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We had a great time at the Crown

We, the S.I.N.ers, (Sunset International Neighbours) usually meet in each other’s homes for a lovely lunch every 4 weeks on a Monday.

This last Monday was different. We went to the Crown Casino on a bus.

We hopped on the Bus at 9:54 am at Warwick Grove Shopping Centre.

Arrived at Crown, got ourselves organised and paid $10 for the trip. It’s a regular service run by Crown Casino.

We received vouchers for:

Lunch at a choice of 2 restaurants or chance to upgrade to the Atrium for a further $20.

Some of us preferred the Buffet at the Carvers and others went to the Noodle Bar.

We also had a $1 for Keno and a voucher for the trip back at 3:30.

We all agreed that this outing was the most valuable, and that we would take any visitors toour shores on the same outing.

Have you ever done this?

It is worth it. Give it a go!

We played the pokey machines, and had the best of fun. None of us are really into gambling but played for fun and stopped when we decided to stop.

The visit to Crown was also very interesting. Worth it to walk around and appreciate the scenery too. We generally go there for specific shows or dinner on a special occasion, and don’t usually have the time to take it all in.

We had a great time and will definitely go back and take friends or family members to enjoy the day as much as we did.


Emma is in Fremantle!

This Monday just gone (Labour Day), I was just about to finish my lunch when my husband cried out loud: ‘Emma is in Fremantle!’
It took a few moments to gather my thoughts before I realised the significance of what he had said.
Suddenly it hit me.
My niece Emma.
From Canada.
Is in Fremantle.
‘Emma is in Fremantle?’ I exclaimed!
‘Yes, and I’m going to see her with Nikky.’ (our daughter).
I shouted ‘I want to go too!’
My daughter had arrived home around 12:30 with her sleeping toddler, who now, after only an hour of sleep was being woken up and hustled into the car with promises of a family adventure, and snacks. He didn’t seem to mind too much. More than a little flustered, we all packed into Nikky’s car and set off on our journey to Freo. I called my son Merv on the way. He and his parter Toni were shopping, but they said they’d be there by 3pm.

Emma took on a 6 month contract working on the Celebrity Solstice, a huge cruise liner, travelling around Australia, New Zealand and other amazing places. She’s 23, working the gift shop and travelling the world (but seeing nothing, as my husband jokes, having heard about life working on liners). Luckily, she was allowed on shore for a two hour window, and we were all – surprisingly – available to leap into action and see her! My husband had been tracking the Celebrity Solstice for weeks, but stopped 8 days ago while it was moored near New Zealand. And none of Emma’s had emails made it through due to variable internet connections. My husband checked his email at 1:30, expecting it to be a mid night message from his brother Ian in Canada, but lo and behold cousin emma was HERE! I think we beat some kind of record for getting our things together and getting out of the house!

We picked her up at Victoria Quay, and took her for a short drive to the E-shed markets for coffee, nibbles, and stories of her travels. Quite a whirlwind visit, but worth it. She was happy to see us, we think, familiar faces halfway around the globe. And we always love having visitors. We figure we’re the most isolated of the lot, so we like to make an effort when someone makes aaaaaall the way to Perth to see us. I wonder who will be next!

Perth property market begins its recovery in December quarter

Perth property market begins its recovery in December quarterNEW
06 February 2018

The Perth property market ended 2017 on a positive note, with December quarter data showing improvements in median prices, sales activity, listing levels and average selling days.

REIWA President Hayden Groves said it boded well for Perth that all key indicators had improved over the quarter.

“The Perth market found its floor and stabilised in the back half of 2017. We now appear to be entering a recovery phase, though REIWA remains cautious about expectations of rapid growth in the next 12 months,” Mr Groves said.

Median house and unit price
Perth’s preliminary median house price increased 1.2 per cent to $516,000 in the December quarter 2017.

“Once all sales have settled, we expect the final December quarter median to lift to $520,000, which is a notable improvement on the September quarter median of $510,000.

“On an annual basis, the Perth market is very stable. We’ve observed consistent price levels between the December 2016 and 2017 quarters which is a strong signifier the market has turned a corner,” Mr Groves said.

Perth’s median unit price is $405,000 for the December 2017 quarter which is a 1.3 per cent increase on the September quarter.

“It’s encouraging to see Perth’s house and unit medians increase over the quarter because it suggests one sector hasn’t recovered at the expense of the other,” Mr Groves said.

Sales activity
There were 4,946 dwelling sales in Perth in the December quarter.

Mr Groves said this figure was expected to lift to 6,700 once all sales had settled, putting it significantly above the September quarter sales figure.

“Traditionally, the September quarter outperforms the December quarter, but that wasn’t the case in 2017. The December quarter is on track to record 14 per cent more sales than the September quarter,” Mr Groves said.

REIWA analysis shows the composition of sales shifted in the December quarter in Perth, with more transactions occurring above $700,000.

“We’ve observed a surge of activity in Perth’s aspirational suburbs, with buyers recognising there is good opportunity to secure a home in these areas which might have previously been considered unattainable by many,” Mr Groves said.

“This spike in sales above $700,000 has also contributed to Perth’s median house price increasing over the quarter.”

Listings for sale
There were 13,088 properties for sale in Perth at the end of the December quarter.

Mr Groves said this was on par with the September quarter figure and six per cent less than the December 2016 quarter figure.

“There were 800 fewer listings in Perth at the end of 2017 than there was in 2016 and some 1,300 less than there were at the same time 2015. We have consistently seen stock levels decline over the last two years as the market trends towards parity,” Mr Groves said.

“Declining listing levels combined with notable improvements in sales activity has helped restore net-demand. With buyer activity increasing, stock levels are being absorbed faster,” Mr Groves said.

Average selling days
It was 10 days faster to sell in the December quarter than it was in the September quarter, with it taking on average 60 days to secure a sale.

It’s been two years since it was this quick to sell in Perth. The combination of sellers’ preparedness to meet the market and buyer appetite for well-priced property has significantly shortened days-on-market,” Mr Groves said.

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BMW $1200 1st Anniversary Voucher

I received a voucher of $1200 from BMW as a Christmas gift. A lovely present to be used at Verve Portraits.

Unfortunately I won’t use the voucher. My daughter is a professional photographer doing this type of business and has just done a portrait of her brother.

I didn’t want it to go to waste so I decided to offer it as a gift to my clients.

Thanks to Deb Diamantis at BMW Wangara who provided me with excellent service and made it possible to transfer the gift to whoever I want to.

I sent 375 emails/texts and said that the first one to call would receive the gift.

I had a few calls but the first one was Kyro Saweres, pictured with me.

Thank you all and sorry I could not please everyone.

Wait for my second Anniversary until BMW sends me another gift….maybe.

And you also could consider going to BMW Wangara to purchase a car for yourself.

They offer excellent service and it comes with tea, coffee and lots of smiles. Worth the experience!… Plus the gift which is a bonus, right?








Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

To all of my newsletter readers:

Enjoy your Christmas, family, friends and working mates.

Make a resolution for 2018. And stick to it!

Make a plan for the future.

Make an achievable goal!

Make it happen whatever you wished for!

Make Love not war!

Have a great Christmas!

Alycee Barrett

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My Client and family on a great adventure: Munda biddi story

On Friday 20th October we hit the trails in an attempt to reach Albany from Perth along the Munda Biddi track. A bit over 1000km in total. Both kids are riding their own bikes with no luggage, just their camelback with water and a muesli bar. We have done lots of long distance bike trips with the kids but what’s different this time is that we don’t have the ability to carry the kids or their bikes, they have to ride all the way!

We made it to Jarrahdale after four epic days of riding. The first two days were the hardest, 18km and 25.75km of steep hills and loose gravel. After plenty of walking up hills and helping the kids stay on their bikes we made it to the Carinyah hut. Nice to have a roof during the storm. Day three gave us a break on unseal roads with track closures due to control burning. A long 30.6km to the Wungong hut. The going was long but easier so there was plenty of singing and relaxing breaks. Riding past the fires was something unexpected. This area is great, we rode along the beautiful forests, with amazing flowers and an undulating narrow path, an easy 28km ride finished by 1.30pm. A well deserved lunch at the cafe and a comfy bed are in order. The kids have done a lot better than expected so maybe some ice cream too! We know we have hard days ahead but the attitude of the kids so far give us confidence to think we can make it to Albany.

After 13 days on the Munda Biddi trail. We feel like we have experienced all terrains and weather. The section after Jarrahdale was the hardest with some steep hills on rocky slippery decentes and hills that felt like they were going for ever. The kids did an amazing job riding more than 30km that day. It showed us what we are up for! Since then they have attempted to ride over dirt, mud, sand, rocks big and small, pea gravel (a famous feature of the Munda Biddi), water (not always successful at keeping our shoes dry), fallen trees, you name it! The kids are getting better everyday and we see their skills improving specially the scary downhills when we think are they going to make it down in one piece? Some hills remain a challenge so we walk up, had plenty of cases where it took the two of us to push the bikes and trailers up the hills specially on steep single track. It is exhausting for us as often we ride our bikes up and then walk back down to help the kids. We had a few days of rain, one in particular was so heavy we had to find shelter and set up camp after only 7kms but we managed to stay dry and warm. We had some long days after that, 35km+, and have decided we rather ride less and get to camp earlier so we can relax, do school work or play cards before dinner. The forest and wildflowers around us are amazing. All in all the kids are loving the experience and so are we!

We have made it to Pemberton after getting drenched last night in a storm with hail and thunder. It took us by surprise and we were soaked within seconds so we laughed and kept riding, good character building for the kids. We had done about 650kms till then. We did a detour to visit Gnomesville and had lunch at a nearby winery. We enjoyed warm hospitality from David near Donnybrook and Claire who offered to host us. It was so good to have comfy beds and two great evenings with wonderful company. We met friends Peter and Emily again and the kids had a great time playing with Oscar at the giant playground in Donnybrook. That night we camped by a lake with turquoise water and the kids had a nude mud fight and made sculptures out of the clay from the ground. A couple of days later we made it to Nannup after the longest day yet (52kms) due to a control burn diversion. The kids did a great job and we were all rewarded by a great dinner and room at the pub. Next day we camped at Willow springs which was nice but the bugs drove us mad. From there a hard uphill single track with lots of trees down made our arrival at Donnelly River much later than planned. We enjoyed the village with a feeling of going back in time and the welcoming friendly emus. We had a swim and lunch by the dam and a few treats at the cafe. The ride out of Donnelly River was hard single track and half way thought to the next hut it started raining, it was getting dark and we still had 4kms up a steep hill to go so we didn’t make it to the hut that night. Likely the kids were in good spirits and kept riding in the rain until we found a flat spot to camp. The next day we tackled the switchbacks up to the hut and made it to Manjimup by early afternoon. We slept at the Motor Inn and had Indian for dinner, the playground the next morning topped up a great experience in this town! Quinninup was another great surprise, we met some locals who invited us for coffee and the kids spent a couple of hours reading in the library. That night our friends Tara and John joined us and experienced a night on the trail with us. The weather has been hot and humid and the storms provided some relief from the heat. The kids have been riding well and we all continue to love the trail.

Pemberton was beautiful, and the food experiences were up there with the best so far, we had lunch at Holy Smoke and found the best coffee shop of the ride called Paddock. Next morning we set off towards the Gloucester tree (none of us was brave enough to climb it!). The switchbacks down from there were great flowing single track so fast we had to ask the kids to slow down as we couldn’t keep up with the trailers. So much fun and such a beautiful place. The weather was not that good, but we kept riding all afternoon listening to Harry Potter audio books.
That night a Bibbulmum track hut a few hundred meters off the Munda Biddi was a great find given we were going to sleep in the forest under another storm. We had a fire instead and enjoyed the views of a very pretty dam.
The next day I was not up for a hard day in the trail and was very happy that it was an easier ride along beautiful country, forests and farms. The kids rode without complaints chatting to each other and Nick and I had a great bit of time for ourselves. We made it to Northcliffe for lunch. The town was a pearl we were not expecting to find. The place had a great vibe. A little organic coop, a cafe, a wood gallery and an art exhibition. We found a lady who adopts kangaroos with two 10month old babies being fed on her lap. The kids spent time with the tame joeys and then we all went to see the sculpture park which was another great surprise. We camped at Sid’s camp, made dahl with flat bread and had dinner by the fire. A few people gathered around, the kids played with other kids and was nice to socialise for a change.
The next morning Mimi fell of her bike meters out of the gate due to the very slippery gravel, we are off to a great start I thought. Manu wasn’t in the mood to ride and a million flies followed us everywhere so we stopped every 100m that day…. very frustrating. We ended up camping in a horrible spot on the side of the fire trail when he declared he couldn’t go any further.
The next morning we set off early as we listened to music and sang along for a while. The conversation was very animated this morning. What’s better than a birthday party? Planning for a birthday! We spent hours talking about Mimis birthday, dress up design and cake flavours.
We then met Bernie a rider on his way north. We had lunch at the next hut and after some play time we decided to move on to camp at the Fernhook hut which was 20km away. The going was not so hard but the flies and March flies were so bad they ruined the ride for me. Mimi had a stack on the gravel and managed to park her bike perfectly upside down. She didnt get hurt and popped back up from underneath with a smile on her face. The bike stayed parked upside down…. we all had a good laugh. The last 5kms were mostly downhill along nice forests and I enjoyed that besides the flies. Manu had a great day with no accidents but managed to peel off skin of his knees by falling over at the camp which is kind of ironic after he rode 40km that day with no falls. We all slept on the floor of a cute hut and just as well as there was a thunderstorm outside. After we went to bed we decided to set up the tent inside as the mozzies were vicious.
In the morning we rode off the campsite and crossed a bridge with beautiful cascades. The morning was spent riding along forest trails mostly on dirt roads with sandy patches and lots of undulations which were a bit much for Manu to ride so we walked a lot up the hills. There was a big diversion which cut 28km off our day. The diversion and the huge 40km day the day before meant we could get all the way to Walpole which was a bonus as we were so ready for a shower.
At Walpole on our 16th wedding anniversary we are having a couple of days off the bike staying at a cottage, luckily it has brooms so Harry Potter is in full swing (the huts in the Munda Biddi have brooms too so we don’t have many days without Harry Potter play!). Here we have enjoyed a very entertaining eco cruise, markets, art galleries and spent time with friends Peter, Emily and Oscar. Walpole to Albany was a great final stage. We were hosted by two different families, both treated us like life long friends. We rode along the wow track and loved Greens pool and lights beach. Denmark was also special, we had great food at Rovens and the kids loved the adventure playground. The rode to Albany was also beautiful, spending a night by the Hay river and one in Cozy corner, wonderful spot! And then we finally made it to Albany! Clocked over 1000kms during 38 days (including 3 rest days). Shortest day just over 5kms and longest 52. Had an awesome ride especially the last two stages. Loved the scenery, beaches, forests, huts, flowers, towns and the food at the odd cafe on the way… Have met a lot of great people on and off the bike, new and old friends and experienced amazing hospitality from locals. From wonderful art displays and giant trees to amazing playgrounds and wildlife this ride has been an amazing adventure.

if you do have a story to tell, send it to me and I will publish it too.

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My S.I.N.ers Group, my friends, my family

The Sunset International Neighbours (S.I.N.ers) is a Group of ladies that was founded in 1990. We formed this group to solidify and help foster friendships among our members, some of whom have been coming now for 27 years.

We meet once a month at someone’s house for lunch, and every month it rotates to a new home. We all bring a plate of food to share, and sometimes a friend to add to the group. Over the years we have also watched children and grandchildren grow through their various visits, such a joy.

We don’t sell Avon, Tupperware, or any other product, except sometimes Real Estate (hehehe). We sit, eat, talk, exchange views, and make friends.

We had our Christmas party this last Monday. (Out meetings are always in a Monday, it had become tradition).

Some of us are very talented in the kitchen. I’ll let you decide if I am included in that group (hint hint I don’t cook).

Last Monday we had the pleasure of welcoming one of the S.I.N.ers’ youngest visitors, only a few weeks old, granddaughter to this month’s host. And of meeting two boys, now 17 and 15 year olds, that we have been in contact with since they were born.

We also had another member bring her tweenage granddaughter, who usually joins us around Christmas time and of course my daughter with her son, my adorable grandson.

These meetings are always a pleasure to attend, we catch up with one another, share good news and bad, and strengthen our friendships again, one bite at a time.

I hope you all find time this December to meet with your friends and loved ones, to talk over delicious food, and maintain those connections which are important to you.

Merry Christmas,


I had a fantastic experience. What a great way to spend your day!

Live and learn!

I live in Perth for 27 years and just learn about this fantastic activity only this week and thought would be a good idea to share with my news readers.

Did you know about this?

My children did not know either!


A Full Day of Fun for just $10*

Hop aboard the Crown Bus and head to Crown Perth. It’s an easy and convenient way to enjoy all that we have to offer.

The $10 Fun Pack includes:

Transport to and from Crown Perth.
A delicious lunch at your choice of Carvers, 88 Noodle Bar or Snax.
Bonus vouchers for a bit of fun!
Crown Rewards members can enjoy a Crown Bus Fun Pack for just $10. Non members can sign up for free, once they arrive at Crown Perth, and start enjoying all the member benefits immediately.

Upgrade your Fun Pack for an additional $20*

Monday to Friday

Make the most of your day at Crown and upgrade to lunch at Atrium buffet for an additional $20*. Simply purchase your $10 fun pack at the bus podium, then purchase the $20 upgrade whilst at Atrium.

*Conditions Apply. Offer valid for lunch only Monday to Friday. Must arrive on the Crown Bus and purchase a Fun Pack. Must present Carvers Voucher from Fun Pack booklet to redeem offer whilst in Atrium. Valid on day of purchase only. Not valid with any other offer or discount, including during $5 Frenzy.


There are two ways to catch the Crown Bus:

Metro Service – runs just like a normal bus service. Hop on at your local stop and pay for your Fun Pack when you arrive at Crown Perth.
Group Booking – perfect for birthdays, social clubs or work functions. This option is available seven days a week, day or night.
For more information about the metro service or to make a group booking, call our friendly Bus Hosts on the below number from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm or email

Let the Crown Bus take care of the driving

Jump aboard the Crown Bus and treat yourself and your guests to a private-party chauffer service. Ladies days, birthdays, Christmas parties, bucks and hens parties, social clubs or work functions all go better with a Crown Bus to take care of the driving. The Crown Bus service is available seven days a week, day or night and prices start from just $10*.
How to book your private Crown Bus service

Please take note of the following requirements before you book the Crown Bus:
A minimum of 25 guests are required for a Group Booking
Group bookings require a minimum of one week’s notice
Confirmation of group numbers must be made with the Crown Perth Bus Hosts seven days before your group’s visit
Cash payment is required for all bookings, the Crown Bus programme does not accept payment by cheque or credit card
Additional costs may be incurred outside the metropolitan area
To make your group booking, call the Crown Bus hosts on the below number from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can email the hosts at or check out the website here.

Don’t forget to bring appropriate proof of identification with you to ensure entry into the Casino. Casino dress standards apply.


Good opportunity for buyers near Perth’s inner city

Good opportunity for buyers near Perth’s inner city NEW
09 September 2017
Author: REIWA President Hayden Groves

If you were to ask people in Sydney or Melbourne whether it was possible to secure a house – not just an apartment, but a house – within 10 kilometres of the CBD for under $500,000, you’d likely be met with mirth.

Purchasing any property in Sydney or Melbourne for under $500,000 is challenging, let alone finding a property for that price just a few kilometres away from the city. It’s this point of difference that keeps the dream of home ownership alive for many more people in Western Australia than it does in other parts of the country.

For instance, unlike the major markets on the east coast, you don’t need to move miles away from the city to be able to get onto the property ladder. There are numerous suburbs within 10 kilometres of the city that offer fantastic value to savvy buyers and investors.

Perth’s 10 cheapest suburbs within 10 kilometres of the CBD
A recent report by revealed Perth’s 10 cheapest suburbs within 10 kilometres of the city. Nollamara, located 10 kilometres north of the CBD, took out first spot with a median house price of $410,000 for the year to June 2017. This is extraordinarily good value, and doesn’t even factor the suburb’s lower quartile price, which sits at $375,000.

Other suburbs to make the list were Cloverdale, Belmont, Redcliffe, Bentley, Embleton, Osborne Park, Kewdale, Morley and Carlisle. And of these 10 suburbs, seven were located east of the city.

The eastern corridor of Perth’s inner city is a growing area that presents particularly good value. With the Perth Stadium and surrounding infrastructure nearing completion, the opportunity is certainly there for savvy buyers and investors to purchase in a fast growing area at a relatively affordable price.

Get in quick!
We are very lucky here in Perth that there are still great bargains to be had in and around the CBD, but as WA’s population inevitably grows, it is unlikely inner city living will remain this attainable. By 2050, the state’s population is expected to have almost doubled, and as we’ve seen in most major cities around the world, as population density increases so too does the cost of real estate.

The Perth property market currently favours buyers, but property markets are cyclical and conditions will change. With signs emerging that we may have finally found, or be close to finding, the ‘floor’ of our local housing market, I would advise buyers to act sooner rather than later if you’re wanting to secure an affordable house close to the city.

Speak to a local REIWA agent in your area to discuss the options available to you.