Camberwell Citizen - Issue #10

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CITIZEN YOUR GUIDE TO EVERYTHING LOCAL

S U S P E N D E D S TAT E

How to navigate making plans and setting goals in unsettling times

GOOD-FOR-YOU GRAINS

Get to grips with nourishing and nutrient-dense grains

AUTUMN READS

Your guide to the best books of the season

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CONTENTS 4 • SUSPENDED STATE

Find out how to navigate making plans and setting goals in what could be another unsettling year.

6 • GOOD-FOR-YOU GRAINS

As the weather shifts and our plates change, get to grips with nourishing and nutrient-dense grains that are easy to cook.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

8 • PROPERTY DEMAND SURGES

As we head into a new season, this edition of The Camberwell Citizen is all about navigating change and perhaps taking things a bit slower.

A look at how the local residential property market is performing, as well as predictions for the upcoming season.

9 • FINE AUTUMN READS

From insightful non-fiction to exciting page‑turners, here are the books to fall in love with this autumn.

10 • CAMBERWELL CATCH-UP

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

After more than a year of living through a pandemic, many of us may be feeling apprehensive or anxious about the immediate future. Our main feature, Suspended state, looks at how you can tackle making plans and setting goals in what might be another unsettling year, and how you can manage the frustration and stress that may come when ambitions seem thwarted. With the season changing and the weather shifting, so too are the plates we serve up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In Good‑for‑you grains, we offer a guide to nourishing and nutrient‑dense grains that are easy to cook and incorporate into your autumn and wintertime meals. As we head into the autumn season, many of you may be looking to review the local property market. In our story Property demand surges, experts share an overview of how the local property market has been performing and what we can expect in the coming months. If the idea of curling up on the couch with a blanket and a good book is your idea of heaven during the cooler seasons, we’ve got some great recommendations for you. From insightful non-fiction to exciting page-turners, we share the books to fall in love with this autumn in Fine autumn reads. I hope you enjoy this issue.

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S U S P E N D E D S TAT E For many people the uncertainty of the times is frustrating and stressful as plans are shelved and ambitions seem thwarted.

While a lot of the freedoms we lost in 2020, as we fought the COVID-19 pandemic, have been returned to us, life as we knew it pre-coronavirus has not. Although we are thankful for the near-normal state we are in compared to most of the rest of the world, it is still normal to feel a little frustrated, stuck, or powerless as we negotiate 2021. We are still in a slightly suspended way of life – that big European trip is off the cards for now, interstate travel is precarious, and some people are finding goal-setting and future planning difficult. Should you take that interstate job offer? Should you risk planning your wedding? What should you do now that you’ve finished university and the job market is looking bleak? Kerry Athanasiadis, Psychologist and Practice Director at Be You Psychology & Counselling in Camberwell, said it is worth remembering that change is the only constant in life – and that’s how it has always been. “COVID-19 has certainly reinforced this idea for us, but we tend to forget that this was always the case, even prior to 2020,” she said.

“ I B E L I E V E T H AT I T C A N B E H E L P F U L TO S T I L L S E T I N T E N T I O N S O R W I S H E S , A S T H I S C A N H E L P TO G I V E US A RENEWED SENSE OF HOPE, DIRECTION AND PURPOSE.”

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“However, I also think it’s important to be realistic. It may help to bring some flexibility to our plans, and also invite some openness, acceptance, and willingness to change these plans at short notice if the situation with COVID escalates again.” Having a plan B, plan C, and plan D in place is a great idea, she said. Ms Athanasiadis suggests focusing attention on things we have control over can help manage frustration but, at the same time, don’t give up on dreams and hopes for the future. “It is helpful to hope for a brighter future – it can also improve our mood and reduce anxiety,” she said. Ms Athanasiadis said it’s okay to feel disappointed when plans have to change at short notice but we should equip ourselves with the tools we need to avoid giving up. “Last year was a very tough year for all of us and it’s okay to validate the feeling of wanting to give up. At the same time, we should also acknowledge that we didn’t give up – we survived. “Perhaps ask yourself: ‘what helped me to get through 2020? What resources, tools or coping mechanisms did I draw on to get through it?’” Life coach Suzy Green agrees that planning in smaller steps is a good way to approach the current uncertainties. “Start with short-term goals and planning, such as one week then four weeks etc. After this stage, then look at longer term goals like six to 12 months,” she said. “It depends where you are in your life whether you wish or need to look at your two to five year plan. “I think we need to be aware of COVID and the uncertainty, but we still can plan ahead and always know with COVID things may change at any time.” Like Ms Athanasiadis, Ms Green believes it’s important to avoid giving up on projects and plans. “I like to envisage how I would feel if I gave up and, on the other hand,


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Psychologist Kerry Athanasiadis, of Be You Psychology & Counselling in Camberwell

a fresh approach is possible without sacrificing that characteristic and without feeling there isn’t a coherent way forward. “The issue isn’t with setting goals, per se; it’s only problematic if these goals are too rigid and/or inflexible. So, try to bring some flexibility to the plans you set and see it as an opportunity to grow and develop,” Ms Athanasiadis said.

TIPS FOR AVOIDING STAGNATION AND STAYING POSITIVE: • Setting goals is not necessarily unhealthy. It is when we become overly attached to a particular outcome that it can be problematic. how I would feel if I succeeded or changed the way I am doing something. Obviously, the latter would make me happier,” she said. Both women believe that mindfulness or some form of meditative self-care is helpful in retraining our brains and learning to plan differently. And both urge anyone who is struggling to adjust to talk to friends or family, or seek professional support if necessary. As we learn to adjust and rethink our ambitions and plans, while holding onto our dreams, we can also continue the lessons of last year and master the art of living in the moment. “2020 showed so many people how to be grateful for what we have and where we live. Let’s all live in the moment but also look to a happier and healthier future for us all,” Ms Green said. Ms Athanasiadis emphasises that being able to come back to the “here and now” is the most powerful tool of all. “Life is happening right now, and in this moment everything is okay,” she said. The takeaway from both the psychologist and the life coach is that even for people who have a strong need to goal set and plan, a new normal and

• Acknowledge that it is in your nature to set goals and that it’s okay to want to. Learn to adapt and change those goals when necessary. • Don’t jump the gun and cancel plans but certainly be willing to delay, change, or modify them as needed. • Try to plan in smaller chunks. Work on short-term goals, then stretch them out. That way, if plans change, you can hopefully adapt. • Write a list of the ‘good’ things in your life, a list of the ‘dream’ things you would like to do, and when you think you could achieve them. • It’s important to express disappointment and frustration and hold space for them. It’s okay to validate the feeling of wanting to give up, but also remember to acknowledge that you didn’t give up last year – you survived.

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GOOD-FOR-YOU GRAINS As the temperature cools, and autumn transitions us into winter, we begin to crave more wholesome and comforting foods. So, it’s time to get to grips with grains – nourishing, filling, nutrition‑dense food that’s easy to find and simple to cook.

OATS

QUINOA

BUCKWHEAT

This popular flaked grain is high in nutritional value, especially fibre, magnesium and zinc. The less processed varieties (oat groats or steelcut oats) have a lower GI.

Pronounced “keen-wa”, this seed of an edible flour has become a widely used wheat-free alternative to starchy grains. It has a low GI, high protein content, and is a good source of B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and manganese. The seeds become fluffy but retain a slight crunch when cooked.

Buckwheat seeds are dark brown, almost triangular in shape, and is known as a ‘pseudocereal’ – seeds that are consumed as cereal grains but don’t grow on grasses. It is a good source of protein, fibre, and energy, and is gluten free, making it a great nutritional source for people with coeliac disease or gluten intolerances.

Make: Cook oats, or soak overnight, for a hearthealthy breakfast, topped with fruit, seeds and even a topping of Greek yogurt. Or grind oats to a flour for baking, or replace rice in your risotto with groats or steel-cut oats.

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Make: Cook quinoa and add to a salad, or use in place of rice or couscous in a range of dishes.

Make: Buckwheat porridge for breakfast, add to a salad or stir-fry, or use buckwheat flour for baking muffins.


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MILLET

FREEKEH

BULGUR

Small and pearl-shaped, millet has a mild and slightly nutty flavour. It is a good source of dietary fibre, and rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. It has a low GI and is gluten free.

Freekeh (pronounced “free-ka”) is a high-fibre, high-protein grain made from fire-roasting the heads of wheat to tenderise it and give it a smoky flavour. Young grains retain more nutrition. It’s a good protein and fibre source, is low GI, and packs a significant dose of B vitamins.

Bulgur is a cereal grain made from wholewheat that is partially boiled then dried. It’s healthy and quick to cook. Best known as an ingredient of the Middle Eastern lemony salad tabbouleh, it’s a cholesterol free, high-fibre, low-fat, lowcalorie and versatile grain which also contains a healthy dose of manganese.

Make: Use fluffy millet (toasted and then boiled) as a rice-like side dish, or grind before boiling to create a creamy texture for a porridge or polenta substitute. You can also use millet flour in baking, especially biscuits.

Make: Boil freekeh for use as a rice substitute, to throw into salads, or eat with roasted veggies. It also makes a great addition to soups and stews.

Make: Use bulgur to invigorate a salad, use as an alternative base for a pilaf, or as binding for home-made delights such as croquettes or patties.

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PROPERTY DEMAND SURGES

When COVID-19 lockdown restrictions eased, pent-up demand for homes in Camberwell reignited the suburb’s property market. Following a difficult period for real estate agencies, buyers wasted no time getting back out. Greg Bowring, head of sales and auctioneer at Woodards Camberwell, said there was “a distinct lack of transactions” during restrictions last year. “But activity began again as soon as they were lifted in November,” he said. Mr Bowring said by mid-January, the resurgence was evident and the decision was made to hold an auction on January 30 – “an unheard-of event” in a usually sluggish holiday period. There was available stock and buyers who’d had all their plans put on hold last year were ready to make up for lost time, he said. Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) statistics show that Camberwell did well in the final quarter of 2020, with a 75 per cent clearance rate on houses and units. The median sale price is now $2.12 million, a 21 per cent quarterly change (compared to metro Melbourne’s 9.5 per cent change in the same period). The REIV said Camberwell’s median house prices “simply bounced back” from a 24 per cent fall in the September quarter last year. REIV president Leah Calnan said Camberwell has so much to offer, which isn’t surprising. “It is close to the city, but that alone isn’t the attraction,” she said. “It has a wonderful shopping strip, great restaurants, and great public transport.” Ms Calnan said a changing demographic in the suburb over the past five years has seen a blend of properties emerge. “There are traditional homes, units and apartments, and a mix of age groups. You could rent in Camberwell as a young single and stay in the area as you couple up or have a family. It has properties for all life stages, and the lifestyle too.” Ms Calnan said Camberwell has a “blue chip price tag without the stigma”. “It has an eclectic mix of people and restaurants, cafes and shops. And the wonderful (Rotary Sunday) market is a great attraction.” Mr Bowring predicts a buoyant beginning to 2021. “Camberwell has recently consistently been in the top two or three most

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searched suburbs in the Boroondara area on realestate.com.au,” he said. “It has a beautiful mix, from period properties through to new developments closer to the junction. “Camberwell is a great location. Education is probably the number one reason people buy here. The great schools are a big draw card. “Also, we have a good rail connection, restaurants and shops, and easy access to the city. Camberwell Junction is a great asset.” As elsewhere, stamp duty discounts are also incentivising new buyers to take the plunge in Camberwell. Stamp duty is discounted on a new or established property with a value of up to $1 million if contracts are signed by July 2021. Camberwell is an established suburb but a non-stuffy and ever-changing one that has something for a wide range of buyers. The suburb’s proximity – just 9 km east – to the CBD is also a major draw card but it offers much more. “Being a city fringe suburb is obviously attractive but for many buyers there has to be more on offer than just that. And Camberwell has it in large amounts,” Ms Calnan said. “There are buyers who are drawn to the established nature of the suburb and others to its lively mix of lifestyle offerings, such as the new restaurants that keep emerging, and Camberwell accommodates it all.” Camberwell also offers a number of open green spaces including Frog Hollow Reserve, Read Gardens, and Lynden Park, among many others.

FAR LEFT: Greg Bowring, head of sales and auctioneer at Woodards Camberwell LEFT: Leah Calnan, President of Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV)


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FINE AUTUMN READS From insightful non-fiction to exciting page-turners, here are the books to fall in love with this autumn.

THE PANIC YEARS by Nell Frizzell

WINTERING by Katherine May

Somewhere between grappling with periods and the onset of menopause, every woman has to confront the biggest decision of all: whether or not to have a baby. Frizzell calls this period ‘The Panic Years’ and her book is a journey through hers. Described as hilarious and disarmingly honest, it’s not simply a memoir but a push to start a conversation about this critical juncture in life.

This book takes us to our darker and colder times, showing us ways to face them. For author May, wintering is “the fallow period in life when you’re cut off from the world, feeling rejected, sidelined, blocked from progress, or cast into the role of an outsider”. May explores ways to heal ourselves by slowing down, expanding our spare time, getting enough sleep, and resting – key ingredients for living in this overactive world.

A BRIGHT RAY OF DARKNESS by Ethan Hawke Hawke’s first novel in almost 20 years tells the struggle of a young actor making his Broadway debut as his marriage collapses. He harbours a vague hope of reconciliation and, as he tries to manage the chaos of his life, the challenge of playing Hotspur in a production of Henry IV becomes his saviour. The book offers a transfixing story about art, love, fame and heartbreak.

SHIVER by Allie Reynolds Former freestyle snowboarder Allie Reynolds delivers what publisher Hachette declares “a spectacularly sinister psychological debut”. Five friends who haven’t seen each other for ten years meet up for a reunion in the French Alps, only to realise they don’t know who invited them and to discover they are stranded. This fast-paced whodunnit thriller is one you won’t want to put down.

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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. EXPERIENCE HEALTH AND WELLNESS AT CAMBERWELL-BEING Come along to CamberWELL-BEING on Saturday, May 29 – an annual event that celebrates the diverse range of health and wellness businesses in Camberwell. We’d love for you to join the fun! Follow the Wellness Trail by starting at CamberWELLBEING HQ (located at Camberwell Fresh Food Market, rear entrance via Market Place) where you can check in and collect your Wellness Passport. The passport will guide you to participating health and wellness businesses on the trail where you can get it stamped. These businesses will host special events and have exclusive offers available on the day. When you’re done on the trail, return to HQ by 2pm with your stamped passport for the chance to win from a huge prize pool (valued at more than $5,000), including personal training vouchers, free fitness classes, beauty treatments and health consultations. Details: camberwellbeing.com.au

FIND THE GOLDEN EASTER EGGS AND WIN! NEW OWNER OF THE CHOCOLATE BOX TO RETAIN BRAND HERITAGE Retaining brand heritage while expanding the popular confectionery business are top priorities under new ownership of The Chocolate Box. Paul Ryan, who took the reins of The Chocolate Box as its new owner and managing director in December 2020, said he is committed to “retaining the heritage of the brand” while fulfilling plans to expand the business nationwide. That history and heritage has been prominent in the Camberwell shopping precinct, as The Chocolate Box’s Camberwell store in Burke Rd has been operating for more than 60 years. With a background in retail across general management, operations, merchandising and strategy, Mr Ryan is perfectly placed to lead The Chocolate Box into the future, for which he has big ambitions. “The immediate focus is updating the retail concept, which is something that hasn’t been done for a decade now, and also investing heavily in the digital spectrum and enhancing the offer online, so it’s a consistent experience that the customer has both in-store and online,” he said. As part of the transition to new business ownership, Mr Ryan has retained all staff members previously employed at The Chocolate Box, which he said was a huge asset. Mr Ryan said it was personally “really important” to continue the legacy of The Chocolate Box brand, and he recalls fond memories of the original store in Burke Rd, Camberwell.

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SHOP SPOTLIGHT Highlights and happenings in the Camberwell shopping precinct.

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SHOP NEWS CHAPPIES EATERY

POPULAR DUMPLINGS

Chappies Eatery offers succulent beef and chicken burgers, wraps and salads. The menu also has South African fare, including the Joburg burger and traditional desserts like koeksisters (donuts).

A new restaurant, Popular Dumplings, has opened in Camberwell and offers a delicious range of dumplings and other Asian dishes.

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FRANKIE4 FOOTWEAR 626 Burke Rd

New to Camberwell, FRANKiE4 is a footwear label founded by podiatrists. Their ‘Support Footbed’ boasts hidden features that support your entire foot. Visit their new store to find shoes that are innovative, fashionable, and comfortable.

GO GO ESPRESSO 550 Riversdale Rd

Go Go Espresso in Camberwell is drive-thru coffee, but not as you know it. They serve freshly ground Allpress coffee, artisan teas, and thoughtful snacks to keep you on the go. Adjacent to the car wash and behind the Caltex service station.

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RUTHERFORD 815 Burke Rd

Jewellery store Rutherford is moving from its old location at 797 Burke Rd to 815 Burke Rd, just up the hill near Georges Restaurant. The new store is currently being designed and custom built and will open in April.

SHORT BLACK CAFE 761 Burke Rd

Short Black Cafe has reopened and is serving authentic Italian food and the finest coffee in Camberwell. Open seven days a week. Walk‑ins welcome. For bookings and enquiries, call (03) 9882 8599 or email info@shortblackcafe.com.au

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Skindevour Advanced Dermal and Aesthetics Clinic has opened in Camberwell Place shopping centre. The clinic offers skin treatments, laser hair removal, cosmetic injections, teeth whitening and more.

MAYA COSMETIC CLINIC 706 Burke Rd

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