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Business in Docklands - July 2012

03 Jul 2012

Docklands’ tax expert has your best interest at Hart

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” So wrote American statesman Benjamin Franklin in 1789.

In July 2012, Docklands accountant Paula Hart agrees that there still is no escaping taxes – especially at this time of the year. But, Paula says, the worry of doing your tax return need not be death of you.

“At Hart + Partners Certified Practising Accountants we specialise in stress-free tax returns,” she says.

“Your health is most important. Most people will worry about doing their taxes. This is where we come in. We will maximise your refund.”

Paula agrees that a good accountant is like a good GP – someone who understands your individual situation and is across the latest changes and options.

“We offer a personal approach, getting to know each client and their circumstances,” she says.

“It’s all about building a trusted, close working relationship with our clients.”

“Hart + Partners offers a qualified accountant who does regular monthly training to keep up with legislative changes.”

“I email out a monthly newsletter so our clients know about changes to tax law.”

“I also email out alerts to individual clients so they are aware of changes.”

Paula has lived in nearby Kensington for 17 years, and has children aged 6 and 4.

“Believe me, I fully understand family needs!”

Hart + Partners is also a small business specialist, with expertise in self-managed super funds, and can guide Docklanders with rental property/share trader returns.

“We offer pro-active, constructive advice to assist them in their business decision-making,” Paula says.

“Sometimes it may not be what the client wants to hear but it is always what they need to hear.”

Paula set up Hart + Partners in the Life.Lab building, overlooking NewQuay marina.

“I think the whole area of Docklands is under-appreciated,” she says.

“Docklands is dynamic and growing, with new buildings all the time.”

“It is such easy access to Docklands from the CBD, with the free City Circle, No 70 and No 86 trams stopping outside my ‘front door’ here at the Life.Lab offices.”

Hart + Partners is in Suite 102, 198 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands. Call 0413 222 922 or visit


Ladies with international flair to style your hair

Heard the joke: How many Irish women does it take to cut hair?

Just kidding. Your hair style is no joke, and the team at Hair Inc Melbourne take their work very seriously.

Wendy Dobson hails from Wicklow in Ireland and trained extensively in Dublin, while Niamh O’Brien is from Ireland’s County Kerry and honed her scissor skills in nearby Cork.

They are joined at Hair Inc by Thea Foster, who is Melbourne born and bred and returned recently following seven years of studying hairdressing techniques in Vancouver, Canada.

So, relax, lie back in one of the reclining massage chairs, and let the ladies go to work on your hair with their international flair.

“Pamper yourself in winter,” says Wendy.

“This is the season for ‘upstyles’,” says Niamh.

“And funky colours,” adds Wendy. “You can have some fun with colours, and they are popular.”

Thea says: “As we get further into winter, you will see hair styles becoming longer and darker.”

“Also, the razor cut is a popular choice for both women and men.”

Hair Inc is under the ANZ building, on the south side of Waterside Promenade facing Yarra’s Edge.

“This is a perfect location for workers to come from the CBD by tram, and very handy for workers in Docklands – including the men,” Thea said.

“We already have many male clients.”

Hair Inc opened on April 18 but a Telstra delay resulted in no phone line for the first 10 weeks.

So the girls were busy delivering pamphlets in the ANZ building and nearby offices, and relied on their Docklands News advertisement to bring in their initial customers.

“Now the phone is working and ringing off the hook,” Thea says.

“As well as workers in the ANZ, Myer and NAB head offices, we have clients coming from Yarra’s Edge, all across Docklands and the CBD.”

Niamh highlights the quality of the products used at the salon.

“We use the Gold product line, which is not readily available in Docklands,” Niamh said.

Wendy and Thea say the evo and Moroccanoil products are top of the range.

As an introductory offer, Hair Inc has discounts of up to 30 per cent on many services.

Hair Inc is at Shop 3P, Anz Centre, 833 Coillins St.  Ph: 9041 5005.  The entrance is from the river side of the ANZ Centre.

“Mention our Facebook page when you come in and we will give you a free Moroccanoil gift,” Thea said.

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