This lovely roomy home gives you everything you need. The kitchen is updated with stainless steel appliances, dishwasher and plenty of bench space and cupboards. The formal lounge room and dining room have timber flooring where the rest of the traffic areas are tiled.As you exit from the living areas to the outdoor patio entertaining area, which is enclosed, you will feel the tranquillity CONTACT Graham York here with the gorgeous PHONE 0467 773 977 fish pond. EMAIL

FOR SALE Warnbro 22 Holcombe Road

$489,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Wembley 43 Reserve Street

End Date Sale bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Situated on a generous 745m2 block means there is plenty of room for unrestricted height side access for your boat and/or caravan. There is also a large workshop already in place with plenty of lush green grass front and back. You will be able to take full advantage of the mild coastal climate with a HUGE alfresco & patio area perfect for entertaining your family and friends or just lazing away.CONTACT Ken Gosper

Watermans Bay 87A West Coast Drive

Lluxury spacious family home in the heart of Wembley. Your premium Webb and Brown-Neaves built abode boasts open-plan living, five expansive bedrooms, an office, playroom, utility room and two exceptional bathrooms. There is a large alfresco area including an automated awning and plantation shutters, a beautiful pool and a low maintenance garden. CONTACT Dean Bradley

Wembley 77 Essex Street

PHONE 0447 741 974 EMAIL

PHONE 0411 110 779 EMAIL

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

End Date Sale bed 3 bath 2 car 2

A perfect start for the smart buyer out there. Add your West Perth flair to this character filled apartment in this iconic 1/931 Wellington Street creative West Perth apartment complex. The apartment features

West Perth 10/69 Malcolm Street

bed 2 bath 2 car 1

bed 3 bath 2 car 2


West Perth 7/2 Colin Street

$559,000-$589,000 bed 2 bath 2 car 1

brand new wooden flooring, 2 large bedrooms, open plan kitchen, light & airy lounge & dining, two outdoor terraces, 2 bathrooms, separate laundry, secure storage & designated car bay. CONTACT Ryan Benade

High $800,000's

An opportunity to secure this beautiful, two-bedroom apartment, a mere stones-throw away from magnificent Kings Park, transport lines, Perth CBD & the West Perth Cafe strip. Located within this iconic residential complex on the Southern border of West Perth, where apartments do not often become available.

Willetton 12 Rana Court

PHONE 0451 070 945 EMAIL

CONTACT Ryan Benade PHONE 0451 070 945 EMAIL

From $770,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Limited opportunities arise to own your own piece of the West Coast especially at such an affordable price point. This residence is set back from the road on a 477sqm survey Strata lot plus driveway giving you a peaceful privacy that only a few can enjoy, while absorbing the magnificent ever changing views of our beautiful coastline and those stunning Indian sunsets. CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

Elegance, space and a unique lifestyle are at the forefront of this family residence and all combine to offer a fantastic home in a premium Wembley location. Meticulously maintained throughout, this character abode offers fabulous entertaining with a resort style outdoor area. Internally, large luxurious living spaces and an allure and style that is rarely found. CONTACT Dean Bradley PHONE 0411 110 779 EMAIL

Walk to CBD, walk to Kings Park or river- this location is just so convenient for work and leisure. Leave your dwelling with peace of mind, knowing that your apartment is in a secure complex. Relax on the balcony, sipping on your favorite & all the time realising the Swan River is around the corner. CONTACT Mick Evans PHONE 0417 933 620 EMAIL

PREMIUM HOME, PREMIUM LOCATION Nestled on a large 728sqm elevated block in a quiet cul-de-sac is this 4 bedroom 2 bathroom premium home surrounded by great neighbours. Only a walk away from Willetton Primary School and Willetton Senior High School. CONTACT Seroja Kasli PHONE 0404 036 333 EMAIL may 14 | PRIMOLIFE


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Yanchep 116 Beachside Parade

From $499,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

OUR SERVICE We offer a full installation service for your shutters or blinds, with all work being carried out by qualified carpenter joiners. Your shutters will be measured and installed professionally and your home left in the condition it was found.

Yanchep 73 Seaside Avenue

$489,000 - $509,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Priced to sell today, this property has been established with family living in mind and focus on outdoor living with pool fun & play! Located in award winning Capricorn Estate only meters to brand new school and walking distance to the beach, parks and playgrounds. CONTACT Peggy Middelveld PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL

Sell the lawnmower! As you won't be needing it with this spotless low/no maintenance two-storey home nestled in the highly sought Lindsay Beach/Capricorn Estate. Just a short, easy stroll from the beach and with not a cent to spend. This modern and as new home ideal for downsizers or savvy investors is truly a pleasure to present! Executive living on the coast!!! CONTACT Belinda Lawrence PHONE 0432 547 921 EMAIL

Presenting this superb property overlooking Sun City Golf Yanchep offering modern family living in a private estate, in 13/146 St Andrews Drive Course touch with nature and allowing you to watch Kangaroos and

From $599,000

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bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Emus from the privacy of your balcony at sunset. Individually designed to make the most of this excellent location & views, the property features open plan living dining, plus 2nd living area upstairs. CONTACT Peggy Middelveld PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL


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Your South west Lifestyle Awaits

Hobby Farm in Great Spot Offers from $480,000 If you’ve looked for an affordable 4 bed, 2 bath on 2.02ha (5ac) within 30mins drive from Bunbury... you have arrived at last. This pretty property is privately located at the Donnybrook end of Howlett Ramble. The home enjoys a sunlight filled north-facing aspect and the living and kitchen area opens onto a huge gabled patio on the north side that overlooks the rear of the property. Ringlocked fences, with windmill. Argyle

Naomi Howells M: 0432 152 883 P: 9792 1888

$895,000 Rural Splendour Beautiful river and ocean views with 2.8ha (7ac) of cleared parkland. A stunningly large home with 5 big bedrooms, big kitchen, spacious lounge/dining, 2 bathrooms and games room. Outdoors there is a double carport/garage, big shed/workshop, and a boat shed.


Gordon Junor M: 0427 552 017 P: 9758 0300

From $515,000 Galway Green Enjoy the peaceful surroundings of riverside parklands and POS with abundance of trees and greenery. This immaculately presented 4 bed, 2 bath offers ensuite with twin vanities and double shower, spacious living areas, polished timber flooring, well appointed kitchen with centre bench, dishwasher and walk-in pantry. Alfresco with sun blinds, triple garage with rear roller and private back garden. Australind

Alf Mainstone M: 0402 026 608 P: 9792 1888

Award Winning Boutique Retreat on 43.7ha $2.9M Luxurious accommodation set amongst natural bush vineyards and lakes with approvals in place for expansion. Stone and jarrah farmhouse includes reception. Quality plant and equipment, sheds and storage. Owners retiring and will sell for a realistic price.

Carbunup River

BUNBURY 9792 1888

John Reid M: 0418 931 100 P: 9756 8888


Lots for your Money $430,000 This is a good value property. Great kids play area, 3 bed, an office or open plan lounge/dining, R/C A/C, ensuite and walk-in robe to master bedroom, second bathroom, lovely patio/BBQ area, double garage and parking for boat or caravan.


Gordon Junor M: 0427 552 017 P: 9758 0300

$1.15M ‘Sea Shanty’ at Granny’s Pool Old Flinders 4 bed, 2 bath home with 3 street frontages overlooking Granny’s Pool to the east, uninterrupted vista to St Alouarn Island and the new boat harbour to the south, this property has nothing short of stunning and unique ocean views. This is a special opportunity, so come and inspect now! Augusta

Alf Fandry M: 0407 441 140 P: 9758 0300

$680,000 Deluxe Beachfront Villa Apart from the amazing ocean views, this pristine 4 bed, 2 bath, 3 WC home is stacked full of features including double garage, S/S air and alfresco dining. The upstairs retreat is equipped with a breakfast bar, ensuite, sitting/dining area and separate master bedroom. Centrally located and no corporate body fees, simply move in with nothing to pay. Don’t delay, inspect today. Bunbury

Rosemary Lynch M: 0418 932 546 P: 9792 1888

Family Block $180,000 Walk to school, walk to shops, oval, playgrounds.... ride to BMX. What a location for a family to live! 752sqm sitting prettily opposite parkland. This nice deep lot with 16m frontage allows a lovely long north-facing wall if that’s your choice. Wander to Cowaramup Country and find out if this lot is the one for you! Cowaramup

COWARAMUP 9755 5123

Jill Turton M: 0418 933 345 P: 9755 5123


AUGUSTA 9758 0300

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Your South west Lifestyle Awaits

$340,000 Windows to Water Imagine relaxing in your loungeroom and gazing through the trees to the glittering water of your neighbour’s lake! What a feast of nature! 867sqm partially cleared property backing onto the timbered fringe of the lake. Choose a life surrounded by nature! Call to find out more about this enticing property. Cowaramup

Jill Turton M: 0418 933 345 P: 9755 5123

$375,000 as going concern Busy Cafe and Retail Outlet 2 commercial outlets under one roof with highway frontage. Each 7.5m x 15m, or may be opened up as one with 200m (approx) floor space. 1239sqm with parking for up to approx 10 vehicles. This property was refitted, reclad and relined in 2009, making it possibly the neatest outfit in town. One shop currently run as cafe, the other as a retail outlet. Potential for purchase with lease up to 2 years, (rental return of approx 8%). Donnybrook

Naomi Howells M: 0432 152 883 P: 9792 1888

$619,000 Quiet, Leafy Location This 4 bed, 2 bath plus study brick and Colorbond home is located in a prime location only 850m walk to the beach and 15mins walk into town. The property features high ceilings, room to park a boat or caravan, easy care native gardens, large open plan living area and high ceilings. Timber decked rear yard with spa, gazebo and native peppy tree surrounds give you the down south feel. Dunsborough

Ross Sorgiovanni M: 0419 949 852 P: 9756 8888

$1.89M Old Dunsborough - Overlooking Ocean and Park Absolutely stunning location, look at the ocean and park all day, a modern double storey beachside home with spacious living, kitchen and dining with decked outdoor area, all with ocean views. Master bedroom plus 3 queen bedrooms with 2 lounge areas, balconies and 3 baths. Perfect for holidays with excellent rental opportunities. Easy walk to shops, cafes and restaurants via beach walkway. Dunsborough

BUNBURY 9792 1888

Debbie Bridges M: 0417 186 018 P: 9756 8888


$649,000 Jewel Cave Seclusion Rare 5.26ha (13ac) rural zoned holding, secluded position adjoining National Park opposite Jewel Cave at Deepdene between the pristine beaches of Hamelin Bay and the seaside town of Augusta. An excellent lifestyle property comprising of 2 dwellings, good water source from 2 dams, and cleared paddocks for the animals of your choice. Deepdene

Alf Fandry M: 0407 441 140 P: 9758 0300

$455,000 Optimum Location - Ultimate Luxury Set in a gated complex and only a short stroll to town, is this 2 storey 3 bed, 2 bath townhouse. Small easy care, reticulated gardens, R/C A/C living area, large bedrooms with built-in robes. Located within this private complex is a swimming pool, tennis court, poolside cabana and bbq area. The vendor of this property wishes to rent back, making this a perfect investment property in the heart of Dunsborough. Dunsborough

Tony Branch M: 0408 921 812 P: 9756 8888

From $1.595M Stunning - Tranquil - Flawless Smart living design - Clean architectural lines - Energy efficient orientation - Unparalleled luxury - Prime location. Combining state of the art interior features - Integrated “Magic Mirror” LCD splashback digital TV - Miele appliances & Liebherr fridge / freezers - CBus smart wiring - LED lighting - “Speedheat Underfloor Heating” - Daikin inverter A/C - superb alfresco entertaining - stunning theatre room. Dunsborough

Tony Farris M: 0417 951 838 P: 9756 8888

$839,000 Family Beach House with Studio This 5 bed, 2 bath home is tucked away behind the dunes and is only a short walk to Gnarabup Beach, White Elephant Cafe and Gnarabar Restaurant and Bar. A self-contained studio with spa provides a number of additional options including short stay accommodation for added income. A well-priced property in a tranquil location close to the beach and providing many living options. Gnarabup

COWARAMUP 9755 5123

Clare Andrews M: 0448 023 265 P: 9780 5777


AUGUSTA 9758 0300

Your South west Lifestyle Awaits

$1.195M Style Central The home wraps around a large decked area leading to the infinity style pool. Glossy stone bench tops, polished concrete floors, superior cabinetry and lots of glass feature inside the home. Nestled into the hillside at iconic Gnarabup Beach the home stands out as a beacon of design and style. Gnarabup

Morena Bamber M: 0407 203 072 P: 9780 5777

$549,000 Home Among the Gumtrees Nestled amongst the beautiful trees is this home with the warmth of timber, high ceilings, wide verandahs, big open plan living area and kitchen with huge pantry, dishwasher and plenty of cupboards. This delightful 3 (or 4) bed, 2 bath home is complete with 7m x 7m powered shed, 6m x 3m shed, 2 smaller garden sheds, 4500L rainwater tank and newly installed solar roof panels (3,25kw power generation). Leschenault

Rosemary Lynch M: 0418 932 546 P: 9792 1888

From $460,000 Live, Love and Entertain This house is fantastic! It will tick all the boxes such as a comfortable lifestyle, a spacious open plan format, metres from parkland and the perfect space to entertain your family and friends. Comprising of 4 bed, 2 bath, and a large open plan layout with the kitchen overlooking the main living area and alfresco area, double lock up garage, and located in the very popular Riverslea area this home is a must see. Margaret River

Shane Galbraith M: 0407 579 286 P: 9780 5777

$799,000 Treed Tranquillity Close to Town Set on a picturesque 2000sqm treed block in a beautiful and well sought after part of Riverslea you will spend many hours enjoying your surrounds on the huge balcony that looks out through the trees down over the Margaret River. Make time to see all that this property has to offer. Margaret River

BUNBURY 9792 1888

Chris Jarrott M: 0402 906 726 P: 9780 5777


$729,000 Sea and Tree Change Would you like to own 40ha of prime farmland with Caves Rd access in Karri Country, 4.5km from a long, beautiful surf beach just south of Margaret River? A good dam, fences, power, miles of National Park, a nearby boat ramp, and a great local tavern complete the wish list. Owner may lease back, you can just enjoy! Such quality land in the Margaret River appellation is a great addition to the family lifestyle. Karridale

Bob Scott M: 0438 907 656 P: 9780 5777

From $450,000 Outstanding! Super standard of finish and fabulous floor plan with 200sqm of living space, includes 4 double bedrooms, 3 large living areas, elevated ceiling throughout, 2 beautiful bathrooms, top kitchen with Blanco Appliances, outdoor area with timber lined ceiling and s/steel ceiling fan, and much, much more. This is one of the most appealing homes in this price range on the market today. Margaret River

Susan Millar M: 0417 958 028 P: 9780 5777

$795,000 Quality Lifestyle on the Park This stunning contemporary home engages the scenery with an innate sense of design and a true appreciation of the Margaret River lifestyle. Featuring large sun-filled living areas and main bedroom with beautiful en-suite and balcony overlooking the park. A 2 storey home overlooking public open space providing a sense of exclusivity yet within walking distance to town, schools and cafes. Inspection will impress! Margaret River

Ken Preston M: 0418 932 747 P: 9780 5777

From $705,000 Lifestyle Like No Other Very appealing home on over 0.2ha (1/2ac) which has been designed for easy living with views from every room. shared ownership of a magnificent 127.8ha (316ac) property with wildlife, tranquil bushland and access to a pristine beach. That is only the beginning with tennis courts and a community meeting/games shed. Forget the rat race – this is the place to be. Myalup

COWARAMUP 9755 5123

Alf Mainstone M: 0402 026 608 P: 9792 1888


AUGUSTA 9758 0300

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Spotlight on . . .

cowaramup Often described as the 'gateway to the Margaret River wine region', Cowaramup is an important part of the south west picture, says Stocker Preston's director Jill Turton


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bustling little village of good life-seeking souls, Cowaramup is perfectly placed to access some of the best locations the Margaret River region has to offer, from vineyards to artisan producers, tourist attractions and natural highlights. Located just 10km north of Margaret River, Cowaramup is full of gorgeous gourmet shops and relaxed cafes, perfectly showcasing the area's laid back vibe. It's no surprise perhaps that many are choosing to move to this picturesque part of the world and give CBD-living the flick - or at least opting for a holiday house in the environs. One of the most popular parts of Cowaramup is a newer subdivision developed in the area called Parkwater. This is a prime example of a subdivision which has been done really well. There are walk trails and bike trails all around the subdivision, lots of lovely native bush, plus a recreation area with BBQs and a playground, and a pretty lake that’s home to ducks and smaller birds. There are a range of land styles in the precinct ranging from first homebuyer (smaller) lots through to timbered lots around the 1000sqm, and larger cleared blocks that are upwards of 2000sqm. Parkwater is within walking distance of Cowaramup town and it has proven a very attractive option for young families and flyin, fly-out workers. In March, Parkwater hosts a 24-hour cycle race called Delerium, where teams cycle around the 4km circuit in relay, and the development sits adjacent to the ‘Rails To Trails’ walk/cycletrack that links may 14 | PRIMOLIFE



All the locals come out with picnic baskets and a bottle of wine to listen to local bands and musicians Cowaramup to Margaret River and offers great options for safe off-road exercise. Parkwater is on the west side of town and the road through the subdivision reaches Caves Road, giving a fast-track out of town to Gracetown and the area’s many fishing, swimming and surfing beaches. It’s not unusual to watch the fourwheel-drives all pull out of the driveway at dawn (in tandem) on any morning when the wind is right and the surf is up. Although Parkwater is still a developing area and is the place people want to be, the popularity of conservation lots and ‘hobbyfarm’ lots is evident when they come on the market from time to time (usually without a home). They’re popular with people who want to build their own home with some bush and space, without wanting large land holdings to maintain or animals to farm in a commercial way. But the best way to get hold of one of these idyllic lots is to contact Stocker Preston Cowaramup so we know of your interest as they don’t come up often, and when they do - they’re on the ‘hen’s teeth’ side of rare. Part of the attraction of living in


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Cowaramup is that it's still small enough to retain a wonderful country and community feel. I would suggest that it’s different to both Margaret River and Dunsborough townships in that way. This is a town that’s very active in community spirit. There are many events held yearround, such as the Arts Council’s series of Summer Sundowners held in Pioneer Park in Cowaramup every Sunday evening in February. All the locals come out with picnic baskets and a bottle of wine to listen to local bands and musicians, and get up and dance on the grass. In 2013, the town built its new skatepark, with funding from the Local Lions Club and other community groups. This offers older children in the town another option for ‘things to do’ and along with our BMX track, tennis and basketball courts, and the beach not far away of course, there’s no excuse for kids to feel bored here. We have our Cowtown Cows of course. You can’t drive through our town anymore without seeing our ‘herd’ and if you do have young kids in Cowaramup, there’s never a trip to the post office or store without your

child wanting to have a talk to, or a ride on, one of the cows. The Cowtown Cows, modelled on a local farmer’s dairy herd, were built and located through the township in 2012, and each year in July we celebrate ‘De Ja Moo’ for the cows’ birthday. Again, this is a great community day on our oval, with cow-pat lotto, gum boot tossing, the local fire brigade making white foam for kids to play in - all things designed to create a unique country feel in a unique country area. The town centre offers a variety of eating establishments – the Cowaramup Deli and Diner, Smithereens, La Vaca Loca (The Crazy Cow) and for evenings, the local Cowaramup Social Club offers meals and takeaway food. Of course, we are immersed in the centre of the wine region and choice of luncheon venues in easy driving distance of town includes such variety as Vasse Felix, Cullens Winery, Cowaramup Brewery, Brookwood Estate, Hayshed Hill and many more. For families with kids, Cowaramup offers a state kindergarten and primary school with a proud history and a record

of high academic, arts and sporting achievement. Because Cowaramup is so central to the Cape area, the state and private school options at Margaret River and Busselton are available for primary school and high school. In addition Margaret River is now a five-year high school and has a university attached for study in viticulture. Cowaramup also now has its own surgery and very friendly pharmacy. Hospitals are at Margaret River and Busselton, both just a short drive away. It's not for nothing Cowaramup lives up to its claim to being the gateway to the Margaret River region. Pick any location in the south west and Perth city is within reach in an easy three hours, plus the tall-tree regions of Pemberton and Nannup, the orchards of Bridgetown and Donnybrook,Yallingup or Augusta are an easy day-trip and even Albany with its history and beaches is an easy weekend away. Cowaramup is an affordable option for property buyers and offers a varied mix of options including rural from those people wanting a viable farming option in cattle,

COUNTRY IDYLL Cowaramup is one of the the south west's friendliest spots, with a strong community spirit thanks to the collection of 'cows' which pepper the main street and lots of events designed to bring local residents together.

cropping, viticulture, sheep, or hobby-farm, to others who would like to snap up an established house or the option of buying their dream block and building their dream home. It’s a town that’s proud of its history, heritage and people, and takes every opportunity to celebrate milestones and occasions. On Australia Day, the local Lions Club hosts a breakfast in the park, cooking up a storm, but we challenge you any other time to come into town and not run into a friend for a coffee in the main street. And if you don’t have the coffee then and there,

there’s always an invite to drop in and have that cuppa on the way home. It’s just that sort of town. In Cowaramup you can be close to all the services of Busselton or Margaret River, yet from anywhere in town you can hear birds in the garden and cows in the paddocks. We are blessed with a superb natural environment and a wonderful country feel. PL To find out more about Cowaramup and view houses for sale in the area, visit Jill and her team at Stocker Preston, 2/2 Bussell Highway, Cowaramup WA 6283, call (08) 9755 5123 or visit may 14 | PRIMOLIFE


Your South west Lifestyle Awaits

$220,000 Each Going, Going... There are only 2 big blocks in Stage 1 of the Hayfield Drive Subdivision left, so get your skates on if you are interested in ‘living’ in his premium beach side community. Lot 311 is an elevated location with a northerly aspect, ‘tree’ views and is 756sqm. Lot 315 is a whopping 892sqm backing onto Peppermint Grove Beach Road. Underground power and no building timeframes are a bonus. Peppermint Larisa Tomuli M: 0438 272 932 P: 9792 1888 Grove Beach

$649,500 Brilliant Peppy Beach Value and Views 5 bed, 2 bath with 2 living areas! This beach house overlooks farmland and forest with ocean glimpses to the rear. Massive balcony flowing out from lounge/dining and kitchen area, perfect for all year round entertaining plus small balcony at the rear. A large solid home in a prime location. If you are looking for brilliant value and views, then I recommend this. Peppermint Grove Beach Larisa Tomuli M: 0438 272 932 P: 9792 1888

$995,000 Top of the World - Panoramic Indian Ocean Views Old Prevelly’s best and most prestigious address. This elevated 2000sqm block is tucked away up behind the Greek Chapel with sweeping ocean views from the north to the south and an easy walk to the cafes, shop and some of the best swimming beaches and surf breaks in the south west. Take this opportunity to invest and live a lifestyle that is enjoyed by a few but aspired to by many.

From $2M Beachfront Glamour Stunning limestone residence on a 702sqm lot with wonderful ocean views close to Dunsborough’s town centre. Stylishly finished with timber floors, 2 living areas and lift, this home has all the luxuries of a quality beachfront residence. 5 double bed, 3 bath, 4 wcs, stunning granite kitchen, huge living area opening onto magnificent balcony, games room/entertaining area, wine cellar, store room and double garage.


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$629,000 “Paisley Cottage” Built in the 1880’s, this charming 3 bed, 1 bath limestone, brick and weatherboard cottage has a traditional wooden shingle roof and features high ceilings throughout. There are many options available on this 949sqm block, including business/consulting rooms due to its mixed business use zoning or keep it as a holiday home for yourself and rent out as short term holiday accommodation when you’re not using it. West Busselton

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$700,000 Executive-Style Chalet, Moses Rock Resort Superb 3 bed, 3 bath short-term accommodation lakeside chalet in close proximity to Saracen, Laurence, and Cape Lodge, in the heart of the Wilyabrup wine region. Features undercover deck and wide glass frontage lakeside. Get in quick to add your own finishing touches and be part of this now developing holiday accommodation precinct. Wilyabrup

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$299,000 It’s an Artist’s Impression So Far ...and the artist has plenty to work with! The Moses Rock Resort is an exciting new holiday development with a Caves Road address in the heart of the Margaret River wine region. This 40ha resort adjoins Saracen Estate with easy access to beaches for fishing, surfing and swimming. This 3 bed, 3 bath, short-stay chalet sites overlook the shining lake. The chalet design is already approved... 4 are already underway. Wilyabrup

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$1.99M Beach House with Great Ocean Views This close to the beach property has conditional approval for a 2 lot strata subdivision and includes a very comfortable 3 bed plus bunkroom, 2 bath beach house with beautiful ocean views. Also includes a brick garage/workshop and an excellent bore. This is a wonderful lifestyle investment property located at the sought after northern end of Yallingup Hill with great potential. Yallingup

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images by Matt Jelonek

PEARD CORPORATE OFFICE LAUNCH IN TRUE PEARD Real Estate style, the company hosted an exclusive evening to celebrate the opening of their new Subiaco Corporate Operations Office. Staff and business suppliers were treated to an evening of Veuve champagne and fresh woodfired pizzas from

Nunzio’s, with tours of the heritage building. The iconic Freemasons Hall in Subiaco is now “home” for staff members from Peard Real Estate Corporate Operations, Peard Finance, Peard Career Centre, Evolution Settlements and Premium Publishers.

Hannah Peard

Chanel Rebola, Melissa Farrell, Waldemar Kolbusz & Kellie Wilcox Dea Lalovic & Katie Bullied

Marine Chomienne, Sinead Duffy, Nick Calder, Maree Overton & Chanel Watt

Kev & Sue Farrell & Arthur Johnson

Marg Kudla & Paul Hamilton

Rod McDougall, Peter Peard, Rod Davidson & Paul Chemello

Ben Ware & Sarah Nie

Ariane Scott, xxx Ben Edwards & Kahlia Heath


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John Hammond & Marcus Lord


Lana Coletto & Jess Butcher

Dennis Cerinich, Harvey Giblett, Susie Delaney & Ray Montague

Bethanie, Western Australia's largest not-forprofit aged care and retirement living provider is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and held a lively event in Forrest Place last month to officially mark the occasion. Hosted by the Right Honourable Lord Mayor, Lisa Scaffidi, the festivities kicked off with speeches from industry guests, including RugbyWA and Western Force Strength & Conditioning coach, Louis Dallimore, who spoke on the importance of remaining healthy and active through all life stages and challenged player Chris Alcock to join in an over 50s exercise demonstration from the Prime Movers to see how he “shaped up”.

Prime Movers exercise demo

Tyson Silver & Cassie Silver Brad Harris & Lewis O’Dea

Bethanie Chariman Barry Honey, Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi & Bethanie Acting CEO Chris How

Sabina Alban & Laura Alban

Chris Alcock, Louis Dallimore & Port Doherty

Bethanie Mt Claremont's Joan Phelps

Arena Dun


Chloe James & Kelly Ramsay

Montague Fresh hosted a jazzy soiree last month to celebrate the launch of Jazz Apples’ biggest crop yet. A glam mix of WA apple growers, blogger My Kitchen Rules and MasterChef stars gathered at Crown’s Bistro Guillaume Guests sipped on Jazz Apple martinis and enjoyed delicious Jazz-infused canapés to the sounds of the threepiece jazz band.

Chris Alcock, Joan Greer & Louis Dallimore

Michelle Edmonds

Celebrating 60 years of Bethanie

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home truths

by matthew mills

The joy of seven There’s a rumour going round that I only landed this backpage column gig because I’m sleeping with the boss


t’s a scandalous allegation, I give you, but, as with all these gossipy tidbits, I feel the best way to address it is with the truth – and, PRIMOLifers, I have to hold my hands up and say that it is at least half true. Yes, to come completely clean, I have to admit that I have been romantically involved with Gabi Mills, the esteemed editor of your favourite new lifestyle magazine for some time. Quite a bit of time, to be honest. We’re talking a decade and a half. This has, I can confirm, been no recent office tryst. But, of course, careful readers of this magazine have probably already put two and two together and come to this conclusion a while back. It’s not rare, for instance, for my rambling car reviews to include long test drives that coincide with Gabi’s travel pieces. And every now and then one of our five children will get a mention in, say, a PRIMOPicks as well as in the magazine endnote you’re reading now. Oh, and of course there’s the whole same surname thing. So, yes, my boss is also my wife – a situation which, while not fantastically uncommon, is one that isn’t completely the norm. Some of you may furrow your brow at the arrangement, suggesting that such


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proximity in careers could throw a spanner or two into the works of the wedlock machine, but I can reassure you that, on the whole, we tick along together quite well – not least because I’m your workfrom-home-type writer while Gabi is the powersuited, office-bound, important meetings around big, shiny conference tables kinda girl. So, mostly, our professional paths don’t cross too closely – she never, for instance, orders me to change the toner in the photocopier, fetch her a cup of tea or cancel her four o’clock with the man from building maintenance. I do, though, have one work duty that comes as part and parcel of being wed to a high-flying media type and that is to take over when she needs to nip onto a plane and sort something out in a far off city – not, I hasten to add, to don a shiny leisure suit and take her place in the office, but to make sure that life at home, and the day-to-day here-and-theres of our five kids continue to go smoothly without her. Now, I know that there are plenty of modern dads out there that are more than happy to get hands-on with their brood, but those of us that do the three or four days home alone without our better halves will tell you that there’s quite a bit of difference between babysitting for an evening and

taking the helm solo for a longer stretch of time. Our family’s most recent adventure living a while without mummy was a week or so ago when Gabi accompanied PRIMOLife’s gun young footy columnist Myles to Melbourne so he could fire tough questions at AFL legend Dermott Brereton – the youngster is great at contended possession stats, but still not completely up to a trip to the Eastern States on his own. The children, as always, greeted the news of this trip with a stoic sigh, kissed their mother goodbye and braced themselves for three days of Family Mills – Dad Style. It’s not, you have to understand, that I’m not up to the job. So far, Gabi’s always got to count five kids as she leaves and five when she comes back and the house has always still been standing on her return. And I’ve only ever had to dial triple zero once – an incident involving our then-three-year-old and a can of gloss paint that, although had a happy ending, I decided not to mention until she returned from South Africa. No, I’m actually not too bad at it all, if that’s not too boastful. The thing is, though, during the day to day as Gabi’s wingman, I can enjoy the happy chaos of a big family knowing that the tedious bits – washing, cooking, vacuuming, that kind of thing – will fall into place. Sans Gabi, however, I have to admit that I go into full military mode. Concerned as I am that everything will fall to pieces, our normally happy-go-lucky brood has to adapt to a strict routine as the gears grind in my head and I strive to make sure I have all the domestic bases covered. That means, my children will tell you, it’s not as much fun.Yes, we’ll finish up on the sofa cradling coke floats (them), SSB (me) and bowls of Doritos in front of a rerun of Pitch Perfect, but not until after I have made sure that each and every chore is completed, that homework’s done and school bags and uniforms are laid out for the next morning. Basically, it’s just not as much of a giggle – and as for the meals I serve up, well, all I can say is that my cooking ability is the main reason our kids are not big fans of frozen chips and nuggets. But, we grit our teeth and get through. And eventually, Gabi’s back, a big box of Krispy Kremes in tow and the children breathe a sigh of relief and look forward to getting back to the chaos. Me, I just get reminded once more that we can muddle along as six, but seven works better for this noisy clan. PL


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PRIMOLife May 2014  

WA's best monthly lifestyle, entertainment and property magazine.

PRIMOLife May 2014  

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