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FRIDAY NIGHT FIREWORKS

Meet Melbourne MP Jennifer Kanis

Psychic John Edward comes to town

Melbourne International Film Festival’s pick of the flicks

School holiday fun and giveaways JULY 2014

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Bring your friends and family and enjoy the entertainment at the Piazza at Docklands from 6pm, with art installations, African drums and 200 torches brightening up the winter night. From 7pm, a glittering display of fireworks will illuminate the sky for spectators to enjoy from the New Quay waterfront restaurants and bars, or along the New Quay Promenade.

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contributing writers Tom Elliott, Andrew Hewison, Paul Maric, Dana Atkin, Suzana Talevski, Janine Phillips. This magazine has a distribution of 14,000 copies throughout Melbourne CBD, Docklands, parts of Southbank and rotating through South Melbourne and surrounding areas with a readership of approximately 40,000. If you would like to stock 3000Melbourne at your place of business please email Chelsea at editor@magmedia.com.au published by

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EDITOR'S LETTER As the bitterly cold Melbourne winter weather sets in it can be very tempting indeed to stay indoors. But this month there are opportunities aplenty to rug up and head out to explore some of the events going on in this great city of ours. For those with youngsters, this issue of 3000 Melbourne features a guide to all things fun and fabulous in the city and at Docklands these school holidays. Start your weekends with a bang this winter with free fireworks and entertainment at Docklands every Friday night in July and August, starting on July 4.

the public to discover more of the city’s architecture and history. The Melbourne International Film Festival returns again with an exciting program of films from more than 50 countries across the world. This month I had the pleasure of meeting Melbourne MP Jennifer Kanis who told me about her vision for the electorate and her passion for improving infrastructure in the city. She’s even set up a mobile office so she can meet more Melburnians.

Music and entertainment will continue after the fireworks along the promenade and piazza at New Quay, with no shortage of fun for all ages. On Friday July 18, the Docklands fireworks will turn red to celebrate AIDS 2014, during which Melbourne will welcome 14,000 conference participants from around the globe. The red party will extend across the waterfront with Harbour Town, Wonderland, Melbourne Star, Alumbra and the Icehouse turning red for this event.

Also this month I had the amazing opportunity to meet one of the world’s most popular psychics, John Edward. He was in town ahead of his national tour in November. He was so personable and engaging I almost would’ve believed anything he told me. There’s plenty of competitions in this issue too but you’ve got to be in it, to win it.

But if you’re keen to stay indoors then seize the opportunity to go inside some of Melbourne’s most notable buildings during Open House Melbourne. More than 100 buildings and sites will be open to

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When: July 16-August 24 Where: World Trade Centre, corner Flinders and Spencer streets, Melbourne

When: Tuesday, July 1 Time: Gates open 6pm. First bounce at 7.30pm. Where: Etihad Stadium, 740 Bourke Street, Docklands. Tickets: Children under 6 free; Children 7-15 $9.50; Concession $9.50; Adults $18; Family $48 Details: www.legendsgame.com.au

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MYSTIQUE BY MICHAEL BOYD Acclaimed Australian illusionist Michael Boyd brings Mystique and some of the world’s best illusions to the Palms at Crown for two shows only. Off the back of standing ovations in Australia’s Got Talent, Boyd will show the famed live magic extravaganza Mystique at Crown. Featuring impressive illusions as well as jaw-dropping escapes, levitations, transformations, special effects and mind-blowing disappearances, Boyd’s incredible production will surprise and delight.

SOMETHING FOR KATE’S 20-YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR Something for Kate is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the most ambitious shows of the band’s career to date with the 20-Year Anniversary Tour this month. For the first time in its history, the band will play two sets each night, covering all facets of their decorated career: hits, B-sides, rarities and all points in between. At the beginning of every show will be a short film by Callum Preston tracing the band's history from 1994 to today, while a companion piece, the book Paper Trail will be on sale. After the show, the band will meet fans, and sign the accumulated memories of 20 years.

When: Friday, July 18 Where: Forum, Melbourne Bookings and information: www.somethingforkate.com

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A selection of Victoria’s most talented artists are busily working to complete their bespoke sculptures for display in an exhibition not to be missed. The Artists Emerge @ WTC exhibition follows on from the success of the 2013 collaboration between WTC and MARS Gallery, 25 Sculptures @ the WTC, and will showcase works from some of Victoria’s most promising emerging sculptors. The six-week exhibition, carefully curated by Andy Dinan of MARS Gallery, will feature works created or finished in the past 12 months.

A star-studded alumni of AFL greats including Glenn Archer, Anthony Koutoufides, Brendan Fevola, Michael O'Loughlin and Dermott Brereton will pull on the boots for another chance at footy glory when they line up for the State-of-Origin showdown between Victoria and the All Stars in the annual Ray White EJ Whitten Legends Game. Also making his Ray White EJ Whitten Legends Game debut this year will be television and radio personality and comedian, Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes. Played in memory of AFL’s Mr Football Teddy Whitten, who lost his life to prostate cancer, the game raises money for prostate cancer research and seeks to bring men’s health issues to the fore.

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When: Friday, July 4 Time: 2pm and 8pm Where: The Palms at Crown Tickets: Children $45; Adults $55; Family $149 Details: 132 849

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MOTHER & SON From the creator of the Australian hit TV series Mother & Son comes a brand new stage comedy featuring Maggie, Arthur and Robert. Geoffrey Atherden penned the first episodes of Mother & Son in 1984 creating an instant classic and award-winning TV series. Now 30 years later he has done it again. Starring Australia’s doyen of comedy Noeline Brown as the iconic Maggie Beare, with Darren Gilshenan and Shane Jacobson. Also joining the cast are Nicki Wendt and Robyn Arthur. Together these actors will deliver one of the finest comedy line-ups to be seen on the Australian stage.

When: From July 18 Where: Melbourne Comedy Theatre Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 111 011 Details: www.motherandsononstage.com.au

When: Sunday, July 27 Where: Federation Square Details: www.runmelbourne.com.au

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TIM CAMPBELL’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL Remember the classic melodies and exciting nights out at your high school disco? Well, if you’re keen to get a bit Footloose and Shake Your Groove Thing join, star of the stage and screen, Tim Campbell and his band reliving those memories and iconic songs. Audiences can expect to hear old-school favourites like Play That Funky Music, Centrefold, My Sharona, and Can You Feel It? Audiences are encouraged to join Campbell for a drink and a dance while travelling back in time.

When: Saturday, July 26 Time: 7.15pm for 8pm start Where: The Palms at Crown Tickets: 132 849 or ticketek.com.au

THE WHITE ALBUM CONCERT The sold-out live rock phenomenon of 2009 is back: 30 of the Beatles' most breathtaking songs performed with a 17-piece rock orchestra. They said it wasn't possible. Not even The Beatles, after all, attempted to perform their classic self-titled double album live on stage. But in the winter of 2009, to celebrate its 40th anniversary, four of Australia’s greatest rock'n'roll showmen left a trail of standing ovations and ecstatic reviews when The White Album Concert sold out 11 theatres in five cities across Australia. The Beatles' most challenging and stylistically varied collection of songs was taken apart and reassembled track by track by four singers at the peak of their powers — Tim Rogers, Josh Pyke, Chris Cheney and Phil Jamieson.

When: July 15-17 Where: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne Tickets: From $89 Details: 1300 182 183 or www.artscentremelbourne.com.au

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CRACKDOWN ON ALCOHOLFUELLED VIOLENCE Partygoers and night-time revelers are on notice: if you act up, you’re out. The Melbourne Licensees Forum’s Don’t Miss the Party campaign sends a clear message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in the CBD. Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle joined Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay and Melbourne licensees to launch The Melbourne Licensees Forum’s Patron Code of Conduct which will be displayed in licensed premises across the city reminding patrons of their responsibilities. “Through the Code of Conduct, Melbourne licensees are warning anyone who acts unsociably at their venue that they risk a one-year ban,” Cr Doyle said. “Despite the best efforts of many licensees to run a safe venue, there is still a minority who come into our city and ruin the night for others.

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“If you don’t follow the Code of Conduct and cause trouble in our pubs and clubs, you could be banned from entering the venue for a year. “It’s not hard to follow the Code of Conduct and have a great night out, just

drink responsibly, look out for your friends and treat others with respect.” Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said the campaign reinforces Victoria Police's commitment to working with the City of Melbourne and licensees to stamp out irresponsible drinking and alcohol-related violence in the CBD. "We work closely with licensees to ensure they understand their strict responsibilities. However, patrons must also remember they too have responsibilities when visiting licensed venues," Mr Lay said. "Go out and have good time, but be responsible for your actions, look out for your friends and drink in moderation. Everyone has the right to enjoy the city and feel safe at all times of day.” The Patron Code of Conduct can be viewed at www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/ CommunityServices/CommunitySafety/ Pages/Dontmisstheparty.aspx

DROP-IN CENTRE REOPENS IT DOORS A drop-in centre for young people has reopened in King Street. Housing Minister Wendy Lovell joined Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, young clients and representatives of Melbourne City Mission to officially open the revamped Frontyard Youth Services drop-in centre. “The upgraded centre has been created for young people and it’s great to see the wonderful work that Melbourne City Mission staff do to support young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness,” Lovell said.

more open way, reducing the risk of misunderstandings or conflict. The new space can hold twice as many people than it could before the refurbishment.” Melbourne City Mission’s Frontyard Youth Services allows young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to get the support they need in a range of areas including housing, education and training, employment, social support and family reconciliation. It provides services to more than 5000 vulnerable young people each year.

“The new open-plan environment allows staff and young people to interact in a

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BY CHELSEA ARNOLD I’m sitting in the lobby of a hotel in Southbank when a charismatic and energetic American greets me by name. I have never met him before so how can he possibly know me by name? But, he is John Edward, of course. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise really, for Edward, a psychic medium, has successfully made a career out of answering the unanswerable and predicting the future. So, he was expecting me and, of everyone in the lobby, he picked me straight away. Edward, 44, from Long Island, New York, is known the world over for his uncanny ability and for the messages he delivers from loved ones who have crossed over.

mystics come to the house. I decided I was going to debunk the woman. She came to see my grandma one day. Afterwards my grandma came down stairs and she was crying. I asked her why and she said, ”I am crying because I am happy”. “I remember thinking that woman was nuts. But she changed my life. She talked to me about how she was putting me on my path in life and the rest is history.” When a loved one dies those who are left behind have many questions. Edward insists his role is to give people answers to their questions and to make them happy. This is something that polarizes believers and skeptics alike.

It is a skill he has fostered since he discovered it.

Edward admits he was “rocked” when his mother died in 1989 and he didn’t see it coming.

“I was told I had this special gift when I was 15 years old. My mum often had

“In 1985 I saw my uncle’s death but then I didn’t see my mum’s cancer at all. It

“If you come to my seminar come with an open mind and have some questions ready...”

taught me a very valuable lesson. I felt like the world of energy and spirit let me down. Then it became my quest to know where she was and it became my passion to get answers for other people too. I really just try to get information.” Edward shot to fame in 1999 when his television talk show Crossing Over first aired. This was followed in 2006 by his next series Cross Country. He has written numerous best-selling books, had countless television appearances and also offers private readings. In the past 25 years, he has helped thousands with his ability to predict future events and communicate with those who have crossed over to the other side. Edward is immediately personable and engaging – and to be honest, I would have believed almost anything he told me. He has a vast and loyal following. He has amassed more than 753,000 Facebook followers and thousands more have signed-up to his 90-day web-based program, Evolution. “Through Evolution they are going to have questions answered that they didn’t know they had. It will help them seek answers on their own,” he said.

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PSYCHIC SESSION He provides weekly web-based videos, tools and access to events. Melburnians have the chance to see Edward’s show live when he returns to Crown in November. Audience members will take part in a Crossing Over style talk show gallery, there will be question and answer sessions, a guided meditation and messages from the other side. “If you come to my seminar come with an open mind and have some questions ready. But allow the event to unfold. “And here’s a scoop, after the November tour I am going to come back and do smaller group seminars. All the information is on my website www.johnedward.net “I love coming here. If I didn’t live in New York I could happily live here in Melbourne.” JOHN EDWARD – EVOLVE When: Sunday, November 9 Time: 6-8pm Where: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne Bookings: www.artscentre.com.au

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MEET MELBOURNE MP BY CHELSEA ARNOLD

JENNIFER KANIS Victorians will go to the polls on November 29. Ahead of the State Election, 3000 Melbourne spoke to Member for Melbourne Jennifer Kanis. Ms Kanis, a Labor MP, lives in Flemington with her husband and their son. She was elected to Victorian Parliament in July 2012 to represent the 92,000 people of Melbourne, one of the youngest and most diverse electorates in the State. CAN YOU TELL 3000 MELBOURNE READERS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT JENNIFER KANIS? I am the State MP for Melbourne which covers Docklands, the CBD, East Melbourne, Carlton, Flemington and Kensington. I have lived in the area for the past 15 years with my husband and son who is 2 ½. I was elected in July 2012 in a by-election and I am the newest member of State Parliament. The last couple of years have been terrific. YOU WERE A MELBOURNE CITY COUNCILLOR BEFOREHAND, WHAT PROMPTED THE SWITCH TO STATE POLITICS? I was a councillor at the City of Melbourne since 2008, before I was elected to State Parliament. It gave me a broad feel for local issues in the area. As a State MP, I have opportunities to get involved in broader policy making and planning at a macro level. MELBOURNE IS ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE AND TRANSIENT ELECTORATES IN THE STATE, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE UNIQUE CHALLENGES AND ISSUES THE ELECTORATE FACES?

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It’s a really interesting area because you have got a big residential population living alongside a big business population – that brings both benefits and challenges. Then you’ve got Kensington which is a quiet suburb by comparison. It is one of the youngest areas in the city. There is a great mix of people who have lived in the area a long time and also people who are newcomers. From a political perspective, because there is a big turnover of voters,

I need to go out and get involved and meet people as much as I can. One of the nice things about the Melbourne electorate is that we have a high migrant population. We really live and breathe the multiculturalism but in Melbourne it is our way of life and this is something I really love. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT PROJECT 10,000? Project 10,000 is the Labor’s vision for transport. It is about improving transport all over Melbourne and Victoria for all modes of transport. It’s about relieving road congestion and locking in funds for local roads projects. It’s about things that will really make a difference to the lives of everyone in the city. It’s local projects that have a big impact – like the Melbourne Metro Train project. WHAT IS LABOR'S PLAN FOR 24-HOUR PUBLIC TRANSPORT? Our Home Safe initiative will introduce 24-hour public transport on Friday and Saturday nights. The aim is that a lot of people come into the city but often the can’t get home. It’s a worry for parents of older teens and young people. It’s using a system that we have already to get people home safer, cheaper and easier. We will also be running trains to regional cities. We don’t want people in dangerous situations. WHAT ARE YOU PRIORITIES FOR THE ELECTORATE? I am out talking to people all the time and I think one thing that is coming across very strongly is that Labor is putting people first and looking after their education and making sure our health services are properly funded. They are important issues because they touch everyone’s lives. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO SAY TO MELBOURNE VOTERS? I welcome people to call my office, and send emails so I can advocate for issues that local people care out. I also have a Saturday office down at Docklands so people can come to see me. Of course, I’d like to be re-elected as the Member for Melbourne. I want them to be properly represented.


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BY CHELSEA ARNOLD More than 300 films from across the globe will be screened over 18 days during the 63rd annual Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). MIFF artistic director Michelle Carey gave 3000 Melbourne a glimpse of this year’s festival, from July 31 to August 17, and explained just what it takes to put together such an impressive international line-up. How long does it take to put the festival together? We're working on each edition pretty soon after the previous festival finishes. This year for example, we had to secure new venues and start planning for other initiatives - for example, Critics Campus. There is all the behind the scenes technical and operational planning, big picture retrospectives, plus following every film festival – either in person or from afar – and lots of film watching. How many films are in the program? And from how many countries? magmedia.com.au

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Each year we screen over 300 films – shorts, features, documentaries, narratives, experimental. We generally feature about 50 to 60 countries a year.

How do you determine the films that are included in the program?

What are some of your personal highlights of this year's festival?

The programming team watches thousands of films each year so first and foremost the films have to excite us and really stand out. I want my pulse to be beating fast by the film's end because I'm so excited or moved or devastated by it. The film has to be well made and have something unique to say. And of course we want to make sure we cover as many geographical regions as possible as well. There are so many perfectly fine films out there and we can't play them all. It's competitive.

Oh there are so many, in terms of the new films. Of the more specialised screenings, I'm particularly excited about the 773-minute Out1 – Noli me tangere by Jacques Rivette, from 1971, which has never screened in Melbourne before. Unfortunately I won't be able to take 13 hours out of my schedule to watch the whole thing, but I'll certainly be sneaking into some of it if there are seats left and if time permits.

What themes do this year's films cover? We've noticed certain tendencies – science and technology themes, for instance, are huge this year. It's interesting, some years there will be a lot of sports films, or food films, or architecture films. This year it's science. It's not really a theme, but we've also noticed - and programmed - a lot of really long films. Are there any films you think will be particular favourites or controversial in nature? I think there is a lot of buzz around Richard Linklater's Boyhood - and I can tell you it deserves its buzz. Controversies, who knows?

ground in the venues. Beyond that, I am just completely fascinated by filmmaking and never get tired of watching films. It's an exciting and endlessly creative filter to view life - history, philosophy, social and political issues - through. MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL When: July 31-August 17 Where: Various venues Tickets: On sale on July 11 Details: www.miff.com.au

I'm particularly excited about MIFF 2014 as we will be opening with a power bomb of a film – Predestination, by Australian (twin) filmmakers, Michael and Peter Spierig. It's all shot in Melbourne but you have to look hard to recognise it. But there is a lot more to come in our full program in July. Why should first-timers come along to the MIFF? Because MIFF is addictive and it feels good. Better than chocolate, I'd say. Why do you love being involved with the MIFF? Well firstly, I just love working with the team – everyone in the office and our amazing volunteers and people on the

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DOORS OPEN TO CITY’S BUILDINGS More than 100 buildings and places will be open to the public as part of Open House Melbourne later this month. Almost 30 additional buildings and sites have been added to the list for this year’s event on 26-27 July which sees the doors open to some of Melbourne’s finest buildings. Planning Minister Matthew Guy said Open House is “a great opportunity for people to get out and discover how architecture and urban design contributes to Melbourne’s status as one of the world’s most liveable cities”. “Great cities don’t just happen; they require planning for transport, water storage, parks and social services. Melbourne’s architecture, urban design and heritage make an important contribution to the liveability of a city and the wellbeing of residents,” Mr Guy said.

This year the event features new buildings and sites such as the Argus, Government House and Young and Jackson Hotel, as well as working infrastructure such as the Spencer Street Sub-Station, and new views of the city from Melbourne Central’s glass cone and shot tower. “This is a great event and I encourage all Melburnians to take a fresh look at their city and its magnificent buildings,” Mr Guy said. Open House Melbourne is a non-profit organisation that has run this free event for the past six years, growing significantly from eight buildings and 30,000 visitors in 2008 to 109 buildings and almost 130,000 visitors in 2013. To view the full list of buildings open during Open House Melbourne visit www.openhousemelbourne.org

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GET FROZEN AT ICEHOUSE Families can get frozen at the Disney Frozen-inspired Winter Skate Festival at Medibank Icehouse until Sunday, July 13.

Every day between 11am and 4pm visitors can take part in the exciting family-friendly Frozen fun and games on the ice including: • Skate to the Frozen soundtrack and every hour a performer will sing a song from Frozen live on the ice.

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• Snowman building competition and play Put Olaf The Snowman Back Together.

• Frozen karaoke competition: Record ‘Let It Go’ and have it emailed to you. The best performer on the ice wins. • Win Frozen DVDs in games on the ice. • Dress up as your favourite Frozen character and help set the world record for the most Disney Frozen characters.

In addition, the Winter Skate Festival program includes fun activities for the whole family.

Come and skate under the big top to the DJ and the latest tunes and win prizes. All this plus free beginner lessons beginner lessons at 11am, noon, 1pm and 2pm daily, figure skating demonstrations, and learn to skate backwards lessons. There is also special ice fun for the under 8s. From 9-10am daily there are toys, games and music, plus snow play areas for your child to enjoy a totally different toddler experience. Plus there is free glow themed entertained from 7pm. For the full schedule of events please visit www.icehouse.com.au

When: Until Sunday, July 13. Where: Medibank Icehouse, 105 Pearl River Road, Docklands. Tickets: Adult $26, Child 6-14 $22, Child 3-5 $13, Family $80. Details: 1300 756 699


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AT THE SPIEGELTENT Bring the family to Wonderland Fun Park these school holidays and see the Winter Wonderland Circus Spectacular with acts of intrigue and wonder. See circus and side show stunts from Australian circus superstars, featuring amazing juggling, strong man feats, flying acrobatics - live in the warm Wonderland Spiegeltent theatre.

Watch the show then ride the Wacky Worm Roller Coaster, the Dragon Flyer, Bungee Jump Trampoline, Tea Cups, the Grand Carousel, Dodgem Cars and be thrilled by new Crazy Wave and Drop zone. On Fridays during the school holidays the circus show will be on at 1.30pm and 3.30pm before the Docklands fireworks begin at 6pm.

Where: Wonderland Fun Park, Harbour Town Shopping Centre, Docklands. When: Until July 13. Time: 1.30pm daily and 11.30am and 1.30pm weekends. Tickets: Entry is free. Rides $4-$10. Show only $15. Unlimited rides and show entry $35. Bookings: www.wonderlandfunpark.com.au

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UNDERWATER ADVENTURE

Come face-to-face with the aquarium’s favourite underwater giants including fierce-looking Grey Nurse shark Mitch, King of the Oceanarium and Mr G, the massive 200-kilogram Grouper with attitude. Press your nose to the glass and marvel at Solomon, the brightlycoloured Maori Wrasse and Dino, the cheeky Shark Ray as they cruise past the huge population of multi-coloured tropical fish.

Dive into Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium’s Mermaid Garden exhibit these school holidays where a magical underwater world awaits.

Swim in for cool presentations and plenty of fun activities, guaranteed to make the winter school holidays a splash.

AWAITS AT AQUARIUM See if you can spot the enchanting mermaids as they serenade the most magnificent aquatic creatures that reside in the 2.2 million litre Oceanarium.

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The daily fish feeding experience takes your aquatic encounter to a whole new level, as the hungry residents immediately swim to the surface, creating a huge swirl of activity right in front of you.

Where: Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, corner King and Flinders streets, Melbourne. Tickets: Book online and save via www.melbourneaquarium.com.au, family annual passes from $250. Fish Feeding: $5.00 (5pm daily) When: 9.30am-6pm, last admission 5pm. Details: 9923 5999

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Did you hear a roar? A stomp? The dinosaurs have come to Melbourne. These life-size creatures will be taking over Caulfield Racecourse these school holidays.

Dinosaur Adventures will deliver a realistic interactive exhibition like no other that will capture the imagination of children and parents everywhere.

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SCHOOL HOLIDAYS SCHOOL HOLIDAYS SCHOOL HOLIDAYS SCHOOL HOLIDAYS SCHOOL HOLIDAYS DINOSAUR ADVENTURES When: Until Sunday, July 20. Where: Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield East. Tickets: General admission $27, under 3 free. Details: www.dinosauradventures.com.au or 1300 307 740

Explore and take part in a prehistoric world full of life-size moving dinosaurs and be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before your eyes and come alive.

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SCHOOL HOLIDAY BUILD-UP Budding builders have the opportunity to join the hands-on fun at the LEGO Education Centre. These school holidays children aged seven to 12 will be able to explore the Story Starter Creative Comics Pirate Island workshop, while four to six-yearolds will be thrilled at the opportunity to design and build their own remote controlled DUPLO Tech Machines vehicle in the Crazy Tech Machines workshop. Imaginations will soar in the Cool Creations Mad Machines creative workshop for children aged four to eight.

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ZOOPER DOOPER FUN Zoo super sleuth Barry the Eastern Barred Bandicoot is on duty this winter, providing clues to lead families through some of the zoo’s under cover spaces to find the answer to a very important question.

Eureka Skydeck is one of Melbourne’s most spectacular tourist destinations with breathtaking 360-degree, floor-toceiling views of the stunning Melbourne skyline. On Level 88 of Eureka Tower, Eureka Skydeck is 285 metres above the ground but only a swift 40-second elevator ride away.

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There are 30 viewfinders positioned around Eureka Skydeck helping guests discover places of interest across the city. Once up at Eureka Skydeck, patrons can choose to venture on to the world’s only Edge experience. The Edge is a 3m by

When: Until Friday, July 11. Where: Lego Education Centre, Shop 5/439 Docklands Drive, Waterfront City, Docklands. Bookings: Essential on 9602 1116. Details: www.mooreed.com.au

Clues will be given from special speakers installed around the grounds, giving directions to the next point along the discovery trail. The Undercover Adventure is all about conservation in action. 3m transparent glass cube, which slides out from the building, suspending guests above the Melbourne skyline. Before guests head up to Level 88 they can experience Eureka Skydeck’s brand new Serendipity table located on Level 1. The immersive gesture-sensitive table-top gives guests a top-down view

of Melbourne and many of its landmarks and attractions. EUREKA SKYDECK When: 10am to 10pm daily Where: Level 88, 7 Riverside Quay Southbank, Melbourne Details: www.eurekaskydeck.com.au or 9693 8888.

Following the trail will reveal first the question and then the answer, how everyone can help some precious wildlife keep their homes in the wild. When: 9am-5pm until July 13 Where: Melbourne Zoo Cost: Adults $30, Children under 16 free. Details: www.zoo.org.au


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TOM ELLIOTT WRITES...

WE SHOULD STAY OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST thinking from ‘Contain Communism’ to ‘Fix some of the world’s problems’. As a result America and its allies (the latter composed of varying countries, depending on the conflict) have sent forces into Iraq (twice), Afghanistan (still there after 13 years), Somalia and various territories in the former Yugoslavia. With the exception of the Balkans, which now seems stable, all of these interventions have been expensive, bloody and inconclusive. During Tony Abbott’s recent overseas trip, both Barack Obama and he refused to rule out sending troops back into Iraq. Putting boots on the ground in this violent part of the world would be a colossal mistake. Western powers like the USA and Australia need to be reminded from time-to-time that they are not the world’s policemen. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the West has altered its strategic

In Somalia, for example, many of the warlords in charge during the ‘Blackhawk Down’ era (1992-93) are still fighting each other to the very great expense of the civilian population there. While Western troops are yet to complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan, there is little doubt in my mind that once this pull-out is finished, the Taliban will re-exert their control over the country. And as to Iraq, it is rapidly descending into a slaughterhouse (again) as the

So what to do? Because the US and its allies (of which Australia is one) spend hundreds of billions on defence, it’s tempting for leaders like Obama and Abbott to try and calm various trouble spots. Unfortunately, the worst side to be on in any civil war is the one in the middle. Recent experience in both Iraq and Afghanistan proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that trying to prevent two sides in one country from fighting each other is a fool’s errand. Were Western forces to re-enter the city of Fallujah, for example, they’d temporarily unite the forces currently fighting each other, suffer

ARE WE IN A PROPERTY BUBBLE?

overvalued – but does this necessarily mean we are in a property bubble?

BY SIMON CURTAIN

The other key aspect of an asset bubble is excessive credit.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently released a report showing Australian homes are among the top five most expensive in the world. Over the 12 months to March 2013, property prices rose a further 10.9 per cent across the Country; with price growth in Melbourne and Sydney above average.

The graph below shows the value of real property prices since the early 1900’s to today.

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extremist fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (aka ISIL) battles the Shia government left in place by the now departed Americans. Add to the mix the years long civil war in Syria, plus a variety of insurrections throughout Africa, and all of a sudden the world seems a very violent place.

The median house price in Australia is currently $546,500. This figure is 5.5 times the value of the median household income. In the United States the multiple is 3.4 times. Based on this metric it would appear that the IMF’s claims ring true.

Source: ABS, REIA, Global Financial Data, AMP Capital Investors

As you can see, property prices are currently 13% above their long term trend. Based on this data there is little doubt that Australian property prices are

You will no doubt recall the conditions prior to the Global Financial Crisis (GFC); this was a period of time where banks were giving away NINJA loans. Essentially a NINJA loan meant that you could borrow to buy a house even if you had No Job, No Income and no Assets. Fortunately those days are behind us with Banks and other lenders tightening up their credit lending practices. Prior to the GFC, housing related credit growth was increasing at 20% plus each year. In comparison, over the 12 months to April 2014, housing credit growth increased a more modest 6.1%. We would hardly call this excessive credit growth. So, is this a property bubble?

many casualties and then eventually leave – only the see the civil war resume. The current violence across the Middle East is disturbing and represents an immense human tragedy. Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do about it other than to help pick up the pieces when the fighting eventually ends. It’s simply no longer our job to become involved. Tune in and listen to Tom between 3-6pm weekdays on 3AW’s Drive. Tom Elliott is Director of both MM&E Capital Pty Ltd, a Melbourne based hedge fund, and Beulah Capital Pty Ltd, a private wealth manager.

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We don’t think so While it is clear that property prices are overvalued, there is little evidence to support a rush on credit to get into the market. If anything we are seeing participants pull out of the market as they wait to see what prices will do over the coming months. Although we will eventually see property prices revert to their long term trend, given they are only 13 per cent above average, a reversion would hardly spell a crash in the property market. Instead of a property crash we expect to see house price growth slow over the coming months. This slowdown may be further assisted with a rise in interest rates as economic conditions improve over the remainder of 2014.


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ARTISAN BAKING EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE ALWAYS KNEADED Mill & Bakery is a charming artisan bread house on the waterfront of Central Pier, Docklands. Born from the vision of hospitality experts Atlantic Group [v] of Companies, it delights residents, workers and visitors daily with delicious tastes of countryside Europe. Mill & Bakery, the only bakery in Melbourne to mill its own flour onsite, is privileged to create its beautiful bread products from scratch, offering a daily rotation of artisan breads, pastries and cakes that are made using fresh local and seasonal ingredients. For visitors, the bakery offers a gorgeous destination to enjoy a coffee in a homely ambience surrounded by decorative treasures and mouth-watering aromas wafting from the mini-ovens that sit beside the communal dining tables.

The bakers are visible through large glass windows, and you can watch them crafting beautiful, rustic and authentic artisan breads and pastries daily that embrace the tradition of artisan production and the joy of sharing. For corporate and private groups Mill & Bakery also offers exclusive masterclass experiences to teach groups how to create their own artisan delights at home. These classes run monthly and take participants through the artisan rituals of producing a mouth-watering masterpiece that they will enjoy fresh from the oven with Mill & Bakery’s coffee. To enquire about the masterclasses, call Mill & Bakery on 8623 9693. Mill & Bakery is open from 7am to 4pm seven days a week, but can be available outside of these hours for masterclass events.

WARM UP WITH A WINTER SPECIAL GNOCCHETTI MASTERCLASS

With its waterside location, captivating Melbourne city views and authentic Italian dishes, Va Bene is one of Melbourne’s most charming Italian eateries.

The communal dining space, within the heritage-listed Shed 9 at Central Pier, boasts gorgeous high ceilings, rustic décor and an authentic European charm. The seasonal menu, with a range of gourmet Italian dishes and share plates, boasts a focus on freshness and the ritual of the typical Italian feast, offering a range of options to enjoy, that are all complimented by the in-house range of sauces and condiments. magmedia.com.au

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Va Bene is also proud to offer bespoke catering options to businesses in the Docklands and Melbourne CBD area. So if you can’t go there – they will come to you with a huge selection

from their gourmet pizza, pasta and salad menus. A minimum 24 hours’ notice is required for catering orders. Va Bene is offering a winter special for customers. For lunch or dinner, from Monday to Wednesday until July 31, enjoy either pizza or pasta and beer or wine for just $20. Beer includes Peroni, Menebrea, Messina and wine is house red or white only. For more information or to make a booking, speak to the Va Bene team on 8623 9690.

Campari House head chef, Danny Singh, steps out of the kitchen to teach you how to make the perfect Italian gnocchetti. Learn his tricks of the trade and get hands-on experience preparing your own hand-made pasta. 
 The class includes a glass of sparkling wine, take home recipe, a sample of gnocchetti that Singh will prepare and your very own pasta to take home. When: 4-6pm July 19 Where: Campari House
23-25 Hardware Lane, Melbourne Tickets: $30. Bookings: 9600 1574
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MOTORING REVIEW BY PAUL MARIC LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT In years gone by, the Range Rover Sport was hampered by its weight and sloppiness through corners. This has all changed with the latest generation Range Rover Sport, which has shed up to 420kg and taken on an injection of modern technology and styling. The exterior has been tidied up and now strikes a better balance between luxury and sports. The Range Rover Sport can be optioned with a number of exterior styling packages and larger wheels to suit. Inside the cabin, the array of confusing buttons has been drastically simplified. The central touch screen now integrates a great deal of the car’s functions, such as climate control, audio and navigation. Leg and headroom in the front two seats is excellent with built-in armrests adding to comfort levels. Unfortunately the rear seats are not as spacious. Headroom is adequate, but legroom is lacking, despite the external size of the Range Rover Sport. The new Range Rover Sport range starts from an affordable $102,800 for the TDV6 SE and moves all the way through to the top-spec $182,400 supercharged V8 Autobiography Dynamic.

I spent time behind the wheel of both the mid-spec turbocharged diesel SDV6 HSE and entry level superchargedV8 HSE Dynamic. The two engines use 7.5L/100km and 13.8L/100km respectively. The diesel offering has accelerated to such a high level of refinement that it’s hard to justify spending any extra on a petrol alternative. With 215kW of power and 600Nm of torque, the SDV6 Range Rover Sport puts all the power to the ground thanks to a silky smooth eight-speed automatic gearbox. Those after some more oomph can of course hop into the outrageous supercharged V8 Range Rover Sport, which is raucous, loud and fast. In fact, it’s so fast that it will dash from 0-100km/h in just 5.3 seconds. Either way, the new Range Rover Sport is lighter, faster and better than its predecessor. The ‘sport’ in Range Rover Sport finally serves its purpose. Paul Maric is a Melbourne based, independent motoring journalist & mechanical engineer. VISIT: paul.maric.id.au FOLLOW PAUL ON TWITTER: @PaulMaric

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VULNERABILITY IS AN ACT OF BRAVERY BY DANA ATKIN - PROFESSIONAL KINESIOLOGY PRACTITIONER I see it all the time in the clinic, at home, out in the big wide world. We all think that if we just can hold ourselves together, that what has been overriding our thoughts and emotions will just disappear, or that the people around us will feel better somehow ‘knowing’ we’re OK. But just because they think we’re OK, doesn’t mean that we are actually OK. And just because we’ve managed thus far to hold it all in, it doesn’t mean we don’t, at some point need to let it all go. I’ve witnessed and discussed this very thing over the last few weeks, people

trying to be the ‘responsible one’ or the ‘strong one’ and even ‘the protector’. These are, of course, just titles. Sometimes they are titles that are imposed upon us and sometimes, we impose them upon ourselves and when times are turbulent, these titles become our survival mechanism. “If I just hold myself together for the rest of the week.” If you just hold yourself together for the rest of the week, you give your body another week to hold onto that stress, another week to build it up so that it has no choice but to let it out some other way.

Just because we think we’re holding it together, doesn’t mean our body can do the same. It still requires an outlet for emotion and stress and it will find a way to let it out, somehow through physical symptoms. “It’s not about me, I have to be strong for them.” Actually, it is about you. If you can’t be brave enough to be human, to be vulnerable, then you’re not giving the people around you permission to be vulnerable either and you’re not putting yourself in the best, healthiest position to be strong for them anyway.

The most beautiful thing about being human is perhaps our vulnerability. Anyone can be tough, hold themselves together and pretend like nothing is wrong but it takes someone special to risk being thought of as emotional or vulnerable to help us see and even to some extent remind us that being human is beautiful. Sharing and showing your emotions is not a bad thing, it’s what makes us human and it is what connects us to those around us. Dana Atkin, Dip. Kin Professional Kinesiology Consultant www.danaatkin.com

OUR SPORTING NATION BY TAHLIA MANDIE

Confession: I have not watched one game of the Fifa World Cup. Not one! At one moment, I had a sudden inkling to wake up at 2am to watch Australia play, but, it was quickly shot down.

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For this sleep deprived Mumma, sleep was more important. But, then I got to wondering, am I totally NOT Australian to even care for such a major sporting event? Soccer, cricket, AFL, rugby union, Melbourne Cup… In all honesty, these events have come and gone

through my life without a flinch. However, I am a fan of the Olympic Games, when I get a fleeting moment to watch it. Being in the industry where talking and schmoozing with people is part of my everyday job I have, however, come to realise that if I am not up-to-date (even just marginally) with the current world sporting events, my conversations and interactions are somewhat less successful. Without such sporting ‘ice breakers’, there is this shyness that is silently unspoken within our conversation and

I am left feeling quite silly. Not being a shy person naturally, I am shy in these situations. Being behind the eight ball in a very sporting nation is kinda not the best thing, professionally. So this winter I know I should probably learn about the top five AFL teams and which team is most likely to win. But thinking I know something when I actually have little no idea is probably going to make me sound even more stupid. I may just have to wait until my son is 10 for him to then give me the morning summary.

Tahlia is a writer, columnist and therapist, see more of Tahlia’s work and join the conversation at www.theparentingfiles.com.au


years’ experience to find out the effects the flu has on the body and ways of getting back to exercise quicker.

BY SUZANA TALEVSKI - Television fitness presenter and instructor No-one enjoys being sick, struck down with the dreaded flu. Head pounding, coughing, throat burning ... it’s not fun. But for the exercise addict it’s an absolute nightmare. I had a chat with celebratory personal trainers Luke Hines and Scott Gooding from 2013’s My Kitchen Rules and Nick McDonald, a nurse with more than 20

“During a bout of flu or something similar our body is working hard to combat the virus employing the immune system and its defensive role. If you're experiencing fever-like symptoms it’s best to avoid exercise and in particular strenuous exercise,” Nick said. “If you find that you are experiencing feelings of fatigue and weakness stop immediately, as these can result in poor form in exercises that can cause injuries that will last longer than the flu.”

lowered by strenuous exercise so take it easy on your road to recovery.”

moderate exercise will promote the flow of white blood cells around your system.”

Scott understands how hard it is to stop exercising when you are unwell.

Nurse Nick said that with more than 200 types of the common cold and flu viruses around, it’s hard to avoid catching a cold at least once each year.

“I personally struggle with resting so I empathise with the exerciseaddicted people but going hard will worsen the symptoms and prolong the time you’re unable to train. Listening to and respecting your body will ensure the duration and severity of the flu are kept to a minimum.”

Luke suggests you work with your body rather than against it.

Getting back to exercise should be gradual, Luke said. Your body will tell when it’s ready to go again. But don’t push it too early or you risk prolonging the effects of illness.

“Fighting a virus requires energy, so it’s often a good time to rest and repair. Your body’s immune system can be

“Start off with some moderate exercise such as a jog, swim or bike ride for a maximum of 30 minutes. This type of

FOOD TRUCK TRIAL The hottest meals on wheels will be more accessible to Melbourne foodies as food trucks start serving meals on wheels as part of a three-month trial.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said dining at pop-up food vans was an increasingly popular part of Melbourne’s food culture.

Melbourne’s most popular gourmet food trucks will be serving up burgers, tacos, pizza, dumplings and other takeaway treats at seven sites across the city.

“Food trucks have come a long way from the roadside doughnut stands and fried-food caravans of yesteryear,” Cr Doyle said.

The City of Melbourne has selected 12 gourmet food van operators to operate in three shifts – breakfast, lunch and dinner – at the sites until August. Those operators are: Coffee Peddlr, Happy Camper Pizza, Taco Truck, Gumbo Truck, Bahn Mi Boys, Afrofeast, Lil Nom Noms, Round the Way Bagels, Mister Muesli, Sliders on Tyres, Let’s Do Yum Cha, and Mr Burger.

“Gourmet food vans are a defining part of the culinary scene in global cities such as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and London. Melbourne’s food trucks are some of the best in the business and are an important part of what makes us Australia’s culinary capital.

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LISTEN TO YOUR BODY THIS WINTER “They are easily spread through things like hand contact, coughing and sneezing. “The best way to fight it off is with paracetamol, warming drinks, nasal drops, throat lozenges and, of course, plenty of rest.” Catch Luke and Scott at www.LukeandScott.com Nick Mcdonald is the CEO of Prestige Inhome Care, a private provider of home-based care services www.prestigeinhomecare.com.au

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of thousands of residents, workers and visitors who come to the city every day.” The council will work with operators during the trial to gauge the popularity of sites to establish their long-term viability.

“This trial is the first step towards making the City of Melbourne more welcoming for food truck operators and much more accessible to the hundreds

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NATURAL AND PALM OIL FREE Let’s get the negative stuff out of the way. Following are some disturbing facts about palm oil*: • Palm oil plantations are the main driver for deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia. These two regions account for 85% of global production of palm oil. • The palm oil industry has been terribly devastating for orangutans in Malaysia and Indonesia, accounting for 30% of all forest loss in these two countries between 2005-10.

JANINE PHILLIPS AKA MISS MEANINGFUL

is passionate about philanthropy and business with a love of combining the two living by the motto ‘one devoted person can initiate change’. MAKE SURE YOU VISIT HER BLOG AT missmeaningful.com.au

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• Palm oil and its derivatives are found in around 50% of all packaged foods on Australian shelves. Products such as biscuits, chips, crackers and batters and also toothpaste, soap, shampoo and cosmetics. So now I have your attention I’ll continue with some good news. We don’t have to consume palm oil. We can all get back to basics and support local businesses creating natural products, palm oil-free.

One such company is The Australian Natural Soap Company. Australia is blessed with some of the world’s best natural oils and company owners, Anthony and Emma, decided to use these, creating all natural soaps as well as face and body products. Supporting Australian farmers, with most of their supplies locally sourced, is a key to their success. The duo saw a need for ‘real handmade soap’ so began experimenting with all sorts of natural plant oils and fragrant essential oils. Their passion was ignited as they realised people wanted real products with ingredients they understood. The general feedback is: “I didn’t know soap could feel this good.” To compliment the soaps, they’ve also created an amazing collection of natural skincare called Pharmaoil. All products contain natural and non-toxic ingredients to closely mimic the skin’s own composition. Fast forward six months and their business now has a following of dedicated customers who adore their soap flavour names as

much as the quality of the product. You simply can’t resist the Chai, Seaweed and Avocado soaps, nor the unique special editions such as True Love For Her or Fitzroy Flavour. The soap combinations look and smell good enough to eat and are reasonably priced considering the quantity and quality. Anthony and Emma are enjoying their business growth with the move from home soap making to a new warehouse with a dedication to continuing the creative process as the ‘cooks’. They simply love the experience and gift of making something so real that suits all the family. You can visit The Australian Natural Soap Company at the South Melbourne Market on market day, Rose Street Artists market in Fitzroy on Saturdays and Sundays or purchase from their website www.theansc.com.au *sources: http://www.orangutan.org.au/palm-oil and WWF and the Food and Grocery Council of Australia: http://apo.org.au/research/ palm-oil-australia-facts-issues-and-challenges.


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