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FREE There’s life in the Inner West! Issue 274 January 22nd 2016 They can take our late night kebabs but they can never take our freedom! WIN! MOVIE TIX: Looking For Grace F O L magazinesyd o @cia ine agaz M o a i /C US! W LO ney How to keep those New Year’s resolutions Triple J Hottest 100 party advice from local celebs It’s the final countdown

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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Rozelle markets reloaded - Nikes laced with danger - Inner West’s eastern suburb pub    l Jeanne Albrecht, the founder and longtime WE ARE C!AO Satire for the soul Latte Leftie weighs in on the thorny issue of how to deal with inappropriate behaviour from a non-white, heteronormative male Dear LL – When I came back to work following a holiday down the South Coast a male co-worker remarked, “That tan looks lovely on you, Clem.” Now normally I would, of course, scurry off to HR to have said co-worker immediately sacked for sexual harassment. Then go to the police to see if I could get him charged with verbal rape. Then launch a social media hate campaign so thousands of my sisters could eviscerate this patriarchal tyrant online and post about how his remark demonstrates all white men are entitled, woman-hating, slut-shaming evil-doers. However, most inconveniently, this guy is the son of Pakistani migrants leaving me wondering whether my cosmopolitan commitment to multiculturalism outweighs my feminist responsibility to fearlessly call out rapey activity wherever I imagine I see it. Your thoughts? Clementine, Annandale LL replies: Are you insane, you disgusting Islamophobe? Do you want to be responsible for setting off another VB-fuelled bogan race riot in The Shire? Are you happy to facilitate the Bolter smugly proclaiming, “I told you so” in the Hate Press? And could you live with yourself if you were responsible for Pauline Hanson riding an anti-immigration backlash all the way into the Lodge? I demand you forget this alleged incident ever took place. In future, how about showing some cultural sensitivity and wearing a niqab 24/7 rather than risk flaunting your seductively dusky epidermis in front of those with different but equally valid cultural values? Granted, there are difficult conversations to be had about the paradox of being a womynist, pro gay marriage Greens voter who also wants to import large numbers of unreconstructed men who see nothing out of order about throwing homosexuals off buildings or stoning to death women who go out unaccompanied in public. But those conversations must be avoided at all costs. Now let us never speak of this matter again. n Email your dilemma to info@ciaomagazine.com.au. ADVERTISING Sonya Madden sonya@ciaomagazine.com.au manager of Rozelle Markets, has stated that she will be starting a splinter antiques market after Blue Sky management take over the markets from January 25th. She is still searching for a location for her new markets but is determined to ensure it is in the Inner West. Albrecht said she was uncertain whether she would be able to retain her stallholders, as from February she will be competing for them with Blue Sky. Keep an eye on the White Bay footbridge for updates.  on anyone are generally perilous, especially enclosed ones. The Bank Hotel has affirmed the fact by banning certain shoes for the sake of patron safety. After refusing entry to a man wearing a pair of Nike Air Max, The Bank Hotel posted on Facebook that both Nike TN and Air Max styles were banned from the Hotel because, “they are worn by gang members, or worst case scenario young men who you think could be in a gang.” The Bank Hotel said the excluding measures “sounded ridiculous but work” then noted, “I can honestly guarantee you that almost every single person I’ve caught selling drugs on the premises or has picked a fight has been wearing those shoes.” Comments on Facebook suggested punters believed the correlation between the popular footwear and violence were dubious.  lA FOOD Melissa Leong info@ciaomagazine.com.au l Shoes month after opening their doors as the Inner West’s pub in the east, The Unicorn Hotel in Paddington is doing a roaring trade. The team from Newtown’s own brewery Young Henry’s (located on Wilford Street) and Mary’s Burgers (Mary St, Newtown) have joined forces as business partners to rescue the pub from its dive bar past. They have opted for an Australiana aesthetic, apparently adopting some recipes from Margaret Fulton cookbooks to complete the vibe. WINE Winsor Dobbin info@ciaomagazine.com.au ART DIRECTOR Paden Hunter paden@ciaomagazine.com.au LOCAL history The Marrickville District Lawn Tennis Club was first founded in 1923, meaning they are fast approaching their centenary. To this day it remains one of few genuine grass courts still operating in Sydney with six natural courts that are reserved for members and their guests. The six alternate courts are available for hire all year round. Many Australian tennis legends have paraded upon the courts of this historic venue. They include Ken Rosewall, Sandon Stolle and Wally Masur, all of whom have courts named in their honour. The Marrickville District Lawn Tennis Club have luckily escaped the fate of demolition and restructuring to which many of the Inner West’s historic buildings have succumb. EDITORIAL Phoebe Moloney phoebe@ciaomagazine.com.au Tennis club members in 1936 Kassia Aksenov kassia@ciaomagazine.com.au ASSITANT PUBLISHER Things we love: PUBLISHER Sonia Komaravalli sonia@ciaomagazine.com.au Contributors: Bella Taylor, Nigel Bowen, Lianna Taranto, Edoardo Mesiti, Cat O’Dowd, Olivia Mackay, Russell Edwards, Maani Truu and Hannah Craft. Ciao loves you, and our photographers only supply photos for publication with consent. We try and make you look your best. No responsibility is accepted by Ciao Magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information. We welcome unsolicited editorial and pictorial contributions. The opinions expressed in Ciao Magazine are those of contributors, indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction. © All rights reserved. No material is to be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Ciao Magazine is a free publication. Distribution, advertising & editorial enquiries 460A Parramatta Road, Petersham 2049 info@ciaomagazine.com.au (02) 9518 3696. 0402 202 951 – Sonya 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Izzy Parish and Lauren Scott celebrating Australia day listening through the hottest 100 countdown. Image: Ben Cregan Cooling down in shavasana @ YO U R L O C A L + for Still trying to stick to those new year’s resolutions to be more active? Why not work out with friends, while also helping notfor-profit organisation Lentil As Anything? The iconic Newtown, pay-as-you-feel restaurant is running a number of classes, including yoga, meditation, salsa dancing and fitness, on a by donation basis. Qualified teachers run the classes, volunteering their time to translate the ethos of ‘everyone deserves a seat at the table’ to ‘everyone deserves access to uplifting fitness in a fun environment’. There is one small downside. The sounds of conversation and clanging plates from below may make your Shavasana slightly more difficult. After your workout you can go downstairs for a meal, while feeling good about supporting a local charity. n For more information and class times visit lentilasanything.com C!ao’s voice In • Wine snobbery • Dirty chai • Stupidly loud accessories • Inflatable pink pool flamingos • Pantsuits • Complimenting strangers in public bathrooms Out • The patriarchy • The heat • The rain which preceded the heat • Apathetic excuses for our treatment of refugees • All our music heroes (and Gilligan) dying C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West! 2

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Community Life R OA D T E ST n Elise Bruem Quit it A new year is always a great excuse to make a change. There’s just something about it that motivates us to fix all the problems of the previous year. 2016, I’ve decided, will be the year I defeat a habit (to be honest it’s more like a very strong addiction, I’m in denial). It may seem laughable but 2016 will be the year I give up eating chips. So whether it’s biting your nails, picking your nose or something else, think of something you’d rather live without because I am about to discover how exactly you can ditch that habit. RANT SOS: No More Late-Night Kebabs Walking down King St, Newtown (very) early one morning, I’m visualising the orange glow of the iconic signs, deciding what sauce combo to go for, anticipating the first succulent bite of doner kebab. Imagine my horror as I realise that my destination, a destination that has in the past been reliably open until 4am, is closed. It’s not even 2am! This horror is confounded when I scan my surroundings, looking for something, anything, to fill the kebab-shaped void in my growling stomach and am met with nothing but ‘We're Closed’ signs. It is no secret that the City of Sydney’s lockout laws have affected the Inner West. Since the restrictions were implemented in 2014, there has been a noted increase in anti-social behaviour in Newtown, with some traders responding by introducing 3am lockouts and bans on shots and doubles after midnight. The latest casualty of the lockout laws is local, latenight food retailers. City of Sydney Council has begun enforcing long-ignored conditions forcing businesses – including two Newtown kebab shops and a convenience store – to stick to their approved trading hours. In the case of that beloved Newtown institution, Istanbul on King, this means 12 pm. The kebab curfew has presumably been introduced with the intention of reducing bad behaviour in public spaces. There are a number of problems with this: 1. The timing is illogical given surrounding bars and hotels remaining open and serving drinks until 4am. 2. Local businesses are losing thousands of dollars in revenue each week. It remains to be seen whether they will be able to survive given reduced turnover. 3. Isn't a hungry intoxicated person more of a threat than one who's consumed a delicious kebab? 4. Kebab cravings strike at all hours. That’s a wellknown, scientific fact. 5. People like kebabs, dammit! Plus, a kebab is a powerful incentive to stop drinking and go home, picking up a meat box on your way. Furthermore, drunken youths aren’t the only ones looking to gorge on a kebab in the wee hours. Staff from RPA have already started a petition demanding a return to the old opening hours. The crux of the issue, however, comes down to the fact that we are focusing on the wrong thing. Rather than trying to limit the situations in which the alcoholfuelled violence can be committed, we need to look at why people are committing violence in the first place. Germans can get plastered without coward punching others, so why can't we Aussies? I don’t know the answer but one thing is for sure; taking away our kebabs isn’t the solution. Have you ever been angry while munching down on a kebab? It’s not possible. n Maani Truu The rubber band method Whose idea was this? If you’ve been living under a rock for your entire life, you may not know the theory that if you wear a rubber band on your wrist and use it to slap yourself every time you think of something you shouldn’t, you will cure yourself of negative thoughts. My opinion is that this must be an old wives’ tale considering the negative thoughts the slapping gave me. Even the sight of the band was enough to make me think of my habit, which of course led to more pain. The verdict: save your wrists for jewellery. You can do it! Fining yourself your ways, but this time it’s financial pain. Fining myself 10 cents every time I ate a chip seemed like an easy feat but it didn’t take long until the damage to my bank account began to show. Perhaps it’s because the fines took all of the money I would have spent on chips, but this method was surprisingly effective. So if you can handle a bit of stress on your budget, it’s worth a try. Actions may speak louder than words but nothing talks louder than money. How is money related to quitting a habit? Like the rubber band method, pain is supposed to encourage you to change Going cold turkey Right from the outset this method appears to be seriously flawed, probably because cold turkey is actually delicious and not at all something you should have to give up. Even thinking about turkey reminds me of food, which leads me to thinking about the salty goodness of chips. Someone on the Internet said that the first few days of giving up a habit are the hardest, this proves to be true as I walk through the chip aisle at the supermarket and struggle through cravings. However, a time did come (it was more than a few days) where the absence of my bad habit was much easier. Let’s just see how long it lasts. Replacement How much will your bad habit cost you? Whether it’s a welcome distraction or to fill the cravings, they say that replacement can cure even the toughest of habits. An important thing to remember if you’re going to try replacing your bad habit with something else is that your new habit should be better than the habit you’re replacing. Although, this is something I didn’t take into account and I now find myself addicted to my replacement habit, wedges. Maybe 2017 will be better. Treading Lightly Environmentally conscious Inner Westies are now spoiled for choice with the sheer variety of ways they can reduce their carbon footprint. Treading Lightly is brought to you through a collaboration between the councils of Burwood, Strathfield, Leichhardt, Ashfield and Canada Bay. A series of community workshops on sustainable living, Treading Lightly will teach you dozens of ways to tweak your lifestyle and become greener and cleaner. Everything is covered, from veggie gardening in pots for the spatially challenged urbanite to beekeeping and alternatives to harsh chemical cleaning products. Food is a recurring theme, as you would expect in any Inner West offering. Ever wanted to make your own cheese and yoghurt? Look no further! But your choices are not limited. There are many workshops on offer to help you reconnect with nature, including wildlife photography, how to attract birds to your backyard and even a corroboree for kids. Workshops are free and local residents will receive priority when booking. Bookings are essential and open eight weeks prior to the workshop. Community are en ev ts listings What’s on n Compiled by Hannah Craft. Email info@ciaomagazine.com.au Fri 22nd, 29th Jan and Fri 5th Feb n See Treading Lightly's Eventbrite listing for more info. FREE email info@ m.au ciaomagazine.co Attn: Max Pop-Up Farmer’s Market Sydney Park in St Peters is host to a pop-up farmer’s market for three dates this summer as a trial run for the weekly markets we can look forward to later in 2016. Drop by one morning from 8am-1pm to grab a bite, mingle with other Inner Westies and enjoy the your carbon footprint, the time is now. fresh produce of our local farmers. Sessions run from 8:30 to 11:30am. Where: Sydney Park, St Peters. They're free but bookings are essential. To book a place visit: Sun 31st January sydneycycleways.net/events Arrive at 7.30pm and bring $7 for the door, your loudest clothes and your most outlandish moves for one hour of mayhem. Once the lights go down, no one knows who you are. Where: Main Hall, Church Street, Newtown. Mon 11th – Sat 30th January Jungle Book – The Musical Glebe Discovery Ride You'll be amazed what you'll find 4 Kick off your morning with an hour long, 10km bike ride from Glebe’s foreshore to the CBD. Your BIKESydney tour guide will show you all the best views as well as a handy route from the Inner West into the city. Inexperienced riders are encouraged to join but under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. If you are prone to making ambitious resolutions to exercise more and reduce Thursday nights (on-going) No Lights No Lycra The girls at No Lights No Lycra have taken their desire to ‘dance like no one’s watching’ to new heights. No Lights No Lycra offers the chance to let loose without fear of persecution. Returning on January 28th, Main Hall will become Newtown’s pitch-black party central every Thursday night. There are no lights, no teachers and no judgements. After a successful 2014 season, King St Theatre's artistic director Markus Weber and Michael Summ bring their production back to Newtown for the school holidays. Taking a twist on Kipling’s classic, this show is a great way to entertain those restless kids. Shows begin at 10:30am and 1pm. Tickets are $20 each, $15 for Preschools and $70 for families of four. Please visit http://www. kingstreettheatre.com.au/junglebookthe-musical/ to buy tickets. Lights out in lycra See page 8 for more what's on...

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n Local Gigs Friday 29th January n Local screens ACOLYTE Melbourne prog-rockers Acolyte are celebrating their single 'The Message' with a tour. Lead vocalist Morgan-Leigh Brown, who is trained in classical music, will show you what being a rock-chick is all about. Bald Faced Stag Hotel, $14.90 Saturday 30th January FREE TICKETS Win double movie passes Remember the days when we had newspapers? DALLAS CRANE The lads are back after keeping pretty quiet over the last 10 years. In their heyday Dallas Crane were one of the most energetic pop-rock live acts to play at your local. With their new album Scoundrels to show off I’m pretty sure they’re going to prove they’ve still got it. Newtown Social Club, $23 Spotlight Looking For Grace: A road trip that defies all expectations Looking For Grace The Hateful Eight Their music is very dark Tuesday 9th February DIIV Playing dreamy pop, Brooklyn band DIIV are touring the country for Laneway. Some might be thinking “not another psych band” but I’m just sitting here loving every wistful minute of it. The Factory Theatre, $49+BF The huge success of The Dressmaker shows Australian audiences have not lost their taste for unusual stories that defy genre. Sue Brooks’ (Japanese Story) film fits squarely into that category, though there are abrupt changes in tone between its five “chapters”. At first with runaway Grace (Odessa Young) on a long distance bus we’re in what feels like a poignant social drama, then the switch is flicked to brittle satire when we meet her parents, uptight mum (Radha Mitchell) and jittery dad (Richard Roxburgh). Then it turns to a more gentle humour with Tom (Terry Norris), the detective way past pension age hired to track down the errant teen. Later it turns tragic, but not before more narrative surprises and several twists involving a large sum of money. It’s a great cast and newcomer Odessa Young is just sensational, while Roxburgh himself gives a particularly generous performance – abandoning his Rake-ish rep to become possibly the world’s worst seducer. M from Jan 26. The handcuffed prisoner Daisy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is whacked in the face so often in Quentin Tarantino’s latest triumphant cinematic romp, that he's been accused of misogyny. It’s nonsense, this director treats all his characters with equal contempt... So here again are all the QT elements we know and love (bilious profanity, witty verbosity, gory violence, wickedly clever plotting) – all in a 70mm format that looks just sensational. When Daisy’s face gets splattered with the chunky contents of someone else’s cranium, we’re not shocked. We laugh. R18+ on now. Mark Ruffalo is so often cast as a slacker that it comes as a surprise to see him actually do any work. Ditto for everyone’s favourite lazy cynic (Mad Men’s silver fox John Slattery). As news editor of the Boston Globe, he even rolls up his sleeves! Both are part of a driven, professional team of investigative reporters who after months of painstaking, exhausting work uncovered a widespread cover-up of systematic sexual abuse in the Boston diocese. Not since All The President’s Men has news reporting been portrayed as so personally demanding, so exciting, and dare we say it – so damn important. The rest of the cast are fantastic (Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, Stanley Tucci), and so too is Tom McCarthy’s film, which also shines a beacon of light on the city politics which conspire to keep us in the dark. Just in passing we’re alerted to the downward spiral most big city newspapers. Many have closed since these 2001 events, very few now have the resources for hard-hitting quality journalism. Make no mistake, nothing is replacing it. M from Jan 28. CIAO's PICKS! ★ Thanks to Palace Films we have five double in-season passes to give away. Details below. Play it again, Samuel... A heartbreaking testimony to a mother’s love Australia Day in the Inner West Room In the Inner West, we know how to celebrate Australia Day: with food, music, community and a celebration of all the different cultures which make up our immigrant nation. Head to Ashfield Aquatic Centre for a day of free activities. The gates open at 10am and there will be a range of scheduled activities for adults and children. A free BBQ will be held at 1pm. At 3pm Enmore Park will be hosting Marrickville Council's citizenship ceremony. This will be followed by live entertainment from 4:30pm and a myriad of free activities. There will be 20 stalls offering a wide range of international foods to enjoy while watching the evening fireworks. Further West, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Auburn Council are hosting a lavish array of performances at Cathy Freeman Park. Also kicking off with their Citizenship awards at 12pm, the main stage entertainment includes circus, magic, K-POP dance, Bollywood and reggae.For the kids, there are free pony rides, carnival rides, a barnyard, Indigenous art and crafts workshops to explore. n Where: Ashfield, Aquatic Centre, Enmore Park and Cathy Freeman Park Mon 4th – Sun 31st Jan. Fri 22nd Jan, Fri 5th Feb Sun 31st Jan The premise of Lenny Abrahamson’s Room sounds unbearably distressing. Ever since birth, five-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) has lived in a tiny fortress-like room with his mother “Ma” (Brie Larson), whose been held captive for seven years by a Joseph Fritzllike monster who regularly visits her for sex. That’s the only world he has known, his entire universe. Ma has made the best of it for him, in fact Jack is both a spirited kid and surprisingly normal. Half way in we get to the kicker, their tense heart-pounding escape. But what next? What can either of them now make of the real world? Larson’s emotional performance is terrifically convincing and totally gut wrenching, but then this talented hot young actress has done that before (check out the amazing but little-seen Short Term 12). And where did they find that boy? Wow… Though Academy voters may be cautious, but I'm not... I'll call it now. Oscar! M from Jan 28. n More local movies at www.ciaomagazine.com.au Carol, The 5th Wave, Dirty Grandpa Whiteout art exhibition Leichhardt Council's Pics The Kate Owen Gallery is always a top in the Park destination for lovers of Indigenous art. ‘Whiteout’, its newest exhibition, finishes at the end of the month and boasts a stunning range of intricate patterns and textures. Other exhibitions on display feature the works of prominent Aboriginal artists from all over Australia. Where: 680 Darling Street, Rozelle Power of Goals Seminar Kate Owen Gallery 6 Leichhardt Council is delivering a free outdoor movie program this summer on four Friday nights, showing at Pioneer's Memorial Park and Mort Bay Park alternately. Beginning at 8pm on Friday 22nd January, head to Pioneers Memorial to catch '10 Canoes', the first movie filmed entirely in Australian Aboriginal languages. Cult Classic 'Napoleon Dynamite' will be showing at Mort Bay on 5th February at 8pm. Head back to Pioneers Memorial and get nostalgic on the 19th February with an 7:45pm viewing of 'Twilight', and finish the summer at Mort Bay on 4th March at 7:30pm with 'Oddball', a kids' classic about protecting a colony of penguins and saving the local community. 10 Canoes at Pics in the Park The viewing of '10 Canoes' will begin with a selection of short Indigenous films while all other nights will kick off with a collection of short films from FlickerKids. The Council is running the program in support of the Glebe/Leichhardt Police Citizen's Youth Group, so please bring a gold coin donation to support this great local group. Where: Pioneer's Memorial Park, Mort Bay Park Having a little trouble making your 2016 resolutions stick? You're not alone. International speaker Rohn Walker will be presenting a seminar on goals and purposes, and how to transform yours into reality. The seminar will run from 3:305:30pm. Seats are $10. To book, call 9518 3442 or email mary@maryszental.com.au, and make sure 2016 is your best year yet. Where: Church of Scientology, Mission of Leichhardt. Renwick St, Leichhardt. WIN MOVIE PASSES & DVDs To be in the running to win one of five double passes to Looking For Grace, email your name and postal address to info@ciaomagazine.com.au telling us where you picked up your copy Only at the movies Jan 26 of Ciao. Note that these are valid for Monday to Friday sessions. n Reviews – Russell Edwards

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n FEATURE HOT 100 Concord hopefuls Gang of Youths Listening to the Hottest 100 countdown has become an integral part of Australia Day, at least for younger Inner Westies. Ciao chatted with local youth culture celebrities, Triple J presenter Alex Dyson and lead guitarist of Gang of Youths, Joji Malani, about what Australia Day and Triple J’s now famous music poll means to them. After 22 years Triple J Hottest 100 is still so relevant because it encourages public engagement through its voting system. It attracted over two million voters in 2014. Eligible voters are not restricted to our continent; the voting system allows both expats and foreigners to get involved. This has led toTriple J labelling the Hottest 100 countdown “the world’s greatest democracy”. Then, of course, there’s the prize on offer, the holy grail of Australian gigs and festivals – the Willy Wonkaesque Golden Ticket. This is awarded to one lucky voter each year, who receives a double pass to every live music event supported by Triple J for a whole 12 months! I’ve heard friends discuss how they would quit their jobs if they won the Golden Ticket to embark on a yearlong live-music-filled bender. Mow the lawn, chisel last year’s burnt snags off the barbie, fill up the inflatable pool, tune your radio, connect the speakers and get ready for your Australia Day Triple J Hottest 100 party, done Inner West style, advises Kassia Aksenov. cause. Appropriately enough it’s one focused on helping Indigenous youth. The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) supports Indigenous students through high school and university. It aims to ultimately close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous educational achievement. Alex Dyson says of the unprecedented partnership, “Some lovely people will donate to AIME when they vote, which will help change some school children’s lives directly. But I think the biggest [impact] will be awareness. Literally millions of people tune in to the Hottest 100, and many would not realise the extent at which Indigenous kids are over-represented in school drop-out rates. By partnering with AIME, Triple J can help turn the tide on this issue.” The benefits of broadcasting the countdown on a summertime public holiday when many Australians, especially students, are still in holiday mode and can take the time to listen are huge. And the music provides an opportunity to bring people, especially music-loving Inner Westies, together. “To borrow a term, it’s about mateship. Sure, the tunes are great, but really it’s an excuse to connect to people, whether it’s two strangers at a barbecue with the songs on in the background, or just the feeling of connection you get when the song you voted for reaches the top 10, proving there are thousands of other people out there who have the same taste as you,” observes Dyson. The poll even brings Australians together in the virtual world, sparking social media debates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To illustrate that, look no further than the biggest Triple J controversy of recent years, Buzzfeed’s 2014 #Tay4hottest100 campaign. (Buzzfeed encouraged its readers to vote for the pop princess leading to Triple J to rather sniffily rule her ineligible). Nonetheless, Dyson argues the poll unites Aussies more than it divides them. “We took a call on air during the countdown from a guy who had been T-boned at an intersection and had his car written off. He was furious until the offender came and apologised and he realised they were both listening to the Hottest 100. They sat next to each other on the nature strip and listened together until the towtruck arrived.” Word association with Joji Malani Australia Day Colonisation The Aussie flag National Anthem Sausage Sizzle BBQ Bloody good! Hottest 100 Never heard of it Triple J Really nice guys! “Everyone who’s made the top 10 has had success” Throughout its existence the Hottest 100 has featured Inner West musicians. On two occasions they’ve taken out the number one position – The Whitlams with ‘No Aphrodisiac’ in 1997 and Alex Lloyd with ‘Amazing’ in 2001. Dyson says making the cut can be career altering for bands. “Making it into the hottest 100 can inspire more people to download a band’s songs, go see them live, or even encourage other radio stations to add the songs to rotation. The benefits can be massive,” he says. “Everyone who has made the top 10 has had some notable success not just in Australia but also overseas,” adds Malani. It’s at this time of year that musicians reach out to their fans on social media, reminding them who to vote for. “I think it’s lame to not do anything [to encourage your fans to vote]. Bands can do whatever, they can ask their fans!” says Malani. So fill up the esky, check the BBQ gas bottle and let’s hope this year’s Triple J hottest 100 number one escapes the public backlash deriding it as the “worst song ever” it too often recieves! n To donate to AIME visit aimedonationsraisely.com/ Party-girl locals izzy and lauren talk celebrating on australia day What goes hand in hand with the hottest 100 countdown? Izzy: Being with all of your mates with an icy cold VB in your hand! What’s your favourite thing about Jan 26th? Izzy: Dressing up in some sort of Aussie flag bikini and decking out in temporary tattoos The key to a good Australia Day party is...? Lauren: The music, a BBQ and, of course, an esky full of ice cold drinks. What did you vote for as your number one and what are you going to do if/when it’s played on Australia Day? Izzy: Hayden James’ ‘Something About You’. When I hear it I’m going to feel amazing and I’ll have to pull out some groovy moves Lauren: Carmada’s ‘On Fire’ (featuring Maribelle). I’ll scream “I love this song!” jump up and start dancing! “They’d quit their jobs if they won the golden ticket” So it’s not difficult to understand the concept of the Hottest 100 and why people get involved. But why January 26th? As Joji Malani is quick to point out, it feels somehow wrong to celebrate the day that white settlers colonised Australia. “We [Gang of Youths] have an interesting view on Australia Day; it’s a weird day to commemorate, it’s the day in which we colonised this nation, kicked all the locals out and made it our own,” says Malani. “Being an Islander it’s a weird thing to indulge in. In our view having the Triple J countdown is about having something else to look forward to.” The 2016 countdown marks the first year that Triple J has tied the countdown to a worthy 8

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n Your say n REVIEW n Local news Should we change the date of Australia Day? “I don't know if we should change the date necessarily but I do think we need to be a lot more sensitive and a lot more aware of what Indigenous people are feeling around the day. I'm really ambivalent about it. I've never celebrated it and overt displays of nationalism make me really uncomfortable.” Eleanor, Stanmore “We absolutely should. Australia was formed on the day we achieved independence, not on the day of an invasion.” Finn, Stanmore “Of course we should; the fact so many don't want to consider it just illustrates our continuing apathy towards Indigenous issues. Invasion Day is a day of mourning for our native people, and there are so many days which were far more significant in shaping our nation.” Hannah, Stanmore “Why bother?” James, Enmore “I do. I think it has too many negative connotations and I have had friends refer to it as Invasion Day. If we could find something closer the respect people have for ANZAC Day that would be great, especially since we are supposed to be celebrating the country it has become, not the country it was.” Lauren, Summer Hill Wayward Brewing Co. A bustling trendy beer-bar with a chilled vibe FBi SMACs Awards Local Inner West band Royal Headache has dominated the recent FBi SMACs awards, walking away with Best Live Act and Record of the Year for their acclaimed second album High. The awards, held at Carriageworks, aim to recognise local artists and culture makers through a system of public voting. This year, there were 12 different awards, with Ben Marshall – head of Contemporary Music at the Sydney Opera House – taking out the major prize. Formed in 2008, the four-piece band has cemented their place in Sydney’s live music scene through their consistently boisterous performances and notable punk rock sound. Sticking to their roots, the cover art for High features a looming water tower, which is located in frontman Shogun’s home turf, Petersham. Upon entering the micro-brewery’s Cellar Bar we are hit with the TGIF buzz and the sounds of great music pumping on the speakers. Linda, behind the bar greets us with a welcoming smile. We order a tasting tray (six miniature glasses of the 12 beers available on tap) and find a table. The Cellar Bar is decked out in recycled and antique furniture that although is mismatched works together smoothly. The brewery is visible from the bar, adding to the unique atmosphere. It’s busy but not overcrowded. A patron walks past with the cutest pug in his arms – this great venue is dog-friendly. I can’t help but notice the smell of delectable pizza. Wayward have an arrangement with Urban Pizza Bar who deliver directly to the brewery. However, if pizza’s not your thing food trucks park outside on the weekend. We quickly finish our tasters and order a pint. I order the most popular beer of the moment – the Keller Instinct Bavarian Lager. We move to one of the rooms that are available for booking and sit on the couches. It’s so comfortable, as though we’re in someone’s living room! Before leaving we purchase a growler of beer, brewed only the day before that can be refilled at a discounted price; the perfect way to be green and drink local. Camperdown. To book a room, table or tour email drink@wayward.com.au Words: Kassia Aksenov n Visit the brewery at 1 Gehrig Lane, Scoring a SMAC award should help Petersham punks! photo by Satsuki Minoda Have Your Say on Forced Amalgamations Following the push from the State Government to forcibly merge the Inner West councils of Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichardt, local mayors are urging their residents to have their say on the issue. As it stands, the new mega entity is expected to be in place by mid-year. The Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, has now referred merger proposals to the Chief Executive Officer of Local Government for review and report under the Local Government Act, calling for written submissions from the public. The final date for submissions is the 28th of February. Submissions can be made online at www. councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au. For further information, there will be a public enquiry held on the 2nd of February at Ashfield Leagues Club. To attend register before January the 29th on the website or by calling 1300 813 020. Last Rozelle Market After 23 years at their current location, the final Rozelle Markets held at Rozelle School will take place on the 24th of January. In 2015, the Department of Education announced that any commercial arrangements with schools were open to tender, making way for Blue Sky Markets to take over the location. Rozelle will be the company’s 10th market property throughout NSW and Queensland. Market organiser Jeanne Albrecht says she still cannot believe what has happened. “I could not understand how they could have chosen people who have no history with the school when we have proven ourselves since 1991 as good tenants,” she says, referring to the moment she was notified her application to keep running the much-loved market was unsuccessful. The market, which is a favourite weekend haunt amongst locals, covers everything from clothing to food, music and bric a brac, however, it is particularly known for its antiques. It's become famous as Sydney’s major secondhand market. The final market will be business as usual. “We would like people to take this opportunity to come and enjoy Rozelle markets for the last time and celebrate with us all the amazing friends and memories that have been made over the years,” says Jeanne. Jeanne assures her supporters that her team is looking to start up a new market within the Inner West as soon as possible. “We will do it all over again, because so many people appreciate our way of doing things,” she says. n For further information on the future of Rozelle Markets you can visit the Facebook page ‘Rozelle Markets Official’ or their website Record Number of Deaf Children to Start Mainstream School In the coming weeks a record number of deaf children will begin their first year of kindergarten, in mainstream schools, after graduating from The Shepherd Centre, a children’s charity dedicated to assisting children suffering from hearing loss. One of these students is five-year-old Beatrice Hunter from Erskineville. Beatrice is looking forward to starting school with speech and language skills which rival her ‘normal-hearing’ peers. The record number of children graduating from the program indicated the increased demand for support, with it costing up to $20,000 per year to provide speech and hearing therapy to one child. For further information or to donate to The Shepherd Centre please visit www.shepherdcentre.org.au. Time to sound the Last Post for Rozelle Markets Summer Special! Balayage $100 Colour from $50 - $80 Ombre $110 Seniors 40 Ladies’ Cut $30 Men’s Cut $30 Seniors $25 Primary school $22 Unders fives $19 Power of Goals Seminar Do you want to make 2016 your best year yet? Sunday, 31st January 2016 3:30-5:30PM International speaker, Mr Rohn Walker, will present this seminar on goals and purposes and how to make your 2016 resolutions stick! Church of Scientology Mission of Leichhardt 79 Renwick St Leichhardt Book your seat, ph 9518 3442 or email mary@maryszental.com Cost $10 We Love Kids and Parents! Formerly Pixies Hair Salon 10 N. James Hair Salon 88 Norton St Leichhardt 2040 Ph: 8068 1888

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in the kitchen Pork Adobo with Native Pepperberry  with Olivia Mackay, n www.scoffandquaff. wordpress.com Filipino adobo is one of my absolute favourite dishes. The meat is cooked gently in vinegar flavoured with soy, whole garlic cloves, bay leaves and peppercorns. Sometimes the pieces are then fried until the skin and fat becomes crisp and golden. I love making this for gatherings as most of the work can be done in advance. In my recent travels I developed quite a fondness for Tasmannia lanceolata, also known as native pepperberry or mountain pepper. It has a fieriness somewhere between chillies and peppercorns, and a complex, almost sweet aroma. In the spirit of Australia Day, and to acknowledge that this land is and always will be Native land, I have adapted the traditional adobo by using these potent native gems. The use of cherry vinegar lends the finished dish a beautiful colour, echoed in the deep pink-purple of the crushed pepperberries. Wine with Winsor n www.wdwineoftheweek.blogspot.com Famille Castel 2014 Chardonnay The south-west of France is producing some very good imports at very reasonable prices, as is shown by this extremely drinkable chardonnay from a large family company based in Beziers. This has floral aromas and is driven by fresh white peach and pear characters. It goes particularly well with poultry dishes and there is also a very good merlot in the range, at the same bargain price. Try Cellarbrations stores or IGA Liquor. $12. French flavour Method Summer stunner 1. Remove skin from ribs and lay them in a single layer in a baking dish. 2. Pour over the vinegar and add the spices. 3. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 160C for around 90 minutes, turning once halfway through. 4. Remove pork pieces and set aside to cool. Pour off as much fat as you can from the top of the pan juices. Pour remaining sauce into a small pan and simmer for 15 minutes or until slightly thickened and reduced. Remove and discard garlic and spices. 5. Pour honey over the cooled pork pieces (if using). Heat a barbecue, grill or frying pan to high. Cook the pork pieces for 2 minutes each side or until the fat is caramelised and slightly crisp. 6. Pour over the reduced sauce and serve. Eldridge Estate 2015 PTG This is a quintessential red for summer enjoyment that can even be served chilled on a warm day; it is a juicy, fruity but far from flippant blend of gamay and pinot noir that is both food-friendly and very quaffable. It is made as a hommage to the “drink now” passetoutgrains styles of Burgundy; wines that are blends of the same two grape varieties. This is lively, vibrant and a lot of fun – like a liquid summer pudding. At Annandale Cellars or Porters of Pyrmont. $30. Ingredients • 1kg free-range pork spare ribs  • 1 cup cherry vinegar (you can use raspberry or red wine vinegar as a substitute) • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly bashed with the flat side of a knife • 1 teaspoon whole pepperberries*, lightly bashed with the flat side of a knife • 1 tablespoon pepperberry leaves • 3-4 tablespoons light soy sauce or fish sauce • 1-2 tablespoons local honey (optional) *Use a little caution when using pepperberries as they can be far more potent than ordinary peppercorns. Check whether they have been freeze-dried, as this makes the flavour far more mild. Refreshing blend Sandalford 2015 Classic Dry White A zesty, refreshing white blend that’s perfect for enjoying on warm summer evenings. This is a classic Margaret River blend of semillon and sauvignon blanc, crisp and vibrant with tropical fruit salad notes and a vey good partner for most seafood dishes, or simply for enjoying on the deck after work. A wine for immediate enjoyment that is probably best enjoyed well chilled. Widely available but try Vintage Cellars stores. $22. www.gourmetontheroad.blogspot.com MARKET UPDATE fluctuate due to the heat, especially the leafy varieties. n Fruit: It’s the peak season for seedless grapes, currently selling for $3-6 a kilo. Peaches, nectarines and plums are still plentiful and available for $3-7 a kilo. It’s also the last two weeks of the year for buying cherries from Tasmania and other parts of Australia, so get in quick. Time to snatch up those plums! n Veggies: Tricky at the moment due to the hot weather. Prices will n Thanks to Tony Trim of Trims Fresh AT HOME WITH BULL ANT FOODS Stallholders at the Marrickville Council event ‘Eat your way around the world on Australia Day in Enmore Park’ chefs Anthony O’Shea and Samuel Bull from Bull Ant Foods talk about food and being Australian. BULL ANT Foods take on the classic Eggplant dip Ingredients • 4x large eggplant ( slice length ways 10cm thick) • 2x small chillies (deseeded) • 1x bunch of coriander roots • 1x green chilli ( deseeded) • 2x cloves of garlic • 1 tea spoon of middle east spice blend • 2x red onions • 100grms of brown sugar What is your version of an “Aussie” meal? Sam: That’s a Tough question with so many cultures in our country but this is my idea of an Aussie meal Starters:  A selection of cured meats, hummus dipped with soft Lebanese bread; fresh ricotta from Paesanella smeared on grilled olive bread with fresh lemon, mint, chili and salt. Mains: Giant T-bone with a selection of mustards and jus; fresh locally made Mozzarella salad, cos lettuce, cherry tomatoes, basil; Steamed Chinese broccoli with chili and garlic. Dessert: A slice of pie. Anthony: You can’t go past mum and dad’s famous meat pie with mushy peas! How does food bring Australians together? Sam: We have come a long way with our food culture since I was growing up. My daughter gets to experience an ethnic smorgasbord of food with multiple options. This ethnic diversity in food gives us a moment to comment on new flavours, exotic locations and 12 Method 1. Cut the eggplant into long pieces 10 cm thick, finely chop garlic, chilli, onion, 2. Separate coriander root from leaves (keep leaves aside and wash root before you cut, weigh all ingredients out before you start. Some Bull Ants that will IMPROVE your picnic! share that thought when we eat and drink around the table. Food has always been about love and being together – a sense of shared community. What will you be cooking on Australia day? THE ROLL - Grass fed BBQ beef braised brisket, pickled slaw, Smokey aioli on a toasted brioche bun egg roll and burger fix or checking out the fridges at Paesanella in Marrickville looking for some smelly cheese. We get our fruit and vegies from Borsellino Brothers Fruit Market on Stanmore Rd and our meat from Andrews Meats, who were founded in Marrickville. Anthony: I live in Camperdown so you will see me living the chef life and absolutely buggered at the end of the week. I often grab pizza from Franks on Parra road and also love eating at The Delicious Roll in Enmore! 3. Season the eggplant well with salt and pepper then grill the eggplant until it is cooked all the way through should be nice and caramelized place on tray to cool down then cut the eggplant into 10 cm cubes. 4. In a heavy base pot sweat of the onions, garlic, chillies, coriander root until soft, 5. Add the Moroccan spice and cook out for a minute. Add the brown sugar and caramelize, fold the chopped eggplant through the mix in pot. 6. Then chopped coriander and fold through mix, season to taste Chill and serve cold To serve Source bread like pita, Lebanese, Turkish or my favourite Afghan bread. Lightly brush with olive oil and salt then grill on BBQ, cut and serve. What is your guilty pleasure? THE BELLY - Organic pork belly slow cooked in master stock, Sam: Fresh steamed prawns on soft white bread w/ papaya and herb salad, secret sauce old bay aioli, and a cold beer from Young Henry’s . Anthony: I have to second the coldie from Young THE BEETZ - Salt roasted Henry’s! beetroot, kale pesto, feta, soaked currents, and house-made dukkha What are the best things about being an Australian in Where do you enjoy eating in the Marrickville? Inner West and which suppliers do Sam and Anthony: There is such a strong sense of community in Marrickville. The Inner West has that you use? sense of home that I remember as a kid. A nod of the Sam: I live in Dulwich Hill so head, a chat, a quick smile. We feel really connected to you will find me hanging at the the Inner West. Hub House getting my bacon

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Stars Inner Best CELEBRATING OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST Bay Bitch in By Astrogirlzarro profile, revamping your resume, and upgrading practical skills will open doors professionally over the next twelve months. The Redemption When the rain finally stopped in early 2016, the sportsters emerged with gusto like they had just been released from their cage. Their pace had quickened, their arms were swaying at wider angles, they were leaning more forward on their bikes (even the self assembling ones I recognised from Aldi), there seemed to be less talk (if that’s possible), less smiles, more lycra and their eyes were more focused on the end point. Obviously, they had made the old New Year resolution: get fit and lose weight. There was definitely a seriousness in the air verging on desperation that morning. Their minds were recounting the Christmas treats they had devoured with such joy, which ironically seemed to be creating so much guilt now. The Christmas pudding soaked in brandy and smothered in custard - sprint for five minutes, the several bottles of verve – do another lap, the slabs of almost nightly creamy brie on crackers washed down with a smooth cab sav – fifty push ups at the exercise station - and the restful respite from the Bay Run resulting in indulgent sleep-ins ending with frothy cappuccinos – run with five kilo ankle weights for the complete circuit. They had been truly happy, but now had to pay. Yes, all those obsessive sportsters have been really bad and their extreme behaviour is a dead give away. So if you’re just managing to drag yourself around the Bay in a slothful sort of way, don’t feel pathetic because you don’t suffer from the type of guilt pushing the sportsters’ self-inflicted punishment rituals. Perhaps you are actually happy, like me, despite what you did or didn’t do over the hols or maybe you prefer the ten rosaries doled out by your parish priest instead! Hey life is short and happiness is paramount. Happy New Year! Got Bay anecdotes? Message baybitch@ciaomagazine.com.au. Aries Refreshing your online Taurus Mercury will spend ample time in your sign this year. Verbal communication is highlighted, leading to revelations through the simple art of talking things through with a trusted friend. Gemini Gemini, this is not the year to go it alone. 2016 is all about your relationship with others. Team work and collaborations help you achieve your goals. new skill or undergo formal training for a fresh career direction. Hard work without the financial reward is likely, but success will follow in good time. Cancer 2016 is the time to develop a Leo Beauty, luxury items, art and culture are given special focus over the next twelve months, thanks to the TaurusMercury link. Virgo Virgos will experience meaningful progress in their personal lives under the expansive Jupiter cycle. Re-kindle your dreams and work to fulfilling them this year. Libra Jupiter enters your sign on 9 September, triggering a new twelve-year cycle. Any projects undertaken towards the end of the year will blossom over the next decade. areas of life open up over the next twelve months. Assess their appeal based on how they will aid your personal development. Scorpio Opportunities in many Sagittarius You’ll have a busy year ahead, thanks to a stellium of planets in your sign. Saturn’s influence can help you commit to a cause, project, or relationship. Venus, and Mercury in 2016 compel you to reinvent your image, increasing your social and professional status this year. Mark Chapman has spent his entire career in the hotel industry, working in both Australia and abroad. As licensee of the newly renovated Royal Hotel, he is passionate about developing Leichhardt as a go-to destination. Having grown up in the area, Mark is eager to see Leichhardt’s much loved vibrant culture continue into the future. “I continue to love the diversity of the area and what it has to offer,” says Mark who currently resides in Leichhardt with his family. When learning of the purchase of the hotel, Mark was quick to put up his hand to be involved. “I knew it would be an exciting journey to be involved in the reinvigoration of this great local hotel,” he says. “Ultimately, I enjoy nothing more than delivering a great hospitality experience and a welcome meeting place for the local and broader community.” Being so passionate about the local community has meant that the Royal Hotel has been involved in a number of events. An example is the Norton Street Festa, one of the largest street festivals in the country. “The Norton St Festa is a great showpiece for Leichhardt and it’s rich culture of food and beverage in particular,” says Mark, believing that the Festa is evidence of the diverse, lively place Leichhardt is. The hotel further involves itself with the local business chamber, which is currently set for it’s own growth throughout the coming year. Of the progress, most notable is the program of upcoming events, including the Long Lunch Series. So what’s next for the Royal? Capping off their renovations, the hotel is currently in the process of reinstating the original heritage balcony to the façade of the building. “This will be a great addition to the Norton Street fabric,” says Mark, “adding a much needed alfresco vibrancy and another layer to Leichhardt’s heritage and history.” n The Royal Hotel is located at 156 Norton St, Leichhardt. For further information on the hotel and events you can visit www.theroyalleichhardt.com.au. Capricorn Visits from Mars, Aquarius Mars’ fast paced progress in specific areas of your life has you focusing on one or two ventures this year. Put all your efforts into one major project to achieve tangible outcomes by the end of 2016. present themselves throughout the year, so be prepared to grab them … and have a Happy New Year! n www.astrobabylon.blogspot.com. Pisces Professional opportunities Joy Aimée Tarot Readings and Counselling TAROT with Joy Aimee Question from Cathy: Will I ever find a new job? I can hear your frustration and the Ten of Wands confirms that you are really over applying for jobs, going to interviews and getting nowhere! Actually, Mercury is in retrograde until the 25th of this month so be glad that you haven’t found the right position as it is never good to sign contracts during a retrograde phase. I have good news for you: the Knight of Wands tells me that things will change in February and it may be that you’ll get a second opportunity at a job you have already been interviewed for. I feel that there was one position you were really keen on and you will either end up with this or something even better. The Six of Swords guarantees that everything will fall into place and you will be delighted with the outcome. Relax, and wait on the Universe! All the best, Joy. n For the full spread go to: facebook.com/ TarotReadingswithJoy - 30 years experience - Insightful & honest - In person, Skype and phone readings Call Joy: 0417 821 260 Email Joy: joyaimee@gmail.com www.tarotwithjoy.com Send your question to Joy and she will ask the cards on your behalf. EMAIL READING: Only $15 for an email reading Your star sign is required. /TarotReadingswithJoy READINGS WITH JOY: These are by arrangement and are conducted face-to-face, by Skype or phone. 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n TRAVEL Rutherglen WELCO M E TO There is also a variety of cellar door experiences and, for a town with a population of just 2,500, a myriad of options for wining and dining. Old favourites include The Terrace at All Saints and Tuileries Restaurant and Wine Bar, but Rutherglen also has several new hotspots ranging from the Taste @ Rutherglen restaurant and its adjacent micro brewery to the new Thousand Pound wine bar and the casual lunches at Lake Moodemere Estate just out of town. Thousand Pound has been developed by Denis Lucey (Bottega Melbourne) and the Brown family from All Saints Estate and St Leonards. Nick Brown says he crafted the extensive wine list with family and friends in mind. Wines have been sourced predominantly from winemakers and ‘family owned’ wineries that he admires. Housed in an original Victorian storefront in Rutherglen’s historic Main Street, Thousand Pound has bar seating, and high tables in the main room, with an inviting alcove with wine barrels for intimate groups. are being returned to past glories by new GM Paul Squires and winemaker David Whyte, a dynamic duo with big plans. Other possibilities include grandiose All Saints and historic St Leonards (both with dining options and both owned by the Brown family), and boutique operations like John Gehrig Wines, Scion and Valhalla. Pfeiffer Wines has been re-energised by the arrival of winemaker Jen Pfeiffer, daughter of family patriarch Chris. It is de rigueur for visitors to visit the cellars at Morris or Campbells to savour the rich aromas of treacle, butterscotch and oak emanating from wines that have been maturing for decades in casks or giant oak barrels. Stay for a night or two at long-time favourite Tuileries, the cosy Rutherglen Country Cottages, or at Moodemere Lake House, the latest accommodation offering. The broad deck and living area provide views of Lake Moodemere (think pelicans and the occasional platypus), while the bedroom faces the extensive vineyard. The setting is idyllic. With only one house on the site, privacy is guaranteed. The double bed is extremely comfortable and there are all modern facilities including television reception. A complimentary bottle of Lake Moodemere wine is included (if you are lucky you might get the outstanding 2013 Shiraz Cinsault blend), along with provisions for a cooked breakfast. A late check-out is included in the very reasonable tariffs. One of the more interesting ways of exploring the area is the Wahgunyah to Rutherglen extension of the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, enabling cyclists to ride the sealed path from the banks of the Murray to historic Rutherglen. The 9km trail travels through the heart of the wine region. For those who don’t want to worry about driving but would like to travel in style, Alister Chisholm from Rutherglen Country Cottages has a luxury Ford stretch limo to ferry visitors from cellar door to cellar door in rock star style. Whichever direction you choose, you’ll find terrific wines and great country food. The small town of Rutherglen in north-east Victoria has a wealth of attractions for gourmets, travel editor Winsor Dobbin discovers. “A COMPLIMENTARY BOTTLE OF LAKE MOODEMERE IS INCLUDED” Chefs Simon Arkless and Cait Mitchelhill from the hatted Terrace Restaurant at All Saints Estate prepare humble, fresh, bar food, such as house-smoked salmon, and local marinated olives. Choose from the likes of an All Saints Rosa Rosé or a Cheateau de Fesles cabernet franc from the Loire Valley. For a serious dinner prepared by chef Gavin Swalwell, Taste @ Rutherglen is a lively spot serving an à la carte selection or a degustation menu featuring dishes like house-made gnocchi with confit of duck, Wooragee mushrooms and baby spinach, or perhaps caramelised pork belly in a house-made masterstock. Other options include the delightful Jones Winery Café and Pickled Sisters, adjacent to the Cofield cellar door at nearby Wahgunyah. This is a favourite of local winemakers, who like to share the outstanding platters of local produce. Also don’t miss out on Parker Pies in the main street, something of a regional legend. Visiting some of the great fortified wine producers of Rutherglen is like taking a step back in time. Drop into the cellars of Morris, All Saints, Bullers and Campbells and you can feel, and smell, the history among the big old barrels storing ancient fortified wines. But while Rutherglen’s reputation was built on its famous port-style wines, muscats and tokays (now known as topaques), it is also a go-ahead wine region with several producers thinking outside the square and producing innovative new styles. This is one of Victoria’s leading wine and food destinations, boasting over 20 award-winning wineries, outstanding restaurants and cafés, and world-class local produce. It is also home to some of the most picturesque camping, fishing, cycling, swimming and boating locations in Australia and is surrounded by top-notch resort and country golf courses. The wineries range from 150-year-old household names to newcomers like Scion, Valhalla and Simao and Co, just starting to forge their own legends. Most are family owned, boutique operations where you’ll almost certainly find sturdy reds made from shiraz and durif alongside the fortified gems. While there the great fortified producers dating back to the 1800s, Chambers Rosewood, Morris, All Saints and Campbells, are among the biggest drawcards, it is also worthwhile seeking out smaller producers like Warrabilla, where I came across winemaker Andrew Sutherland Smith covered in soot after spending the afternoon fighting a bush fire. Sutherland Smith has a huge following for his bold and idiosyncratic red wines. Those with a taste for something different will enjoy Rutherglen Estates, where they can sample varieties including arneis, savagnin, viognier, fiano, tempanillo, sangiovese and zinfandel alongside the region’s trademark durifs, shirazes and muscats. Also check out Anderson Wines, where father and daughter Howard and Christobelle Anderson only release their wines when they are convinced they are at their peak and Stanton and Killeen, which has been reinvigorated by new CEO Wendy Killeen. At Buller Wines, now owned by local couple Gerald and Mary Judd, the facilities and wines NEED TO KNOW Getting there: Rutherglen is a three-hour drive from Melbourne, four hours from Canberra and six hours from Sydney. The closest airport is at Albury. Tastes of Rutherglen, the region’s major food and wine festival, will be held on the weekend of March 12-13, 2016. Wineries will be offering food, wine tastings, live entertainment and master classes and buses will run between the different venues. For details see www.tastesofrutherglen.com.au “MOST ARE FAMILY OWNED, BOUTIQUE OPERATIONS.” Experimentation is alive and well with Stanton & Killeen and Campbells trialling a range of Spanish and Portuguese grape varieties, hoping they replicate the success enjoyed by  the Rhone varietals of marsanne, roussanne and viognier, which have been championed by Rutherglen Estates, the region’s largest producer. Tempranillo, sangiovese and zinfandel add variety to the reds of the region, and some of the country’s best sparkling reds are also found here. 14

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