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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

ANCIENT ROME EXHIBITION OPENS AT DOCKLANDS

APRIL SCHOOL HOLIDAY TIME TOP SPOTS FOR GREAT FUN

LIFE ON THE WATERFRONT AT DOCKLANDS

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COMEDY FESTIVAL FAVOURITES JUDITH LUCY & TOM GLEESON

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Food, Fashion, Fast Cars & Flaming Boats – it’s time to recuperate with some laughs! What a month of happenings in and around Docklands and the city during March, it’s just the start of April, and I’m not sure about you, but I’m pooped! If laughter is the best medicine, then April could not be a better time for Melbourne to host one of the biggest and best comedy festivals on the planet, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

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Congratulations! to the winners of our March competitions:

Cherie Spaulding

Laz Lembovski

Nathan Clark

Jacelle Butcher

Natalie Smith

Claire Nettley

Michael Coldham

Vicki Eliades

Lou Dibella

Jo Nitural

Jason Murray

Sandra Turner

Jeni Coutts

Marcus Rosenberg

Sandra Kiely

Paola Swampillai

Colleen Mikkelsen Loranne Wheare Iolanda Staniscia

Michelle Styles

Timm Martin

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CONTENTS

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Events this April 4-5 Docklands Library Open House Sessions 6 Melba Spiegeltent finds a new home 8 Ancient Rome Exhibition 9 Life on the Waterfront 10-11 Judith Lucy - Nothing Fancy 12 April School Holidays Top Spots 14 InBusiness Page 17 Dawtek for Businesses 18 Dusty Wygle -Nitro Circus Live 20 3008 Wellbeing Section 20-24 The People’s Market 24 Docklands Map 25

With some of the best acts in the world on stage in Melbourne this month, we are pleased to present exclusive interviews with two of Australia’s forefront comedians, Judith Lucy and Tom Gleeson. The weather is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, but don’t let that grind you to a halt. Our Wellbeing Section has valuable information to keep you looking and feeling good and striving to be your best. Cam Walsh of d’luxe health and fitness has some great advice for keeping on track and staying motivated during the cooler months. We also welcome Physiotherapist, Josh Lambert to our pages with valuable advice on avoiding debilitating injuries.

Kinesiology Practitioner and Docklands resident, Nicole Hutcheson is a favourite with readers, and always provides food for thought, not to mention being an absolutely amazing practitioner – results before your eyes, literally! Our interview with American Dusty Wygle, one of the stars of Nitro Circus Live touring this May, will give you a kick of energy and a giggle all at the same time – obviously you have to be a little off beat to attempt the crazy stunts of these extreme sports athletes. We include some great April school holiday ideas including the arrival of the Ancient Rome Exhibition at Docklands and as always, opportunities to lighten the load on wallets with some great giveaways. There is just so much more, but you’ll just have to read on to find out ...

Lisa & the 3008 Team! editor@3008docklands.com.au

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25 Apr

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Events

25 Apr

1~5 Apr ANZAC Day 2012

2012 Australian Dragon Boat Championships

ANZAC Day at Docklands

Grace Kelly Style Icon Exhibition

ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first major action by Australian and New Zealand troops in the Great War when, at dawn on April 25 1915, they landed on the beaches at Gallipoli in the Dardanelles Strait. Here they fought troops of the Ottoman Empire alongside British, French and Indian allies. ANZAC Day is the most important day of remembrance and commemoration in both NZ and Australia. Dawn services are attended by hundreds of thousands of people across both countries.

Victoria Harbour will also host the largest dragon boat event in Australia’s history when up to 3000 athletes from across the nation are expected to compete in the 2012 Australian Dragon Boat Championships. Held over 5 days, Dragon Boats Victoria together with the Australian Dragon Boat Federation are proud to stage this spectacular event at Docklands. The races will be conducted over 200m, 500m and 2000m, in men’s, women’s, mixed teams and a range of masters and grand masters events.

A selection of Docklands restaurants are saying ‘Thank You’ to our diggers this ANZAC Day with a free meal. All returned servicemen & women are invited to receive a free main meal and a beer or soft drink when dining with their families for either lunch or dinner this ANZAC Day. Participating restaurants include Alexander’s Grill, BlueFire Churrascaria Grill, Grill 66 Steakhouse, James Squire Hotel, Livebait, Mecca Bah & Mischa’s Pizza, Pasta & Salad. Proof of service is required to be shown and some conditions apply.

An Australian exclusive, the Grace Kelly Style Icon exhibition will feature over 100 items including rare film costumes such as the shimmering frock from High Society, haute couture gowns from Dior, Balenciaga, Chanel, Givenchy and Yves St Laurent and meticulously-tailored suits and American casual wear. Also, key dresses such as Grace Kelly’s civil wedding gown; the Edith Head designed dress worn by Grace to collect her Academy Award and Grace Kelly’s Cartier jewellery and magnificent accessories, such as the famous Hermes Kelly bag.

When: Wednesday 25 April, from 6am Where: Shrine of Remembrance Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne Further Information: www.shrine.org.au or 9661 8100.

When: From April 1st -5th, 2012 Where: Victoria Harbour, Docklands Further Info: dragonboatsvictoria.com.au

When: Wednesday 25th April, 2012 Where: Participating Restaurants – Waterfront City Further Info: docklandsmelbourne.com.au

When: Until 17 June, 2012 Where: Bendigo Art Gallery Tickets & Info: gracekellybendigo.com

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Until 20 Apr Love and Devotion: An Art Exhibition From Persia by Arthur A Cole and Beyond

April School Holidays at Docklands

Good Friday Appeal at The Woolshed Pub

The largest exhibition of illustrated Persian manuscripts in Australia’s history is now open and features more than 60 rare Persian, Mughal Indian and Ottoman Turkish illustrated manuscripts from the 13th to 18th century, as well as, editions of European literature, travel books and maps. These visually stunning, handmade works come from one of the richest periods in the history of the book and give a fascinating insight into the great artistic and literary culture of Persia and its timeless stories.

An indigenous art exhibition by Arthur A Cole will be held from 22 March until April 20th at The Gauge Building at Victoria Harbour. Titled ‘Strake @’ the exhibition will feature an exploration of motorcycles, bodysurfing, reconciliation, and rock sculptures, in addition to several other unique pieces. Lend Lease is hosting the event in collaboration with the Koorie Heritage Trust as part of its Reconciliation Action Plan and the recent National Close the Gap Day which was held on 22 March.

Docklands is the place to be during these school holidays, with daily activities hosted at Harbour Town. Don’t miss Spellbound Illusion Spectacular featuring world class illusionist Michael Boyd and his cast of spectacular dancers and Thurston the Duck in the new Wonderland Spiegeltent, a show that will enthral and delight the whole family. Pop across to Medibank Icehouse for some cool Skate-a –Rama action and school holiday events and activities. See page 14 for more details.

The Woolshed Pub is a proud supporter of The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. This Good Friday, support the appeal and enjoy a family fun day at The Woolshed Pub. A host of activities will be available for the children to enjoy, including a petting zoo, prizes and giveaways, handball competition, face painting, a fairy floss machine and more. Enjoy a great meal, family fun and all in the name of a very worthy cause.

When: Until Sunday 1 July, 2012 Where: State Library of Victoria, Keith Murdoch Gallery Cost: FREE Web: love-and-devotion.com

When: Until 20 April, 2012 Open: Daily from 8:30am – 5:30pm Where: The Gauge – 825 Bourke St, Victoria Harbour Cost: FREE

When: Until April 15th, 2012 Where: Pearl River Road, Harbour Town, Docklands Further info: wonderlandfunpark.com.au / icehouse.com.au & harbourtownmelbourne.com.au

When: Friday 6 April, 2012 Time: Open from 11am Bar and Bistro open from 12pm Where: The Woolshed Pub, Central Pier, Docklands Further info & Bookings: 8623 9641

WINE BAR & TAPAS SAT NIGHT LIVE JAZZ

LUNCH SPECIALS 12PM - 2PM WED & THURS

HAPPY HOUR 4PM - 7PM WED - FRI

DINNER SPECIAL 6PM - 8PM WED & THURS

OPEN TILL 10PM WED - SAT

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NEIGHBOURHOOD

Docklands Library and Community Space Open House Sessions Located at the intersection where Collins Street meets Bourke, the new Docklands library and community centre development is a direct result of community wide consultation undertaken in 2011. A new library and diverse use community space was identified as key priority as part of City of Melbourne and Places Victoria’s community planning for Docklands second decade. Now, with its construction due commence in the coming months, City of Melbourne is now seeking community input into the life of the library, its proposed themes and functions. You are invited to come along to an open house session at the Hub to discuss the new development. Plans will be

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available to view and representatives will be on hand to talk to and answer any questions at the following times: Saturday 14 April, between 1pm - 4pm Wednesday 18 April, between 3pm-7pm The Hub is located at 80 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands and you can drop in at any of the times above. For further information about Docklands visit melbourne.vic.gov. au/docklands or you can phone the City of Melbourne on 9658 9658. The Docklands Library and Community Centre development is a tri-partnership between Places Victoria, Lend Lease and the City of Melbourne.

VEC recommends increased number of councillors for Melbourne City Council The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) released its final representation review report on March 21st, putting forward a recommended electoral structure for Melbourne City Council. The report has been sent to the Minister for Local Government, The Hon. Jeanette Powell, for her consideration. The VEC recommends that Melbourne City Council remain unsubdivided and that the number of councillors be increased to nine, in addition to the Lord Mayor and the Deputy Lord Mayor.

Electoral Commissioner Steve Tully said: ‘A wide variety of views were put forward during the review. All information, including submissions, was carefully considered by the panel of staff and local government experts to reach this recommended electoral structure.’ The VEC commenced the review with background research in October and has held two rounds of public submissions, three public information sessions and a public hearing during the process. The VEC also considered the municipality’s demographics

and growth potential and the electoral structure of similar municipalities before making its recommendation. If the Minister endorses the recommendation, changes to Melbourne City Council will be put in place for the next council general election to be held on Saturday, 27 October 2012. The final report is available on the VEC website (vec.vic.gov.au), by calling 131 VEC (131 832) and from the Melbourne Town Hall Administration Building, 120 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

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Melba Spiegeltent finds a new home

at Wonderland Fun Park With great excitement and anticipation, Wonderland Fun Park is excited to announce the arrival of the Melba Spiegeltent on site as their new venue for Birthday parties, functions and theatre events. The Management of Wonderland Fun Park look forward to expanding their on site events to evening theatre and festival arts events throughout the year as well as their fabulous school holiday theatre events. Spiegeltent is Dutch for “Mirror Tent”, these travelling dance halls have been graced by stars such

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as Edith Piaff and Marlene Dietrich over decades. With its luxurious and exciting ambiance, the Melba Spiegeltent provides a truly unique, intimate circus, cabaret or theatre venue in a stylish, historic European setting, which comes complete with stained glass windows and mirrors. Now known as the Wonderland Spiegeltent, come visit little coney island in the city …and now even the adults can come out and play right in the heart of Docklands. For further information about upcoming school holiday events visit www.wonderlandfunpark.com.au or call 9602 1311 and speak to one of the friendly and obliging staff.

Guest Artists of the Numbulwar People visit Mission to Seafarers

The people of South East Arnhem land are often considered to be “Of Remote Place”, similar to seafarers welcomed daily at the Mission to Seafarers, their lives are considerably isolated from those who live in big cities. The Mission to Seafarers Victoria recently hosted guest artists of the Numbulwar People, of South East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. In their first visit to Melbourne, Absolom Lalara, Katrina Nundhirribala, and Molly Nundhirribala demonstrated their painting and weaving in The Dome Gallery and shared their stories and artworks. www.missiontoseafarers.com.au

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A PIECE OF HISTORY MAKES ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT DOCKLANDS proud to bring Ancient Rome to the people of Australia, an exhibition which vividly recreates the ancient Rome of Julius Caesar, Augustus, Nero, Caligula, Cicero, Hadrian and Virgil, as well as exploring the mighty Empire’s greatest feats of architecture and engineering.

The world premiere of ‘Ancient Rome: Explore the Empire that Shaped the World’ launches for the first time on the 31st of March at The Waterfront City Pavilion, Docklands. Created by the Artisans of Florence and bought to Australia by Melbourne-born Artisan Tom Rizzo, the exhibition will showcase over 50 intricately designed pieces featuring Roman war machines, catapults, mosaics, the Colosseum and much more. Mr. Rizzo, the only non-Florentine born artisan in the guild, was part of the team that reconstructed the ancient technology used by the Romans for this spectacular exhibition. Dedicated to the history of Rome, the Artisans of Florence have spent years perfecting the technology and have hand-crafted each piece utilising original materials such as wood, rope, clay and bronze, with each individual piece taking the Artisans up to six months to complete. Beginning in the 1960s, only six men have earned the coveted title of ‘Artisan’ in the Artisans of Florence. Mr. Rizzo was introduced by his father to the Artisans and studied for seven years with the fellowship before taking on the title himself. The highly acclaimed Artisans of Florence have won awards and accolades around the globe, including the prized “Italia che lavora” award from the Italian Government in acknowledgement of their contribution to Italian culture and the arts. The Artisans are

The Ancient Rome exhibition takes you on an exhilarating journey through the story of the world’s most fascinating and intriguing Empire. Visitors will learn the secrets of the Colosseum and Roman roads, see Roman war machines such as catapults and battering rams, construct Roman mosaics, challenge friends to ancient board games, use ancient maps and much more in the only interactive exhibition of its kind. Experience the wonders of ancient Rome brought to life in this outstanding interactive exhibition of incredible machines, art and technology by the internationally acclaimed Artisans of Florence. The exhibition features real artefacts and ancient technology reconstructed using designs dating from the height of the Roman Empire; the collection will transport you back two thousand years to a time of mighty heroes, powerful Emperors and fearsome gladiators. Don’t miss this unique family experience! The Ancient Rome exhibition will be open until Sunday the 15th of July 2012. Complimentary guided tours are held every Friday night from 6:30 - 7:15pm. Exhibition tickets are required at normal prices but bookings are required Open daily from 9:30am – 5.00pm Late night Fridays until 8pm Open every day including all public and Easter holidays. Adult $22 / Concession $17 / Junior $12 (aged 4 - 13) / “Family A” $56 (2 adults + 2 juniors) AND “Family B” $66 (2 adults + 2 full-time students) Tickets are available at the door. www.romanexhibition.com.au

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LIFE ON THE WATERFRONT

LIFE on the waterfront JENSON BUTTON LENDS SUPPORT TO YOUTH ROAD SAFETY LAUNCH AT DOCKLANDS Before he sped into Formula 1 glory at the Australian Grand Prix, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ Jenson Button attended the launch held at Docklands in support of a unique road safety and driver behaviour program that aims to reduce Australia’s road toll.  CAMS Ignition teaches Australian youth aged 12 - 18, safe driving behaviours and attitudes in both a classroom environment as well as behind the wheel of a car.  The unique program is run by Australia’s peak motor sport body, the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).

CAMS Ignition forms part of Australia’s efforts to support the FIA’s and the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which aims to reduce road deaths and injuries across the world.  Nearly 1.3 million people die every year on the world’s roads, and up to 50 million are injured. CAMS Ignition covers the theory and practical applications on safe driving behaviour and attitude and increases understanding about the different aspects that impact on safe driving such as distractions, peer pressure, alcohol, and road conditions.

An interactive classroom environment will teach participants basic principles of safe driving, vehicle safety technology, and most importantly, issues of attitude and self-awareness. 

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MFWF Whisky & Chocolate Experience Sweet & Smooth! As part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Alumbra, in conjunction with Moet Hennessy, presented the Glenmorangie Whisky and Chocolate Matching Experience.

Jenson Button helps launch CAMS Ignition - The new youth road safety program

medallion club launch at Etihad Last month saw a star-studded sporting alumni and mix of Melbourne’s well-known faces celebrate Etihad Stadium’s Medallion Club Season Launch.

Glenmorangie brand ambassador Mick Formosa & Adrian Sommer of Alumbra

The venue was filled with over 1400 guests including Bryce Gibbs, Steve Johnson, Lachie Henderson, Jarrad Waite, Tim Blackwell, Tim Wilson, Nicola Charles, Vince Colosimo,

Following this, a practical component will be conducted by qualified presenters. For more information on CAMS Ignition please visit www.cams.com.au

and a gorgeous line up of stunning models. Comedian, television and radio host Dave Hughes performed while Nick Riewoldt went through a round of Q&A’s. A delicious, and generous selection of finger foods were catered by Melbourne’s own, George Calombaris while beverages were topped up at every turn. A fun night to toast one of Australia’s most premium memberships, in anticipation for what the Club has to offer in 2012 and just in time for Melbourne’s favourite season of the year – footy season!

Festival participants were indulged with eight distinctive products in the Glenmorangie range, Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the Highland region of Scotland and matched with a specific chocolate to perfection to work with the flavours that come from the whiskies. A sweet and smooth event, savoured long after the evening! www.alumbra.com.au

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Tim Blackwell and Jeff Tyler

Dave Hughes and Nick Riewoldt

Central Pier erupted in spectacular fashion as 3,000 fashionable guests joined in launching the 16th annual L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival embracing a carnivalesque atmosphere, open-air block party that fused the spirit of fashion with the spirit of Docklands. In theme with L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival CEO Graeme Lewsey’s vision for the week-long event, the carefully orchestrated New York-style block party lived up to high expectations and after weeks of counting down, Central Pier brought industry, fans and community together through great food, drink, and live entertainment. The event was a feast for all the senses as party-goers were absorbed by evoking live music from the likes of Canyons and Grant Smilie whilst enjoying some old and new favourites from Atlantic Group Catering’s in-theme food stations. Amid the fashion synergy local and international media flocked to the red carpet to catch a glimpse of the vintage icon Dita Von Teese – the biggest name in burlesque and the always stunning Megan Gale who played L’Oréal Ambassador throughout the Festival. Upon entering the magnificent David Jones runway, 1,400 guests and more than 60 local

LMFF Block Party

LIFE ON THE WATERFRONT

L’OrÉal Melbourne Fashion Festival Block Party and international media took their places in the premier venue Peninsula to witness the debut of contemporary pieces from some of Australia’s most talented designers including Dion Lee, Alannah Hill, Collette Dinnigan and Alex Perry. 2012 marks the fifth year Atlantic Group [v] has played host to LMFF but a first for the new outdoor launch night festivities, putting Atlantic Group Catering’s event planning, catering and hospitality expertise to the test. Atlantic Group [v] Managing Director Hatem Saleh expressed his love of the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion festival and why the huge undertaking is always worthwhile for Central Pier and the greater Docklands community. “We have such a long-standing and rewarding relationship with the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival and this year we’ve been able to let the excitement flow from our event spaces, out onto the pier,” said Mr Saleh. “Central Pier is the undisputed home of fashion it’s always a great thrill to open up the Docklands to all Melbournians and broader international audiences, and invite them to experience what makes the precinct so great.” In true Docklands style, the party concluded with an array of fireworks and cheers of appreciation.

Dita Von Teese on the LMFF 2012 Red Carpet

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APRIL COVER

2012 Melbourne International By Lisa Quittner Melbourne, the wait is over. Judith Lucy is back with her new show, Nothing Fancy! In 2012, one of the country’s most popular comedians is back on stage after a three year hiatus, with no singing, no dancing, just gags about everything from meditation to beards. And maybe some talk of party pies. Judith went on an insightful, yet hilarious quest in 2011 to discover something to believe in... and managed to turn it into a smash hit show for ABC1, in Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey.

pies.... at one point in the show, I refer to breasts as flesh party pies, and you’ll just have to come to the show to know what I am talking about! After a 3 year break from live shows, a busy year with the TV series, a move to Sydney, and working on ‘Nothing Fancy’ what prompted your return to the stage? Money! Quite simply, I went see my Manager Kev and I said “Kev, I really need a job” and he turned his hand into a fist and said “is this thing on”, imitating a microphone.

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“Nothing Fancy” Judith generously gave of her time to talk about her new show and offered plenty of laughs in our recent chat for 3008Docklands. You will be performing your new show “Nothing Fancy” at the MICF, where did you source your material for the new show and what’s with the party pies references? Well, honestly, essentially I just bang on about myself, that’s all it really is, and probably the reason I don’t do Facebook or Tweet because essentially a status update for me is basically a new show. I haven’t done a new show for three years so basically I’ll just be talking about everything that has been happening to me since the last live show, and that is me talking about my personal life, the things I have been thinking about as well as the things that irritate me.

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I have been incredibly lucky, while it is great when I get to write a book or do a TV series, the backbone of my career has always been stand up, so I think it will always be one of those things that I will have a love/hate relationship with. I love being on stage and doing the shows, but you end up spending a lot of time on your own in hotel rooms and that’s not so much fun. After a few weeks doing the show in Sydney and I must say, it has been great to be back on stage again. Do you have a pre - show routine to get you into the zone before live performances? It’s really kind of boring, in the old days it used to be a cigarette and a drink and nowadays it’s a voice warm up, a lot of deep breathing and crossing my fingers. You are a household name in Australia as a comedian; you are also a bestselling author and have worked extensively on film and radio,

what do you most enjoy about performing at the MICF, how do Melbourne audiences rate? You are really making me sound a lot more famous than I am, but thank you very much, considering I was recently asked by a security guard if I still work at Wodonga TAFE! What I love about Melbourne audiences is that you can never be complacent with them and you have to work hard but once your foot is in the door, you foot is well and truly in the door. I found that in moving to Melbourne, it took me a while to actually get to know Melbourne. At first all the people I met were from interstate, I met more people from Perth than when I lived there. It took a while but when Melbourne people let you in they completely let you in and that is a great thing about this city. With over 20 years in the business has your perspective on comedy and what you find funny or ironic changed over time? I think it probably changes a bit as you get older, but I think some of the things I used to find funny as a 20 year old I still tend to find funny. I was a huge Steve Martin fan and I watched his stand up video over and over again and I reckon if I put that back on now I would still laugh at it. You like to think that as you get older you get a bit more sophisticated, but I’m probably just living in a dream world. What do you think is the key to longevity as a comedian; it’s a pretty tough gig to pursue for a career? Oh, If I knew that...(she laughs) I have absolutely no idea, I’m just eternally grateful that I have been going for over 20 years and people are still kind enough to still want to buy a ticket. Your 2011 TV series “Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey’ was hilarious with plenty of laugh out loud moments, in your quest to find something to believe in, what did you ultimately discover and can we expect to see another TV series in the future? I went into the show trying to be as open as possible, the only thing that really stands between me and insanity is a bit of yoga and meditation and that didn’t really change through the show.

I guess what inspired me most doing the series was the amazing people I met like Rebecca the nun, Peter Kennedy and Bruce Kirk, who was amazing, and the incredible experiences I had. I came away really respecting the people that are still questioning and don’t proclaim to know all the answers. I have great admiration for the people that are still looking for the answers. I am hoping to get another series up on the ABC, so fingers crossed there. What would audiences be most surprised to learn about the off stage Judith Lucy? The onstage me is just me but blown up to nth degree. I would hate people to think I was like that all the time. Let’s face it, I talk a lot about my personal life, I don’t there is a lot people don’t know! Judith Lucy – Nothing Fancy When: Sun 15th – Sun 22nd April Where: Comedy Theatre 240 Exhibition St, Melbourne Tickets: From $30 - $40 Bookings: www.comedyfestival.com.au or Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 or at the door

Melbourne international comedy festival

Comedy Festival Tom Gleeson – “Good One” By Lisa Quittner For the tenth year in a row, one of Australia’s best comedians, Tom Gleeson returns to the stage at the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, with a brand new show –‘Good One’. In 2011 Tom toured across Australia before returning to the invite-only Catlaughs Comedy Festival in Ireland and the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Oh, and the biggest stand up on the planet, Louis CK chose Tom to be his support act for his Australian tour. 3008Docklands spoke to Tom about his new show and being part of one of the best international comedy festivals in the world. What motivated your new show, “Good One”? The Melbourne Comedy Festival (MICF) is one of the biggest comedy festivals in the world and I live just down the road in Romsey. I’d be an idiot to not get involved. I love it. I’m a comedian. It’s the one time of year where I get to feel a little bit like a rock star. How will this show differ from your past shows at the MICF? I’ve become a father for the first time. I feel like I’ve been plugged back into life. I’m back in the game. I see my parents differently too. Not because I’m a father, but because my mum did stand up for the first time and she killed! Contrary to popular belief, comedy is a serious business. You have won the comics choice award at the MICF and have been twice nominated for a Helpmann Award, while working regularly on TV and radio, has having such great success in your career make writing and performing easier or harder, is there more pressure and expectation on you with each show? It’s definitely easier, I know people will turn up to the show. So now all I have to do is think up some ideas that I want to get out there.

The pressure is fine, I’d rather the pressure of not letting down a sold out audience than the pressure of trying to get people to turn up. I’m good under pressure, that’s why I love stand up. When I get heckled my heart rate slows down. You have performed for over 10 years consecutively, has the festival changed over years and have Melbourne audiences changed? The audiences are a lot more switched on these days. They’ve done their research, they’ve looked you up on YouTube so you can’t get away with doing tired old routines and it has to be tastier than something you could just see on TV. Audiences now have the entire history of comedy available online. Where did your earliest inspirations for becoming a comic originate from and who in the world of comedy inspires you today? I used to learn Bill Cosby bits and Monty Python sketches off by heart and recite them to my mates at boarding school. They’re an influence. Last year, I did the support slot for US stand up legend Louis CK on his Australian tour, he told me that I was good, so if that doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will. Good One with Tom Gleeson Showing Until: Sunday 22nd April Where: Victoria Hotel & Melbourne Town Hall Ticket Prices: From $24 - $30 Bookings: www.comedyfestival.com.au or Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 or at the door

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APRIL school holidays

National Geographic Films

Flying Monsters 3D at IMAX

DANCE OF THE RAYs

220 million years ago dinosaurs were beginning their domination of Earth. But another group of reptiles was about to make an extraordinary leap: pterosaurs were taking control of the skies. The story of how and why these mysterious creatures took to the air is more fantastical than any fiction.

The Melbourne Aquarium is the place to be for family fun for all ages throughout the year, but this school holidays, a unique group of aquatic dancers will perform a natural phenomenon unlike anything seen before in Melbourne.

In Flying Monsters 3D, Sir David Attenborough the world’s leading naturalist, sets out to uncover the truth about the enigmatic pterosaurs, whose wingspans of up to 40 feet were equal to that of a modern day jet plane. The central question and one of the greatest mysteries in palaeontology is: how and why did pterosaurs fly? How did creatures the size of giraffes defy gravity and soar through prehistoric skies? Driven by the information he finds as he attempts to answer these questions, Attenborough starts to unravel one of science’s more enduring mysteries, discovering that the marvel of pterosaur flight has evolutionary echoes that resonate even today. Flying Monsters 3D is a groundbreaking film that uses cutting-edge 3D technology and CGI to bring the story of giant flying monsters and their prehistoric world to life on the giant IMAX screen. Audiences of all ages will be in awe as they enter the world and experience, as never before, REAL Flying Monsters – in 3D! When: Now showing Where: IMAX Melbourne – Carlton Gardens Bookings & Program info: www.imaxmelbourne.com.au

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Over 30 new rays dance across their underwater stage in a choreographed formation rivalling the most disciplined performers, creating a mesmerising new addition to Melbourne Aquarium’s 2.2 million litre Oceanarium. The new white-spotted eagle, cownose and southern eagle rays use their strong schooling instinct to move in mass formation, creating one of the most graceful and serene spectacles found in oceans worldwide. With special presentations and kids art and craft activities throughout the school holidays, don’t miss your opportunity to see Dance of the Rays and learn all there is to know about these amazing animals. Melbourne Aquarium is open every day of the year, from 9:30am until 6pm. For further information, visit www.melbourneaquarium.com.au.

WONDERLAND FUN PARK PRESENTS SPELLBOUND ILLUSION SPECTACULAR! Bring the family to Wonderland Fun Park this April school holidays to see Spellbound Illusion Spectacular featuring world class illusionist Michael Boyd, his cast of spectacular dancers and Thurston The Duck appearing (and disappearing!) daily. This is an entertainment extravaganza unlike any other with amazing illusions including levitations, transportations and a new Illusion to Australia direct from Las Vegas. All this, plus other hilarious antics the whole family will love. See the show and ride all day on family favourites like the Dodgem Cars, Bungee Jump Trampoline, Grand Carousel, The Dragon Flyer, Giant Slide, Tea Cups, the Worm Roller Coaster and their NEW attraction - Walk on Water Balls. Spellbound Illusion Spectacular runs until April 15th at Wonderland Fun Park. Get your Super Unlimited Ride Passes for $35 (Unlimited rides + access to the shows) or $15 for the show only. Wonderland Fun Park – 120 Pearl River Rd, Harbour Town Shopping Centre, Docklands. The Park opens from 11am daily on weekends, school & public holidays. Show times: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm For more information or to book online, please visit Wonderland Fun Park at wonderlandfunpark.com.au or phone 03 9603 1311.

By Tahlia Mandie – Psychotherapist & Family Counsellor

By Lisa Quittner Recently, I visited the new resource centre and children’s bookshop located on the ground floor of the Harbour Family and Children’s Centre at Victoria Harbour. I discovered an enchanting world of vibrant and colourful children’s picture books and a range of interesting, cuddly and educational toys and games for children aged zero to six, as well as a wide selection of resource books for students and professionals in the field of children’s early learning, many of which are only available through Gowrie Victoria bookstores. I met the delightful Meaghan, who runs the bookshop and conducts Storytime sessions from 3pm on Wednesday to Friday afternoons, but Meaghan is more than happy to engage children with stories at anytime of the day. Although obviously not a babysitting service, parents are encouraged to stay and read or take the opportunity to wander through the store. From Meaghan’s earliest recollections she has always had a love for books and reading and despite the rapid and constant advances in technology with online books, Ipad programs and the like, Meaghan refuses to believe the tangible

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For the love of books: An enchanting patch of peace & quiet, just around the corner and far reaching benefits of paper books can ever be replaced by technology. The bookshop also offers an over the phone ordering service with gift wrapped, same day delivery for busy people in the local Victoria Harbour area. If you are at a loss at what to buy for a special little someone, with limited time to get out and shop, a book is the perfect gift and Meaghan is more than happy to offer suggestions on suitable books for a variety of ages and price ranges. The Gowrie Victoria Bookshop stocks many classics as well as popular modern favourites including children’s yoga cards. The range of toys are generally locally made, fair trade certified and are thoughtfully selected. It is comforting to know that beautiful bookshops, such as this one still exist with tangible, bright and colourful books to excite and ignite children’s imaginations and to instil a lifelong love of books and learning. Pop in and visit Meaghan and see the store for yourself at 1 Seafarers Lane, Victoria Harbour (next door to the Post Office). Opening hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays 11am-6pm.

For weeks now the Easter Eggs have been staring right back at me from the supermarket shelves. They have this funny way of just popping out at you, everywhere, anywhere. And they seem to be in the stores so much sooner these days. But I have to admit… I gave into my craving for Cadbury Cream Eggs. Ordinarily I would be totally grossed out by these, but for some reason after weeks of saying no I gave in. It was a total anti climax!! I was expecting soooo much more! It was such a letdown with an extra few calories on me as well. It is that feeling of knowing you just ate something really bad for you and it was not even enjoyable. Is it our subconscious punishing us? Is it our mind ticking over and telling our pleasure hormones and taste buds not to enjoy it? I so remember enjoying that Cadbury Cream Egg last Easter.

cure the chocolate craving. And I know I will enjoy them! Who can go wrong with a simple milk chocolate egg? Yep, my chocolate addiction is hard to control. There is just something about chocolate and it’s something I cannot say no to. There is even something more enticing about Easter Eggs. It must be the pretty foils and wrappers and perhaps childhood memories of those Easter Egg hunts. We all have a little weakness. Mine is chocolate. What is yours? Tahlia is a psychotherapist and family counsellor, writer and blogger helping individuals, couples and families navigate through life’s challenges and move forward. Check out Tahlia’s work at www.directionexploring.com.au or www.theparentingfiles.com.au

So my pledge for this Easter season is to say no to temptations! I will continue to walk past the Easter Eggs and only buy what I need. If I feel the need to give in, I will buy the little mini Cadbury one’s as they are just the right size to

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The Power of Equity Income Investments… By Andrew Hewison Over the past couple of years there has been a trend toward fixed interest investment fed by the collateral damage caused to investors by the GFC and the fear factor emanating from Europe. These factors, together with the political unrest in Australia and uncertainty surrounding the knock-on effect of the carbon tax, have forced investors to abandon equity investment and a flight to cash-based investments mainly with banks. There are currently record levels of savings and fixed interest investment amounting to around $2 trillion. Industry sources suggest that unusual levels of cash are being held by investment platforms and there has been a net outflow of funds from managed equity funds. Of course it goes without saying that a properly designed asset allocation should underpin any good investment strategy. However, the failure to recognise the power of equities as an effective inflation-proof income strategy has caused investors to lose

sight of the short term benefits of having a long term investment strategy: income!

long term investment strategies into short term speculation – big mistake!

We have seen interest rates fall though in 2008/09, then rise again in 2010/11, then start to fall again. It is likely that we will see further interest rate decreases in the near future which could render fixed interest rate returns at little more than inflation. This is a massive problem for investors who fail to understand that whilst their fixed interest investments may retain their face value, they lose their buying power by the rate of inflation every year, so that they are actually losing money.

What many investors often don’t realise is the difference between investment risk and market risk. Investment risk relates to the individual investment, and market risk relates to the overall market reacting to external forces like the Europe debt situation. Market risk does not directly indicate a specific risk relative to a particular share, nor does it relate to the ability of that share to continue to pay dividends.

Whilst admittedly, it has been a horrible time for equity investors in respect to the perceived market value of their investments, they have actually done very nicely in respect to income particularly if they had been faithfully re-balancing their portfolios and buying extremely attractive dividend income streams through quality shares. Short-termism is the biggest mistake investors can make as it converts intelligent,

The most graphic example of market mispricing during the GFC was Australian banks which were marked down 50% by the market in 2009. However, bank profits were only really affected by doubtful debt provisions and their dividends marginally reduced, now they have quickly returned to record profits and dividend rates restored to a higher level than pre GFC.

term deposit returns of less than 6% (and falling) with a guaranteed capital erosion of 3% per annum, being the current rate of inflation. Investors need to seriously consider short term income as well as longer term capital growth when evaluating equity market exposure. Andrew Hewison is Director and a Certified Financial Planner with Hewison Private Wealth and a regular 3008 Docklands Contributor: Level 4, 102 Albert Road, South Melbourne Ph: 9682 1900 Web: www.hewison.com.au

It is currently possible to buy dividend income streams of up to 10% gross per annum through quality blue chip shares with future capital growth potential. This compares to

Mentoring relationships provide substance for career growth

Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce adds value to members’ careers. Recently the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce (IACC) launched its inaugural Mentoring Program. IACC Board member, Sinead Cullen advised that the IACC is very pleased with the level of interest the 16

program has attracted with many very senior business people agreeing to come onboard.

• To provide value to current IACC members beyond networking events

Sinead added that the IACC is fully committed to adding value to its members and their careers and outlined the goals of the Program:

• To develop intergenerational bond between members and to create an expectation that each working generation will assist those professionals that come after them

• To allow younger Irish and Irish Australian professionals and entrepreneurs to learn and receive guidance from experienced businesspeople

Thanks to the generosity of IACC’s event partners, ANZ, the launch event took place in the stunning Executive Suites at 100 Queen Street, courtesy of Shane Buggle, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, at ANZ.

• To provide a mechanism for experienced Irish Australian professionals to share their wisdom and experience with those who are at an earlier point in their careers • To assist with the development of future Irish Australian business leaders

To start the Program in the best possible way, the IACC was fortunate to have arranged an incisive and entertaining presentation from Andrew Douglas, Chairman of Awards Victoria. Andrew is an outstanding orator and a passionate

advocate for personal development, Mentors and Mentees were offered plenty food for thought and were encouraged to embrace this exciting opportunity. The participant pairs found the semi-social environment of the launch night really set the tone for the coming year. Sinead advised that the IACC is encouraged with the success of the Program so far, with expressions of interest for next year’s Program already being submitted. For more information on the IACC, membership and other events and opportunities contact: Email: office@irishchamber.com.au Phone: 9909 7750 or www.irishchamber.com.au

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Avoids forearm twisting for comfort and good health from Stretch Now. Stretch Now is an innovative wellbeing and ergonomics company, offering solutions to help energise and support you in your work and home environments. Live the life that keeps you fit and motivated! The patented shape supports your hand in an upright neutral posture that generally avoids forearm twisting and wrist extension. Many users, including medical doctors, ergonomists and physical therapists, said the Evoluent Vertical Mouse provides superior comfort and relieved wrist pain. For further information on the full Stretch Now range of products contact Nathan on 9888 6677 or nathan.shea@stretchnow.com.au www.stretchnow.com.au To WIN this great prize email your full details to: melbourne@servcorp.com.au *Conditions apply. Draw closes April 30, 2012. Winner will be drawn at random & notified by email. Prize to be collected from Servcorp at 710 Collins St, Docklands.

Late payment of invoices hurts short-term cash flow, which in turn harms your business’ ability to grow – or sometimes even survive. If your customers are not paying your invoices (or are paying them late), it is time to take action to restore mutual respect. Here’s how to deal with the top 5 excuses for late payment:

Excuse #1: “The job isn’t finished” Most terms of trade allow for progressive invoicing, which is important in industries where the jobs are large and ongoing. Unless you have agreed otherwise, you are within your rights to invoice on a progressive basis. Explain to your customer that without the cash flow from the progressive invoices, you cannot sustain work on their job.

Excuse #2: “I haven’t received the invoice” This can be resolved easily – send a fresh copy of the invoice, and call them a couple of days later to ensure that they received it. You should also confirm their preferred delivery method for future invoices so that this excuse cannot be used again.

Excuse #4: “We don’t have the money to pay you at the moment” Your customers’ cash flow issues are not your responsibility, but they are your problem. Offer to put a payment plan in place where the customer pays affordable, regular instalments – and insist on a first payment straight-away. Do not supply more goods or services before they have made good.

Excuse #5: “We will pay in a lump sum” Some customers will want to pay a few months’ invoices at once. If you are willing to allow this, make sure individual invoices do not get overlooked. Otherwise, try to reach a compromise by reducing the frequency of your invoices, or offer for them to pay a lump sum upfront which you then credit against each subsequent invoice.

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Excuse #3: “The money isn’t due yet” Either your customer genuinely does not understand your payment terms, or your customer is trying to delay payment. If your customer does not understand your payment terms, review and simplify them. If your customer is just trying to delay payment, stress that you may impose interest on money owed.

NETWORKING EVENT If you’re up for a FREE night of learning, networking, canapés & drinks then you’ll love these Business Shorts events. Bring your cards and meet other business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals in a relaxed environment. Come along and expand your network! 5000 Business Plans, 50 Deals, 25 Write-offs: Lessons learnt in 25 years as VC Date: Tuesday, 1st May 2012 Address: Servcorp, Riverside Quay, Southbank Time: 5:30pm - 7pm Speaker: Christopher Golis, Practical Emotional Intelligence Golis outlines five keys to success in building a winning business: 1) What’s your SCA? 2) Lease the pencils 3) Know the game 4) What stage entrepreneur are you? 5) Grab the golden ring If you are a positive-thinking business person, an entrepreneur, or thinking of becoming one, you will find this a refreshing insight into the world of entrepreneurship. RSVP: www.servcorpaus.eventbrite.com or 9097 1617

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From Small Business

to Big Business By Mia Robinson and Collette Beck.

Kristine Daw It is looking more and more likely that Australia has not escaped the long arm of the Global Financial Crisis. In 2008/2009 business and governments were quietly confident that Australia was

safe from the ‘boom and bust’ that had hit much of the western world. While our house prices increased, employment remained steady, as did consumer confidence. Various government incentives meant that things in Australia were ticking over nicely. But things have changed. Among other things, we learned that our stock market is not bullet proof and unemployment is on the increase (up by point one of a percentage to 5.3 per cent). Australia can no longer rest on its laurels. One thing that business owners and operators can do in an effort to protect their business is seek help from professionals. Kristine Daw is the founder of Dawtek, an independent tender and business writing company that has been operating for eight years. Dawtek was born when Kristine identified a need in the corporate market for elite tender writing services and business documentation. The company has grown from a one-womanband to a small team of professionals, who now write more than 100 tenders per year. Results are impressive, with more than 70% of tenders being shortlisted. In increasingly uncertain times, Dawtek have found that business owners and operators are less inclined

to risk not getting it right. They are handing their tender writing over to the experts; there is too much at stake and the competition is fierce. Whilst this type of writing requires a businessminded, analytical approach, Dawtek is driven primarily by Kristine’s passion for helping other businesses succeed. The thrill of this is even more pronounced in these tougher times. As a small business owner herself, knowing that she can use her skills to help other companies grow against the odds in this current climate, is what gives Dawtek its heartbeat. Having experienced the challenges of setting up her business, and wanting to help others doing the same, in 2010 Kristine launched Dawtek Online – an online store with more than 300 templates in the categories of: Workplace Health and Safety, Environmental Management, Human Resources, Information Technology, Business and Marketing, Finance and Tenders and Proposals. Dawtek Online provides a low-cost resource to help small to medium sized businesses get on their feet whilst providing them with excellent foundations. The policies, procedures, manuals, reports, plans and forms that make up its constituent parts give companies structure for growth. Dawtek Online is also designed to be a resource for those companies that don’t require a formal tender consulting process, but may just need specific documents to get the job done.

Convesso Concavo takes luxury up a notch Lend Lease’s Convesso Concavo is teaming up with leading furniture and interior design company, Coco Republic to offer buyers an additional reason to enjoy the luxurious surrounds of its waterfront residential apartments in Melbourne’s Victoria Harbour Precinct. Purchasers of Convesso Concavo apartments will receive a personalised Coco Republic interior design service and Coco Republic furniture package until the end of April 2012, providing them with the opportunity to complement Convesso Concavo’s elegant design, high quality finishes, and bespoke detailing.

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Coco Republic is renowned for its range of chic, modern furniture and stylish homewares and top international brands including Lauren Ralph Lauren Home, Calvin Klein, Andrew Martin and Oly San Francisco. Oly San Francisco is the most recent addition to Coco Republic and its furniture and accessories incorporate traditional and contemporary style. Its fresh blend of clean lines and antique motifs are one of the many brands that will integrate perfectly with Convesso Concavo apartments.

Convesso Concavo offers exceptional design that meets a world-class waterfront locale which is unique in Melbourne. The apartments offer a superior level of luxury from the amenity and lifestyle offered to the interiors with a range of elegant fixtures and fittings to suit any taste. The Coco Republic interior design and furniture packages range from $15,000 to $60,000*, depending on the apartment purchased. Visit www.convesso-concavo.com.au for full details or call Lend Lease on 03 8610 4800. *conditions apply.

Again, identifying a need in the market, and using her extensive knowledge of the tendering process, Kristine has created another way to help businesses get ahead. Dawtek’sTender Training can be delivered to a marketing team, in their workplace at a time that suits them. The practical and hands-on tender course is designed to enable companies to prepare a winning tender submission with a professional edge over their competitors. The training is unique in that it provides practical advice and examples and it can be customised for a specific business. Dawtek’s support does not end with the course and clients walk away with free templates and ongoing support. For Kristine, it’s all about providing support for small businesses and helping them achieve a more prominent position in the marketplace. Small businesses are such a crucial element in the Australian economy and are increasingly at risk in uncertain times. Providing a service that makes a meaningful, quantifiable difference to other business entrepreneurs is at the core of Dawtek’s business. At the end of the day, Kristine and her team recognise that in these lean times, making a difference to the bottom line is what counts. Dawtek is a Docklands based company. For more information contact Dawtek on 1300 329 835. Visit: www.dawtek.com.au

By Tom Elliott Although the Liberal state government led by Ted Baillieu and the Labor Federal government led by Julia Gillard don’t have a lot in common, one goal they share is to restore their respective budgets to surplus next financial year. Both claim this goal as a hallmark of fiscal responsibility, yet given the state and national economies are slowing, a case can be made for more public spending and less of the economic hair shirt. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, economist John Maynard Keynes criticised the then governmental response of budget tightening for making the world’s financial problems even worse. Keynes argued that

during such times of severely reduced private demand, governments should stimulate the economy by borrowing and spending more money to keep people employed. He even went to so far as to argue that during severe recessions it would make sense for governments to pay one group of men to walk along and dig holes, while another group followed behind filling them up! During the recent near recession (for Australia, at least – the rest of the Western world did suffer a contraction in economic activity), the then Rudd government claimed to have stimulated spending via several spending programmes. These included the means tested $900 bonus, the so-called ‘Building the Education Revolution (BER)’ and the now infamous pink batts insulation scheme. We’ll never know whether the Australian economy would have suffered a recession in the absence of these schemes, but it’s clear in hindsight that PM Rudd had read some of Keynes’s textbooks regarding public expenditure.

Returning to the present, however, it seems that both federal and state governments seem determined to pursue budget surpluses ahead of other goals. In the last few weeks, various economic statistics have pointed to an imminent slowing of the Australian economy. December quarter GDP growth was an anaemic 0.4%, while unemployment in the Southern States of SA, Victoria and Tasmania appears to be on the rise. Groups as diverse as retailers and real estate agents report that consumers are keeping their hands resolutely in their pockets, yet our most important levels of government seem determined to cut spending and increase taxes. Although the BER and pink batts schemes were well intentioned, we know now that much of the money spent was wasted, a fact seized upon by a resurgent federal opposition. Fear of repeating such mistakes has probably stopped the PM from dreaming up a new scheme to stimulate demand.

And at the state level, I get the impression that as much as he might like to try and lift the level of demand in the Victorian economy, Premier Baillieu rightly worries how any resultant debt would be repaid. Keynes always assumed in his economic theories that there was no practical limit to the amount sovereign governments could borrow – an assumption Greece’s recent problems have well and truly disproved.

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Do Budget Surpluses Make Sense Right Now?

In my view, the correct middle course right now for both the state and federal governments is to lift borrowing and spending – but make sure the money goes towards improving productive long term infrastructure (eg roads, public transport and education) rather than the purchase of new flat screen TVs from JB Hifi and Harvey Norman. Tom Elliott is Director of both MM&E Capital Pty Ltd, a Melbourne based hedge fund, and Beulah Capital Pty Ltd, a private wealth manager. Beulah Capital Ph: 9270 9180 Web: www.beulahcapital.com

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Who Are You - Really?

teenager some 30 years earlier, and although he is now married with teenage children, and years of business experience, he was still seen this way by his family.

By Nicole Hutcheson - Kinesiology Practitioner & Instructor

Smart one, a Pretty One, a Sporty, Naughty, Sensitive, Shy, Black Sheep, or Responsible One. Have a think back to your childhood family. What was your label? The next thing to consider is- do you still carry it around with you, and if so does it limit you?

During our session we were able to diffuse and once we had “removed” these labels or Self Concepts from these siblings, the answer was obvious. The business was his and my client was free of the responsibility she had imposed on herself.

Recently I had a client who was feeling very overwhelmed at the prospect of taking over her family business. She didn’t want to and was feeling trapped. When I asked her why she was doing it, her answer was “I have to. I’m the responsible one”. Her Self Concept of being the Responsible One was so strong, it was over- riding her feelings, choices and intuition. Her adult brother- who actually wanted to take over the business wasn’t a contender because he was the Unreliable One.

What you think is true about yourself, is really the truth you create for yourself.

We often put a lot of thought into our imagehow other people see us. The way we dress, the car we drive, and the friends we chose often reflect this image of ourselves. As we grow older and move through our different life stages, we can easily change, adapt and upgrade this image; buy a new style of clothes, take up new hobbies and mix with different people. The hippy teenager becomes a corporate business woman. The broke university student becomes a successful business owner. It’s a natural progression to leave behind the old and embrace the new. But how often do we take a look at our Self Concept- that is who we truly are. How we see ourselves? Often we have been given a role or a label in early childhood. Most families have a

When we explored this further, we found that he had been given this label as a

Dusty Wygle - Nitro Circus Live By Lisa Quittner The action sports touring sensation, Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live, returns to Australia following record breaking tours throughout Australia and New Zealand as well as a sold out show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In May, Melbourne audiences have the chance to see the biggest action sports stars in the world as they join the famous Nitro crew to unleash their mind blowing stunts and crazy antics spurred on by the crowd. Not only will all of the stars be performing the biggest tricks in their chosen disciplines, they will also be pushing their limits and skill on a range of crazy contraptions on the Nitro Gigant-a-Ramp. 3008Docklands spoke to America’s Dusty Wygle – Nitro star and land bodyboard extraordinaire about the upcoming Australian tour.

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were you the type of kid that would just lunge off rooftops in a bid to fly? I was definitely a rowdy little kid. I was very acrobatic, loved Moto-X and extreme sports, so all of my energy was channelled into that. A friend introduced me to the Nitro crew at a pit-bike race in Las Vegas when I was 19. I got the chance to do a half time show with them. We went crazy. It was super fun. I have been playing with them ever since then, it’s pretty amazing how it all worked out.

Do you have a mantra that you say to yourself before you go on stage?

Nicole Hutcheson is a highly skilled Professional Kinesiology Practitioner and an internationally qualified Instructor. Nicole has been a Docklands resident for 6 years and is a regular 3008 contributor. If you would like to make an appointment with Nicole, call 9819 6835 or email nicole@chikinesiology.com.au

Self Concepts can be limiting, and can stop us from achieving what we really want to do in our life. Have you wanted to do some further study, but stopped yourself because you’re “not a good student”? A label you picked up decades earlier in high school? Think about it- how have you always described yourself? Now ask “is this really still true about me?” You may find that along with other parts in your life, you have grown out of your Self Concept and it’s time to update it. recently I’ve tried road-cycling. I am not a big fan of going to the gym, I feel caged up in there. But if my friends prod me to go I will join them in the gym on occasion. Stairs are also good and running up the Giganta-a-Ramp is brutal.

What is your all time favourite maneuver that you have done or watched someone else do? Bilko’s “Cliffhumpers” are fun to watch. Bob Burnquist did a “Christ air back flip” at our show in Vegas -it was unreal as well as anything that Wheelz or Special Greg do.

What are your memories of Australia and are you looking forward to returning?

I pray for everyone’s safety and that we have a blast performing. Then I dive headfirst off the top of the “Gigant-aRamp” roll-in for my intro to the show.

Australia is one of my favorite places to visit. I have been there four times already and had the chance to see a different side of it each time. I went beach camping at Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay -two of the greatest places on this planet. I can’t wait to visit again.

How do you prepare physically and mentally leading up to a show?

Can you give us some inside information about the upcoming Oz Shows?

Staying active year-round is huge for me, I am a very active person by nature. During the week I surf, ride dirt bikes, BMX, skate and

Have you ever seen Looney Toons? It will be a lot like that!

Nitro Circus Live When: May 25 & 26, 2012 Where: Rod Laver Arena Tickets: Ticketek.com Web: nitrocircuslive.com

THIS WINTER

Well we are about to hit that time of the year where exercise and staying ‘fit’ are furthest from our minds. The beach season is past us and our bodies are getting rugged up and hidden away behind our fashionable winter kit and we don’t have to worry about anything until September right? Wrong. Everyone, things will be a little easier on yourself every summer season and every winter if you managed to exercise all year round, none of this yo-yo’ing of work load in your training. It is ok to ‘take a break’ from your training, that being no more that 14 days, but to take the winter months off is just asking for trouble and making the task of getting fit and healthy for the summer so much harder.

What can I do in these cold and dark times of the year, I hear you ask. It is not that hard, there are heated pools to head to, you can get out on your bike in the dry days, same with the running and walking. Train at lunch time when there is light. If you can’t get motivated on your own, get a couple of friends together and start up a lunch time exercise group. Make it fun. Don’t make it a chore - it is going to be hard enough to get going in the cold weather. Having a couple of friends there to help get you going will mean when one of you wants to bail your friends will stop you from missing the ‘session’.

The other thing that will help you out is watching what you eat. At this time of the year we tend to over eat as we get less active and food is a great way to get and stay warm. So, most importantly do not over eat. Eat 5 to 6 times a day, keeping with small portion sizes and eating the right food types. This won’t happen at every meal or everyday but it is important to get it right more often than not as you want to give yourself a chance to keep yourself (at worst) in the same shape as you currently are.

Cameron Walsh is owner of dluxe Health & Fitness, Strength & Conditioning Coach and Personal Trainer.  dluxe offers personal training, nutrition coaching,  Kickstart 20Twelve and is a provider of tailored corporate health and fitness solutions. Contact Cam on (03) 9614 4909, info@dluxe.com.au or visit www.dluxe.com.au

So, just remember over the next few months of cold and wet, there is always something you can be doing to keep yourself in shape.

If you have been inactive for more than three months or have an existing medical condition always check with your doctor before commencing an exercise program.

There is no reason for you to totally pack in the runners, put away the bathers, or stop playing your sports - use the indoor options or you will just be making things so much harder when summer starts to roll around again and you have to get the gear off once again.

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Running into Trouble By Josh Lambert - Physiotherapist

More than ever, Melbournians are pounding the pavements and choosing running as their preferred form of exercise. Heading off for a run by the beach, park or local trail is now as recognisable a part of the Melbourne cultural psyche and routine as sipping a Latte on the tram into work. The reasons for this are clear cut running has the obvious benefits of increasing cardiovascular fitness, improving circulation, reducing stress,

get into Skate-a-rama this April The April school holidays are the perfect time to get active and enjoy some family fun at Medibank Icehouse. To celebrate the Easter school holidays, a fantastic circus inspired Skate-a rama program will be running under the Circus Big Top, with activities for all ages and everyone in the family. The School Holiday Circus Skate-a-rama program includes: • C  ircus performers - each day between 10am and 4pm • Skate - under the big top • Ice Tubing for kids - where they can ride inflatable tubes down the giant slide on to the ice • Free face painting – for children • Free fun hats - for children

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increasing bone density, lowering body fat percentage, and reducing the risk of lifestyle diseases like stroke and heart attack. It is one of the most practical, timeefficient forms of exercise; is easily accessible, inexpensive, and caters to all levels of ability or fitness. When commencing running, or returning from a prolonged break, many of us will encounter musculoskeletal stress injuries that can slow progress, prevent improvement, or force us to stop running altogether – leading to frustration, disappointment and failure in reaching our fitness goals.

Of the many runningrelated injuries, the most commonly experienced are:

• F  ree beginners lessons – four times per day - where you can learn the basics of ice skating to feel confident on the ice • Free demonstrations - by figure skaters • Ice Ambassadors - will be on hand to help visitors improve their ice skating skills Take advantage of all day unlimited skating these school holidays and a fabulous family offer (two adults & two children), which includes skate hire, unlimited skating, entry and unlimited rides at Wonderland Fun Park plus discounts at Harbour Town for just $100! The fun and festivities will run until Sunday 15 April. For more information please visit www.icehouse.com.au

Knee Pain: Patellofemoral syndrome, or “Runner’s Knee” is characterized by pain under the knee cap (patella) and around the front of the knee. It affects as many as 1 in 4 people, and is caused by irritation of the patella and surrounding structures (including the Iliotibial Band on the outside of the knee) during running. Tightness in the Iliotibial Band is a major cause, as it pulls the patella outwards and leads to poor alignment. Shin Splints: pain caused by overuse of the muscles down the front of the shin which lift the foot, and control movement when the foot contacts to the ground. This can cause inflammation in the muscles, the surrounding sheath, and the bone to which it attaches. The pain may build up during running and will become more severe the longer you run. Achilles Tendinopathy: pain due to small tears in the tendon above the heel that develop over time, becoming worn and damaged through overuse. Symptoms include tenderness between the calf and heel (possibly with mild swelling on the Achilles tendon) and pain and stiffness in the morning that improves with mild activity. Plantar Fasciitis: characterised by damage and inflammation to the plantar fascia, the connective tissue on the sole of the foot forming the inner arch. Pain is usually felt at the attachment of the plantar fascia to the heel bone, caused by overstretching of the fascia due to overactivity, poor foot mechanics, or poor footwear. The key to preventing such overuse injuries is to gradually ease into running, and listen to your body. Ensure that you warm up adequately, are wearing suitable footwear, progress your distance gradually and appropriately - and if you experience pain in any area, use the RICE principle (Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate the leg for the first 48 hours).

These basics aside, all of the above running injuries occur due to repetitive strain on the structure involved, and in most cases, the causes of the repetitive strain can be identified and corrected to prevent reoccurrence. As physiotherapists, we will often tell patients that whilst the painful area can be quite small and very specific, the problem is usually being caused by issues above or below in the movement chain, leading to poor biomechanics, and increasing the stress on the specific area.

These issues include: • Inadequate core stability • Muscular imbalance around the hips, gluteals, and thighs • Overactive or tight structures of the lower limb • Poor flexibility • Over-pronation of the feet (flat feet) • Inappropriate footwear (lacking arch support) These factors can be addressed by your physiotherapist, who will closely analyse your gait and running mechanics, and establish the postural causes to your impairment. Through treating these causes, and providing specific exercises to improve and maintain alignment, gradual return to running can take place. So whether you’re setting your sights on a brisk event like the Bolte Bolt, training at dawn in preparation for the Melbourne Marathon, or a weekend plodder at your local track, remember that considering these important aspects may be the difference between frustration and elation with every step. Josh is a Senior Physiotherapist with the team at Pinnacle Health Group Docklands. Pinnacle Health Group offer Physiotherapy, Clinical Pilates, Massage and Myotherapy. Contact 9600 3590 to make an appointment.

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3008 WELLBEING

3008’s Bookshelf Book Review by Rebecca Howden

‘Animal People’ by Charlotte Wood As an animal person, it’s hard to really understand those who are not animal people. Stephen, who is most decidedly not an animal person, has the opposite dilemma. “He was not an animal person in the same way he was not a musical person, or an intellectual person,” Charlotte Wood writes. “Not to be musical or intellectual was unremarkable and provoked no suspicion. But not to be an animal person somehow meant he wasn’t fully human.” This sense of being not quite human, not quite grown up, not quite living properly, saturates the whole novel, which stretches over the expanse of a single day in Stephen’s life. It’s a fairly ordinary day, but long, sweltering, exhausting. Stephen drifts through his normal routine, mindlessly working at the zoo kiosk with the same complacency as always. The familiarity of it – talking to his mother on the phone about a new TV she wants to buy, having to endure a tedious teambuilding activity at work – makes time lag, and the more disturbing events that punctuate the day slowly build up a feeling of weariness and defeat, growing like the residue of grime and sweat on his skin. There’s one thing in particular that keeps weighing Stephen down - he’s planning to break up with his girlfriend Fiona that night, right after her daughter’s birthday party. He can’t say why, exactly - Stephen doesn’t understand his own feelings and

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motivations any more than he understands animal people. In fact, Fiona and her two young daughters are probably the best thing that has ever happened to him. Throughout the passage of his day Wood allows us glimpses into their relationship in mini-flashbacks, and his more intimate thoughts are rendered beautifully: “For the first time in his life he found himself wanting to live up to something – to meet her, to take this beautiful risk – and it made the wave of his need for her crest and break again.”

Stay Peachy at The People’s Market On a warm and sunny Saturday, visitors to Melbourne’s newest market at Docklands, Melbourne People’s Market, enjoyed an array of new and pre-loved goods, fresh produce, delectable, cooked on the spot foods from a range of gastronomic stalls serving everything from a spring roll, Bratwurst or should we say, Phatwurst with home style made chips, to a Turkish cheese and spinach pastry. Coffee to go, Dutch pancakes and a refreshing ale or stronger, if you so desire. Oh, and a roaming Elmo from Sesame Street!

Still, he is oppressed by a feeling that breaking up with her is just something he must do, almost if it’s beyond his control. Stephen is a guy who, as his sister chastises him, “prefers his life forms behind bars or glass,” just like the animals at the zoo, so that he doesn’t have to get too close. He doesn’t want to be needed. He reflects on the way visitors at the zoo always want to believe the animals are noticing them. “Surely the most appealing thing about animals,” he thinks, “was that - far from offering unconditional love - they wanted nothing from you.” Stephen is frustrating and kind of dull, but ultimately we are invited to sympathise with him, and it’s clear that there’s more to him simmering beneath what we’re shown. Wood carefully layers the novel with levels of meaning and makes astute observations about social dynamics, and the preoccupation with the relationship between people and animals is woven unobtrusively throughout the narrative. This is a book you can easily read in one or two sittings, but the full complexity of it is far richer than it may at first appear.

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