THE HOBART MAGAZINE
/ December 2019: ISSUE 11
I N D E P E N D E N T + LO C A L
Z indzi O k en yo O n P lay S c h ool , h ip h op and li v in g a creati v e life
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This month we get the lowdown on the busy life of Zindzi Okenyo, a talented actor, singer and PlaySchool presenter who spent her formative years in Hobart. We head north to try Launceston’s delicious Timbre Kitchen and chat with New York Times bestselling author, Eve Rodsky about navigating tricky conversations at home.
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WHAT'S INSIDE... 03 Welcome 04 Letters 06 Local Lad 08 Local Lady 10 Hobart Happenings 14 Cover Story - Zindzi Okenyo 18 Calendar 22 Feature - Mainsplaining 24 Feature - Eve Rodsky 26 Dining Out 36 Feature - Small space living 28 Science - Carbon offsets 29 Feature - Coworking 30 Christmas in Hobart 32 Travel Off The Island 38 Madame Saisons 40 Feature - Alistair Douglas 42 History 43 Photos River Derwent, New Norfolk
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FROM North Hobart Interview Stephanie Williams
hen you get along to The Taste of Tasmania this year you’ll be enjoying the fun and sweet sounds Sam Cole has curated in the entertainment program.
What do you love about the suburb you live in? Live music every night of the week, just a five minute walk from home. What’s the best thing about Hobart? Most things you want/need are less than a big city daily commute away. And the worst? No international flights. Tell us a little about your work? I work in the Arts which means I do many things and get to work with many different people in different scenarios, all with a different set of rules and outcomes. As a job title I work in entertainment programming for festivals/events/venues and production management for festivals/events/ contemporary dance. I’m currently working as the Entertainment Programmer for The Taste of Tasmania which has been a pretty special journey. I have had the privilege to work with hundreds of Tasmanian performers to put together this year’s program of Tassie music, circus, dance, short film, storytelling and a heap more from all over the state, even King Island. Where’s your favourite eatery? As a proud fondue pot collector, I like to finish an evening at Fondrus in North Hobart once a month. Drink of choice and where do you head for it? I like good Tasmanian Cider at quite a few great hangouts in Tassie and increasingly interstate. Oddfellows, Lone Star Ranch, Tommy McHugos, St Johns, Republic Bar, Pablos Cocktails & Dreams, The Whaler, The Winston in Tassie, Brunswick St Cider House in Melbourne and Sappho Books in Sydney. Guilty pleasure? I like to go see Comedy at the Polish Club in New 6
Town and play the Mr Cash-a-lot 25c ticket games in the members room. What do you never leave home without? A Sharpie. When there's nothing to do, I . . . There's always something to do! Favourite Hobart secret? Fern Chutney, a Tasmanian band from the golden days of Hobart. What do you love doing outside work? Definitely cooking new things for people. Quote to live by? “From little things bigs things grow.” ■ The Taste of Tasmania is on from 28 December until 3 January. thetasteoftasmania.com.au
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Program but now I am heading home to give some attention to my home state. I will be working as a street medicine doctor with Moreton Group Medical Services and you might see me and other GPs in Hobart and the surrounds bringing care to the vulnerable Hobartians.
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Meg McKeown from Lenah Valley Interview Stephanie Williams
Drink of choice and where do you head for it? For a good coffee with a view I love to head to the Mt Nelson Signal Station. For a gin or other Tasmanian drink I will be in Gold Bar, Hobart's own speakeasy.
aving just spent a year in Antarctica, Dr Meg is ready to get back to her patients and passion projects in Hobart.
Guilty pleasure? Devouring a vanilla slice from the bakery inside Hill Street or hot chips from the Corner Bite in Lenah Valley.
What do you love about the suburb you live in? We are in Lenah Valley, right on the edge of the Mountain, and I can go for a run through the bush; but equally we are close enough to Cornelian Bay to go for a run by the river. I love being so close to nature whether it be the water or the trees.
What do you never leave home without? I never leave home without saying goodbye to my little border terrier Wurzel.
What’s the best thing about Hobart? I grew up on the North West Coast of Tasmania and moved away to the mainland after school to study Veterinary Science, something I couldn't study in Tassie. I lived away for 20 years but have been back for 7 years now. Hobart has always been a happy place for me to visit when I lived interstate. Now I am back, my husband Graeme and I are lucky enough to call Hobart home.
Favourite Hobart secret? More of a fun fact than a secret and I hope one day it is true again but in the 1800s: "there was a time when residents of the Hobart suburb of Taroona complained of being kept awake by the sounds of whales snorting in the River Derwent".
And the worst? I don't like the way the housing crisis is accelerating, I worry about this aspect of Hobart. Tell us a little about your work? I am not a vet anymore after returning to uni to study medicine in 2006, I am now a GP. I have just spent 12 months in Antarctica as an Expedition Medical Officer for the Australian Antarctic 6 8
Where’s your favourite eatery? I am so excited to get back to Hobart and see all the new eateries. I hear the Red Square Precinct at Macquarie Point has come alive and I can't wait to see how it has changed while I have been in Antarctica. I have heard good things about the coffee and snacks at Evan's Street Eatery there.
When there's nothing to do, I . . . Have a nap!
What do you love doing outside work? Outside my paid work I busy myself with a charity I cofounded called Sportula Microgrants. It is a Tasmanian grass roots charity that helps make life better for the medical students while they study at the University of Tasmania. Seeing medical students make it through their studies and become junior doctors has been very rewarding. Quote to live by? "Do what you can, with what you've got, where you are" Theodore Roosevelt 1913. ■
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Christmas lights Don’t drive around aimlessly, head to www. christmaslightsearch.com.au. Add your address to get on the map! E-bikes Talk of UTAS helping their staff to lease an e-bike to ease our road congestion is a step in the right direction. Cool canteen Hats off to St Mary's College for their new sustainable spread, all made onsite with sustainable packaging and locally sourced ingredients.
Ramping With the RHH helipad to open soon, will there be a queue there too? Bye bye Bellamy's It's sad to see a much loved Tassie brand being swallowed up by China.
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Made to fit
When you think of dance companies, do you picture young kids in leotards looking for a future on the stage? Well, a contemporary dance company based in Hobart is about to give you a different perspective. Mature Artists Dance Experience, or MADE, is one of Australia’s leading companies in the field of dance for older artists, and it’s based here in Hobart. The company regularly collaborates with internationally acclaimed choreographers and their new double bill season, with two cleverly named dance works, is no exception. MADE TO LAST is fierce and funny, from UK choreographer and larger-than-life performer, Liz Aggiss, a mature artist with work spanning over five decades. And HandMADE is a new work by exciting Tasmanian dance maker Emma Porteus. Emma likes to co-create with the dancers, so everything in HandMADE comes from the skilled Hobart performers. These mature dancers are very brave and open, and explore ideas that relate to cycles and rhythms of life. Catch these two works at the Moonah Arts Centre from 12 – 14 December.
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Congratulations to Hobart school students (and their families and supporters) for their contribution and commitment to the School Strike For Climate protests
to date. It seems the Prime Minister is starting to listen - he just put $1 billion in the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (the same fund Tony Abbott sought to abolish!). This is a direct result of your voice being heard and for that you should be very proud. Don't stop serving it up.
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Who is this mystery Hobart woman?
The young woman in this photo, believed to be taken in around 1953, was the ‘belle’ of a reader’s father, now deceased. The woman also features in a short film taken of the couple whilst holidaying on the Gold Coast. Our reader is keen to discover who the young woman is. If still alive she would probably be in her late 80’s or early 90’s. If you have any leads to help solve this mystery, email editor@thehobartmagazine. com.au
Did we really need a big campaign from Hobart City Council to tell us to put our food scraps in the green bin? Obviously it’s great that organic material is being put to better use, but the strategy to introduce a new plastic bin to every household needs to be questioned. Given the upcoming ban on single use plastic within the municipality, perhaps all residents should’ve been encouraged to find an existing container to set aside for scraps. It must’ve been expensive to buy all the new bins?
Way to go, slow We recently shared here that Paul and Kaye Gilhooly made an epic journey on foot from Canterbury in the UK to Rome. Spoiler alert...they made it! But not without some blood, sweat and blisters. Kaye shared, “On leaving Canterbury our first encouraging signpost said, 2,000 kms to Rome…almost there! This was just the first of 93 days of walking, across 4 countries, to complete the Via Francigena, an old pilgrim way from Canterbury to Rome.” Paul (61 years) and Kaye (58 years) were significantly older than most walkers they met along the way. “This heightened our sense of achievement when on 10 September this year, we entered St Peter’s Square in Rome with elation, relief and sadness that the walk was now finished.” Get an insight into their journey on Instagram @thegoddesswalkstorome
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Zindzi Okenyo Interview Stephanie Williams
â€œIt doesn't really get any more thrilling and terrifying!â€?
epending on what stage of life you’re at, Zindzi Okenyo will be familiar for different reasons. Having spent formative years in Hobart, Zindzi is now an accomplished actor, RnB/hip hop musician and PlaySchool presenter.
You’ve lived in a few places around Australia. How did Tassie make that list? My mum remarried when I was 13 and we moved down to Hobart where my stepdad was working. After moving around a lot it was really nice to stay in Tassie for the whole of high school. Hobart is such a gorgeous place to grow up, the air is so fresh and it felt so lucky to have so much access to nature and quiet. Where did you go to school here? The Friends' School. Absolutely loved it there! It’s an incredible learning environment, very nurturing.
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Has that time contributed to your creative life? Definitely. In year 10 I’d realised I really wanted to become an actor so I focused as much energy as I could in that direction. The facilities there are incredible and it was a definite privilege to be afforded that kind of education. I also had such support from my drama teachers, in particular Tammy Giblin who I remember stayed after hours to coach me for my National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) auditions. I got into both schools and contribute a lot of that time to the focus and support I had from teachers and family. Having support and encouragement is paramount and I feel very fortunate to have had it from the very beginning. You ended up studying at NIDA in Sydney. What was the catalyst for that? Ultimately I just really wanted to be an actor and saw studying as the most direct route. When I arrived at the school I had just turned 18 and had no idea of the expanse of The kids love Zindzi
things I was about to learn. It was a good time to go, young and single-focused, I was incredibly porous. It was such a treat to have my life be so consumed by my passion and obsession. That time was also a coming of age. Over a decade on, the friends I still have from that period are very dear to me. It's excellent to see them out in world striving and succeeding. Which acting role have you been most proud of? I did a one woman show for State Theatre South Australia called Random by Debbie Tucker Green. It was a shame because a lot of my peers in Sydney didn't get to see it but I'm really proud of achieving such a feat. At least 20 characters and one actor. Every time I'm scared of doing something I always remember I did that, so it doesn't really get any more thrilling and terrifying! How did PlaySchool come about? I’ve heard it’s a pretty coveted gig. They hold auditions very rarely. I knew I was right for it but I still had a lot to prove. I was exceptionally nervous at my callback audition to the point of having shaking hands and I thought that I had absolutely stuffed it! Luckily the director at the time, Karen Gail, saw past the nerves and I got the job. It's really such a joy to be part of, especially when we had the 50th anniversary a few years back. It means so much to so many Australians, young and old, I feel so fortunate to be part of something so iconic, challenging and fun. Your new show PlaySchool Art Time take kids deeper into art theory, but in a fun way - was that the plan? It’s well-loved in our house. So glad it's a hit in your household! Yes that was absolutely the plan. The ABC is such a champion of the arts and sees it as a vital part of society, so I believe it to be a genuine attempt to encourage children to expand their minds when it comes to art and being an artist. It's incredible to have significant Australian artists and their art on the show because it shows children its importance in culture and also as a career path. I love seeing their work properly framed or presented in a real way, I think it's so encouraging and fun. The children were exceptional, very focused and free, and the work they produced was out of this 15
world. It was a great reminder that the imagination has no bounds and as adults, at some point, we begin to shut that down but it needn't be that way. Who is your favourite PlaySchool cast member? Jemima of course! She's so versatile, sweet, fun and tough.
I think many people can identify with your lyric in Woman’s World, “I’m a very busy woman with a lot on my plate.” What does daily life look like for you? Stupidly busy! I think with that line I created a monster! In seriousness though, I’ve always thrived by being engaged and doing something. When we were young, my siblings and I were not allowed to say we were bored. I think the last time I said that was probably when I was six years old. It was such a good lesson, to continue to open my eyes and find something to do. I have learnt how to take breaks and not run myself into the ground, which is hard because the industry I work in requires a constant hustle. I’m currently touring nationally with Much Ado About Nothing for Bell Shakespeare in over 100 performances. I'm also writing my debut album. I love that mothers have identified with that line in the song because to be honest, they are the ultimate, amazing, busy woman. Who do you find recognises you publically most theatre goers, under-sixes or music fans? It's becoming a mix but I would probably say because of the scope of generations - PlaySchool takes the cake! Artistically, where do you feel most comfortable and where do you feel challenged? 16
“I’m a very busy woman with a lot on my plate.” Great question. I feel quite comfortable in the practice of theatre because I’ve done it for so long now and very consistently. Strangely, I feel challenged when I’m not being challenged. It’s such an important thing to evolve as an artist, and as I evolve as a person I need new things to challenge me. At the moment it's becoming clear that I crave to be creating work with like minds, minds that are striving for the same things as me - to question, to interrogate why we make art and why we tell the stories we tell. I’m hoping 2020 will be a year in which I can find out many new things about making art and what’s possible. When you hit Hobart, where do you like to visit? I always go down to Fish Frenzy because I used to work there when I was a teenager. Can't leave Hobart without eating those chips! Always get out to MONA for the art of course but I absolutely adore that architecture. But my favourite place is a cafe in New Norfolk, at my family's cafe Black Swan (formerly known as Badger's Bike Cafe) and although I’m biased and love my brother making me coffee, I can say it is such a lovely space to spend time in. Worth the trip out of town for sure. ■
Zindzi’s new single Eyes to the Sky is out now. Check out okenyo.com
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You’re an accomplished musician, releasing your first single in 2013. How do you describe your style? My style has changed a lot since I started writing but I would say it has always sat somewhere within the RnB, Hip Hop world. Being a musician is mostly for me to have another outlet to my artistry. Yes they are songs, but it's another chance for me to push myself creatively. It's a different medium to acting however. It's really beneficial for me as the artist in the middle of it all to be learning from different disciplines and seeing how they interact. Having recently switched into mostly rapping, I’m loving the play and freedom that comes with that kind of poetry.
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Guess My Accent, Hobart's Language Exchange Group meet at Hobart Brewing Co tonight (and every second Wednesday).
Moonah Community Radio, a temporary station by radio queens Sisters Akousmatica, on at Moonah Arts Centre until 14 Dec.
The 40th annual MRA Toy Run is on today delivering gifts, toys, clothes and tinned food for the Salvos to share with kids in need.
Visit TMAG today for the Hydro Tasmania Discovery Day, for the opening weekend of their new exhibition exploring Tasmania’s west coast.
Sing your heart out at the carols tonight, from 6pm at the West Hobart Recreation Ground.
Be uplifted by Handel’s Messiah at St David’s Cathedral, where the Argyle Orchestra and choir come together for this Christmas classic.
The Melbourne City Ballet presents The Nutcracker at Theatre Royal with a joyous explosion of colour on stage.
Celebrate Christmas Eve at Blundstone Arena as the Hurricanes take on the Renegades from 2:45pm. Go the ‘Canes!
The 75th annual Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race starts today. Check out the dockside action as boats sail in.
Get down to The Taste of Tasmania tonight to celebrate New Years Eve, the ticketed event features 100% Tassie talent.
Got an event coming up in Tassie? Email us at editor@ thehobartmagazine.com.au
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Witness Australia’s best cyclists battling it out in The Spirit of Tasmania Cycling Tour. Richie Porte and Cadel Evans are past winners.
Shop at Burnie’s Santa-sized version of Tasmania's favourite handmade and design market, Niche, from 10am.
With a theme ‘A Very Marjorie Christmas’, the QVMAG Friends Christmas Party will be a hoot. Tickets essential.
Steel yourselves, Tasmanian Animal Rescue, Rehabilitation & Education Services hosts a Venomous Snake Handling course today at 10am.
Is there a better Xmas film than Love Actually? Get along to the outdoor cinema at Josef Chromy Wines, Relbia.
Watch the Irish dancers grace the stage for A Celtic Christmas in Launceston tonight and Devonport tomorrow.
The 2019 Burnie Carols by Candlelight are on tonight at 7pm at Burnie Park. Ho, ho, ho.
Celebrate with friends and family at the Launceston City Community Christmas, a free event, organised by five wonderiful charities.
Herald in the new year with fireworks, food and family fun at Sea FM City of Devonport SKYFIRE 2019.
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Mainsplaining explained Words Carla Grossetti
he irony is not lost on Sydney-based journalist Carla Grossetti as she investigates the colloquial usage of the term 'mainsplaining' using her 'big island' expertise. At the time this issue went to print, the word 'mainsplaining' was un-Googleable. But if you bandy the colloquial term about offline in Tasmania, you would most certainly be met with a knowing nod. The verb is a subtle variation on the Urban Dictionary-defined slang word 'mansplaining' (a man stating facts to a woman in a way that is condescending), but the patronising superiority in this case is being delivered to a Taswegian by an Australian from the mainland. For the purposes of this story, consider the mainlander to be somewhat of a natterjack (a curiously pop-eyed toad) who hops about the island of Tasmania comparing things with how they are in Melbourne or Sydney. It was during an interview with Massimo Mele a few months ago that this journalist first heard the term when the chef slotted it into their conversation. Mele, who recently moved back to
Tasmania after years working at award-winning restaurants in Sydney, disclosed he had to look upon himself rather critically after he was branded, in no uncertain terms, a mainsplainer. "There is no doubt about it, I arrived in Tasmania with a Sydney mentality," says the chef who is now the food director at Launceston's Grain of the Silos. "I arrived back and quickly realised that Tasmanians don't care for people to come from Melbourne or Sydney and tell them how to do things. I very quickly figured out that I needed to develop relationships in order to make Tasmania my home rather than tell locals how I think they should be doing things," he says. Making it into the modern lexicon Mele says he first heard the word 'mainsplaining' used by Sara Shepherd, project manager at Bruny Island Cheese & Beer Company. After being accused in no uncertain terms of being a 'mainsplainer', Shepherd says she made an implicit promise to herself to clue people up about the practise and stop bludgeoning Taswegians with her 'big island' prowess, "I am from country Victoria and I have worked at
Bruny Island Cheese & Beer Company for about 18 months. I now live on a little island off an island off the big island and I am definitely still stuck with the mainland mindset. It's something I have to shake off," she says. "The first time I was accused of mainsplaining it was after telling someone that everything happens so much faster in the big cities. Although I was shocked to be tagged a 'mainsplainer', it's made me more self-aware about it ever since. It's now my mission to make mainlanders aware of what they are doing when they visit or move to Tasmania," she says. Shepherd says most mainlanders act as if they are more intelligent than Taswegians and that denizens of the island state are somehow backward. She says the Bruny Island Cheese & Beer Company have even named one of their export lagers, The Mainlander. "Do I think I will ever stop mainsplaining? Well, yes. Especially after getting a phone call like this," she laughs. â– Email us and share when you first heard the colloquial usage of this word so we can argue for its inclusion in the Urban Dictionary. #mainsplaining
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Fair Play By Eve Rodsky
ve Rodsky is the New York Times best-selling author and wrote this piece just for us. For the book, Eve interviewed more than five hundred couples, from all walks of life, to figure out what the invisible work in a family actually is and how to get it done efficiently.
It’s that special time of year. Remember to take some time for yourself. Don’t overdo it. Treat yourself to dinner with a friend, a weekend getaway, an extra hour at the gym. Hold up! When was the last time a well-meaning friend, family member, co-worker or even your therapist, made a recommendation like this? And your reaction went something like: It’s December, people! On top of everything else that needs to get done between now and the end of the year, who has me-time? Adult friendships, self-care and
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engaging in the interests that make you uniquely you (what I call: Unicorn Space) are all imperative additives to our lives. They’re vital to our longevity, individual contentment and happy partnerships. The problem is that both women and men are unlikely to make time for this “Happiness Trio” until we lighten and more fairly share the household load. Picture this: when you’re stuck making school lunches at ten o’clock at night and you still have a dozen cookies in the oven and three teacher gifts to wrap, you probably aren’t going to start that vision board for your new business idea before heading to bed. As one woman wrote on Instagram: “Thanks for the reminder to schedule some self-care. I’ll be sure to add that to the long list of other sh*t I don’t have time to get done.” According to findings from Natsal-3, 21.2% of married women aged 16–74 reported "not sharing enough housework" as a reason for live-in partnership breakdown (i.e., divorce). Don’t let that be you! And especially before the holiday! My advice: In the spirit of domestic rebalance, efficiency and more harmony, take a few steps towards creating a time and sanitysaving holiday season. #1: Grab hold of this mantra, I do not have to do it all. Rather than doing more, or continuing to believe that you should do it all, save yourself from burnout and instead take an honest inventory of what you and your family most value this time of year. You really have to ask yourself: what is most important? Sit down with your partner and make intentional choices about how you want to spend them together as a couple,
or as a family. You can begin to lighten your load by taking things off the table that aren’t relevant or creating more satisfaction in your lives. Give yourself permission to do less. #2 : Get granular for all domestic and childcare tasks you and your partner deem valuable. A. D elineate and assign full ownership of those tasks (Who’s planning the holiday meal?) B. Set clearly defined expectations and standards (Let’s agree on the menu based on preferences, dietary restrictions and budget. Aunt Patty is dairy-free and Uncle Jim can’t have salt. Gravy is out! The kids would each like their own towering dessert, and God bless ‘em, they can fund that effort themselves.) C. Establish a measurement of accountability (Did all necessary items get purchased or ordered—and ideally, not left until the night before guests arrive?) D. Communicate regularly (Let’s continue to talk about the most efficient way to fairly delineate and assign responsibilities, so that all hell doesn’t break loose and end in a food fight. Deal?) Once you’ve systemised the domestic workload and are playing for more time equality and enhanced efficiency, you and your partner will both have more room for The Happiness Trio. And without the resentment! Now, that’s worth celebrating. ■ Fair Play by Eve Rodsky. Available in bookstores and online now
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DINING OUT Views for days
Timbre Kitchen Words: Stephanie Williams
All I really knew about was their recent food theatrics over the fire pits as part of The Junction Arts Festival in Launnie, which looked pretty damn tasty. Timbre Kitchen is about ten minutes drive north of the city and sits among the grapevines at Velo Wines. We booked easily online and requested a highchair for our littlest mini, which was ready and waiting when we arrived. The light and bright dining room has beautiful views over the vines, and is dotted with interesting art and lo-fi timber sculptures. Given the choice of a $40, $50 or $65 banquet (or a la carte), my hubby and I decided on the $50 option. The kitchen happily modified my share for my current dairy-free status with no drama at all. The devilled eggs with Korean chilli and sesame, some crunchy grain crackers with olives and epic grilled cheese with ‘Granny Jean’s mustard pickle’ came first. Straight out of the gates we were excited by the spread, which was complemented by a glass of Velo Wines Riesling ($10). Next up was chicken, almonds and salsa verde, also one of the main options, which 26
Honeycomb and rhubarb
was topped with heavenly squares of fire-licked crispy skin, alongside the last of the season’s asparagus. We got to choose our shared main and went with pork, chilli and kale - a generous plate of pork chunks in a soupy hot sauce, alongside crispy potato with miso butter. The dairy-laden dessert, I’m told, was a semifredo with peanuts, honeycomb and caramel, while my option had firm chunks of rhubarb and apple doused in caramel and honeycomb. A perfect ending. Taking kids to a “proper” restaurant for lunch is sometimes daunting, you’re always just one meltdown away from public hell, but Timbre absorbed their chatter, provided a highchair and drawing, as well as a quality kids menu and a big grassy area for running off the icecream. ■ Dining Out meals are self-funded and delicious. Timbre Kitchen Book online at www.timbrekitchen.com Velo Wines, 755 West Tamar Highway, Legana
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ome food is just worth going an extra few miles to experience. Timbre Kitchen, just outside Launceston in the Tamar Valley wine region, has been on my radar for some time now. So when we popped up to Launceston recently with our two young kids in tow, we seized the opportunity.
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Carbon pricing, part II Words Qamar Schulyer
ou might remember last month, in response to all the talk of Harry and Meghan borrowing Elton John’s private jet a few too many times, we unpacked the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) established in Australia as a successor to the controversial carbon tax. Both are intended to help Australia meet its Kyoto commitment to reduce carbon levels, but approach the goal from different angles. The carbon tax required payments from companies emitting over 25,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, while the ERF is a project financed by the government which directly funds carbon reduction projects, and requires emitters of over 100,000 tonnes of CO2 per year to offset their carbon through a purchase of carbon credits. While some questions have been raised as to the way the ERF scheme has been implemented, there are also practices at state and local levels that contribute to the nation’s abatement targets. Cara Stitzlein, postdoctoral fellow at CSIRO-Data61, is part of a team that has developed an application called “LOOC-C,” pronounced “look-see”. The app, which launches this month, allows land holders to identify whether their land might be suitable for an ERF project to supply carbon offsets. By using the app, they can quickly assess the ERF-approved possibilities for reducing atmospheric carbon at a specific location. Cara says, “LOOC-C is a great conversation starter that gives the landholder insight into what’s on offer within the ERF for their farm. These practices may provide not only potential carbon credits, but also other benefits for the farmer, for example improved soil stability. If they are interested in pursuing the option further, they can Getting ‘appy on the farm. A new tool for farmers.
do so with information specific to their farm.” Most projects within the ERF scheme are over a large area, making it difficult for smaller (hobby) farmers to participate. However, the LOOC-C application can be used to understand how implementing small changes can contribute to more sustainable outcomes. Cara says that she’s encouraged at the positive response to this app so far and hopes that other sustainability-minded products can be developed. Another exciting area emerging in this field is the concept of Blue Carbon. Narissa Bax, from the Antarctic Seabed Carbon Capture Change project, explained that Blue Carbon is the term for carbon captured by ocean and coastal organisms. Most research in this field focuses on seagrass, marshes, mangroves, or algae, but Narissa’s project attempts to understand the role of deep sea Antarctic organisms in the role of the carbon cycle. Deep sea corals and other organisms take up carbon from the ocean, and eventually become buried in the sediment, thus removing the carbon from circulation for hundreds of years, if not more. While there has been increasing interest in developing opportunities for blue carbon offsets, similar to what exists on land, the field of Blue Carbon is in its infancy. Scientists simply don’t know nearly as much about carbon fluctuations within coastal and ocean ecosystems as they do on land-based systems. The promise of Blue Carbon, however, is vast; salt marshes reportedly have a carbon-capturing potential 10 times greater than that of undisturbed Amazonian rainforests. Carbon captured in sediments, both coastally and in deep sea Antarctic waters, may remain stored for much longer than on land, because ocean sediments contain much less oxygen than soil on land. And finally, just like on land, the co-benefits to blue carbon capture are many. Just as planting trees can stabilise and enrich soils, protecting mangroves provides shoreline protection and habitat for food fish. ■ This article is part of a series featuring early career researchers; scientists in the beginning phase of their careers. Follow Qamar on Twitter @Qamarsky
Not all offices are created equal.
SPACE WORKS Words Genevieve Morton Picture: Entertainment One
ith the rise of the freelance workforce, the coworking space scene is thriving in Hobart.
A third of Australian workers are reportedly now freelance, and many are opting for a ‘hot desk’ in a coworking space over working from home or from their local cafe. According to a report by Regus, coworking office space in Australia is set to triple by 2030. Fifty per cent of workers say cost reduction is one of the main drivers of flexible working while 74% agree collaborative workplaces provide an ideal environment for innovation. With lifestyle also a major factor, Hobart is fast becoming a hot spot for freelancers and remote workers quitting corporate jobs and venturing out on their own.
The latest on the block is the Be Hers Hub in Murray Street, a women-only coworking space designed to give women-led businesses, start-ups and creative entrepreneurs space to not only focus on their work but join a community of like-minded women. The hub opened in November and seats are filling fast. “Many of us are working mums and found working from home wasn’t as productive as we liked,” manager Melody Towns says. “The ability to focus and have some clear headspace is amazing plus the aim is to create a work culture where women feel comfortable and supported and build a community around that with regular meet-ups and events.” Parliament Coworking cofounder Dominic Whittle says the demand for coworking spaces in Hobart has jumped in the past five years and, to meet the demand, he is launching a new space
in Moonah in January with 50 seats. “Moonah has been an up and coming suburb for a while and working in a city isn’t a requirement for a lot of people these days, they just want a great space to work from. Tassie champions small business and entrepreneurship and there’s a community dynamic that encourages and empowers, and that’s totally inspiring.” ■
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aking space in the diary is hard in December, but here are some of our top picks of what’s happening in Hobart this Christmas, to squeeze into your social calendar. Christmas Special of Street Eats The ever popular Street Eats @ Franko is holding a special Franko’s Funky Christmas special. This team knows how to throw a party with festive spirit. There will be funky carols alongside a neon-lit fountain, surrounded by delicious street food and drinks. Plus a visit from a very groovy Santa! 20 December | Time from 4 pm – 9 pm | Franklin Square | Free Learn how to do Furoshiki (Japanese gift wrapping) We’re all doing our part to minimise our impact on the environment, particularly at Christmas when Lighting up at Mawson Place
the wrapping paper rubbish pile can be larger than the family dog. Furoshiki is the art of using cloth material to wrap presents using no tape, glue or staples. Bonus, the receiver of the gift gets to keep and reuse the cloth, making this super eco-friendly. Jan from Wafu Works will be at Salamanca Market offering free classes on how to wrap your gift Furoshiki-style. Buy a present from one of the market stalls and head over to the Salamanca Lawns to wrap it. 21 December | Time 10 am – 2 pm | Salamanca Market | Free with all materials supplied Park and Ride To avoid parking pain, you can hit up the public transport or put on your runners and get riding or walking. If you prefer your car, then give Park and Ride a try. This free service is a shuttle from the Regatta Grounds through to the city. The bus will continue on a loop to collect you (and your shopping haul) and return you to your car. 16-24 December | Time 9.30 am – 5.30 pm | Regatta Grounds | Free Dress for Success Christmas is also the time to think about giving back. Clear out your wardrobe and donate your clean, gently-used work-appropriate clothing (blazers, jackets, skirts, dresses and shoes) to Dress for Success. This group launched in Hobart this year with the aim of empowering women to achieve financial independence. They help women with professional attire for interviews and support them with development tools for gaining and maintaining work. To make it easy to donate, they’ll be part of a lunchtime clothing drive. 9-13 December | Time 12-2 pm | Elizabeth Mall Lunch in the Mall On Christmas Day, a lovely group of family and friends will be holding a luncheon in Elizabeth Mall. If you would prefer to spend the day making new friends, both locals and visitors alike, then come on down, everyone is welcome. 25 December | Time 12-2 pm | Elizabeth Mall | No cost or RSVP required ■
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Kayaking the Australian Everglades Words Bonita Grima
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Consisting of the waterways of the upper reaches of the Noosa River, the Noosa Everglades, within the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park, are part of the 150,000 hectares that make up the Noosa UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Considered one of the most pristine wetlands on Earth, it’s home to 44% of Australia’s bird species and approximately 700 native animal species. Keen to explore some of this 60km stretch of undisturbed wilderness, I took a guided day tour with Kanu Kapers. “The experience of paddling on these waterways is unique,” says the kayaking tour company’s founder, former world champion gold medal kayaker, Vivienne Golding. “You don’t have a noisy motor and you can get up close to the birds, plants and
wildlife without infringing on the environment at all.” Departing from Elanda point, paired up in three double sea kayaks, our group of six set out early across Lake Cootharaba. Paddling north across Queensland’s largest natural saltwater lake, we pass the historic sawmill settlement site of Mill Point, established in the late 1800’s, and view remnants of the jetty just beneath the surface. At Kinaba Island we find the Information Centre that’s a popular stop off for birders and walkers but we don’t rest here. Instead we find relief from wind in the channel heading to Fig Tree Lake and enjoy the peace of gliding, listening to the sounds of birds also sheltering here. Cormorants, kingfishers, egrets, grebes… even a proud
Pictures: Bonita Grima, Jesse Lindemann, Greg Pimms.
Most Australians have heard of Florida’s Everglades but most don’t know there’s a version here in Australia. Well-known for its beaches and laid back lifestyle, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is also home to one of only two ecosystems of this kind in the world.
posse of pelicans that we’re able to pull up alongside. We stop for morning tea on a sandbank before our guide, Gregory Pimms steers us to the slow-moving section of the Noosa River known as The Narrows. The smell of tea tree is heavy in the air and it’s here I learn how the ‘River of Mirrors’ got its name. Dark tannins seeping into Noosa River from the melaleuca trees give a reflective quality to water in these still and swampy bends.
The winding Everglades
“We’re stopping here for a swim. But don’t worry, there’s no crocs,” says Greg cracking a smile. Later he tells me there’s a common misconception amongst visitors that crocodiles lurk in these waters, due to its association with Florida’s Everglades where alligators are found. Luckily
for us, the Australian version is too far south to experience any chance encounters. After a refreshing swim in infused waters, we pick up paddles and work our way to Fig Tree Point, a popular campsite and picnicking spot for locals. A delicious lunch beneath scribbly gums and paperbarks provides energy for the last leg of our 18km round trip. With a northerly at our backs, Greg tells me he’s never experienced a day where the wind here has been so favourable. Hopefully it will blow me back sometime soon. ■ Bonita Grima was a guest of Visit Noosa. For more information head to visitnoosa.com.au, and kanukapersaustralia.com
No longer a secret! The best little music festival in Tasmania The Cygnet Folk Festival is a showcase of eclectic music genres featuring International and Australian music, dance, poetry, masterclasses, kids' entertainment, food, wine, art and local handicrafts all set in the breathtaking scenery of Tasmania's Huon Valley 2020 special events include “Sharing Culture through Language and Song”, showcasing some of our finest First Nations artists generously sharing their culture and stories with our festival patrons. We are also thrilled to be a part of The Year of Scotland in Australia 2020; a year-long celebration of Scottish music, culture, food and drink in partnership with over 35 festivals and events across Australia.
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Gary and his wife have retired but this couple have no intention of slowing down, unless you’re talking about the pace at which they cruise past castles and villages in Europe. Travelling in June this year, Gary says that he and his wife took it pretty easy during the Amsterdam to Budapest cruise. His wife is disabled so they take it day by day in terms of what she feels up to doing. Gary says this doesn’t detract from the couple’s travel experiences. “I always book airport assistance for my wife so getting to the ship is a straight forward process. Once you’re on board, you unpack and then you don’t have to worry about it until you disembark. River cruising is a lovely, relaxed way to travel and I love that you don’t have to worry about seasickness,” Gary said.
Words Emma Castle
ruising has become as accessible as it is fascinating. Travel writer Emma Castle spoke with one committed cruiser who has been on over 40 trips in five years. Gary and his wife travelled with Gate 1 Travel. Visit gate1travel.com.au for more information. Explore the canals of Amsterdam
But being at the whim of nature and the outdoors, things can go wrong. Most recently Gary and his wife took a Gate 1 Travel river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest and after there was a broken lock (as in the river system, not a door!), their cruise company jumped in quickly to help. “Another ship had damaged a lock. We were transferred from our original ship to her sister ship on the other side of the damaged lock. The crew transferred our luggage to our matching cabins on the new boat and we continued our cruise to Budapest, albeit with complimentary drinks that night!” explained Gary. Gary’s favourite part of cruising is that pricing is mostly all-inclusive of meals, dinner drinks and lots of the tours, and likes the smaller numbers of guests on board, usually about 100 - 160 people as opposed to 3000 or so on an ocean cruise. “When you are in your 60’s you want to slow the pace a little, so river cruising suits us best. There’s always lots to do on board, like when a group of entertainers joined the boat in Bratislava singing and performing regional dances on one evening, and there’s shows, live music and karaoke nights, usually straight after cocktail hour,” Gary shared. The food is another highlight, as Gary explains the cuisine reflects the area you are cruising through.“There are always regional specialties like Sacher Torte in Vienna and local wines and beers, and there is usually an option to have a meal at a local’s house during the cruise,” says Gary. When asked about his lasting impressions of the Amsterdam to Budapest cruise, Gary says he loved the canals in Amsterdam, the night cruise through Budapest and the hill castles along the Rhine. “The trip is just so peaceful. You can cut yourself off for 14 days. I don't even take a phone anymore,” says Gary. ■
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ou may recall seeing some rotating and pulldown beds in the movies - either slapstick scenes with Laurel and Hardy, or more streamlined scenes of beds appearing out of the wall at the appropriate time for James Bond. The concept of furniture that can change shape and size (Murphy beds, wallbeds and extending tables) is not new. Many people growing up in Europe will recall stories of foldout beds, but it hasn’t played such a large role in Australian homes. Maybe we’re at a point in time where we can reconsider the role that such furniture may play in our homes as more people are considering living ‘smaller', for many reasons, such as: • Downsizing for financial or location reasons • Choosing to buy a smaller home to minimise mortgage repayments • Treading more lightly on the planet by having a smaller housing footprint • Living closer to the centre of 36
the city to minimise the need for transport • Infill housing in established areas, along with studios and granny flats • Exploring portable tiny homes and different housing construction methods - eg container housing. Facebook and Instagram often display innovative furniture now available to help maximise the use of space - for example tables that turn from a console table into a dining table for 12 people, or a cupboard with an office desk that opens to reveal a full bed in the home office. There are many scenarios when it could be worth considering this space saving furniture: • When a room needs to have two functions like a sleeping space as well as home office, hobby room or exercise space • Adding additional bedding options for personal or economic reasons, like holiday homes or paying guest accomodation • Health and safety considerations
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The Subtle Art of Christmas Feasting Words Sarah Ugazio
nless you’ve gone to the trouble of fattening up a fowl yourself, you may be gobble-smacked to know procuring a Tasmanian turkey is off the menu, literally.
We simply don’t commercially farm or process them - chicken, duck and quail are the only locally-bred poultry products available. If you want to stick to the custom Christmas bird, it will have to fly in from afar; and, no, not of its own accord. Many won’t mind stuffing a mainlander, but in our sustainable age of minding food miles maybe it’s time to re-think traditions? While we feel attached to time-honoured customs, it’s interesting to note turkey hasn’t always played centre stage on the Christmas table. Once upon a few centuries ago, uber wealthy Brits would likely have feasted on glazed boars’ head, or even peacock or swan, feathers reattached post-roast. Albeit visually spectacular, somehow a culinary comeback for these delicacies seems Sweet enough?
unlikely, and telling that traditions do change with time.
Serves 10 INGREDIENTS 2 x 400g Canned chickpeas ¼ tsp Cream of tartar 250g Sifted pure icing sugar
Holiday traditions can seem sacred, however we shouldn’t fear doing things differently. Consciously creating new traditions can be a fabulous exercise in contemplating our core values and what’s important. Valuing our environment, and appreciating our island bounty, could indeed be reflected by sourcing local sustainable Tassie delicacies. Say, roast duck or heritage breed pork. Much like the traditional French Christmas feast, a sensational seafood focus could be your thing, including local rock lobster, oysters or a side of wild salmon spiced with pepper berry. Another core value could be caring for loved ones and general inclusiveness; such as catering for our vegan friend - we’ve all got one (or more)! Holiday lashings of seafood, meats, and pav (remember veganism means no eggs or butter) generally limits them to boring side greens. Aside from an interesting array of salads, consider adding a hearty main option such as Nutloaf garnished with holly; or a spinach, mushroom and tofu puff pastry wreath (margarine based not butter). ■ Follow Sarah at @madamesaisons
VEGAN FRIENDLY PAVLOVA WREATH
200g Caster sugar 2 Tbls Corn flour 1 tsp Vanilla extract or paste (not essence) METHOD 1. Strain the chickpeas and reserve the liquid (this is called ‘aquafaba’) 2. In a saucepan, slowly simmer the aquafaba until reduced by half. Store in an airtight container and chill in the fridge overnight. 3. Preheat your oven to 180C (or 160C fan forced) 4. Draw a 20cm circle on baking paper, and a smaller 5-8cm circle inside the bigger circle, then place drawn side down on a baking tray (as large as possible as mixture does spread) 5. Mix all the dry ingredients together 6. Place aquafaba into a stand mixer bowl and mix on high for 1 min 7. Turn the mixer to medium and slowly add the dry ingredients, one tablespoon at a time every 15 secs (will take around 6 mins - patience!) 8. Add vanilla then turn mixer up high again for 2 mins until meringue is glossy 9. Gently spoon onto the baking paper, in between the circle guides. Do not pile meringue too high (approx 1inch high max). You will have a lot leftover to make meringue kisses which you can pipe on a separate baking paper lined tray 10. Pop in the oven and immediately turn down the temperature to 100degs 11. Bake for 1 ¾ hours – do not open the oven at any stage 12. Let the pavlova cool completely in the oven (ideally overnight with door slightly ajar) before removing 13. Slide baking paper onto a platter and decorate. Baking paper can be trimmed once on platter. 14. Serve with Coconut Whipped Cream (recipe @madamesaisons) and your choice of topping (fruit, coulis, chopped nuts, or toasted coconut curls, etc)
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listair Douglas, OAM, plays an integral role in guiding salty sea dogs into port each year as part of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. He recently let us into the control room to get the lowdown on the action.
What role do you play in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race each year? I manage the marine radio operations at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, including equipment maintenance, operator rostering and training, and being a member of the RYCT race finish committee. Radio maintenance involves ensuring our radio equipment at the Club and at two remote locations at Mt Raoul on the Tasman Peninsula and at Mt Murray about four kilometres north of Triabunna. About 20 radio operators are rostered to ensure continuous radio coverage for the race from the time the race starts on Boxing Day on Sydney Harbour until the last yacht crosses the finish line at
Castray Esplanade in Hobart up to eight days later. How long have you been on the airwaves? I commenced this role of radio manager in 1999 following competing in the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. At the same time I qualified as a Survival and Sea Safety instructor and in marine radio operations, running these courses for competitors for many years. Do any moments stand out? The events easiest to remember are those when competitors require assistance following a mishap at sea such as yacht damage or an injured crew. But a personal highlight was last year at the prize giving presentations in Hobart when I was awarded the Meritorious Service Award in recognition of my contribution to the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
Alistair Douglas (top) and Rob Gasperini
What are you most looking forward to for this year's race? The 2019 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is the 75th edition of the event and as a consequence has attracted a much larger list of entrants with 168 yachts due to make the challenging trip south. The challenge for me and my team of radio operators will be coping with the anticipated increase of radio traffic, supporting the crew on the radio relay vessel JBW and ensuring we can do our best within our scope to make all competitors journey safe and enjoyable. â–
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You Had Buckley’s Chance When The Circus Came To Town Words Genevieve Morton Picture Tasmanian Archives
ver heard the expression ‘Buckley’s chance’? One theory is that it refers to escapee convict William Buckley who came to live with an indigenous community near Port Phillip in Victoria from 1803 to 1835.
by then Governor George Arthur in 1829. Until the 1830s, whale oil was Hobart’s biggest export and the workers all lived close to the waterfront, which meant that Battery Point had everything from dockworker’s cottages to merchant class mansions.
Buckley later moved to Tassie (then dubbed Van Diemen’s Land) and was living in Arthur Circus in Battery Point when he died in 1856. His survival outside European settlement was considered to have such odds stacked against it by authorities that the term ‘Buckley’s chance’ was born.
But rich or poor, the residents of mid-nineteenth century Battery Point enjoyed their grog. Convicts, captains and, notably, the Rev. Robert Knopwood, would gather at Shipwrights Arms, a few streets away from Arthur Circus, which is still in operation on Trumpeter Street, 173 years later.
Arthur Circus has a rich history, including that of Buckley’s last days, and a colourful crowd of whalers, sailors and free settlers who roamed it’s circular street in the heart of Battery Point. The tiny dwellings encircling the village green were built for officers of the garrison and became the homes of waterfront workers for decades.
Because most of the Arthur Circus cottages, built in the 1840s and 1850s, have been carefully preserved, they attract thousands of visitors each year (wandering around the circle, drivers beware!). Tourists looking for a taste of colonial times might just be met by a resident female ghost who, according to Ghost Tours of Hobart and Battery Point, still haunts Arthur Circus to this day. We warned you! ■
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On the cover this month is Zindzi Okenyo, a performer with many genres in her mastery - on the stage, on PlaySchool and as a hip hop artist....
Published on Dec 4, 2019
On the cover this month is Zindzi Okenyo, a performer with many genres in her mastery - on the stage, on PlaySchool and as a hip hop artist....