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28. April 2015 13:44  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

It made Lisa Driehuis’s day to receive this lovely bunch of flowers from a happy client she recently sold a house for. They are lovely! Thanks Anne!

28. April 2015 13:24  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

The Ellenbrook Advocate Reported on how Ellenbrook residents turned out in huge numbers to commemorate the Anzac Centenary. The ceremony was held at Woodlake Amphitheatre.  Below is a post that local resident placed on The Advocates Facebook page about the event.

Janet Potsch This was a wonderful turn out to respect and remember the Anzacs……Mike & I decided to join the girls their hubbies and Aaron’s parents and brother at The Ellenbrook ceremony today. It was a great service very community based Girl Guides, Scouts , Police Cadets, schools , local RSL members and Politicians. We even had 2 Light horseman atop their army horses. Many wreaths were laid included one from the local Bunnings store proudly laid by our son in law Mark.the music, the readings were wonderful . well done Ellenbrook RSL !

Check out the picture gallery at: www.communitynews.com.au/…/Perths-Biggest-Anzac-Day-Ga…/4785


16. April 2015 16:33  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

Its great to see that The Arts and Theatre are alive and well in this great suburb. Ellenbrook Arts – situated on The Main Street and in Charlottes Vineyard state as their mission;

Our aim is to assist with the development of an arts based culture and help sustain a healthy and cohesive community by delivering quality, engaging arts experiences across a range of art forms to the local Ellenbrook community, the Swan Valley region and the greater cultural sector within Western Australia.

Ellenbrook Arts, formerly the Ellenbrook Cultural Foundation, was established in 2002, as a community based, not for profit association with tax deductible status. We are managed by the Ellenbrook Arts Board; we employ two staff members, occasional art project staff and work with a group of dedicated volunteers.

We operate two facilities to assist us in our vision: The Gallery – 34 Main Street in Ellenbrook town centre; and the Grapevine Community Arts Space in Charlotte’s Vineyard, Ellenbrook.

At present Ellenbrook Arts are assisting Toy Soldier Children’s Theatre to present thier performance of “The Happy Prince”. See below for details of this play.

A cheeky, lively Swallow on her way to Egypt meets the statue of a Prince. The Prince is decorated in gold and jewels, but tears are falling from his sapphire eyes – he can see all the misery in his city and can do nothing to help. Based on Oscar Wilde’s much loved children’s tale this performance will keep you captivated up until the last minute. 

Wanting to experience some magic? Forget Harry Potter, think instead ‘The Happy Prince’.

Suitable for children 4-9yrs and anyone who wishes they could fly.


The Grapevine
1 Arrowsmith Ave
Perth, WA 6069

Contact Details:

Courtney Turner




15. April 2015 17:57  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (6)

ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICE is being hosted by Ellenbrook RSL. It will be held at the Woodlake Ampitheatre at 5:45am. Behind Woodlake Community Centre {Lakeside} Highpoint Blvd, Ellenbrook

14. April 2015 15:54  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

A wonderful event took place in Ellenbrook over the 28th and 29th March. An exhibit commemorated soldiers of families connected with Ellenbrook residents. The following post appeared in LWP’s Ellenbrook Facebook page. The event was made possible by the Ellenbrook sub branch of the RSL with assistance from LWP and the Great Living History Group. For more photos of the event go to LWP’s facebook page.

The Great War Living History exhibition at the Town Square in Ellenbrook on the weekend of 28 and 29 March was a special opportunity for locals young and old to learn more about our war heroes. The exhibit included a large framed photo of soldiers of the West Australian 44th Battalion voting in the conscription referendum at Neuve Eglise, Messine area, Belgium on 8 December 1917. Among the 35 soldiers was Corporal AL D’Arcy, father of local resident Margaret Kidson who is considered “living history” as she is the daughter of a Western Front ANZAC. Organised by the Ellenbrook sub branch of the RSL with assistance from LWP, the City of Swan and the Great War Living History group the exhibition generating many other photos and stories of Ellenbrook residents connected with the Great War.





10. April 2015 11:42  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

The Ellenbrook Community Library is hosting a pop up play space info session.

Please see Flyer below for details and times. Basically the sessions are about the importance of outdoor play for children for their health and development.

Luckily Ellenbrook has lots of lovely open space and playgrounds for children to play outside and receive all the benefits the studies refer to in these sessions.

8. April 2015 14:48  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

The following was posted on Ellenbrook and Surrounds Facebook page – what an inspirational boy.


Have you heard of Vincent’s Project for the Homeless? Well, if not – listen up! Vincent is a pretty cool 9 year old kid who runs a project for those less fortunate living in Perth. He has recently set up a collection point for donations right here in Ellenbrook.

If you would like to donate some items to his project, they can be dropped to Father Bono from St Helena’s of the Holy Cross in Ellenbrook, Cnr Strathmore Parkway & Coolamon Blvd, Ellenbrook.

The drop off point is open daily from 8:15-9:15am, Saturday from 5-8pm and Sunday from 7:30-10am.

Attached is the speech Vincent used to launch his project for this year as well as a flyer that lists the items he is collecting and some of the places these can be purchased.

When we spoke with Vincent last week, he advised us he has just taken delivery of 550 sports bags so they can be crossed off the list. He is quite low on blankets, pillows, soap, razors and shaving cream at the moment. Cash donations can be made too as he then buys what’s needed.

If people want to be part of this project, he will host a packing day on Friday 29th May at the Whitford Catholic Primary School (in the hall) from 3:30pm and he says everyone is welcome!


2. April 2015 10:54  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

The following article is by Kate Jones and was published on the realestate.com.au website on 1st April 2015;

Interest rates are widely tipped to drop again this year, but experts say it won’t happen in this month.

The Reserve Bank of Australia is likely to keep rates steady at its monthly board meeting as it takes a watch-and-see approach to the economy.

Kirsty Lamont, director of finance comparison website Mozo, says the RBA is still judging the impact of its 0.25 per cent rate cut in February.

“I expect the Reserve Bank to cut rates again in the first half of this year, but having said that April will be too early,” she says.

“The Reserve Bank is still watching how the February rate cut will flow through the economy.”

 While rates are low, smaller lenders hold more sway in the finance market. This means homeowners have a golden opportunity to secure a low home loan rate and get stuck into paying off their mortgages, says Lamont.

“Pay down as much of the home loan as possible because interest rates are at record lows,” she says.

Fierce competition in the lending market has prompted more homeowners to leave the big four banks for lesser-known lenders, Lamont says.

“There’s a real gap between the best rates on the market and those offered by the big four,” she says.

“That gap is almost 1% and that makes a huge difference. A lot of people are switching from major lenders to small lenders like challenger banks and online lenders.”

Financial planner Scott Haywood says surging property prices in Melbourne and Sydney will influence the RBA to keep rates on hold in April.

 “The Reserve Bank made it clear they’re concerned about property prices in Melbourne and Sydney with clearance rates over 80% (on the middle weekend in March),” he says.

“So to cut again now after such a high clearance rate would be too aggressive.”

The RBA remains concerned about business and consumer confidence with governor Glenn Stevens telling the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia recently: “Australian businesses and households seem to be getting less optimistic about the future”.

Lowering interest rates will stimulate the economy, but Haywood says this cannot be done too quickly.

“A rate cut of 0.25% doesn’t have the power and impact on the economy as it did, say during the global financial crisis,” he says.

“But the Reserve Bank doesn’t want to spook or scare the Australian public by doing a 0.5% cut.

“As soon as it sees business confidence pick up, the cuts will stop.”

Haywood, who tips a 0.25% rate cut in May, expects unemployment to rise this year and the Australian dollar to continue its fall against the US dollar.