With leafy streets, an oval of bounding dogs, quirky characters and bustling businesses, the suburb of Hackett harbours a unique and vibrant community.
The suburb was named after newspaper editor Sir John Winthrop Hackett, in recognition of his efforts to support the federation of the Australian colonies of 1901. Many of the streets in Hackett are named after influential scientists. For example, Madigan Street is named after the geologist Cecil Thomas Madigan, and Rivett Street is named after chemist Albert Cherbury David Rivett.
Hackett is home to a great and growing community of comradery. Neighbours know one another, and kids ride their pushbikes in the lulled and safe streets. My neighbour Trevor walks to the oval every few days with a golf club in hand to practise his swing where there is a daily gathering of bounding dogs who get to play off the leash while the owners shoot the friendly breeze.
Over the past five years, the Hackett shops have experienced a welcomed renaissance of small business. The shops are now a bustling hub of good food, friendly service and familiar faces.
This is a picture of IGA staff Arthur, Ari, and Steve, all of whom have a keen interest in supporting quality Australian produce and supporting their local community too.
I recently lost my dog, Bruce, in a storm and she found herself sitting in front of the store. As she had lost her collar people were unable to contact me, but the fellas at the IGA tied Bruce up to a pole and put a picture of her on Facebook, and went out of their way to make sure she was looked after. Now you wouldn’t get that from Coles or Woolworths!
Ari is by far the cheekiest one of all, and is always great fun to have a good chinwag about politics too… he puts me in my place from time to time and probably rightly so!
These are business partners Stan and Joel, from the bicycle service centre Monkey Wrench Cycles. Joe and Stan first met over a few beers at a pub about five years ago and have been working together ever since. One thing that differentiates these two chaps from many of the other bike shops around town is that they attempt to fix anything so long as it has pedals and a few wheels. These fellas really know what they’re doing, and they give great advice too.
With great authentic Thai cuisine, Siam Twist is the latest addition to the food scene in Hackett.
Hackett’s florist The Snail and Petal is a particularly classy and charming business. Although the staff are a little camera shy, you’ll be sure to walk out with the perfect something for the special someone.
This is owner and manager of Wilbur’s Café Corey. Corey presides over a great Hackett institution. They’ve got everything – beautiful art work on the walls, a nice warm fire place for winter, a good selection of beers, live music, excellent pub food, pizzas, gourmet meals, and something for the kids too. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wilbur’s have excellent and friendly staff – I think I’d just live there if they let me!!