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s I write this column, we in Victoria are none the wiser as to why Ted Baillieu felt he could no longer go on as premier and had to stand down from his position in sensational circumstances on Wednesday night last week. Nor is it looking likely that we will hear much of an explanation directly from any of the protagonists by the time you read this. Political palace coups might be played out these days before the baleful TV eyes of the 24-hour news media, but for some reason the public is now expected to accept that the machinations are secret and frankly none of their business. Will these politicians never learn? “They’ve taken stupid pills,” said Liberal Party operative Grahame Morris on Sky News on Wednesday night. And those who have watched the implosion of the federal government since the Rudd coup could only nod in agreement. There’s no way to sell this: another leader chopped down in the twilight. The failure of Ted Baillieu’s premiership will be a disappointment to some and a mystery to so many. He has always been, and will always be, a decent, intelligent, interesting man who seemed to have so much potential in this role when first elected. The opposition tried to make muck stick and they couldn’t, because whatever his faults, a lack of decency is not one of them.

That he seemed not to fulfil his potential is part of that conundrum. He appeared reticent; reluctant, sometimes even downright uninterested, to press home advantages or put issues, or even people, to the sword in the way of the common political kill. Maybe, as some say, he just wasn’t cut out for that kind of ruthlessness. But I’m not sure. Full disclosure: I consider myself a friend of Baillieu outside the world of the media and politics. So you can take this as you want. But as someone who has always highly prized loyalty, I am starting to wonder if it has its limitations. It’s no secret that a determined rump of antagonists – the “religious right”, as one insider calls them – steadily undermined Baillieu from the beginning. Of course, this just goes with the territory of leadership these days, but being who he is, Baillieu never called them out. You might wonder why not. Indeed, through a series of embarrassing and distracting revelations, Baillieu remained steadfastly supportive of a series of compromised individuals anybody else would have thrown under a bus – at the very least in complete exasperation. I’m not sure, in the end, if his loyalty has done him much credit. His former chief-of-staff, Michael Kapel, deeply compromised Baillieu’s office when it was revealed it was in secret communication with ousted

police chief Simon Overland’s great rival, Sir Ken Jones. Baillieu’s coalition partner, Peter Ryan, also has questions to answer about his understanding of the plot to undermine Overland. Baillieu has praised and stuck by both of them. His last chief-of-staff, Tony Nutt, was compromised by revelations about the same issue made in the Herald Sun tapes last week. Yet despite referring the matter to the corruption commission, Baillieu did not sack him or stand him down. That’s probably the way you have to run the shop when you hold power by a couple of seats through an awkward coalition with the Nationals and when you make a decision to trust people. Trouble is, this never ran two ways. One senior Liberal, who has seen them come and go and is very close to the action, said the Baillieu antagonists could never stand it that he was there and just wanted him gone – no matter how drastic the action required. This source, who was as bewildered as he was furious on Thursday morning, said: “Ted doesn’t swim with the sharks, but he can swim a long way.” That’s true, but it doesn’t help when misplaced loyalty drags you out to sea and leaves you to drown. \

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ore than 1500 people have called on the state government to save a Vermont community farm run by disabled workers. Eastern Metropolitan Region Labor MP Shaun Leane tabled the petition to the Victorian parliament last week, calling on the government to ensure developers don’t force the Nadrasca Community Farm out of its property at the Healesville Freeway Reserve. The land is owned by VicRoads, and stretches between Springvale and Boronia roads in Vermont. The Bellbird Dell nature reserve is also within the reserve, while other plots of land are used for open space or leased to farmers and animal trainers. The land was originally earmarked for a freeway but the plans were abandoned in 2009, leading the road authority to announce plans to sell sections for development. The Nadrasca petition comes months after an earlier petition with 4000 signatures was tabled to parliament. It was created by community activists who want the open space at the 17.5-hectare freeway reserve site to be preserved. The looming political battle seems a world away from life on the 3.5-hectare farm on

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Morack Road, where a group of Nadrasca’s workers help look after the property with care and dedication. They have grown vegetables, planted trees and cleared the weeds, following a big dream to turn a section of the property into a community garden one day. Nadrasca general manager Raeoni Turner said after the farm was moved from its Scoresby home in 2004 to make way for the Eastlink freeway, the group thought its long-term future was secure. They invested $200,000 on buildings and equipment and received at least $200,000 from corporate sponsors and supporters. But now Nadrasca’s lease of the VicRoads land has expired and it is on a month-to-month contract.

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farm would gather momentum this year, and he expected to table another set of petitions next week. “VicRoads is in a position where any stream of revenue is very attractive to them. They’ve said they will help [Nadrasca] relocate if they need to move, but it isn’t a desirable outcome,” he said. But Forest Hill Liberal MP Neil Angus criticised Mr Leane for politicising the issue while VicRoads is in the middle of community consultation about the future of the freeway reserve. VicRoads completed its first round of community consultation last year and in the coming months it is expected to release a range of proposals that will be open to public comment. “There’s a very clear, transparent process under way and it has been well documented and available to everyone,” Mr Angus said. “For Mr Leane – in the middle of that process – try to muddy the water and introduce a petition, I don’t think it’s helpful.” Mr Angus said he was “confident” VicRoads wouldn’t overdevelop the freeway reserve site. “Ultimately it’s the government’s decision,” he said. \ KRISTIAN SILVA

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ride week is on a roll Doncaster Primary School students Sophia, Ben, Christian, lana, nicholas and Skye will take to the streets on March 22 for national Ride2School day. They join more than 140,000 students across australia riding bikes, scooters, skateboards and walking buses to school. The national program is run by Bicycle network Victoria and involves 300 schools across the state. Doncaster PS students are encouraged to walk or ride to school for the whole week, with a piece of fruit on arrival as reward for those who do. \ LEXI COTTEE

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Peter Basic, 25, has worked at the farm for three years and says the thought of starting from scratch again at a new property is worrying the workers. “We don’t want to move, we just want to work more here and focus more on doing our job,” he said. Ms Turner said the farm was popular with its neighbours, and many had contacted the group to pledge their support when they heard the site’s future was uncertain. “The farm is a real opportunity for the greater community to see the value of what people with a disability can do,” Ms Turner said. “We’re out in the open … we’re trying to create an environment where anyone can pop in for a coffee or get a gardening plot.” VicRoads metropolitan south-east director Peter Todd said the road authority acknowledged Nadrasca Community Farm as a “valuable community service”, but was unable to guarantee that the land would be left untouched. “VicRoads has had discussions with Nadrasca to gain an appreciation of their concerns and future aspirations and will offer assistance to help them find an alternative location and achieve a secure future if they are required to relocate,” Mr Todd said. Mr Leane said the campaign to save the

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boX hill \ kanGeronG roaD A man tipped two litres of yellow paint on a police car parked outside the Box Hill Police Station in the early hours of March 3. Acting Senior Sergeant Adam Lewis said officers would be reviewing security footage to identify the man. “Obviously, this is not the first time a vehicle has been subjected to damage from someone who has a gripe with us,” Acting Senior Sergeant Lewis said. \









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Donvale \ ellerton coUrt A woman had $7000 withdrawn from her bank account after her handbag was stolen from her house, police say. The woman’s credit card was then taken to an ATM, where the cash was withdrawn. It is not known how many offenders burgled the home at about 2.50am on March 5. Police said the house was left unlocked and there were no signs of forced entry. \ WARRANWOOD

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t may have come six months late, but a $2.3 million upgrade of Burwood East’s Bill Sewart Athletics Track has finally been completed. The track was officially opened on March 1, and it is hoped the new IAAF-standard surface will attract some of Melbourne’s top athletes. The centre, which is used by the Nunawading Athletics Club, Nunawading Little Athletics Club, and the East Burwood Masters Athletics Club, sat vacant last season after renovation work began in October 2011. The Whitehorse Council blamed “heavy and continuous” rain for the project not being ready for its anticipated June completion date. Workers could not lay the polyurethane surface without three weeks of consistent, dry weather. It meant the track was not ready for the start of the 2012-13 season, with competition finally returning to the East Burwood Reserve in late January. Nunawading Little Athletics chairperson Claire Seeley said the club was relieved to be back at the venue. Seeley said membership dropped from 450 to 250 while the club was forced to relocate to Ringwood last season and Doncaster for the first half of the 2012-13 campaign.

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“This will hopefully raise the profile of athletics in Whitehorse,” she said. “Aths is a sport that generally isn’t well funded. Therefore it requires a lot of exposure, and the more events that are held, the more the community becomes aware of its significance.” But she said the athletic centre’s pavilion would need to be renovated before the track could be considered for national or international competitions. The Whitehorse Council contributed

$1.9 million for the upgrade, with the balance supplied by the state government ($300,000) and the local athletics community ($80,000). The venue is now arguably Melbourne’s second-best site for athletics, behind the Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park. The upgrade includes improvements to the high jump, shot put, discus and hammer throw areas, along with the javelin, long and triple jump runways and landing pits. \ KRISTIAN SILVA

car keys lead to ram-raid arrest Old-fashioned detective work led to the arrest of a man following a brazen heist at a Bulleen liquor shop. A stolen white van was driven through the front window of Dan Murphy’s on Thompsons Road on February 20 at 2.50am. On Thursday, February 28, police released footage of the ram-raid, which showed three men scampering through the shop and stealing a large amount of alcohol. By the following Monday morning, police had arrested a 39-year-old Port Melbourne man over the incident and recovered the van. They are now examining forensic evidence to identify the other two suspects. Police allege the 39-year-old dropped a set of car keys during the burglary, which were found later that morning by Manningham Criminal Investigation Unit officers. Detectives contacted the car manufacturer and traced a code on the key to a Holden Barina, and were able to track the man to Collingwood, where he was arrested. It is understood he has not provided any information about the alleged co-offenders. The man has been remanded in custody and will face the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on March 12. \

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A Donvale man who sustained horrific injuries in a mountain biking accident is campaigning to bring a rare form of medical treatment to Melbourne to help people with brain damage. Ivon Davidson, 39, says recovering from the head and neck injuries sustained in the fall six years ago has been “torture”, but he is determined to walk again. Davidson is still wheelchair-bound and his speech is slurred, but he has defied doctors expectations at every turn. Initially doctors predicted that he would die within weeks of the accident, and as recently as August, they told him he would never be able to return to work. But months later, he began part-time at Camberwell company Anderson Kelly doing business analysis and accounting work. Davidson credits part of his recovery to a relatively unknown treatment method called Constraint Induced Therapy (CIT). The treatment works to “re-route” the brain by forcing patients to use their damaged limbs in repetitive exercises, instead of the usual method of strengthening healthy limbs. Davidson and his partner Christine Linden travelled to the US last year for three weeks of

intensive CIT, which they believe could help thousands of stroke and brain injury victims in Australia. “You shouldn’t have to travel to America to get therapy,” Davidson says. Sydney-based Phillip Fay is thought to be the only occupational therapist in Australia with formal CIT training. Fay says patients need at least 40 hours of the therapy, and at $90 an hour, it doesn’t come cheap. But he believes it could help a quarter of the 50,000 people who have strokes in Australia each year. He says he has lobbied several NSW and federal ministers to fund his CIT program, but without success. “They said the main reasons were the length of the sessions and that there aren’t enough people out there who know what they’re doing. “Most of the programs that we run are three to six hours of treatment, which is much more than most rehab centres,” Fay said. Davidson’s next personal goal is to improve his short-term memory and return to work full-time. “I’m still looking for the brain connection with my left arm … but it’s great to be back at work. It’s very stimulating,” he said. Occupational Therapy Australia was unavailable to comment on the treatment. \ KRISTIAN SILVA

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Melbourne’s eastern suburbs will celebrate local cultural and religious diversity with an evening of performances and reflection on World Harmony Day, March 21. The day is part of Victoria’s cultural Diversity Week, and this year the theme is “Many Stories – one Australia”. The date has been recognised as a day of cultural respect in Australia since 1999, and celebrated for five years by the Manningham Interfaith Network. co-ordinator Dot Haynes says it is an opportunity for Victorians to share their culture, faith and language. representatives from Hindu, Sikh, christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Baha’i and Muslim faiths will join the celebrations, including: Fr Shenouda Boutros, from St Shenouda and St Bishoy coptic orthodox parish in Bulleen; His Grace Bishop Suriel, from the coptic orthodox Diocese of Melbourne; Fr Wahid riad, parish priest at Bulleen’s St clement of rome; and rev Michael Goodluck, from St Mark’s Anglican church in Lower Templestowe (above, from left). Whitehorse’s local Interfaith Network has already received a community Achievement Award for its work organising free community events. The network has planned an afternoon of world food, music and games. \ LEXi COTTEE


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Car thefts from Whitehorse have jumped more than 60 per cent according to the latest Victoria Police crime statistics. The number of stolen vehicles rose from 168 in 2011 to 272 last year. Across the muncipality, the total number of recorded offences was up by 10 per cent, with big increases in family violence assaults, drug offences and property damage. The biggest reduction came in robberies, while there were drops in the numbers of home burglaries and items stolen from cars. Whitehorse Inspector Robert May said many of the vehicle-related thefts were preventable: “[They] are primarily opportunistic and unfortunately occur because vehicle owners do not lock their cars.” Manningham recorded a drop in overall crime of 11.7 per cent, but family violence offences rose 19 per cent. Manningham Inspector Geoff Darlison urged victims of domestic violence to speak up. “There needs to be a zero tolerance to this insidious crime category,” he said. Across Victoria, the total number of offences rose by 9.5 per cent. Family violence assaults were up 10.8 per cent, while drug offences rose by 19.1 per cent. \


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he L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF) is arguably this nation’s premier consumer event. CEO Graeme Lewsey affectionately crowns it “a happy marriage of fashion, beauty and business”. This year the festival is showcasing something that has not been done properly here before – a runway show celebrating the infinite beauty of bespoke design. In Australia this is often wrongly labelled as “couture”, which, for myriad reasons of legal, tradition, discipline and authenticity, is a term that cannot be used outside Paris. The tradition of bespoke custom-made, made-to-order or whatever you want to label it is any designers’ gilded shield. It is their ticket to create without restrictions and, as Lewsey says, “it is a magical lot of ingredients that gives birth to the end product”. Akira, Aurelio Costarella, Collette Dinnigan, Rachel Gilbert, Gwendolynne and Toni Maticevski are renowned masters of fabric and design. Their ready-to-wear or off-the-rack creations are quickly snapped up and coveted all over the world. But little do people know that they have burgeoning bespoke business where their creations take on another life. Lewsey states that when he first had the idea to include this often-overlooked and misunderstood niche area of bespoke bridal/formal wear, his aim was to showcase “the pinnacle of Australian design and to celebrate bespoke business”. Why misunderstood, I ask, and he says “there is a thin line between kitsch and taste”. I wholeheartedly agree, especially when it comes to bridal wear. The Red Carpet Runway is the week’s benchmark show. Lewsey is excited that this show will “raise the bar by celebrating, highlighting and harnessing all that is good in the Australian fashion industry”. In an overcrowded market where everyone has an opinion on what is in and/or out, it is nice to allow the consumers to make up their own minds. LMFF caters to the fashion suave and novice alike; it is fashion democracy working at its best. \

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our Cover Sarah Burns from London Management wears Gwendolynne dress, Anton jewellery and holding a Flowers Vasette bouquet. Credits Creative direCtion \ Dhav Naidu PhotograPhy \ Ed Purnomo models \ Sarah Burns and Chrissy (London Management) Grace, Hannah, Julia, and Mary (Giant Management) hair \ Jamie Furlan and Danni Solier (Xiang Hair, QV) make-uP \ Keira Hocking nails \ Essie Nail Polish PhotograPhiC assistants \ Dylan Buzolich and Rob BrettSchneider sPeCial thanks \ to Kelly Tanti and the team at AMPR, Judi Busby, Tom Donato and the superb creative team from Xiang Hair.


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doing or who they were hanging out with wasn’t really that important or life-shattering or, as it turns out for most of us, enduring. Nor were they fat, or ugly, or clever or rad, and being quirky and outrageous isn’t always a good way to get attention. Oh, and Farrah Fawcett hair wasn’t and still isn’t, all that cool (sorry – think that was just me). Anyway, later that night at a party, a friend told me her teenage daughter had spent the afternoon sobbing because she’d gone up a bra size. Poor thing, she knew that once she reached an E-cup her childhood was officially behind her, and a lifetime of unwanted attention and angst about her body was right there in front. Like, literally. Which then lead to that discussion. THE DISCUSSION. The one about whether parents should let their teenage kids do it at home. Some said it’s better to let them be safe and under your roof than in the back of a car or under a tree. Others said no way, make it hard for them, no one gave us a soft bed and a cuppa in the morning. Me, well I found a lovely white picket fence and I sat on it, which doesn’t give the best impact visually, but you know what I mean. I’m not keen to go anywhere near that hot little topic just yet. But one thing I know for sure: teenagers are awkward enough, so I don’t want any extras leaning around my house in bathrobes on a Sunday morning. Not spec, not epic. Like I said, I’m so glad my kids aren’t teenagers yet. \

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’m so glad my kids aren’t teenagers yet. Last week we spent a day at the local pool, which was swimming with teenagers who weren’t swimming, and I think I absorbed some of their anxiety. They were just moving around too much. And none go in the water. Apparently Bieber fringes not only stop boys from seeing, they also stop them from swimming. What I noticed most about our day at the pool is this: people of a certain age sit on towels, some even bring sun tents, and picnic rugs and healthy snacks, and their own fold-up chairs because of, you know, back pain from sustained periods of sitting, and every now and then, if the young ones are insistent enough or drowning, people of a certain age might take a dip with them. But teenagers do not go to the pool to sit on anything nor, as it turns out, to swim. They go there to lean, slouch, huddle in groups and then walk in threes from one end of the pool to another. Absolutely always in threes. They are constantly busy with the business of moving from one spot to another, or one group to another. If someone leaves one group for a moment, maybe to say something utterly useful or hysterically funny to someone in another group, when they return they are usually rewarded with a hug. So spec. So epic. And all that looking around to see who is looking at you must be so exhausting, not to mention the neck pain. Actually, it just pains me everywhere thinking about them thinking about themselves all day. And I wonder if they’ll be like us one day, and look back at their teenage years realising that what they were saying or

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and communications at Melbourne University when he started as a kitchen hand and discovered his flair for hospitality. He began barista work, first at the former Marcello’s Delicatessen in Hampton. Following some travelling, he took up his next (and still current two-day-a-week) role at Martin Street Café and Providore in Brighton. He juggles this with four days a week at Life on Mars – “yes, I’m making coffee six days a week” – where he works wonders with the La Marzocco GB/5 espresso machine and Allpress coffee. Lawry dabbles with latte art and confidently rattles off the origins and flavour profiles of the Supremo house blend and the rotating selection of popular single-origin brews. Mine was Colombian Tolima espresso, full of milk chocolate and hazelnut flavours with a nip of dark cherries. It was so good I ordered a second. “I would love to keep progressing in the industry and learn more about brewing methods and techniques,” Lawry says. “I’m making sure I have all the skills I need to open up my own place in the (near) future.” \


knowing their ambitions and skills would mesh. The pair renovated the Glenferrie Road shopfront of Life on Mars 18 months ago – achieving their desired homespun, earthy look – and gave the café its name because Powell had always been “interested in the planets”. She takes care of “the shop, the books and the staff”, while Zane, whose resumé lists Quay, Icebergs, Stokehouse and Giuseppe Arnaldo & Sons, reinvents classic breakfast and lunch dishes. For the chef, daytime café hours had high appeal after years working in fine-dining venues at night. His breakfast dishes include french toast with confit peach, mango and macadamia crumble, topped with a white nest of Persian fairy floss. My bircher muesli was a textural pleasure – lightly soaked grains, grated green apple and plump blueberries, topped with aerated natural yoghurt, a ground LSA topping (liver-cleansing linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds) and decorated with crimson rose petals. Powell and Zane chose their Allpress coffee blend together, agreeing it would please the locals.

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ine: we can get it any time of the day or “We have a safety switch on every circuit and check night in bars, restaurants and bottleshops, the cords every six months.” but we often forget that wine is made only It’s a danger that can’t be seen that has the most once a year. For Victoria’s winemakers, that time is potential for death at vintage time – carbon dioxide. right now. “Carbon-dioxide asphyxiation has the greatest Winery teams all around the state are about potential, and is probably responsible for most winery halfway through a two-month stint of long deaths (around the world),” Steel says. days and nights, going days without seeing their “A wine tank is a confined space and fermenting wine loved ones and often staying on-site at the winery creates a truckload of CO₂, which displaces oxygen. “You can’t see CO₂ and, at any given time for weeks. during vintage, we have 40 to 50 barrels full of A Yarra Valley cellar hand I spoke to last year was fermenting grapes and juice, which give out a sleeping in a yurt in a paddock near the winery. load of gas.” It’s a bloody tough job being a vigneron and There are Medhurst’s barrel room has a sensor that winemaker, and a load of hard work and measures carbon-dioxide concentration and vigilance goes into a the making of a bottle of three main wine, whether it costs $5 or $500. dangers – and alerts winery workers when there are eight hours of oxygen left in the room, plus an It’s also a potentially dangerous endeavour, snakes aren’t audio-visual “get out immediately” alarm. which came as something of a surprise to one It’s a far cry from Steel’s early days in the me when I first started visiting wineries and wine industry. chatting to winemakers. “My first job at a winery was to clean out a Mind you, nearly every job I’ve ever had has been 20,000-litre tank and all I had (for safety) was a fan. at a desk in a newspaper office, where the sharp We’ve come a very long way since I started in the tongue of an editor or the pointy end of an HB pencil mid-’90s.” is as dangerous as it gets. Aside from the winery-specific dangers there’s a Winemakers and cellar hands are keenly aware of common threat to the safety of farm workers anywhere: their surrounding dangers and build their wineries motorised vehicles. and work practices to safeguard against them. “More people are killed on farms by tractors than “There are three major dangers in making anything else,” says Steel, who adds: “I can’t think of an wine – and snakes in the vineyard aren’t one of individual comparison to what we do.” \ them,” says Matt Steel of Medhurst Wines in the Yarra Valley. “Electricity is the main danger. At a commercial To read more reviews winery everything runs on 440-volt, three-phase visit, electricity and if you get zapped, you stay zapped.

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(South Australia) $74.99; 14.5% ★★★★★ Bin 389 has been cabernet-dominant throughout its 50-odd years of production, but this time around the cabernet is only just ahead. It’s a 51/49 per cent blend and a dark, glass-staining wine, as are all of the new 2010 Penfolds red bin releases. It’s layered, complex and lovely to smell, with blue and black fruits, spice, and vanilla oak. It’s composed in the mouth, with a deep core of similar flavours and a good dose of nutty, coffee oak. Bright and tasty, it’s good drinking now, although its structure and keen, grippy tannins suggest it has a couple of decades ahead of itself. Food match \ Char siu pork

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(Margaret River) $35; 14% ★★★★★ I don’t open much cabernet in the heat of summer, but I opened this after a cool change and thought “whoa!”. It wasn’t the cool relief speaking either. A lovely bouquet of perfumed dark berries, violets, vanilla and cedar oak – the wine spent 14 months maturing in French oak – is alluring, and the blackcurrant, blueberry, bay leaf and chocolate flavours are a delight. Gravelly tannins, bright acid and a finish of blackcurrant, chocolate and blackberry that lasts the distance seal the deal. Food match \ Slow-cooked lamb shoulder

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(Gippsland) $16.99; 13% ★★★★ ½ I tried this, and its Yarra Valley twin, in barrel at the winery last year, and it has delivered on the promise it showed then. Actually, they’re both rather exciting wines for under $20. Aromas of peach, melon, spice, and grapefruit lead to subtle, clean and fresh green melon, lemon and peach flavours that have an assured drive. Smooth texture and linear acid add composure. Be sure not to drink it too cold; its charms reveal themselves as the wine approaches room temperature. Food match \ Chicken pie

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he was named one of Time magazine’s most influential fashion icons last year, yet 72-year-old Patricia Field, a native New Yorker who runs an eclectic boutique on the Bowery, didn’t even know she had made the list until she opened the magazine herself. “My reaction was surprised of course and wow, you think that much of me,” beams a husky-voiced Field, who has been in Melbourne for a week promoting a Sex and the City costume exhibition – at Chadstone Shopping Centre – that she helped curate. “You know, I just do my thing. I don’t see myself as some kind of title.” The style queen has built a loyal following ever since she opened her first shop in Greenwich Village in 1966, but her fans have mostly been won thanks to her role as stylist on the popular TV series Sex and the City and its

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“We didn’t get to locate all of the three bridesmaid gowns,” says Field. “The designer found two and I had to re-create the third for this exhibition.” It’s been seven years since I last visited Field’s boutique in Manhattan, a sensual mix of that trashy club sleaze, sex-den kinky that is about as eclectic as you can imagine – fishnet see-through tops, leopard print in everything from leggings to panties and affordable kitsch jewellery. And there’s still an upstairs hairdresser. It is now two doors up from its previous location on the Bowery. “I’ve spent a lot of time there since we reopened it in May,” says Field. “It needs my presence, not that it doesn’t work without me, but I definitely enjoy being there and taking care of it. My shop is an expression of myself and who I am, but it doesn’t mean I can’t reach my tentacles out to other areas like the Upper East Side of Manhattan.” “Sex and the City was about high end, but it was really about mixing high and low, casual and dressy, old and new and throwing ideas up in the air and coming up with new combinations,” says Field. “Unfortunately we are distracted and railroaded into not following our own fashion instinct because we’re yielded into following celebrities and trends instead of starting from our own unique core. I always say understand yourself and your fashion sense will follow.” \ » The New York City Style exhibition is showing at Chadstone’s Luxury Precinct until March 31.

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hen veterinarian Hugh Wirth agreed The writing of the memoirs took a more serious to a proposal to write his memoirs turn, however, when we delved into Wirth’s two years ago, I thought “yippee”. family background. Then “oh my goodness, what have For years, Wirth has been quoted in newspapers I done?” as saying that his grandfather, George Wirth, who Like countless Melburnians, I’d grown up listening emigrated from Germany, was related to the great to the long-term RSPCA president on ABC radio Wirth’s Circus family. The young Hugh used to visit the and was in awe of Wirth and his work as an animal circus in the ’40s and early ’50s when it was based on the advocate. Compiling his life story was going to be a area now occupied by the arts precinct at Southbank. big responsibility. He discovered in the course of writing the memoirs Hugh Wirth also had a reputation for being cranky. his father, Erich, had fabricated the tale, creating trails Fierce even. I’d heard him tell off many a caller on his that led away from the true story. Documents unearthed Saturday morning pet program with reprimands such by Wirth’s niece, Emma Keeler, revealed an altogether as, “It’s YOUR fault, madam – not the dog’s!” more poignant past in which George abandoned Erich Clients at his Balwyn veterinary surgery copped the and his mother when the boy was 10 years old. same treatment if he thought they were doing the wrong “It just goes to show how unreliable oral history thing by their pet. He didn’t care if he lost clients; the can be,” Wirth says. “I’ve always suspected that when welfare of the animal was always paramount. I was told people tell me there’s nothing wrong with their family of one man who lived just around the corner from the that they’re telling a lie – everyone’s got a dysfunctional surgery who took his overweight dog to a clinic further family, or a dysfunctional aspect to the family.” away for fear of being told off. At 72, Hugh Wirth was initially fascinated In fact, whenever I mentioned working with Hugh by the story, then saddened by it. By the time he Wirth to anyone, they’d almost invariably ask “Isn’t was speaking about it publicly, he was calling the he grumpy?” The other question was always “Is he grandfather he had met only once as a child, with married?” (He isn’t.) Whatever the query, the reaction trademark crustiness, as to the mention of Dr Hugh Wirth was always “that bastard”. animated; people either love him or hate him. His brusque manner masks a softer side. Wirth has gathered many fans in his 40 A former waterside worker I interviewed Wirth years as RSPCA Victoria president and about the RSPCA campaign that ended the is a natural during his 30 years on-air; people who raconteur, full “horses for slaughter” export trade in the early regard him and his dogged determination turned out to be an old client of Wirth’s. of anecdotes ’80s, and eccentricities with affection. In the He recounted how Wirth had castigated him times we spent visiting publishers (there was a for not following a treatment for the family dog short bidding war for his memoirs), he was often to the letter. He also recalled how the family had approached by people who overheard his unmistakable, to take his daughter’s elderly cat to the Balwyn surgery megaphonic voice or who recognised him in the street to be put down. Wirth turned up at their house the next and wanted to chat. A happy banter would follow. day with a kitten with identical markings. His pronouncements on animal welfare have Wirth is well known for liking children and for being drawn detractors, too. He raises the blood pressure kinder to them on-air than to adults. He melts when a of duck shooters annually. He takes on politicians child calls to ask why her budgie’s eggs haven’t hatched and bureaucrats with what seems like relish. He’s or why a pet rabbit always pees on its owner’s leg. been criticised by dog breeders for campaigning – Listeners phone to ask about anything and everything, successfully – against tail-docking and puppy farms. although the show’s presenter, Hilary Harper, jokes that He’s attacked by radical activists for not doing enough. anal glands get a disproportionate airing. Wirth and I recorded his memoirs in the lounge room In person, Wirth is forthright rather than gruff. of his Balwyn home, next door to the veterinary surgery He doesn’t let too many people get close, beyond his he ran until he retired in 2006. His Cairn Terriers Miss sister, Rose, and her family, and a few valued friends. He Lexie (“a real daddy’s girl”) and Lachlan, who has since says he rarely talks about himself personally to others died, were always close by, Miss Lexie constantly vying and reports that even his closest friends are surprised at for attention, dancing around. (Miss Lexie, it must be what they are finding out about him in the memoirs. said, is given a good deal of latitude by her owner given Hugh Wirth has never married although he writes his strict decrees on animal behaviour.) I would look about some early relationships with women. He is up from my notes to see her leaping onto Wirth’s lap matter-of-fact about his preference for living alone with to knock Lachlan out of the way, or to see Molly, one of his pets. Wirth’s two Cornish Rex cats, perched on his shoulders Currently, the household consists of one dog and one contemplating the top of his head. cat, the latest of 16 dogs, 12 cats and assorted sheep and Wirth is a natural raconteur, full of James geese Wirth has owned. Oh, and he has 50 goldfish. He Herriot-esque anecdotes. There is the one about his first maintains that goldfish have personalities. patient, the dead canary. Then there’s the Clydesdale There’s no doubt Wirth lives for animals. He that sat on him. The grand champion chook at the Royal says he couldn’t survive without his pets. He once Melbourne Show that turned out to have been dyed uncharacteristically failed to return my emails or calls black. The client who answered the door to a house for several days – I learnt later that Lachlan had to have call by Wirth, naked. The politician who fell asleep a malignant tumour removed from his hip. Wirth had during a lunchtime meeting with Wirth and an RSPCA been preoccupied worrying about the dog. colleague, who awoke to be told he’d just agreed to form He’s philosophical about the deaths of his animals but a major new animal welfare committee. says he always cries when one dies. He keeps his trips 22 The weekly review \ MARCH 13, 2013

Available for viewing… short when he goes overseas to board meetings for the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to avoid missing the pets for too long. His work with WSPA – the organisation that takes on large-scale issues such as stray dogs in Bali and bear bile farms in Asia – is less well known in Australia than his RSCPA roles. (Wirth headed RSPCA Australia for 21 years and is still on its board.) He joined the London-based WSPA in 1993, a colonial upstart who ruffled the ranks of the conservative organisation by telling them off for having too many English and east-coast Americans on the board. He then rose through various positions to become the organisation’s global head in 2004, the first non-European to do so. Wirth also upset members of his own profession in Australia early on with his outspoken comments – with a very different outcome. He fell out with the Australian Veterinary Association in the 1980s over his activism with the RSPCA and still rues the rift, if not the comments. Aside from that, he has no regrets about the stances he has taken on animal welfare. His stubborn nature and an extraordinary surety of self leave little room for contrition. Wirth attributes his feisty temperament to his early days growing up with a strong mother – he clearly admires strong women – and the influence of Xavier College. As a teenager he argued vigorously and often with the Jesuits at the school, whom he also credits with teaching him how to think. It was during his years studying veterinary science at the University of Queensland that Wirth learnt, through an influential professor, about intensive farming. He has spent decades campaigning against the “factory farming” of chickens and pigs, and confining cattle to feedlots. Live animal export is the other big thorn in his side. Wirth is convinced that opponents of the “cruel trade” will eventually put an end to it. One thing I always wondered about Hugh Wirth was how he handled being exposed to so much animal cruelty over the decades. Didn’t it get to him? “Fortunately all my dogs are excellent listeners so I can have an angry tirade when I get home, have a Scotch in the evening, get over it and keep going,” he says. “The thing that keeps me going is that we get victories every so often and any incremental progress is good. We get less examples of the cruelty we’ve been fighting against,” he says. As we talked I sometimes noticed a tremor in Wirth’s left hand. He revealed that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease four years ago. The disease has put an end to such activities as labouring in his garden, but he is only bothered by it in the sense that it, like old age, might one day affect his voluntary work. In true Wirth spirit, he intends to keep that work up as long as he can draw breath. \ ANNE CRAWFORD Animal attraction: Vet and RSPCA Victoria president Dr Hugh Wirth with his dogs Lachlan and Lexie. (DARRiAn TRAynoR)

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continues to lure her, and when she meets the Irish writer Ernest Gebler, she tosses aside her pharmacy studies and, despite her parents’s objections, marries the older man. In 1958, Edna and Ernest, with their two young sons, move to London. “It was in London that I would find both the freedom and the incentive to write,” O’Brien reflects, adding, “the words tumbled out, like the oats on threshing day …”. In 1960 her first novel, the highly controversial The Country Girls, is published. More books follow. And as O’Brien’s career flourishes, her marriage falls apart. O’Brien’s battle for custody of her children, her relationships, career highs and emotional lows – including one day in a Singapore hotel when she considered seriously taking her own life “People – and a parade of celebrity friends such as have tended Robert Mitchum, Marlon Brando, Marianne to trivialise Faithfull, Roger Vadim, Jane Fonda, Jackie me” Onassis, Gore Vidal and Paul McCartney, allow O’Brien to recall and reflect. It assures the succes of Country Girls as a memoir of worth. The quintessential 20th-century feminist package, O’Brien was smart, sexy and ambitious. Her early novels in particular coincided with Britain’s postwar social and cultural awakening, and cemented her reputation as a courageous thinker who defied convention to state her case. \

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was an ugly child,” writes Edna O’Brien in her new memoir. “So ugly that when Ger McNamara, the son of the couple who lived in our gate lodge and a captain in the Irish army, came to congratulate her, my mother said I was too unsightly to be shown and therefore kept me hidden under the red herringbone quilt.” And so the woman once described by Ireland’s former president Mary Robinson as “one of the great creative writers of her generation” begins her life story. It’s a story O’Brien, now in her 80s, vowed she would never write. But, as she explained in a recent interview with The Independent, “people have tended to trivialise me, my hair, my love affairs … I said to Ed Victor [her agent], ‘When I’m dead, I don’t want this misrepresentation’. And he said, ‘I think you have only one recourse, which is to write your memoir’.” Country Girl: A Memoir begins with O’Brien’s birth in 1930 in the village of Tuamgraney, in County Clare. The once-vast family fortune has vanished, thanks mainly to her father’s excessive gambling and drinking. A quiet and sensitive child, O’Brien finds comfort among books and writing. “I would go out to the fields to write,” she recalls. “The words ran away with me. I would write imaginary stories, stories set in our bog and our kitchen garden …” After finishing school, O’Brien escapes to Dublin and finds a job in a pharmacy. But the literary world

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It’s rare to find a 50-year-old thriller whose peaks have not been blunted by over-familiarity. Hitchcock’s North By Northwest – revived this week in sparkling high-definition by the Astor Theatre – is one such beast. When revisiting the classics, we usually feel an obligation to make allowances, in terms of pace, stunts and spectacle. It’s tempting to say no such allowances are needed here. Even by modern standards, it’s a cracking tale and superb entertainment. The themes of shifting realities and twisting identities almost seem to pre-empt latter-day cerebral thrillers such as Christopher Nolan’s Memento and Inception. That said, some slack must be cut. Cary Grant is, frankly, a bit rubbish. His charisma ultimately wins over the viewer but it’s tempting to imagine how much better the film would have been with someone who could, well, act. (There’s an unintentionally hilarious scene in which James Mason chides Grant’s character for being a terrible actor.) Instead, the screen is stolen by Eva Marie Saint, who makes something bold and captivating out of a potentially slender role. \



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Listening \ The Drones. I See Seaweed. Sprawling, scary and surprising, the Melbourne group’s first album in four years is a brave and wonderful experiment in crafting worlds from noise and melody. Watching \ Searching for Sugar Man. This surprise-hit doco about forgotten muso Rodriguez has appeared on DVD just in time for this month’s Australian tour. attending \ Melbourne Queer Film Festival kicks off this week with cheeky comedy Gayby.

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The debut album from Melbourne’s own ska sensation is exactly the sort of late-night party album you’d expect, given their energetic live shows. Its approach to the genre is wide-ranging – taking in ska’s Jamaican roots and a looser, fruitier take on the two-tone sound. Dean Went to Mexico recalls Madness’ Night Boat to Cairo, trumpets blaring a lethargic salute on the banks of the Nile – or the banks of the Río Bravo, in this case. Elsewhere, Learn to Love Again fuses a ska shuffle to a Burt Bacharach-style tune, slinky vocals sliding along ba melody for which Dionne Warwick would have hiked to San Jose. It’s all great fun, if familiar. The album kicks off with a tequilla-fuelled take on the Get Smart theme: a ragged, wordless and sweaty tune destined to fill dance floors. The retro stays for Lygon Street Meltdown, a Batman-infused tale of gangsters and shoot-outs. It’s here the album gets closest to a sense of place and purpose, rather than snatching wildly at influences and genre tropes. Certainly there’s nothing particularly new here. The album is largely missing the socio-political impetus that shaped the best ska. There’s no Ghost Town or Simmer Down. In that sense, the record is a missed opportunity – it isn’t hard to imagine a Melbourne ska album engaging with our city’s injustices and inequalities. As it is, this is an entertaining tour through a much-loved genre. There’s plenty here to move your feet, if not your conscience. \

It’s slightly worrying that the best TV the ABC has produced this year has been cheaply made documentaries. Really, I’d rather be immersed in a satisfying fictional world. But here we are, with Annabel Crabb offering a rather jolly tour of our capital’s underbelly. Canberra is espionage heartland, we’re told, with one in 50 of its inhabitants somehow connected to the spy business. Despite the film-noir stylings and the promise of saucy shenanigans, this is a pretty lightweight affair. Dressed as a 1940s lady detective, Crabb pores over a box of sleazy documents implicating Robert Menzies and Harold Holt in dubious debauchery, traces the rise of the ALP’s “faceless men” and considers a scandal that helped topple the Whitlam government. Her style is that of a gossipy Play School presenter, so it’s not surprising that she never pokes too deeply into the dirt. As a refresher on Canberra’s frequently sordid history, this makes for an entertaining hour, but it’s a shame there’s not something a little more salacious or controversial. \

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leCtures & ForuMs CURRENT-AFFAIRS DISCUSSION GROUP This one’s for the newshound in the family. Gae will lead discussion on the latest developments in local and international current affairs from a range of sources including the newspaper, radio, television, magazines, the internet and people’s own personal experiences. If you feel particularly strongly about a certain story, bring it with you to share with the class. ■ Mitcham Community House, 19 Brunswick Road, Mitcham. March 19, 1-2.30pm. 9873 4587 sPirituality AN AFTERNOON OF MEDIUMSHIP WITH TONY STOCKWELL As a child, British medium and psychic Tony Stockwell knew he was a bit different to the other children. He was somehow aware of events before they actually happened and felt at home in a Spiritualist church when he was 16. He now demonstrates mediumship, teaches and lectures at the prestigious College of Psychic Studies in London

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COMMUNAL SEDER The North Eastern Jewish Centre is hosting a communal Pesach Seder. Expect a warm and inspiring Seder atmosphere followed by a delicious dinner consisting of all the symbolic edible elements of Passover. Bookings are essential and will close on March 18. Little ones aged up to four years old are admitted free, four to 17-year-olds are $15, and 18-year-olds and over will be $30. ■ North Eastern Jewish Centre, 6 High Street, Doncaster. March 26, 6.30pm. 9816 3516

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ith technology increasing in every part of our lives, the curriculum for religious education strives to be more interactive and immersive, using iPads or tablets, apps and e-books. Students have easy access to technology, which allows them to grasp religion and its history with immediate responses and resources online. A popular app, Glo Bible, offers interactive maps, videos and images. “They can read a passage, go to the pictures and see the construction of the temple that might be mentioned, like a virtual tour, and they can see where events in the Bible have occurred and the geography of what is now Israel or Palestine at that time,” says Rachel Roche, director of ministry and religious education at Parade College in Bundoora. Not only have apps or e-books replaced hard copies of the Bible in many schools, the newly revised standard version of the Bible has an app that can search for words to find passages or gospel stories on particular subjects, such as community or friendship. The Good News Bible app has also been useful in classrooms, as it contains maps, timelines and details about key people.


This is the second year that students have been using iPads and the Good News Bible app as part of their religious education classes at Catholic Ladies’ College in Eltham. This global classroom concept is also becoming a way for students to learn about other religions with quick and easy access to the internet and video conferencing services. Last year, Parade College started using face-to-face video conferencing set up by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, an inter-faith charity established by the former British prime minister. Students prepared questions and talked to other students of varying faiths in different countries. “It’s incredible to think that students from a Catholic all-boys school in Melbourne are conversing with a Jewish school in Israel, and the year before, we had students conversing with a school in Pakistan,” says Roche. “It’s really opening the boys’ eyes up to different worlds, different religions and different ideas and cultures.” Both schools are looking at iPads for more year levels, social media and interactive e-books. \

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March 14 \ St Patrick’s Day mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne.



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hat is precious within religion and within traditions has been adapted in many ways by schools for Catholic Education Week, which is in its 16th year in the archdiocese of Melbourne. The theme “entrusted with something precious” has been interpreted and applied not only to the week of events, but also to the schools’ curriculum. Parade College in Bundoora is one of the oldest and largest Christian Brothers schools in Australia, with 142 years of Catholic education in the tradition of Edmund Rice – a Roman Catholic missionary and founder of two religious institutions in Ireland, including the Congregation of Christian Brothers. The college’s adaptation of the theme focuses on world religions, legacy and tradition. “We are proud of and focus on tradition and a legacy that we need to uphold. As part of our religious education classes throughout the year, we really focus on the history of the college,” says Rachel Roche, Parade’s director

of ministry and religious education. “With that theme, we also go with the perspective of our tradition and how long we have been around for [is] something that is very precious and something we need to be proud of and make sure we emphasise this. One of our mottos is ‘hold fast to your traditions’ and this is something that is part of their school journey, or school life.” Parade’s religious education classes also discuss what is precious in the students’ lives or what makes something precious, and what is precious to the school. “We have certain areas of the school that are considered precious; we have a Christian Brothers cemetery here at the school, which is still in use, so when a Christian Brother dies, even if he hasn’t worked at the school, he is buried in the cemetery. “We have the bluestone steps at the college, which were from our first school building, and they lead to the statue of Edmund Rice. We have a newly established indigenous garden. We would then look at what are the G5833896AA-a12Mar©FCNVIC


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precious traditions of the Christian religion or the Hindu or Muslim religions.” A wide application of “entrusted with something precious” is also being implemented at Catholic Ladies’ College in Eltham, where the school has chosen the same theme as Catholic Education Week for the entire school year, and Stephanie Evans, the college’s deputy principal of learning and teaching, says that gratitude is also part of the theme and the students have written down prayers on leaves that are then part of a tree of gratitude. “It’s about being grateful about what you’ve got and those gifts that we have, and what we believe in. The different things the students wrote on the tree was a lot to do with their relationships, but one thing that came through was that they were grateful for the person that they were and the environment they were in, and the opportunities they have,” she says. Parents are also introduced to the theme through an information evening.

A community with a passion for learning Our Lady of Mercy College (OLMC) Heidelberg is a Catholic secondary girls’ College owned and administered by the Sisters of Mercy. We are the school of choice for 1120 students and their families and the employer of choice for 150 staff. Our facilities are conducive to quality learning and engagement. They include purpose-built learning spaces for sport and the performing arts, state of the art science laboratories, and tranquil, leafy landscaped gardens and outdoor areas. We are constantly upgrading and expanding our technology infrastructure and our refurbishment program is ongoing.

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“The theme then extends to the school being entrusted with their daughters, which is something precious to them,” says Evans. Hundreds of Victorian Catholic schools, including students from CLC and Parade, will join Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart for Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on March 17. \

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hen you’re talking about a club that ‘‘That’s the history of our club, and we all predates Federation by 13 years, it’s know they’re not going to be around forever easy to skip over the details of the so it’s important that we recognise it.’’ early years and focus on the present. While baseball has remained largely But Melbourne Baseball Club made sure unchanged throughout the club’s history, the its immense history will never be forgotten, modern MBC has a new look. celebrating its 125th year by naming a Following a move from Macleay Park in hall-of-fame team. Balwyn North to Surrey Park in Box Hill in Featuring six “heritage players” from the 2000, the club has experienced significant pre-1950s, and a “modern era” squad of 20 growth, and Rich Unwin’s father, Peter, players, the hall-of-fame team captures the has seen it all over many years on the history of the proud club. club’s committee. ‘‘You might think you’ve done OK in ‘‘We’ve grown from three senior men’s baseball and done some things, but teams to five, there’s probably 16-17 when you look at the achievements juniors teams, and we’ve got two ‘‘We’re of the players in that team, you’re women’s teams, too, so the club going from truly humbled,’’ says club secretary just keeps getting stronger,’’ Rich Unwin. Unwin snr says. strength to The team was immortalised ‘‘Ten years ago women’s baseball strength” in a sketch from renowned artist barely existed, and neither did Paul Harvey, which will hang in the masters baseball and we’ve got three committee rooms at the MCG. Each teams in that, too. member of the 2013 team has also been The growth has meant the club now presented with a copy of the sketch. uses Surrey and Macleay parks for its The hall of fame team boasts a collection home matches, and after languishing in of players that would be the envy of division two for much of the early 2000s, any sporting club in the country, with the club’s firsts now sit comfortably within countless premierships, state and national the top division. representatives, national coaches and even ‘‘I can’t see us going backwards now,’’ an Order of the British Empire among the Unwin snr said. inductees’ achievements. ‘‘We’re going from strength to strength and ‘‘It was two years in the making and it’s a I honestly believe it’s going to continue.’’ \ EwEn McRaE credit to the committee that they’ve been able to put this all together,’’ Unwin said.

Motoring \ rod easdown gets behind the wheel


’m not sure how to categorise the various Peugeot 208s on offer: maybe slow, medium and fast; perhaps meek, regular and emphatic. Whatever, the choices are clear. The base Active model ($21,355) comes with a 60-kilowatt 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine. The throttle is a bit touchy, it works hard and can get noisy, but the economy is first-class. I used 8.5 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 5.5 in the country. It’s an unapologetically frugal car. The medium Allure has an 88-kilowatt 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine with excellent flexibility and is an altogether better thing. The engine note is delightful while the 1.2 sounds a bit like a lawnmower at times. It has the same five-speed manual with that typical French feel of a stick in a bucket of marbles, but changes are accurate and fast. The Allure is the popular choice. Then there’s the $29,595 two-door Sport. The 1.6 is turbocharged here for 115 kilowatts, and once you have 2000rpm up it flies. It gets a six-speed manual. Think about 10 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and six out of it. This is the one for enthusiasts. All are small but beautifully formed. The interior is surprisingly roomy, especially in the front, but the cost is a small, although deep, boot. The nice surprise is a full-size spare under the floor. The 208 rides surprisingly well for a car of its size and weight and it handles beautifully, hanging on like a limpet through the bends

Peu geot 20 8 Allu r e What is it? Small, solid and satisfying. What’s in it? An 88-kilowatt 1.6 litre with a five-speed manual. is it thirsty? I used nine litres per 100 kilometres in the city, six in the country. The official combined figure is 5.8L/100km.

and feeling extra nice as it does. It’s taut, controlled, solid and direct, and the stability control is not overly intrusive when you decide to get enthusiastic – an easy thing to do. Mind you, the electric power steering is overly light and lacks feel, and in summer the Sport’s heavily chromed gear knob gets too hot to touch. Otherwise the cabin is a nice place to be and a noticeable step up from its Japanese and Korean competitors. I found the electronics less than intuitive but they

were reasonably easy to learn and commit to memory. And a speed limiter and cruise is fitted across the range. The 208 is undeniably expensive for its size (Mazda2s, for example, start at $15,990) but it has the appeal of a European badge and you’ll justify the price as soon as you reach the first corner. \ »

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here’s nothing like sharing a wee dram to consolidate neighbourly relations, and the rear deck of this property provided the ideal arena for just that during recent Australia Day celebrations. Born in Scotland, the now-citizen vendors had a ball hosting 35 neighbours at a barbecue, which, due to plenty of suitable space, continued with dancing into the night. The two-storey residence was bought off the plan about six years ago and has been home to these two since the front door first opened. Responsible for all the houses in the street, Spec Property Developments tailored the floor plan to suit the owners’ needs and consulted on fixtures and finishes all the way. Spec’s commitment to craft and customer satisfaction impressed them immensely, as did the result: an elegant and spacious house geared to their sociable lifestyle. The Spec Property website professes the philosophy “every residence we develop must be built to the exacting level and standards where we would feel comfortable living in it ourselves”. It comes as fine testimony to note that the proprietor of the group has hung on to three residences in this enclave for his own family purposes. Most houses in the cul de sac are unfenced and close to the street. The wide façade is neo-classical in cream render and symmetrical in form except for the attached double garage. Once through the columned entrance portico, the initial impact is one of quality and attention to detail reinforced by defined skirting boards and cornices, herringbone parquetry floors, 2pac finishes and a neutral colour scheme. Interior design is sophisticated, likely to last and up for individualising via art and furniture. The ground level offers interconnected lounge and dining areas, the main bedroom suite, powder room, laundry and open-plan kitchen, meals and family area. The lounge and dining room has plush-pile carpet and full-length windows to the approach. The open-plan area has generous glazing to the street and the rear deck, so light flows through. Kitted out with stone benchtops and stainless-steel


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appliances, the orientation of the kitchen keeps the chef a part of the action. It’s easy to imagine that action spilling from the dining area onto the deck. This big, timber-based deck has built-in seating bracketing a stacked-stone water feature and enough greenery to appease gardeners. Outdoor lighting and a sound system make it the total party hub. The main bedroom’s ground-floor position has been greatly appreciated (along with the en suite’s spa bath). As the vendors often accommodate international visitors, guests can commandeer the three upstairs bedrooms while residents get some privacy below. The middle of the first-floor bedrooms doubles as a media room with a projector and screen. Before occupying this house, the couple lived in Glen Iris and hadn’t ventured further north-east of Melbourne than Doncaster Shoppingtown. Since moving in, they haven’t missed the hustle and bustle of Toorak Road one bit. While he is a big wrap for the low-maintenance nature of the property, she cites several unexpected advantages that came with the package. “There are parks everywhere, it’s so green and secluded, the neighbours are so friendly and it’s easy to get anywhere I need to go. Post-retirement, I’ve been a regular at the gym and local Zumba classes and loved hanging around at home, just pottering in the garden and listening to the natural sounds,” she says. Serpell Primary School is at the end of the street and city-bound buses stop close by. Those who use a car to get to city employment can be on the Eastern Freeway in minutes. A few doors down, there’s a gate to Browning Drive Reserve, where the couple’s pooches stretch their legs daily. The Pines shopping centre is a pleasant walk away and has household provisions sorted. Doncaster Shoppingtown is easily reached for intensive retail-therapy. \ KAY KEIGHERY

Price \ $800,000 – $880,000

Auction \ March 16 at 1pm

Fast facts \ Five-year-old two-storey residence by Spec Property Developments; extensive deck; formal and informal living areas; CaesarStone and stainless-steel kitchen; laundry; powder room; spa-bath en suite; parquetry floors; video security; Sonos indoor/outdoor sound system; projector and screen; zoned ducted heating; evaporative cooling; good storage; outdoor lighting; water feature; water tank; utility area; double garage; close to Browning Drive Reserve, schools, buses and The Pines. templestowe \ 17kms from the city




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blackburn \ 4 Gordon CresCent The pleasing symmetrical façade of this contemporary house is welcoming, with white and red roses lining the path to its grand, black, double-door entry. Manicured hedge rows add to the ordered elegance that extends to the interiors. Part of a huge subdivision, this 16-year-old, single-storey house is now set on 1100 square metres. It is a substantial family house on an L-shaped block that features a secret rear garden lined with ornamental pear trees that is sure to delight. A formal living room and adjoining dining introduce the stylish interiors that have taupe walls with white ceiling and skirt highlights. Plush wool carpets add warmth and floor-toceiling multipane windows accentuate the contemporary feel. The kitchen and bathrooms have been updated in the past couple of years and it is impossible to find fault. The kitchen has marble benchtops, 2pac cabinets, Neff induction stove, oven and built-in microwave, soft-closing drawers and plantation shutters. New American oak floors offset the light colour palette throughout the rear of the house. The kitchen, living and meals area opens to the sparkling pool and spa. A rear rumpus room is a versatile space that could be configured to suit. Located within easy walking distance of shops, trains, schools and the Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, this house will have wide appeal. \



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25 Glenfern Avenue, Doncaster ................................................................. Price: $780,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday March 16 at 3pm ................................................................. OFI Thur, Sat 2.30-3pm .................................................................

224 Elgar Road, Box Hill South ................................................................. Price: $560,000 - $610,000 ................................................................. EOI Monday March 18 at 3pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 11-11.30am; Sat noon-12.30pm .................................................................

5/14 Lincoln Drive, Bulleen ................................................................. Price: $590,000 - $640,000 ................................................................. Expressions of Interest ................................................................. OFI Thur 4-4.30pm; Sat 11-11.30am .................................................................

13 Jobert Court, Blackburn South ................................................................. Price: $510,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday March 16 at 3pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 2-2.30pm; Sat 2.30-3pm .................................................................

Opportunities to secure property in this premium triangular patch are rare, so when a grand family house such as this arises, it´s recommended you act quickly.

Appreciate the pleasant stroll to nearby shops, trams, first-class schools, Deakin University and Wattle Park from this elegant house, embraced by a lush garden.

An alluring cityscape at the end of the street is a prelude to this chic, well-appointed townhouse.

Entry-level buyers and downsizers can leap straight into this appealing single-level house and enjoy the many benefits it offers from the very outset.

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TemplesTowe \ 7 Lucieer court

This substantial Tudor-style house presides over a sweep of front lawn and mature trees at the end of a quiet court of acreage blocks. Remotecontrolled gates open to a cobblestoned drive rising to a 54-square four-bedroom brick house with diamond-paned windows, touches of

half-timbering and multiple gables. Built 40 years ago on a generous scale, recent updates include the kitchen and family bathroom and timber floors through living areas. A grand entrance leads to large lounge and sitting room with study, a formal dining room and an expansive rear family living and meals zone around a U-shaped kitchen, with a step down to


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an entertainment area with space for a billiards table. Also downstairs is the laundry, three bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, an en suite and the family bathroom. The entire upstairs is devoted to the main bedroom open to a study and retreat, and a sizeable walk-in wardrobe just off the spa en suite, with includes a double vanity and shower. There’s space between the Auction \ March 16 at 1pm

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house and the pool for a family function on the scale of the Kennedys, with a cabana on the gently sloping lawn above. Ducted heating, evaporative cooling and a three-car garage are included. Shopping centres, local schools, and the Eastern Freeway are a short drive, and it’s a quick walk to the city express bus and Pettys Reserve’s new soccer pitches. \ LIZ McLACHLAN




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4a Glenice Avenue, Blackburn South ................................................................. Price: $490,000 - $540,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday March 16 at 11am ................................................................. OFI Thur 1-1.30pm; Sat 10.30-11am .................................................................

1 Anthlin Court, Templestowe ................................................................. Price: POA ................................................................. Expressions of Interest ................................................................. OFI Sat 4-4.30pm .................................................................

32 Ranfurlie Road, Forest Hill ................................................................. Price: $500,000 - $550,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday March 23 at 2pm ................................................................. OFI Wed noon-12.30pm; Sat 2.30-3pm .................................................................

Renovated house on generous subdivided allotment, no body corporate. Open-plan living/dining, modern kitchen, three bedrooms with BIRs, family bathoom, deck.

A remarkable accomplishment in craftsmanship, this impressive Tudor-style house showcases a completely self-contained apartment.

This stylish residence is awash with sunlight and beautiful garden views. Only moments to local schools, aquatic centre, Forest Hill Chase and public transport.

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In a boutique development of eight properties, this three-bedroom townhouse still offers a high level of privacy and comfort. It has recently been repainted and features several living areas inside and out – rare in apartment living. The main living hub is at the end of the hallway and is flooded with light. The kitchen has Smeg stainless-steel appliances and overlooks the meals area, and opens onto decking and the north-facing private courtyard. The main bedroom is downstairs and has a walk-in wardrobe and an en suite. Two other bedrooms with built-in wardrobes are upstairs and share a bathroom. A retreat area is also upstairs and is set up as a study. Other features include evaporative cooling, ducted heating, ample storage and internal entry from the remote-controlled double garage. It is close to Templestowe shops, Templestowe Park primary school and transport. \ BIANCA VILLAROSA

There’s nothing quite like a new house with a builder’s warranty, the latest appliances and surfaces, and all the mod cons to go with it. And this three-bedroom unit has the lot. It sits on about 300 square metres of land and has its own title and a single-car lock-up garage with internal entry. The façade is a mix of rendered and blond brick, with a feature stone column at the entrance to the portico. Inside, floating spotted-gum flooring offsets powder-coated white cabinetry and CaesarStone benchtops in the kitchen. Gourmands will love the kitchen with its double sink, breakfast bar, loads of cupboard space and stainless-steel Smeg appliances. Because of the house’s northerly orientation, natural light bathes the living and meals areas. All bedrooms have stone-coloured carpets, built-in wardrobes and big, three-panelled windows. The main bedroom has “his and hers” cupboard space and an en suite, while the other two bedrooms share a modern bathroom with a separate shower, bath and toilet. There is also evaporative cooling and security intercom. \ LEXI COTTEE











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28 Combarton Street, Box Hill ................................................................. Price: $500,000 - $550,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday March 16 at noon .................................................................

23b Roger Street, Doncaster East ................................................................. Price: $570,000 - $620,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday March 16 at 2pm ................................................................. OFI Thu 3.30-4pm; Sat 1.30-2pm .................................................................

32 Cootamundra Crescent, Blackburn ................................................................. Price: $590,000 - $640,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday March 23 at 11am .................................................................

2 Cresthaven Court, Donvale ................................................................. Price: $690,000 - $750,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday March 16 at 11am .................................................................

In a tranquil pocket, this low-maintenance house is a rare find with a sun-filled lounge, sparkling kitchen/meals and a paved courtyard.

This deceiving property is every bit the family home, set on an outstanding 691sqm (approx) allotment within walking distance of Devon Plaza.

This immaculate 1950s weatherboard comprises living, modern kit/meals, three bedrooms with BIRs, family bathroom, two WCs and family room.

Nestled on a quarter-acre (approx) level allotment, this clinker-brick house is a beauty to behold. Distinct zones meet a growing family´s needs.

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With barely enough residents for a game of street cricket, this small cul-de-sac is walking distance to The Pines Shopping Centre and well serviced by the Doncaster East amenities that include schools, parks, public transport and access to the Eastern Freeway. A stately façade reveals a ground floor of formal and informal living spaces with a front study and a second storey with four corner bedrooms. It is an elegant family house that can entertain comfortably. The carpeted formal living and dining rooms have white and cream interiors, chandeliers and heavy drapes creating a classic space. The central kitchen opens to a living and meals area with an adjoining rear family room. This north-facing rear of the house features floor-to-ceiling windows and two access points to the rear deck, which is a highlight. Upstairs, the central staircase and surrounding landing area intimate spaciousness. The main bedroom is the pick, with a huge walk-in wardrobe and spa en suite with green feature tiles and matching vanity. \ EMMA HOUGHTON





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The Perfect Daily Retreat A peaceful ambience welcomes you to this landscaped oasis. Warm hues delight in the wellproportioned living areas that merge with a private deck overlooking an inground pool and lush palms in a drought resistant garden. Spoilt for choice with dual Master bedrooms. Located near several shopping precincts. Close to schools, parks, buses and the Freeway.

Auction Inspect Estimate Land

Saturday 23rd March at 2pm Thursday & Saturday 12-12.30pm $670,000-$730,000 714 sq. metres approx.


Matthew Lockyer 0411 274 496 Daniel Broadbent 0424 155 476


Doncaster 9851 3888

BOX HILL NORTH 31 Clyde Street Superbly stylish, spacious and sun-drenched, this freestanding residence delivers wonderful family lifestyle enjoyment. Generous proportions and timber floors define formal living/dining room, sensational European kitchen boasting stone benches and relaxed familyroom opening to private garden. Upstairs, main bedroom (en-suite/WIR) is complemented by two further bedrooms (BIRs), bathroom, study area and balcony. Features ducted heating/cooling, alarm, powder-room, laundry, water tank and double garage. Close to Box Hill Central, Bush Creek parkland and Eastlink.


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BLACKBURN 9 Norway Avenue

Expressions of Interest

Surrounded by expansive, manicured gardens, this divine period residence perfectly blends heritage charm with the finest contemporary appointments. The handsome double brick faรงade introduces many rich original features including cast iron fireplaces and soaring ceilings. The formal lounge, formal sitting, formal dining, family room, dining and meals provide a multitude of family and entertaining zones. Extensive windows and glistening timber floors line the open-plan meals and gourmet kitchen featuring Caesarstone benches, stainless steel splashbacks and European appliances. The quintessential family lifestyle continues through sliding glass panels to the inviting indoor swimming pool, gym/games room and outside to a deck and alfresco dining area. 6 substantial bedrooms including a main bedroom with delightful bay window are accompanied by a study, 5 sparkling bathrooms and a large laundry/utility room. Includes ducted heating, security alarm, CCTV, intercom, 2 car garage, additional off-street parking and auto gates. Situated in the desirable Blackburn High School zone with easy access to Our Lady of Sion College and other private schools, live near shops, buses, train and freeway. 50 The weekly review \ MARCH 13, 2013


Closing Guide Inspect Land Contact Office

Monday 8 April at 6pm (Unless Sold Prior) Price on Application By Arrangement 1,608 sq m approx. Tim Heavyside 0403 020 404 Ben Williams 0409 367 997 75A Railway Road, Blackburn 8833 8888

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Auction Saturday 23 March at 10.30am

Owner-built 11 years ago, this magnificent residence is a sight to behold! On the main level, an elegant formal lounge and dining room flows out to a balcony, stepping up to a billiards room with parquetry floors. Featuring porcelain-tiled floors and bi-fold doors, informal living and dining areas extend from the granite kitchen with Miele appliances. A semi-enclosed alfresco pavilion boasts a pizza oven, bi-fold windows, shade blinds and Vergola, while the glamorous pool is solar heated, salt-chlorinated and self-cleaning! A study accompanies 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a powder room on this level. With separate entry, the lower ground floor hosts a fully-equipped home office with a kitchenette, powder room and access to the triple garage. Spectacularly appointed and loaded with storage, some highlights include: high ceilings, zoned central heating and refrigerated cooling, under-floor and wood heating, Victorian Ash parquetry flooring, ducted vacuum, water tank and a Putt-Putt course! In a prestigious suburb, the surroundings are serene and the views beautiful! Walk to Alder Court Reserve and drive to Park Orchards shops, primary school and buses, close to Donvale and Ringwood North. 52 The weekly review \ MARCH 13, 2013


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$1.65 - $1.8 million Thurs 6-7pm & Sat 4-4.30pm 4,791 sq m approx. Traci Stella 0407 533 281 Jason Salan 0417 664 431 39 Tunstall Square, Doncaster East 9841 5788

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Superior Showcase Of Space & Grace

Setting new standards in size, this seriously spacious & impeccable townhouse is truly an exceptional find. The light-filled interior showcases formal lounge & dining flowing to gorgeous open plan informal living stepping out to a substantial wraparound deck & private north-facing courtyard. Intuitively designed with master suite and powder room downstairs plus two huge bedrooms located upstairs along with a third living zone. A chef’s kitchen boasts stone benches & splashbacks & S/S appliances. Quality finishes include ducted heating, ducted vacuum, evaporative cooling, alarm, intercom & remote DLUG.

Auction: Saturday 23 March at 12.30pm Price: Above $650,000 Inspect: Thurs 6-6.30pm & Sat 1-1.30pm Christina Stamatis 0418 547 226

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9841 6188

1,2,3,4/663 Whitehorse Road MITCHAM

10 Dora Avenue BLACKBURN

4 Luxury Townhouses

A3 B3 C1 D1

Permits & Stamped Plans for 8 apartments

Featuring over 17 squares of living, each townhouse comprises internal access via remote control SLUG. The ground level consists of a spacious lounge room, open plan living, kitchen & meals area, a large laundry, powder room & the master bedroom which is accommodated with a large ensuite & WIR. Upstairs comprises 2 bedrooms, family bathroom & study at the top of the staircase. Notable inclusions are Caesar stone bench tops, Linea European Style S/S kitchen appliances including a dishwasher, electric heating & refrigerated cooling.

Private Sale

An outstanding opportunity to purchase & develop a prime block of land located in the Laburnum precinct of Blackburn! The site is approx 668 sqm (approx). Everything in place for the construction of 8 large apartments - all 2 bedrooms with underground parking. What a location between the vibrant centres of Box Hill & Blackburn. Convenience & amenity, so close to all infrastructure-yet quiet & private! This development will set a new benchmark in the Laburnum precinct in terms of apartment lifestyle, quality & size.

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Unit 12/9-13 Wetherby Road


Auction 16th March 2013 1:00pm

Offers a low maintenance lifestyle or clever investment opportunity!

Ask: $435K-$475K

This split level townhouse enjoys 2 living areas, timber kitchen, 2 bedrooms both w/ BIR’s, separate bathroom and toilet as well as a double garage. Ideally located only minutes to Eastern Freeway entrance, Doncaster Shopping Town, Ruffey Lake Park, Schools, shopping strips and public transport.

Inspect: Thursday 4:00pm-4:30pm Saturday 12:30pm-1:00pm Contact: Michael Liu 0433 987 003 Teresa Wu 0433 551 166

A 2 B 1 C 2 345 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills 3127

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Blackburn 32 Cootamundra Crescent And a family room! Situated in a quiet tree-lined crescent with direct access to Cootamundra Walk parkland this immaculately presented character 50’s WB home behind a high picket fence would make the ideal first home, retirement or superb investment property in this coveted locale. Comp elegant, formal living room with OFP, mod kit, adjoining casual meals area, 3brms with BIRs, family bathrm/2 WCs and a delightful family room with double doors to a paved outdoor entertainment area. Enjoy easy access to Blackburn Village shops & train, bus on Surrey Road with primary/ secondary schools only mins away. Feats include GDH, split system aircon & polished HW flrs. 3 A 1 B > VIEW Thurs 12.00-12.30pm & Sat 12.30-1.00pm > AUCTION Saturday 23rd March 11.00am > MEL REF > EPR > OFFICE > TEL > CONTACT

48 / A8 $590,000 - $640,000 Blackburn 1A Blackburn Road 3130 9894 8788 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Gordon Openstein 0402 303 508

Box Hill North 57 Eram Road & 5 Hogan Court Its your choice! Choose btwn these new single storey units each with own title, no Owners Corp & builder’s warranty. Enjoy an elevated nthly aspect or the additional privacy of a quiet crt location, high quality finish & fixtures with each unit comp open plan living/dining with spotted gum flrs, stunning mod kitch, SMEG appliances, dishwasher & stone benchtops, 3 brms - main with ensuite/WIR, further family bth/2 WCs, private courtyard garden & SLUG with remote & internal access. Either ppy would make the ideal 1st home, retirement or superb investment with Eastern Fwy access, schools & major shopping centres only mins away. Includes GDH & evaporative cooling. 3 A 2 B 1 C > VIEW Thurs 12.00 - 12.30pm & Sat 10.00 - 10.30am > PRIVATE SALE > MEL REF 47 / F4 > EPR $590,000 - $650,000 > OFFICE Balwyn 279 Whitehorse Rd 3103 > TEL 9830 7000 > CONTACT Troy Rendle 0438 305 520

Brad Ellis 0418 394 062

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Blackburn South

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Ringwood North

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4A Glenice Avenue


Thurs 1.00 - 1.30pm & Sat 10.30 - 11.00am > AUCTION Saturday 16th March 11.00am > MEL REF 61 / G4 > EPR $490,000 - $540,000 > OFFICE Blackburn 1A Blackburn Road 3130 > TEL 9894 8788 > CONTACT Gordon Openstein 0402 303 508 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062

11/12 - 14 Unsworth Road

> VIEW Sat 2.00 - 2.30pm > PRIVATE SALE > MEL REF 49 / H4 > EPR $580,000 - $630,000 > OFFICE Ringwood

Beautifully renovated BV home on generous subdivided allot with no owners corp comp open plan living/dining, mod kit, 3brms with BIRs, family bth/sep WC plus entertain deck o’looking private nth-facing rear garden.

Tucked away in a prime position within the Cottinglea blue ribbon estate – this 4 brm, 2 bath home has a well appointed kitchen (s/s appliances incl. d’washer) plus covered alfresco decking. Only mins to shops, schools, transport, Eastlink and parklands.

Ringwood Homemaker Centre, 76-82 Maroondah Highway, 3134 > TEL 9876 9001 > CONTACT Naiomi Bentley 0404 036 044 Paul English 0412 431 363

Knock Down & Rebuild Specialists Edwardian, Colonial, Federation, Victoriana & Contemporary Knockdown rebuild projects are increasing in popularity due to a shortage of residential land within the inner suburbs of Melbourne. Home renovations, extensions and alterations can also be extremely costly with many budget blow outs, disruptions and unforeseen construction problems. Call Premier Builders Group today or visit one of our many display centres to see our complete range of designs to suit your needs. With over 90 designs and 13 display homes, we have a home to suit every need.

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Templestowe Lower 1/41 John Street Luxury Design with Lifestyle Convenience Enhanced by its own street frontage and ultra convenient address, this ideally situated 2 year old designer townhouse enjoys multi levels of stylish living and entertaining. Sophisticated interior spaces include stone kitchen/meals, spacious family room, versatile living/theatre room, 3 bedrooms (main with WIR, luxury ensuite) and vogue bathroom. Remote double garage with separate storage.

Doncaster East 6 Cosmos Court Family Flexibility With an Entertainer’s Heart MagniďŹ cent views over local reserves are yours forever from this immaculate 4/5 bedroom Englehart residence where open plan living, space and class are equally matched with entertainment ease. Multiple living zones include formal lounge/dining, stylish kitchen/meals with entertainment room, retreat and garden paradise with luxury spa. Double garage, ducted heating, cooling and vacuum.

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3A 2B 2C Auction Sat 23rd March at 11.30am (if not sold prior) Inspect Thurs 5.00 - 5.30pm & Sat 2.00 - 2.30pm Call Ted Linmeiers 0418 541 596 Linda Linmeiers 0419 318 636


4A 3B 2C 2D Auction Sat 23rd March at 1.00pm (if not sold prior) Inspect Thurs 5.00 - 5.30pm & Sat 3.00 - 3.30pm Photo I.D Required Call Linda Linmeiers 0419 318 636 Brenton Linmeiers 0412 791 546

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Box Hill NortH 4 Werder Street Feel the love Every now and again along comes a home that’s cut from an entirely different cloth; a home crafted to such perfection that it captures the care, love and meticulous attention to detail of its proud owners. This is one such a home. From the carefully paved driveway to the recycled 50mm red gum sleepers that line the rear fence, the highest quality craftsmanship coupled with premium-grade fixtures and fittings are clear to anyone who ventures on a journey throughout this masterfully renovated and sustainable family home. What’s also clear is that you’re not buying a house, but indeed a home filled with warmth, five-star luxury and modern convenience.

Saturday 16th March at 11am PRICE GUIDE

More Than $990,000


Thur 6-6.30pm & Sat 10.30-11am Photo ID required


John Stack 0402 443 312 Guy Aylward 0424 293 481 Blackburn 9878 0222

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Doncaster east 90 Deep creek road a resort Lifestyle Beckons Standing proud among its prestigious neighbours is this proud family home, offering the luxury of a secluded resort-inspired haven within minutes of the area’s finest attractions. Stylish design and attention to detail is evident from the very outset, so too are the grand living spaces that help create a layout that’s versatile and functional for everyday family living. In-ground swimming pool plus full-size tennis court paints a clear picture of the holiday lifestyle that awaits, while the close proximity to schools, transport and The Pines delivers outstanding convenience for families.

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Saturday 16th March at 11am INSPECT

Thu 6.30-7pm & Sat 10.30-11am Photo ID required


Theo Politis 0415 030 088 Sammy Gazzo 0425 863 378 Doncaster east 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

A4 B 3 C 4 D 1 E 3

Box Hill SoutH 18 Massey Street in A league of its own Light-filled areas, a superb entertaining setting and a functional, flowing floorplan all combine to create a spacious, practical home ideally suited to the modern family. Defined by its zoned layout that accommodates formal and communal living spaces and bedrooms of very generous proportions, there’s plenty of room for every member of the growing family. An inviting lounge is characterised by its opulent charm and timeless elegance, while indoor-outdoor living is a standout feature of the central living area complemented by a gourmet kitchen. Making a grand statement of family living, this quality home is within minutes of Burwood One Shopping Centre, Deakin University, trams, schools, parks and Box Hill Central.

Saturday 16th March at 2pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $780,000


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John Stack 0402 443 312 Adam Harris 0433 521 380 Blackburn 9878 0222

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TemplesTowe 23 Kensington place exclusive living In prestigious Templestowe Just as the address implies, a regal way of life is what’s on offer at 23 Kensington Place, set in an exclusive cul de sac in a prestigious Templestowe location. Its stately façade paints an accurate picture of the grand living that defines the glorious two-storey layout, where a majestic formal living area is complemented by a light and bright communal living space (with indoor-outdoor options) that speaks volumes of its practicality and functionality for everyday living. Conveniently located within minutes of The Pines, bus transport and the Eastern Freeway.

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Saturday 16th March at 1pm PRICE GUIDE

$800,000 - $880,000


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Adele Kocuk 0412 255 919 Spiro Drossos 0425 709 479 Doncaster 9842 8888

A4 B 2 C 3 E 2

TemplesTowe 7 lucieer Court picture perfect In every sense Proudly perched on one of Templestowe’s best flat acre allotments is a fitting placement for this regal Tudor style home that impresses with its timeless features, polished appearance and sensational outdoor entertaining set up. This prestigious piece of real estate is conveniently located in a quiet cul de sac within easy reach of local schools, The Pines shopping centre, the Eastern Freeway, scenic parkland and public transportation.

Saturday 16th March at 1pm PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

More than $1,700,000 Thu 5.30-6pm & Sat 12.30-1pm Photo ID required Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 James Hatzolos 0418 518 694 Doncaster 9842 8888

Box Hill NortH BlackBurn north 3 Boyland 2/16 Merle Court Street a convenient Here’s Your Chance Way oftolife Enter the City of Whitehorse! Boasting North Blackburn a top ofShopping the court Centre locationiswithin at your minutes doorstep. of schools, The bustling Westfield heartbeat Shoppingtown of Blackburn andisthe Eastern only minutes Freeway, away. seize Andupon comfortable this outstanding living is atopportunity your every to turn. enter Stylish the City features of Whitehorse! are omnipresent Space is a hallmark of throughout this thethree-bedroom flowing, single-level Townhouse interior, that’s boasting barelytwo three separate years old, living from spaces the CaesarStone that are practical and versatile benchtops and in their stainless use. steel Fantastic appliances accessintothe Kerrimuir gourmet Primary kitchenSchool to the and timber Koonung floors and Secondary cushionCollege like carpet willunderfoot. appeal to Light families andwith bright young ground-level children, while layoutthe plays close host proximity to vibrant of Box livingHill’s areas, vibrant bothhub of will be integrate which music to with the ears a low ofmaintenance the astute investor. courtyard.

Saturday 16th 23rd March at 1pm 2.30pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $570,000 $490,000


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Forest Hill 2/12 everglade Avenue six-star living Treat yourself to a six-star lifestyle with the purchase of this brand new six-star energy-rated Townhouse, showcasing high quality craftsmanship and a luxurious sense of style. Careful consideration has gone into every aspect of this three-bedroom show-stopper, from the clever purpose-built drying cabinet to the extensive hardwiring throughout the two-level layout. Attention to detail and meticulous design begins with its 920mm wide front door, which opens up to reveal a striking open-plan layout detailed with high square-set ceilings, polished timber oorboards, gourmet kitchen and indoor-outdoor options. Ground-level Master bedroom is perfect for downsizers, while an additional living area upstairs offers a secluded retreat for kids.

Saturday 23rd March at 11am PRICE GUIDE

More Than $560,000


Thur 4-4.30pm & Sat 1-1.30pm Photo ID required


John Stack 0402 443 312 Adam Harris 0433 521 380 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 south Parade

A3 B 2 C 3 E 2

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Doncaster 3 terence court Doncaster’s Finest Views! Packaging a quiet court location that’s the envy of Doncaster with amazing city views, a grand family lifestyle is what you can expect to enjoy as the proud owner of this spectacular two-storey home. This stunning property is defined by an extraordinary amount of space, accommodating three living areas and a magnificent entertaining terrace that’s tailor-made for summer night entertaining. Its collection of multiple bathrooms and bedrooms of very generous proportions also makes the home appealing for extended family living.

Saturday 16th March at 3pm PRICE GUIDE

$960,000 - $1,100,000


Thu 1.30-2pm & Sat 2.30-3pm Photo ID required


George Pangalos 0430 060 123 James Hatzolos 0418 518 694 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

A6 B 4 C 4 D 1 E 2

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Vermont 7 Beltana Court Upgrade In Style Offering space to grow, privacy and a top of the court location, this wonderfully presented fourbedroom two-bathroom home represents the perfect upgrade option for those with an eye on the future — a point reinforced by its walking distance access to schools, bus transport and Brentford Square. A striking colour scheme adds to the appeal of the inviting L-shaped lounge/dining, while there’s plenty of room for you to work your magic in the modern kitchen with quality appliances. In the Vermont Secondary College zone, this home also boasts the added convenience of fantastic access to Citylink and Forest Hill Chase.

Tuesday 26th March at 6pm (unless sold prior) PRICE GUIDE

More Than $560,000


Thur 5-5.30pm & Sat 12-12.30pm Photo ID required


Adam Harris 0433 521 380 John Stack 0402 443 312 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

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Doncaster east 2a Franklin road 35 squares and oozing style and sophistication Impressive in scale and a stunning example of ďŹ ne craftsmanship, no stone has been left unturned in creating this designer home which offers an elegant double-storey layout spread over 35 squares of sensational living. Bathed in an abundance of natural sunlight the spacious living areas embrace a formal lounge, open-plan kitchen, meals and family area and a large top level rumpus/retreat. Located in an inimitable lifestyle in one of Doncaster East’s most prized neighbourhoods, what more could you ask for!

Tuesday 26th March at 6pm (unless sold prior) PRICE GUIDE

$880,000 - 960,000


Sat 11.30-12pm Photo ID required


Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Jason Stepanow 0405 159 650 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

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BlackBurn South 13 Jobert court leap Straight In! Entry-level homebuyers and empty nesters can leap straight into this appealing single-level home and enjoy the many benefits it offers from the very outset, courtesy of its pristine, no-work-tobe-done interior and beautifully presented exterior! A spectacular timber deck designed for large gatherings will have you entertaining on a grand scale, while a sun-kissed lounge, well-appointed kitchen and bedrooms of generous proportions all exude contemporary flair. A charming backyard decorated with low maintenance landscaped gardens provides a safe play area for kids (or the grandkids!), so too does the quiet court location that attracts very little traffic flow. The family-friendly setting is within minutes of schools, parks and Forest Hill Chase.

Saturday 16th March at 3pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $510,000


Thur 2-2.30pm & Sat 2.30-3pm Photo ID required


John Stack 0402 443 312 Adam Harris 0433 521 380 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

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Doncaster 25 Glenfern avenue When only the Best Will Do Opportunities to secure a stately home in this highly sought triangular patch of Doncaster are extremely rare. So when a grand family home with five-star entertaining credentials arises, it’s recommended you act quickly. Modern elegance, a stunning arrangement of light-filled living areas and contemporary finishes very much defines this luxurious family home, delivering a high quality floorplan that exudes style, sophistication and class. Fittingly, a five-star location accompanies this standout home, offering outstanding access to the Park + Ride facility, the Eastern Freeway, Westfield Shoppingtown, Macedon Square and schools.

Saturday 16th March at 3pm INSPECT

Thu & Sat 2.30-3pm Photo ID required


Jack Li 0430 133 425 Spiro Drossos 0425 709 479 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

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TemplesTowe lower 1/10 Balmoral Avenue enjoy Convenience At every Turn Let’s declare it from the outset, you’re not going to find a more convenient lifestyle than the one on offer with this exceptional front townhouse that is located on the footsteps of Macedon Square, and guaranteeing a world of convenience at every turn. Two light filled living areas define the ground level layout offering a warm and inviting lounge, plus central living area that links effortlessly with a northerly oriented low maintenance outdoor setting. A gourmet kitchen complete with granite stone bench tops, modern cabinetry and stainless steel appliances are indicative of the home’s exceptional quality throughout.

Saturday 23rd March at 1pm PRICE GUIDE

$650,000 - $700,000


Thu & Sat 3.30-4pm & Sun 11.30-12pm Photo ID required


Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Jason Stepanow 0405 159 650 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

A4 B 2 C 3 E 2

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Doncaster 14 riviera avenue Prime Doncaster Location Creative vision and commitment to perfection has transformed this stylish single level property into an inspiring space for lifestyle lovers and entertaining enthusiasts Sitting in a fabulous location in a highly desirable pocket, the home blends modern sophistication with an address that delivers absolute convenience. Just a stone’s throw from the Eastern Freeway entrance, and within easy reach of public transportation, parklands, primary and secondary schools, Macedon Square and Westfield Shoppingtown. There’s not a corner of the light filled layout that doesn’t impress.

Saturday 23rd March at 3pm PRICE GUIDE

$640,000 - $690,000


Thu 6.30-7, Sat 2.30-3, & Sun 10.30-11 Photo ID required


Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Jason Stepanow 0405 159 650 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

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BlackBurn Box Hill NortH north 3 Boyland 2/16 Merle Court Street Here’s a convenient Your Chance Way oftolife Enter the City of Whitehorse! North Blackburn Boasting a top ofShopping the court Centre locationiswithin at your minutes doorstep. of schools, The bustling Westfield heartbeat Shoppingtown of Blackburn andisthe only minutes Eastern Freeway, away. seize Andupon comfortable this outstanding living is atopportunity your every to turn. enter Stylish the City features of Whitehorse! are omnipresent Space is throughout a hallmark of this thethree-bedroom flowing, single-level Townhouse interior, that’s boasting barelytwo three separate years old, living from spaces the CaesarStone that are practical benchtops and versatile and in their stainless use. steel Fantastic appliances accessintothe Kerrimuir gourmet Primary kitchenSchool to the and timber Koonung floors and Secondary cushionlike carpet College willunderfoot. appeal to Light families andwith bright young ground-level children, while layoutthe plays close host proximity to vibrant of Box livingHill’s areas, vibrant bothhub of which will be integrate music to with the ears a low ofmaintenance the astute investor. courtyard.

Saturday 23rd 16th March at 1pm 2.30pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $490,000 $570,000


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Doncaster 21 stanton street surprisingly Grand Prepare yourself to be surprised with every step you take inside this incredibly grand and expansive family home, which offers little clue from the outside as to the sizeable living that awaits. Spanning across two spacious levels, a fantastic blend of formal and informal living areas occupy the light-filled layout; a floorplan decorated with timber floors underfoot, wonderful high ceilings and outstanding indoor-outdoor options.

Saturday 23rd March at 12pm PRICE GUIDE

More than $750,000


Thu 12.30-1pm & Sat 10.30-11am Photo ID required


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Doncaster 472 Doncaster road a Peaceful Haven In a Five-star Location (enter Via service road) Peacefully set back from Doncaster Rd on an allotment decorated with some of nature’s finest work, this impressive two-storey home makes a grand statement for family living with its generous offering of space, modern luxury and outstanding outdoor entertaining options. A light and bright groundlevel layout plays host to the home’s vibrant living spaces, including a show-stopping alfresco that plays its part in the indoor-outdoor entertaining set-up.

Saturday 23rd March at 2pm PRICE GUIDE

More than $720,000


Thu 11.30-12, Sat 1.30-2 & Sun 12.30-1pm Photo ID required


Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Spiro Drossos 0425 709 479 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

BlackBurn South 1 aldinga Street the no.1 choice Sun-kissed living areas, majestic views and a spacious two-level floorplan combine to create this stately three-bedroom family home set in a convenience-laden location. A simple step inside will be enough for you to call this place home — just as the current residents have for almost 40 years when this grand home was constructed. Light-filled living areas are versatile in their use with their ability to act as formal and informal settings, while convenience is assured with the close proximity of transport, the Eastern Freeway, schools and Forest Hill Chase.

Saturday 6th April at 1pm PRICE GUIDE

Contact Agent for Price


Thur 4-4.30pm & Sat 2-2.30pm Photo ID required


Terry Burgoyne 0404 842 771 Guy Aylward 0424 293 481 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

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BlackBurn 7/100 Main Street Invest In a Premium Blackburn location Peaceful, low maintenance living awaits first homebuyers, empty nesters and young couples with this well-presented two-bedroom unit, set in a highly desirable Blackburn location that’s within a short stroll of Blackburn Station Village, Blackburn train station and bus transport. The light-filled layout offers plenty of space and comfort, with the added bonus of generous-sized bedrooms successfully zoned away from the main living areas. This appealing unit also enjoys quick and easy access to Forest Hill Chase and the Eastern Freeway.

Saturday 23rd March at 12pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $370,000


Thur 3-3.30pm & Sat 10-10.30am Photo ID required


Terry Burgoyne 0404 842 771 Brian Leeson 0488 606 868 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

Doncaster east 23B roger street every Bit the spacious Home on 691sqm! The address implies that you’re buying a house on a small parcel of land. In reality, this deceiving property is every bit the family home, set on a 691sqm (approx.) allotment within walking distance of Devon Plaza and in the EDSC zone! If you’re amazed by the sheer size of the spacious backyard, you’ll be whisked off your feet the moment you venture inside by the home’s strong contemporary appeal, high-quality fit-out and flawless presentation.

Saturday 16th March at 2pm PRICE GUIDE

$570,000 - $620,000


Thu 3.30-4pm & Sat 1.30-2pm Photo ID required


Theo Politis 0415 030 088 Sammy Gazzo 0425 863 378 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

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A3 B 1 C 2 E 2

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BlackBurn north 28 Junction road Your chance to create Something Special Put on your thinking cap and get creative by renovating this spacious three-bedroom brick home into a modern masterpiece, or if your vision is truly grand, knock the lot over and build the home of your dreams or develop (STCA). Capitalising on a contemporary facelift will be the home’s L-shaped lounge and dining, generous in size and filled abundantly with natural light. Bedrooms are of good proportions, while a huge backyard will play the perfect host to games of hide and seek or kickabouts between father and son.

TemplesTowe lower 47 Glenair street make This Home Your own Secluded behind mature hedges in a quiet, yet convenient pocket hides this perfect upgrade option for the growing family. Its originally-presented interior has been impeccably well-maintained, evoking the charm of yesteryear yet lending itself well to a modern makeover.

Saturday 6th April at 12pm PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

$630,000 - $690,000 Thu 12.30-1pm & Sat 11.30-12pm Photo ID required Sam Kocuk 0419 311 222 James Hatzolos 0418 518 694 Doncaster 9842 8888

A 3 B 2 C 2 E 2

Saturday 6th April at 3pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $460,000


Thur 6-6.30pm & Sat 11.30-12pm Photo ID required


Terry Burgoyne 0404 842 771 Brian Leeson 0488 606 868 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

Doncaster 1/343-345 George street By George, this Is the one! Boasting one of the best locations in Doncaster with the area’s iconic attractions within walking distance, there are so many advantages of becoming the next owner of this outstanding unit. Original in presentation and deceptively large, it’s perfect for downsizers/young couples/investors.

A3 B 1 C 2 E 2

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$450,000 - $490,000 Thu & Sat 12.30-1pm Photo ID required Theo Politis 0415 030 088 Sammy Gazzo 0425 863 378 Doncaster 9842 8888

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