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ang on to your green wedges, there’s another metropolitan planning strategy on its way. Almost 10 years after Melbourne 2030 we are to have a new state government plan to manage metropolitan growth, boundaries and corridors. But what is this mob planning to actually do? To genuinely take account of growth and to manage that in a sustainable way? To take on the naysayers who resent all types of development anywhere near them even while they mouth the platitudes of wanting to see affordable housing? To strenuously insist on the need for federal government support to plan for and build the transport, water and utilities infrastructure that this city sorely lacks? Any of this? Anything? Hello? While my default position is ordinarily that of Pollyanna (optimistic to a fault), I’m feeling decidedly blue about this one. I was one of many who thought that there was really not much wrong with Melbourne 2030 that a decent amount of political backbone couldn’t fix. Having come up with a vision to throw a cordon around the perimeter of Melbourne – meaning growth had to be inwards and upwards – the previous government seemed to lose all nerve in the face of some resident and transport action groups who didn’t like the idea of higher density in their neck of the woods. That plan demonstrated, in my view, a perfectly reasonable comprehension of the reality of this city’s growth,
but the political and financial will to actually fund the transport needs – public and private; the school, parkland and long-term infrastructure needs just didn’t seem to be there. It doesn’t help that successive federal governments don’t seem to see such plans as part of nation building (that is, part of their business). Instead, they leave it to piecemeal planning subject to the increasingly intense vagaries of individual political fortunes and community backlash. Happy days. At a recent forum put on by the Municipal Association of Victoria that considered the possibilities that such a new plan could include, these vagaries were made very clear. The pressure for expanded development is high. But what gets lost in the economic rush is some of the precious food-growing land at our city’s edge, which would ensure our food security for the next century. If the great next expansion is westward towards Geelong, as it seems to be, whither the growing lands of Werribee and its surrounds? If e-tailing is going to keep developing as the retail of the future, how do we expect all those goods to be shipped to our front door, without paying for it with crowding on our freeways, roads and even local streets? The “ubiquitous white vans”, as Rose Elphick from the Victorian Freight and Logistics Council calls them, that represent 70 per cent of freight traffic but carry only 10 per cent of the goods, are eating our city, and we ordered them.
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When urban planner Andrea Sharam blithely queried why one wouldn’t put an eight-storey building into the “hole in the ground” that is Camberwell station, half the room gasped in shock, and my heart sank. So this is what another attempted vision at long-term planning for our city is going to descend into again? Yet more selfish squabbles about “Not in My Backyard”. The state government is receiving submissions now, but before you leap onto your email and start objecting to six- and eight-storey buildings, or underground tunnels anywhere near your suburb, stop for a moment. Think about the spread of this city, the sustainability of this city and think about the before and after of this city. Go back in your memory as far as you can and compare the Melbourne that was with the one that is now. And for all the political failure on making public transport better, or ensuring the longevity of water, gas and electricity infrastructure, or of helping to build more sustainable communities, this city is now, I would argue, a far more invigorating, interesting, and enlivening place to be than it ever was. More people will be coming, whether you like it or not, to continue that life. Think hard about the best way we can all live together well when they do. \
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incredible... “They preTTy much have noThing in Their liTTle lives, yeT They always have smiles on Their faces and They look aT me as This superhero.” - breTT lee
t’s morning and a warm breeze blows up the squalid main street of Govandi, bringing with it the stench of Mumbai’s largest tip, Deonar. But there is something else in the air today. Excitement is building and, before long, a crowd of hundreds is jostling with the rubbish trucks in the street outside a humble shop front. Inside, a fresh-faced blond man from Australia sits cross-legged on the floor with a group of children who live alongside the tip. Together, they are jamming on instruments and bantering effortlessly in Hindi. This is the Brett Lee that India knows and loves. To Australia, he is a leading cricketer with a boy-next-door charm. To India, he is a hero. But today he is also a philanthropist and he is at Govandi as part of his new not-for-profit foundation, Mewsic, helping disadvantaged children throughout India. The first project for his foundation has been a community music centre at the tip. The centre, stocked with donated instruments and run by paid tutors from the local community, offers singing and vocal groups, a dance program and instrument lessons for the children who work at the tip. “These kids are incredible,” Lee says. “They pretty much have nothing in their little lives, yet they always have smiles on their faces and they look at me as this superhero. Their reaction to the centre was brilliant; they gave me a big hug and we sang and danced. It was a really emotional moment. “I didn’t want this to be about me and just putting my name to a charity. I wanted to be involved with the kids and thought it would be wonderful to bring some hope into their lives through music.” Hope is a rare commodity at Deonar, which is a dumping ground for the rubbish of 22 million people. Many of the children at Deonar scour the tip each day in a desperate search for items to eat or sell. “They are called rag-pickers,” Lee says. “And they spend their days sifting through the rubbish, grabbing handfuls of anything they think might be important.” Those who don’t work at the tip are paid meagre wages to embroider clothes in the slums nearby. The narrow alleys are home to hundreds of small clothing factories, and the Indian law against child labour is non-existent. “There is a chain in India and these kids are at the bottom of it,” Lee says. “It is very sad to see and has a big impact on you the first time you visit.” While not-for-profit organisations work to provide basic necessities to the poverty-stricken in India, Lee wants his foundation to offer a bright spot in the children’s lives and give them an opportunity to express themselves in nurturing environments. “Music is a wonderful form of expression and hope,” he says. “I want the centres to be sanctuaries and to
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give the children a taste of what it’s like to be in a classroom, so this can be a stepping stone in their lives, a path to further education.” Of course, Lee is not the first Australian cricketer to fall in love with India, and he’s not the first to offer support. Lee’s Australian Test skipper Steve Waugh in 2003 was named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his charity work at an Indian orphanage. Like Waugh, Lee’s desire to help the children of his “second home” is genuine and his scope is wide. At least 10 music centres will open across Mumbai before the end of the year, with the second already open in India’s largest slum, Dharavi, where more than a million people cram into 173 hectares. “Another 25 centres are planned for other parts of the country in the next 12 months,” Lee says. “And I don’t see why we can’t have 100 of these centres around India.” But the foundation’s plans do not end there. This year, it has joined forces with The Music Therapy Trust to work with young people who have suffered the trauma of war in the conflict state of Kashmir, where the rate of depression has escalated in people under the age of 25. Together, they are training locals in clinical music therapy. Another project includes songwriting workshops for young people affected by prostitution, child labour and child marriage. With the help of the Australian-based organisation MusoMagic – founded by Chocolate Starfish frontman Adam Thompson – the workshops
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will encourage young people to express themselves by writing, choreographing and performing their own songs. The first workshop was held in September, when more than 100 children from the Dharavi music centre came together with Lee to pen and perform a song. This song has since been picked up as the campaign song for an initiative between PAN (People and Nature) India and international music channel Vh1. “Music is such a powerful outlet,” Lee says. “You can tell your story and open up through music. It has helped me through many tough times in life, and I want disadvantaged kids to have the opportunity to heal and learn and grow from all that music can offer.” For Lee, Mewsic is clearly a source of great pride. It’s an endeavour that has earned him the praise of the Australia India Business Council, which officially recognised his contribution to building relations between the countries at a dinner in New South Wales. He has been involved in charitable work in India and Australia for more than a decade. He was the ambassador of Deakin University’s India research institute and helped work on its water filtration and sanitisation research program in the country. Lee won many hearts in the cricketing world in 2004 when he escorted a 14-year-old cancer patient to the Allan Border Medal ceremony as part of his work with the Make a Wish Foundation. He and his brother, Shane, also support the Adventist Development and Relief Agency. “I have so much in my life,” Lee says. “If I can do something for someone else, whether it’s just taking a minute to sign an autograph, then I will try to do it.” A father of one, Lee sees Mewsic as his way of giving something back to the country that has embraced him as one of its own. With a speed befitting a pace bowler, he has become one of the most marketable figures in the world’s second-most populous country. Already, he has been involved in a host of ventures there, ranging from modelling and a clothing line to a hit album and a Bollywood film role. And whether it’s being chanted at an Indian Premier League (IPL) match or screamed at by a mob whenever he appears on a crowded street, Lee’s name is on everyone’s lips. But ever the modest, knockabout boy from Wollongong, Lee says any feeling of adoration is mutual. It’s an adoration that has brought him to the country more than 50 times in the past decade. Lee’s love affair with India started in 1994, well before his Test debut in 1999, when he was asked to tour the country with the Australian under 19s. “I was still living at mum and dad’s and had never
Hope for a better life: Children from Deonar tip, Mumbai. (top left). Up for a challenge: Brett Lee playing beach cricket in Goa (left). (Courtesy of Brett Lee)
even left the place where I was born,” he recalls. “Suddenly I found myself in this hot, hard, massive, crazy country, and all I could think was ‘amazing’. The feeling stayed with me long after I got back from that first visit.” He is now a regular presence in the country and is often accompanied by his son, Preston, 5. Lee has rubbed shoulders with India’s rich and famous, including the likes of fellow cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood actress Preity Zinta. But, he says, it is the overwhelming generosity and kindness of people from all walks of life that keeps him coming back. This year, Lee played in the IPL with the Kolkata Knight Riders, and he has conducted bowling clinics for young people in Mumbai and Bangalore. And yet he chose music, rather than cricket, as the means to help marginalised children in the cricket-obsessed country. The reason, he says, is a fervent belief in the power of music to heal and empower. Lee sees music as an “escape to a different world. It’s hard to explain what it means to me. “When I’m on the cricket field in front of 60,000 screaming Indians, it’s a great feeling; it’s so energetic. But when I’m in front of a crowd playing music, it’s totally different. It’s like I found the missing part of the jigsaw. I may have had one of the worst days at cricket, but when I come home and start singing and playing music, I’m able to relax.” Music has become an essential part of the cricketer’s life in recent years. His band, White Shoe Theory, toured India last year and he is renowned in the country for his chart-topping duet with music legend Asha Bhonsle. “I like playing cricket, but I love music,” he admits. “If you took cricket out of my life I’d be sad. If you took music out of my life, I’d be devastated.” Lee, who admits he finds watching cricket boring, talks a lot about his love of music in a new autobiography, My Life (Random House). In the book, he reveals his desire for a life beyond sport, and his passion for music and entertaining. Growing up with two brothers, Lee says he was sports mad and played everything from cricket to soccer. It was his mother who filled the house with music. “My mother played the piano and we always had music in the house. “I remember my brothers, friends and cousins and I would have singalongs around the piano,” he says. “My younger brother, Grant, played the piano and my older brother, Shane, bought an acoustic guitar. I felt like I was missing out so I bought a bass. That was it for me.” Even Preston is showing an interest in music and has shunned the Wiggles for the Black Eyed Peas. “He loves it,” Lee says. “We always have music on. It’s an important part of our lives.” Lee this week is in Melbourne on a book tour and will return in January for the T20 Big Bash League. And despite his stretched schedule and commitment never to spend more than a week away from home, he will make regular visits to India and his foundation’s music centres, which will be managed in his absence by a mascot, Binga (one of Lee’s nicknames), and Australian-owned philanthropy advisory group Innovaid. “It’s my dream to come back to India regularly, go to the centres, play some music and have a laugh with the kids,” Lee says. “I really want to be involved, to spend time there and make sure the centres and all our other programs really are making a difference. If I can change just one person’s life through this, then I will sleep pretty soundly.” \
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My View\ KATRiNA HALL HiTS THe BOTTLe … DAyTiMe Irish writer once said that the only Aday FAMOUS thing wrong with drinking in the is it ruins his drinking at night. Post-spring carnival,
I think that’s pretty apt. I love the spring carnival. Every year I especially look forward to the two obligatory news photos – the one of the gorgeous girl all crumpled up at the end of the day snogging a boy in a suit on the grass, Champagne glass empty by her side, and the other of a group of lads who’ve made an effort and all dressed the same – in coloured top hats, or pastel suits, as clowns, or in leopard prints. And I love that all you need to do is put a flower and a feather in your hair, and there’s your excuse to slug down a few Champagnes in the middle of the day while the kids are at school and everyone else is working. But let’s face it, after a certain age, the only thing you really can do after a drink in the day is nap. Either that or keep drinking. Or hit the buffet, which is what I did. I figured if I was going to have a few champers in daylight hours I needed to soak up all the bubbles with a big plate of carbs. So by mid-afternoon I not only needed a lie down, I also needed an Alka-Seltzer. Call me old fashioned, or just call me old, but drinking in the day just doesn’t agree with me any more. I never ever thought I’d say this, but I’m really not into that strange, surreal, hazy, wobbly, little bit drunkish feeling when there’s daylight. And it makes the high heels I only ever wear at night so much harder to negotiate. Actually, I found taking only small steps helped, so there’s my tip for the day. Drinking in the day might make that day feel special, but it can make you feel just a little bit peaky. After a few champers on Oaks Day (and maybe a red wine or
two, but who’s counting? We certainly weren’t), my friend said she had the feeling she always has at Christmas. Kind of happy but zoned out. Kind of on top of the turkey and the mound of presents the rellies are handing over to the kids, but also a bit blah and foggy. Kind of having a good time, but also completely zapped and drained by needing to digest alcohol and chocolate peanuts and prawns at 11am so that serving up the incredible lunch you’d been planning for weeks suddenly loses its appeal. It’s all very well for the Italians to do it every day at midday; they have siesta. But who wants to go home for a few hours knowing you have to go back to work later, even if it is to eat, drink and sleep. Our culture is all about powering through the day so you can get to the other end. Then you can have the work bit behind you and the fun bits in front, and I like it that way. We do need to look to the Irish for a few tips at this point though, and not just about the horses. I say this with authority as I lived there for a time and married one, but the Irish have the enviable ability to drink through that squeamish, sleepy, blah feeling that hits mid-afternoon during a serious daytime drinking session. And they’ve usually been at the pub since after church. But no such luck for me. I left the Oaks event at 6pm, went home, had two big glasses of water, read a story to the kids and went to bed without any dinner. Or wine. So that Irish writer is right. Drinking in the day sure does ruin your drinking at night. \
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It was a frantic couple BARiSTA of weeks for barista, coffee roaster and jazz drummer Craig
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The retro ’70s wallpaper and the lurid yellow espresso machine have gone – thanks to a flashy four-month-old renovation – replaced by subtle black and grey tones, a teal feature wall and a matte-finish timber counter holding pastries. There’s still a La Marzocco espresso machine, now covered in funky graffiti that’s reflected in the staff T-shirts and cartoon images on the rear wall. Bags of roasted beans on metal shelves are accompanied by tasting notes and details of provenance but there’s nothing to tell you what’s in the espresso machine – make sure you ask. \
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the trio of women on our right is enjoying rather large, prettily decorated desserts. There’s a group of after-work revellers out on the laneway terrace, too but, midweek on a balmy spring night, this cave-like 120-seater is eerily empty. I suspect it’s the lull before the seasonal storm. The French Brasserie has weathered bigger tempests – it launched in March 2008 and survived the ensuing financial downturn. Three-and-a-half years and three chefs later, it’s a smooth operation. Christmas bookings should be flooding in about now, as this converted car park, with its vaulted ceilings and imposing windows that was once the home of The Italian, is a spectacular function space. Co-owner Hadj Sadki began as a waiter at Café Di Stasio and lists the Dog’s Bar, The Melbourne Wine Room and The Birdcage on the rungs of his managerial climb. He and wife Lina bought The Grand Hotel in Richmond in 2006. He’s recently installed Alex Galaitsis (ex-Sud and Church Street Enoteca) as manager, with a mission to reshape the wine list and increase its French, Australian and New Zealand leanings, at the expense of some Italian and German varietals, and to support the well-polished floor team and the chef of two years, Lionel Abello. Abello spent time at The Metropolitan in North Melbourne, at La Grande Bouffe in Sydney and a year-and-a-half in Noosa. He hails from Languedoc in southern France, the son of a butcher, and says his cooking style is still strongly influenced by his homeland origins. His menu carefully juggles classics such as beef tartare and French onion soup with more inventive dishes that showcase many elements of southern France and its north African influences. Once, we might have called his creations “nouvelle cuisine”; now I guess the label would be modern Australian. The carpaccio de champignon entrée was first evidence of this creativity. We selected it for contrast with a classic French onion soup. The soup’s superior broth was filled with a tangle of noodle-fine onions and a hearty slice of baguette topped with the salty, savoury bite of perfectly grilled gruyère. The mushrooms – slivers of king brown – were fanned on a long, white plate and striped with drizzles of balsamic vinegar reduction. The fungi provided texture more than flavour and were the foil for a divine porcini mousse. Hazelnut oil, sprinkled around, and tiny jewels of beetroot and dried apricot added a little sweetness and were accompanied by a sprinkling of goat’s cheese, a few shaved almonds and a scattering of baby herbs. It was very busy, rather pretty, and the mousse was the hero.
Other traditional entrée choices include beef tartare with croutons, oysters with mignonette sauce and escargot with garlic butter, while creative alternatives such as a charcuterie platter, smoked ocean trout, octopus and poached rabbit loins will appeal to the adventurous. The grill section of the menu proffers yearling minute steak with bordelaise sauce, aged grain-fed porterhouse with Montpellier butter and our choice, a yearling eye fillet with red-wine jus. No challenges and no criticisms of this dish: quality meat, cooked with precision, a bright and fresh watercress purée, a crisp potato darphin (or rosti) and a luscious jus. The rabbit offering – a twice-cooked leg with liquorice sauce, a sesame seed-crusted confit shoulder, baby beet mousse and salad with broad beans – demonstrates that, often, if a dish sounds overly busy, it is. Other simpler-sounding choices included duck a l’orange, bouillabaisse, pork belly with apple purée and lamb rump with rosemary jus. The farmed rabbit meat was of excellent quality, the mousse and the creamy liquorice root sauce were another show of the chef’s finesse, but while the flavours and textures were elegant, some of the elements seemed unconnected. Desserts, by comparison kept simple, featured classics such as crème brûlée and mouse au chocolat, a terrific rhubarb terrine and a generous strawberry tart. The earthy texture of the rhubarb, held together by a subtle strawberry jelly, was enhanced by a headily sweet white chocolate sorbet and the bite of a crisp sable Breton beneath it. The balsamic ice-cream and the delicate poached berries were the highlights of the crisp-shelled, custard-filled tart. That TFB survived the GFC and beyond is not a bit surprising, and I’ll bet the phone rings hot for the next few weeks. \
This impressive city venue is notable for its striking architecture, laneway location and assured French-accented service team. Artfully presented, proficiently executed dishes that show both contemporary and classical leanings, and an extensive, considered wine list, please its broad-but-discerning audience.
eat this The French Brasserie, 2 Malthouse Lane, city Phone \ 9662 1632 Chef \ Lionel Abello Prices \ Entrees $16-22; mains $29-42; desserts $16 Open \ Monday to Friday noon-3pm; Monday to Saturday 6-10.30pm
Dramatic high ceilings with towering windows and a laneway location give The French Brasserie a rarified air of space, sophistication and spectacle. Dark walls, clothed tables, bistro chairs, polished timber floors and a seven-metre-long marble-topped bar are its more grounded elements. Filigree wall screens break up spaces and add interest, an impressive beverage collection lines the bar shelves while, upstairs in the striking function room, a wall is filled with empty Champagne bottles. French-accented waiters are swift, polite and alert. On a quiet night, diners are grouped closely together to create camaraderie in the cavernous space. \ NOVEMbEr 23, 2011 \ The weekly review 13
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wane and we are looking for what’s going to replace it as the go-to summer tipple. Rosé is more popular than ever, aromatic whites are charming anyone who comes within whiffing distance and chardonnay is going through a rebirth – the choice is immense and summer could be over before you’ve settled on your favourite wine. To save time (and money), I asked sommeliers from three pillars of dining to give me their insights into what’s going to be hot drinking. Representing fine dining is Sarah Ward, sommelier at Circa, the Prince in St Kilda. Opinions from the hottest new kid on the block are brought to you by Mark Bailey from the Aylesbury in the
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CBD and in the local upmarket bistro corner is Alastair Dobbs from new Hampton restaurant Os Kitchen and Wine Bar. For Ward, summer drinking is all about “the two big Rs: riesling and rosé”. “It is great to see more people drinking riesling; it is a fantastic wine to match with food, so versatile. As for rosé, a wine that can be dry, savoury, textural and also pink … it’s the perfect summer drop, with or without food. “We are building up our Champagne selection, bringing in some more rosé, and indulging in a broader range of whites by the glass. “Sitting on the Circa balcony with an ’09 Raveneau is not a bad way to spend one’s afternoon.” It’s a similar story at the Aylesbury with riesling and rosé, but there’s also an eclectic mix of alternative wines on the list. Bailey says, “As a sommelier, I always hope for refreshing semillon and riesling plus dry rosé to be big in summer, and all of these will make a large appearance on the Aylesbury wine lists. “I think bellinis will be making an appearance soon – we have had quite a few requests. How can you go past fresh fruit and bubbles on a warm, sunny day?” Dobbs, who has just opened Os Kitchen and Wine Bar with Italian-influenced food and wine list recommends “anything from Puglia, particularly falanghina”. “It is the ultimate summer-food wine. Think apricots and lime with great textural mouthfeel. It just screams antipasto, grilled scallops, cured meats. “With the arrival of spring and summer imminent, the list (of wines) by the glass is becoming lighter and fresher and in line with our food menu.” \
What I’ll be drinking They recommend and pour wine all day and night, but here’s the inside scoop on the sommeliers’ favourite tipples on a hot evening. Mark Bailey \ “White port and tonic with a good splash of lemon is a winner for me. I discovered it in Hong Kong, of all places.” Alastair Dobbs \ “Definitely an ice-cold beer. However, this year I’m going with rosé.”
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Sarah Ward \ “I do enjoy a negroni on a hot summer’s day. And if I can get my hands on a bottle of ’09 Oakridge 864 Chardonnay this summer, I will be very happy.” The Oakridge has long since sold out, but here’s Ward’s negroni recipe: “Equal parts (30ml) of Campari, sweet vermouth, and gin. A good-quality sweet vermouth like Antica Formula makes a difference. Build the drink on ice in the glass – big blocks of ice don’t water the drink down too much. Top with an orange rind garnish and enjoy.”
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Having $10 million to give away is a gift that not only benefits the recipients of Harold Mitchell’s money, but still rewards Mitchell himself. Peter WilMotH drops in on the man whose autobiography he helped to write.
is one of the great figures in Melbourne life, a classic self-made man, someone who loves where he is but never forgot where he came from, a man who never took for granted one day of his life. Maybe that’s because he has, at various stages, struggled with alcohol and weight. He knew both were bad for him, and he fixed them both (the alcohol at 23, the weight much later, in 2008, a journey I was privileged to witness). He is, simply, a force to be reckoned with; one of the most positive people I know. In the 30 or so meetings I had with him as we worked on his autobiography in 2008 I never saw him less than cheerful; I never saw him agitated; I never heard a sharp word; I never saw him treat the people who worked for him with anything less than respect and affection. I always looked forward to seeing him, because I knew that a) there’d be a laugh and b) we’d get the job done. What more could a biographer ask? At the time Mitchell weighed a hefty 150 kilograms (he was 165 kilograms at his largest). During our project he began preparations for lapband surgery. One day I arrived and everyone in the office was sitting around the board table enjoying a salad lunch. After a final lap of his favourite restaurants – including Pellegrinis in the city, Jim’s Greek Tavern in Collingwood and Centro in South Melbourne – Mitchell had the surgery. He is now 90 kilograms. Keeping the weight off has, he says, been easy. It involved a similar commitment to that undertaken at the age of 23 to never again have an alcoholic drink. “Once you concentrate on any problem you can solve almost anything. It’s like that with alcohol. How do you start to fix yourself as an alcoholic? Firstly recognise that you are one. That’s the biggest part of it. You can work through most anything in life.” He might be half the man he used to be in the weight department, but when I dropped in for an interview it was the same Harold. Not being one to stand on ceremony – he is more interested in what’s being said than where it’s being said – when I walk into his South Melbourne office he’s sitting in one of the big red chairs in the reception area from where he greets me. We never make it to his office. Instead, we’ll talk here. And why not? It was good enough the week before for one of Australia’s most powerful business figures who sat with Mitchell in this very reception area talking about business, philosophy and the vagaries of life. Mitchell is interested in what others say, which just might be a clue to his success. And what a success it’s been. Born in the tiny West Gippsland town of Trafalgar where his father was a sawmiller, Mitchell took the train to Melbourne aged 16 to work in an advertising agency. All he had with him was a suitcase full of clothes and books and a big hunk of ambition. He learnt quickly, worked hard and in 1976 started a media-buying company, Mitchell and Partners, which helped clients direct their advertising dollars. Last year Mitchell sold Mitchell Communication Group (MCG) for $363 million to the British advertising giant Aegis while becoming chairman at the new combined company, called Aegis Media Pacific. At 69, Mitchell remains deeply involved in the professional world he entered with just $2000 to his name. Many years later he faced a problem the 16-year-old Harold probably never would have envisaged: what to do with $10 million he’d made literally overnight in 1999. “In 1999 I believed that the internet was going to be a powerful medium and, of course, that’s what it became,” he explains. “I started emitch, floated it as a public company, was assisted by Michael Kroger, the merchant banker, and on day one, as it launched, found that I’d made $11.2 million in cash and I thought, ‘That’s a lot of money. What should I do with it?’. Firstly I found that it would be severely taxed and I thought that’s probably not doing the best thing. I paid the taxes, of course. It was put to me by my accountant at the time … ‘Why don’t we give it away?’. And so we did. We established the Harold Mitchell Foundation with $10 million in it.” 16 The weekly review \ NOVEMbEr 23, 2011
The foundation, which launched in early 2000, directed the money to health and the arts, because both “change the way you live”, Mitchell says. “The idea was not unique, in that I saw that the Felton Bequest had, more than 100 years earlier, done exactly the same thing and I saw the incredible effect that it had, particularly in the arts. So we did the same thing.” Among the 150 projects the foundation has helped fund is a program aimed at eradicating trachoma among indigenous communities. As well, he says, “each year we give support for up to 20 of Victoria’s most outstanding medical postgraduates to travel the world. We see some of these young medical scientists who will be among the best in the world.” Among the arts projects the foundation has supported is the theatre group Somebody’s Daughter, which was established for young people who had spent time in institutions and prison. Over 12 years, the foundation has given away $6 million. Mitchell gains great satisfaction from knowing the money
“You can be happy or unhappy. I choose happy.” is helping people. “I was sitting one night at a performance of Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company … and a young girl was giving the performance of her life on the stage. Just in front of me someone lent over to me and said, ‘You see the young girl actress? She was a heroin addict and eight weeks ago she was about to die, and there she is with a reason to live’.” Mitchell says everyone can contribute in helping others. “We can’t look to government for leadership; we should expect that there should be leadership in every level – that includes private individuals, business and government. You can’t say, ‘Why aren’t they doing something?’. I always say, ‘We are they’. “We’ve developed into the eighth-richest nation in the world with less than 2 per cent of the world’s population,” he says. “We are at a good place (but) we sometimes don’t know it because we don’t travel enough … This is the century that belongs to the six-hour time zone that we live in, which is Asia. “It’s the greatest opportunity that people in Australia will ever have in their lifetime … We need to make sure that our community is good within Australia and realise the fact that we have more Third World countries near our shores than any other First World country in the world – Fiji, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste … We have two thirds of the world’s poor in our part of the world and so we need to ensure that this is a good part of the world. We can only do that by caring and sharing. “We’re returning to relative wealth and what has to go with that is a great sense of leadership and responsibility. And so that’s where my life is. You can’t take it with you.” The foundation was run for several years by Mitchell’s daughter, Amanda, who oversaw and signed off on the many submissions it received. Mitchell now sees a more hands-on role for himself. “Now I have got a little bit more time I will probably return to become chairman of it for a time and hope that a member of my family at another time will follow me.” Earlier this year Arts Minister Simon Crean asked Mitchell
to oversee a review of philanthropy in the arts, soon due for completion. A veteran of arts company boards, Mitchell is determined to see an increase in corporate and private giving. He says social researcher Hugh Mackay had presented an important piece of research as part of the review. “He (Mackay) argues very wisely that the next generation, the so-called Generation Y – generally people between 20 and 40 – are going to have a greater feeling of philanthropy than many other generations simply because they’re comfortable in themselves,” Mitchell says. “They don’t feel, as (generations) before them do, that they have to save as much money as they can for, one, their old age, and two, for their children. This group is sufficiently confident in themselves that they know their parents can look after themselves … They’ve got a sense of responsibility. They want to make a difference. They’re quite prepared to travel to Third World countries and help, as well as just giving money.” I asked Mitchell about his passions. “Well of course I am passionate about everything,” he says. “You can choose to be unhappy or happy. I choose to be happy. Every day. “I once said, ‘Usually there are 10 things going on in my life. Two are bad but eight are good. So I concentrate on the eight.” Mitchell is an easy conversationalist with a view on practically everything. As such I wanted to ask what he thought of the comments by 774’s Jon Faine after Steve Jobs’ death that he couldn’t understand what the fuss was about. “I can’t believe this,” Faine told his listeners. “He’s been eulogised here as if the world had lost one of its great visionaries.” Well, hadn’t it? “America reinvented itself and its great wealth because of Steve Jobs and others,” Mitchell says. “Anyone who would think (the devices Jobs helped develop) were misguided and strange little machines just doesn’t understand what the big world is doing. Jon (Faine) is a bit of a worry sometimes.” Mitchell explains how his business – media buying – was revolutionised by technology. “The digital world has meant the world is now made up of individuals. We can pick them out one by one. We can relate to them absolutely individually and, importantly, they can respond. This is the greatest change we’ll have seen in our lifetime. In a sense the communication is probably as big a change as has happened since the printing press. “It’s an exciting time to be alive. I would like to live for another 100 years because of the incredible things that are going to happen. Because we can do anything from this city. I built a business sitting in an office in South Melbourne which became one of the best businesses of its kind in the world. We can do it because of the techniques of communication and the growth of the Asian markets.” How does Mitchell reflect on selling his business? “I chose to sell our business to a large world firm. I further chose to take some cash but mostly shares and I emerged as the second-biggest shareholder worldwide and on the board of one of the major communication companies in the world. And so it’s good to know I have been able to deliver 600 people who work for our company into a world platform.” Mitchell’s passion for his city is indisputable, as is his status within it. In August he was named Melburnian of the year. “This city can be a hero to the world because of the inventiveness of its people.” He loves Melbourne, but his passion and energy extend to everything else around him. I can understand Simon Crean calling on Mitchell to chair the arts review. What’s that saying? If you want a job done, ask a busy person. \
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Strong focus: Concentrate on any problem and, Harold Mitchell believes, you can solve it. (Julian kingMa)
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Beautifully made shoes, designed by artists paying close attention to detail, can transform your feet. There are plenty of these to choose from this summer, writes JANe rOCCA.
he shoemaker’s art is a sacred act, and in the Abbot is fussy when it comes to the quality of hands of a true artisan it can transform your feet her shoes; all are made in Italy and come with extra from the ordinary to extraordinary. attention to detail. Dutch shoe label Grotesque, which was started “Great attention is paid to the finishing details by the talented Geert Slaats in Amsterdam, continues to of each shoe,” says Abbott. “I always prefer to use up the ante on modern footwear. For Slaats it’s all about a piped edge around a strap instead of a raw one, or artistic precision, using luxurious, dyed leathers and add some contrast stitching if it helps pull a colour creating styles that are miles ahead of the rest. palette together.” He is a designer with an eye for something new and Summer sandals feature prominently in the range, he takes footwear to unusual places and believes shoes and we love the strappy, bright-red pair that is perfect possess a personality of their own. with three-quarter-length pants or tailored casual pants. We can’t go past the two-toned running pumps in There’s something retro about them; maybe it’s the his latest collection. Slaats dreamily mixes bright yellow cut-out leather that gives it a playful 1970’s spin. There with muted greys that instantly turn up the volume on are wedges for elevated statement in neutral tones and an outfit. suede sandals with a modest heel that is ideal for The shoe also comes in blue and brown, and day or evening wear. green and white. The artistry contained in Whatever your taste in shoes this summer, “Slaats the heel is where the action takes place – the fuses his love there are plenty of trends to follow, from cork designer prefers a thicker-than-usual heel that wedges to platforms in suede to ’40s- and of art with arches its back ever so confidently. ’50s-inspired footwear. There’s an abundance fashion.” What’s more, Slaats fuses his love of of colour as well. art with fashion and creates shoes that are But prepping your legs is certainly just supposed to make heads turn. as important when it comes to showing off He feasts on the avant-garde but keeps his artistic your footwear. ability in the moment; what more can you expect from a If you have no time for spray tanning or want to guy who makes footwear his livelihood? avoid self-tanning misadventures, investing in a pair Well, he comes with the extra kudos of being a savvy of toeless sheer pantyhose is the go. We think they’re a fashion photographer and entrepreneur. clever addition to a summer wardrobe – and ideal for Now where would the Dutch be without clogs? Slaats those not-so-hot days when you want your legs to look has done his bit to reposition the clog for modern-day amazing but they just lack colour. catwalks. He gives the clog a makeover this summer; Stylist Elaine Marshall gives the following advice to here it’s all about embracing bold and bright colours – those after a natural look: “Sometimes I roll them up think sea blues and luscious reds and grassy greens. He and put them in my clutch if I am going out in case the has curiously added a turnover leather flap for a cheeky weather turns bad, or they are great for when you decide twist to this traditional concept. to go out last minute but haven’t had time to fake tan.” \ email@example.com The clogs are chunky and built to last; we love the cone heel for a point of difference. They might have » www.grotesqueshoes.com been invented by the Dutch to prevent woodpeckers » www.habbotstudios.com from attacking their heads, but these days you can rest » www.ambra.net.au assured they find a spot on the high street here. Australian shoe label Habbot, started by Melbourne » Grotesque shoes are stocked at Wilfred And Enric, designer Annie Abbott, is also focused on the artistry Hawksburn Village, 161 Williams Road, South of shoemaking. In her latest spring/summer 2011-12 Yarra, 10am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday. collection she relies on bright shades – think butterysoft reds in soft nappa leather as well as suede sandals with a crossover strap and hand-cut detailing in burnt mustards and deep blues. Abbott says she’s inspired by French tailoring and Italian craftsmanship – both European destinations providing the backbone to her entertaining range. She is no stranger to the world of fashion either; she actually cut her teeth in the business as a buyer for Net-a-Porter’s London office and also worked as a business strategist for Sass & Bide. Of course, all this led to dreaming of running a business. And her love of shoes and design is what inspired this young designer to open her own studio.
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here are brands and there are brands. The line separating followers and leaders in the beauty industry is extremely thin. Each season, good independent brands emerge; some are ignored, some copied and some are absorbed by larger corporations. Seeing it through while trying to be noticed is difficult when you do not have the funds and the support of million-dollar PR mechanisms. There are always exceptions. During my recent international sabbatical, I “discovered” some truly interesting gems. I know from your emails that Beauty Scribe readers are savvy and up-to-the-minute with the international beauty circuit. So my challenge was to seek out brands so hot that even international magazines were just waking up to them. I stalked and cajoled these innovators to spill the beans and here, my faithful readers, is the list. Let me warn you, getting your hands on some products may be difficult but for you faithful beauty cognoscenti, the thrill of the hunt makes it all the more exciting and that much more satisfying. Make space in your beauty vault for these absolutes gems. \
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This cute cat (full name Kitty White) has collaborated with some big names from around the world, such as Dior and Sephora among others. People everywhere collect this brand obsessively and the fever shows no sign of slowing any time soon. The cute-as-a-button kitten was first introduced in Japan in 1974 and to the rest of the world in 1976 and she has been an enterprising entrepreneur ever since. This new range of make-up is an absolute winner. Made in Europe, the products are not only on trend but the formulations are excellent. Don’t let me start about how fun, cute and cool the packaging is. The range is exclusive to Priceline in Australia and the price point is brilliant; most products are $9.95, with the most expensive item $14.95. Just in time for the festive season and a perfect stocking stuffer.
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Background \ A niche perfume house established in 2010 by Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel, the company makes an exquisite range following the principles of the historic original “Eau de Cologne” – a mixture of citrus and herbal ingredients. This range, however, is blended in stronger concentrations (12-20 per cent). Every scent is a winner. I bought triples of everything, plus the soap and candles. Shop online or give them a call at their Elizabeth Street shop in New York and they will deliver anything to you. Current favourites are Oolang Infini and Vanilla Insensée. » www.ateliercologne.com
Background \ Music industry veteran Jeff Haddad (Pussycat Dolls, Seal) and his daughters are behind this fun brand. The stencils can be trimmed to fit any lips and they stay put for at least eight hours. The website has an easy-to-follow tutorial. Having tested them on models, these stencils actually work and can take a lot of “abuse” without dislodging the tattoo. There are many designs but my pick has to be the Glitterati range. Your lips will sparkle like nothing before and yes, you can apply gloss over them. Free international shipping for orders above $50. » www.violentlips.com
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Suqqu Cosmetics Background \ The name is derived from the Japanese word “sukku”, which means posture with attitude, and this brand packs it by the truckload. Currently only available in Japan and Selfridges in London, this cult brand is all I saw backstage at most of the shows. The brushes are what most make-up artists were wielding and gushing about how good they are. I agree the blush brush is pure heaven and I can’t stop caressing my cheeks with it. And the Make-up Base Creamy, a superb primer, for once left me speechless. » www.suqqu.com
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BOOKS\ LET A TRAVEL BOOK TAKE YOU AWAY, SUGGESTS CORRIE PERKIN mid-1980s, Melbourne couple Louise IN THE and Martyn Myer visited the Wanaka region of New Zealand’s South Island. Keen skiers and
bushwalkers, they immediately fell in love with the area and a few years later they bought a plot of land. Their first objective was to plant more than 10,000 trees. Once the landscaping was done, it was time to think about what kind of lodge they might build. Fifteen years ago the dream of Whare Kea Lodge (named after the area’s native mountain parrot, the kea) became a reality. The Myers’ lodge, which includes a restaurant, accommodation for 12 guests and a chalet further up the mountains, is now a member of the Paris-based Relais & Chateaux chain of superior boutique hotels and restaurants. It is a glamorous getaway, but Whare Kea remains deeply connected to its surrounding landscape and the local community. It is also still very much a part of the Myer family’s life. Wanaka: Earth to Heaven at Whare Kea is their tribute to the area; as the Myers write in the foreword, “this book tries to put into words – and, more importantly, photos – the story of our enjoyment of the Whare Kea Lodge and chalet and visiting the Southern Alps around Wanaka.’’ The Myers commissioned this sumptuous coffee-table book, written by New Zealand journalist Michal McKay with photographs by Auckland-based Kieran Scott, and Random House in Australia has picked it up for local distribution. The book is divided into the four seasons’ pleasures
and produce, as well as recipes created by Whare Kea chef James Stapley. The chapter on spring, for example, includes an overview of the fishing, horse riding, tramping and mountaineering options, with profiles on the local experts in these fields. Spring recipes from Stapley’s kitchen feature local produce and include chicken, duck and chestnut terrine, beetroot-cured salmon with fennel and blood orange salad, and quince paste and quince jelly with a selection of local cheeses.
God’s own country: Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet in Wanaka, is named after the area’s mountain parrot, the kea. (COURTESY OF THE LODGE)
Winter, meanwhile, is all about skiing, the snow, and comfort food such as rabbit pie and chocolate brownies. Wanaka represents a new-ish kind of travel book that weaves beautiful photographs with memoir and stories, food, wine and important travel information. Other recent examples by local authors include Melbourne writer Dee Nolan’s 2010 superbly produced A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage to Santiago, At My French Table by Jane Webster, My Amalfi Coast by Amanda Tabberer, Turquoise: A Chef’s Travels in Turkey by Greg and Lucy Malouf, Italian Joy by Carla Coulson and A Family In Paris by Jane Paech. The key to these big hardbacks is the personal experience and the authors’ endorsements of a city, a region or a country. Because we live so far away from the rest of the world, Australians have to spend a lot of money to travel internationally; the observations and tips of others, therefore, are essential for our research. These books tick many info and pleasure boxes and, as such, make terrific Christmas and birthday gifts for the traveller in your life. \
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While researching his 2009 shoppers’ and foodies’ guide to Paris, Melbourne chef Shannon Bennett spent time in the French capital, visiting old haunts and discovering new ones. Paris: A Personal Guide To The City’s Best became a bestseller and has encouraged Bennett to revisit the country and pay homage to its best restaurants. The book is divided according to the regions of France and includes restaurant, café, shop and market information, as well as Bennett’s own recipes. It is a little gem (unlike Bennett’s 2010 book New York, which we thought was a bit lacklustre) and a must for anyone planning a trip to France and who values a good dining experience. \
British photographer Derry Brabbs has written – and photographed – this love letter to the Thames, Britain’s most important river. From its source just south-west of Cirencester in the west, the river flows through Oxford, Henley, Windsor, Hampton Court, Richmond, central London, Greenwich and out to Southend-on-Sea. Brabbs traces its journey and, with the help of maps and colour photos, we can see the river’s many moods, as well as learn more about the historical events that have taken place on its banks. No recipes or “places to stay” in this one, but we’re certain that Anglophiles will love it. \
BALI: THE FOOD OF MY ISLAND HOME by Janet De Neefe » $59.99 (Plum)
When I opened our little shop in 2009 I was surprised to note how few pictorially driven publications about Bali existed in the marketplace. For two years we’ve been waiting for the arrival of a book like this, by Australian-born, Bali local Janet De Neefe. Finally, we have a large-format book (sadly, a soft cover) that captures the island’s culinary spirit. De Neefe, the founder of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and owner of three Bali restaurants, has turned to her recipe collection and local produce for inspiration. She has also included little stories about events such as the Ubud market and various dishes, including nasi bakar, and how to use the coconut in cooking. \
HOUSES OF THE LAKE DISTRICT by Christopher Holliday » $60 (Frances Lincoln)
When it comes to evocative and inspiring “places to go” books, the Brits play it safe. Houses of the Lake District is not a memoir and it doesn’t feature any recipes. But we decided to include it because anyone planning a trip to this part of northern England will find it works as a highly informative pre-holiday guide, and – upon return – a handsome souvenir. Gardening writer Christopher Holliday focuses on 21 houses and castles in the Cumbria region, and the people who live in them. Complementing this architectural narrative is an historical rundown of the area, which travellers will find most interesting. Houses under the microscope include Sizergh Castle, the core of which dates back to the 14th century, the Elizabethan grandeur of Levens Hall and Beatrix Potter’s Stoney Lane. \
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Ryan Gosling brings his minimalist charm to the world of dirty politics in this black drama from George Clooney. Gosling plays idealistic staffer Stephen, working for the charismatic, too-good-to-be-true Mike Morris (Clooney), who is busy vying for the Democratic presidential nomination. Unlike his cynical boss (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Stephen still believes the right president can make a difference, but a moment of professional clumsiness sees him forced to question his motives. It’s hard to explain what makes Gosling so compelling when he seems to do so little. Certainly, for all Clooney’s “up to 11” über-charm, it’s the young upstart who keeps us transfixed as he spirals ever further from his morals. Stephen’s transformation from passionate idealist to Machiavellian cynic occurs behind closed doors, but Gosling ensures we catch the moment when the lights go out. A flawless cast remains the best reason to buy a ticket, given a plot that twists and turns at its leisure and never truly shocks. Political machinations have been sketched more brutally elsewhere and events here play out with a terrible inevitability. Perhaps the biggest problem is how pale the film’s deceptions appear compared to the real thing. Clearly we’re supposed to be astonished by Morris’ moral shortcomings, but real-life candidate Herman Cain has been busy stealing his thunder in the run up to Republican nominations. It’s a tight, competent and brilliantly acted thriller, but reality still has the edge when it comes to genuine scares. \
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music 936 \ pEAkIng LIgHTS (dOMInO) The second LP from this Wisconsin husband-and-wife duo is hazed in good weather. You can practically smell the sunscreen on these eight tracks, which sprawl languorously in a dubby mix of psychedelic synths and druggy bass. Fusing electro, tribal rhythms and jangling guitars, standout tracks Birds of Paradise and All the Sun that Shines are guaranteed to raise your temperature (in a very chilled fashion, of course). There are echoes throughout of Ladytron’s glassy kraut-pop, but the arrangements here feel more organic, more romantic and, yes, far more summery. Hypnotic and immersive, 936 promises to be an irresistible soundtrack to the warm months ahead. \
This new eight-part documentary series brings to your living room… a living room. As the intro tells us, there’s nothing special about the Cardamones, except for the 35 remote-controlled cameras fitted in their house. We get to perch from their ceilings and discover exactly what goes on inside an ordinary Melbourne home. Mainly, they watch television. Which is exactly what we’re doing, sat inside our ordinary Melbourne homes. It’s uncanny. Overall, it’s at once as irresistible and as irritating as watching someone else’s home videos. The politics are particularly engaging, if uncomfortable, with mother Josephine a canny player, running small wars of attrition against her recalcitrant husband Angelo. Neither emerges more or less favourable, but more than a few couples will catch themselves in the funfair mirror the pair hold up. It’s hard to know if the show is more or less comfortable if you identify with its stars, but the family appear about as sympathetic as any of us would in such close focus. It isn’t as groundbreaking as Sylvania Waters or as engrossing as more contrived reality fare, but The Family might just provide an addictive alternative to The Slap. Its tiny dramas are far smaller in scale but no less likely to generate debate over who’s to blame. Still, for all that, it’s hard to shake a nagging disappointment as the end credits roll. Perhaps it’s just the sad The but undeniable realisation that our politics are lives aren’t movies after all. On the evidence here, we’re not living particularly grand romances but poorly written, engaging poorly acted and somewhat petty soap operas. \
going out OnE FLEW OvEr THE CuCkOO’S nEST \ OpEnS nOvEMBEr 24, CHApEL OFF CHApEL Famously filmed with Jack Nicholson in the lead, this brutal portrait of life in an American psychiatric hospital has a long history on stage. First treading the boards in 1963, the play was then revived as an award-winning Broadway production in 2001 and, more recently, saw Christian Bale win plaudits for a run in London’s West End. There are no big names in this local revival, but the script remains as unsettling as ever. Mischievous Randall P. McMurphy finds himself in an asylum after faking insanity to avoid a prison term. His irreverent attitude immediately brings him into conflict with the icy Nurse Ratched, who wields true power within the wards. When McMurphy tries to wake his comrades out of their medicated stupor, he marks himself as a threat to her order, requiring a drastic remedy. \
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david Bromley feels it’s time to part with his massive art collection, writes LOrettA hALL.
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rtist and passionate collector David Bromley (above) this year considered tackling a new creative task by curating a collection for leading Melbourne auction house Leonard Joel. But rather than sorting through someone else’s art and ephemera, Bromley has catalogued his own for auction this month in Daylesford and South Yarra. This was no easy task; Bromley’s auction lots encompass 908 eclectic pieces from a hangar in regional Victoria and 277 paintings, sculptures and antiques from his former South Yarra home and studio. After separating from his partner of 17 years, Tori Dixon-Whittle, last year, Bromley left Melbourne for the New South Wales coastal town of Byron Bay, where he has had a studio for four years. Dixon-Whittle and their three children now live in Vietnam but Bromley and his bull mastiff Charlie have remained in Byron. Bromley says his lifelong fear of flying, together with healing time for a broken right leg, has kept him grounded there this year. The injury, a result of a fall while working in his studio, has forced Bromley to slow down his manic lifestyle and reassess it. He has spent much of his recovery in Byron and says he wants to return to the way he lived his life in his 20s, when he first discovered a passion for surfing and creating art in Noosa, Queensland. “I am 51 now and my capacity to do as much as I had been doing is wearing a bit thin,” he says. “I used to throw everything at every day. “Now I yearn to swim or go surfing, or walk on the beach or in a garden. I can’t remember a time in my life when I have had a spare quarter of the day, even on the weekend, for that. I’d like to see if I can carve out a little bit of time to juxtapose the amount of time I spend on my creative side. “It’s really quite surprising to an incredible degree because I started out making art in an environment of surf and beach and coast, while lusting for the complexity and diversity of city life. I am lusting for a more simple life now.” When he received a Leonard Joel catalogue in the mail this year of someone else’s collection, Bromley says he felt the time was right to part with his own. He has been listed by the Australian Art Collector as one of Australia’s 50 most collectible artists and is a 26 The weekly review \ NOVEMbEr 23, 2011
“I am lusting for a more simple life now.”
Top: Paintings from David Bromley’s nude series are included in the Shed 4 sale and are expected to sell for up to $30,000. Many items remain in the shed, including a 1970s Mini panel van with trailer covered in a Bromley print. Centre: An eclectic mix of furniture, paintings and wall hangings at A Day on Earth, Bromley’s studio/gallery. Centre right: A selection of dressmaker mannequins are in the South Yarra sale. Bottom: The hallway at the studio and gallery is hung with art from Bromley’s private collection. (SuPPliED)
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five-time Archibald Prize finalist, but Bromley says his first love has always been collecting over painting. â€œI donâ€™t really think I am avaricious. My collection is not about consuming; itâ€™s a passion and an interest in things. I know so many people who travel and see so many things. I am not a traveller but I love to surround myself with these things. â€œThe collection has been a bit incongruous to my life for a really long time. It is important to me. I do feel like a bit of a father of it. Now itâ€™s like itâ€™s leaving the nest.â€? When Leonard Joelâ€™s head of art, Briar Williams, first visited Bromleyâ€™s collection in Daylesford hangar Shed 4, she says she was astounded by the scale of it. â€œItâ€™s a huge space,â€? she says, â€œand the most amazing part about it is the way heâ€™s put it together. Itâ€™s such a successful fitout and is really thoughtfully presented.â€? The diverse mix of items for sale on November 27 in Daylesford (115 kilometres north-west of Melbourne) range from less than $100 to $60,000 and include reproduction Russian posters, French antique chairs, glass laboratory jars, a Japanese shipping signal, a large stone Buddha, a 1975 BMW painted by Bromley as well as his own ceramics, sketches, bronze sculptures and paintings. Bromleyâ€™s Butterflies, oil on canvas, is valued at up to $12,000 while his enormous Boys in Sail Boat bronze statue is valued at $60,000. At the South Yarra auction, to be held the following day, lots again include Bromleyâ€™s paintings together with sketches by Charles Blackman and John Perceval, oils by Dean Bowen and Zhong Chen, and Howard Arkleyâ€™s mixed media Portrait of David Bromley 1997, which is valued at $1000-$2000. â€œThe second part of the sale here at Leonard Joel is more of his personal collection from his Chapel Street studio, A Day on Earth, and his house, which was also in South Yarra,â€? Williams says. â€œIt will create a lot of interest as an event as well as an auction. People are really interested to see what David has collected. â€œEveryone knows his painting style â€“ it is very distinctive â€“ and the nice thing about the sale is people will be able to see the items he has collected. Heâ€™s got an incredible broad appeal and an instant pull.â€? Williams says Bromleyâ€™s prominent style, seen in his nude pop art series and childrenâ€™s storybook work, are images people recognise. This month his work has been exhibited on the Gold Coast, in San Francisco, New York and South Africa. He has painted many famous faces, including Kylie Minogue, Megan Gale and Jack Thompson â€“ who sat for him last year as the subject of his Archibald entry. In Byron, Bromleyâ€™s many projects include painting surfboards, which sell for nearly $10,000 at a local surf shop. He says his leg is almost healed, and when the surf is up he will be riding waves, relaxed and free of the burden of the art collection he has accumulated in Victoria. â€œThe time has definitely come for it to go into different hands. I have gone over the pieces and now itâ€™s done and I can walk away and not think about it too much. â€œI have no doubt I will see things from time to time appear in different places and Iâ€™ll go, â€˜Oh, I miss thatâ€™. I have been known to buy things back.â€? \
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Âť The David Bromley Collection Part I, Daylesford, Victoria. To be viewed and auctioned at Shed 4, 39 East Street, Daylesford. Auction Sunday, November 27 at noon. Viewing November 23-27. Âť The David Bromley Collection Part II, Melbourne. To be viewed and auctioned at Leonard Joel, 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra. Auction Monday, November 28, at 6.30pm. Viewing November 23-27. www.leonardjoel.com.au NOVEMbEr 23, 2011 \ The weekly review 27
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It’s been 24 years since Dolly Parton visited our shores. And now she’s back, writes Steve Dow.
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olly! Dolly!” the photographers shout, as camera shutters click and flashes fire. Dolly Parton, the 152-centimetre blonde object of their affection, is dressed in gold top and pants cinched at the waist and what may or may not be pearls draped across her midriff between rhinestones. Her lip gloss is pink and eye shade blue. Her red fake fingernails are as sharp as her wit and she exudes a charm that shields her against overly personal questions on this, her first Australian tour in 24 years. “Hi, everybody, I’m so excited,” trills the 65-year-old singer-songwriter with 41 Top 10 country albums to her credit during her Sydney hotel press conference; she’s not staying here but her promoters are putting it about that she’s travelling and sleeping in an unmarked tour bus, location unknown. The maker of karaoke favourites and iconic hits such as Jolene, I Will Always Love You, 9 to 5 and more recent collections of bluegrass and even a little onstage rap – the influence of a buddy, Queen Latifah, in her latest musical movie, Joyful Noise – poses with hands on hips, raises a knee, lifts her hand in the air … Then she pulls a note from her 40DD cleavage, an edifice more famous than the cliffs at Mount Rushmore. There’s no sign of her husband of 45 years, Carl Dean. He’s a handsome, but rarely photographed, homebody who usually sticks to their Nashville base and, she reveals, it was he who put the brakes on Dolly’s plans once to buy a holiday home in Queensland. But there are plenty of others to thank for this tour, including Australia’s Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, who waived Australian Customs’ objections to allowing Parton’s two 14-metre buses on the road here after they were deemed too long, wide and heavy. One bus is currently in Sydney, the other waiting for her in Adelaide; an unconfirmed figure put the shipping charge from the US to Perth at $1 million. The last time Parton was here was in 1987, with Kenny Rogers – they played the Kooyong Tennis Centre on February 11 that year, Parton’s fiercely loyal local fans will tell you – and earlier that month Parton and Rogers sat dockside in Fremantle, the America’s Cup sails behind them, as they were interviewed by Bryant Gumbel for NBC’s Today Show. Australian audiences, Parton told Gumbel, “really listen very close; they’re not as rowdy as, say, Texas people, or some of the people who just get into it … Because we (Parton and Rogers) speak with a little different accent, (Australian audiences are) more tentative and quieter and more reserved”. The Weekly Review asks Parton whether, having already played Perth on November 8, (and three concerts to come at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena) she had noticed Australian audiences being less reserved almost 25 years later. Parton laughs. “They were fantastic in Perth, by the way, and they were great with Kenny and me all the time. They loved the music, but I have such a southern accent – and you kind of have an
accent too – and I think a lot of it has to do with the communication; I try to talk a little bit slower so I can be understood.” On her latest album Better Day, Parton writes and sings on the opening track In the Meantime: “Drop this Doomsday attitude and let the spirit flow / These are wonderful times we’re livin’ in / God still walks in the hearts of men / And Eden’s gardens wait within.” Does Parton, the fourth of 11 surviving children whose parents were parishioners in the Assembly of God church, believe in creation or evolution? “Well, I believe in God and I don’t know how everything happened,” she says, giving a very middle-American, middle-ground response. “I just know it did, and I would choose to believe in God if I knew for a fact there was no God ’cos I like to believe in something bigger than us. We certainly need it. I think God created (the world) and now I’m just glad to be a part of it.” As always, Parton lets her music speak: some feminists may not be enamoured of her va-va-voom make-up, which she famously modelled on a local prostitute and insists takes only 15 minutes to apply in the morning, but her unspoken feminism is surely there when she sings about “fat promotion” and “service and devotion”. An earnest chap in a pink tie asks what Parton thinks of the Australian government’s reluctance to allow same-sex marriage. “Oh well, I have a lot of gay friends,” she says, citing the late Colin Higgins, the Sydney-raised director of two Parton films 9 to 5 and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, who died of AIDS-related complications in 1988. “I have many gay and lesbian friends, people that I work with, so I don’t pass judgment on anybody; I think everybody should be allowed to be with who they love. And, so that’s my comment on that.” The Ku Klux Klan, however, is not so relaxed about Parton’s laissez-faire approach to her gay friends and fans: it has held demonstrations outside her Dollywood theme park over her annual Gay Day. Parton channels her energy more productively, sharing her own good fortune by creating her own Imagination Library, which sends age-appropriate books to children under the age of five. Today, more than 1300 communities in the US, Britain and Canada sponsor the program, and Parton pays the overheads. Parton is asked if she will bring the concept to Australia. “Well, we don’t know for sure and we’re searchin’ all that out,” she says. “(but) we really hope that we will.” If it does happen, a certain girl who grew up in the hills of east Tennessee will make sure each child’s name will be on their book, reinforcing a sense of self. \
Mashup man: Chris Clark, who heads the Melbourne Youth Music Program, with some of his students. (Darrian TraYnor)
Forming a new fusion Chris Clark is bringing together young hip-hop, rap and classical musos for a show at the Melbourne Recital Centre, writes MYKE BARTLETT.
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hris Clark isn’t what I expect from a classical musician. Coming to the door of his Ascot Vale flat in T-shirt and jeans, the 30-year-old is unshaven with short, scruffy hair and a style that belongs more to a pub’s sticky carpet than up front at a concert hall. If Clark doesn’t fit the classical mould, that’s possibly because he never expected to find a career in music. “I wasn’t a musician at all,” he tells me. “I didn’t come from a musical family in any way, shape or form. At high school I was studying all the science and maths subjects and I was going to be a zoo keeper.” A year before VCE, a single visit to the opera changed that. “We went on a school excursion to Opera Australia and saw The Barber of Seville. There’s a piccolo part in that opera and I remember sitting there going ‘Nup, that’s what I want to do, I want to be sitting on that chair, playing that instrument’.” As a result, Clark took up the piccolo – an extremely rare instrument, usually only played by those who have already mastered the flute. A year later he won a scholarship to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. “I think if you pick up something when you’re a child and it’s something you’re forced to do, you don’t take it so seriously. I took it on as a career from day one, that’s probably why I got through.” Hearing this tale helps me understand Clark’s latest enterprise. On Wednesday evening (November 23), a group of young musicians will take to the stage at the Melbourne Recital Centre for SubUrban Exchange – an innovative fusion of classical and modern, in which teenage string players will perform alongside freestyle rappers and hip-hop choirs. “I really don’t think it’s ever been done before,” Clark says. As general manager of not-for-profit group Melbourne Youth Music, Clark has spent a year getting the project together. It’s a change for his organisation, which runs classes aimed at helping young people break into classical music. Recently, however, Clark has been leading his young charges away from Mozart to dabble in the mainstream. Last year, students performed at Carols by Candlelight. “It’s good, because as a professional musician, you’re not always going to be sat in a pristine concert hall, playing Beethoven. Some days you’re outside in the wind and the heat, surrounded by flies and playing O Come All Ye Faithful.”
Clark knows how important it is for students to keep their eyes, ears and options open. For SubUrban Exchange, his group has been collaborating with ARAB (Anti-Racism Action Band), a rap group composed of young Arabic people from the northern suburbs, and the Massive Hip Hop Choir, which takes its members from places as far flung as Tonga, Tanzania, South Africa and Spain. The evening will take in a dance ensemble, hip-hop rhymes about inner-city Melbourne, solo string work and freestyle rap to a classical backdrop. The best, however, will be saved for last – a 20-minute “hip-hop concerto”, especially written for the evening by Irini Vella, who recently composed the soundtrack to The Slap TV series. Clark hopes it will be the start of something beautiful: “It would be great to take it out on a national tour, or even to regional centres with a string quartet and a beatboxer.” The current choice of venue is important, he says, because the project needs “a serious platform”. But he hopes a new crowd will be lured through the centre’s doors. “I think we’ll see a lot of people who have never set foot inside the Melbourne Recital Centre. My students say they’re inviting friends they’ve never asked to anything else, and the people from ARAB, in particular, represent cultural groups who mightn’t normally go to a classical concert.” He’s hoping, of course, that someone in the audience might have the same sort of transformative experience that he had all those years ago. Clark is always on the lookout for something new, be it symphonic rap or rock climbing (a favourite hobby of his). As I’m leaving, I ask what sort of music he listens to at home: “I very rarely listen to classical music,” he says. “I appreciate any piece of music that really challenges the rules of music and, in a way, that’s what’s driven me to push this along. If these kids have a great experience, I don’t mind if they’re playing opera or hip-hop. I don’t even mind if they go on to become professional musicians, this might be as high as they go, the important thing is they enjoy it and they remember it.” \
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Confidence in himself and his products has given Church Street trader John Signorino the edge every step of the way, writes EMMA HougHToN. delivery of a The successful double mattress and base was a defining moment in John Signorinoâ€™s career. At noon on his 18th birthday, he picked up his driverâ€™s licence. That afternoon his father gave John the keys to the new ute and instructed him to make his first delivery for the family business. Inexperienced and lacking confidence, he took the keys â€“ and, inevitably, the load came loose on busy Nicholson Street in Brunswick, blocking traffic and a tram. John did get the delivery to its destination eventually. On return to the shop, when asked how the trip went, Johnâ€™s reply was typically ebullient, â€œPerfectly,â€? he replied. Having quit school a year earlier to work full-time in the familyâ€™s Lygon Street furniture and tiling business, John knew he had to prove himself, but bringing traffic to a standstill wasnâ€™t what he had in mind. â€œThat was one of the indelible moments in life. That was a kick start to me not giving up,â€? he explains. Next year marks Johnâ€™s 44th anniversary in the tiling business. It wasnâ€™t easy for an Italian kid growing up in Brunswick in the 1960s, but it spurred the determination and hard work that defines his career.
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His Sicilian parents arrived in Australia in 1956 and For most people, this would mean supplying one or established the shop in which John started working two shops. Maybe 10. John set his sights higher and part-time from the age of 15. His parents were happy got his tiles into 80 shops in Victoria and other states. with their progress and felt that business was good, but These shops acted as his distributors, delighted with the John wanted to see it flourish further. lucrative margins John’s venture provided. “I didn’t like poverty,” he says. “I sacrificed a lot of profit on the basis I would get the With a natural ability to interact with customers and volume, and it worked. It was off the charts. That’s when do the serve-and-sell, he initially spent his after-school things really kicked off,” John says. hours carrying out the measuring and quoting on jobs It was a clever emphasis on long-term need over while his mum waited in the car outside. short-term greed – John had created a model in which His father wanted him to become a lawyer or doctor, the shops were making a good profit and he was but John’s focus was singular, leading to his decision to rewarded with loyalty and support from an appreciative leave school to learn the family trade. He attributes customer base. this decision to ego, instinct, self-preservation Having firmly established himself in the “I and some audacity. One night after being on tiling industry in Australia, John was offered sacrificed a the road giving eight quotes in Reservoir and a partnership in Valverde, an Italian tiling lot of profit for company in northern Italy that went on Thomastown, he returned with eight orders. Backing himself might not have been all volume, and it to become the biggest exporter of tiles to that audacious. Australia. At this stage of his career, John was worked.” The untimely death in Perth of one of closely involved with product development and the pioneers of Italian tile importing was the experienced a real dynamism in his career. catalyst for John getting into the import trade. A tiling “I had that amazing balance of being young and representative from Modena, Italy, made the journey energetic and involved in a pioneering and successful for the funeral and on his visit met the young and industry,” he says of that time. “You can’t have a ambitious John. beautiful life and run a beautiful business unless you At the age of 23, John made a trip to Modena to visit love it. I enjoyed it. It was very successful and very fun.” his new contact. After three weeks of learning about In 1988, he and his partners read the market and tiles, he bought his first consignment on credit and decided to sell the business. shipped them to Australia. Quality Italian tiles became “One had to recognise when it was time,” he explains. his sole and enduring business focus. Importing from Italy had taken off in Australia, John’s tiles proved highly popular; he sold them margins were shrinking, costs were going up and quickly and was able to pay off his debt before making the Italian government was penalising businesses his next order. For three years, the business grew punitively. The time for wholesale was over. Everybody exponentially – then John decided he could make more wanted to be an importer. money by increasing his turnover. “I switched it all around and decided to become the
retail face of my tile business,” John says of his next business move. In 1990 he bought his current Church Street premises; it was a derelict building that he spent 18 months getting ready for business. Before the retail strip existed, Signorino Tiles was establishing itself as a high-end, quality business. The current market is proving more challenging. John is working harder than ever to have his products appreciated. “I’ve built up a business and a reputation for quality,” John says. Customers know what to expect when they come to Signorino Tiles, but quality doesn’t come cheap. Fortunately hard work comes naturally to John. But, nearing 60, he now reflects on the price of the success gained from a lifetime of hard work. It’s unheard of in his children’s generation, and he sees that as being for the best. With a nephew and two daughters now involved in the business, he is passing on his knowledge to that new generation. He has entered a new phase of revitalisation as a result. “I’m more happy to come to work now than I’ve ever been,” he reflects. John is still working the floor at Signorino Tiles, finding solutions for people and investing in the next generation. “I want to live through their eyes, their heart and their spirit in a new era,” he says. “I want to see if I can enjoy some of that. The old days are gone. I’d find it a privilege if I can still see success, but in a new model of what success means.” \
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Behind a frosted-glass door, at the heart of Melbourne Central, is a new take on a parents’ retreat. SaraH MarinoS talks to Clare Cousins, mother of two young children and the architect who brought the space to life.
“You can calm down, take a few deep breaths.”
elbourne’s most user-friendly parents’ room recently opened at Melbourne Central. At the end of a corridor on the second level, sandwiched between a high-fashion store on one side and a jewellery store on the other, you’ll spot the entrance because of the brightly coloured portholes protruding from the wall. Step through the sliding frosted-glass door and the bright, tidy space behind is a far cry from the bland, utilitarian parents’ facilities found in countless suburban shopping centres across the country. Forget clinical white plastic veneers, stark lighting, dingy curtained-off breastfeeding areas, a standard microwave oven and a shortage of change tables, especially at busy weekends and school holidays. When the GPT Group specially commissioned this parents’ retreat, the brief was to build something functional but creative, relaxing and different. Melbourne architect and interior designer Clare Cousins was given the task of turning a disused space of dark commercial carpet and suspended ceiling tiles with an irregular footprint into an inviting escape for parents and children. “It’s a retreat where parents can deal with the functional elements of looking after young children but also have space to sit quietly without that buzz of shopping centres,” says Cousins, 35, mother of two girls aged three years and nine months. “I remember going to one shopping centre years ago and the parents’ room was just one big room with chairs around the edge. It was like sitting in a big hall. These spaces are so often utilitarian, functional and they’re about a quick transaction – parents come in, change a nappy or feed a baby and they leave. “But here you can calm down, take a few deep breaths, bring in your takeaway coffee, recharge your batteries and let your toddler crawl around or play. It’s a great asset for the CBD.” There’s a curved interior wall with coloured portholes for curious toddlers to peep through, while bored preschoolers waiting for parents to change a younger sibling’s nappy can play on the rope wall draped in one corner. There’s plenty of pram parking space, toilets, a kitchenette and three roomy, private feeding rooms – each with custom wallpaper, themed on Little Red Riding Hood, and a matching cosy armchair. Each area of the retreat overlooks a central play area that is fitted with bespoke play equipment. There’s a contemporary take on a traditional oversized abacus affixed to one wall, a climbing rope ladder and steps, and a safe arrangement of rails and bars for toddlers to swing from. “My three-year-old, Ginger, loves hanging off any rail or bar when we’re at the supermarket. So I had that in mind when I created the play area,” says Cousins. “I didn’t want off-the-shelf play equipment dumped in a space. I wanted the area to look presentable and to be a space where kids can be active or play more passively. Too often parents’ rooms have the plasma television with cartoons blaring the whole time and a few toys on the floor. “The rope wall by the change tables is quick entertainment for preschoolers while parents change a younger child’s nappy. It gives them something to play with during a quick pit stop.”
Upholstered bench seats provide further space for mothers and there’s a recessed bench and table setting for little ones. Another zone fitted with comfortable armchairs and casual tables is an ideal spot to read a paper while toddlers and babies play, and sturdy childproof gates guard the entrance and exit. Cousins opted for plywood fixtures and an overarching colour scheme of a neutral background interspersed with watermelon, zesty lemon and sky blue. “We use a lot of natural materials in our work and plywood is cost effective, durable and adds warmth. It’s a simple, robust design; not precious,” she says. “We also used tiles on the lower half of the walls because I know from experience of pushing prams, as careful as you are, you do sometimes knock the walls. We had to be pragmatic from start to finish. “I wanted to use pop colours that are a little more sophisticated but still fun and playful and I love the circle motif throughout the area – it reminds me of bubbles or portholes.” Cousins graduated from RMIT in 2001 and then joined Wood/Marsh Architecture, where she worked on a range of residential projects, including the award-winning Yve apartments in St Kilda Road. “I was all science and maths at school and was ushered towards engineering. But I have found that terribly boring because I also had some creative interests,” Cousins says. “When the time came to make a final decision for uni I came across architecture and it ticked all my boxes – it was pragmatic, I liked the spatial planning aspect, the creativity and the people part of it.” In 2004, Cousins set up her own practice and has since worked on residential and commercial projects. She was involved in the redesign of the toilet amenities at Melbourne Central and so is responsible for the metro-themed toilets on the lower ground level and the fashion-themed toilets on the remaining floors. “Why can’t public toilets be interesting?” she asks. “On the fashion level we found 2000 vintage sewing pattern packets, took the covers, wallpapered them and put them behind glass and behind the washbasins. “Fashion is cyclical and I thought it would be great for people to be washing their hands while looking at those patterns and picking out outfits they recognise. Being creative doesn’t have to cost more money.” Since the retreat opened in October, Cousins says the feedback from tired parents in search of a reprieve has been overwhelmingly positive. “The nicest feedback comes from the people you least expect. I brought in my girls as well as the lady who looks after them for me. She is in her 50s, from an Egyptian background and has no experience in design,” says Cousins. “When she walked into this space she said she felt relaxed, it made her feel different, and that was wonderful to hear because it’s not just how a space looks but how it makes you feel that matters. “And Ginger loves it. She doesn’t say much but when she comes here she just wants to play and climb. It keeps her interested, so that tells me I must have done something right.” \
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in charge, and loving it More women are choosing to manage their own home-building projects, writes eMMa houghton.
C Good listener: Abi Krause (above) and her team know how to meet clients’ needs; personal touches (right) make all the difference. (Supplied)
ustom home-builder G.J. Gardner has noticed an interesting phenomenon: Most of the clients who choose to project manage the building of their new home are women. With the support and expertise of the G.J. Gardner staff, they are taking control of projects and doing it for themselves. G.J. Gardner has carved out its niche in the current building market by tailoring its services to clients who are in a position to subdivide big blocks they no longer need, providing competitive prices on building new homes that are no more expensive than renovating and by taking on jobs that other, bigger building groups find too time consuming. Abi Krause joined her husband, managing director Michael Krause, in the Melbourne eastern-suburbs franchise of G.J. Gardner 12 months ago. She has noticed that their clients are attracted to using a big, but not massive, builder with the buying power G.J. Gardner can provide. With G.J. Gardner having recently been named third-best franchise in the world, the Krause’s confidence in their business’s reputation, good management processes and a personalised service has been justified. “You have to keep it personal because building a
house is an enormous investment by people and it can be a very stressful time. So, if they have confidence in us, they feel comforted by that,” Abi says. The six staff in her office all work together as a support system for clients, to provide reassurance and answer questions as they crop up. The personalised service extends to all aspects of the project. Unafraid of jobs that require complete customisation or more challenging projects, they
happily take on blocks with a point of difference and are experienced at ensuring any unique requirements can be met. The benefit of building a custom-made home with the support and service that G.J. Gardner provides, rather than one from a ready-made plan, may be what is giving women the confidence to manage such lengthy and involved projects. “It’s been a very interesting 12 months for me,” Abi says. “I’m shocked by how involved women are in these projects”. Abi points out that in many ways project management is a perfect fit for women, who tend to be very organised, interested in the finer details and often experienced at multitasking. Her female clients include single women building their own home, working, married women with children and hectic schedules to juggle, as well as independent women building their own property portfolios and directing their own investments. The process of project managing a build is a prolonged and involved one. Taking, on average, 18 months, one must consult throughout on issues such as: the site inspection that ascertains which type of
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house and design will maximise the block’s potential; the design and layout of the house; the planning and approval stage; the interior design, fitout and appliances; and liaison with the site manager once work has started. Of course, this is after any necessary financing, budgeting,and subdivision has been taken care of. G.J. Gardner provides detailed explanations and support throughout this process. This can include feasibility studies on subdivision, as well as colour and lighting design consultations. Next year it is hoping to include a landscape design consultation with a Victorian landscaper-of-the-year winner. “Women really think about how the floor layout is going to work for them,” G.J. Gardner sales consultant Trish Henderson says. Keeping the nursery near the master bedroom or the teenager’s retreat at the other end of the house are well considered. Part of Henderson’s job is to accurately interpret exactly what clients are hoping to achieve. “I think women are better at communicating what they want, but they are also more prone to change their mind,” she reports. “They are definitely far more driven to make the home personal, to really suit their requirements.” As a custom builder of homes, G.J. Gardner can certainly relate to that goal. \
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« Client Profile \ Megan lane
Megan Lane is a self-confessed control control and capturing passive heating freak and knew what she wanted to and cooling. achieve in her new house. She wanted to After several meetings with G.J. Gardner’s retain a 50-year-old Japanese maple tree, sales staff, Megan felt confident to proceed. incorporate sustainable features, catch the “They were happy to talk about my ideas eastern light in the dining area, minimise and made some great recommendations. the sun exposure on the western side and What I could see when they came back with have the freedom to choose her own fittings the last design was that they really captured and appliances. The challenge was the essence that I needed in the house.” finding the right builder to achieve Now that the design is complete the desired results. and at the planning approval stage, “I enjoyed After considering three options, Megan is hoping to be in the new every second house by next Christmas. She is Megan decided on G.J. Gardner and has never looked back. happy with the results thus far. of doing the Retaining her Japanese maple “The final design makes design.” was a priority. maximum use of the real feature “I call it the tree of wisdom. Many of the property, which is the tree. an afternoon has been spent under this They actually saw the value in retaining tree solving the problems of the world,” it. The difference between G.J. Gardner and Megan explains. the others was that they actually listened to “I really wanted to keep this tree. It’s such what I wanted and made an effort to factor a beautiful feature but it was in such an it in. It’s nice to deal with people who live up awkward position. G.J. Gardner was the one to their motto.” who came up with something that suited As a full-time professional with a lot on my needs. They listened to what I wanted her plate, Megan felt it was important to and adjusted the plans to what I needed and feel to be in the hands of experts who could what suited the block.” translate her ideas into a building reality. After considering a renovation of “I enjoyed every second of doing the her Ashwood house, Megan decided design. I could pick up the phone any time, that demolishing and rebuilding with they don’t mind high-maintenance types G.J. Gardner was more cost effective. like me. These are people who are really She was particularly keen to integrate interested in giving me a fabulous outcome, sustainability features such as thermal in making me really happy.” \
Tree of wisdom: The design of Megan lane’s house revolved around a 50-year-old Japanese maple.
Tracy Feiner and her family moved into their new G.J. Gardner home in September this year. Tracy undertook the role of project manager on the build while juggling full-time work and a busy family life. G.J. Gardner worked with Tracy to achieve a fabulous four-bedroom home on a steep, vacant block. “After numerous knockbacks from other builders saying a custom-designed home couldn’t be achieved with our budget, the staff at G.J. Gardner couldn’t have been more accommodating. Our needs and our budget were their priority and they managed to deliver an exceptional home on time and on budget. We are thoroughly impressed with the standard of finish and attention to detail and actually enjoyed the whole process of building because of the assistance and communication that remained constant throughout the process. \
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James Tutton invented Moonlight Cinema in 1995, sold it for a bomb 11 years later, then became a developer. The rest is interesting, writes Andrew McUTChen.
t sounds like the start of a joke. Question: What do you get when you cross a 22-year-old arts student with a philosophy major and a business idea? But the answer is no joke. The answer made James Tutton a serious $8.3 million, and allowed the art student to reinvent himself as a property developer. Answer: You get Moonlight Cinema, a Tutton innovation so in harmony with Australia’s love of the arts, events and the outdoors that it’s now a national institution in the warmer months. Summer would be unthinkable without at least one twilight “on damp grass with a warm beer”, Tutton says with a wry smile. “I felt that there was an opportunity to take the film-watching experience and mix it with a more social experience,” Tutton says. “So with great naivety on my part and no real precedent to rely on, I just went ahead and did it. “People had done the occasional outdoor promotional screening and there was a history of outdoor film in Perth and in Broome, but no one had commercially done it. No one had said, ‘Let’s get some prime real estate in Woollahra in Sydney, in South Yarra in Melbourne, in inner-city Adelaide, and try to make this thing work.” Tutton started the Moonlight Cinema business with the not-at-all princely sum of $5000 he had managed to save while he worked his way through uni. “Was Moonlight solvent for the first three months? I don’t know! “It was 1995, less-sophisticated times, when entrepreneurial activity at that small scale wasn’t as commonplace in Australia. Whereas now, it’s become socially regarded as a viable career,” Tutton says. “If people are going to become wealthy, it’s probably one of the most immediate and tangible avenues to build wealth. It’s hard to build wealth working for a company. Sure, there are lots of exceptions – you can run BHP and get paid a lot of money, you can run ANZ and get paid a lot of money – but you don’t fall into those positions with an arts degree.” Humble humanities beginnings or not, there is precisely none of the arts student visible today in 39-year-old Tutton’s persona and more of the company director. Now the owner of a half-interest in boutique property developers Neometro, he pulls back the sliding door of Inkr7 café as if it leads to a boardroom – with a broad flash of teeth and a spray of Porsche car keys on the wooden benchtop. He’s dressed impeccably, but casually, in a denim jacket and a bright knit. The café is on Inkerman Street, adjacent to Neometro’s head office and across the road from the company’s most famous project, the Luxe apartment building. The preconceived question seems less pertinent now – for he’s clearly a commercial creature – but did Tutton create Moonlight with the intention of it becoming a cultural mainstay in a city of arts? “If you’d have asked me then I’d have said it was purely to make a dollar,” Tutton says, with a loud laugh, later conceding: “My two beautiful kids and a happy wife are the projects I’m most proud of, but Moonlight would be up there.
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Cautious: James Tutton didn’t want to be just “another entrepreneur” jumping into development, with it ending in tears. (Darrian Traynor)
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â€œAsk me now, in hindsight, and Iâ€™ve probably realised that it was more emotionally driven and less financially driven. Not that the two donâ€™t merge, but I enjoyed that showmanship. A film is a very accessible medium.â€? The emotional reward of building a business was a â€œbyproductâ€?, but something Tutton basks in for a moment: â€œItâ€™s a wonderful thing to walk into a venue and see 3500 people enjoying your show, so to speak. That was very gratifying.â€? However, with his now-extensive entrepreneurial skill base has come the realisation that there are â€œplenty more straightforward ways to build wealth than screening films outdoorsâ€?. But a lot of those avenues arenâ€™t as interesting. Like developing? â€œPossibly!â€? Tutton says, which leads naturally to his current role as director (with Jeff Provan) at Neometro, whose projects range from bespoke residences to apartment complexes of 40 to 60 units. Itâ€™s a position he has held since 2007. Despite some small-scale property investment projects on the side while he managed Moonlight â€“ usually buying two houses on one title and then subdividing â€“ Tutton was loath to â€œbe another entrepreneur who found success in one industry and then jumped into development with the whole thing ending in tearsâ€?. â€œI was conscious of transitioning into it,â€? Tutton says. â€œI think I was fortunate to come into a situation where I acquired a half-interest in an existing company instead of starting one from scratch. That was certainly an intentional thing on my part, to manage risk.â€? He admired Neometroâ€™s â€œquality of productâ€? and solid 25-year track record and thought he could contribute a much-needed creative approach to an industry that too often â€œstarts with the best of intentions
Tuttonâ€™s two centsâ€™ worth On Melbourneâ€™s future \ Melbourne faces some massive challenges from a town-planning perspective. Itâ€™s clear that broad-acre subdivisions are not an efficient way of enabling population growth. High density is the only way, but we need the infrastructure to support it. On crossing town \ If I want to go from St Kilda to Fitzroy, Punt Road is just a nightmare. If I go around the back of the city Iâ€™ve got to go through the city; it makes no sense. Melbourneâ€™s very vibrant and happening at the moment. Thatâ€™s probably driven more culturally than it is economically â€“ the food, the clothing and the music are going to attract young professionals. But if we make it too difficult to live here, then it becomes an issue.
then lets creativity get value-managed out of buildingsâ€?. Is there a void of art and philosophy in the average modern development? â€œAbsolutely there is a void, and we as a company fill that void but only do so in a very niche way at the moment,â€? Tutton says. Neometro currently has development sites in South Yarra, Fitzroy and Toorak. â€œThe challenge is to be able to maintain that DNA of design and do it at a scale which has some impact. The other challenge is that people within this industry tend to come with construction and real-estate backgrounds. The decision makers are not from a creative background, and that just results in an inherently less-creative product.â€? \
Summer icon: Moonlight Cinema is now in six Australian cities. (FoRd FoCuS MooNLIgHT CINeMA)
On the â€œscourgeâ€? overtaking St Kilda \ St Kilda is culturally challenged at the moment. You look at the vibrancy of Fitzroy, Collingwood, Northcote, Brunswick and Coburg in comparison. The backpackers are a scourge. Itâ€™s impossible to stop; itâ€™s not a good thing. All the retail becomes price-point retail; itâ€™s awful. The pubs are only busy when itâ€™s happy hour; thereâ€™s a queue at Subway! Itâ€™s all wrong. On his favourite development by a rival \ Hue, by SC Land in Lord Street, Richmond. From the floor plans to the finishes, it was really interesting. Commercially, it wasnâ€™t necessarily the right scheme for the location. I think if you took that and put it in South Yarra it would be perfect. \
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There are myriad problems with building and renovating, but help is at hand. are looking to build a new home or IF YOU renovate your present one, an architect should be involved in the project from the earliest
Architects avoid oversized rooms and wasted space and can help you select materials within your budget and at a fair price. They can reduce building costs, decrease your home’s energy needs and increase its future resale value through good design. FINDING AN ARCHITECT \ There are several ways to find the right architect. Here are some websites where you can search for specialists in your building type: (FUSE / THINKSTOCK)
possible stage. If you want to be a registered architect, you have to spend a minimum of five years at university, follow it up with an internship of at least two years, then face a rigorous registration examination and finally undergo ongoing professional development training. Building and renovating tasks are complex and difficult, and an architect is the most qualified professional to guide you through the design and construction processes. Architects are also the only professionals in the construction industry legally and ethically bound to represent you, the home owner. They can help you define your needs and thoughts and they can present options you might never have considered and help you get the most for your money. They don’t just design four walls and a roof; they create total environments that are functional and exciting to live in. Architect-designed houses are more sought after by an increasingly design-savvy market prepared to pay for the benefits and pleasure of living with good design. Using an architect’s services is a wise investment for the money, not an added cost to your project.
www.architeam.net.au – The ArchiTeam Co-operative represents more than 300 architects in Victoria, most of whom specialise in residential projects. www.architecture.com.au – Australian Institute of Architects. www.archicentre.com.au – Archicentre.
“They can help you define your needs.”
Most architects have their own websites, so looking at the type and style of projects they have done in the past is a good way to select a shortlist of potential candidates. Probably the most common way of choosing, however, is either through recommendation by others, or by contacting the architect of a project that you have seen and liked. Interview more than one architect. Check for education, training, experience and references. Most important, however, is a shared vision of what you want to achieve and “chemistry”. You may be working closely with your architect for many months, so it is important that you choose someone you can communicate with and someone that you will be comfortable working with. An architect should be able to take the needs of the client and, working with the limitations of the site and existing structures, council planning and building-code requirements, as well as budget, create a living environment that is beyond the client’s expectations. \
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Robyn DoReian meets a former Porsche worker who is now practising another art form. Jass’ Bayswater workshop it’s neither AT RUDI a tree-like sculpture nor a fan made of rusty Ginkgo biloba leaves that commands attention;
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rather it’s a prototype of a yet-to-be-realised work. On an unreachable shelf in his six-metre-high space sits a three-dimensional cross forged from steel and stamped with dollar signs. Inspired by the 1980s mantra from the film Wall Street – “Greed is Good” – Jass titled the work Greed is Go(o)d. It was originally destined for Southbank’s boardwalk, until the area was suddenly withdrawn as an exhibition venue. A 2½-metre version remains probable, however. “I envisioned a cross in the middle of a pedestal, with a hammer attached to it on a chain,” he says. “Religious people who were offended could vandalise it. To my mind, the more it was vandalised the better, as it would increase in value. But the cross would be hard to destroy, as its material is tough.” Controversy, however, runs counter to Jass’ work. Gentle yet striking are his abstract stainless steel and glass water features, corten steel garden art and kinetic sculptures whose three-millimetre-thick silver leaves turn with just a hint of breeze. Jass came to sculpture via work at the Porsche factory in Stuttgart, Germany. Bored with life in Germany, he used his skills to transport himself to other countries. At 24 he worked in Canada at the VW factory but, deciding it was too cold, found a role as a workshop manager in
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Papua New Guinea. While in PNG he met his future wife, later following her to Melbourne. “Initially, I didn’t want to come to Australia,” he says. “The Australians in PNG were there to make a few bucks and push the locals around. They had the attitude that they were idiots, but the locals in the workshop did everything for me. They were just like friends.” When he arrived in Melbourne in 1983, Jass worked for a Porsche dealer repairing cars. Four years later, a
customer asked him to copy a candleholder for a gift. Jass’ wife encouraged him to make it (she also wanted one) and so he shaped the wrought-iron receptacle. A week later, the customer returned with an order for a Toorak Road shop. Sick of the car dealer’s clientele – “they just wanted to show off and didn’t appreciate Porsche technology” – Jass opened his own mechanical workshop, all the while continuing to craft. After sending photographs of the candlestick holders to House & Garden, commissions followed and he branched out to garden benches and water features. In 1990, Jass met glass sculptor Laszlo Biro and undertook a “loose” apprenticeship with him. “Sometimes I would get stuck on a piece,” he says. “Then I’d phone Laszlo and he would come over and we’d just look at the work. He taught me to just go by my feeling and to do what I thought was right.” Since 1993 Jass has sculpted full-time. His workshop houses most of the equipment needed, such as an
Twisted: Knot (far left), corten steel, on display at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. (SUPPLIED)
Flight of fancy: Gold Helix (above), a kinetic, wind-driven sculpture. (SUPPLIED)
$80,000 guillotine to cut sheet metal, forklift, welders and grinders. Because he doesn’t own an $800,000 laser cutter to stamp his steel leaves, Jass emails designs drawn using a CAD software program to a local who can. Glass is also fashioned off-site. Keen for his work to last 100 years, Jass’ core materials are stainless and corten steel, glass and stone. His technical skill shines with creations such as kinetic (wind-driven) sculptures; the moving arms of the slim tree branches were created like car axles. Of these fluid shapes he says: “I like to make the wind visible.” Inspired by nature, leaves, bamboo, fossils and creatures such as fish and the ibis bird are interpreted with a minimalist, soothing message. “I have a series of sculptures that are all seeds and if people like them, they might think about a seedpod. “People seem to walk through the world without looking at the little details and shapes. I like to make connections between our world and nature so people become a bit more aware of what’s happening with climate change. But I try to do it in a nice way.” Jass is well-known by architects and landscape designers – his water features and garden furniture have featured on Burke’s Backyard and a kinetic sculpture starred in 2011’s Chelsea Flower Show in London. His commissions span a hospital in Japan to a Texan church. “One day Amanda Vanstone phoned saying she had one of my water features,” he says. “One of her kids had broken the glass bowl and she needed a replacement. As she was the then justice minister, it gave me a funny feeling – like I’d been pulled over by the police, kind of guilty, even though I had done nothing wrong.” \
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Snowed under Skiers and snowboarders find some winter-type action at an unlikely summer venue at docklands, writes CArMeLA FerrAro.
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isn’t a place The DocklanDs you’d normally associate with snow but, on any given day, skiers and
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snowboarders lugging warm jackets, snow shoes and snowboards can be seen trekking through Docklands and disappearing into a white, 45-metre tall mountain of a tent that covers about 1400 square metres. The hangar-like space is home to the City Snow Park, Melbourne’s first indoor snow park. Inside is a frozen playground, dominated by a man-made 660-square metre slope covered in a soft, thick mattress of snow. The slope is dotted with various structures placed strategically to enable park visitors to do tricks and aerial manoeuvres, and can accommodate up to 40 people at any time. Following the older tracks of the nearby ice sports venue at Docklands, the snow park, which opened in September, is the lovechild of thirty-something Karen Reid and partner Derek Nicholson. Says Reid: “Snowboarding is a very serious passion for both of us. At the end of the day, I get to put on my snow boots and board and go on the slope for as long as I want; I get to see others snowboard; and I get to run our own events and competitions.”
But the City Snow Park is about more than fun. Reid adds that it is also a place where snowboarders and skiers can improve their skill levels while they ride out the long days between Australian ski seasons. Ballarat-born Reid saw snow for the first time nine years ago when a friend “dragged” her and Nicholson to Mount Buller on a one-day snowboarding trip. “We loved it so much that afterwards, Derek, who started building ramps for skateboarding when he was 11, built a dry slope made of plywood 2.5 metres wide so we could snowboard off our roof in our backyard,” she says. Reid and Nicholson soon upgraded from using shade cloth to slide down the slope to using leftover ice and shavings from ice houses around Melbourne. “They’d put it outside, and we’d shovel it into the ute and take it home,” says Reid. Before this venture, Reid worked as a dental receptionist and Nicholson as an electrician. In addition to their day jobs, for the past seven years the couple ran City Snow Events, a business specialising in portable snow parks for shops and universities. Snow parks are a scaled-down version of terrain parks, which have become increasingly popular at many ski resorts in Australia and overseas. With their roots
Cool customers: Karen Reid and partner Derek Nicholson have tapped into Melbourne’s snow-loving community. (CaRMela FeRRaRo)
in skateboard parks, both feature a range of props that allow snowboarders and skiers to perform tricks. The City Snow Park has two quarter pipes (U-shaped structures with near-vertical walls); nine rails and boxes for the skier or snowboarder to skate across; a wall ride, that allows the skier or snowboarder to jump from the ground and ride along a wall; a bonk, shaped like a garbage can that snowboarders reach from a jump; a staircase on which skiers and snowboarders slide down; and a jump. Reid adds that Nicholson sold a block of land to start up the new business, which employs four staff. They keep costs down by Nicholson, who is a jack-of-all trades, making the fitouts for the park and by having
several volunteers help them with a range of tasks. because I’m dumb... Melbourne I will be seeing u soon.” The snow on the slope is cold to the touch and powder In addition to the slope and structures, which attract soft. Nicholson says the snow is topped up daily by a beginner to advanced snowboarders and skiers in snow gun, which they’ve hired from Lake Mountain equal numbers, the snow park runs a range of popular over the summer. He explains that the machine forces activities. During Hallowe’en, it ran Trick for a Treat recycled water and pressurised air to make snow, which – an event during which snow park users got lollies is then levelled out with shovels. in exchange for tricks. “What a sick night last night!! And have they faced many challenges since they Thanks csp!” said one person on Facebook. opened? “A few,” says Nicholson. “The biggest one was The snow park also runs regular snow-related movie a breakdown in the cooling system because of warm premiers. For Vacation, the last movie it ran, people weather.” The couple and several helpers spent a couple had to be turned away. The snow park also runs jam of weeks in November topping up the snow 22 hours sessions, where skateboarders compete for “sick” prizes, a day, to stop it from melting. “We hardly went including skateboards, jumpers and T-shirts. home,” says Reid, who, with Nicholson, lives in Despite these encouraging results, a level of Sydenham. A Facebook call to action at the uncertainty hangs in the air for this start-up “At the time said to users: “Hey peeps, CSP is getting end of the day business. According to Reid, the current site a 20-tonne dump of snow tomorrow morning because the land is designated I get to board isfortemporary … Any keen CSP members with a shovel redevelopment. While they will be at the on the slope.” current location over the summer, “they’re and or wheelbarrow want to help out, text 0424 526 431 with your details.” having talks” about building a permanent, Nicholson is confident that the new cooling purpose-built venue elsewhere in the Docklands. system and extra insulation he’s installing will see them This uncertainty, however, doesn’t seem to stop through summer, even during hot days. Nicholson and Reid from working on more ideas: A Reid adds that she believes they’ve done “the hard retail/hire shop; women-only sessions; coaching lessons, yards” and that they’re in for a smoother run. They have DJ nights on weekends; major competitions to keep recently attracted sponsorship deals with some of snow professional skiers and snowboarders engaged over the sports’ “big boys”, such as Globe and Neff, and have an summer; and more snow park features. increasing number of people, ranging in age from four If anything, the forecast for the City Snow Park looks to 45, who are keen to “shred” the park. to be heavy snowfalls with a bumper crowd expected According to Reid, their Facebook site is the virtual over summer. \ firstname.lastname@example.org hub where the snow park management and park users meet to share ideas, swap stories or just give their » City Snow Park, 1a Docklands Drive, Docklands. feedback. It attracts about 200 unique page views a 0424 526 431 and 0409 198 085 day and 4818 active users a month. Says one Facebook www.facebook.com/citysnowpark friend: “Why the hell do I live in Griffith, oh I know
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stOrmin’ nOrman HARI RAJ finds a South Yarra house that has a place for everything and everything in its place.
he first thing you notice about 3 Norman Avenue are the tessellated tiles leading to the door and its lovely stained-glass panels. Many of the houses on the street were the work of a single builder, but each has a distinct personality. This one was built in the 1890s, and its period touches and modern accoutrements are in the middle of a very meaningful relationship. The sitting room is what would have originally been the formal dining room. The high, vaulted ceiling and elaborate cornices remain, the latter’s crevices picked out by the light of a chandelier. The vendors have added new touches, such as rows of bookcases either side of a French fireplace. The fireplace might be vintage but the fire is modern – it’s gas, so just press a button for warmth. The vendor says it’s her favourite room in the house, “a beautiful room to sit in and read”. Next is the laundry. It’s right next to the kitchen, which allows it to double as a butler’s pantry when attentions turn to cuisine. Underneath is a wine cellar – it’s well stocked by the current vendors, which means there’s plenty of space should you dabble in viticulture too. Onwards to the kitchen and the dining/family area, the description of which works nicely for the rest of the house. Says the vendor: “There’s lots of light and sky. You don’t feel hemmed in at all.” This may have a lot to do with the central light well, a symphony of angles that works well with floor-to-ceiling windows to flood the area with light. Directly under the skylight is more angular style, this time in the form of a distinctive, daring Pierre and Charlotte island bench. There’s a counter along the window, which works really well in summer – the window above it opens all the way back, allowing food from the kitchen to be lined up to placate the hungry hordes waiting for the barbecue. Outdoors is a sizeable hardwood deck, with built-in gas outlets for a heater in winter. There’s a wooden seat that opens for more storage, and under the deck there is room for the family’s five bicycles. The deck and garden out back are noteworthy for the privacy they offer – Manchurian pears provide shade, and the glass fence around the solar-heated pool doesn’t hinder views. On to the bedrooms, one of which is dominated by a map of the world that takes up an entire wall. The vendor succeeded in preventing her children from marking their travels with pins, but new owners can do as they please. In the main bedroom, you’ve got an original Victorian fireplace, lots of wardrobe space, and Florence Broadhurst wallpaper leading to another ornate ceiling. The en suite has a double shower and additional storage. A big front bedroom has a built-in desk that runs the length of the room, perfect for an office space. The vendor has slung curtains across open shelves in keeping with the room’s aesthetic. These shelves stand guard either side of a French fireplace. Upstairs is a retreat, which might work well as a
bennison mAckinnon, 9864 5000 3 norman Avenue, south yarra Price: $2 million – $2.3 million Auction: November 26 at 1.30pm Fast facts: Beautiful Victorian façade and walkway, vaulted ceilings, four double bedrooms, en suite in main, skylights throughout including sky-lit central bathroom, modern living/dining, open-plan kitchen, abundant storage throughout, pool.
south yArrA \ 4 kms from the cbd how this suburb has moved: up by 20.6 per cent in the quarter to september 2011.* reiv stats
“A FAbulous double-Fronted Period home With A WonderFul extension locAted in one oF south yArrA’s best-kePt secrets, normAn Avenue.” AndreW mccAnn – AGent study – certainly it’s another study in angles, as the house’s sloping roof lends itself to some exciting internal geometry. The end result is cosiness, taken to its zenith in the upstairs bedroom. When the vendor says it’s “snuggly in winter”, you know exactly what she means. A lot of thought was put into this house. Bookshelves – and there are a lot of them – are built into walls, or take the form of nooks for books or knick-knacks or pretty much anything you want, really. A delightfully clever touch are drawers that slide open from under the stairs, which make it easy to put away shoes and the like and add to the house’s streamlined feel. And the skylights are great – even the bathroom downstairs benefits from one. The vendor is very fond of the local crowd; her kids have good friends on the street, and every year there is a street party that encourages more neighbourly behaviour. There are younger families and older residents, and the house is a pocket of peace shielded from any of the noise of the surrounding suburb. \
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In a quiet cul-de-sac filled with Tudor-style architecture stands this three-level Nicholas Day-designed residence that features a lift and two Japanese-style courtyards. The front courtyard leads inside to plantation shutters, mirrored walls, timber doors, parquetry and a sense of English style befitting the street. Just off the secure entry is a sitting room-cum-library with built-in shelving and a doorway that leads to the formal dining room with light-gold-coloured carpet, a feature mirrored wall and an atrium with a water feature. The kitchen has marble benchtops and stainless steel appliances and overlooks the family room, which has built-
in cabinetry set around an open fireplace. French doors lead to a north-facing courtyard with a small Japanesethemed area set under hedging magnolias. Up sky-lit stairs is the main bedroom, which has a mirrored walk-through dressing room that leads to a double en suite featuring marble finishes, a spa bath and shower. Two bedrooms have lovely views. One looks down into the atrium and both share a dual-access en suite. Nearby is a fitted study that overlooks the street. The lower level has a huge laundry with storage, a three-car garage with a workshop and a separate cellar. Como Park is a one-minute stroll and Toorak Village is less than five minutes away. \ MICHELLE OSTROW ZUKERMAN
MARSHALL WHITE, 9822 9999 1a Landale Road Price: $2 million + Auction: November 26 at 11.30am
LITTLE RESIDENTIAL, 8809 5888 275 Lennox Street Price: $1.3 million - $1.35 million Auction: November 26 at 1pm
Just doors from local eateries and bars, this modern three-level residence has fantastic views of the MCG and the city, plus car parking for two. Faturing stainless steel, bluestone floors and a cool aesthetic, this was a creation of Rothe Lowman Architects in 2004. The front gate leads to a courtyard where a huge jacaranda towers over birds of paradise. Inside, the first bedroom has courtyard access and shares a tiled bathroom with a shower-cum-bath and the nearby study. Upstairs is a balcony big enough for a barbecue and table, and inside, the stylish family room has a gas fireplace. The adjoining kitchen has timber cabinetry, a CaesarStone island bench, Smeg appliances and mosaic-tiled splashbacks. On the top level, the main bedroom has a balcony and a fitted walk-in wardrobe. A tiled bathroom has a double vanity and a red-tiled shower. The fourth bedroom has a skylight and built-in wardrobes. \ MICHELLE OSTROW ZUKERMAN
HOCKING STUART, 9509 0411 30 Peel Street Price: $1.2 million â€“ $1.3 million Auction: November 26 at 1.30pm
Near the hustle and bustle of St Kilda, this renovated house has two substantial decked areas for all-weather entertaining. Behind a high, secure gate is parking for two cars and paved access to the covered and sky-lit front deck. A door leads directly into the main bedroom, with a caramel-coloured tiled en suite and another door into the study or second bedroom. A third sky-lit bedroom also has its own en suite. The light-filled, open-plan living areas are off the front entry and include the family room and meals area with polished floorboards. Concertina doors open up two walls to the wrap-around rear deck with a barbecue area and built-in seating. Off the meals area is the galleystyle kitchen with silver splashbacks, white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and a cafĂŠ-style window opening to a CaesarStone entertainment bar with stools. A large laundry has a powder room and a shower and also opens to the deck. \ MICHELLE OSTROW ZUKERMAN
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Canterbury Set on 1455 square metres of Golden Mile land, this corner block not only has its own botanical gardens but is also near Belmont Park. Originally a solid-brick Arts and Crafts residence built in the mid-1930s, rendering, updates and modern renovations have very much kept it in line with English style. The fantastic L-shaped floor plan has the main bedroom at one end and a childrenâ€™s wing at the other, with living areas central to the house. Through the arched doorway is a formal lounge with the feel of a lodge, with an open fireplace and french doors and windows that feature throughout. Doors lead to the formal dining room and on to a sitting room-cumlibrary with a glass atrium and unusual curved marble fireplace. Across from here, the main bedroom has built-in wardrobes, a walk-in wardrobe and an elegant en suite. The extra-large kitchen has granite benchtops, stainless steel Miele appliances and jarrah floors. The adjoining open-plan meals and family rooms open to a paved and covered outdoor dining area. The childrenâ€™s wing includes a central bathroom with a tiled vanity, large mirrors and a bath. Two bedrooms have desks and built-in wardrobes. The gardens have thick lawn dotted with established tress, creeping roses, shrubs and a feature pond. \ MICHELLE OSTROW ZUKERMAN
Noel Jones Camberwell 9809 2000 4
JELLIS CRAIG, 9831 2800 98-100 Mont Albert Road Price: $2.8 million + Auction: November 26 at 3pm
hockingstuart Balwyn 9830 7000 3
Marshall White 9822 9999 4
14 Dominic Street, Camberwell ................................................................. Price: $1.7 million + ................................................................. For sale .................................................................
8 Arthur Street, Surrey Hills ................................................................. Price: $1.5 million + ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 3 at noon .................................................................
29 Mason Street, Hawthorn ................................................................. Price: $2.6 million + ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 26 at 12.30pm .................................................................
This house's seamless transition from refined period proportions to superb architect-designed contemporary counterparts served by a stunning openplan kitchen achieves memorable success and is close to all amenities. Let's eat lunch @ Purple Sands, 180 Camberwell Road Let's eat dinner @ Italy 1, 823 Burke Road Let's drink coffee @ Bread & Butter Cafe, 2 Burke Avenue
This alluring modern house features timber floors, high ceilings, lounge, informal living, marble kitchen, decks, airconditioning, double garage and pool. Live moments from excellent cafes, schools and train. Let's eat lunch @ Indochine, 51 Carrington Road Let's eat dinner @ Athenian Tavern, 2a Cambridge Street Let's drink coffee @ Country Fare, 4 Hamilton Street
A landmark Victorian in a lifestyle location, this ornate tuckpointed residence c1890 is desirably nestled in a prime riverside position by Yarra parkland, trails, private schools, trams and shopping.
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Let's eat lunch @ Grate Food, 111 Church Street Let's eat dinner @ Ocha, 3 Church Street Let's drink coffee @ Coffee Hit, 83 Church Street
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Kay & Burton Albert Park 9252 1800 3
146 Clark Street, Port Melbourne ................................................................. Price: $1.2 million + ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 26 at 1pm .................................................................
Jellis Craig 9831 2800 4
23 Broomfield Road, Hawthorn East ................................................................. Price: $1.5 million + ................................................................. Forthcoming auction .................................................................
Balwyn north Absolutely stunning inside and out, this ideally located town residence provides for sun-drenched open-plan living, private entertaining with city views and first-class accommodation just moments from Bay Street shops. Let's eat lunch @ Hunky Dory, 3/181 Bay Street Let's eat dinner @ The Graham, 97 Graham Street Let's drink coffee @ seven:am, 155 Bay Street
A surprisingly spacious Victorian flaunting an expert architect transformation with impressive open-plan gourmet kitchen/ living areas bi-folding to luxuriant waterfeatured court-gardens with outdoor kitchen and two-car off-street parking. Let's eat lunch @ Porgie & Mrs Jones, 291 Auburn Road Let's eat dinner @ Luscious Affairs, 494 Tooronga Road Let's drink coffee @ Replete Providore, 302 Barkers Road
FlETchERs, 9859 9561 27 Duggan street Price: $3.3 milion + Auction: November 26 at noon
Sitting at the highest point of Balwyn North, this new two-storey family house offers luxury and excellent views. Below a Juliet balcony, hardwood double-doors open onto parquetry floors. Three-metre ceilings, ornate electrical fireplaces and classic cornices frame the elegant dining and living area. A study and family laundry are off the main hallway. Floor-to-ceiling storage, Calacatta marble benchtops, Miele appliances and north-facing french doors make for a comfortable kitchen and family living area. A second (butler’s) kitchen and outdoor dining area carry the heart of the house out into the garden and pool area. Back inside, an American oak staircase leads to three bedrooms, each with Turkish travertine-tiled en suites and spacious walk-in wardrobes. The main bedroom claims the entire north-east wing of the second floor, with double dressing quarters and an en suite. A spacious theatre room has a rear timber terrace. \ EDDIE MORTON
Top-end market remains sensitive to price s
everal houses were passed in last weekend. Of the 29 million-dollar-plus auctions we attended, just 14 sold (three before auction), giving us an indicative $1 million-plus clearance rate of about 50 per cent. This clearance rate has been the common scenario for most of the year – meaning that on most weekends for every Melbourne house that sells at auction or before, one doesn’t. But this weekend there was a stark difference in demand across these houses. Five of those auctions were volcanoes (four or more bidders) and had a total of 27 bidders, giving a Bidderman rate of at least five bidders per auction. Quite possibly there were even more who didn’t get a chance to put their hand up because bidding moved so quickly. One of the volcanoes was for a lovely renovatable period house at 539 Canning Street, Carlton North (Tom Roberts of Nelson Alexander), where five bidders took the original quote of $900,000-$990,000 to $1.3 million. Another was 29 Guildford Road, Surrey Hills (Jeremy Desmier of Fletchers), where seven bidders fought it out to $2.185 million. We saw two volcano auctions for $5 million-plus: 47 Kinkora
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Road, Hawthorn (Peter Batrouney of Jellis Craig), and 49 Mathoura Road, Toorak (Justin Long of Marshall White); both sold with four or more bidders. That “plenty of bidders for properties over $5 million” theme (for the correctly priced A-grade homes) continued during the week with 16 Kenley Court, Toorak (Michael Gibson of Kay and Burton) selling in excess of $12 million and 24-26 Balmerino, Toorak (Hugh Hardy of Bennison Mackinnon) changing hands immediately after a Thursday auction for more than $7 million. However, that’s the good news for buyers and sellers. The not-so-good news is that 50 per cent of houses are not selling at
auction. In the same week as the above successes, we attended 21 other auctions where a total of just 14 bidders put their hands up – that is fewer than one bidder per auction. Many were “ducks” that had no bids at all. Judging by the wash-up on those properties that passed in on “Super Saturday” (October 22) those unsold properties could still be there for weeks to come. Three weeks on from Super Saturday (which had a clearance rate of 43 per cent), just 64 per cent have now sold, meaning that about a third remain unsold almost a month later. What this is telling most market watchers is that the market is clearly not as strong as it was two years ago, when we were seeing nearly 90 per cent clearance rates after this length of time. (It’s not, however, quite the panic stations we saw during the 2008 GFC when houses were simply not selling at all.) What we have here is a price-matching issue. Of the properties that haven’t sold within a few weeks after passing in, sellers’ asking prices are either scaring buyers off from making any offers or sellers are rejecting reasonable offers that are still below their hoped-for price. Would-be sellers need to realise that, while we have quite a good market at market prices, it’s a very limited market
above that. Those who aren’t prepared to meet the market will either end up having to withdraw their property from the market or sit there with no action. Take Bayside for instance. Looking at the clearance-rate results, an inexperienced onlooker might conclude that the Bayside market is in trouble. However, we know there are plenty of would-be Bayside buyers out there, and we have seen examples of houses selling well at auction when correct price matching occurs. A classic case is 24 Roslyn Street, Brighton (Stephen Tickell of Hocking Stuart), which was bought near the end of the 2007 bull run for $2.3 million. Last year its owners tried to sell for about $2.7 million, with no takers. The weekend before last it was back on the market and, with two strong bidders competing for the property, it sold for exactly what was it was bought for four years ago. For sellers the solution is simple: meet the market and you have buyers – miss it on price and you don’t. It’s not rocket science, otherwise I would be out of job. \ Mal JaMes Principal Buyer advocate 0408 107 988 \ 9804 3133 We Only Buy HOMes www.james.net.au
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WOODaRDs, 9805 1111 43 Callantina Road Price: $1.7 million - $1.8 million auction: November 26 at 2pm
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Architecturally designed in the early 1960s, this large property on Scotch Hill is for sale for the first time. Built in typical modernist style and for family life, this residence is perfect for anyone who has ever dreamed of living in such a perfect location with enough space for a growing family. Only a few minutes’ walk from Scotch College, Glenferrie and Riversdale roads, transport, shops and cafés, this imaginative and charming residence is still in much the same condition as when it was built 48 years ago. The main bedroom, with built-in wardrobes, connects to bedrooms two and three through the east wing, while the office, laundry and spacious kitchen make up the west. From the north, projecting eaves and streamlined framing cast long shadows through full-length windows down the wide, open family and living room. Looking out onto the surrounding gardens, where towering gums and Australian natives rule, slate pavers from Collins Street in the city lay over the spacious rear courtyard. \ EDDIE MORTON
RT Edgar Toorak 9826 1000 5
Marshall White 9822 9999 4
17 Robertson Street, Toorak ................................................................. Price: $3 million + ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 3 at 11am .................................................................
24 Anderson Street, Malvern East ................................................................. Price: $3 million + ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 26 at 12.30pm .................................................................
An imposing and private Georgian residence designed by Nicholas Day. Features a separate apartment, return driveway opening to north-west-facing terrace, a formal lounge, separate dining, den and two studies. Let's eat lunch @ Quaff, 436 Toorak Road Let's eat dinner @ Topo Gigio, 432 Toorak Road Let's drink coffee @ Marquee Restaurant, 445 Toorak Road
Bringing together spectacular design concepts, breathtaking garden and pool surrounds, exceptional family dimensions and a coveted location on the edge of the Gascoigne Estate, this luxurious family residence is the ultimate family domain. Let's eat lunch @ The Kitchen Table, 134 Burke Road Let's eat dinner @ Maris, 15 Glenferrie Road Let's drink coffee @ Juzt Blue, 395 Wattletree Road
Fletchers Canterbury 9836 2222 3
6 Godfrey Court, Surrey Hills ................................................................. Price: $1.1 million - $1.2 million ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 26 at 3pm .................................................................
Bennison Mackinnon 9864 5000 3
32 Closeburn Avenue, Prahran East ................................................................. Price: $1.3 million - $1.45 million ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 3 at 12.30pm .................................................................
GLEN IRIS Only if you live in or visited this quiet culde-sac would you know of the delightful house nestled at the end. It features spacious living, separate dining and a large family room, a resort-style pool and outdoor deck. Let's eat lunch @ Acorn Nursery, 665 Canterbury Road Let's eat dinner @ Old Kingdom, 683 Canterbury Road Let's drink coffee @ Cook Book Kitchen, 116 Union Road
Comprehensively renovated to a perfectionist's luxury standards, this inviting Edwardian's elegantly lowmaintenance family spaces enjoy every Prahran advantage. Let's eat lunch @ Spoonful, 543 High Street Let's eat dinner @ Lemnos Tavern, 445 High Street Let's drink coffee @ Cafe LattĂ¨, 521 Malvern Road
NOEL JONES, 9885 3333 33 Bourne Road Price: $950,000 â€“ $990,000 Auction: November 26 at 1pm
A pleasant and welcoming three-bedroom house in a quiet, tree-lined neighborhood, this elevated residence occupies a prime location. With local parklands, public transport and the Monash freeway close by, this house is highly sought-after for its potential. At the entrance, there is a north-facing front sunroom that leads to a large front living area and a spacious bedroom to the right. The rear hallway is through sliding doors, with another bedroom to the left, and to the right is a formal dining room with a heater. A central bathroom is towards the rear of the house, and there is a bedroom further along the hall. The kitchen has plenty of storage and a meals area. It continues on to the separate laundry and toilet. A porch outside has steps down to the back garden and a path continues to the rear garage, carport and workshop area. The house, which is in liveable condition, presents an opportunity to renovate, extend or it could be a development site (STCA). \ JAYNE DUFF
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Jellis Craig 9810 5000 4
12 Bryson Street, Canterbury ................................................................. Price: $1.5 million + ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 10 at 1pm .................................................................
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RT EDGAR, 9826 1000 169 Evans Street Price: $800,000 + Auction: November 26 at 1.30pm
This newly renovated three-bedroom house on a corner block is moments from Bay Street’s shops, a short walk to the beach and near trams and buses. The double-fronted house has modern yet period appeal. Through the wrought-iron front gate, surrounded by a tall concrete fence, is the elevated front entrance. Step through the front door and the living area is to the right. It features a gas heater and a corner window that allows sunlight to spill into the room. The formal dining area has access to the outdoor deck. The separate kitchen is modern, with stainless steel appliances, a sky-light, stone benches, a wine cellar and plenty of room for a meals area. The three bedrooms are carpeted and each has built-in wardrobes. A central contemporary bathroom has wooden detailing on the shower floor, giving a beach theme. The house has polished floorboards throughout, ducted heating and cooling and a separate laundry. \ JAYNE DUFF
The bustling village life of Maling Road is a perfect complement to the tranquil garden surrounds of this lovely house. It is a classic Victorian with elegant character and family-friendly spaces enveloped by a sunny deck and lush garden. Let's eat lunch @ Watts Cooking, 157 Union Road Let's eat dinner @ Blue River Thai, 239 Canterbury Road Let's drink coffee @ Cafe 88, 88 Maling Road
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THE PARLOUR 106 Chapel Street, St Kilda 9593 6601
BARAKA 104 Chapel Street, St Kilda 9534 9492 www.baraka.com.au Inside this veritable Aladdin’s cave are specialty items that you will not find anywhere else in Melbourne. A plethora of homewares, gifts, jewels and gems are sourced from around the globe, hand-picked by the Moroccan owner. Ms Baraka herself sources divine collections from in and around the Middle East, all hand-made by time-honouring artisans. One-off pieces include clothing, books, bags, mirrors, Moroccan glass and a huge collection of the ever-popular Moroccan lanterns hang overhead. \
After 12 years, this salon has evolved into something of a gallery, as one-of-a-kind pieces created by the owner hang from the walls. Being an artist, sculptor and hairdresser is a huge advantage because it ensures your cut will suit your face and style. Being open late Thursday and Friday nights is a plus for the eccentric clientele who have come to enjoy these quirky environs. Sebastian hair products and Keune European colour products are favourites here. \
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MUD PUDDLE 155 Chapel Street, St Kilda 9525 5195 www.mudpuddle.com.au
RECORD PARADISE 100 Chapel Street, St Kilda 9534 9344 www.recordparadise.com
SKIN DAY SPA 147 Chapel Street, St Kilda 9534 7666 www.skindayspa.com.au
Opened three years go, Mud Puddle caters for babies and young kids with well-known clothing brands such as Willow & Finch, as well as its own line of kids’ wear. A large range of gifts, games, toys and unique homewares adorn the shelves. Soon to come are art-and-craft classes for those children with special needs; a wonderful offering for children who require a little more and for parents who require a bit of respite. \
This inner-city record shop is home to a healthy vinyl subculture. For those blessed with a vinyl fetish there are one-off titles, collections and, best of all, new record launches are held in the shop and the adjoining car park. Even the RocKwiz producers use the knowledge and merchandise of this special husband-and-wife team for their show. The shop supports local artists and stocks a small CD, DVD and music-book collection. \
One of the first day spas in town now has its own locally sourced and made beauty ranges. Passionate about local ingredients instead of expensive French products, all stock here is Australian. There are special treats in gift packages, and massages, facials, waxing and shellacking are among the many treatments. Facilities also include a private steam room and geisha bath. A must-try is the lemon myrtle salt scrub, Alpha H products and the scented candle range. There is a sister shop in Fitzroy. \
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CANTERBURY 98-100 Mont Albert Road
Glorious Golden Mile Garden Oasis Gracing a premier Golden Mile corner position directly opposite Belmont Park, this superb residence is a secluded garden sanctuary of 1,455 sq. metres (approx.) featuring broad Mangarra Road frontage and access. An elegant, tastefully renovated family home presenting numerous future development options (STCA) near schools. Comprising 4 sizable fitted Bedrooms (main with ensuite and WIRs), spacious formal Loungeroom (travertine OFP), Diningroom, Study or Sittingroom, open-plan Familyroom on Jarrah floor, outstanding designer Kitchen (granite benches, Highland/Miele 60 The weekly review \ NOVEMbEr 23, 2011
appliances), family bath and powder rooms, laundry drying cupboard, zoned heating and cooling, ducted vacuum, video intercom, gas log heater, entertainment terrace, enchanting landscaped grounds with reflection pond, remote-control double garage off Mangarra Road and double OSP. Close to Burke and Whitehorse Roads shops and trams. Stroll to Camberwell Grammar and Canterbury Girls Secondary College.
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Contact Simon Lord 0407 337 557 Richard James 0408 751 189 Alastair Craig 0418 335 363
Office Balwyn 9831 2800 jelliscraig.com.au
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CANTERBURY 10 Torrington Place
Perfection finds its Place, breathtaking luxury and unforgettable style! An outstanding achievement in unbridled luxury in a coveted dress-circle culde-sac with spectacular city views, this breathtaking French-inspired mansion reaches extravagant heights of lifestyle distinction with a lavish ensemble of endless living/entertaining options for the most astute executive family. Staged over 3 sumptuous lift-access levels launched by 5 car basement, Home Theatre, Bar/Kitchenette and cellar, this awe-inspiring domain features the finest local and imported timber and marble finishes throughout. With 5 Bedrooms (magnificent Master with adjoining ParentÂ´s Retreat, King-sized 62 The weekly review \ NOVEMbEr 23, 2011
freestanding tub ensuite and WIRs), 6 Bathrooms, Library overlooking European-style urn court-gardens, timeless refined domain (gas log fire), upper Teen zone, stunning OP marble/full Miele Kitchen/ButlerÂ´s Kitchen extending to poolside Teppanyaki al fresco Kitchen (Liebherr fridge) and decadent Summer House (bathroom) amidst well-designed established garden surrounds. Conceived and created to extraordinary standards, this palatial home is clearly one of the best!
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Contact Daniel Bradd 0411 347 511 Alastair Craig 0418 335 363 Richard James 0408 751 189
Office Balwyn 9831 2800 jelliscraig.com.au
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KEW 23 Swinton Avenue
Swinton C.1859 - An Extraordinary Riverfront Opportunity Featuring Separate 2 Bedroom Studio and Views To The CBD One of KewÂ´s earliest heritage residences, "Swinton" offers a unique family lifestyle experience in an environment of local architectural significance. Craftsman built in the Italianate style with a rare pyramidal tower and cantilevered walkway, grand proportions are adorned with ornate 14 foot ceilings, decorative cornices, impressive marble OFPs and original timber floors. Serene botanic gardens that host a separate 2 Bedroom Studio stretch all the way to the Yarra River from an elevated position that affords ultimate tranquillity, privacy and incredible, never to be built out views over river 64 The weekly review \ NOVEMbEr 23, 2011
bushland to the CBD. Introduced by a distinguished portico entry, 3 splendid Reception Rooms complement 3/4 beautifully generous Bedrooms, all with robes, in a single level format with country style marble Kitchen and Family Dining. Hydronic heating, underhouse storage, remote double garage with return drive. Simply magnificent current day surroundings that are truly unforgettable piece of urban paradise!
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Saturday 10th December at 2pm Wednesday 12-12.30pm, Saturday 2-2.45pm 2,013 sqm approx.
Contact Adam Cashmore 0407 077 113 Nadine Roberts 0408 960 082 Richard Earle 0418 564 168
Office Hawthorn 9810 5000 jelliscraig.com.au
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TOORAK 76 St Georges Road
´Edzell House´ c1892 A significant chapter in Melbourne´s rich historical and cultural milieu continues to be written on one of the Yarra River´s most outstanding south bank sites with the magnificent Reed Smart & Tappin designed mansion, ´Edzell House´ c1892. An exclusive Imperial haven for late-19th Century society with prominent lawyer and Lord Mayor J C Stewart selecting the site for his home and Dame Nellie Melba performing in the majestic Ballroom, this stately property still savours breathtaking elevated views along the river to the CBD and beyond from its venerated 6,026 sqm grounds. A rare 66 The weekly review \ NOVEMbEr 23, 2011
opportunity exclusively poised with vast river frontage, this remarkable Elizabethan Revival res with landmark roof turrets showcases rarefied grandeur throughout its 30 principal room interior boasting polished timber paneling, exquisite leadlighting, embossed wallpaper and colossal carved overmantels. Providing options for a family estate, redevelopment, government/cultural use (STCA), ´Edzell House´ with its terraced gardens and moorings now consists of 7 mansion aparts with plans/permits for a stunning waterfront home. Further info visit www.76stgeorgesroadtoorak.com
13 1 8 8 131 Expressions of Interest Closing Monday 5th December at 5pm Inspect Thursday & Saturday By Appointment Land 6,026 sq. metres approx.
Contact Jenny Gillies 0419 008 512 Richard James 0408 751 189 David Banks 0422 868 410
Office Armadale 9832 0500 jelliscraig.com.au
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SURREY HILLS 51 Sir Garnet Road
Classic meets contemporary beauty in a leafy pocket! Completely captivating from its classic picturesque façade to its lush north gardens, this superb Edwardian home delivers exceptional contemporary family living in a sleepy pocket near Canterbury oval, schools, tram and train. With Sydney Blue Gum floors, connoisseur´s Euro/Stone Kitchen/OP Living areas and 2nd stylish Living overlooking suntrapped deck.
15 Osborne Court YARRA LIFE Located with direct access to the banks of the Yarra and providing filtered CBD skyline views, this most exceptional residence is set behind automatic gates that open to at least 3 car parks. Through the formal entry to the upper level that will make your jaw drop. Bedroom, bathroom & kitchen to boast about & living & dining room with CBD views across cantilever balcony terrace. Down stairs an alternative main bedroom with luxurious ensuite, the wine store & sensibly positioned laundry. Also the terrace to entertain a cast of thousands & secure gate access to vast riverside parklands as your own back garden.
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Auction Inspect Land
Saturday 3rd December at 2pm Thursday 2.15-2.45pm & Saturday 1-1.30pm 401 sq. metres approx.
Peter Vigano 0407 301 224 Richard Spratt 0412 493 189 Alastair Craig 0418 335 363
Balwyn 9831 2800 jelliscraig.com.au
AUCTION Sat 10th December at 10.00am CONTACT Paul Caine 0407 393 900 VIEW Saturday 2.00-2.30pm & Thursday 6.00-6.30pm OFFICE 370 Albert St East Melbourne
(03) 8413 8000
Balwyn 45 Yongala Street Modern family masterpiece! Representing a new age in family living and entertaining distinction, this stunning executive brand new home is an outstanding triumph in the Balwyn High School zone. Appointed to the highest standards, this superior abode moves through a series of stylish formal, relaxed and teen living zones concluding with decadent al fresco kitchen, north solar-pool and poolside gym (bathroom). Also home-theatre, sleek Euro kitchen (butlerâ€™s pantry), 5 ensuite bedrooms (main/hotel-style dressingroom, freestanding tub ensuite) plus study/6th bedroom. Lavish lifestyle extras include heating/cooling, security, water tanks, smart wiring and auto gates/triple garage.
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3 Thurs 1.00 - 1.30pm & 6.00 - 6.45pm & Sat 1.00 - 1.30pm Sat 3rd December - 11.00am 46 / D6 Price on application Balwyn 544 Whitehorse Road 3103 9830 7000 Laurence Murphy 0421 829 028 Maurice Di Marzio 0419 182 276
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Hawthorn 7 Rae Street Edwardian excellence in privileged position. Magnificent Edwardian residence, c1910 with timeless appeal and faultless period detail is offered for the first time in over 50 years. The charming interior has potential for sympathetic renovations to bring it back to its former glory. Embellished with timber fretwork, stained glass windows, high ceilings and roses throughout the 4 bedrooms, formal lounge with decorative fire place and dining room. A harmonious extension adds a kitchen/meals and sunroom opening to the extensive north facing garden with double garage. With an irresistible street presence in one of the areaâ€™s premier heritage streetscapes it is moments to elite schooling, village shopping, transport and city access. 100 The weekly review \ NOVEMbEr 23, 2011
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2 Thurs 5.00 - 5.30pm & Sat 1.00 - 1.30pm Sat 10th December - 3.00pm 45 / F9 $1,500,000 - $1,650,000 Hawthorn/Camberwell 1153-1157 Burke Road 9944 3888 Maurice Di Marzio 0419 182 276 Robyn Breslin 0405 105 799
Surrey Hills 8 Arthur Street Luxury design excellence. The undeniable allure of this modern home begins with spotted gum floors, high ceilings and light-filled areas. The lounge boasts a sunny terrace, the open plan living leads to a deck and pool which face the marble and Ilve kitchen, and bedrooms offer robes and ensuites. Featuring air conditioning, security and double garage, live moments from excellent cafes, schools and train.
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2 Thurs 1.00 - 1.30pm & 6.00 - 6.30pm & Sat 2.00 - 2.30pm Sat 3rd December - 12.00pm 47 / A11 Price on application Hawthorn/Camberwell 1153-1157 Burke Road 9944 3888 Claire Wenn 0409 857 506 Paul Pfeiffer 0411 224 008
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Balwyn North 2 Cumberland Avenue Contemporary haven exudes class and prestige. Showcasing ultra-modern design in this luxury home near shops and esteemed schools, the bold styling incorporates porcelain floors, lounge with gas fire and doors to northern courtyard. The master bedroom (walk-in robe/ensuite/balcony) adds to endless features including stone Miele kitchen, butlerâ€™s pantry, alfresco dining, home theatre, zoned heating/cooling and double garage.
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Thurs & Sat 11.00 - 11.30am Sat 3rd December - 11.00am 46 / J4 Price on application Balwyn 544 Whitehorse Road 3103 9830 7000 Claire Wenn 0409 857 506 Paul Pfeiffer 0411 224 008
Brighton 57 Cole Street One of the finest homes you could wish for. Inspired design and quality are always in style, and this outstanding home blends both elements magnificently. With 5 bedrooms and a study, 4 large living areas, north-facing outdoor living and a pool, itâ€™s a state-of-the-art home with a spectacular fitout. Precision construction and fine craftsmanship are revealed in every room, including the Miele and Corian kitchen, beautiful sitting room, big family room, 3 ensuites, outdoor bathroom and sauna, and childrens retreat. This has to be seen to appreciate the deluxe feel and designer indulgences. Such a superb home deserves a firstclass location and this has it, one block from the beach, metres from parkland and near schools. 5
> VIEW Wed 1.30 - 2.00pm & Sat as advertised > EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Closing Monday 28th November at 5pm (if not sold prior) > MEL REF 67 / D6 > OFFICE Brighton 307 Bay Street 3186 > TEL 9596 7055 > CONTACT Peter Kennett 0418 318 284
Tamara Whelan 0409 532 606
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Deepdene 1/32 Deepdene Road Deceptively large single level luxury. Offering the perfect combination of an exceptional location in one of Melbourneâ€™s finest tree lined streets with a low maintenance lifestyle. Immaculately presented with its own street frontage on a block of only 3 (no owners corporation) it offers a blend of both formal and informal areas, 3 BRs (BIRs), master with WIR and ensuite, Emporite kitchen (European appls & granite benchtops) and family room incorporating a meals area all with lovely outlook to private north facing courtyard. Features: alarm system, ducted vacuum, gas ducted heating, double remote garage (internal access) and laundry (ample storage cupboards). A short walk to Deepdene Primary School and shopping strip and close to trams, buses, parks, quality schools plus the Balwyn Cinema. 3
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2 Thurs & Sat 2.00 - 2.30pm Sat 10th December - 1.00pm 45 / K8 $1,000,000 - $1,100,000 Balwyn 544 Whitehorse Road 3103 9830 7000 Laurence Murphy 0421 829 028 Maurice Di Marzio 0419 182 276
Hawthorn 100 Elgin Street Heritage beauty in a dynamic location! Part of an iconic row of Victorian terraces, this elegant Boom-style home offers a dynamic lifestyle only metres to popular wine bars, eateries, train, tram and St James Park. Step inside and soak up the timeless appeal of soaring ornate ceilings, classic proportions and warm Baltic floors whilst relaxing in the supreme livability of spacious kitchen/dining domain (Euro appliances) unfolding to lush courtyard designed for intimate al fresco entertaining. The welcoming lounge features gas fire whilst 3 robed bedrooms are all generously sized (main/balcony terrace). Includes lovely bathroom, 3 OFPs, heating, Euro laundry, 2nd external WC and scope to further personalise.
Thurs 12.00 - 12.45pm & Sat from 12.00pm Sat 26th November - 12.30pm 45 / B10 $880,000 - $960,000 Hawthorn/Camberwell 1153-1157 Burke Road, Kew 3101 > TEL 9944 3888 > CONTACT Reilly Waterfield 0422 291 773 Nicholas Holmes 0409 215 104 Glen Coutinho 0409 779 399 > VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF > EPR > OFFICE
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Hawthorn 78 Urquhart Street Classic charm, contemporary lifestyle! An elegant presence in the prestigious Urquhart Estate, this captivating 1920’s home merges the heritage beauty of the era, modern enhancements and al fresco pool areas ideal for today’s lifestyle. With delicately laced ceilings through graceful living and fine dining rooms (OFPs), updated kitchen/ open plan living domain open to an all-weather dining deck elevated over lushly surrounded pool setting. There’s ample scope to further improve this comfortable home boasting 4 huge bedrooms (main/BIRs/spa-ensuite), bathroom, 3 WCs, heating, double carport and Blue-chip location close to exceptional schools, Auburn and Glenferrie Village shopping. Land: 703m² approx. 703 (approx) Thurs 12.00 - 12.30pm & Sat from 11.00am Sat 26th November - 11.30am 45 / E12 $1,400,000 - $1,490,000 Hawthorn/Camberwell 1153-1157 Burke Road, Kew 3101 > TEL 9944 3888 > CONTACT Simon Derham 0411 479 994 Paul Walker 0418 323 122 > VIEW
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Kew 311B Barkers Road The Prestige & The Pleasure Brand new town residence tucked away at the rear is impressive at first sight. Doors are taller and wider, ceilings higher, fittings finer, quality is better and the finish is exceptional! A generous sized living room is enhanced by large Victorian cornices, softened by natural timber window frames - and warmed by a gas log fire. Fabulous family room opens to a patio to bring the outdoors in and the kitchen with abundant cupboard space is awash with light which makes the Blanco appliances sparkle. Sensational views of city skyline in an exceptional position walking distance of many fine schools, trams, trains and Glenferrie shopping precincts. Land 671 sq m approx. 671 (approx) Thurs 11.00 - 11.45am & Sat from 10.00am Sat 26th November - 10.30am 45 / F8 POA Hawthorn/Camberwell 1153-1157 Burke Road, Kew 3101 > TEL 9944 3888 > CONTACT Reilly Waterfield 0422 291 773 Nicholas Holmes 0409 215 104 Nick Walker 0417 330 650 > VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF > EPR > OFFICE
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Prahran 1 Newry Street Sublime Prahran style. Here, the best of the past and the present combine in true Prahran style! This freestanding solid-brick Edwardianâ€™s period ambience is further enhanced by its quiet cul-de-sac setting and flawless contemporary extension. A light-filled and instantly welcoming living and dining area with a wall of concertina glass folding back to a private courtyard affords that much desired indoor-outdoor living experience. The quality appointed stone kitchen, separate laundry and a powder room complete the modern extension, 3 large double bedrooms, 2 with built-in robes, enjoy a fully-renovated bathroom with designer detailing. This delightful property is completed by ducted heating and R/C air conditioning elevating this homeâ€™s character, class and quality. 3
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Thurs 5.15 - 5.45pm & Sat as advertised Sat 10th December - 1.30pm 58 / F7 $910,000 - $1,000,000 Armadale 835 High Street 3143 9509 0411 Andrew James 0411 420 788 Lauchlan Waterfield 0422 290 489
Surrey Hills 2 Thames Street Corner Site with untapped potential (647sqm approximately) Looking for your next project? This 7 room cottage may have past its use-by date but its versatile corner Durham Rd position, generous dimensions (647 square metres approximately), treetop views and English Counties location close to parks, tram, train, schools and Maling Rd are a winning formula for a stunning new home/s (subject to council approval).
647 (approx) Thurs 10.00 - 10.30am & Sat 1.30 - 2.00pm Sat 3rd December - 11.00am 60 / G1 POA Hawthorn/Camberwell 1153-1157 Burke Road, Kew 3101 > TEL 9944 3888 > CONTACT Reilly Waterfield 0422 291 773 Ross English 0419 444 040 Nicholas Holmes 0409 215 104 > VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF > EPR > OFFICE
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Balwyn 37 Stroud Street Situated within the highly prized Balwyn High School zone you’ll find this generous corner site of prime Balwyn land perfect for a new home site or multiple townhouses (subject to council approval). Walking distance to transport, shopping strips, parklands & easy access to major arterials.
Balwyn 39 Barnsbury Road A brilliant opportunity awaits the astute developer and builder with a clear vision for the future. Original home on 603sqm approx presents a golden opportunity to build new residence, redevelop and subdivide (possible dual unit site) subject to council approval. 106 The weekly review \ NOVEMbEr 23, 2011
Thurs 3.00 - 3.30pm & Sat from 11.30am > AUCTION Sat 26th November - 12.00pm > MEL REF 46 / C5 > EPR $900,000 - $990,000 > OFFICE Balwyn 544 Whitehorse Road 3103 > TEL 9830 7000 > CONTACT Claire Wenn 0409 857 506 Toby Parker 0413 581 104 > VIEW
Thurs 11.00 - 11.30am & Sat 3.00 - 3.30pm > AUCTION Sat 10th December - 12.00pm > MEL REF 46 / A8 > EPR $950,000 - $1,050,000 > OFFICE Balwyn 544 Whitehorse Road 3103 > TEL 9830 7000 > CONTACT Maurice Di Marizo 0419 182 276 Robyn Breslin 0405 105 799 > VIEW
Balwyn 16 May Street In Balwyn’s favourite street. 4 huge bedrooms (main - WIR/Ens), 2.5 bathrooms, formal lounge/dining, casual family, huge kitchen, patio. Ducted heating/cooling, floorboards, gas fire, spa, within Balwyn High School zone.
Balwyn North 10 Tuxen Street Warm & welcoming with outstanding prospects. On a wide frontage of 34.2m approx, this superb home offers the chance to renovate, extend or build new (subject to council approval. Lounge/dining with open fire, heating, cooling & garage in the Balwyn High School zone. Land: 904sqm approx.
716 (approx) Thurs 2.30 - 3.00pm & 5.30 - 6.00pm Sat from 1.00pm > AUCTION Sat 26th November - 1.30pm > MEL REF 46 / B7 > EPR POA > OFFICE Balwyn 544 Whitehorse Road 3103 > TEL 9830 7000 > CONTACT Suzie Blade 0407 633 663 Paul Walker 0418 323 122 > VIEW
Thurs 12.00 - 12.30pm & Sat 1.00 - 1.30pm > AUCTION Sat 3rd December - 1.00pm > MEL REF 46 / E3 > EPR $950,000 - $1,050,000 > OFFICE Balwyn 544 Whitehorse Road 3103 > TEL 9830 7000 > CONTACT Claire Wenn 0409 857 506 Toby Parker 0413 581 104 > VIEW
Balwyn North 18 Rangeview Grove This charming highly liveable home offers the possibility to renovate, build a new home or develop up to 3 townhouses (subject to council approval) on a generous 1,071sqm approx allotment. Located in the prized Balwyn High School zone and only minutes from the school, shops and transport.
Camberwell 1a Westbourne Grove 3 bedrooms or 2 with a study/formal dining room, lounge complete with Jetmaster gas fire place, family meals area adjoins a large modern kitchen complete with dishwasher & European appliances, sprinkler system, alarm back to base, cooling & gas ducted heating.
Thurs 3.00 - 3.30pm & Sat from 11.30am > AUCTION Sat 3rd December - 2.00pm > MEL REF 46 / B3 > EPR $1,300,000 - $1,400,000 > OFFICE Balwyn 544 Whitehorse Road 3103 > TEL 9830 7000 > CONTACT Claire Wenn 0409 857 506 Toby Parker 0413 581 104 > VIEW
Thurs 2.00 - 2.30pm & Sat 3.00 - 3.30pm > AUCTION Sat 3rd December - 3.00pm > MEL REF 60 / A2 > EPR $700,000 - $770,000 > OFFICE Hawthorn/Camberwell 1153-1157 Burke Road > TEL 9944 3888 > CONTACT Paul Walker 0418 333 333 Maurice Di Marzio 0419 182 276 > VIEW
Box Hill South 13 Kingswood Rise Relaxed low maintenance living. Beautifully maintained and presented home comprising open plan lounge/dining, adjoining family/meals area, as new kitchen, polished Sydney blue gum timber floors, evaporative cooling, ducted heating, alarm, ducted vacuum and ample storage.
Kew 577 High Street High on family living & lifestyle location. Defined by quality & classic sophistication, this superb residence offers formal lounge, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, open plan kitchen/dining & family room with study & 2 garden courtyards.
Thurs 6.00 - 6.30pm & Sat 2.00 - 2.30pm > AUCTION Sat 10th December - 2.00pm > MEL REF 61 / C1 > EPR $570,000 - $630,000 > OFFICE Balwyn 544 Whitehorse Road 3103 > TEL 9830 7000 > CONTACT Paul Walker 0418 333 333 Maurice Di Marzio 0419 182 276 > VIEW
Thurs 12.00 - 12.30pm & Sat 3.00 - 3.30pm > AUCTION Sat 3rd December - 12.00pm > MEL REF 45 / H3 > EPR $700,000 - $770,000 > OFFICE Hawthorn/Camberwell 1153-1157 Burke Road > TEL 9944 3888 > CONTACT Maurice Di Marzio 0419 182 276 Robyn Breslin 0405 105 799 > VIEW
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Prahran 30 Peel Street Brilliant by design, this fully-renovated 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom residence sizzles with style in this cosmopolitan address. Living & dining areas with walls of concertina glass sliding back to a wrap-around deck, sleek kitchen, northern deck & parking for 2 cars.
Thurs 6.00 - 6.30pm & Sat from 1.00pm > AUCTION Sat 26th November - 1.30pm > MEL REF 58 / C7 > EPR $1,200,000 - $1,300,000 > OFFICE Armadale 835 High Street 3143 > TEL 9509 0411 > CONTACT Andrew James 0411 420 788 Anna Perry 0434 212 271 > VIEW
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