Category Archives: Local Business Imagination

Our local business come up with some brilliant ideas which they are willing to share!

StartUp Weekend

stratup-weekend-1611Returning for its 9th time at Spacecubed, Startup Weekend will be held in Perth, November 4th – 6th.

In just 54 hours, you experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life as a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.

It is two and half intense days kicking off at 5.00pm Friday 4th and collapsing at 7.30pm Sunday 7th November!

All of that will cost you a shade under $100. If this sounds like you, you can still get a ticket HERE.  You can also save 10% by using the promo code “SWRocks.”

You can learn more about Startup Weekend at or

LatestBuy are on the Trail

garage-sale2Town of Bassendean ranks in top 10 for garage sales registered Australia wide !!!

With 34 garage sales registered by residents, the Town is now ranked 7th Australia wide on a per capita basis of population for the number of garage sales registered !!!

Well done to Darren and Shaun Campbell from (113 Broadway, Bassendean WA 6054, Australia) who are the latest to get on board!!

This dynamic duo is opening their showroom and warehouse doors for a Mega Garage Sale with items starting from $1!  Toys, gadgets, kitchenware, collectibles, barware, novelties, outdoors and lifestyle products and on and on. They’re one-off product samples, discontinued lines, unwanted returns but they’re all in 100% working condition!

It’s not too late to register your business for the 22 October if you want to.  Just go to the Garage Sale trail web site here and put down all your details.  There is no cost remember


Railfest Thundering Back

raifest-2016The men of steam of Rail Heritage WA at the Railway Museum are back with a vengeance this year.

A great range of visiting displays, including several new heritage displays, and Brookfield are helping to spread the  safety message to the young. There will be the free shuttle bus again to reduce parking hassles, thanks to Metrobus.

Sounds like we will have the old-fashioned throb of a 60 year old X diesel class turning over during the day!

And the latest additions – model traction engines in steam (BIG ones – over 2 metres long!) and the Swan Woodturners will be demonstrating their skills.

Charity Golf Day ~ 11 November 2016

charity-golf-dayEvery year since 2012 local businessman Tony Prospero from MASC has organised a terrific charity golf event at Joondalup Resort.

Tony is one of the founders of Holeseekers, a group which amongst other things organises this annual event.

It goes without saying that Tony is a golf tragic but to join in the fun for this Golf Day, you don’t have to put yourself through the same toil that he does!  The event is organised to enjoy and afternoon of fun and to raise funds for a very valuable causes.

The charity is Bridging Communities and to date they have raised $50,000.

You can sponsor various elements of the day or just register a team as a player. The full details can be found here.  Information on last years event and a video can be found here.


TEDxPerth 15:10:16

tedxperth-2016sqYour one and only reminder!

Next TEDx event for Perth is scheduled on Saturday 15 October. It will be held as previously at the Perth Concert Hall.

Tickets will be on sale from 13 September. and as tradition holds, none of the speakers have yet been announced but tickets always sell out before they are announced!

If you’ve never been before definitely recommend it.  tedxperth-2016sq2It will wipe out your whole Saturday but you will always treasure it.  I never heard of someone who was disappointed.

Subscribe to their mailing list for exclusive presale tickets:

Keep an eye on their Facebook page here


Garage Sale Trail 2016

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The Town of Bassendean has got behind the amazing phenomenon of the Garage Sale Trail.  The Town has jumped on board  along with about 150 other local governments around the country who all see it as the best and most fun way to reduce the amount going to landfill

So what is it all about?

On the 22 October 2016 the whole of Australia (nearly) is promoting the benefits of recycling their second hand wares.

From the Councils registration you can

  • Join the reuse movement to declutter your home, make some pocket money and have fun meeting your neighbours.
  • Put your sale on the Garage Sale Trail at
  • It’s a great way for community groups, schools and charities to fund raise, you can make an average $735 – $2000 on the day.
  • Anyone can get involved and it’s FREE to register.
  • By participating in Garage Sale Trail you get a sale page on the national map, media coverage of the event and free promotional materials to promote your sale locally.
  • The web site provides great tools to use to promote your sale locally, and together we make a difference.
  • Register early to receive a FREE pack with posters and flyers spread the word about your sale. The first 2,500 sales to register by 25 Sept in participating council areas will get a Promo Pack in the mail.

Businesses are very welcome to get involved.  If you would like to learn how have a look at the Garage Sale Trail website.

P.S. So far Bassendean,Eden Hill and Ashfield have 12 Garage Sales registered!!!

Calling Creative Women

womens business colThe research team at WA architecture firm Post- loves creative women who do rad things. They’ve designed an event called Women’s Business, where 10 creative strangers gather for a pop-up dinner. Their first event has been a sell out,

The event pairs established women in creative jobs with those who are just starting out, to empower them to play a leading role in the future of innovative Australian business.

You can learn more about upcoming dinners and put your name down for a seat at

Great Conspirators

conspiratorsDrew Mimmo and Julie Fazey from O2 Café and Daisy and Rowe lifestyle shop on Old Perth Rd have hatched a plan to build a parklet.

Adjacent to their shops opposite the Bassendean Hotel on Old Perth Road they are proposing to create a small hype precinct where passers buy can have a seat, where something quirky can be enjoyed and lovely aromas will merge between fragrant plants and rich coffee.

Parklets are all the rage in Leederville and East Vic Park but this will be the first here in good old Bassendean.

Drew and Julie will be controlling the construction and design.  So if you like this idea let them know and give your encouragement. They want to see some fun things down around them and good on them this sounds perfect.

Bassendean Easter Eggventure

square imageThe Easter Bunny is coming to Bassendean this Easter in style!!

In a huge collaboration with 30 independent retailers, Hawaiian Shopping Centre, Coles and Church on the Rise 1,500 special Easter eggs will be given away to customers at a variety of shops and outlets both in the Shopping Centre and on Old Perth Road in week leading up to Easter.

Coordinated and managed by the Town of Bassendean, around 400 instant prizes and 4 iPad minis will be won and it promises to be an exciting week!

Keep a look out for the posters in the participating businesses and be ready to join the fun in Easter Week ( 19th March – 26 March)

For more information download the welcome letter and terms and conditions here

For businesses wanting to register and participate in the promotion please click on the on the link below

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Living Advent Calendar

Living Advent sqWe have all loved Advent Calendars from our childhood and remember the excitement and anticipation when opening up a new window every day leading up to Christmas.

Twenty four traders in Old Perth Road are excited this December to be part of the inaugural Bassendean Living Advent Calendar.

Pick pocketing an idea started in Stockholm a few years ago our creative Bassendean traders will be giving away treats and specials for “their day” in December.

Daisy and Rowe are offering “bubbles and baubles” – champagne and nibbles while you browse on Thursday 3 December, while kids eat free at the Bassendean Hotel on Saturday 5 December. To the Woods Cafe, Red Poppy Café & Hedgehogs Café are all offering indulgences too but you will need to find out which day is “their day” in December.

A poster displaying who is involved and when can be found in all participating shop windows and on the Town’s website, Bassendean Arts and Events Facebook or pick up a flyer from the library.

All the participating proprietors will decorate their windows and will get in the spirit of the festive period.

Look out for an old-fashioned red pillar box which will appear every day in front of the outlet offering their delights in December. This special letterbox allows you to write to Santa with your biggest wishes for Christmas.

“This is the first time a trading precinct has got together to become one large Living Advent Calendar for the whole 24 days of December on the lead up to Christmas” said Cr John Gangell, Mayor of the Town of Bassendean.

The project has been a collaboration with the Rev Alison Gilchrist of the St Marks Anglican Church Bassendean who proposed the idea only recently. “It’s certainly the time of the year to bring people together and to bring out the joy in giving,” said the Rev Gilchrist.

Bassendean Pharmacy are offing free health checks and energy boosting vitamins on Monday 7 December.

The Swiss Butcher is offering smiles and sausages, while Pretty Old Things is offering a lucky dip in exchange for a gift donation to a local animal shelter. Bassendean Pet Food Supplies are offering gifts and giveaways.