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ust as Australians were about to start thinking about and more sustainable than food production based on their Christmas menu, one high-profile Australian vast economies of scale and large investor return. emerged as a candidate for turkey of the week. Many Australian growers already know this. The AWU union chief, Paul Howes, copped several We now have a fascinatingly diversified agricultural well-sauced serves for suggesting Australia had to sector that ranges from larger-scale production and move away from “ma and pa farming” and embrace long-term family businesses to niche growers and large-scale diversified companies: “What we need distributors. The sector’s arguments for more is not too dissimilar to what exists in the US taxation, environmental and investment farming sector, where you have large-scale support are convincingly made, particularly we need conglomerates that can diversify across when you look at the advantages Australia has to care different states and different feed stocks and in food production. about how take advantage of those different elements It’s hard to find anybody, apart from the food is to be able to have sustainable long-term conglomerates themselves, who is arguing for grown investment into the sector.” more machine production of food. Instead, the Howes appears on his own here. From growing interest is in healthy, flavoursome food high-profile Nationals such as Barnaby Joyce to grown and reared well, with the value-added export well-loved cooks such as Maggie Beer, Howes was cachet of being produced with care and individuality. howled down as being out of step, not only with the We need to care about how our food is grown. We family tradition of farming, but with the international keep banging on about food security, about the need direction of smaller-scale, sustainable farm production. to produce plentiful, healthy, sustainable food; and we Indeed, the UN has declared 2014 the International also keep on about the rising cost of healthcare and the Year of Family Farming, backing up its landmark 2010 need for preventative healthcare and self-care, but rarely report that argued small-scale farming would double do we ever join the dots. As any doctor will tell you, food production in places where most hungry people diseases linked with lifestyle choices – including type 2 live within five to 10 years. diabetes – are the fastest growing ones in the country, The surprise in the report was that it found that and the role played by the food we choose to eat is now traditional farming methods are fundamentally correct unavoidably crucial. Good food can make us healthy,

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but discussions about agriculture and health take place in separate hemispheres of the national brain. Good food and the part it plays in good health is disconnected, to the point where a social divide may be opening up along food production lines. A well-reared chook is a delicious thing – but it costs $25, and the factory-line supermarket one is $10. My fear is that good food – and therefore good health – will only be possible for those who can afford it, unless the smaller farmers that both the UN and Australian authorities champion can come up with economies of scale. I was struck last week, during the last episode of Kerry O’Brien’s interview series with Paul Keating, by the former prime minister’s observation of the incomparable advantage of living on a continent: there just aren’t that many handed out, he said. This continent, Australia, has always presented the possibility of us becoming a healthy independent food bowl for the region and the world, one of diversified farms and ownership, of production both niche and large but always committed to value-adding. It’s hard to see how Big Food, as it’s known, would provide that future. Think about that as you’re about to buy your celebratory turkey. A happy and safe Christmas to you all. \

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hen this festive season throws you an occasion you need to glam it up. I was told early on in my career that glamour can exist only if there is certain sprinkle of courage and bravery. Courage means to lead rather than follow, bravery means to be yourself and stride with conviction. The festive season’s code word this year is glamour. Strut the town in show-stopping, tongue-wagging and style-clashing options. The order of the occasion is black, white and red all over. See these colours in a new light, redress the ordinary and brush off the mundane. Lips should ooze with red, nails shine with colour, and glitter is a must. Men, think plush fabrics and form-fitting suits. Women, play with proportions to titillate and surprise – a men’s shirt and pants never looked better. Everyone can do with a flash of style and a good dose of glamour this holiday season. As Jean Cocteau said, “Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.” Have a glam-tastic festive season. See you next year. \ DHAV NAIDU

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We know most of what we know about Christmas by watching American TV shows, Elf included. So, all the things we understand to represent the season – roaring fires, dragging fresh trees home in the snow, shopping at Macy’s, strange groups of people in hats and gloves singing Christmas carols – we’ve never, ever experienced. The only time a group of singers has stood outside our house and sung Christmas songs, they woke the kids and I had to tell the singers to shut up and go away. There was no Christmas joy spread anywhere on that occasion. And eggnog in 30-degree heat could quite possibly cause a salmonella outbreak. It is no longer acceptable to have Kentucky Fried Chicken and mashed potatoes for Christmas lunch. Christmas is all about the food these days. Right now I do not know what watercress is, and I am worried a whole salmon won’t fit in my oven, so already I’m feeling the pressure. And I have vegetarians coming! No matter how many presents the kids get, they will always ask if there is more. Maybe Santa left one outside on his way in, or maybe there’s another one somewhere under the tree. Come Boxing Day, they’ll be asking when Easter is. The only queue-jumpers we should deal with, and as a matter of urgency, are those at the Myer windows. They are tricky, man. But for all these weird, strange and wrong things about Christmas, there are a hundred good things … like Champagne and bonbons and being woken at 5am by kids telling you to come quick, mum, Santa’s been. You’ve got to love it for the good and bad. \ (ISTOCK / THINKSTOCK)


ou have to catch up with everybody you have ever known in your entire life before Christmas. This means you have to juggle social engagements and check your calendar before committing to anything, and that is just such a tosser thing to do. Houses with exterior decorations suddenly become cool. Strange, given that garden gnomes in football guernseys and terracotta mushrooms aren’t anywhere near acceptable in the garden ever, but blow-up Santas on sleds and dancing elves are. Then, after New Year, decorated houses are all of a sudden not cool. In fact, some people choose to leave their Christmas decorations up all year round. They are on to something, and it’s called apathy. Christmas trees are ghastly but everyone’s afraid to call it. The real ones leave prickly little things all over the place, and the plastic versions that come in boxes give off a very strange chemical smell. Still we insist on posting pics of our freshly decorated, jazzy, sparkly trees on Facebook and Pinterest so everyone can say how gorgeous your tree is. Oh, and tinsel is meant to represent falling snow, so why is it red and green and blue? Some people go to church only at Christmas. We don’t, we watch Elf. We’ve tried religion and all the Christmas movies, but Elf is the only one that works for us on both counts. Sometimes we watch it during the off-season, just to remind ourselves to be wary “christmas of fake Santas and not eat used chewing gum from the New York subway. trees My seven-year-old thinks “Jesus-Christare was-born-on-Christmas-Day” is a swear ghastly’’ word. Mention Jesus in the actual context and she freaks out and gets the swear jar. That’s another reason we don’t go to church.

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weather warms. Co-owner Jonathan Dvash finish it with some impressive latte art. That says Spout can seat another 30 inside and sparked his desire to become a barista. “I’ve gets rather cosy on weekends. worked in some pretty ordinary places and Dvash spent three years at The Pound used their equipment to learn,” he says. in Elsternwick and another two at Miss “Now, three years later Johno is my boss.” Jackson in St Kilda before he and Ferris Gattica in St Kilda marked the official “Zul” Khamsani, a chef who spent time at start of his journey to the head barista role St Ali, Gas Eatery in South Melbourne he took on at Spout six weeks ago. “I and Eden Espresso in Malvern, was there for 14 months and it’s joined to open their own café. where I learnt the A-Z of specialty the open Dvash grew up in East St Kilda coffee and most of what I know kitchen and recalls some of the local up until now,” he says. hums with shopkeepers from his youth. Stints at Hawk & Hunter activity The space had been a in Ripponlea, Little Collins hairdressing salon and a pizzeria in Clayton and Little Tommy and needed an overhaul. Friends and Tucker in Bentleigh added further builders helped the pair put their ideas know-how. Koren, who studied graphic together with style. The rustic stools use design at RMIT, completed an espresso timber recycled from fishing boats in Bali basics course at William Angliss Institute and the original brick walls add character. knowing he didn’t want to spend his The menu features shakshuka eggs days behind a desk. He enjoys the (baked in tomatoes and spices) and Turkish coffee-passionate crowd in Ripponlea, bread, and a smoked-chicken sanga with serving up nutty long blacks with a walnut and celery mayonnaise. luscious cocoa body and subtle strawberry Chef Sarah Spiteri (ex-Miss Jackson, sweetness, and hopes to compete in latte Donovans) has recently joined the team to art competitions. help Zul in the busy kitchen. The café uses Allpress Coffee’s Supremo Dvash had used Allpress coffee at blend and Koren is enjoying experimenting Miss Jackson and is pleased that the with iced long-blacks in the warm weather. Sydney-based company has now opened a He says there’s a cold-drip unit on order. \ café and roastery in Collingwood.

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can see the waitress’ lips moving but her words drown in the din. She moves closer. I lean in. “It’s much noisier at this end,” she shouts, miming an apology face. This end is the Lonsdale Street, close-knit tables-and-chairs bit of Bomba, rather than the high-stools section opposite the copper bar or, better still, on the rooftop under the stars. There are no spare tables so we’re stuck in the raucous corner. I don’t recall Bomba’s forerunner, The Aylesbury – or even the Barbagallo pizza joint that was here before that – being this rowdy. But in its latest incarnation, as a “Spanish workers’ bar” with sandblasted brick walls and bare floors – i.e. industrial 101, the now-mainstream Melbourne fit-out – it’s awfully, annoyingly loud. And it’s not the just the noise that irks me. Remember a decade or so ago when newspapers ran squawking stories about posh restaurants charging $50 for a main course? The audacity. But wait until they find out Bomba charges $1.50 for a single olive. The price tag might be justifiable if these olives had been sourced, say, from the remotest part of the Pyrenees and had first passed through the digestive tract of a lynx before arriving at table. But these ones appear to be common, commercial-quality green olives, pipped and stuffed with a sliver of piquillo pepper and palm heart or salami. And they taste, overwhelmingly and exclusively, of brine. We sample almost a third of the menu (11 of 34 dishes) and it’s like a gourmet game of snakes and ladders – ups and downs. Sourdough bread baked in-house and served with Yarra Valley olive oil is good (and complimentary). Chicken, manchego cheese and smoked paprika croquetas – fried to a deep, George Hamilton tan – are oily and exceedingly salty. It’s a recurring theme. Of course fat and salt make things taste so much better but there needs to be restraint, a deft hand at the controls. The menu’s loosely defined charcuterie section includes air-dried tuna and wagyu beef, as well as standout strips of “Fisk’s” pickled pork belly, which I assume means chef Andrew Fisk pickled this Wessex saddleback himself. In which case, congratulations. The results, seasoned sparingly this time with a drizzle of olive oil and some sea-salt flakes, are crave-worthy. Even my (mostly) vegetarian dinner companion thinks so. Tomato-rubbed bread is Bomba’s take on the defining pa amb tomàquet of Catalonia, but with none of the rustic delights of the original. Even topped with a squirl of serrano ham, it is a drab, unappealing snack. But another toasted treat, this time smeared with goat’s curd and spring-bright broad beans and a slab of blood pudding (morcilla) made in-house, is memorable. The morcilla is brownie sized, heady with cinnamon, nicely crisp on the outside and crumbly within. Fried quail pieces with pistachio and buckwheat are fatty; a charcoal-grilled lamb cutlet arrives smothered in yoghurt spiked with paprika and, I think, garlic. It’s OK. One thing you can approach with certainty is the winelist. With its heavy bias to the Iberian Peninsula, there’s an opportunity to try unusual and rewarding

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bottles such as the terrific Gabo do Xil godello by Telmo Rodriguez. It’s a delicious anaesthetic against the noise and a blessèd chaser after some of the less appetising eats. Like the freekeh and cauliflower salad with mint and pomegranate, which promises relief from the fatty fried stuff but it, too, leaves an oily film on the palate after each mouthful. “This sounded so nice, and it’s really not,” moans The Vego. To be fair, by the time the king prawns arrive we’re probably past the peak appreciation stage. It feels like a chore to consume these ringbarked creatures (heads and tails intact, bodies shelled), gathered in a clay pot in a pil pil sauce of oil and garlic. But a glimmer of pleasure returns with the gelatinous discs of pork jowl braised in sticky-sweet pedro ximenez sherry. The glistening meat pieces slump on a mound

of celeriac puree that only just manages to rein in the excesses of slow-cooked pig and caramelised liqueur. It’s not a patch on, or a match for, Movida’s PX-braised beef cheek with cauliflower puree, but it’s definitely one of the better dishes of the night. Chocolate croquetas with custard and hazelnuts are another letdown, another oily-mouth moment. There are definitely things to like about this place – the stripey Basque tops worn by staff, the rooftop perch, the Made in Japan stoneware and the linen tea-towel napkins. But the food? Not so much. Or, as a disappointed Spanish worker might say, No mucho. \ tO read mOre revieWS

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Decanter \ Ben Thomas is Turning japanese husks off, before milling them down further to get to the starch and remove proteins on the outer grain, which add impurities to the finished sake. It ends up being a rather expensive process. There’s a strict classification system regarding how far the grains are milled down – or polished – too. When 50 per cent or less is polished off, it’s called daiginjo; up to 60 per cent is ginjo and between 60-70 per cent is classed as honjozo. The more the grain is milled, the more expensive the sake is. After it’s polished, the rice is steamed and inoculated with koji, a mould that converts starch to sugar. Water and yeast is added and fermentation takes place in an open fermenter. As the process progresses, more steamed rice and yeast is added to trigger a parallel fermentation, in which the yeasts feed on the sugars as they are converted by the koji. The mixture is pressed, just like fermented grapes, then the extracted juice pasturised and left to settle in tanks for a few months before being bottled. Some sake is fortified with alcohol, others are broken down with water or left unadulterated. Sake is at its best up to a year after bottling and will last a week in the fridge after being opened. \ » Leigh Hudson owns Chef’s Armoury at 422 Church Street, Richmond, and he is hosting a free sake tasting, matched with Christmas dishes, on December 14 from 1pm. If you can’t make it, visit Online Only »

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oes your family have a Christmas wine tradition? For us there’s always sparkling shiraz at the table and Rutherglen muscat poured with the pudding. This year, I’m going to change the pace a little and serve sake with one or two of the Christmas Day courses. Sake is a great option with food, complementing and highlighting elements rather than competing with them as some wines can. “When you drink sake you should eat. In Japan, you’ll order food and sake – every round of drinks has a little nibble with it,” says Melbourne-based sake importer and sommelier Leigh Hudson. Just like wine, different sake styles are suited to different dishes, from oysters and salmon to charcuterie and even steak – pretty much anything you might find on the Christmas table. Try karakuchi with oysters, oni koroshi with cured meats, and nama with prawns on Christmas Day. While there are different styles and a host of brewers with names that are hard to remember, let alone spell, sake’s actually a really approachable drink. “Sake is where beer and wine meet – in flavour and how they are made,” says Hudson. “I think beer drinkers can find something familiar with sake and wine drinkers will find something very familiar, too.” There are common characters that wine and beer lovers will appreciate, from the citrus and minerality of a riesling and stone fruits of chardonnay to the tropical aromas and caramel flavours of a beer. “Sake’s made from rice that’s specifically grown for sake; it tends to be a bigger grain with a starchy centre. There are many breeds and some are better than others: just like grapes, price is a good indicator for quality.” Sake producers mill the rice grains down to take the

Ever wondered why sake is drunk from small porcelain cups, known as an ockoko? “Small glasses are based on social reasons but people do drink from larger vessels at home,” says Leigh Hudson. “If you’re drinking with colleagues, you pour for the other people and never fill your own – it’s very rude if you do. “The small glasses allow you to finish your drink quickly. at the

end of the night everyone will have poured for each other.” Sake is not aromatic like wine, so serving it in a glass with a large bowl does not improve its enjoyment. a smaller vessel, known as a tokkuri, is used to pour sake at the table. Tokkuri come in portion sizes, starting with a measure for two people. Porcelain tokkuri help the sake to be warmed and sit in hot water to stay warm. \




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he truth is, in sport near misses are often just as memorable as the real thing. In Damien Fleming’s case, one particular dropped catch might be even better, because it was just … so … torturously … close! Most people know Fleming took a hat-trick in his debut Test for Australia. And when you really think about it, that fact is extraordinary. A skinny 24-year-old from Perth claims three Pakistani scalps in consecutive balls the first time he wears the famous baggy green cap. The first wicket, a catch at mid-wicket, the second a spearing LBW, the third caught behind. But Fleming plays down the feat. “It’s not something you really aim for,” he says. “The big one for me was getting the baggy green on your head. And then we broke records in Test cricket and I probably played with seven or eight of the greatest players ever. That’s what you look back on.” As famous as that first hat-trick made Fleming, the almost second is invariably picked over more, especially given the profile of the culprit who bungled it. The question that Fleming has asked himself umpteen times since is, would he be dining out on the story as often if Shane Warne had actually snared the slips-bound rocket that ricocheted off his hands? Would it be better to have two genuine hat-tricks or one and two-thirds, involving perennial media magnet Warney? “The conclusion I’ve come to is that I don’t reckon people would’ve remembered it as much if Warney had actually taken it,” Fleming says. “Real cricket fans would know I took two Test hat-tricks, but by him dropping it and Warne being that famous, a lot more people know that, don’t they?”

Like most retired sportspeople, Fleming talks about his cricketing career openly and freely. Since then he’s become a father, I wonder how that experience compares to the highs of representing Australia? “You just can’t compare them,” he says. “The daily joys of fatherhood and hopefully grandfatherhood is going to be there for the rest of your life; whereas playing for Australia was a seven-year period.” We’re sitting in a café in Ashburton, with people milling all around us. There are no interruptions for autographs or “are you the guy who …?”. The past is clearly safe where it is, but the present is full of promise for Fleming. The conversation covers as much of Fleming’s current gig as a commentator as it does his time as one of Australia’s spearhead quicks. It was earlier this year that the surprise verdict was delivered by current and former players that he was the most popular cricket commentator in the country, edging out even ageless legend Richie Benaud. Fleming loves the work, and takes it seriously. “Even now I’m still looking to improve,” he says. “To take it different levels, to be more entertaining, to give a better insight. So I’ve got my commentary goals, as I had my cricketing goals.” Fleming could happily talk about the vagaries of commentary all day, but that won’t do. One thing I’m eager to tell Fleming now I have the chance is that I’m sorry, but just like the song goes, I don’t like cricket, oh no. And I don’t love it, either. I used to. I have more

“I don’t think it’s really the players’ fault that it’s less fun. It’s the standards within cricket australia”

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Salim Malik c Healy b Fleming 237

On a rOll \ Damien Fleming (left) celebrates claiming the scalp of Pakistan batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq. pure jOy \ Fleming celebrates his hat-trick (far right) after dismissing Salim Malik. Fleming became only the third bowler to get a Test hat-trick on debut. (SHaun BoTTerIll / GeTTy IMaGeS)

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Picture \ jules tahan fond cricket memories than I do of football. I have memories of blokes in coloured pyjamas running around under lights, playing well past my bedtime, with big blazing batsmen – Deano! – and gangly West Indian quicks going at each other. I have memories of some poor Kiwi bloke being called a wanker, whatever that was. Memories, too, of tension and drama and a whole stand mirroring the every move of a hefty bloke with a mo. I have bloody excellent memories of cricket. Now, it’s grim-faced whippets with reality-TV girlfriends also selling me undies and cricket bats and turning a triple-century knock into a seven-figure sponsorship. Where’s the fun in that? Damien Fleming’s room-mate on that first tour, in 1994-95, says the fun has gone the way of the facial hair. Former Test selector Mervyn Hughes was recently quoted as saying “facial hair brings the best out of the players”. “When I played, a lot of people had moustaches – David Boon and Graham Gooch [former England skipper] both had lovely moustaches,” Hughes said in The Telegraph. “They are just going out of the game. I firmly believe it should be brought back. I would like to see the guys with moustaches, beards, goatees, half-beards and half-shaved heads.” Despite being an admittedly “odd couple” in their hotel room – “I never said a word in my first few years and he was the loud extrovert” – Damien and Mervyn have found accord over the years. While the pair were “the messiest guys of all time” in the Australian team, they have forged a fraternal bond. Hughes is now “like an older brother”. “I’d trust him with my life. He’s the most honest, polite person I’ve played with.” This tender bromance notwithstanding, Fleming happens to agree with him on the point about a little extra growth going a long way. “I totally agree with Merv,” he says. “We’re a mullet short, we’re a goatee short, we’re a Boonie moustache short. And for me, I’d rather it come from the quicks. When you talk about the characters, how many characters are batsmen?”

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Fleming is obviously biased towards his kind, the bowlers, but overall he’s philosophical about the state of cricket. To put it bluntly, they had more fun back in his day, but they make more money now: “I suppose nothing’s perfect. They make millions of dollars now, whereas my era was quite well off, the era before got nothing.” Is it as simple as declaring the current-era professional compared to a semi-professional and before that amateur sport? “It was probably semi-professional in my time in terms of money. I don’t think we were any less professional in our training. We still had to sacrifice a lot. You had to drift away from from your mates a bit because you were playing cricket. But at least there was a culture where it was OK to celebrate. “I remember we won an Adelaide Test at 11 o’clock one time and we knew we’d be able to drink for the rest of the afternoon in the dressing rooms, then go out and celebrate in public, as well. We’d pick a pub, we’d celebrate with the punters. So the punters loved it. We were out there doing our thing. And then you travel and you train hard. “With fines and all that now, that’d be just asking for trouble. I don’t think it’s really the players’ fault that it’s less fun. It’s the standards within cricket Australia and the standards within the public. It would be all through the papers now, wouldn’t it, because everyone’s got a phone. “I can tell you the younger players coming through still love it. If you talk to older players who have started playing in premier leagues around the world, they’re out there in the field going ‘Who are my teammates? What am I doing this for?’ It’s just money. “Whereas, if you ask a lot of young players, they still want to do it. You’re still playing for your country, and I think that Test cricket has still got that feeling to it. It still means something to play for Australia.” \ We Welcome your feedback @ DECEMBER 11, 2013 \ The weekly review 21





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MW sales executives in Munich must kneel beside their bed every night and give thanks to the guy in product planning who conceived the X5. The pitch might have gone something like this: “We’ll just take our 5 Series sedan, build a big boxy body on it, add all-wheel-drive, produce it at an untried plant in South Carolina and throw it out there to see what happens.” What happened is that this mere niche vehicle when it was launched in 2000 has become BMW’s global second-best seller behind the more affordable 3 Series. Even in Australia, BMW has sold almost 40,000 of the big beasts, making the X5 the perennial No.1 in the large luxury SUV market. The third generation has arrived, bringing a new look and a host of improvements including a larger body and a broader range that includes a more affordable four-cylinder, rear-wheel-drive variant for the first time. The cheapest X5 is now the rear-drive 2.0-litre diesel sDrive25d at $82,900 (plus on-road costs), which lines up against arch rival Mercedes-Benz’s similarly equipped M-Class SUV (and which, incidentally, is also built in America’s deep south). Six other X5 models are available, covering six-cylinder diesel and petrol engines and petrol V8. The range tops out with the triple-turbo six-cylinder diesel, the sports-tuned M50d, at $147,900. Our test car was the classic V8 petrol xDrive50i, which, despite its moniker, is powered not by a five-litre engine but a 4.4-litre V8, this time boosted by twin turbos and breathing through a variable valve timing system. BMW’s excellent eight-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment. Priced at $133,900 ($145,467 driveaway), this X5 rumbles along with a hairy-chested 330 kilowatts of power (up 30kW on the previous model) and 650 Newton metres of torque (up 50Nm) under the right foot. When the X5 first appeared, the petrol V8 model was the most popular variant, but as diesel has taken hold here, mainly due to advances in performance, cleanliness and quietness, the 3.0-litre diesel model has come to dominate sales. Now, the V8 X5 is mainly sought by those wanting a

big dollop of performance with their SUV spaciousness, class-leading handling and commanding ride height. The good news is that the new V8 X5 is not only more powerful and faster than before – it covers the sprint from zero to 100km/h in a sharp five seconds – but also more efficient. BMW says thirst has been slaked by about 16 per cent, down to 10.5 litres per 100 kilometres, thanks to fuel-efficiency methods such as reducing weight (an aluminium bonnet replaces steel, for example), idle stop at the traffic lights and regenerative braking that tops up the battery as the car glides to a stop rather than when driving around. We managed about 14 litres per 100 kilometres in a week of city driving. The X5’s natural habitat is the leafy eastern suburbs, although if you want to venture on to a muddy bush track, it will give a reasonable impersonation of a Toyota Prado. But its strong suit is its all-round driving ability, especially its peerless road manners (for a car of its size). The X5’s interior is pure BMW, with high-end leather, “x5 drivers white-on-black circular dials (supplemented by a digital will love it head-up display projected on the windscreen) and a if they wide free-standing LCD screen dominating the centre of the dash and operated by the German company’s trade up� iDrive knob on the console. It is all very high-tech but easy to use compared with many others. Unfortunately the console layout is designed for left-hand drive, so the buttons are a little awkward to reach. The X5’s seats are perfect for hours in the saddle, with myriad electric-operated adjustments including the important under-thigh extension, as well as heating. As the car’s size would suggest, spaciousness is not an issue, but it is only a five-seater – there is no third row of seats in the back. We love the new surround-view camera system for reversing, showing a 360° view of the car’s surroundings, supplemented by parking sensors. And if you can’t be bothered parking the car, the automated “parking assistant� will do it for you. Other features are automatic emergency braking, active cruise control with “stop and go� when following another vehicle, a Harman/Kardon surround-sound system, internet functionality and DAB+ digital radio and voice control.

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At Whitefriars we believe our young men need guidance in developing the attitudes and skills needed to equip them for life beyond school. While we want them to be strong, confident young leaders of the future, we also aim to show them the need to be sensitive, compassionate, thoughtful and empathetic members of society. During Whitefriars’ Year 9 program week, we run sessions in conjunction with the White Ribbon Foundation, which have allowed students to reflect on their own value systems and to understand their role as ambassadors of respect within the community reflecting the Carmelite ethos of the College. This year, master of ceremonies Chris

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he formal front garden of this house is like a statement in contrast to the bushland reserve across the road. It sort of draws a line between where humans seek shelter and where wildlife can romp. There are no houses across the road from this property that faces Furness Park, one of three reserves marking the course of Gardiners Creek as it winds its way, roughly east-west, across central Blackburn. Just as the bush reserve has its own history, this house, too has one. It was built in 1980, sold in 1988 and resold between 2004 and 2006 to its present owner. Renovations in the early 1990s removed a fifth bedroom to make way for a living area, which now shares an open floor plan with the family/meals area and kitchen. The owner had new carpets laid, repainted the house, installed new blinds and spruced up the garden. The original footprint of the house has not changed, but the alterations to its interior bring it up to date with contemporary family lifestyles. With the long axis of this house running north-south, the entry is at the northern end, and is the starting point of a long passageway that originally had bedrooms to its left and living zones to the right. This is not a walled space, though, as no wall separates it from the formal lounge, and a standalone wall (open on two sides) marks out the dining room that has now become linked to the living/family meals area (when the bedroom wall was torn down). To the left of the entry is the main bedroom, with walk-in wardrobe and en suite. To the right is the carpeted formal lounge, which has an open fireplace and views to the front and side garden. Acting as a partial separation between the lounge and dining rooms is a tiled, enclosed wet bar, complete with under-bench storage and timber wine racks. The entry is lit by downlights, which are repeated throughout the residence and keep the ceiling lines clean and uncluttered. The slate floors, which also start in the entrance hall, also continue right through to the rumpus room at the rear of the house. An “original” feature is a glass panel wall that separates the meals area from the rumpus room, with a sliding door linking the two areas. This extends the sight-line from the meals area (which is open to the kitchen and living room) and creates a space that manages to be both open and enclosed. The rumpus room overlooks the rear garden with its freeform pool. The kitchen, with composite-stone worktops, is neat and functional, with additional workspace provided by a central island bench. The original design provided for uncluttered living by installing built-in storage and display or desk space in every room. There is space for everything, and everything has its own place in this house. This is a house with well-planned zones on a street where properties have been tightly held. The agent says this is only the second house in Heath Street to come on to the market in the past 10 years. And, according to the original owner, she would love to buy it back, except that it is too big for her now. The house is within walking distance of Blackburn station, the shops of Blackburn village and is close to primary and secondary schools. \ SIEW-CHING GOH




we love it Hocking Stuart \ 9894 8788 Price \ $900,000 – $990,000 Auction \ December 14 at 11am Boutique builder Joe Apap has developed quite a following for his cottage-style houses with the mod cons of the 21st century. The owners of this house had such confidence in him they bought the house only half built. That was eight years ago. Today it has the inviting, homely look of an older residence, with its picturesque weatherboard façade and dormer windows. Polished floorboards feature throughout, aside from the four carpeted bedrooms. Three of the bedrooms line the southern side of the house, with a laundry, bathroom and powder room between them. Off a central corridor you’ll find a second living area with a porch. The hub of the house is at the rear, where the kitchen, living and dining areas share an open space. There’s ample bench space and room to move in the kitchen, which also has a double oven and five-burner stovetop. An outdoor “room” has a whitewashed ceiling and looks out over the pool. \ LEXI COTTEE







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This house is made of slimline bricks that add appeal to its imposing façade behind a high wall. Built in the 1940s, it has rich, dark floorboards, two hexagonal feature windows and a gas log fireplace, while a recent renovation opened up the living areas to include a new Caesarstone kitchen with a free-standing induction Belling oven. A formal front lounge has double doors to the open-plan meals, family and kitchen area, where a new 50-square metre undercover deck steps down to the rear garden. There is a study or fifth bedroom downstairs and a separate shower and toilet, while upstairs is the new main bathroom and four double bedrooms – with double glazing for the two facing the street – and a balcony overlooking Burwood Reserve. At the rear of the 820-square metre block is a self-contained unit with a kitchenette and en suite, and a powered shed. The house has split-system air-conditioning and brushed chrome fan-lights with retractable blades. \ SUE HEWITT





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Jellis Craig \ 8841 4888

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Auction \ December 14 at 2pm

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Cottesloe Court has become coveted real estate in Doncaster East. The cul-de-sac’s beautiful American oak trees may have something to do with it, but its grand houses – like this one – are the major drawcard. The sculpted front garden is filled with bluestone walls and weeping cherry trees and its rendered façade centres on two towering columns and is dominated by floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s a double garage at the front that opens onto a pergola and paved area behind it. Inside, cathedral ceilings in the living room create a dramatic effect, enhanced by an open fireplace. A granite bar straddles this room and the family room. French doors in the entry open to a dining room. The open-plan family and kitchen area is at the rear and has a semicircular atrium – an ideal spot to enjoy the morning sun. There’s a fourth bedroom or study downstairs and three bedrooms upstairs. The huge main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and en suite. \ LEXI COTTEE

Space certainly isn’t in short supply at this address. The renovated four-bedroom house sits high on the elevated side of the road, on a 755-square metre corner block, and has been gutted and modernised inside. There’s room for three cars in the garage, with additional parking in front. Step inside and there’s a study on the left and an open-plan lounge and dining room on the right, with a sliding door opening to a long verandah at its furthest end. All fittings in the kitchen are new, including Caesarstone benchtops and top-of-the-range Bosch appliances. Outdoor decking separates the kitchen from the rumpus room, which opens to another outdoor area kitted out with a built-in barbecue and a Caesarstone benchtop with a sink and space for a bar fridge underneath. There are four large bedrooms upstairs – two with en suites – one shared bathroom and a home-theatre room. The sculpted bathtub in the main en suite is something of a show-stopper. \ LEXI COTTEE











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2 Charles Street, Nunawading ................................................................. Price: $460,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 14 at 1pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 1-1.30pm; Sat 12.30-1pm .................................................................

24 Frank Street, Box Hill South ................................................................. Price: $650,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 14 at noon ................................................................. OFI Thur 2-2.30pm; Sat 11.30am-noon .................................................................

2/23 Lithgow Avenue, Blackburn ................................................................. Price: $450,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 14 at 3.30pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 11.45-12.15pm; Sat from 3pm .................................................................

543 Canterbury Road, Vermont ................................................................. Price: $900,000 - $990,000 ................................................................. Forthcoming auction ................................................................. OFI Thur 2-2.30pm; Sat noon-12.30pm .................................................................

Located moments away from shops, transport and schools, a future brimming with success and potential (STCA) awaits the next owner of this enticing home.

With its delightful storybook façade and nestled in lush verdant gardens, this charming home has been sympathetically extended to create excellent living areas.

Beautifully refurbished BV unit comprising living room, new kitchen and bathroom, two generous bedrooms, paved courtyard and garage with new remote door.

Leahurst is an elegant home on a tranquil garden allotment with a north-facing floodlit tennis court & potential for redevelopment or subdivision (STCA).

Let's eat lunch @ Formosa House, 86 Springvale Rd Let's eat dinner @ Mayura Thai, 291a Springfield Rd Let's drink coffee @ Station Street Café, 26 Station Street

Let's eat lunch @ Liquid Café, 866 Canterbury Road Let's eat dinner @ K.Ho Contemporary Chinese Cuisine, 195a Middleborough Road Let's drink coffee @ Peta's Café, 164 Elgar Road

Let's eat lunch @ The Station House, 110 South Parade Let's eat dinner @ Enriks Restaurant, 25 Railway Road Let's drink coffee @ Bean & Baker, 71a Railway Road

Let's eat lunch @ JS Lunch Spot, 18 Brentford Square Let's eat dinner @ Payom Thai, 586 Canterbury Road Let's drink coffee @ Two Brothers, 558 Mitcham Road

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DONVALE \ 20 White Lodge Court Summertime, and the entertaining is easy with this Doncaster house that has a whole lot of love for the grand lifestyle. Take the sweeping drive past a front yard full of conifers to the stately double doors. From here on in, it’s all about the good life. The double-height dining and lounge area is majestic in its proportions and soaring windows add to the cathedral-like quality. Directly below is a rumpus room, bar with kitchenette and what the parents would call a conversation pit but their children would know better as a chill-out room. Also on the lower level is a recently renovated self-contained flat. Ideal for inter-generational living, or just as a luxurious teenager’s retreat, it contains a fully fitted kitchen, bathroom, living and dining area. Buyer beware: if the offspring do take over this space, they may never want to leave home. All five upstairs bedrooms are zoned for privacy and the main bathroom has a corner spa and sauna. Outside is a leisure-lover’s paradise with a pool and spa, immaculate gardens, a recently resurfaced tennis court and built-in barbecue in a substantial bluestone setting. With several paved areas, there are plenty of outdoor dining options and gardens are kept lush by two 30,000-litre tanks. \ JAN FISHER








Barry Plant \ 9842 8888

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Price \ $1.45 million – $1.6 million

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Auction \ December 14 at 2pm

Jellis Craig 8841 4888 3





Barry Plant Manningham/Doncaster 9842 8888 4



440 Park Road, Park Orchards ................................................................. Price: $1.15 million + ................................................................. For sale ................................................................. OFI Thur 5.30-6pm; Sat 1-1.30pm .................................................................

45 Robinlee Avenue, Burwood East ................................................................. Price: $800,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 14 at noon ................................................................. OFI Thur 5-5.30pm; Sat 11.30am-noon .................................................................

7 Tracey Street, Doncaster East ................................................................. Price: $680,000 - $740,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 21 at 11.30am ................................................................. OFI Thur 1-1.30pm; Sat 10-10.30am .................................................................

22 White Way, Bulleen ................................................................. Price: $800,000 - $860,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 14 at 1pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 6.30-7pm; Sat 12.30-1pm .................................................................

On more than half an acre, this amazing home showcases large, open-plan living, fabulous backyard garden with BBQ kitchen/entertaining area and heated pool.

This renovated family home offers a spacious living/dining room, family/meals area, excellent undercover al fresco deck and an expansive rumpus/theatre room.

This impeccably updated family favourite gleams with polished boards and neutral hues that transport you effortlessly through the bright living domains.

Whether it's the peaceful setting or the chance to experience a North Balwyn lifestyle without the price tag, there´s much to love about this exceptional home.

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DONCASTER EAST 25 Gaudion Road SUBSTANTIAL FAMILY ADVANTAGES A commitment to family lifestyle excellence resonates throughout the superbly zoned spaces of this outstanding 5BR modern residence. A quiet family-focused pocket just footsteps to parkland provides idyllic environs for this quality-appointed home featuring large living area, family/meals, stunning granite kitchen, 2 travertine bathrooms and remote-control double garage. Near schools, The Pines shopping and transport.


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Gordon Whale 0419 335 459 Stewart Oldmeadow 0412 119 277


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Doncaster east

6 Deloraine Close

The Bold and The BeauTiful

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BIG and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely very BEAUTIFUL, a very extensive renovation and remodel by a multi Award winning builder. Nothing is left undone from the gleaming stone topped kitchen to the 4 totally new bathrooms to the polished porcelain floors, new carpet and all new Bosch appliances. Set on a high corner lot of 755m2 in established landscaped gardens. Ground floor; Formal entry, massive formal living room, formal dining, family meals and living room, kitchen, rumpus room, study, powder room with shower, Al fresco with BBQ and bar. 3 car garage with internal access. - Upstairs; Master with en suite and WIR, another bedroom with full en suite plus 2 additional bedrooms sharing the main bathroom, home theatre and an open studio/study/sitting area.

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offers By: PriCe: oPen: ConTaCT: offiCe:

5:00pm Tues 17th Dec (unless sold prior) Interest above $1,300,000 Thurs 5.30 - 6.00pm & Sat 3.30 - 4.00pm Francis Van Gulick 0418 310 907 DoNcASTER EAST 284 Blackburn Road 03 9841 4433

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Doncaster East 4A Thea Grove

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Single Level, Affordable Living! Custom built unit backing on to parkland and moments from Jackson Court or Devon Plaza. The family/living area opens to an alfresco area overlooking the park. 3 robed bedrooms, accomm for 2 cars, gas ducted heating and evap cooling, ideal for investment, downsizing or first home.

Box Hill North 9 Trainor Street

4A 1B 2C

Family Living with Options Galore Auction Inspect Call

Sat 14th December at 11.00am (if not sold prior) Thur 2:00-2:30pm Sat 10:30-11:00am Scott George 0410 753 549

Move right in or redevelop (STCA) this smart single-level home with spacious lounge, rumpus, sunny kitchen/meals and entertainerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backyard. Across from a reserve and near schools, shops and Eastlink, this updated family home on approx. 532sqm is packed with perks.

Auction Inspect Call

Sat 14th December at 2:00pm (if not sold prior) Thur 6:00-6:30pm Sat 1:30-2:00pm Scott George 0410 753 549

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5A 3B 3C

20 oliver road

CalliNG reNovaTors, BUilders aNd developers! UNder iNsTrUCTioNs From sTaTe TrUsTees. on an elevated corner allotment of 1365m2, buyers will appreciate the great potential this superb property presents! renovate or redevelop. reNovaTors! The home itself was once a jewel in the crown of Templestowe offering a grand floor plan; including 5 bed plus study, 3 full bathrooms, a combination of walk in and built in robes, a huge lounge with separate dining, open plan kitchen meals/ family area, plus a separate rumpus room that opens to a rear terrace & a 3 car garage. The budding renovator will appreciate the huge potential this property presents. BUilders! perhaps divide the block in two, retain the existing approx 42sq structure rejuvenate & renovate the existing home while applying for a land subdivision, possibly allowing an opportunity to build a second prestige property here in the heart of Templestowe. developers!planning permit approved for 5 double story town houses the options are all readily available to redevelop this magnificent piece of blue chip real estate! aUCTioN saturday december 21st 12.30pm

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3401/90 Lorimer Street Docklands 280 Degree Sub-PenthouSe ViewS · Luxurious living surrounded by water and luxurious boats · Amazing sunset views, sparkling city lights · 34th floor in Mirvac’s award winning prestige Tower 5 · Chef’s kitchen, Miele appliances and abundance of storage · 4 bedrooms of impressive proportions · 3 car spaces with storage for the car enthusiast

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VIEW: Sat 2:00 - 2:30pm Sun 2:00 - 2:30pm PRIVATE SALE: $1,950,000 - $2,140,000 CONTACT: Helen Bell - 0408 377 555

254/55 Victoria Harbour Promenade Docklands excluSiVe 265m2 of city liVing · Parent’s retreat, space and privacy · Combining main bedroom, dressing room, study and tv room · Stunning uninterrupted water and city views · Chefs kitchen complete with separate pantry · You will come for the views and stay for the lifestyle




VIEW: Sat 1:00 - 1:30pm Sun 1:00 - 1:30pm PRIVATE SALE: $2,450,000 - $2,648,000 CONTACT: Helen Bell - 0408 377 555

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mplestowe I still cannot believe the speed and efficie ncy your staff demo selling my house. nstrated


From our ver y first meeting you showe d professionalism an extremely compreh d an ensive knowledge of the properties in the Templestowe area.

Another Happy Customer 15A Anderson Street Templestowe

You will remember that at our first meeti ng, I had arranged for furniture placement a company to provide a quote for furnishin house. The quote cam g the e in at approx. $4,80 0.00 and so you ask give you 2 weeks at ed me to selling the home wit hout the furniture. insisted that I wante I agreed but d to cut back the tre es in the front garde the garden a fresh loo n and give k. I worked five conse cutive days and durin time your sales team g this brought prospective buyer s to view the ho in 8 days after our firs use.Well, t meeting you had 2 offers in writing by As Louise = House Sold. hley and The house was sold before it went onto the internet and befor “for sale” board when e the up. I would like to thi nk it was due to all work in the garden, my hard BUT I really have to concede that it was your friendly efficient the due to sales team and your large data base of pro buyer s. spective Once again, thank yo u for selling my house .Your sales team did awesome job, not on an ly saving me nearly $5 ,000.00 for not placin furniture, but in selling g the the house for $28,0 00.00 over my selling price. Great job guys, Lynn Harris

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BlackBurn 14 Heath Street The ultimate Blackburn lifestyle awaits Designed around family living with its sprawling single-level layout and located in a peaceful pocket on the footsteps of Furness Park, enjoy a quintessential Blackburn lifestyle inside this exceptional family residence. For the grand entertainer, a stunning formal arrangement comprising lounge, dining and separate wet bar permits one to entertain in pure class. A flowing open-plan setting and separate rumpus take up residence towards the rear of the home, integrating with the landscaped backyard that accommodates an inviting in-ground swimming pool with spa. As the future occupant, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also be treated to five-star convenience with walking distance access to Blackburn Station Village, Blackburn train station and Blackburn Lake.

A4 B3 C 2 E2 Saturday 14th December at 2pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $1,300,000


Thur 5-5.30pm & Sat 1.30-2pm Photo ID required


Adam Harris 0433 521 380 Terry Burgoyne 0404 842 771 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

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Donvale 20 White lodge Court Stately In appearance, Grand In nature The grand dimensions of this extravagant solid brick family residence are evident as soon as you step beyond its imposing bluestone fence and set foot inside its striking interior, defined by its captivating architectural elements and breathtaking living spaces. And if you happen to require extra accommodation to house extended family members, a fully self-contained flat with its own entry, living areas and kitchen allows them to live under the same roof â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but not under your feet!

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Saturday 14th December at 2pm PRICE GUIDE

$1,450,000 - $1,600,000


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


Sam Kocuk 0419 311 222 Adele Kocuk 0412 255 919 Doncaster 9842 8888

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TemplesTowe 19A Browning Drive A statement of Contemporary living Striking the perfect balance between practical everyday living and modern design, a lifestyle filled with luxury and class greets the new owner of this quality constructed executive residence. Crisp high ceilings stand as testament to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meticulous attention to detail and carefully crafted manner; fully-tiled bathrooms with frameless showers and floating vanities, spectacular open-plan living and premium-grade fixtures and fittings illustrate the sheer luxury and lavish nature of this exceptional home.

Saturday 21st December at 1pm PRICE GUIDE

$800,000 - $880,000


Thu 4.30-5pm & Sat 11.30-12pm Photo ID required


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

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Donvale 12/205-213 Mitcham Road Safe and Secure and Fabulously located! Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re downsizing, searching for that ideal investment property with low maintenance or purchasing your first home, this carefully crafted Executive Townhouse demands your attention. Set back in a gated residential enclave with secure intercom entry, an element of peacefulness and security is very much assured for the lucky buyer of this exceptional residence. Furthermore, a coveted location delivers five-star convenience with its outstanding access to Mitcham Shopping Centre, Mitcham train station, Mullauna College, Mitcham Primary School, Halliday Park, Tunstall Square shops, bus transport and the Eastern Freeway/Eastlink.


$540,000 - $590,000


Thu 12.30-1pm & Sat 11.30-12pm Photo ID required


Sam Kocuk 0419 311 222 Adele Kocuk 0412 255 919 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn Road

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Vermont 28 Barnesdale Drive An outstanding Home In A Five-Star Setting Serenely perched on an elevated allotment within the Vermont Secondary College zone and a short stroll from Bellbird Dell, a higher standard of living is what you can expect as the next resident of this exceptional family home. In terms of everyday living, enjoy the practicality and functionality offered by two separate living areas. In terms of entertaining, take your pick from two outdoor areas to stage summertime BBQs. And in terms of storage space, a large storage area under the house certainly promotes clutter-free living inside!

Saturday 14th December at 11am PRICE GUIDE

More Than $610,000


Thur 12-12.30pm & Sat 10.30-11am Photo ID required


John Stack 0402 443 312 Kane Penhalluriack 0406 556 445 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

TemplesTowe 84 The Grange enough space For everyone! Family living is at the heart of this grand and exceptional residence, offering plenty of space for a household of growing children plus provisions for multi-generational living. Five bedrooms (or four bedrooms with a study!), four toilets, three living areas and three bathrooms are an impressive set of numbers. And should more space be required, the lower level rumpus presents a sixth bedroom option, making it ideal for extended family accommodation or a teenagerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retreat!

Saturday 14th December at 3pm PRICE GUIDE

$750,000 - $830,000


Thu 4.30-5pm & Sat 2.30-3pm Photo ID required


Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Jenny Kenyon-Smith 0419 882 941 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn Road

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Bulleen 174 Bulleen Road An Oasis Of Opportunity! Secluded behind high fences in a location delivering abundant convenience hides this oasis of a home, ideal for the first-time buyer and even more so for the savvy developer (STCA). The large 763sqm (approx.) allotment lends itself well to development opportunities, but for the buyer wishing to call this residence home, enjoy the comfort of radiant living spaces, zoned generous-sized bedrooms and the potential to make your mark.

Saturday 14th December at 12pm PRICE GUIDE

$530,000 - $590,000


Thu & Sat 11.30-12pm Photo ID required


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

Box Hill NortH 557 Middleborough road renovate or Detonate — the Choice is Yours! There’s the location. There’s the sizeable allotment. And there’s the blank canvas. All that’s required is your vision to transform this potential-laden property into a sparkling gem by developing (STCA) within easy reach of schools, the Kerrimuir shopping strip, transport and the Eastern Freeway or modernising with some contemporary flair! For the renovator, there’s plenty of scope to restore this home to its former glory. With two separate living zones, spacious bedrooms and a large backyard, the bones are there to create something really special.

Saturday 14th December at 3pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $480,000


Thur 11-11.30am & Sat 2.30-3pm Photo ID required


John Stack 0402 443 312 Kane Penhalluriack 0406 556 445 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

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NuNawadiNg 2 Charles Street where The Future is Bright Standing moments away from shops, transport and schools, a future brimming with success and potential awaits the next owner of this enticing home. Presented with blank canvas appeal, the opportunity is therefore one to be seized upon given the scope to modernise the interior or develop on a generous-sized 633sqm (approx.) allotment in a sought-after location (STCA).

Bulleen 22 White Way A Taste Of north Balwyn living, But Without The Price Tag! Whether it’s the peaceful setting, the convenient access to amenities or the chance to experience a Nth Balwyn lifestyle without the price tag, there are plenty of positives that would entice the growing family to upgrade their way of life with this exceptional home.

Saturday 14th December at 1pm PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

$800,000 - $860,000 Thu 6.30-7pm & Sat 12.30-1pm Photo ID required Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Lisa Yeung 0422 677 033 Doncaster 9842 8888

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Saturday 14th December at 1pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $460,000


Thur 1-1.30pm & Sat 12.30-1pm Photo ID required


John Stack 0402 443 312 Kane Penhalluriack 0406 556 445 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

TemplesTowe 6 Kelvinside Drive The Family Upgrade You’ve Been waiting For A cleverly designed floorplan complemented by contemporary style and zoned bedrooms make this flowing, single-level residence perfect for the growing family desiring an upgrade. Moments to Templestowe Village, St Kevin’s Catholic Primary School, Finns Reserve & bus transport.

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$640,000 - $690,000 Thu 5.30-6pm & Sat 10.30-11am Photo ID required Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Jason Stepanow 0405 159 650 Doncaster 9842 8888

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Lower TempLesTowe 14-16 Airdrie Court Top of the world A brilliant hilltop location with stunning views to the north. This substantial elevated allotment of 2,527 sqm (approx.) is set at the head of a private court as part of a new subdivision. Ideal for development (STCA), with concept plans available on request. Ideally located with easy access to Templestowe Village, local schools and transport.

Land Size: 2,527 approx. D Auction Mel Ref Price Contact Office

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Saturday 21st December 12:30pm 33 D6 Contact Agent Ken Chappell 0412 295 316 Richard Rose 0419 446 688 Doncaster 9842 1188

Doncaster east 8 DiamonD Court space, style and a perfect location! A brilliant indoor / outdoor lifestyle, this immaculatelypresented home is sure to impress with its spacious design, extensive features and landscaped garden surrounds. On over 1000sqm of land, the home itself comprises four bedrooms (master with WIR and ensuite), updated main bathroom, formal lounge and dining, well-appointed kitchen with adjoining meals/family area and separate rumpus/living room. Other highlights include ducted heating and cooling, solar power, excellent storage, double carport, plus a huge northfacing backyard with outdoor spa, entertaining area and elevated valley views. Close to public transport, The Pines Shopping Centre, local schools and parks. 4A


View Auction Mel Ref EPR Contact Office


Thursday 4:00-4:30pm & Saturday 11:00-11:30am Saturday 21st December 2:00pm 34 F8 In Excess of $780,000 Stasi Adgemis 0401 640 853 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Doncaster 9842 1188

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sell your property. There are many facets to a property sale, from the marketing and management of enquiries through to the preparation of paperwork and the auction. Each area requires a degree of specialist expertise so support is important. WILL MY CHOICE OF AGENCY MAKE A DIFFERENCE? hockingstuart’s network is the largest of all Victorian real estate agents, which allows consistent delivery of more buyers and tenants, and therefore better results. Resources are pooled and knowledge is shared to develop the most effective marketing techniques, and the results are often staggering. The hockingstuart brand has become one of Victoria’s most recognisable among house hunters. Among the specialised marketing tools available from Victorian-based real estate agencies, hockingstuart’s red magazine, website and online property search system early alert are the most popular of their type. Combined with a large co-operative network they deliver the greatest number of buyers.

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NuNawadiNg 1/68 Mount Pleasant Road


3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2 car garage!

View Auction Mel Ref EPR Contact

Be first on the block with this NEW three bedroom BV townhouse with double garage and own street frontage within easy reach of Nunawading train station, Blackburn Lake parkland, Nunawading South Primary School, Brentford Square and Forest Hill Chase shopping and Golden Mile retail precinct. Accommodation comprises living room, modern kitchen/meals with stainless steel appliances and stone benchtops, 3 bedrooms with BIRs, ensuite and family bathrooms/2 WCs plus double garage with provision for additional off-street parking for family and friends. Ideal first home, retirement or superb investment property.

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Thurs 12.00-12.30pm & Sat 10.00-10.30am Saturday 21st December - 12.30pm 48 / F11 In excess of $570,000 Fiona Everett 0402 049 407 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Blackburn 9894 8788


BlackBurn 6 Wright Street an imposing presence - inside and out! Set behind a scrolled wire fence this stunning 8yo WB residence must rate as one of the prettiest homes to be offered in recent times in the suburb with outstanding family accom comp elegant formal living rm with dble drs to private nth facing porch, stunning modern kitchen with island bench, adjacent dining area & capacious familyrm opening to an uâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;cover entertainment area - more like a room in its own right - overlooking a magnificent ingrd pool, 4 excellent brms plus study/5th brm, main with ens/WIR, further family bth/pwdrm/2 WCs plus DLUG with remote & internal access. Walk to Laburnum train station, buses, cafes & leading schools.



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Wed 5.00-5.30pm & Sat from 10.30am Saturday 14th December - 11.00am 47 / H8 $900,000 - $990,000 Gordon Openstein 0402 303 508 Maurice Di Marzio 0419 182 276 Blackburn 9894 8788

BlackBurn 49 Pakenham Street 4 bedroom family home Much loved BV home on a very generous allotment approx 788m2 offers excellent family accommodation in this highly convenient locale; walk to Laburnum Primary School, Blackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walk/Blackburn Creeklands, Laburnum train station and local shops. Accommodation comprises living/dining room, modernised kitchen overlooking very large family room, four bedrooms with BIRs, main with ensuite bathroom, further family bathroom/2 WCs and expansive double garage. Enjoy further easy access to Blackburn Village and Blackburn South supermarkets/ restaurants, Box Hill High school, playing fields and more!



View Auction Mel Ref EPR Contact Office


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Thurs 11.00-11.30am & Sat from 1.30pm Saturday 14th December - 2.00pm 47 / H11 $760,000 - $840,000 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Gordon Openstein 0402 303 508 Blackburn 9894 8788

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BlackBurn 2/23 Lithgow Avenue




Beautifully refurbished BV unit in quiet cul de sac only mins walk to Blackburn Village shops/train. Comp living, NEW kit & bthrm, 2 generous brms, paved câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;yard & SLUG. Rewired/plumbed feat polished hardwood floors, dble glazed windows & 2X split sys.

Auction Mel Ref EPR Contact Office


Thurs 11.45-12.15pm & Sat from 3.00pm Saturday 14th December - 3.30pm 47 / J9 In excess of $450,000 Gordon Openstein 0402 303 508 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Blackburn 9894 8788

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7 Hartigan Street BLACKBURN Family Home In a Premium Locale Privacy with tranquility surrounds this wonderful character weatherboard home. Perfectly positioned in a wonderful treelined street, the north facing aspect assures natural light flowing throughout. Comprising 2 master bedrooms, both featuring an ensuite & WIR, 2 further bedrooms at the rear of the property, a centrally located bathroom, a large carpeted L-shaped lounge & dining room, open plan kitchen with a split level family room & a generous size laundry with plenty of cupboard space. The rear decking can be easily accessed via the family room which showcases the very well landscaped back garden.

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98 South Parade Blackburn

Sat 14th December @ 12:00noon In Excess Of $750,000 Thur 1-1:30pm Sat 11:30am-12noon Frank Molinaro 0418 390 988 Anthony Molinaro 0411 061 796

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Dear Santa, For Christmas this year I would like something for my fairy garden and a pretend purple pussy cat. I will give a present to a little girl who doesn’t get any presents at Christmas, can you give her a present too. Hello to Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer. Love Faith Doncaster East

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Dear Santa, My name is Daniel. I am 6. I have been a good boy. For Christmas I would like: a computer, headphones, clothes, lollies, books and a new charger. Thank you Santa. Love Daniel Box Hill

Dear Santa, We don’t have a chimney so we are going to leave a special Santa key at the front door. What do the elves eat? The toys I want on Christmas Day are: iPad, new textas and paints, books on dinosaurs, nerds and slime. Don’t forget Bonnie our dog. Love Emma Doncaster East

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