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FREE There’s life in the Inner West! Issue 230 | March 28 2014 Twice cooked lamb ribs Meet local Small Business Champions WIN! Movie tix: Divergent Filth Play futsal Eat rubbish! Win passes le, Distributed in Leichhardt, Annanda , town Petersham, Stanmore, New Balmain, Drummoyne, Haberfield, Rozelle, Five Dock, Concord, & Summer Hill is taking over the Inner West! to the Royal Easter Show all the fashion Locals setting the style agenda for fashion week


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n Promotion Small business champions HCF Burwood is a multi-award winning team that has just been named as a Finalist in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards for 2014. We spoke with Branch Manager, Debra Jan, to discover what makes HCF Burwood so successful... How do you feel about being a business champion? It’s a great honour and huge privilege. We feel very special and always strive to provide even better service to our members in the future. You must have a great team to be a finalist in the awards. What are the stand-out characteristics of the HCF Burwood team? We can speak a number of languages including Cantonese, Mandarin, Nepalese and Bangaledeshi. This helps us to be able to communicate with our members, who come from a variety of different ethnic backgrounds, that much more effectively. We also have a small, dedicated team, which allows us to develop a more personal level of interaction with our members. We’ve also won a number of awards, such as the HCF regional awards for 2012 and 2013 for having the most Life product sales, as well as being the best performing branch in HCF’s South Region for March 2013. Plus of course being a finalist in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards. What is the best compliment a member has given your team? We have received a number of compliments from our members. Here are just a few examples: Miss Georgina Wells said, “She (Fiona) was super-friendly and helpful, and I thought this deserved to be recognised.” Robert Jones thanked Fiona for her “excellent customer service”, and said that “Fiona was a pleasure to deal with”. And Maha received a compliment from Mrs Cannavo for her “continued excellent customer service”. How does HCF Burwood consistently offer such great service – do you undergo much training? Our staff have their first induction training session at Head Office for 4 weeks training, then branch training, and then back to Head Office for more training. We also have specialist life, hospital and front-line management training programs. In addition, we have on-line training and faceto-face training. Managers also undertake their own training and then educate staff within the branch, so skills are continually being improved. How do you help your members choose the best health cover options? We ask a lot of questions, so that we have a really clear understanding of their needs and budget, and then match the best cover to their particular needs. We are also sometimes able to help them with offers. We always make sure we take the time to explain the various services and treatments that HCF offers members. Examples might include treatment plans for braces; how to get a blood pressure machine from a chemist with a doctor’s referral; why you should have Medical Trauma Insurance by age 54 because it covers 40 different medical conditions etc. We have an in-depth knowledge of all of our products, and make sure we take the time to explain all the associated conditions clearly. We put a note on the members’ file when we speak with them, so that the next Customer Service The friendly award-winning team at HCF Burwood Officer that speaks with the member is able to see all the relevant information pertaining to that member. Do you have any health care advice for Inner West families? Definitely – you should make sure you have hospital cover before you turn 31, to avoid the Government’s Lifetime Health Cover loading. And if your income exceeds certain thresholds, you need to ensure you have hospital cover to avoid the Government’s Medicare Levy Surcharge. If you are planning to have a baby, you should make sure you take out health insurance at least 12 months before you get pregnant to ensure you are covered for pregnancy and birth-related services, as there is a 12 month waiting period that needs to be served for these services. For singles, we recommend Basic Hospital + Extras for anyone under 30. And new migrants need to have health insurance with hospital cover within 12 months of arriving in Australia, or they will be hit with the Lifetime Health Cover loading. Seniors should know that if they are born on or before 1/7/1934, they do not have to pay the aged-loading provided they take out hospital cover. I would also recommend that they take out Top Hospital cover, which covers them for hip and knee joint surgery, cataracts and cardiac procedures. What does the HCF brand represent to you? The HCF brand is warm, friendly, customerservice oriented and community-minded, just like the people that live in the Inner West. People in the Inner West generally feel very positive about private health insurance as they recognise all the health and quality of life benefits it gives them. And as Australia’s largest not-for-profit health fund, we’re able to give more back to our members in benefits. In FY2013, HCF returned 91.6 cents in the dollar as benefits from contributions, compared to only 86.4 cents for the average health fund. How do see the health care industry evolving in the future? The private health industry is growing rapidly, and with the public system under increasing pressure, we expect the industry to keep on growing. until 2013-1 lid 4 Va Reg . N o. 5 0 3 7 community glamour at its best 3


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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Balmain Rd comes to an end, cafe criminal, Our Cate at The Hub in Newtown? l Thanks to the RTA for finally finishing the end WE ARE C!AO Satire for the soul ADVERTISING of Balmain Road! It only took over a year! But we all really appreciate it, really, thanks for finding the time. Maybe now someone could get onto fixing all the potholes that keep flooding during the heavy rain we keep having. Just a suggestion. the Parramatta Road and Burwood Road intersection have had enough of the dangerous car collisions threatening to send cars crashing into their shopfronts and are petitioning Burwood Council to have fencing or barriers erected on the footpaths to safeguard their buildings and staff. With accidents a regular occurrence at this location, it’s a surprise this hasn’t been done much sooner. on camera stealing the tips jar from super cool Redfern cafe Three Williams. Being a bustling l It looks like business owners operating at Saturday, the jar was full of notes at the time and was swiped from the front counter while the cunning thief distracted staff with chit chat. The cafe has appealed to people on their Facebook page for help, asking anyone who recognises the man to either come forward or convince him to return the jar. The post also said the staff are not looking to prosecute...yet. l Now here’s some exciting news for music Righteous Rightie takes umbrage at others taking umbrage at him speaking truth to the powerless. Dear RR – I was shocked to hear you called a racist at one of those ‘Politics in the Pub’ events that overeducated leftist onanists are so fond of. I trust this baseless slur won’t cause you to self-censor in future. Andrew, Melbourne RR replies: As that hippie harlot Cher sung while suggestively straddling a battleship cannon back in 1989, “Words are like bullets, they wound sometimes.” Needless to say, I felt I’d been mowed down by an AK-47 when I learnt I’d been accused of racism for simply observing, “It’s high time the quadroons who pass themselves off as this nation’s Indigenes stopped making human sacrifices to imaginary rainbow snakes, dancing around like kangaroos and drunkenly raping dingoes and got a job… And not some make-work position as an academic teaching dot-painting appreciation to gormless arts undergraduates but real work mustering cattle in return for a bit of damper and a few shiny breads.” Lord knows, I’ve used far more bracing language when canvassing what should be done with Australia’s white underclass, which doesn’t even have the common courtesy to fester out of sight in the outback. But bravely shoulder the white man’s burden by giving the darker races some sage advice about how they can conduct themselves in a more civilised fashion and the snarky bully boys and girls of the Left use it as a flimsy pretext to make outlandish and deeply hurtful accusations. Rest assured, while I was too distressed to come into the Ciao office for several days after the charge of prejudice was first levelled at me, I have resolved not to be cowed by my politically correct critics, regardless of whether they have a touch of the tar brush or not. Sonya Madden JOURNALIST Max Kobras l A sneaky Mr Sticky Fingers has been caught lovers: apparently Newtown landmark The Hub is set to reopen as a live music or theatre venue within the next three months. Following a $500,000 renovation, the Vlattas family, who also own the Cleveland Street Theatre, have put The Hub out to tender with a family spokesperson telling the SMH, “Cate Blanchett could direct a show here and the quality would be there.” Let’s hope Cate is listening! We’d like to run into her on King St. FOOD Melissa Leong WINE Winsor Dobbin history This photo, dating back to 1927, depicts an industrial site on Phillips Street in Cabarita, an area that has since been turned into a housing district. However, what makes this image fascinating is that it is an aerial photo, which was not common at this time. It’s surprising to see that photos taken from aeroplanes were already being used back then and what’s even more amazing is that the image is so clear and high quality. An interesting retrospective on the development of technology as well as the Inner Western suburbs. ART DIRECTOR Eleanor Wales EDITORIAL Nancy Merlo n Photo courtesy of the City of Canada Bay. n Email your dilemma to PUBLISHING Have Your Say Leichhardt Council Draft 2014-15 Budget and Delivery Program Public Meetings: • Monday 14 April, 6-8pm Leichhardt Town Hall, Council Chambers • Monday 12 May, 6-8pm Balmain Town Hall Leichhardt Council will hold public workshops to outline the 2014-15 Draft Budget and the Delivery Program. This is your chance to have your say about Council’s proposed spending over the upcoming years. Community input will be greatly appreciated. For further information please contact Council on 9367 9222.  Leichhardt Council  7-15 Wetherill St Leichhardt  Ph 9367 9222  Fx 9367 9111      facebook/LeichhardtCouncil  twitter@leichhardtmc  4 Sonia Komaravalli Contributors: Jared Ingersoll and Nigel Bowen Illustrations: Paden Hunter Where are the buffalo soldiers when you need them? Things we love: Going on safari in Newtown. These two water buffaloes were spotted running down King Street on Tuesday morning (to the surprise of drivers!), stopping traffic and generally causing a stir. Having apparently escaped from a nearby film set, the animals took a stroll towards Camperdown where fire fighters worked to secure the roaming beasts in a makeshift pen on Carillion Avenue. Thanks to @a_felman for the use of this pic via Twitter. C!ao’s voice In • Coffee in the courtyard at the Single Rossetta, Haberfield • Lentil As Anything pay what you can restaurant coming to Newtown • The recently launched by Leichhardt’s own Brett Page • The unveiling of the new and improved Lambert Park • Tartan print • The curious white dog who lives on Beattie St, Balmain, and watches people pass by his window on a Saturday night • #jamnomination Out • Allocated seating • The new ‘loading zone’ on Dalhousie St, Haberfield – what’s the point when we spot delivery trucks not bothering to use it anyway? • Summer. Time to put the bikini away; autumn is here and winter isn’t far behind • The closure of the only bank in Haberfield, sending residents to Leichhardt and Five Dock branches • Wasps flying around the office • Train delays in Ashfield just when you’re in a hurry • Orders of Australia 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 (02) 9518 3696 0402 202 951 – Sonya 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Cover: Leichhardt designer, Michael Lo Sordo, will be showcasing at Fashion Week Australia on April 8th. Photo by Ben Cregan. C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West!


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Community Life R OA D T E ST n Nancy Merlo Stepping out As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia gears up to take place at Carriageworks this April, we strap on our most fashionable pumps and take to the runway (i.e. our local footpaths) to find out which sidewalks are the most dangerous for the high heelwearing fashionistas of the Inner West... Parramatta Road Aside from the ancient cobblestone footpaths in the Rocks (which strikes fear in the hearts of heeled partygoers every weekend as they enter the Argyle), Parramatta Road is probably the worst place for stiletto-clad ladies to travel by foot. From Stanmore to Burwood, you're likely to trip over any number of cracks, potholes or crumbling bitumen and encounter a messy worksite or two along the footpath. Parramatta Road is more like an obstacle course than a clear path so don't even think of running for a bus – you'll risk serious injury and maybe even lose a shoe. Steel-capped boots recommended. ★ RANT A promise well kept. If you're cynical about politicians keeping their promises, this is a story that will restore your faith in democracy. On Saturday 22nd March I was privileged to attend the rededication of Lambert Park, Leichhardt. Discreetly positioned, Lambert Park is a football ground which could easily be overlooked, especially if you are new to the area, but it is home to our APIA Leichhardt Tigers Football Club. First started in 1954, APIA has cemented its position in both the community and the football world, providing more players for the Australian Socceroos than any other club. However, as with many sporting venues, time had taken its toll not only on the field but also on the facilities. By 2009 things looked pretty bleak. All the more so, as the then Labor NSW Government gave notice to the Club and Leichhardt Council that it wanted Lambert Park for its ill-fated Sydney Metro project. While we all know of the fight many had with the Metro over in Rozelle, less people knew of the dark future that the players using Lambert Park faced. As plans for both CBD Metros crumbled, eyes were drawn to the sporting club with a simple wish list of requests. Not grandiose television rights nor an unrealistic high rise development but simply an unthreatened sporting field, with a proper playing surface. Having fought for Rozelle against the Metro, Barry O’Farrell once again visited the area, this time inspecting the Lambert Park site. On March 15th, 2011 he made a promise that a Liberal Government would rescue and upgrade the ground. Although it was estimated it would cost over $2 million, it would be done. On March 22nd, Mr O’Farrell returned to Lambert Park with his Sports Minister Gabrielle Upton and we saw the fruits of his 2011 promise realised, with the fully completed upgrade of Lambert Park. Thanks to the upgrade Lambert Park has a proper surface, decent undercover stands for families to sit, hygienic change rooms, a simple but important grandstand for the club's training officials and a space for members. You won’t find any casino here, just an no-frills club promoting what it does best, soccer for around 120 teams. As I watched Mr O’Farrell, after his short but precise speech, team up with the players on the field, I realised I had witnessed a unique moment in Leichhardt. I not only saw a packed grandstand ready to watch the inaugural game but also a proper community celebrating to its full potential. As I walked up Marion Street later, I didn’t know who was luckiest: the community, the APIA Club or myself, for having witnessed what I had seen. I think it was all of us. May the APIA Leichhardt Tigers continue to have good fortune and may those that assisted them also continue to prosper and be honored. Most particularly, the long time loyal APIA Leichhardt Tigers President, Mr Tony Raciti. n Words: David Hunt, Leichhardt-Rozelle. Even a red carpet couldn't help Parramatta Road Montague Street The side streets that turn off Darling Street, Balmain seem to decline so steeply away from the main strip that they threaten to send you sliding on your backside and Montague Street is one of the worst. On more than one occasion I've been caught out doing the backwards-leaning balancing act on my way down to the Exchange Hotel from Town Hall (yes, a beer or two may have been involved but I blame the steep descent of the footpath!). While in this vicinity I should mention that Clayton Street and a couple of spots on Curtis Road are rather bumpy, with tree roots breaking up the footpath and creating hazards – yet I hear council are planning on planting more trees on these narrow footpaths! It makes no sense. ★★ Burwood Road Burwood Road actually has one of the better footpaths in the area; it's generally flat with no steep inclines and is fairly smooth until you hit the Wilga Street intersection going towards Parramatta Road (but then Parramatta Road is where everything declines isn't it?). There are some crumbly bits alongside Burwood Park but I managed to take a stroll unscathed, moving Don't take a Gillardesque tumble at a decent pace. ★★★ Petersham backstreets It should be a rule of thumb to proceed with caution on any laneways in the Inner West, but particularly in Petersham where thoroughfares such as Queen Street, Petersham Lane and Elswick Street are strewn with glass from broken bottles, huge cracks, lifted bits of cement and garbage bins that block the entire width of the footpath. High heels should be avoided but if you must wear them, go for a wedge or close-toe shoe to protect your pedicure. ★ Get Royally senseless It’s time to let your senses run wild as our nation’s premier Easter celebration returns, bigger and better than ever. Start preparing yourself now for the 2014 Sydney Royal Easter Show… This year the show is on from April 10th to April 23rd and there will be a slew of great entertainment appearing for the first time. One example being the original production 'Australiana In All Its Glory', a celebration of the best of this country, including our beautiful landscapes, inspiring people and, of course, love of sport. There will, as always, also be a fantastic selection of Showbags this year including enduring favourites like Bertie Beetle and Warheads. But they are not all just for the young (or the young at the heart); parents can also get in on the action with bags from Darrell Lea and Athletica. So gather the family and come on down to the Show! ★To WIN a double pass to this year’s show, email info@ and tell us in 25 words or less what ignites your sense as the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Visit www.eastershow. for inspiration. Community are events listings XXX What’s on n Compiled by Nancy Merlo. Email Saturday 29th March Friday 4th April FREE email info@ y nc Attn: Na the Red Rattler, the Woman Scream Poetry Festival is an international event that aims to combat inequality and violence through poetry, arts and other manifestations. This spectacular event will feature the talents of many amazing poets, both male and female, as well as other artists. This event begins at 6.30pm and tickets are $10 at the door. n For more information visit: woman-scream 6 Woman Scream Poetry Festival Hosted in Sydney by to be held at Loyalty Square on Darling St, Balmain, Time 4 Kids will see prominent locals including Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne and chef Adriano Zumbo held in wooden jail cells until enough “bail money” is raised to set them free! Money raised will be put towards new youth activities and police crime prevention programs, so if you like the idea of seeing your mayor behind bars, don't miss this! n For more info or to donate, visit https://time4kids-pcycnsw2014. time4 kids A unique fundraiser Until Saturday 5th April Possessions Following an acclaimed premiere season in Boston, Escape Artists are bringing their latest, brilliant production Possessions to Sydney. Possessions has been described as the original girl road trip story and tells the story of the Mancini sisters – both strikingly beautiful and intelligent – Proto-feminist travellers who gained notoriety in the 17th century for abandoning their aristocratic husbands to dress up as men and travel across Europe having scandalous adventures. Surprisingly enough, it is the resonance this play has with women’s lives in the 21st century that makes it so fascinating. n For more info, visit www. Bookings: Sunday 6th April The kids will love Kegworth's fete Kegworth Autumn F.A.R.E Offering food, art, rides, entertainment and much, much more, this fare has managed to raise over $140,000 since it first began six years ago. Now with the promise that this year will be bigger and better than ever, the Kegworth Autumn F.A.R.E is more than just another average school fete, it’s one of the best local events of the year, bringing in crowds of thousands annually. With rides and a petting zoo for the kids as well as parent pleasers such as the Dad’s BBQ too, this really is a great family fun event and a good cause to boot. Why not join in? We'll see you there! n For more info visit See page 8 for more what's on...


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n Promotion Where the football never stops… Located at the home of sport, Sydney Olympic Park, InsideOut Football is a world-class facility. InsideOut Football has a FIFA-approved synthetic grass field, championship quality lighting spanning across two 5-a-side Futsal Courts with the option to expand the playing surface to an international-sized futsal field or 7-a-side playing area. This state of the art artificial football facility available to use all year round, in all weather conditions, is the brainchild of young entrepreneurs, Frank Parisi, James Becerra and Will Bonato. Armed with passion, international soccer expertise and in-depth knowledge of the game, the three business partners launched an amazing amenity to service the many football needs of Sydney. Frank had a senior sports administration role at the Canterbury Soccer Association where he worked with James as the coach. Together they were a dynamic duo, then they teamed up with Will, who was a player with the NSW side, to found Olympic Park’s only private sporting facility. They rely on no government funding and are growing at a rapid pace with more expansion plans on the horizon. They have a great passion for the sport and are looking forward to making a difference to the sport. InsideOut Football provides the best staff, equipment and service to ensure your experience matches the quality of the facility and they are constantly improving the facility to match those of Europe and South America. InsideOut Football has partnered with soccer ambassadors the Western Sydney Wanderers to bring football to the community by organising tournaments, coaching and autograph signings for special events. They also coordinate birthday parties, special corporate functions, mini world-cup tournaments and clinics. We spoke to co-founder Frank Pereci to find out more about the Football Centre and what it offers... How long has the football centre been open? One year. What has been the best game so far? Our grand opening was a great match between Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers. Lots of the community was involved and we received a lot of exposure. It really propelled InsideOut. What do you offer the different age groups (skill levels)? We have something for everyone. For the under 6s we focus on getting kids to control the ball. The synthetic pitch allows the kids to have their first touch with the ball be in a controlled environment and it really helps the kids handle the ball. It is much easier to learn on than a grass field. Kids can also come and have a friendly kick around at any time. For kids’ birthday parties we organise mini World Cup tournaments that are very popular. For older groups we offer tournaments. Our most popular are our women’s tournaments. Women’s soccer is growing at an exponential participation rate of 30 per cent per year. The size of the venue is very appealing to teams at all levels. What makes a football star? The control of the ball is the most important thing. The surface is very important when learning how to master the ball. Once you have mastered the ball – the field is the limit! What soccer coaching provisions do you provide? InsideOut Football has teamed up with the European School of Football to provide expert football soccer coaching. The Academy is directed by Luka Hrzina, who holds a UEFA A license with long-term experience working with elite youth and senior players, creating development programs. Prior to commencing his coaching career Luka was a professional football player in the Croatian 1st and 2nd divisions. His successful and original style utilising the UEFA training program brings each individual to a top physical and football level. The training program focuses on: SAQ - speed, agility and quickness with the ball. Dribbling and feint movements. First touch passing and reception of the ball. Variations of striking the ball and finishing. Dynamic technique for advance players. Game play and fun! xx x Inner Westies love their soccer! Programs are held in intermediate and advanced groups and run for 75 to 90 minutes. They can be one-on-one, two-on-one or with a group. Luka started out with just four kids and now there are forty five kids training every week. How much does it cost? From $80 to $160 per hour to rent out the entire facility. There’s large free parking and large undercover marquee area. What is your tip for the world cup? As the tournament is in South America, I’d have to go for Brazil or Argentina. How do you think Australia will go? I love the Socceroos, I have friends that are Socceroos and I hope Australia will be in a position to score a goal. The group we are in has three top-20 teams, plus the number one team in the world. It is a very tough contest and it is great that we are part of the tournament. I saw Australia qualify against Iraq and it was a momentous occasion. n InsideOut Football: Rod Laver Drive, Sydney Olympic Park. Open Monday to Sunday, all hours. For more information email, or call Frank 0418 243 624, James 0408 430 321 or Will 0409 941 654. InsideOut Football Centres • Play football ALL YEAR ROUND • Casual court hire • International sizzed futsal court • Two 5-a-side futsal courts • All weather synthetic pitch • Championship quality lighting • FIFA grade futsal court • 5-a-side competitions • Kids birthday parties • Plenty of parking At the home of sports: Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre Rod Laver Drive Sydney Olympic Park Homebush Bay community glamour at its best 7


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n Local Gigs n Local movies FREE TICKETS A music man with soul Win double movie passes Saturday 29th March Christopher Coleman Collective This young Tasmanian folk musician is touring his just released debut album. At first his distinct Aussie accent put me off but it actually starts to add to his charm. Surprisingly sad stuff from such a happy looking dude and totally worth listening to. "Anyone care for a sandwich?" Nymphomaniac Parts 1 & 2 The disclaimer in the end credits of Lars von Trier’s fourhour plus epic says: “None of the actors had penetrative sex during the making of this motion picture." What? Not even Charlotte Gainsborough, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Shia LaBeouf, Willem Dafoe or Jamie Bell? Didn’t their contracts allow it? It doesn’t state they weren’t whipped, sodomised, spanked, beaten or urinated on – all of which occur during the many transgressive hard-core scenes often filmed in startling close-up. We’re told this is the life story of “Joe” (Gainsborough mostly, but also Stacey Martin, sensational as the younger nympho in the more playful Part 1), whose joyless encounters with about 1000 men make for an often very funny, always thoughtful and genuinely entertaining film. It’s really a rumination on life, death, religion, loneliness, guilt, pain, unhappiness and fly-fishing (so glad you’ve recovered, Lars!). And yes, some will claim to see something deep and meaningful in a montage of 100 penises. Others will feel they are being mocked. Only one thing is certain. This aging controversy-addict has finally made a movie worthy of a controversy! R18+ from Mar 27 n The Newsagency, $11.50 Saturday 12th April Another teenage female warrior! Resistance is futile Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this before; punk music played on traditional folk instruments and featuring one of the guys from Nightwish. What a recipe for success. Sounds like eerie, vaguely medieval music and I have no idea whether I like them or not. Divergent As Trish, Shailene Woodley is the title’s “divergent,” a “different one” who doesn’t fit into any of the five clans everyone has to belong to in Veronica Roth’s dystopian future. This is some time after a war that has destroyed our planet (but not Chicago’s skyline). The twist here is that survivors inside a giant fence around the city must choose at graduation which clan to belong to: the Erudites (knowledge workers) the Dauntless (the protectors) etc. And having made that choice, failure in the role means being cast outside – forever. Kate Winslet is convincing as the monster in charge, so is Theo James as the smouldering Che (no beret but great tatts) Trish falls in with. There are some primeval teenage anxieties about fitting in and future roles being played out here, quite deftly by director Neil Burger. Enough for a franchise? You bet! But what do those inside the fenced-in city eat? In one brief scene we glimpse a clan of peasants harvesting the crop of our postapocalyptic future: kale. Oh no! Hunger Games: The Sequel has truly begun… M15+ from April 10. ★ Thanks to eOne Films Australia we have 5 double in-season passes to give away. Details below. The Raid 2 n The Factory Theatre, $45 Sunday 13th April Tenderfoot One final folk act this issue. Tenderfoot is more in the vein of contemporary indie-folk acts like Mumford & Sons so not really my jam but there is definitely talent here. If this is your style then this will be a worthwhile concert; that’s all I can say. Gareth Evans’ action flick The Raid, set in a grungy and hellish Indonesian slum, blew critics away last year – even the ones who normally dismiss the genre as beneath them. Its sequel may reduce them to a jibbering mess – straining to find superlatives. Everything about it is class, especially the Godfather-like machinations of its crime bosses and the incredible two and half hours of choreographed mayhem. Its frenetic pace and sheer vicousness (and visceral excitement) left me reeling, sitting in a pool of my own sweat. And errr… other stuff. CTC from Mar 28. WIN DVDS! The birth of the new Scotland n The Vanguard, $35 n Words: Max Kobras The lady is very handy with a hammer Mark it Down Easter is a happy time in Australia, a time for games, delicious food and being outside before winter descends. If you’re looking for another great Easter event, look no further… St Mark’s Primary School Easter Fete has been a local favourite for years now, with a consistently fantastic line-up of stalls, rides and entertainment. This year is extra important as the funds raised by this event will go directly to finishing the school’s extensive playground upgrade as the pilot school in Touched By Olivia’s Inclusive Playspace program. With a guest appearance by celebrity chef Danny Russo, food options a plenty, including the famous Fete Café and a whole slew of fun activities for the kids, it will be hard not to contribute to St Mark’s new innovation. And of course while you’re there, make sure to check out the new playground of the future! n The Fete will be held on Saturday 5th April from 9am-3pm Burn off that sausage sanger with fun games! Filth Thanks to Trainspotting's Irvine Welsh, we expect everyone in Scotland to be like Bruce Robertson, the snorting, scheming, rooting, swearing drug-addicted detective running amok on the streets of Edinburgh. If the Scots ever do decide to secede, the Brits will be glad to see the back of them! James McAvoy is brilliant and fearless as the worst policeman ever filmed, but he’s not the only one having the time of their lives in Jon S Baird’s hugely successful trawl through the nightmarish reaches of Welsh-land. Jamie Bell plays Bruce’s coked up chum and Eddie Marsan is his putupon colleague. Imogen Poots (somehow!) manages to retain her dignity. There’s also homophobia, racism, underage sex, violence, pornography and a fabulous soundtrack. Everything for a great night in! R18+ DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital from April 4. ★ Thanks to Icon Home Entertainment we have 5 DVDs to give away. Details below. n Reviews – Russell Edwards at St Mark’s Primary School. For more information, visit the red carpet to compete for fabulous prizes in categories including Best Costume, Best Bonnet, Fluffiest Dog, Best Big Dog, Best Groomed Dog, Best Kids Costume and so many more. Guests will also be treated to entertainment from a Mariachi band, face painting, celebrity guest appearances, demonstrations, art displays and stalls. Don't miss the chance to take your furry friend out on a date. n For more information visit Friday 11th April Politically Incorrect Are you a fan of art? How about cheeky humour? Not bothered by seeing well-known figures like dear Mr. Abbott made fun of? If you’re saying ‘yes, yes, oh my God yes!’ then you should come down to the Balmain Watch House for this opening night. Heads up, this is a politically correct free zone! Featuring the satirical work of irreverent artists Rona Sissons and Lyndsey Hatchwell, and plenty of drinks and nibbles, this promises to be an amusing night. Don’t be shy, all are welcome. Opening hours are Friday 11th April at 5pm–8pm, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th April 10am - 4pm. More info at n Where: Balmain Watch House, 179 Darling St 8 director Markus Weber has adapted the classic tales of Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and their arch nemesis Shere Khan, to a rocking soundtrack by Michael Summ from Acoustic Media, Germany. Don’t miss this new rejigged production of the classic story, running Monday to Saturday at 10.30 am and 1pm. Tickets are $20-$25 (special discounts apply for preschools, groups of 10+). For more information visit n Where: (644 King St, Newtown. Look into his eyes From Monday 14th April Saturday 12th April Easter Dog Parade Children’s Theatre in Newtown The King Street WIN DOUBLE MOVIE PASSES To be in the running to win a double in-season pass to Divergent or one of 5 DVDs of Filth just email us at info@ telling us where you picked up your copy of Ciao. You can enter both in one email, but give Only at the movies April 10 The second annual Easter Dog Parade will be held at Gladstone Park, Balmain this year and raise funds for the RSPCA Bushfire Appeal. The Parade sees dogs and owners take to Theatre is launching their inaugural Children’s Theatre School Holiday Program with a production of Jungle Book – The Musical. Based on the beloved stories by Rudyard Kipling, us a preference. Include your name and address in your email, as we can’t post if we don’t know!


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n Your say n Sustainability n Local news In celebration of Fashion Week Australia 2014, we ask locals who their favourite Aussie designer (or brand) is and why? n “Friends of Couture. Gorgeous, stylish and despite costing lots, the clothes are incredibly well made and hold their shape for years.” Caitlin, Drummoyne. Secondhand Sustainability While it seems like a lame excuse, what stops most people from going green is laziness and apathy. But what if it could be easy and even fun? The ultimate garage sale, SecondHand Saturday, was first started in 2000 by Leichhardt Council when they saw an opportunity to enable residents to participate in a reuse (rather than recycle) program, which not only promoted sustainability but put a little bit of cash in the hands of the participants. Since its inception, over 2,500 sales have been held across the area with more people signing up year after year – a great success, considering as much as 20,000 litres of water can be saved by purchasing a pre-loved cotton dress rather than a new one, which equals a cleaner, greener planet. So what makes the event so popular? Well, according to Cheryl Walker, Head of Resource Recovery and Waste Management for Leichhardt Council, it’s the social element. Unlike shopping at Vinnies or the Salvos, SecondHand Saturday “creates a sense of community as households often get together with others in their street to sell their items. It was the intention of the program to have fun and meet others in the community.” The great attitude towards secondhand items in the Inner West also helps. While some people are put off by the idea of a stranger’s hand-medowns, many locals see it as an opportunity to own a unique item at a much-reduced price. Of course, no one expects to sell used items for very much but garage sales can benefit the seller more than you would think. The thing is, one Fancy xx x funding a spaghetti Inner Western? Make 'Spaghetti' pozible Searching for a bargain on the green xx x incredible wedding gowns.” Victoria, Petersham. in Glebe.” Alex, Kogarah. n “Song for the Mute, based n “Steven Kahlil for his n “Arthur Galan Ag – love his clothes!” Enzo, Haberfield. n “Alex Perry because he's the only one I've heard of. And I only heard of him last month because of his Astra nomination.” Danny, Five Dock. of the most common pieces of feedback that the council has received from SecondHand Saturday participants is that the event is a great way to get rid of the stuff they no longer want in a guiltfree way. For many sellers, the money they make is just icing on the cake. If you don't have the chance to get involved in the next upcoming SecondHand Saturday on April 12th, it doesn't mean you can't be an environmentally friendly clothes lover. Fashionconscious locals, especially those who enjoy working with their hands, might want to look into upcycling. Unlike recycling where you take the base materials from an item to be recreated into something new, upcycling is about adding to and changing an existing item in your wardrobe to make it feel new. From sewing on a simple embellishment to restitching a hole, there are plenty of ways to revamp old clothing. Leichhardt Council recently hosted an upcycling workshop with The Crafty Minx, Kelly Doust, as part of their Treading Lighting program to teach residents how to extend the life of their clothes in a fun way, and these events happen locally all the time. n For more information about future events and SecondHand Saturdays visit the News and Events page at Words: Max Kobras. Local couple, Peter Nizic and Shannon Wong-Nizic, have launched a Pozible crowdfunding campaign to help raise funds to make their dream of producing a short film titled Spaghetti come true. “We have an amazing crew ready to go but without the $8000 we hope to raise, this project is unlikely to see the light of day,” says Peter. Spaghetti, which tells the story of a spaghettiloving 8-year-old boy named Eddie, is a quirky comedy inspired by the countless enthusiastic little boys Shannon has met as a teacher at Haberfield Public School. n If you like the sound of this project and want to see the film come to life, visit and pledge what you can (pledges are only processed once the target has been raised). stuff. I also like Camilla Frank; someone who can get a way with wearing kaftans every day deserves an award.” Allea, Burwood. out of a fairytale! So pretty, feminine and kind of kooky. Unfortunately, I can't wear any of it, it makes me look like a marshmallow.” Felecia, Haberfield. n “Alex Perry hands down.” Rachael, Rozelle. n “Akira Isogawa.” Samuel, Sydney. n “Alannah Hill. Her stuff is n “Sass & Bide design cool On your bike Enmore resident Oliver Cashman joined a cohort of cyclists as they kicked off the inaugural Variety Cycle on March 22nd – an event that will see Oliver clock more than 4,000 kilometres over 26 days in an effort to raise funds for the children's charity Variety. More than just a bike ride, the Variety Cycle will touch the lives of children in remote areas, as riders visit hospitals and schools, while delivering much-needed equipment and resources to the towns along the way. Oliver turned his passion for cycling into a career two years ago, starting his own bicycle mechanic business, Omafiets Dutch Bicycles, and has volunteered himself as official mechanic for this 26-day adventure ride. People can still get involved by donating, sponsoring a rider, or joining the ride themselves. n For more information visit thevarietycycle. Hello world! There are exciting changes happening at Lazeaway Travel, Five Dock this April with the business set to rebrand with a fresh new look. Here we chat to agency principal, Cathy Natoli, to find out what this will mean for local clients... Lazeaway Travel has been established for 34 years this year and are about to rebrand from 'Travelscene at Lazeaway Travel' to become a member of helloworld. “The evolution is one which will deliver a real advantage to our existing and new clients,” says Cathy, “It will mean that we'll be building on the very successful heritage of some of Australia's best known travel brands including Travelscene American Express, Harvey World Travel and Jetset.” As part of helloworld the agency will be able to continue operating as a proudly independent business, while also having access to even greater purchasing power to maximise clients' travel spend, as well as business support to ensure clients enjoy the best possible travel solutions. “Of course, you will also continue to enjoy our tailored approach, supported by our expertise, professionalism and enthusiasm,” adds Cathy, though the agency will be better Youth Week The friendly team: Patrick, Annette, Francine and Cathy positioned to meet traveller's needs. Lazeaway Travel covers all aspects of travel arrangements including frequent flyer redemption assistance, foreign currency, travel insurance, 24-hour assistance, and most importantly one of their team members will be with you from the start to the finish of your holiday; your own personal travel advisor. n Lazeaway Travel: 99 Great North Road, Five Dock. The Skate Comp and Clinic will be returning to Five Dock Skate Park on April 5th in celebration of Youth Week. Come along to practise your skills with the pros from 10am and then, if you’re feeling confident, join in on the comp for a chance to win great prizes. If skating isn’t your jam, join the fun at Concord Library on April 12th instead - the Mash Bash kicks off at 6pm with plenty of games, karaoke, spray tattoos, pizza and slurpees, plus the chance to prove yourself the top sumo wrestler among your mates! To really sweeten the deal, there will also be the chance to win vouchers for JB Hi-Fi, Mooberry and Pancakes on the Rocks, plus the first 50 attendees get a free showbag! If you're aged 12 to 18 years old, don't miss this. n For more information, visit 10


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Savour Easter Open All Weekend It’s so close you can almost taste the long weekend. If you are looking for a place to get together to make the most of the last balmy days, The Pier has a lot on offer; award winning food, free kids entertainment, afternoon acoustic sessions and of course the Easter Bunny. From 1pm - 4pm, Saturday through to Monday, we’ll have entertainment to keep the kids amused, so you can sit back and relax, all you’ll have to worry about is how much chocolate they eat. Free kids entertainment all weekend Saturday 19th April - Face Painting Easter Sunday 20th April - Easter Bunny Easter Monday 21st April - Easter Bunny Sunday Acoustic Sessions from 2.30pm with Jess Dunbar Enquiries 02 9817 2204 Visit 2 Gale Street, Woolwich NSW 2110 Follow @woolwichpier


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in the kitchen n Recipe by Melissa Leong, Wine with Winsor n If ever there was a cut of animal engineered to be best mates with beer, lamb ribs would most certainly have to be it. Sticky, meaty, juicy, they’re finger lickin’ good and super easy to make. ‘Twice cooked’ might sound like it involves a lot of work, but in reality, any football-loving novice in the kitchen should be able to master this one with ease, and all in time to sit down and watch the game. Super savvy Mount Riley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc There is a lot of love out there for Marlborough sauvignon blanc and this is not only one of the better examples; it also offers excellent value. It is unmistakably varietal with the herbaceousness and vibrancy that so many drinkers love. It is crisp with tropical fruit notes and thoroughly refreshing when chilled. A great choice for a post-work drink with the girls. $18. Sticky glazed Chinese five spice lamb ribs Ingredients 12 lamb ribs 2 tbsp Chinese five spice powder ¼ cup sweet soy Thumb sized piece of ginger, finely grated 1 long red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped 2 tbsp Chinkiang black vinegar Garnish 2 stalks of spring onions (scallions), finely chopped into rounds Coriander leaves Wedges of lemon Serves 4 (3 ribs per person doesn’t sound like a lot, but they’re super rich) Method Enjoy xx x a good ribbing 1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the garnish and allow the ribs to marinate for a few hours in the fridge. 2. Set up a big bamboo steamer basket (or a couple of small ones) over a pot of boiling water. Place the ribs on a plate that fits snugly inside the steamer with the lid on, and steam the ribs for 30 minutes. Reserve the marinating sauce for later use. 3. While the ribs are steaming, preheat an oven to 180 degrees celsius. Remove the ribs from the steamer and place them on a tray lined with baking paper. Baste the marinating liquid generously onto the ribs and place the tray into the oven. 4. Once every 10 minutes, repeat the basting process until the ribs become sticky and glazed. 5. Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly and garnish with the chopped spring onions, coriander leaves and lemon wedges. Crack open a beer, wait for the applause. Smooth operator Taylors 2013 Merlot Taylor winemaker Adam Egging is a huge fan of merlot and believes he has some vineyards in which the variety will shine. This is certainly a very good example, with ripe dark berry flavours and real softness on the palate. There are some dark ripe fruit notes here, well integrated oak and real approachability for a wine that is so young. $20. At the markets n Fruit: while mango season may be ending and stone fruits are disappearing, it’s not a bad time for melons right now with champagne, honeydew and rock melons readily available. Shepard avocados are also abundant and well-priced. n Vegies: Autumn is the peak time for lovely firm eggplants, go for ones that have a fresh green stem and taut glossy skin, mushrooms are also plentiful and good quality at the moment. Local and imported asparagus have arrived but the local ones are a little expensive. n Class act Brokenwood 2013 Chardonnay Brokenwood is much better known for its classy Hunter semillons than its chardonnays, but the winemaking team has done a top-notch job with this blend of grapes from several regions around the country. This is on the slightly bigger side of the chardonnay spectrum with tropical fruit and nutty flavours but still light on its feet with some complexity and layered notes thanks to barrel fermentation and lees aging. $28. At home with... Paul STranger Paul Stranger is the executive chef at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club. He enjoys being innovative in the kitchen and brings a wealth of experience to the club having worked throughout Europe, the UK and South Africa, he has also been awarded a prestigious Michelin Star (at Cafe Uno in Bath, UK) and ‘Best Italian Restaurant’ in London. Here he chats to Ciao about his work, food and how he started out in the kitchen... How long have you been in the food industry and what first made you want to become a chef? I have been in the industry for over 30 years. Food was always a major part of family entertainment in my household, and growing up we would eat out on average four times a week. It was also the crazy pressure of commercial kitchens, which I found similar to the military, that I was drawn to. I seem to thrive on that. I guess it really began when I applied for a bursary in food management after being injured in the military. ‘Cheffing’ was a passport to the world… What do you enjoy most about your job at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL? I enjoy the diversity of food served, and the staff are great. The staff and management really care about each other and the work they do, for most people it really is more than just a job. What international cuisines influence your cooking style? I am very much influenced by Italian and Asian cuisines mostly because of the simplicity and use of fresh ingredients. What four ingredients are essential in your kitchen? I can’t go without basil, good olive oil, garlic and soybean chilli paste. What inspires your work? I think I have always had a passion for authentic fresh food and I love good, old-fashioned cooking methods. I also find the science of food fascinating as its always evolving. If you could invite anyone over for dinner, whom would you invite and why? It would have to be Heston Blumenthal so I can pick his brain on food science. Jared Ingersoll Restaurant Diaries I remember a few years ago eating the most disgusting and foul thing I’ve ever eaten in my life. Ever. It was a pecorino that had been stored in a small terracotta pot that was covered in olive oil, then buried until it had become absolutely rotten. The smell burned my eyes and the taste cut into my lungs! BUT the old Italian blokes who were showing me this delicacy were rolling their eyes in gastronomic delight. In any other situation I would have chucked this stuff in the bin and probably called a priest to perform an exorcism! I learned two lessons that day: 1. I do not like eating rancid pecorino. 2. We waste a lot of food due to a lack of understanding and knowledge, not because it is actually bad. Recently I was invited to cook for a group of gastronomes at a biannual symposium of gastronomy. They had just finished a discussion about feeding the underprivileged and the food I cooked for them was all rubbish! I used irregular shaped eggs that my egg supplier could not sell, spent buttermilk that was diverted from the drain, dayold bread from the baker’s pile destined for landfill. I walked into a green grocer and asked for the dark green leaves that they discard from iceberg lettuce, and while I was there liberated some dodgy looking bay destined for the bin, the list goes on. The only things that I used that were not considered rubbish was a few onions, salt and pepper. The dish comprised of slow-cooked eggs, baked onions in a buttermilk jam topped with crumbs and green dressing – it was a delicious dish (even though I do say so myself). I gave a talk as they were eating their dish and there were a few that paused mid mouthful when I told them they were eating rubbish but they ate it anyway. You see I’d changed their perception; what was once considered to be waste magically changed into something tasty and nutritious. This is important because we waste too much food that doesn’t sit into our normal frame of acceptance because we ‘think’ it is bad! Luckily there are a number of resources around to teach us about the hidden beauty of our rubbish.... n Check out: for more information. Potato and feta salad Ingredients 150g chat potatoes 100g Persian feta 80g fresh corn 80g sugar snap peas 80g roast pumpkin 20ml chilli oil Method 1. Roast your pumpkin and chat potatoes in your oven. 2. Steam your peas and corn. 3. Mix all your cooked ingredients together in bowl, add the feta and a drizzle of chilli oil. 4. Serve with toasted crusty bread and enjoy! xx x Small potatoes Out xx x of the firing range, into the frypans 12


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n feature local heroes MICHAEL LO SORDO Fresh from debuting his collection on the David Jones runway as part of the Autumn/ Winter ’14 launch earlier this year, Michael Lo Sordo will be showing off some of his creations at Fashion Week on April 8th. How did you start out in the fashion industry? I attended culinary school before realising that fashion was actually where I wanted to go. After studying at East Sydney I worked in styling and merchandising for Giorgio Armani and SBS and started my label around this time. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have great support throughout the When you think of Fashion Week you might think of Milan, New York or Paris but what about Sydney? Or the Inner West for that matter. There are big things happening in the local fashion and retail world right now and enough home-grown talent to impress even the most cultured clothing connoisseurs – some of which will be showcased at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014. To be held at Carriageworks, on the outskirts of the Inner West, Fashion Week will hit the runway from April 6th to 10th and is gearing up for another huge year of cutting-edge fashions featuring Leichhardt’s own young designer Michael Lo Sordo, who is set to show his latest collection during the event. Here we talk business, frocks and the future of the Aussie fashion industry with Michael, as well as a couple of other locals making a name for themselves in the fashion game... industry and really feel that my work with Woolmark and AWI, as well as winning the Qantas Spirit of Youth Award for fashion in 2012, have been huge boosts to my brand and allowed me to grow it to where it is today. This is the sixth time you’ll be showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. How does it feel to be part of the event again and what can people expect from your pieces this year? I’m so excited to be showing again this year, especially with the continued support from my sponsors – Redken, Maybelline and Essie. This upcoming MBFWA will see a continued journey into the essence of Michael Lo Sordo, a strong take on classic tailoring with an injection of colourful hues. This season is all about celebrating the modern woman and making her feel more beautiful and more confident. What do you think the future holds for the Australian fashion industry? I believe Australian fashion is at an exciting period at the moment where we are not only making waves locally but also internationally with a vast array of designers showcasing in New York, London and Milan, which provides credibility to a growing industry. Seeing the latest L’Uomo Vogue issue, which focuses not just on Australians but also Australian fashion, and being able to participate in a shoot for the magazine shows just how strong the local industry’s future really is. Who would you most like to dress, and what would you dress them in? Cate Blanchett. A woman that defines a modern sophisticated sense of style would have to be my choice and I love the way she isn’t afraid to take risks and is constantly evolving her style. I’d have to dress her in a suit – an impeccably cut wool jacket and matching pants but with a twist. “Inner West girls are a well-dressed bunch” PASDUCHAS Katie McVeigh and Alicia Arcuri are the design duo behind Abbotsford label, Pasduchas. How did you two end up designing together? The design courses we were studying required a work placement stint as part of the end qualification, through this we scored our first jobs in the industry as Design Assistants for a fast-paced leading fashion label of the time, which is where we met eight years ago. It was a completely chance meeting through unexpected opportunities. Any design team works closely through the design process and as the two of us grew in our roles it became more and more apparent that our individual quirks were actually not that quirky since we liked the same ideas, sometimes wore the same clothes and would almost finish each others sentences... How would you describe the Inner West style scene and how has it influenced you as designers? The Inner West is such a multicultural melting pot, where older suburbs are experiencing a revival of sorts as the young trenddriven types take hold. We feel that Inner West girls are not only a well-dressed bunch but are clever in their styling; seeking out quality pieces that are original in design yet timeless wardrobe staples. As designers, we recognise the importance of offering continuously new looks that are accessible to the current hardworking and social girl but that also give a high-end feel. Darling Street is such a mecca for these types, when grabbing a coffee it almost feels like Fashion Week every day of the year! What do you think the future holds for the Australian fashion industry? National retail reviews are always so bleak and seemingly the Australian fashion industry is suffering – however, we certainly do not share this view. If your product is right for your customer then there is no limit to the heights that the Australian fashion industry can reach. Without doubt we can expect to see many more international labels and chains make their way onto our shores, this is something we welcome. It’s all fashion in the end and little bit of competition brings out the best in us all. Who would you most like to dress, and what would you dress them in? We like ‘IT’ girls. Classic IT girl Jen Hawkins is top of the local list... Jen, if you’re reading get in touch! We’ve got an Exordium Dress with your name written all over it! Internationally we are girl crushing on Margot Robbie. A classic beauty oozing sophistication where nothing less than the perfect LBD would do – our Plexus Dress would be our pick. The Inner West’s answer to Ralph Lauren SHOWPO Jane Lu is a savvy business woman with a passion for social media and killer dress sense. She founded Showpo (originally Show Pony) in 2010 and aims to be the biggest online boutique retailer of women’s fashion in the country. Can you tell us a bit about how you started your business? I had no experience in retail or fashion (being an ex-business analyst) but when I decided that I was over staring at spreadsheets all day, I decided to start an online store. It all started in my parents’ little garage in Balmain! What trends do you think will be big for the upcoming autumn/winter season? I love that tartan and plaid has made a comeback – not a schoolgirl tartan, but more punk. You’ll be sure to see a lot of PU fabric pieces and new season accent shades of wine, magenta and cobalt. Oversized outerwear is also going to be the statement piece this winter so you can be sure to stay toasty warm! What do you think the future holds for the Australian fashion industry? With the rapid growth of the online retail industry, I think we’re going to see national borders become less restrictive to trade, our geographical isolation become less relevant and a surge in significance of Australia retailers and designers as big players on a global scale. Who would you most like to dress, and what would you dress them in? Mila Kunis! I love her! She is so versatile and can go from girl-nextdoor to sexy seductress with ease. I would put her in one of our gorgeous backless black maxi dresses or cute high-waisted denim cutoff shorts and a crochet bustier. You’re not going out dressed like that, young lady! 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ADVERTISEMENT WORK TO START ON DRUMMOYNE WHARF UPGRADE Authorised by John Sidoti MP, 128 Great North Road, Five Dock NSW 2046. John Member for Drummoyne Phone: (02) 9713 2999 Email: drummoyne@ Mail: 128 Great North Road, Five Dock NSW 2046 Sidoti MP An exciting announcement has been made about Drummoyne Wharf that will be music to the ears of ferry users... John Sidoti Member for Drummoyne recently announced that work will soon get started on the upgrade of Drummoyne Wharf, which will make the wharf safer, more comfortable and more accessible for ferry customers. Mr Sidoti said a key priority of the project is to make the wharf easily accessible for customers using a wheelchair, families with prams – of which there are many in the Inner West – as well as the elderly. “Improvements to the wharf will include new entry platforms, a new pontoon and better protection from the wind, rain and sun,” Mr Sidoti said. “This project is part of the Transport Access Program, a $770 million initiative to deliver modern, accessible, and safe transport facilities across all modes of public transport.” “The upgrade to Drummoyne Wharf will make a difference for ferry customers and help encourage more Inner West customers to use public transport,” he said. Balmain (Thames Street) and Huntley Point ferry wharves received upgrades as part of the Transport Access Program last year, now it’s Drummoyne’s turn. Planning for the Drummoyne Wharf upgrade is underway, with work set to start in April this year. Work is expected to take about five months to complete and will mean that customers should make alternative transport arrangements in the meantime. Customers will be able catch regular bus services to the city from Victoria Road. The Parramatta River Ferry Service will also continue to operate to the existing timetable at other wharves on the service. n A community information session about the project was held in mid-March, however if you require more information, email or visit wharfupgrades. To contact the project team call 1800 770 973. Petersham RSL Club: 7 Regent St, Petersham NSW 2049 Ph: (02) 9560 8355 community glamour at its best 15



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