Camberwell Citizen - Issue #4

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CITIZEN YOUR GUIDE TO EVERYTHING LOCAL

IN-STORE ENCOUNTERS Retail experiences to engage shoppers

THE PERFECT PUMPKIN Your guide to this season’s favourite vegetable

M A K I N G T R AV E L P L A N S Tips to help you organise your next getaway

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CONTENTS 4 • IN-STORE ENCOUNTERS

Retail experiences to engage shoppers.

6 • MEET BOROONDARA MAYOR JANE ADDIS

Boroondara mayor Jane Addis shares local projects and personal interests.

8 • THE PERFECT PUMPKIN

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR The seasons, they are a-changin’.

Your guide to this season’s favourite vegetable.

Autumn is well and truly upon us and winter will arrive soon, but there is much to celebrate as the weather shifts.

Tips to help you organise your next getaway.

Hearty meals and warming foods are just one of the things I enjoy most about this time of year. Our story The perfect pumpkin should encourage some market shopping and at-home cooking with this season’s favourite vegetable.

10 • CAMBERWELL CATCH-UP

With summer holidays long gone, some of us may be thinking about a winter escape or making plans for a trip away later in the year. Whatever your style of travel, we’ve got some great ideas in our travel feature, Making travel plans, to inspire your next break.

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Catch up on what’s been happening in the Camberwell precinct.

The Camberwell Citizen is all about celebrating local people and places and in this edition, we speak to the mayor of Boroondara Jane Addis. She details key projects currently underway in Camberwell and surrounds, and shares some personal favourites of the local area. For our main feature, In-store encounters, we explore how local shops are creating unique and memorable in-store events and experiences for customers. I hope you enjoy the reads in this issue and do let us know if there are any stories you’d like us to cover in future.

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EDITOR Sharon Green

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Steve de Niese JOURNALIST Benn Dorrington

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IN-STORE ENCOUNTERS Camberwell retailers are offering people new and different experiences to bring them in store and foster a greater sense of community amid the rise of online shopping.

Experience has become a popular tactic in the retail sector, as brick and mortar shops look for ways to get customers through the door and engage with their brand in novel ways. In the Camberwell shopping precinct, several stores offer free and ticketed workshops, events and promotions outside of their core business that are changing the way we think about shopping. Sports fashion retailer Lululemon Camberwell offers complimentary yoga sessions in the area every Sunday morning to make the practice accessible to everyone. “We love meeting new faces and thrive on assisting them in choosing the right piece of product that technically compliments their lifestyle,” said Georgia Craig of Lululemon Camberwell. Nearby stationery shop kikki.K runs regular ‘happiness workshops’ where participants learn how to celebrate the little things and plan for a happier life, while homewares store Sheridan Studio hosts in-store workshops on terrarium making, macramé, floral arranging and watercolour painting. Booklovers often flock to Dymocks in Camberwell Place for their monthly book club and special author events, and tea retailer T2 holds classes to teach people how to brew matcha and other speciality teas. Many Australian consumers still prefer shopping in-store over online, with almost one fifth of shoppers only opting for physical retail, according to the Australian Consumer and Retail Studies (ACRS) unit at Monash University. “But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t pressure for brick and mortar retailers from online competitors. For instance, David Jones saw their profit halved this past year while Myer recorded a large loss,” said Dr Rebecca Dare, managing director at ACRS. “This makes capitalising on the positive attitudes of Australian shoppers towards physical retail, and retaining existing in-store shoppers, all the more vital for brick and mortar retailers.” Dr Dare said there was a greater degree of retail innovation happening overseas compared to Australia. One of the strategies increasingly seen abroad is the idea of stores offering common spaces — places outside of the home and workplace for people to meet and catch up.

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For example, US telecommunications business AT&T use their Seattle store not only to sell phones, but also as a cafe and a co-working space open to the public. Here in Camberwell, independent bicycle retailer Bike Gallery has set up a permanent cafe space inside their store for people to sit down and have a coffee. Some people might grab a coffee as they shop, while others swing by the store on their way home for a chat after work, said co-owner Cam McDonald. Bike Gallery also hosts weekly shop rides that start and finish at the store on Saturday mornings, followed by a coffee and catch-up among the cyclists. While good coffee and group rides are nice extras for customers, the team also sees the store as a space for newbies and seasoned cyclists to share stories and advice. “We’re always looking to create a sense of community around the store,” said McDonald.

Lululemon Camberwell offers complimentary yoga sessions.


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MEET BOROONDARA M AY O R J A N E A D D I S Boroondara mayor and councillor Jane Addis is a passionate advocate of heritage protection and preserving the area’s charm and character. The Maling Ward representative reflects on the local projects important to the area and how she enjoys her free time.

Mayor of Boroondara Jane Addis at the 2019 Boroondara Volunteer Expo.

What do you see as priorities for the area? Our priorities are largely directed by our residents, but I love heritage and I love our green spaces — these are the things that initially attracted me to Boroondara. It’s no coincidence that they are the priorities of our residents too. But they have other priorities such as our shopping centres, libraries and a whole range of other things that council tries to balance. What is the council doing about protecting the heritage of the area? The council has made a commitment to do the municipal-wide heritage gap study. It’s a long process and it’s a very detailed process because we’re looking at about 21,000 properties. We’re investigating all the properties in Boroondara that are not yet covered by heritage overlay and assessing them for their appropriateness to be included in a heritage overlay, and thus protected. We’ve completed the assessment of six out of our nine suburbs so far. Where is the redevelopment of the Camberwell Community Centre at?

After we’ve done some further plans, we will go back out to talk to the community, show them what we’re planning and get feedback again. We’re planning to start the project in about a year from now and expect it will take about two years to complete. The council introduced new service crews recently. How did they come about? It’s a new initiative and it’s in addition to a service that council already offers in maintaining our shopping centres. When we went out on consultation for our 10-year community plan, one of the things people told us was that they really valued our local shopping centres and that they wanted them to be clean, tidy and welcoming places. The service crews are going to keep an eye on and regularly visit a range of shopping centres. They will do minor repairs and tidy up things like bins and signs. On a personal note, what are your interests outside of council?

We’re planning to rebuild and combine two old buildings into a new purpose-built site in Fairholm Grove in response to what the community has told us that they want.

I’ve been a Boroondara resident for 40-something years and have always lived in an old house that I treasure — it is heritage overlay-covered and has been for a very long time. In a sense, it preserves what made me choose to live in this area, so my house is a big personal interest. I also have two large Great Danes that I love to walk, so I get to spend a lot of time out enjoying the streets and the parks.

It’s going to be an up-to-date facility that will provide flexible, multi‑purpose spaces.

I love spending time in the local neighbourhood too. I live near Maling Road (shops), but I do my bigger shop in Camberwell.

We’re due to commence it this year and it should take about 15 months to complete.

What are your favourite spots in the Camberwell shopping precinct?

The Camberwell Community Centre is one of several neighbourhood centres scattered throughout Boroondara.

What is happening with the Kew Recreation Centre redevelopment? We talked to 1,500 people and used that information to develop a concept plan based on what the community has told us but also based on what our officers, who have expertise in these areas, have told us is important and what is required in this sort of facility. We want it to be inclusive for everyone … and multi-purpose.

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It’s tricky to pick, but of course the Camberwell Fresh Food Market is always a big drawcard. I think the strength of the Camberwell Junction shopping centre is that it offers the big brand names, as well as boutique shopping. It’s the mix that probably attracts us, as well as the restaurants and good parking. We’re incredibly lucky to live in this fabulous place.


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THE PERFECT PUMPKIN As the seasons change, there is no better time to look at one of our favourite autumn/winter vegies – the humble pumpkin. This versatile vegetable, which is part of the squash family, is a great all‑rounder and is rich in vitamin A and antioxidants like beta-carotene to boost your immune system.

KENT/JAP PUMPKIN This green and grey-mottled beauty goes by different names, whether it’s Kent, Jap, Japanese or Kabocha, as it is known in Japan. It has a deep yellow flesh and a nutty flavour, making it great for mashing, roasting and steaming. Cooking tip: Kent pumpkin also works well when thinly sliced and layered in a veggie lasagne.

BUTTERNUT The butternut squash, sometimes known as butternut pumpkin, is very adaptable and can be used in sweet and savoury dishes thanks to its dry and sweet-tasting flesh. With its pear shape and yellow skin, the butternut is often roasted or used in soups. Cooking tip: Make a healthy mac and cheese sauce by steaming or boiling butternut and then combining it in a blender with milk, cheese, cashews, chives, salt and pepper.

GREY PUMPKIN The grey pumpkin, also known as a Queensland Blue, has a smooth, grey-blue skin and is one of the bigger varieties. Their dry, golden-orange flesh make them ideal for baking or boiling. The seeds are edible after roasting too and can make a tasty addition to salads or eaten alone. Cooking tip: Grey pumpkins are perfect for soups, curries, stews and scones.

GOLDEN NUGGET PUMPKIN This tiny and adorable heirloom pumpkin variety is as tasty as it is cute. These dark-orange gems rarely grow larger than 15cm in diameter, so you can roast them whole or in halves. Golden Nugget pumpkins can be kept for a couple of months if they are stored in a cool, dry place. Cooking tip: Golden Nugget pumpkins have thin walls so are ideal for stuffing or using as soup bowls.

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ACORN SQUASH With dark green skin and a love heart shape, there are several ways to take advantage of the acorn squash’s distinctive appearance. Also known as the pepper squash, acorn squash has a sweet, yellow-orange flesh, making it visually striking when cut into halves or slices. It is one of the most perishable squashes and may only last weeks in storage. Cooking tip: Cut in half and roast with oil, salt and pepper. Serve as is or add savoury toppings.

DUMPLING SQUASH The dumpling squash is also small in size, growing to 10‑12cm in diameter. The skin has a cream-white base and green or orange mottled stripes, along with a bright, orange flesh. Its petite shape means you can serve a whole squash per person, making it a show piece at any dinner party. Cooking tip: Cut around the stem to remove the top, scoop out the seeds and fill with a sweet or savoury mixture for a great entrée or main course. Remember to pierce the rind in several places if you plan to cook the squash whole.

FIND PUMPKINS IN CAMBERWELL • Coltivare: Camberwell Place, 793 Burke Rd • Evergrin Organics: 499 Riversdale Rd • Camberwell Market Fruit & Veg: Shop 12, Camberwell Fresh Food Market, 519 - 525 Riversdale Rd • Golden Gardenia Fruit & Vegetables: Shop 18, Camberwell Fresh Food Market, 519-525 Riversdale Rd • Aldi: 15 – 25 Station St • Coles: Camberwell Place, 793 Burke Rd • Woolworths: 5 – 57 Station St


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MAKING TRAVEL PLANS With summer holidays long gone, many of us may be thinking about a winter escape or making plans for a trip away later in the year. Whatever your style of travel, here are some tips to help you organise your next getaway.

SNOW TRIP Before you hit the slopes, plan ahead to make the most of your trip, said Natalie Daw of Helloworld Camberwell. Choose a mountain or ski area in line with your capabilities and be sure that your travel insurance covers snow skiing or snowboarding. Organise resort-to-mountain transfers if you are not staying on the mountain, as well as daily ski lift tickets. If you don’t own ski gear, check ahead that you can hire skis, stocks, boots and other equipment.

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Whether you want to camp or hike, an outdoor adventure is an exciting way to explore a new destination. Check the weather forecast for the duration of your stay and pack accordingly. It’s also important to consider how many hours of sunlight are available each day and where the closest park rangers or emergency services will be. Walk in waterproof hiking boots during the day and take a pair of runners or sandals to relax in afterwards.

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CAMBERWELL C ATC H - U P There has been plenty of activity taking place in Camberwell in recent months and lots in store for the coming weeks.

DINING PLACE NOW OPEN Camberwell Place has completed its next stage of redevelopment works, with their dining hub now offering a diverse mix of international flavours. Choose from formal, sit-down restaurants to casual dining and quick bites for when you’re on-the-go. The following traders are now operating in Dining Place: • Cone Heads – fire-roasted chicken, crunchy chips, super salads and burgers • Just Italy – handmade pasta and pizza • St Giles Wine Bar, Cellar and Pantry – the best in Australian and European wine and produce • Sushi Pier – fresh sushi and sashimi prepared on site • Thai Thani – hawker-style kitchen serving spicy curries and stir-fried noodles

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SHOP NEWS CLEARSKINCARE CLINICS

HAIR HUT

Clearskincare Clinics has opened in Camberwell and offers laser hair removal, skin consultations, acne treatments and skin peels.

Hair Hut has moved to 1 Prospect Hill Rd. The salon offers style cuts, blow drys, foils and regrowth touch-ups for women. Barber services are also available for men.

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Nicole of Create Wellbeing Group now consults at Terry White Chemmart where she focuses on enhancing the health and wellbeing of corporate women to enable them to be at their best during times of transition and change.

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Set in a 1930s auction house, East End Wine Bar offers Camberwell a new watering hole with a difference. A strong wine list, beer and cocktails are on the menu as well as small plates, charcuterie boards and pizzas.

New to Camberwell, Unique Laser is a clinic that offers laser hair removal and medical skin treatments.

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FITNESS KEEPER 395 Camberwell Rd

Boutique personal and group training studio Fitness Keeper is now open in Camberwell and offers tailored health and fitness programs.

A modern Mexican restaurant, La Cabra, has opened in Camberwell. The menu offers tacos, enchiladas, burgers and burritos. Shop 101, Camberwell Place shopping centre, 793 Burke Rd

YOUNG’S WINE ROOMS 227-229 Camberwell Rd

Young’s Wine Rooms hooks into the legacy of the building and its history as Young’s Auction Rooms. They offer Mediterranean food and an exciting wine list.

GOLDEN ROOSTER

Shop 9-10, Camberwell Fresh Food Market, 519-525 Riversdale Rd

Golden Rooster, a store that specialises in poultry, game birds and other speciality meats, is under new ownership. Say hello to Martin and Marnee when you’re next at the market.

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