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Events this November


Ask the Lord Mayor


contributing writers Tom Elliott, Nathaniel Stockley, Lara McPherson, Andrew Hewison, Roman Hecht, James Hicks

Docklands’ Toy Run


Letters to Residents



Kate Langan – ANZ One Year On


Vanessa Amorosi


This magazine has a distribution of 10,000 connecting businesses and residences in the Docklands, Southbank and parts of the City.

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WheRe aM i? We wanted to know just how much you know and recognise about your Docklands neighbourhood and all the wondrous landmarks and art installations around every corner, so each month we are asking you to name the location of the pictured site and we will reward your correct answer with a fabulous $50 dining voucher from one of the great local Docklands restaurants. it’s that easy!

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The Race is On..... Of course November is synonymous with the race that stops the nation but this month the race is on in more ways than one. On our cover the talented and highly successful Vanessa Amorosi is in the race to win a prestigious Melbourne Prize for Music Award as a nominee in the Outstanding Musicians Award category. At only 29, Vanessa has already enjoyed a long and illustrious international career, read more on page 14. Later this month, Victorians finally go to the polls for the

State Elections, following on from our interview and election feature in the August issue, we include a last pitch from your local members to entice your vote for the Seat of Melbourne on November 27.

the world stage; 3008 spoke to Studio CEO, Rod Allen about what the future holds for Docklands. Good Luck, we hope you are the winner this November

By the time November comes around, you will feel the festive fever rising, so now is the time to get organising, 3008 has made this easy with our End of Year Venue Guide featuring some fantastic venues that are set to make this party season one to remember. Have your star spotting specs at the ready, with a new name, Docklands Studios makes it to

1 x $50 voucher, not valid sat night. Enter your answer to: “Where Am I Competition” online at our new and improved website and enter your details to be a winner! butchers grill pav 1, 439 Docklands Drive, Waterfront City ph: 9640 0696

last month’s answer: lisa Quittner

Nolan building in NewQuay

Winner: gemma Dawson

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remembranCe Day 2010

roCk ChiCkS exhibition & free ConCert

Step back to Baltimore 1962 where change is in the air and Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with even bigger dreams, is gripped with excitement for sixties-style dancing, music and hairdos. Directed by David Atkins and choreographed by Jason Coleman, HAIRSPRAY the musical is based upon the original New line Cinema film and features an original score. A truly sensational show featuring brilliant performances and ground breaking theatrical technology.

Cancer Council Victoria is urging Docklands residents to take to the track for the second time ever Melbourne Relay for life event. Melbourne Relay for life is an overnight event where teams of ten or more take turns to keep a baton moving around the Alexandra Gardens track for the duration of the event. This is a unique opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost.

This day commemorates the end of the First World War. At 11:00am on the 11th of the 11th month, a ray of light shines onto the Stone of Remembrance. Join the Governor of Victoria, the Premier and other VIPs on the 11th of November in marking the 95th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign. One minute of silence will be observed at 11am. A service will be held and members of the public are invited to lay a poppy after the ceremony.

When: Starts 4pm Sat 20th November - 10am Sun 21st November Where: Alexandra Gardens highlights: 3.45pm Survivor’s and Carers Walk 10pm Candlelight Ceremony information: 1300 65 65 85 Web:

Rock Chicks celebrates passionate and inspiring Australian female song-writers, instrumentalists and singers of all genres and eras, through some never before seen performance footage, costumes, instruments, lyrics, sets and posters. Contributing artists include Chrissy Amphlett, little Pattie, Deborah Conway and Missy Higgins. A free rock concert featuring many of the great rock chicks will be held on November 12.

When: Thursday 11 November 2010 Where: Shrine of Remembrance Forecourt further information: 9661 8100 Web:

When: 6 November – 27 February Where: The Arts Centre, Melbourne free Concert: Friday 12 November 6-7pm at Arts Centre’s forecourt Web:

When: Now Showing Where: Princess Theatre, 163 Spring St, Melbourne tickets: Ticketek 1300 795 012 or Web:



Chrissy Amphlett on stage during the Australian Made tour, Perth, 1987 Photograph by Bob King The Juke Archive, Performing Arts Collection, the Arts Centre


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Otago Museum

Southern Crossings

Ditch the Desk at Docklands

West Africa: Rhythm and Spirit Exhibition

Australasian World Music Expo

If you see a large booth made out of suitcases in the centre of Southern Cross Station, don’t be surprised, it’s all part of Southern Crossings. People are encouraged to contribute their stories – who they are, what they are doing and where they are going, these stories will then form Southern Crossings an iPod guided experience which will include individual stories and snippets of station life against a soundtrack of atmospheric music.

Ditch the Desk is a lunchtime walking activity developed by Melbourne City Sports to encourage workers to Get Out of the office and Get Active. Participants are encouraged to walk at their own pace, guided by professional and friendly fitness experts who give tips on how to improve their health and wellness and achieve their fitness goals. The program offers six walking venues within the CBD including Docklands. Sessions run for about 30 minutes, no minimum terms of contracts.

From spiritual beliefs to daily life, masks to music, cloth to carving, photos and film, West Africa: Rhythm and Spirit features over 200 objects from 28 different contemporary West African cultures expressing the diversity and dynamism of this unique and fascinating region. This exhibition is based on the collection of Joel A. and Patricia H. Vanderburg, who collected the objects while they lived and worked in Nigeria and Ghana from 1964 to 1975.

The third annual Australasian World Music Expo (AWME) will turn Melbourne into a melting pot of global sounds with artists and music industry representatives preparing to descend on the city. AWME is a world class event profiling some of the region’s finest roots music artists to international delegates, with the vision of marketing diverse cultural based art forms from our shores internationally, a selection of the world’s finest artists will be playing back to back over four days.

When: Until Tuesday 16 November Where: Southern Cross Station Further Information: Journey’s Soundtrack available from 18 November Web:

When: 1st November, Meeting time: 12:30pm at the Docklands meeting point Cost: 6 week program $90 To register: 9604 8600 Web:

When: 12 November to 29 May 2011 Where: Immigration Museum- 400 Flinders St, Melbourne Cost: Adults $8, children and conc. FREE An Otago Museum exhibition from Dunedin, New Zealand

When: 18th – 21st November Where: The Arts Centre, The HiFi, The Toff & BMW Edge at Fed Sq Tickets: On sale from the venues listed Web:

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Santa’S poSt box Who can tell if your Christmas wishes will come true? Santa can! Send your Christmas list direct to him from Santa’s Post Box in the City Square. Include your postal address, and you’ll receive a reply from the man himself! From 5 November to Friday 17 December myer ChriStmaS WinDoWS Capturing the imagination of children for 55 years, the Myer Christmas Windows bring Australia’s favourite stories to life. Artists, animators and craftsmen have been working hard for six months to create these magical displays, which are unveiled at noon to the delight of families from Melbourne and beyond. What will this year’s theme be? Come along, and be among the first to find out! From Friday 5 November

Why isn’t the Smartbus system diverted to link Docklands to the rest of outlying melbourne?

Graham, thanks for your question. SmartBus is actually a State Government initiative. It is part of MetLink and therefore it is not funded by the City of Melbourne. However, City of Melbourne is working closely with the State Government to support transport infrastructure throughout the city.

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this is a great opportunity to open the lines of communication whether you are a resident, member of the business sector or reside, work or visit any area under the jurisdiction of the City of melbourne.

We invite our readers each month to ask a direct question to the Lord Mayor. This month we received one question via email that we passed onto the Lord Mayor and you will find the question and response following.

email your questions through to before the 12th day of each month and we will ensure you receive an answer in the following 3008 issue.

It’s YOUR business – SHOWCASE IT! We are getting closer to the 2010 Salvation Army Toy Run and it is getting very exciting; with many Docklands stakeholders getting involved – big and small. The Docklands Chamber of Commerce is delivering this event for the benefit of all traders, investors, retailers and corporate organisations in the precinct. The aim is to deliver an event where all businesses, regardless of size or services, can contribute and showcase their business as part of the Docklands Precinct. For businesses that do not have a consumer focus, the Chamber strongly urges them to participate by offering the public an insight into what they do - as a business, as an employer, or for the environment. Let the community know what your plans for the future are in Docklands; environmental projects you may support or eco-friendly initiatives. If you have a story to tell, the Chamber would love to help you share it with the community! Marquees are available for you to showcase any aspect of your business. Why not have your staff clubs organise an activity for the day – face painting for kids or a balloonist that makes anything from ladybirds to James Hird in a balloon model! A Docklands-based IT company is looking at ways to put a tracking device on Santa and follow his progress on the big screen, so everyone knows where he is at all times. Tours on Trike have offered the


Lord Mayor and his team transport to the event on their Trikes! Etihad Stadium has kindly offered a heavily reduced rate for all visitors to park under the Stadium on the day. And many Harbour Town businesses have offered vouchers, coupons and special offers for the public on the day. The Docklands Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all the precinct operations offices for helping to communicate with trader groups to ensure that all traders remain open and stocked for the expected influx of visitors on the day. Waterfront City and Harbour Town have kindly offered their stage, security and cleaning services to manage the smooth flow of the day’s activities. MAB is also happily supporting the day with a fun family focus. Docklands has 20,000 people working here on a daily basis, many of whom ride motorcycles. They can also be involved as riders on the day. Details will be uploaded on staff intranets or register through the MRAVic (go to: If you are not a rider, we encourage you to bring the family along and donate a toy under the huge Docklands Christmas tree. Loads of activities are planned for the day, including meticulous motorbikes on display, Santa, Salvation Army gift collection trucks, live bands, formal proceedings, shopping and dining. The 2010 Salvation Army Toy Run is shaping up to be a major drawcard for the Docklands precincts; The Chamber encourages all precinct businesses to get behind the event. Need more information on how you can get involved? Please contact Chamber Vice President, Elena Tsapatolis on 0425 771 370 or enquiries and offers are very welcome! Date: Sunday, December 12th Time: 11am – 4pm



Happy Christmas to all at Docklands Christmas is nearly here, and from City Square to Docklands’ Harbour Town, everyone will be joining in the city’s festive spirit with lots of free Christmas events. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift, planning a special a meal with family or friends, or wanting to put in a good word with Santa – and get your picture taken – you don’t have to travel far. Read on to find out what’s happening in the city this Christmas, or take a look at our fantastic event program at

Santa’s Grand Arrival Santa is arriving in town in fine style this year – riding on his sleigh and accompanied by superstar guests including Angelina Ballerina, Ben 10 and Yo Gabba Gabba! Make a day of it and stay for lunch or visit one of the city’s many attractions after the show. Two performances, free entry. Saturday 6 November, Bourke Street Mall. Visit for more details.

Grogger, our pedestrian safety game, is now available as a mobile app. The Grogger game is a fun and innovative way of getting safety messages across to pedestrians. Share the game with your friends and you could win a great prize. Visit for more details. As this is my final message for 3008 this year, I wish you a safe and happy Christmas and holiday season. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle

MRA (VIC) Toy Run

Your aspirations for Docklands

For more than 30 years, the Motorcycle Riders’ Association of Victoria has collected toys to donate to underprivileged kids through the Salvation Army. Celebrate the spirit of giving as scores of riders roll into Docklands on Sunday 12 December, from 11am to 4pm, for a gleaming, rumbling, big-hearted toy delivery. Santa will, of course, share the goodwill as Melbourne’s families admire the bikes, enjoy live entertainment and bands and celebrate the spirit of giving.

With phase one of the Second Decade of Docklands project having come to a close, visit to read the findings of the consultation, where more than 1500 people shared their thoughts about Docklands today and aspirations for the second decade, all of which will inform a draft shared vision to guide future planning. You can also read more about the ideas generated to make Docklands an integrated, lively extension of Melbourne’s central city.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Grogger on the move

Join James Tobin and Heidi Valkenburg at City Square for a magical evening of music, dance and celebration. Our city’s giant tree will light up the night sky to mark the start of Melbourne’s Christmas season. Supporting the Starlight Foundation and sponsored by Mirabella. Friday 3 December, 6.30pm.

Grogger, the City of Melbourne’s pedestrian safety game, is back and available as a mobile app game, with a great prize up for grabs.

Santa’s Christmas Spectacular at Wonderland Fun Park From Saturday 11 to Friday 24 December at Santa’s magical Christmas Wonderland, rides, entertainment and Christmas cheer combine for a fantastic day out. Visit Santa’s stables, have your face painted, post a letter to the North Pole, and meet Santa’s hilarious elves. Take a ride on the magical dragon flyer, the carousel, bungee trampolines and the Santa Express Wacky Coaster before telling your Christmas wishes to Santa himself!

Loosely based on the classic arcade game Frogger, the game is designed to raise awareness of pedestrian safety issues. Research shows that pedestrians often perceive their risk of being hit by a vehicle as relatively low and will take chances when crossing the road. Players could win the ‘Ultimate Rock Star Prize’, including four tickets to 2011 Big Day Out, just for sharing the game with their friends. Download or play this free game at

For information about any City of Melbourne programs and services, including Melbourne City Council and Committee meetings, please call 9658 9658 or visit

For their safe and efficient operations, ships depend on seafarers working far from their home and family for many months, sometimes years – often in harsh and dangerous conditions. As an island nation, we owe them a debt of gratitude. The work of The Mission to Seafarers Victoria (MTSV) is a way of repaying that debt in the most practical way, by provision of practical resources and welfare support. Cartoonist David Rowe has swapped sketching for brushstrokes to take out Australia’s leading maritime art accolade. David was awarded the major prize in The Mission to Seafarers 2010 ANL Maritime Art Prize, complete with a $15,000 cash prize, for his work titled Dockside, at the official launch of the exhibition at The Mission to Seafarers.

The $5000 prize from the ASP Ship Management Group for the artwork judged Best in Traditional Maritime Art was awarded to Betina Fauvel-Ogden for her work titled Docklands. Betina’s love affair for docks, seafarers and the sea is evident in her oil painting and stems from her own heritage, as a descendant of a long line of seafarers.

merChant Street CelebrateS 2nD birthDay! The Merchant Street Retail Precinct at Vic Harbour turned two this month, and to celebrate, they gave away gifts to their customers! Winner of the anl maritime art prize 2010 David rowe and his winning artwork “Dockside”

Since 2002, The Mission to Seafarers Victoria art prize has exhibited the work of over 700 artists while the organisation has also raised about $180,000 toward the provision of seafarers’ services in Victoria. for more information visit or call 03 9629 7083.


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Winner of best in tradition maritime art betina fauvel-ogden with artwork “Docklands”

For last year’s first birthday, they celebrated with a festival, and over a thousand people joined in for music, dancing and giveaways, with Safeway generously putting on a sausage sizzle, that raised almost $800 for The Royal Children’s Hospital. This year, Merchant Street dived into the mood for summer by giving away 500 beach bags worth $49.95 each, which were enthusiastically received by customers of the Merchant Street Retail Precinct. The giveaways served as a little way to say thank you to their customers for their support.

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A FINAL NOTE FROM YOUR CANDIDATES vehicles an hour during peak times. The result will be gridlock in Footscray and Dynon roads and for Docklands – along with a massive increase in noise and pollution.

• 175 child care places created; • 31,000 people employed in the area; • More than 120 restaurants, cafes, bars and eateries and 220 retail outlets are now located at Docklands; and

The route for this multi-billion dollar white elephant runs beside an underutilized rail line. I believe it would be far better to invest this money in providing education, health and public transport services for Docklands and the surrounding community.

• Regeneration of North Wharf and maintenance of Seafarers Park. To move everyone around, the Victorian Government has introduced more public transport services. A total of 114 weekly tram services, comprising 64 new services and 50 extended or modified services were added to routes 48, 70, 75, 86 and 112 including:

The Brumby government also plans a massive increase in the capacity of Webb Dock, including a low-level rail bridge cutting Docklands off from the sea. Again, Docklands residents have not been considered.

• Extension of the City Circle tram into Docklands in April 2008; Dear Docklands resident, As the Member for Melbourne, I’m often in Docklands and have had the pleasure of watching the precinct grow into a thriving community over the past decade. But I can also remember when it was nothing more than an unused part of the city. That’s why I’m so excited about the decade ahead. Recently the Victorian Government, in partnership with the Melbourne City Council, unveiled a vision for the second decade of the Docklands.

• In September 2009, tram services introduced into Victoria Harbour following the completion of the Collins Street extension. We are about to do more by introducing a Collins Street shuttle service (Route 31) significantly boosting services to the Docklands delivering an extra 44 trips on weekdays between 11am - 2.30pm.

As Education Minister – I am especially excited about our study of a new primary school at Harbour Esplanade. We’re also looking at building a library, a running track that would be Docklands equivalent of the Tan, more bike paths, space for playgroups and a community boating hub. Two hectares of land has also been set aside in western Docklands for outdoor and indoor recreational use.

I hope you share my excitement for the future of Docklands.

But while we look to the future, it’s important to recognise what has already happened – more than $6 billion in investment.

Bronwyn Pike MP Member for Melbourne 9328 4637

We’ve seen: • A massive $1 billion investment in public infrastructure projects such as the Collins Street and La Trobe Street Bridges, the Harbour Esplanade, major roads and the wharves.



• Route 86 extended into Docklands Drive and Route 30 began operating full-time to Harbour Esplanade in July 2008; and

Docklands is now not only a hub for business, but a place where many families are settling, and the community is growing. So when you next walk along Harbour Esplanade, stop, and picture what Docklands will look like in the next ten years.

A Message from Brian Walters, candidate for the Greens On 27th November Docklands residents will have an opportunity to vote for their representative in the State Seat of Melbourne. Docklands is a new and growing community in a wonderful location, with unique needs and issues. I believe there are several pressing issues. Docklands needs a primary school. There is nowhere close by for young children living in Docklands to go to school – basic infrastructure for a new community. A primary school is needed now, and in a few years Docklands will need a secondary school. I’m committed to working to achieve education facilities for the Docklands community. A serious threat for Docklands residents is the Brumby government’s “number one priority project” – Westlink – a six-lane freeway tunnel from Footscray. The outlet is planned for Dock Link Road, with further links to Dynon and Footscray Roads. The government has admitted that 60,000 vehicles will use Westlink daily, with three lanes of freeway delivering about 5,000

It’s not rational to move 37 percent of Australia’s national freight through Melbourne’s residential areas. The Greens oppose this expansion of the Port of Melbourne, and will push for any increase in freight to be directed through other terminals. Planning for such diversification needs to start now. Victoria’s planning laws are too susceptible to the influence of developers and profit. The community needs a stronger voice. Let’s encourage creativity and community by adopting successful overseas models as in cities like Vancouver. At the last State election, the seat of Melbourne was a tight contest between Labor and the Greens. If only 600 Labor voters change their vote on the 27th November, Melbourne will be represented by a Green in the lower house. As a Docklands resident your vote will be powerful. 0411 020 967

Dear Docklands residents, I am asking for your support at the upcoming State election. It is time for a change in Docklands and time for a change in Victoria. For too long we have been let down by the ALP who have failed to deliver on their promises and failed to deliver the residents of Docklands the community facilities we require, safe streets and better public transport. I am proud to represent a party that has the plans to build a Stronger, Fairer and Safer Victoria. The Liberals will deliver the following for Docklands residents and all Victorians:

• A growing, competitive economy • Services that work • Strong families and vibrant communities • Secure water and a healthy environment • A Government you can trust These outcomes and our plan to get more Police on the streets will make the Docklands and Victoria a better place to be. Living nearby in West Melbourne and with a wife that works in Docklands I know it is a great place to live, work and visit. Docklands can be made even better by having a better representative for Docklands who listens and delivers.

ViCtorian State eleCtionS 2010

FOR THE SEAT OF MELBOURNE I am an energetic local committed to improving inner Melbourne and Victoria, I listen and I will deliver. With your support we can improve Docklands and Victoria. Should you have any questions or would like to discuss any issues with me please do not hesitate to contact me either on my mobile 0402 194 310 or email me at regards luke martin liberal candidate for melbourne

I believe I will be a much better representative for Docklands and inner Melbourne because

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ANZ One Year On – An interview with Kate Langan real estate through architecture project management, taking on more and more of the whole gamut of real estate for corporate. I had worked with corporate property in organisations such as Bank of America and also with the British Government in Hong Kong and then I joined Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and looked after their account leadership for their major corporates. When I moved to Australia I worked as Client Relationship Manager for ANZ in 2006 and worked very closely with Jane Hamilton, my predecessor here and 833 was her concept and brain child. While working in my capacity with JLL I was responsible for much of the operational set up of this building, so while Jane was responsible for the conceiving of the project and establishing the design, my job was leading the team that was going to run the building. With Jane’s departure, I had the opportunity to jump the fence from service provider to the client side and take on the role of Group General Manager Property. As ANZ’s Group General Manager Property, what does your role entail and what are you directly responsible for overseeing?

What was your career background before taking on your current position as Group General Manager Property for ANZ?

My role is a group role where I have a global, over arching responsibility, so fundamentally we have 1.4 million square metres worth of space in 26 countries, a big portfolio growing by the day. At the highest level I look after all the accommodation that the bank sits in, I am responsible for how we house all our commercial space and our 40,000 plus people around the world, also looking after our retail and ATM network. A big part of my role is to look strategically at what we are going to do with the property, and at the moment looking at Docklands as our Global Headquarters.

I am an architect by trade and practised in both the UK and Australia. Most of my career has been spent in Asia Pacific where I progressively moved into corporate

With your significant involvement in the development of ANZ’s Global Headquarters at Docklands, what factors determined the decision to locate here?

By Lisa Quittner One year since ANZ’s officially opened their Global Headquarters at Docklands, 3008 spoke to Kate Langan, Group General Manager Property for ANZ to find out more about Kate and how working life at 833 Collins Street is going, one year on.



Fundamentally, the bank had grown organically in Melbourne and one of the biggest challenges of all corporate real estate is to understand the long term demand for the business. The bank was in 13 locations dotted in and around the city some of which were aging and past their prime, some of which were owned which we no longer wished to own, so in late 2006 we looked at a sales program for some of the owned assets and the Docklands project was conceived in order to consolidate a lot of those disparate pieces. There was a lot of wasted productivity time with people travelling between buildings to meet with colleagues in different locations and Docklands offered this unique opportunity to have a very large floor space with a lot of collaborative space to bring all these people together. Coming into Docklands we reduced the portfolio by 6 buildings. While we could have taken up tower options in the city it was felt that Docklands gave us the opportunity to refresh, rebrand and reinvigorate which we wouldn’t have necessarily had if we would have become a tenant or developed a tower in the city. Did sustainability play a major role in the decision to move to Docklands? The bank recognises that sustainability has a commercial reality, ANZ chooses to be a fast follower, as a company our credentials need to be sound from a sustainability point of view. Docklands offers the ability to have control over that and look at some of the more tangible and exciting opportunities. Where it has best manifested itself in terms of green star ratings and sustainable agenda perhaps is greatest in the work - life balance aspect. A year on since the official opening of this magnificent building, what have been the unforseen challenges or advantages

of positioning ANZ’s Global HQ at Docklands? We moved here with the aspiration of collaboration and change of lifestyle and that has been more material than we had thought. We interviewed about 4000 Melbourne staff before we moved here and we recently resurveyed them and there is a clear lift in staff feeling energised about their workplace and about 50% said they felt their productivity had improved, which is really good news. The real challenge now is to maximise the opportunities that this building gives staff and to encourage use of the building in the way it was designed, to enable flexible working areas in the collaborative spaces, hubs, break out and link spaces. The challenge is to break people away from their desks to maximise their working environment and that requires a cultural change in work practices. In your opinion what needs to occur in Docklands for it to cement its place as Australia’s financial capital over the next 10 years? I think it is really important to get the infrastructure right and recognise the urban growth that wants to happen here. I think a bit more time needs to be spent on how the road and transport networks will work so that people can connect back into the city or to the outer districts. The initial volume down here is enough to test the infrastructure and our testing of that is saying that if this gets much busier it’s going to get difficult and perhaps become prohibitive. All the ingredients are here, but if Docklands is going to get bigger I think greater focus will need to be on infrastructure. Also urban massing could influence things, if we end up with a lot of towers, from an architectural point of view it will create microclimates that aren’t particularly pleasant and Docklands is quite susceptible to.

Construction of an innovative development to boost affordable housing for lower and medium income-earners is taking shape in Docklands. Joined by Member for Melbourne Bronwyn Pike, Housing Minister Richard Wynne visited the Mariner, at NewQuay recently in October, to inspect progress of the 85 affordable rental homes. “This fantastic new development is part of the $1.26 billion Nation Building program which is bringing more than 4,500 new affordable rental homes to Victorians who need it most,” Mr Wynne said. “We have also completed upgrades to more than 9,100 existing homes so that more residents can be housed in even better

accommodation. The Mariner, NewQuay, will ultimately provide 113 apartments over nine levels, 85 of which will be a mix of one and two-bedroom affordable rental apartments. “Safe, comfortable, well-located and affordable homes are essential to creating a sense of place and community, and are important in providing stability. This is an outstanding example of how the Brumby Labor Government is working to transform the lives of vulnerable Victorians right across the state.” Mr Wynne added. Ms Pike said the development would give tenants a home in one of Melbourne’s prime real estate areas.

which will manage the apartments. HCA contributed $8.4 million, with the remainder funded by the State and Federal Governments.


Sky’S the limit for $31 million DoCklanDS DeVelopment

“HCA is committed to providing a range of accommodation to people not served well by private housing markets – whether they are people with disabilities or working families priced out of locations which provide employment,” HCA Chief Executive Michael Lennon said. Construction work on The Mariner, NewQuay development started in April and is expected to be completed in April next year.

“The Docklands is a vibrant location with excellent access to employment opportunities, educational facilities, public transport, social support services and recreational facilities,” she said. The Mariner, NewQuay, is a partnership between the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments, and the registered housing association Housing Choices Australia,

housing minister richard Wynne with bronwyn pike

the mariner - Corner of pearl river road & Docklands Drive

Have you been in yet? Restaurant quality food in a café.

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Discovered at 14 years of age and catapulting to international success, at 29 Melbourne born Vanessa Amorosi is regarded among Australia’s most talented vocalists with in excess of 2 million records sold worldwide. Vanessa’s rapid rise and ongoing spectacular career has seen many highlights including performing at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and the Manchester Commonwealth Games, to touring Europe with Joe Cocker and collaborating with some of the biggest names in music, while collecting a swag of awards both within Australia and Internationally along the way. Vanessa’s latest ARIA Top 10 album ‘Hazardous’, has been awarded gold status in Australia with album singles including ‘This Is Who I Am’, ‘Hazardous’ and Mr Mysterious’. Her first released single from the double platinum album, ‘This Is Who I Am’ debuted at number 1 and retained pole position for seven weeks. A feat not achieved since Kylie Minogue in 2007.

Melbourne Prize for Music Nominee

Vanessa Amorosi By Lisa Quittner



2010 continues on as a big year as this November, Vanessa is among the nominees for the $30,000 Outstanding Musicians Award as part of the Melbourne Prize for Music Awards 2010, which recognises the recent work of a Victorian professional musician, or group of musicians, as an outstanding example of creativity and skill. The Outstanding Musicians Award 2010 is supported by Dame Elisabeth Murdoch A.C. D.B.E. At over $100,000 in total, the Melbourne Prize for Music 2010 and awards are some of the most valuable prizes of their kind in Australia and runs in a three-year cycle, which includes the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture (2011), the Melbourne Prize for Literature (2012) and the Melbourne Prize for Music 2010 (next in 2013). With winners announced on November 10, 3008 had the great privilege to find out more about Vanessa, her career to date and what it means as a Melburnian, to be nominated for this prestigious Melbourne Prize for Music Award. You have had a lengthy music career for someone so young, when did you

get started and when did you know music was your future? Yes, I have been very fortunate to have a long standing career. For as long as I can remember I have been singing. Both my parents were in music so I guess I was born into it. I was signed at the age of 14 so my career started very early. What has the road been like in the Australian music industry to reach this point where you are nominated as a finalist for the Outstanding Musicians Award and in achieving the success you have to date here and internationally? The road has been amazing; from when I was signed at 14 it really escalated from there. It has been an amazing experience and learning curve. From singing in front of millions at the Olympics to now releasing my latest album, Hazardous, and the album being so well received, has been an incredibly humbling experience. I think the Australian market is so different to any other market in the world, you really learn your craft here on the road and without the ego. What does being chosen as a finalist for the Outstanding Musicians Award 2010 represent to you personally? It is truly an honour to be nominated, Melbourne is such a great city for live music, it is great to be part of the Australian Music scene, but also the Melbourne music scene. Do you already have plans for the $30,000 prize money if you win? I would really like to reinvest this money into my career as I am determined to take Australian music to the world. You have worked with some great artists, mixers and producers including Joe Cocker, Rob Thomas, Mary J Blige, Chris Lord-Alge and the list just goes on, who has had the most inspirational affect on you as a musician and why? Yes, having worked with the like of Brian Adam, Joe Cocker, Rob Thomas, Hoobastank, Mary J Blige and Savage Garden makes me feel like a young veteran. I have learned so much from all these artists and the most important

thing is that I have never stopped learning. I have also taken a bit from all these artists and musicians on how to stay in the business.... and to respect it. Your music and style seems to be more open-minded and edgier in recent times, what do you attribute this to? Honesty..... I felt that if I was honest with my music and songs that this would relate to the public... and it did. I am so blessed to have been accepted by my fans again and the industry with this album. What do you feel it is about your music that resonates so strongly with audiences, you haven’t left the spotlight since you first walked into it? I think the audiences recognise that I am an artist that came through the business the old fashioned way, in the sense that I was a live performer firstly and then a recording artist. I have really worked hard to become a better live performer and recording artist. For the thousands of hopefuls out there, what does it take to make it as a finalist for a Melbourne Prize for Music accolade, and to be regarded as a musician that has ‘made it’? I think that artists and musicians need to recognise that there is no fast track to success or becoming a great artist or musician. It’s about continuous hard work and determination and staying true to yourself. A free public exhibition of all finalists will be held in the Atrium at Federation Square, The Melbourne Prize Trust’s exhibition and event partner, between 8 and 22 November 2010. Award recipients will be announced on on 10 November. The Melbourne Prize for Music 2010 is supported by the State Government through Arts Victoria, and the City of Melbourne. The Melbourne Prize Trust is an initiative of the Committee for Melbourne. Visit to view the 2010 partners and patrons.

The studio formerly known as Melbourne Central City Studios, is now officially embracing its location on prime Docklands land, and changing its title to Docklands Studios Melbourne, signaling a new era for the business. The facility is now a government owned enterprise, and Chief Executive Officer, Rod Allen explains that there are already plans for expansion underway, thanks to a $10 million investment commitment from the Victorian State Government.

Docklands Studios already houses some of Australia’s most well known television shows like Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation and Australia’s Got Talent as well as the hotly anticipated Australian Iron Chef, but as Rod explains, size really does matter when you’re dealing with big productions. More room to move will mean an even bigger capacity to cater to large scale projects. Having already contributed to the creation of films like Master and Commander, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Where the Wild Things Are, Rod is keen to see that Docklands continues to compete in the international film production market.

Rod also acknowledges that international demand for the facility is at the mercy of the exchange rate. A lower exchange rate inevitably makes filming in Australia more attractive for international productions, and when an international production comes to town there are huge benefits to the local economy. Figures indicate The Pacific injected approximately $110 million back into Melbourne and surrounds. Rod explains that recent international television mini series, was the biggest ever shot, and thanks to Docklands Studios, Melbourne reaped the benefits.


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By Lara McPherson

Far from catering just to big business though, Rod advocates smaller productions too, insisting that this facility should be one that everyone has access to. With a significant list of Australian film and television projects already completed at the site, Rod looks forward to seeing new films come to Docklands, large and small. Channel 9 has also confirmed that their locally produced shows will be moving to Docklands Studios.





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• 20 cooked & shelled tiger prawns (leave the tails on)

2. Add lime, sugar and mix in mortar and pestle.

• ½ cup lime juice

3. Now add chilli, shallots and smash together.

• 4 birds eye chillies – sliced (remove the seeds for a milder dish) • 6-8 medium eschallots – sliced • 6-8tsp fish sauce

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6. Add carrots and crush lightly. Remove and add to bowl. 7. Finally add the beans and also crush lightly. 8. Now all the sauce should be in the bowl with the vegetables. 9. Add prawns and mix carefully. 10. Follow this by adding bean sprouts, herbs and rest of tomatoes. Mix well. 11. Garnish with shallots, peanuts, some reserved coriander, basil and mint sprigs. recipe thanks to James Squire brewhouse 16-17, 439 Docklands Drive, Waterfront City, Docklands - ph 9606 0644

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If you haven’t experienced the sushi train concept, it really is a unique way to eat, with pricing for each dish determined by the colour of plate. My dining companion and I took our seats at the counter and were quickly eyeing off all the petite plates zooming past on the conveyers. The standouts from the cold selection were ultra fresh tuna sashimi, flower rolls, salmon nigiri and oysters with a sublime salsa dressing. From the hot variety, we enjoyed the perfectly grilled salmon, prawn dumplings, crisp chicken gyoza, and the flavour packed beef rolls with silken enoki mushrooms, but in reality we’d barely scratched the surface of the infinite assortment on offer.



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Whilst a bottle of cold sake proved the perfect partner to the plethora of dishes we sampled, there’s a short list of reasonably priced wines available by the glass or bottle, along with beer and spirits. Whether it’s a quick bite before catching a movie or show, or a more relaxed dining affair, Orient Express is a welcome addition to the Crown entertainment complex.

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Orient Express has taken the concept of sushi train dining to another level with the world’s first double decker sushi train restaurant. There’s a conveyer featuring all the popular standards such as sushi, sashimi and maki rolls, however it’s the top tier devoted to cooked dishes that really adds a new dimension to this fun format. With cooked dishes representing the Asian continent, you can literally take your pick from the likes of Chinese dumplings, Thai style noodles, Japanese Teriyaki chicken and many other appetising offerings.

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By Lara McPherson So we thought the French had it good when it comes to food and wine. I have long had a highly evolved fondness for French cheeses in particular. And I suspect I’m not the only one. The truth is, Victorians have it pretty darn good too, as a recent road trip through the countryside reminded me. Taking the time to stop and sample the wares at several wineries reinforced just how great the local product really is, and left my pocket empty but my belly fully and happy.

Leading French sommelier Michel Chapoutier evidently agrees with me. He is set to head up the judging panel at Le Concours Des Vins du Victoria held by the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI). Michel Chapoutier, a highly respected winemaker in France, has been part of the Concours, for many of its 20 years. As well as his role as a winemaker, he also acts as a mentor, directing the competition to find the best apprentice winemakers in France. The six finalists of the competition have also had the opportunity to visit several Victorian vineyards, in a trip of a lifetime which culminates in the chance to judge the Concours Des Vins. They, along with several more senior judges, are charged with the heady task of assessing close to 400 local wines.

intimidated by this number. That, though, is the impressive state of the Victorian Wine Industry. And I’m not complaining.


A Taste of French Sophistication Comes to Docklands

Le Concours des Vins du Victoria will be held at the Medallion Club at Etihad Stadium on December 2nd, and will showcase 400 Victorian Wines, alongside a buffet of French cheeses. Tickets are available from leconcoursdesvins.

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FESTIVE FEVER IS RISING IT’S TIME TO START ORGANISING! The end of year is fast approaching with only 8 weeks until Christmas, so there is absolutely no time to delay, celebration fever is in the air and now is the time to book your end of year office party, get-together with family or friends, or catering needs for celebrations at home or in the office. This year we are really proud to present a mixture of new and familiar favourites as part of our annual end of year venue guide, there are some really fabulous places to discover or rediscover each offering a varied selection of celebratory options, from cocktail events, formal dining, outdoor options to take advantage of the balmy nights ahead, as well as catering services to make your home or in-house office event deliciously convenient and fuss free.



However you choose to celebrate, make sure you take advantage of the choice and options Docklands dining delivers.

Loading Dock at Yarra’s Edge New to Docklands is Loading Dock Bar & Grill. Situated at Yarra’s Edge it’s the brain child of brothers-in-law and owners Mike Egan & Milton Reboe, who saw a need for something more than just another eatery. Loading Dock boasts a warm inviting provincial feel, a place to relax, meet with friends or entertain business associates. Located waterfront at 70 Lorimer Street (66A River Esplanade) with fantastic views bathed in sunshine certainly makes this an appealing spot. This venue is sure to be a hit not only with the locals but with everyone who ventures to Yarra’s Edge. No stranger to a kitchen, chef, Milton combines over 20 years experience with his international skills from Montego Bay, Jamaica – Lucca, Italy and New York, USA to produce an exciting affordable array of tastes. He does not believe in shortcuts “fresh is best” he says, “a lot of restaurants pre cook these days, I prepare and cook every meal from fresh ingredients. You can taste the difference” said Milton. Everything from his hand made pasta and pizzas to his whole snapper with Jamaican ginger jam are simply superb, as Milton said “the best thing is for people to just try Loading Dock once – they’ll then surely be back.” Loading Dock, fully licensed is open 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner and boasts a good selection of both local and imported wines. Bookings can be made by contacting them on 9681 8289

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new goods Shed, Spencer St terminus, Victorian railways

platform 28 hiStory: all aboarD! Imagine the toot of the goods train and the steam from the shed as the next load of agricultural produce departs from Goods Platform 28. Over a century later, it is not hard to fathom how this shed has been hand-picked to become an exciting new restaurant bar offering Modern Australian cuisine in the heart of vibrant Docklands! Housed in the heritage Goods Shed North, (formerly a railway goods shed), Platform 28 stays true to the history of the site and brings a rustic historical charm that’s bound to win the hearts of the locals.

intereSting faCtS The interior designers Oldfield Knott kept some key original elements of the shed. For instance, step into the venue and you will find the big black cast iron heritage columns that served a dual purpose of demarcating areas across the shed as well as supporting the roof. Next, try to spot the distinct painted number 28 on the old brick wall which was the way they marked areas / openings within the shed. Or, notice the lofty space within the venue. And of course, the heritage exterior that’s teeming with character.

Even the logo of the venue captures a bit of the past featuring a steam train on the top with a rustic brick colour reminiscent of the old brick walls in the shed. The venue itself was named after the historical Goods Platform 28.

more about uS: This prominent destination offers a brilliant mix of old and new. Delightful food, a relaxed atmosphere and an impressive selection of beers, wines and cocktails make this one of the Docklands’ best new one-of-a -kind meeting spots. Scaling across 2 levels, with 2 outdoor arenas and 2 indoor spaces, the modernity and sheer size of the venue provides neighbouring offices and residents with ample space for casual dining. If you are after a unique function venue or exciting new place for private parties, look no further. Choose from one of their four exclusive spaces including the Terrace, the Glass Box, the Lounge, or the Balcony. for bookings, call 03 9670 9933 or email platform 28 82 Village St (Cnr of bourke & Village St) Docklands ViC 3008 9670 9933 grand opening ball the Victorian railways new goods Shed, Spencer St Station. 23rd february 1872

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Kinya Japanese Restaurant catering for VIP occasions JApAneSe CuiSine

Mon–Fri Lunch 12 – 3pm Dinner 6 – 10:30pm Sat–Sun Dinner 6 – 10:30pm RiveR FRont 70 Lorimer St, Docklands (64A River esp, Yarra’s edge) Ph 9646 2400 • Fax 9646 1388

Kinya Japanese Restaurant fuses Japanese and western styled cuisine to create mouth watering delicacies in a superb riverside location.

menu to cater for all ranges of tastes and budgets. With a private VIP room available, Kinya offers the complete package; delectable dishes, attentive staff, superb location and a willingness to please. RIVERFRONT 70 Lorimer St, Docklands Ph: 9646 2400

Japanese cuisine is lauded for its crisp, clean flavours and beautifully presented dishes; Kinya does not disappoint and provides a great option for intimate or large gatherings with both indoor and outdoor areas equipped to entertain up to 120 guests for celebrations or events with a difference. At Kinya the kitchen is in clear view of diners where specialty dishes are prepared by experienced and highly trained chefs and staff. Kinya offer a selection of set menu’s to accommodate varied sized functions and they can devise a personalised

Gold Leaf Chinese Restaurant From tank to table Chinese cuisine is a favourite among many, the flavours, the colours, the variety and combinations of dishes have tantalised the palates of Australian’s for decades. Gold Leaf Chinese Restaurant brings another dimension to this culinary style with live seafood available for selection and specially prepared for your gastronomic delight, now you really can’t get fresher than that.



Gold Leaf is able to seat up to 250 guests for large end of year or special occasion functions with a choice of lunchtime Hong Kong styled Yum Cha service or banquet and A la Carte evening options.

Gold Leaf has an array of signature dishes including succulent Peking Duck and their entree silk prawn roll. Gold Leaf has positioned itself as one of Docklands well known and highly regarded Chinese restaurants and end of year bookings are now open for small occasions or the end of year company Christmas bash.

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The upstairs area of James Squire will be completely refurbished and transformed into a brand new function venue catering to seated functions, buffet style and/or cocktail style events, and with your preference of function style and depending on guest numbers you also have the option of choosing to include a dance floor area.

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The direction here is one of difference; the focus is on premium casual dining, and while most function beverage lists offer the run-of-the-mill beers, this space will be reserved for premium James Squire craft beer – with no extra charge. The interior will be one of opulence, with colours of gold, warm browns and plush finishes. Textured wallpaper and decorative murals will adorn the walls to accentuate the classical furniture. While the venue will be all class, the attitude will be premium but still friendly and inviting. With sprawling water views from two external balconies and function space of 500 square metres, both large and small functions can be accommodated with room to entertain up to 500 guests. Head Chef Gregory Spence has prepared a very special function menu highlighting native Australian ingredients and utilising only the freshest and best local produce. level 1, 16-17, 439 Docklands Drive, Waterfront City Docklands (above James Squire brewhouse) phone (03) 9285 0000

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neWQuay’S DoCk 31 Dock 31 is NewQuay’s newest, premier waterfront dining and functions venue. We are located in the heart of Newquay, thus boasting uninterrupted views of the Docklands, Melbourne CBD skyline and the Bolte Bridge. Our newly refurbished venue offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all. Dock 31 can seat up to 250 patrons in a relaxed indoor and alfresco setting. Dock 31’s Wholesale food partner Dock 31 is a partnership between awardwinning chef, Sunny Gilbert, and Regal Seafoods, Victoria’s premier seafood and meat hospitality wholesaler. Regal Seafoods is now supplying its own restaurant, Dock 31, with only the freshest Australian seafood direct from local fishermen, fisheries and farms. Fresh meat cuts are sourced direct from Australia’s leading abattoirs and boning rooms, ensuring the finest eating quality, taste and consistency year-round. executive Chef – Sunny gilbert



Sunny Gilbert, awarding winning co-proprietor / Executive Chef, leads Dock 31’s kitchen brigade. He has showcased his culinary talent in Hong Kong, China and New York and is now offering his skill, imagination and flair to Dock 31 patrons. Sunny is committed to delivering the highest quality of contemporary Australian and International cuisine by using fresh seasonal ingredients and sustainable produce. Dock 31 also boasts an extensive variety of local and international beer, wine and spirits, which will appeal to all tastes and palettes.

functions & private Dining Dock 31 offers its space for any functions holding 10-500 people over an indoor and outdoor area. Stand-up or sit down functions can be tailored to your specific requirements, taking in our breathtaking waterfront views. Private dining is also available upon request. This allows diners to appreciate our fine cuisine, extensive wine list and professional service in an intimate atmosphere. Your function is important to us. We will ensure a memorable experience for you and your guests. Key December Christmas function dates are still available. To organise your function requirements please contact our venue manager, Marcin Adamski, on 9670 5550 or 0416 148 224. Dock 31 info 70 newQuay promenade, Docklands Victoria 3008 t: (03) 9670 5550 f: (03) 9670 5551

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Shinsei Fish and Sushi Bar specialises in grilled fresh fish, delicious fish and chips and sushi, and is one of a kind in Victoria Harbour. Situated in front of the Safeway Supermarket in Merchant Street, Shinsei Fish and Sushi Bar provides residents and shoppers with fresh healthy sushi options for home or on the run, as well as all the favourites that come with enjoying great fish and chips such as calamari, prawns, fish bites and the mandatory potato cakes and dim sims. All your fresh fish needs are catered for at Shinsei, you can buy fresh fish to cook yourself at home or Shinsei will prepare it for you. What is important to know as the end of year approaches and people drop in for festive drinks and nosh, is that Shinsei specialise in catering beautifully presented sushi platters for your ease and enjoyment. Shinsei seats about fifty patrons inside the shop, so it is a great location to visit in all bouts of weather. 1/167 Merchant St, Victoria Harbour Ph : 9620 0180

As we move into, what I believe to be the best part of the year, life in Docklands starts to become a lot more buoyant, and nowhere more so than at Harbour Town. I guess it’s true what they say; spring has certainly sprung here at Harbour Town, in more ways than one.


With each day getting warmer and the effects of daylight savings more prevalent, it’s good to know that before too long the party season will be upon us. With many emerging from hibernation, it’s great to see people slowly beginning to take the time to come and see what Docklands is all about, and with both grand finals fought and won, the good people of Docklands now turn their energies to the spring carnival, and in particular some long overdue retail therapy. From what I have seen, there has been plenty of movement at Harbour Town during spring, and I’m assured of one thing, the word has spread, Docklands is the place to be! Even in a tough market, Harbour Town Shopping Centre at Docklands continues to impress. Ambition, strength, creativity - these are attributes synonymous with an industry such as film and television. Formally


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known as Melbourne Central City Studios, the Docklands Studios bring a welcomed flavour to the Harbour Town neighbourhood adding to the Docklands landscape. Docklands Studios have already been very busy this year producing plenty of strong product, which will only enhance awareness of the precinct within the Australian film industry, as well as on the International scene. Another showbiz resident to note, and new to the Harbour Town family is Granada Australia. Responsible for quality Australian productions, and made right here at Harbour Town, you gotta be happy about that! It’s so good to see Harbour Town being used to promote the area of Docklands. Keep your eyes open for a new Channel 7 production called Winners and Losers, being filmed at the moment, in and around Harbour Town Shopping Centre. Filming commenced in early October, and it’s set to be the next big thing. Make no mistake, Hollywood has not only come to Harbour Town, but has well and truly landed, fully formed, and afire! In Roman’s view: Docklands, and especially Harbour Town Shopping Centre, is well placed, set to be the next major destination for a great many things, and is a place that we can all be proud of. I urge all those who have yet discovered Docklands to take the time, and come out and have a good look around, you’ll be glad you did, I promise you that. have a great november. roman

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it’S okay to be me! By Tahlia Mandie Psychotherapist & Family Counsellor So often I hear parents wondering how and when to approach the issue of weight and body image with their children. When we talk of body image, we talk of one’s perception they have of their body – how they view themselves. In today’s society of growing pressures and challenges, so many more young boys and girls fight this internal battle. Empowering teens to be their best and learn to be okay with themselves may at times seem like a never ending story with the constant media circus of the new “fad” diets and slim new looks that they are exposed to daily. One of the first things I encourage all parents to do is bring the issue to the table. By facilitating open discussion within the family, teens are more likely to feel safe and secure to communicate their worries, fears

and challenges. At the dinner table, have a “strength discussion” – a conversation based on each other’s strengths. Ask your children, “What was one of your strengths you used today?” When you talk of strengths, talk outside the box; strengths do not have to be limited to academic or sporting achievements.

rafael bonaChela’S “We unfolD” The powerful Sydney Dance Company production we unfold, will have its Melbourne premiere this November for a strictly limited season of 7 performances only.

Honesty, humility and bravery are just some of the strengths we tend to forget. I believe children need to know that perfection is a myth; the glammed up models in the magazines are not realistic, having undergone touch-ups and digital remastering.

Last year, Sydney Dance Company enthralled Melbourne dance lovers with 360º, its first sold out Melbourne season under the guidance of new Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela. we unfold is his first creation as Artistic Director and represents a very significant moment in the company’s history.

Discovering who they are, what is important to them, and what they value are the first steps to believing in, and being okay with themselves. By not knowing who they are, they rely on other people and sources to determine it for them. Let’s not be afraid to talk about the big issues openly with our children.

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By Andrew Hewison

To be in the right place at the right time can be a fortuitous event. The performance of the Australian economy during the GFC and in the aftermath recovery period to date has demonstrated a much closer alignment to the economic behaviour of the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India & China) and other south-east Asian countries. China has clearly become our largest trading partner during the last decade: This is not to say the US economy should be ignored by Australian investors, simply the degree of importance. The psychology of the overnight movement in the Dow

Jones index setting our thinking for domestic equities on a day to day basis may in time be replaced and better served by a count of heavily laden bulk cargo and LNG ships leaving Western Australia and Queensland ports destined for our northerly neighbours. Taking a current snapshot of Australian and United States economic conditions: The RBA has lifted official cash rates six times to the current 4.50% and likely to lift rates further in coming months. The US Federal Reserve has held rates at a GFC cyclical low of 0.25% from 16 December 2008. The Australian dollar is trading at a near 20 plus year high against the US dollar, reflective of strong commodity prices due to high demand from major Asian trading partners. GDP growth has been quite disparate since the beginning of 2008 with Australia recording only one negative quarter of

growth from 12 periods (4Q08), while the US has seen five quarters of negative activity. Over the last 3½ years, incorporating the GFC downturn, Australian GDP has grown approximately 10%, whereas US GDP growth is a paltry 1%. The unemployment rate in Australia has declined to 5.1% from a peak of 5.8% In the US, the unemployment rate remains at a high 9.6% Home prices in Australia, having stabilised over the past four months remain close to peak levels. Home prices in the US are at similar levels to those prevailing in late 2003. In essence, the future performance of the Australian economy will (continue to) be more aligned with that of Asia and in particular southeast Asia and much less influenced by US economic activity. Improved economic activity in the US, in due course will be a handy fillip for Australian producers, however,

large-scale reliance on a buoyant US economy appears to be firmly placed in the artefacts of history. Chinese GDP growth was recorded at 11.1% yoy in 2Q10 after growing 11.9% yoy in 1Q10. While growth is expected to moderate slightly, the absolute levels of economic activity continue to provide a very favourable platform for our Resources sector going forward. The decoupling of the Australia/US economies began some time ago, however, the connection between the respective financial markets will take more time. Australian investors’ emotional attachment to fluctuations on the Dow Jones still run deep, so in near term, expect some further sniffles each time the US “sneezes”. andrew hewison is Director and a Certified financial planner with hewison & associates Wealth management: level 4, 102 albert road, South melbourne ph: 9682 1900



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The sun has now started to SHINE – the perfect time to have your car washed! In 2010, the Docklands precinct is becoming Melbourne’s fastest growing business and residential area. Shine Franchising saw this opportunity and decided to open Shine Car Wash in July of this year to support the Melbourne lifestyle, MSL clients who visit on a daily basis, and to also offer patrons who are attending major events the opportunity to have their cars washed. Shine Hand Car Wash is ideally positioned to offer everyone the convenience of having your car washed while you work, shop or play as it is conveniently located nearby the corporate offices, residential towers, attractions, restaurants and shopping centre at Docklands. Shine Hand Car Wash offers a unique combination of valet service, friendly staff, affordable prices, extended opening hours,

environmentally friendly quality hand car wash services; it’s the perfect place to pamper and shine your car by their team of professionals. Wash while-you-wait services are also available while you enjoy a cup of coffee and surf the net with their complimentary wireless internet access. Thirty minutes of free parking is also included when you use their wash-while-you-wait services. Shine Hand Car Wash offers an extensive range of services from an Express Shine Wash to a Full Detailing package that can be customised to suit your individual needs and ensure that you car is shining like brand new. Shine Hand Car Wash gives you that extra mile of service to have your car looking it’s best wherever you are with the convenience of 6 other sites located around Melbourne,

just visit our website at to find your nearest location. But if you don’t wish to travel too far from the home or office, Shine will come to you with their recently launched Shine mobile car wash, which allows car lovers the convenience of having their car washed and shined when and where it suits you best. Shine Hand Car Wash is Dockland’s first and only hand car wash, located in car park A of Etihad Stadium. Open 7 days a week from 6am to 6pm (weekdays) and 8am to 5pm (weekends), as well as special opening hours during events.


Shine hanD Car WaSh ComeS to DoCklanDS Don’t miss out on Shine’s Spring Special - Shine Hand Car Wash is offering 50% off any wash and shine service (valid only on weekends). Shine Car Wash - 740 bourke Street etihad Stadium (via cark park a) ph: 9602 4988 Visit the website for full range of services on offer:

Get rewarded with Shine’s loyalty program “Shine Rewards”, when you visit one of their 7 convenient locations across Melbourne, we reward you with free coffee, amazing discounts and free car wash opportunities (conditions apply).

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Open for Inspection – City Residential sets the standard for Docklands

What services does City Residential specialise in? We have a huge database of buyers and investors from across Southbank, St Kilda Road, Melbourne City and Docklands which allows us to fast track results in pairing people with the right property. We continually attain the highest rental and sale prices which in turn increase the value of the vendor’s asset and we stand by our promise – no sale – no charge!

By Lisa Quittner Since its inception almost three years ago, City Residential has experienced growth at a rate even beyond the initial expectations of its Managing Directors, and in meeting with both Glenn Donnelly and Richard Mindraoui for this interview, it is easy to ascertain why growth has been so fast and apparent. Richard and Glenn and their team at City Residential have pooled their individual strengths and experience and combined an unparalleled commitment in achieving successful outcomes for their clients. Together, Richard and Glenn share over 30 years of experience and with their staff they understand what it takes in order to stay competitive and ahead of the game, especially in the inner Melbourne property market. As a Docklands success story, 3008 was keen to speak with Glenn and Richard for some further insight into City Residential, the highlights of their first 3 years at Docklands as well as their aspirations for the future. City Residential is coming up to celebrating 3 years at Docklands, what have been the most significant developments for the company over these years? It’s been a great few years and the business has steadily grown in all aspects with over 150 sale transactions as well as a rental property roll in excess of 200 properties. We are well regarded by vendors in the area and in offering professional service and outstanding results for buyers, sellers and investors, but the most significant change has been the increase in staff members.



establishing ongoing relationships and furthering City Residential’s solid reputation through our integrity and transparency.

Our Sales Staff and Property Managers are outstanding and we are more than happy to offer potential clients free market appraisals and advice.

We started off with a relatively small team and we now have 11 staff members, all of which have brought a wealth of expertise in their areas. We are really proud of our achievements and growth to date and we eagerly look towards the future. What drives your passion for Real Estate? With 30 years of experience between Richard and I (Glenn) and the rapid growth of the business, it has been an exciting and continuous driving force for all the team in striving to deliver the best client orientated outcomes we can. Our business relationships with our clients are important and ongoing and I believe when clients continue to bring their business back to us it is the best indicator that we are achieving our goals to provide service and satisfying results, and that is extremely motivating and rewarding. You can’t successfully be in real estate if you don’t have a driving passion and enthusiasm for what you are doing. Your office is situated on the picturesque riverside of Flinders Wharf, has this beautiful location had a noticeable impact on business for City Residential?

The location of our office has been a tremendous asset for business with a constant flow of foot traffic passing by our office and importantly via our windows at the foot of the bridge, which works like a 24 hour marketing portfolio for potential buyers. There is an increasing amount of pedestrian traffic over the bridge especially with the WTC completion underway and DFO across the bridge. Our location really has had a great impact on the rate of growth for the business and being surrounded by this beautiful view across the river certainly doesn’t hurt staff morale either! What you do think it is about City Residential that sets you apart from the competition? Firstly, our clients deal directly with either Glenn or myself (Richard) as the Managing Directors of the company, so from the onset our clients are presented with the right people that will offer second to none in service and results, guaranteed. In addition, we are active agents with a tremendous team of sales and leasing staff, with daily open for inspections and able to be contacted 7 days a week. It’s not just about making the sale; it’s about

What does the future hold for City Residential? We look forward to continuing to build the business and in expanding our customer associations to ensure repeat business. We look forward to welcoming more staff to join our team and we will continue to work hard to forge our name as a leader in our field by providing the best service, dependability and ultimately results. To date our presence in the Docklands has been substantial and our commitment to serving the community has been well received and rewarded. We also look forward to completion of the Docklands Precinct over the next 10 years and being part of what will undoubtedly be the premier and most sought after waterfront location in Melbourne.

Contact City Residential Ph: 8614 8999 Shop 5, 60 Siddeley St, Docklands Glenn Donnelly: 0419 998 235 Richard Mindraoui: 0437 250 964 Visit:

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Luxuriously appointed in the Condor, this enviable residence is a must see for those who expect the best. The gourmet kitchen is complemented with Miele s/steel appliances and generous storage space. Other features include air-con throughout, separate laundry and an undercover car space.

210/2 New Quay Promenade, Docklands PODIUM APARTMENT DIRECTLY ON WATER 1 bed 1 bath 1 car Price $539,000


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524/ 750 Bourke Street, Docklands FULLY FURNIshED INvEsTMENT 1 bed 1 bath Price $340,000

223 / 67 Spencer Street Docklands GRAND CENTRAL AT ITs FINEsT 2bed 1 study 1 bath 1 car Price $695,000

This beautifully presented fully furnished one bedroom apartment located on the 5th level of Docklands Quest on bourke complex is a must see. The apartment has a large balcony off the main living area that is ideal for the entertainer.

Live amidst the grandeur of Melbourne’s iconic Grand hotel. Centrally located and dominating in presence this distinguished building has a two bedroom, plus study on offer to the discerning buyer. sashay down the majestic staircase, float about in the luxurious heated pool and spa.

501 / 60 Siddeley Street Docklands DIRECTLY ON ThE WATER 3 bed 2 bath 1 car Price $810,000 how could you resist this stunning 3bed apt with a large balcony on the water’s edge. Featuring an open style living area and gourmet kitchen for avid entertainers with a symphony of quality appliances incl. marble bench tops and dishwasher. A generous sized main bed incl.WIR and ens and 2nd bedrm with direct water views.





This spectacular and luxurious 2 bedroom apartment is now available for sale. Located on the 5th level, this apartment includes modern kitchen fittings, generous stainless steel appliances including cook-top, oven, range-hood and dishwasher.

This spectacular and luxurious 2 bedroom apartment is now available for sale. Located on the 1st level, this apartment includes Modern kitchen fittings, generous stainless steel appliances including cook-top, oven, range-hood and dishwasher.

55 / 111 Merchant Street, Docklands WATER vIEWs AND NOThING TO WANT FOR 2 bed 2 bath 1 car Price $800,000

102 / 18 Waterview Walk, Docklands vIEWs OvER ThE PARK 2 bed 1 bath 1 car Price $490,000

Glenn Donnelly MANAGING DIRECTOR M 0419 998 235

6 Stockhold Mews RIvER PRECINCT hAs TO bE sEEN 4 bED 3 bATh 2 CAR Price $1,680,000 Waterfront living has never offered such luxury so close to the city. This home’s interior has been carefully designed to capture light, optimise views and maximise privacy. The latest in style and innovation. Planned around open spaces that include only the very best fittings and finishes.

For all your real estate needs, including a no obligation Free market appraisal on your property, feel free to contact either of us.

1402 / 8 McCrae Street, Docklands UNINTERRUPTED WATER vIEWs 2 bed 1 bath 1 car Price $540,000

This high demand and splendid 2 bedroom 1 bathroom 1 Car space apartment is now available. The apartment consists of views towards Yarra River and Port Philip bay. Included are two sizeable bedrooms fitted with good quality window furnishing.

Lina D’Ambrosio SENIOR PROPERTy MANAGER M 0430 929 851


Why interest rates should stay on hold By Tom Elliott Such is the importance of interest rates to our nation’s economy, it could be said that Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens possesses more real power than the Prime Minister.

In your neighbourhood: Introducing Gina Melliza Gina is a resident and investor in Docklands and has recently joined the Vivas Lend Lease team; we thought we would bring you a little insight into Gina as a long term resident and specialist of all things Docklands. Where do you live: Docklands for more than 8 years! As resident and investor in Docklands, I have seen Docklands grow from simple beginnings into a thriving cosmopolitan area. Why did you choose to live here: The lifestyle it offers. I love the idea of having everything around, knowing I can just go down and grab a coffee or dine out if I’m too tired to cook for the night - there are so many amazing restaurants and cafes to choose from. The shopping is so convenient. I also enjoy relaxing in my apartment, spending time with family and friends, overlooking the harbour.

Squire’s Loft - love the baby back ribs!


What’s your favourite place to eat in Victoria Harbour, Docklands:


What do you like about Victoria Harbour, Docklands: The atmosphere, infrastructure and the people who live and work here. There’s also the potential capital growth and anticipated high rental return. How long have you been in property: I’m a Full Licensed Estate Agent with over 10 years experience in leasing, project sales and marketing. What do you like doing on weekends: Pampering myself with a facial or massage at the spa, playing golf, badminton and watching movies. Favourite Melbourne Restaurants: Koko at Crown, Dragon Boat Restaurant in China Town. Favourite places in Melbourne: Port Melbourne Beach and the Mornington Peninsula hot springs. To contact Gina call: 8610 4800.

As a finance commentator the single most frequent question I’m asked is “What are rates going to do?” (the second most asked question is the related issue of where the currency is headed against the US$). In October it seems we dodged a collective bullet when the RBA left rates on hold, although many of my brethren in the world of financial sooth-saying feel that the terrible day has simply been delayed a month or so. In my view, if the RBA increases rates again before Christmas, it will have made a bad mistake. Here’s why: First, as warned recently by Westpac CEO Gail Kelly, the ‘Big Four’ banks are getting ready to increase rates anyway, irrespective of what the RBA decides. According to Ms Kelly, profit margins are being eroded by higher funding costs, making a commercial rate rise (as opposed to an official one) inevitable. If this is the case, there’s no need for our monetary authorities to do the Big Four’s dirty work for them. Second, to the extent that Governor Stevens worries about runaway housing prices, recent data from a variety of sources suggests that in most capital cities the frenzied price growth experienced early in the year has now leveled off. Mortgage repayments already constitute a frighteningly large part of most first homebuyers’ incomes, and further unnecessary rate rises would exacerbate this situation for no tangible social or economic gain. Third, another major (if not the major) reason the RBA lifts interest rates is

to combat general price inflation (aka the CPI). Inflation is bad because it reduces the value of incomes in the future, thus motivating people to accelerate their consumption expenditure today – frequently by borrowing more than they can afford. While recent inflation data have suggested that the RBA’s preferred level of 2-3% per annum is in some danger of being breached, the rise of the A$ against not just the US$, but also the Yen, Pound and Euro means that goods and services from overseas have become substantially cheaper for Australian consumers. Recently I read an advertisement for large screen TVs, for example, that claimed most models hade fallen 10-15% in price over the past six months. This import deflation should soon offset any inflationary trends in other components of the CPI. Finally, much has been made in the business press of the fact Australia has what is called a ‘two speed economy’, whereby the rapidly growing mining states of WA and Queensland are outstripping struggling local economies like those of NSW and Tasmania. While there is much truth to this claim, this is no reason in itself to use the proverbial sledgehammer (ie interest rates) to crack the proverbial walnut (ie the mining regions of the West and the North). Resources are an important part of the Australian economy, but they do not directly employ nearly as many people as the retail, commercial or property sectors. Hurting these traditional engines of job growth simply to reign in what might yet prove to be a short lived commodity boom would be a most myopic example of the RBA flexing its monetary muscles. Contact Tom Elliott: MME Capital 03 9601 4515

Convesso is Vivas Lend Lease’s latest luxury apartment tower and offers both waterfront and city view living. Inspired by the reflections of light on water, it is located on absolute prime water frontage. It has 220 residences made up of 17 waterfront homes, 117 tower apartments, 77 cityside apartments and 9 penthouses, offering a living solution for every taste and budget. Prices range from $465,000 to more than $5 million, but regardless of your budget, every Convesso resident can afford to be green. On top of its elegant and sophisticated living spaces, each purchaser of a Convesso apartment will be buying into a building that has been officially certified as Victoria’s first Green Star residential

What was recently a derelict heritage listed shed in Melbourne’s Docklands has taken the top prize in the 2010 BPN Sustainability Awards.

Convesso will be one of the first developments in Australia to install inhome displays linked to smart meters in each apartment. This visual display panel provides occupants with valuable live data on electricity usage and cost, water usage and cost, and CO2 emissions generated through energy use. The real-time feedback makes occupants aware of usage levels and can help them make informed decisions about reducing their usage or moving to off-peak periods saving money, water and energy. In addition to its 4 Star Green Star rating, Convesso also achieves an average 8 Star NatHERS (National House Energy Rating Scheme) rating and will result in approximately 65 per cent reduction in residents’ heating and cooling energy usage.

There is an uncompromising sense of authentic, bespoke luxury reflected throughout Convesso’s interiors. The finest finishes and appliances feature in each apartment while the common areas, including a swimming pool and ground floor lobby with 24 hour concierge, reflect the premium lifestyle. Spacious outdoor balconies or terraces with floor to ceiling windows maximize natural light and harbour or city views. For more information, or to make a time to visit the Display Suite, please contact the Victoria Harbour Sales Centre on 8610 4800.

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Goods Shed North crowned ‘best of best’ at 2010 BPN Sustainability Awards

building by the Green Building Council of Australia. The building has been awarded a 4 Star Green Star – Multi Unit Residential PILOT rating.

With its project Beyond Today, ESD took out the Landscape Design award; Papyrus Australia won for Innovation of the Year; and Sanctum Design won the Multi Density Residential category with its Evergreen Living Townhouses.

The BPN Sustainability Awards reward designers, builders and manufacturers for best practice in sustainability. As well as being named Best of the Best the project, Goods Shed North won for Office Fit-out, and took the award in the Large Commercial project category. Designed by BVN Architecture and Elenberg Fraser, with heritage architects Lovell Chen, judges noted the Goods Shed North “delivers a functional and aesthetically pleasing built environment with lower material consumption and embodied energy”.


Convesso – One of Australia’s Greenest Luxury Residential Tower Developments

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The Goods Shed North was a derelict heritage listed shed which was constructed in 1889 and formerly used as a railway goods distribution shed. It is the first heritage building in Victoria to receive a 5 star Green star rating. Competition for the awards was fierce, with submissions judged on several

criteria, including energy, water and resource efficiency, recycled content and materials and areas of innovation. Other winners included the Hill End Ecohouse by Riddel Architecture in the Single Dwelling (new) category; Small Commercial went to Stanisic Associates for their project Era; and Public Building




Delving into the Docklands Impressions of Docklands from a broke backpacker

Rather astounded by this ambush of sound, I make my way towards Central Pier, which houses the plush Woolshed Pub. Fantastic views and a dazzling location make this a place that would impress even the fussiest of girlfriends. Lacking one of these though, I make a quick note and remember it, for if my luck changes. The imposing Etihad Stadium gleams impressively in the sunshine as I make my way past it towards Victoria Harbour. Several cranes clutter the cloudless sky as it looks like my shorts and t-shirt gamble is paying off.

By James Hicks English Tourist. It’s what they must all be thinking, as I jump onto the city circle tram dressed in shorts and t-shirt. The sun is shining and I’m feeling optimistic, although after a quick glance around, it looks like I’m probably the only one putting faith in the Melbourne weather.

I follow a crowd of people through a collection of side streets and emerge on the North Wharf Road where I stumble upon the Finders Keepers Market. A live country band are playing as I curiously wander around the bustling bazaar. Again, it seems I’ve sauntered into a woman’s dreamland, as I struggle to see anything suited to a 21 year old travelling guy. Probably for the best, my wallet is thinking, as I make my way out and towards Yarra’s Edge.

The tram rattles to a stop and I step out unknowingly next to Harbour Town Shopping Centre. Now, for a backpacker who’s had to borrow money from his long-suffering parents to keep a roof over his head, this is probably not the best place to be. I’d heard mixed reviews of the Docklands prior to venturing down, and my first impressions were encouraging. Shopping centres don’t particularly turn me on, but it was easy to see why this would be a popular area with the ladies. For fear of spending money, I quickly move on. A sign for the Icehouse catches my attention and I head towards it, but a colossal steel structure blocks my path. It looks like someone has attempted to steal the London eye, but dropped half of it in the Pacific Ocean en-route. Pondering what would have been the crime of the century, the mystery is solved when a passer by informs me that there was a problem with the construction. Apparently Asia is to blame, but I’m unsure whether this is the truth or just some casual racism, so I head onwards to the Icehouse.


Looking a bit lost, like a distant relative at a birthday party, I peer around the impressive complex which includes two ice rinks. The place seems exclusively open to teenage girls today, so realising how shifty I must be looking with a camera in my hand, a brief


getaway is needed. Fantastic views and glamorous restaurants line the waterfront at NewQuay, as I stroll past in the afternoon sun. It strikes an obvious comparison to Sydney’s Darling Harbour, but with a little more character. Reading my Docklands map, Digital Harbour grabs my attention and I ramble towards it. Have I landed in a post-apocalyptic world where they are rebuilding everything with huge vibrant coloured Lego bricks? The place is completely empty, probably due to it being the weekend, and I wander around and find a bench. Dramatically I’m under sudden alien attack, futuristic mechanical noises start sounding all around me from the bushes. Maybe I’ve been drugged and about to be mugged? But no, it’s all part of this bizarre but award winning district.

After crossing Webb Bridge I find myself in another affluent area in the middle of regeneration. A walk down the Yarra Riverfront brings me to a secluded picnic and BBQ area that gazes back on some alluring views of the skyline. An ideal location to sit and contemplate my day delving into the Docklands, as the late afternoon sun starts to dwindle. And as I jump back onto the free City Circle tram, I reflect on a pleasantly surprising trip. It may not be my exact cup of tea, but mixed in with the anonymous high-rise offices are some genuinely fascinating architectural buildings and places of real interest. I’ve only just scratched the surface of this area and will surely return at some point. It’s just; I might leave the next trip until after payday. To contact James: James Hicks has recently completed his studies in Journalism in the UK. James is currently backpacking and contacted 3008 offering to write a story. If you have a story or opinion you would like to share email we welcome reader input.

The Upstream 50km Challenge Docklands to DonvaleW


The Upstream Foundation’s major annual event is the Upstream 50km Challenge; an annual 50km walk/ run from Docklands to Donvale to be held on 13th November 2010. Over the past five years the event has raised over $675,000. Participants can enter as individuals, teams or relay teams. The Upstream Foundation selects the projects supported by the Upstream Challenge very carefully to ensure they have long term and sustainable impacts and benefits to the surrounding community. That way we know that 100% of sponsorship is effectively making a difference to the people who need it. The 2010 Upstream 50km Challenge is supporting two local projects through Camp Quality and Leukaemia Foundation. It is also supporting overseas projects with Leprosy Mission in Nigeria, Samaritan’s Purse in Cambodia and Entrust foundation in India. Participants can select one project or chose to share their sponsorship money between several of the beneficiaries. For more information visit or contact 8831 3529

A sea of Santas and Christmas cheer will take over the streets of Melbourne as Variety Victoria’s second annual Santa Fun Run takes off at 9am on Sunday 5 December. Over 2,000 participants of all ages are expected to put on their runners and Santa suits, embrace the festive spirit and do some valuable FUNdraising to support children in need. Building on the success of the inaugural event last year with a brand new route around Docklands, the Santa Fun Run 2010 will start and finish at Waterfront City. Individuals, families and community groups of all abilities will be given the option of running, walking, wheeling or jingling all the way around either a five kilometre or 10 kilometre course. All money raised will go towards funding Variety Victoria’s invaluable work in assisting disadvantaged and special needs children.


DoCklanDS on your markS ... get Set ... ho ho ho! registrations for the Santa fun run 2010 close friday 3 December at 5pm or register on the day at Waterfront City from 7am. for more information visit about Variety Victoria: Variety Victoria, the children’s charity, is dedicated to enriching the lives of children in need across the state by providing them with opportunities to increase their quality of life and allowing them to fulfil their full potential. the organisation achieves this with the provision of equipment, facilities and life experiences through its grants program which is funded by a myriad of special, innovative fundraising events as well as sponsorships and donations.

A registration fee of $30 per person will apply with all Santas then being encouraged to seek sponsorship donations online with the support of GoFundraise in order to hit their fundraising target. All participants will receive a complimentary, official, five-piece Variety Santa Suit to ensure they look the part. Marathon runner, gold medallist and event ambassador Steve Moneghetti said: “I’m delighted to be involved with Variety Victoria’s Santa Fun Run. This is a fun event for the whole family. I’ll be bringing my wife, Tanya, and my four children along to run for this great cause. I’ve participated in 22 international marathons throughout my career but I’m sure this will be the most unusual of them all ... and a lot of fun!” On the day, participants will be able to take advantage of free massages and a delicious sausage sizzle as well as being delighted by live Christmas themed entertainment and of course the arrival of the REAL Santa Claus!

gold medallist and event ambassador Steve moneghetti

The Santa Fun Run aims to bring the community together in support of sick, disadvantaged and special needs kids and all money raised will go towards helping children in need to live, laugh and learn.

Doug Christie, Variety’s international ambassador with Santa & the kids

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