Glen Eira at the forefront of academic excellence


The table above displays the rate in percentage, of higher education achieved in the City of Glen Eira and Melbourne.

This analysis is based on the total population in Glen Eira and Melbourne in 2011, which is 107 370 and 3 260 818 respectively. It pertains to people above the age of 15.

The City of Glen Eira boasts 35.7 per cent of its residents as having completed a university Bachelors or higher degree.

In Melbourne, 23.6 per cent of its population holds university degrees.

It shows that Glen Eira had a higher proportion of people, which held tertiary level qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma).

Figure wise, 48 974 residents of Glen Eira have a tertiary qualification.

Caulfield North and Caulfield East ranks as best performing suburbs combined, within the City of Glen Eira, with 43.8 per cent of its residents being university graduates. This is closely followed by Elsternwick with 42.3 per cent.

Bentleigh East has the least amount of university graduates within the municipality, with a rate of 26.2 per cent.

‘Educational qualification’ is one of the primary indicators in measuring the socio-economic status of a state.


Information sourced from: glen eira, melbourne


The Surburban Cafe Flourishes

For owner Tait Crespin, one of the two behind a thriving six-month old café, breakfast spots should always feel like home…and run like one

If you ever do drive past a lifeless steely grey building on South Caulfield’s Booran Road, don’t drive away. Better yet, have a look inside. It’s a property within a property, a breakfast joint within a non-descript façade.

Outside, the streets and parks are filled with a certain stillness. Mr Brightside marches to its own beat, soaked in an atmosphere vastly different than its surroundings. Upon stepping in, one is warmly greeted by the waiters at the entrance and the heartening familiarity of morning chatter.

But more strikingly, is the stylish timbre frame, which overlooks the eating area.  Perched over the wooden planks above were metal cages fashioned as lampshades. Quirky wall decorations and suspended potted plants line the space adding to the homely feel.

Designed to look like an airy log cabin, Mr Brightside is cleverly transformed into a spot that exudes a warm and inviting ambience. A refreshing addition to the suburban eatery landscape.

As its interiors, Mr. Brightside’s staff makes you feel at home.

At a table nearby, a customer asked, “Do you do avocado milkshakes here?”.

“Avocado?,” the perplexed waiter replied

“Yeah, avocado. In a milkshake,” the customer responded assuredly.

“You’re tricking me aren’t you? We don’t have avocado milkshakes. But we do have beetroot, vegetable types. Would you fancy that? Nah, I’m just kidding,” the waiter quipped with a smile.

This exchange encapsulated the biggest compliment, owners Tait Crespin and George Redwan has ever received for their six-month-old endeavour. It is what Tait marks, a ‘great reflection’ of themselves.

Opened last November, the café has hardly done any publicity since its inception and relied mainly upon the hearsay of the residents. “We’re on Facebook and Twitter. We don’t really need to have our menus on there, its quite simple. It’s breakfast. As long as people know where you are, people will come try you out,” says Tait.

And he’s probably right. About 40-50 percent of its customers are regulars and all return for its tasty grub, coffee and the inclusive dining experience. The duo’s venture into brunch culture provides comfort dishes and affable service at affordable prices.

IMG_9615-2The Brightside Reuben. Photo credits: Farah Liyana

One of the crowd favourites is the Brightside Reuben, a traditional meat sandwich originating from Nebraska. Generous slices of moist beef brisket are layered upon dollops of sauerkraut and smeared with Russian mayo. Holding it together are two pieces of toasted rye bread tucked with melted Swiss cheese underside. Not overly tangy, the sauerkraut complemented the beef brisket well, as the latter is minimally seasoned. The plate is completed with a side of strong smelling pickles, a thoughtful touch to mitigate the richness of the dish.

IMG_9609-2Potato Hash Browns. Photo credits: Farah Liyana

The beef brisket makes another appearance in the dish, Potato Hash Browns. Two crispy rounded hash browns are topped with soft poached eggs and served with tender beef brisket slices and grain mustard sauce spooned over. The different textures succeed in producing a multi-dimensional flavour. It could work better with a bigger helping of mustard sauce as it gets a tad drier towards the end of the meal. But otherwise, a commendable take on the tired standard ingredients of poached eggs and hash browns.

IMG_9595-2Corn Croquettes. Photo credits: Farah Liyana

For small-eaters opt for the Corn Croquettes. The croquettes were crispy on the outside breaking into a smooth and creamy filling, with the occasional sweet burst of corn. Two pieces of fried corn croquettes are laid upon slabs of salmon, of which, could afford to be fresher. It is teamed with a heaping portion of snow pea tendrils, topped with a perfect poached egg and zesty lemon dressing.


Wagyu Beef Burger. Photo credits: Farah Liyana

The menu’s star remains to be the Wagyu beef burger. Think a thick succulent medium-well wagyu beef patty slathered with mustard and heaped with caramelised onions. When it comes to burgers, every component counts. And in this area, Mr. Brightside shines. The burger buns were tender and soft, a fitting complement to the juicy beef and sweet onions. Surprisingly, this burger is not the overworked classic.

“It should never be basic. You should have an experience with your food. It shouldn’t be as simple as something you get out of a supermarket,” Tait explains.

A common tread is apparent. Mr Brightside settles for nothing pretentious or overly fancy. Instead, it works on the good old favourites but with an added twist. A move warmly received by its patrons.

“Its like I live here. I come here too often, until it became my second home!,” Helena Whitty, a regular exclaimed.

Lauded as a family-friendly eatery, Mr Brightside extends its warm welcome by providing picnic mats in any case you and the little ones prefer to spend the day lazing in the sun.

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Glen Eira authorities step up graffiti vandalism vigilance

Glen Eira council and police presses on with proactive measures to contain the suburbs’ long-standing problem

Many have since learnt that removing graffiti from one’s property, does not necessarily constitute a vandalism-free space for long. Vandals are known to strike the same spot repeatedly.

Crime statistics are gauged on an indefinite scale.

Sergeant Lance Crawshaw of Victoria police explains, “A lot of graffiti doesn’t get reported. It’s because victims don’t think we can do anything about it.”

“They know if it’s removed, quite often the graffiti will be back on the same spot 2-4 days later.”

“So they leave it there, don’t bother to report it, or they clean it up themselves.”

When it comes to removal issues, the Council becomes the first point of call.


The notice erected above is a Caufield police public awareness initiative. Photo credits: Farah Liyana

In a continuous effort to contain the situation, the Council will roll out an ‘autumn clean-up campaign’ where it works with trader associations in three main shopping areas – Bentleigh, Carnegie and Elsternwick Shopping Centre.

This allows them a head start in addressing vandalism on an ongoing basis. Funded by the council and the Department of Justice, the campaign includes the education with local schools.

VandalTrak, a mobile app system introduced last year, used to log vandalism incidences is slowly gaining ground amongst the community and is essential in helping the police monitor and identify vandalism hotspots.

Sergeant Crawshaw adds, “We try to employ a multi-faceted attack, not limited to patrols. Public awareness for the community to educate them in taking certain precautions to encourage prevention.”


Conceived by non-profit organisation VandalTrak Ltd, the free VandalTrak app allows the general public to report vandalism incidences through a simple three-step process. Photo credits: Farah Liyana

Glen Eira council removes graffiti from its own property promptly, whilst those inflicted on private property may be assisted in certain cases, or be placed on a priority list for consideration.

The extent to which the council provides clean up also depends on the availability of allocated funds. In the last financial year of 2011-12, Glen Eira council received a total of 465 requests for graffiti removal assistance and had 162 graffiti removal kits provided to residents and traders in the area.

Glen Eira council spokesman Paul Burke said, “Property damage caused by vandals is expensive to fix and the cost is borne by ratepayers, property owners and local businesses. It deters people from visiting or shopping in areas that have graffiti and dampens the environment.”

In the suburb, the most commonly vandalised areas are commercial and railway properties. A Glen Eira merchant whose shop wall had been vandalized multiple times, concurs, “I don’t accept graffiti. It costs me thousands of dollars to remove it.”

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