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We’re Back! Happy new Year! Welcome to our February issue that it is jam packed with news, information, introductions and events to get your new year off to a great start. that’s the theme of this issue, aiming to be bigger, better and bolder in 2011. Whether you aim to grow your business, life on the home front or reach for the stars in your personal development this year, docklands offers so many courses, groups and clubs with a diverse range of opportunities to get you on your way which you’ll find on pages 10-12 and throughout this issue.

We have some great interviews, insightful financial and business forecasts and we are very honoured to include your astrological predictions for 2011 with thanks to the highly respected stella Woods, (aka stella starwoman). We are also proud to officially welcome servcorp to docklands providing fabulous opportunities to businesses both big and small, please read more on page 13. 3008 is dedicated to our readership and we are here to listen and assist where possible, in response to your requests for

a docklands Map this is now included on page 33. Finally, our thoughts are with our fellow australians who have been so horrifically affected in the floods, may the sun shine down on them all, in more ways than one! let’s get started......

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10~19 Feb

Funkin’ the Bay

Madame Butterfly Returns

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Countdown

St Kilda Festival

Comb your afro, polish your platforms and get your boogie on, the Victoria Star is about to set sail on a funk soul fundraising extravaganza. The upper deck will feature Vince Peach, Pierre Baroni, Miss Goldie and DJ Manchild from 3PBS FM. The lower Deck will be rocking to The DappaJam DJs, Soul City Soundsystem and Chris Gill from 3RRR. All Profits donated to Australians for Cambodian Education and the Cambodian Homeless Football Team.

The Australian Ballet company opens its 2011 season with a new full-length adaption of Madame Butterfly, choreographed by Australian Stanton Welch. While stationed in Nagasaki Japan, the American Lieutenant Pinkerton marries beautiful geisha Madame Butterfly and returns to America, leaving her to anticipate their reunification. An epic production of love, tragedy and betrayal that has moved audiences around the globe. Music performed by Orchestra Victoria.

Bursting onto the stage in a flurry of spandex and big hair, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Countdown, It’s a Musical Comedy, will bring to life your favourite Countdown superstars featuring over 40 smash hit songs from the 70’s and 80’s with Brian Mannix directing this all singing, all dancing pop/rock experience. Comedian and actor Michael Veitch steps into the coveted role he performs to perfection as Countdown’s iconic host, Ian “Molly” Meldrum. Do yourself a favour!

St Kilda is set for another year of hot summer tunes, Indigenous culture, family fun and free entertainment as the St Kilda Festival warms up the streets. The week long festival, will host a variety of local bands, musicians, performers, artists and comedians in a series of one-off and special performances, culminating in Festival Sunday. This free event draws thousands to the streets of St Kilda for more than 50 bands across the different stages alongside extreme sports competitions, dance performances, children’s entertainment and more.

When: 25 February – 9 March Where: The Arts Centre - State Theatre Tickets: 1300 369 741 or purchase online Web:

When: February 10,11,12, 18 & 19 Where: The Palms at Crown Ticket Prices: $74.50 Bookings: Ticketek 1300 795 012

Festival Sunday: 13 February Where: The Esplanade and various locations Further information: visit

When: Friday February 11, board 7.30pm Where: Dock 9 Central Pier – Victoria Harbour, Docklands Tickets: $40 + bf Further Information:,au

Join Kinya on Valentines Day for a specially prepared Banquet along the banks of the Yarra. A romantic gift will be received for bookings made prior to 14th February. Please contact us for more infomation about banquet menu.



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Closing the Gap MiFA Exhibition

Midsumma Festival Japanese Summer Grease 2 Festival 2011 Live in Concert

Melbourne International Fine Art (MiFA) Gallery proudly presents Australia’s first ever commercial exhibition of Indonesian Contemporary Art. With a diverse collection of works from emerging and established artists, the exhibition discusses a range of contemporary issues which are current for both Indonesia and Australia. To celebrate, MiFA are hosting a Symposium featuring some of Indonesia’s most renowned contemporary artists alongside Australian academics and members of Australia’s art community.

Midsumma 2011 and Gasworks Arts Park will host the World Premiere of Grease 2: Live in Concert. Adored by millions around the world, Grease 2 will finally hit the stage in this never-before-seen concert style production. Supported by an 11 piece orchestra, you will re-live all the magic created in the 1982 hit film. Performed by 16 brilliant singers and dancers, this fast paced and high energy production is not to be missed!

When: When: 2 February -18 March Open: Mon – Fri 10am – 5.30pm Where: MiFA, Level 1, 278 Collins Street, Melbourne Symposium: Sat Feb 5 at BMW Edge, Fed Square

Ticket Prices: $33.50 full / $31.50 conc. Preview tickets all $31.50. Dates: Preview 10 Feb 8pm; Season 11-19 Feb Time: 8pm every night and 4pm matinee 19 Feb only Location: Gasworks Arts Park


The Japanese summer festival is an annual festival held throughout all areas of Japan. A traditional dance, called “Bon Odori”, is performed at the festival where people wear cotton kimonos and dance around a central stage called the Yagura. Special performances of the night include Taiko Drumming and dances by the Japanese School of Melbourne. There will be many varieties of Japanese snacks and drinks and also a raffle with fabulous prizes to be won. When: Saturday 12 February - 4pm-8pm Where: Waterfront City Piazza, Docklands FREE Web:

Get on your bike and explore marvellous Melbourne in the summer time! Join 7,000 other cyclists to ride the city streets, West Gate Bridge and scenic bayside suburbs. Be part of an amazing experience with family and friends, then relax after the ride and take in the live entertainment and food stalls, the perfect end to a fun-filled and rewarding day. Show your support and raise awareness and vital funds for over 20,000 Australians living with multiple sclerosis. When: Sunday 20 February 2011 Where: Start/finish site, Princes Park, Carlton North Register online: See page 26 for further information

Spoil your Valentine this February 14th surrounded by stunning views at one of Docklands’ popular restaurants DOCKLANDS RESTAURANTS Fish Seafood Grill Bellissimo Cucina & Trattoria BlueFire Churrascaria Grill Yum Cha Dragon Butchers Grill Steakhouse Saganaki Greek Cuisine James Squire Hotel

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Probus Club a hit at Docklands Sponsored by Rotary Club of Central Melbourne Sunrise, the Melbourne Sunrise Probus Club launched at the Docklands Hub in December and is ramping up its social program for retirees. It has a great line of events on the 2011 calendar.

this October, including Wilpena Pound and a rail side-trip on the Afghan Express. The charter meeting held on December 2 attracted 45 people , who were alerted mainly by a letter-box drive involving 3500 flyers.

The new club has already run a successful tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground for 22 members, and a movie morning at the Kino to see The King’s Speech. In March a highlight will be a Maribyrnong River cruise on the “Blackbird” from NewQuay, while in April the club has a Mornington Race Day expedition and a block booking for the musical “Dr Zhivago”. The club’s most ambitious offering is a seven-day bus tour of the Flinders Ranges

A breakdown of the Probus members shows about 30 women and close to 20 men. About 40% are from Docklands and 12% from Southbank. Other members come from the CBD, East Melbourne, St Kilda Road environs and Richmond. The club’s membership target is 80 by June 30. The interim president is Harold Fraser, of Docklands. Melbourne Sunrise Probus is the first new Probus club in Melbourne for 20 years, and one of only three new Probus clubs launched in Victoria last year. The club is now moving to incorporation.

The Probus movement has 200,000 Australian members. Of Australia’s 1800 clubs, 590 clubs are in Victoria. Unlike Rotary, Probus is purely social and the constitution bans fund-raising.

The club is the first Australian Probus club to use the Canadian-based ClubRunner web software, which has a user base of nearly 4000 Rotary clubs worldwide. The club paid $570 for the system. It is also using a 10in netbook laptop for member recording, with the goal of eliminating most paper-based records.

The launch meeting set dues at $40 per year and the club meets at 10am on the first Thursday of each month. The main speaker for the club’s February 3 meeting at The Hub, Docklands is Melbourne City Councillor Kevin Louey, who will describe development plans for Docklands. For further information please contact Secretary Gaye Schneider at or call Gaye on 9620 3793

Only two members do not have an email address, and all members are being educated on use of web-based club communications, originating in ‘the cloud’, as web-based systems are described. The club’s website mspc is crowded with news and activities.


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Zac & Zara – Wondering when they can expect an off-leash park at their Docklands home.

Danny, a resident of Docklands for the past seven years and owner of Zara and Zac (pictured), would like an indication from VicUrban and Melbourne City Council as to when, or if, a fenced off-leash dog recreational and socialisation area would be made available within the second decade of development planning.

dog reserve for the residents and dogs of Docklands and Clayton Reserve would be the ideal example of what is needed. The reserve only needs to be the size of Victoria Green (Bourke St, Docklands) but needs secure fences, gates and of course rubbish bins, free poo bag dispensers and fresh drinking water.”

As Danny notes “When dogs are living in small apartments they need to get their daily exercise and walking them on the lead doesn’t assist. Another big part of a dog’s life is socialising them with other dogs regularly so they remain calm and friendly dogs. The most impressive thing about Clayton Reserve is the fences, there are low fences and gates all around the park so you can trust your dog is not going to run away or get hit by a car.

A combined response from VicUrban and Melbourne City Council follows:

“It would be great if VicUrban and the City of Melbourne could put aside a fenced off

The City of Melbourne with VicUrban is undertaking an extensive community engagement process to gauge the needs and aspirations of the community in regard to the future vision and development of Docklands. We have been very encouraged by the response to date with more than 3,700 people participating in the first phase


You ask 3008 listens of the engagement. More than 2,000 of these participants provided specific ideas and comments. Dog off-leash areas is one suggestion that has come up through the engagement process so far. There are significant challenges in finding an appropriate location for a dog off-leash area given there are certain parameters needed for such a facility to ensure the safety of park users and dogs. A dog off-leash area is one feature being considered as part of the recreation scenario for Western Park; a two hectare site located to the west of NewQuay that provides an opportunity for a new park in Docklands. There will however be further opportunities for this idea to be considered as part of the future planning of the parks and open spaces for Docklands. Looking for answers? Email




New Year’s resolutions made easier

with government and community leadership YMCA Docklands is excited that city workers and residents of Melbourne and the Docklands communities have now more support in achieving their health and wellness New Year’s resolutions in 2011, with the establishment of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency. The Agency, ironically formed on January 1, 2011 is the new national body set up to improve the health of Australians. YMCA Docklands has been even busier since the new year, with members of the community visiting with health minded goals and eager to begin exercise programs, in a bid to start afresh in 2011. “It’s great to see both new and familiar faces coming in, motivated to make



healthy changes to their life,” said Andrew Ward, YMCA Docklands Centre Manager.

the community membership incentives to get started in 2011.

making it easier for people to get started,” said Andrew Ward.

Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon says health related New Year’s resolutions such as getting active and eating well will be promoted throughout the year and beyond by the Australian National Preventive Health Agency.

People who join as members of YMCA Docklands will receive a saving of 50 per cent on the start up fee, if they sign up by Monday 28 February, 2011.

To find out more about membership incentives at YMCA Docklands go to or call (03) 8621 8300 or (03) 8615 9622, offer ends Monday 28 February, 2011.

“We know that preventative health measures work, that’s why we are supporting Australians who are ready to get active, eat well and adopt healthier lifestyles”, said Ms Roxon. YMCA Docklands shares this vision and is supporting the Australian Government’s preventative health initiatives, by offering

Existing members of YMCA Docklands can benefit too, with a bonus four weeks on their membership if they refer family and friends to join as members by February 28, 2011. “A priority of both YMCA Docklands centres is to help all people in the community achieve their health and fitness goals. We’re happy that we can offer these membership incentives,

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BuRLesque COMes tO DOCkLAnDs With the Golden Globe nominated film Burlesque, starring Cher & Christina aguilera recently making its debut on our cinematic screens, the docklands Community can now also get into the swing with some fabulous and fun classes starting this February. the beauty of Burlesque is that it’s so feminine, glamorous and terrific fun. it’s a celebration of oneself, it’s a great stress release and a great workout all rolled up in the name of fun! Best of all anyone can take part despite your body shape and age. Burlesque has no limitations when it comes to fun and frivolity.

One of the highlights for Christine was performing at British supermodel, kate Moss’ wedding at kudeta in Bali. she was hired to Burlesque dance which included climbing up an enormous pole


Christine sully, director of Bellacize, commencing both Bellacize Burlesque Booti hips classes and Zumba classes at the hub, started out as a Fitness instructor over ten years ago but has enjoyed a lifetime of dance. Christine began introducing Bollywood, Bellydance and Burlesque into her workouts to an amazing response from her class participants. Before long clients starting asking Christine to bring in costumes and to perform and facilitate hen’s nights, which steadily gained not only great popularity with her clients but attracted some big names as well.


in a fabulous burlesque costume to get the party started. as we now know that particular wedding didn’t go ahead as kate’s fiancé at the time was detained at heathrow on drug charges; however, the party certainly did go ahead with Cirque du soleil also performing on the night. across australia there are now 25 Bellacize instructors running classes and weekly hen’s nights and even some private classes on request for people wishing to prepare a special dance for their partner’s birthdays or anniversaries. With Valentine’s day around the corner here’s a gift idea with a difference. Christine loves what she does and is extremely excited to bring her classes to the docklands Community. “the main thing that i enjoy watching is how the self conscious blossoms. i think it’s a combination of the great work out (with shimmy practice during the week) and a new found self confidence that see’s the participants dressing up a little more and looking somewhat more Booti-licious!” this is a great team builder or exercise to enjoy with friends or to meet new people, Classes commence at the hub on Friday 4 February Zumba Class from 5.30pm and Bellacize Burlesque Booti hips from 6.30pm For more info please call Christine on 0423 807 260 or e: or visit


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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes in docklands have recommenced for 2011 with new lunchtime sessions now running. Great for fitness and core strength, Jiu Jitsu is an effective martial art suitable for both men and women.

linux is a free and open-source operating system that is the preferred choice among computer experts. if you look at a list of the top 500 supercomputers, over 90% of them use linux. if you look at a website, chances are it is running linux.

though in its first year of operation, docklands Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has a dedicated group of members. as part of the australian Jiu Jitsu alliance team, the club competed successfully in the recent 2010 Pan Pacific Championships Jiu Jitsu Championships. Overall, the team placed an impressive third amongst teams from all around australia. With the new year having started, it’s a great opportunity to start learning a new martial art while improving your fitness. docklands Brazilian Jiu Jitsu welcomes beginners and new members are always welcome. Location: The Hub, 80 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands. Across the road from the NAB building Session times: Tues & Thurs 5:30-7:30pm or Wed 12pm-1pm. First session free More information: Available at or call (03) 9016 8471

linux is also available for regular users and offers the range of home and office applications that you would expect from a modern system. linux users of Victoria is one of australia’s largest and oldest linux user Groups conducting two regular events each month. On the first tuesday of the month luV runs technical lectures at trinity College and at the hub in docklands on the third saturday of the month, luV run a hands on beginner’s workshop ddressing the linux issues of the users who attend. the meetings at trinity College are held from 7pm onwards, meetings at the hub are held from 12 noon on the 19th of February. Contact: for further information or The Hub

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YOGA Is FOR eveRYOne no excuses, yoga is for everyone and now is the time to act on that long held desire to give yoga a try or get back to where you once left off with lunchtime and evening classes available. yoga can help you manage your stress, improve your breathing, and become stronger and more flexible, and that’s just the beginning!

MOtIvAte YOuR teAM In tHe sWeetest OF WAYs a fun and fantastic opportunity for your work team to learn from atlantic’s pastry chef, lisa Van Zanten who will unveil the secrets of baking and decorating the perfect cupcake! now that’s a skill that will sweeten a lifetime.

improve your co-ordination and balance, become more focused, and in tune with your body. you don’t have to be young, fit, flexible, or female… yoga is for everyone!

Be sure to recruit your most creative minds though as the team with the best decorated cup cakes will be in the running for a Central Pier gift voucher valued at $100!

Lunchtime Classes: Wednesdays 12-1pm or Fridays 12:30 -1:30pm Evening Classes: tuesdays and thursdays 6.45 - 8.15pm Where: the hub – 80 harbour esplanade, docklands Cost: $20 per drop-in class, or $175 for a ten-class pass. Lunchtime passes are available for $165. 3008 New Year Special: Pay for ten classes, get twelve! Contact: nadine on 0404 025 041 for more details. Web:

you’ll need a minimum of 20 course attendees at $50 per person but this exercise is sure to be great fun and an innovative and way to team build as 2011 unfolds. Where: Peninsula Entrance – Shed 14, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands For further information and bookings: contact or call 8623 9600

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this international organisation exists in most countries across the globe incorporating structured meetings and following an agenda with specific exercises and activities planned to identify strengths and areas for improvement in public speaking. the first meeting of the docklands toastmasters Club took place in October 2006 and the Club was officially founded in april 2007. docklands toastmasters Club was recently recognised for adding five new members between august 1, 2010 and september 30, 2010, and in doing so qualified to receive the international “smedley award” ribbon to display on their club’s banner.

new Docklands toastmasters Club Member, nisha


toastmasters provide the perfect forum to practice and improve your public speaking and leadership abilities in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. using the toastmasters international educational program as a guide, members work together to achieve each person’s individual goals.

docklands toastmasters Club continues to grow with close to 20 members attending their bi-monthly meetings. toastmasters assists with refining public speaking, presentation, focus and the ability to speak audibly which is particularly beneficial for people who need to speak in meetings or address audiences and for students, while often people just want to hone their one on one speaking abilities.

From icebreaker speeches, prepared speeches and impromptu and fun group exercises, toastmasters provides an excellent way to polish your verbal communication. docklands toastmasters invites you to be their guest at as many meetings as you wish to attend and guests are encouraged to participate in all the exercises (impromptu) but only prepared speeches (which leads to a certificate) can be presented by the members. there is a $30 joining fee to toastmasters international and an additional $48 membership fee for 6 months which covers room hire and club expenses. docklands toastmasters Club meets at the hub on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 6:30pm for approximately 2 hours. Visit or contact

docklands toastmasters integrate many different speaking and role bearing opportunities in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.



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seRvCORP OFFeRs FIRst seRvICeD AnD vIRtuAL OFFICes In DOCkLAnDs Leading international office services provider and Australian company Servcorp has expanded its network in Australia with the first serviced office in Melbourne’s Docklands development.

the cornerstone for an interconnected communications network.

Taine Moufarrige, Servcorp General Manager Australia and New Zealand said Servcorp chose to add 710 Collins Street to its impressive portfolio of locations because it is an emerging business address for Servcorp clients. “We’re very excited to provide our exceptional Serviced and Virtual Office solutions at this exclusive location. We’ve come in at the right time to offer our clients the opportunity to set up their business in this exciting new development!”

“Servcorp’s dedication and an investment of $50 million into our worldwide converged IP network has delivered our clients 99.99 per cent up time across the globe. Having a reliable robust technology platform with multiple redundancies is critical to ensure our clients can run their businesses smoothly. It doesn’t matter if they are in one of our office locations or accessing their Servcorp online account anywhere, anytime. Our new iPhone applications just extend that flexibility and capability” Mr. Moufarrige said

“One of the things that attracted us to the building was its 5 star green energy rating. This echoes our commitment to support the environmental and social communities in which we operate. This is all part of the Servcorp Green Offices Project which aims to initiate more environmental sustainability within Servcorp and the businesses of our clients.”

Mr. Moufarrige also said Servcorp has also made a commitment to provide fast internet connections within all locations by purchasing the tier one level of service. “Our rule of thumb is to always use a tier one provider because it mitigates a fair bit of that risk and we know that anywhere in the world, we get the best performance out of that country,” he said.

Luckily, for those seeking to move into the cosmopolitan Melbourne market without the hassle of sourcing, setting up and paying exorbitant rent for their own office space, Servcorp offers a range of Serviced Offices and Virtual Offices with packages tailored to suit any business!

For many start-ups, this notion of having reliable and customisable office and IT solutions is vital for growth. Companies of any size can simply walk into their Servcorp office and begin conducting business instantly! It’s easy to operate with the corporate presence, IT and communications infrastructure and support of a multi-national organisation without the overheads.

Clients not only have access to premium fully furnished office space without the costly long term leases, but they can rest assured that while they focus on their business, their calls and messages are being managed by a dedicated receptionist (Servcorp never uses call centres, all your calls will be answered in your company name and as per your instructions!). Also available on hand is a fully trained Personal Assistant who can perform administrative, marketing or last minute tasks giving you the flexibility of extra staff support without the commitment, cost and hassle of hiring more people. A major difference from a technological perspective between Servcorp and its competitors was its decision to invest in a VoIP platform ten years ago, creating

Servcorp offers the world’s finest serviced and virtual office solutions. Founded in Sydney in 1978, Servcorp now operates an international network of prime city locations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Japan, United Kingdom, United States of America, China, South-East Asia, India, Europe and the Middle East including the prestigious Chifley Tower, Sydney; Marunouchi Trust Tower, Tokyo; Al Habtoor Business Towers, Dubai; Louis Vuitton Building Paris and 1330 Avenue of the Americas, New York. to enquire about a servcorp serviced or virtual Office please contact Misha Allcock, Manager on 03 9097 1700 servcorp is centrally located at 710 Collins street, Docklands

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2011 MeLBOuRne InteRnAtIOnAL BOAt & LIFestYLe FestIvAL

LET ThE 2011 BoaT shoW CIrCuIT BEGIN… MelBouRne inteRnational Boat & liFeStYle FeStival the Melbourne international Boat & lifestyle Festival is set to shine in Melbourne at Waterfront City, docklands on February 4-6, 2011. this event is one of Melbourne’s premier events held at docklands to showcase not only the surrounding precinct and restaurants but also the yachts on display along with many other power boats and marine related exhibitor products. this year is no exception with lots to see and do. Go kayaking, see the fishing competition weigh-in; view the magnificent vessels on display and check out the latest safety information. the Westpac rescue helicopter is scheduled to make an appearance with a much adored celebrity. the event will showcase the latest in boats and associated products with loads

of boats on water in the marina. the new hanse 445, new riveria 5000 range, Beneteau Oceanis 58 and Caribbean 35 Mk iii to name a few. While on the promenade view the latest trailerable fishing and ski boats from many of Melbourne’s best dealers and of course check out the sealegs land and sea amphibious marine craft and the new Misty harbour powered pontoons. the festival includes the Bia Bream Fishing Classic- a catch & release and weigh in competition, a new stage dedicated to all things fishing with the yamaha supertank on show. Food, wine and music are featured at the 2011 MiBlF for all the family. Melbourne City Council and Marine safety Victoria are proud long term sponsors of this annual event now in its 15th year. Other supporters are Bollé, Parks Victoria,

trailer Boat, trader tag, Boatsonsale., BoatClub, Waterfront City, new Quay, 3aW and brought to you by Boating industry association of Victoria. ticket sales will be available online for the marina, visit for all of the details. Prices are as follows: Online ticket prices: adults- $10 Concession- $6 Child- $1 Box office ticket prices: adults-$12 Concession-$8 Child-$2

CELEBRITIES SIGN UP TO MAKE A SPLASH FOR VARIETY Much loved australian actor Blair Mcdonough, hawthorn Football Club Premiership player Brad sewell & 3aW radio host Mike Brady are throwing their support and talents behind Variety splash this February starting off at docklands.

returning for his second year as a Variety splash ambassador, Brad sewell will be


long time Variety supporter Blair shot to fame as the runner-up in the inaugural Big Brother house before moving into acting and is now a star of a new Channel seven series “Winners and losers”. after experiencing the Variety Bash for the first time this year, Blair has decided to try his hand at the splash. “i had so much fun, i’ve jumped at the opportunity to work with Variety to help them promote the event” said Mcdonough.


participating in splash in between his pre-season football training. Brad said “Following my involvement last year, i saw so many boating enthusiasts raising money for charity and having fun on the water– i wouldn’t miss out on this unique event”. For the first time Mike Brady will be entering his own boat in splash. a keen boater, Mike will enter his Beneteau Oceanis cruising yacht in the event and will host a number of friends onboard over the three days of boating on Port Phillip. “i’m looking forward to the splash event in February. i have been on ten Variety road events but never a water event. i have a special place for Variety in my life and it is a truism that everything that Variety does, whilst being fun for the participants, always has a true benefit for australia’s

children in need….. splash will be a new experience for me and my crew” said Brady. in 2011 the three-day Variety splash will follow a new course taking the fleet from docklands to Queenscliff; Queenscliff to Mornington; Mornington to sandringham. With the support of the three ambassadors Blair, Brad and Mike, Variety splash is appealing to corporates and the boating community to be involved in what is a unique event which ensures exceptional hospitality and fun, whilst raising much needed funds and increasing the awareness of the wonderful work Variety does. the Variety splash is similar in style to the infamous Variety Bash, where the focus is firmly placed on having fun. as with all

Variety events, the splash has a serious side. its primary objective is to raise money for children in the community with a wide range of special needs. the money raised goes towards sunshine Coaches (minibuses) for children’s organisations, liberty Wheelchair swings for council playgrounds, specialist communication devices such as dynavox machines, mobility equipment such as wheelchairs and second skin splints, neonatal transport ambulances, and public education campaigns. it is hoped that the 2011 event will raise approximately $150,000 for Children with special needs. Variety Splash: Thursday (evening) 24th February to Sunday (afternoon) 27th February, 2011 For more details visit:

syndicated yacht ownership pioneer yachtshare Victoria will market two new boats during the Melbourne international Boat and lifestyle Festival in February.

the seawind 1250 catamaran will be based at docklands for the Victorian summer and relocated to the Gippsland lakes during winter.

yachtshare CeO Barry Pares said the company has completed plans to launch a luxury seawind 1250 catamaran and a hanse 400 cruiser-racer on Port Phillip Bay in late 2011. Both boats will be available for inspection during the Festival.

the hanse will be based on Port Phillip Bay, offering owners the opportunity to compete in a full season of racing as well as family cruising.

Mr Pares said the boats will be fully serviced, fully maintained and fully managed on behalf of owners. “We are offering 10 shares in each boat,” he said. “these boats will offer the ultimate in cruising luxury with premium walk-on walk-off services.

Yachtshare’s flagship Seawind 1250 offers walk-on walk-off sailing.

“all our boats include everything you need for pleasure cruising – linen, towels, galley utensils, crockery and cutlery for up to eight people; even a hair dryer!”

days on their calendar. special dates such as public holidays are shared equally between owners over the three-year term. “even novice boaties can live the dream,” said Pares. “We offer full personalised training as well as 24/7 on-water assistance. Owners share running costs of the boat and we offer invitations to social functions and yachting events throughout the year.”

”these beautiful vessels will have every option imaginable,” said Pares. “We will offer owners of the beautiful seawind catamaran the chance to join the coastal transition trips to and from the lakes at the end of each season.” yachtshare owners retain equity in their vessels which means that they share the proceeds when their boat is sold after a three-year ownership period. Owners are assured of equitable use of their boat through an online calendar. they nominate the day or days they wish to use their boat by simply ticking the

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a share in the hanse 400 is $48,500 plus $750 per month in ongoing costs. the seawind 1250 share will cost $89,900 plus $880 per month. you will find yachtshare at stand 32 at the Melbourne international Boat and lifestyle Festival from 4-6 February at docklands. For Further Informations: Wayne Woodward Ph: 0438 722 888 Email: Web:

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a ParMa aND PoT HitS tHe SPot Review by nathaniel Stockley the James Squire Hotel has recently re-opened after undergoing some substantial renovations. the ground floor of the venue has been smartly decked out and features comfortable Chesterfield lounges intermingled with bistro style dining, whilst upstairs has been transformed into a lavish function space with capacity for up to 300 guests. the leather lounges are perfect for sitting back and savouring one of the handcrafted James Squire beers as you enjoy the stunning views across the city. the new menu comprises a range of Modern australian fare, including a variety of premium steaks and an interesting selection of chicken Parma dishes. the focus is on quality australian produce and a measured use of native ingredients.

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the James Squire tasting paddles are a brilliant way to explore the range of hand crafted beers on offer. Comprising a wooden paddle with six 100 ml shots of the James Squire beers on offer, they are a fun way to taste test all the uniquely styled beers on tap at the Brewhouse.

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Key points for slow simmered beef dish: the best cuts for a slow simmering beef dish are topside, blade and round beef. Cooking time will be 1-1.5 hours. to add consistency to a slow simmering dish, cut beef into 3cm cubes. Browning the beef will make the dish richer in flavour. Keep the pan at medium – high heat. the pan needs to be hot enough for the beef to sizzle. if the pan is not hot enough or you cook too much at one time, you’ll end up with dry, chewy meat.

Half price Churrascaria Flame grilled meat & seafood All you can eat tuesdays, lunch & dinner BlueFire Churrascaria Grill Ph 9670 8008 18, 427 docklands drive, waterfront City, docklands

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Before hitting the BBQ: take your steaks out of the fridge 10 minutes before cooking. this will give an evenly heated and browned steak. Cold meat placed on a grill or hot plate can tighten, toughen or even stew the steak.

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2011 has got your name written all over it! With lucky Jupiter and brilliant uranus about to head into aries, the opportunities will come thick and fast and even you won’t be able to believe it’s all happening so quickly. a solar eclipse at the new moon on the 4th January in your career sector will clear the deck for new opportunities at work, so if ever there was a year to gain a promotion, start your own business or ask for a pay rise, this is it. any move you make should represent a step up rather than a shift sideways. Just go for it!

With ruling planet Mercury travelling backwards for most of december, it’s time to pause for breath, take stock and make plans for the year ahead. although you’d love to settle things rapidly and just get on with life, you may need to exercise patience and remember that old saying ‘More haste, less speed’! the good news is that you will be able to forge ahead in the not too distant future as uranus and Jupiter move into aries producing undreamed of opportunities for networking and socialising (and not just on Facebook!) Who would you like to meet or hang out with? Who could lend a helping hand? and how can you help others achieve their dreams and goals?



a year of hard work lies ahead taurus, but be assured that you will reap what you sow. Pay close attention to your finances, in particular financial matters involving other people such as mortgages, loans, credit cards, pensions, redundancy packages and inheritances. a trip to the financial planner could prove a worthwhile investment. the start of the year looks particularly promising for your career as uranus orbits close to lucky Jupiter, bringer of gifts and good fortune. this lucky streak particularly applies to those working in international trade, the media, law, publishing and education.

2011 is a year of change and growth, Cancer with pretty much everything up for grabs. a solar eclipse in your relationship sector in early January could force you to make some important decisions in your marriage or business partnership, or maybe it’s your partner or colleague wanting the change. Whatever your situation, know that the only way out is forward - you cannot go back to the way things were before. and with a volatile Jupiter-uranus conjunction firing up your career sector you’ll either be forging ahead at work with new enthusiasm and drive or become increasingly dissatisfied and looking around for new opportunities. don’t be afraid of change - as one door closes another will surely open.

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What does the year ahead hold for you, sit back and read on….


Stella Woods (aka Stella Starwoman) is one of Australia’s leading astrology and tarot consultants with over twenty years experience, thousands of satisfied clients and a reputation for offering practical, sensitive and insightful advice. Stella is also a brilliant astrology and tarot teacher and counsellor, a popular radio presenter on Melbourne’s 3RRR and writes the monthly astrology columns for leading lifestyle magazines including Living Now Magazine. Her dream is to bring these ancient teachings back to life and 3008 Docklands Magazine is proud to present Stella’s 2011 astrological forecast to our valued readers.


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sometimes life can seem rather predictable and unexciting even though, as a fire sign, your core needs are for vision, passion and creativity. With inspirational uranus and lucky Jupiter moving into fellow fire sign aries this year, any sluggish tendencies or artist’s block will be banished from your life as your mind opens to embrace the amazing possibilities of life on planet earth. For some this will involve return to study or an overseas trip, for others a brand new perspective on life coupled with a renewed sense of childish excitement. Whatever you decide to do - have fun!

librans who found 2010 challenging can look forward to an easing off of the pressure in 2011. Many of you experienced a planned or unplanned overhaul of your life last year with the much-touted cardinal t-square of Pluto, uranus and saturn combusting relationships, home life, health and self esteem. now that the dust has settled, librans can look forward to new opportunities, particularly on the relationship front as lucky Jupiter lights up your marriage sector and uranus brings new and exciting people into your life. Build firm foundations in all areas of your life and watch them grow and flourish!

arm yourself with a large red pen and draw a ring round the 23rd of January on your calendar. this is the date that your ruling planet Jupiter moves into aries ushering in a year of love, excitement, adventure, possibility, risk taking and brand new horizons - mental, physical, spiritual and emotional. now take a green pen and draw a ring round the 12th March. this is the day uranus moves into aries multiplying all of the above by ten. are you excited? Can you believe it? Well, what have you got to lose? you’ve been working hard and biding your time and now it’s your turn to shine. reach for the stars!

you may find yourself wallowing in depression aquarius without understanding exactly why. truth is, there are a lot of small things bothering you and you’ll feel much better if you bring these hidden worries and anxieties into the light of day, write them down and examine them logically. the January solar eclipse falls in your house of secrets and unconscious matters, so time spent in meditation and solitude will prove fruitful as will a trip to the beach or countryside. you’ll feel much better as the year wears on with the Jupiter-uranus transit of aries bringing fresh ideas and perspective.





With lucky Jupiter and erratic uranus entering your investment sector this year, take particular care with finances, particularly large scale investments and joint ventures. While luck is generally on your side, the Jupiter-uranus combination can lead to over-confidence and a slapdash approach to decision making. 2011 is a year of reaping what you sow, so if you’ve put in the groundwork, you can look forward to a bountiful harvest. the reverse is also true. Parents could find the first part of the year challenging with children proving especially demanding. try to be fair and avoid power struggles.

any unresolved tension with close family members, particularly brothers and sisters is likely to erupt this year, so try to act in an adult manner rather than resorting to old unconscious patterns of behaviour. Being a water sign you tend to sense things rather than think them through logically. this makes you a wonderful judge of character, but sometimes a bit of cool-headed detachment goes a long way. Personal relationships are also an important theme in 2011. the more love, care and consideration you express towards your partner and family, the more will flow right back to you.

saturn begins his annual retrograde cycle this month heralding a major breakthrough in your life. 2011 begins with a solar eclipse in Capricorn bringing fresh challenges, perhaps a new job or career path or maybe a different culture, new contacts and new relationships. as you adapt to your new role in life, you will quickly develop the skills needed to survive. Mars has been in Capricorn since early december and will leave your sign in mid-January offering you a superb opportunity to begin a fresh chapter. you are courageous and determined, ready to do whatever it takes to succeed. Good luck!

new opportunities for friendship, networking and socialising abound this month Pisces with Mars bringing fresh energy and excitement to these areas of life. you may have to say goodbye to friends who have passed their use-by date, but life is all about cycles and you’re about to enter a new one. Jupiter has been travelling through Pisces for the past 12 months and will be leaving your sign in late January. you may feel as though you’ve lost some of your mojo, but before too long neptune will be entering Pisces for a 14 year stint making you and your talents and outlook flavour of the decade!

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By Lisa Quittner After entertaining audiences around the world for over a decade, Hi-5 celebrated the impressive milestone of 500 TV episodes as stars Casey, Fely, Lauren, Tim and Stevie filmed the 12th series late last year. The hit show currently screens in 220 countries, reaching an average weekly audience of 1,000,000 children with a vibrant mix of stories, songs, investigation, imagination and adventure specially created for children between two and six years old. As Hi-5 prepares to set off on their next great adventure and latest Australian tour this April, Turn the Music Up! 3008 took some time to find out more about popular cast member Tim Maddren. How long have you been part of Hi-5 and what were you doing before you joined Hi-5? I’ve been part of the group for just over 2 years now. Before this I was in a cult musical called ‘Altar Boyz’. It was an amazing show to be a part of. We even got a Green Room Nomination for our efforts. It set me up well for this job as the cast consisted of 5 people also. What is the theme of the latest Hi-5 CD/ DVD and upcoming Hi-5 Concert ‘Turn the Music Up’? Quite simply, heaps of Hi-5 songs. The children love them so we are going to pack in as many as possible. I’ve already started running to get fit enough. It is going to be heaps of fun to do.

Are there lots of new songs for the kids and their parents to learn, will Hi-5 be performing any of the older favourites as well?

show but the children predominately know us by our real names. And that sort of human interaction I feel will always have a place in Children’s Television.

We always try to have a mix. We are incredibly fortunate thanks to our composer Chris Harriott that we have so many awesome songs to choose from.

Why is music and movement so important for young children and what do you feel are the greatest benefits for children? Because both music and movement to a child is seen as something enjoyable, a form of play. I believe, and I’m not alone in this, that children learn through play. That, I feel is the best way for children to discover this brand new world they are entering.

Your schedule must be incredibly busy with recording the TV series, CD’s, DVD’s and touring, what aspect do you do personally enjoy most? Walking through the supermarket and all of a sudden a child comes running at you with a smile on their face to say Hi! I love how Hi-5 makes kids happy; you can see it in their face when they greet you. It is a really special job. I believe 1 million children across the globe watch Hi-5 each week, why do you think Hi-5 has been so popular and successful over the past decade, it is the combination of the group, characters , music and colour, or is there something more magical that draws children to Hi-5? Yes, all of the above. I think Australia has always produced very good children’s television. Many shows have been embraced the world over so it seems right that Hi-5 should be based in this country. I also feel that more and more shows are becoming completely animated, which is cool but with Hi-5, the children’s interaction with the performers on the show has always been very important. Yes, we play lots of different characters on the

What will the kids discover on the ‘Turn the Music Up!’ concert tour? It will be a great adventure for all the family to enjoy. You will have so much fun singing and dancing to all your favourite Hi-5 songs. And that I can’t do head spins! Tim Maddren along with his Hi-5 cast members Lauren Brant, Casey Burgess, Fely Irvine, and Stevie Nicholson invites all their friends to join them as they tour with the Turn the Music Up! Live stage show this April, tickets are on sale now. For tour details and tickets, visit

Docklands Mini Maestros Introducing the Magic of Music



Introduce your child in 2011 to the magic of music with Mini Maestros. Their unique Australian music programs for babies and young children aged from 6 months to 5 years are carefully developed by early childhood music education experts. Educate, energise and excite your child with the love of music through singing,

dancing and playing instruments. It’s also a great way to meet new friends for parents and tots. When: Tuesday classes commence February 1st between 9.30 am and 1.20 pm

Thursday classes commencing March 3rd between 10am -12pm Where: The Hub @ Docklands, 80 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands Contact: Karen on 9503 0056

Little Assets Early Learning Centres provide quality environments, exceptional care and stimulating learning opportunities, delivered by our educational specialists for children aged 3 months - 6 years of age. Our centres have been specially designed to provide an environment which is safe, nurturing, and dynamic for individual learning. The practice principles and outcomes of the Victorian Early Year’s Learning and Developmental Framework is embedded in our practice. Our high quality education program features a child-centred approach that recognises the unique characteristics of each child, with routines that are flexible and tailored to meet their needs. This learning is supported and extended by teaching staff that are training or fully qualified in early childhood education.


#1 in Early Childhood Education convenient. Our centre is open from 7am to 7pm five days a week, with free designated parking bays to ensure fast and hassle free pick up and drop offs for busy parents. Our centre is purpose built and overlooks the beautiful Yarra River. Access to the centre is via a private lift and entrance into the centre has a unique security code insuring added peace of mind for parents. Our onsite cook prepares nutritious meals and snacks daily, and is available to discuss your child’s food allergies and weekly menus. For more information or to arrange a tour of our centre facilities, please visit or call the centre direct on (03) 9620 2887

Our train logo represents the journey children take while attending our centre. Children begin this journey at different ages and stages in their life. A train ride enables children to hop on and off at different levels of their development but also enables the children’s family to get on board and be involved in the child’s learning and development. This is essential to create collaborative partnership with the children’s families. We believe our teachers take on the role as the train driver. They drive the children’s learning by providing environments that foster growth and stimulate children to the extent each individual needs. The train tracks symbolises that all the children in the centre are heading in the same direction. The train heads forward as we aim to encourage children’s knowledge and skills of the world around them. Conveniently located within the World Trade Centre precinct in Melbourne’s Central Business District and nearby Docklands is Little Assets Melbourne City Early Learning Centre. Ideal for working families and residents of central Melbourne, our 120 place centre includes many additional elements to make child care within the CBD that little more FEBRUARY 2011



It’s back to School time By Nicole Hutcheson - Kinesiology Practitioner & Instructor 3008 is extremely excited and happy to introduce Nicole Hutcheson to our readers. Nicole is a Docklands resident of 6 years, and owner of a very successful Kinesiology practice, Nicole is also a lecturer at Kinesiology Connection - the most prestigious Natural Medicine College in Melbourne. Nicole brings a great wealth of knowledge and advice as a new school year begins with some fantastic and practical advice for parents. We look forward in the months ahead to more of Nicole’s insights as a contributing writer for 3008 Docklands Magazine. Please read on as Nicole shares her expertise on assisting your children get the best start to 2011 possible. Starting school - whether it is for the first time or returning, can be an exciting and stressful time for many children and their parents. There are some really simple ways you can help make this transition easier by helping support your child’s body and mind. Nutrition We all know that it is essential for our children to have a healthy and well balanced diet. The food our children eat supplies them with all of the nutrients they need to grow, play and learn.


It is recommended that your child consume between 6-9 serves of fruit and vegetables, 5-9 serves of grains and cereals, 2-4 serves of dairy and 2 serves of meat, fish or poultry every day. As we all know, this isn’t always easy to achieve. Even if we do manage to supply them with all of this every day, you can’t always ensure that your child will eat everything


you give them. Many times the lunch box comes home still full, or your child has swapped their lunch with their friends. To ensure that your children are getting all of the vitamins and minerals they need, it is vital that we support their diet with a good quality nutritional supplement. It is important to note here that nutritional supplements do not replace a healthy, balanced diet- but they are necessary to “fill in the gaps” to make certain your child is getting all the goodness they need. Many supplements can be taken in tasty chewable form, or even as a milkshake.** Exercises for Learning Brain Integration is essential for learning. Put simply, brain integration means the ability for the left side of the brain (responsible for logic, reasoning and numbers) and the right side of the brain (processes colour, imagination and images) to communicate together properly. Learning difficulties such as dyslexia are associated with lack of co-ordination between these two brain hemispheres. If both sides are not communicating well, a child’s reading may be jerky, breathless and without expression or comprehension. A simple exercise that you can do with your child to encourage the integration of the left and right brain is to have them march on the spot for about 20 seconds, making their movements quite exaggerated. Make sure that when their right arm is swinging forward, their left knee is out to the front. This movement requires both sides of the brain to work together at the same time. If you notice that movement is all one sided (ie right arm is out to the front and so is the right knee), this is an indication that brain integration is not in balance. If this is the case with your child, just

encourage them to keep on practicing the integrated way every day and they will soon be able to do it easily and fluidly. This exercise can be done before school, or when they get home and are about to start their homework. Calming Nerves You may find that your child becomes nervous at the thought of starting or returning to school. A lot of this stress comes from the fact that they may not know what to expect once they get there. One great way to help calm these nerves is to encourage your child to use their imagination and tell you what they would like school to be. They can be as silly and outrageous as they like. This works like a visualisation. Get them to use all of their senses - what can they see, smell and hear. Our mind is made up of two parts - the conscious and the subconscious mind. Our subconscious mind reacts to images and colours and is actually unable to tell the difference between reality and fantasy. Just like when we watch a sad movie and find ourselves crying- we know it’s not real, but we react as if it is. This type of visualisation works in the same way. Your child can think of starting school in a way that would make them feel calm and happy. It may not be real- but their subconscious mind will react as if it is and they in turn will become calm.

Nicole Hutcheson is a highly skilled Professional Kinesiology Practitioner, and internationally qualified Instructor. She has been a Docklands resident for 6 years. **For more information and personalised advice regarding industry standard and recommended nutritional supplements, or to enquire about a Kinesiology session, email

By Tahlia Mandie – Psychotherapist & Family Counsellor After school activities can be enriching and empowering for school age kids. They can give children the opportunity to meet new peers, explore their different interests, passions and strengths while helping them develop their talents and confidence. More and more programs are being put together and I am now seeing promotional flyers and billboards in my area. The choice of activity all depends on your child’s personality, interests, hobbies and age group. It is good for children to be trying new things and explore different skills, however, it is also important for children to have stability and consistency and learn how to stick to something that may take practice and time to develop. Some things don’t have an instant gratification and reward, but may in the future. Whether it be ballet, soccer, chess club, art school or cooking class, just to name a few, it is a good idea for children to have input in the decision making process.

My recommendation is to not go overboard with extra after school activities, also allowing down-time, rest and family time. Remember what your limitations are so you are not left feeling burnt and stressed out. It is not fun for anyone if you are feeling stressed. Whatever choice you and your children make, after school activities can provide life long memories and skills that can last a lifetime. Such programs and activities can give children the boost they need… whatever that may be. Tahlia Mandie is a psychotherapist and family counsellor specialising in counselling for teens and families, helping them move to greater confidence, self-belief and direction. Tahlia also runs workshops for parents and teens as well as writing regular columns and articles. To enquire more about her work, go to www. 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.

Roman’s View It’s a graceful elegance that pours over the Docklands this February. Even after the many activities that had been such an amazing success, the outstanding fireworks display, the live entertainment at Waterfront City, and the phenomenal amount of people that were lucky enough to be there, there’s no doubt, Docklands was the place to be for New Years Eve. It’s a pleasure to reflect on so much that has happened over the past year, and there’s so much to look forward to, I can hardly wait. It’s a quiet spectacle, normally without much fuss. Docklands continues to make plenty of headway into the mindset of many Melbournians, and more importantly, the Melbourne landscape. Its vision and sense of place within the fabric of what is already a much revered and respected city. Docklands has certainly come a long way, from its beginnings as Melbourne’s busiest Dock.


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walkways in and around Victoria Harbour, to the many fine establishments, that are darted in and around the area. These extra dimensions are what everyone is embracing, as Docklands continues to expand and show real stability. It’s pleasing to me to experience true acknowledgements of partnership between work and play, it provides much more than opportunity, and as we all know, opportunity is one of many ingredients that go into making a great community, as well as a great life. In Romans View: I believe 2011, is going to be a fantastic year, filled with plenty to see and do, and with so much to look forward to, the good people of Docklands and all those who live and work there, shall be rewarded in more ways than one. Have a sensational February everyone. Roman is Customer Service Supervisor at Harbour Town’s Tourism Lounge & a regular 3008 contributor info@

Docklands is very rapidly beginning to emerge as having its own Identity with a unique style, grace and elegance, that has seen more of an amalgam of influences from around the world. It’s great to see plenty of local residents embracing everything that Docklands has on offer in their daily regime , taking full advantage of the amazing parks and



Docklands 2011 - Bigger, Better, Bolder

DOCKLANDS’ WRITERS SHARING A LOVE OF THE WRITTEN WORD by Rose Mercer awash with wonder my fingers hit the keyboard creating new worlds - Renée Barber As the facilitator of Docklands Writers, I’m excited by how this group has settled into its task of writerly discussions, providing meaningful feedback on each other’s offerings and generally being supportive and fun members. Since our first gathering in October 2010, we have connected exceedingly well. Our meeting formats vary – some days we workshop, some we discuss writing issues and difficulties and on others we were fortunate to have successful Melbourne authors PD Martin and Lindy Cameron (separately) generously sharing priceless insights into their own writing journeys, publishing and generally surviving as a writer. We will have Honey Brown speaking with us in February regarding her novels and adapting Red Queen for the screen, later in the year, Lynda Langley will give us an insight into life writing and biographies and Lindy Cameron will return to update us on her life as Clan Destine publisher.


We have learned about Australian Standards for story submissions, what “show don’t tell” means, how to create interesting characters and generally that writing is hard work but oh-so-fun when it works – addictive really. Our weekly prompts have seen the creation of an endearing other-worldly character, a mystical American Indian vignette, conversations with puppies in a pet shop


window, and wonderfully visual and descriptive writing from our one vision-impaired member. Personally, I am reminded that writing is a tough grind both physically and emotionally, especially when something unpleasant or difficult happens to one of the citizens in my head or when they just won’t behave as I want them to. Above all, I learned that some feedback may sting, some can be brushed aside but oh, the admiration for those who pick up the things I don’t see, or teach me things I didn’t know, I didn’t know. Docklands Writers have several short stories and novels under construction in varying genres including speculative fiction, science fiction, crime and general fiction. We have poets who are encouraging us towards better language usage, editors who share their invaluable experience and together we are irrefutably progressing. In fact, we are pleased to announce our baby-writings are being born with all the characteristic passion, joy and frustration. keyboard blank screen call muse awakes ideas bounce articulation - Rose Mercer Our founding members (as seen in the photo) are (L-R): Renée Barber, Sue Wells, Kathy Gallen, Sonya Robinson, Rose Mercer, Bernadette Lancefield, Marjatta Rogers, Phil LeGuilliard, and Sasha Beattie.

“For someone who has some experience of writing but not yet published, the group’s meetings and discussions have been informative, stimulating and thought provoking. Having the opportunity to have work critiqued in a safe environment is invaluable for any budding writer. Whilst many of us are in various stages of writing a novel, there is a diversity of style and genre in the group that allows for interesting viewpoints to be shared,” says Phil LeGuilliard. One of our poets, Susan Wells, starts her writer’s day: “It’s morning and I laze in bed for longer than necessary, gazing at the sky tinted by sunrise through my balcony door. I contemplate a spin around the harbour before heading downtown to work and soon I’m walking around the pier, the air warmer now, at last, in Melbourne’s late springtime. I have the time and space this morning to think about the poem that I’m attempting to finish.” Ex-writing student, Kathy Gallen, has been making notes over the years on possible novels but was distracted from the task by corporate life and editing other writers’ non-fiction. “Docklands’ Writers has inspired me to act on my creativity and I have begun my first novel. This great bunch of people will be the first audience for my writing; their feedback will no doubt help shape and improve my writing.” goals set firm in stone the balance of give and take give up hope of sleep - Sasha Beattie

Renée finishes with: “Writers, editors, poets, oh my; Docklands Writers’ Group, I had to try! Doggerel aside, I’ve learned so much from this great bunch of writers, as well as the accomplished, published writers that our lovely convener Rose has organised for us to meet. “Being in this group has helped me flex my writing muscles again and has also given me renewed vigour for the way I approach my editing projects. I’ve always seen pieces of writing the same way Michelangelo saw statues: In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.” “Here’s to creating our own masterpieces and helping others do the same.” Docklands Writers thanks 3008 Docklands Magazine for being so supportive and energising us with your interest. Docklands’ Writers will recommence on 8 February 2011 Meeting fortnightly at The Hub, 80 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands 5.30-7.30pm in The Long Room Fees apply For enquiries regarding Docklands Writers, contact The Hub or email

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as that, i love the way a short sentence can say so much, and a well structured piece of prose can resonate in the reader. i had a dream run getting my first novel published. i sent the manuscript for red Queen to the aBC unpublished manuscript competition. i was runner-up, and through that i got an agent. My agent sent red Queen off to Penguin and they liked it. it all happened in a relatively short space of time. How would you describe your style of writing, do you draw on personal experiences to develop your themes and characters? honey Brown is the author of the critically acclaimed novels red Queen (Winner of the aurealis award, short-listed for the australian shadow awards, short-listed for the davitt awards, highly Commended in the Christina stead award) and the Good daughter. Writing novels and screenplays for ten years, honey’s third novel, the Gallery, is due for release in late 2011. Meanwhile, busy writing her fourth novel, honey is also working on the screenplay for the movie version of red Queen. this February, honey will visit docklands’ Writers and 3008 was fortunate to gain some insights on this fabulously talented australian author. When and how did your love of writing begin, did you always aspire to be a writer and how did getting published come about for you? My love of the actual writing process came late, and is still evolving as i write more and learn the craft. My love of images, ideas, pictures and stories has been with me as long as i can remember. in writing i’m simply trying to get down what is in my mind. i’m not good at painting or sketching, or singing, or building things, or speaking in public for that matter, so i use the written word to express myself. as well

i like my writing to be honest and my stories realistic. i hope the reader sees vividly in their own mind the settings and characters i describe. i try and keep my writing tight as way to keep the images clear. i do draw on personal experiences, but i change them, twist and turn them, spin them upside down, and in the end they’re something quite different from the original. the same goes for characters - i draw from real people, but mix things up, cut out some things, add other things, throw in a bit of myself. When i do this, for both story and character, it’s an unconscious thing. i’m so unaware that i’m doing it, that it can be a surprise to me when someone points out a reoccurring theme or character trait, and i realise i’m probably working through a personal issue. to be a good storyteller I assume you really need to be in-tune and understand human nature and people as well as the ability to interpret how one’s environment affects the formation of the character, is this true and if so, how did you learn these lessons of perception through your own life? this is a wonderful question, and i’m flattered to be asked it. human nature fascinates me, so it takes no effort

at all to study it; i’m thrilled when i learn something new about the human condition, even when it’s a dark element. i especially like the differences in people and how environment has the ability to draw out the good and bad in people. i think all artists tend to look unashamedly right into the depths of their own thoughts and feelings, and are unafraid to judge their own actions. i guess it helps to have had some turbulence and extreme experiences in your life, as you get to “mine” them, but surely not too much trauma, or else, i imagine, you’d be too shaken to write. Your first published work Red queen, has won and been commended for numerous prestigious awards and you are currently working on the screenplay as the novel’s adaptation for film, how did this all come about and did you have any idea while you were writing Red queen that it would be so widely and greatly received? My publisher entered red Queen into different literary awards, so it was a surprise each time to be informed i’d won or i’d been highly commended. i never believed myself to be a novelist, and i’m still a little thrown by the distinction. it feels to me like i just write, full stop. having said that though, all along i thought red Queen would make a great movie. that was something i pushed, off my own bat. story writing is a very visual thing for me, and i think this lends itself to screen adaptations. i often think in terms of scenes as opposed to chapters. i write screenplays in between writing novels, and hope to pursue that side of writing more in the future.

i’m excited about my latest book, the Gallery. it has all the big imagery i love - the Great Ocean road, an imposing cliff-top house, a sleepy hamlet of a town. the two main characters are a happily married couple who experience something terrifying, at the hands of a serial killer, and even though they escape with their lives, life as they know it quickly unravels. it’s a page turner, and more than a little creepy. it’s just been accepted by Penguin and will be out late 2011. Although you will be a guest speaker on February 22nd for the Docklands’ Writers Group, what would be the best piece of advice you would give an aspiring writer? tell a cracking story, create characters that are interesting and that drive the plot forward. i know these sound like basic things, but it’s easy to get caught up in the words and the craft and forget that you’re actually a storyteller first and foremost. no-one will read your beautiful prose if you don’t tell a decent story.

Your novel, the Good Daughter follows on from the success of Red queen and you are currently working on the Gallery, what can readers expect from your latest book?

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Get On YOuR BIke AnD eXPLORe MARveLLOus MeLBOuRne In tHe suMMeR tIMe! On sunday 20 February, thousands of cyclists will take to the street to pedal for a cause as part of the 2011 Melbourne summer Cycle. the event, now in its fifth year, is fast becoming the city’s iconic bike ride, attracting cyclists of all ages and abilities, from family groups to corporate teams; serious cyclists to recreational riders. last year more than 5,000 people took part, raising more than $630,000 for Ms australia. this year the goal is to have 7,000 participants and raise $750,000 for over 20,000 australians living with multiple sclerosis.

event manager heather rendell encourages people who are considering the ride but concerned about the distance to


the ride begins and ends in Carlton’s Princes Park, taking in the streets of the CBd and Port Melbourne, leading up to a full-effort climb up the West Gate Bridge and a speedy descent down the other side, then winds along the waterfront of Williamstown before returning via Footscray to Princes Park.


jump on their bike and give it a go. “While your legs and body do feel the effects of a 40km ride, you will know you are helping support people living with multiple sclerosis,” she says. “it’s a fun, family-friendly ride with that great feeling of camaraderie and sense of community that comes from this type of a fundraising event,” Ms rendell says. Participants can relax after the ride at the finish site, where they can benefit from the on-site massage services to ease those tired legs and then enjoy the live entertainment and food stalls - a perfect end to a fun-filled and rewarding day. Want to join the fun and get involved in the Melbourne summer Cycle? • Visit au to enter, then start or join an existing team. • if you’re unable to ride, why not ask a family member, friend or colleague to ride on your behalf? you can offer to help set up the team online, rally support and

perhaps coordinate some fundraising to go towards the team’s total. • support a team online by making a donation and/or alert your family, friends and colleagues to such a good cause. every cent counts! • have you considered volunteering? there’s something for everyone so give us a call on 1300 705 340 to talk about the opportunities available. event Information: When: sunday 20 February 2011 start tiMe: 7.00 – 8.15am (staggered start) Where: Princes Park, Cnr royal Pde & Walker st Carlton north, Mel ref: 29 G12 distanCe: 40km COst – early entry: (on or before 31 Jan) adult: $45 Child: $25 Family a (1 adult & 2 children): $85 Family B (2 adults & 2 children): $115 COst – late entry: (after 31 Jan) adult: $55

Child: $30 Family a (1 adult & 2 children): $100 Family B (2 adults & 2 children): $140 Online reGistratiOn: Why: to raise $750,000 for people living with multiple sclerosis. Funds raised directly contribute to the ongoing provision of programs, equipment and services for people with Ms while the search for a cure continues. aBOut Ms: Ms is a disease that affects the Central nervous system about 20,000 australians have been diagnosed with Ms, with an additional 1,000 diagnosed each year. about one in 20 australians will be directly impacted through a diagnosed family member, friend or colleague. Most people are in their 20s and 30s when first diagnosed.


Unique opportunity in urban living The opportunity to snap up a unique and enviable urban lifestyle won’t last long with only one terrace home remaining in the heart of Victoria Harbour. The street fronted address and exclusive location is situated adjacent to Victoria Green, as well as just a stone’s throw from the waterfront. Set between Collins and Bourke streets, the terrace home is located a mere heart beat from the vibrant CBD and provides a unique and luxurious alternative in urban living. The stylish home is spread over three stylish levels featuring three spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms, with luxurious ensuite to the master bedroom, generous ceiling heights and high quality fixtures and inclusions. The impressive private balcony, on two levels, provides an abundance of natural light, thanks to full-width, glazed glass windows and doors. Additional features include ducted heating and cooling, and the beautifully appointed Miele kitchen which overlooks Victoria Green Park. Along with its neighbour, boutique apartment building The Montage, the terrace home has been designed to achieve Melbourne Docklands Ecologically

Sustainable Development (ESD) ‘Award of Merit’. From rainwater collection (to water surrounding lawns and toilets), to utilising solar energy, everything has been thought of. The Victoria Harbour location has direct connection to the city via trams on Harbour Esplanade and Collins Street. Southern Cross Station is a 10 minute stroll away and connects to the entire metropolitan rail network. The CBD, Etihad Stadium, theatres, galleries, restaurants, cafes and retail shops are all within close proximity. Step outside and be in the midst of the lively Victoria Harbour precinct in Docklands surrounded by 2.5 km of water frontage. With the retail centre in Merchant Street, including a full line Safeway supermarket, restaurants and cafes, it offers an enviable lifestyle. Where else can you combine a true Melbourne lifestyle of parklands, entertainment and sophistication, with the buzz of city living? To take a virtual tour of the terrace home visit For further information call 8610 4800

2011 CENSUS DOCKLANDS RECRUITMENT The next national Census of Population and Housing will be conducted on the night of Tuesday 9 August 2011. The Census aims to accurately measure the number of people in Australia on Census night, their key characteristics, and the dwellings in which they live.


In order to assist in the preparation and operation of the Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is recruiting around 43,000 community-minded field staff all over Australia, which includes residents in the Docklands area.


Census workers are vital to the success of the Census, and to their communities. We need to count every household correctly to ensure Census data is as accurate and reliable as possible. This data is used by communities, private institutions and all levels of government for planning services and facilities.

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their workload. Applications open 12 February 2011.

If you are interested in an upcoming position, either as an Area Supervisor or Collector, you can register your interest online at


Area Supervisors are responsible for selecting, training, supervising and leading a team of Collectors. Area Supervisors will be required to work from 18 April 2011 until 7 October 2011 and will be paid between $4,300 and $7,500 depending on

Collectors are responsible for delivering and collecting forms from all dwellings in a specified area. Collectors will be required to work from 1 July 2011 until 8 September 2011 and will be paid between $1,100 and $2,300 depending on their workload. Applications open 9 April 2011. Collectors

If you would like to help support your community, enjoy working with people, and have time you can give, working on the Census is a great community-based



2011 The mining dollars to flow through the economy By Peter Jacob Every year at this time of year the media is full of wrap ups of the year that was, and what the year may deliver going forward. Last year discussion was dominated by the debt crisis in Europe, the strength of the Aussie dollar and the often talked about “double dip recession” in the US. Of course China continued to motor along and drag Australia along in the updraft. Disconnect between Share Markets and Economies China’s share market had a horror year producing the worst performance of all the major global stockmarkets with a return of -15.1%. Australia fared better but still lost -1.9%. In fact you could be forgiven for thinking something was wrong with the big economies of the US and UK both delivering returns of 12.8% and 11% respectively. This is a good lesson in showing how there is usually a lag effect between the economy and the sharemarket. This occurs because the economic data is all historic and the sharemarket pricing is all based on future expectations. This of course is never an exact science with Germany having a stellar year both economically (best since 1990) and an above average sharemarket performance of 17%. So what is the Global perspective for 2011? Well the world’s biggest economy, the US, finished 2010 with 17 straight months of manufacturing expansion.

The world’s second biggest economy, China, powered on in every direction with 10% growth in 2010 (as usual!!). The world’s third largest economy, Germany, is driving European manufacturing aided by France and leaving the smaller debt ridden European economies to wallow about. Japan continues to struggle but it has been doing that on its own for an eternity now though it is now growing. The UK is also travelling along nicely aided by a low currency but of course the UK newspapers won’t let the government off the hook so easily even if the Australian cricket team did! So all in all the global backdrop looks reasonably sound going forward. India will start to feature more heavily in discussions now that it is Australia’s fourth biggest trading partner with forecast growth around 8.8%. I suspect this year will see the media increasingly referring to the GFC in the past tense rather than current tense. Investors will also “forget” and start to look forward. The smart money will be taking advantage of the depressed prices of many investments. Alas, the majority of the inexperienced investors will wait until all bad news has disappeared before moving money away from term deposits and cash. Sadly, they will most likely wait until the market reaches a peak before investing as usual.

Aussie Sharemarket Outlook The Australian sharemarket is where most high net worth investors tend to have the majority of their money. January is always a time of reflection as busy senior execs and business owners take time out to sit by the beach and contemplate what investment moves they will make for the year. Well you will be pleased to know that the year looks pretty bright for Australia. The “two speed” economy should start to merge. The large dollars made by the mining industry will start to flow through to their suppliers and labour force. Demand for all services will be strong to either feed the mining industry directly or backfill the shortage of supplies and services left by employees and businesses moving to support the mining industry directly. This will have a positive impact on the states that feel they have missed out on the boom. Of course, beware if China sneezes. This sentiment is reflected in the stockbroker forecasts for 2011. The 10 big broking houses are all predicting growth of between 5% and 20% this year. RBS, Goldmans and Citigroup are the most bullish and JP Morgan and Credit Suisse the most bearish. However, adding on dividends (which could surprise on the upside) should see even the most bearish of brokers predicting a rise of at least 8.5%. Remember of course that brokers are generally eternally optimistic and like to talk the market up.

Of course added to these forecasts is the fact that we are heading into the 3rd year since the big crash of 2008. Historically, the third year produces good returns. The psychology is that after the collapse there is a quick knee jerk reaction to pick up some really fantastic bargains usually by the cashed up experienced investor, followed by a realisation in the second year that the market was in fact overvalued and there are deep seated issues to deal with in the economy. Investors are also still smarting from their losses and become overly risk averse. The third year sees the start of cautious rebuilding and renewed optimism. “Maybe it isn’t the end of the world?” Once this is realised then smart experienced investors get back in and inexperienced investors wait a little longer (often too long). Let’s hope that we see markets and economies adopt a more healthy, normal attitude to risk and return in 2011. Peter Jacob is the Director of Alphington Private Investor Services. ALPHINGTON provides independent wealth management services exclusively for high net worth business owners, senior executives and professionals. Level 7, 454 Collins St, Melbourne Ph: 8319 4019 Mobile: 0438 350 734

Costco on the hunt for third Australian location


Following “a very successful Christmas season so far” at its Docklands store and passing the 100,000 member mark in Australia, US-based warehouse-style retailer Costco is on the hunt for a third location on the east coast.


While not confirming the location of its third store, Costco Australia managing director Patrick Noone told T&L News, Brisbane held a lot of potential for the company and Costco was in “continuing discussions” with Brisbane Airport as a potential site.

Construction of Costco’s Auburn, Sydney store is said to be on track and will open “possibly in July, 2011,” Mr Noone said. He hinted that the third store may also open in 2011, and “we’d like to open two stores a year after that.” Mr Noone said the company was very happy with the

performance of the Docklands store and will be looking at opening more stores in Melbourne. Courtesy Transport and Logistics News


My financial predictions for 2011 By Tom Elliott There’s an old saying in economics that when it comes to forecasts, you should “...provide a rate, or a date, but never both together”. Well, I’m going to break this rule and make a few financial predictions for 2011. First the sharemarket. While 2010 saw continued, the main indices pretty much closed the year where they began. In 2011, I’m afraid, the news will be pretty much the same. If we examine some of the local market’s main sectors, mining and resources stocks are already priced close to perfection, and there’s a risk that the federal government’s ongoing mineral tax negotiations will produce, thanks to the Greens, a nasty surprise for investors. With respect to the big banks, while my last article for Docklands 3008 suggested that bank bashing was counterproductive,

this doesn’t mean that the same vote conscious federal government won’t give in to public demands to ‘do something’ about perceived excess profits in the industry. This uncertainty, combined with a lack of growth in business loans might keep bank shareprices stalled at current levels.

and what the major banks do with their actual lending rates. Expect the cost of variable mortgages to peak around 50 basis points (ie 0.5%) higher than present levels sometime before the middle of the year as global borrowing costs rise.

Despite its shareprice languishing near record lows, Telstra is hard to buy while the politicking over the National Broadband Network (NBN) continues. Many telco analysts are wary of the impact the NBN will have on Telstra’s future profits, as the former incumbent will have to compete that much harder to maintain share in an open access broadband market.

In the short term, given it’s hard to separate mortgage rates and the housing market, if I’m correct about rates then house prices will struggle to grow significantly over the next 12 months. Having said this, in the longer term our collective inability to increase the housing stock at the same rate the population is growing means that property prices are unlikely to fall, irrespective of what the doomsayers in the US and UK have to say about our overheated market.

Moving on to interest rates, and I predict further decoupling between what the Reserve Bank announces each month,

Finally, the recent rally of the A$ to parity with the US currency appears to have turned us into a nation of amateur

currency speculators! In mid 2008 the A$ hit US98c only to fall back to the mid 60c mark just four months later. Currency movements are the most difficult things to predict in financial markets, so I’m not going to have a stab at where the A$ will be in 12 months’ time. Nevertheless, if the demands by major retailers for a GST to be imposed on sub $1000 internet purchases from overseas are eventually heeded, then right now might be good time to take advantage of all the online bargains available! Contact Tom Elliott MME Capital 9601 4515

The Internet How far has it come? How far will it go? By Andrew Hewison Friends, apparently we have moved the retail goal posts on Gerry Harvey and his “old school” retail mates, and he does NOT like it! For the first time in many years Christmas retail trading had been soft and the giants of the industry were looking to point the finger fairly and squarely at their overseas online competitors due to a lack of GST (products under $1,000) and import duties on online goods. But online shopping is not new, why argue the point now? Times are tougher and consumers are looking to drive their dollar further, the strength in the Aust dollar versus the US has made overseas

alternatives more attractive, and of course consumers are now more aware than ever of the online alternatives. From a financial perspective I applaud this buying behavior. If consumers can save up to 50-60% by shopping online, why wouldn’t they? As an adviser I encourage my clients to drive their dollars further. The evolution of the internet and online shopping is providing rewards to those shoppers willing to spend researching a better price for their goods. This issue opens itself to a much larger question surrounding the future of business and its playing ground. Just what will the next decade bring? In the 90s we had Ebay and Google, and more recently

brands such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and the Apple iPhone have transformed the way people and businesses connect. Something tells me this is only scratching the surface. In case you were unaware of the magnitude of these online networks, Goldman Sachs was recently offered to buy some private stock in Facebook. Although Goldmans have declined the offer, citing it did not fit within their funds’ risk profile, it never the less valued Facebook at a measly $50 billion!!! Business websites are now more important than ever. In years gone by a potential new client of Hewison Private Wealth would call and request a hard copy

brochure be sent in the mail. Not anymore. Our website is our brochure. It’s instant and more widely accessible. We are now focused on ‘search engine optimisation’ and ‘google analytics’, rather than radio ads and direct marketing. If you are a business owner and do not understand these terms, I urge you to investigate. Change is constant, embrace it and prosper in 2011 and beyond. Andrew Hewison is Director and a Certified Financial Planner with Hewison & Associates Wealth Management: Level 4, 102 Albert Road, South Melbourne Ph: 9682 1900




WHAt DO YOu LOve ABOut MelBOurne’s dOCklands? Get excited! On Monday 14 February 2011, Melbourne docklands will give away a fantastic 1st prize trip for a family of four to visit the london docklands for one week valued at $13,000. spend summer at docklands in Melbourne then escape our winter and enjoy some london summer fun!

between Monday 17th January 2011 and Friday 11 February 2011. then, go to and tell us in 50 words or less what they love about Melbourne’s docklands. experience a new way of shopping open air style and explore the amazing array of shops on offer at harbour town or have some family fun at Wonderland Fun Park, the Medibank icehouse or Black light Mini Golf. enjoy 3 hours without the kids by dropping them off at Monkey Mania and make everyone happy!

2nd prize is a wonderful night’s accommodation for a family of four at the Grand Mercure docklands, dinner for a family of four at James squire Brewhouse at Waterfront City and a family pass to Wonderland Fun Park. 3rd prize is a delicious dinner for a family of four at James squire hotel at Waterfront City and a family pass to Wonderland Fun Park. anyone wanting to enter just needs to spend $10 at their favourite restaurant or cafe in newQuay or Waterfront City, or at a shop or family attraction at harbour town

Once you have worked up an appetite, enjoy dining at any one of docklands’ award winning restaurants, stylish bars or relaxing cafes. indulge in the freshest seafood, innovative modern australian, Mediterranean or asian inspired cuisine. For more information, go to

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Xanadu the Musical will be performed in one 90 minute, interval-free performance. Following the show you can enjoy a drink and be entertained by australia’s greatest 80’s tribute band, stand and deliver, as they take to the stage performing all your favourite 80’s hits. set in Xanaduland - a one-stop entertainment extravaganza featuring bars, concessions, live music and the Grand Xanadu Marquee - this multi-million dollar complex has never been seen in australia. to win a double pass to see Xanadu on tuesday 8th March at 7pm tell us in 25 words or less why you should be at Xanadu the Musical email your answer to


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