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o wonder I feel so average today. According to research released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the average Australian these days is a married woman of 37 (ahem) living in the suburbs of Melbourne or Sydney. She has two children and has regular mortgage commitments of $1800. OK, so not all of this is me, and I don’t work in retail (although these days in the media, you have to wonder …) but the portrait that the bureau paints of the ordinary Aussie is a fascinating one, and for those who still grapple with anxieties about migration and people movements through our region, and what they perceive as major changes to the country, the picture is a surprisingly static one. The average Australian is still an overwhelmingly native one. She was born here and so were her parents. Her language is English. The second-most spoken language in the country is Mandarin, but it’s still a fraction of the country – only 1.6 per cent. A close third is Italian (1.5 per cent). The average Australian belongs to a Christian religion, although the numbers are falling. In all, it is a surprisingly familiar person who emerges from
the analysis of 2011 data, one who gives the lie to the suggestion that we are being ”swamped by Asians” or overrun by Muslims. (Mind you, with fewer and fewer of us adhering to a religion of any kind, that might eventually change.) The disjunction between impression and reality is a rich seam of information for those who study demographic data, and the persistence of the classic Australian type really should not bring much surprise. Female births have been outstripping male births in this country since 1979, but our embedded Anglo-Celtic heritage is profound. According to the data, only 3 per cent declared themselves of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background. And while the number of same-sex couples has risen significantly in recent years, they still make up fewer than 1 per cent of the population. In an election year, this data makes for fascinating, if slightly depressing reading. If you were already tearing your thinning hair out at the tedious mantra about “working families”, then get used to another onslaught. That’s a message tailored for the average Josephine – and her Joe – illustrated above. You hear more and more
from voters around the country that neither major party seems to be speaking to or for them in their narrow appeals to a limited number of electorates – and now you know why. When you’re less than 3 or 1 per cent of the population, why would they bother? Single working women (and men), single mothers, families with incomes that just pip what has somehow become the acceptable upper level, public servants and self-funded retirees will all become invisible people this year, as the catch-cries of “keeping interest rates low” compete with “looking after ordinary Australians” in the 24-hour news cycle. The paradox is that while the ABS can accurately paint a picture of a statistical median, no voting Australian is ever of one kind, particularly not in such self-interested times. I’ve written here before about how federal elections have now just become an auction held exclusively for the residents of a few seats in New South Wales and Queensland. Now that we know for sure that this 37-year-old working mum populates most of those electorates, the major parties will be writing her a very loving, and specific, serenade. And singing it with one voice. \
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rethink promised on ‘overkill’ creek pipeline water in it, the biodiversity dies. “The residents are looking for a softer Residents rallying against a floodwater pipe environmental solution rather than a heavily proposed for the Back Creek parklands have engineered design.” won the first round of their battle, with Mr Pertell said the council’s biodiversity Boroondara Council to consider a method strategy for 2013-23 failed to include this said to avoid harming the environment. sliver of Back Creek, and residents wanted The council will look at building rock it added. The parkland between Rose chutes and weirs to help solve erosion and Varzin avenues is a hub for wildlife problems where the creek meets Warrigal such as tawny frogmouths, lorikeets and Road in Surrey Hills. kookaburras, and for children, some of Residents fear the $400,000 pipe whom attended a recent meeting with and raingarden – proposed to take the council. The the creek’s overflow during heavy Grace, 6, said she and her Parkland rain – would drain the creek dry, neighbours were often at the creek: is a hub for harm trees and animals and cause “Where will I watch tadpoles now?” wildlife stormwater to spill onto Warrigal Boroondara council’s director Road. of environment and amenity, David The council said it would consider Powell, said the proposed pipe would “all available treatments”, including chutes take stormwater only in heavy rain. and weirs such as those built on a Taggerty “This design would see dry-weather flow property owned by resident Peter Pertell. and flow during minor storm events drained Mr Pertell said the methods used on his above ground, associated with a rain garden, property have halted extreme erosion. which would continue to provide water to the “The residents, almost to a person, say the trees along the creek,” he said. proposed pipe is a giant overkill,” he said. Mr Powell said the pipe would not affect “The creek is probably the least modified the Whitehorse side of Warrigal Road and creek in Boroondara. While it does show the council would do an environmental study signs of erosion, it is the lifeblood of the Back once it had chosen a solution. Creek wildlife corridor. If you don’t have Whitehorse acting general manager for surrey hills
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Wildlife watchers: Surrey Hills residents fear a proposed pipe in Back Creek will suck the creek dry and kill trees. Locals Xiao Lin, Chloe, Olivia, Grace, Jie and Mietta (front) at the site. (Ari HAtziS)
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A Manningham Council policy to charge use of differential rates by councils to pursue poker machine venues extra rates has been controversial social policy agendas is not quashed by the state government. appropriate,” Ms Powell said. Last week, the government announced new Clubs Australia, which represents guidelines for rates, and banned councils not-for-profit gaming venues, supports the from charging gaming licencees extra fees. new guidelines. Manningham’s differential rates policy However, Municipal Association of Victoria was introduced in 2012 and it resulted in six president Bill McArthur said he has legal hotels being charged a total of $112,000 advice “that the minister doesn’t have in extra rates. The council has already the power to confer prescriptive rules” “I can’t spent about $100,000 of that money and it was a “disturbing attempt to on an anti-gambling research appease vocal interest groups”. see the project, which it hopes will combat Opposition local government positive in the negative impacts of problem spokesman Richard Wynne said Ms gambling” gambling. Manningham chief Powell had made the situation worse. executive Joe Carbone said the new Manningham councillor Michelle rules were likely to spell the end of the Kleinert said she believed councils had a council’s anti-gambling initiatives. role to play in reducing problem gambling. Punters dropped more than $65 million “As a council, there’s a responsibility to into the 617 poker machines in Manningham keep the community as healthy as possible. I during the 2011-12 financial year, according can’t see the positive in gambling. What I do to the Victorian Commission for Gambling see is it destroys families and children’s lives.” and Liquor Regulation. The new rules will also prevent councils An average of $677 was spent by each adult from charging differential rates to fast food in the city – $62 more than the state average. stores, licensed premises and tree farms. Announcing the new laws, effective from However, the government will permit extra July, Local Government Minister Jeanette rates on vacant and derelict land, as well as Powell said the government was “drawing a retirement villages and properties used for line in the sand” to protect certain businesses industrial and commercial purposes. \ KRISTIAN SILVA & DAN MOSS and industries being targeted. firstname.lastname@example.org “The new guidelines make it clear that the
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Manningham mess exposes law loophole A man at the centre of a Park Orchards neighbourhood spat has become the catalyst for changes to local government election law. The existence of what Victorian Local Government Minister Jeanette Powell calls a ‘‘loophole’’ could mean 29,179 registered voters in Manningham’s Mullum Mullum ward are forced back to the polls for another round of council elections. The 521 votes that were cast for unsuccessful candidate David Muscat in the October 2012 election were deemed informal on April 4 after a complaint from another unsuccessful candidate, Bob Beynon, that Mr Muscat had not been eligible to stand due to a criminal conviction. In 2011, Mr Muscat was fined and convicted for recklessly causing injury when he head-butted a neighbour, shoved another and blasted them in the face with a leaf-blower near his Park Orchards home. According to the Local Government Act, people convicted of an offence that can carry a five-year jail term, which includes recklessly causing injury, cannot run in council elections for seven years. The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) and the Victorian Local Government
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certain criminal convictions. She said the government wanted to “rectify the situation” and would take advice from the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office and the VEC. “I will initiate a review of the candidate nomination and qualification provisions of the Local Government Act to require that individuals who are precluded from being
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councillors as a consequence of a criminal conviction are also excluded from the ballot paper,” Ms Powell said. “It is my intention to close the current loophole in the Local Government Act that allows people who can’t serve as councillors to stand as candidates.” According to the Victorian Electoral Commission, it’s the first time a candidate with a criminal conviction has run for local government. In the October election, Mr Muscat’s votes were channelled to other candidates as preferences and, given the close result, Mr Beynon says this influenced the outcome. Mr Beynon, a former Manningham mayor, began court action against the VEC last year and said he was not motivated by sour grapes. “I’ve been focusing on these ridiculous laws. There are so many things which could be changed, such as introducing a mandatory police check for candidates,” Mr Beynon said. “At the end of the day, I shouldn’t have to pay court costs to seek democracy.” At a Municipal Electoral Tribunal hearing on April 4, magistrate Michael Smith asked the VEC to recount the Mullum Mullum ballots without Mr Muscat’s votes. The
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community submissions in June. “What hope has Mullum Mullum got if they’ve got no representation?” she said. Meanwhile, Mr Muscat last week vowed to fight a separate court battle with the inspectorate over his alleged breaches of the Local Government Act. He faces charges of nominating as a candidate when he was not qualified to do so and knowingly providing a false declaration to the VEC. The maximum penalty is a two-year jail term or a $50,000 fine. A one-day contest hearing has been set down for May 21 at the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court. Mr Muscat refused to comment outside the court. \ DAN MOSS & KRISTIAN SILVA » For updates on this story, visit theweeklyrevieweastern.com.au
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Human trafficking and sex slavery are not topics often discussed in suburban Melbourne, but Jess Sanders is determined to spur the community from apathy to action. Ms Sanders, the co-ordinator of the Unshackled conference to be held next month in Blackburn, says Melburnians don’t realise issues such as human trafficking are having an impact on people in our suburbs. When she heard about people from Thailand being exploited in Melbourne, it prompted her to organise the Unshackled conference two years ago – which attracted more than 1000 people from around Victoria. Ms Sanders said this year’s conference, from May 13-17 at the NewHope Baptist Church, hopes to bring together politicians, school students, business leaders and community members. Some seminars will focus on products which utilise cheap labour and look at how people are exploited in holiday destinations frequented by Australians. “Human trafficking is the world’s fastest growing form of organised crime,” Ms Sanders said. “Our aim is to help people understand that there are certain aspects of our culture we allow which contribute to
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n the days and weeks after December 15, 2011, the evening he fell off a ladder at his Richmond home and sustained severe injuries, we faced the prospect of a world without Molly. And, for millions of Australians who grew up with him on their television sets, it would have been a much less-entertaining world, a world without a version of English that Molly Meldrum made his own and that we all came to love. But clearly Meldrum is made of tough stuff. Here he is, sitting on his favourite couch at his Richmond home, juggling phone calls, talking to his dog Ziggy, as energetic as he was just a few weeks before the accident. Back then I had dropped in and he’d shown me a cake the shape and (almost) the size of a mummy’s tomb, the icing meticulously tracing the face of one of the pharaohs I’m sure Meldrum could name. That visit was to a man without a care, chatting about Rhianna and Beyoncé and Jay-Z and Egypt and St Kilda Football Club. A few weeks later Australia was holding its breath waiting on daily reports about his progress, about whether he would survive the terrible accident. It’s a great relief to see that Meldrum appears to be in great shape. And that his mischievous sense of humour is as sharp as ever. “They had a speech therapist when I had to do stuff for television and she was great,” he says of his rehabilitation. “We can’t explain it but I’d lost my ‘ums’ and ‘errs’. I asked (the doctors) if I could have the speech therapist again. They said, ‘You don’t need it’. I said, ‘Well, I actually do because somehow I’ve lost my ums and errs and, let’s face it, if I lose them and I lose my hat that’s it; the act’s gone for me’.” As much as wants to avoid the “icon” references, Meldrum is still as big as they come in this country. His star – which rose in the 13 years he hosted the ABC’s Countdown and then for years on Hey Hey It’s Saturday – has never dimmed. The honours have flowed, including recently appearing on an Australia Post stamp. Now he’s the subject of a stage show and a television program. “I don’t know much about it,” he says. “Molly the musical – imagine that. I think the working title is You Can Leave Your Hat On, whatever that means. I’ve authorised it, but I prefer them to do it, not me.” He will be involved as an adviser. How does he feel about the shows? “I’m trying not to put too much thought into it. Initially I was, ‘No, no, no’, as I was with the stamp. I felt embarrassed. But then I thought, ‘Stop being stupid and so ungrateful’.” His career is powering ahead, too. He’s re-signed with Channel Seven to appear on Sunrise and Sunday Night, and continues his work with Foxtel and MTV. Meldrum talks about his gratitude towards the specialists and hospital staff who cared for him, his brother, Brian Meldrum, and long-time personal assistant, Yael Cohn, who worked around the clock to co-ordinate his recovery. Also friends and members of the public who ensured he knew he was loved. “I’m forever grateful to the Alfred, first off, and Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld, and then the Epworth with Dr John Olver and the staff,” Meldrum says. “And I was very overwhelmed with the reaction that happened with the public.” Rehab was tough, he says: “They wouldn’t take no for an answer so I had to learn that they wouldn’t take no for an answer.” What was the most difficult part of rehab? “Being in the ward that had head injuries and all of that and meeting all the different patients and realising that I’m lucky and I didn’t realise there was so much of this and how patients cope with it.”
the hat is back After the accident that nearly killed him 16 months ago, Ian “Molly” Meldrum is back, and the subject of a stage show and TV program. He talks to PETER WILMOTH
Meldrum says he often reflects on how lucky he was to survive, and the extraordinary nature of the reaction to his accident. “The response was overwhelming,” he says. “From the Australian public, the cards, the letters, the emails. There were thousands of cards. Families would write and the kids would write as well. Some would draw it. Some were addressed to Ziggy saying, ‘How are you; how are you coping with this?’ “It was too much to cope with. I didn’t know how to cope with it. I was overwhelmed by it.”
n December 15, 2011, Meldrum fell off a ladder while putting up Christmas decorations at his Richmond home, sustaining a fractured skull, ribs, shoulder blade, vertebrae and collarbone. He also sustained brain injury and had to be placed in an induced coma. He spent five weeks at The Alfred hospital, “which I don’t remember at all because I was unconscious, basically”. He then spent five more weeks recovering at the Epworth Hospital. The weeks in hospital wore him down. Perhaps not considered a flight risk, Meldrum was fed up with being in hospital and did a runner from the Epworth. “I just thought, ‘I’ve got to get out and I’ve got to be home and not have people treating me as a patient and be mollycoddled’, because I’m hopeless at that,” he says. “I thought, ‘How do I get out of here? Because it had keys in the ward I was in. You weren’t allowed to have phones and sound, and whatever. They were fantastic, but I thought I’ve got to get out of here, and I thought, ‘I don’t know how’. “I talked to a couple of the other patients … and they were telling me about the rehab (centre) across the road. So I asked some more questions and I found out they didn’t have keys over there and I went ‘Mmmmm … that’s the way we get out of here’. At that time there were promos on telly for a series called Alcatraz. So I carefully watched the promos and thought ‘Mmmm’.” It was arranged for him to be at the gym in the morning. “I thought, ‘right’. The night before they were
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showing the Academy Awards so I watched that with everyone else. In the morning I went across to the gym. (The trainer) said, ‘I’ve got to do something, you just go and sit over there’. I said, ‘I think I’ll just go for a walk’. I said, ‘It will do me good to exercise’. “And then I took off through the gates, and she said to someone, ‘Molly’s just gone!’ and the chase was on. I went the wrong way. For someone who lives in Richmond, just down the road – I ended up in Hoddle Street, and that’s where they caught up with me. They chased me down to Bridge Road and then it was on. I got across to the other side of Bridge Road, went for a coffee. I asked for a coffee and said, ‘Could you order me a taxi please?’ She came back and said, ‘Here’s your coffee. I’ve rung for a taxi’. And the minders (turned “I’ve lost up): ‘He’s not getting any taxi’. The waitress said, ‘Are you Molly my ums and Meldrum?’ I said, ‘Aaah, sort of’. errs. if I lose “She said, ‘Aren’t you in hospital?’ And they said, ‘Yes he is, and he’s them and I lose going back right now’. I gave her my hat, the 20 bucks for the coffee and I took off down Bridge Road and I looked act’s gone” at the Richmond Town Hall and the clock and I used that like a lighthouse. “Got home. I outpaced them, I think. But I couldn’t get in the house. My brother Brian arrived. I said, ‘Open the house Brian’. He said, ‘I’m not opening the house’. So I reminded him that when we were growing up and we couldn’t get in the house we’d punch a window and get in that way. Brian threw me the keys and said, ‘Do what you want to do. You’re off your head’. “I sat where I’m sitting now and said, ‘I’m not moving. This is me now’. And I didn’t have to go back.” He went back to rehab for day visits. “At home they insisted I have minders. They checked the house and said I couldn’t go upstairs so I made a bed in the library.” As part of his rehab, Meldrum flew to Phuket for three weeks, “to swim and do rehab and also to get out of what I call the ‘Molly bubble’. It was overwhelming.” In the bubble he was too much the centre of attention.
“Believe it or not, a lot of my character is introverted so I didn’t know how to cope with it. I really didn’t.” The experience changed him in many ways. “Getting to know a lot of the other patients and become good friends with them, I thought, ‘My God, I’m nothing compared with what Scotty has to go through’. “And watching them address it and cope with it and be very obedient in doing the rehab, I thought, ‘If they can cope with this, and not complain, that is great’.” He saw a lot of courage. “So much so,” he says, “it altered me in my own thinking and my approach. Just appreciating people and life. And appreciating that people are so caring. “The trouble that people went to (for me) was incredible. And watching how the nurses, the doctors, everyone in the hospital, how they are so good, so, so good. It just all rubs off on you.” At what point did he realise he was going to be OK? “I didn’t really look at it that way. I just was determined that I didn’t want to have to be a patient to anyone and be fussed about and whatever, you know? I guess that drive helped me. And people being so nice.” Back at home in Richmond, and feeling much better, Meldrum went about his normal life. “People would come up in the street, down at Coles. I didn’t stop doing things I do normally anyway, shopping. It was embarrassing. I’d go down to Coles and people would say, ‘We’ll help you push the trolley’. ‘No, no, no, please don’t do that’. And then I had to explain it was holding me up, for god’s sake.” He found strength through the support of his friends, his brother and Yael Cohn who, he says, did “an incredible job”. “And just people, you know. I might be just walking down the street and people would stop me in their cars and that gives you strength, you know? “And my beloved St Kilda, my team, did some really lovely things. Storm did some incredible things as well. So I felt very proud of that.” Physically he’s on the mend even if he says the plates that are inserted in various parts of his body “still move a bit – one on my left shoulder, one in the ribs, one on the spine.” He’s got his humour back. I suggest that barracking for St Kilda is character building. “If character building is a pathetic man that wears a hat who’s seen crying at the MCG twice in one year with Collingwood in two grand finals, I’m not sure that’s character building.” What is it then? “I think that’s tragic.” He seems to be in a great place. He spends two months a year with his partner in Thailand. He’s back working hard and has never been in greater demand. Meldrum takes me into his back garden to show me where the accident happened. “I slipped and crashed there,” he says, pointing to the side of the pool. There’s been plenty of that famous Meldrum chuckle today, and our meeting ends with one. He says he spoke at a function after the accident. He got up and said: “I’m sitting at a table with (diver) Matthew Mitcham. I’ve always been in awe of him because of what he achieved at the Beijing Olympics … “Looking at him I actually hold him in more awe now, right? Don’t get me wrong. I don’t fancy Matthew. Why I hold him in awe is I keep on thinking, ‘How the f--did you climb up that incredible podium and not fall off, let alone then do the perfect dive, whereas I only went up a ladder, a very small one, and the pool was right beneath me, and I missed the f---ing pool completely. How did you do it?’ “I said to him later, ‘I hope you didn’t mind me saying that’. He said, ‘No, mum and dad loved it’.” \ firstname.lastname@example.org We Welcome your feedback @
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e went to a wedding recently with a bunch holidays. I even shared my house painter’s contact card, of gorgeous young things in their early 30s. dammit. No one got it on, no one stood on a chair and (Remember when you thought turning 30 gave an impromptu speech, and there was not one single was old? Now 30-year-olds look and seem very, very late-night dim sim from Twins either. Dammit again. young to me. So young, some of them were even drunk Am I wrong, though, in thinking that when you’re in BEFORE the wedding. Imagine). the stage of life that involves mortgages, marriage and kids, Anyway, all these gorgeous young things were on the your focus is on paying the bills, juggling school holidays threshold of the next big stage in their lives – marriage, and finding the all-too elusive work-life balance, which mortgages and kids – but were not yet shackled from means there’s very little time to party with your mates, the constraints of such things that they managed to which in turn also means less time and brain-space party hard and wholeheartedly all weekend. to bitch about them? I’m just petrified that I’m The next day, on the bus to the airport, we becoming almost a bit nice by default. I missed listened to them talk. About who was feeling Naaaaaah. Good thought though. But for that feeling me these days, the people I see every day aren’t the seediest, who got on with who, who of being in a old drinking and work buddies but other they’re all worried about and how funny was everything that happened the night before. So parents at school drop-off. There have been gang funny someone laughed so hard she hiccupped a few hearty barbecues and a very interesting in bed all night like a rabbit on heat, apparently. school fund-raiser or two, but the partying They also discussed how many calories might have repertoire for this demographic usually involves a been consumed in Champagne, and why someone threw quick wine at 6pm at the end of some kid’s birthday up (she hasn’t had a proper meal for days and needs to eat party. Not much time and certainly too much chaos to some steak, in case you’re wondering. I was). have a good bitch and moan there, really, let alone go I loved it, and realised I missed that all-consuming through the minutiae of someone else’s life. feeling of being in a gang – of having time and energy to When I set out on this parenting journey, I made not only have a wild night but to relive it the next day in a rule to myself to never get involved in school-gate minute detail. Of having the time and energy to dissect, politics. I vowed to never criticise or discuss the private analyse and unpack other people’s lives, people you lives of other primary caregivers, at least within earshot might know intimately and care for, so not bitching, of of anyone who knew them. I was determined to set a course … just, you know, like, saying … good example, at least to my kids, and play clean. I caught up with dear old mates the other night, And now I’m regretting it. \ email@example.com and while the party spark was still there and I definitely had a hangover the next day, we did we welcoMe your feedback @ spend an inordinate amount of time discussing www.theweeklyreview.com.au/my-view someone’s cholesterol levels. Oh, and the cost of
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\ JANE ROCCA MEETS PAUL
TALARICO AND CLEMENT CHUAH OF MENSWEAR LABEL CLEMENTE TALARICO
lemente Talarico looks to Hollywood’s golden age for filmic cues in its autumn/winter 2013 collection. The Melbourne label, run by Paul Talarico and Clement Chuah, has been on the fashion scene for six years and delivers niche menswear for the sartorially hip. “We’ve taken looks from the strong and rugged to the nerdy and Ivy League,” says Talarico of this season. “That is often portrayed by actors such as Paul Newman, Marlon Brando and James Dean.” The boutique menswear label opts for a classic and no-fuss look this season – fusing elements of ’50s cool with an overt masculine silhouette. “From rockabilly check to Ivy-League tweed, we cover classic hunting jackets and sports coats but update them with current-day fits and detailing,” says Talarico, who opened the first shop on Gertrude Street in 2007. Pea coats are given a slimmer cut for a modern silhouette, while Ivy-League pullovers appear with an in-house designer print. There are classic long-sleeve Henley shirts and double jersey cardigans – all appearing with a modern adjustment to an otherwise classic look from a bygone era. Chuah and Talarico don’t follow mass trends. It’s been their point of difference to fit on the left of mainstream. In an ever-changing retail market, they’re convinced that steering clear of big trends is what keeps their heads above water. Sure there’s a downturn in retail spending, but blokes are willing to invest in something that’s different and made with quality materials. “There are a lot of risks involved within this level of creativity,” says Talarico. “But our directions are often independent of mass-market trends … I think there is a market for diversity and designer menswear within Australia … To the guys who totally get us, we salute you.” Leather and denim feature heavily this season. It’s a must-have look, according to Chuah and Talarico. “Both are designed with new and classic details and combined to keep a look that is quintessentially ’50s while observing a subtle degree of new fashion edge,” says Chuah. Between them they have more than 30 years’ experience in the business.
Melbourne’s Clemente Talarico takes menswear to a sartorially hip corner – one where styling your look comes fashionably easy – from fitted pants to tapered coats, there’s a bit of leather, lots of denim, and shirts with a ’50s twist.
Their partnership works thanks to a clear-cut understanding of what each brings to the fold. “The varied skills we have make our partnership ideal as we are able to achieve a lot of things autonomously and not have to rely on other people,’’ says Chuah. “Also we are constantly learning things to help us be better skilled, which is a result of establishing a new business. “You find you are forced to step out of your comfort zone in order to save money and also quench that thirst for more knowledge. We work really well together because we are really determined to make Clemente Talarico a brand that people really enjoy wearing. “There is always this massive drive to produce something that is distinctive and not just another cookie-cutter clothing brand.” \ firstname.lastname@example.org » clementetalarico.com
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Books \ A NEW COLLECTION OF ESSAYS ON INDIE BOOKShOpS rEASSurES COrrIE pErKIN
n a recent Good Weekend article, local author Peter Robb argued that bookshops these days fail to provide the excitement, sense of adventure, and curatorial expertise of the places he frequented as a young man. “The thrill of the new was gone,’’ he reflected. “In its place, a feeling of oppression, noise and nausea.’’ While I would argue that Melbourne still has several worthy independent bookshops that offer an excellent hand-picked range of quality fiction and non-fiction, my sympathies are with Robb and anyone else who visits a big barn-type bookshop where books are treated as commodities and not little works of art, and where the retailer’s chief goal is to turn over as many units as possible, regardless of the quality of writing or production. As a bookseller and bookworm, the bleak mood of Robb’s article deeply affected me. Bad enough that we are risking everything on a business model that perhaps no longer has an audience. But how would my avid reader self cope if there were no more decent bookshops in which to browse? My faith was renewed when, a few days later, I opened the pages of a new book. My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places To Browse, Read And Shop caught my eye because the book’s title is very similar to our own business, My Bookshop, but also because it’s a good thing when writers get behind the cause of the beleaguered indie bookshop. My Bookstore features essays by 84 American writers who address the topic of their favourite bookshop, past or current. It’s a joy to read comments such as Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo’s: “Bookstores, like libraries, are the physical manifestation of the wide world’s longest, best, most thrilling conversation,’’
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or Simon Winchester’s description of his favourite bookshop, The Bookloft in Massachusetts: “They know books at the Bookloft, as the best of the independents do, and most of the chains never need to. The staff there read; they know; they anticipate. They scan all the trades, the blogs, the Twitter feeds.’’ Dave Eggers writes of San Francisco’s Green Apple Books: “This is the beauty of atmosphere and careful, inspired curation.’’ Isabel Allende, meanwhile, nominates another Californian bookshop, Book Passage in Corte Madera. “The only place as comforting as a friendly bookstore is probably your grandmother’s kitchen. The sight of shelves packed with books of all kinds, the smell of printed paper and coffee, and the secret rustle of the characters that live in the pages warm any heart. “I go to Book Passage to pass the time, to read, to gossip, and to lift my spirit.’’ And a final comment from writer Pico Iyer, which perhaps reflects the philosophy of dedicated indie booksellers such as ourselves: “My bookstore is the place where I find myself, as well as my home, my passion – and my reason for trying to do what I do.” \ email@example.com My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places To Browse, Read And Shop Edited by Ronald Rice and Booksellers Across America » $29.99 (Black Dog and Leventhal)
Harvest By Jim Crace » $27.99 (Macmillan)
Lean In: Women, Work And The Will To Lead By Sheryl Sandberg » $34.95 (Ebury)
this beautiful, intelligent novel examines shifts that occur when the order of a peaceful pre-industrial Age British village is disturbed by a group of strangers who arrive at the end of the barley harvest. the community becomes anxious about its future and, when there is a change in ownership, concern turns to fear. How will the changes affect the villagers? the New Statesman described Harvest as “the most seductive and enthralling of Crace’s novels’’. His fans are sure to agree. \
Facebook chief operating officer sheryl sandberg’s new book has ruffled a few feathers, but its main thrust – that women need to stand up and fight for a role in the corridors of power – has reinvigorated the women’s rights debate and brought younger generations into the discussion. “i believe that if more women lean in, we can change the power structure of the world and expand opportunities for all,’’ sandberg writes. Not an original idea, but certainly one worth repeating. \
Gallipoli: A Ridge Too Far Edited By Ashley Ekins » $49.99 (Exile)
Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops By Jen Campbell » $14.99 (Constable)
Let’s assume you already have in your bookshelves Les Carlyon’s excellent 2003 tome Gallipoli, and you are looking for another stellar historical summary of that campaign to add to your collection. this is the book. Australian War Memorial military historian Ashley ekins brings together essays from respected historians from every country involved in that bitter 1915 conflict. the result is a fascinating anthology of perspectives that focus on strategies and plans, as well as key battles, and the lasting legacies. \
Continuing our bookshop theme, we’ve had quite a few laughs over this little gem since it arrived on the shelf. the collection reminds us that, yes, booksellers have been asked whether Anne Frank wrote a sequel, or Beatrix Potter wrote a book about dinosaurs, or if the shop stocks any author-signed copies of William shakespeare’s plays, or “Who wrote the Bible?”. Our favourite? Customer: “Do you have this children’s book i’ve heard about? it’s supposed to be very good. it’s called Lionel ritchie and the Wardrobe.’’ \
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it’s fair to say the world wasn’t really crying out for another suede album. after kickstarting (and then disowning) the 1990s Britpop movement, the london group drifted into self-parody before reaching an ignoble end. Or so it seemed. a reunion three years ago, riding a surge of ’90s nostalgia, gave the band a surprise second wind. still, nostalgia only takes you so far. what’s most remarkable about Bloodsports is that it isn’t a sedate footnote, trading on past glories, but a furious attempt to rewrite history. album opener Barriers sets the tone, part glam and part grit, part Bowie and part smiths, armed with a chorus that sounds bigger – and more aggressive – than ever. tracks such as the sublime and sinister Sabotage and It Starts And Ends With You make a play for the mainstream, but Bloodsports is an album that belongs in the shadows. its more subdued second half is rife with the sort of dark obsessions and dangerous sexuality that have characterised the group’s best work. For suede, the mythology has always been as important as the music. listening to suede feels like joining a gang of slightly decadent misfits, clothed in back leather and op-shop glamour. it’s music that other people aren’t supposed to like – that makes sense to you and the chosen few. as such, Bloodsports isn’t going to be for everyone. it’s an astonishing return to form, but it’s not a record that really belongs in 2013. that’s OK. suede never really sounded like they belonged to the 1990s either. now, as then, they just sound like suede. \
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When housewife Sharon Solarz (Susan Sarandon) stares mournfully out the kitchen window one morning, we can assume drama is imminent. But, instead of facing down the usual mid-life trials and tribulations, Solarz is arrested at gunpoint by the FBI and exposed as a fugitive terrorist. Soon, small-town attorney Jim Grant (Robert Redford) is on the run, wanted by the feds for a three-decades-old crime. What unfolds is an enjoyable, if never particularly gripping, political thriller involving the 1960s radical group the Weather Underground. Undoubtedly, the cast is its best asset. Redford is always watchable and even Shia LaBeouf, as pushy journo Ben Shepard, is more engaging than he’s been in a long while. Cameos from well-known (and well-worn) faces help lift a pedestrian plot, but ultimately the film gets bogged in muddy ground between fact and fiction. In striving to feel like a memoir, it prunes back the action elements, but then ties up its tale in some all-too-neat knots. \
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Three years ago, Australia’s Mia Dyson took off to pursue her dream of touring the United States. It’s safe to say it didn’t go well. Dyson broke up with her partner, her band and her bank and then had her management try to rebrand her as a reality TV star. The result of all these broken dreams was the album The Moment, a raw, angry and oddly celebratory piece of work that won plaudits on its release late last year. This week, Dyson is back in town, fresh from a return (and, one hopes, more successful) visit Stateside. Fans of classic Americana – think Bruce Springsteen via Martha Wainwright – won’t want to miss this. \
This hipster-baiting (or, possibly, hipster-tickling) sketch comedy proves that old paradox about the most specific art having the widest appeal. Really, it’s a series with one joke – that Portland in Oregon is an odd place, a sort of craftsy Royston Vasey, where arty types can take refuge from our cynical, commercial modern hell. It’s a good joke and, without too much effort, can be applied to, say, Northcote or Castlemaine. In the first episode, writers and stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein chase a hunky mixologist to the wilds of California. Armisen wonders why the sun isn’t covered by clouds, while Brownstein panics about her lovely pale skin. Ridiculous, yes, but there’s some potent notes of truth here. What the show does best is identify the petty ways we all attempt to mark our patch. Whether it’s pickling vegetables, digging a backyard “fire pit” or arranging a “cool” wedding, these characters are trying that little bit too hard to stand out from the crowd. Portlandia encourages us to point and laugh, even as we recognise the lurking shadow of our own hobbies and affectations. \ To read more reViews
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What’s on \ eastern aRt & CULtURE MANNINGHAM VICTORIAN CERAMIC ART AWARD The Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award is an exhibition that is open to artists from across the state to enter. The biennial award was launched in 2009 to support Victorian ceramacists and the work of local artists is showcased in the subsequent exhibition. Up to three works may be entered for the First Prize Acquisitive Award of $1000. Artists from Manningham, Nillumbik, Maroondah and Banyule are also eligible for Valley of the Arts Acquisitive Award(s) of up to $4000. ■ Complete the online application at www. surveygizmo.com/s3/1154577/ef3c6f689104. Applications close May 1. 9840 9367.
attention for about 10 minutes. You can take part in the event by reflecting on a few of Fiona Hall’s pieces at Heide. After the viewing, you can join curator Kendrah Morgan, who will talk about Hall’s work and the transformations of the materials she uses, as you enjoy morning tea by Café Vue at Heide overlooking Heide’s gardens. ■ Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe road, Bulleen. April 27, 10-11.30am. 9850 1500. ConCERts MIDGE URE James Ure was born into a working-class Scottish family in the early 1950s. Just a few decades later and Midge Ure (Midge being the phonetic reversal of Jim) had emerged as an international star in bands including Ultravox, Silk, Thin lizzy, The rich Kids and Visage. He became known for his chilling guitar riffs that cleverly combined with synthesiser motifs and background art visuals. He’s touring Australia this month, so catch him at Shoppingtown Hotel while he’s in town. ■ Shoppingtown Hotel, 19 Williamsons road, Doncaster. April 24, 8pm. 9848 6811.
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WALK AND TALK: MIRAMBEEK ABORIGINAL TOUR The Mullum Mullum Valley was a vital part of the ancestral estates of the Wurundjeri-Wilam people, a prominent and influential clan of the Woiwurrung language group. Dean Stewart will draw on his ancestral heritage as a Wemba Wemba-Wergaia Aboriginal man of Victoria to conduct this tour of the history-laden area, and teach you how to see the land from an Aboriginal perspective, with a focus on local bush tucker. Make sure you book in advance, as places are limited. ■ Yarran Dheran Info Centre, Ashburton Drive, Mitcham. April 21, 11am. 9719 7661. SLOW ART DAY On April 27 each year, people worldwide visit galleries and take the time to look at a piece slowly, giving each work their undivided 24 The weekly review \ april 17, 2013
MONSTER COMMUNITY RAFFLE The Manningham Monster Community raffle is administered by the Kiwanis Club of Doncaster/Templestowe and provides a great way to raise money for the area’s clubs, schools and charities. The fundraising also supports the Manningham Charitable Fund by funnelling 25 per cent of the ticket price back to the fund. The rest goes back to the organisation that sold the ticket. First prize is a $5000 voucher, and there are five runner-up vouchers of $1000 each. ■ The raffle runs until July 15 and prizes will be drawn on August 9. 9872 8363. soCiaL EVEnts NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT Bring your children along (if they’re between five and 12) with an egg carton to store their discovered treasures for a good, old-fashioned scavenger hunt. Pauline Pearson will lead the troops to the hidden secrets of the Mullum Mullum Valley’s natural treasures. It’s just one of the many activities held as part of the Mullum Mullum Festival, on the weekends of April 20-21 and April 27-28. ■ Currawong Bushpark, reynolds road, Warrandyte. April 27, 10am. 9719 7661. EXhiBitions DAYS OF THE OLD SCHOOLYARD Artists Nicola Hoyle and Ann-Maree Gentile are contemporaries and friends who enjoy exhibiting together. Their show at the Bolin Bolin Gallery takes a nostalgic look at the music and pop culture of their youth. They cite dragsters, Abba, orange, rod Stewart, Dr Seuss, Mr Squiggle and Sherbet and many other wild features of the 1980s as inspirations for their exhibition. ■ Bolin Bolin Gallery, Bulleen Art and Garden, 6 Manningham road West, Bulleen. Until April 28, 9am-5pm. 8850 3030.
WoMen on WHeels WorKsHoPs & seMinars WOmEN ON WHEELS If you look to your partner when you’re stuck with a flat, the car overheats or you need to check the oil, this is for you. This free talk will put you in the driver’s seat when it comes to your car’s maintenance. Hosted by Doncaster Holden, women will be taken through the nitty-gritty of an oil check, changing tyres, jump-starts and checking and correcting tyre pressure. The classes are run and managed by Women On Wheels, a community organisation that aims to demystify the male-dominated automotive industry. It will be a fun girls’ night out, and attendees receive a free car first-aid kit. Numbers are limited, so book ahead. ■ Doncaster Holden, 808 Doncaster Road, Doncaster. April 23. Registration at 6.45pm. The class runs until 9.30pm. 8848 1330.
TEmPLESTOWE vILLAGE fESTIvAL Stalls, activities great food and entertainment will fill the village on Sunday April 21 as the annual festival takes over for a day of fun. Village traders are holding a colouring competition for children aged five to 12, while Manningham Vet Clinic is running face painting, a pin-the-tail-on-the-dog competition, showbags and more. Service clubs and local businesses will be celebrating all that Manningham has to offer and the BMX club is organising the logistics. Visit www.tempvillage.com.au/component/content/ article/12-templestowe-festival to download the colouring sheet. ■ Corner of James and Anderson streets, Templestowe. April 21, 9-4pm. www.templestowefestival.com.au \ COmPILED BY LEXI COTTEE
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HOmE HARvEST Sustainable Gardening Australia is responsible for bringing this monthly talk to Manningham residents, along with an optional food swap at each seminar. This talk will focus on replenishing soil, including crop rotation, green manures and tips for keeping soils healthy. It’s all part of Manningham’s Better Living Program, which aims to teach residents how to grow their own food. Next week the topic shifts to caring for fruit trees. ■ Manningham City Council Function Room 1, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster. April 24, 7-9pm. 9840 9129.
WALK AND TALK: EXPLORING HOW OUR BIRDS COPE WITH BURNS AND DROUGHT Bird enthusiasts have the opportunity to follow Peter Paul as he walks along the Mullum Mullum Valley and talks about the effects of cool burns and the recent drought on local bird populations. Paul walks between Quarry Road and Schwerkolt Cottage each month to conduct a survey for Bird Life Australia. He’ll be sharing his intimate knowledge of the area and discussing what conditions make for a favourable habitat for the various local bird species. ■ Yarran Dheran Info Centre, Ashburton Drive, Mitcham. April 27, 8.30-10am. 9719 7661.
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icture this: you’re travelling at 250km/h in the 2013 EC Griffith Cup fastest automotive powered boat in the world, then a gust of wind picks up the boat and flips What \ australasian Unlimited Championship. it. You and the vessel are flying through the air, cartwheeling and then crashing back into the surface of australia versus new Zealand. the water. When you finally stop, water trickles into the the trans tasman rivalry continues. cockpit you’re harnessed into, “am I going to drown?” goes through your mind but then you remember you are When \ april 26-28 at Pykes Creek wearing a breathing apparatus. You are alive, breathing underwater and ready to do it all again. entry \ adults $20/day, kids 12-17 $10, Welcome to the world of the GP hydroplane, the fastest children 11 and under free no alcohol to be brought in. automotive powered vessel on the water today. there will be an area to purchase alcohol there. This is a high-tech, adrenalin-pumping world where » http://www.gphydro.com speed can be determined by the depth of your pockets. These are the ultimate boy’s toys, at $50,000 for a basic model and up to $285,000 for the latest carbon composite GP hydroplane. The engine is another $80,000 plus trailer final, the 100th running of the EC Griffith Cup on Anzac and spares can push the price towards $500,000. It is the Day long weekend at Pykes Creek Reservoir, 10 minutes past king of water sports. On land, a formula one car is its Bacchus Marsh on the way to Ballarat. only equivalent. Thousands of spectators will be able to see hydroplanes in Here’s why. The hulls are constructed with the same their own backyard. Never before has an event of this calibre material used in formula one cars, a composite of been held at a venue so close to Melbourne. carbon fibre and Kevlar. The craft are propelled by New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based powerboat 510 cubic-inch supercharged engines producing racer, boatbuilder and designer Grant Rollason said “Safety is approximately 1600hp and 8500rpm. his addiction to motor boating began as a child and dependant A hydroplane driver is called a pilot and like a crash in an open on all pilots they operate their craft from a cockpit. hull several years ago couldn’t dampen his education” The cockpit of a hydroplane is similar to an F-16 enthusiasm fighter jet. It is fitted with a roll cage and a bottom for the sport. hatch, which allows the driver to escape if the boat “I was involved in an incident in which I was is caught by a gust of wind and dramatically backflips. thrown out of an open-style boat and landed still holding The pilot then breathes through a modified air-force mask the steering wheel, I had bent the wheel” hanging on, he said. while he makes his escape waits until he is rescued. “I didn’t know it at the time but I tore all the muscles in my The recent great Victorian drought had a terrible effect chest and back. I had ongoing pain and rehabilitation for six on these magnificent men and their machines. Their months, but I was lucky. racetracks such as Lake Eppalock and Pykes Creek didn’t “The consequences from an incident like that could result have enough water. Not any more, they are full and ready in far worse injuries and sometimes death ... Men in the sport for the motorboat world’s equivalent of the AFL grand have been thrown out of their boats and broken their necks.
“But things have changed in motor boating and for the better.” Union of International Motor boating safety commissioner Robert Wartinger travels the world to educate drivers on safety. The former Boeing executive is in charge of setting safety rules in 60 countries. “Safety is dependant on education, enforcement and technology,” he said. “In 2009, I began travelling the world to spread this message to improve safety and the sport is changing for the better.” Wartinger, 67, from Seattle, still holds the world record for outboard hydroplanes at 284km/h. “Racing is a virus, it keeps coming back and there is no escaping,” he said. “The key to racing better in many ways is feeling like you are safer in the environment that you are in. “If I talk about safety you get a bunch of glum guys sitting there with their arms crossed. They have spent a lot of money to buy boats and they don’t like being told what to do. On the other hand, if you tell them that they are going to go faster, then you have them. “Once open-hull powerboats were the norm. Since cockpits have been introduced it has drastically reduced the amount of fatalities in the sport. “It is human nature to push the boundaries and go faster, our job is to stay one step ahead and ensure it is done safely.” Scott Lambert handles videography and photography for gphydro.com and has been involved in the sport or 30 years. “On race day you feel sick in the stomach, you are so nervous and that’s without even stepping into the cockpit,” he said. It is the same feeling many drivers go through just before stepping into their race boat, but that all goes away as soon as you push the starter button.” \ email@example.com
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ill Sides thinks he was probably about 16. He was a boarder at Scotch College at the time anyway, and at the Head of the River boat races in Geelong when he saw this old car, he says that “caught my imagination”. It wasn’t the car exactly. That, by all accounts, was a pretty rough set of wheels. “A couple of kids from Wesley had got this car going. It was basically a farm hack,” he says. “They’d probably been chasing rabbits and things with it. They’d made a very rough body with sugar bags stretched over the side.” What set Sides’ mind ticking over was the vehicle’s “very elegant engine, its clean lines”, and it ran so quietly. He was “not really interested in cars” back then, he admits. But he loved mechanical things, such as drilling machines. “I’d been literally drilling holes all my life,” says this retired Wheelers Hill drilling contractor. He was given his first drilling rig, a working sales demonstration model, as a three-year-old. He’s still got it – along with probably just about everything else he’s acquired in his 66 years. Of course, he went on to become a drilling contractor, like his father and grandfather before him. The car he saw at the boat races that day was a Belgian-built Minerva and its intriguing sleeve-valve engine was one piece of machinery he never forgot. Fast-forward several years and Sides went to his first Bendigo swap meet, thinking he just might find a sleeve-valve engine up there. He did, among the remains of an old Minerva. The price was $300. “That sort of fitted my pocket,” he says. “And that’s this car here.” Sides points to a telephone box-red 1914 14-horsepower Minerva, an open-top car, among several others in his large garage. “Of course it didn’t look like that, just a few bits in the bottom of a trailer,” he says. The important thing was that in that trailer there was a sleeve-valve engine. There were two, in fact. It took him six weeks, he reckons, to separate the frozen parts. “I figured I could piece up one out of the two. I didn’t four in the country. Still, he rates the Minerva as the intend to restore it as a car (but did anyway), and it’s better car. Its sleeve-valve 6.6-litre straight eight, he says, turned out to be the only one in the world (of that is extremely powerful. “I think it’s got more power than model). Although there’s a similar car there (he points the V16 Cadillac.” to another Minerva). That one’s the previous model As well, he’s got a sleek-looking 1927 doctor’s coupe, from 1913.” a single-seater Minerva that once belonged to a mayor What is amazing, really, is that what started out as a of Sydney. Another one he likes to talk about is a tall, youthful fascination for an engine turned into a passion boxy-looking 1913 18hp Minerva. This car, he says, is in later life, leading to an extraordinary car collection. similar to the one Henry Ford drove. In fact, Sides lays claim to having the largest collection “I like telling Ford owners this, but old Henry was a of Minerva cars in the southern hemisphere. bit of a two-faced old coot. He didn’t drive a Ford, he He owns 10 Minervas, from the smallest, a tiny drove a Minerva like that. He actually towed his 1904 636cc two-seater called a Minervette, to T-Model with it. The car has a 3.3-litre engine the biggest, a 40hp, 1932 straight-eight limo “First and can do 65mph (a touch over 100km/h) and that, according to Sides – who’s a veritable gear is for will “sit all day on 60mph (96km/h)”. encyclopaedia when it comes to Minerva cars tow-starting Sides says he’s done 35,000 miles (about – is similar to Cadillac’s V16, the one used by a Mack 56,000 kilometres) in that car. “It’s a very Chicago gangster Al Capone. usable car. People think old cars, it can’t be “Cadillac went to Europe to copy Europe’s truck.” used. Wrong!” he says emphatically. best. And that’s the car they copied,” he says of But his favourite set of wheels is still the red 1914 the straight eight. “Everything but the engine. The 14hp car, probably because he’s had that the longest – 35 Minerva design pre-dates the Cadillac by a couple years – and was the one he bought as a pile of junk “to of years.” play with the sleeve-valve engine”. He bought “the big fella”, as he calls it, in Chicago. That engine, which he claims is “100 per cent It had belonged to the local church chief, Cardinal original”, is a 2.1-litre four-cylinder with a long stroke Mundelein. “It was probably the most expensive car in and lots of torque. “It’s a very flexible engine,” Sides says. the world (at the time). He owned a Duesenberg as well. “It’s a very improbable design. It shouldn’t work, but it So he was quite a lad,” says Sides with a chuckle. does. And it works remarkably well.” A turquoise and black car, the limo has whitewall Rather than poppet valves, the Minerva engine has tyres and headlights the size of dinner plates. It also has two oscillating sleeves around each piston with slits at solid timber-framed suicide front doors and weighs in at the top that act as intake and exhaust ports. The sleeves nearly four tonnes. The chauffeur sat on a hard leather become the valves. They are silent and efficient. seat, while behind a glass partition in the back his The car took Sides five years to rebuild, but he drove corpulent passenger stretched out on velour upholstery. it after three years, sitting on a wooden box. Today it “It’s a remarkable piece of work. It’s much better built has brown vinyl seats you’d swear were upholstered in than the Cadillac,” says Sides. It’s no surprise to learn well-matured leather – “that’s fooled many people” – that Sides also owns a Caddie V16, one of only three or
nuts & bolts The Minerva was Belgium’s premier automotive marque. The Minerva Motor Co, based in Antwerp, became Belgium’s largest manufacturer. But the car was expensive and sometimes referred to as the Continent’s Rolls-Royce. It was popular among European royalty. By 1923, the Minerva had four-wheel brakes and in 1926 added a vacuum servo. \
and rides on 24.5-inch wire wheels. It has no electrics. Its brass headlights are original and run on acetylene gas fed from a gas “generator” on the running board. The sidelights are kerosene. The roof is a canvas, fold-down pram type on a Melbourne-built Tarrant body, with running boards and a trunk on the back. The gearbox is four-speed. “But you only use three of them. First gear is for tow-starting a Mack truck,” Sides says, laughing. Sides has done 45,000 miles (more than 72,000 km) in it. “There is no way I’d touch it. It’s just running so well,” he says, describing it as “an absolutely wonderful car”. If he had to sell every car he owned but one, he’d keep the red 1914. “It’s probably the roughest of the lot, but it’s probably the best of the lot. It’s very easy to drive, it’s fast – it’ll cruise all day at 50mph (80km/h) – it’s very economical, it’s great. And it’s 1914.” Sides believes this car could be the “most modern veteran Minerva in existence”. He bases this on the dates on the gears and differential, stamped July 1914. “The factory was overrun in August 1914,” Sides says. “So that car must have been almost driving out the back door when the Germans were coming in the front.” \
Pride in his fleet: Bill Sides and his 1914 Minerva – “an absolutely wonderful car”. (kevin norBury)
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Motoring \ rod easdown gets behind the wheel
Subaru Liberty X What is it? One for the farmers, I reckon. What’s in it? A 127-kilowatt 2.5-litre four-cylinder with a continuously variable gearbox.
is it thirsty? I used 12 litres per 100 km in the city, 7.8 in the country. The official combined figure is eight.
SUVs and a long way better than some when the going gets rough. The suspension is tight – tight enough to make the ride quite firm – but out in the potholed wilderness this makes the car most reassuring. It feels unbreakable and throughout it remains comfortable and reasonably quiet. With a higher centre of gravity, however, the handling is down a bit on regular Liberty models and the rear end especially can get a bit vague when the car is pressed through twisty bits.
Navigation and Subaru’s impressive Eye Sight technology, to warn about objects ahead, lane drift and errant pedestrians (it’s errs on the safe side and is a bit like having your mum in the back seat), is included, along with adaptive cruise and good audio. And, hey, it’s easy to get into and out of. But it’s only a proposition if you need occasional ground clearance and you can come to terms with owning a funny-looking car. \ email@example.com
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here may be logic behind Subaru’s Liberty X. Even so, it may just go down as one of those things that seemed like a good idea at the time. The X is a premium Liberty with the suspension jacked up 50 millimetres. That may not sound like much but it is very noticeable, and it’s the car’s only problem; it looks weird. There’s a generous gap between the top of the tyre and the bottom of the wheel arch. Car designers call this the dead-cat space – true – and they go out of their way to minimise it. The X maximises it, and now we can see the car designers’ point. No one at my gym liked it. A woman who has been into Subarus since they launched in Australia in 1971 (she just traded her Liberty on an XV) said it looked so funny she wouldn’t even consider it. Even some friends who saw it in the dark said it was odd. Subaru has jacked it up for two reasons. First, it makes entry and egress for older people easier, a big reason they choose SUVs, and secondly, because with 200mm of ground clearance the Liberty becomes a natural for people who regularly face challenging topography; farmers, country drivers and even city folk with very steep drives. So I broke off my regular road test route to take the X along a very rough, potholed, actually downright nasty forestry track, and it acquitted itself faultlessly. With all-wheel-drive it’s as competent as many
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revamped competition, new playing direction for Box Hill’s backs, while there is also list, and the promise of a new season a revamped forward set-up, which Slyfield hopes has Box Hill Rugby Club primed for a will stretch opposition defences. massive 2013 campaign. ‘‘We’ve traditionally played quite a narrow After missing last year’s finals on game, so this year we really want to play with percentage, Box Hill coach Andrew Slyfield width and use our ball runners,’’ Slyfield said. said the club was confident of an improved ‘‘Last year we only lost two games at home, performance this year. but only won one away so we’ve got to close ‘‘We’ve worked really hard in the that gap and improve both sides of our game.’’ off-season, and especially in the last few The club gets off to a difficult start to the months, and the boys are feeling really season, facing four of last year’s finalists good,’’ Slyfield said. in the opening four rounds, but ‘‘we’re ‘‘We challenged the group to take Slyfield and his team are looking really some ownership and responsibility forward to the challenge. focused on both on and off the field, and the ‘‘We’re really focused on that that first guys have responded really well to first month and seeing where we’re that.’’ at,’’ Slyfield said. month” The new look Dewar Shield ‘‘Everyone knows it’s not won in presents an extra challenge for the the first month, so we just want to get Broncos, with the switch to a top five instead through that, see how we’re sitting and go of top six finals series the biggest adjustment. from there. It’s a long season.’’ ‘‘We came close to finals last year, but Box Hill will kick off its season with a home now that there’s one less team that’s going match against Harlequins, when it will try to make it it becomes that little bit tougher,’’ to retain the Bruce Bailey Blazer, a perpetual Slyfield said. trophy between the two clubs. \ EwEn McRaE ‘‘For us consistency has become a big firstname.lastname@example.org word. We’ve got to stop losing games that we shouldn’t; that’s what hurt us last year and we can’t let that happen again.’’ While the club lost up to eight players in the Broncos gearing up: off-season for a variety of reasons, Slyfield was Sam Williams, Rory Featherstone, excited about the club’s recruits. Chris Moran and David Edgar Michael Thompson returns after a stint with at the Box Hill Rugby Club. Harlequins, and will provide leadership and (StEvE LigHtFoot)
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he entry into this house is different to the usual formal entrance. It is an open space without a door in sight. With an angled double-brick wall on the left and a short one on the right, this space brings into contrast the solidness of stone and the lightness of air; strength versus no resistance ... and the winner is an entry that makes you stop and go “wow”. Vaulted ceilings soar above this space. A bank of clerestory windows lights up the area. It’s a space that reminds us of how top-of-the-range houses were built in the late 1970s. The hub of this house is its open-plan living zone, built around a central core that incorporates two open fireplaces (one for the dining room and one for the lounge) and a wet bar that serves the rumpus room. Sliding, floor-to-ceiling doors link the rumpus room (which has a high mansard ceiling) to the swimming pool, with its paved surrounds. The combination of mansard, vaulted and flat ceilings, plus well-placed clerestory windows, adds loads of character to this central hub. To the right of the entry is the house’s second zone, comprising three bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen, laundry, family/meals area and a timber-lined sauna. The family room overlooks the pool area through a wall of glass, an awning window and a sliding door. This room, which is in open to the kitchen, is the hub of this second zone. The bedrooms (all with built-in wardrobes) are tucked away to the northern and southern ends of this wing, while the sauna is within convenient reach of the pool. The kitchen, with its timber benchtops, electric hob and two wall ovens, is a 1970s affair with colourful, tiled splashbacks and a walk-in pantry. Underbench and wall storage in the kitchen provide lots of space for utensils and other paraphernalia.
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The third wing is the main bedroom suite. It has a large bedroom with sliding doors that lead to a private garden, a spacious walk-in wardrobe, en suite and a study (or office or retreat) with its own entry to the front garden. A skylight brings light into the wardrobe, while the en suite (with twin sinks, twin showers, toilet and spa bath) leads to the pool area. This is a zone designed for rest and recreation as well as for work. There is direct access from all three zones to the large backyard with its pool, a clay tennis court (with a practice wall) and a solidly built cabana with timber benchtops and a built-in barbecue (with piped gas, sink and underbench dishwasher). The gardens, front and back, are lawns with mature trees on their edges. There is space for six cars – two under the carport near the entry, and four (in tandem) in the garage. This house is changing hands for the first time in 20 years, so not everything is spanking new. It does, however, have a lot of features that not all new houses can boast. It has wide brick-paved areas on three sides. It has zoned, hydronic underfloor heating and a 70-point automated irrigation system to keep the garden lush. Above all, it is a “flat acre” (0.4 hectare), something of a rarity in hilly Donvale. Plus, it is located on one of the suburb’s best-dressed streets. “I will admit that the tarmac driveway is not at its prime,” says the vendor. “But this is an honest home that has not been tarted up. “It was a home ahead of its times when it was built and we will leave the buyer to redo things to their own taste.” \ SIEW-CHING GOH firstname.lastname@example.org
“oN oNe of doNVaLe’S LeadiNG STreeTS, ThiS iS a home BefiTTiNG ThiS BeaUTifUL acre aLLoTmeNT. haViNG SoLd ThiS home iN The earLY ’80s, we woULd commeNd ThiS LifeSTYLe ProPerTY To a New owNer.” barry plant – AGENT Barry Plant \ 9842 8888
Price \ $1.25 million +
Auction \ May 4 at 2pm
Fast facts \ Single-storey house on 4046 square metres; double brick and brick-veneer construction on concrete slab; soaring ceilings in the main living areas; zoned living; main bedroom with en suite, double shower, twin vanities, walk-in wardrobe and spa bath; second bedroom has an en suite; bedrooms three and four have adjacent bathrooms; all bedrooms have built-in wardrobes; office with its own entrance; open fireplaces in formal lounge and dining rooms; timber workbenches in the kitchen; electric hob with tiled splashback; wet bar in rumpus room; cabana with gas connection; salt-chlorinated pool; north-south clay tennis court; sauna; accommodation for six cars; zoned hydronic slab-floor heating; air-conditioning; ducted vacuum; zoned alarm system; intercom; automated irrigation system; more than 10 schools within a three-kilometre radius; shops within three kilometres include Tunstall Square; Devon Plaza and a strip of shops at the junction of Springvale and Mitcham roads; easy access to EastLink and the Eastern Freeway. Donvale \ 24kms from the CBD
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croydon hills \ 25 SettlerS Hill CreSCent Families who enjoy entertaining and outdoor living will love this light-filled four-bedroom house. The open-plan family living, meals and kitchen zone opens on one side to a covered outdoor entertainment area with a north-facing timber deck. On the other side is a shady, paved pool-side area. Inside, four living areas include a lounge off the front entry, family living, a ground-level rear playroom with study alcove, and a kids’ retreat upstairs. A zoned layout offers parental peace and space for the kids – the main bedroom and en suite, a guest bedroom and family bathroom are downstairs, with two bedrooms and a third bathroom upstairs. The home was renovated and extended about 10 years ago, with the addition of the second storey. The vendors recently painted throughout, replaced carpets and installed new European stainless-steel kitchen appliances and refrigerated cooling upstairs. The gardens on this 812-square metre block have been landscaped for low maintenance with drought-tolerant plants. There’s a double carport at the front, well-maintained in-ground pool, two 4500-litre water tanks, gas ducted heating and split-system heating and cooling. Several schools and parks are within walking distance, and EastLink is a few minutes’ drive away, bringing the city, Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula within easy reach. \ LIZ McLACHLAN
Jellis Craig \ 9851 3888
Price \ $690,000 – $750,000
MitchaM \ 5 Alwyn Court
Auction \ April 20 at 2pm
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Fletchers \ 8833 8888 Price \ $620,000 - $680,000
Barry Plant Man'ham/Doncaster 9842 8888 4
Hocking Stuart Blackburn 9894 8788 4
314 Serpells Road, Templestowe ................................................................. Price: $680,000 - $750,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday April 27 at 1pm ................................................................. OFI Thu, Sat, Sun 11.30-noon .................................................................
12 Terang Avenue, Burwood East ................................................................. Price: $900,000 - $990,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday May 4 at 2pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 1.15-1.45pm; Sat 9.45-10.15am .................................................................
Defined by its faultless location and generous dimensions, an outstanding opportunity awaits young couples, growing families, empty nesters and investors.
Transformed for modern family living, this house comprises four bedrooms, a modern kitchen, casual dining, undercover entertainment deck and garage.
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Auction \ 20 April at 11am
Gleaming spotted-gum floors lead from the entry to the huge rear living area in this near new double-storey, three-bedroom house in a quiet cul-de-sac. Built in 2009 by a local builder, the 200-square metre duplex feels brand new. It has its own street number, a separate title for its 321-square metre block, dual frontage and a detached double garage on a rear lane. The house has contemporary finishes and is designed for comfortable living. The main bedroom, with a walk-in wardrobe and en suite, open-plan family living and the kitchen and laundry are downstairs. Upstairs, a large central living room separates two bedrooms and a family bathroom. The family living opens onto an extensive north-facing private deck. The kitchen has CaesarStone benchtops, an island bench and stainless-steel appliances. There’s also a ground floor powder room, ducted heating, evaporative cooling, ducted vacuum, summer-winter window furnishings and a 2300-litre water tank. The Rangeview shops are nearby and Mitcham station is within walking distance. \ LIZ McLACHLAN
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BULLEEN \ 13 aVoN Street The façade is bold, angular and atypical, and gives this architecturally designed four-bedroom house a real presence in the street. Classic 1980s features can be found in almost every room, from gorgeous glass chandeliers to bold interior colours in the kitchen and the soaring, timber-panelled cathedral ceilings. A feature wall of slim granite, marble, bluestone and other stone is a striking feature in the entrance. The wow factor is amplified by the sheer height of the ceilings in the adjoining dining room, and the windows that stretch from top to bottom. On the same level there’s also a study or fifth bedroom, a laundry and a powder room. Down a short flight of stairs you’ll find a whopping three storage rooms, a plumbed workshop, a deep double garage and a shower and toilet that can be accessed from outside. On the split-level first floor is the kitchen and the more communal areas. Red floor tiles and tiled red splashbacks make this a bright space. Timber cabinetry and a thick arch of bricks hang over the breakfast bar, adding another bold architectural feature. The family room has a big open fireplace and a balcony with panoramic northern views. Up another short flight of stairs are four bedrooms, a bathroom and a separate toilet. \ LEXI COTTEE
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Fletchers \ 9841 5788
Price \ $720,000 – $790,000
Auction \ April 27 at 11am
DONCASTER \ 2/6 Baird Street North POSTCODE
Fletchers Manningham 9841 5788 5
14 Iolanthe Close, Park Orchards ................................................................. Price: $1 million - $1.1 million ................................................................. Auction Saturday April 20 at 1pm ................................................................. OFI Wed 4.30-5pm; Sat 12.30-1pm .................................................................
Jellis Craig 9851 3888 5
8 Newlyn Close, Templestowe ................................................................. Price: $750,000 - $830,000 ................................................................. Expressions of Interest ................................................................. OFI Sat 3.30-4pm .................................................................
Barry Plant \ 9842 8888
Price \ $800,000 +
Auction \ April 20 at 11am
The inside and outside of this townhouse reflect the meticulous detail that went into its construction, with its opulent fixtures and high ceilings. There are polished timber floors throughout, and through the hallway, full-length windows show off an atrium deck to the left, and larger private sundeck to the right. It also leads to the main bedroom, which has a huge walk-in wardrobe and en suite. The open-plan living and dining areas bask in natural light, and connect to a kitchen with granite benchtops and splashbacks, an island bench and Smeg cooker. The main bathroom and en suite also have granite benches. The expansive living areas have access to the tranquil back deck. The other two bedrooms are upstairs and adjoin a retreat. Both have built-in wardrobes, and one has a balcony. The double garage has internal access, and the main living area and bedrooms are fitted with split-system heating and cooling units, and double-glazed windows. It’s just minutes from Westfield Shoppingtown, public transport and local schools. \ PRISCILLA MOCA
This immaculate residence provides large living areas, a solar-heated pool and a flood-lit tennis court, all on a secluded 4000sqm-plus block.
A commanding top-of-court position with stunning Ruffey Lake Park to Shoppingtown views, this meticulously crafted house flaunts space, privacy and outlooks.
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