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The Margaret River Farmers’ Market has been a feature of the Region for over 13 years, providing access to fresh local produce for both residents and visitors. From humble beginnings the Market has grown to be a Saturday morning fixture with up to 50 stalls, selling everything from fruit and vegetables to meats, s​ mall goods, ​eggs, cheeses, baked goods, preserves, pickles, olives, olive oils, ​beverages, nougat and chocolate. Only producers from the local Shires and surrounding South-West are eligible to set up a stall, and the stalls are operated by the people who grow or make the produce. This makes the Margaret River Market one of only a few genuine Farmers’ Markets in the state. The Farmers’ Market is a business incubator, with local producers testing new product and developing new enterprises from the opportunity created by its thriving, vibrant atmosphere. In an environment where food supply in Australia is increasingly controlled by large supermarket chains, the Market is an important alternative outlet for produce and an integral part of successful farmers’ businesses. Customers can connect with the producers of the food they eat and know that they are supporting local livelihoods, creating local employment and fulfilment. Perhaps even more importantly the Farmers’ Market has become a social event. Community members can catch up in a friendly atmosphere while they support local agriculture and food manufacturing. This builds the bonds that create community spirit, resilience and well-being. Each market features a breakfast bar, providing delicious food for Market customers. This breakfast bar is always run by a local charitable, school or sporting organisation to raise funds for their cause. The market also features local musicians and occasional band performances. The Farmers’ Market is certain to become an even more integral community institution over the next ten years, and is already a must-do experience for visitors. The Margaret River Farmers’ Market is run by the Margaret River Regional Producers’ Association, a not for profit association run by a volunteer board.

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've said it once, and I'll say it again. 2016 is going to be grand. How do I know this? Well, for a start it's the Year of the Monkey according to the Chinese calendar, and

as all us monkeys know, that makes it our year of awesome. If you're not a monkey however the stars are still aligning for a fantastic couple of

months. There are some top events on the calendar, not least one of Perth's biggest collections of live performances – Fringe World. We've picked our top shows, and also suggest you pull on the knee-pads and give roller skating in Elizabeth Quay a go, in our new Try This . . . feature. If you prefer the silver screen, then Gill has been extra busy in Hollywood, interviewing our cover star Ben Stiller who is reprising his role as Derek Zoolander in Zoolander 2, Jack Black in Goosebumps and Rebel Wilson in How to be Single. Mal takes a quirky look at anniversaries in 2016 - apparently this is the year of the pulse (as in lentils etc) – while Norman suggests we check that other pulse, as it pays for us all to look after our hearts. The winner of the Great Australian Bake Off - Sian Redrave - continues making us all famished with her delicious recipes. This time she suggests we make bread for Valentine's Day, embellished with truffles and cheese. I interview the sisters behind gourmet food delivery service This Little Pig Went to Market, and meet the head brewer behind Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery. Then there's Matthew's terrifying brush with A&E, two car reviews, ways to get your house camera-ready and of course, plenty of property to drool over in Peard Real Estate's listings section. So quit monkeying around - and settle in for a top read.

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82 PRIMOnewyear Anniversaries in 2016 84 ANNA'Sadventures Anna learns how to play the harpsichord 86 DRISANA'Sdiary 88 PRIMOpeople Silver Chain's essential role in the community 98 PRIMOhealth Heart Foundation 100 FAVOURITEthings Dominique Hamilton, star of Cats





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PRIMOpicks Throw yourself into the new year with our round-up of the best shows, events and concerts the Year of the Monkey has to offer.

FEAST FOR THE EYES For 5,000 years, China amassed a diverse legacy of heroes, myths, and virtues that still resonate in the present. Today, Shen Yun Performing Arts is reviving the world’s most ancient heritage in full color through dance and music. Right before the Chinese New Year, Shen Yun will perform at the Regal Theatre with an all-new show. Shen Yun captures the spirit and grandeur of a culture long lost. The show moves quickly from one story, region, and dynasty to the next. Down in the valley, ladies of the Yi ethnic group dance in rainbow skirts by the river. In the heavens, celestial fairies trail silken sleeves through the clouds. Resounding drums awaken the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom. Gorgeous backdrops extend the stage, transporting the audience to distant lands and eras. An orchestra, combining Western and Chinese instruments like no other, accompanies with stirring scores. Dancers fly across the stage in an array of flips, spins, jumps, and aerials. The energy of classical Chinese dance is contagious; the entire performance, mesmerising. It’s an eye-popping experience not to be missed. Shen Yun will perform at Regal Theatre from January 30 to February 6. For more information, visit Tickets are now on sale through Ticketek.


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BARNES-STORMER He needs no introduction, but let’s give him one anyway. His career as both a solo performer and as the lead vocalist with the legendary Cold Chisel has made Jimmy Barnes one of the most popular and best-selling Australian music artists of all time, not to mention status as a national treasure. He’ll be performing at Hotel Rottnest on March 13, as part of the Rotto Live concert series. Performing alongside him will be special guest Jon Stevens, most recognised for his work as the lead singer of Australian band Noiseworks. Combining one of the most stunning beach views in Western Australia, the gorgeous Thompson Bay, and some of Australia’s greatest classic rock, this gig will be hard to beat. Catch Barnes and Stevens at Hotel Rottnest on Sunday, March 13, Rottnest Island.Visit for tickets.

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GOOD TIMES, GOOD LIFE SUMMER IS UNDOUBTEDLY festival season, and every year millions of eager younglings, tightly clutching their first ever concert ticket in hand, make their way into the adult world of festivals. While they see nothing but fun and excitement, their parents are not always thrilled at the prospect of their kids running loose with thousands of seasoned partying adults. Such parents might be interested to learn that there is a festival coming to the Claremont Showgrounds on February 27 that even they will be stoked about. Good Life 2016, now in its seventh year, is exclusively for 13 to 17-year-olds. A music festival featuring some of the hottest names in Australian and international music, it combines a water park, rides, sports zone and outdoor cinema, as well as the chance for teenagers to meet some of their favourite TV celebrities and bundles it all up into one allinclusive ticket, so there’s no need to spend extra dollars on additional attractions. Set to play Good Life this year is one of the hottest hiphop stars right now, A$AP Rocky, a 27-year-old rapper with hits like Everyday (featuring Rod Stewart) and current charttopper Good For You with Selena Gomez. Sharing the billing with him is RnB singer/songwriter Jeremih, sure to induce a singalong when he performs his hits The Fix and Don’t Tell Em', and just announced, hot US producer, RL Grime. DVBBS, Deorro, Dawin, Frontliner, Marshmello, Will Sparks, Timmy Trumpet, Marlo and Havana Brown will be filling out the stellar line up. Don’t recognise these names? Consult your closest 13-to-17 year old. In between sets, your little darlings will have plenty of other things to keep them entertained: Zac Roerig from The Vampire Diaries and Samira Wiley from Orange Is the New Black will be chilling at the popular Incognito Hidden Braces Meet & Greet stage, and they can go nuts using their unlimited access to the rides in both the Theme Park and Water park, or take a load off at the outdoor cinema. Seriously though folks, Good Life prides itself on an impeccable safety record, with strict entry policies ensuring attendees’ wellbeing so you can rest assured your kids are in safe hands. Measures include ID and bag checks, breathalyser checks, metal detectors and a zero tolerance towards all contraband or alcohol. Check out all the details, and snag tickets from

The other Sculpture by the Sea IF YOU FIND yourself in Lorne on the Victorian coast over the summer holidays, be sure to head over to the Lorne Sculpture Biennale and look out for WA artist Jennifer Cochrane’s work. The Lorne Sculpture Biennale is Victoria’s largest and most unique collection of innovative sculpture in all its forms in Australia and over 100 renowned Australian artists will showcase their works, including artists Josh Muir, Mark Douglass, Jenny Crompton, Georgina Humphries and Aaron Robinson. Cochrane, who grew up in the Pilbara region, has been making works for public spaces and exhibitions as a professional artist for the last 15 years. Many of her works have been influenced by her landscapes and surroundings, including of course the land of her childhood. Perhaps her frequent use of steel, and recently sheet metal, to produce sculptural forms in her work can also be attributed to her Pilbara background. Her proposed work for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Barricade Monuments 2, is the second in a series of works. These sculptures are are suggestive of monolithic monuments from times gone by and are sure to inspire and ignite. Lorne Sculpture Biennale, March 12 to April 3, in various locations around Lorne. Visit for more details.

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WITH A CRACK of thunder and the wails of a thousand hungry souls, Black Sabbath was born almost five decades ago, created by a group of young men from Birmingham, barely out of their teens. Somehow surviving multiple line-up changes, copious drug and alcohol use, the eighties, bats, reality TV shows and the odd flop album, the world’s first heavy metal band has sold over 70 million albums worldwide are now widely considered one of the influential bands of all time. Yet in 2016, as with all good things, it must end. In their final ever tour, THE END, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible Black Sabbath story.

Their farewell tour has already begun in the USA and lands in Australia on April 15 at Perth Arena, supported by the American metal juggernaut group Five Finger Punch Death, who crashed into the ARIA Charts last month at number three with their sixth album, Got Your Six. Veterans of Soundwave 2014 will remember their powerhouse sound and magnetic presence. Their inclusion in the line-up means that THE END promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerising production ever. See Black Sabbath one last time at Perth Arena on Friday April 1. For complete tour and ticketing details, visit and

GALLIC CHARM Left, Isabelle Carré and Patrick Bruel in Love at First Child, and below, Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert in Valley of Love.

Vive la France AH, FRENCH FILMS . . . one place you can reliably see smoking indoors, excessively complicated love triangles (and tetrahedrons, and rhombuses), bare breasts and protracted, passionate philosophical arguments between characters who actually care about the outcome. It’s a magical thing, and it’s coming to Perth in March. Between March 16 and April 7, the Alliance Française will be presenting the 27th annual French Film Festival at the Luna Palace Cinemas. The French film industry


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is acknowledged as one of Europe’s most prolific and successful and is actually far more diverse than this introduction might suggest. The films the Alliance Française will be presenting this year range in style and content, presenting works by blockbuster famous actors (Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Jean Dujardin,Vincent Cassel, Céclile De France…) as well aslesser known directors and actors-to-watch. Highlights of the 2016 programme also include Love at First Child, Mon Roi, First Growth,

Taj Mahal and Un Plus Une. The festival will also present five of France’s most popular television shows, screening the first two episodes of each as one session per title including the epic political series Baron Noir, the WW2 drama Un Village Français, the espionage thriller The Bureau and the hit comedy Call My Agent! PRIMO recommends ... Marguerite for its tender treatment of the heartbreaking and funny story of a delusional opera singer. Valley of Love to watch master

actor Gérad Depardieu embody a painful role, that of a grieving father on a strange mission in Death Valley, California, which treads painfully close to his own biography. A Perfect Man for the kind of tense thriller which would only occur in France, one based around the publication of a literary work. The 2016 Alliance French Film Festival returns to Luna Palace Cinemas March 16 to April 7 with sessions at Cinema Paradiso, Luna on SX and Windsor Cinema.Visit for program details.

LIMBER LIMBO IT'S THE SHOW that's so hot Madonna came not once, but twice. Limbo, the awardwinning circus spectacle, will make its WA debut as part of Perth Fringe World from January 30. The headline show of Fringe World’s newest precinct, Fairground, Limbo is set in the antique Palais Des Glaces Spiegeltent at Elizabeth Quay. Directed by Scott Maidment audiences can expect nothing short of the greatest party between heaven and hell. It's an intoxicating mix of cabaret, circus and acrobatics, whisking audiences worldwide into a sinister netherworld of jaw-dropping contortion, gut-churning aerial acrobatics and staggering illusions. The international cast features Coney Island’s sword swallower and vintage beauty Heather Holliday; French gravity-defying Chinese pole master, beatboxer and clown, Mikael Bres; Australia’s acrobatic dancing sensation Hilton Denis; the exquisite French-Canadian aerialist Evelyne Allard; the unstoppable hand balancer Danik Abishev; and mind-bending contortionist and acrobat Tigris. So do as Madonna did (twice) and head over to Limbo for all the thrills and spills you'd expect from a world-class show. Limbo, Spiegeltent, Elizabeth Quay, January 30 to March 6, Tuesday to Thursday at 7.30pm, Friday and Sunday at 7pm, Saturday 7pm and 9.30pm.Visit for tickets.

Parklife GREED, SUBTERFUGE, PREJUDICE, bribery, betrayal and even true love are on the cards at one of the most eagerly-awaited free events on the Perth summer calendar. On February 6 the comic opera Gianna Schicchi, by the great Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, will be presented under the stars in Perth’s Langley Park association with West Australian Opera. Although it was written almost 100 years ago, this story rings true with its themes of family discord, relatives squabbling over

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT… BRITAIN’S LIVING LEGENDS of comedy and the founders of Monty Python, John Cleese and Eric Idle, are coming to Perth as part of an Australian tour of their new show, John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last...For The Very First Time. “Eric and I had huge fun touring the States in October and now we can bring our show to the friendliest people in the world,” Cleese said on the announcement of the Australian tour. “No one show will be the same and all of them will annoy the politically correct. "Having enjoyed the World Tour of Florida, we were looking for somewhere else large aquatic reptiles of the sub family crocodylinae also thrived. The Nile was booked, so we are coming to Australia. Having once married a Sheila and as the father of a half Australian son I look forward to touring one of my all-time favourite places.” The pair will blend scripted and improvised bits with storytelling, musical numbers, exclusive footage, aquatic juggling and an extended audience Q&A to craft a unique comedic experience with every performance. Don’t miss the opportunity to see two of the godfathers of modern comedy. John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last...For The Very First Time. March 9, Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA, and March 10, Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre. See for all event details and prices.

fortunes, and disputed wills. Not to mention, of course, blissfully unaware lovers. Featuring one of the world’s most famous and popular arias, O Mio Babbino Caro, even to those who think they have never heard opera before, Gianna Schicchi is nothing short of great fun and the perfect introduction to the silliness and grandeur that comic Opera can provide. West Australian Opera artistic director, Brad Cohen, will lead the West Australian Symphony Orchestra together with this all-star cast, which includes baritone Douglas McNicol (Gianni Schicchi) and Kiandra Howarth (playing his daughter Lauretta). For those that aren’t able to get to Perth for the performance, a simulcast will be screened live at special events in 12 regional venues: Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Carnarvon, Esperance, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Margaret River, Moora, Merredin, Onslow and Port Hedland. Community resource centres throughout the state are also encouraged to hold their own event, while households with access to Westlink Regional Satellite TV Channel 602 can tune in. For those closer to home, the Northbridge Piazza big screen will also broadcast the event. Join the audience for Gianni Schicchi, Opera in the Park, Langley Park, 8pm, February 6, free.

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THE THIRD LARGEST Fringe festival in the world is coming back to Perth between January 22 and February 21. An essential part of the city’s summer festival season, this year’s program includes comedy, circus, free and family entertainment, theatre, visual arts, music and musicals, dance and cabaret presented by Western Australian artists along with performers from all over the world.

Here’s our round-up of the top shows: Fringe World: Faulty Towers The Dining Experience An affectionate homage to the cult British TV Show Fawlty Towers, this hysterically funny dinner and show has been touring the world since 1997, splitting sides and loosening belts wherever they go. Basil, Sybil and Manuel will be in Perth for four full weeks, serving a three-course meal along with their trademark Faulty service. Expect mayhem and gags, and the unexpected. With twothirds of the show improvised, no two performances are the same. Faulty Towers the Dining Experience will be performing Tuesday to Sunday for the entirety of Fringe World at Rigby’s Bar & Bistro, 221 St Georges Terrace, Perth. All tickets include a 3-course meal and 2-hour interactive show, and bookings can be made for both lunch and dinner performances.Tickets from $99.

Graeme of Thrones Unhappy with how smash hit TV show Game of Thrones is developing? Not thrilled to see your favourite characters killed off? Graeme of Thrones is for you. Creator Graeme shows you how it should have been done in a unique theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms. He doesn’t quite have the same budget, or as many cast members, or the performance skill required but he’s sure George RR Martin would approve, and that’s all that matters.


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Directed by Sam Bailey and created by a team of some of the UK’s top comedy writers, including Toby Park, Andrew Doyle, Dan Evans and BAFTA-winner Jon Brittain, Graeme of Thrones is set to be a treat for fans and an introduction for the unenlightened as it takes audiences on a rollercoaster ride of beheadings, incest and war. This wacky parody has its Australian premiere here in Perth with eight nightly shows at 6.30pm at the Circus Theatre in the Perth Cultural Centre from January 22 to 29.

Fringe World Fairground Fringe fans are invited to celebrate the opening of Elizabeth Quay and the Fringe World Fairground Grand Opening on January 29 with amusements, treats and frivolity for all ages. Elizabeth Quay will be the place to be with free Fringe performances including the Fringe World mermaids, acrobats, facepainting fairies, a vintage carousel plus live music and dance displays. Stay tuned for more information on the delicious eats and treats available at Sweethearts Bar and Cafe. Fringe World Fairground will run from the January 29 until March 6. Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 3.30pm to late, Saturday to Sunday: 8am to late.

La Soirée One of the most popular smash hits of Fringe World 2015, La Soirée is back to thrill audiences in 2016. This so-called ‘sexy circus’ showcases the crème de la crème of the cabaret world with vivacious vaudeville and gonzo comedy in a show that promises to amaze, amuse, appall, arous, shock, stir and shake. Fresh from an Olivier Award-winning season in London and world tour, La Soirée returns to Perth with its hottest line-up yet and invites you to step in to the Spiegeltent, leave your troubles at the door and prepare for a night of shocks, laughter and disbelief. Absolutely not to be missed, La Soirée runs from January 22 to March 6 at La Soirée Spiegeltent Museum Gardens, Perth Cultural Centre.

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ADRENALIN JUNKIES FROM THE PRODUCERS of The Illusionists and Le Noir comes the heartpounding family spectacular, Cirque Adrenaline. Boasting the world’s most dangerous and death-defying acts, Cirque Adrenaline will transform Crown Theatre Perth into a spectacular, high octane circus arena for 11 days only from March 15. With each performer hand-picked from among the best circus entertainers around the world, Cirque Adrenaline creates a new genre of show that blends traditional circus acts with cutting-edge contemporary performance in one awe-inspiring show guaranteed to keep audience members, young and old, on the edge of their seats. Cirque Adrenaline’s troupe of over 30 performers, many former stars of Cirque du Soleil, are renowned worldwide for their theatrical flair and breath-taking acrobatic displays, both on the ground and high above the stage. Acts include the famous clown and MC Dizzy (Darren Partridge), daredevil motorcyclists who narrowly miss each other in the Sphere of Fear, Angelo Lyerzkysky Rodriguez and Carlos Mayorga on the Wheel of Death, trapeze artists, hair-raising fire acts, high bars and aerial silk, plus a whole host of others all promising danger and excitement. Cirque Adrenaline, Crown Theatre Perth, from March 15.Tickets via Ticketmaster 136 100 or


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Cat people IT’S BEEN RUMOURED for a few months, but The Cat Empire have fnally revealed their new album will be available on the March 11. Rising With The Sun was recorded over the course of 2015 in Melbourne, in between touring commitments which saw them play to a global audience of over half a million people, including headlining some of the world's biggest festivals, and a sold out show at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall. “We kept everything fresh,” frontman Felix Riebl revealed. “We were confident because we had a sound from our previous record (2013’s Steal The Light) that we were really happy with, so that was our starting point. It was just a matter of going back to that

physical space and coming up with new songs.” “The spontaneous side of our music is the thing people are drawn to,” adds co-frontman Harry James Angus. “We started each day with all the musicians finding their seat, and we’d get a sound and play. Something would sound good and we’d develop a song out of it. Me and Felix both brought ideas we’d already developed to the table but they were able to be borne out in the band in a very spontaneous way.” A 100% independent band, The Cat Empire have the freedom to offer fans exactly what they want, and they are doing just that with pre-order packages that include coveted opportunities like attending sound checks, one-on-one music workshops with band members, Harry and Ollie performing in people's homes, signed memorabilia, limited edition packages of CD/digital and vinyl versions of Rising With The Sun, artisan crafted jewellery, handmade artworks of the album art, and many more offerings to make the fans smile. The band are also heading to WA in March, in three shows in Freo, Margaret River and Denmark. The Cat Empire, March 4, Fremantle Arts, Centre, March 5, 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River, March 6, Castelli Estate, Denmark.

SEA, SAND AND SCULPTURE IN ITS 12TH year, the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Cottesloe beach will this year feature works from over 75 artists from across the globe. International artists from as far as China, Peru, Czech Republic, Japan and the United States of America will feature alongside local sculptors. The display of artistic talent is one of Perth’s largest free public events. The spectacular exhibition stretches along the white sands of Cottesloe Beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. Over 40 Australian artists from the ACT (2), NSW (12), VICTORIA (2) and WA (22)


will present their work at the outdoor exhibition. The 2016 exhibition will feature a diverse array of pieces from well-known and newer artists, including six artists from WA under the age of 35, alongside Sculpture by the Sea Decade Club members; Jennifer Cochrane, Ron Gomboc and Tim McFarlane Reid. An estimate of 250,000 people will visit Cottesloe Beach during the 17-day exhibition to enjoy Sculpture by the Sea. Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe returns to Perth’s Cottesloe Beach from March 4 to 20.

STUNNING ART Every year the Sculpture by the Sea attracts some of the world's most influential artists, keen to display their work in a beachside setting at Cottesloe.

BACK IN AUSTRALIA for the first time since 2013, UK electronic stars Hot Chip will be playing in Perth on January 29 at the Fremantle Arts Centre. Supported by Empress Of and Australia’s own Touch Sensitive, as well as Pilerats DJs, Hot Chip will be playing a mix of old and new, weaving their now trademark shadowy synths and kinetic beats with melancholy lyrics set to minimalist catchy electronic melodies. Hot Chip, Fremantle Arts Centre, January 29. Visit

SUNDAY SESSIONS BY THE BEACH LAUNCHED ON NEW Year’s Eve, Beach BBQ down at J-SHED, Bathers Beach in Fremantle, has got to be one of the most tempting Sunday Sessions in the west. An international street food feast, Beach BBQ brings together mouthwatering food, cold local beer and homegrown DJs every Sunday right through to May. Some of the delectable foods on offer include WA’s own Catalano’s Seafood; southern soul food from Ragin Cajun; gourmet hot dogs from Top Dog In Town; Grandma Kazz’s slow roasted Jerk Chicken with rice and peas from Kazz’s Caribbean Kitchen; Texasstyle Brisket and pork ribs from Smokie’s Southern BBQ; and authentic Malaysian satay from Satay on Charcoal. If that wasn’t enough, Beach BBQ have teamed up with Gage Roads Brewery, based just 5kms away, who will be pouring their locally crafted brews including the ultimate Sunday Session beer: Single Fin Summer Ale. Non beer nerds will also be taken care of, with local wines and summer-inspired cocktails from hand-picked local distilleries. Running every Sunday from noon to 9pm, Beach BBQ is all about celebrating Freo’s relaxed vibes, and creating a space where you can jump on a long, shared bench table and watch the sun set to the chilled tunes. Beach BBQ. every Sunday until May at J-SHED, Bathers Beach, Fremantle.Visit for more information.

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Perth’s skyline will be illuminated by thousands of fireworks on Australia Day this year. Here’s our guide to making the most of the city’s Skyworks event on January 26. CITY OF PERTH AUSTRALIA DAY SKYWORKS Join in the fun around Perth’s iconic Swan River for Australia’s largest community celebration of our national day. This spectacular free family event marks its 32nd year with the theme ‘Join the party’.


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LANGLEY PARK ENTERTAINMENT ZONE Langley Park, 3pm to 8pm Langley Park is the place to be, offering Perth’s best views of the fireworks and laser show, and family fun all afternoon. The Entertainment Zone will be packed with free activities for kids and adults including a water playground, kids’ carnival and Extreme World rides, Animal Kingdom petting zoo, Scitech Live Science Shows and Freestyle Motocross. Also enjoy tasty cuisine from around the globe at the Hawkers

Market or at the Big Aussie Sausage Sizzle. SOUTH PERTH CELEBRATION ZONE Sir James Mitchell Park, 3pm to 7.30pm Six activity areas in the Celebration Zone will offer 100 free activities for all ages – the Toddler and Kids Zone with giant bouncy castles and water games, Challenge Area and the Sports Zone with agility activities and games of skill, Art Zone where kids can create a work inspired by their love of Australia, and the Rides Park and Adrenalin Corner for thrill-seekers.

CELEBRATE WITH THE CITY Bring a picnic and get ready to enjoy the nation's biggest and best Australia Day celebrations in the heart of the city.

music soundtrack to make your enjoyment of Skyworks 2016 complete. BYO PICNIC ZONES Limited alcohol will be permitted in two designated BYO Picnic Zones, one located in a section of Kings Park and Botanic Garden and the other on Langley Park. In these zones it will be permitted to bring along a small amount of alcohol (one bottle of wine or a six pack of beer/pre-mixed drinks per adult 18+) while watching the fireworks between the hours of 6.30pm and 8.45pm. January 26, free.Visit or call 08 9461 3132.

SURVIVAL PERTH 2016 Ozone Reserve, 3pm to 7.30pm Join the party at Ozone Reserve for a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and communities featuring music, dance, art and food. This year’s exciting line-up of home grown talent includes The Merindas, Phil WalleyStack, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, and Jake & The Cowboys. This year’s Survival concert has moved to Ozone Reserve while Supreme Court Gardens is closed for upgrades. CITY OF PERTH AIR SHOW Sky above the Swan River, 3.45pm to 7.50pm Before the fireworks, cast your eyes skyward for an aviation spectacular featuring vintage aircraft, helicopters and planes flying in formation. The Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) firefighting fleet will demonstrate a water drop and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will dazzle in formation and with solo aerobatics. Skywriters and skydivers will delight, and adventurous pilots will perform stunning aerobatics in a variety of aircraft.

SKYWORKS 2016 FIREWORKS AND LASER SHOW Langley Park and South Perth, 8pm The sky above the Swan River will explode into colour and light for this much loved tradition, as the acclaimed Howard and Sons Pyrotechnics deliver the state’s largest annual fireworks display. New circular firing power will offer 360-degree visibility of the fireworks and lasers from Langley Park to South Perth. Get your camera ready for a brighter and more vibrant coloured laser show, and new fireworks including a sequence spelling out ‘Perth’ among the stars. Tune in to MIX 94.5’s synchronised

WATER REGATTA Swan River, 5pm to 7.30pm As well as being the perfect setting to experience the country’s biggest Australia Day celebration, our beautiful Swan River is also the place to see lots of water action. Don’t miss the classic Wooden Boat display and the WA Show Ski Team carving up the Perth water.

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BRIGHT STUFF Astronaut – a fantastic new hands-on exhibition at Perth’s Scitech – lifts the lid on what it’s like to work and live in space - right down to the nitty gritty. By NORMAN BURNS. Images: COURTESY SCITECH. IN SPACE, NO-ONE can hear you scream . . . but what about flushing the toilet? Well, that’s a trick question because a space toilet doesn’t really flush - there’s a kind of vacuum arrangement to, er. get the job done. How do I know this? Well, the mysteries of ablutions in space, how you clean your teeth, what kinds of foods are best to eat up there (hint: Heinz baked beans aren’t high on the list), whether you would even have what it takes to be an astronaut and a gazillion more space-fabulous facts are all waiting to be discovered at Scitech’s new Astronaut exhibition. I’ll put my hand up now and admit I am a tragic space-nerd (I grew up in the 1960s when being an astronaut was indeed an inspirational, aspirational career choice - alas you needed decent maths scores) and didn’t need to be asked twice to go along to an opening of an exhibition which is essentially aimed at kids. But my eight-year-old daughter also had a ball as Astronaut. It is, above all things, a wholly hands-on experience to stimulate

young minds on what goes on “up there”. There are groovy touch-screen quizzes to determine what role you’d play on a space mission (my daughter got “mission analyst” which would be right on the money); there’s a mock blast-off, you can don space gloves to see just how tricky it is to use fine motor skills and there are simulations of emergency situations in space - and how you would react to them. And think it would be just a doddle floating around in space? Uh-oh –the exhibition's absorbing info-stations reveal even a short trip into space can have a serious effect on an astronaut’s eyesight, muscle mass and bone density.

Says Scitech CEO Alan Brien: “Astronaut is a really unique exhibition because it reveals all the stages of becoming a space explorer. From training, to blasting off and living in space, Astronaut investigates the day-to-day activities alongside the unique science conducted in space, exposing a reality not often shown. Through our interactive exhibits, visitors can experience G-force, conduct maintenance on a space station, grow space food and learn the realities of showering and sleeping in space.” What is also really impressive is that all of this very clever (and fun) stuff has been designed and constructed by Scitech’s own talented team. And in a real coals-to-Newcastle scenario, after five months at Scitech Astronaut will head off to conquer a new world, securing a four-month season at the NASA science centre in Houston, Texas. As I drive home, I can’t help but think that becoming an astronaut would have been pretty tough, even if maths and I got along . . . Astronaut is on at Scitech’s BHP Billiton Exhibition Gallery until April 25.

SPACE FACE Maya (8) made a beeline for this spacesuit, just one of the great interactive displays at Scitech’s Astronaut exhibition.


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exhibition has got you all fired up for your own space adventure; the dawn of (relatively) cheap space tourism is imminent, thanks to the following players... VIRGIN GALACTIC Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic suffered a big setback when its SpaceShipOne broke up mid-air, killing one of the crew. An investigation found the crash was due to pilot error but Virgin is confident it will be back in business soon, taking six passengers

Lynx “spaceplane” (powered by four, revolutionary, controllable rocket engines, it will take off and land on a conventional runway) will carry just one “tourist” sitting up front right next to the pilot. Reaching 103km into space, the lucky punter (XCOR dubs he/she a Space Flight Participant) will have six minutes’ of weightlessness before Lynx returns to Earth. Once the system is fully tested, XCOR plans to base itself on the Caribbean island of Curacao (the closer you are to the equator, the less energy needed to reach space). XCOR hopes to run its flights up to four times a day. First flights:TBA Cost per ticket: $US150,000.Visit

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No bucks, no Buck Rogers” ~ Gus Grissom, astronaut THAT’S THE MEMORABLE line from the film The Right Stuff, based on Tom Wolfe’s seminal book of the same name about the space race; essentially it means if you don’t pay pilots - or astronauts - what they’re worth, they won’t fly. However the reverse applies to the current state of space tourism - civilians wanting to fly to space have needed very deep pockets indeed (around $25 million to go up with the Russians, for example). Don’t fret, though, if Scitech’s Astronaut

BLUE ORIGIN Mark November 23, 2015, as a real Neil Armstrong moment in space exploration, and environmental responsibility. On this day Texas-based Blue Origin launched, and returned safely, the world’s first reusable rocket. It was a jaw-dropping feat of engineering and Blue Origin - a company started by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos - plans to use the rocket to launch tourists, six at a time, into space in its New Shepard capsule. Having crossed the Karman Line - the point in the heavens officially marking the edge of the atmosphere - passengers will earn their astronaut wings before the New Shepard parachutes back to Earth for a “soft landing”.

First flights: End of 2017 (estimate) Cost per ticket: $US200,00 to 250,000.

ZERO G OK, if you don’t have several hundred grand spare to achieve your space dream you can still experience weightlessness (and I don’t mean by having too many bevvies). For a decade, the Zero Gravity Corporation has been taking passengers up in a specially modified Boeing 727 jet and flying aerobatic parabolic curves which create a weightless environment for around 20 seconds. Says Zero G: “You can float, flip and soar as if you were in space.” Each “mission” involves 15 parabolas, so you get a fair bit of “hang time”. Zero G even offers weightless weddings for those who want to tie the knot but don’t want to be tied down by Earth’s gravity. PL

XCOR SPACE EXPEDITIONS XCOR is taking a different slant on its proposed space tourism flights; its

Flights:Throughout the year Cost per ticket: From $US4,950.Visit gozerog. com for more details.

at a time into space in a redesigned SpaceShipTwo. The craft will then glide and fly back to land. More than 700 have signed up for Virgin Galactic flights from its New Mexico spaceport - including Richard Branson and his two children and celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, among others.

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PRIMOchinese new year

M onkey b usiness

Dragon dances, fireworks, great food and entertainment; China Town in Northbridge will erupt with noise, colour and fun on February 14 as Western Australia’s Chinese community celebrates the dawn of the Year of the Monkey. By NORMAN BURNS.

Did you know? Chinese hóu Years of the Monkey 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028 The monkey is a clever animal, usually compared to a smart person. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 476 BC), the dignified Chinese official title of marquis was pronounced ‘’Hou’’, the same as ‘‘monkey’’ in Chinese. The animal was thereby bestowed with an auspicious meaning.

COLOURFUL, NOISY AND spectacular celebrations marking Chinese New Year - the start of the Year of the Monkey in 2016 - will attract tens of thousands to Northbridge on Sunday, February 14. The Northbridge celebrations, the biggest in the state, are run under the auspices of the Chung Wah Association. Founded in 1909, Chung Wah is recognised at a local, state and federal level as the mouthpiece of the more than 140,000 people of Chinese heritage living in Western Australia. Originating more than 4,000 years ago, Chinese New Year (also known as the Spring Festival) is the most important festival for people in China and the millions of Chinese, and their descendants, who have settled throughout the world.


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“Chinese New Year is a time to remember family members we left behind when we migrated to Perth, a time to reunite with close family here in Perth, to remember and celebrate our Chinese traditions and our roots - and a time to remember that we are now in multicultural Australia, sharing our culture and traditions through such festivals,” says Chung Wah Association spokesperson Doreen Chin. The Chinese New Year is based on the lunar cycle, traditionally from the 23rd day of the 12th month to the 15th day of the first month. The years are named after the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac, or Sheng Xiao, which is based on a 12-year cycle, with each year in the cycle related to an animal sign. These

signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. As well as celebrating the advent of spring and coming together with family, Chinese New Year also ensures traditions based in fact - and legend - are passed from one generation to the next. The setting off of firecrackers, and the predominant use of the colour red, for example, have their origins in folk culture which tells of “guonian”, or passing of a year. Folk believed the “nian” (year) was a strong monster which had an appetite for an animal a day - including humans. But then they discovered the nian was scared of the colour red and noisy fireworks and to this day both are used to scare off the “monster”. Other traditions include thoroughly

cleaning your home in the lead-up to the Spring Festival, ensuring enough food is bought for the festival period, buying new clothes (especially for children) and posting red scrolls with complementary poetic couplets on gates (one line either side). Giving presents is also an old tradition when visiting relatives and friends. Don’t give someone an umbrella, clock, shoes or any sharp objects though - this is seen as bad luck. There are other taboos too; it’s considered unlucky to leave a barrel of rice empty because this could mean food would be scarce in the coming year. Words such as “death”, “killing”, “broken”, “ghost” or “illness” are also forbidden during conversations. And you don’t take medicine on the day, otherwise people will stay sick for the rest of the year and have to take medicine constantly. Taboos aside, Chinese New Year’s focus is one of celebration and food, like in many cultures, plays an integral part in this. Special dishes during this time include dumplings and fish, a dish symbolic of the flow of wealth, thus prosperity for the year to come. Thanks to the Chung Wah Association of Western Australia for their valuable input for this article.

C hinese New Year in N orthbridge When Sunday, February 14, noon to 9pm Where James and Lake streets (closed to traffic), Nicks Lane. Cost A free family event What’s on As well as a street market with nearly 100 stalls, amusement rides, activities and a giant waterslide for kids, there will be street performances every 30

minutes on James St, including lion and dragon dances, Chinese ethnic costume parade and performances by the WA Police pipe band. A stage show on Roe St, in front of Chinatown, will host entertainment from 12pm to 6pm, with the event climaxing with a multicultural concert from 7-9pm at Northbridge Piazza. Look out, too, for the God of Fortunes handing out red packets which symbolise great luck and wealth.

Celebrities born in the Year of the Monkey Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Dickens, Yao Ming, Celine Dion, Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Mick Jagger, Julius Caesar, Bette Davis, Annie Oakley, Miley Cyrus, Empress Wu Zetian of China’s Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) and editor of PRIMOLife Gabi Mills.

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This quirky little history of the humble typewriter is a cleverly designed mini coffee table book, jam-packed with trivia, images and tales of the typewriter’s golden age. From the bizarre looking Hansen Writing Ball to groovy portable machines of the swinging 60s, the book is a fascinating trip down memory lane. And what’s even more remarkable, manual typewriters are making something of a comeback; apparently even spy agencies such as the CIA and MI6 have taken to them as they are, essentially, unhackable.

Don’t know a butcherbird from a greater grebe, or a magpie from a raven? This little beauty (adapted from the UK edition) will fire up your inner David Attenborough. But it’s not just about identifying the top 60 Australian garden birds; ornithological expert David Andrew also gives tips and tricks on the types of plants, food, best watering and nesting sites to make your backyard bird-central.You’ll be - err tweeting your new-found knowledge of all things Class Aves in no time.


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STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS, THE VISUAL DICTIONARY Dorling Kindersley, $29.99 LucasFilm insider Pablo Hidalgo provides the narrative and the graphic geniuses at Dorling Kindersley the great design and images for the definitive guide to the fantabulous world of Star Wars The Force Awakens. From costumes to weapons, characters, droids and aliens this is an 80-page tour-de-Force of all things Star Warsy. The book includes three specially commissioned cutaway models produced by Industrial Light & Magic model maker John Goodson. A book your kids will love, as will the inner-child in most adults.


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Peruvian food? A lesser-known take on Mexican, right? Wrong - Peruvian mix is such an ecletic mix of Asian (China/Japan), African, Spanish and native influences it occupies a place in the foodie universe all of its own. Lima-born Los Angeles chef Ricardo Zarate is known as the godfather of modern Peruvian cooking, and with this lavishly illustrated volume it’s easy to see why. To get the best out of Zarate’s delicious recipes you’ll need to put some work in (a lot involve home-prepared sauces and the like) but with dazzling fare such as grilled shrimp with yuzu kosho sauce and Peruvian nicoise salad it will be well worth the effort. Oh, and he has recipes for a mean range of Peruvian cocktails too.

THE BRONZE AGE OF DC COMICS Taschen, $100, distributed by New Holland Publishers

German arthouse publisher Taschen does not do things by half; this beautiful volume encapsulating a slice of 1970s and 80s pop

culture (known as The Bronze Age in comic collecting parlance) is the child of its humungous parent, 75 Years of DC Comics, a volume that even Superman himself would struggle to lift. Taschen books are a work of art in themselves and the appeal of this lavishly illustrated tome, jammed with hundreds of great colour images of the characters, covers, artists and writers of DC, goes way beyond comic fans.

ACTION COMICS No. 419 Cover art, Neal Adams, Murphy Anderson and Jack Adler, December 1972.

EMPIRE’S GREATEST MOVIE POSTERS Bauer Books, $59.95 Empire magazine is the de-facto bible of all things cinematic, and this casebound beauty, split into four volumes, showcases the art of the movie poster, a medium that is both popular art form and, in many cases, highly collectable.


R oller Skating

Roller skating is what the cool kids are getting up to this year. Why not give it a go right in the heart of the city, says Anna Hartley. DIG OUT YOUR knee-high socks, dust off your roller skates and get down to Elizabeth Quay this January. Opening in tandem with the Fringe Fairground, outdoor roller skating rink,The Urban Roller Club (TURC for short) is set to be the place to be this summer. Mere years ago, inline and quad skating was the epitome of uncool, a daggy hangover from childhood and 90s California beach culture. How things change. Within a few short years, thanks to the surge of popularity in roller sports such as roller derby and street hockey, skating is assuredly hip. The TURC team, skaters themselves in the roller derby and ice skating worlds, were eager to create a fun, inclusive space to celebrate the much anticipated opening of Elizabeth Quay that would fit perfectly into the Fringe Festival “fairground” theme. After the success of previous pop-up ice skating rinks, they decided to “go to the dark side” and get into the quad and inline action. “The idea is to take an urban area, an unused bit of land in the city and turn it into a space people want to come and visit,”

Hannah from TURC tells me. So what’s the attraction? “One of the coolest things about it is going to be sunset skating. We will open at 3.30pm every day, and open later on Saturdays and Sundays. So people will be able to watch the sun go down, get those cool sea breezes, skate with friends and listen to music.” Skaters can even download the jukebox app, and queue up music to listen to as they roll, or chill at the pop-up bar Sweetheart. While the rink is sure to attract seasoned skaters, TURC is firmly a community event, and that means everybody is welcome. “Anyone can do it. We’re working really closely with the Morley Rollerdrome and the owner told us that his youngest skater is 18 months old, and his oldest is 96! So pretty much anyone can skate,” she says. TURC are certainly onto something here. A study by the University of Massachusetts proved that skating not only provides the usual health benefits of burning calories, leg strength development and general cardiac health, but was considerably easier on the joints than exercise such as

jogging, and is excellent in improving balance, agility and coordination. Safety equipment such as helmets and joint padding (knee, wrist and elbow) are recommended, but the rink will be skateboard and razor scooter free: giving newcomers ample space to get started at their own pace. Whether it’s the post-work crowd keen for a drink and sunset skate with friends, or multigenerational families tapping into the nostalgia and fun of the rink on the weekend, TURC is where it’s at. So what are you waiting for? Lace up! The Urban Roller Club at Fringe World Fairground, Elizabeth Quay, January 29 to March 6. Sunset skating every day from 3.30pm and 10.30pm. Mornings Saturday and Sundays between 8 am and 3pm. Check out for more details.

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make your house a home will be moving with you, remember, so start de-cluttering and, with this, you will mentally prepare and become motivated to sell.

2. Clean, clean, clean, baby! Let’s face it. Nobody relishes the thought of putting on rubber gloves and getting down and dirty, but it needs to be done. Nothing puts prospective buyers off more than a grubby house, so get cleaning. Leave the pets outside and air your home as much as possible, including teenagers’ rooms if you can persuade them to leave. Don’t have the time or motivation to clean? Then make room in your budget for a cleaner, but don’t leave it to the last minute.You should also look into getting your floors professionally cleaned, as these little finishing touches can really make a big difference.



3. Let there be light

You’ve made the decision to sell - Perth Style Co. will help you make the most of your property photographs with these handy pointers. Image CRIB CREATIVE SO YOU HAVE agreed to sell your property.You’re probably feeling a mixed bag of emotions. You’ve had varied information about the current market conditions and have no idea what to expect.You may have been through a few home opens in the area and it all seems pretty standard. Since then you’ve appointed an agent who has shared with you their plans to get buyers along to home opens and attract attention. Most of the marketing activities planned come at a cost, which you agree to. So far, straight forward. Until your agent says “your professional photography is booked for a week’s time” and you realise the ball is back in your court. Eeeek! When a Real Estate Agent offers their client a Pre-Sale Consultation with one of our Real Estate Stylists after they’ve listed their property for sale, there’s a common response from sellers. “We can’t really afford new flooring or a new kitchen fit out,” they say. I think to myself, do people actually think we are going to suggest such extensive renovations to their homes a few weeks


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before their marketing campaign is about to kick off? Of course not. We can achieve so much with some super smart fixes. Real estate marketing is now all about digital in every which way. Engaging visuals that form your marketing campaign are vital in converting online browsers to visits in person. Our job as real estate stylists is to work with you and your agent to help you create high impact marketing visuals. Our service is the perfect combination of showcasing the home’s true value and selling points (real estate), along with the right furniture layout and illusions of space (interior styling) and finally creating engaging content and smart camera angles for your photographer (visual merchandising) that makes our pre-sale styling consultations so unique. The most important thing to understand is that what looks great in real life can photograph very differently. Here are our top ten tips to get your home camera-ready:

1. Adjust your mindset To sell your home, it’s important to cut emotional ties. All your belongings that

Is your home hiding its light behind heavy, dated curtains? If so, then it’s time to say goodbye and let some natural light into your home. Simple, neutral coloured blinds are all you need – they’ll allow an abundance of natural light into the room, which will help to make it look bigger and more inviting. And, while we’re talking light, don’t forget to ensure your light bulbs are shining as brightly as possible, as you’ll be surprised at how much this can help to open up the space. Magic!

4. Paint perfection Never underestimate the value of a good paint job. Our recommendation is to paint your walls in a fresh shade of white or cream, which will instantly brighten up your home. It’s important that you take time to do the job properly because there’s nothing worse than a dodgy paint job. Make sure to fill in any gaps or chips in the walls while you’re at it, too.

5. Hey there, good looking From the foot of your driveway to your front door, outside appearances can really make or break that prized first impression you’re looking for. So get trimming, chopping, planting, mulching and watering, and if you don’t feel up to it, add it to the budget so somebody else will do it for you. Remember though – how your house presents from the street is crucial.

6. Less is more A cluttered house instantly puts prospective buyers off, so it’s time to grab some boxes and organise some off-site storage, where you can keep some of your belongings until you move. Or, if you’ve outgrown your possessions, why not donate them to your local charity shop? Make sure to clear all benchtops and cut back on the family photo displays too.

7. Minimiser/maximiser Once you de-clutter you will feel a huge sense of space. Please don’t start adding things back in because it feel bare to you. Minimising your belongings maximises the space and the camera loves space. If you live in a small space you may like to use mirrors or glass surfaces to create a further illusion of space.

8. Fixer-upper From those pesky dripping taps to flickering bulbs, if something in your house isn’t in perfect working order, get it fixed. Take a walk around the inside and outside of your home to ensure everything is working as it should.

9. Room therapy Give a little love and attention to each room of your home and break them into purposeful zones. For example, if you’ve been using the spare room for storage, or the kitchen table as your office, it’s time to return them to their original purposes. Consider the use of each room, and structure the furniture and styling to match. We recommend switching your linen to neutral tones to complement the new walls and bright natural light you’ve invited in. If your rooms are small, consider installing mirrors, which will give the impression of space.

10. Unforgiving hang-ups Here are some things that grab the attention of the camera lens that you need to be aware of; electrical cords – hide them or unplug for photos. Also aggressive colours such as red or orange can take over the image of the room. Bed linen is our big bug bear - use your smart phone as a corrector tool and take a few snaps to make adjustments before your photographer comes.

If you would like assistance in preparing your home for sale a Pre-Sale Consultation with Perth Style Co. for $275 is the place to start. We are experts in our field, and have the ability assist with any kind of property in the Perth metro area, using exactly what you already have to help you get camera-ready and attract buyers. PL

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How to be

WATER-WISE It’s everyone's responsibility to conserve water, so Colleen Sheehan suggests ways we can still enjoy beautiful gardens without costing the earth.


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LATE LAST YEAR, The West Australian published a graph of water-guzzler and water-miser suburbs in Perth, as researched by the Water Corporation. Reading further into the article, it’s possible to see various differing factors between the suburbs which help explain why. Larger blocks have bigger gardens requiring more water and many suburbs close to the CBD are apartment dwellers, with virtually no garden. No one bemoans large blocks with big gardens – let’s face it we’ve all had one at some time – but it’s worth exploring ways to better use the city’s water by conserving it better and harvesting our own.

A water-wise garden doesn’t necessarily mean a native garden. We can still have colourful, pretty gardens other than our natives, which don’t require much water. Plants listed below are so common in Perth that we could say they’ve been naturalised. Plants from South Africa, Mexico, USA, Greek Islands, Spain, Morocco, the Arabian Peninsula, Africa and Japan are teeming with beautiful drought-resistant plants. By drought-resistant, I mean plants which can readily adapt to very little regular watering. Some have distinctive characteristics, such as silver or grey foliage

or small, glossy, waxy or hairy leaves. These characteristics typically handle, reflect and protect from heat and sun. Gazania, a very tough and colourful groundcover from South Africa, and Raphiolepis Indica (Indian Hawthorn), makes a beautiful flowering hedge of any size. Cistus (rock rose) from Crete, prefers no irrigation. Carpobrotus, commonly known as pig face or ice plant, is salt-resistant and will survive being buried in sand, however it can get out of control. Abelia is from eastern Asia and Mexico and has small glossy leaves.

thrive. Oleanda has a nasty reputation, but most of it is urban myth, All silver-leaved plants are very waterwise because they reflect light, convolvulus cneorum for one. So there you go, a huge selection of colourful, drought-resistant plants which will easily thrive in our sandy soils, and won’t suffer with the permitted two waterings per week. As a community, all sharing the same water supply, let's embrace our responsibility as part of a bigger community by planting appropriately. We’re all part of one big global community. As gardeners, let's do our bit. PL

All silver-leaved plants are very water-wise because they reflect light

BEAUTY AND THE BEASTLY HEAT Clockwise from below: Abelia, Cordyline, Oleanda and Agapanthus.

Others to consider are Agapanthus and olives. The succulent Agave survives because water or even moisture runs down each leaf. Coprosma has a hardy, glossy, waxy leaf. Cordyline Australis, commonly known as cabbage tree, is a stately, architectural statement. Other varieties of cordyline are versatile with many different foliage colours. Sedum is a worthy succulent, and in fact anything with strappy, leathery leaves has the leaf structure to handle heat, and is hardy. For example, Dianella has many varieties with different coloured strappy leaves. They make a great show when mass planted. Statice, again with its tough leaves, will summer 2016 | PRIMOLIFE




Summer - long hot days, lazy nights - and a big strain on Perth’s precious water supply. We look at how you can help protect our most precious resource. By NORMAN BURNS IT’S A SOBERING thought, as we bake through another scorching West Australian summer, that Perth residents used a staggering 264 billion litres of water in 2014-15. That, says the Water Corporation, is the equivalent to 117,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. With Perth’s annual rainfall seemingly on a continously downward trend (the average annual fall is 840mm; in 2014 it was 674.4mm and, last year was 604.8mm), and burgeoning suburban growth, pressure will only grow on supply. Perth’s seven dams (Serpentine,Victoria, Wugong, South Dandalup, Canning, Mundaring and Churchman’s Brook) had 11.3 gigalitres of streamflow to December 1 - well below the average. All is not doom and gloom though. The Water Corporation has many initiatives underway to conserve, indeed replenish, our water resources.


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“Water Corporation is in a unique situation - we encourage our customers to use less of the product we produce. Why? Because in Perth we live in the driest corner of the driest inhabited continent and using less water forms part of our plans to secure water in our drying climate,” says Water Corporation spokesperson Clare Lugar. “Our Water Forever plans outline our strategies to secure water supplies in the drying climate based on a three-pronged approach,” she continues. “We’re working with the community to reduce water use; increasing the amount of water recyled; developing new water sources.” She says water saving efforts in Perth in the past decade have saved 105 billion litres each year - equivalent to the entire output of the state’s largest desalinaton plant. The bottom line, though, is it is up to every West Australian to play their role in being waterwise. Top water saving tips for households include:

• Cutting the run time on sprinkler systems by two minutes; households should be watering for no more than 10 minutes per station • Only water once per rostered watering day (either before 9am or after 6pm) • Try the Water Corporation’s online Water Use Calculator; this creates a personalised water saving action plan for your household.Visit watercorporation.  • Add a soil wetting agent and soil improver to your garden to help water penetrate plant roots and cut evaporation from soil • Switch your shower/s over to waterefficient showerheads; a WELS-rated 3 star or above water-efficient showerhead can save an astonishing 7,000 litres of water each year • Install rainwater collection tanks; there are myriad designs and capacities, from slimline, UV-resistant polyethylene models that hold around 720 litres to 3,000 litres, corrugated iron tanks and more. There are even “bladder” tanks, which can hold thousands of litres, that can be fitted underneath your decking or floors. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show in 2010 49,000 urban households had installed rainwater collection tanks. (Check with your relevant local council before installing a rainwater collection tank.) Clare says construction is also well under

way on Australia’s first Groundwater Replenishment Scheme in Craigie, which will be able to “recharge” 14 billion litres of water each year, with scope to expand to 28 billion litres. “Groundwater replenishment is the process by which secondary treated wastewater undergoes advanced treatment to produce recycled water. The recycled water is recharged to an aquifer for later use as a drinking water source,” she says. “While we will always have enough water, we will never have enough water to waste - so we encourage all Western Australians to make being waterwise part of their everyday lives.” PL Visit for more information

The Water Corporation has many initiatives underway to conserve, indeed replenish, our water resources.

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ON REIWA.COM It pays to be as informed as possible when you take the next step to buying a new home - that’s where can help.

WHETHER YOU’RE BUYING a house, investing in property or looking for a new place to rent, the more information you have access to, the better equipped you’ll be to make decisions that are right for you. After all, buying a property is one of the biggest decisions we make in life. Working out where you want to live is a good place to start – is a comprehensive and trusted local knowledge source that can give you access to everything you need to know about a suburb before you buy, invest or move. Once you’ve sussed out the suburb you want to live in, can also give you access to the finer details of each property, right down to the nitty gritty including boundaries and the location of pipes. The unique interactive mapping tool on allows you to easily and quickly access a wide range of information on every suburb and property in Western Australia. From one glance, you’ll get a better idea if a property will suit your needs. IS THE PRICE RIGHT? Price is pretty important in the property


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game so it’s important you do your research.You can view and compare the median sale price of a suburb, see how much a suburb has grown over one, five and 10 years, plus view the average time it takes to sell a property in any particular suburb. KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS Get the vital stats on those who live in a suburb with the latest census info including median age of residents, average household size and median weekly household income. THE SUBURB’S SURROUNDS With just one click you can view all points of interest for a suburb including suburb boundaries, transport, schools, shopping centres, local amenities, emergency services, cafes and restaurants, entertainment, accommodation, banking facilities and more. ZOOM IN ON A PROPERTY Because of’s exclusive partnership with WA government

department Landgate, you can hone in on the finer details of a property that is currently listed for sale or rent including the official property boundaries, cadastre, pending cadastral changes, easements and dimensions. Plus, thanks to a partnership with WaterCorp, you can also see where water meters, water pipes, sewer connections and sewer pipes are located. ASK A LOCAL is owned and managed by REIWA, WA’s real estate institute. Their sole focus on the WA property market ensures they know it best and, with a dedicated research department which maintains an extensive database on all things property, you can be confident that you’ll have access to the most upto-date and relevant information. REIWA is a not-for-profit organisation that exists solely to make the selling, leasing and buying property as simple as possible for all West Aussies. PL Find out more about any property or suburb in WA at

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THE DAILY GRIND Dome have bought an old four mill in Katanning for a song, breathing new life into a grand old building of the past. Carmen Jenner reports. YOU CAN’T BUY much for a buck anymore. In fact you couldn’t even buy a cup of coffee in the 90s. That is, unless you’re the international coffee company Dome who purchased an old flour mill in the outback town of Katanning for the grand total of $1. It also helps if you can afford to fulfill the promised four million dollar development and restoration project of the historic property. There’s no such thing as an almost free lunch, or in this case, coffee. Built in 1891 by merchant, agriculturalist and politician Frederick Henry Piesse, the three-storey electrically-powered mill operated at the central junction of Clive Street and Astral Avenue. The mill became the town’s centrepiece


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with the arrival of the Great Southern rail line in 1899 which ran through the Wheatbelt from Beverley to Albany, and was pivotal in encouraging farmers to grow wheat which in turn contributed greatly to the town’s economic success. As if to further punctuate the importance of the mill and the man, a statue of Frederick Piesse by sculptor Pietro Porcelli was erected on Astral Avenue in 1916, where it still proudly stands. The mill has remained vacant since 1977 when it was used as a tourist centre for a time, until Dome came along with their plans of converting the prominent building into a café and inn. Starting in early 2016, the project will be Dome’s first foray into accommodation,

but not their last with the purchase of the heritage-listed Shamrock Hotel in Northam in early 2015. Both ventures will provide much needed additional accommodation and help to revitalise the towns for both a locals and visitors, but that’s not the only similarity. Both Katanning and Northam have been declared aSupertowns in the state’s southern half by the Regional Centres Development Plan to accommodate WA’s population growth which is predicted to double to 4.9 million people by 2050. What makes a town super? Lifestyle, affordability, population and economic growth potential as well as strong governance capabilities. It’s a wonderful initiative to return these

once prosperous towns to their former glory, even further enhanced by Katanning joining the list of top tourist towns of the Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern recognised for their history, farming and agriculture. In the meantime and situated about halfway between Perth and Albany, Katanning quietly thrives with a population of 4,500 while catering well to travellers, especially those with RVs. Katanning Shire CEO Julian Murphy is energised by the prospect. “Dome is a wellestablished brand with a history of being a good product for the community and has a proven track record of creating hubs in other historic precincts,” he said. He is also impressed with the level of restorative detail, “They will retain the internal workings of the flour mill and it will be an experience to stay there.” Still structurally sound and in reasonable condition, the mill retains many of its original fixtures and fittings including its grain silos; guests will certainly know where they’re sleeping. Dome is no stranger to conserving WA’s history with 17 out of their 70 Australian Dome cafes currently housed in heritage-listed buildings. Quite apt when you consider Dome’s pioneering background, which started off with Canadian Patria Jefferies and co-founder Phil Sexton opening a single café in Cottesloe in the early 90s, offering a brew at the then controversial cost of $1.80 a cup. It’s hard to remember a time when Perth didn’t have a café culture, except for Italians sipping espressos at the Re Store while stocking up for the next family feast or at Northbridge’s Café Sport (now Little Willy’s). During a time where instant coffee reigned supreme, Dome was the first franchise chain of European-style cafés in Australia which then went onto to expand into Malaysia, Dubai, Indonesia, Singapore, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and the Maldives. It’s safe to say Dome was pivotal in Perth’s love affair with coffee, just as Starbucks paved the way in the US. There’s great comfort to be found in the consistency of Dome’s coffee. Each cup is made with hand-picked Arabica beans cultivated at a high altitude allowing the rich characteristics to develop slowly producing a complex flavour. For example, their signature espresso blend is sourced from five regions: Brazil for nutty notes, smoothness from New Guinea, the dark chocolate and caramel flavours of

It’s safe to say Dome was pivotal in Perth’s love affair with coffee, just as Starbucks paved the way in the US.

Costa Rica, Colombia for body and floral tones, and Sumatra for depth and savoury hints. With a clever business model emulating the coffee houses of Europe showcasing a bistro-style menu, rich colour schemes, domed ceilings and wooden flooring, Dome certainly understands the old adage of location, location, location. Combining Dome’s success with Katanning’s vision, it’s a winning blend. PL summer 2016 | PRIMOLIFE



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an email trying to give you millions? Your friend here is the delete key.

Please confirm your login details Bank account scams are very common and tend to go in cycles with different bank names being used every couple of months We all have seen them from time to time. Perhaps it’s an email claiming to be from your bank asking for your login details and account numbers. Again the best approach for these is to delete this as your bank will never send you an email asking for this information. Even if you think it may be genuine, call your bank before you hand any information over – they will confirm it’s a fake.

Phone call-based scams are also

Dear friend... How many times have we received an email which starts like this before going on to offer us millions of dollars from an unknown benefactor in Nigeria? It looks tempting to reply but don’t - you’ll save yourself a whole world of pain. YOU KNOW THE drill. The press is full of unfortunate stories about people who’ve fallen foul of the latest scam doing the rounds. We’re shown a picture of someone who has lost their life savings to a scammer who are generally based overseas. Scams can range from small sums of money all the way through to a complete nest egg and property fraud. As the new year kicks in, let’s have a look at some of the common ones and how to avoid them.

Congratulations! You’ve won the lottery! You’ve won an overseas lottery and all you need to do is to respond with your bank account details and they will be able to deposit the millions into your bank account. At least that’s what the email says. That’s


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funny, you think.You don’t recall buying the ticket. This is probably one of the most popular scams around. After you respond you will be sent another email asking for money so the funds can be released. Sounds fair, so you send the money, not via your bank account, but via a money transfer service. Then guess what happens? Your millions don’t arrive, but what does arrive is another email asking for more money. This goes on for some time until you realise you’ve sent them significant sums and you have been scammed. So how do you avoid this one? Remember the saying that if it looks to good to be true, it probably is. Have a close look at the email. It won’t say your name, the email address it comes from is not one you would recognise and be honest. Do you really think someone would send you

very common, and they range all the way from banks and phone companies through to internet providers. They all sound very convincing, but the answer should always be no to them too. Don’t give any details out to them at all. Again, if you are unsure, say no to them and call the company direct. Do not use a number they have provided.

Sold ... down the river The last one I’ll talk about is one of the easiest to detect. Who has sold an item on an online classified site such as Gumtree and then the minute you place the ad for a car or such you’ll get a text from someone wanting to buy it. Sounds great, but the only catch is that the buyer is working offshore and needs you to pay money into an account to cover transport costs. Scammed again. These scammers are easy to spot as they never want to look at the product. They’re always working offshore and the mobile number they text you from looks a bit strange. Ignore these texts and you will save some heartache and cash. Most of the scams people fall for seem so obvious, but many people still become victims to unscrupluous people intent on extracting their cash every day. Before you email, text or call back make sure you have a good think about what they are asking you to do, and always live by this motto – if it looks too good to be true, it normally is just that. PL

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THE TRUTH ABOUT INCENTIVES It might surprise you to learn that bonuses and incentives rarely help achieve better results in the majority of jobs. Warren Kennaugh suggests an alternative to getting the most out of your team. IMAGINE THE SCENE.You’re in a meeting discussing how to get better performance from your workgroup, sports team or employees . . . again. You’ve tried recruiting overpriced ‘talent’ and you’ve invested in training interventions, but both are expensive and neither lives up to the promise. What about incentives? Some funky innovation fund or new structured bonus scheme is bound to get everyone’s productivity juices flowing - right? Actually no. In fact most incentives don’t work. For a start, incentives such as bonuses are backward looking and effectively close out an obligation. They are perceived as a reward for work already done so the reward - should it come - closes out their obligation for high performance in the future. Bonuses don’t always drive forward positive behaviour, especially when the expected reward doesn’t materialise, is not as much as expected or is not considered ‘fair’. But what’s ‘fair’? The assessment of ‘fairness’ is totally owned by the individual and therefore totally outside your control. Unfortunately, most people overestimate what they contributed to an outcome and will almost always end up feeling short-changed and, of course, disappointed individuals tend not to be very engaged or productive moving forward. Incentives only work for certain types of work The key to using incentives successfully is knowing the difference between what behavioural scientists call ‘algorithmic’ and ‘heuristic’ tasks. Algorithmic tasks are those things that are routine and follow a


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set path to a set conclusion. Algorithmic tasks were very popular in the Industrial Revolution, where most people in the workforce did one specific, routine job. Manufacturers that operate an assembly line employ individuals who carry out algorithmic tasks as the product nudges toward completion. If you want to motivate people to do algorithmic tasks which are often monotonous and boring, then reward and punishment will work very effectively. Heuristic tasks however are very different. They are tasks where the outcome can be reached in a number of different ways, where the individual needs to experiment for best results and may have to come up with something new. If you want to motivate people to do heuristic tasks which involve using their brain, personal experience and common sense then reward and punishment will not work. In fact, according to renowned psychologist Edward Deci and two colleagues who went back over 30 years of research assessing 128 experiments on motivation, “tangible rewards tend to have a substantially negative effect on intrinsic motivation". The long-term damage caused by offering short term rewards is one of the most robustly proven findings in social science. Science has demonstrated beyond doubt that rewards can: • Reduce motivation by turning something enjoyable into a chore • Reduce creativity • Diminish results • Foster bad behaviour • Inhibit good behaviour • Cost the business more and more to maintain results. We live in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambigious (VUCA) world. That world requires heuristic ability not algorithmic ability. It’s estimated that 70 per cent of job growth will come from heuristic work which does not respond to reward and punishment. So forget about bonuses and lofty incentive schemes. They are expensive and often counterproductive. Instead focus on ‘fit’. What does Fit mean? Think amplify the ‘Brightside’, minimise the ‘Darkside’ and understand the ‘Inside’. When we understand personality and embrace its impact on performance from the boardroom to the locker room we can unlock our own and other people's real potential. When we appreciate how we do what we do, why we do what we do and how we manage to mess things up when under pressure, we can put ourselves in a role that amplifies our natural ‘brightside’ while mitigating our innate ‘darkside’ because we finally understand what’s driving us from the ‘inside’. When everyone in a team or business appreciates ‘fit’ and are in the right role and the right environment that honours their unique gifts then we are all much more likely to be productive because we are doing what we would do naturally if left to our own devices. Armed with those insights we can consciously and successfully orchestrate ‘fit’ for ourselves and our people for optimal long-term performance. PL Warren Kennaugh is a behavioural strategist who works with elite corporate leaders, gifted professional athletes and world leading teams. He is a speaker, researcher and consultant who is the author of FIT:When Talent and Intelligence Just Won’t Cut It (Wiley).Visit or contact at

You may be aware that some of the major banks have increased their interest rates in the past few weeks... The good news is that there are many lenders in the market place offering some very competitive rates on their mortgages and in many cases there are substantial savings to be made. For example: on a $400,000 mortgage, a 0.5% decrease could mean a saving of $2,000 over the the year. If you have not looked at your mortgage rates in the past two years it is worthwhile having a discussion with PEARD FINANCE to see if we can help you save!

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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.

THEY SAY A new year can often bring about change, but Opportunities to purchase homes of this calibre in the area are rare, so don’t delay! To view this property call Marg unfortunately for the Perth property market, change will not Kudla today on 0457 515 007. happen overnight. Sellers will not be rejoicing just yet. While sliding house prices are tipped to reach bottom in the first part of the year and some modest price increases are anticipated in the second half, buyers will remain very much in control throughout 2016. Sellers will need to remain realistic this year. Price reductions on current listings are a reality with overpriced homes attracting little interest. Speaking with your agent and agreeing on a competitive price will be key, and it goes without saying that choosing a trusted brand with proven marketing strategies will be imperative. Buyers will continue to have the luxury of time on their side, giving them an opportunity to shop around for the right 12 victoria park property to suit their budget and lifestyle. As we say goodbye to the festive season and school holidays, we should see a new pool of buyers enter the market, creating a higher demand for certain types of bull creek 7 properties and particular suburbs. 8 Buyers are currently placing higher emphasis on properties in close proximity to public transport and various amenities such as universities, shopping centres and hospitals, so properties that can cater to these needs will be in favour, providing they are priced right. The type of housing that will be in demand is also likely to change. Ageing properties are becoming less appealing with many new properties and house-and-land packages offering much more bang for your buck through innovative design and functionality. In some positive news, several Perth suburbs are tipped to 9 see a rise is property prices as demand for the area creates some welcome competition. Leederville and Wembley will be two inner city suburbs to watch, while Rockingham in the south and Butler in the north should see some price growth throughout the year also. I hope you enjoy reading our bumper double issue of PRIMOLife.

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HEADLINE HERE With many businesses looking to cut costs in the wake of tougher financial times, it is little surprise that extravagant Christmas parties are one of the first things to go – but not at Peard Real Estate. By Dea Lalovic.

FOR PEARD GROUP employees, 2015 ended with a bang as a crowd 200-strong gathered on the Swan River for an evening of eating, drinking and dancing. Organising such a grand event is no easy task nor does it come cheap, but the Group’s CEO Peter Peard says nevertheless it’s always money well spent. “End of year celebrations are the perfect chance for everyone to let their hair down and have some fun and it’s at events such as these where company loyalty is truly built," he said. “This year we did something different with a garden-themed cocktail party at one of Perth’s most beautiful locations - Matilda Bay”. Peter says the annual Christmas party is a reward for employees and says he doesn’t agree with businesses that decide to pull the plug when times are hard." “I really believe that if you reward your staff for their hard work, they will be the ones who will help your business flourish. “Our annual Christmas party is just


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one of the ways we like to say thank you to our employees for all of their hard work throughout the year.” But with Perth’s real estate market taking a notable hit last year, was investing thousands of dollars in a party a wise choice? For Peter, there’s no question about it. “The real estate industry has been shaky the last 18 months so of course cutting costs

on a Christmas party wouldn’t have been unreasonable, but at the end of the day, our employees still worked very hard, and they deserved a party to celebrate that hard work.” Priding themselves on their unbeatable culture, Peard Real Estate is all about bringing employees together. “A company culture doesn’t just happen. You have to work hard at it and organising

events where everyone can mingle and, perhaps more importantly, feel appreciated, is a big part of that. “Our parties are always a lot of fun and the high attendance rate each year speaks for itself,” says Peter. This year guests enjoyed a night jampacked with delicious food, lawn games, great music and of course, dancing. It might be a hard one to beat, but as Peter says, we will just have to wait and see.

PEARD PARTY PEOPLE Beautiful Matilda Bay provided a stunning backdrop for the Peard Real Estate's Group annual Christmas party - the perfect excuse for employees to kick back and enjoy a top night of dancing, dining and fun.

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DEAN BRADLEY Peard Real Estate, Leederville 6 Listings sold




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PEARD HILLARYS 38 Listings sold


PEARD JOONDALUP 31 Listings sold

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DEAN BRADLEY Peard Real Estate, Leederville $6,335,000


KAREN RICHES Peard Real Estate, Hillarys $2,965,000

PEARD LEEDERVILLE 21 Listings sold


PEARD SCARBOROUGH 16 Listings sold


JARROD O'NEIL Peard Real Estate, Hillarys $2,497,000


PEARD MINDARIE 15 Listings sold



DAVID WEIR Peard Real Estate, Scarborough $2,235,000

PEARD MANDURAH 15 Listings sold


PEARD ROCKINGHAM 14 Listings sold

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JARROD O'NEIL Peard Real Estate, Hillarys 4 Listings sold GAYLENE BICHENO Peard Real Estate, Hillarys 3 Listings sold

DAVID WEIR Peard Real Estate, Scarborough 5 Listings sold KAREN RICHES Peard Real Estate, Hillarys 4 Listings sold

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FULL $10,000 First Home Owners Grant Applies BUT IT'S ALREADY BUILT! This Beautiful 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home has it all. Master suite at the rear of the home with designer Walk In Robe, enough room for the BIGGEST SHOE COLLECTION and stunning ensuite too. It even has it's own courtyard with decked coffee/reading area.

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

This dual key self contained apartment can be utilised as a whole:2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment; or as two individual: 1 bedroom 1 bathroom apartments. Close to the CBD, the domestic and international airport, the Swan River and Ascot Racecourse.This apartment complex is fully managed by a professional group that will take care of the day to day ongoings.The complex boasts fantastic facilities:a swimming pool, ample parking, CONTACT Erin Phillips security gates. PHONE 0448 858 101 EMAIL

Panoramic Views! What an amazing opportunity to secure this outstanding four bedroom two bathroom family home in a superb location. Situated on and elevated block overlooking natural bush with uninterrupted views of the escarpment this quality home will not disappoint astute buyers looking for a quality home in this price range. With all the quality extras include all that is required is to simply move in and enjoy all that this home has to offer. CONTACT Rod McDougall PHONE 0418 909 954 EMAIL

Get in Quick! This 2 bed plus study duplex is an ideal starter home or investment property. Fantastic location with schools, parks and shopping centre all close by. Some features include; large lounge with ceiling fan and split A/C unit, new stove in kitchen, master bedroom with built in robes and a private courtyard, CONTACT Shaun Pettit large rear patio area and PHONE 0411 725 511 so much more! EMAIL

That sums up this great property in Baldivis, a house that not only fits the bill as an ideal family home but offers the industrious dad - or mum - a fantastic working space with a fully-powered adjacent shed. At 576 square metres, this 4x2 brick-built home on a quiet street in The Chase, Baldivis, has modern fittings and is light and airy, with air con, ceiling fans and open CONTACT Andreas Nikakos plan living. PHONE 0413 962 074 EMAIL

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FOR SALE Baldivis 29 Hampden Rise

$515,000-$535,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Burns Beach 9 Canunda Link

Low $800,000's bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Canning Vale 16 Hockley Loop

From $669,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Canning Vale 6 Banda Boulevard

From $649,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Located in the prestigious Highbury Park Estate, this gorgeous brand new 4 bedroom home is a must see. Designed with luxury in mind this property has so many features there is nothing you wont love about it! Built on a 509m2 block and a spacious 259m2 under roof there is plenty of room for the entire family. CONTACT Kim Lindsay PHONE 0407 137 062 EMAIL

THE BEST YOU WILL SEE AT THIS PRICE ! A streamlined design & thoughtful finishes make this home a must see for families or couple wanting space. includes a well-located home theatre, separate study, kids activity & a sensational outdoor entertaining area. Well priced & ready for you to move in & enjoy !! CONTACT Todd & Danielle Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

Burns Beach 22 Kianga Crescent

From $1,025,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Butler 4 Shepperton Drive

From $549,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Located opposite famous Campbell Primary School on a large 624sqm block,this family home offers a lot,with great amenities nearby.Master bedroom has en-suite & walk in robe.Additional bedrooms & a second bathroom have been grouped together.Outdoor area has a SPA & double side access to park boat or caravan.Other features:gas point,indoor and outdoor,separate toilet,well-appointed kitchen, automatic double garage, ducted evaporative air conditioning , low maintenance rear yard, reticulation CONTACT PK (Pankaj Kapur) PHONE 0424 194 509 EMAIL

Canning Vale 18 Ambleside Way

Built by BGC, this stunning and spacious 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms property has so much to offer to all buyers whether you are first home buyers/establish family looking to upgrade or an astute investors, this property will surely satisfy all demands. Featured with a separate formal lounge area, an open flow floorplan layout. Its a must see!

Canning Vale 9 Tiarella Place

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CONTACT Stefen Chitra PHONE 0403 731 014 EMAIL

From $789,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $650,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

RARE AS HEN’S TEETH ! Classy yet family friendly, this home boasts ideal separation of living for growing kids, with a separate home theatre, upstairs retreat & home office, massive workshop incorporated into the garage plus full length side access for boat/caravan storage & off street parking for 4 extra cars !! CONTACT Todd & Danielle Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

When size is important, look no further as this quality built Scott Park home is perfect for the growing family in every way. Rustic charm with a Mt Lawley influence , grand verandah to the front, elegant entry invites you to enjoy this well designed abode. Features include extra height garaging, loft storage, double linen cupboards, gorgeous outdoor entertaining. CONTACT Jeff Parkes PHONE 0418 923 989 EMAIL

Located in sought after Ranford Estate, park facing, 4 bedroom 2 bathrooms, Study. Includes living area, separate theatre room, spacious kitchen.The Master bedroom has a modern en-suite located downstairs; other bedrooms are located upstairs with separate living area. Outdoor entertaining area with SPA, easy care garden & automatic reticulation, double door lock up CONTACT PK (Pankaj Kapur) garage with remote PHONE 0424 194 509 control. EMAIL

Be Quick this amazing home will not last long at this incredible price. Beautiful family home in quiet cul de sac. Open plan living to kitchen family and games room.Huge formal lounge area with quality carpet.Double garage with roller door that gives access to back garden. Huge patio for entertaining. Three split systems, that keep the home nice and cold on those CONTACT Karen Willis hot summer days. PHONE 0437 704 427 EMAIL

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FOR SALE Canning Vale 47 Draycott Loop

From $629,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Carine 3 Naseby Place

From $849,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 4

Clarkson 24 Nomad Drive

$549,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Coolbinia 42 Ardross Crescent

Low $900,000's bed 3 bath 1 car 4 56

This is an extraordinary opportunity to make this your new home, situated on massive 870sqm, walking distance to famous Ranford Primary School,this 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home is packed with superb features.Open plan living area,spacious kitchen,separate home theatre room,large master bedroom has en suite and decent size walk in robe.Additional bedrooms and a second bathroom. CONTACT PK (Pankaj Kapur) PHONE 0424 194 509 EMAIL

Carine 25 Minerva Way

From $829,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

For those seeking a large family home that offers the best in living and entertaining in a location that ticks every box - look no further. Just Listed to the market, this light filled home will be sure to impress with its spacious 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and a large entertaining area with large backyard for the kids and a ‘man cave’ with a big double workshop at rear, plus off-street parking for additional cars on the driveway. Perfect for weekend gatherings with friends or having the entire family over for lunch. CONTACT Karen Riches PHONE 0478 733 200 EMAIL

Chittering 183 Patersonia Road

The best a builder builds is their display home! Located in the sea side village of Catalina, this area feels every bit like a village with Aussie beaches moments away. Interior designer finishes by the builders professional design team. This Home has all the extras so grab yourself a bargain! A must see investment or home.

Connolly 50 Royal Melbourne Avenue

CONTACT Brendan Smith PHONE 0410 664 909 EMAIL

A fabulous 1930s built home featuring 3 beds, 1 bath situated on a LARGE 943sqm zoned R10 block. With great ornate character features and leadlight windows this home represents a great opportunity for entry in a prestigious suburb. Complete with good kitchen, formal dining room, study zone and 2 Living areas. CONTACTS Andrew MacDougall/Melanie MacDougall PHONE 0403 065 945/0419 907 368 EMAIL

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From $585,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$869,000-$889,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Cooloongup 19 St Andrews Loop

$449,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Cleverly renovated with a split-level design, a contemporary feel on the inside and soaring columns that add character to a largely-original exterior, this magnificent home is ready to fulfil your family’s needs and even offers serene tree-lined views with the odd city glimpse to ensure a relaxed lifestyle, especially on those balmy summer nights. Land size 726sqm approx. CONTACT Karen Riches PHONE 0478 733 200 EMAIL

LOOKING FOR YOUR IDEAL COUNTRY ESCAPE? Just listed is this Rural Building Company home situated on a 7+ acre block nestled in the Blue Plains Estate. Open plan kitchen, meals & lounge, separate formal lounge, reverse cycle air conditioners throughout, wood fire & large alfresco area. Large fully fenced property with electric entrance gate, good mixture of pasture & trees, manicured lawns & gardens, paddocks, 12 x 9m shed, solar hot water system, solar panels, bore & rainwater tanks. CONTACT Samantha Hill PHONE 0407 666 905 EMAIL

Situated on a large corner 732sqm block this well built home features a front formal lounge, separate games room, large main living area with quality bamboo floors, huge outdoor area, decked alfresco, tropical landscaped pool and bali-style gazebo. The double garage is extra wide and extra long for storage. To complete the property there is a glass house and drying area separated from the main outdoor living areas as well as reticulated front gardens and quality finishes throughout. CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL

Great location close to shops parks hospital & transport. Superbly located on a quiet street with everything the family wants. Ample space and privacy for the whole family. With roller shutters and security fitted to the front of the property, along with solar panels on the roof. The house has just been painted throughout which gives it that nice fresh appeal. CONTACT Vandy Russell PHONE 0424 937 034 EMAIL

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FOR SALE Doubleview 141A Alice Street

From $749,000

This immaculate three bedroom, street-front home located on beautiful Alice St has many desirable features which include a bright open plan kitchen dining & living area, Study and theatre.

bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Duncraig 12 Eckford Way

Low $800,000's bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Ellenbrook 13 Woodlake Boulevard

From $375,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Ellenbrook 5 Marsala Way

From $479,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

It doesn’t get better than this with this stylish finish to this Doubleview new street front, single level home packed with all the 165 Flamborough Street brand extras and completed to a very high standard, all only a hop

From $749,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Move into this home and enjoy modern living with a stylish kitchen and 2 renovated bathrooms! More importantly enjoy loads of extra living space - a massive room to the side originally built as a huge home office-cum-sewing room, could be a fantastic games/activity room for the kids, or a sewing/painting/hobby/study room, or could even be partitioned into 2 separate rooms to use as you wish! There’s even a massive shed to the back that could be great “man cave” or work/storage space if you CONTACT Namita Mehra work from home! PHONE 0409 920 737 EMAIL

Dwellingup 14 Marginata Crescent

This home is set up on the high side of the road, with blossoming trees creating an enchanting avenue of trees on both sides of the road. Centrally located in the heart of Woodlake village, Walking distance to parks, schools & shops & public transport. 2 separate living areas, 3 x seperate air conditioners, secure roller shutters to all windows, near new dishwasher & oven, island bench in kitchen, colourbond covered patio, spacious back yard with kids cubby house, single car garage with room for other cars, all this CONTACT Angie Pearce 145sqm living on a 491sqm block. PHONE 0499 775 046 EMAIL

Ellenbrook 4 Brigalow Bend

The perfect family home! You will need to be quick to secure this immaculately presented family home in the highly sought after area of The Bridges. Boasting a recently renovated kitchen, multiple living areas, and a great outdoor area for summer entertaining it has something for the whole family. Relax under the patio while watching the kids in the pool, tinker in the powered shed or just enjoy living in this beautifully maintained home. If it is within your budget, call me today! CONTACT Tiffany Bray PHONE 0412 930 820 EMAIL

Ellenbrook 51 Dalgarup Way

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From $269,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

$559,000 - $579,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

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

skip and a jump to quality parklands, shops and schools. CONTACT Adam Mannino PHONE 0411 962 383 EMAIL

Situated in one of the most beautiful places in WA! With a beautiful forest and walking trails situated literally at your back fence what more could you ask for? The home has plenty to offer for anyone who enjoys a quiet lifestyle and enjoys nature. With 4 bedrooms, main living area, kitchen, laundry this home has everything you will need. CONTACT Daniel Florance PHONE 0488 307 732 EMAIL

The moment you step foot inside this Stunning home, you will be amazed with the quality from the impressive double door entry with raised ceilings & feature lighting to the solid wood floors through the living areas. This home has just been refreshed with new carpet to lounge & bedrooms & freshly painted. Chefs kitchen with island bench, stone bench tops, walk in pantry & shoppers entry, separate formal lounge with bay window & high ceilings, activity room/ study, ducted air conditioning, double CONTACT Angie Pearce lock up garage & free standing PHONE 0499 775 046 decked gazebo. EMAIL

VIEWS GALORE Are you considering buying an investment property? This beautifully presented /well designed 4 x 2 home comes complete with tenants paying $480. Per week until July 2016. Completely finish to top quality standards with solid wood floor, reverse cycle air conditioning and large theatre room. Quality kitchen with stone bench top and a walk in scullery. Very spacious living areas with high ceilings. 4 double bedrooms, beds 2,3 and 4 with mirror robes. Double lock up garage, low maintenance fully CONTACT Angie Pearce reticulated lawns and gardens. PHONE 0499 775 046 EMAIL summer 2016 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Doubleview 141A Alice Street

From $749,000

This immaculate three bedroom, street-front home located on beautiful Alice St has many desirable features which include a bright open plan kitchen dining & living area, Study and theatre.

bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Duncraig 12 Eckford Way

Low $800,000's bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Ellenbrook 13 Woodlake Boulevard

From $375,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Ellenbrook 5 Marsala Way

From $479,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 58

CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

It doesn’t get better than this with this stylish finish to this Doubleview new street front, single level home packed with all the 165 Flamborough Street brand extras and completed to a very high standard, all only a hop

From $749,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Move into this home and enjoy modern living with a stylish kitchen and 2 renovated bathrooms! More importantly enjoy loads of extra living space - a massive room to the side originally built as a huge home office-cum-sewing room, could be a fantastic games/activity room for the kids, or a sewing/painting/hobby/study room, or could even be partitioned into 2 separate rooms to use as you wish! There’s even a massive shed to the back that could be great “man cave” or work/storage space if you CONTACT Namita Mehra work from home! PHONE 0409 920 737 EMAIL

Dwellingup 14 Marginata Crescent

This home is set up on the high side of the road, with blossoming trees creating an enchanting avenue of trees on both sides of the road. Centrally located in the heart of Woodlake village, Walking distance to parks, schools & shops & public transport. 2 separate living areas, 3 x seperate air conditioners, secure roller shutters to all windows, near new dishwasher & oven, island bench in kitchen, colourbond covered patio, spacious back yard with kids cubby house, single car garage with room for other cars, all this CONTACT Angie Pearce 145sqm living on a 491sqm block. PHONE 0499 775 046 EMAIL

Ellenbrook 4 Brigalow Bend

The perfect family home! You will need to be quick to secure this immaculately presented family home in the highly sought after area of The Bridges. Boasting a recently renovated kitchen, multiple living areas, and a great outdoor area for summer entertaining it has something for the whole family. Relax under the patio while watching the kids in the pool, tinker in the powered shed or just enjoy living in this beautifully maintained home. If it is within your budget, call me today! CONTACT Tiffany Bray PHONE 0412 930 820 EMAIL

Ellenbrook 51 Dalgarup Way

PRIMOLIFE | summer 2016

From $269,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

$559,000 - $579,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

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

skip and a jump to quality parklands, shops and schools. CONTACT Adam Mannino PHONE 0411 962 383 EMAIL

Situated in one of the most beautiful places in WA! With a beautiful forest and walking trails situated literally at your back fence what more could you ask for? The home has plenty to offer for anyone who enjoys a quiet lifestyle and enjoys nature. With 4 bedrooms, main living area, kitchen, laundry this home has everything you will need. CONTACT Daniel Florance PHONE 0488 307 732 EMAIL

The moment you step foot inside this Stunning home, you will be amazed with the quality from the impressive double door entry with raised ceilings & feature lighting to the solid wood floors through the living areas. This home has just been refreshed with new carpet to lounge & bedrooms & freshly painted. Chefs kitchen with island bench, stone bench tops, walk in pantry & shoppers entry, separate formal lounge with bay window & high ceilings, activity room/ study, ducted air conditioning, double CONTACT Angie Pearce lock up garage & free standing PHONE 0499 775 046 decked gazebo. EMAIL

VIEWS GALORE Are you considering buying an investment property? This beautifully presented /well designed 4 x 2 home comes complete with tenants paying $480. Per week until July 2016. Completely finish to top quality standards with solid wood floor, reverse cycle air conditioning and large theatre room. Quality kitchen with stone bench top and a walk in scullery. Very spacious living areas with high ceilings. 4 double bedrooms, beds 2,3 and 4 with mirror robes. Double lock up garage, low maintenance fully CONTACT Angie Pearce reticulated lawns and gardens. PHONE 0499 775 046 EMAIL View more properties online at

FOR SALE This renovated property of 2 well appointed bedrooms & 1 Glendalough located in the sought after suburb of Glendalough, 22A/305 Harborne Street bathroom, close proximities to schools & other amenities. Calling all

Gosnells 17 Hillegine Court

bed 2 bath 1 car 1

bed 4 bath 2 car 1

From $259,000

Gosnells 22 Chelsfield Street

From $339,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 2

Gosnells 93 Crandon Street

From $539,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Harrisdale 254 Wright Road

$849,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 4

investors or young professionals looking to start a property portfolio, this property is currently leased out on a 12 month period (just recently extended) & with a rental return of $295/week. This property CONTACT Stefen Chitra will surely be the investment PHONE 0403 731 014 you're looking for EMAIL

OFFERS OVER $420,000

Ideal entry level home for first home buyer or a perfect investment opportunity for investors.This outstanding home is situated in front of peaceful parkland's & within close proximity to shops, public transport and schools.Largely original,this property has a spacious formal lounge room, four great size bedrooms, well-appointed bathroom, good size kitchen,hugebackyard Vicktor Sutrisno & more amazing features. CONTACT PHONE 0422 774 044

Gosnells 43 Stennett Street

WOW! This is your chance to secure this magnificent property on a massive 1012 sqm block. This beautifully presented home is a credit to the owners who have maintained this property to a high standard. Main house features three bedroom's, one bathroom, lounge, kitchen and laundry with entrance through to the granny flat.

Hammond Park 5 Jewel Gardens


CONTACT Karen Lloyd PHONE 0421 614 447 EMAIL

This beautiful 2 storey home has everything anyone could want. 390m2, it's one of the biggest homes in the area. Double clay brick upstairs, and down stairs, with concrete slab upstairs. Super Fast Broadband with many $1000's spent on smart wiring. EVERY OFFER SUBMITTED. GRAB A BARGAIN BEFORE ITS GONE!

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CONTACT Brendan Smith PHONE 0410 664 909 EMAIL

From $389,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

From $560,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Heathridge 17 Oakover Way

Offers Invited bed 3 bath 2 car 2

4 well appointed bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Built in wardrobes and a walk in robe, Sunken formal lounge area, Kitchen and dining area combined.; Land size : 688sqm REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TODAY! CONTACT Stefen Chitra PHONE 0403 731 014 EMAIL

This impressive home has a lot to offer to growing families or astute investors alike.This outstanding home boasts a spacious formal lounge room, open plan kitchen/dining/living area, good size bedrooms with new floor coverings,study/nursery room, split reverse cycle air-conditioning system, roller shutters, low maintenance backyard, shed/workshop.Strategically situated within walking Vicktor Sutrisno distance to all amenities. CONTACT PHONE 0422 774 044 EMAIL

If the median price of a 4 bed 2 bath home in Hammond Park is $600,000, then you had better be quick to purchase this quality 2011 built large home as the owners are asking for Offers from $560,000.Move straight in ready for summer as this house has ducted air conditioning. CONTACT Lynette Jarmos PHONE 0424 801 172 EMAIL

This gorgeous home is beautifully finished off with 3 separate living areas plus an enclosed outdoor area (sunroom) and plenty of storage areas for those that need extra space! With a separate front formal lounge and dining room, open family room and a huge games room or kid’s toy room, this home will suit those that need space for years to come! Built in 1986 and sitting on a 783sqm block, you will appreciate the quality of this home and must be viewed! CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL

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FOR SALE Hilbert 58 Burdekin Turn

ALL OFFERS INVITED bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Hillarys 27 Halliday Grove

$795,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Hillarys 7/11 Endeavor Road

$560,000 - $590,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Iluka 22 Stinson Square

From $835,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 60

This beautiful Ex-Display home was literally built as a dream home, from the minute features within the house to the landscape outside will make you want to stay. At a glance it has 4 spacious bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, theatre, living, dining, and huge alfresco with BBQ for just the family or all your friends and easy maintenance garden CONTACT Christy Sajan PHONE 0400 848 096 EMAIL

Hillarys 132 Waterford Drive

From $785,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Whisper quiet estate, quality Webb & Brown-Neaves 2 storey residence. 3 large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms upstairs. Formal area to right of entry, flowing through to large open plan kitchen, family living and meals area. Private and peaceful outdoor court yard, low maintenance easy care gardens. Double lock up garage and store room. All located easy stroll to transport, local shopping centre, restaurants and cafes. Short distance to CONTACT Jeff Coghill parks, beaches, and major shopping centres. PHONE 0412 928 643

Hillarys 4 Mayena Retreat

Just immaculate! Be Quick! Downsize in style! This stunning 3 bedroom 2 bathroom easy care home is in a fantastic location close to the shops, transport and the beach. Light bright decor throughout, with both the living dining area and the master bedroom featuring garden aspects through expansive glass sliding doors and windows. The fully equipped kitchen with shopper’s entrance also enjoys a garden outlook and there is access from the laundry. There are just 11 units in this well managed group. CONTACT Kathy Clement PHONE 0403 539 820 EMAIL

Huntingdale 17 Waterlily Close

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS !! Very generously proportioned & advantageously located just a few metres from the picturesque Iluka Sports Ground, this timeless Statesman built home boasts 3 big separate living areas, an enormous master suite, lush manicured gardens & a fantastic pool area for those lazy summer days. Just perfect !! CONTACT Todd & Danielle Utley

Iluka 37 Savannah Way


PRIMOLIFE | summer 2016

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From $749,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

From $439,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $785,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Fantastic opportunity polish and prosper. Large solid two storey residence, offering 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Recently renovated galley kitchen with breakfast bar and meals area, large open living area opening out to huge backyard. Separate games upstairs with adjoining balcony taking in the coastal vistas and sea views. Big double garage, loads of extra parking with room down the side that could be set up to park trucks, trailers, boats, vans you name it. All sitting on a 689 square metre block. CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

Great beach and marina lifestyle, at a very affordable price. One owner, character filled two storey residence, offering three large bedrooms semi ensuite main bath and beautiful timber balcony upstairs, with a second shower and WC downstairs. Large open plan living, stunning Tasmanian Oak floors, solid Tasmanian Oak kitchen, adjoining meals/dinning plus separate home theatre. Beautiful lush tropical bore reticulated gardens creating a great outdoor entertaining area. Big oversize double garage with access CONTACT Jeff Coghill through to rear. PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

Now is your chance to secure this beautifully presented home and start your dream of owning your own home or if you have children then there is still time to move in before school starts in 2016. Great location situated in a quiet street within walking distance to a lovely park for the children to play, close to schools, shopping centres and transport. CONTACT Karen Lloyd PHONE 0421 614 447 EMAIL

A HARMONIOUS HOLIDAY HEAVEN !! A sought after park side location & some delightful renovations underlie the appeal of this residence with separate formal areas, open plan casual living & crisp clean interiors. Topped off with private outdoor entertaining & a sparkling pool, this home boasts the perfect balance for CONTACT Todd & Danielle Utley family living !! PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

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FOR SALE A stunning home with a realistic price tag in the beachside Jindalee of Jindalee!! Plenty of space for everyone, bedrooms 59 Midsummer Avenue suburb with loads of room for the kids , two living areas and a

Kallaroo 15 Northwood Way

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$499,000 - $529,000

Kallaroo 179 Bridgewater Drive

$549,000 - $579,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Karrinyup 36 Fermaner Street

From $899,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Karrinyup 7 Maynard Way

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

gorgeous alfresco area for entertaining on those warm summer evenings. You will love the relaxed lifestyle, stroll down to the beach or to the farmers market on the weekend. CONTACT Alison Beuck

From $1,100,000

Located on a large 700sqm elevated block with a spacious backyard, the property offers huge potential to the homebuyer both now and into the future. Features of the home comprise of renovated bathroom, large living area, dining area opening up to the backyard, kitchen with stone benchtop, new lighting, electric roller shutters, alarm, gas hot water, reverse cycle air conditioning, huge outdoor entertaining area, large grassed area, reticulation, easy care gardens, new fencing and potential drive through access CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil to the backyard. PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

Kallaroo 3 Henderson Drive

Freshly finished and ready to move in, this beautiful home was built for this block! This home can evolve as your family does and allows you to make greater memories due to the ease and convenience of modern amenities and its clever design. Working towards maximising family fun times and entertaining this effortless home gives you more time to appreciate all of this, within an exceptional location! Take advantage of this opportunity now as it won’t last! CONTACTS Ben Keevers/Les Lindsay PHONE 0404 056 010/0407 420 384 EMAIL

Karrinyup 36A Fermaner Street

A whisper-quiet position just one street back from the prestigious Lake Karrinyup Country Club and Golf Course Resort is the fitting setting for this exquisite two-storey family home that is filled with contemporary charm and character, catering for everybody’s personal, living and entertaining needs whilst also offering complete comfort all year round. Surrounded by some of the finest residences this very popular and sought-after pocket has to offer, you will very much feel a part of the friendly neighbourhood CONTACT Karen Riches community here. PHONE 0478 733 200 EMAIL

Langford 13 Clarice Court

PHONE 0414 244 742 EMAIL

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From $1,170,000 bed 4 bath 4 car 2

From $899,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

From $469,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Fabulous 2 storey well designed generously proportioned family home with stunning new kitchen, bathrooms and all the desired inclusions for a perfect family lifestyle. The practical designed floor plan cleverly combines separated and expansive open plan living zones. The home comes packed with so many additional features such as black-butt hard wood flooring, split system and ducted reverse cycle air conditioning and all seasons solar heated pool under dome roof with cafe blinds surrounds. CONTACT Sheila Stritch PHONE 0412 212 748 EMAIL

This unique majestic home offers a versatile layout, with stunning living accommodation that is complemented by equally generous bedroom accommodation. Cook up a storm in the 2nd floor expansive fully fitted as new, jarrah kitchen. Be captivated by the mesmerising sunsets and ocean views from the 3rd floor retreat or from the balcony accessed from the extra generous sized open plan living area on the 2nd floor overlooking the solar heated fenced pool and entertainment area on the lower level. CONTACT Sheila Stritch PHONE 0412 212 748 EMAIL

Come home to a well-connected home. The theatre room at the front can double up as a play room for your young kids, or a teenage rumpus room. The lounge, dining and kitchen offer a lovely open, sun-lit space with direct views of the garden. Delight in everyday living and hosting special occasions here and under the patio alfresco. This home was designed around achieving balance between easy living family and entertaining time. CONTACTS Ben Keevers/Les Lindsay PHONE 0404 056 010/0407 420 384 EMAIL

The beautiful presented property consists of 4 well appointed bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. With a separate formal lounge area and semi formal dining area, as well as family area, with a semi renovated kitchen, this property will surely satisfy all buyers alike. Complete with 1 garage and an enclosed patio (can be utilised as an entertainment area) CONTACT Stefen Chitra PHONE 0403 731 014 EMAIL summer 2016 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE A stunning home with a realistic price tag in the beachside Jindalee of Jindalee!! Plenty of space for everyone, bedrooms 59 Midsummer Avenue suburb with loads of room for the kids , two living areas and a

Kallaroo 15 Northwood Way

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$499,000 - $529,000

Kallaroo 179 Bridgewater Drive

$549,000 - $579,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Karrinyup 36 Fermaner Street

From $899,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Karrinyup 7 Maynard Way

From $1,250,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 62

gorgeous alfresco area for entertaining on those warm summer evenings. You will love the relaxed lifestyle, stroll down to the beach or to the farmers market on the weekend. CONTACT Alison Beuck

From $1,100,000

Located on a large 700sqm elevated block with a spacious backyard, the property offers huge potential to the homebuyer both now and into the future. Features of the home comprise of renovated bathroom, large living area, dining area opening up to the backyard, kitchen with stone benchtop, new lighting, electric roller shutters, alarm, gas hot water, reverse cycle air conditioning, huge outdoor entertaining area, large grassed area, reticulation, easy care gardens, new fencing and potential drive through access CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil to the backyard. PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

Kallaroo 3 Henderson Drive

Freshly finished and ready to move in, this beautiful home was built for this block! This home can evolve as your family does and allows you to make greater memories due to the ease and convenience of modern amenities and its clever design. Working towards maximising family fun times and entertaining this effortless home gives you more time to appreciate all of this, within an exceptional location! Take advantage of this opportunity now as it won’t last! CONTACTS Ben Keevers/Les Lindsay PHONE 0404 056 010/0407 420 384 EMAIL

Karrinyup 36A Fermaner Street

A whisper-quiet position just one street back from the prestigious Lake Karrinyup Country Club and Golf Course Resort is the fitting setting for this exquisite two-storey family home that is filled with contemporary charm and character, catering for everybody’s personal, living and entertaining needs whilst also offering complete comfort all year round. Surrounded by some of the finest residences this very popular and sought-after pocket has to offer, you will very much feel a part of the friendly neighbourhood CONTACT Karen Riches community here. PHONE 0478 733 200 EMAIL

Langford 13 Clarice Court

PHONE 0414 244 742 EMAIL

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From $1,170,000 bed 4 bath 4 car 2

From $899,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

From $469,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Fabulous 2 storey well designed generously proportioned family home with stunning new kitchen, bathrooms and all the desired inclusions for a perfect family lifestyle. The practical designed floor plan cleverly combines separated and expansive open plan living zones. The home comes packed with so many additional features such as black-butt hard wood flooring, split system and ducted reverse cycle air conditioning and all seasons solar heated pool under dome roof with cafe blinds surrounds. CONTACT Sheila Stritch PHONE 0412 212 748 EMAIL

This unique majestic home offers a versatile layout, with stunning living accommodation that is complemented by equally generous bedroom accommodation. Cook up a storm in the 2nd floor expansive fully fitted as new, jarrah kitchen. Be captivated by the mesmerising sunsets and ocean views from the 3rd floor retreat or from the balcony accessed from the extra generous sized open plan living area on the 2nd floor overlooking the solar heated fenced pool and entertainment area on the lower level. CONTACT Sheila Stritch PHONE 0412 212 748 EMAIL

Come home to a well-connected home. The theatre room at the front can double up as a play room for your young kids, or a teenage rumpus room. The lounge, dining and kitchen offer a lovely open, sun-lit space with direct views of the garden. Delight in everyday living and hosting special occasions here and under the patio alfresco. This home was designed around achieving balance between easy living family and entertaining time. CONTACTS Ben Keevers/Les Lindsay PHONE 0404 056 010/0407 420 384 EMAIL

The beautiful presented property consists of 4 well appointed bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. With a separate formal lounge area and semi formal dining area, as well as family area, with a semi renovated kitchen, this property will surely satisfy all buyers alike. Complete with 1 garage and an enclosed patio (can be utilised as an entertainment area) CONTACT Stefen Chitra PHONE 0403 731 014 EMAIL View more properties online at

FOR SALE Langford 41 Brookman Avenue

From $399,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Lower Chittering 33 Citron Way


Consist of 3 well appointed bedrooms and 1 bathroom, located in the sought after suburb of Langford. With everyday amenities such as shops, schools, and public transport, at your fingertips which will make this property one that you cannot miss.Secured garage with automatic roller door, Security alarm system, Land size: 704sqm,ZoningR20/30, Duplex potential,Split reverse cycle air-conditioning CONTACT Stefen Chitra PHONE 0403 731 014 EMAIL

From $585,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 2/19 Calypso Road

From $629,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

From $699,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

New to the market is this 5 acres lightly treed and fully fenced property with views to the hills. Power and phone to the front of the block, and winter creek at the rear. Not many properties with a stunning outlook like this left in this new sub division. Only 5 minutes to Muchea General Store including post office and 35 minutes to Midland or Joondalup. Build your ideal home and enjoy your private escape from the hustle and bustle!

Mandurah 10 Gullane Way

DAWESVILLE This home has been very well designed allowing for entertaining on a large scale or perfect for that growing family. You will be impressed by the craftsmanship to include the unique use of hand carved Jarrah finishes throughout. Open plan kitchen, dining and living area which also flows out onto an impressive patio area.

Mandurah 2 Monroe Retreat

CONTACT Samantha Hill PHONE 0407 666 905 EMAIL

Mandurah 11 Ongerup Pass

Leeming 4 Beresford Place

CONTACT Kathryn Fiorenza PHONE 0427 475 661 EMAIL

HALLS HEAD Step into summer in style and claim this fabulous spot as your own – set on an easy care 350m2 lot with direct access onto crisp clean shores of the beach. Whether you are looking for a permanent residence or the ideal lock up and leave this spotless 3 bedroom 2 bathroom townhouse will be sure to please.

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CONTACT Suzie Perrin PHONE 0437 516 964 EMAIL

From $429,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$689,000.00 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 3 Cunderdin Loop

$490,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Formal lounge & dining area with built in bar, Open plan living to kitchen meals & family area with gas bayonet.Huge games room with high ceilings and exposed beams with sliding door that opens onto entertaining area.Large kitchen big gas cook top,lots of cupboards& bench space.Master bedroom has built in robes & en suite.Bore retic, ducted evap air con . CONTACT Karen Willis PHONE 0437 704 427 EMAIL

MEADOW SPRINGS Modern, functional and only 6 months old. Outstanding kitchen fittings include 900ml s/s apps, modern fixtures & fittings. Executive master bedroom, massive walk in robe, luxury ensuite. 31c high ceilings, ducted r/cycle air con, porcelain tiles, auto retic, quality carpets & window treatments, tastefully finished dĂŠcor. CONTACT Rick Uren PHONE 0414 779 834 EMAIL

MEADOW SPRINGS Massive master bedroom with golf course views. Open plan kitchen extended through to elegant formal dining area. Ducted evaporative and split system air-conditioning. Solid brick multi purpose shed, pizza oven. Cedar lined alfresco overlooking concrete pool and golf course. Established bore reticulated garden and lawns CONTACT Suzie Perrin PHONE 0437 516 964 EMAIL

DAWESVILLE 714m2 property with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open plan living area, featured recess ceilings, large separate formal dining and lounge. Spacious kitchen with loads of bench space. Large powered workshop, garden shed and gabled patio. Side access plus parking for boat or caravan. CONTACT Kathryn Fiorenza PHONE 0427 475 661 EMAIL summer 2016 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Mandurah 112 Lake Valley Drive

From $349,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 15 Walpole Way

From $920,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 64/20 Apollo Place

From $399,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Mount Hawthorn 81 East Street

From $835,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 2 64

LAKELANDS Inside this home there are 3 generous size bedrooms all with built in robes plus an additional study activity with triple mirrored robes. A theatre room, expansive living area provides a care-free lifestyle. The home has ducted evaporative air, security system, along with roller shutters to the front of the home. CONTACT Suzie Perrin PHONE 0437 516 964 EMAIL

ERSKINE Exclusive double storey home, overlooking a magic water view & foreshore of the Peel Estuary! Loc in the prestige Mandurah Quays with private Marina, boat ramp facilities, pool, gym. This spectacular home is the pinnacle of modern luxury, with solid timber floorboards, enormous windows framing the majestic waterfront views. CONTACT Rick Uren PHONE 0414 779 834 EMAIL

HALLS HEAD A touch of Hawaii! Are you boxed in, bored and have no lifestyle? Put the zing back into your life and enjoy this absolutely delightful apartment on the Mandurah canals. Come down and have a look; you will not be disappointed, I guarantee. Ideal home or holiday escape for couples, FIFOs or families to enjoy all day, every day!

Mandurah 12 Kennett Place

$465,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Mandurah 18 Monroe Retreat

From $699,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Melville 14A Kennedy Street

From $589,000

CONTACT Maureen Parsons PHONE 0413 033 144 EMAIL

Overlooking Menzies Park is the perfect location to call home. This delightful home has been tastefully renovated to include 2 x bedrooms plus a separate dining room. This character home also offers a separate lounge room and updated kitchen and bathroom, relaxed lifestyle with a private shady rear garden and entertaining area.

PRIMOLIFE | summer 2016

CONTACT Phyllis Gemelli PHONE 0407 386 501 EMAIL

DAWESVILLE Country retreat perfect for a garden enthusiast wanting to downsize or a buyer looking for a new home with a difference. A modest home with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, large powered workshop, fantastic kitchen finished with granite bench tops and Miele products. Complete with chicken coupe, bird aviary in a quiet area of town. CONTACT Kathryn Fiorenza PHONE 0427 475 661 EMAIL

MEADOW SPRINGS Located in sought after cul de sac overlooking the Golf Course with a private park to the front of the home this delightful Peter Stannard property is built to a high standard. Featuring four bedrooms 2 bathrooms plus study the moment you enter the double doors entry the unique feel of the home will leave you wanting more. CONTACT Suzie Perrin PHONE 0437 516 964 EMAIL

LOOKING FOR A PRIME LOCATION TO BUILD? Street front, 453m2 vacant block presents a fantastic opportunity to secure entry into this very sought after suburb. The site is cleared and ready to go with planning approvals in place for a quality built 2 storey home. CONTACT Justin Chidlow PHONE 0402 946 446 EMAIL

Mount Lawley 22/7 Clifton Crescent

From $445,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Perched in arguably the leafiest section of Mount Lawley sit the iconic apartment known simply as The Kurrajongs. Whether you are going to be an owner or investor the property is ideally situated for all your needs. Features 2 good size bedrooms, renovated chefs kitchen with great storage, large open plan living, meals area flowing onto the balcony. CONTACTS Andrew MacDougall/Melanie MacDougall PHONE 0403 065 945/0419 907 368 EMAIL View more properties online at

FOR SALE North Beach 33A Mundford Street

From $599,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Ocean Reef 18 Dinghy Place

From $999,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Ocean Reef 1A Herreshoff Ramble

From $395,000

Quality brick & clay tile home on generous 561sqm parcel of land has separate formal living, open plan kitchen, meals & family room adjacent to a leafy alfresco area. With double garaging, a rear yard to suit children & pets, split system A/C, stone benches, security alarm & storage loft this one’s got the lot, so call to see it today!

From $819,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $575,000

CONTACT Les Lindsay PHONE 0407 420 384 EMAIL

Ocean Reef 19 Swanson Way

Build your dream home on this rare, flat & level block - with approximately 15 metre frontage and 20 metres in depth there is plenty of space for a substantial single or two storey home. Wonderful location in a quiet street a short stroll to Mullaloo Beach, Prendiville, St Simon Peter & Ocean Reef primary & high schools, local shops & the proposed Ocean Reef Marina. Block size 333 sqm. Vacant Land.

Ocean Reef 4 Mabena Place

CONTACT Juliet Wills PHONE 0411 782 808 EMAIL

This beautifully built home has been substantially renovated and will surprise you with its considerable size, spacious living areas, amazing outdoors & huge renovated kitchen. The stunning outdoors will have you entertaining all year round - with a massive pitched roof patio, extensive liquid limestone paving, below ground pool, gorgeous gazebo, built in mains gas bbq, easy care gardens reticulated from own bore, ducted reverse cycle air conditioning, garden shed. Block size 724 sqm. Built 1991. CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

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Build your dream home here with outstanding ground level ocean views & surrounded by other beautiful homes. This west facing block will allow you to build a home of almost any size to take advantage of fantastic ocean views. The 442sqm, almost rectangular block, has 12m street frontage & 12m rear, with 37m & 38m depth. Fantastic location in one of Ocean Reef’s best streets - just 350m from the beach, stroll to the proposed Ocean Reef Marina, CONTACT Shane Capelli beautiful parklands, and great schools! PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

Subdividable 927sqm ocean front land with bonus two-storey home with ocean views in a quiet cul de sac surrounded by luxury properties. Features include covered pitched alfresco on ocean side of the house overlooking boat harbour, north facing family, dining & kitchen with views. Upstairs parents retreat with ocean views. Renovate or detonate and reap the rewards. Building plans have been drawn and approved for subdivision.

CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

Ocean Reef 5 Kaufman Avenue

Ocean Reef 11A Courageous Place, Ocean Reef

Expressions of Interest bed 5 bath 3 car 2

$1,299,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Ocean Reef 6 Katoora Place

From $699,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Enjoy ocean views from this spacious, modern individually designed home with multiple living areas for the whole family. The floors are bamboo and everywhere there is space and light with recessed high ceilings, feature lighting and voids used with stunning effect. The living is easy for the busy family at this stunning coastal residence. Stroll to Ocean Reef boat harbour, Mullaloo Beach, and shops. The primary school is across the road and Ocean Reef High School is also an easy walk, so there’s no stress CONTACT Juliet Wills getting the kids to and from school. PHONE 0411 782 808 EMAIL

This beautiful Beaumonde built home offers almost 400 sqm of living space, stunning panoramic ocean views, quality fixtures throughout including double glazing on windows & doors! Fabulous outdoor entertaining – watch the sun set from the spacious balcony, entertain in style in the conservatory with built in spa, enjoy a coffee under the alfresco or entertain friends for hours playing bocce or boulles on the dedicated bocce court. CONTACT Shane Capelli Block size 800 sqm. PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

This inviting home has everything a family could ask for - 3 living areas including formal lounge/theatre, massive open plan kitchen, dining & family room, games room & granny flat. Gorgeous renovated kitchen has 900mm stainless free standing hob, stainless range hood & dishwasher, stone top, stacks of cupboards & lovely outlook to the awesome outdoor entertaining by the pool with heated spa, huge covered pergola, beautiful fountain, timber decking, extensive paving & lush, reticulated gardens. CONTACT Shane Capelli Block size 733 sqm, PHONE 0410 339 499 Year built 1992. EMAIL summer 2016 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Ocean Reef 43 Mainsail Drive

$920,000-$950,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Padbury 27 Warner Drive

From $539,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

Parkwood 12 Narcissus Avenue

From $449,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 2

Parmelia 36 Cimbor Way

Buyers Over $379,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1 66

Situated on one of Ocean Reef’s best streets with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, this architecturally designed home is filled with light and space. Wake up to ocean views from the master bedroom and huge ensuite, watch the sunset from the balcony or parents retreat. Entertain in the dining room with its soaring ceiling or light filled conservatory overlooking landscaped gardens. Three living areas, study, alarm, airconditioning. 832sqm block. CONTACT Juliet Wills PHONE 0411 782 808 EMAIL

Padbury 11 Blaxland Way

From $469,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Nestled in a whisper quiet, elevated street, this well presented home is perfect for those looking for more room. Offering spacious living areas, great outdoor entertaining area and a large secure backyard (perfect for the kids) this home is a must see. All of this located within close proximity to popular local parklands, shops, transport, schools and only a short drive to Hillarys Marina, Whitfords Shopping Centre & the beach.

Padbury 5 Minchin Court

Strategically situated in the heart of Parkwood, this amazing four bedroom and one bathroom home boasts spacious formal lounge room combined with elegant formal dining area,open plan living/kitchen with stainless steel appliances,ducted evaporative airconditioning system,massive workshop, great size backyard. CONTACT Vicktor Sutrisno

Parkwood 35 Vellgrove Avenue

Make a wise choice for your future and put this modern 2 bedroom home at the top of your list. Located on a 1103 square metre multi subdividable block, which you can subdivide now or simply just enjoy the space that only this type of property can offer.

Piara Waters 38 Bluestone Loop

CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

PHONE 0422 774 044 EMAIL

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CONTACT Phil Carnaby PHONE 0418 910 824 EMAIL

From $540,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 3

$599,000-$639,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$655,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This lovely home sits on 705sqm block in the City of Joondalup’s proposed re-zoning area (R40). Nestled in a whisper quiet location this property is perfect for the investor or 1st home buyer. Features include; 2 separate living areas, Kitchen with breakfast bar, double fridge recess and outlook to the backyard, Air conditioning, Outdoor entertaining area, Lock up workshop, CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil Large backyard. PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

Choose a healthy and happy farm-like lifestyle, near the beach and situated in a quiet cul-de-sac with great parks, schools and shops all within minutes. As the cost of electricity and food prices continue to rise what better way to reduce your household bills plus footprint than to live off your land and go green! This well-loved family retreat is ideal for a health and environmentally conscious family. Everything to live sustainably has been managed and executed for you. Simply plant the seed of change CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil and move in! PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

Are you still looking for a HUGE family home situated within close proximity to everyday amenities? Then your search ENDS here!This amazing home boasts spacious formal lounge room equipped with outstanding jarrah timber flooring, spacious open plan dining/kitchen/living room with soaring high ceilings. CONTACT Vicktor Sutrisno PHONE 0422 774 044 EMAIL

Welcome to 38 Bluestone Loop nestled amongst beautiful homes in the magnificent highly sought-after Newhaven Estate . This beautifully presented home is close to the new Harrisdale Shopping Centre opening soon and with just a walk to beautiful park and lakeside views . CONTACT Guy Scott PHONE 0407 004 493 EMAIL View more properties online at

JOONDALUP SOUTH The Joondalup South sub-market recorded strong house prices for 2015. The median house price in the area was $626,500 for the year to December 2015, compared to the Perth Metro region’s median house price of $542,500 for the same period. The suburbs of Duncraig, Kingsley and Hillarys had the highest number of sales in the market for established houses, in comparison with the rest of Joondalup South. These suburbs, as well as Padbury, were also

most popular amongst renters. This is a clear reflection of the popularity of the area amongst families. It takes approximately 44 days to sell a house in the Joondalup South sub-market, 11 days less than the Perth Metro region average. Thirty four per cent of sellers discounted from their original listed selling price.

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FOR SALE Pinjarra 5 Westaway Road

From $349,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Port Kennedy 5 Sorelle Way

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

Quinns Rocks 29 Dartmouth Circle

$849,000-$899,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

PINJARRA Quality home priced to sell Built with Stunning high ceilings throughout with 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms and an enormous open plan kitchen/living area. The home is only a few years old and situated in an ideal location only 2 minutes from the town centre. CONTACT Daniel Florance PHONE 0488 307 732 EMAIL

Port Kennedy 1 Lannion Lane

AUCTION IF NOT SOLD PRIOR bed 4 bath 2 car 3

Quinns Rocks 18 Waterland Point

Here stands this fantastic double storey home built by in-vogue & completed in 2008. With its beautiful street appeal & sitting on an impressive 710sqm elevated block only a short walk to the Oceans edge. What a wonderful place to call home, filled with quality fixtures & fittings throughout, this property is one not to be missed.

This immaculate well-presented 4x2 home contains a Quinns Rocks living area which is set up as a fully equipped 42 St Barnabas Boulevard separate theatre room, open plan living & dining area, spacious

From $579,000


CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

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

Safety Bay 16a Saunders Street

bed 2 bath 1 car 1

bed 3 bath 1 car 2


CONTACT David Lomax PHONE 0409 084 940 EMAIL

Great location close to shops, parks and transport. Superbly located on a quiet street with everything the family wants. Ample space and privacy for the whole family plus a fantastic build with quality finishes. Immaculately maintained and superb presentation to accommodate the most discerning buyers. Great floorplan allowing privacy and peace with the added bonus of a CONTACT Julie Pym fantastic entertainment area. PHONE 0411 436 537

If you are looking for a smaller place, this unit, situated in a Rockingham location, will suit you down the ground. Beautifully 1/101 Simpson Avenue prime presented, quiet location, close to shops, public transport &


Spacious 367m2 family home Gabled patio & woodfired pizza oven Separate study & theatre Polished spotted gum flooring 3kw solar panels locked in high tariff rates Ducted vacuum

parks. Patio, alfresco, garden shed & grassed area. Viewing is a must to appreciate this property.

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CONTACTS Graham York/Helen York PHONE 0467 773 977/0407 727 732 EMAIL


Build your dream home here with outstanding ground level ocean views & surrounded by other beautiful homes. This west facing block will allow you to build a home of almost any size to take advantage of panoramic ocean views. The 508sqm rectangular block, has 14.5m street frontage & 35m depth. The land is zoned R40 and will allow subdivision potential or the building of 2 homes. Fantastic location – ocean front in Quinns Rocks best cul-de-sac, just 100 meters from the waters edge. CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

kitchen and more. Features include audio visual data cabling, monitored security alarm, new wood vinyl flooring, down lights, quality window treatments & more. CONTACTS Kathy McGurk/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0451 669 139/0421 277 366 EMAIL

If you would like to live close enough to the beach to hear the waves, then this renovated home is worth a look. The location is just magic, so close to beach to enjoy wind surfing, fishing, swimming or just a walk along the sand early mornings. Solar hot water system, security doors and windows, freshly painted throughout. CONTACTS Fran Satherley/John Satherley PHONE 0414 447 343/ EMAIL View more properties online at

FOR SALE Scarborough 8C Edgehill Street

$829,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Serpentine 81 Lingdon Lane

$1,700,000 to $1,900,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Wake up with a smile each and every morning once you make the move to this Executive Tri Level Beachside Townhouse. Perched high in one of Scarboroughs most desirable and elevated locations, a most appealing design and easy maintenance offers Luxury living at its very best. The Sweeping Ocean and Inland views are Simply Spectacular. CONTACT Sam Mannino PHONE 0402 822 457 EMAIL

END DATE SALE: SAT, 30TH JANUARY 2016 Opportunities such as these rarely present themselves! This HUGE 150acre block is now on the market and ready to be SOLD to the next lucky owner! Situated in the heart of Serpentine, this pristine block is the perfect opportunity. CONTACT Vicktor Sutrisno PHONE 0422 774 044 EMAIL

Scarborough 96A Gildercliffe Street

From $689,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Shoalwater 1 Gloucester Avenue

$1,350,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Charming, almost, beachside cottage, ideal for your holiday Shoalwater by the lovely Shoalwater Bay, or perfect to extend and 30a Gloucester Avenue home make it your permanent home. The location is second to

Shoalwater 6 First Avenue

bed 3 bath 1 car 1

bed 3 bath 1 car 2

From $449,000

Shoalwater 64A Safety Bay Road

$349,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

none with beach just a minute walk, small shopping centre close by, primary school, restaurants, medical centre and library all walking distance. CONTACTS Fran Satherley/John Satherley PHONE 0414 447 343/ EMAIL

You will be impressed when you enter this delightful unit, so close to all amenities. Large Sun room. Large Lounge/media. Great updated kitchen. Electric oven. Gas hot plates. Range hood. Split system air conditioner. Lock up garage elect roller door. Reticulation with lovely front lawn. Walk to shops, beaches & bus stop.

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CONTACTS Graham York/Helen York PHONE 0467 773 977/0407 727 732 EMAIL


Sorrento 1A Marine Terrace

From $795,000

Bohemian Tranquillity Reminiscent of the trendy laneway culture of a Subi Centro or East Perth, is this stand-alone 3x2x2 home. Highlights include the sunny front courtyard that extends from the main bedroom, and the tranquil rear outdoors. CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

From the moment you enter this amazing architecturally designed home, you will fall in love with it. It has the presentation of a show home with style and character, high ceilings with recessed lighting, unique design with attention to detail, blending the inside with the outdoor living in perfect harmony. CONTACTS Fran Satherley/John Satherley PHONE 0414 447 343/ EMAIL

Prepare to be amazed when you visit this delightful cottage nested in lush greenery, very close to the lovely Shoalwater Bay, with natural bush land and lake close by. Shady trees cool the timber decked outdoor entertaining area and kids cubby house. Double brick and tile construction. CONTACTS Fran Satherley/John Satherley PHONE 0414 447 343/ EMAIL

This rare, level, GREEN title block is so very close to the beach – just 50 metres (really)! Offering all the benefits of a lifestyle super close to the beach without the traffic! Level, fenced, retained and ready to build, this 373sqm block has its own quiet, laneway access and very desirable wide northhern aspect, ideal for maximising natural light in your new home. Private and sheltered with ocean views, surrounded by multi-million dollar homes. CONTACT Mary Peard How could you go wrong? PHONE 0407 151 153 EMAIL

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FOR SALE Sorrento 11 Mulloway Court

$850,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Sorrento 35 Justin Drive

$649,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

South Yunderup 76 Heron Place

Just $799,000 bed 5 bath 3 car 2

Stirling 5 Balsam Link

From $1,150,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3 70

This beautiful home is situated in a desirable private cul de sac location. Ideal for those seeking “a lock up and leave lifestyle” on a smaller block. The flexible design of the home makes it suitable for the extended family, grandparents, those teenagers that just won’t leave home, and long term overseas guests. Close to all facilities including select schools, Hillarys Marina, public transport and medical centre. Block size 608sqm. CONTACTS Paul Sharry/Maggie Pawlik PHONE 0417 174 180/0438 876 727 EMAIL

Sorrento 20 Hovea Avenue

This impressive 789m2 block offers an excellent opportunity for the astute buyer to build their dream home in this much sought after suburb. An existing home which has been freshly painted throughout and includes light laminate wood look flooring throughout the open plan kitchen/dining and continuing into the spacious front lounge room. To the rear of the house is an enclosed paved room which can be used for a kids play room or even extra storage. Take advantage of the rental income whilst you design CONTACT Ben Keevers your plans to build. PHONE 0404 056 010 EMAIL

Sorrento 8 Martin Road

OWNER SAYS SELL! They are buying elsewhere and have to quit NOW! This Magnificent Home comes with: HUGE sun room, large kitchen, bar in the entertaining foyer area, 2 x sep. dining rooms, storage everywhere & even it's own jetty. This home really has room to move & certainly doesn't have the neighbours across the water looking in.

Spearwood 59 Mell Road

CONTACT Brendan Smith PHONE 0410 664 909 EMAIL

As you enter this Peter Stannard build you're met with a soaring entry hall and an abundance of natural light. Large family home of almost 400sqm UMR on generous 609sqm block. Complete with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 toilets, plus study or 5th bedroom, 3 living areas and triple car garage, with drive through access for boat/caravan parking under patio.

PRIMOLIFE | summer 2016

CONTACT Damien Lloyd PHONE 0410 574 626 EMAIL

Public Auction bed 4 bath 2 car 3

All Offers Presented bed 4 bath 3 car 2

From $899,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

The Vines 19 Tatton Way

$599,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Auction Saturday the 20th of February ‘16 This beautifully presented home offers internal entry from a 3 car garage & workshop directly into a bright new kitchen which overlooks an exquisite rear garden. It is perfectly positioned with an outlook across to parkland, has 3 phase power to suit tradesmen, facilities to suit wheelchairs + an extension to the home suitable as a granny flat… the options are endless! CONTACT Les Lindsay PHONE 0407 420 384 EMAIL

The stunning northern coastline is an integral part of the Sorrento Beach location, and this home is positioned in the heart of this sought after suburb. Positioned on a 850 sqm block and within a premium area, this large double storey home features 4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 6 large living areas and secure double car garaging. The attractive street aspect is complemented by the flexible floor plan, spacious alfresco and quality design, constructed by the renowned Di Bucci builders. CONTACT Carl Freeman PHONE 0408 793 037 EMAIL

This Executive two storey home is close to Coogee Beach & short walk to Coogee Plaza Shopping Centre.Tastefully completed with extensive use of Blackbutt flooring and granite. Separate theatre room & full bathroom for guests.Four bedrooms are all king size & built in robes.Two bedrooms have balcony access (one bedroom has a granite kitchenette). The kitchen is beautifully set out overlooking the huge open plan family and meals area and Alfresco. CONTACT Lynette Jarmos PHONE 0424 801 172 EMAIL

If you want a spacious family home (238 sqm living) with side access with room for a boat, Caravan, pool & workshop, THEN this is the house for you! Situated on a 781 sqm corner block, with a separate theatre room with double doors, separate study at the front of the home, separate kids activity/ lounge area, reverse cycle ducted air conditioning & 3KW Solar panels. Directly opposite natural bushland forever, you will love the peaceful/tranquility of this location. CONTACT Angie Pearce PHONE 0499 775 046 EMAIL View more properties online at

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FOR SALE The Vines 205 Vines Avenue

$879,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Thornlie 4 Shelburn Road

From $529,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Waikiki 14 Beermullah Way

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

Waikiki 5 Union Place

$375,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1 72

This outstanding Webb & Browne Neaves family home situated on 4311sqm backing onto the fairway 3 of the Championship Lakes Golf Course is priced & positioned to sell. If you are looking to secure a quality home then take advantage of this lifestyle opportunity. This home has been designed & built for family living & entertaining with stunning high ceilings throughout, spacious well equipped kitchen looking out to the golf course, built in bar for entertaining, sunken lounge, double lock up garage & ample parking CONTACT Rod McDougall this home has something for PHONE 0418 909 954 every member of EMAIL the family.

Thornlie 31 Tullamore Avenue

This fantastic 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom family home sitting on a generous Green Title corner block of 692 sqm with the bonus zoning of R30 duplex potential block and strategically situated within walking distance to public transport, schools, and Thornlie square shopping centre, this location cannot be more ideal!

Tuart Hill 2/83 Wattle Street

CONTACTS Stefen Chitra/Ricco Agustandra PHONE 0403 731 014/0426 895 558 EMAIL

You will be delighted when you view this home that has been lovingly cared for with a beautiful fresh atmosphere, inside and out. With the updated very functional kitchen, that has loads of storage and bench space situated at the hub of the home. This immaculate home is definitely a must to view. CONTACTS Graham York/Helen York PHONE 0467 773 977/0407 727 732 EMAIL

This is your chance to secure your very own 4x2 home with formal lounge dining and family room all on a rare 750 square meter block with potential unrestricted side access. All this located in a quiet cul-de-sac walking distance to shops, schools, restaurants and transport. Priced to sell, this one should be at the top of your list call now to avoid missing out. CONTACT Phil Carnaby

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OFFERS OVER $439,000 bed 5 bath 1 car 1

From $519,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Waikiki 3 Prevelly Circle

$449,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Waikiki 6 Kite Place

Buyers Over $535,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

If you are looking for a spacious family home with a huge backyard,this is it! This fantastic family home sitting on a generous green title block of 864 sqm in the sought after suburb of Thornlie. Situated within walking distance to Thornlie Square shopping centre, schools, public transport, cafes, and restaurants. CONTACT Stefen Chitra PHONE 0403 731 014 EMAIL

This gorgeous street front villa has been recently renovated into a lovely contemporary home. Comprising of three good size bedrooms with built in storage, a stunning bathroom, large open plan living area with stunning bamboo flooring. The super kitchen has ample storage and counter- top space and overlooks the private rear courtyard. This one is a little beauty! WILL NOT LAST!!!! CONTACT Phyllis Gemelli PHONE 0407 386 501 EMAIL

This quality 4x2x2 plus study family home is ready & waiting. Dining room plus eating area. Lounge / media. Family room. Roomy kitchen. Log fire. Ceiling fans. Below ground pool. Patio. Access to rear, through garage. 6x4 workshop. Easy care gardens. Land 696 M2. Built 2000. Walk to shops, school & bus stop. CONTACTS Graham York/Helen York PHONE 0467 773 977/0407 727 732 EMAIL

You will fall in love with this property. Quiet street in a great location. Beautiful gardens. 2 gable colour-bond patios. Family room with wood fire heating. Reverse cycle air con/heating. Polished jarrah floors. Bore reticulation. Under cover secure parking for 3 vehicles. Loads more features on this amazing 680m2 property. CONTACTS Graham York/Helen York PHONE 0467 773 977/0407 727 732 EMAIL View more properties online at

FOR SALE Wandi 14 Towarri Way

From $429,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 3

Wanneroo 9 Nannatee Way

Mid $400,000's bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Warnbro 18 Sarah Ann Crescent

All Offers Considered bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Willetton 41 Prendwick Way

E.O.I bed 4 bath 2 car 2

With 6 star energy rating & stunning design, this 3 bed 2 bath with ducted reverse A/C, is nestled in a vibrant new community South of Perth in established surroundings with 25 landscaped parks, 10kms of walkways and cycle paths, kids play grounds and community BBQ areas - only 20 mins to the CBD & Freo. Call now to view this one as its priced to sell and the owners CONTACT Les Lindsay are looking at all offers. PHONE 0407 420 384

Wanneroo 44 Taywood Drive

URBAN OASIS !! Renovated, immaculate & spacious, with soaring raked ceilings, free- flowing casual living areas, magnificent outdoor entertaining area & a sculptured lagoon style pool. Highly sought-after lakeside location !!

Warnbro 17 Pollard Way


CONTACT Todd & Danielle Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

From $489,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

$549,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

With 2 spacious living areas, renovated kitchen, renovated bathroom, study nook & moments away from Lake Joondalup – this family home is a great start into Wanneroo. Features renovated kitchen, huge renovated bathroom, great outdoor entertaining, private backyard with massive patio, extensive paving, easy care garden, plenty of room for the kids & pets to play, reverse cycle air conditioning, gas point, security screen doors and garden shed. Block size 812 sqm. Year Built 1971. CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

Cosy English style home and only approx 250m from the award winning Warnbro beach. BE QUICK as this property is sure to sell quickly due to price and exclusive location. Home is pristinely presented and you will be impressed with the cottage type entrance through mature gardens, lawns and pencil pines to gable front entrance. CONTACT David Lomax PHONE 0409 084 940 EMAIL

Whether you're in the market for your first home, or looking for an investment property, this neat, modern house in Warnbro is the perfect fit. Located in a quiet street and close to all the conveniences of modern city living - the Warnbro shopping centre, schools and public transport - this4x2 property with a double lockup garage has a nice, spacious kitchen. CONTACT Andreas Nikakos

Warnbro 4 Elata Mews

Immaculately presented with a lot of amazing features suitable for all families and savvy investors, this spacious home situated on a 680sqm Green Title block is guaranteed to impress! From the highly functional floor plan to the outstanding quality finishes throughout, this family home has so much to offer.

This amazingly stylish 1987 built, Peter Stannard two story Winthrop features 6 GREAT sized bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 3 Barrett-Lennard Parade home, living areas and a study/office area. A home boasting the

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CONTACT Vicktor Sutrisno PHONE 0422 774 044 EMAIL

$389,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

From $1,195,000 bed 6 bath 3 car 2

Magnificently Fully Renovated 4 Bedroom Home with the Lot. The interior of this home is completely renovated from living areas to all wet areas, nothing to do at all. Outside has a very generous, revamped garden with fully fenced rear garden along with fully fenced pool area. Ample room for extra parking. CONTACT Brendan Smith PHONE 0410 664 909 EMAIL

highest quality, it is ideally suited and ready for the next family to move right in.

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FOR SALE Woodridge 90 Birdwood Drive

$549,000 bed 4 bath 2

This property has had years of love and hard work poured into it with beautiful gardens surrounding the home so all you need to do is move in, relax and enjoy it! Join all the other families making the tree change to Woodridge to offer the rural lifestyle but still located only 40 mins from Joondalup, 20 mins from Yanchep and 10 mins from Moore River/Guilderton.CONTACT Tracy Kriwopischin PHONE 0419 998 306 EMAIL

This amazing 820sqm block is a rare find, located in the Yanchep "Old Yanchep" area. This is arguably one of the 35 Mousehole Crescent prestigious best pieces of A1 earth available in the area. Just a short stroll

From $295,000

away from pristine beaches, Yanchep Central Shopping Centre, National Park, Sun City Golf Club & an easy bus ride away from Butler Train Station. Why look elsewhere? CONTACT Richard McNicol PHONE 0433 838 547 EMAIL

Woodvale 10 The Ridge

From $629,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Yanchep 39 Chittick Way

From $429,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This family sized home has been much loved and after all these years the owner has decided it is time to let it go, so opportunity abounds for the next lucky owners who are sure to appreciate the location, design, and immaculate condition of this family friendly property in a very nice Woodvale pocket. CONTACT Rob Nicholls PHONE 0407 442 222 EMAIL

Located in the quiet award winning Capricorn Estate. This beautiful family home sits on corner lot offering privacy and green outlook. Huge backyard with room for POOL & play. Superbly finished inside the home features new wooden look tile flooring, r/c ducted aircon, LED lights, Miele kitchen appliances and top of the range tapware in kitchen and bathrooms. CONTACT Peggy Middelveld PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL

THINKING OF SELLING? Fabulous size 4 x 2 (237m2) in total opp Dorrigo Park. Boasts Yanchep & I mean Big Master suite, with parents retreat, a good 59 Blackwood Meander asizeBigwalk in robe & a generous ensuite with twin vanities.

$439,000-$459,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Relax & watch movies in your new, really good size, home theatre. Enjoy the space afforded with the generous open plan living areas. Has a really well appointed kitch with s/steel appliances. CONTACT Jan Buchanan PHONE 0408 802 381 EMAIL


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Offers in High $1M’s

LUXURY LIVING : WORLD CLASS VIEWS This is LUXURY living with what can only be described as World Class 280 degree views in a unique culde-sac location, opposite reserve, perched high above and overlooking the Old Flinders Settlement and beyond to St Alouarn Island to the south east, White Point and Flinders Bay to the east and Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge to the west. These all encompassing views, which cannot be built out, can arguably be considered as the BEST VIEWS Augusta has to offer.

4 2 2 942sqm

Alf Fandry M: 0407 441 140 P: 9758 0300

COWARAMUP SPACIOUS SMOKEBUSH With superior features and fittings and copious amounts of entertaining space, this home will meet all your desires for family life and fun. Watch the children play in the orchard and keep some chooks. Walk out the back gate onto the “Rails to Trails” walk/cycle track and explore the nearby bushland reserves of stunning Parkwater. The lifestyle in this classy street and community is unsurpassed. Nestled between quality neighbouring homes this property must be inspected! Mark Murray M: 0427 030 301 P: 9755 5123 View more properties online at


$689,000 4

SIMPLY STUNNING Custom residence - contemporary style – 788sqm landscaped block - 30m frontage to National Trust bushland reserve - 4 bed, 2 bath - 5 star kitchen design and fit out - main living zone plus terrific second living area - designer ensuites - fresh coastal tones of limestone, timber beams and polished “Pebble Beach” floors plus funky elements of artisan lighting, solar passive glass placement and skillion roofline. Absolutely immaculate.

2 2 788sqm

Tony Farris M: 0417 951 838 P: 9756 8888

$745,000 5 2 3 2333sqm


Offers From $695,000 4

WALK TO THE BEACH? YES PLEASE! This 2 year old beautifully presented home is a rare find in Old Dunsborough and priced to sell! The replacement value of this property is evident and in such a sought after location it’s well worth the inspection. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac, only 5mins walk to the beach and 10mins walk to the bustling Dunsborough Town Centre where you have a plethora of restaurants, coffee shops, fitness and well being and shopping.

2 2 573sqm

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FUNKY ABODE WITH FAIRWAY VIEWS Great value 3 bed, 2 bath townhouse within easy walking distance of Dunsborough’s town centre. Situated in a peaceful cul de sac and backing directly onto the manicures 3rd fairway of the Lakes golf course, this functional 2 storey residence features spacious bedrooms (all with BIR’s and ceiling fans), reverse cycle A/C, ample storage room, big double garage, large tiled floors with new carpets in bedrooms, timber deck with easy care yard.

3 2 2 340sqm

Joe Jordanoff M: 0498 935 086 P: 9756 8888


Purchased in 2007 for $595,000 with around $150,000 spent on improvements since, makes this property well worth your inspection. 4 bed, 2 bath, study/nursery, lounge, family, dining, meals, large kitchen area, lots of storage, patio and beautiful garden areas are just the beginning. Located within easy walking distance of Leschenault Inlet and Forum shopping centre on a not so busy street makes this home a winner. Alf Mainstone M: 0402 026 608 P: 9792 1888


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LUXURY BEACHSIDE UNIT This stunning, newly renovated and extended, 3 bed, 3 bath, 2 key holiday unit is one of the most luxurious we have been privileged to offer. Formerly the Eagle Bay Store, it is situated opposite walkway to the beautiful Eagle Bay beach and includes 6m x 2m heated pool, fabulous timber deck alfresco courtyard entertaining area, plus a lock up garage. Brilliant lock and leave holiday property with terrific 2 key holiday rental income potential.

3 3 1 295sqm

Peter De Chiera M: 0418 931 206 P: 9756 8888




4 2 2 825sqm


$1.65M 5

UNIQUE OFFERING 13.74ha of preserved south west forest featuring glorious wildflowers, karri, jarrah, marri, banksia and grass trees. Elegant 2-storey rammed earth residence sleeps up to 14, with 2 bathrooms and wrap-around verandahs. Landscaped grounds, boardwalks and bridges, stone ford crossing, and 8kms of formed paths. Fully enjoy beauty and seclusion enhanced by night lighting and rustic sculptures. Located 15kms from Margaret River town centre. Clare Andrews M: 0448 023 265 P: 9780 5777 View more properties online at

2 13.74ha







GRACETOWN GRACETOWN FOR THE SUMMER An amazing 5 bed, 2 bath Tuscan-style home AS WELL AS a really comfortable, self contained and separate 2 bed unit. Lots of extras including 200,000L rainwater storage, orchard, fire pit, cubby house. In a location second to none and with sounds of the ocean and views of the ridge, this is a must see property. Call me today for an inspection.

$1.1M 7 4 2 6700sqm

Beth Sibon M: 0418 937 438 P: 9755 5123

MARGARET RIVER POSITIVE TOWN CENTRE INVESTMENT Returning 4.5% on the asking price this is a solid investment opportunity. With 2 separate residences on the 1 block, both with secure leases and each returning $320/week. 16A is a 3 bed, 1 bath home on the corner of Tunbridge Street and Valley Road. 16B is a 2 bed, 1 bath unit that faces on to Valley Road. Within 200m west of the main street, this location gives immediate access to all the towns’ services shops and schools. John Mondy M: 0427 440 671 P: 9780 5777 View more properties online at


$625,000 4

TIMELESS DESIGN Designers of this property should be commended for maximising the light, land and elevated position. The home has a real social feel with naturally lit kitchen/ living/dining opening out onto the indoor outdoor deck area that you would find yourself using all year round. The second living and minor bedrooms are down a secondary wing with the parents retreat upstairs with resort style ensuite and private balcony. Double garage with extra storage.

2 2 682sqm

Chris Jarrott M: 0402 906 726 P: 9780 5777

$695,000 5 2 941sqm


$899,000 4

A COUNTRY ESTATE Enjoy the convenience of town and the peace of country. Here is a magnificent home on a beautifully undulating 1ha block right on the western edge of town. The huge 4 bed, 3 bath home sits behind a massive granite retaining wall and nestles beautifully amongst healthy karri, marri and jarrah trees. The northern aspect is over your own parkland cleared area, while at the rear is a covered walkway to an all weather gazebo ideal for entertaining.

3 1 1ha

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Prevelly Beach


$420,000 3

BEACH RESERVE BACKYARD A recent price reduction is all yours to get started on making your own mark on this 3 bed, 1 bath beach cottage hideaway. A brand new kitchen, fresh paint job and fabulous new back deck are all recent valuable additions. Sheltered from the road and nestled against a beach reserve backdrop, you won’t find a more appealing home (plus large shed) in such a desirable and leafy location.

1 1000sqm

Larisa Tomuli M: 0438 272 932 P: 9792 1888


Chris Stott M: 0477 091 371 P: 9756 8888


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HOP, SKIP AND JUMP TO BEACH! Build your dream home on this 1098sqm block, one of the last available blocks on the street and is only a short walk to the beach and local cafe! An amazing opportunity to own a beach side property. Call your builder today and enjoy listening to the sound of the waves rolling in!


Ken Preston M: 0418 932 747 P: 9780 5777

$830,000 4

QUIET, SECLUDED CENTRAL LOCATION Perfectly positioned on the elevated parkland cleared 1ha block, this quality 2004 built, brick and colorbond 4 bed, 2 bath home has sweeping valley views over the neighbouring dam and farmland. It has a large alfresco that flows out seamlessly from the main living area providing the perfect spot to enjoy the surrounding vista and is only minutes from the nearby wineries and beaches.


2 2 1ha



EXCITING LAKESIDE LIVING ‘Commanding’ and ‘impressive’ describe this high spec 4 bed, 2 bath home. This Dale Alcock built display home is located on one of the best streets within a new estate. Almond Parkway is laced with quality footpaths and manicured gardens. For those that want to move in straight away and have a quality lifestyle call me for your own private viewing or look out for our home open times. Once you walk in I look forward to hearing the words, “I’d live here!” Justin Geracitano M: 0423 524 524 P: 9753 0888 View more properties online at

4 2 2 756sqm

FROM $179,000

Stage 2 - Titled Lots From 2001m2 To 5855m2 Summer Buyer Incentives Apply $20,000 Rainwater Tank and ATU rebate available (conditions apply). All lots serviced with Western Power, Telstra and NBN fibre optics. Located amongst the rich surf and winery coastline of the Margaret River region.

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Why not make the move to one of the most beautiful spots in the south west, Prevelly? We’ve just the property for you too - 1 Chapel Place - says Stocker Preston’s John Mondy. SURF, SOPHISTICATION, SECLUSION. These three words come together to describe this beautiful home that fits perfectly into the coastal landscape. Located in the heart of the Margaret River Region, it has the most enviable, uninterrupted views that capture some of the world's best surf breaks and sunsets. Architecturally-designed and built by the reputable Jarrah Holst, this stunning home is the uncompromising result of the perfect blend of art, design and functionality. Spanning two floors with excellent separation, the deluxe master suite is situated on the upper level, harbouring impressive ocean views and a designer bathroom. It has spacious living rooms and balconies on both levels, with three guest bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor. The chef ’s kitchen has a superior finish,


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highlighted by the ample storage and Miele appliances. Positioned in the most exclusive cul-de-sac in the small coastal hamlet of Prevelly, this property is the ideal private and peaceful retreat, but still only footsteps to the beach, cafes and restaurants.

The history of Prevelly As you turn down the hill to Prevelly and take in the vast expansive views of the

Indian Ocean, you will see a small white chapel position high up on the ridge over looking the the small coastal hamlet. It’s the Chapel of Saint John The Theologian which was built and opened in 1979 by Geoff Edwards who owned a large parcel of land on the coast, 10kms from the townsite of Margaret River. In 1941, he served with the 2/11th Infantry Batallion in the Battle Of Crete.

During the German occupation, he was a prisoner of war, but subsequently escaped and was hidden and cared for by the Monks of Preveli Monastery. In honour of the people who cared for and protected him, Geoff built the Hellenic Chapel, on the hill overlooking the sea on Wallcliffe Road. In the 1960s he subdivided the area and the developers named it Prevelly. Several streets were also named after the families and monks who saved him, for instance Vattos Way and Papadakis Road. Geoff was awarded an order of Australia Medal (OAM), on 7th April, 2000, for services to the Greek Community. PL


outdoor things to do in Prevelly

1 Visit the beautiful old Greek chapel on the hillside. 2 Paddle up the Margaret River – ask at the Margaret River visitor centre where and how to hire a canoe. 3 Walk a section of the Cape to Cape Track; either from the Margaret Rivermouth at Prevelly towards Cape Mentelle or from Gnarabup towards Redgate Beach. 4 Learn to paddle board or go snorkeling at Gnarabup beach. 5 Launch your paddle ski, grab your surfboard or go ocean kayaking.

DREAM HOME 1 Chapel Place in Prevelly has unmatched ocean views, top of the range design features and an enviable lifestyle in the south west.

6 Take a relaxing walk along the beach. 7 Amble on an art walk and discover the interesting sculptures near the little park in Prevelly. 8 Watch the heartbreaking sunsets and gutsy surfers at Surfer’s Point. 9 Walk the dog, or just go for a gentle stroll, or cycle from the beach into Prevelly along the seafront trail. 10 Have breakfast or lunch or grab a cappuccino at the lovely White Elephant Beach Café. source:

PREVELLY FOR SALE Average Sale Price in 2015........................................................ $828,700 Number of properties for sale......................................................... 10 Highest asking price (house)....... $2,000,000 Lowest asking price (house)........ $695,000 Lowest asking price (vacant land)................................................. $529,000 Source:

To view 1 Chapel Place, Prevelly, and other properties for sale in the area, contact Stocker Preston’s John Mondy at john.mondy@ or call 0427 440 671.

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PRIMOnew year special



Mal Rogers looks at some of the upcoming anniversaries of 2016, both mainstream and obscure. 2016 HAS BEEN designated the International Year of Pulses by the United Nations General Assembly – lentils, beans, peas, chickpeas type of thing. As if that isn’t excitement enough, throughout 2016 we’ll be celebrating anniversaries as diverse as the 100th anniversary of the “six o’clock swill”, the 200th anniversary of Silent Night, and the birth of the man who invented the rugby ball (Richard Lindon, born 1816). Corn Flakes will also be having its own celebrations — the cereal received its patent exactly 120 years ago. Dr Kellogg, who devoted much of his energy to discouraging sexual activity of any kind, introduced Kellogg Corn Flakes to the world in hopes that it would reduce, er, ‘self-love’. As James Joyce once said — “the amazing availability of it!”. He was also talking about self love, not Corn Flakes. No matter, the Dublin writer will have much written about him in 2016, the 75th anniversary of his death in 1941. Another significant literary event in 2016 will be the anniversary of the death of Banjo Paterson, also 75 years ago in 1941. His masterpiece, Waltzing Matilda, was first recorded 90 years ago, and he lives on in our pockets - on the $10 note. Literary commemorations in 2016 are also likely to include the 400th anniversaries of the deaths of Cervantes and Shakespeare, who shuffled off this mortal coil (© William


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Shakespeare) a day apart in April 1616. 2016 will be a momentous year for anniversaries in the field of scientific advance, including significant landmarks in electricity and information technology. 2016 is the 180th anniversary of the death of André-Marie Ampère; his piece de resistance, as it were, was the development of electromagnetism. This year will also see the 25th anniversary of the birth of the world wide web. The internet came from a number of sources — from the academic to the military — but the WWW was specifically the invention of Englishman Tim BernersLee. It became publicly available on August 23, 1991. The 20th century, which had begun with faint radio signals ended up with billions of people round the world sending photographs of their dinner to each

other on laptops and smartphones. Less auspicious in the field of technology will be the 100th anniversary of Thomas Midgley beginning work as a mechanical engineer/chemist at General Motors in Michigan, USA. His appointment in 1916 had seriously long-term consequences for the planet. Thomas was concerned about the “knocking” or “pinking” effect suffered by early internal combustion engines — so he developed a lead additive to combat it. After having distributed this deadly poison wholesale into our atmosphere Thomas then turned his attention to fridges. He realised that they too could be much more efficient, so invented chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and the ozone layer was never the same again. One historian remarked that Midgley “had more negative impact on the atmosphere than any other single organism in Earth history”. Sadly, Thomas Midgley contracted polio in 1940 at the age of 51. He accordingly invented a harness to get himself out of bed. On November 2, 1944 aged 55 he accidentally strangled himself with his invention. Truly it can be said that Mr Midgley’s inventions were bad for everyone, including himself. The only speck of comfort in the tragic story is that the poor, mild-mannered man — whose unwitting actions caused so much damage — died

without knowing he had become every environmentalist’s worst nightmare. Now, with the seamlessness of a yard of linoleum (invented 1855), we turn from the environment to explosives. The history of explosive material dates back more than 1,000 years, probably to the Chinese. Indeed, there is some evidence that Chinese alchemists were looking for the elixir of everlasting life when they happened to invent gunpowder. Not such a lucky break, all things considered. But the invention ultimately led to the development of fireworks, which the Chinese used to chase away evil spirits. Nonetheless, the real advance in blowing up things (and people) occurred 150 years ago when Alfred Nobel invented dynamite. Proceeds of his invention went to towards the Nobel Awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize. It’s generally accepted that May 28, 585 BC — exactly 2,601 years ago — is the earliest precisely known date in history. On that day the battle between the Lydians and Medes, in what is now modern Turkey, was suddenly called off when a solar eclipse occurred. Both armies were too scared to carry on, and agreed to a truce. It’s not clear if the Lydians and the Medians have planned any big events to mark that auspicious date. But should they fail to deliver in significant fashion, at least there are several other anniversaries which will give us the opportunity to let our hair down – or at least nod wisely to ourselves.

A melancholy musical anniversary

Commemorations for First World War action will continue in 2016, including one wistful footnote. George Henry Powell wrote the lyrics of the marching song Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag in 1915. The song was entered into a World War I competition for “best morale-building song”, won first prize and was congratulated as “perhaps the most optimistic song ever written”. George, however, wasn’t so sure and 100 years ago became a conscientious objector — when conscription was imposed in Britain in 1916. The story of Pack Up Your Troubles doesn’t end there. In a move that probably falls under the heading irony, Felix committed suicide while on duty with the Home Guard — he shot himself through the heart using his own rifle.

Toilet talks

2016 is a big year for bathrooms. The flushing toilet is, almost unbelievably, 420 years old in 2016, invented by an Englishman, John Harrington. But the first practical toilet that could be mass-produced didn’t appear until almost two hundred years later, invented by a Yorkshire man Joseph Bramah. It's not clear if commemorative plates are likely to be issued. Contrary to widespread belief, Thomas Crapper did not invent the toilet. It just so happens Thomas (born 180 years ago in 1836) was blessed with an empathetic name for his chosen path in life — inventing the ballcock and thus improving everyone’s toilet agenda. His plumbing company, Crapper & Co, then diversified producing all manner of waste management apparatus. Manhole covers adorned with the Crapper name in Westminster Abbey are now one of London’s minor tourist attractions. Despite this celebrity, the word ‘crap’, however, comes not from Thomas, but from the Dutch ‘krappe’. It predates the invention of modern toilets by several centuries.

Television in Australia

Television in Australia was launched 60 years ago in 1956, only a few decades after John Logie Baird had arrived at the Daily Express newspaper offices in London with his fledgling television. The editor instructed his deputy to deal with the incident, saying: “Go down to reception and get rid of the lunatic. He says he’s got a machine for seeing by wireless. Watch him — he might be armed with a razor.” Disapproval of television was widespread, despite early press adverts showing families dressed in their Sunday best to watch the television, all with amazed looks on their faces. Doctors identified terrifying new complaints such as ‘TV Neck’ or ‘TV Crouch’; dentists were also worried, warning that children could get buck teeth from watching TV lying on the floor with their chins in their hands. But television could not be stopped and 60 years ago it was launched in Australia with Bruce Gyngell’s words: “Good evening, and welcome to television.” An interview with a young Mrs Edna Everage (later to become a Dame, of course) was one of the programmes screened on the first day of programming in 1956. PL

Australian Anniversaries

A brief look at some notable anniversaries that may or may not be officially marked in 2016

1606 It’s 410 years since the Dutch East India Company ship Duyfken, pictured, under Captain Willem Janszoon, explored the western coast of Cape York Peninsula, the very first recorded landfall by a European on Australian soil. 1916

The 100th anniversary of the “six o’clock swill” come round in 2016. The first state to introduce early closing was South Australia in March 1916 where the rationale was for supporting the war effort. So far, nobody has come up with a clear plan on how best to celebrate this auspicious date.

1856 160 years ago Australia becomes the first country to introduce the secret ballot, or ‘Australian ballot’, for elections. Also in 1856 Van Diemen’s Land name was changed to Tasmania. 1926

90 years ago the first official Miss Australia contest was held. A Beryl Mills took the title.

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anna's adventures by ANNA HARTLEY

THE KEYS of LIFE This month our intrepid adventurer Anna Hartley flexes her musical muscles and learns how to play the harpsichord. Images DANIELE SALVADORINI.

LILLIAN’S APARTMENT IS the kind you can find all over Paris. It has one small room with a mezzanine platform for a bed, and a tiny kitchen and bathroom tucked under ancient wooden beams. Sun streams into a room with overflowing bookshelves and posters hanging on the wall. With a laundry basket in the corner, and a steaming mug of hot coffee next to a laptop, it looks like a typical twentysomething’s inner-city apartment. Except for one thing. Le Rouge stands against the wall, taking up almost its whole length. He is smaller than I imagined, delicate even, built from acacia wood and painted a dark warm red. Le Rouge is only 17 years old, but belongs to a family that can trace its roots back to the middle ages. He has lived his whole life in France, but travels frequently


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to perform on lit stages. Le Rouge is a harpsichord and we are going to get to know one another. This beautiful and relatively rare instrument was widely played during the Renaissance and Baroque periods until its cousin, the piano, pushed it off the main stage. I’ve never seen one in real life before, but my good friend Adam is a player and teacher, and his friend Lillian has one of her

own. I sit down on the padded stool and rest the tips of my fingers gently on the wooden keys, polished with use and age. It feels a little like a piano, except the colours of the black and white keys are inverted. There are also two rows of keys, and it is much smaller than a piano. Having a harpsichord at home seems a bit like having a bi-wing plane in the garage

or using a steam locomotive to get to work, but Le Rouge is actually pretty unassuming, measuring only 90cm wide at the playing end, and 2.45m long. Lillian raises the lid, and I see the shiny strings, taut and delicate, lining the body of the instrument which stretches away, the bentside curving to a point like the waist of a woman lying on her side. The words violin, harp, grand piano all spring to mind. My hands hover below a elaborately decorated wooden panel that bears the name of the builder, Philippe Humeau, and the year 1999. The whole instrument is covered in elegant and intricate black and white paper design. Every harpsichord is different, and more like a living creature than a machine. Made by hand by one or sometimes two artisans, they reflect the styles of their time and place in history, as well as the individual preferences of their maker. There is no such thing as a “standard” model, and Le Rouge is a modern harpsichord based partially on German models from the 18th century. I press down a key, which functions exactly like a seesaw. As one end goes down, the other goes up, pushing up a small vertical piece of wood, the “jack” sitting on the end. Near the top of the jack, a tiny bit of plastic called a “plectrum”, the size of a child’s fingernail pokes out of the side. As the jack goes up, the plectrum presses against, then plucks the string above it. A note is played. It’s a ting, a pling, a thring and a ding. It’s a smaller sound than a piano, and even these few notes sound as if they come from another era altogether. It feels strange to be sitting in this modern room. I should be wearing a huge silk dress with a corset and basket hoops, like the woman on the cover of one of Lillian’s music books plucking away elegantly at the keys. Two teachers hover at my shoulders, and we play with individual notes for a while; testing how to let the note ride, or muffling it immediately with the damper which is above the plectrum. I experiment holding the key near the point of the pluck, making the note slowly or fast. When we move to scales, I incy-wincyspider my fingers up and down the keys, playing them fast and slow, separately, or transitioning smoothly between them and letting the sounds overlap. Scales I can handle, but when we move onto chords my hands begin to feel sluggish and uncooperative. I have to concentrate hard to get

both hands and all 10 fingers to do what I want, when I want them to, and can only manage it for brief periods. Occasionally I’ll focus too much on one hand, and leave my left pinkie pressed down on a key well after the note has finished sounding. After more than two hours at the keys, Lillian mercifully takes my place. Her hands fly over the keys as she plays us two different pieces by composer

but expert players like Lillian and Adam create the illusion of volume with different techniques like “trilling” two keys next to each other and modifying the way they strike each note. The pieces Lillian plays are complex and rich, surprising and funny. If I felt the desire to wear a period dress before, I feel transported now. The small apartment disappears and suddenly it’s the year 1705. I’m in a green forest with aristocratic

Le Rouge is only 17 years old, but belongs to a family that can trace its roots back to the middle ages. He has lived his whole life in France, but travels frequently to perform on lit stages.

PLAYING NICELY Anna navigates the unfamiliar keyboard of Le Rouge, a harpsichord.

Domenico Scarlatti, who lived between 1685 and 1757. Lillian doesn’t hold back, hammering away at each key, and at her hands it’s a much more ballsy instrument than I had expected. The pieces are unmistakably Baroque, but faster and livelier than I had expected. One of the quirks of the harpsichord is that they cannot be played “loudly” or “softly”. Each note has a fixed volume,

ladies and men in green stockings dancing while a boar turns slowly on the spit. I want to sit down and weave a tapestry. And then, suddenly, it’s over. The last note lingers in the air for a few seconds, then is gone, taking with it the forest, the boar, and the dresses. I’m back in 2016. PL If you’d like to learn how to play the harpsichord, contact Stewart Smith, at summer 2016 | PRIMOLIFE


Drisana's diary


The beginning of 2016 shows no sign of letting up in terms of events and activity around my Young Australian of the Year award - just the way I like it. TUPPERWARE PARTY FUNDRAISER As I hold both titles as the Western Australian Young Australian of the Year and the Young Australian of the Year, I had decided that throughout the course of 2015, I would choose two causes to support, one at a state level and one at a national level. For state level, I chose the Auslan for Families Program, which is run by WA Deaf Society, and nationally I chose Deaf Australia, which is an Peak Advocacy Organisation representing the Deaf people in Australia. I wanted to raise awareness about both causes and raise some funds while I was at it. It was such a great day with fantastic funds being raised for both causes, I am grateful to numerous organisations who donated prizes for the raffle on the day which brought the total funds raised to a nice sum of $503. NOVEMBER

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY It was exciting to be invited along to Canberra on the International Day of People with Disability to work with the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Defence. It was such a wonderful opportunity to be able to work with people on a Federal level to talk about my experience as a Deaf person and how, together, we can make sure that we ensure DECEMBER

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the inclusion of Deaf people and Auslan in our everyday lives. It was just as great to be at the Department of Defence where I shared my story of applying for the Australian Army only to be rejected on the basis that I cannot hear. It was good to highlight issues such as the lack of support for employing Deaf people in various positions in departments across Australia Deaf people have skills and could one day be extremely beneficial in the intelligence field for the Australian Defence Force. WORKING WITH WOOLWORTHS IN SYDNEY I’ve been working as a Workplace Advocate for Woolworths over the past six months, which has been an exhilarating experience to work with people who are just as passionate about what I do. It’s been amazing to work closely with the CEO, Grant O’Brien, who really listens and does what he says he will do. It’s been an exciting couple of months in the lead up to finalising my new role as the Young Australian of the Year Ambassador. Woolworths is now sponsoring the Young Australian of the Year Award and working with the National Australia Day Council, which is the best news ever! I’m incredibly fortunate to be working in partnership with both Woolworths and the National Australia Day Council which have both been equally passionate and supportive people in both organisations respectively. I will be working in the new year as the Workplace Advocate for Woolworths as well as embracing my new role as the Ambassador of the Young Australian of the Year. Oh, and did you catch me on your television screen in the Woolworths ad? I’m still not used to seeing my face on the TV but I am extremely glad for the opportunity to promote our beautiful Australian language, Auslan, and the exciting news of the Ambassador position. DECEMBER

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KOCHIE'S ANGELS When I became the Young Australian of the Year, Kochie and Sam interviewed me in the early morning of Australia Day

2015, and it was during this interview when Kochie asked me if I was interested in joining the Kochie’s Angels in the future – to which I said yes. It’s been a busy year, full of opportunities, and we managed to schedule a filming segment during my time in Sydney for both Woolworths and the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Award. It was interesting to be a part of the Kochie’s Angels to discuss the latest topics and issues in society, and wonderful to work with Kochie face-toface and the lovely angels, Kendall Gilding and Prue MacSween. HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD I was nominated for the Young People Human Rights Medal in the Australian Human Rights Commissions’ Human Rights Award and I was honoured to be a finalist, let alone be nominated for this prestigious medal. I was glad to attend the award to meet other deserving finalists and to catch up with acquaintances such as Gillian Triggs, the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and Carolyn Ludovici, the national manager of the National Australia Day Council and the Australians of the Year Awards. Although I did not become the recipient of the Young People’s Human Rights Medal, I would like to congratulate the recipient,Yen Erikson. DECEMBER

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2015 has been an incredibly exciting, busy and memorable year. I am extremely grateful to be working with many wonderful people and organisations such as PRIMOLife and Premium Publishers, Woolworths and the National Australia Day Council. I also have been studying the Diploma of Interpreting the past year and I am thrilled to inform you that I passed it with flying colours and now am a qualified Deaf interpreter. I look forward to another amazing year in 2016 and have many dreams and goals to achieve in the new year such as starting university and continuing my work as both the Workplace Advocate and Young Australian of the Year Ambassador for Woolworths and the Australian of the Year Awards. I hope you have a momentous year too and that our paths may cross. PL Follow me on Twitter and Instagram: @drisanal

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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME Silver Chain’s ability to provide in-home care is one of its greatest attributes. By TAMARA HUNTER THERE’S A REASON why The Wizard of Oz, regarded as one of the most popular movies ever made, resonates so closely with so many. The film’s central premise is that there’s no place like home – a timeless sentiment that people the world over can readily identify with. Coincidentally, it’s the ethos upon which one of Western Australia’s most beloved organisations, the Silver Chain Group, is built and one which its staff cannot advocate enough. “I am so passionate about believing that there’s no place like home,” general manager of Home Services Anne-Marie Cox says. “You look around someone’s home and that’s where they’ve built their life.” Even if someone has not lived in a place for a long time, she says, home tends to be


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where we keep our memorabilia – the place where we hold our ephemera and the bits and pieces which reveal us as individuals. Similarly, Silver Chain Group CEO Chris McGowan sees it as the place that colours in the client for support staff, providing the subtle cues and context that underscore the richness of a life and helps staff understand and value their clients. “When you’re at home it’s your space,” he says. “The sort of role that a person plays or who they are is very apparent when you walk into someone’s house. “You can walk in and they have the pictures from their wedding day, photos of their grandchildren, paraphernalia related to their favourite football team. So the person they’re looking at is coloured by all that sort of stuff: they’ve got a real person in front of them. “When they’re in a hospital or a nursing

home they’re not coloured with all of that. They might have a few photographs on some shelves, but it’s not obvious who they are. And that makes people very vulnerable to being devalued - they become a number in a bed rather than a real person with a rich story. “So we think home is extremely important and it’s very protective not only of you physically, but of you spiritually and emotionally. It’s why we’re so passionate about keeping people in their homes.” Accordingly, Silver Chain’s services are centred around an extensive array of inhome health and care programs – part of an overriding vision for all Australians to be able to control and manage their own health and wellbeing. Services are designed to keep people out of stressful, highcost settings like hospitals and residential care and, wherever possible, at home and maintaining independence. A rapidly ageing population – more than 2000 people turn 65 every week in Australia – combined with increasing budget pressures and a trend towards diminishing government resources, means it’s a shift in thinking which Anne-Marie says the rest of the country will increasingly have to follow. Once again, as with so many key social changes through late 20th and early 21st century history, it will be the wants and needs of the baby boomers that shape the changing ageing landscape. As a population used to receiving government support and being in charge of what happens to them, tech savvy baby boomers will have high expectations of their needs being met in innovative ways into old age, and of being able to participate both in their communities and in their own decisions around care and where they spend their final days. Aged care reforms introduced by the federal government last year are already moving towards a future of consumer-directed care, characterised by increased consumer and family choice, participation and control. “Where the government funding mechanisms are heading is that in the next couple of years they will start to follow the consumer rather than the service provider,” Anne-Marie says. “So, currently, service providers have the contract and clients come to the service provider that has the ability to provide those services. In the future and in fact commencing in February 2017 with home care packages - the money will follow the client and the client will say, ‘well what is it that I want to do? Let me partner with perhaps multiple service providers to get the plan that I want’. “They will choose who they want, but they will participate in it.”

The reforms tally with Silver Chain’s shared journey approach, where client and service provider work together on goals - in contrast to the previous paradigm where service providers thought in terms of doing things for clients. “We’re now entering a world where clients want to work within a wellness approach – doing with, not for,” Anne-Marie says. She says the broader changes reflect an inexorable move away from the idea that people are entitled to retire at 65 and have someone else look after them, to a future where people work longer and remain in control and connected with their community. “One thing we know through our research at Silver Chain is that life is about having a purpose,” she says. “Therefore being able to keep that sense of purpose, whatever it is for you in your life, is so important. If we can do that and help you age in place in your home, even better.” That could be as simple as having someone come in to do the heavy lifting with housework. “You may not think that could make the difference, but that could represent the line between someone feeling they’re coping or not coping at home. And when you start to think you’re not coping you look for other solutions.You start to think, is that solution residential care? “In fact it could simply be having someone helping you with the heavy mopping and vacuuming while you help with the dusting. Sometimes it can be really small nuances that can make the difference.” It’s not just ageing where home care is increasingly important: Silver Chain also offers nation-leading at-home palliative care services and caters for a wide range of people with chronic illness, disability, or who are recovering from a wound or some other health episode. Services include a 24-hour call centre and a cuttingedge wound care service. “We know that if you’ve had a short stint in hospital that you’re more likely to recuperate faster at home,” Anne-Marie says.

“Hospitals more and more are really for that acute patient.” Gone is the ‘set and forget’ mentality where people are granted a service indefinitely. Instead, Silver Chain has opted for an evidencebased reablement approach, which includes short, targeted interventions to help patients recover from particular episodes - whether an accident, the loss of a spouse or a change in family support levels. “It could be that you’ve had a slip, trip or a fall and to help you get back on your feet all you need is a short-term intervention program,” Anne-Marie says. “Our Personal Enablement Program targets that period of time when you’ve just come out of hospital and helps you repurpose your goals and the way you go about activities of daily living, and helps you with your coping strategies. It might mean that as you start to recover you do only a small bit and we do a bit more, and then we pull back and you do more. “By doing that you actually can either stop people from needing ongoing full-time services or delay their entry into full-time services. It’s about helping to build their confidence and capacity back.” Anne-Marie says that while home care is on the rise, residential care won’t disappear altogether. Instead, it will be reserved for the cases that really need it, such as advanced cases of dementia. “For example, I was a carer up until only recently with my

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people mother, who had quite progressed Alzheimer's. I was told two years ago that she needed to go to a residential facility but we kept her at home with different services from Silver Chain. That partnership helped the whole of our family with the supports to be able to participate in the care that made a difference for her. She was so confident in her own little unit and familiar surrounds that it was important we could uphold that security and confidence as long as possible while keeping her safe and healthy. Some of the complex services required certified trained staff. As a result, it's only recently that she's needed to take the next step into full time residential care. "I know we helped my mum live her best life at home as long as was possible and she continues to do that where she resides now, only in a different way. “I think residential facilities play a very important part in supporting that ageing process – but where once they used to be thought of as the only solution, now there are multiple solutions and they are part of the solution for a certain profile client and perhaps at a certain point in life.” Those who have less family support can also access social support in the form of Silver Chain social centres – places where community members can gather and participate in a range of programs and activities. One such centre in Fremantle has a strong multi-cultural focus, while another in the Peel region has undertaken intergenerational activities, inviting schoolchildren in to tell stories and draw pictures with dementia clients. “There are so many ways you can bring community together to learn off each other and where people can participate in what they’ve done their whole life – why should they stop?” Anne-Marie says. She says future innovations in nonresidential care are likely to include more apps and telehealth options which enable people to keep on top of their vital statistics, with the information being fed to a central repository for monitoring. “One of the things we do know is that, as a service provider, we are going to be more and more challenged in that space in coming up with solutions that clients want,” she says. “They don’t always want to have a face-to-face solution – and we’re going to have less and less of a workforce behind that ageing population to support it. “If the pressure is on the workforce you need to find more innovative solutions and more group solutions. It’s going to take the whole of community to support the community.” ••


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The Silver Chain Group took over a range of remote and rural home and community health and care services in the Pilbara, following through on the commitment made in its earliest days to help those even in the most remote regions. IT’S IRONIC THAT one of the earliest functions of The Silver Chain League, as it was known when it began in 1905, was to alleviate the isolation experienced by Western Australian children living in the sparsely populated regions of the State. The league, the brainchild of the ethereally beautiful and graceful Western Mail journalist Muriel Chase, began in June that year as a collegial club for young readers, set up with a loose aim of helping sick children and being ‘Little but Great’. The Silver Chain reference came from the shiny shillings the children sent in in order to subscribe to the club, and the children themselves were the links in the chain. The league exceeded its own expectations when the children’s small offerings – initially used to fund a Christmas appeal and Christmas party for sick and poor children – evolved into contributions from parents, too. Before long there was enough money to appoint a district nurse to make visits to Perth’s needy, including the aged, those recovering from spells in

hospital, the chronically ill and women receiving maternity care. The organisation grew exponentially from there. Although Silver Chain has evolved a great deal from those humble beginnings – it is now one of Western Australia’s most significant community healthcare providers

Silver Chain is now one of WA's most significant healthcare providers.

SIMPLE BEGINNINGS The Silver Chain League began in 1905 and has grown into one of the nation's most important community support systems.

– some of its recent operations are once again seeing it bring comfort and support to some of the most sparsely populated parts of the State. On January 1 last year, the Silver Chain Group took over a range of remote and rural home and community health and care services in the Pilbara. The organisation already had been operating extensively throughout the state, with primary remote area nurses in a range of locations covering vast stretches of territory, and a number of highly trained nurse practitioners undertaking an extended clinical role under the Southern Inland Health Initiative. The Pilbara role is new, however, with Silver Chain taking over responsibility for community health and services from Southern Cross Care. The remit takes in South Hedland and Port Hedland, Karratha, Onslow, Newman and the remote Western Desert communities of Kunawarritji, Punmu, Parnngurr (also known as Cotton Creek) and Jigalong. As with all its other services, Silver Chain’s aim is to provide a range of home and health care services that enable people to stay in their homes and communities for longer. This can include everything from engaging people in social activities to alleviating the pressure on full-time carers, providing social support to help interpret and pay bills, and providing personal care – helping people with showering, dressing, toileting and providing domestic assistance such as cleaning, transport and shopping. It’s been a wonderful learning curve for new Silver Chain community manager Amy Flaherty, an occupational therapist who moved to South Hedland from Carnarvon late last year with her young family and now oversees the various Pilbara outposts. In addition to regularly driving several hundred kilometres to the bigger town centres, every few months she jumps on a charter

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people reablement ethos. She found that in some areas, clients had come to rely on services they didn’t necessarily need, leading to a slippery slope which hindered, rather than enhanced, their independence. In some cases meals and other services were being provided just because they always had been, rather than because they were needed. The answer was a dose of tough love, delivered in manageable steps. For example, with meals provided in group settings the first step was to get clients to collect their own bowl, rather than wait for the food to be delivered to the table. The next step was to get them to serve themselves and take their meal to the table. “It’s one little step at a time and the changes we’ve seen, not only in the clients but in the staff ’s way of thinking, have just been phenomenal,” Amy says.

plane and goes to check out the remote communities and do what she can to support clients, any locally-based Silver Chain staff and the locally-employed but Silver Chain-trained home and community care coordinators. On the way, she admires the vast, red scenery and marvels at the boundless expanse that is her office. Once there, she reviews services, care plans and respite arrangements, liaises with local elders, community members and service providers, and tries to work out what it is that people really need. “We’ve got different staff and specialities in the various locations, which are all determined by the needs of the community,” she says. “For example, in some areas we’ve got a much higher focus on mental health whereas in others the focus is on the ageing population. “We try our best to base services around what would be the most beneficial to our client. At the same time, we work alongside other community organisations to


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REMOTE LIFELINE Left and below, Amy Flaherty's new Silver Chain community manager, who has moved to South Hedland with her young family.

determine who has the skill set to provide appropriate and effective services.” Key services include the social centres Silver Chain runs in the various communities, enabling clients to regularly meet with friends, engage in activities and give their carers a break. Amy Flaherty says a huge priority has been to promote Silver Chain’s wellness and

“The clients needed to see that they could actually do it themselves. We assist them to maintain their independence by putting in place the appropriate supports. “The best part of it is we can actually increase someone’s independence and enable them to participate more fully in activities that they didn’t believe they could.” She says the opposite can happen in aged

care facilities, with residents going downhill quickly once they no longer have to do things for themselves. “It’s not because they aren’t receiving a good level of care, it’s because they’re having everything done for them. When they have everything done for them they start to lose the desire to do anything for themselves. It really is a classic case of ‘use it or lose it’. “It’s the same with all skills, including walking. We’ve got a few clients that have very reduced muscles in their legs and were receiving assistance to stand. Although it takes such a client a bit longer to do it for themselves, they’re building the muscles in their legs and they’re getting stronger and stronger. Eventually they’ll be able to walk quite well – and that’s exactly what is happening. “If we keep helping them it would get to the point where they would need more and more assistance. This often leads to clients requiring an electric hoist transfer; something that is not readily available in all homes and communities. This means that by enabling a client to stand on their own and providing standby assistance, IMAGE MATT JELONEK

CASE STUDY MR POSITIVITY TERRY YOUNG HAS had a challenging decade and a half. Fifteen years ago, the former boat upholsterer – a creative man used to doing things for himself – was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Eight years ago, his marriage broke down, and five years ago he was involved in a car accident which left him with a fractured sternum and a fractured spine and stopped him walking the short distances he had, until then, been able to manage. It was then that he conceded he could do with some help. Enter Silver Chain, who began visiting his home to help him with personal care. After three years of regular visits he decided

rather than physical assistance, the client is able to stay at home in their community for longer. “Unfortunately in the past it appears that clients have received services without an appropriate level of consultation; another great reason that consumer-directed care has been implemented. It was sort of ‘this is what everyone else needs so this is what you’ll need’. “Now it’s really about changing that and saying ‘no, what do you actually need?’ There’s no point in wasting resources and providing services that are not required. “So there has been an extensive process to gradually reduce unnecessary services. It’s amazing what you can do just by changing a mindset. “When it comes down to it, our staff are busier because they have more clients, but their workload has actually reduced for a lot of clients. Because they’re doing less for some clients they have actually got more capacity to help – they can provide care for a larger number and range of people.” ••

to dispense with the service to see how much he could do for himself. He managed for a while, but after a couple of stints in hospital decided a little extra assistance could, after all, help him keep on top of his health and mobility. “I know what sort of person I am – I tend to push, push, push myself,” he said. “I probably would have pushed myself to fatigue and ended up on the ground or something. “That’s the worst thing – you end up on the ground and you break some bones and you’re going to be in hospital for a longer time, aren’t you? That’s not very nice.” Terry, who is largely wheelchair-bound but still able to stand to transfer himself, now receives about six hours of care a week. A Silver Chain aide visits twice a week to assist with personal care such as showering and dressing; another helps him out with hydrotherapy once a week; and a cleaner comes once a fortnight. “Once I’ve had that help in the morning, it’s good,” he says. “I can get by the rest of the day with what I’m doing – it’s like a jump start, really. “I meet a lot of people when I go out and everyone says, gee, you’re doing well. They don’t see disability – they just see some guy in a wheelchair or a gopher. “I had some occupational therapy students interview me a few months ago, and they had that perception – well, it doesn’t seem like there’s much wrong with you. I thought about it and said to them, ‘if you came down here first thing in the morning or last thing at night you would see that I actually really struggle at those times.' During the day I just get on and do what I’ve got to do, but at those times,

that’s when I need the help, you know?’” He says his form of MS is fairly stable, but as a degenerative condition may become more restrictive. Already his hands and arms are weakening. At some point he’ll have another assessment to determine whether the level of assistance needs to change, but right now the morning boost is just right to help him get out for the day to the gym, the pool or one of his favourite cafes. He looks forward to the Silver Chain visits - and the chats that go with them. “I remember a few years ago one of the ladies that was coming around was a real book reader. She would suggest different books she’d read, and whenever she would mention one I’d get straight onto eBay and buy the book. I’ve become such a bookworm now because of her. “Another one worked around this way and would see me riding around on my big scooter without a hat or going too fast. She’d basically stick her head out the window of her Silver Chain car and yell at me – tell me to behave myself and put a hat on! “I suppose that’s the way you get along with them – they’re people just like we’re people. A really welcome presence when they come around. I’m seeing so many different aspects to what they can offer now – maybe they’re also listening to disabled clients a lot more now, asking what I’d like to do. “That’s the thing – if you can get help to do it, it just makes your life so much better.” ••

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HQ AND HUB Silver Chain's CEO Chris McGowan at the heart of the organisation's operations in Perth.

It’s the biggest hospital in Perth – and to use it you don’t need to worry about parking, visiting hours, or having an endless stream of strangers wandering in and out of your room. THE VIRTUAL HOSPITAL created by the army of Silver Chain nurses, doctors, carers and volunteers who criss-cross Perth every day – many of them in their distinctive Silver Chain cars – doesn’t require a huge, fancy building or banks of machines that go ‘ping’ to provide effective care. Instead, it takes the care to the clients – more than 82,500 of them in the last financial year – in the comfort of their own homes or communities. Between them over 2014-15, the Silver Chain Group’s 3,200 plus staff supported almost 2.6 million occasions of core service nationally, or 1.73 million hours of care. Support was provided across a bewilderingly broad metropolitan area stretching from Waroona in the south to Yanchep in the north and Malmalling in the east. In addition, Silver Chain reaches into a range of remote and rural WA locations including the Abrolhos, Bencubbin,


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Eneabba, Eucla, Shark Bay and Walpole; and the group is gradually increasing its operations in South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales. The care comes in numerous ways: complex wound care, chronic disease support, end of life care – a huge element of what Silver Chain does – cleaning, personal care, social centres and more. “Silver Chain would be the biggest hospital in Perth,” CEO Chris McGowan said. “Fiona Stanley Hospital has something like 700 beds and if you look at how many people are in Silver Chain’s virtual hospital here today, it’s well over that. Not all of them would be in a traditional hospital if they weren’t getting care from us, but a lot of them would be. Statistically, about 30 per cent of people in hospital today don’t need to be there. So we’re about looking after those people in the community.” Chris says that as Australia’s population

ages and governments look to contain ballooning health costs and potentially shift some cost back to consumers, the need for community-based care is only going to grow. “We’ve got the best capitalised hospitals in the country by a mile here in Perth, so my question is: where are the next 2,000 beds going to come from?” he said. “Do you want to build another three Fiona Stanley hospitals? Obviously not. So that capacity should be met in the community, leaving existing tertiary hospitals for the people who need them.” Part of that future, Chris believes, will be shaped by networked care – multiple providers working together to support clients in ways that address not just their illness, but all the factors around disease. “People live these whole, joined-up lives,” he says. “So one of the things we’re turning our minds to now is who are /...continued over

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people complex software (recently sold to Telstra) that does everything from manage the organisation’s 1,050 plus fleet vehicles to assess photographs of wounds and determine whether they are healing at the right rate. The software can also provide a portal for doctors, GPs and nurses to look into what care someone is receiving. In addition, there are apps to help clients and carers keep track of their medications and key health indicators or to help nurses or aides access information about individual clients. “When one of our staff turns up to

the people who are using lots of hospital services and probably don’t need to be? The solution is not just about managing the presenting condition; it’s about supporting them to manage their lives better and giving them the support they need to optimise their health. “For example, data shows that 0.7 per cent of people who use Perth's tertiary hospitals use about 8 per cent of the total bed base. If you look at who those people are they’re people with chronic conditions of some sort - heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, or homelessness, drug and alcohol issues, personality/mental health issues. They’ve often got socioeconomic issues and so on, so it’s not just a matter of managing disease, it’s about helping them get on top of all those issues as well. “That’s what we mean by networked care – it’s not just Silver Chain coming in and saying we’ll give you some home nursing. It’s about working with other providers to get stable accommodation, to get support around anxiety and depression, helping with all the components that come together around disease. “Having a good home is probably a precondition to having good health. It’s no good having all the doctors and nurses at $1,000 a day if what you really need to is to get somebody in their home.” As with so much of its work, the organisation will tackle the challenge with the imaginative spirit which has defined its 110-year history. Chris likes to think of Silver Chain as an incubator of innovation


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- hatching and developing evidence-based, clinically robust solutions to social problems and service gaps and then, after honing and delivering them successfully under its own umbrella, sharing them with others. “I think one of our hallmarks has been we’re quite a sophisticated organisation,” he says. “We’ve always had a good research base and we’ve brought to bear solutions that are quite well designed.” Examples have included Silver Chain’s provision of popular, high-quality nursing services in rural areas and small towns where there are no doctors in easy reach, the use of telehealth to provide specialist advice to patients, and plans to extend GP services into such communities by use of virtual doctor consultations. “For example, with telehealth services, someone like a mum with a regular appointment for her child in a town four hours away can do those sessions by video conference instead of having to drive four hours up and four hours back each week,” he says. The organisation is embracing new technologies across the board, developing

someone’s house, it tells us who their GP is and who their carers and family are. It tells our staff what to do when they get there, so ‘today’s the day I do the floor’ and ‘watch out for the dog, it bites’, or ‘careful, there’s a wobbly step'." No matter how clever Silver Chain may become with technology, however, it is unlikely to lose sight of the element that makes it so special to its clients: its focus on people. “One of the things we tell new staff is that often when our carers or nurses go and see people, our visit is most exciting thing that happens in their day,” Chris says. “You may be there to do a job, whether it’s dressing a wound, vacuuming or making a bed, but the most important thing you do is care for the person while you’re there. “We’re very particular about saying you’re there to connect with the person. You’re there to make their life better. So we tell them to get their tasks done, but when they leave we want the clients feeling that our staff were there for them, not for the task.” PL

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T he beat goes on

Keeping your ticker in tip top shape should be everybody’s priority - the stats aren’t in our favour. By NORMAN BURNS Images HEART FOUNDATION WA, CRIB CREATIVE

VALENTINE’S DAY IS traditionally when matters of the heart - even for the most avowed non-romantic - come into focus. But Cupid’s arrows aside, there’s a more pressing reason for thinking year-round about your heart - and keeping it (and by default you) healthy. The sobering facts, as provided by the Heart Foundation, are thus: heart disease is the leading single cause of death in Western Australia. One in every seven deaths in 2013 was as a result of heart disease (1,799 deaths as a result of heart disease from total deaths of 13,414). Cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounted for 28% of all deaths in Western Australia in 2013. Based on the 2011/2012 ABS Australian Health Survey, around one in seven people in Western Australia are affected by cardiovascular disease. More than one in five


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people in Western Australia have high blood pressure. More than a third of Western Australians have high cholesterol. More than a third of Western Australians are overweight with results significantly higher for males than females. More than one in four people in Western Australia are obese with results higher for males than females. And, in a big myth buster, heart disease kills three times more women than breast cancer. The great news is though, with even a minimum of effort, you can do something about this. All it takes is to be able to put one foot in front of another. A Heart Foundation Walking Group will not only get you out and active, it’s a great way to meet new friends and maintain an active social life - another key factor in keeping mentally and physically healthy. Says the Heart Foundation’s WA

Cardiovascular Health Director Peter Shilton: “Walkers tell us they love the connection with their local community that a Heart Foundation Walking group provides. It also helps people to stay committed, knowing their group is waiting for them.” Peter says the simple act of walking for 30 minutes a day or more can cut your risk of cardiovascular disease by as much as half. “It’s easier to be active than you think. A brisk walk for at least 30 minutes five times a week will keep you healthy, and it doesn’t have to be 30 minutes all at once - three bursts of 10 minutes are just as good,” he says. One local council right behind the Heart Foundation’s message is the Town of Victoria Park, which runs Walking Groups through its Active Life program. The Active Life program aims to provide residents with free or low-cost

HEARTFELT Making your heart healthier could be as simple as a 30 minute walk every day.

physical activity programs to encourage participation and inclusion among people who wouldn’t ordinarily participate in traditional fitness activities (e.g. the gym, or group fitness classes). The walking groups are free to join (all you need to do is fill out a registration form); and if the times don’t suit, you can always become a walk organiser and start your own group. PL For more information on Heart Foundation Walking Groups call 1300 362 787 or visit For information on the Town of Victoria Park’s Active Life program and its walking groups, call 9373 5454. Heart Foundation Walking is funded nationally by the Medibank Community Fund and the ACT Government through ACT Health.

HEART OF THE MATTER THE HEART FOUNDATION has a great way for people to wear their heart on their sleeve - and at the same time raise money to help fight the nation’s biggest killer - heart disease. From January 29 until February 16 - yep, perfect timing for Valentine’s Day - the foundation’s Lock in the Love installation will be on display in Murray Street Mall. You can’t miss it it’s the one with the giant red heart. Visitors can buy a padlock with a heart-shaped tag - write a message of love, support or remembrance - and

lock it on. Share a photo on social media with #lockinthelove and your message will go out for all to see. “Lovers worldwide declare their commitment by locking padlocks onto bridges - now you can do the same and support heart health in Australia,” says Heart Foundation WA fundraising director Wendy Mathews. “Heart disease remains the single-biggest killer of Australian men and women and the Heart Foundation is working hard to change this.” PL For more information, visit

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Hats I do love a hat or two, especially wearing one after the show when my wig has wreaked havoc with my hair. My make-up and wig take about 25 minutes to do each performance, and we all do our own. I got the Disney cap in Korea when I was performing Cats there, and the other one on one of my many airport visits.

T2 tea I love tea - it’s another of my little treats. I sit down in between performances and have some me time. I’m really enjoying T2’s Melbourne breakfast tea at the moment. I’m from Melbourne, and both my parents are performers too. In fact my mother played the same part as me 20 years ago which is kind of nice.

Perfume I absolutely love the smells of these perfumes, and love the fact that smells can evoke a memory in people. I like the idea that the perfumes I wear will make people think of me. Also after a hot and sweaty performance, it’s nice to be able to give myself a spritz of something lovely.

Arbonne products Because of all the make-up I put on every performance I have developed a face care ritual to look after my skin. I absolutely love the Arbonne products - they’re all natural and use botanical ingredients; a real treat for my skin.

Dominique Hamilton


FOR THE PAST year and a half, Dominique Hamilton has followed in her mother’s footsteps, taking on the role of Rumpleteazer in Cats. Her mother Laura performed in the original Australian production 29 years ago so it seems only fitting that Dominique dons the makeup and furry paws in the same part. Prior to joining Cats, Dominique played the title role in the children’s production Dora the Explorer LIVE! Search for the City of Lost Toys in countries all over the world including Egypt, Ireland, Spain and in London’s West End. Here she shares her favourite things, from perfume to tea. Cats the Musical, Crown Theatre, from April 16 to May 6. Visit


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Zumba gear Just like my mum, I’m a zumba instructor so I love having zumba things around which remind me of my zumba family. I take my mum’s classes when I can.

Headphones and speaker Of course I absolutely love music and I’m listening to a lot of shows on Broadway at the moment to inspire me. I also really like supporting new local music so just jump onto Spotify and listen to new Aussie artists when I can. Whenever I have downtime I make sure I go and see as much live music as possible too.

M.A.C lipsticks At the moment I’m loving having a really nice bold lip colour. When you put it on after a show it can really bring something extra special to your day. And because I travel so much, I make sure I stock up via duty free on all my favourite colours. I love M.A.C’s Heroine at the moment - a really rich purple.

Smoothie maker and recipes I don’t go anywhere without my Nutri-ninja. I make smoothies for myself morning and night, and can also make dips on the run. I’m loving a green smoothie at the moment full of good stuff like kale, spinach, spirulina, apple and coconut

Candy, spray and vitamins This is one of my recovery packs, which helps me keep going after a show. The painaway spray is a really useful anti-inflammatory that helps soothe my muscles. Aches and pains tend to get worse the longer the show runs but we’re lucky to have a great touring physio who comes with us. It’s all manageable but a double show in a day makes me reach for this pack.

Crystals I like to carry these wherever I go to keep me grounded. I choose ones that I’m drawn to when I look for them in shops because I think that they represent what I need at the moment. For instance the rose quartz one is for love, and at the moment I’m wearing a bracelet while I perform in Cats that draws all negativity away from yourself. At the risk of sounding like a crazy hippy, you re-energise them during the new moon each month.

Flex band and fitness products This is another part of my post-show recovery. It helps me roll out my muscles and stops me tightening up.

Disney merchandise Anybody who knows me knows that I absolutely love Disney. Give me Disney or tea and I’ll be happy. In fact if Disney made a tea, that would be an ideal combination. I’ve been to Disneyland in Paris and was so overwhelmed (at the age of 22) when I saw Winnie the Pooh that I was nearly in tears.

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to health

Environmental Wellness Profiling is one good way to get in to tip top shape for the New Year, but what exactly is it? Beverly Ligman finds out.

LIKE MOST OF us, I’ve started this year with a fresh respect for my health and wellness.Yes, this year my body will be a temple . . . not an amusement park. So when I heard about the Environmental Cell Wellbeing Test my interest was piqued. I was keen to know exactly what testing some strands of my hair could tell me. According to Julia Douglas co-owner of wellness centre 5Glyde in Mosman Park the test can give you all of the information you need to clean up your act. “The Environmental Cell Wellbeing Test allows you to understand how your lifestyle may be positively or negatively affecting your health,” she explains. “Your environment controls up to 98 per cent of the body's normal day to day functions.” Turns out our lifestyle choices, including toxins in our homes have an immense effect on our wellbeing. The test can detect deficiencies in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, overloads in toxins, as well as exposure to radiation, chemicals, parasites, bacterial infections and food sensitivities.


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All from a piece of your hair and it doesn’t hurt a bit. “The science-based technology reads the sine waves which resonate from your hair follicle like a microphone reads your voice,” Julia said. “It has taken German environmental genetics professors and doctors 10 years to develop this S-Drive technology that attaches to the computer. “We take four strands of hair including the follicle and place them on a device which reads the sine waves surrounding the hair. “It then transfers the resonance information to the epigenetic indicator centre in Germany. The information is then decoded and returned back to us as a document for assessment within 15 minutes.” It's truly modern technology at its finest. And because the results are in real time the test allows you to actually understand what lifestyle changes you need to make right now to get your health back on track. “We’ve had so many positive responses from people having this done,” Julia added. “From the negative effects of household toxins such as mould spores to a heavy metal toxic overload in one client who had developed early stage breast cancer. “It can even be used by women who are trying to get pregnant to make sure their levels are optimal for pregnancy. “The benefits of having this done are priceless.” PL 5Glyde is currently the only wellness clinic in WA to have the Environmental Cell Wellbeing Test technology. It costs $250 per test. To make an appointment contact 9385 5665 or visit

HIGH TECH 5Glyde Co-Owner Julia Douglas and, top, the Environmental Cell Wellbeing Test uses strands of hair to test your health.


VIBRATIONS Elle Macpherson does it weekly and at 50+ look at her. By BEVERLY LIGMAN

IT SEEMS PRETTY simple. Do weight bearing exercises on a vibrating plate for 30 minutes, three times a week and you’ll end up looking like Elle. Where do I sign up? I’m hooked by my third class. The plate works your arms, legs, bum and core and it’s seriously one of the most fun workouts I’ve ever done. What I also love about Power Plate classes, in my case run by Angela Thorne, pictured above, at Empowered Body Training in Wembley, is that they’re done and dusted in half an hour. It seems unbelievable but the vibrations of the plates as you’re working out make the workout three times more effective. So its like you’ve just done 90 minutes at the gym, making it a brilliant workout for busy people on the go. “Power Plate gets results fast,” Angela says. The science behind Power Plate is that vibrations the plate produces transmit waves of energy throughout the body causing the muscles to contract in a natural stretch reflex 25 to 50 times per second. You’ll achieve a full body work-out in as little as 15 minutes. Do it three times per week and results can be seen in a third of the time compared to conventional exercises. PL If you’d like to try Power Plate contact Angela on 0478 002 202 or visit to sign up for a class.



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So you’re back at work already, but the promise of beach time still beckons as summer lingers on. Here’s a few pieces to take you from beach to bar and everywhere in between. Words & styling BEVERLY LIGMAN Images SHOT BY THOM.

Beach Babe Elle Cowboy Hat, $235

Melissa Odabash Amber White Sky Bandeau Dress, $276 OndadeMar leopard print triangle bikini, $295 St Tropez Tote, $155 all @ Boheme Luxe. Wittner Zoya T-Bar tan leather flats, $49.95 @ Wesley Quarter.

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Macgraw Dreamer Skirt, $465 Prism silver flats, $189 Carly Paiker Gold Star Cuff, $55 and Spike Cuff, $160 all @ Peachy Toucan Clutch, $75 @ Clover Accessories.

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sparkle FACTOR

When love is in the air, which wines can help pull Cupid’s bow? Australia’s quiver is full of delightful drops and your aim is true with any of these at your side. By ROB GEDDES.


BIRD IN HAND JOY 2007 $67.99 This ode to joy offers classical complexity, thunderous intensity, one sip and your gone to a higher place. Toast and honey complexity on the nose. A creamy rich palate, with a complex lees creamy richness. Brioche buns and candied peel flavours with lovely fruit length and complexity. A very pretty, food-friendly wine made by one Australia’s first Masters of Wine who is very much the conductor.



CLOVER HILL 2010 BRUT ROSÉ $55 Rosé means more than colour. The wine style is a little sweeter, has more slippery sip-ability and as well as bearing the colour of romance with Mills and Boon bruised rose petals. Here, winemaker Robert Haywood pulls out all stops in the Australian armoury. Mature, smoky, toasty savoury aromas of red fruits, smoked salmon and rhubarb stalks. The palate has drive and energy. It is refined, with a sensuous texture, lovely balance and length of florals, glace raspberry and red cherry fruits in a harmonious long flavour.

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CROSER 2002 LATE DISGORGED $55 Andrew Hardy makes this wine and, as a sixth generation Hardy he is a winemaker who knows a thing or two about drinks and drinking, neatly wrapping it all up in this very evocative wine. It has bold flavours; fresh baguette, Nutella on toast, and wild honey aromas wrapped like spaghetti on a spoon of the mineral chalk white clays of a cold winter's day. The palate has the richness of bottle age, textured, yeasty and bone dry flickering malt, honey, yeasty, oyster shell with a salty acid end before the long lees viscosity clings to your mouth. A sip goes a long way here.





Tasmania is fizzing on the tip of everyone’s tongue at the moment. Here, Fran Austin who worked on Arras for some years, is sidling up to hubby to make immaculate wines that sing of shared passion and competence.Very refined and classy aromas of white fruit and subtle strawberry with fresh bread, croissant and brioche yeast complexity. In the mouth, fine and long with a complexity that is detailed and poised in yeasty mid palate flavours with fresh acidity wrapping the fruit on the finish.

Mike Symons’ father was the first Australian to sign the membership ledger at the Royal Society in London. The first person to sign said book was Sir Isaac Newton. The talent hasn’t fallen far from the tree and this chap delivers quality in pinot noir and chardonnay as well as sparkling. Creamy white fruits with a polished seamless complexity in the aroma the palate is very citrusy chardonnay. White fruits up front, good structure, a yoghurt ball of lees in the middle palate and a crisp finish. Not bad to drink and could be aged 18 months to soften the edges.


MOORILLA ESTATE 2010 MUSE EXTRA BRUT ROSE $49 Moorilla winery in Hobart is within the magnificent Museum of New and Old Art. They make an art of their wines and the labels are worth a second glance, with the Tasmanian dance company adding figurative form to the black and white layout. A rose petal, strawberry, fruit tingles note in an overall very fine fragrance. The palate starts fresh strawberry, creamy yoghurt elements up front, strawberry middle and backed by the lemony acidity driving the finish. It’s a sommeliers’ style of the sparkling wine.









Aussie to the core, traditionalist and true blue, sparkling shiraz is the fizz to focus on and, wow, does this do just that with its complexity and drive with rose petal, white pepper, and saddle leather aromas. In the mouth there's initially spice, then floral top notes of violets with the black pepper and fresh raspberry, and creaming soda fruit sitting very pretty in the middle palate. Then the pepper does a round trip to return on the finish. A beautiful balance of vibrancy with some maturation fruits coming through.

If Pan playing the flute of love suits your personal style, then the statue of the little faun as a naked little boy playing pipes on the Brookland Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2012 label might offer the inspiration. This is a complex and powerful wine with yellow peach, nougat and flinty details to the perfumes. In the mouth, almost toffee oak, layers of stone fruit, fresh fruit and oak, remaining very fresh on the finish despite considerable concentration. This wine has the wow factor, versatile with food and you can almost hear the pan pipes playing by the end of the bottle.

Stuck for choice on a mega wine list? Well, the inside running on wines sales is that Sauvignon Blanc is Australia’s biggest selling bottled white wine. The team at Howard Park are not scared to innovate and this is a form of “super sauvignon blanc”, thanks to careful oak maturation. Wild ferment smoky yeasty notes oak in the nose in a complete mood change to the usual fresh light-limbed sauvignon aromas. The effect is vibrant, not varietal complex, textured, fullbodied yellow peaches and hints of lychee and coconut confectionary. The flavours are driven by the winemaker complexity and needs time to become full and complex. If you’re a geeky sauvignon drinker, this needs food and makes for conversations.

The 2009 vintage is a “universe of roundness, richness and delicacy”; after all, this is champagne talking. This is a great wine to discover the sometimes tart style of Blanc de Blanc, meaning literally white wine from white grapes, which means chardonnay. This is a cracker, as it has an intensity and balance between light-bodied, long-fruit flavours and integrated acidity. Aromas of sea spray, salted cashew, and slight Bovril yeasty notes to the fresh pear fruit aromas. The finesse is exceptional. A lovely long line of flavour with round fruit texture and sophisticated acidity that holds the wine refined and long in the mouth. Mail order from Burch Family Wines.

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meet the brewer


Ross Terlick chucked in his job as a plumber to take up an altogether more tasty career - head brewer at Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery in Margaret River. Images ELEMENTS MARGARET RIVER

PL When, where, and how did you become a brewer? Ross Terlick I almost fell into brewing by accident. I’m a plumber by trade and did the usual Aussie thing of moving to the UK for a couple of years on a working holiday, while there I worked in bars and really enjoyed my time doing it. On my return to Australia I decided to move from Perth down to Busselton. The plumbing I had


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done was fairly specialised so I had a hard time finding work and ended up taking a job pouring beer at Cowaramup Brewing Company. While there, my passion for good beer grew as I moved up the ranks and I finally managed to get into the brewery by helping out the brewer there with cleaning kegs and the many other menial jobs that crop up in a working brewery. I got to know the other brewers in the region and when an assistant brewer’s job opened up here at Cheeky Monkey I jumped across. Twelve months later, the head brewer moved on to a new position and I was promoted up. PL What’s the difference between brewing in a boutique brewery compared to a major brewery? RT Bit of a hard one to answer as I have only worked in smaller craft breweries. A few years ago I believe the biggest difference would have been quality control. However, beer has developed so much in WA now that quality control is on the top of our lists as well. The beer drinking public

has become much more educated and is much better at identifying faults in beer. We have also got to the stage where we can shrug off inconsistency across batches because we are “craft”. So to cut a long story short, I don’t think there is that much of a difference anymore. PL What are the most significant changes to the beer industry in WA in recent years in your opinion? RT Quality. All the breweries in WA are producing quality beers now so if your product is not up to scratch, you will go out of business pretty quick as there are a lot of other great breweries out there now. Also the market share that we are getting has increased greatly as well. People are no longer just drinking beer to get drunk or choosing their beer because it is what their dad drank. Beer is starting to shed its image as just being for blokes after a long hard day’s work (although I certainly look forward to one at that stage). It’s starting to make its way back onto dinner tables and

restaurants and bars are putting as much thought into their beer list as they do their wine list. We still have a long way to go, but things are moving in the right direction. PL What’s the best beer you have brewed? RT The next one. PL What is your personal favourite style and therefore what do you always have in your fridge at home? RT Another difficult one ... I don’t really have a favourite style but what I love about beer is that there are so many different styles that will suit different situations. For instance, I have a few different styles of beer in my fridge at present, and that’s always changing. My tastes are changing over time as well. The style I first became obsessed with, as it was for so many beer geeks, was IPA and I do find myself returning to that pretty consistently. PL Name your favourite six pack that’s available to the public. RT Cheeky Monkey Old Reliable Pale Ale. If it’s not mine, then probably Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – just an absolute classic. PL What is the best beer and food match you have experienced? RT Imperial stout and the stinkiest blue cheese you can get your hands on! Or IPA and vanilla ice cream go really well together.

CHEEKY CHAP Ross Terlick, head brewer at Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery.

PL What beer do you have with your favourite meal? RT I’m a big fan of spicy Thai dishes and generally like to wash them down with a nice crisp Pilsner. Great beer for cleansing the palette. PL Visit for opening hours and the full range of beers and ciders.

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PRIMOsport wrap

SUMMER of SPORT There's something for every kind of sports fan this summer. By NORMAN BURNS



Could a new strip make all the difference to the Western Force’s season this year?

THEY SAY CLOTHES maketh the man . . . so WA’s elite rugby side the Western Force will be looking to get an extra boost from their new, hi-tech playing strip for the new season. Manufacturer BLK’s jersey features ultra-tough, lightweight Exotek fabric and has been designed with input from Force


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BOK TO THE FUTURE: Former Springbok and new Force recruit Peter Grant models the new playing strip.

players, including captain Matt Hodgson. The design features the black swan back on the front of the shirt, which has a goldcoloured trim representing the traditional Western Australian state colours. “It’s an honour to pull on a Force jersey at any occasion, but this jersey is particularly exciting,” Hodgson told the Force website.

“As performance wear, it’s very much at the cutting edge. In recent years the jersey has evolved from a top that simply determined which team you were playing for to a garment that can make a significant contribution to the performance of an athlete.” The Force enters its 11th season in Super Rugby recharged and refocused after “winning” an unwanted prize last year - the Wooden Spoon for finishing bottom of the 15-strong competition. The loss of Hodgson early on in the season to a hamstring injury didn’t help the cause either. Indeed, in 10 years in Super Rugby, the Force is yet to make the play-offs - but that could well change in 2016. A warts-and-all post-season review has resulted in the Force vowing to bring a new brand of fast flowing, expansive rugby to the table. “It was a disappointing season but the boys have put that behind us; coaches, players, everyone came together to focus on how we want to play this year,” said Force centre Kyle Godwin. “Last year we weren’t playing with enough width, so that’s something we are implementing this year.We forget who we wanted to play for last year - we kind of lost that team culture. We’ve had a huge group effort to work on the things we want to put behind us.” Said head coach Michael Foley: “While physicality will remain key to winning the contests for possession, we will be

DRIVE FOR SHOW, PUTT FOR DOUGH looking to play with greater speed and ball movement in 2016.’’ The Force has also brought new talent into the squad, notably former Springbok five-eighth Peter Grant, who has a wealth of Super Rugby experience (104 matches for the Stormers), plus stints in French Top 14 and Japan. “I’m really excited to be in Perth; I love attacking, flowing type of rugby - I’m not the fastest guy on the park but hopefully I can move the ball around quickly,” said 31-year-old Grant. And Super Rugby in 2016 is a whole new ball game; teams have been added from Japan (the Sunwolves), Argentina (Los Jaguares) and a sixth South African franchise, the Southern Kings. The 18 teams are now split into four conferences; the Force, naturally, is in the Australian conference against rivals Queensland Reds, NSW Waratahs, the Brumbies, and the Melbourne Rebels, but will face games against NZ and South African rivals, plus the Sunwolves (which is in one of two South African conferences). Winners of the four conferences, plus the next three-highest ranked Australasian sides and the next highest-ranked South African team will contest the finals, with the decider set for August 6. The Force kicks off its Super Rugby campaign on February 27 at nib Stadium against the Melbourne Rebels. For more information, visit western

The Perth International golf tournament in February is set to attract the sport’s big hitters, all chasing an impressive prize pot. IT’S NO SURPRISE the Perth International golf tournament, which starts on February 25 at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, is a hit with the world’s best players, says local professional Brett Rumford. “It’s got a lot of credibility on the golfing circuit; whereas players see some tournaments as “one-off ” events, for a variety of reasons, Perth is one where they love returning - and it showcases one of the best courses in Australia, Lake Karrinyup,” says Brett, who has won five European Tour titles, and will tee up in the event for the fourth time. “It’s a great promotion for Perth and WA.” For the first time, the International will be tri-sanctioned by the three main pro tours the Asian, Australasian and European circuits. The tournament had yet to announce its full line-up at the time of going to press, but 2010 British Open champion, and 2015 runner-up at the US Open Louis Oosthuizen has confirmed he will start for his first-ever Tour event in Australia. The shift in the tournament’s timing, from October to the start of the pro season, will also be a boost says Brett, with players hungry to gain ranking points - and prize money - early in the year. Brett says Lake Karrinyup, with its

immaculate, fast greens and slick fairways, is a course that rewards players who naturally shape their shots right-to-left. “That’s a huge advantage; if you’re playing well you will get rewarded because the greens are so pure; but if you are not playing well and are trying to make a score it can be very difficult,” says the 38-yearold, who splits his time between Perth and London during the season. Perth’s normally hot (and windy) February weather also will add to the challenge. “Guys deal with it (the heat); we travel the world in all kinds of conditions but these days there is so much work done off the course, with hydration and diet; it’s the guys that don’t hydrate or take the right dietary supplements that will suffer.” Brett will, naturally, be hoping to make it through to the fourth day and be in contention for the prestigious trophy and the lion’s share of $1.75 million in prize money. “This is a sport where you literally have to take it one shot at time and control the controllables. The key around Lake Karrinyup is patience.” The Perth International will be held from February 25-28 at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.Visit for more Continued over/... information. summer 2016 | PRIMOLIFE


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IS FOR AQUA A taster of what you'll see in Rio later this year is available right on our doorstep. ALL EYES IN world swimming will be on Rio in August when the Brazilian city hosts the Olympic Games. But swimming fans can get a preview of what’s to come and spot some of the sport’s current and rising stars - at HBF Stadium in Mt Claremont in February when the Australian Dolphins take on Japan and China in the Perth Aquatic

Swimmer of the Year. Throssell, 19, who swims for the Perth City club, is thrilled to have the chance to compete for her country before a big crowd in her home town. “For the past few years I have watched the Perth Aquatic Super Series from the stands and I am so proud to have been

selected for the 2016 team. To compete with a home crowd watching is going to be incredible and I cannot wait to race,’’ she said. Also in the Dolphins line-up will be Pan Pac champion and Kazan 100m freestyle silver medallist Cam McEvoy and 1,500m gun Mack Horton. Said Dolphins head coach Jacco Verhaeren: “Next year is the most important year on the swimming calendar for us, so starting it early with the Perth Aquatic Super Series in February will form a fantastic platform for the team’s preparation and understanding of team process and routines.” The Perth Aquatic Super Series, February 5 and 6.Visit

Super Series. The series will pit FINA world champions such as Emily Seebohm, Bronte Campbell and Mitch Larkin against the best from Asia in a thrilling two-night, actionpacked meet as the countries compete for $90,000 in prize money. There’ll be a host of rising stars, too; none more so than Perth teenager Brianna Throssell. The 19-year-old had blitzed the 2015 state championships in January, breaking numerous records on her way to an incredible 10 titles. She later represented Australia at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, bringing home seven bronze medals - including individual medals in the 200m freestyle and 100m and 200m butterfly Picked for the senior national side, Throssell was then just pipped for bronze in the 200m butterfly at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. No wonder then she was crowned WA


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BY THE NUMBERS 2002 introduction of an electronic timing system for the swim 1991 February 23, the Rottnest Channel Swim is reinstated as an annual event after a break of 35 years; temperature that day reaches a Perth record 46.2C 80 age of Dieter Loeliger, the oldest male to complete the crossing (2013) 14:08.05 time in hours/minutes/seconds of first male double crossing (Peter Tanham, 1991) 12.42 age (years/days) of the youngest ever competitor (Chhavimadan, 1995) 9:35 time in hours/minutes of the first female crossing (Lesley Meaney, 1969) 4.00:15 time in hours/seconds of the fastest crossing by a male (Mark Saliba, 2000)

DEEP AND MEANINGFUL Since its revival in the early 1990s the 19.7km Rottnest Channel swim has been going from strength to strength Q: What has 9,200 arms and legs and swims? A: The 2,300 hardy, fit and focused individuals who will be suiting up for the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim on February 27. The 2016 swim will be a far cry from the first organised race (1956) when just seven swimmers took part, of which four completed the journey. The inaugural race was inspired by Gerd von Dincklage-Schulenberg’s solo swim on January 24, 1956, when he became the first person to complete the channel crossing, taking 9 hours and 45 gruelling minutes to do so. This year, 2,300 swimmers are expected to take part in the 19.7km open water crossing, with an elite group setting off from Cottesloe Beach at 5.45am for the launch of the Champions of the Channel event - a race within a race. Solo swimmers will set off from 6am, with the duos and teams to follow. Registrations/qualifications for all categories have closed, but Cottesloe Beach will provide spectators with a great vantage point (that is, if you aren’t on one of the more than 900 boats expected out on the water along the course). PL For more details, visit

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essentially one every year. It’s no surprise the revolving door of clubs coming and going saw the league lose fans following the dizzying heights of the 1990s. Out west, however, WA hoops followers have had no such problem. Amid an everchanging NBL landscape, the Perth Wildcats have been a rare and welcome constant. The league’s most successful franchise embarked on its quest for a 30th consecutive playoff appearance when the rejuvenated league launched in October. That finals streak is one of many reasons the WA club has remained at the pinnacle of the sport in Australia for so long. Savvy management, entertaining players, and the bravery to dip its toe into a national competition before most of its sporting cousins in the west rank as significant factors. “Basketball was the pre-eminent sport in Western Australia long before the AFL,” long-time Wildcats managing director Nick Marvin explains.“In the early 80s, there was just cricket and basketball (nationally). In 1982, when the Wildcats were established with some tremendous support from WA families like the Ellis family, it had good foundations. “Within a decade of its existence, it started to succeed on court, with the help of some great imports like Ricky Grace, James Crawford and Cal Bruton. Winning helped, and it (set up) well before the AFL even had a look into WA,’’ he says. “That was the game-changer that helped basketball become so successful in this state.” Even as the West Coast Eagles became

Want a taste of geniune sporting frenzy? Get down to the Perth Arena anytime the Perth Wildcats are playing in the National Basketball League. By CHRIS ROBINSON. Images COURTESY SUNDAY TIMES


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CHANGE IS AT the forefront of any sport. Players switch teams. Coaches get hired and fired. Clubs transform from also-rans to powerhouses – and vice versa. Team uniforms are updated faster than fans can keep up with. In a relatively short lifespan, professional basketball in Australia has undergone more change than most. A remarkable 35 clubs have either rebranded, merged, or become defunct since the NBL launched in 1979. That’s

an AFL powerhouse and the Fremantle Dockers added to the code’s domination, the Wildcats remained a strong fixture in the state’s sporting landscape. Children have been a big part of the reason why. As a largely non-contact and indoor game, basketball’s appeal to parents is obvious, making it the second-most played sport at junior level in Australia. Cleverly, the Wildcats have always been quick to tap into that market through comprehensive community engagement. Between the Cats and their sister club, the

Influential figures in WA basketball MIKE ELLIS The Ellis family pioneered the sport’s professional era in the west. At the forefront was Mike, the affable and energetic point guard who hoisted the Wildcats’ first trophy in 1990. His father Gordon coached Perth in 1983, while Mike’s brothers Glenn and Brett also had stints with the Cats. LUC LONGLEY The 218cm giant played two games with the Wildcats before heading to college at the University of New Mexico, where he caught the attention of various NBA teams. Longley started with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but fame and glory came soon after with the all-conquering Chicago Bulls at the back end of the Michael Jordan era. Longley won three NBA championship rings to emerge as Australia’s most successful international basketball story. RICKY GRACE ‘Amazing Grace’ sits atop the list of all-time greatest Wildcats. The Texan (pictured above) spent 15 years in Perth, winning four titles, six club MVP awards, and a lifetime’s supply of WA admirers. The floor general was quipped to be ‘fast enough to steal the hubcaps off a moving car’ before morphing into a savvy distributor later in his career.

WNBL’s Perth Lynx, players will visit 600 schools this season. That’s a whole heap of opportunities for young, aspiring athletes to meet their heroes. “We call it the defining moment,” Marvin says.“If you are to have a moment in a person’s life – especially when they’re quite young – and you introduce them to a brand, that can become a defining moment that can last forever. If we get to a child who is five, six, seven, eight, nine years old, and we give them a Perth Wildcats poster or a Perth Lynx cap or singlet, that can become that defining moment and they can become a fan forever. “Unless you make a mistake, they’re fans for life. Our job is to replicate that as often as we can. The more school visits you make, the more kids you meet, and the more fans you make.”

JACK BENDAT For almost a decade, the veteran businessman has played a vital role in helping the Wildcats remain the pre-eminent franchise in the NBL. Admired for his ruthless attitude to winning, Bendat’s backing has seen the club thrive, winning two championships and completing a successful move to Perth Arena. JAMES ENNIS It took just one season for ‘Ennis the Menace’ to become an all-time fan favourite in Perth. The high-flying forward could be relied on for at least one spectacular dunk per game, usually accompanied by an equally flamboyant celebration. Ennis is now with the NBA’s Miami Heat. Chris Robinson is PerthNow Sports Editor.

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FAST AND FURIOUS The Wildcats are building a reputation for providing audiences with blockbuster sports entertainment with some key signings this year.

The Wildcats’ strength in the WA market was this year exemplified by the acquisition of the Lynx – the state’s women’s side that was formerly the floundering West Coast Waves. With early wins and a marked increase in hype, on-court talent and game-day entertainment, it’s no wonder Perth’s management is excited about its latest project. “We can target a group of people we haven’t been able to target very well, and that’s females in Western Australia,” Marvin says. “I’ve got four daughters who have been to at least 50 Wildcats games. After going to just one Lynx game, two of them want


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to play basketball. They’ve never wanted to play basketball before, have never had much interest in the game. The impact this women’s team can make in the community is huge, and we’re very excited about what that might look like in 10 years’ time.” Unsurprisingly, many of the changes

the NBL has made since entrepreneur Larry Kestelman took over last winter have looked similar to the Wildcats’ blueprint. Should the league hit its targets – and early indications are promising – then it’s set to go a long way to restoring basketball in Australia to its former glory. PL.

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SISTER ACT Jessica and Katherine Kerr are the sisters behind a little porcine revolution thanks to their home delivery service for foodies, This Little Pig Went to Market. By GABI MILLS. FROM LITTLE ACORNS, big things grow, and as we all know, pigs love acorns. Perhaps that’s a bit of a leap to explaining the piggy-heavy references in Jessica and Katherine Kerr’s gourmet home delivery business - This Little Pig Went to Market but I’m sticking with it for now. The sisters themselves are knee-deep in piggy lore, peppering their emails and marketing material with references to these amicable beasts. “We already had the name in mind when we set up the business a couple of years ago,” says Katherine, 27, who found her way to this new venture via a career in multimedia and jewellery design. “We’re both big packaging nerds so it’s important that the experience of opening the package of goodies is all part of the vibe.”


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If you’re the lucky recipient of one of This Little Pig Went to Market’s goodies, you’ll understand what she means. The tagline says it all - ‘beautiful food for busy people’ - and boy, do they deliver (in both senses of the word). Brown boxes packed with local food treasures, like handmade sauces and salad dressings, and tasty gourmet meals which vary each week, from chicken pankocrumbed schnitzel on a beetroot, kale and quinoa salad or balsamic steaks with crunchy hassle back potatoes. Or how about free range chicken poached in an aromatic coconut milk broth, then shredded over a zesty slaw of mint, carrot, coriander, cabbage, fresh lime, chilli and finished with a sour/sweet nuoc cham dressing and crispy

fried shallots? Yes, we agree. “The idea is that our customers cook the meals we put together themselves, following our step-by-step, fool-proof guide that puts even the most anxious piglet at ease,” says Katherine. It’s the sisters’ quirky sense of humour which permeates through the whole gourmet dinner-in-a-box experience however, from the beautifully designed recipe cards on recycled paper, which do indeed allow even the most useless piglet concoct a perfectly delicious plate of food, to the cute pix the pair upload to Instagram of themselves with rosemary stuck up their noses. They’re strong supporters too of their own local network of artisan producers, encouraging their growing customer base

to experiment with unusual ingredients and combinations with each delivery, making food fun without leaving their homes. And, as it’s a family-run company, the customer service side of the business is super important to the girls. “We try to treat every customer as if it was our mum ringing up with a query,” says Katherine. All this homespun sweetness belies a steely determination to make their business a game-changer. “We did a lot of research, like how to keep products cold, and, in the early days, kept our deliveries very small, to just five or so family members. That first delivery took 14 hours to deliver five boxes,” says Katherine, laughing. “But the feedback we got after it was so encouraging, with people asking what we were delivering next week, and it’s just never stopped from that point onwards.” The sisters plan meals a month in advance and reflect in their deliveries what they enjoy eating themselves, as well as matching food to the seasons. “We grew up on a farm in Gidgeganup so have always wanted to do our best to support local food producers,” says Katherine. Customers receive two meals per week for two people, with deliveries on Saturdays and Wednesdays for $70 across an increasingly wide range of addresses in the Perth metro area. “We’ve just expanded our delivery zone to include Darlington, Hillarys, the Vines and Rockingham," Katherine says. It’s possible too to order special foodie packs, like the Grazing Herbivore, the Party WHOLESOME AND DELICIOUS Katherine and Jessica Kerr are intent on delivering the best locally sourced food to their customers, one piglet at a time.

Piglet Pack and the Pantry Pig Pack, all cleverly filling a gap for those who can’t face a supermarket expedition but don’t want to miss out on some tasty treats. With dietician Amelia Hanbury overseeing the nutrition and goodness side of things, customers can also be assured that


their order will do their bodies some good too as well as feeding the soul. “Amelia is what This Little Pig likes to call a Nutrition Nerd,” says Katherine. “Passionate about fresh, healthy and locally-sourced food you can ask Amelia anything. She has reined in the salt, reduced the saturated fat and added sugar and increased the amount of vegetables, fun and love in all of our beautifully packaged meals.” Visit their website for more insights into the Little Pig world - there’s a fun blog which allows the girls to communicate their views, thoughts and dreams directly to customers, as well as recipe ideas and foodie inspiration. Order a couple of meals from the girls, and you’ll find that it’s the perfect way to dine out, without actually going out. In short, you’ll be a pig in clover. PL

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FIRE STARTER From humble beginnings in a tiny, crowded home in Lima, Los Angeles-based chef Ricardo Zarate known as the “godfather of Peruvian cooking” - is blazing a trail to bring the dazzling, eclectic dishes of his South American homeland to the world. By NORMAN BURNS. Images courtesy ED ANDERSON, HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT.

THEY SAY IF you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen. An apt metaphor if there ever was one for the cut-throat world of cookbook publishing. Around 25,000 titles are produced internationally each year, so to catch the eye of the book-buying foodie (and, more importantly, convince them to part with their hard-earned) it takes something special. A great cookbook doesn’t necessarily have to be solely about the food. It can open your eyes to literally a whole


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new world - like the beautiful new The Fire of Peru, by Los Angeles-based restauranteur Ricardo Zarate. I thought (wrongly) that Peruvian food would be the poor cousin of (good) Mexican, the Spanish influence and all that. I certainly wasn’t expecting a dazzling multi-cultural taste extravaganza that draws from native Peruvian Indian, Inca, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, even African influences and more. Flick through The Fire of Peru’s 275 pages and you’ll find a truly eclectic collection of lushly photographed mouth-watering dishes from Sweet-and-Sour Salmon Sashimi-Style with Orange-Miso Sauce, Andean Stuffed Potato Croquettes, Grilled Butterfly Shrimp with Yuzu Kosho-Aji Sauce (aji is a chile

pepper - the book is not called The Fire of Peru for nothing), to the truly wonderfullooking-to-this-carnivore lomo salt ado, or Peruvian Beef Stir Fry. Ricardo says although some compare Peruvian food to modern “fusion” cooking, that’s not really the case. “Fusion cuisine is a modern concept. It centres on the idea of intentionally layering unexpected flavours and textures together and often happens in a sophisticated dining setting,’’ he says in the book. “Peruvian cooking is the opposite - it is very humble, honest cooking. The flavour combinations are sophisticated, yes. But they are also rooted in long-standing traditions, the result of dozens of cultures’ cooking styles and ingredients merging together over many years. “I often refer to the food of my homeland as one big estafado, or stew, that has been simmering for 500 years and is finally ready to serve. It is Peruvian cuisine’s finest hour.” The Spanish influence in Peru, of course, is massive; as Ricardo points out, not only did the Spanish take back incredible new flavours and produce from Peru and other

South American countries, but they also brought with them ingredients such as olive oil, cheese, garlic and ‘exotic’ spices from Asia. In the early 1800s, Peru opened its doors to immigrants; people from Japan, Germany, Italy, Africa and the Middle East arrived, expanding further the culinary horizons. A pivotal point though was the abolition of slavery in the 1850s and labourers from southern China were brought into fill the void. Once they’d completed their contracts, the Chinese immigrants settled in Peru, many setting up their own businesses. “Until recently, el Chino de la esquina, literally the Chinese on the corner was slang for our neighbourhood grocery stores, often filled with ingredients like soy sauce and ginger,” says Ricardo. Thus, Peruvian cuisine took on an incredible dimension. But it was in the humble family home in Peru’s capital Lima that Ricardo, one of nine brothers and sisters (after his mother remarried, the household gained another four children) became enamoured with the world of cooking. “La cocina (the kitchen) was my favourite room in the house,” says Ricardo, who from a very early age (like all his siblings) was

expected to help out prepare meals. “When I was finally old enough to take care of the ‘dailies’ meaning do some of the produce and meat shopping, I would plan out a few of my own menus for the family for the week ahead. I was so proud I would carefully write them out on our refrigerator in my 10-year-old script.” Lima was a far cry from the cosmopolitan city it is today. Times were tough and the added threat from terror groups such as The Shining Path and Tupac Amaru added to the grind of life. (One day terrorists detonated a bomb beow his sister’s house; Ricardo and his sister narrowly escaped injury). With money tight, and such a big family, the Zarate family ran on a system of el favors; that is, as soon as you were old enough to earn money, you would give younger siblings a helping hand to find a job or cover schooling fees. Ricardo got the chance, through the el favors, to enrol in the city’s culinary institute and after graduating went to London’s Westminster Culinary College. From there, he worked his way up through London’s best Asian fusion and modern European restaurants before heading to Los Angeles to

bring to life the cuisine that came straight from the heart - Peruvian. Starting small with a lunch stand called Mo-Chica, word began to spread at Ricardo’s prowess at classic Peruvian dishes such as lomo salt ado (beef stir fry) and seco de cordero (a traditional lamb stew). Ricardo’s restaurants got bigger (Picca, a modern Peruvian cantina and Paiche, a Japanese izakaya-style Peruvian seafood restaurant), culminating in Suave Riko, where savvy LA diners feast on the delights of an open-fire Peruvian rotisserie. Says Ricardo: “The true fuego, or fire, behind each and every one of the dishes in this book comes from the Peruvian home cooks, including mi madre, who cooked the most amazing dishes long before I could even reach the stove.To them, we must say gracias.”  Perth seems awash with Mexican or TexMex themed food joints, but I am yet to track down one that flies the Peruvian flag. On the strength of Ricardo’s book though it is only a matter of time before the Lima connection starts getting momentum. For more information, visit Text excerpted from Fire of Peru, © 2015 by Ricardo Zarate. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.




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baking with sian by SIAN REDGRAVE



Sian Redgrave is joined by fellow Great Australian Bake Off contestant Nathan Taylor as she celebrates Valentine’s Day by making cheese and truffle-rich bread. Images by CRIB CREATIVE

YOU’RE EITHER A lover of Valentine's Day or the one who curses the Saint who brought the day into fruition. You’re also either the chocolate and flowers type or, in my case, the bread and cheese type. Don’t get me wrong chocolate is the almighty go-to for all of life’s ups and downs, but for me, bread is the way to my heart. Everything about bread calms and satisfies me, from the smell to the soft comforting texture that takes me back to playing with Playdoh when I was little. Baking your own bread is something that takes time, but once you begin will find it a fairly additive activity.


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The combination of rosemary (which holds a symbolic meaning of love since Aphrodite, goddess of love, was said to be born draped in it), decadent and earthy truffle oil and salty feta is seriously good. I luckily had the help of Nathan Taylor, fellow Bake Off contestant, when I was whipping up this loaf. It was our fuel for a very long day of baking during my trip home to Perth for Christmas. Our slaving away over a hot stove was all for a wonderful cause, a pop-up cake shop at the beautiful fashion boutique, Dilettante. In memory of my aunt Heather, all proceeds went to The Australian Cancer

Research Foundation. It was wonderful too that European Foods offered to donate all the ingredients; any excuse to visit their Northbridge store full of all of my favourite things.

Rosemary, Truffle and Feta Bread

600g flour 10g yeast 10g salt 480ml luke warm water 50ml of good quality extra virgin olive oil 3 large sprigs rosemary, roughly chopped 2 cloves of minced garlic 1 tbsp truffle oil

200g Soft feta like Persian or Danish Pepper & salt to taste You can either do this using a mixer with a dough hook attached or with your hands (I like to start with the mixer and then continue kneading with my hands). Place the flour, salt, water and yeast in

the mixer, starting on a low speed and working your way to high. Once the dough is smooth and elastic (around eight minutes) turn out on to a well-floured bench and knead for another 2 minutes In a well-oiled bowl, leave the dough to prove from around 30 minutes in a warm place, covered with oiled plastic wrap. The dough will double in size and be very light. Turn the dough out onto a wellfloured surface and gently knock out the air. Shape into a a rectangle and drizzle with olive oil and garlic. Scatter with rosemary and crumble over the feta. Season with salt and pepper Fold the rectangle in half so that all of the filling is enclosed and then stretch and twist to shape into a ring. Slit around the ring with a sharp knife to expose a little of the filling. Transfer to an oiled tray and cover again with oiled plastic wrap. Leave to prove for the second time, around 30 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes at 220 and drizzle with truffle oil. Serve with good quality salted butter or olive oil. PL

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GREENS Say ‘Palm Springs’ and you’ll think of glamorous Hollywood types taking a turn or two in a golf car. Gill Pringle discovers this mecca for A-listers still has star quality. Images courtesy PALM SPRINGS BUREAU OF TOURISM.

TAKE A TRIP back in time to a golden age of glamour. Since the 1920s, Palm Springs has served as Hollywood’s desert playground where celebrities indulged in a little extracurricular activity far away from the Los Angeles spotlight. The desert mecca also fitted neatly into the “two-hour rule” whereby actors under contract were required to remain within two hours from the studio in the event of last-minute film shoots. Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Cary Grant, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope, Liberace, Charlie Chaplin, Bing Crosby and even Albert Einstein owned homes in an area of Palm Springs dubbed the “movie colony”. And oh, how they partied! Marilyn Monroe and President John F Kennedy, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, Katharine Hepburn


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and Spencer Tracy, Elvis and Priscilla, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard ... But then the party stopped, and Palm Springs became more like a retirement community, silver-hairs teetering about the golf course, supping on endless buffet lunches. The studio system changed. The twohour rule became obsolete and, quite frankly, Las Vegas was more fun. Streets named after yesteryear’s stars Bob Hope Drive, Dinah Shore Drive and Frank Sinatra Drive did little to diminish Palm Springs’ reputation as an out-dated, forgotten resort town. But salvation came in the form of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Founded in 1989 by then mayor the late Sonny Bono, the sleepy city bloomed once more with rare exotic movie stars. Now in its 27th year, the first two weeks of January annually host an

GLAMOUROUS RETREAT Palm Springs has always attracted Hollywood's elite, but these days it's still the must-visit destination for the world's discerning travellers.

worthy cast of A-listers, 2016’s honorees including Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp and Michael Fassbender. Modern-day celebrities swooned over the bygone glamour and, just like that, the movie colony was back in business. Even Leonardo DiCaprio has snapped up Dinah Shore’s 1964 house in the Old Las Palmas neighbourhood for US$5.2 million. And when Leo isn’t in town, his fully-furnished, six-bedroom home with tennis court and heated pool and spa can be yours to rent at US$4,500-a-night at If anyone doubted that Palm Springs was back on the map, when Coachella Valley Music Festival launched in 1999 - located just 20 miles outside town - the party really got started. Invigorated by a burgeoning gay

community, Palm Springs has also become a destination for foodies, fashionistas, tennis fans and art lovers. Even Fodor’s, the leading name in travel recommendations for almost 80 years, has endorsed Palm Springs, featuring it in its 2016 list of 25 can’t-miss international destinations. If Palm Springs now embraces a new, hip crowd, its visitors continue to be drawn to the old-school glamour and the dark velvety corners of its rich history where marriage vows were broken and bars drunk dry. We stayed at Colony Palms Hotel (, a former speakeasy and brothel no less. Built in 1936 by Al Wertheimer, a member of the infamous Jewish mob of bootleggers and hijackers known as the Purple Gang, today the elegant Spanish-Moroccan themed resort is a Buddha-filled oasis filled with

purple flowering vines, fountains and hummingbirds. At its centre lies a pristine swimming pool surrounded by cabanas, misters and pool-side bar and restaurant. Named the Purple Palm in a nod to its former notoriety, Chef Cale Falk serves up an eclectic menu of Israeli cous cous, spicy skirt steaks, oysters, crispy squash blossoms and grilled shrimp. Dean Martin, Clark Gable and Frank Sinatra used to trade tales at the bar where recent visitors include Brad and Angelina, Anne Hathaway and Julia Roberts. Doubtless they quenched their thirst with a “Frank Sinatra special”, re-living the rat pack era beneath a circus-striped canopy where gossip will never be repeated by the discreet starch-shirted staff. Built on the edge of the movie colony summer 2016 | PRIMOLIFE



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and fringed by palm trees, as the name suggests, there’s something for every budget at this boutique two-storey resort, be it a studio, three-bedroom suite or private casita, ranging from US$200 - $1,900. With views across to the Jacinto Mountains, Colony Palms is a favourite for weddings and celebrations, where guests can pamper at the spa with a “Gentleman’s Facial”, “Palm Springs Peel” or hot lava shell treatments and reflexology. Redolent in intimacy and luxury, the cool adobe walls are built to keep secrets. Understated rooms are discreetly appointed with Italian linens, leather club chairs, down-filled duvets and white tiled showers big enough to wash a rugby team.

RELAXED VIBES Hotels like Colony Palms epitomise the Palm Springs character; understated and classically luxurious.


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There’s no shabby mini-bar here, instead, half bottles of top shelf tequilas and vodka set out alongside silver ice buckets, bringing to mind the behind-closed-doors adult activities upon which Colony Palms was founded. Palm Springs is alive and well. With thanks to Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism at

• February is Modernism Week in Palm Springs although its modernism every day of the year, courtesy of local historian Robert Imber who hosts his own highly personal architectural tour. From behind the wheel of his minibus, he points out well-known homes like Elvis and Priscilla’s “Honeymoon Hideaway” or Liberace’s de-glitzed estate. But his tour is priceless for his raunchy anecdotes, insider’s guide to hidden masterpieces and colourful stories about the architects, designers and builders who contributed to the city’s modernist legacy. While not the birthplace of modernism, Palm Springs certainly boasts a concentration of perfectly preserved and restored homes. Visit Palm Springs Modern Tours. and • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Climb aboard the world’s largest rotating tramcar and experience a breathtaking, ear-popping journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon. Depart on a 10-minute ride at the 800m Valley Station and rise to the Mountain Station at 2,600m high passing through five climatic zones along the way. Discover over 54 miles of hiking trails through a pristine wilderness when you reach the top. No matter how hot the desert below, its cold - often snowy - at the top so comfy shows and jackets are a necessity. Visit •

Simon Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel 150 South Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 One of Palm Springs’ newest hotels, the Hard Rock Hotel has cranked up the volume on dining with the addition of a new restaurant from celebrity chef Kerry Simon. Hailed as the Rock ‘n’ Roll chef by Rolling Stone Magazine, Simon is a natural fit for the brand, as the chef revered by celebrities and music legends including David Bowie, Matt Dillon and Debbie Harry. Executive chef Jeremy Saccardi offers a contemporary menu featuring bacon and baked

brie baguettes, caviar-covered “Devil’s Eggs” and lamb Gyro Tacos.

• Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort 1885 Golf Club Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264. With more than 150 golf courses in the region, Tahquitz is a public course offering the best value set within all the lush beauty associated with a private course. Many Palm Springs visitors come just for golf and this gem lies an easy 19-minute drive from the city. Offering two challenging championship courses, Golf Digest recently rated Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort as “One of the Best Places to Play”. • Circa 59 inside The Riviera Palm Springs 1600 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA Originally opened in 1959, hence the name of its iconic restaurant Circa 59, The Riviera enjoyed a US$70 million renovation in 2008 in what is now

dubbed as the “Hollywood Regency” style, mixing themes of past and present Americana with European influences. A classic Rat Pack hangout, the hotel was immortalised in the 1963 film Palm Springs Weekend, featuring Connie Stevens and Robert Conrad in a pool-side rendezvous. At its heart remains the sprawling flower-shaped pool where Lucille Ball, Raquel Welch and Marilyn Monroe once cavorted. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Circa 59 is a glamorous, yet approachable indoor/outdoor restaurant, which reinterprets classic cuisine, known for its quality seafood, premium cut meats and locally grown Coachella Valley produce. Circa 59 recently announced a Then & Now menu, featuring 60s dishes, alongside contemporary American favourites.

• Palm Springs Art Museum 101 North Museum Drive,

Palm Springs, CA 92262. Founded in 1938, the Palm Springs Art Museum is one of the city’s top-ranked attractions, showcasing a stunning art collection including works by Picasso, Van Gogh and Matisse. The museum has 28 galleries, five art storage vaults, two outdoor sculpture gardens and the 433-seat Annenberg Theater which hosts regular music, dance and theatre performances. The museum’s permanent collection of more than 55,000 objects features art of the Americas and 20th-century California. Frequent loans from the private collections of local philanthropists ensure the museum’s continuing artistic edge. PL

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ON THE TERRACE She’s a beautiful reminder of days gone by with a healthy dose of modern luxury - Matthew Mills kicks back for a short break to remember at The Terrace hotel in the heart of the CBD. THE QUEST FOR unique becomes more and more difficult as each day goes by. Big business and communication technology are expanding, snowballing, reaching out to every corner of the world, bringing their message of conformance and convenience with them.


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It’s not, of course, one of doom and gloom. There will always be times when we want to spy a logo we can trust, a familiar beacon telling us, say, that the car we’re about to hire won’t break down on us or that we’re going to recognise the special sauce in the burger were about to bite and like it. That’s the day to day, the hustle, the busy bits that get us where we need to go. But things get harder when you want the bookshop to be as beautiful as the book you want to buy, the restaurant to be about more than filling your stomach, the experience to be more than the practical result. In short, unique is becoming ... well, unique. Don’t, though, give up the hunt because it is still out there, under our noses, in the most unexpected of places. As proof of that particular pudding, let me offer you The Terrace Hotel. You won’t need much convincing. First impressions of this remarkable hotel draw on children’s storybooks and historic novels. Set smack bang in the middle of Perth’s

CBD, just a short walk from the Arena or the financial powerhouses that call the city’s skyscrapers home, this is a building from a bygone age. It could easily be an echo of old Perth, hiding in plain sight among the glimmer and shine of new millennium architecture, a ghost of days gone by. And yet it is its stark contrast to its illustrious surrounds that entices you to explore this entrancing hotel. We arrived on a late spring Saturday afternoon, carrying the baggage of a busy morning as parents along with our overnight case. Taking deep breaths, then, we wanted somewhere to escape to, somewhere otherworldly to live out a 24hour diversion from the norm. And as soon as we stepped into the quaint, petite reception, we knew we’d found it. The Terrace has been lovingly restored, keeping hold of its historic past while managing to still embrace the chic, slick developments of today. Friendly staff took us to our room, winding round twisting corridors to an elevator that wouldn’t look out of place carrying Bogart to his Casablancan room. We, however, were heading to a Terrace Suite – and as soon as the door was open we were convinced that unique was alive

and well in this corner of the CBD. A hotel suite can be one of two things. It’s either a place you stay to go somewhere else or it’s the reason you’re there in the first place. This was very much the latter. Our suite was unlike anywhere we’d been before. Stepping into the lounge area, it was obvious this was a place of style, a place for grown-ups, a place of class. An elegant chaise longue greeted us, along with stylish dark wood tables. Lavish artwork, complete with a hint of risqué Parisien chic, bedecked the walls. A central dividing wall held the television and music system, a parcel of high-tech by Apple cleverly blended into this room from another time. Beyond the partition was an expansive, beautiful, oh so comfortable king size bed overlooked by more coquettish artwork. Our breath was taken away by the suite itself, and the bathroom added to the effect. It was a boldly dark ablution haven, black tiles and a standalone bath beside an open shower hinting at a gentle hedonism. It was beautiful and the temptation to simply settle in for the duration was great –

but first the bar and restaurant called. While sipping a welcome G&T, we relaxed into the bar’s comfortable upholstery, drinking in the ambience of the space, a room of dark, sensuous corners sparking quiet conversations punctuated with contented laughter. Refreshed, we moved into the restaurant for lunch, opting for the simplicity of their $25 special, easily convinced by the chance

FAST FACTS Rates start at $299 for a deluxe room, $349 for a Heritage Room, $389 for a Terrace Suite (includes b’fast) and $539 for the Premier Suite (includes breakfast).

to feast on a sumptuous main with a glass of bubby for less than the price of a good bottle of wine. My wife went with the pulled pork sliders while I chowed down on the marinated beef salad – and we both felt perfectly sated when we retired back to the suite. A lazy afternoon followed, languishing in the luxury of our room, slowly getting ready for a light evening out, our

preparations nudged along by a lovely SSB. As evening arrived, we sauntered into the city, determined to find some more unique spaces to complement our weekend bolthole. The Flour Factory and the Print Hall duly obliged, two very different bars offering two very different but unique vibes, hosting us through a relaxed night of good friends, good wine and good conversation. The Flour Factory, a relatively new addition to our city, is a must to check out – a relaxed, hip venue that cares passionately about both its food and its drink while effortlessly holding onto its laid-back ambience – while the Print Hall seemed the natural place to hole up and continue our bygone-days theme. Another immaculately converted building from another time – this cavernous space once rocked to the mighty presses that brought The West Australian to the city each day – it seemed a good choice to complement our time at The Terrace. But soon the call of our suite was too great to resist and we headed back to our historic pied a terre – and that wonderful bed – to end the day with room service and a nightcap. The next day brought a breakfast on the sunny side of the street, courtesy once more of the hotel’s fantastic restaurant, and a pledge to come back soon to this unique piece of Perth’s burgeoning hotel scene. PL The Terrace Hotel, 237 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000.Tel: (08) 9214 4444. Visit summer 2016 | PRIMOLIFE



IS FOR QUALITY & QUANTITY The Audi Q7 is more than a match for a bigger than average brood, as Matthew Mills discovers.

A LOT CHANGED when Daisy arrived kicking and screaming one September morning twelve and a bit years ago. Mainly there was a big shift in the gender make-up of our family, a daughter to add to the three sons who peered quizzically at their mop-haired little sister as she slept in her hospital crib and an ally for her mother in a previously male-dominated household. I, of course, finally got the daddy’s girl I’d always wanted. It was a big day all round, then, with many a new dynamic – but among them was the thorny issue of transport. I had a company-issue sedan at the time and suddenly I was struck with the Chief Brody-type epiphany that, now we were six, I was gonna need a bigger boat. What followed, then, was years of looking for the perfect car to ferry our new plus-size brood around – a problem considerably compounded with the arrival of child five, Oli, four years later. It’s a dilemma many a large clan has faced. Once your total gets past five, the


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standard definition car just won’t do. Of course, if, like we do, you have two adults in your tribe and both have a Camry or somesuch, you can theoretically transport everyone at the same time. But as well as the heinous environmental effects taking two cars down to Maccas has on the world, there’s the thing that a family trip down south just isn’t as much fun if you’re split between two motors. So, once Daisy had pushed our number past the norm, my hunt for the perfect big family car began. A long-held love of motoring and a firm belief that a car should actually be more than simply something to get you from A to B, meant a quick dismissal of people carriers. MPVs are, I accept, immensely practical, but I can’t help but think they are the on-road equivalent of raising the white flag, that your dreams have surrendered to the drudge of the day to day. What followed then was a succession of big, workmanlike 4x4s, the kind with fold-up seats in the boot, a parade of loyal

beasts of burden that all fulfilled their job description but never quite ticked every box. It turns out, however, that I was looking in the wrong place. At last, I have finally found what could be the perfect car for those of us with bigger-than-average families – the Audi Q7. Just seeing it on the forecourt of the Perth Audi Centre instantly ticked the most important box – this is a big car. It sits proud and dominant, a giant of the road, easily spacious enough for a family the size of ours. And yet it also exudes the style that Audi has become known across the world for. Sleek lines, stylish alloy wheels and long, sweeping bonnet leading down to those four rings that make any motoring enthusiast’s heart beat faster. It’s a handsome car, the beauty for me being that, while I will always love a good 4x4, my heart, like so many other drivers nowadays, has been stolen by the SUV invasion – and the Q7 is very much an

SUV in the classic mold. I love that mix of power, off-road promise and versatility SUVs package up in a freeway-savvy chassis, their ambition to ensure comfort is always there alongside adventure. Inside, the Q7 is like navigating a luxury studio apartment. The driver’s space is a joy to be in, seemingly acres of arm room yet everything within easy reach. The chunky little gear stick sits proud in the main console above the electric handbrake and below the gadget control panel where you get to influence the GPS and entertainment screen that rises with style from the dashboard when you hit the keyless ignition start button. The front seat passenger too has comfort in spades, but it’s when you turn your head that you realise that this is a car that will keep the biggest of families happy. It seems to go back for miles. The rear seats are expansive and comfortable, easily roomy enough for my eldest sons, who, at 18 and 20 have now passed by own 180cm stature. But then comes what my family refers to as the ‘back back’, the boot area where the secret sixth and seventh seats hide away. With those seats down, the boot is massive, ready to take on every toy you need for your beach trip or weekend away. But the magic happens when you press the button to automatically raise the last line of furniture –

an opeartion that made our youngest gawk in amazement. Once raised, however, it wasn’t just him who could fit there – unlike most rear seats in a 7-seater, an adult could just about call them home too. Dimensions wise, then, the Q7 is perfect, but where I found myself touting it as best big car ever was when I first hit the gas. This is the car to aspire to if you refuse to park your love of driving just because you’ve got

a gang of sprogs at home. For such a big unit, it handles brilliantly and is oh so quick off the mark. The Perth Audi Centre had lent me the three-litre TDI Quattro Tiptronic and it just flew. The turbo diesel V6 engine creates power in abundance – 200kW between 3,250 and 4,250rpm, and 600Nm of torque from 1,500rpm to 3,000rpm – which converts into a startling take-off on the road. Despite weighing in at well over two tonnes, the Q7 can take you to 100km/h from a standing start in just 6.5 seconds. That’s a figure that’ll embarrass a lot of hot hatches. On the freeway, of course, it rules – cruising confidently with power to spare. But it once more belies its size around town, cornering well and nipping around like a compact half its size. A car so powerful, then, must also boast top notch safety systems – and the Q7 didn’t let us down. Eight airbags and a 360-degree camera (which magnifies objects in close proximity in a clever way that had the kids spellbound) come as standard, along with front and rear parking sensors and an auto-braking system. That, then, has to be the final testimony that puts the Q7 in line for the title of greatest family car around – perfect size, perfect drive, perfectly safe. Finally, I think I’ve found the drive my clan deserves. PL

Audi Q7, from $119,855 drive away for the Q7 3.0TDI 200kW Wagon and from $111,750 drive away for the Q7 3.0TDI 160kW Wagon (due February 2016). Audi Centre Perth 337 Harborne Street, Osborne Park Tel: (08) 9231 5888.

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QUIET ACHIEVER Volvo’s XC90 is the perfect antidote to the old-school dinosaurs of the road, says Matthew Mills.

THE REVOLUTION HAS been quiet, and in the most part bloodless, but the landscape is shifting and a new species is evolving to take the crown of king of the road. Forgive me the long allusion, but, like in the days after that big old meteorite changed the shape of things in the prehistoric swamps way back then, the demands of the modern motorist have had a Darwinian effect on the industry and sparked a tectonic shift in design. Today’s dinosaurs, I’d suggest, are the old-school sedans and station wagons, nods to days gone by, a shape from another era. And the motoring mammal which is stealthily replacing them, trading on the fact that they’re just that bit better designed for the new world, are, of course, the SUVs. The figures are stacking up in favour of the new breed. Mid-year VFACTS figures showed that SUV sales were up 13.4 per cent, while other variants all showed drops in popularity. Sure, the dinosaurs aren’t dead and buried quite yet – there’s still a fair few velociraptors hunting in packs to keep their cold-blooded end up – but it’s fair to say


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that many a lumbering brontosaurus has already been confined to fossil status as the nimble SUVs come down from the trees, intent on eventual domination. And it’s plain that day will come, with their design proving too tempting for the modern Australian motorist to ignore. The key attributes – comfort, strength, power, safety and style – mean more and more of us want to trade in our Commodore for something that’s not going to get stuck in three inches of sand. But, of course, with successful evolution comes diversity – and the SUV market is growing apace, with more and more of its kind rearing their heads every day. So what should you do to ensure your SUV is a proud jungle cat rather than a bigeyed marsupial that’s going to be on the first boat to extinction as soon as an overseas predator gets it in its sight? Well, you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve done some of the leg work for you and hunted down an SUV that’s going to be top of the food chain for a long time to come and is going to tick every one of your new-breed must-have boxes.

I give you the Volvo XC90. Yes, we’ve eschewed the obvious candidates and headed way past the Asian powerhouses back to Europe for our top candidate – and even when we’ve got there we’ve walked briskly past the Germans in our search for SUV perfection. And so we get to Sweden, and Volvo, a manufacturer steeped in tradition as a safe pair of motoring hands, who quietly and without too much fuss has turned out an SUV which has to be top of the heap in this dominant domain. The XC90, you see, has all of a typical Swede’s traditional good qualities – it’s attractive, easy on the eye, refined, friendly – but, like any good Stockholmer, there’s that underlying twinkle in its eye that when the party gets started they’re going to be there and be there hardcore. This confidence in its own skin derives, I’d say, from Volvo’s long history of car making excellence. They’re always had a knack for the perfect mix of safety and style – their homeland providing both the precarious conditions to necessitate looking at every

hold onto the key, its leather fob matching the wood and leather interior making it a status symbol on its own. Everything inside, then, is relaxed and stylish – which makes its handling on the road all the more exciting. The XC90 is big and powerful, it’s twolitre, eight-speed engine delivering 160kW of power at 4,250rpm and 470Nm of torque at 1,750-2,500rpm. That’s the kind of power that will get you from a standing start to 100km/h in 7.8 seconds – and sets its top speed at 260km/h. But, all that pizazz, of course, comes wrapped in Volvo’s legendary safety blanket, continuing the firm’s legacy of making cars that wrap their arms around you and your family.

The array of safety features is just incredible, but that list is crowned by the auto-brake at intersection feature, a startlingly clever bit of tech that will automatically stop the car should you turn across into oncoming traffic – one of the most common accident scenarios going. Thankfully, I didn’t need to test it during my stint, but the fact it is there simply adds to the XC90’s appeal. All in all then, this is a leader in the SUV world, a car that pulls on the history of a noble brand and infuses it with everything that is exciting and exhilarating about the world we live in today. This is motoring evolution at its peak. PL

Big, powerful and ready to rock and roll, sure, but boasting sleek lines that give it its exotic, Scandivian air.

damage-limitation option possible and the vibrant culture ensuring that it’s still packed into a car you want to be seen in. No surprise then,that the SUV market was one they went into early – the XC90 waiting for me on the tarmac at Barbagallo Volvo was the model’s latest incarnation of a model that first rolled out way back in 2002. And of course, it’s not their only SUV – the XC60’s also earned its motoring stripes – but the XC90 is the big daddy, and, for me, one of the best luxury SUVs around. It just looks so impressive. Big, powerful and ready to rock and roll, sure, but boasting sleek lines that give it its exotic, Scandivian air. Inside, it is sheer luxury, a cabin built around the 31cm driver digital display giving access to all the tricks the modern driver needs, from GPS to a frankly wonderful sound system, all accessible through iPad-like touch control. Nappa leather upholstery bedecks all seven roomy seats, and all the buttons and levers are finished beautifully in glistening chrome against stylish light wood panels. There’s keyless entry – but you’ll want to

Volvo XC90 range starts at $89,950. Matthew drove the XC90 D5 Inscription ($96,950). Barbagallo Volvo 1288 Albany Highway, Cannington Tel: 1300 856 406.

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Jack Black’s latest movie Goosebumps is the perfect role for this big kid at heart, says Gill Pringle. WHEN I VISIT Jack Black on the Atlanta set of Goosebumps, I find him playing hooky in a trailer with his admiring teenage co-stars. Whenever director Rob Letterman can’t find his young Goosebumps cast, he knows where to find them, Black having become the embodiment of an overgrown kid in much-loved movie School of Rock some 12 years ago. It’s a role Black willingly plays both on and off screen. At 46 years old, he remains a kid in an adult’s body, joyfully competing with his young co-stars in guitar heroics and watching basketball games. Penned by author RL Stine, Goosebumps is a series of children’s horror


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short stories beloved by world-wide middle-schoolers for the past two decades. Dubbed by the author as “scary books that are also funny”, he has published 62 books in the Goosebumps series, each tale placing a child character in a scary situation which they must overcome. Having sold more than 350 million books worldwide since 1992, Hollywood has long pondered how to tap into Stine’s publishing gold, finally arriving at the concept of casting Black as a fictionalised version of the author who finds himself haunted by his own scary characters who literally leap from the page, forcing him to hide from his own creepy creations. “I play a guy with a dark past and a brilliant mind, wrestling with his own demons - literally,” grins Black when he emerges from his trailer, holding aloft the sinister ventriloquist’s dummy Slappy whom he also voices in the movie. In Black’s hands, its hard to be scared by Slappy although he is the stuff of millions of children's nightmares.

The real RL Stine is a mysterious character, although Black spent time with him in preparation for the role. “I did meet Bob, as I’m allowed to call him, and I got his blessing. He’s a really nice, sweet guy with a good sense of humour. “I’m not really doing an impersonation of him. I’m just doing what I think is best for the piece. Obviously this isn’t autobiographical. I don’t have to get his persona down exactly, because none of this happened to him in reality. None of his creatures actually came to life . . . as far as I know,” he says, pausing dramatically as we chat in the library of an abandoned middle school used for the film. “So I took some liberty with the character. Bob himself couldn’t be any sweeter, but he’s a much darker creepier foreboding presence in our story so I brought an extra gravitas. He goes through some changes in the story as well as some personal growth.” In real life, Black is the father of boys Sammy, nine, and Thomas, seven, although

he’s unsure if either of his sons are ready for Goosebumps, preferring to expose them to his less scary persona, having spent the past ten years voicing bumbling panda Po in the animated Kung-Fu Panda movie trilogy. Ask him if he was afraid of ghosts growing up, and he grins. “I think I was more scared of girls. I never saw a ghost. Actually I would have loved to see a ghost. It’s on my bucket list. ‘Someday see a ghost’. It’s right behind, ‘someday seeing a UFO’. I’m more of a sci-fi guy.” Ever the class joker, he enjoyed messing around with a ouija board. “More as a kind of parlour trick,” he explains. “One time I invited a few of my friends for a ouija board experiment. I rigged the whole room with little invisible wires that I would pull to make it seem like spirits were in the room. That was my deal. “I was kind of a charlatan. I always wanted to make the other kids think that magic was real. I could have been a cult leader.” A veritable jokester, he confesses he’s easy to scare. “What scares me most are psychological dramas. Whenever there’s someone who’s not right in the brain, that’s when I get scared. Like in The Shining. It’s kind of a running joke in this movie that RL is angry he doesn’t get the same respect as Stephen King, so I probably shouldn’t be admitting that The Shining is one of my favourite

movies of all time.” Admittedly, it’s not difficult for him to continue to find his inner 14-year old. “I still feel like a kid, even though I’m a 46-year old man. But I still feel very boyish in my fascination with video games and the movies I’m drawn to. Like on the flight over here I was like, ‘what should I watch?’ I could watch that David Lynch film or maybe I’ll just watch Captain America. That’s not a man’s choice. But it was awfully good. “But you know what else? I cry a lot with movies. I don’t find it easy to cry in real life or on film, but I just burst into tears whenever I see heroism. Before the young, scrawny Captain America gets the serum to make him super, when he’s in boot camp and someone throws a fake grenade out and he jumps out of the way, a couple of tears squeezed out of my eyes. It’s very embarrassing.” PL Goosebumps is out now.

I was kind of a charlatan. I always wanted to make the other kids think that magic was real. I could have been a cult leader.

BLACK ARTS Jack Black is joined by a talented young cast, playing RL Stine, author of the popular Goosebumps series.

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ALL THE SINGLE LADIES Forget getting hitched - all the cool kids are staying single. Just ask stars of How to Be Single Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson. By GILL PRINGLE.


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BRIDGET JONES JUST wanted to find the perfect man. Even Carrie and her Sex and the City pals craved the couples life. But, just in time for Valentine's Day, Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson are here to tell us that being single is the new normal and to stop mooning around looking for a mate. Co-starring with Leslie Mann and Alison Brie in How to Be Single, the fabulous foursome offer differing views on happily ever after. “I think society and cultures are really changing and a woman is not seen as a strange lesbian feminist or something if she just wants to be independent,” Wilson tells me when we meet in Beverly Hills. “It’s much more normal for women to get out there and kick ass and do whatever

they want to do.” Which is precisely what Wilson’s done ever since her stand-out performance in Bridesmaids announced her arrival in Hollywood, leading to more prominent roles, starring as Fat Amy in the Pitch Perfect franchise and as a love-struck security guard in Night at the Museum: Secret of The Tomb. With a successful career in comedy, she’s recently bought her own house in Hollywood. Surrounded by friends, she is supremely confident in her singledom. “I really relate to the ideas of the film because I’ve been single most of my life and I think it’s a very positive message to get out there, especially on Valentine's Day when the film comes out, that its good to be an independent woman and go after what you want and have fun and not to feel like you need to be in a couple to be able to do that.” Growing up in the suburbs of Sydney with her brother Ryot and sisters Liberty and Annachi, she never felt the same dating pressure as her peers. “My sister Liberty, who’s married, has been in a long term relationship since she was 15. But I was always the opposite, where I think that if you’re single you can go after your own dreams more and achieve more. “I don’t know whether that’s really true, but that’s always how I’ve felt although, growing up, that wasn’t so popular at the time.“ She says its often hard for her to meet men because of the difference between her outrageous screen persona and who she really is. “You’d think that, ‘ooh if you become a movie star or something it would be easier. But I actually think it's way harder because you have people approaching you with objectives which may not be the best. Also people think you are how you are on

screen, and for someone like me, like in this film I’m pretty much an alcoholic party animal and me in real life is totally opposite to that. “I don’t really drink and I don’t know if I’ve even been to a club in real life. I like going to the movies and nice restaurants, but I’m not a club scene type of girl. But people see me in the films rocking out and they go, ‘oh Rebel!‘ and want to invite me to clubs and offer me drugs, but it's not my at all scene,” laughs Wilson, 36. She’s not about to test the waters of Tinder or any of the on-line dating websites. “I personally don’t like it. I think there’s an abundance of people lying or have all sorts of other weird things going on. One of my favourite TV shows is Catfish which fascinates me because people are still going online and looking for love and then still having major dramas.You just never know who these people are.” In real life, her co-star Dakota Johnson, 26 is also currently single although Leslie Mann,

44, has been married to comedy director Judd Apatow for 19 years and Alison Brie, 32, is engaged to actor Dave Franco. Now joined by Johnson - and her adorable Schnauzer dog who accompanies her everywhere - she says her dating life has changed dramatically since Fifty Shades of Grey was released. “It happened really quickly and I was very aware of the hype surrounding the movie and the fact that I was involved, put me into that. And the aftermath is that I

It’s much more normal for women to get out there and kick ass and do whatever they want to do. ~ REBEL WILSON.

went from being someone who was not known by anyone to being someone who's a part of this giant film.” With two more Fifty Shades movies lined up, she says the rollercoaster is not about to stop any time soon. “I stay home a lot and sometimes I get really paranoid about people taking my picture,” she says, adding, “I can count literally on one hand the number of times a man has spoken to me.” In How to Be Single, she plays a young woman who is eager to leave her steady relationship and explore life alone. “I definitely relate to what she’s going through in her life.” says Johnson. “I’ve gone through times where I feel like I have no idea of who I am or what I’m doing or even where my home is. I travel so much sometimes that I’m constantly staying at people’s houses and trying to figure out how to feel comfortable and she’s doing that in her own way as well.” PL How To Be Single is released on February 11.

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MONEY TALKS The Big Short takes the GFC and finds fun in the global financial fiasco. By GILL PRINGLE. CHRISTIAN BALE IS one of the most successful actors in Hollywood yet, admittedly, he hasn’t a clue how to invest his fortune. After meeting with Dr Michael Burry, one of the savviest financial investors in the US, whom he portrays in financial comedy The Big Short, I ask if he can pass along a few tips. “Don’t ask me!” he laughs. “I give it to my wife! She knows what to do with it, I don’t. She knows how to make great investments otherwise I wouldn’t be here. I truly believe that nobody is getting into acting thinking they are gonna make any cash. The odds are so against that happening. My wife has a business degree, and she’s great at everything I’m crap at,” says the actor who has been wed 15 years to makeup artist Sibi Blazic, with whom he has a ten-year-old daughter Emmaline and 18-month-old son Joseph. Co-starring with Ryan Gosling, Brad


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Pitt and Steve Carell, the superstar quartet play four outsiders who predicted the 2008 global financial crisis linked to the mortgage meltdown which sent stocks tumbling. If the numbers are hard to understand, then thankfully Margot Robbie and Selena Gomez are on hand to explain some of the trickier details. “I think it sorts the men from the boys,” muses Bale, 41, when we meet in Beverly Hills. “If you think you can actually make a very good film on the financial crisis, then you’ve already got something special going for you.You are gonna fail miserably or succeed wonderfully.” The real Dr Burry works the numbers in isolation, blasting heavy metal music on his headphones while keeping time on his desk with a handy pair of drumsticks. “I always fantasised about myself being a brilliant guitar player, however it remains just fantasy,” Bale notes. “But I

found a real passion for drumming which I found cathartic, in the same way Mike does. I destroyed the drumsticks on set, I demolished it! “They kept bringing thicker and thicker ones, thinking I couldn’t break those but I kept smashing them, sending them flying across the set. A couple of times I had to stop the take because it almost took out a crew member’s eye. They eventually started holding up shields for protection. It was a wonderful destructive afternoon.” To this end, Bale doesn’t actually share any scenes with his co-stars, although that didn’t perturb him. The solitude is something the Welshborn actor experienced from an early age after he caught his first break, aged 13, starring in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of The Sun. “It really started quickly at that point because I had to arrive at new schools all the time. When you are the new kid, you often feel the need to perform a little

but, also, you then realise you can present yourself as whoever you want to be.” To this day, he prefers the company of children and animals. “I’m always very happy hanging out with kids and animals and then, as soon as an adult walks in the room, I’m like, ‘oh Christ, all right I have to have an intelligent conversation, I can’t just make noises with this person’.” As ever, Bale relished observing and meeting the real Dr Burry. “I love that part of the work.You get to ask questions and study people in a way that you’d be considered a creepy stalker under other circumstances. It was fascinating and I liked his company a great deal.” He does recognise some parallels between himself and Burry. “In terms of

brain capacity, noooo. Not at all,” he smiles. “But what I believe we share in common is that I do what I do because I am obsessed with it, and I have a passion and a love and a hate for it, and never did I expect to really earn a living, let alone a very good living at it, but it all came from that motivation. And that’s what I see in Mike as well; as opposed to a clichéd Wall Street guy desperate for power and money, Mike came at it from a point of view of an

obsession with numbers.” The real Dr Burry made a fortune for his clients, despite the stress he endured when his clients believed he was making a risky bet with their savings. “He got very ill through that period where his clients got furious at him, and even afterwards when he had earned them a fortune and was proven correct, they still remained furious. “It really disillusioned him.” PL The Big Short is out now.

SHOW ME THE MONEY Christian Bale joins a stellar cast in The Big Short, a movie tipped for Oscar success in 2016.

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MODEL CITIZEN Ben Stiller’s back as Derek Zoolander - and it’s a case of spot the star cameo on the follow-up to the hugely popular flick. By GILL PRINGLE.

NOT THE SHARPEST knife in the drawer, male model Derek Zoolander struggled to turn left, grappling with simple concepts such as: gasoline is highly flammable. But being “really good-looking” was enough to justify his existence on the catwalk, his patented Blue Steel pout making him a three-time Male Model of the Year. Almost 15 years since Ben Stiller debuted his dimwitted creation on the


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big screen, Derek Zoolander has not been forgotten; fans clamouring for second helpings. Reuniting with Owen Wilson, reprising male model Hansel, Derek’s former rival-turned-best-friend, and Will Ferrell’s megalomaniac fashion designer Mugatu, the trio are all but forgotten as Zoolander 2 opens, desperate to find some relevance. “Life happens to you,” smiles Stiller, who turned 50 in November. “Being able to

finally make this sequel when I'm this age, I had to understand how it would make sense for the movie. In Derek and Hansel's minds, they are still models and how do models think of themselves at this age? "In a weird way, all my movies have very personal, real things in them that you connect with even if there are the silliest things because I feel it's how you make them relevant to audiences. So that thing of Derek and Hansel trying to figure out how

BLUE STEEL Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson (left) on the catwalk in Zoolander 2.

they belong in this new world is something that’s very real to me.” If the fashion world didn’t know what to think when the first film was in the works, concerned their profession might be ridiculed, then the sequel has been given the seal of approval by Vogue’s Anna Wintour no less, opening the doors to the Valentino and countless couture connections. “It’s interesting because, over the last 15

years, the fashion world has really embraced the movie. When I told Anna Wintour what I was doing in the next one she was like, ‘please let me help any way possible’. She really opened up the door to the rest of the fashion world,” says Stiller when we meet in Beverly Hills. Indeed, Zoolander 2 was announced last March when Stiller and Wilson staged a “walk-off ” during Valentino’s show at Paris Fashion Week. “That was crazy!” he recalls. “Also really exciting and scary because it was a big surprise.You can't trip and it was a big thing we worked on for about a year to get to that point and keep it a secret and Anna was a big part of making that happen too. The lead up to it was pretty wild because we were hiding for three hours backstage, the models didn't even know.. "In fact if you look at the video, I come out and then, a model comes out behind me thinking that I was gonna be the end of the show and they didn't tell them that we were coming out, and someone comes out and pulls her back in. We wanted to figure out a way to announce the movie in a different way and it was exciting to see that people actually had a nice reaction

because we didn't know what we would get.Valentino has a tremendous sense of humour to allow us to do that.” He smiles when you ask if he’s learnt anything about fashion while shooting Zoolander 2 in Rome. “Well, I'm not really a fashionista type of person so I don't stay on top of it all,” he admits. “The fashion world moves so quickly and they always have to be topping themselves and part of it is about the drama and taking yourself

seriously and saying: this is what we think is beautiful and this is what we think is cool. "They have to do that month after month, starting over from scratch so that’s probably why it gets so crazy because they are looking at what's gonna stand out and get the most attention. It’s always been hard to outdo that because it's already so crazy, so we try to acknowledge where fashion is today which, I think, is much bigger in our consciousness, because of social media.” This time round, everyone wants a piece of Zoolander, the sequel featuring cameos by Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Demi Lovato and others still to be revealed. Even Benedict Cumberbatch features as a hilariously androgynous model. Funniest of all is Justin Bieber, featuring in a scene - about which this journalist is sworn to secrecy - that made me howl with laughter. Even Stiller can’t keep a straight face as we discuss it. “Justin is a very polarising figure, as we know. And he’s been great because he has a huge fan base. He’s in the process, I think, of figuring it all out. We first wrote him in the script back in 2010, but a lot has happened in the last five years. Back then, he was in the story just as a young innocent pop star. But then all this other stuff happened, so all that baggage feeds into the movie. It was great for him to make fun of himself, and I think he saw the value of it.” At the end of the original Zoolander, Stiller’s Derek settles down with journalist Matilda portrayed by real-life love Christine Taylor, with whom he now has daughter Ella, 13, and son Quinlan, ten. Without revealing the plot of Zoolander 2, Derek has a sexy new pal in the luscious form of Penelope Cruz. “Penelope was in my head ever since I started thinking about the sequel and wanting to set it in Europe. I thought there should be a new woman for Derek to interact with, and why not get Penelope Cruz?” he confesses. “I also thought that I hadn’t seen her in a lot of American comedies, and it would be cool for her to be the person that’s taking him through this world. “Obviously she’s very beautiful,” he continues, trying to wear his serious director hat. “And she has this great accent. I find that when she plays stuff straight it’s really funny too. Even with Christine in the first movie, you need somebody who’s taking things very seriously for Derek and Hansel to play off. Its fun to have this movie exist in a more international world.” PL Zoolander 2 is out on February 11. summer 2016 | PRIMOLIFE



IT WAS ALL CHANGE for the Peard Real Estate Group's Christmas party at the end of 2015, with the 200 plus guests enjoying a balmy garden party-style event at Matilda Bay. With catering by Ultimo Catering and a giant 'Peard' provided by Love Letters, the scene was set for a beautiful evening of delicious treats, lawn games and plenty of dancing. Peter Peard, managing director Maree Overton and staff partied the night away, celebrating another top year.

Todd & Danielle Utley, Erica & Paul Hamilton

Jack & Lara Miller, Hannah Peard, Kate Hughes

Sue Middleton, Debbie Holland-Webb, Gaylene Bicheno, Petra Weir, Netta Mannino

Kerry LeSurf, Claire Bright, Hayley Rappa, Katherine Lindsay, Casey Hills

Corina Maloney, Hugh Le, Jane Turnbull

Fiona Moir, Sam Wallace, Kyla Wood, Caroline Foley

Peter Peard, Fran Beukelaar, Natasha Van Sambeeck, Klaire Bray

Melissa Farrell, Declan Lambe, Karen Lloyd, Simone Batley

Hannah Williams, Chris Nelson, Katherine Lindsay, Lucy Oreb Scott Le, Christy Sajan, Thanh Nguyen

Valerie De Costa, Tahnee Staltari, Sarah Sanginiti


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Jillian Hardy, Kohbi Nixon, Emilie Campbell

Maree Overton & Dea Lalovic

CHRISTMAS AT NORTHBRIDGE BREWING COMPANY As companies around Perth began to take their festive partying seriously, one of the busiest venues was Northbridge's very own microbrewery, NBC. Partygoers from diverse industries pulled up a chair for an extended session in front of Ken the brewer's award-winning brews, as well as the delicious bar snack-style food, which kept everybody well fed as day became night. The crew from PPR rubbed shoulders with the Premium Publishers' team, who snuck into Vanguard Publishers' Christmas do on the top deck, making this one of the friendliest venues in Perth, we'd say.

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There was drama in the Mills household in the dead of night - and not for the first time, Matthew Mills was eternally grateful for the team of medics who came to his family’s aid. THE MORNING AFTER, as Oli happily munched on rice crispies, eyes glued to the wall-mounted flat-screen TV, he could have been in a hotel room on the first day of a long-anticipated holiday. He’d woken up five or ten minutes earlier and I’d sat watching him blink away the sleep before it slowly dawned on him that he wasn’t under his Lego Star Wars doona in his bed back at home. Sitting up, he got his bearings and then climbed out of his strangely tall bed and went exploring, a groggy commentary on the things he saw culminating in astonishment that our room had an en suite shower and toilet “just like the one in your room, daddy”. And then when, after a knock on the door, his breakfast was delivered to him on a tray – individual portion of rice bubbles, tiny cup of orange juice, a bowl of fruit cocktail and a fancy sealed glass of milk – my seven-year-old boy literally clapped his hands with glee. “What do you say?” I asked him as the lady placed it on the table next to his bed and only the croaky rasp of his heartfelt thank you gave any clue to the drama that had led to him waking up a long way from home. Our adventure had started seven or so hours earlier. An uneventful summer holiday Thursday had come and gone. My wife had been on guard duty as I put in a shift at work and had reported nothing special on my return. Felix had been generally loafing around, Daisy had spent the day at her BFF’s house and Sam had mostly been killing zombies and shouting into his PS4 headset. Oli had just generally been Oli – flitting between his scooter, the new bike he’d got for Christmas and Minecraft. He did, though, have a bit of a sore throat. And at some time between tucking him in and the early hours of the next morning that bit of a sore throat decided to go ballistic. The rasping, seal-like cough – a noise no child should ever make – woke both my wife and I instantly. The tearful, plaintive, panicked cry for help that followed had us both quickly out of bed. The sight of our


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beautiful seven-year-old boy standing in the living room, tears streaming down his cheeks, gasping for breath had us both wide awake. We’d been here before, once, five years previously. It was croup, a virus that attacks the throats of little ones, closing their airways and generally making them very, very unhappy. At least now, then, we were armed with a bit of knowledge, so the blind panic of his attack as a baby was absent. Minutes later, Oli and I were in the car and on our way to hospital. That journey was just awful. Oli sat next to me, eyes wide, concentrating hard on his breathing, obviously scared, confused. I listened for each breath, like I would when he was a newborn in his cot, and the paranoid doubts began to flood in. Should we have called an ambulance? That’s what we did last time and the paramedics began treating him in our living room and didn’t stop till they handed him over to doctors the other end. And then guilt whispered in my ear that just a couple of nights ago, my wife and I had sat out in the backyard enjoying a sultry summer evening and one bottle of wine had turned into two. What if this had happened then? What help could drunk dad be to his son in a time of need? I still don’t know the answer to that one. But then we were there, the emergency room at half one in the morning. Why exactly I’d expected it to be empty I don’t know, but it certainly wasn’t. The usual cast of desperate and needy sat blankly in the plastic chairs and we joined them and waited to be seen. It may be that the triage nurse’s initial bored but professional approach was a reflection of the number of malingerers she suffers each day, but one listen to my boy’s labored breathing was enough to spark her into action. I think the words she repeated twice into the microphone beside her were “code two, purple team to resuss” but I might be wrong. Whatever they were, though, they chilled

me – but also reassured me. The might of modern medicine was on the move. What followed was a blur of activity and the arrival of a cast of characters that, for that moment, was intent on only one thing – making my boy better. There was the junior doctor, floppy haired, trying to hide any hesitancy as he looked to his senior MD for help and guidance. There were the two nurses, the matriarchal Indian all calm authority, the pretty, pregnant redhead, friendly, reassuring and valiantly hiding the weariness of what was obviously a long night. We even merited a visit from the amiable, rotund senior specialist who peered over his glasses at Oli’s notes and announced that everyone was doing splendidly. With their help – and whatever it was that they put in the nebuliser – Oli slowly turned back into my little boy, the croup eventually vanquished by the collective good of paediatric medicine. Hours passed as the team monitored my boy and then, around four in the morning, they moved us to the room we woke up in. By the time my wife relieved me at just before eight, it was all already like a strange dream, a bad dream, yes, but one with a happy ending. I know, of course, that not every parent who brings their child to hospital gets to drive home the next day with a smile on their face, but that was me this time. And I’m not going to thank my lucky stars for that. I’m going to thank that team of brilliant people who came to Oli’s aid when he most needed it, that bunch of individuals from all over, all backgrounds, who have dedicated their lives to learning how to help others and then putting those skills into practice. Their lives are such that they might not remember the disheveled dad and his wideeyed little boy who turned up in the dead of night asking for help – they will have gone to the aid of countless more by the time you read this – but you can rest assured that this family will always be so very, very grateful. PL


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