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Homescape Magazine Managing Editor Paul McInneny Art Direction Craig Thorne

Welcome to the Winter edition of Homescape Magazine.

Design Craig Thorne Brad Campbell Adelene Alampi

In this edition we feature Rocky Costa’s Toolamba garden. This Edna Walling inspired garden is truly a delight, and Trevor Phillip’s photography has captured the essence of this garden beautifully.

Production Manager Darren Hall Contributing Writers Cheryl Hammer Rhonda Sutton Photography Trevor Phillips Craig Thorne Advertising Sales Lisa Comline

Our cover shows one facet of the Moama Bowling Club’s huge renovation. We feature it in detail and hope our readers will visit the Club to enjoy the atmosphere first hand. Australian champion netballer Sharelle McMahon is our guest in our extended version of “5 minutes with”. All our regular columns appear again with more tips for Travel and Finance, not to mention Health & Wellbeing.

Administration Sharan Rossignoli

We also welcome a new member to the team at Homescape. Carmel Johnson joins us as our new Managing Editor, this will begin from our next issue. Carmel brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team and we look forward to some new and fresh ideas for Homescape.

Advertising Enquiries Lisa Comline - Mob: 0417 557 965

We really hope you enjoy this Winter edition of Homescape Magazine and we look forward to your continued support.

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Post Script: As we went to print, Sharelle McMahon was named as the new captain of Australia’s netball team - congratulations Sharelle.

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Product Space – It’s child’s play

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5 minutes with – Aussie netball champ Sharelle McMahon

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Food & Wine – a visit to Sebastian’s Restaurant

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Gardening Passion – a look at Costa’s beautiful garden

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Architecture – Moama Bowling Club’s facelift

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Building a New Home – an experience to remember with Dennis Family Homes

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Design: In & Out – Michaela Walsh gives us some handy hints on colour

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Health & Wellbeing – Keep fit during & after pregnancy

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Travel & Adventure – a look at what’s hot in travel with Travelscene

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Wealth & Finance - Can you afford to pay for it?

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Guest Chef & Recipe – Pauline Gadsby from Madisons shows her flair

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Sharelle McMahon

M i n u t e s

It’s hard to put a finger on an exact event, but the lessons I learnt while doing athletics training with Debbie Flintoff-King and Russell Parsons were invaluable. Being named in the state team in 1993 lead to my selection into the 17 & Under Australian Talent Identification Squad and an invitation to take up a full-time netball scholarship with the Victorian Institute of Sport.

What do you consider are the highlights of your career so far? There have been a lot, but stand-outs would be winning the 1999 World Championships by one goal and achieving a gold medal at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games in double extra time.

W i t h . . .

In 2005 you put your honeymoon on hold to train for upcoming tests against South Africa and England. How do you balance your professional and private life? We still haven’t been on our honeymoon! It’s challenging balancing the time and commitment I put into my sport and professional life and my family/social life. I’ve learnt how to say ‘no’ when necessary…..and I keep a very up to date diary!! Luckily, as marketing assistant to Netball Victoria, I can take time off work for netball commitments. Photo courtesy of Kangaroo Photos

Australian Netball Champion & Vixens Captain Netball is the most popular women’s sport in Australia, with an estimated one million players nation-wide. It’s a fast, physical and exciting game. Described as “one of the world’s best netballers”, Sharelle McMahon was acting Captain of the Australian Netball team in the Commonwealth Games and is currently captain of Melbourne Vixens.

You started playing netball in Bamawm, near Echuca, when you were seven and later selected in the Victorian and Australian Under 21 teams. How difficult was it to develop your sporting skills whilst living in a small country town? I had a great childhood and sport was a huge part of our lives. I was always active – playing in the backyard, riding bikes or swimming in the channel! This was a really positive environment to grow up in and a great way to develop a range of sporting and life skills.

There are many talented country netballers for whom the costs to reach the elite level are prohibitive. What support is available for aspiring young netballers from the country? Netball Victoria has an extensive Talent Identification Program. Through its “Zone Academy” program talented young netballers access high quality coaching and training sessions with the best netballers in their age group in the area, without having to travel to Melbourne. For me, I remember lots of trips around the countryside and to Melbourne with family and school to participate in sport. This was often tough because of the financial and time pressures but without this support I wouldn’t have achieved what I have in netball.

What advice would you give to young athletes? Work hard towards your dreams and have fun!

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What was your first break into becoming an elite netballer?

What impact do you think that the new Trans Tasman netball competition will have on the local and international netball scene? The ANZ Championships are fantastic for netball. Hopefully the competition will improve the professionalism of the sport and help it attract and sustain healthy relationships with sponsors and partners. It will provide great development opportunities for players both within Australia and New Zealand and internationally. We’ve already seen players from Jamaica, England, Fiji and other countries come in and benefit from the high quality standard of play.

How do you cope with the frequent travel across Australia and New Zealand? I’ve loved the opportunity for travel that my netball career has provided. During the season travel can sometimes be tough in terms of recovery and performance but we have strategies to overcome this.

Do you get home to Bamawm very often? Not as much as I would like but I love heading home to catch up with family and friends.

Many people are disappointed that netball competitions can now only be viewed on pay TV. How can netballers, as Liz Ellis came close to achieving, gain the media profile of footballers and cricketers? We are trying increase the profile of our players and get the message out that netball is a fast, physical, and exciting game. Liz Ellis is a great ambassador for the sport. The deal with Fox Sports was one factor in the sport of netball securing one of the biggest sponsorship deals seen in women’s sport in Australia, with ANZ. This partnership sees financial support being given at an elite and grass roots level.

What are your plans for the future? I am still really enjoying the challenges and fun times that netball gives me, so will hopefully stay involved as a player for a while yet – as long as my body holds up. I look forward to having a family but just need to find a time to fit it in!


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Seba stian’s Rest aura nt, Sheppart on by Cheryl Hammer

An inherent love of serving fabulous food is the secret behind the longevity of Shepparton’s Sebastians Restaurant.

For nearly 30 years two generations of the Mangiameli family have breathed life into their fine dining menus which have kept customers coming back over the decades.

The restaurant’s namesake, Sebastian Mangiameli, watched his parents, Sam and Rosa, work together from 1979 to build the then small dining experience and together with Rosa and Sam sharing the cooking and front of house role.

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Sebastian joined the family business and took over the running of the restaurant for six years in the 1990s

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Today he manages the family’s adjoining motel, Wyndhamere, and leaves the restaurant in the very capable hands of wife Connie, brother Cam, (who joined the business in 1986) and sister-in-law, Angela, who works with two chefs to continue the strong traditional family influences in the restaurant and function room.

A major face lift two years ago, including an al fresco area at the front of the venue, has given the restaurant a modern contemporary feel but the one constant is the a la carte dining experience.

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For nearly three decades Rocky Costa has been able to fulfill his passion for gardening by weaving his green thumb magic over the backyards of many clients throughout the Goulburn Valley. But his most prized project is in his own backyard,

When describing his garden Rocky said “There is

where he has transformed half a hectare of barren,

nothing formal about this garden, I have structure which

weed infested paddock to a lush and tranquil oasis.

makes it pleasing to the eye but I enjoy a rambling, more free flowing style.

Characteristic of the many beautiful, historic Edna Walling gardens throughout Victoria, this piece of rural

Edna Walling is my inspiration. Our styles are very

paradise features semi formal and informal garden

similar and I have found I can draw on her ideas and

beds brimming with time-honoured shrubs and trees

creativeness when I am in the garden.

and traditional varieties of flowers all in his favourite red colour.

You should never be intimidated by other people’s gardens, do your own thing and build your garden for you. That’s the most important thing.” HOMESCAPE Magazine

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Rocky, a self taught gardener, has built this enchanting space with his own bare hands. To make it truly his own it is filled with many sentimental ornaments, quirky and quaint gifts from treasured friends and hand crafted features that “just come to me when I am working in the garden”. A recent project , a low dry stone wall on the south side of the property, consumed more than 20 tonnes of rock, half of which Rocky cartered from the Longwood quarry a tonne at a time. It is capped with Castlemaine stone which was given to him by “a dear friend and kept for just the right purpose” he added. A set of ornate iron panels have been turned sideways and secured as gates which take you to the bottom of the garden - and a round, medieval looking structure doubles as a garden shed. Stone pots from the Cotswolds and a pair of iron cranes, transported all the way back from Byron Bay in the back seat of the family car, are discovered as you wander through the property. There is no rush here.

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Each section of the garden, which is becoming increasingly drought tolerant, is dominated by circles – Rocky’s favoured shape. Affectionately known as “Lord of the Rings”, Rocky confesses to calling his patch “the round garden”. Whether it be a perfectly formed circle of the ground cover Creeping Boobialla (myoporum) around a centre piece, or a manicured piece of lawn fringing a large shade tree, Rocky’s penchant for the round creates a restful place. “The hard lines of geometric gardens all matching and everything in its place is not an inviting garden to me. I like things tidy but I allow them to ramble and change as they please. “I love soft edges, lots of plants for interest and I need space.” Chinese Elms are prevalent due to their hardiness and gorgeous autumn color along with the spectacular Manchurian Pear, Chinese Pistachio and Claret Ash. Thirsty trees such as Silver Birch will be replaced with tougher alternatives.

Natives that blend with the preferred European plantings have started to creep in, with an informal hedge of red Grevillea, Wystringia (native Rosemary) and Emu bush (Eremophila) which doesn’t require any water. Expanses of lawn have given way to garden beds full of bulbs, bushes of Oleander, Indian Hawthorn, May bush, Prunus and Salvia. Abelia makes an easy care hedge as an alternative to box hedge. The conifer, Leighton Green, has been clipped to create a walled space capturing the warmth of the sun – a special place to relax this time of year. The rose, Red Coat, is a favorite and a 10 year old espaliered Crab Apple is a feature from the bathroom window.

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A series of

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Use of stone, especially in low fences or walls and steps.

Dense greenery with few flowers, and a naturalness that softens and unites the garden to its house

Walling created ‘rooms’ in her garden plans. A room may be for the vegetable patch, to encompass a pool, as a place of repose or to be used as a formal space.

Edna Walling is one of Australia’s best loved landscape designers.

She often used pathways to connect these rooms creating the romantic feel Walling sought.

The first impression of a typical Walling garden is of tall trees

The English born Walling made her mark in Australian

gardens at a time when Australians loved all things English and when English migration was at its peak.

softened lines with nooks and crannies to be discovered •

Privacy was always respected by Walling and her gardens reflect this.

Walling’s English style designs complemented the stately manors that were fashionable during the early

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In the first stage of a massive re-development of Moama Bowling Club Sydney’s top designers were asked to create an up-market dining and entertainment venue that reflects the natural environment of the river. The result is arguably the most jaw-dropping piece of commercial architecture in northern Victoria.

Set against stone walls and lustrous timber paneling are sumptuous rugs and furnishings which have been individually designed to suit the space. Chandeliers sculpted from intertwining branches hover over the massive bar.

At one end of the building huge glass doors open to a handsome patio, with stone fireplaces set into walls that jag out from the exterior of the building. With its relaxed seating this elegant outdoor area is a pleasant place to enjoy the sunshine or take a breather from the dance floor.

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There’s a stylish interplay of organic shapes and textures.

A gleaming grand piano is the centrepiece of the Piano Lounge. Comfortable chairs nestle beside gas log fires set in niches in the stone walls, accompanied by low tables crafted from natural timbers.

Nearby is the Players Terrace, where water features line a pleasant courtyard and bring the outdoors in.

With plenty of activities to occupy guests the Moama Bowling Club is an ideal venue for small or large gathering such as weddings, anniversaries, corporate social functions or product launches. The Pavilion Bar can be used in conjunction with the adjoining Jubilee Room for balls or other major events. Alternatively the new Bistro Terrace is available for more intimate private dinner or cocktail parties, with glass doors opening to an attractive outdoor courtyard.

The dramatic interior of the Pavilion Bar is a real show stopper.


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A popular place to meet friends and relax.

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for nursing and medical placements.

Gardens Kialla. The launch of the new Banksia Lodge residence is a The new 10.5 million dollar premises is the culmination

tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff and

of several years of hard work and community support.

more than 140 volunteers and numerous community

Featuring 65 beds, up to the minute recreational

bequests. On behalf of our current and future residents,

facilities, and an enduring commitment to safety, family

the staff, management and board of Shepparton

and comfort, Banksia Lodge represents aged care at

Villages would like to thank the Greater Shepparton

its very best. Of course, that’s exactly what Goulburn

community for their outstanding contributions.

Valley locals have come to expect from all Shepparton Village residences. If you would like to support this wonderful project, fundraising With 650 residents under their umbrella of care,

opportunities still exist. For more information contact:

Shepparton Villages are renowned for their quality services and well-appointed independent living units.

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Each of the Villages’ three locations (Tarcoola Village

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Shepparton, Rodney Park Village Mooroopna and Kialla Gardens Village Kialla) provides state of the art health care and entertainment facilities. From exercise classes and indoor bowls, through to movie nights,

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Living the Lifestyle Dream... The Brookdale From Dennis Family Homes

Hayden Lewis is living his lifest yle dre am in a br and new home made possible by Dennis Family Homes.

Hayden and his young wife, Lara, have built their 26 square

The 26 year old’s first home was a DFH 14 square

home, The Brookdale, at Kialla Lakes in Shepparton and

house and land package which he sold to upgrade into

couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

a larger property due to the couple’s plans to start a family.

It is Hayden’s second foray in building a home with Dennis Family Homes (DFH) and his experiences have

“When we decided to build another home we did look

been so positive he is actually thinking of doing it all

around and talk to many of the home builders but we

over again.

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“We really liked the plans for The Brookdale but we were able to customise many features of the home as well. A lot of the other houses we looked at were pretty much locked in design,” Hayden says. But the biggest consideration for the couple was the fixed cost DFH could offer them. “So many others gave us a ball park figure for the project but could not lock a price in for us to work on. It was very frustrating. “In the end, when you know there are no big surprises at the end of the job, that the price given is what it will cost and that is real peace of mind,” Hayden added. The home construction was an exciting time. An open line of

communication with the building supervisor

meant that at every stage Hayden and Lara were consulted and there were no hold ups or fix ups due to this process.

to customise many features of the home as well.” “We always felt we were kept informed and in the loop with our house. Both experiences with this company have been fantastic. We would recommend them to anyone.” The Brookdale is a modern contemporary home with open plan living spaces, four bedrooms, the master bedroom with an ensuite and a decked outdoor area under the roofline. The Lewis’ loved the layout of the home with the master bedroom at the back and direct access onto the outdoor decking. A living room at the front of the home has been turned into a home theatre and the kitchen dining area is big enough for a dining table.

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With the addition of Hayden and Lara’s seven month old baby boy the space is perfect for a growing family. The last project for Hayden now is to finish the landscaping in the backyard, but already he and Lara are planning their next project. “We are not afraid to build again. We have been very lucky with our experience with Dennis Family and we have some bigger and better ideas for the next project,” Hayden says confidently. “We just have to find the right spot to do it and I know Dennis Family Homes can help us with that too.”

“We are not afraid to build again. We have been very lucky with our experience with Dennis Family Homes”

Photography courtesy of Dennis Family Homes

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Design: in out

Let Your Colours Shine Colour! What a dull world it would be without it. Colour can dictate our moods, influence the way we think and portray much about our personalities. That is why it is so important for us to choose colour carefully when designing and decorating our homes and work spaces. The colour of walls, furnishings and accessories should reflect ones personality making it easy to live in Interior designer, Michaela Walsh, is an advocate for choosing what YOU like, not what is in fashion. This is more important than ever when choosing colours. “Your personality comes from your life experiences and colours in your living and work spaces should reflect that. Everyone has their own sanctuary colours. “Sure it is great to be “in the look” but what about your personality? Does the trend suit you? Are you comfortable in that look?

“That’s how I created the term ‘sanctuary colours’.” When working with clients, Michaela strives to create the perfect balance for the family or group by introducing a harmonious blend of their sanctuary colours. “These colours are chosen because of the effect they have on the client – to relax, to energise, to inspire – but most of all because that is what they are comfortable in.” Michaela shares her observations of how people react differently to colour.

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D e s i g n :

“For instance red can be exciting for one but over the top for another. Some would consider using bold colours like red as courageous, but when used correctly it is actually the best option, when using white may highlight problem areas.”

overwhelming influence on the way most of us act, but we must not become inhibited about using colour,” Michaela says. “Children are influenced by primary colours that are as bright and pure as they are but as we travel through life

Terracotta - reminiscent of the red

our preferences change.”

earth of the hot, dry Australian landscape,

I n & O U t

“I understand that some colours do have an

from the bush to the bricks in our urban cities, “They generally change toward the more subtle hues

it has a stimulating effect on us.

of these primary colours and sometimes depending on our experiences, our preference can change totally.”

Green is alive, growing and always restful. It helps us to reenergise and is perfect for the busy and over stimulated among us. “Given that we like to live harmoniously within our environment, taking notice as to what makes us smile and feel good is the first step to achieving our sanctuary colours.” The skill is where, when and how much of these colours we should use and what responses we want from them? “So my advice is to get advice and let your colours shine.”

Neutral schemes help to create a stylish and minimalist

To discuss your colour requirements,

look and are compatible with those personalities who

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enjoy order and calm.

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colour and texture. Think of the sea and its blues, turquoise, teal, and sapphire. All can evoke childhood memories of happy holidays.

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Health Wellbeing

Forever Fit – What Bliss! When Fiona Wallace decided to loose weight and get fit after her second baby, she underestimated how setting that goal would change her life. She now has three children, has competed in her first triathlon and has turned her passion for fitness into a business, Bliss Fitness and Wellbeing. “I had been fairly unfit all my life, not sticking to any exercise routine for long but when I started seeing results at the gym after my second

“I competed in my first triathlon about 12 months after

baby, I was hooked.

and then studied to open my business.” Fiona is serious about keeping fit and healthy during and after pregnancy and she can empower others to do the same through a range of classes and programs she offers at her private studio. “I work on a complete sense of wellbeing, being happy

“I work on a

and healthy, as well as fit, during and after pregnancy.

complete sense of wellbeing, being happy and healthy,

“My goal is to empower others to cherish life and enjoy health, fun, food, fitness and family in their lives– a balance of mind, body and spirit.”

as well as fit, during and after pregnancy”

Bliss Fitness and Wellbeing is designed to create a comfortable and relaxed environment for pregnant women, women with babies and other women that may be uncomfortable in a gym situation. The classes are designed and instructed by Fiona to meet the client’s individual needs and level of fitness, so its like having a personal trainer rather than participating in a large class situation. “We don’t have any intimidating equipment and our small groups are a more friendly way to exercise. It is also social interaction for women who have things in common, being able to share experiences and information,” Fiona says. [hs]

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H e a l t h

Calling All Mums A challenging work out with a small group of like minded women was exactly what young mum, Rochelle Telford,

&

was looking for when she decided to start exercising again after her third baby.

and she jumped at the chance to get fit again. The program has been developed to cater for time poor mothers of all ages who want better fitness and improve their shape.

Personal trainer and Instructor, Kym Hanley, says GI Mums is a very social way to exercise and the

“It was just what I needed at the time. I could put my

camaraderie among the group keeps everyone

three children in the crèche and get a fantastic work

challenged and motivated.

out in the hour long session.

W e l l b e i n g

With baby Austin just 10 weeks old, Rochelle was introduced to the program, GI Mums, at Aquamoves

GI Mums is perfect for those who might be intimidated “I had committed to be there three times a week for

by the more intense programs such as Boot Camp or

the five weeks and I saw fantastic results in that time,”

the much larger classes held throughout the gym.

Rochelle says. Much of the program is conducted outdoors offering In fact the 29 year old improved her fitness level by 49

a variety of challenging activities and having fun is

per cent in areas of cardio, strength and flexibility.

compulsory.

“I think this program gave me a much better result in a

“We saw fantastic results in the first group with one

quicker time than I would have managed on my own. I

mother of a six week old baby improving her fitness by

would recommend it to anyone who needs a kick start

34 per cent and losing five kilograms. Another woman

back to fitness.”

who was quite fit when she joined had a 21 per cent increase in fitness.” “It is more like personal training than a class. It is hard work but I feel a huge sense of achievement and I am well and truly back on track with my fitness,” says a happy Rochelle.

It’s a five week program that starts on:

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Health Wellbeing FOR THE PUREST... TOUCH & HUG

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Parents should also be always aware of checking their babies for overheating, especially during the warmer months. To ensure that your child is in the appropriate clothing /linen for their environment, there is a European warmth rating measurement called a TOG.

Everybody knows that cotton is the best natural material for baby wear, however not all cottons in the world are created equal!

This system is simple to understand, the higher the TOG rating the warmer the product on your child.

The feel of the finished products, without using dyes or harmful chemicals, is so soft and gentle. The cotton fibres rich in vegetable proteins gently caress the baby’s delicate skin. So it is just right for your newborn baby!

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Travel Adventure

Enchanting Europe, by River The stunning scenery, history, architecture and culture are

The boutique size of these ships offers a personal cruise

stand-outs in their own right, but when you add the comforts of

experience as well as allowing the ships to enter central ports

a luxury rivership, cruising the grand rivers of Europe becomes

which are often denied to larger ships. They will be the last

a very special experience.

ordered from the water in adverse conditions or when levels are low and they manoeuvre easily around bends and into

From the decks, lounges or cabins, glide quietly by vineyards,

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castles clinging to cliff faces, forests and villages which make river cruising so enchanting.

Custom-designed French Balconies in most staterooms and suites and less passengers on board ensure the ships

It is a comfortable, serene and beautiful trip with land excursions

boast more floor space per person in both public areas and

set to a relaxed timetable.

suites than on almost any other European river ship, says the Australian family-owned APT.

This special group departure runs over 15 days, cruising first on The Blue Danube, then Mine Danube Canal and Main

The French balcony design also ensures passenger views from

River, onwards to the Rhine, disembarking along the way to

inside the room are not be impeded by a balcony.

visit Bratislava Castle and its views overlooking Slovakia, Austria and Hungary; Vienna, Melk’s magnificent Benedictine

Life on board is what you make of it. As well as lounges and

Abbey, Mozart’s birthplace Salzburg, the Imperial Castle at

bars, the ship features a glassed in wellness area for fitness

Nuremberg, the walled medieval city of Rothenburg, the old

work-out, a relaxing massage, or a beauty treat. Why not do

Franconia town of Miltenberg, 2000 year-old Koblenz finishing

the lot?

in Amsterdam. Or, take a complimentary bicycle on board for independent A special treat in Budapest is a private music performance by

explorations on shore. Off you go under your own steam for a

the Hungarian State Opera over a glass of champagne.

pedal around cities like Amsterdam, Budapest and Vienna.

The trip is on board APT’s own ms Amadagio, ms Amalegro,

While the timetable is fixed, Freedom of Choice – at no extra

ms Amacello, ms Amalyra, ms Amadolce or ms Amadante,

cost – presents optional excursions at many stops on APT’s

75-cabin riverships purpose built by APT World Discoveries in

“Exclusive Sailings”, which mean only Australian and New

partnership with Amadeus Waterways, one of Europe’s most

Zealanders are on board.

experienced rivership operators. Regardless, Europe looks marvellous from the water! These ships are stylish “holiday homes”. Stateroom and suites feature plush bedding, down pillows and duvet, flat-screen TV with local and satellite channels and internet access if you find the need to connect to your family back home and report (quietly brag, perhaps) the trip experiences.

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Wealth Finance You’ve found a property, but...

Can you afford to pay for it? Borrowing

The first step is saving enough money for a deposit. The more that you can contribute the lower your costs will be.

Savings Strategies 1. Assess your current spending habits and identify areas where you can consistently tighten the belt. Try to replace some essential items with cheaper alternatives. 2. Many people incur penalty fees for dipping into an overdraft or overspending on credit cards. Try to eliminate such waste. 3. Consolidate debt. You can often reduce the interest you are paying by simply placing all your debt in one loan or with one financial institution. The loan aside, you will need cash to meet other costs such as stamp duty, conveyancing and other legal fees.

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When applying for a loan, try to gather the following documentation:

deal. Lenders may impose a borrowing limit based on a percentage of pre-tax income; for example, 30 per cent. If your pre-tax income is, say, $50,000 a year, your maximum repayment could be about $1250 a month. The interest rate on the mortgage you choose will dictate your borrowing power for that level of monthly repayment. If you are buying an investment property, financial institutions will often let you count a certain percentage of the property’s rental as income. Visit a range of financial institutions, including credit unions, building societies and banks. Ask some basic questions of your lender: • • • • •

What loan options are available? What will my repayments be? What deposit is required? What are the fees and charges? What are the loan conditions and penalties?

When you have selected a lender, get a clear statement of their approval conditions in writing.

What Lenders Want Lenders take into account four main considerations when assessing a loan application: Capacity - Can you afford to repay the loan? Character - Are you a good financial risk? Do you have a history of paying your debts?

The Case for Credit Unions Credit unions, like the GMCU, are financial co-operative institutions owned and operated by the people who save and borrow with them. Australia’s credit unions have a network of more than1000 branches and agencies throughout the nation. They are democratic, member-owned financial institutions that focus on the members they serve.

F i n a n c e

Investigate your home loan options thoroughly. The market is extremely competitive, so shop around for the best

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Choosing a Lender

• Bank account statements and any loan or credit account details; • Proof of any assets such as shares; • An estimate of your monthly household expenses and a summary of assets and liabilities; • Copies of your pay slips; and • Recent tax returns and group certificates.

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The Paper Chase

Credit union members can borrow and deposit on reasonable terms and expect competitive rates and account-keeping charges because there are no external shareholders demanding dividends. In addition to providing a range of home loan options, many credit unions will help you set a budget and make sure the loan repayments are right for your circumstances. Many also offer building and contents insurance. For a free full educational booklet on Buying Property visit www.gmcu.com.au. There are also other educational booklets on Budgeting, Buying a Car, Wealth Creation and many more.

S O L D

Collateral - Is the property you are buying adequate security for the money you are borrowing? Capital - What you already own. HOMESCAPE Magazine

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The team at Metzke + Allen have expanded!

Metzke + Allen is a well respected Chartered Accounting firm with offices located in Shepparton and Melbourne.

Since

1960, when the firm was first established under the name of Wilson, Dandby and Giddy, the current day Metzke + Allen has evolved and developed into a firm with a long history of nurturing their strong client relationships with long established client groups in the local and wider community. It prides itself on providing a comprehensive range of professional services designed to meet the challenging demands of both local and national clients. In a number of cases, Metzke + Allen has been providing these services to fourth generation clients. The firm provides specialist accountancy, taxation, management consulting and audit services to both the private and government sectors. It also offers other services including superannuation administration of self managed superannuation funds. Through the financial planning arm, Metzke + Allen Financial Advisers Pty Ltd, an authorized representative of Financial Wisdom, offers a wide range of specialist financial advice. The firm’s current directors, Frank Metzke and Russell Allen are pleased to announce an exciting new direction for the firm with the addition of three new directors. Michelle Collins, Michael Milne and Gavin Napier will be joining the firm as directors as of July 1 2008. Michelle, Michael and Gavin have been valued employees of Metzke + Allen over many years, each contributing with a wide range of experiences, and are now taking a new step in their career by joining existing directors Frank Metzke and Russell Allen to expand the services that Metzke + Allen have to offer.

L-R: Frank Metzke, Michael Milne, Michelle Collins, Russell Allen, Gavin Napier They have contributed significantly with the development and growth of the firm and will continue to be an integral and influential part of the team. Together they will bring their youthful enthusiasm, industry knowledge and expertise to the firm which are all attributes Frank and Russell believe will further enhance Metzke + Allen’s services to each of their valued clients. The offices and staff at Metzke + Allen specialize in offering the following services, including:

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The firm also offers a complete package of superannuation administration functions, ranging from establishment of a superannuation fund to annual reporting requirements. Each and every one of the 37 staff at Metzke + Allen enjoy the challenge of solving business issues and working with their clients to provide innovative solutions to meet their expectations. So come and see the new Metzke + Allen team for their business and financial solutions this financial year.

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R E C I P E

“Let’s do Lunch” PHIL & PAULINE INVITE YOU BACK

Rico tta Gno cchi with Tom ato & Basi l Nap oli Sauc e Serves Recipe supplied courtesy of Madisons Food Store. Four Gnocchi Foodies with an appetite for natural and fresh ingredients, gourmet style meals, desserts and a range of quality condiments will be in heaven at Madisons Foodstore. The modern contemporary food store / café is the latest venture of Shepparton duo Phillip and Pauline Gadsby. It is a one stop gastronomic shop for families wanting to take home a freshly cooked meal, hungry workers at lunchtime and those organising a business function. Full catering for business and private events and a take home service of gourmet meals are two main features of the new food store which buzzes daily with customers who have discovered Pauline’s hand made desserts. The café is also stocked full of condiments like relish, olives, pesto, conserves, mustards and chocolates, coffee beans and cheeses.

• 600 grams fresh Ricotta • 2 x Eggs - small • ½ Cup Grated Parmesan • ½ Cup Plain Flour • Salt & Pepper to taste • Extra Parmesan (if required)

Directions

• Combine fresh ricotta, eggs, flour, parmesan, salt & pepper in a large bowl. • If needed add a little more flour to bind the dough together. • Then roll into small round dumplings, once finished cover and refrigerate (30 Mins). • Bring a large pot of salted water (1 tsp salt) to the boil, and then gently place each gnocchi in • Once they rise to the surface of the water, remove with a slotted spoon. • Plate gnocchi and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese and hot Napoli sauce.

Tomato & Basil Napoli Sauce

• 3 x 400gram tins of SPC crushed tomatoes • 3 x large onions • ½ handful of fresh basil • 4 x cloves of garlic (finely chopped) • ½ glass red wine (optional) • Olive oil - for frying • Salt & pepper to taste.

Directions

• In a heavy based pot, fry off onions and garlic in olive oil. (Note: do not brown the garlic as it will have a bitter taste) • Add the red wine (if desired) along with the tomato’s and basil. Cook for approximately 1 hour or until the sauce has reduced to a thick consistency.

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• If you do not like the taste of basil, you can substitute it with fresh parsley. • When tomatos are in season (during the summer months) you may like to substitute your tinned tomato’s for fresh. You will need to keep them on a fast simmer to reduce them to the correct consistency. HOMESCAPE Magazine

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