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Launch of Ilios Gardens Swanbourne


LAUNCH OF ILIOS GARDENS, SWANBOURNE. Corner Congdon and Railway Streets. A small scale development in the heart of Swanbourne, PERFECT FOR SENIORS.

When retired jewellery designer, Katherine Kalaf and her friend of many years, Eco Architect, Garry Bavertstock met, they would often speculate about downsizing opportunities in their hood. Nothing on the market met their needs.

When a site became available on the corner of Congdon and Railway Streets, opposite the Swanbourne railway station and shopping precinct, they purchased it with a view to fulfilling their dream of a well-designed retirement concept for life loving, active retirees. Four years of obstacles and careful planning has borne fruit.

Named ILIOS after the Greek word for sun, Ilios Gardens offers a lifestyle based on the benefits of transport oriented precinct living, stunning architecture with extensive gardens, smart integrated technologies for energy minimisation and recycling, and importantly close to rail, shopping, restaurants and the multiple amenities seaside Swanbourne and Cottesloe has to offer.

“Most of the seniors we know are very sports active and travel, age is not a barrier. The more you do, the more you can do. They want easy ways to socialize and to have stimulating opportunities around them. They have a lot more living to do into their seventies and eighties which is why Ilios will have a lot to offer them” said designer, Katherine Kalaf.

“We have been through an exhaustive design phase and now have all our approvals in place and will be starting to build. Expressions of interest are open now. It is so exciting to have been able to fulfill what we believe is a really fresh approach to retirement living.”

“Bespoke, hand crafted limestone walls, rooftop gardens and sustainable living and internal finishes expected of a project of this quality make Ilios a unique place to live.” said designer and project investor, Katherine Kalaf.

“Buyers will have the assurance of architects’ full insurance, compliance guarantees and architect oversight of the built form to ensure that the quality designed is the quality built and delivered”, noted energy efficient architect Garry Baverstock. A.M.

Media enquiries: Katherine Kalaf. katherinekalaf@gmail.com 0478 222 112. AGENT: Jon Bahen, Abel Property. 0419 816 776 FOR INFORMATION TEXT: ILIOS TO 0416 906 827

Sustainable News Media – Part of the Problem?

From the desk of Garry Baverstock AM

Traditional media:

Today’s traditional media systems seem to love focusing on the negatives to sell advertising which is really crazy, because as everyone knows it is Social Media that delivers. Nobody cares about what is printed in the newspaper any more because it is a conga line of violence, drug taking and car accidents on the TV news, especially young people! Who can blame them?

‘Old Fogies’

I guess there are still too many ‘old fogies’ who determine the outcomes of “news” in the print media especially. When they pass on maybe it will change as well as new technological systems evolve to distribute real news. Unfortunately, the planet cannot wait around so progress will just have to happen without them.


I got a lot more respect from the media in the 1980s than I ever do these days. Even though I have a lot more experience, expertise and ‘responsible capital’ available to make a difference than I did then, it doesn’t seem to be of any interest. Any real stories that make a positive impact on our society and communities clearly are ignored mainly. It is disappointing because I consider that I and many of my aligned professionals, still have much to offer society as architects, scientists and innovators. I am deliberately not being precious here either. Most people I discuss this with agree there is a distinct race to the bottom in the quality of journalism.

Traditional Media, is it Dead?

What the traditional remnants fail to recognize is that the 20th century media construct is dead. Only innovation and focus on real stories will make a difference.  The technique of ‘ambulance-chasing’ is really outdated and serves little purpose in the modern world. The positive, progressive public interest stories need a come back. Surely a journalist’s ethics should hold sway over negativity and 19th and 20th century consciousness?

Real Solutions Focus to Climate Change

Focusing on positive solutions for the big challenges facing Human Kind seems escape them. At this time it is obvious to me is what people want and need to hear. When a multi million dollar initiative like the Swanbourne Village Trust project, with new recognized inventions of technologies like our ‘MassWall’, ‘SolaTank’ and ‘MassLinc’ associated with the ‘Ilios’ project should be reported and demonstrate gratitude that the intellectual and capital investment was way beyond the norm. Especially important is that if widely adopted, there is a combined potential to lower emissions by 10% by 2050 and 27% by the end of this century alone.

Despite notifying them of these features it seems irrelevant to reporters and editors. 

The Advertorial Scourge

They obviously want to sell advertorial which I refuse to do on ethical grounds. Conversely a question arise form this push by the media, why would anyone advertise in the news media when they simply do not have the technical expertise to report properly on new emerging innovations anyway? It seems more important to be influenced existing industry lobby groups than report credible new stories. No wonder they do not attract new sources of advertising. It is a consequence of their lack of enthusiasm or ability to see real stories, creating new business, and publish in an independent manner.

The Rule of Negative Stories

Maybe owners and editors are more interested in the latest meth addict attack or the car accident. They do seem rather more interested to neutralize any positive stories with ‘equal weight’ from skeptics, racists, luddites and ignorant self appointed experts. I guess journalists and editors now don’t actually know how to source the truth that is part of the problem.  It could be in fact part of the solution to their dilemma of fading relevance.

Sustainable Future?

Maybe then our economy will advance in a sustainable fashion and traditional journalistic values and ethics will survive somehow, most probably in a completely new format?

For more information on “Illios” please see http://swanbournevillagetrust.com/

Wise Earth, helping to make Australia a Leader in Innovation

Built Environment Innovation Network

Wise Earth has initiated the Built Environment Innovation Network which will be chaired by Garry Baverstock. Taking the form of a closed door, round table discussion; it will focus on exploring the future of innovation for the construction industry in Western Australia and Australia generally. Attending will be representatives from various divisions of the Institute of Engineers; architects and also materials suppliers with leading names such as Boral; BHP and Alcoa together with some representation from State government.

The agenda will focus on how to move forward on sustainability and energy efficiency in the built environment. Wise Earth is a sponsor of Innovate Australia and Garry is the founding director.

Wise Earth-Good research is the first step

Wise Earth- Good research is the first step

Outcomes synthesised from these discussions will be a catalyst for future public meetings where interested parties can attend to listen to relevant speakers that can outline the vision created at the round table discussions. These will be free talks aimed at informing and inspiring participants about the direction of innovation for the next 5 years with the aim of making Australia the number one country in innovation in the world.

Australia’s Innovation Ranking

Australia is currently ranked 15th in innovation and this initiative will aim to improving that ranking to 10th in five years and first after 15 years.

Photo Credits: Nick Melidonis, www.nickmelidonis.com