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4. March 2016 07:14  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

Perth sales activity on the rise



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.


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.

11. November 2015 14:19  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)


There is always something on in Ellenbrook and surrounding areas and now that the weather has warmed up there is even more!

23. June 2015 11:31  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

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.

23. June 2015 11:28  /  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

8. June 2015 13:47  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

Computer Skills

How to set-up a computer, how to create documents and emails and how to use the internet. This workshop helps people with the basic operation of a computer and it tailored to people who may never have used a computer before.

Places are limited so bookings are required.

For further information on this session or to place a booking, contact Ellenbrook Community Library on 9207 8787 orbook online.

Days and Times :

Wednesday, June 10
10am – 12noon

Cost :


Suitable for :
All ages
Useful links :
Sorcit logo


3. June 2015 14:30  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (3)

What we have all known for a long time is finally official on an international level. Ellenbrook is the best planned community in the world! Previously Ellenbrook has won numerous Australia wide awards for community planning and living – but now Ellenbrook is an International Award winner.

I have posted in the past about how when Ellenbrook was first designed it was through a collaborative approach by Developers, Town Planners and Builders – this collaborative approach accounted for community living with separate townships with a central community gathering place in each, green spaces, walk ways, facilities and street scapes. The planning also very wisely took into account future growth and development so that even over 20 years on it is still a great community to live in.

The following is an article from the LWP property groups web site;

Ellenbrook has been awarded the prestigious FIABCI (International Real Estate Federation) World Prix d’Excellence Award for 2015, being named the best master-planned community in the world.

Managing Director Danny Murphy, said the award win recognised Ellenbrook’s innovations and long-term success.

“From the very start, Ellenbrook has been able to adapt and respond to changes in housing preferences, community, technology and lifestyles. Through its many innovations, particularly in the areas of housing, community development, urban design and environmental management, Ellenbrook has maintained a leadership role and delivered a series of firsts for the West Australian and Australian development industry,” he said

A testament to its success, Ellenbrook stands as Australia’s most awarded urban development project, with the World Prix D’Excellence Award the ‘icing on the cake’, according to Mr Murphy.

“We are extremely proud of what we have achieved here at Ellenbrook.

“Our sustained commitment to delivering the founding project vision and objectives of a return to traditional neighbourhood planning; affordability; environmental sustainability; and community development has ensured we have created a great place to live, work and play,” Mr Murphy said.

Ellenbrook will eventually be home to 35,000 residents and features a thriving town centre, an abundance of community facilities for all ages, 7 primary schools, 4 secondary schools, over 30 community groups and sporting clubs, 30km of walking trails, 10km of cycleways and almost 20 parks.

26. May 2015 10:38  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (4)

The following article appeared in the Ellenbrook Advocate on May 20th 2015

THE swimming pool promised to Ellenbrook residents before the 2013 State election is finally possible.


Donna Faragher, Mia Davies and Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino with Ellenbrook District Outdoor Space plans. d437700

The Budget announcement revealed a $7 million injection towards sport and recreation facilities in Ellenbrook, $2 million of which is dedicated to an aquatic centre.

The other $5 million will fund a sports centre with three indoor courts and a gym at the Ellenbrook District Outdoor Space.

Residents around Ellenbrook, tired of driving 14km to the closest public pool and 25km to the nearest beach, have been lobbying for a pool for years.

As late as last year, the Government was reluctant to say when it would deliver pool funding.

Last September, an irate Colin Barnett was scathing in his response to West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti’s questions over the pool delivery, saying Ms Saffioti would “probably be the last to know – when the concrete trucks line up”.

The pool construction is now in the City of Swan’s hands.

Swan deputy mayor Mick Wainwright said an aquatic facilities strategy should be completed “in the next few months”.

Swan’s strategy will likely determine whether aquatic facilities are built at a planned regional sport facility at Whiteman or the Ellenbrook District Outdoor Space.

“The announcement has come at an opportune time,” Mr Wainwright said. “The sports centre is a priority project for Ellenbrook and the $5 million will help us to keep the project on track.”

Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the facility would bring the community together. It would be a great meeting point for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy being physically active.

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The following article by Joel Kelly appeared in the Ellenbrook Advocate on May 20th 2015.


THE State Budget has drawn mixed reactions from stakeholders in the Swan region.

WA Treasurer Mike Nahan revealed a record State deficit of $2.7 billion for the 2015-16 financial year, the first deficit in 15 years.

For the local area, on a positive note, City of Swan has received a $7 million boost for its sport and recreation facilities, including a $2 million allocation for an aquatic centre.

There is also continued spending on road projects like the Swan Valley bypass section of the North Link project and upgrades to the Great Eastern Highway.

Swan Hills MLA Frank Alban said he believed this Budget was about ensuring the most vulnerable members of the community would receive the support they needed.

“With regard to Swan Hills projects, I am pleased that our State Government’s commitments to NorthLink WA continue, as well as the recent Commonwealth Government announcement of $499.1 million for infrastructure projects in the State,” he said.

“In the broader context of the State, I believe this Budget is about ensuring the most vulnerable members of our community will receive the support they need.”

As expected, the Government has held its position on delivering a second high school for Ellenbrook in 2018.

Missing from the Budget is any indication it will invest in a university for Midland.

The same goes for the relocation of Midland’s train station closer to the new hospital, which was identified as a key priority for Midland by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.

The good news is $23.5 million has been allocated to the MRA to carry out objectives in the Midland Master Plan, set to be released soon.

This could include ideas in the draft plan like the relocation of Midland Station, improving connectivity in Midland CBD and improving the Helena River foreshore.

For the local viticulture industry, the State’s cellar door subsidy, charged to wineries selling more than $500,000 of wine, has been removed and will impact the larger Swan Valley wine producers.

West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti said despite investment in the electorate’s recreational facilities, there was a long way to go.

“There are no plans or funding for new public transport to service Ballajura or Ellenbrook,” she said.

“There is no funding to upgrade Lord Street, while the Caversham South Primary School remains cancelled.”

19. May 2015 12:19  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

A record 293,000 students are in public schools this year.

The following article by Claire Bickers appeared in PERTHNOW MAY 18, 2015 

A record 293,000 students are in public schools this year.

SIXTEEN new public primary schools and five new secondary schools will open in WA by the start of 2019 as part of a $1.18 billion funding package for education infrastructure over the next four years.

Education Minister Peter Collier announced the new schools on Monday.

New primary schools will open at Ellenbrook (Annie’s Landing), Harrisdale, Alkimos (Trinity) and Baldivis (Rivergums) by the start of 2016, and at Alkimos (South West), Baldivis (North), Byford (South West) and Landsdale (East) by the start of 2017.

Four more new primary schools will open by the start of 2018 and another four will be open for the start of 2019 in locations yet to be decided.

Stage 1 of a new high school at Harrisdale will be completed for the start of 2017, a new high school will be built at Ellenbrook North for the start of 2018, and new high schools will be built at Yanchep, South Baldivis and Lakelands for the start of 2019.

“We have a record 293,000 students in public schools this year and this will continue to grow,” Mr Collier said.

“That’s why we are continuing to build and redevelop schools to ensure every student has the best possible modern facilities in which to learn.”

6. May 2015 14:09  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

The following article appeared in REIWA.com news on 6 May 2015…

“The Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) decision to lower interest rates by a further 25 basis points to two per cent has been welcomed by the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia. 

REIWA President David Airey said the rate cut presented home buyers with financial approval with a very good opportunity. 

“There’s plenty of property to choose from in our sluggish market, with sales down by around 11 per cent on last year. 

“People who have put off buying might now be enticed to act with such low interest rates and huge competition to lend,” Mr Airey said. 

RBA Governor Glenn Stevens said the Board judged that inflation outlook provided the opportunity for monetary policy to be eased further and to reinforce recent encouraging trends in household demand. 

Yesterday’s interest rate cut is the second this year, following the 0.25 per cent drop in February.” 


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.