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WEAR OU R FAVOU R I T E SE A SON I N T H E FA SH ION C A L E N DA R E L EVAT E S EV E RY DAY DR E S SI NG W I T H I N T E R E ST I NG T E X T U R E S A N D I N T R IGU I NG DETA I L S .

T R AV E L Monika Cerda-Cid’s haute couture gowns seem to have a life of their own. Hanging on a rack at the Brassey Hotel as a fashion team busies itself to shoot the exclusive Little National Post cover story, a striking red silk-organza dress appears to move - its hundreds of hand-pressed folds spilling forth like rose petals. An ornate and embellished cream dress beside it is covered in feathers which quiver as the air stirs. Cerda-Cid gazes at her gowns like they are old friends. She may only have officially been in the business for just over a year, but her every move since high school seems to have been propelling the 31-year-old to this point.

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Cerda-Cid's instinctive urge to sketch and design imagination-defying creations seems to be counter-balanced by a shrewd business mind – she has both a fashion diploma from FBI Fashion College in Sydney and a Diploma in Business from the Canberra Institute of Technology. Since she took the leap to create her own label in December of 2015, Cerda-Cid has made every business decision based on her vision that her label be haute couture, avant-garde and international. Which, as it turns out, is exactly what “Chachino” is becoming – having already been feted by Vogue Italia and securing an Los Angeles-based agent who is confident Cerda-Cid’s creations will soon feature on an A-list celebrity striding the red carpet.

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CANBERRA DISTRICT

MARCH 31 - APRIL 9

Celebrating The Canberra District’s award-winning wines in a week of events across the region. Wine tastings and blendings, food pairings, grape stomping, long lunches, wine and movie nights, music and more. For the full Calendar of Events, accommodation packages and booking details:

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Chachino is a Croatian colloquialism for “daddy’s little girl”—a term Cerda-Cid identifies with—and chose as the name for her design empire. The reason she is in Canberra, and not the more fashion-centric hubs of Sydney or Melbourne, is because family means everything to her. So while her dreams are international, Cerda-Cid is determined that in the short-to-medium term, the juggernaut of her label will emanate from the nation’s capital. Born and bred in the suburbs, Cerda-Cid did summon the fortitude to brave life in Sydney after she graduated from the Catholic all-girl’s school St Clare’s College. For two years she lived in one-bedroom apartment in Camperdown, studying and working full-time. “It really made me, and forged my work ethic.” After completing her studies, Cerda-Cid wasted no opportunity in expanding her contacts. She worked as an intern for a well-known PR agency – recalling being thrown in the deep end on her very first day, sent into a basement room where she was told to pack 400 invitation and gift bags in a few short hours. That was the easy part. The hard part was having to hand-deliver them. The then 20-something clutched her pre-GPS road map and started trying to negotiate the unfamiliar Sydney traffic. “I remember thinking to myself, ‘how on earth am I going to leave this basement without tripping over myself much less navigate Sydney within the next four hours to do the drops?’. But I just got in there and got it done.” As it turned out, one of the invitees was Australian fashion agency head, Paul Maloney. As she arrived at his office, Cerda-Cid apologised for her flustered and bedraggled state, but Maloney – who represents labels such as Camilla and Mark and Alice McCall – was sizing up her slender physique. Would Cerda-Cid agree to be one of his fit-models? She didn’t hesitate, knowing the experience would expose her to the buying power of retail giants David Jones and Myer but also, importantly, understanding how fabrics would ultimately fit to the body. “All through my life I have believed things happen exactly as they are supposed to, and that opportunities present themselves for a reason. I was like a sponge and I wanted to soak up every single aspect of the fashion business.” Her other part-time job at the time was in a shoe and chain fashion store which saw her get the gist of retail management,

“All through my life I have believed things happen exactly as they are supposed to... ” merchandising and sales. Indeed, Sydney was propelling Cerda-Cid forward and deeper into the industry when tragedy struck and her mother's health suddenly deteriorated. “It was 2006 and I remember getting a call that we almost lost her.” Cerda-Cid did not think for a moment about staying in Sydney. She put her plans on hold and came home. “I didn’t give it a second thought. I knew where I had to be and I had to be at home with my mum.” Despite a grim diagnosis, Danica, pulled through her health crisis. But Cerda-Cid could not allow herself to think beyond her family unit. She completed her CIT business qualifications and took a job with the Australian Federal Police. “I had a very heavy heart leaving the life behind that I had started to create for myself. I worked alongside admirable people at the AFP but it just wasn't the same". But the big upside about being back in Canberra was that Cerda-Cid met her husband, Hector. First chatting as friends of mutual friends over Italian food at Canberra institution, Mama's Trattoria, Cerda-Cid felt the universe was pushing the couple together. “I literally kept running into him everywhere and thinking to myself, ‘who is this handsome guy?’.” Within six months they were engaged at that same place that they first met and

within two years a beautiful wedding— for which Cerda-Cid designed her own gown— followed.

custom-made gowns, wedding gowns, bridesmaid and formal dresses began to flow in.

She also landed a new job, managing Human Resources for national body Aboriginal Hostels Limited.

With McQueen, Dior and Chanel her inspiration, Cerda-Cid maintains her global outlook – designing mesmerising gowns of extravagant detail. The red rose petal dress must have taken her 280 hours. It retails for close to $10,000. Her work speaks for itself. She now creates up to 20 gowns a month and has designed four collections.

“While my head is definitely in the high fashion world, my heart has always been in the arena of caring for others and giving back where ever I can.” To this day, Cerda-Cid devotes her working week to ensuring Indigenous people are provided with safe, comfortable and culturally appropriate accommodation. "I love and care so much about AHL's purpose". But while she was socially fulfilled, she was yearning for more tangible self-expression. Come December 2015, Cerda-Cid felt she could barely supress her desire to design. Every waking moment she was finding inspiration in the most unlikely of places – every thought was a stimulated into a design by the sight of a building, the rip in the ocean, the symmetry of a flower. She woke up for breakfast one morning and told Hector she was getting on a plane and heading to Asia to follow the path of a fashion designer. Fast forward a couple weeks, she had sized up manufacturing factories for her creations and locked them in. She wasn’t ready to quit her day job but she had to look towards the future. A gala launch at the Albert Hall in Canberra last year signalled Chachino’s formal arrival and in quick succession the orders for

She has taken orders from across the country and has expanded manufacturing beyond Asia and into Israel and Turkey. One morning last year, she woke up to find Vogue Italia had feature one of her dresses as "Best of Vogue". Another eight mentions in the fashion bible have followed, as have features in New York-based Alpha Fashion Magazine Couture, and Dark Beauty Magazine. Her LA agent has alluded to household-name celebrities that may be eyeing off her deeply seductive lace and applique numbers, and the rose petal red dress has featured in the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph after being worn to an event by broadcaster Kyle Sandilands’ girlfriend, Imogen Anthony. Cerda-Cid hardly seems surprised by it all. She sits in the home that Hector built and sketches her designs regularly in an all-white study upon a white trestle desk. Behind her is a large print declaring “Every day is a fashion show and the world is your runway.” Imagine where she may be a year from now.

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LIQUID GEOGRAPHY Canberra is known for many things – yes, as the home of Australia politics, but also for great food and coffee (officially the ‘world’s best’), a booming cultural and arts scene, and—increasingly—a good drop of wine. Words by Ashleigh Went ⋅ Photography by Tim Bean

There are nearly 40 wineries within what is known as the Canberra District Wine Region, most within an hour’s drive of the city. Our hot, dry days and cool nights are the perfect climate for producing Shiraz and Riesling; however, a new generation of winemakers—as well as the changing demands of the market—are signalling a shift towards production of new varieties like rosé, sangiovese, pinot gris and even temperanillo. Forty-four years ago, industry stalwart Ken Helm and his wife Judith planted the first of the Helm vines, following in the footsteps of his ancestors. “My great-great-grandparents came from Germany in the 1850s and planted the first vines in Rutherglen,” says Ken. “I’m the fourth-generation grape grower of the Helm family and our youngest child, our daughter Stephanie, is the fifth.” While Helm is also well known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Ken’s passion for Riesling is palpable. Not only has he been making Riesling for 40 years, he’s also penned a book on the subject and instigated the Canberra International Riesling Challenge - the biggest event of its type in the world. The proof, it would seem, is in the wine. The demand for Helm’s Riesling is such that the family simply can’t meet demand. “We don’t intend to get any bigger” says Ken, “we just want to continue to produce high quality wines at the same quantity.” “We just finished a new section of the winery which we call the Riesling Room, which is a dedicated state-of-the-art part of the winery purely devoted to the production of Rieslings.” While Ken’s knowledge and experience is extensive, he says it’s the vineyard that “makes” the wine.

Clonakilla is undoubtedly most famous for its Shiraz Viognier, described by wine authority John Holliday as “an icon wine, one of the best in Australia”. It was this wine that contributed to Tim’s recognition as Australian Winemaker of the Year for 2013, an honour he considers one of his greatest achievements. “In practical terms, we’re trying to capture the essence of the fruit rather than trying to impose on the grapes what we think they should taste like.” The result is more of a European approach to winemaking, using French Oak and the art of subtlety, rather than a heavy-handed style, and one that has made Clonakilla’s newly-renovated cellar door one of the most visited in the district.

BUT it’s not just Clonakilla that’s making headlines. Just a few short months ago, Four Winds Vineyard owner Sarah Collingwood was recognised as a finalist of Owner/ Operator of the Year at the Women in Wine Awards. Sarah comes from a family of winemakers. Her parents planted the vineyard nearly 20 years ago and established Four Winds with their son.

“Whilst Canberra is a small region – only about a fifth of the size of the Hunter Valley, the quality of the wines that we produce are now regarded as some of the best in the world...”

“The District is unique because we have a wonderful climate for growing grapes. We have dry, hot summers which is perfect for ripening season, we have the lovely sea breeze which comes in after a hot day from the coast (you can even smell the salt on some nights) and cools it down.” “Whilst Canberra is a small region – only about a fifth of the size of the Hunter Valley, the quality of the wines that we produce are now regarded as some of the best in the world. Canberrans should be very proud of their local product.”

“PHILOSOPHICALLY, we see our role as winemakers is to capture what this landscape has to say - the song that it’s trying to sing through the medium of wine,” says Clonakilla CEO and chief winemaker, Tim Kirk, of the winery his father established in 1971. Then a CSIRO scientist, Dr John Kirk took the plunge from what was then a “weekend distraction” to a fullyfledged passion. “There was no one then to hold his hand and tell him how it was done,” says Tim. “It was a lot of trial and error, but it was built from small beginnings to something that’s now regarded as one of the most significant wineries in the country.”

“My brother became unwell in 2010 and unfortunately passed away” says Sarah. “My husband John and I had come back to the vineyard just to lend a hand and seven years later we’re still here.” At the time, John was a practicing physiotherapist and returned to university to study viticulture. “He often jokes that he’s going to be the most overqualified viticulturalist.” The past few years have been particularly significant for Sarah and her family, building in a cellar door in 2013 and extending the winery following a crowd funding project in 2015, raising $23,000.

Sarah works to balance the origins of the vineyard with the demands of the contemporary market. “We definitely have the experience that’s typical in the area of growing great Riesling and Shiraz” says Sarah. “Having said that, the rosé is always popular at the cellar door and there’s real interest in some of the lesser‑known varieties.” “Mum and Dad planted the vineyard 19 years ago and what we’re selling now is different to the makeup of the vineyard they originally planted. We’re trying to get in the vineyard in line with what we’re selling and with what we want to be selling in the future as well.” Exploring the Canberra wine region—and its liquid gold (and red)— is a pleasure for the wine aficionado or weekend quaffer alike. And according to Tim Kirk, the trick is to enjoy yourself and trust your senses. “Two words: back yourself. Some of us are supposedly wine experts, and others of us are supposedly wine novices. The truth is, we all react the same way. “We smell and taste wine and we either think it’s yum, or yuck, or something in between. It’s just that someone who’s supposedly a wine expert has more words to put around that – that experience of aroma and flavour. Back yourself – say what you experience, because it’s right.”

CANBERR A DISTRICT WINE WEEK

10 events not to miss Saturday April 1 Degustation Dinner Ewe and Me Restaurant, Yass Tuesday April 4 The Winemakers Dinner, Aubergine restaurant. Wines and winemakers from Gallagher, Lark Hill, Collector, Capital Wines, Clonakilla, Mount Majura Monday 3 to Thursday April 6 Celebrate the new vintage with wine tastings hosting by local vineyards. Sample wines and chat to the winemakers. Ostani Garden Bar, Hotel Realm Wednesday April 5 “Riesling and Oysters Rock” McKeller Ridge Winery and C Seafood and Oyster Bar Wednesday April 5 Wine dinner at the Green Herring, Gold Creek Gallagher Wines, Granitevale Estate and Barton Estate Thursday April 6 Wine Dinner with No. 10 Restaurant and Bar Shaw Vineyard Estate Thursday April 6 Gundog @ Grazing Gundog Estate and Grazing restaurant wine dinner in Gundaroo Friday April 7 Girl’s Night Out at Palace Electric Cinema. Shaw Vineyard, Kerralee Wines and local cheese Friday April 7 Taste of the Region Long Lunch. Banjo Patterson Park, Yass Mallaluka Wines, Long Rail Gully, Yarrh Wines, Ellenvale Wines, Robyn Rowe Chocolates Friday April 7 Wine Garden Party at Pod Food Mount Majura Vineyard, Eden Road Wines and Nick O’Leary

All details at www.canberrawines.com.au

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48 HOURS IN THE YASS VALLEY If a leisurely weekend of wine and food is what you’re craving, you’ll find it at your doorstep. Make the most of your time in the Yass Valley with this self-drive itinerary. Words by Ashleigh Went ⋅ Photography by Tim Bean

F R I DAY

6:00pm

EXECUTIVE DRIVERS

Head to Gundaroo, a quaint village just 35-minutes drive from Canberra. Listed by the National Trust, it’s a fine example of a beautifully preserved 19th-century Australian village, set on the banks of the Yass River and framed by wooded hills. Don’t want to drive? Steve from Executive Drivers can transport you from and back to the Realm Precinct in style.

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7pm Arrive at Grazing and indulge in delicious fare celebrating the finest produce the region has to offer. Choose from a selection of local wines and settle in for a night of Modern Australian cuisine within the rustic charm of the historic Royal Hotel.

G R A Z I N G AT G U N DA R O O Cork Street, Gundaroo +61 2 6236 8777 grazing.com.au

S AT U R DAY

8:30am

CORK STREET CAFÉ

Head back to Gundaroo and make a beeline for Cork Street Café for a gourmet breakfast set amongst historic 1870’s police stables. Menu offerings include pancakes, free‑range eggs, focaccias and more.

Cork Street, Gundaroo +61 2 6236 8217

9:30am

M U R R U M B AT E M A N V I L L AG E M A R K E T

Take the 30-minute drive to the Murrumbateman Village Market and explore the magnificent array of produce that is on offer. Speak to local growers, producers and artisans and peruse local wines, preserves, baked goods, artworks, handicrafts, coffee and more.

Recreation Grounds, Murrumbateman Open 9am-1pm every second and fourth Saturday (check website for dates) mvmarket.com

10:30am

TRADER & CO

Make tracks to Yass where your first stop should be Trader & Co where Dan from Six8 Coffee will make you the most divine ethical coffee. Pick up a juice from Juicie Lucie and shop at Yass Wholefoods.

92 Meehan Street, Yass +61 412 575 012 traderandco.com.au

11:00am

T H Y M E T O TA S T E

Thyme to Taste is a must-visit destination to check out the best of local produce. Whether it’s cheese, sauces, oils, meats or wine that you’re after, you’re guaranteed to leave with something exceptional. Call in advance and Andrew will prepare a delicious hamper for you.

60 Comur Street, Yass +61 412 575 012

12:30pm Make the 15-minute drive to Bowning to visit Mayfield Mews, where you can walk through the historical buildings once frequented by Henry Lawson. Enjoy a luxurious high tea, and pick up some homewares or locally made produce before making the journey back to Yass.

M AY F I E L D M E W S 4 Leake Street, Bowning +61 2 6227 6572 mayfieldmews.com.au


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2:30pm Tootsie Fine Art and Design Studio is unlike any gallery you’ve ever seen. Set in the building that was the first service station between Sydney and Melbourne, you’ll find something interesting to look at in every corner. Sit in the sculpture garden, admire the mosaic wall and enjoy some coffee and cake.

4:00pm Spend the afternoon exploring Yass. The Yass Town Walk will take you past historical buildings that are over 150 years old, to the Railway Museum and the Yass & District Historical Museum. If you’re not keen to journey back to Canberra tonight, check in at the Globe Inn, rest your feet and enjoy a drink on the verandah.

YA S S & D I S T R I C T H I S T O R I C A L SOCIET Y INC 247A Comur Street, Yass +61 2 6226 2557 yasshistory.org.au

8:00pm

CLEMENTINE

Walk to Clementine, a unique dining destination set in a charming weatherboard cottage. They’re known for their incredible food using local produce, as well as their unwavering support of local wineries.

104 Meehan Street, Yass +61 2 6226 3456 clementinerestaurant.com.au

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YA Z Z B A R

Yazz Bar is where the locals head for live music, local wine and good times. Settle in and enjoy the home-grown talent before heading home.

81 Comur Street, Yass +61 2 6226 3138 yazzbar.com.au

TOOTSIE FINE ART AND DESIGN STUDIO 289 Comur Street, Yass +61 447 225 524 tootsienotagallery.com.au

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Corner Lead and Crago Streets, Yass +61 432 073 071 railway.yass.com.au

70 Rossi Street, Yass +61 2 6226 3680 theglobeinn.com.au

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10:00am Stop in at Yass Visitors Centre to grab yourself a map and then set out to explore one or several of the local wineries on offer. You can find comprehensive information on the region at yassvalley.com.au

Clementine Restaurant. Image by Tim Bean

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No trip to Yass Valley would be complete without a stop at the fabulous Robyn Rowe Chocolates. Watch Robyn and her team create divine confections and pick up some of her delicious edible art.

1153 Nanima Road, Murrumbateman +61 2 6227 0550 robynrowechocolates.com.au

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Finish up your adventure with lunch at Poachers Pantry. Smoked produce is their specialty and is well accompanied by the elegant cool climate wines at Wily Trout Vineyard.

431 Nanima Road, Springrange +61 2 6230 2487 poacherspantry.com.au

No designated driver? Let one of the region’s wine tour operators show you around. Black Glass Wine Tour +61 400 546 561 blackglasswinetour.com.au Vines & Wines +61 432 807 361 vineswines.com.au Canberra Winery Tours +61 408 081 110 canberrawinerytours.com.au

V E N T U R E F U RT H E R A F I E L D The Yass Valley is undisputedly gorgeous, but there is so much more to explore in the Canberra District Wine Region.

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§§ Mapipenrai Vineyard and Winery

§§ Contentious Character

§§ Collector Wines

§§ Lark Hill Biodynamic Winery

§§ The Baker at Sutton

§§ Some Café §§ Grandma’s at the Farm §§ Lerida Estate

§§ Le Tres Bon §§ Café Wood Works

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KINETIC COUTURE Working out has never looked so good. Photography by Lauren Campbell

Cape $7500 by Chachino; corset by Witchery at Canberra Centre; tights and leotard both by Canberra Dancewear by Dee; hand wraps by Everlast at Rebel Sport Canberra Centre; shoes by Converse at Rebel Sport Canberra Centre.


Dress $4500 by Chachino; shoes by Wittner at Canberra Centre; gloves by Sting at Rebel Sport Canberra Centre.


Dress $8500 by Chachino; shoes and stockings both stylist's own.


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Words by Emma Macdonald⋅ Photography by Martin Ollman

“Obviously, it is going to aid in recovery to be in a beautiful hotel, staying with your family, ordering meals from award-winning restaurants... "

Dr Tonks is one of over 40 doctors operating from the hospital, which caters mainly for urology, gynaecology, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, pain management and of course, plastic surgery. His own path into the specialty came as a medical graduate from Otago in New Zealand. In his final year, as he trained with emergency cases, Dr Tonks realised he was fascinated by the skin as an organ. He enjoyed the creative side of reconstructive surgeries required after trauma, and quickly realised the incredible psychological impact his work could have on patients. Not for one second does he feel somehow less worthy as a doctor for completing facelifts or breast augmentations among his usual list.

If you choose the latter, you are among an increasing number of Canberrans and interstate visitors choosing a new healthcare model pioneered by Dr Tony Tonks and a small group of like-minded specialists right here in Canberra. Canberra’s most prominent plastic surgeon was instrumental in forging a link between the medical profession and the Doma Group when plans for the Realm Precinct were being formulated over a decade ago.

– with plans for an intensive care unit to cater for more invasive surgeries in the future. This “Hospital in a Hotel” model is fully accredited and provides a level of care and safety that exceeds many traditional hospital models and is recognised by all private health insurers. Dr Tonks feels a sense of pride. “I was passionate about bringing this concept to fruition.”

Dr Tonks’ vision was for a private hospital to be integrated within the Hotel Realm, to provide treatment to patients and for them to be seamlessly checked into a luxury room under nursing supervision for their recovery.

While the idea of patients - commonly women after childbirth - being transported into luxury hotels after their hospital stay is not uncommon in Australia, the idea that surgical patients are cared for in a co‑located luxury environment is.

The idea was a first for Australia and is now catering to more than 400 patients a month

“Our model all takes place on the same site,” says Dr Tonks.

“Primarily this allows for the utmost privacy and dignity of the patient.” He would also strongly argue that the level of post-surgical care of patients at the Barton Private Hospital is above that of its competitors. “We have two nurses for every four patients which are significantly better ratios than elsewhere.” Patients requiring close monitoring have their vital statistics monitored in real time via remote radio frequency monitoring devices. “Obviously, it is going to aid in recovery to be in a beautiful hotel, staying with your family, ordering meals from award-winning restaurants. You aren’t being woken by hospital noises, or assaulted by the food!”

“People can trivialise plastic surgery all they like, but appearance matters in society and has a huge impact on peoples’ sense of worth and wellbeing. I will never forget one mother running across the street to embrace me about five years after I had completed a breast augmentation on her daughter. Prior to the surgery her daughter’s self-esteem was plummeting and her behaviour was going a bit off the rails. Five years on and she was graduating from a law degree. I don’t underestimate the profound change I can make to a person’s life.” Meanwhile, it is with some sense of satisfaction that Dr Tonks observes a societal shift to become far more open and accepting of plastic surgery. “The millennials talk about it far more openly than previous generations. There are no secrets or shame associated with wanting to achieve an improvement to your physical appearance. Of course, people have always sought this and plastic surgeons have always been busy. But now as a society, we are just far more likely to talk about it and not to judge so harshly.”

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THE PIER - NEW APARTMENT LIVING Forget weekend lawn-mowing and home maintenance, Chris Farrington and Nicole Coombe are living the good life in an exclusive plot of the Kingston Foreshore. They tell us how The Pier allows them to soak up nature from their front deck yet experience Canberra's cafe culture just a few steps behind their dream apartment. Words by Emma Macdonald ⋅ Photography by Brenton Colley, Lightbulb Studio

Nicole Coombe and Chris Farrington had something of an unfair advantage when it came to securing their first property together. As a Development Manager for Doma Group, Chris helped bring The Pier to life – a Redgen Mathieson-designed waterfront apartment complex at the Kingston Foreshore.

As Chris liaised with the builders, architects, engineers and real estate agents to ready the project for market, he and Nicole got a first-hand glimpse at the location, floor-plans and fit-out designs. So the week the development did hit the market, Chris and Nicole knew exactly what they wanted and snapped up a second floor, one-bedroom apartment overlooking Jerrabomberra Wetlands. The couple recently moved in and are still pinching themselves every morning when they wake up to a sunrise over the water. “Honestly, some mornings it is like waking up in the country, only we are just metres away from some of the best cafes and restaurants in Canberra,” says Chris. He and Nicole, like many others, were keen to secure a valuable slice of the Kingston Foreshore and to soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere of one of the most vibrant entertainment precincts in Canberra. Conversely, Nicole’s mother has recently downsized from the family home to move into her own unit, which, by happy circumstance, is close to her daughter. The couple joke that not only do they love spending time with Nicole’s mum, but that

they now have access to a “second pantry” just a stone’s throw away. “I think every unit offers every buyer something special, it just depends on what you’re looking for. For Nicole and I it was all about the view and lifestyle. We love the proximity of Kingston and everything the area has to offer,” says Chris. Being close to water is important for the keen surfer, who is originally from Palm Beach on the Gold Coast and who had to downsize his collection of surfboards when it came time to move in. “I used to spend every day at the beach so for me the lake is the closest thing we have to a beach. Sometimes when you go to bed on a windy night you can hear the small waves breaking on the lake wall, it reminds me of the beach. It is so calming.” As a young and frenetically busy couple – Nicole teaches Year 3 at Radford College Chris and Nicole loved the idea of spending their time enjoying life rather than attending to maintenance on a house and yard, as is often the case with home-owners. But apartment living does require a little more discipline when it comes to acquiring possessions.

According to Nicole “the move motivated us to declutter our lives. Chris struggled more than he should have. He has too many surfboards and way too many tee-shirts.” The upside to a compact living space is that there is far less legwork required to keeping it looking great. “It’s a very quick clean, we can pretty much vacuum the entire apartment on one power point,” says Nicole with a laugh. A large 25-metre square balcony lends airiness and space to the living areas and the views straight onto the water provide a disconnect with the crowds and action taking place just behind them on the main restaurant strip of Eastlake Parade. This proximity to some of Canberra’s most exciting food can also be both positive and negative. “There are too many great restaurants and bars within walking distance and our waistlines are suffering,” says Nicole. But Chris counters there are no excuses for a lack of exercise. Not only does The Pier have its own gym for all residents to use, but the complex is located within a network of landscaped parks, walking paths and within easy distance of Lake Burley Griffin, Jerrabomberra Wetlands and Telopea Park.


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“Kingston is so central and we’re both an easy drive from our workplaces. It’s great for bike riding because there aren’t any hills close by. The Foreshore has a great vibe too. People come here to relax and have a good time and that gives the place a yearround holiday atmosphere,” says Nicole. A perfect day for Nicole and Chris would be waking to the sunrise and a big breakfast cook-up in the ultra-modern galley style kitchen, eaten off the deck and enjoying the bird life on the water. As the day progresses they may head out for a walk or a cycle, followed by a late lunch before meeting friends for a wine and, finally, dinner. Nicole says most weekends also fit in a visit to the Fyshwick Markets and Griffith Shops to stock up on fresh food for the week to help them resist the lure of the restaurant belt below. “On Sundays we love a good old road trip. Often we’ll go to the coast for the day or take advantage of the great restaurants and cafes in the towns surrounding Canberra. Or if we decide to stay home, it’s awesome to have a great choice of restaurants and bars as well as the Old Bus Depot Markets just a few steps away from our front door,” she says.

When Chris and Nicole bought off the plan, they were able to purchase a second carpark and some additional storage (no doubt filled with surplus surfboards). They were also able to tweak the design to suit their personal taste – extending the width of the kitchen bench, laying wide oak floorboards, and installing a rainwater showerhead. The community has also been warm and welcoming. “Most buyers want to occupy the units themselves and are seeking a lifestyle change. Many of them owned houses in nearby suburbs and were over spending their weekends fixing something around the house. They wanted their lives back to do the things they loved, like riding or walking around the lake, catching up with friends for coffee or lunch, or just reading a book on their balcony while taking in the view.” Eventually, if the couple want to consider children, they may require a larger space. But for the next few years at least there are no impediments to experiencing the best that the Kingston Foreshore has to offer. All of the commercial spaces have been sold and will soon be occupied with a mix of restaurants, bars, and small businesses.

“Sometimes when you go to bed on a windy night you can hear the small waves breaking on the lake wall, it reminds me of the beach.”

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A TASTE OF THE KINGSTON FORESHORE It’s a little bit Woolloomooloo, a little bit Docklands. Now Canberra has finally embraced the windswept joys of waterside living at our own Kingston Foreshore. A row of boat docks off Trevillian Quay and a small channel of water slices the peninsula development in half, and within a few short years the rubble and heavy machinery has moved in and out to reveal one of Canberra’s most cosmopolitan enclaves. And who wouldn’t want to live or stay within a short stroll of this line-up of restaurants, bars and cafes which jostle for prominence along Eastlake Parade? It’s hard to choose just a handful, but if you want the best Foreshore experience, try one or all of the following. Words by Emma Macdonald ⋅ Photography by Martin Ollman

Image by Lux & Us

Beef and Barley OPE N I NG HOU R S Monday: 8.00am – 2.30pm Tueday – Sunday: 8.00am – 10.00pm beefandbarley.com.au +61 2 6199 3366

If your tastes hanker for beer and burgers, then you would do well to grab a table at this relaxed corner hang-out. It’s so relaxed in fact, that you don’t even need to drink your beer from a glass – tinnies are

Local Press OPE N I NG HOU R S Tuesday – Friday: 7.30am – 4.00pm Saturday – Sunday: 8.00am – 5.00pm localpresscafe.com.au +61 2 6162 1422

available to match the tin trays on which burgers and fries are served. The only thing not so relaxing is having to read such an extensive burger menu – they come in every permutation – and it is exhausting to try make a choice. Luckily, beers are matched to burgers which cuts down the thinking time required to order. Whether it’s “The Kraken” combining herb-crusted calamari with slow roasted peppers, fried onion, rocket, and honey mayo, or the “El Pedro” combining a beef patty with chorizo, honey-glazed goats cheese, streaky bacon, honey mayo, iceberg lettuce and tomato sauce, you are sure to feel satisfied.

A favourite with the Instagram brunch crowd, it is hard to be served one of their artfully-presented bowls without wanting to whip out your phone and commit it to memory. Local Press has a definite wholefood bent – fresh juices in jars, lots of healthful bowls packed with vegetables and legumes in permutations such as black and brown rice, Brussels sprouts, Cavalo Nero, purple potato, avocado, egg, cashew cream and pumpkin seeds. There are a few well-executed dishes for the meat-lovers too, including the slowcooked lamb. Overseen by the affable Gary, Local Press has a very relaxed vibe and is the place all the cool kids turn to for a lazy but filling weekend brunch.

Morks OPE N I NG HOU R S LUNCH Tuesday – Sunday: 12.00pm – 2.00pm DINNER Tuesday – Thursday: 6.00pm – 9.30pm Friday – Saturday: 6.00pm – 10.00pm morks.com.au +61 2 6295 0112

The competition to snag a table at this buzzing Mod-Asian gem is the only negative thing to be said about Morks. It delivers stunningly inventive and consistent excellent flavours that takes Thai food to new heights. Try the soft-shell crab roti in yellow curry with house pickles, the pork belly, caramelised soy and young mango, or the green curry with prawns and native Australian succulents. Desserts include a moreish egg in hay concoction or condensed milk, pashmak, coconut ice-cream and a cone made out of crisp roti. Service is excellent and the experience is exciting and adventurous. Suburban Thai this is not.


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Molto Italian

CANBERR A GL ASSWORKS

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Housed in the historic Kingston Power House, Canberra Glassworks brings the art of working with molten glass to new and appreciative audiences.

LUNCH Tuesday – Wednesday: 12.00pm – 3.00pm Thursday – Sunday: 12.00pm – 11.00pm

Take a self-guided tour and discover some of Canberra's heritage at this contemporary glass centre which is the only one of its kind in Australia.

DINNER Monday: 6.00pm – 11.00pm Tuesday – Wednesday: 5.30pm – 11.00pm Thursday – Sunday: 12.00pm – 11.00pm

You can watch the magic of professional glass artists at work, make your own glass paperweight or take introductory glass courses from experts. The building is also home to striking exhibitions which may fundamentally change the way you view glass.

moltoitalian.com +61 2 6140 7039

11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston Foreshore OPE N I NG HOU R S

Italian food is popular in Canberra but very few places can take a simple pasta dish, or a platter of formaggi or salami, to the next level like Molto Italian can. Operated by long-time restaurateur Carlos Tosolini, Molto offers more of a fine dining experience on Eastlake Parade. It is a quieter, darker place than many of its neighbouring bars, and it takes its food and wine consistency seriously. Choose from an extensive menu including iconic Italian dishes such as zucchini flowers, trout or beef carpaccio, and suppli. Move on to perfect pizzas or any of the house-made pasta dishes or daily meat and poultry specials. If cheese is your thing, order the Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe, and watch in amazement as a large hollowed-out pecorino wheel is carried to your table and spoonfuls of rich and peppery spaghetti are ladled on to your plate. And Nonna’s tiramisu is famous in the capital for a very good reason.

Wedneday – Sunday: 10.00am – 4.00pm canberraglassworks.com +61 2 6260 7005

BRODBURGER No trip to the Glassworks, or Canberra, in fact, is complete without one of the city's most iconic foodstuffs – the Brodburger. Starting out as a small burger van parked in a carpark on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, Brodburger is now in a retro-styled section of the Glassworks building. They have built a loyal clientele who are happy to wait up to an hour for their burgers in peak times (or you can order in advance via their app). Choose from flame-grilled beef, chicken, fish or the vegetarian option with chargrilled eggplant, zucchini and capsicum and a big slab of salty haloumi. The chips are thin and crispy. Hint: Brodburgers are best eaten at the end of the day – they are not the sort of food you can consume elegantly. But then that is kind of the point. 11 Wentworth Avenue Kingston (in the Glassworks building) OPE N I NG HOU R S

Betti Bravo’s

LUNCH Tuesday – Sunday: 11.30am – 3.00pm

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DINNER Tuesday – Saturday: 5.30pm – 10.00pm

Wednesday – Thursday: 12.00pm – late Saturday – Sunday: 8.00am – 5.00pm

brodburger.com.au +61 2 6162 0793

bettibravos.com.au +61 2 6295 7000 M E G A LO P R I N T S T U D I O A N D G A L L E R Y A little bit Caribbean and a lot tropical, you can’t help but feel warm and relaxed when you walk up to a bar past two enormous parrots spray-painted on the wall, or sip a cocktail while reclining in an inflatable flamingo. Betti Bravo’s is a bright and busy place for a drink, filled with bold prints, cane furniture, ceiling fans and tropical greenery. It also has a menu that aims higher than the usual suspects of burgers and chips. Taking its exotic theme through to the kitchen, you can order crispy pig’s ears, Caribbean spiced pork neck, jerk chicken or paella. There are interesting sides and share plates and in keeping with the tropical vibe, cocktails fit in well here, as do large jugs of sangria. Just take care not to fall off your flamingo.

Since 1980, Megalo has provided artists and the broader community with access to specialised printmaking facilities, equipment and expertise. Megalo Print Studio + Gallery is the only open access studio in Australia with a comprehensive suite of printmaking facilities in screen printing on fabric, screen printing on fabric, lithography, relief and etching. Pop in to tour their latest showcase of contemporary prints, or perhaps consider commissioning something to be printed for you. The place is always buzzing from artists' residencies and education programs. 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston OF F IC E A N D GA L L E RY HOU R S Tuesday – Saturday: 9.30am – 5.00pm megalo.org +61 2 6232 6041

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FRENCH BISTRO CLASSICS When it’s cold outside you want to warm up from the inside out, and hearty French flavours hit the spot. Doma's Executive Chef, Fabien Wagnon, shares some of his favourite recipes. Styling by Belinda Neame ⋅ Photography by Tim Bean

Warm chocolate fondant F E W D E S S E R T S H A V E M O R E W O W F A C T O R T H A N A P E R F E C T LY O O Z Y C H O C O L AT E F O N D A N T. E N J O Y B Y I T S E L F O R S E R V E W I T H D O U B L E C R E A M , F R E S H S T R A W B E R R I E S A N D C A R A M E L I S E D B A N A N A F O R T H E P E R F E C T F I N I S H T O A N Y D I N N E R P A R T Y.

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125g chocolate, minimum 71% cocoa

Lightly brush four moulds (60mm high x 60mm diameter with 40mm base) with butter and sprinkle the inside with cocoa powder. Tap to remove excess.

125g unsalted butter, cut into cubes 80g sugar 3 large eggs 40g flour 10g butter (for mould) 10g cocoa powder (for mould)

SERVES 4

Gently melt butter and chocolate together in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Don’t let the bowl touch the water. Beat eggs and sugar together at medium-high speed for three minutes, or until thick and creamy. Add flour slowly and mix for one minute at low speed. Remove chocolate bowl from the water bath and fold in the egg mixture. Pour the mix in mould until 80% full. Add some extra chocolate pieces in the centre of the mould, and rest in fridge for an hour. Preheat oven to 190oC for 10 minutes. Remove fondants from fridge and cook for eight minutes (cooking time will vary depending on size of the moulds used). Serve with your favourite ice cream or berries, and drink with a glass of Tokay or Muscat, or even a Shiraz or Grenache.


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Agneau perigourdine (slow-cooked lamb shoulder)

P U T A N E W T W I S T O N T H E S U N D AY R O A S T W I T H T H I S D E L I C I O U S FA L L‑A PA R T L A M B B U R S T I N G W I T H F L AVO U R . S E R V E W I T H C R E A M Y M A S H F O R T H E U LT I M AT E C O M F O R T F O O D .

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1 whole lamb shoulder

Preheat oven to 130oC.

30ml extra virgin olive oil or duck fat

Heat extra virgin olive oil or duck fat in a heavy-based casserole dish, and sear the lamb shoulder until golden brown.

15 cloves garlic 4 eschalots, peeled ½ bunch thyme 2 fresh bay leaves 375ml white wine (Semillon/ Sauvignon Blanc) Sea salt Pepper SERVES 4

Season with sea salt and pepper, and add garlic and eschalots to the pain. Cook for several minutes until golden brown but do not burn, as dish will become bitter. Add wine, thyme and bay leaves and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook in preheated oven for around three hours. Check liquid level regularly during cooking and baste lamb with cooking juices. Serve with a glass of Malbec, Mourvedre or Cinsault for a true South of France experience.

Pan-fried salmon with fennel puree INGREDIENTS 2 fennel bulbs, cleaned and chopped roughly into small wedges 2 eschalots, sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed 250ml pure cream (or enough to cover your vegetables in a pot) 250ml milk Salt White pepper 1tsp cayenne pepper 1 lemon Extra virgin olive oil 2 x 160g salmon fillets SERVES 2

METHOD Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan then add sliced eschalots and garlic. Cook both at low heat for three minutes. Add fennel and cook slowly for another four minutes at low heat, stirring to avoid it colouring. Add enough liquid to cover your fennel and season with salt. Cook for 15 minutes, or until fennel is tender. Drain. Place fennel in mixer, adding small amounts of cooking liquid until you have a smooth puree. Season with salt and pepper, and keep warm while salmon cooks. Heat 1tbsp extra virgin olive oil in a non-stick pan. Score salmon skin twice then place skin-side down in pan. Cook slowly on skin side, then when 2/3 cooked, turn salmon flesh down and cook for another minute. Put salmon on resting tray flesh down—the heat from the skin will travel towards the flesh. Place on plate with warm fennel puree and a piece of lemon. Enjoy with a Canberra Viognier or Marsanne!

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Here are my essentials for elevated dressing for AW17. LOA F E R S These comfortable wardrobe staples add effortless on‑trend interest. Wear with tailored pants, culottes, denim, slip dresses, leather pants and mid-calf skirts. DECONSTRUCTED SHIRTING Practical and smart, deconstructed shirting can be worn on its own or layered with knitwear, blazers, leather jackets and coats.

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P R O D U C T D E TA I L S THIS PAGE 1 Anderson's | Leather belt $140 | matchesfashion.com 2 Burberry | Checked Travel Umbrella $205 | au.burberry.com|matchesfashion.com 3 Cedes Milano | Travelling shaving set | $590 | matchesfashion.com 4 Boglioli | Grey K-Jacket Slim-Fit Checked Virgin Wool Suit Jacket | $795 | mrporter.com

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5 Boglioli | Slim-Fit Checked Virgin Wool Suit Trousers $250 AUD | mrporter.com 6 Bottega Veneta | Intrecciato Leather Briefcase | $3,045 | bottegavaneta.com 7 Gucci | Horsebit Leather Loafers $560 | gucci.com/AUS 8 Hugo Boss | Slim-Fit Water-Repellent Cotton-Blend Twill Coat $379 | hugoboss.com 9 F. Hammann | Leather hunting flask and cups $155 | matchesfashion.com 10

10 Tom Ford | 8cm Knitted Silk Tie $190 | mrporter.com

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11 Breitling | Exospace B55 Connected professional POA | breitling.com 12 Kingsman + Cutler and Gross | Square-Frame Acetate Optical Glasses $420 | mrporter.com

OPPOSITE PAGE 1 This Is Ground Mod | Leather Tablet Case $375 | thisisground.com 2 BVLGARI | Save the Children one-band sterling silver and black-ceramic ring 3 A.P.C. | Beach House wool and cashmere-blend jacket $410 | matchesfashion.com 4 Y-3 | FT zip-through hooded jacket $410 | matchesfashion.com

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5 Burberry | Full-Grain Leather Cardholder $170 | burberry.com.au 6 Saint Laurent | Polished-Leather Chelsea Boots $975 | mrporter.com 8

7 Ermenegildo Zegna | Loose-knit linen and cotton-blend sweater $720 | www.zegna.com.au 8 Gucci | Web technical-canvas hold all $1,470 | gucci.com 9 Saint Laurent | Devon D-Frame Acetate Sunglasses $340 | matchesfashion.com 10 rag & bone | Richmond Slim-Fit Stretch-Denim Jeans $239 | rag-bone.com 11 Saint Laurent | Striped cashmere sweater $1,100 | matchesfashion.com

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Elevating masculine elegance ‘Elegance’ isn’t a word that springs to mind when we think of men’s fashion, but it shouldn’t raise eyebrows when we consider women’s style is consistently pushing the androgynist envelope. Consider James Bond – the perfect example of a traditionally ‘manly’ man, but with a demeanour that is gracious in equal measure; his polished attire and attention to detail serving to counterbalance his overt masculinity. 11

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Possibly, ‘masculine elegance’ is the new term for the modern day gentleman – minus the hat, gloves and three-piece suit from yesteryear. However you choose to interpret the term, elevated dressing for men is about taking staple items to the next level. Here are my tips for embracing masculine elegance this season. FORM FIT TING KNIT WEAR You can never have too many knits during the cooler months. Invest in a few nice jumpers that have a finer weave and sit close to your body. TA I LO R I N G Fit is important. Shirts, blazers, coats and pant hemlines should be formfitting, and at least one element of your outfit should be tailored. AC C E S S O R I S E

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The right choice of accessories can take an outfit from ordinary to extraordinary. Satchels, scarves, belts, watches and rings are small touches that speak to style, organisation and attention to the little details. SHOES Shoes really do speak volumes about one’s grooming. Invest in a pair of quality loafers and Chelsea boots to take you through any occasion. L AY E R I N G The essential skill for a Canberra winter. Wear a shirt under a jumper and team with a blazer or trench; add denim and a pair of Chelsea boots for an elegant take on the everyday. 6

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THIS IS HALE Hale Gym + Spa is a new concept for total health and wellbeing set within the Realm Precinct. On one side, the Spa provides an indulgent and luxury setting for beauty and body treatments. On the other, the Hale Gym promises a new way forward for those wanting to improve their fitness and health for the long term. Hale Gym has devised a unique and holistic approach to physical fitness through its 12-Week Method. This is delivered by experts in their field across physical strength and conditioning, movement and nutrition. Here we talk to three of the new Hale team about their role in this unique facility.

Words by Emma Macdonald ⋅ Photography by Martin Ollman

of deepening my practice (which did happen) but I also discovered how much I enjoyed guiding other people through their practice. I did my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Eoin Finn in Tofino, British Columbia. My next goal is to complete my 500-hour training.” An Australian love, Jack, convinced her to move halfway across the world, and when she is not on a mat, Jessa is the Assistant Store Manager at lululemon Canberra. She’s been with the company five years. “lululemon is a household name in Canada (it's Vancouver-based) and I fell in love with their values before I fell head over heels with the clothes.” Hale will also stock a range of lululemon apparel for purchase, handy for hotel guests who may have forgotten their activewear. Jessa is excited to be part of the Hale team, saying she loved the holistic approach the new gym and day spa is taking towards health and wellness. “I think it is quite revolutionary to incorporate many different types of movement, instead of just one, into a program.” For people inexperienced with asanas, Jessa suggests the following: “Drop your ego at the door. Don't expect your practice to look a certain way or compare it to another student’s. Turn inward and start listening to what your body is telling you. This is where the yoga starts.”

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Even complete newcomers can expect considerable and sometimes immediate benefits.

I T ’ S R E A L LY N O S U R P R I S E T H AT H A L E YO G A I N S T R U C T O R J E S S A WRIGHT HAS AN AFFINIT Y WITH THE ANCIENT DISCIPLINE.

“I noticed the difference immediately. I would leave a yoga class feeling like I was on cloud nine, like I'd left all my worries on my mat. I would leave lighter, happier, and with a smile on my face. And I still reap the benefits years later!

Her mother was a yoga devotee, so Jess grew up seeing postures, controlled breathing and the positive physical and mental effects of yoga from the time her memories began. Now the 27-year-old Canadian-born instructor can’t imagine a day passing without incorporating yoga into her life. As a qualified instructor, Jess has also fallen in love with sharing her learning and encouraging others to embrace yoga. “I decided to do yoga teacher training because it felt like something I had to do, it felt right. I went with the intention

These benefits come to both mind and body. “Physically, you build strength, your muscles tone, and you have a better understanding of your body - how it works, responds, and repairs itself. Yoga is also about building strength in the mind. And the spiritual values of yoga you encounter in class extend to life off the mat. For example, learning to breathe through the pose when it becomes a little uncomfortable translates to breathing through uncomfortable situations you experience daily, knowing ‘this too shall pass’.”

Exhale A D M I T T E D LY, YO U A R E N O T G O I N G T O D E V E LO P B I C E P S L I K E PE TER SUT TON ’S IN 12 WEEKS. But the Head Trainer at Hale Gym + Spa, and the man behind the development of Hale’s specialised 12-Week Method fitness program, believes that you can change your life within this time frame. With a background in personal training since 2009, a Diploma in Sports Coaching specialising in Strength and Conditioning and a Certificate III & IV in Fitness, Peter was formerly the head coach at the Australian Institute of Fitness. This year Peter is diversifying from his own private client base—where he helps train Michael Roach, Canberra’s most successful competitive male open cross fitter, and


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Shellie Milward, Vice Captain of the ACT Women’s Brumbies—to become one of the team of expert trainers and specialists at Hale. Not only will he head classes himself, but he will oversee the management of the other staff and ensure the 12-Week program delivers what it promises—which is a new approach to body and mind fitness.

“Healthy eating is eating enough of the right foods to ensure we're getting all we need.”

The program is philosophically based around a method that was developed in the old Soviet Union called General Physical Preparedness which was a three-year training program for junior elite athletes. “It involved developing their agility, mobility, flexibility, speed, power, strength, endurance, aerobic and anaerobic fitness. It also taught them the basic of biomechanics (technique) and human movement. After completing the program these junior athletes were then disbursed into their chosen sports and went on to be a part of the most successful Olympic teams – enjoying long and injury-free careers due to the comprehensive training achieved through General Physical Preparedness.” While the modern-day connotations of Russian Olympic sportsmanship aren’t always so positive, Peter believes the all-round approach to fitness still holds relevance today. The wide variety of training styles and modern training tools will not only produce excellent results, but will keep the client engaged, stimulated and injury-free, he says. Peter himself is a walking advertisement for the positive effects of exercise. “The parts of the brain that are responsible for mental sharpness as well as mental balance are affected in a positive matter through exercise and therefore when I don’t exercise I feel flat, lethargic and unmotivated. “When I work out I feel fantastic, motivated and happy that I have achieved something substantial out of my day for myself.”

“The parts of the brain that are responsible for mental sharpness as well as mental balance are affected in a positive matter through exercise...”

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on energy, struggling with their training and then following it up with a binge fest! This lack of consistency means they get little or no results for their efforts.”

T H E R E ’ S P H YS I C A L F I T N E S S , A N D T H E N T H E R E I S T O TA L F I T N E S S T H AT E N C O M PA S S E S B O DY A N D M I N D. A N D N U T R I T I O N I S T K AT E F R E E M A N B E L I E V E S T H AT T H E F U E L YO U P U T I N T O YO U R B O DY MAKES THE DIFFERENCE BET WEEN T H E T W O.

Kate would prefer to reduce anxiety around food and equip people to make healthy choices for themselves.

The registered nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia and managing director of The Healthy Eating Hub, Kate is Hale’s consultant nutritionist and has devoted the last few months to devising a tailored eating plan to work with the Hale 12-Week Method.

Her plans come complete with portion sizes, instructions, recipes and shopping lists.

This is done by way of providing clients with six, 12-week long, meal plans for both men and women that cover three main goals: weight loss, weight maintenance and muscle building. Meanwhile, Hale-converts who eat at any of the restaurants within the Realm Precinct will also be able to choose specially approved dishes that get the Hale nutritionist’s tick of approval. Kate said she was thrilled to help bring the Hale Method to life. But conversely, she is not one for rigid diets or unattainable meal plans and sees her role as educational, long-term, achievable and life-changing. “I see people do the same thing all the time with their diet. They go hard-core, cutting out lots of foods, restricting themselves too much, only to find themselves starving, low

Kate, a busy mother of two, also understands the juggle between working, working out, and finding time to stock a fridge with appropriate fare.

“They’re highly flexible and I will encourage each individual to adapt the plans to suit them. They’ll still get results, without having to follow them perfectly, they just need to be consistent. “Nutrition is so important. Especially when someone is undertaking a challenging training program. We often think that healthy eating is just about eating less and losing weight but that's not true. Healthy eating is actually about eating enough foods and enough of the right foods, to ensure that we’re getting all the vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants and other phytonutrients that we need.”

Discover Hale Gym + Spa at 10-14 Macquarie Street Barton +61 2 6273 3101 halehealth.com.au

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INSIDER GUIDE OUR MUST-DO EXPERIENCES FOR AW17 As the cooler weather descends on the capital, warm up by making the most of Canberra’s packed events calendar. You’ll want to stay longer when you see what’s in store. Words by Amanda Whitley

N AT I O N A L F O L K F ES T I VA L

AU TO I TA L I A C A N B E R R A

13 – 17 A P R I L 2017

2 A P R I L 2017

EXHIBITION PARK IN CANBERRA

LAWNS OF OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Join this celebration of traditional and contemporary folk life. With over 200 acts representing diverse styles such as acoustic, blues, roots, bluegrass, world, Celtic, traditional, gypsy and country in a program including music, dance, spoken word, film, circus and traditional crafts, there is something for everyone.

Auto Italia Canberra is a static automotive exhibition of Italian cars, motorbikes and scooters and promotes Italian culture, heritage and foods. Starting in 1984, it has grown into a spectacular showcase of Italian machinery from Vespa scooters through to the latest hypercars with everything in between.

folkfestival.org.au

autoitaliacanberra.com

A NZ AC DAY 25 A P R I L 2017 AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL Visit the Australian War Memorial and attend the Dawn Service, National ANZAC Day Ceremony and Last Post Ceremony commemorating the 102nd anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces in the First World War. awm.gov.au

O L D B U S D E P OT M A R K E T S – A C E L E B R AT I O N O F W O O L 21 M AY 2017

AU S T R A L I A N R U N N I N G F ES T I VA L 8 – 9 A P R I L 2017 CANBERRA

Established in 1976, The Canberra Marathon is the oldest city marathon in Australia. It now incorporates a 5km, 10km, Half Marathon and Ultra Marathon as part of the Australian Running Festival.

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKET

Set yourself a new bucket list challenge or just celebrate a full weekend of healthy lifestyles, fitness and fun across the scenic course that showcases the best of the nation’s capital.

Speak to wool producers, craftspeople and artists. View hand spinning, learn about hand felting and watch people weaving. Mix with stallholders, craft enthusiasts and other visitors who love to knit, felt, design and make home wares. You'll find hand felted garments and accessories, designer knitwear, millinery, weavings, funky beanies and farm label knitwear.

runningfestival.com.au

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T H E T R U F F L E F ES T I VA LC A N B E R R A R EG I O N ARTISTS OF THE G R E AT WA R

21 J U N E TO 31 AUGUST 2017 Each year from the Winter Solstice in June to the end of August individual events are held across the region highlighting the rare Black Winter Truffle. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, pop along to a farmers' market, or enjoy Buvette's special truffle menu.

U N T I L 31 M AY 2017 NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA This powerful exhibition explores the horrors of the First World War, palpably expressed in the work of Australia’s official war artists and their combatant and noncombatant peers. It addresses wartime propaganda, front-line experience and remembrance through paintings, drawings and prints featuring a special focus on the remarkable artist Will Dyson.

trufflefestival.com.au

nga.gov.au

A P O O C H A F FA I R 17 J U N E 2017 EXHIBITION PARK IN CANBERRA

A Pooch Affair is a boutique indoor event for dog lovers. Enjoy High Tea with Dogs (pre purchase online only), go shopping at a Doggie Retail Mall and Diner, let your precious pooches play in a special breed play hour or even treat them to a Doggie Day Spa.

Image: Rebecca Doyle Photography

apoochaffair.com.au

T H E F O R AG E 1 J U LY 2017 LITTLE NATIONAL CARPARK

The Forage is Canberra’s premier street food event, showcasing eats and drinks by local cafes, food trucks, wineries and breweries and it’s all happening in the Little National carpark! Pull up a hay bale and enjoy the spoils while listening to local tunes – it’s a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon! theforage.com.au

CANBERR A WRITERS F ES T I VA L 25 TO 27 AUGUST 2017 VA R IOUS V E N U E S The Canberra Writers Festival brings together the national capital's literary, academic, business and political communities and celebrates national and international authors across both fiction and non-fiction genres.

C A N B E R R A SY M P H O N Y O R C H ES T R A G A L A

canberrawritersfestival.com.au

8 J U LY 2017 LLEWELLYN HALL, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY The Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Opera Gala will be an epic concert event that will see international opera stars from one of Germany’s major state opera houses perform with homegrown talent. CSO's Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Nicholas Milton AM has invited six extraordinary artists from the State Opera House of Saarbrücken in Germany to perform an exquisite repertoire of opera favourites in Llewellyn Hall. cso.org.au

S H I M A N O M O U N TA I N B I K E GRAND PRIX 26 AUGUST 2017 ST ROM L O F OR E ST PA R K Canberra’s Stromlo Forest Park is the setting for the Shimano Mountain Bike Grand Prix Round 5. See or join Australia's best mountain bike endurance racers competing for their choice of four or seven hours on the 10 -12 kilometre circuit. Free spectator entry, kids' races and plenty of family-friendly activities. rockytrailentertainment.com

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MORE X, LESS WHY. THE BMW X1. Possessing a more adventurous spirit than ever before, the all new BMW X1 leaves little room for hesitation. With versatile performance and the presence to turn heads, this Ultimate Driving Machine urges you to embrace every opportunity. Expect more unmistakable X Range appeal, starting with strikingly athletic features. Enjoy more comfort with a luxuriously spacious interior. Experience a more seamless way to explore the world with BMW ConnectedDrive.* Live with more X and less why, starting now. Take a test-drive at Rolfe Classic BMW. Rolfe Classic BMW 2 Botany Street, Phillip. Ph (02) 6208 4111. rolfeclassic.bmw.com.au

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