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Docklander - June 2018

29 May 2018

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Docklands grounds jet-setters

By Meg Hill

Axl and Lina have lived in India, the US and Germany. Just a year after settling in Docklands, they’ve volunteered their time as part of the founding team setting up the new Docklands Rotary Club.

“We came here as tourists originally, but we loved it so much that we decided to move,” Lina said.

“It was a couple years back that we came here to move around. We spent a lot of time on the boardwalk and really loved the waterfront. It’s one of the most beautiful places,” added Axl.

Axl landed a job in construction management in Southbank. Because Docklands was close, they’d been here and knew they loved it, it seemed only right to move in.

The couple met in school in 1997, started dating in 2006 and were married in 2013.

Over that time they graduated with degrees in the US and, noticing the poor quality of food there, Lina started her food company Yellow Crumb.

“I started off with the idea I wouldn’t use any preservatives or hybrids or anything like that, just pure food the way it’s meant to be,” Lina said.

“I started it from scratch with Axl’s help. Now, in India, we’re in just about every store you go into.”

Lina said she always aimed to have the smallest carbon footprint possible.

“I’m very passionate about waste and keeping the area clean. Even the packaging that we develop has no plastic, it’s completely biodegradable.”

The company is now on “autopilot”, with Lina’s team operating in India while she works here in e-commerce.

Despite their metropolitan background, the couple aren’t a transient addition to Docklands. In fact, they’re concerned about the issue of community building with the culture of short-stay letting in residential buildings.

“Because we’ve moved around so much and moved away from home, we’ve always tried to be a part of the community where we go,” said Axl.

The pair recently bought a house in Seaford, but haven’t spent a night in it because they prefer Docklands.

They won’t give a guarantee about how long they will be here, but intend it do be a decent stretch.

In any case, Lina said they’d be a part of the Docklands community “forever”.

“Whether we’re here or not,” added Axl.

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