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It may be 147 years this week since Pawel Strezlecki named the South East of Victoria as Gippsland, but the region's natural wonders haven’t aged a bit.

Bairnsdale, 1929. Photo courtesy of State Library of Victoria.
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MAKER STORIES: FLY KICKS PART 2 “A lot of the boys that we meet through this project aren’t academic learners, and come to get involved because of that,” Bourne says. “The first thing we’re looking for is that it feels like they really want to do it. The passion for the project is almost more important than how good they are; that there’s a spark of something in them.” No matter where they have taken the project, New Adventures and Re:Bourne have been focused on ensuring all cast members are involved and that the boys are treated like professionals rather than just kids. “It starts off being quite challenging sometimes – they can get a bit rowdy, and it can take a while – but it’s made quite clear what’s acceptable early on,” says Bourne. “The way to win them over isn’t to keep telling them to shut up, but actually to get them involved and to listen and ask for their ideas." #MelbMakerStories

MAKER STORIES: FLY KICKS PART 1
Esteemed British choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies will make its exclusive international debut in Melbourne in April 2017, for six performances at the State Theatre.

The shows will incorporate the work of professional dancers from Bourne’s company New Adventures alongside a cast of young men and boys from across Victoria – many of whom will be making their stage debuts.

In partnership with Bank of Melbourne and Arts Centre Melbourne, Bourne and his company have had this project in the works for a number of year.
The Lord of the Flies project began in the UK in 2011, after Bourne, New Adventures and Re:Bourne (the charitable arm of New Adventures) were approached by the Scottish Arts Council to put on a show featuring young men and boys from the Glasgow region who had little or no experience in the dance or theatre realms, and to train them alongside the company’s professional dancer.
Bourne is renowned worldwide for his skills as a choreographer and director, and has been creating and directing shows for the stage and screen for more than 30 years. He was knighted in 2016 for his services to dance, has won five Olivier Awards, and is the only British director to have won a Tony Award for Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical. Suffice to say, his diverse career is revered.

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In this week’s instalment of Maker Stories, we sit down with one of the world’s most revered choreographers, Sir Matthew Bourne, and ask what it’s like to put on a production in which professional dancers perform alongside young first-timers.
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At @southmelbournemarket, the art of the fresh produce stack has been passed down and perfected over many generations. #ForTheMakers

Drooling over this @shortstopmelbourne masterpiece? The good news is sweet treats just like this are readily available across the state. #ForTheSweetTooths

MAKER STORIES: CIRCLING THE WAGONS PART 3

A BREEDING GROUND FOR ENTREPRENEURSM

The food truck industry is booming, seeing exponential growth over the past decade. It attracts the young and entrepreneurial, and the Melbourne market is by no means saturated yet.

Food trucks have developed to cater to the increasingly discerning palates of their customers. Chefs are discovering food trucks as an opportunity to try out concepts before committing to a bricks and mortar restaurant. The lower outlay means chefs and high profile hospitality people can take greater risks.

Bringing together the two worlds in which the founders had the most experience – food trucks and bars – has produced a venue like no other in Melbourne. With a rotating roster of food trucks, there are seven different cuisines on offer at any one time.

The bulk of Welcome to Thornbury’s profits come from selling drinks at the bar. This means rental costs for the trucks can remain low, something Bingham says is important. The owners of Mr Burger see rival food trucks as a business opportunity rather than competition. Indeed, in March 2016, Welcome to Thornbury hosted the Burger Invitational as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, where Melbourne’s six best burger trucks battled it out side by side. It was a sell-out event.

The food truck operators are a collaborative and tight-knit community – if one does well, they all do well. “We often use the Welcome to Thornbury beer garden to talk about trade industry issues,” Assender says. “We are conscious of making sure that all of the food truck operators have really healthy businesses, because if we want to build another Welcome to Thornbury, having good strong operators in the truck industry is really important.

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MAKER STORIES: CIRCLING THE WAGONS PART 2

FROM BURGERS WITH LOVE
Welcome to Thornbury is a natural progression for Bingham and his partners Assender, Peter Lalor, Myles Munro and Daragh Kan, founders of the Mr Burger chain of food trucks.

Bingham’s love affair with the burger began over a decade ago, when the boy from Bendigo moved to Canada in 2005. By the time the inclement weather and desire to set down roots saw him return to Australia, Bingham was Director of Purchasing and Distribution at Canadian restaurant chain A&W.

His hospitality career flourished, but his entrepreneurial spirit saw him looking for an alternative to the established corporate chains. He turned his attention to the food truck scene. “There was a lot of innovation coming out of that part of the market. I was really interested in getting involved in a business in its early growth phase.” Bingham was fortunate to meet two men whose interests, vision and way of doing business were aligned with his. Munro and Kan had started Mr Burger in 2012, after eating their way through as many food trucks and burger joints in San Francisco, New York, Austin and Miami as they could.

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MAKER STORIES: CIRCLING THE WAGONS PART 1
Welcome to Thornbury
It may have the look and feel of a pop-up festival, but Welcome to Thornbury is a bar, licensed for over 700 people. It is also Melbourne’s largest – and only permanent – food truck park. More importantly, Welcome to Thornbury is a community. The design of the venue means people feel comfortable gathering as they would in a public precinct or a park, it attracts passers-by, as well as those deliberately looking for a bar or something to eat. “What we’re proudest of as a business is Welcome to Thornbury evolving to be a great community destination for people,” says CEO Dehne Bingham, acknowledging that the venue brought in a different demographic than he and his partners originally expected. “Right from when we opened, we seemed to attract a lot of young families, pets and local groups from the area.” Thursday night’s ‘Real Dogs of Darebin’ is one way of connecting with the neighbourhood. A local dog trainer has set up his ‘Good Dog’ residency, and the bar runs raffles and giveaways, to raise money for animal welfare. The locals love it. “I’m sure some people tell their partners that they’re off for a 10-kilometre walk with the dog, and they’ve actually come 300 metres down the road to sit in the beer garden and have a beer,” laughs Scott Assender business partner and the man in charge of running Welcome to Thornbury.
The site is large enough that the team can offer space to artists for no cost. Once a month, local creators set up stalls to sell their wares in a boho market. The team is also looking at providing low-cost offices for start-ups, to help entrepreneurs get a bit of a leg-up. “We feel like we’ve become a community space rather than a business in the area, which is a really cool feeling,” Bingham says.
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Welcome to Thornbury, where beer garden meets food truck park.
On a balmy Thursday evening families, friends, artists and locals mingle in a converted car factory on High Street Northcote. Most hold a beer or cocktail in one hand; in the other, something tasty from one of the food trucks arranged around the courtyard like a wagon circle.

Some have brought along the family pooch, and are taking advantage of the wisdom of a local dog behaviour expert, who is providing lessons in good manners to both dogs and owners. A group of visitors from south of the river stop in on their way to a gig at the Croxton across the road. A retro sign, reminiscent of a 50s drive-in fast food joint flashes high above the crowd…
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