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Coast life 15 minutes of fame

Jim Brierley - oldest skydiver

2 (coast) people

Neil Rankin & Dr. Nola Maxfield

Feature areas Harmers Haven, Wonthaggi (51) & Frankston (107)

features Celebrate 20 editions


Artist profile


Flights of fancy


Surfer profile


An amazing life


We look back at 5 years of Coast

Anne Roussac-Hoyne

Get inside the mind of Darby Hudson

John Gemmill


Arts & events guide


What’s fresh for spring (& 121)


Around town

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Meet Dr. Tim Ealey

Dr. Mangrove



Where to eat

Bryn’s challenge


Spring Fashion


For the love of birds


Green & Gardening Feature


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My favourite recipe


Coast property & lifestyle


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Harry’s on the Esplanade

Tomo modern Japanese

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A family united

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People, places, houses, faces, sorrow, joy, hope and breathtaking images of our coast are now what are conjured up in our minds by that one word. It’s hard to define, but you know ‘it’ when you see it. This Spring, we celebrate 20 editions of Coast and many of the memorable characters and their stories. Who can forget meeting Tex the cowboy, those stunning images of Wilson’s Promontory after the fires, or so many more? Turn to page 21 as we look back over five years of Coast… Also, this edition, our 2 Coast People Neil and Nola have merged their individual passions into one life, and we meet Australia’s oldest skydiver Jim Brierly, who at 83 still jumps out of planes! We meet artist (and our very own sub-editor) Anne Roussac-Hoyne on her idyllic farm on Corner Inlet, and get an insight in the quirky and brilliant mind of artist Darby Hudson. We also profile surfer John Gemmill, who uses his board and love of the waves to raise awareness about the issues facing this planet. Indigenous artist Patrice Mahoney’s life story is an epic tale, but she has now found her place in Wonthaggi, and Tad Henry recalls another adventure to make a difference to children’s lives. Follow a life of conservation with Dr Mangrove (Timothy Ealey) and our Green and Gardening features will put you in the mood for spring. See you in the park or on the beach! Sally x


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Clean Ocean Foundation is planning a day to help everyone learn about and protect our oceans. Gather at Inverloch for the fun, including prizes, competitions and giveaways. You’ll also learn how we can all contribute to the health of our oceans. Run by the not-forprofit Clean Ocean Foundation, the event is also supported by Bass Coast Shire and many local community groups. Meet at Inverloch Surf Beach on 23rd October 10:00am-1:00pm.

Aboriginal flag-raising reflects new spirit Bass Coast’s Aboriginal heritage was recognised at San Remo as community members unfurled the inaugural Aboriginal flag along with the Australian, Victorian and Bass Coast flags. Cr Jane Dore Daly hailed the permenant addition to the front of the Council offices saying: “We need to acknowledge Aboriginal history and its presence and value to our community yesterday, today and tomorrow. This ceremony reflects a new spirit of hope and inclusion.”

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Australia’s most valuable prize for permanent outdoor sculpture is on again at the McClelland Gallery+Sculpture Park in Langwarrin. The 30+ finalists include Gippsland’s own Colin Suggett and many other talented artists, of both national and international fame. Winners will be announced at the Park on Sunday 21 November, and the exhibition of all finalists’ work will be on show until July 2011.

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fishy tales San Remo Fishermen’s Cooperative is a leading supplier of fresh fish for our coast. Their recentlyrenovated premises right on the jetty now includes a fascinating exhibition about the business of fishing. Including displays and DVDs, it tells the whole story – from going out on the boats that catch the fish, to getting it on your plate. Open daily from 11.30am – 2.30pm. Entry is free. 190 Marine Parade, San Remo. Call 5678 5206.

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Congratulations to Beaumont Concepts and Darren Brown Design, who each took out a prize at the recent Building Designers Association Victoria awards. Darren Brown Design won the Award for Best Environmentally Sustainable Design (non-residential) for their design of Phillip Island Wave Complex. Beaumont Concepts won the Residential Design category for New Houses up to $300 000 construction cost for Woodland Heath Residence.

In 1984, one keen patchworker started running classes at the Community House in Cowes and Phillip Island Patchworkers began. Today, the group is thriving, with over 160 members ranging in age from 10 to over 80. “It’s our love of craft and friendship that brings us together. We all enjoy what we do, and we like to share skills and have a chat,” says president Debbie Love. You can share the love at their annual Patchwork Display over the Cup Weekend. It runs from Sat - Tues at Newhaven Hall on Cleeland St. There’ll be an amazing variety of work, a quilt to be raffled and delicious homestyle Devonshire teas. For more info, or if you’d like to join the friendly club, call Debbie on 5952 1530.

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Jim Brierley has his head in the clouds . . . but only when he’s jumping out of planes. We talk to the sprightly 84-year old ex-paratrooper about growing up in military boarding schools in India and the UK … and the thrill of freefalling. words as told to maria reed photo brian kirkham

Where did you grow up? I was born in British India and lived there

Can you describe the feeling of jumping out of a plane? It’s

for 10 years. My father was in the army and I was put into military boarding school at the age of five. Later, my elder brother and I went to another military boarding school in the UK. At 14 I joined the Royal Engineers at an army technical college.

exhilarating. When you jump with other people your mind is totally focused and concentrating on what you’re going to do. You work out on the ground what you’re going to do in the air. You jump, drop and dock into position. Once there, then you can sit back and think: ‘How good is this?’ I remember a night jump at Pakenham, where we jumped out at 12 000 feet. We did an 8-way formation and by 9000 feet we were all in. It was just one of those jumps that was quite phenomenal. There we were. All eight of us joined in a star formation, just grinning like idiots, thinking how good we were.

What was it like growing up as a five-year-old in boarding school? Well, I didn’t know any different. Fortunately my older brother was already there, and he kept an eye on me and protected me from getting slapped around, so that was in my favour. We had 10 months at school before we got to go home. One day a year we had Foundation Day and our parents were invited to visit. I guess you could say I was a born and bred army brat.

How did your interest in parachuting begin? In 1942, at the age of 18, I was shipped out to the Middle East. I was sent to the engineer base depot. A call went out for volunteers for something called ‘F Squadron’. We didn’t know exactly what it involved, but we knew that it would require parachuting out of planes. Next I found myself in a training camp for paratroopers and I was there till I gained my wings. F squadron (later called 4th Squadron) was for parachute engineers. The work of an army engineer was quite different to that of a civilian engineer. It involved the use of explosives, bridge building, lifting and laying mines, building assault bridges and so forth. We jumped out of planes, but on the ground we were just army engineers.

How many times have you jumped from a plane? 3,143 - excluding army jumps during WW2. After I left the army, I didn’t parachute for a long time. When my first wife died I was looking for something to occupy myself, and I starting jumping again at 58. I’ve jumped out of planes all over the world. Apparently, I am the oldest active skydiver in Australia and the world - the latter being subject to ratification.

What do you like about jumping? I like the company. The people I jump with are of all ages, and they are quite considerate of old gents (he laughs). It’s great jumping with these young blokes. These days I don’t even pack my own chute – it’s too much of a sweat at my age. I’ve done a lot of formation jumps with others, but these days I’m considered a ‘hop and pop’ man - I just hop out of the plane and pull the chute and land.

When was your last skydive? Just a couple of weeks ago. I still jump a couple of times a month, but it’s all weather-dependent. I mostly jump from Tooradin. A few weeks back a mob of us went to Nagambie. We were in a bigger aircraft that goes to 14 000 feet and gives us a little more time to play around in freefall.

Memorable moments? Jumping out of a massive Hercules plane in Bali. There were over 500 skydivers from America and around the world. We were jumping from 13 000 feet. Due to the prevailing winds off shore we went out over the ocean to come in with the sea breeze, and when that huge door opened it was such an amazing sight! Also, being joined by eighty other skydivers in Queensland on my 80th birthday and jumping in to the MCG on the evening before the Grand Final. Another memorable moment (in a different way) was fracturing my back, and whilst waiting for the ambulance, another skydiver asked me not to move (as if I could!) until he had got his camera to take my photo.

Highest jump? Over Pakenham from 25 500 feet. Lowest jump? Off the Westgate Bridge on my 70th birthday (followed by a bungee jump at Broadmeadows). Any hairy moments? Yes, one or two, but that’s the nature of the game. If your main chute line gets tangled, sometimes you have to cut it away. One time, I cut it away and went for the reserve but nothing happened. I thought to myself, ‘Well, this is it, Jim!’ … but then I felt a gentle tug and it finally opened. Another was jumping in to Greece during the war and being chased by a pack of women armed with large knives whose intention (unknown to me at the time) was to souvenir my parachute! C coast 17

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High school sweethearts Neil Rankine and Dr Nola Maxfield are a great team. Neil stayed home to support Nola in her medical career, and now it’s his turn for a little of the limelight as he makes his foray into politics – and Nola will make sure his feet remain firmly on the ground!


I grew up in Melbourne and my earliest memory is blowing up my cubby house when I was about nine. I was mucking around with a science experiment and it accidentally blew up! My father got a job in Bunyip in Gippsland. So, for the last three years of school, we lived there. Nola and I met at high school in Drouin. I first saw her in year 11 - we sort of hung around in the senior rooms, played cards and just became really good friends. When school finished we got involved. I’m not sure what it was, exactly - a combination of a caring person and real intelligence. There was just that spark and it’s still there, thank goodness! It was my experience of living in the small town community of Bunyip that made me decide I wanted to live in the country. Nola came from Drouin, so when we finished our courses (Neil in science and computer, Nola in medicine), we thought we’d move to the country. We went to Echuca for six months; it was a nice place to live but it wasn’t really for us. Then a job came up at Wonthaggi. We didn’t think we’d stay, but everyone was so welcoming that we never considered anywhere else. The roots of my love for the environment started when I moved to the country. Just leaning over the fence and talking to the cows and stuff like that sticks in my mind. Then, at uni, I got involved in a lot of groups and campaigns like anti-nuclear. Then, as a teacher, I taught environmental science. Since our kids have left home, I’ve been able to get back into it. The desalination plant came along and I got rather heavily involved helping with the campaign against the project. Before that time, I was just working quietly on my own, planting trees along the river, being involved in local conservation groups and that sort of thing. What I learnt from the desal was how government operates and how appalling environmental law in Victoria is. I realised that the scale of what happens with a project like the desal just totally outweighs the scale of what individuals or environmental groups do – it’s all counteracted. It drove me to take action, and then to stand for the Greens. I’d never imagined I’d enter politics. In fact, I’ve always had a deep suspicion of politicians, I must admit. I guess it was just the inevitable progression of what I was doing. I think the Greens are in a great position to hold government accountable for what they are doing. Around the world you see it happening more and more - a third force in politics is really starting to make a difference. If I can help a bit towards that, it would be fantastic. Just my standing in this area will make other parties think about putting a bit more in, not just in relation to the environment, but social issues as well. People say, ‘So you’re going to be another Peter Garrett!’ I say, ‘No, I’m going to stick with my grass roots and not get involved in all the wheeling and dealing.’ I think Nola and I support each other really well. Over the years, I’ve tried hard to support her career, but when I think about how she’s helped me, it’s amazing. When I was bringing up little kids in Echuca – I was out

on my own, it was a bit out of the ordinary then, and Nola helped me through that. She has a level head. If I’m heading off on a tangent, she can pull me back, but do it in a loving sort of way. I think of her as my L2 N – my Lovely Little Nola.


My earliest memory was of being in hospital. I was only four and had just had my tonsils out. They’d given me some ice cream but I didn’t want to eat it. The cleaner came along with his noisy cleaning machine and he stopped to try to feed me the ice cream. I don’t think that was the moment I decided to study medicine, but looking back, when I played with my dolls, they were always sick and I was making them better! I grew up in Drouin, and remember when Neil arrived in year nine - he seemed very pale! We didn’t have a lot to do with each other until the last year of school. He was an interesting person, different from other boys in the class – but it really was just a gradual realisation. We had a country wedding in Drouin after I had been working for a year. When we had children, it didn’t really seem reasonable for us both to have careers. We made the decision for one to work and one bring up the children. I have a great respect for Neil’s ability to do that. We have two children who have now both left home. Our son is an engineer and our daughter is a paramedic. We always knew that, living down here, they would have to go away to university: we knew that time would come. I’m passionate about the environment and advocating for health services in rural communities because they really do miss out on so much. There are no proper government initiatives to make sure that doctors and nurses come and work in rural areas – and they’re such great places to live and to work. I’ve always enjoyed being a GP in Wonthaggi. Some people think they are going to fall off the end of the earth if they leave a city!! Neil always told me that I could never get involved in politics! But, he was very involved in the campaign against the desal, doing a lot of research into water policy and, in a sense, it was a progression for him to stand for the Greens. It will allow people in this electorate to have a protest vote and to stand up against the way the government has treated them. I say ‘Good on him’ for having a go! We have different skills. I’m absolutely hopeless with technology! But we both have similar philosophies, ideas and beliefs. I’m really appreciative of how he has supported me over the years in my work as a doctor and in my role as president for Rural Doctors’ Association of Australia. He is honest, passionate about causes, and will advocate for what he believes in. I couldn’t imagine doing what I’ve been able to do without Neil. In one word, I think he’s ‘essential’! But, over the next few years, my role is to make sure he doesn’t believe his own publicity! C

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From modest beginnings, we here at the Coast office are proud to beat the drum and celebrate 20 wonderful editions with you. We take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the incredible characters and places that have made Coast the magazine it is. To our readers, advertisers and colourful characters, we take off out hats and say a humble ‘thankyou!!’

happy birthday coast!


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special special

Clockwise from left: Jetty poles Phillip Island Summer 2009 Cape Woolamai Phillip Island Summer 2009 Mangroves Phillip Island Summer 2009 Kilcunda coast line Autumn 2006 Warren Reed artist profile Summer 2008 Wilsons Prom mood Autumn 2006 Wilsons Prom after the fires Autumn 2010

Spectacular landscapes define this coastline. Prehistoric rock formations, quiet bays and crushing surf beaches are only some of the treasures to discover.

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characters Clockwise from left:

Atom Bomb Baby Autumn 2006 Maria Jackson Spring 2006 Tex the cowboy Winter 2006 Bass River Winery Summer 2006 Dance hall days Summer 2006 Tony Briggs Autumn 2010 Shirley Billing Spring 2008 Jim’s gym Autumn 2009

Actors, winemakers, boxers and cowboys. They’re only some of the jewels that call this coast home.

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art & music

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DAK Autumn 2009 Colin Suggett Autumn 2006 Camille Monet Summer 2008 Pete Murray Summer 2009 L-R: Linda Bull Autumn 2008, Olivia Hally Summer 2009 Nick Seymour & Nicola McCutcheon Autumn 2007 Geoff Achison Winter 2009 One Tree Hill Summer 2008

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The sea inspires creativity. Artists and musicians are drawn to her calm bays and wild ocean beaches. photo Chris Searle

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photo Dr Roger Kirkwood

amazing places

photo Ted Grambeau

Clockwise from above:

Ted Grambeau Spring 2007, Antarctica Winter 2008, New Zealand Winter 2007, Desal Summer 2010 & New Zealand Winter 2007

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& people Clockwise from left: Tex the cowboy Winter 2006 Ballet dancers Autumn 2008 Snake Island muster Spring 2008 Womadelaide Winter 2006 Skydiving Summer 2008

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People who make a difference - that make this world a better place. Mothers, daughters, sisters, fathers and brothers - all with a story to tell. Their courage and determination humble us. Clockwise from below: Anne Davie Summer 2008 Refugees Winter 2009 Kahlilla Autumn 2006 Lual Autumn 2006 Thin green line Spring 2009

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surfers The lure of the ocean attracts coasters from all walks of life. Drawn to the waves by the thrill, challenge or simple communion with nature - the sea is the ultimate teacher. C

Clockwise from above: Sandy Ryan Spring 2009 Dave Fincher Summer 2009 Gremmy Garrett Summer 2008 (inset) Matt Ryan Winter 2010 Terry Klemm Autumn 2008 India Payne Autumn 2010 Nikki van Dijk Summer 2007

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Art and true love came later in life for Anne Roussac-Hoyne. But, as they say, the best things in life are worth waiting for…

theaccidentalartist Anne Roussac-Hoyne is rarely lost for words. In fact, they are her passion. But when it comes to art she prefers to let her creations do the talking. Australian artist Rosalie Gascoigne is one of Anne’s inspirations. In fact, there are similarities between the two: they came to art later in life, and each had their first exhibition in their fifties. The artists also share a style, using found objects, both natural and manmade, as the basis for their pieces. Anne’s foray into the local art scene probably wouldn’t have happened without the inspiring landscape of Gippsland or the life she shares with husband Neil. It all started with some curly grasses and a piece of rusty metal… “There are swamp tussocks that grow in many places on our farm. Most are perfectly straight, but every now and again, a strand goes all wriggly. I would often pick them up and make something simple with them,” explains Anne. Then she was drawn to a collection of rusty wire-ties found in an old shearing-shed. “Their shape was gorgeous, so I took them home and was delighted when Neil could not only identify them, but was happy for me to hang them on the wall.” Despite a lifetime of ‘making’, this was the impetus she needed to really explore her artistic side. In 2008, she took a year off teaching, volunteered at the local art gallery in Foster, and soon “had her arm

twisted to make something” for an upcoming volunteers’ exhibition. To her surprise, her pieces sold and she had some very positive feedback from established artists. She has since participated in ten exhibitions and is working towards a Melbourne show this October. Each of Anne’s three-dimensional creations is delicate and spacious with a character of its own – a series of tiny cuttlefish, graduating in size, suspended by string on a block of local timber; two or three spiralling tussocks emerging from a pale block of mountain ash, elegant in their simplicity. “People ask, ‘How could you ever have thought that would look good?’ And the answer is, I don’t know’. I never plan anything - things just happen.” An eloquent speaker of English and French (she has a Masters in Linguistics and has taught French for over 30 years), Anne is suddenly lost for words when it comes to her art. “An artist friend recently said that she feels I’m ready to do some art study. She told me that I’m already doing it (art), but if I did a course and got some language and words around it, that it would make a big difference. I would love to have the knowledge and the vocabulary to explain why things are the way they are,” says Anne. Despite the lack of words, it seems her delicate pieces are speaking to an audience. Pieces are selling, and the offers to be involved in exhibitions keep coming. Yet, Anne has never taken herself seriously

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as an artist. It’s the combination of making things she loves and the buzz of a few sales, along with encouragement from other artists, that spur her on. ”I need that input from other people. I’m not ambitious. Art is not what I’m trained for. I get a great deal from the positive input of people I really respect.”

Trust is a philosophy she has followed through her life, and which eventually led her to true love. After study and travel, a young Anne began her teaching career in Gippsland and left after five years to return to Melbourne to get married. “I called it off ten days before the wedding: it was a bit traumatic, but definitely the right decision.” She remained in Melbourne, teaching in Mentone for the next 18 years.

As well as producing works, Anne has also relished the recent opportunities she’s had to work with other artists and galleries to organise exhibitions: firstly The Southern Gippsland Small Sculpture Prize for Stockyard Gallery in Foster, then a series of shows at Ride The Wild Goat gallery in Fish Creek. “There is a lot more to an exhibition than just producing the work, and while not many artists tend to enjoy the organisational and promotional side, I have found it hugely rewarding and exciting,” she says.

Then fate played a hand. “I was well into my forties, and Mum was researching our family history and had unearthed a connection to Gippsland. She tracked the family down and I called in to say hello. After five minutes, they checked that I was single, and then said, ‘We’ve got the bloke for you!’ They showed me a photo of Neil and I thought he looked lovely, and was amazed that no-one had snapped him up already.”

She puts a lot down to fate, and trust. “It’s being in the right place at the right time. We all know musicians and artists whose work is just as good as people who are famous. If I hadn’t taken that year off and volunteered in the gallery, I wouldn’t have done what I’ve done. I trust my feelings pretty well, and when an opportunity comes along, I can feel if it’s right and just deal with it and take one little step at a time. My work is honest. If people like my pieces, they like them: if they don’t, they don’t.”

Six months later, she was invited to their son’s 21st in Stony Creek… and to meet Neil (who was unaware of the background manoeuvring). “He didn’t turn up! The next morning he rang to apologise - he’d been on the tractor doing the silage till 11 pm. They invited him to breakfast, then lunch – but he was too busy. I was dying [of embarrassment] in the background. They persevered: ‘What about tea, then?’ and he said yes! He walked in, and that was it, basically - we’ve been together ever since.”> coast 35

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Today the couple is married and living happily in an idyllic house on their family cattle property overlooking Corner Inlet. “I absolutely love it here. People said it must have been hard leaving my job, my house, my friends in Melbourne. It wasn’t difficult at all! I just knew it was all going to be good, and it has been.” So, Anne is where she is meant to be. “My philosophy is ‘Work hard, do your best and trust in what emerges’. I’m not a goal-setter. That’s been pretty successful for me. I approach every person as if they are going to be someone important in my life. Fabulous things emerge when you value people and care about them.” Along with art, words are still a passion. “I’ve always collected quotations: I’ve got hundreds, and often incorporate them into my hand-made cards. In a favourite, an Indian mystic writes: ‘Life moves, not like a business - it moves like poetry.’ That’s the way it is. I don’t plan things out. You see the beauty in things and in people and you follow that. I’m not scared of dying. I wouldn’t mind if I died tomorrow: I feel like I’ve had a great time.” C

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surfer profile

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John Gemmill loves surfing and the environment in equal measure, and will do what it takes to protect them.

In the 1970s, John Gemmill took a wrong turn, headed through the sand dunes behind Wonthaggi and ended up on Williamson’s Beach. He had found his surfing nirvana. “We came across the hill, and it was a perfect, sunny day and we saw this beach. Some older surfers I recognised from Inverloch were coming out of the water. It was Shangri-la,” recalls John. Thirty years later, his paradise became his nightmare when the beach and dunes were nominated as the site of Victoria’s first desalination plant. He took to the ocean to fight for the cause, and gave it everything he had. He only ‘gave up’ when the contract for the project to go ahead was signed. But the scars on the area and the community remain. He describes the experience as ‘a cruel lesson on the fragility of our democracy’ and believes that across the community there is ‘plenty of healing still to do’ in regard to the issue. John grew up in Melbourne, but every Friday night, his parents would pack him into the car to travel to Inverloch. First they stayed at his grandparents’ place, and then his parents bought a holiday haven of their own. “Inverloch was a sleepy little coastal town then,” he recalls. He first hit the surf on foam boards, then ‘badgered’ his parents to buy him the real thing. On his 13th birthday, they relented. “We went to Greg Hogan’s shop in the Powlett Arcade in Wonthaggi to get my board. It was great, but needed a few dings repaired.” For the next few months, he kept going back to the shop, but “Greg was always off surfing!” Eventually it was ready and he walked down the beach ‘proud as punch’. “I just loved the whole idea of surfing. I can’t honestly recall my first wave, but getting out of the rat race was what I loved. Mum would have the car packed each Friday, and we’d leave town at 3.30 for the coast. I’d always go out no matter what the waves were like.” After studying chemical engineering at university, he got a job in his chosen field. It didn’t take long for him to feel that this career choice may not have been the right one. His love for the ocean and surfing kept pulling him back to the ‘reality’ he craved.

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After a stint in Portland, his mother was diagnosed with leukemia. He moved to be closer to her, and also started questioning life. “I took a break up north and found a whole new world – I saw people leading alternative lifestyles, and hippies doing what they wanted to do,” recalls John. He came back a changed man, studied naturopathy and acupuncture and opened natural therapies clinics in Wonthaggi and Leongatha. “I really enjoy meeting and helping people, not superficially, but on a deeper level.” Surfing remained a constant in his life. “It keeps me honest and balanced. It’s like a meditation. Life is about keeping things in balance - your body, mind and nature. Surfing does that for me.” John started Bass Coast Boardriders Club as a bit of a ‘social thing’. But the announcement of the desalination plant changed all that. “The more I found out, the more concerned I got. I know we need to do something about saving water, but the message the plant sends is that we can have as much water from a huge energy guzzling plant as we want without changing anything in our lives.” >

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“The more I found out, the more concerned I got. I know we need to do something about saving water, but the message the plant sends is that we can have as much water from a huge energy guzzling plant as we want without changing anything in our lives.”

He questioned himself. “Do I sit and do nothing despite the fact that I’ve surfed overseas in areas where people’s very survival is already being threatened by climate change. That part of their land is actually being washed away and crops are failing? For those people, what we allow to happen here in the first world has a profound effect - we are all interlinked,” says John passionately. He took up the challenge of raising awareness through the surfing community. John says it’s “too easy to generalise about surfers” but he found strength in their united respect for the ocean. “The highlight of the campaign for me was the ‘Get Real on Climate Change’ event. Topname celebrity surfers came to support the cause. “Surfing legend, Tom Carroll looked into my eyes and said, ‘I’m with you, mate’. That meant a lot – he’s been through challenges and is still prepared to fight. He’s not scared of big business or politicians.” After it was announced the desal plant was going ahead, John gave up the fight. But he’s proud of what he and his fellow campaigners achieved. “I’ve been told that the opposition (spearheaded by those tireless individuals in Watershed and Your Water Your Say) was the most effective, coordinated and formidable campaign the current state government has faced,” states John.

And this resulted in some ‘wins’ in John’s eyes. “Like the changes in design including improving visual amenity and underground power lines and the increase in new funding and grants to clubs and institutions around Bass Coast,” says John. That old perspective and optimism is once again starting to shine through. John is happy that the Clean Ocean Foundation with Bass Coast Shire Council, is trialing a pilot program ‘Clean Ocean in Motion’ to educate and involve the community in what we can all do help to keep our ocean clean. He sees it as a way “for all the community to come together and put their energy into something positive.” He’s also excited that his two children Ruby and Elijah are discovering the joys of surfing in his hometown of Inverloch. John is “not a fighter by nature” but has trained in karate and says he tries to use its principles every day. “In karate there is a fundamental concept of honour and commitment. I gave the fight everything I could, then I tried to walk away with honour. We’re put on this earth to do the right thing and sometimes that means fighting the good fight. “ And then go surfing. C

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We take a magical mystery tour of the amazing mind of illustrator, artist and self confessed dreamer, Darby Hudson.

Darby Hudson could pass for Peter Pan if it wasn’t for that pesky blonde stubble of his. He’s got the kind of boyish charm that could convince kids to fly off rooftops, that doodling should be a VCE subject, and that you won’t have to get a real job until you’re at least 34. It’s that kind of laissez faire philosophy that has seen the Dromana-based illustrator float his way through a raft of menial jobs while trying to eke out a living from his cartoons. “I’ve stuffed envelopes and packed boxes – jobs where you don’t have to think. I’ve never had a ‘real’ job until last year.” Sick of being rejected for creative work and fuelled by the courage of red wine, Darby reinvented his resume, spiking it with his trademark off-beat humour. Under ‘interests’, he wrote: “Reading The Age in public and The Herald Sun in private”, and “Discreetly sniffing other people’s hair on crowded trams.” Under ‘references’, he cited photographic evidence of his work history, detailing the meaning behind several congratulatory handshakes, including a boss whose firm grip said: ‘I would trust you with my wife on a Ferris wheel while you were both eating ice creams.’ The quirky self-sell landed him a gig as a copywriter for a big league ad agency. But he soon learnt the first rule of advertising – never profess to be versatile. It’s the reason he kept his scribbling self a secret. Rule number two in surviving Adland – especially for a professed ‘vague bastard’ – was to wear an earnest-looking watch. “I learnt to hide my vagueness at work by wearing a watch – it looks expensive but it’s a cheap model from France that makes me look like a sophisticated man. It says, ‘I’m on the ball, I’ve got the time, >

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I’ve got attention to detail.’ That was my cover.” After spending almost a year dishing out copy for commercial giants, Darby realised advertising was choking his spirit. “I did want to be an art director, but after working in advertising, there’s no way ... I was starting to see stars, and get migraines. I became a complaint artist,” jokes Darby. Having ditched his schmoozy stint in the city, the impact still lingers in his most recent sketch: a bird in a cage, resting on a tree stump, turned away from the sun, with the words ‘At least the fu@#ing sun is still shining’ scrawled across the cloud line. The promising illustrator admits it’s clearly a metaphor for how stifling he found the pace and the workload of life in an ad agency. “I was literally sitting in a corner like a dunce, churning out copy on a computer. After only 10 months, I felt really burnt out. There are so many interesting characters and everyone has an amazing tale to tell, but it’s just not my world.” Darby Hudson’s world is a place of pure imagination and pondering, of elephants sprouting witty one-liners and plump misshapen bean people imparting kooky messages of self-help. They make up the fanciful themes of his first two hand-made zines– ‘Picture Songs’ and ‘Darbyland’ – which are stocked locally at Readings and the famous Paris bookshop, Shakespeare & Co. While he’s flattered to be likened to Leunig, Darby hopes more people will embrace ‘whimsy’ as a legitimate genre here. “In Australia, whimsy belongs to Michael Leunig – no one else – but in Europe, it’s everywhere. That’s their style.” With a government grant to sustain him, Darby is eager to sink into that lazy state of escape required to scribble out his next vignette of strange and portly philosophers. He says the inspiration isn’t something that can be forced. Most of it just takes time, and living. “For me, it’s about tapping into a feeling. You might get a goose bump over a piece of music, or something you’ve seen, or a reflection on something beautiful in your past. My best stuff has always come from that, rather than trying to grind out something ‘magnificent’.” Having drawn more than 1000 cartoons over the last 10 years, Darby reserved only 26 of them for inclusion in his debut collection, Picture Songs, a zine which he photocopied at Officeworks, then pieced together with red gaffer tape and sold from a crate in Brunswick St. His latest release will be a slicker affair

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that showcases the illustrator in a more professional light – a transition Darby finds slightly unsettling, like a teenager begrudging the first signs of puberty. “It won’t look handmade. It’ll look like a real book, which will take some of its charm away.” As a reluctant spruiker, keen to earn commercial success from his work, Darby has learnt to evolve and compromise for the sake of exposure, shelving the shyness that has held him back for years. “Some of your stuff gets around organically, but you also have to rub two sticks together to get it started. It’s a matter of being a bit bold. Most people sit at home thinking that the talent scouts have x-ray vision and will come knocking at your door, but you’ve got to be a bit ‘hey, look at me’. I’ve learnt to fake that Trojan horse, but I can only put it on for about an hour or two at a time.” He admits that as a child he relied on art as a way to process and expose emotions during the breakdown of his parents’ marriage. “They divorced when I was five, so I ended up escaping into art. I was a really quiet kid and it was definitely my way of communicating.” He’s realised the adult world requires more than just a hand-sketched response to problems, despite the comic allure of a resignation letter without words. “I’ve had to learn to start using my mouth, rather than drawing pictures. In the past, I would have loved to leave a job by presenting my boss with a picture of an elephant telling a tiger, ‘Sorry, goodbye, I’m leaving the circus’.” Since moving to the seaside lull of Dromana with his photographer girlfriend and her jealous rabbit Maisy, the boy who never grew up finally feels grounded. “It’s strange, but I’ve never felt like I was home anywhere, like I could hang posters on the wall and nest. I’ve hardly got any possessions. But when I start reading an old favourite book, I feel like I’m at home again.”>

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Darby admits there’s something comforting about the coast that seems to heighten the recurring symbols of nature in his work. “Living down in Dromana feels like a strange permanent holiday. I’ve never loved the sea or summer, until I lived here. But I’m starting to consciously pull on recurring symbols like trees and clouds.” What he’s determined not to do is go backwards, including revisiting favourite childhood haunts across his old stomping ground of industrial Richmond. “I used to want to go back and visit sentimental childhood places, but as soon as you do it, it destroys the memory. It’s like concreting over grass.” Having been influenced by complex artists, including David Lynch, Parke Harrison and Carl Jung, Darby’s also willing to admit that simplicity shouldn’t be underestimated in its power and poignancy. “Some of my favourite artists look like they draw with the wrong hand, blind-folded and drunk. Those basic, primal, naive drawings can be more beautiful than anything that is really worked up.” C Darby’s latest book; Picture Songs is distributed by Dennis Jones and associates

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Harmers Haven

words sally o‘neill photos warren reed

Just six kilometres from Wonthaggi, on the shores of Wreck Beach, lies the tiny community of Harmers Haven. This quiet hamlet has important natural values and is fiercely protected by residents. A stroll along the windswept beach will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated. Despite its seemingly remote nature, Harmers has quite a colourful history, starting as early as 1826 when large seams of good quality coal were noted by William Hovel at the western end of Wreck Beach, now known as Coal Point. It was also in this area that one Richard Davis located coal, and walked to Melbourne with a 50-lb sack of it on his back in order to qualify for a £1000 reward proposed by Governor La Trobe in 1852. He received the bounty, minus the cost of sinking the Rock and Queen Shaft on the site.

From the 1920s and through to the 1940s, a scattering of tents and shacks emerged amongst the scrub along the foreshore as the area became popular as a getaway for coal miners and their families, especially in the summer months. During the Depression, these huts often became permanent homes for sacked mine-workers. In the 1950s, Jack Mc Cloud, secretary of the Wonthaggi Working Men’s Club (and rumoured communist party organiser), bought a 198-acre

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Once touted as a ‘communist enclave’, Harmers Haven is a tiny community in a true coastal paradise.

strip of land behind Wreck Beach and sold it off in parcels, promoting it as ‘holiday homes for workers’. Legend has it that he and good friend Eddie Harmer, long time resident of Harmers and president of the local Miners’ Union, intended to form a ‘socialist community populated with union and communist party supporters’. It is also said that Eddie Harmer’s original shack bore the nameplate ‘Harmer’s Haven’, hence the area’s name.

Undulating dunes open up to the wild ocean at Wreck Beach, so named because of the ‘Artisan’, which foundered there in 1901 with 17 crew on board. You can still see parts of the ship revealed in Coal Creek, which snakes its way through the dunes to the sea. Sections are also exposed on the reef at low tide. In the 1920s, a 23-metre whale washed up on the beach – the jawbone now adorns the Whalebone Hotel in Wonthaggi.

To add to the charm of its rich social history, Harmers Haven is set amongst a spectacular and important natural setting. Wreck Beach is part of the Bunurong Marine Park, and the adjoining Harmers Haven Coastal Reserve protects an area of high conservation value that is rich in Aboriginal cultural heritage and areas of biodiversity that provide refuge for wildlife.

It seems this tiny area has always inspired passion in people, from the early days of coal to the strong political doctrines of the 1950s. Today there is an equal fervour amongst locals about protecting the environment they love and lobbying for facilities to protect it – they are currently working to raise funds to build a boardwalk along Coal Creek. And the communist enclave? Most likely just a bit of political hype, but who knows?? C coast 49

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Walkabout Wonthaggi One hundred years after its establishment, Wonthaggi is once again a boomtown. The joint is jumping, with great shopping, creative energy, cafes and clubs. And close by, you’ll find many walking tracks, wetlands, heathlands, hills and magnificent beaches… Only 128km from Melbourne, Wonthaggi bustles with locals and visitors who flock to this commercial centre for shopping, socialising and to take advantage of all the services on offer. The wide main street has a range of stores and cafes, and the shopping doesn’t end there. You will find a range of shops for one block in each direction, and in arcades, down side streets and in the industrial areas on each side of town. Gifts, fashion, health, homewares and beauty are all covered, along with quality health services and professionals. There are also at least four op shops to explore, so it’s easy to make a day of it!

Victoria’s only coastal rail-trail starts at the old Wonthaggi railway station on Murray St and ends at the roundabout at Anderson where the Bass Highway turns off to Phillip Island. The trail follows the path of the original railway line built in 1910 to access the coalfields, and is suitable for bikes, walkers and horse-riders. It weaves through farmland and coastal bushland, and includes restored bridges, remnants of Wonthaggi’s coal mining history, and spectacular coastal scenery. The trail totals 16km and, if you are feeling energetic, it’s possible to link up with the stunning George Bass Coastal Walk which traces the coast from Kilcunda to San Remo (extra 7km one way).

Once you are done shopping, why not explore the natural wonders of this Gippsland town? Pop into the Visitor Information Centre on Watt St and have a chat to the team about the many walks on offer. You will discover pockets of bushland, heath, wild coast and wetlands that are home to wildlife and havens for native vegetation.

Wonthaggi Heathland and Coastal Reserve is over 811 hectares of bushland adjoining a wild, secluded coastline. Old dunes were pushed inland as sea levels receded, and this specialised heathland resulted. Each spring, the area bursts into a spectacular wildflower display, and over 80 species of birds have been recorded there. Walks commence from Chisholm’s Rd or Reed Crescent. The Wonthaggi State Coal Mine also has a network of walking tracks for exploring the area’s heritage. Maps are available from the Visitor Information Centre or the Mine itself. These are just a few of the walks on offer around the town, so check with Visitor Information Centre staff for more information and get walking! >

On the approach into the town via South Dudley, you’ll pass Wonthaggi Wetlands. This scenic stroll starts opposite the Pony Club on Dudley Rd and ends behind Safeway. It has easy access for walkers, cyclists and wheelchairs via paths and boardwalks.

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Red Hill Community Market When: Sat 4 November 8am – 1pm (& 1st Sat of month) Note : October 24 - charity market 10am - 3pm Where: Red Hill Recreation Reserve Who: Louise Gamon 5974 471

Poowong Produce Swap Open to anyone living in or near Poowong with excess home grown produce   When: First Sunday of each 5 Sept, 3 Oct & 7 Nov Where: Poowong Public Hall, Nyora Road, Poowong. Who: Melbourne Fringe Festival When: Wednesday 22 September – 10 October Where: 225 Bourke St, Melbourne Exhibition: A Little Bit Fishy When: 19 September – 17 October Where: Ride The Wild Goat 5 Falls Road, Fish Creek Who: 5683 2661

Music at Purple Hen When: Sat 30 October Where: Purple Hen Winery, Mc Fees Rd, Rhyll Who: 5956 9244

November 2010 Perennials, Peticoles & Mystical Nymphs Exhibition When: Fri 12 November 6pm Where: Cheryl Petersen Galleries, Somerville Who: 5977 8724 Phillip Island Jazz Festival When: Friday 19 - 21 November Where: Cowes Cultural Centre & Phillip Island Eco Resort Who: 0432 814 407

Exhibition @ Saraghi Art Space Geoff Harrison & Sursuri When: mid September - late October Where: 71 Thompson Ave, Cowes Who: Jonathan 0427 857 233

Somers Arts Fair When: Sunday 24 October 10am -4pm Where: Somers Primary School Who:

Educating Rita When: 3-5, 10-12 & 17-18 September Where: Dakers Centre, Cnr Smith & Watt St, Leongatha Who:

Queenscliff Music Festival When: 26 - 28 November Where: Swan Bay, Queenscliff Who: 1300 438 849

Mt Eliza Farmers Market When: Sun 26 September & 24 October & 28 November Where: Mt Eliza Way, Mt Eliza Who:

21st Anniversary Exhibition Gold & Silversmiths’ Guild of Australia When: 20 Nov – 13 Dec Where: The Goldsmiths Gallery, San Remo Who:

A Day Out at Lardner Park - Market When: Sun Sept 19 9am -2pm (& Nov 28th) Where: Lardner Park Warragul Who: Louise Gamon 5974 471

McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award 2010 When: 21 November – 17 July 2011 Where: McClelland Gallery+Sculpture Park, Langwarrin Who: Jane Power & Sharon Monk Exhibition When: 17 October – 20 November Where: Gecko Studio Gallery, 15 Falls Rd, Fish Creek Who: Kerry and Michael 5683 2481

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a colourful life patrice muthaymiles mahoney

When she was three, doctors couldn’t find Patrice Mahoney’s pulse. And that was just the start of her troubles . . .

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The youngster from Uralla, near Armidale, was in hospital for micro plastic-surgery to reattach a finger accidentally severed by her sister. But doctors couldn’t find a pulse, so they ordered open-heart surgery to reconstruct the constricted aorta. While the family was staying with the extended family in Uralla, their Department of Housing flat in Kensington, Melbourne was burgled. Cleared out. Just before Christmas. Things were not going too well for the Koorie kid nicknamed Muthaymiles (‘Possum Eyes’). Patrice’s dad, a mix of Maltese, Egyptian, French and Irish descent, gave her pale skin, but not the gift of a steadying fatherly influence. An alcoholic, he left his Koori wife when the kids were very young. “Mum must’ve had us when she was 19 or 20. I never really had a dad. But I went to a good school. We were lucky we never ended up on a mission. We had a good primary school and we never experienced racism as kids.” At high school she undertook indigenous studies. “That spurred my thirst for indigenous history and knowledge and art.” She traced her

lineage back to the Dunghutti people – a diverse mob from around the Kempsey area. A good student initially, she started to grow wild, eventually becoming pregnant aged 16 to a boy. “I was the first pregnant girl at school.” Eventually she moved out of home and in with the boyfriend. Reserved kid to problem-child ... what went wrong? Patrice blames the Mitsubishi Sigma. To pay for the car, her mother had to work two jobs. “It suddenly went from her being there when you came home from school to not being there. That sent me a bit feral because I had no discipline,” she said. After giving birth to a son, she returned to school for year 11 … but left before year 12. “I didn’t understand what education meant. We didn’t comprehend that we could ever go to university. All we knew was you grew up, you had kids and you lived in Uralla,” she said. “But when I got older Mum said, ‘I think I need to do something at TAFE’.” So mother and daughter enrolled to finish secondary school, but Patrice soon married a man “who had issues”.

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“At the end of the day, I don’t want to have to justify my existence in Australian society”

Before long she realised she had to get away. She shut her eyes and stabbed a spot on the map. “I landed in the ocean the first time, so I had to do it again.” Lakes Entrance. She had no idea what the place was like but … heck … that’s where she was headed with her two kids, a fostered teenage girl and three dogs. “Meanwhile, I’d met a bloke at Armidale. ‘I’m going to Lakes Entrance’, I said. ‘Do you want to come?’ And he said ‘yeah’.” They packed their belongings into a $50 trailer towed by a car with panels in five different colours. “I was always getting pulled over by the cops, so I painted it all the same colour. I used house paint. It was all-white…. and I never got pulled over again!” They stayed at Lakes for two years. “I felt very isolated,” she said. “And it was the first place that my kids ever experienced racism.” Her son was ordered away from the toy display by a store assistant in Bairnsdale who complained that ‘Koorie kids simply came to play with the toys’. “And I told her, ‘You’ve just said that to the wrong lady!’” Patrice chortled.

They headed to Wonthaggi. She landed a job teaching art in the TAFE system – firstly taking up studies in indigenous art and then coordinating the indigenous unit at Frankston. Up and down the South Gippy Highway, she’d leave at 7.30am and return at 7.30pm while her partner was studying and being house-husband. Or so she thought. “One day, I went to use my card while shopping, but there was no credit,” she recalled. “I rang up the bank and asked for a statement but it never came.” Repeated requests went unanswered. “Then the phone got cut off,” she said. “I found out he was hiding the mail.” Realisation hit hard one night. “I had gone to bed, and suddenly I just woke up – it was about 10.30pm - and I screamed: ‘My God! You’ve spent all the money!’ I flew right out of bed. In the back of my mind I’d hoped he’d just moved it to another account. But suddenly I realised that he had gambled it all away.” “Turned out there were warrants for my arrest that I’d never seen. He’d got driving fines but the car was registered in my name.” His gambling had eaten up their savings. How much? Patrice chewed her lip. > coast 59

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About $20,000. “We’d just got a personal loan and suddenly it was all gone.” The pair split. “I gave him the older car and chucked him out.” On her own again, Patrice one night wandered off to the pub and met a truck driver. “Yeah, I know … not very responsible,” she shrugged. Another baby. Another bust-up. Meanwhile, work was getting bigger and uglier every day. On top of the three-hour daily commute, there were problems with workmates that she had to report. And her private life was in shreds. In the end, her kids had to play Cupid. Her son and his best friend brought their two parents together. Les, a livestock carrier with four adult kids, met Patrice, the artist with four.

“He took me out and he wasn’t pushy. He was fantastic,” said Patrice. “Astonishing.” Perhaps more astonishing is the fact that, for all that’s happened in her life, Patrice is only 34. The mum of Tony (Turbo/ Fez)18, Keisha 15, Nick 11, Jahdham three and smiley Mangarri, nine months … is now an accepted indigenous artist. A Melbourne collector has some of her sculptures, Bass Coast Shire Council has some of her works and its CEO Allan Bawden has one in his personal collection. She has been helping push NAIDOC week locally – she’s pumping for funding to take some indigenous kids on a camp this year – and she has joined a range of groups needing a Koorie voice in issues like education, justice and the arts. Her dream is to buy a smallholding in South Gippsland with Les, grow bush tucker and teach people about Koorie ways and wisdoms. “We’ve got a lot to offer the white culture.” C

the artist’s journey Art has been Patrice’s constant companion through her eventful life. “I’ve never thought, ‘I’m going to be an artist’. I’ve just always been that way,” Patrice reflects. “I generally paint about myself, my life and my family,” she says of her intricate works created using acrylics and incorporating ochres and, recently, threedimensional objects like fabric weaving and barbed wire. She credits her style as coming from inspiration from fellow artists like Gordon Bennett, the late Lin Onus and local Gunnai artist Ray “Buster” Thomas. In her last exhibition Patrice has departed from this theme to focus more on history and her role within it. “It’s about me being a product of the government’s policies - I’m just a product of what they meant me to be. In a way, that is sad for me personally as an Aboriginal person. Where do I fit in the context of my immediate community? ‘They’ (the government) want me to be white, and I’m ‘white’ - I have a house and a car, and kids that go to school and speak English. So, in a sense this policy has worked. I didn’t grow up with (indigenous) cultural content in my younger life.”

Patrice views her art as a place she can be “free” and as her “most powerful way to reach people”. She doesn’t have to be “polite or politically correct - not that I normally am anyway”. “Art can be ‘in your face’ and not offensive - you can choose to walk away from it. You can appreciate the colours, but you don’t have to like what it’s saying. That’s what I love about art. What it says to me, it is not necessarily going to say to anyone else. It’s not about making sure someone likes it, or being pleasant. It can be whatever you want it to be. There’s no legislation or rules around art.”

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they call him dr. mangrove

They call Tim Ealey Dr Mangrove - but mangroves are just the tip of the iceberg in a life dedicated to conserving the planet. I can only imagine the first part of Dr Tim Ealey’s story in black and white - dramatic contrasts of icebergs against a stormy sky. It was 1949. A young Tim saw an advertisement about an expedition to Heard Island. He enrolled, and down he went to this tiny sub-Antarctic dot in the Southern Ocean. His group was the island’s second party of visitors, and the old ship nearly broke in half on the way down. This harsh environment was a tough training ground - it really was man versus wild. “It was a great experience. Other blokes my age had gone to the war and grown up fast. I grew up fast on Heard Island. Most of the party was ex-service people, and some were quite callous in ways. The engineer

was crazy.” Tim’s face lights up as he recalls the bizarre events of over sixty years ago. “There was a mutiny. We deposed our leader and put the doctor in charge.” They obviously didn’t do psychological testing back then. On the way back from his second southern adventure, the British vessel Discovery 2 came into Fremantle Harbour where his ship H.M.A.S. Australia was docked. “I met the ship’s scientist, and after a few drinks he asked, ‘Why don’t you come with me to Tasmania?’ I travelled there with him, and continued right around the world. I was the only Australian scientist to go around the South Pole in winter. We collected water

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samples and also studied plankton. We nearly foundered in a tempest in the Ross Sea, after leaving Port Stanley in 1950. The Falkland Islands were fabulous - I bought a guitar when we reached Africa as a guy in the Stanley Arms sang marvellous songs. And that’s how I got to meet Pete Seeger, but that’s another story.” The CSIRO thought if he could put up with Antarctica, then he could cope with the loneliness of researching hill kangaroos in Western Australia’s remote Pilbara region. “That really stuffed up my whole career, cos I wanted to be a fisheries biologist,” he laments. But of course he threw himself in heart and soul. “It was fairly innovative research. I found out some amazing things. By hiding in cool caves, these kangaroos can live their entire life in temperatures of 45 degrees celcius or more without drinking water. They can store much more water in their body than a camel, and can concentrate their urine. I found all that out and put it in a PhD. I was there for six years with my first wife - our kids were born at Port Hedland hospital.” Then a colleague offered him a position at the new Monash University. He took it. The year was 1960. This is when the story turns technicolour in

my mind. University life of the swinging sixties and early seventies. But it wasn’t all free love and free thought. “I started realising that the graduates we were putting out didn’t have a clue about the real world. It was all academic knowledge,” he recalls. “So, in the early seventies, I set up classes on applied ecology and environmental conservation that developed into a Masters programmuch against the wishes of the professor. “He thought ten or so bird-watchers would turn up, but we had 110 applicants!” It was the first Masters program of its kind in Australia, but the powers-that-be weren’t convinced. One day he had his revenge: the editor of esteemed magazine ‘Nature’ visited the university and asked what they were doing for environmental studies – and they called for Tim. The doubting vicechancellor was squirming in the corner as the editor praised his work. “You don’t get those chances very often,” says Tim with glee. The innovative course developed into a Graduate School of Environmental Science, with Tim as director. Today, it’s hard to imagine the political climate he was working in – both academically and socially. Needless to say, it was tough. “Environment wasn’t on the agenda - they> coast 65

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Clockwise: Tim with his skin brother Tim Djapanaka - Tim assisted the Warlpiri gain land rights in the 1970s Tim Sledding - Pulling a sled across the Ealey Glacier (named in his honour) in 1948. Mt Kilaminjaro - Tim was the oldest person to climb Africa’s Mt Kilimanjaro in 1981.

couldn’t even spell the word!” But Tim was driven by his growing alarm at the planet’s diminishing resources. “All my life, I have been able to pick the salient issues before others did. “I’d finish the lecture series with my ‘Doomsday Lecture’ about where the planet could be heading. Right at the end, I’d pull out my guitar and sing Bob Dylan’s ‘Hard Rain’. The students would walk out full of emotion.” The Graduate School put out over 800 graduates in its time – but the course is now (ironically) finished.

‘Dr. Mangrove’ was born. “I got in and helped The Seagrass Partnership, and then they made me a director. We secured several grants exceeding $100,000 and have planted over 60,000 seeds and about 10,000 plants.” He also recruited local school students to help plant and raise the seedlings, resulting in a beautiful partnership of esteemed elder and aspiring conservationists. Ten schools are now planting and growing mangroves around the bay.

At 60, Tim ‘retired’, yet continued his mission, setting up a Faculty of Environmental Science in Thailand and consulting to the United Nations in the South Pacific. He also did a stint as a TV presenter on Channel 7’s ‘This Week Has Seven Days’, where he could fulfill his greatest passion: making people aware of the environment. “I was able to cover serious issues. But they’d say, ‘Enough of this serious stuff - get me a furry friend’, so I’d have to get a cute animal. We lost a koala on the light scaffolds, and once a mouse got away, and even the grown men were jumping for safety! I lost a python and the crickets were a problem - they got in the cabling so we had to have the whole studio fumigated!”

Young Tim grew up in Sydney and always wanted to be a steamroller driver, but his mother was determined he would get a knighthood. His mum was proud of him, but died before Tim received an OAM in 2008. “She might know I have it - you can never tell,” he says wistfully.

Tim, the man, is as fascinating as Tim, the scientist. He sings, paints, is a qualified “rebirther” and once practised hypnotism and meditation, which, he says, “gives you insights and visions and releases emotions”. He met his third wife, Laura, 22 years ago, when he was helping at a rebirthing workshop in Adelaide. “I turned up with a bag full of peanuts and Smarties because I had given up smoking,” he recalls. “Laura would box my ears if she caught me smoking now.” The couple married in1990. Laura moved into the three-storey mud brick house Tim had built in a conservation cooperative in Christmas Hills near Melbourne. In 1998, they made a sea change to Coronet Bay. He discovered a new passion – the plight of the seagrass in the bay. “A dear old conservationist was sure that discharge from sand mining was stopping the seagrass from growing.” Tim tested and tested, and came to the conclusion that the discharge was completely safe. He did, however, conclude that sediment from severe erosion was preventing any seagrass regrowth. He embarked on a program of planting mangroves to prevent this erosion.

Three years ago, Tim celebrated his 80th birthday at the hall in Coronet Bay. He shows few signs of slowing down. On Australia Day this year, Bass Coast Shire presented him with the Bass Coast Environmental Ambassador Award, and he can sometimes be seen performing at the community’s ‘Unplugged’ music nights. He’ll also be teaching “Bush Painting and Landscape” for U3A this year. Meanwhile, he grows and plants mangroves and continues to work “behind the scenes” to quietly lobby for the environment. “I’m not a banner-waver. I write a letter here, an article there: probably nobody notices.” I’m sure they do. And I can’t leave without hearing the Pete Seeger story. “Having to travel to Houston to give a paper, I discovered that for another fifty dollars I could go right around the world. I ended up in New York. I loved the song, ‘The Brave Engineer’ that I learned in the South Falklands, so I contacted Pete and said, ‘I know a song you don’t know: can I meet you?’ That’s the way I operate – I set up opportunities and grab them. We met in Folkways (record store) and had lunch in a Chinese restaurant. I sang a few bars and Pete said: ‘That’s the ‘Engineer’s Lament’ written by the Cartwright family in 1958, and it goes like this…’ I was then treated to a private performance. We talked about the freedom lines, the plight of coloured people, and more. It was a meeting of minds: he was a very inspiring man.” And so are you, Dr. Mangrove. C

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Young Bryn Hendry wanted to change the world . . . and he did. Though he only roamed the earth for 16 short years, the legacy of his passing brought his family closer together and acted as a catalyst for change. We spoke to George and Tad Hendry to get an update (from Coast Winter 2008 Edition) on Bryn’s Legacy.

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coastheroes George: Building a school in Vietnam was supposed to be the memorial for Bryn, but as we got more involved, we started a second and third program, and it just snowballed from there. As a family we realised we could do more, and that’s when we met Steve from Orphfund. He builds homes and schools for orphans around the world. I went to assist Steve at a project in Sierra Leone and it had such a big effect on me, when I came back I thought, ‘I need to do something with the whole family’. I wanted to give everyone that experience that I’d had – of living and working in these places. We took 22 family members: 4 generations of family, aged between 5 and 85. To me, that was totally amazing. I can say it was a life-changing experience. It made me realise that we have a pretty strong family. We reconnected with each other in a third-world country. I’ve got four kids and they’ve all been to university, but the best education I could give them was to go to Cambodia. They will be forever changed. The village was extremely poor and none of the kids had been to school – but we’re the ones with so much to learn. I was reading an article about bullying the other day, and couldn’t help thinking that here’s this village in the middle of nowhere with 135 kids running around every day with no supervision - and there’s no bullying. You’ve got 8-year-old boys with babies on their backs, and they all cooperate with each other and they all get along. Tad: We had 3 young boys with us on this trip, and within 20 minutes they were off playing with the kids of the village. They were used to having boundaries, and here they were allowed to explore and go into any house. On the third day we built a billy-cart. Well, we hadn’t seen our kids in a while and Janine was getting a bit worried. I walked a couple of kilometres down the road and couldn’t see them. As I came back into the village, I saw a cloud of dust and then these three little white kids with grins from ear to ear, in the billy cart, roaring through the town with a tribe of village kids pushing them. I told Janine not to worry – the kids were being looked after and having the time of their lives. My 11-year-old daughter Jaz is pretty quiet and conservative. When we first arrived she just hung around the hut for a couple of days. A few days on, the language barrier was completely gone. Kids are colourblind, which is a wonderful thing. We were plonked in the middle of a Cambodian village, and the kids and adults were so accepting of us. Jaz eventually befriended a little girl: they’d walk around the village arm-in-arm. One night she started teaching Jaz a Khmer folk song, then Jaz would teach her a song. They sat on two chairs facing each other for three hours, singing songs. They were surrounded by masses of kids who were totally enthralled by it all. George: You don’t have to be university-qualified to go and do a project. You can do the most basic things that mean so much and make a difference. One day one of my sisters said, “I’m going to do something different today. I’m going to bath all the babies.” We had some baby clothes, and we were bathing the babies and putting them all in new clothes. When we got the first baby in you could tell mum was really anxious, but when he came out clean with new clothes, the other mums started handing their babies over. It was just a wonderful, very human experience. Then we did all the teenage girls’ hair. They loved to be groomed, and they were just glowing. Having this wonderful interaction, and being able to spoil them a bit was marvellous. The people we were working with are a minority tribe in Cambodia called the Tampion. They’ve been shunned by the Khmer people. They are subsistence farmers and the only way their lives have changed over the last couple of years is probably by the addition of a couple of motorbikes and a beaten-up old truck. Every kid deserves to better themselves, and all these children want is to go to school. It’s not only for the kids’ sake, but for the parents too. We>

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were teaching some of the children how to write some words, and by the end of the first week, we had all the kids in the village scrambling to get some paper and a pencil. We started writing numbers in the dirt with a stick. Then we progressed to putting up a blackboard under a house. We were teaching them numbers, but I didn’t really know how much was going in. One day a small girl came up to me and said, “Mr George, Mr George – Ten!!” She was pointing to a group of ducklings and there were ten of them. Well, I was soooo chuffed. Education is power. Dad and Jenny went to Vietnam after leaving Cambodia, and when they got back to Australia they had the best news. Thirty of the kids from Bryn’s school – the one we’d built – had gone on to university, which was absolutely amazing! We thought one would be wonderful – but 30!! We were blown away!! I used to work in children’s homes in Melbourne, so you could say I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for kids. It all started as a tribute to Bryn,but this is my life now. We have to empower these people who are not so fortunate, and educate them so they can have the quality of life and opportunities they deserve. Tad: George was saying, “Bryn was only on this earth for 16 years,” then made this outlandish statement: “We have built 3 schools, but I think we should aim for 16!” Number 1 was Vietnam, Number 2 Sierra Leone, Number 3 Cambodia – all done. Number 4, 5 and 6 are already pencilled in – and the way we are going, I think we’ll make it to 16! George: In Sierra Leone, it’s just so so poor. They have nothing – literally. There are moments when it gets bloody hard. On the third day I was in Freetown in Sierra Leone, living in a safe house with 30 street kids. I was finding it really tough to deal with and when I spoke to Anne back home, she said, ‘Write it all down,’ so I did. A boy came up to me and said, “I can write” – and he wrote his name down . . . Albert Kagbro. I asked “How old are you?” and he said, “I don’t know.” None of these kids know how old they are. He told me he was homeless because his mum and dad were shot down by rebels. He was about four at the time and he lived on rubbish tips. He ended up in the safe house and he’s been going to school for 6 months. He said, “I just want an education. I want to be a lawyer, so I can help my people.” From the age of four or five this kid has lived on his own, and yet he still wants to help others, which I just think is bloody amazing, considering what he has been through . . . and there are hundreds of others like him, and they need our help. C

If you would find out more about these projects, you can call George on 56596273 or email Future school projects include Kenya in September this year, and Sudan and Cambodia next year. People can assist by sponsoring a child in Sierra Leone or Kenya, volunteer to work on a project or help with much needed fund raising.

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Services include: nursing, allied health,

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community services, child, youth and family

San Remo 3925.

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services, drug & alcohol support, self help

T 03 5671 9200

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For all ages and stages…. The number of services offered by Bass Coast Community Health Service is too long to list on this page. But in short, there’s something for everyone no matter what age or stage you are at in your life… There are a thousand stories to be told about the Bass Coast Community Health Service - at least one for every client, staff member or volunteer. Some are funny, some sad and many inspirational, but the unifying message is clear: every member of the Bass Coast community is welcome to access the services on offer. These include Drug and Alcohol, Nursing, Allied Health, Community, Corporate and a huge range of self-help groups. The philosophy is prevention rather than cure, and care and support for your needs so you can make healthy choices and take full responsibility for your own life.

“Put simply, we provide primary health services from birth to death across Bass Coast,” says Rae Davies, Client Services Manager. “Anybody can access the services. Some are free and others are at minimal cost. It’s quite unique to offer such a range in a rural community. Don’t be shy - pick up the phone and give us a call. Demand creates supply and it’s vital that we know what the needs of our community are,” says Rae. “We also encourage community feedback, and invite community members, whether or not they have used our services, to tell us what they need and how we can improve.”

Jan & Linda – Planned Activity Group Volunteers We pick up the clients up from home, make and serve the morning tea and then do some activities together or go on an outing. We share stories - some would make you cry. Everyone likes to get dressed up and have a laugh together – we’re always laughing. We love being a part of the group and look forward to it every week.

Carly Davis – Care Manager & Health Promotion Worker My main role is helping the elderly to stay in their homes for longer. I’m on the road a lot doing home visits. I love the fact that every day is different. I meet lovely people and it’s a great team and a fantastic service, but many people are not aware it’s there. It’s really rewarding when you help someone to live a better life. I also do health promotions, going to workplaces to talk about health issues like smoking and diabetes, and we can also do health checks at workplaces across the Bass Coast.

George Taylor – Client Those District Nurses, I couldn’t live without them! The whole room lights up when they arrive. They have looked after me so well since my wife passed away. I had a few falls and life went pear-shaped, then Angie came in as my case manager. She is terrific - I can’t speak highly enough of her. I always tell people they’re foolish if they don’t give the service a call. I’m 78 years young and am enjoying life thanks to the team.

Linda Scott – Client

I accessed the service when I was a carer for my husband who had Alzheimer’s. I joined a carers’ support group and the team has been wonderful and would give me a break. When my husband passed away, the staff rang me every day to see how I was going – I can’t praise them enough. Now I love being a part of the Planned Activities Group. I’ll be 90 next April and this group keeps me going – they’re all mates.

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Australian designed and made – Limited quantities for the individual look – Quality accessories Mornington 71 Main Street T 5976 3311 Sorrento 42 Ocean Beach Rd T 5984 0927

and stores throughout Melbourne and Noosa

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FASHION step out in style this spring Photography: Warren Reed & Supplied Models: Freya, Tilly & Jericho, Lauren & Gia Hair & Make Up: Ally de la Rosa Styling: Ally de la Rosa Location: Racv Resort Inverloch Silverwater Resort

Jericho wears Elwood vintage black salt flats jacket $499, Ben Sherman shirt $100, Pepe scratched jeans $240 & Crosta T.Moro Italian desert boot $169 all from Hunter & Minx Tilly wears Metalicus Frenchy Trenchy dress $230 & d-co washed grey boots $450 both from Hunter & Minx

Tilly wears skirt & jacket from Sketa POA & Gut long silk necklace $89 from Deborucci’s

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Gia wears Gerry Shaw Tequila dress $559, Deluxe silk beaded necklace $89, Top End shoes $139 and Etiquette bag $220 all from Deborucci’s

Fleurwood lurex spot dress $290 Fascinator by Tiny Dancer $69 Necklace Fig Leaf $120 Shoes Alex & Alex $110 all from House of Indiana (Picture supplied) Lauren wears Rusty-Blanks range cotton maxi dress $69.95 from Jean Depot

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Deborucci’s The Ultimate Fashion experience.

Shop 1, 23-27 Thompson Avenue, Cowes 3922 Tel/Fax: 5952 3811


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STOCKISTS 1 Soul 141 Graham St, Wonthaggi Call 5672 5338

Deborucci’s Shop 1, 23-27 Thompson Ave, Cowes Call 5952 3811 Sketa 71 Main St, Mornington Call 5976 3311 & 42 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento Call 5984 0927. Stores throughout Melbourne and Noosa. Hunter & Minx 44 Ranelagh Dr, Mt Eliza Call 9787 8227 House of Indiana Cowes Plaza, Senttlement Rd, Cowes Call 5952 6148 Jean Depot 41-43 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi, Call 5672 3656 & 5 Smith Street Plaza, Compass Arcade, Leongatha Call 5662 3023 Ally de la Rosa Make Up Hair & Beauty Call 0402 117 280

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OPEN 7 DAYS Weekdays 8:30am to 6:00pm Saturday 8:30am to 5:30pm Sunday 9:00am to 5:30pm

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Quality accommodation

QUEST Phillip Island

Located in the vibrant, holiday township of Cowes, Quest Phillip Island is a short stroll to local shops, restaurants and beaches and within a short travelling distance to Phillip Island’s many attractions including the Penguin Parade, surf beaches and Grand Prix Circuit.

QUEST Oceanic


Quest Oceanic features one, two and three bedroom, fully self contained apartments. The apartments feature quality furnishings

and fittings, dvd players, stereos, full kitchen, laundry facilities with large balconies and onsite under cover secure parking for one car.

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Secret life of Birds



San Remo based, Grant Griffin has a love of wildlife that he expresses through his stunning photography. To achieve shots like these requires patience and a detailed knowledge of his subject matter.

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1. Nankeen Kestrel. This was taken in North West Victoria. A pair was nesting in the same tree as a pair of Major Mitchell Cockatoos and Galahs. A sure sign of a lack of suitable nest sites. 2. New Holland Honeyeater taken at home flying to a flower spike of a Grass Tree (Xanthorea). Shutter 1/4000. I must have taken 80 shots to get only one or two OK shots. 3. Major Mitchell Cockatoos - probably one of my favourite birds. I took these last year. Habitat destruction and nest robbing has seen a decline in this species. 4. Royal Spoonbills - taken at home – this is one of my favourite shots. 5. Red-browed Finches at home, small birds can be difficult to capture. 6. Female Superb Blue Fairy Wren at Walkerville North. This is a good place to photograph small birds. You can get very close. I used flash. I like the detail in this shot.

Grant grew up loving nature and spent many hours in Victoria’s mallee with his dad bird watching. He knew he wanted to be a fisheries and wildlife officer when he was in school and achieved his ambition and still works in this role today. He has re-vegetated the garden of his San Remo home with indigenous plants and also created a wetland for wildlife. Many of his photos are taken in his own backyard and he also travels far and wide to capture birds with his lens, mostly in flight. “Knowing how they behave is a great advantage,” says Grant. The main quality you need is understanding their behviour – it helps a lot. I spend a lot of time watching them, seeing what they do. Different birds have different signals.”

2. “How can a photo be taken that exhibits all the beauty, characteristics and behaviours of a particular bird? I don’t think you can,” says Grant. “With wildlife photography it’s impossible to get the perfect shot. The subject and natural light conditions are usually not controlled by the photographer. Nature is perfection. Can you take the perfect photograph of perfection? I don’t think you can. Maybe that’s the way it should be.” Most of these were taken with a 4.1 mega pixel digital SLR and Grant has recently purchased a 12.3 mega pixel digital SLR. They have not been photoshopped in any way. C You can contact Grant on 5678 5222 or

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Wilsons Promontory and surrounds Accommodation Booking Service 90 places to stay. Book online or phone the property. In and around all South Gippsland towns on the way to the Prom... Availability calender and secure online bookings available now for: FISH CREEK • Fish Creek Farmview Cottages

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LEONGATHA • Emerald Hills Cottage • Koonwarra Cottages • Opal Motel

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PORT WELSHPOOL • Long Jetty Caravan Park • Retreat 2 Port: Beach House • Victoria’s Secret: Beach House

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springstays This spring, why not get close to nature and head to one of the coast’s many caravan parks? Set in spectacular locations, they offer a range of options from camping under the stars to a little bit of luxury in self-contained cabins. Here’s a couple to get you going….

Long Jetty Caravan Park - Port Welshpool

Yanakie Caravan Park

Set amongst tranquil bushland and adjacent to the port’s long jetty, the park boasts 10 acres of beachfront with safe swimming beaches and magnificent views of the Prom. Choose from powered and unpowered camping for tents and vans. The ensuite cabins are fully self-contained with all the mod cons and the park has a kiosk, electric barbeques and playground. Excellent boat-launching facilities and within easy driving distance of many local attractions. 6 Port Welshpool Rd, Port Welshpool Call 5688 1233

Just minutes from spectacular Wilson’s Promontory National Park, Yanakie is also close to Corner Inlet. It’s the gateway to a true fisherman’s paradise and offers excellent fishing for whiting, snapper, flathead and shark. This lovely park has a range of fully fitted-out, selfcontained cabins for families, couples and groups as well as caravan and camping sites. There’s ample boat parking, free barbies, kiosk and playground for the kids. 390 Foley Road, Yanakie Call 5687 1295

Book these and over 90 more at

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A retreat from life/ A retreat to living

3 luxury self-contained villas at Kongwak, 10 km’s north of Inverloch. For those seeking a retreat, intimacy an exciting blend of East/West



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Creating masterpeices from recycled native hardwoods

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Services Include - Landscape Design - Consultancy - Coastal Planting - Project Management James Ross mob: 0401 669 927 www: email:

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Spring is the green season, so it’s time to make a fresh start! Our green & gardening guide gives you fresh inspiration for your garden, property or lifestyle…


1. Prune spring bloomers immediately after they finish flowering. After pruning, give the plant a good feed. 2. Once the soil warms up, sow summer vegies like corn, beans, pumpkins, zucchinis, cucumbers and melons. 3. Give your lawn a weed, and feed to encourage growth, or consider replacing your lawn with native grasses and shrubs. 4. Start planning your spring landscaping project with one of Coast’s qualified suppliers. 5. Start a new herb patch. This is the perfect time to plant basil and dill.


1. Switch to a laptop instead of a desktop computer and save power. Don’t forget to turn your it off at the switch at the end of the day. 2. Replace your light globes with compact flourescent lamps and save money and energy. 3. Keep your car tyres inflated to improve your mileage, save petrol and reduce emissions. Better still: walk, ride or take the bus! 4. Choose local and improve your ‘green miles’, buy organic produce and try some organic beauty products. 5. Plug your tv, computer, stereos etc into power boards and switch them off each night or when not in use – standby uses power too!

Green+ Garden Guide spring twentyten

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Green homes

From Waste to Wow    

Soul Of The Tree

Second Time Around

Heather Fahnle from Mosaics by the Bay has the unique ability to see potential in items normally thrown away, and she’s doing her part for the globe by cleaning up beaches and recycling items into decorative and functional artwork. If you have any old items you think Heather could use, please don’t hesitate to contact her p. 136

At Finding The Grain, the passion is for the tree. The team would prefer to experience the tree as a living soul, rather than see it cut down for firewood and building materials. They only use timber recycled from old buildings, stockyards or piers, or salvaged from local arborists, for their custom-made furniture. They give trees another life, allowing them to be seen once again as things of beauty and not just a source of industrial material p. 86

Buying antiques or second-hand furniture, homewares and clothing is a great way to satisfy that shopping urge and not feel guilty! Check out Southern Bazaar p. 41 Kongwak Market p. 138 L&J Tuddin p. 138 and South Gippsland & Tyabb Antique Centre p. 106 for some great ideas.

Save Water and Money

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A water tank is a great way to help conserve this precious resource. The team at Van Steensel has a large range of Water Tanks available to suit any size, space, landscape or home design. Visit the friendly team who will advise the best fit for your needs p. 145

Selecting green materials such as sustainablyharvested timber flooring is a positive step towards environmentally-conscious living. Let the experts at Carpet Call in Wonthaggi help you choose green options for your home that add style and flair but don’t cost the earth p. 147

Green energy means a green earth and the solution is solar energy. Do away with old technology and make our world a better place by installing solar. Sunplus Solar have all your solar solutions, with over 15 years experience in the design, sale and implementation of the finest solar hot water and solar panels available on today’s market p. 88

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Award winning designer Beaumont Concepts creates affordable, sustainable living with an aesthetic and functional approach. Award Winning

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Beaumont Concepts’ dedication to outstanding residential design was recognised by the BDAV with an award for Best Residential home with construction cost under $300K for their Woodland Heath home. Getting ‘real bang for buck’ is the ultimate aim of any land-owner creating their dream home. Lower end budgets don’t need to translate to low-end homes. This overall final package results in a quality of finish and amenity well in excess of the budget.”

Ecoliv prefabricated modular buildings offer a sustainable living option with plenty of flexibility to suit individual site and lifestyle requirements. Each is fully transportable and can be factory built and delivered or built to order on site. They have a 7-star energy rating and are recognised as a Green Smart Accredited Home design by the HIA. Standard inclusions are solar hot water, solar electricity and usage meter, 10 000 litre water tank, sustainable timbers and building materials, double glazing and low VOC paints. Options include composting toilets, grey water recycling and wind power systems. Display Home at 53 Graham St, Wonthaggi C

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Green community

Five-Star School

Grass Roots Action

Bass Coast

Cowes Primary School is proud to be Gippsland’s first Five-Star Sustainable School. They have won many awards for their green initiatives, and recently received a $70 000 National Solar Schools grant to install solar panelling to reduce their power consumption by a third. All toilets in the school use tank water to flush, and the students grow their own food in an organic vegetable garden on site p. 94

South Gippsland Landcare Network is committed to preserving, protecting and enhancing our unique natural environment. The group can assist you to green up your property, and also works to enhance the environment by propagating and planting trees and improving wildlife habitat. They can assist you with on-ground works, land management advice and animal and plant pest-control. If you’re keen to be a part of grass roots community-led action, then become involved! For details on workshops and the programs on offer, visit p. 98

Bass Coast Shire Council encourages everyone to think about reducing fuel-load around their homes before summer. A green waste amnesty – no charge for disposing of green waste at Council waste facilities - runs from 1 November to 13 December 2010.  Also check out the website for their ‘Sustainable Living Guide’ and remember to always think ‘recycling’ first. Call 1300 BCOAST ( 226 278)  or visit and remember – enjoy it, don’t spoil it!

Sustainable City

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Sustaining Coastal Communities

Frankston City was recently awarded ‘Most Sustainable Victorian City’ and has won many other awards for sustainability, zero waste, water conservation, clean beaches & more. If Frankston is your city, then check out their website for plenty of great, practical green info including green energy, sustainable building, rebates and much more.

Westernport Water says that the simple way to check for water leaks is by reading your water meter at night after the last use. Check the meter again in the morning before you use any water. If the reading has changed, and the meter is still ticking, you may have a leak somewhere that is wasting water. Check their website for more great water saving tips

Learn tips and tricks to save money at home by reducing your energy and water use and cutting down on waste. Landcare will give you a free sustainability assessment of your home and free starter kit to help your household reduce the increasing costs of living. By being involved in this project we’ll help you track your progress to see how much you are saving, support you with 3 compulsory workshops and host optional info days and events to help you along the way. Call Lisa on (03) 5951 3329 or email on l.wangman@ to register today! p.140

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recycling water for a greener island

Water is a precious resource too valuable to flush away…. Studies are currently being undertaken to identify the environmental, economic and social benefits to the Phillip Island area of recycling waste water, ensuring an appropriate balance can be achieved and one that maximises benefits to the local community. Securing water supplies for current and future needs in the area was given a kick start recently when Westernport Water was awarded a $2.85 million Federal grant to partly fund a new state of the art Class A recycled water plant at the Cowes Waste Water Treatment Plant. The Australian Government grant has been made available through the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns, on behalf of the Commonwealth’s Water for the Future strategy. The Corporation’s Managing Director, Mr Murray Jackson, was pleased with the Government’s contribution announced in early June by the Federal Minister for Water, Senator Penny Wong. “With the increasing demand for water and risks from climate change, Westernport Water recognises the need to develop alternative solutions to meet future water supply needs for the region”. “The challenge is to manage our limited water resources in an environmentally responsible manner, exploring fully every opportunity for reuse and water savings” Mr. Jackson said. The Phillip Island Recycled Water Scheme could prove to be an asset to the area, supplying Class A recycled water to new residential developments and surrounding agricultural and commercial businesses on Phillip Island.

Murray Jackson commented, “The funding will make possible the construction of more water-efficient infrastructure through bringing new technology to the Corporation.” “Reclaimed water is a valuable resource that will improve the reliability of our water supply by conserving drinking water supplies for high demand periods” he commented. The recycled water “purple pipe” initiative has taken off around the world, with many new residential developments adapting to use recycled water. In these areas the community has driven recycling initiatives in response to periods of shortages in potable water supply and to reduce effluent discharges to waterways. The Phillip Island community has the opportunity to be a partner in this great initiative. Shearwater Estate in Cowes and the Whyte Sands development have both adopted the purple pipe system and residents of these areas will be the first to trial Westernport Water’s Class A dual pipe system, when Class A comes online. Westernport Water’s Environment & Sustainability Coordinator Benita Russell commented “this is a positive step for sustainability on Phillip Island as recycling our water frees up water for the local environment, and reduces the amount of treated effluent that is discharged to the ocean, minimising impacts to a�uatic environments by reducing nutrient and sediment loads into Bass Strait.” Class A recycled water has numerous uses being suitable for toilet flushing, garden watering, washing boats and vehicles on grassed areas, fire fighting, ornamental ponds, irrigating and maintaining community parks gardens and local sporting grounds.

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– The population of the Westernport Water supply network and the district’s future water supply needs are forecast to grow 58% by 2030 and 166% by 2055, (Sustainable Water Strategy Central Region Action to 2055). – Less than 10% of the water used by urban and industrial consumers in Australia is recycled. (Melbourne Water) – Currently 9% of the waste-water captured by Westernport Water Pyramid Rock Rd site is treated to produce Class B recycled water for reuse on sporting ovals and Phillip Island Golf Course. Westernport Water has outlined a plan to achieve 23% water recycling by 2015.

Reclaimed water quality is strictly monitored by the Department of Health, and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), to ensure a consistently high quality water standard.

Purple Pipe at Shearwater Estate, Cowes

Phillip Island Football Club uses recycled water

The proposed upgrade to the Cowes Wastewater Treatment Plant will adopt similar methods that are currently used for Class A production across many water corporations. Yarra Valley Water currently supplies recycled water to municipal areas of Hume, Maroondah, and Whittlesea. City West Water supplies Class A to new estates in the growth corridor including Manor Lakes, Bluestone and Riverwalk and Western Water supplies the Melton Tabcorp Park. Mt Hotham has demonstrated a great example of resource management with the use of reclaimed water to expand its water supplies for snow making. This demonstrates how introducing measures to improving environmental sustainability of a small community can have economical benefits.

Phillip Island Golf Course uses recycled water

Phillip Island and surrounding Bass Coast communities have continually demonstrated their commitment and passion towards the sustainable growth of the area. This reuse/recycle initiative provides opportunities for future development and an alternative cost effective method to easing water supply pressures whilst considering the beautiful natural surrounding that we all cherish. For more detailed information, readers should consult EPA Victoria’s Guidelines for Environmental Management Use of Reclaimed Water,(EPA, Publication 464.2, June 2003) or Westernport Water customer service on 1300 720 711. C

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green+garden guide Cowes Primary School offers Excellence in academic success | Caring and supportive staff | Excellent modern facilities which include swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis courts, organic vegetable garden and nature sanctuary | Cutting edge ICT facilities 5 star environmentally sustainable school | Excel in the sporting arena

Cowes Primary School Settlement Road Cowes ph: 5952 2132 www.

NEW GALLERY & DINING AREA Art displays changing regularly. Resident artist Laurel Foenander

Mangowood has adopted a philosophy of abundance and freedom of choice for those affected by ceoliac disease and other food intolerances. We serve freshly ground organic, fairtrade coffee and stock a great range of groceries, frozen foods and gluten free lollies. We cater to order for functions and specialty cakes. Everything is created fresh daily, including curries, risottos, soups, salads, handmade sponges and eclairs. We have expanded due to customer demand with a new dining room for an all day relaxed atmosphere. We want you to feel welcome, relax and enjoy our signature, delicious, healthy foods. Wholesome take home meals. Open till 6pm weekdays open 1pm Saturday

Shop 6 Smith Street Warragul 3820

Ph 03 56 232 777

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Green health+well being

Green Heart’s ‘going green’ tip: Fiona McKenzie says “Don’t feel you have to turn your life upside down and go ‘organic’ all in one hit. Focus on one aspect of your diet each month: learn about the organic alternatives and integrate them gradually. Changes made at a sustainable pace are more likely to stay with you in the long term, and that’s where you’ll make the difference.”

Green Get-Around

Organic saves you & the planet

Save money, reduce your carbon footprint and get fit in the process! Replacing even a few car trips with your bike is a great way to make a difference to the planet. Cross Over Cycles in Wonthaggi has a huge range of bicycles to suit all riders and terrains, so get on your bike and save the world! p. 53

Inverloch’s Green Heart Organics makes sustainable living easy, with a range of certified organic products that rivals the best organic stores in Melbourne. All fresh fruit and vegies are labelled with their food miles so you can see just how far (or not) the food has travelled. They stock beef and lamb from Tarwin Lower, free-range eggs from Fish Creek and -coming soon - olive oil from French Island. You can support local producers who are trying to make a difference by buying products which are certified organic. Try their preservative-free wine, dried fruit without sulphites and hard-to-find specialty foods p. 140

Green beauty

Swiss Botanicals

Green Indulgence

There are many ways to maintain your beauty regime and go green! San Remo Pharmacy (p. 100) has a large range of clean & pure organic products for every part of your body. Visit Coast’s range of stores, spas and salons for natural beauty that doesn’t cost the earth! Amcal Cowes p. 79 Body Essence p. 70 Darren George p. 179 Outer 2 Inner p. 70

Save petrol, shop from home for pure safe, beneficial anti-aging green products. Fiona Van Meurs is proud to provide products that are blended with botanicals and rigorously tested; contain no animal products, are vegan certified, gluten-free & not tested on animals. Natural skincare for the family that supports responsible harvesting of their botanical ingredients and never use endangered plant species. Call 0413 765 088 for your free 5-day sample p. 139

Zenergie is a total indulgence for the mind, body and soul that doesn’t cost the earth. The villas are 4-star rated and has passive solar concepts such as trombe walls that regulate the temperature as well as many other eco-friendly features. Classes and activities promoting healthy, organic living are also available p. 85

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Award Winning Sustainable Design

After successfully renovating the exsisting Islantis surf outlet, Darren Brown Design took on the challenge of designing a backpackers’ accommodation building that reflected the surfing culture and character of Phillip Island, while also providing for a comfortable modern environment for guests, with winning results. The design features north-facing living and communal areas to maximise sunlight and the use of environmentally sensitive materials. Concrete floors and internal walls assist in thermal mass, and bulk insulation was used throughout. Also, double glazing and shade screens on the windows help to maintain core building temperatures. Finally, sustainable design principles were further reinforced by installing solar power and rainwater harvesting systems. All of these features

ensure that the building is comfortable for its occupants, and all in a environmentally sustainable fashion. The Phillip Island Wave Complex opened for business in April and recently took out the award for Best Environmentally Sustainable Design (non-residential) at the 2010 Building Designers Association Victoria awards. Check out their Greensmart House Design at 47 Graham St, Wonthaggi. or go to C

• Building Design • Architectural Drafting • Project Management WINNER-2010 Best Environmentally Sustainable Design Complete Design & Documentation Service for all residential & commercial building projects Darren Brown Design Pty Ltd Wonthaggi

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San Remo

03 5678 5226

HIA accredited GreenSmart display home & office 47 Graham St Wonthaggi

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Green by design

Cut Through the Red Tape

Island Living

View to the Future

From assessing the energy efficiency of your home to approving a new rooftop garden, Tim from TJ Building Consultants makes the task easy. He can tick all the legal boxes and fast-track permits for your environmental certification. Get greener sooner! p. 131

Seagrove on Phillip Island sets a new benchmark in sustainable land design. This premier environmentally-sensitive residential estate offers a superb natural environment featuring mature trees and rich native bird life p. 2

POD Trading provide flatpack modular homes with an entirely adjustable floorplan. They can be erected with no building experience in less than a week - not even level ground is required! PODs are sustainably designed making them adaptable to a wide variety of regions and climates, taking into account insulation, solar reflection, natural ventilation and self-sufficiency with solar power & water tanks. p. 88

Shearwater Parklands Reserve in Cowes on Phillip Island has won an Urban Design award for Water Sensitivity. Build here and start your eco-friendly lifestyle p. 4

Building green on any budget

Green Starts with Design

Green Garden

Metricon have introduced an innovative solution to help you enjoy a more environmentally friendly new home. ‘Shades of Green’ provides home buyers with choices to reduce energy consumption and reduce the impact on our precious resources. ‘Shades of Green’ empowers you to decide which features you want to include in your home and how far you want to take your green lifestyle choices. Features include time-saver switches, double-glazed windows, solar hot water, greywater systems, eco-friendly paint, rendered Hebel walls, evaporative air systems and many more p. 37

Clever, well-researched design is the key to achieving a sustainable building. Coast’s range of qualified designers, builders and consultants are a great resource when designing and building your dream green home. Beaumont Concepts p. 132 Darren Brown Design p. 96 Ecoliv p. 90 Inner Space Design p. 140

With a little clever design, you can achieve a garden that survives our coastal climate and puts back into the environment – and also looks good! Coast’s talented landscaping experts can assist you. See the following pages for details>

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3OUTH'IPPSLAND,ANDCARE.ETWORK 4HE.ETWORKDELIVERSTHEFOLLOWINGCOMMUNITYBASEDPROJECTS • 1,000,000 Trees for South Gippsland • The Friends of the Strzelecki Koalas-Habitat for life • New Landholder Grants • Advice on pest plant and animal control • Support for Landcare members For details on workshops and the programs on offer visit SGLNORGAU or call (03) 5662 5759 to speak to one of our friendly staff members

m.OMATTERHOWBIGYOURPATCHOFLAND BE ITURBANORRURAL VACANTLANDORFARMSTAY THE3OUTH'IPPSLAND,ANDCARE.ETWORK HASSOMETHINGTOOFFEREVERYONEn Made up of 19 Landcare groups, the Network is committed to the cause of preserving, protecting and enhancing the unique environment of South Gippsland. From the rolling hills of the Strzelecki Rangers in Mirboo North to the low lying estuarine environments of Wilsons Promontory and surrounds. If you’re keen to be a part of grass roots community lead action, then become involved!

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partners for theland

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For the past two decades, Bass Coast Shire Council has worked with Landcare to protect and enhance our amazing natural assets. It is a successful partnership by anyone’s standards, lasting longer than the average Australian marriage! Winning the 2009 Awards for Best Victorian Landcare network and the Landcare Victorian Local Government Partnership was a welcome acknowledgement of the partnership strength. Currently, Bass Coast Landcare has 10 staff working from Council’s offices in Wonthaggi, Cowes and the new Bass Landcare office. Council’s Environment Manager, Paul Smith, has been involved with Landcare since the early 1990s and believes the partnership works because of mutual respect and benefits to both sides. “Landcare’s knowledge of the local agricultural community and their expertise really helps us plan our strategies and activities that improve our natural environment and farm productivity,” said Paul. “We provide them with guaranteed financial support, access to technology, office space and administrative back up. We love having their dirty boots in the office! “Having that known financial contribution from us gives Landcare a great base to work from, especially in terms of getting other funding. They manage to multiply the money many, many times over.” Landcare’s Kellie Nichols says former president, Peter Huthwaite, summed up the partnership. “Peter said the strength of the relationship was because we treat each other as equals and Council support gives the Landcare team a really professional grounding,” said Kellie. “He believed in the importance of the formal meetings, but also said that often it was the informal get togethers ‘where stuff gets done’.

“There is a lot of mutual respect and shared knowledge between the Environment team and Landcare staff. It is a very equal partnership that brings great benefits to both of us, but most importantly, to the environment and farmers.” Twenty years ago, only 8% of Bass Coast’s indigenous vegetation remained and most of this was in thin strips of coastal reserves. Science shows us that vegetation in agricultural areas improves productivity and adds habitat for local fauna and birds. “We also know that tourist and residents love this area because of the natural environment and rural atmosphere,” said Paul. “One way to ensure sustainable agricultural land was to protect existing vegetation and revegetate sections of private farmland, and Landcare has been instrumental in helping us achieve this.” Over 60% of Bass Coast farmers have some involvement in Landcare, with 850 local members spread across ten groups. In 2008/09 these groups planted more than 200,000 plants, protected and managed 324 ha of vegetation, installed 32 km of fencing and direct seeded over 25 kg of vegetation seed. The Landcare team also hold sustainability seminars for local residents and help landowners develop environmental management systems and farm management plans. It is this hands-on approach with a truly local focus, that makes Landcare so effective and the partnership with Council so important. “Council, the Landcare network and the partners are proud of our achievements over 20 years and look forward to more successes in the future,” said Paul. C

“Having Council’ support has allowed us to keep long term staff and build up some great relationships in the community,” explained Kellie. coast 99

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Inverloch’s RACV Resort is a nature haven and worth a wander…

The sun is peeking through a grey cloud as I pull in to the grounds of Inverloch’s RACV Resort. This silver lining gives me the break I need to escape the car and have a wander. Behind me is the roar of Bass Strait, but all is calm in this native bushland. A wallaby stops eating and stands still, ears pricked, watching my every move. I stroll along the path, and around the corner, the wetland opens up before me. A family of ducks is taken by surprise. Frogs chorus and tiny raindrops explode across the calm surface – all is peaceful at the Inverloch Resort wetlands. This bushland was always part of the plan. When designing the resort from scratch, the team at RACV took their chance to create or re-create what was once there. Project architects and landscape designers maintained the existing creekline and formed the wetland in the site’s natural drainage point. Traditionally a wetland, it was recreated, revegetated and then the wildlife moved back in. In conjunction with landscape architects and under the guidance of local authorities, 60 000 plants were grown using strictly indigenous seed stock collected within a 25km radius. These were planted across the 32-hectare site and are now thriving – and more are added each year. Walking and cycling paths wind their way through the bush, and recently 18 information signs and rustic timber seats were placed along their length. “Part of the agreement with the local indigenous people was to promote knowledge of the area and its past,” says resort manager, Caillin Flint. The signs give an insight into the flora and fauna, and the history of the Aboriginal people and how they used this coastal environment.

“The team receives a lot of comments about how much the guests enjoy the natural environment,” says Caillin. The indigenous garden concept also has huge environmental values. “The whole property is kept natural: it’s not neat and manicured. The garden has never required watering, and mowing of lawns is kept to only a few small areas. It has attracted over many species of birds along with wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas, frogs, insects and wombats – we see them daily,” Caillin says. The resort is also set up to collect rainwater from the roof that is stored in underground tanks for toilet-flushing. This year the team is trialling a program where organic waste from the kitchen is composted to be used on the herb garden. Local schools also use the grounds for environmental programs. The resort sponsors the ‘Bug Blitz’ program where 70 students come to study the insect world with help from local environmental centre volunteers. The rain has set in, so I continue to enjoy the magnificent view from the comfort of the restaurant with a warm mug of chai. In the distance, the fragile coastal strip of remnant banksias falls away to the beach and views along the Bunurong Marine Park. In the foreground, the previously startled wallaby hops past the window, and the ducks glide back across the water once more… C The grounds and restaurant are open to everyone. This eco-friendly resort offers a mix of value accommodation options from premium ocean view rooms and stylish eco villas through to a caravan park nestled in native bushland. coast 101

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Tree pruning and planting selections Tree preservation and maintenance Tree removal Consulting and Arboricultural reports

Qualified Call Peter Bateman 5674 3566 or mobile: 0411 072 929 Servicing Gippsland, Bass Coast & Peninsula

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Take the Plunge

Creative Gardens – Island Style

Rock Solid

A backyard pool is a dream for many, and Compass Pools can make this dream come true. When it comes to landscaping around your pool, they advise caution and the right approach: · Consult a Swimming Pool & Spa Association approved pool builder. · For landscaping works before or after the pool is installed, always discuss with your pool builder first p. 148

Island Landscape and Design’s Matt Crooks likes to takes on jobs from concept through to construction and completion. Matt’s small and talented team loves a challenge and relishes the opportunity to be creative. “The casual, coastal-themed gardens we have pioneered down here are now taking off in Melbourne,” says Matt. “We have an awesome array of products, and love to incorporate local artists and recycled elements,” he adds. Matt’s tip? “For optimum results, be upfront with your designer about your needs and your budget.” p. 140

Andrew Tranter is a highly-experienced stonemason who loves working with this natural product. Given that rock is forever, great care is taken in designing grand features such as paving, walls and entrances. Andrew will select and shape rocks into any feature you desire.  Turn your outdoor space into an exceptional landscape with Pinnacle Stone. p. 104

Makeover Your Home

Contemporary, Green Design

Tree Doctors

Trowelworks is an affordable option when your property needs a facelift, significantly increasing value & appeal to your home or investment. Render the house, style a driveway & landscape the garden - all with one team. Jake even source feature rocks direct from the quarry. Trowelworks will work with you to get maximum impact on any budget p. 100

James Ross Landscape Design specialises in contemporary, sustainable design and coastal landscapes. James’ construction background also allows him to offer project management which benefits his clients and allows the design process to flow through to the completion of the project. A passionate landscape designer, James has worked on high-profile projects both internationally and locally, including the Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens and a winning entry at the 2009 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show p. 86

Trees are an integral feature in our landscape and require careful management to optimise their health & longevity, enhance aesthetics and to sometimes manage risk. The highly qualified and experienced team at Arborzone Total Tree Care provides a wide range of arboricultural services to ensure your trees will remain safe and beautiful assets in your garden for years to come. Their professional services include tree selection & planting, pruning, problem tree removal, reports/ consultation & pest/disease management p. 102

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DISPLAY GARDENS NOW OPEN 886 Phillip Island Road, Newhaven, 3925 Ph: 5956 7397 Fax: 5956 7929 Sand, Pavers, Blended Soils, Screenings, Rocks, Pebbles, Sleepers, Barks, Mulches, Path and Driveway Toppings & Mesh and Trench Reinforcement, also PHILLIP ISLAND PRE-MIXED CONCRETE. We also have a large range of beautiful Garden Ornaments and Pots.


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Garden Supplies & Inspiration

Ready Set for Spring

Garden Art

Offering quality garden products to the public and trade for over 35 years, Island Garden Supplies has everything you need from bark, sand and soil to pre-mixed concrete. Be inspired by their extensive garden displays p. 104

Starting or maintaining your garden, either outside, inside or for culinary purposes? Ready Set Grow is a gorgeous lifestyle nursery stocking everything you need.  From seedlings to furniture, herbs to water-features and house & garden giftware. If their friendly and experienced staff don’t stock what you want they can source it for you p. 102

Beach St Garden Gallery is all about concept gardening. Their displays will give you the inspiration to create unique, themed garden spaces with everything from lighting and beautiful decorations to original artworks p. 106

Get The Job Done

Great Gazebo

Garden Shade

For the professional or serious DIY handyman, Loes Hardware has a full range of hire equipment, pool fencing, power tools and more p. 132

Outside gazebos are a great way to enjoy your garden landscape. Bring the inside out with a choice of easy to install gazebo blinds that can be enclosed for winter and open in summer.  Visit Dollar Curtains in Wonthaggi and check out their display p. 147

Van Steensel Timbers in Grantville stocks a range of shade sails & material for your garden. Their staff provide friendly, professional service and advice. Corner Bass Highway and Corinella turn-off p. 145

Also visit RACV Resort Inverloch

Australian Garden This outstanding garden celebrates the beauty and diversity of Australian plants and landscapes. Spring is the perfect time to visit the Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens and surrounding woodland. There’s a jam-packed program of events, plus a gift shop and café p. 98

natural bushland, walk and cycle paths p. 8

Archies on the Creek, Archies Creek landscaped gardens, stunning fountain and grounds p. 6

McCelland Gallery+Sculpture Park, Langwarrin walk amongst over 70 sculptures in expansive grounds p. 111

George Pentland Botanic Gardens, Frankston perfect for walks, picnics & weddings p. 110

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Leave the hustle and bustle behind. Relax and enjoy great coffee, all day breakfast and delicious restaurant-style meals. Specialty Wood-fired pizzas now available. Beautiful homewares, artworks, sculpture being original & made by Robert & Brigitte

South Gippsland Antique Centre South Gippsland Antique Centre Open Weekends & Public Holidays 7 Mine Road, Korumburra, Vic. 3950 Ph: 5655 2605 M: 0414 523 461

Specialising in fine quality furniture & decorative arts at affordable prices

now fully licensed

162 Beach Street, Frankston

T: 9783 7109

Tyabb Antique Centre Tyabb Antique Centre Open Thurs-Sun & Public Holidays 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm 1527 Frankston Flinders Rd, Tyabb, Vic 3913 Ph: 5977 4245

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Freshfield Farmgate Shop A one stop place to buy ‘All things Alpaca’. There’s great photo ops with alpacas on this picturesque property. Stocking a beautiful range of Alpaca products including Judy Craig’s exquisite one-off wearable art garments, Nuno felted products & Merino Snug products made in Australia. Majacraft double treadle spinning wheels & accessories. Felting & dyeing workshops held monthly. 895 Frankston-Flinders Road, Somerville Melway Ref: 107 C8. Phone 5977 9334. Open Fri–Mon 10am-4pm.

Aum Shanti Vegetarian Cafe & Gallery

Frankston Arts Centre

A journey that will delight all your senses!

DUDLEY MOORE The Man & His Music

· Vegetarian, Vegan & Gluten-Free · Genovese & Serenitea organic fair-trade coffee & tea · Aromatics spices (blended on the Peninsula) · Art & Jewellery by Peninsula artists · Aromae essential oils · Nag Champa incense & soy candles · Inspired recycled silk clothing for women · Eternal Creations ethical clothing for children · Ethical homewares, books & gifts to suit all ages

Saturday 18 September @ 8pm

MON –FRI: 7.30am-5pm (Seasonal) SAT:10am-4pm SUN: Closed (available for workshops & private functions)

WORLD PREMIERE See it first at Frankston!

Produced by Bold Jack, producers of Man in Black & the very successful Ultimate Jam Session tour. From Chopin to Gershwin & Ravel’s Bolero to jazz standards… pianist Daniel de Borah, full strings & rhythm take you on Dudley Moore’s fascinating life journey. Special Coast reader offer $29/ticket with promo code “Coast” Bookings: 9784 1060 or

Moonlit Sanctuary

Mt Eliza Farmers Market Craft Markets Australia Enjoy a day of discovery at Victoria’s Craft Markets. While around Frankston visit craft markets only a short trip away at Mornington & Red Hill. Unique gifts & décor, fresh farm & gourmet produce, & great food await. Red Hill - 1st Sat of month Sept - May Charity Market Oct 24th Sun 10am-3pm supporting Starlight Children’s’ Foundation. Mornington Racecourse - Sun 9am to 2pm, Sept 12, Oct 10, Nov 14 (Twilight Sat Nov 27, 3-8pm) & Dec 12. Ph: 0412 839 417

Moonlit Sanctuary The best way to see Australian animals! Kangaroos, koalas, Tassie devils & colourful birds & reptiles. Open daily 10am to 5pm. Or book to join our magical Moonlit Sanctuary evening tours into the night-time world of native animals, meeting endangered animals like bettongs, quolls, pademelons, gliders, & owls. 550 Tyabb-Toradin Rd Pearcedale Ph: 5978 7935

Come & buy gourmet delicacies & farm fresh produce direct from the source at this accredited farmers’ market. 8am –12:30pm 4th Sunday of every month Cnr Mt Eliza Way & Canadian Bay Rd Melways ref: 105 F1. Rain, hail or shine! Upcoming markets: Sunday 26th September Sunday 24th October Sunday 28th November. Enquiries: 0429 398 684

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We took a drive and discovered that Frankston City is a bustling coastal precinct brimming with galleries, history, cafes, shops, theatres and miles of picturesque coastline. On the eastern shores of Port Phillip Bay and only 40km from Melbourne, Frankston is a town in transition. Cultural aficionados have long been drawn to the area. In the early 1900s, for example, the Mc Clellands formed an artists’ enclave on the banks of Kananook Creek. It seems this spirit has not dwindled. Today, the cutting-edge arts scene includes galleries, public installations, festivals and its own Fed Squareesque space dedicated to promoting arts in all forms - from quality live performances to edgy sound and light exhibits. Many are discovering the joys of living and working in Frankston. It’s affordable, close to public transport and freeways, has great schools and universities, a good green ethic and is rich in cultural diversity. There are also many plans afoot for ongoing improvements to the city. Frankston City’s municipality covers a large area from Seaford Wetlands in the north to Frankston South and inland to the Western Port Highway. With a population of 128 000, it’s technically a city, but the seaside locale gives it a relaxed and open feel.

Along Kananook Creek, houses back onto the river, each with colourful furniture adorning their private jetties – à la Europe. These residences also front the beach - which is squeaky clean and alive with walkers and families. A short stroll away is the waterfront district, newly evolving with cafes, restaurants and the most incredible children’s play area I’ve seen in a while. And all this is just a hop step from the blue waters of Port Phillip Bay. There is a wealth of info to be sourced at the modern Visitor Information Centre located within the waterfront district. From this Centre you will find the sculptural work ‘Sight Line’ - an installation of nautical flags that stretches from the shore to the end of the pier. It adds colour and movement to this already vibrant cultural precinct. Speaking of culture, the Frankston Arts Centre provides it in spades. This premier arts and performance venue presents a top-notch program of cultural experiences including theatre performances, live music, and community programs. It offers a great alternative to city theatres, often presenting premieres and quality productions that rival any in Australia’s top cities. > coast 109

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Next door, the funky Cube 37 is a contemporary art space with everchanging exhibitions. Frankston has a large shopping precinct with an indoor centre and open-air strip style. The shops along Nepean Highway and in the streets behind are fun to explore. There are art galleries, hair and beauty salons (even an old fashioned ‘just for men’ barber shop), jewellery boutiques, cafes and quirky stores including gems like Record City Collectables that stocks a huge collection of vinyl LPs and rock memorabilia. You’ll find a variety of restaurants and cafes that reflect a renewed passion and appreciation for food and dining. Locals like to boast about the large number of international (especially Asian) restaurants now on offer in the town - including Indian, Thai, Greek and more. There are also established favourites like the Kananook Creek Boathouse, The Grand Hotel and new eateries boasting water views. To get out amongst it, enjoy a picnic in the George Pentland Botanic Gardens on the corner of Foot and Williams Streets, or venture further afield to cultural gems like the historic property of Mulberry Hill that was once home to Joan Lindsay, author of ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’. Add some culture to your beach stroll. Follow the Coastal Arts Discovery Trail. This series of public artworks stretches along Frankston’s foreshore from Oliver’s Hill to Seaford. There’s an accompanying brochure, and also signage that brings the area to life. Enjoy stories about the people who’ve left their mark on the area, including the Burley Griffins and Sir Roy Grounds. There are also fascinating and quirky tales about the ‘Seaford hermit’, resident ghosts and the community of bohemian artists that discovered the beauty of Frankston over 100 years ago. C Frankston events • Frankston Sunday Market – each Sun 8am – 1pm on Young St • Walk for Wildlife Event – 19 September 2010 • Dancing Around the World – 27-30 September 2010 • Pet’s Day Out – 10 October 2010 • Frankston’s Christmas Festival of Lights – 27 November 2010 • McClelland Gallery Sculpture Prize (biennial) – 21 November 2010 – July 2011 • Sandsculpting Australia – 26 December 2010 to 25 April 2011 • Frankston’s Waterfront Festival – 15-16 January 2011 • Ventana Latina Fiesta – 12 March 2011

For more information go to: or phone 1300 322 322.

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Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading Sculpture Park and Gallery set in 16 hectares of serene bushland, lakes and landscaped gardens in Langwarrin, 4 kms east of Frankston on the Mornington Peninsula. Entry by gold coin donation. ADDRESS : 390 McClelland Drive Langwarrin, Victoria 3910 Australia.

PHONE : +61 3 9789 1671 FAX : +61 3 9789 1610

OPENING HOURS : Tues to Sun : 10am - 5pm Closed on Mondays and some Public Holidays.

McCLELLAND GALLERY CAFE : Tues to Sun : 10am - 4:30pm Book for a meal or function on +61 3 9789 1671

Artwork Key: 1. Roman Liebach Wharf spears 2005; 2. Lisa Roet White ape 2005; 3. John Kelly Alien 2006; 4. Teisutis Zikaras Untitled (GPO) 1964; 5. Simeon Nelson Pollinator phenotype 2001 (detail); 6. Phil Price Grace 2007 coast 111

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Chasing the

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It is fair to say that Heath Brinsley’s first experience on a motorcycle was a dramatic one. Aged seven on board a neighbour’s Pee Wee 50, Heath broke free of his mother and ploughed into the backyard clothesline at full speed. Undeterred by the crash, Heath was hooked on motorcycles from that time on... As a teenager, Heath’s passion for motorcycle racing grew. His first after school job funded the purchase of a second-hand dirt bike but his appetite for speed and competition was not satisfied and he turned his focus to the dream of becoming a road racer. Upon joining a motorcycle racing club, Heath literally called every member on the clubs list to find a mentor and guide to help him get started. That search led him to Kevin Higgs, a successful club racer who took Heath under his wing and helped him find his first 250cc race bike - a bike paid for by Heath with every cent of savings from his job as an apprentice glazier. In 1999, Heath had his first experience of road racing on the Phillip Island track. It could be called a baptism of fire with Heath crashing 16 times in his first year but the experience only served to fuel his competitive fire and drive. “Getting on that bike, on that track, at those speeds; it was absolutely the scariest thing I had ever done, but it was amazing and I was hooked. I wore one suit of leathers for the whole season and it survived all 16 crashes with no repairs. I’ll be keeping that suit forever”. The next decade saw Heath progress from 250cc racing to his current class of 1000cc Superstock in the Australian Superbike Championships. Throughout this time, he faced the challenge of not only being competitive on the track, but also that of finding funding to keep the dream alive. “I don’t fear the speed or getting hurt, but I do fear having a crash with so much at stake. A crash feels like it goes on forever with everything in slow motion - you are sliding and watching the bike roll and cartwheel. While this happens, I’m thinking, “Can I fix the bike, can I fix the bike?”.

Heath is not one to let a challenge get in the way of his dream and continues to fund his racing career with a full-time glazing business and the sponsor support of fellow racers, family and friends in the business of bikes, who recognise his determination and endeavour to help him in any way they can in a challenging economic climate. Haydn Jones runs iMoto, a motorcycle parts and accessories shop in San Remo and is one of Heath’s closest friends and sponsorship supporters. “It is early days for iMoto and we are working really hard to build our business and get our name out into the marketplace. We support Heath in every way that we can but what we get back from him is so much more. He is so motivated, dedicated and professional and takes every opportunity to promote iMoto and his other sponsors. If we had more we would give more and there is no doubt that it is a good return on the investment. As our business grows, so will the support we will give to Heafy.” There is no doubting Heath’s determination and his current ranking is evidence of his talent and competitive drive, especially as he is racing as a privateer. Heath is already looking towards the 2011 season and is aiming to ride in the Australian Superbike Premier division. “You definitely need money in this sport. A lot of racers families have mortgaged their houses to keep them racing. It’s a full-time job for me to keep racing and I only do that with the support of my family and the sponsors I have. It’s easier when you are on a team, but as a privateer I’m still winning races and that is an amazing feeling. If I can land a big sponsorship deal and really focus on my racing, the sky is the limit.” Heath is currently leading the Superstock 1000 B Championship and will be racing at Phillip Island in round five of the Australian Superbike Championships 10 – 12 September. Follow Heath on

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The Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is unlike any other place you’ve ever visited. It’s a fully working chocolate factory with an extensive retail shop and café, as well as the home of Pannys Amazing World of Chocolate.

Visitors can discover over 200 different varieties of hand made delicacies as well as selections from an extensive menu of chocolate sensations in the fully licensed café. • Daily buffet lunch from 12 to 3 • Hot Chocolate made with real chocolate • Choc dipped frozen bananas

Home of Pannys Amazing World of Chocolate, a unique, interactive & educational celebration of all things chocolate.

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the need for speed

words sally o’neill photos christina prochazka & phillip island grand prix circuit

If you have the need for speed this spring, then head to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and see what’s new… The Hottest Laps Always wanted to be a ‘real’ racing car driver? Well, here’s your chance. Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit’s all new hot laps are as close to the real thing as you can get – in a GT3 Porshe no less! Strap yourself in to your 5-point harness next to experienced race driver Garth Rainsbury and enjoy the ride. Garth uses the Porsche’s whopping 390 Horse Power engine to take you to 100km in 3.8 seconds. This is a real race experience around Australia’s most spectacular track with sharp bends, awesome straight and sea views. Bookings essential. Go Kart Go The new fleet of imported Swiss Hutless Go Karts has hit the track and they are ready for you to enjoy. The new karts replace the existing fleet and also come with some engineering improvements. Powered by a 9-horsepower Honda four stroke engine, they can reach speeds in

excess of 60kph. Also, engineering modifications such as the wider and longer chassis help improve the handling of the karts and allow for better lap times. The 760-metre track is a scale replica of the main Grand Prix Circuit and has undergone recent safety and performance improvements. Also, designated family sessions are being trialled allowing younger kids and tandem kart users to enjoy their time on track without the pressure of older, more experienced drivers. If speed is not your thing, why not follow in the footsteps of motorcycle racing champions on a Guided Circuit Tour or visit the History of Motorsport display or just relax with a latte and lunch in the Champions Café. C Call 5952 9400.

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where to


Archies on the Creek

Chocolate Factory

Beach Street Garden, Gallery & Cafe

Claypot Curry House

Boonerwurrung Cafe

Connells Bakery

Cafe Chocolatte

Curry Leaf

Cafe Lugano

Grantville Pantry

Carmie’s Kitchen

Grantville Take Away

Champions Cafe

Harry’s on the Esplanade

81 Archies Creek Rd Archies Creek Phone 5678 7787 Unique culinary destination

162 Beach Street, Frankston Phone 9783 7109 Coffee, all day brekkie & lunches. Now fully licensed.

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne Cnr Ballarto Rd & Botanic Dve Phone 5990 2247 Casual dining & functions

1805 Phillip Island Rd Phillip Island Phone 5952 2283 Hot chocolate, chocs & more

71 Thompson Ave Cowes Phone 5952 5636 Funky vibe, perfect coffee

144 Marine Pde San Remo Phone 5678 5589 Delicious homemade food

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Back Beach Road Phone 5952 2710 Racing good food!

930 Phillip Island Rd Newhaven, Phillip Island Phone 5956 6600 For chocolate lovers

733 Turnbull-Woolamai Rd, Woolamai Phone 9705 2370 A true curry experience

33–35 Murray St Wonthaggi (opp Safeway) Phone 5672 1050 Friendly service & delicious food

Shop 9, Vista Place Cape Woolamai Phone 5956 6772 Great curries

Shop 7 1509 Bass Hwy, Grantville Phone 5678 8757 Traditional, homestyle fare

Shop 3/4 1524 Bass Hwy, Grantville Phone 5678 8757 Service with a smile

17 The Esplanade Cowes Phone 5952 6226 Delicious cuisine

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Palms at Kaloha


Kilcunda General Store

Pelican Views

The Esplanade Hotel

McClelland Gallery Cafe

Phillip Island RSL

The Puzzle Cafe

Mad Cowes

Phillip Island Winery

414 Berrys Beach Rd, Phillip Island Phone 5956 8465 Dine with wine & functions

23 A’Beckett St Inverloch Phone 5674 3444 Contemporary Japanese

Manna Gum @ Broadbeach

Pelican Views


5 Lindsey Close, Inverloch Phone 5674 1199 Asian curries & Australian fare

190 Marine Parade, San Remo San Remo Phone 5678 5206 Fish ‘n’ chips with sea views


RACV Resort

Wonthaggi Club

La Provincia

San Remo Bakehouse

115 Thompson Avenue Cowes Phillip Island Phone 5952 2655 Inspired restaurant & wine bar

Bass Hwy Kilcunda Phone 5678 7390 Beautiful food, stunning coffee & views

390 McClelland Dve Langwarrin Phone 9789 1610 Cafe, sculpture & functions

4/17 The Esplanade Cowes Phone 5952 2560 Phillip Island’s best breakfast

6 Smith St Warragul Phone 5623 2777 Gluten free fine foods

105 Corinella Rd, Corinella Phone 5678 0382 Fresh, home-style Italian

Cnr Steele & Chapel St Cowes Phone 5952 2236 Best seafood platter

190 Marine Parade, San Remo San Remo Phone 5678 5206 Fish ‘n’ chips with sea views

Cnr Cowes Rhyll Rd & Thompson Ave Phone 5952 1004 Dining for the whole family

70 Cape Paterson-Inverloch Road Inverloch Phone 5674 0000 Spectacular food & views

3–4 Ramsey Blv Inverloch Phone 5674 1922 Fresh & local seafood

1 A’Beckett St Inverloch Phone 5674 1432 Delicious meals & perfect functions

1805 Phillip Island Rd Cowes Phone 5952 2283 At Amaze’n’things - food & fun

Tomo Japanese

Phillip Island Tourist Rd, San Remo at Silverwater Resort Phone 5671 9300 Modern dining, now Asian inspired

16 McBride Avenue Wonthaggi Phone 5672 1007 Great menu & functions

153–155 Marine Parade, San Remo Phone 5678 5862 Pastries, treats & coffee

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‘ harrys

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on the esplanade

We experience the joy of fresh food made with passion.

In a modern world of fast food and even faster living, it is a joy to meet a chef who believes in slowing things down and going back to basics. Owner and executive chef Harry Schmidt has brought the pleasure back to eating. From the moment Danny shows us in to Harry’s on the Esplanade, we feel like old friends being welcomed home. Harry’s philosophy of food revolves around the idea of sourcing the freshest seasonal produce and creating everything from scratch, which is something that was ingrained in him as young chef growing up on the border of France and Germany. “Food is a passion, and as an apprentice I was taught to create everything from the ground up.” This is a discipline still closely followed. As we sit down, the aroma of freshlybaked bread wafts from Harry’s kitchen to the table, and is served with a delicious tomato chutney. Our waiter Danny hands us the extensive wine list, which offers over 200 varieties. “One of Harry’s hobbies…”. We settle on the 2008 Silverwater Vineyard Pinot Gris, which is a perfect way to start our meal. Scanning the generous seasonal menu, we are spoilt for choice and find it hard to settle on a selection. We decide to leave the decision to Harry and we are not disappointed. A sliced gravlax of salmon served on a bed of salad and avocado, topped with sour cream and salmon roe arrives, and we admire the simple yet stylish presentation. The combination of the sweetness of the salmon is balanced beautifully with black volcanic rock salt, along with the smooth sour cream and bursts of flavor from the plump salmon roe. As we sit and watch boats sail across the bay and local fishermen dock at the pier, a bowl of steaming mussel soup with a julienne of vegetables and a touch of saffron is placed before us. The rich and creamy soup just sings of the ocean, and is balanced beautifully by the vegetables. Portarlington mussels crown this dish, with a deliciously fresh whiting fillet sitting atop a generous crispy crouton. We agree that the fish tastes like it has jumped from the sea onto our plate. Danny leans in and whispers, “Straight off the boat this morning!” Harry’s passion for the freshest seafood finds him meeting with local fishermen as they dock with their catch. What he can’t source locally, he’ll hand-pick at the Melbourne produce markets in the early hours of the morning. And that doesn’t stop at seafood. Where he can, he’ll visit local producers to source fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. Having ongoing relationships with local growers ensures his menu is fresh and bursting with flavor.

Enjoying the lingering flavor of the soup, we decide on a 2007 Cockfighter’s Ghost Reserve Pinot Noir from Tasmania, which is full of cherry and blueberry notes, to accompany our mains. My friends are presented with a stunning dish of roasted duck breast with an orange and pomegranate sauce, matched with a Tasmanian potato gratin and seasonal vegetables. When I manage to get them to down their cutlery for a moment, they sing the praises of the melt in the mouth duck breast matched with the sweetness of the pomegranate sauce. As a vegetarian diner, I am delighted with the homemade herbed gnocchi with mushrooms and spinach in a fresh tomato sauce. The gnocchi resemble soft fluffy pillows which also melt in the mouth. With a small shaving of parmesan on top, I am in heaven! Harry’s food is fresh, wholesome and very more-ish. I can see a regular table being set aside for us here as the food is simply delicious. Prior to moving to Phillip Island, Harry ran a very successful restaurant on the Mornington Peninsula, and he still has a roving fan base that will travel far and wide to enjoy his food and hospitality. The beauty of the restaurant’s impressive menu and wine list is that they can comfortably cater both to those looking for a great meal at a reasonable price, and those who would like to make an event of dining out. Imagine Côte de Boeuf aged rib-eye of Phillip Island beef, silver-served with two sauces accompanied by a bottle of Penfolds 707… but the choices are endless. Danny tries to tempt us with dessert, and though our bellies and appetites are well sated, we decide we must share one. A warm apple pudding with maple sauce arrives with a late-picked riesling. We all insist that we can only manage a spoonful, but the speed at which our pudding disappears is a testament to its tastiness. Finishing with a strong coffee and a sticky chardonnay from d’Arenberg is the perfect finale to a wonderful dining experience.

Harry’s on the Esplanade Upper Level, 17 The Esplanade, Cowes, Phillip Island. 5952 6226 Opening hours: Lunch and Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday Breakfast on weekends Fully licensed. Bookings required. Great children’s menu

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Fantastic Sports Bar and Entertainment venue: Juke box or live music, TAB and Pool table. Thirsty Camel Bottleshop and Drive Through. Tabaret, friendly staff and great service. Modern Bistro, open 7 days, Alfresco dining, new summer menu with seniors meals available, breakfast every Sunday 8.30 –11.30. Try our Sunday night Buffet from 6pm, a great selection of dishes to tantalise your tastebuds

aptain’s ounge

Captain’s Lounge restaurant is the newest, most beautiful restaurant in town. A sophisticated menu and elegant surrounds, you couldn’t find a more perfect place to celebrate a special occasion! Weddings, Engagements, birthdays, conferences and an amazing dining experience.

1 A’Beckett St Inverloch

03 5674 1432

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what’sfresh spring fresh at archies

Visit Archies On The Creek this spring to experience their fresh menu. “Spring in Gippsland heralds the start of the Asparagus season in Koo Wee Rup; in our dining room we will be paring jumbo spears slow cooked in brown butter with a slow cooked egg, beetroot carpaccio and walnut hollandaise,” says Sierra Dunton. Make a booking today! 81 Archies Ck Rd, Archies Creek Call 5678 7787

connells bakery Same delicious food, same friendly service, brand new premises! Connells Bakery has expanded offering you more space to relax and enjoy their yummy food.

carmie’s kitchen There is a fresh new look for Spring at Carmie’s Kitchen. Renovations have just been completed ready for you to relish, relax, be comfortable and take in the sea views.  144 Marine Parade, San Remo Call 5678 5589

palms at kahloa

33–35 Murray Street Wonthaggi 3995 (opposite Safeway) Call 5672 1050

Asian Inspired at silverwater

Watermark Restaurant is offering fresh, Asian options this spring.Their new and inspired chefs are cooking up a storm. Jason Calvin enjoys creating such delights as ‘seared rare marinated yellow fin tuna with saffron and tuna consommé’. Amy Lee looks to her Korean heritage to prepare dishes such as ‘bulgogi’ – meat cooked over an open flame. Sublime food and spectacular views – what could be better? Watermark Restaurant, Silverwater Resort, San Remo Call 5671 9300

Brendon & Donna are the new owners of the iconic restaurant at Kaloha Resort. Palms at Kaloha offers delicious food that is creating a buzz with the locals, especially their seafood platter. Make your reservation soon. Cnr Chapel & Steele Street Cowes Call 5952 2236

manna gum @ broadbeach Broadbeach Inverloch is built around a magnificent manna gum tree that forms the centerpiece of the resort. The on-site restaurant named after this tree is open for business and causing quite a stir. Manna Gum @ Broadbeach is owned and operated by the renowned restaurateurs Greg and Sue Roylance. The restaurant features slow cooked Asian curries and contemporary Australian fare, with indoor and alfresco dining - perfect for functions. 5 Lindsey Close, Inverloch Call 5674 1199

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Carmie’s Kitchen

Carmie’s Kitchen

144 Marine Parade SAN REMO VIC 3925 Phone: 03 56785589 Fax: 03 56785596

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myfavoriterecipe oroshi beef steak

Tomo Modern Japanese, Inverloch

Lucky Inverloch is able to enjoy Tomo’s modern cuisine at his restaurant in A’Beckett Street. Here he shares one of his favourite recipes.


Ingredients sauce

50ml mirin 1 tbsp mustard 50ml balsamic vinegar 50ml soy sauce 60g fresh Enoki mushrooms 60g fresh Oyster mushrooms 60g fresh button mushrooms 1/3 leek ½ Chinese radish 250g eye fillet beef 1 tbsp oil 1 tbsp mustard


1g salt 1g black pepper ½ tbsp butter 1 tbsp oil 1 tbsp light soy sauce ½ tbsp garlic

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1. Peel Chinese radish and grate it – remove water. 2. Julienne the leek and deep fry shreds in oil at 170 degrees for about 5 seconds.

3. Sauce – mix sauce ingredients in a pot and heat - do not boil. 4. Heat a pan and add oil, enoki, oyster and button mushrooms, garlic,

salt and black pepper. Fry for about 2 minutes and season with butter and light soy.

5. Heat a pan and add oil. Add the beef fillet and cook both sides on a

high heat until brown, then put lid on the pan and remove from heat. Leave about 5 minutes for medium rare.

6. Slice beef, serve mushrooms and mustard on a plate and lay the beef slices in the middle. Add grated radish on top of beef, garnish with leek and serve. C

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With comfortable modern surrounds and a fantastic range of entertainment options, the Phillip Island RSL is the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite meeting place. Whether its coffee with friends, dinner with family or a special occasion, our friendly staff and great menu make every visit memorable!

Phillip Island RSL

Open 7 days â&#x20AC;˘ For the benefit of members and guests The ANZAC Room is ideal for weddings, engagements, birthdays, corporate dinners, and conferences. Our boardroom facilities also accommodate smaller training groups or conferences, and the Lone Pine Bistro is ideal for smaller functions and social events. Visit our website for more information, including upcoming events!

Cnr Cowes Rhyll Rd & Thompson Ave, Cowes, Vic. 3922 Tel. (03) 5952 1004

Cnr Chapel & Steele Street Cowes

Best seafood platter in town Open Tues-Saturday evenings or anytime for private functions, Weddings & parties. Wednesday locals night all main meals on the menu $15!

Join us for the Melbourne Cup Luncheon

ph: (03) 5952 2236 email:

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“A kitchen good enough to marry. Sleek, functional and stylish … with all the rubbish out of sight and all the good stuff out on show … like the ideal man.”

the chance-glance home words sue webster photos warren reed

An imposing double-storey home standing square on a prime piece of Silverleaves real estate looks like it has earned its place in life. But behind the stylish front door lies a tale of a spooky stray chance... When Gary and Rosalie Simmonds decided to finally bite the bullet and move their lives, their three dogs and their business full-time to Phillip Island, they knew a fresh start was needed. They had lived in their East Doncaster home for 36 years, and owned an old holiday house on a Cowes block. They had toyed with the idea of moving to the island full-time and had been looking at designs to replace the tired old house. But they found nothing they liked. “We knew that a two storey design would work because of the slope of the block and the surrounding trees,” said Gary On a visit to Colin Dartnell of New Dimension Homes, Gary noticed a computer-generated image in their office. It was a concept house – unbuilt, even undrafted – but Gary knew it was The One. The chance glance. He recalled: “I said, ‘That’s it, that’s what we want. That’s it exactly’.” The 39-square brick veneer boasted four bedrooms, a double garage and extensive patios, balconies and outdoor living areas.

For a couple that likes having friends to dinner, the large, free-flowing entertaining areas were a plus. Visitors enter through the imposing foyer into a formal sitting and dining area, or saunter through to the spacious and relaxed family space connected to the kitchen at one end, and a sunny outdoor entertaining area at the other. Rosalie was particularly taken with the defined formal living area and the separate family space, which meant she had room to place her lounge and dining settings from her Melbourne house. The couple liked the stone fascia columns of the concept diagram, so insisted they were repeated. They even copied ideas for the front garden design from the picture. But they also wanted to include their own adjustments. This was the first home they’d ever been able to modify, so they were keen to add their custom touches. Ducted vacums went in, and a couple of powerful reverse-cycle air conditioners that keep the place toasty even on a freezing July day. An early requirement was for a garage big enough to house Gary’s 21ft boat and a driveway with an apron large enough to park the boat for washdown.> coast 129

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Inside, the solid door of the study was replaced by an opaque sliding glass door. For Gary, a finance broker running his own business , this means he can be at work but not cut off from the household. “Gary calls this room the nerve centre,” laughed Rosalie. Rosalie’s personal style is evident in the neutral tones heightened by accessories. Her basic palette is a creamy buttermilk with lots and lots of photos of family – and pets - gracing the walls. She insisted on shelves added into the built-in wardrobes to optimise storage space. And she wanted cupboards – what woman doesn’t? And then more cupboards. And then a kitchen good enough to marry. Sleek,functional and stylish … with all the rubbish out of sight and all the good stuff out on show … like the ideal man. The couple has five grandkids, and the upstairs bedrooms are designed to house a mob while keeping the homeowners apart in a luxurious resort-style apartment featuring his-and-hers walk-in wardrobes and a huge bathroom. The hero statement, however, is the large balcony beyond the bedroom looking out onto the banksias and the bush setting beyond. Rosalie is keen on balconies, and modified the original plan to include a wide north-facing balcony servicing two of the guest bedrooms. She has taken over one of these rooms as her own nook – a sun-drenched hideaway with a walk-inrobe - while the others serve as guest bed-

rooms. Eventually the balcony will look out over the swim-spa they have planned for the backyard. And if they tire of that, there’s always the beach one street away. “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been since we’ve been here,” she said. “I just feel blessed.” The pair report a trouble-free 18 months of construction, and speak glowingly of the contractors and project management that allowed Rosalie to change her mind… and sometimes have it changed for her. “Originally there were to be timber balustrades, but the project manager said, ‘You’re not having that!’ He knew they wouldn’t suit the rest of the house. The treatment was changed to steel cable with rigging screws and steel handrails – mimicking the deckwork of a boat. It was a similar story with the front verandah fascia, originally designed to be a heavy-looking timber beam. The builders suggested a lighter, less clunky look and the resulting boomerang-shaped panel in a glowing pale tone against the pale sandstone-coloured brickwork gives the second floor a floating feel when seen from the street. “When we bought this as a holiday house, we thought it would be years before we’d get around to building the new house. But I think it’s good to have done it sooner rather than later,” Gary said. “If we’d waited until we were older, we wouldn’t have had the energy to make as much of it as we have.” C

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• Registered Master Builders • New Homes & extensions • Townhouse/Unit Developments • Design & Drafting services


design & construction residential & commercial

Display Office at 75–77 Phillip Island Tourist Road, San Remo 3925 Call in for free quotes & expert advice

p. 03 5678 5777 f. 03 5678 5515 w.

Flooring and blinds

155 Thompson Avenue, Cowes Ph. 03-5952 1488 Fax. 03-5952 1348 Furniture and beds

contemporary home solutions

22-24 The Concourse, Cowes, Phillip Island 3922



Floor Coverings

interior - exterior - packages

vases - cushions - rugs

carpet - vinyl - timber


Window Coverings

mattresses - beds - manchester

interior - exterior - motorisation

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Live the lifestyle... Fortunes and lifestyle are being created by ordinary people everyday, Why not you?

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Use technology to reduce paper waste. Make the switch to online marketing and sales. A website is a dynamic business tool to promote your products and services around the clock to every business and household worldwide, reducing the need to print brochures. If you rely on paper-based brochures, catalogues, newsletters, price lists or order forms, talk to Meehan Design and move your business online. Engage and educate customers, increase sales, cut down costs and reduce your impact on the environment with a website. Electronic brochures Email newsletters Mailing lists Search engine optimisation

Product catalogues Online shopping portal Image galleries Update content instantly

Visit or call (03) 9495 1265 and make the switch.

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15 Falls Road Fish Creek 03 5683 2481 0423 721 593 0421 209 878 Inverloch | available all areas Christina Prochazka 0400 981 090 weddings | portraits | commercial

monthly exhibitions of contemporary artwork | art materials | picture framing email: opening times thurs-mon 10am-5pm

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21 second ave, Cape Woolamai


Call Sian on 0418519181 or 59566377

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Robert Barron, Gooseneck Pottery, 60 Kardella Fairbank Rd. Kardella. (via Korumburra) 3951 (03) 5655 2405

each day 9am-3pm 71 thompson avenue cowes

5952 5636

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original pieces and occasional exhibitions by selected artists

furniture, objects and paintings created on site

andrew mcpherson gallery workshop 5 Falls Road, Fish Creek T 56832661 M 0417370596 E W hours 10:30-4:30 friday-monday

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Nicholas Road Leongatha South, Victoria Phone 0448 996 386

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1SOUL Streetwear & Body Jewellery

Insight Elwood Stussy Freshjive Mooks Mossimo TUK Shoes


from 10 am - Inside & Out LIVE MUSIC FROM 11AM

Crazy & Colour cosmetic contacts also avaible at

Main Street, KONGWAK, Victoria (only 10 minutes from Inverloch)

For more information call Jane on 0417 142 478

141 Graham Street, Wonthaggi (03) 5672 5338

L&J TUDDIN restorations



Quality hair design at a friendly price! specialising in colour, cut, bridal and styling


Mon 12pm–7/8pm Tues 10am–5/6pm Fri 10am–6pm Sat 10am–2pm Other times by appointment barber shop open 7 days coast 138

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0401 438 399 21 Thompson Ave Cowes (Located inside barber shop)

RESTORED FURNITURE FROM EUROPE & CHINA Over 20 years experience. Private restoration available. Antiques to contemporary. The Antique gallery is located between the Inverloch Motel and Inverloch Nursery. Open Fri-Sun 10am-5pm. Public & School Holidays or by appointment. 37 Powlett Street, Inverloch Tel/Fax (03) 5674 3982 Email

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41 Phillip Island Rd, Newhaven 3925 Consultations available at Cowes Medical Centre - Tues 8.30am - 12.30pm

For Appointments ring 59 567002 A/H Emergency Repairs ring 0412 231 268

Simply Blooming Gorgeous

Darren George Hair Sunderland Bay, Phillip Island Phone: 5956 7743 Beach Style, City Chic

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ultra premium, anti- aging, vegan certified products for the whole family

71 McBride Avenue Wonthaggi M. 0414 460 839 T. 5672 1708 F. 5672 5154 E.

swiss skincare and cosmetic range pure safe botanical products for the whole family no mineral oil & no animal fat or animal by-products personal consultations pamper parties consultant opportunities

fiona van meurs 0413 765 088 shop online:

Flowers • Workshops • Giftware • Photography = = = = = =

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Inner Space Design

innovative environmentally sensitive building design

6 boathaven grove, san remo 3925 tel:

03 56 785 638


03 56 785 015

mobile: 0408 138 065 email:

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Come in and meet, Darrel, Michelle and Tara, new owners enjoying the real seachange

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ClayPot Curry House Authentic Sri Lankan Cuisine 733 Turnbull-Woolamai Rd Woolamai

ph: 5678 8535 Shop 3/4.1524 Bass Highway Grantville

Wed 11am–8pm Thurs 11am–8:30pm Fri-Sat 11am–9pm Sun 11am–8:30pm

Winner of the 2010 Bass Coast Hospitality award phone. mob. email. www.

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Opening Hours Sat: Lunch 12–2pm Dinner 6–9:30pm Sun lunch: Group bookings Open: Daily during Summer, School Holidays & Public Holidays.

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Hours Closed Tuesday Mon-Thurs 4pm–9pm Fri-Sun 12pm–9pm Holidays 12pm–9pm

Local fresh produce with seafod straight fron the boat, Island grazed beef and lamb and in-house bakery. Accommadation available.

Take Away or enjoy a unique dining experience under the stars in our country courtyard dining huts - weather permitting licensed and BYO . All Halal food available. all cards accepted Specialty curries; crab prawn fish and biryani Curry Leaf Takeaway Phone 5956 6772 Shop 9 Vista Place Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island

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Waterfront dining with panoramic bay views 17 The Esplanade Cowes, Vic.

Ph (03) 5952 6226

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Í Í Í Í Í A Five-Star James Halliday Winery

• Modern Australian food • Gluten Free Available • Fantastic Foreshore Views • Open for breakfast and lunch • Phillip Islands best breakfast Shop 3 & 4/17 The Esplanade Cowes phone: 5952 2560 email:

414 Berrys Beach Rd, Phillip Island Cellar door: Thurs–Sun 11am–5.30pm Open daily, school & public holidays Phone:(03) 5956 8465 Mobile: 0419 523 996

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The finest seafood in Inverloch freshly prepared and cooked daily Local and other Australian seafoods Catering for gluten free

23 A’Beckett St Inverloch 3996

p 5674 3444

3–4 Ramsey Blv Inverloch Vic 3996 Telephone: (03) 5674 1922

Selling fresh fish and Crayfish from our Boats and great fish and chips. Enjoy healthy eating and friendly service Offering a large diabetic, low fat, low sugar menu – Good for everyone!

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fish and chip cafe

Delicious focaccias,

soups and salads

Catering available

Breads, European Pastries & Cakes, Special Occasion Cakes, Cafe Foods & Fresh Coffee Proprietors Paul & Roberta Smith 153 -155 Marine Parade, San Remo

Tel. 5678 5862

Come and visit the Co-ops Information & education centre now open daily 11:30am–2:30pm Pelican View Fish and Chip Shop established by the San Remo Fishermans Co-op. 190 Marine Parade, San Remo 5678 5206

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OrphFund Shop

Photography & Crafts from around the world

All purchases help raise vital funds for Orphfunds projects, benefiting street children and orphans

we spend so much time making our advertisers look good... doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave much time for us!

Coastal Refrigeration & Airconditioning

Rick North is a fully qualified refrigeration & airconditioning technician with over 20 years experience in trade as well as installation. Rick also provides after sales service. Servicing Phillip Island & surrounding areas. Commercial & Domestic Refrigeration & Airconditioning. Sales, Installation & service of all major brands. Contact Rick North Ph: 5956 6301 After hours commercial breakdown

ARC Authorisation No: AU22840

Call us and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do it all; Consultation, Coast Photography & Graphic Design Book early for summer Call Taylor 0432 273 107

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FENG SHUI by Fran Gleeson Home • Office • Garden

Inspire Motivate Cleanse Harmonise Prosper FRIENDLY & EXPERT ADVICE

Call Fran 0437 072 027




Distributors for South Gippsland





03 5662 2217 0418 595 346



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22/8/10 11:53:12 PM where to stay, eat, shop – fashion - builders – property – gardening & green – live the dream

directory Accommodation

Fashion on the Coast

Quest Apartments Cowes


Prom Country Accommodation & Booking Service


RACV Resort Inverloch


Denis A. Hawkins


Evan’s Petroleum




Goldsmiths Gallery


Loes Hardware


House of Indiana


Lacy Jewellery Studio & Gallery


National Tiles



Hunter & Minx


Studio 41 Mornington




Silverwater Resort San Remo


Jean Depot


Van Steensels Timbers






Woodwork Solutions



Garden & Green Living

L&J Tuddin Antiques




Bass Coast Landcare


Professional Services Chrisp Pictures


Meehan Design



Vision ‘n’ Life


Mallani Wines


South Gippsland & Tyabb Antique Centre


Compass Pools


Property & Retirement

Southern Bazaar


Cowes Primary School


Broadbeach Inverloch


Crossover Cycles


Hidden Harbour




San Remo Realty


Beach Street Garden Gallery


Finding the Grain


Seagrove Estate


Frankston City Visitor Centre


Green Heart Organics


Shearwater on the Island


Frankston Arts Centre


James Ross Landscape Design


South Coast First National


McClelland Gallery+Sculpture Park111

Island Garden Supplies


Island Landscape & Design


Pinnacle Stone

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Artists & Galleries Arty Farty Gallery


Anita Stepan-Ross


Celia Rosser Gallery


Cheryl Petersen Galleries


Gecko Studio Gallery


Gooseneck Pottery


McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Parks


Pod Trading

Mingara Gallery


Ready Set Grow

Mosaics by the Bay


Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne 98

Ride the Wild Goat


Simply Blooming Gorgeous


Saraghi Art Space


Sunplus Solar


Valley Plains Pottery


South Gippsland Landcare




Van Steensels


Builders, Designers & Consulants Beaumont Concepts


Phillip Island Vineyard & Winery 142 Purple Hen Winery

Restaurants & Cafes



Moonlit Sanctuary


Freshfield Alpacas


Aum Shanti


Mount Eliza Farmers Market


Craft Markets Australia


Archies on the Creek


Beach Street Garden Gallery


Cafe Lugano


Carmie’s Kitchen


Claypot Curry House



Connells Bakery




Curry Leaf


Bass Coast Landcare


Esplanade Hotel


Compass Pools


Grantville Takeaway


Cowes Primary School


Harry’s on the Esplanade


Crossover Cycles


Brewer Homes


Hair, Health & Beauty

Infused Restaurant & Wine Bar




Burke Homes


Ally de la Rosa


Kilcunda General Store - KGS


Finding the Grain


Darren Brown Design


Ashley Brooke Hair Design


La Provincia


Green Heart Organics


Home Design & Construction


Amcal Chemist Cowes


Mad Cowes Cafe


James Ross Landscape Design


Inner Space Design


Bass Coast Regional Health


Mangowood Gluten free fine food 94

Island Garden Supplies




Body Essence


Manna Gum @ Broadbeach


Island Landscape & Design


New Dimension Homes


Darren George Hair


Palms at Kaloha


Pinnacle Stone


Pod Trading


DK Denture Clinic


Pelican Views


Pod Trading


TJ Building Consultants


Emily Flutterbys


Phillip Island Chocolate Factory 114

Ready Set Grow


Outer 2 Inner


Phillip Island RSL


Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne 98

San Remo Pharmacy


San Remo Bakehouse


Simply Blooming Gorgeous


Supreme Dental


Schnappers Fish & Chips


Sunplus Solar


Tomo Modern Japanese


South Gippsland Landcare


Education Cowes Primary School


Entertainment, Markets & Events Amaze n Things


Heath Brinsley Racing


Kongwak Market


Phillip Island Chocolate Factory 114

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1 Soul

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit


Royal Botanic Garden Cranbourne 98

Home & Homewares 147

Watermark @ Silverwater Resort 141



Dollar Curtains & Blinds


Wonthaggi Club

Van Steensels


Finding the Grain


Trades & Hardware

Fran Gleeson Feng Shui


Bass Coast Refrigeration


National Tiles


Carpet Call


Southern Bazaar


Coastal Refrigeration


South Coast Furnishings


Dollar Curtains & Blinds


Simply Blooming Gorgeous


Carpet Call


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Huge range of tiles Phone: 5672 3215

Expert Advice

Huge Range of carpets Phone: 5672 1861

Endless Choice

Huge Range of Window finishings Phone: 5672 4535

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