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3008 Festive season message it’s been a tremendous year for 3008 and the hard work and dedication is paying off. the demand for increased distribution and second round deliveries of the magazine is growing with every issue, testament to the commitment of our team to produce the best quality publication we can, combining an even balance of local news and interest stories each month. i wanted to take this opportunity to thank our advertisers for their support and belief and to thank

our valued readers for all the lovely emails that we have received throughout the year, your feedback and suggestions, offers to contribute are all so gratefully received and we will do our best to continue to provide an ever evolving magazine that complements and represents the style and attitude of the Docklands Precinct. i wish to also take this opportunity on behalf of my publishers, sales and production team to wish all our readers and supporters a wonderful festive season filled with joy and happiness and a prosperous and exciting 2011.

Festive season Wishes to all! We’ll be back in February.... stay tuned for an even bigger year! lisa & the 3008 team

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Exhibition BY Docklands’ Jan Lewis

Carols by Candlelight

Zoo Twilight Concert Series

TIME LINES is a contemporary exhibition featuring works by Docklands resident and artist Jan Lewis. Shortly after moving to Docklands in 2009 Jan was awarded a 12 month residency at St Vincent’s where she works daily in her studio. The exhibition is Jan’s response to quantum theories concerning time, matter and existence. Works include small pen and inks on paper to large acrylics on canvas. All commission on sales will be given to St Vincent’s Hospital.

This beloved family tradition celebrates its 73rd year and it promises to be as vibrant and captivating as ever. An array of top entertainers performing a mix of the season’s contemporary and traditional favourite carols will be sure to delight the whole family. Adding to the magic of the evening is the spectacular sight of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl transformed into a visual masterpiece, as thousands of candles light up the night sky.

This summer’s Zoo Twilights concerts will bring a galaxy of stars to the Twilights concert stage. The season opens with Wendy Mathews and winds up with a wonderful weekend featuring Leo Sayer and Daryl Braithwaite with fabulous tribute bands such as such as Babba, Blues Brothers, and the Neil Diamond Super Hits Show and more featuring along the way. Take a peek at Zoo highlights like the new Wild Sea and Trail of the Elephants exhibits before the concerts begin.


When: 24 December at 8pm Gates Open at 4:30pm with pre-show entertainment at 5:30pm Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl Tickets: 1300 182 183

When: 15 January – 13 March Where: The Zoo – Elliott Ave, Parkville Program Details: Tickets: on sale from 1 Dec

Gustave Moreau and the Eternal Feminine The National Gallery of Victoria will celebrate the superb craftsmanship of the fascinating French Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau (1826–1898). Featuring 117 paintings, watercolours and drawings from the unique and acclaimed Musée Gustave-Moreau in Paris, this is the first significant exhibition of Moreau’s unique work to be seen in the southern hemisphere. Moreau’s pictures are amongst the most haunting and mysterious of the entire 19th century, and ironically are incredibly modern. When: 10 Dec – 10 April, 2011 Where: NGV International, St Kilda Road Admission: Adult $15 /Conc $12 /Child $7.50/Family $42 Web:

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Women’s International Jazz Festival

Crown’s Christmas Spectacular

Visiting Melbourne for the first time ever, Le Grand Cirque is an extraordinary and thrilling combination of classic and innovative group acrobatics and white-knuckle stunts. With an international company of over 40 exceptional acrobats, this spectacular production features solo and group trapeze, extraordinary combination of contortionists, the magical cloud swing, innovative Aerial Acts, Strong Men, the incredible Swan Lake ballerina and the breathtaking Wheel of NEmost Death – one ofOthe tricks DOUBLE OF 2dangerous PASSES stage. FORan ever attempted on Australian OPEN ING N

The 2010 Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival highlights women as jazz musicians and composers and is an opportunity to showcase musicians from around the globe. The Festival will once again provide ten days of creative music making that will inspire the mind and make the heart soar. Artists featured include Marialy Pacheco Trio (Cuba), Angela Fabian Quartet (USA), Andrea Keller & Tim Wilson, Rebecca Barnard Trio, Shannon Barnett, Chantel Mitvalsky and many more.

Don’t miss the unveiling of Crown’s Christmas Spectacular, one of the most technologically advanced and largest automated Christmas shows in the world. A magical Christmas tree, over six stories high will be complete with surprise animatronic characters, a narrated story line and a carousel of carnival animals, giant toy reindeers, rope swinging monkeys and an enormous music box complete with ballerinas are just some of the scenes that make this a Christmas showcase not to be missed.

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64th Australian DanceSport Championship

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Whether it’s a tango or a foxtrot, a samba or a rumba, the 2010 64th Australian DanceSport Championship promises to enthral audiences with three days of toe-tapping dance entertainment culminating in the final dance off. Cheer on the real stars of television dance shows as the best Australian and international dancers compete in their DanceSport categories. The competition will be gruelling as the dancers defend their titles against those who have trained tirelessly to challenge them.

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Docklands Community Association Review of the year’s activities By Roger Gardner – President DCA

I would like on behalf of the Docklands Community Association committee to wish everybody a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year. It has been a very busy year for the DCA. Our Xmas Party is coming up on Tues Dec 7 from 7.30pm at the Harbour Kitchen on Victoria Harbour and we invite you to come along. Given the success of the previous functions it should be a great night. It can’t be washed out like our BBQ was this month because it will be under cover in the glass pavilion by the water. We continue to keep members regularly informed of activities and events such as



Hub Happenings by various groups, fun runs and Xmas Carols on Dec 16. We hope you are continuing to cope with the noise and disruption caused by the Esplanade works. VicUrban is doing a good job in keeping us updated, which we pass on to members. I meet monthly with representatives from other community groups in the City of Melbourne to compare notes and keep abreast of issues. There have been three major launches by Authorities this year of long term development plans for or affecting Docklands and the DCA was invited to make submissions on behalf of the community which we did, obtaining input from members in the process. There was the Second Decade launch by Minister Madden, VicUrban and Council; Council’s MSS, Melbourne Strategic Statement; and the Port of Melbourne development discussion paper. We took the opportunity to again voice opposition to any proposed

freight rail bridge over the river and harbour. We believe alternatives are available from Westernport and Geelong. We continue to press for the provision of public open space, sporting facilities such as tennis courts, a community boating hub, a good size community hall and other facilities. Whist VicUrban have flagged such items in planning, we are still waiting on specifics such as location, layout and timing. Adequate wind breaks also are needed. We lament the continuing whittling away of open space and the lack of adequate provision of open space in planning. We have put in a recommendation that open space be reserved in the rail yard area off Footscray Road when it is vacated under government planning, although that is not scheduled to happen for about four years. We have also suggested that a footbridge be erected over Footscray Road. We are also requesting that there be greater consultation and provision of information by VicUrban and developers

to affected residents on specific projects. This is so residents can know in advance things like size of the building, traffic effects, parking effects and time frame. Until now residents “have been kept in the dark” on specifics “until the last minute” and then given minimal information. Greater respect needs to be shown to the effect on residents who now form a significant sector in Docklands. If any reader wishes to become a member of the DCA or has any suggestions they wish to put forward with respect to activities or issues to take up on their behalf you are welcome to do so by contacting us on If you would like to talk to me about any aspect you are welcome to call me on 0412 097 706. Best wishes for 2011 Sincerely, Roger Gardner President DCA

season’s greetings From CounCil Docklands comes alive in December with the Christmas spirit and santa is making a special appearance every day at harbour town, until Christmas Eve. Families will be able to enjoy the magic of the festive season at Wonderland Fun Park with rides on the magical dragon flyer, bungee trampolines and face painting. take the chance to pass on your Christmas wishes to santa himself. Docklands is one of the city’s best vantage points to enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks. an amazing fireworks display will be launched from a barge in Victoria harbour as part of the family

fireworks display at 9.15pm on New Year’s Eve. at midnight, the city’s skyline will explode in a unique fireworks display. You will hear more from me about our plans for New Year’s Eve in coming weeks. 2011 will be an exciting year for Docklands as we finalise the work we are doing in partnership with the Victorian Government on shaping the second decade of Docklands. On behalf of the Melbourne City Council, i wish your readers a happy Christmas and New Year. Robert Doyle, lord Mayor

last month Chamber guests were invited into the exclusive domain of Etihad stadium’s brilliant Diamond Club! Members and guests were treated to morning tea and a bit of networking followed by a special presentation on brand marketing from Grant Davidson of Davidson branding. Docklands Chamber of Commerce is hoping to bring a program of more in-depth seminars on brand marketing in partnership with Davidson branding in 2011, in an effort to drive benefit to members, both existing and potential, particularly in the retail sector. Our final meeting for the year was a relaxed and casual networking style function in the Pavillion at Watermark, on tuesday 16 November. it was a perfect evening to enjoy canapés and drinks in the wonderful ambience of the absolute waterfront setting of the Pavillion! Many business cards were seen changing hands over the course of the evening and people stayed on well after our meetings would normally end – such is the Watermark hospitality!


neWs From your ChamBer... this may have been the Chamber’s final meeting for 2010, but it is certainly not the end of business for the DCC, as we gear up for the annual MRaV toy Run for the salvation army which is coming to Docklands on sunday 12th December. this will be a great opportunity for all businesses in Docklands to get involved and many of Docklands landmark businesses are already on board (eg: Etihad stadium is providing $5 flat-rate parking on the day for visitors). Why not bring your advertising collateral down to New Quay and set up a stall? Your business could also sponsor a fun kids’ activity – such as a face painter or travelling performer. to find out more about the toyRun and how your business can get involved, please contact DCC Vice President, Elena: or visit our website: and last, but not least, best wishes from YOUR Chamber for a safe and happy festive season and good business to you in the New Year!

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melBourne FootBall CluB

to CoMMenCe FeasIBIlIty study For FootBall/netBall FaCIlIty In doCKlands Following the recent launch of the draft shared vision for the second Decade of Docklands the Melbourne Football Club is pleased to advise that it is working on a feasibility study for the establishment of an integrated sporting and community centre to be located at “Western Park” in the Waterfront City Precinct of Docklands, located along the eastern edge of the Moonee Ponds Creek and next to the bolte bridge. Under the proposal, the Melbourne Football Club would be a principal tenant with Netball Victoria, bringing together the highest female and male participation sports in australia. this project is deliberately ambitious and broad in its scope. it potentially offers a unique combination of elite training facilities, including an aFl training ground, indoor netball courts, pool and gym with integrated public access as part of the growing Docklands community, all in the shadows of the CbD. the project is being conducted with support from the aFl, Netball Victoria and the Melbourne Football Club. the City of Melbourne is also providing assistance in the development of the proposal. all parties are thanked for their support. the club has received assistance from relevant Victorian Government departments in the conceptual planning as one of three scenarios (sports park) for Western Park as part of the second Decade of Docklands and intends to continue this productive working partnership as part of the consultation process in the coming months.



Over the next two to three months, the feasibility study including community consultations will be concluded, with a formal submission to follow. the estimated “best case” time frame for the development would be three to five years.

Melbourne Football Club President, Jim stynes, has expressed his enthusiasm for the potential Docklands project. “this facility would provide a fully integrated new home for the “Old” Melbourne moving into the “New” Melbourne, providing facilities for all levels of the two sports – netball and football – from community, grass roots levels to elite.” “initially, our aim was to establish a new home for the Melbourne Football Club with a strong sense of identity which would unify our Club. For the first time in over forty years, all the Club’s activities from administration, training to community would be together, and most significantly, in our heartland - the City of Melbourne. “We are encouraged by the recent release of the draft plan for the second Decade of Docklands which provides further impetus to the type of multi-purpose sporting development we are exploring.” “but we now know the project offers far greater scope.” “Melbourne is committed to building a community base for the residents, workers and visitors to the Docklands. it is our aim for the facility to become a landmark, a unique destination in its own right within the precinct. to that end, it is our intention to embark on a community consultation process as we further develop the proposal. “it must be noted that the announcement of this feasibility study does not decrease our excitement in relation to our recent move into aaMi Park from the Junction Oval. this move has been a very important step for our club. it is also important to understand the development at Docklands does not in any way change our commitment to the City of Casey and Casey Fields. We have locked-in


a thirty-year agreement with Casey and we are seeking to build our community presence in the quickest growing growth corridor in Victoria.” like the Melbourne Football Club, Netball Victoria is thrilled to be part of a potential facility development project that has the capacity to not only deliver great participation outcomes at the community level, but also provide a world class facility for the elite end of the sport. “Our reason for being at Netball Victoria is to provide a community for women and girls, a place for them to belong and achieve – a community they can be part of for life” Netball Victoria Chief Executive leigh Russell said. “a new facility, a dedicated home for netball, will provide Victorians with a

unique place to not only work within, but to play, watch and experience netball”. Many have played a part in the evolution of the project to this stage and the Melbourne Football Club thanks Mab - the owner of the adjoining land and a key developer with its NewQuay project at Docklands - for their support and assistance with the early stages of the planning. the Club also acknowledges VicUrban as the other owner of the land that we are seeking to utilise for this development, and feels that it can align with their stated objectives for the site. the costs of the project, and the stages of the development, including prospective timing, will be estimated as part of the next stage of the project.

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MelBourne Chosen as worldwIde hQ For UN CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ProGraM by lisa Quittner

before joining the Committee for Melbourne, Docklands resident andrew Macleod worked for the UN for many years and became disillusioned with the public sector delivery mechanism for aid development that just didn’t work. When andrew left the UN in the middle of 2009 he did some consultancy for bhP reviewing their global corporate responsibility policies, bhP wanted to know if they held themselves accountable in global best practice, the reality was that they far exceeded global best practice as the bar was set extremely low and it was best not to look to the non government organisational agencies but to like-minded companies to rate their accountability.

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When andrew took up his position as CEO for the Committee for Melbourne in late 2009, he set up the Corporate social Responsibility Group within the Committee for Melbourne that includes bhP, Rio, aNZ, Nab and a range of other large corporations, at the same time the UN Global Compact leaders summit back around March of this year, approved the creation of the secretariat for the principles of social investment and were looking for a base. it appeared obvious that Melbourne was the perfect home for the program as Melbourne is the corporate social responsibility philanthropic and humanitarian hub in australia, with all the necessary knowledge locatable within this city. andrew then made the proposal to the Premier which was accepted and the initial seed funding to get the secretariat set up was put forward and a proposal was delivered back to the UN Global Compact who accepted the proposal and Melbourne was chosen to be the worldwide

headquarters for the UN Corporate social Responsibility Program.

to formalise and streamline private sector development investment.

What the program will do is facilitate idea and knowledge exchange between companies to improve everyone’s community investment and spending. the UN development program spends $1 billion a year to try to bring the world out of poverty, bhP spends $200 million alone, which is 20% of the budget of the UNDP, in total the combined membership for the Committee for Melbourne spends $1.5 billion in our community investment programs, in other words, the Committee for Melbourne members spend more than the United Nations Development Program with the top 100 highest spenders in the world combined spend approximately $15 billion which is more than the UN as a whole.

While the UN has given the secretariat three years to prove its viability or potentially risk losing its backing, a governing board has already been put together made up of key Melbourne businesses which for the first 6-12 months will get the organisation fit for purpose followed by implementing the business plan and building on it by incorporating partnerships with major businesses globally where Melbourne is the focal point.

When considering foreign aid, the aim is to not double foreign aid but double its effectiveness by understanding the role the private sector plays, the need exists

“Companies will decide where they spend their money but through connecting with other businesses the quality of spending can be improved without increasing the quantity” adds andrew Macleod. businesses wanting to get involved or receive further information can contact andrew at or by calling the Committee for Melbourne on 9650 8800

a new bridge over Victoria harbour, a dedicated soccer pitch, butterfly houses and a floating concert venue are just some of the hundreds of ideas put forward by the community during the first phase of planning for the second decade of Docklands. launching the draft shared vision for the second Decade of Docklands with lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Planning Minister Justin Madden said VicUrban and the City of Melbourne would seek feedback on five specific ideas which have taken shape using feedback from the community engagement process. “approximately 3700 people have put forward ideas and comments through the community consultation process,” Mr Madden said. “More than 2000 participants provided us with specific feedback about what

they want to see happen in Melbourne’s Docklands over the next 10 years. “this consultation has identified five clear ideas to be put forward for further consultation, development and potential consideration in future budget cycles. Mr Madden said the first five ideas to be put out for formal consultation would be: • a new bridge linking New Quay and Victoria harbour; • a new two hectare park in the northwest of Docklands; • future uses for urban waterfront along harbour Esplanade including a possible aquatic centre; • potential immediate uses for the end of Central Pier such as a permanent soccer pitch; and • activities and services the community would like within a Docklands library and community centre.

“ten years ago, Docklands was an industrial wasteland, but today it is a place people embrace to work, live and visit, already Docklands has achieved a great deal through its redevelopment, attracting $7 billion worth of private investment, 6500 residents and 22,000 workers. “With a further $8 billion worth of private investment required over the next 10 years, this draft shared vision endeavours to ensure Docklands increasingly draws more people from different backgrounds and stages of life.” Mr Madden said. lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the second decade will be about being bold and imaginative to ensure Docklands becomes an integral part of Melbourne. “the overwhelming feedback from our engagement was that Docklands needs better quality open spaces and the challenge will be how we best utilise the


neW vision For doCklands launChed For ConsultatIon spaces available,” Mr Doyle said. “buildings are important but what makes Melbourne great is where our buildings meet the pavement at the street level and we need to get this right in Docklands.” Community feedback on the draft shared vision and the ideas raised during phase one of engagement will be sought over the coming months via the second Decade of Docklands website at www.docklands. com/seconddecade and through a series of workshops and events to ensure this vision represents the community’s aspirations. the draft shared vision, once finalised, will be underpinned by a set of strategic directions and priority actions, which will make the vision a reality. this is scheduled to be complete by the middle of 2011. For further information visit

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ymCa doCklands on Collins CeleBrates oFFICIal oPenInG

doCklands WelComes ymCa doCklands on Collins as the latest addition to health and Fitness, and Caters to Both CorPorate and residential Communities Within the doCklands PreCinCt. arthur Crofts, City of Melbourne with Mal healey, YMCa



the 1400 square meter health club is located in the largest, greenest commercial office building in australia, the aNZ headquarters which reflects the Docklands community’s commitment in reducing its environmental impact.

City of Melbourne and the Docklands including the sports wall, trixster mountain bikes and function training, core and rehabilitation plus, there are six group fitness studios; the biggest range of classes to choose from!

YMCa Docklands on Collins celebrated their official opening on Wednesday 17 November with guests including members of the Docklands health and Wellness committee, life Fitness and corporate partners; aNZ and City of Melbourne.

“Our journey will continue with a vision of building a stronger Docklands community. We look forward to working in partnership with the City of Melbourne to collaboratively aim to increase the health and wellbeing for all in the local and wider community” says Jo hansen.

YMCa journey in the Docklands first begun five years ago with an opportunity to work in partnership with Victoria Point and now with aNZ, “the idea to expand operations further arose in 2009 as part of a local conversation between the YMCa and aNZ; it was not an opportunity we wanted to miss” Jo hansen, YMCa Victoria area Manager. the centre offers the latest state of the art health club equipment unique to the

Visit the centre and see for yourself the latest cutting edge equipment and breathtaking views. YMCa Docklands on Collins street the aNZ Centre 833 Collins street, Docklands 3008 86218300

neW year’s eve

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this new year’s eve is designed with fun for everyone in mind, with fabulous children’s entertainment, dJ anthony set to rock your socks off and Boutique duo performing a wide selection of live jazz and popular ballads. Bring in 2011 with music, fun, fireworks and celebration!

CeleBratIons at doCKlands

Fabulous fireworks return to Docklands this New Year’s Eve, with the first show at the family-friendly time of 9.15pm. start the evening at one of the many fabulous restaurants along the waterfront, book a boat cruise on Victoria harbour, or visit the Piazza at Waterfront City to see great live entertainment on stage. and then at midnight see in the New Year in style as magnificent fireworks burst into the sky set against a backdrop of city lights.

Program for Waterfront City stage

“the 9.15pm family fireworks will be launched from a barge in Victoria harbour and a midnight spectacular fireworks show will be launched from both the barge in Victoria harbour and the rooftops of buildings from the CbD to Docklands to welcome the New Year” said Cr kevin louey, Chair of the Future Melbourne (Connected City) Committee and Co-Chair of the Docklands Coordination Committee. Public transport provides the most convenient way to travel into the city for the celebrations, with trains, trams and buses running all night and free from 6pm. all New Year’s Eve family precincts are alcohol free zones and fines apply. the 9.15pm fireworks show will run for 8 minutes. the midnight fireworks spectacular will go for 10 minutes. New Year’s Eve is proudly presented by the City of Melbourne.




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shrek show


Miley and shrek meet and greet


DJ (9:15 Fireworks)


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tricky Nick Conman show


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boutique Duo (boutique to do countdown)



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“a neW year’s eve sPeCtaCular With”

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What a Way to start the neW year CeleBrations With this FaBulous ConCert FolloWed By the doCklands FireWorks.

the line up for the concert is quite astounding with some of australia’s finest musicians and performers. Can you elaborate on what audiences can expect from the show?

the stars are aligned for the a new year’s eve spectacular celebrations with the magnificent 60 piece australian Pops orchestra accompanied by some of australia’s most loved performers – the brilliant trumpeter James morrison, the Phantom of the opera lead donald Cant, lah-lah opera sensation tina harris, operatunity oz tenor roy Best, marimbavirtuoso and xylophonist sergei golovko – under the baton of the award-winning australian conductor Warwick stengards.

Well for a start you have the wonderful australian Pops Orchestra on stage. the orchestra performs at the highest standard, and they love to have a good time during their concerts.

What a way to start the New Year celebrations with this fabulous concert followed by the Docklands fireworks. 3008 spoke to Donald Cant about this concert spectacular .

When you have James Morrison in your concert there is instant excitement generated, as he is an australian icon and one of the greatest musicians in the world. We have a truly fantastic australian tenor Roy best and we also have the ball of fire, percussionist, sergei Golokvo. if you have not seen him perform you are in for a great surprise. Our soprano this year is the delightful tina harris, who will be performing with us for the first time. she has performed with James Morrison several times and comes with a great reputation. For us this line up is too good to be true, so we know the audiences are going to love the concerts.

What a way to welcome in the new year, have you been part of the new year’s eve spectacular before and what are you most looking forward to performing?

how do you go about selecting the songs you will be performing, and can you disclose any details about the concert program?

Yes i have, this is my fourth consecutive New Year’s Eve Concert, which we also perform at the sydney Opera house Concert hall. i have both compered and sung as part of these concerts, loving both aspects of my involvement. this year i am more involved on the creative and production side which is great as it gives me and my Manager, Robin Williams, the chance to have real input in the development of artistic ideas and their implementation.

Each concert you do comes with a different set of themes and that helps decide what to perform. keeping in mind that these are done with full orchestra and choir you want to choose material that shows us all at our best. i am singing a new song for me this year, a song that i have fallen in love with and can’t wait to sing with the australian Pops Orchestra. this is a song by fellow Canadian leonard Cohen called “hallelujah”, made famous by him and another Canadian, kD lang.

We also have an exciting new finish to the program planned, that we will all be involved in, and promises to be lots of fun. you are among australia’s performing arts royalty and have performed for Prince Charles and Princess diana and even the Pope, do you ever get nervous, and what is your pre-performance routine? like most performers who answer this question, if you say you are not nervous before you perform, you are lying. Not long after i started performing i made a decision to change sheer terror into being excited, and using that in my performance. i am usually successful in achieving this. so i get excited and you can still call that nerves, but no longer terror, thank heavens. My routine is to be as prepared as possible and be myself at all times. it saves so much time to just be yourself in a concert and have fun. then the surprises that are bound to happen will not embarrass you or the audience. they will laugh right along with you, as we are all human. One more thing: just before i go on i have to walk, just walk. Why? because i can’t sit still. ha! do you have any thoughts or wishes for our 3008 readers for 2011? Considering the world financial problems, we australians are indeed well off, so i think i would wish for continued prosperity for us all through good government: and the one wish that eludes us all - peace through understanding and acceptance of our differences. Maybe one day that may not be too much to wish for. Friday 31 December, 2pm and 8pm at the State Theatre

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Way oF the Cross MelBourne You are invited to go on a journey of discovery, past some of Melbourne’s wonderful churches. it’s not just any walk, it’s a walk marked by wonderful sculptures created by Melbourne sculptor anna Meszaros and tells the story of Jesus’ way to the cross. the walk begins at the historical st Francis’ Church, cnr Elizabeth and lonsdale sts, every Friday at 10 am. it can be completed in about two hours. For more information on the Way of the Cross and the weekly walk, call Rev Peter Gador-Whyte: 0417 425 188 this walk is encouraged by the Melbourne City Churches in action image: Jesus speaks to Mary and the beloved Disciple this sculpture is at Collins street baptist Church



mra (viC) toy run For more than 30 years, the Motorcycle Riders’ association of Victoria has collected toys to donate to underprivileged kids through the salvation army. Celebrate the spirit of giving as scores of riders roll into Docklands for a gleaming, rumbling, big-hearted toy delivery. santa will, of course, share the goodwill as Melbourne’s families admire the bikes, enjoy live entertainment and bands and celebrate the spirit of giving. sunday December 12, 11am – 4pm at Central Pier

Christmas at harBour toWn harbour town comes alive with the Christmas spirit, as santa arrives with a sleigh-load of festive cheer. he’ll visit the centre every day from 11am, to join you in a free breakfast and grant Christmas wishes. Free kids’ craft activities are available on level 1, and Christmas entertainment kicks off on Friday 17 December. saturday 4 to Friday 24 December

a big yes to Christmas specials Your local Yes Optus Docklands store is bringing cheer to your Christmas shopping with some fabulous gift ideas at celebratory prices. hurry while stocks last to snap up great savings on blue ant headsets and car cradles on presentation of 3008 Docklands Magazine. these amazing offers are only available at Yes Optus Docklands. Blue Ant Headsets V1 or Z9 variance /Price – Was $119.00 - now $50! Car Cradles styles available WM-h500 or WM-h400 or PkONOk / Price – was $24.95 - now $5.00! hurry while stocks last!


2 light up your Christmas New from the Us, WoodWick’s Christmas Candles are made entirely from organic soy and feature a natural wooden wick to create the soothing sound of a crackling fire. the WoodWick Christmas range features frosted glass jars embossed with romantic motifs which dance and illuminate as the flame glows. the WoodWick Christmas collection is available from leading homewares and specialty candle stores nationally, with prices starting at $7.95. or phone (07) 3208 4077.

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Melbourne outdoor soft furnishings company Elements is launching a new range of standard outdoor soft furnishings. Former landscape designer anna Day and design consultant simone seedsman established Elements with the aim of creating stylish, resilient, soft and low maintenance outdoor furnishings, which could withstand the harsh australian weather extremes. “What was on the market was ugly and usually made of scratchy plastic feeling material. We wanted to create something that we’d be proud to use both inside and out”. or phone (03) 9869 4449

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the time-honoured stories of snow White and the seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and beauty and the beast will spring from the storybooks and onto the stage in Disney live! presents three Classic Fairy tales, these summer holidays.


While your child’s footprints appears on one side, a personal message can be printed on the other side as a lasting and treasured memento of baby’s first Christmas. Ornament shapes include star, heart or circle shapes and you can visit the studio or use the DiY inkless Print kit that is 100% safe, easy to use and uses the revolutionary invisible ink process as used across maternity hospitals in the Us. No ink, No paint & No mess or tears. Visit the website for the full range of belly art Gift ideas. Christmas Ornaments RRP $20 each Ph: 9509 4060. Visit:


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mi goals diary 2011 – What amazing goals will you achieve! Mi Goals diary is a stylish, urban savvy and practical diary aimed at inspiring and motivating individuals to achieve their passion in life. Goal setting becomes easy and attainable through Mi Goals diary and the bigger picture becomes less daunting. With three main sections - Goals, Diary & budget - Mi Goals diary is the perfect Christmas gift for those who want to stay organised and achieve their goals throughout 2011 and beyond. a fabulous gift idea for any one in your life that has big plans for the future or needs a little direction. RRP $29.95 For stockist information

there is nothing that signals the arrival of the festive season quite like receiving a beautifully presented hamper of assorted gifts and goodies. Fruit For You ...and Flowers too is a well established provider of premium corporate gifts and floral arrangements who also specialise in offering a wide assortment of Christmas and New Year themed hampers. With a daily presence at the Melbourne wholesale markets, Fruit For You...and Flowers too can create specially made to order hampers using the highest quality fresh fruit as well as australian gourmet foods and wines with same day delivery. a wide range of products can be shipped nation-wide making the ideal gift for family and friends interstate and for corporate gifts. the range of Christmas hampers are absolutely delightful and can be seen with full description at the Fruit For You website or visit helen and staff at the aNZ Centre to discuss your requirements in person. Fruit For You ...and Flowers too shop 11P, 833 Collins st Docklands Ph: 1300 669 421


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the wraps are available in two versions - a single sleeve for driving or a double sleeve shrug for full sun protection, both available in various hues.


Chocolateria san Churro Docklands have a delightful range of premium chocolate gifts to indulge your special chocolate lover this Christmas. From the humble chocolate block made with real couverture chocolate ($8.90) to fancy chocolate praline coated almonds (Catanies 100g, $9.90) or decadent chocolate gift hampers made to order, there is a gift to please the most discerning of chocoholics.

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Give the gift of live entertainment this Christmas with a show gift voucher. With so many events playing in Melbourne in 2011, there’s something for everyone!


Plus, show gift vouchers are easy to book and can be printed at home for those last minute presents. all you need to do is select the show, the tickets or package you would like to give, your recipient’s details and add your personalised message. the Perfect gift without leaving your desk or home! book online at or in person at 221 Exhibition st, Melbourne.

For that person that has everything, a membership to Friends of the Zoo’s (FOtZ) is the perfect gift for Christmas or birthdays. FOtZ is an independent, non-profit organisation established in 1980 to support Zoos Victoria and animal conservation. their objective is to cultivate a wider understanding and appreciation of wildlife and its need for conservation; encourage and promote interest and support for Zoos Victoria; and provide valued services for members.

an annual membership entitles the gift recipient to unlimited free entry to healesville sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo for 12 months as well as access to interstate Zoo’s! add to that half price tickets to the fabulous twilight Concerts, 15% off at Zoo shops, free entry to Rhythm of africa concerts at Werribee Open Range Zoo and 10% discount on selected Wild Encounters and behind the scenes



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STEAKHOUSE, PIER 35 on arrival we were greeted by our welcoming host Kumar, and seated at window table overlooking the calm waters and beautiful views in preparation for an evening of gastronomic delight and warm hospitality.

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less than a month after being honoured with the award of a member of the order of australia, guitar maestro tommy emmanuel has announced plans to return to his home country this december/ January - for a series of special concerts with his brother Phil.

By lisa quittner

Fans who have witnessed the incredible chemistry and intuitive energy of their live performances have been clamouring for the two to reunite and now they will get their wish. to celebrate 50 years of professional performance together, tommy and Phil will be hitting the road with the tE all star band. 3008 was fortunate to interview tommy about their upcoming tour. Congratulations on the 50th anniversary of professional performing, was coming together with Phil for this tour on home soil always on the cards? Would you believe it’s only the second time in fifteen years Phil and i have toured together? i can’t wait to do this show. there’s nothing like the chemistry with my brother on stage. it all feels so natural and magic happens when we play together. Yet, we can still surprise each other. the two of us together become a third player, who is better than both of us! Phil is probably one of the only musicians on earth who i can not play a note with for five years and then, walk out on stage and do a show totally unrehearsed. We obviously built up that kind of trust between us when we were in the Emmanuel Family band as young kids, and, over the last five to ten years of our lives, we’ve matured a lot as players. i think we are

much more focussed on what’s important than ever before. What was life growing up in a family of musicians, was there much sibling rivalry or was it fantastic to be able to jam on a whim, i would imagine growing up in this type of environment would come with a bounty of pro’s and possibly as many cons, what was life like for you growing up in the early days? When we were six and eight, we learned to play in the family band, and were soon travelling the country, performing in places whether they wanted us or not. it was a crazy childhood, but we both fell in love with the guitar at an early age and that love has stayed with us both ever since. Phil considers himself an electric guitar player, but enjoys playing acoustic guitar as well these days. in fact, these shows will be a rare opportunity to hear me play electric, as well as acoustic, and Phil play acoustic, as well as electric. When we were younger, we were so adventurous on stage. there were some nights i would say to myself, i wish i had recorded that because it will never happen again! Phil likes big rock anthems, and i do too, but i can only take them for so long. i prefer to tell stories with my music and, because we’re so different, what we do really works together.

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TOMMY & PHIL EMMANUEL CeleBratInG 50 years oF MusIC on the subject of family, i believe Phil’s daughter Jesse will join you on this 50th anniversary tour, will Jesse be making a guest appearance or on stage for entirety of the show? Jesse is a young singer/songwriter with a country pop sound and will be our special Guest on the tour. it’s fantastic another Emmanuel is out there playing music and making her own way in music. What can australian audiences expect from the tour, will this be a collection of favourites or also featuring new tracks? the show is going to have a bit of everything. in the first half, Phil and i are going to play some of the duets people love to hear us play, like Mozart’s Rondo alla turca and some of the old things we used to do when we were kids. We do a little tribute to the shadows, who were a very important part of our younger life, and we do some stuff with the tE allstar band as well. some bluegrass, solos, duos ... and then, in the second half, we just go for it! People often ask us who is the better player, but that’s a silly question. i can play some stuff better than Phil and he can play some stuff better than me. We just have totally different styles and music is fun to us. When you are on stage together performing, what’s happening between you - do you stick to a strict playlist or do you let the music take over? We’ve poured a lot of energy into getting the right mix of songs for this reunion show. it’s definitely planned, but anything can happen. What have been the highlights of the past 50 years performing professionally? Exactly that! i have been lucky enough to perform professionally for the past 50 years! i often just sit still and think i’m so bloody lucky. i get to do the thing i love most in the world – play music – and i’m lucky enough to still be doing it. tommy and Phil emmanuel 50th anniversary ConCert tour When: sat 11 December Where: Palais theatre, st kilda deC/Jan 2011





The Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Festival welcomes all boat people along to Docklands on February 4-6, 2011. There will be many new and exciting products, services and attractions at the festival including the Bream Fishing Classic-a catch, release and weigh in competition, a new stage dedicated to all things fishing, the Yamaha Supertank Fishing Show, delectable food and wine and regular entertainment on the main stage. There will also be a variety of boat dealer exhibitors and related marine and lifestyle products on the promenade and marina. This event is the chosen location to launch various new models. The Australian premier for the new Hanse 445 will take place at the festival. This yacht has been nominated for the European Yacht of the Year award. The Judel/Vrolijk design is a fast boat with a surprising value for money ratio. Another first to hit the water will be the Hanse 545. The interior design of this yacht is contemporary with clean straight lines, with abundant choices to cater for personal tastes.



On the marina, patrons will have the first opportunity in Melbourne to view the Riveria 5800 Sport Yacht and the 5000 Sport Yacht. These boats will be on show by R Marine Jacksons. Their popularity has been recognised by America, Turkey and Croatia as the 5000 Sports range is

now being exported into these markets. Sundance Yacht Sales will have 6 luxurious yachts on display, including the harmonious Beneteau Oceanis 58. The show-stopper from the 2010 Melbourne Boat Show, the Caribbean 35 Flybridge MK III will be in the water. BIAV Accredited Dealer, St Kilda Boat Sales will again give patrons the chance to view this ever popular boat in its element. Leon & Paul Savage’s Streaker Boats, another BIAV Accredited Dealer will be displaying the latest range of their Quintrex models, Lewis Inboard Ski Boats and Streaker Fibreglass boats. Many other BIA members will also have displays at the festival, providing a variety of boats and interest for patrons. As more and more exhibitors apply, we will bring new products and services to your attention. For all up to date information you can visit our website. Ticket sales will be available online soon for the marina, visit miblf for all of the details. Ticket prices for this year have been reduced. Prices are as follows: Online ticket Box office ticket prices: ticket prices: Adults- $10 Adults-$12 Concession- $6 Concession-$8 Child- $1 Child-$2

the 2011 Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Festival As Australia’s largest provider of pleasure craft insurance, Club Marine has been a proud supporter of Australia’s boating lifestyle for more than 40 years. So it comes as no surprise that Club Marine would play a part in the Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Festival – one of the biggest marine events on the Victorian boater’s calendar.


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Club Marine’s Resident Chef, Bart Beek Past attendees to the Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Festival know that the Club Marine stand keeps the focus on lifestyle with its always-popular cooking demonstrations by Club Marine’s resident chef, Bart Beek. A regular contributor to the Gourmet section of Club Marine Magazine, Bart is a brilliant culinary instructor with a passion for food. For years, Bart’s enthusiastic cooking presentations have provided an entertaining and enjoyable focal point for audiences attending Australia’s major boat show events.

Club Marine is an insurance provider for Bart’s cooking presentations are held boating enthusiasts by boating enthusiasts. every hour on the hour at the Club Marine We invite all the attendees to this year’s stand on throughout the day on Saturday Boat & Lifestyle Festival to stop by the Club and Sunday. Printed copies of his recipes Marine stand to meet the people behind the will also be included in the December/ Club Marine name and to learn more about January issue of Club Marine Magazine, theCunique free all visitors. M - 3range 0 0 8of -benefits D o c enjoyed k l a nbyd s - r available . p d f for P a to ge 1 1 5 / 1 1 / 1 over 150,000 Club Marine Members across Australia and New Zealand. Club Marine Summer Merchandise range

Also available at the Club Marine stand this year is the Club Marine merchandise range, offered at a special discount price throughout the Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Festival. The Club Marine merchandise range includes polo shirts, jackets, accessories 0 , 1 0 : 0 1 AM and brand-new items in the popular children’s range. All items are made

of top-quality fabrics, and have are embroidered with the Club Marine logo. Club Marine is proud to be a part of the 2011 Melbourne International Boat and Lifestyle Festival, and we look forward to meeting you at the Club Marine stand during the event. To learn more about Club Marine, visit the website:

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It’s official, Docklands is set to show’em how it’s done, and not a moment too soon. Just in time for summer, and with the festive season just around the corner, it’s great to take a walk around Docklands. No doubt, Docklands will be filled with the sights and sounds of many celebrations, alfresco dining and plenty of good times to be had by all. With great views from Victoria Harbour right at our door step, it’s a given that the rest of Melbourne may feel left out, wondering what all the fuss is about.




With such fine establishments to choose from such as Livebait, Bluefire Grill, Woolshed Pub and Butchers Grill, to only name but a few, how could anyone resist having dinner overlooking the harbour at sunset, with the magnificent back drop of the city, and all just a short walk away, you would be hard pressed to find a better way to end your day. My friends, it’s official, Docklands is set to flex plenty of party muscle.

As well as the outstanding selection of restaurants and bars, why not take time out to enjoy the many parks in Docklands. Unashamedly modern and most of all inviting, these parks are what some consider as leading examples of water sensitive urban design.

event not to be missed. Harbour Town Christmas on Ice at Medibank Icehouse, a show featuring special guest, US ice dancer, Johnny Weir for select shows. This promises to be the hottest ticket on ice.

Situated alongside the southern promenade of Victoria Harbour, Water Plaza Garden is not only visually impressive, it’s very cool. The amazing feature is that it is self irrigating, using only the rain water collected from the paving, how good is that? Or what about Docklands Park, this multi award winning park situated between Bourke Street and Collins Street in Victoria Harbour. It features sustainable wetlands, bike and walking tracks, as well as BBQ facilities and a fantastic playground. It is a great place to take the kids for some fun in the sun or an ideal venue to celebrate Australia Day 2011.

This New Years Eve will be a night to remember, filled with all that is great about Docklands. A great spot to view all the entertainment with your family and friends is at the Waterfront City Stage, with kids entertainment from 7.30pm, fireworks at 9.15pm and 12am. For all the details log on to and remember parking is only $5 all day at Harbour Town Shopping Centre.

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And so I say to you all, COME ONE, COME ALL, COME UNE FESTIVALE! Have a safe and happy season, always practice kindness, always practice gratitude. Roman Hecht is Customer Service Supervisor at Harbour Town’s Tourism Lounge and a regular 3008 contributor


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The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will be the exclusive Australian host for Dreams Come True: The Art of Disney’s Classic Fairy Tales, a major new exhibition celebrating over 70 years of Disney animation. Dreams Come True: The Art of Disney’s Classic Fairy Tales will showcase the exceptional high quality of animated film artwork with which the Disney name is synonymous, featuring over 600 original artworks including story sketches, animation drawings, concept art, background paintings, maquettes, animation cels, and cinematic ephemera from Disney’s much-loved adaptations of traditional European fairy tales including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast. The exhibition will also



ACMI Director Tony Sweeney said ACMI was delighted to be bringing this magical exhibition exclusively to Melbourne. “Visitors of all ages will love seeing their favourite Disney characters as they were first imagined, seen through the creative process of the talented artists who transformed the works from idea to reality. It is a fascinating portal into the technical skill, emotional, and creative depth behind these much loved animated classics. After all, it was Disney animators who led the way in establishing animation as the serious art form it is today.” Tony said. ACMI will present an extensive program of film, education, and public events as part of the exhibition. Dreams Come True: The Art of Disney’s Classic Fairy Tales. Until 26 April, 2011 ACMI - Federation Square Tickets and Program Details:

By Tahlia Mandie Psychotherapist & Family Counsellor

The festive season has certainly begun, with decorations, fairy lights, and Christmas trees already on display in most stores. While our eyes instantly wander to this section our mind is thinking “gee…what do I get my kids for Christmas?” For some of you, your children may have already dropped a few pointers, hints and cheeky remarks of what they want Santa to bring them. The latest TV commercials and mailbox catalogues are similarly telling us what the latest gadgets, gismos and crazes are with discounts and specials that are hard to refuse. So what do we do when we are inundated with special wishes, greasy smiles and wanting to please our children without going over board? One of the key messages I give to parents is to teach and empower their children about their family’s special value of Christmas. We all celebrate and hold different values toward the holiday season. For some it may be about spending time with the family while for others it may be about giving. Giving is such a broad term that can be applied in so many ways. Giving does not necessarily have to be about the most expensive toy on the market, but rather about the opportunity of sharing love, compassion and kindness to others in need.

An idea I give families is to encourage their children to give away one toy for every new toy they get for Christmas to less fortunate people – to families that struggle through the holiday season. It’s a simple way of teaching our children about what we can be grateful for. Ensure your children understand your limits of toy giving and ask them to write down their Christmas wishes, remembering that these wishes do not have to be about toys. Keep your Christmas holiday spirit to what you value, not what the toy company’s want you to value. Tahlia Mandie is a psychotherapist and family counsellor for Direction Exploring, which helps adolescents by inspiring, empowering and motivating them to find their potential and pathway while giving them more energy, confidence and belief in themselves and their abilities. Direction Exploring also works with parents and families and runs group programs and workshops. If you have a topic you would like Tahlia to discuss in the coming months please send through your question or suggestion to the editor.


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harbour town Christmas on ice will introduce show attendees to Elfie – the

With daily matinee and evening performances from thursday, 2 December – Wednesday, 24 December, harbour town Christmas on ice will be a dazzling ice-capade offering perfect Yuletide entertainment for the whole family.

santa will be in his Wonderland waiting to meet all the children and have his photo taken with the family and when night falls, the park will light up with over 100,000 Christmas lights. Come Christmas shopping at harbour town shopping centre shop and Ride.... Unlimited Ride Passes $29.50 includes entry to santa’s Wonderland, a gift for each child and a Family Photo with santa. santa’s Wonderland only - $15 for entry includes a photo. From saturday Dec 11 to Friday Dec 24 11am to dusk Wonderland Fun Park harbour town, Docklands

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throughout December, Medibank icehouse will transform into the North Pole of Melbourne, showcasing santa’s Village, the spectacular harbour town Christmas on ice show and a glittering recreational skating experience reminiscent of a Northern hemisphere Christmas.

first south Pole elf ever to be given the job of hosting santa after his long night of delivering presents all around the world. When she runs into trouble, her pals Rudolph and skaterDude join her on an adventure to save santa from scrooge’s evil plans to destroy Christmas. Dazzling skating performances and sparkling dialogue will transport families away on a magical festive adventure.




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strap your skates on and bring your best ‘ho ho ho’ to Medibank icehouse this December! Visiting Melbourne for the first time, Olympian and three-time Us figure skating champion, Johnny Weir, will join an all star cast in a Christmas spectacular set to transform Medibank icehouse into the magical North Pole of Melbourne.

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Visit santa’s stable, post a letter to the North Pole and meet the hilarious santa’s Elves. Ride the santa express Wacky coaster, the magical dragon flyer, carousel, bungee jump trampolines, bee ride, Jurassic inflatable, and for the thrill seekers the wild Music trip.

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By Tom Elliott

It’s rare for a single event of a non-sporting variety to unite the nation, yet the Commonwealth Bank’s decision in early November to lift mortgage rates 45 basis points has resulted in calls from all sides of politics, indeed all strata of society, for ‘something to be done about the greedy banks’. We should beware of such calls, however, for the cure may prove considerably more painful than the disease.

Why bank bashing won’t work People’s anger towards the banks is aroused by three main factors: (1) the banks’ apparently substantial profits; (2) their high fees for minor services and account transgressions; and (3) the sin of ignoring the Reserve Bank and lifting interest rates by more than the official increase. Of these three issues that so preoccupy both customers and politicians, only the middle one is of genuine concern. Although the collective $22bn profit made this year by the Big Four banks seems a lot, as a return on equity employed, it is only about 16%. Such a return is best described as decent, but certainly not outrageous. And as to the RBA’s official rate rises, these have only a passing relevance to the genuine cost of raising funds from a variety of sources so that home loans can continue to flow. Many of the fees charged by banks are far too high, however, and will probably come down as a result of the recent

furore. Probably the most egregious from a competition viewpoint are the mortgage exit charges which at anywhere between $600 and $1000 prevent customers from transferring their loans. The real risk with bank bashing, however, is not that fees come down a bit (overall a positive development), but that adventurous politicians pass new laws to regulate bank lending and profitability. While it might seem attractive to limit the profit larger banks can make on loans, these same banks are able to source funds relatively cheaply on global markets precisely because they are, well, profitable. All of Australia’s Big Four banks enjoy the highest possible credit rating by the likes of Moodys and Standard & Poors; government inspired policies to limit this profitability could result in a cut to the banks’ ratings, thus leading to more expensive credit and therefore higher interest rates for home borrowers.

One of the great fallacies of modern government most recently perpetuated by Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey, is that ministers have simple and powerful levers to pull in the event social and/or economic problems are identified. Nothing could be further from the truth. Misguided attempts to curb teenage drinking by taxing alcopops, reduce Aboriginal poverty by sending in the army, stop terrorism by, er, sending in the army and avoid a recession by spending billions on dodgy insulation show not the power, but the limitations of government. As a result, the siren-like calls to ‘do something’ about the banks need to resisted, as otherwise the law of unintended consequences is sure to rear its ugly head. Again. Contact Tom Elliott: MME Capital 03) 9601 4515

Upper West Side MOVE UP, NOT OUT Opportunities to create an entirely new precinct in the heart of an established city are incredibly rare. Upper West Side, with its singular collection of buildings offering unimpeded city and harbour views, park-like grounds and the convenience and vibrancy of an inner city location, has realised one of those opportunities.


This major development on the western edge of the historic Hoddle Grid is set to reinvigorate an entire pocket of Melbourne. Developer Far East Consortium is planning to create a brand new village within the city: 2,500


apartments; 4,000 square metres of podium-level parkland; two new laneways; boutique retail outlets; and a group of four towers designed as a collective work of art. Located between Spencer Street, Lonsdale Street and Little Bourke Street, Upper West Side will form a vibrant new residential and retail link between the CBD and the rapidly expanding Docklands. For residents, Upper West Side will act as a self-sufficient precinct with a unique one acre rooftop parkland and distinctive retail laneways complemented by an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, study

centre, bbq areas and spaces for outdoor functions. The first stage of the release, Upper West Tower, rises 45 levels and is located on the south-western corner of the development on Spencer Street. Offering one-bedroom, two-bedroom and studio apartments, the tower features an expressive and unique exterior graphic and is sure to become an iconic addition to the Spencer Street precinct. The four towers which make up the overall development will rise to between 31 and 49 storeys, and will feature glazed skins

designed to change appearance as light changes throughout the day. Recessed, offset balconies, with some projecting beyond the surface, will add to their texture and will be finished with a multistorey graphic travelling from one tower to the next. The vision behind Upper West Side is to offer people the opportunity to maintain their connection to the city, whether it be for work, enjoyment or education, by moving up, not out” says Far East Consortium Director Craig Williams.

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short memory by andrew hewison

the banks have recently announced large profit gains, the latest being Westpac with an 85% profit lift to $6.35 billion. Following the Reserve bank’s announcement of a 25 basis point increase in the official cash rate the Cba lifted its variable home loan rate by 45 basis points, a move that was met by howls of protest from postulating politicians and media commentators. at the writing of this article aNZ had also just announced an increase of 39 basis points, a 14 point premium on the Reserve’s official lift and Nab and WbC will likely follow suit. but how short our memory is! Following the collapse of Us investment bank lehman brothers and the subsequent carnage of global credit markets and threatened sovereign debt defaults, australia’s major banks were four of only eight banks that held an aa credit rating. Our banks managed to survive the GFC with minimal damage although suffered an impact to their profitability; nevertheless we can all be grateful that the australian economic system survived the crisis better than most – partially due to responsible regulation and a lot due to good management by the banks who had little exposure to sub-prime loans. Put into context as a percentage return on shareholder funds, bank profits are not nearly as obscene as has been made out and coming off a low base due to profit falls in 2008-9.



in the case of Westpac, a large proportion of its profit increase was derived from a one off tax benefit resulting from the st George takeover. Furthermore, the banks were forced to allocate huge sums for potential writedowns of bad debts, many of which have not eventuated allowing them to bring the cash back into their P&l. but of course this detail was ignored by our pollies and the media “shock jocks”. then there is the problem of tight money supply and cost of global funding, a lagging factor of the GFC and a barrier to bank lending – particularly in the corporate sector. Frankly, i applaud the banks for keeping us safe from harm and support their right to make an appropriate margin on their cost of funding. in reality, the pollies have no control whatsoever over private enterprise banks and would achieve a far better result for us all by using their influence to free up the global money supply thus reducing the cost of funding so the banks could lower their interest rates. Other options available include introducing a Government backed alternative or legislating to stop bank exit fees. but then, that wouldn’t get a headline would it? andrew hewison is Director and a Certified Financial Planner with hewison & associates Wealth Management. level 4 / 102 albert Road, south Melbourne Ph: 9682 1900


it’s Been a Big year For anastasia rodionova. From the Fed CuP, to WimBledon, to the CommonWealth games, the 28-year-old has Been raCking uP Win aFter Win, Claiming her PlaCe as one oF australia’s toP-ranking tennis Players. and her Favourite tournament is yet to Come… taking a break from her busy training schedule, anastasia talks sisters, puppies, and the australian Open. how does it feel to have done so well at the Commonwealth games? it was an amazing week for me. it’s the first time tennis has been in the Commonwealth Games, and it’s a completely different event to what i’m used to playing. it’s a wonderful feeling to be playing for your country instead of just an individual tournament. i was really proud to be part of such a great team, and i’m really happy with the way i played there. have you started training for the australian open? i’m slowly getting into it. it’s going to be a crazy time- i’ll be training every day, for a few hours each time, with maybe one day off a week. it’s a really busy schedule for me during December, and of course it gets very tiring, but i know i’m getting ready for one of the biggest tournaments of the year. When you have a goal, it’s much easier to stay motivated and get through it, and the australian Open is always one of my favourite tournaments. What makes it such a great tournament to play in?

Playing at such a high level obviously takes a lot of dedication. how do you stay focused and motivated? the whole lifestyle definitely isn’t easy. a lot of people think of tennis as a glamorous sport, with red carpets everywhere, but it is a lot of

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work as well. there’s so much travelling, and you have to live out of a suitcase nine months out of the year, which is very difficult for me, because i love my clothes and my shoes, and i just can’t carry everything in one suitcase! but what really keeps me motivated is competing. there’s nothing better than the feeling you get when you know you’ve worked hard, and you win the match because you did all that work. all those hours, getting tired every day, it’s all worth it. the feeling that you’ve tried your best and gotten results because of it is something you can’t compare to anything else. that’s why i really look forward to every single match i play. What’s it like having your younger sister, arina, in tennis too? i love it, i love having my sister around. she’s a great tennis player and she’s getting better and better. We have a pretty big age difference between us, but it’s good because i can teach her a lot of things, because i’ve been on the tour for so long and she’s just starting to play tournaments. and now her ranking is improving, so we can play in more of the same tournaments together, which is a lot of fun. it’s also really great to have that support, so i don’t get lonely on the tour. she understands when i’m upset; she knows what i’m going though and vice versa, so we can always support each other. No one understands me better than she does. she looks at me and she knows exactly what i’m thinking, and i can say the same about her.

find a balance where whatever happens on the court, you leave on the court. you’re the official ambassador for guide dogs victoria. What made you get involved in that? i love dogs! My family always had dogs, but i can’t have a one of my own, because i travel so much, and i think a dog needs to have a home. so being involved with Guide Dogs Victoria means i can be around dogs and help the community at the same time. Guide dogs are so important, so i want to raise awareness to get support and donations, and hopefully i can help make a difference. What are your goals and ambitions for the next few years? i never really set myself goals rankings-wise. i just try to just get on the court and do my best every single time. and as long as i enjoy what i’m doing, hopefully i can keep doing it for many years.

do you get much support from other players on the tour? i do have a lot of great friends on the tour. You can’t do it on your own- you have to have a life outside of the court, and i think i’m very fortunate to have a lot of friends with me. it doesn’t matter how i’ve played or if i’ve won or lost- at the end of the day, i can go out for dinner with my friends, even ones i’ve played against, and just relax. You do compete against each other, but i think you have to

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i’ve always loved it, even before i moved to australia. You always feel very welcome here. People are very friendly and they make you feel like they really want you to be here; they really support you. i think the australian crowd is the best crowd in the world. they really know their sport; they really know tennis, and it’s just an amazing experience to be on the court and have the whole crowd behind you. it’s definitely one of the best moments of the year.

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