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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 01 September 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2018 9 NEWS Australia’s first Greek-style beach bar returns to Glenelg this summer THEODORA MAIOS Inspired by the premium offerings of Mykonos, Nice, Capri and other seminal European coastal destinations, Australia's first licensed beach-front getaway, The Moseley Beach Club, will return on the Adelaide metropolitan foreshore of Glenelg Beach for the second consecutive year this summer, after last year's successful run. "We've been thrilled with the overwhelming positive feedback over the past couple of weeks, whilst discussing the approval with the local council," RD Jones Group's Director of Operations, Luke Donaldson, told Neos Kosmos. "The innovation and progressiveness shown by the City of Holdfast Bay Council supporting the return of the Beach Club is greatly appreciated. Thanks to them, we are in a position to offer South Australians the opportunity to enjoy a drink on the beach in a relaxed and family-friendly environment and the people's response after our official announcement is evidence that this is what Australians want." Operating daily from No- vember 16, 2018 through to March 17, 2019, the 350-capacity venue will spread out across 750sqm of beach space just north of the Glenelg Pier, offering eight premium sunbeds and 48 luxurious sun lounges complete with umbrellas and serviced directly from a dedicated bar and kitchen facility, with ever-present security; furthermore, a program of live acoustic music sessions will add to the enjoyment of patrons embracing hot sum- mer days and warm balmy nights, in a setting that was modelled after similar ventures in Greece, Spain and Italy. "We drew our inspiration from established beach bars around the world and although it was a long process that cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars and a huge amount of time and effort, we are very pleased with the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received from all those people who have embraced our project," says Mr Donaldson. The new beach-side offering was made possible largely thanks to the support of members of the Greek community, who pushed for it to be approved; after last year's success, it is now being viewed as a potential blueprint for similar operations around Australia. "We're proud that more than 30,000 people visited the Beach Club last year, while this year we are anticipating that more than 50,000 will visit us due to the extend- ed season. We are also optimistic that having the Beach Club operate on a daily basis will attract more foot traffic to fellow Jetty Road traders," says Mr Donaldson. The Moseley Beach Club has already welcomed thousands of visitors and operates as a pole of attraction for international tourists and interstate visitors, while it also appears that the cosmopolitan venue has already contributed in boosting the local economy by increasing both the overall traffic in the area and business performance. This year, it is expected to create 40 new jobs in the area. "Our commitment to the community is of great importance and our aim is to work with as many local traders, suppliers and producers as possible whilst preserving the environment," says Mr Donaldson. "We look forward to bringing the world's attention to Glenelg and showcasing South Australia. After all, life is better at the beach." Liberals present policies at community gathering in Oakleigh Shadow Minister of Transport David Davis and Liberal candidate Andrew Edmonds talked about crime, transport and day-to-day living More than 100 people gathered in Oakleigh Hall last Sunday, to take part in an open meeting addressing community issues, and be informed on Liberal party policies. The issues covered included cost of living increases, health and education, public transport, road congestion and crime. Many raised concerns about the plight of Victoria's Taxi and Hire Car Industry, as a result of the Andrews government reforms. A large number of the families affected by the reforms were able to raise their concerns with David Davis MP, Shadow Minister for Public Transport, who repeated the Liberal party's promise to establish a panel of review, if elected. Shadow Minister of Transport David Davis MP, along with Liberal candidate Andrew Edmonds and members of the Oakleigh community Local policeman, Andrew Edmonds, who is running in the next Victorian State election as the Liberal candidate for Oakleigh, promised to be an honest, transparent and fierce advocate for the community and to restore trust towards the state government. In-flight dining menu from Australia to Doha bears a Greek signature George Calombaris brings moussaka and avgolemono on board Australia's most popular Greek Cypriot chef has once more partnered with Qatar Airways, this time to create a Greek-inspired in-flight dining menu set to kick off on 1 October. For his second collaboration with Qatar, George Calombaris has created a mouthwatering selection of dishes for travellers on Doha-bound flights from Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne; a menu that will help expose a much broader demographic to the variety and strength of the Hellenic cuisine. Qatar Group Chief Execu- tive Akbar Al Baker said they are delighted to be working with the Master Chef Australia judge, following the international success of their first venture. From Saturday on, passengers travelling from Australia to Doha first or business class will be able to taste Calombaris' Avgolemono (Greek lemon chicken soup), Moussaka, onion and potato Bas- tourma (traditional air-dried beef topside), Fraser Island crab with lemon marmalade and Tabbouleh. The menu will be introduced to economy class flyers by the first quarter of 2019. "At Qatar Airways we are committed to offering our passengers the finest cuisine in the sky…," Mr Al Bake said. "We are excited to be able to bring Calombaris' signature dishes to more Australian passengers this time around with our year-long partner- ship, and are certain his flair for creating dishes showcasing classic Greek flavours accompanied by fresh local produce will once again be a hit with our passengers." Mr Calombaris in turn said that he feels "privileged to work with a brand committed to excellence". "I look forward to continuously surprising and delighting passengers onboard with these delicious Greek-inspired dishes," he concluded.
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