Lakeside at Carousel Pop Up


From the team behind South Melbourne’s iconic Half Acre and caterer’s food&desire, Lakeside at Carousel is a new outdoor pop-up from Oct 31 taking over the iconic Carousel building at Albert Park Lake and the Pelican Lawn directly adjacent spanning 2000 square metres.

In conjunction with Parks Victoria, Lakeside at Carousel will be the place to be this summer where Melburnians can grab a COVID-19 safe picnic spot on the grass with the option to hire furniture to make it even more comfortable and enjoy delicious and freshly prepared food and drinks at their fingertips.

Throughout the length of the pop up there will be live entertainment and more, making it the perfect spot for after-work drinks, mid-week family dinners, weekend celebrations or to simply to kick off your shoes and unwind in one place, all summer long.

 “Lakeside at Carousel has been created for Melburnians to have their much-loved Melbourne back, and to enjoy this iconic location throughout summer, taking in the views of the Melbourne city skyline and Albert Park Lake while catching up with friends and loved ones in a COVID safe environment,” said Half Acre Owner and Founder Adam Wright-Smith.

Dotted across the Pelican Lawn (the grassed area adjacent to Carousel), the lush lawns of the park will be striped umbrellas standing tall to host groups of up to ten guests at any time. Available for walk-ups, guests bring their own rug or dress to impress by ‘pimping their park’ with add on furniture hire from Place Settings available on-site.

“We wanted to create a new space at Albert Lake Park that was unlike anything Melburnians have ever experienced from pimped up picnics and a pop-up bottle shop with wine and cocktails to live entertainment and more,” says Adam Wright-Smith.

Available to order from the windows overlooking the lawns at Carousel, the menu features fresh seasonal produce with a little something for everyone.

There are meals and classic favourites from meze platters with falafel, BBQ shawarma chicken, hummus, labneh and salad bowls, cheese and charcuterie boards to Southern crispy chicken burgers, fish and chips, Chicago hot dogs and more.

Satisfying the sweet-tooths, a selection of desserts are available including summer pavlova ice cream with homemade meringue pavlova, berries and passionfruit curd and the chocolate ice cream cookie monster for the adults only, which is finished with a shot of espresso martini. Also, on the dessert menu are hot jam doughnuts and chocolate doughnuts.

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Breakfast will also be available daily with a selection of acai bowls, fruit salad, and bacon and eggs rolls to takeaway.

Those looking for a more unique experience and front row seats to the lakeside activities and views over the lake, the deck at Carousel will also host a first-ever dining experience with à la carte dining available lunch and dinner for up to 50 guests outdoors from Saturday 7 November.

“Carousel is renowned for hosting the best events in Melbourne and because of restrictions we haven’t been able to have anything here for so long and we’re excited to utilise this space again. It’s the first time 16 years that we’re opening up the deck at Carousel for guests to enjoy a new dining experience,” says food&desire director Asaf Smoli. 

Lakeside at Carousel is open daily from Saturday 31 October for takeaway coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner from 9am to sunset (weather permitting). The deck at Carousel is open from Saturday 7 November for lunch and dinner. The summer pop-up will also be open for key events on the calendar including Melbourne Cup, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and will also host screenings of The Australian Open.

Lakeside at Carousel is located at 22 Aughtie Drive in Albert Park. Parking is available on-site and trams 96 and 112 are located nearby.

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At Hungarian lakeside, coronavirus and politics are distant clouds – POLITICO

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BUDAPEST — Like most countries in the summer of the coronavirus, Hungary is not short of troubles. But none seemed to dampen the holiday mood on the shores of Lake Velence, where hundreds of bathers crowded on a recent morning.

Trying to escape the scorching sun, some families spread their towels in a shady spot — keeping almost no distance from strangers.

The Hungarian government has encouraged citizens to visit domestic destinations this summer, with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán jokingly adopting slogans promoting Hungary’s largest lake: “More Balaton, less Brussels” and “More Balaton, less Adriatic Sea.”

But while some Hungarians are relaxing at the lakeside, many are also worried about the pandemic’s economic consequences: Food prices have gone up, tourism is down and many companies are struggling.

One taxi driver said that business is still at about half of its previous volume — while another complained of having to wait hours for a passenger.

Both Orbán and Budapest’s mayor Gergely Karácsony, an opponent of the prime minister, have asked the public to take precautions when it comes to the coronavirus.

Budapest’s Gundel restaurant — over a century old and known for the Gundel palacsinta, a special pancake with walnuts, rum and chocolate sauce — has shut down indefinitely. “The legend is forever,” said a note left on the restaurant’s door.

While many Hungarians have been staying close to home, there has also been a widespread lack of compliance with public health recommendations. On the train between Budapest and nearby Velence, some passengers were not wearing masks, while some others only covered their mouths. In a central Budapest hair salon, people were busy at work — without masks.

Both Orbán and Budapest’s Mayor Gergely Karácsony, an opponent of the prime minister, have asked the public to take precautions when it comes to the coronavirus. But at the same time, some government and opposition figures have been regularly posting photos on social media where they can be seen with hands around colleagues’ shoulders or attending events with no mask in sight.

Relatively few coronavirus cases have been reported in Hungary. On August 20 the country reported 44 new cases. Since the beginning of the crisis, there have been 609 COVID-19 deaths and a total of 5,046 coronavirus cases reported in Hungary — a far lower number than neighbors like Austria, Croatia, Romania and Serbia. Even those Hungarians who say that they do not believe the government’s statistics acknowledge that the country has thus far been spared the worst of the pandemic.

And with a general election coming up in 2022, the Hungarian government has begun using the coronavirus crisis as a new twist on its favorite theme.

Chief medical officer Cecília Müller traveled to the southern border earlier this month to give a press conference on the health dangers posed by migration. In a carefully choreographed visit, Müller — who has become a household name during the pandemic due to her televised coronavirus updates — was photographed walking along Hungary’s border fence with uniformed police personnel.

But some Hungarians say the first shot of the election campaign was fired on July 22 — when the editor-in-chief of Index, the country’s biggest online news outlet, was dismissed from his post. The move came a day after EU leaders signed off on an EU budget deal with a generous allocation for Hungary and watered-down wording on the rule of law.

Index has long been a thorn in the side of the ruling Fidesz party. With its large newsroom and coverage ranging from sports and entertainment to national security and corruption scandals, Index reached many segments of the population, including some Orbán voters.

The dismissal of the editor-in-chief, who had warned the publication’s independence was at risk, led most of the outlet’s editors and reporters to quit. Some other independent outlets remain but readers are wondering whether the void left by Index can be filled.

In Budapest, conversations about the country’s future often end with a shrug: Some voters say they don’t believe Orbán will ever give up power.

Opposition parties, however, have a plan. Despite a recent spat, last week six of them — including the left-liberal Democratic Coalition, right-wing Jobbik and liberal Momentum — announced that they are starting negotiations to run joint candidates in each of Hungary’s 106 electoral districts and will also draw up a common election program.

“Finally something has started!” Budapest mayor Karácsony wrote on Facebook following the agreement.

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Tasmania snow just part of life in Central Highlands lakeside town of Miena

As the wood fire smoke swirls up, mingling with the snowflakes, the chimneys are barely visible, poking their heads through the snow covered rooftops.

Trucks line the side of the road with their logs now blanketed by snow, the drivers abandoning them with the journey down the mountain deemed too risky to attempt.

There are fewer than 100 people living in the shack community of Miena in Tasmania’s Central Highlands and it is as if they are trapped inside their own personal snow globe.

Miena lies in the heart of Tasmania on the edge of the Great Lake, Australia’s second-largest freshwater lake.(ABC News: April McLennan)

The average temperature through winter is a maximum of 6 degrees Celsius and a minimum of -2C.

But that does not stop local resident Greg Pullen from keeping up with his daily chores.

Carrying his wet laundry in a bright yellow bucket, he pulls on his waders and squelches through the snow, following yesterday’s tracks to the clothes line.

“Those clothes dry on a day like this with a bit of breeze, might be 1 or 2 degrees and some sun,” he said.

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The average maximum winter temperature in Miena is 6C.(ABC News: April McLennan)

But it is the privacy, rather than the weather that is the selling point.

Sometimes after having a scorching hot shower, Mr Pullen likes to soak up the afternoon rays, running out of the shower and into the snow.

“Yeah, absolutely butt naked.”

“I had a pair of gaiters on over the top of the gum-boots so the snow didn’t go down the side because they’re fairly short gum-boots, it was quite pleasant running around,” he said.

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John moved to Miena because he likes the cold weather.(ABC News: April McLennan)

Along the lake’s edge, John Warden resides in a cosy shack overlooking the plains, moving to Miena to escape the harsh sun in northern New South Wales.

Like a true local, Mr Warden treks through the snow in his thongs as he pushes a load of firewood towards his house.

“I’m a bit of an anomaly in the area because most people fish and hunt, I just like the cold weather,” he said.

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John Warden is one of the few permanent residents in Miena.(ABC News: April McLennan)

“All these shacks you see around here, they’re all just fishermen, they’re all weekenders basically, there’s not a lot of people that live up here permanently.”

When they are snowed in and there is nothing else to do, some of the locals head down to the pub to keep warm.

It is the kind of place where everyone at the bar knows each other’s name and if the bill is left unpaid, it is not a cause for concern as the owner probably knows where you live.

“For a town of this size to have two pubs, that’s pretty unique,” Mr Warden said.

A regular at both establishments, David Wise said he likes to share his love between the two watering holes to support the local businesses equally.

“If you want to come up here for bells and whistles and bright lights, you’ve come to the wrong place.”

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David Wise says it was always his plan to move to the Great Lakes when he retired.(ABC News: April McLennan)

He has owned a shack in the area for 26 years and as an avid fisher, it was always his retirement plan to move up to the Great Lakes.

“I’ve just come up here and just live in another world, it’s absolutely beautiful when you look out over the lake over there,” he said.

As the snowflakes continue to fall, the local residents could not think of a better place to call home.

“It’s a lovely place to live, it’s quiet, it’s peaceful, I mean it’s beautiful but it’s bleak and barren and desolate as well,” Mr Warden said.

Snow covers trees and hides a fence post in Miena.
There are fewer than 100 people living in the shack community of Miena in Tasmania’s Central Highlands.(ABC News: April McLennan)

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Lake Burley Griffin transformation edges closer as consultation starts on new lakeside boardwalk | The Canberra Times

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The long-planned redevelopment of Lake Burley Griffin’s west basin is edging closer, with consultation starting on plans for a 500 metre-long boardwalk arching around the waterfront. The National Capital Authority has called for public feedback on the City Renewal Authority’s plan to reshape the lakefront between Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and Acton Peninsula. The creation of a lakeside promenade is central to the government’s long-term vision to transform the so-called Acton Waterfront precinct, which could one day include up to 2000 apartments and a large public park. The authority’s application was submitted just days after the ACT government struck a deal with the Commonwealth to secure about 2.8 hectares of land on the lake bed. In exchange, the territory has surrendered two parcels of land in Curtin – including the district’s popular horse paddocks – to the National Capital Authority for new diplomatic embassies. Both sides of the deal have proven contentious. Residents and horse riders have already launched a campaign to protect the Curtin horse paddocks, which has the backing of Liberal frontbencher Giulia Jones. Long-held animosity towards the lakefront’s transformation has also reignited since the land deal was finalised in late March. The early stage of the waterfront redevelopment – which was expected to cost about $35 million – will involve “reclaiming” the section of lake bed secured in the land swap. A consultant’s report, published in the consultation documents, said that would be achieved by pouring a granular material into the water to create a “landform”. A 500 metre-long, eight-metre wide boardwalk would built along the newly defined lake edge, running from Henry Rolland Park to the boat house. Two new jetties are also planned. The boat house, which the ACT government bought in highly controversial circumstances, would be demolished to make way for the boardwalk. About 120 trees planted along the lake’s edge would also be axed, according to the consultant’s documents. A City Renewal Authority spokeswoman said a detailed assessment of the trees found the majority of those earmarked for removal had reached the “end of their safe useful live”. The spokeswoman said the public park which would eventually be established on the reclaimed land would include “many more” trees, shrubs and “quality usable spaces” than there were presently. The authority hoped construction work could start later this year, subject to approvals and the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project was scheduled to take two years to complete, according to the spokeswoman. City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said on Tuesday that the redevelopment would create a “place for all Canberrans”. He said “well over” 30 per cent of the wider development precinct would be preserved as public space. But Lake Burley Griffins Guardians member Mike Lawson said the project was merely laying the foundations for private apartment developments, which are set to be constructed in the precinct from the middle of the decade. Mr Lawson told ABC radio that the precinct represented the “best development site in Canberra”. But he feared it would be turned into a private “enclave”, which would restrict public access to the water’s edge. “It’s the best real estate site in Canberra and it’s in danger of being turned off bit by bit like Kingston Foreshore was, for all sorts of developments to go on with no stable character or great vision for what is going to be done there,” he said. Meanwhile, an online petition calling for the Curtin horse paddocks to be “saved” from redevelopment has attracted more than 900 signatures. “It is a travesty for our beautiful bush capital, which must be preserved for future generations,” the petition stated. Mrs Jones, whose electorate of Murrumbidgee covers the Curtin horse paddocks, has added her voice to the campaign, recording an adaptation of Joni Mitchell’s famous song Big Yellow Taxi.

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