An Artistic Venture

Joe Bollen has been actively involved with Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches since we first opened our Turramurra branch 15 years ago. Initially Joe was a foundation shareholder, then Director on the Board of the Bank from 2005 – 2008, and now an Ambassador for the Community Bank.  We spoke with Joe about his business ‘My Framer’, his passion for art – and the community.


Joe – tell us about your business ‘My Framer’?

My Framer is a one-stop shop for Visual Communications in the form of Art, Design, Flags, Signs, Banners, Restoration and Installation.

 I’ve lived and worked in Turramurra for over 33 years and have owned and run ‘My Framer’ for 16 years from the same Turramurra location.

As an artist the first person to get paid is the Framer and Stretcher and since I need these things as an artist I decided to do it all myself – so I set up the business!

I do everything because it is a creative endeavour. I’m a creative person, and express this as an Artist, Designer, Vexillographer (flag designer / consultant) and Framer.

I was the Corporate Designer for 12 years for the Transfield group of companies and have designed over 100 corporate identities.  I have also created the official flags of Greater Sydney and The Australian Republican Movement to name a few, as well as being a consultant to the IOC and Flag Manager for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


I believe you recently had an incredible experience as an artist in residence at Chateau d’Orquevaux in France?

Yes, my work was discovered by the Chateau through my Instagram account and I was successfully selected from artists all around the world to attend a 2-week residency in the Chateau d’Orquevaux in the Champagne Ardenne region of France. I also won a $1200 grant towards my time in France. It was an experience to remember and visually inspiring, and I hope to do an exhibition of my time there in the near future.


Where can readers see your work?

For the time being it’s best to visit my Instagram account @joebollenartist


Why are you such a passionate advocate for the local community bank?

I have been involved with the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches since the very beginning. Community means a lot to me and I’ve seen first hand the difference that Bendigo Bank make to our community.


Special Offer for our Community News readers:

Receive a 10% discount on all framing at My Framer from 1st August – 30th September 2018.

Just mention this article.


Call (02) 9144 7161
1261 Pacific Highway, Turramurra

A fresh new look with the same dedicated service.

Lawyers on the Northshore

We recently dropped in to visit one of our favourite ‘go-to’ local businesses in Lindfield, and noticed that they’d undergone a branding make-over with a new name, and logo.

PW Lawyers on the North Shore

PW Lawyers – formally Procter and Willaws Solicitors, Notaries & Estate Planners have been serving families and businesses under the direction of Principal Solicitor John Butefield, and more recently Andrew Roshfield, for over 20 years. While John has taken a step-back, he is still a vital member of the impressive legal team, and in passing the baton to Andrew who has been at the law firm for over 6 years, there is certain to be continuity in the quality of legal advice you can expect.

Specialising in Estate Planning, Wills, Probate, Family Law and Conveyancing the team from PW Lawyers often find themselves working across several generations of the same family, with business relationships that date back 20 years.  The quality of their legal team is impressive – and, fortunately for us, they’re also lovely people. Recently they have come on board as one of our sponsors for the upcoming Ku-ring-gai Edition of Monopoly – that will directly benefit a range of charities in our local community.

Next time you are in need of the services of a solicitor, contact the team at PW Lawyers for professional and personal legal advice you can genuinely trust.

Phone: 9415 8192, or Email:

Burns and Burns – Community Minded Real-Estate

Burns and Burns Real Estate are one of the oldest family owned businesses on the North Shore. Since opening their doors in 1978 their boutique agency has provided superior service and trusted, expert local knowledge.

Operating 7 days a week – the passionate staff at Burns and Burns are renowned for their superior negotiation skills resulting in strong home-sale prices for local vendors.


House prices are still on the rise


We asked Andrew Burns about the performance of real-estate on the upper north shore – “Lindfield to Wahroonga are doing particularly well at the moment. This is mainly due to the fabulous variety of schools in the area; both public and private. Demand has continued to grow as schools such as Knox Grammar School, PLC, Barker College and Abbotsleigh have all greatly increased their enrolments over recent years. This increase in supply has created an added demand for property in the local area.”


Killara is still the suburb attracting the highest median sales price in the Ku-ring-gai area  with a median price of $3,152,500, an increase of 103.4% (15.3% compound annual growth rate) when compared to the same period five years ago.


Burns and Burns Real-estate have recently renovated their offices at 1051 Pacific Highway, Pymble and invite anyone looking at the real-estate market to drop by and have a conversation.


Special Offer

As a special bonus for our Community News readers Burns and Burns are offering any new listings for sale:

  • Free market opinion with a personalised marketing program, designed to help you maximise the value of your property.
  • 50% discount on your marketing campaign
  • Free Stylist Consultation


Simply drop into the office and mention this article or give them a call on: 9449 9211


Burns and Burns are a valuable member of the Ku-ring-gai community and we’d like to thank them for becoming one of the major sponsors of the upcoming Ku-ring-gai Edition of Monopoly which will benefit four incredible organisations in our region – KYDS, Lifeline H2H, Hornsby & Ku-ring-Gai Women’s Shelter and St Lucy’s. Pre-sales for our local Monopoly Edition will open in July.



Ipsen Botanica – Rohini Street

In December last year we welcomed a new business to the local strip in Rohini St, Turramurra – Ipsen Botanica.

Ipsen Botanica is run by Holly Ipsen, a very talented and creative young lady with a passion for community and floristry.

After completing a Bachelor of Design at university, Holly fell in love with flowers and went on to study a certificate 3 in floristry while working hard to gain as much experience in the industry as possible. She freelanced for large events and worked with other florists to perfect her skills – while remaining focussed on her vision of starting her own creative floristry business.

Eighteen months ago Holly took the leap and started Ipsen Botanica in a studio in West Pymble but recently relocated to the beautiful space in Rohini St.  The space operates as a joint studio and retail space, holding floristry workshops and producing large scale orders for weddings and events on site to complement her delivery and walk-in customers.

“This is the first time I’ve run a business so the whole process was very new to me. I have learnt so much but I don’t think you can ever prepare yourself fully for owning your own business – but you learn on the way!” commented Holly

With a very tight timeline to open up the new store before Christmas, Holly turned to the Turramurra Community Bank to help with her business banking needs.

They went through the process and explained each step; it just made it an easy part of the business that I didn’t need to worry about. For me, such a great part of it is that you are actually dealing with people and you’re not put on hold. Everything is always explained so I can understand that part of the business,”  continued Holly.


Holly loves designing the perfect arrangement to match client’s requests and revels in the wonderful feedback she receives.

As a special treat for our Community Update readers, Holly is offering free local delivery on all orders over $60 until the end of March. If you would like to see a great representation of her work, follow Ipsen Botanica on Facebook and Instagram.

Contact Holly on: 0407 431 207 or to send someone a bunch of Ipsen Botanica blooms today!


United Tradies – Trade services making a difference in our community

We were recently put in touch with Chris and Aileen Savill who run a business called United Tradies, and were inspired by their vision of connecting customers with honest and reliable tradies – and giving back to less fortunate people within the community in a useful and practical way.

Former tradie and local Chris Savill and, his wife, Aileen were all too familiar with the everyday frustrations suffered by not only people hiring trades but also from tradies themselves. Finding a reliable, trustworthy tradesman to conduct repairs or renovations can at times seem like an impossible task. This desire to make peoples lives easier, and the opportunity to change lives for the better drove them to create United Tradies.

United Tradies is the first and only tradie site in Australia that aims to unite tradespeople and customers within their community. Connecting local, reliable and qualified tradies with commission free jobs in the area is not what makes United Tradies stand out from the crowd – but their MAD days do, and this is where they are making a real difference to peoples lives.

MAD stands for Making A Difference – Each tradie that subscribes to United Tradies agrees to donate one day a year of their time to help those in genuine need.  Each month United Tradies will conduct a MAD day within the community by providing trades, materials and equipment for free and completing a project/s around the home of a less fortunate member of the community.

By using a tradie from the United Tradie website you will be helping to make a real difference to someone in need from our community.

The process is simple: A customer uses United Tradies to fulfil a job, at the end of the completed job the customer reviews their tradie and then nominates someone within the community who needs practical help. Once a month a MAD day will be held and the job will be completed.

The first MAD day was held on 6th April 2018 for an elderly couple, Rudy and Malvina of South Turramurra. The couple were nominated for a MAD day after learning about some difficult times they had with illness in the past year. With a team of 12 people (including four tradies, the two founders of the business and six volunteers) they worked for 12 hours to breathe new life into Rudy and Malvinas home. Extensive repair work both inside and outside the home along with gardening and painting was conducted throughout the day.

The first MAD day was a huge success and everyone involved was enthusiastic about the difference MAD days can make to a persons life.

It never ceases to amaze us how much great work is being done within our very own community. We are very fortunate in our work at Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches to connect with businesses, organisations and community groups all working with a common goal of helping others.

We are thrilled to have met Aileen and Chris and we can’t wait to hear of their success as United Tradies grows and delivers more MAD days in our community.

Next time you need work done around the house think about supporting local and making a difference to someone less fortunate by using United Tradies.

Contact Chris at United Tradies and let him find the perfect tradie for your job!  0478 771 234