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ell, that explains it. After so many times about how Melbourne (and Sydney) have now become standing at the checkout of the supermarket in some of the most expensive cities in the world. Housing, stunned silence as the cashier read out a truly transport, food and utilities: it all translates into one of awesome figure for the meagre number of items in my the most enviable lifestyles in the world but one that gets biodegradable shopping bag, I discover that my local less affordable every year. IGA is the most expensive in the country. A neighbour Just last week, one of Melbourne’s best-known fashion told me this, as she wheeled her 12-month-old on the designers, Bettina Liano, decried Melbourne CBD long trek to the (insert major supermarket name commercial rents as exorbitant. She was paying here). It’s not that she prefers to shop at the more than $20,000 a month for a Little Collins The 12-aisled hypermart, but the price squeeze Street frontage; now she pays less than $10,000 horse has has finally got to her, and savings has won out a month for a place in SoHo in Manhattan. bolted on over convenience and wanting to support a Well, that’s one of the advantages of striking a proper local, independent business. new rental agreement in a mightily depressed planning Another woman I know is equally economy. As Nobel laureate economist Joseph challenged by the cost of housing in our Stiglitz wrote last week, Australia escaped the area – for rental and for purchase – and as a global ravages of the GFC so well that we barely small-business owner is struggling with the high cost registered a blip. Rents stay high when you don’t go bust. of compliance, wages and overheads. I don’t have a That’s the cost of this excellent lifestyle again. limitless amount of sympathy for all of these struggles – While no one I know is arguing for Greek-style I am proud and pleased that Australia pays high wages, taxation with Gold Coast services, surely the two ends and have no desire to head towards the cheaper wage of this spectrum can be brought a little closer together? levels of Asia or even the US. But I get it. We all get it. Why, when so much of our food is mass-produced in a The evidence mounts and the reports are numerous truly worrying way – and I mean farming practices and

the financial pressures on smaller suppliers here – is so much of it so expensive? This of all countries should be able to grow cheap, good, plentiful food. And if governments, federal and state, had grappled with the issue of affordable housing and all the elements of good town planning and place-making that go with that, then maybe this wide and spreading land wouldn’t have some of the most expensive housing in the Western world. The arguments rage about bringing the cost of living down, and indeed outlandish claims about their abilities to do this will be made by the major political parties in this year’s federal election. They can’t do much about it now. Governments don’t get to set electricity or gas prices and the price pressures – infrastructure, access and resources – are areas that governments really don’t want to get involved in any more. Major reform of agriculture and food production is a forlorn hope. The horse has bolted on proper planning and housing. So I queue at the expensive IGA, I grit my teeth and pay my money, and note with no chagrin as I leave the supermarket, that the air I breathe is clean and no bombs fall. \

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f I told Stephanie Alexander everything about the food journey of me and my kids – a true confessional – I think we’d be talking a good pass, but could use some work. Yes, it’s never McDonald’s (well, once). Yes, it’s never KFC. Yes, we set the table and talk over dinner. Yes, at the impassioned request of an 11-year-old we sometimes eat at the coffee table in front of Modern Family. Yes, we eat fresh produce nicely cooked. But all we eat from my garden is sprigs from a rosemary bush. I tried to grow basil and parsley; disaster. My two lemon trees are on life support. The hydrangeas are rocking, but you can’t eat those. I’m no green thumb. Anything that stays alive in my garden is a happy accident. I’m probably like a lot of other people who are forced to go to the supermarket to buy manky clumps of basil sweating away in plastic, use four leaves and watch the rest blacken in the fridge. It’s not like I haven’t had exposure to this way of thinking; my father was a skilled vegetable gardener and my mother’s passion was the garden. Once, arriving home in the very early hours after a big night out, my sister decided to placate my mother by bearing a sack of horse manure recently deposited on the street by the draught horses that pulled the milk cart. The manure worked its steamy magic, mum quickly forgiving my sister and then dispersing the prize around the newly planted Prunus ‘Elvins’. I don’t possess gifts as efficient as this. All I have is a near-zero tolerance of fast food. My son won a footy award and the prize was a Happy Meal at McDonald’s. I drove my car through the drive-through that night like it was a hearse, and I haven’t done it since. Anyway, I try, but I’ve got a lot of work to do. That’s why a tour by Stephanie Alexander of her famous garden and its superb produce leaves me with mixed feelings: first, slight shame about my own pathetic efforts; and second, admiration that much of what ends up on Alexander’s dinner plate comes from here. I have visited Alexander’s Hawthorn home to talk about garden philosophies, and what better place to do that than here? Alexander shows me the lemon-scented verbena, green beans, the last leeks of the season, zucchini, cucumber, tomato, carrots, red and green capsicums, snow peas, peaches, nectarines netted off against possums, and crab apple. It’s a privilege to see Alexander’s food philosophy made real. In this age of obesity, heart disease and a disconnect from what’s in the earth, I asked Alexander where we are with children coming to some understanding of growing and eating good food, and an idea about a sustainable future, the food chain of experience. “I am of the opinion that children’s knowledge and attitudes towards everything to do with food and sustainability is primarily influenced by what’s happening at home,” she says. “And where there aren’t positive models at home … Children need some sort of assistance if we think it’s valuable that they understand about the growing world and flavour and texture, which I of course do. “In many families things have been allowed to slide. Plus you have a phenomenon where many people who are 40 and 50 – many didn’t have a good culinary education themselves so they grew up eating whatever was put in front of them without thinking about it too much. And if they haven’t had a situation where everybody eats together at home regularly, they’re missing out on something really major. “And by the time they get to primary school, children have an extremely restricted palate, don’t have any



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understanding of how food is grown or the sorts of things you have to do to keep things alive in the garden, they probably have very little understanding, if any, of seasons. They don’t understand that you can’t get apples 12 months of the year because they know you can in the supermarket. “So there’s a big gap for a lot of children. As we face figures about obesity and the implications – I’ve just been to a two-day obesity summit, so my head is full of figures about diabetes – it is quite scary and I believe that one needs to intervene. And we know there are some strong vested interests out there to make them think that junk food is cool, good for them, delicious … There are responsibilities there to put up a better fight.” Changing the culture of how we approach food has been Alexander’s main quest for the past nine years. The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program is aimed at children in years 3-6. After intense involvement in the past few years her role now is one of figurehead to talk about the vision. The operational work is now done by a team of 20. “Our aim is that at the end of 2015 we will have a program represented in 10 per cent of all Australian schools with a primary enrolment.” There is too much at stake not to intervene. “Our intervention is based on doing it yourself, on children’s curiosity, their energy,” she says. “We do find that within a remarkably short time children are interested in new things, willing to try food they’ve never seen before, much less tasted, and there’s a tremendous sense of rising of self-esteem and pride and achievement once they’ve made something they’ve never experienced before. “That is across the board, kids from all sorts of backgrounds; the messages seems to be that if you can do it yourself, if you can have that experience of stirring or chopping or slicing or digging or wheeling a wheelbarrow or putting the peas on a support, you feel very differently about the whole world.” Young people, Alexander says, should be encouraged to be involved in the growing of food. She believes food knowledge should be part of the education syllabus, although she is aware of the objections that would be raised by many people, particularly teachers who say they already have enough to teach.


lexander is confident her program of activities that draw on concepts out of the garden can be integrated into the general curriculum. “What I find when I go round the schools is that usually the first person to respond to me is the principal and they say ‘This is an amazing program, it teaches our children everything they need to know, it teaches them to work co-operatively, to solve problems, to be sensible – you don’t walk around with a pitchfork in your hand or a knife in the kitchen – to encourage them to explore new things and definitely gives them a strong sense of environmental responsibility’.” Alexander says children suffer with food knowledge because of disengaged parents, lack of education, unemployment and being surrounded by messages from all the fast-food advertisers without any antidote. “And possibly their parents think it’s a fantastic idea to get a big bucket of something for $7.” I suggested food needs a cultural turnaround such as there had been with seatbelts and smoking. Will there come a time when it is unusual to eat badly? She cites the public response to anti-smoking campaigns as a positive example of how thinking can change. “One of the messages from this conference [I just attended] was that tobacco as a model of the way public health programs have been put in place has been an outstanding success.”

“… there’s a tremendous sense of rising of self-esteem and pride and achievement once they’ve made something they’ve never experienced before”

So there needs some sort of public action. “It’s all very well saying take advertisements for junk food off TV between three and five … in reality not many children of an impressionable age are watching TV at that time.” But sponsorships of children’s sport by junk-food outlets remains a problem. I asked Alexander whether she believed MasterChef had made cooking cool and had therefore encouraged children into the kitchen. She is not convinced. “While I know that MasterChef is extraordinarily popular because of its competitive attitudes and because the children identify closely with the contestants, I don’t think the message that cooking has to be done under high pressure is a particularly great one for children to observe. However, they are seeing people pick up a real carrot and a real beetroot rather than opening a can.” I asked her about media campaigns against poor eating habits. Was there a fear that it’s elitist to tell people how to eat? “I think the government would say we have just spent $41 million on a program called ‘Swap It, Don’t Stop It’. Very few people have heard of this program. It’s a public health campaign to tell you that you don’t have to give up all the things you love, you just have to make little adjustments to your diet to make you healthier. It’s extraordinary, isn’t it, that nobody I have spoken to has heard of it.”


lexander stresses the importance of families getting together over a meal, a ritual that seems to have faded in recent times. “Lots of families don’t eat together,” she says, “and not just disadvantaged families. There are many children from middle-class families where everybody eats convenience food and they don’t get together round a table, they eat at different times of the night, so as far as social behaviour or interacting or having conversations around a table, it’s not the norm. “We hear frequently from children in our schools they get so excited about setting the table and putting flowers and herbs in the middle of the table … because they don’t sit at a table with anyone.” Alexander is hopeful that the next generation will learn about food and then teach their children. This, she says, is the best way for cultural change. But it can’t happen by itself. “I believe passionately that the intervention we have designed works. I believe if it were universally available to schools I believe that would change a generation of children. However, I also know how much it would cost … So I don’t want to appear naïve. “But I do know that the costs of diabetes and all those other things is astronomical.” Alexander is keen to spend more time writing. The author of this country’s best-known cook book The Cook’s Companion, writes a monthly column in Gourmet Traveller about her garden. She also wants to beef up a newsletter on her website. Alexander continues to be a passionate and energetic crusader for a cause that does – or should – touch us all. I remember as a child looking up at a shelf and a book called You Are What You Eat. That title stayed with me as I pondered the veracity of a food philosophy encapsulated in five words. I got the feeling Alexander wasn’t too cross with me for occasionally serving dinner in front of Modern Family. She says it’s important to set a dinner table regularly, not always. I can hold my head high in front of Australia’s legendary fresh-food guru. But she’s never seeing my garden, unless she volunteers to personally oversee an extreme makeover. \ pwilmoth@theweeklyreview.com.au

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y next-door neighbour – he who is on wife No. 3 see when she was coming home so she could make their kids’ – thinks it’s hysterical that the other adult in this lunch. He didn’t know how to do it. house hangs the washing on the line. I know men who spend an hour over the paper with And I have to presume his amusement is because the breakfast but can’t find time to empty the dishwasher or get other adult in this house is male, and washing clothes is not, out the kids’ lunchboxes. Men who don’t think to replenish apparently, a man’s job. As I said before, this coming from he the milk or can’t cook or just don’t see the dishes and the who is on to his third wife. festering socks and towels on the floor. Surely there aren’t men out there, in 2013, who still think Maybe women do this too – but I don’t know any. And it’s our job to do the housework? I’m not meaning to men-bash. Plenty do their share, But last week a friend told me that, because she including the one who lives here. But lots don’t. men need works only three days a week and her husband What disturbs me most, though, is the fact that works five, he thinks she should iron his business to provide a we have to tell them to lift their game. Or fight shirts. And when she delivers him a list of all the with them about it. An inequity between partners second pair things she does on her not-at-the-office days – when it comes to household duties is one of the of hands cooking, cleaning, picking up and running around most common reasons for discord, and yet men with their kids – he doesn’t get it. don’t get it. We still need to spell it out for them in big Another friend told me she was planning to have a capital letters – DO THE DISHES. long, hard talk with her husband about the housework since Anyone who watched the ABC’s recent documentary she is back working full-time, and he is still behaving like Making Couples Happy will know there are fringe benefits cleaning up after his mess is her job. for husbands who do their share at home. But it shouldn’t When will this all end? I have male friends who are just be what happens to a relationship when a woman feels educated and emotionally intact who will admit to feeling supported, nor should this be about what a guy can get later empathy for their own housebound mothers and the years of between the sheets once he’s washed them and put them servitude and frustration they watched them endure, and yet back on the bed.

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barely lift a hand around the house themselves. Nor do they know what to do with their kids if their partners, once in a blue moon, leave them in their charge. Some have the audacity to call looking after their kids “babysitting” – like they’re doing their partners a favour by taking their own kids to the park. An old mate who should know better, and I’m pretty sure he does now, once texted his wife, who was at the doctor’s, to

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here”), the entrepreneur says specialty coffee The Newcastle girl, who learnt her barista should not be expensive. skills at Gloria Jean’s Coffees six years ago, “People shouldn’t be paying more than had been thinking about change. “But then $3 to $4 for a really good coffee,” he says. “We I got into specialty coffee and that erupted a want our customers to have the best coffee we passion in me,” she says. can offer at an affordable price.” “Melbourne brought me to Melbourne”, It took Haddad, who also owns the Edden says, meaning the lure was more than 10-year-old city-based Cafenatics just the city’s coffee culture. chain, more than two years, much She began her specialty coffee Specialty wrangling with red tape and the journey as a barista at Outpost in loss of a site in North Melbourne, South Yarra and spent another coffee before he could open the doors to two years at Code Black’s sibling, erupted his dream café and roastery. Eclipse in Collins Street. a passion The six-week-old flagship Edden works with a team of warehouse, designed by Zwei about five full-time baristas and a Interiors, features nooks for dining, rotating band of casuals at the Bruswick brewing, reading and contemplating. warehouse and showroom. There’s a creative brunch and There’s cold-filter coffee on offer – mine lunch menu that offers house-made was a 2012 Cup of Excellence bean from the crumpets and whipped orange ricotta La Cumbre farm in El Salvador, served on day or roast pumpkin, basil and goat’s nine of Melbourne’s record hot spell. Divine. cheese sandwiches. Code Black also has a hot-filtered brew and Haddad will use the 1000-square three espresso options: a daily single origin metre space to supply coffee for his premium and two house blends. Code Black cafés, which include Eclipse, The milk coffee blend, made with beans Little Wish and Little Bean Blue in the from Guatemala and Honduras, is a city, and to make specialty coffee more disarming drop with notes of bittersweet widely available. chocolate, walnuts and malt that blast A second Code Black retail outlet is also through expertly textured milk. \ planned in the city soon. ltolra@theweeklyreview.com.au

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he menu cover at Little Hunter makes amusing reading, like an old animal husbandry handbook, and poses questions such as: Is the animal bright and alert or dull and depressed? Are the eyes clear and does the animal see well? Funny they should ask. The animal does not, at first, see well in this windowless basement off Little Collins. It’s the retinal shock of coming from sunshine to a subterranean space via fire-escape stairs and a gloomy corridor with mysterious curtained portals. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, and a glass door swings open to reveal a sassy industrial bunker of booths, bar and bright staff happy to welcome you to their enigmatic grill house. You’ll need a drink while the eyes adjust. Go for a craft beer or something from the fascinating wine list littered with quirky labels such as Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch merlot, Ma Petite Francine cabernet franc, and Are You Game cab sav. Once the neurotransmitters return you’ll be able to make out the bull mural behind the communal table and the cage installation with stuffed fowl – omens, if you like, of what’s in store on the plate. North Carolina native Gavin Baker comes to Melbourne via Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, which is a pretty impressive detour. In a previous incarnation he was one of those chefs who served savoury lollipops and “edible landscapes” with titles such as Sunrise From My Plane Window. Thankfully, here he’s focusing on meat, in all its glorious guises. The first guise is butter. Butter mixed with rendered chicken fat and bits of blitzed chicken skin. Feel free to pause here to consider the lardaceous implications of that sentence. The chicken butter is served with the kitchen’s own bread, a pull-apart of white dough rolled with thyme and Australian cheddar and then, for good measure, rolled with more thyme and more cheddar and baked into a concertina loaf. Bread that oozes with its own saturated fats does not need chicken butter but, hey-ho, we’re not here to diet. Slather it on and slam it down, with pleasure. In the same spirit of nutritional abandon we summon a bowl of pork cracklings. It’s not crackling as we know it but deep-fried pork skin, translucent and puffy and popping to bite, showered with white cheddar and paprika. Add a dipping sauce of apple and cinnamon and you’ve got a balanced meal right there. The publicity for this place, which is owned by a gang of hospitality types – including MKR megastar Pete Evans – promised small plates that “expose the kitchen’s creativity”. And so it is that an otherwise rustic-sounding dish of country pâté features balsamic vinegar balls – created by a process known as spherification among molecular gastronomy geeks. They surround a pinkish rod of porky terrine draped in lardo slices, all ghostly white


and greasily delicious. The lardo’s made in-house apparently. (The menu declares: “We cure, smoke and preserve ourselves.” I imagine that must tickle.) There’s some cinnamon in there, too, the freshness of pea shoots, and pickled walnuts – which always freak me out because they look and taste so little like walnuts. But altogether it’s quite fun and enjoyable. Less so the watermelon salad, four half-wheels of melon glued into a log with goat’s cheese and camouflaged with rocket leaves and truffle oil. Tricked up too much for my tastes. Sides channel Baker’s southern roots in a plate of nicely roasted yam wedges with chimichurri (chopped parsley, garlic, oil and vinegar), and grits; Baker’s own bright-green grits hybrid is flavoured with a herb butter of parsley, tarragon and chives. I wouldn’t have the

faintest idea if they’re any good – they taste like herby polenta to me – but my Yankee lunchmate likes them. Of the larger dishes, we go for the Chatham Island blue cod. Its skin is more tanned than a Toorak matron, the flesh snow white and scrumptious. It comes with “sea grasses” – woody samphire stalks that detract rather than add to the fish – and the welcome richness of braised leeks and burnt butter. Perhaps everyone but me will love the steaks. I go for the Cape Grim filet mignon with “coffee and woodsmoke”. Translated, this is a great piece of grass-fed beef from north-west Tasmania that’s been marinated in coffee and Worcestershire sauce, then smoked for two hours, then cooked sous vide at 54 degrees until it’s medium rare. After this it is tossed on Little Hunter’s wildly expensive Josper grill to brand it with char marks and make it look like a real steak that hasn’t had the life slowly poached out of it. Is the animal bright and alert or dull and depressed? I reckon it’s a bit on the dull side. As I’m chewing on the quite tasty but strangely unexciting flesh, I can’t help thinking: if you’ve gone to all the trouble of importing the Ferrari of barbecues, why not just barbecue the thing? There are no such reservations about dessert. It’s a battleship-grey scoop of liquorice ice-cream resting on meringue-like nuggets of milk curd, with trendy bee pollen on top and zesty spears of candied orange peel. In a word, fabulous. Not just any old fabulous, but eyesrolling-back-in-the-head fabulous. You should try it. \ khill@theweeklyreview.com.au tO read mOre revieWs


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The read I do know people who might mature vinegar in the burnt-out trunk of a spruce tree, or serve wild trout roe in a warm crust of dried pigs’ blood. But I’m not one of them. No matter, recipe books can be just as valuable for their techniques and inspiration. That’s how the author of Fäviken, Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson, suggests his be used: “If you read the recipes with an open mind and make an effort to follow the principles, the results will be delicious. They won’t be the same as if I cooked them … every cook is unique,” he says. Stunning images of remote rural beauty and whimsical morsels served on slabs of rock or in long-handled wooden spoons are the visual and emotional appeal of this earnest tome. Nilsson runs his unique, isolated restaurant, Fäviken Magasinet, 600 kilometres north of Stockholm, serving only locally produced or hunted ingredients. The restaurant, on a traditional Swedish farm, caters for just 12-14 diners each evening.

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If you are male, older than 30, a serious wine connoisseur, or all three, look away now. This one is for the young, fashion-conscious drinker, with painted nails, slick eyeshadow and glossy lips, who wants wine to “match the moment”. There’s Be Fresh Sauvignon Blanc, Be Luscious Moscato and Be Breezy Rosé, suited to “intimate girls’ nights in, afternoon picnics in the sun and celebrations with friends”. The wines, launched by Treasury Wine Estates in the US last year, are about as lightweight as their marketing suggests and intended to be drunk thoroughly chilled. The promotional material even includes make-up tips. Why not?

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The ingredienT Great paella starts with really good Spanish bomba rice, but the olive oil has to be good, too. So does the paprika. And for that matter the stock, the sherry vinegar and the saffron. So rather than running all over town, I went to the experts. Raw Materials, a supplier of local and imported top-notch groceries, has been around since 2002. Its ingredient hampers are lovingly tailored, beautifully presented packages of foodie quality with themes such as Italian grocer, pantry essentials and something sweet. Choose from the range, or select your own ingredients online. Food lovers note: the Footscray showroom will be open for Easter shopping and a grand cru chocolate tasting this weekend. » www.rawmaterials.com.au » We’re giving away a Raw Materials Spanish fiesta ingredient hamper, $135. MARCH 27, 2013 \ The weekly review 11


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This way you’ve eliminated the two major factors for the rapid decline of wine: loads of oxygen to feed the reactions; and a lower temperature to slow the rate of oxygenation down. I’ve also found that winesave, a can of inert argon gas that creates a barrier between oxygen and wine, works well, too. \ bthomas@theweeklyreview.com.au to reaD more reviews


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ou open a bottle of wine, pour a couple of glasses and, before you know it, it’s bedtime. In a scene that’s played out in households around the country every night, the bottle and its remaining contents spend the night on the kitchen bench. Just how long have you got to finish the bottle? A few days? A week? The answer is not as long as you might think: a day for anything but the best of whites and a couple for a good red. Wine is not whisky or gin, which seem to sit happily in a cupboard for months after opening. It is a living liquid, with chemical reactions occurring every moment that keep the aromas, flavours and structure evolving. It’s fair to say I’d have a liver resembling that of a foie gras goose if I drank all the wine samples that come in for consideration in these pages. A lot of the time I’ll pour a glass from a bottle to taste before passing it on to colleagues, family members and friends. I won’t name names, but I have often called around to their places and found the wines untouched, a week, or two, or even a month later. The wines have had it, but when I mention that they won’t be any good, the same answer is usually given: “I thought it would keep and didn’t want to pour it out.” Once a bottle is opened, the wine becomes exposed to oxygen, which speeds up its development exponentially. It’s impossible to defy this ageing process, but there are ways to slow it down. Keep an empty half-bottle of wine handy and at the end of the night pour what wine is left into it before popping it in the fridge.

Decent exposure There are times when wines do need a little exposure to air. Decanting can help a young wine to open up – especially one that’s sealed with a screwcap – and help it drink at its best. a quick double-decant (a splash in a decanter before pouring the wine carefully back into the bottle) is usually all you need to bring the wine to life. If a wine really strikes a chord with me, I’ll often taste it over two or three days to get an insight into how it develops and to gauge its ageing ability. Some wines get better, revealing hidden characters, while others are at their best when they’re fresh from the bottle. I find it a helpful way to judge whether a wine is worth buying a case of to put away for a few years. \

TasTe This Mount Avoca Merlot 2010

Salena Estate Fiano 2012

(Pyrenees) $29.80; 13% ★★★★ sMOOTh

(Riverland) $20; 12% ★★★★

The 40th vintage of Mount Avoca, a Pyrenees pioneer, delivers this lovely merlot. With rich, lifted aromas of rose petals, mulberry, blackberry, vanilla and mocha oak, it’s concentrated, but light on its feet, with cherry, cranberry and blueberry adding to the show. Textural and smooth, its citrus-flavoured acidity is vibrant and fresh, while fine, powdery tannins carry the wine to a lengthy finish. Composed and controlled: a delicious drop. Food match \ Grilled fillet steaks


Crittenden Estate Los Hermanos Saludo al Txakoli 2012

Terra Felix La Vie En Rosé 2011

(King Valley) $25; 11.5% ★★★★ ZiPPY

Txakoli (pronounced sharkoli) is the wine of Spain’s Basque country that you see being poured from a great height at the region’s restaurants and tapas bars. It’s a wine that’s best consumed with food and so is this local txakoli tribute, made with petit manseng grapes from the King Valley. Intense flavours include lemon, lime, pear and stone fruit. Its intense acidity is zippy and chalky, but easily tamed by food, and a little spritz adds another level of refreshment. Food match \ Bacalao croquettes

No matter how good a wine is technically, if it’s no fun to drink there’s little point talking about it. Here’s one that’s worthy of shouting over rooftops. With blossom, cut pear, citrus, peach and a sprinkle of herbs, it’s subtle, but a delight on the nose. While these characters carry through as fairly intense flavours, it’s the texture and tension between flavour and a line of mineral acid that’s the highlight. The wine slips down easily (a good thing in my book) as drinkability is a key to many wines. Food match \ Spaghetti with clams

(Central Victoria) $17.50; 14% ★★★★ CRisP

Made from mourvèdre – always a good grape for a rosé – this is a vibrant candy-pink colour. It’s loaded with blackberries, earth, raspberries and dark cherry pip and flesh aromas that are sweetly mirrored on the silky palate. A juicy line of acid cuts through the medium-bodied flavours to keep the wine crisp and refreshing. Length is good, too, with a mix of orange rind and dried herbs on the finish. It’s a good rosé at a good price. Food match \ Pizza with prosciutto

Love a bargain? Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Shiraz Cabernet Petit Verdot 2011

(McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Peninsula) $16.50; 14.5% ★★★★ A cracking, well-priced wine, it’s just at home with a pizza, pasta or barbecue, and has a lot more interest than many wines about the same price. Deep, sun-baked aromas of violet, blackberry, dried herb, vanilla and spice are alluring. In the mouth, the berry, cherry flavours play second fiddle to herbal savoury elements and drying, almost chewy, tannins. Bright acidity carries the flavours to a light, long finish. Food match \ Grilled lamb rump

5 ★ Outstanding 4 ★ Really good 3★ Good

2★ OK ★ Not worth it

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Hoyt hits the heights

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or someone with the jazz world at her feet, Elly Hoyt isn’t rattled. In fact, the 26-year-old Tasmanian native takes talk of her impending stardom in her stride. “If I wasn’t doing this because I loved it, then what is the point? I’m not doing it to win an award,” she says with an air of maturity. But her composure cracks when she realises the irony of her statement – in 2011 Hoyt won the Best Jazz Vocal album award at the prestigious Jazz Bell Awards for her debut album – a mighty feat considering she was up against some of the greatest in the business. “I was not expecting it! They would write little notes in the emails reminding us all to write our speech and I thought, ‘oh whatever, as if! I’m just going to go there and have fun.’ And [then] I had to get up, and I’m like, what do I say!” Hoyt was the girl in your class who sang at assemblies, stole the lead in the musical year after year and led the choir. She’s also friendly, funny, stunning and beautiful, all the while possessing that rare ability to make you feel like her best friend within moments of meeting her. Quite simply, Hoyt has that star quality that can’t be taught – it’s not hard to see why she’s already achieved so much in such a short amount of time. Her love of performing began when she sang Silent Night at her kindergarten end-of-year concert – the room was in tears by the end of her performance. “I vividly remember forgetting the words, so I just kept going, and I made the parents cry, and I remember going, wow what is this?” she says, laughing. Hoyt rejected the usual pop bands most young girls idolised – “I hated Aqua and the Spice Girls” – instead growing up on a diet of Billie Holiday, Carole King and Eva Cassidy out on a big block of land on the north-west coast of Tasmania with four siblings and her parents. Perhaps it was being 20 minutes from the closest town coupled with the isolation from big cities that contributes to her refreshing, down-to-earth attitude. “I was never a city girl. I literally rode horses in the bush, climbed trees and built cubbies.” It wasn’t until she was 13 that Hoyt took her first step to realise her aspirations by auditioning for the Tattersall’s Youth Big Band in Tasmania. The opportunity allowed her to play regular gigs while supporting Australian jazz legends such as James Morrison, Emma Pask and Don Burrows. “It wasn’t until then that I thought wow, this is awesome!” Hoyt had found jazz, or perhaps jazz had found her. At the same time, she was asked to perform the national anthem for the Australian Cricket Board at a Test match – the youngest person in Australia ever to be selected. “I remember them all in their line and they were all like, ‘good job mate’!” Hoyt continued her studies but soon realised she had to trade country life for the city smoke if she wanted to pursue a career in music. She studied at the prestigious conservatorium at the Griffith University in Brisbane upon finishing high school, where she refined her technique and worked hard to be “the best I could be” alongside the likes of Megan Washington and Katie Noonan. It was here she was taught by her “mentor and father figure” John Hoffman, considered the finest jazz trumpeter in the country, who says everyone knew Hoyt was a “star in the making”. “There’s no one I enjoyed teaching more than Elly. She is up there with the best in the country. She is easily the most talented artist The Con has ever seen,” he enthuses. And Hoffman would know – his illustrious career has seen him share the stage alongside Frank Sinatra,

music \ A young Tasmanian singer is making the jazz world sit up and take notice, writes ElizAbETh AnilE Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles, among many other musical greats. “She’s got an exceptional sensitivity for music. She really was the perfect, model student. I’ve been at The Con for 18 years and I’ve never seen someone spend more time in the practice rooms … she’d be working on something every day,” he says. “I can talk for a long time about her, I’m still trying to adopt her!” Since shifting to Melbourne after her studies, Hoyt has fronted Hoffman’s band at the Bennett’s Lane festival on a number of occasions, because, as Hoffman so eloquently puts it, “if you have Elly Hoyt in your band, it’s already a better band”. Legendary Australian jazz musician James Morrison wholeheartedly agrees. He selected Hoyt out of thousands of singers around Australia to win the renowned Generation in Jazz vocal scholarship in Mount Gambier in 2008. “There were other singers who could sing with great voices but what got me about Elly, when she sang, you get the feeling she believes what she’s singing. She hasn’t just learnt the words and notes,” Morrison says. To add to what was a massive 2012 for the singer, Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings handpicked her to perform in November for Prince Charles and Camilla on their Diamond Jubilee tour throughout Australia. “It was a surreal experience. I felt privileged and honoured that I not only got to be a part of it, but more so that I was performing for 700 of the most wonderful, top people in Tasmania,” Hoyt says. While 2012 was a big year career-wise for Hoyt, it

was also a difficult one. Health issues with her immune system, which have taken nearly a year to work through, left her at times unsure “if I wanted to keep going with it all”, plunging her into depression and temporarily zapping her enthusiastic spirit. But with support from her partner, Adam, and her family and friends, Hoyt is more determined than ever to overcome this rough patch and keep chasing her dreams. “You just are doing what you are doing and these things happen. It gave me a lot more motivation.” The silver lining to last year was the news the Australian Council had approved a $10,000 grant for Hoyt to study in New York City for three months later this year. “We sat at the computer, me with butterflies, covering my face. I look up and [the email] said “I FELT LIKE ‘congratulations’. I cried my eyes out and just THE LUCKIEST hugged [Adam] and felt like the luckiest girl in GIRL IN THE the world.” WORLD” While Hoyt couldn’t “quite believe it” at the time, the news came as no surprise to those closest to her, and was indicative of the good things that are bound her way. “It’s something that I’ve wanted for a very long time but I try to remind myself that hard work pays off. “If you follow your heart, keep pursuing your dreams then good things happen … don’t ever give up.” \ eanile@theweeklyreview.com.au » ellyhoyt.com.au

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Sex in the city Illegal brothels are flourishing in Melbourne and the authorities are struggling to stop them. By BEAU DONELLY




AUGUST 15, 2012

WICKED WEB: Screen grab from the Sweetybabe website

Executive director Kelly Hinton suspects many more women who have come through her doors were also trafficked.“This is trafficking for the purpose of exploitation,” she says, adding that Jessica was tricked into harsh conditions and forced to sign a contract.“She was in debt and wasn’t allowed to use condoms and she could never decline to do a service because once she signed the contract she thought she had no rights.”


he had signed up to work in a brothel. But when Jessica arrived in Australia from south-east Asia, the young mother didn’t expect that her passport would be confiscated or that she would have to work off a debt to her traffickers. She didn’t know that she would have to live inside the brothel, on-call 24-hours a day, forced to have unprotected sex with countless men. If she had, she says, she would have continued working at the brothel in her home country, where she was barely earning enough to pay off rising medical bills. “They said it would be the same as in my country,” Jessica recalls. “They said it was safe. But I had to do everything. All of this with no condoms.” Jessica had a valid student visa when she arrived. It had been arranged by the traffickers who were well aware of Australian laws that allow international students to earn a living as sex workers. After receiving directions via a payphone at the airport and parting ways with the young women she travelled with, Jessica made her way to a legal innercity brothel. When she arrived she gave $1000 the trafficker had given her to the brothel owner; a transaction she now believes was a finder’s fee payment. She was then forced to sign a contract that would effectively have her working as a sex slave for the next three months. Jessica is now safe, but her story is not uncommon. The federal government’s Support For Trafficked People program has assisted 191 people since 2004, the majority of whom were forced into the sex industry. But due to the nature of sex slavery, the number of women trafficked to Melbourne and Sydney’s inner-city and suburban brothels is likely to be much higher. Melbourne support group for women in the sex industry, Project Respect, has supported 20 trafficked women in the past 12 months.

Two weeks ago, officers from Victoria Police’s newly-formed Sex Industry Co-ordination Unit (SICU) swooped on a business in Melbourne’s south-east.The taskforce was established on February 29 to coincide with legislative changes that made police the lead agency for investigations into the multi-million dollar illegal prostitution industry. They charged a 66-year-old Bentleigh woman and a 64-year-old Ormond woman with forcing a child to have sex for money. The business was one of about 100 licensed brothels in the state. The legal sex industry estimates there are 300-400 unlicensed brothels across Victoria with links to human trafficking, tax evasion and organised crime. Government corruption has also been a problem. City of Yarra planning enforcement co-ordinator

Ken Wolfe last year pleaded guilty to taking more than $130,000 in bribes from illegal brothel operators. It was Wolfe’s job to enforce sex laws and shut down illegal brothels from Fitzroy to Richmond. An enforcement officer from Darebin council was also stood down in 2011 after it was revealed that he was involved in the illegal sex trade. According to a Productivity Commission report released last month, local councils responsible for brothel planning, zoning and workplace health and safety, continue to identify illegal brothels and co-ordinate further enforcement with state and federal government agencies.The job of investigating illegal brothels has traditionally been split between councils, local and federal police, consumer affairs and the tax and immigration departments. Port Phillip council conducted eight investigations into illegal and legal brothels in the 2011-12 financial year.Three legal brothels were found to be breaching their permits and the council pursued two cases at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Echoing the findings in the report, Port Phillip council and the Australian Adult Entertainment Industry, the body that represents Victoria’s legal brothels, want police to take a more active role in the crackdown against illegal brothels. Port Phillip mayor Rachel Powning said council officers continued to investigate illegal brothels before referring them to the police.“Police are better

positioned to investigate and pursue allegations around illegal brothels due to the broader issues such as criminal activity and other related offences,” Cr Powning said. “Any action taken under planning legislation for illegal land use generally results in an operator moving to another premise.” Under local laws, councils have the power to prohibit the use of a premises where an illegal brothel is run for up to three months. But the legal sex industry claims this does nothing to deter illegal brothel operators who easily set up shop somewhere else. AAEI spokesman William Albon commended Port Phillip council on its work against illegal brothels but conceded local laws were too restrictive.“Regrettably, the council can only use planning law and go after the owners of the land where the illegal brothel is sited,” he said. “Rarely is the owner of the land the illegal brothel operator.”

Since it was set up, SICU has investigated three illegal brothels. One of them is located in the City of Port Phillip, where South Melbourne has 10 per cent of Victoria’s licensed brothels. However, the taskforce has failed to identify a new breed of brothel, which began promoting its prostitution racket through website Sweetybabe.net. Sweetybabe clients access photo galleries and descriptions of sex workers “available today”, who are promoted as a mix of students, office ladies and clubbing girls in their late teens and early 20s.The

website details the sex services provided and costs, starting at $350 an hour. Contact with the brothel operator is made via a 24-hour customer service hotline or Chinese social networking website QQ. The illegal brothel employs at least 19 sex workers and was set up the day before SICU launched. Six new sex workers have been promoted online in the past week. The racket, allegedly run by a Chinese syndicate that has spread from the suburbs to inner-city hotels, has recently made inroads across state borders to Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. A mobile phone app to complement the website is under construction. Victoria Police Inspector Trevor Cornwill, who lead SICU until last week, said the taskforce was not investigating any brothels operating out of Melbourne hotels or Sweetybabe.net. “We are investigating one illegal brothel in Melbourne CBD based at a fixed address,” he said.“We haven’t looked at any hotels.” Asked whether he suspected an illegal brothel was running out of Melbourne hotels, Inspector Cornwill said he wouldn’t be surprised.“Yes, it’s possible because these illegal brothels are quite fluid in that they’ll set up in one place and then move to another place. It wouldn’t surprise me at all.” Sweetybabe clients are not told which hotel will be used until the day of the rendezvous; they are typically met by staff in the hotel lobby and given a key pass to access the elevators and hotel room. In some cases the illegal brothel operator uses one hotel room as a reception area, showing clients a line-up of sex workers and providing pre-booked rooms. A customer who attended the mobile brothel operating out of rooms at Crown Towers on four occasions since March said he was offered sex each time and told he could request different women. He was asked to pay $350 an hour or $550 for two hours in return for sexual services. The customer attended West Melbourne’s Flagstaff City hotel last month, where he was introduced to five women who were providing sex services out of two rooms. He was also offered sex at the Grand Chancellor in June. In a members-only forum on Chinese dating website CatchGod, another client of the mobile brothel described his encounter

with a Sweetybabe sex worker at Crown. He wrote that the sex worker charged $350 an hour for sexual services without a condom. “It’s worth the money,” he wrote. “This weekend I’m very satisfied. Thanks to the Sweety girls for providing a high-quality girl.” The hotels have denied any knowledge of brothel activity.

Sex industry sources say they are concerned that the new police taskforce is too focused on illegal brothels operating in the suburbs to shut down the mobile brothel operating in the city.The owner of one of Port Phillip’s 12 legal brothels, who asked not to be named, was doubtful a small team of police officers could effectively crack down on operators.“I’ve heard about the new team, but there are not enough of them,” the owner said.“The problem is so big – illegal brothels are booming.” One former brothel manager said he knew many Chinese sex workers who quit their jobs in legal brothels to work for the mobile syndicate. He said the women earned more money working for the mobile brothel because the customers, mostly young Chinese students, were prepared to pay more to avoid going to street-front brothels. Since 2009 there has been a push to introduce signs in the reception area and all rooms of legal brothels that describe what sex slavery is and provide the phone numbers of local and federal police. However, unless the signs are displayed in languages other than English and unless the state government is on board, critics argue they will be useless. Through an interpreter, Jessica said she was forced to sign a contract when she arrived in Australia. She believed she was not allowed to leave the brothel and with no understanding of local laws, she went to work. “When a customer came in we all came out from the room and line up.” Jessica said she paid a cut of her wage to the brothel owner, the trafficker and the Malaysian agent who recruited her. Along with the Malaysian, Chinese and Korean women she lived with, some who were also trafficked, Jessica was available for sex 24-hours a day, seven days a week before she finally escaped. (Jessica’s name has been changed)

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hio Otani has learnt to bust a few moves since joining Australia’s premier dance company Chunky Move. The costume designer, who graduated from Victorian College of the Arts with a BA in dance and studied fashion at Box Hill TAFE, recently showcased her crafty ensembles in the company’s new work 247 Days. “I’ve learnt that there are so many different ways to make theatre,” says Otani of her work with artistic director and choreographer Anouk Van Djik. “The way Anouk works is completely different from what I’d known so far, so it has been a learning process as well as amazing experience,” she says. “As a designer, I realised that I should trust my instinct and always remember that first impression [and] that first brilliant idea is always the one.” When it came to designing the outfits for dancers in 247 Days, Otani says it involved closely watching the rehearsals. Observation was the key to finding what worked on stage in terms of fabrics that flowed with constant movement.

“I wanted to understand the dancers so I was able to dress them properly,” she says. The costumes in 247 Days needed to adhere to the notion of uniformity. There was a lot of repetition and it was purposefully minimal – a reflection of the show’s aesthetic and overall message. “Anouk was interested in uniformity and the idea of mass,” says Otani. “As a concept, this really resonated strongly with me. We decided to give each dancer an individual style while keeping the colour range very minimal. Ultimately with a show of this nature, it was very important for me to make sure that the dancers are feeling happy and confident in their costumes and that they can perform at their best. Understanding dance helps me in this area. So it’s good to know that all my dance training was not wasted.” As with fashion design, the role of the costume designer sees obstacles creep into the mix. The dreaded technical side of fabric choices can be a small burden. “With 247 Days we had to make sure that the dancers could move the way the choreography was intended. We needed to make alterations to existing clothing or find a

suitable fabric to create a certain look,” she says. Otani’s arrival at Chunky Move brings a breath of fresh air and a wealth of experience in the field of costume design. She has a colourful history working on some great productions including with Back to Back Theatre (Ganesh versus the Third Reich – she still gets comments about those knitted suits she made; Food Court (her most moving experience in theatre), Small Metal the look Objects, Soft), Lucy Guerin Inc (Weather), Jo Lloyd (Public Costume designer Unpublic, High Maintenance, Shio Otani made her debut with Hospitals and Airports) and Chunky Move’s 247 Days. Encyclopedia of Animals The jill of all trades has a fashion, (Urchin), to name a few. dance, design and jewellery Otani also has a background background and finds her groove in jewellery design. She says with the dance company. having an artistic mother and www.chunkymove.com/ a father who designed boats assisted in her own logic and problem solving. “Craftiness was always encouraged and enjoyed in our house. “I’ve always been very tactile and visual, too. I have to Dynamic fabric: actually touch the material to get inspired, but I do most Costumes of the sorting and editing in my head before moving on created for to making things,” she adds. 247 Days had “I’m trying to pass this craftiness on to my son at the to echo the moment. He asks me to make things for him rather than dancers’ moves. buying. It’s a lovely thing and so far it’s working.” \ (HAMISH LANE) jrocca@theweeklyreview.com.au

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The Spirit of the Black Dress is an exhibition and initiative created by fashion stylist Jane Hayes. It features 10 emerging Australian designers who showcase their little black dress creations at the InterContinental Melbourne, in the Rialto, until April 1. And it’s free.

A scarf in honour of an Australian art icon, Mirka Mora, is a perfect way to embrace her vibrant visual art. Mora, known for her paintings, sculpture and mosaic magic, celebrates her 85th birthday this year with the release of this scarf. $149.95 from Blue Illusion. www.blueillusion.com/stores

Leopard print always finds an eternal place in fashion and we’re certainly not complaining. We love this pleated skirt by MinkPink for a touch of feminine in what is a softer take on the queen that is leopard print. www.minkpink.com

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imp, lank, listless, flat. And the list goes on for the ways people describe their fine hair. It has been given a bad rap. Fine hair can do with a bit of volume and there is no need for name calling. The rule is to work with what you have or, as a New York mate of mine says, “shake what your mama gave you”. To allow you to shake with style, here are a few pointers: Massage your scalp just before washing as it increases blood flow and also aids in exfoliating the pores, removing sebum, which can weigh down hair at the roots. Use a volumising shampoo and conditioner. Never use anything heavy and, as your roots are naturally hydrated by scalp oils, just condition the ends. Wash hair every couple of days. If you tend to get oily roots in between washes, use talcum powder and brush your hair or, alternatively, use a faithful dry shampoo. A flattering cut to suit your face shape and lifestyle is a must. Speak to your stylist, but go with realistic expectations. Remember celebrity hairstyles are created with the help of a legion of stylists, products and hair extensions – it is all smoke and mirrors. Speak to your colourists too, and ask how to use colour to fake fullness by the skilful use of lowlights and highlights. Lowlights act as shadows, giving the perception of depth, while the showier highlights attract attention to the surface of the hair. Careful execution can create the illusion of lush and full hair. Fine hair is prone to frizz but most frizz-controlling products also weigh the hair down, so look for water-based smoothing products. \ dnaidu@theweeklyreview.com.au To read more reviews


Living Proof Full Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner (236ml, $39 each) is beyond belief. Backed by a truckload of credible research and years of testing, this is hands down the best volumising shampoo/ conditioner set.

Unite Volumizing Treatment (114ml, $29.50) is a lightweight vegan-based treatment that helps thicken and add body to fine hair without overloading it. This is truly a “magic potion” – just love it.

Silver Bullet Pod Hot Roller Kit ($216.80). This may be a bit out of some people’s budget but if you can afford it you will be thanking me and the inventors forever. It gives enviable fuller, shinier, luscious curls faster and easier than anything before without burning your fingers. This is the future of hair styling. Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray (150ml, $34). A volumising spray gel that thickens fine hair. It is a thin water-based gel that has a fresh, lemony scent. Just brilliant – this is what your fine hair has been crying out for. worTH



David Babaii ULTIMATE Volume Shampoo and Conditioner (300ml, $19.95 each) comes a very close second and builds volume from the base of the hair. Babaii, a permanent fixture with Hollywood’s leading ladies, advises you should always rinse thoroughly to remove all residue from cleansing products.

Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner (118ml, $34) works on many levels. It has no silicones or oils, it fights frizz like nothing on the market, it protects from heat damage, does not weigh down hair and is safe for colour-treated hair – what more can you ask?

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Batiste Original Dry Shampoo (150ml, $9.95). The orginal and still the best. The range has expanded to include all manner of dry shampoo but I still love this for soaking up oily roots in a jiffy.

\ If you have long hair, pull it into a high ponytail every night after washing and dry it. Sleep on it and in the morning you will be amazed at the extra oomph at the roots. \ For wavier, fuller locks after washing, plait your hair in four sections or form several buns and style in the morning. \ For a quicker style, secure several plaits with hair ties; go over each with a heated flat iron. Remove plaits, flip hair upside down and finger-comb from root to ends and finish with a spray of dry shampoo. \ Use voluminising styling products sparingly to roots only. \ Use curlers to lift roots and give you a fuller mane. \

Silver Bullet Nano Ceramic Root Volumizer Hair Crimper ($69.95) is the best tool for that extra lift and fullness. This will have you singing – the higher the hair, the closer to God, praise the Lord.

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Under the radar \ Myke bartlett reviews the latest

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Hammer Horror \ DVD and Blu-ray twin pack, $24.95rrp (Shock) » www.shock.com.au

For people of a certain age, the Hammer Horror films retain a certain illicit thrill. They were the exactly the sorts of films parents of the ’70s and ’80s warned their children against watching – packed with violence, sex, blood, evil creatures and satanic rituals. As such, they were exactly the sort of films children of the ’70s and ’80s would sneak down to watch when their parents had gone to bed. Mostly written by a small batch of overworked hacks and made on a shoestring budget, there was little decent or even artful about these pulpish flicks. But what they lacked in spectacle they made up for in atmosphere, chills and buckets of blood. In the light of modern splattercore flicks such as Saw, Hammer’s focus on Technicolor gore seems positively quaint. Revisiting the seven enjoyable titles released this month, it’s clear the chief appeal of films such as The Reptile, The Plague of the Zombies and The Mummy’s Shroud is now the camp factor. That said, there are at least two bona fide classics exhumed here. The Devil Rides Out, based on a Dennis Wheatley novel, is a genuinely spooky, atmospheric affair. A tale of satanic cults in rural England, it sees Christopher Lee (in a rare heroic turn), trying to rescue a young friend from the clutches of evil Charles Gray. Quatermass and the Pit, however, is the best of the bunch. Written by legendary screenwriter Nigel Kneale, this is more science fiction than horror, its plot involving railway workers uncovering a spaceship buried for millions of years. Ghosts, race riots and insectoid Martians are fused into a unique, complex and compelling tale. Beautifully restored – like all of these titles – and packed with extras, this is a true forgotten gem. \


Bullet in the Face \ SBS2, Monday April 1, 9.30pm » www.sbs.com.au/sbs2

This American crime parody is a deeply, deeply silly show. The humour bounces wildly from black to dry to scatological, but the hit rate for its punny lines improves by the minute. By the second episode (SBS is running the series in paired bundles), the tone has settled somewhere between Face/Off and The Naked Gun. Hopefully, SBS will see fit to follow its run with Charlie Brooker’s Touch of Cloth – a similar spoof crime series with much better (or worse, as the case may be) jokes. Still, if you can survive the deliberate awfulness of the first scene, then there’s much to enjoy in this proudly cultish comedy. \



attending \ There’s no good reason to stay home this week, with The Lumineers, Strange Talk and Jimmy Cliff all playing at The Corner Hotel. Watching \ Doctor Who (Sunday, 7.30pm). The ABC has finally come to its senses and fast-tracked the new eps within 24 hours of them showing in Britain. listening \ British India, Controller. The fourth LP from the Melbourne group is solid, confident and largely unremarkable rock.

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Old Yellow Moon \ Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell (Nonesuch) » www.emmylouharris.com

Authenticity isn’t an issue with Old Yellow Moon, an album of duets from Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. (Crowell played in Harris’ backing band for some years.) Country traditionalists will find much to love here, with the pair in a defiantly reflective mood. Certainly, it’s a classic country record, split between originals and some well-chosen standards. From the start, songs twang and shuffle their way through tales of rodeos, black coffee and running after rainbows. Reflection shouldn’t be mistaken for a lack of energy, however. Harris and Crowell make lively sparring partners, with tracks such as Chase the Feeling proving the duo still know how to get the barn jumping. \

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival \ Until April 21 » www.comedyfestival.com.au

Charting the edges of Melbourne’s annual comedy highlight is always a challenge. Oddly enough, that’s something we should probably be happy about. While there’s a healthy serving of the usual big names, the fest is continuing to offer some unusual – but no less palatable – side dishes. It feels unpatriotic to say as much, but the international talent often provides a safer bet for the blind taster. This year’s imported highlights include dry American Rich Hall (you’ve seen him on QI), surreal and slightly scary American Rich Fulcher (you’ve seen him on The Mighty Boosh), caustic but loveable Brit Sarah Millican and Portugese mime Pedro Tochas, whose one-man show will play free at Fed Square. Looking closer to home, it seems to be a particularly musical year. Patrick Miller’s show Archibald Wheeler Whets the Whistle impressed us in 2011, so we’re looking forward to more of his character-based work (with songs) in Chaos. Elsewhere, Melbourne stalwart Ross Daniels will be introducing us to ’80s synth-pop sensation Graham Clone (once world-famous for two weeks, allegedly). However, the oddest of these shows might just be GP The Musical. Neither an ode to the grand prix nor a tuneful resurrection of the classic ABC drama, this debut show sees a group of doctors put their working day to song. Singing aside, we’re also intrigued by the promise of a ghost at this year’s comedy feast – seminal sketch show Australia, You’re Standing In It will be resurrected for one night only, reuniting a cast who (mostly) went on to bigger and better things. \ To REAd moRE REVIEwS

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Books \ this sWiss ARtist hAs hUGE APPEAL,

EsPECiALLY FOR NEAt FREAKs, WRitEs CORRiE PERKiN organised beauty. The Christmas tree is reduced to its many parts – timber, pine needles, tinsel, red baubles, silver baubles, and candles. In the sandpit, the sand has been neatly raked, the child sits in front of an orderly line-up of buckets in one row, spades in another, watering cans in another, tip trucks at the end. Wehrli’s washing line, meanwhile, features the clothes pegged neatly according to colours. The daisy project is one of my favourites. On the left page, a daisy. On the right, the same grassy background with one yellow spot – the daisy’s fluffy centre – beside 22 tear-shaped white petals that have been laid out in a vertical row. The pattern is mesmerising. Before he ventured into performance art, 43-year-old Wehrli was a typographer. His experience with layout and design, and his ability to resolve a visual shambles, give his work real integrity. These are not just funny photos – although you will laugh and gasp and wonder. They are an artist’s interpretation of the everyday. Like all talented artists, Wehrli’s work is considered and well argued. It prompts us to think. It prompts us to respond. And, if you subscribe to the view that neat is beautiful, then his creations are magnificent indeed. \ cperkin@theweeklyreview.com.au

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an Ursus Wehrli please come and live in my house? The disorder (aka mess) he would find in my laundry, my cutlery drawer, or the linen press would offer many challenges. Then I could watch with relief as the Swiss artist whipped my domestic mayhem into some kind of systematic pattern based on colours shapes, products or themes. Housework, done. Tick that box. Sadly, Wehrli can’t move in; his home is in Zurich, and he already travels a great deal with his work as a comedian and performance artist. But the Wehrli message, delivered so expressively in his new book, The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy, comes through loud and clear. It’s time we looked at mess in a whole new way. The Art of Clean Up is one of the most entertaining and brilliantly conceived books to have arrived in our shop since we opened four years ago. It is a picture book for adults, although children will also find it hilarious. There are no written messages; it is all about interpreting the visual. And at $19.95, it is the perfect book to give, or to keep. The cover features a photo of a deconstructed fruit salad. Japanese cookbook, you wonder? Welcome to Wehrli’s world. Inside, there is no introduction or artist statement – just images, with each double-page spread telling a story. On the left is the photo of some kind of clutter – either natural or man-made. It may be a decorated Christmas tree, toys in a sandpit, a jumble of washing on a line, a single daisy. The right-hand page reveals the same objects, but in a post-Wehrli state of highly

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Office Politics: How to Thrive in a World of Lying, Backstabbing and Dirty Tricks by Oliver James » $34.95 (Vermilion)

Irish-born Maggie O’Farrell gained many new Australian fans through her 2010 Costa Novel Award-winning The Hand That First Held Mine. She is back with her sixth novel, a tale of a family in crisis following the disappearance of Robert, the recently retired but seemingly content husband of Gretta, an Irish Catholic matriarch of great force who plays her children against one another. Set against the backdrop of London’s 1976 heatwave, the tension indoors and outside is palpable. Book clubs take note. \

British psychologist Oliver James does not poo-poo office politics by suggesting it is a state-of-mind overreaction by disgruntled employees. On the contrary, his new book urges readers to accept there is nothing wrong with corporate stoushing, providing you are armed with the right skills and know how to identify the psychopaths/Machiavels/narcissists and general bullies in your workplace. James also identifies “toxic professions and organisations” to which scary guys and girls gravitate, while outlining what makes an emotionally happy workplace. \

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tennis court can have several functions. For sponsored professional players, it’s an office, a place to fight competitively, sweat, sprint and, hopefully, win a title, maybe even a grand slam. For the suburban family, it’s an extension of the back garden. It’s where they learn to ride a bike, play a game of basketball, erect a marquee for a 21st birthday party. But for the Bufé family, it was a space to create a luxury home. When Nicholas Bufé was looking for a bigger house for his wife, Tracy, and their children, Isabella, 10, and Josh, 8, his parents suggested the tennis court adjoining their Victorian-era family home. North-facing, surrounded by trees and seconds away from free babysitting, Nicholas realised the potential and began planning a contemporary home that would be vastly different to the double-storey Victorians he had previously lived in. “The house was never going to fit in with my parents’ house, which was built in the 1880s,” says Nicholas. “It had a very contemporary brief. It needed to complement my parents’ house, but be positioned well back. It also had to make the most of the beautiful gardens.” Nicholas, a commercial builder, project managed the construction through his company, Bear Projects. Working closely with architect Stephen Staughton, the aim was to create a contemporary solution rather than a reinterpretation of past architecture. Situated on a relatively small and tricky site, Staughton’s response was to excavate a garage, cellar and storage areas beneath two co-joined areas, which are integrated with the surrounding gardens.

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OUR COVER \ Floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead to a putting green and ivy-covered walls. Modern manor: The Bufés’ new home (above) was built on Nicholas’ parents’ old tennis court. Smooth sailing: Cement-rendered walls (right) withstand anything an eight-year-old boy can throw at them. MARCH 27, 2013 \ The weekly review 25

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In contrast to many contemporary houses, which are often cantilevered, and have lots of polish and marble, the Bufés’ house is an innate response to its natural surroundings. Adopting a modernist approach with timber, concrete and stone, the house offers a series of crafted spaces with garden windows seemingly at every turn. “I have loved what single-level living offers. It adds this wonderful sense of connection to the whole house,” says Nicholas. “With the older Victorian houses, the doors are always so little that you can never open it all up to the outside. Whereas this house opens up but also has the ability to shut down with the flick of a switch. It feels like I’m always on holiday.” Staughton designed an external staircase, which is surrounded by double-glazed sheets of glass. One side looks onto an ivy-covered wall, while the other looks into the internal living spaces. The house’s floor plan is simple and organic. The front is occupied by Isabella’s and Josh’s bedrooms and a study. They have views of the sloping driveway and their grandparents’ house. For flexibility, a soft, grey-linen curtain can be pulled across to segregate the living area from the study. The liberal use of concrete not only provides a sculptural strength and a seamless backdrop but also ensures a greater thermal mass. The big, heavy walls absorb the heat, storing and releasing it slowly. Couple this with big sheets of glass, and the house is able to regulate temperature all year round. continues » P28

Hello yellow: A bright front door (right) sets the tone for the welcoming home. Island life: A large granite island bench (far right, top) is the workstation for this busy family home. Retreat: Soft, filtered light through linen curtains (far right, middle) make for a perfect sanctuary.

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“From a maintenance point of view, the house is perfect,” says Nicholas. “The concrete is able to hide things and it looks incredible.” Connecting the front to the back is a large open-plan living room, which is visually anchored by a blond timber bookcase. Designed by the architect, the bookcase has flexible shelving, enabling the Bufés to display family relics and possessions. In this room, Tracy, an assistant to interior designer Allison Pye, has cleverly curated the interior choices around a textured Loom rug. Drawing on colours interwoven in the fabric, the room is decorated with aubergine-and-purple cushions, a red Coconut chair, and a grey L-shaped couch covered in Mokum’s ficus fabric. A freestanding timber-panelled wall, which conceals the entertainment system and houses an open gas fireplace, divides this room from the kitchen and dining spaces. In this area, the Bufés have chosen furniture that is very much the epitome of mid-century excellence. Matching 10 Wishbone replica chairs with a solid B&B Italia table, the room has a pared-down sculptural quality that is a pleasing counterpoint to the garden feature wall. \ fcarter@theweeklyreview.com.au

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BehiND the COUNter Formerly a hardware shop,

and for a few years after that the House of Balscheit, Surround Interiors is owned and run by Danielle Balscheit and her husband, Marcus. Balscheit offers an interior design consulting service for commercial and residential clients, with help from Marcus on large projects including the Mercedes-Benz showroom and various nightclub fit-outs. The couple also design furniture and lighting products for the shop.

What’S iN StOre While ready-made furniture, decorations and lighting are available, Balscheit says two-thirds of the products in store are made to order – particularly popular is an ottoman, which can be made in any size and with any fabric covering. Statement pieces such as chandeliers in the form of antlers or with artificial vines winding around them, cut-out mirror wall decals and giant silver horse heads for table centrepieces are standouts, but there are also couches and tables for those seeking a more minimal aesthetic. For those who want to adorn themselves as well as their surroundings, Balscheit also runs her vintage costume-jewellery business, Goldie, from a wall of cabinets in the shop. WhO’S ViSitiNG Apart from corporate clients who

need advice on how to present their offices and showrooms, Balscheit has many regulars who enjoy browsing and checking out the new designs. While furniture and lighting purchases may need more planning, the costume-jewellery collection is an impulse buyer’s delight – have your credit card at the ready.

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elbourne is blessed with some truly fabulous homes. And in browsing design blogs and magazines, it becomes clear that Melburnians, in particular, have a knack for seamlessly mixing high-end product with affordable pieces, without sacrificing style. Arguably, no name is more synonymous with affordable furniture than Ikea, the Swedish retail giant that has literally taken over the homemaker’s world (sold in 40 countries) with its well-priced utilitarian products. But the reality is that while you’d struggle to find a home – grand or humble – that doesn’t have an Ikea piece in its collection, most people would prefer it remain brandless. It’s not a name, let’s say, you want printed in big letters on your coffee table or bed linen, primarily due to its ubiquity. Those with a keen eye, though, can quickly spot an Ikea piece, the giveaway being in details such as the cheaper-looking legs on a sofa, the feel of a fabric or the handles on a set of drawers or dresser. House-proud readers, fear not. With a little inspiration and a bit of clever tweaking, there is a lot you can do to customise your Ikea piece, giving it your own personal stamp of style and allowing it to blend in with your more treasured home furnishings. There are some pretty elaborate “Ikea Hacks” out there (check out www.ikeahackers. net for some doozies) but here are some simple suggestions for little effort-big effect:

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Change the legs and handles on your sofas, drawers and cupboards. Melbourne-based interior designer Emma

a NeW LooK For oriGiNaLs developing our city \ Ikea furniture is often blemished by its attachments, says a Melbourne designer, but help is at hand, writes LAURA BOCK Levy says, “Changing knobs is generally a very cheap solution that can transform a piece instantaneously … if you change the knobs or handles you very quickly conceal its origins or era.” For mid-century charm, try using Muuto Dots as cupboard handles. They look fabulous on the Ikea Pax wardrobe, for example. (Muuto Dots, left, are available at Top 3 By Design, Great Dane Furniture and other retailers/online shops). Or try fabric-covered drawer knobs or leather straps as handles for a unique and edgy look that will transform your drawers. For replacement sofa legs, Sweden-based PrettyPegs (www.prettypegs.se) produces divine wooden legs in various finishes and colours. They are not cheap but they are swoon-worthy and can be delivered to Australia for $34. For a cheaper option, visit sites such as Uncle Bob’s Workshop (www.unclebobsworkshop.com) for

classic-looking custom-made furniture legs and handles (delivery to Australia costs about $23), or even try your local hardware shop. Then think about painting them in a colour to suit your sofa.

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Bemz (www.bemz.com), yet another innovative Swedish company, makes gorgeous machine-washable covers especifically for Ikea sofas, chairs and other furniture. Browse through various looks and fabric samples and see a preview of your re-covered piece! Bemz has in-house textile designer Katarina Wiklund, but has also partnered with other talented young designers – and more established ones (Marimekko, anyone?) – to offer a range of looks. This is an amazing way to reinvent a basic sofa or headboard. Of course, it delivers to Australia and delivery costs are calculated by weight.



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Add a lick of paint for a new look. Neons and pastels are the shades of the moment, so have fun with them. Nothing wipes away the Ikea look like a pop of colour. The Ikea two-step stool is a prime candidate for some spray painting or pattern painting. For a really original look, paint a wardrobe in black chalkboard paint and then scribble your thoughts all over it in white chalk. White paint is also a godsend when it comes to Ikea. Levy says: “White paint lifts any piece. You can hide a mountain of sins under white paint.” A pine dining table lends itself well to this treatment.

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Decals can be fun, particularly in kids’ bedrooms and playrooms. Mykea (www.thisismykea.com) produces decals specifically for Ikea furniture. Choose from a range of print options and follow the instructions for decal application. These Malm drawers (right) make a very sweet bedside table for a little girl’s room. Wallpaper also makes a great new finish. Or try some Contact. Walnut Contact can give a mostly white piece of furniture a huge lift and adds great colour contrast. Or use Contact to create a pattern (e.g. chevron stripes).


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Rethink it

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No one said you have to use your Ikea furniture for the purposes intended. Kitchen cupboards can become attractive wall units when mounted in a living room. Billy bookcases and Expedit units can lose their “temporary” look when installed and mounted. The options for Ikea re-invention are obviously endless and, rather than being overwhelmed by them, start by giving yourself a simple DIY task. Then bask in the satisfaction of your mini-furniture-makeover and be proud when you tell your disbelieving visitors “it really is Ikea”. \ editorial@theweeklyreview.com.au

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he Divine Comedy, written by at times when I’ve felt overlooked, ignored, left waiting in Dante Alighieri between 1308 restaurants or simply bogged down, I’ve stepped through the and his death in 1321, is not doors of the East Melbourne Synagogue in Albert Street. the sort of light reading you find left This is the oldest synagogue in Melbourne, (consecrated in behind in musty rented cottages. 1877) and the largest 19th-century synagogue in Victoria. Considered one of the greatest Here, I have a sense of being part of an overwhelming works of literature, on the surface it’s history, not just my personal history, but also a history a poem describing Dante’s journey entwined with the story of Melbourne. The synagogue was through the three realms of the established during the gold rush of 1852, and in 1857, after dead – hell, purgatory and heaven – but at a deeper level, it separating from Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, it became represents the soul’s journey towards God. the East Melbourne Hebrew Congregation. This allegorical journey takes place from the night before Being the only synagogue in the city, it serves as a kind of Good Friday to the Wednesday after Easter – that’s this week! Jewish “heart” in the centre of the city’s hectic lunacy. As it happens, this week also delivers an opportunity Originally established to meet the needs of the for soulful contemplation for three religions: for Jews growing Jewish community in the Carlton-city area, it Is a it’s the beginning of Passover, Christians will be it was designed by architects Crouch and Wilson kind commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ during the Victorian period in a Renaissance Revival of jewish on Good Friday, and Buddhists will be observing style. It’s an imposing, but not grandiose, two-storey “HEART” IN Magha Puja Day to honour an important event in building that welcomes the visitor to step inside the life of the Buddha. between two octagonal domes. THE CITY I’m big on soul-searching; I’ve spent a lot of hours Inside, my eyes move immediately to the domed and dollars participating in workshops with titles such as Ark where the Torah scrolls are stored. It’s flanked by two Zen and the Art of Exfoliating, The Hidden Path of the Deputy large columns supporting a pediment incorporating the Ten Commissioner of Taxation and the most challenging of all, Commandments. Empowerment For Idiots. Surrounded by galleries on three sides where women Regrettably, I’ve learnt the hard way that you can’t have a members of the congregation sit and facing the platform bona fide soul-journey in a weekend workshop delivered by from which the Torah is read, I’m filled with the sense of my a loud and sweaty guy promising to help you learn to love humanity, all other thoughts cease, and I resign temporarily yourself – oh, and him too! as general manager of my worries – until I know the parking Contemplation, soul-searching and meditation require meter needs feeding. \ boomboom@rachelberger.com time and preferably a peaceful location; a space that’s tranquil, meaningful and that gives us the opportunity to remove ourselves from our fast-paced, multitasking day-to-day lives. Follow Rachel on Twitter @boom_berger I’m not religious. I grew up in a secular Jewish home but,



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The reflective calm of St Mary’s Catholic Church washes over you when you walk through its century-old doors and take in the images of Christ and the Virgin Mary. Its history is a testament to Melbourne’s cultural beginnings. Originally a predominately Irish-Australian parish, many Chinese worshipped here during the gold rush. Postwar immigration brought Italians and Maltese and, more recently, Lithuanians and Vietnamese. The foundations for the current church were laid in 1892. Architect Edgar Henderson was criticised for his grandiose plans but, despite economic depression, parishioners funded construction and the church was built in eight years. \

This Buddhist centre, named after the female Buddha, Tara, welcomes everyone to learn and apply whatever Buddhist practices and teachings are most meaningful in their lives. Simply being in the Gompa (meditation room) is mysteriously fulfilling; receiving a teaching can be transformative. Tara Institute’s beginnings go back to 1972, when Nick Ribush and Marie Obst attended a meditation course in Nepal, taught by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Lama Thubten Yeshe. They encouraged many of their friends to do the course and on their return the group continued their practices. The lamas came to Australia in 1974 and their teachings continue to this day. \

Melbourne has a remarkable selection of places of worship, from humble intimate venues to a couple of grand and formidable cathedrals. St Paul’s Cathedral is the metropolitan church of the Anglican Diocese; it’s the seat of the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne and is slap-dab in the centre of the city next to Federation Square and close to Flinders Street Station. I’m always moved by the glass processional doors; appropriately, the panel tells the story of St Paul at the moment when he is blinded by light on the road to Damascus. Their impact is immediate, Janusz Kuzbicki’s work is transparent and contemporary in design and creates an inspiring light-filled entry to the cathedral. \

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ew precincts are emerging around Melbourne as rundown industrial wastelands transform into chic aspirational neighbourhoods offering homes, workplaces and entertainment for thousands of Melburnians. Urban renewal is essential in the lifecycle of any major city, with rising recognition that new and rejuvenated precincts need a mix of live, work and play to create the activity and variety people seek. Developers say people are looking for simpler and more efficient lifestyles, with proximity to work, amenities and entertainment. Nigel Givoni, CEO of development company Fridcorp, says there’s a good reason up to 10,000 people could live and work in South Yarra’s newest precinct, Forrest Hill, within a few years. “Nothing else compares. I can’t think of anything in Melbourne that is anything like it. The world’s best cities are made up of villages. Think Soho in New York, the Left Bank in Paris. Forrest Hill is the first of a new generation of villages for Melbourne. “We want Melbourne to become one of the most exhilarating cities in the world, and we will do that by rediscovering and developing forgotten and undeveloped parts of Melbourne which give people access to the best of the city.” Designer Paul Hecker, director of design practice Hecker Guthrie, says there are so many reasons people want to be in Forrest Hill. “Forrest Hill has everything South Yarra has – the Yarra, shopping on Chapel Street and Toorak Road, work, restaurants, cafés, the Botanic Gardens – it is all within 200 metres, and the list is endless. This is why Forrest Hill works. I am amazed it took so long for Forrest Hill to emerge as a precinct. You are just two train stops from the city – it’s a no-brainer. It was an undeveloped area that needed to be thought about, but it had so much already there.” Givoni says people want simpler, more efficient lives that leave them more time for enjoyment. “People who are moving into our buildings tend to be between 25 and 45, with some downsizers. It’s not about a particular demographic or life stage, it’s more about the lifestyle. “What links these people is that they want to live in South Yarra, they want to be able to walk across the road and buy their essentials, or walk down the road to the gardens or the river. They don’t want to have to jump in a car and fight traffic.” Businesses attracted by Forrest Hill’s location, demographic and development include IT business Attachmate, George Calombaris and Made Establishment’s Mama Baba and new café Two Birds One Stone, from the team behind Abbotsford’s Three Bags Full.

Shabby turning the other chic developing our city \ Some of inner Melbourne’s more neglected areas are being transformed, writes LIZ McLACHLAN All three operate from Fridcorp’s lilli development, which includes residential, commercial and retail. Forrest Hill’s business community includes marketing and advertising businesses, fashion agencies, and sustainability and environmental agencies, with more than a dozen restaurants and cafés already open. Construction of Fridcorp’s next Forrest Hill development, Avenue, started last year on the corner of Chapel Street and Alexander Avenue. Key Forrest Hill developments also include The Claremont, 7 and 9 Yarra by developer Michael L. Yates, a key protagonist in the development of Forrest Hill. Just as Forrest Hill has transformed a rundown industrial zone, Upper West Side is rising from the site of the old Spencer Street coal power station in the north-west of the city. Bordered by Lonsdale, Spencer and Little Bourke streets, Upper West Side is along the edge of the original city grid and just 250 metres from Southern Cross Station. The $1 billion-plus development will create a new village of about 2300 apartments in four towers, a 205-bed hotel, between 30 and 50 retail tenancies and 4000 square metres of landscaped gardens on a rooftop podium. Completion of the total development is scheduled for 2016, residents began

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moving into the first tower earlier this year. Far East Consortium, responsible for development of key towers on St Kilda Road and in Northbank, is developing Upper West Side. Executive director Craig Williams says Upper West Side will bring the north-western corner of the city to life, with future developments planned around the precinct including Victoria Police’s new headquarters and development of the former site of The Age on Spencer Street. Master planned by architects Cottee Parker, Victorian manager and design architect Shane Williams says that the Upper West Side project in its development infrastructure is equivalent to that of the whole of Prahran and Windsor combined. “It is a precinct or village in itself. Residents will have many facilities and amenities on site, or otherwise very close by in the city. Work, transport, shopping, education, entertainment – it will all be at their doorstep.” Apartments range from 34-square metre studios to 95-square metre three-bedroom apartments, all with balconies. Owner-occupiers have dominated sales, and include a smattering of country Victorians keen for a city weekender with the convenience of nearby Southern Cross Station. Williams says that Cottee Parker Architects looked at ways of permeating the site with arcades and lanes to draw people in, giving Melburnians their first public access in more than 110 years. Rose Alley, Water Tank Lane and a retail arcade will give pedestrians new connections between Lonsdale, Little Bourke and Spencer streets. \ lmclachlan@theweeklyreview.com.au » » » »

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final word “The quality of this boutique development matches its excellent position, right in the heart of Toorak” peter kudelka – agent kay & Burton \ 9820 1111

Price \ $1.9 million +

Auction \ April 6 at 11am

Fast facts \ One of six new contemporary apartments in a sought-after pocket of Toorak; 213 square metres of single-storey living; open-plan lounge and dining area featuring an integrated Miele kitchen with granite benchtops and adjacent terrace; three bedrooms with spacious marble en suites, two with built-in wardrobes and the main with a walk-in wardrobe; lift access; two secure basement car parks; separate laundry; store room; close to Heyington station and several prestigious private schools. Toorak \ 5kms from the city

KEW EAST \ 17 Minogue Street


oorak’s Heyington Place (its very name gives a clue) has always been an architectural showplace. Its west side suffered in the 1970s when Crestmont and Heymount, two of its mansions, were destroyed and courts with the appropriate names were created. Their exotic bungalows are being replaced but the damage has been done. The east side still retains a string of mansions of varying styles and degrees of grandeur. This long street, stretching from Toorak Road down to and along the river, doesn’t lose value in the usual way as it descends. Sites may be smaller but the northern, low end of the street has maintained its leafy charm (and value). The spectacular Lustig & Moar Spanish mission compound that arose here and dominated the area lasted only 30 years. Its huge site was cleared last year and is being covered by smaller but grand buildings. One newcomer is a a compact block of six apartments: six slices of luxury, sitting on a basement garage. The style of the building is contemporary – white stucco walls, flat roof, metal window frames and a glass balustrade. A few mouldings refer to an earlier architectural era. A high garden wall and the preservation of an old oak speak of a sensitive developer or a watchful council. With a floor area of about 213 square metres, this apartment is the size of today’s conventional house. It may lack a backyard but it offers many qualities not found in our outer-area housing. Here, luxury doesn’t start at its threshold but at the street line. Marble paving begins at the front gate (a slab of plate glass) and leads past stainless-steel letterboxes to a front door that is another, bigger, slab of glass. The floor plan of this apartment reverses the usual room arrangements. A study, two double bedrooms and a cloak room are grouped around the entry. The bedrooms and study have street views. Each bedroom has its own bathroom, lined with marble and fitted with imported fixtures and accessories. The study, with its wide windows, provides a second, quiet living room. A central passage continues down to the rear of the apartment, where the views are better. The main bedroom occupies the eastern corner of the building, with a sumptuous bathroom, reached through a fitted dressing room. Here are all the contemporary details of current luxury. A free-standing tub, a glass shower cubicle and a double vanity provide further ablution options. The western side of the unit contains a glamorous living space, enhanced by three-metre ceilings throughout. A terrace, providing the regulatory outdoor living space, is here excised from the living area. Its open eastern side, overlooks a few neighbouring gardens and has views across Gardiner’s Creek Valley to distant hills. Its three glass internal walls belong to the living area and the main bedroom, a satisfactory arrangement as long as the master doesn’t want to have a long lie in. A dining room-sized rectangle is cut into rather than projected from the living areas. The kitchen, being open to the living area, has been designed to make it as unobtrusive as possible. Refrigerator and freezer, usually prominent elements, have been rendered virtually invisible here, hidden behind joinery doors. The apartment comes with two secure car spaces and a store room. Heyington station is a short walk away. Two prominent private schools almost share fences. In other words, this property is Melbourne at its best. \ NEIL CLEREHAN property@theweeklyreview.com.au




WE lov E iT Jellis Craig \ 9831 2800

Price \ $800,000 – $880,000

auction \ April 20 at noon

Close to the Eastern Freeway, expansive parklands and Kew Golf Club, this property is an ideal prospect for those hoping to buy into popular Kew East. The block is particularly large, making this a prime candidate for a developer or keen renovator looking to create their dream house (STCA). Set back from the street, the white weatherboard has a side entry leading to a living area with a fireplace on the left. The main bedroom juts off this space. It has a built-in wardrobe and views of the street. A meals area and the kitchen are adjacent, with a second lounge area at the back. Sliding doors open to a big backyard with a shed and plenty of large, leafy trees. There is potential to landscape and develop the backyard further if so desired. Two more bedrooms are off the hallway, both with built-in wardrobes. There is also a shared bathroom with a bathtub. A carport provides off-street parking for two cars. \ elizabeth anile






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Price \ $1 million +

auction \ April 13 at 11am

This new executive residence is in a prime position high on the corner of Thistle Street and Union Road. It is commanding and stylish on the outside, and equally crisp and contemporary on the inside. White walls and dark-grey wool carpets feature prominently alongside stylish polished tallowwood floors. At the front, the large main bedroom has a fitted walk-in wardrobe and a beige porcelain-tiled en suite with a double vanity. Opposite, the formal sitting room feels as though it’s set in the treetops, with several windows offering verdant street and parkland views. The open-plan family zone opens to the north-facing merbau deck. Small shrubs and a lawn area complete the low-maintenance courtyard. The kitchen features CaesarStone benchtops, glossy white cabinetry and stainless-steel Smeg appliances. Stairs lead directly into a kids’ retreat with loads of built-in storage. Of the three double bedrooms, two feature built-in wardrobes. The shared bathroom has porcelain tiles and a powder room is nearby. \ MiChelle OStROW zUKeRMan





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SORRENTO \ 100 St PaulS Road


3207 by ThE bay

Kay & Burton \ 5984 4744

Auction \ March 31 at 11am

RT Edgar Albert Park 9699 7222 3





Abercromby's Real Estate 9864 5300 6



104/95 Rouse Street, Port Melbourne ................................................................. Price: $1.675 million ................................................................. For sale ................................................................. OFI By appointment .................................................................

1 Harcourt Street, Hawthorn East ................................................................. Price: $10 million + ................................................................. Private sale ................................................................. OFI By appointment .................................................................

Endless seascapes and spectacular city views surround this luxurious apartment, a perfect example of the design success that is HM@S. Includes gym and tennis court.

Designed by 19th-century architect John Beswicke, Talana represents the finest example of Queen Anne design set on beautiful landscaped grounds.

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Price \ $2 million +

Damascus, in one of the Mornington Peninsula’s most famous roads, offers a premium lifestyle with views to match. And those views stretch across Mornington Peninsula National Park to the ocean. Designed by award-winning architect Richard Kerr, this 2007 superior-quality residence is sitting pretty in the land rather than just on it, with a garden designed by Fiona Brockhoff. There is a strength in the construction with concrete slabs, steel and bricks throughout; the lower-level exterior in West Australian limestone, and the upper level artistry in timber over brick. Internally, the finishes are quality organic, with Italian limestone, stunning timber, timber plantation shutters and automated shutters. Comprising four double bedrooms, three bathrooms, high-tech screening room doubling as separate lounge, open-plan kitchen and dining, elevated living area and balcony, lots of decking and private sheltered swimming pool and spa. \







fter a month of high auction numbers and surprisingly good results, there’s no doubt that Melbourne’s $1-million-plus market is moving. Well, most of it, anyway. In the $1 million-$2 million segment, results have been well above what most agents expected. This is not just agent hype either. Agents are not just cherry picking the good results and hiding the bad ones (well, not as much as they were in 2011). We’ve seen successive weeks of high clearance rates in this segment, and the demand from buyers has been consistently strong, with our Bidderman bidder per auction rates up about two for much of the season so far. But what about the $3-million-plus segment? That’s harder to say. It’s certainly not in the state of despair it was for much of last year, until it finally got some life back in late spring and some reasonably good results in early summer. It’s true there have been some great results in the past few weeks. One period house in the Gascoigne Estate at 38 Central Park Road, Malvern East (James Redfern), sold in the mid-$4 millions before the auction campaign even got started. That’s a 42 The weekly review \ MARCH 27, 2013

result that I wouldn’t have predicted. In Kew, a two-storey English-style house at 33 Edgecombe Street, which had been converted from three maisonettes, had five bidders who took the opening price from $2.85 million to $3.41 million (James Tostevin). Another strong recent result was in Toorak, for a pair of maisonettes at 9-10 Lisbuoy Court, which Tim Derham, (Abercromby’s), sold under the hammer for $3.84 million with three bidders. And 93 Kooyongkoot Road, Hawthorn (Greg Toogood, Jellis Craig) has also sold for a figure believed to be in the mid-$4-million range. Another strong result for a nice architect-designed house. These are some solid sales. But before we can say the $3-million-plus segment is rockin’ as well, we should add that we would expect to see these kinds of results at this time of the year. This time last year, which had an overall weaker start, also had a solid number of $3-million sales in March. The fact that several recent sales have been mop-ups of properties that have been on the market for months, even years, is a tell-tale sign that quite possibly this price segment is in the first stages of recovery. There was a sale of $6 million on a six-bedroom house in Blairgowrie Court, Brighton, on almost 2700 square metres of

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land (Barb Gregory and John Bongiorno, of Marshall White). The property had been on the market for some time and the original expectation was rumoured to be more than $7.5 million. An off-market sale of about $10 million (Jonathan Dixon) in St Ninians Road, Brighton, and a multiple-bidder auction nearing $5 million, also in the golden mile (Phillip Mellody) confirmed that by the bay has a lot better smell than the rotting seaweed-like odour emanating from this price bracket last year. In Stonnington, the $3-million-plus story has also had some light at the end of the tunnel, with 202 Kooyong Road, Toorak, selling for about the mid-$5 million mark (Michael Armstrong). It had been on the

books off-market since last year. Another in Toorak, 7 Winifred Crescent (Tim Wilson) saw a result in the mid-$3 millions this week – the property had been on the market for a long time (nearly a year). This result showed two things: overhang may be reducing; and Wilson is a patient agent. Speaking of overhang, non-sales from 2012 and 2011, and even right back to 2010 have been large in number. And it won’t be until these are absorbed by the market that we will be able to confidently say that the $3-million-plus market really has legs. In conclusion, if the Kay & Burton jungle drums start to produce a Mexican wave of sales in quick succession to capitalise on perceived buyer demand, if Jonathan Dixon books another overseas holiday, or if the Marshall White, RT Edgar and Jellis Craig boys become too busy to make special appointments, then we will know that the top of the top end has moved into the next gear. But there is no doubt that for now the $3-million-plus starter motor has been pressed. \ Mal James Principal Buyer Advocate 0408 107 988 \ 9804 3133 We Only Buy Homes www.james.net.au

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1 Wynyard Crescent, Balwyn North ................................................................. Price: $2.5 million + ................................................................. EOI Closing March 28 at 5pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 11-11.30am .................................................................


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125-127 Edgevale Road, Kew ................................................................. Price: $1.65 million ................................................................. Private sale ................................................................. OFI As advertised or by arrangement .................................................................

RT Edgar \ 5984 4500 in conj with Bennison Mackinnon \ 5984 0999 Price \ $2.2 million – $2.4 million Auction \ March 30 at 12.30pm

This impressive 60-plus-squares luxury family residence c2009 showcases spectacular scale, superlative quality and sublime designer style.

A unique real-estate opportunity, this substantial 738sqm (approx) block houses three diverse buildings on one title with rear right-of-way access.

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‘‘MURRADOC PARK’’ – Bellarine Peninsula via Geelong Victoria

‘‘Murradoc Park’’ 415 Murradoc Road, Drysdale Prestigious Bellarine Peninsula World Class Panoramic Views, Melbourne City Skyline, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip Bay & Heads to Ocean For Sale by Expressions of Interest: Closing Friday 3rd May 2013 Inspection: Strictly by appointment with agent

Malvern East 16 Edna Street

• 60 Acres (24.28 Ha) of prime undulating productive country, shelter plantations




Californian Bungalow Begging To Be Updated

• Quality solid brick homestead, 3 bedrooms, study, with all amenities, indoor and outdoor entertaining areas, conservatory. Set in magnificent park land setting.

Charming red brick Californian home ideal for renovation or extension & set foward on an almost level rectangle site of approx 681m2. Formal lounge with fireplace & formal dining, 2 brms, 1 bathroom, 2 toilets, original kitchen plus sep laundry & utility room.

• Garaging, shedding & cattle yards • Securely watered by 3 dams & rainwater storage

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‘Murradoc Park’ situated high on Mount Bellarine in the blue ribbon heart of the prestigious Bellarine Peninsula in a tightly held and capital appreciating region, ideal cattle, horses, sheep, viticulture. 3 minutes Drysdale/St. Leonards, 5 minutes Portarlington, 15 minutes Queenscliff (Ferry Service), 20 minutes Geelong, 35 minutes Avalon Airport, 70 minutes Melbourne CBD & International Airport.

Evoking the timeless grace, grandeur and romance of classic Hamptons style and inspired by the work of American architect Ken Tate, this magnificent new Portsea house enjoys sumptuous spaces to relax and entertain, beautifully enhanced by views across the golf course. Craftsman built, opulent and finished to the highest possible standards, the four-bedroom residence’s interior highlights range from stunning Spanish silver travertine and hardwood floors to a huge reclaimed limestone fireplace. A large gourmet kitchen comes equipped with a Belling cooker, fireclay Butler sink and walk-in pantry, while outdoor entertaining is five star beside the Italian glass mosaic infinity pool with a fully fitted outdoor kitchen. The main bedroom features a bespoke fitted dressing room and travertine and marble bathroom, while generous guest accommodation is equally impressive. \


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Saturday April 6 at 12.30pm www.harcourts.com.au/VGW23242 Saturday 2.30 - 3.00pm

Ros Clowes P 9518 7000 M 0409 003 267 E ros.clowes@harcourts.com.au Harcourts Judd White

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KEW 18 Raheen Drive Architecturally designed during the period when the Modernism style flourished creating a spacious, interesting and flowing interior over two levels - this beautiful home boasts a bush-like setting in a quiet cul-de-sac in the prized Raheen/Studley Park precinct. The interior enjoys vistas to the surrounding trees, treetop views across Studley Park and features a light-filled entrance hall, four bedrooms (main/WIR/ensuite) or three plus study and a family bathroom flowing to both formal and open-plan family living and dining areas, with a well-equipped contemporary kitchen - all leading to a north-facing balcony with gas mains BBQ. The lower level allows flexibility with a 5th bedroom and ensuite, study or recreation area, great storage and opens to undercover parking and terraced gardens which lead to leafy, private and serene outdoor entertaining areas including a wide deck with a second gas mains BBQ adjacent to the in-ground pool. Features include monitored alarm, alpaca carpets, zoned ducted heating & cooling, auto watering, twin remote security gates & drive in, drive out parking.


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MALVERN 27 Spring Road The impressive style, spectacular scale and exceptional luxury showcased by this 2½ year old residence delivers an unparalleled family lifestyle. Designed to promote natural light, the formal areas, home theatre room and living/dining room with gourmet Miele kitchen open to north-facing garden with heated pool. Main bedroom with en-suite/BIRs is accompanied two spacious bedrooms (2en-suites/WIRs), 4th bedroom, study, 4th bathroom and retreat. Features heating/cooling, alarm, video intercom, 2 powder-rooms and 2xgarage.


Thursday 28th March at 1pm


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Joanna Nairn 0419 994 664 Richard Mackinnon 0414 822 579




1111 High Street Armadale 9822 9999




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MONT ALBERT 10 Rowland Street Only recently renovated, this captivating single level c1930s residence´s generous, light-filled dimensions reveal a sensational blend of Art Deco charm and stunning designer style. Deco ceilings and timber floors are highlighted through sitting room (OFP), main bedroom (en-suite/BIR) and 2 further bedrooms with designer bathroom. The gourmet Miele kitchen features Caeserstone benches, and a generous living/dining room open to a northeast garden. Features hydronic heating, air-conditioning, alarm, laundry and OSP.


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266 Auburn Road Hawthorn 9822 9999




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ARMADALE 9A Northcote Road The instant appeal of this town residence is totally captivating and has generously proportioned spaces, matched by its highly coveted location. Nestled behind a landscaped garden, the entrance hall reveals elegant formal living room, gourmet Smeg kitchen and generous living/ dining opening to northwest courtyard. Main bedroom with en-suite/WIR is complemented by two double bedrooms (BIRs), 2nd bathroom and home theatre room. Features heating/cooling, alarm, security intercom, 2x powder-rooms, double garage and auto gates.


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Dean Gilbert 0418 994 939 James McCormack 0410 503 389



1111 High Street Armadale 9822 9999




KEW 15 Peel Street Defined by exceptional proportions and flowing & flexible interior this impressive town residence delivers the finest contemporary elegance and light-filled living. Featuring an eye-catching classical faรงade and interior comprising warm Jarrah timber floors, 3 bedrooms (main/WIR/ensuite), stylish bathroom, laundry, optional living, dining or study and generous living/dining area with smartly appointed S/S kitchen opening to a private courtyard+covered entertaining. Includes alarm, cooling, d/heating, remote/garage/storage+ OSP.


Saturday 13th April at 12.30pm


Thursday & Saturday 12.30-1pm


Michael Wood 0425 280 191 Joe Muinos 0423 222 043



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266 Auburn Road Hawthorn 9822 9999

Too GooD To mISS

3/58 Severn Street Balwyn North




Immaculately presented, this superb town residence’s generous spaces & garden surrounds provide a serene lifestyle through spacious living, modern kitchen, dining, covered BBQ terrace & N/W facing garden, 2 double bedrooms (BIRs), sparkling bathroom & DLUG.

INSPECT Thu 12-12.30pm & Sat 11-11:30am

AUCTION Saturday 13th April at 10.30am

Ben Kenyon 0413 697 203 Riki Decarne 0422 444 126


9822 9999

Deadline Private Sale closing Thursday, 18 April at 3pm

Ground Floor Office Suite, Tooronga Village • • • • •

Brilliant office of 176sqm* + 6 car spaces Brand new office that includes kitchenette Sensational amenity for staff and clients Two minutes* to the Monash Freeway and Tooronga Train Station Must be sold - call now

Jointly Marketed

Colliers International 03 8562 1111 Hamish Burgess 0421 641 497 Ted Dwyer 0411 312 165

Knight Frank 03 8545 8600 Tim Grant 0478 666 275 Chao Zhang 0411 625 068



Charming Edwardian home faithfully restored to a high standard and located in leafy Logan Street - Mansfield’s finest. Set in 1 acre of 100 year old gardens with a tranquil rural outlook over adjoining farm land. Many period features including ornate pressed metal ceilings. Three king sized bedrooms plus study. Superbly equipped modern kitchen complimented by adjacent informal living area. Delightful sitting room to original design with open fire place. Master bedroom with luxurious en-suite and large walk-thru robe. Air conditioned throughout. Garaging for 3 cars plus large storage and workshop area. $839,000

visit: www.nobleknight.biz

Noble Knight

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barryplant.com.au MELBOURNE'S ESTATE AGENT


2/16 Weybridge Street

Spotless Single Level Unit in Tree lined Surrounds Peacefully set within a boutique complex of only 3, this light-filled and spacious unit includes 2 generous bedrooms (BIRs), kitchen/meals, separate dining area and living room, bathroom (shower & bath), plus rear courtyard garden.





Saturday 6th April at 11:00am PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

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$480,000 - $520,000 Thur 12:30 - 1:00pm & Sat 2:00 - 2:30pm Photo ID required Alex Morgan 0401 524 119 Kieran Whaley 0410 587 072 Ivanhoe 9499 7992

Eltham 9431 1222 1022 Main Road

Ivanhoe 9499 7992 153 Upper Heidelberg Road

Rosanna 9459 8111 131 Lower Plenty Road

Doreen 9717 8801 Shop 2, 101 Hazel Glen Drive

Classic & Contemporary Spaces Enjoying light ďŹ lled spaces this charming two bedroom brick period residence offers wonderful indoor and outdoor entertaining areas only moments from Sir Robert Menzies Reserve, the delights of Kooyong Village and railway station. Comprising; generous living/dining area with high ceilings and oorboards opening onto rear sunny terrace with landscape gardens. Smart kitchen, secondary living area and central bathroom with European laundry. VIEW Thursday & Saturday 12.30 - 1pm

CALL Tom Staughton Clive Nettlefold

0411 554 850 0418 338 459



Offered for the first time in 15 years this is a very special opportunity to acquire one of the most rare and exclusive luxury apartments in Australia. Universally regarded as the one of the best residential developments in the country, The Westin occupies an unparalleled niche in luxury residential living. Situated in the Paris end of Collins Street on the City Square and offering its small and select group of owners a luxury experience to rival the best apartments in the world. In the rarified air above Melbourne’s 5 Star Westin Hotel, this is a lifestyle opportunity like no other. From the moment you enter the double height lobby you are catapulted into a world which is designed to enrich your life in every way possible. From the 24/7 Room Service, Housekeeping and Concierge services to the serene swimming pool, recreation facilities and restaurant, this is a lifestyle experience unique to Melbourne. Accommodation is comprised of 3 bedrooms with 3 dedicated Limestone lined ensuites plus a most generous study/office. A beautifully proportioned family room featuring American Oak floors adjoins the spacious Kitchen that features a full complement of Gagganau appliances and quality fittings. Sweeping formal and informal living areas enjoy a stunning city skyline backdrop, 2 balconies and a range of Custom finishes including a solid limestone fireplace. The dining room also breaks out onto a generous outdoor terrace that enjoys morning sun. Showcasing a sumptuous interior and ambience of understated elegance the property features beautiful textures of rich limestone and green granite, an imported array of light fittings and accoutrements that embellish the sophistication and style throughout. From the moment you step in you will experience a true sense of arrival and quintessential luxury richly adorned and finessed to an international standard, it is an exquisitely beautiful home, with a most sought after orientation that is bathed in natural light and the high ceilings create a volume of space and depth that is a rarity in an apartment. The master bedroom suite is dazzlingly proportioned and enjoys 2 balconies. Outstanding security plus a home automation system are offered. 3 individual car parks and external storage facilities are on title. Put simply, this is the best of the best.

For Sale Inspect By Appointment Contact Anton Wongtrakun 0419 352 888 Price $5.9M Plus





East Melbourne



St Kilda Road

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KEW 43 & 45/1245 Burke Road



Mortgagees in possession. Stanhope penthouses - stunning performers These stunning 3 bedroom apartments are big, bold and brilliant capturing magnificent views and northerly sunshine. Each comprising security TV intercom, large open plan living/dining opening to huge balcony, gourmet kitchen including integrated refrigerator/freezer, two state-of-the-art bathrooms (one with European laundry), ducted heating & cooling, and designated lift from basement to the front door, 2 security basement car spaces and LU store. Secure and secluded near Cotham & Burke Road trams, Camberwell Junction & Deepdene shopping strip.

HAWTHORN EAST 121/102 Camberwell Rd



"Rivoli Gardens" Stylish & secure This large apartment offers expansive free flowing living, BIRs to bedroom, duel access bathroom with shower over bath, stunning kitchen, huge entertaining terrace, euro laundry, air-conditioning, secure entry and basement car park.

SURREY HILLS 1B Thistle Street



A stunning design for family living Auction Sat 13 Apr, 11.00 View Thu 12:00 - 12:30 Tony Nathan 0412 285 066 Caroline Hammill 0418 334 561 Camberwell 9805 1111

Camberwell 273 Camberwell Road 9805 1111

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Sale View Thu 2:00 - 2:30 Tony Nathan 0412 285 066 Helena Chow 0407 226 828 Camberwell 9805 1111

This exceptional new residence showcases an excellent example of modern townhouse design & quality workmanship. Delightful low maintenance living environment with 4 spacious bedrooms, 3 living areas & on its own title of 380m2 approx.

Auction Sat 13 Apr, 11.00 Quoting POA View Thu 6:00 - 6:30, Sat 11:00 - 11:30 Julian Badenach 0414 609 665 Rachel Waters 0413 465 746 Blackburn 9894 1000



BALWYN NORTH 1144 Burke Road Shop & Residence - Investors or Available to Owner Occupiers

Auction: Wednesday 10th April at 12.30pm Open: Wednesday 1.00 - 1.30pm Contact: Anthony Panayi 0402 911 117 Russell Turner 0419 955 655

Locals would know the ’Mint Cafe’ in this prominent location with 104 Car Spaces at the rear. Investors note: Tenants ready to occupy (application Rental $43,812pa) or Owner Occupiers should consider Retail Shop all set to go. 2 kitchens, conference room upstairs, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Garage off Burke Lane. Land area: 195sqm approx. Building area: 115sqm approx.

Office: 1161 Burke Road, Kew 9859 9517

EILDON 242 Goulburn Valley Highway ’Rivermist’ Ultimate Lifestyle Property * * * *


For Sale: By Tender Closing 15 April 2013 at 5pm Open: Saturdays 2.00 - 2.45pm Contact: Andrew Maung 0410 233 787 Mark Howard 0448 606 062

32 Acres approx. of Prime Land * Olive Grove with approx. 1000 Organic Olive Trees 3 Bedroom Executive Home * Sheds and Cool-room with 3 phase power Bore Water plus Water Tanks * Potential subdivision (STCA) Approx. 450 metres of River Frontage to the northern boundary

Office: 72A Doncaster Road, Balwyn North 9859 9517

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fitzroy Thursday 18th April at 2pm on site 134 napier street, Fitzroy


– land 426m2 approx.

– Vacant Possession

– Dual street frontages

– Zoned: residential 1

Balwyn North 95 Hill Road Auction Inspect Office Contact

James Gregson 0421 516 480 David bourke 0407 705 755

Property ID: 8039





Sat 13th April at 1pm As Advertised or By Appointment 2 Chatham Street 9529 1100 David Lowenstein 0418 551 559 Lee Pellizzer 0419 513 153

Entertainment Paradise This architectural designed 4 BR, 4 bathroom family home offers expansive formal & informal living areas, marble kitchen with Miele appliances, separate Butlers kitchen with wine cellar, library or study, kids area. Heat/cool, remote gates, inground heated pool. Land 718m2 approx. www.95hillroadbalwynnorth.com

367 Collins street Melbourne

9275 7777

MALVERN EAST 22a Repton Road





Stylish single level just meters from Ardrie Park Generous accommodation combines a low maintenance lifestyle focus with easy access to popular amenities in this smart modern town residence just a stone´s throw from Ardrie Park. Clever floorplan design boasts 2 Living/ Dining domains, open plan gourmet Kitchen, Study, 3 double Bedrooms (BIRs), the zoned Main with ensuite. Alfresco deck, carport/ OSP. 60 The weekly review \ MARCH 27, 2013

Auction Inspect

Saturday 13th April at 11am Thursday 11.30am-12noon & Saturday 1-1.45pm


Talia Tomaino 0409 138 474  Damien Davis 0409 961 264 John Morrisby 0411 875 476


Armadale 9832 0500 jelliscraig.com.au


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HAWTHORN 7 Austin Street This Victorian home offers the perfect blend of classic elegance and modern family convenience. With five bedrooms, plus study, 3 bathrooms, the home offers a range of options for guests and family. The home opens out onto an expansive family living leading to a stunning paved entertainment area complete with solar heated pool. With a contemporary kitchen featuring Smeg appliances, containing large pantry, all your entertainment needs are catered for. Master bedroom is complete with WIR and ensuites while additional bedrooms share family bathroom. Entertainment zone and 2 further bedrooms upstairs share third bathroom. Double lock up garage, Evap A/C and more. A stunning family home within walking distance to public transport and the best of Melbourne's schools.

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Private Sale Price View Call Office

$2,750,000 Wednesday & Thursday 11.00-11.30am, Saturday 1.00-1.30pm Kevin Bartholomeusz 0409 174 119  Glen Coutinho 0409 779 399  1153-1157 Burke Road, Kew 8888 2000

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MALVERN 1-16/1312 Malvern Road Fully constructed and standing at the heart of Malvern, Shaftesbury comprises a new development of sixteen luxury 1 and 2 bedroom apartments within easy reach of an array of transport options, shopping, gourmet cafĂŠ's, parklands and amenities. With generous open spaces, a tranquil palette of stone, glass and rich oak floors endow these beautiful homes with a sense of style and comfort. High quality construction, efficient European appliances, advanced security and lift ensure these low-maintenance residences are designed to meet the needs of a discerning audience with a wonderful location to explore.

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For Sale View Call Office Web

Thursday 3.00-4.00pm & Saturday 11.00-11.30am Anne Mackie 0417 034 212 Nick Walker 0417 330 650 1153-1157 Burke Road, Kew 8888 2000 rtedgar.com.au

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East MElbournE 24 Darling st


I’ll do It …. My way! Blank canvas opportunity in a most magnificent park side location augurs well for families and festivities. An affordable Victorian that will allow you to import your version of the future all in the safe and central proximity of CBD, parks, shopping and transport. Single level double fronted rear access and brazen potential to create something spectacular. Currently comprises formal sitting room, 2 bedrooms an eat in kitchen with separate bathroom + WC. A Victorian princess in an enviable position.

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auctIon Saturday 13th April at 12.00pm VIew Wednesday 2.30 - 3.00pm & Saturday as advertised contact Paul Caine 0407 393 900 offIce 370 Albert St, East Melbourne

8413 8000



Alphington 7-11 Lowther Street ‘LOWTHER PLACE’ This incredible property (former site of St Jude’s Church of England) located in a quiet Alphington cul-de-sac comes to completion, offering a unique collection of nine properties on an enormous block. An amazing amalgamation of old and new, modern and classic, each residence offers a unique floorplan (1BR / 2BR / 3BR) with secure parking/garages, whilst enjoying a consistently high-quality range of features and fittings across the board, including Calacatta marble, Miele appliances, original hardwood boards, architecturally designed cantilevered staircases, stunning original lead-light windows, and luxury bathrooms like you’ve never seen you won’t want to miss this!

PRIVATE SALE INSPECTION Thurs 28 March 5.15-5.45 & Thurs 4 April 5.15-5.45 119 High St, Northcote | 9486 1800 OFFICE Luke Sacco 0407 528 040 CONTACT Tom Alexiadis 0417 030 452

A Myriad of Options for the Future a rare yet substantial land opportunity is

on offer in the ever developing Macedon ranges. a Mere 63km from Melbourne cbd and situated at the entrance of picturesque romsey Township, on offer is 420 acres approx of vacant land – lots 29, 30 and 31. included is recently approved rezoning for 21 Hectares (approx) of future commercial(7) and industrial(14) land (STca). as well as farmland that could attract potential racing industry syndicates (STca). Presenting frontage to Melbourne-lancefield rd. opportunity to buy all or individual lots. The options are endless for the astute buyer, to develop now or in the future.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Closing Friday 19 April at 3 pm 2598 Melbourne-lancefield rd, roMSeY Nuno Raimundo 0415 232 059 nelsonalexandersmyth.com.au 187 Gertrude St, Fitzroy 9419 5511

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A6 | B3 | C4 | D | E

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Contact: Jock Langley 0419 530 008 Andrew Harlock 0419 379 992 Office 9864 5300 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Private Sale ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------View: By appointment ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------24/7 View: oneharcourtstreet.com


| 1 Harcourt Street

History, Grandeur, Lifestyle, Position and Potential!


Talana - represents the finest example of Queen Anne design Melbourne has to offer, with abundant period features such as the elaborate plasterwork and fireplace mantles, combined with modern appointments including home theatre, remote wrought-iron gates and programmable C-Bus lighting - set in landscaped grounds of over an acre (4,122sqm/44,369sqft). A truly magnificent property offering the very best in resort-style family living, including championship tennis court, enormous lap/leisure pool, 4 car garage and fully self-contained summer house; close to everything, including an array of Melbourne´s best schools.

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A4 | B4 | C8 | D

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| 3 McMaster Court

Extraordinary Opportunity To Create Your Toorak Dream!


Outstanding concept plans (STCA) offer a unique opportunity to recreate a b.e architecture design residence in this tranquil leafy court location where a unique 1960´s three to four bedroom residence currently exists as a comfortable family home on a block boasting future potential. Set on 752sqm (8,000 sq ft) approximately, this magnificent site receives uninterrupted daylight. The proposed plans utilise this rare advantage to design a modern, versatile and seamlessly functional family residence. Close to Toorak Village and schools.

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Fo rt Au hcom cti in on g

Unit 5, 506 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn

406A Barkers Road, Hawthorn East.

A one bedroom ground floor apartment with its own courtyard. Comprising: Living room, open kitchen, bedroom with En-suite bathroom and BIR. Car space on title. Great location, close to shops and transport Suit owner occupier or investor Offers invited

4 Bedroom Accommodation

Price: $350,000

Daryl Jackson designed this fabulous 2 storey townhouse with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms upstairs and downstairs lounge/dining, kitchen with adjoining family room, powder room and laundry. Sunny private North courtyard garden at the front and a pleasant entertaining/ BBQ/sitting area at the rear. Features: Gas heater, air conditioner, dishwasher, built in robes, skylights, double carport with remote door via wide private road. Opposite Carey Grammar and easy access to several other schools. Phone to inspect anytime. Price Range $680 - $750

South Yarra

Como Complex

2 Fabulous apartments 7 River Street 9 sqs on 14th floor 1 Bedroom with views


666 Chapel St 12 sqs on 6th floor Renovators opportunity. 2 Bedrooms plus study and 2 balcony’s


Phone Valda to Inspect anytime - 0418 384 330

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9817 4401

1167 Burke Road, Kew

AH Valda Walsh 9826 6520, 0418 384 330 or Simon Wash 0419 337 460


pat rice & hawkins




Warrnambool 250 Hopkins Point Road Prime Coastal Land in Warrnambool

Expressions of Interest

Sitting along Warrnambool’s spectacular beaches is approx 58 acres of stunning coastal land. Some of the largest coastal land in Warrnambool provides potential for subdivision or to be split in 2 (STCA) Also perfect for resort style living or accommodation purposes. With beach frontage and close proximity to the Hopkins River this land is sure to impress.

Ending April 5th

For Definite Sale by

13 COOLART ROAD (EXTENSION) Melway Reference 193 J3

Jess Densley 0400 216 776 raywhite.com/937149 03 5564 1500


Ray White Warrnambool


Expressions of Interest

Introduced by delightful She Oak driveway magnificent lush pasture country - subdivided into 6 main paddocks.


Mains water connected, reticulated to troughs, 2 dams.


Excellent steel/timber cattle yards and lock up machinery shed.

441 St. Kilda Rd. Melbourne


97 Acres - 39.5 Ha


Closing Friday 26th April at 2pm Melbourne (03) 9866 5588 0418 317 440 5931 4333 0409 435 314 Balnarring www.patonestate.com.au


(03) 9866 5588





A sensational Esplanade location: an incomparable beachside lifestyle: a home to match. Gorgeous parquetry flooring; openness, space, natural light; comfortable living rooms (gas fires), stylish kitchen, 2 large studies, an inground pool in a tropical garden. Sunrises, sunsets, sunny days, night lights, distant skyscrapers, beach, pier and yacht club, Bellarine Peninsula, and all the action of the bay! AUCTION Sun 7th of April at 12:00pm INSPECT Saturday 4- 4:30pm DEAN PHILLIPS 0402 833 865 CHELSEY GIBSON 0409 277 997

Situated on the coveted “Golden Mile”, this stunning cliff top, signature residence sits on a sprawling 4048m2 allotment (approx.) with direct 180 degree views over Port Phillip Bay and the much celebrated Daveys Bay Yacht Club. Architecturally designed tri-level brilliance where every cardinal direction has been carefully considered. Bespoke interior design with inspiration from the Hamptons, compliment this prestige address. Custom-made pleasures throughout this masterpiece has to be seen to be truly appreciated. 3 2 3

160 Main Street Mornington 5975 4555


5 5 2

7/84 Mt Eliza Way Mt Eliza 9787 2422


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