THE MILLERS: BREAD, SPORT AND A DYNASTY IN PALMYRA AL DENTÃ‰: YOUR LOCAL ITALIAN PALMYRA JFC: EVERY HEART BEATS TRUE ISSUE FOUR WINTER 2016
ONE RESIDENTIAL 6157 BY O N E RE S ID E N T IAL 1 Q U A R T E R LY M A G A Z I N E
THE HIGHEST SELLING AGENT IN THE CITY OF MELVILLE
A publication of: One Residential Sales and Property Management 329a Canning Highway (faces McKimmie Road), Palmyra WA 6157 Phone (08) 9339 8833 Mobile 0419 904 907 email@example.com
CONTENTS EVERY STREET TELLS A STORY: Our daily bread 3 A love story with an aquatic thread 6
Welcome to 6157. Here’s our fourth edition of 6157!
Not only was ONE in the Top 30 of all offices across the state in March (at 27th), but the team has consolidated its position as #1 agent in the City of Melville.
MARKET UPDATE Palmyra : Plenty of action 7
WE LOVE_______: Al Denté Pasta 8
The story of Rhys Watt from our last issue and his diagnosis with Stage 4B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma truly struck a chord with many our readers. We’re pleased to let you know that at the time of printing, over $22,000 has been raised by the friends and family of Rhys as well as local businesses like ours, for the Leukaemia Foundation.
The Winter edition has more great stuff from where you live.
We’re featuring the story of one of Palmyra’s oldest buildings, Miller’s Bakehouse, and some of the stories woven around it. One of those stories is of the Neeshams - a name synonymous with Palmyra and Fremantle.
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6157 also looks at the property market, dives into One’s community support and road-tests a Palmyra stalwart, Al Denté Pasta, just off Canning Highway.
Thanks for your feedback so far— hope you enjoy the read!
Michael Forzatti Managing Director
ONE’s team of market leading salespeople and a cracking admin crew laid down a super set of results in the month of March.
Palmyra Football Club 10
ONE ON ONE Wearing a love for 6157 on the sleeve 11
SELLING in 6157
Georgina Johnston 14
ONERS Action in the One Residential Team 15
The funnest season of all! 16
Design: The Globe, Writer: Simon Elliott With thanks to the following: The Neeshams of Hammad Street, Miller’s Bakehouse Museum, Al Denté Pasta, Palmyra Junior Football Club, Ross McKinnon, Olivia Gleeson, realestate.com.au, REIWA, ratemyagent.com.au, and the City of Melville.
MARCH Top 30 Office in WA
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Before sealed roads were throughout much of Palmyra, before weekend trading, there was Miller’s Bakery on Baal Street, and there was “Theodore”, the home at 58 Hammad Street. The story of a 16-year-old boxer from Melbourne, a bakery and a family home, are part of a legacy that dates back to 1898. Along with it, are family names that have formed the rich tapestry of Palmyra: Miller, Duggan, Neesham, McManus, Reagan and Sheehy. This is the local, far-reaching story of the Millers and the clan that have their roots in Hammad Street.
(Above: Henry Miller, aged 16)
In 1898, Melbourne teen Henry Miller sent his resume to a boxing promoter and horse trainer in Fremantle. On the strength of the enthusiasm of the promoter, he headed west. Henry’s professional boxing career would continue until 1910. He boxed in Perth, Kalgoorlie and Fremantle. Outdoor fighting rings were a source of great entertainment in the day and with money flowing freely in the goldfields, professional boxers were drawn to the possibility of a livelihood from their fists. The Western Australian Lightweight State Title of 1904 bears the name of Henry Miller. It would be the beginning of a proud and prolific tradition of sporting success in his lineage. In 1914, Henry started pounding dough for a living. Encouraged by friends and neighbours, he purchased the Sunlight Bakery with an adjoining home in Hubble Street, East Fremantle. His first batch from the stone bakery was 70 loaves. It was the start of something significant. 6157 BY O N E RE S ID E N T IAL
As business grew, so did the competition in the Fremantle area. Henry had built their family home at 58 Hammad Street. They decided that a larger premises in a new territory was a good plan and used the land behind it that faces Baal Street to establish a bakery. The bakery was local to the core. It was built in 1935 by Mr H.M. Gore, a building contractor based in McKimmie Street, Palmyra for the contract price of 720 pounds. Originally operating as Sunlight Bakery, it supplied bread to the surrounding area with bread rounds in Palmyra, Melville, Bicton and East Fremantle. All with a horse-drawn cart.
A crowded house If you have a large family in mind, it’s best to start early. Henry took his bride, Margaret Duggan when she was 16. Together they produced 13 children: five girls and eight boys. Margaret and Henry moved into their new home at 58 Hammad Street in 1929; eight boys in one bedroom, five girls in another, Mum and Dad in the third. It’s hard to imagine in an age when two children in the same bedroom seems a stretch! Later, in war times, additional families would move into the home to keep things cosy.
It was a change that Miller’s Bakery did not embrace - their operation was not suited to this level of mass production and they continued to bake old-style loaves. One can’t help thinking it would have been a strategy that would have paid off handsomely today, in a period where artisan bread attracts a premium price. While Miller’s may no longer have been the only operators delivering bread and milk in the area, their roots within the community were deep. One of the long-term residents of the area, Zoja Czerkasow of Melville, remembers the Millers fondly. Zoja, along with her husband Borys, had immigrated from the Ukraine in 1950 and began building a home on Kitchener Road in 1951. “Bread and ice were delivered along the bush track that ran past our home - at first, we had a Coolgardie Safe to keep food fresh,” Zoja remembers. “Tom Miller (Henry’s son) was our baker and a very fine gentleman he was. Much more than a baker to our family.” “He gave so much to our family over the years. In the midst of tough and sad times, he gave compassion and practical help,” Zoja said. Henry Miller’s grandson, Harry Neesham, part of the family of bread deliverers, demonstrates the difference in service between today and another era:
“Oh, Zoja,” Neesham quickly recalls, “Yes, Kitchener Road on the corner of Curtis Road, I remember her. The Czerkasows took five pipe loaves from Monday to Friday and they preferred it to be a little on the burned side”. It was an era where service was based on relationship, not technology or convenience. People like Tom Miller cared in part because they were compassionate and concerned, but also because it was possible to know. The ‘loop’ was inclusive because the terms of trade made it so. The way that goods and services, bread and groceries, were exchanged encouraged that kind of relationship. Henry and Margaret Miller with their family at the time they moved to 58 Hammad Street in 1929 Back Row: Jim, Mary, John, Catherine, Harry, David Centre Row: Johanna, Peggy, Mr & Mrs Miller, Tom, Irene Front Row: Danny, Theodore (baby), Bobby
The bakery in war times At the outset of World War 2, the Labor Premier, John Willcock, introduced some austerity measures that served to reinforce Miller’s bakery into the folklore of Palmyra and the surrounding areas. These manpower planning measures designated bakers to delivery regions of the metropolitan area. Known as ‘bread-zoning’, milk delivery was treated in a similar fashion. Designed to maximise distribution efficiency during war-time, the measures finally ended in 1946. As bread-zoning became a thing of the past, many larger bakeries took over smaller ones. Miller’s was among those who were increasing in size. In the 1950s, though, a big thing happened: sliced bread and packaging!
It wasn’t just about service, either. The ability of the bakers in the family to ply their craft was part of folklore. In an attempt to ramp up production in the late 1940s, the Millers acquired a Cleveland Moulder to speed up the filling of the baking tins. The machine was barely used as the lads were so proficient at measuring the ‘pound of dough’ into the trays that the machinery was considered an unnecessary complication. Harry Neesham recalls watching one of the bakers, Toby Regan, one Friday night. “I watched Toby cut 100 one pound loaves quicker than the bread moulder ever could, stopping just two or three times when the dough he’d cut wasn’t exactly one pound.”
“He’d done it so much he just operated on feel. As fast as he was cutting them, the others were moulding them.”
the name onto one of his sons while the name Théodore resonated with their faith, meaning “blessed by God”.
Alas, the onslaught of mass producers and the surge of discount supermarkets was too much for a small, local producer who was unable to expand their operation. For some years, they became a distributor of bread made by larger producers before closing for good in 1976.
A house ‘blessed by God’ on Hammad Street (Hammad, a middle eastern word meaning ‘one who praises God’); a combination made in heaven!
Long term residents like Zoja still recall fondly the bread cart appearing over the top of the dirt track hill pulled along by ‘Barney’, the long-serving cart horse.
Grandma Miller died in the home; Grandpa died over the fence at the bakery. He was cutting greens and feed for the horses one morning, sat down for a quick breather,
Barbara Dudding, a regular tour guide at the Bakery Museum from the Melville Historical Society, adds some details to the stories of bread distribution. “Right up until the bakery closed, much of the delivery was done by horse and cart,” says Barbara. “They had a motor vehicle later in the piece but it was never as effective as the horse and cart.” “There were four ‘horse-and-carts’ out there each day, delivering around Palmyra, Bicton and East Fremantle. “The horses were smarter than the cars,” says Barbara. “You’d have to stop the car each time you wanted to get out and deliver, but horses like Barney knew the routes and they’d just keep on plodding while the boys would move from house to house delivering the bread, only returning to the cart when they’d run out of supplies”. There were more reasons for the demise of horse-and-cart delivery than too many cars on the road. The bitumisation of roads made the horses slip in the wet, finding suitable staff capable of handling horses became difficult and, perhaps the real kicker, road laws were introduced that prohibited horses from being left unattended on the road. It put Barney’s slow, solo plod on the wrong side of the law! Miller’s would be the last bakers in the state to use horses, signalling the end of an era of bread transport. Life continues at Miller’s Bakery. The building was restored In 1988, as part of the nation’s Bicentennial Projects, and operates from March to October as a museum, while also functioning as headquarters for the Melville Historical Society, and a meeting place for community groups.
and gave his last. He was still holding a bag of food for his horses. Davey and Bobby, children of Henry and Margaret, continued to live in the home until they died in 1988 and 2002 respectively. When Bobby died, the home was negotiated through to Harry Neesham and in 2008 he and his wife Kathleen moved in. They’ve been restoring the home ever since. “All of our extended family still refer to the home as ‘Grandma’s House’ - I don’t think that will ever change,” says Harry. Harry was born in one of the rooms of the house, along with 20 of his cousins! During the war, the McManus, Collins and Neesham families joined the Miller’s home for a place to stay.
“Theodore” was built in 1929 by a local builder, Frank Collins, at a cost of £984. The name had family significance.
“Every Sunday, there’d be around 6080 people at the home. At Christmas time, that number would swell to around 120 for lunch and 130 for dinner,” said Neesham.
Henry Miller had a brother by that name and had passed
At this point, catering becomes a challenge. Unless you
A home for the whole family From the beginning, 58 Hammad Street has been a family home for hospitality.
Above: Toward the end of an era of bread delivery. One of Barney’s last runs in the mid-seventies.
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own a bakery. Quite aside from bread, the bakery was used to cook the 30 ducks that Grandpa Miller was charged with rearing for each Christmas Day so no-one went hungry.
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Bread in the blood Of Henry and Margaret’s eight sons, six were involved with the bakery: three were bakers, 3 were bread-carters. Many more of their offspring were also part of the story. “Johnny, Theodore and Bobby were the chief bakers while Tommy, Danny and Harry were the bread carters.” “Davey, a champion jockey, took over towards the end keeping the bakery going until the youngest of them had reached retirement age,” says Harry. “The bakery was part of their life,” Neesham remembers, “They each worked into their seventies. They could have taken the pension five or six years earlier but each continued to get on their horse and cart and service 150+ people in their dedicated areas.”
Above: Barbara Dudding from Melville Historical Society is one of the tour guides for the Miller’s Bakehouse Museum
“They’d head out around 8:00 am and return at 4:30 pm. When they did, you could guarantee they would be a full bottle on all the news of the area - it was their life.” Well, it wasn’t all of their life. We’ll get to sport in a moment. 58 Hammad Street has seen plenty of action. What was intended as a home for an expanding family in 1929, has continued to fulfill its mandate to this day. Heritage listed in 2004, the home has considerable cultural heritage significance. The description reads: A single-storey dwelling with hipped and half-timbered gabled roof lined in orange Marseilles pattern terracotta tiles. There’s nothing inaccurate in the description but this home testifies to so much more.
Births, deaths, marriages, Christmases and a whole lot of Sundays. Never short on bread. Never short on sport. And never short on faith, hope or love.
Above: The restored, heritage-listed home at 58 Hammad Street, Palmyra as it stands today.
The Millers: A sporting dynasty You cannot tell the Miller story without, at some point, turning to sport. Across almost any code of competitive sport in the state, you’re likely to spot a Miller, or Neesham, or Regan, or McManus, or Sheehy, or Kerr...the list goes on.
The clan has produced state representatives, national representatives or state champions in at least the following sports: swimming, diving, water polo, boxing, wrestling, Australian Rules Football, Rugby League, Rugby Union, horse racing, and harness racing. The Miller family tree has produced more than 12 WAFL players, a handful of AFL players, an AFL coach (Gerard Neesham) and has been a fixture in five separate Olympic water polo teams (David and Tim Neesham). A little research reveals that in Harry Neesham’s family alone, all five children have been State representatives in water polo, two of them representing Australia.
Harry Miller’s grandson, JJ Miller, is also rather well known. A jockey, he rode 2200 winners in a career that spanned 41 years and included a victory in the 1966 Melbourne Cup on Galilee. When asked about the thread of elite sport that runs through the family tree, Harry Neesham has little hesitation. “I think it was simply part of the family going back to Grandpa Miller. Not everyone was a champion, but everyone had a go,” says Harry. “We had a tennis court down the side but it was more of a multi-purpose sports facility!” says Harry. “We’d play football, rugby, cricket, or ‘all over red rover’ for hours.” There was no shortage of competition. Their appetite was stoked every Sunday night when they’d head out after dinner and keep playing until they dropped “That was real tackling - nothing was held back,” Harry remembers, “girls or boys, it didn’t matter. It was woven into the DNA of the family, pure and simple.” The result of those long Sunday afternoons has reverberated in sporting arenas across the state and beyond.
The small museum, housed in the 1930’s Miller Bakehouse, re-creates the days of low tech local baking. The Millers Bakehouse museum is operated by volunteer members of the Society. Opening Hours: Sundays 2pm to 4:30pm, March to November. Entry Fee: Adults $1.00 Children 20c Group visits by arrangement.
PALMYRA: MARKET UPDATE
Michael Forzatti was the highest listing salesperson in Western Australia in 2014/15. He has been in the Top 3 over the past five years. The largest portion of Michael’s sales is in the Palmyra area, an area where One Residential is the clear market leader. So dominant is One’s presence in the Palmyra market (where their office is located) that their current market share of 58% is nearly ten times greater than the nearest competitor (with 5%). In this market update, Michael provides some qualitative thoughts on selling in the current market.
To make the call that the Palmyra market is stable right now is stating the obvious. When lined up beside the metropolitan average, though, it starts to look quite buoyant!
A couple of things come into play here. In Palmyra, in particular, supply is low and demand is strong. This doesn’t mean that prices being realised are above market average, but it does mean that well-priced homes move fast. Conversely, overpriced homes that stay too high, too long, are stagnating and either coming off the market altogether or end up requiring a substantial price reduction to move at all.
In the last quarter, there was an increase of 0.7% In Palmyra—a good looking number when compared to an average decline across the metropolitan area of 1.6%. When the annual increase of 1.4% is lined up beside the metro decline of 2.9%, and an increase of $7500 in the median home price, it’s even more impressive.
Amidst the market stability, I’m seeing unique sales results for character homes on full blocks. Buyers continue to pay good dollars for great properties and there’s plenty of those in Palmyra!
As a market beds down in a cycle, the buying and selling patterns within that cycle become increasingly obvious. Buyer sentiment becomes more consistent with the established market rather than with initial reactionary sentiment and sellers become more realistic about what they can expect in the market.
There’s no shortage of movement in the market, nor results. Turnover remains strong. In my neck of the woods, I’m seeing homes transacted in around 23 days. Admittedly, that’s well below the market average, but it goes to show that rhetoric about a stagnant market is sometimes more an excuse than a reality.
It’s exactly what we’re seeing in the market right now.
Just last week, I was part of a sales record for a 3x2 property in Palmyra: $910,000 on Zenobia Street
While sellers may have been holding on for property values that may have been possible two years back, now there is greater certainty and established market evidence as to what’s reasonable in this market.
More than ever, the presentation is paramount. In a competitive market, it always will be. Putting in the hard yards to present your property to the market looking its best isn’t a bonus in this market, it’s mandatory.
It may not stop some sellers from having unrealistic expectations (market conditions seldom do!), but well-priced stock on the market is selling relatively quickly. It’s common for many of my well-priced listings to sell within 2-3 weeks of going to market.
As for the next quarter, I suspect nothing dramatic. Houses will sell. Well-priced houses will sell in quick time. And Palmyra will continue to be a strong and attractive real estate option over the medium-long term. All in all, a great time to get moving!
THE CURRENT PALMYRA MARKET
+0.7% SUBURB GROWTH, CURRENT QUARTER
+1.4% SUBURB GROWTH, YEAR TO DATE
Median sale price:
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AL DENTÉ PASTA
WHERE: Shop 2, 367 Canning Hwy (cnr Murray Road) Palmyra WA 6157 WHEN: 5-9PM, MON - SAT REVIEW: 3.6 ON ZOMATO PRICE POINT:
“There’s plenty of reasons why this place is packed on a Friday night. We’d say most of them are to do with food and service.”
M A K IN G A L D E N T E ’s FA M O U S C IO C C O L AT O P A N N A C O T TA Panna Cotta is often cited as a traditional dessert of the northern Italian region of Piedmont and begin appearing in the 1960s.
On a Friday night, when the weather starts to look as though it’s about to succumb to winter, there’s nothing quite as alluring as your local Italian restaurant and a night off the tools in the kitchen. We took the opportunity to make Al Denté our local just the other night. As we pulled up to Al Denté Restaurant, kids in tow, it quickly became evident that we were not the only ones to have come up with the idea. We scored the last bay of a decent-sized car park and even from the car could see that Fridays are a popular night at this local. While we had no booking, we managed to score one of the remaining tables. Al Denté is 21 years strong. Initially located in Harris Street, Bicton, the restaurant moved to its current digs on Hope Road (just off Canning Highway) around 14 years ago. Through all of those years, it’s been owned by Sergio Iannello and Ambrogio Corrello. What started as a friendship has continued as a business partnership with Corrello running the kitchen operation and Iannello bringing his larger than life personality to the front of house. The family affair has continued into the next generation. Iannello’s daughter greeted us and received our payment at the end of the meal. The place has good hum about it. Not too loud. We were greeted with a smile and, despite the crowded restaurant, it was not considered any problem to find a seat and give us menus. The waiter was attentive, cheerful and knew what was going on in the kitchen. So, what do you expect from your local Italian restaurant? Silver service? Handmade pasta? A darkly lit room with ambient music? Nope, none of that at Al Denté! It’s a trattoria, not a ristorante! The decor is about as unpretentious as it gets: Bleached pumpkin walls, terracotta tiled floors, wooden chairs, traditional red and white tablecloths and Italian football memorabilia (that’s soccer, friends) adorn the walls and perhaps even the ceiling. There’s plenty of reasons why this place is packed on a Friday night, and we’d say most of them are to do with food and service. The wait person’s knowledge of the menu was excellent, and her assurance that all meals were made fresh was vindicated when the vegetarian asked if he could ‘hold the bacon’ on the Penne Arrabbiata. Not a problem.
This recipe will make ten panna cottas. The night we were at Al Denté, it seemed like two small children may account for all of those! Service was swift. It seemed like four or five minutes from the moment we made our order to when our food arrived at the table. Starters included bruschetta, arancini balls, crumbed squid or prawns, chilli mussels or a plate of Italian sausage. We bypassed them altogether and headed for mains, although daughter number two dignified the starters menu by picking up the crumbed calamari for main. She wasn’t disappointed. In fact, she was delighted that half way through eating them, they made a cute smiley face!
INGREDIENTS 600 mL of Thickened cream 600 mL of Full cream milk 200 gram of Chocolate fondant 2 pieces of gelatin paper
One thing’s for sure: when you call your restaurant Al Denté, you set the bar quite high when it comes to cooking pasta just right. The kitchen staff didn’t disappoint. The pasta was cooked superbly. The vegetarian was truly impressed by the Penne Arrabbiata. Pomodoro Fresca! The kick that you’d hope for from an arrabbiata was beautifully delivered with healthy portions of fresh chilli throughout. The vegetarian could have completed the assignment twice. The carnivore opted for the Gamberi Linguine. It was curious that she found her meal a ‘little fishy’ given that she was served a bowl of perfectly-cooked prawns! She seemed plenty happy with the number of prawns featured, and polished off the bowl with gusto. The serves were hearty and the patrons satisfied. Tasty, well cooked Italian fare at a reasonable price point. We called for the dessert menu to see whether anything tickled us. The list was short: tiramasu, pannacotta - two ways, ice cream, and that was about it. What the dessert menu lacked in options, though, it made up for in quality. The chocolate and vanilla pannacotta were superb. The four-year-old daughter gave hers 11/10. We’ll figure out maths with her in a couple of years time. There’s little doubt that Al Denté could do with a few cosmetic tweaks. Who of us could answer any different? Don’t judge a trattoria by its shingle, though. What Al Denté have is a no-frills, reliable, hearty approach to Italian cooking and you should check it out. Many would wish that Al Denté was their local. Rejoice! It’s yours.
METHOD 1. Heat milk and cream to 90C. Do not let the mixture boil. 2. While simmering, add chocolate fondant until fully melted and combined with mixture. 3. Add gelatine and stir for 3 minutes 4. Put mixture into panna cotta moulds and rest until cold 5. Put moulds into the fridge for at least 30 minutes to set, or until ready to serve 6. Serve with whipped cream and chocolate sauce!
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At the heart of a community are the clubs, associations, churches and social groups that bond it together. They’re what makes one community distinct from another. These different social and sporting groups provide a context for interaction and relationships. For sixty years, Palmyra Junior Football has been one of those contexts. A club that has brought together young boys and, increasingly, girls, and nurtured a sporting environment that others can develop within. We recently caught up with the club’s incoming president, Ross McKinnon, and talked about what makes a club like Palmyra thrive and flourish. Ross took up the office of Club President earlier this year. He inherited the role from Renae Hughes, who had served as president from 2013 - 2105.
Ross is no stranger to Palmyra, nor the club. A Palmyra resident since 2006, he was introduced to the club when his eldest son, Harry, began playing Auskick. Harry’s now entering his seventh season with his younger brother, Alfie, continuing the family tradition with Auskick. For the last three years, Ross has been coaching Harry’s side and in 2016 has stepped up to the presidency. The family involvement with the club doesn’t end with Ross either. His wife, Kate, is in her second year as Canteen Manager, which is one of the primary sources of fundraising income for a local sports club like Pally. The purpose of a club that began back in 1956 has changed very little over time. While producing elite footballers like Ken Judge and Heritier Lumumba (formerly Harry O’Brien) over the years, the lifeblood of any suburban club is the bunch of players that lace up the boots and give it a red hot go every weekend. Palmyra Junior Football Club is large, particularly when considering that it is flanked by junior clubs in the East Fremantle, Melville, Willagee (Winnacott) and Attadale areas. As you’d guess, the representatives of Pally are overwhelmingly residents of Palmyra. There are 240 juniors currently playing junior footy on Saturday and Sunday; over 80 of these through the Auskick program, the balance in the older junior sides. “We field teams for Years three, four, five, seven, nine and twelve, and two year six teams,” says Ross. The trend into the older ranks of juniors is for numbers to thin out a little. They’re not necessarily lost to the code, but often to the schools they represent. Talented older players can also move into the WAFL Colts competition. “What tends to happen through the older age groups is that clubs with a higher number of players in a playing group are supplemented by players from other clubs that aren’t in a position to field a team,” Ross explains. “So, we’ve got teams in Year 7, 9 and 12, but it’s another club that could field a representative side for Year 10s. As a result, a Year 10 Pally player is reluctantly pointed to the club that can support a Year 10 team.”
“We never enjoy seeing players in this position leave the club but we’d far rather they be lost to the club than lost to the sport,” says Ross. Up to Year 9, teams play in the East Fremantle district competition. years. Year 10-12 enter the Southern Conference and play against teams from East Fremantle to Armadale and areas in between. A great trend in recent times is the increasing popularity of girls playing footy and it certainly touches on one of Ross’s ambitions as President. “I’d love to see a girls team at Pally. Right now, we have girls in the Auskick programs and a few girls in the Year five and six teams which we love. What we’d love to see, is a dedicated girls team for Years three to six.” “We didn’t manage to pull it off this year but we have high hopes of making it happen in 2017.” Ross grew up through the junior ranks himself. A Geraldton boy, he played juniors through primary school before coming to Perth and playing for his school, Scotch College. From there, it was on to amateurs with Collegians Football Club. When asked how a club like Pally is held together, Ross has little hesitation. “We’re nothing without kids, families, and local support. Financial support from businesses like One helps our club survive, so we are extremely grateful— they help clubs like ours keep on ticking,” said Ross. When pressed for his secret ambition while at the helm, it’s to divest the club of its loose Melbourne Football Club affiliation (which extends as far as the name, colours, club song, and no further) and exchange it for the black and white of Collingwood. Thankfully for all concerned, he speaks in jest as it would have terminal ramifications for his presidency!
Wearing a love for 6157 on the sleeve. For over two decades, Michael Forzatti has been active in the 6157 community. We caught up to see what motivates his contribution and discover the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’.
with MICHAEL FORZATTI
6157: Since launching the business in 2010, you’ve had a strong involvement in the community and been a contributor to a range of different community activities and interests. What fuels this? MF: It’s both intentional and organic, for me. A part of being active in the community comes from my exposure to a range of different stories, different opportunities. My working life gives me the opportunity to see a whole lot of work in the community that many may miss. 6157: Do you feel that the perception of your success over the years in the area requires that you give back to the community? MF: Well, it might, but that would be a horrible motivation if it’s what caused me as an individual and us as a business, to give. I won’t pretend that the perception - fuelled
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by the car you drive, the home you live in, and all those yellow signs - probably feed into an expectation, but I try to steer clear of making that a reason for contributing. What’s important for me is that there’s giving involved. I benefit from the opportunities that come my way as a result of locals buying and selling homes; I want to be giving in response to that. Part of being successful as a business is acknowledging why and how you’ve been successful, and locals are a part of that success. 6157: So the support tends to be local? MF: That’s the organic part. One of the things about being active within an area is that you get to see first-hand both the needs and opportunities to become involved. There are stories that we have become a part of simply because we became aware of those stories - we were involved in selling a home, or the home of a friend - and then we became involved in some way. Obviously, we can’t say yes to everything we see, but every time we come across a new opportunity, it’s just another dimension to our local knowledge. 6157: With so many years living and working in 6157, we imagine the lines between professional, family and recreational are quite blurred by now. MF: I don’t think there are many lines going on at all! Take our support of Palmyra Junior Football Club. I played juniors, my kids play juniors, and a bunch of my mates and I are still playing football or soccer. I see firsthand, the dynamic within these clubs. They’re volunteer-based, not profit-making machines; they survive on volunteers and the contributions of local businesses. When you’ve been a recipient of the generosity of others from a young age, and then you have the opportunity to return the favour, you grab it with both hands because you know what it’s like to benefit from the support. That’s true for clubs and community groups, but it’s also true for personal stories. In the last issue, we did a story about Rhys Watt. That might be a story about another family, but most of us have a story of cancer in our broader families so it becomes a personal story as much as the focus may be on one particular family. Every community connection has a personal connection on some level. 6157: Is it purely altruistic or do you see a commercial benefit as well? MF: I think we get too hung up on differentiating between the two. They should be connected and unconnected! As much as I think there should be a level of corporate responsibility for a local business, we’re so intertwined with the stories that they cease to be commercially based. I’m under no illusion, though, the reason we can give and that we’re able to identify
those opportunities is that we’re active and successful in 6157. Our success is what allows us to respond to those needs. 6157: Do you have any criteria for giving? Does it have to be local? MF: Yes, ideally, we want it to be local. That’s the focus of our energies, and it makes all kinds of sense to be supporting the things we see around us. We’re often asked to support other causes and needs further afield. We tend to keep it close to home and reinforce our community connection wherever we can - there needs to be an affinity with what we see. Without sounding too selfish, it’s also rewarding to see others benefit from our contribution firsthand. That doesn’t drive every decision, but it’s one of the outcomes of keeping things local. 6157: Do you find it satisfying? MF: Very much so. It’s a privilege to be able to contribute. After 21 years in real estate, one of the truly satisfying things is that people no longer view me as a real estate agent, but as a member of their community. I find that connection within the community very satisfying. 6157: Launching 6157 has probably taken your community involvement to another level. What was the motivation for the publication and what part do you think it plays? MF: For me, it’s a reflection of what’s happening in the community (well, all we hear about and can fit in each edition!). It’s a tangible part of what we’re a part of. Much of our community support is largely invisible, and we’d like to keep it that way, but 6157 is an opportunity to profile what’s happening in the postcode. It’s not so much us, because we occupy a relatively small part of the magazine, but the local heroes and stories in the community. The magazine puts into words and pictures the work of people and the struggles of people around the place. It gives us a chance to fly the flag of what’s been happening in the area. I like to think that we’re essentially opening a window to a bunch of different stories each issue. 6157: What’s feedback been like? MF: I don’t think we’ve ever had such positive feedback for anything we’ve done. We’ve had people call, SMS, walk into the office to say how much they’ve been enjoying the publication. That’s certainly what we’d hoped! People now look forward to seeing it turn up in the letterbox each quarter. 6157: What’s next? Well, we never really know. What we support tends to be a result of what we see and hear. I guess you’ll need to stay tuned on that one. 6157: It’s some good gear that you’re a part of around here! MF: Cheers. It’s sweet to be in the loop of what’s happening in such a positive way.
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Palmyra Primary theirSchool musculoskeletal function, combined with 60 McKimmie Road resources and advice to improve their health and Palmyra Olivia Gleeson is one of the founders of the Nervana Group. A chiropractor, mother of triplets and wife to Mick, she was recognised in the 2013 “40under40” business awards. We caught up with her to talk about Nervana, the local chiropractic practice she has operated on Carrington Street for the past decade.
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work beyond your practice? How long have you been practicing as a chiropractor? I do some public speaking IPRESENTED graduated from BY RMIT in in the community in the PALMYRA areas of health and wellbeMelbourne in 1998 (following and have presented at WESTERN ing five years ofFARMERS chiroprac- MARKETS for Midwives, tic study) before moving visit conferences (For more information, them on Facebook) Community Health Nursto Perth. Once here, I was es, School Principals, and at an associate with another local small businesses. Our chiropractor for four years before launching out on my most recent presentation is on the effect of stress and own in 2003. an overactive sympathetic What are your areas of nervous system on health interest? and strategies to reduce and It’s a general practice but I manage the effects of stress. have a keen interest in We have a network of other women’s and family health, health professionals within we take care of people of all the local community that ages. we work closely with and We have a focus in the we are in the process of clinic of supporting our organising a multidiscipatients with lifestyle plinary networking event at advice and resources to help the clinic. them improve their health There are six ‘Nervanas’ and maintain results. We dotted around the metro perform a thorough conarea, do you have plans to sultation and examination expand further? and explain all findings and My primary focus is on recommendations based on the goals of the patient. Our our patients: the families and the people that come reception team are amazing to see us, and the local and love supporting our pacommunity. tients on their health journey, we have a kitchenette Do you live locally? for patients to make a cup of Yes, I live in Melville. We’re tea and a kids play area so a 6156 family! There’s five the parents can relax. of us: my husband, Mick, What is the most satisfying and our 8 year old triplets, Clancy, Will and Tom. aspect of your work as a chiropractor? And you still have the time I think it would be building to operate this practice? the relationships with the Yes, life’s busy and energetic! people that come to see us, Olivia Gleeson operates listening to their health from Carrington Street in concerns and being able to Palmyra. If you’re looking provide them chiropractic for a chiropractor, call Olivia treatment aimed to improve at Nervana on 9319 2552.
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The event will be held at Swan Yacht Club (Riverside Drive, East Fremantle) and is open to everyone who is, or has been, involved with the club. Keep an eye on their Facebook group (“Palmyra Junior Football Club 60th Anniversary”) for details.
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PROPERTY MANAGER, GEORGINA JOHNSTON ON MANAGING YOUR PROPERTY IN 6157 Geogina Johnston is no stranger to property management nor the Real Estate industry in Perth. A senior member fo the One Residential Management team for over two years now, she has a wealth of experience on which to draw. We caught up with Georgina for an insight into the current rental market and her tips for surviving and thriving in it right now.
When did you begin working at One? I joined the team at One in the role of Senior Property Manager in January 2014. It certainly wasn’t your first experience in the real estate industry, though, was it? No. I had my first taste of the real estate industry fourteen years ago, working in the sales reception area with O’Byrne and Associates. From there I had a long stint with Acton in their property management area, moving around their offices in Fremantle, Cottesloe, Applecross and South Perth. Before joining One, I worked in another agency in Nedlands. I think the cumulative experience from each of those work environments and geographies gave me a good, broad sweep of the property management landscape in Perth. What attracted you to Property Management? For starters, I love real estate. I’m fascinated by different styles and periods of architecture and initially, that fed my interest. I certainly enjoy a job with plenty of interaction with other people. While I’m not ground down by admin, I’m energised by the people contact in this role; the diversity of each day and the opportunities that I get to help people. Do you have a particular catchment area? No. While most of our Property Managers are geographically specific and manage particular areas; I’m more the Property Manager at large! What makes for a great day? Happy tenants and happy owners! I think a great day would be one where I get to solve a problem that would have been making life difficult for one of my tenants or landlords. There’s also a great buzz that comes from letting a new tenant know that they’ve been successful in securing a house that will become their new home. To find that house after an arduous search is a great feeling. Has any of that changed in recent times? Yes, it has. With the rental market so tight a year or so back, securing a property was a challenge for some people. Vacancy rates were incredibly low and demand for property very high. In the current market, the tenant enjoys far more choice and isn’t scrambling to make
applications or competing on price just to secure a home. Many tenants are moving to smaller properties right now as a result of job changes or job losses. It’s certainly one of the areas of the economy that has been profoundly impacted by the downturn in the mining sector. If there’s one piece of advice you’d give to a Landlord or prospective Landlord right now, what would it be? I’d encourage them to consider the state of the current market when setting their asking price. To realise that this is a very different market to what it was 12-18 months ago. I see owners hanging on for an extra $20/week rent for weeks or even months and, meantime, saying goodbye to thousands of dollars in rent. That’s bad maths! How about a tenant? Be nice to your property manager - we’re lovely people. Realise that you can probably get a little more for your money than you could have a little while back. Is property management a challenging role? It can be. There’s some lightness in it, but this is an industry where things can happen that cause stress and high emotions and we’re often the meat in that sandwich. A part of my role is conflict resolution and while it mightn’t be enjoyable, it’s satisfying to resolve a problem or an issue and stop it from escalating into an even larger one. You’re a Senior Property Manager at One, do you manage the other Property Managers? To some degree. Richard (Principal and Director) handles all the HR matters but after Richard, I’m the one in the team with the greatest experience which gives me the opportunity to train and educate our team on the job. What’s interesting for you beyond One? Plenty! I love the ocean. I live in Palmyra and most days of the week begin with a short drive to the beach for a swim or a paddle. There’s glorious mornings at this time of the year—still waters and stunning sunrises—I get to enjoy it every day cause I arrive when it’s dark and get to see the whole magnificence each morning. That sounds like good preparation for a day at the office? It sure is!
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FIVE PROLIFIC YEARS OF SELLING AT ONE FOR BEAUMONT.
TEN YEARS SERVICE
FIVE YEARS SERVICE
Karen Thurtle, One’s General Manager, was recently recognised for 10 years of service with the business.
Shane Beaumont was also recognised recently with a 5 year service award with One Residential.
Beginning with Michael Forzatti back in 2006, Karen was instrumental in the formation of the One Residential business and has been keeping the ship on course ever since. She has served the company as an Executive Assistant to Michael and is now One’s General Manager. A long innings that isn’t done yet! Well done, Karen.
For a prolific, market leading salesperson like Shane, that’s a whole lot of sales, a truckload of home opens, and more than the occasional late night appointment on behalf of his many clients! A big shout out to his partner, Sam, and his Personal Assistant, Maria Princi, for their hard work and patience along the way. Big kudos, Shane.
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Tanya Plibersek “blown out of the water” at Palmyra Primary School. It’s been a big few weeks for new faces at One Residential. We’ve just welcomed Marcel La Macchia to our sales team. With almost a decade of experience, Marcel is Licensed Real Estate agent and One’s specialist in the Hilton area. We’re anticipating a sea of yellow about to sweep through Hilton and its surrounding areas.
Michelle Di Giacomo recently gave her Mum a colourful Mothers’ Day to remember: 111 yellow long-stemmed roses. Michelle was the lucky winner of our One’s Mothers’ Day competition on Facebook which made her Mum, Barbara Greenlaw, the happy recipient of a whole lot of colour! Well done, ladies! Keep an eye on Facebook for more competitions from One.
ONE IN TOP 30 AGENTS FOR MARCH
Just a couple of weeks before Marcel walked in the door, we also welcomed Ros Conway! Ros Conway has joined the One Residential team as Executive Assistant to our Sales Director, Michael Forzatti. Ros has extensive experience in the real estate industry and completed the Real Estate Sales Certificate and registration. Prior to joining ONE, her roles included PA and Sales Associate. Welcome aboard, Ros!
Our team of market leading salespeople and a cracking admin crew laid down a super set of results in the month of March. Not only was ONE in the Top 30 of all offices across the state in March (at 27th), but we’ve also consolidated our position as #1 agent in the City of Melville. Big kudos, team!
Ms Tanya Plibersek, Deputy Opposition Leader of the Federal Government made a whistle-stop visit to Palmyra Primary on April 27! The main purpose for her visit was to see the progress in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Programme. Ms Plibersek was involved in the initial seed funding of the programme. In her words she was “blown out of the water” by what’s been happening in the garden! She asked a number of questions about our process for recycling paper and food and was interested in the range of fresh produce available in the garden. Ms Plibersek was given a basket of fresh-picked herbs and vegetables to take away with her. She later contacted the school to relay how impressed she was by the school and its students. She considered it was the highlight of her three day visit to Perth. Go Palmyra Primary School!
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1. Make a mobile mud pit in a wheelbarrow 2. Wear a raincoat and gumboots and stomp in the biggest, wettest puddles you can find 3. Make a bonfire with an adult and cook damper on a stick 4. Sketch a tree that has lost its leaves and then decorate it 5. Make a dirt or mud track for toy cars 6. Have a fort/cubby building competition with your friends 7. Go on a winter picnic (take a thermos of hot chocolate or soup – yum!)
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Winter’s not a season to stay inside, it’s a season to dress appropriately and have a whole lot of fun! Here’s 24 things that Nature Play have put together to make winter plenty of fun for kids.
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G R E E N WA S T E COLLECTION IN 6157
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The service, provided by the City of Melville is for collection from your verge according to council requirements and applies to residential properties only. White goods and junk is another verge-side pick up and will take place later in the year.
8. Watch a spider spin its web 9. Make a birdfeeder to hang in your backyard and watch who visits 10. Pretend you’re a modern-day explorer on a photo-taking expedition 11. Have an outdoor shower by shaking a rain-soaked branch! 12. Use herbs from your garden to make a potion 13. Find some bush and listen with your eyes open, then closed 14. Make leaf boats and float them down a stream or in a puddle 15. Grab a garbage bag and slide down a grassy, wet hill 16. Get inked with some mud tattoos 17. Make a rain gauge so you can measure the rain in your backyard
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18. Build a mini bridge or stepping stones across a winter creek 19. Put on your gumboots and rain coat and head to the beach to play chicken with the waves 20. Play hide and seek in a forest 21. Collect snails and watch the trails they make 22. Explore the treasures washed up on the beach after a storm 23. Spend an entire day outside, no matter the weather, and see how many things you can do
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