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The end to compromise. Introducing the A3 Sportback e-tron. Meet the game changing plug-in hybrid, which won’t change the way you drive. Beyond performance, there’s no compromising on style and luxury either. In fact, it’s from the same Audi family which won 2014 World Car of the Year. Driven by the power of two hearts, its sporty 1.4 TFSI engine combines with an electric motor, producing a groundbreaking fuel efficiency of 1.6l/100km* and 150kW of total system power. What’s more, this revolutionary plug-in hybrid has a combined range of up to 920 km^. Changes the world. Not everyday life.

Experience the power of e-tron. Visit Audi Centre Perth or etron.com.au to find out more. 337 Harborne Street, Osborne Park Tel. 9231 5888 | audicentreperth.com.au

Combined figures as per ADR 81/02 (weighted combined averages of electric only and petrol only modes). Figures calculated on the basis of 17 inch wheels, and may vary on factors including but not limited to driving style, driving conditions and any options, accessories and equipment that may be fitted (including without limitation, wheel size fitted). ^Based on a maximum pure electric range of 50km and a maximum petrol only range of 870km (based on ADR 81/02 and UN ECE R101 combined consumption figures). Figure calculated on the basis of 17 inch wheels, and may vary on factors including but not limited to driving style, driving conditions and any options, accessories and equipment that may be fitted (including without limitation, wheel size fitted). Overseas model shown. MD22023. MRB4146. *



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his is one of those editions which makes you glad to be living in WA. We've got so much to enjoy in this big old beautiful state, from the King's Park Festival, which runs for the whole of September, to the arrival of the

Better Homes & Garden show for the first time in the city. There's plenty to explore in the city too if you're keen to have a staycation. How about a night or two in the super-luxe Crown Loft Suites (believe me, it's an

unforgettable hotel room and a half) or take the family to the friendly Assured Ascot Quays Apartments Hotel? If you've fallen in love with the Margaret River region, why not buy a slice of paradise down there - Stocker Preston's Tony Farris can find you the perfect rural retreat to call your own. Further afield, Carmen finds herself in Colombia, home of some of the world's best coffee beans (also available here in Perth as it turns out), while Ben goes to the Phillippines and forgets to check his watch in this timeless collection of islands. Michelle Bridges and her Commando baby-daddy are coming to Perth too - you'll have the chance to meet the pair and learn some of their fitness tips. If you're in the market for a new house, check out Grandwood by Zorzi's beautiful new builds - The Cove and The Terrace - while as usual, we've included the Peard Real Estate Group's latest listings to whet your appetite for new digs. Meet Kate Rodrigues, a young entrepreneur who's making umbrellas as bright and breezy as the weather, and Gill sits down with one of our favourite stars - Hugh Jackman, star of Pan. Our cover star Russell Brand is coming to Perth to regale the audience with his whip-smart mind on a wide range of subjects, while as usual we've got the best competitions around: tickets to concerts, hotel stays and free soup for a

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TRUTH TELLER Russell Brand brings his manifesto of comedy and political change to Perth Arena

80 ANNA'Sadventures Anna learns to cook 82 DRISANA'Sdiary 84 PRIMOpeople Guide Dogs WA 88 FAVOURITEthings Meet Kate Rodrigues, brolly designer extraordinaire 90 PRIMOhealth Michelle Bridges shares her keep fit secrets


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92 PRIMOfashion The Kardashians launch a kids wear range 94 PRIMOsport Laura Byrnes, dirt speedway racer 96-99 PRIMOeats 96 Slurp Soup 98 Pastry classes for kids 100 PRIMOmeet the brewer Damien Bussemaker from Elmars in the Valley 102 PRIMOdrinks Northbridge Brewing Company turns one 104 PRIMOweekender Ascot Quays Apartment hotel





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Guide Dogs Norman Burns falls in love with some very clever puppies

106-113 PRIMOtravel 106 Philippines 110 Colombia 114 PRIMOcitystay Crown Loft Suite has the wow factor 118 PRIMOdrive The Audi TT 120-127 PRIMOentertainment 120 The Martian

122 Pan 126 Russell Brand 127 Sicario 128 NEXTbig thing Mosquito Coast and Spire

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PRIMOpicks Spring's here and the new season heralds a brilliant collection of shows, exhibitions and opportunities to get out there and have fun - and win, of course.


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THINK YOU KNOW your rock? Think you’re an expert on pop, blues aficionado and professor of funk? Well, there’s a chance that you could get to prove it when Australia’s favourite music trivia show rolls into Perth on October 31. Yes, the wacky RocKwiz crew are taking their unique musical quiz on the road with RocKwiz Live! Salutes the


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ARIA Hall of Fame – and part of the show is that four audience members will be hauled on stage to join in the mayhem. RocKwiz this year completed its 13th series and the show has always had close links to the Australian Recording Industry Association, featuring many of the 73 artists that have been inducted into the hall of fame since its birth in 1988. Some of those legends

will appear on the tour – each show boasts four special guests – so the lucky audience contestants could well end up sitting next to their heroes. Queen Of The Kwiz Julia Zemiro and Rock Brain Brian Nankervis, will ask the curly questions while the Human Scoreboard, Dugald, will manage the stage and hold up the scores. The original RocKwiz Orkestra – James Black, Peter Luscombe and Mark Ferrie – will be joined by Even guitarist Ashley Naylor and the sensational Vika and Linda Bull. It will be the team’s fourth national tour and all the show’s favourites, such as the legendary Contestant Karaoke, will be to the fore, along with lots more

audience involvement. The live shows won’t be filmed, so being there, front and centre, is the only way to experience the special magic of a RocKwiz Live! performance . . . bigger, bolder and looser than the television episodes. As Brian says: “We stretch out and improvise more in the live shows, taking risks and experimenting without worrying about cameras and lights. It’s liberating and often produces delightfully unexpected results.” It looks like being a rocking night, full of laughs and classic music. RocKwiz Live! Salutes the Aria Hall of Fame, October 31, Riverside Theatre, Perth.Tickets available from ticketek.com.au or call 132 849 primolife.com.au


one of two double passes to Sinatra at the Sands. Visit PRIMOLife’s Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

START SPREADING THE NEWS THERE AREN’T MANY singers who can do justice to classic songs made famous by Ol’ Blue Eyes himself – but luckily for music lovers in WA Tom Burlinson is one of them. The popular star of stage and screen is on his way to Perth to present a special performance of the classic 1966 live album Sinatra at the Sands. Accompanied by his All Star Big Band, Tom will sing all the wonderful songs from this sensational recording of Frank Sinatra in his prime.  Come Fly with Me, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, One for my Baby, You Make Me Feel So Young, Fly Me to the Moon, My Kind of Town – the list of classics just goes on and on. The original musical arrangements by the great Quincy Jones for the magnificent Count Basie Orchestra will be faithfully recreated by Tom’s big band, which boasts some of the best musicians in the country. He will also perform a bonus set of more of Sinatra’s greatest hits, including  Strangers in the Night, That’s Life, My Way and, of course, New York, New York. Tom is famous for his starring roles in the classic Australian movies The Man from SnowyRiver and Phar Lap, as well as many TV appearances over the years. In 1991, he was chosen by Tina Sinatra to sing the voice of her father in the Golden Globe Award-winning mini-series Sinatra. This led to a whole new musical development in his career and he created his own show in celebration of the great man, Frank - A Life in Song, which became hugely successful all around Australia, and also travelled to Toronto, Canada. Since then he’s gone on to perform in Las Vegas and around the world, proving that he is one of the best in the world at Sinatra-inspired singing. Tom Burlinson performs Sinatra at the Sands, October 17, Crown Theatre, Perth. Tickets ticketmaster.com

SAVING IN STYLE TRYING TO PUT some money away for a rainy day? Well here’s your chance to do it in style. The new Terramundi collection features this season’s hottest on-trend money-pot designs, a blaze of funky creativity that will make traditional piggy banks everywhere want to hang up their trotters. Colours range from metallics to pastels, including a specially commissioned design in the 2015 Pantone Colour of the year marsala, and with over 70 different designs available, there’s something for all tastes. The Blackboard pots in the collection are the perfect gift idea, as they can be personalised with happy birthday messages or other well-wishes simply using chalk or a chalk pen. They’re also officially a design classic after winning Best Handmade Product at this year’s Gift and Life Instyle Awards. Other style experts who have noticed just how stunning the Terramundi money pots can be are House Rules contestants Corinne and Bronik, who used one to provide the finishing touch to their study reno. Oh, and if you think the pots are usurping the traditional piggyback, think again – they’re actually Etruscan money amphoras and have been traditionally used in Italy for over 2,000 years, their design remaining unchanged for two millennia. Terramundi’s pots are still hand-thrown in Umbria, Italy, before being hand-painted by a team of artists in London. Traditionally, once the first coin is dropped the money pot must be fed until full upon which it must be smashed while making a wish, which may be hard to do if you’ve found your perfect style. Still, it would be a good excuse to buy a new one. Terramundi pots start at $55 and are available from stockists all over Australia or from terramundi.co.uk. For more jar ideas, turn to page 32.


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Festival hits high notes

Best in show FOODIES ACROSS WA don’t have all that much longer to wait for what may just be the best weekend of the year for anyone who’s crazy for culinary excellence. We’re talking, of course, about Margaret River Gourmet Escape, which this year is set to be bigger than ever before. The bar was set high with the announcement that international headline chef and godfather of modern cooking Marco Pierre White would be taking part in the three-day culinary extravaganza Marco was the youngest chef ever to win three Michelin stars and is now the owner of an empire of exemplary London restaurants. Known for his fiery nature, the charismatic Brit, who has mentored the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Mario Batali, burst onto the celebrity chef scene 25 years ago thanks to his ground-breaking cookbook White Heat. While in Margaret River, he will host a Q&A over dinner at the exquisite Vasse Felix winery with his former students Jock Zonfrillo, Richard Turner and Patrick Spencer, during which they will recreate signature dishes they had to produce while learning their trade in Marco’s restaurants. “Eating is one of the most important aspects of living. I like indulging. I like to eat one food at a time, to savour each individual thing,” says Marco. “The Australian food scene fascinates me so I am especially excited to return and be part of this extraordinary festival and explore the diversity of incredible produce and wine from this beautiful region, Margaret River.  Joining me is an impressive lineup of international talent who feel the same way from Mexico to Russia, Chile and Thailand.” German luxury carmaker Audi has joined the event as Presenting Partner. The brand, well known for its exceptional lifestyle events, is thrilled to be collaborating with Margaret River Gourmet Escape alongside some of Australia’s best cooking talent including Audi ambassadors Guillaume Brahimi  and Matt Moran.  Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2015, Presented by Audi, November 20-22. Full program of events at gourmetescape.com.au. Tickets ticketek. com.au


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IF THERE’S ONE thing that can keep a sun-loving music junkie going through the grey days of winter, then it’s the thought that each day brings Southbound that little bit closer. The twelfth edition of the now-legendary music festival is everything a summer spectacular should be – boardies, bikinis and blistering sets from banging bands. And the next one promises to be every bit as brilliant as the ones that went before with a mind-blowing line-up of performers and a packed programme of parties. It all kicks off at Busselton’s Sir Stewart Bovell Park on January 8 with a brand new opening party. Get your fancy dress freak on for a disco inferno themed bash that’s going to set the scene for three days the legion of happy campers are likely never to forget. The only problem they’re going to have is what to make sure they see - the line-up is heaven for lovers of good Aussie and international indie brilliance. The names just slip of the tongue – Birds of Tokyo, Hilltop Hoods, Meg Mac,

Courtney Barnett, Bloc Party, Foals,Young Fathers, Gang of Youths, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Little May, Alpine, Art vs Science. Basically, if you ever drift away to a Triple J playlist, then this is the time to get up close and personal with all the people that make music worth listening too. And that’s not all. Also on their way down south are the likes of Seth Sentry, Disclosure, Kut Vile and The Violators and – and we kid you not – Weird Al Yankovic. Look out too for the legendary Paul Kelly and Merri Soul Sessions featuring Clairy Browne, Dan Sultan, Kira Puru,Vika and Linda Bull, a swag of soul-inspired songs and Kelly classics preformed by some of the country’s best young talent – as well as the man himself, of course. It’s a festival that will live with you for ever, a bucketlist bash bathed in sunshine. Dig out your sunnies and sun-block and get yourself down south.  Southbound Festival, January 8-10, Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton. Info and tickets: southboundfestival.com.au primolife.com.au

Back to nature

MAGICAL, MISTY MORNINGS. Lush forest stretching for 25 acres. Traditional cottage comforts. Panoramic views over the Blackwood River Valley. These are but a few of the rare, naturefilled experiences awaiting holidaymakers at one of the highest accommodation settings in Western Australia’s South West – Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages. The 46-acre property recently opened its sixth cottage Red Gum – a two-bedroom, fully self-contained bolthole perfect for a relaxing getaway. Just 240km south of Perth, Balingup Heights is perched high above the quaint township of Balingup, boasting stunning views over rolling green hills and ever-changing fruit orchards. Their rustic one and two-bedroom timber cottages are scattered through the forest, offering authentic country charm with absolute privacy and breathtaking views. Each features an open-plan kitchen, bathroom reverse-cycle air conditioning and cosy, pot-belly log fires. Being at one with nature is part of daily life at Balingup Heights. Guests share their stay with abundant wildlife and more than 20 varieties of native birds. Morning animal feedings with resident horses, sheep, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs and ‘Top Deck’ the Llama are a highlight for children and visitors of all ages. With the view a star attraction, the property’s lookout offers a 270-degree panorama over the valley beneath. A night walk to the

Everything is AWESOME Perth’s premiere family arts event, The AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things, takes over the Perth Cultural Centre in the October school holidays The 2015 program offers an assortment of theatre, dance,

music, visual arts, and free interactive arts activities through which Bright Young Things and their grown ups can indulge their imaginations. Open to the general public from October 3 to 12, and offering tailored school tours

lookout treats guests to a stunning show of the sparkling Milky Way. Guests can also enjoy forest walks, delicious breakfast hampers and gourmet platters with fresh local produce. Local attractions in and around the town of Balingup include the famous Old Cheese Factory, boutique wineries, galleries, local farms, shopping, massage, antiques, gourmet foods, cafes and bars. Bushwalkers can even take in sections of the Bibbulmun Track.  Package Special. Room-only rates start from $160/night, however Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages has a special package for bookings made before the end of October. Stay a minimum of three nights in your choice of cottage and receive a complimentary gourmet breakfast hamper, a welcome cheese platter and bottle of award-winning Smallwater Estate Wine. Package price is $690 per couple, saving $175. Offer not valid long weekends. Special family package also available. To enquire or book, phone (08) 9764 1283, email info@balingupheights.com.au or visit balingupheights.com.au or facebook.com/balingupheights

from October 13 to 16, the 2015 AWESOME Festival has something to please everyone. Jam packed with new and exciting acts, as well as a few old favourites that sold out in previous years, the Perth Cultural Centre will become a hive of creative activity. Pop by one of our many tents in the Perth Cultural Centre for giggles galore. The Channel 7 Circus Tent will be serving up the rib-tickling circus act Gentlemen of the Road, or join the groovy Guru Dudu on his Silent Disco Walking Tour of the city.  The AWESOME Festival’s Early Childhood Program will once again take over the Urban Orchard, with Better Beginnings Books-To-Go, Playground WA and the

Imagination Playground serving as free, hands-on activities for the under-fives. Meanwhile, over at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, two fantastic shows bring the Heath Ledger Theatre to life and provide laughs galore for kids and their grown-ups LaLaLuna, by Wolfe Bowart, will take you on a whimsical journey as the moon loses its light, and it’s up to the caretaker to fix the problem. Carnival of the Animals, performed by the Circa Ensemble, will whisk you away on a thrilling escapade where zebras juggle and flip, kangaroos skip and somersault and dinosaur bones shake, clatter and roll.  To see the full program listing and to make your school holidays AWESOME, visit awesomearts.com. september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE



SEARCH FOR A STAR IT TAKES MORE than talent to make dreams come true. Every year, the Variety Scholarships are awarded to WA children in need with a gift for the arts, sport or education. By funding tuition and related expenses, the scholarships help young people overcome adversity and explore their potential. So if you know a talented child in need, why not nominate them, and help make their dreams happen? Nominations will open on September 21 and close on December 6. Applicants must be under 18 years of age and a resident of WA. Each scholarship grant application is considered by a committee of independent experts in the sector. Successful recipients are notified in January, with the scholarship funding available in the new year and a celebration evening in April. For more information visit the website at varietywa.org.au.


MONSTER SHOW GET READY FOR one of the biggest shows ever to hit Perth. Monster Jam, sanctioned by the United States Hot Rod Association, is the most popular monster truck tour, performing to over four million fans annually at the most prestigious arenas and stadiums throughout the world. This year Monster Jam - The Sky’s the Limit show is coming to four Australian cities in October and for the first time ever to Perth, for two shows at Domain Stadium on October 24. Fans can experience all the action and all the fun - the Party in the Pits and four dynamic competitions; wheelies, racing, donuts and freestyle. The pit party gives all fans a chance to meet the stars of Monster Jam up-close while taking pictures and getting autographs. And if that’s not enough, then fans will be caught up in the excitement of high octane acts like Quad Wars.  Monster Jam, Domain Stadium, October 24. For more information about the Australian National Tour or for clips of the show, visit monsterjamonline.com.au. Tickets from Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com.au/ monsterjam or call 136 100.


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tickets to Monster Jam! FIVE double Category A passes to the 2pm show which include Pit Passes, a special treat for fans in Party in the Pits prior to the show – a one-of-a-kind exclusive opportunity for fans to get up close and personal with Monster Jam Trucks, their drivers and more. Fans will have the chance to ask for autographs and take pictures with the trucks and their drivers. Party in the Pits runs from 10am to1pm (entry closes at 12.30 pm). FIVE double Category A passes to the 7.30pm show (there is no Party in the Pits prior to this session). Visit PRIMOLife's Facebook page to enter.

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CIAO, BELLA THE 2015 LAVAZZA Italian Film Festival returns to Cinema Paradiso and Luna in September for a glorious program of 30 films offering audiences the chance to experience the elegance, beauty and boldness that is Italian cinema. The 2015 Lavazza Italian Film Festival, Cinema Paradisio and Luna, September 24 to October 14. For more information head to italianfilmfestival.com.au or lunapalace.com.au.

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FRINGE BENEFITS THE FRINGE Word festival is the largest annual performance platform in WA and this year there will be a veritable summer smorgasbord of new and familiar entertainment treats. Perth will be treated to four weeks of entertainment choices from January 22 to February 21 in a variety of traditional and non-traditional venues throughout the City of Perth and beyond. Synonymous with Fringe World and now a Perth icon in its own right, De Parel Spiegeltent will make its return to the Urban Orchard in the Perth Cultural Centre. A crowd favourite since Lotterywest supported its acquisition for Western Australia in 2011, De Parel Spiegeltent will be joined in the Urban Orchard by the spectacular fountain bar that was such a big hit earlier this year. Returning again in 2016 is The Pleasure Garden, a free-flowing entertainment playground located in Russell Square and just a short stroll from the Perth Cultural Centre. As with the Urban Orchard, entry into The Pleasure Garden will be free and guests will have ample space to enjoy refreshments, watch roaming free entertainment and check out shows in one of the many circus tents or pop-up performance venues. Inspired by the ‘pleasure gardens’ of 18th and 19th-century London, predecessors to modern day theme parks, The Pleasure Garden will feature all the things fringe dwellers have grown to love about FFringe World plus some new surprises. Packed with pleasures to suit all tastes and ages, The Pleasure Garden perfectly complements the ever-popular Urban Orchard and together these two spaces will preside over Fringe World’s delightfully charming ‘pop-up’ venues, dotted around the Perth city landscape and surrounds.  Fringe World Festival 2016 commences January 22 and runs over four weeks, packed with all sorts of pleasurable tasty treats for absolutely everyone until February 21.Visit fringeworld.com.au for program details over the next few months.


a family pass to The Red Balloon. Visit PRIMOLife’s Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

BLACK SWAN STATE Theatre Company is presenting a magical show in October. The Red Balloon, a world premiere stage adaptation by Hilary Bell based on the Academy Award-winning short film of the same name will debut at the Studio Underground. This is a first in family programming for Black Swan and a much anticipated school holiday and family special – one for all to enjoy. Conceived by French film-maker Albert Lamorisse, the short film The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge) first premiered in 1956 and featured his own children; real-life Pascal being the inspiration for the boy with his balloon, and his daughter Sabine playing the girl.  The film won numerous awards, including an Oscar for best original screenplay, the Palme d’Or for short films and is the only short film to win the Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay), even though it had little dialogue. The Red Balloon is considered one of the best loved children’s cinema classics and continues to delight imaginations with its simple yet compelling storytelling. In adapting the movie for the stage, Black Swan engaged director Chrissie Parrott, one of Australia’s leading choreographers, and commissioned playwright Hilary Bell. Parrott has assembled an outstanding creative team to re-imagine this magical piece and has chosen performers which include four child actors (rotating cast) and four adult actors, all experienced in puppetry, circus, acting and dance to bring the production to life. We see the story set in the run-down, post-war Ménilmontant neighbourhood of Paris. On his way to school, a young boy, Pascal finds a red balloon tangled around a lamp post. Soon after rescuing it, the boy discovers the balloon has a mind of its own. Together, he and his balloon wander the streets, exploring the neighbourhood and searching for adventure.  The Red Balloon, Studio Underground, October 1 to October 17.The show is suitable for children from six to 12 years of age, families and the young at heart. It is presented as part of the 2015 AWESOME Festival and is a Rio Tinto Black Swan Commission. september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE


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SPRING IS THE perfect time to get out and tackle some of the projects you’ve been planning to complete for a while, from simple things like fixing a fly screen to more challenging jobs like repairing the boat or starting a renovation. Make sure you replenish your toolkit with our friends at Trojan’s top 10 tools for home DIY before you start. Trojan’s Darren Simpson said: “Most people feel inspired to tackle odd jobs once the weather warms up. Simple tools like spring clamps to help hold items in place, screwdrivers with interchangeable bits for all types of screws, and utility knives that cut almost anything around the home are some of our most popular items.”

TOP 10 DIY TOOLS  Stubby Ratchet Driver A ratchet screwdriver is a DIY must-have. The screwdriver bits remain locked in, while the ratchet locks onto the bit, allowing the screwdriver handle to turn freely. No more re-adjusting your hand position after each turn, with extra power supplied by the ratchet instead of your wrist. Try the Trojan 6 in 1 Ratchet Driver (RRP $9.98) which has three position switches – forward, reverse and lock.  Wallboard Saw If you need to cut small holes in your plaster walls, a wallboard saw is the perfect tool. A wallboard saw has serrated edges and a sharp tip that pierces the wall, allowing you to carve through it with ease. Try the Trojan Folding Wallboard Saw (RRP $17.98) which offers a strong alloy blade that cuts on both push and pull strokes.  Spring Clamp You can never have enough spring clamps in your toolbox; they are ideal for acting as a third hand to hold items for painting or gluing, for example, securing molding as it’s being nailed in place. Trojan’s 140mm Spring Clamp (RRP $5.98) has a maximum opening of 50mm and maximum depth of 56mm, perfect for small jobs.  Magnetic Stubby Level Spirit levels are important for determining true horizontal or vertical direction by centering an oil bubble in a glass tube of


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alcohol, with smaller models fitting into spaces that are too cramped for longer levels, and magnetic models adhering to metal fixtures. Try the Trojan 240mm Magnetic Stubby Level (RRP $22) with three easy-to-read vials (horizontal, vertical and 45°).  Utility Knife Every toolbox needs a versatile utility knife, ideal for precision cutting around the home or garage, from the most flexible to resistant materials, which includes paper, cardboard, plastic and leather. The best knives offer single hand operation with a fast slide open and close. Trojan’s Turbo Knife (RRP $13.98) includes five replacement blades, that can be easily replaced with the quick dial blade release.  Rubber Mallet Rubber mallets are ideal for use when softer blows than those delivered by a metal hammer are required, for example, with sheet metal work, when shifting plasterboard into place, forcing tight-fitting wooden parts together, and hammering down metal tacks while upholstering. With the Trojan Rubber Mallet (RRP $15.60), you’ll experience greater control and comfort thanks to its ergonomic soft grip.  Multifunction Tool Multi-function tools are another tool box must-have, and are essentially pliers that you use for gripping, bending and cutting. Trojan’s Multifunction Tool (RRP $21.98) is stainless steel, features a LED light, bottle opener, mini saw, and scissors. It folds to 100mm and comes with a nylon belt pouch and a lifetime guarantee.  Staple Gun Staple guns are perfect for stapling upholstery, while woodworking, creating craft projects or picture frames, and hanging low-voltage Christmas decorations. The Trojan Staple Gun 3 in 1 Medium Duty (RRP $22.50) is suitable for soft or medium timbers, including Pine, Oregon, MDF and particle board.  Hand Riveter Riveters are designed to join two pieces of metal together through a pre-drilled hole, and are great for repairs around the house like re-attaching a loose piece of guttering. Rivets come in various thicknesses and lengths to suit a variety of household and workshop projects. Trojan’s Hand Riveter (RRP $26.90) comes with a multi-size head, so no need to change the nozzle, plus 100 rivets.  Precision Screwdriver Most DIYers own a basic screwdriver set, but a single screwdriver that allows you to access a number of interchangeable bits, which can be switched depending on the project at hand, is a great tool for the box. Precision screwdrivers are particularly useful for smaller screws and precision jobs. Try the Trojan 26-piece Precision Screwdriver Set (RRP $9.98), which includes 24 nickel plated Chrome Vanadium bits.  Trojan products are available at Bunnings Warehouse - visit bunnings.com.au





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SOUNDS OF SUMMER SUNDAYS MUSIC LOVERS CAN experience some of Perth’s best live acts with the return of Sunday Sounds – a series of free music events presented by the City of Perth. Sit back and relax, and take advantage of the cafes, bars and shops in the Northbridge precinct.  SUNDAY SOUNDS, Septemberr 27, October 25, November 29, Northbridge Piazza, 4pm to 7pm, free, visitperthcity.com or call 08 9461 3368


The producers of Fringe World Festival present an open-air cinema experience like no other, six levels above the ground. A pop-up paradise in the centre of the city, Rooftop Movies comes complete with a deluxe retro fit-out and eclectic film program. The panoramic views from the beanbags of the Perth city skyline are awesome. Rooftop Movies is located on the top floor of the City of Perth Roe Street Car park, located at 68 Roe Street Northbridge.  Rooftop Movies will light up Northbridge once again in the warmer months, with the 2015/16 program running from October 29 to April 10 2016.Visit rooftopmovies.com.au for more information.


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Thundamentally awesome RETURNING FOR ITS third year on October 24, Offworld Productions – the same folks behind Sets on the Beach, Sundown Sessions and Sets in the City – is kicking off spring with Welcome to the Valley, an Oktoberfestinspired event that invites guests to enjoy in the ultimate Swan Valley experience. The fun-filled day is spread across three venues and delivers a bucket load of entertainment, international culture, delicious food and plenty of fun from early afternoon to well into the night. The creative festival is divided into two parts, with guests being able to choose their desired pick-up location across Perth, as well as preferred brewery or winery to start off the day. To ensure the patron experience is hassle-free from start to finish, tickets include lunch with menus consisting of local produce and craft products as well as bus transport to, between and back from venues. (Premium lunch options are also available). As early evening approaches the day continues onto Belvoir Amphitheatre where things are turned up a notch and the party really begins. Here guests will enjoy more music entertainment of an enviable party line-up with a guarantee for good times, lots of boogie and the perfect

finish to a great day spent in the Valley. Bands playing include L D R U, Motez, Shash’U and Thundamentals. Hip-hop music fans will know Thundamentals from their smash hit Smiles Don’t Lie; their album Foreverlution and countless shows around the country supporting bands such as A Tribe Called Quest, Lyrics Born, Big Boi, MF Doom, Drapht and Bone ThugsN-Harmony. The national Foreverlution launch saw them playing their biggest headline sets. They have grown into one of Australia’s most accomplished and energetic live acts. Start the day at either Feral Brewery or the grounds of Oakover Winery, with plenty of action from quirky Oktoberfest folk performers to the soothing sounds of live acoustic sets from Riley Pearce and End of Fashion front man Justin Burford. Once lunch has been served and the drinks are flowing, what better way to get the dance floors cranking with Perth’s finest funk DJs, Charlie Bucket and Fdel hitting the decks. 

 Welcome to the Valley, 24 October tickets are on sale now and selling fast through Oztix! Full package tickets include lunch and all bus transport. Other ticket options are also available such as private bus options as well as ‘No transport’ (for local residents or those who wish to drive) and tickets are available for ‘Belvoir Only’ for those wanting to join the fun for the later part of the day. For more information on artists, ticket options, venues, menus, private buses and the day’s schedule, head to welcometothevalley. com.au


THERE ARE FEW people who can upstage the opening match of State of Origin, but legendary Aussie rockers Cold Chisel came pretty close when, in front of an audience of 80,000 live spectators and more than 2.5 million TV viewers, they announced their One Night Stand tour. And now, the waiting is nearly over with the fantastic series of concerts, including a date at the Perth Arena on November 14, kicking off next month. It will be a tour unlike

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any the band has previously undertaken and will include a number of unique performances and firsts for an Australian band, not least the tour opener at the NRL Grand Final at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on October 4. Frontman Jimmy Barnes

said the band felt compelled to undertake the tour as a direct response to the incredible reaction they received when they announced two special shows in Sydney. “In March we played a homecoming show in Adelaide to 35,000 people,” said Jimmy.  “Then when we announced these two shows in Sydney the reaction was ballistic. The demand blew our minds, suggesting that it was time for us to get back out there.” The band then hatched the idea of One Night Stand, with

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each venue being a “for one night only” experience - with the exception of Sydney where the tour concludes with the two already sold-out shows at QCUA. Of course Barnes and his band mates Ian Moss (guitar/ vocals), Don Walker (piano/ keyboards), Phil Small (bass) and drummer Charley Drayton shouldn’t have been surprised by the excitement – with a history that spans 40 years and a reputation forged through blistering live shows and a catalogue of muchloved songs and albums, Cold Chisel has become a part of the nation’s psyche. Their story is colourful, volatile and proud and their music continues to be ingrained in the hearts of generations of Australians. They’ve sold almost seven million albums, creating bonafide Australian classics like East, Breakfast at Sweethearts and Circus Animals, while songs like Cheap Wine, Choir Girl, When The War Is Over, Flame Trees, Bow River, Saturday Night and Khe Sanh remain the staple of radio playlists, pubs, jukeboxes, concert halls and karaoke bars across every part of the country.  Cold Chisel, Perth Arena, November 14.Visit ticketek.com or call 13 28 49.

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26 26 Property Profile The Cove and The Terrace Grandwood by Zorzi's gorgeous new builds 28 Real Estate Runway Getting your house sale-ready 30 Gardening How to get kids gardening 32 Homewares Beautiful jars 34 Kings Park Festival Plenty to inspire during this year's festival 36 Better Homes & Gardens Meet the stars right here in Perth 38 Ask Warren Advice on how to buy your first home 39 Home decorating From shabby to chic, thanks to Annie Sloan paints


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HAVE YOU EVER made it all the way to the furniture or hardware store, only to forget the measurements you needed for your project? Now you can avoid all that frustration with the help of a handy app called Photo Measures which lets you record and store all your dimensions for quick and easy reference on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Using the app, simply take a photo of the existing space or piece of furniture that you’re working with, zoom in for more precise detail, and then input any measurements that you may require when you hit the shops or meet with a contractor. When it comes to making your life that little bit easier, the people behind Photo Measures have thought of everything. You can even export your recorded dimensions to a pdf version, high resolution image, photo album, or straight to your printer, so they’re easily accessible to you when you’re on the go.

Another great feature of Photo Measures is the ability to organise your documents, and allow for automatic synchronisation via Dropbox between your devices. It’s a great tool to have up your sleeve if you find yourself moving house or undertaking a DIY project. Users of Photo Measures also found the app especially useful if they needed to relay information and measurements to contractors for more detailed advice and quotes. Once you download and start using Photo Measures, all your measurements are available to you with the click of a button! Photo Measures Lite is App available for of the free on the month iTunes App store, or you can purchase the full app for $8.99.


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GRAND Two beautiful new homes by Grandwood by Zorzi are perfect examples of optimising space without compromising design values.


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designs IT CAN BE a challenge to find the right luxury custom homebuilder, but as a starting point, it's worth doing some research right from day one. If your builder is an industry specialist that showcases award-winning designs, innovative architecture, quality materials and craftsmanship that has stood the test of time, then you can be sure that you're on safe ground. Underpinned by the Zorzi master brand, Grandwood encompasses all of these attributes, and more. As a family-oriented company, it has always been important that Grandwood

remain grounded to the values that have underpinned their history of pride, passion and precision in the homes that they craft. With the group evolving since 1954 as a multiple national award-winning luxury homebuilder, they have always specialised in the design and construction of custom luxury homes from $500,000 to over $2 million.  A couple of recent examples of this exemplary approach to fulfilling their clients' dreams can be seen in two new houses by Grandwood - The Cove in North Coogee, and The Terrace in Churchlands.  primolife.com.au


STYLISH (main picture) The Cove is a perfect example of a home designed to work on every level. Right, The Terrace offers flexible accommodation for the family.

The Terrace, 30 Cromarty Road, Churchlands Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm to 5pm

Grandwood by Zorzi offers, without compromise, an exclusive blend of luxury, value and a seamless experience as testified by the many satisfied clients they are happy for you to speak to. Contact our friendly team at grandwood. com.au or call 08 9380 9811.

Built for a young family who love to entertain and want a home which will grow with them, The Terrace is equally suited to a more mature couple who find the idea of downsizing appealing. This is a home which will happily accommodate visiting friends and family, set on a 418sqm site, and spread over 450sqm in total. The open-plan living room sits to the rear of the home, next to the multifunctional games/activity room. There's also a useful powder room here, while the understairs storage has the option of being converted into a custom feature cellar. Designed to inspire owners who want to entertain and embrace WA's legendary outdoor lifestyle, the open-plan kitchen, living and dining rooms share an outlook to the covered alfresco. A soaring six metre high ceiling also enables upper floor bedrooms to have covered views to the rear yard.  In addition to the main kitchen, The Terrace has a complete and fully integrated second kitchen centrally located in the property, as well as a complete second master bedroom suite situated to the front of the home for maximum privacy. Meanwhile

upstairs the living space is dedicated to family, with an expansive master suite, three minor bedrooms, a study, main bathroom as well as a living area that includes a built-in kitchenette. Completing this flexible home is a double garage and store to the rear of the property. FEATURES OF THE TERRACE • 450sqm home on 418sqm site • Two master suites • Two kitchens • Three living areas • Five bedrooms, three bathrooms plus an additional powder and study • Frameless glass door system to dining and living out to tiled alfresco

The Cove, 5 Huntress Avenue, North Coogee Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm to 5pm An elegant home designed and built for a couple who were looking to downsize yet still maintaining the ability for their family to visit and enjoy their stay independently, The Cove includes everything an active family or couple could require. It's been cleverly designed to maximise views, and thanks to the instruction to allow visiting relatives to live independently, there's a 221sqm apartment on the upper floor. Looking to the future, there's also a provision for a lift to be added in years to come, should it be required. Downstairs, there's a side entry which opens up into the heart of the home, leading through an exceptionally well-proportioned activity room and

alfresco/pool area. The guest wing, with two bedrooms, a main bathroom and separate powder room is also on this level. There's a large, country-style laundry plus built-in recess with kitchenette to serve drinks direct onto the alfresco resort living right here in Coogee. Wide timber-covered treads lead from the lower floor to the upper landing which immediately opens up to open-plan living rooms. The kitchen and scullery are at the centre of the upper floor, and serves a balcony alfresco, main dining and living room, as well as another balcony to maximise those gorgeous views. The master suite includes open linear WIR with custom cabinets, leading off a lovely master ensuite. There's also

a useful separate study and additional powder room for guests on this level. Finally, the double garage and workshop to the rear of the property ensure maximum street appeal for this showstopper of a house.  FEATURES OF THE COVE • 438sqm home on 310sqm site •  Provision for lift including power and lift room • Lap pool and alfresco •  Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two powder rooms • Kitchen plus scullery plus kitchenette • Two living areas • Separate study •  Double garage and store with direct pedestrian access to rear yard september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE


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Y GEN - the who, what and Ys A new breed of buyers

BEFORE I EVEN begin I know what you’re thinking.Y Gen this,Y Gen that. What is it about all this Y Gen talk? Let’s follow on from our last PRIMOLife article where Perth Style Co. were featured as forceful Y Gen business chicks on the Perth property scene. Being Y Gen ourselves means we know the Generation Y, aka ‘The Millennials’, and a lot of you need to know us particularly when it comes to this new breed of property buyers. WHO are they? Millennials are the offspring of the Baby Boomer generation born between 1980 and 2000. WHY are they so different? They have grown up with technology which means they are extremely tech savvy and always, always, always online. Millennials are extremely socially connected: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, these are everyday survival tools for your typical Millenial. WHY do they matter? There are 2.5 billion Millennials worldwide, making them the largest generation yet. They matter because these 2.5 billion technically-savvy high achievers heavily impact consumer brands and trends all over the world with an influence like no generation before them. More importantly, they have all now entered the workforce and are the new up and coming breed of property buyers. As Baby Boomers near retirement and Gen X settle into their family home while their kids grow, Millennials, with their extremely high expectations are on the hunt for their dream homes. Of course they search for property online 24/7, they share their findings with their social networks to seek validation and this is rapidly influencing the way real estate is marketed. MILLENIAL mentality You know the saying, ‘Well, back in my day...’? There are many many stories of economic hardships shared by generations before us, but the truth is Y Gens have been


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lucky enough to experience nothing but good times. Have you also heard of the term ‘spoilt’? In a way, the good economic weather Y Gens have experienced growing up has resulted in materialistic behaviour and/or expectations. When it comes to property, the search criteria of a Millennial is so vastly different to what their parents looked for in a home. Number of bedrooms, block size. No chance. Millennials look for individuality, lifestyle, modern trends they can identify with and the big one – in short, how the house makes them feel. HOW do we turn them on? Well let’s just say the signboard out the front of a property is not going to seal the deal for a Gen Y.You’ll have to start thinking like a Millenial to appeal to one: a) Where are the social icons to like or share? b) Where is the drone over the suburb and video paired with funky beats? What you need to understand is that these buyers are the future and their demands will shape the real estate market for the next decade. We have made it our business at Perth Style Co. to understand the psychology of an array of consumer demographics. When presenting and marketing your home for sale, it’s critical you know how to engage buyers through your marketing campaign.

So here are OUR TOP 10 TIPS to help you engage with Millennial buyers; When appointing an agent ensure they are digitally savy. It’s important that your agent has an active electronic database and marketing methods that incorporate all social media networks. How many followers do they have? How active is their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? Are they aligned with any bloggers? Will your property reach the right people? Call Perth Style Co. For a pre-sale consultation, we will help you hit the market with a bang. We know Millennial buyers. Grab a roller Paint white, white and only white – don’t even think about leaving that feature wall. De-Clutter From personal photos to multiple accessories, chuck it out. If it serves no purpose or is not on trend in 2015 it must go! The devil is in the detail From book titles on display to soapware next to the sink, use hot brands buyers can relate to. This will create desire and aspiration. Create Sexy Visuals Grab yourself a trendy home magazine (like PRIMOLife) and take note of their table accessories and linen trends. Rockstar artwork Oversized artwork brings personality to any home, draws the eye and captures attention, not to mention photographs brilliantly in your marketing campaign. Check out our online store for affordable options that rock any space. Invest in creative professional photography that can capture the lifestyle your home has to offer. Also strongly consider a professional video that can be seen online, worldwide, 24/7 Ignite the senses A strong aroma such as a scented candle burning for a few hours before your home open is a great touch but a funky playlist is our expert tip. Invest in digital marketing package that gets you listed on all the major real estate sites. Some agents even offer an individual landing page from your home. If you would like more information about Perth Style Co. Presale Consultations contact Sara or Kaitlin today. perthstyleco.com.au primolife.com.au








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The new faces of Weeding Women are bringing their kid-friendly feel to Perth's northern suburbs. Their message? Put down the phone and pick up the rake.

From little things, BIG THINGS GROW DIANA AND COURTNEY SMITH have ditched their army greens for gardening Their new mission is to transform tired local gardens and help people who are time-poor, elderly or physically unable to maintain their own garden, as the new ‘Weeding Women Duncraig’. The career change, while drastic, was easy for the Smiths, both passionate green thumbs with a strong interest in organic gardening, sustainability and getting kids involved in gardening. They believe having an outdoor area that caters for children is more important than ever before, given the growing domination of digital technology. Here, they share with us why we need to get kids out in the garden and the best ways to do just that. Courtney is Weeding Women’s first-ever male franchisee. He met and married Diana early during their 11-year working career in the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. The couple’s army jobs involved many stints to war zones worldwide, often meaning


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extended periods away from home. Their decision to start their own Weeding Women franchise came from a mutual desire to spend more time together and with their two children, Heather, six, and Jeremy, three. “We wanted to reprioritise our lives by putting our home and family first,” said Courtney. “Working together doing gardening, which is something we both love, means we get to spend more time together and have the flexibility to fit work around our kids.” Diana’s own childhood sparked her passion for gardening, which has rubbed off on Courtney. “It’s in my blood,” Diana said. “I enjoyed gardening from a very young age, always playing with dirt and bugs, or helping my mum and grandma in the vegie garden.” The Smiths now live and breathe life outdoors. Their Duncraig home is a horticulturalist’s dream, featuring a massive 400 sqm tiered garden filled with fruit trees, native plants and a coop of 10 chickens.

Healthy vegetable patches yield endless fresh produce like strawberries, leeks, carrots, lettuce, beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts and more. HELPING LITTLE HANDS GET DIRTY “With the growth of digital technology, there’s a worrying trend of kids being too sedentary and spending long periods indoors,” Courtney said. “There are so many negative effects of this, which are well publicised.” He says having a garden or outdoor area that is enticing for kids, gives them plenty of great opportunities to want to head outside. “Making your garden accessible and interesting for kids is a great way to get them outdoors and keep them there longer,” he said. To enquire about Weeding Women for your garden, or for franchise enquiries, phone 1800 24 74 84 or visit weedingwomen.com.au. primolife.com.au

Grow your own Start a vegie patch. Kids love picking vegies and fruit from their backyard. It is really beneficial for them to see where their food comes from and be involved in the process of growing and cooking it. If your backyard isn’t suited to a full-scale vegie patch, try using tubs, a square-foot garden, or a tiered planter box to suit your available space. Fruit trees can be a simple and attractive addition to any garden bed.

IDEAS Easy + enticing The more colourful and enticing your outdoor space, the better chance you have of getting the kids involved. Bright flowers, secret spaces or pathways, worm farms, creative gardens for imaginary fairies or animals, and spots to explore are all great options. Get experimental Let the kids plant seedlings or cuttings in handmade newspaper pots and watch them grow. We often take cuttings when on walks at the park and bring them home to plant. Give the kids responsibility for watering and caring for their own little plants and they will love to see what grows from them. If a plant really starts to take off, you can easily transfer it straight to the ground by leaving it in its newspaper pot which will breakdown naturally in the ground.

Cut back the chemicals Making your garden as free as possible from pesticides and chemicals is obviously a wise idea. Use organic plant materials, including potting mixes, manures and fertilisers where possible. Naturally, supervision of children in the garden is still always important. Fighting the war on weeds Weeding Women care for gardens of every shape and size, from yards, flowerbeds, pots and pathways to rural properties, holiday homes, commercial gardens and everything in between. Their clients are busy career people, families, FIFO workers and retirees, as well as local businesses. Diana and Courtney’s new Weeding Women Duncraig franchise services an extensive zone of 14 suburbs across Perth’s northern corridor, including Beldon, Carine, Craigie, Duncraig, Greenwood, Hillarys, Kallaroo, Kingsley, Marmion, Mullaloo, Padbury, Sorrento, Warwick and Woodvale. PL

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Contain yourself Metallics, earthernware, glass and ceramic - take your pick from our wish-list of the most beautiful jars, vases and bowls to ever grace a sideboard.

White Ball Slant Vase, $19.95, Zanui, zanui.com.au

Tika Vase, $79.95, Amalfi amalfihomewares.com.au

Houndstooth Large Vase, $179.95, Zanui, zanui.com.au

Mensch Made Concrete Vase wtih gold-plated leaves, $249, The Design Gift Shop, thedesigngiftshop.com


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Keeva Container, $215, Boyd Blue boydblue.com


Geometric golden Jar with lid, $365, St Barts, st-barts.com.au

Bottle Glass Jar with Lid, $5.95, Zanui, zanui.com.au

Essentials Square Acrylic Canister with Bamboo Lid, $16.99, Davis & Waddell, davisandwaddell.com.au

Milk Bottle Glass Jar with Lid, $5.95, Zanui zanui.com.au

Santorinio Square Temple Jar, $44.95, Zohi Interiors zohiinteriors.com.au

Zebra Vase, $22.95, Emporium i emporiumhome.com.au Embossed canister, $9.99, Davis & Waddell davisandwaddell.com.au

Metallic Cubic Vase, copper, $19.95, Zanui zanui.com.au

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WITH SO MANY plants and wildflowers found nowhere else on earth, Western Australia is a true haven for beauty rich and rare – making it the perfect theme for the 2015 Kings Park Festival.

THE SOUTH WEST of WA is a global biodiversity hotspot, renowned for its incredible native flora which is at its blooming best in spring. And thanks to the 2015 Kings Park Festival, which runs throughout September, you can discover WA’s wildflowers, get snap-happy, learn something new about our flora, meet the Aspects artists in residence and mingle with the beloved Adorable Florables. This year is extra special as it marks the 50th anniversary of the Western Australian Botanic Garden in Kings Park. To celebrate, take a walk through the WA Botanic Garden on the ‘50 Year Journey’ exhibition all month, view the colourful Bella Umbrellas on display outside Aspects of Kings Park, and see the Funky Trunks exhibition – where trees in Kings Park are dressed to party. The park will also unveil Anniversary Gold – a yellow variety of the Kangaroo Paw developed in Kings Park. This sunny beauty


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will be on display around the festival. With lots of exciting events, walks and concerts held throughout the month, there is something for everyone at the 2015 Kings Park Festival. Whether you’re a curious kid or a seasoned gardening pro, a nature enthusiast or art lover, you are bound to be delighted, inspired and enthralled by Kings Park this September.


what not to miss Santos Live Music Events Various dates, 10.30am to 4pm, WA Botanic Garden, near the Pioneer Women’s Memorial. Pack a picnic and relax on the lawn, or try a delicious delight from one of the food vans. Roving stilt walkers and the cheeky Adorable Florables will be mingling and wandering through the gardens. The first

major festival event will be the Santos Live Music concert on the main stage on 6 September, headlined by our favourite crooners Stratosfunk. The following Santos Live Music concerts will bring a mix of musical talent, from folksy tunes, to jazz standards and cool indie sets. The concerts are a wonderful way to spend spring afternoons. Fantastic Faraway Festival Saturday September 12, 10.30am to 2.30pm Lotterywest Family Area. Little ones will be enchanted by the Fantastic Faraway Festival – a colourful day of activities and magical lands to explore. Presented by Santos on 12 September, the day will include animal rides, big games, food stores, the Wild fairy Land, face painters, live theatre performances, magicians and much more. Some activities require a small fee.

Backyard Botanicals Day 19 September, 10am to 2pm Synergy Parkland Join the fun for all things botanical for your own backyard. The Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners will lead a Dig It With Coffee session and guided walk around the Backyard Botanicals Garden, nestled in Synergy Parkland. Get the kids involved in the Spring Olympics activities run by Kings Park’s Nature Activities Officers and enjoy coffee and cake at Zamia Cafe. You’ll have the chance to learn new gardening tips and tricks and enjoy a beautiful day out in the park.   Native Plant Sale 26 to 28 September (September long weekend) Exhibition Ground With their resilience, bountiful flowers and knack for attracting birds, native plants are perfect to grow at home. They can cope with minimal water, are super hardy and support native wildlife – and they look great. Head to the Friends of Kings Park Native Plant Sale during the September long weekend. Here you’ll find more than 8,000 plants for sale, lovingly grown by the friends. With many of the plants rarely available at commercial nurseries, this is an incredible opportunity to buy quality specimens at affordable prices. This is also your opportunity to speak with the knowledgeable Kings Park Master Gardeners who will be onsite assisting patrons with their tricky gardening questions.   Walks and Talks A variety of walks scheduled throughout the month. Bookings required. A variety of walks including daily wildflower walks and horticulture walks in other languages are on offer. Led by expert staff and knowledgeable volunteer guides, the walks offer the chance to take a more in-depth look while the gardens are in full bloom. All walks are free of charge, but places are limited. Please reserve your spot using the booking system on the festival website.   Aspects of Kings Park Window art and Bella Umbrellas will be on display throughout September. The gallery shop will be bursting with beauty this September. See a colourful umbrella display, meet the artists in residence – Jessica Jubb and Emma Blyth - and see

the incredible window art by Future Shelter. Refer to website for meet the artist sessions. Funky Trunks exhibition Entire month of September. Fraser Avenue Precinct and WA Botanic Garden. See iconic trees in Kings Park dressed to impress – the highlight will be the Queen’s Tree which will be dressed in a truly regal outfit. Feature Garden – Western Australian Botanic Garden

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Western Australian Botanic Garden is the feature garden in 2015. With more than 3,000 Western Australian plant species on display, there is certainly a lot to see. From towering Boab Trees, to the rarest species nestled in the Conservation Garden, to the impressive collection of Banksias – this is a garden with stories to tell. Don’t miss a walk amongst the treetops on the Lotterywest Federation Walkway and a stroll through Roe Gardens for some of the best views of the Swan River and Perth city skyline. PL

Fast facts The Kings Park Festival runs from 1 to 30 September. Activity times vary and most venues are within Kings Park, at the WA Botanic Garden, Synergy Parkland, the Lotterywest Family Area and the main tourism precinct near Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop. Some events are also held in Bold Park. COSTS Entry is free or by gold coin donation to support Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Bookings are essential for some events such as guided walks and Dig it with Coffee, even when admission is free. Some activities at the Fantastic Faraway Festival require a small fee. PUBLIC TRANSPORT Kings Park and Botanic Garden actively encourages visitors to be TravelSmart. Located just 1.5 km from the CBD, Kings Park is easily accessible by public transport. The 37 bus from St Georges Terrace takes you to the heart of Kings Park, with free travel from the city. Call Transperth on 13 62 13 or visit their website for more information.

SHUTTLE BUS A free shuttle bus runs every 15 minutes around Kings Park on Santos Live event days in September (5, 6, 12 and 13 September). Hail a bus anywhere along May Drive or Lovekin Drive for easy access to the WA Botanic Garden and other venues. Proudly supported by Lotterywest. MAP The Kings Park Festival map details the location of the events occurring in Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Bold Park. You can pick up a hard copy from the Visitor Information Centre. DOGS Dogs are not permitted at Kings Park Festival events for the safety of all visitors, as festival venues often attract large crowds and high noise levels. Dogs on leads are welcome in other outdoor areas of the park.  Kings Park Festival  runs throughout September. Visit kingsparkfestival.com.au september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE



Surprise, surprise

Now that everyone knows that the iconic Australian event Better Homes & Gardens Live is visiting Perth for the first time from October 23 to 25, the team has another surprise to reveal.


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IN AN EVENT first, there will be a ‘hidden room’ nestled within the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, when it hosts the first Better Homes & Gardens Live Show, designed specifically to provide a private oasis where people can escape from the bustling excitement of the show. This top-secret area will be designed by one of Australia’s most recognised and acclaimed landscapers, and WA local, Matthew Daly. Over the last 10 years, Matthew has achieved some very impressive feats, including being the first West Australian landscaper to be invited to the annual Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. He has also recently won Best at Show and the Gold Medal for his Tribute to Anzac display at the Perth Garden Festival. With such a wealth of knowledge and his passion for getting involved in community initiatives, Matthew’s the perfect candidate to take

I’m extremely honoured to be a part of Perth’s inaugural Better Homes and Gardens Live Show. I love bringing creative ideas to life, and I’ve always been an admirer of the brand for that same reason - Matthew Day Perth locals on this sensory journey. The attraction promises to transport you to a natural wonderland, from walls lined with hand-picked plants, to a spectacular water feature to calm your senses, plus a few quirky surprises for the kids, this secret escape will offer absolute serenity before you head out and rejoin the show. Matthew, who is also founder of MJD

Landscaping, said: “I’m extremely honoured to be a part of Perth’s inaugural Better Homes and Gardens Live Show. I love bringing creative ideas to life, and I’ve always been an admirer of the brand for that same reason, so I’m looking forward to working with the Better Homes and Gardens team to create a display that will ignite interesting conversations.” So, whether you’re a weekend landscaping enthusiast looking for some inspiration, or a busy parent looking for some relaxation, come and visit Better Homes and Gardens Live at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre. Not only will you see Matthew’s inaugural secret room, but food enthusiasts will be able to watch Fast Ed, Karen Martini and Ellie Vernon cook up a storm on the Food Stage, while interior design enthusiasts can learn styling secrets from Tara Dennis, Demi Harman, Julia Matthews and Dora Papas at the Decorating and Craft Stage. Gardeners can join Jason Hodges on the Gardening Stage to answer your landscaping and gardening questions, while Roger Fox will help kids nurture their own seedlings in the KidZone. Plus, House Rules winner and carpenter Adam Dovile will be presenting at the DIY and Building Stage to share easy and quick fixes for around the home, and Dr Harry will be sharing his experience with our furry friends at the Pets Stage. Plus, with intimate masterclasses and workshops on offer, there truly is a section and stage for everyone. PL Better Homes and Gardens Live, Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre, October 23 to 25.Tickets available via ticketek.com.au september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE



How do I get my first step on the property ladder? SUSAN B, BIBRA LAKE, WA

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WARREN SAYS: THIS IS ONE of the questions I get asked about the most. Many people starting out on the property ladder are confused by the amount of choice they have. Do I build, do I need a four-bedroom house, can I afford it - the list can be endless. No wonder many people are so confused. Let’s have a look at a few things from a finance point of view. One of the biggest questions is, can you actually afford to live where you want to live? Or perhaps the question you should ask yourself, will I actually have a life if all my money goes on the mortgage.  Many people like the idea of living in the suburb where they have grown up. They have most of their family around them and they are comfortable with the local surrounding. Unfortunately these days, many people can’t afford their dream house in their local suburb. If this is the case then you need to look further afield. However, if you really want to stay “close to home” then you may need to consider buying a smaller property such as a unit or town house in the same area. While it may be smaller than the property you grew up in, you will still have the entire infrastructure you have grown up with. If you do decide to go further afield, the options will continue to grow. Again, most of the time it becomes a financial decision of where you can afford to buy.  You will also have the choice of whether you will build or buy established. There are many pros and cons to this argument so we will not dwell on those ones here. Lifestyle is one of the biggest considerations to take into account when buying in a certain area. If you love the beach and you spend most of the summer there, then there is no point buying a property and hour away from it.  Some questions to ask yourself can include, is it close to public transport, will the commute each day to work become exhausting, is it close to my friends and family, does it have schools, shopping and medical facilities nearby. Most people use their first home as a stepping stone to their dream house. While people are not moving a quickly as they have in the past you need to consider that your first home is the first rung in the property ladder. If you buy wisely first time you will be in a better position to upgrade later into your dream home. PL primolife.com.au

PROPERTY | HOME DECORATING DIPPED SPOONS Lovely gift or decorator piece, these wooden spoons have had their tips painted with various tones of Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan.

Moody blues

It's possible to transform pre-loved furniture into little works of art, thanks to the Annie Sloan range. Images by JOHN MONTESI PHOTOGRAPHY

BLUE HUES ARE making a strong claim to being the colour of the season, according to artist and owner of Brocante in the Barossa, Kim Valois. As an Annie Sloan stockist in South Australia, Kim has been transforming some old pieces of furniture to stunning effect, with a little bit of help

from the range of paints and varnishes. “The Annie Sloan range has a fabulous selection of blues, the clear hydrangea blue of Louis Blue, bright island-inspiring Greek Blue, deep indigo character of Aubusson Blue, and sharp marine blue found in Napoleonic Blue.”

Kim’s tips on achieving the Annie Sloan effect

LOUIS CHAIR | This chair, found in a second-hand goods shop was in a shabby condition, but sturdy. The whole chair has been painted with Paris Grey Chalk Paint, timber frame and upholstery alike. The upholstery fabric was sprayed with water to dampen it first, then the paint was worked in with some water in the


mix, so the paint would be fully absorbed by the fabric. Then the painted fabric was allowed to dry completely and was waxed with Annie Sloan Clear Wax. The frame was lightly embellished with Old White Chalk Paint, using a dry brush technique that uses very little white paint on one dry brush, and softly applied over the grey. A second dry brush was used to further soften the white paint, resulting in a very soft natural white washed look. Carved areas of the chair frame were gilded, using Annie Sloan Gold Size and sheets of imitation gold leaf. Then the entire frame was waxed with Annie Sloan Clear Wax. Annie Sloan Dark Wax was applied over the gold leafed areas, to deepen them to a look of “old gold”. Parts of the painted frame were very lightly distressed, along edges or where wear would be expected.

an Annie Sloan paint prize pack including: • Chalk Paint® Litre: $59.95 • Two Chalk Paint® Sample Pots: $42 • Soft Clear Wax: $39.95 • Small Annie Sloan Brush: $39.95 • Annie Sloan Quick & Easy Paint Transformations: $29.95 Visit PRIMOLife's Facebook page to enter. If you aren't lucky enough to win the prize, you can still save on any Annie Sloan purchase. Bring along this copy of PRIMOLife into any of the chalk paint by Annie Sloan retailers for the month of September and receive 10% off any Annie Sloan purchase.

Good luck!

SMALL UNION JACK CABINET | We looked for a piece that would have suitable proportions and lines to paint in a Union Jack flag motif. This two-door cabinet is a contemporary timber piece that was finished in an orangey varnish. To plan the design, the Union Jack motif was first drawn and painted to scale onto a mock-up on cardboard. Then the flag motif lines were drawn onto the doors of cabinet. The base colour of the cabinet is Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint and other elements of the flag motif were painted in Old Ochre and Duck Egg Chalk Paint. Chalk Paint is a great choice for painting a motif like this, as it is fast drying and also easy to make corrections. The hardware was painted in Chalk Paint™ to match the colour used where it was attached. This little cabinet was mounted on castors so it could be easily moved around. • Visit Kim's store at brocante-in-thebarossa.com. All furniture and accessories painted with chalk paint by Annie Sloan decorative paint. $59.95 1L. Contact anniesloan.com WA SUPPLIERS: Sparrow & Jack Interiors, 50B Angove Street, North Perth, tel: 0435 117 513 Mon Petit Palais Design, 5/9 Caloundra Road, Clarkson, tel: (08) 9408 5324 Paint Me Shabby Designs, 2,2 The Crescent, Midland, tel: 08 92741234 Little Leaf Co., 4/496 Marimon Street, Booragoon, tel: 0410 120 300 Second Chance Interiors, 63 Gordon Road,Mandurah, tel: 0410535722

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Many people early on in life don’t set any long-term goals. OK, a trip to Bali in six months time may sound like a longterm goal, but it really isn’t. I’m not talking about retirement yet, but long-term goals like buying a house or buying a car for cash. You need to work out what your goals are and then work out how you are going to get there. Simple things such as setting up a savings plan can go a long way to help you on your way. A small amount of savings each week can add up to a significant nest egg over the long term. Saving too much, however, can be just as bad as not saving at all. Before you dismiss this as crazy talk, have a think about it. If you are so disciplined about saving and you forego all your fun in life then life becomes very boring. It will be OK for a while but

START AS YOU MEAN TO GO ON Setting up good financial habits early in life will pay dividends later in life. HOW MANY TIMES do we hear the words - “you should have done this or you should have done that”? This always happens after the event, so you have no way of going back and changing it. The same could be said for our finances. It's easy to look back and see the mistakes we have made, but wouldn’t it be good to have a few tips on what to do so we can put ourselves in a better financial position? This list is for someone just starting out in their 20s but there will be something in it for all of us. Spending money on personal items generally make us feel good. If you are having a bad day, a quick trip to the shops to buy a new outfit will certainly make you feel better but this doesn’t really help your finances. All you will do is wake up the next day with a hole in your bank account. It


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sounds a bit boring, but you will get more satisfaction out of saving these funds rather than blowing them on a short term item. Credit card debt can be crippling for many young people. I recall a conversation I had with an acquaintance one day when we discussing credit cards. She was quite proud of the fact that she had $1,000 left until she hit her credit card limit. Her comment to me was: “I’ve got heaps of money to spend, I’m not even up to my limit.” Ouch. Credit cards are unfortunately a necessity, but they can spiral out of control and send you broke. If you have a credit card, make sure you pay it off at the end of the month so you don’t incur interest. If you need to carry a credit card debt look around for a low rate card which has a better interest rate than rewards-style cards.

Saving too much, however, can be just as bad as not saving at all. then something will crack and you will be tempted to blow all your hard earned savings. Make sure you have some balance to your life by saving some but also having enough left over to actually have a life. Buying the latest gadgets will guarantee you an depleted bank account each week. Do you really need the latest phone at $100 a month or will last year’s model do pretty much the same thing? While it's always fun to have the latest and greatest, these do come at a significant cost. Work out whether is a true need or just a nice-tohave need. This could be said of phones, cars and many consumer goods. The most important thing to consider in all of this is to make sure you have some balance in your spending habits. Sure, enjoy spending your money, but make sure you do it wisely and start some good savings habits now. Then hopefully you will not be looking back in 10 or 20 years time asking yourself 'what if?' PL primolife.com.au




5 Huntress Avenue, North Coogee


30 Cromarty Road, Churchlands

Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 2:00 – 5:00pm. For further details contact 9380 9811 or visit grandwood.com.au.

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PRIMO H&Gproperty property

Welcome to the listings section of PRIMOLife PLENTY TO CELEBRATE AS WE HEAD INTO SPRING.


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Bateman 65 Broadhurst Crescent roebourne

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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.

Tom Price Paraburdoo

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.

IN PROUD COMPANY news, I was delighted to see the Peard Group recognised as an ABA 100 Winner in this year’s Australian Business Awards. We were the recipients of the Brand Excellence, Service Excellence and Human Resource Management awards, highlighting our commitment to clients, our employees and the Peard brand. Our celebrations didn’t stop there, as we received the news we had all been hoping for at this year’s REIWA Awards for Excellence ball. For the fifth year in a row, our Hillarys office was named the Top Office in WA for both Listings Sold and Value Sold. Congratulations to Byron Wallace and his team for an outstanding achievement which has shown them to be an unstoppable force in Perth’s property market yet again. We also had a number of individual winners on the night and I would like to send my warmest congratulations to everyone whose name was called. We have been busy this month as winter begins to wrap up and we head into what’s typically one of the busiest times of the year - spring. In 2015, our company has invested a great deal of time and resources in embracing a selling method less common here in WA. While auctions are the most popular means of selling in the likes of Sydney and Melbourne, WA has taken a little longer to jump on board and recognise the potential benefits of selling via auction. Statistics will show that currently in Perth, homes sold by auction are on the market for fewer days and achieving a higher sale price. We have a team of experienced auctioneers at hand and if you’d like to know more about our auction services, I encourage you to get in touch with your local Peard Real Estate office.



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Marg Kudla 0457 515 007

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The Peard Group has always believed that they are the best in the business, but don’t just take their word for it, says Dea Lalovic.

IT’S ONE THING to claim you’re the best, but it’s another matter altogether to back the claim up and with a swag of awards over a number of years. So we’re pleased as punch to have recently added to the Group’s list of achievements - three Australian Business Awards (ABAs), recognising the team’s efforts in Human Resource Management, Service Excellence and Brand Excellence. It’s no secret the Perth property market


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has a taken a slight hit over the past year, with many smaller agencies finding it difficult to stay afloat, and some even shutting up shop all together. However the Peard Group’s CEO Peter Peard says his company has remained resilient, and these awards are a perfect example of the Group’s strength, no matter how tough the market conditions may be. “It’s true that Perth’s property market has experienced a downfall this year, but it

hasn’t stopped us in our mission to remain an industry leader,” says Peter. “Our commitment to clients, our valued employees and our brand has been the main focus and it is very exciting to be recognised for our passion and hard work, having invested much time and resources in all three areas over the past year." Perhaps the Group’s proudest achievement at this year’s ABA Awards was a win in the Brand Excellence category. Eighteen years in the making, the Peard brand has been a carefully maintained one, with a controlled consistency of message and ‘look’ paramount from the very start. Marketing and design co-ordinator Claire Bright says the award is particularly special for her and the marketing team. “We are really focused on maintaining the brand's strength and to be recognised as one of the best in Australia tells us that the marketing we are producing is being noticed. “Our brand manual, which was developed in the early days, has remained completely unchanged, ensuring a recognisable brand that has been consistent with all marketing distributed by our company, and we’ve always felt this was our strong point. “You can spot Peard branding from a mile away." Peter says the trusted brand identity gives Peard Group’s Sales Associates an upper hand. “This strong identity works as a major advantage for our Sales Associates because clients are often already familiar with our company, so, naturally, it’s easier to establish that initial trust in the brand. “We spend thousands of dollars a month on quality corporate branding and it has proven to be really effective. “In the past we have always entered the marketing excellence category at the ABAs but this year we really wanted to highlight our brand specifically, so we decided to enter the brand excellence category for the first time instead.” Along with being awarded the Brand primolife.com.au

Excellence title, the Group was also the proud recipient of the Human Resource Management and Service Excellence Awards. The titles are a testament to the company’s vision to be Perth’s foremost premium real estate agency offering a full real estate package to clients including sales, property management, brokering, financial planning and settlement services. Peter says he is confident that no other agency in Perth can compete with what the Peard Group currently offers to clients. “We can assist in every stage of the real estate life cycle. “Whether a client is looking to buy, sell or lease a property, seeking finance or settlement services or needs financial planning assistance, we have an expert team to assist. “Not only that we also have only the

Without our invaluable staff, our company would not be the success it is today . . .

best people driving those services,” he says, “Without our invaluable staff, our company would not be the success it is today, so aside from ensuring we offer clients the best service, we are committed to the happiness of each and every member of our great team.” This commitment to staff has been

highlighted with a win in the Human Resource Management category, which recognised the company’s efforts to offer only the best working conditions to all employees. “Our HR department works very hard to ensure our employees feel motivated, valued and rewarded,” says Peter. “We always say that people won’t love our company until our employees do, so providing the best training programs, incentives and working environment has always been a priority.” The Australian Business Awards are a national, all-encompassing awards program honoring Australia’s business, innovation and technology leaders. The Group has been a proud winner at the awards for the third year in a row, highlighting their determination to remain WA’s leading real estate agency. PL

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR YOUR NEXT CAREER MOVE? Call Peard Real Estate’s Director of Business Resource Melissa Farrell on 0404 084 244 for a confidential chat.

As spring begins, there's lots to celebrate as the Peard team continue to kick goals.



— by listings sold


PEARD JOONDALUP 28 Listings sold

DAVID WEIR Peard Real Estate, Scarborough 9 Listings sold


PEARD MANDURAH 21 Listings sold


PEARD SCARBOROUGH 19 Listings sold


PEARD MINDARIE 16 Listings sold

— (unassisted) by listings sold


NATASHA CHEUNG Peard Real Estate, Swan Valley 4 Listings sold


ERIN PHILLIPS Peard Real Estate, Canning Vale 2 Listings sold



DAMIEN LLOYD Peard Real Estate, Leederville 2 Listings sold

JAMES KENNEDY Peard Real Estate, Hillarys 5 Listings sold



LYNETTE JARMOS Peard Real Estate, Canning Vale 1 Listing sold

GAYLENE BICHENO Peard Real Estate, Hillarys 5 Listings sold


TONY MULLEN Peard Real Estate, Joondalup 5 Listings sold


REIWA August 2015 Statistics


JUSTIN CHIDLOW Peard Real Estate, Scarborough 1 Listing sold

TOP BRANCHES — by listings sold


PEARD HILLARYS 49 Listings sold


TOP 30 TEAMS — By listings sold

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JARROD O'NEIL Peard Real Estate, Hillarys 10 Listings sold PAULINE BILL & JULIE ISHERWOOD Peard Real Estate, Mandurah 6 Listings sold

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FOR SALE Alexander Heights 21 Syme Road

Impressive and modern 2012 built residence comfortably situated in the quiet and peaceful suburb of Alexander Heights and within close proximity to schools, shops, public transport, and beautiful parks.

Alkimos 2 Viggo Brace

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Phone Thanh for further information.

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Alkimos 53 Bowline Avenue

Welcome to this stylish low maintenance home located in Shorehaven Alkimos. The modern and functional design of this home coupled with easy care outdoor areas make this the perfect home for anyone looking for a relaxed easy lifestyle.

From $629,000

From $349,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Aveley 21 Devereux Crescent

From $539,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Aveley 42 Demesne Circuit

From $575,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 46

CONTACT Thanh Nguyen PHONE 0414 288 165 EMAIL thanh.nguyen@peard.com.au

CONTACT Alison Beuck PHONE 0414 244 742 EMAIL alison.beuck@peard.com.au

First class location walking distance to local shopping complex, parks, schools and public transport. We are looking for the astute buyer. This property is priced to sell, so if your family requires an abundance of living, space and functionality then look no further. CONTACT Jenny Treloar PHONE 0427 012 729 EMAIL jenny.treloar@peard.com.au

Step inside the French Doors of this outstanding 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom family home to appreciate the quality and size on offer. This Don Russell built property is conveniently located close to shops, parks and schools yet situated in a quiet street amongst other quality homes. Put this home on the top of your viewing list!

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CONTACT Rod McDougall PHONE 0418 909 954 EMAIL rod.mcdougall@peard.com.au

Located in the prestigious Shorehaven Estate in Alkimos, with beautiful parklands directly opposite stands this stunning residence totally in a class of its own, with display home presentation & top quality throughout. This home built in 2011 & finished with no expense spared, boasts a large theatre, spacious master with a large walk-in robe & resort style ensuite. CONTACT John Cowup

From $549,000

PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL john.cowup@peard.com.au

Alkimos 9 Sooty Lane

Welcome to this cosy contemporary terraced house with a beautiful park outlook well located in the fantastic new beach side suburb of Alkimos Beach. This home is in a great position in this eco-friendly estate with parks, playgrounds, the Sprout caf and St James Anglican School within a few minutes walk.

From $329,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

CONTACT Alison Beuck PHONE 0414 244 742 EMAIL alison.beuck@peard.com.au

Aveley 32 Neary Boulevard

$549,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

CONTACT Rod McDougall PHONE 0418 909 954 EMAIL rod.mcdougall@peard.com.au

Balcatta 12 Hanworth Street

Auction bed 3 bath 1 car 1

This very well presented Ross North four bedroom, two bathroom family home is priced and positioned to sell. This is the perfect location for your family to enjoy the absolute best that the Aveley Estate has to offer.

Show stopping renovated home! Large 729sqm block offers plenty of room to enjoy or extend. Features include stunning renovation, huge cedar lined alfresco with built in bar, BBQ and seating, pool, powered shed, custom cubby – this property is a must view!! Auction on-site Saturday 12th September (Unless Sold Prior) CONTACT Damien Lloyd PHONE 0410 574 626 EMAIL damien.lloyd@peard.com.au

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FOR SALE Delightful 2 bed duplex with room to move in a fantastic Balcatta within easy distance to Northlands Shopping Centre 17B Shakespeare Avenue location and public transport. Plenty of garden space for kids or pets

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

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Balcatta 25 Bamford Place

$899,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Balcatta 74A Collier Avenue

$529,000 - $549,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Baldivis 3 Triandra Street

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

Balcatta 21 Delafield Way

to enjoy that a villa just cant offer. Features include open plan living/dining with split air conditioning unit and gas point, modernised kitchen, high ceilings & spacious garden.

$599,000 - $619,000

This substantial family home has plenty of room to offer a growing family with 3 separate living areas, huge kitchen, swimming pool, large patio area and a park at your door step. Parents can relax in the front lounge whilst the kids play in the games room and when its family time then the open plan hub of the home is perfect & opens out to the patio & pool area. CONTACT Shaun Pettit

Balcatta 33c Collier Avenue

Immaculate and spacious 3 bed, 2 bath villa perfectly located near the Northlands Shopping Centre, a local park and public transport. With a quality finish and a fantastic outdoor area with domed patio, you will surely be impressed with the value on offer here. Features include separate lounge room with Bamboo flooring & high ceilings throughout.

Baldivis 3 Borealis Drive

CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL shaun.pettit@peard.com.au

PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL shaun.pettit@peard.com.au

CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL shaun.pettit@peard.com.au

Brilliant Investment, great 3 bedroom home with side access. Currently has tenants till September that can work with an earlier settlement if you require vacant. This well size home presents great, features 2 living areas indoors and 2 alfresco areas outdoors. With side access to park the extras and still plenty of yard space for the family to enjoy. CONTACT Camille Ainsley PHONE 0417 508 364 EMAIL camille.ainsley@peard.com.au

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bed 4 bath 1 car 1

From $499,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

From $489,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Baldivis 9 Pygmy Lane

$349,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

This well loved family home is now available for a new owner to make their own and enjoy. Renovate, extend or build new this block offers many options and is well located close to parks and schools. Features include separate lounge room, kitchen with adjoining meals area, patio area & ducted a/c. CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL shaun.pettit@peard.com.au

Boasting two living areas, this 3 bed villa is a quiet oasis tucked away at the rear of a small group of three. Properties like this one are a rare find with more space than many others around. Features include separate lounge room, open plan family and meals area, ducted air conditioning throughout & large patio area amongst lush gardens. CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL shaun.pettit@peard.com.au

Welcome to 3 Borealis Drive Baldivis! Is there a better location then this! Directly opposite The Ridge parklands; this easy care four bedroom family home is awaiting your arrival! Built by Homebuyers Centre and finished with style and elegance throughout. CONTACT Ashley Beard PHONE 0433 323 717 EMAIL ashley.beard@peard.com.au

Beautifully presented and almost new 3x2 home fronting on to a beautiful park in Baldivis. All bedrooms are a good size with built-in robes and the master has his and hers walk in robes. The ensuite and main bathroom are also tastefully decorated. The kitchen is spacious with overhead cupboards, Range hood and great bench space. CONTACT Mitch Russell PHONE 0430 574 655 EMAIL mitch.russell@peard.com.au september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Baldivis Baldivis 10 Shetland Shetland Way Way 10

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

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Baldivis 20 Angerton Mews

From $399,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Balga 7A,B,C Olney Court

From $389,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Bedford 166 Walter Road West

From $625,000's bed 3 bath 2 car 2 48

The combination combination ofof street street appeal appeal and and location location will will ensure ensure The that you you will will not not be be disappointed disappointed when when viewing viewing this this 44 xx 22 that large family family home.. home.. Built Built on on aa 599m2 599m2 block, block, even even with with the the large large 296m2 296m2 home home you you still still have have an an ample ample sized sized backyard backyard large with plenty plenty ofof room room for for aa pool! pool! As As soon soon asas you you enter enter this this well well with designed home home you you will will be be impressed! impressed! designed

Baldivis 11 Cornwall Lane

This 4 bedroom 2 Bathroom Summit built home, will suit anyone who likes the finer things if life and wants the easy lifestyle. Located in the middle of Baldivis in the Settlers Townside estate over looking parklands, youll find all amenities close by, including easy access to freeways and public transport.

Baldivis 45 Liddard Gardens

CONTACTKim KimLindsay Lindsay CONTACT PHONE0407 0407137 137062 062 PHONE EMAILkim.lindsay@peard.com.au kim.lindsay@peard.com.au EMAIL

CONTACT Michelle Dasborough PHONE 0403 939 430 EMAIL michelle.dasborough@peard.com.au

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LG Air-Conditioning to Main Living Area Full Height Cabinetry to Kitchen Down lighting to Kitchen & Living Area Quality Cornicing & Skirting throughout Quality Tiling to Kitchen, Living Areas & Hallways Feature Rendering to Exterior of each Property CONTACT Gayle Fitzmaurice PHONE 0437 180 094 EMAIL gayle.fitzmaurice@peard.com.au

Three spectacular new homes on individual Lots. Located on main public transport routes and minutes from cafÊ’s, entertainment, shopping, ECU & Perth CBD. These brand new strata homes by quality builder Ventura Homes are nearing completion. Opportunity exists for the new homeowner to tailor their individual finishes at this stage. CONTACTS Andrew MacDougall/Melanie MacDougall PHONE 0403 065 945/0419 907 368 EMAIL andrew.macdougall@peard.com.au

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Offers Above $349,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

CONTACT Camille Ainsley PHONE 0417 508 364 EMAIL camille.ainsley@peard.com.au

From $449,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Welcome to the Baldivis North Estate where the trees are plentiful and the air is fresh. This home is the perfect low maintenance property for a large family or the ambitious working couple. The workshop is an extra bonus, whether you're looking for a place to keep the boat, caravan or simply like the practicality of a powered work shop with easy access. CONTACT Michelle Dasborough PHONE 0403 939 430 EMAIL michelle.dasborough@peard.com.au

Ballajura 29 Oakfield Retreat

From $480,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Safely hidden in a quiet cul de sac styled location, is this freshly painted 4 x 2 family home with double carport parking on a square 585sqm bore retic block. Great purchase for the home owner & investor alike! Located on Ballajura Wests favoured County Estate close to schools and easy travelling distance to a selection of "day to day" and specialist shopping facilities. CONTACT Phil Smith PHONE 0411 411 276 EMAIL phil.smith@peard.com.au

Beeliar 17 Waterbank Avenue

$450,000-$470,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

This gorgeous well sized property is so unique with the front door looking straight out to the lovely park. Feel like you are in the country yet located in the great Dales/Avalon area of Baldivis. New school is within easy walking distance. Separate theatre family lounge, open plan living dining. Great low maintenance backyard area.

Under Offer In 3 Days ! Oh so close to the beach, the perfect investment! What more could you want?! Only 5 Km to the beach and 5km to the train and freeway! Perfectly situated on a peaceful street within close proximity of local shops, schools and the beach. CONTACT Erin Phillips PHONE 0448 858 101 EMAIL erin.phillips@peard.com.au

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FOR SALE Beldon 52 Pacific Way

From $519,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

Bullsbrook 14 Adagio Way

$475,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Burns Beach 42 Windmill Circle

From $789,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Butler 14 Kilgetty Gate

From $589,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This gorgeous home is beautifully renovated & offers new kitchen, two spacious living areas & a stunning tropical backyard oasis. Great outdoor entertaining under the insulated gabled patio, surrounded by lush, easy care gardens, huge 2.6m deep concrete pool, outdoor shower, garden shed & garden reticulation. Block size 680 sqm. CONTACT Shane Capelli Year Built 1979. PHONE 0410 339 499

Beldon 7 Cumberland Way

Situated in the newly developed area of Chittering Gardens and surrounded by quality homes is this modern style 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom brick home With open plan kitchen, meals and lounge, separate home theatre, built in robes in all bedrooms and ducted reverse cycle air conditioning throughout.

Burns Beach 31 Maroma Loop

EMAIL shane.capelli@peard.com.au

CONTACT Samantha Hill PHONE 0407 666 905 EMAIL samantha.hill@peard.com.au

Perfectly positioned opposite parklands and walking distance to the beach, this home provides an idyllic lifestyle. Stepping into the property through the double height entrance you immediately appreciate the quality finishes this home has to offer. CONTACT Kim Riley PHONE 0449 781 685 EMAIL kim.riley@peard.com.au

A fantastic opportunity presents in this 4/5 bedroomed home is set in the very desirable pocket of Seahaven estate Butler. Situated opposite a park in a whisper quiet dress circle, this home has it all. A cleverly design that offers maximum functionality and naturally lit living areas. CONTACTS Paul Turner/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0400 072 005/0421 277 366 EMAIL paul.turner@peard.com.au

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From $489,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

$835,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Butler 11 Badley Loop

From $599,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Butler 5 Warnford Street

From $499,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Located in the proposed R40 re-zoning area of Beldon and presented immaculately for sale, this much loved home is loaded with potential and positioned perfectly. Situated minutes away from local shopping centres, schools and other amenities, this spacious family home has been well cared for and is ready to be lived in and enjoyed. This property is packed with features and has plenty to offer in a CONTACT David Mead variety of ways. PHONE 0428 814 407 EMAIL david.mead@peard.com.au

This substantial family home embodies a wonderful balance of indoor/outdoor entertaining spaces. The versatile floor plan is sure to impress, thoughtfully designed to cater for families, professionals and entertainers alike. Visually stunning home with high calibre inclusions. CONTACT Kim Riley PHONE 0449 781 685 EMAIL kim.riley@peard.com.au

A cleverly design that offers maximum functionality and naturally lit living areas. This four bedroom and two bathroom property features a resort style master suite complete with W.I.R’s and ensuite bathroom. Carefully zoned to offer maximum convenience and privacy for the parents of the home. CONTACTS Paul Turner/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0400 072 005/0421 277 366 EMAIL paul.turner@peard.com.au

This stunning home gives you quality and style in a great central location. If you're looking for one of the best traditional sized 4x2s in todays market this is a must see at a bargain price! Once you walk in you will be impressed with the way space flows beautifully in this home, with all the hard work done for you to sit back and enjoy. CONTACTS Paul Turner/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0400 072 005/0421 277 366 EMAIL paul.turner@peard.com.au september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Butler 29 Oakbank Crescent

Low to Mid $500,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Camillo 11 Elm Close

From $350,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Canning Vale 17 Woodrush Way

From $799,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Canning Vale 9 Bunratty Link

From $539,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2 50

Feel the breeze... The indoor/outdoor coastal lifestyle. Offering all the requirements of a modern family life in a perfect location, this private yet inviting, elegant home is designed for the growing family - the culinary inclined will swoon at the expansive open plan kitchen and living area, focused on a family that loves to entertain. CONTACT Richard McNicol PHONE 0433 838 547 EMAIL richard.mcnicol@peard.com.au

End Of Searching Begins Here ! Dont miss this one and only opportunity to secure this outstanding property be it first home buyers, downsizers or investors. Enjoy relaxing in your spacious backyard perfect for social gathering or time after work with swimming pool which is overlooked by the alfresco. CONTACT Christy Sajan PHONE 0400 848 096 EMAIL christy.sajan@peard.com.au

Butler 47 Helmsdale Loop

From $379,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Camillo 2 Kurrajong Way

From $359,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 0

Welcome to this gorgeous contemporary easy care home located in a quiet Butler street with a park outlook. From the minute you step through the porch into the entry hall you will appreciate this light and bright 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home featuring high ceilings and downlights throughout, it is simply stunning! CONTACTS Alison Beuck/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0414 244 742/0421 277 366 EMAIL alison.beuck@peard.com.au

Calling all First home buyers, Investors or Downsizers This fantastic home sits on a comfortable 679sqm block featuring four great size bedrooms, well-appointed bathroom, spacious kitchen, separate games, lounge room and potential R30 Zoning. CONTACT Christy Sajan PHONE 0400 848 096 EMAIL christy.sajan@peard.com.au

Something Special in Livingston Park Two King size master bedrooms, one has walk in robe, double vanity and spa, the other has extra large shower, built in robes, both are huge. Beautiful family home in one of the best Estates in Canning Vale. Walking distance to shops, schools, parks, Bus stop, Community Centre, doctors, Restaurants, Day care centre. CONTACT Karen Willis

Walk the kids to Campbell Primary School & Vale Shopping Canning Vale 61 Sandringham Promenade Centre This characteristic residence is located just 500m from sought

SHOW HOME PRESENTATION! With flawless magazine style presentation this beautiful home is the epitome of easy care and low maintenance living in an ultra convenient location. Situated in Glenariff Estate close to shopping centres, park lands, transport and all that Canning Vale has to offer.

Canning Vale 9 Yantara Way

PHONE 0437 704 427 EMAIL karen.willis@peard.com.au

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CONTACT Karen Lloyd PHONE 0421 614 447 EMAIL karen.lloyd@peard.com.au

From $738,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

$669,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

after Campbell Primary School & Vale Shopping Centre. Located in front of beautiful lake and park lands a highly sought after pocket of Brookland Greens Estate. CONTACT Anzer Yousuf PHONE 0424 666 747 EMAIL anzer.yousuf@peard.com.au

Nestled in beautiful Sanctuary Waters Estate this impeccable appealing home offers it all built on a generous 653sqm block. With a short walk or drive to the lake/park lands, Ranford Shopping Centre, Livingston Market Place, schools, transport and the new Fiona Stanley Hospital is just the beginning to this story. CONTACT Karen Lloyd PHONE 0421 614 447 EMAIL karen.lloyd@peard.com.au View more properties online at domain.com.au

FOR SALE Carine 19 Suiza Place

From $480,000

Be the creator of your own home by building exactly the style of home you want. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac in one of the most sought after pockets of Carine and surrounded by well looked after homes, this is a great opportunity to live within close proximity to Carine Open Space and Carine Primary and High Schools. CONTACT Karen Riches PHONE 0408 646 651 EMAIL karen.riches@peard.com.au

Carine 56 Monyash Road

AUCTION bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Como 11/4 Ryrie Avenue

From $359,000 to $379,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Carine 34 Chelmorton Loop

From $799,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

For those seeking an ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE residence - then look no further! Boasting a commanding presence from its enviable dress circle position across from Carine Open Space where you can relax, unwind and watch life go by. You will be delighted with its generous design including 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, home office, multiple living spaces, huge double garage with storage attic and space to park a boat or caravan. You'll enjoy every moment living here! CONTACT Karen Riches PHONE 0408 646 651 EMAIL karen.riches@peard.com.au

This large 3 Bed, 2 bath, 2 Car cottage home offers great Clarkson & size for potential investors & young families alike. 108 Ocean Keys Boulevard value Upon entry you will be surprised by the space this property

Fabulous light and bright 2 bedroom first floor unit is an ideal purchase for a first time home buyer or investor. Only a short walk to the popular Preston Street precinct, this unit also has transport on your door step and is within easy access to Curtin University & Perth CBD.

Connolly 2 Doral Place

CONTACT Tash Welburn PHONE 0409 884 176 EMAIL tash.welburn@peard.com.au

$429,000 - $449,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

End Date Sale bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Light and Bright home is ready to move straight into. Set on Craigie 526sqm, this rear strata lot has loads of space for the 4A Mayflower Crescent approx. kids and pets to run around with added comfort & security.

Currambine 1 Chusan Lane

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $499,000

This home is nestled on a 706sqm block (approx.) amongst other fine family homes in one of Carines exclusive tightly-held pockets with a lush green parkland opposite. A paved area at the rear is ideal for barbecues and entertaining, whilst a shimmering below-ground swimming pool will provide fun moments this upcoming summer. The large single carport enjoys a convenient shoppers entry via the kitchen and there is a second parking bay to the side, as well as a handy tool shed for storage. CONTACT Karen Riches PHONE 0408 646 651 EMAIL karen.riches@peard.com.au

Features include; large open plan kitchen, living & meals area, second living zone with the potential to be a theatre room or activity room & covered alfresco area.

CONTACTS Melanie MacDougall/Andrew MacDougall PHONE 0419 907 368/0403 065 945 EMAIL melanie.macdougall@peard.com.au

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Mid $500,000

presents. Walking in you will find a great sized open plan kitchen forming part of the dining and living area with lovely sectioned off formal living/ tv room area at the rear of the home. CONTACT Tertius Du Toit PHONE 0416 239 306 EMAIL tertius.dutoit@peard.com.au

This fully renovated show home residence features an elegant portico entry with water feature, gourmet kitchen, light and spacious family lounge and main living, comfortable theatre lounge, formal dining room, modern Blackbutt flooring with carpeted bedrooms, relaxing alfresco entertaining with attractive alfresco gardens, zoned ducted reverse cycle air conditioning, large reticulated lawns and borders, flexibility for future additions or pool, and a large 700sqm corner block. CONTACT Carl Freeman PHONE 0408 793 037 EMAIL carl.freeman@peard.com.au

As the heading suggests, here’s the perfect opportunity for downsizers, first home owners and/or investors to purchase their very own piece of Currambine with separate living zones, balcony to enjoy the ocean views and not to forget a well-designed outdoor entertaining area. All nestled on a low maintenance block tucked away to ensure complete privacy. CONTACT Jay Dass PHONE 0407 205 421 EMAIL jay.dass@peard.com.au

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FOR SALE Currambine 14 Marriot Turn

Mid - High $500,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Currambine 62 Caledonia Avenue

Low - Mid $600,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Duncraig 11 Kauri Place

$1,220,000 - $1,270,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

East Victoria Park 16 Hampshire Street

From $799,000 to $859,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2 52

This chic home commands your immediate attention! Perfectly settled in a whisper quiet location within The Crest estate and walking distance to parklands, this immaculately presented home is ideal for the family requiring style and space on a low maintenance block! CONTACT Jay Dass PHONE 0407 205 421 EMAIL jay.dass@peard.com.au

Currambine 6 Waldorf Ramble

From $669,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Individually designed and craftsmen built, this charming family home in Currambine has undergone an extensive renovation & combines edgy European styling with laid back Australian influences.With an impressive layout featuring multiple living areas and a grand open plan living room, this show-home quality abode is sleek, sophisticated and just a little bit sexy! CONTACT Jay Dass

Currambine 8 Barham Mews

This elegant architect designed home, sitting on a choice cul-de-sac in Carine Glades, has been tastefully modernised to show off its beautiful spaces! 5 large bedrooms plus study, multiple living areas overlooking a private backyard and pool, elegant new kitchen, stunning bamboo floors‌.are only some of the features that make this home special!

Duncraig 7 Broxburn Place

PHONE 0407 205 421 EMAIL jay.dass@peard.com.au

CONTACT Namita Mehra PHONE 0409 920 737 EMAIL namita.mehra@peard.com.au

OMG this truly is a seriously stunning home and to be honest, houses don't get much better than this! Beautifully renovated and extended makes this perfect home for anyone that appreciates the finer things in life. So if youre after a home with the WOW factor, put this one on top of your viewing list as you won't be disappointed!

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CONTACT Tash Welburn PHONE 0409 884 176 EMAIL tash.welburn@peard.com.au

Perfectly settled in a whisper quiet pocket of Currambine, within walking distance to parks and the primary school, this home with a tranquil vibe is ideal for the family requiring space to move and room to play! CONTACT Jay Dass PHONE 0407 205 421 EMAIL jay.dass@peard.com.au

Charmed! And you will be when you enter this unique home brimming with character and endless possibilities! Arguably, the stand out feature of this home is the addition of a large sundrenched games room with two additional rooms and a glorious garden outlook.Be the first to view and snap up this scene stealer!

High $400,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 2

CONTACT Jay Dass PHONE 0407 205 421 EMAIL jay.dass@peard.com.au

This is a charming house with beautiful polished timber flooring throughout. Central open plan kitchen, generous living room with bar & a separate formal dining room. Separate light & bright rear studio equipped with a bathroom, built in robes and its own entrance. Huge undercover paved alfresco to the rear ideal for entertaining all year round, surrounded by established garden beds. Approx 685sqm block.

From $799,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 3

CONTACT Frances Goncalves PHONE 0414 136 151 EMAIL frances.goncalves@peard.com.au

East Victoria Park 45 Etwell Street

Build your dream home on this rare earth!

Offers Over $499,000 CONTACT Lynda Hastings-Smith PHONE 0404 383 629 EMAIL lynda.hs@peard.com.au View more properties online at domain.com.au

FOR SALE East Victoria Park 75 Langler Street

From $745,000 to $795,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Ellenbrook 16 Hosnie Drive

From $449,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Ellenbrook 24 Daintree Loop

$395,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Ellenbrook 35 Valinco Avenue

offers from $469,000. bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This home is seriously spacious, its like 2 homes put together. Only minutes to the very popular Fraser Park, local and private schools and public transport. So if you are after a substantial home with all the features of character and modern blended together, this property won't disappoint! CONTACT Tash Welburn PHONE 0409 884 176 EMAIL tash.welburn@peard.com.au

Ellenbrook 11 Norcia Way

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

Presented immaculately and providing a spacious living environment, this house was built in 2009 on a 438sqm block. Features include an elevated block with private front courtyard entrance, ducted air conditioning, front theatre room, massive open plan gourmet kitchen, living area that is full of light and life and flows through to the backyard, reticulation, double garage with room for 2 more cars in driveway that runs off the rear laneway, private backyard with plenty of lawn, alfresco area & finished with classy neutral CONTACT David Mead colours and modern fixtures PHONE 0428 814 407 and fittings. EMAIL david.mead@peard.com.au

Ellenbrook 24 Botany Parade

Hurry in to inspect this immaculate 4 bedroom home nestled in one of the most private streets of Woodlake Village! Surrounded by quality homes and with nothing left to do apart from move in, it features multiple living areas, low maintenance front and rear yards and a powered shed.

Ellenbrook 3 Musselbrook Trail

CONTACT Tiffany Bray PHONE 0412 930 820 EMAIL tiffany.bray@peard.com.au

This 4 x 2 home is a delight inside and out. The home is sitting on a 663sqm block with a lovely big back garden all reticulated from a bore for the green thumb in the family. If not, and you prefer a big back yard for a pool or workshop, there are gates on the side of the house to allow access through to the back garden. CONTACT Angie Pearce PHONE 0499 775 046 EMAIL angie.pearce@peard.com.au

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From $389,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

From $499,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Ellenbrook 5 Morella Cross

From $429,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This brand new home built by My Homes WA is completely finished with top quality specifications and ready for you to just move in. 241 sqm living, 320 sqm under main roof on a 510sqm block 4 double bedrooms x 2 bathrooms plus a 3rd toilet/powder room, plus an activity room/study CONTACT Angie Pearce PHONE 0499 775 046 EMAIL angie.pearce@peard.com.au

A true “lock-up and leave” lifestyle is on offer with this contemporary residence on a very low-maintenance easy care cottage block. Modern and versatile design features a central open plan living area, dining area, delightful kitchen and adjacent outdoor entertaining area, split-system air-conditioning, reticulated gardens in front, gas hot water system, extra street parking for guests, security alarm system, window blinds on all windows and double garage on the back laneway with internal shopper’s entry. CONTACT Corina Maloney PHONE 0410 363 269 EMAIL corina.maloney@peard.com.au

Come home to this beautifully built Scott park home. You and your family will feel safe and secure with Crimsafe security screens on all the doors and windows and 3M security film on all fixed windows, and a Hills alarm system for ultimate peace of mind. CONTACT Angie Pearce PHONE 0499 775 046 EMAIL angie.pearce@peard.com.au

Be quick to view this neat and tidy, spacious family home in the heart of Malvern Springs. Boasting multiple living areas, solar panels, easy care reticulated gardens, and a sensible floor plan, you need to move this one to the top of your list! CONTACT Tiffany Bray PHONE 0412 930 820 EMAIL tiffany.bray@peard.com.au september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Ellenbrook 85 Vaucluse Crescent

$390,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Glendalough 2/29 Heard Way

From $285,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Gwelup 16 Jodrell Road

From $849,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Heathridge 8 Mermaid Way

From $509,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1 54

Be among the first to view this spacious 3 bedroom cottage located opposite Ellenbrook Christian College and close to the Town Centre of Ellenbrook. Boasting 3 large bedrooms, 2 separate living areas and an easy care block, it is sure to impress those who are looking for a low maintenance property. CONTACT Tiffany Bray PHONE 0412 930 820 EMAIL tiffany.bray@peard.com.au

Gabbadah 11 Pieter Place

Offers Over $570,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

CONTACT Tracy Kriwopischin PHONE 0419 998 306 EMAIL tracy.kriwopischin@peard.com.au

VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT If easy, practical and convenient are what you are looking for then you have found it! A perfect lock up and go unit apartment, located in the establish suburb of Glendalough, this property is surrounded by schools, shops, and other everyday amenities and all of them are within walking distance! CONTACT Stefen Chitra

Gosnells 83 Eileen Street

The residence has a gorgeous verandah which catches the eye upon first glimpse. Inside, the house has classic high skirting boards and solid Tasmanian Sheoak timber floorboards in the main family and dining areas. Also features an open gas fireplace, versatile games or activity area, impeccably-appointed modern kitchen, a shimmering below-ground solar heated swimming pool, alfresco, split-system air-conditioning and gas bayonet heating to the main living spaces, ducted evaporative CONTACT Karen Riches air-conditioning and 540sqm PHONE 0408 646 651 (approx.) block. EMAIL karen.riches@peard.com.au

Heathridge 7 Island Place

Perfect to move straight in or invest! Features include bright and open kitchen, patio with lovely timber deck, massive backyard ADT security alarm system, reverse cycle split system, 2 gas points to living areas, pet door patio access, reticulation, Rheem Gas HWS, vegie patch and garden shed, low maintenance yard, single garage with brand new electric roller door (fits 4WD’s), front parking can fit 8 extra cars, side gate with drive through access to rear, 757sqm block, built 1978. CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL gaylene.bicheno@peard.com.au

Hillarys 23 Fairhaven Terrace

PHONE 0403731 014 EMAIL stefen.chitra@peard.com.au

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CHEAP AS CHIPS!! HERE TODAY AND GONE TOMORROW!! Take a look around at the competition and you will clearly see the outstanding value this amazing home represents! Strategically situated within close proximity to the shops, public transport, beautiful parks and schools, this location could not be more ideal!

From $279,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

CONTACT Vicktor Sutrisno PHONE 0422 774 044 EMAIL vicktor.sutrisno@peard.com.au

This cosy family home is a fantastic opportunity for first home buyers, investors and downsizers alike! Situated on a large 701sqm block there is plenty of space for the growing family. Separate living areas with both gas bayonet and air-conditioning will keep you in comfort all year round! Additional features include foxtel, gas and aerial points in front lounge, security alarm system, enclosed below ground pool, powered workshop shed, pet friendly with a cat and dog door and gas hot water system. CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL gaylene.bicheno@peard.com.au

From $459,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

AUCTION bed 5 bath 4 car 3

Leave the city life behind you and give your family the chance to enjoy the rural lifestyle change that they deserve! This spacious, well presented and maintained 4bed 2bathroom home is set on a mainly clear 2.5 acres with large established trees and is located only 5 minutes from the beautiful Guilderton/Moore river and all it has to offer.

This architecturally designed masterpiece is built to exacting standards with over 800sqm of luxury living space. Ocean views, stunning alfresco overlooking pool, spa and landscaped gardens and a professional cooks kitchen with butler's pantry. Three of the five bedrooms have ensuites and all offer a walk in robe. Five living areas.Secluded beaches, coastal walkways and the Hillarys marina are on your doorstep. St Marks Anglican School, Sacred Heart and St Stephen’s College are all a short CONTACT Juliet Wills distance away. PHONE 0411 782 808 EMAIL juliet.wills@peard.com.au

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FOR SALE Hillarys 208 Waterford Drive

$799,000 - $839,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Iluka 26 Savannah Way

From $799,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Iluka 38 Cardiff Gate

From $769,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Innaloo 14 Phillips Grove

From $639,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Spacious home, large corner block in a prime coastal suburb. 3 ticks & plenty more including side access to park the boat/caravan, safe, secure fenced gardens and close to the Hillarys Shopping Centre. Features include large lounge & dining room, huge kitchen & breakfast bar, large meals, family, games area with high ceilings & pitched patio & wrap around flat patio. CONTACT Shaun Pettit

Huntingdale 44 Bellbird Avenue

CLASSICAL ELEGANCE ON SAVANNAH WAY !! Displaying timeless Federation charm, this impressive and immaculately maintained residence exudes family lifestyle appeal in a quiet setting just a few minutes’ walk to parklands. Boasting beautiful timber floors, good separation of 4 generously sized living areas and ideal kid’s activity area! CONTACT Todd Utley

THIS IS THE LOCATION YOU WANT !! Iluka positioned with elevated and filtered views of Sir 32 Moonflight Crescent Exquisitely James McCusker Park, this elegantly designed abode with

EMBRACE THE COASTAL LIFESTYLE !! Big is what this home is all about! Tantalizing Tuscan with great street appeal, an abundance of separate internal living areas, huge bedrooms, private sun-drenched pool and super low maintenance yards. Perfect for the busy, growing family and priced to please !!

Iluka 72 Romano Crescent

PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL shaun.pettit@peard.com.au

PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL todd.utley@peard.com.au

CONTACT Todd Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL todd.utley@peard.com.au

NEW SINGLE LEVEL HOMES. High specification, high build quality, brand new 3x2 villas with style to impress. Appealing properties with functional semi open plan layouts, modern décor throughout and extras galore. All class here! CONTACT Marcus Lord PHONE 0417 911 107 EMAIL marcus.lord@peard.com.au

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From $499,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

From $849,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

From $1,079,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Innaloo 2 De Grey Street

From $890,000 bed 3 bath 3 car 1

Situated on a quiet street and offering comfort and peaceful living, this outstanding property is guaranteed to impress! With a highly functional floor plan, spacious formal lounge, open plan living/dining/kitchen with stainless steel appliances, huge workshop, massive patio, reticulated garden and much more amazing features. CONTACT Vicktor Sutrisno PHONE 0422 774 044 EMAIL vicktor.sutrisno@peard.com.au

quality timber floors, superb home theatre, generous bedroom sizes and sparkling pool make this home a downsizers dream. Exceptional value and not to be missed !! CONTACT Todd Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL todd.utley@peard.com.au

HIGH, WIDE AND HANDSOME !! Prestigiously located and superbly crafted with granite and timber finishes, this quality residence will appeal to those looking for immaculate presentation with views, separate home theatre plus upstairs retreat, a workshop and convenient rear access for boat or caravan parking. CONTACT Todd Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL todd.utley@peard.com.au

Walk to Stirling station and Westfield Innaloo from this prime 736sqm corner block zoned “Development” opposite Dongara/La Grange Reserve. Currently comprising a neat 3brm brick/tile home it’s suitable for rental or owner occupier. CONTACT Marcus Lord PHONE 0417 911 107 EMAIL marcus.lord@peard.com.au september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Jindalee 2, 4, 6 & 8 Fusus Lane

From $549,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Jindalee 75 Jindalee Boulevard

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

Kallaroo 95 Castlecrag Drive

From $895,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Karrinyup 54a Francis Avenue

$800,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 56

Almost complete and available now to purchase, with a choice of 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, or 4 bedrooms (including a studio above the garage) and 3.5 bathroom homes. These stunning homes are one off, architecturally designed by Simon Youngles Architects and finished to the highest standard by APG homes. CONTACTS Steve Wilcox/Paul Turner PHONE 0421 277 366/0400 072 005 EMAIL steve.wilcox@peard.com.au

With its Fabulous size, (over 230m2 of living) this 4 x 2 home +study & activity, + a terrific outdoor entertaining & Sparkling salt water pool, all add up to a great buy in a great location!. Its all about the lifestyle & is perfect for families wanting to move to this sought after suburb. CONTACT Jan Buchanan PHONE 0408 802 381 EMAIL jan.buchanan@peard.com.au

Jindalee 3 Watersun Gardens

$649,000+ bed 4 bath 2 car 2

CONTACTS Kathy McGurk/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0451 669 139/0421 277 366 EMAIL kathy.mcgurk@peard.com.au

Kallaroo 27 Clevedon Place

If you are looking for a solid investment in a convenient cul-de-sac location on a large 757m2 block (approx), and proposed re-zoning this one is for you! Features include fresh paint, near new carpets, feature gas fireplace to lounge/dining, huge patio area, air-conditioning to lounge/dining, extra parking to the side of property for car, boat or trailer, good sized shed for storage and gas storage hot water system.

From $569,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

CONTACT Leigh Wilson PHONE 0410 056 092 EMAIL leigh.wilson@peard.com.au

The perfect family combination large Webb Brown Neaves single level home built on a huge 879 square meter lot. Separate lounge area with bar, formal dining, leafy green atrium separates the family room, open galley style kitchen adjoining second meals area, large games room opening out to big outdoor patio for entertaining, surrounded by lush green yard and gardens watered by their own bore. There is loads of parking with a double garage and purpose store/workshop. Side rear access for boat, CONTACT Jeff Coghill van or trailer. PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL jeff.coghill@peard.com.au

Karrinyup 128 Newborough Street

This modern two storey home could be the home of your dreams. With amazing light filtering throughout the home and into its neutral, yet stylish colour scheme and features this stunning home has it all. Space for the whole family and a brand spanking new kitchen which is sure to impress.

Kelmscott 6/59 Third Avenue

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CONTACT Dean Bradley PHONE 0411 110 779 EMAIL dean.bradley@peard.com.au

From $679,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 4

From $319,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Proudly presenting this outstanding home in the sought after Coastal suburb of Jindalee. If you are after a spacious home within a short walking distance to our glistening coast line, great School, shops and more - Look no further this property is sure to impress any astute buyer!

467M2 DUPLEX WITH AMAZING OUTDOORS!!!!! This 3x1 home on 467m2 is in a premium Karrinyup / Scarborough location, characterised by beautiful outdoor areas at every turn with loads of parking for boats & trailers. Viewing is a must! CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL mandy.bizzaca@peard.com.au

HOT NEW PRICE! PRICED TO SELL! MODERN HOME ! This stylish low maintenance home has a long list of impressive features and will be sure to tick all the boxes! With a well-designed floor plan offering plenty of room to move, this outstanding home is guaranteed to impress every growing family or astute investors! CONTACTS Vicktor Sutrisno/Rian Pratama PHONE 0422 774 044/0400 110 438 EMAIL vicktor.sutrisno@peard.com.au View more properties online at domain.com.au

FOR SALE If you know Kensington then you will be aware that Kensington Road is possibly the most desirable address to 13/50 Gwenyfred Road Gwenyfred live. Built in 1998 this beautiful townhouse, in a well

Kingsley 12 Twickenham Drive

bed 2 bath 1 car 2

bed 4 bath 2 car 2


maintained complex, could be yours and better still, the owner would really like to rent back for at least a year but happy to negotiate on a longer lease. CONTACT Lynda Hastings-Smith PHONE 0404 383 629 EMAIL lynda.hs@peard.com.au

From $725,000

Move in & relax in this stunning 2 storey, recently built home Kingsley Complete with 4 big bedrooms (3 with built in robes) 20A Twickenham Drive (2012). , 2 & a half stunning bathrooms, spacious open plan living

Kingsley 24B Illawong Way

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Low $600,000's

Kingsley 8 Alperton Court

From $649,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Landsdale 36 Alnwick Turn

$629,000 to $649,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

End less opportunities with this large 4x2 plus study home. Complete with two separate living areas, open plan kitchen, meals and family. Huge undercover pitched patio, plus below ground fenced in pool and large powered shed. The property has a park right at its front doorstep and all this is placed on a paddock sized 1245sqm block of prime Kingsley land. CONTACT Lee Parkinson PHONE 0422 233 484 EMAIL lee.parkinson@peard.com.au

Divine duplex with a large open plan living, kitchen meals and family area. Three big bedrooms (all with BIRs) and a light bright bathroom, located in a lovely tree lined street with a private park only metres away. Walk to shops and transport.

areas plus double lock up garage, reverse cycle air-con, low maintenance gardens and only a short walk to the Whitfords train station, parks & located in the Woodvale College catchment. CONTACT Lee Parkinson

From $449,000

This four bedroom, two bathroom home is a 5 minute walk to Whitfords train station and is complete with 3 separate living areas, open plan kitchen, meals. It has a below ground fenced off pool area. Double lock up garage. You can easily walk to the local primary school and the home is located in Woodvale College catchment area.

PRIME LAND IN PRIME LOCATION! Kingsley to build your dream home? Well here is your well Proposed Lot 5A Koolyn Grove Ready positioned block of land of 506 sqm. Design your home with

PHONE 0422 233 484 EMAIL lee.parkinson@peard.com.au

CONTACT Lee Parkinson PHONE 0422 233 484 EMAIL lee.parkinson@peard.com.au

Just move straight into this magnificent home that has been completed with everything in mind, in the most sought after Corimbia Estate. As you walk through this beautiful home you will feel a sense of style as well as comfort. Built ready to entertain all year round from a young family, to downsizers. CONTACT Fiona Moir PHONE 0429 294 850 EMAIL fiona.moir@peard.com.au

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From $449,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Langford 47 Wingrove Road

From $419,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

CONTACT Lee Parkinson PHONE 0422 233 484 EMAIL lee.parkinson@peard.com.au

views of the lake. Two already sold. Call Lee Parkinson now for more details and ideas. CONTACT Lee Parkinson PHONE 0422 233 484 EMAIL lee.parkinson@peard.com.au

LIVE IN OR RENT IT OUT! This beautifully presented and secured property, consist of 3 well appointed bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a lounge area, a combine dining and kitchen area, Nestled in the ever growing suburb of Langford. CONTACT Stefen Chitra PHONE 0403731 014 EMAIL stefen.chitra@peard.com.au september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Langford 138 Nicholson Road

$455,000 -$475,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 2 Bossut Court

From $399,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 2A Rigel Street

$249,000 bed 2 bath 1

Mandurah 4 Pinto Close

From $1,300,000 bed 5 bath 3 car 4 58

OWNERS NEED TO SELL!! OFFERS ARE WELCOME Whether you are looking for a first home or an investment, this is not to be missed. Well-appointed 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, family area, renovated kitchen, and an extra room that can be utilised as a games room or an entertainment area. This property will surely meets everyone’s wants and needs. CONTACT Stefen Chitra

Lynwood 15 Fulman Way

SAN REMO Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Meadow Springs shopping center! Nestled only three streets back from the stunning family friendly San Remo beach, this very generously sized, 2002 built 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home is the ideal retreat for those looking to leave the city behind. All this and more located on a 428sqm block.

Mandurah 2 Duverney Crescent

PHONE 0403731 014 EMAIL stefen.chitra@peard.com.au

CONTACT Simon Goodwin PHONE 0432 039 627 EMAIL simon.goodwin@peard.com.au

This well presented 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home has plenty of character and will be sure to entice buyers who are searching for comfort living in a great location. The property has a neat kitchen and dining area, built in pantry, quality gas stove cook top. This property is within a 5 min walk to the Mandurah Forum and a short drive from the foreshore. CONTACT Suzie Perrin PHONE 0437 516 964 EMAIL suzie.perrin@peard.com.au

Prominently located at the end of a quiet cul de sac this expansive architecturally designed masterpiece enjoys a high class finish within a 5 minute drive of Mandurah. The winding hot mix driveway meanders down to your very own 5 acres. 5 spacious bedrooms (3 ensuited), study 4 toilets and 3 car garage, salt water pool.

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CONTACT Suzie Perrin PHONE 0437 516 964 EMAIL suzie.perrin@peard.com.au

Situated on a generous 688sqm this property located within close proximity to Riverton Forum Shopping centre, Westfield Carousel, restaurants, cafes, public transport and many other host of amenities. This outstanding home is guaranteed to impress every families or savvy investors!

From $460,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

From $289,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

Mandurah 3b Selloa Court

$339,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Mandurah 5 Culeenup Road

$799,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

CONTACT Rian Pratama PHONE 0400 110 438 EMAIL rian.pratama@peard.com.au

COODANUP Get ready to be wowed by this completely transformed home which has been renovated throughout leaving the new owners the pleasant job of just moving in and enjoying their new home. Set on a 706sqm corner block with sought after drive through access – garden shed and an abundance of space in the rear yard. CONTACT Suzie Perrin PHONE 0437 516 964 EMAIL suzie.perrin@peard.com.au

HALLS HEAD This well presented property presents as an ideal proposition for the downsizer or first homebuyer looking to secure a neat home within walking distance to the corner Deli, soon to be expanded Halls Head Shopping Centre, Sporting Stadium, Halls Head College. Loc in a quiet street and perched on an elevated 489m2 block. CONTACT Suzie Perrin PHONE 0437 516 964 EMAIL suzie.perrin@peard.com.au

NORTH YUNDERUP If you’re ready to relax, let go and have your own privacy and quietness then you’re ready for 5 Culeenup Road in this beautiful setting. 2131m2 of land backing onto “Wetlands Bird Conservation Area”, close to boat ramp this spacious brick built home gives the opportunity to kick back and live life! CONTACTS /Pauline Bill & Julie Isherwood PHONE 0499 778 496/0487 832 539 EMAIL julie.isherwood@peard.com.au View more properties online at domain.com.au

FOR SALE Mandurah 14 Luill Crescent

From $329,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 21 Grasshill Grange

From $649,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 5 Kukerin Way

From $479,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 7 Wills Way

Offers over $675,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

DAWESVILLE Escape the city and enjoy a relaxing holiday home set on a lovely treed 1238sqm sized block offering complete privacy from the outside world. Features the master bedroom upstairs along with the kitchen and family room. Timber balcony offers a relaxing spot to sit back and enjoy a wine and unwind. 6m x 5m powered workshop. CONTACT Suzie Perrin PHONE 0437 516 964 EMAIL suzie.perrin@peard.com.au

HALLS HEAD This home is certainly a standout in the whisper quiet beachside estate of Seascapes and is a class above the rest. King size ensuite with double shower, vanities. Expansive living area, porcelain tiles. Ultra-modern colour tones and theme throughout. Solar panels and ducted r/cycle air cond. Decked alfresco overlooking b/ground pool. CONTACT Suzie Perrin PHONE 0437 516 964 EMAIL suzie.perrin@peard.com.au

DAWESVILLE 4 generous size bedrooms, 2 bathrooms on 635m2. Stunning design sure to appeal to many buyers Impressive modern kitchen, great home theatre. Tiled alfresco, solar panel, R/C ducted air conditioning. Front to rear access, room for small boat or camper. Easy care reticulated gardens, powered shed - 10m2. CONTACT Kathryn Fiorenza PHONE 0427 475 661 EMAIL kathryn.fiorenza@peard.com.au

SOUTH YUNDERUP Imagine living the lifestyle with your own jetty to moor your boat. Captivating views across the canal. Relax and unwind watching the dolphins playing in the canal. Fishing or crabbing off your jetty. The home is well maintained and priced to sell. Ready and waiting for a lucky new owner‌.will it be you? CONTACTS Julie Isherwood & Pauline Bill/ PHONE 0499 778 496/0487 832 539 EMAIL julie.isherwood@peard.com.au

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Mandurah 15/20 Apollo Place

From $349,000 bed 2 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 21 Redcliffe Road

From $699,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 5b Lydia Place

From $275,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Mandurah 8 Olympus Rise

$319,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

HALLS HEAD This immaculate apartment is located in a sought after complex. Set over 2 levels and with 2 secure car bays the possibilities are endless as either a holiday home or can be rented as either short term or long term holiday stay. The complex is on the canals and walking distance to the Mandurah foreshore and CBD. CONTACT Suzie Perrin PHONE 0437 516 964 EMAIL suzie.perrin@peard.com.au

GREENFIELDS One of the best kept secrets of buying property in the Greenfields area is the River front location of Riverside Gardens. This stunningly presented split level home offers you the best of all worlds, amazing rivers views, heated saltwater pool, powered workshop and side access just to name a few of the many features. CONTACT Simon Goodwin PHONE 0432 039 627 EMAIL simon.goodwin@peard.com.au

GREENFIELDS Fantastic tenant with 6 month lease at $300 per week. This 1996 built brick and tin stand alone home on strata title block of 433sqm has 3 bedrooms, semi ensuite, formal lounge, open plan kitchen meals family, patio, good size yard. Ducted r/cycle air cond, gas point, auto retic, gas hws, insulation, garden shed. Close to all amenities. CONTACT Cath Webb PHONE 0412 453 159 EMAIL cath.webb@peard.com.au

GREENFIELDS Brick and tile home on elevated 710m2 sized block in cul de sac. Central to everything – bus/train, hospital, medical, shops, transport, public/private schools, tafe/university campus, freeway access, sporting complexes, town centre, rivers, beaches. Periodical tenant $340 per week would love to stay or can be left vacant. CONTACT Cath Webb PHONE 0412 453 159 EMAIL cath.webb@peard.com.au september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Mandurah 154 Culeenup Road

$795,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 2

Mandurah 24 Collier Street

From $399,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Mandurah 25 Still Meadow Turn

From $459,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

NORTH YUNDERUP Nestled on the banks of the Murray River the property has been lovingly well maintained. The home sits on 926sqm of land with magnificent river views. The property is absolute waterfront in the much sought after address of Culeenup Road. Here is your chance to live in this amazing location! CONTACTS /Julie Isherwood & Pauline Bill PHONE 0487 832 539/0499 778 496 EMAIL pauline.bill@peard.com.au

SILVER SANDS This very solid home is located on a quiet street close to the popular Silver Sands beach and is less than 5 min drive to the Restaurants, Cinema, Cafes and Bars that Mandurah Foreshore has to offer! The exterior of this home consists of new gutters and fascias, front veranda, drive through access to the rear yard and a large workshop. CONTACT Suzie Perrin PHONE 0437 516 964 EMAIL suzie.perrin@peard.com.au

MEADOW SPRINGS Exceptional size, quality presentation Shelford home. Kitchen offers massive benchtop space and s/steel appliances. Separate theatre room to enjoy movies. Spacious backyard with a fantastic alfresco area. Drive through access to the rear back yard. Large shed, security system, storage nook in the garage CONTACT Rick Uren PHONE 0414 779 834 EMAIL rick.uren@peard.com.au

Mandurah 23 Casula Avenue

From $299,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

From $649,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 29 Inverness Drive

$429,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 81 Allambi Way

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

bed 4 bath 2 car 2


National built home has been inspired by the beach and comprises of a nautical theme throughout. Large patio, gas heated below ground pool, side access.

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CONTACT Suzie Perrin PHONE 0437 516 964 EMAIL suzie.perrin@peard.com.au

CONTACTS Julie Isherwood & Pauline Bill/ PHONE 0499 778 496/0487 832 539 EMAIL julie.isherwood@peard.com.au

Mandurah 25 Grasshill Grange

MADORA BAY This stunning home comprises of a massive Mandurah under the main roof and is located in a premium 48 George Hibbert Road 308sqm position with less than 500m to the beach. This North Facing


COODANUP Welcome to this brick and tile home set on a 717m2 block with easy care gardens. This home is ideal for a first home buyer, family or investor. Evaporative air-cond, shed approx. 6 x 4 meters, side access, alfresco area is undercover. Situated in a great location just a short walk to schools, shops etc


HALLS HEAD Come in and enjoy the space and design offered in this luxuriously appointed craftsman built property. Featuring 4 generous size bedrooms,study, activity nook on a 624sqm sized block. Recessed ceilings, high gloss Italian floor tiles, high quality carpets, skirting boards throughout, 8 solar panels, garden shed, relaxed outdoor entertaining area. CONTACT Suzie Perrin PHONE 0437 516 964 EMAIL suzie.perrin@peard.com.au

MEADOW SPRINGS Step into this lovely home and you will be enchanted by the classical country style that really does add a touch of elegance and ensures this property stands out amongst the rest. High gloss wood flooring and enchanting feature fireplace .Timber decked pergola and outdoor areaperfect for entertaining. This home is sure to please! CONTACT Suzie Perrin PHONE 0437 516 964 EMAIL suzie.perrin@peard.com.au

SOUTH YUNDERUP Imagine waking up to fabulous water views, and your very own private boat mooring a few steps away! This home is an ideal lock up and leave or to make it into your dream home. Yes I know there is some work to do however roll up your sleeves and put your finishing touches and prosper. Realistically priced to sell. CONTACTS Julie Isherwood & Pauline Bill/ PHONE 0499 778 496/0487 832 539 EMAIL julie.isherwood@peard.com.au View more properties online at domain.com.au

FOR SALE Marmion 15 Freeman Way

From $899,000 bed 5 bath 3 car 2

Mindarie 5/16 Toulon Circle

From $679,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Morley 2 Abingdon Street

From $515,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Mount Hawthorn 29 Coogee Street

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

Spacious & immaculately presented two storey family home with a versatile floor plan. Features a warm and welcoming granite kitchen, separate study, alfresco, salt water pool with liquid limestone paving & a separate wing ideal for guests. Also features a private rear garden with easy care lawn area, gas heating, ceiling fans, split air conditioning, freshly painted neutral dĂŠcor throughout, ample storage, 700 sqm north / south aspect block, generous 20m frontage & paved verge allowing for ample parking & room CONTACT Mary Peard to park a boat or caravan. PHONE 0407 151 153 EMAIL mary.peard@peard.com.au

Merriwa 142 Baltimore Parade

Prices like this havent been seen for years so dont miss out on this rare opportunity to secure this fantastic property in a quite location only metres from the beautiful Indian Ocean and the very popular Mindarie Marina, making this home a perfect carefree lifestyle with your choice of Cafes, Bars & Restaurants to enjoy.

Mindarie 8 Dakar Way

CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL john.cowup@peard.com.au

Impressive and modern 2013 built residence comfortably situated in the desirable suburb of Morley with the convenience of schools, shops, and public transport in close proximity not to mention a 6 minute drive to one of Perths great shopping centre Morley Galleria. CONTACT Thanh Nguyen PHONE 0414 288 165 EMAIL thanh.nguyen@peard.com.au

This CLASSIC home has so much to offer and is in a PREMIER LOCATION. Features include high soaring ceilings, cedar Bi-fold doors, gorgeous wooden floor boards throughout and lots of soul - all characteristics one expects in a classic Mt Hawthorn home. CONTACT Phyllis Gemelli PHONE 0407 386 501 EMAIL phyllis.gemelli@peard.com.au

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From $380,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

From $649,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mount Hawthorn 26 Milton Street

Mid-High $900's bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Mullaloo 5 Catenary Court

$649,000 - $699,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

This spacious rendered family home is fabulously located opposite Dalvik Park and Alkimos Baptist College, with public transport at your door. Additional features include separate lounge theatre with floating wood floor and park outlook, open plan family/kitchen and dining overlooking rear garden, front garden is reticulated with a water feature and overlooks the park, large rear yard, refrigerated reverse cycle air conditioner, shed, CONTACT Juliet Wills land size 663m2 PHONE 0411 782 808 EMAIL juliet.wills@peard.com.au

Look no further and be the first to view this great sized family home sitting on a generous 646sqm block located in a fantastic street & within walking distance to beautiful parks & great local schools perfect for the growing family. CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL john.cowup@peard.com.au

Renovated to high standard and immaculately presented this gorgeous home is guaranteed to impress. Stunning character features throughout have been retained, ceiling roses, lead light windows, decorative cornices, skirting boards and the jarrah floorboards flowing through the home have been restored and polished. CONTACT Phyllis Gemelli PHONE 0407 386 501 EMAIL phyllis.gemelli@peard.com.au

Be impressed by the space and lifestyle that this gorgeous family home offers. With huge lounge, spacious and renovated kitchen, open plan family and dining rooms, air-conditioning, outdoor entertaining area overlooking a sparkling below ground pool with an additional decked gazebo. Completed with window security shutters, secure remote control garage and parking for an extra 2 – 3 vehicles or boat or caravan. Block size 722 sqm. CONTACTS Paul Middleton/Sue Middleton PHONE 0419 939 391/0422 046 457 EMAIL team.middleton@peard.com.au september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Mullaloo 6 Catenary Court

$599,000 - $629,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Murdoch 12 Prescott Drive

$595,000-$625,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

North Beach 117 Lynn Street

From $799,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 3

North Beach 3B Briston Place

High $700,000's bed 3 bath 2 car 2 62

Located in a quiet cul-de-sac on a generous 718sqm block featuring a private below ground pool oasis behind the front retaining wall, this home will suit a family that loves to play! Features include 2 car garage with room for at least 2 to 3 more cars on the driveway, security screens on the grand double door front entrance, spacious front lounge, formal dining area with plenty of room, functional kitchen with an abundance of storage, large family / living area, air conditioner, massive backyard and two small storage sheds. CONTACT David Mead PHONE 0428 814 407 EMAIL david.mead@peard.com.au

Mundaring 550 Coolgardie Street

Beautifully presented & surprisingly spacious! This charming 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home on its own 365 sqm green titled block is a pleasure to present and will suit the most discerning of buyers looking for a low maintenance lifestyle in a great location near all facilities.

Nollamara 2/177 Hillsborough Drive

CONTACT Wayne Hocking PHONE 0414 863 854 EMAIL wayne.hocking@peard.com.au

Secured with electric gate & 3 car garage, this maintenance free, 3 bed 2 bathroom home is within a stroll to the beaches, Trigg bushland, Hamersley golf course and the Charles Riley playing fields. Freshly painted & with ducted reverse cycle A/C, separate living zones & a very generous North facing balcony … what more could you want? CONTACT Les Lindsay PHONE 0407 420 384 EMAIL les.lindsay@peard.com.au

Privately positioned on a 404sqm lot this near new home has been meticulously designed and constructed. There’s alfresco entertaining, ducted A/C, & an exquisite kitchen with granite benchtops. It has higher than normal ceilings, monitored security and screens to all windows and external doors, gas connected cooking, heating, hot water + BBQ, energy saving solar boosted instant gas hot water system, perimeter sensor lighting, reticulation to driveway & pots to the rear and remote controlled double garage CONTACT Les Lindsay with shelves & storage. PHONE 0407 420 384 EMAIL les.lindsay@peard.com.au

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Calling All Renovators! Bring your dream home vision, and your working gear this half-acre property would come up a treat with a little tender loving care and your plans for the perfect home.

bed 3 bath 1 car 1

CONTACT Adam Mist PHONE 0438 079 649 EMAIL adam.mist@peard.com.au

$319,000 - $349,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

With countless options this R30 zoned property – with potential to build two, is well located & offers a solid liveable house with timber floors and high ceilings. Comprising 2 separate living areas & 2 split system air conditioners, it is located opposite parkland with children’s playground in a very quiet street. A subdivision with two new dwellings may be your desire... or you may wish to simply retain the dwelling and build to the rear! CONTACTS Les Lindsay/Chas Paridis PHONE 0407 420 384/0418911289 EMAIL les.lindsay@peard.com.au

Auction bed 3 bath 1 car 2

North Beach 7/34 North Beach Road bed 1 bath 1 car 1

This 2 bedroom villa offers the comfort and lifestyle perfect for first home buyers. Featuring a courtyard big enough for your entertaining needs and BBQ’s, whilst tucked securely between 2 neighbouring villas. CONTACT David Weir PHONE 0402 930 908 EMAIL david.weir@peard.com.au

North Beach 15 Briston Place



Single bedroom apartments this close to the ocean are very rare and well sought by both owner occupiers & tenants alike. This one offers separate living, bathroom, laundry & its own balcony. It is located just metres to the beach, North Beach Plaza with gymnasium & cafe restaurant + grocery shopping & has public transport out front. Occupying a secure top floor position & offering undercover parking, it is priced to sell & open to offers. CONTACT Les Lindsay PHONE 0407 420 384 EMAIL les.lindsay@peard.com.au

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FOR SALE Ocean Reef 12B Puritan Close

From $689,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Ocean Reef 29 Westra Way

From $899,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 4

Ocean Reef 4 Windward Loop

From $779,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Padbury 5 Minchin Court

$599,000 - $649,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 3

With extensive ocean views, two huge open plan living areas, freshly painted & new carpets throughout – this gorgeous home is ready to move into. Fantastic outdoor entertaining, spacious paved patio, easy care, reticulated gardens, galley style kitchen overlooking open living areas, reverse cycle air conditioning, built in gas heater, gas point in 2nd living area, brick storage room, garden shed & so much more!! Block size 498 sqm. CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL shane.capelli@peard.com.au

Ocean Reef 14 Bankfield Retreat

$839,000 - $869,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

With fabulous ocean views, spacious living areas, an amazing dressing room & master suite, high ceilings, separate study & massive drive in workshop - this gorgeous home has something for everyone. The spacious, central kitchen overlooks the outdoors & open living areas, great outdoor entertaining under the massive patio with, gorgeous water feature, & easy care, retic’d garden with plenty of room for a pool. Ducted, reverse cycle air conditioning, gas point, stacks of internal storage & so much more! CONTACT Shane Capelli Block size 802 sqm. PHONE 0410 339 499 Year Built 1993. EMAIL shane.capelli@peard.com.au

Ocean Reef 4 Banou Court

Fully renovated family home packed full of extra features. The family and kitchen area overlooks the covered and paved alfresco, landscaped lit rear garden, & saltwater solar heated pool, separate office and room for a boat, designer kitchen, dining with wood stove, skylight, lounge theatre room, ducted reverse cycle air-conditioning, alarm and 730m2 block.

Osborne Park 6/267 Main Street

CONTACTS Shane Capelli/Juliet Wills PHONE 0410 339 499/0411 782 808 EMAIL shane.capelli@peard.com.au

Choose a healthy and happy farm-like lifestyle, near the beach and situated in a quiet cul-de-sac. Features include a renovated kitchen, well-appointed alfresco, large grassed area with enough room to add a pool, multi-purpose 8 x 4m workshop ideal for a man cave, games room or teenage retreat. Additional features include established garden beds growing herbs and vegetables, rainwater tanks, solar panels, automatic irrigation management system that services the entire garden and an aquaculture system CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil with hydroponic bed. PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL jarrod.oneil@peard.com.au

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From $849,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $319,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Padbury 7 Barclay Avenue

$499,000 - $519,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

STYLISH, SPACIOUS & SOPISTICATED Quality built Webb & Brown-Neaves 2 storey home in quiet cul de sac. Spacious open plan living , light & bright easy care living, upstairs parents retreat with balcony & king sized master bedroom. Summer will be a breeze here with a fabulous outdoor entertaining area & sparkling below ground pool! CONTACT Pauline Lyon PHONE 0427 968 070 EMAIL pauline.lyon@peard.com.au

This family home is situated in a quiet, elevated culdesac and features a spacious, well appointed kitchen, generous family room, 2 separate entertaining areas, new generous size pergola, built in wood BBQ and below ground salt water pool. Additional features include monitored security, sensors on all downstairs windows & doors, ducted evaporative air conditioning upstairs, 3 gas bayonets, landscaping to front garden and fully reticulated, grassed area outside the kitchen window, gas hot water system, and CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno huge 870sqm block. PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL gaylene.bicheno@peard.com.au

A fantastic investment by any means this low maintenance villa is modern, spacious and offers all the benefits of inner city living without the noise or congestion. This 2 bedroom 1 bathroom villa features a large tiled living area and modern kitchen with beautiful high ceilings. CONTACT Natalia Dimovski PHONE 0401 595 074 EMAIL natalia.dimovski@peard.com.au

Located on a 722sqm elevated block this spacious home is perfect for the first home buyer or investor. Features of this home comprise of spacious living, kitchen overlooking the big backyard, reverse cycle air conditioning, gas hot water system, huge workshop, outdoor entertaining area, grassed area for the kids or pets, drive through access to backyard and low maintenance gardens. CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL jarrod.oneil@peard.com.au

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From $369,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Parkwood 18 Myrna Way

From $549,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Perth 96/101 Murray Street

Buyers over $400,000's bed 1 bath 1 car 1

Port Kennedy 5 Carlingford Drive

Buyers Over $399,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 64

Discover the natural beauty that Murray River Country Estate has to offer in this spacious and modern home. This property offers a well designed kitchen a number of open living areas, gabled patio with poured limestone, 523m2 block, retic gardens. Whether you are looking for a family home or a potential investment, view today and make an offer! CONTACT Suzie Perrin PHONE 0437 516 964 EMAIL suzie.perrin@peard.com.au

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION!! DO NOT MISS THIS!! Situated within walking distance to Riverton Forum Shopping centre, restaurants, cafes & public transport, this outstanding home is guaranteed to impress every families or savvy investors! From the outstanding location to the highly functional floor plan, this home has so much to offer. CONTACT Vicktor Sutrisno PHONE 0422 774 044 EMAIL vicktor.sutrisno@peard.com.au

Love the lifestyle offered by this stunning city home bursting with fabulous amenities which includes pool, sauna, gymnasium, audio intercom security system and secure parking to name just a few plus everything city has to offer at your door step. CONTACT PK (Pankaj Kapur) PHONE 0424 194 509 EMAIL p.k@peard.com.au

What a great opportunity to live in sought after Kennedy Park. This Scott Park Home will impress you upon inspection. The property is located so close to the fantastic Endeavour Primary School, public transport and the Kennedy Central shopping centre is about a 5 minute walk away. Its an approx 5 min drive to the beautiful Port Kennedy beaches and boat ramp. CONTACT Mitch Russell

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PHONE 0430 574 655 EMAIL mitch.russell@peard.com.au

Padbury 48 Simpson Drive

Located in a quiet, family friendly street this immaculately presented home offers comfort & practicality for the growing family. Features of this home are multiple living spaces, large ‘all seasons’ outdoor entertaining area, renovated kitchen, reverse cycle air conditioning, solar hot water system, alarm, security screens on most openable doors & windows, grassed areas for the kids, cubby house, reticulated easy care gardens, shed, lock up parking with electric door and drive through access to the backyard CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil & additional parking for your PHONE 0411 103 617 boat/caravan. EMAIL jarrod.oneil@peard.com.au

From $619,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Parkwood 25B Nerida Way

FULLY RENOVATED HOME!! HERE TODAY GONE TOMORROW! With an incredible floor plan, superior quality fit out and outstanding attention to detail, this remarkably stunning family home is sure to IMPRESS even the most discerning buyer. Offering comfort, security and low maintenance living.

From $579,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

CONTACT Vicktor Sutrisno PHONE 0422 774 044 EMAIL vicktor.sutrisno@peard.com.au

Pinjarra 204 Johnstone Drive

From $799,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

CONTACT Kathryn Fiorenza PHONE 0427 475 661 EMAIL kathryn.fiorenza@peard.com.au

Port Kennedy 6 Achiever Avenue

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

An impressive energy efficient family home set on 2ha. High ceilings, merbau laminate flooring, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, home theatre, and country kitchen with butler’s pantry. Outside is a large powered workshop, natural soak, 2.5km solar system and an above ground pool finished in timber decking.

Very well presented home close to primary school, shops, public transport and beach has just become available. This property has so much to offer everyone in a growing family. Private theatre, nice big kitchen, separate study, family, dining, wonderful entertaining area. Powered 6m x 6m workshop. Ample parking space & great size backyard! CONTACT Mitch Russell PHONE 0430 574 655 EMAIL mitch.russell@peard.com.au

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FOR SALE Port Kennedy 25 Toledo Circuit

From $399,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Quinns Rocks 10 Milner Street

From $589,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Quinns Rocks 55 Hampshire Drive

$629,000+ bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Quinns Rocks 6 Claude Street

From $549,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Welcome to 25 Toledo Circuit! This popular Port Kennedy location is surrounded by premium family homes in a quiet street close to parks and the local primary school. Boasting a four bedroom, two bathroom brick and tile home built with entertaining the whole family in mind. CONTACT Ashley Beard PHONE 0433 323 717 EMAIL ashley.beard@peard.com.au

Rare opportunity exists to sercure prime elevated home in sought after pocket of Old Quinns. This large 4bed, 2 bath, solid brick home blends modern finish with classic period charm, boasting. CONTACT Jeff Parkes PHONE 0418 923 989 EMAIL jeff.parkes@peard.com.au

This captivating abode will hold tremendous appeal to those searching for luxurious & versatile stress free, modern day living. Offering every conceivable extra that you would expect in a home of this calibre & positioned in a highly sought location. Graceful & remarkably functional!! CONTACTS Steve Wilcox/Kathy McGurk PHONE 0421 277 366/0451 669 139 EMAIL steve.wilcox@peard.com.au

Enjoy the sophisticated style living that this lovely family home has to offer... this 4x2 home featuring an ingenious floor plan with so much living space including separate living area with feature fire place, gourmet kitchen overlooking a large family and dining room, not to mention an additional separate games room and more! CONTACTS Steve Wilcox/Kathy McGurk PHONE 0421 277 366/0451 669 139 EMAIL steve.wilcox@peard.com.au

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Port Kennedy 7 La Estrada Way

$389,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Quinns Rocks 19 Parham Road

$839,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Live the Port Kennedy lifestyle in this four bedroom family home with a lovely mature garden with pretty trees framing the rear views. Enter the property through a covered, double door portico and youll already fall in love with the water feature and trellis complete with colourful creeping plants that provides a welcoming aspect to the home. CONTACT Andreas Nikakos PHONE 0413 962 074 EMAIL andreas.nikakos@peard.com.au

Proudly presenting this outstanding home in the sought after suburb of old Quinns. If you are after a spacious home with a pool within short walking distance to our coast line, then look no further! As you step through the doors of this home your eyes are met with quality fixtures & fittings, sophisticated design & a sense of spaciousness. CONTACTS Kathy McGurk/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0451 669 139/0421 277 366 EMAIL kathy.mcgurk@peard.com.au

This spacious 3x2 family home is situated in the sought after Quinns Rocks suburb of Quinns Rocks with open plan living areas, 57 St Barnabas Boulevard coastal great size kitchen with stainless steel appliances and plenty

From $399,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

of bench top. This home caters for an array of occasions. Leading outside you are met with a covered patio large manicured gardens with room for a pool. CONTACTS Kathy McGurk/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0451 669 139/0421 277 366 EMAIL kathy.mcgurk@peard.com.au

Words can hardly describe the WOW that you will experience Ridgewood you first inspect this large flawlessly finished home 16 Hinchinbrook Avenue when featuring a luxurious Resort style outdoor pool area. If you

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

ever wanted to keep the kids busy this home will be the perfect breeding ground for your young SUPERSTARS as it offers their own basketball training court & trampolines for that little bit of fun. CONTACT Tertius Du Toit PHONE 0416 239 306 EMAIL tertius.dutoit@peard.com.au

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FOR SALE Riverton 5 Hera Avenue

From $829,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 2

Rockingham 5 Weld Street

AUCTION bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Safety Bay 54 Kurrajong Road

Offers Over $469,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Sorrento 26B Hood Terrace

$620,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1 66

This property has subdivision potential. Located in Rossmoyne High School Zone, On a Huge big block of 809 Sqm block. Walking distance to River and Parkland, beautiful street, fantastic location, very central for Fremantle/Perth/Curtin University This is a must see, don't miss this amazing opportunity. CONTACT Karen Willis PHONE 0437 704 427 EMAIL karen.willis@peard.com.au

For Sale by Auction (Unless Sold Prior) Notice is hereby given that we have received specific instructions to sell this property by Auction! Make no mistake this property will be sold. If you have interest you must act now. This is an outstanding opportunity to relocate to this prime location. Viewing is a must! CONTACT Rob Davis PHONE 0439 843 776 EMAIL rob.davis@peard.com.au

Homes with this level of quality and presentation don't come onto the market that often. Starting at the front door with a security foyer, opening onto stunning living space with high raked ceilings with timber look flooring. The kitchen is amazing and has its own entrance from outdoors. CONTACTS Fran Satherley/John Satherley PHONE 0414 447 343/ EMAIL fran.satherley@peard.com.au

With just a short stroll to the beach in the most tightly held street in “Old Sorrento” this very tidy 3 bedroom duplex half with lock up garage has been re surveyed for demolition & rebuild – should this be your desire. Boasting 679sqm of land this is your future nest egg with a comfortable home in which to rent or reside in the interim. Be quick – this won’t last! CONTACT Les Lindsay

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PHONE 0407 420 384 EMAIL les.lindsay@peard.com.au

Rockingham 23 Cygnus Street

There is not a better valued home on the market considering location and availability of schools, shopping facilities, medical and public transport. The presentation of this home is a credit to the owners having it professionally painted and gardens and lawns landscaped.

$339,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

CONTACT David Lomax PHONE 0409 084 940 EMAIL david.lomax@peard.com.au

Safety Bay 13 Joseph Road

Offers Over $690,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Secret Harbour 7 Carrum Lane

From $379,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Sorrento 4A Palos Court

$719,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

This amazing home has just come on the market and is located on Joseph Road which is just a few streets back from water front, and it is nestled on a 1071sqm block of land. The gardens that surround this home are lush and green with plenty of shady trees, there is side access to a huge powered workshop, ideal for the man of the house. CONTACTS Fran Satherley/John Satherley PHONE 0414 447 343/ EMAIL fran.satherley@peard.com.au

Wake up looking out to the beautiful park located opposite this lovely modern home. This easy to maintain 3 x 2 home is fully fenced, with beautiful white French doors, easy to clean wood look flooring and a spacious kitchen looking out to the open plan family and meals area. To arrange a viewing of this well-appointed, easy care home call Tracey today! CONTACT Tracey James PHONE 0408 943 067 EMAIL tracey.james@peard.com.au

This is a well presented lock up & leave lifestyle property with features including front Lounge and dining room, open plan living with kitchen, meals and family room, dishwasher, gas cooking, electric oven & gas hot water system, security door and window locks, carpets and tiles throughout the home, ducted air-conditioning, ceiling fans, enclosed courtyard with a patio, double lock up garage with remote control, storage room inside the garage and easy care lawns and gardens on reticulation. CONTACT Chas Paridis PHONE 0418911289 EMAIL chas.paridis@peard.com.au View more properties online at domain.com.au


Scarborough 4/9 Edgehill Street

$1,250,000 - $1,350,000 bed 3

bath 2 car 2

Exquisite Masterpiece with Magical Ocean Views

For more information, please contact:

At the top of a hill in a quiet cul-de-sac is this magnificent tri-level townhouse, boasting glorious Ocean views and the finest of everything. Unique, custom-designed and built in late 2009, this townhouse is unlike the rest, and no expense has been spared in creating this extraordinary, luxury abode.

Mandy Bizzaca 0409 915 210

Features include (but are not limited to) *Crystal chandelier above the stairs *Solar hot water system with gas booster *Modern, open plan layout *Daikon split-system, reverse-cycle A/C in each room *Window tinting and quality window treatments throughout *Italian porcelain tiles *Oversized shower recesses *Filtered water taps on each floor *Full alarm system and stainless steel security screens

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FOR SALE Sorrento 80/7 Harman Road

From $399,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Tapping 7 Brucedale Pass

From $499,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Thornlie 4 Wicklow Street

$419,000-$459,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Thornlie 91 Regency Drive

OFFERS INVITED bed 5 bath 2 car 2 68

Make the most of retirement in this well-established and reputable retirement retreat in beautiful Sorrento. This community focuses on activities and events designed to make retirement attractive again such as a bowling green, pool, spa, gym, library, craft room, dining room and regular scheduled events. This first floor apartment offers an open plan lounge and dining room featuring reverse cycle A/C. There’s a good-sized enclosed balcony with views of the tree canopies and gardens. CONTACT Ben Keevers PHONE 0404 056 010 EMAIL ben.keevers@peard.com.au

Stirling 3 Torino Way

With 3 spacious living areas, big bedrooms, modern central kitchen & renovated laundry – this gorgeous home won’t last long. Great outdoor entertaining with alfresco under the main roof, extensive pergola & easy care gardens with plenty of room for a pool & the kids to play. Ducted air conditioning, solar panels, gas point, security alarm, electric roller shutters, big shed, double garage with extra storage, shoppers entry & drive through access. CONTACT Shane Capelli Block size 602 sqm. Year Built 2001. PHONE 0410 339 499

The Vines 22 Delapre Drive

Sitting on 865SQM of land with zoning of R20/30 and currently tenanted for 325/week on a 12 month lease term, this is the perfect investment property. Located in a quiet street, within walking distance to Thornlie Square Shopping Centre, schools and other everyday amenities.

Thornlie 5 Tullamore Avenue

EMAIL shane.capelli@peard.com.au

CONTACT Stefen Chitra PHONE 0403731 014 EMAIL stefen.chitra@peard.com.au

Only estate with a privatised park for your luxury entertainment. Entering this unique home brimming with character and endless possibilities! Arguably, the stand out feature of this home is the sheer space available and the heated Spa with a kids play house. CONTACTS Christy Sajan/Julius Graham PHONE 0400 848 096/0419 890 613 EMAIL christy.sajan@peard.com.au

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Suit Buyers $1.1 million + bed 4 bath 2 car 2

CONTACT Damien Lloyd PHONE 0410 574 626 EMAIL damien.lloyd@peard.com.au

Priced to SELL. This beautiful family home has just had a massive price reduction, down by $50,000.000 This large family home has been built with quality throughout to suit a large or extended family. With 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, there is plenty of room for everyone.

$750000 bed 5 bath 3 car 3

CONTACT Angie Pearce PHONE 0499 775 046 EMAIL angie.pearce@peard.com.au

from $469,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

TWO IN ONE! BEST VALUE IN THORNLIE! Two homes on one large block in the sought after suburb of Thornlie. Situated within walking distance to Thornlie Square Shopping Centre, schools, public transport, cafes, and restaurants, this location could not be more ideal! CONTACT Stefen Chitra PHONE 0403731 014 EMAIL stefen.chitra@peard.com.au

Victoria Park 1/11 Miller Street

From $809,950 to $860,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

If you’re looking for a family home in the exclusive Princeton Estate with aesthetic appeal, functional living, good size rooms and a resort style backyard then look no further. Features include stunning blackbutt timber flooring, 3kw solar panels, heated pool & theatre room

Looking for an extra-large quality home? Like the finer things in life? Well this property is for you! Only seconds to the vibrant Vic Park cafe strip, close to transport, shopping centres and CBD DON'T DELAY! CONTACT Tash Welburn PHONE 0409 884 176 EMAIL tash.welburn@peard.com.au

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FOR SALE This is seriously one of the cheapest properties available in Victoria Park and without a doubt the best value for money in the 12/15 King George Street Perth area! Well located in a sensational and convenient 'lifestyle'

$259,000 bed 1 bath 1 car 0

Waikiki 14 Beermullah Way

Buyers Over $359,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Waikiki 9 Julia Street

Offers Over $890,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Warnbro 5 Ormond Place

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

location just 100 meters from the thriving Cafe Strip and public transport, plus only a very short walk from the Broken Hill Hotel and Centro Shopping Complex.

241m2 of prime land awaits. All ready to go and build that Victoria Park home. Stunning entrance with remote control security 177a Shepperton Road dream gate and intercom servicing, both the front house and back

Offers From $295,000 to $345,000

CONTACT Tash Welburn PHONE 0409 884 176 EMAIL tash.welburn@peard.com.au

You will be delighted when you view this home that has been lovingly cared for with a fresh atmosphere. A very functional updated kitchen, that has loads of storage and bench space, is situated at the hub of the home overlooking the dining area & an extra large room that can be adapted as a family/games room. CONTACTS Graham York/Helen York PHONE 0467 773 977/0407 727 732 EMAIL graham.york@peard.com.au

This is a truly amazing home, set on two levels, with undercroft garaging and side access to 3 phase workshop. The home has been lovingly renovated and extended with a sense of resort style charm and character. The kitchen is just lovely finished in sparkling white with brown trim tiling & stone bench tops. CONTACTS Fran Satherley/John Satherley PHONE 0414 447 343/ EMAIL fran.satherley@peard.com.au

Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac with parklands at the end of the street, this lovely functional family home has all the comforts you need. You will just love the kitchen with a newly appointed scullery room off the kitchen with loads of storage and bench tops, a cooks dream with the kitchen overlooking the open plan eating area. CONTACTS Graham York/Helen York PHONE 0467 773 977/0407 727 732 EMAIL graham.york@peard.com.au

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block. Gorgeous hedged driveway with standard roses. Minutes stroll to the vibrant cafe strip and seconds to transport. Land is rare so get in quick! CONTACT Tash Welburn PHONE 0409 884 176 EMAIL tash.welburn@peard.com.au

Waikiki 15 Hokin Street

$330,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Wanneroo 11A Neville Drive

From $379,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Warnbro 8 Kirkwall Close

Offers Over $1,000,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Do not miss out on this opportunity to secure your own piece of real estate in this prime location. Build your dream home on this 769sqm block located close to shops and only approx 500 meters to the beach. Beat the rush and call today and arrange your private viewing. CONTACT Phil Carnaby PHONE 0418 910 824 EMAIL phil.carnaby@peard.com.au

Perfectly located with views of Lake Joondalup, this beautifully renovated home is full of life and has so much to offer. Situated just a short drive from the central hub of Wanneroo with parks, schools and other amenities all near by, this property provides all the benefits of modern living. Ideal for a first homebuyer, downsizer or even investor searching for a property that needs no immediate work. Full of character, this delightful home needs a new owner and will certainly be snapped up quickly! CONTACT David Mead PHONE 0428 814 407 EMAIL david.mead@peard.com.au

Best of both worlds what a lifestyle!!! The beach on your doorstep, the secluded bush surrounding you, 2,369 square meters of land to enjoy, a resort- style aquatic curved swimming pool, complete with Bali Hut. The beach is very close, just a short stroll, and on a quiet evening you can hear the waves crashing on the shore. CONTACTS Fran Satherley/John Satherley PHONE 0414 447 343/ EMAIL fran.satherley@peard.com.au september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Warwick 6/86 Ellersdale Avenue

From $390,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Wembley 49B Alexander Street

End Date Sale bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Woodridge 42 Nicklaus Avenue

From $585,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 6

Yanchep 33 Granite Place

From $399,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2 70

Welcome to this spotless over 55’s villa, perfectly placed within a quiet complex opposite Warwick Shopping Centre. Features living room with reverse-cycle air-conditioning and gas bayonet for heating, lovely kitchen, alarm system, security screens to all exterior windows and security doors to all exterior doors, private outdoor entertaining area with timber/alsynite ‘all-weather’ patio and gas bayonet for BBQ’ing, gas storage HWS, single garage with auto-door, workshop/ storage area and secure CONTACT Belinda Lawrence internal access. PHONE 0432 547 921 EMAIL belinda.lawrence@peard.com.au

Property Sold As Is ! Waterford located in the sought after suburb of Waterford, 7 Templemore Gardens Conveniently within close proximity to Curtin University, Waterford Plaza,

An opportunity has risen for you to get your hands on this spacious and functional multi-living family home. The abundance of space in this property is astounding, with 4 living areas including a theatre room and loft which can be used as you please; study, gym, whatever you like the floor plan of this home just works.

West Leederville 326B Railway Parade

CONTACT Dean Bradley PHONE 0411 110 779 EMAIL dean.bradley@peard.com.au

From $819,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Yanchep 2 Sweep Ridge

Located at in a quite established street in the new Capricorn development this beautifully finished cottage style property sits opposite the reserve and is just a short stroll to the famous Yanchep Lagoon Beach. Enjoy the view from the nicely hidden and sunny veranda at the front of the house or relax in the private backyard area.

Yanchep 34 Foreshore Vista

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CONTACT Peggy Middelveld PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL peggy.middelveld@peard.com.au

CONTACT Stefen Chitra PHONE 0403731 014 EMAIL stefen.chitra@peard.com.au

Low - Mid $1million's

This is it Look no further! This freshly renovated family home set on 4.9 acres of land is presented beautifully throughout & has all the features to make your rural dream become a reality. From the Brand New Kitchen & Laundry for Mum, to the massive wrap around patio & huge Shed for Dad, to the paddock & roundyard for horses & beautiful bush block with cleared paths. CONTACT Tracy Kriwopischin PHONE 0419 998 306 EMAIL tracy.kriwopischin@peard.com.au

and other everyday amenities that will satisfy the wants and needs of many.This corner block property is perfectly sitting on 451sqm of land, opposite a tranquil park.

$659,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $799,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Finished to the highest of qualities, this 4 or 5 bedroom 2 bathroom West Leederville home has all the style and finesse you could ever want or need in a property. Impeccable, expansive spaces and all the mod cons you can poke a stick at (wait until you see the kitchen) all give this property an expensive yet incredibly homely feel. CONTACT Dean Bradley PHONE 0411 110 779 EMAIL dean.bradley@peard.com.au

Warmth, Charm & Ambience would be the first three things that come to mind when you walk in to this gorgeous home. Impeccably styled &, with Beachy Tones throughout, make this one something special. The hub of the home is an enormous living area, thats light & bright. CONTACT Peggy Middelveld PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL peggy.middelveld@peard.com.au

Opportunity knocks for the savvy buyer This OCEAN FRONT property has been priced to sell in the current market and offers outstanding value for money in this unbeatable location!! Where in Perth can you live sooo close to the ocean without paying millions of dollar??!! CONTACT Peggy Middelveld PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL peggy.middelveld@peard.com.au View more properties online at domain.com.au

FOR SALE Yanchep 95 Seaside Avenue

From $589,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Offering the ultimate in beachside living this extraordinary family home will exceed your expectations! Supersized, with 305sqm of living this individually designed family home has been finished to the highest standard with attention to details. CONTACT Peggy Middelveld PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL peggy.middelveld@peard.com.au


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PRIMOspotlight on ...

CAPE Magical

Stocker Preston's Tony Farris highly recommends buying a slice of rural bliss in the south west, an area famed for its natural beauty.


PRIMOLIFE | september 2015

THE LOCATIONS AT the forefront of our local rural residential property market are the premier areas of Yallingup, Quindalup, Quedjinup,Yallingup Siding and Dunsborough, all of which have seen positive capital flow throughout the 2015 real estate market. These premier lifestyle enclaves made up from predominately two to five-acre properties, rest within a short drive from Dunsborough town centre and are found off the main arterial roads of Biddle Road, Commonage Road, Marrinup Drive, Caves Road, Cape Naturaliste Road through to Wildwood Road, which is the southern boundary of the rural residential market before entering into predominately zoned agriculture and tourism/viticulture countryside. During 2015, the rural residential market trend has offered a positive atmosphere for sales compared to other residential layers of the property market, as buyers have enjoyed a great cross-section of established and vacant properties available to the market. The general consensus and positive rate of sales throughout this section of the

market has stemmed from the word fair as educated buyers are seeing very fair market conditions for buying. The real plus has been the amazing selection of beautiful blocks available up to five acres on average and this excellent variety of available land has enabled buyers to feel very satisfied with their purchase due to the plethora of choice for sale. The current real estate market in these brilliant lifestyle locations offering everything buyers have on their wishlist for the right piece of land including: • north facing aspect for solar passive gain; • elevated position with captivating ocean or valley views; • private parkland setting with timbered seclusion; • classic winter/spring rolling pasture with timbered boundaries; • blocks with terrific ground water or dam • flowing water – spring creek lines running through the property. So there is myriad choice right now for buyers seeking the right land attributes to suit their needs. primolife.com.au

Tony Farris BEAUTIFUL VISTAS The legendary lifestyle the south west offers makes it the perfect place to live the rural idyll.

Tony Farris’s current rural residential vacant land listings available: 12 Grassybank Cove, Yallingup Siding ................................................................... asking $459,000 44 Panorama Rise, Quindalup ................................................................... asking $465,000 40 Kinross Loop, Quindalup ................................................................... asking $492,500 14 Hebrides Close, Quindalup ................................................................... asking $485,000 4 Lomond Court, Quindalup ................................................................... asking $500,000 46 Vintners Drive Quindalup ................................................................... asking $525,000

For those seeking some security on their buying decision and future invested capital, the rural residential market sales tell a positive story for 2015. The following statistics showcase the strong flow of capital throughout this section of our property market in 2015. There have been 34 established rural residential properties contracted for sale over 2015 to the value of circa $35,954,500, with a medium house contract price of circa $1,057,000 the highest sale price was $1,810,000 and entry sale price $712,000. There have been 24 vacant rural residential blocks contracted for sale over 2015 to the value of circa $13,332,000 with medium land contract price of $555,500 (approx two to five acres in size) with the highest sale price of $650,000 and entry sale price $420,000. For those seeking some handy tips on how much capital is invested into the preliminary stages of developing a rural residential block, the key starting points below are a helpful guide to the information needed and common costs

incurred by a rural residential property owner before construction of your future dream home. • Feature site survey to assess the terrain and for building envelope planning; • BAL fire rating which is needed for building in bush fire prone areas; • 135,000 litre rainwater tank and pump systems for residence water; • Below ground septic/waste systems for residence waste; • Water testing for suitable ground water availability (bores must be licensed by local authorities); • Western power and Telstra connection points are available to the block; • Maximum shed/workshop of 90m2 in size; • Understanding of the Rural Residential Development Guidelines set by local authorities. The majority of rural residential properties within the City of Busselton fall under their own development guide plan which should be considered when choosing your preferred property. This information may highlight certain

Lot 4 Serene Place, Quindalup ................................................................... asking $565,000 88 Kinross Loop, Quindalup ..................................................................................... $572,500

10 Nukklgup Loop, Yallingup ........................................ asking $595,000-$615,000 114 Mainbreak View, Yallingup $659,000

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252 Brash Road, Yallingup ..................................................................................... $695,000

5 Woodbridge Vale, Yallingup Siding ................................................................... asking $739,000 If you're considering a lifestyle change in the beautiful Cape region, feel free to contact Tony Farris on 0417 951 838 or email tonyf@stockerpreston.com.au at Stocker Preston Real Estate.

building requirements, building envelope placement, fire management, landscape management for nearby creeklines and reserves for the surrounding property location. PL september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE











Contact Alf Fandry

0407 441 140 9758 0300

Set on a huge 1594sqm subdividable block this unique home has amazing ocean views of Flinders Bay and the Southern Ocean. Once in the formal entry you will find a spacious open plan living area, kitchen, and enclosed dining area with access to an alfresco deck for entertaining and enjoying the fabulous views. Ample parking and room for caravan and boat.




Contact Boyd Reilly

0439 906 022 9753 0888

Fantastic opportunity for the astute investor to secure a quality property in sought after central Busselton. This cute, renovated cottage is only a short walk to Busselton CBD and foreshore. Features include a huge 911sqm block with north east aspect, side access to large brick and tile shed, high ceilings, jarrah floors and R/C A/C. Quality central properties are hard to find so call now!




Contact Alf Mainstone

0402 026 608 9792 1888

This large 5 bed home will impress buyers looking for quality and location. Features include: open plan living, separate lounge, spa in bathroom, R/C A/C, security system, alfresco/patio, pristine lawn and garden areas. Whether an owner occupier or investor, you will be impressed. Nearby to University, Health Campus, TAFE and only a few minutes from the city centre.



From $375,000


Contact Alf Mainstone

0402 026 608 9792 1888


Don’t buy in Dalyellup until you have seen this well appointed 300sqm Scott Park home, which was designed to accommodate a large family. You will love the location with treetop views from the timber decked patio/alfresco and the many extras: A/C, dishwasher, walk-in linen, twin vanities, 259L HWS and much more.

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Contact Rosemary Lynch 0418 932 546 9792 1888

This beautiful character home welcomes you when you walk in with its mix of polished floors, plush new cosy carpets and french doors leading to the verandah from most rooms. Ducted evap A/C, fireplace and jarrah decking to the rear partly enclosed verandah gives extra space. Situated on an elevated block, you can relax on the front verandah and enjoy the views.



$650,000 - $680,000

Contact Justin Geracitano 0423 524 524 9753 0888

Feel the warmth and soul that this home invokes. With great pleasure I present this lovingly cared-for 3 bed home, in the heart of Busselton. Built in 1985, most of the doors of this home are from the original Busselton hospital when it was first revamped 3 decades ago. This home has been preserved by its current owners who have brought it into the 21st century.




Contact Jill Turton

0418 933 345 9755 5123

Easy walking distance to the shops, local club, sporting facilities and school, this interesting home has 2 main bedrooms and lovely north facing living areas. A clever outdoor entertaining area adds to the convenience of the well designed home. On 377sqm, there is a small, neat garden area adding to the appeal and creating privacy from the footpath leading to the town centre.





Contact Laura Bannister 0429 956 664 9753 0888

This stunning home is located in the popular Lakes Entrance, which is a brand new subdivision joining Dunsborough Lakes to Windlemere Estate. This is NOT a project home, 202 Building Company are renowned for their attention to detail and high specification. Brand new with extra height ceilings creates space and light throughout the home. Quality fixtures and fittings.

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Contact Ross Sorgiovanni 0419 949 852 9756 8888

This home is ideally located with a short stroll to beaches, cafes and shopping. 4 bed, 2 bath and an open plan design for spacious living, entertainer’s kitchen and a games room for the adults and kids to play. Outdoor entertaining is easy with a new patio/BBQ area. Big backyard with room to park a boat with the ramp only a few mins drive away.

Eagle Bay



Contact Debbie Bridges 0417 186 018 9756 8888

A modern, designer home in Eagle Bay for holiday or permanent living. Open plan living with lounge, kitchen and dining, 3 bed, 1 bath, extra family room/TV/studio style. Delightful outdoor entertaining areas capturing the treed and ocean outlook on a 3870sqm block. Simply delightful. Relax and enjoy beachside living. Excellent lifestyle and rental potential in Eagle Bay.




Contact Beth Sibon

0418 937 438 9755 5123

This studio apartment is zoned short stay/tourism and is currently returning $1425pcm. Even taking out strata fees and costs it’s still a better return than the bank! The unit forms part of the Margarets Beach Resort in Gnarabup and has access to the pool, playground, restaurant and bar areas. All in the heart of the Margaret River wine region - you can holiday here too.




All offers considered

Contact Morena Bamber 0407 203 072 9780 5777

Nestled out of the wind and located a stones throw to the sparkling waters of pristine Gnarabup beach, this huge 1363sqm block has fabulous views from ground level - and the potential for spectacular views from a 2nd storey. Over 60m long and nearly 20m wide, this block provides the buyer with the opportunity to create a magnificent, spacious, beachside estate.

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Contact Joe Jordanoff

0498 935 086 9756 8888

This fantastic residence in the acclaimed Regency Beach Club is one for those wanting first class luxury in the Dunsborough hub while being located a leisurely 130m walk to the beach. 4 huge bedrooms, 3 bath, separate upstairs and downstairs living zones, 3 outdoor living areas - plenty of space for 2 families to holiday. Sold fully furnished WIWO. Amazing value!




Contact Jason Cooper

0407 770 426 9753 0888

This is the perfect opportunity to secure yourself an awesome lifestyle in the heart of central Busselton. Close to the main shopping precinct and the beach, this lovely quality built home on a 1225sqm lot will certainly excite the entire family. Quality built 4 bed, 2 bath with separate lounge, open plan family, dining and kitchen area. Awesome north east facing alfresco.




Contact Clare Andrews 0448 023 265 9780 5777

Without doubt one of the best blocks on the Margaret River coastline. This 1377sqm block has spectacular views from its elevated, front row position. Surrounded by quality homes, near the end of a cul-de-sac, this location is rare and appealing. Take an easy walk to the beach via a nearby walkway and be in the water not long after checking out the conditions from your bed!!





Contact Alf Fandry

0407 441 140 9758 0300

Looking for lifestyle or a rural pursuit? Look no longer. Tucked behind the Karridale Primary School is this 5.59ha (13.46ac) property with a truly massive 1.45ha (3.6ac) dam holding 67,000,000L, and views to the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge. The 3 bed, 2 bath existing home is the perfect weekender, gently elevated and overlooking that picturesque dam.

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Contact Shane Galbraith 0407 579 286 9780 5777

This beautifully presented 3 bed, 2 bath home on an easy care 266sqm strata lot offers a very comfortable and carefree lifestyle. Spacious living rooms, robes in all bedrooms, a gorgeous private courtyard and a double lock up garage with shoppers entrance, it’s well worth your inspection. Only a 2mins walk from the popular Brookfield coffee hangout Yahava.

Margaret River


$380,000 - $385,000

Contact Chris Jarrott

0402 906 726 9780 5777

There is a real opportunity to pick up a great starter home here in the heart of a sought after area in Margaret River. It’s a solid brick and tile 4 bed, 2 bath home with 2 separate living areas. Established gardens and set up for side access so you have room to park your boat or trailer. With current interest rates there wouldn’t be much difference in buying this or renting.

Margaret River



Contact John Mondy

0427 440 671 9780 5777

Hot off the Press this architecturally designed 4 bed, 2 bath home on a north facing elevated block is ready for you to move in. Professionally styled the home has a modern kitchen with stone bench tops and quality appliances. The bedrooms are all of a good size with built in robes and the bathrooms are appointed with quality fixtures and fittings.

Margaret River




Contact Steve Harry

0428 933 327 9780 5777


This attractive, modern home has got the goods. A spacious 3 bed, 2 bath home with a wood fire, R/C A/C, open plan kitchen with island bench and home theatre. Finished in neutral tones with great street appeal, plenty of parking for a van/boat and a fully fenced reticulated yard. This is the perfect home for a small family or those wanting to downsize.

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Margaret River $430,000 ea SAGC

Contact Ken Preston

0418 932 747 9780 5777

Margaret River

ROCK SOLID INVESTMENT 2 office units are available in a high profile position on the main street of Margaret River. Affordable modern space in a great location with established tenants but also an option to set up your own business! Currently providing a 7% return, great investment for your super fund!


Contact Bec Hannan

0409 988 593 9780 5777

Make this charming cottage your new home; conveniently located close to town on a generous 603sqm block. The home is full of character and personality providing true Margaret River living. There are 3 bedrooms with a tastefully renovated bathroom, R/C A/C and a country style kitchen. Jarrah floorboards and freshly painted walls are a feature throughout.

Margaret River



Contact Susan Millar

0417 958 028 9780 5777

A roomy 3 bed, 2 bath townhouse at the forest end of Town View Terrace. With river walks and cycle paths a few doors away, and shops, cafes and restaurants one street down, you can enjoy all benefits within walking distance. The location, size of accommodation, and potential dual use, will ensure the long term value of this property.

Margaret River




Contact Bob Scott

0438 907 656 9780 5777

Prime location, a big double rental and huge 2132sqm R30/40 development potential in a growing town! The adjacent 2140sqm lot is also available (making a total of 4272sqm of continuous R30/40 land). The location is close to the town centre, centred between schools, sport and medical facilities, churches and restaurants, a very convenient lifestyle.

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Molloy Island $695,000

Contact Alf Fandry

0407 441 140 9758 0300

Quindalup $1.195M

Contact Louis De Chiera 0418 909 899 9756 8888

SCOTT RIVER VIEWS - LICENSED JETTY! Living on a private island doesn’t get much better than this. Your own private jetty for the boat, fabulous water views of the Scott River, pristine bush environment and a modern circa 1999 3 bed, 2 bath home built by a renowned local builder. Inspect today, you won’t be disappointed.

BEACHFRONT DEVELOPMENT SITE This 960sqm corner duplex potential site with 2 x 20m street frontages has panoramic ocean views and offers one of the best redevelopment opportunities on the Dunsborough/Quindalup beachfront. Site includes a 3 bed, 1 bath brick home and is in close proximity to the town centre and opposite the beautiful waters of Geographe Bay. Long term beachfront investment.

Peppermint Grove Beach


Contact Larisa Tomuli

0438 272 932 9792 1888

Well located 804sqm corner lot with 40m frontage. Design your new abode around the ocean, Cape and reserve views on offer. Tremendous value in the northern end of town boasting the Capel Cut winter surf break, the river mouth and fabulous water activities in and around the reef out the front. Elevated, level and limestone retained with underground power.



From $399,000

Contact Mark Murray

0427 030 301 9755 5123

Are you looking for a character 1920s home with timber floors and high ceilings in a quality quiet setting? This 35ha property offers you this and more. Many sheds, 7 top-notch fenced sheep-proof paddocks suiting cattle also, large dog-proof house yard, orchard and its own chook palace! Lovely rural property with rainwater tanks, soak and windmill.




Yallingup Beach

Yallingup $550,000

Contact Peter De Chiera 0418 931 206 9756 8888

Yallingup $1.65M

Contact Chris Stott

0477 091 371 9756 8888

RARE YALLINGUP BEACH Situated in the sought after Caves Ridge adjoining the beautiful landscaped gardens of historic Caves House, this 728sqm block is one of the last remaining undeveloped lots in this exclusive development. Just a short walk down the “Ghost Trail” to Yallingup beach, it’s a dream holiday home site and excellent value.

“HAMPTONS MEETS THE FOREST” The quality and attention to details is apparent everywhere in this 3 bed, 2 bath home on 2.5ha (6.5ac) that provides absolute privacy. It would meet the needs of discerning owners who appreciate the wild natural quality of the landscape. 2 creek lines, granite outcrops and old growth timbers. A perfect bolthole!

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Contact Tony Branch

0408 921 812 9756 8888

Yalyalup $835,000

Contact Tony Farris

0417 951 838 9756 8888

Tucked away in the Yallingup Hills on a very private 2.99ha treed block is this quality built home comprising 4 big bedrooms, huge central living area with feature stone fireplace and 3 bathrooms. Currently run as a very successful B&B but would make a first class family home. Conveniently located between Dunsborough town and Yallingup beaches.

PARKSIDE RESIDENCE PERFECTION Former Telethon display home on 2235sqm manicured block with 30m of parkland frontage. 5 bed, 2 bath, state of the art theatre room, free form living area with excellent garden and reserve views, custom fire place, ducted R/C A/C, side access and room for your boat and caravan, 18 panel solar system. Located opposite “Georgiana Molloy” private school. A must buy!

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busting the myths The pressure on women to ‘have it all’ is higher than ever. Dr Linda Friedland has some advice on how to avoid the pitfalls of trying too hard. THE REALITY OF ‘having it all’, as we have come to know it, is utterly exhausting. We have prided ourselves in our capacity to do it all; raise a family, build a thriving career, maintain relationships and stay on top of it all. The reality is that something always gets sacrificed. It is neither work nor the children but rather our energy that takes the brunt.   In truth, for most of us ‘having it all’ is not a philosophical debate because the majority of women who choose to have a family, most certainly need to work at the same time. We should be asking another type of question entirely; how can we possibly do it differently? It is not necessarily the combination of work commitments and family responsibilities that depletes us. It may be lack of flexibility in our work environment, insufficient childcare options and many other issues.  But mostly it is the self-imposed unrealistic standards that we set for ourselves that get in the way of achieving peace of mind.  Most of us do a great job at work and are devoted mothers at the same time. What takes a real beating in doing it all is our own mental and physical wellbeing. Here are five top tips to get on top of it all:

 FORGET ABOUT BALANCE The reason we feel so frustrated much of the time, is that the balance we are pursuing just doesn’t exist. So long as we are chasing an unattainable goal, there is no hope of

happens if I fail?” As women our lack of self-belief and the constant ‘self speak’ of not being good enough is what may obstruct our path and exhaust us.

 RECOVER INTERMITTENTLY There is an antidote to fatigue and its impact on performance and competence. Not surprisingly, it’s rest. It’s not how long you take off that matters most, but how skillfully you use these very short periods of renewal. Get up from your desk and stretch your muscles. Take a short walk. The simplest way to recharge energy is by breathing. Learning to practice mindfulness and meditation are very effective ways to defuse stress, strengthen neural connections, oxygenate the brain and enhance powerful brain neurotransmitters.  RECHARGE THE BATTERY  In ‘having it all’ neither work nor family is generally sacrificed, but rather your own needs.  Ensure you structure some time for yourself to defuse your stress and to recharge your energy such as a regular getting close. What does work-life balance massage. Although it often seems impossible, even mean? That work and life (outside of with discipline and planning you can ensure work) each have equal measure? There is you keep well hydrated, exercise moderately almost always much more work than family and eat the most nourishing foodstuffs. - time or me-time. Most of life is filled with Develop a healthy sleep strategy too. For hard work. The prudence is in being superfar too long, sleep has not received the disciplined in establishing strong and effective attention it deserves. It is undoubtedly the lifestyle strategies and sufficient recovery most powerful restorative tool we have at time.  Think more of a fluid dynamic our disposal.  equilibrium than static solid balance.  By glibly repeating  “You can have it all” you are simply airbrushing reality.  It is  NO AWARDS FOR SUPERHUMAN a falsehood to think it is simply a function Working hard is essential but the need to of a woman’s determination. There are still persistently prove yourself and go beyond trails to blaze, ceilings to break and gender the call of duty is not. These common inequities to correct.  But if ‘having it all’ characteristics of executive women are both means a little more compromise and a little unnecessary and the classic cause of much less perfection, a little more flexibility  and  of the burnout and breakdown experienced.  a little less rigidity,  a little more courage When you leave work . . . leave work! and a little less fear, then yes, it may indeed Although it is much easier said than done, be possible. PL know when to stop.Your time outside of the office should be spent on you and the people you care about.  And don’t hesitate Dr Linda Friedland is to ask for help. an authority on executive and corporate health, women’s wellbeing as well   BE BOLD, DIG DEEP “Put your hand up and be bold and be as stress management courageous. Be prepared to back yourself, and performance. She is a be prepared to have a go,” said Gail Kelly medical doctor, bestselling to women in Australia at her Seven Lessons author of five books, mother for Life farewell speech when she retired as of five, and sought after international speaker. CEO of Westpac earlier this year.   Linda is also a Graduate of the Australian She continued by sharing: “It’s been trouble Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and for me all my life, the sense of; Gosh, I’m a health board non-executive director. For more not good enough, I’m not adequate, I’m information visit lindafriedland.com or email not going to do this well. I might fail, what linda@lindafriedland.com september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE


anna's adventures by ANNA HARTLEY

APRON STRINGS Already a dab hand at boiling water, Anna Hartley refines her culinary skills in this month’s adventure.

“TURN IT! TURN IT!” Oil spits out of the sizzling pan, splattering my white apron and everything in the vicinity. I stand back, wielding shiny kitchen tongs like Steve Irwin fending off a particularly aggressive snake. Amid the encouragement of my companions, I flip the excitable chicken pieces one by one. I like to cook, but usually without an audience so I can hide the chaos, the panic, the improvising and the fact that I’ve used every single dish in the kitchen.Yet here I am, in the beautiful Parisian home of Paule Caillat, aka, a proper French cook. Offering


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cooking classes in English for more than 20 years, she is an integral part of the Parisian foodie scene. I’ve opted to take one of her market shopping and cooking lessons, along with three ladies from the US keen to get a slice of the famous French savoir faire. We all meet on Rue Montorgeuil, outside the famous patissier Stohrer, founded in 1730. I admire the glossy chocolate eclaires and rum-soaked brioches I can see through the window, but desserts will come later. Rue Montorgeuil is one of Paris’s most

famous market streets, and was for more than eight centuries right next door to the vast food market of Les Halles. Nicknamed ‘the stomach of Paris’, it disgorged the best produce from all over the country until 1969 it is survived by top quality restaurants and streets like Montorgeuil. Paule knows everybody on the street, and guides us through the bakery, cheese shop, butcher and fruit and veg store with ease, pointing out handy little labels that tell us not only which country everything originates from, but exactly which region. Seasonality is essential to French cooking, primolife.com.au

MISTRESS CHEF Anna flexes her new culinary muscles and turns out a menu to be proud of, thanks to cookery lessons in the heart of Paris

Today we are in luck, and everything we need is within easy reach. Back in Paule’s beautiful kitchen, we get cracking.

she explains, so while she has a menu in mind for the day, “you get what they have”, there are no guarantees. Today we are in luck, and everything we need is within easy reach. Back in Paule’s beautiful kitchen, we get cracking. Aprons are tied, hands are washed and the preparation begins. White asparagus, only in season for about six minutes each year, is a last-minute addition to the menu. We peel away the coarse outer skin and chop off the woody base. Much larger than regular spear asparagus, it looks positively enormous next to the tiny, bright

green wild variety we have also chosen to accompany our entrée. Portobello mushrooms are next to get the chop, and out comes the parsley. We all reach around for knives, but are stopped in our tracks as Paule throws the parsley into a glass tumbler and begins snipping away with kitchen scissors. We are gobsmacked. This is probably the single most useful kitchen tip I’ve ever learned, but Paule will take no credit. “This is how all French women do it!”. A self-proclaimed cook, not a chef, she is full of tricks and tips, all delivered in her quintessentially Frenchy style. “Voilà!” features heavily, and all opinions are strong “Never wash raspberries! Never!” We prepare both the entrée, warm mushroom patés with a creamy sauce, and the main, chicken breast with orange and apricots, before we do anything else. I wrap the ultra-fine slices of bacon around the chicken breasts, already stuffed with dried apricots, and I gently poke sprigs of thyme under the bacon while Paule gets us started on the sauce. Over a hot pan, we freshly squeeze orange juice, honey, soy sauce and spices. As it reduces and cools, we have a taste and gasp as our mouths explode with a flavor sensation. I’ve never tasted anything so wild. It feels like a zillion different dishes are on the go at once. Asparagus are boiling, chicken breasts are in the oven, the mushroom patés are cooking in their bain marie, and some seriously delicious odours are wafting up from the pan of caramelising spiced carrots. Amid all of this, Paule whips out a cheese platter, and instructs us all to sit

around the table. Eating our way through the plate from soft to hard, gentle to strong flavours, we learn about the history and particularities of each variety. Paule knows it all. One particular nugget is wrapped up in what we guess are grape leaves. “No!” Paule exclaims “Now why would they be grape leaves?” Think about it, she instructs, and remember “what grows together, goes together”. The leaves are revealed to be chestnut, neatly encasing the delicious and delicate Banon goat’s cheese. We finish with the hard orange Mimolette, the favourite cheese of President and war hero Charles de Gaulle, and I reflect on how eating cheese in France is a bit like biting your way through the culture and history of each diverse region. I’m starting to worry that I won’t have any room for the actual courses, and we haven’t even started making the dessert yet. Paule is teaching us how to make a chocolate tart with her very own family crust recipe. It involves a lot of butter, a lot of heat and vigorous stirring. Finally, it’s all done. We plate up our delicious courses, à la Masterchef, and carry them through to the beautifully set dining room. I’m astonished to think that I have contributed to this display, and even more so to know that I could actually make every dish back home, although maybe not all at the same time. The best part is, instead of an interrogation and a lot of worried looks set to tense MasterChef music, Paule just gives a nod of approval and a smile, and we tuck in. Bon appétit! PL september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE


Drisana's diary


AS WELL AS being Young Australian of the Year, I am also the Western Australian Young Australian of the Year and with that title and honour the four WA Australians of the Year go on a Tour of Honour together in Western Australia to meet people from remote communities and to share our stories and journeys. Our Tour of Honour started in Karratha where we visited Baynton Primary School and launched the Aussie of the Month program there. We then went to Woodside’s Karratha Gas Plant and had a cultural rock art tour, which was incredibly fascinating, and we ended the day with a Public Forum at the City of Karratha Public Library. The next day we visited Karratha High School and quickly stopped by an after-school mentoring program run by Aboriginal students (Polly Farmer Foundation Initiative) before making our way to Broome. The next day we visited Cable Beach Primary School where there were two Deaf students. I visited their class and we had a fun Auslan session together! Then I had a radio interview at the Spirit 102.9 Studio before dropping in at a Commonwealth Bank branch to meet the staff. Up next was the Public Forum for Broome, which was well attended. MAY

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It's been a busy couple of months for me, zipping across the Nullarbor and relishing my role more than ever. LAUNCH OF AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS FOR 2016. Back in Canberra again where my journey as the Young Australian of the Year began. Rosie Batty, Jackie French and I were there to launch the nominations for the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards. As always, when we have an opportunity to represent the awards on a national platform, we end up with a lot of media opportunities and first up was a radio interview with ABC Morning Radio 666. It was absolutely freezing getting there, minus 9 degrees when I woke up and still in the low minuses when I got to the studio at eight. The interview with Philip Clark went really well, though, and I enjoyed my time with him.  The three Australians of the Year met up at the Parliament House where the launch was taking place. It was lovely to catch up with Rosie and Jackie even though Juliette, our Local Hero, was not able to join us. The launch was short and sweet and I was happy that our chairman,VC-winner Ben Roberts-Smith, was able to talk about the significance and importance of the Australian of the Year Award, which is our opportunity to recognise and celebrate the Australians who have done so much for the community.   The three of us went up on stage for a bit of a Q&A session and I had the opportunity to teach everyone how to sign ‘nominate now’. I wrapped up the day at Qantas doing some filming to promote the nominations for the 2016 Awards and a fun interview with Junkee which resulted in a JUNE




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pretty awesome article that begins with ‘If I could change one thing about Australia it would be the way we treat Deaf children’. GUEST SPEAKER JUNE FOR NEW THINKERS 2015 New Thinkers 2015 was hosted and organised by AIMWA, the Australian Institute of Management, Western Australia, an organisation that helps people become managers and managers become leaders. Great managers and leaders make decisions every day that affect people’s lives. With the right training, network and focus, these decisions can have a positive impact. Put simply, the better the leader, the better the decision. The better the decision, the wider the effect. The organisation reached out to me to be a guest speaker at their prestigious conference and my topic was about ‘Using Influence to bring about Social Change’. I had such a great time and was extremely honoured to be a part of a conference whose main focus was on me. The flyer, the brochures, even the colour of the room was in bold blue which matched the photo of me in their advertising materials. I met and networked with so many people who are leaders and managers themselves as well as our potential future leaders and it was such an inspiring evening for me. I love having the opportunity to inspire people with my presentations while also being inspired by other people and their willingness to connect with me and to create realities from ideas to make this world a better place for all Australians.

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RIGHTS TALK The Rights Talk was organised by the Australian Human Rights Commission in conjunction with ABC and the hour-long Q&A program was broadcast live on ABC24. With the four of the Australians of the Year, we were so lucky to have the awesome Annabel Crabb as our wonderful MC on the night. Annabel is an Australian political journalist and commentator, and is the ABC’s chief online political writer. The Rights Talk event at Town Hall was free to the public. When I arrived, they said that 2,000 tickets were already booked which was such a wonderful surprise. I enjoyed the opportunity to be able to answer some important questions and the night ended with a lovely bouquet of flowers and Haigh’s chocolates to thank us for our time. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram: @drisanalg PL JULY

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A chance encounter with eight-week-old guide dog-in-training Dash led Norman Burns to investigate just what it takes to turn a boisterous puppy into an invaluable companion for the visually impaired. The answer? More than meets the eye. Images, Gemma, Sean and Jesmond: CHRIS BUCCILLI, CRIB CREATIVE

I’M NOT REALLY a dog person. Certainly the combination of dogs and cafes doesn’t fill me with joy. So, kicking back at North Beach’s Soda one morning I wasn’t that thrilled to see a couple with a puppy in tow sit down nearby. But then I, and everyone else at nearby tables practicing the art of politely ignoring their fellow diners, noticed the tiny labrador puppy was wearing a guide dog in training coat. In an instant the cute-o-meter went right off the scale as the puppy, Dash, charmed the pants off every customer. He was the perfect ice-breaker, as total strangers began to engage in deep conversation as if life-long friends. Dash was just starting out his journey - one which will take around two years of intense training before he graduates - as


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a guide dog for someone who is blind or vision impaired. And, as impossibly cute as he was (falling asleep on my feet was a sign apparently that he liked me), Dash wasn’t at Soda just to expand the diners’ social circle - socialising the puppy is a major step before they go on to formal guide dog training. There’s a bittersweet catch to being a puppy raiser though: after two years of almost constant companionship, the dog (if it passes muster) must be returned to Guide Dogs WA (owned and operated by VisAbility, formerly the Association for the Blind of WA) for another six to 12 months for that training. The puppy raisers will know they have done a great job but it’s a big emotional wrench and no doubt tears will flow.

So this chance encounter got me thinking. Just how do guide dogs get to become, well, guide dogs? First the puppies, who are specially bred for Guide Dogs WA, undergo a two-year socialisation process.Volunteer puppy raisers care for the dogs 24x7. The dogs then have to be formally trained by experts at the Guide Dogs WA headquarters in Victoria Park before being matched with a suitable recipient. Guide Dogs WA says it takes between six to 12 months, working in a variety of locations, for the dogs to learn the skills needed to travel safely in different types of environments. The dogs will then be able to guide people along learned routes to reach a designated destination and locate items such as doors, seats or pedestrian buttons at traffic primolife.com.au

lights. Plus, they will give their human companion undivided loyalty and affection. So what makes a great guide dog? Says Zena Gomes, manager of Guide Dogs WA services: "A guide dog user once said to me that the first time they went out with their guide dog was the first time they felt normal. While there are characteristics that we look for when training our dogs, such as socialisation skills and the ability to focus, it really comes down to how compatible they are with the person. Some


THE COMPANION MICHAEL PULLINGER ADMITS he was once an angry man. Angry at the world, and his fate, after being diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disease - with no cure - that would slowly, but surely, destroy his sight. It is the same disease that struck pioneer Dr Arnold Cook, who then set up Australia’s first Guide MAN'S BEST FRIEND Michael Pullinger's life has been changed by his guide dog Ida.


around 170 degrees. However it is not just a matter of going down to the Guide Dogs WA headquarters and picking out a dog. “It’s a matter of matching you with the dog,” says Michael. And that dog was the jet-black beauty called Ida, with whom Michael felt an instant bond. “Right from the beginning Ida felt right for me,” he says. Once Ida and Michael were matched, both had intensive training at the Guide Dogs WA headquarters in Victoria Park and his own home. Like any new relationship, things take time to settle. Ida had to get used to Michael’s specific gait and Michael the nuances of his new companion, adjusting to just walking with a dog at his side, and the million and one other facets of becoming a team. He says in the almost two years since he’s had Ida the change in his life has been amazing. “I don’t have to rely on Dawn nearly as much for day-to-day things; Ida has given us both a lot more freedom,” he says. Before Ida, Michael had to walk, eyes to the ground, with a cane; neither great for his posture or self-esteem. With Ida at his side Michael can now walk proudly facing ahead. He recounts how, with his grandchildren, he went to experience the visit of the Giants at Langley Park. Ida, despite being among a crowd of hundreds of thousands, didn’t bat an eyelid. "She wasn’t fazed one little bit despite the


With Ida at his side, Michael can now walk proudly facing ahead.

people need a quiet, gentle guide dog whereas others are more suited to energetic and playful personalities. It’s a partnership, and every team is different.” Not all dogs make the grade; like humans, dogs have their own personalities and some are not suited to be a guide dog. But these dogs, too, have a role to play in helping others and will go on to be a therapy dog or a companion dog for children or adults living with a range of disabilities, including autism. The dogs that pass then have further intensive training with their user-in-waiting before both graduate at what is always an emotional ceremony at Guide Dogs WA’s HQ. Then both dog and their new best friend can step out, with new confidence, into the world.

Dog Training School, in Perth in 1951. For Michael, the diagnosis was a body blow to a man then in his early 30s, a keen sportsman, wedding singer and running his own flower delivery business (after stints in the navy and police). Thankfully though, through involvement with Guide Dogs WA and the great support of his wife Dawn and family, Michael not only came to accept and cope with this worsening condition but to pick up the pieces for an active, social life. With his vision fading and having to rely heavily on the help of Dawn to carry out day-to-day tasks, the time came for him to consider getting a guide dog. Michael, now 64, is not totally blind but has about a 4 degree field of vision; people with healthy eyesight have a visual field of

crowd and noise; she was brilliant,” he says. As well as being active in sports (bowls) and singing once more, Michael is keen to give something back to Guide Dogs WA and helps in talks and visits to educate the sighted world about guide dogs and their vital role. He says nothing better sums up his feelings for Ida than the opening lines of the hymn Amazing Grace, which he read out during his and Ida’s graduation ceremony at Guide Dogs WA. “Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound that saved a wretch like me.I once was lost, but now am found - was blind but now I see. “I truly believe that Ida is my Amazing Grace.” /... continued over september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE



THE PUPPY RAISERS What to consider if you want to train a Guide Dog WA puppy.

How you can help NOT EVERYONE CAN become a puppy raiser but sponsoring, or helping to sponsor, a dog is the next-best thing. It costs $30,000 to sponsor a guide dog, and this covers expenses for food, training, veterinary bills, bedding and lifetime assessment. Sponsors can be companies, individuals or 'syndicates' and the sponsor has naming rights for the dog and can visit the dog every six months.


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WANT TO RAISE a puppy? Well, apart from raising children, this is about as big a responsibility as you can have. First, you must meet certain criteria. Puppy raisers must be: • over 18-years-old; • hold a current driver’s licence and have access to public transport; • live in the Perth metropolitan area; • able to attend weekly puppy classes; • have a fenced garden; • not leave a puppy-in-training unattended for more than three hours at a time;

• commit to two years care for the puppy throughout the length of its training. If you can’t meet all of the criteria you could become a temporary boarder, someone who cares for puppies on a short-term basis when puppy raisers are on holiday. All of the puppy’s costs (food, medication and veterinary care) are covered by Guide Dogs WA (and this money comes via sponsorship for each puppy). Raising a guide dog puppy is a challenging but rewarding experience says

Guide Dogs WA also has two syndicate sponsorship packages, of $10,000 (split between three sponsors) and $5,000 (split six ways). Then there's the Dining in the Dark campaign in October/November. The idea is to host a dinner party - either eating in the dark or blindfolded - and donating what you'd usually spend on a night out. Visit dineinthedark.com.au For more information, contact Guide Dogs WA on (08) 9311 8202, email info@ guidedogswa.com.au or visit guidedogswa. com.au


student nurse Gemma Hopkinson, who with partner Sean Gibbon, has welcomed Jesmond into their Belmont home. At six months, Jesmond is still full of beans, but like almost all of the specially bred labrador pups, has a beautiful, intelligent nature, which makes the breed ideal to work with the blind or vision impaired. “We get lots of attention when we take Jesmond out,” says Gemma. She first thought about becoming a puppy raiser after a friend in her native UK was diagnosed with macular degeneration, a disease that has no cure and is a leading cause of vision loss. Now Jesmond goes everywhere with them (guide dogs are banned from just two places - operating theatres and the zoo) and they can see, day by day, their “baby” is growing up. But in 18 months, with their job done, Gemma and Sean will have to steel themselves for the day they hand Jesmond over for the next part of his journey to graduating as a fully fledged guide dog. “It’s going to be pretty tough, I reckon,” says Sean. PL

Did you know… • It is illegal to refuse entry to a guide dog in a public place; • By law, guide dogs are allowed in shops, restaurants, hotels, planes, taxis and theatres; • Guide dogs have colour-coded coats: orange for puppies-in-training; while brown indicates the adult guide dog is in formal training with a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor. White means the dog is a working guide dog.

BY THE NUMBERS 30,000  cost, in dollars, of training and caring for a guide dog for its working life 1962  year the Guide Dog and Mobility Training Centre was opened in Kew, Melbourne 1951  year Dr Arnold Cook set up the Guide Dog Training School in Perth, the first in Australia 58   number of working guide dogs in Western Australia 20  number of puppies that enter the guide dog program each year; each puppy must be sponsored before entering the program 18  age, in months, a guide dog puppy will enter "formal training" 8.5   average working life, in years, of a guide dog; after this time they are retired to spend their remaining life as a pet 3   maximum number of hours a puppy-in-training can be left unattended


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Kate Rodrigues

It might seem an unusual path for somebody to take in Perth, one of the world's sunniest capitals, but for local designer Kate Rodrigues, the idea of producing her own line of beautiful umbrellas was a natural one. BORN ON A wintry night in 1988, Kate Rodrigues is a lover of caramel sundaes, cats and - importantly - the rain. It made perfect sense then that she unveiled her first umbrella collection - Untamed - in July, just in time for the barrage of rainstorms that were to hit Perth over the next couple of months. Kate, who you probably remember from her stint as a MasterChef contestant, believes there's no reason to sport a drab brolly when the rain hits


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our fair city and has designed a range that will add a spot of colour on the drabbest of days. The business is a proud supporter of the RSPCA and donates a dollar from every to sale to the animal-loving charity. She sells them through her company Alana Rodrigues - Alana is her middle name - and they start at $79.95. Check out alanarodrigues.com.au for deets.

MY UMBRELLAS Obviously my favourite things are my umbrellas. I'm a winter baby so have always had an affinity with the rain. They're bright and colourful, an antidote to the grey skies and corporate outfits people have to wear. I spent a lot of time researching fabrics and designs, and all of the current range has black and white in them, with a burst of colour so that they're easy to accessorise with neutral outfits. I wanted them all to have a wild combination of colour, a burst of life on a dull day. I don't know of any other WA-based umbrella makers, and mine are especially strong thanks to their fibreglass structure.


BOOKS I love literature and especially hard back copies - they're a creature nearing extinction. Lots of people tend to buy things to read on their iPad or Kindle and I can see the benefit if you're travelling, but I like to collect books, especially hardbacks, which last for generations. My mother and sister are also avid readers so I've grown up with books around me. My favourite authors depend on my mood - the book I first remember affecting me was The Hobbit. I love JK Rowling's magical use of language too and also Dickens. He's so eloquent and sophisticated; nobody speaks like the way he writes anymore.

TEA I am a dedicated tea drinker, possibly because my mum, who is part Irish, part Scottish, and my dad, who was born in Goa, are too. As an Anglo Indian, I've got tea-drinking happening on both sides of the family. I tend to drink green tea in the morning, Earl Grey in the day and ginger tea in the evening. I'll mix it up sometimes, but I'm really a creature of habit.

MY WATCH I like clunky watches in general. I don't have dainty female hands, and I don't like dainty little things. I love the Marc Jacobs range in general it's suitable for work and play.

DONUTS My sweet tooth again and although I'm a huge fan of trying to live healthily, I'm fine until somebody shows me a donut. Topped Up in Freo started the current trend for amazing donuts that you see on every Instagram feed but really I'm just as happy with a regular glazed Krispy Kreme too.

LIPSTICK I have at least 12 shades of red lipstick at the moment. Yves Saint Laurent is always my favourite - it's so luxurious and stays on for hours. I also like M.A.C and Shu Uemura's Sweet Devil Rouge. They all evoke a different mood depending on how I'm feeling.

RECIPE BOOK This is a baking book by Delia Smith - I adore cooking although these days I don't have as much time to do so as I'd like. So when I do cook, I cook for my family with love. We all have a sweet tooth and in the photograph, the page it is open on is showing a cherry cake. My dad loves this cake, and it's the best recipe. I make it for him and when he's gone, I'd like my children to make it for me.

PETER ALEXANDER PJS I have so many pairs of Peter Alexander pyjamas that they're spilling out of my drawer. And now my boyfriend Jonathan has become addicted too so we sit in our PJs, eating donuts and watching TV.

HANDBAG This is my Chloe Paraty shoulder bag. I love it - it's made of such soft, beautiful leather. The cut and the style is timeless and it's deceptively large - a bit like a Mary Poppins bag.

NEGRONI COCKTAIL I'm a big lover of the old fashioned, classic cocktail. I'm not a big drinker of girly, fruity cocktails that make you feel sick. The Negroni is the perfect drink for me - it's got a balance of sweet, sour and bitter thanks to the combination of gin, vermouth rosso and Campari, with a shard of orange zest to finish it off.

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SPRING INTO SPRING The end of winter means it’s time to unveil our legs and replace the knee-high boots, pants and jeans with skirts and shorts. Michelle Bridges helps us get our legs ready for the great reveal with her top five leg exercises.

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SQUATS! You cannot go past this foundation exercise. Body weight and bar weight, get them into your routine. WALKING LUNGES, with or without weight. Turn the heat up and do them holding a plate overhead! STEP-UPS onto a bench holding dumbbells. These are a favourite and they work! FIT BALL HAMSTRING CURLS! These bad boys are so intense and also great for stabilising muscles and recruiting your core. Lie on the floor with your calves and heels resting on a fit ball. Keeping you hips high and your lower back straight, dig your heels into the ball and roll them in towards your butt. Return to starting position and repeat. STAIR RUNS. What can I say? Burn body fat and turn those legs into long lean weapons!

You can meet and train with Michelle Bridges at the upcoming Fitness & Health Expo at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, September 11-13. Visit fitnessexpo. com.au for more information or to book into one of her 45-minute ‘Game Change Training’ sessions.

PRIMOLife: Congrats on your baby news – how are you feeling and what are you looking forward to most about the next few months? Michelle Bridges: Feeling great! Very lucky not to have had morning sickness. I’m still training and enjoying the changes in my body. I’m loving it actually, what amazing bodies we have! PL: Are you adapting your fitness routines to your pregnancy? MB: Yes, I haven’t changed my training as such, simply dialed down the intensity. Still jogging a little, doing light weights and body weighed exercises. PL: Have you been surprised by how your 12 week body transformation has ignited the nation, helping so many people kickstart their own quest for fitness? MB: Yes and no.Yes, in so far as I just didn’t think it would take the country by storm the way that it has. No, in so far as I know exactly what needs to be done in order to make physiological and psychological changes. I knew and still know that my skills in this area are well honed and the product we offer is second to none. We have got the most amazing and long lasting results from thousands of our 12-weekers! I’m the real deal, no gimmicks here. PL: There seems to be a real sense of community too around those who embark on the course – is that something you anticipated or did it grow as the course gathered momentum? MB: Part of my philosophy has always been about inclusiveness. I guess that might come from tough school times, being a target for bullies as I was always the new kid (we moved a lot) and I was always sticking up for those who couldn’t stick up for themselves, even though that got me more out of favour. I’m a fighter for community and including all people, a sense of coming together, with no one better or worse than another, lifting each other up, celebrating our unique differences. This is a massive part of my program, people feel it and are empowered by it. PL: What keeps you motivated personally? Everybody has down days – how do you keep positive and energised? MB: I’m inspired by people who aren’t particularly natural to training, exercise or sport, but they get in and have a go. Those people give me such inspiration. To see someone who doesn’t really run naturally, get home from work, have the gumption to get their runners on and take themselves out for a jog is awe inspiring!

PL: Do you feel a burden/responsibility to always present to the public a ‘healthy’ persona, or is there no other version of you? Do you ever slob out in front of the TV with a carton of Ben & Jerry’s? MB: Haha! No I don’t do the carton of ice cream thing, I just know how sick I would feel afterwards! However, sure, I can kick back with a bit of popcorn and chocolate as good as anyone! Probably better than most people would think! That’s called being human. That’s real. I have, at times, felt the need to always be at the top of my game fitness-wise, but over the years I realise that that is virtually impossible when I have so many businesses to attend to and a TV show which takes up a huge amount of time. So I always maintain a good level of fitness knowing that sometimes it’s on fire, and other times it’s not. And that’s OK. That’s life. PL: How do you relax? MB: Spending time with Steve and his kids. Walking my dog. Flopping on the couch and watching a movie. Like most people. PL: What do you think the next few years have in store for you and your brand? MB: We have some very exciting projects which are turning up before the end of this year and a few at the beginning of next year. Don’t get me wrong, for every one project we get up, ten have fallen over. That’s business. Again, that’s life. But that’s what makes it so rewarding. PL: Tell us something we don’t know about you. MB: I hate putting my clothes away. My nose is always cold. I think I’m hilarious! I’m rubbish at Guitar Hero. I turn ‘I spy’ into a competitive sport! PL september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE




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The Kardashian clan have released a new line of cute kids’ clobber here in Australia.

IF YOU WANT your kids to keep up with Kim, Khloé and Kourtney then here’s the perfect opportunity to channel North, Mason and Penelope. The much-anticipated new collection, Kardashian Kids, designed by Kourtney, Kim and Khloé Kardashian, has finally arrived here in Australia. “My sisters and I are perfectionists, especially with our kids line,” says Kourtney. “We want the clothes to be chic and stylish, but also items that will actually be worn and played in.” “Design details like fabrics, structure, waistbands and hems are all equally as important to us as what the clothes look like.” The highly anticipated range for little girls features an assortment of adorable designs from everyday styles to special occasion items including woven broderie

lace dresses with rose gold button finishes, playful soft tulle skirts with rose gold foil polka dot details, loveable one-pieces with girly tulle ruffles and two-piece sets in fun geometric prints. “We thought, if our own kids want to dress in tutus or try on our clothes, why don’t we give kids stylish outfits that are super cute, but also reflect styles that their moms would wear? ‘Mommy and me’ style is everywhere right now,” says Kim. “The white lace dress, bomber jacket and peplum top are all pieces that could match mom’s looks.”  In addition to offering exclusive Australian styles, the debut Australian range will be the only Kardashian Kids collection worldwide to offer designs up to size 7T for little girls. Kardashian Kids is available at BIG stores

nationwide, and Alison Jones, the firm's general manager of marketing, is delighted. "The collection is a wonderful addition to our existing children’s range, and a great example of providing our customers access to great brands and beautiful styles at everyday low prices,” she said. “We’re really proud to have a collection that is simple, stylish, functional and in great fabrics and shapes,” says Khloe, the only one of the Kardashians to as yet add to the family’s collection of kids. “Most importantly, it’s a fun collection that little girls will love. We want to make fashion fun for them.” PL The Kardashian Kids Spring 2015 range for little girls is available from size newborn (000-24mnths) to Toddler (3-7yrs) and retails from $20 to $35 exclusively online and at BIG W stores nationwide.

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She’s every father’s dream daughter, and every father’s worst nightmare. Blonde, petite, and cute as a button, 21-year-old Laura Byrnes has big expensive plans. Plans that involve driving 900 brake horsepower monster machines sideways around a dirt speedway circuit at high speed. By DIANNE BORTOLETTO.

ALTHOUGH STILL CONSIDERED a youngster, Laura Byrnes already has a decade of speedway racing experience under her belt and has clocked up some impressive stats, including three firsts at Perth Motorplex in the speedway FAST category last season. Each and every race is dedicated to her dad, Mark Byrnes, who raised her as a single father from the age of 13. “Without Dad, I wouldn’t be racing, and I wouldn’t have enjoyed the success I have to date. And there’s more of that to come.” Mark, the crew chief for their team Red Shamrock Racing, says that the only hesitation he had to allow Laura race in the Junior Sedans as an 11-year-old was to make sure she was committed to the sport, and that it wasn’t just a fleeting interest. Laura says it took her a year to convince her dad to buy her a race car. “Dad took me to a speedway meet when I was ten years old and I just knew that’s what I wanted to do – he made me


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beg for a year!” she quips. Despite a love of two wheels as opposed to four, Mark supports his daughter emotionally, practically and financially to fulfil her racing goals. A fitter and turner by trade, Mark brings mechanical expertise to the team. Laura says he is the brains and the brawn behind every race-day success. “He is an absolute perfectionist when it comes to building the car and the engines, triple checking everything, which takes ages, but it’s a good thing. I have full confidence in the car knowing Dad has built it.” Mark says that despite worrying every time his daughter gets behind the wheel to race, he can rest a little easier knowing that the car is safe. “That’s what I bring to the team, mechanical skills. The car is fitted with the best safety equipment in the world and I know it will perform well – just how fast it actually goes on the track is up to

Laura,” Mark says, a general manager of an engineering company. “Preparing a safe car is my first priority, my second is preparing one that’s quick. I actually enjoy building the engines, it’s my way of relaxing, switching off from work and other distractions. “It’s funny, people think Laura is racing to fulfil some deep desire I had to race, which I never had at all. Once I realised she was committed to racing, I’ve supported her one hundred per cent.” The formidable father-daughter combination brings other benefits to the team. “Laura and I are close and we can tell what the other one is thinking with a look – particularly at the track when someone approaches to impart their advice – a look that says we know that this person is talking hot air,” Mark says. “And we have a secret handshake that we do before every race – I love it. We are both sensible enough to know if we miss primolife.com.au

DRIVING FORCE Laura Byrnes works closely with her dad, Mark, and is currently setting the dirt speedway racing world alight with her skills.

the handshake, the world won’t cave in. It’s our thing we do.” Mark and Laura have travelled across the state and the country to race. They won’t have to travel far to mix it with some of Australia’s biggest names in motorsport later in the year at Perth Speed Fest. Laura says she is thrilled to be invited to join the line-up of racing greats at Perth Speed Fest on 13 December at Perth Motorplex. “I’m so excited – Perth Motorplex is my favourite track in Australia and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel in front of a packed house,” Laura says. “I feel quite humbled to even be considered. I mean, Daniel Ricciardo and Alan Jones – two absolute Australian racing legends – are going to be there. I’ll have to try not to get too star-struck.” Laura recounts a funny moment when she first met Daniel Ricciardo when she was a 13-year-old racer. “Daniel was offered a drive in a sprintcar

at Perth Motorplex and was standing around the access to the track. I had no idea who he was, all I wanted to do was get out on the track and he was in the way. So I drove right up to him and revved my engine - thinking back now, I’m mortified I did that, but pretty happy my 13 year old self didn't actually run him over!” Inspired by the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, Perth Speed Fest is a showcase of motoring through the eras of historic, classic and exotic cars, as well as on-track racing on the tarmac and dirt of different motorsport codes – speedway included. The ultimate test of speed will be the boy from Duncraig, Formula 1 star Daniel Ricciardo, racing the RB7 2011 championship-winning car against top drag cars, three times. “I can’t wait to see the different motorsport action, but if I’m honest, I’m more excited about driving in it,” says Laura.

In the driver’s seat of the ‘number 4’ Sigma in Production Sedans, the recent University of Western Australia graduate is determined to break down the stereotype of women in motorsport. “When people think of women in motorsport, their first thought isn’t of women drivers, it’s of pit girls and girls in bikinis. I want to change that perception and prove that women are good race drivers, as good as men." Her aspirations are noble and her determination seems far bigger than her pint-sized stature. Standing just 150cm tall (4’ 9”) and weighing 41kg, Laura doesn’t let her small size stop her from dreaming big. Earlier this year, she received a scholarship from the Layne Beachley 'Aim for the Stars' Foundation in recognition of her determination and success within motorsport and positive image for the sport. She was also the first motorsport competitor to receive a General Sports Scholarship from the University of Western Australia. In 2014, Laura was the sole production sedan driver accepted into the Speedway Australia Rising Star Program by the national speedway body, Speedway Australia, and attended the Australian Institute of Sport. Laura is an ambassador for Miracle Babies Foundation which helps babies who are born premature, like she was. “My ultimate goal is to go to America – they race every day of the week there, that would be heaven!” When asked about his dreams for his daughter, Mark says it would have to be seeing his little girl realise her goals. “I’d love to see Laura in the States, racing a huge beast of a car and being competitive because I know that what she wants. In life, I want her to be happy - in love, in life, in her job and in her sport.” And when it comes to love, there must be no shortage of suitors queuing up to woo the bubbly pocket rocket racer. “Ha! I don’t have time for that – my car is my boyfriend,” Laura says with a smile. And with one look, anyone can see that her father Mark couldn’t be any prouder. PL Perth Speed Fest, December 13.Tickets on sale now. perthspeedfest.com

Fun Fact The team name is Red Shamrock Racing, however, the shamrock on the car livery is green. When asked about that, Mark says, “We’re Irish!”

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Broth-erly love Slurp Soup takes the humble bowl of something warming to another level - think delicious bone broth, velvety velouté and a French onion soup that’s out of this world. By GABI MILLS. Images by CRIB CREATIVE.

THE BATTLE FOR our lunchtime dollars has never been so fierce. Sushi, pasta, salad, ribs, burgers and snags - they’re all popular options for when you want to grab something to fill the hole between morning tea and dinner. And now there’s a new hot ticket making waves in the CBD - Slurp Soup. The brainchild of ex-chef Tee Kay Ng, it’s the place to go if you want a bowl of homemade, healthy and filling soup to see you over the afternoon hump. “I watched Seinfield and thought the idea of a soup bar in the show was a great idea,” says Tee Kay who used to work at the Treasury after hanging up his chef whites following the birth of his first child over 15 years ago. “At the time, I couldn’t find good lunch options which were healthy, fast and fresh; soup ticked all those boxes.”  Finding the right location for his business was just as important as hitting on the right menu - a recipe for success


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you might say. “I wanted to open Slurp Soup in a hot spot on the Terrace,” he says. “I knew it had to be a high density location to have the right volume of customers. We’d had our first store in Attadale for seven years, and opening the Terrace store was the next step, and the Cloisters Aracade suited us perfectly. We’re looking at kiosk operations down the track too.” Thanks to Tee Kay’s foodie background, one of the pleasures of setting up Slurp Soup was researching the recipes.  “I’ve got a tonne of cookbooks at home and wanted to pick four or five soups and formulate them on that basis.” Using his four kids, aged 15 to three, as taste testers, Tee Kay also branched out into salads, but it’s the soups which draw the crowds, as well as a genius creation - the ham and cheese brioche on a stick. Imagine the most delicious fried bread dunker you can, and you’re still not close to how

awesome this thing is. Granted, it looks like it should belong in a Minecraft screenshot it’s rectangular and generously proportioned - but I’ll bet you can’t think of a better accompaniment to your soup. “It’s like a big club sandwich on a stick,” says Tee Kay. If you’re passionate about eating every last thing on your plate, then why not eat the plate too? That’s possible thanks to the chicken velouté, served in a hollowed out sour dough roll. For Tee Kay however it’s all about the broth.  “The French onion soup is my personal favourite,” he says. “We use a bone broth made from beef bones and lots of onions. It took about seven years to create and 14 hours to cook,” he smiles.  The big pans of stock are the key to Slurp Soup’s growing legion of fans; they’re the reason Tee Kay’s soups are so intensely favoured and authentic. These are the kind of soups that your grandparents used to primolife.com.au

Imagine the most delicious fried bread dunker you can, and you're still not close to how awesome this thing is.

SOUPER MAN Below, Slurp Soup is the brainchild of Tee Kay Ng. Left, the Cloisters Arcade outlet is a magnet for soup-lovers in the city.


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make; no packet veg and stock cubes here. It’s no surprise to learn too that Tee Kay’s super stocks are about to be available in supermarkets at $10 a pop. “This is my passion, my life’s work at the moment,” says Tee Kay.  A grateful soup-loving public thanks its lucky stars that this passion is available, in an edible bread bowl. PL Slurp Soups 6/863 Cloisters Arcade, Hay Street, Perth tel: 08 9321 2776. september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE



Sweetness & light Kids love to cook, so why not channel their enthusiasm and get them whipping up sensational pastries and treats, thanks to the friendly team at Rochelle Adonis? By GABI MILLS. Images by CRIB CREATIVE. MY 11-YEAR old daughter Daisy would like nothing better than to sit at veteran cook Mary Berry’s elbow and learn how to make cakes, pastries and breads. Star of the Great British Bake Off (Daisy’s favourite show), Mary and ‘Silver Fox’ Paul Hollywood have introduced her to a world of sacher tortes, choux buns and lemon tarts. Every weekend, she rolls up her sleeves and generally throws flour, eggs and butter around before presenting the family with the fruits of her toil. Let’s put it this way. Some experiments


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are more successful than others, so when the nice people at Rochelle Adonis offered Daisy and friend Olivia the chance to learn how to make éclairs, macarons and truffles a school holiday cookery class, the girls couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Located on the corner of St Albans Avenue and Beaufort Street in trendy Highgate, Rochelle Adonis Cakes + Confections is Perth’s premier destination for cakes, confections, high teas, cooking classes, dessert degustations, bespoke wedding and celebration cakes, nougat and ice cream. Basically, anything sweet and delicious, this is the place to go. Firmly cementing itself as a household name in Perth, it’s fair to say that the Rochelle Adonis Cakes + Confections brand has become something of a treasured WA icon, well known for its incredible presentation and mouth-watering delicacies. When we arrive, there are about eight other mums, already sitting at a long, elegant table, while their kids get apron-ready for the tasks ahead. A supremely civilised way to spend an

hour or so, the grown-ups are treated to one of Rochelle Adonis’s delicious high teas, with precision-cut sandwiches, a little shot of the most intensely flavoured soup and, of course, pastries to die for. In short, they are not required to lift a finger - unless that finger is clasping a small sandwich or pastry. The class, which is suitable for 10 to 14-year-olds, is overseen by the Rochelle Adonis kitchen team, keen to share their expertise and tricks of the trade with primolife.com.au

their young charges. Daisy and Olivia are immediately set to work, making choux pastry and piping out little éclair-shaped sausages onto a baking sheet. They don’t take long to bake, but in the meantime it’s on to macaron-making, in a rainbow of delicate colours. Meanwhile us grown-ups are sipping on the cups of team offered in vintage china teacups, nibbling on delicate morsels and generally feeling extremely posh.

WIN MASTERING PASTRY Above, Daisy and friend Olivia get busy with the choux pasry during their eclair-making class at Rochelle Adonis in Highgate.

Time to ice those éclairs, so Daisy wields an icing bag like a pro, while Olivia sandwiches her macarons together, ready to be taken home and shown off to amazed relatives. Finally the group makes truffles I’m afraid these don’t even make it to the car, they’re too delicious to live that long. As the girls hang up their aprons, they’re excitedly discussing how they’re going to recreate what they’ve learned at home later - Rochelle Adonis helpfully provides an easy to follow recipe for everything they’ve cooked on the day.  There are cookery classes for big kids too in the next few months as well as a raft of school holiday classes from ages four and up - how about getting your little ones to make gingerbread families, or learning how to make tricky puff pastry?

Win a Rochelle Adonis school holidays class for your child and you - DIY Gingerbread House (suitable for 10 to 14 year olds) on Thursday October 8, 10am to 11.30am.

As a morning learning life skills, honing Daisy’s éclair-making ability may not be high on the most essential list, but by golly, it’s a tasty way to expand her cooking repertoire and build confidence in the kitchen PL. Visit rochelleadonis.com/classes to find out about forthcoming classes.

For the more experienced baker, the team will be making a gingerbread house! It will last until Christmas, but if temptation gets the better of you, they will make sure your little chef can confidently create another one. Get ready for Christmas early this year, and bring your little ones to this fun hands-on class. Each child will enjoy light refreshments and may be accompanied by one adult, who will also be invited to enjoy light refreshments.  The class will include full instruction by the chefs, recipes, and of course, a splendid gingerbread house. Visit PRIMOLife’s Facebook page for details.

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meet the brewer


Damien Bussemaker rules the Swan Valley with his expertise behind the taps at Elmar's in the Valley. We chat to him and general manager Steffen Hoeer. Images by CRIB CREATIVE

PRIMOLife When, where, and how did you become a brewer? Damien Bussemaker Originally I was a self-taught home brewer. For about 10 years I brewed my own beer, but it wasn’t until I entered the Perth Royal Beer Show and won that I considered brewing professionally. From there I just started networking, getting to know the industry and keeping an ear out for jobs. Steffen Hoeer And then it was about three years ago you approached us for a job? DB Yeah about that, at first I started as a Freelancer Brewer just to gain experience, but now I am employed by Elmar’s on a permanent basis. SH Damien is our only brewer and we brew as demand dictates. PL What’s the difference between brewing in a boutique brewery compared to a major brewery? DB For me working at a boutique brewery gives you greater control of what you are


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brewing and the ability to make adjustments as needed. At a major commercial brewery there might be 10 other brewers so your job could be to just open and shut taps or load and unload. I believe that working in a smaller scale boutique brewery is more hands-on and readily exposes you to all aspects of the brewing process from start to finish.You also have more contact with customers, so it’s a great environment to get honest feedback. PL What are the most significant changes to the beer industry in WA in recent years in your opinion? DB Craft beer has seen massive changes in recent times. I remember back when you couldn’t even get craft beer unless it was at a specialty store, but now with major stores such as Dan Murphy’s, BWS and Liquorland all stocking some really great craft beers, it’s just made it more accessible to more people. As a result, price has also decreased, which

again is just making it more accessible than ever before- which is great. PL What’s the best beer you have brewed? DB Now this is a hard one. I have two kids and it’s like you’re asking me to pick my favourite child. Like children, it really just depends on your mood, but if I have to pick one it would probably have to be Elmar’s Schwarzbier. SH For me, it’s definitely Elmar’s Ein Stein Pilsner followed very closely by the Kickback, which is our wheat beer. PL What is your personal favourite style and therefore what do you always have in your fridge at home? DB I’ve always liked the mystique of an alt beer, so there’s always some sort of alt beer in my fridge, as well as a keg of homebrewed Pilsner. SH Definitely the Pilsner, it is easy to drink and perfect for hot summer days. It’s crisp and refreshing, a great quick drink to have once you are home after a long day.   primolife.com.au

PL Name your favourite six-pack that's available to the public. DB I don’t usually purchase beer that way, although from time to time I will buy one or two stubbies, but usually for research purposes only. SH Radeberger. It’s a German beer from a small township in East Germany, 50km from

FAVOURITE FROTHY Head brewer of Elmar's in the Valley Damian Bussemaker loves the German-style of brewing.

where I grew up and you can get it at Dan Murphy’s and some Liquorland stores. DB Actually, now that you’ve mentioned Radeberger, Weihenstepheiner is one I will go for in a mixed six-pack. It is a German beer as well, brewed at the oldest brewery in the world. PL What is the best beer and food match you have experienced? DB Pilsner and salt and vinegar chips SH What? DB It’s really good, you should try it. The goal is to eat as many salt and vinegar chips as possible so that your mouth is rough and stinging a little and then the Pilsner just makes it all better. SH I’ll take your word for it. For me, nothing beats our Ein Stein Pilsner and Schweinehaxe (pork shank). It's very heavy, salty, full of flavour and the crispiness of the Pilsner cuts right through. It’s the perfect balance. Our Schweinehaxe is pickled and roasted until tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. Nothing beats it. PL What beer do you have with your favourite meal? DB Spaghetti Bolognese is my favourite home cooked meal and I’ll always pair it with Schwarzbier. SH My absolute favourite meal is Schweinehaxe with a stern of Pilsner. PL

Damien Hirst did dots. We added beer. You be the judge. Craft beer made by hand in Northbridge. Kitchen open breakfast until late.


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BEERLAND TURNS ONE It’s the microbrewery that’s won a legion of fans since it opened its doors last year. We take a look back at 365 days of awesome at NBC.

SINCE BREWING THE first beer and opening its taps to the public in August 2014, Northbridge Brewing Company by Beerland has become a key destination in the heart of Perth City. Comprising two bars over two levels, alfresco dining, an upstairs terrace and a rooftop Skydeck with its own bar, it’s fair to say that NBC has won the hearts of the Perth public. Throw in the fact that master brewer Ken Arrowsmith (the bloke on the cans of Emu Bitter) brews his own range of award-winning beers on-site and it’s not hard to see why. Pull up a stool overlooking the green piazza with a cold pint or glass of wine in hand and it doesn’t take long before you start overhearing comments like, ‘this is just what Northbridge needed’ or ‘I can’t even remember what was here before NBC.’ Welcome to Beerland, the ‘hoppiest’ place on earth. According to Michael Keiller, one of the three Beerland Group directors


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behind NBC, the success of the venue has outstripped expectations because it offers something for everyone. “We attract a really eclectic clientele, from your skinny jean hipsters and beer nerds, right through to large family groups, young parents, couples and corporates who just want to enjoy great quality, locally brewed beer, matched with creative menu offerings,” Keiller explained. “But it’s not just about the beer, we offer a cracking selection of hand-chosen wines and a range of bespoke spirit offerings to please every palate. And despite being a brewpub, we also do great coffee from breakfast to closing. “Most importantly, we’ve tried to create a space where people can relax and enjoy themselves, whether it’s friends gathered around a table enjoying the sunshine on the piazza, a couple sharing a bottle of wine on the terrace, or a group catching the latest sports action on the big screens. Mike said the layout of the venue had

made it increasingly popular for functions, allowing groups of different sizes to find the perfect space to suit their needs. “The ground floor Piazza Bar and second floor Tank Bar are perfect for medium to large events, while the 50-seat Skydeck with views of the city skyline is ideal for more intimate gatherings. We’ve hosted everything from major clothing label launches to media celebrations and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive,” he said. No visit to NBC is complete without a game of ‘spot the brewer’. The laconic Ken Arrowsmith can often be seen ‘working the tanks’, flitting between levels in Perth’s only three-level vertical brewery. And while the beverage options are plentiful, sales of Ken’s signature Beerland beers have been strong from day one. The Beerland brews, which are only available on tap, include four core offerings: Wheat, Lager, Pale Ale and Mild. However, Ken adds plenty of variety to the mix primolife.com.au

with regular seasonal brews which have included Mango Wheat, Scorpion Chilli Lager, Kolsch, Japanese Porter, Saison, Christmas Ale, IPA and an Extra Special Bitter. “People love the fact that they can enjoy a beer straight from the tap that’s been brewed just a few metres from where they’re sitting. They also love variety, so we’ll throw in a mango, followed by a more serious brew like Kolsch to keep it interesting. “Our first month’s sales figure for Beerland beer was 109 per cent above forecast and is still 75 per cent above forecast after 12 months – that’s an outstanding vote of confidence from the beerdrinking public.” On the food front, chef Phil Parsons has become renowned for turning out some of the tastiest sliders and burgers in town and his Mac & Cheese Balls are fast becoming the stuff of legend. The two big-ticket food events that had all of Perth talking in the past year have been the Man vs Food Challenge and the NBC Chilli Fest. “The Man vs Food Challenge exceeded our expected revenue projections within the first day and was so popular two other venues borrowed the idea. When we launched the Colossal Angus Burger on social media the internet exploded – it was impossible to keep up with the comment stream.  “Similarly, the NBC Chilli Fest created a huge buzz across our social media platforms, with word of mouth driving huge numbers across the week.We ended up selling 321 kilos of chicken wings and 759 Russian Roulette sliders among the 1,081 meals we produced.” So, what can punters expect over the next 12 months? “Stay tuned for Man vs Food version 2.0 in November and some very special Beerland brews,” Keiller advised. “Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit our website and become a VIP Loyalty Card holder to keep up-to-date,” he added. “We’ve had a fantastic first year and the focus of our birthday month has been about thanking our customers and letting them know how much we value their ongoing patronage and support.” PL Visit northbridgebrewingcompany.com.au  


Be a Brewer for a day and a $100 voucher at Northbridge Brewing Company. Visit PRIMOLife's Facebook page for details.

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FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN Assured Ascot Quays Apartment Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy some family down time, discovers Matthew Mills.


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EVERY TWIST AND turn of the picturesque riverside walk that Assured Ascot Quays Apartment Hotel boasts as its backyard seemed to magic up a new delight for the kids to whoop at. They were excited anyway, of course it’s not often three siblings and the middle one’s besty get to live it up in a posh hotel – but the brisk stroll along the banks of the Swan River was the icing on their cake. We had arrived at Ascot Quays mid afternoon on a crisp winter Saturday and the four excited youngsters had been fit to burst as we checked in, champing at the bit to get in the lift that would take them up to the apartment that we were going to call home for the night. Our visit had a simple agenda – we were here to check out for ourselves the family-owned hotel that we’d been hearing positive whispers about. That meant just languishing in the apartment itself, checking out the surrounds and sampling the best the in-house restaurant can offer. All treats in themselves, of course, but Ascot Quays is also perfectly placed to reach out for

the surrounding attractions – Burswood's Crown resort and the racecourse to name but a couple. We, however, had no plans to stray far – “maybe next time, without the kids,” my wife whispered conspiratorially – so first on the agenda was settling in. Our apartment was on the fourth floor and when the kids burst in we knew we were in for a comfortable night. The nicely-kitted-out kitchen (fridge freezer, dishwasher, oven and microwave) merged into the large living area, complete with dining table and comfy sofas arranged around the big-screen TV. At the far end, through a pair of sliding doors, was a neat little balcony terrace offering stunning view over the snaking curve of the Swan river. Quickly the kids explored the three bedrooms. All complete with a double bed (or twins if you ask), two had easy access to the main bathroom. My wife and I commandeered the master bedroom – we love the rugrats and all, but they ain’t having our ensuite. primolife.com.au


an overnight stay in a onebedroom riverside apartment with breakfast for two at Assured Ascot Quays Apartment Hotel and 150 EAST. Visit PRIMOLife's Facebook page to enter.

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ROOM WITH A VIEW Assured Ascot Quays Apartment Hotel makes an ideal base for the family to enjoy a city break.

All in all then, comfortable and polished. As my wife unpacked, I took the kids – 13-year-old Sam, six-year-old Oli, 11-year old Daisy and her BFF Bianca – to have a peak at the gym and luxurious outside swimming pool (too chilly for a dip today) before exploring the riverside walk. It’s a lovely place to stretch your legs, a testament to the way Perth always manages to keep the beauty of nature to the fore

despite the urban expansion of our vibrant city. Our walk felt fresh and calm, yet we were but a stone’s throw from Perth’s industrial engine room on the other side of the busy Great Eastern Highway. Our happy quartet threw themselves around playgrounds, tested themselves on outdoor exercise equipment, explored muddy trails and a creaking jetty and skipped stones across the Swan. A wedding was being held at Ascot Quays and Daisy and Bianca stood transfixed as the pretty bride and bridesmaids posed for pictures. It was getting dark by the time we headed back, all with hearty appetites – a good thing as dinner at 150 EAST, Ascot Quays hotel’s well-regarded in-house restaurant, beckoned. And what a dinner it was. Daisy and Bianca sipped on Teen Cosmo mocktails while the boys slurped milkshakes – a lovely bottle of sauvignon blanc the drink

of choice for my wife and I. As veterans of dining with children, we eschewed starters – a pity because the freshly-shucked oysters delivered to the next table looked awesome. Mains, though, were a treat. The little ones all picked from the kids menu which offers chicken nuggets, battered fish, spaghetti and burgers, while I plumped for the 300g Scotch fillet steak and mash. It was gorgeous, perfectly cooked – but next time I think I’ll go with what my wife had: the confit pork belly, prawns and a tomato and white bean cassoulet. Just lovely. Desserts were exquisite, sorbets and ice creams for the girls, chocolate tart for the boys and sticky date pudding for me. And throughout our lovely, boisterous meal the service was excellent, friendly, efficient and courteous, with plenty of attention for the younger diners. Afterwards, we headed back to our apartment for a few hands of Uno before putting a sleepy Oli to bed. Then we settled in for a movie marathon – a one-off fee buys you unlimited access to bang-up-todate flicks and we were determined to get our money’s worth. Next morning, after a hearty breakfast at 150 EAST, we headed off – the kids sad to leave their posh apartment while my wife and I happy in the knowledge of having found a new bolthole for next time we get to escape into the city. PL Assured Ascot Quays Apartment Hotel, 150 Great Eastern Highway, Ascot, Perth 6104.Tel: 08 9479 0000. 150 East, tel 08 9479 0099, 150east.com.au september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE



The islands that time forgot

The Philippines is the kind of destination that makes you stop looking at your watch after a week says Ben Robins, so be prepared to surrender yourself to one of the world’s most beautiful collection of islands - and chuck out the clocks.


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PICTURE THE PERFECT beach. Leave no tropical stone of cliche unturned: feel the soft, bone-white sand of a pristine, unspoiled strand beneath your toes - go on, wriggle them. Allow a warm breeze to stir both your hair and the fronds of palm trees above you. Let limpid, turquoise waves lap your ankles; feel free to allow small, colourful, darting fish to enter this reverie. In conjuring up this paradise, there’s a strong chance that you may be channelling The Beach: that isolated Bounty-ad of an idyll conjured up by Alex Garland in his titular 1996 novel. The book, and indeed the film-ofthe-book, is set in Thailand, as many a backpacker has headed in this direction to find a taste of paradise. They’re going the wrong way. The odds of finding an unspoiled stretch of sand in this massively over-visited country are now next to nil, but you’ll still find something a lot closer to the mark in the Philippines – which was, in fact, where Garland originally drew his inspiration. This cluster of over 7,000 islands doesn’t lack for tropical locales. Steeped in

centuries of Spanish maritime history, the cities are dotted with ancient churches and crumbling crenellations, rusted old cannons still vigilant along the old city walls. Where the cities end, the raw country begins: large metropolises are widely dispersed throughout the country, with huge stretches of wild mangroves, jungles and islands filling the gaps between them. Popular areas for holidaygoers include the metropolitan Manila and the partyisland of Boracay; for the more sociophobic explorer, however, isolated island provinces like Bohol might offer a more enticing adventure. A short ferry-cruise from nearby Cebu City, Bohol hides some of the most spectacular natural scenery of the Philippines. Panglao Island, a short drive across the bridge from Tagbilaran, is a jungle of farmsteads and hamlets, home to casually road-wandering livestock and the intimately beautiful Alona Beach. During the day, it’s a quiet coastline of sleepy, palm-shaded coconut stands and restaurants - often with even sleepier restaurant owners napping primolife.com.au

PARADISE FOUND Left, the magical 'chocolate' hills of Bohol, and above, the pristine waters surrounding the Philippines.

outside - but at night the trees light up and the bars come to life. Small wooden tents are thrown up for on-the-beach massage parlours, and amiable mariners wander along the beachfront offering next-day boat tours to nearby islands. Meanwhile, restaurants of every conceivable cuisine throw out tables onto the beach itself, the waves lapping just close enough for a sporting game of hit-thedead-jellyfish-with-a-breadstick.

From Panglao a number of exploration opportunities are available. The two more popular forms of public transportation are tricycles (metal canopies welded onto motorbikes, suitable for one passenger a couple or a very familiar trio who wouldn’t mind sitting on each other) and jeepneys open-sided buses so vividly-decorated and stylised that you never see the same design twice. It’s a common sight to see a bus-stop latecomer (or daring passenger) hanging

from the back of the bus itself, making faces at oncoming traffic. Average rates for jeepneys start from around seven pesos, whereas tricycles can be a touch more expensive depending on your journey. For maximum convenience and flexibility, however, a third option is to hire a taxi for the day. Starting from around 2,000 pesos (about $56) split between passengers, this gets you a minivan and a driver willing to take you to all the main attractions of Bohol in a day-trip. The advantage of a hired driver is that if, for example, you happen to drive past a particularly photogenic vista, you can politely ask to stop anywhere for a few pictures before resuming the journey. Arguably the most famous landmark of Bohol are the Chocolate Hills - huge, bizarrely smooth knolls rolling into the horizon. A central viewing platform shows off unbelievable panoramic views of palmfronded forests and a small portion of the 1,268 hills themselves, and it’s easy to see why the locals are so proud of this particular site. Many theories exist as to the Chocolate Hills’ origin: scientific suggestions include september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE



Tarsier, Bohol Island

El Nido

How To Get There Working under the likely assumption your starting point in the Philippines is Manila, there are many domestic options for travel. Most major islands are airaccessible, and Cebu and Tiger Air have regular daily flights throughout the country.

volcanic eruptions and karsts, while local legends include feuding giants, God’s tears and at least two myths involving the leavings of incontinent giants and buffalos. Leaving the Chocolate Hills, a number of stops must be made on the return journey to Tagbilaran and Panglao. The Tarsier Conservation Area is home to numerous tiny, adorably goblin-like creatures clutching branches and staring huge-eyed at passers-by, all in strict silence so as not to panic the easily-stressed creatures. Further down the road - and usually around lunchtime by this point the Loboc River wends through the dense foliage, along which floating restaurants slowly drift downriver. A buffet of fresh fruit, seafood and Filipino cuisine is accompanied by live musicians, semi-Jurassic surroundings and dauntless young acrobats throwing

BOHOL Fly from Manila to Cebu City; taxi from the airport to the ferry port (usually a set fee of around 400500 pesos), then get a ferry to Tagbilaran City. The ferries generally take 2-3 hours and offer ‘tourist’ class (indoor seating) and ‘open air’ (sheltered canopy seating on top of the boat). On a fine day, Open Air can be an enjoyable budget option, though seating can get a touch intimate on a busy day. Ferry companies SuperCat and Ocean Jet both travel to and from Tagbilaran, and the fare is 400-500 pesos depending on seating. EL NIDO Fly from Manila (or from Cebu) to Puerto Princesa. Immediately outside the airport will be a bank of taxi drivers offering passage to El Nido, for which there are two main options. Cherry Bus is a coach service with spacious seating and a reduced fare (400-500 pesos depending on time of day), but takes longer (seven hours) due to the number of stops made by the driver. The second option is to hire a minivan with a smaller number of additional passengers; the fare is slightly higher (550 pesos as a flat rate) but promises to get you to El Nido in five to six hours instead.


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themselves from rope-swings into the river to the general applause of the restaurant clientele. The beauty of the Philippines is that, while leaving the beautiful scenery of Panglao is gut-wrenching at the time, you can be reasonably confident that wherever you go will be equally magnificent. A short flight from Tagbilaran (and a slightly longer cross-country van trek) will leave you, slightly dustier and better-travelled, at El Nido; a secluded beach-town enclosed on all sides by towering cliffs, abuzz with life and tricycles at any time of day. This is the very place which gave Garland his inspiration for The Beach, and which the author himself described as ‘a place where I’d felt instantly at home.’ Accessible only via a six-hour drive from the nearest capital, Puerto Princesa, El Nido is a coastal wilderness with a small, solitary town in its cove. Daytime wanderers can hitch a tricycle to the luxuriant Las Cabanas beach, or take up one of the many compulsory island-hopping tours; those of a more nocturnal persuasion could stay for a month and still not frequent every beachside restaurant, bar and cafe. Even for the locals, the town feels like somewhere people go to forget the outside world. Sadly, this does mean that there isn’t an ATM within a six-hour drive, so bringing enough cash for the duration of the stay is prudent. Even for those of a less ‘touristy’ inclination, it would be sacrilegious to visit El Nido without taking a boat tour of the islands. Most businesses offer a number of routes, all of which visit entirely different locations, and many include a freshlyprepared barbecue to be cooked on the boat and eaten on an entirely isolated beach

SIMPLE PLEASURES The Phillippines has such a variety of landscapes to enjoy, from marine parks to rugged volcanic mountains. Below, take a ride in a jeepney.


somewhere far out to sea. Destinations include an eerily abandoned monastery on Matinloc Island, snorkeling with clownfish and Territorial Fish (so called due to their tendency to painlessly but unnervingly nip you if you swim too close to their reef) - and the opportunity to swim under a looming cliff face to discover the actual eponymous Beach which inspired Garland’s novel. Life in the Philippines is a strange, wonderful and often nonsensical experience: in Garland’s words, it’s ‘a democracy on paper, apparently well ordered, subverted by irrational chaos.’ Expect to see buses, pickup trucks and tricycles with passengers leaning out the windows, hanging from rear doors and occasionally sat atop the vehicle itself; expect to see full families linked together on the backs of impossibly small scooters. Tables outside restaurants and convenience stores are rarely empty, usually crammed with loud, welcoming groups of the young and old. In the Philippines, if you smile at somebody on the street it’s a safe bet that you’ll get a beaming response; it’s a country where people know how to enjoy life, and aren’t shy about sharing the experience with outsiders. Island life in the Philippines is not particularly hi-tech. Outside of Manila and major cities Hilton Hotels are in short demand, and the WiFi occasionally leaves something to be desired; however, this is a small price to pay. After a week, you won’t just have forgotten to reach for your iPad every morning - you’ll probably have stopped even checking the time.

What To Do

BOHOL From Panglao, take a jeepney or private taxi to the main island of Bohol; most drivers have a prepared list of popular activities and locations, including: Chocolate Hills (50 peso entry toll): offering spectacular sights and photo opportunities, with the option to rent quadbikes for part of the journey. Tarsier Conservation Area (50 pesos): a fascinating and environmentally-conscious animal sanctuary with friendly and informative staff. Butterfly Gardens (50 pesos): an interactive and interesting butterfly zoo whose enormous specimens are friendly enough to be worn as earrings. Floating Restaurant Tour (450 pesos): a Filipinocuisine buffet restaurant on a gentle downriver cruise, with live entertainment and traditional dance shows. Baclayon Church (50 pesos): one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, this historical site was damaged in the 2013 earthquake but is still open to visitors.

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equipped for your flamboyant holiday drink of choice. Island Hopping Tours Many EL NIDO Much of El Nido’s activities and sights can be accessed such enterprises are available - you can’t walk ten metres without from within the town itself, and tricycles are readily seeing one. Tarawis Island Tours are available on any street to get further afield. Las Cabanas (free + 150 peso tricycle fare): a perfect a small, family-run company with two traditional three-tier boats example of a pristine tropical beach, this white-sand cove is secluded enough to relax on while conveniently who offer a multitude of different

tours, with beach barbecue included. Rates are generally around $28 per head for the full day, with lower rates for off-peak seasons. Kayaking El Nido’s waterfront is begging to be explored by kayak, allowing for greater independent wandering through Palawan’s lagoons and hidden beaches. Rates generally around 150 peso sper hour, or 800 pesos for the whole day. PL september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE




Colombia might not be on everybody's bucket list of destinations, but Carmen Jenner was happy to be seduced by this country with its head in the clouds.

IN ONE OF the most dangerous countries in the world I stand on the side of the road with my thumb out. There is another woman striking a similar pose except she’s poured into the Colombian uniform of jeans tight enough to make out the lace on her g-string and, of course, the obligatory stilettos. This attire applies to women of any age, size or shape and I admire their fierce quest for sexiness as dust settles on my sneakers. My entourage hangs back in the wings behind our Mazda which now sits defeated on the side of the road with its hood up in shame. Given the curious stares from the drivers negotiating the hairpins turns, my fair skin must be a rarity in these parts of the Andes. And for this reason alone I have been assigned the task of hitching us a lift into Pasto for some very important coffee business. Finally an overloaded bus screeches to a halt and my cohorts emerge from the dust and we all pile on hoping it gets us into


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town, preferably on time. It’s a mad dash made all the more intense by the humidity and the fact I’ve been in the same clothes for two days since my suitcase decided to check out the sights in Bogota. Thankfully, I had unknowingly planned ahead and was appropriately dressed for the early morning visit to the Gothic-revival style El Santuario de Las Lajas carved into the canyon of the Guaitara River in the town Ipiales. The sanctuary has been a pilgrimage site for hundreds of years and involves a 262-step trek each way and in my case, with insane jetlag and at an altitude so high I can’t get my head around, is quite a challenge. Nonetheless, it was worth getting up before the birds, and even before coffee, which ironically is the main purpose of my trip. Organised by my generous hosts from Asprounion, an association formed to support the coffee farmers of Narino Department (region) in southern

Colombia, the meeting includes key delegates including an auspicious senator. It’s enlightening considering I know not a word of Spanish and my translator works double time asking questions on my behalf. Over a fitting dessert of tiramisu, everyone proudly explains their role in the coffee trade of this lesser known region. Often overshadowed by the better known Coffee Triangle in central Colombia, the farms in the south produce a far superior grade of coffee compliments of the high altitude (1,400-1,900 metres above primolife.com.au

Fast facts – getting to columbia

Legend has it a witch who once lived on the mountain would round up all the misbehaving men in town and ply them with hallucinogens to make herself appear beautiful so they would fall in love with her.

Transport: Avianca Airlines flies into Narino’s capital Pasto, Aeropuerto Antonio Narino from Bogota and Cali visit avianca.com Pasto to La Union by road takes approximately two and a half hours. Stay: Pasto: Hotel San Fernando Plaza (visit hotelfernandoplaza.com); La Union: Hotel Casa Blanca, Road 1/18-49 (room 10 has to-die-for views); Contact Asprounion for more details and farm stay packages at Campo Bello and La Esperanza. Carmen Jenner was a guest of Asprounion. Go to lajacoba.com.au/ stores for information.

ADVENTURE TIME Colombia's mountainous landscape is lush and full of surprises - stay on a local farm to experience the country at its most authentic.

sea level), volcanic soil, closer proximity to the equator and 500 less sunlight hours per year. The richness of flavour in this region is also attributed to the placement of coffee trees between fruit and vegetable plantings also serving to rejuvenate the soil. Visitors to the region with an interest in the coffee industry, food security, and conservation farming can immerse themselves in rural life in this special pocket of Colombia with a farm stay; where I can almost guarantee any previous misconceptions about the country will dissolve. I’m welcomed into the Chicazia family at Campo Bello, meaning beautiful land. Nestled in El Sauce with the Andes framing vistas every which way, the villagers joining september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE



in the festivities of empanadas, the largest chicken I’ve ever seen, hand-made corn bread (arepa), a passion-fruit drink and of course their prized coffee, sweetened with panela carved off the block of solidified sugar cane. They share songs, jokes and folklores about the nearby La Jacoba Mountain hovering over the town La Union. Legend has it a witch who once lived on the mountain would round up all the misbehaving men in town and ply them with hallucinogens to make herself appear beautiful so they would fall in love with her. I eye my glass suspiciously as it’s refilled with whiskey until everyone suddenly appears wearing handmade masks no doubt resembling characters of notoriety; I could have sworn Pavarotti was doing the salsa. Interestingly, the café culture hasn’t really taken off in this part of the world with many opting to drink agua de panela, the local sugar cane drink and highly recommended for an energy boost. Named after the infamous mountain, caffeine addicts can head to La Jacoba Café at Asprounion headquarters a few minutes’ drive from La Union. Behind-the-scenes tours and tourist information is available on request and as logistics co-ordinator Margareth Liceth Solarte Ojeda says, “My experience here has changed my perception of coffee and people. If we find a way to continue promoting our culture tourists will fall in love with us.” Back in La Union, no doubt many a


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mere male has become besotted as one Miss Colombia after another saunters by seemingly unscathed by her heels; as if being in the Andes isn’t high enough. By now my luggage has sheepishly returned, including my own heels and Margareth and I attempt to join the parade through the vibrant and undulating streets. Initially, we’re distracted by the colourful building facades adorned in graffiti and the way the light plays on the clouds embracing the Andes. We sample pata, the jelly of cow shin boiled until it melts, and as unappetising as it sounds, it’s tasty and full of wrinkle-defying collagen. It's like a dense and heavily sweetened yoghurt. We’re invited into an artist’s studio with majestic views inspiring all kinds of clichéd attempts of description. We linger until the pain becomes exquisite; our heads may be in heaven but our feet are in hell. Determined not to become a tragic sight of heels in hand, we hobble instead into Café Oceano Azul, the best restaurant in town for a feast of grilled meats with plantains, potatoes, carrots and corn. The fog rolls in veiling La Union from the world beyond. Coffee and beauty aside, what really sets Narino apart is its unique geographical position. It’s hugged on all sides by the Andes, the Amazon and the Pacific Ocean

resulting in diverse micro-climates and subcultures. The Carnaval de Negros y Blancos (Carnival of Blacks and Whites), held in Pasto in the first week of January, celebrates the fusion of Spanish and African influences corresponding to the Andes, Amazon and Pacific cultures. The diversity is evident from the range of cuisines, including grilled guinea pig (cuy) and handicrafts available from roadside stalls, often precariously perched on the mountain’s edge, and local homes where you’re bound to be welcomed into with an inviting smile. The intrepid may feel the need to conquer those peaks, canyons and rivers but given the steep incline this is for the hard-core willing to rough it in harsh conditions. I’m happy to admire from a distance and continue my quest of reaching for the clouds. PL primolife.com.au

PERTH'S COLOMBIAN COFFEE CONNECTION YOU’RE NEVER FAR away from a cup of coffee in Perth. With a staggering quota of cafes per capita, many of us treat “catching up for coffee” as little more than a social occasion. I’ve always taken it for granted I’ll be served an impressive crema precariously floating above a fragrant and flavoursome brew. That was until visiting Colombia. I gave little thought to the beans’ journey, or about the communities who dedicated their lives to growing coffee; like those in the La Union region in the Narino Department in southern Colombia. Until the formation of Asprounion, an association formed to support the coffee farmers of Narino, the farmers themselves had little say in where their beans would be sold and how much profit they could command, if any at all. Out of this collaboration, the La Jacoba coffee brand evolved and was introduced into Perth in 2010 by Asprounion Business Developer Mauricio Velasquez along with an infectious passion for coffee. “By drinking La Jacoba Coffee you


are directly supporting 273 families and Asprounion associates," said Mauricio at the launch. "That’s about 1,000 people’s lives you’re improving and it means we can really start making a change.” From coffee plantation to cup, the process is as complex as the distance is vast. The favourable conditions of growing beans in the Andes at a high altitude produces a flavour so unique and complex that only the most highly skilled of quality graders can recognise all 36 characteristic aromas. Five years down the track since La Jacoba’s launch, many of Perth’s key coffee roasters eagerly await their deliveries of green beans every few months. Karin Decima from Atlas Coffee Roasters has been astute enough to recognise the potential of offering their customers a specialty coffee. “Competition in cafes is always high and a higher quality product will distinguish you from the rest and increase your customer base.” Coming into contact with a superior single origin bean gives even the most

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seasoned of roasters and baristas the twitches. Much like a mad scientist concocting magic potions, Perth’s most talented coffee experts are blending beans as we speak. That’s when they’re not sniffing, sipping, swilling and spitting black gold with gusto with their peers at private grading events all over town; like Sprolo Café has at its onsite Blacklist Coffee Roasters in South Perth. Coffee snobbery? Not at all, it’s about honouring the bean while cultivating a superior product for the customer. Just as Christina Hazelwood set out to do when she opened Willie Wagtail in the city, “We wanted to create a place where people could fall in love with coffee. We wanted to give them a chance to go on adventures; trying amazing beans from all across the world, brewed with great care and skill by baristas who love what they do.” Get your Colombian fix at Antz Inya Pantz, Dimattina Coffee, Pound Coffee Roasters, Blacklist Coffee Roasters, Aroma Café, Atlas Coffee Roasters, Ravens Coffee, Humblebee Coffee Roasters, Aroma Café and Oxfam. •


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LOFTY AMBITIONS Crown's Loft Suites are the epitome of luxury in the city, the perfect base to experience the city's premier entertainment venue in style - and then some, as Matthew Mills discovers.


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I HAD THOUGHT I’d got to the point in my life where ‘take my breath away’ wasn’t a thing anymore. Mid forties, well into a career in journalism, a fair way down the parental track, I’d thought that my days of actually being taken aback were over, that I’d settled into a happy, steady routine of having just about seen it all. And then I opened the door to Crown Metropol Perth’s Loft Suite and I knew that I really hadn’t seen anything yet. I actually gasped. I’d heard talk of it before my wife and I turned up at the expansive Crown Perth complex and headed to the Metropol’s

swish reception desk. Eyes had widened when I’d told those in the know where were headed for an overnight escape from work, the kids, everything really – and I had been assured that we were in for something special. But it wasn’t until we actually stepped over the threshold that we realised just how special this place was. My gasp was followed by my normally elegant and sophisticated better half giggling like a schoolgirl and clapping her hands. This was a suite to be reckoned with, this was Crown gently flexing its muscles and showing the industry just how luxury should be done. primolife.com.au

THE HIGH LIFE Crown Metropol certainly knows how to put on the ritz - its Loft Suite is one of the most luxe in town. Left, Rockpool restaurant, and below, room service from Bistro Guillaume.

The key, the starting point of the long list of why Crown Metropol Perth’s Loft Suite can rightly command a place in the top echelons of its ilk, is the light that glitters off every surface. The whole suite sparkles, a canvas of brilliant white decorated with tasteful, instinctive furniture and trimmings in hues of black and brown. The feeling of space as we walked into the main living area was breathtaking, nearly as breathtaking as the views that the expanse of glass offered over the Swan River, Perth and everything beyond. We quickly went into full Cinderella mode, skipping around the suite, running our hands over surfaces, drinking in the elegance. The kitchen area glistened, sparkling surfaces around perfect appliances begging for talented hands to create. A beautiful table bridged the gap between kitchen and lounge, where acres of the most comfortable, sink-into-and-never-want-toget-up lounges surrounded a stylish low coffee table. This room is designed for entertaining. You can’t help but picture a dozen of your closest friends living it up in this world of elegance, corks popping, laughter ringing out, lives being lived to the full. But there’s so much more to this suite. The balcony had us once more agog, simple and stylish, but commanding views that made us feel like king and queen of the world surveying our empire. Later on we

discovered that, in the suite above us, also with those killer city/river views Jessica Mauboy was relaxing after wowing the guests at the Royal Flying Doctor's ball downstairs. And then there was the bedroom. Separate from the lounge area, the sumptuously comfortable king size bed looks out over another sea of glass offering those to-die-for Swan River views. And off the bedroom is the immaculate bathroom, all marble luxury with his and hers basins, a stand-alone bath and a shower that makes you want to just move in and set up permanent residency. I’d had a busy morning with family

things, so put this wonderful bathroom through its paces to scrape off the dirt and do my best to transform myself into someone who had every right to be in a place like this. While I scrubbed up, my wife ordered champagne and a delicious board of Bistro Guillaune’s room service charcuterie, all of which arrived as I emerged wrapped in a fluffy white robe, clean, shaved and ready to be spoilt. We had, of course, checked in as early as we could, intent on making the most of this Crown idyll, so let the world seep away as we relaxed for a few hours just enjoying the luxury of it all. It was the perfect afternoon

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– the cake iced when a certain Mr Mundy dispatched Richmond with the last kick of a match which we watched in the most opulent of surroundings. But, despite the temptation to never leave our suite paradise, we were resolute that we were going to explore at some point. Burswood has so much to offer that it would be a crime not to at least take in some of the highlights. First stop was the Metropol’s 9 Lounge, an exclusive bar area just for top residents. Quiet and sophisticated, we sat among other happy guests enjoying a glass of bubbles and the views of East Perth’s rolling hills. It gave us time to plan our night. Which restaurant to head for? The choice is staggering, but we both had designs on Rockpool. First though, we just had to drop in at the casino and take in the hustle and bustle of Burswood’s biggest draw. A circuit first, taking in the cool-eyed punters gathered around the array of glamorous games before we settled down at a Blackjack table to see where our hard-earned $50 each in chips would take us. As it happened, we made a grand profit of $15 over the half hour we played, but more fun was chatting to the eloquent croupier, a chap in his 20s more than happy to share tales of the exciting world of high rollers. Happy with our time at the table, we headed to Rockpool Bar & Grill, Neil Perry’s simply fantastic restaurant. Tucked into an elegant table in the sensuously-lit open plan restaurant, we feasted on oysters to start before sating our inner-carnivore with


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grass-fed rib-eye and rump, all washed down with an exquisite bottle of wine. We were moving into luxury overdrive by this point and were torn between exploring more and getting back to our suite as quickly as we could. In the end, we headed to Vie, the bordello-style champagne bar next to Rockpool for a nightcap, a whisky and a cocktail as we mulled over our meal, before returning to the suite. At night, the views are simply staggering so we finished our night on the balcony drinking in the shimmering lights of Perth’s skyscrapers reflected in the Swan, totally

relaxed and totally happy. Next morning, of course, we took breakfast in the suite, rising early to make every minute of our adventure count before we finally had to check out and return to real life. We took with us a memory to savour, a perfect night in a perfect suite – and the happy realisation that there are still things in the world that can take your breath away. PL Crown Perth Metropol Loft Suite, from $1,253 per night.Visit crownperth.com.au/hotels/crownmetropol/loft.


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TO THRILL The Audi TT sets Matthew Mills’ pulse racing - and the new incarnation of this design icon is more exciting than ever.

OPPORTUNITY OF A lifetime or poison chalice. That surely must have been the dilemma facing the design team charged with bringing the world the third incarnation of the Audi TT. On the one hand, they must have punched the air at the thought that they had been trusted with the future of one of motoring’s most impressive achievements. To have landed the job would, after all, put them at the forefront of their trade, up there with the crew who, legend has it, first breathed life into this iconic car in just four short weeks 20 years ago.


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Since then, this beautiful little twodoor supercar has carved its own place in motoring history, quickly elevating itself into driving’s top tier. Those two Ts have become synonymous with quality, speed, luxury and excitement. It was already a classic, so the challenge would have been building on that illustrious two decades and producing a mark three worthy of the name. Would it be the next chapter or would they simply be dismissed as lily-gilders? Well, it didn’t take long for a fickle industry to answer that question. Within just

days of the new TT’s launch earlier this year, a resounding sigh of admiration signaled the fact that somehow Audi had managed to meet – and beat – expectations. Personally, I hadn’t been behind the wheel of a TT for more than a decade, since a review back in the old country. I remember being blown away then so I couldn’t wait to pick up my TT Coupé from the good people at The Audi Centre Perth. Just seeing it waiting for me on the forecourt was exciting. It was still all TT, but it had grown up. Now it was broader,


This beautiful little two-door supercar has carved its own place in motoring history, quickly elevating itself into driving’s top tier.

sleaker – it just looked even more powerful. Audi makes no secret of the influence of the R8 in the design of the new TT and its six-cornered grill is one of the many nods to their mouth-watering supercar. Another is the new, stylish fuel flap. Embossed with TT livery, six sturdy bolts attach it to the car and it opens with a tap. There’s no cap underneath, in true sports style, meaning your fill-up can be speedy even if you are at the servo rather than a trackside pit-stop. Happily for aficionados of the TT, however, there’s plenty of the original mould-breaker left in the third generation. The twin tailpipes and rounded back window, for instance, are an echo of what went before. But get behind the wheel and you’re really back in the here and now. The dashboard has had a wonderful redesign, tweaked to perfection to house all that is good in new millennium tech. A high-res, 31cm digital instrument cluster tells you everything you need to know and all the gadgets today’s driver needs are close at hand. Everything you need turns up on this display, from the odo to the sat nav, and the user system is logical and friendly, designed to make what you need most the easiest to access. For a small car, the front seats are comfortable and the cabin is stylish – the trademark round air vents to the fore, the trim all polished silver and sleek leather. The steering wheel just shouts ‘drive me’, its straight-edge base dripping sporty chic.

Of course, the backseat is still not much fun if you’re over six years old, but that’s the point of the TT. There’s no getting away from the fact that this isn’t a car for soccer moms - Audi reckon the target audience is more likely the younger free and single, women as attracted to its sophisticated power as much as men – so the back’s not really a priority. Still, the boot space is surprisingly large, more than capable of storing a couple of overnight bags for the kind of trip that young, single people and their paramours are want to make. So I’m told, anyway. Everything, then, is good – and as I turn the key it just gets that bit better. The TT sounds like a car should, throaty, powerful and in control. It’s powered by two-litre TFSI four-cylinder engine putting out 169kW and 370Nm of torque. The six-speed S-Tronic automatic gearbox is silky smooth and in manual mode, using either the gear-leaver or paddles, it’s wonderfully responsive. And, of course, it’s fast. Well, hey, it’s a TT. Too put numbers to the fact, though, that’s hitting 100km/h from a standing start in just six seconds and a top speed of 250km/h. That’s the kind of performance that can impress my 20-year-old son, so it must be pretty good. Still, despite that oomph, the new TT is still pretty planet-friendly, a fuel consumption of 6.4 litres per 100 and CO2 emissions of 149g per km not the worst you’ll come across. It was, of course, a joy to drive from

the moment I pulled out of The Audi Centre’s Osborne Park HQ, so much so that I found myself making excuses to take it out. Round town it was fun and punchy, drawing admiring stares and jealous glances. On the freeway it was the little emperor, obviously in a class of its own against the other metal ploughing north and south. And then night fell and I got to properly check out the other new addition to this latest evolution – the Matrix LED headlight system. These are the future, a whole new sci-fi version of lighting the road ahead of you. Basically, these lights have their own intelligence. Hell, they’re basically sentient beings. Apparently, the system can produce several million light patterns, working out the best one automatically, meaning you’ll always have the optimum visibility – while never blinding anyone else on the road. A magnificent piece of tech, with the added benefit – as my daughter pointed out – of looking really pretty. This alone then would have been enough to say design team III had earned their money, but as part of the whole it is a massive achievement by Audi. Put simply, they’ve taken perfection and made it that bit better. PL

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RED PLANET Jessica Chastain jumped st the chance to go Martian in her latest role, but isn't so sure she'd like outer space in realy life, says Gill Pringle.


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“I’M A TOTAL space nerd,” smiles actress Jessica Chastain who leapt at the chance to play an astronaut in sci-fi thriller The Martian. But don’t expect her to take off into orbit any time soon. Even if she had a free ticket to space, she says she wouldn't go. “And that’s because I am a realist. I love learning about it and I can pretend to be an astronaut but I know if I was put in a situation that was life and death, I probably

wouldn’t react well. I’d be on the ceiling like this,” says the gorgeous redhead, flailing her arms around and pulling a goofy face. When we meet she’s accompanied by distinguished NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, an impressive woman who has logged 188 days in space including three spacewalks. Having put Jessica, 38, through her paces at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, Tracy reckons the actress underestimates herself. primolife.com.au

SPACE CADET Jessica Chastain and the rest of the cast drew on real experiences from astronauts to inform their performances.

“I’d like to spend more time with Jessica and put her in some of these situations, and then we’ll see,” she says. Jessica isn’t relenting. “But I can’t bring my dog, right? With three legs he’d be floating around going ‘What is going on?!’” The two women exchange banter although Tracy turns serious, saying: “I don’t think there’s anyone who puts themselves on the pointy end of a rocket who doesn’t think about those things, and we know full well the risks we take, not only on the rocket but as we live in space in these chambers that have an inhospitable environment around them. “But when you realise just how many talented people are involved in getting you into space and keeping you there, you trust that. For me, the hardest part is missing my family and pets.” This isn't Jessica’s first visit to makebelieve space; she starred in last year’s Interstellar, geeking out on space books in research for her role. “But then when I saw the movie, and saw Annie [Hathaway] and Matthew [McConaughey] having so much fun floating around in zero gravity, I felt I’d missed out. But then a week later I got a call that Ridley Scott wanted to meet me for a role as an astronaut. It was one those things where you put something out there and boy, does it answer you,” she laughs. Based on a best-selling novel, director Scott is no stranger to space drama, having given us Alien and Prometheus. Starring alongside Kate Mara and Sean Bean, Jessica plays the commander of a mission to Mars. When a freak storm pummels the planet, Matt Damon’s astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead and Jessica's crew returns to earth only to learn that Watney has survived, alone on the hostile

planet, now a few years away from rescue. Although she plays a commander, Jessica was anxious to understand what that actually meant in terms of a space crew. “I asked Tracy about this because I’ve never been responsible for anyone’s life; I’ve never had to lead people into situations and make last-minute calls like she has. “My brother is in the army so I know that sometimes in the military there’s an aggressive way to give orders but Tracy stressed that it's much more about team camaraderie, so I took to heart this idea that no one person is more important than the other,” says the Oscar-nominated actress who starred in The Help and Zero Dark Thirty. Filmed in Budapest, all the cast, apparently, got into the team spirit: “We tried to focus on that by going out to dinner every night and drinking wine! We had a lot of fun. And when I saw the movie, it felt like we really were part of a team.” Jessica’s career break came later in life that she had hoped, starring with Helen Mirren in The Debt five years ago, audiences falling in love with her a year later in The Help. She persevered regardless. “I don’t like being told no. I remember as a child, knowing that I wanted to be an actor, and adults asking me ‘What are you going to be when you’re older? And I would tell them I was going to be an actress. And the look on every single face was always of disbelief. Every time they did that I thought, ‘You have no idea. No, I really am. I’m going to be an actor’,” says Jessica, voted “most talented” in her high school year book in Sacramento, California. “So whenever someone says it's not possible or you can’t do something, that definitely fuels me. I’m not a brat about it. I just want to fight against expectations.” PL The Martian is released September 30. september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE



PAN SPECIFIC Beneath a long black wig, waxed moustache and beard, Hugh Jackman is barely recognisable in lavish Neverland fantasy movie, Pan. BY GILL PRINGLE.

“I’VE GOT TO admit, I do look a little scary, but I think that’s the point,” says Hugh Jackman, WAAPA alumnus and all round Hollywood favourite who plays Blackbeard in this new twist on J M Barrie’s classic children's tale. The title role, however, goes to another Australian: 12-year-old Brisbane actor Levi Miller, with Hugh watching carefully over the boy as they filmed in locations around the UK. “Levi was fantastic. He had no idea how good he was. He was having the time of his life. He’s a kid from Brisbane who all of a sudden for eight months was Peter Pan in Neverland. I mean, come on?!” he laughs. “This was his first big job, and he was in every scene and just loved it, and he really cried his eyes out on the day he left,” says Hugh, 46, dressed in a smart grey suit, his hair cut short, when we meet in a Beverly Hills hotel. Pan, he says, is for audiences, old or young. “It’s a heart-led story that everyone


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can relate to, this hero’s journey of believing in yourself and going through great challenges to overcome fears and rise above what you think you’re capable of.” The second to youngest in a family of six, raised by a single dad in Sydney, Hugh remembers all too well his own childhood fears; themes which he hopes Pan addresses for other children. “When I was Levi’s age, I was a very fearful kid. I was afraid of the dark and I was afraid of being in my home alone. “I was the first kid home and I’d have to wait for my dad to get home so I would sit outside on the doorstep or in the garden because I couldn’t go in,” recalls the actor whose mother left the family and moved to the UK when he was eight years old. “I was also afraid of heights and it used to frustrate the hell out of me, so I could relate to that thing that Peter Pan has about being frightened to do things and everyone forcing you to do it. “Growing up in Australia with all my

siblings, everything seemed to be about jumping off a cliff or doing something frightening, even rollercoasters were frightening for me so I had to overcome it.” Wed to fellow actress Deborra-Lee Furness, who he met on the set of ABC TV prison drama Correlli more than 20 years ago, the couple are today loving parents of Oscar, 15 and Ava, 10, both eager to join their dad on the Pan set where they got to fly, strapped into harnesses. Offering a very different take on previous Peter Pans, this version places Peter in an orphanage run by a scary nun. “As a parent, it touches me even more because I have adopted kids so there’s parts of the story that I’m really very sensitive to. I think it's very important that our children come to terms with who they are, where they came from and the fact that they’re not with their birth parents, that we’re their parents and how that feels to them. “They’ve seen the movie and absolutely love it. It was a great chance for us to talk primolife.com.au

PAN'S PEOPLE Hugh Jackman plays Blackbeard, while young star Levi Miller from Brisbane is Peter Pan

through all that stuff.” Between his exuberant tweets and Instagram photos, Jackman is a happy man, maintaining a child-like delight instead of a world-weary cynicism.

“I think that’s probably why I enjoy this story so much because it celebrates the imagination of the child, hinting at the idea that the more we keep that in life, the happier we will be. Of course we have to grow up, we have to pay rent and do things, but if you can live life with that optimism and sense of wonder that a child has, then you’ll be much happier.” Often at his happiest when he’s belting out a good tune, he gets to do that in Pan with a brilliant version of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. Starring in numerous stage musicals, including his Tony-winning performance in The Boy from Oz, and Oscar-nominated role in movie Les Miserables, earlier this year he suffered a vocal hemorrhage, forcing him to cancel a one-man show in Turkey. “My voice is fine now, thanks for asking,” he says, admitting how scary his diagnosis was at the time. “Yeah, vocal hemorrhage sounded dramatic to me as well,” he agrees. “But it's actually like a bruise that’s bleeding inside and you don’t feel it. I had a sore throat, an infection brought on by all the flying and singing and performing. I thought I was fine but the doctor said no, and I literally wasn’t allowed to talk for a week. “My wife hated it. I quite liked it, I’ll be honest with you.” As corny as it sounds, he doesn’t mind admitting that fatherhood is his favourite role. “It's unbelievable, and challenging. and tiring. It's every adjective known to man. It is the greatest most extraordinary, unexpected role I’ve ever played, and still magical.” Passing on the lessons he learned from his own father, he says: “I’ve fallen into this job, and I love it and I don’t feel like I work a day in my life and that is the greatest gift. I’ve talked to my dad about this, and he loved being an accountant. I know that

might sound funny to some people but he absolutely loved it. So I grew up watching that without knowing it, and all of my siblings found things that they loved doing, so that is something I want for my kids. I always encourage them, no matter what it is, with the things they genuinely love doing.” He tries not to spoil his kids. “I actually thought we were poor growing up - but we weren’t. My dad was actually a senior partner at his firm. But I’m really glad for the upbringing we had. For most of my childhood, I was brought up by my father so with five kids it was very regimented. We did all the housework and cooked dinners from the age of eight. Once a week you cooked, once a week you did the washing up, once a week you did the washing, and now I really appreciate that. “I actually feel I’m much softer than my dad but I’m certainly stricter than my wife! But for me it's not hard because, to this day, if I walk into a nice hotel, I almost jump up and down on the bed. “And after spending many years flying Guruda from Australia to England to see my mum for 36 hours - if I get on an airplane and I turn left, I want to go up the pilot and say ‘Let's go the long way round! This is awesome!’ I still really appreciate everything so I would prefer to give my kids that gift than the immediacy of just giving them everything now.” If he looks like he might be about to bounce off his seat, he turns serious. “I also try and teach them the qualities of respect and gratitude. I think we should all go through life respectful of others, just basically being aware of other people and not only thinking of ourselves, just being grateful no matter. It's always easier to focus on the negative, but life is much better if you have a sense of gratitude.” PL Pan is released on September 24

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Watch out for a new political thriller – Secret City will become your favourite show in the new year.

IF YOU LOVE home-grown dramas, you’re in for a treat with a new show that’s just gone into production in the nation’s capital. Hot on the heels of Glitch, the smash-hit thriller starring some of Australia’s bestloved stars and The Slap, Secret City is set to rival the US long-running series The West Wing, in terms of political intrigue and characters we’ll grow to love. With an outstanding line-up of Australian and international actors the new political thriller mini-series started filming in Canberra at the end of August. Inspired by the best-selling novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code, written by Canberra journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis, Secret City is a six-part series set in a world of secrets, lies, murder and betrayal - beneath the placid facade of Canberra. Two-time Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver returns to Australian television in the role of Labor powerbroker Senator Catriona Bailey. Anna Torv (Fringe, Deadline Gallipoli) plays savvy political journalist Harriet Dunkley; Dan Wyllie (Puberty Blues, Tangle) is Minister of Defence Mal Paxton and Damon Herriman (Justified, The Water Diviner) is ASD senior analyst Kim Gordon. Secret City will showcase some of Canberra’s most iconic locations, including Parliament House, the National Gallery, the Australian National University and around Lake Burley Griffin. Amid rising tension between China and America, journalist Dunkley will uncover a secret city of interlocked conspiracies, putting innocent lives in danger – including her own. Secret City is a Matchbox Pictures production for Foxtel, supported by Screen Australia and Screen ACT. It will be directed by Emma Freeman (Glitch, Tangle, Hawke, Puberty Blues). Joanna Werner (Dance Academy, Ready


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For This) will produce the series. Executive Producers are Foxtel’s Head of Drama Penny Win, and Penny Chapman, from Matchbox Pictures. Secret City has been written by Matt Cameron (Jack Irish, Old School), Belinda

Chayko (The Gods of Wheat Street, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Old School) and Greg Waters (Janet King, Devil’s Dust), who is also Script Producer. PL Secret City will air on Foxtel’s showcase in 2016. primolife.com.au


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He’s the ex-bad boy of comedy who’s bringing his message of political revolution to the world Perth, prepare for the verbal whirlwind that is Russell Brand. By Matthew Mills.

NEVER HAS THE line between comedian and rock star been more blurred than by the simple fact that Russell Brand exists. Shaggy flowing hair, lithe Jagger-esque body, endless energy, startlingly good looks and tales of taboo substances in the quest for mind expansion in his past, he could sit easily as the front man of any classic rock band. And when he comes to WA to perform he’s going to take to the stage at Perth Arena, a venue more suited to showstopping kings and queens of rock and roll then proponents of gags and giggles. But no, when the lights go up at the city’s premier entertainment hotspot, it’ll be standup and rapid fire repartee to the fore as this enigma of modern celebrity brings down the house. He’ll be at the Arena on October 20 as part of his Trew World Order Australian Tour – and he’ll be bringing a new message


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to the people of this great state. It seems that he’s had a bit of an epiphany. After a life so far of undefinable individuality and, let’s face it, being a bit of a show off, Brand has decided it’s time to embrace herd mentality and the power of the crowd. His show promises to be a hundred-mile-an-hour masterclass in rabble rousing and using the will of the masses to shape the world to their own end. It’s time, he says, to throw off the shackles of uniqueness and band together for the good of us all. A brave stance for a man who has risen to fame through standing out from the crowd, a career that has led to accolades such as being described as the most exciting comedian of his generation by Time Out Magazine. But it’s a career that has, of course, also blurred the lines between comedian and just about every other form of entertainment. After all, what exactly is Russell Brand? Actual rock-stardom is one of the few things he hasn’t got round too yet – his CV lists him as actor, radio host, author, journalist and activist. He exploded into the public consciousness through his part in the Big Brother story – hosting an irreverent analysis show of the UK comp a decade or so ago. Abrasive, charismatic, a pure personification of the lovehim-or-hate-him cliché, he set out his stall as the kind of celeb the industry needed to handle with oven gloves and a pair of stout tongs. Film roles followed, Flash Harry in a St Trinian’s remake before Forgetting Sarah Marshall brought him to the world’s attention and a starring Hollywood role in Get Him to the Greek. From there, work flowed in – voice actor in Despicable Me, guest editing prestigious UK magazine New Statesman and his own chat show – all of which gave him the status to hijack political platforms, most famously rocking heavyweight UK current affairs show Newsnight in 2013 by loudly calling for the British public to boycott the general election. Controversy, of course, has always followed him – bad behavior at award ceremonies and much-publicised alcoholism, drug use and promiscuity adding to the tortured genius status. And then there was Andrew Sachsgate – a story that really doesn’t need telling again – and marrying then divorcing the wonderful Katy Perry. All in all, then, a star who has redefined the word celebrity – and he’s coming to Perth. It’s a show not to miss. PL Russell Brand – Trew World Order Australian Tour 2015. Perth Arena, 7pm Tuesday, October 20.Tickets: ticketek.com

MOTHER LOVE Emily Blunt has tackled a challenging role in new drug thriller Sicario - just a few months after having her first child. By GILL PRINGLE. I’M STANDING AT one of the most dangerous border crossings in the world - between El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. Only we are safe because I have a heavily armed Emily Blunt to protect us - and it’s actually Albuquerque in the US doubling for the Juarez border with some 200 locals and their cars creating the movie illusion of the real border in drug cartel thriller Sicario. It’s 6am and new mum Blunt has got up early to meet us. If playing a kick-ass FBI agent isn’t the obvious choice for an actress after giving birth, then she surprised even herself with her decision. “There’s an existential bubble that bursts suddenly, and you become fearful in ways that you haven’t before, fearful for your child. But at the same time you get the Mama Bear instinct,” says Blunt, 32, whose daughter Hazel with hubby John Krasinski is now 18 months old. “I remember talking to a friend when I got offered this, and I was like ‘I don’t know, it’s so dark, it’s really intense and it’s really brutal subject matter and do I really want to be doing this straight after having a baby?’ And she said ‘You’re a Mama Bear now, it’s exactly what you should be doing now, it’ll be good for you’.” With such an eclectic career, perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised. She’s shot up machines with Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow, sang with Meryl Streep in Into The Woods, been bitchy to Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada and played a formidable Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria. Besides, she relished the idea of playing one of the boys alongside Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro. “Growing up, I was one of the boys, and didn’t really like the colour pink. I always enjoyed sports and was athletic.”  The word “sicario” translates as “assassin” in Spanish, and Blunt talked to real FBI women who had committed their lives to taking down drug dealers and cartel assassins. “I just loved the subject matter, it’s something that I am passionate about, and something that is a huge problem in this country,” says the British beauty who recently became a US citizen. “I thought it was a really fantastically crafted comment on a complex issue. Until 20 per cent of our population stops snorting cocaine and other stuff up their noses, then this problem is going to continue.” PL Sicario is released on September 24.  september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE


next big thing

MUSICAL YOUTH Naomi and Conor, aka Mosquito Coast, beat hundreds of high school hopefuls to scoop the top prize in this year's Triple J Unearthed High competition. We ask the talented duo from Presbyterian Ladies College and Churchlands School what the future holds as they plan their musical careers.


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PRIMOLife Tell us who you are and what you do. Naomi We are Naomi and Conor from the band Mosquito Coast. We’re 17 and from Perth, Western Australia. I play guitar and sing and Conor plays drums. We started playing together three years ago in Year 9. We met through some flyers I put up around my neighborhood. We play in my parents' wine cellar which is full of Native American photographs and old Halloween costumes from the 80s. PL What do you sing in the shower? N I like to switch it up depending on my mood. Breaking out by The Doors is pretty fun; Break on through or a bit of Frank Sinatra This Town. Not too good at hitting those low notes though. Conor I always try my best The National impression with Bloodbuzz Ohio or attempt to swoon with Dream Cave by Cloud Control. Unchained Melody is also fun but equally terrible. PL Who are your musical heroes? N Eric Burdon is really cool, he's got such broad musical talent. He switches from funk to reggae, rock, soul and hits all the genres so well. Karen O, Debbie Harry and PJ Harvey all also have such powerful voices, they make the world stand still. C Kevin Parker is a homegrown hero because he shows that big things can come from small places and his music is constantly evolving. Dan Whitford from Cut Copy will also always be my high school obsession because of his amazing synth jams and lanky dance moves.

PL What’s on your Spotify/iPod playlist at the moment? N Count Five, Mike Bloomfield, The Charlatans, Morphine, Booker T & The MGs, Hot Tuna, PJ Harvey and The Stranglers. C D’angelo and the Vanguard, Alvvays, Unkown Mortal Orchestra, Adrian Younge & Ghostface Killah, Sharon Van Etten and Kindness. PL Who would be your dream musical mentor or collaborator? N My musical mentor would probably be the Beastie Boys they just have a lot of awesome beats. Maybe they could teach me how to sample or rap that would be fun. And if for some reason they were unavailable Michael Bloomfield is a really great session guitarist. C Probably Kanye West. Whether you like

him or not he is globally-influential and knows how to make super cool music. David Bowie would be awesome too! PL Tell us what it means to you to be win Triple J’s Unearthed High? C It meant so much being chosen as one of the top five groups in Australia, it’s obviously a huge accomplishment of ours. Getting our name out there and having our music played on air both wouldn’t have been possible without the Unearthed High competition. PL What do you love about WA? N There’s not much of a dress code in Perth. I love that you can walk to the shops in your pyjamas and nobody cares it’s a very laid-back environment! C I love always being close to the beach, most people's laid back attitude, good food and coffee and lots of new and exciting art and music emerging. PL What are you looking forward to most because of the publicity from Unearthed High? N It’s just really nice having feedback from the public and I think that has encouraged us to try harder at this and become better musicians. We are looking forward to having a fan base that will come to our shows when we start playing that would be really great! PL How do you see your music career developing over the next five years ideally? I think we'll try and write some new material first. Once school is finished there will be a lot more time to focus fully on the music. After that we will start gigging, take things day by day and see where it leads us. PL

SPIRE Under the moniker Spire, 17-year-old producer Max Baines creates colourful and free-spirited electronic sounds with equal nods to the Soda Island production collective and his home on in Denmark. The high school student was one of five finalists in the Triple J Unearthed High competition, pipped to the post for the top gong by fellow West Australians Mosquito Coast. According to Triple J, his track Still Don’t Understand is "sonic Flubber: bouncy, inventive, and hugely forward-thinking".

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Take five... ARIES


March 21-April 20

The supermoon lunar eclipse on the 28th will be in Aries and suggests a fresh start in your personal life. Your daily routine, work or your general wellbeing could change as a result. It’s a great month to accept that some aspects of your past were always destined to change, and to turn a fresh leaf at work.



April 21-May 21

A fresh chapter is about to transform your life and, in the process, you’ll discover healthy ways to put in place measures relating to your personal life, family or a creative venture, especially mid-month. New initiatives with friends or an organisation could broaden your outlook, and help you to implement your hopes and wishes.


July 24-Aug 23

September’s eclipses will highlight the areas of life you share, such as your finances (think taxes); your home life and your relationships. The solar eclipse mid-month suggests both your finances and your relationships could achieve new status; and the eclipse on the 28th signals a fresh chapter regarding shared space or duties.


June 22-July 23

Look out for financial opportunities. They may arise from out of the blue. The solar eclipse on the 13th could bring a decision to a head, and there may be a bitter-sweet element to this. It could be a case that you must cut your losses in some way. All may not be as it seems though, so ensure you double-check facts.



May 22-June 21

The solar eclipse on the 13th will spotlight developments in your personal and creative life. Family circumstances, for some involving a change of environment, will dictate a new pace. A favourite activity could take a giant leap forwards in September, and the supermoon lunar eclipse on the 28th predicts developments in your career.

Aug 24-Sep 23

The Virgo solar eclipse on the 13th suggests you’re ready to turn a corner, especially if it’s your birthday mid-month. It may be time to make changes in your personal life; singles could feel motivated to search actively for a partner; and partners may be ready for deeper commitment. A new look may appeal.


s e r r h e a b a Rules: Form as many words as possible. Each word must contain the centre letter. Plurals made by adding “s” are not counted. GOOD 14 BETTER 17 BEST 19



6 7 9 10 12 14 18 19 21 22

1 2 3 4 5 8 11 13 15 16 17 20

Watery (7) Narrative (5) Devoutness (5) Advent (7) Incitement (11) Disbelief (11) Clearness (7) Amusing (5) Confuse (5) Aid (7)

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Fit out (5) Improved (6) Owing (3) Rigorous (6) Producer (7) Small thorn (7) Greed (7) Contain (7) Seldom (6) Three times (6) Mock (5) Shed (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.

© Reubens puzzles




sep 24-Oct 23

You’ll truly sense that a fresh beginning is on the way and the more you’re ready to let go of the past, the better for you. A fresh phase at work, within your daily routine or regarding a partner will keep you on your toes. However, even positive change can be tiring, so pace yourself. A lively connection at work will add spring to your step.


Oct 24-Nov 22

This month’s eclipses suggest developments concerning family, friends, groups and organisations. Networking will take up much of your time, but will this be enough to satisfy you? Consider your decisions carefully to avoid burning bridges. Work opportunities could be ideal, but a karmic connection may take precedence.


Dec 22-Jan 20

You’ll enjoy a sense of adventure in September. A fresh chapter at home, concerning family or a property could signal the chance to take a more outgoing or inclusive stance towards the people you love. You may enjoy a little more freedom. A decision regarding travel, legal, esoteric matters or study, could be ideal.

Jan 21-Feb 19

An month of socialising will be motivational, and will engage your mind more at work and with your general plans, especially after mid-month. The solar eclipse on the 13th may open doors to new collaborations or to a deeper understanding of someone special. A fresh approach to finances may also prove liberating. Feb 20-march 20

An adventurous atmosphere should pervade your month. A close relationship could turn a corner and you’ll welcome the opportunity to test the waters of a new arrangement, especially where you’ve been entertaining the idea of making a commitment; or you’re becoming more realistic about the parameters of a partnership.

quick quiz

solutions 3 What is an older name for the region that is occupied by Iran?

8 What is another name for the dog breed Alsatian?

4 What was the name of Napoleon’s army?

9 Which Scottish rebel did Liam Neeson play in a 1995 film?

1 What nationality is ‘80s pop star and political activist Bob Geldof?

6 What year was the Snowy River Scheme completed?

2 What is the more common name for the Chinese Gooseberry?

7 US President Barack Obama was born in which state of America?

10 What is the chemical formula for salt (sodium chloride)?

earbasher, earbash, shearer, hearer, hearse, rasher, sharer, abash, brash, share, shear, sheer, bash, hare, hear, rhea, rash, herb, here, herr, hers.

5 True or false: The Miss Universe beauty pageant is owned by Donald Trump (pictured)?



1 Irish. 2 Kiwifruit. 3 Persia. 4 La Grande Armee. 5 True. 6 1974. 7 Hawaii. 8 German Shepherd. 9 Rob Roy McGregor. 10 NaCl.


FinD-A-WoRD { Theme: Insect } Find these words in the grid: gNaT


























Nov 23-Dec 21

Saturn, the zodiac’s taskmaster will enter your sign this month, and stay there for over two years, encouraging you to structure your life; to get on top of chores and generally to feel that you’re making headway effectively. This month’s eclipses will also highlight your creativity and the chance to succeed with a project, career or family venture.

aCrOss: 6 Aqueous; 7 Story; 9 Piety; 10 Arrival; 12 Provocation; 14 Incredulity; 18 Clarity; 19 Droll; 21 Addle; 22 Succour. DOWN: 1 Equip; 2 Better; 3 Due; 4 Strict; 5 Creator; 8 Prickle; 11 Avidity; 13 Include; 15 Rarely; 16 Thrice; 17 Flout; 20 Hut.


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PRIMOparties AUTO CLASSICS MINI LAUNCH Images by Matt Jelonek.

The risque circus troupe Absinthe entertained guests to Auto Classic MINI's new showroom launch, with Cosmopolitan cocktails perfectly complementing the glamorous event. The latest MINI models were a big draw-card for guests who were amused by Absinthe's performers, defying gravity with their high-energy acrobatics and high jinx. The outrageous Gazillionaire and his side-kick Abby hosted the launch and made sure it was one of the more memorable city events in recent months.

Melanie and Darrin Godsell

Kim Griffin and Terry-Ann Cameron Haydn Ryan and Jocinta Russon

Amanda Goerke and Mark Reid

Jeff Brasier, David Doe and Scott Wallace Rikki Burns and Danielle Glenister

Calum Fuller and Dean Fuller

Rod Boulden and Wendy Marshall


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Laurie and Nicole Catalano

Sarah and John Palermo


Jose Ciciliamma Marlene Janssen and Anne Deck

Shelley Dawson and Anya-Jane Statham

Charoen Teoh and Wanda Davies


There was an incredible turn out for the Richmond Wellbeing Centre Opening in Cannington, which brought together mental health consumers, carers, families, mental health professionals and special guests Premier Colin Barnett (above) and the Minister for Mental Health, Helen Morton. There was a special performance from the local Nyoongar Culture and overwhelming support for people dealing with mental illness in WA. “The opening of the new Richmond Wellbeing building is a significant step towards giving Western Australians better access to Mental Health services,� said Colin.

Nicole Perera, Geehan Perera, Shirley Lancaster and Vicky Taylor


Fashion and food bloggers flocked to the relaunch of King Street's Flour Factory and swooned as Simon Hough served cocktails and Matt Carulei, head chef, dished up charcuterie boards and homemade bread fit for kings and queens. The Andy Freeman-owned venue is set to become an important part of the bar guru's growing empire of venues (also including Varnish on King and Darlings Supper Club). Flour is milled on the premises making it a unique addition to Perth's increasingly cool foodie scene. september 2015 | PRIMOLIFE


home truths


Sieze the day

Matthew Mills is suddenly struck by the rapid transit of time and how fleeting childhood is as his children grow up and away from those apron strings. I HAD A brief glimpse into the future last week – which was strange because I was very much in the middle of the here and now. I was out diorama shopping with Daisy, the kind of activity that you’ll regularly find my family doing at this stage in our lives. With three school age kids – and two who have only recently shed their blazers and headed out into the world of TAFE and full-time employment – we tend to spend a lot of our time sourcing the kind of tat that’s apparently necessary to get our brood properly educated. So it was, then, that I was traipsing around the mall with my 11-year-old daughter picking out texters, cottonwool balls, A1 pieces of card, cowgum, glitter and countless other things that in our heads were going to combine with a cardboard box from Bunnings to adequately represent the terror, devastation and natural fury of the Boxing Day Tsunami. At this point, the future was a long, long way away – I was more aware of a depressing sense of déjà vu than any prophetic epiphany as I marveled at my daughter’s ultimately hopeless optimism, memories of her brothers’ attempts to recreate the Fall of Pompei, Cyclone Katrina and the Great Kalgoorlie Quake of 2010 reminding me of the disappointment to come. But then we decided to take a break and grab a coffee and a snack. As it was just the two of us – a rare combination in our overlarge family – I let Daisy choose the venue, so suddenly we were sitting in Jamaica Blue, me nursing a flat white while she sipped daintily on an iced chocolate. And then she started chatting – and the crystal ball moment pounced. Gone was the inane babble of young children, the beautifully clunky attempts at conversation and the random thirst for knowledge, and instead we traded thoughts on her school, her peers, the pressure of homework, the joy of her dance classes. We moved on to my work and her mother’s, then money became the topic before touching briefly on her realisation that perhaps everything the


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school chaplain said shouldn’t be taken at face value. In short, it was a grown up-conversation – and I loved it. Here’s why. Almost since we first signed up for parenthood, my wife and I have daydreamed about a Christmas to come when all five of our children return from their adult lives and gather round our dining table. It’s a Christmas we haven’t yet experienced, one where the content of the presents under the tree is immaterial, where the greatest gift is that we’re all in the same room together. Let’s say that it’s Oli’s 21st Christmas. He’s six now, so it’s hard to imagine what he’ll be like 15 years down the line – young children are all about the now, a whirling mass of life, high on the experience of today with no thought of tomorrow – but I like to picture him tall, stocky, tousled-haired with the barest touch of his early years still there in his big round face. He’ll talk of his uni studies – he’s by far the cleverest of the lot so he’s our best bet to bring a degree or two to our bookshelves – and blush scarlet when Henry ribs him about the pretty, bookish girl he took to the indie cinema festival. Because Henry will be there, of course, maybe even with wife in tow, a grandchild asleep in the now-spare room that was once his teenage cave. He’ll be 35, an age when he’ll have a lot behind him but still a lot to come, an age, I’m defiantly sure, when he’ll

look back on the things that haunted him as a young man and flush with justified pride at how he overcame them. But, of course, he’ll still like to rib his little brother – and will probably still offer up the odd playful clip round the ear. Sam will be 28, which again is difficult to picture. If I were to ask him now what he’ll be up to come 2030, he’d say leading the last WA resistance to the zombie apocalypse from his Rottnest Island stronghold, but personally I prefer my view that he’ll finally be really finding his feet, that his confidence in his imagination, humour and calm leadership has broken through the inertia that his fear of failure so often brings and he’s working in a world that loves him and he loves back. Carpentry, maybe, building beautiful things.Yes, that or zombie-slayer, both kinda work. And then there’s Felix. Will Ashley, the girl who burst into his life six months ago, be sitting next to the 33-year-old version of our kind, gentle second son? It’s hard not to picture it. Nowadays, Felix isn’t just Felix – he’s Felix and Ashley. He’s in the midst of that relationship that will stay with him all his life, the first taste of what it really means to be in love. And she’s wonderful, has added to him, enhanced him, and right now her not being around is unimaginable. So, yes, I’ll say he’s there with Ashley, a bit in her shadow but lit up by her presence, like he was the other night at his 18th birthday meal – the other option is just a bit too sad to consider. Finally, then, there’s Daisy, 26-year-old Daisy. She’ll be sitting next to me of course and will later curl up on my lap for a while even though she’s a bit too big and my bones are a bit too frail. I’ll know her like I know her now – and, while I don’t want to wish our lives away, I can’t wait to meet my grown-up daughter who just put in that brief, early appearance at Jamaica Blue. We’ve got a lot to talk about, not least just how bad our tsunami diorama turned out to be. PL primolife.com.au


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