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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…