Honda Gears Up for the 13th Annual Snowy Ride


Beginning as a humble gathering of motorcyclists 13 years ago, the Snowy Ride has grown into the largest community motorcycle event in Australia and the upcoming 2013 event is sure to be a success.

With just over one week until the 2013 Snowy Ride, Honda Australia, who has been the major sponsor since its inception, is gearing up to join around 3,000 participants who will descend on the beautiful Snowy Mountain region of New South Wales for the two-day event.

All funds raised by the Snowy Ride assist the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation in their vision of achieving 100% survival for all children suffering with cancer. To date, the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation has raised around $5 million for childhood cancer research.

To add excitement to the 2013 Snowy Ride, Honda has donated both a first and second prize motorcycle for two lucky Snowy Ride participants. To be announced on November 2 when the ride culminates at Thredbo Village, first prize will be Honda’s sports touring VFR800F and second prize Honda’s championship-winning CRF250X. All Snowy ride participants will automatically go in the draw to win.

During the event, Honda will be offering free test rides to participants. With a fleet of motorcycles to choose from including the stripped back Goldwing F6B, the adventure touring VFR1200X, the new CBR500R and more, participants can simply register on the day for the ride of their choice.

Honda Motologic Raffle Bike

A third motorcycle will be up for grabs via the Snowy Ride raffle. Honda has donated a CBR1000RR which features accessories donated by Motologic. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased via the Snowy Ride website and during the event with the lucky winner drawn during the Australian Motorcycle and Scooter Show in Sydney on November 17.

Attracting riders, pillions, manufacturers and service providers from all over the country, the Snowy Ride is the largest single event held in the Alpine Region of NSW outside of the ski season.

Honda Australia has a strong commitment to contributing to the community and is proud to have shown unwavering support to the Snowy Ride and the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Honda H.A.R.T

Media Contact: Emma Kershaw

Public Relations Coordinator, Honda Australia

Ph: (03) 9270 1183 General Enquiries: (03) 9270 1111


The Snowy Ride is on 2 November 2013

The Snowy Ride is a motorcycle event run annually in the Alpine Region of NSW and the ride is now in its eleventh year and has raised in excess of 3 million dollars for the Steven Walter Foundation.

The Steven Walter Foundation which is the organiser and main benefactor of the Snowy Ride. is a non-profit organisation which was started following the passing of nineteen year old Steven Walter after an eight year battle with cancer The Foundation is involved in raising money for research into childhood cancer and the side effects of cancer treatment in children.

All monies raised by the Foundation goes to childhood cancer research programs and support of children with cancer.The aim of the Snowy Ride was to involve the motorcycle riders of Australia into raising money for research into childhood cancer and its side effects and to give the local volunteer organisations of the Snowy mountains area the chance to raise money for their own communities.

Made in Greece

Source: TheAustralian


George Calombaris is opening a new Hellenic Republic at the site of the old St Katherines in Kew, Melbourne. Source: Supplied

ST KATHERINE’S, the suburban dude food haven set up by The Made Group in Melbourne’s Kew with former collaborator Shane Delia, is to close.

But the group has plans for the space: it will become the second Hellenic Republic, the George Calombaris-inspired modern taverna the group operates in Melbourne’s Brunswick. Delia and The Made Group separated amicably this year, with Delia buying out the balance of his Maha restaurant. “We know what we’re good at,” says Calombaris of Hellenic Republic Kew, “and it’s all things Greek.” The new 100-seat restaurant will close for a refit next month that will include a bespoke Greek pastry kitchen and shop as well as an events space upstairs. Is a third Hellenic likely? “We’re not ruling it out,” says the chef. Meantime, Jimmy Grant’s, the group’s gang-busting souvlaki joint, is expanding; a new site, in the Melbourne suburb of Ormond, has been confirmed. We don’t expect it to end there, either. Calombaris’s tiny, lab-like Press Club will reopen before Christmas with an armory of technology unseen in any Australian kitchen, ever.

BRISBANE: It’s not all bad news in Brisbane, where One Eleven and Ortiga announced final drinks last week (see video). Former Circa/Prince of Wales exec chef Jake Nicolson has made the move north to start work on the city’s next big riverside restaurant project, Blackbird, for the Ghanem Group. It’s due to open mid-January. “In the meantime, I will be based at 5th Element where I am busy working on relaunching the restaurant,” he says.The Southbank wine bar is one of four venues the group operates.

BAROSSA: Appellation, the restaurant at Barossa luxury resort The Louise, is the latest to respond to the changing mood at the top end of dining. It’s out with tablecloths and degustation, in with a more casual look and a rotating, 16-dish carte. “Altering a winning formula may seem counter-intuitive,” said Jim Carreker, the property’s owner. “However, we are convinced that these adaptations signal the future of contemporary regional dining in Australia”. Ryan Edwards remains head chef.

SYDNEY: Atelier (Glebe) is the latest to announce closure. The small, set-menu restaurant of chef Daren Templeman will shut for good on New Year’s Day after 10 years. In a surprisingly candid statement, Templeman said: “After much thought and reflection on the direction of the Sydney dining scene, we’ve come to realise that Restaurant Atelier no longer seems relevant in the current climate.”

MELBOURNE: Restaurateur/investor Frank Van Haandel will relaunch the less than stellar Trocadero, at Hamer Hall, as Fatto, with his group general manager Anthony Musarra back in the kitchen channelling his Italian roots. It’s probably not what Musarra was looking for at his stage of career maturity, however, Fatto, which the chef has a stake in, needs a potent bite when a total refit, after less than a year, is finished next month. The rather bland initial design will be replaced by a look penned by design darlings of the restaurant industry, Projects of Imagination.

ADELAIDE: Peel Street is shaping as the CBD’s go-to laneway for food and wine stuff. Last week, a new vodka bar – Bar Bushka (no Kate Bush songs, please) – opened, adding to the momentum of excellent small wine bar Clever Little Tailor and the wonderful new restaurant of Ben McLeod and chef Jordan Theodorus, Peel Street. Chihuahua (you guessed the theme) is next while hospitality mover/shaker Simon Kardachi (Press, Melt, Proof) is set to open a burger/hot dog cocktail bar early in the new year. We hear a Spanish tapas bar is mooted for Peel, as is something Serbian. Well done, Adelaide.

Ange Postecoglou has accepted the role of Socceroos coach

Source: CanberraTimes

Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou has accepted an offer to become head coach of the Socceroos but his club are still demanding $1 million in compensation before releasing him.

Fairfax Media understands that while Postecoglou was one of three candidates in the running – the other two being Central Coast’s Graham Arnold and Western Sydney’s Tony Popovic – he is the only one to be offered the role so far by the FFA.
Postecoglou, a former national youth team coach, has always coveted the senior job and accepted the offer that was put to him by the FFA over the weekend.

However, no deal can be done until Victory agree to release their coach. Postecoglou is believed to be on $600,000 per year for this season and next, and the club wants this amount paid out in full, which amounts to around $1 million.

Having already paid out departed coach Holger Osieck, the FFA will now haggle to bring down the price of this payout. It is thought they would be reluctant to pay any more than one season of Postecoglou’s club salary.

Victory’s compensation claim is understandable, considering how long they had to wait for Postecoglou’s services to become available.

They originally wanted him after he led Brisbane Roar to their maiden title in 2011, but the coach stayed another year with the Roar and led them to another title in 2012.

He then finally agreed to join Melbourne, his home-town club, on a three-year deal. In their first season, Victory finished third, and bowed out in the first week of the semi-finals after suffering defeat to Central Coast.
Victory chief executive Ian Robson said there could be movement on the appointment soon.

“We might be making some comment later today. We will go and have some breakfast first,” he said on Fox Sports on Tuesday morning. “There are conversations going on and, for the moment, we want to keep those conversations directly with the FFA.”
While Victory are one of few A-League clubs to turn a profit, they are aware that replacing Postecoglou would be almost impossible, at least in the short term.

Club favourite Kevin Muscat, who became assistant coach immediately after retiring from the club, will take over the reins should the club agree to release Postecoglou.

However, while Muscat would seem a natural to take over on a full-time basis, it is also thought the club would prefer someone with senior coaching experience given the pressure associated with the job.

Victory also had a disastrous time when they promoted from within, as youth coach Mehmet Durakovic was sacked half-way through a season where they failed to make the finals.

Although a deal is likely to be completed for Postecoglou’s services this week, it is thought he will be allowed to take charge for a final home match, against Brisbane Roar on Friday night at Etihad Stadium, where a crowd of close to 35,000 is expected.

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