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    ANOTHER Marvelous Marvel Movie – indoor theatre with outdoor and indoor pre-show entertainment. 

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LWP Property Group were out at Annie’s Landing, Ellenbrook this week and have posted these photos on their Facebook page stating that “the new primary school is really starting to take shape, which is super exciting to see. It is due to be opened in time for Term 1 next year”

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  • Article from Ellenbrook Advocate, 16 Sep 2015

 

SALES

In the four weeks to September 7 local property sales are at 106 across land, units and houses. This represents a lift of 3 per cent over this period. Compared to the same time last year, sales have increased by 26 per cent. In the overall market sales are up 8 per cent for the four week period. Ellenbrook tops the list for the highest number of sales at 36. Properties available for sale have increased by 18 per cent over the last four weeks and are 49 per cent higher than the same time last year. Total listings in the Perth Metro Region are up 3 per cent in the four weeks but remain 36 per cent above the same time last year. The average time to sell in the local area has increased for the 3 months to August 2015 by 20 days to 84 days from 64 days at the same time last year.

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The Ellenbrook Community Library is hosting a session to help people identify mental heath issues in youth and provide information on how to help and where to seek help.

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  • Article taken from; 26 Aug 2015
  • Ellenbrook Advocate

COMMUNITY GETS BEHIND STUDENT’S INITIATIVE

A WALK in the park was enough to inspire Aveley Primary School’s Ben Spargo to devise a way to clean up his suburb and raise funds for his school camp.

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The 11-year-old student organised a clean-up last Friday from the front lakes of Aveley through the park and towards The Vines.

“We were thinking how lucky we are to have a wonderful environment in the local area, but then we saw some rubbish,” he said.

After approaching Aveley developer Stockland, Ben received a $500 donation towards the clean-up effort and school camp. Ben and his dad, Brett Spargo, then contacted Swan Hills MLA Frank Alban, who arranged for free tip passes.

David Lombardo and his family business, All Metro Bins, also arranged a free skip bin. Mr Alban and Mr Spargo hope Ben’s idea can be replicated in other schools looking to tidy up their community.

Stockland’s senior development manager Stuart Sinclair said he was pleased to support and contribute to local, grass roots efforts to improve and enhance the community in and around Aveley.

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  • Following article has been taken from:
  • 19 Aug 2015
  • The Advocate (Perth)
  • Joel Kelly

PLAN FOR FREIGHT TERMINAL

LAND north of Ellenbrook has been flagged for a freight terminal linking the State’s north-west with Perth’s north metropolitan area.

The WA Planning Commission last month assumed control over the land, which is between the future Perth-Darwin Highway, Perth to Geraldton railway line and Great Northern Highway.

Eventually the land will become the South Bullsbrook Intermodal Terminal and WAPC control ensures it will be reserved for this purpose.

About six private properties will be directly affected by the rezoning.

The proposed terminal is surrounded by about 2500 hectares of land proposed to be zoned as industrial in the Metropolitan Region Scheme.

It is also next to RAAF Base Pearce which, among other locations, has been floated as a potential site in the State Government’s search for a second commercial airport in Perth.

City of Swan chief executive Mike Foley said an airport would be convenient for residents in Swan’s northern and eastern suburbs.

“The most important consideration would be the impact on the RAAF Base Pearce airspace,” he said.

“One of the reasons why Perth Airport flight paths are restricted was because of the Jandakot and Pearce airspace.

“The purpose of the Planning Control Area means that all planning decisions on the subject land will be determined by the WAPC. This is to ensure that future development of the subject sites will not prejudice the planning for the future intermodal (terminal) in Bullsbrook.”

Swan Hills MLA Frank Alban met senior government officials recently to lobby for a third interchange off the Perth-Darwin Highway near Maralla Road or Warbrook Road to lead in to the future industrial site.

He said another interchange would benefit residents by removing the temptation for local commercial traffic to join Northlink WA at Ellenbrook, rather than an interchange leading to the industrial area.

Planning Minister John Day said the potential for an intermodal (road-rail) freight terminal at Bullsbrook had been identified in the draft framework.

“Such a terminal would boost employment opportunities in the area and make the most of existing and proposed transport infrastructure in the North-East sub-region,” he said.

The City of Swan also has its eyes on the area as its primary employment centre, the Malaga industrial area, reaches capacity.

Mr Foley said the proximity to Ellenbrook and Midland’s growing skilled workforce was a positive sign.

“(Opening) this region will certainly stimulate positive economic growth through investment attraction, job creation and create further opportunities for tourism,” he said.

“Improving the transport efficiencies for businesses, employees, tourists and the community will stimulate positive economic growth.”

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The following article appeared in the Ellenbrook Advocate on Wed 19th August 2015;

Three years ago, a group of Aveley boys had a vision to establish a skate park in Aveley. One petition later, their skate park dream has become reality. BOREDOM is what originally inspired four young Aveley boys to walk the neighbourhood and petition for a local skate park.

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Jaxon Reynolds, Tyson Byrne-King, Dakota Cheung and Connor McEwen at the new skate park.

Three years on from the conception of their idea to fight boredom, the Aveley skate park has become a reality and an instant hit.

The boys identified the need for the park on a hot summer day and walked the neighbourhood to get support for it.

City of Swan councillor Natasha Cheung facilitated getting their idea and petition to council.

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From there, the City got the ball rolling and the boys were called back to help with the design of the skate park, which is also frequently used by scooters. The skate park opened three weeks ago and is already so popular there are jokes about starting another petition to extend it.

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The following article is from The Real Estate Conversation July 30th 2015

Presentation is paramount

The big questions we get asked as agents are: How much should I spend on preparation? Where should I start? How much money do I need to spend to maximise the return?

In today’s real estate market it’s clear how important property presentation and styling has become and how much this can impact a sale.

Sellers across Australia are seeing an increase in returns on their investment in this area. However, you only need to look closer to home and visit open inspections on the weekend to see the significant impact this trend is having in our Adelaide market. Approximately 75% of residential properties for sale now incorporate some form of professional styling.

There is no denying that home styling adds to the bottom line of the sale price and there are many case studies of fantastic outcomes for properties. These case studies are well above what the clients expect… I was one of them last year when I sold my property in Parkside. The styling and presentation of my property, I believe, had a very significant impact, and I worked out that this would have added 10% to the property sale price!

So, with presentation and styling increasingly adding to a property’s return, why do we hear stories of some sellers spending $15,000 and receiving little to no return, while others can spend $8,000 and more than triple their return?

There is a science to this… and, as real estate agents it’s where we can step in to help you! Return on investment (ROI) for presentation isn’t just luck. Employing an agent with experience and market knowledge can really add valuable Intel in this area to help you maximise your sale price!

Many agents and sellers understand the concept of home presentation – making sure a property appeals to the maximum number of buyers, giving a maximum chance of competition and a maximum chance of achieving a premium result. There are also many articles written about this area, discussing strategies such as removing family photographs, personal items, de-cluttering, hiring furniture and giving the property a fresh paint etc. It all adds to broadening your property’s appeal. We believe there is more science to this to give you the best chance of a high ROI.

The big questions we get asked as agents are: How much should I spend on preparation? Where should I start? How much money do I need to spend to maximise the return?

This isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. There will be different answers to these questions for every property, however, they will all start with the same approach. This is ‘starting with the end in mind.’

The science to working out how much you should spend and what preparation you should do, starts by working together with your agent and talking through who you believe will be the most likely buyer of the home.

What does this person look like? What is their lifestyle like? What do they do in their spare time? What do they want from their new home? A big clue, and an exercise we go through with our sellers is looking back to when they bought the property and remembering what attracted them to the home. Often the buyer profile will be very similar.

Once we get a clear picture of who the buyer is, the presentation plan of how much to spend and what to concentrate on to maximise returns becomes much clearer.

For example, if we were selling a modern townhouse in Norwood, we would look to attract young professional couples as we are finding they are looking in this area at the moment for this type of property. If the property had an old run down boundary fence it could significantly impact its attraction of this type of buyer to the property. Whereas, if you had a character ‘renovators delight’ property in the same area, with the same condition fence, the buyer profile is very different. This is a property that is extremely attractive to developers or renovators so fixing the fence before sale would be a waste of money.

While this is a relatively simple example, it can get very strategic and working through this process with experienced agents to highlight who the buyer will be and what they are likely to value provides huge insights and clues for vendors on how to optimise their returns, which is key to achieving great results!

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Genevieve is Head of Sales & Marketing at Toop&Toop, the Adelaide firm started by her parents Anthony and Sylvia in 1985. After attending Geelong Grammar in Victoria, Genevieve went on to attain a Bachelor of Business (specialising in Marketing) at Monash University. Graduating in 2007, Genevieve came back to Adelaide…

 

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Quarterly data suggests favourable outlook for interest rates  - reiwa.comAccording to the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA), the 2015 June quarter Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures support the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) July assessment that inflationary pressures are well contained and likely to remain this way. 

REIA President Neville Sanders said this was good news for home owners and should translate into a sustained period of low interest rates. 

“In the June quarter, the CPI rose by 0.7 per cent and an annual rate of 1.5 per cent. These figures are below the RBA’s target zone of two to three per cent and should not put pressure on the interest rate outlook. 

“The annual changes for the analytical series of trimmed mean and for the weighted median were 2.2 per cent and 2.4 per cent respectively, and compare to the changes for the 12 months to the March quarter 2015 of 2.3 per cent for the trimmed mean and 2.5 per cent for the weighted median,” Mr Sanders said. 

The housing group increased by 0.7 per cent for the June quarter and an annual rate of increase of 2.5 per cent. 

The main increases in the June quarter for the housing group was for new dwelling purchases, which increased by 4.8 per cent, while rents increased by 0.4 per cent for the quarter and 1.9 per cent for the year. 

“With inflation under control, combined with a slowdown in housing finance, it’s reasonable to expect that the RBA will not be increasing interest rates in the medium term, providing a stable outlook for home buyers,” Mr Sanders said. 


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From LWP Ellenbrook Facebook page:

 

FREE Beginners Art Classes

Roy Davies is a brilliant facilitator and his beginners group (funded by ECAG and ACAG) is going from strength to strength and he has a wait list!!

The classes are also an opportunity to meet likeminded people and make new friends!

 

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  • Article from; 15 Jul 2015
  • Ellenbrook Advocate

Parkrun event draws 100

SCORES of dressed-up runners, joggers, pram pushers and dog walkers from across Aveley turned out on Saturday to celebrate the second anniversary of the weekly parkrun. More than 100 locals completed the scenic 5km course through Central Park and around the lake in Aveley. Free slices of parkrun birthday cake were handed out at the finish line to motivate participants to the end. The parkrun fitness phenomenon has spread rapidly across Australia, with thousands of participants gathering every Saturday morning to run 5km courses against the clock. In the two years of the Aveley parkrun, there have been 101 events, during which time more than 1200 people have covered 35,000 kilometres.

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Hi Lisa , 
Just wanted to send you an email to say thank you very much for your help in selling our home. We can’t thank you enough for everything you did to make the process so easy. Melissa and I had met with many real estate agents while deciding whether to sell or not. Some of them made us feel uneasy or they were pushy , or cocky but after our first meeting with you we felt that you were on the same page as us , we felt comfortable because you were very approachable and open to our thoughts. 
Your knowledge of the market and the area was reflected perfectly with how fast you sold our home , and we were very grateful to your self and to swan valley realty for the professionalism but also for not feeling like another real estate robot. We honestly couldn’t have imagined a more simple process from our first meeting to our last . 
Thank you again for your great work.
We will be definitely spreading your good name to everyone we know.
Aaron and Melissa Bandy

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Minimum increase in rates but still major works to continue in Ellenbrook. Although the City of Swan is keeping rate increase low this year to minimize any financial impact in these challenging economic times,they are borrowing to continue with major works such as the Ellenbrook Community Building, the southern playing fields for Ellenbrook Open Space and upgrades to Gnangara Rd.

The following is an article from Ellenbrook Advocate Wednesday July 8th 2015;

THE City of Swan’s budget for 2015-16 was released last week and includes funding for major projects in Ellenbrook, Midland and the Swan Valley.

RATES in the City of Swan will climb 3.25 per cent this financial year, following a trend of low rate rises across most metropolitan local governments this year

Swan’s last budget saw a 5 per cent rate increase and a publicly unpopular special levy applied to northern properties for a bridge over the Ellen Brook, which was later repealed.

In this year’s budget, the City has aimed to minimise financial impact on ratepayers, citing the current challenging economic climate in WA.

Swan’s 3.25 per cent rate rise absorbs an 8 per cent spike in the cost of utilities.

A State Government imposed landfill levy increase of 100 per cent will also be passed on to local ratepayers through the City’s sanitation charges.

Chief executive Mike Foley said he had to balance increasing demand for amenities and services with the aim of minimising financial burden to ratepayers.

“Everyone’s feeling the pinch a bit – unemployment is up in the area a bit we’ve noticed,” he said.

“Inflation is down around 22.5 per cent so we want to make sure we’re keeping our services relative but at the same time meeting the needs of the future.”

This financial year will also see the City increase its borrowing by raising new loans to almost $15 million, costing nearly $1m a year in debt servicing.

The debt will pay for big-ticket items like Paradise Quays aged care in Ballajura, land for Dayton’s neighbourhood park, a district park for Dayton, the Ellenbrook community building and the southern playing fields for Ellenbrook District Open Space.

Expenditure this year will reach $145.9 million, of which $71.2 million will be spent on staff and $42 million will be spent on capital works.

Taking into account all budgeting factors, the City’s overall surplus is at $439,000.

“The challenge has always been to provide the infrastructure that people want and particularly to fund the new requirements of new residents coming into the area,” Mr Foley said.

“We’ve taken out a loan program of some $14.5 million to help fund those big projects.”

Mr Foley said work on upgrading Gnangara Road would continue this year, and upgrades to Lloyd Street and Bishop Road in Midland would start.

The City will also see assets from developers of new estates roll over to its portfolio.

“We’re picking up some $42 million of assets from developers this financial year and that’s in the form of roads, drainage and new parks,” Mr Foley said.

“These are assets they have to give to us on top of developer contribution plans.”

Minimum increase in rates

Swan CEO Mike Foley

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Minimum increase in rates but still major works to continue in Ellenbrook. Although the City of Swan is keeping rate increase low this year to minimize any financial impact in these challenging economic times,they are borrowing to continue with major works such as the Ellenbrook Community Building, the southern playing fields for Ellenbrook Open Space and upgrades to Gnangara Rd.

The following is an article from Ellenbrook Advocate Wednesday July 8th 2015;

THE City of Swan’s budget for 2015-16 was released last week and includes funding for major projects in Ellenbrook, Midland and the Swan Valley.

RATES in the City of Swan will climb 3.25 per cent this financial year, following a trend of low rate rises across most metropolitan local governments this year

Swan’s last budget saw a 5 per cent rate increase and a publicly unpopular special levy applied to northern properties for a bridge over the Ellen Brook, which was later repealed.

In this year’s budget, the City has aimed to minimise financial impact on ratepayers, citing the current challenging economic climate in WA.

Swan’s 3.25 per cent rate rise absorbs an 8 per cent spike in the cost of utilities.

A State Government imposed landfill levy increase of 100 per cent will also be passed on to local ratepayers through the City’s sanitation charges.

Chief executive Mike Foley said he had to balance increasing demand for amenities and services with the aim of minimising financial burden to ratepayers.

“Everyone’s feeling the pinch a bit – unemployment is up in the area a bit we’ve noticed,” he said.

“Inflation is down around 22.5 per cent so we want to make sure we’re keeping our services relative but at the same time meeting the needs of the future.”

This financial year will also see the City increase its borrowing by raising new loans to almost $15 million, costing nearly $1m a year in debt servicing.

The debt will pay for big-ticket items like Paradise Quays aged care in Ballajura, land for Dayton’s neighbourhood park, a district park for Dayton, the Ellenbrook community building and the southern playing fields for Ellenbrook District Open Space.

Expenditure this year will reach $145.9 million, of which $71.2 million will be spent on staff and $42 million will be spent on capital works.

Taking into account all budgeting factors, the City’s overall surplus is at $439,000.

“The challenge has always been to provide the infrastructure that people want and particularly to fund the new requirements of new residents coming into the area,” Mr Foley said.

“We’ve taken out a loan program of some $14.5 million to help fund those big projects.”

Mr Foley said work on upgrading Gnangara Road would continue this year, and upgrades to Lloyd Street and Bishop Road in Midland would start.

The City will also see assets from developers of new estates roll over to its portfolio.

“We’re picking up some $42 million of assets from developers this financial year and that’s in the form of roads, drainage and new parks,” Mr Foley said.

“These are assets they have to give to us on top of developer contribution plans.”

Minimum increase in rates

Swan CEO Mike Foley

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The following article is from The Ellenbrook Advocate, 1st Juy 2015

THE long-awaited northern sporting fields and pavilion at Ellenbrook District Open Space are now officially open.

Cricket teams started using the facility last October when the grass was ready but last Friday’s official opening marked the completion of the pavilion, fields, playground and paths as a whole.

Ellenbrook’s local sporting teams can now make full use of the Ellenbrook District Outdoor Space northern playing fields.

The northern playing fields have enough space for two full-size AFL ovals, five junior AFL ovals and three cricket fields.

The new pavilion has meeting rooms, change rooms, clubrooms, a bar and catering facilities.

Ellenbrook Eels Football Club and the junior Ellenbrook Dockers will soon start using the oval for training and match days.

Premier Colin Barnett said at the opening ceremony the complete projects would form one of the best and most comprehensive sport and recreation precincts in the State.

“The pavilion is quite magnificent. This is not some little sporting club pavilion, it services two very strong clubs and the wider sports and recreation complex,” he said.

“As announced in the recent budget, we’ll also provide $7 million towards the Ellenbrook Recreation Centre, a commitment we made in 2013.”

About $2 million of that funding will go towards an aquatic facility for Ellenbrook.

Construction of the southern playing fields is set to start soon.

This will include four FIFA-rated synthetic soccer fields and the Ellenbrook Recreation Centre for indoor sports such as basketball, netball and badminton.

Ellenbrook ward Councillor Patty Williams said the sporting and recreational facility would attract people from surrounding areas to Ellenbrook.

“From its inception Ellenbrook has been designed to provide for the lifestyles of a growing community,” she said.

“The Ellenbrook District Open Space will draw even more people to the area through sporting competitions, events and recreational facility use and hopefully attract more people into sport and physical activity, which will contribute to the overall wellbeing of our community.”

 

 

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The following post was taken from LWP – Ellenbrook’s Facebook page.

Woodlake was our first village, launched in 1995. Did you know that all of the street names in Woodlake are named after Australian plants and birds, a nod to the ‘return to nature’ theming of the village?

For example Bronzewing Avenue is named after the Bronzewing Pigeon, which is native to Australia.

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Do you want new skills? Interested in learning something to kick start your career? Maybe change your job? Swan Libraries and Sorcit are currently running employment workshops with topics including Resume Writing, Building Confidence for Women and Computer Skills. These workshops are two hours long and FREE to attend. Registration is required.

Please see the attached flyers for further information about dates, locations and how to register, or visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/library

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Over 55? Love playing games? Having fun? Want to meet people? 
Then come and join the Award winning Ellenbrook Seniors’ Social Space for a social and games afternoon.
When: The last Friday of the month
Where: Woodlake Community centre
Contact: seniorssocialspace@live.com.au
Phone: 0409080824

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The following article is taken from LWP Ellenbrook’s Facebook page.

Did you know that each of our eight villages in Ellenbrook, as well as the name Ellenbrook itself, has a story behind it?

Ellenbrook, for example, is named after Lady Ellen Stirling, the wife of Perth’s Lieutenant Governor, Sir James Stirling.

Ellen was apparently known for her playfulness, youthfulness, a passion for learning, modern thinking, vibrancy, tolerance and acceptance. It is these qualities that were the inspiration behind the design and planning of the Ellenbrook community.

If you look closely, you will notice that throughout the town centre, Ellen’s personality is reflected in the public artwork and landscaping.

One of the key roads in the town centre is named for her (Ellen Stirling Parade) and a major distributor road (Drumpellier Drive) after the Scottish ancestral seat of the Stirling family.

 

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Maggie Dent’s Boys Boys Boys Seminar is coming to Ellenbrook in August. Tickets are now available to be booked online. Her seminars are always popular, so make sure you get in quick.