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4. March 2016 15:14  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)


Perth sales activity on the rise

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Perth sales activity on the rise - reiwa.com

Sales activity in the Perth metro area increased significantly in February.

REIWA President Hayden Groves said the market had enjoyed a healthy rebound following the Christmas and New Year dip.

“reiwa.com data shows sales activity in Perth lifted 16 per cent over the month and five per cent when compared to November 2015.

“We’ve also seen that weekly sales over the last three weeks are higher than they were at the same time last year. While it’s too early to call this a trend it’s a good indicator that mobility in the market is beginning to improve,” Mr Groves said.

At a sub-regional level, the Central sub-region had the strongest increase in sales activity over the month lifting a healthy 37 per cent, followed by the North West sub-region with a 24 per cent lift.

“Baldivis in the South West sub-region and Canning Vale in the South East sub-region were the top selling suburbs in February, followed by Scarborough in the Central sub-region,” Mr Groves said.

Perth’s median house price etched back 1.1 per cent in the three months to February, coming in at $529,000.

Listings

Mr Groves said there had been a three per cent increase in listings stock in February which wasn’t surprising as vendors traditionally returned to the market at the start of the year.

“This is a marginal increase given the time of year, but it’s significant to note that listings are now eight per cent lower than they were in November which suggests this could be the early stages of a correction in a market of prolonged higher than average stock levels,” Mr Groves said.

Rental market

Perth’s overall median rent price held firm at $400 per week in the three months to February 2016.

In terms of houses and units, Mr Groves said the median price for both was unchanged over the month at $400 and $380 per week respectively, but each had dipped $10 per week when compared to November 2015.

“While tenants are still in a good position to secure a competitively priced lease in Perth, it’s encouraging for investors that rent prices are appearing to steady in 2016,” Mr Groves said.

Rental listings in the Perth metro area declined three per cent in February but remain above the long term average.

23. November 2015 19:00  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)


The Men’s Shed are planning and exhibition of toys and other items made by members at The Shops on November 28th followed by an Open day on Thank a Volunteer day on December 5th, at 4 Transit Way Ellenbrook (near the Community Garden) at which products and tools will be offered for sale, tours of the workshops offered, and there will be a sausage sizzle on site.

This event will start at 10.00am and run until 3.00pm.

19. November 2015 21:37  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)


Extracted from Ellenbrook Advocate 18 Nov 2015 The Advocate (Perth) Joel Kelly

ELLENBROOK is on track to have WA’s smallest green title lots at just 80sq m.

 

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The WA Planning Commission has approved LWP Property Group’s amended development plan to create smaller lots near the Ellenbrook town centre.

This means a reduction of a third from the previous minimum green title lot size of 120sq m.

LWP has now applied to the City of Swan to progress the subdivision plan for the area and expects an approval next year.

At this point, LWP will be able to create the lots and construction of the two to three-storey homes will follow.

The final hurdle will be getting the development application for the buildings through the City of Swan.

When the council voted on the density increase in July, the proposal passed with eight out of 13 councillors voting in favour.

But some of those were eager to look over the final details when it returned to them at the development application stage.

Only eight lots will be 80sqm and two will be 89sqm out of the 290 dwellings planned in Ellenbrook’s Reveley precinct.

Project manager Megan Buckland said the proposed new homes were aimed at home buyers who wanted the convenience of town centre living without the cost of strata fees.

“The concept is to create an attractive two-bedroom home with the look and feel of a two-storey terrace inclusive of lock-up garages,” she said.

“The location of these lots is critical… LWP is only looking at sites in the Ellenbrook town centre.”

The lot and concept house designs were prepared after study tours of development projects in Queensland and South Australia, where small lot housing has already been built.

RobertsDay town planning director Tim Trefry said the tours were invaluable in determining the most appropriate lot dimensions and house layouts for Ellenbrook.

“The 80sqm lot is part of a range of urban lot and housing types that will be available in the Ellenbrook town centre,” he said.

“This product will cater for a range of demographics and assist in creating a vibrant and successful town centre.”

Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the council would determine how the small-lot trial would be assessed when it returned to planning officers.

“We’ll see what happens during that trial and see what the results are,” he said.

4. November 2015 22:09  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)


Do you have a business that may be suited to having a stall at the Ellenbrook Mega Christmas Market. If so applications are open now.

13. October 2015 20:38  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)


Extracted from Ellenbrook Advocate Wednesday October 7, 2015. By Joel Kelly.

DEBATE OVER BEST WAY TO EASE CONGESTION

PLANS to upgrade and extend Henley Brook Avenue to Reid Highway are well advanced and construction is expected to start within two years.

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A map of the proposed Henley Brook Avenue extension.

The project aims to relieve congestion issues on West Swan Road, where traffic jams regularly extend several kilometres from the Reid Highway intersection during peak hour.

Once the four-lane Henley Brook Avenue extension is complete, West Swan Road will become a dedicated tourist and local traffic route.

The City of Swan also proposes West Swan Road be closed north of Gnangara Road. This is set to be complemented by the Perth-Darwin Highway, which is planned to divert heavy traffic away from Great Northern Highway – the Swan Valley’s other major tourism route.

A preliminary cost estimate based on the concept design is $36 million, split between developer contributions and City funding.

The plan has created divisions between candidates in the City of Swan’s Swan Valley/Gidgegannup ward election over the approach to reducing traffic.

Mayor Charlie Zannino is pushing for the four-lane upgrade of Henley Brook Avenue, while candidate Rod Henderson believes Lord Street should be upgraded to four lanes first, followed by a different method of extending Henley Brook Avenue.

Mr Henderson said he supported the eventual extension of Henley Brook Avenue to Youle-Dean Road so it could connect to Lord Street.

“There’s definitely a need to get traffic off West Swan Road and currently Lord Street is where most of the traffic goes, so it makes sense to upgrade that first,” he said. Mr Henderson claimed developers in the area would only fund a two-lane extension, meaning City of Swan would be out of pocket.

But Cr Zannino said the relevant approvals had been finalised and anticipated construction would start in 12-24 months.

“Both Henley Brook Avenue and Lord Street will carry the same amount of traffic in the future due to the amount of development flagged in the area,” he said.

Land acquisition will be required to complete the Henley Brook Avenue project, many of the properties are already owned by the City or the State Government.

Swan chief executive Mike Foley said the City was preparing detailed plans and would speak to affected landowners “in due course”.

Mr Foley said no decision had been made on where the project will start first.

“There are a number of factors to be taken into account such as the availability of funding, service locations, and land acquisition before the City can determine which section will be constructed first,” he said.

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The Advocate contacted Swan Valley/Gidgegannup ward candidate Andrew Kiely but he did not respond before deadline.

7. September 2015 19:42  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)


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.

26. August 2015 22:30  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (1)


  • 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.”

28. July 2015 23:34  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)


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!

 

21. July 2015 21:05  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (5)


  • 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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26. June 2015 21:34  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (2)


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

24. June 2015 19:39  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (1)


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.

 

23. June 2015 19:28  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (1)


Ellenbrook Place is happy to announce it’s July school holiday programme.

Please see the attached flyer showing the events and for more info or to book contact:

Under 12s: Beth Weston on beth.weston@swan.wa.gov.au or 9207 8579

10-17 years: Jimmy Cangy or Yanthe McIntyre on jimmy.cangy@swan.wa.gov.au or Yanthe.McIntyre-Gadsby@swan.gov.au

15. June 2015 19:31  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)


For it’s 5th annual production this year Holy Cross are presenting a Musical version of CS Lewis’ classic story ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’.  There is something very special about watching children sing and preform. I am really looking forward to taking my children to watch this as the story is also one of our favourites.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.trybooking.com/120144 and show dates and times are below:

Thursday 25th June 6:30pm
Friday 26th June 6:30pm
Saturday 27th June 12:00pm
Saturday 27th June 6:30pm