Would you like some possum with that sir?

Not many head chefs have the privilege of saying that Eddie McGuire wanted to dine at their restaurants, let alone tell him no.

As head chef Jarrod Moore recollects this as one of the highlights of his career, “…we were full. So that was kind of bad and cool at the same time. Like no one’s special, if you book you come in, if you don’t, then you can’t come in”.

He works at a charming little restaurant and bar called ‘B.East’, which is a clever pun for their Brunswick East location and specialty in meat based food. Just by looking at the restaurant design and the colourful urban graffiti artwork along the walls, one can immediately tell that ‘B.East’ has a unique character and style that sets it apart from others.

Unafraid of being adventurous and following their successful ‘Forgotten Fruit’ menu from last year for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, this time they’re offering a special ‘Beasts from the Bush’ menu that probably has most jaws dropping at first glance.

From the southern fried crocodile to the 12-hour pulled ‘roo tail burger, ‘B.East’ will undoubtedly give an experience like no other. The event was sold out a week before, with only eighty-five spots available for reservation.

Responsible for this menu is none other than Jarrod Moore himself, who was given complete creative freedom when it came down to choosing what would appear on the menu, and is the best part of the job for him.

“There aren’t many professions where everyday someone has to say you have to come up with something new”.

His personal favourite from the menu, the wild boar and possum empanadas, took over eight hours to cook down.

Wild boar and possum empanadas and napoleone  saison duval

Wild boar and possum empanadas and napoleone saison duval

The wait was definitely worth it.

Costing only $5 in the form of something like a small sausage roll (true to the Aussie spirit), the possum and boar meat of the empanadas was juicy with an organic feel on top of a subtle hint of chocolate derived from the wattle seeds, which complimented the thickness and sweetness of the hard yet not obliging pastry covering. Matched with the sourness and the lightly tangy bush tomato chutney, the empanadas would be a perfect after-school snack that could easily replace your average beef pie.

So don’t beat around the bush and try some possum out.

 

Crowd Control A Problem

Another injury aboard an overcrowded Sunbury train to Flinders Street on April 29, 2014 has reignited concerns over the safety of train commuters during peak hour. 

Train congestion in the city led to major delays on the 9.26 am Flinders Street train at Tottenham station, resulting in a larger number of people boarding the train.

An Asian woman suffered a minor epileptic seizure and was accidentally pushed by other train commuters trying to board the train causing her to hit her head against one of the train’s standing poles.

Luciana Nguyen, 18, a witness to the accident, said that she saw the woman exit the train “holding tissues on her head with blood on it”.

“I felt really bad for her… maybe this wouldn’t have happened if the trains weren’t so crowded. 

“I saw people push their way through… She was so small among the crowds of people.”

Melbourne’s growing population is predicted to lead to an increase in overcrowding on trains. Bureau figures estimated that in 2012, Melbourne’s population was 4.35 million – a 27 per cent increase from 2000.    

Overcrowded

The typical look of a Sunbury train going through the City Loop during peak hour.

The most recent statistics published by the Australian Institute of Welfare and Health in 2009 found that the highest number of accidents on trains were related to rail users as they accounted for 66.5 per cent of serious injuries on transport in Australia. Being injured while boarding or alighting from a train was recorded to be the most common circumstance of injury at 27.3 per cent in the same year. In January 2013, Herald Sun further reported that 2200 people had been injured on trains in the past 27 months in Victoria.

Public Transport Users Association president Tony Morton told the Herald Sun that overcrowding was the main source and had exacerbated by swiping on and off using myki.

“A lot of people try to commit suicide on the train. We get drivers falling asleep on the wheel, signal failures, fires.

“We get a lot of seizures on trains. Sick people on trains,” said David Petrov, a station officer at Sunshine railway station, when asked about other common reported train accidents in his 25-year experience.

The protocol for accidents on trains requires that Victoria’s rail operators report all rail incidents to Transport Safety Victoria following the Rail Safety Act 2006.

Station officers are first to alert the police on the accident, wait for the ambulance and write a report that would then be sent to the Head Office, Mr Petrov said.

He also said “constant upgrades to the system and adding more trains” were possible ways to improve the safety of passengers on trains in Victoria.

Metro has been working on the Metro Rail Capacity Project since 2009 aiming to let an extra 35,000 commuters onto trains during peak hour and reducing congestion on St Kilda Road trams.

 

Racing Forward

Plans to urbanise Glen Eira have been underway according to a presentation by the mayor of Glen Eira for journalism students on March 31, 2014 at Monash University Caulfield.

Mandatory height restrictions imposed on neighbourhood residential zone homes just last year are the most recent development of Glen Eira’s ten year plan. These height limits were instated to create more public open space for parks, gardens and reserves.

In neighbourhood residential areas, there will be a maximum of two double story houses. For general residential areas, the limit will be three stories.

Glen Eira mayor, Neil Pilling, assured the audience that such changes would bring about a “better quality of life”.

Zoe Fielding, 20, Glen Eira resident and Monash university student, agreed that the Glen Eira council should invest in “more parks, greenery, grass and places for people to hang out”.

Other parts of the initiative include expanding the uses of Caulfield Racecourse and increasing the public open space available in Glen Eira.

Current state of Caulfield Racecourse

Current state of Caulfield Racecourse

The Glen Eira council have also continued to urge the Parliament to review the leases of Caulfield Racecourse so that it may be used by the community for junior sports, recreation or more public parking.

Caulfield Racecourse is currently leased by Melbourne Racing Club and they have made a considerable amount of profits from the reserve. The council have argued that the profits should go towards the proposed plans for Glen Eira.

“MRC run it like their own backyard,” said Cr Pilling.

Cr Pilling does not wish to stop the horse racing though, but hopes that junior sports and recreation will be able to “exist side by side with the racecourse”.

The project started in 2013 and is to be complete by 2026.

Flaming Hero

A fireman, Michael Jones, 25, suffered severe burns to 50 per cent of his body following the outbreak of a school fire at Carlton End Primary School between 1pm and 2pm today.

Mr Jones was taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital and remains in a critical condition.

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Art building where the fire at Carlton End Primary School occured.

A two-storey art room was completely burnt down. Fellow station officer William Short said the room was filled with smoke and that “Jones had only been in the job for a couple of months. This is a tragic blow to the brigade, not to mention his family. I believe his wife is to give birth to their first child shortly.”

Twenty two children playing near the entrance of art-room were safely evacuated while three students had been unaccounted for. The school has been able to contact one of the parents who said that their child had unexpectedly returned home for lunch and the boy has said that his friends went to the local pool.

“While truancy is on no level to be encouraged, I am hopeful the missing boys will return home soon… Our thoughts are now with the fire officer who risked his life to ensure the safety of students who is now in hospital in what I believe is a critical condition,” said principal Mr Herbert Scollo.

Two other fire officers in hospital for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is unknown but it is suspected to be an electrical fault.

Let’s have a blast

 

Nuclear development may be the cornerstone for enabling Australia to be among one of the world’s superpowers.

John Nukem told the The Northern Suburbs Liberal Club last night, “Australia needs to develop its resources and markets to the point where some of the great nuclear powers become dependent on Australia’s continued viability as an industrial nation and supplier of power needs.”

By endorsing uranium mining and processing, Nukem believes that Australia would become a necessity for other world superpowers. 

It may also be essential for Australia in order to defend itself against potential attacks.

Not only does the advancement of nuclear technology in Australia provide national security against world powers, it also is expected to give jobs for millions currently in school as nuclear blasting could boost mining operations; in turn making them more economical as well as generating harbours large enough to withstand more ships within the Australia shoreline.

Nuclear development could be the cheaper alternative to be used as power as opposed to the NW natural gas proposition in The Pilbara.

Nukem makes no mention to the implications nuclear blasting may have on the environment and where such testing will take place in Australia.