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Docklander - May 2012

30 Apr 2012

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Living on a boat and sharing a front row view of Victoria Harbour with her husband and poodle isn’t as glamorous as it sounds, according to Docklander Sally Hewitt.

Living on a boat and sharing a front row view of Victoria Harbour with her husband and poodle isn’t as glamorous as it sounds, according to Docklander Sally Hewitt.

“There’s a lot of hard work associated with it and keeping everything going,” Ms Hewitt said. “It’s an outdoor life and people are always saying how tanned I look but it isn’t all glamour.”

Ms Hewitt said the tiny living space was also an enormous change to her previous home.

“I had an acre property out in Donvale,” Ms Hewitt said. “I lived in a 35 square metre house with a botanical garden, so I couldn’t have asked for a bigger change.”

When Ms Hewitt isn’t meeting with the Docklands’ Chamber of Commerce or the Condor Tower committee, she and her husband Bill spend hours at Central Pier working on their boat, Quest III.

“Bill started building the vessel from the ground up in the early 90s,” Ms Hewitt said. “Now I’m devoting myself full-time to completing Quest III and together we are bringing it to completion.”

Ms Hewitt said that while building an entire boat was a lot of work, she loved her Docklands’ workplace.

“I like the fact I can do most things by just getting out on my two feet,” Ms Hewitt said. “Everything is very accessible.”

“People talk about Docklands as having no sense of community but I disagree.”

“There aren’t many suburbs where you would find that you could go down to the local shopping centre and see anyone you know, whereas in Docklands if I want to get somewhere fast I practically have to put on a disguise,” Ms Hewitt said.

Ms Hewitt said moving to a new suburb and leaving her corporate operations job at Black and Decker behind hadn’t been as difficult as she expected because of all the new people she’d met whilst out walking her dog, Coco.

“I know everybody who owns a dog and everybody who owns a dog knows me,” Ms Hewitt said. “It’s a wonderful way to meet and get to know people and keep in touch with friends.”

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