Posts Tagged ‘Melbourne’

The ultimate betrayal of our best friends

Posted: October 5, 2012 by kimmerstedge in Music
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Animal activists bound together today to rally against legal puppy factories that continue to operate Australia wide.

 Founded by Animal Activist Debra Tranter, Oscar’s Law has gained considerable media attention since 2011 in the fight to ban puppy factories.

Kim Tedge has this report.

Melbourne- The Place to Live.

Posted: October 5, 2012 by bstetina in Melbourne
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It only makes sense that people would want to travel to Melbourne after being named the “World’s Most Livable City” for the past two years in a row. The survey ranked 140 cities around the world and yet again Melbourne is on top of the list.

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Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of Victoria with around 4 million people. According to the Tourism Victoria Corporate website, the number of visitors that stayed overnight last year in Melbourne reached 54.9 million.

Tourists from all over the world come to experience the city of Melbourne. Some stay for a day and some stay for a year. Charles Murzeau, who is 26-years old, is an architect from Paris, France. He has been traveling around the world since last October and has traveled to every continent besides Antarctica. He has decided to take a break from backpacking around the world and start a new life here in Melbourne.

Within one day of being in Melbourne, Charles found a job, opened up a bank account, and fell in love with the city.

“I don’t know if I’m just lucky that I got a job on the first day or if it is just this city, but it makes me feel very comfortable and welcomed,” said Charles.

Coming from a man who has now traveled to 40 countries, Melbourne seems to give off a great first impression.

“This city offers great public transportation and it is easy to get around. The architecture is so pretty to look at.” Charles stated.

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Charles’ original plan was to stay about 6 months in Melbourne, but after being here for only three short days he already changed his plan. He is now going to stay for a year. He would like to even stay longer but his visa requirements only allow him to stay up to a year.

If you would like to know more about Charles’ travels or even check out some amazing pictures he has taken along the way you can do so on Charles’ personal website

The 3rd to 9th of September the Australia’s fashion crowd was gathered in Melbourne Town hall  for a week of runway shows, exclusive party’s, and fashion.  It was the 18th time Melbourne spring fashion week (MSFW) was arranged and according to the bloggers, designers and the fashion minded people it keeps getting better.

Fashion blogger Dyen ( was at all the shows this year and was really satisfied with the week and the development within Australian fashion.

-I guess Melbourne fashion week are new on the global stage, but there are some designers who are started to get noticed in the US and Europe. Australian fashion has a lot of details bur are not overly dramatic, it is really relaxed and layback and represent Australia in a good way. This has been the first year I really got to be here and take pitchers during runway shows and it has been the best fashion week I have attended so far. Its been really enjoyable.

A place to see and be seen.

With so many fashion interested people under one roof , you have to really stand out if you want to  get noticed. And both the models on the  runaway and  the guests where dresses in creative outfits. Hair dipped in pink paint , leather sweaters, big hats and sexy dresses, under you’ll find  pictures from this springs fashion week.

Fashion and social media side by side.

The fashioned minded people  also participated trough social media.  On instagram you’ll find over 7000 pictures from the  week under the hashtag #MSFW and the twitter feed is still going strong under the same hastag. A link to the feed:!/search/?q=msfw&src=typd

I like people to look at my food and say, wow!  I like to use quirky words to invoke a memory.  I think if you’re having fun and smiling, you’re going to enjoy your meal. – Mark Briggs.

On Tuesday the 28th of August, Melbourne’s most ambitious chefs, sommeliers, awarded critics, and inspired restaurateurs, came together at the National Gallery of Victoria for a night hosted by The Age Good Food Guide that would see the coveted guide – an epicurean bible for Melbournians and foodies alike – award the industry’s finest for inclusion in the AGFG 2013.  Among the awarded was Young Chef of the Year, Mark Briggs, who at just 30 years of age holds the reins of Paul Mathis’ latest endeavour, The Sharing House.

Paul Mathis says of Mark’s win, “Mark brings a creative and unique style to the kitchen, his laid back persona and resilient attitude has helped to shape The Sharing House concept and created a menu with a fun twist on classic fare.”

With a creativity that Mark attributes to inspiration from everything he ‘does, sees, and feels’ and nine years of international experience under some of the worlds most accomplished chefs, Mark brings skill, passion, dedication and a hands-on approach to an industry he feels is being swamped with “deluded young chefs who’ve paid a fortune for college fees and can’t fillet a fish”.

Mark was food focused from a young age, possibly as a result of his grandparents regularly taking him to dine at pubs and restaurants around Lancashire, his keenness for fishing and hence cooking his catch, and his realisation that cooking would be “a good way to get out of the village”.

This very village, Croston, was home to Marks first gig in a kitchen and foray into the other side of dining; a small pub where he was employed ‘to do the washing up on sundays’.  From here he worked his way through England, one Michelin Star restaurant at a time, and after having worked with such revered and world-class chefs as Pierre Koffman and Mauro Bregoli, Mark brought his craft to Australia.

Suggested to Shannon Bennet by a friend and former colleague, Mark began the Australian leg of his culinary career as Chef de Partie in Shannon’s very first Vue de Monde.  From here he advanced to Sous Chef and finally to Head Chef of Vue De Monde, Rialto and after six years under Shannon Bennet at his Vue De Monde empire, Mark has nothing but praise for the man that gave him ‘such amazing opportunities’.

Having recently embarked on a new journey that’s placed him at the helm of The Sharing House, it’s fair to say that winning the AGFG 2013 Young Chef of the Year – which judge Alla Wolf-Tasker says is “about choosing the cooks that we think might be the nextgeeration of ambassadors; doing things that are noteworthy over a long period of time and having the skills to last in what has become a very difficult industry” – is one of many exciting opportunities ahead for Mark Briggs who plans to continue evolving the food, refining the menu and training the team at The Sharing House while playing his part in ensuring this ‘amazing, diverse city’ continues to thrive with inspired and well-taught chefs, supporting Everton in the ‘football’ and dreaming of a holiday somewhere along the way.


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Sport fans can no longer transit to events at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) without commuting through a pool of gambling advertisements.

Richmond Station. Advertising for an online betting company can be found on every platform and station exit. Is the first thing seen as commuters exit the train onto the platform. Source: Alfred Chan

The once iconic Richmond Station which has been synonymous with Australian sporting culture as the transit point for all of Melbourne’s sporting events now contains advertising by an online betting company on all platforms and station exits.

Associate Head of School at Deakin University’s School of Marketing and Management and a registered psychologist, Professor David Bednall questions the growth of Australian betting culture.

“I do have a concern that it’s normalising the association between sport and gambling,” said Bednall.

“It (gambling advertising) appears at footy matches, it appears on television broadcasts of sporting matches.”

“It’s like we’re saying if you like sport, then gambling is part of that sporting culture.”

Flinders Street Station. Melbourne’s busiest transit point contains little to no advertising in comparison to Richmond Station and none from betting companies. Source: Alfred Chan

“That gives me a little concern is that then encourages the new generation of problem gamblers,” said Bednall.

Between January and July of 2012, visits to Australian sport betting websites increased 20 per cent alongside technological advancements which have allowed betting accounts to be accessed from smart phones and tablets.

In 2009, the ABS measured horse racing a sport betting expenditure in Australia to be $2.83 billion. Racing and sport gaming in 2009 had increased 8.5 per cent, almost double non sport/gaming turnover which increased by only 4.6 percent.

Currently, IbisWorld estimate horse racing and sport betting revenue in Australia to be approximately $4 billion annually at a growth rate of 2.6 per cent.

This significant swing in gaming revenue away from casino and lottery revenue to racing and sport have grown parallel with online betting companies in the Australian market. Several are now some of Australia’s biggest sporting sponsors.

“A lot of our public policy concern is about problem gamblers and how big that group is, [is] open to public dispute,” said Bednall.

“Something like one or two per cent of the adult population but typically they account for a disproportionate amount of spending on gambling.”

“It’s something like forty per cent of losses are accounted for by that one or two per cent so they are way over.”

“For people who are problem gamblers, they have extreme problems. Not just the harm they cause for themselves but friends, loved ones and acquaintances around them.  In some cases people have stolen money from employers and charities.”

“That small group causes a disproportionate harm to themselves and the broader community.”

Now with sport gambling advertising at Richmond Station, sport goers which include problem gamblers, are subjected to the advertising on every platform and station exit.

Follow Alfred Chan on Twitter: @AlfredC91

Australia has a dangerous drinking culture that sees four Australians under 25 die due to alcohol related injuries in an average week.

Despite government campaigns, Australia’s youth seem to be disregarding warnings when they head out for a night on the town.

The effects of alcohol vary from person to person, as to the drink sizes served in bars, nightclubs and pubs around Melbourne. Possibly one of the biggest causes of drunken violence is the inability to count drinks, as many drinks served are not capped as one standard drink.

Over the years drunken violence has seen many young lives been taken too soon. Sam Davis was 17 years young when he became the victim of drunken assault in 2008. His parents have created the Sammy D Foundation in order to raise awareness of the risks associated with alcohol-induced behavior.

High drink prices in bars may be causing an increase in the amounts of alcohol consumed during pre-drinking, causing a binge drinking effect. The National Binge Drinking Campaign 2008-2010 targeted teenager’s aged 15-17 and youths between 18-25. In an attempt to raise awareness the ads tried to reach out to friends and families.

Despite being the world’s most livable city, many of Melbournians youth brave the cold weather in search of fun nights out, in clubs, bars and pubs which all too often see a fun night out with mates turned into a night spent in the hospital.

This page explores the dangers associated with the drinking culture of Australians with links to statistics, campaigns and news articles.

I have created the below video as an introduction to the Melbourne nightclub scene.



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Registrations are now open for the new three-tiered ‘MEBA Head Start’ basketball program at Nunawading Stadium, Melbourne. The introductory skills program starts in term four and focuses on player development to prepare 6 to 12 year-olds for club basketball.

Head Start uses an altered set of rules allowing the programs’ coaches to be more hands-on than other programs and tailor sessions to each individual’s ability. Coaches from the stadium’s previous Spook Hoops program such as Peter Kotaridis are pleased with the changes.

Coach Peter Kotaridis

“At the moment there are a lot of kids who are better than the other kids and they tend to hog the ball a bit too much,” he said.

“The three tiered program is better because it breaks them up into different skill levels and that way each kid can feel comfortable in the team they get assigned to.”

Coaches grade children into Aussie Hoops, Rookie or Club Ready tiers based on their current skill level, with the aim to advance each tier until they are ready to graduate from the program. Similar to martial arts, each tier has its own coloured uniform and title that both encourages and rewards players for their efforts as they progress.

Program Director Lyndon Dale has designed this process as an entirely positive experience, each aspect of Head Start is focused on fun and improvement. It is replacing the Spook Hoops and Pink Ball competitions which were awarded Best Junior Program by Basketball Victoria earlier in the year. Despite initial concerns about increased fees and the mandatory assessment of their children, many parents have voiced praise to Dale for shifting focus away from the competition of ladders and grand finals.

Nunawading Spectres Import and Brazilian National League player Cicero Gonzaga has been coaching with the stadium since arriving in Australia and sees Head Start as a great learning environment.

Cicero Gonzaga with a team from Vermont

“I love it, I feel like this is something that I will probably do after I finish my basketball career,” he said.

“We work with a lot of specific skills and we help the kids so when they go to clubs they already have knowledge of the basketball game. If you come here it would definitely help you a lot, so I recommend it”

Head Start is already receiving a high number of registrations and Nunawading Stadium is pleased by the evident demand. All current coaching staff from the award winning Pink Ball and Spook Hoops will be continuing with Head Start next term.

The  last few months has seen a renaissance of protesting, sit-ins and political unrest at la Trobe University in response to 500 plus proposed cuts to the humanities and social science faculties.

The students are concerned about the university’s plans to cut 45 academic staff jobs and 500 subjects from its humanities and social science departments due to depleted enrolment.

The university announced the plans in a document released June 20 with Humanities and Social Science Dean, Tim Murray declaring a final decision will be made sometime this month.

Since hearing of the news students have partaken in overnight occupations of their university grounds, protests, marches and a series of petitions to combat these changes.


Under the threat of expulsion and weeks of peaceful protests, the raging debate reached a tension filled apex as the Stop HUSS Cuts Collective  and Occupy La Trobe grew forceful in their frustrations.

Escalating from peaceful to pushy, a La Trobe University Professor was forced to use an underground network to escape the student’s wrath.

Vice Chancellor, Professor John Dewar was ushered into a room by security staff during La Trobe’s annual Open Day when students protesting against proposed cuts confronted and reportedly hounded him into a building at the university’s Bundoora campus.

Student protestors and media take over the Bundoora campus Humanities and Social Sciences building

Since this time significant changes have been made to the proposal including a decline in the number subject and staff redundancies.

 As it stands La Trobe University are planning to cut 37 jobs by the end of this year along with the dismissal of 370 subjects.

La Trobe University Professor John Dewar released a statement  on the reviewed proposal late last month.

  “We may all wish it were otherwise, but we must recognise that traditional arts degrees are no longer sufficiently enticing nor relevant to school leavers and employers alike, and students have been voting, in effect, for a smaller humanities faculty with their feet.” He stated.

Morgan Cummings, a third year arts student at La Trobe University and student union representative believes the battle is far from over.  Morgan took the time to answer a few questions about the future of the movement.

With a final decision still looming on what will come from the tireless protests and student efforts, Occupy Latrobe have implored the university to enter into negotiations with the National Tertiary Education Union in good faith, to create a shift in focus from saving money to saving jobs and for a redistribution of executive pay to save other jobs at the university.

Grace Stevens, Madeleine Gray and Caitlyn Kelly pictured at the La Trobe Agora showing support for the No Cuts protest.

Madeleine Gray (pictured above), a third year International Relations student at La Trobe University  and active member of Stop Huss Cuts considers this to be a positive step forward in the ongoing movement but one that still has far to go in ensuring their beloved institution is maintained.

With negotiations still surging it will be some time before the impassioned students and staff of La Trobe University receives final word on the proposed cuts. For the students and faculty members this will be a fight not soon to slow down.