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Coast life Check out what locals are up to around the coastline
15 minutes of fame Phil Dell - Wonthaggi Barman
2 (coast) people We talk to local music legends Ian Bevington & Sue Henderson
Where to eat A quick handy guide on where to wine, dine and snack
Love that coffee Grant from Watson’s on Whitelaw shares his coffee secrets
Dine out We review the fabulous Foreshore Restaurant at Rhyll
My favorite Recipe Damien Hinchcliffe from the Jetty shares his creation
Coastal secrets Koonwarra (pg 38) & Wonthaggi (pg 56) exposed
Getaway Escape to Eugenie’s at Inverloch
Travel Experience World music at its best at WOMAD in Adelaide
Around town A snapshot of life
Arts & Events guide Find out what to do in the area
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features Hangin’ with Ringa 16 Glyndon Ringrose talks about his surfing life On your bike Breathtaking rides around the coast
Cover Story -’Tex’ McKenzie The Dalyston cowboy talks about finding a place to belong
Kongwak market We check out this quirky, retro market in the Gippsland Hills
Out of Africa San Remo doctor, Howard McCormick travels to Africa
Love Shack We check out a funky little hideway in Wonthaggi
Weaving her magic We explore artist Pat Dale’s weaving artistry
Hooked on Diving Woolamai couple Neil & Sandy Cooper talk of underwater wonders
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Editorial Say Cheese! Calling all coastal hibernators. Yes - that means you! I know it’s cold outside and we all like to cosy up in the comfort of our lounge rooms, but how will you ever know about all the hot stuff going on around the coast if you stay at home? I’ve got ‘Disco Hammond’ playing on the stereo - make that a record player - that I recently acquired at a local retro market to which I am making a right old dag of myself jumping around with some friends. Kongwak market (see page 37) is a great place to visit on a chilly Sunday afternoon. With its cast of characters, and all the groovy things on offer, you might just find yourself developing an appreciation for the good ol’ Hammond yourself (heh heh). While I prefer more leisurely pursuits like visiting a new winery (check out the review on Lyre Bird Hill page 20) and indulging at local restaurants (see the review on the Foreshore Restaurant at Rhyll - Page 25) there are others that won’t let the chilly weather deter them from their passions. Diving enthusiasts (page 54 ) Neil and Sandy Cooper go below sea level to talk about their underwater adventures, while legendary surfer Glydon Ringrose is out in the pumping winter swells (page 16) talking about his surfing life. In the blustery weather, you might have spotted a lonesome cowboy on the roads around Dalyston. Well ‘Tex’ McKenzie spills the chaff on his colourful life and sheds a little light on what it’s like to be a coastal cowboy (page 34). Even the mice seem to know its winter, and over the past few weeks our house has been overrun. Friends laugh at my ‘mouse friendly’ trap which is more of a mouse “relocator” than anything else. Either the same little rodent is making daily house calls after being let out in the garden - or he is telling all his mates about the “free cheese & room” offer at our place. Mice aside, we are very excited to introduce Shelley O’Garey, the newest member of our Coast team who will take care of our fabulous advertisers. After discovering that you can’t squeeze 28 hours into a day, we are so pleased to know that our advertisers will be looked after under Shelley’s gentle, professional care. On a final note, my ever clever husband wanted to finish with the ‘mouse in the house’ cheese gag. He says “Hey Maria, as the editor, you would be the ‘big cheese’, and when we take the photo’s we ‘say cheese’; so that make Shelley our ‘Krafty single’?” Well - I thought it was funny! See you in Spring . . .
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I love the friends I have in Wonthaggi. I’ve been here since I was three. We’re in the country, but I love the fact that we’re only minutes away from the Beach at Cape Paterson.
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On Equinox the Earth and Sun are in perfect balance and harmony - with the sun centered between the Northern and Southern hemispheres, and centered between the earth and sky. On the 21st of March 2006, people from around the planet meditated to the rising sun to create a wave of positive mass conciousness. A group of friends gathered on sunrise at Phillip Island to celebrate peace and harmony for the earth and humanity.
music Rodrigo and Gabriela
The dynamic Mexican acoustic guitar duo mesmerised audiences recently at Meeniyan Hall (as a part of their world tour) with a feast of high octane Jazz, Flamenco and rock guitar - with just a hint of Metallica.
Get those feet moving! Learn how to glide and sway to Ballroom, Waltz and new vogue at Wonthaggi Town Hall.
tai-chi Described as ‘meditation in motion,’ Tai Chi soothes the nerves and calms the mind. The movements stimulate the flow of Chi - which translates as ‘vital energy’ around the body. The movements improve balance, coordination and flexibilty. Local participants enjoy a mind, body and spirit workout at Newhaven Hall.
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turtle smugglers Come rain, hail or shine, these dedicated swimmers are out in the elements of nature. Meeting every Tuesday and Thursday at Rose Avenue, Cowes, the ‘Turtles’ welcome new swimmers with open flippers.
Once dubbed by Rolling Stone Magazine as ‘the best unsigned band in Europe,’ hothouse flowers made a welcome return to Australia. Proudly brought to South Gippsland by the Lyrebirds Arts council.
bellydance bass coast artists are set to take Cube
37, Federation Gallery - Frankston by storm. The seven female artists, including Jo Jo Spook, Monica Finch, Fiona Kennedy, Amanda Robbins, Sharon Kenney and Beryl King express gender roles, making choices and how women perceive the world through a variety of artistic mediums. A common thread within their work expresses different backgrounds, being true to yourself and your individuality.
justforfun Ain’t no better way to get out in the fresh air and enjoy yourself than with a rollicking game of bowls. President of the South West Gippsland Midweek Bowls group recommends the ‘Strictly social days. ������������������������ ’ “We purely play for the fun of it,” he says.
Bring your belly, a few scarves, have fun and get fit. Learn the ancient art of belly dancing at Mitchell Community House in Wonthaggi.
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Move over Charlie’s Angels! This dynamic sales team finds no mission impossible. Whether you want to buy or sell your property, the girls from San Remo Realty are up for the challenge. Why not call in, or give them a call on 03 56785 141.
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After so many enquiries about the beautiful shell that ran on the cover of Coast’s autumn edition - we’ll let you in on a little secret. You can purchase your own exquisite shell at Island Living - 154 Thompson Ave, Cowes. Call Bill Ryan on ph 03 5952 2541 for availability.
funky swedish designs Lookout Wonthaggi! Don’t miss NORDIC DESIGNS upstairs at the Plaza Arcade, on Graham Street. Full to the brim with stylish Scandinavian fabrics, cushions, designer Tshirts and home wares, pick up a unique designer piece for yourself - or grab a special gift for a friend. Definitely worth a sticky beak. You can call Cecilia Holden on Ph. 03 5672 5513.
christmas in july
Ho Ho Ho! For those of us that can’t wait till christmas - now you don’t have to. Come celebrate christmas in July with Jill at Tudor Treats, in Cowes. Indulge in puddings, mince pies, turkey with cranberry sauce and more, while marvelling at the trees and festive decorations on display. Tudor Treats will be celebrating christmas for the whole month of July so stock up early on your decorations and enjoy the festivities. Tudor Treats, Shop2, 2 Chapel Street, Cowes. Ph. 03 5952 2951
new crew @ cafe lugano Bursting with fresh faced enthusiam, Wayne Foster and Amy Luke are the proud new owners of Cafe Lugano, Cowes. Attracting many fans at The Jetty, Wayne (ex head chef @ The Jetty) and Amy are excited about their new venture together. They offer modern style cafe food such as Foccacia’s, Pasta, Salad’s and all day breakfast. Occasional specials like middle eastern dishes, stir frys and curries will make a welcome appearance. They will still provide the coffee lovers favourite ‘Di Manfredi’ coffee, and have a great new range of fresh, locally made cakes on offer. Fully licensed, the pair are excited to stock the brand new ‘Purple Hen” winery range. Cafe Lugano, 1 Thompson Ave, Cowes is open 9-5, days. Ph 03 5952 5636.
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We chew the fat with Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club barman of 33 years, Phil Dell, about the club that was started in 1910 by a handful of thirsty miners and a couple of nine-gallon kegs at the back of the Wonthaggi Recreational Reserve. What have you learnt about people in your time as a barman? Be friendly to people, and most of the time they’ll be friendly to you. I reckon 99.9 per cent of people are good. If there were ever any fights, they’d be straight out of here. It’s a nice friendly club, it’s gotta be, you know, we’ve got women about now. You learn to talk to any sort of people working here and you learn how to bulls**t in-between. You got to laugh. I stir all the girls up around here. They call me BOB now - Bloody Old Bastard! What’s the best thing about your job? In the early days I used to know everyone - I was about 30 when I started here. You get to meet people and have a lot of laughs. It’s a good job. The people have kept me here. The worst thing? Nothing much really. Though in the old days there were a lot of fights between the miners - practically every night. I’d have to break them up - but I always had plenty of help. That’s the old days, you’d get used to it. Touch wood, I’ve never been hit (but) I think that’s just a fluke! What’s the funniest experience you’ve had in the bar? One night we were locking up and came back into the bar and someone was snoring under one of the pool tables. He was drunk and we had to get him up because we had to lock up. He was okay, but he thought the floor looked pretty comfy so he curled up under the table. Any frightening experiences? About 25 years ago I had a gun pulled on me by the police. They were looking for army blokes and they knocked on the front door of the club. The copper had a gun pointed at me. I nearly s**t myself – I could’ve run a mile.
What’s the favourite drink at the club? We don’t sell any cocktails – it’s mainly beer and a few spirits. Beer is the biggest seller by a mile. I love beer. Miners owned and built this club. Even though the coal mines closed in 1968, the patrons are mainly all old miners - and they love a beer. The person you most admire? It would have to be my uncle, Chris. He was the manager here at the club, that’s going back some time now, almost 35 years. He started when the club was $9000 in the red and left when it was $9000 in the black. The bank was going to close them, but he got the club up and running again. The love of your life? My wife. We’ve been together 38 years in October. The secret of staying in love? I got a shed and I’ve got beer in the shed. My wife leaves me to it. I’ve got about 300 stubbies and beer coasters all over the walls. It’s got a television, video, a freezer and fishing rods all over the place. The boys come over of a weekend and we have a drink and a laugh. If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be? My wife and the grandkids, for sure. Grandkids keep you alive, I reckon. The best thing about where you live? It’s a friendly town. You can leave your house open. You don’t have to lock the doors, well you do now, but you never used to. What’s your motto? Just be happy and look after people. On my gravestone it would read “The whiting king!” coast 13
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beachlife It may be winter, but it wonâ€™t stop the die hard crew along this coast getting out in the big blue.
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How do you make the leap from riding dug-out canoes in wind swell to world championship surfing? Ask Phillip Island legend Glyndon Ringrose that question and you’ll find he has quite a story to tell. Glyndon was born in Vanuatu and spent time growing up in Fiji and the Solomon Islands before moving to Australia. “Mum and dad worked for a church organisation as practical missionaries so we lived in a few different places growing up,” Glyndon says. His parents undertook projects including setting up dairy farms and coconut plantations to help create sustainable communities. It was their time spent in the Solomon Islands that gave Glyndon his first taste of surfing. “We lived on this lagoon - the third largest in the world - and when the wind blew really strong we’d get in our canoes and ride wind chop waves down the lagoon,” he says. The traditional islander dug-out canoes proved a bit tricky in the waves as they were narrow, had no outriggers and were quite a feat to balance in. “Lots of times we’d race down the waves and nose dive or wipe out, but we just loved the rush of shooting down a wave so we’d just jump back in and paddle off again. We were having a great time,” he says. It was a picture of a surfer dropping down a huge wave that got Glyndon hooked. “I saw this guy and thought ‘I’ve gotta do that’,” he remembers. When the family moved to Australia, Glyndon was so blown away by the Port Macquarie surf that at the first opportunity he got his hands on a foamie (foam board) and quickly progressed to a single-fin fibreglass board. He started to compete at a basic level at the local board riders club. At 17, a move to the island saw Glyndon competing with the Phillip Island Club and then in the state rounds. “I just thoroughly enjoy surfing - I get a rush catching a wave,” he says. “It’s a challenge to surf every wave as good as you can.” He quickly moved on to the Australian circuit and titles which pushed him “just that little bit further”. A talented surfer, Glyndon spent many years on both the World Qualifying Tour and the World Championship Tour and found himself beating some of his own surfing idols. “Occy (Mark Occhilupo) was a bit of a hero to me. He inspired me with his style of surfing,” he says. “I beat Occy a couple of times - but you can’t let that go to your head ‘cos you’re only as good as your last contest - and people will remind you of that.” In the early days, Glyndon and his wife Kate travelled the surfing circuit in a camper van. “It was a good life,” Kate says. They both loved the fact that they could be right in the action of the competition but
had their ‘home on wheels’ to escape to for a little peace and quiet. “It was our own little hideaway right on the beach,” Glyndon says. Tour life was great fun for the young couple but taxing at the same time. Knowing the waves, where the best are coming from, understanding tides and variations means competition surfers have to able to adapt to any situation. Luckily Glyndon performs well under pressure and believes the best way to train is to get out there and surf. Walking along the beach, he says, “I’m thinking and feeling the surf the whole time. Watching waves, I’m surfing them in my mind. Thinking about turns and how to get my body in a better position and how to get out of bad habits. Trying to be the best and have that edge over your competitors takes a lot of focus.” In competition, Glyndon says, “you’ve got to try to dominate - but then it’s up to Mother Nature as well - you never know what she’s gonna serve up.” At a meet in Tahiti, Mother Nature was serving up her best at pounding Teahpuho, a spot where Glyndon recalls one of his worst wipe outs. Taking off on a monster wave, he was dropped in by a Hawaiian surfer, forcing him straight down the face with the wave closing out behind. “I jumped off and got a pounding,” he says. There was a huge set behind and Glyndon just kept getting hit. He was washed down to the inside section where all the waves meet and implode on each other. “I virtually had the chance to get one breath and then I was pounded,” he recalls. “In the end, there was so much foam in the water I basically started to suck that in. I was absolutely exhausted, and thought ‘I’m really gonna die here’.” With only a chunk of board left he eventually made it to his spare board and an even stronger respect for the ocean. Glyndon lives at Cape Woolamai on Phillip Island with Kate, his gorgeous wife of 12 years, and their blonde-haired babes Seth, three, and Isaac, one. He rates “Wooli” as one of his favourite spots on the island for surfing. “It’s got everything. You’ve got a variety of waves, banks and swells that are constantly changing,” he says. “You get a good rip running through the waves, and you get a lot of standing up time. I’ve always loved living on the island. Even when I go on tour, I just think ‘WOW’ when I get back,” he says. “There’s surf all the time - summer is fantastic - I just love coming home.” C
hangin’with words Maria Reed photo C ASP Roberston
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coast people Ian Bevington and Suzanne Henderson are passionate about music. The couple were instrumental in forming the Lyrebird Arts council, a group that brings music and world class acts to the South Gippsland region. They talk to Coast about life, love and a shared passion. Ian: I met Sue at the Melbourne Club 26 years ago and it was fireworks from the start. She is a very fiery woman and I thought she was so beautiful I just couldn’t keep my hands off her. Life with Sue is absolutely amazing. She supports my dreams and she has this incredible methodical mind. Sue comes from an accounting background and, though she’s not into that anymore, she supports me when I mention expensive shows. She can hit me straight away with a budget. Like the festival at Mossvale Park - she does all the budgets and handles the books. She’s just so clever with that side of life. All round, she’s just a great human being. I’ve always been involved in music. In the early days I played in punk bands. I was probably the world’s worst musician. I tried to do too much, too quick. At the time, I hated stadium music and I guess I was one of those people that was politically motivated against these big slick productions. I played trumpet - a monochromic-sounding instrument that doesn’t require a lot of chord changes, so I could blow it through a synthesizer and make a lot of noise. I played a little bit of guitar and made a lot of screaming, squelching noises. I realised pretty quickly that my talents were elsewhere. Music is a release for me. Some people surf, some people grow beautiful trees, for me it’s music. I’m a huge fan of Sufi music. Islamic in background, it’s devotional music that believes the way to God is through music. While I wouldn’t call myself a Sufi - I live to that aspiration. That’s how I’m released - I feel liberated by music. I used to travel two to three times a week to see gigs in Melbourne at the Conti (Continental) Hotel. It got to the point of the ridiculous. That’s how the Lyrebird Arts Council sort of started. I really believed we needed something down here to give people access to great music. Back when we started in 1999 we were a party of only about four or five people. We now have so many dedicated volunteers - the amount of work they do is phenomenal – it’s almost revelatory. Venues have lost a lot of what they used to have. Having to buy a $10 glass of beer and all that stuff destroys a gig. It’s a case of going back to the basics. Just to make people feel they can experience something special is great. You don’t have to make a lot of money, but
you do need to look after the artists and make them feel comfortable so they can put on a great show. With Paul Kelly, for example, we asked Brian Nankervis (from Rock Quiz) what Paul likes, you know, what he’d like to eat. He says, ‘corned beef and Sherrin.’ I understood the beef part, but I didn’t understand the Sherrin. I emailed him back and said ‘I’ve got the meat, but what’s a Sherrin?’ He said ‘it’s a football, you dickhead. Make sure there’s a football at the gig’. The minute Paul walked into the hall he noticed this Sherrin footy on the fireplace. Well, the first thing he did was grab the football and have a kick out the back. He ended up having five helpings of corned beef, and played the longest show of the tour - two hours and fifty minutes. Music is a really powerful entity and I believe it can change the world. It breaks down barriers and it can change the way people think. We live in amazing times and I think music can cross any boundary and give us a shared humanity. Sue: I was doing waitressing to earn some money as I spent most of my time back then skydiving. I met Ian at work. He had just started there as a cook and I was a bit intrigued. He came up and touched my ankle, and I thought ‘that was a very interesting pick up line’. Our first date was on the day John Lennon died. We were both devastated. We didn’t really know each other that well, but Lennon was mutually deep within our souls - that was 26 years ago. Life with Ian is never dull. More frantic and full of passion. He can go overboard in every direction while I’m a bit more - I don’t know - grounded. So, in that way, I think we make a really good team. I’ve always enjoyed listening to music, but with Ian it was always so much more. I’ve acquired a lot of musical knowledge, but it’s only secondary through hanging around him. One night Ian walked in and said ‘we should put music on - start an Arts Council’, so we did. We had so many memorable artists and gigs – that’s what keeps it going - along with the incredible volunteers. It’s extraordinary, you hear so much about temperamental artists and bad rock behaviour, but what we have found are the most amusing, friendly bunch of people, many of whom have become lifelong friends.
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wheretoeat A quick guide for great places to snack, wine & dine
Island food store
Harrys on the Esplanade
17 The Esplanade, Cowes Phone 03 5952 6226 Fine dining - Fresh seafood
115 Thompson Ave Cowes, Phillip Island Phone 03 5952 2655 Modern Australian food with Asian influences
23 Graham Street Wonthaggi, Victoria Phone 03 5672 1216 Intimate dining
71 Thompson Avenue Cowes, Phillip Island Phone 03 5952 5636 Modern style cafe food
Restaurant & Bar 11 Beach Rd, Rhyll, Phillip Isl. Phone 03 5956 9520 Lunch & dinner by the bay Substantial a la carte menu 2/75 Chapel Street Cowes, Phillip Island Phone 03 5952 6400 Simply good food
8-10 Forest Avenue Newhaven, Phillip Island Phone 03 5956 6766 Modern Australian cuisine Freshly schucked oysters
The Esplanade, Cowes, Phillip Island Phone 03 5952 2060 Modern Contemporary food
Thompson Ave Cowes, Phillip Island Phone 03 5952 5070 A seafood twist
60 McBride Avenue Wonthaggi, Victoria Phone 03 5672 1611 Fabulous coffee, cakes & meals
8 Williams Street Inverloch, Vic. Phone 03 5674 2129 Modern Australian and international cuisine South Gippsland Highway Koonwarra Village, Victoria Phone 03 5664 2285 Organic food, wine & produce
Shop 2, 72 Chapel Street Cowes, Phillip Island Phone 03 5952 2951 Delicious home made foods
Watsons on Whitelaw
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What began as half an acre of grape cuttings with three grape varieties has blossomed into a boutique winery; and a winner of prestigious awards. Lyre BirdHill is located on the outskirts of picturesque Koonwarra village. Owners Robyn and Owen Schmidt’s warm hospitality extends well beyond the fruits of their labour fine wines, verdant offerings from the orchard and accommodation to be proud of (RACV 4+ Star Rating). Saturday night’s ‘Dinner with the Winemaker’ is a great way to enjoy good company, conversation and Robyn’s expert cuisine. Three course dinners incorporate superb local lamb and beef, with various dishes inspired by the Mediterranean. Fruit from the orchard present in luscious desserts, such as the spiced poached quinces served with rose scented panna cotta, or the popular sticky pear dessert cake. Owen ensures a range of wines are carefully selected to complement the menu. Alternatively you can come down for the day - pack a bbq or a picnic and relax in the quiet of the surrounding countryside, complimented by one of the Estate’s crisp whites or smoky reds. After lunch you might fancy a stroll down to the summerhouse or linger by the fountain. You may find yourself immersed in the vineyard gardens savouring the flavours of an oak Chardonnay with
butter scotch characteristics or an intense spicy, berry nosed Pinot Noir with overtones of toast and new French oak! For those that want to linger a little longer there is a choice of accommodation. Contemporary, modern and spacious facilities incorporate three guest rooms with ensuite in the main house. Enquire about the ‘Phantasy Special’ named after a wine made from 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay grapes - the perfect aperitif. House guests are invited to join together in front of the open fire with a glass or two of fine wine from the Estate, or on the garden terrace on a summer evening. A hearty country breakfast reflects seasonal produce. Tasty omelettes with local goat’s cheese and fresh herbs from the garden, homemade preserves and fruit muffins are some of the delicious tastes on offer. A 3 bedroom, self-catering cottage sleeps up to 6 guests, furnished with young families in mind. A child secure playground and sandpit is adjacent to the dining area, and a cot and high chair are available. Catering both to the tourist trade and local clientele, Lyre Bird Hill Winery is open for cellar door sales and tastings daily from 10am to 5pm exceptTuesdays, all year around. Visitors can learn about the winemaking process at the same time. Owen & Robyn can be contacted on 5664 3204, email@example.com or www.lyrebirdhill.com.au C
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Full a la carte menu all day Modern Australian and international cuisine Fully licenced Gourmet Pizzas Winter Hours Mon-Fri 11am till late Sat-Sun 10am till late 8 Williams St, Inverloch 3996 Ph: 5674 2129
lovethat coffee Watsons on Whitelaw in Meeniyan is a swish little restaurant where city meets country.
winter opening hours thursday to sunday lunch thursday to tuesday dinner
saturday tapas menu monday thai dinner specials
Modern Australian food with some Asian inﬂuences
115 Thompson Avenue, Cowes 3922 Victoria p. 03 5952 2655 f. 03 5952 6540 e. firstname.lastname@example.org w. www.chicory.com.au
Leather banquette seating, stylish lighting, local artworks and an open fire all add to the ambience of this happening place. Chef Grant Gifford says, “It’s Melbourne quality food, served with country hospitality and prices.” The antique ceiling fan stands as a reminder of days gone by. The restaurant site served its former life as a butcher, a baker (and no - not a candlestick maker!), but rather - a bottle shop. It’s the place to stop for a caffeine hit if you’re in Meeniyan, or passing through on your way to Wilson’s Prom. Grant believes the secret to making great coffee is all in the roasting. “You want to make sure that the beans aren’t burnt. Golden roasting adds to the flavour and aroma,” he says. While you enjoy a delicious brew, why not team it with one of Grants’ unique Mediterranean desserts. The poached tomato dessert in asian syrup, with chocolate sauce is a local favourite. “You can taste the sweetness of the tomato, with a hint of liquorice and vanilla - it’s delicious,” says Grant.
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Announcing our FISH â€˜n CHIPS
Phone order service 5952 5070
use fresh fish and cholesterol free 100% Cotton seed oil. Grilled, crumbed & herb infused beer batter.
62 - 66 Thompsons Ave, Cowes. Phillip Island - Victoria
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Restaurant, Accommodation, Wedding catering & consultancy
“Our secret has always been to provide a quality product with attentive service and total commitment to our
wedding couple’s needs”
Weddings are our specialty . .
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The Foreshore Restaurant & Bar 11 Beach Rd, Rhyll, Phillip Island Phone (03) 5956 9520
Lunch and Dinner 6 days a week CLOSED TUESDAYS Fully Licensed Bookings recommended (especially on weekends & special events)
words Maria Reed photos Warren Reed
nthony Webber considers it his personal challenge to move diners from their wintery lounge rooms to a cosy spot by the fire, sampling warming winter fare at his waterfront restaurant.
We are welcomed at the door by our host (and part owner) Anthony, who alongside his wife Sue, runs The Foreshore Bar & Restaurant at Rhyll. While the picturesque fishing village may look quaint, this restaurant delivers everything you’d expect from a swanky Melbourne restaurant - and more. Originally from London, Anthony and Sue have had a long and colourful association with the hospitality industry. Anthony started his career as a chef, but his background was predominantly managing staff in the events industry, “where we would cater for private parties at the top end of the market - managing staff up to, and over 350,” he recalls. Sue also worked in the events catering industry, and ended up working on the business /accounting side. Together, their pooling of collective talents makes them an invincible team. The couple moved to Phillip Island in March 2005 with their children Hugh (4) and Chelsea (2). They took over the former tavern at Rhyll, renovating the restaurant to take advantage of the breathtaking waterfront views, both inside, and on the outdoor deck. The venue has an immediate feeling of warmth and an inviting ambience with earthy tones, wooden floors and stylish cane seating. Chocolate leather couches and corner banquette seating under soft lighting are just begging to be enjoyed with pre dinner drinks by the fire. Modern artworks, a feature stone fireplace and recycled wood all add to the stylish, relaxed feel. “We like to think The Foreshore offers fine dining in an informal, relaxed setting,” says Anthony. The menu is a collaboration of ideas from the Foreshore team including Head Chef James Gross and 2nd Chef Leigh Broomhall. The new menu offers a modern twist
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on international foods. For entree I enjoyed the Warm Tiger Prawn noodles which provided a perfect fusion of asian flavours, with the tender prawns matching beautifully with the freshness of snow peas, bean shoots and carrots on a bed of flavoursome noodles. My companion enjoyed the marinated ‘kanga’ skewers on a bed of butter and green beans, which he described as tender and delightful. The friendly and attentive waiting staff showed off the new wine list which included local favourites from the Phillip Island winery, and new kid on the block, “Purple Hen” as well as some Yarra Valley varieties, and a rather impressive showing of ‘top shelf’ reds. Mains arrived with anticipation. My partner’s Rib Eye of Pork topped with quince and cinnamon jus was artistically presented with the pork resting on a bed of wilted spinach, surrounded by delicate potato stacks. The fruitiness of the delicately spiced jus complemented the sweetness of the pork deliciously. My vegetarian palate was not disappointed with the Herb crusted mushroom basket - definitely a winter favourite. The combination of mushrooms and Jindi camembert wrapped in filo with a herb and parmesan crumble was a hearty dish that I would describe as a vegetarian’s perfect ‘comfort food’. As we sat back and enjoyed the ambient jazz music and watched the fire flicker, we tried to convince our rather full bellies that dessert was in order. My partner gave in to the pear and cinnamon spring rolls served with vanilla pod creme brulee, which was simply delicious. Anthony suggested the Latte mousse, with layers of coffee and white chocolate mousse, but my appetite was fully sated. With a fine selection of T2 teas and Segafredo coffee, it was the perfect finish to an even more ‘perfect’ evening. C
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fabulous food & provisions
A boutique winery with a fine selection of locally produced wines
Cellar door open 10am-5pm daily
the island food store
1835 Dalyston-Glen Forbes Road, Glen Forbes Victoria 3990 Ph. (03) 5678 8252 www.bassriverwinery.com
shop 2 / 75 Chapel Street,Cowes tel: 5952 6400
..JETTY.. p h i l l i p
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Vivian J Viglietti General Manager, The Jetty Restaurant
The Esplanade, Cowes, Phillip Island, 3922. Tel: (03) 5952 2060 Fax: (03) 5952 1829 Inbound Inquiries Tel: (03) 5952 2100 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 0419 560 604
COLD PRESSED EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Freshly shucked oysters
Modern Australian cuisine
Gold award 2005 Australian Olive Expo Krowera South Gippsland
The Esplanade, Cowes, Phillip Island Tel: (03)5952 2060 Fax: (03) 5952 1829 Inbound enquiries Tel: (03) 5952 2100 Email: email@example.com
Alllison Ehrlich Mobile: 0408 788 606 Phone: 03 9532 4282 Postal address: 253 Balaclava Rd North Caulﬁeld VIC 3161 Australia email: firstname.lastname@example.org
8-10 Forest Avenue Newhaven 3925 Phillip Island, Victoria t. (03) 5956 6766
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my favoriterecipe Garlic Prawns with Saffron Rice
Head Chef Damien Hinchcliffe from The Jetty Restaurant in Cowes.
Ingredients 6 peeled King prawns (de-veined) 1/2 cup Jasmine rice 2 Saffron threads - soaked in 50ml water 2 crushed garlic cloves 1 cup of cream 1/2 cup chopped parsley 10ml white wine Salad 1/4 cup finely chopped mint 1/4 cup finely sliced spring onions 1/4 cup chopped dill 1/4 cup chopped coriander 1/4 cup mixed lettuce 4 cucumber strips
Method Place rice and saffron in a pot, then bring to the boil. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes - or until cooked. Place prawns on a char grill and cook 2 minutes each side - then put aside. On half heat, place garlic, white wine and cream in a saucepan and reduce. Add chopped parsley to sauce and stir through. Serve rice on a plate, and arrange prawns neatly on top. Drizzle garlic sauce on top. Mix all salad ingredients together and dress with your favourite dressing. The garlic prawns match beautifully with the Jettyâ€™s seafood saffron ragu (with soft shell crab in tempura batter)and the orange jaffa with praline for dessert. coast 27 WInter Edition Final.indd 27
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the foreshore bar & restaurant Waterfront dining with panoramic bay views
Local fresh produce with seafood straight from the boat, in house bakery and home made icream
The Foreshore Bar & Restaurant is situated in the quite little village of Rhyll on Phillip Island. This unique setting with its amazing 180 degree water views has helped us to create a warm and relaxing environment for people to sit and enjoy good food, great coffee or a cool drink. Open all day from 11am.
17 The Esplanade Cowes, Vic Phone (03) 5952 6226
WAT S O N S
Our menu’s comprise of local produce, fresh seafood and dishes & influences from around the world. Lunch time we offer light snacks as well as main meals, in the evening we have a full a la carte menu to include starter, mains & desserts. Please refer to our web site for our menu’s. 11 Beach Road, Rhyll, Phillip Island Victoria Phone 03 5956 9520 Fax 03 5956 9039 Email email@example.com www.theforeshore.com.au
map coffee & homemade food
O N W H I T E LAW
For a “Quality Dining experience”
giftware & specialty christmas lines
gourmet food products mature wines from South Gippsland’s oldest vineyard
japanese gourmet products
Fully Licensed & Air Conditioned Wheel chair access
Hours of Operation BRUNCH / LUNCH Wed - Sun 9am-4pm DINNER Friday - Sat 4pm-12pm On the South Gippsland Hwy, Meeniyan Call us on 03 56 640 088 or Mobile 0434 614257
new releases Cup weekend other times call 0416 192 264 to arrange a visit
for more details visit www.windyridgewinery.com.au
527 Fish Creek-Foster Road Foster
Tudor Treats Shop 2, 72 Chapel Street, Cowes, Phillip Island Phone 5952 2951 Fax 5952 2951
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60 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi. Tel: 5672 1611
Coffee Excellence - Quality and service - Terry & Laura Valastro
Coffee & Cakes - a variety of coffex Coffee beans, foccacias, gourmet panini, pasta. Fully licensed - quality range of wines & beer. Coffee garden, Bialetti Range of Coffee making accessories & parts, Coffee loyalty programme, open 7 days.
by Adi Kerr Gullivers Wine Bar
Ermes Estate 03 Riesling/Malvasia Mornington Pen. Vic
Purple Hen 04 Pinot Noir Gippsland. Vic
Wayne Thomas 04 Petit Verdot McLaren Vale. SA
Napoleon Pedro Ximenez Spain.
Great to see a Riesling so interestingly blended with other varieties. Malvasia’s origins are from ancient Greece and mainly grown around the Mediterranean. Usually blended with varieties such as Trebbiano, Frascati and Sangiovese. This wine is soft, delicate and very aromatic. It’s got a crisp, clean finish with a light body. Almost Chablis like. Enjoy as an aperitif swilled with a Tuna or salmon Terrine.
The island (Phillip Island) now boasts a new winery in Rhyll. Rick & Marcus have just put barrel to bottle and have come up with a beautiful, well balanced Pinot Noir. A soft stone fruit and violet nose, while the palate offers a sweet, savoury and succulent cassis, with a ripe plum lengthy finish. All well rounded with fine dry tannins. Marries well with local Gippsland seared Venison.
A grape variety that has traditionally been used to good effect in Bordeaux. Now appears to be popping up in Victoria. Loaded with grunt and lip smacking factors. It sees a wonderful black and deep purple colour. The palate explodes with flavours of white pepper, liquorice, black currant and vanilla. Fine dry tannins, great balance and long peppery, plum after taste. Eat with a juicy, tender eye-fillet.
Although primarily produced as a sweetening agent, this thick sweet sherry is known for its huge, dark, deep powerfully rich, complex textures. Some PX’s are very old and can be compared in quality, weight and intensity. But most have the same character. Enjoy a neat measure after dinner, frappe’ over ice. Or simply lovingly pour over an apple & rhubarb crumble with ginger ice cream.
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EUGENIE’S luxury accommodation INVERLOCH
Holmwood Boutique Accommodation
Your host Michael Malone welcomes you to this boutique hotel style accommodation. Eugenie’s is all about indulgence. Located in the heart of Inverloch, just 50 metres from the beach, every room is luxuriously appointed and has an ocean view. Guests have the choice of a private spa and direct pool access, or the Penthouse suite, with views stretching across Bass Strait. Enjoy champagne and chocolates on your arrival. Eugenie’s has a small conference facility so corporate clients are welcome.
Set in a quiet tree lined street in central Cowes, close to the beach, award winning Holmwood Guesthouse is the perfect accompaniment to Phillip Island’s natural attractions, offering a variety of accommodation.
Your hosts Eric and Serena van Grondelle 37 Chapel St (Cnr Steele St) Cowes, Phillip Island, 3922 Phone : 03 5952 3082 Fax : 03 5952 3083 firstname.lastname@example.org www.holmwoodguesthouse.com.au
www.eugenies.com.au 16 Ramsay Blvd, Inverloch p. 03 5674 6121 m. 0407 343 843
Jo Ablett . Counsellor
. meditation . counselling . art classes . workshops . retreats
51 Harris Road, Ventnor p. 03 5956 8306 m. 0417 078792 email@example.com
relax Five star luxury on the waterfront
Your hosts, Peter&Sayuri, 9 Beach Road, Rhyll, Phillip Island. Phone (03)5956 9022 firstname.lastname@example.org www.youkisonphillipisland.com
Disabled rooms and facilities available
* One single and one two bedroom unit for people with disabilities * Hydraulic lift for easy access to pool *12 units, 9 double & 3 family rooms * Indoor heated pool & spa * Breakfast/Conference room * Austar Pay TV * Easy walk to shops & beach * 24 hour security
24 - 26a AʼBeckett Street Inverloch Victoria 3996 Ph 03 5674 1311 03 5674 1377 Fax 03 5674 2173 web www.promcountry.com.au email email@example.com
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health&beauty Is your skin losing its summer glow? Is it looking a little dry or having a complete breakout? Sounds like you’ve got the Winter Blues!
With the dramatic changes of season, our skin can create its own dramas to reflect climatic change! If you have noticed changes to the skin you live in, then read on to findout how you can combat the effect of ‘winter skin’. A good skin care routine is essential to maintain healthy skin on your face and body. And it can be broken down into a couple of easy steps which anyone can follow. The first step is cleansing and toning. This should be done both morning and night to remove impurities and dirt from the skin, further tightening pores to prevent them from becoming clogged. Following the all important steps of cleansing and toning should be a good moisturiser. If possible use separate moisturisers for Day and Night as they work in different ways on the skin. Another important treatment is a once or twice weekly application of an oil, lotion or mask which is usually applied after cleansing the skin. Treatments can vary as some require you to leave them on for up to 12 hours while others might be as simple as a 5 minute mask. These treatments tend to be concentrated and therefore a bit stronger, so you should always consult your Pharmacist or Pharmacy Assistant before using them, especially if you have sensitive skin or allergies. This is a basic skin routine and can easily be expanded to incorporate different products such as eye creams, lip and contour areas. Cowes Pharmacy has professionally trained Pharmacy Assistants who can help tailor a skin care routine to suit your needs, so your winter skin can be restored to its former vibrant, glowing summer complexion! C
We offer professional Clarins make-overs for weddings, debutantes and special occasions. Bookings essential.
Cowes Pharmacy 24 Thompson Ave Cowes Vic 3922 Tel. 03 5952 2061 Fax. 03 5952 2499 firstname.lastname@example.org
OPEN 7 DAYS
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With so much spectacular coastline on our doorstep, the best way to explore the countryside - and do your heart and lungs a favour - is to get on your bike. There is such a variety of on and off-road rides in the region that the biggest decision is where to go first. By open invitation, a group of bike riders gathers in the dawn light outside the Cowes Mini Mart to enjoy a ride. Organiser Ash Scott says anyone is welcome. “If you’re coming into the area and want to ride with some locals we’ll be happy to show you around,” he says. The group meets on any given day at 7am at the Thompson Avenue store. “Sometimes we’ll ride a lap of the island, and as we don’t really have any protection from the winds down here, it can really toughen riders up, especially for events.” It is easy to see that the islander is passionate about riding and has been from a very young age. “I used to borrow my neighbour’s Dragstar,” he says. “I’d practice scooting along in the local car park with my feet off the pedals trying to get my balance and one day I nailed it. I was pretty stoked.” At Christmas his parents rewarded the seven-year-old with his first bike - a blue and orange Malvern Star BMX – and a life-long passion began. The transition from BMX to mountain bike was a revelation for Ash. Before the 26-inch mountain bike wheel came about, the only choice for off-road riding was the BMX, with the smaller wheels meaning riding great distances wasn’t much fun. The invention of suspension allowed adventurous off-road riders to explore without “getting your eyeballs rattled out of your head,” says Ash. Off-road riding also provides the opportunity to enjoy nature without having to compete with cars. The mad keen off-roader has been competing in mountain bike races since 1999. “It’s pretty high intensity stuff,” says Ash. “There are a lot of short, sharp, hill climbs and steep descents so you have to work pretty hard on your cardiovascular training.” Despite his skill, Ash has no ambitions to represent Australia, saying he enjoys “pushing myself” for the challenge and fun – although there are a few injuries. “Luckily most of the falls I have broken with my face,” he laughs. “That’s the beauty of wearing a helmet - most of my falls are taken on the forehead, and my glasses and helmet generally take the rap.” Ash says there are plenty of opportunities for riding in the area with The Gorge a personal favourite that gives riders not only a challenging ride, but a bird’s eye view over the coastline from high up in the Bass Hills. Travelling around the back of Dalyston, Kilcunda and the Woolamai racecourse gives riders a challenge with three steep hill climbs. “You can bust your boiler to get up there,” Ash laughs, “but your reward is you earn your descent. It’s like a rolling recovery.” So what are you waiting for? On yer bike! For riding enquiries phone Ash Scott on 5952 2533. C
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Have you seen a lonesome cowboy ambling down the highway at Dalyston on his trusty steed of late? Well, Colin ‘Tex’ McKenzie may look like a lone cowboy but there is so much more to his character which fits neither description! Colin McKenzie doesn’t like stereotypes and refuses to be labelled. He has walked many miles on the bumpy road of life and has found a semblance of peace at a farm nestled in the hills of Dalyston. “I grew up in an orphanage and left when I was fifteen to join the navy,” he reflects. In an attempt to leave one institution, Colin felt he made the mistake of rushing into another. He was sent to Vietnam but was eventually discharged as “unsuitable”. Five years and 28 jobs later, Colin found he was looking both for himself and a place to belong. “I got involved in the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang and after doing plenty of other crazy stuff, I was really just looking for some place where my type of personality could fit in,” he says. While Colin appreciated motorcycles, he did not relate to the harsh, aggressive culture that went with it. “I knew I didn’t belong. It just didn’t fit that peaceful inside,” he says. Having experienced an alcoholic father, Colin made a conscious decision to move away from anger and try and find peace. At 24 he found his faith. “It wasn’t like a lightning bolt or anything but I knew I’d changed my life,” he says. “I went to a meeting with all my colours on - and this picture painted on my bike’s tank - and I felt really embarrassed. I’ve made many mistakes in my life, done things that I’m not proud of, but I asked for forgiveness and it really was a lifechanging experience.” After 14 years as a member of the God Squad, Colin still felt he hadn’t found a place where he truly belonged. “You gotta be who you are,” he says. “Even, to a lot of people that go to church, I say, ‘just ‘cos a mouse lives in a cookie jar, it doesn’t make him a cookie’. You got to be honest, you got to be open and be aware of
your own weaknesses. We’ve all got them. I find if you are kind, people respond to that. If you’re harsh, people want to ‘go’ you. The bike culture never really suited how I felt.” As a youngster Colin had always admired cowboys and loved horses which were ‘always on television at the time.’ Having spent time in America, and after making some strong friendships with cowboys he met at a rodeo, the life always held appeal. “It’s a romantic sort of life,” he says. “It’s peaceful, quiet and calm - and if you’ve got a good horse, you’re ten steps ahead.” To people that try and place him into a ‘box’ and ask why he dresses as he does Colin says “you don’t have to prove yourself if you just be how you are. Unlike a motorbike, you can have a relationship with an animal,” he says. “It’s give and take, and the formation of trust and friendship.” While there is a little bit of larrikin in him you get the feeling that Colin is at peace when riding along the road on his faithful companion, Lippy. “I can’t whistle in tune, and the horse wobbles along. I get to sing and nobody tells me to shut-up,” he jokes. Lippy is happy on the roads and you can tell Colin feels blessed to have him. The pair have their own language and can communicate without speaking, which Colin describes as a sixth sense. “Say you’re blind, you pick up another sense, say taste or smell. Horses can sense fear and if you’re scared they pick up on that,” he says. “You’ve got to stay cool and in control - and reassure them.” Colin’s philosophy is that you teach a horse with kindness. “If you’re cruel or hard they will do what you want but it will be done out of fear. If you do it with kindness, it will fix itself,” he says. >
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“I can’t whistle in tune, and the horse wobbles along. I get to sing and nobody tells me to shut-up.”
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“Let’s face it, we’re all on the road to dying – it’s how you live that makes the difference.”
After so much searching has Colin found a place he can truly feel at peace? Yes and no. While he loves the landscape he calls home, you get the underlying feeling that there is still a place in his heart that is yet to be filled. “Being a human being is very complex,” he says, drawing our conversation to a close. “All the money in the world doesn’t count. The fastest way to round up cows is slowly. Everyone is in such a hurry - human nature can be very base. You get proud, you think you know everything, but when a rich man and a poor man are in the morgue, side by side and scrubbed up, you wouldn’t know the difference,” he says. “In ‘Lonesome Dove’, old Gus said to Woodrow ‘it’s not dyin’ I’m talking about, it’s livin.’ On reflection he says, “let’s face it, we’re all on the road to dying – it’s how you live that makes the difference.” C
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Cute, quirky and oozing with country character, Kongwak market is ‘kool.’ The sign leading into the lush green, ‘chocolate box’ hills of Kongwak in South Gippland reads ‘valley of peace.’ While this is true of most days, the Sunday market turns this quiet little town into a hive of activity. Just on three years ago, organiser Jane Seaholme was asked to set up a market in the old timber yard/shed. “I wanted the market to have that personal feel about it - where you’d know lots of people, and everyone’s friendly. It’s a place where you could buy a book for three bucks, or pick up something quirky. And it’s also giving a little bit back to the community,” Jane says. They have raised three thousand dollars for the local hall, and helped pay some local musicians via bucket collections at the front gate. “It’s a lovely little market to escape to year round,” says Jane. New friendships are made at the communal 50’s retro tables over spicy curries and hot coffee. Bands play in the ‘shed’ and the gas heaters give added cosiness and warmth in winter. If you looking for some fun and frivolity this winter, head on down to Kongwak Market. “It’s not only cool. In winter it’s ‘hot’ as well,” laughs Jane.
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Located an easy 2 hour drive from Melbourne, Koonwarra village became the first Eco-wise town in Australia in 2004, with all businesses committing to managing their waste in a sustainable way and promoting an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Stroll around the village, flanked by walking trails through wetlands and forest, and you’ll see they walk the talk. The village is renowned for the quality food and shopping on offer. The iconic Koonwarra Store operates as the local newsagency, post office and café. The Store is regarded as one of the finest country restaurants in Victoria, showcasing local organic produce and local wines in their seasonal menus. A short stroll through the sunny, flower filled courtyard and gardens leads to Revamp Apparel, a designer recycle boutique where you will find a exquisite range of international labels and local designer items. Thomas has extended his range with Revamp Interiors, where you will find a sumptuous range of antique and retro furniture.
Opposite the store is the delightful Artisans Workshop - then you’ll be led by your nose with enticing fragrances from the Escentials healing centre. Beatrice from The Escentials Shop specialises in natural cosmetics made on the premises, along with pampering gifts, beauty treatments, aromatherapy and massages. Next door you’ll discover Australia’s first organic cooking school. Catering for cooks of any age, Peaceful Gardens organic cooking school is a place where people can reconnect with the simplicity of good food and the handling of organic produce. Create and feast on organic breads, soups, cakes - and more, in the friendly farmhouse >
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kitchen. Wander round the back and you‘ll find a delightful pagoda overlooking stunning gardens, forest and ‘Nature’s Abundance’ nursery. The nursery carries a wide range of herbs - from common varieties to the rare and unusual. With bushfoods, natives, ornamentals and a beautiful range of garden accessories, you will be able to create your own garden paradise. If you are visiting the area check the dates for the regional farmers market. With a bounty of fresh produce on offer, it is a great opportunity to meet the farmers and producers. A few minutes drive further down the road you will find Lyre Bird Hill Winery and Guesthouse. A small scale, boutique vineyard, Lyre Bird Hill produces cool climate red and white wines. The Guesthouse is rated RACV 4.5 stars and is a perfect retreat from hectic city life or one too many reds at the cellar door. C
Come and enjoy the open fire with a glass of fine estate wine, then stay the night in 4 1/2 Star comfort for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast. Refresh with a garden and vineyard walk. Cellar Door open every day except Tuesday, for tastings & sales
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You know you’re in Africa when a traffic jam is created not by cars but by a lion chasing, killing and eating his dinner on a major highway. It puts a whole new slant on “roadkill”. You also know you’re in Africa when the airport runway does not require the clearing of flight stairwells and ground crew, rather, wart hogs and antelope. For Phillip Island doctor Howard McCormick, and his wife Helen, a recent medical conference in East Africa could not have been a further stretch of the imagination from their island home. As a boy, Dr McCormick lost himself in the Jungle Doctor books which fuelled his dreams of going to Africa. “In my earlier years I contemplated setting up a mission hospital in Africa but it didn’t come to pass for a number of reasons,” he reflects. But when he spotted an advertisement for a medical conference in Africa it was a chance he couldn’t pass up. The conference was held in Kenya and Tanzania which allowed for travelling and sightseeing as well as the opportunity for learning and meeting local practitioners. A busy daily schedule contrasted the wilds of Africa on safari along with a tamer program of lectures by specialists including an endocrinologist, lung specialist and plastic surgeon. “A local Kenyan doctor was asked to talk to the group about his experiences,” recalls Dr McCormick, “but cancelled as he was called in to perform an emergency caesarian section. We rebooked him, he didn’t turn up again - another emergency C-section. Third time lucky we managed to pin down the young doctor to a lecture you could only describe as absolutely incredible.” At just 28, Kenyan doctor Amos Ndhere cares for 115,000 people at a local hospital in Loitoktok in the southern region of Kenya. Along with treating patients with malaria, skin diseases, HIV and AIDS, the doctor was accustomed to performing emergency surgery after animal attacks with injuries including fractures, bites and penetrating abdominal injuries. “Amos had just given us the most amazing lecture and then he sat through the two final lectures with us,” says Dr McCormick. “One looked at the use of Botox and the other on how best to make best use of your tax savings. We were really quite embarrassed but Amos didn’t seem to mind.”
A firm friendship developed during the time spent together and the group started a conversation with Amos on how best they could help him and his community. “Amos has a keen interest in gynaecology so we managed to fly him out to Australia to spend time with specialists here so he could gain more knowledge,” says Dr McCormick. As a result, the young doctor wants to go back to Kenya and study infertility which will make a huge difference to his community. ”One thing that my father taught me is you can’t always help those that help you - but you can certainly help someone else,” says Dr McCormick. With this philosophy in mind, Dr McCormick has produced an exceptional coffee table book on Africa for the armchair traveller, with the proceeds going towards a new ambulance for Amos’s community. “The last ambulance was donated by the Australian Government in 1971, 35 years ago, and as you can imagine with the roads and conditions in Africa, it is pretty worn out,” says Dr McCormick. Many of the photographs of animals in the book were taken on safari. “The image of the white rhino and its calf was taken from the back of an elephant,” says Dr McCormick. “We were only three to five metres away. Luckily rhinos and elephants have a mutual respect for each other.” Cars and elephants are another matter. On one particularly exciting expedition, the group watched intrigued as a male elephant attempted to become a little amorous with a young female elephant. Deciding that she wasn’t interested in his attentions, the female moved over to the safety of the herd, at the other side of the tour bus. The rather frustrated male was getting edgy and if not> coast 43
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for the quick reverse by the driver, the bus and its passengers could have been toppled and even trampled in the heat of the moment. The people of Africa also feature in the book with the Masai of particular interest to Dr McCormick. “Their understanding of a hospital is that it is a place to die,” he says. “They would delay treatment until such a point that they were nearly dead - and then it became a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Although the Masai only make up about five per cent of the population of east Africa, they are probably the most widely-recognised tribe thanks to their striking appearance, colourful dress and amazing ‘jumping’ dance. “They are very canny traders, powerful warriors and the only cattle herders in the area,” say Dr McCormick. Part of the Masai’s belief system
is that they were given all the cattle in the world when they were created by the gods. Other tribes also believe this, ‘choosing’ to grow grain rather than go up against their countrymen. However problems arose when the English came with their own cattle. The Masai believed that they had been stolen and quickly took them back. So what’s next for the travelling doctor? “Well, I have just been commissioned to do three more books to raise money for worthy causes with conferences being held in China, Antarctica and the Amazon,” he says. But before he heads off on more travels, Dr McCormick leaves us with a little gem of wisdom. “A young boy was on a beach with thousands of starfish that had washed ashore. He was picking them up and throwing them back in, picking them up and throwing them in. An old man comes along and asks ‘what are you doing?’ and the boy says ‘I’m throwing the starfish back in’. The old man says ‘didn’t you notice there are thousands of starfish here – it’s a waste of time throwing them back in’. The boy goes down, picks up a starfish, throwing it back in, and says ‘made a difference to that one!’ You can’t help everyone, but you can help someone and that’s what we’re aiming at.” The current publication East Africa 2005, by Dr Howard McCormick, is being published. If you would like to help raise money for a new community ambulance and enjoy the wonders of Africa from your armchair write to Dr Howard McCormick, C/O Amos Books, PO Box 256, Cowes 3922. Dr McCormick is happy to take orders, and payment is not required until books are received. C
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promotional feature Wetlands are making a welcome comeback to Victoria’s coast; helping to restore the natural environment at Broadbeach Inverloch whilst returning an abundance of life and activity. words Natalia Thompson A fish breaks the surface of the shallow pools as a dragonfly zips past. A bird gently lifts and takes graceful flight across the salty marshes that head towards the sea. Frogs chime harmoniously with the calls of a Great Egret, and a Black Swan rests lightly on the water. Welcome to the allure and wonder of wetlands; where water meets land to create one of nature’s most productive, intricate ecosystems. Wetlands can make a spectacular transformation to a local landscape and environment. This concept is illustrated beautifully at Inverloch on the Gippsland Coast. Nestled near the sheltered Anderson’s Inlet, (formerly land degraded from generations of cattle grazing) the land here is being transformed into paradise for a diversity of life forms. The natural colors and forms of the surrounding landscape will be revitalised with the return of native vegetation to this idyllic coastal location. Brimming with microbes, fish, frogs and other aquatic life, Inverloch’s new wetlands will act as a land-based equivalent of an ocean’s coral reef, providing a ‘biological supermarket’ and safe haven to a large range of amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish and mammals. Sadly, without the wetlands, many of these animals would disappear. Freshwater ecosystems like those at Inverloch cover just one per cent of our planet’s surface, but they hold more than 40 per cent of the world’s species, and 12 per cent of all animal species. Essential to their life cycles, the cast of players on the wetlands changes with the seasons as the waters continue their ebb and flow. Beneath the water’s surface, fish incubate and grow before moving out into the world’s oceans. Above the water, migratory birds on long journeys drop in like clockwork to feed and breed; mixing easily with the locals on the shallow flats.
But the wetlands at Inverloch will provide more than just a natural habitat and an interesting landscape. They will also help to improve the environmental values of the local area, and even contribute to moderating the global climate. By filtering sediment and pollution from nearby creeks, the Inverloch wetlands will contribute to the health of the region’s environmentally-important foreshore nature reserve. During high rainfall periods the wetlands act as a sponge by absorbing and cleaning excess water before it flows out to sea. And by storing carbon, the wetlands will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide being emitted into Earth’s atmosphere. This project is part of a wider land-rehabilitation plan, and the people behind it are the new, exclusive Broadbeach Inverloch Residential Resort. So the wetlands are a place that benefits not just the active 50+ people who live there, but the surrounding environment too. Bounded by a full range of natural attractions, from sand dunes, coastal woodland and salt marsh flats to tidal creeks and mangrove habitats; you’ve got nature in all its glory on your doorstep. So take comfort in the knowledge that here, nature is working as it should be, and allow the calm waters, gentle colors and continually changing landscape to revive your senses and spirit. The Broadbeach Inverloch Display and Information Centre is located on the corner of Williams and Hopetoun Street, Inverloch, Victoria. For more information call 1800 607 470 or visit www.broadbeachinverloch.com.au coast 45
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“The love shack is a little old place where weeeeee can get togethaaaaa ahahahaaa.” The tune sung by the B52’s aptly describes John Long and Colleen Casaar’s holiday getaway to a tee. The pair makes a regular escape from the big smoke with their son Chevy to spend many a weekend relaxing with friends over the kitchen table at their cosy retreat.
The funky miner’s cottage was found after a good deal of hunting for “a cheap little getaway near the coast”, says Colleen. A Melbourne Cup barbecue led them in the direction of Wonthaggi when a surfer/ builder assured them that it was one of the remaining areas where they could pick up a bargain. They came upon their little gem five years ago and immediately fell in love with it. The 1924 cottage was built by an Italian miner who lived in a little wooden shed on the adjoining property. He was employed by his future mother-in-law to clear the property of tea tree. Colleen laughs; “we called it the love shack because we settled the property on Valentines Day, 2001- so it just seemed right”. When the couple , just the second owners - moved in, the bedroom was still wallpapered with hessian. Slowly, they chipped away at everything, lining and repainting the walls, and pulling up the old linoleum to expose the original baltic floorboards. They then opened up the wall between the existing bedroom and lounge to add more space and light. “The old weathered lintel we used as a support beam in the lounge has a fabulous story attached,” says Colleen. During a polio epidemic the original owners decided against sending their children off to school. Instead, they packed a picnic and encouraged their boys to walk the hour across the fields to the beach. Their mother believed ‘they couldn’t catch any diseases out in the fresh air’. and it was during their adventures at the beach that they came across the slab of driftwood. Employing pure grit and determination – and taking more than an hour - the boys dragged it home where it is now a feature.
Colleen’s artistic eye creates more than a little magic in this cosy haven while John calls himself “the project manager, project implementer, or maybe I’m just the brawn”. Everywhere you look is a testament to Colleen’s creativity and her savvy salvaging skills. Take the kitchen walls where a funky mosaic has been pieced together from an old Baratsoc Feed sign. “I’d had my eye on them for ages,” says Colleen, “and when I saw them come down I thought ‘yyyyyeeeessssssss - they are miiiiinnnnnneeeeee!’,” she says with an evil little laugh. Everything in this house has a past. The wood that surrounds the windows is from an old 1950s outdoor chair and even the glass chandeliers were saved from a dumpster. The “thrones” out the front, as Colleen loves to call them, are made from old stripped back upholstered chairs, and all the added bits and pieces were picked up from hard rubbish collections. “I have a great selection of kitsch,” giggles Colleen. “I made this little number called ‘the shrine of good times’ complete with ceramic dancing girl, ballerina, Hawaiian lei and incense. We light the candles and incense whenever we arrive.” Everyone has their favourite room in the house. For Colleen it’s the kitchen. “I love being in there with all me mates having a laugh - and the bedroom is just gorgeous too,” she says. “Just to be able to lie down on the chaise lounge in front of the fire with a good book or have an afternoon snooze – it’s just so toasty.” John also rates the kitchen top of his list as “social epicentre” of the house. Meanwhile son Chev loves to curl up on the velvet chairs, but with them belonging to the “king and queen” of the shack he’s aware his>
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chances are limited. Here and there you will spot little pieces from Colleen’s trips to Morocco. “I take a group of women to Morocco once a year to explore, adventure and just generally have fun,” she says. Travelling with a group of women is just a riot - we eat, we dance, we drum, we laugh – it’s just like a girls’ road trip.” You quickly gather that life in this little shack is all about joy and relaxation. As I leave, I grab a glimpse of “the shrine of good times” and feel rejuvenated by a couple of hours in this “funky lil’ shack”. C If you are interested in joining Colleen on her Moroccan adventures email firstname.lastname@example.org
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How will the recent rise in interest rates affect our coastal property market?
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I believe the reserve bank’s decision to raise interest rates by 0.25% will not have a detrimental affect on property values. However any further rate rises in 2006 may have a negative impact on buyer activity. The Top End of the market will not be heavily influenced by interest rate movements. The impact is greater at the lower to middle end of the market. This rate rise may prompt small investors to hold off on buying over the next couple of months and first home buyers may also have to re-assess their budgets to ensure they can afford the type of property they are looking for. Recently, home loan approvals peaked at their highest levels since 2003. Internet enquiry is going through the roof … buyers have regained their confidence. The market has been strong in recent months and we’ve definitely seen a significant increase in buyer activity. Notably, people are upgrading now before prices again begin to increase. The cash rate is now 5.75%, the highest it’s been since February 2001. Additionally the recent budget was well received by the majority of baby boomers who have provided the positive momentum in our coastal market in recent months. The appeal of owning property along this pristine coastline provides so much value for today’s buyer and their children. Investors who once focused on the bottom line, now value the quality of life which is associated to owning property in our region. Busy professionals and families alike, enjoy exploring new horizons along our coast. At $2.8 trillion, residential real estate is the nations most valuable investment category, while the average Australian household has between 60% - 70% of their accumulated wealth tied up in housing. The ATO has revealed 1.4 million tax payers receive income from investment properties and they claim $17.8 Billion in rental deductions, this highlights the overwhelming confidence tax payers enjoy when choosing property as part of their primary wealth creation strategies. Indeed we enjoy a unique property market, catering to both those seeking - for love or money!
Jamie has many years of experience in Real Estate and he has his finger on the pulse of the local property market. If you would like to ask a question about anything in Real Estate, write to: Jamie Pollock foxsocks 85 Thompson Avenue Cowes, Victoria 3922
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â€œOur teacher from Mexico had never taught white people before and she was amazed that we knew how to weave.â€?
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artistprofile words Maria Reed photos Maria Reed
Believe in reincarnation? The jury is out on this one, but if fine art weaver Pat Dale was reborn she would surely be transformed as a bower bird. Pat’s creations stretch the boundaries of traditional basket weaving and can only be fully appreciated as a form of fine art. With pieces of leaves and twine, feathers, sticks and grasses, she would make the most studious bird envious.
Pat’s interest in basketry began when she moved to Leongatha as a young woman. She joined the CWA and the older women taught her how to make baskets out of bull rushes. “Cumbungi was the Aboriginal word for it - it was just a lovely introduction to weaving,” Pat says. She completed her Visual Arts degree in 1979 and, while painting held more of her interest at the time, her fascination for weaving was developing. It was her attendance at a workshop with American artist Douglas Fooks that set her creative wheels in motion. Fooks created a masterful work, ‘Floating Forest’, that was exhibited around Australia. It was made up of 20 circles of grapevine, suspended from above, making long horizontal tubes. Figures wrapped in paperbark lay in canoes, covered in callistemon pods, similar to how Aboriginal people would wrap their dead. “It was very contemporary and showed the possibilities of the medium as an art form,” Pat recalls. “It was just a great awakening after I’d finished my arts’ course.” The artist was inspired and took any opportunity to weave with indigenous tribes. She spent time in the Yasawas with native Fijians and with the Mexican Apache Indians in America. “Our teacher from Mexico had never taught white people before and she was amazed that we knew how to weave,” Pat recalls. The group was enthralled watching her collect materials for weaving. “She selected willow where the sun had burnt the bark, where one side would be brown or red, making all these delicious noises because she knew she could make great patterns in her baskets.” The artist is excited by the variety of materials she can use in her creations and loves to experiment. She has a mature garden where she can harvest raw materials to work with and also has a stock of
dried materials to draw on during the winter months. The weaver also spends a good deal of time in other people’s gardens sourcing materials. “In past years people would ring me up and say ‘my wisteria vine is being pruned and is off to the tip - do you want it?’,” she laughs. Every plant requires a different approach in weaving. Some can be woven fresh, but shrinkage must be taken into account, while dried stock can be dampened to make it pliable. “With every new material, you need to experiment to find out best how to work with it,” she says. On a recent trip to Ningin, Pat discovered acacia on the side of a riverbank one rainy morning. “I picked some up and twisted it around my finger and, as it was damp, it coiled around my finger nicely and became very pliable,” she says. She says in inhospitable climes it is easy to see why the indigenous peoples made use of these materials to create vessels for water and collection. “I can relate to how early tribes discovered fibre and used it in a domestic way. In modern day, we have lost a lot of the recording of that type of information (but) it is still possible to discover it in your own garden,” she remarks. It was after recovering from ovarian cancer that Pat found herself being drawn to colour. “I have noticed that in other artists - when they have been through trauma or disaster - they may go through a dark period but then it’s colour, light and life,” she says. Although her own battle ended four years ago, Pay says she remains enthusiastic about colour and abstract forms. Her current work has a sea theme. On a recent trip to visit her daughter in Far North Queensland, Pat remembers being “mesmerised” by experiencing a coral spawn. “They wash up all these tiny little globules, like brown foam, and release spawn >
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in great streams of smoke,” she says. “I wasn’t quite sure what was going on but later I saw a documentary on television. On a particular night, when the moon is right, the coral spawns. It’s an amazing thing. I was looking at all the microscopic angles, the twists and spirals, turns and shapes.” You can see this influence in the artists’ current body of work. Pat remarks, “just because you use a different medium, doesn’t take it away from being serious fine art.” As a medium for expression, Pat says, “I am always stretching the boundaries - traditional basket makers think I’m breaking all the rules, and I am really. You learn the rules, and then you break them.” Long live the renegade amongst basket makers we say! C
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Mention diving to Cape Woolamai couple Neil and Sandy Cooper and watch their eyes light up! The self-confessed ‘diving addicts’ were hooked from their very first dunk - or at least Neil was. “It’s just another world,” he enthuses. “You look at the water and think there’s nothing under it, but it’s amazing.”
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f her first diving experience at Lord Howe Island, Sandy shudders, saying “I’d never dived before and I was absolutely terrified - but we went offshore and I saw these beautiful fish and I realised I’d have to learn to dive if I was ever going to see all this beauty. “ Under the careful instruction of husband, and dive master, Neil, Sandy was soon hooked. Neil says divers always talk about going north, or somewhere in the tropics for spectacular diving “but you can often find incredible dive spots, literally in your own backyard.” The couple live just five minutes from The Pinnacles at Cape Woolamai, a spot they describe as ‘astounding.’ A huge mountain sits underwater rising from 40 metres below to 10 metres from the surface. Neil describes jumping off it as akin to skydiving. “You get to the top of The Pinnacle and you just jump off and free fall down this huge wall,” he says. The spot is rarely dived on because it is weather prone and could prove dangerous to an inexperienced diver. But Neil, with more than 18 years’ diving experience tucked under his belt, says the dive is well worth it. “You get these huge kelp forests and masses of yellow sea anemones. At about 20 metres all the sponge life starts to appear and you get all these colours, much like a garden - it’s just spectacular,” he says. Diving along the southern coastline is a vast contrast to warmer water diving. While Queensland teems with miles of coral reefs, the cooler waters provide the adventurous diver with a bountiful underwater garden. Forests of kelp dance in the nutrient rich currents which create an abundance of sea life. Magpie perch, sweep, maori wrasse, old wives and crayfish are just a few of the colourful species to be found. “Gull and Half Tide Rock at Cape Woolamai have such a diverse range of sponge life, little fish, crabs, vibrant orange nudibranchs and leafy sea dragons, you could easily spend a couple of hours looking around,” says Neil. Even the shallow rock ledges at Smith’s Beach provide a variety of fish for the novice diver or snorkeller to observe. However, Wilson’s Promontory would rate as one of the top three dives spots for the pair. Neil is passionate about the Prom of which he says, “it’s just one place that blows me away.” With big currents and water flow, the water clarity at the Prom is equal to none. “Even offshore at Whisky Bay, the snorkelling is fabulous - the water is just so clear,” says Neil. “The rocks are different, you get changes in the kelp and sea weeds – it’s just amazing.” With more than 40 years diving experience between them, you feel compelled to ask about the primal fear of sharks. “In all my time diving around this coast, I’ve never seen a shark,” says Neil. “We once went for a dive out at Kilcunda cliff and found out that this fisherman had been burlying for eight hours near us. Even then we didn’t see one.” Sandy adds; “I would be more nervous surfing at dusk than diving.” However, the couple have chosen to swim with sharks, and rate diving with grey nurse sharks at Byron Bay as one of their most memorable experiences. A dive off Shack Bay also rates highly. Sandy remembers: “We were swimming off Inverloch and this huge school of mullet kept circling us. There were thousands of them that made a whirlpool around us.” In just ten metres of water, Sandy and Neil were transfixed by a wall of fish sparkling in the sunlight. Neil believes diving is a great leveler. “It doesn’t matter what age, sex, culture or religion you are, diving can be a thrilling experience for anyone,” he says. “People are always so excited after a dive - that is what has kept us in it for so long,” says Sandy. And with the great southern ocean in our backyard there is no excuse for anyone not to don a mask and snorkel and experience a whole new world. C
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Wonthaggi sits on the magnificent, pristine Bass Coast with a myriad of activities, including walking trails, surfing, snorkelling, diving, boating and fishing. Victoria’s only coastal Rail Trail stretches from Wonthaggi to Anderson and offers walkers spectacular views of the coastline along the 16km trek. There are many wetlands to explore where the bird life is in abundance for avid bird watchers. The township of Wonthaggi was built on the back of the coal industry in 1909 following the discovery and commencement of mining. Only a 90 minute drive from Melbourne along the South Gippsland and Bass Highways, this eclectic town should not be missed on your visit to the region. Sitting at the foot of the Strezlecki ranges, Wonthaggi offers the inquisitive visitor a chance to step back in time, and explore the relics and remains of the mining industry that still stand today. The State Coal mine offers a variety of things to see and do. Follow the Heritage walk and explore the Historic buildings and relics of mining’s heyday. Photos of tunnels filled with men, pit ponies, dust and dim lights give insight to the life of miners some seventy years ago. Mining is not the only reason for a visit however. Wonthaggi township is a thriving regional centre and offers a variety of shopping and dining opportunities, cultural events and recreational activities. The annual ballet concert performed by the Bass Coast ballet school
is a spectacular event, while the Italian Festival is not to be missed. Craving a caffeine hit? Cafe Mezza Luna on McBride Avenue offers the best brew in town, while if great food is on your mind, stop at Sarah Ashe Restaurant and indulge your taste buds with a delicious dinner. For savvy shoppers, Nordic designs upstairs at the Plaza arcade offers a delightful range of imported swedish fabrics, jewellery, bags and designer items. C
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‘The outdoor heated swimming pool can be enjoyed 365 days of the year.’
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It’s not often one can lie in bed watching the sun rise up over Anderson’s Inlet. Or walk in less than two minutes to many of the town’s popular restaurants and attractions. Eugenie’s in Inverloch, is luxury accommodation at its best.
With views that change as each season rolls into another, every day is a new experience. Michael Malone, the owner, host and caretaker is a man who doesn’t take the word luxury lightly. More than fifteen years ago, he and his late wife, Rhonda, purchased the land on which this luxurious, purpose-built accommodation sits. For more than a decade, the pair collaborated on every step of the design process. Michael and Rhonda made it their mission to put together accommodation that included the ‘best of everything’ they had experienced in their own travels. Eugenie’s is quickly gaining popularity as a weekend getaway for couples, a place to celebrate every and any special occasion and, most recently, a stylish function facility for weddings, birthdays, conferences, anything. The annual Melbourne Cup day charity function, which began in 2005, is open to guests and friends. A part time photographer, Michael has captured much of Inverloch’s history and surrounding attractions in his artwork which is displayed throughout. Aerial photographs of Wilson’s Promontory suggest possible day trips to guests, while refurbished photographs of Inverloch’s early days tell their own story of the town’s origins. Each of the four rooms has its own unique, individual style. A private spa and direct pool access is available in one room and large
double showers are features of others. While three are situated on the second level of this four story building, the penthouse lives up to its name by consuming the entire fourth level. Creativity and color play an important role in the interior design of Eugenie’s rooms. Each is themed on a different base color, drawing on the natural beauty of South Gippsland. Blues and greens reflect the ever-changing ocean, while earthy reds, browns and purples indicate the range of hues seen during the sun’s daily passage over the inlet. King sized beds are standard, with an extra single bed available, on request. The water views can be enjoyed from every room through floor to ceiling windows or sit and soak up the captivating views from your own private balcony. Climate control systems are fitted to every room to ensure a perfect temperature, together with shared living spaces. If a quiet night in is on the agenda - the sheltered area with a large spa and sauna are among guest’s favorite activities. The outdoor heated swimming pool can be enjoyed 365 days of the year. Champagne and chocolates on arrival, together with the softest, most luxurious of designer towels and bedding, make private quarters extra special, as do the flat screen television and DVD player located in each room. Enjoy Eugienie’s! C coast 59
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“The Golden Pride children’s choir brought tears to my eyes. From three rural villages in Tanzania, 42 teenagers harmonised and sang the songs of Africa with the voices of angels.”
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Energy-packed Indian lads from London beat out their heart and souls on powerful, rhythmic Punjabi ‘Dhol’ drums to a crowd of jumping thousands. I feel like I’m in the most cultured mosh pit in the world. These vibrant, sexy boys make up The Dhol Foundation and were only the “tip” of my world music iceberg. The lads typify what is so entirely fabulous about WOMAD - World of Music and Dance. Lead drummer Johnny Kalsi oozes with charismatic Indian charm, lives in London and melds his traditional punjabi drums with a funky, rhythmic edge - together it becomes a shared fusion of world music and culture. WOMAD is the jewel in the crown for world music fans. The festival travels through the Canary Islands, Netherlands, Korea, Singapore, UK, Sicily, Spain and New Zealand – making a welcome stopover in Adelaide each year. The three-day festival held in March in the Botanic Gardens features a line-up of artists that would make the most ardent of world music lovers drool. But you don’t have to be a fan to love this festival. With more than 430 artists from 2 countries, WOMAD is a celebration of the richness of cultures from around the planet and packs a wallop of simply great music. It is hard to describe the all encompassing feeling of being welcome - as the organisers so aptly describe - to “a pocket-sized version of this idyllic world”. Every age group and nationality mingle and collectively marvel at this microcosm of the world. Children sit wide-eyed as - this year - dinosaurs of all shapes and species rifle through picnic baskets and blink their glassy eyes at them. At night an acrobatic goddess below a golden orb floats and dances above an entranced crowd. Performing arts, music, food, dance and camaraderie is what this festival is all about. Like a kid in a candy shop, and with so many acts to choose from, the dilemma was who to listen to first. Those of us old enough - I mean, mature enough - to remember, were treated to a mesmerising performance by Reggae legend and film star, composer and humanitarian, Jimmy Cliff. India’s master of the sarod, a 19-stringed instrument that rivals the sitar, Amjad Ali Khan, hypnotised the crowd with his rhythmic, meditative beats. But it was the performance by the Golden Pride children’s choir that brought tears to my eyes. From three rural villages in Tanzania, 42 teenagers harmonised and sang the songs of Africa with the voices of angels. After three days of feasting on a smorgasbord of vibrant music, energetic dance and performing arts, my soul - and my belly - felt full with the goodwill of the world and left me with a model of how our global community could, and should, be. C
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arts & events guide June/July 2006 Serpent Dreaming Exhibition Date: 02/06/06 - 14/06/06 Venue: Sandbanks Restaurant Newhaven Contact: Jo Ablett 0417 078 792 Bass Valley Lions Grantville Garden Market Date: 03/06/06 Venue: Cnr Bass Hwy & Pier Road, Grantville Contact: John Hulley 03 5678 8437
Leongatha Rotary Market Date: 25/06/06 Venue: Safeway Carpark Contact: Lyndsay 5662 5800 Christmas in July Date: 16/07/2006 Venue: Kilcunda Hall Contact: Shelley Applebee 0417 590 881
Jumbunna Bush Market Date: 04/06/06 Venue: The Main Hall, Jumbunna Contact: Dawn Wylie 5657 3253
Victorian State Motorcycle Titles Date: 12/08/06 - 13/08/06 Venue: PI Grand Prix Circuit Contact: PI Operations 5952 2710
Lions Art, Pottery and Photographic Show Date: 09/06/2006 - 13/06/2006 Venue: Cowes Cultural Centre, Cowes Contact: Patrick Carolan 5956 8284
Prom Country Challenge 30km event - loop course. Date: 27/08/06 Venue: Toora 5686 2326
Mirboo North Produce Market Date: 10/06/06 Venue: Baromi Park Contact: Liz Morris 5665 1956
Artworks by Vyvyan Owen Date: Opening 20/09/06 (2pm) - 12/09/06 Venue: Coalfields Gallery Contact: Janice Orchard 0419301363
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retroretreat Ask Robin White what she loves about her new beach house at Silverleaves and she’ll talk for hours. The White family are passionate about their coastal escape that resembles the charming ﬁfties retro shack it replaced. “We were thinking of adding onto the original house,” says Robin, “but it was full of asbestos, and pretty small, so we decided to remove it and start from scratch.”
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Rewind two years and after several bad experiences with builders Robin and Eden White were contemplating becoming owner-builders. Driving around Phillip Island to gather ideas, checking out a variety of houses and different designs, they saw a house they loved. “ We went into a local plumbing store to pick up some supplies, and they recommended Mark Plant from Beach house constructions”. As fate would have it, the design was by Beach house constructions, and it is the design of house they live in today.
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three to four months from start to ﬁnish. Really, it went very, very quickly because we had exceptional tradesmen working here, it all went smoothly,” she says. “I adore the fact that some of the character from the old house remains,” says Robin. Mark kept the old front and back doors from the existing property, stripped and varnished them and incorporated them into the new house. “They now take pride of place in our new home,” Robin says proudly. “I just love the design, the way the glass faces onto the garden and the beautiful big deck.” The house is designed so that rooms can be closed off to save on heating, cooling and cleaning. “The house is beautiful and warm, and so liveable,” Robin says.
BeachHouse Constructions began in 2002 with a simple philosophy. To build environmentally sensitive housing with solar passive design, and create unique designs that people would be proud to own. Houses are made primarily from shadow clad and corrugated iron, and plans can be modiﬁed to suit a block of land, or they can implement special designs to make the best use of the block. They pride themselves that every house from this day forward will be ﬁve star rated. Their draftsman, a qualiﬁed energy rater can ascertain from a ﬂoor plan, how the design will be rated. Orientation to the north, the amount and type of windows and glazing, upgraded insulation, solar and concrete slab all add up to a rating of ﬁve stars or above. The higher rating makes the houses more comfortable, efﬁcient and cheaper to run. Mark and Mellissa Plant, and Dallas Smith are the owners of Beach House Constructions. Together, they make up nine full time staff. “Every tradesman working with us is talented in their area of speciality. We have the same train of thought and take pride in what we do”, Marks says. A great team, they have a pool of invaluable experience in the building industry. “We employ local people and use local products, which helps to kick along the local economy”, Mark says.
a familytradition Meandering between the vines in the picturesque Bass Valley magically transports you to a small village in Tuscany. Winemakers Pasquale Butera and his son Frank walk the aisles of vines, tutting at an unlikely snail and picking off a small bud here and there. It ﬁlls you with the crazy romantic notions of owning a vineyard. And yes, there is romance of owning a vineyard, but there is also a jolly good measure of hard work too. The Butera Family has a long tradition in wine making, at least four generations to date. As a young man, Pasquale helped his father on the family vineyard in the region of La Mezia Terme in Calabria, Southern Italy. Pasquale reminisces with a twinkle in his eye “ As a young man I had always been passionate about vineyards and the way of life ”. The vineyard created work in their small village for the whole family year round. As one of eleven children, the land passed down to Pasquale’s father became a means for making a living, but also means of making a life, for his large family. Everything Pasquale has learnt about the vines has been passed down from his father. His abundant veggie garden is a testament to his skill as a grower. “Everything dad knows about vines, how to grow plants, whether it’s tomatoes or grapes has been passed down through the family” says his son Frank, rather proudly. Frank who is an acoustic engineer by trade, is currently undertaking a degree in applied science, majoring in winemaking. He will be able to add his technical skill to the art of wine making. Frank, along with his mum Rosa, sister Maria, brother Angelo, and an extended family of aunts, uncles and spouses help Pasquale run the vineyard. The communal event of stomping grapes to make wine in their small village in Italy, is remembered fondly. Hydraulic presses may have overtaken foot stomping, but their extended family still manage to get together in harvesting season. Frank says “We only hand pick the grapes, and it takes time, you need a lot of pickers. One of the beautiful things that happens, being an annual event, you have time to reminisce and it’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up on other peoples lives. We have special conversations whilst harvesting”. Picking time turns out to be a big social event - with the added bonus of collecting a couple of tonnes of grapes every day.
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“We rang Mark and he came around that afternoon,” Robin says. Friendly and professional, Mark showed them a variety of houses, and they decided on a style that worked well with the orientation of the property. “On our ﬁrst meeting with Beach House Constructions, it was almost like Mark was interviewing us,” Robin laughs. “Boutique builders, they take pride and passion in what they do. They are not mass produced homes.” Robin and Eden run their own hectic business in Melbourne and were thrilled to see the progress as they escaped to the Island each weekend. “It took
The night before hand over and the dreaded day of unpacking Robin and Eden had a surprise visit to their hotel. “Melissa came around with this beautiful hamper full of food, enough for two days. It was awesome,” Robin remembers.
Robin loves the fact that Mark gave his experience and advice generously. “We were going to have highly polished ﬂoors, and he said if you’ve got a dog its better to go with this ﬁnish, as it’s a lot easier to live with and hard wearing. Melissa was great too, she’s got a very good eye for interior design, and gave great suggestions,” Robin recalls. Asked if there was any downside to the entire experience, Robin laughs, “Yes, it’s having to leave and go back to Melbourne, we just love it so much!”
So next time your in the region, be a part of a time honoured tradition and visit the Bass River Winery, a little piece of Italy nested in the Bass Coast Hills.
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