Bree and Sam’s reason for running the Melbourne Marathon

Bree and Sam Wollany's Run4aReason campaign. Image: Run4aReason

Bree and Sam Wollany’s Run4aReason campaign. Image: Run4aReason


7.40am Saturday November 16 2015

by Ed Kennedy

Bree and Sam mean business. Two young and dynamic girls who are having a go all across their work and wider life as they speed through their twenties. Nursing, working in airline cabin crew, serving in the Australian Defence Forces Reserves – and oh yeah a bit of running – colours their life and day-to-day. These girls are fun, good natured and normal. This is why the story of their past year is so compelling.

When their father Richard fell ill with PSP the family didn’t run from the diagnosis. For those yet to hear of it – and it’s indeed true this is a illness many have but many more are yet to have of – may the following bring you up to speed.

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy is a rare neurological condition affecting the parts of the brain that control walking, eye movements, balance, speech and swallowing.

Challenging‚ confronting and all at once overwhelming‚ the Wolany clan looked to come together and emerge stronger as a result. Many would feel tempted to run at such a difficult moment – Bree and Sam … Click to continue reading

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What does Prime Minister Turnbull mean for Bayside and Victoria?

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Malcolm Turnbull, his wife Lucy and grandson Jack after being sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia at Government House, Canberra. Image: Malcolm Turnbull Instagram

by Ed Kennedy

Malcolm Turnbull has ascended to the top job in Australia and with it changed the face of the national political landscape. While the implications and aftershocks of Monday’s leadership spill – that deposed former prime minister Tony Abbott for Malcolm Turnbull by a vote of 54 to 44 – shall take time to fully see; the short term implications are already looming large. This is especially true for Bayside and wider Victoria.

So, what does it mean for Bayside that one prime minister from Sydney, NSW has been replaced with another prime minister – also from Sydney, NSW? A great deal as it turns out.

I. Andrew Robb’s future appears more secure

Under Tony Abbott, local MP for Goldstein and Australian Minister for Trade Andrew Robb’s future was uncertain. As well as often being touted in the press as a future American Ambassador – often viewed as code for getting pushed out of Cabinet – Andrew Robb was also reportedly lambasted by Abbott during recent weeks for his performance; unusual for a … Click to continue reading

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Chris Cincotta’s Camera and Community


A familar sight to any Baysider who’s walked a certain beach in Brighton. Image courtesy: Chris Cincotta photography.

A familar sight to any Baysider who’s walked a certain beach in Brighton. Image courtesy: Chris Cincotta Photography.

by Ed Kennedy

CC are Melbourne photographer Chris Cincotta’s initials. Yet, they may as well stand for the two pillars upon which he’s built his career: cameras and community. In the day-to-day trade of being a photographer in Melbourne, engagement and interaction with community is a must. However, the way in which Chris does it surely makes him a rare commodity.

This Melbourne photographer, who has spent many afternoons and evenings along the coastal trails and among the Melbourne CBD – including having shot some of Bayside’s most famed and picturesque spots – is now in a sense very much anchored down. After a most interesting couple of years around Australia and across the world, Chris is now a Melbourne-based photographer, regularly selling his photos day-by-day in the CBD, and who also a very proud Melburnian. It sounds so straightforward, but just like an Ansel Adams landscape or a Leibovitz portrait; the detail is so very often everything. Chris’ story need be given some further colour and scope then.


…for rare would it appear Chris’ photos struggle for colour: Bayside’s Brighton

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Billboard on Nepean Highway looms large over TPP debate

A prominent sign to the sight of any Baysider commuting along the Nepean Highway recently between South Road and Cummings Road.
A prominent sign to the sight of any Baysider commuting along the Nepean Highway recently between South Road and Cummings Road.


7.00pm Tuesday May 26 2015

by Ed Kennedy

Plans for a Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) by the Abbott government may seem at first something of a far off concern for Baysiders in their day-to-day lives in our seaside suburbs. Yet, any Baysider commuting along the Nepean Highway recently would have seen the following sign over North Avenue between South Road and Cummings Road.

The poster by civic activist group Get Up implores Andrew Robb, local MP and Member for Goldstein, to alter his policy direction on the planned TPP that would involve 14 nations including the United States and New Zealand alongside Australia.

A view of the sign from a distance across the Nepean Highway
A view of the sign from a distance across the Nepean Highway

Mr Robb, the Minister for Trade in the Abbott government has been a key player in Australia’s negotiations on the proposed TPP. Though the proposed trade agreement between the United States and a number of participating Asian and Latin American nations has not yet been enacted – nor finalised therefore – by participating nations, it has garnered an inordinate amount of controversy and

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A new debate about the old: Vintage and replica furniture


Gary and Rachel Lewarne. Nook. SKN. May 2015.

Gary and Rachel inside Nook St Kilda

by Ed Kennedy

What Gary and Rachel have cannot be manufactured. You’ll never find the British-expats who have come to Melbourne via Perth selling goods of which they cannot detail in-depth. The history, the significance and quality of craftsmanship that underpins an item in the vintage goods store can routinely be listed off-the-cuff by this couple.

Gary and Rachel represent one side of the coin in a furniture and goods industry that is facing a growing challenge to the ‘ways of old’ by replica furniture salespeople.

The existence of ‘new’ enthusiasts for old goods is becoming more common in modern commerce, as evidenced by the current debate surrounding replica furniture in Australia and the wider international market.

With copyright laws difficult to enforce internationally – combined with the rise of globalisation and online shopping – the idea of furniture pieces being unique, distinct and one-off is being challenged.

For Rachel, the issues within the industry are clear.

“Replicas are everywhere and it’s an insult to the second hand industry”, she said.

Having opened Nook’s first store at 258 Johnston St in January 2010 – and established a warehouse in North Fitzroy during … Click to continue reading

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Bayside City Council announces SSAGD social group

11.07am Friday April 20 2015 

By Ed Kennedy

Bayside City Council has announced the establishment of a Same Sex and Gender Diverse (SSAGD) social/support group, with the first meeting to be held next week.

The group will provide social interaction and support services to young people aged 14-24, who identify as same sex attracted, sex gender diverse or who are questioning their sexuality.

Emily Buttriss, a Youth Worker with Bayside City Council indicated the group shall be easy going and inviting to those who wish to attend.

“There is no pressure for a young person to say or do anything they are not comfortable with when they attend meetings”, Ms Buttriss said.

“This is a group for people with similar interests and experiences and a great place to meet like-minded people.”

In particular, while participation is voluntary, Emily feels the conversational nature of the group shall be a core benefit to those who come along.

SSAGD shall “provide young people with the opportunity to come together to learn about the discuss topics that are of interest to them”, Ms Buttriss said.

Such conversations could be “about ‘coming out’, the transgender community, SSAGD affiliated youth organisations and so on.”

Emily also

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Cycling and the ‘Beach Road issue’


Beach Road Cycling Story

11.15pm Sunday April 12 2015

by Ed Kennedy

Cycling continues to grow in popularity world over, and this is apparent on any weekend in Bayside. Walk along the Bay Trail or any stretch of Beach Road within Bayside’s boundaries and you will see no shortage of recreational cyclists all the way up to professional triathletes pedaling along by Port Phillip Bay.

Bicycles, their use, and the debate surrounding their use and proper place within the roads ‘ecosystems’ is not new. Yet, events of recent weeks have given a renewed urgency to the discourse.

Two accidents, one at the corner of Dendy Street and Beach Rd in Brighton on March 21, and the other purported to involve a member of the Hell Ride group on March 7 – the name for a Saturday morning ride infamous for apparent collisions and incidents with other road users – has seen debate with a renewed urgency in the community and wider Victoria over the relationship between cyclists and other users on our roads.


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The corner of Dendy St and Beach Rd, Brighton where the March 21 accident occurred.


Felicity Frederico, Mayor Bayside City Council stated while cycling’s popularity has risen, the… Click to continue reading

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