National Rhododendron Gardens Spring Colour

If you and your family love beautiful flowers then head up to the national Rhododendron gardens in Olinda for a visual feast this spring.

With a lot of flowers just ready to bloom there’s no better way to celebrate the coming of the warmer weather than to spend a day in the Dandenongs and enjoy a picnic on the Cherry Tree Lawn.

rhododendrongardensEnjoy a self-guided tour, strolling through 40 hectares of scenic botanic gardens or a picnic by the lake and take in stunning views of the Australian Alps. Alternatively, there is an option for visitors to the garden to enjoy a 25 minute non-stop guided tour on the Garden Explorer Bus on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays only from 15 September through to 6 November

Exploring the gardens:

During the Spring Floral Festival held annually from August to November visitors can enjoy a series of undercover floral displays, including the largest undercover display of daffodils in the Southern Hemisphere. Photographers delight in an abundance of native birdlife, brilliant floral scenery and majestic surrounds and backdrop.

The gardens are enhanced by the beauty of the surrounding natural environment. Tall Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) provide a magnificent vertical accent to the gardens. Mountain Ash are the tallest flowering trees in the world.

Magnificent views overlook Silvan Reservoir, the Yarra Valley, Warburton Ranges and Mount Baw Baw. Many species of birds and animals frequent rhodogardensthe gardens. The resident lyrebirds may occasionally be seen or heard.

Take your time and enjoy all of the constantly changing vistas of the gardens, or if you would prefer, take a shorter walk to specific area of the gardens.

Should you decide to walk the entire Gardens (a round trip of approximately 5km) you will encounter some steeper grades.

The friendly staff at the Gift Shop at the Main Entrance will be delighted to advise and direct you to areas of the gardens that most interest you.

The garden has a gatehouse, gazebos, grassed picnic areas and toilet facilities for people with limited mobility.


  • Café Vireya is currently closed but is available for large group bookings.
  • There are picnic tables on the Cherry Tree Lawn.

Gifts and things to take home:

A plant nursery operates selling a wide variety of plants including rhododendrons. There is a gardens giftshop stocking a wide range of gifts including limited edition prints, gardening books and garden ornaments.

Hours and Entry:rhgardens
Free Entry
The National Rhododendron Gardens are open 10.00am to 5.00pm daily (last entry 4.30pm)

For enquiries please contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963.

Melbourne Aquarium Ice Age Premiere

If you’re after a special movie experience to share with the kids these school holidays then the Melbourne Aquarium has just the thing; Ice Age: No Time For Nuts 4-D is premiering on the 19th of September. Presented in high definition 3-D projection with in theatre special effects to further engage the audience. Chris Kearney, the general manager of Sea Life Mebourne Aquarium stated “We are thrilled to bring this new Ice Age experience to our guests. The high-action storyline engages all the senses with amazing scenes that maximise our in theatre special effects.”

iceage4dpenguinsThe Ice Age world continues both before and after the show with a specially themed pre-show area that includes interactive touch screens, photo opportunities and follow up afterwards with opportunities to meet King and Gentoo Penguins in their own Penguin Playground.

The 4-D theatre is included in the cost of general admission to the aquarium making it a more affordable option this holidays to enjoy both a movie and the fun of the sea life that the aquarium has on offer. The aquarium is open from 9:30 -6pm daily with last admissions at 5pm. Shows run daily from 9:30am til 5pm. For more information or to get the cheapest tickets go to


If you’d like even more value they’ve also got a School Holiday Value Bundle which combines with tickets for the Royal Melbourne Show. At $30 each you can go to the Show and the Melbourne Aquarium (which is valid until 31st December). You can get these tickets online, by phone or at the show, but not at the aquarium ticket box.

What can a Business Coach provide for your Business?

What is all the fuss about with Business Coaches?

If you’ve found yourself wondering what all the fuss is about with coaches these days and are curious as to why more and more people are hiring these professionals to aid them in their business, we’ve asked the following questions to help ascertain if they can provide good value, what circumstances and business types are best served by business and executive coaches.

If you are new in business or even if you are a skilled veteran, there are going to be difficult situation you deal with that can become obstacles to your success. Instead of getting bogged down when the inevitable happens, why not employ someone to help you in improving your circumstances?

By engaging someone that’s gained expertise in what makes businesses work and understands what strategies you can use to either turn struggling businesses around or to take advantage of market opportunities more effectively, you not only have a chance to see your business situation from a different perspective, and gaining new insight but also you have all their years of business experience and know-how to bring to bear on developing the best business strategies for current market forces. Business coaches work hand in hand with their clients to help them to fix any problems and drive their companies forward.

businessHowever You Might Be Asking Yourself, Why Do I Really Need A Coach?

Short answer is, you don’t. No one really needs a coach, however many businesses now choose to employ one for various reasons. The two most common reasons a business owner or senior manager may hire a business coach are;

1. The business is not doing as well as it once was and may even be in jeopardy of becoming unviable. and
2. The need to retain quality staff to make the most out of business opportunities (which is difficult to do with high staff turnover)

While there are many components in making a business work well and grow profitably, the culture of an organisation cannot be overstated in it’s underlying importance. Sometimes the inherent culture of a business is one of the hardest things for the business owner themselves to address and yet can be pivotal to the overall success of the business. That’s one of the ways in which a well qualified coach can be worth their weight in gold. Helping the leaders of the business, whether that’s the owner or senior executives, have breakthroughs in their ability to lead others effectively can make an extraordinary difference to the overall productivity of entire businesses or departments. A good business coach spends the time to properly explore and analyse your business so they have a sound basis for later making recommendations and assisting you to make improvements. This feedback is priceless and can really help you end up a better business man, thereby assisting your company to grow in the best direction. Analysis, recommendations and feedback are just a few of the things that business coaches provide.

How can you be sure of a profitable return if you invest in a business coaches services?

While the costs to work with an expert business coach might seem a little high, the benefits that you and your business get may be worth it. Make sure the coach you select has not only the years of experience assisting others to move their business forward, but has shown to get their clients the results they were hired for. Also, take the time to talk to a few of them, some coaches offer free one-off consultations so you can get a feel for the type of coach they are and whether they will be a good match for your business needs. You can ask them what kinds of plans and strategies they’ve implemented and what the results were for the businesses they’ve engaged with previously.

The strategies that are made as a result of partnering with a coach can have broad ranging effects.

If you are confronted with a difficult time in your business, or have challenges with staff retention and are not certain what’s the best way forward to resolve the issues, consider the benefits of employing the services of an expert business coach. The advice and strategies you implement as a result can help your business recover from any current misfortune and set your business up for a greater trajectory of success.

Port Phillip review local

Title: Port Phillip review local.
Later Title: Bayside review local Weekly review (Bayside and Port Phillip)
Former Title: Melbourne weekly Port Phillip
Published: Docklands [Vic.] : Metro Media Publishing, 2012-2013.
Physical Description: v. : col. ill. ; 32 cm.
Subjects:  Port Phillip (Vic.) — Newspapers.
Australia Victoria Docklands
Australia Victoria Melbourne
Australia Victoria St Kilda
Summary: Distributed in Melbourne suburbs in the City of Port Phillip (Albert Park, Balaclava, Elwood, Garden City,                    Melbourne, Middle Park, Port Melbourne, Ripponlea, South Melbourne, Southbank, St Kilda, St Kilda East,                  St Kilda West and Windsor)
Notes: “Delivered with Melbourne’s best lifestyle magazine, The weekly review”
Merged with: Bayside review local; to form Weekly review (Bayside and Port Phillip)
Journal Dates: July 25, 2012-Mar. 20, 2013.
Related to: Weekly review (Stonnington and Boroondara)
Frequency: Weekly
Language: English
Dewey Number: 079.9451
Libraries Australia ID: 50028639
Contributed by: Libraries Australia

Behind the Scenes of the Australian Open

As I complete my 26th Australian Open (one year of my life has now been spent in this arena), I thought I would reflect on how AP covers this major sports event and how our coverage has evolved in the digital age since my first Open in 1989.

It was a time of no computers, no Internet, no Wi-Fi, and we never dreamed of transmitting directly from the camera within seconds of capturing compelling moments with the quality we enjoy now.

AP Photographer Rob Griffith sets up a remote control camera before the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.
AP Photographer Rob Griffith sets up a remote control camera before the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.
Serena Williams of the U.S. poses the trophy after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.
Serena Williams of the U.S. poses the trophy after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.

The biggest change has been the camera, the move from the film camera’s four frames a second to the digital’s 14 frames a second. The digital camera now is a sophisticated piece of equipment, a computer and transmission system all in one. The 10-by-8 inch black-and-white or color prints have been replaced by a 60-megabyte digital file, compressed in JPEG to 2-3 megabytes, the 30-minute analogue transmissions of a color print to five seconds for a color digital file.

Kodak film, so synonymous with our industry for over 100 years, is assigned to history. We now use 16-gigabyte flash cards and can shoot at 5000 ISO, enabling picture taking in very low light at close to 10 times the quality that film ever gave us.

Manual focus lenses and the skill to use them are gone, replaced by super-fast autofocus lenses, with faster apertures and increased sharpness and quality never imagined when the first digital cameras were introduced late in the 20th century.

Technology has improved so much that we are incredibly reliant on it always working, as well as having the latest computers and the tech staff in place to maintain all our connectivity, which is a constant battle when we rely solely on a Wi-Fi network to move our pictures within this venue.

Andy Murray of Britain makes a backhand return to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.
Andy Murray of Britain makes a backhand return to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

So what have these changes meant?

In the film days a photographer might shoot between 10 and 15 rolls a day or a maximum of 550 images. Now, photographers will shoot from 2,000 to 2,500 frames a day. Multiply that by five staffers over 14 days and I was casting my eyes over more than 150,000 images during the Open. Of the approximately 12,000 images taken each day, some 300 plus make it to our customers.

The photographer now files directly from his camera live with a Wi-Fi device to the editors in a cabin located about 50 meters from the main court, where we select, crop, tone, caption and send images to our clients and their customers now see them within minutes of the events taking place on the tennis court.

We have remote cameras set up in the roof of the main court for the finals in Rod Laver Arena, which are fired by the photographers on match point and during the trophy presentation. These cameras are placed where photographers are not allowed to be stationed during a match and offer a view and perspective not normally seen, adding more variety to our file from the men’s and women’s finals

So what hasn’t changed?

The players still have to battle out there on court for three and five set matches in extreme heat and the photographer still has to capture the peak moment of action or reaction. Whether it is Pete Sampras crying, John McEnroe being disqualified, Novak Djokovic tearing his shirt off after the longest men’s final ever played, or Serena Williams leaping in celebration, there is a defining image and we are expected to get it and get it to you.

Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in their women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.
Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in their women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.

So the 2015 Open is over, two of the game’s great players, Williams and Djokovic, have added another Australian Open to their tallies, and as we left the venue at about 2:30 a.m., waiting for the transport to take us home, the men’s champion walked down the corridor carrying his newly acquired trophy followed by his coach and former champion, Boris Becker. It is rare for us to see them off the court but seemed a fitting end to our 16-day assignment.

Tennis photography isn’t just a backhand, a forehand, a serve or even raised arms in celebration; we have tried to see more from the game using as much of the latest technology, the light and the talent of our photographers to illustrate events on the court.

The AP team of Bernat Armangue, chief photographer for South Asia, based in New Delhi; Lee Jin-man from Seoul; Vincent Thian from Kuala Lumpur; Rob Griffith from Sydney; Melbourne stringer Andy Brownbill; super editor Shuji Kajiyama from Tokyo, and our tireless technician from Bangkok, Kittisak Sataporn, were all instrumental in making this year’s coverage a success. We hope you enjoy this small sample of their work

Remember there are another 148,980 not attached!

– Mark Baker

Balaclava Walk’s end slows to a crawl

MAJOR parties involved in beautifying works on Carlisle Street were not told of proposed building demolitions as part of a master plan for the Balaclava Walk.

The master plan aims to overhaul the area around Balaclava Station, starting next year, as part of other works that would prepare Balaclava for thousands more residents.

The walk aims to increase pedestrian and transport access.

But part of the master plan to build public spaces and expose historic bluestone on the south side of Carlisle Street at the train bridge needs support from the landowner, state government body VicTrack, to succeed.

VicTrack owns two buildings at 205-207 and 209 Carlisle Street but says the master plan’s intentions for the space is news to them.

“VicTrack has, to date, not received advice from any party as to any land requirements for the project,” spokesman Mac Henshall said. “Accordingly, we are unable to comment further.”

VicTrack has not approached the buildings’ tenants, who have received documents outlining the proposal in a council letter. The documents include a diagram (pictured) that shows planter boxes and seats where their shops are now.

Port Phillip council produced the master plan and is co-ordinating the plan’s public consultation.

Acting mayor Frank O’Connor said no property would be demolished without consultation with VicTrack and Public Transport Victoria once leases near their expiration.

Wilson Real Estate moved into the property at 209 Carlisle Street in the past 12 months.

Balaclava Optical Service has been a long-term tenant at 205-207 Carlisle Street.

Representatives from those businesses did not speak on the record; VicTrack would not say when the leases would expire.

Cr O’Connor said the waiting areas on Carlisle Street will not be built until “opportunities arise”. It is understood leases on parts of the site last until nearly 2030.

The plan aims to repave a walkway along the railway between Carlisle Street to Nightingale Street and install lighting, due to begin next financial year. It will also plan for housing to be built at the car park on the west side of the station, which has no start date.

Las Chicas part-owner Jim Olliver said he had been in talks with the transport department about the Balaclava Walk for two years.

He said the loss of car parking at the back of his cafe was “a concern to me and traders”.

But on the whole, the project would be beneficial to the area. “We’ve embraced it from day one with council and the Department of Transport.”

Information boards will be displayed at the site on July 11 and July 25.

This week make sure you..

weekI meet Amy Schumer in a curious corner of Crown’s Club 23. Pushing through its black lace drapes feels a bit like consulting an Eastern mystic or, well, visiting a brothel. It’s clear the US comedian isn’t comfortable, but that might have more to do with her packed schedule than the location.

Most of her Australian media appearances could be best characterised as “awkward”. At her stand-up gig later tonight, she’ll describe her current publicity junket as “physical pain”. I ask if her (apparently last-minute) decision to perform a stand-up gig in Melbourne was an attempt to escape the junket and connect with her sizeable Australian fan base.

“It’s really not about me getting to know the audience,” she insists. “I just like doing stand-up.”

Doesn’t she thrive on her connection with the audience, though? Part of Amy’s appeal is the audience feels they really know her – she’s one of us rather than some lofty Hollywood ideal.

In her fantastic new film,

Trainwreck, she plays a thinly fictionalised version of herself, as if conscious it’s the “real” Amy people want.

“I don’t know what people want,” Amy insists. “I wanted to tell this story because it’s personal, it’s important to me and I think the message is good. I wanted it to empower people who’ve had some bad behaviour to forgive and love themselves.”

Amy’s TV show

Inside Amy Schumer has been called “the most feminist show on TV”. She’s aware of the pitfalls that come with being seen as a spokesperson.

“People want you to be their dream girl, but you put a camera on anyone 24 hours a day and they’re going to disappoint you. I’m not going to become like a politician. I just want to be honest and authentic …’’

Given Amy’s screen persona is someone flawed, frustrated and unsuccessful, won’t the blockbusting success of

Trainwreck make it hard for her to keep being that person, authentically?

“I’m no happier today than I was when I was waiting tables. And the people I know who are really successful are usually the loneliest.” Amy laughs. “So I don’t foresee that being a problem.”

What the gossip mags say

gossip“But then I told myself, ‘This has nothing to do with your mental health. This is simply a hard situation. There’s nothing wrong with you.”‘

The depression had not been a problem and she did not think it ever would again, Billing said.

“It’s one of the many wonderful gifts this experience has given me.”

She is now looking forward to touring China and Japan with the Wellington Ukulele Orchestra, as well as auditioning for new television and film roles.

Overseas, it looks like Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is rather pleased with himself at linking up with Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, but Martin’s estranged wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, may be far from thrilled.

According to New Idea, 41-year-old Paltrow is “beside herself with rage”.

A longtime friend said: “Gwyn makes out that she’s all chilled and zen, but when Chris told her he was dating Jen, she was completely shocked and jealous as hell.”

At the heart of the problem is age. Lawrence is just 24.

“She [Paltrow] never thought Chris would go for someone so young, nor did it ever occur to her that someone on top of her game like Jennifer would be interested in an old father of two like Chris,” the friend said.

Martin is 37.

An insider told Woman’s Day Lawrence was the anti-Gwyneth.

“She smokes, drinks, eats junk food … With Gwyn, life was militant.”

Lawrence even joked about Paltrow’s New Age philosophies, which include acupuncture, dream analysis, intravenous vitamin drips, detox cleanses and meditation.

Even away from Paltrow’s strict regime, Martin is unlikely to ever have to lose any weight for love, but journalist Sean Plunket did.

The RadioLive talkback host with a new television show on Prime, is 20 kilograms lighter and has a new outlook on life as a result of a new relationship.

Plunket, 49, and MediaWorks account manager Tara Merriman, 44, have been together since December.

They first talked properly at a client event when they went for dinner as part of a large group, the pair told New Zealand Woman’s Weekly.

Late in the night Plunket turned to Merriman and said something like: “Let me know when I’m allowed to fall in love with you.”

Merriman replied: “Never. My God, you’re fat. You need to lose some serious weight.”

She then told him he was amazing man who needed to go to the gym because he was at risk of dying.

Instead of going on dates the two went to the gym together three times a week and walked Plunket’s dog, Pax.

Sleeker he may be, but Plunket is unlikely to be seen showing off the new range of jewellery from Jaime Ridge.

The Auckland University student created the range in collaboration with local designer Lindi Kingi. It was inspired by the Armenian heritage of Ridge’s father, former rugby league star Matthew Ridge, New Idea reported.

The range was based on the evil-eye motif, inspired by a tiny charm her father’s Sydney-based family gave 20-year-old Ridge when she was born.

“It’s meant to keep evil souls away.”

Ridge relied on advice from her boyfriend, basketball player Josh Bloxham, for the male line of the jewellery collection.
– Fairfax Media

Angry Birds Does Star Wars

Oh yes, it’s here! Are you ready for the next chapter in the intergalactically awesome saga that is Angry Birds Star Wars II? Get your lightsaber, blaster or whatever you need ready, ‘cos it’s time for the RISE OF THE CLONES!

Just like last time, you get to battle either with the force, or against it. Is your dark side calling? Then perhaps it’s time to join the Pork Side… Mua-ha-ha-ha! Check out the gameplay trailer here.

To celebrate this most epic of Angry Birds Star Wars updates, Vesa Lehtimäki (@TheAvanaut) has taken some incredible pics of our favorite Star Wars characters – using actual Telepods!


Chewie after a rough weekend.

This Tusken Raider’s gonna get sand in his undies if he’s not careful!


It’s Yoda, yo!

And that’s not all of them! You can download the whole set of Vesa’s hi-res pics here.

PLUS: A not-so-galactic Giveaway!

If you love those pics as much as we do, then let us know in the comments below. Give us your best impression of a lightsaber and you could win a high-quality print of one of these awesome shots! We’ll even throw in some Telepods.Competition closes midnight on Monday 2nd June. Five winners will be chosen by a panel of judges who will recreate your impressions out loud and choose the best. Thssgggwaaaarh!

Premier Cricket: It’s too easy as Demons skittle Northcote for third-straight win

IT WAS a big weekend for Melbourne in Premier  Cricket, with two big wins in two matches. It took just 35 overs to score a third straight win on Saturday, losing just three wickets chasing down Northcote’s target of 167.

And it was just as easy on Sunday, when the demons beat Hawthorn-Monash University by 131 runs.

Northcote skipper Marcus Stoinis won the toss at the Albert Ground against Northcote and chose to bat, but Ben Peake went early in the innings and Steven Taylor followed at 2/39.

Stoinis and Western Australian import Tim Monteleone then added 39, the highest stand of the innings.

But when Monteleone was caught for 46 Northcote slid to 4/116. Solid contributions from Aidan March (32), Stoinis (22) and some rearguard hitting from Nathan Hrovatin (22) pushed the score to 7/166, hardly an imposing total for an in-form Melbourne side.

Demons openers Andrew Kent (25) and Andrew McDonald (37) added 51 for the first wicket.

Evergreen Brad Hodge came in next and not out on 67, as 19 from both Alex Keath and Brenton McDonald saw Melbourne reach 3/170 with 15 overs to spare.

Brenton McDonald was the star with the bat against Hawthorn, making 49 in a total of 8/236. The Hawks made just 105

ST KILDA scored a gigantic victory over Casey-South Melbourne on Saturday,  as the Swans were made to rue the decision to bowl first after winning the toss.

Casey struck relatively early with the wicket of Rob Quiney (23) to have St Kilda 1/37 but a mammoth 172-run partnership between Peter Handscomb (111) and Thomas Moffat (74) helped take Saints to 4/255.

Andrew Perrin was the pick of the Swans’ bowlers with 3/59 from 10 overs, while Damien Wright’s economical 1/22 off eight saved Casey from further pain.

In response Casey-South Melbourne was bowled out for 171, with Test wicketkeeper Matthew Wade top-scoring with 71.