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MAnnInGHAM elecTIOns The Victorian local government watchdog is investigating whether the Manningham council elections were compromised, following allegations that an “illegal” candidate was allowed to stand and influenced the result. Former mayor Bob Beynon slammed authorities for not stopping rival Mullum Mullum hopeful David Muscat contesting the October 26 election, despite knowing he received a conviction for an assault last year. Mr Muscat made international headlines last August when he was convicted of recklessly causing injury, following an incident where he attacked two Park Orchards neighbours. He was also convicted of obscene display in a public place after he erected a statue in his front yard of a hand making a rude gesture. The Local Government Act states that a person convicted of an offence that carries a five-year jail term – such as recklessly causing injury – is not eligible to contest local government elections for seven years. Mr Beynon said he was denied a spot on the new council because preferences directed to Meg Downie from Mr Muscat meant she was elected instead of him. He called for the result
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to be overturned, Mr Muscat’s votes to be excluded and preferences to be redistributed. TWR has seen emails that indicate the Victorian Electoral Commission received details of Mr Muscat’s criminal past on September 25, more than a month before the postal election closed on October 26. This material was then passed on to the local government inspectorate. But the inspectorate said it received a formal complaint about “the eligibility of a candidate” only in the week before the elections, after ballot papers had been mailed to voters. It is understood the investigation could take as long as six months. “The inspectorate does not comment on ongoing investigations,’’ a spokeswoman said. Mr Beynon last week lodged a formal complaint with the VEC and the principal registrar at the Victorian Magistrates’ Court. He said the inspectorate was “culpable’’ for allowing Mr Muscat to stand. “If they can’t run an election, then I don’t know what the public are paying them to do,” he said. Mr Muscat did not return calls from TWR. Under the proportional representation voting system used in Manningham, Cr Downie reached the 5192 vote quota
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needed for election only after the preferences of 10 other candidates had been distributed. She received 267 preference votes from Mr Muscat. If Mr Muscat’s votes were void, Cr Downie would not have reached the quota at that stage of the election. Mr Beynon believes he could have been chosen ahead of Cr Downie because preferences from the remaining three candidates favoured him in future distribution rounds. But Cr Downie described Mr Beynon as “a poor loser”. “Mr Beynon is spitting the dummy because he didn’t get elected,’’ she said. ‘‘Launching this campaign is not going to go anywhere. We’ve got a new council and the hope is that everyone will work well, and then you’ve got a poor loser dragging this up.” The two other successful candidates elected in Mullum Mullum were Paul McLeish and Sophy Galbally. Cr McLeish said the situation was ‘‘a lose-lose for all involved’’. ‘‘My heart goes out to the voters who may not have voted for a valid candidate,” he said. \ KRISTIAN SILVA firstname.lastname@example.org
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Street level bUlleeN \ tHompSoNS roaD Four men will face a committal mention hearing in January following five armed hold-ups on Melbourne gaming venues. Bulleen’s Manningham Club was hit twice – on January 23 and September 15 – while Doncaster Shoppingtown Hotel was also robbed in April. Police allege $93,000 was taken in the heists and staff were threatened with guns, knuckle dusters and metal poles. Ahmed Chebib, 20, from Campbellfield, Mohammed Abdou, 20, from Broadmeadows, Mohamed El Rajab, 19, from Campbellfield and Abdullah Ghazi, 18, from Broadmeadows, were remanded in custody and did not apply for bail. The men were arrested on October 25 and charged with multiple counts of armed robbery. \ maNNiNGHam aND WHiteHorSe Residents have until November 30 to hand in illegal firearms or weapons to police, without fear of prosecution, as part of a statewide amnesty. Police have asked residents to call their local police station and book a time to hand in their weapons. They must be wrapped in paper, plastic or cloth and transported to a police station in a safe and secure manner. During the previous Victorian amnesty in 2010, about 1500 weapons were handed in, including high-powered firearms, handguns, air rifles and flick knives. \
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elections bring fresh blood to councils years. “I will be a new person with a fresh approach and ideas to share when we’re making decisions,” she said. Councillors Robert Chong, Helen Harris, Andrew Munroe, Raylene Carr, Sharon Ellis, Ben Stennett and Philip Daw were re-elected. Meanwhile in Manningham, newly elected councillors have vowed to end the infighting and personal attacks that have plagued the council for years. Six new faces were voted in at the October 26 elections, forming a council comprising five women and four men. The 2012 mayor, Geoff Gough, his deputy, Jennifer Yang, and Mullum Mullum councillor Meg Downie were returned. Grace La Vella was the only councillor not returned. The new councillors in Mullum Mullum ward are former Donvale Ratepayers Association president Paul McLeish and Park Orchards resident Sophy Galbally. Cr McLeish said planning would be one of the key issues he would focus on. “If the minister Matthew Guy’s zoning reforms come through, planning will be the most significant changes to Manningham,” he said.
Koonung Ward will have three councillors for the first time since Jessica Villareal quit the council on May 25, blaming its “toxic environment” for her departure. Town planner Stephen O’Brien and businesswoman Dot Haynes will join Jessica Yang in Koonung ward, which takes in the city’s busiest development areas. Ms Haynes, who has attended most council meetings for the past six years and has been a regular critic of Manningham Council, said she was looking to “clean the place up”. “They need to turn up with a new perspective. It needs to not be about personality but about policy,” she said. “Planning rules need to be clearer, so do the available community services, especially for the elderly and disabled.” In Heide ward, Cr Gough will be joined by Michelle Kleinert and Jim Grivokostopoulos. Manningham’s new councillors will be sworn in and a new mayor elected on Thursday night. \ KRISTIAN SILVA email@example.com
PerMits PerMitting \ Whitehorse council has received a planning application for a four-storey, 19-apartment building with an underground car park at 6 Queen Street, Blackburn. The application was lodged with the council on September 19. \
Whitehorse has a new mayor after Andrew Munroe was elected unopposed by the new council last Wednesday night. The 49-year-old telecommunications engineer, who has lived in Whitehorse all his life and joined the council in 2008, described his role as ‘‘the pinnacle of community service’’. Mr Munroe is joined on the council by three new councillors following last month’s municipal elections. In a shock result, former mayor Mark Lane was dumped in favour of Whitehorse Residents and Ratepayers Association president Bill Bennett. Forest Hill resident Denise Massoud replaced Bill Pemberton, and Andrew Davenport unseated John Koutras. Mr Bennett, who has criticised the council for “excessive rate rises”, said he would be critically assessing Whitehorse programs. Mr Davenport, a Liberal member who contested the 2008 Whitehorse election, said he was committed to supporting responsible planning, and elderly and childhood services. Ms Massoud said she thought the council had served the community well in recent
Could you divide 228,495,329 by 221 without a calculator? For 12-year-old maths whiz Adam Bardrick, it’s a walk in the park. In September, the grade 6 pupil at Donvale Primary School beat 134,5700 other Victorian students in the Commonwealth Bank Australian Maths Challenge and scored fifth-highest nationally in the two-part competition. “I like solving hard problems and like to be very challenged. Sometimes the class work is a bit too easy,” Adam says. “I wasn’t expecting to do so well. When I saw I was going ahead it just got me more excited.” Adam, who says he wants to be a maths teacher when he’s older, also loves sport and plays soccer, football, tennis and does athletics. \
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CENTRE UPGRADE The state government will spend $200,000 to improve footpaths, signage, lighting and disability access at Doncaster’s Jackson Court Shopping Centre. This will be added to $350,000 already promised by Manningham Council. The works are expected to begin next year. The funding is a boost to the centre’s traders, who have spent much of the year campaigning for a supermarket to be built – plans that were shelved when Woolworths, which leases the Dan Murphy’s Jackson Court site, threatened to sue the council. \ PERMITS PERMITTING An application for a $45 million apartment complex of 308 apartments at 180-200 Reynolds Road, Doncaster East, was lodged with Manningham Council on October 22. \
It was challenging and intriguing, inspirational and frustrating, fulfilling and amusing, all at various times. One of the most important rewards I gleaned from being on council was getting to know and understand the community better. I am now looking forward to further developing friendships and acquaintances established over my two terms. Moving forward is exciting for me and a whole new world has opened up. I probably would not have recognised this had I remained on council. Thanks to everyone who has supported me, I look forward to seeing you now as citizen Grace. GRace la vella \ foRmeR manninGham councilloR
RESIDENTS RALLY AGAIN ST SEWAGE PLANT
A controversial sewage treatment plant in the middle of residential Doncaster on the agenda following the release is back Evironmental Protection Authority of an report, which supports the proposal. The plant, proposed by Yarra Valley Water for a site on Tram Road Reserve, was rejected by Manningham councillors in August after intense lobbying by local residents. But the EPA study, which began councillors’ decision, opens the before the way for Yarra Valley Water to use compulsory acquisition laws to take control of the 600-square-metre site and overrule the council’s decision. While the EPA does not have the green light the plant, its approval power to is necessary before the plans can go ahead. Despite residents’ fears that the be unsafe, the EPA said it would plant would approve Yarra Valley Water’s design on the condition that a second carbon filter be installed at the plant to prevent odours escaping in case of a malfunction. The EPA also required that other “fail-safe mechanisms” be improved to ensure any malfunctions would be detected immediately. Yarra Valley Water welcomed the EPA report and was “reviewing our options on
Angry: Doncaster residents, including Fiona Scott (centre), are fighting a proposed sewage plant slated to be built near treatment their homes. (KRISTIAN SCOTT)
how to proceed”, said Sam Austin, sustainable development manager.
“The decision by the EPA demonstrates that the proposals for the recycled water treatment plant were sound,” he said. “The more we do this for new developments
and urban renewal projects across the better placed Melbourne will Melbourne, be for managing inevitable future droughts.” But a group of about 200 nearby residents has argued that the proposed plant, located only 22 metres from the nearest home, poses
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fighting the good fight, Doncaster (‘‘Residents rally against sewage plant’’, TWR, October 31). So the on-again-off-again sewage treatment plant looks like it’s on again thanks to a report by the EPA. The EPA and Yarra Valley Water might think the plant will be safe and quiet, but they’re not the ones who are going to have to live with the consequences if they’re wrong. When will our utilities and the government departments, who are paid to serve us, start listening to what people actually want? Power to the people. Joan \ DoncasTeR
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hoarding danger ■ I read with a heavy heart your story about the dangers presented by obsessive hoarding, particularly in the event of fire – not just to the hoarders themselves but also to emergency services personnel who may be called (TWR, October 24). I’m pleased to hear that a specialised self-help
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aybe it’s all Benny Hill’s fault. There must be cleaned up since “the mistakes of the past”, because “the an episode somewhere in that timeless series past” continues to dog almost every Tour, every year. It that once featured the now-classic phrase of was only 2010 when Tour winner Alberto Contador was the archetypal Inspector Plod as he attempts to divert stripped of his victory and handed a two-year ban after attention from some unspeakable scene of carnage or having been found guilty of doping. Contador is one disaster: “Nothing to see here! Move along!” It’s part of of only five cyclists to win the three Grand Tours – the the language now – as ineffective as it is risible. Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and I heard something of that rather lame attempt Spain’s Vuelta. That feat in itself now looks a at distraction when I read of Australian racing suspicious achievement. We will champion and Tour de France winner Cadel Evans speaks with the guilelessness of the stare long Evans pleading with cycling fans not to lose truly innocent – of course the sport looks and hard at faith in the sport following the revelations cleaned up to him: how can you talk about this sport of disgraced cylist Lance Armstong as a what you don’t know? But he also reflects an long-time drug cheat. Evans said the media intransigent defensiveness that, for me, is now reaction to the news had been “very hysterical” the defining characteristic of this most tainted and that the sport had learnt from the mistakes of sport, a sport I have faithfully followed and loved – the past and was now on a level playing field. Then this and doubted – for so many years. zinger: “It is difficult to deal with at the moment but let’s Despite drug cheats being caught and thrown out, move on and look to the future.” Hmmm – where have deaths on mountaintops from excessive drug use, we heard that before? “Darling – it’s all in the past! Let’s and wins that bordered on the unbelievable, virtually not dwell on all that – let’s look to the future!” everyone inside and outside the sport angrily pushed I’m sorry, but I don’t know what Evans is talking away any suggestion that cycling was Lycra thigh-deep about. It’s perfectly clear that the sport has not been in ampoules, vials, blood bags and IV drips.
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For years I have turned to my husband at the end of every stage, with the same question every time, as Armstrong rode across the line at top speed, straight to his waiting caravan, where he was whisked inside, the door firmly closed behind him. “Why does he do that every single day if he has nothing to hide?” My questioning became tedious, eliciting eye rolls from all who heard it. I now feel sick anger and dispiriting vindication in equal measure. That the doping was going on in that caravan, in the dark, and literally an arm’s length away from cameras and journalists and thousands of adoring, trusting fans is staggering. The man may have had testicular cancer, but talk about balls. The rush to insist that we move on and to deny us the room to speak of betrayal and hurt is arrogance of … well, of cycling proportions – no one quite does untouchable like a world cycling champion. But their cries to us of moving on and looking away won’t work: we will stare long and hard at this sport – in anger, in disgust – and world cycling will have to stare right back through their cool reflector lenses and take it. \
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s the daughter of celebrated Australian painter Charles Blackman, 30-year-old Bertie Blackman certainly knows how to stand her ground when it comes to art. She won an ARIA award for her third album Secrets And Lies in 2009, is a dedicated illustrator and has just released her fourth studio album, Pope Innocent X. If X marks the spot, then Blackman has hit the jackpot. Her new record is fantastical and childlike in wonder, but superbly paints a picture of a woman who has come into her own. Pope Innocent X gets its name from a 1953 painting by Francis Bacon titled Study after Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X. The renowned Irish-born artist lived in the same building as Blackman’s father Charles in London in the 1950s. While Charles never spoke of the experience with his daughter, she knew there was a connection that went back some 60 years. Bacon’s painting is an interpretation of an original religious work by Spanish artist Diego Velázquez. Just as Bacon’s art questioned authority and conjured notions of horror and fantasy, so too does Blackman’s latest musical exploration. “I grew an appreciation for Francis Bacon’s work through my dad. He is one of his favourite painters. He is someone I have come to appreciate on my own as well, having explored many of his works. I find him constantly intriguing,” says Blackman.
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“It’s quite a horrifying image,” she says. “I instantly connected with the Pope, who is being caught in the veil. It’s about being drawn into another world. For me, the story is about parts of my childhood. It’s about lost worlds and my imagination. When you’re a kid, horror is not what you think it is now. When you’re a child it has an innocent violence to it. The album is my spin on what the image did to me, how it made me feel, and just like Bacon, I put it out there.” Bacon’s Study after Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X has been hailed a masterpiece. He became obsessed with the original 1650 painting between 1951 and 1965 and painted 45 variations of the subject. Eight years ago, Bertie Blackman emerged with an indie folk single Favourite Jeans taken from an independently released debut titled Headway. She was new on the scene and gained a solid following, thanks to shows she played regularly at various inner-Sydney venues. By the time she made her second album Black in 2006, it didn’t take long for her to become a Triple J favourite. It was more grunge than folk and confidently saw the singer take on a new musical direction. Then came the award-winning Secrets and Lies three years later – an album that embraced a new way yet again, this time dark synths, keyboards and off-kilter tracks – streams of dreamy pop born from the waters that blessed the sounds of Bjork and Radiohead. Pope Innocent X sees her explore the dark side once again – think Siouxsie and the Banshees’ dark electro synth meets the kookiness of Kate Bush. Blackman decided to write her new album over a 12-month period. She went to Chicago and rented an apartment because it was cheaper to do that overseas than it was in Melbourne, and spent a further 2½ months at The Blackman Hotel in St Kilda Road – a hotel named after her father. In hindsight, it was a weird experience for an artist trying to find her own creative voice – especially seeing her dad’s works everywhere she looked. “When I got back to Australia after being in the States I thought it was good to get an artist’s residency at my father’s hotel,” says Blackman of her bright idea. “But it was quite confronting once I got in there. It was weird being surrounded by his work in such a commercialised sense. You know, waking up and there’s Alice staring at you through the bathroom glass and seeing his paintings down every hall. It was very much about me facing my past. It was definitely an interesting space to write in and it was a far more emotional experience than I expected it to be. It really did help shape the record, to be honest.” Facing the demons is one way of describing what happened next. Blackman recalls a robbery that took place at their family home when she was aged seven. She remembers the intruder tearing the phone from the wall and using the cord to tie up her mother (Genevieve de Couvreur). The intruder continued to rampage through the house and take what he wanted. The song Hide And Seek is a true account of what she saw with her own eyes that evening. “I remember that feeling of fright as a child but also curiosity about what was unfolding,” says Blackman, who grew up in Sydney before moving to Melbourne a few years ago. “I was completely petrified of what was happening,” she says of witnessing the robbery. “But when I started to write that song for this album, I wanted to turn the chorus into a kid’s game and use the verse to tell the story from the point of view of the intruder. All the songs on this album are based on true stories. I don’t feel the record is self-absorbed as a result. It’s the truest I have been to myself this far in my career.” Blackman’s mother – also an artist – was 19 when she married Charles Blackman, who at the time was 49. The pair stayed together from 1978 and 1985. They have two
“I really like the idea of being able to pack my belongings in two suitcases, walk out and not care about what I leave behind.” children together – Bertie, who was born in 1982, and a son, Felix, now an architect, who came along two years later. Her mother has since remarried and works as an artist in Tasmania. It was Blackman’s mother who heard her daughter sing in the family garage in her teens and encouraged her to pursue singing. “My mum commented that I had a beautiful voice. I never thought about it like that. I liked to sing on my own, but I was very shy and it never came up as a possibility of something to pursue,” says Blackman. That led to her picking up her younger brother’s guitar and writing songs. It was a natural step and seemed an obvious one given that her father was self-taught too. “From dad’s point of view, it was important for me to be a visual artist rather than a musician,” says Blackman. “He still lectures me through his dementia, saying I should be at the conservatorium. I’m like dad, I don’t need to do that, I am doing quite well on my own. He is self-taught, so I don’t know where that thinking is coming from. But my mum has always been supportive. I haven’t known my father as a parental figure through any of my music career. My mum has been the primary driver and inspiration and my rock.”
hadow Chasers is about her relationship with her father. The song opens with the lyrics: “I always thought you were a friend or at least you would pretend.” Blackman says she’s cut close to the bone and simply tells it like it is. “It also feels really right to say that at this point in my life,” she says. “I love that there is deep meaning in the songs and I hope when people listen to them they can find their own parallels. I guess now that I am older I am looking back on those formative years and finally able to comment about my experiences of what it was like as a kid for me.” Charles Blackman suffers from Korsakoff’s syndrome – a memory malfunction associated with years of heavy drinking. He no longer drinks and lives in his rented family home. Blackman still visits her dad, but says she’s closer to her mother. The album’s first single Mercy Killer, with all its textured pop hooks, has a cheeky message to share. It’s a confession by Blackman, who admits she deleted a text from someone else’s phone and never told them. It’s about snooping where you shouldn’t, reading what isn’t meant for you and changing the plot along the way. “We have all done stuff like that but I hope it’s something people can relate to in a similar way,” she says of the album that was produced by composer François Tétaz (Gotye, Architecture in Helsinki, Sally Seltmann), who first teamed with Bertie on Secrets and Lies. For the first time in her career, Blackman has decided
to illustrate the images that come with the CD booklet. “I am bringing my visual art into the album, and I am comfortable with that,” says Blackman, who has only ever exhibited her illustrations for a charity event at Mossgreen Gallery in South Yarra in 2009. “The album feels textural and tactile and you can feel and see where the stories are coming from with the inclusion of the drawings.” To look at Blackman, you can see facial expressions that are identical to her father’s. That cherubic face, sparkling eyes and an artistic swagger that comes naturally. In fact, when you log on to her website, the mischievous artist encourages you to join cult “BB” – a cheeky take on her desire to put you under her spell. That voodoo spell comes through on the album cover art that features her photographed up close. It’s tribal in spirit – a decadent mix of 1920s Spanish horror meets Manga as per Blackman’s request. “I love that image,” she says. “It’s very surreal and real.” Blackman describes herself as someone who lives a solitary life. When she first moved to Melbourne she stuck close to relatives in Glen Iris. She had a shot at living in St Kilda but it reminded her too much of the Cross and now calls Richmond home. She’s quite happy with few possessions, adores her cat Ulfi and bird Katie, keeps her musical instruments close and treasures paintings her father gave her. “Mum would always say I didn’t really care for things as a kid. When she would ask me to tidy up my room, I would throw things in the bin,” she says. “I really like the idea of being able to pack my belongings in two suitcases, walk out and not care about what I leave behind.” Blackman knew that pursuing a music career was never going to be easy, but she didn’t exactly grow up thinking otherwise. Pope Innocent X is all about taking risks, following her heart and delivering a unique musical record. “You know, my mum is a painter and so is my dad. From them both I learnt the lesson early to always stay true to who you are and make the best art you possibly can,” she says. “I never had any icing on the cake or sugary perspective of what it was like to be an artist. They told me it would be a challenge to work for yourself. Watching my parent’s work through their artistic financial ups and downs showed me doing this was never going to be an easy way to live your life. It’s not the most glamorous, but that’s not why I chose this path.” \ firstname.lastname@example.org » Pope Innocent X is out through Universal Music www.bertieblackman.com we welcome your feedback @
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Woodards Giving Tree Once again Woodards Real Estate, Blackburn Station Village and Eastern Emergency Relief have partnered to organise the Woodards Giving Tree. The community is invited to purchase a small gift for a child to place under the Woodards Giving Tree. These gifts will be collected by Eastern Emergency Relief Network and distributed to a child who may not be so fortunate this Christmas to receive a gift from Santa. The gifts can be dropped off, wrapped on unwrapped, to the Woodards newly refurbished ofﬁces, 100 South Parade, Blackburn, before midday Friday, 14th December. For any enquiries regarding the Woodards Giving Tree contact Cameron Way on 9894 1000. G5478142AA-a7Nov©FCNVIC
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food \ LEANNE TOLRA REVIEWS THE MEATBALL & WINE BAR
lmost everything at The Meatball & Wine Bar is likeable – from the balls to the wine, the staff and the sultry, mod-urban space. So I’m going to start with a gripe. Scrupulously considered food based around fabulous produce should not be served with bog-standard bread (some kind of bland, dried out focaccia). Particularly fine hand-crafted charcuterie and cheese served with said bread as its primary accompaniment. Artisan bread suppliers of Melbourne, pick up the phone. Better to talk about the balls, and all. The Meatball & Wine Bar opened about 10 weeks ago. It’s a first restaurant for director Matteo Bruno (Big Mamma’s Boy and Stefano’s Cooking Paradiso, aired on LifeStyle Food), who has shrewdly identified an unexplored niche in Melbourne’s dining scene (who knew there was one?). If you can see the next, feel free to run your idea by me. Meatball bars could yet pop up like Mexican cantinas. Bruno is working on a new show for LifeStyle, Ask the Butcher, which will feature Australian chefs who sound as though they will be invited to provide “guest” meatball recipes for Bruno’s restaurant. Top multitasking. The space is a cross between that Melbourne glossy-magazine look that’s working its way along Flinders Lane and a New York dinner-cum-bar – although the brief was apparently a New York butchery. There are posters of meat cuts on the wall and there’s an oddball, but cute, installation that features hanging meats and toy plastic cows. Just in case you missed mine, ball puns are omnipresent here too. The menu’s loaded with them and patrons add their own, finding them funnier with each glass of wine from a list that features a breezy collection of Australian and Italian varietals, a cool grappa selection, plus beers, ciders and spirits. The service is fun too, with that “we work in a new, trendy place and we are thrilled to be here vibe” – and the honest enthusiasm is catching. The menu, inspired by Bruno’s northern-Italian family’s meatball recipes, features a selection of cured meats and artisan cheeses, plus balls made from pork, beef, chicken, fish and vegetables. Brendon Jones (ex-Hotel Spencer) is working marvels with mince. Each plate of balls features three 60-gram spheres; the beef made of pasture-fed O’Connor Black Angus from Gippsland, the market fish and vegetable varieties vary. Choose your balls and sauce – Italian tomato, creamy white, or pesto. Then add something for them to sit on – potato smash, homemade pasta sheets, Italian beans, polenta or the day’s green-vegetable selection. Chicken balls, made from free-range Lilydale chicken, retain superb texture and are blended with pistachios, muscatels and parmesan. Served with the pesto salsa verde, they were dense and satisfying, needing no accompaniment, but could have had a little more of the well-made, bright sauce. Pork balls, made from Byron Bay Kurobuta pork, were given finesse with fennel, sage and orange and worked divinely with our choice of creamy polenta and
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white sauce. The meat’s consistency again was a feature and its density enhanced the subtle flavourings. With this sort of menu carte blanche you are always left wondering what other combinations would have worked (or what you’d try next time). But it’s the balls, all gluten-free and without padding such as onion, that shine – as expected in a venue using this moniker. There are also sliders, served as a trio of balls on mini brioche buns and heroes, three balls on a ciabatta roll. Hopefully that bread is better. The charcuterie selection – ours was very fine prosciutto di San Daniele, sourced by Sydney butcher Victor Churchill – includes capocollo and fennel or truffle salami. They can be served solo, or as a foursome on a sharing board. It’s the same deal with the mozzarella selection, from That’s Amore Cheese in Donnybrook. The board of three features fior di latte,
a fabulous diavoletta (served warm with green olives and chilli at its centre) and buffalo. There’s also burata (mozzarella and cream in a mozzarella skin), some mini balls and beef jerky. Desserts, cutely named Whoopie Macs, stick to the theme with a selection of ice-cream orbs – coffee, cherry, vanilla and chocolate – sandwiched between excellent macarons, either coffee, berry, pistachio or chocolate. A big thumbs up for the superb cherry ice-cream with delicate chocolate mac. There are plans for breakfast balls – creamy egg with charred bacon and aged cheddar, and baked eggs with meatballs – says the “coming soon” menu. \ email@example.com to read more reviews
eat this The Meatball & Wine Bar, 135 Flinders Lane, city Owner \ Matteo Bruno Chef \ Brendon Jones Prices \ Snacks and starters $8-$24; mains $14-$18; desserts $11.50 Open \ Daily 11am to late Phone \ 9654 7545 (group bookings only)
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Neon-lit messages have been a staple of certain 2012-style restaurant designs. And the “MEAT BAR” sign here is one of the flashiest, if you count bulbs per centimetre. It plays hero to an otherwise rustic, pared-back look – think sandblasted brick walls, bespoke black metal stools and light fittings, polished timber surfaces and low, white-washed exposed beams. The best perch in the house is the petrol-blue alcove with space for four at a three-sided banquette, but some will prefer to be seen at the copper and marble bar, facing the good-looking staff and the metal cages filled with an eclectic wine collection. \ november 7, 2012 \ The weekly review 13
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o you want to learn about wine? The best way From pictures and comments about what people are to build up knowledge is to taste, taste and taste drinking, conversations with favourite winemakers some more. But let’s be honest, not all of us have (most have Twitter accounts) to tweets about what’s the budget to do this. happening at harvest, in just 140 characters you There are books and courses that offer can build up a good picture of what’s happening Twitter structured tutelage, but they can feel a little without investing too much spare time. is a great like doing homework, taking some of the fun I’m not suggesting you fill your Twitter out of what’s an enjoyable pursuit. Visiting stream with wine-related comments – that’s source of cellar doors to talk and taste with winemakers the pursuit of us wine nerds. But by following wine tips is a great way to learn the ins and outs of wine, a few people in the industry, tasting as often but it can be hard to find the time. as you can and reading about wine, it’s easy to There’s also Twitter. I’ve learnt loads about wine build up knowledge without investing too much. since signing up for it a few years ago and I now follow I’ve also found Twitter to be a great source of wine hundreds of winemakers, vignerons, marketers and, tips. I recently asked a few wine tweeters for their best – most importantly, drinkers. for the regular insights. Here’s some of their best. \
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sommelier, winemaker. Tip \ “if you order a cab sav to go with the steak main, you’ll get more out of an entrée of oysters if you go with a glass of sparkling or white.”
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hen Jess Goldstein (pictured) calls from summer. Autumn is all about ’60s trends – melancholy New York, he’s just stepped aside from browns and soft tweed finishes. Winter is ruled by dress rehearsals with actor Al Pacino for classic black and white – think Rat Pack style. a third-time Broadway revival of David Mamet’s “The ’60s was a very sexy period for men’s and Pulitzer-winning drama Glengarry Glen Ross – it women’s clothes,” says Goldstein, who has worked with opens next week, alas, in Manhattan. actors Denzel Washington and Mary Tyler Moore. Goldstein, who won a Tony Award in 2005 for “Men’s suits were sleek, sharp and narrow. We are The Rivals, has more than 30 years’ experience now seeing a little of that coming back for young in the business and also lectures at the Yale men. Lapels and ties were sharp, too. Girls’ School of Drama. He’s the main man clothing was feminine and form-fitting. It is behind the costume design for the return the sexy Rat Pack era we really focus on.” TickeTs To season of Jersey Boys, which opens here in For a guy who has been in the industry as jersey boys January. long as he has, Goldstein doesn’t take his gigs see Freebies Jersey Boys tells the story of Frankie Valli for granted. “I feel rather lucky that I get to and the Four Seasons; four blue-collar lads move from one production to another and work who shot to fame in the ’60s with hits including with the same people time and again and meet new Sherry and Big Girls Don’t Cry. Since then, they’ve sold actors. You always need to stay focused and bring new more than 175 million records worldwide. ideas to what you do,” he says. “Nothing is a given in Goldstein’s job is all about bringing back the ’60s. this business. He draws on the era’s cornerstone sartorial highs, from “Costume design has to be aware of current trends narrow men’s suits, crooner-style tuxedo jackets and because the audience will always see things with contrast-coloured pants, cropped shorts and bullet bras modern eyes; the outfits need to be attractive. They’re plus pointy-toe shoes for women. as much about the character as they are of the period in “I grew up listening to the music of Frankie Valli, so which they are set.” \ email@example.com the job of costume designer was really about reliving my childhood,” recalls Goldstein, who was born » Jersey Boys returns for a 14-week season at the in New Jersey and moved in 1978 to New York, Princess Theatre from January 10. where he still lives. www.jerseyboysaustralia.com.au Divided into four seasons, the show shifts from the soft pastel colours of spring to the candy stripes of
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BeauTy ScriBe \ DHAV NAIDU Is tHrIlleD AboUt tHe New fINDs There are about eight weeks to Christmas, but who is counting? The closer to Christmas the more interesting the launches, and this month there are treats aplenty arriving at the counters. So start dropping hints and clear some room in your beauty cupboard for these gems.
Guerlain Complexion Divas Météorites Perles Du Dragon (illuminating powder, $115) and Météorites Wulong (pressed powder, $280) are the twin-powered decadence for touch-ups. Each imparts the legendary silkiness of the famed Guerlain Météorites range – pure indulgence.
Tom Ford Fall Color Collection 2012 Eye Color Quad in Emerald and Enchanted ($100 each) are sexiness incarnate, the colours ooze the sultry heydays of Studio 54 with a jolt of the now – totally in love.
Encounter Calvin Klein Eau de Toilette (100ml, $120) – this much-anticipated men’s fragrance is every bit sexy and captivating. Developed by Honorine Blanc and Pierre Negrin, it masterfully blends pepper, Egyptian jasmine, patchouli, cognac, oud, Atlas cedar and musk to impart one memorable scent.
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CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS WORKSHOP Impress your friends and family with homemade Christmas decorations. You’ll be taught how to make a range of different shapes out of recycled materials. So bring some old curtains or vintage fabric and make an angel from scratch to give as a gift or hang on the Christmas tree. ■ Koonung Cottage Community House, 109 Koonung Road, Blackburn North. November 14, 1-3pm. 9878 6632
SUB-TROPICAL EDIBLES IN MELBOURNE The unpredictable nature of Melbourne’s climate might fool you into thinking common stone fruits are the most exotic fruits willing to grow in our cooler temperatures. But landscape co-ordinator Ryan Young will prove you wrong in this class by showing you the many different varieties that can grow and how to care for them so they flourish. He has 25 years experience in the horticultural industry and has an infectious zest for all things green. ■ Bulleen Art & Garden,
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NOLAN & THE TRUE BEGINNINGS OF THE KELLY PAINTINGS Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series was fraught with anger and lust. He began the paintings at Heide, the home of John and Sunday Reed, and completed the series with input from Sunday, with whom he was having an affair. The series of 27 paintings remained at Heide when the artist left the house in emotionally charged circumstances. Sunday Reed not only refused to leave her husband for the artist, but also later refused to return 25 of the 27 paintings. Volunteer guide Elle Hanson will take you through the story of this famous series, from inception in the dining room of Heide I, to its storage at the Doll’s House, to the gallery wall. ■ Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen. November 13, 2pm. 9850 1500
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’ve only ever been chauffeur-driven once. It was a terrible letdown. There I was in the rear seat of a long-wheelbase Bentley behind a guy in a peaked cap who was acting upon my every instruction, and I discovered a cut-glass port decanter and matching glasses behind a small wooden door that hinged down to form a little table. There were two problems. First, it wasn’t even lunchtime, and second, the damn thing was empty. Ho hum. Decanters are one of the most popular back-seat options among the rich and famous. Rolls-Royce has released figures showing that more than half the buyers of its Ghost (that’s the cheap Rolls-Royce, meaning you usually get enough change for a six-pack out of $1 million) and 80 per cent of Phantom buyers (think a mill-and-a-half plus) order what the company terms “bespoke personalisation”. This can consist of anything from decanters, unique paint and upholstery, cigar humidors and picnic baskets to the removal of the back seat and its replacement with wooden pens for the transport of prize-winning rams. That last one may just be an urban myth, but the story circulated around the Western District squattocracy for years. I once asked Rolls-Royce about it but the company pleaded rolls-royce bespoke four-person picnic set client confidentiality. The personalisation boom has led to a doubling of employees in the bespoke division, where the completed car is sent for The Italians have taken personalisation to new heights. its custom fit-out. When this is added to the fact that Were you to tot up every paint, upholstery and trim Rolls-Royce experienced record sales last year, things combination available for your new Ferrari or in Goodwood could be said to be going splendidly. Maserati you’d come out somewhere north of Of course, Of course, custom work takes time, but custom work $4 million, and that wouldn’t even include the Rolls-Royce buyers never seem to be in a hurry. heritage colours they offer from their colour archives. takes time Ditto Ferrari buyers, however fast they may drive. Or you can order your own colour. Take in a When they are ordering, well, historically they’ve swatch of fabric and the Italian paint maestros will been known to wait years, and even then wind up with match it exactly and suggest complementary colours for a different model from the one they ordered. the interior.
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Of course, things can go wrong. There’s a famous story in the Sydney motor industry about a special-order Porsche that specified colours so frightful that the factory checked them twice. It was yellow and its bright-blue upholstery had gold piping. The problem arose when its buyer died while it was on the ship to Australia. The dealer was stuck with it; even his wife wouldn’t take it. Then a clever salesman took it to the Parramatta Leagues Club and sold it the same night. Team colours. \ firstname.lastname@example.org
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Education \ There are routines and skills that children need to learn at home before they are ready for primary school, writes ANGELA ALLAN.
efore sending your child to primary school for the first time there are things that need to be in place at home, says renowned education consultant Katy Walker. Walker, founder of Early Life Foundations, says that before starting school, children benefit from learning independence skills, such as dressing themselves, carrying their own bag and becoming familiar with routines. “We often encourage parents to establish some routines – getting themselves dressed, making their own bed, packing their own bag – and, in the evening, make sure there is a regular bedtime and read stories together before bed.” Lisa Joseph, a prep transition co-ordinator at Eltham East Primary School, agrees routines can help with the structured pace of school life. “A routine is important so the child knows the things they need to do before they leave and when they get home from school, but you also need to be careful not to put too much into their world. They need time to be still and quiet and just play.” Play is a big part of developing a strong vocabulary, but Walker encourages parents to do this in a friendly, natural way – engaging the child in conversation at the dinner table with no distractions or having them read stop signs or cars’ number plates while in the car.
“Parents often think preparation involves having their child recite the alphabet and we say that’s not part of preparation for school,” says Walker. “It’s actually more making literacy and numeracy fun and real; we don’t want children to be scared of reading and writing because they’ve been forced to do it over the Some summer holidays before school starts.” children spend Walker says separation anxiety is another a second year issue that may need attention before a child at kinder enters school. “If they had separation anxiety in pre-school, it’s a good idea for the parents to talk to the school ahead of time and work out a strategy that would be helpful to the child.” While children mature at varying rates, there is no proven difference in school readiness between boys and girls. But social maturity and confidence are factors starting school. The main thing for [assessing] readiness when deciding whether a child is ready to start school, is emotional and social maturity; it’s not so much says Joseph. academic ability.’’ “We want children to be confident when they come Natasha Elkington, director and teacher of and confident in their ability to learn,’’ she says. ‘‘Being four-year-old kinder at Briar Hill Pre-School, says able to be social and talk to the teacher about things there is a trend towards having children spend a second they like or have a conversation about the character in year at kinder because parents are more aware of the the book are important signs the child is socially ready importance of social maturity on the child’s confidence for school.’’ and self-care skills. Walker adds: “Some boys need an extra year before ‘‘Children that go on to school who aren’t emotionally
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At ELTHAM we are more than just teachers. We are advisors, advocates, coaches, partners and friends. We choose to stand beside you in learning, instead of in front of you. We see you as an equal, not as a child. We’re not here to tell you what you can’t do. We are here to show you that you can do anything. And we’ll be right by your side as you learn to take risks, push your limits, release your talents and discover your passion. It’s a true partnership in learning and just one more way you can live your passion at ELTHAM. Start your journey at an ELTHAM in Action Tour 9.15am Friday 16 November. Visit our website for more info.
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Is your child ready? Use this checklist to determine some necessary skills. l A level of independence/self-care (ability to dress themselves, carry their own bag, open their lunchbox) l Ability to follow routine l A level of social and emotional maturity l Good language skills l Ability to engage in creative play l Ability to interact and communicate with others l Confidence l Coping skills and resilience l Ability to look after their own belongings
dIary dates campus tours & events OUr Lady Of SiOn COLLege \ BOx HiLL Runs its final tour for 2012 on November 12 at 9am. To register your attendance, call the college on 9890 9097. Application for enrolment for year 7, 2014, closes on Friday, March 1, 2013. 1065 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill. yarra VaLLey grammar \ Middle and senior school tour November 26, junior school tour November 28, and early learning centre tour November 29. All tours begin at 9.30am. Yarra Valley Grammar, Kalinda Road, Ringwood. Call the admissions office on 9262 7700. eLtHam COLLege \ eLtHam Action tour, all year levels, November 16. Starts 9am. No bookings required. Personal tours on request. 1660 Main Road, Research. Call 9437 1421 or visit www.elthamcollege.vic.edu.au
ready find they can’t cope with the social aspects, even with all their language and mathematical knowledge,’’ says Elkington. “The social and emotional aspect will impact on them later in life.’’ The decision to send children to school can’t be just based on their age, says Elkington. ‘‘Parents come into kinder and ask teachers to make the decision, but it has to be parents who make the decision, and we want what’s best for them both.’’ \ firstname.lastname@example.org
LOyOLa COLLege \ WatSOnia A Catholic co-educational secondary school, the final “Learn about Loyola” morning tours for 2012 are 9.15-11am on November 12 and December 3. This includes morning tea with the principal. Bookings essential. 325 Grimshaw Street, Watsonia. Call community liaison, Maureen Lonsdale, 9433 0228.
OUr Lady Of merCy COLLege \ HeideLBerg Last twilight school tour this year is November 20, 4.30-6pm. 52 Cape Street, Heidelberg. Bookings: call reception on 9459 2511. KingSWOOd COLLege \ Middle and senior school tour November 1, 9.30-10.30am; early learning centre and junior school tour November 13, 9.30-10.30am. 355 Station Street, Box Hill. Call 9896 1700. iVanHOe grammar SCHOOL \ PLenty Campus scholarship information evening 7.30-9.30pm, November 20, 730 Bridge Inn Road, Mernda; and Buckley House campus tour 9-10.30am, November 23, The Ridgeway, Ivanhoe. Call 9490 3426. trinity grammar \ KeW Founders’ Day Fair, November 18. 10.30am4.30pm 40 Charles Street, Kew. 9854 3600. Siena COLLege \ CamBerWeLL Open morning and tour, 9.30-11am, December 7. 815 Riversdale Road, Camberwell. Bookings: www.siena.vic.edu.au Santa maria COLLege \ nOrtHCOte Tour, 9am, November 19. 50 Separation Street, Northcote. Bookings essential. Call 9489 7644
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hile most year 12 students are diving into exams this month, Mont Albert’s Darcy Taylor is hitting the pool for diving of a different kind. Taylor, 18, is one of Australia’s most promising young divers and recently showcased his talent at the World Junior Diving Championships in Adelaide, winning two bronze medals.
Taylor trains up to nine times a week
“The home crowd made it pretty fun and special,” says Taylor. “It was exhilarating, probably the biggest crowd I’ve dived in front of. I was pretty nervous, the adrenalin was pumping but I was able to keep it together.” Taylor claimed his first medal in the three-metre individual springboard, finishing just five points shy of the silver medal. His second podium finish was in the three-metre synchronised springboard with teammate Matthew Barnard. It was Taylor’s second world championships after competing in the 2008 event in Aachen, Germany. ‘‘I was only 14 then so I was in the bottom age of the bottom age group, but, nevertheless, I had a good experience there,’’ he says. This year he won three golds at the Australian
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Junior Championships, picked up gold and silver at championships in Britain and Malaysia, and claimed bronze at the 2009 World Youth Games in Sydney. Taylor started diving 11 years ago, after he was spotted by a diving coach at Surrey Park following one of his regular swimming lessons. “I’d jump off the diving boards at the end of my session, just for a bit of a thrill, and the diving coach there asked me if I’d like to try one day,” he says. “Then I got picked up by the high-performance squad in 2006, and that’s when I moved into the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and took it a bit more seriously.” Taylor is coached by former Olympian Mathew Helm and trains up to nine times a week, fitting in 28 hours of diving training around his year 12 commitments at Trinity College. Because of an old thumb injury he has focused on the springboard ahead of the platform disciplines. “I took some time off from platform because it was bad for my thumb, and then I guess I excelled on the springboard and never looked back,” Taylor says. “I do hope to get back into platform one day, though.” With his junior championship days over, Taylor’s eyes are firmly focused on the 2016 Olympics in Rio, as well as several other international tournaments. “It’s [Rio] definitely a goal of mine and hopefully over the next four years I can gain some valuable experience that will help me,” Taylor says. “The Commonwealth Games would be exciting. I’d love to make that team, and the world championships in 2013 and 2015.” With a strong interest in commerce and real estate, Taylor has some big decisions to make concerning his future education, but he’s confident he will be able to continue to juggle the demands of university and diving. “There’s a lot of options, so hopefully I can find something that will work for both.” \ EwEn McRaE email@example.com
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n a few more years the trees on Bali Hi Boulevard will be tall and leafy enough to have branches arching over the road. Each tree will get the chance to find full expression rather than end up Y-shaped to accommodate power lines, for there are no unsightly powerlines here. Over time, the street trees will be looking quite stately – a good pairing with this house, which, over time, has also been changed. The extensions to this house added two bedrooms to the existing three upstairs, plus an outdoor terrace that is actually the flat roof of the covered outdoor entertainment area downstairs. In the renovation, bathrooms and the kitchen were also updated. The area below the new bedrooms to the rear of the house is a spacious family room with tall windows looking out to the swimming pool, garden and back porch. And what a porch it is. Protected from the elements on two sides by the house, this space, with its Corinthian columns, might be better described as an outdoor dining room. “In summer we virtually live out here,” the vendor says. “It is so beautiful and quiet. And when the magnolias are in bloom the scent is just wonderful.” The extension’s family room leads back into the open-plan kitchen with its own meals area. It is a great kitchen with granite countertops and splashback and a 120cm Rosieres Paul Bocuse range cooker, which has four gas burners, a cast-iron griddle and two ovens, one of which is pyrolitic. A jarrah-topped island bench with an undermount sink provides additional work space while white-painted kitchen cabinets, pantry and drawers provide ample storage. It would be fair to say that is house is definitely “moreish” when you count its meals areas and cooking facilities. While this is a house for people who enjoy cooking, it
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is also for people who like to read. Three wall-mounted bookshelves stand in the formal lounge, with two of them flanking the open fireplace. The book-filled lounge room on the right side of the tiled entry is one of the first features you encounter when you walk into the house. To the left of the entry is a hallway that leads to a study and a powder room with a shower. The lounge opens to the formal dining room, which has a door to the patio and another to the fabulous kitchen and the family rooms. It seems appropriate that, in this foodie’s house, the walls are shades of mocha, with the exception of a highlight section in the dining room, which has turquoise wallpaper. Bathrooms are all fully tiled and fitted out with luscious, oval Kohler sinks set on shiny chromed frames with curved railings. The main bathroom has a bath in the same style and two dressing areas. Multipane windows in almost every room are an element of design followed through by the use of multipaned kitchen cabinet doors. Even the light fittings above the island bench are set in a rectangular frame with multiple panes. Outside, the garden is planned to provide colour throughout the year, the vendor says. It is also a scented garden, with a row of magnolias providing fragrance in the back garden and a row of gardenias doing scent duty in the front. Lawn is restricted to a patch beside the swimming pool and two circular areas in the front garden. This part of Templestowe feels like country, quiet and serene, but is well serviced by schools and shops. It has come a long way from being apple and pear orchards established by pioneering fruit growers of the Serpell family. A road and primary school bear that name. \ SIEW-CHING GOH firstname.lastname@example.org
Jellis Craig \ 9851 3888
Price \ $1.1 million – $1.2 million
Auction \ November 10 at 11am
Fast facts \ A renovated house with classic and contemporary touches; multiple living areas; open fireplace in the formal lounge and family room; five bedrooms upstairs (two with en suites); two walk-in dressing areas in the main bedroom and built-in wardrobes in the other bedrooms; large outdoor terrace upstairs; an even larger, covered outdoor entertainment area downstairs; solar-heated in-ground pool and spa; attic storage; easy-care garden front and back; close to Serpell Primary School; a short drive to East Doncaster Secondary College, and shops in The Pines shopping centre and Tunstall Square. Templestowe \ 20kms from the city
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DONCASTER The Boulevard hugs the renowned Ruffey Lake Park and houses here only rarely become available. The ever-popular, family-friendly and well-serviced Doncaster has its share of grand four-bedroom palaces but few can match this position and aspect. This is definitely a shoes-off residence where white marble floor tiles and expanses of white carpet dominate. Combined with white walls, the effect is of elegant refinement. A formal living and dining space has an open fireplace with marble surrounds, quality fixtures and drapes. The large kitchen with pantry and stainless-steel appliances is joined by an informal meals and rumpus room to form an L-shaped living space that surrounds the outdoor paved entertainment area. An additional room attached to the rumpus could be used as a kids’ games room or guest room. The sweeping staircase with its imposing balustrade ends in a first-floor balcony area. The main bedroom is a large suite with double-door entry, walk-in wardrobe and white spa en suite. The two bedrooms at the front of the house have great park views and are the pick of the four. The tidy outdoors has a row of very high pittosporums on the rear boundary, ensuring plenty of privacy from the envious neighbours. Most entertaining, especially when involving unruly friends bearing red wine, can take place over the road in the park. \ EMMA HOUGHTON
Barry Plant \ 9842 8888 51 The Boulevard Price \ $1 million + Auction \ November 17 at 11am
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7 Lempriere Close, Templestowe ................................................................. Price: $2.5 million ................................................................. Private sale ................................................................. OFI Sat 3-3.30pm .................................................................
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Barry Plant \ 9842 3222 5 Tolstoy Court Price \ $720,000 + Auction \ November 10 at 11am
This solid family house built in the late 1970s has been updated in part and has been much loved by the owners for more than 30 years. The large single-storey house has four bedrooms running along the south side. The main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and a smart, updated en suite with frameless shower. The original main bathroom with ’70s tiles awaits the same treatment. The kitchen has stainless-steel Blanco appliances and plenty of timber cabinetry. Recently updated, it is a stylish and functional space. Three living spaces include a formal lounge and dining area with open fireplace, an informal meals area and a large rumpus room. All three open to a large glass-enclosed sunroom with vaulted glass ceiling and surrounds. This addition has transformed and expanded the living spaces and created a large entertainment area. The sunroom has a built-in barbecue with mains gas, and roof windows ensuring great ventilation. \ EMMA HOUGHTON
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A hilltop position in Templestowe´s finest court location defines this premier 4000sqm estate combining luxurious family living with first class entertaining. Let's eat lunch @ Senses, 124 James Street Let's eat dinner @ Vibrante, 113 James Street Let's drink coffee @ Carlucci's, 134 James Street
This house on the higher side of the street is five years young and owner-built. “We designed and built it,” says the vendor, “and chose all the fittings, from taps to floors to doors and doorknobs.” The result is a townhouse designed for busy people. Nothing here needs updating. Plantation shutters on all the windows and hardwood floors give the downstairs living areas clean lines and a fuss-free feel. The heart of this house is its spacious openplan kitchen and family/meals area. White CaesarStone benchtops are matched with wide, soft-close drawers and cupboards in a kitchen fitted with Miele appliances
(900mm hob, two wall ovens and a microwave oven conveniently tucked below the island bench). Twin doors open from this area to a paved backyard and garden. Upstairs are three carpeted bedrooms and an informal lounge. The main bedroom has a walk-in dressing area and an en suite with Rogerseller fittings, accentuating the clean lines of the interiors throughout. This townhouse, on about 327 square metres of land, is one of two on a subdivided block. It is close to schools, shops and the freeway. The agent confirms that there is no common land shared by the two properties; a wide driveway that leads to the property at the rear belongs to that property. \ SIEW-CHING GOH
Fletchers \ 9859 9561 2 Gilbert Street Price \ $770,000 – $840,000 Auction \ November 10 at 1pm
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Marie Horton and son Geoff established this shop focusing on Australian-made products 20 years ago. It has become a one-stop shop for cut flowers, gifts and crafts. The fragrance of flowers and displays of glassware, ceramics, cards and prints makes it a gallery space with extra appeal. Locals anticipate the change of displays every six weeks, heralding the regular rotation of stock. The spectacular presentation of cut flowers makes them a special gift. A wide range of silk flowers is available and qualified staff are on hand to customise arrangements. Open Monday to Saturday. \
As a teenager Greg Thomas’ mum sent him to the local jeweller to begin an apprenticeship. Some 35 years later his life as a professional jeweller has endured and he has taken the helm at Tunstall Jewellers. Thomas restores and creates jewellery in the shop and provides a range of services including resizing, repairs, pearl threading, jewellery cleaning and watch batteries and repairs. The shop stocks a wide variety of jewellery. Standing out among the current stock is the Millefiori range of Italian glass jewellery. Open Monday to Saturday. \
For more than 20 years How’s That Fashions has been helping women find outfits for events and weddings. Specialising in mother-of-the-bride fashions, expert staff are trained in creating the perfect ensemble. Particularly popular are the labels Laura K and Eve Hunter, which produce affordable evening wear that fit women beautifully. Fashion accessories and casual wear are available, with Yarra Trail, Gordon Smith, Black Apple and Jump in stock. Fresh styles and new stock arrive every month so up-to-date looks are always available. Open Monday to Saturday. \
The 15 practitioners at Simply Natural Therapies provide services that guide people to healthy solutions through the commonsense approach of combining traditional medicine with complementary therapies. Hypnotherapy, acupuncture, massage, naturopathy, kinesiology and reflexology are some of the therapies available. They have found success in treating weight loss, anxiety and infertility. Classes are also available in yoga, meditation and natural childbirth. The shop stocks products that promote a healthy mind, body and soul. Open Monday to Saturday. \
OPTICAl IN SIGHT 65 Tunstall Square, 9841 8675 The two optometrists at Optical in Sight are therapeutically qualified and use the latest retinal-imaging equipment. This means eye diseases such as glaucoma can be diagnosed and treated here. Both optometrists specialise in children’s vision and visit local preschools and schools to provide vision screening. In-store appointments are made for eye testing and fitting glasses and contact lenses. A range of frames is stocked. French Azzaro frames with Swarovski crystal components are popular. Brendan O’Keefe uses surgical-grade titanium in his frames. Open Monday to Saturday. \ EmmA HOuGHTON
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A low picket fence and two lovely trees – a cascading elm and a Manchurian pear – do their bit to provide privacy in the front garden of this 1920s Californian bungalow. Brick pillars supporting the front verandah, painted gables and stained-glass windows start a long list of period features still intact. The house was modernised 12 years ago with the addition of a combined family and meals area at the rear, another bedroom, and a revamp of the kitchen and both bathrooms. The front of the house is almost untouched, apart from a fresh lick of paint here and there. Timber panelling, picture rails and the original ceiling decorations in the entrance set the tone for the front half of the house. This solid, single-storey structure lends itself to further extensions, whether up or out. The current owners clearly spent a bit of time with the gardening gloves on. The large backyard is a haven for roses, serviced by four freestanding water tanks. \ LEXI COTTEE
Fletchers \ 9859 9561 11 Hopetoun Parade Price \ $720,000 – $780,000 Auction \ November 10 at noon
Barry Plant Manningham 9842 8888 3
Fletchers Canterbury 9836 2222 2
Lots of bedrooms, a big pool and plenty of separate living areas make this solid-brick house ideal for large families. It is at the end of a tree-lined cul-de-sac, where the only cars to disturb street ball games are those of your family and neighbours. This unusually shaped block has a large front garden and an L-shaped house that appears to be designed around the swimming pool and spa. The triple garage has been partially converted into a gym, but enough space remains for two cars. There are four bedrooms, with the main bedroom at the front overlooking the garden. Its en suite has recently been renovated, with stone benchtops and olive-coloured cupboards matching the décor in the bedroom. The galley kitchen is lined with timber cupboards and opens to the meals and family area, which has glass doors leading out to the pool, as does the rumpus room beyond and the formal dining room, which is currently being used as a study. \ LEXI COTTEE
Jellis Craig \ 9851 3888 5 Malei Court Price \ $790,000 – $850,000 Auction \ November 17 at 11am
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hockingstuart Blackburn 9894 8788 4
51 Harold Street, Bulleen ................................................................. Price: $640,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 10 at noon ................................................................. OFI Thu 6-6.30pm; Sat 11.30am-noon .................................................................
34a Somers Street, Burwood ................................................................. Price: $520,000 - $570,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 10 at 1pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 4.30-5pm; Sat 12.30-1pm .................................................................
99-101 Flannery Court, Warrandyte ................................................................. Price: $1.3 million + ................................................................. Private sale ................................................................. OFI By appointment .................................................................
4 Tara Avenue, Blackburn ................................................................. Price: $630,000 - $690,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 17 at 11am .................................................................
Three separate living areas, generous bedrooms, renovated kitchen, spectacular city views. Oh, and a popular Bulleen location. Sound enticing? Then step inside.
Fully renovated throughout and hidden privately behind a high fence with video intercom and security entry, this unique modern lifestyle alternative is delightful.
Treat your family to the ultimate tree change in this exceptional house on breathtaking acreage featuring superb pool house, resort-style saltwater pool/spa.
Well-presented 1950s weatherboard on large north-facing allotment of 782sqm (approx) with 24-metre frontage. Ideal new house site or redevelop (STCA).
Let's eat lunch @ Café Vue at Heide, 7 Templestowe Rd Let's eat dinner @ Tao's, 201 Bulleen Road Let's drink coffee @ Bulleen Expresso, 28/79 Manningham Rd
Let's eat lunch @ Zouz Café, 1420 Toorak Road Let's eat dinner @ Il Borgo, 1385 Toorak Road Let's drink coffee @ Foodrinkery, 22 Banksia Street
Let's eat lunch @ The Bakery, 193 Yarra Street Let's eat dinner @ Warrandyte Retreat, 104 Melbourne Hill Rd Let's drink coffee @ Warran Glen Café, Warrandyte Road
Let's eat lunch @ Gourmet Girl, 21 Salisbury Avenue Let's eat dinner @ De Fazio's, 155 Whitehorse Road Let's drink coffee @ Jam For Joe Café, 184 Surrey Road
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Fletchers Whitehorse 8833 8888 2
45 Milton Street, Nunawading ................................................................. Price: $600,000 - $660,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 10 at 4pm ................................................................. OFI Wed 1.30-2pm; Sat 3.30-4pm .................................................................
Barry Plant Blackburn 9878 0222 3
27 Sylvia Street, Blackburn South ................................................................. Price: $600,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 24 at 11am ................................................................. OFI Sat 10-10.30am; Sun 11-11.30am .................................................................
doncAster eAst Perfectly positioned with Blackburn Lake and primary school at the end of the street, this house provides scope for a comprehensive renovation or a new home.
Every now and then along comes a house that you can picture living in the moment you set foot inside and discover its magical charm. This is one such house.
Let's eat lunch @ Station St Café Wine Bar, 26 Station Street Let's eat dinner @ Persian Flavours, 338 Springvale Road Let's drink coffee @ Rosaria's Café, 151 Springvale Road
Let's eat lunch @ Page's Café, 4-8 Vicki Street Let's eat dinner @ The Saffron House, 96 Canterbury Road Let's drink coffee @ Charlotte's Corner, 106 Canterbury Road
Landfield real estate \ 9841 4433 48a st Clems road Price \ $580,000 + Offers \ Closing November 20 at 5pm
Hidden at the rear of 48 St Clems Road sits this modern single-storey house. Open-plan living, lots of light, and a big, airy kitchen are the hallmarks of its modern floor plan. The entrance is part of the elevated lounge room, which is also an internal access to the double garage. A left turn down a small flight of stairs takes you to the family, kitchen and meals area. This is the hub of the house. Polished timber floorboards meet dark cabinetry and mottled stone benchtops in the kitchen and island bench. Stainless-steel appliances, including a double oven and stovetop, combine with a white-tiled splashback to continue the café-influenced décor. Designer pendant lights hover above the dining room table, which looks out to a covered deck area through big windows and sliding doors. The bathrooms have been fitted with modern vanities, a separate shower and bath in a colour palette that matches the kitchen. All bedrooms are carpeted and have either built-in or walk-in wardrobes. \ LeXI COTTee
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Parkview perfection and a premium lifestyle in a privileged position Blessed by the finest position on one of Melbourne´s top 10 streets, this extraordinary home is distinguished by breathtaking Ruffey Lake Park views as an idyllic backdrop to superior craftsmanship and irresistible charm. A meticulous home, "Iris" (c2003) is a showpiece of classic character and quality features. Amidst the native birdsong that accompanies its privileged parkside position, the clever design of this "builder´s own" 4 Bedroom/2 bathroom home offers expansive Living areas that take full advantage of endless north views over rolling green hills (with not another house in sight). 34 The weekly review \ november 7, 2012
Classically styled with uncompromising attention to aesthetics (papered dado walls, ornate ceilings, leadlighting and clawfoot bath just to name a few), this warm, welcoming home comprises family-flexible spaces including large Family room, superb formal Living/Music room, stunning French Provincial Kitchen/Butler´s Pantry and lovely OP casual areas bifolding to huge parkside entertainer´s balcony (al fresco Kitchen). Country-serene living so close to every family amenity including freeway, Westfield shopping, excellent schools and public transport
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Saturday 24th November at 2pm Wednesday 7-7.30pm & Saturday 4-4.30pm 525 sq. metres approx.
Contact Dallas Taylor 0408 217 778 Matthew Dunn 0401 817 298
Office Doncaster 9851 3888 jelliscraig.com.au
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DONCASTER EAST 1 & 2/170 Blackburn Road 4
Opportunity knocks twice Two fantastic units to choose from. Great location minutes to The Pines, schools and shops. Ideal investment or owner occupy. Offering 3 bedrooms with single lock-up garage or 4 bedrooms and carport
Expressions of Interest Closing 13th November at 5pm Inspect Saturday 12-12.30pm Estimate $410,000-$460,000 each Contact Andrew Keleher 0417 599 135 Office Doncaster 9851 3888 jelliscraig.com.au
TEMPLESTOWE 38 Jenkins Drive
Refined, Relaxed, The Ultimate Resort Style Retreat A significant allotment surrounds this exceptional residence´s designer decking with spa, pergola, swimming pool and tennis court. Luxurious forma, family and entertaining spaces are served by a superb modern kitchen. Upstairs retreat, home office, triple garage.
Private Sale Inspect By Appointment Price $1.338m Land 1687 sq. metres approx. Contact Dallas Taylor 0408 217 778 Andrew Keleher 0417 599 135 Office Doncaster 9851 3888 jelliscraig.com.au
5 Orion Street Balwyn North
Premium Parkside Family Luxury
Offering sweeping views to Yarra Ranges and backing onto expansive parkland, this light filled home combines clean lines, generous dimensions and deluxe finishes for exceptional executive family living. Featuring 4 large bedrooms (master with spa ensuite), two living zones, study, gourmet kitchen with meals area and stunning north-facing garden complete with alfresco dining, spa/plunge pool and basketball court. With 3 bathrooms, parquetry floor, gas log fire, heating/cooling, ducted vacuum, security and video intercom systems, double glazing, triple garage and 7000 lt water storage. Walk to Bellevue Primary, bus, shops and close to Kew High and freeway.
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Blackburn 17 Blackburn Road Victoria 3130 Box Hill 927 Whitehorse Road Victoria 3128 Doncaster East 282 Blackburn Road Victoria 3109
9877 1277 9889 8800 9841 9000
Thurs 12.30 - 1.00pm Sat 11.00 - 11.30am Jack Zhang 0433 448 554 Steven Chen 0411 763 956
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Comfortable family home
Perfectly positioned in the heart of Doncaster East, this property is close to a vast range of shops, schools and public transport. The ground floor features both formal and informal living areas, a guest bedroom with a semi ensuite, an emporite kitchen with granite bench top and a generous sized and well manicured garden. Upstairs youâ€™ll find 3 good sized bedrooms with an ensuite in the main, a retreat area and a separate bathroom and toilet. This property will not disappoint.
Auction: Saturday 10 November at 12.30pm
Inspect: Thur 2pm to 2.30pm & Sat 12pm to 12.30pm Peter Stamatis 0418 536 553
DoNcASter eASt 25 MCKenzIe Street
Warm and comfortable home with room to move
This well maintained home has been well designed with future growth in mind. The house is positioned near the front of the block with a large rear garden. You can comfortably live in it as it is, extend off the kitchen and living area or consider building another in the rear (STCA) - the choice is yours. Add to this its convenient location close to schools, public transport, parks & an abundance of shopping centres and you canâ€™t go wrong whichever way you go.
Auction: Saturday 24 November at 12.30pm
Inspect: Wed 2.30pm to 3pm & Sat 12pm to 12.30pm Christina Stamatis 0418 547 226
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6 Fasan Rise
Live the Dream - mortgagee in Possession
Elegant family residence on prestige landscaped acre (approx). Brilliant zoning, grand living-dining room, family informal meals gourmet kitchen, large rumpus, parents retreat adjoins king size bedroom suite (spa ensuite/WIRs), up stairs childrenâ€™s play area. Guest bedroom, childrenâ€™s bedrooms (study nooks-WIRs-ensuites). Alfresco highlights; pool-spa, flood lit synthetic grass t/court, cabana. Deluxe inclusions: heatingcooling, gas log fire, OFP, office, auto garaging (internal access). Handy to private schools. Terms: 10% deposit, 30-60 day settlement.
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339 MitchaM Road - MetRoMitchaM.coM
Location is unbeatable in leafy Mitcham Rd, on the steps of shops and cafes, parks and train station a lazy walk away. metro is one of the best equipped and designed developments offering; Dual air-con to all apartments, lifts to all levels, basement car parking, stainless steel appliances with wok burners, blinds included, 100% pure wool carpets, Ceasar stone tops, choice of colour schemes, City & Dandenong views. Massive Stamp Duty savings of nearly $20,000 and still eligible for $7,000 in First Home Buyers Grant! Building already started, completion May 2014.Call now for more information.
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48A St ClemS Rd
ExquisitE, modErn, convEniEnt, complEtE....
Stunning 3 bedroom SINGLE level unit with fresh, modern finishes. Easy low maintenance living is the goal. Comprising entry, formal sitting area, very spacious sunken open plan kitchen/meals/family areas opening thru to a private al fresco.Master bedroom with fitted WIRâ€™s and deluxe en suite. Internal access double garage. Intercom, vacuum, ducted heating, cooling & alarm. No owners Corporation.
offErs closing: November 20th at 5:00pm(unless sold prior) . pricE: Offers above $580,000 opEn: Thursday- 5:00pm-5:30pm and Saturday -2:00pm-2:30pm contAct: Francis Van Gulick 0418 310 907 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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1 Pilita Street FOREST HILL Prime Location With Endless Opportunities Superbly positioned in a prime location with bus network at Forest Hill Chase, a brisk walk to Nunawading Station & easy access into the city via the Eastern Freeway. Surrounded by excellent schools primary & secondary. Comprising 3 spacious bedrooms, tiled bathroom with separate toilet, cosy lounge room with gas space heater, large laundry, sunlit ďŹ lled kitchen & dble remote control carport. Featuring GDH, evaporative cooling, GHW, alarm system, 800lt water tank & a generous garden including a pizza oven, making it an ideal entertaining area.
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98 South Parade Blackburn
379 Canterbury Road FOREST HILL A3 B1 C1
A Versatile Proposition
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View to offer
Sat 17th November 11am
Thurs 5:30-6 Sat 12-12:30
Anthony Molinaro 0411 061 796
Set opposite Brentford Square shops & restaurants, this is a highly central corner property that offers several options to owner-occupiers & investors. Rent out the blond brick veneer with polished boards, 3 bedrooms, 2 toilets & updated kitchen & bathroom. Renovate to live in & enjoy this central position set behind private front hedges. Or redevelop (STCA) with front & rear access for units, just like the new townhouses next door & across the road. The existing home features lovely natural light from corner windows in the formal lounge & a generous master.
Thurs 2:00-2:30 Sat 3:00-3:30
Anthony Molinaro 0411 061 796
Francis Owl 0433 809 817
Francis Owl 0433 809 817
63 Sales in 31 Days! Sold
Vale Park Drive
Country Club Drive
Plus another 29 properties not shown here St Clems Road
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Short distance to Eastland & Ringwood Central Shopping Precint
AUCTION ON SITE 10th November @ 1pm