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innocuous sheet of paper: they’d been turning up in my letterbox for weeks. The local community group or the odd solo writer would call them protest leaflets. But in coarse political parlance, this week’s note was nothing more than a “s--- sheet”: an anonymous, savage attack designed for maximum credibility damage, this time not on a politician but on a proposal for public housing. There is barely a community or suburb in Melbourne that has not been affected by bitter local arguments about the development of or increase in social housing. Both the Federal and State Governments have made belated but serious commitments to fixing the problem of so little public housing, and the developments are everywhere. They’re not high-rise Housing Commission flats any more, but low-rise, high-density housing, often blended with private residential elements to better integrate the communities. Some of them are obviously poorer-looking housing; others look just like another high-density development. And yet it seems barely anyone wants them. The
moment a suburb gets wind of a social-housing project, the levers are thrown to panic, and the cries of distress all have the same shrill ring to them. This isn’t the right place for them; or it is, but not for the kinds of houses the Government’s putting up; these people deserve better than the rubbish that’s being proposed; or just think about what this proposal will do to your property values! In my case, the development is in my own street. It aims to expand existing social housing and allows for private development later on. Given that social housing is already there, the protesters are somewhat limited in their arguments, so they’ve seized on the old canard of “open space”. They’ve identified the saddest strip of dirt you’ve ever seen, taken a photograph of a solitary toddler struggling with his solitary trike in the mud and called it a “children’s park”. This, they say, will be eaten up by the development and it’s a loss of precious open land in a tough inner-urban environment. I know this strip; it is at the end of my street, so I feel perfectly entitled to say that their claim is absolute rubbish. The arguments are cowardly and offensive. They twist in the breeze, but all boil down to one grievance: they just don’t want any more social housing. But what we all need to realise is that we just don’t have a choice.
In Victoria, more than 23,000 people are homeless, yet these people barely rate a chance of getting into some of the contested social housing slated for a suburb near you. They come right at the bottom of the list. Instead, those praying for a place are people you sit next to on trains and trams, whose kids go to your local school, who shop in your supermarket. A huge number have young children, many are single mothers and, in an alarming and growing number, they are women of retirement age with no superannuation who do not own their own home and have been tipped out of their rentals. They have jobs – they just cannot get a footing in the ballooning housing market. I have a home, so I’m not going to tell struggling Victorians that they can’t live in one at the end of my street, and I’m horrified my neighbors feel that they can. This week, St Vincent de Paul holds its annual CEO sleepout, when bosses sleep rough to raise awareness about homelessness. It’s an event usually greeted with universal support – just as long as the sleeping bags are packed up the next morning, and the reality of those without homes is taken away with them. \
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Forget long lunches with the finest bone china teacups and hours of idle chatter. SARAH MARINOS meets several of Melbourne’s successful and driven women who are turning lunches, cocktail parties and art exhibitions into a slick fund-raising machine.
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he knock on the back door came just at the wrong time. It was 5pm. Andy Dinan was in the middle of cooking dinner and helping her kids with their homework, and she had a tender to write for a piece of art she was hoping to acquire for her Port Melbourne gallery. Now she had an unexpected visitor. “I was stressed, the kids were screaming … it was one of those days,” Dinan says, shrugging. “And when I opened the door, there was a middle-aged woman in a black tracksuit wearing the biggest pearls you’ve ever seen telling me she had a car filled with coats and where did I want her to put them?” The well-to-do stranger had heard about Off Your Back – a charity started by Dinan, friend Toni Joel and a group of mums from their local area. Each winter the women contacted friends and colleagues, asking them to donate any spare coats. Dinan and her team of volunteers then took the donations to the St Kilda Crisis Centre, where they were dry-cleaned and handed out to anyone in need. Since Off Your Back started five years ago, the women have collected 30,000 coats for homeless Victorians. “The lady on my doorstep that night had heard about Off Your Back through a friend and she’d organised a collection,” recalls Dinan. “I asked her if she could just put the coats in my garage in a very stressed voice and she asked me what was wrong. I told her I had to write this document, I had to cook dinner and look after the children … and she realised it was all a bit much. “She quickly said, ‘OK, you go over there and sit and write and I’ll organise dinner’. A complete stranger! She just headed to the kitchen while the kids played and I finished what I had to do. “Then she unloaded the coats into the back of my car and left. I don’t know who she was and sometimes I think I imagined her. But I think that’s women. They just say, ‘what can I do?’. There’s no crap and they don’t need thanking profusely.” The “no crap and no need for profuse thanks” sums up Dinan’s approach to her voluntary work. The 48-year-old owns MARS Gallery and previously had a career in public relations. But on most days she’ll be working on her latest fund-raiser – whether that’s collecting coats, organising an art exhibition to raise money for the bird-protection charity Birds Australia, or selling limited-edition dolls to boost the coffers of children’s charity TLC for Kids. She’s also had a long involvement with the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal.
Dinan is one of several successful women in Melbourne who feel the need to give back to their communities. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, more than 2.1 million Australians are volunteers and donations, sponsorships and fund-raising provide about 9.5 per cent of the income of not-for-profits – about $7.2 billion. “It’s about deeds, not words,” Dinan says simply. “In my 30s I remember going to sleep thinking I hadn’t done enough for anyone. Maybe it was because I felt lucky because I had everything I could want. I just felt I’d never done enough to help, and I still feel like that. “I told a friend recently and she rolled her eyes and said, ‘Yeah, Andy, you’re such an underachiever’, and I said, ‘Yes, I know’. She was joking but I always feel I could do more. I’m not Catholic – but I feel so guilty! But I’m not a goody two-shoes. I drink red wine, swear, and I’ve been known to dance the night away. But I think a lot of women find a cause they connect with and they understand you don’t have to do something glamorous and high-profile to help that cause.” Dinan insists she doesn’t have magical fund-raising capabilities and that it’s more about feeling passionate about a cause and not being able to sit and do nothing. While her property developer husband is sometimes bemused by her charity involvements, Dinan says he and their three children – Will, 13, and twins Viki and Ali, 8, support her.
Amanda Jane McKeon helps run Women for Child Rescue
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“My kids just get the idea of helping other people,” she says. “They help me pack coats to take to the crisis centre, and Will especially believes one person doing one little thing for someone else can make a difference.”
Pricking the bubble
manda Jane McKeon, 52, has spent the past six years stepping outside what she terms the “Brighton bubble”. After travelling to Cambodia in 2004 to visit some World Vision projects with her husband, she mobilised a group of friends and contacts to support the charity. “When we went to Cambodia I had that ‘ah-ha’ moment,” McKeon recalls. “We visited a project in Phnom Penh that rescued girls who had been trafficked, sexually abused and used as slaves, and their situation broke my heart. I saw a five-year-old girl, the sweetest little girl, and she had been forced to service over 10 men a night. It just utterly devastated me. “But among the pain there was hope because the girls received counselling and healthcare, and they could go to school and learn skills like hairdressing or sewing. So they had chances of a better life.” Back in Brighton, McKeon started fund-raising and talking to everyone from community and church groups to corporates about the plight of the girls and young women. Now McKeon, who has four adult sons and a veterinary career, helps run the Women for Child Rescue voluntary group for World Vision. “When I arrived home from Cambodia with some of the other women on that trip we thought we couldn’t come home to comfortable Melbourne and not do anything. If I didn’t do something it was almost like being complicit in the crimes,” she says. McKeon hadn’t tackled fund-raising before but started by getting friends together for lunches and coffee mornings where she talked about what she’d seen. “I asked them to commit money to help the rehabilitation centre and, the first Christmas, friends donated presents which we sent to the centre,” she says. “Then myself and a core group of about five women started arranging bigger fund-raisers – like cocktail events at art galleries and corporate presentations. “Sometimes, just before I’m about to speak in front of a crowd of influential people, I think, ‘what am I doing
“I THINK A LOT OF WOMEN FIND A CAUSE THEY CONNECT WITH AND THEY UNDERSTAND YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO SOMETHING GLAMOROUS AND HIGH-PROFILE TO HELP.”
here?’ It’s out of my comfort zone. But I have a strong Christian faith. I don’t think we’re put here completely for our own pleasure, and there is a lot of joy to be had from caring and giving to people. Getting involved in this way with World Vision has been an amazing journey for me.” Tim Costello, World Vision’s chief executive, praises the work of women such as McKeon. “In our busy lives today, one of the most valuable things we can give to another person is our time. Amanda Jane and the women involved with Women for Child Rescue, have donated countless hours to help raise funds for the world’s poorest people,” he says. “They have used their voices and their passion to educate others about the issues of human trafficking and abuse.”
Frank and fearless
chance meeting in a Toorak hair salon between a young hairdresser, Lillian Frank, and the then Mrs Elisabeth Murdoch triggered Frank’s decades of support of the Royal Children’s Hospital. But Frank was a fund-raiser long before then. Born in Burma, she remembers selling poppies for charity at school – and taking the task extremely seriously. “When I was six or seven our teacher announced the child who sold the most poppies that year would have afternoon tea at Government House – and I really wanted to have tea with the Governor,” Frank says, laughing. “So I set my heart on that and I sold poppies to everybody I knew and I went to Government House. I knew then I could do what I wanted if I was determined.” When Frank arrived in Melbourne in the 1960s – initially to spend a few weeks with her older sister, Rima, who had settled here – she quickly fell in love with the city and with her husband, Richard. Her beauty and energy made her a regular feature at society dinners and dances, although Frank admits the attention had its occasional downside. “At one point I had a stalker – a mad man!” she says. “He decided he wanted to take me away and was following me although I was oblivious to him. One lunchtime I got into the lift at work to go and buy a sandwich and he got in the lift with me and said, ‘Hello Lillian. I’m in love with you and I follow you everywhere and you will come with me’. I got out of that lift very quickly and called the police.” That first job was with Elizabeth Arden and led to the meeting with Dame Elisabeth Murdoch – Frank was given the job of styling her hair. “She asked me to visit the Royal Children’s Hospital with her and I saw the children there and didn’t want to do anything else after that,” Frank says, shrugging.
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icci Baker arrived in Melbourne in 1990. Born in Sydney, where she became a social worker, Baker moved overseas and around the country as a result of her husband’s international banking career. After six years in Perth they settled in Melbourne, and Baker remembers trying to establish a new network of friends and interests. When a mother at her sons’ school invited her for a day out with the National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Association, Baker jumped at the chance. The association raises funds to help the NGV acquire new works. In 2008, Baker, 59, became the association’s president. “In London I was head of a crisis and assessment team and had to assess abused children and refer people to psychiatric hospitals. But in the meantime I was applying to work with the Victoria & Albert Museum or the BBC to get involved with art because I’ve always loved it,” says Baker. “It’s been nice for me at this stage of my life to finally be involved in art in some way. It’s been a long time coming.” Her fund-raising with the NGV Women’s Association has given Baker a chance to meet artists and curators, and in any week, with a team of volunteers, Baker will be organising speakers and catering, overseeing the design of invitations, finding event sponsors, looking at guest lists and promoting the association’s activities. One of the first major fund-raisers Baker helped organise was called Nolan, Desert & Dust, an exhibition to mark the opening of the Ian Potter Centre in 2003. “We had tables full of sand and cacti and a big dinner arranged. Then we realised that, due to health and safety regulations, we couldn’t have sand on the tables, so we had to rush out and buy dozens of little glasses to put the sand into instead,” she says, laughing. Baker has worked for other charities and voluntary groups such as the Butterfly Foundation and as a phone counsellor for the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome organisation.
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From social work to supporting the arts
Lisa Sewards. The Pink Lady has raised $92,500
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“We’re very strong women in our family. My mother, Aziza, was something else. She came from a wealthy family and met my father when he came to her home to teach her languages. They eloped because my mother’s hand in marriage was promised to another family’s son. The women in my family never think we can’t do something. ‘Can’t’ is not a word in my dictionary.” In 1977 Frank was awarded an MBE for her charity work, and in 1991 she was awarded an AM for her service to the community. Now in her 70s, Frank continues to work for the RCH. Her annual ladies’ lunch in August hosts 850 women and raises more than $100,000. She spends every Tuesday at her city apartment organising fund-raisers. Her next function is a champagne and Paspaley pearls party at a private home. “I’ve never had a ‘no’ because people know where the money goes,” Frank says. “I was brought up to believe that you should always do something for someone if you can, no matter how small that thing may be. When a child’s life is at stake, you have to help.” Brian Mallon, executive director of the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, has known Frank for years and says her commitment is extraordinary. Her fund-raising has provided equipment for cardiology, intensive care, neonatology and surgical departments. “Lillian has a real commitment to the Children’s, it’s a real humanitarian gesture,” he says. “She’s very, very strong. I don’t know anyone who would say no to Lillian!”
Nicci Baker raises funds to help the NGV acquire works
Ann Peacock, a member of Million Dollar Lunch team
“I went to one of those Anglican girls’ schools where you did good works. And then I became a social worker, of course,” she says. “I think it’s just in my psyche to be involved in the community in some way.”
The Pink Lady
isa Sewards doesn’t get a lot of spare time these days. With two children – Harrison, 11, and Isabella, 7 – to care for, it’s not often that Sewards gets a chance to duck out of her Hampton home to her studio in nearby Brighton. She’s working on a painting called You’ll Never Walk Alone, inspired after taking part in the Field of Women at the MCG this year. The event, organised by the Breast Cancer Network Australia, brought together 14,000 people touched by the disease. “It was quite spiritual,’ says Sewards, 45. “They turned off the lights and I stood there with my family and friends and realised you’re not alone with breast cancer.” Sewards was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. After a successful career in marketing with international banks, she was used to being in control and she wanted information. A breast-care nurse put her in touch with BCNA. “They were a lifeline for me and my family. They made the year of treatment easier for all of us,” she says.
As she recovered from treatment, Sewards was determined to give something back to the organisation that had supported her. She wrote a book, My Mum has Breast Cancer, to help children understand the disease and its impacts. Harrison provided the illustrations and all funds from the book go to breast cancer charities. As part of her therapy Sewards also worked with a sculptor, loved it and then decided to organise an art exhibition as a fund-raiser. This year the Pink Lady Art Exhibition is in its fourth year and has raised $92,500 for breast cancer charities. “I hadn’t done anything like it before but talked to friends and some artists I knew. I approached exhibition companies and a professional installation company and told them what I wanted to do. We doorknocked around bayside businesses to ask for raffle prizes and sponsors. In the end we produced a beautiful event and the community supported it,” Sewards says. Most days Sewards and her committee are preparing for the next exhibition. Whether it’s organising raffle prizes, locking in artists, liaising with Bayside City Council, which is hosting the exhibition this year, or organising the pink bun supply for the event, there is always something to be done. “People are always willing to help because I think most people are directly or indirectly affected by breast cancer,” she says. “I’m passionate about this cause because I have a daughter and I am so concerned that breast cancer will still be prevalent when she gets older.”
The Six Million Dollar Woman
nn Peacock and the team behind the annual Million Dollar Lunch have set themselves a hard task. During an afternoon in July each year they aim to raise $1 million for children with cancer. For the past five years they’ve done just that – and made it look effortless. But pulling together the Million Dollar Lunch at Crown is far from effortless, with Peacock and a band of volunteers calling on their contacts and expertise to ensure the afternoon goes without a hitch. Sue Gudinski, another successful Melbourne identity, is also part of the Million Dollar Lunch board. “Our most important goal is to raise as much money for children with cancer as possible,” says Peacock, 44. All proceeds to go the KOALA Foundation for children with cancer and their families. “We have fun but it is pretty hard work. In some instances you are asking the same people a couple of times a year to give to specific causes, but in the case of the Million Dollar Lunch it’s a truly exceptional event so it can make the pitch a little easier. “We all work at generating sponsors and getting guests to purchase tables and I work on a subcommittee that looks after sponsors and the look and feel of the room.” Peacock fits in her charity commitments with her management role at Crown and raising her two boys – Andrew, 10, and Woody, 8. She sits on the boards of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Shane Warne Foundation, is a Victorian Australia Day ambassador and a Children’s Cancer Foundation ambassador. Her high profile is undoubtedly helpful in securing support but Peacock says she’s just driven to help by an innate belief that “while you can, you do”. “I am extremely fortunate to have my children and a loving family – and that constantly motivates me to assist others who may not be as fortunate,” she says. \
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Take the plunge PETER WILMOTH strikes gold in many and varied forms in Daylesford’s spa country. was leaving Daylesford at 7am (junior football It commitments) that we realised what a stunning part of the world it was in which we’d spent two nights. We drove along the Daylesford-Woodend road, a swirl of fog, sunshine, paddocks crunchy with ice, cows huddling under ghost gums and a ribbon of country road winding through it all. After a two-hour drive (Friday traffic), we arrived in Daylesford about five o’clock with just enough light to get the key from Daylesford Getaway in the main street and settle into our accommodation. It’s a beautiful town, its grand buildings and wide main street strongly reminiscent of the great days of gold discovery. Now there’s different types of gold to discover …
We checked in at Oak House, a superbly presented three-bedroom historic house in Hepburn Springs, just three kilometres from Daylesford. Its large bedrooms are stylish and beautifully appointed. The living area has a large dining table, a good kitchen and comfortable couches in front of the television. There is everything you need in the kitchen, including coffee plungers, ground coffee, a toaster and some good bread awaiting us. The operators happily understand how important a good breakfast is. We settle in, looking forward to exploring the area the next day, and, to ensure we didn’t slip into too relaxed a mood, we slipped Peter Jackson’s King Kong into the DVD player. That’s one angry monkey, but he’s in touch with his tender side, and would have been more so if he’d had the day we were about to enjoy in Daylesford. (Prices for a two-night weekend stay for six people is $1040. There are two studios behind the house, which can accommodate four more people.) 122 Main Road, 5348 4422 dayget.com.au
above: The flotation pool is part of a superb retreat at The Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa.
One of the great pleasures of any trip is a great meal with your family, and we had ours at the Farmers Arms, an increasingly well-known and well-credentialled regional gastro pub. The atmosphere is elegant and relaxing, with a cheerful community feeling about it. Children are made very welcome.
and condiments, great freshly baked bread and a hugely tempting range of cakes and desserts. In an adjoining room is the café, where lunch is offered in a dark, inviting space. You would pray for some foul weather just so you could hide in here with a bowl of soup and a glass of local pinot.
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1 east street, 5348 2091 top right: Oak House is stylish and beautifully appointed. Bottom: Scallops at the Farmers Arms hotel are one of the many great dishes available. (SUPPLIED)
We enjoyed a buffet breakfast at Peppers Springs Retreat and Mineral Spa and were happy to be shown around by Peppers hotel manager, Bern Barry, the beautiful gardens surrounding the historic mansion, as well as some of the rooms available. 124 Main Road, Hepburn springs, 5348 2202 spa
It would be wrong to go to Daylesford and not experience some aspect of the spa culture that permeates the town. At the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa (three minutes from Daylesford at the Mineral Springs Reserve in Hepburn Springs) the kids enjoyed a swim in the natural springs and the hot spa adjacent (there are other facilities at the retreat called Sanctuary, where it is adults only). Elsewhere in the facility, which was superbly renovated in 2008, great use is made of the natural mineral waters for which the area is famous, including a private mineral “bath” (rimmed with authentic brown residue) and a personal treatments, including massage, facials, body scrubs and wraps and “spa rituals”. There are also spa couches, an aroma steam room and a salt therapy pool. hepburnbathhouse.com Coffee/lunCH
After all this activity you’re hungry, so it’s time to check in at a Daylesford icon Cliffy’s Emporium. Cliffy’s is extraordinary. Part-delicatessen, part-café, it offers produce brought in by local farmers, locally made jams
At Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm, we could not resist a game of petanque on an excellent little pitch overlooking this superb property. Petanque’s a great game, made even better by being one of the few where you can drink while playing. It’s always more fun holding a glass of something. After we’d worked off some energy, it was time for an al fresco lunch at one of La Trattoria’s big wooden tables in an ash grove. It’s a great vantage point to either watch the kids continue the petanque or admire the rolling paddocks or the various fields of lavender, which explode into purple in summer. The kids patted some donkeys, checked out a little boathouse and had a look at the 1860s stone buildings, which were constructed by Italian-speaking Swiss who came to the goldfields and stayed to farm. Lavandula now grows lavender laid out as crop art, which, in summer when it’s in bloom, is a purple haze for the senses. A range of body products is available. Recommended. Casual dining
Town favourites are Frangos & Frangos and its second restaurant, Koukla, a few doors up in Vincent Street. Both are warm and welcoming and attract couples, small groups and families. We ate at Koukla with its wood-fired oven churning out a good list of pizzas. It has an open fireplace and a shabby-chic style that suits the laid-back mood. Casual and fun. Recommended. \
Allstar to class act Tim Ferguson tells PETER WILMOTH how he is winning his battle with MS.
hen he walks into the café, the face is instantly recognisable: boyish, with an ironic edge. When we shake hands I hear myself saying to Tim Ferguson: “Good to see you again,” although I don’t believe we’ve met. That’s the power of celebrity and a sort of one-way intimacy that can trip you up: we think we know people because they are so familiar. And as one-third of the Doug Anthony Allstars, the musical comedy troupe that dominated Australian clubs large and small for a decade, and that wowed audiences at the Edinburgh Festival year after year, Tim Ferguson in the 1980s and ’90s was as familiar as you got. It is good to see him again, and the natural inclination is to ask anyone who once shone brightly in the media firmament when the last time was. Could it have been a DAAS show, with DASSers Richard Fidler (now a radio presenter on the ABC in Brisbane) and Paul McDermott (hosting Channel Ten’s Good News Week)? Was it a sideline show he did that accompanied the 2003 season of Big Brother? Or was it his hosting role on Channel Nine’s Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush? Since the Doug Anthonys broke up in 1995, Ferguson has been away from the spotlight, writing a film script and teaching comedy and screenwriting at RMIT University. And he’s just published a guidebook to comedy writing called The Cheeky Monkey. Now he feels ready to talk publicly about living with multiple sclerosis – he was diagnosed in 1995 – describing it as a time when “a major tornado came in”. It was a revelation that changed his professional and personal life but today remains a manageable condition he deals with – sometimes well, sometimes not so. The diagnosis made some decisions for him. Happily, Ferguson was able to take his performing skills to the classroom and his creativity largely away from the stage and onto the page. “It has forced me to develop a whole range of skills that I was figuring I’d worry about later on in life,” he says. But first let’s go back to the 1960s when Ferguson and his two brothers followed around his father, Tony Ferguson, a journalist, as first a TV correspondent who covered the Vietnam war. Based in Singapore, Tony Ferguson would “hop backwards and forwards” from Vietnam. Tony Ferguson went on to be executive producer of the ABC’s Four Corners before moving to This Day Tonight. “They all came back from Vietnam, dad and Mike Carlton and all of those guys, and said, ‘We want to make funny current affairs’, and away they went, Carlton doing comedy, (Bruce) Petty animating. They were making it up as they went along.” Tony Ferguson “got thrown out of the ABC” and the family moved to a small New South Wales town called Blayney, where Tony ran a newspaper called The Blayney Shire Chronicle and also farmed cattle and ran horses. From there the family moved to Newbridge where Tony worked as minder for the future ABC boss David Hill at the NSW rail department. “David said to dad, ‘We’re going to the ABC. I’m going to be the boss and you’re going to be the guy who stands next to the boss’,” Ferguson says. “So dad returned, the conquering, very quiet hero.”
Wild days: Tim Ferguson says the Doug Anthonys “ran Edinburgh”. (EAmon gAllAghEr)
For all of Hill’s reign, Tony Ferguson stood shoulder to shoulder with the managing director. His title was principal liaison officer. “The minder, they called him,” Ferguson says. “Executive without portfolio. He was the ice to David Hill’s fire. A totally unflappable man.” Together with Fidler and McDermott, Ferguson formed the Doug Anthony Allstars in 1984, blending sharp comedy with superb harmonies and clever songs. It was a dynamite combination. “It was a licence to do whatever we wanted.”
I’m tired’. Eventually it was clear I couldn’t remain a Doug Anthony Allstar with whatever this was.” On stage, Ferguson struggled with the movement required in the act. “I just tried to keep up with the choreography. People probably thought he was just being funny. The others would be dancing with both legs and my right leg was doing all the action. Nobody said anything. The audience didn’t seem to care. “It took a long time for me to tell (McDermott and Fidler) because I thought I don’t want people to be worrying about me. I felt I’d let them down so the last thing I wanted to do was say, ‘By the way, if you can give me some pity that would be really handy’.” He says it wasn’t hard to tell the others. “Once the decision was made you just say, ‘By the way, you know that thing that kept happening? It’s got a name’. They were quite shocked.”
he decade that the Doug Anthonys toured the world was a wild ride. “Edinburgh, we ran that joint,” Ferguson says. “We were ruthless. Our poster sticker-uppers had baseball bats. Our posters were the biggest and we had more of them, so everybody hated us. If anybody was caught covering our posters – statute of limitations, I suppose I can say it now – our guys would go to work. Not under How did His students react to a celebrity orders, but they would say (puts on a Scottish accent), ‘We’re lecturer? “some regard me witH HusHed awe. enthusiastic about the act’.” otHers Have yet to youtube me ... teacHing They’d named the act after a dour National Party politician about as is like doing a sHow because if it’s not far removed from show business entertaining, people aren’t learning.” as you could be. The man himself never saw it as a tribute, and probably saw the ironic intent. The three never met Anthony. “We tried. God knows we tried. The only time we ever did a live satellite cross with him was He knew those great days travelling the world with when we were finally packing it all in and he appeared his good friends, playing to big crowds and making on some show we were on. He had a smile, but he did great money, were over. say, ‘I want to get my name back’.” “It was incredibly difficult because I loved it. And also DAAS became the biggest stars on the comedy circuit. I loved, and still do, the boys.” “We ran Edinburgh, we ran the Australian comedy We’ve moved out of the café and are sitting at a table scene. We just hired rock’n’roll venues because they on the street. I think I read a certain relief in Ferguson were bigger and we were ambitious.” finally telling his story, which few people outside his They were rolling in money, but it wasn’t an easy circle of family and friends know. life. “The cost is you do nothing but work. Between Ferguson becomes emotional when talk turns to shows you sit up late at night and you are writing and Fidler and McDermott. “I disappointed a lot of people rehearsing. Every day off is seen as a rehearsal day, and and I couldn’t tell them why because I was terrified,” he then we’d be busking on the street trying out material.” says. “I didn’t want other people to know. I didn’t want And there wasn’t solace or company to be found in strangers to know. And really I would have been better the affection of their fans – indeed, they didn’t have served delivering the full picture. But I was just so angry traditional groupies. “We had jokeys, we called them,” with it. I didn’t want it to be coming up in conversation he says. “They’re not like groupies because they’re with strangers. That’s why I was so furious.” not sexy. Typical comedy fans are wide-eyed, slightly is DAAS days over, in 1995 Ferguson had a overweight, very high IQs. Comedy is like Star Trek for brief run on Channel Nine’s Don’t Forget Your people with senses of humour. If you want sexy fans, go Toothbrush, a show that sent contestants on to rock’n’roll, because comedy, they are not attractive.” holidays and offered generous prizes including There was a dark cloud to all this fun and success. jukeboxes, drumkits and – yes – a pony. It was an Ferguson started to notice his body responding expensive show to produce, which contributed to it strangely during shows. Sometimes there was shaking being axed after just one 16-week season. or muscles not doing what he wanted them to do. He put “The Allstar constituents were furious. I was doing it down to exhaustion. And when the symptoms kept Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, a show with me in emerging he chose denial as the default male option. bright-purple suits showering money on screaming “It had been around for a long time, they think since I people, blowing up cars just for the hell of it. It was pure was 19,” he says of MS. “Things would just stop working entertainment. There was no double meaning. Nietzsche for a while. Sometimes a leg would be a bit buzzy, was never mentioned once. Playing golf with food.” pins and needles, eyes would go wonky, writing hand He enjoyed fame. “I worked out why I liked being wouldn’t work so well. I always dismissed it, as many famous when things were at their peak, and it’s because people with a condition do, as being something weird I went to nine schools. Someone pointed out to me that again, that this must happen to everybody, and we are that meant you were the new kid eight times before the having so much fun and we just don’t sleep and we work age of 18. I just never wanted to be the new kid ever so hard, well, of course you’re going to wake up and feel again. To walk into virtually any space, here or in the a bit sluggish, or whatever it is. UK, and say, ‘Hi, it’s me’ and people go, ‘I know who you “There were a couple of severe episodes in 1993 on are’. It was a light switched on. That’s what the pathology Doug Anthony tours when we were doing the West End was about. I never have to be the new kid again.” in London, which is not the right time to wake up and Working out his next move, a friend suggested look like you’ve had a stroke. That was when we thought, Ferguson approach RMIT University and offer his ‘This seems to be a real thing now so we better go and services to teach comedy. “(She) said, ‘You’ve got these check it out’. In fact, because it immediately vanished, theories, you should call RMIT, see if you could do a I didn’t for quite some time. Then when it came back I class one night’. I called and they said that luckily the thought, ‘I really must check this out because it seems teacher, Chris Anastassiades, has just left to (write) a to be something’. In the back of my head I thought, Wog Boy film. So it was, ‘Come in spinner’.” ‘whatever it is, I don’t really want to know. I’m a man, He lectures in comedy and screenwriting at the and we don’t want to know what’s wrong with us’. university’s School of Media and Communication. “It would hang around for a week. My leg would go The same friend suggested Ferguson put his theories bung, or my arm wouldn’t lift. I figured, ‘It’s just because
down in a book. “She said, ‘This will shut you up and stop you complaining about what’s wrong with writers’. I had to sit down and quantify a lot of the principles I’d been working on.” How did his students react to a celebrity lecturer? “Some regard me with hushed awe. Others have yet to YouTube me. It’s a divide between who’s sitting up the back saying, ‘Impress me’ and who’s sitting at the front waiting on every word. Teaching is like doing a show because if it’s not entertaining, people aren’t learning.” In his teaching and his book on comedy, Ferguson wanted to “give people practical tools and not analysis about how this stuff works. What are the physics of jokes, the maths of them? I built the course; it empowers the writers to get their heads around this thing that is supposed to be intangible, unknowable.” In DAAS, it seemed the blue sky, the great days, would last forever. “Yeah. Everybody always says yes. Mind you, that can continue if you play your cards right. After a while you start to learn more about the business, which is how you compensate for the fact that you’re not the fresh new thing which the media loves.” Shaun Micallef is the supreme example of successful reinvention. “He has reinvented himself yet again, not only as a producer and a writer and an on-air personality but he’s re-geared his on-air persona,” Ferguson says. “On Talkin ’bout Your Generation he’s not playing a caricature like he was on The Micallef Program, a host who’s definitely not the most, kind of character. Now he’s playing Shaun, and it’s a wonderful thing and the audience is loving him for it. It’s the perfect vehicle for him.”
erguson, 46, separated from his wife five years ago. They have three children, two sons, 21 and 15, and a 16-year-old daughter. “It was hard, as these things always are,” he says of the separation. “Like anything, every day is an adventure. Some days there be dragons, some days we feast with other Tolkien characters.” His MS diagnosis meant he had to develop strategies to give himself “insurance”. “I learnt how to produce, to doing pilots at Channel Nine, working with Southern Star as a freelance silly-idea guy.” Ferguson’s health is good. On some days he walks with the help of a stick, as he does today. “It’s fine. Very easily managed. I’m one of the lucky ones. Repeating and remitting, which means it comes and goes. A wheel falls off every once in a while. It’s not life-threatening. You try and stay reasonably healthy. Everybody’s got something, and if they don’t think they have, it’s because they haven’t worked it out yet. I’ve been very fortunate with this because it hasn’t put me in a wheelchair. Not yet, anyway. I don’t really fear that, apart from the day-to-day annoyance of it.” He has no official connection with MS societies although he’s MCed some MS fund-raising events. “I’m sure the audience figures, ‘He’s got to be here for a reason. He seems perfectly fine, but he must be dealing with it in some way’,” he says. “I don’t want to be a flag bearer. And there are plenty of other things I do gigs for – children with cancer, the Blind Society, all sorts of stuff. Just nothing to do with greenies.” How does he feel having spoken publicly about MS for the first time? “Bit of trepidation, but only in the sense that people will mistake it for something that it isn’t, which is a guiding force in my life, or a limiting force. If anything, I use it as the stick to goad me, to get busy, to do things.” It reminds him that life is short and professional opportunities may not always be there. “The constant reinvention is quickening, and I’m reinventing myself on more than one front.” It’s now cold, and it’s time to say goodbye. We can take some life tips from Ferguson that are not in his book. They are to do with bravery, honesty and grace. \
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The Middle spark
always seems an odd word GastROpub to describe a hotel that serves decent food. Whoever decided to prefix “pub”
with a shorthand word for inflammation of the stomach and intestines was clearly no marketing genius. It always makes me picture green-faced diners streaming out of the main bar clutching their stomachs. There’s little chance of that happening at the Middle Park Hotel, a self-styled gastropub with a kitchen run by Paul Wilson (ex-Botanical, Radii and Quaglino’s in London) and his Botanical alumnus David Marshall. The pair has devised an inviting menu of British and Australian pub-food stalwarts spruced up for the 21st century. You’ll find no hogget offcuts here, only premium Australian meat and veg and a bread-and-butter pudding that already has a devoted online cheer squad. Looks-wise, the grand 1889 pile has been given a facelift by the always-inventive Six Degrees, who’ve gone for a gentlemen’s club feel of oak and maple-panelled walls, a slightly grim chandelier of stacked antlers and a selection of cognacs and eaux de vie on the fireplace mantle. There’s a separate ladies lounge for those craving less testosteronic surrounds. It’s a mark of the faith I felt in the place that I immediately ordered a feast of offal. Not something I do lightly, especially not when a menu promises old-school staples such as prawn cocktail and chicken Kiev and a carnivore’s orgy of old-breed delights. (At weekends the kitchen roasts medieval slabs of belted Galloway, blackface Suffolk lamb and Wessex saddleback.) Etta James is crooning on the sound system as I tuck into a bright-pink plank of ham hock terrine, set in aspic with a heaping of chopped parsley and tarragon. Two fried wisps of pig’s ear rest on top and there’s a crumbed patty of pig’s trotter alongside. The terrine zings with tarragon and shallots and positively pops when teamed with the intensely fruity pickled pineapple piled beside it. The crisp ear bits don’t taste of much but the trotter is rich and pleasant and an inspired match with the mustard-laced celeriac remoulade on the side. It’s a really well-thought-out arrangement of tastes and textures. More full-on but equally enjoyable is the warm salad of offal, a garden of earthy delights including bite-sized bits of cereal-rich black pudding, lamb kidneys, sweetbreads and calf’s liver nestled around a mound of frisee spiked with sliced green apple and capers. The lot rests on two slices of brawn seasoned with sherry vinaigrette, with a smear of salsa verde for extra interest. Such hearty food works up a thirst, which explains
the tRick with OFFal is tO make it lOOk anD taste like Real FOOD
Top left: there are 45 beer taps in the main bar. Main image: The offal salad at the Middle Park Hotel consists of lamb sweetbreads, black pudding, liver, heart, tongue and a dollop of salsa verde. (DARRIAN TRAYNOR)
the encyclopaedic 21-page drinks menu and the 45 beer taps at the main bar. Wines are all Victorian, and for afters (or befores) there’s a page-and-a-half of single-malt whiskies. The trick with offal is to make it look and taste like real food, and the Middle Park kitchen succeeds admirably. A main-course pig cheek is braised to a translucent shimmer with a lid of dark-golden crackling I can’t wait to pillage. Alongside it, on a bed of minty green lentils, lies a slab of garlicky, salty tongue and a Lyonnaise sausage with a strong hammy flavour like a very tasty frank. I wish there was more of it. For sides we succumb to the sound of triple-cooked chips but what arrives is a bowl of so-so wedges. A bit disappointing, we both agree. Likewise, the heirloom tomato salad, a pretty plate of colourful fruits and crumbled feta overwhelmed by the (rather nice) caramelised vinegar in which it’s doused. We don’t try the apricot bread-and-butter pudding because the waitress warns, “It’s another meal, big enough for two.” Instead, we opt for a slimming slice of After Eight chocolate terrine decorated with 24-carat gold leaf and offset with a dense mint cream and salted caramel ice-cream. Perhaps we’ve already eaten too much to fully appreciate the Middle Park’s pudding prowess but, aside from the mint, the flavours seem muted and the chocolate is oddly crumbly and dry. Next time – and there will definitely be a next time – we’ll save room for the real pudding. \
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eat this THE MIDDLE PARK HOTEL Where:
102 Canterbury Road, Middle Park
Paul Wilson and David Marshall
Hip pocket: $80 a head, including modest wine Open:
Daily, noon-3pm, 6-10pm Bar dining: noon-10pm
Highlights: The offal, the emphasis on old-breed meats and Victorian produce; free wireless internet with your beer Lowlights:
Side dishes let down the main events
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We rate it: 8/10
MONk BOdhi dhARMA Where:
rear 202 Carlisle Street, Balaclava
Barista: Tim Crowley Coffee:
Monk Bodhi dharma, guest roasters
Barista’s choice: Syphon coffee recycled timber and pre-loved furniture dominate this pleasant, earthy space hidden from Balaclava’s “places to be seen”. a 1920s bootmaker’s table runs down the centre of the room and antique Singer sewing machine parts have become tables. Tiny box stools made from recycled pine are dotted around the space and cladding from an old mansion is wrapped around the counter. Three coffee grinders, a chalkboard featuring a trio of daily coffees, a collection of filtered coffee devices and a shiny roaster leave no doubt about the worship of caffeine. a well-made ristretto from a house-roasted rwandan Musasa coffee has a crisp acidity and features fruity notes of apricot and plum. Service is relaxed, friendly and intuitive – quite Zen, really. Opening hours:
Monday-Friday 6.30am-4pm; Weekends 8am-4pm
Before Marwin and Kate Shaw opened CAFÉ MBD – their first café – they sought and received advice from some of Australia’s top coffee
professionals. Marwin rattles off a list: Five Senses, Seven Seeds, Auction Rooms and Market Lane Coffee. He and head barista/roaster Tim Crowley also had help from Sydney coffee expert, World Latte Art champion and author Scottie Callaghan. The Shaws named their café after a Buddist monk who brought Zen to China in the early 5th century. According to legend, Bodhidharma fell asleep during meditation and was so angry, he cut off his eyelids – they sprouted and became China’s first green tea plants. The name announces the earnest intentions of this energetic and enthusiastic couple serving sustainable and healing vegetarian and vegan food, single-origin house-roasted coffee and seasonal and single-origin tea. Kate does all the cooking on site. She sought menu advice from Michael Hewstone, of Peace Kitchen, once in Torquay, now in Bali, and the team at Blaze’s Soup Kitchen in Elsternwick. The egg-free menu includes Dharma banana (warm banana bread with lemon ricotta) and Buddha’s bruschetta (with bocconcini and basil) for breakfast, or daily specials such as a seven-vegetable stew and wholesome cakes and muffins. Excellent teas supplied by Somage Fine Foods include an intense, aromatic cascara (the dried outer layer of the coffee cherry) and Ceylon black tea combination, and a golden oolong from Taiwan. Tim Crowley’s self-prescribed BARISTA mission is to educate and inform his customers about coffee. He wants them to “catch the bug”, just like he did.
Barista: Tim Crowley is passionate about great coffee. (darrian Traynor)
Crowley worked at Bookplate Café at the National Library in Canberra and spent the past two-and-a-half years at Auction Rooms in North Melbourne, but says he is still learning, too. He’s operating the three-kilogram Diedrich roaster at this funky new café and working determinedly behind the three-group espresso machine to create coffee nirvana. Although his own caffeinated preference is for a perfectly brewed syphon coffee, he’s occasionally seen punching the air with glee after extracting a top espresso shot. \
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TASTINGS\ DRINK THIS YANGARRA CADENZIA 2008 (McLaren Vale) $28; 14.8% a/v ★★★★
Food match: Slow-cooked rolled brisket
This blend of 41 per cent grenache, 38 per cent shiraz and 21 per cent mouvedre has aromas of plum, cherry, spice, chocolate and a hint of earth. It’s medium bodied and smooth in the mouth with flavours of red fruits, chocolate, pepper and a savoury finish with fine-grained, well-integrated tannins. It’s a beautifully balanced wine with fruit, tannins and acid supporting each other beautifully.
OLIVER’S TARANGA CADENZIA 2007 (McLaren Vale) $30; 14.5% a/v ★★★★
Food match: Beef stracotto
This grenache, mixed with 5 per cent shiraz, is a wine with voluptuous floral aromas of strawberries, rich cherry and tar. For a wine with quite a high alcohol level this is rather light in colour and weight but there are intense flavours of cherry, strawberry and savoury, earthy notes. Its tannins are ripe and drying and there is a long, spicy finish to complete this wine. SAMUELS GORGE CADENZIA 2008 (McLaren Vale) $35; 14.5% a/v ★★★★
Food match: Pork poached in milk (Lomo con leche)
Samuels Gorge: Grenache is back in favour at McLaren Vale.
the onset of cold weather and FOR ME , short afternoons means one thing: slow food. Slow-cooked, rustic meals using
few ingredients that spend hours in a single pot to develop rich flavours are my idea of heaven. And there are clearly plenty of like-minded people out there judging by the popularity of slow cookers these days. Just like the revival of the crockpot and pressure cooker, a band of McLaren Vale winemakers is trying to reinvigorate a forgotten grape from Australia’s past: grenache. First planted here in the 1830s, grenache was a key component in Australia’s fortified wines and was planted until the 1950s, when we started drinking shiraz and cabernet sauvignon as still table wines. Many of these old bush vines still exist in the Barossa and McLaren Vale, where they produce luscious, textured wines with rich fruit and spicy notes. They are wines that can stand up to the rich, comforting flavours we seek on our plate each winter. Grenache also lends itself to blending with shiraz and mouvedre, and in France’s Rhone Valley it’s made its name in exalted places such
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as Chateauneuf du Pape and the more affordable Cotes du Rhone appellation. In Australia, grenache-based wines are often labelled as GSM (grenache shiraz mouvedre), with shiraz adding polish and mouvedre adding backbone to produce what I think is an underrated style of wine. A few years ago, some of the guardians of these old grenache vines in South Australia’s McLaren Vale launched the Cadenzia range of premium grenache-dominant wines to put the grape back on the map. The name is based on the musical term cadenza, which refers to a section of a concerto when the orchestra stops playing, leaving soloists to improvise and express themselves. And these wines certainly have their own personalities. To be certified as a Cadenzia, the wines are made from 100 per cent McLaren Vale grapes and must be approved by an independent tasting panel. So next time you pull out the slow cooker and improvise with the ingredients, which is what I tend to do with slow cooking, go for a wine that will help turn your meal into a virtuoso performance. \
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GEMTREE CADENZIA 2008 (McLaren Vale) $25; 15% ★★★★½ Food match: Chorizo and butterbean stew. This blend of grenache (60 per cent) with equal parts of tempranillo and shiraz has complex ripe fruit aromas of raspberries, cherries, redcurrants and a little spice. It’s light in colour but has rich, mouth-filling flavours of strawberry, blood plum, raspberry and pepper spice. It’s a wine of real finesse – smooth in the mouth with a rich and textured palate, fine, grippy tannins and considerable length.
This straight grenache treads a fine line between being an elegant wine and a powerful, ripe wine without putting a foot wrong. It smells floral and rustic at the same time, with a spread of scents including red and dark cherries along with earthy spice. It tastes of red fruits, including cherries, with a lovely minerality and some spicy, gamey notes and a long finish. D’ARENBERG CADENZIA 2006 (McLaren Vale) $25; 14.5% ★★★½
Food match: Rabo de Toro – oxtail stew Made up of almost equal parts of grenache (48 per cent) and shiraz (45 per cent) and a small amount of mouvedre (7 per cent), this wine has a deep, dark red colour and floral scents including red berries, tar and spices. It’s lighter on the palate than the colour and aromas would suggest, with juicy flavours of stewed plums and red fruits. It is finished off with fine drying tannins and a long, savoury finish. 5★ OUTSTANDING 4★ REALLY GOOD 3★ GOOD 2★ OK 1★ NOT WORTH IT
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is that doggy in the window? In 2010 How mucH the new accessory is NOT the latest Prada bag, Hermes bracelet or Balenciaga pumped heels with the patent toe, nor is it that Tiffany around-the-world tennis bracelet – it is something that needs domestic care 24/7. Yes, it is the barking pooch. This ball of fluffiness is easy to love with its turned-up nose and sparkling eyes that say, “Love me because I am always here for you and I am in season just like all your other accessories.” What does all this mean? This week we investigate which famous puppies have the best deal. Who is the most loved, groomed, spoilt pooch on the block? \
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I flew from Sydney-New York ... one thing I always do – you have to ask nicely – is request a Neil Perry steak sandwich (on the menu up the front of the plane). Sometimes they smuggle me one.
My fiancé Rebecca likes making tacos on Tuesdays, but otherwise I make a lamb roast dinner with way too much mint sauce, roast potatoes and peas.
I get spoilt in the clothing department because the team at Channel Nine usually sources my clothes.
People tell me they like my good manners. That was something instilled into me by my dad.
I get grumpy when someone moves something on me in my office.
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Hello Bit Bit! Cute and cuddly, Bit Bit has many brothers and sisters. It must be wonderful to wake up every morning and decided which little puppy will hit the media spotlight. They are all puppyrazzi immune!
She may be rich, but money doesn't buy you unconditional puppy love. Cute and cuddly, this puppy must also be strong like her mistress. She must obey her every request. Dogs of the world don't mess with her!
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Your majesty, your puppies are ready. They have been bathed, brushed, blow dried, combed, primped and are ready for the gardens. These corgis are defiantly born with a silver spoon in their mouth, which dates back as far as the 16th century. No cut-off meats for these pups!
With all the celebrity parties, paraphernalia, early morning Maccas and intoxication, I'm sure this puppy has been lost or forgotten about. This dog obviously needs to be resilient and self-sufficient in order to cope with the stresses of Hilton's lifestyle.
"Sometimes when a man's alone, that's all you've got is your dog. They've meant the world to me." Although Mickey Rourke's new pal is a pomeranian, any man who has a deep affection for all things chihuahua is not going to get any argument from me!
I am shocked that Dame Elizabeth's gorgeous white pooch has not yet swallowed any of her diamonds! She is a true lap dog, not allowed to trespass on any common ground. She must remain with her leading lady at all times.
Z s A Z s A G A BoR If I had a dog, it would be a Zsa Zsa dog. A beautiful poodle all clipped and ready to go to all the dog shows and beauty pageants. She would be an Oscar-winning poodle, always in the spotlight for her visual performance.
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I work a lot of Saturday nights, so it’s a treat to have one at home with the family and play cards. I love not having to wake up at 4am (to start work at the Today show).
I love hardware and stationery stores. I could spend hours at Bunnings.
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loves a compliment, especially when somebody notices a bracelet, necklace or brooch you’re wearing and asks the inevitable question: where did you buy that? What’s more, we all like to know we’re wearing something original and less likely to be spotted on the shelf at a department store. Hunting for original jewellery via word-of-mouth recommendations and arts-and-craft markets where emerging jewellers are often selling their goodies is a popular way to buy these days. And let’s not forget the online drawcard of etsy.com, where a thriving online community of artisans sells original items including jewellery pieces from around the world. Many Australian jewellery makers are setting up their own businesses selling online, via blogs or in independent clothing shops around the city and its fringe. French-born, Melbourne-based Estelle Dévé is a new designer who caught our eye this week. Her clever jewellery pieces pay tribute to the concept of the space opera – fusing celestial themes with science fiction; inspiration also coming from music and film from the 1970s. Her third collection, titled A Fall to Earth, teams earthy crystal formations with a retro twist – she uses organic metal and black leather to make her bold statement in earrings, bracelets and angular necklaces. Her work is simple but effective and adds oomph to a T-shirt-and-jeans scenario. Sarah Heyward, who works from the Nicholas Building in Melbourne, says her jewellery is inspired by urban landscape and architecture. She incorporates gold with rough uncut diamonds and sapphires with mild steel, explaining that this makes a statement about nature as well as industrial undertones. Her black ring (which recalls a domino piece) is elegant and charming in all its rustic glory. We love the earrings that show signs of chisel strikes on each piece that allow the fine gold and silver to mesh between the grains of raised steel. Skye Campbell is Pink LouLou – a jewellery label she launched in October last year that has already been noticed by Miranda Kerr and Sophie Monk. We love her signet ring, which is bold, stylish and sexy. The Tasmanian-born and now Sydney-based artist also creates a cheeky Map of Tassie necklace which is all part of her tongue-in-cheek approach. She works in sterling silver, 22-carat gold and nine-carat gold. Her quirky collection is stylish, defies trends and makes a perfect accessory for a day or night outing. We’re also loving Melbourne-based jeweller Christianna Heideman’s Damselfly label, which has just launched a sexy gothic glamour range for winter titled Black Magic Woman. Heideman works with organic materials – think ink black, rust, pewter and burnished gold when it comes to her earrings, bracelets and neckpieces. The pieces are bold and make a sweeping statement. Stones are always the centrepiece in her work – she loves pyrite, stibnite, fossilised shell, specularite and black obsidian star. The pieces are chunky and emphasise the raw beauty of stones. If you want to get back to basics, you can’t dismiss the earthy touch of A Skulk of Foxes, run by Melbourne designers Natalie and Andrew Cirillo. Hot for winter is their Fallow necklace, which is made from Tasmanian oak, acrylic and sterling silver. The couple cherish all things folk art and rely on forest animals and old fables for inspiration, always mixing nostalgia with original design. Their experience in fashion and 3D animation has been the foundation of their mystical collection – they make adorable brooches, too. \
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called Jacques who told the novelist he adored Britain “because it was so exotic”. De Bernieres remembers: “I was dumbfounded and asked him what he meant. He replied that if he went to Germany, or France, or Belgium, or Holland, they all seemed the same.” But Britain, Jacques explained, was like a huge lunatic asylum. “On reflection,” writes the author of the 1995 bestseller Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, “I realised that I had set so many of my novels and stories abroad, because custom had prevented me from seeing how exotic my own country is.” De Bernieres addresses this stumbling block in Notwithstanding. Set in the fictitious, eponymous Surrey village – a village not unlike the one in which de Bernieres grew up – the book is a collection of chapters about the curious individuals who live in the town. There’s Mrs Mac, the spiritualist who continues conversations with her husband long after his death; Robert, the boy from the housing estate who achieves the unthinkable when he catches the much-coveted Great Girt Oike from Mrs Rendall’s pond; and the evolution of the Famous Notwithstanding Wind Quartet. And “the village’s last peasant with his lips like kippers, his thick yellow nails, his rolling Surrey accent”. Writes de Bernieres: “In these stories I celebrate the quirky people I remember.” It has been a big month for quaint English villages in My Bookshop. We have sold many copies of Notwithstanding, while two newer books centered around life in rural Britain – Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand and Mr Rosenblum’s List – have also been popular.
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I’ve loved the simplicity and poetic journey of Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog. The dominant narrator, Renée, is a widowed concierge in her 50s who who describes herself as a “a permanent traitor to my archetype”. She is a superbly crafted character who provides insight and intelligence inside the movement of her everyday Parisian life. While I grappled with the isolating and lonely language in the begining, the story opens and ends in a truly beautiful way.
the afterword to his recently published short-story IN collection Notwithstanding, British-born writer Louis de Bernieres recalls once meeting a French artist
Tales of exotic Britain Both Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, and Mr Rosenblum’s creator, Natasha Solomons, are first-time authors. Both women have their own experiences and memories of English country life. And although the writers have created very different characters and settings, their books share themes such as loneliness and melancholy, acceptance through friendship and village connections and the noble
qualities of those who live in small-town communities. All three books whisk you away to an exotic part of the world. And at this time of year, as the cold weather closes in, the fire’s lit and a night’s reading stretches before you, this is a very good thing indeed. \
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Each week The Weekly Review invites readers to take part in our online book club. This week we’re looking at The Australian Ugliness by Robin Boyd and the issues it raises about Australian architecture, design and town planning. Go to www.theweeklyreview.com.au and follow the book link to join in.
THE CARDTURNER by Louis Sachar $24.99 (Bloomsbury)
“No one’s going to read a book about bridge,” US author Louis Sachar was warned by his friends and family. Thankfully, he refused to listen, and the result is a delicate story about teenager Alton Richards whose summer holiday job is to drive his great-uncle Lester to his bridge club several times a week. Uncle Lester, who is feeble, blind and very wealthy, insists Alton become his cardturner. Alton becomes hooked on bridge and learns as much about life as he does about cards.
STARTING OVER by Tony Parsons $ 24.99 (HarperCollins)
It was only a matter of time before Detective George Bailey’s overworked and underfit body gave out. But when his ailing heart is replaced with one that belonged to a 19-year-old, no one could predict the change in his physical and mental state, least of all his wife and their teenage children. British novelist Tony Parsons has a reputation for witty relationship dramas that feature confused men at their heart. His new one will not disappoint.
UNPLAYABLE: AN INSIDE ACCOUNT OF TIGER’S MOST TUMULTUOUS SEASON by Robert Lusetich $35 (Simon and Schuster)
FOOTPRINTS IN PARIS by Gillian Tindall $34.95 (Pimlico)
It’s a brave writer who takes on one of travel and historical literature’s favourite and most overworked subjects, but Tindall attacks the history of Paris with real vigour and fresh eyes. Tindall presents new views of Paris via a cast of real-life historical characters, including a young doctor who walks from Edinburgh to the French capital at the time of Napoleon’s downfall, a 19th-century British businessman who trades in Paris, and Julia, who makes a post-war pilgrimage to the city her mother knew so well.
Following his fall from grace, biographies of Tiger Woods are starting to appear. We recommend this one because (a) the author is a respected journalist who spent months shadowing his subject (b) Lusetich started working on this long before Woods’ indiscretions hit the media and (c) it cleverly reminds us that no matter how great they are on the field, athletes’ egos can be vulnerable and unstable. The author also raises pertinent questions about Woods’ future: will he realise his dream to become the world’s greatest golfer before time runs out?
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MOvie MOtheR and Child liMited Release fROM June 17, Ma 15+ Like director Rodrigo Garcia’s 2005 film Nine Lives, there is the feel of an anthology to Mother and Child. Again, his focus is on the fairer sex as we experience motherhood from three very different, isolated perspectives. Annette Bening’s Karen is middle-aged and bitter, haunted by the daughter she gave up for adoption 37 years ago. Naomi Watts’ Elizabeth is similarly resentful, determined to avoid emotional attachment and, eschewing motherhood herself, entirely devoted to a wonderful career. It isn’t immediately spelt out, but a little mathematics solves the mystery of the connection between these two women. On the sidelines, Kerry Washington’s wannabe mother Lucy finds the adoption process to be fraught with emotional pitfalls. All three stories eventually connect in a surprising and satisfying manner, but Garcia takes his time getting there. He seems happy for his narrative to sprawl while he sensitively picks apart the joy and the damage of adoption, for mother and child alike. A tad overlong, the film is driven by three subtle and sympathetic performances, with Watts notably bringing warmth to an icy character.
MusiC the dRuMs \ the dRuMs (MOshi MOshi) the MORning BendeRs \ the Big eChO (ROugh tRade) Crikey, it’s cold. Perfect timing, then, for two releases from another hemisphere, to remind us of distant summers past and future. Brooklyn group the Drums arrive on a wave of hype but don’t disappoint. Sounding something like the Smiths on a surfing safari, fans of alt-pop should rejoice. Heaven knows, if Morrissey wasn’t so miserable, he might have made music like this. Still, there’s more than a whiff of darkness disguised as pop delight, as opener Best Friend unfolds as an utterly danceable elegy to a dead friend and Me and the Moon is a perky knees-up about a failing relationship. Heartbreak has never been this much fun. There are also less-complicated moments of pure sunshine. Let’s Go Surfing is a thrilling, joyful toetapper, as appealing to landlubbers as our salty-haired friends. While the album’s production might recall the ’80s, its spirit belongs to ’60s beach blanket bingo. There is as much of the Beach Boys here as
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TV The Gruen Transfer aBC 1, Wednesday, June 16 Returning for a third season, this successful panel show is the sort of program Australian TV needs more of. Taking a comic look at advertising in the company of marketing gurus, the show is one of very few that turn the camera back around on the media industry. Between this and Media Watch, there’s room for more regular and incisive analysis of our televisual output – British critic Charlie Brooker’s series Screenwipe would provide an excellent template. Gruen certainly isn’t perfect. The point might be that we’re getting an insider’s view of advertising and being let in on trade
The latest record from Brisbane collective the Gin Club swings madly and wonderfully from straightforward classic rock (single Rain doing Crowded House better than Neil Finn does these days) through psychadelic stomps to country folk hymns. Like a CliffsNotes guide to four decades of Aussie rock, the album promises great things for its launch this weekend. Gin Club gigs can be a trifle chaotic as instruments and microphones swap between their seven or so members, but given these tighter-than-ever tunes, this tour is the perfect time to catch them.
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secrets, but at times it all feels a little smug and self-congratulatory. This isn’t helped by the audience’s annoying habit of clapping whenever anyone says anything vaguely amusing, as if this were not a panel show but a second-rate American sitcom. An informed perspective from people outside the industry could tone down the smugness and ratchet up the tension already simmering between adman rivals Todd and Russell. For his part, Wil Anderson continues to be a likeable host, despite – or perhaps because of – a line in dad jokes that would have most fathers feeling a little disappointed in themselves. As the voice of the common man, he grounds a show that could otherwise be a little too cerebral for mainstream fare. \
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There’s a new kid in town. it’s taking on a firmly entrenched competitor, one that has enjoyed its local monopoly for quite some time and isn’t best pleased about a territorial dispute. it has not been easy; the newcomer has grown from an idea and a oneroom operation into one of the most talked-about developments in Melbourne. but that’s enough about The Weekly Review; this is football. This is the A-league’s newest team. And this is the story of …
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t’s a blustery Thursday morning in Bundoora, and Melbourne Heart FC head coach John van ’t Schip is leading his charges on their last training session before the World Cup. Their numbers are painfully few; not all of the club’s players are in attendance, and until last month, they didn’t even have enough for a starting 11 and a full complement of substitutes. A flurry of transfer activity in May has seen the club beef up its roster, most notably with ex-Australian international Josip Skoko and towering Dutch forward Gerald Sibon. But these are not players signed in haste; this is a red-and-white jigsaw assembled piece by painstaking piece, and the club has covered a great deal of ground to get to this point. It all started with a simple desire to be involved in the beautiful game. Before he became chairman of the Heart, Peter Sidwell approached his future counterpart, Melbourne Victory’s Geoff Lord, to try to buy a stake in the city’s first A-League club. His attentions were rebuffed, but the bug didn’t go away. When the A-League was founded for the 2005-06 season, its eight original members were given five-year exclusivity guarantees. When discussions over a second licence for a Melbourne-based club came up, Sidwell threw his hat on the pitch once more. “Sidwell, (telecommunications mogul) John Ilhan and (ex-Football Federation Victoria chairman) Manny Galanos really had a vision to be involved in the second A-League team,” says Heart CEO Scott Munn. “They worked on that project for the last three years; during that time, John Ilhan passed away, Peter continued on as the chair and was the driving force to secure the licence.” As well as Galanos, the Melbourne Heart board is stocked with footballing expertise – Joe Mirabella has been involved in football with his much-beloved Brunswick club on and off the pitch, and Michael Catalano (cousin of TWR publisher Antony) has been on the boards of various state league clubs.
Above: Jason Hoffman, Matt Thompson, John Aloisi and Wayne Srhoj in Heart colours. Right Melbourne Heart head coach John van ‘t Schip’s brings an impressive playing and coaching pedigree to the club. And no, he doesn’t carry a football everywhere.
Rounding off the cast are property developer David Kobritz and Andrew McManus Presents general manager Patrick Prendergast, a potpourri of skills that proved good enough to win the bid – and to impress Munn, as well. “It was a fantastic presentation, and it convinced me to come and join them,” he says. “It was very detailed and clear as to the strategy they needed to adopt for success, and the club sticks very true to the principles that were in that submission. One of those principles is that we leave the game in a better place than when we found it.” It sounds altruistic, but it’s a philosophy perfectly embodied by the Heart’s coaching team. The club scoured Europe for a certain type of coach, a type that could instill the traditionally Continental attributes of technique and skill in Australia-based players. With that in mind, the club’s first head coach is John van ‘t Schip, a Dutch international winger who played under the tutelage of the legendary Johan Cruyff at Ajax Amsterdam. His two assistants are ex-Ajax, Manchester United and Denmark winger Jesper Olsen and Ante Milicic, another widely travelled ex-Socceroo. Olsen has been living in Australia since 2003, working as a scout. This collective pedigree is impressive, and SBS pundit and provocateur Craig Foster cannot help but be excited about the calibre of the new breed of coaches in the A-League. “The first five years of the A-League were all about players, unfortunately – spending on marquee players and imports. But football people like myself kept screaming that the first brick you put in a football wall is a top-class coach, because that sets the tone for everything that happens at your club,” he says. “I think (Sydney FC head coach) Vítězslav Lavička was the first really top-quality imported coach in the A-League – we’ve had a lot of rubbish in the first five years, from overseas – and with a squad he didn’t select he won the double in his first season. That shows you the importance.”
Foster says that the Heart’s coaching set-up is the reason the club is able to attract quality players. He describes the club’s roster as the perfect mix – experienced current and former internationals such as John Aloisi, up-and-coming Australians with big futures and quality imported players. And what does he think of van ‘t Schip? “The experience of the man in football is beyond question. When it comes to his coaching, he has, from what I remember, quite limited experience,” says Foster. “But that can make it an excellent choice, because the Melbourne Heart may well be – and I hope they are – investing in a coach who is very much on the rise, who has the quality, the experience and the ambition, and he can express that with the Heart.” Munn describes the combination of the club’s coaching team and its recruitment of technical players as a football purist’s dream, but he is equally enthusiastic about the other aspect of the Heart’s approach – growing the game of football in Australia. The club’s coaches attend a minimum of three Victorian Premier League games each week, scouring the local clubs for talent and establishing ties with them. On top of that, each player that the Heart signs is made aware of the club’s community responsibilities and their obligations. As the club’s general manager for development Sue Crow says, it’s part of the deal. Crow comes to football with no small pedigree. She was the first woman to be appointed in a developmental capacity with the AFL, and she had also been involved in the start-up of Netball Victoria’s Melbourne Vixens. Crow is in charge of the Heart’s community aspect, which is a sprawling ambit indeed. But she’s proactive by nature – it was Crow that approached the Heart for a position, to find that her skills and their plans dovetailed nicely – and that’s just what the role needs. “We plan to add value to the community with everything we do. The board has invested heavily in this aspect of the club,” she says. “At the moment I’m out there just talking to lots and
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lots of different groups. But I’m starting to hear the same thing from different groups; for example, the African community has some particular issues that I believe we as a club can help with.” Crow explains that the African community does not believe that its talented or gifted players are able to develop fully in Australia, as they lack the required networks and finances. The club will also run coaching forums and courses for coaches at every level, including discussions with the Heart’s staff. “We also want to be able to help club coaches, in
particular parents that are out there coaching on the weekend. By using our coaching expertise and our sports-medicine expertise, we hope to be able to run some programs that will help coaches and help clubs.” On top of that, the Heart is also trying to engage with the indigenous and Indian communities, the latter boosted by the presence of Indian international defender Gouramangi Singh on trial with the club. There is a also a project to develop women’s football in conjunction with the City of Darebin, work in
here are a few things you need to know about John van ‘t Schip. The first is that he spent a large chunk of his childhood in Canada, where hockey almost proved more enticing than football. The second is that he was a massive star in Holland, where he earned the moniker of “Handsome Johnny”. And the third is that he made his debut for Ajax Amsterdam in Dutch master Johann Cruyff’s comeback game. “I was sitting on the bench and watched him score. Then it was time to come on,” he says. “The first ball I received was from Johann – he made me take on a defender, I had to go one on one, and he tackled me. That was my first action as a professional footballer.” Cruyff had been training with Ajax’s youth team, which provided him with a first-hand look at some of the club’s new blood. That crop of youngsters also included Marco van Basten, who would go on to become one of the world’s most feared strikers and, with van ‘t Schip at his side, coach Ajax and the Dutch national team. But Cruyff and van ‘t Schip would also form a bond off the pitch. When van ‘t Schip suffered a potentially career-ending back injury, Cruyff didn’t just pick up his friend’s mother and drive her to the hospital – he was in the room when the surgeon operated. “As a player, he could do unbelievable things, but even as a person and a coach he was very inspiring,” says van ‘t Schip. Cruyff was the heart of the 1974 Dutch team, which played scintillating football en route to that year’s World Cup final, before losing 1-0 to Germany, but not before winning the world’s hearts with their swashbuckling performances. Therefore, the idea that van ‘t Schip may be looking to deliver similar football in Melbourne is tantalising, and his answer doesn’t disappoint. “It’s in my blood. I was brought up like that,” he says, adding that his recruitment policy was similarly influenced. “The main thing is having control over a game, and if you want that you have to have ball possession and you have to have players who understand and read the game well, and we have recruited players who are capable of doing that.” Van ‘t Schip is no stranger to change; his playing career also included a four-year stint at Genoa in Italy’s Serie A, where he would first meet an 18-year-old triallist named John Aloisi. He signed for the Heart, in fact, on his first trip to Melbourne. His wife Danielle immediately liked the idea, and his children, Davey, 19, and Estelle, 17, will soon join him here. “I thought it would be good to start directly, because there was a lot of work to be done and a lot of games to see. I’ve seen it grow, from the players to the people in the office – it’s already a big club in just a few months.” And was it the degree of control he was afforded that drew him to the Heart? “I think that’s one of the things that attracted me. Because the club is new your blueprint can be more what you like it to be,” says van ‘t Schip.
approached by Peter Sidwell, and I liked what the Heart was going to offer the community,” Mirabella says. “I can see the A-League expanding to 12 clubs, and having two metropolitan teams in Melbourne will mean that those clubs can get support from all of Victoria.”
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disadvantaged communities with the Victoria Police Soccer Club and community football clinics in regional areas from Bendigo to Geelong. “Having a second team in Melbourne is really exciting, and I think we could do things differently. Victory have been the benchmark, and they have been a fantastic club, so to be competing with them in the Melbourne market is a real challenge,” says Crow. But while local clubs have welcomed the Heart’s advances with open arms, there has been one strident voice of opposition – Melbourne Victory chairman Geoff Lord.
s the Victory’s five-year exclusivity clause came to a close, Lord – who declined to be interviewed for this story – became increasingly vocal in his opposition to a new club. He has predicted racial tensions between the clubs, called for any new club to be located in Cranbourne or another outer suburb and has pithily dubbed it the “Melbourne Heartless”. Munn refuses to be drawn on the subject, but Lord has raised some extremely valid points. Does Melbourne have enough of a supporter base for two football clubs? Where will those new supporters come from? And how will the two clubs’ fans respond to each other? “Melbourne is, of course, a very strong AFL city, but it is also a huge football city, and the history of the game of football in Melbourne is extremely strong,” says Foster, rattling off the names of clubs from South Melbourne to Brunswick Juventus. “So I would argue that the future of Melbourne is football. There’s absolutely enough support for two clubs, and I wouldn’t be surprised in time if there was enough support for three, with one probably in Geelong, western Melbourne or the Malvern area.” John Aloisi, in fact, has been approached on numerous occasions by fans that are keen to watch both teams. “People who love the game that much are happy to watch an A-League game every week. Yes, there will be fans on either side that hate the other team, but those that love football will come to both,” Aloisi says. While this may well be the case, there’s certain to be some spice. The red versus blue colours of the local derby represent an almost tribal rivalry, one that is present from Manchester to Moscow via Milan, and now Melbourne. Various Victory supporter groups had yet to respond
to requests for an interview by deadline, but a thread on the Melbourne Victory’s community forum website sums up the attitudes of a subset of fans. Its title? “Melbourne Heart Fans – Post here (and get f---ed)”. Further fanning the flames is the defection of prominent businessman Joe Mirabella, who has withdrawn the sponsorship he extended to the Victory to buy a stake in the Heart and take up a spot on its board of directors. “There was nothing personal about the decision. I was
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Above: Sue Crow says: “Victory have been the benchmark ... competing with them in the Melbourne market is a real challenge.”
ith all the world to choose from, it seems quite unusual that a Melbourne-based club would look to traditional rivals Sydney for their first big-name signing. On top of that, John Aloisi had just captained Sydney FC to the most successful season in their history, winning the A-League title and the championship to complete a double. As SBS’ Craig Foster explains, capturing Aloisi was the perfect way to put a respectful face on a club looking to emphasise its integrity. “John is not just an iconic footballer, he’s a gentleman,” says Foster. “He’s an intelligent man who speaks well, is a tremendous family man, and his conduct and integrity are first-class.” The Weekly Review caught up with Aloisi just before he left for England to study for his UEFA coaching licence, and opened with the burning question: why would he leave a double-winning team for a new club that’s just starting out? “It’s exciting times in Melbourne – it’s the first time the league has a city with two teams in it,” says Aloisi. “I also looked at the coach. John van ‘t Schip has such a great CV.” Aloisi has signed a one-year playing contract with the Heart; at the end of the season he will hang up his boots and take over the reins of the club’s youth team. On the topic of leaving Sydney, he says it is never easy to leave
o the Heart will have no specific catchment area; it’s casting its net wide, and Munn says there is no intention of cannibalising fans. “From our perspective there are over 300,000 real fans in Victoria that are consuming the game many different times in many different ways, whether watching Fox Sports or going to the VPL,” he says. Today, the Melbourne Heart inhabits a warren of rooms and passageways in the rather incongruous setting of La Trobe University’s Technology Enterprise Centre. Along with the Victory, they will play their games at AAMI Park, but it is Bundoora that will house the club’s, well, heart. The club is working with the university to establish a football precinct that would be available for the team as well as the surrounding community and local clubs. Munn politely declines to reveal details of how much this joint investment will cost or the exact figure that has been poured into the Heart thus far, but says that it is “in the tens of millions of dollars”. The club is also well aware of the figures it needs to ensure viability – 7500 members for this year – but Munn is confident that the club is on track. “Are we equipped? Yes. Do we expect to make money in the first year? Certainly not. In fact, we don’t expect to make money in the second year, but what we are doing is setting up for the future,” he says. “One of our directors, Michael Catalano, says his investment isn’t for him now, it’s for his grandchild Matthew in 30 years’ time. And that’s what this is about, putting in place the building blocks to ensure the long-term viability of the club.” Their successful cross-town rival has blazed a trail for them to follow, and the Heart’s approach is looking to instill a sense of belonging, of ownership, in fans all over Victoria. More importantly, the club is establishing a system and a style that is designed to outlast any of its founding members. “We’re trying to establish a new club with a good footballing philosophy, but also one that involves the community and tries to get everyone committed to each other,” says van ‘t Schip. “In 10 years’ time there might be a totally new administration and trainers, maybe even the board might all be different, but the philosophy – that’s important. That has to live on.” \
a club, but that he will “move on quickly”. There was some well-documented mutual dissatisfaction toward the end of Aloisi’s time with Sydney FC; the club’s parting shot was to claim that he might be too fragile to last the rigours of another A-League campaign. “Well, they have to say something because I didn’t want to stay there!” says Aloisi, laughing. He makes all the right noises about playing as many games as possible and going out a winner with the Heart, adding that the club has signed “standout players, good players that can make a difference”. Apart from new signing Josip Skoko, Aloisi also name-checks Matt Thompson, along with his former clubmates Clint Bolton and Simon Colosimo. And what sort of reception are the three ex-Sydney boys expecting from the Melbourne crowd? “Well, we’d get a good reception from the Heart fans, but not such a good one from Victory fans,” he says, laughing once more. “People on the street have been very happy to see me in Melbourne, they’ve been very welcoming. I realised Melbourne was a sporting city, but I didn’t realise just how sporting it was.” “I can’t wait. Everyone in Melbourne will be looking forward to it. There’s a good rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne, but I can only imagine what it will be like between the two Melbourne clubs.”
BRUSSELS SPROUTS (Brassica oleracea)
These buds have had a bad press for years and are remembered by many a baby boomer as over-boiled, grey blobs. Grow your own, pick when small, slice finely and stir fry with a little ginger, garlic and soy and this much-maligned vegetable will take on a new persona. Sow in seed trays and plant out in four to six weeks, spacing plants 45-60 centimetres apart or pick up some punnets from your local nursery and plant them out now. They are frost-hardy and need cold weather to bring out their flavour. Mix them with other plants to confuse pests, such as aphids, that are partial to them. Mulch your beds well to help the soil retain water and if it is dry, water your sprout plants deeply when water restrictions allow. You will be able to harvest sprouts in 12-13 weeks (from September to October). MUSTARD GREENS (Brassica juncea)
Also called mustard lettuce, these do not do well in summer heat, so winter is the time to establish a good crop. Sow directly into garden beds for greens to add zing to stir fries and salads from August. Over the next three months sow about 10 seeds at a time. In a month’s, time thin out the weakest four seedlings and sow another 10. Repeat the next month. This will ensure you have a steady supply through until October. SPRING ONIONS (Allium fistulosum)
Even the tiniest city garden or balcony should have space for a pot of spring onions. They can be grown year round and will reward you with a steady supply for salads, omelets, stir fries and a multitude of other dishes. If growing in garden beds, sow direct, then thin the seedlings to encourage the strongest to grow. Spring onions mature in 8-10 weeks in summer and 12-14 weeks winter. If you are growing them in a pot, use a premium potting mix, make sure the pot drains well and water deeply every other day. If you buy a bunch of spring onions at your greengrocer and only use a few, plant the rest in a pot of potting mix and water them in – chances are they will grow, rewarding you with an ongoing supply. SHALLOTS (Allium cepa)
MARY RIEKERT explains the best of the best for planting veggies in June. Cold, foggy mornings and short days make most Melburnians retreat indoors, but now’s the time to be sowing the winter vegetables that thrive in our cooler months. While our northern hemisphere counterparts have to sit out their winter months poring over seed catalogues and hoping they have an early spring, we have the luxury of two growing seasons. Winter means greens – cabbages, broccoli, brussels sprouts, bok choy, lettuce … all vegetables that enjoy the cold weather and that, if left to grow in our warmer months, will bolt rapidly (go to seed). As always, make sure you dig over your beds and add lots of organic manure and compost. If you are growing veggies in pots, use a premium potting mix that will contain moisture-retaining ingredients and the correct nutrients. Most veggies need at least half a day of full sun, so position your beds or pots accordingly.
SPINACH (Spinacia oleracea)
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For the city gardener, shallots make more sense that trying to raise a crop of onions, as shallots are a multiplying onion and per square metre will deliver more bang for your buck. Shallots are grown from small bulbs on the main plant and, once established, you can keep a supply going by saving a few bulblets each year and replanting them the next. Like garlic, shallots grow in clusters with a head composed of multiple cloves. Water well if the winter is dry but in the summer, as the leaves begin to wilt, allow them to dry off. Harvest in about 15 weeks and keep a few for your next planting. Dry the bulbs in the sun for a few days and then store in a cool, dry and dark place and use as required This vegetable really is a winter crop in Melbourne. Many nurseries offer spinach and bok choy seedlings for sale in some of our hottest months, but if planted out, these will bolt within weeks leaving you with stringy, bitter leaves. Spinach is packed with antioxidants and a long list of vitamins and is a welcome addition to winter dishes. Sow directly into garden beds or pots and thin to grow plants 20-30 centimetres apart. Water deeply several times a week if the winter is dry. Succession sowing will provide a supply through the winter months. If you don’t want to grow from seed you will find spinach seedlings in your local nursery now. Unfortunately snails love spinach, so you may want to use a beer trap to keep them at bay. Take a foil pie dish or a saucer and place it near seedlings, fill it with beer and retire for the night. Snails cannot resist beer and will drown in it. If you do want to use snail bait, make sure it is made from bran and iron phosphate, which is not harmful to pets and wildlife. RHUBARB (Rheum rhabarbarum)
Rhubarb is a slightly old-fashioned plant but it offers unlimited culinary opportunities. WARNING – rhubarb leaves are poisonous and should NEVER be eaten. Most nurseries will have rhubarb crowns in stock in winter. These should be planted out as soon as possible in a rich soil with good drainage. If you have heavy or clay soil, your rhubarb is probably better off being grown in a pot. Rhubarb needs a cold winter and prefers cool summers. If you can find a sheltered bed where the plants receive morning sun, but have full afternoon shade in summer, you have the ideal spot. On warm days water deeply when restrictions allow. Succession sowing: For gardeners with limited space, it’s best to sow small amounts every month. If you sow a few seeds of snow peas, peas, rocket, radish carrots, beetroot and lettuce this month, and a few more next month, it will ensure you have a steady supply of these veggies into spring. \
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“iF i did it again, i WoUldn’t change a thing.” rosa coy – architect
ou don’t have to be an architecture buff to love this house. The award-winning house – it won the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Award for Residential Architecture in 2003 – had admirers and prospective buyers queuing at the front gate at its first open for inspection last Sunday. Rosa Coy and George Yiontis, of Coy Yiontis Architects, designed the three-bedroom, three-bathroom house with two living rooms, as their family home. Built in 2001 and inspired by 1950s American architecture, this house has not dated. As Coy says: “It’s contemporary, functional, minimalist and timeless. There are no architectural tricks. I think the link to the outdoor spaces give it the feeling of spaciousness.” Spot on. It is also an advertisement for the architects. They have done what architects are supposed to do – create a distinctive, workable and stylish design that makes best use of the available space. The house is on a triangular block. The couple demolished an old house and have made fantastic use of the tight site. A high brick fence shuts out the street on two sides. Behind it, a series of courtyards and a first-floor terrace provide the open space. Windows and doors open to
the courtyards and show just what a well-thought-out property this is. There is so much more to indoor-outdoor living than just whacking in a wall of bi-fold doors. Coy and Yiontis used wide sliding doors to open the house up to the outside. There is also masses of hidden storage. “Storage is really important with children,” says Coy. The family, now with four children, is leaving because they have outgrown the house. “I’ll be really sad to leave it. If we did it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing,” says Coy. The entry is through a pretty courtyard with a potted lemon tree. Once inside, a wide pivot door leads you to the living room, which has a wall of bookshelves; on another, there is an open fireplace with a built-in vertical wood store. A wall of windows looks out to the courtyard with its high creeper-clad wall. A seat, which extends along the base of the windows, is beautiful and warm, thanks to the hydronic heating underneath it. Just around the corner from the living room, the study or office has a skylight for natural light and a built-in desk along two walls. Back near the entrance again, another pivot door opens into the living and dining room. This room also features wide glass doors that slide open to the courtyard. Clever features include the built-in sewing cupboard; the powder room, with a shower, that opens from the
BENNISON MACKINNON, 9864 5000 15 Woodstock Street, St Kilda East Auction: June 26 at 1.30pm Price:
$1.05 million $1.15 million
Fast facts: Award-winning house, three bedrooms, three bathrooms (en suite) office/study, light-filled interiors, terrace, courtyards, open fireplace, hydronic heating, abundant storage, one minute to Carlisle Street.
ST KILDA EAST
6 KILOMETRES FROM THE CITY CENTRE
Left and above: The living room features an open fireplace and a wall of bookshelves.
wall of storage; and a bench seat that fits in a niche in the storage wall. The kitchen, open to the dining room, has an island bench with stone top and soft-closing drawers beneath it. Along the back wall of the kitchen a long stainless steel bench has the oven and cooktop at one end and double sink at the other. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open from the kitchen/dining zone to the courtyard, again with the space well utilised. A designer sandpit is in one corner, a shed is in the point of the triangle, and a seat and barbecue along the wall that abuts the neighbouring house are features. More surprises are in store upstairs. The main bedroom, with windows to the mid-point of the outside wall, is flooded with natural light. There is a wardrobe on another wall, and an en suite where the shower has a full glass-ceiling skylight. The family bathroom is large with another shower and separate bath. Two bedrooms and a laundry are off the upstairs hall. The larger of the two bedrooms has a full-length desk along one wall and plenty of space for two beds. The smaller bedroom also has a built-in desk and a door to the upstairs terrace. Recognised by fellow professionals for its design and admired by many others, this gem of a house shows no sign of losing its lustre. \
Top right: The kitchen has an island bench with a stone top and soft-closing drawers. Left: The house was built in 2001 and inspired by 1950s American architecture. Below: The pretty courtyard and its slender silver birches.
It is one of Melbourne’s more diverse neighbourhoods with a prominent Hasidic Jewish community descended from Polish and Russian immigrants. The residential area is much quieter than St Kilda, its more upbeat and bohemian neighbour. Carlisle Street is a vibrant shopping strip with cafés, butchers and delis, many with a distinctly eastern European and Russian flavour. It is also the home of Glick’s famous bagels. The Carlisle Street Bazaar is a relatively new addition to the street and Lava Café is one of its hottest spots. Check out Gattica for wood-fired pizzas and an all-day breakfast menu; Las Chicas for street chic and a trendy crowd, not to mention a huge breakfast menu.
How this suburb has moved: Houses up by 33.2 per cent from March quarter 2009 to March quarter 2010.* REIV stats
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Wild weather did not deter enthusiasts at the open for inspection at this elaborate Edwardian house. It has grand rooms, high ceilings, northern light and al fresco entertaining, making it a house for all seasons.
JELLIS CRAIG, 9818 2222 95 Barkers Road, Kew Auction: June 26 at noon
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Price: $1.8 million + and two bathrooms are off the central hall, as is the study. The main bedroom with its en suite is upstairs. The spacious informal living/meals zone and kitchen are filled with natural light and overlook a paved terrace beside the pool. This house is also in a great position, one of a select few that back onto Foley Reserve. The tram is nearby, as is one Kewâ€™s top eateries, Barkers, and several schools are a short walk away.
Developer Michael Di Pietro and his family are quitting Kew for the high-life. Di Pietro is about to start a multimillion-dollar development in Richmond called Cubo. The family is selling this Edwardian house in Barkers Road and will move into a multilevel penthouse in the development. The elaborate house has an impressive mix of formal and informal entertaining areas, a northfacing garden with swimming pool and gazebo, which has built-in seating and a barbecue. A dramatic facade has a central timber arch leading to the verandah, a doorway flanked by leadlight panels and a corner bay window and tower, all set beneath a Marseilles tiled roof. Grand entertaining rooms include a billiards room with pressed-metal ceiling, open fireplaces and bay windows. Three bedrooms
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MARSHALL WHITE, 9822 9999 in conj. BENNISON MACKINNON 9864 5000 48 Stuart Street, Armadale Auction: Saturday June 26 at 11.30am Price: $1.7 million +
Armadale couple Alex Muir and Pete Sherlock are downsizing to spend more time in the country and get a smaller city base. Their renovated, extended Victorian home off High Street is much bigger than first appears. It has a formal sitting room with bay window, dining room, bedroom and bathroom off the hall, while the extension houses a full-sized laundry and open-plan kitchen overlooking the informal living and meals area. Highlighting the depth of this block, the house opens to an al fresco entertaining area, and then a large back garden with a swimming pool. Unlike some Victorian houses, this one is filled with natural light. Upstairs, the main bedroom has a large bay window, a balcony overlooking the garden and an en suite bathroom. There is also another bedroom and a study/fourth bedroom upstairs. With shops, cafes and transport at the end of the street and a park and tennis courts just around the corner, this is one very convenient location.
KAY & BURTON, 9820 1111 75 Caroline Street, South Yarra Auction: June 19 at 11am Price: $2 million +
WOODARDS, 9826 0000 G01/505 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Auction: June 19 at noon Price: $2.27 million +
MELBOURNE Joggers, business people, empty nesters or those who simply want a swish address with a park over the back fence could warm to this new townhouse. The park in question is Fawkner Park and the fence is high enough to guarantee privacy but still allow views of the trees. The position is a stunner and so is the three-bedroom, three-bathroom, double-storey townhouse – one of only three on the ground floor of this new apartment block designed by architect Karl Fender, of Fender Katsalidis. The townhouse, on the north-east corner, has a spacious wraparound courtyard that is accessible from the living areas. A powder room and study are near the entrance and a full-sized laundry is tucked away out of sight. Three bedrooms, each with an en suite, are upstairs. The main bedroom has views over Fawkner Park. Quality finishes include white marble kitchen benches and Gaggeneau appliances and mosaic tiles in the bathrooms. Add the pool and gym, concierge and basement parking for three cars and the package is complete.
SOUTH YARRA This house is terrific – a Georgian home, one of the oldest houses in the middle of Victorian South Yarra. Although there is no record of its construction date, it clearly appears on a map of Melbourne and its suburbs in the mid-1850s. The house, which is classified by the National Trust, has a typical Georgian doorway opening to the street, deep mouldings around the door and semicircular fanlight above it. The Georgian era ended in 1833, but this architecture is pure Georgian, based on the Georgian pattern of building from pre-gold rush days. Renovated and extended, it has an entry hall that is also a library, stocked with well-thumbed books, two bedrooms with open fireplaces – the main has a walk-in wardrobe and en suite – a third bedroom or study and open-plan living and dining room, which opens to the north-facing, high-walled courtyard. The kitchen, which has a bathroom and laundry nearby, overlooks the living areas. The vendor, who has owned the house for more than 20 years, says it is very happy home for people who have scaled down from larger family house who don’t want stairs. “The singlestorey thing is very important,” he says. The beauty of this house is that despite renovations, original features such as the iron-rail fence and flagstones on the verandah remain, as do the internal fanlight windows. The list of interesting owners, going back to 1861, includes a harbourmaster, a clergyman, a chemist, a member of the Goldsbrough family of wool brokers and, as recently as the 1970s, a cooking-school owner.
WHERE TO LIVE\ AGENTS’ CHOICE
Fletchers Canterbury 9836 2222
Marshall White 9822 9999
18 Warrigal Road, Surrey Hills ................................................................. Price: $1.25 million - $1.35 million ................................................................. Auction: Saturday June 26 at 1.30pm .................................................................
4 Eamon Court, Kew ................................................................. Price: $1.8 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday June 26 at 1pm .................................................................
Nestlebrae is a c1880 Italianate villa, restored and extended with many original features retained. It is spacious with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a powder room and entertainment and living areas. Let's eat lunch @ Acorn Nursery, 673 Canterbury Road Let's eat dinner @ Flame Greek Tavern, 486 Whitehorse Road Let's drink coffee @ Watts Cooking, 147 Union Road
Designed in 1964 by Graham Gilchrist, this solid-brick residence has been recently refurbished, providing stunning light-filled contemporary spaces to enjoy now, with scope to extend later if desired. Let's eat lunch @ The Boulevard, 121 Studley Park Road Let's eat dinner @ Barkers Wine Bar, 84 Barkers Road Let's drink coffee @ Studley Park Boathouse, Boathouse Road
FLETCHERS, 9859 9561 21 Dean Street, Kew
Price: $1.6 million - $1.8 million Auction: June 19 at 1pm
Built in 1895, this Victorian is an absolute charmer. Its drawing room is a remnant of the days when men would withdraw for port and cigars. Today, double doors serve to make it an extension of the formal dining room. Bay windows let in lots of light and warmth, and there are marble fireplaces for the colder days. The house’s highlight, however, is a perfectly executed extension to the rear of the house. Not only does it expand the kitchen, it adds a large family area that provides views of (and opens onto) the garden. That’s a good thing, as the vendors have lavished care and attention on all the greenery; there are rows of succulents and a weeping mulberry. Well worth a look. \ HARI RAJ
Jellis Craig Glen Iris 9809 8999
Woodards Hawthorn 9818 3456
Marshall White 9822 9999
Noel Jones Glen Iris 9885 3333
53 Linda Crescent, Hawthorn ................................................................. Price: $2 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday June 26 at 1pm .................................................................
53 Empress Road, Surrey Hills ................................................................. Price: $1.3 million - $1.49 million ................................................................. Auction: Saturday July 3 at 1pm .................................................................
4 Myoora Road, Toorak ................................................................. Price: $2 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday June 19 at 10.30am .................................................................
78 Macgregor Street, Malvern East ................................................................. Price: $800,000 - $880,000 ................................................................. Auction: Saturday June 26 at noon .................................................................
This gracious Edwardian residence in Grace Park Estate offers stylish family accommodation with scope to further renovate/extend (STCA) to take full advantage of the northerly rear with pool. Let's eat lunch @ Laurent Boulangerie Patisserie, 703 Glenferrie Road Let's eat dinner @ Rococo, 797 Glenferrie Road Let's drink coffee @ Tribe Cafe, 727 Glenferrie Road
Surrey Hills is known for its charm and for being ideally suited to raising children. This beautiful house is located in one of the most highly sought-after streets in the area.
Comprehensively and stylishly refurbished, this classic art deco Marcus Martindesigned c1930s house combines elegance with stunning contemporary style set in this exclusive Toorak address.
Let's eat lunch @ Watts Cooking Cafe, 147 Union Road Let's eat dinner @ Chef's Tandoor, 492 Whitehorse Road Let's drink coffee @ Cafe Eden, 78 Maling Road
Let's eat lunch @ Treat, 736 Malvern Road Let's eat dinner @ Romeos, 450 Toorak Road Let's drink coffee @ Mana Cafe, 603 Toorak Road
The perfectly preserved, comfortable three-bedroom house on the leafy Macgregor Street corner creates a time capsule that takes one back while simultaneously projecting fantastic potential going forward. Let's eat lunch @ Jutz Blue, 395 Wattletree Road Let's eat dinner @ China Village, 1901 Malvern Road Let's drink coffee @ Chaucer Cellars, 155 Burke Road
Bennison Mackinnon 9864 5000
Jellis Craig Balwyn 9830 5966
Kay & Burton South Yarra 9820 1111
Marshall White 9822 9999
6/1A Washington Street, Toorak ................................................................. Price: $550,000 - $600,000 ................................................................. Auction: Saturday July 3 at 11.30am .................................................................
48 Macgregor Street, Malvern East ................................................................. Price: 1.6 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday June 26 at noon .................................................................
1/112-116 Leopold Street, South Yarra ................................................................. Price: $2.8 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday July 3 at 11am .................................................................
8 Ventnor Street, Chadstone ................................................................. Price: $1 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday June 19 at 3.30pm .................................................................
A corner position complements the sparkling spaces and city views of this classical, comprehensively updated, twobedroom apartment.
This elegant, immensely spacious modern house is an enviable find in a picturesque tree-lined street close to Ardrie Park, Waverley Road and city tram.
Elegant, contemporary street presence, outstanding finishes and rich Robert Mills design detail make this Botanic Gardens courtyard apartment a truly rare commodity.
Let's eat lunch @ Quaff, 436 Toorak Road Let's eat dinner @ Oritas, 34 Jackson Street Let's drink coffee @ Kanteen, 150 Alexandra Avenue
Let's eat lunch @ L'Olivo Restaurant, 171 Waverley Road Let's eat dinner @ Le Petit Bourgeois, 330 Waverley Road Let's drink coffee @ Red Rhumba Cafe, 98 Waverley Road
Let's eat lunch @ Bacash, 175 Domain Road Let's eat dinner @ The Botanical, 169 Domain Road Let's drink coffee @ Café 181, 181 Domain Road
Significant Victorian residence exquisitely transformed by meticulous renovations. It offers formal sitting and dining, study, CaesarStone kitchen, four bedrooms, landscaped garden and double carport. Let's eat lunch @ Chez Maria, 13 Eaton Street Let's eat dinner @ Nights of Kabul, 39 Portman Street Let's drink coffee @ Caffe Vini Sputini, Shop B 142, Chadstone Shopping Centre
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Private sale If your pulse beats in time with the city, then this is the penthouse for you. Melbourne is your neighbour; the central business district is just walking distance away, the lights and entertainment of Crown Casino are just across the road, and nearby Southern Cross Station provides easy access to almost anywhere you like. As you would expect, the penthouse provides stunning views of the city and the water, with floor-to-ceiling windows in the north-facing living and dining areas making the most of the building’s elevation. The private study faces the same direction, and there’s also a barbecue area on the al fresco terrace. The building also offers facilities such as a gym and a pool, along with two parking spots and a 24-hour concierge. \ HARI RAJ
Hocking Stuart Hawthorn 9944 3888
152 Balwyn Road, Balwyn ................................................................. Price: $1.4 million - $1.5 million ................................................................. Auction: Saturday June 26 at 11.30am .................................................................
50 Hotham Street, East Melbourne ................................................................. Price: $9.5 million + ................................................................. Private Sale .................................................................
Set in mature, easily maintained landscaped gardens facing Winmalee Road, this imposing c1938 double-storey brick residence has outstanding period detailing, stunning living areas, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Let's eat lunch @ Meg's Cafe, 266 Whitehorse Road Let's eat dinner @ Jazz Ria, 228 Whitehorse Road Let's drink coffee @ Maple Cafe, 292 Whitehorse Road
One of the largest residences in East Melbourne on approx 1027sqm, this exceptional six-bedroom, four-bathroom Victorian is the ultimate inner-city family home. Includes pool, lodge and garage. Let's eat lunch @ Café on Albert, 90 Albert Street Let's eat dinner @ Geppetto Trattoria, 78A Wellington Parade Let's drink coffee @ George Street Café, 65 George Street
2602/80 Clarendon Street, Southbank Price: $1.8 million - $1.98 million
Marshall White 9822 9999
Fletchers Canterbury 9836 2222
HOCKING STUART, 9944 3888
Jellis Craig Balwyn 9830 5966
Marshall White 9822 9999
Kay & Burton Brighton 9592 6522
61 Wheatland Road, Malvern ................................................................. Price: $2 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday June 19 at 10.30am .................................................................
19 Logan Street, Canterbury ................................................................. Price: 2.3 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday June 26 at 2pm .................................................................
80 Lumeah Road, Caulfield North ................................................................. Price: $3.5 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday June 19 at 10.30am .................................................................
70 Spray Street, Elwood ................................................................. Price: $1.4 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday June 26 at 11am .................................................................
Nestled in one of Malvern's most coveted family-focused precincts, this beautiful c1908 Edwardian offers the perfect blend of period elegance and contemporary family style. Let's eat lunch @ The Living Room, 12-14 Claremont Avenue Let's eat dinner @ Maris, 15 Glenferrie Road Let's drink coffee @ Sugo, 105 Wattletree Road
Nestled in this leafy Maling Road precinct, Babinda (c1907) merges exquisite Federation character and seamless contemporary comfort for an exceptional family lifestyle. Let's eat lunch @ The Maling Room, 206 Canterbury Road Let's eat dinner @ The Wildflower Restaurant, 1 Theatre Place Let's drink coffee @ Cafe Eden, 78 Maling Road
Mortgagee in possession. Setting a new benchmark in family luxury, the sheer scale of this spectacular contemporary residence situated in Caulfield's most coveted street is breathtaking. Land area is approx 1060sqm. Let's eat lunch @ Kinch Fine Food, 98 Hawthorn Road Let's eat dinner @ Chez Olivier, 256 Glen Eira Road Let's drink coffee @ Caffe Uffizi, 53 Hawthorn Road
Superbly renovated single-level residence with a wonderful mix of indoor and outdoor spaces in the heart of cosmopolitan Elwood. A great lifestyle option. Let's eat lunch @ Zartowa, 114 Ormond Road Let's eat dinner @ Sails On The Bay, 15 Elwood Foreshore Let's drink coffee @ Blue Tongue, 62 Ormond Road
RT Edgar Albert Park 9699 7222
Marshall White 9822 9999
Buxton Sandringham 9598 8222
Jellis Craig Balwyn 9830 5966
207/50 Dow Street, Port Melbourne ................................................................. Price: $795,000 ................................................................. Private Sale .................................................................
36 Rubens Grove, Canterbury ................................................................. Price: $2.5 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday June 26 at 2.30pm .................................................................
477a Beach Road, Beaumaris ................................................................. Price: $1.4 million ................................................................. Private Sale .................................................................
58 Foley Street, Kew ................................................................. Price: 1.5 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday June 26 at 2pm .................................................................
Enjoy magnificent water views in this new two-level warehouse-style apartment in the ZINC complex in Port Melbourne. Only one block from the beach and walking distance to the trendy Bay Street shopping precinct.
Totally transformed by architects Ascui Edwards, this timeless 1930s residence has interiors of grand proportions, state-ofthe-art appointments, indoor-outdoor entertaining and is positioned in one of Canterbury's most appealing avenues. Let's eat lunch @ The Maling Room, 206 Canterbury Road Let's eat dinner @ The Wild Flower, 1 Theatre Place Let's drink coffee @ Cafe Eden, 78 Maling Road
On approx 509sqm, this elevated threebedroom, 2.5-bathroom house has a better-than-Beach Road, bay-view position fronting Banksia Avenue. It has gracious living on two levels, a Smeg kitchen, main spa-bathroom and double garage. Let's eat lunch @ Vincents Restaurant, 468 Beach Road Let's eat dinner @ Siam Spicy, 473 Balcombe Road Let's drink coffee @ CafĂŠ 38, 38 East Concourse
Wedmore c1903, preserves the heritage of the Edwardian era. This residence is framed by enchanting gardens and has been restored and seamlessly extended.
Let's eat lunch @ Vanille Bay, 78-92 Bay Street Let's eat dinner @ Pier Hotel, 1 Bay Street Let's drink coffee @ Noisette, Bay Street
Let's eat lunch @ La Q, 223 High Street Let's eat dinner @ Barkers Wine Bar & Bistro, 84 Barkers Rd Let's drink coffee @ Studley Park Boathouse, Boathouse Rd
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Saints be praised, writes MARIA HARRIS.
St Kilda Football Club director John Gdanski and former Saints defender Max Hudghton are two of the names behind this development. Hudghton, who played 234 games, retired last year, but had already got his builder’s licence to prepare for life after footy. He now runs his own construction company, which built this property in this quiet Brighton cul de sac. The double-storey house, designed by architect Edgard Pirotta, wins on luxury and low maintenance. “It is an ideal home for a family with teenagers,” says selling agent Sam Paynter. With its striking curved central detail including curved windows and upper-level balcony, the cement-rendered house echoes the grand art deco era. It also scores top marks for zoned living, with four living areas – formal and informal living and dining downstairs – and an upstairs living zone. There are north-facing courtyards from the formal and informal living, and upstairs the living room extends to a large
HODGES, 9596 6066 2/7 Gratham Court, Brighton Auction: June 19 at 1pm Price: $2.6 million + terrace. Each of the four bedrooms has its own CaesarStone en suite. The kitchen, which has thick stone benchtops, travertine tiles and Miele appliances, overlooks the informal meals and and living zones. There are all sorts of high-end fittings and fixtures – from the linear slot diffusion heating and air-conditioning to imported Italian light fittings, self-closing doors, ducted vacuum and the zoned security system. There is basement parking for three cars. The Martin Street village, schools and the beach are all nearby. \
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Bennison Mackinnon 9694 5000
Fletchers Balwyn North 9859 9561
Jellis Craig Ivanhoe 9490 2900
Marshall White 9822 9999
75 Aberdeen Road, Prahran ................................................................. Price: $850,000 - $930,000 ................................................................. Auction: Saturday June 26 at 12.30pm .................................................................
31 McConchie Avenue, Kew East ................................................................. Price: $1.1 million - $1.2 million ................................................................. Auction: Saturday June 26 at 4.30pm .................................................................
22-24 Longstaff Street, Ivanhoe East ................................................................. Price: 1.85 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday June 26 at 1pm .................................................................
17 James Avenue, Kew ................................................................. Price: $800,000 + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday June 26 at 11.30am .................................................................
Instantly engaging and desirably positioned three-bedroom, two-bathroom Victorian offering inviting spaces and substantial entertainment deck.
In the desirable Woolcock Estate, this rendered-brick California bungalow has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, formal and family living areas, an al fresco entertaining area and large double garage with tandem carport. Let's eat lunch @ Krave Cafe, 85 Willsmere Road Let's eat dinner @ Ocha Japanese, 156 Pakington Street Let's drink coffee @ Xocolatl, 11 Strathalbyn Street
Superb, contemporary, family lifestyle domain with spectacular views, heated pool and landscaped gardens. Formal/ informal living, dining, gourmet kitchen, four bedrooms (BIRs/en suites) and master retreat (WIR/en suite). Let's eat lunch @ Floyd, 111 Upper Heidelberg Road Let's eat dinner @ Barrio, 77 Upper Heidelberg Road Let's drink coffee @ Laurent, 139 Upper Heidelberg Road
The stunning profile of this outstanding three-bedroom, two-bathroom townhouse projects enviable lifestyle success on a compact landscaped allotment with views, deck, rooftop terrace, cellar and auto garage. Let's eat lunch @ Fred Young of Kew, 204 High Street Let's eat dinner @ D'Estivo, 330 High Street Let's drink coffee @ Carpark Cafe, 4/26 Princess Street
Let's eat lunch @ Amici Bakery Cafe, 424 Chapel Street Let's eat dinner @ Vin Cellar, 212 High Street Let's drink coffee @ Cafe Orange, 599 Church Street
KAY & BURTON, 9592 6522 3/9 Glyndon Avenue, Brighton Price: $4 million + Auction: Expressions of interest close June 21 at 5pm.
BRIGHTON The amount of care and craft put into this townhouse is simply astonishing. Architect Jon Friedrich and his interior designer wife, Ros, have designed some of the most luxurious residences in Melbourne, and this is a worthy addition to that legacy. Every appliance, fitting and convenience has been thoughtfully and tastefully incorporated, whether it’s soft-closing cupboards in kitchens and bathrooms, self-timed sprinklers in every planter or the main bedroom’s slide-out shoe cabinets in its walk-in wardrobe and a heated floor in its en suite. And it would be remiss not to mention the spectacular roof deck, which is connected to the kitchen via a dumbwaiter and has great views of the bay and the city, which are even better at night. The building has just four apartments, and is on one of Brighton’s most private and pretty cul-de-sacs. \ HARI RAJ
MARSHALL WHITE, 9822 9999 9 Dalgety Street, St Kilda Price: $1.9 million + Auction: June 19 at 2.30pm
ST KILDA Built in 1865, this Victorian terrace has been renovated to great effect. Inside, it’s all fourmetre ceilings and American oak parquetry, illuminated by a central lightwell. There is a sitting room and a dining room as you walk in, and a spacious family/meals area towards the back of the house. A study area and the main bedroom are directly above this area, on a sort of mezzanine, along with a private balcony. Up another small flight of stairs are two more bedrooms, both with built-in wardrobes. Across the deck, separate from the main house, is a double garage with a surprise upstairs – a carpeted studio, with room enough for two desks, a television and reception areas and even a bathroom. Dalgety Street is also a great location – it’s a private cul-de-sac, which is walking distance to Fitzroy Street and St Kilda Beach. \ HARI RAJ
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AuCtion CAMPAiGn: HoW to stRuCtuRe A PRe-AuCtion oFFeR Hello, my name is Mal James, I am a buyer agent and this week we are at Boheme, in Coppin Street, Richmond, continuing our pre-auction offer discussions. Mal: So, still love 106 Chrystobel? Helen: Absolutely. Lyndon: We have looked at the risks versus rewards we outlined two weeks ago and we still want to make a pre-auction offer. Helen: Two long blacks and a latte ... Mal: Let’s look at specifics, then. Lyndon: Great! When should we offer? Mal: Not before we have completed more due diligence. Helen: You mean get a building inspection? Mal: Yes, but it’s more than that. What about a contract? Making an offer before we have that is not in your best interests. Lyndon: Why? Mal: In Victoria, you cannot sign a legally binding sale-of-land contract without it being in writing. Lyndon: So …? Helen: So, if we make an offer now without the contract, then the seller cannot agree, even if they wanted to, and all we are doing is giving other
potential buyers the luxury of time to get themselves organised at our level. Lyndon: Hey, Mal, what about a two-hour deadline offer? Let’s stick it to the agent. Mal: That is an option. But even if the offer is ridiculously high, I’m not sure a two-hour deadline maximises your chances of success, for three reasons: 1. Most, but not all, selling agencies now have in place written methods of handling pre-auction offers, including notification of other buyers and, usually, but not in all cases, a minimum 12 or 24-hour period between offer and acceptance. This is not a legal requirement but many selling agencies adhere to it. 2. A good working relationship with the selling agent has its advantages, and this type of unannounced two-hour offer can make him or her look bad. So, even if the selling agent begrudgingly recommends acceptance of our two-hour offer, the seller may now have diminished trust in the agent because he gave no warning. When trust is diminished, inaction is heightened. This means no deal for you. 3. Selling is just as emotional as buying,
and this sort of pressure can often force a vendor to reject the greatest of offers because the time frameframe is simply too tight for their neurons to connect the dots, and therefore they don’t act and your offer is not accepted. Helen: We find the agent less than helpful. Mal: Why don’t I ring the agent and arrange a coffee? I think it would be good to know if the sellers would consider an offer beforehand. If it’s a messy divorce or a deceased estate, a decision before auction may be impossible and all our talk now is moot. If the sellers are just thinking about selling but want an auction irrespective, then all our pre-auction offer will do is raise the stakes on what we may have to pay come auction day. A good offer that wasn’t accepted is rarely a positive for the offer-maker in this circumstance. Alternatively, a good pre-auction offer may be well received if the seller has already bought elsewhere. Why not ask the agent before we offer? Helen: And what else should we ask? Mal: If you have other buyers, what will happen next? Will you come back to me, just sell if it’s a higher offer, have a boardroom auction, or a blind tender?
Helen: Will they tell others what our offer is? Mal: In a nutshell, yes. First, they obviously need to advise the seller and, if it’s acceptable, then most companies notify all other sales staff that an acceptable offer has been made and, pending no better offer, it will be sold to the buyer who has made the offer within a short period of time. After that, a competent and ethical selling agent would ring around all other buyers who have expressed interest and tell them. Lyndon: Surely there will be leaks. Mal: They certainly will know roughly what they have to beat. Helen: I’m not so sure now that a pre-auction offer is the right way to go. There seem to be a lot of pitfalls and we haven’t even got to price. Mal: The second or third week of an auction campaign can be just as good a time – sometimes an even better time – to offer pre-auction than the first week. I’ll have a coffee with the agent, Michael, and listen to his take on things and report back. Mal JaMes James Buyer advocates www.james.net.au
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