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VOL 3 | ISSUE 8 | SUMMER 2016/17


G’DAY BRUCE Springsteen's back - and fans are in for a treat.


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Summer of Springsteen


t’s time to put away the Uggs and embrace all that’s wonderful about summer in our beautiful state. And, as it’s also the season to be jolly, we thought we’d push the boat out. Our cover story star – Bruce Springsteen – is returning to Perth for a couple of much-anticipated concerts. Read all about his biggest fan in the city’s amazing collection of Springsteen memorabilia. We’ve also got an exclusive interview with the stars of the new Harry Potter movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. It’s sure to be one of the hits of the summer at the flicks. We’ve put together a Bali travel special too, if you’ve got itchy feet over the Christmas holidays, and we'll be revisiting the island in February for some more romantic destinations on this most beautiful island in the sun. I travelled a fair bit this time around, visiting Binningup, Brisbane and somewhere closer to home - the new Sage Hotel West Perth. Read all about my adventures over a cuppa. There’s our usual collection of what’s on ideas, new books, new gadgets and gizmos as well as an interview with Graeme Henderson, author of a new book all about shipwrecks. Fascinating stuff. There’s inspo too if you’re in the mood for new digs with a comprehensive collection of the latest properties for sale from the Peard Real Estate Group as well as interior design ideas from Foxtel’s leading lady of design, Shaynna Blaze. All in all, we’re pretty sure this is a summer that you’ll fall in love with thanks to the pages of PRIMOLife. Enjoy - and have a happy and propserous festive season.

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eloved Aussie troubadours Josh Pyke and Bob Evans are heading to Perth during their national co-headline tour, Another Evening with Josh Pyke and Bob Evans. The two friends, who have been playing music together for 10 years, are thrilled to be hitting the road, heading to Dunsborough and Perth in November. Having embarked on the first Evening with Josh and Bob a decade ago this year, fans can expect a finely honed performance and a varied, reminiscent repertoire of knockout songs from two of Australia’s best. Evans, also well renowned

as the frontman of Jebediah, explains. “That first Evening with Josh and Bob ten years ago was a fairly rudimental affair in retrospect. "We were both very much still finding our feet. Now, we have higher professional standards to which we hold ourselves and those bawdy jokes of a burgeoning bromance have developed in to, well, bawdy dad jokes. Bah, who am I kidding? We’re not that different 10 years on.” Another Evening with Josh Pyke and Bob Evans, November 26, Clancy’s Fishpub, Dunsborough, November 27, Live At The Orchard, Perth. Visit or


nce part of one of the most successful pop bands of all time, Barry Gibb is coming back to the Australian

shores for a spectacular coast-to-coast tour. The eldest brother and creative director of the Bee Gees certainly knows how to please Australian audiences- the Bee Gees achieved their first chart success Down Under with the iconic single Spicks and Specks (younger readers may recognise this is as the name of the successful ABC music quiz show, but the Gees were there first!) Pumping out hits like Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love and Night Fever, for decades the Bee Gees crossed all musical genres from pop and R&B to country and rock 'n' roll. They are the biggest record sellers in Australian music history, with more than 220 million worldwide sales, yet it has taken 32 years for Barry to release his first solo album, In The Now. Although the line-up has changed a lot – his brothers Maurice and Robin died in 2003 and 2012 – Barry says his musical career is still a family affair, as his two sons Stephen and Ashley contributed to the writing process.


The tour is expected to showcase a selection of Bee Gees hits and solo material from his new album, and is absolutely not to be missed. Barry Gibb’s In The Now, Perth Arena, April 23. Visit


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VARIETY – the Children’s Charity – will be spreading Christmas cheer to over 400 children at the Variety Kids Christmas Party on December 4. The annual event, which brings delight to Variety grant families who have received support in recent years, will be held at Perth Zoo. Children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs will spend the afternoon enjoying all that Perth Zoo has to offer, while embracing the spirit of Christmas with their parents, siblings and/or carers. Variety families will be able to participate in the exclusive Variety Zone, which will feature face-painting, a range of amusements, stage entertainment, party food and a very special visit from Santa, plus a present for every child. Variety WA CEO Michael Pailthorpe said the event was a chance for families to get into the spirit of Christmas. “The Variety Kids Christmas Party provides a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy an afternoon together and celebrate in the spirit of the festive season. The event is a welcome respite for families caring for children with special needs, serious illness or who have endured disadvantage – and one of the highlights of the Variety year,” Michael said. The 2016 Variety Kids Christmas Party has been possible thanks to a team of dedicated volunteers and sponsors, including major


support from the Stan Perron Charitable Trust, Lotterywest and individual Variety donors. Throughout 2016, Variety distributed over $1.32 million supporting initiatives such as the Freedom Program, providing mobility and independence through custom modified tricycles, wheelchairs, vehicle modifications and assistive communication technology. To find out more about Variety WA, or to donate, visit varietywa. or call 08 9355 3655.



awesome GET READY, THE COWS ARE ALREADY HERE. The City of Perth is right in the middle of CowParade Perth 2016, with forty life-sized cow sculptures taking over the city with the help of some of the state's best and brightest in fashion and visual arts. In a welcome twist for 2016, hot emerging and established fashion designers (Poppy Lissiman, Ae’lkemi, Empire Rose, Elle Campbell, Megan Salmon, and Katherine Dunmill) were commissioned to create unique artworks. “Life-sized fibreglass, reinforced steel sculptures weighing 60-180kg become the models for our designers’ stylish creations.” says Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi. They may not be the kinds of models that these designers are used to dressing, but we bet

they are more than up to the challenge. They have worked with a range of visual artists in the fields of sculpture, urban art, painting, drawing and mixed media who were commissioned to paint and/ or draw, and potentially even deconstruct the cows into works of art for the parade. CowParade Perth 2016 run for six weeks until 11 December 2016, with cows to be exhibited in malls, iconic buildings and precincts. Many of the cows were auctioned at the 2016 Lexus Ball for Telethon, raising money to support child health research. CowParade Perth 2016, until December 11. For more info, visit

emember when Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals had to reschedule their March 2016 tour performances? Well, the new dates are almost upon us, and we’re sure you’ll be pleased with their decision to delay. The band originally postponed the tour saying they needed time to complete the album and it seems that it was time well spent. Eventually dropping in April, Call It What It Is, their first album in nine years is a moving album of genre bending roots, pop, reggae, rock and soul heavily infused with political themes, specifically rotating around the Black Lives Matter movement. Title track Call It What It Is starts with “They shot him in the back. Now it’s a crime to be black... call it what it is, murder” We can’t wait to hear the rest of this album, as well as time-tested beloved tracks played in person. Ticket holders do not need to exchange their tickets, but punters who are unable to attend can get their refund from the point of purchase. Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals, Call It What It Is Tour, Pioneer Women’s Memorial, Kings Park & Botanic Garden, November 30. Visit

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GREEN REVOLUTION IT’S HARD TO believe they could stay away for so long, but Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees and Grammy Award winners Green Day haven’t been on Australian soil since 2014. Thankfully, they are set to remedy this in 2017 in a epic headline tour of the country. Never far from an adoring crowd, Green Day have mastered the art of the fourchord rock anthem and know

how to give their fans exactly what they want – a fun, high energy show of back-to-back hits and plenty of audience interaction. This tour will see the band showcasing their new album Revolution Radio which has been described by Rolling Stone as an album that’s “full of fiery politics and big emotions”. The first single Bang Bang clocked over 1.5 million views in just a week and the album has already been labelled a classic album by Kerrang! UK, saying: “The 12 songs that comprise the svelte but satiating Revolution Radio are among the finest to which Green Day have put their name.” Do yourself a favour, and get to this gig. You won’t regret it. Revolution Radio Tour, April 30, Perth Arena (all ages). Visit

immersive concert will allow fans to lose themselves in the world of the man who changed the course of popular music, and remains the highest selling solo artist in history. After a sold-out run in the UK and before the hotly anticipated European tour slated for 2017, the Australian show is expected to be a sensation. The wife of the musical superstar, Priscilla Presley, commented: “What an honour for us to be able to produce a live concert experience that evolved out of what has become a very prestigious and beloved album backed by a full and rich symphony orchestra.” Are you ready to return to the most recognisable voice of all time? Better slip on those blue suede shoes. The Wonder of You 2017, May 26, Perth Arena. Visit



resley fans, hold onto something. The King Is Back. Following the 2015 release of the worldwide #1 Sony Music Legacy Recordings album, If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Elvis is coming to Perth, appearing on state-ofthe-art screens and backed by a full 40-piece symphony orchestra. This exciting mixed-media,







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et your 80s rock hair to stun for one of the most anticipated concerts of 2017 - Guns N Roses are heading to Domain Stadium with Axl, Slash and Duff set to reprise their epic hits live.

HO, HO, HOLIDAY FUN CHRISTMAS COMES TO life at Crown Perth this December with the arrival of Santa’s Magical Kingdom, the Christmas-themed interactive and visual spectacular opening in the new purposebuilt Crown Pyramid, located at Riverside Entry. Santa’s Magical Kingdom is a multi-faceted event that includes everything people love about the festive season, plus a 40-minute International Circus Christmas Show that will amaze everyone, young and old. The all-inclusive admission ticket incorporates an enchanting walk through a winter wonderland, a visit to Snowland to meet the Snow Queen from Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairytale, a free gift for the children from Santa as well as Christmas skating and an opportunity to meet some favourite Christmas characters. Santa’s Magical Kingdom also has a Christmas Craft


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Village where you can make Christmas decorations, Gingerbread Land where you can decorate your own gingerbread man, an interactive letter writing area for letters to Santa and a storytelling area with Mrs Claus. There will also be an opportunity to join in Rudolph’s birthday celebrations. Amusement rides, some of which have never been seen in Perth before, form part of the experience at Crown Pyramid which will be home to a wonderful variety of attractions including Australia’s Star Flyer, the Flying Elephants, Mrs Claus’ Carousel and The Elves’ Magical Train Ride. The event runs for three hours per time period selected. Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Crown Pyramid, December 2 to 23. Visit santasmagicalkingdomperth.

The Not in this Lifetime tour will mark the first time that founder Axl Rose and former members Slash and Duff McKagan have played together for Australian fans since their infamous 1993 Use Your Illusion tour. Limited Premium tickets across Diamond, Premium and Gold ticket categories have just been released. Not In This Lifetime, Guns N’ Roses, February 21, Visit


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scape at the Cape family fun park in Dunsborough is the perfect spot to hit to cool off this summer. The south west’s premiere fun park features a variety of fun activities and adventure for kids of all ages and includes the Get Wet H2O water playground, Jump N Tramps, the Mine Shaft Maze, Wacky Putt, Jungle Mountain rope climb, and more. Xscape has a great café and plenty of picnic and shaded areas. Ticket combo

deals start at $15 for one game of putt putt golf (Wacky Putt Jokes ’N’ Pranks) and one session of trampoline fun (Jump ‘N’ Tramps) and go up to $40 for access to all of the attractions. Individual tickets are available for separate attractions (from $6 for the Quindalup Siding Train to $12 for Wacky Putt). Group packages are also available. Xscape at the Cape will open seven-days-a-week throughout Summer. Visit


HE HAS BEEN a much-loved character for generations of Australians but now Thomas the Tank Engine is celebrating his girl fans with the launch of an apparel line just for them. In an Australian first, Mattel has developed the range in response to feedback from parents whose daughters can’t get enough of the little blue engine and his friends. “We’ve listened to our fans requesting Thomas clothing suitable for their daughters

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and now we’re really excited to be able to share it with them,” said Chedney Rodgers, Mattel’s marketing director. “While traditionally only offering apparel for boys, we’ve recognised that Thomas’ values of friendship are universal and that many girls in Australia love Thomas too.” Created exclusively for Myer, the Thomas & Friends girl’s clothing range is playful, fun and contemporary featuring designs in denim, mixed with soft marles



and character badges. From gorgeous denim dresses with little red buttons to blue and red swimsuits, T-shirts and leggings, there are plenty of Thomas style for girls to choose from. Complementing the girl’s range, Mattel is also launching a Thomas infant and toddler range comprising adorable onesies, rompers, blankets, bibs, shorts, vests and T-shirts. The collection features beautiful whimsical designs

and loveable Thomas illustrations with soft textures, lush fabrics and dreamy blues. With the release of the girl’s and infant and toddler apparel lines, Myer is the first retailer to launch a comprehensive fashion range catering for all little Thomas fans. The Thomas & Friends clothing ranges are on sale now for a limited time only. Available exclusively at Myer, the clothing is a perfect gift for birthdays, Christmas or new arrivals.

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rtist Bec Juniper is known for her aerial landscape paintings of the Australian outback, using a mixed media of substances found in nature and applied to the canvas to create a variety of different effects. She works in layers, letting the painting speak for itself and while it takes Bec on a journey of discovery. Daughter of well-known Western Australian artist Robert Juniper, Bec has been practicing art since as early as she can remember.

“These paintings are imaginary landscapes. I don’t design or illustrate or plan out a pictorial image,” says Bec. “I work on the horizontal with a free forming experimentation; every step is a response to the previous layer of events. “In this way I locate myself outside of idea-based decisionmaking where I respond element by element and moment by moment. “What keeps me interested artistically is being in this place at the intercession of control and the random interplay of materials. In

this mode I can interact with chance and causality without a predetermined pathway. “I am sure that nature uses this flowing kineticism to create. I want my painting experience to be closer to that. “In this current series I continue to imagine realism in this sense. My evolution as a landscape painter is more and more about removing the heavy presence of the human hand.” See BEC JUNIPER new paintings at JAHROC GALLERIES, 83 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River 6285. Open 10am – 5pm daily. Visit

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ccording to his records, Howard Carter exclaimed, “I see wonderful things!” on November 26 1922 as he pushed a candle through a hole in the antechamber of the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, who died more than 3,000 years ago. It had been a long five years of painstaking and mostly fruitless excavation work, but Carter had finally made the discovery that remains unparalleled to this day: an almost totally intact pharaonic tomb containing all its treasures. Now you can experience the thrill of this discovery for yourself, at stunning new exhibition, Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures. A spectacular recreation of his tomb and his treasures, including gold coffins, beautiful jewellery and stunning gilded statues, it allows visitors to see objects in a comprehensive exhibition, even more easily than if they were in Egypt: while the king’s treasures are kept in the Cairo Museum, today his tomb in the Valley of the Kings with its wall paintings has been stripped of everything but his mummy, the outer coffin and the stone sarcophagus. Created in consultation with Egyptian craftsmen and experts, the tomb and its burial goods are accurate down to the tiniest detail, and allows a wide audience to access the fascinating world of the pharaohs without compromising the millenniaold originals. Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures, Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, untli January 15. Tickets from


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t's time to pack - and plan 52 perfect weekends in the world’s tastiest destinations with Lonely Planet’s new Food Trails Following its best-selling Wine Trails (2015), Lonely Planet has now scoured the world for the greatest food experiences around which to plan travels — not just fine dining, but also the best regional specialities, the most atmospheric street food spots, and the most memorable cooking courses. We're feeling hungry just thinking about this new book - and inspired to discover foodie destinations (including our very own south west of WA) right here in Oz.

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Global travel authority Lonely Planet’s Food Trails is a gastronomic tour of the world in 52 short breaks - with Australia represented by Southern Tasmania, Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road, and south west of WA. Taste the planet’s most exciting local cuisines – from barbeque in Texas to patisserie in Paris – in this comprehensive guide. Discover new food and

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drink experiences, meet local producers and get inspired by food trails which will take you as far afield as Argentina, Canada, London and the south west of England, Ubud in bali and Jamaica. Bite-by-bite itineraries include expert reviews of restaurants, cafes and markets, with maps and practical details of how to get there and where to stay.

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A SPOT AT THE BAR: WELCOME TO THE EVERLEIGH Michael Madrusan and Zara Young, Hardie Grant Books, $45

For those inclined to mix a Martini after dinner rather than crack a coldie, this beautiful new book from the brains behind Melbourne’s multiple award winning cocktail bar The Everleigh will open up a whole new world of drinking delights. A Spot at the Bar features more than 300 recipes of classic, inventive and forgotten cocktails, plus tips and tricks for hosting the perfect soiree even how to dress with savvy style. Did someone say it’s happy hour? BOSS - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND - THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY Gillian G. Gaar, Voyageur Press, $45

This is a must for all Bruceheads, but even those with only a casual interest in the life and (mainly good) times of the rock superstar will get a buzz out of this lavishly illustrated, 208-page tome. Author Gaar delves into the creative process of every album and BOSS is also packed with nuggets of information about Springsteen’s pretty colourful private life,

from when he was on struggle street as a muso (hard to believe now; his The River concert tour this year has raked in an incredible $US170 million) to becoming a musical icon. A great primer for his upcoming Australian tour and the perfect pictorial companion to his recently released biography, Born To Run. DIRTY DEEDS Sabrina Hanh, Fremantle Press, $19.99

For those whose talents exist in a galaxy far, far, away from gardening (ie me), this nifty, 200-plus page guide from Perth’s gardening guru and ABC radio personality Sabrina Hahn could be the answer - a no-nonsense, and humorous, walk through the how, what, whys and when of getting the most out of your own little patch of paradise. Sabrina’s been at one with nature from an early age (at four she stripped flowers from her nan’s garden and rearranged them in baking trays); she’s been a pioneering voice in sustainability, too, and has been working hard in the Kimberley with Aboriginal communities to ensure knowledge of ‘bush tucker’ is passed on from generation to generation. With Dirty Deeds at your side, chances are high that your garden will not only


survive our brutal hot summer but thrive in the winter too. TOKYO STYLE GUIDE Jane Lawson, Murdoch Books, $39.99

For me, Tokyo is - after New York - the greatest city an urban-o-phile can visit; sprawling, chaotic but jampacked with a vibe and beauty of all of its own. Add in a lot of quirky Japanese attractions (owl cafes, robot hotels), amazing food and some incredible history and Tokyo has pretty much something for everyone - and compared to Perth prices it’s not even that expensive. Chef-turned-travel writer Jane Lawson has been travelling to

Japan for 30 years and with Tokyo Style Guide she gives readers the lowdown on the best walks, eats. shopping, cultural and sightseeing highlights in 21 of Tokyo’s eclectic suburbs. SNOT CHOCOLATE Maurice Gleitzman, Penguin, $16.99

A collection of short, gross and spectacularly engaging short stories that will have your kids roaring with laughter. The title tale refers to a kid who struggles to save the reputation and career of their parent - a chronic nosepicker. Gleitzman has obviously struck a chord with Aussie children; this is his 36th book.

PASSAGE TO AFGHANISTAN Peter Bussain, Skyhorse Publishing, $67.99


n 2001, Australian snapper Peter Bussain was granted unfettered access by the Taliban to photograph the ‘real’ Afghanistan - a labour of love he’s been doing for 15 years now. In this beautiful 192-page volume, Bussain presents more than 130 images that go way beyond the clickbait headlines of the War on Terror and reveal a diverse, stunning land and its equally diverse - and fiercely independent - inhabitants.

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arlier this year, I began the task of writing 80 artists’ profiles for a new book – the Artists of Margaret River Region – in association with Margaret River Region Open Studios (MRROS), with photographic portraits by Elements Margaret River and Crib Creative. Full of admiration for my subjects, I always knew it would be a challenge to craft words worthy of their talent and the region’s beauty; after all, a picture is worth a thousand words. Time and time again I was impressed


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with the artists’ dedication, tenacity and willingness to explore new territories. Jeweller John Miller is one such example. “I create a lot of unique tooling, dies and punches which give my work a unique edge,” says John. Meanwhile Sam Broadhurst goes to the lengths of pressing his own walnut oil. After handpicking walnuts from a local farm, he then presses the nuts before purifying and heating the oil according to formulas used during the Renaissance. Others breathed new life into unexpected materials, such as textiler Rubi

Hatton: “Wool is having a renaissance. It doesn’t need to be frumpy.” As their stories unravelled, so did the resurrection of waning art techniques, including encaustic. Several artists have taught themselves the technique where filtered beeswax, pigments and dammar resin creates a painting medium. Glass artist Vicky Small works with ancient techniques too. “I work in slumped glass and also Pate de Verre, a very old French process where small grains of crushed glass are

mixed with a binder and placed in a mold before being fired and then released from the mold.” Others have adopted raw techniques through paint, such as printmaker MaryLynne Stratton. “Putting marks on canvas still drives me because it’s such a primal activity,” she says. Some took their quest for authenticity even further like sculptor David Galloway who tries not to be 'too clever' or get involved in 'fakery' - “my work is relatable: glass is just glass.” Most drew inspiration from their environment, like painter Denny Sanbrook. “I love the way the seasons are pronounced, how the colours change to autumn, the greys of winter, and how spring bursts with life.” Some use their art to make a statement, such as sculptor Karen Seaman. “I try to represent the wider issues of the human impact on indigenous flora and fauna through the use of visual metaphors and layering of material related to topics.” The most consistent message however was simple: that of the importance of art. TAFE lecturer Jane Hardy, who is known for her art installations said: “I’m always advocating the importance of art in our everyday culture.” Painter Wendy Castleden backs this up. “Art influences the way we see the world, how we live, cook, dress, play and work. And also how creative minds produce new ideas

DID YOU KNOW? and forward thinking ways for our future.” Regardless of whether you like, or even get the piece of art before you, as long as it’s evoking some response, it’s succeeded. Painter and printmaker Sharon Warner sums it up beautifully. “I believe art is successful if it generates a conversation.” I too hope The Artists of the Margaret River Region book stirs something within. PL Artists of the Margaret River Region, by Carmen Jenner and Gabi Mills ($45) is available at MRROS (, selected bookshops, wineries, restaurants and retail outlets, as well as via

There are over 350 practising artists in the Margaret River region. The Margaret River Region Open Studios brings thousands of visitors to the south west each year. MRROS is a not-for-profit organisation looking for volunteers. The CowParade will be strutting its stuff all over the region in November 2016, including in the town of Cowaramup, famed for hosting the world’s largest public art event, as well as the world’s largest gathering of people dressing as cows.

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The Affair Season 3 Showcase, November 22 (pictured above). Doomed marriages are a bit of a thing on Foxtel right now. For the last month or so, who hasn’t loved watching Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church go through the last throws of their relationship in Divorce? But at least that take on splitting up has plenty of laughs. The latest bit of endof-the-marriage entertainment to hit our screens doesn’t have much in the way of light relief. Yes, The Affair’s back to continue the painful, heartbreaking tale of the absolute breakdown of two once-solid relationships. Season one introduced us to schoolteacher Noah Solloway, the anti-hero of the tale, a man who, at first, many of us thought should have been pretty happy with his lot. He was, after all, happily married to the way-hot Helen, had four beautiful, if precocious, children, and lived in the pretty resort town of Montauk. His only woes were a bad case of writer’s block on his second novel and a frustration at having a rich father-in-law. Cue, then, young waitress Alison Lockhart, whose marriage to Cole was on the


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rocks following the death of their child – a proper problem there – and an affair began. Sounds tough watching, but it’s worth the time. Season one won a shed-load of awards, including a Golden Globe for best TV drama and season two – which added the perspectives of the spurned spouses Helen and Cole to the mix – was equally well received. Season three, then, is a must-see for your weekly dose of emotional upheaval. Stock up on Kleenex and ride the rollercoaster. Watch if you love: The Good Wife, Scandal, other people’s misery. Mr Robot Season 2, Showcase, December (date TBC) As far as grand anarchistic plans go, I have to admit that I was rooting for Elliot Anderson from day one of the first season of this seminal and muchapplauded computer hacking drama. Bringing down a major banking database thereby eliminating a load of consumer debt is way up there in the Robin Hood-type crime stakes – and as someone boasting a full house of credit cards maxed out to their limit, I’d be quick to


shake the hand of any uber-nerd who pulled it off. Which of course was what a load of people did when Elliot and his gallant band of hactivisits, led by the shadowy Mr Robot himself, actually made it so. There was dancing in the street as the yoke of consumer debt was lifted from millions and very few people mourned the death of E Corp's IT boss who topped himself live on TV. But are they the heroes the world deserves? Season two will reveal more – and I’d guess will be packed with more of the kind of jaw-drop-inducing twists that made Star Wars and The Sixth Sense seem like beginners first time around. I won’t tell you what those twists were exactly – you’ve still got time to catch up with Foxtel On Demand, a plan I very much recommend if you haven’t already experienced Mr Robot – but it’s safe to say that investing in this unique drama is well worth it. Watch if you love: Hackers, Ghost in the Shell, WarGames, basically anything where people sit at a keyboard and bring down the world. Whose Line is it Anyway? Australia, The Comedy Channel, November 27 (pictured below). The most amazing thing about

the list of funny guys and gals that have made us belly laugh on all the many incarnations of Whose Line is it Anyway over the years is that they make it look easy. I say that, because I know full well that it isn’t. My student days, you see, were spent bouncing from comedy club to comedy club – they were hip back in the 90s, trust me – so I’ve been at many an improv night. And I’ve seen many, many poor souls bomb – caught like bunnies in the proverbial spotlight searching for a pun or a bon mot that’ll never come. And, while I’ve never tried the on-stage version myself, I can guarantee that I’d be one of those trembling failures – a quick look at the video footage of my one and only best man’s speech, a speech I presumed I could simply wing, will prove that. So, thank the comedy gods that WLIIAA has managed to find an ensemble of smartmouths that are guaranteed once more to make you roll in the aisles. The format’s hardly changed since the franchise’s early days in the 90s – Tommy Little takes on hosting duties, challenging the live audience in Melbourne to dream up scenarios for the comics to take on. That troupe consists of some of the cream

of Aussie comedians – Rhys Darby, Cal Wilson, Tegan Higginbotham, Susie Youssef, Steen Raskopoulos, Bridie Connell and Tom Walker. What they do next, I have no idea – but it’s going to be hilarious.

Pacific Heat Comedy Channel, November 27 When I was lad, you knew

where you were with a cartoon. Basically, if it was animated it was kid-friendly. Kid-friendly anvils dropping on small mammals, kid-friendly witches poisoning little girls, kid-friendly body-builders in loincloths beating the bejesus out of 'roided-up skeletons. That kind of thing. Now, though, it’s a whole new ball game. Today, cartoons for grown-ups are big business. While The Simpsons will always be seen as the groundbreaker animation wise, I’d give South Park the credit for bringing truly adult animation into the mainstream. While Bart, Homer et al were undoubtedly a breath of fresh air, it was Parker and Stone who launched the kind of cartoons that you really wouldn’t want to watch with your sprogs. Their unflinching desire to

tackle taboo themes, as well as constantly killing Kenny, opened the door for the shows that push the envelope today – Family Guy, American Dad and almost everything on Adult Swim, for instance. And now, we have our very own Aussie take on the genre, with the arrival of Pacific Heat, an NSFW cartoon set on the glitzy Gold Coast (pictured left). We’ll hook up with special agents Todd Sommerville, Maddi Riggs, VJ Delane and Zac Valentic, a bunch of cops who really don’t mind straying off the beaten track to get their job done. Expect lots of irreverent Aussie memes and plenty of giggles in what promises to be a cult smash. Watch if you love: Bob’s Burgers, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Daria and the kind of stuff your gran would blush at.

off on December 4, with a premiere title every night until December 10. The shows weren’t confirmed when we went to press, but rest assured they’ll be the same quality as the Shark Weeks we’ve grown to love over the years. And our dip with the toothy terrors won’t be the only bit of doco gold served up over the next couple of months. Look out for two great insights into the world of the paranoid with the History channel bringing us Conspiracy on November 17 and Independence USA the day after – tinfoil hats and well-stocked bunkers a-plenty in those two gems.

Moving quickly back into reality, December 5 sees the premiere of Mariah’s World. The Mariah in question is, of course, one Ms Carey, who has happily invited E! cameras into her life. Get set for a humdinger, made even more must-see by reports that the diva’s split with Aussie tycoon James Packer really put the cat among the pigeons during filming. Meanwhile blaze-fighting drama fans should keep November 17 clear, as season five of Chicago Fire makes a welcome return to Fox 8, while sports fans can look forward to staying up late to

watch the early rounds of one of the most historic comps on the planet – the English FA Cup. Fingers crossed for the kind of giant-killings that have made so many headlines in years gone by. ESPN is your Aussie home for all the action. Finally, a host of great movies are coming to Box Office, highlights including Star Trek: Beyond, Jason Bourne, Bad Mums, Sausage Party and Finding Dory. Those last two, btw, are both cartoons – but while Finding Dory is perfect for a movie night with the kids, Sausage Party very much isn’t. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. PL

Watch if you love: Every other version of WLIIA, QI, Spicks and Specks, laughing so hard milk comes out of your nose.


IF YOU WANT to polarize any group of Sandgropers, be it a bar full of bogans or a Freo wholefood retreat, then bring up the subject of sharks. We either love ’em or hate ’em. Half of us want to cull them, the other half cuddle them. All of us though can’t get enough info about these prehistoric killing machines patrolling the surf outside our front doors, so let out a big booming Jaws theme tune to celebrate the return of Shark Week, the Discovery Channel’s seven-day journey into the realm of these most terrifying fish. It kicks

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nyone who has had to lug around a laptop bag - especially on and off planes - knows what a pain in the derriere it can be. Former mortgage broker Tim McKenzie knew it too and had the seed of an idea for a truly functional and overhead-locker-friendly lightweight bag - an office on the go if you like. After a lot of work refining the bag’s design and materials, Tim’s Perthbased business Rovingwork is on to a winner with this nifty carry-on bag. It’s airline friendly (indeed will fit under the seat in front of you on the plane), ruggedly made and - in a genius touch - can “stand” by itself. The front opening allows super simple access too and, naturally, there’s a zip up compartment for smaller laptops and the like. Rovingwork


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has two variants, the Roamer ($180) and the Nomad V2 ($210), plus for those who like their office space neat and tidy it offers an optional extra of a retractable, swivel bag hook you can attach to the office desk. Tim and his design team aren’t resting on their laurels either - plans for a similarly clever backpack are already on the drawing board. For more information, visit



t may be the digital age but the revival of oldfashioned wax records - vinyl to you and me - continues unabated; around 12 million LPs were sold in the US in 2015, a rise of 30 percent on the previous year, and proof that vinyl is attracting a whole new audience. Sure, digital music players are incredibly convenient but they lack, well, the whole coolness of being able to show off your record collection. Which is where the very groovy (pun intended) Gramovox Floating Record Vertical Turntable comes in. Hand-assembled in Chicago, this is something of a throwback to those all-in-one systems that used to rule the dining room - but it’s a whole lot funkier. In this system the record platter, and tone arm with the cartridge, are positioned vertically. Pop on your record and, presto, you’ve not only got some smooth analog sound (the Gramovox has built-in speakers driven by a 15w per channel digital amp) but the mesmerising sight of a record “floating” in space. You can hook up the Gramovox to external speakers, plus there’s a headphone jack, and the walnut/maple veneer wood base of the unit is a welcome touch of warmth from a lot of those shiny modern hi-fi units. $699, visit for more information.



’m going to call it now; Doob3D is on to a winner. I mean, why have a one-dimensional selfie when you can have your own Barbie doll-sized “you”? The idea is simple, the technology behind it not so; you step into a doob booth (they call it a “dooblicator”) and 54 high resolution cameras simultaneously snap an image. The image is then processed through specialised software that converts the images into high resolution 3D files which

are then sent to a sophisticated colour 3D printer and, voila, out pops a miniature, photorealistic version of the subject. The figurines range in price from $95 (10cm) up to $695 for a 35cm high miniature. Doob spokesman Steven Miller says around 100,000 people worldwide have already been “doobed” - some of the stranger requests include nude subjects, monkeys and an autonomous android head. For the moment you’ll have to fly to either New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco (or a pop-up store at Sydney’s Westfield Miranda shopping centre) to step into a dooblicator and get a smaller version of you but Doob (the company was founded in Dusseldorf, Germany) is already planning a worldwide expansion. For more details, visit

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hey had the rockets, the space suits, the cool-ascucumber astronauts, but there was one item missing from NASA’s inventory when it came to successfully getting a man into space - a decent pen. Ordinary, gravity-fed, ballpoints and fountain pens were useless in the weightless environment of space and an early initiative to use special mechanical pencils proved a flop - the tips could flake off and float away in the capsule, potentially harmful to equipment or astronaut. Pencils were also flammable - and in 1967 three Apollo astronauts had perished in a launchpad blaze, so NASA did not want a repeat of the disaster. The answer to NASA’s

quandary came from an unlikely source - Boulder City, Nevada were one Paul C. Fisher and others had been tinkering for some years with a pen that could write upside down, in extreme heat or cold (-45C or 200C), even under water. Fisher’s solution was a special type of solid gel-like ink (thixotropic) stored in a pressurised cartridge; when the user began to write with the pen the shearing action of the ballpoint liquified the ink. It was an ingenious idea, eliminated any chances of evaporation or ink leak (imagine that in a space capsule) and had cost The Fisher Pen Company around $2 million (the US Government didn’t contribute a cent) to perfect. After extensive testing,

NASA ordered 400 of the Space Pen and it’s been used in the space program ever since. The Russians also embraced Fisher’s invention, and Space Pens are standard equipment for every cosmonaut too. And you don’t have to be floating above the planet to get the benefits from a Space Pen; even if left in a cupboard for months, or years, the pen will write first time; unlike cheaper rivals its ink will not have dried up, or leaked. This year Fisher Pen Company (it is still in family hands) marks the 50th anniversary of its clever invention, which is now available in many different versions, including limited edition collectibles presented in special boxes. Fisher Space Pens are available in Perth from a range of stationers, art shops and more. Visit for more information.

t wasn’t quite reinventing the wheel, but some clever Danes had to come up with a whole new way of telescoping things to perfect their nifty Sitpack device. The Sitpack is, as its name implies, a portable seat that fits into its own pack; but first its Copenhagen inventors had to figure out a more efficient way of making a collapsible product; the answer was to include the locking mechanisms inside the Sitpack’s tube. Next came some complex engineering and intense stress-testing to ensure the Sitpack would stand up to the wear and tear of frequent use. Just 16.8cm tall and 6.6cm wide when in its tube, the Sitpack’s height is adjustable from 65-87cm and it can support up to 100kg on the ergonomically designed seat. It’s perfect for popping in your bag and comes in five different colours, including bright pink or camouflage. $95, available from sitpack.

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fter lighting up our TV screens for over a decade, interviewing Shaynna Blaze about her latest renovating TV show Deadline Design, is like chatting with a long lost friend. As warm and personable as she is on TV, she’s also refreshingly humble considering the extent of her voluminous talents, which include not only a successful interior design


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company blankcanvas INTERIORS but also teaching, commercial art, writing, acting and singing. She recalls back to her days as a young adult when she was pushing for the things many of us aspire to, and she decided to give designing a try. “Somebody said ‘so, you’re going to do that now?’ and I thought, you know

what, why can’t I?” As empowered women around the country figuratively high five each other in response, she confesses that design school was her saviour after failing Year 12, adding “one moment doesn’t need to define you”. Shaynna always knew she wanted to entertain and initially thought it would be with singing, but it was her impressive interior designing profile that launched her into the limelight. “Early on, I was allowed to be 'me' and thankfully was never pushed to be something I’m not. I’m like a trapped bird who can’t conform. I do things for a purpose, but if I’m trapped I can’t work properly.” Initially inspired by magazines and brochures before the internet saturated the populace with stimulus, she learnt slowly and remembers having to travel to



sites for inspiration. Her key to success is shutting out the “big fast world” allowing the creativity to build slowly. For budding interior designers, she recommends,:“you need to draw out what’s yours and find your signature to ensure longevity. “Look for small bits of inspiration and analyse. Functionality is so important, work out the semantics and investigate. Don’t expect to be spoon fed.” Appearing on the hit renovating show The Block as a judge since 2012, Shaynna has also starred on Selling Houses Australia since its inception eight series ago. She pinpoints Deadline Design somewhere in between the extravagance of Grand Designs, and the relatable Selling Houses Australia, where the impetus is all about getting ready for sale and achieving the best price possible

while reaching a wide demographic. “In the real world I work for the longterm client, like those on Deadline Design. Although the briefs and budgets vary, all the clients on the series are in for the long haul with their properties. “In episode one, the couple’s brief is to renovate their large home for the next chapter of their lives and in time for their joint 50th birthdays with a budget of $500,000. Other episodes tackle industrial, heritage, minimalist and eclectic designs.” Given the enormity of the some of the projects, the burning question is where does Shaynna start? She begins by walking around the clients’ home and letting the client talk about the space. “Do they have any clogs or restrictions? What feels great? What are their loves and wants?”

BEFORE AND AFTER Shaynna Blaze (left) worked her magic on a tired-looking kitchen diner with stunning results.

Undeniably her talent lies in determining what the client really wants long before a colour chart is even presented. With her dream client being those bravely venturing out of their comfort zone and embarking on a new journey, Shaynna relishes in the opportunity to become incredibly creative and have fun. As Australia accompanies Shaynna on her very own exciting journey with the 10-part series of Deadline Design alongside experienced builder Mike Griggs and emerging designer Yasmine Ghoniem, there’s no doubt the public will be enthralled by her next creative venture. PL Deadline Design continues on Foxtel Lifestyle. summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE







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esign will be inspired by an emphasis on tactility, deep blues and the evolution of ‘greiges’, according to the 2017 Dulux Colour Trends. Presenting a collection of globally inspired hues, saturated combinations, a cool tonal palette as well as colours that


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promote tactility and warmth, the 2017 Dulux Colour Trends ‘Antidote: A Colour Cure’ comprises four carefully curated themes: Sentience, Chroma, Entwine and Construct. Motivated by the desire to combat the modern challenges we face in the digital age, the Dulux 2017 Colour

Trends, Antidote, aims to offer a remedy for the senses through colour and texture. “Each year we take away an overarching concept from our research and in 2017 the emphasis on connection, tactility and balance prevails,” says Dulux Colour Expert, Andrea Lucena-Orr. “There is an ongoing desire to create havens that cater to all our senses which will see the prominence of textures blended with muted hues next year,” “Deeper blues and greens such as Dulux Deep Arctic are predicted to be the dominant colours in 2017 and we will also see a rise in the popularity of earthy greens such as Dulux Army Fatigues. Greys and greiges which have evolved to feature subtle undertones will also be in demand.” Inspired by this yearning to create a tactile environment, the Sentience palette promotes harmony through its subtle pastels and soft neutrals, including new Dulux colours, Beige Mystery and Vintage Beige. “Textures in washed earth tones using Dulux Suede Effects add another dimension to this scheme to imitate earth’s natural materials such as clay, minerals, stone and wood,” says Andrea. With a heavier focus on texture, the Construct palette inspires pared back beauty with the inclusion of industrial influences and metallic accents using new Dulux Concrete Effect and Dulux Metallic Effect, as well as deep inky blues to add interest. “The combination of those deep blues, subtle greys and the rawness found in concrete with splashes of copper offers the perfect components to create understated

The offering of colours from the 2017 Dulux Colour trends, deliver a simple, yet effective way for homeowners to add personality and ambience to their homes. “Create a positive change in your space by adding a little colour or further dimension with texture. “You can paint a whole room or a small nook – any new colour or finish reflect an interesting new feel to your space.” “Use colour in areas within the home that present high impact, for instance, the entrance where you greet your visitors or the main living space where you spend the majority of time. Even the smallest touch of colour can help personalise your home,” Andrea says. PL Visit for more information.

luxury; a look anyone can achieve,” Andrea says. Reds with a burnished edge will also emerge as a trend next year, influenced by the mix of tribal and South American themes which prominently feature in global design and interiors. We live in a society with the everpresent glow of screens. Rapid tapping and swift swipes across digital devices have replaced the tactile moments we once took for granted. By embracing this new digital age, texture has become a remedy for our senses. The Sentience palette takes its cues from textures and the natural effects created by earth’s materials such as clay, minerals, stone and wood. Comprising subtle pastels and soft naturals, new beiges with hints of grey pair easily with mellow hues, while textures created with Dulux Suede Effect add another tactile dimension. Reflecting this trend, Entwine, a palette that embraces the idea of connection and takes its cues from the simplicity of weaving, features an eclectic interior style incorporating rich shades that are deep, yet earthy and unique. “As a result of our research, we are seeing colours such as red, burgundy, brown and oranges being combined with an unexpected twist of zesty yellow or blue, inspired by landscapes from South America to the Middle East,” says Andrea. Making a daring statement is easy with the striking Chroma palette. With inspiration taken from the Memphis and Bauhaus movements, peach, melon, yellow and teal hues are combined with optical illusions, layered materials and reflections. summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE


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eep inside the annals of our lending institutions are a bunch of twirly cap-wearing risk assessors keeping a keen eye on the world. Risk management is an important element of allowing the bank to grow while also managing the potential

consequences if something goes wrong. One of the methods that banks use to limit risk is increasing the deposit required for properties that are located in certain areas or postcodes. This may be due to the lender having a saturation of properties in that area





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TOP OFFICE By properties sold

2 Rodney Vines - Peard Hillarys - 2 listings sold

3 Peard Hillarys - 33 listings sold

11 Sheval Colyer - Peard Scarborough - 2 listings sold

12 Peard Scarborough - 20 listings sold

15 Nathan Philips - Peard Canning Vale - 2 listings sold

15 Peard Joondalup - 19 listings sold

TOP UNASSISTED SALES PERSONS By properties sold 17 Peggy Middelveld - Peard Mindarie - 6 listings sold 26 Shane Capelli - Peard Hillarys - 5 listings sold

TOP ASSISTED SALES PERSONS By properties sold 9 Jarrod O'Neil - Peard Hillarys - 5 listings sold 18 Gaylene Bicheno - Peard Hillarys - 4 listings sold


or the lender being concerned about the economics in that town – remember that little event called the mining boom? For example in one of WA’s major regional cities one of the major banks will only lend money to people that have a 20% deposit, whereas another of the major banks is comfortable with people having a 10% deposit. Go figure. Similarly with many apartment complexes being built in and around Perth many of the lenders are concerned about financing too many of the apartments in the one building. The concern is that if prices drop in that complex, they are left carrying the can and potentially writing off hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of debt. So what does this mean to you? If you are a customer affected by these post code restrictions thankfully your friendly Peard broker can help. As each lender has its own risk policy and post code restrictions we can determine who is the best fit based on your deposit size and loan structure. From there we can take care of the rest. PL

17 Peard Mindarie - 17 listings sold 25 Peard Canning Vale - 15 listings sold

TOP OFFICE By value sold 3 Peard Hillarys - $22,807,500 10 Peard Scarborough - $12,937,500 19 Peard Joondalup - $10,682,500

25 Todd Utley - Peard Joondalup - 3 listings sold


26 Karen Riches - Peard Hillarys - 3 listings sold

4 Peard Group - 12 branches, 139 sales, value $77,627,500

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ur company was thrilled to be involved in Telethon for the fifth year in a row, when we sponsored the Peard Real Estate Fitness Challenge over the Telethon weekend recently. Telethon marathon man Matt Fuller was joined by Soa "The Hulk” and Josh Catalano in the biggest challenge yet. We were very proud to present Telethon with a cheque for $40,000 which will go towards continuing the wonderful work of Princess Margaret Children’s Hospital and their partners, a cause that we here at Peard are very passionate about. Make sure you read the full Telethon recap in our article on page 40. Looking to the market, overall, it continues to be skewed toward buyers with a large supply of residential property outstripping demand. The exceptions to the overall subdued nature of the property market are the inner-city suburbs of Perth where there is a strong demand for stand-alone houses and not enough supply. The rental market is also under pressure with many landlords having to consider dropping their rental prices to attract tenants. But, it’s not all negative news with many hotspots continuing to emerge and I have a good feeling about several Perth suburbs. Here are ones to watch out for: SCARBOROUGH - Properties in Scarborough were substantially undervalued and the area is set to benefit from the $100 million being spent by the State Government’s Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) to revitalise the suburb. Scarborough has one of Perth’s most popular beaches and is located only 12 kilometres from the Perth CBD. Proposed rezoning changes by the MRA are also encouraging more quality apartment developments in the area and this will have a positive effect. Whether you are an investor, first home buyer, upgrader or downsizer, Scarborough has properties that are currently very competitively priced and will substantially increase in value over the coming years, due to the transformation of the suburb. SOUTH PERTH - A large number of developers are now targeting South Perth because of its prime riverside location and close proximity to the city. Astute property investors should follow this trend. Buyers will find well priced, older units in the area on offer. MANDURAH - (foreshore area). This is currently a bargain hunter’s paradise with a large number of waterfront properties that can now be purchased at heavily discounted prices. Once the property market recovers, properties that are located in prime locations such as the Mandurah foreshore area will be the first to show strong capital growth. Of course, it's important to conduct your own suburb research when considering buying and speaking with your local Peard Real Estate expert is imperative. I hope you enjoy this summer issue of PRIMOLife.


Luxury, Location, Lifestyle! 65 Broadhurst Cres, Bateman has to be one of the most beautifully presented homes in Bateman. The degree of excellence, thought and attention to detail that has gone into creating this masterpiece is immediately apparent. Style, class and quality abound! With so many reasons to view, it has to be top of your list.

This high quality fully renovated home, in sort after Bateman is situated on a 698sqm block. A very peaceful and serene location, this beautiful home is located close to schools, Murdoch University, St John of God Hospital and the upcoming Fiona Stanley Hospital, major transport, shopping centres and parks.

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f you missed it over the Telethon weekend, former rugby legend Matt Fuller, MMA fighter Soa ‘The Hulk’ Palelei and Perth fishmonger Josh Catalano, spent a gruelling 24 hours sweating it out to raise $76,000 in this year’s Peard Real Estate Fitness Challenge for Telethon. Seasoned marathon hero Matt was no stranger to the pain of 24-hour challenges, and neither was Soa, who discovered what it meant to exercise non-stop for 24-hours when he joined Matt in 2015. The men grinded through the pain like champions and while we all thought they wouldn’t be back for more this year, they


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proved us wrong. They were back, and this time they brought along a new third member to join the team - Josh Catalano. Matt's vision has always been to grow the challenge in terms of participants and of course, funds raised. “First and foremost it’s about the kids, but I’ve wanted to bring something new to the 24-hour challenge for a while and I hoped from this start that the team would grow. “It was awesome to share the experience with Soa last year, and to add Josh to the mix this year was unbelievable,” says Matt. Josh committed to the challenge earlier this year, pledging to ride an indoor bicycle trainer for 24-hours in his first ever challenge, while Matt and Soa powered through the ergo grinder once again. But the father of two had his world turned upside down when his son Lenny was born premature at 24 weeks. Josh would now be riding for him, giving him the ultimate motivation. Josh’s touching story only added to the emotion of the event for both Matt and Soa and everyone who was there to support them. “Josh was a true champion,” said Matt. “You could see and feel the pain he was in, but he just kept going. “To get through a challenge like this with the emotional stress of a child in hospital would have been too much for most. He did it for his little boy and we were all on the emotional journey with him,” says Matt. The Telethon weekend saw hundreds of Perth locals bring along words of encouragement for Matt, Soa and Josh, keen to get a picture with the men who they labelled “heroes”, and rightly so. The atmosphere was buzzing and the men often had a large audience cheering them on, even during the early hours of the morning. They crossed the finished line at 6.50pm on Sunday, October 16 at the home of Telethon – Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The mood was electric. Streamers and balloons flying across the room with loud cheers and applause coming from every corner. Emotions were running high as Peard’s Managing Director Maree Overton presented the final cheque for $40,000 and Matt gave a speech thanking everyone who supported the team. So with the challenge over for yet another year, we had to ask . . . “What about next year”? “We’ll be back,” says Matt. And Peard Real Estate?

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“If they’re back, we’re right behind them,” says Mrs Overton. After sponsoring the challenge for the fifth year in a row, Maree says it’s an event the company is very proud to be a part of. “As a company we stand by our commitment to always give back to the community and Telethon remains close to all of our hearts. “It’s an absolute honour to sponsor Matt each year, we have the utmost respect for

him,” says Maree. Next year, Telethon will celebrate its 50th birthday and we have a feeling it’s going to be the biggest event yet. PL Tax deductable donations to the men’s efforts can still be made via mattandsoa24hrgrind. For all the highlights check out the weekends hashtags on social media #24hrGrind #Telethon7 #Peadrealestate

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FOR SALE DUDLEY PARK Walking distance to Mandurah's fabulous Mandurah you have a 3 bedroom villa with lovely garden Villa 3, 49 Creery Street waterways, views from all rooms. Freshly painted throughout, brand

Ardross 5 Willcock Street

bed 3 bath 1 car 1

bed 4 bath 2 car 2


Armadale 10/11 Serls Street

Buyers Over $319,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Aveley 10 Vienta Street

$565,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Aveley 29 Safford Avenue

$535,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 38

new timber look floors. In a private setting, just a 1 minute drive to town, you can enjoy the feel of peaceful country living with all the city conveniences. CONTACT Maureen Parsons PHONE 0413 033 144 EMAIL


Don't miss this perfect downsizer, first home or investment property, beautifully presented and very spacious 3 large bedrooms all with built in robes 2 bathrooms with glass shower screens, large lounge and dining with doors leading to private low maintenance courtyard area, great size kitchen with plenty of bench space, air conditioning, double garage. Close to station and CONTACT Julie Read shops. Strata property with PHONE 0422 495 665 fees of $202 per qtr EMAIL

Ashfield 47A Ashfield Parade

This very modern & spacious family home on large 700sqm block is priced & positioned to sell. Located within metres of Aveley Primary School, scenic lakes & parks and with the heart of The Vale Estate with cafes, restaurants & local shopping at your disposal makes this the in location of this fantastic estate.This home offers everything that your family deserves & quite a bit more.

Aveley 12 Cordovan Parkway

Enjoy The Swan Valley Lifestyle at its very best when you move into this stunning ex-display at 29 Safford Avenue Aveley. This premium home has everything that you would expect from a quality display home & the improvements that the owners made are just as stunning. Feel the warmth & comfort that this home offers from the moment you walk through the front door. With its convenient location & quality fitting this property represents the very best value in this price range. CONTACT Rod McDougall PHONE 0418 909 954 EMAIL

Aveley 33 Duvall Parkway

CONTACT Rod McDougall PHONE 0418 909 954 EMAIL

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From $450,000

Quality 4 bedroom 2 bathroom plus formal lounge /dining and large family/games room, plus rear access from r.o.w to double garage with separate wc. All set on 592 metres built in 1993 by mutual homes. Zoned under the Riseley Street Centre Structure Plan R50 limit 4 storeys - RAC-O mixed use. CONTACT David Lynch PHONE 0409 955 554 EMAIL

Boasting an exceptional riverfront location with easy access to great schools, Bassendean & Midland shopping precincts. On the doorstep of Bassendean & Guildford's cultural hubs, the Swan Valley's world class wineries, on the river & close to local parks & excellent schools, this lot offers a truly unique lifestyle. Sit back, unwind & let your worries drift away, safe in the knowledge you didn't let this outstanding opportunity pass you by. CONTACT David Hofler Highset 605m2 Titled lot. PHONE 0418 923 857 EMAIL

$539,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

From $489,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Why would you want to build & go to all the extra trouble, time & expense of acquiring all the creature comforts & added extras ( including 6 x 5 workshop ) you & your family desire when you can simply move into 12 Cordovan Parkway Aveley & have it all today & enjoy the Valley Lifestyle! Situated opposite nature reserve & within walking distance to major shopping, public open space & transport this very well located family home is priced & positioned to sell & is a must see for any astute buyer looking to purchase CONTACT Rod McDougall a quality home in this price range. PHONE 0418 909 954 EMAIL

Breathtaking is the only word to describe this beautiful home. From the moment you step inside, you know this house is something special. From the welcoming foyer entrance & the spectacular kitchen, to the stunning outdoor entertaining area- this home will wow you with everything it has to offer. Ideally positioned separate home theatre with screen & projector enclosed by double doors Well-equipped centralised kitchen, family room, large dining area leading to outdoor patio alfresco area with built in BBQ. CONTACT Natasha Cheung PHONE 0433 288 953 EMAIL





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FOR SALE Aveley 61 Duvall Parkway

From $599,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Balcatta 32b Jedda Road

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

Baldivis 23 Huxtable Terrace

E.O.I bed 4 bath 2 car 3

Baldivis 9 Rimfire Road

From $548,500 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 40

Stunning is the only way to describe this executive two storey 6 star energy efficient home with views to the hills. Located on an elevated crest opposite bush forever, this unique home boasts unparalleled quality. From its striking street appeal to the designer pool and outdoor entertaining area, this home is for those looking for perfection absolutely nothing for you to do but move in & enjoy! CONTACT Natasha Cheung PHONE 0433 288 953 EMAIL

You will love coming home and relaxing in this generous townhouse. Nestled in a quiet group of only 3 and providing a huge open plan living area that flows out to the massive patio, making it ideal for year round entertaining. It has 3 generous bedrooms, 2 WC's, garage and no common walls.

These units boast superior extras including: stone benchtops Balga kitchen, bathrooms & laundry, quality fixtures & fittings, 60A,B & C Finchley Crescent inopen plan kitchen, living & dining room with Fujitsu reverse

From $389,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Baldivis 1 Snowflake Approach


You will love this location on a 701 block in Trusty Park Settlers Hills. If you have been looking for space inside and out this one ticks the boxes, with 6 car parking space, triple garage with one garage easily converted into a sleep out with air conditioning and cold water plumbing installed. Entering into this property you will love the stunning stairway feature that greets you. CONTACT Camille Ainsley

Baldivis 25 Regency Avenue

Located in the beautiful Tuart Ridge Estate is this absolutely stunning home with a Mediterranean flare. If you are looking for something with wow factor that you can move right in and start entertaining this is it. Impressive styling from the moment you arrive, with secure front private court yard. This home offers so much you just have to come and look.

Banksia Grove 4 Saxicola Road

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CONTACT Rob Davis PHONE 0439 843 776 EMAIL

PHONE 0403 165 936 EMAIL

A great sized block with space to build with all the extra requirements of workshop, pool or large shed. In the growing area of Baldivis this block is located in the great community of the Chimes. Don't delay calling to secure a great block for your dream venture of home & lifestyle. CONTACT Camille Ainsley PHONE 0417 508 364 EMAIL

CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL

PHONE 0417 508 364 EMAIL

cycle A/C,3 large bedrooms all queen sized, master bedroom features ensuite, undercover alfresco with paved courtyard & garden beds and large double garage with shoppers entrance. CONTACT Ray D'Costa

$329,000 to $359,000 bed 3 bath 2

From $460,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

A great Investment or home buyer. This is a well presented 3 by 2 home with great space and features. Summer or winter you will be comfortable with reverse ducted air-conditioning. The owners originally ran a home day-care and have installed well fenced outdoor areas, with foam matting along the side of the house for kids to enjoy. CONTACT Camille Ainsley PHONE 0417 508 364 EMAIL

Amazing location here to this quality built Aveling Homes ex display home situated in a great street adjacent to Discovery Parkland & famous Pit Stop playground! Display Home quality fixtures & fittings, large 4 bed & 2 bath, theatre room with built in speakers throughout. 2009 year built on a 435sqm block. CONTACT Ben Hanson PHONE 0402 785 410 EMAIL

FOR SALE Banksia Grove 107 Boomerang Loop

$470,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Banksia Grove 35 Sessilis Road

$409,000 - $429,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Beechboro 6 Ogram Place

Offers Invited bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Bentley 37 Burton Street

$469,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Banksia Groves #1 Agent Presents. Enormous family home with every extra imaginable. Set in an awesome street location just a few doors up from velvet park, retained bushland & nature walks.4 big bedrooms, large games room, home office & theatre. This deluxe home is absolutely priced to sell. CONTACT Ben Hanson PHONE 0402 785 410 EMAIL

Banksia Grove 8 Hyden Road

$435,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Are you looking for a full size home with maximum privacy and security?Are you an investor looking to take advantage of the current market? Are you a first home buyer?Then this could be for you! This genuine 4 bedroom home plus theatre is nestled behind a very private park and hidden amongst cottage style homes and will guarantee to take you by surprise. CONTACT Jackson Hamlin

Beechboro 21 Gloves Place

This 1970s brick home sits on a huge 780m2 block in the heart of Beechboro. The home has huge potential for those DIY lovers or developers a like. Sub-dividable block zoned R20/ R50 residential - duel density. This 3 x 1 with a large family room at the front & fire place for those winter nights. Outside a covered alfresco joined to a single enclosed carport. Massive backyard with garden green house, massive 6 x 10 (approx) powered shed on a concrete base with double gated driveway. The potential for CONTACT Elyse Halsey this house is endless. PHONE 0447 153 859 EMAIL

Beldon 2 Graphic Court

Perfectly designed, this stunning family/investment home is situated in the heart of Bentley within close proximity to Carousel shopping centre, Curtin University, public transport and many other hosts of amenities. This location is highly suitable for all types of buyers!

Bibra Lake 26 Annois Road

PHONE 0438 500 318 EMAIL

CONTACT Vicktor Sutrisno PHONE 0422 774 044 EMAIL

$399,000- $429,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

From $485,000 bed 4 bath 2

End Date Sale bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Banksia Groves #1 agent presents. 4x2 plus theatre home. Great street location & unbeatable value to this beautifully finished, well-appointed residence. Not a cent to spend and in absolute show home condition. Here this beautiful property on a 482sqm block is sure to please, do not delay & phone today! CONTACT Ben Hanson PHONE 0402 785 410 EMAIL

Room to roam and a place for your family to grow in this sought-after pocket offering the peace and safely of a cul-de-sac location and the benefit of development on this 866m2 lot situated in the R20/50 precinct, and that is just the start with features throughout this one owner property to be enjoyed for many more years to come. CONTACT Rob Nicholls PHONE 0407 442 222 EMAIL

This gorgeous home will surprise you – it is beautifully presented with two huge living spaces, separate study and renovated kitchen with an adjacent laundry which has been renovated to include a scullery. Also features reverse cycle air conditioning, solar hot water, 2 gas points, security doors and windows, garden shed, a huge private patio with extensive paving and parkland views all on an elevated, easy care 446 sqm block. CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

This is your opportunity secure a fantastic family home and be the first to enjoy the recently completed, impressive renovations. Located in the quieter part of Bibra lake, enjoy the fantastic position next door to a nature reserve, and across from Bibra Lake Primary. Conveniently located at the end of the street are shops containing medical, IGA, pharmacy, takeaway and bottleshop. Low maintenance and functional, don’t delay as quality homes like this sell quickly. CONTACT Damien Lloyd PHONE 0410 574 626 EMAIL summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE One of a kind, purpose built 4 bed, 3 bath with theatre, Burns Beach room, separate study, extra vehicle parking plus rear 37 Mattingleys Approach activity access for trailer and a sparkling pool – all on a low

CONTRACTS CRASHED 2ND CHANCE! Burns Beach Rates NO Levies NO Stamp Duty NO Legal Fees NO Yard 45 & 46/ 35 Ocean Parade NO Maintenance NO Waiting to Move in with mutual agreement

bed 4 bath 3 car 2

bed 2 bath 1 car 1

From $850,000

Camillo 13 Cressida Way

$319,000 to $339,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Canning Vale 116 Amherst Road

From $479,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Cannington 1/15 Morgan Street

$489,000 - $519,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 42

maintenance yet spacious 611m2 block. A unique home offering all the “I wants” at an affordable price! CONTACT Todd & Danielle Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

From the appealing and well sought after Grovelands estate in Camillo. This large 689sqm block is nestled away in a quiet friendly neighbourhood. This lovely older styled three bedroom one bathroom with a traditional exterior goes hand in hand with the fully renovated fresh interior. CONTACT Christy Sajan PHONE 0400 848 096 EMAIL

Great starter home located in the heart of Canning Vale. Wave goodbye to the kids while watching them walk to Saint Emilys primary school or step out the front door for a short stroll to transport and local shopping centres, great access to major arterial roads. Functional living and easy care gardens. CONTACT Simone Batley PHONE 0419 801 706 EMAIL

Well look no further than this 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home. Let the family spread out amongst; a sunken lounge with formal dining, a great sized meals area off the kitchen, in the second lounge area with room for a study or let them enjoy the front/rear garden while your entertaining in the alfresco dining. This home is a must see for list this weekend. Now's a great time to get organised before Christmas ready for the new school year next year.

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CONTACT Caroline Bicknell PHONE 0405 763 301 EMAIL

From $199,000 each

Camillo 59 Cammillo Road

Offers bed 5 bath 1 car 4

Canning Vale 49 Shreeve Road

From $569,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Cannington 5/3 Garden Street

$399,000 to $429,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

between parties. If you are ready for a lifestyle of ocean views, holiday mode, amazing sunsets and sunrises and more...then look no further. CONTACT Judith Dunstan PHONE 0409 417 436 EMAIL

Well laid floor plan on an elevated 682sqm block allows grand views of the hills to be enjoyed from first and the second storey. Boasting five well sized bedrooms, master bedroom with built-in robes and split reverse cycle air-conditioning system. Renovated kitchen equipped with stainless steel gas appliances, a fully renovated main bathroom, multiple split CONTACT Christy Sajan reverse cycle air-conditioning PHONE 0400 848 096 systems. EMAIL

Located on a 544sqm block in renowned Excelsior Primary School Zone, this breathtaking quality 2010 built home will suit any lifestyle. The splendid architectural design features really great size rooms which include open plan lounge, huge kitchen with plenty of cabinets for storage, 4 Bedrooms and a magical easy care outdoor entertaining area is not to be missed! CONTACT PK (Pankaj Kapur) PHONE 0424 194 509 EMAIL

If you are looking for easy care low maintenance and well presented this is for you. This immaculate three bedroom two bathroom home is in a very quiet complex. Great features to offer such as good sized bedrooms with built in robes, formal lounge, family room, delightful open plan kitchen with wooden floor boards. CONTACT Camille Ainsley PHONE 0417 508 364 EMAIL

FOR SALE Carine 10 Chelmorton Loop

$775,000 - $800,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Carine 11A Cador Court

$429,000 - $449,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Carramar 64 Carwoola Circle

$479,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Clarkson 11 Kitson Turn

From $379,000 bed 2 bath 2 car 2


Quite fittingly set in the most tranquil of neighbourhood streets this character-laden residence will warmly welcome you inside and let you fall in love with all of its simple pleasures. Features formal dining room, sunken carpeted lounge, central family area, casual meals space off the galley-style kitchen, ducted evaporative air conditioning, backyard patio, leafy gardens and lush green lawns surrounding a shimmering below-ground swimming pool. CONTACT Karen Riches PHONE 0478 733 200 EMAIL


First homebuyers, excited down-sizers and astute investors will all be left salivating at the prospect of this surprisingly spacious duplex half, with open plan living nestled at the top of a lovely cul-de-sac where the majestic Carine Open Space parklands are only a matter of footsteps away! The private outdoor entertaining area is already generous enough, highlighted by a massive patio entertaining space. There is even room for a swimming pool out back. CONTACT Karen Riches PHONE 0478 733 200 EMAIL

Carine 25/6 Gemstone Boulevard

This picturesque family home is now ready to meet the public. Situated in the sought after Carramar golf estate. Boasting a blend of functional indoor space and outdoor tropical paradise. Summer is on its way, sit back, relax & sip a glass of wine with friends whilst watching the kids play in the beautifully manicured gardens.

Caversham 40 Benara Road

Offers Invited bed 2 bath 2 car 2

From $3,000,000

CONTACT Diane Williamson PHONE 0431 112 750 EMAIL

Looking for a neat and chic townhouse, tucked away on a quiet street and within walking distance of Clarkson station, then this is for you! You are sure to be amazed how spacious and immaculately presented this home is and its sure to suit commuters, professionals, retirees, FIFO workers, first home owners or the astute investor. CONTACT Tish Thomas PHONE 0430 141 343 EMAIL

This very rare luxury apartment has a beautiful north-east aspect and is ideal for those with pets or green thumbs. Brand new and just completed, this apartment incorporates spacious bedrooms, air conditioning, study nook and open plan kitchen/dining/living which flows out to the outdoor entertaining area and courtyard. The convenient complex community centre offers the best of everything – gym, BBQ/entertaining area and community lounge for resident events. CONTACT Karen Riches PHONE 0478 733 200 EMAIL

Act quickly to secure this rare development opportunity. "Rare as hens teeth" 2.88 Ha land with the potential for 27 subdivision blocks in the Taylor Estate Caversham (STCA and planning approval) Created with the highest level of detail, Taylor Private Estate is in the heart of the Swan Valley, just 15km from Perth CBD and only minutes from Midland and Guildford. CONTACT Clinton Edwards PHONE 0409 040 901 EMAIL

Lovely second floor, spacious, 2 bedroom apartment in secure Clarkson with large balcony and 2 parking bays. Situated only 14/291 Ocean Keys Boulevard complex a few minutes walk from Clarkson station and ideal for

From $319,000 bed 2 bath 2 car 0

commuters or the astute investor. Open plan kitchen/dining/family room complete with reverse cycle a/c. Spacious master suite with en-suite. CONTACT Tish Thomas PHONE 0430 141 343 EMAIL summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Clarkson 15 Willoughby Retreat

$379,000 - $389,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Clarkson 21 Caldwell Turn

$485,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Clarkson 64 Mowbray Square

From $369,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Coolbinia 5 Tweed Crescent

End Date Sale bed 3 bath 2 car 2 44

Generous sized 4 x 2 with drive through access, in a whisper quiet cul de sac location. Generous living areas, great sized modern kitchen, cozy wood fire, fabulous size yard, double remote garage, fully reticulated. Yep it ticks all the boxes. Brilliantly located closed to parks, schools, shops & transport & only a 2 minute drive to our beautiful beaches. CONTACT Jan Buchanan PHONE 0408 802 381 EMAIL

This Bali Inspired 4x2 is something special. The house itself is a dream, but the entertaining area & gardens are your own slice of paradise. Gorgeous Bali style gazebo, tranquil gardens & the sounds of running water are just what you need to throw off the stresses of day to day life. CONTACT Jan Buchanan PHONE 0408 802 381 EMAIL

Looking for a well presented 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home on a 664sqm block with a powered shed then this is for you! Complete with newly laid carpets and fresh paint throughout, there's not a cent to spend, just move right in! Situated in fantastic location close to Ocean Keys Shopping Centre, schools, transport and everything Clarkson has to offer. CONTACT Tish Thomas PHONE 0430 141 343 EMAIL

End Date Sale 15th November 2016. This Custom-built residence is a grand design exuding style and elegance. The design exploits the wide northern aspects of the block by wedging the house into the back of the block and opening up all the living areas to the North. This creates privacy, tranquillity and seclusion for the pool and outdoor living areas. Features include open-plan living areas, boutique kitchen, superb guest suite and a handsomely appointed study. CONTACT Paul & Sue Middleton PHONE 0419 939 391 EMAIL

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Clarkson 20 Dulles Way

$469,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Clarkson 25 Arvada Street

From $469,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Wondering if you will ever find a home with space to park your caravan or 4x4?Looking for house that affords privacy & space? Well look no further than this fabulous 4 x 2 with a study and a media room, plus a top of the range ducted reverse cycle air/con. It has a terrific outdoor entertaining area, a shed, & even has rear gates to park your boat. . CONTACT Jan Buchanan PHONE 0408 802 381 EMAIL

If you are looking for an immaculately presented 4 bedroom home, then this is for you! As soon as you drive up to the home you will be impressed by the presence of this lovely home with a great facade situated on a great street. Situated in a great location, close to schools, parks, Clarkson train station and everything Clarkson has to offer! CONTACT Tish Thomas PHONE 0430 141 343 EMAIL

This gorgeous family home in a quiet cul-de-sac location offers Connolly living areas, big bedrooms and separate study, all on a 23 Bay Meadow Heights huge generous 782sqm block. It represents fantastic value and a

$649,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Cooloongup 13 Hera Close

$319,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

perfect step into Connolly. The renovated kitchen overlooks the sparkling below ground pool and outdoors with premium paving and easy care garden with plenty of room for the kids and pets to play. CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

Do you need space for your caravan, boat or work vehicle? Are you looking for a big block in a quiet location? This lovely 3x1 on a 685 sqm block with unrestricted side access and a hardstand could be just what you are looking for. CONTACT Bernadette Woodhouse PHONE 0402 420 393 EMAIL

FOR SALE Cooloongup 21 Varley Crescent

$349,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Dayton 11 Watercress Gardens

You will feel right at home when you enter this beautifully presented family home situated close to amenities. The easy care outside entertaining areas include a timber decked patio overlooking the back yard and beautiful pool for that fun time summer entertaining. CONTACT Graham York PHONE 0467 773 977 EMAIL

Currambine 10 Renoir Lane

Mid to High $700,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Reannon Walker & the Peard Swan valley Team are proud to present 11 Watercress Gardens, Dayton. This quality family home with over 200m2 of living has everything you need start living that comfortable modern lifestyle. Nestled in a quiet family location in the St. Leonards Estate, opposite park lands & on a 450m block, this will have to be ticking a lot of boxes for families looking to experience life in the Swan Valley. With a practical layout, modern open plan living, two defined living spaces, great sized back CONTACT Reannon Walker yard, this is sure to attract attention. PHONE 0429 044 637 EMAIL

Dianella 1/6 Brosnan Street

This north-facing, 3x2 rear villa is tucked away in a fabulous Doubleview south of Scarborough Beach Rd. Its an easy walk to 244B Flamborough Street position, the vibrant local shopping strip, cafes and restaurants, and

Doubleview 55 Sydenham Road

bed 3 bath 2 car 1

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $490,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$600,000 - $630,000

Duncraig 14 Channar Rise

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

close to good schools and the beach.

CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

Perfect for the growing family, this home offers a very generous floorplan with multiple living areas, massive bedrooms and a separate study. Features a fabulous formal lounge, generous modern kitchen formal dining/activity/ music room, spacious family room and a huge undercover entertaining area overlooking a tranquil pool enjoying a northerly aspect making it perfect to lounge CONTACT Namita Mehra in all year round! PHONE 0409 920 737 EMAIL

$429,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1


Duncraig 8 Yarrimup Close

$1,179,000 - $1,219,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Be totally blown away as you walk into this stunning masterpiece. As you walk through the front door you'll notice the gourmet kitchen is the centre piece of this home, overlooking the open plan family/dinning, creating a seamless flow from indoor to outdoor living where you'll be able to relax under the alfresco and cool down in the pool this summer. CONTACT Ryan Joseph PHONE 0400 006 693 EMAIL

Beautifully presented front villa ideal for couples, singles or investors. Features some security screens and doors, instantaneous gas hot water, split system reverse cycle air con, pergola/ patio area, as new paint and window treatments. Ideally situated within a few hundred meters of The Strand, Grand Promenade and Walter Road. It has easy access to buses and shops. A must to inspect as these end villas with large courtyards are few and far between. CONTACT Chas Paridis PHONE 0418 911 289 EMAIL

Positioned high on one of South Doubleviews most prominent and sought after streets, this character 4 bed 2 bath home is sure to tick all the boxes for the astute buyers that are seeking location and the opportunity to purchase high on the hill. CONTACT Sam Mannino PHONE 0402 822 457 EMAIL

Sitting on a tightly held cul-de-sac, in an elevated section of Duncraig South, this late 90’s built large family home is a beautiful expression of generous spaces, high ceilings and numerous extras that makes this home stand out of the crowd! Features large lavish formal areas, study or home office, massive open plan casual living area with an absolutely stunning kitchen, spacious games room and a big entertaining alfresco overlooking a tranquil pool. CONTACT Namita Mehra PHONE 0409 920 737 EMAIL summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Duncraig 20 Telopia Drive

$789,000 - $839,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Duncraig 85 Sycamore Drive

$1,235,000 - $1,295,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

East Victoria Park 114 Beatty Avenue

From $475,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Edgewater 14 Jasper Way

From $579,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 4 46

Enjoy Perth’s glorious summers in the comfort of this beautiful backyard that makes outdoor living and entertaining a real treat! There’s everything here for the growing family- big undercover entertaining area, tranquil pool, big modern kitchen, generous open plan family and meals area, easy-care timber look floors in high use areas, large formal lounge and separate formal dining or study. You must view this great family home you can enjoy for years CONTACT Namita Mehra to come!

Duncraig 25 Ayton Way

They don’t make homes like this anymore! Classy, sophisticated and generously proportioned! Sitting pretty on a rare 855 sqm block. Features elegant marble floors, high ceilings, light and bright interior, tranquil garden views, multiple formal and casual living areas to spread out in, big open plan kitchen and meals, super-sized family/ games room, private backyard with a pergola that runs along the entire rear of the house and a fabulous pool with easy-care chemigem. CONTACT Namita Mehra PHONE 0409 920 737 EMAIL

East Cannington 59A Redcliffe Street


East Victoria Park 14B Basinghall Street

PHONE 0409 920 737 EMAIL

Wow opportunity here to get into this high growth area without having to comprise on style. This home oozes character. 301sqm block CONTACT Tash Welburn PHONE 0409 884 176 EMAIL

'Team Edgewater presents'.. A well located family 4x2 in child friendly location with elevated views from the front over Lake Joondalup. This family home offers space for all the family with bonus features including large colorbond outdoor room/retreat and a large powered workshop perfect for the tradie, boatie or caravan-er.

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CONTACT Tony Mullen PHONE 0402 020 331 EMAIL

From $749,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2


This fabulous home on a 736 sqm block has been renovated and extended to accommodate a large family. Features open plan kitchen, family and dining area, huge lounge room/theatre room, separate study, massive gazebo surrounded by easy care reticulated gardens with plenty of room to sink a pool or design the garden of your dreams. With stunning Tallowwood floors, this contemporary home oozes style and space. CONTACT Paul & Sue Middleton PHONE 0419 939 391 EMAIL

A battle-axe block in an exciting rapid developing area. Its down with the old homes and up with the new. See what has happened in the surrounding area and then consider what you could have on this semi-secluded private block. Limestone base under driveway has been done.Total area 556sqm, Green titled. Great location near Beckenham border and close to train CONTACT Simone Batley station and other amenities. PHONE 0419 801 706 EMAIL

Expressions of Interest bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Ellenbrook 1 Oakhill Heights

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

Not often does a property of this quality and location become available. This executive two storey home boasts all wants plus so much more. So if you like the finer things in life this property is for you. CONTACT Tash Welburn PHONE 0409 884 176 EMAIL

Are you looking for an affordable 4 bedroom home with a pretty outlook in highly sought after Charlottes Vineyard? Look no further than this well presented property located opposite Oakhill park. With impressive features like a large theatre with double French doors, a well equipped kitchen boasting loads of storage & a sensible flowing floor plan it is sure to tick all your boxes. Located close to all amenities, minutes from Ellenbrook Town Centre & in the catchment area for sought after schools, its ideal for investors CONTACT Tiffany Bray or nesters alike. PHONE 0412 930 820 EMAIL

FOR SALE Ellenbrook 16 Gladman Pass

From $370,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Ellenbrook 6 Honeyeater Terrace

From $519,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Gabbadah 141 Darch Trail

$399,000 - $419,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 0

Gabbadah 39 Seaflower Way

Offers Over $659,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Make us an offer on this lovely home. You will feel the love a& warmth radiate through this beautifully presented home from the minute you step foot inside. Completely finished & ready for you with all the comforts you would expect. 2 separate living areas & 2 separate split systems for your comfort. Quality curtains, carpets, tiles & double blinds, both sheer & sunblock on every window. Crimsafe security on all doors & windows for your families safety & peace of mind. This home really is so welcoming & CONTACT Angie Pearce comfortable, you will never PHONE 0499 775 046 want to leave. EMAIL

Ellenbrook 39 Mona Vale Loop

This house is something special. From the thought given to the welcoming foyer to the fully renovated kitchen and bathrooms, this home will wow you with everything it has to offer. With three living areas plus a study and study nook, and an outdoor entertaining area which will make anyone envious- this is truly a home which has it all!

Ellenbrook 7 Horsenall Close

CONTACT Natasha Cheung PHONE 0433 288 953 EMAIL

This home personifies country living with its solid limestone construction, wide verandahs and resident kangaroo!. Homes in this price range do not come up often and if you are looking to buy your first home or down size to a slower pace of life then look no further than this well presented 3x1 home on a flat, level cleared block. CONTACT Tracy Kriwopischin PHONE 0419 998 306 EMAIL

Welcome to this one of a kind custom designed 4 bedroom 2 bathroom family home set on approximately 3.5 acres that has had no expense spared with luxurious features such as NSW Blackbutt floors, designer kitchen, enclosed air conditioned alfresco area, ducted reverse cycle air con and a huge shed - Inspection will not disappoint!. CONTACT Tracy Kriwopischin PHONE 0419 998 306 EMAIL

$449,000 - $469,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $529,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Located in the modern area of Malvern Springs in Ellenbrook, this very spacious home situated on a large 550m2 block of land will surely tick all the boxes!. As you enter, you will be greeted by the spacious formal lounge & Master suite. Further down the hallway you will be amazed by your very open & spacious dining & family area, complemented by the stylish kitchen equipped with plenty of storage. To finish the home off, a newly built alfresco area & large backyard perfect for the kids & pets to play. CONTACT Thanh Nguyen PHONE 0414 288 165 EMAIL

Very rarely does the opportunity present itself for you to buy an ex display home, never lived in, complete with furniture! This warm & inviting family home has something for everyone. The backyard boasts two separate entertaining areas overlooking the low maintenance garden complete with mature frangipanis & Magnolia trees. Finished off to the high standard you would expect, with features like raised ceilings, stone bench & quality kitchen appliances as well as reverse cycle air-conditioning & an activity room CONTACT Tiffany Bray for the kids to play in, it is bound PHONE 0412 930 820 to impress. EMAIL

If you want to live the dream then look no further than this Gabbadah home it has an amazing lifestyle to offer you and 278 Sovereign Hill Drive unique your family within the beautiful Moore River Region.

Offers Over $699,000 bed 6 bath 3 car 5

Whether you are a large family, need space for teenagers or your parents, this versatile home is not one to miss. Set on a mainly cleared huge 5.46 acre block. CONTACT Tracy Kriwopischin PHONE 0419 998 306 EMAIL

Behind security gates this lovely, two storey townhouse is Girrawheen for you. Features extra living areas, air-conditioning, 9/65 Hainsworth Avenue waiting fruit trees, vegetable gardens, huge workshop and new

From $299,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

kitchen appliances. This townhouse sits in a small complex and is ideal for first home buyers or a small family. CONTACT Rodney Vines PHONE 0417 917 640 EMAIL summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Girrawheen 27 Clover Square

From $449,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Glendalough 34/29 Heard Way

End Date Sale bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Gosnells 31 Durack Crescent

Offers bed 5 bath 1 car 1

Greenwood 32 Dillenia Way

From $639,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 48

A few of your own personal touches can make this house your home. Welcoming you inside is a sunny, spacious lounge room overlooking the front yard. Security screens on windows and external doors throughout, a renovated bathroom with a separate w/c, air conditioning, and back patio complete the package. The residence sits on a huge R60 711sqm zoned leafy block, shire approved for up to three dwellings.

Girrawheen 35 Althorne Way

This sophisticated and idealistic second floor end unit is spacious, inviting, extremely well presented and has been tastefully renovated to please. With a neutral colour palate and some great finishing touches; units like these don't come along often and when they do, they aren't around for long.

Gosnells 26 Terence Street

CONTACT Rodney Vines PHONE 0417 917 640 EMAIL

CONTACT Dean Bradley PHONE 0411 110 779 EMAIL

From $449,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 2

From $499,000 bed 6 bath 2 car 2

Summer is coming so why not take an opportunity of grabbing a bargain with this well presented home built on a generous 682 sqm block boasting five bedrooms, one bathroom, two wc's, lounge/dining, kitchen with dishwasher and meals/family area. Extra features include ducted evaporative air conditioning, solar hot water and security screens. CONTACT Karen Lloyd

Greenwood 27A Wahroonga Way

Be sure you make an appointment to view this stunning home on an easy care 519sqm block. This gorgeous home is fully renovated – inside and out. Features include open living with spacious lounge, meals/ dining and stunning kitchen all connecting to the timber decked outdoor entertaining area. Additional features include ducted reverse cycle air conditioning, powered workshop/ shed and auto reticulated established gardens. CONTACTS Julie Vincent/Ron Vincent PHONE 0403 809 445/0403 809 209 EMAIL

Greenwood 34 Calectasia Street

PHONE 0421 614 447 EMAIL

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From $485,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

From $529,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

This 4 X 1 renovated family home is in a whisper quiet private street. Recently painstakingly renovated home comes with a new kitchen, bamboo floors, multiple living areas, games room, patio and a separate workshed with a bar that could be even used as an office. This house is on recently rezoned 686m2 and is a picture-perfect family residence. CONTACT Sanjoy Pradhan PHONE 0421 541 260 EMAIL

Live your dream life in this massive double storey home situated in the heart of Gosnells. Elegant, plenty of room to move and specifically designed for the big family, this residence is filled with quality finishes throughout. Well laid floor plan boasts three spacious living areas, generous size deluxe kitchen equipped with stylish stainless appliances & six good size CONTACT Vicktor Sutrisno bedrooms PHONE 0422 774 044 EMAIL

This absolutely gorgeous home boasts modern dĂŠcor, open plan living, a well-appointed kitchen and spacious patio area with a high pitched roof and lush private garden outlook. Additional features include gates for vehicle access into the backyard, reticulated established gardens and a good size garden shed. With no common walls or strata fees, and only a stroll to the local shops, this property must be viewed to be fully appreciated. CONTACTS Julie Vincent/Ron Vincent PHONE 0403 809 445/0403 809 209 EMAIL

This impeccably maintained family home is conveniently located close to Greenwood Village Shopping Centre and lies in the newly rezoned R40 pocket. The property boasts a large entry foyer, spacious lounge, split system reverse cycle air conditioning, a massive laundry with good storage and a paved area for a boat or caravan. A sliding door connects to the large outdoor patio area, allowing for great indoor/ outdoor entertaining. CONTACTS Julie Vincent/Ron Vincent PHONE 0403 809 445/ EMAIL

FOR SALE Greenwood 39 Ricketts Way

From $539,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 4

Gwelup 12 Ufton Street

Offers Invited bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Harrisdale 52 Northerly Drive

Buyers Over $609,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Heathridge 22 Blythewood Way

From $465,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1


A large sparkling pool and wrap around undercover alfresco entertaining area is the centrepiece of this stylishly renovated home. Located on a large 746m² easy care, fully reticulated block with manicured gardens. Boasting ducted air-conditioning, big 6x4 metre studio/teenagers retreat, separate lounge/dining, informal meals area serviced by a modern kitchen and a double undercover carport with room for 4 cars all in a perfect, quiet location. CONTACT Blaise Partridge PHONE 0478 890 876 EMAIL


All offers presented by Wednesday 2nd November at 6:00pm (unless sold prior). Nestled in a quiet family friendly location with minimal traffic, surrounded by beautiful nature reserves on a large 729 sqm block. This magnificent family residence offers a sizeable family living room, open-plan kitchen, custom in-built German cabinetry and a massive double remote-controlled garage. The backyard features fully reticulated, well-maintained garden beds, mature trees and a sparkling CONTACT Ben Keevers fenced swimming pool. PHONE 0404 056 010

Gwelup 2/46 Porter Street

Be sure to put this fantastic family double storey home on your must view list... Representing fantastic value this very well appointed and maintained property is in a picturesque location opposite a stunning park and lake.

Haynes 35 Rickett Street


CONTACT Julie Read PHONE 0422 495 665 EMAIL

With a little upgrading this residence will be a perfect home for a young family or a solid investment. The current tenant has a fixed lease agreement until February 2017 at $400 per week and would love to stay on. Currently zoned R20/40 and set in a prime location on a quiet leafy street. Walking distance to Edgewater train station and Belridge Shopping Centre with quick access to the Mitchell Freeway. CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL

$970,000 - $995,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Offers bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Heathridge 7 Ironwood Avenue

From $459,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Quality custom-designed low-maintenance living does not get much better than this luxurious double-storey abode in Gwelup’s sought-after Privé Lane Estate. Features a stunning New York-inspired enclosed gas-heated swimming pool and spa area that is suited for all seasons and flows seamlessly from a fabulous alfresco entertaining space. The main living zone comprises of a separate family room, dining area with direct access out to the alfresco and pool and an impeccably-appointed kitchen. CONTACT Karen Riches PHONE 0478 733 200 EMAIL

A home to warm the heart that has everything and just waiting for you to own it. This home has 4 large bedrooms, study, theatre, a big backyard and large kitchen to offer.

CONTACT Khush Monga PHONE 0411 094 249 EMAIL

If you love entertaining in designer style, this is the home for you! Located on a quiet street close to Heathridge Primary School, this stylish property boasts a huge enclosed alfresco with French doors and patio blinds. This space opens onto a beautiful garden with built-in kids’ playground. The finish on this home is top-quality, and with the addition of a super-functional party room, it’s sure to be snapped up! CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL

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FOR SALE Heathridge 49 Oakover Way

End Date Sale bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Herne Hill 57 Argyle Street

$445,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 3

Hillarys 20 Lorica Cove

From $749,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Hillarys 58 Lymburner Drive

From $649,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2 50

All offers presented by 6pm Monday 14th November. The seller reserves the right to accept an offer prior to this date. Sitting on a huge 933-square-metre block, this property boasts a huge paved outdoor entertaining area with pitched patio, plus a solar-heated, lagoon-style pool. Inside, this home is a winner, with an ultra-modern, fully renovated kitchen, family room with log heater, separate lounge room and huge family dining area. CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL

Henley Brook 12 Forge Lane

New to the market is this 3 x 1 brick home on a large 809m2 block consisting of lounge, dining, kitchen with large gas cooker & rangehood, sunken family room with built in bar & gas log fire heater plus carport come activity room / spare room. Evaporative air conditioning throughout plus an additional reverse cycle air conditioner, huge alfresco area, 10 x 7.5m shed plus additional garden shed, 5kw solar panels, gas hot water, kids cubby house & gardens galore.Situated in the heart of the Swan Valley & only CONTACT Samantha Hill 10 minutes to Midland Shopping PHONE 0407 666 905 complex. EMAIL

Hillarys 16 Barbados Turn

This extremely appealing, mint condition, light filled family home is a real winner. Features gleaming solid timber floors, multiple living areas including a formal lounge and dining room, large modern kitchen, open plan family meals area plus an activity room which is positioned perfectly for the kids. The outdoors features a salt pool and entertaining area with a massive pitched all weather patio. All offers presented by CONTACT Kathy Clement the 9th of November, unless sold prior. PHONE 0403 539 820

Hillarys 4 Cronulla Place

Unique opportunity, lots of land this size are very rare within the greatly sought after suburb of Hillarys. This opportunity allows you to reside in or lease the property while making application to develop or secure now for your investment portfolio enjoying the profits later in life with the secure knowledge of owning one of the larger parcels of land left in the area. The options really are all yours.

Hillarys 60 Amalfi Drive


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CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

$390,000 - $410,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$1,495,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 4

From $1,249,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

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

Ready to spend your summer days entertaining? With this beautifully presented 4x2, on a large 510m2 block in the gorgeous neighborhood of Henley Brook, only minutes from the Swan Valley wineries, gorgeous park lands, cafes & restaurants your guest list will double. Pull up to a well presented & maintained front garden with double carport, with entry through to the backyard. This gate also gives the option to make drive through access. Enter into the freshly neutral painted homes formal lounge with a relaxing CONTACT Elyse Halsey homely feel. PHONE 0447 153 859 EMAIL

Boasting four large living areas plus two double garages on a generous 689sqm block, this is a contemporary home is fit for a growing family that loves to entertain. Features a formal lounge and dining room, open plan main living area, Hampton's style kitchen, huge games room, outdoor entertaining area with an enclosed barbecue kitchen, cedar-lined pitched alfresco and a sparkling heated pool. CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

This stunning, Tuscan inspired, double storey Oswald Home offers a fantastic coastal lifestyle, perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Boasting multiple living spaces inside and out, large open-plan kitchen, sunken formal dining and living room with high angled ceilings, parents retreat, swimming pool with verandah, alfresco dining area, luscious lawns and double garage. This property is situated in one of the Northern Suburbs most desirable locations.CONTACT Ben Keevers PHONE 0404 056 010 EMAIL

This coastal Harbour Rise retreat is a great opportunity to secure yourself a fantastic home with an awesome lifestyle to match. Featuring a large lounge/ study/ media room, stunning quality chef’s kitchen, adjoining meals, open plan family living, separate TV/games room, newly renovated bathrooms, tropical private outdoor entertaining alfresco area, sparkling below ground pool and ducted air-conditioning, all on a CONTACT Jeff Coghill low maintenance 503 sqm green title lot. PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

FOR SALE This wonderful family home oozes appeal and boasts a great Hillarys plan. The house has such a commanding presence 81 Broadbeach Boulevard floor externally which is matched by its impeccable presentation

Hocking 40 Cadoux Loop

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$1,129,000 - $1,199,000

Iluka 63 Delgado Parade

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

Iluka 9 Atlantic Avenue

From $765,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Innaloo 37C Lilacdale Road

From $559,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

internally. Features a large meals area, kids’ activity room, parents retreat, modern neutral kitchen, double remote garage with shoppers’ access and large solar heated pool. Priced for today’s market, this is a Kathy Hamilton buying opportunity not to CONTACT PHONE 0408 950 085 be missed! EMAIL

From $569,000

The winning combination of a variety of indoor and outdoor living areas, make this impeccable ex display home an absolute winner. Boasting a children’s wing with activity room, study, enormous home theatre, upstairs retreat and dream alfresco with heated pool and spa.

Iluka 85 O'Mara Boulevard

CONTACT Todd & Danielle Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

Massive and magnificent, a tantalising Tuscan with 4 separate living areas, including games room and kids activity. Soaring high ceilings, airconditioned, fabulous alfresco and a sun drenched pool. You will find fantastic value here in a very desirable beachside location. CONTACT Todd & Danielle Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

This well-designed 3 bedrooms, 2 bathroom rear villa is perfect if you are chasing a low maintenance lifestyle or perfect for a savvy investor.

CONTACT Sheval Colyer PHONE 0401 846 418 EMAIL

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

Innaloo 20C Nangetty Street

$615,000 - $635,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

This wonderfully unusual and individual home is all about friends and family! It was beautifully designed integrating outdoor and indoor living to suit any lifestyle. It is low maintenance living at its best, leaving you with plenty time to enjoy life.This spacious entertainer with stunning pool is sure to impress. Hurry and be in by Christmas! CONTACT Esmari Bradley PHONE 0422 279 396 EMAIL

Welcome to this stunning family residence built by Gemmill Homes only completed in December of 2013 & is finished with impeccable style with quality fixtures & fittings plus soft modern tones throughout. Sitting on an elevated 416sqm north facing block located in a fantastic location only 250m (approx.) away from the beachfront in the very prestigious suburb of Iluka. CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

Sensational, immaculately maintained, 2009 build, private rear townhouse in perfect Belair Estate location. Nestled in a whisper quiet street only a short walk to Stirling Train Station and major facilities. CONTACT Marcus Lord PHONE 0417 911 107 EMAIL

This beautiful family ex-display home provides everything a Jindalee family could need, cleverly and seamlessly 25 Midsummer Avenue growing integrating the indoor living to the outdoor entertaining area,

$579,000-$599,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

making entertaining effortless. The living areas are flooded with natural light and there is plenty of space to party.

CONTACTS Steve Wilcox & Kathy McGurk Team PHONE 0451 669 139 EMAIL summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Joondalup 39/160 Lakeside Drive

$469,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Joondanna 3/146 Roberts Street

$750,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Karrinyup 17 Prisk Street

$1,150,000 - $1,180,000

Currently tenanted with long term tenants this meticulously maintained and beautifully presented gorgeous 130m2, 3 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment in the heart of Joondalup is the crme de la crme of apartments boasting striking solid Tasmanian Oak timber floors and 2 private balconies. CONTACT Lindsay King PHONE 0439 700 100 EMAIL

Superior size and quality, single storey villas under construction in an elevated central location close to public transport. Designed with every attention to detail and quality fittings and fixtures used throughout. Features quality kitchen with German appliances plus a scullery, two living areas including a theatre room, high ceilings and alfresco areas built under the main roof. CONTACTS Chas Paridis/Paul Chang-Leng PHONE 0418 911 289/0407 925 557 EMAIL

This is the kind of home that suits family life growing up together, special celebrations, laughter and summer fun in the pool. Its extraordinarily big, and in a fantastic, convenient location.

bed 5 bath 2 car 3

Karrinyup 5a Smith Street

From $739,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2 52

CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

This attractive, quality built, single level, 3 bed 2 bath street front home is conveniently located, just a skip and a jump to the very popular Karrinyup shopping precinct. Enough said.....Now its up to you, all about opportunity, a fine home in the perfect location.

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CONTACT Sam Mannino PHONE 0402 822 457 EMAIL

Joondanna 199 Mcdonald Street

All offers presented bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Kallaroo 180 Bridgewater Drive

$599,000 - $637,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

Karrinyup 393 Karrinyup Road

From $720,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Kingsley 3 Handcock Way

$749,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Like a fine wine properties with this much character just get better with age. If you desire a home that is not like all the others and with its own unique characteristics then you must view this fantastic 1950s fully renovated character home. CONTACT James Drummond PHONE 0422 043 344 EMAIL

This home is all done and ready to move into! You’ll find porcelain tiles in the living areas, as new carpets in the bedrooms and a modern neutral colour scheme throughout. Features a brand new kitchen and appliances, open plan living/ dining area, reverse cycle split system air conditioner, solar panels, gorgeous outdoor undercover entertaining area with cafÊ blinds and reticulated low maintenance gardens. At 696 sqm this home may be sub divided subject to council. CONTACT Jane Turnbull PHONE 0401 158 798 EMAIL

Convenient location. Tick. Stylish interior. Tick. Large Liveable outdoor space. Tick. If these features are high on your list, youll love this 3x2 beauty. Situated on Karrinyup Road, youll be surprised at how peaceful it is here theres a sense of calm throughout, enhanced by double glazed windows and relaxing greenery. CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

This stunning 4 bedroom 2 bathroom + study home has a commanding presence. From the fully renovated modern faade & front garden through to the renovated kitchen & bathrooms, with a massive modern open plan living area. CONTACT Lee Parkinson PHONE 0422 233 484 EMAIL

FOR SALE Kingsley 24 Granton Way

From $519,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Kingsley 4 Dumont Court

Offers Over $549,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 2

Kingsley 9 Robertson Court

From $525,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Leederville 7/9 Brentham Street

From $559,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 2

Don’t miss the rare opportunity to secure this home sitting on an easy care 473 sqm block in an ever thriving suburb. Features a renovated kitchen, two separate living areas with lounge, dining and family room, ducted evaporative air conditioning throughout, alarm system, outdoor pitched patio entertaining area, well established reticulated gardens, side access for a small boat, van, or trailer and a shed for extra storage.

Kingsley 27 Dalmain Street

Don’t miss your chance with this perfectly located family entertainer sitting on a 690 sqm block in super quiet child friendly cul-de-sac location. Features a central kitchen, two large living areas with a front lounge room and separate dining area and open plan family and meals rooms, evaporative air conditioning throughout the home, outdoor patio private entertaining area, quality café blinds and sparkling below CONTACT James Kennedy ground swimming pool.

Kingsley 9 Adenmore Way

This easy care stunning home sits on a 373 sqm block and is the perfect downsizer, 1st home buyer, or mature age couple who travel and want to lock and leave! Features a renovated kitchen, two separate living areas with front lounge with beautiful natural light and an open plan family and meals area, large outdoor pitched colorbond patio entertaining area for year-round use, fully reticulated established gardens CONTACT James Kennedy and front lawn.

Landsdale 10 Priest Road

For an astute home buyer or investor this property offers a fantastic opportunity to get into this highly sort after location. The living area is bright and airy and opens onto the private rear garden. Nestled in a 'walk to everything' location and ideally located to the Oxford Street cafe strip, shops, restaurants and train station.

Mandurah 2B Kingfisher Drive

CONTACT James Kennedy PHONE 0421 420 450 EMAIL

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CONTACT Phyllis Gemelli PHONE 0407 386 501 EMAIL

$549,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 2

From $619,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$609,000- $629,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$239,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Well-presented and equipped four bedroom family home situated on a massive 813m2 block. This well presented home is ideal for a family seeking to move into the area with potential for the new owner to put their own stamp on it. Make your move now! CONTACTS Sam Mannino/Justin Chidlow PHONE 0402 822 457/0402 946 446 EMAIL

Don’t miss your chance to secure this much loved large family home with separate workshop, studio or home office with totally separate access from main house entry. Set in a quiet street location, this property features a good sized kitchen, large separate living areas with a lounge and dining, family and games room, rear outdoor patio entertaining area and sparkling below ground swimming pool ready for the hot summer ahead. CONTACT James Kennedy PHONE 0421 420 450 EMAIL

A viewing is a MUST to see and appreciate this immaculately presented, large 4 bedrooms, 2 bathroom with multiple livings, great outdoor pool entertaining and is located in one of Landsdale most sought after pocket with great street appeal and surrounded by quality homes. CONTACT Maria Bridgeman PHONE 0409 033 701 EMAIL

NORTH YUNDERUP This cute home is neat and tidy and just waiting for a new owner to bring their furniture and make it their home. Located in the beautiful setting of North Yunderup where the lifestyle gives you the opportunity to kick back relax and enjoy life. The property benefits from 3 bedrooms, lounge, dining, kitchen, sunroom. CONTACT Pauline Bill PHONE 0487 832 539 EMAIL summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Mandurah 11/12 Creery Street

From $235,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Mandurah 17 La Grange Place

POA bed 4 bath 2 car 2

DUDLEY PARK Are you looking for a spacious, light and bright home right in the heart of Mandurah - look no further. The home is part of a small complex of over 55's or over and conveniently located within walking distance to the Mandurah foreshore, close by the Mandurah Forum and easy access to the public transport. CONTACT Rick Uren PHONE 0414 779 834 EMAIL

MEADOW SPRINGS Great size family home or starter on 638m2 block. Open plan living, good size kitchen with new oven. New carpets, paint and window treatments. A generous size backyard, room for workshop or pool. Double lockup garage, good size patio area. Conveniently located. CONTACT Kathryn Fiorenza PHONE 0427 475 661 EMAIL

Mandurah 13 Karrul Way

$389,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 22 Eyre Close

$789,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

MEADOW SPRINGS Immaculately presented, this stunning Mandurah will impress its new owner! Located on a premium 26 Summerlea Avenue home street of Meadow Springs in a quiet cul-de-sac on 753sqm

Mandurah 3 Wanstead Court

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

bed 3 bath 1 car 1

From $429,000

Mandurah 30 Terry Crescent

$250,000-$270,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2 54

block. Renovated kitchen with stone benchtop, study, theatre room, outdoor entertaining area plus enclosed alfresco area, powered workshops. Room for boat/van at front. CONTACT Rick Uren PHONE 0414 779 834 EMAIL

Solid 3 bedroom 1 bathroom brick and tile home. The block is a large 809 sqm, giving plenty of room to move. Powered workshop, massive paved patio area. Situated in the heart of Mandurah within 5 minutes of the beach, Mandurah Train Station, Mandurah Forum Shopping Centre and the beautiful Marina.

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CONTACT Rick Uren PHONE 0414 779 834 EMAIL


Mandurah 7 Woolah Place

$590,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

GREENFIELDS If space is what you are looking for with room to park your boat, caravan plus lots more then look no further. This brick and tile home is set on an 889m2 block and is a delightful position right next to the river in Riverside Gardens. This home is well appointed and in an ideal position next to the river and boat ramp. CONTACT Pauline Bill PHONE 0487 832 539 EMAIL

BARRAGUP Immaculate 5 acre property on the outskirts of Mandurah. Country style 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom fully renovated home, swimming pool, multiple use sheds, horse shelters & round yard, chicken run, reticulated paddocks, bores and scheme water. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac close to horse trails. CONTACT Kathryn Fiorenza PHONE 0427 475 661 EMAIL

MADORA BAY Less than a 400m walk to the beach you have the perfect place to enjoy relaxed beach holidays now and build your dream home later on. This beaut beach shack sits in a really nice cul de sac on a large 726 sqm allotment less than an hour's drive to Perth. CONTACT Maureen Parsons PHONE 0413 033 144 EMAIL

SOUTH YUNDERUP Situated in a tranquil area of South Yunderup we have a fabulous brick and tile 3 bedrooms, 2 bathroom home on the canals. Boosting a large paved patio with its own timber top bar and cafĂŠ blinds, the perfect place to relax and entertain. Take advantage of your private slipway and mooring. Easy care property. CONTACT Kathryn Fiorenza PHONE 0427 475 661 EMAIL

FOR SALE DUDLEY PARK Generous size home with genuine side access. Mandurah size master room with walk through wardrobe. Large 39 Mariners Cove Drive Good kitchen, overlooking dining and living area. Freshly painted

Marmion 17 Leach Street

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

bed 4 bath 3 car 3


Merriwa 16 Ballina Close

From $329,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

walls, new carpets, down lighting. Double lock up garage, Alfresco under main roof. Backyard has room for improvements. CONTACT Kathryn Fiorenza PHONE 0427 475 661 EMAIL

This is a lovely 3 x 1 home with semi ensuite, that is an absolute credit to the sellers. Beautifully presented with generous sized bedrooms, good size lounge & lovely open plan living areas. A near new A frame all weather pergola is just the start of this spacious entertaining area. Lovely well maintained back yard & gardens, plus 2 sheds & drive through access. CONTACT Jan Buchanan PHONE 0408 802 381 EMAIL


Merriwa 23 Blue Mountain Link

From $389,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This perfect low maintenance 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home Mindarie on an elevated 411sqm block with modern street 26 Grandbank Parkway sitting appeal plus secure front fence perfect for kids & pets to play

Mindarie 43 Shoreham Turn

bed 3 bath 2 car 2

bed 3 bath 3 car 2

Price Over $500,000

Mooliabeenee 811 Bindoon Moora Road

$595,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 2

safely, is ideal for someone looking to downsize, to secure a fantastic investment property or first home buyers looking to enter this fantastic suburb of Mindarie. CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

Mad Dog Run is located 13 kms from Bindoon & 24 kms from Gingin & is a unique property offering a rural lifestyle only 90 minutes to Perth. Perfect weekender not too far to drive, yet far enough away from the hustle & bustle. This 36 acre property offers approximately 5 acres of vineyard, 600 mature olive trees & a small block of proteas. Continue working the property with its diversified business enterprises or the activities are suited for a weekend getaway or for semi-retirees chasing something to do which CONTACT Samantha Hill does not take up all of their time. PHONE 0407 666 905 EMAIL

From $999,000

Mount Hawthorn 16 Lynton Street

$1,150,000 - $1,250,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 4

Nestled just one street back from the iconic West Coast Drive, in one of Perth's most coveted locations, this rare property boasts incomparable views of the sparkling Indian Ocean and sits so close to the beach you can hear the waves crash. An exceptional opportunity presents itself to create your dream lifestyle. Stroll to nearby beaches, the popular Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club, local cafes CONTACT Ben Keevers and parklands. PHONE 0404 056 010 EMAIL

This extremely low maintenance home is perfect for the busy family or downsizers wanting a lock and leave lifestyle. The outdoor entertainment area will certainly appeal to the whole family. Separate living area and main bedroom privately situated to the front of the home. Block size: 493m2 Built in 2005

CONTACT Esmari Bradley PHONE 0422 279 396 EMAIL

This is it! Located in a superb location only metres walk to the beautiful Indian Ocean on one side & the very popular Mindarie Marina on the other, this is a premium place to live. Built by award winning builder Webb & Brown-Neaves in 2009 & finished to perfection, you know this is a quality home. Sitting on an elevated 378sqm easy care block with modern street appeal. CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

This Contemporary masterpiece boasts a striking combination of style and comfort with a flexible floor plan and a few special surprises. Both Generously sized for comfort and lifestyle. This home was designed around simplifying life without compromising on space for your family. Polished concrete floors flow thru the home seamlessly; soaring ceilings and an abundance of windows take in the advantage of the northerly aspect and steep the home in natural light. CONTACT Phyllis Gemelli PHONE 0407 386 501 EMAIL summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Mullaloo 11 Lunar Court

From $749,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Nollamara 68 Eastdene Circle

From $449,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

North Beach 9 Wilby Street


This gorgeous family home features a huge kitchen and living areas, newly renovated bathrooms, wrap around pergola with ceiling fan and pot belly stove, separate alfresco, sparkling pool, heated spa, gazebo and masses of space front and back, all on an enormous 899sqm block with subdivision potential. There is also an external upstairs utility room with built in sink – ideal for a study, craft room, Shane Capelli art studio or teenage retreat. CONTACT PHONE 0410 339 499

Mullaloo 64 Scaphella Avenue

These delightful villas have been finished to a standard rarely seen at this price point. Utilising a functional design and superbly finished with extras like; porcelain tiling to living areas and high ceilings throughout. This home boasts the absolute best in modern conveniences, call now to have a look !

Tucked in and protected from the prevailing winds with sunshine North Beach year round, this north facing home unit without common 1/12-16 Sorrento Street all walls has a generous front courtyard with street frontage for easy


CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL

$499,000 - $539,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1 56

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$539,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

This cleared 413sqm block has a 14.5m frontage with a desired north facing rear aspect - offering designs providing light and bright living areas both inside and out. Dual vehicle access to cater for boat or caravan enthusiasts or tradesmen is another bonus. Situated to the corner of two sought after streets which are blossoming with prestigious new homes this is indeed well priced - “A” class land!

Ocean Reef 14 Halcyon Place

This gorgeous home on a 379 sqm block with two spacious living areas, renovated kitchen and easy care outdoors, is ideal for downsizers, retirees or investors. Features massive patio with extensive paving and an easy care garden that has room for a pool and the kids to play, rear drive through access for extra vehicles, ducted air conditioning, 2 gas points, security door and CONTACT Shane Capelli so much more! PHONE 0410 339 499

Ocean Reef 6 Winch Place

CONTACT Les Lindsay PHONE 0407 420 384 EMAIL

Ocean Reef 2 Stephens Street


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Offers bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $795,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This charming 4 bedroom 2 bathroom coastal haven will keep absolutely everybody happy and includes the bonus of a one-bedroom granny flat annexe under the same roof, complete with its own bathroom and living space that doubles as the perfect place of relaxation for older generations, or even as a simple teenagers retreat! CONTACT Pauline Lyon PHONE 0427 968 070 EMAIL

private access. Features a new kitchen and bathroom, porcelain tile floors, reverse cycle air conditioning, granite benchtops, dishwasher, courtyard to the rear and heaps of storage. All this is simply metres from CONTACT Les Lindsay the surf and the North Beach PHONE 0407 420 384 Jetty. EMAIL

With existing ocean views on offer and an even better coastal vista guaranteed from any future second-storey build or addition, this elevated 4 bedroom 2 bathroom residence finds itself nestled within one of Ocean Reefs highest cul-de-sac pockets, just footsteps from a beautiful park at the end of the street. CONTACT Pauline Lyon PHONE 0427 968 070 EMAIL

Lots of renovations in this spacious family entertainer with 3 living areas, separate study and stunning kitchen. The outdoors features a huge wraparound alfresco, extensive paving, solar heated pool, easy care reticulated gardens with plenty of room for the kids to play. Fabulous location in a quiet cul-de-sac, only 700m from the beach and proposed Ocean Reef Marina.CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

FOR SALE Ocean Reef 15 Kaufman Avenue

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

Ocean Reef 20A Vigilant Terrace

From $515,000

With ocean views, stunning outdoors, generous living areas, cathedral ceilings and floor to ceiling glass – this immaculate home will certainly impress. The renovated kitchen has ocean views and directly overlooks the pool and outdoor entertaining area which includes a massive timber lined alfresco with separate lounging and dining areas, sparkling below ground pool, easy care reticulated gardens and plenty of grass for the kids and pets CONTACT Shane Capelli to play. PHONE 0410 339 499

Ocean Reef 17b Jutland Rise

This rectangular, green title block enjoys an uninterrupted ocean front view, allowing you to build a commanding home that will take advantage of exceptional views. This 433sqm block has a street frontage of 10.5m with approximately 41m depth. Fantastic location, just 280m from the water’s edge in an ocean front cul-de-sac. Stroll to the proposed Ocean Reef Marina, Beaumaris shops & medical centre, Beaumaris Primary, St Simon Peter Primary, Prendiville & CONTACT Shane Capelli Ocean Reef High schools. PHONE 0410 339 499

Ocean Reef 27 Prendiville Avenue

Ocean Reef offers relaxed beachside living, within stones throw to the beach, the ever expanding Currambine & Joondalup shopping precincts, 3 local primary schools and 2 local high schools, not to mention the Ocean Reef boat harbour & fabulous walking tracks along our gorgeous coastline.

Ocean Reef 45 Naval Parade



Ocean Reef 32 Mainsail Drive

From $999,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Ocean Reef 75A Bacchante Circle

From $479,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

CONTACTS Steve Wilcox & Kathy McGurk Team/ PHONE 0451 669 139/ EMAIL

This well presented 3 x 1 front duplex will have enormous appeal to a wide range of buyers including first home buyers, investors, down sizers, young families and more. There are flexible and spacious living areas incorporating a large dining area. The kitchen is well designed and central to the home. CONTACT Mick Evans PHONE 0417 933 620 EMAIL

Offers bed 3 bath 2 car 2

$649,000 - $679,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $949,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Padbury 4 Warrior Court

$799,000 - $839,000 bed 5 bath 3 car 2

Stunning ocean views from both inside and out await you from the enviable rear position of this fully-renovated 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home that accommodatingly sits atop an elevated Ocean Reef cul-de-sac, bringing you the finest in coastal living at the same time. A down-sizers dream if ever you saw one! CONTACT Pauline Lyon PHONE 0427 968 070 EMAIL

This home is gorgeously renovated and features a theatre room, open plan living area, great outdoors with huge alfresco, timber deck and reticulated gardens with lots of room for the kids. The double garage has extra storage and rear roller door access. Additional features include ducted reverse cycle air conditioning, 2 gas points, alarm, security doors and more! CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

With stunning ocean views, renovated kitchen and bathrooms, timber floors and new carpets throughout, this gorgeous two storey home in a gated community is just steps from the beach and won’t last long. Outdoor area features two pitched roof patios with extensive paving, courtyard, huge pool, easy care reticulated gardens from own bore and masses of space for the kids to play on a CONTACT Shane Capelli 878sqm block. PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

Situated in a tranquil Hepburn Heights cul de sac, this commanding federation home with two kitchens, provides a functional floor plan that is sure to appease those larger families. Boasting 3 separate living areas, a ‘parents’ and ‘kids’ wing and a stunning fully self-contained second floor with a large modern kitchen, open plan living and dining area and an epic master suite – just perfect for CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil complete separate living PHONE 0411 103 617 under one roof! EMAIL summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Padbury 10 Beckler Court

From $519,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Padbury 54 Forrest Road

From $549,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Parkwood 46 Abercairn Way

From $529,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Nestled in a whisper quiet South Padbury cul-de-sac, sits this immaculately presented home positioned on a large 687sqm elevated block with views down the street to Leichhardt Park. The home boasts modern decor, 2 separate living areas, a beautifully renovated kitchen, renovated bathroom, 2 grassed areas for the kids and pets to play and a huge ‘all seasons’ outdoor entertaining area. Everything is here CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil put your feet up and enjoy!

Padbury 25 Fernwood Square

Situated on a large block, this neat and tidy family home has more to offer than meets the eye. Ideally located, this spacious 2 storey home looks out over the sprawling Forrest Park and is only a short stroll from Bambara Primary School, Forrest Plaza Shopping Centre and the leafy green MacDonald Park and only a short bike ride to Whitfords Shopping Centre – all perfect for the kids.

Padbury 6 Hunter Way

PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

Well laid floor plan boasts four great sized bedrooms, two well-appointed bathrooms, renovated kitchen equipped with stainless steel appliances, generous size lounge room, separate games/living room and much more amazing features. When it is time to go outside, you will be amazed by the large backyard, sparkling swimming pool for the summer and CONTACT Vicktor Sutrisno manicured garden. PHONE 0422 774 044 EMAIL

From $619,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

From $589,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Perth 78/101 Murray Street

AUCTION bed 2 bath 2 car 1

With a prime city location and easy, no hassle, modern living, Perth 8th floor apartment is sure to impress. Located in the 802/305 Murray Street this same building occupied by the quality hotel group Mantra,

Piara Waters 8 Topiary Avenue

bed 1 bath 1 car 0

bed 3 bath 2 car 2

$295,000 - $325,000


this one bedroom apartment is ideal for an owner occupier, or as an investment.

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CONTACT Clinton Edwards PHONE 0409 040 901 EMAIL

From $500,000

Tucked away in a peaceful pocket of Hepburn Heights, this immaculately presented home is perfect for the young family or those after a low maintenance property. Boasting an open plan design with 2 living areas, central kitchen, large dining area and 2 outdoor entertaining areas with a beautiful sparkling swimming pool – there is plenty of room to sit back and entertain whilst enjoying your surroundings. CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

The potential is not only in the simple fixes but also in its R20/R40 zoning. With 737sqm, 3 homes could potentially be built on the block. Features open plan spacious kitchen/dining, spacious lounge/theatre with bay windows, activity room/study, alfresco patio with a gabled roof at front and rear, saltwater pool with deck and gazebo, ducted air-conditioning, extra street front parking and garden shed. CONTACT Juliet Wills PHONE 0411 782 808 EMAIL

Take a stroll to Elizabeth Quay & new city of Perth library and history centre - surrounded by restaurants coffee shops amazing night life and entertaining! Enjoy every thing Perth has to offer at your doorstep. CONTACT David Lynch PHONE 0409 955 554 EMAIL

This beautifully presented home features three queensize bedrooms, two bathrooms, shoppers entrance from double remote door garage, separate theatre room, spacious family and meals, kitchen with stone benchtops, dishwasher and a large walk in pantry. Extra features include three split system air conditioners, gas instantaneous hot water, built in 2016 on a 375 sqm CONTACT Karen Lloyd block with approximately PHONE 0421 614 447 146 sqm of living. EMAIL




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FOR SALE Piara Waters 19 Calamocha Way


This spacious and modern family home should be on the top of your list if you are looking for a low maintenance, spacious and well-planned home, offering 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a theatre room.

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

CONTACT Khush Monga PHONE 0411 094 249 EMAIL

Piara Waters 35 Bluestone Loop

$749,000 to $769,000 bed 5 bath 3 car 2

Are you ready to make your beachside move? Do you need Port Kennedy secure parking? 41 Sainte Maxime Avenue extra Have you always wanted a pool? Located on a quiet street in

Port Kennedy 67 Zaragoza Drive

bed 3 bath 2 car 3

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$580,000 - $600,000

Quinns Rocks 21 Mokutu Court

From $479,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Quinns Rocks 4 Spiers Road

High $600,000's bed 4 bath 3 car 2 60

one of Port Kennedys best areas this beautiful 3 bedroom plus study Dale Alcock built home may be just what you are looking for. CONTACT Rob Davis PHONE 0439 843 776 EMAIL

Situated in whisper quiet cul de sac with short walk to the beach and close to school this home is ready to move straight into. Presented to an extremely high level. Workshop for dad, fantastic outdoor entertaining with fenced spa in elevated position. Has exceptional street appeal and that added class not found in in this price range hurry will not last. CONTACT Jeff Parkes PHONE 0418 923 989 EMAIL

Gently elevated block in idyllic street with a rural coastal feel. Renovated 2 story home plus granny flat. Perfect for extended family or extra income. Serene outdoor setting complimented with gazebo. Bore reticulated gardens large established mature trees. Plenty of parking for all your toys and more.

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CONTACT Jeff Parkes PHONE 0418 923 989 EMAIL


It's an absolute pleasure to present this stunning home that has everything your family needs... from the minute you walk in to this beautifully presented home you can feel the quality. 5 Massive bedrooms all with built in robes, stunning master suite with spa bath, magnificent kitchen complete with high gloss cupboards and dishwasher, large separate theatre/ games room, large family/ CONTACT Julie Read dining area. PHONE 0422 495 665 EMAIL

Large four bedroom, two bathroom home on a great size 600m2 block. This is a great size 201m2 floor space family home in a great area. Very close to parks, schools, shopping and 5 minutes to the beautiful Warnbro beach. CONTACT Vandy Hall PHONE 0424 937 034 EMAIL

Renovated to a high standard. Must be seen to be Quinns Rocks with a refreshingly unique design complemented 23 Santa Barbara Parade appreciated with tasteful renovation. Quality bamboo flooring, recent

$449,950 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Quinns Rocks 6 Ceduna Way

From $439,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

new kitchen and bathrooms.Has scope to extend if required and room for a pool. CONTACT Jeff Parkes PHONE 0418 923 989 EMAIL

This substantial home is situated in private Osprey Estate excellent design features with open plan living and separate games/home media room. Big bay window compliments main bedroom. Room for a pool in the big backyard. Schools, parkland, village shopping centre and the beach all within easy reach. Best value in this location hurry won't last. CONTACT Jeff Parkes PHONE 0418 923 989 EMAIL



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FOR SALE Quinns Rocks 24 Dumaresq Loop

From $699,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Quinns Rocks 34 Palm Corner

$410,000 to $425,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Rockingham 58 Merrimac Loop

$489,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Scarborough 3/105 Brighton Road

From $589,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1 62

Dedication and vision by the owners exemplifies the quality, style and elegance that this magnificent home embodies. A functional, spacious and thoughtful layout that consists 300sqm of living area (350sqm with garage). Designed for lavish entertaining with a beautiful outdoor patio overlooking landscaped lawns & gardens. CONTACTS Steve Wilcox & Kathy McGurk Team/ PHONE 0451 669 139/ EMAIL

This warm and inviting residence, set in the highly sought after coastal suburb of Quinns Rocks, activity, formal lounge, well appointed kitchen overlooking open family and dining area + shoppers entrance, split air conditioning, quality fixtures & fittings, outdoor alfresco, double carport with potential side access + more! CONTACTS Steve Wilcox & Kathy McGurk Team/ PHONE 0451 669 139/ EMAIL

RARE OPPORTUNITY-It is not often you get the chance to buy a large home (235m2) Central to beaches, all facilities. Pristine through out-Tiled entry hall to living areas-separate carpeted lounge room-Large tiled family room-Large tiled dining/kitchen area, loads of cupboards-Kitchen has an office nook plus provision for double fridge. CONTACT David Lomax PHONE 0409 084 940 EMAIL

Beautiful, big and in a very desirable Scarborough location if youre looking for convenient and relaxed, walk distance to a beachside lifestyle. This generous 3x2 with two spate living areas is situated just metres from the upper class Brighton Road eateries.

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CONTACT Paul Kettle PHONE 0403 177 680 EMAIL

Quinns Rocks 265 Ocean Drive

From $899,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Rockingham 5 Weld Street

$770,000 - $790,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Safety Bay 40 Janet Road

Offers From $595,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Scarborough 8/29 Hastings Street

Low to mid $400's bed 1 bath 1 car 1

This beautiful home, built in 2012, offers 355sqm of inspired design - with amazing ocean views from the kitchen, family, dining, study, theatre room and alfresco, three generous living spaces including a super-sized games room, oversized bedrooms, floor to ceiling glass, lighted recessed ceilings, huge porcelain tiles and quality fixtures and fittings throughout. This stunning property has a premium display home feel and is just steps from the beach and the beautiful CONTACT Shane Capelli Quinns beach foreshore. PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

Are you ready to move on up to the good life? Here is an absolutely fantastic opportunity to make your sea change dream a reality. Beautifully presented with so many features that an inspection is a must. Located in the pristine Rockingham foreshore area this home has ocean views without the busy road. CONTACT Rob Davis PHONE 0439 843 776 EMAIL

If you are looking for something unique, close to beach, A NEW HOME with side access and plenty of parking for caravan and boat, on a 770sqm block, then this is the home for you. This is not your usual Safety Bay home design, more a lifestyle, casual entertaining with a classy, and attention to detail finish throughout. CONTACT Fran Satherley PHONE 0414 447 343 EMAIL

This is the sea change you can afford, but can’t afford to miss out on. Oceanna 29 is a boutique development offering resort style amenities, which located in the rejuvenated Scarborough Beach precinct just a short stroll to the sand, cafes restaurants, nightlife etc., with much more to come. CONTACT Paul Kettle PHONE 0403 177 680 EMAIL

FOR SALE Scarborough 133A Duke Street

$900,000's bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Where style meets substance. The quality of this home is immediately evident, and extends throughout every inch of this impressive abode. Completed in February 2015, it all feels like brand new. You’ll also love the top location – it’s a short walk to Abbett Park, and the best of Scarborough. CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

Be quick to secure this 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home with Scarborough 14/125 Hastings Street outstanding ocean views.

From $385,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Located on 631 square metres of some of the most prime Scarborough in Western Australia, this iconic property on West 176 Westcoast Highway real-estate Coast Highway in Scarborough will sell quickly. With the ink

Scarborough 207 Northstead Street

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

bed 3 bath 1 car 1


Scarborough 69b Duke Street

$695,000 - $725,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Secret Harbour 19 Maroubra Parade

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

now dry on the final Scarborough Redevelopment Scheme and guidelines, the path is now paved for a property like this to reach its full potential. CONTACT Paul Kettle PHONE 0403 177 680 EMAIL

Situated in a small boutique group, this upmarket townhouse is positively big. With three very sizeable living spaces, theres room to get together and entertain, or find a quiet place to relax. The location is a winner too, offering superb convenience. CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

Here is your chance to get into Secret Harbour and more importantly a SECURE 4 x 2 WITH SOLAR PANELS AND HOT WATER opposite a park with another around the corner. PLUS ITS IN THE COMET BAY CATCHMENT AREA CONTACT Julie Pym PHONE 0411 436 537 EMAIL

Low to Mid $600's

Located in in far South Scarborough opposite lovely parklands so grab the board and walk two minutes to the beach. CONTACT Sacha Daniel PHONE 0414 501 109 EMAIL

Charming character home on 368 sqm front block, south of Scarborough Beach Road in top schools zone. Jarrah floors & lead light windows. 3 spacious bedrooms, lounge room with gas fireplace, renovated bathroom, currently rented for $430/w. Potential ocean views if you build 2nd floor. CONTACT Brian Godwin PHONE 0430 344 300 EMAIL

Searching for a great location to stake your claim and build Scarborough dream home, then look no further than this outstanding Proposed Lot Limenite Lane the 325m2 lot facing the private and secluded Ilmenite Lane.

From $489,000 bed 0 bath 0 car 0

Shoalwater 19 Fourth Avenue

All Offers Considered bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Suberb location, just a short stroll to Scarborough beach and its popular cafe strip. CONTACT Sam Mannino PHONE 0402822457 EMAIL

A 3 bed, 1 bath 2 story beach house on a bonus 1017m2 property land size. Rare ocean views, built on one of Shoalwaters highest points with ocean views from the second story. This property is zoned R15 with potential for sub-divide and subject to Shire Planning Approval. CONTACT Graham York PHONE 0467 773 977 EMAIL summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Sinagra 7 Capri Leone Way

Offers Over $519,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Sorrento 20 Baleine Court

From $799,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Sorrento 41 High Street

From $949,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Southern River 1 Bantam Link

Buyers Over $424,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2 64

If space is what you are after this is the one for you. Situated in a quiet, established street on a big 576sqm block, this family home aim to please! The large patio with separate gazebo will make entertaining a pleasure. Perfect spot for the spa. CONTACT Esmari Bradley PHONE 0422 279 396 EMAIL

With the timeless appeal of a well-designed, family friendly floorplan, neutral décor and quality features throughout, this home is sure to be a winner. Features a generous formal living area with stunning solid marri floorboards, a second generous open plan living area with granite kitchen, meals, family area and a sunny, northerly aspect and access to the easy care outdoor area. Block size 475 sqm, side by side strata – no fees, no common walls. CONTACT Mary Peard PHONE 0407 151 153 EMAIL

Sorrento 101 Parnell Avenue

From $1,199,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Sorrento 3 Sanders Cove

$795,000 - $845,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Look no further than this stunning, coastal home. This sublime, double-storey home is located in one of Perth's most enviable locations and offers sizeable living areas, theatre, study, quality stainless steel appliances, reverse cycle air conditioning, minimal low maintenance garden beds and luscious lawn for the kid’s to play on. This unique home enjoys a delightful location next to the sprawling Robin Reserve and within minutes of Sorrento Beach. CONTACT Ben Keevers PHONE 0404 056 010 EMAIL

Quality built and finished two storey residence consisting of large formal lounge and dining area with cosy gas fireplace, galley style kitchen with breakfast bar fronting the family room. Features a huge oversize garage/workshop and extra driveway allowing great off road parking for the boat and van. Everything located in quiet cul-de-sac on a 544 square meter lot. This property represents exceptional value your inspection is highly CONTACT Jeff Coghill recommended. PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

This creatively designed home with modern appeal is enviably positioned in one of Old Sorrento’s most desirable leafy street locations within easy walking distance to golden beaches, Sorrento Quay, prestige local schools, vibrant cafe strips and coastal walking paths. Tucked away from the elements, this family sanctuary offers rear lane access, possible sub division potential, double garage plus automatic gates allowing for secure parking for boat / caravan and cool covered pool for summer CONTACT Maggie Pawlik entertainment. PHONE 0438 876 727 EMAIL

Sorrento 9 Seaward Loop

This stunning 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home comes with all the creature comforts one can expect with upgraded features such as Essa Stone bench tops, additional overhead-high gloss kitchen cupboards, designer gooseneck tap fittings and sink, and open plan living areas that easily flow from indoors to the outdoor alfresco area.

Beautiful 4x2 Ross North home at a very competitive price, Southern River for you in the best location of Bletchley Park Estate. 208 Castlewood Parkway available This property has features that place's it above the other

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CONTACT Nathan Phillips PHONE 0416 676 638 EMAIL

Auction bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $589,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Nestled in one of Sorrento's most sought after and prestigious street locations, only minutes from pristine beaches, this picture perfect family residence comes complete with your very own stunning serene park and lake views. Architecturally layered with neutral tones and vibrant living and entertaining zones, the moment you enter you will feel a sense of calmness in coming home. Quite simply, it is a classic! CONTACT Maggie Pawlik Auction: 5th Nov (unless sold prior) PHONE 0438 876 727 EMAIL

properties in the neighbourhood.

CONTACT Khush Monga PHONE 0411 094 249 EMAIL

FOR SALE St James 6 Pallitt Street

$599,000 to $619,000 bed 3 bath 1

Tapping 25 Carosa Road

From $440,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Thornlie 17 Kelton Way

From $395,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 2

Tuart Hill 86 Wattle Street

$529,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

First impressions of this cute character cottage will certainly impress but the real draw card is the huge pitched roof living room extension. This property is literally right on the East Victoria Park border one side of the street being East Victoria Park and the other St James. CONTACT Tash Welburn PHONE 0409 884 176 EMAIL

REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED !!! Diane Williamson welcomes you to a surprisingly spacious Ross North residence featuring 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms along with 2 large living zones. This picturesque home sits proudly on a breezy elevated block gazing across beautiful parklands CONTACT Diane Williamson PHONE 0431 112 750 EMAIL

Beautifully presented with an excellent orientation, this outstanding residence features four great sized bedrooms, a well-appointed bathroom, deluxe kitchen with stainless steel appliances, spacious formal lounge room, massive games room, stunning Jarrah flooring and much more amazing features. CONTACT Vicktor Sutrisno PHONE 0422 774 044 EMAIL

This lovely street front Green Titled home is great buying, comprising of three good size bedrooms with built in storage, 2 x bathrooms, separate lounge room and a large open plan living area. The kitchen has ample storage and counter- top space, upgraded stainless steel appliances and overlooks the private rear courtyard. With no shared living walls, a lockup garage, and parking for extra cars at your doorstep. This will not last.. Arrange your private viewing now. CONTACT Phyllis Gemelli PHONE 0407 386 501 EMAIL

Stirling 12/151 Grindleford Drive

From $795,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

The Vines 40 Longview Way

$975,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Tuart Hill 33A York Street

$650,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

This executive residence boasts open plan kitchen, dining and family room all with beautiful views across the lake, second lounge room and balcony upstairs, study nook, lakeside balcony/alfresco area and is just minutes from the city and the beach. With gorgeous high ceilings, stunning timber floors, reverse-cycle air-conditioning, security gates to complex and the use of the communal swimming pool, this freshly painted family home is ready for you now. CONTACT Paul & Sue Middleton PHONE 0419 939 391 EMAIL

Theres the golf resort lifestyle & then theres 40 Longview Way The Vines. In terms of golf course living this home has arguably the best location in The Vines Estate with panoramic views of the Championship Course from the western & southern boundaries. This luxury family home with salt water swimming pool was specifically designed to capture the true essence of golf course living. With its social living areas combined with the stunning all year round alfresco & pool this home is without doubt the best & most versatile CONTACT Rod McDougall home on the market in the estate PHONE 0418 909 954 & has no peers in this price range. EMAIL

Easy-care designer street front home offers more than 200sqm of living space with a large open plan gourmet kitchen/dining and living room adjoining a light filled courtyard. There’s a separate theatre room with double French doors and quality finishes throughout. Features reverse cycle air conditioning, reticulation, double garage and big laundry with plenty of cupboards and outside access to a separate courtyard. CONTACT Juliet Wills PHONE 0411 782 808 EMAIL

If you're fond of sand hills & salty air then you'll love this Two Rocks beachside home perched on its elevated 809sqm 36 Charnwood Avenue charming coastal block, capturing unspoilt park views & the true

From $399,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

essence of a relaxed & laid back lifestyle by the sea. The unique, character filled family home is perfectly north facing positioned to make the most of the views. CONTACT Peggy Middelveld PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE This unit boasts: spacious open plan living recently painted, Victoria Park & dining room with reverse cycle A/C, 3 large 16/8 King George Street kitchen bedrooms, all queen sized, master bedroom features

Waikiki 54 Cumberland Way

bed 3 bath 1 car 1

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $399,000

Wanneroo 14 Topeka Place

Low $400,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Warnbro 17 Sark Place

$369,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Warnbro 32 Clovelly Way

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semi-ensuite, huge private balcony, undercover car parking with separate store room, lovely pool & bbq area for entertainment and NBN connected (account required) CONTACT Ray D'Costa PHONE 0403 165 936 EMAIL

What a wonderful opportunity to add value! This home is situated on a quiet street in the rezoning pocket of Wanneroo. Huge backyard! Go where your imagination takes you! Currently tenanted at $300 p/w until middle November. Our tenants are happy to stay on. Contact Esmari Bradley today to arrange a viewing. CONTACT Esmari Bradley PHONE 0422 279 396 EMAIL

Stop right here your search is over; this property has just what you need, situated in a cul-de-sac. You will enjoy the lovely central kitchen with stainless steel appliances and plenty of storage. The outdoor area which is fitted with a built in BBQ under a large patio, including a sink, is great for all year round entertaining. CONTACT Graham York PHONE 0467 773 977 EMAIL

Great family home with a difference, this lovely home is quite unique with the different floor plan. There is 191 m2 of quality living under the main roof and situated on a 728 m2 block with lovely big picturesque gum trees out the front.

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CONTACT Vandy Hall PHONE 0424 937 034 EMAIL

Offers From $499,000

Wanneroo 16 Goolema Place

From $529,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Warnbro 190 Fendam Street

$525,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Warnbro 7 La Seyne Crescent

$950,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

This immaculately presented large 4 x 2 x 3 family home in a sort after location and built by award winning Statesman Homes, this large 226m2 of living space has a lot to offer. Separate lounge/media, formal dining, large open plan living, dining, games and large modern kitchen with island bench and breakfast bar. CONTACT Graham York PHONE 0467 773 977 EMAIL

Lindsay King has great pleasure in presenting this stunning 5 Bedroom 2 Bathroom residence situated in a great location on a large 741m2 block within the boundaries of the R20/R40 rezoning area.The owner has completely renovated this property & viewing is a must, just to appreciate all the love gone into this spectacular home. CONTACT Lindsay King PHONE 0439 700 100 EMAIL

Wow! You have to check this massive home out as there is plenty of living areas, high ceilings and short walk to the beach. This 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home will suit the most fastidious buyer being beautifully presented throughout with a kitchen to suit any budding chef. CONTACT David Lomax PHONE 0409 084 940 EMAIL

150M FROM POPULAR BEACH- chef’s kitchen with range stove & dishwasher- theatre room complete with screen and projector-Sunken carpeted lounge room-Games room with built in sink adjoining 3rd bathroom (Granny Flat Separate covered patio near pool-20 solar panels and solar- New barby que on front patio-Paved side access for boat or caravan CONTACT David Lomax PHONE 0409 084 940 EMAIL

FOR SALE Watermans Bay 33B Elsie Street

$789,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Wembley 41 Reserve Street

Auction bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Woodlands 1/4 Talbot Road

From $475,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Woodvale 80 Westhaven Drive

$619,000- $639,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

Offering a brilliant lifestyle and potential to extend upward or outward this beautifully located property will have strong appeal. Positioned within a stroll to the “Bay�, bushland and Marmion Village shops this very leafy location will capture your imagination. Only the garages are attached here and you have 442sqm of street front land beneath this solid air conditioned double brick and tile home with an appealing renovated kitchen and spacious front lounge. CONTACT Les Lindsay PHONE 0407 420 384 EMAIL

Wembley 210a Selby Street

What does home mean to you? Is it a warm, comfortable place where friends and family can come together and enjoy each others company? If so, this 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house is just that, a home. Outside is just as impressive with an expansive back garden made for family entertaining. Don't wait to view this spectacular home.

Wilson 49A Hopkinson Way

CONTACT Dean Bradley PHONE 0411 110 779 EMAIL

Mid $900,000's bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $479,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

A rare opportunity to own your own well-maintained, villa boasting street frontage. With minimal garden beds and reticulated lawns, this property presents a great prospect for those looking for a convenient lifestyle. Features a spacious front lounge room, neutral colour scheme, split system air conditioning and paved courtyard. Leased until July 2017 at $320 per week, this property is in a prime location as an investment property or for those looking to downsize. CONTACT Ben Keevers

Woodvale 211 Timberlane Drive

The family will be spoilt here with spacious living areas and large bedrooms throughout this family friendly and very functional home. There is even garaging for three cars plus a heap of storage so whether you have the Sunday drive, a camper, or even a boat you are going to find this oversize vehicle accommodation a very handy feature.

Yanchep 4 Surf Street

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CONTACT Rob Nicholls PHONE 0407 442 222 EMAIL

$639,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

$449,000 - $469,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This elegant and spacious 4-bedroom plus study or 5th bedroom home is perfectly designed for a variety of buyers. Being extremely low maintenance and easy care those with older/teenage families will thrive in the location of this beautiful home. With gorgeous light and brightness throughout, this modern home is truly one you will love. CONTACT Dean Bradley PHONE 0411 110 779 EMAIL

Breathtaking Gemmill builds quality 2015 home will suit any lifestyle. The splendid architectural design features large 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom, plus study with luxurious fixtures and fittings of the finest quality. This family home has plenty to offer - evaporative air condition, liquid limestone paving, low maintenance magical outdoor area. CONTACT PK (Pankaj Kapur) PHONE 0424 194 509 EMAIL

This family 5x2 has been fully modernized throughout & must be viewed to appreciate the quality on offer. With multiple living zones for the family and 5 bedrooms with one minor currently used as a study. The current owners have completely renovated this home internally & externally to a high standard. Located on a 726m2 block. CONTACT Tony Mullen PHONE 0402 020 331 EMAIL

The ultimate in beachstyle living! This superb family home sits on a low maintenance 480sqm lot only metres to the beach in sought after Lindsay Beach pocket.Quality built (display home) by renowned Perth home builder Dale Alcock, featuring 4 bedroom and 2 bathroom. Huge open plan living, dining, kitchen plus separate home theatre. CONTACT Peggy Middelveld PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Yanchep 11 Cobia Vista

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

Yokine 30 Latrobe Street

Imagine what your summer could be like this year if you lived here... Hanging out by the pool, having friends over for a BBQ in your massive outdoor courtyard, cooking in you funky fresh new kitchen, or simply just chilling out in your trendy open plan living. Wow, what a summer it would be. Gems like this don't come up every week so make sure your at the home open this weekend. Don't put this on your wish list, take action and make this your home. CONTACT Caroline Bicknell PHONE 0405 763 301 EMAIL

This immaculate 3 bedroom and lounge or 4th bedroom, 2 Yokine home is beautifully presented. The quality is 55a Wordsworth Avenue bathroom evident from the moment you arrive, with a striking modern

PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL

Yokine 46/390 Hector Street

From $349,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Get ready for summer this superb property comes with all the things we love about enjoying outdoors and the great beach lifestyle in Yanchep. Think supersized alfresco entertainment area, stunning pool and sun lounge area, pool bar, water feature, kids play area it has it all! Serious money has been spent to create an outdoor area that is luxurious & spacious. CONTACT Peggy Middelveld

End Date Sale bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Auction bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Located in one of the most desirable parts of Yokine and only a minutes walk to beautiful Yokine reserve and bowling club, this lovely double storey home has a homely feel as soon as you enter and is perfect for a young family, boasting three separate living areas. CONTACT Matthew Theunissen PHONE 0412 958 435 EMAIL

architectural street appeal. A lovely private double door entry is located behind secure gating. This home is sure to impress and will be sold at auction. CONTACT Matthew Theunissen PHONE 0412 958 435 EMAIL

Upgrade your Peard Real Estate listing to a half or full page ad to showcase your property in star style! Contact Natalie for details on 0426 752 352 or email 68

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favourite things


LORNA JANE CLOTHES AND MAT I’m a bit of an ambassador for Lorna Jane - I’m invited to events and they send me stuff to wear. As a Queenslander (like Lorna Jane), it was my brand growing up. I’m very proud to wear it, and love the way the business promotes women supporting women. I do my warm up on the mat too.



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GRETEL SCARLETT, the incandescent star of stage splash hit Singin’ in the Rain, is a creature of habit, following a preperformance routine every night to ensure she gives the audience a tip top show. Having graduated from WAAPA in 2008, scooping multiple graduation awards in the process, it was always destined that this super-talented singer/dancer would see her name in lights. As Kathy Selden, Gretel channels old-school leading lady glamour and, alongside her co-stars, ensures that Singin’ in the Rain is the must-see production this summer. Visit

MUG This is my Contigo mug. It keeps drinks hot and it’s leakproof. I love the Throat Coat (from the US) tea - it’s perfect for singers.

CANDLE This is a Pantry Candle Co and I take them everywhere. They’re vegan, 100% hand poured and having one burning is another one of my dressing room rituals because the scent reminds me of home. I like the seasalt and caramel and lime and coconut ones. Your dressing room becomes your second home so getting the comfort levels right is important. Hence the pink blankets on my sofa here and the tea within reach.

TIFFANY NECKLACE This beautiful necklace was given to me on the opening night of Grease by the producers. I wear it almost every day and it signifies a time in my life where I was going through a lot of changes.

SKIPPING ROPE This was a present from my co-star, Erika Heynatz, who plays Lina Lamont. We’re a skip squad, skipping five to 10 minutes every day. I’d never met Erika before this show but knew her through social media. She’s such a gorgeous person, inside and out, very down to earth.

GLEN 20 HAND SANITISER I clean everything for everybody. I kiss so many people and hold so many hands during the show I’ve become something of a clean freak. I’m known for asking ‘where’s my Glen20?’

HUMIDIFIER I have one at home and one at work and it’s essential for vocal conservation. It cleans the air - every theatre’s different and the air dries your voice out. I do a 20-minute vocal exercise before each performance to warm up - mostly in the shower - and then I do 30 minutes of pilates and ballet to help my core and flexibility. It gets you ready for the show. I have a lot of pre-show habits and superstitions, like how much tea I drink

U-E ROLL I take this speaker into the shower with me. I try to see live music when I can, any live music.

MAKE UP I love Beauty Bakerie make up - I found them on Instagram and they now supply all my waterproof make up, pretty important in a show called Singin’ in the Rain. There are some big kissing scenes too and the lipsticks are just incredible. They last the entire show. During the raining scene I’ll look at other girls and their make up’s running down their face and mine’s still in place. Brilliant.

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fashion Beverly Ligman


Superdry Strapless Jumpsuit in black, $89.95 @ Superdry Perth, 636 Hay Street Mall, Perth City.

Norway Geometric Sunglasses, $42 @ Hello Parry. All About Eve ‘Bohemian Goddess’ knit tank, $39.95 @ Attic Homestore, Cottesloe Central.

Sparkle & shine… Put your best foot forward this festive season with metallics, bold colours and basic black.

FLATLAY IMAGE Nicole Jameson

Ellie Silver kicks, $229.95 @ Frankie4,

Manning Cartell Girls on Fire Utility dress, $649 available @ Claremont Quarter

Grace Metallic Midi Pleasted Skirt in Green, $89.99 @ Hello Parry or available at Wild Horses, Cottesloe.

Add some fun shoe accessories like these on trend Pom Poms from Mode & Affaire $8 each @

Wittner Roswel Mule in Black satin, $189.95 @ Claremont Quarter or Perth City

Wittner Livia Clutch, $69.95 @ or Claremont Quarter.


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For the boys… You can’t go wrong in casual cool. Daniel Wellington Classic Oxford Watch in rose gold, $279 @ Myer, Perth City or Joondalup

Fossil Joe belt, $49 @Myer Perth City

London Loom Shirt in Dark Indigo Wash, $99.95 and Rookie Chino in Stone, $99.95 @ Superdry Perth, 636 Hay Street Mall, Perth City.

Bev in her bespoke lipstick 'Tropi-cool'



don’t know about you, ladies, but I spend my life looking for the perfect lip shade. For me, it’s pink, but not too pink, statement-ish, but not so much so that my rather full lips completely overtake my face. Like most of us, I have a bathroom drawer full of lipsticks and glosses that ‘seemed like a good idea at the time’. Colours that I thought I might wear or something that seemed a little experimental, but I’ve never quite got the shade right . . . until now. The Lib Lab Perth changed all that by making me my PERFECT lipstick. And it’s a super fun experience too. First you make an appointment, then one of the gorgeous girls talks you through shades they think will suit you, the bases (you can have matte, vegan, creme or butter)

and then there’s a heap of flavours to choose from or additives like SPF. My consultant Sophie nailed my colour on the first go (she’s clearly done this before) then mixed it up right there in front of me, before melting it down into a mold and putting it in a pretty case. All in the space of half an hour. I went for a creme base (the most moisturising), a delicious lime and coconut flavour and because I’m islandobsessed of course I called it ‘tropi-cool’. Sophie says that colours look completely different on every person because of how much natural pink your lips have in them. Mine, it seems, have a lot. Owner Helen Golisano says a voucher from The Lip Lab is pretty much the

perfect present for every girl. “It’s a unique gift experience for the girl who has everything, great for when you can no longer purchase your favorite colour lipstick anymore, for girlfriends as a special get together, as a mother and daughter treat and we’ve been inundated with requests for corporate groups and hen’s parties,” Helen says. “We’ve made it super easy for clients to book 24/7 with our online booking system and with the latest inclusion of Swarovski crystal lipstick holders and gift vouchers we envisage a huge demand for Christmas presents.” PL You can find The Lip Lab at Shop 5, 777 Hay Street Perth or visit 5, 777 Hay Street, Perth 6000 P: 0415 664 546 summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE





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verybody has a “sliding doors” moment in their life - the old "life-would-have-turned-outdifferently’’ if you had zigged, rather than zagged. But few people can probably recall that moment with as much clarity as Graeme “Hendo” Henderson. Because had he not gone spearfishing off


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the WA coast one sunny day way back in 1963 with his father Jim, brother Alan and some mates, Graeme’s life would have taken a very different tack indeed. Fate had different things in store for Graeme; in that crystal clear water off Ledge Point the then-16-year-old spotted "bricks’’ laying on the sea floor. Thinking he had found the wreck of an old crayboat he

stuffed a brick inside his wetsuit. But then he saw dozens of curious objects projecting like scythes from the seabed, their kelp decorations wafting like flags in the current. Realising that this was much more than just an old crayboat wreck, he swam ahead and called the others back. He and the others hauled one of the objects to the surface, only to discover astonished - that it was in fact an elephant tusk. Elephant tusks? Off WA? Remarkably, Graeme and co had stumbled on the wreck of the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Ostindische Compagnie, or VOC, in Dutch) ship

TALE OF THE TAPE Graeme Henderson surveys the 1841 wreck of the James Matthews using a measurement grid he developed especially for the site.

Vergulde Draeck (Gilt Dragon), wrecked along with its cargo of silver pieces-of-eight and other goods, including those ivory tusks - more than 300 years earlier. His father Jim was a journalist with the now-defunct Daily News, so it quickly hit the headlines. This amazing find sparked a thirst for knowledge in the teenage Graeme that would, eventually, lead him to a career in marine archaeology, appointment in 1992 as the first director of WA’s Maritime Museum, and now author of a fascinating new book on Australia’s shipwreck history, Swallowed By The Sea, published by the National Library of Australia. “It was a terrific thrill,” recalls Graeme

SHIPWRECK GALLERIES GRAEME HENDERSON WAS instrumental in getting the amazing West Australian Museum’s Shipwreck Galleries in Fremantle’s Cliff St, off the ground by proposing to the WA Museum Director that the derelict convict-built warehouse be acquired and transformed into a museum. Housed in a beautifully restored 1850s-era Commissariat building, the Shipwreck Galleries feature amazing artefacts, models, charts, documents and more from wrecks including the Trial, James Matthews, Zuytdorp, Vergulde Draeck - and the centrepiece exhibit, the reconstructed remains of the infamous VOC ship Batavia. For opening hours and more information, visit museums/shipwrecks

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of that fateful day in 1963. “After I found the ‘bricks’ and we raised the tusk I went back down and saw the cannon and anchors - it was clear it wasn’t just a crayboat.” The Gilt Dragon, like many other Dutch East India Company vessels, had been bound for Batavia (now Jakarta), looking to trade silver (and ivory) for the lucrative spices of the East Indies. While the bravery of the ships’ crews couldn’t be faulted, their navigation could - figuring out the exact longitude (or your east-west position) at sea at the time was a tricky business (it wasn’t until 1714, when the British Government put up a prize of 20,000 pounds for whoever could successfully come up with a solution to find longitude to within half a degree, that the problem was solved with the invention of what is now known as the marine chronometer). “The Portuguese sailed along the northern rim of the Indian Ocean but the Dutch had a much more southerly route; it took advantage of the Roaring 40s trade winds, there were no pirates and few rocks,” says Graeme. The downside was that if the Dutch East India Company’s ships sailed too far east

TOP Graeme Henderson, 32m underwater, measure the HMS Pandora site. The ship was wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef in 1791. ABOVE The wreck of the Dutch East Indiaman Zeewijk, wrecked on Half Moon Reef, the Abrolhos, in 1727.

before making their run due north to get to the Sunda Strait they could literally run into a problem - the Australian continent. Just a few weeks after the Gilt Dragon discovery, Abrolhos rock lobster fisherman Dave Johnson showed two Geraldton divers, Graham Cramer and Greg Allen,


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an anchor he had seen while setting pots. The divers took a look and, in 6m of water on Morning Reef around 75km from Geraldton, found the wreck of another Dutch East India Company vessel - the Batavia. Any disaster, of course, can bring out the

best - or worst - in people and the Batavia’s bloody story of mutiny, murder and cruelty is well documented (crewman Jeronimus Cornelisz and fellow mutineers murdered more than 120 of their fellow wreck survivors). But shipwrecks themselves, and the lure of gold and silver, can also trigger a fever that many find hard to resist - something Graeme discovered first-hand. Treasure hunters flocked to the Batavia and Gilt Dragon wrecks, using methods fair and foul to get their hands on those pieces of eight silver coins. One of those keen to make a buck, rather than let the wrecks be, was Alan

Robinson - one of Graeme’s “mates” on the original spearfishing trip. “Alan used gelignite on the wreck; even when I was underwater,” says Graeme. With a free-for-all looming, the WA Government passed legislation in 1964 vesting control of historic shipwrecks in the Western Australian Museum, ensuring that all artefacts (and treasure) found were public property. This didn’t go down too well with the troubled Robinson, who felt he’d been slighted and unfairly missing out on the “riches”; in the decades following he was in constant conflict with authorities over his rights to the wrecks (in 1980 he even published a memoir, In Australia Treasure is Not For the Finder). In 1982 Robinson was charged with conspiracy to murder his girlfriend. On the day the verdict was due to be delivered, Robinson was found hanged in his cell at a Sydney remand centre. For Graeme though it’s the thrill of discovering, and preserving, history that is so electrifying about shipwrecks rather than the thought of becoming instantly rich that and being able tell the amazing stories behind the wrecks themselves.

In Swallowed by the Sea he examines 15 wrecks, from that of the Tryal, the oldest known wreck in Australian waters (1622) to the tragedy of the SIEV 221 asylum boat sinking off Christmas Island in 2010. Writing about shipwrecks is one thing; actually donning a wetsuit and hunting for them another and, more than 50 years on from his Gilt Dragon find Graeme, and a group of fellow marine archaeologists who have formed the not-for-profit group Wreck Check Inc., are on the trail of another elusive Dutch spice trader. “We’re looking for a ship called The Fortuyn which was wrecked on its maiden voyage - and most likely in the Christmas Island region,” says Graeme. The group is using a magnetometer, which can detect iron objects such as anchors or cannons, in surveys around the island’s coast to see if it can locate the wreck, or that of several other VOC ships that vanished without a trace. The project is being sponsored by the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands Embassy in Canberra and the Silentworld Foundation, set up to help preserve Australia’s historic

WIN PRIMOLife has two signed copies of Graeme Henderson’s book Swallowed by the Sea: The Story of Australia’s Shipwrecks to give away. Visit our Facebook page for details.

Good luck!

maritime archaeology. The Fortuyn was aptly named; it was carrying 200,000 guilders in silver bars and coins, a pretty fortune then as now. PL


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The Style Trust’s

Gourmet Escape S URV I VA L GU I D E



e’re huge fans of Gourmet Escape. Really, what’s not to love? It’s a weekend #douth where we get to rub shoulders with the stars of foodie land; eat, drink and be far too merry. We’ve been three years out of five, so we thought we’d share our tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Gourmet Escape weekend. Make sure you pack your elastic waisted pants… PRE GOURMET ESCAPE Book it, book it good! – If you haven’t already secured accommodation and can’t spend the weekend at one of your fancy pants mates beach houses, then HURRY UP!! Because NIGELLA!! It’s kind of hard to enjoy Gourmet Escape if you have to sleep on the beach. But, then again… We love getting a crew together and staying at one of Private Properties deluxe casas ( or Smith’s Beach Resort (


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Pack smart – Yes it’s November, and yes it should be toasty warm, but last year the opening night was unseasonably cold and we shivered through it. To counteract the effects of the cold we drank wine, you know just so we didn’t feel it. Remember to take a denim jacket or a cosy cardi with you, those down south nights can still have a crazy chill factor when the sun goes down. That said the Sunday of last year was boiling, so don’t forget to also pack the sunscreen and a fabulous hat. Tickets – Book your tickets for the events that you want to attend ASAP. This year there’s some absolute crackers and they sell out fast; we’re champing at the bit for tickets to A Wine Taste of Italy, The Sundown Soiree at Fraser Gallop with Nigella Lawson, Perth’s own Scott Bridger cooking with Guy Grossi at Colonial Brewery Presents Grossi and Bridger’s Wild Table and of course, the Gourmet Village

Develop a strategy – You’ve got a lot of eating to do, which requires some preplanning. There’s always queues at the Gourmet Village so make sure you know which tents you want to hit and head there first. And don’t forget to buy muchos drink tokens. Eating is thirsty work. Skipper Up – speaking of drinking, make sure that you have a responsible designated driver in your crew. Down south roads can be dangerous even for those who are used to the drive, so don’t take any unnecessary risks. And for those who are drinking don’t forget to drink lots of water too. Savour the moment – Lucky you, you’re enjoying some absolutely amazing food,

prepared for you by some of Australia and the world’s top chefs, so don’t forget to take the time to actually enjoy it. Enjoy #douth – Every time we head down for Gourmet Escape we’re blown away by how beautiful Margaret River is and how lucky we are to call the south west region home. Make sure you take some time to enjoy all it has to offer; food, wine, beaches and fun. And share all your amazing experiences using their event hashtag #GourmetEscape. PL Follow The Style Trust on Instagram & Twitter: @thestyletrust, Facebook:The Style Trust and at

FOODIE FRIENDS Top, George Colombaris, Nic, Bev and Heston Blumenthal at Castle Rock. Left, this year's star turn, Nigella Lawson. Right, Scott Bridger. Far right, Guy Grossi

and Gourmet Beach BBQ. You can book your tickets at DURING GOURMET ESCAPE Go and say hey – If there’s a chef you admire, don’t be afraid to go and have a chat. Nic’s husband totally fan-girled Rick Stein last year and he couldn’t have been nicer. The boys from Bib & Tucker and Vasse Felix are always super generous with their time, and we had a drink and laugh with Heston Blumenthal the first year which was a total hoot. Last year we also got to chat to Adriano Zumbo who was super sweet (pun intended!). summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE



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t was the restaurant opening that had the whole of the Northern ’burbs and beyond buzzing: California Pizza Kitchen was finally here and serving its much-loved menu to all. As the biggest CPK restaurant in the world - yup, that’s right - hopes were high that the first Australian venture into all things Californian, pizza and more was going to be a big hit. The launch night reflected those high aspirations - literally with some acrobatic entertainment courtesy of Lolly Pop aerial performers from Fliptease. As party-goers from all walks of life including Perth’s best food and lifestyle bloggers, a gaggle of young models and leading lights like Peter Katsambanis MLC, Liberal Member for North Metropolitan Region and Ian Goodenough, Liberal Member for Moore tucked into CPK's

innovative menu, the sunset over Hillarys harbour. It’s a pretty unbeatable location, that’s for sure, and one that wasn’t lost on the several hundred guests who enjoyed sampling dynamite prawns, avocado club eggrolls, CPK’s signature carne asada and original BBQ chicken pizzas as well as tortilla spring rolls and delicious cocktails made fresh to order by the engaging bar staff. CPK’s CEO GJ Hart with wife Heather had travelled over from the US to join in the festivities with the CPK Australia team. In 1985, California Pizza Kitchen opened its first restaurant in Beverly Hills, introducing diners to innovative California-­ style pizzas. Today, CPK is fast approaching 300 restaurants in 16 countries. At 9,500 square feet, the Perth restaurant is easily the largest CPK in the world and features an open-­hearth pizza oven and open kitchen where guests can watch their meals made from scratch. The décor is colourful and creative, yet also a relaxed environment to dine and unwind. Natural elements like warm reclaimed woods, a fresh herb garden and colourful artwork of local landmarks is eyecatching. Al fresco dining is also available on an inviting patio. So book a table this summer - and enjoy.

PIZZA THE ACTION California Pizza Kitchen offers a wide range of dining options - just don’t miss the dessert (below).


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hen asparagus hits the shelves in supermarkets, you can bet your bottom dollar that spring has officially sprung. The delicious vegetable is a table favourite for chefs and home cooks and is in abundance in Perth’s own Swan Valley, one of only a few places in Perth it is grown. You can even take an Asparagus Masterclass at Edgecombe Brothers in Henley Brook that explains how it’s grown, lets you pick some and then cook and enjoy it with a local glass of sparkling wine. Delicious! The masterclass is run by Alf Edgecombe, a long-time resident and producer of the Swan Valley who says the vegetable is


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continuing to grow in popularity. “We’ve been running the masterclasses now for three to four years,” Alf said. “They’re really popular. This is the first time we’ve run one as part of the Entwined in the Valley festival in November. Really it’s a variation of a cooking class, we get lots of people visiting from Perth’s Western Suburbs and also lots of international visitors, especially from Singapore. “We’ve been growing asparagus here since the early 90s, it’s really a companion crop to the wine and another opportunity for us to sell it with the wine. We find it goes really well with a Semillon Blanc or a Chenin Blanc because they’re both grassy. “We refer to asparagus as ‘clean and green’ - it’s a hardy vegetable, we don’t need to spray it and it’s easy to maintain. It’s best enjoyed fresh which is why the classes are so popular. They take you through the whole process, from growing to picking and cooking.” The asparagus season runs from September to November in The Swan Valley and Edgecombe Brothers harvest around four tonnes of the vegetable every year. They then sell it in their café and also to market from $12 to $20 per kilo in the peak season, depending on demand. But for Alf, the best way to enjoy it is straight from paddock to plate. “My favourite way to enjoy it is fresh from the field,” he said. “I call this Alf ’s Quicky”– pick some asparagus straight from the field, dice it and cook in a hot pan, put some eggs on top however you like them and enjoy, simple is best. “People need to understand that the cracking of the asparagus spear is important, to make the most of the flavours, really the thickness of the spear is irrelevant.

It’s something you’ll learn about in the masterclass.” And just like the Swan Valley itself, asparagus also has links to the Mediterranean; rich Athenians in Greece used to send their chariots out to collect it for their feasts. And both the Greeks and Romans ate it fresh when in season and dried the vegetable for use in winter. Emperor Augustus created the ‘Asparagus Fleet’ for hauling the vegetable, and coined the expression “faster than cooking asparagus” to denote something that needed to be done quickly. Ancient history aside, Alf ’s family has been growing the vegetable locally for the past 26 years and continues to educate people about it with up to four masterclasses a year. “It helps people understand and enjoy the vegetable if they know how it’s grown and how to get the best out of it,” he said. “We enjoy telling people about it and they enjoy coming, so it’s a fun day for everyone.” PL To book an Aspargus Masterclass at Edgecombe Estate phone 9296 4307 or email For more information on Entwined in the Valley visit FUN FACTS


Asparagus has a great flavour and is very affordable. It’s low in kilojoules, doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol, and provides fibre. Asparagus provides the essential B group vitamins thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B6 and biotin. The popular green vegetable is a great source of folate, with a serve giving us over 20 per cent of our daily needs. Folate is important for expectant mothers and for reducing heart disease risk. It’s not only fruit that gives us vitamin C. A serve of asparagus provides about a quarter of our daily needs of vitamin C. Asparagus has a brilliant range of bioactive compounds, such as antioxidants like rutin and beta-carotene. Research strongly suggests that the bio-active compounds in asparagus are keeping us healthy, well into old age. Asparagus has potassium to help keep our blood pressure healthy. It also contains a sulphurous compound called mercaptan. When broken down by the digestive system, by-products are released that cause a strange smell in your urine. But not everyone can detect it.

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By Beverly Ligman


SLEEK AND CHIC Subi's newest place o hang out for a coffee, Venery, is a beautiful little oasis of calm.

VENERY 3/420 Hay Street, Subiaco (08) 9388 8439


he perfect coffee . . . it has the power to make or break your day. And now Subiaco coffee lovers have a new place to partake in their morning ritual with the opening of Venery on Hay Street. Venery is the dream of owner Alison Ross, who worked in the oil and gas industry until recently, hatching her plans for the cafe when the right spot came up for lease. With boyfriend Grant Hosie by her side, Alison says her aim for the cafe was two-fold; give the people of Perth great coffee and create a space that welcomed one and all. Venery’s vibe is cool, but calm – a distinct sidestep away from loud establishments with hip baristas who baffle you and service that doesn’t quite hit the mark. “We were frustrated with coffee offerings in Perth and wanted to create something that would give people both good coffee and a relaxed space,” she said. “Grant and I had worked in the city for a long time and we wanted to bring something to Subiaco that would compliment what was already available here. “We want people to walk away from their experience with a smile, to feel good about the interaction they just had and leave feeling satisfied, happy and pleasantly surprised.”

If you’re not a coffee drinker don’t worry, there’s a solid selection of teas available; including a French Breakfast, which Alison first experienced on a trip to Paris. There are herbal infusions, matcha, cold pressed juices and simple soul food. “The menu is simple and includes things that you don’t generally find in other places, such as jaffles, bone broth and salads,” Alison said. “It’s an important element to the overall offering, but the food, just like our design is minimalist.” The coffee shop’s interior gives a nod to Alison and Grant’s love of design, with simple, clean lines, bespoke furniture, soft pink floors and mint green walls. There’s a namesake neon sign at the front of the shop and a Kurt Cobain quote that boldly states “I’d rather be dead than cool” as you walk through the door.

Venery is a serene space to sit and gather your thoughts; somewhere you could come and happily work for an afternoon, a place where if you visit more than once, the staff already know your name and your coffee order. Coffee is of course key to the whole Venery experience, expertly made by Head barista Joshua Lofstrom. Joshua, formerly of Elixir in Nedlands, has a steadfast and loyal following that come from far and wide to have their coffee made by his deft hands, and he prides himself on remembering their orders. No mean feat with the amount of people he sees every day. When I ask how, he explains that for him, it’s not about the actual coffee order; people’s favourite drinks often reflect their personalities. “I develop a relationship with people and because of that I remember how they like their coffee,” he said. “I associate people’s personalities with their drinks.” The word Venery itself eludes to the the thrill of the chase, an indulgence. A translation that hasn’t been lost on Alison and her team. “I always wanted a name that represented hunting for something,” she says “something that had the illusion of being just out of reach.” “But once you’ve found it, you want it again and again.” One thing’s for sure, once people discover Venery, their hunt for the perfect coffee will be over. PL summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE



Master chefs As Menu Magazine celebrates its tenth birthday, its publisher Scott Arnold-Eyers has marked the occasion by launching the Masters of Menu Recipe Book 2.


eaturing 51 recipes from well-known Perth chefs, cafes, bars and restaurants who have supported the Menu magazine over the years, contributions also came from families affected by Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Cystic Fibrosis is a disease of the respiratory system, but less is known about its effect on the other organs of the body. To date, there is no cure, but since charities such as Cystic Fibrosis Western Australia have been continually working towards greater awareness and treatment, there is more hope for sufferers and families affected by the disease. While most people would recognise a food pyramid with vegetables and grains


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at the bottom and protein at the top, the pyramid is turned upside down for children with CF. Finding it difficult to absorb the goodness from food, children living with CF require a high-calorie diet, and many take up to 40 enzyme tablets a day to aid digestion. Since publisher Scott Arnold-Eyers' daughter Jade was born in 2008 with CF, he has done all he can to raise money for the cause. “The first edition of the Masters of Menu was a great success which is why we decided to do it again with new chefs, venues and recipes. All profits from this book once again will be donated to helping those with Cystic Fibrosis,” Scott explains. On the upside, high-calorie meals are

delicious generally, and the cookbook features many indulgences. Examples include mango cannelloni with poached marron (Aaron Burrows, Firewater Grille, Duxton Hotel), kangaroo carpaccio (Thomas Syvret, Char Char Bull), wagyu beef cheek tajine (Leah Clarke, Meeka Restaurant) and beer battered eggplant with pepperonata, tomato and stuffed zucchini flower (Kris Dunne, Basq Restaurant). Capel Vale’s owner Simon Pratton’s Crème Brulee stars on the cover and Cody Endebrock Brown, of catering company Domain on Loch provided his recipe called Cody’s Pancakes with Bacon and Maple Syrup. One of the biggest challenges Cody experiences with the disease is, he says, "finding the time to do all the things I need to do, especially with my different treatments, and balancing them with all the things I want to do”. PL To order a copy visit

Bali special

temples • bull racing • island hopping

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Bali and the

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ali’s magnetism couldn’t be more apparent as the sun sets over Tanah Lot while I languish on my own private balcony. Perched on the edge of the Indian Ocean on 103 hectares and situated in Tabanan, the Pan Pacific Nirwana resort is far enough away from the chaos, and yet within easy access to Denpasar, Seminyak, Canggu Beach, Ubud and east Bali. Not that you need to travel far to one Bali’s most popular attractions since Tanah Lot temple is located onsite, along with 16 other temples. As pilgrims make the spiritual journey from all over Indonesia and beyond to Tanah Lot, my family joins me for a mini pilgrimage. Passing the sunset yogis and strolling through Nirwana Bali Golf Course, designed by Greg Norman, we pause at the clifftop hole seven, which is one of the most photographed spots on a golf course in the world; hardly surprising given Tanah Lot is perfectly in frame.


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Braving the crowds, we continue onto a closer look-out, and indeed, Tanah Lot is as mystical as the all the photos depict. I highly recommend the Tanah Lot Blessing Experience where guests are taken to the temple’s rocky outcrop for a private blessing. The following day we make another important and impossibly cute journey to the nearby beach. Placing a Balinese offering onto the black sand, we accompany a baby turtle making his rite of passage into the ocean. Going as fast as his little flippers will carry him, he instinctively trots across the sand to the water’s edge where he pauses; I imagine he’s catching his breath before bravely plunging himself into the Indian Ocean. Wishing him a safe journey, we reluctantly accept he’s at the mercy of his natural habitat. Kokokan Kids Club eases my daughter’s concern over the turtle, as does pottery, Balinese dance and handicrafts. There’s even a private nanny service

ensuring the parents of little ones can take some time out too. The seemingly endless pool snakes along the beach front between idyllic palm trees and moss covered stone balustrades. There’s plenty to delight with the 54-metre waterslide plus countless places to flop and be waited on hand and foot. There’s no shortage of entertainment too as bikini-clad pouters pose into their smart phones until one falls backwards into the

a casual lunch and at night, flickers in candlelight to the serenade of the crashing waves served up with Australian beef and lamb, Balinese mountain pork, fish plucked from the Indian Ocean and luxurious lobster, crabs and prawns. Those wanting to impress will find it difficult to top an intimate dinner in a private bale (pavillion) overlooking Tanah Lot; on the very spot where many a proposal and special occasion has been hosted. Popping that special question was on the cards, then a splurge would be warranted in the Presidential Suite or villas with a private plunge pool and gazebo, outdoor rain shower

is something many hotels overlook. It’s the inclusion of vegemite at breakfast for the Australians and the daily presence of sticky dumplings of palm sugar rolled in grated coconut known as klepon. I think we’ve found our own private nirvana.

DON’T MISS . . . these day trip ideas: • Make the journey to the spiritual heart of Bali to Ubud for a blessing at Tirta Empul Temple. • Also in Ubud, visit the Batuan Village famed for its artists depicting village life and history drawing on Hindu mythology. • Don’t miss the exquisite Tagalalang Rice Terraces. • Head east and become a Balinese lady ISLAND OF THE GODS Bali is heaven on earth for visitors, with its photogenic combination of lush verdant slopes and dramatic coastline, dotted with temples.

pool, precious phone and all. Perhaps those breakfast martinis snuck up on her? Speaking of breakfast, and lunch and dinner for that matter, the choices are diverse and include the Pan Pacific Nirwana’s signature restaurant Merica where the local delicacy of spit-roasted pig known as babi guling stars alongside modern Indonesian dishes such as short rib rendang, oxtail stew and duck curry. For low-key dining, Driftwood serves

and oversized bedroom. More modest budgets needn’t scrimp on luxury either, as all the rooms and suites are inspired by traditional Bali decor with every modern convenience imaginable. It’s the little touches where the Pan Pacific Nirwana shines with the automatic inclusion of an extra set of slippers and robes catered for our daughter. The plush roll-away bed is already set-up prior to our arrival, which

for a day with Bali Asli Cooking School. • Shop in local markets, learn how to make an offering to the gods and cook up an Instagram-worthy storm. • While east, experience a taste of traditional life at Tenganan Village. PL Carmen Jenner was a guest of the Pan Pacific Nirwana. Rates start at USD 170 per night.Visit indonesia/nirwana-bali-resort.htm summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE





egara – a place where the smell of animal and man clings to the air and invades the nostrils with a sickly sweet cloud of respect and desperation, a desperation to win and prove the virility of jockey and beast at all costs. The area is Bali’s least populated regency, characterised by impenetrable highlands. Not so many visitors make it this far, but those who are bold enough to venture away from the crowded southern plains will discover another world. It’s here in this wild west that the local people race buffaloes. The famous bull races, or Mekepung, are staged every year near the


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town of Negara, to please the god of the harvest. The sport is said to have originated as a simple ploughing contest, introduced by migrants from the island of Madura. Our Mekepung adventure took place one Sunday morning in August. Setting out from Seminyak at 6am, the drive to Bali’s Jembrana regency took nearly three hours. It was a slow journey; we were sharing the winding main road with convoys of heavy trucks which were heading for Java via the port of Gilimanuk. Our early start had been a necessity; we knew that by late morning the races would be over because the heat of the day would make the buffaloes sluggish.

Loud speakers and Dangdut music heralded the raceground, but all we could see as we approached were colourful umbrellas and thousands of people lining the banks of a track. We jostled our way past dozens of makeshift food stalls selling Fanta and ‘nasi jingo’, past a man with a bicycle festooned with bird cages, and past what appeared to be the betting station, before taking our position above a ditch bordering the rough, narrow, racetrack where the pungent scent of sweat mingled with the pleasant smells of grilled sweet corn, charred meat and smoke. Within seconds, a loud jingling of bells

drew my attention to something big and furious approaching from my right hand side and, camera in hand, I leapt down from the bank to bag a prime position for what would have been the money shot. Before I knew what was happening, however, I was being dragged out of the path of two magnificently decorated pink water buffaloes that were thundering towards me in a cloud of dust. My saviours and fellow spectators all seemed to find the incident highly amusing, and were quick to shove me towards a slightly safer vantage point. I certainly got a better view of the next wave of contestants. This time it was a pair of brown buffaloes dressed in silk banners with painted horns, harnessed together and pulling a brightly coloured chariot marked by a green flag. The precariously balanced jockey was standing upright in the cart; he was clad in a green shirt and was brandishing a stick. Just a few metres behind him and marked by a red flag, the opposing team was in hot pursuit. Set against the backdrop of West Bali’s rugged mountains, the contest features Bali’s sleekest, most handsome water buffaloes. Teams are divided into two clubs, from the eastern and western sides of the Ijo Gading River – hence the green and red flags – and as many as 200 buffaloes may take part. Each race is comprised of two pairs of bulls running against each other at speeds of up to 60km/h along the erratic 2km track. In the days leading up to the races, the bulls are fed up to 50 eggs per day; they are given herbal potions, massaged and sung to sleep. Before the start of each race chilli paste

is applied to each animal’s anus to give it that extra push. It is said that the fastest and strongest animals plough the hardest and so the winning bulls stand to win the ultimate prize of going to stud. We watched the races for over two hours – illegal betting was rife, and the level of excitement and hilarity increased to an even higher pitch every time an unfortunate jockey was catapulted out of his twowheeled cart. If only we could have understood the rules. As the races drew to a close, we walked over to a special area where the buffaloes were resting and feeding after their exertion. We stroked their gentle faces and

MUD RUSH The incredible spectacle of a Balinese buffalo race is something to behold - the rules are hard to understand but the colour and passion of all those who take part is clear to see.

watched them being unharnessed from their carts and coaxed into large open trucks for the journey home. One man loaded his wife and kids into one of the little chariots and led his triumphant team home by foot. Today he had won and had taken the accolades and admiration of his peers. Tomorrow he would be back out in his fields at the break of dawn tilling his land, but this time with the sweet smile of victory on his lips. A fine reward for any man. PL

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KICKER tere alinc tat in inculvium. Ves deo, ditiam anum ia public vil ta nota vivataticie te publiussin norus, nonum ia vesitie menirissedo, videatilica; nos imus sentere nonsum senatque.


nother thing to consider is the inverse relationship that exists in the quality of food and accommodation and the distance you travel east of Bali and Lombok. That’s fine for young and intrepid backpackers, but what of the more well-heeled traveller who likes his or her creature comforts and can afford to splurge a little extra on a nice comfy en-suite cabin and a great selection of food and beverages served up three times a day while undergoing their journeys to the world’s remote and wilder parts? This is where SeaTrek Adventures comes in, a Bali-based sea cruising company specialising in taking people on voyages of exploration on their two very large and traditional pinisi liveaboard boats, the Ombak Putih and the Katharina. They have 12 and six cabins respectively, and are equipped with a highly trained crew, top of the range navigational and safety equipment, and offer great service, comfort and quality victuals. Basically floating hotels, they are a fantastic


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way to explore the vast natural beauty and myriad cultures of the archipelago. Having seen much of Indonesia by plane, car and motorbike, I decided it was time to put to sea for a change and I booked a passage with SeaTrek on a seven-day cruise entitled Dances, Dragons and Magical Lakes. The itinerary would take me from Bali to Lombok, across the top of Sumbawa, and through the Komodo National Park, with a multitude of sea- and land-based adventures along the way, not least of which would be an encounter with the legendary

Komodo dragon. After meeting at breakfast time in Sanur with our fellow passengers, we were bussed an hour away to Amed, where our sleek and sexy ship was waiting our arrival. The crew were there on the beach with the tender boats to take us out to the beautiful behemoth anchored and waiting in the bay: the 42-metre long Ombak Putih. Her name means ‘white wave’ in Indonesian, and she has been cruising the waters of eastern Indonesia for nigh on 20 years, after her keel was laid in 1995 and operations started

the following year. Regular maintenance and lots of love by her owners and crew have kept her ship shape and Bristol fashion, and she is a delight to sail on. Painted white, with blue trim and sails and a tropical hardwood superstructure, she lives up to her name as she cuts through these tropical waters. Our first afternoon was spent getting acquainted with the boat, the crew and our fellow travellers as we plied our way across the Lombok Strait. We anchored at sunset

at a magical island lake, snorkelled with manta rays and marvelled at dolphins, before arriving in the Komodo National park, where we lay on pinky-white sand beaches, swam in crystal clear waters and encountered fierce and mighty dragons on the islands of Komodo and Rinca. With long days of sea cruising, nights spent in comfortable and stylish cabins, great meals, cold drinks, lots of snorkelling, swimming and island adventures you’d be hard pressed to think of any room for improvement, but our

just off the Gili Islands with cocktails in hand and a sense of keen anticipation and excitement for the days ahead. There’s not enough room for all the details of each day here, but needless to say we ticked a lot of boxes. Most of the guests rose each day at dawn to watch the sun come up and experience the cool morning air before breakfast. Every day was different: we visited local villages, showered under sacred waterfalls, walked through riverbeds filled with buffaloes and butterflies, swung into mountain pools on ropes, made wishes

crew and our very attentive cruise director found ways to do just that. Each time we returned from any excursion, welcome drinks and cold towels, turned-down beds and hot meals were not far away. They fed us, entertained us, partied with us, sang to us, ferried us around, kept our cabins in order, and made sure our boat got to where it was going with a minimum of fuss. Although the boats have sails, it’s only possible to set them when the wind is really blowing favourably. With schedules to keep and places to be, time is of the essence so

the diesel motor is king and the sails are seldom used. That said, the crew will pull them up at least once per trip for a couple of hours to show the boat off in her full pre-machine-age glory, something we got to experience while sailing through Komodo’s waters. On longer cruises through more open waters there are more opportunities for actual sailing, but even without it you are in for one hell of a adventure holiday. SeaTrek doesn’t just cruise for the fun of it. They plan their trips very precisely by doing lots of historical, natural and cultural research. Through discussions with their captains, tour guides and experts they find the best routes to take and the best islands to visit so as to allow their guests to capture an amazing glimpse of remote island life in Indonesia. It is for these reasons that their longer cruises in the far reaches of the archipelago are so popular. When we motored into Labuan Bajo harbour in Flores on day seven, we were all sad to be leaving, but from what we had

seen on this short glimpse of an Indonesia outside of Bali the appetite for adventure had been well and truly whetted. Next year, we will definitely be back for a 12-day specialty cruise. PL Visit summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE





e had a special birthday to celebrate - our son’s 21st - and rather than sit in a crowded bar we thought instead we’d like to enjoy ourselves together over a long weekend of good food, wine and occasionally song. Clem & Tines was the perfect solution a lovingly restored 1965 beach house, green and cream wood, generous verandas and the most beautiful French provincial decor throughout. We’d visited before so we knew what a special time was in store, and were delighted to see some new touches to the home since our last visit. The main house sleeps up to eight very comfortably, while our birthday boy and girlfriend claimed the studio, and the two teenage siblings infested the beach cottage at the end of the garden. Sorted. Everybody had their own space, giving us all room to stretch out and enjoy the weekend and even when assorted relatives arrived for the birthday meal on Saturday, the house easily accommodated everybody with grace and charm. The owners of Clem & Tines had stopped at nothing to ensure that their guests’ stay was perfect, from the numerous scented candles


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both inside and out to the thoughtfully provided essentials, like laundry products, pantry items and the gently encouraging message above a watering can to nourish the plants from the rainwater barrel if we had time. They’d also created a new downstairs bathrooms with freestanding bath and Harry Potter-style full length mirror. Our eightyear old Oli loved it. Binningup is a little seaside town with a mixture of impressive seaview mansions and traditional weatherboard 3x2s. The general store with its super friendly staff became a regular feature of our stay and seemed to stock everything from food colouring to thongs and, usefully, wine for when we’d finished off our own supplies. The fish and chips, served until 6.15pm every day, were fantastic and the little lolly bags for 50c the perfect incentive to get tired little ones home from the beach. There’s a playpark too overlooking the sea with a pirate ship and a skatepark on the other side of town. We had brought enough food to feed Napoleon’s army, but if you fancied a day off from the stove, there are plenty of options not far from Clem & Tines.

The Ferguson Valley is one of the south west’s undiscovered gems, a gorgeous little corner of our state, with towering king jarrahs, pine forests and kangaroos which jump out suddenly from the shady trees in front of a somewhat startled editor and her children. We’d explored nearby Gnomesville before, and afterwards were looking for a good spot for lunch - and the Moody Cow Brewery fitted the bill perfectly. A little boutique brewery which uses no preservatives or additives (creating ‘a pure brew’) it has a large, child-friendly beer garden to the rear. There were plenty of Sunday lunch guests the day we visited and the menu had a great mix of kids’ meals and more appealing adult fare too. Try the lager and lime mix on tap - it’s low alcohol and incredibly refreshing. If the kids need to let off some steam after lunch, there’s a box of cricket bats, frisbees and balls which they’re welcome to use as well as a climbing frame and swing. Just like its more famous south west neighbour, Margaret River, the Ferguson Valley has its own collection of vineyards. St Aidan’s Wines, a beautiful spot planted

TASTEFULLY DONE The interior of Clem n' Tines is extremely pleasing on the eye, with whites, blues and creams creating a relaxing backdrop to your stay.

with citrus trees, table grapes, and wine grapes is a family-run vineyard. Their wines have won awards and the light, delicious meals or chance to enjoy a picnic in the grounds give you the perfect opportunity to experience the Ferguson Valley relaxed vibe you’ll come to love. You’ll realise after a little while that the best way to see as much of the Ferguson Valley as possible over a weekend is to drive the ‘Ferguson Loop’ - a journey which will take in sights such as Honeymoon Pool, Dardanup and its famous Bull and Barrel festival in October each year, the Crooked

Brook rambling trail, lavender farm, and Wellington Dam which in winter provides spectacular photo opportunities. But home is where the heart is, and our home for the weekend certainly stole ours. The deck is really lovely with a weathered table big enough for our huge family to all sit down together and raise a glass to the 21 year old, as well as a barbecue and outside sink. Flowers surround the verandah, and it’s just the perfect spot to catch up on some R n’ R, play board games (supplied in the house) or read a book. Bliss. It’s no surprise the property was a state

finalist in the pet-friendly category with holiday website Stayz 2013 - your furry friends will love it as much as you. It’s the perfect antidote to CBD living, retro style with all the mod cons. The owners have a sure touch when it comes to the interior decor - we just loved the Hamptons-style accessories and luxurious linens and bedding. Tempted? Just book a weekend at the house and pretend it’s yours for the duration. PL Visit to book your stay this summer. summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE





year or so ago, on my way to work in Subiaco I noticed something springing up on the left hand side of Hay Street, just before it dips down towards Subi and all its galleries, cafes and shops. Behind the familiar Julio’s restaurant a new and modern edifice gradually sprouted upwards. Like an elongated chequers board, the new addition to this stalwart of Perth’s dining scene grew and Julio’s too got a facelift. It all looked pretty cool and as soon as it opened a couple of months ago, I was keen to have a nose around. The position couldn’t be better if you’re a fan of this side of town. If you’re in the city for a special occasion - or want to toddle down to Domain Stadium to catch a footy match, this is the place for you. Kings Park is on your doorstep too and if you want to explore the city without battling the traffic in a car, why not take advantage of their free bicycle hire? We checked in on a sunny Saturday and were welcomed by friendly staff actually, the staff at the hotel are a definite


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plus point. They greet you like family and, thanks to the relaxed vibe, we quickly felt at home. Our room was spacious, spick and span as you’d expect from a new build. There’s a big bonus if you’ve brought a teen along as I had - free, fast Wi-Fi on unlimited devices, so a night of Netflix on the laptop isn’t a problem. We had arranged to meet some friends for drinks to celebrate a birthday, so we headed back down to Julio’s for some Prosecco. Julio’s

is a gem of a place, knee-deep in historic atmosphere and a delightful local Italian which appeals to all ages. Built in 1902 as the Walsh family home, the new owners have tastefully restored the heritage exterior and made the interior warm and welcoming, like a proper Italian trattatoria. There’s exposed stone and wood, and plenty of tables for everybody to find their perfect spot. We perched on stools around a high table and ordered some antipasti (Julio’s board) to enjoy with our bubbles. There

were artisan cold meats, Italian cheeses and delicious ciabatta. Daisy the teen ordered hot chips too, topped in a glamorous twist with some truffle oil and parmesan cheese. It was time to walk off our bar snacks so we headed down into Subi, navigating the roadworks that are ripping up Hay Street currently (top tip: don’t bring the car, just walk or ride one of those free bikes), browsing the art galleries and ending up at the Vic for a chilled glass of beer. It was fun to explore the area where I work without the threat of a deadline looming over my head, and experiencing Subi on a Saturday is a very different thing to the mid-week working version. If it had been an all-adult affair we might have been tempted to return later on to Voyeur Bar, a new addition to the Subi collection, where the beautiful people congregate to party. There’s the Subi Hotel too - one of my favourites - and home of some pretty fine cooking from its new kitchen. However in the end it was a no-brainer; we were going to dine at Julio’s and see whether its home-made pasta really was a good as we’d hoped. The main dining room was very busy by the time we’d changed and come down for dinner - groups of ladies catching up over an entree and cocktail, families enjoying the lively atmosphere and couples soaking up the romance of such a vintage building. The menu is short but sweet. To start, there’s polipo - a dish of warm octopus, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, olives and pesto, or half a dozen fresh oysters, served as nature intended, with a squeeze of lemon. We loved the polenta fritters too - little golden savoury logs, perfect with some tangy Calabrian dip as we chatted about our day. It’s the mains though where the sure hand behind the pans comes into play. Choose from ‘Primi’ or ‘Secondi’ - from the Primi selection Daisy chose the wild boar pappardelle. It was so rich, with beautifully silky hand-cut pappardelle entwining the porky sauce. Forest mushrooms and some shaved Tuscan pecorino made this a lipsmacking main. Meanwhile my WA lamb shoulder, slow cooked to the point of collapse, was a substantial dish. Fortunately I was up to the challenge and ploughed my way through the tender meat, braised in extra virgin olive oil and finding happy plate mates in the accompaniments - artichoke, chickpee puree, rocket, chilli and pistachios. There’s Julio’s fritto misto too (think crispy squid, tiger prawns and local whitebait) and duck, a plump leg cooked


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long and slow with plum jus, vincotto and pasnip puree. All the ingredients are locally sourced and made on the premises which makes Julio’s a bit of a find in my book. Again, the staff are integral to the success of the place, and they looked after Daisy and I perfectly. Everybody knows that the Italians love the dolce vita, so of course we were keen to try something sweet to finish off the meal. Julio’s dessert board looked like a good option with a little tasting plate of everything. There’s also Dolcemangiare, with zingy goats cheese, rhubarb and raspberry gel, cocoa nibs and a delicious rhubarb compote. The star though was an open cannolo - crisp and indulgent and made from a secret recipe according to the waitress. Fully sated and ready to loll like lizards

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in our room, Daisy and I made our way back up to bed, in the heart of West Perth but a world away from all the stresses and strains of everyday life. After a sublime sleep, it was breakfast time (yes, more food). We helped ourselves to the continental buffet and spotted AFL legendary commentator Dennis Cometti tucking into some brekkie too. If it’s good enough for Dennis...well, you get my drift. So take my (sage) advice - book a stay this summer, come to celebrate over the festive season, and embrace the Dolce Vita thanks to Julio’s. Visit summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE





risbane. Brisvegas. Brissie. Whatever you call it, the city all the way over there on the east coast shimmers silver in the sun as I grab an Uber into town from the airport. I’m excited, not least because this is only my second time in Queensland, and the first time I’ve set foot in Australia’s New World City. I’d done my research. This is a city blessed with a river running through it (the eponymous Brisbane), an abundance of cultural attractions (not least a fabulous gallery, museum and buzzing theatre district), and more enticing food and drink venues than you could shake a stick at. I only had two nights in town, but by golly, I was going to make the most of those two days. First though it was off to my digs for the duration, the brand spanking new Mantra Richmont hotel. Situated in elegant Spring Hill (think glorious old Queenslanders, leafy streets and plenty of peace and quiet right on the doorstep of Fortitude Valley, this new addition to the Mantra family of


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hotels was just perfect. My room was super comfortable, but the crowning glory was a large terrace, complete with table and chairs, from which I could catch some rays and watch the never ending construction mosaic tick over as Brisbane adds to its skyline on a daily basis. It’s a really relaxed place, with cheerful staff and there’s an open-style kitchen in the lobby serving great coffee and cakes. I had my eye on a date at the South Bank though so after a quick refresh, it was time to hit the streets. I was in town to interview the stars of Singin’ in the Rain which is heading to Perth at the end of the year but is currently playing in Brisbane. Once I’d got my bearings and knew where I had to be, I had some time to explore the vibrant South Bank scene. It feels almost Parisian, with people wandering up and down the riverbank, shaded by trees, or taking a spin in the Wheel of Brisbane which lights up in a spectacular fashion at night. Take a ride and you’ll hear about the history of Brisbane as you enjoy panoramic views over this super cool city. The big Brisbane sign too was so popular at the G20 Leaders’ summit in 2014 that it was added as a permanent fixture on the South Bank’s cultural forecourt a year later.You’ll always find a gaggle of people, locals and tourists, near this collection of letters, taking photos and hanging out. South Bank is all about people - it’s the definition of people friendly in fact,

with cycle tracks along the Clem Jones parade, a rainforest walk in the Parklands, plenty of verdant lawns to enjoy a picnic and an epicurous garden, where you can taste, smell and touch fresh produce. In July an annual foodie festival - Regional Flavours ( - sets up on the South Bank, attracting hundreds of providores and growers to the area. Meanwhile every Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday in Stanley Street Plaza, the Collective Markets provides visitors with the perfect chance to find a gift or souvenir of their stay.You’ll find pop-up shops, art, photography and vintage fashion on show. It was time for brunch so I took a wander up to West End - a place, according to the tourist literature that’s ‘a seamless blend of the delightfully dorky and cuttingedge cool’. There were certainly plenty of cafes to choose with cuisines from all around the world but I decided to try Billykart West End (, one of several cafes run by Curtis Stone’s bestie, Ben O’Donohue. I’d been following the cafe on Instagram for a while and was determined to try the innovative menu. I wasn’t disappointed - the Aussie Asian eggs is a triumph of mixing my desire for something familiar (eggs) with something exotic (the Asian bit). It’s a great spot - I love the deconstructed billykarts on the wall, and the coffee bar was doing a roaring trade. If it had been a tad warmer I might have been tempted to hire a kayak to take

along the Brisbane River - there’s the chance to abseil down the famous cliffs too or even explore the riverway on a segway, rollerblades or bike. Next time perhaps. My evening’s entertainment was taken care of thanks to seats in the stalls for Singin’ in the Rain (tip - you MUST see this show while it’s in Perth), so after leaving the theatre with a broad grin on my face it was back to my Mantra Richmont luxurious room for the night and a sumptuous sleep in one of the most comfortable beds I’ve enjoyed for a long time. Morning broke and I was out on my terrace with a coffee to catch the early rays;

(particularly loved Dogstar and Easton Pearson). For lunch I headed over to Fortitude Valley, the place where Brisvegas really lives up to its name with plenty to keep you entertained, morning or night. Try yum cha in Chinatown or head to Brunswick Street if your credit card is still up to it. I discovered Les Bubbles, as close to a Parisian bistro as this side of the hemisphere allows.You gotta try the steak frites, they’re tres superbe! However, by the time dinner came around I was pretty excited to meet up with old mate Rita. We chose our table in the beautiful heritage-listed building at Kennigo

SHOP TIL YOU DROP Brisbane offers the perfect combination of places to shop, from cute markets to swanky plazas. Below, the 'Brisbane' lights up every night along the river bank. Left, the Mantra Richmont's rooms are luxurious and spacious, many with balconies.

what to do today? I had dinner booked with an old Perth friend who’d relocated to the Gold Coast - we were giving the new Kennigo Social House restaurant next door to the hotel, but I had the rest of the day pretty much to myself. I decided to go Total Tourist and headed to Queen Street Mall where I stocked up on Noosa Chocolate from the factory outlet, a rapid and effective browse around the huge H&M Home store (OMG those soft furnishings) and even managed to discover some home-grown designer talent

Social House, curiously with the name ‘Irene’ over the doorway. “Some say it’s the name of the, er, lady of the establishment of what’s euphemistically called a ‘gentleman’s boarding house’,” said head chef Steven Herold. I like Irene already. Share plates are the go here so Rita and I plundered the menu with enthusiasm. We loved the blushing pink BBQ Queensland prawns marinated in garlic, the incredible duck, pork and shiitake dumplings with ponzu sauce and crispy fried pork neck.

And that was just for starters. By the time we got to the ‘large plates’ section, we were really going for it. This is hearty food for gentlemen (and ladies) who appreciate the finer things in a beautiful setting. Think roast rump of lamb with smashed beans, or pumpkin, sage and mascarpone risotto. Oh, and don’t, whatever you do, forget to order a side of smoked garlic mash – #yum. Stephen came out for a chat and impressed me with his attention to detail, passion for ingredients and desire to please all his customers. We waddled out underneath Irene’s door considerably further away from bikini-ready than when we’d met that night. It was time for me to leave in the morning, but not before I logged onto the conveniently available Mac in the lobby as I drank my latte and waited for my car to the airport. Brisbane, I’ll be back. PL Visit for details.To book a table at Kennigo Social House, email or call 07 3096 1622. summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE





BASEBALL For the first time since the Australian Baseball League was revamped in 2010, Perth Heat will be led by a former player who has come through the Baseball WA system. Matt Kennelly was part of the Heat “dynasty” which won four ABL Championships in six years and now he’ll be calling the shots as manager for the Heat, which kicks off its 40-game season on November 19 in Melbourne before returning to its Thornlie home ground for a series against defending champions Brisbane Bandits beginning November 24. Kennelly told the ABL website: “I am


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very lucky and grateful to have come through a program run by guys such as Don Kyle, Mark Pettit and Rod Drew, so I would like to run a similar ship. I have also had some very influential managers in the USA during my time with the Atlanta Braves, so with the knowledge I have gained from them I’m sure it will make for an easier transition (from player to manager.” Kennelly’s first task will be take the Heat back to the top of the six-team tree and a shot at claiming the prestigious Claxton Shield once more. The 2016/17 season looms as a crucial one for top level baseball in Australia; earlier this year Baseball Australia took 100%

ownership of the ABL (it had been a 50-50 joint venture with Major League Baseball) and the league’s continuing success will be vital in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where baseball returns as an official sport. For more information, visit BASKETBALL Basketball has never been hotter in WA, with defending National Basketball League champions the Perth Wildcats out to add an eighth title to their trophy cabinet. The women’s game, too, is flying high with the new-look Perth Lynx making the WNBL grand final last year.

Check out and for the playing schedule and more. CRICKET Whether you’re more of a cricket purist, or a fan of the wham-and-bam of the T20 format, there’s plenty of excitement looming at the WACA this season. First up, Australia goes into battle against South Africa on November 3 in the first of a three-Test series (including a historic “pink ball” day-night Test in Adelaide). In December, both the men’s and women’s sides in Perth Scorchers’ colours get their day in the sun; the men will be out to go one better after being smashed in last year’s Big Bash League T20 semi-final by Kevin Pietersen’s Melbourne Stars, while the women’s side, led by Nicole Bolton and including wicketkeeper Megan Banting (pictured) will also be out to better their semi-final appearance in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League last year. For details on fixtures, memberships and more, visit FOOTBALL The A-League launches into its 11th season and has never been more popular; more than 60,000 packed the Sydney derby clash in October. Perth Glory, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016 and continuing its resurgence under coach Kenny Lowe, will be out to make its East Perth home ground of nib Stadium a graveyard for visiting teams. A League success, too, will also pave the way for a chance to play in the lucrative Asian Champions League. For fixtures, club news and more, visit

KITE SURFING Top kite surfers from WA, around Australia and indeed the world will converge on Perth early December for the spectacular Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton race. With (hopefully) the ‘Doctor’ providing plenty of wind power, both amateur and professional competitors will scorch across the Indian Ocean, starting off at Phillip Point on Rotto, in a breakneck race to the finish line at Leighton Beach, North Fremantle. Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton, December 3, 2016.Visit for more information NETBALL There’s been some big changes in Australia’s top-flight netball scene since last season; for one, the comp has a whole new look, no longer featuring New Zealand teams. Instead, the new National Netball League will have an all-Australian line-up with five current teams - Adelaide Thunderbirds, Melbourne Vixens, NSW Swifts, Queensland Firebirds and the Fever - joined by new sides from Sydney, Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast. Fever too, has lost some big names but the side will be spearheaded by Diamond ace Nat Medhurst and rising WA star midcourter Jessica Anstiss. For information on fixtures, memberships and team news, visit

game when he (aged just 19), and partner Martina Hingis, claimed the Hopman Cup for Switzerland in 2001. Federer went on to collect 17 Grand Slam singles titles in the decade-and-a-half since and, while he’s now pushing 36, he’s still in the world top 10 and will be a top drawcard at Perth Arena in the mixed event from January 1-7. This time Federer will partner world No. 16 Belinda Bencic in the eight-team event; Aussie pair Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova will be out to win back-to-back titles for the home country, something only the US has achieved (2003/04). Tournament director Paul Kilderry, like Perth tennis fans, is thrilled Federer has chosen Perth as the venue as his comeback from an injury layoff. “The opportunity to see Federer, one of the greatest players of all time, will be like no other,’’ said Kilderry. PL Hopman Cup, Perth Arena, January 1-7 2017. For information on session times, teams and more, visit

TENNIS Fifteen years is a long time between drinks . . . and even longer in the career of a professional tennis player. But that’s how long it’s been since Swiss ace Roger Federer made his Hopman Cup debut. Federer had yet to begin his all-conquering reign at the top of the men’s

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eventy years before Harry Potter studied Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them textbook at Hogwarts, the author and “magizoologist” traveled to New York with a case full of creatures. Now portraying Scamander on the big screen, Eddie Redmayne is the first actor to hold a wand in JK Rowling’s wizarding world since Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the last of the eight-film franchise, was released five years ago. Far from Potter’s quintessentially British vistas, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them takes place in 1926 postwar New York, also serving as Rowling’s screenwriting debut in which she creates an entirely new chapter of her magical universe for a film that is neither prequel or sequel, a project shrouded in secrecy. “We weren’t allowed to print out scripts, and when we did print out pages, they had to be put in a safe at night. I accidentally walked off set one day with my pages and it was almost like a police escort, returning to


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set,” recalls Redmayne, 34, when I met him and the Fantastic Beasts cast in Los Angeles. If Potter centred largely around Harry and his young pals Ron and Hermione, then Fantastic Beasts takes place in a more adult world, even if these adults do all share child-like qualities. Team Newt features Dan Folger’s Jacob Kowalski and sisters Tina and Queenie Goldstein played by Katherine Waterston, 36, and Alison Sudol, 31. Matt Smith and Nicholas Hoult were rumoured early on to play Newt, although when we are joined by David Yates, longtime Potter director and now helming Fantastic Beasts, he says, “Eddie landed very early on, because we love him, and he’s got such soul. And then we sort of built the world around Eddie. “It was like putting a rock band together, basically, you wanted to get all the tonalities of each actor balanced together, so it was like creating four characters who could bring something different to the table.” For Waterston, who can loosely be

described as a love-interest for the easilydistracted Newt, she says the process was traumatic. “It actually brings hot sweats back, just remembering our chemistry test. I feel this sort of PASD, Post Audition Stress Disorder! I don’t think I would have gotten the job if Eddie hadn’t also been a neurotic fiend, because it was a relief to not be the only nervous person in the room,” says the actress who played Steve Jobs’ ex-girlfriend in the movie of the same name. Of course, the film lives up to its title, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the original script featuring 80+ such creatures, later whittled down to about a dozen, three of whom accidentally escape in New York. A mildly eccentric character, Newt is more comfortable with animals than humans. “I think it goes back to what he knew growing up, like, his mum bred hippogriffs, so it’s something that he had an affiliation with from an early age,” says an earnest Redmayne, already fluent in Rowling’s universe.

“Often, when you see people who are amazing with animals, it’s because they’ve been a part of their life since they were a child. Newt doesn’t humanise creatures, equally in love with the more vicious, ugly, dangerous creatures, as he is with the sweet, little ones . . . Oh, I’m not allowed to talk about that! I keep going crazy, with what I’m not allowed to talk about!“ Waterston giggles: “There should be an ejection button on our seats, for when we talk about something we shouldn’t!” Joined now by actress-writer-musician Alison Sudol, Fantastic Beasts is her first major break. “I play Queenie Goldstein who is a witch who can read people’s minds, which is a very beautiful and unusual

she was summoned to New York to test with Waterston who would play her sister. “We had three days of lots of different interactions with people, because they were trying to find four people that would have a bond instantly, and it’s not something you can fake, and so they put Katherine and I together on a couch and said, OK, you’re sisters. “And there was this very natural intimacy between us that was powerful because I don’t have a sister, and yet I found myself braiding her hair,” she recalls. Raised by actor parents, Sudol never wished to follow in their footsteps. “I was in a commercial when I was three but as I got older, I didn’t want to touch acting at all because I knew how it’s a very difficult life, where you have to put yourself out on the

known in the US wizarding world. “I think of him as Han Solo. Han wasn’t a Jedi, but he did cool stuff,” suggests the Broadway actor. “Jacob is the last guy back from WWI, no one told him it was over, and he just wants to settle down and have a family, and open up a bakery and that’s it. But instead he gets swept up in this amazing magical adventure. I equate him to Bottom the Weaver, he’s Jacob the baker, one of the ordinary folk who gets to play with the fairies and witches in the woods for a day, and the experience is transformative, and he realises that maybe his purpose lies in this world.” Growing up in Brooklyn, Folger, 39, learned early on that he could make people laugh. “I knew I wanted to entertain but then when I was ten years old, I saw a movie that made me cry, and I thought, ‘Wow, I wonder if I can repeat that? How do they do that?’ The fascination of that made me really want to make people laugh and cry so then I got into theatre in high school, musicals and plays, and then acting school in college. Basically, by high school, it was either this or nothing.” All the actors, including Redmayne who won an Oscar for his role as physicist Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything, feel a certain anxiety and pressure at being the faces of J K Rowling’s new world, although Folger perhaps sums it up best.

form of magic. There’s a real lack of selfconsciousness about her because she’s constantly reading other people, and so she’s not focused on herself. She’s also very fun, and light and joyful; there’s a deep wisdom to her because of her gift which is also a huge responsibility.” With relatively little film experience, Sudol didn’t even know what a screen test was when

line constantly. For somebody who’s kind of an introvert, I just didn’t want it, and I saw how many hearts it broke, living in Los Angeles,” says Sudol who was eventually coaxed out of her shell after winning a role on TV‘s Transparent. But its Folger who gets the most laughs, as constantly-confused Jacob Kowalski, the film’s central muggle or, No-Maj, as he is

“It’s like a massive wave that’s coming, and I think we’re all bracing for the G forces - luckily I’m a good swimmer. There’s a lot of things to be nervous about, but I feel like we’re in good hands. “For an actor, this is the best case scenario. I won the lottery.” PL Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is out November 17. summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE



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hey say never meet your idols. But don’t tell Perth grandmother-of-six Vel Holland that. Vel is possibly Australia’s most avid Bruce Springsteen fan: she’s been to the mountain top and not only met but danced with - and dare I say it, snogged - The Boss himself. And the first question on everyone’s lips? “Well,everyone asks ‘what did he smell like?’ And I say - beautiful,” says the petite 66-year-old who has been enamoured with Springsteen since she first heard the anthemic strains of his breakthrough hit Born To Run in the early 1980s. “I heard it on the radio and thought ‘wow, what’s that?” says Vel. It was to be the start of a beautiful relationship with Bruce (even if he didn’t know it yet) and one which, says Vel, has got her through some dark times.

“I don’t know what I would have done without Bruce’s music when my husband left me . . . and last year, my little sister Mo died suddenly. Bruce’s music helps ease the pain - not completely, but it certainly helps,’’ she says. Over the years,Vel has collected an amazing array of Bruce-mablia; her unit is packed with albums, singles, coasters, posters, keychains, jewellery, stickers, books, CDs, ticket stubs, T-shirts, signs, banners, candles - you name it, she’s got it. The collection has taken something of a life of its own, although Vel collects for sheer joy, not for the potential investment value. “People think I’m a bit mad but I don’t care,” says Vel. Her most treasured possession is a signed harmonica presented to her by the man himself at the Perth Arena two years ago. That was the night Vel says she “died and went to heaven” - realising a dream held for 32 years - when Bruce hauled her up on stage as his partner for the Dancing In the Dark number, recreating the famous video clip with Courteney Cox from his massive Born in the USA album (which alone sold 15 million copies - Springsteen’s total

album sales are heading towards 65 million). The Perth Arena crowd, already at fever pitch, went into overdrive when she planted a kiss on Bruce. And come January,Vel, and her fellow uber-fans known the world over as Bruce Buds or Tramps, will be right up front again as Springsteen returns to Perth with his mighty E Street Band for his Summer of 17 Tour. “My friend told me ‘Vel, you‘re too little to go into the moshpit - it’s too dangerous’,’’ says Vel. “But I love it; I cried and cried and cried at his last show, it was so great.” Getting the best view in the house - note that is view, not seats and with a Springsteen show possibly stretching to four hours you need a lot of stamina to stand and dance for that long - is no gimme though. “Last time I queued for four days outside the Perth Arena to get the roll call,’’ says Vel. The roll call is a system of allocating the front-of-house standing tickets in an orderly manner; the roll call rules are straightforward - you have a place in the queue which you can leave for just two hours at a time; you can’t have substitutes summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE



ROCKING WITH BRUCE Perth's Vel Holland dances with The Boss in Perth during his last tour and (right) after catching up with him in Adelaide.

either. Bust the rules and you face the wrath of diehard fans. It’s at the roll calls where Tramps from the world over form relationships that can, and do, last a lifetime. “Last time I had four women come and stay with me for the Perth shows; I only knew them through Bruce,” says Vel. The Tramps look after each other, especially when it comes to ticket resales, cutting out the scalpers and the like, swapping memorabilia and enjoying a thriving online community. “I started my Facebook page Bruce Springsteen Australia Wants You! with just seven members - my sister, my children and I added a couple of friends,” says Vel. The group now has close to 2,700 members. Hot on the heels of a revelatory (Springsteen has opened up about ongoing issues with depression) and beautifully written memoir (titled, naturally, Born to Run), the 67-year-old returns to Australia for a string of shows, proof that the man lives to perform. It’s not like he needs the money; this year Springsteen and co toured extensively, playing his seminal The River album in its


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by the numbers 170,000,000 - tour takings (millions of $US) for this year’s The River tour


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64,500,000 - sales, in millions, of albums (US only) making Springsteen the 15th highest selling artist of all time 27,705,000 - sales of Born in the USA album, Springsteen’s biggest seller (to date)

779,000 - number of digital entirety in venues across the USA. The tour grossed $US170 million; his autobiography went straight to the top of the bestseller list before its official release. In short, The Boss has never been hotter. “I can’t believe he came to Perth the first time - and it is amazing to see him coming back again,” says Vel, whose emotions are never far from the surface when it comes to Springsteen’s music. So I pitch her one of those ‘which one of your children to you like best?’ questions

- to name her top five Springsteen tunes. “Number one would be Tougher Than The Rest,” she says, tears welling. “That always makes me cry. Then Born to Run, The River, Glory Days and Thunder Road.” Glory Days has an extra edge for Vel she says she wants that song played at her funeral. “I want everyone to be up and singing and I’ll go out to Bruce.” PL Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play Perth Arena on January 25 and 27 next year.

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1,462 - number of times Springsteen has played Born To Run in concert (*stat from Brucebase) 10 - number of Springsteen albums to have reached No. 1# on the charts

0 - number of Springsteen singles to have reached No. 1# on the charts; the closest he came was No #2 with Dancing In the Dark.

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’m nine years old and it’s a chilly Christmas Eve in Edinburgh. I’m snuggled up on the sofa with my musical-loving dad, a cup of hot chocolate and Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor for company. It’s fair to say I’m bewitched by the unbelievable dancing, the effervescent singing and the sheer glamour of Singin’ In The Rain. I’m mesmerised by the Cyd Charisse ‘dream’ sequence and wish with all my heart that I had been alive in 1952 when the movie came out rather than daggy 1977. Fast forward nearly 40 years and I’m sitting front row and centre in the stalls about to watch the Australian stage version of the movie. I’m surrounded by eagerfaced fans clutching programmes and drinks as the curtain’s raised and the lights dim. Those lucky audience members in the front row are wearing plastic ponchos – make a note, Perth theatre-goers.You may get a soaking during the signature song routine thanks to Don Lockwood’s fancy footwork.


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After the performance which managed to leave a whole audience in Brisbane with ear-to-ear grins after a standing ovation, I skip back to my hotel, eye up a lamp post as a potential dance partner, and look forward to meeting the stars - Grant Almirall (who shares the Don Lockwood role with Rohan Browne), Gretel Scarlett (Kathy Selden), Erika Heynatz (Lina Lamont) and Jack Chambers (Cosmo Brown). I’m given behind the scenes access to this incredible juggernaut of a show and as I wait for my time with the performers, I take a peek at the costumes and props which play such an important part with the cast. There are rows of 1920s-style wigs, all colours, all coiffured to perfection. There’s the giant birthday cake which conceals Kathy Selden much to the amusement of Don, and there’s a row of those iconic yellow raincoats, waiting to be pulled on by Don, Kathy and Cosmo during the finale. It’s all very showbiz, and I’m a bit starstruck. But now it’s time for me to slip into

each of the star’s dressing rooms to find a little more about how these four actors keep up the frenetic pace required for each and every performance. Big breath and . . . action. GRANT ALMIRALL AND ROHAN BROWNE - Don Lockwood On the night I watched the show, Grant wore Don Lockwood’s dancing shoes, and the South African, dark-haired singer/ dancer, was the epitome of grace and poise. He seemed to float across the stage in those unforgettable routines involving rain, singing and dancing. Taking over the role from the original Don (Adam Garcia had to pull out due to an injury), Grant and Rohan share the role between them and they’re still working on getting the best schedule. Right now though it’s one on, one off and for such a punishingly physical role, it’s tough going. “If you join in half way through the week, it’s hard to get back into it,” says Grant. “You have to give it your all, every single show.” As there is such an equal emphasis on the person who plays Don's ability to sing and dance at such an intense level, it actually makes sense, says Rohan, for an actor to share the role. “We have such artistic integrity that we want to give the audience the best experience possible, so for all concerned, they get the best version each time. It’s a great solution,” he says. There’s an energy arc throughout the show, as the pair build up stamina and rhythm with each week’s performance. And because the Don role is such a well-rounded one in terms of the demands it puts on the actor playing him, it takes a special kind of star to wear his shoes. “We call it the triple thread - you have to be an actor, a singer and a dancer,” says Grant. “It’s the culmination of all the training we’ve done - we’ve spent over 10,000 hours training in each aspect to be able to get on stage every night.” Both leading men admit that they love the romanticism of the show which is set in the 1920s but was written in the 1950s. Part of the appeal (certainly from where I was sitting) was in the male wardrobe. Think Oxford pants as voluminous as sails, flowing coats and hats; this was the age when men really new how to dress well. “The bigger pants flow really nicely,” says Grant. “And if you’re worrying about your costume, that’s the wrong thing to be thinking about.” There is one negative though to all

that luxurious, heavy fabric however. “They get really heavy when they’re wet which you kind of forget about when you’re in the middle of performing the Singin’ in the Rain routine,” says Rohan. “Once it’s over though and I’m back stage, you don’t realise how much it takes it out of you and I have to take a minute to recover and take off the wet clothes,” says Grant. But then ‘Dr Footlights’ takes over, he says. “As soon as you're on stage, everything else leaves you, any exhaustion or discomfort.You’ll finish your number no matter what.” The rain routine is by far the most challenging, the boys say. “You don’t have as much control as you’d like because of the water, so you’re restricted a little.You just compromise and adjust to conditions because it can be very slippery, you’ll get rain in your eye or your umbrella goes inside out,” laughs Grant. For movie fans with an eye for choreography, Grant says that one of the steps in this routine is very similar to the film but the show’s choreographer, Adrian Cooper, has a very ‘balletic’ vision for this version. “It’s influenced by the movie of course,

but the routines are more balletic.” Both men are excited about the Perth run and can’t wait to enjoy the ‘weather and food’. “You can’t beat live theatre, somebody performing for you - it really makes me feel emotional, it’s the greatest thing about theatre,” says Rohan. ERIKA HEYNATZ Lina Lamont She steals the show, this raucous, screeching Harpy of a Lina, and we love her all the more for it. Thankfully the woman behind the silent screen star who refuses to admit her, er, limitations, is as far removed from this movie monster as you can possibly imagine. Beautiful, relaxed and keen to offer me a cup of instant coffee, Erika is instantly loveable, a trait which, by the end of the show, the audience grudgingly feels for poor, talentless Lina. I’m amazed that she has any voice left, such is the ear-splitting pitch she performs Lina each and every night. “I have a fantastic dialogue coach,” she laughs. “I have to be ultra conservative with my voice to protect it. It takes a long time to get to that pitch.” Unlike the other stars, Erika’s route to the stage has been less traditional. Well

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entertainment known as a model, actor (Home and Away), presenter (America’s Next Top Model) and singer, she won the lead role in the Aussie version of Legally Blonde in 2012. When the opportunity to be in Singin’ in the Rain arose, she jumped at the chance. “I didn’t grow up a dancer,” she says. “I knew the music and watched the movie, and immediately people came to mind to me for Lina’s voice. I thought about the girl from Will and Grace, a chainsaw and two cats fighting. My version is a bit dirtier than the original,” she says. There’s a lot of sympathy for Lina in a way, says Erika, despite her more despicable actions towards perceived love rival, Kathy Selden. “She’s been screwed over by men but when she gets her own back on the movie studio, she decides that’s not how it’s going to roll anymore.” Cue the black fur and striking outfit to get her point across that, in this instance, the star holds all the cards. As the mother of a little boy, Charlie, Erika was back on stage just three months after he was born. “The scene where I’m in the silk dressing gown was a challenge so soon after having my son,” she says. “They had the most beautiful corset made and then


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the same seamstress made the dressing gown. Wardrobe and make up are so transformative.” As one of the two leading ladies who interact with the Don Lockwood actors, Erika admits that there’s a very different dynamic depending on whether Grant or Rohan are playing the role. “They both have a different take on the part. Grant’s very old world whereas Rohan has bravado and swagger. It changes the rhythm of things and definitely keeps me on my toes.” She’s determined to make sure that Lina is not played as a fool, despite her strong comedy presence in the storyline. “It very much has to be that Lina’s not played as dumb. She believes all the hype that the film studio spout about her, she thinks that Don’s in love with her and in the end does get betrayed. Suddenly her world changes and it’s like she’s fighting to be seen and heard.” She describes the cast as like a family, and loves the support each member gives each other during the gruelling performance regime in each city around Australia, and she’s particularly close to Gretel Scarlett. “Gretel’s energy levels are huge,” she says. “She’d rather die than not do a show. There’s nothing flakey about her, she’s just so focused and present.

“I wanted my next job to be a tough challenge because each role I’ve had has been different and this is my first comedic role.” She got what she wished for and, in between inhaling the shaving foam ‘cream pie’ smashed into her face by Kathy and battling with eyelashes that drop off, this Lina is a joy to behold. JACK CHAMBERS Cosmo Browne The show’s secret weapon, Jack Chambers is a dancing gun (if you know what I mean). He’s extraordinary, the rightful heir to the likes of Danny Kaye, Donald O’Connor and Fred Astaire. He’s also an absolute sweetheart. Like all the other performers however, the show takes its toll on even someone as used to the physical rigours of dancing as Jack (he won the first ever So You Think You Can Dance in 2008). “It’s a bit of a mental game, prior to a show,” he says. “There are eight shows a week so you definitely feel so tired and

with Donald O’Connor’s incredible version of the Cosmo Brown role, he chose not to revisit the film before taking to the stage. “I wanted to bring Jack to Cosmo rather than the other way around. It felt natural to me to play the part like that.” It’s not the first time Jack has played Don’s best friend as it turns out. “I played him aged 10, just across the road from this theatre in Brisbane, and had 10 minutes in the role,” he says. “He’s a great character. He’s happy being on the outer edge of the Hollywood heirarchy or studio system, he finds it laughable and doesn’t take life too seriously. It’s his job to keep Don humble, and as a supporting role, it’s really enjoyable.” Admitting that Cosmo is also ‘a bit of a smart arse’, Jack’s versatility in the role is the reason he’s been such a hit with audiences. “I really looked up to Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, but hope that I’m making it now in my own way.”

tender at the end of that week. But as the hours go by, and once you’ve done your warm up, and the orchestra starts, there’s a hidden energy that just comes to the fore.” It’s not just the dancing of course that takes a toll – the dialogue, especially in Jack’s case, is full-on too. “I choreograph myself to keep my breathing in check, but it’s the dialogue which wears out your voice the most. If I used the proper technique, it would take all the soul and emotion out of my voice.” Although of course Jack was very familiar

GRETEL SCARLETT Kathy Selden She’s the ex-WAAPA student with the theatrical world at her dancing feet who just can’t wait to come back to Perth. “I spent three years living in Mount Lawley, and it’ll be the fourth time I’ve come back with a show,” she says. “I always hire a car to get about and love discoverin all the fantastic coffee places in town. Perth’s a huge part of my life.” On stage, Gretel is just magnetic, her voice as faultless as Julie Andrews, her

charisma there for all to see. It’s no surprise she’s the first choice for leading lady here in Australia, and you couldn’t find a more dedicated acting professional treading the boards anywhere in the world. However, it’s the playful quality of the Singin in the Rain routine which really defines the current show’s effect on her psyche. “When I sing in the finale version of Singin' in the Rain, it’s childlike. We all love to play in the rain, and I go back to being about six, splashing in the puddles. I was so excited to be in the water the first time we performed it, you just can’t help but beam.” She admits too that the cast do their best to soak those beyond the poncho-wearing first few rows. “Oh rows one, two and three are definites. We try to go above and beyond,” she laughs. A trained ballerina, Gretel’s dancing is another high point of the show, and this energetic star isn’t afraid of taking on additional physical challenges during her holidays. “I mountain climb everywhere, I’m a hiker and went to New Zealand on a hiking holiday. There’s a running gag about performing in a show like this being like climbing a summit, holding on by an ice pick so I guess it’s appropriate that’s how I like to relax.” Gretel is grateful for the opportunity to star in such an iconic show, despite the inherent nightly risk of dancing on a flooded stage. “Shows like this very rarely come along, and after Grease, I wanted a break. But really, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” PL summer 2016/17 | PRIMOLIFE


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he Money War began when Perth’s Dylan Ollivierre (Rainy Day Women) and Carmen Pepper (The Warning Birds) drove across the US in late 2015, writing and recording dozens of iPhone demos; inspired by the beauty, the ugly and the occasionally confronting road trip. Hanging out in studios in LA and San Francisco with producers Thom Monahan (Fruit bats, Little Joy) and Arne Frager (Prince, Paul McCartney) convinced them of the value of the songs they were demoing. The road trip and meeting these two guys were the catalyst bringing a new band into focus. Taken from The Money War’s forthcoming debut self-titled album, debut single Give It Time features Carmen’s ethereal vocals against a hook-heavy wall of sound written and produced by Dylan. “My old band had broken up; I was able to do whatever I wanted but I had no direction and no security. The song is about realising that it’s OK to float by sometimes” explains Dylan. PL Tell us who you are and what you do. DO My name is Dylan and I am one half of the Money War. We both write, perform and produce our records. PL What do you sing in the shower? DO Probably what I’m working on at the time. I don’t really sing too much in the shower actually. I don’t really like people hearing me sing unless I’m performing for them. Weird for a musician, I know! PL Who are your musical heroes? DO Hendrix, Beatles, Beach Boys, Blake Mills, Lindsay Buckingham, Bob Dylan, Neil Young. Too many!


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PL What’s on your Spotify/iPod playlist at the moment? DO I’ve been smashing the My Morning Jacket album The Waterfall recently. Lots of soul music – Curtis Mayfield, Clarence Carter, Percy Sledge. Alabama Shakes Sound and Color gets a solid run at the moment too. PL Who would be your dream musical mentor or collaborator? DO In the living world, Lindsay Buckingham would probably be number 1. I just think he has the art of songwriting and arrangement nailed. He can also play guitar and sing like nobody else. I would have loved to be in a studio with Bowie and see how he worked. PL What do you love about Perth/WA? DOThe obvious thing is the beach and weather. The other thing that I always appreciate after being abroad is the space and lack of congestion. PL What are you looking forward to most? DO I’m looking forward to releasing our debut EP. I feel like it’s such a good representation of who we are as people and what we want to get across as artists. A lot of work went into it so looking forward to letting people hear it PL How would you sum up your fashion style? DO Haha, whatever is in the closet I suppose – very casual. I definitely prefer not to wear shoes and enjoy summertime a lot more! PL Follow The Money War on

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Sue Spiker, Alan Meyburgh & Julie Kiker

Bill Castleden, Dee Credaro & Chris Spiker

Julien Sanderson & Jill Evans


The cream of the artistic community in the Margaret River region gathered to celebrate the launch of a new book at beautiful Gunyulgup Gallery. Artists of the Margaret River Region by Carmen Jenner and Gabi Mills in association with MRROS (Margaret River Region Open Studios) celebrates the creative collective of artistic talent that makes the region its home. With wine from local vineyards Rosily and Cape Mentelle and Margaret River Dairy Co. cheese, delicious dips, olives and chutneys from Aravina, The Larder and Eagle Bay Olives, there was plenty of discussion about the beautiful photography by Elements Margaret River which captured the artists in their studios as well as their artworks.

Alana Chesterfield-Evans, Pamela Brittain & Mechelle Bernhardt

Janne Hollingsworth, Janine Gasbarri & Jo Taylor

Graham Caldwell, Talliesen & Anita Revel

Russell & Catherine Ord & Paris Hawken

Jenny Sanderson, Leonie Mac Lean & Mandy Ferreira Karen Seaman, Al & Fi Wilkie

Alice Forte & Anna Wiallen


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Gabi Mills & Carmen Jenner

Abby, 8 & Ian Mutch

HOPTOBERFEST @ NBC Northbridge Brewing Company by Beerland took over the Northbridge Piazza to celebrate German food, beer, fun and frivolity this October. The aptly named Hoptoberfest was on Saturday October 15 and served up traditional German beer on-tap, including Beerland’s house-brewed Marzen. A range of DJs spun tunes on the day including Triple J Breakfast presenter Alex Dyson who was not afraid to get among the crowd. Perth street artist Fajar Sugiarto better known as Fudge – created a stunning mural on the wall at NBC live throughout the event. Guests enjoyed a variety of games on the lawn as the sun set, dancing long into the night.

COAST PORT BEACH LAUNCH Perth’s best summer beach hang out was born when Coast Port Beach finally opened its doors on October 19. A crowd of high profile media personalities, social media icons and reality TV stars flocked to the brand new beachside venue for the launch, indulging in an array of fresh WA seafood, rainbow sliders, and more. City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Coast owner Ian Hutchinson welcomed the buzzing crowd of over 450 people. Following short speeches, mojitos, Aperol spritz and champagnes flowed as guests watched the sunset from the picturesque new venue and celebrated the summer season to come.

home truths Matthew Mills



or a family that enthusiastically embraces the sun-drenched, outdoorsy, beach-heavy backbone of life in Perth, it often strikes me as peculiar just how important a movie night is for me. It is, after all, an activity much better suited to, say, my childhood in bleak, windswept, rainy urban England than the put-down-your-iPhone-and-get-outside world my kids are growing up in. For a start, movie night happens . . . well . . . at night, which means the glorious sunshine we travelled 13,000 miles for will have moved to the other side of the planet to weakly wave hello to the hemisphere we left behind. In fact darkness is a key attribute of the whole movie night deal. Curtains must be drawn tight and all lights extinguished so the lounge room’s only illumination is the ever-shifting-coloured glare of the big-screen TV – a set-up that occasionally creates a wonderful pitch dark when whatever’s playing fades to black for dramatic effect. A further idiosyncrasy is that, whatever time of year, however high the mercury has hit, blankets are de rigueur, each child and generally at least one of their parents snuggling under a doona on sofa or armchair. Snacks and drinks complete the picture – popcorn for tradition’s sake, preferably made pre-showing from proper kernels, but chips a-plenty are also more than welcome to complement the iced tea, chocolate milk and Coke the kids sip on and the bottle of wine that the grown-ups sneak in through the emergency exit. Once these key ingredients are in place, then, at chez Mills we know we’re in for a great evening – one that more than likely will be repeated at least once a week. But why, though, is something so simple and so oblivious of the climatic gifts of our home such a sure-fire winner? Well, there are many reasons, but the first and foremost is pretty obvious – films are brilliant.Yes, that’s a bit of sweeping statement and I’ll give you that not


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everything that gets released is a classic – Batman Vs Superman I’m looking at you here – but in the main most things that reach the silver screen nowadays are pretty damn good. And I say nowadays because I truly believe that, while there were many classics back in the day, today’s films en masse are better than they have ever been. We do dip into the past now and then – Sam’s sat transfixed by The Great Escape, Daisy’s blubbed when Matthew called for all the clocks to be stopped in Four Weddings and the first three Star Wars episodes are, obviously, vital viewing for all children – but often an oldie will turn out not to be a goodie (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, for instance, was much, much longer than either my wife or I remember it, Sliding Doors was just blurgh and, to be honest, none of us believed a man could fly when Christopher Reeve was doing it). New movies, I’d argue, are more likely to push the right buttons, because there’s a greater sophistication in the writing. Kids films, for instance, now boast an undertow of knowing asides which makes them a riot not just for rug-rats but for anyone of any age who watches them. Inside Out, The Lego Movie, all the Toy Stories, the early Harry Potters and every Avengers, for example are all films that will captivate Oli, at eight, as much as his mother, a few years older, and all the rest of us in between. But of course, movie night doesn’t have to just be kids’ stuff. Some of our babies

ain’t babies any more, so once Oli’s put to bed and the youngest present is a teenager, the bar can be raised – welcome then the likes of Pitch Perfect, Warm Bodies, Grown-Ups and maybe even a risqué trip to A Million Ways to Die in The West or Vacation. And if Daisy’s on a sleepover there’s even an opportunity for Sam, who’s pushing 15, and I to get our zombie on with a bit of MA15+ action (frowned on in some sections I know, but, hey, I saw Driller Killer at his age and lived to tell the tale). So, yeah, the quality of the main event, the ambience and the snacks are key to movie night’s success, but I’ve come to believe that, for me, there’s even more to it than that: Movie night is a chance to escape from the real world for an hour or two. The very act of locking down the lounge, pulling the curtains and closing all the doors, shuts out the rest of the world – a magnificent fillip if I’ve just staggered through a particularly grueling day. To then curl up next to the people I love most starts rebuilding any sense of security and optimism events outside have eroded. And then the film starts and, for a while at least, I can slip into a different world. The wonderful thing about most films is that they portray life as it should be – there’s a definite good/bad split and all the virtues that we want to live by, often pretend that we live by, always win out. Friendship, loyalty, honour and bravery are going to trump selfishness, cowardice and spite in a way, sadly, they rarely do outside the silver screen. Confronting bullies leads to them reassessing their actions rather than following you home the next evening and putting you in hospital; right-thinking kind people triumph over the mob, rather than being cowed into submission by their sheer weight of numbers. So for a while, I can escape the woes of the world, rebuild my optimism through the flickering images before me and forget everything else until the final credits role. With popcorn. It doesn’t get much better than that. PL







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PRIMOLife Summer 2017  

WA's best lifestyle, property and travel magazine, published on behalf of the Peard Real Estate Group in WA.

PRIMOLife Summer 2017  

WA's best lifestyle, property and travel magazine, published on behalf of the Peard Real Estate Group in WA.