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Recover, Recycle & Reuse in the Scarecrow Festival With a $250 cash prize up for grabs and a new focus on environmentally-friendly art, The 2013 Hinterland Scarecrow Festival & Trail promises to be bigger and more exciting than ever.

When Paul Alber’s wife Therese dragged him along to the local astronomy society four years ago, it started a long infatuation with astro-photography. Now Paul is one of four aurora chasers who specialise in photographing the southern lights, or aurora australis. Paul’s photographs, taken anywhere from Balnarring to Flinders, have been published in international astronomy magazines and shown on Channel 10 and ABC news. “My interest started with photographing deep-sky objects,” says Paul, who has images throughout his home of the aurora australis, exploding stars, comets and the Milky Way. Truly out of this world, these images are like nothing you have ever seen before. “The amazing thing is that anyone can do this. You just need a tripod, standard digital

SLR camera, and a wide-angle lens,” Paul explains. “Auroras are seen anywhere towards the southern skies, and we are currently in the peak year of the 11-year solar weather cycle. We see an aurora when the sun flicks a flare. It is an atmospheric phenomenon consisting of bands of light caused by charged solar particles following the Earth’s magnetic lines of force. The colours are not always visible to the naked eye but the camera has better colour sensitivity.” These flares originate from sunspots on our sun. Although sunspots themselves produce only minor effects on solar emissions, the magnetic activity that accompanies the sunspots can produce dramatic changes in the ultraviolet and soft x-ray emission levels. These changes have consequences for the Earth’s upper atmosphere and create southern and northern lights.

Paul is one of the keen photographers from the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society. They communicate with each other, keeping an eye out for aurora activity, and jump to attention when an aurora is in this part of the world. “The thrill is getting that magic shot. I’ve sat on beaches all night waiting for the perfect photo. In the last six months we have had four appearances of the southern lights. The one I caught at the end of June I could see from my back veranda.” The Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society is a great place to discover the wonders of the night sky and other celestial phenomena. If you are interested in astronomy, come along to share this wonderful hobby with others who feel the same. Contact the society on 0419 253 252 or email

Scarecrow Trail organisers are looking forward to seeing a new breed of Scarecrow that will celebrate the theme “Recover, recycle, reuse” and have announced that Cleanaway have come on board as sponsors providing financial assistance and a cash prize for the most creative scarecrow that promotes this environmentally friendly message. Other valued business sponsors announced for 2013 include RT Edgar in Flinders, Searoad Ferries, Hummingbird Eco Retreat, Red Hill Caterers Cafe, Jacobs and Lowe Real Estate, A&G Lamattina and Sons & Elders Insurance. The Scarecrow Festival encourages local business, community groups, schools, families and artists “to celebrate the passion and creativity of the peninsula in Spring” through the making of scarecrows. Several scarecrows are built on an alliance between local businesses and community groups. “Many of the Scarecrows are like animated sculpture or unusual farm-yard characters, they often tell a story,” said festival coordinator Nelly Shaw. Awards will be presented at Red Hill Market on Oct 5. Seachange Holiday Rentals offer obligation free appraisals on your holiday home, we can assist you in setting up your holiday home to its greatest potential, visit our website or by calling Kirsty Mantel. We offer a personalised ‘meet and greet’ service where we explain the terms and conditions applicable to each home to your guests upon arrival. For a professional and specialised management of your holiday home please contact Kirsty on 0408 181 392 or

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HOLLYWOOD COMES TO THE BRIARS MELISSA HODGE INTERVIEWS MT MARTHA PRODUCER JOEL MIELLE The Briars at Mt Martha provided the perfect backdrop for a short film by producer Joel Mielle. Psychological thriller, “Naked Picnic”, written by Joel himself and running for 23 minutes, was filmed mostly on location in the Mt Martha woodland among the tall gum trees, native animals and an awesome Soft Tail Harley. The scene is set as old school friends get together for a picnic. The sun is shining and the wine is flowing as three old high school buddies and their wives enjoy their catch up in isolated bushland until a gang leader bikie rolls up and creates an uneasy mood. With a sense of foreboding, the couples are hesitant to engage in conversation

with him but he insists on politely asking questions and before they know it, he has stripped away each character’s deepest motivation and fears while exposing their true shallow values. Giving an insight into the film, Joel said: “It’s about the catch up of long time school friends who have all gone their separate ways but meet up every now and again. “It’s the first time I have written anything and my inspiration came from observing people’s lives and the facade that people sometimes put on to impress others. “It’s an interesting scenario to think what would you do if a gang leader biker who looked a little angry approached you in the isolated bush with no-one around.” Ironically, it is the biker who strips away the facade that these people put on and gets

to the deep psychological motivation of each character. Shot on RED with high end equipment, the film is psychologically interesting and aesthetically stunning with beautiful bush surroundings, great music and a professional cast including the Harley owner, Mark Cannon, Patrick Duffy as (Danny) the biker, Deborah Tabone from Underbelly and more. Joel, who lives on the Mornington Peninsula, takes a lot of inspiration from foreign films. He added: “When I write, I visualise everything. I am inspired by top directors like Australia’s Peter Weir, whose ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ imagery resembles a Renoir painting. Each shot is like a masterpiece. “We were very lucky to be able to shoot at The Briars as it was the perfect location for

the film thanks to Ranger, Frank Hnatjuk.” Joel’s past films include Six Lovers with Cameron Daddo and an Australian Chinese film called The Water Stinger currently in post production and he is currently in development on another feature film with French actor Philippe Caroit, being filmed partly in Provence but mainly in Australia, including Portsea and other Peninsula locations. “You learn so much more by experience and then do some formal training. I did a crash course in film but the rest was experience on set,” said Joel who has won awards for TV commercials. “I’ve been doing films for three and a half years and plan to enter “Naked Picnic” into Berlinale, Berlin’s International Film Festival for 2014.

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New Face of Mornington Racing Club crowned Frankston South belle Jessica Whitfort is the Face of Mornington Racing Club for 2013. Already one of the busiest women on the Peninsula, Jessica will be charged with mixing her existing responsibilities of being a mother and wife, local business owner, captain of the Mt Eliza Red Legs A Grade netball team, netball coach, presenter and model, with a raft of duties under her new crown. That includes participation in key fashion and racing events, assisting with hosting, trophy presentations, conducting interviews in the media and at events and, of course, judging Fashions on the Field. “It’s a really exciting time to be representing the Mornington Racing Club and representing racing on the Peninsula,” Ms Whitford said. “We’re so lucky to have such great facilities on our back door and be able to experience the quality of the fashion and the racing, very close to home. “I love the races. I love the colour and the buzz and the fashion. Plus the social aspect, catching up with friends. It’s very exciting.” The impressive bounty Jessica receives for being selected Face of Mornington Cup includes $500 cash,

styling by Annette Sanfilippo, six months’ worth of hairdressing at Zumay Salon, a Sundari Cosmetics prize pack, a $500 voucher to spend at Alannah Hill, VIP access to key fashion and race day events, and more. “I love Alannah Hill, I’m looking forward to going shopping and having a look at some outfits,” she said. “And of course every girl loves to get their hair done so the hairdressing package. My husband’s very happy, it’ll be saving him six months’ worth of hairdressing!” As part of the process in identifying the 2013 Face of Mornington Racing Club, now in its fourth year, having previously been known as the Face of Peninsula Cup, Jessica was required to submit a photo and a response to the question, “What attributes do you believe would make you the perfect Face of Mornington Racing Club?” Jessica’s Peninsula pride shone through in her application, claiming “I would love to represent all the women on the Peninsula in this exciting role,” which she duly will. The first of Jessica’s key appearances is at the Hats N’ Hooves charity luncheon on Friday, October 25, followed by Sportingbet Peninsula Cup Day on Sunday, November 3.

Welcome to Spring in Mornington!

Spring is filled with new beginnings and the Main Street Market is the perfect place to embrace the new season. Blow away those winter woollies and head down to Main Street Mornington to find a special something that has been lovingly created or crafted by one of our talented stallholders. The next few weeks are the perfect time to get out in the garden and get your hands dirty. With new life starting to come up through the dirt, it’s a good time to chat to one of the knowledgeable stallholders for advice on which plants could add to colour in your garden beds. Lots of options to purchase at good prices. The fashion and

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accessory stallholders’ creative juices have been flowing as they come up with this year’s ‘must have’ fashion items using all of the new Spring styles, colours and fabrics. So whether you are looking for an original gift for a friend, child or something for yourself, the Main Street Market is the place to find it. Special Market Dates for your diary: Main Street Christmas Market will be held on Saturday, December 14 from 9am – 2pm The Main Street Market Mornington will not operate on Wednesday December 25 or Wednesday, January 1. Instead, the market will operate on Tuesday, December 224 (Christmas Eve) and Tuesday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve). Keep upto date with new stallholders, competitions and other special news by following the market at Mainstreetmarketmornington For more information about the market or becoming a stallholder, call 03 5975 4522, visit www.morningtonchamber. or email info@ … See you next Wednesday!

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Hello from Kim Rowe

As the recently appointed Marketing & Promotions Manager for Mornington, I have stepped into some very big shoes which I hope to fill by working closely with the Mornington traders to support their businesses to succeed and grow. Over recent years, I have run my own marketing consultancy which existed solely to support the needs of small business owners and help them to achieve their business and lifestyle goals. I see this time now as an opportunity to share with you the knowledge and experience I have gained to help the businesses of Mornington succeed, and in turn, I look forward to the opportunity of working alongside so many capable, unique and experienced business owners. I believe that what makes Mornington unique is more than its picturesque landscape, I believe that what makes Mornington so special is it’s people. The business owners, the shopkeepers, the people that work in our town and that keep our economy growing so that the thousands of visitors that visit us each year can, for a brief moment, get a glimpse of the amazing life we all live down here every day and experience the culture, passion and pride we feel for our community. How lucky we are. I am extremely passionate about getting to know each one of the traders in the Main Street precinct and working together to better your businesses to ensure we can all keep the unique and wonderful township that Mornington is, thriving and prospering for many years to come. Live Local. Shop Local. Love Local!

A Time For Change Winter in Mornington has been a busy time – having raised more than $20,000 for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute during the Annual Bay Run. An excellent achievement. Many talented artists have been celebrated, including mini artists, at the Archibald Prize and ‘Little Archie’ competitions, and we welcomed over 30,000 visitors into Mornington to enjoy the hugely successful Inaugural Mornington Jazz Festival. Now with the change of the season, we still have so much more to look forward to and as the leaves return to the trees, Mornington comes alive with the colours of Spring. The new season fashions are about to hit the shops, boutique gifts and homewares are coming into stock and our local cafés and restaurants are busy revamping their menus to include some of our finest local and seasonal produce and delicious delights. Finally, it’s time to strip off our winter woollies and welcome one of the most exciting and beautiful times of the year in our town. The Main Street Festival will be held on Sunday, October 20 and there will be a buzz of activity around Mornington as we celebrate our local food, wine and performing arts. Mornington will also have the Christmas Market and “Mornington Carols on the Park” to look forward to on December 14. This is a great day out for the whole family so be sure to mark down the dates in your diary!

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You may have already noticed the historical plaques outside some of Mornington’s oldest buildings? These are part of the Mornington & District Historical Society’s recently showcased “Heritage Walk” which celebrates 150 years of the Mornington Township. If you haven’t already, grab yourself a copy of the Heritage Walk brochure from the information centres at either end of Main Street and immerse yourself in some rich local history. Over the coming season, you may also start to notice some changes to the streetscape of Mornington as the Mornington Peninsula Shire makes updates to Main Street signage and explores new and exciting ways of dressing up the town. There are many exciting things to come… Also, remember every Wednesday - rain, hail or shine - we hold the Main Street Market which, for nearly 30 years, has brought vibrancy plus beautiful handmade and homemade products to the centre of Mornington.

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Sarah Hendy lived in Mt Eliza throughout her school years. As a 2013 finalist in the Archibald awards, Sarah returned in June to see her painting of Jasper Knight on display at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. “It’s been really fun, I’ve given talks and there’s been lots of events and of course I liked travelling back to the peninsula. It’s the biggest audience I’ve ever had,” Sarah said from her Northcote studio. The Archibald award is now a household name. Any accepted work gains gravity and context. Tens of thousands of visitors visited the gallery over the month. “Jasper is a warm, generous and extraordinarily vivacious character. However, I’ve painted him looking somewhat awkward. I wanted to paint him exactly as I saw him, so I wanted to strip back all of the personality. I took

out lots of colours because I wanted him to look quite serious. I did not want any distractions [to show],” Sarah said. “The painting went through lots of different stages of how I wanted it to look and what size it would be. I changed the palette quite a few times. If you get up close to my work you will see a lot of tiny little brush strokes. It’s really a thing that the brushwork interests me. Each mark has a purpose on the canvas.” Sarah now admits that at the time she was painting, it was the aesthetics she had in mind, rather than accenting the character. “Now, looking at the painting I can see that the awkwardness is actually me. I’ve managed to paint myself in there, a little bit, because Jasper’s actually not awkward at all. All of my figurative works do have something awkward about them.” Sarah has also dabbled in self portraiture producing a somewhat surreal piece where her face is masked

by a cucumber and what appears to be something similar to crushed concrete. To help make ends meet Sarah also works as an artist’s assistant. “Being an artist is a bit like running a small business and each success gives me a bit of forward momentum. I really want to create a long career in art and painting so this feels like a really good step in the right direction.” “My paintings take a really long time to do. I spent six months working on the image, working on sizes, shapes, forms and palates and then the final work was done in two weeks.” Grattan Anderson

All aboard local heritage – the search is on!

Photo provided by Balnarring and District Historical Society: Merricks Station (now Merricks Station Recreation Reserve)

Mornington Peninsula Shire is seeking photos of the Red Hill – Bittern railway to help inform a heritage plan for the former local railway line. The Red Hill – Bittern line was opened in 1921 with the primary purpose of carrying produce from the highly productive orchard areas of the Mornington Peninsula on to market in Melbourne. The line closed in 1953. Mornington Peninsula Shire has commissioned a Heritage Management Plan for the Bittern – Red Hill line to provide historic and contextual information and management policies to assist decision-making for key locations along the

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line, including two station reserves and sections of the former railway line in Balnarring and Bittern. Red Hill Ward Councillor Frank Martin said the Heritage Management Plan will guide the Shire in protecting, preserving and interpreting the line’s significant heritage features. However, very few photographs of trains on the line, station areas or bridges are in the public domain. “We’re hoping that locals may have photographs in their personal collections of

friends or family catching the train, of apples and other produce being loaded onto trains, or that some may have detailed knowledge about particular aspects of operation of the line,” he said. “Copies of photographs, train tickets or any other relevant material would be most appreciated and would greatly assist in informing this study.” If you are able to provide any contributions to this important study please contact the Shire’s Heritage Planner Simon Lloyd or phone 1300 850 600.

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BELEURA’S THEATRE ALMOST COMPLETE Mornington’s much loved Beleura – House & Garden will soon present an excitingly fresh face to visitors, old and new, with the completion in October of a stately theatre. The former tennis court site, which sometimes served as space for a large marquee erected to house intimate concerts and operatic performances, has become home to a grandly modest building that continues and reflects the home’s sware of style. Now approaching completion, entry to the foyer will take patrons past and toward solid stone columns that echo the silhouette of those on the house. Dancing maiden friezes add to the vintage air. “It’s like a huge tent,” proclaimed director Anthony Knight OAM when first describing the 120 seat auditorium. No compromise is apparent in the acoustically tuned theatre and supporting backstage space, including an adaptable kitchen. “In the theatre, a voice has a nice resonance - it works quite well,” said Anthony, describing the reverberant space. A theatre screen will be included. “We will be able to show an old movie and have somebody to speak about the costuming,” he added.

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In front of new solid stone columns at Beleura, Anthony Knight chats with Grattan Anderson about the exciting works nearing completion.

On order is a special piano, a Stuart, the first genuine update to the piano’s design since the 19th century. An Australian construction using Huon pine, the keyboard features 102 notes, 14 more keys than are found on a standard piano. The theatre will also serve as a fine space for Beleura’s regular operatic performances with The Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust looking forward to staging some stylish events. A ‘soft’ opening is planned, with cellist Richard Vaudrey, playing ‘his 18th century Beleura-loaner cello’ made by William Forster. The former Peninsula School student has been wowing them in his current hometown, New York.

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In planning will be regular presentations such as ‘Sir George Presents...” the likes of Brief Encounter or Salon Readings from classic literature. A recital series of three or four concerts each year will be a venue mainstay. A triennial competition for composition is a part of future plans. Peninsula Music Society is also likely to feature presentations. “Next year someone, perhaps the Governor or the Governor General will open it, who and how, I’m not yet sure,” Anthony said. The new building will have a new name “It regularly gets tagged ‘The Shed’, but it will be officially called the John Tallis building. The big room will be called the Grosvenor room because that was Sir George’s home in Toorak. The lobby will be called The Regent lobby because a table from the former Regent Theatre will be a fixture.” People will recall the table in its former location, enthusiastically displaying vase-loads of gladioli. “The table was manufactured in Melbourne by Rojo Furniture Manufacturing, whose records still exist. One of our volunteers is researching the history and will hopefully be able to discover the entry in the day books, to let us know what Sir George ordered and when, and perhaps the original finish, because it’s probably had 100 coats of paint since.” Anthony said. “It’s a feel-good place, I love watching the new details unfold,” said Beleura hostess Lorraine Perrysmith. She is looking forward to the concerts and loves the way that the new tower ties-in with the historic property, crediting Anthony’s eye for detail as a source of Beleura’s expressive style. Currently popular events at Beleura include group tours for daytrippers and salon-style theatrical shows. Contact: Beleura - House & Garden. Phone: 5975 2027 Web: Grattan Anderson

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Everyone who remembers Frankston’s Big Fish Rock Dance from the early 70’s knows it was so much more than a school-hall dance. It was grouse!

a dance,” Geoffrey said. “Two younger work friends, well known ex-boxer Mick Canavan and Richmond footballer John Sutton both thought my idea of a ‘dance’ was a bit dated, so together we organized our version of a rock dance at Frankston High School.” In a golden age of bands it attracted many of the best The first gig was in the summer of ‘71. Word spread like including Daddy Cool, Spectrum, LRB, Lobby Lloyd and The wildfire around the schools and among surfers. Big Fish Saints. It became an icon for the area’s teens. soon became maybe the best rock dance in Melbourne. Big Fish was the brainchild of Geoffrey Collins and a couple The second event was a full-house, packed and pumping of his mates. In the back streets of Frankston, at Frankston with adolescent essence. High School hall, it was named after the ‘big fish’ statue Parents loved it too. They reckoned that their kids were in outside, this weekly dance eventually saw 1500 kids coming a safe place. through its doors. Standard attire was thongs, cord jeans Big Fish Rock Dance was also a stepping-stone-venue and a stand-out length of sun and surf bleached hair. for bands that later entered the hall of fame, such as Billy Skinheads and sharpies ruled Frankston’s CBD at the time. Thorpe & the Aztecs, Daddy Cool, Skyhooks and Chain. This was a different vibe. MPM publisher Lisa Walton and Shire Cultural Planner “I had a young family of five children and was regularly involved Andrea Ebsworth both have fond memories of Big Fish. in volunteer youth work. I saw problems for Frankston’s young “We would walk there, mum and dad were happy for us to people so I approached the council with the idea of starting go,” Andrea said. “It was always so much fun.”

“It was amazing, I saw so many bands with my mates from school, we would dance all night and there was never any trouble,” said Lisa. Peace, love and music were the in-thing for the dominant ‘flower power’ cult of peninsula kids in the early 1970s. “We never had any trouble,” recalls Geoffrey. “If a kid wasn’t picked up by a parent we would drop them off. The police helped as well. It was actually the catalyst for pubs to start having bands.” Big Fish was youth driven, at the peak of its success, most hotels had not yet even considered putting on bands. Dominated by the peninsula surf-youth culture, Big Fish Rock Dance lasted till the mid 70’s, just as pub-rock was being born. It later moved to the smaller Mechanics Hall, next to The Deck, in Frankston and eventually closed after a series of nearby fights. Big Fish spawned a generation locally with an interest in music and the arts – the ‘children of the revolution’ have long been alive and well on the Mornington Peninsula.

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Sixty-three people with disabilities work happily (and noisily!) alongside each other at VincentCare Victoria’s Labour and Packaging Solutions Ozanam Enterprises in Yuilles Road Mornington. ‘It’s just like a regular work place with the necessary supports in place’, says Dianne Fieldhouse, coordinator of the innovative program at Ozanam that incorporates training, personal rights and safety, budgeting, and a great deal more for people with disabilities. Manager Chris Taylor talks. ‘Ozanam is a great place to work and achieve. We’ve SEPTEMBER 2013 (22)

been supporting people with disabilities for over thirty-five years. We relate directly to the person, not just the disability’, and that’s the truth. As we walk through the busy workshop where the refurbishment of headsets, recycling of televisions and computers (starting in 2011, Ozanam now receives around 40 tonnes of recycling product per month from three transfer stations on the peninsula) and all your packaging solutions are being handled, it is clear to see that every-one works hand in hand to get the job done. ‘We incorporate a life skills program for our workers’, says Dianne. Award based wages and superannuation benefits plus an employment plan that is reviewed every

twelve months are part of the deal. She goes on. ‘Pedestrian safety, exercise, bullying and voting topics are covered, and we also offer a twice a week two day course in work education for supported employees’. Forging links with Frankston SDS has seen a mentoring program eventuate and a diverse range of disability welcomed into the Ozanam fold. People with intellectual disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy and mild mental health issues happily coexist. Chris goes on. ‘A worker’s job is secured for up to two years at Ozanam – in case they wish to return. Out of the twenty long term unemployed we had join us last October, some went on to full time employment elsewhere, while a couple stayed here’.

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Ozanam currently has receptionist who is legally blind working two days a week; they installed the relevant equipment so she could do her job. ‘We are looking to expand our social enterprise hub with a view to replicate in other areas of Melbourne’, says Chris. Ozanam Enterprises ticks all the workplace boxes. With flexible hours, a training room and complete inclusion wrapped up in an ecofriendly recyclable package, Ozanam shows that community and business can blend - beautifully. Ozanam Enterprises 59-61 Yuilles Rd, Mornington. 5975 5341

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Steve Olive

Peninsula-based troubadour Steve Romig has a long-established reputation as a crowd pleasing singer songwriter. In 2011 he carved his way to a solid spot in the semi-finals of Australia’s Got Talent, impressing all as he performed his own song Silent Wonder which was also recorded by John Farnham.

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“I said at that stage that the show was the best thing I’d ever done, which is pretty well true. I wanted to get ‘out there’ and get seen which I did. Making it as far as I did was a great thing for me,” Steve said. “The show helped me get a bunch of gigs, but over time, out of sight does become out of mind, but it was great thing in my life.” Steve also sometimes performs in a bluesy duo, Mama Blue, with his mum Olive, 76, on lead vocals. Olive has spent a life close to the stage dancing tap, singing and playing parts in vaudeville and Tivoli style skits. Together they have now also recorded an album. “Making mum’s album has also been a great pleasure. She had recorded a bit in the past, with a backing track and a cheap microphone, but I wanted to record her properly. So I decided to give her that for a Christmas present,” Steve said. “I wrote three bluesy tunes on the album and one of them, Way Down Homeless Blues, won all sorts of blues songwriting competitions in the US, here in Australia it won Blues Song of the Year.” Another song I wrote for mum is called I’ve Got Nothing to Do but Sing the Blues which is where the album title Outa Cash Outa Luck & Outa Booze came from. The pair has also performed at this year’s Echuca-Moama Blues Festival.

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“I’ve found a few good songs too,” said Olive, such as I like My Men like My Whisky – Aged and Mellow. “That song went over really well at the festival, which was great because we had never done it on stage before. We held the crowd and I’ve never had so much fun in my whole life.”

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“I love to sing some classics including Georgia, Gershwin’s Summertime and the Sippi Wallace classic Women be Wise.” Steve performs every second Friday at Vesbar wine bar in Somerville (see page 101 this issue) and Olive often pops along. Steve welcomes musical interest on 0408 785 436. Grattan Anderson


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Located just 1.5 kilometres from the summit of Arthurs Seat, Charlie’s Auto Museum is an iconic destination for car lovers young and old. Housing over 80 motor vehicles, memorabilia, model cars and automobile paraphernalia from many eras, it is no wonder that that the Museum is renowned as a ‘must see’ on the Mornington Peninsula tourist circuit. Having worked as a bottle merchant, scrap metal dealer and later turning to forklift hire, Charlie Shwerkolt opened his museum in 1988 with a handful and cars and signs. Continuously changing and growing over the years, the museum features a collection that represents over 100 years of automobile history. Recently, Charlie has expanded the already rich space with the addition of a new building on the site, in which 11 new cars will be housed. These cars will join rarities such as a 1954 Hudsen Super Wasp, 1950 MG Y, Studebaker Avanti, and a great collection of microcars such as the Goggomobil, BMW Isetta, Messerchmit and Reliant Robins. While automobiles make up a large part of the Museum’s Collection, Charlie’s Automobile Museum also features a number of model planes and ships, all built by local resident Alex Hose. Each model is made from recycled goods – mainly aluminum drink cans – with the largest being four metres in length. If motor history isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps the household section’s display of antiquities such as sewing machines, cooking utensils, cameras and radios would be of interest to explore. See the new additions and be captivated by snippets of times gone at 175 Purves Road, Arthurs Seat. Car Clubs and group bookings are welcome, but it is advised to call 0419 887 801 or 5989 6320 to arrange a visit. Opening hours: 10.30am to 4.30pm daily.

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With an eclectic mix of homewares, gifts, fashion, jewellery and furniture, Tingo inspires the moment you walk through the door. One is struck by riot of colour and texture, yet Tingo has a pervasive sense of warmth

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and friendliness, making this store one you will return to again and again. There is so much to discover here, and every nook and cranny holds a wonderful treasure from retro-inspired furniture, artwork, bold cushions, handcrafted jewellery, books, home-wares, and lots of fabulous things for the little ones It’s easy to see why Tingo has already

become so popular since it opened in November last year. Owner Sarah Cartwright-Black has created a store that she would love to go to. “I had been shopping for something a bit different and funky and didn’t find much that I really loved down this way. I had vaguely entertained the idea of opening my own business for a while, and just over twelve months ago I discovered, by chance, that this shop was for sale. The seed for Tingo was planted then, and it continues to grow. The shop is constantly evolving, we keep it fresh and there is always something different on offer,” Sarah said.

again and we have a wonderful base of loyal customers. Tingo may be tricky to find, but once they find us, they stick with us. “ Lovingly and thoughtfully curated, Tingo stocks a wide range of products, but supporting local is high on the agenda. Some of the artisans and locally sourced products on display include: Hook & Eye cushions and artwork, Ratfink artwork and canvases, beautiful handmade Charlie Bird clothing, Frankie and Lola children’s raingear, fair trade textiles from Vogue Imports, White Tag men’s clothing and gorgeous upcycled furniture and vintage home-wares from Zhush.

With friend Megan as her right hand, the pair is always looking for new and exciting items to give Tingo an urban edge. “We look for the pieces that we would love to see in a shop - new, fresh and fun. We also work on the premise that if someone is running late for a party, you can walk in here and find the perfect gift – for women, men and children,” Sarah said. Since Tingo opened, the feedback has been fantastic.

The name Tingo has special meaning for Sarah who, while deliberating whether to launch into this business venture, discovered the word, which means, “to take all the objects one desires, one by one, from the house of a friend”. She decided it was the perfect name for her store, and indeed Tingo is certainly a friendly place. Tingo has Sarah’s quirky and eclectic nature all over it; even the tree logo was designed by her 10 year old daughter. Tingo is at Shop 4, 2 Watson Road, Mt Martha (rear of shopping strip, adjacent to the playground). Phone 5974 8160. Find them on Facebook: Tingoshop

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Travel memoir from local author discovered by grandson Hard Times, an amazing true story written by the late McCrae resident Jack Mercer is being described as ‘one of the heretofore unplucked gems of Australian literature’.

New York City and riding the trains as a tramp in Virginia. The single copy of the manuscript was discovered by the author’s grandson Brett Pierce in an old box. ‘What struck me was the vividness and immediacy of the writing. He takes you with him to these places as if it was happening today. I knew straight away this was something special.’

‘He went from experiencing a shipwreck in his teens to flying and crashing planes in WW1 within five years.’ Pierce commented.

Jack Mercer was born in 1896 in Archdale, Victoria. He spent his early years in Archdale and Ararat. He fought in the First Jack Mercer, a one time resident of Ararat, World War in the Canadian branch of the had written the story of his adventures as Royal Flying Corps, surviving two crashes. a youth, now being compared to Albert Facey’s A Fortunate Life. The manuscript Pierce, who travels the world extensively in After the war he worked in a variety of of the newly published work was only his work with World Vision, acknowledges roles in Canada, USA and Latin America before his appointment as manager of discovered earlier this year. the influence of his grandfather on his British American Bye-Products in Australia work. Jack Mercer’s story begins in 1911 as a in 1934. He lived his working years in fourteen year old in an Ararat pub, where ‘He used to tell us stories about his Prahran and retired to McCrae in Victoria, he faces the terror of a stepfather and travels. So I knew the book existed. He just near the lighthouse. He remained an a mother who barely acknowledges his had read it to me when I was young, and occasional world traveller for most of his existence. This sets him on the path as a I remembered it being an amazing tale. life. Although he died in 1976 his amazing runaway to the corners of the world. His That’s why I went searching for it.’ story is only now available to be read. descriptions vividly bring to life early Ararat, Critics are naturally drawing parallels with Jack’s grandson Brett Pierce has written an the township and his plans to escape. Albert Facey’s A FortunateLife. Mercer afterword for the book and is available for He eventually flees to Werribee where and Facey lived in the same era, and faced interview. Images are available for use and he works as a farmhand, before fleeing similar extremes, although Hard Times the book is available for review. to Sydney and working on a Norwegian was written earlier. Facey’s story is based barque that becomes shipwrecked in The book was released in August by mostly in Western Australia, whereas South America. After travelling through Melbourne- based publisher Transit Lounge Mercer’s story opens up photographic Chile, Patagonia and Buenos Aires Jack and is available locally at Farrells Bookshop descriptions of his adventures in both ends up working as an elevator boy in 143 Main Street Mornington. Australia and the Americas.

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Three mums and a dad!

When surrogacy became an offence in Victoria in 1989, people wanting surrogacy services began to turn to countries where it was legal. This started with the USA but soon black “breeder” markets developed in poor countries like India and Thailand. The fear that vulnerable women were being exploited led to surrogacy being legalised in Victoria in 1995. But there was a catch – both the commissioning woman and the surrogate mother had to be infertile for it to be legal.

The sharp rise in illegal surrogacy in Victoria since 2005 highlighted the flaws and anomalies in Victorian A surrogate mother, a friend's donated egg, donated fertility legislation and the sperm and two commissioning parents make a many barriers in the way of somewhat unconventional start to life and highlights childless couples. This broader the legal hurdles faced by Australia’s many childless awareness led to the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment couples. “In the last three years alone there have Act 2010 which finally been six parliamentary inquiries and one removed the requirement independent legal inquiry about surrogacy in that surrogates had to be Australia,” explains Antoinette Moylan, infertile and introduced new Senior Associate and Accredited measures for transferring Family Law Specialist with parentage from the surrogate to the Marshalls and Dent. commissioning parent/s.

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Currently in Victoria only gestational surrogacy is legal meaning the surrogate has no genetic connection to the child. This involves implanting the surrogate with an embryo created with an egg from another woman and sperm.

In addition, the commissioning parents/surrogates can’t advertise and must first seek medical and legal advice before registering with an approved clinic. Finally, the Patient Review Panel must be fully satisfied that all parties meet its exhaustive criteria. Then once the baby is born, the commissioning parent/s apply to the court for a substitute parentage order naming them as the child’s legal parents. “It’s really important that all parties are aware that surrogacy agreements are not enforceable contracts,” explains Marshalls and Dent’s Antoinette Moylan. “So everyone involved should seek independent legal advice around issues like the reimbursement costs commissioning parents will agree to cover, custody and access by the surrogate, legal status and parenting of the child and what you’ll do if the process doesn’t go as planned.”

Right now surrogacy is one of the fastest-growing areas of legal advice in Victoria with births via this method doubling With our ageing population and the increasing tendency of people putting off having children until later in life, surrogacy is only set to become more common. If you would like further advice about this subject, please contact us.

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AFL South announced

AFL Victoria has announced an inaugural seven member AFL South East Region Commission to oversee the direction of community-based Australian football in the Frankston, Mornington Peninsula and Casey-Cardinia region. A key recommendation to come from the 2011 AFL review of regional football was the desire to establish regional commissions that would be responsible for the strategy and planning. Commission members were selected from suitably qualified and experienced candidates.

bendigo bank get involved When the team at Bendigo Bank Mornington heard about Sam Johnson’s unicycle trek around Australia to raise money for cancer research, they were inspired to make it a community project. Sam started his 15,000 kilometre journey to raise $1million for cancer research and breast cancer awareness. The world record challenge is a promise to his sister, Connie, who is dying of breast cancer. Bendigo Bank’s Jess Bayne and Deb Paterson started their involvement in February this year and have since raised $2000 for the cause. “The bank is a major sponsor of the “Love Your Sister” campaign but we decided to make it a community initiative to raise as much money as we can and raise awareness of the disease,” the girls said. “So far the community response has been fantastic. On the front window we have hearts with special messages from people who have made

donations. We are also running a dinner and silent auction night on Thursday October 17. Come into the branch or phone us on 5975 4477 to book.” Jess and Deb are not the only ones who are inspired by what Sam is doing. “Some customers really connect with what he’s doing. It’s truly inspirational, which is why we became involved.” Leading up to the silent auction night, Bendigo Bank will have some of the items on display so customers can pre-bid on them if they are unable to attend the night. “We are also taking further donations of items, and have a sponsor board at the front of the bank with tributes to the wonderful community support we have received,” they said. The Dinner and Silent Auction Night is being held at Restaurant Soy and the $50 cover charge includes a two course dinner, welcome drink and door prize. Bendigo Bank, 85 Main St, Mornington.

Jeff Kimber will chair the inaugural commission. Kimber is a former chairman of the Riverland FL in SA and finance director of the Western Border league. Inaugural president of Echuca United FNC. He comes from a corporate background of 30 years in finance and four in aquaculture before settling in Mornington and buying the local newsXpress newsagency. Fellow foundation commissioners are: former State MP Tammy Lobato, corporate affairs executive Karen de Villiers, past vice president of the VCFL Tony Mitchell, local business identity Ken Jungwirth, MPNFL life member Russell Jacgung and former umpire Scott Grimster.

“Each commission member brings community, sport and professional experiences, along with the strategic ability to grow the game in the region. The governance and management skills of the selected commission are of the highest order”, said Kimber. Prospective members of the new region include the PCN Alliance Frankston & District Junior Football League, Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League (and all the clubs associated with these Leagues) and the Southern Umpires Association.

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11 days on the road Local buddies John ‘snake’ Crossin, John ‘bubba’ Mackie and Rod ‘teflon’ McCartin have just returned from Broome on the annual Variety Bash, after raising a record $43,000 for the charity.

“When you stop at all the different towns it’s a chance to promote Variety and we visit some local schools,” Bubba said. “In different places, donations are made to kids in need.”

Variety children’s charity works with families and organisations to empower children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. The bash is now in its 23rd year.

The Bash can have hairy moments. John recalls a day when they were travelling down a dirt road at a hundred clicks, in the middle of nowhere. “I was sleeping in the back and Bubba was driving. Next thing there was a huge bang and the car had broken its axle. We slid everywhere but somehow he managed to pull us up, straight as a die. We couldn’t believe it,” he says with a laugh. Raising money for the Variety Club is a year-long task. “We receive some very generous donations from The Godding Foundation and Geoff McKenzie at Mornington Garden Supplies, as well as Let’s Go Cruisin, Bendigo Bank and plenty of others,” the boys said.

For Harba’s John Crossin this is his 14th Variety Bash. He met Bubba on his second trip. This year was Rod’s first time and he’s already hooked. “I’ve always wanted to go to Broome and the outback so it’s another thing to cross of the bucket list. The feeling of helping the kids is incredible. I was able to donate a bike through the Variety Club and I have never had a more emotional moment,” he said. John Crossin’s interest began in ‘85 when he saw the original Bourke to Burketown Bash run by Dick Smith. “It’s such an amazing experience, raising money for those kids while doing something that you love. You build a really strong comradeship, you become like family,” he said. The trio spent 11 days on the road, travelling from Echuca to Broome, driving though mining towns Cobar, Winton and Burketown, then up to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Crossing the Northern Territory and into the East Kimberley region of WA, the 90 odd cars will find their way to Broome for the final night.

Variety seeks financial donations and volunteer time. Each week Variety Victoria directly helps about three children and families in need, providing items such as modified tricycles, electric beds and communication devices for children who would otherwise ‘fall through the gaps’ and have nowhere else to turn. Each month they add three new Sunshine coaches, thousands of special children travel on Sunshine Coaches in Australia every day. Details: Contact Variety on 8698 3900.

Mural launched at Red Hill school A mural created by students of Red Hill Consolidated School depicting the history of Red Hill has been officially launched by Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Red Hill Ward Councillor Frank Martin at the school. Art students from Grades 5 and 6 at Red Hill Consolidated School created the 28 metre mural tracing the history of Red Hill from its first inhabitants, the early pioneering days to the present time. The students worked with well-known Red Hill artist Michael Leeworthy who tutored them in design, drawing and painting for the project. The finished mural was erected within the school grounds. The project was funded by the Shire’s Community Partnerships program, with the Red Hill Lions Club assisting to install the finished mural. Michael Leeworthy said “school principal Leanne Marshall and art teacher Ian Jarman have been wonderful to work with and the students have been very enthusiastic”. “When they want to work on the mural in their lunch break it’s sign they really like doing it!” he said. Red Hill Ward Councillor Frank Martin said “projects such as this give students an insight into understanding a little of the way an artist works - from planning, designing, listening to stories from local elders with the artist, and pulling it all together to achieve a finished creative outcome”.

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Blairgowrie based audio engineer Chris Hallam has purchased a classic vintage mixing console and installed it at Baha in Rye. Ready to light up and record whatever acts might grace the Baha stage. Now fully refurbished, a four-year project for the original builder, electronic ‘genius’ Alan Jenkins who happens to live in Pearcedale. The twelve channel Audek desk was built in 1968, in-house, for the former Rambler recording studio in Mt Eliza which was owned by Arthur Lewis. At that time there were no mass manufacturers of mixing desks, virtually all were custom built by hand. “Australian Crawl and John Farnham have recorded demos through it,” Chris said. The desk has a ‘softer’, old-school sound. “The design incorporates transformers that act as a ‘sonic airbag’. Which means that when the signal is at its sweet spot, in terms of gain, it actually adds a harmonic distortion that makes the recording more musical,”

said Chris. “A fuller bass sound and a silkier, smoother top end and a better quality recording overall,” he added. “The desk is a more musical way to record through to digital, it’s a clean, world class sound,” Chris said. “But passion is more important than perfection. I’m not trying to emulate a recording studio’s perfect sound, my main aim is to capture the passion,” said Chris who often records drums with three microphones, as did Led Zeppelin. A console aficionado, Chris also owned the state of the art Amek analogue mixing desk, formerly in Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. So far at Baha, Chris has recorded Sticky Fingers, Transvaal Diamond and The Brad Martin Project. Elsewhere he has recorded a long list of Aussie blues royalty including Chain, Kevin Borich and Jeff Lang. Missy Higgins’ producer Butterfly has also recorded with Chris. Contact: Chris at Hallamsound Productions on 0433 701 285 or Baha on 5985 2077. Grattan Anderson

Mornington Bay Run - What a success! What a success, with over $25,000 raised for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation!!! It was fantastic to see so many people getting out, getting active and giving it a go – and all in the middle of winter! The 8th Annual Mornington Bay Run was held on Sunday July 28, it was a brisk July morning, and we were thankful that the rain held off until after the event. The Mornington Bay Run exceeded expectations achieving a record turnout of over 700 participants, we would like to thank all of the participants, sponsors and volunteers who helped make the event a great success. It was great to hear that all the participants were supporting each other throughout the race, providing encouragement to those who needed the extra little push to get up the hill – some of whom were running up Beleura hill for the second time that morning. Madeline Lucas who came first in the 8.24km female division said “I love encouraging people along and giving them that spark to go that bit faster! Approaching the hill for a second time one of the guys at the front of the pack had stopped and started to walk. I tapped him on the shoulder as I ran past and told him to keep moving! He got going and we spurred each other on up the hill.” We would like to congratulate all participants and place getters from each category who successfully completed this scenic and challenging course. Visit www. for images and race times. We would also like to thank everyone who participated in SEPTEMBER 2013 (22)

fundraising for the event or sponsored a friend or family member, without your support we would not have the privilege of donating such an incredible amount of money to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation. A special mention goes to ‘The Grand Team’ who raised $4,022 and won the fundraising prize, the team decided that they would like to donate the 6 Burner BBQ prize to the highest individual fundraiser Joanne Quarrell who raised $2,608 an absolutely astounding effort – well done!! The Mornington Bay Run is to be held on Sunday July 27, 2014 keep an eye on au for updates, we look forward to an event bigger and better event in 2014! Jeni Doherty, Mornington Chamber of Commerce 5975 4522

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Niramaya Villas and Spa Port Douglas’ premier resort, Niramaya Villas and Spa, is gaining a reputation as the next best thing to a Bali escape while remaining in the country.

a taste of Bali in our very own backyard Niramaya is a 5-Star luxury Balinese pavilion-style resort set in 15 hectares of landscaped gardens, within walking distance of Port Douglas Village and Four Mile Beach.

Mr Sarnecki says with plenty of sunshine, and a range of tours and activities to do – it’s clear to see why Port Douglas is becoming the destination of choice for Australian travellers. Resort Manager Zac Sarnecki says the stunning grounds and boutique “Indulge your senses as you experience sanctuary of exclusive villas reflect the serenity of the location—bordered a tropical paradise similar to a Bali by a rainforest, lagoons and fragrant setting. gardens,” Mr Sarnecki says. “The villas are perfectly suited to those “Guests to the region have the who want to relax and escape with opportunity to visit the only place in stylish Bali-inspired designs, private the world where two World Heritage heated plunge pools and stone outdoor listed entities exist side by side – the showers,” Mr Sarnecki says. Wet Tropics Rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. “It also takes out the hassle of renewing passports when you just want “Then to top it all off, our water to escape the hustle and bustle of the temperatures average at 23 degrees city for a relaxing getaway. Celsius during the winter months so visitors can comfortably swim here in “Not to mention, you’d pay a fraction of the price on flights from Melbourne the ocean all year round.” to Cairns, but still experience the same For more information about type of tropical conditions as if you had Niramaya Villas and Spa visit landed in Bali.”

Immerse yourself in tropical luxury Niramaya Villas and Spa is a five-star luxury resort just moments from the Port Douglas village and Four Mile Beach. This boutique sanctuary of exclusive villas is nestled amid fifteen hectares of tropical gardens. The Niramaya Spa offers rejuvenating massages and treatments to indulge your every sense, including facials, manicures and luxurious Vichy treatments. The resort is bordered by a rainforest, lagoons and fragrant gardens and features a fine dining restaurant.

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the portrait project pop up studios

Photographer Daryl Gordon is following an all-time dream to capture images of Mornington Peninsula’s people for posterity. He has set up The Portrait Project and aims to set up ‘pop up’ studios in local areas to gather a cross section of shots that will depict life on the Peninsula for generations to come. Residents from selected towns will be invited to take part in the picture preserving project having their portraits displayed at an exhibition the following year. He said: “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do as I have always been fascinated by the archival nature of photography. Each time a frame is shot, that moment is frozen in time. “For years, I’ve had the idea of capturing the look of Peninsula people, documenting the community so we can look back at those photographs and think about where they were and what they were doing at that particular time.” Having lived locally for 26 years, Daryl has seen many changes and is fascinated with capturing these moments in time, documenting the faces that are the Peninsula.

He added: “I love looking back at old photographs and wondering about each person’s story and it will be great to do that for people on the Peninsula. “The thing I love about portrait photography is that when you look at the emotion in a portrait, it is like a reflection of your own emotion. It’s a common thread that runs through humanity, a good portrait can make you pause and reflect about your own life and those around you and the close connections that exist among us all.” The first studio Daryl set up in Balnarring saw about 70 people coming through and the next pop up studio will be in Hastings at The Sandwich King on Saturday, October 12 between 1.30pm and 3pm. Daryl said: “Turn up wearing whatever you want. You can go to some effort or just wear your everyday clothes. It’s whatever you feel comfortable with.” After Hastings will be Somers, with a venue and date to be announced. Keep in touch with forthcoming venues and the progress of The Portrait Project by calling Daryl on 0412 131 492, liking the Daryl Gordon Photography Art Page on Facebook or visit www.






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The Team Barefoot triathlon team is in preparation for its sixth season this summer. Having started from humble beginnings in 2008-09 and guided by seven times Australian Professional triathlon champion, Stephen Foster, they have just signed up with a new major sponsor, Platinum Pools, having retained all of their previous sponsors.

chosen on the three basic principles of dedication, discipline and gratitude. Stephen added: “All three boys have talent just like most juniors who know how to apply themselves to the utmost, but that wasn’t the guiding force behind this new initiative.

“All three train with me and what became apparent over time was how much they appreciated what was being done for them, how grateful they Stephen said: “Maintaining sponsorship were and how they always thanked the these days is about giving back to the coaching staff and myself each week sponsors and, where possible, more than after training. These boys have been they give you. This is where the hard brought up to respect others and what work comes into play. has been done for them. On top of that, “We might not always sell ‘x’ number they give 100% at training and racing of products, but going the extra mile and the results reflect their hard working and showing them that they are the attitudes.” most important part of our process is Last season, both Yoann and Hamish important. Each year we organize our made the Victorian Schools Triathlon charity fundraiser for OzChild and give Team for the Australian Schools something back to the community.” Triathlon Championships. This season, Stephen plans to expand “Shane is moving equally as quick and his team to include a sponsored the aim is to help all of them make Junior Development Team of three this season’s Victorian team. I believe young athletes - Yoann Mitchell, all three of them can but they must Hamish Martin and Shane Strachan, be self-motivated to achieve this. The all 15 years old and who have been now fresh every month

champion comes from within.” Plans are underway to keep expanding Team Barefoot general squad and staff and they are currently in the process of building a new website to supersede the current one which will incorporate and involve more of the general community. Stephen believes that leading by example is one of the best ways to encourage others to follow suit and said: “The more I do this, the more I’m seeing how much we can help others. “I don’t give anyone anything that I’m not prepared to do myself. This is nature at its best.” - SCOTT GRIMSTER


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Boutique real estate agent, McEwing Partners continue to secure upmarket properties on the Mornington Peninsula with the latest acquisition one of Mornington’s most striking beachfront mansions, Combe Martin.

Combe Martin is an old English tudor style clinker brick and shingle tiled house with classically themed gardens and landscaping of exquisite detail.

This remarkable five bedroom, four bathroom residence set on approximately half an acre of manicured grounds, overlooks Mills Beach and exudes the architectural expression of a genteel old world era. Specifically designed to symbolise the refined elegance of English workmanship, Combe Martin boasts 70 squares of luxury living, exquisite glass, marble and wood finishes throughout, a Bespoke modern kitchen and bathrooms. Rich in history, the property was built over a three year period from 1936-1939 for Mrs Emily Ruwolt whose husband Charles established the large Vickers Ruwolt Engineering business in Richmond. Even the stained glass window in the stairwell depicts Charles as a young man working with his business in the foundry. Named after a seaside village hamlet in North Devon,

A series of grand formal rooms with towering ceilings, French doors, mahogany timber panelling and panoramic views of the bay through the double glazed windows encapsulate a bygone era, while a separate temperature controlled wine store and gymnasium utilise the modern conveniences of the 21st century. Only a pleasant stroll to the cafes and restaurants of Main Street, the magnificent residence also includes a powder room, housekeeper’s key room with more than 100 keys for all the various doors and cabinets throughout the home, ducted heating, a security system, and two double garages in the Esplanade’s very best address. Inspection is purely by appointment through McEwing Partners on 5975 4555 or phone Dean Phillips on 0402 833 865. Visit for more information on this and other high-end properties McEwing Partners have become renowned for.

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From our premium collection 151 Barkly Street Mornington STUNNING HOME, COMMANDING VIEWS A spectacular modern home to fully appreciate the joys of seaside Mornington, indulge your family with stunning views of the bay and harbor, grand spaces for entertaining, 4BRs and only a few minutes’ walk to Main St and Mills Beach. Features 35sq of luxury, brilliant alfresco entertaining, 3 living areas, chef’s kitchen, ducted heating & aircon and a remote double garage & workshop. Tom Crowder 0438 670 300 6 Bellevue Crescent Mount Eliza CONTEMPORARY EXCELLENCE Fine design is at the heart of this ultra-stylish home. Only 3 years young and architecturally designed, this Interior Designer’s own home is feature-rich and fantastic for families wanting space and quality in their living environment. Every room reveals something superb. At the heart of the home is the huge open-plan living space that flows effortlessly out to a covered alfresco area with sparkling in-ground pool, an impressive centrepiece to the tranquil private setting. Rob Ferguson 0412 789 696 19 Marathon Drive Mount Eliza RESORT STYLE LIVING Built to exacting standards and offering views of the bay, this modern mansion is a palm- fringed oasis with a sparkling in-ground pool and spa, sun-drenched terraces and lush cool lawns for outdoor entertaining. Moments from the beach and village shops, the enormous home provides luxury and extravagance with three living areas, four large bedrooms, a home office, stunning kitchen and lavish master suite. Tom Crowder 0438 670 300 660 Esplanade Mornington COASTAL REFINEMENT Just a short walk to Fosters Beach and with sparkling broad bay views, this magnificent 5 BR Mediterranean-inspired home, pool and luxury pool house offers a position of rare privilege and all the spoils of refined coastal living. Set on 729 sq.m (approx), the grand home boasts 4 living areas one with gas fireplace and one with wetbar - a guest room with ensuite, substantial stone-topped kitchen, study, office, poolside jacuzzi, sauna, playground and a triple garage. Dean Phillips 0402 833 865

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A strategy of success McEwing Partners has been long established as a prestige real estate brand, serving the Mornington peninsula for over three generations. Directors Dean Phillips, Quentin McEwing and Brett McEwing all share the same important values that have earned McEwing partners the reputation as Mornington Peninsula’s premier property agency. Our strategic focus is on premium property, high quality service and advanced marketing strategies. With a reputation like ours it is no – wonder that a high percentage of our business is referral based. Much of our recent success has been largely due to our extensive buyer database, both nationally and internationally. We currently have buyers looking to spend anywhere from $1 million to $10 million in the coastal area. Quietsell is a database matching sales system McEwing Partners have been successfully using for many years. We have clients whom are quietly on the market without any internet, board or marketing that will sell if the price is right. The most recent being a $4 million cliff front property in Mornington. In 2011 the decision to expand to a second office located in Mt Eliza gave us the opportunity to add a Property Management division. Headed up by one of the Peninsulas most experienced property management teams we have strategies in place that will minimise vacancy and maximise return. Our sales team are all highly trained and highly skilled negotiators. Closely working together with our marketing department they custom design from the ground up individual marketing campaigns that will best suit your property. Whether it be Private Sale, Auction or Expressions of Interest each campaign will provide you with maximum exposure resulting in the highest possible price. Licensed Estate Agents and Directors, Quentin McEwing and Dean Phillips are hands on in the day to day running of McEwing Partners. “Our success strategy is simple. Be first to open in the morning, be last to close in the evening, and follow every possible lead”. If you are considering selling or renting we encourage you to contact either one of our offices in Mornington or Mount Eliza.

Escape to the good life We reckon there is no better way to escape a busy life than a weekend in one of our cosy cottages. You can enjoy fresh produce from our abundant garden and savour all of the great food and wine offerings of Trofeo Estate. We have 1,2 or 3 bedroom cottages available that will put everything you want within arm’s reach and you won’t have to drive home. Take a break from the rat race, relax and taste the good life. Oh and experience the joy of indulging in a copper bath in the moonlight.

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Wine in clay pots could change the industry in Australia The Trofeo Estate Winery at Dromana is changing the way the Australian wine industry goes about its business. Like the ancient Greeks and Romans Trofeo wines are fermented and aged in their large terracotta (clay) Amphorae. Already wine buffs visiting the Peninsula are noticing the results are extremely good. “So far the feedback from those tasting the wines at our cellar door has been very positive”, said owner, Jim Manolios, “it will be interesting to see if that continues with our new range of wines”, he added. There’s no doubt that fermentation in terracotta is yielding new and very fine wine characteristics. Already wine produced in this way is taking off in a big way in Europe, particularly Italy and now with Trofeo introducing the technique into Australia, it’s likely to catch hold here too. Artenova- one of the world’s finest manufacturers of hand made Terracotta Amphorae and other wine related vessels is based in Florence, Italy.

Trofeo Estate is proud to be their exclusive Australian distributor and largest user of their products in the Southern hemisphere for the manufacture of wine. All Artenova Terracotta Amphorae are exclusively hand made from clay of the Chianti region in Italy. This unique clay found only around Florence Italy has been renowned for thousands of years for its properties in the production and maturation of wine. With wine matured in terracotta there is the flavour of pure fruit and the product will not be influenced by the oak in the casks.

Unlike wooden barrels Terracotta has no ‘flavour’ of its own and imparts nothing on the wine Terracotta ‘breathes’ and is sensitive to temperature and especially humidity, thus Artenova Terracotta Amphorae can be ‘controlled’ and ‘programmed’ to assist the winemaker in meeting particular objectives in the production of a specific wine. “It’s the wine making method for our times, everyone wants their food and wine to be natural and I think this will really appeal to the increasing number of folk who are taking an interest in what is actually in the things they eat and drink”, said Jim Manolios.

Full steam ahead as the Trofeo wine really starts flowing These days the cellar door at Trofeo Like the garden that supplies Estate is a very busy place as folk most of the fruit and vegetables gather to sample more than a dozen for the Whispering Vines café, the different wines for sale. vineyard is in full production run on You can get details of our range at It’s hard to imagine the transformation that has taken place at the Trofeo Vineyard. When we arrived, just 12 months ago, the vines were dormant with no canopies; they were stumps sitting in the Wesome reckon ground with thin littlethere is no better way to twigs growing out of them. escape a busy life than a weekend in one The grass between the rows ofinour cosy cottages. of vines was as tall as the posts. You can enjoy fresh produce from our abundant garden and savour all of the great food and wine offerings of Trofeo Estate.

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biodynamic principles. The vines are now fed without any pesticides or herbicides; rather they have been fed a seaweed blend and

biodynamic compost to help them recover. There are now sheep wandering through the vines, “they are our new mowers”, said Jim Manolios, “they enable us to keep the grass down without any chemicals, or tractors damaging the rows and they are doing a great job”. We have 1,2 or 3 bedroom“The cottages available that reality is that some of the top vineyards Australiareach are using will put everything you want withininarm’s bio-dynamic and you won’t have to drive home. principles for growing their grapes but many keep it quiet becauserelax they don’t to appear Take a break from the rat race, andwant taste the too alternative” said Manolios. good life. With bio-dynamics you just get more better concentrated Oh and experience the joycolour, of indulging in a flavour; you improve the nutrients in the soil copper bath in the moonlight. producing better quality fruit. Just call 5981 8688 and book your break!

When in Rome ….

It is said that when you’re in Rome you should do what the Romans do. It is also said that you should never take coals to Newcastle. Confused? Well stick with us. On a recent trip to a conference of Amphora winemakers in the Chianti region of Italy, Jim Manolios took his own Chardonnay, produced in Amphora in Dromana. At this eclectic gathering wine buffs from exotic vineyards in

South Africa, Austria and Italy sipped and sniffed like there was no tomorrow as they passed judgement on the produce. To Jim’s surprise and delight, the local white won widespread acclaim for the best white. “I was blown away, especially taking wine back to Italy” said Jim. What made him even happier was the realisation that the judges were all drinking the Dromana Chardonnay with their lunch! So next time you’re in Rome see if you can find some fine Trofeo wine from the Mornington Peninsula.

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Pinot debut sets tongues wagging On the very day the Winter Wine Weekend Festival was in full swing at the Red Hill Showgrounds, and Trofeo Estate winery announced its arrival to the winemaking community, the first Amphora matured Pinot Noir was released. The Estate was lit up as more than fifty family and friends gathered and as the Pinot and the first 100 per cent Amphora matured Shiraz was also decanted. As gastronome’s got to savour what a difference the old world terracotta actually makes to the flavour of the wines, the verdict was all good. The party was treated to specially prepared

food to complement the wine. There were many ooh’s and ah’s as happy diners raved about the food. Master of Ceremonies, Glenn Ridge introduced Jim Manolios, Winery Manager Geoff Clarke and Café Manager Lori Smith, who provided information and history about what has gone into Trofeo Wines up to now. The Estate looked simply stunning on parade for the big night.

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Spider Crabs of Port Phillip Bay



Tickets and vouchers can be purchased at the Sorrento Main Street booking office or direct online for instant tickets and vouchers. With the weather getting warmer, now is the perfect time to enjoy a cruise of the bay and learn about our unique marine life. Get in early before the busy summer season to enjoy a breathtaking adventure that you will never forget! Moonraker Dolphin Swims departs from Sorrento Pier, and booking office is located at 7 George Street Sorrento. Call to make a booking on 5984 4211.

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Dolphin and Seal Swimming and Sightseeing Cruises


For those who’d rather stay dry, the “Dolphin and Seal Sightsee Cruise” is an experience to remember. Observe the amazing wildlife from the comfort of the boat and return with amazing memories to share with friends. The friendly team at Moonraker is happy to discuss your individual requirements for private cruises, Christmas parties, corporate group activities or school excursions.

into shallow waters may help the crabs, usually dispersed throughout Port Phillip Bay, aggregate in a single mass and gain refuge from the strong tidal currents that scour the deep channels. An earlier explanation that the annual aggregations were related to mating has thus far proved unlikely, as following the moulting of tens of thousands of crabs only the odd couple has been observed to mate. We still don’t know however what happens when they disperse back into deep water. This year we have seen only small aggregations of the spider crabs at Blairgowrie and Rye. The photo in this article was taken in late April and there have been very RE T •P few sightings since then. Hopefully S UN next year we will see them return in there thousands attracting divers from around Australia and overseas. T THIS EN

Their continued success can be attributed to their focus on outstanding customer service and genuine passion for Port Phillip Bay marine life. Their commitment to sustainable environmental tourism has been recognised by winning the coveted Qantas Australian Tourism Award for “Best Eco Tourism Business in Australia” and also the Victorian Tourism Award for “Best Eco Tourism Business” followed by the International success of being named Responsible Tourism’s International winner for ‘Best in a Marine Environment.’ The luxuriously flagship vessel “Moonraker” leaves Sorrento Pier daily at 9am and 1pm on daily Dolphin and Seal Swimming and Sightseeing tours. A second vessel “Blue Wing” was added to the fleet in 2010 to offer smaller personalised tours with a strong educational focus on the marine environment. The popular ‘Dolphin and Seal Swim Tour’ will take you on a 2 or 3 hour adventure where you can swim alongside friendly fur seals and wild dolphins. All equipment is provided and the crew

gives full demonstrations to those on board. Returning to Sorrento, you can enjoy delicious morning or afternoon tea while enjoying the crystal waters of our beautiful bay.


Starting their season on October 5th, Moonraker Dolphin Swims offer a range of swimming and cruising options to suit your needs. Sandy Mackinnon and her daughter Torie have been operating Moonraker from Sorrento Pier for the last 24 years.


If you’re looking for that perfect “once in a lifetime experience”, you can’t go past swimming with the beautiful wild bottlenose dolphins and fur seals in Port Phillip Bay.

Every year, thousands of Giant Spider Crabs (Leptomithrax gaimardii) congregate in Port Phillip Bay ahead of their annual winter moult. When solitary, these crabs are often hard to spot; algae, sponges and sea squirts set up shop on their shells and provide excellent camouflage. However when the crabs aggregate and march, this hungry army is easy to spot. They scavenge whatever food they can find, including the wildlife on the shells of one another. The spectacle of hundreds of large orange crabs against the bare, sandy sea floor is an amazing sight. Like many crustaceans, Giant Spider Crabs are protected by their hard body shell, which is rather like a suit of armour. The trouble is that a hard shell doesn’t allow room for growth. Crabs must shed their old skin to get bigger; they can then expand their size in the brief window before the new skin hardens. The process of moulting takes up to an hour and all the crabs in an aggregation moult almost simultaneously. A soft, freshly-moulted crab is irresistible to predators such as rays, seals and birds. By aggregating in the thousands an individual crab reduces its chance of being eaten, much the same way as mammals in herds find protection in numbers. Movement


Come and enjoy a 3 hour aquatic experience on Port Phillip Bay, swim with seals, dolphins and beautifully coloured fish. Or relax on board while you take in the many marine and coastal sights on the tour.

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TOORAK COLLEGE & AFL PREMIERSHIP CUP The real, authentic AFL premiership Cup made a trip to Toorak College along with St Kilda football players on Friday 30th August. This shiny holy grail of football was accompanied by St Kilda Football Club players Daniel Markworth, Jordan Staley, Spencer White and Lewis Pierce. Principal Helen Carmody organized for parents and students to meet with the players and view the cup.

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No Blue Notes at Beleura Village When Beleura Village Mornington resident Neil Frank invited his muso mates to come and play for him and a couple of friends, he probably wasn’t expecting a crowd of 150. The trio All that Jazz were in fine form when they delighted the village residents and their extended families one Sunday afternoon recently. The event was organised by the Resident Social Committee, so that residents could socialise together in the recently opened community clubhouse. The luxurious 1500sqm centre is an ideal venue for a range of resident

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activities and events. Featuring a club lounge, dining room, cafe, club bar, arts and craft room, billiards and darts room, those who are more active types can also make use of the large indoor pool and spa and fully equipped gymnasium. The village will total 185 villas upon completion. Village Manager Dennis Porter said “A great day was had by one and all. We all enjoyed a delicious lunch and then an afternoon of top notch entertainment. It was great to see many families of the residents attend with their young

children and that’s what it is all about.” The feedback has been so positive that the village is planning similar events on a three monthly basis. “Gone are the days in retirement villages where people lived quietly,” laughs Dennis. “We have trouble keeping up with our residents. Retirees are looking for a range of activities and interests and many of them tell me they’ve never been busier.” PICTURED: All that Jazz: Bob James (Trumpet), Gary Moss (Guitar & Banjo) Alan Stott (Saxophone)

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It was full house at Peninsula Grange for the Jazz Festival band & dancers. More events for the over 55’s residents are planned, watch this space.

Better paths and a fabulous community space for Sorrento In the lead up to Spring and Summer when flocks emerge to the seaside town of Sorrento, the Mornington Peninsula Shire has recently finished streetscape works to improve access for pedestrians and people with scooters, and feature a new community meeting space. Sorrento paths Nepean Ward Councillor Tim Rodgers said the works are part of the rollout of the first stage of the Ocean Beach Road Plan. “The vision was to enhance and provide high quality public spaces within the Sorrento Village Shopping Centre with a focus on pedestrian linkages and a unified landscape character with respect for the coastal qualities and heritage significance of the area,” said Cr Rodgers. Fellow Nepean Ward Councillor Hugh Fraser said the Shire has been working with a streetscape committee consisting of representatives from local traders, historical society, ratepayer’s association and conservation group. “The input from this local group was invaluable in developing ideas and design plans, and has ensured that the works will reflect the input and needs of the local community,” he said. The new community meeting place has created an area where all generations can come together in an open, social space, and features extensive landscaping, curved timber and metal seating and tables, combined seating/

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Cr Tim Rodgers, Cr Hugh Fraser, Sasha Kennedy with Jazz & Gracie play structure, a play wall with noughts and crosses and an abacus play feature, hopscotch markings, a drinking fountain and a dog tie-up post. Landscaped with feature trees and garden beds with indigenous planting, the garden architects have managed to retain and protect three existing Drooping Sheoak trees. Additional works including raised asphalt platforms to reduce vehicle speeds, right of way for pedestrians, access for persons with a mobility or vision disability, timber bollards and permanent line markings have also been completed. now fresh every month


peninsula grange mornington Imagine living in a private community where walking paths provide opportunities to enjoy manicured gardens and native flora at almost every corner—where landscaped wetlands are the centrepiece of your new community. Welcome to Peninsula Grange, a new community available exclusively to over 55s. Located in the picturesque seaside town of Mornington, Peninsula Grange offers a range of architecturally designed villas. Functionality, adaptability and liveability form the foundations of every design. Living areas face north to capture sunlight. Zoned, quiet sleeping areas and spacious, private courtyards provide both separation and peace when required. Light filled rooms and premium quality household appliances make living brighter, easier and more luxurious. With a state-of-the-art community centre providing all the facilities you need including an industrial kitchen, bar area, fireplace, library, business centre, gym and

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hairdresser—it is a one stop shop for all your social needs. Head outdoors and practice your bocce, bowls and golf skills or wander across to your local neighbourhood park where you can catch up with friends. When you finally decide to venture outside of your new community, you will have all the conveniences of the Mornington Peninsula at your doorstep. Wineries, antique stores, beaches and golf courses are all just a short drive away and in Mornington, cafÊs, boutique shops and weekly markets. You will be surprised by just how much you will be able to do at Peninsula Grange, which is why it is perfect for those who think retirement is a time for more than just putting your feet up. A future aged care facility and wellbeing centre is also being planned. This may make the possibility of a future transition from independent to supported living both smooth and hassle free. At Australian Unity Retirement Living, enhancing resident wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do.

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arts and interesting things Opening over a year ago, initially launching with a small collection of paintings, vases and bureaus, the store’s range has been extended and now includes high quality, custom made leather furniture, nostalgic technicolour tin toys, as well as a collection of tables and coffee tables, hanging lights, lamps and chandeliers.

Eren’s Arts and Interiors continues to delight with an everchanging display of worldwide wonders.

The expanding Young Street store offers an array of soft furnishings such as cushions, pillows, curtains and drapes as well as large statement hall mirrors and feature furniture pieces, inspired by the world’s greatest cities. Taking inspiration from all around the world, Eren has his finger on the pulse of modern home furnishing and decorating. His appreciation for contemporary design as well as the fashions of yesteryear is evident in his collection of Madison Avenue of the 60s, ‘Mad Men’ inspired egg chairs and intricately carved wooden framed Byzantine-palace-style hall mirrors. His New York loveseats and vintage Italian pedal cars have also been a big hit with buyers on the Mornington Peninsula. With a new shipment arriving every month from all over the world, Eren has become quite the linchpin in the Mornington Peninsula décor and design world, consistently and constantly providing exotic pieces with personality. His local customers are delighted they no longer have to travel all over Melbourne or spend thousands of dollars to create their picture perfect homes.

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Emu Plains Market – 3rd Saturday of the month from October – April 9am to 2pm One of the region’s coolest and most popular outdoor attractions, the Emu Plains Market is a celebration of the Peninsula’s unique culture, creative artisans and diverse producers. Following a winter’s slumber, the Market bursts back into life on Saturday 19th October at the Balnarring’s Racecourse with new ‘family-friendly’ trading hours from 9am to 2pm.

The MOrnington Peninsulas Freshest Market A new market showcasing Melbourne and the Peninsula’s very best makers, creators, growers and collectors. 100+ stalls, kids entertainment, live music, loads of gourmet food and fresh produce!

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“It creates focus, it creates conversation, it adds charisma to an otherwise vanilla room. Imagine what a whole new room can do.” If you choose to visit Eren’s Arts and Interiors, expect to be greeted by him personally. He will tailor-make his service to your needs and guide you through a cornucopia of functional, durable and above all, beautiful pieces of furniture and home décor. Eren’s better known fashion boutique also continues to thrive, offering his well-known range of high quality suits and personally designed shirts, shoes, jeans, leather jackets and belts. The boutique also continues to specialise in ladies fashion, exhibiting some of Melbourne’s finest casual, cocktail and formalwear. To view Eren’s distinctly styled and eclectic collections, visit him and his array of exotic and beautiful trinkets and treasures during trading hours, Monday to Saturday, or drive by after 5pm to see his impressive light display. Otherwise, take an online tour through his collection on his Facebook page – Eren’s Arts and Interiors.




He said: “Often, it’s the smaller things that can completely change the personality of a room. A simple vintage-style radio here or fresh flowers in a bright vase there, can transform an ordinary room in to a Sultan’s salon.



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Beneath the sun dappled gumtree canopy, local traders once again transform this bush setting into a snaking trail of colourful market stalls welcoming people to the spring carnival atmosphere of Emu Plains with an offer of local wares, food and fresh produce. Here, stylish young hipsters, teenagers and families mingle and delight in natural organic foods, interesting bric-abrac and eclectic hand-made gifts. It’s all about discovery: whether it’s yummy hot snacks, stunning local wines, innovative woodwork, glassware, ceramics or a gorgeous piece of fanciful jewellery that never requires an excuse to accessorize. Throughout the market are stalls laden with crafts from all over the Peninsula; art, hand-made jewellery, bespoke furniture, quilts, designer fashion and hats alongside an eclectic mix of local brewers, distillers, bottled drink stalls and other brightly coloured carts.

“People love to find special gifts or just simply graze their way through this vibrant seaside setting” says market organiser, Vanessa Johnson. “The stallholders offer an abundance of farm-fresh produce; you’ll find so many popular foods, organic coffee, local wine, fine oils, artesian bread, organic fruit & vegies, olives, honey, jam, ice-cream and fabulous flowers. There’s also free entertainment from resident musicians The Whisky Gypsy’s and great hot food carts offering tasty treats from all over the world including Sri Lankan, Turkish, Mexican, Dutch, and Spanish just to name a few! There is also plenty for the kids to discover including pony rides, face painting, jumping castles, magic shows and a great park all situated beneath the sprawling glade of ancient stringybarks. The Emu Plains Market also proudly supports the community by offering free space & support to local not-for-profit groups including Mummies and Babies in Need, The CFA, Balnarring CWA and Art Red Hill just to name a few. They also donate the car parking money to Westernport Rotary and the Emu Plains Reserve. In the future, they hope to start up an emerging artist fund to support local emerging artists. Whatever you love you’ll enjoy the sights, sounds, flavours, action and colour of the Peninsula’s best outdoor market. For further information contact: Vanessa Johnson 0413 452 254 now fresh every month


september - october September 6-29 Urban Art: Manyung Gallery, 1408 Nepean Highway, Mount Eliza Celebrating our passion for city life with artists inspired by urban architecture and lifestyle. Featuring Ben Howe, Anne Cape, Helen Di Tomasso, Miles Allen and Andrew Kasper. Details: Sunday, September 8 Let’s Talk Art: Mornington Park Pavillion $15 per head, lunch included. Sustainable House Day: 10am–4pm at the Eco Living Display Centre at The Briars, free event. Details: 5974 3866 Friday, September 13 Stardust: Frankston Arts Centre This musical matinee tells the story of Natalie and Nat King Cole, starring Martine Pavey. Details: 9784 1060 Saturday, September 14 Red Hill Spring Garden Festival: Red Hill Showgrounds, Arthurs Seat Road. 10am4pm. Themed ‘Grow for Life’. Details: rhgs. Sunday, September 15 Emu Plains Market: Balnarring Racecourse, Coolart Road, 9am – 2pm. Best makers, creators, growers and collectors. Wednesday, September 18 Mela Purdie in store styling event: Fiona’s of Mornington: 6:30pm Details: 5976 2524 Thursday, September 19 Everything Must Go: Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, 245 Eastbourne Road, Rosebud. A comedy about eccentric and reclusive Nancy who is having a garage sale. Details: southernpeninsulaartscentre. com Friday, September 20 Brownlow Breakfast: Frankston Arts Centre 7-9.15am. Peninsula School Parents’ Association breakfast, hosted by Peter Mitchell. Guests include Matthew Richardson, Rodney Eade, Billy Brownless and comedian Andrew Startin. Adult $75, child $50. Bookings: 9788 7753. September 21-October 6 Showtime at Rain, Hayne and Shine Farmyard: 490 Stumpy Gully Road, Balnarring. Visit all the spring babies at the farm and enjoy the grand parade daily at 1pm. Details:

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September 21-October 20 Scarecrow Festival: Tour the peninsula’s hinterland and see all the scarecrows. Details: September 23-October 4 Honey Farm Talks: Pure Peninsula Honey, 871 Derril Road, Moorooduc. 10-11am. Free honey tastings, see live bees busy at work and more. Details:

Sunday, October 6 Bumble Bee Market: PCT, Wilsons Road, Mornington. 7am-3pm New and pre-loved baby and children’s goods at low prices. Details: Wednesday, October 9 Fields of Fashion fundraising luncheon: Mornington Racing Club, presented by Fiona’s of Mornington. Details: 5976 2524

Saturday, September 28 R.M. Ansett Classic: Mornington Racecourse. The horses are on the track and the AFL Grand Final is on the big screen.

Sunday, October 13 Mornington Peninsula Kids Family Expo: Morning Star Estate, Mt Eliza, 10am-3pm. A day full of discovery and family fun. Details:

October 4-27 Manyung Interiors Exhibition: Manyung Gallery. Featuring artists: Janine Daddo, Geoffery Carran, Dianne Fogwell, Juliet Collins, Anne Cape, Wendy Jagger. Details: 9787 2953

Thursday, October 17 ‘Love Your Sister’ Fundraising dinner and silent auction: Soy Restaurant: held by the Bendigo Bank for Breast Cancer. Details: 5975 4477

the award winners. Details: business@ Friday, October 25 Hats N’ Hooves Charity Luncheon: Mornington Racing Club The 2013 Face of Mornington Racing Club, Jessica Whitfort, will be special guest for the lunch and fashion parade. Details: 5975 3310 Halloween Disco: Kids Ahoy: 4/1 Watt Road, Mornington. . 4:30-6:30pm. Details: 5975 2080 October 25-27 Mt Eliza Art Exhibition: Mt Eliza North Primary school, Moseley Drive. A fabulous display of paintings, jewellery, sculpture and more. Details: mtelizaart. com Sunday, October 27 Peninsula Health & Wellbeing Expo: Mornington Racecourse 10am–4pm A popular event with tips and demonstrations to kick-start new habits for improved health. Details:

Thursday, October 3 Sorrento Ghost Tour: Visit historical locations, 8 of which are said to be occupied by ghosts. Details:

Saturday, October 19 Peninsula Proud: Safety Beach Sailing Club, Marine Parade. 1-4pm Discuss the issues faced by the local gay, lesbian and transgender community. Details: Leanne, 9784 8350

October 3-6 Rent: Frankston Arts Centre Panorama Theatre Company presents this award winning rock opera, a modern interpretation of Puccini’s La Boheme. Details: 9784 1060

Sunday, October 20 Mornington Main Street Festival: Main Street Mornington 11am-5pm. A celebration of regional food and wine with lots of live music on two stages. Details:

October 4 – Nov 1 IConnect Young People: Building 3 at Point Nepean Park and Mornington Library Foyer. Art inspired by Pt Nepean National Park and created by Year 9 students from Rosebud Secondary College.

Sunday, October 20 Halloween Trains: MorningtonMoorooduc steam train Ride the train with a spooky theme and join the Little Toots Club. Details: 1300 767 274

Loved It Market: Peninsula Community Theatre, Cnr Nepean Highway and Wilson’s Road, Mornington. $3 entry. Pre-loved women’s fashion market. Details: www.

Monday, October 21 Teenage Fashion Expo: Dromana College, Harrisons Road, Dromana. 6.30pm A design and fashion show featuring art and creations by year 11 and 12 students. Tickets: 5987 2805

Sunday, November 3 Sportingbet Peninsula Cup: Mornington Racecourse. The big race and fashions on the field at Mornington Racecourse. Details: 5975 3310

Saturday, October 5 Primrose Fair: Toorak College, Mt Eliza, 10am-4pm. A launch-pad for creative small businesses, new and talented designers. Details: Studebaker Car Club Concours: Rye Foreshore The Studebaker Car Club’s annual concours. See the cars and chat to the owners. Details: Feast & Family Field Day: Morning Star Estate, Sunnyside Road, Mt Eliza. A weekend of gastronomic delights with a focus on food, wine and horticulture with special guest Dirt Girl. Details:

Wednesday, October 23 Kids Day in the Park: Mornington Park, Schnapper Point Drive. 11am-2pm. A free fun day for families with pre-school aged children. Enjoy The Police Band, jumping castles, animal farm, art and craft. Details:

HMAS Cerberus Open Day: South Beach Road, Crib Point 10am-4pm A big display includes parachutists and aerobatics. Details: hmascerberus. Somers Arts Fair: Camp Hill Road, Somers Showcasing works by peninsula artists. Details:

November 9-10 5 Gardeners Gardens: 10am – 4pm. Tickets at gate, $5 single person, $20 all gardens. Tea and scones, local musicans and plant sales.Details: 9775 3301 Saturday, November 16 Balnarring Village Spring Fair

Saturday, February 1 Thursday, October 24 Peninsula Short Film Festival: The Village Excellence In Business Awards: Green, Rosebud. Entertainment from Mornington Racing Club from 6pm. A noon, films screen 7pm. Gala Dinner to announce and celebrate now fresh every month mornington PENINSULA MAGAZINE


The first Primrose Fair is almost upon us, so Mornington Peninsula Magazine caught up with Lara Tweedie and Marlee Horobin to find out how this new and exciting designer market is coming together. “We are so excited to hold the first Primrose Fair on 5 October” says Lara Tweedie. “We have been truly overwhelmed by the level of interest we have had from the local community. The quality of stallholder applications has been first class and it has been incredibly inspiring to engage with so many talented and hardworking designers. It’s just amazing to have the opportunity to meet other women who have the vision, the inherent sense of style and the will to bring a label to life. We are showcasing many of these designers on the Primrose Fair Facebook page and we are running some great competitions in the lead up to the event, so it is definitely worth checking out! We feel very honoured that so many great people want to be a part of Primrose Fair.” “One of the best parts about bringing Primrose Fair to life has been collaborating with other local businesses who bring their own unique perspective and talents to the event” says Marlee Horobin. “ We have had an absolute ball working with Corey Fowler from Grazen Café on a coffee and food concept for Primrose Fair. One of the things we have really appreciated is the thought that he has put into developing a menu that will translate seamlessly into a market setting. From the stallholders to the food, everything is coming together beautifully and we are looking forward to creating something really wonderful for the community”. The first Primrose Fair will take place at The Cloisters, Toorak College, Mt Eliza on 5th October 2013 between 10am and 4pm. Entry is free. Visit for more details.

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it’s all happening at Manyung There’s so much happening at Manyung Gallery this Spring with an Interiors Exhibition from October 4th to the 27th. Renowned Peninsula and Melbourne artists will be displaying one-off furniture and artist-designed accessories. Sure to be an amazing event, the exhibition features creative works by artists, Janine Daddo, Geoffrey Carran, Dianne Fogwell, Juliet Collins, Anne Cape and Wendy Jagger, with everything from evocative paintings to sculptures, ceramics and textiles. Feature artist, the Peninsula’s own, Janine Daddo has a natural exuberance for life, which allows her to gain great joy from everyday moments that most of us take for granted. Her observations of these moments are the inspiration for her paintings, with their figurative twist of forms and playful ideas that recreate the innocence and magic of youth.

mprg news Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery will be closed from September through to mid December while the gallery’s air system is upgraded. The upgraded system will ensure the gallery meets international standards for temperature, humidity and particle filtration, and enable the gallery to continue to borrow major works and secure significant touring exhibitions. The gallery will not present exhibitions during the upgrade period, and its popular public and education programs will operate from alternative venues. The gallery team will remain onsite and can be contacted during normal business hours. For more information visit: au, subscribe the MPRG’s free e-newsletter, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Janine’s paintings use bold, figurative interpretations brought to life through the confident and evocative use of colour, and her use of large canvases bring positive energy to any space in which they hang. A similar enthusiasm for life can be seen in contemporary artist, Geoffrey Carran’s work in the layers, colours and motifs of his paintings. His passionate and playful work invokes a sense of wonder, with a particular focus on birds in this exhibition. Using a repertoire of familiar images, Dianne Fogwell’s practice is centred on printmaking, painting and artist’s books. She uses pared back tones to illuminate everyday objects that often go unnoticed in our daily lives. Searching for beauty in ordinary things, Dianne creates an experience where the viewer is swept into an often dream-like journey that transports us into a surreal and joyous visual experience. Dianne will also be running a two day workshop at Manyung Gallery in October so contact the gallery to register your interest. Using textiles to create artworks,

Juliet Collins experiments with fabrics, machine embroidery, felting, collage and other techniques. In her art, Juliet aims to create works that express her love of natural forms, the wonder of nature and a fascination with discovering the mysteries exposed in the layers and structures within forms. Wendy Jagger is inspired by the austere beauty of rugged, Australian landscapes and native flora. Her field drawings are further developed in the studio into paintings or they are transformed into translucent, relief images within the Southern Ice porcelain vessels she creates on the potter wheel. The process involves laborious technique using shellac and water, to leave a sculpturally etched surface. The pieces are further enlivened by illumination to form a tonally rendered image. Her work is represented in several public collections and Wendy’s experience as a visual artist spans over 20 years and she specializes in ceramics and painting. Manyung Gallery is at 1408 Nepean Highway, Mt Eliza. Phone 9787 2953 or go online at www.manyunggallery. for further details.

Announcing the safe Ebony Round and partner Roy arrival of Lilla Ruby Round announce the arrival of baby Lilla. Ebony, of Ivory Design is taking a few weeks off to be with Lilla. “During this time, I will be answering my mobile & checking emails sporadically. The studio is running like clockwork in my absence under Leigh Heywood our Studio/Marketing Manager. “ The team at Big Bang Media wish Ebony and Roy lots of joy from little Lilla.

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short film fest now open The Peninsula Short Film Fest has opened for entries and organisers are keen to see submissions by local filmmakers. Now in its third year, the festival provides filmmakers with the opportunity to receive industry acknowledgment and offers a grassroots chance to launch a filmmaking career. Open to interested parties of any level, Festival Director and Australian actor, Steve Bastoni, is looking for submissions of films up to eight minutes in length and said: “If you have an idea, go grab a camera and get filming.” The Festival is planned for Saturday, February 1 at Rosebud’s Village Green, next to the Foreshore. It will kick off at midday

with live music performances and the 12 shortlisted films will screen from 7pm onwards. Admission to the event is free, so take a rug and a picnic and prepare for a great night of films under the stars. Shortlisted films will be judged on the night by a panel of industry professionals including producers, directors and actors and there will be a first prize of $5,000, second prize of $2,500 and $1,250 for third. Closing date for entries is December 20 and the 12 finalists will be announced in January. Entry fee is $30 and submissions will be accepted from Australia and overseas. Visit the website at www. for further details.

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at ArtsFacilitiesAudit How long will this survey take? There are 19 questions and takes approximately 10 minutes. The Survey is to be completed online by 5PM, Friday 30th October 2013 For further information contact Andrea Ebsworth, Cultural Planner, Mornington Peninsula Shire on 5950 1716 or email Andrea at Currently on show in the Mornington Library Foyer Exhibition Space from August 30 – October 4 is Mornington based Baluk Arts Aboriginal Art Group left is the work of artist Shane Wright “the old ones they know” Acrylic on canvas

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Why Women have more Weight Issues than Men by Kate Save Peninsula Physical Health & Nutrition Ph 5974 1011 Have you ever wondered why a lot of men seem to be able to eat anything they want and they don’t gain weight but if you even look at those foods you gain weight? Well, unfortunately God did not create us all equal here. Physiological Reasons for increased weight gain in Women compared to men include; • Women’s metabolism is about 15% slower than men’s metabolism • Women have approximately 40-50% less upper body muscle mass than men which means they burn less calories • Women’s bodies are better at Lipogenesis (fat creation and storage) and Men’s bodies are better at Lipolysis (fat breakdown) • Women must carry a minimum of 13% body fat for essential functioning and reproduction whereas men only need a minimum of 3% body fat although (note that 20-25% body fat in women and 1015% in men is recommended for health) • Women’s hearts and lung capacities 1/3 smaller than men’s meaning that when doing exercise, men will find it easier with increased oxygen levels and circulation Some other psycho-social reasons include; • Females are more likely to eat for emotional reasons than men due to hormonal influences • Females have more food temptations than men as they are more likely to be surrounded by food due to their familial responsibilities for food purchasing and preparation • Females are less likely to work in laborious positions in the work-force than men and therefore burn less calories in everyday life So what can we do about this extra body fat then? The first change you should make is to become physically active either by doing more incidental activity or more exercise. Did you know that following a high intensity

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Take your task list from Chaos to control…..4 Easy steps After a while of tracking tasks, you may notice that the number of tasks you give yourself tends to increase every day. To the point where today you have a task list as long as your arm and you know for certain that there are some things on there that are never going to get done unless things change. Here are four strategies for getting through your insurmountable list of tasks. Delete The simplest way to get through this massive list of tasks is to delete them. That’s not to say that you should just delete the whole lot. Not this week, but next week, schedule an hour into your calendar and in that hour meticulously review each and every item you have on your task list. Decide if each one is still relevant or not, and if not, delete it. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to determine if a task is still needed. Is it still current? If the deadline for the task has come and gone and it still has not been completed, perhaps this task was never needed in the first place. If the world has kept spinning after the deadline it’s time to delete it. Is it still relevant? Does the task still make sense given what has happened since you created it. If after careful consideration, the task no longer makes sense, delete it. Do I really need to do this? If you find that the task

is simply a “nice to have”, that is, something that has only very little impact, delete it. If time permits later down the track and you’d like to achieve it, then you can re-add the task then. Deleting tasks that you no longer need to actually do will certainly reduce the size of your list. A smaller list means you you’ll be better motivated to complete the few task remaining.

Delegate It’s time to call in those favours. Consider having a “working bee” on your task list. Any task that can be done without too much background knowledge can technically be done by just about anyone with the capabilities. Delegate tasks to friends, family and colleagues to help you get through the massive number of tasks on your list. Of course, not every task can be delegated, but since you can delegate some, those that you cannot, can stay on your list and you can do them while everyone else is taking care of your other tasks. This action is especially true in the work environment. Too often we now expect too much of ourselves and take on job after job that is handed to us without really considering what impact that has on the other jobs we already have to do. Either talk to your manager, or do this on your own (take the initiative). Find someone in your workplace that has the skills required to either complete one of the tasks on your list, or partially complete it. Talk to them, and using very kind words, ask them to help you on those tasks.

Divide Often, a task will get overlooked when we’re in a “doing” mode because it seems to be a very big, complex and time consuming job. Our minds like to get things done and if we can avoid the big complex task in favour of completing several quicker, easier tasks, then that’s exactly what we do. You can trick your mind into thinking that big, complex task is super simple, and it’s super easy. Those big tasks will tend to have a whole lot of less obvious tasks hidden within them. Your job is to uncover what those less obvious tasks are and replace that single big task with them. While this does increase the number of tasks on your list, it’s actually no bigger than it was before, but now you have a much better chance of actually getting it done. An example of this kind of big ugly task is “Clean the house”. This task is too broad. You would have no idea where to start or what to do. This can be broken down and replaced with exactly what needs to be cleaned, and then you can order them how you’d like too. The other big plus of these smaller tasks is that they are motivators. You’d feel much better about things at the end of the day being able to say you got through 6 tasks on your list instead of just 1, right?

Do Finally, the ultimate way to get the number of tasks on your list down, is to actually do them. Schedule

an hour in your calendar and spend that time going through your list and allocating more time in your calendar for when you will get each task done. However, don’t add a 6 hour block to your calendar and label it “Do tasks on list”. This isn’t practical. When the time comes to start that 6 hours you’ll still have no idea what you need to do. Instead, put a separate block of time aside for each task. In that time focus only on that task and avoid distractions like phone calls, emails and social networks. If you finish early, that’s great! and get stuck into the next task. Seem tasks you’ll finish early and some will take a bit longer, so it will all balance out in the end. Schedule your time about a week in advance if possible. I spend Friday afternoon planning out my time for the following week. It’s a great feeling on Monday morning when you know exactly what you need to do and when for the next five days. Pete’s top THREE tips to start doing now – Plan the week before you start and block time in for your task’s and be specific. Review you diary at the beginning of the day, and make sure its achievable, before you start your day. Review your diary at the end of the day, and tick off what you’ve achieved “and celebrate the small wins” Want help in getting your time under control? Send me a quick email and ill send you a bunch of information to help.

Ph: 5981 2221 or 0419 882 800 Spring is Here – it’s time to spruce up your Accounting system Spring is the perfect time to learn some new skills or explore how you can get the most out of your accounting software. As a Reckon Accredited Consultant, Deb Williams has access to the latest range of products to suit all different businesses – Accounting, CashBook, Payroll, Point of Sale. Reckon Accounts Online is perfect for those who wish to access data remotely – not only can you and your staff login from anywhere in the World, your Accountant and your Reckon Consultant can also login directly. Reckon Point of Sale is designed for retailers who wish to track sales and interface directly with Reckon Accounts to enable easy compliance with Accounting and BAS requirements, as well as an easy to use and customise Point of Sale system. Reckon One is the new cost effective Cloud

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solutions due out very soon – we are involved in testing and look forward to showing this to you in the near future. Reckon Accounts is suitable for all types of businesses. If you are not sure which product would suit you best, your local Reckon Accounts Accredited Consultant, Deb Williams can assist you in the decision making process, supply you with software, install and train you and your staff. Deb is an associate member of the Institute of Public Accountants, BAS Agent no. 91818001 and a certified workplace trainer and assessor. Deb has a strong background in accounting, software, real estate building, retail and many other industries. For more information or to book a training session, Email, Phone 0419 882 800 or 5981 2221, or visit

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Don’t let the tax take the ‘Party’ out of your Party Plan Business Direct selling companies such as Tupperware, Thermomix and Avon offer stay at home parents a great opportunity to earn some additional income with minimal capital investment or risk.

Selling products through in-home parties also provides an attractive social element with the distributor usually earning a percentage of sales made during the party. The benefits these direct selling companies offer include: • The ability to work locally and in a comfortable environment • Earn an income casually and at your own pace • Working around family commitments with flexible hours • Personal development through new skills and training • Meet new people • Receive incentives and rewards from the direct selling companies. But before you hop on the bandwagon, there are some implications of running such a business that you need to take into consideration: Am I really running a business? Or is it classified as a hobby? This question is a vital component when considering undertaking such an opportunity. If you are considered to be undertaking a hobby that generates some income, you are not required to register for an Australian Business Number (ABN). So what is a hobby? As an example, Sandra is a stay at home parent who paints pictures. She usually uses these pictures herself, gives them as gifts or occasionally sells them to friends, relatives, neighbours or parents from her daughter’s school. Even though she generates some income from this activity, it is not considered a business because she does not actively engage in business activities nor has the intention to derive income from this activity. If you are deemed to be carrying on an enterprise in Australia, you must apply for an ABN, in fact, many direct sales companies require the distributor to supply an ABN. The Australian Tax Office (ATO) defines an enterprise as follows “an enterprise, is an activity or series of activities done in the form of a business”. The ATO also outlines key business indicators to determine whether you are running a business or merely operating a hobby.

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These are: • Recurrent or regular nature of the activity • Carried out in a similar manner to other businesses in the same trade • The activity is systematic, organised and records are kept • The activities are of a reasonable size and scale • The person carrying on the business has relevant knowledge or skill Direct selling through party plans would most likely fall within the definition of an enterprise as described above. A party plan distributor is actively selling and promoting a product where the activities are self-directed and conducted, records of sales and expenses are maintained and distributors have a working knowledge of the product being sold. I have been told that I do not need to get an ABN? Ultimately, whether or not you require an ABN will depend on your individual facts and circumstances. Each direct selling company will have different rules and procedures, for example If the company hires you as an employee or a contractor, you do not need an ABN as you’re an employee. I have an ABN, now what? If you have an ABN, you must keep records of all income received and expenses directly related to earning this income. These records will be used when declaring your income to the tax office. As a resident of Australia, you are obliged under taxation law to report all income received from an employer, business or enterprise and all other sources. Irrespective of income, if you are registered for an ABN, you must declare your income, even if your total income per annum is less than the tax free threshold. What about GST? In Australia, it is not mandatory for a business to register for the Goods and Services Tax until their projected or actual revenue exceeds $75,000pa. This is overwhelming, I need someone to help me! Is tax just something you don’t get, or don’t want to deal with? Do you still want to run a direct selling party plan business, yet just can’t get your head around the tax obligations? Then contact SMART Business Solutions for a complimentary summary prepared for direct selling party plan businesses to help you understand your taxation and reporting responsibilities.


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DIRTGIRL COMES TO MT ELIZA This popular children’s TV character will be doing even more star gazing than normal when she visits the Morning Star Estate for a weekend fundraising event.

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The winery is the venue for a Feast and Family Field Day over the weekend of October 5 and 6 when ABCs Dirt Girl will be on hand to show youngsters how to pot up seedlings and grow their own vegetables. The gumboot girl is looking forward to getting grubby with the earth and educate everyone to explore the natural world as part of this initiative by the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza.

Roving musicians will entertain the crowds throughout the day, giving the chance to amble through the Morning Star Gardens, at no extra cost. And there’s plenty more for the children too – they can have a cuddle of the baby animals at the animal farm and get the chance to see real farm animals up close. They can have their faces painted, laugh at Mojo the Clown, take part in craft activities, enter the coloring competition for a chance to win a prize or have a photograph taken in the Mt Eliza fire truck!

The event plans to be a gastronomic delight with a focus on fabulous food and wine, with a horticultural twist and more than 70 stallholders from Victoria and the Mornington Peninsula will settle among the winery’s beautiful grounds that will form the perfect backdrop to display their goods. There will also be wine tastings, boutique beers and ciders and gourmet delights to sample and buy. With food, cooking demonstrations and vintage cars on view, the event with its agricultural slant, will feature fields dotted with unique garden plants and products from specialty nurseries, with everything from a worm farm to

There will even be wood chippers and ride-on lawnmowers – everything you would expect at a field day and more!

The Rotary Club of Mt Eliza hopes this all-weather Feast and Family Field Day will become an annual event to raise money to put back into the community and to also help support their international projects. Entry will cost $20 for adults, $15 concession and children under 16 are free at the gate. If you buy in advance online, tickets are $17 adult and $15 concession. Visit the website at for further information.

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fitness during pregnancy New to the Mornington Peninsula, Bodybump offers exercise classes that are specifically designed for ante-natal and post-natal women.

Each one-hour class consists of cardiovascular exercise, resistance training, pelvic floor essentials and pregnancy meditation. Bodybump currently offers small group (maximum of six mums-to-be) ante-natal and post-natal fitness classes at various locations, plus a larger class at Preggi Central in Seaford. Pregnancy aqua classes will commence in Summer 2014. Please see website for details of exact times, locations and prices.

Married to obstetrician Jolyon Ford, who practices at both The Bays Hospital in Mornington and Frankston Hospital, Bodybump founder Jo Ford saw a need to provide an exercise service to women who wanted to remain active during their pregnancy and beyond.

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Kids Ahoy Indoor Play Centre and Café is a wonderful place for kids to enjoy playing together out of the hot sun, with air conditioning and wall fans to keep cool or pouring rain. It’s also a great place for parents, guardians or grandparents to meet others or come in as a group. The indoor play centre and café has been operating for 13 years and the new owners have worked hard to deliver exceptional customer service, create a friendly and safe environment whilst ensuring the cafe, the play and party areas are the cleanest on the Peninsula.

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“It’s really important to keep fit, happy and healthy, for you and your baby” says Jo, who is a fully qualified pregnancy personal trainer and teacher. “It’s also a perfect opportunity to meet other expectant and new mums in a safe, fun, friendly environment.” Bodybump classes cater for all levels of fitness, from those completely new to exercise through to gym regulars. Check out the website for further information on Bodybump at or phone Jo on 0414 781 826.

On Friday 25th October, we will be holding a “Halloween Disco”. Come dressed in your scariest costume to win a best dressed prize. Parents also welcome to dress up!! There will be food & drinks available. Call and book your tickets Today!!!

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with Sarina Brunott In my last column, I mentioned that the night we brought our new baby home from hospital, my other child (the 5 year old) ended up somehow shoving a small toy somewhere it shouldn’t be. Well it was actually up her nose and it got stuck. I wanted to share this story to reassure parents living on the Peninsula that when your child is in a medical emergency Frankston Hospital ER is terrific. I, on the other hand, was no help whatsoever. In fact, I was hopeless. We had just put our gorgeous newborn down and I was wandering around the house in a sleep deprived daze in my P.J’s.

My 5 year old is not prone to sickness or has never had an accident for that matter, so this was the first time I had really experienced a potential medical crisis with one of our children. I have always believed I would handle an emergency in a calm, logical fashion. I’ve handled myself well in high pressure situations over the years at work, no worries I’ve got it covered, bring it on. Arrgghhh how wrong was I??! What actually happened was I turned into a shrieking, hysterical mess and all logical thinking went out the window. Best way to describe it was blind panic! In a fluster, I stuffed my finger up her nose trying to pick it out which only made it worse as every time she sniffed it went further up her nasal passage. She started crying and freaking out, as did I and we yelled out to hubby to come help. My husband didn’t buy the hysteria. He is a pretty laid back bloke and reassured us not to worry that it would eventually come out somewhere somehow. Exasperated and not buying it, I called a girlfriend in Mt Martha whose father is a paediatrician and frantically asked her advice. “Take her to Frankston Hospital” she advised me, “it may get stuck and could cause all type of problems”. I relayed her advice to hubby and seeing as I was

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the mobile milk bar for our new baby asleep I couldn’t leave, so at 10pm I sent hubby on his reluctant way to Frankston ER to get the offending toy removed that was now well and truly lost up her nasal passage. Apparently they were great. Yes he had to wait three hours and the waiting room antics at 1am were colourful to say the least, but when they were eventually seen, the doctors handled the situation brilliantly. Our daughter was completely panicked (no thanks to me) and they had to sedate her and it took three Doctors to get it out but it was all done pretty quickly and efficiently. They even gave her a snack pack to eat on the way home and a teddy bear and let her bring home the guilty toy lady bug in a container as evidence for show and tell. So what else have I got up to since I have moved down here? Apart from frequenting hospitals, my days are filled with endless parks visits with the kids, the beach in the warmer months, sampling the trillion cafes in search of the perfect coffee and filling my new house with beautiful pieces from the many homeware stores in Mornington. I take my baby once a week to Mini Maestros music class in Mt Eliza and along with 15 other mums and their delighted bubs

we do the hokey pokey, bounce around, bang drums, shake maracas and dance to music teacher, Kylie’s, sweet soothing voice. I am a kids clothing junkie and take great pleasure in styling outfits for my kids. On the Peninsula, I have found some unique pieces not seen in Melbourne at all different price ranges. Don’t tell my husband but I have splurged on exquisite dresses from Treehouse Republic and Chipps Boutique but also found some equally cool pieces foraging through the racks at the numerous Op Shops and Pre Loved stores around. My new fave is the Kids Store at Benton’s Square. For me It’s like walking into an old fashioned lolly shop, my eyes feast on all the brightly coloured, sparkly on trend outfits and I can’t help but buy something every time. The clothing sales are great especially at the popular kid’s chain store that doesn’t need a plug because it is so busy you can hardly move in there. It amuses me watching mums walk out of there with a bag full of mostly frivolous purchases in a dazed shopping coma, perplexed as to what just happened in there. Then I discovered Frankston Shopping Centre and a whole new world of retail heaven presented itself to me.

Gravity Zone is a 4200sqm centre, packed out with trampolining temptations for all the family after the Oliphant Way factory was transformed into an airtime addicts delight – complete with a kids zone, slam zone, dodge zone, pro zone and largest free-jumping trampoline area around.

I usually end my week most Friday nights having a few wines with a close girlfriend or with my sister who has also recently made the sea change. We gossip and catch up on the week, feed the kids and it usually ends up with kids and adults hand in hand spontaneously dancing around the living room to the latest tunes. Recently I went way outside my comfort zone and took part in the Mornington Bay Run to raise money for Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation. It was a great event, well executed, accessible and not too crowded. The aforementioned girlfriend who only recently had hip surgery and I took part. We were nervous because I had never done a fun run before and she was worried about her hips. We started at a slow leisurely pace but halfway through, motivated by the spirit and competitiveness of some of the really fit participants, we picked up the pace and started to seriously compete. We made it to the finishing line in no time and felt a great sense of achievement for our efforts. Afterwards with pride plastered all over our faces, we went out for brekky and celebrated with a big fat plate of Eggs Benedict. A girl’s gotta eat!

the fully supervised kids zone. Practice your slam dunks or dodge ball on the slam zone or dodge zone and have hours of fun in the foam zone.

For the more advanced, the pro zone is the ticket with its high performance trampolines feautring 1.8m and 2.1m walls ensuring it’s perfectly safe to flip and somersault to your heart’s content. Born from the trampolining wave that has hit Come along to the adrenaline charged jumper America, Gravity Zone features activity zones for sessions or just be a relaxing spectator from the Food everyone, from the littlies right through to extreme Zone Cafe that overlooks the entire layout. sports fanatics. Gravity Zone is also great for corporate team building Anyone can use the centre that boasts 158 activities with a difference – it’s the all-weather trampolines that provides an ideal venue for birthday adventure all-rounder! parties, family outings, school groups, sporting groups, Located at 25 Oliphant Way, Seaford, book your personal trainers or gymnasts. Gravity Zone session online by visiting www. Perfectly set up for full on fun, Gravity Zone has six party rooms and its cafe is a great place for mums to For parties, email or get together while watching their little ones play in call 1300 479 663. now fresh every month mornington PENINSULA MAGAZINE

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GROWING CHILD TEACHING THROUGH PLAY Growing Child has been supplying educational and developmental toys and games, art and craft to local schools, kindergartens and occupational therapists for close to 13 years. The only one of its kind on the peninsula, Growing Child also sell to the public, with fabulous art and craft ideas perfect for entertaining young minds on the school holidays, and great educational games and toys for birthday parties. Family owned and operated, Jamie Daniel and his mum Sandy believe in the importance of inspiring young minds. “Our toys and games provide opportunities for children to explore, create, play and learn with their parents and teachers alike,” Jamie said. “Some customers thought we were just a toy store until they walked through the door, and found everything from puzzles to science, music to mathematics and craft to construction.” Growing Child stock a large range of art and craft supplies, with everything from modelling clay to the finest pencils, paints, glitter and beads. “We have thousands of educational toys and resources guaranteed to entertain and challenge young minds,” says Jamie, who is always on hand to help and will even offer advice on school projects. “We also have many products to assist with literacy and numeracy.”

A captivating book with a wicked sense of humour that has my daughter and me in fits of laughter every time we read it. We first came across this book on the ABC show Bookaboo. We loved it so much I recently called Farrell’s Bookstore in Mornington to see if they had it in stock. They didn’t because it is fairly old but they offered to get it in for me. It would only take 5 working days and they would text me when it had arrived in store. What great service! It revolves around a youngster named Billy who is impossible to please. Uninterested in his father’s attempts to entertain him, the child responds to each of his dads efforts with an unimpressed …whatever! Sound familiar parents? Dad plays the world’s curliest trumpet, takes him on the smokiest train, the bounciest castle, and even on a trip to the edge of outer space. Yet each endeavour results in the same bored reaction. After

the world’s hungriest tiger fails to scare the boy, the animal swallows Billy whole. “Dad! I am still in here you know”.... With the same nonchalant attitude his son gives him, dad throws it back at him with his own “whatever”! The illustrations are bold and match perfectly with the story. For me the most amusing thing about first reading this book was my daughter’s response when the moral of the story dawned on her. Giggling, she takes great pleasure reciting the ‘whatever’ lines to me especially the dad’s own final ‘whatever’ understanding that dad is copying his son attitude to teach him a lesson. A unique and daring book full of meaning which is guaranteed to have kids and parents laughing in recognition.


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TURNING A DREAM INTO REALITY FOR YOUR CHILD’S ROOM When her daughter was born five years ago, Liz Csapo discovered her inner passion for interior design, and now she specialises in creating fabulous children’s spaces. Rose Interior Inspirations takes its name from Liz’s daughter Amelia Rose and from Liz’s belief that, much like a rose, children will blossom given the right amount of love and encouragement. “Like every other parent, I am inspired by my own child,” Liz says. “When my daughter was born on my birthday five years ago, my whole life changed. I’ve always loved art and craft, but when I had my daughter my passion became full-blown. Setting up my daughter’s nursery reminded me of the enjoyment I gain from releasing my artistic flair. “When she was eight months old I went to night school to study interior design and found a niche in designing children’s spaces.” Liz’s passion for creating beautiful spaces for children is infectious. She strongly believes it is important for children to have a place in which they feel safe, warm and loved. “Some people may not take my work or designs seriously. However, engaging in the services of A. Rose Interior Inspirations shows our children the appreciation and respect we have for them. Creating a beautiful room for your child sets the tone that they too need to respect their room, their play space. It’s like their little slice of heaven, a sanctuary for kids.” A. Rose Interior Inspirations creates rooms SEPTEMBER 2013 (22)

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For the most personal gift or keepsake you can’t go past Pure Silver Impressions, the locally run, family business that specialise in capturing special moments in pure silver pieces. When owner Nikki Yoresh and her family were in Israel, the couple started making personalised silver jewellery and now back in Australia, Nikki has continued her passion with Pure Silver Impressions.

into the silver as a necklace, bracelet, charm, pendant, name tag or key chain to capture a special moment in time you can keep close.

“My inspiration comes from the things that I see around me, and from the sentimentality of a piece of jewellery, the feeling of attachment and closeness that comes with wearing something so personal,” says Nikki. “I have people who phone me after a couple of weeks to tell me how special the piece is to them.”

Order Pure Silver Impressions jewellery for special occasions - ideal for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, mothers and fathers day.

“I love creating and designing the pieces as I know it will be a most precious gift and I’m proud of the quality we produce. Each piece is individually handcrafted in 99.9 per cent pure silver with the print being the unique centrepiece of the jewellery, as unique as the person themselves.”

The reason Pure Silver Impressions is so unique is the use of pure silver impressed with an important part of people’s lives. Fingerprints, handprints and footprints, names, and even your little ones first drawing can be imprinted

Pure Silver Impressions can be found on display at markets like Balnarring Summer Market, the Warrandyte Market and the Pentridge Market, and Nikki also comes to you with her mobile service. You can see examples of Nikki’s work on the website www.puresilverimpressions. com, Facebook, or phone 0439 658 319 or email nikki@

a decade on chipps still going strong This September marks a decade since Nicole took over Chipps Children’s Boutique and the Mt Eliza store will be celebrating with special offers throughout the month to mark the occasion. In another milestone, the Mornington store has been sold, with the new owners still continuing to trade under the name Kids on Main. This leaves Nicole free to concentrate on the original Mt Eliza store, which is full of bright, fun colours for the

Spring/Summer season. Little girls will love the mix of hot pinks, lime green and gorgeous turquoise, and the boys are not forgotten in the colour stakes either with plenty of orange, bright blue, green and yellow on offer. Make sure you like Chipps Children’s Boutique on facebook to find out about the many special offers, and visit Chipps in Mount Eliza inside The Strand shopping centre at 15/89 Mt Eliza Way, Mt Eliza. Phone 9787 9722.


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free bus for students, trainees & apprentices Students like Rhys Davies (pictured) travelling to study at Monash University’s Clayton Campus, are already embracing the world of savings on offer from the region’s new fully-subsidised PenBus service. PenBus offers free return transport for trainees and apprentices and runs on weekdays covering university and school timetables throughout the year upto June 30, 2015. Talking about the service, Rhys said: “The PenBus is really good. I had been living on campus in the Halls of Residence, but it was pretty expensive. Having access to PenBus has meant I could move back home and still get to Uni easily… and for free!” The new PenBus service, complete with free on-board high-speed internet, was launched in May this year as a joint initiative between Mornington Peninsula Shire and Ventura Bus Lines, who have designed the unique service to enhance local opportunities for education, training and employment. Without the PenBus, the absence of sufficient state-funded public transport previously left Rhys – and many other students in his position - with the uncertain alternative of negotiating to share the family car. He added: “PenBus saves all that and I’m saving the money I would have otherwise spent on petrol. It is also making it easier for me to work part-time.”

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Fellow student Lucinda Walravens is also enjoying the newfound peace of mind PenBus offers. No longer having to take late night trains after an evening lecture, she said: “It is so much better to catch the PenBus rather than the train after dark. And it’s so much faster - it saves me 45 minutes! “The free on-board Wi-Fi means I can read articles and it’s so quiet I can concentrate and put in an extra 3-4 hours of work each week. It’s great!” In the short time since its launch, scores of local students like Rhys and Lucinda have become regular PenBus travellers and are making the most of the fully-subsidised service. PenBus operates return services between Hastings and Chisholm Institute, Rosebud (via Mornington) and Rosebud and Monash University, Clayton (via Frankston Station), stopping at over 15 locations. All timetables can be found on the Shire website www. and anyone who would like to start using the buses, should fill out an application form to be issued a ‘Travel Pass’ card.

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THE Event of the Year for Peninsula Families! This years’ Mornington Peninsula Kids Family Expo is set to be amazing with activities and entertainment for the whole family.

Enjoy a great variety of food vendors or bring your own picnic and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Morning Star Estate.

Taking in the luscious surrounds of Mt Eliza’s Morning Star Estate, the expo will showcase all the Mornington Peninsula has to offer on Sunday 13th October. “Mornington Peninsula Kids has always connected local families with products and services relevant to their children’s needs” says founder and mother of two Fiona O’Loghlin.

“As parents, we understand how expensive a family day out like this can become when you have to not only pay entry, but continually keep reaching into your pocket to pay for every activity your children want to enjoy at an event,” says Fiona. ‘This day allows families to pack their lunch and know their kids can enjoy a long list of activities without having to pay anything more than the entry fee.’ The expo gives attendees the opportunity to meet lots of local business owners who provide services for children and families on the Peninsula.

“The expo introduces the community to the great organisations we have only been able to share with them online previously.” With a strong emphasis on both discovery and fun, the MPK Family expo allows families to come and try local classes including dance, music, arts and crafts as well as party entertainers, pony rides, sporting groups and school fundraisers. Have the kids try mobile laser skirmish or build a bear for free. There are heaps of free activities to enjoy including jumping castles, a giant slide, an inflatable obstacle course, a trackless train, animal demonstrations including reptiles and farm animals, a construction room and face painting.

Start your Christmas shopping early in the outdoor market area showcasing all the Peninsula has to offer. Tickets are now on sale at www.peninsulakids. with a family pass (2A+4C) only $25. Your entry provides free access to all advertised activities (full list available at the website).

HARRY IS NOW VIC CHAMPION! Penbank School’s Harry Hart is Victorian Champion! Year 4 Student from Penbank School Harry Hart is on top of the world after winning the gold medal at the Victorian Interschools Snowsports at Mount Buller. Harry took out the Division 5 Boys Skyline Boarder Cross Final in a time of 43 seconds flat, just .43 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. Harry will now go on to represent Penbank in the National Snowsports Championship at Mount Buller later in September.

Tickets are limited, so don’t delay, purchase your tickets to this fantastic family day out before they sell out!

your child is use to watching. It is an eco-friendly fantasy tale which is inspired by the characters in William Joyce’s children’s book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.

EPIC Release: May 2013 Director: Chris Wedge We recently took our daughter to see this movie and loved it. Epic is an animated adventure from the creators of Ice Age and Rio suitable for kids 5/6 upwards but it really depends on what SEPTEMBER 2013 (22)

it away from evil leader of the Boggans, Mandrake (Christoph Waltz). If they get hold of the magic bulb the forest will turn into a desolate wasteland. Epic has a central good vs. evil When her mother dies, young theme, some positive messages Mary Katherine (M.K) (voiced and role models and an engaging by Amanda Seyfried), goes to story line which will appeal to live with her estranged father, most children. Yes the theme has Bomba (Jason Sudeikis) on the been done many times before outskirts of a forest. He is a in other fantasy adventures nutty professor convinced that however this film is quite the forests are populated by a stunning visually which makes miniature civilization. Through up for the somewhat unoriginal a series of magical events M.K plot. It is set in a beautiful lush finds herself shrunk down and vibrant forest that is a feast living among the fairies who are for the eyes and several times led by the queen of the forest I looked over at my daughter Tara (Beyonce). During her final who was completely lost in the hours, Tara entrusts M.K with fantasy world. Girls will love the the care of a magical bulb. Soon stunning imagery of the bright M.K. realizes that her father is colours, the fairies and animals right, thanks to the head of the and I think will be inspired by the Leafmen, Ronin (Colin Farrell), strong female characters. Boys and his charge, Nod (Josh will be keen on the mischievous Hutcherson) who guard her and but honourable hero and the the bulb in the hopes of keeping battle scenes. read online or

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Bayside Frankston 38 Beach Street, Frankston 9771 1700


Bettie’s Boutique 7 Barkly Square, 55 Barkly Street, Mornington 5977 1119


Blue Oak Shop 22 Benton’s Square Corner of Bentons and Dunns Road Mornington ph. 5976 4392

Molly Mitchell, Stephanie Pratt, Beckie White, Katie Box Pier 10 Winery, 10 Shoreham Road, Shoreham. Forty Nine Fine Food and Catering, 49 Mt Eliza Way, Mt Eliza.

Erens Fashion, Art and Interior 1 Balmoral Street, Frankston 9781 4887

Miss Velvet 28 Wells Street, Frankston 9783 8358

Euro Collections 72-74 Mt Eliza Way, Mt Eliza 9775 4022 5/59 Barkly Street, Mornington 5976 1633

Ruby Finch Balnarring Village, Shop 22/3050 Frankston Flinders Road, Balnarring 5931 3843

Felicity Northeast Millinery Mt Eliza 0417 305 191

Taste Design Shop 32 Benton’s Square Corner of Bentons and Dunns Road Mornington 5973 5353

Fiona’s of Mornington 46 Main Street, Mornington 5976 2524 Juliet Bridal 4/22 Main Street, Mornington 5976 3883

That little Boutique Shop 2, The Strand, 89 Mt Eliza Way Mt Eliza 5974 1653 Tingo 4/2 Watson Road, Mt Martha 5974 8160 Vince La Rocca 34 Wells Street, Frankston 9783 9920

Mico Boutique 29 Main Street, Mornington 5976 3467

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Face a Face Jono Hennessy MadinItaly Mako Maui Jim Oroton Prada Rayban Sass & Bide Ted Baker Wayne Cooper

Mico Boutique: Olivija in Saints and Secrets orange piping dress, Gold EB and IVE bracelets, Fluro green Clutch with Felicity Northeast Blue feather hat

That little Boutique: (centre) Natalie wears Four Girlz floral dress, with Felicity Northeast pink and black hat and Miss Velvet shoes That little Boutique: Megan wears Miss Me Dress, Felicity Northeast hat and Miss Velvet shoes Bardot at Bayside Shopping Centre: Olivija Wears NYC Split dress, White Fever heel, Graduated Belcher necklace, New Bilson blazer and Felicity Northeast Millinery

Erens: Zane wears Monza Italy black and white shirt, Gstore pants, Gstore jacket, YD tie, Felicity Northeast hat and model’s own shoes

Erens: Zane wears Monza Italy pattern shirt, Monza by Eren Italy belt, The Fy Original jeans, model’s own shoes

Fiona’s of Mornington: Megan wears Hoss Intropia lace shift, Hoss Intropia coat, Lilian black shoe. Felicity Northeast Black Butterfly hat, Olga Berg black handbag and Susie M-jet earrings

Facing page: a selection from the new season collection by Felicity Northeast Millinery

Fiona’s of Mornington: Megan wears Pianura Studio skirt, Pianura Studio top, Pianura Studio shoe (see inset), Felicity Northeast Beige Beret with feathers, Olga Berg mocha clutch and Olga Berg earrings

Fiona’s of Mornington: Olivija wears Mackenzie Mode ‘Don’t Cage Me In’ Dress. Felicity Northeast headband, Olga Berg fuchsia clutch, Lilian Black Shoe and ‘Who’s Charlie’ drop earrings

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Ruby Finch (right): Natalie wears Luxe Deluxe silk singlet, Luxe Deluxe silk exclusive print pants and scarf, Nu by Neo leather wedge Ruby Finch (far right): Olivija wears Mesop silk shift dress, Neo Spain long suede and leather boot, Fabienne glow mesh necklace (In Circle): Blue Oak (left): Olivija wears Ellis and Dewey, White Label, multi dress with Miss Velvet Mollini powder salmon suede shoes Taste Design (right): Megan wears Spicy Sugar beige dress with Miss Velvet Mollini Calibre black shoes

Ruby Finch: Megan wears Linen Laundry embellished linen jacket, Linen Laundry linen cami, Vigorella lounge pant, Nu by Neo bow detailed ballet flat, Fabienne necklace

That little Boutique: Megan wears Maya flower and spot dress with Miss Velvet shoes

Tingo: Natalie wears Mimosa black maxi dress earrings and pendant by Simply Silver cuff by Jantan with Bardot White Fever heel Tingo: Megan wears Mimosa ‘Riley’ shirt in terracotta ‘Frisk’ pant in double blue – denim M by Mimosa Blue suede ankle boot by Maya McQueen Bi-colour enamel cuff bracelet by In Mixed Company. Earrings by Jantan

Bardot at Bayside Shopping Centre: Olivija wears Jane Cooper Hummingbird dress, Missco clutch, Therapy ‘Sirocco’ shoes and Zoda Stack bracelet YD at Bayside: Zane wears Janssen shirt, Danka suit jacket, Danta pants, Womerah belt and Malvern shoes

Juliet Bridal: Natalie wears white Grecian gown with silver/ crystal detail on shoulder

Juliet Bridal: Megan wears ‘Maisie’ Ivory ball gown tulle skirt long length veil; Connie Montarna large silver hair piece (c5216) ; Connie Montarna bracelet pearl/crystal (b4610)

Vince La Rocca: (left to right) Megan wears Glitter William Morris;

Steph wears Brown/Turquoise William Morris;

Juliet Bridal: Olivija wears ‘Katrina’ Ivory/Champagne full length lace gown; Short Champagne veil; Connie Montarna hair comb (c5214)

Olivija wears Turquoise Jono Hennessy;

Natalie wears Black/Gold Sass and Bide Karme

Miss Velvet: Olivija lays in Boho flower blue dress; Glamour Hanger beach multi yellow; Mollini shoes orange wedge (see inset at bottom)

Miss Velvet: Olivija in Boho blue cream dress, Refugee white jeans, Lipstick clogs; Miss Velvet necklace and bracelet

Miss Velvet: Natalie in Georgia and Dean flower dress, Mollini – Masimo tan clog (see inset top left)

Miss Velvet: Megan in fur vest patterned pant Georgia and Dean black top, Nude samba shoe (left in circle)

Blue Oak: Olivija in Ellis and Dewey, White Label, Multi Dress with Miss Velvet Mollini powder salmon suede shoes

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Bettie’s Boutique: Megan in Billion and Babe dress, Bettie Page black shoe, red glasses, black leather gloves, black Anchor wallet and cherry necklace.

Bettie’s Boutique: Natalie in Tulip swing dress, Bettie Page red shoe, red glasses, red scarf and red Anchor wallet

Euro Collections: Olivija wears Denny Rose Distressed skinny jean fuschia, Denny Rose spot print knit cardi salmon, Mamaquevo tee and Kosheen shoe black

Euro Collections: Olivija wears Joseph Ribkoff Ruched Flip dress poppy, Joseph Ribkoff bolero poppy and Amber Rossi shoe pewter

Euro Collections: Megan wears Denny Rose curved peplum dress, Denny Rose spot print 他 coat and Kosheen shoe

Euro Collections: Natalie wears Denny Rose tucked stretch Dress turquoise, Aliza knit and Amber Rossi cream shoe

For those who have yet to discover the new fashion destination in Main Street, Mornington, Mico is the latest ladies boutique. Mico offers a range of urban, fashion forward clothing, shoes and accessories. Right next door to Frank’s Bakery, this funky store stocks well-known labels like Wish and Ladakh as well as the innovative and edgy labels Imonni and Saints and Secrets. Fashion bloggers, “How Two Live” and “Chronicles of Nadia” are huge fans of Mico’s brands and sense of style. Karen, the owner of Mico believes that every shopping experience should be coupled with excellent service and amazing fashion. Karen wants each and every customer to leave her store feeling special. Mico is living proof that quality, style and pieces with that quirky edge don’t have to break the bank. “Finding Fi” designed by Karen and exclusive to her stores is made from beautiful fabrics and works well for those who are looking for casual clothing with a point of difference. At Mico you will find labels to suit all tastes such as Wish, Toi et Moi, Ladakh, Shilla, Mavi Jeans, IDS, Ottomode, Paint it Red, Cooper st, Blue Juice and many more. The original Mico concept store opened in Yarraville in 2005, followed by the new Mornington store in 2012. Open seven days, MICO is at 29 Main Street, Morninton. Phone 5976 3467.

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SPRING racing, fashion and festivities! This seasons new trends and ‘must haves’ in stores now.

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When it comes to weddings, Julie Everett prides herself on understanding how to make the bride feel special, so much so that she recently opened her own bridal store, Juliet Bridal. “After working at J’oie Bridal for five years, I absolutely loved it and so when they closed I decided to open my own bridal shop. There is nothing like seeing the look on the bride and mothers face when they find that perfect dress,” Julie said.

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“I understand looking for a dress can be an overwhelming experience but I believe there is the right dress for everyone.” A seamstress for 11 years, Julie also does all the alterations to the gowns on the premises. “I can do any alteration at short notice, and create a more unique look by adding beads, straps or other accessories.” Juliet Bridal is a boutique store with that intimate feel to make the lead up to your day extraordinary.

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“We stock a variety of bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and flower girl dresses, with locally made Connie Montarna jewellery. All my veils are locally made by Angel Veils, and we have bridal charms hand-made by a lady in Seaford,” Julie said. “It’s a good idea to book an appointment so you can have my undivided attention. I can also do late evening as well or even Sundays by appointment,” Julie said. “My aim is simply to help you find the most perfect gown for your wedding day, taking into consideration your figure, wedding location and budget. I love it when people drop in or browse so you are always welcome.” Juliet Bridal is at Shop 4, 22 Main Street, Mornington. (entrance in Ross Street next to D.O.C) Open Monday to Friday 10am till late afternoon, and Saturday 10am till 3pm. Phone 5976 3883.


there is plenty that is New at Fiona’s

Stockists of leading designer labels from Australia, New Zealand and Europe, Fiona’s of Mornington will soon have millinery in store, just in time for the Spring Racing Carnival. This year Fiona’s sadly farewell Jackie Newman who is retiring, but are sincerely grateful for her love and support and of course her beautiful hats and fascinators. Where one door closes, another opens and Fiona’s of Mornington is delighted to announce they will be stocking hats exclusively from the amazingly talented Felicity Northeast. Felicity will have a day in store closer to the spring racing carnival for your styling needs. Contact the store to make an appointment.


On Wednesday September 18th, Fiona’s of Mornington will be hosting a VIP in-store styling event and fashion parade with Fiona Counsel from Mela Purdie – their newest label. Champagne and nibbles are provided at the event which starts at 6.30pm. There will be special deals and prizes on the night and a sneak peak of the new range before it hits Melbourne stores. With very limited places, phone 5976 2524 to book in.


With spring fashion in the air, the 4th Annual National Jockey’s Club Luncheon and Spring Fashion parade is on the 9th of October. A day at the races hosted by Brian Martin at the Mornington Racing Club, you can enjoy a three course lunch, special guest entertainment, silent auction and amazing raffle prizes. All funds raised are donated to the National Jockey’s trust and supporting injured jockeys and their families. Cost is $85 per head. For bookings phone 5976 2524. Fiona’s of Mornington will be opening an online store in the coming months. Please like us on Facebook to be kept up to date with the launch date and special events. Fiona’s of Mornington is at 46 Main Street, Mornington. Phone 5976 2524.

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long to learn that “It’s actually about bringing about empowering women to be the best out the best in you.” version of themselves all the time.” she says. Nicky faced an issue that is familiar to a “Too often we underestimate ourselves. lot of mums. After dedicating 15 years We believe we are not worthy of special to raising her sons she had lost her sense treatment; or our instincts to put our children of who she was. A changed body and or partners first, leads us to feel guilty if we a change in taste had left Nicky with a even consider putting ourselves first.” says wardrobe bursting with clothes but nothing Becky. “It’s easy as women to find ourselves for her to wear. caged-in by our busy lives, when it’s so important to be able to spread our wings.” With the launch of her third book fastshe says. approaching Nicky met with Beckie instore in search of a new outfit, but what It’s that message of self-worth that she left with Nicky found much more Nicky also hopes to share with women valuable. “We basically sat down and talked; everywhere. “Absolutely I’d recommend it... It and I walked out of there a different person.” was like having your best friend there,” Nicky she says. says. “It’s more than just her picking clothes for you and it’s that personal touch that “It’s really about empowering women to be makes her work so different.” the best version of themselves all the time.”

‘Styling for Success’ With limitless choices and neverending new challenges the world of fashion can be a daunting place. However in today’s fashion world a helping hand is no longer reserved for red carpet rock stars. Anyone can put their best foot forward and take the steps to rediscover their confidence.

When author Nicky Johnston reached out to an old friend she could not have anticipated her decision would have such a transformational effect. Nicky is an author, illustrator, educator and speaker but before anything else she is a mum to four. In 2008 Nicky self-published her first book in 2013 she has released her third title and more recently has sold-out

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workshops all over Melbourne. But her recent success hasn’t been a coincidence according to Nicky, she credits Mornington Stylist Beckie White with uncovering the confidence she needed to succeed. With over 25 years’ experience in the fashion and beauty industry Beckie has a resume guaranteed to impress. Her fashion boutique ‘Miss Velvet’ continues to gain popularity on the Peninsula but it is Beckie’s passion that is most evident to those that meet her. This passion combined with her own ‘eclectic’ style is perhaps why women all over Melbourne are inviting Beckie into their lives. Nicky admits she had no idea what a stylist was when she first contacted Beckie. “It’s a little bit of a misconception that it’s for famous people,” But she says it did not take

That conversation was the first step of Nicky’s transformational journey alongside Beckie. It was in that consultation to find a style that reflects the individual Nicky says. “I realised it was about more than just clothes, it was about how I viewed myself.” Nicky says. That lack of confidence is something Beckie sees all too often in women but it is her passion ‘to see the magic relit’ that helps her to empower her clients. “If I can get women to see in themselves what others see in them, then that gives me a real sense of achievement.” she says. It’s also that message of empowerment that Nicky recalls as key to her transformation “She told me you not only need to feel good, but more importantly you need to believe that you deserve it too.” Nicky recalls. It is also that same message, which Beckie hopes women everywhere will take on board. “There’s this myth that the media created that it’s (styling) only for celebrities,” says Beckie. However, the styling is a metaphor closely linked with the way in which women feel according to Beckie. “It’s really

Revisiting Nicky following her guided shop, the third process of her styling package, Nicky exuded enthusiasm a complete contrast to the woman who had previously described how much she ‘hated’ shopping. “It was great.” Nicky says. “Beckie had researched and come up with a plan; we achieved everything we set out to do.” So comforting was Beckie’s guidance that Nicky hopes to find time to repeat the ‘shop’ next season. “It’s something I’d like to do again, perhaps in 12 months when the seasons and styles change.” She says. It’s that change which has had such resounding effects for Nicky booking out appearances months in advance. Success she aligns firmly with her new look. “It’s all to do with the confidence and the way I feel about myself.” Says Nicky. “Now that I’m thinking I’m worthy, I’m getting the work.” And what does Beckie think of Nicky’s self-discovery and its impact on her success “That excites me. I’m honoured to have helped Nicky to discover her true potential... To me it just feels like I’m doing what I was put on this earth to do.” Nick Sutcliffe

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DIAMOND BUYING TIPS Which diamond ring offers better value, one that is priced at $5,000 marked down from $10,000 or one that is priced at $5,000 marked down 20%. Could it be that the best deal is actually the ring with a ticketed price of $5,000 that hasn’t been discounted at all? The answer is often that we have no idea. So how can the consumer be sure they are getting the best value for money?

Mornington Life talks to Anthony Hansen from Diamond Coco to learn more. According to Anthony it pays to take your time and shop around. Most savvy consumers are surprised by the huge variation in price between jewellery stores. Whilst the task of comparing rings can seem daunting at first, its a learning process that is worth going through. Not only will it save you money but it will help ensure you are buying something worth treasuring forever. Anthony’s Top Diamond Buying Tips 1. B  uy your diamond and ring setting separately. Not only does it make it easier to compare prices of individual components but you have greater control over what you are buying too. 2. F ocus on the size (carat weight) and shape that you like and become an expert on that particular diamond. This will make it much easier to compare prices and ensure you a getting the very best diamond for your money. 3. D  on’t assume that what’s in the display case is all that there is on offer. Most jewellers should be able to offer you a range of alternatives. Come armed with pictures on your iPhone or magazine cutouts if it helps. 4. A  sk to use a jewellers loupe and look inside a diamond. Many are surprised by SEPTEMBER 2013 (22)

what they can see and after comparing a few stones you can quickly appreciate the differences in quality. 5. W  hen comparing diamond grading certificates its essential to compare like for like. Some certificates are known to exaggerate colour and clarity. GIA for instance has more strict grading than a diamond graded by EGL. So whilst the two can appear similar on paper they can be very different in quality and price. This is particularly important when buying sight unseen online. 6. L ook past the brand names and marketing hype. There are lots of fancy names developed to give the impression that they have something special that your competitor down the road can’t offer. In most instances they are selling the same thing. 7. If in doubt, let your eyes be the judge. If the certificate or seller says that its excellent cut and your eyes are telling you something else then keep looking. 8. B  uying online is a great way to save money but those cheap diamonds at the top of the search results can be cheap for a reason. If in doubt ask questions be it by phone or email. Just because they are sold online doesn’t mean you wont get great service. Diamond Coco sell online and in store and can be contacted on 1300 230 430. They are located upstairs at Suite 6, 38A Main Street Mornington or online at

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CELEBRATE SPRING WITH CHAMPAGNE AND STRAWBERRIES In just over three months, Saya Beaute Bar has made a name for itself as the place to be pampered. Celebrate Spring with champagne and strawberries at Saya.

for everyone, including the Image Skin Care range for clients looking for a more results driven product or peels, and the complete range of Youngblood mineral makeup for that perfect, flawless result.

The team at Saya are trained in many Fijian methods, offering top to toe pampering using Pure Fiji’s exotic and natural blends of virgin coconut oil, pure sugar cane and a range of organic drift nuts. Pure Fiji is a body and facial treatment range for men and women and its Australian managing director, Daniel Anania, has chosen two salons in each state to be exclusive to his facial range - Saya Beaute Bar is proud to be one of them. Daniel said “We chose Saya Beaute Bar because when they recently visited Fiji for their training, we could see they understood our vision. I look for stockists who understand what they are a part of and the intrinsic connection to the Fijian people. When you go to Fiji you can see the positive impact it has on the Fijians.”

As well as these exotic products and

treatments, Saya Beaute Bar has something

Keep an eye out for Youngblood VIP nights when complimentary makeovers are on offer with discounts on the entire cosmetic range. The salon is continually evolving to offer even more luxurious treatments to clients and now has three fully qualified therapists, each specializing in different areas. Proficient in pregnancy massage and hot stone massage, Ally has recently joined Siobhan and owner, Aleshia, at the salon. As well as their extensive beauty and relaxation treatments, Saya Beaute Bar has introduced microdermabrasion, a deep exfoliation that removes dry winter skin. Combined with a luxurious hydrating mask, it’s a great treatment to prepare your skin for the forthcoming Spring Racing Carnival. Saya Beaute Bar is at 2/10 Eramosa Road, Somerville. Phone 5977 6790.

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A revolutionary facial treatment to Exfoliate, Illuminate and Oxygenate! Only $99 for 45 mins

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Spray Tan only $35 Full body sugar scrub only $85

Monday and Tuesday 9-5 Wednesday and Thursday 9-8

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Full set of eyelash extensions only $135 Youngblood mineral cosmetics full make over only $80

Friday 9-6 Saturday 9-3

Island Pedicures only $55 File and Shellac only $35

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Meet the Experts at Miss Eyelash Miss Eyelash continues to position herself as a respected specialist in the beauty industry with her recognised natural look eyelash extensions. Mt Eliza born and bred, the past four years have seen Emma Vosti establish Miss Eyelash in two exquisite destinations, including Australia’s first ever ‘Luxury Eyelash Spa’ right here on the Mornington Peninsula. The Luxury Eyelash Spa is located in Mt Eliza, while a beautifully appointed studio is situated in the heart of Elwood, above the iconic Turtle Cafe.

NOW OPENING IN MORNINGTON…. Miss Eyelash is pleased to welcome De La Rue Beauty – the first authorized Miss Eyelash licensed salon. Using the signature technique and premium products will guarantee the same Miss Eyelash experience and style of eyelash extensions every time. While eyelashes will always remain the core of Miss Eyelash, offering complimenting services to highlight our client’s best assets was always inevitable. New services include: EYEBROW SCULPTING - introduced this year under the banner of Golden Ratio Brows, GRbrows is exclusive to Miss Eyelash and is gaining popularity as the Mornington Peninsula’s expert destination to correct, achieve and maintain perfectly proportioned brows. Shape alignment, color correction and product recommendations are all part of the service. LASH LIFT PERMING - is another first for the Mornington Peninsula. Miss Eyelash brings you this latest technology in eyelash perming. Recommended for ladies with straight lashes, the treatment lasts for 10-12 weeks and also includes an eyelash tint. MAKE-UP - Enhance your features with the latest makeup colours and application techniques. Book your personalised experience with our Make-up Director, Stacey Duncan, for that special occasion, one-on-one lessons or group master classes. SKIN TREATMENTS – First class Paramedical Skincare Specialist Joanne O’Connell uses the most scientifically advanced professional peels and has 20 years’ experience in managing problem and premature/sun damaged skin. A bespoke skincare range with skin diagnosis, Woods Lamp Analysis, this individualised approach are results-driven treatments that create lasting improvement on the way your skin looks, acts and feels. Miss Eyelash epitomises style, sophistication and class and this certainly reflects the look her team is able to create for you.

Stay social with Miss Eyelash on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter while we work on our new updated website and App which is also being developed. To make bookings for Mt Eliza, Mornington or Elwood, choose any of the following methods: Online: Call/SMS: 0438 163 419 Email: SEPTEMBER 2013 (22)

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Found in tissues throughout the body, including bone marrow, hair follicles and most abundantly fat, stem cells are being considered as the panacea for everything - from spinal cord injuries to Alzheimers disease - and have become the next great promise of the beauty industry.

that allow cellular regeneration. Some products assist in increasing collagen and improve skin quality.

So it is no surprise that the race is on to devise the next major anti-ageing products. As seen recently at a conference in America, Sue Verheyen from Mt Eliza Beauty Therapy said:

Many common stem cells used are apple (apple does not seem to oxidise) gardenia, Edelweiss, lilac, sea fennel and the list goes on. Sue went on to explain: “Not all of these stem cells are alike and the extraction process and treatment of the stem cells and growth factors determine whether you will notice a difference or not and long term use – over three months is required. “Stem cell discoveries have undoubtedly advanced the beauty industry by leaps and bounds – but remember their potential has barely been tapped. “Stay tuned and don’t believe every label you read. It’s all about combination treatments and products. You don’t have to break the bank – just seek honest solutions to your skin problems with staff with continued up-to-date training from Australia and overseas, and have your goals in mind.”

“Every company is “delivering” stem cells in their products but consumers need to beware. “Manufacturers and marketing companies are taking license with the term “stem cells” so do not be confused - while stem cells are live cells that cannot remain stable in over-the-counter products, they do actually contain ingredients that mobilize the body’s own stem cells, or substances extracted from stem cells in plants and animals.” According to many scientific studies, the majority of stem cell creams on the market do not contain live, viable cells, but contain growth factors obtained from the cells. In other words, the stem cells found in botanical products mimic the action of human stem cells, allowing “some” to secrete the same growth factors

Plant stem cells are created by harming their source, thus the cells then respond to the injury, which promotes tissue repair. This is then cultured and used in skincare products to promote repair to skin.

Trust YOUR skin to the experts … call Mt Eliza Beauty Therapy on 9787 7475 for an appointment.

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affordable medical now available in mt eliza Affordable health care is now available in Mt Eliza with the opening of the Advantage Medical Centre in June this year. Advantage Medical Centre is the fifth project for Dr Manish Bhasin in as many years, offering patients on the Mornington Peninsula bulk billing medical and affordable dental care. Other Advantage Medical Centres include Crib Point, Tooradin, Baxter, and Rosebud. As one of the practicing doctors, Dr Bhasin says they all have special interests in different streams of medicine. “Dr Brian West specializes in pain management, while Dr Dipankar Chakraborty’s special interest is obstetrics and gynecology. We also have ex paediatrician, Dr Jitendra Kumar here for child health care.” Dr Bhasin, whose specialty is diabetic care, says it is most important to meet the need of the area in terms of affordable and ongoing care for all

sections of society. “There was no bulk-billing in the area and we bulk-bill everybody. If you empower the patient, with education, it provides better outcomes for their health, so we make sure we spend that extra time explaining as well as diagnosing,” Dr Bhasin said. “We have had very good response already. Patients are grateful and thankful we have opened here especially pensioners and young working class. We are taking on new patients, so just ring up to make an appointment.” Advantage Medical Centres are also actively involved in teaching and training new doctors. “We get new doctors from Melbourne University, medical students, and get GP training doctors as well, so part of my other job is training.” After working in England for many years, Dr Bhasin came to the peninsula, loved it and has never looked back. Advantage Medical Centre is at 1297 Nepean Highway, Mt Eliza. Open Monday to Friday, 8am till 6pm. Phone 9787 3036.

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As usual this season is your ideal time for spring cleaning. Your home and your health are the areas on which you need to focus. The women in your life are likely to be a good influence and perhaps bring good fortune.

Sociable Leos are less so this season. This could be as a result of money matters. If you have overspent or are planning a splurge then you are likely to retreat. This could be a good season for a holiday retreat.

Money matters are at the forefront this spring. Your personal fortunes are changing, as are your opportunities to share resources. This could be as a result of your career. A change in your working life is imminent.




Fertility is the theme for you this spring. The season sees you enjoy a fertile mind brimming with good ideas. You may also welcome the birth of a child, or enjoy spending time with youngsters who inspire your own sense of fun.


This spring sees the usually quiet Virgos become more gregarious. Teaching, studying and exchanging ideas are all part of your time-table. Your social calendar is likely to be full whether pleasure or work.

Libra It is time to tighten the

Your personal fortunes increase this season. Your selfesteem is strong and this reflects in your earning capacity. Perhaps a bonus is due. Home and family are also a source of enjoyment as long as you don’t have too many commitments to juggle.

purse strings and reflect on the meaning of life. Your work may be demanding but you are also contemplating your purpose. You may withdraw but with rest you are ready to spring forth with renewed energy.


This is the season for you to expand your horizons. Your personal life is likely to be restrained in some way so you may as well make the most of your work opportunities. Study, teach, travel or network with groups.

The fruits of spring are ripe for the picking. You are ready to indulge in all good things. But make sure that you don’t overdo it or your waist line is likely to bulge. You could plan activities that stimulate your mind as well as your palate.


Logically one in 12 people cannot experience the same patterns in life. Logical Capricorn you are correct but this is no time for logic. General trends can apply. You are required to shun logic and broaden your horizons this spring.

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Other people impress their needs, opinions and desires on you this spring. As a result you are less of a free spirit and are required to shoulder more responsibilities. These experiences broaden your understanding of human nature.




It’s time for you to date, mate and relate. Romance is in the air whether you are single or in a relationship. A cautionary note is in the stars around spending money. Otherwise you have a spring in your step that is irresistible.

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Best Bites Program rolls out across the Peninsula Mornington Peninsula Shire has introduced the Best Bites Program to all local food businesses. Food businesses who receive a 90-100% food safety rating in their annual assessment are eligible to apply for assessment and recognition for any or all of the following programs: Nutrition & Healthy Eating, Tobacco and Alcohol, Waste and Recycling, Energy and Water Efficiency or Access for All. Businesses who meet the requirements are awarded certificates and window stickers to display, and are be listed on the Shire’s Best Bites Food. This listing is updated regularly. Food businesses are listed as Gold, Silver, or Bronze depending on their food safety score. The program supports local food businesses by reducing costs and increasing patronage. It also allows consumers to

make informed choices on where they dine out and purchase food in the Shire. Currently there are 320 food businesses with Best Bites certification, 232 of which are in the Gold category. The 2nd edition of The Mornington Peninsula Shire Best Bites Food Guide will be released in November. A Victorian first, the program recognises and promotes food businesses in the areas of food safety, allergen awareness, nutrition, tobacco and alcohol, recycling and waste, energy and water, and access for all. Local food businesses who achieve higher than 90% in their food safety assessment qualify for the Best Bites Guide and receive a Best Bites window sticker. More than 280 local food businesses have qualified

for the 2013 Best Bites Food Guide which is now available the Shire web page. The Shire encourages people to support these businesses when dining out or buying food on the peninsula. Best Bites awards will be presented at a November ceremony. Formed just over 12 months ago, the steering committee consists of representatives from Western Port Biosphere Reserve, Peninsula Health, Heart Foundation, Monash University, Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, South East Water, Mornington Peninsula Regional Waste Management Group, Grand Hotel Mornington, Paradigm Hill Winery, MP Gourmet and MP Tourism. They have recently completed sustainability and access audits at all local shopping

centres. All centres meet access requirements.

Rosebud Plaza and Mornington Village Shopping Centres have introduced full recycling with all of their food businesses receiving recycling accreditation. Mornington Centro Shopping Centre has received accreditation for energy/water efficiency. Businesses with Best Bites accreditation are featured in the Best Bites Food Guide, which is available at Shire customer service centres and in the Your Business section of the Shire’s web page www.mornpen.vic. For more information and to get the Best Bites program pack including an interactive CD Rom, email Peter.Obrien@mornpen.

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Moorooduc Barmah Park Wines 945 Moorooduc Highway 993 Moorooduc Hwy Coles Express Moorooduc Devilbend Golf Club 48 Loders Rd Mornington Action Pizza 32 Robertson Dr Aldi Stores 210/219-257 Main St Apple Espresso @ Tully’s 360 Wooralla Dr Bakers Delight Mornington East 6/210 Dunns Road Beaches of Mornington 55 Barkly St Beleura House and Garden 1 Tallis Dr Bentons Square Noodle Bar 9/210 Dunns Rd Bentons Wok 12/210 Dunns Rd 89 Main St Boyz and Berry Bubba Pizza, Pasta & More 1/210 Dunns Rd Chowdhary 10 Blake St Coles Mornington Mornington Centro, 2M Barkly St Degani @ Bentons 17 Bentons Sq Shopping Centre, Dunns Rd Degani Mornington Centro Kiosk 5 Mornington Centro, Barkly St Ferguson Plarre Bakehouse 35A/210 Dunns Road Footprints 3/59 Barkly St 37 Main Street Gem Cottage Grand Hotel 124 Main St 1100 Nepean Hwy Hardware Café Jooce Fresh Mornington Centro, 2M Barkly St KFC Mornington 889 Nepean Hwy Little Grasshoppers 311-313 Main St Main Street Kebabs 196 Main St Mediterraneo 1A Queen St Mornington Beach House 22 Mornington-Tyabb Road Mornington Secondary College 1031 Nepean Hwy Nando’s Mornington 109A/219-257 Main St Ocean Catch Fish & Chips 13/210 Dunns Rd One Ate Tea on Main 2/176 Main St Our Café @ Mornington Library 2 Queen St

Primi Piatti 31 Longwood Drive Progress Catering 30 Butler Ave 3/219-257 Main St Soul Pattinson Café Steeples 225 Mornington-Tyabb Road Subway Bentons Sq Bentons Sq Shopping Ctr, 36/210 Dunns Rd Subway Mornington 51 Main St 32A/78 Barkly St Mornington Centro Sushi & Co. Sushi & Coffee 2/210 Dunns Rd The Black Kettle 96 Main St Tutti Fruitti 5 Blake St 211 Mornington-Tyabb Rd United Mornington Uthong Thai 6/216 Main St Wendy’s Mornington Centro Mornington, 31/78 Barkly St Woolworths Supermarket Bentons Square Shopping Centre Mount Eliza Brumby’s Mt Eliza 112A Mt Eliza Way Canadian Bay Hotel 35 Ranelagh Drive 31 Maughan Road Coorong Cottage Kafe K2 33 Jacksons Rd Melbourne Business School - Mt Eliza 70 Kunyung Rd 1 Wooralla Dr Mt Eliza Primary School Seeds Fine Foods 28 Volitans Avenue 1A/84 Mount Eliza Way Spoon @ Mt Eliza St Thomas More Primary School 281-313 Canadian Bay Rd The Cake Kings 133 Wooralla Dr 6/85 Mt Eliza Way Bakers Delight Mt Eliza Mount Martha Café Providore 3 Bay Rd Coffee Traders 5 Howey Rd 539 Esplanade Mt Martha B&B By the Sea 120 Craigie Rd Osborne Primary School Via Battisti 26 Lochiel Ave Via Sole Pizza and Pasta 3/59-63 Walara Dr

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Top quality food, fantastic entertainment and friendly service have made Rose GPO Hotel the successful venue that it is today. Well loved by locals and guests, this popular eatery has gained a solid following since the owners Sam and Breanne Austen took the helm over five years ago. A unique venue, Rose GPO has a number of relaxed spaces to choose from, whether enjoy a drink in the alfresco area under the shade of the iconic London Plane tree and timber pergola or enjoying a meal inside the modern dining area and relaxing on a comfy lounge in the front bar. The already popular tapas menu has been extended by new head chef, Tristian Steele, well known on the peninsula as one of the finest in his industry. “It’s a real coup to have Tristian working for us,” owner Sam says. “He has already

added some amazing dishes to the menu with Harvey Bay scallops with soft herb butter and salsa verde, Spanish paella arancinni and honey glazed Spanish chorizo with grilled haloumi.” For the best steak on the peninsula, Rose GPO has Tasmanian Cape Grim grass fed beef back on the menu, which the GPO’s experienced kitchen brigade will cook to perfection. And Rose GPO is never short of fabulous entertainment, welcoming back the alwayspopular Ron Vincent in concert Sings Cat Stevens on Friday October 18.

European Gem Walking through the doors of beach 162 awakens the senses to the sights, sounds and smells of Europe.

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Book now for a two-course dinner and show for $65. Meanwhile, enjoy acoustic entertainment with local Melbourne artists at the Rose GPO every Friday and Saturday night. The Rose is perfect for all types of dining, whether a romantic dinner for two, family celebration or larger gathering of friends. Call Sam to make a booking - then you can rave about The Rose like everyone else on the Peninsula. Rose GPO is located at 1003 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud, Tel. 5982 3200

European influences and modern Australian dishes, along with mouth watering woodfired pizzas and daily specials. Patrons can relax under the umbrellas with a drink and tapas and the new, exciting and diverse menu includes á-la-carte favourites like An elegant triple chandelier illuminates the Seafood Linguini, Risotto, Chicken Parma. grand wrought iron wall panels, terracotta There is even a Sunday Roast wood fired rendered walls and magnificent ceiling pizza as part of the range. paintings reminiscent of the Sistine Chapel, Owner, Lachlan Doughty, and his team with Michelangelo’s creation of Adam etched into the roof above the dining room. are excited about the transformation of beach 162 and with such passion, it’s easy This venue creates a European experience to understand why people come back time like no other.... beach 162 is home to an incredible mosaic and time again. wood-fired pizza oven and a fabulous tapas Just a short distance to Frankston’s centre He said: “For many years, this was the site bar with live music every Friday night. The on Beach Street, this stunning restaurant of stables for the old dairy which serviced Roman beer garden will be hosting Sunday with dedicated pizza and tapas bar was Frankston in the 1950’s and 60’s. After this, sessions with live music and tap beer from originally the site for a dairy stable, after it was revamped as a nursery and in the late late September including Grand Final Day which became an acclaimed nursery, 90’s the owners added a small café as part of celebrations on the big screen. followed by a small café. the nursery. beach 162 can be found at 160-162 Beach Now, after much hard work, it has been Street, Frankston, on the corner of Kelman transformed into an amazing Mediterranean “Many people still thought of it as a nursery as recently as a few months ago as there was Street. There is convenient car parking to restaurant that makes you feel like you’re a high painted fence preventing people from the rear, as well as plenty of street parking. on the other side of the world but without seeing into this hidden gem. Not many really the long haul flight. For further details or to book a table, knew what lay behind the dilapidated fence which is highly recommended, Individual dining rooms have been inspired but now we are showing everyone the exciting call 9783 7109 or visit the website at by Rome, Venice and Morocco, and venue that is beach 162.” beach 162 offers a menu boasting Eastern The peninsula’s funky SQUARE magazine now fresh every month mornington PENINSULA MAGAZINE

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Bistro modern

just like a london cocktail club . . . mt eliza style

Rob Licciardo with Raymond Blanc and David Moore from The Restaurant

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fashionable randomness One of Mt Eliza’s great mates, Rob Licciardo is glowing with health and pride as he marks the first year at his new home, The Gallery Bar & Grill at Manyung.

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You will occasionally see Rob’s partners Peter Schreiner and Sam Pavic assisting but they pretty much remain in the background and leave Rob to do his thing. Simply stylish and certainly delish, Rob has daubed a dollop of ‘London air’ onto what was formerly best known as ‘one of the boyz’, turning the tables on that format, like a sea breeze carrying away a hot day. The Gallery oozes influence from Rob’s two years at the swank Westminster eatery Pied de Terre, considered to have the best Michelin Star lunch in London. His OS adventure also included joining an alliance with the winners of UK reality show The Restaurant to launch a top-end venue called The London Cocktail Club where he worked with celebrity cohort Raymond Blanc. “I’ve worked on the latest, contemporary edge of that cuisine and I’ve brought it here. We’re a leading, edgy, wine and cocktail bar within the incredible atmosphere of Manyung gallery,” Rob

continues. “The main difference with the food here is that it has a bit more of a relaxed, fun feel. Our style is ‘bistro moderne’, the ingredients are a real mix of everything,” he said. With a nod to a fashionable randomness regarding what might be expected on the menu. “We also show that contemporary food does not have to be expensive,” Rob added. On pointing out, a little excitedly, the blessings of cooking with the chimneylike tajine braising dish, Rob mentions recently touring Vietnam by pushbike and contemplates yet cycling to Egypt via Libya and Morocco, studying foods all the way. A world of influence is to be found in Rob Licciardo’s cooking. Rob has formerly fused French, Italian, Asian and now also Moroccan spice blends into venue favourites. Currently, think North African yin and yang – preserved lemon/cinnamon/nutmeg and saffron. A popular main, the crispy pork belly with black pudding, firstly sees the meat braised for two hours in stock and then salted and baked to crisp the skin and create crackling. To accompany, an apple puree blended with nutty butter is flung into an arc on the plate. “It’s flinging the flavours through the dish, a bit like artist Jackson Pollock,” Rob said. To create the sauce, veal jus is

reduced overnight and mated with the sweetness of the apple. A length of black pudding fried in clarified butter completes the plate. The Morrocan-tajine dish features spiced lamb meatballs braised in a tomato broth laced with house-ground Middle Eastern spices. Pinenuts, dates, cubes of roast vegies and couscous are all co-simmered in the tajine’s swirl of taste. “I’ve always gone for flavour and I understand why different flavours are used.” A philosophy espoused on the relaxed tapas menu. The Gallery Bar & Grill has plenty of parking and welcomes functions in a choice of two rooms, seating 30 and 100. It is a popular place for parties and function with a range of options from casual cocktail style to formal seated arrangements. Perfect for end of year break-up parties, weddings or just about any occasion. For the social set, with warmer weather on its way, the courtyard with its splendid 100+ year old oak tree is a favourite place for cocktails. Takeaway is also offered as a service to customers. Lunch and dinner is served from Wednesday to Sunday with breakfast on weekends at 1408 Nepean Highway, Mt Eliza. Call: 9787 2001.

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Veraison Restaurant is getting rave reviews from customers who are spreading the word on Trip Advisor after visiting the Merricks North venue. “Definitely the best food and service on the Mornington Peninsula,” writes one very satisfied diner. “Lovely venue right in the heart of the vineyard and very attentive service,” writes another. “Well worth the visit, not to be missed,” enthuses another.


#1 Mornington Peninsula Restaurant: 5 Stars 2013 Excellence Award for Food & Service [Trip Advisor]

Another writes: “Five of us recently visited Veraison for lunch. We had the three-course set lunch. The food and wine were absolutely delicious.” Owners Mark and Cherie Poulter are delighted with the feedback. “People have been here, tried it and loved the food, service and atmosphere of the venue,” Mark says.

Situated at Bluestone Lane Winery, Veraison is positioned perfectly with a beautiful tranquil outlook. The restaurant’s combination of superb cuisine, unparalleled service and magnificent surroundings is delighting patrons. Veraison Restaurant has a weekday lunch special of two courses for $39 or three courses for $49. The weekday lunch special is exceptional value, with such delights as popcorn fried quail, grilled flathead with smoked eggplant crust, Flinders Island wallaby, braised duck dumpling, and Veraison’s signature dessert violet and Swiss white chocolate aerated parfait crumble. “Our local beef has also arrived for the season and is being served now in the restaurant,” says Mark. Veraison Restaurant is at 269 Myers Rd, Merricks North. Phone 5989 7081 or go to


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always a joy to be at soy Restaurant Soy is owned and operated solely by Danny Wong. He and his team have worked hard to create a fine dining experience within the Mornington precinct and are always striving to make your dining experience an individual delight for all who venture within it’s doors.

Open 7 days Lunch 12-3pm Dinner from 5.30pm

YUM CHA daily

Licensed BYO wine only Take Away available

Upstairs, 25a Main Street, Mornington Ph 5975 5311

Soy will be introducing a new fresh Banquet menu perfect for Christmas functions. Customers can even tailor their own banquet to suit group bookings. Make sure to get in early to book for your Christmas break ups. “Enjoy a scrumptious selection of seafood with lobster tails cooked in Ginger/Garlic or Black Bean sauce on a bed of wok tossed noodles, or try our delicious Oysters in Soy/ Ginger and Steamed Whole Baby Barramundi”, said Danny.

Don’t forget if you don’t feel like dining in, Soy has one of the largest takeaway menu’s on the Mornington Peninsula. For those who love Yum Cha, Restaurant Soy offers exquisite yum cha on a daily basis, with traditional Yum Cha service every Sunday. All Yum Cha is made by a highly qualified yum cha chef, skilled in the culinary delights of the century-old dining experience. “Yum Cha is Cantonese and literally means “drinking tea”, so the yum cha dining experience involves drinking Chinese tea and eating dim sum dishes. This experience is beautifully replicated at our very own Restaurant Soy right in the heart of Mornington” continued Danny. Restaurant Soy is upstairs at 25a Main St, Mornington or go to au for further details. Ph: 5975 5311

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GRAZEN CAFE launches the loft It’s all happening at Grazen Cafe with the opening of The Loft upstairs, a funky place to hang out, have a few drinks and enjoy some of the scrumptious treats on offer by owner, Corey and his team. A cafe restaurant with a difference, Grazen Cafe has evolved into the place to be, with top quality food, local wines and beers and the best coffee around. Extensive travelling and working overseas in London, Paris, America and North America, Corey brings his passion for food to the Mornington Peninsula. “My menu stays true to what I’ve learnt with signature dishes like pulled pork rolls using Mornington Brewery pale ale with organic apple juice and master stock, and Reuben sandwiches with sauerkraut, cheese and ranch dressing, mustard and rye,” says Corey. With the new addition of the liquor

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license and The Loft upstairs, Corey is excited about the prospect of bringing some of the knowledge he picked up working in organic wineries in Canada to the table. The Loft is the perfect canvas for Corey and the team to create a totally unique environment, great for small intimate dinners or parties upstairs, and the crew at Grazen Cafe can tailor make the venue to suit your occasion. “With the magnificent view overlooking the racecourse, we’ve got your function covered whether it’s a Spring racing carnival celebration, a work Christmas party, your birthday or your next special event.” “Everyone in Mornington has been fantastic. One of our regulars made the tables, the artwork and chalk boards are all done by locals. We’ve been totally humbled by the feedback and the help from the community,” says Corey. “I’d like to get involved in a few more charities and events, offering our

services to help the community so offer people to contact us if they have a charity or organisation in need of our services.” Call in to Grazen and check out The Loft, and have a chat to Corey about any event that the Grazen team can help with. “We’ve just come on board with Primrose Fair and have created a natural harvest type feel to the menu, using lots of local food producers which is really exciting. They have such a passion for what they are doing, and we share that same passion,” says Corey. Grazen Cafe is open every day for breakfast and lunch, offering delicious and affordable food made by experienced chefs from local produce. At Grazen you can get ready made take-away or dine in house. Grazen Cafe is at Unit 4, 2A Carbine Way, Mornington. Phone 5976 8478 or visit au for further information.

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There is a distinct funky inner city vibe in Somerville these days… where musicians meet and fans flock.

Spring is in the air and, at The Heritage, attention turns to weddings. The perfect venue for your special day, The Heritage is a charming Victorian house in a stunning garden setting. Ideal for the bride and groom looking for a relaxed, informal way to celebrate their magical day, the experienced events team at The Heritage will customise the day for the individual couple. For those who want an outdoor wedding, The Heritage have a large, formal garden which lends itself to ceremonies. Enjoy drinks and canapés on the sun-drenched deck or a formal dinner in the a la carte restaurant. Your wedding can be a small and intimate group of 50, or a more lavish event with up to 150 guests, with everything from a traditional sit down dinner through to elegant, upmarket cocktail format, or combine the two to create your perfect day. An elegant venue that is family oriented, The Heritage is a rare find for your wedding day and owner Gail Loveridge’s passion to create a quality family venue shines through. “The Heritage is all about community and family and it’s a privilege to be involved when people are celebrating special milestones, whether its a wedding, birthday or other celebration we provide a setting where they

And Vesbar is the venue - a cosy lounge bar with a cool atmosphere, great company and amazing live music all weekend. You cannot fail to be impressed with the bar’s décor and its European influence. The scene is set with light shades made from can enjoy good food at a reasonable price,” motorcycle helmets and an Italian says Gail. Vespa sits quietly in the corner! “Our two acres of gardens provide the ideal Owners Bev and Leigh Fraser are setting for a wedding, birthday parties or any special occasion. The main focus is about family renowned for their musical prowess and we actively encourage and involve children after years of playing gigs across the Peninsula, and so it was a natural who love our fully fenced gardens.” progression to bring fabulous musos Everything is at your fingertips at The Heritage to their venue. fine food at affordable prices, stunning gardens, The music suits all ages, with artists open fire place, huge sunny deck for alfresco like Mike Rudd, Paul Barry, and even dining, and an amazing array of local and Bev and Leigh performing on a regular internationally acclaimed musicians performing basis. on a regular basis. The menu lends itself to everything from a quiet intimate dinner to the well-known tradies $10 lunch on weekdays, fitting with Gail’s philosophy that everyone deserves a nice place to enjoy a tasty lunch and catch up with friends in an unpretentious atmosphere. The chefs, all local boys, create a seasonal menu while retaining the old favourites. “In this world of Facebook and twitter, we need to make sure we catch up over food. It’s the glue that sticks our relationships together,” says Gail. The Heritage is at 3059 Frankston-Flinders Road, Balnarring. Phone 5983 2597. Check out the Facebook page for updates on the list of artists playing over Spring time.

Bev said: “It’s been almost a year since we took over the bar and it’s been quite a ride. We’ve created a real music venue now - a reflection of who we are and because of our contacts in the music industry, we’ve been able to hire the best of the best. “For good musicians to find a residency in a venue is hard so it gives us a great sense of pride and the audience love it.” Vesbar is always pumping with one thing or another. Whether it’s a quiet drink with friends, a meal or snack from the tapas menu or the fabulous music playing on a Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, there’s always something happening. If you’re a fan of trivia, just rock up and join in the weekly Thursday night trivia competition which is always a bit of fun and if you don’t have a team, Bev will find a group for you. Behind the bar, staff are on hand to concoct tempting cocktails or choose from ciders, a wide selection of Australian and Peninsula wines or European beers. Vesbar will be celebrating its first birthday in September and another fast approaching event will be Oktoberfest. Details and updates can be found on the Facebook page. Just ‘like’ it and you will be able to keep bang upto date with what’s going on. A cosy little wine bar with a welcoming feel, Vesbar is at 80 Station Street, Somerville. Opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday 11am till late. Phone 5978 0493.

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JP is a local foodie and regular diner at restaurants and cafes across the peninsula, in this column he gives a random rundown of his experiences each month


Tucked away at the end of an alley off Main Street, Mornington, Kazu Japanese is always busy. The fresh produce is always a delight and helps to compensate for the slow service. Agedashi (deep fried) tofu is served with tempura sauce - a tradition that is hard to top. This is about the best I have experienced in Australia. Next up, a couple of safe bets, gyoza dumplings with miso soup. Both are wonderfully classical. The tatsuta age (crisp chicken) came next, this was a highlight too. Six pieces of marinated hen, deep fried and served with a ponzu sauce. How could I even contemplate the Sushi, which looks amazing. I was full to the brim and so very content. Kazu has been open for over 12 years and has the right combination of food, ambience and tradition. The only let-down is a lack of tables and the service can be hit and miss. But hey it’s all about the food and that’s where Kazu reigns. 37d Main Street, Mornington Ph: 5976 1323

Via Boffe

Via Boffe on Main Street is little, snug café, blink and you might miss it. New owner Susanne has recently taken over, with her new staff, you will see they have really pumped some of their own energy into the place. Excellent coffee is the name of the game, with an independent blend, never burnt and always creamy. The classic thing about this place is mini everything, from space at the entry, cakes on the counter to the Panini’s. If you want something big, grab the salad or pasta of the day, or have one of their famous doughnuts. This place is always crowded and popular, simply due to the quality of food and coffee that compliments. As you relax and soak it up don’t be surprised if the owner comes around and personally asks how everything is going. A delightful touch of caring service. 74 Main St, Mornington Open 7 days Ph: 5975 7499

Mr Curtis

Delightfully sheek fit-out, with lots of really quirky touches; the eclectic plate ware, 60’s coloured glass water glasses and jugs, nest tables, blankets for the veranda BO HO all the way. The place can be packed randomly and the micro kitchen/service pumps out

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meals and coffee. We spoilt ourselves waiting to see what all the fuss and talk was about; Argentine Beer poured into a perfect glass was a great start, wine menu delicious. The food that came out included, dukkah amazement, herbed flathead croquettes 4 pieces, oxtail lasagne with slow cooked greens. Company fitted the food and the beverages, all simple beautiful. Well done staff they were fresh, attentive, professional and subtly cool. All in all a wonderful atmosphere and quite possibly the best spot on the peninsula for a sunset glass of vino (which will be my next visit). Shop 6, 42 Lochiel Ave, Mt Martha Ph: 5974 3637

10 on Main Pizza House

It must be one of the best pizzerias in Melbourne. Food is absolutely fantastic. It’s arguably some of the best pizza we had eaten outside Italy! Hot chips are FAB served with some garlic aioli, the pizza choice is simple but incredible. We went for the potatoes pizza (the best thing since sliced bread), and the Mexican, which was perfect in all classic senses. The pasta looked homemade and is waiting for my next visit and experience. Definitely one of my new hot favourites. Sensational service with a loving family feel. Highly recommend it for those looking to send their taste buds to heaven! 10 Main Street, Mornington Ph: 5976 8274

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Prawn Star

A real treat. If you haven’t experienced the best ‘old skool’ hamburger on the peninsula then you haven’t lived. Owner Jason holds this honour, I believe, with his fish n chip burger with the lot. Woot. Think back to the time when burgers came with beetroot, bacon, egg, tomato, cheese and of course a home-made beef burger, all on a toasted bun. Also on offer at this local classic: fresh fish, family packs, schnitzels, souvlaki and salads. Be prepared to wait on busy Friday nights or pre-order by phone. A good combo of chips, steamed dimmies, pickled onions and spring rolls is a winner on a Saturday arvo. Prawn Star is friendly, the food is always good and you can order online. 96 Wilsons Road, Mornington Ph: 5975 5678 now fresh every month




A flaming burst of colour and taste has hit the Peninsula with Gidgets Beach Cantina, a groovy food marquee with South American-inspired dishes. Named after one of her favourite characters, bubbly blonde Serena Cabello has created the circa 1960s food marquee with a beach theme and tantalising treats. “I started with a truck fitted out as a kitchen but now use the food marquee,” says Serena, who uses many dishes that have been handed down through the family. “My husband is South American and we love Mexican food. “My signature dish is the Californian fish taco. Made in the traditional way, the fish is marinated with garlic, coriander, spices and baja sauce and served with fresh salsa. It’s one of the favourites and available right along the coast from California to Mexico, where you can get fish tacos on the beach.” Operating since last November, Gidgets Beach Cantina brings delicious, fresh and healthy tacos to the Mornington Peninsula. “We can bring the party to you and are great for private functions like birthday parties and weddings to add that touch of colour and flavour. We will design a menu to suit you, with amazing tacos or something a little different from South America.” Look out for Serena at the Mornington Peninsula Kids Family Expo, Beers by The Bay, and the Pet and Pony Expo, and enjoy a delicious corn truffle with smoky spicerubbed beef, fresh guacamole with tortilla chips, a mini choripan, a pork lomito slider, or one of Serena’s favourites: a light-asair mini tres lech cake with caramel and whipped cream. Yum! Phone Serena on 0404 258 205, email, or go to the Facebook page GidgetsBeachCantina. SEPTEMBER 2013 (22)

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NEW AUSTRALIAN WINE BOOK RELEASED In the 31st edition of Australian of Australian Wine Vintages, master of wine Rob Geddes provides a comprehensive guide to help wine drinkers choose the best quality vintages in any price range.

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The pocket-sized handbook is also an App. This edition includes an updated list of organic wineries, coloured label images and extensive details. Here is Rob’s shortlist of this year’s best local drops. Moorooduc McIntyre Vineyard 2010 Chardonnay 95/100. $65 A name change in 2010 denoted this as single vineyard. Its hallmark wild yeast character with juicy zesty acidity softens to honey-fig and deep, rich, fruit. Great structure. Stonier Windmill Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir 94/100. $65 This interesting wine derives style by retaining the stalks in the brew during ferment, contributing a savoury suggestion.

Main Ridge 2011 Chardonnay 95/100. $55 A classic wine with structure and finesse; elegant with stone fruit, oak and caramel layers. Paringa Estate Single Vineyard 2010 Shiraz 94/100. $80 Extra oak is a positive in this wine, lending structure. Tasting notes include savoury plum and cracked black pepper. Lavish intensity. T’Gallant Imogen 2012 Pinot Gris 94/100. $26 Of the T’Gallant trio this is has the most delicious balance. Odours of sun-kissed golden delicious apples, a touch of banana, pineapple and pear. Silky texture and ripe flavours with layered complexity. Author Geddes is one of only a few Australians to be awarded a Master of Wine. His book Australian Wine Vintages is now at 31st edition. Web:

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YOUR PERSONAL MAITRE D Sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of vino with friends while Roberto Biguzzi, Your Personal Maitre d, prepares an Italian feast in your own home. Born in Italy, Roberto grew up along the Adriatic coast and from an early age, fell in love with the magical vibe of restaurants in his parents’ hotel. “I love European perfume and smoky dresses entering a restaurant, welcomed by vibrant cocktail shakers and colourful appetising dishes. It’s my world!!” says Roberto who then decided to make a living from his culinary pursuits. “After working in Italy, the UK and Australia, and finishing two diplomas in Melbourne, as chef and event manager, I decided there was a need for a personal chef and maître d to come to your home and serve you and your guests. I want to make a particular dining experience

for people, enabling them to rediscover their beautiful homes. So this is the possibility for people to fully experience, with their guests, in their own space with delicious food and wine.” Your Maître D creates a unique and glamorous dining experience, in your home, where the host can enjoy the time with their guests. “I bring the restaurant experience anywhere on Peninsula, taking into consideration the full atmosphere, food and Italian wine, and create a menu for everyone to love, from small dinner parties to intimate dinners.” Your Maitre d is a unique Italian stylish food experience with inspirational regional cuisine, based on simplicity, using local and Italian ingredients. To find out about Your Personal Maitre d go to www. or phone Roberto on 0426 814 138.

LAUNCH NIGHT FOR MORNINGTON JAZZ FESTIVAL The festival was a huge success across venues in Mornington. Mornington Peninsula Magazine is a proud sponsor of this event and we are looking forward to 2014!

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Celebrate Spring at Pier 10 As the sun starts to peep through the clouds, at Pier 10 in Shoreham, the celebrations begin with fabulous food and a glass of bubbly while looking over the hinterland’s rolling hills.

“We also have the peninsula’s best lunch special,” Stuart said. Offering two courses for $35 and three for $42, the menu has great choices, is updated weekly and is available from Thursday to Saturday, excluding holiday weekends.

Known as the local home of sparkling wines, Pier 10 is one of the few places where the wine-making process takes place on the property. Pier 10 has been called a contemporary shed, housing a relaxed country restaurant. Relax inside listening to the soothing tunes of one of the regular Pier 10 performers or dine alfresco while over-looking the ever changing scenery of the Pier 10 vineyard.

The gig-guide for live music on Sunday afternoons is on Pier 10’s website. Regular artists include James Vincent, Jay McLean, Renee Prue and peninsula favourites Mojo Pearls whose diverse acoustics add fun to the relaxed atmosphere.


The contemporary Pier 10 Shed houses the relaxed country restaurant with vineyard views. The restaurant offers casual yet professional service. Delicious estate wines are matched with stunning food from chef Steve Davidson, who will showcase his favourite menu at a special dinner on Saturday 5 October. Discover for yourself why the locals keep coming back to enjoy the dining experience at Pier 10. Pier 10’s broad menu offers something for everyone including a la carte, tapas @ $12.50 per dish and a $35 two-course lunch. Pier 10 is great value. Menu highlights include delicious ten-second salmon pearls with estate cider, duck breast with baby winter vegetables and raviolo filled with duck leg. Desserts feature goat’s curd cheesecake with pistachio crunch. Visit the website for current menus and specials. Pier 10 is also perfect for Christmas parties, birthdays and of course weddings. The large lawn in front of the restaurant is great play-space while the full bocce court is enjoyed by the ‘big kids’. “At night the restaurant really comes into its own,” owner Stuart Baker explains. “Simple lighting, Steve’s amazing creations, and stunning sunsets viewed from every table in the room, live music, what more could you want?”

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10@Pier10: On Saturday 5 October we will host a special dinner where head chef, Steve Davidson will showcase his favourite 10 dishes, from 20 years experience. Bookings are essential. Melbourne Cup: Open all weekend with family-friendly activities. On Cup Day, the deck will be a party place from noon-5pm. Numbers are very limited, bookings are advised. Watch the race live on the big screen, sweeps and a crazy hat competition. ‘Bubbles and Baskets’ individual lunch hampers can be pre-ordered with a bottle of wine.

The Cellar

Tastings are in the delightfully refurbished farm house. All wines are estate-grown and made on the property. Comfy leather chairs offer vineyard views, a superb spot to lazeaway the afternoon with some fine wine and a gourmet platter. Spring and summer are when the enormous deck comes alive with alfresco dining. A lovely outside spot to sip wine and sample some gourmet nibbles including superb pizza, seated at large timber tables with ever-changing vineyard views. The Bocce court is always available. Pier 10 is called ‘The Home of Sparkling Peninsula Wines’ Blanc de Blanc, Rose, White and the popular sparkling red Pinot Noir, Ruby. Pier 10 is at 10 Shoreham Road, Shoreham. Web: phone 5989 8848. Lunch: Thursday to Sunday. Dinner: Friday and Saturday. Cellar Door: Thursday to Sunday, noon-5pm. now fresh every month mornington PENINSULA MAGAZINE

Cheeky New Beer Brand Wins Again

After just 18 months, the cheeky new beer brand Kwencher has again cleaned up, this time at the Asia Beer Awards. The Asia Beer festival is held annually in Singapore and the Asia Beer Awards is fast becoming one of the most popular and recognised beer competitions in the world. 24 international master brewers and sommeliers judged more than 100 beers in the Pale/Amber Ale category and Kwencher founder, David Burns, said: “It is an amazing feeling to be judged best in class against top well recognised brands that have been around for 15 years, as well as the major international beer companies. “We only launched our Kwencher Pale Ale in April so to pull this win out of the bag is really special and makes me and the Kwencher team feel very proud. The

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hard work over the last 18 months is starting to pay off.” David puts the popularity of Kwencher Pale Ale down to the very special recipe that drives a beautiful passion fruit aroma and flavour from the Yarra Valley hops used, allowing easy drinking and subsequently an extremely broad appeal for women as well as men. The Kwencher brand was born when David and wife, Elly, were travelling to Ait Benadou, a large and legendary Kasbah deep in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains in October 2008. There they discovered the joy of sharing peach iced tea and icy cold local Moroccan beer. Both drinks inspired freedom and adventure, which is the theme that has been at the heart of the brand from its inception. The idea of blending these two well-known drinks was going to become a reality. Upon returning to Melbourne, David commenced home brewing and researching a range of flavour

combinations and after six months he had successfully achieved the desired outcome for Kwencher, a premium lager with a unique distinction, being its juicy peach and Darjeeling tea combination. Kwencher Peach and Darjeeling tea lager certainly turned heads also winning medals at last year’s Asia Beer Awards and Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA). Kwencher is available to buy in over 120 retail and on-premise outlets around Melbourne, selected venues in Perth and Darwin and online through The Kwencher team are now looking forward to Spring and are planning to use the Pale Ale Gold medal win as leverage into the Sydney, Brisbane and Perth markets, as well as pursuing current leads into Singapore and Hong Kong. Enquiries to :

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Unique new dishes at taco bills

A place to bring the family or dine with friends, Taco Bills Mornington is constantly creating unique dishes with a modern mexican theme. Everything is prepared freshly at this popular Mexican hangout. Chefs have created fresh and healthy alternatives like the gourmet taco, soft tortillas served open with slow cooked colorado beef, topped with bean shoots, rocket, pickled onion, fresh jalapeno and your choice of fresh mango and pineapple salsa. The Mexican parma is another new creation, gluten free and coated in crushed corn chips for a delicious bitey taste. Fast becoming a favourite, Taco Bills Mornington do corn on the cob like you have never tasted before, and their Fish tacos will rival those on the South American coast.

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Taco Bills Mornington use the best ingredients from local peninsula producers as well as prime Gippsland beef. Did I mention Taco Tuesdays! Come along on a Tuesday night and treat yourself to ‘all you can eat’ tacos and nachos for just $19.50 per head. While you are there, join the birthday club, to receive a free meal on your birthday. Taco Bills Mornington is available for functions and catering from 10 to 60 people and trades seven nights a week for dinner, with lunch from Wednesday to Sunday. During daylight savings, trading hours extend to every day and night. And don’t forget Taco Bills fabulous margaritas in fish bowls for those feeling adventurous. Taco Bills Mornington is at 111 Main Street. Phone 5975 9466.

MT ELIZA NETWORKING FUNCTION Above: Left to right: HansCanadian Bay Travel with Wayne-Swat Accountancy; Martyn-Mornington Community Radio, Tahlia-Sports Injury Clinic Frankston and Sandra-Bay Fishing Trips-Mornington Right: Andrew-Midland Insurance, Alison-Herbaceous Flowers Mt Eliza and Bill-EView real estate now fresh every month mornington PENINSULA MAGAZINE

Vibrant Italian

Multi-award winning Ciao Bella Pizzeria & Wine Bar has recently celebrated five years of successfully satisfying foodie’s tastes over Western Port way.

Owners Marisa and Claudio have created a cosy cove within walking distance of Balnarring’s town centre. You feel welcome the moment you walk through the door. A few years ago they were on vacation in Balnarring, came across a small house for sale and fell in love with it. “We spent several months renovating and transforming the house into a cosy Italian restaurant,” said Claudio. Now sourcing the best quality produce, Ciao Bella offers ‘expressive’ Italian cuisine, allowing the food to speak for itself. Claudio’s Sicilian heritage is reflected in cuisine with a creative link to land and sea. “Our in-house vegie garden displays a very strong part of our philosophy. The menu is designed around the daily harvest and whatever is in-season,” said Claudio. Local

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producers are also well supported. Ciao Bella’s wood-fired thin-crust pizzas are the award winning specialty. Daily specials include antipasto, fresh seafood, house-made pasta and desserts. Drinks have a strong Italian link whether aperitivi, beers or wines.

Ciao Bella has built a strong base of local support. “We are realising our goal, of a warm and friendly, casual pizzeria - serving fantastic Italian fare, with help from amazing staff,” Marisa added. Ciao Bella is at 2998 Frankston-Flinders Road, Balnarring. Phone 5931 3098.

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DELICIOUS AND RELAXED Epicurean, Red Hill’s innovative gourmet food and wine icon, is about to burst into Spring with fresh new flavours from the locally made and grown produce.

elaborate one of a kind space. The barrel room is the perfect spot for your next wine or business gathering, and the private dining room with soft furnishings, 360 degree curtains and large pendant lights is ideal for more intimate occasions. The restaurant has a casual vibe consisting Proving to be a favourite with the locals, of a separate bakery and cafe with a wood Epicurean master classes are held on a fired oven baking delicious local breads. regular basis. Look out for the Artisan The main attraction is the Shed where cured meat class, where participants learn patrons enjoy relaxed dining with attention how to cure meats in a hands on class to culinary detail by executive chef, James followed by a chance to taste cured meat Fiske. The Epicurean philosophy is simple with fresh bread, cheese and a glass of and it works, using local produce cooked wine. Or learn how to make fresh pasta with an Italian bias and a selection of in the rustic barrel room, followed by Mornington Peninsula wines. a tasting with a matching glass of wine. Epicurean also has an outdoor dining area, You can learn to make bread, the perfect coffee and even a Pinot Noir master class, which backs on to beautiful native bush, sampling eight varieties of pinots from providing the perfect place for alfresco renowned Mornington Peninsula wine dining experience or a wine with friends. makers. With the warmer weather and Christmas Whether you have a penchant for a fine fast approaching, Epicurean is the ideal dining experience, a venue for a special venue for your next gathering or event. occasion, or just want a delicious pizza or This iconic space combined with a a quick coffee, Epicurean Red Hill is one of huge regional menu creates the perfect the peninsula’s most exciting destinations destination for all occasions. Many for the food and wine connoisseur, right on event options await you at the Red Hill Epicurean. The Shed seats 120 and features our doorstep among the towering trees of Red Hill. a nine metre glass atrium style roof, old recycled large section timber from the old Epicurean Red Hill is at 165 Shoreham Woolloomooloo wharf, Carrara marble Road, Red Hill. Phone 5989 4000 or visit bars and three large open fire places in this

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CUPS KEEPS GETTING BETTER The Cups Estate Cellar Door and Restaurant is fast growing an excellent reputation for its quality wine and food and when you spend a day there it’s easy to see why… The Cups is situated between the two waters of Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait giving the vineyard a true maritime influence. The Vineyard itself is located in the undulating dune region known locally as ‘The Cups’. The area, stretching from Fingal down to Cape Schanck was originally dubbed ‘The Cups and Saucers’ by one of the founding families, The McCrae Family. In their journals of the 1830’s, the family referred to picnicking at The Cups and Saucers. It was given this name because of the many dunes forming the shapes of both cups and saucers. The area is unique and beautiful and The Cups Estate Cellar takes full advantage of the amazing views over the vineyard, olive grove and neighbouring Moonah Links. It’s this unique location that The Fisicaro Family paid homage to when naming the property after the land that produces the grapes.

The Wines

The award-winning range of wines include: Sparkling Cuvee, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Sparkling Shiraz, Moscato and Tawny. You are sure to find a favourite amongst this large and varying range of delicious cool climate wines. Wine tasting is a memorable experience with knowledgeable and friendly staff available to give you as much or as little information on the wines as suits you.

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The Food

The European-inspired tapas restaurant celebrates family style European eating, with meals served in the centre of the table for sharing. The food is designed to be matched with the cool climate wines and changes regularly with the seasons. The latest menu will be released in Spring and while favourites such as the Zucchini Fritters and Meatballs remain, some new additions can be found. Two new dishes are Crispy Pork Slider with pickled cabbage, cornichon and maple aioli, and Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops with Jerusalem artichoke puree and smoked peas.


The Cups is hosting musicians to their cellar door and restaurant every last Sunday of the month leading into summer. Whether it’s a Jazz trio or acoustic soloist, The Cups Sunday Sessions are a great way to spend a lazy Sunday with your friends sipping on wines, listening to tunes, sampling the tapas menu and taking in the glorious views. Heaven! Book a table by calling 1300 131 741.

While you’re in the area

The Cups Estate is only minutes away from Peninsula Hot Springs so book in for a wine tasting and lunch and then relax in the thermal hot springs or have a soothing massage. What better way to spend a day? The Cups Estate has recently released some Tour Packages on their website celebrating the amazing Cups area and the neighbouring attractions. Check out their packages at The Cups Estate 269 Browns Rd, Fingal Open 7 days from 11am Lunch Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Port Phillip Bay’s brand new gem! Twelve years on, The Rocks restaurant at Mornington Yacht Club leads the way in seafood experiences. Head chef Xavier Nailty (pictured) is always on the hunt for new and exciting produce. Guess what, he has found something special, a premium product grown just a few minutes from his kitchen.

Tender, tasty, Angassi oysters - you beauty. Peter Lillie from Bay Sea Farms has already established a reputation for growing magnificent mussels at his 90 hectare Mt Martha holding. Assistance has come from the Department of Environment and Primary Industry. His fresh shellfish is for sale at Mornington Pier every Sunday. The oysters currently on sale are from the first year’s crop, hung out at sea in August 2011, they take close to 18 months to mature. The Angassi oyster is native to Port Phillip Bay and is the only oyster permitted to be grown in Victoria. Pacific (Asian) oysters are grown in Tasmania and South Australia. The oyster’s scientific name is Ostrea Angassi. It is often referred to as the ‘native flat oyster’ and is a close relation to the French Ostrea Edulis, also known as the Belon oyster, reputedly the world’s best.

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“Our oysters are grown near the surface of the water in baskets suspended from long-lines. They have a lovely, clean ‘taste of the sea’ flavour, encouraged by the ideal growing conditions. The Mornington Peninsula is the best location in the Bay to grow oysters as the depth of water is greater as is the water quality. Our ongoing monitoring program confirms this,” Mr Lillie said. Initial tasting reports have been very positive with the flavour and ‘metallic’ aftertaste being the main feature. Whilst stronger in flavour than the ubiquitous pacific oyster, the texture is firmer and we think that it is likely to be popular with casual oyster eaters as well as ‘hard-core oyster nuts’. “We are very excited about the prospects for this local Victorian oyster. We see this first harvest as just the start of a new and expanding industry with excellent export potential,” he said. Scallops grown in cages are also a part of the broader, Mt Martha-based plan. Robert De Santis from The Rocks said that he will let us know when when the scallops hit his tables. “Peter’s oysters will be featured on our menu until his limited supply is exhausted. So please hurry down. We sincerely enjoy supporting local businesses like Peter’s. Their dedication and entrepreneurship improves our business’ ability to deliver customers super fresh, live, local produce,” Rob said. For more details on the farm, click on

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THREE WILD DUCKS Constantly evolving to create the ultimate family dining experience, Three Wild Ducks has a new head chef and a new menu with the same relaxed atmosphere. Head chef Colin Swalwell brings his modern Australian influence to the restaurant after spending many years as head chef at Yering Station and 360 Degrees at Queenscliff Marina. Three Wild Ducks now incorporate a whole range of tapas to the already popular modern Australian menu. Colin has sourced all fresh produce from peninsula growers to create dishes with the wow factor, proving that good quality, well presented food does not have to cost a fortune. Patrons are already raving about the saffron and dill ravioli with Mt Martha mussels, and Colin’s signature dish - a trio of duck on congo potato. For the sweet tooth, the desserts are to die for, with vanilla pear souffle and house made ice-cream. Owner David Morley has managed to create a family restaurant with a high level of service, modern Australian cuisine, and an extensive wine cellar taking in wines from the peninsula and other regions. David and his wife, Tobey, also own Six Keys in Beaumaris, which has been running successfully for the past four years and was last year awarded four stars in The Age.

Recently renovated by Tobey, Three Wild Ducks has a comfortable open plan atmosphere with unique styling that sets it apart from others in the area. French Martini anyone? This is a great place to enjoy a drink on a Friday night with happy hour from 5pm till 6.30pm you can choose from an excellent range of cocktails, including their famous French martini. Taking enquiries for Christmas functions now, Three Wild Ducks is at 34 Mt Eliza Way, Mt Eliza. Open lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday. Coming soon, open Mondays for lunch and dinner from October 14th. Phone 9787 0200 or go to

At home in Manhattan When Rose Mimmo opened Manhattan in Mornington nine months ago, she certainly stamped her standard on a top quality peninsula dining experience. Perhaps it is Rose’s Italian heritage, perhaps it’s the three great chefs or the amazing staff, but one thing is for sure, Manhattan has become a venue that people return to time and time again. Rose’s philosophy is simple. She genuinely wants all people to feel at home when they come to her restaurant. Manhattan is a popular place for functions. Upstairs, the fabulous mezzanine lounge is perfect for 21st birthdays and private parties. Manhattan was the chosen venue for a recent high tea hosted by Betty’s Boutique to raise money for Relay4Life. The afternoon proved to be a great success with wowfactor food and fashion. Book in to enjoy a high tea on the second Tuesday of each month. For those who love nightlife, Manhattan hums on Friday nights

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with regular band Something to Talk About rocking out the tunes and regularly pleasing a bevy of fine followers. Manhattan’s menu boasts its own unique twist on modern Italian cuisine and has been described as quite a delight. The gnocchi has become a favourite and a signature dish, and the pastafantasia is something to die for, partnering chicken, spinach and almond flakes with a creamy, mild curry sauce. Manhattan’s risottos are very popular and the Venetian fish soup has become a favourite too. The moment you walk through Manhattan’s door you will feel you are visiting a wonderful Italian family. Rose’s mother sometimes comes in to roll the meatballs while brother Joe manages the restaurant. Whether you are looking for scrumptious, Mediterranean-inspired lunch or dinner, a great night out, or the perfect place for a function, Manhattan will make you feel right at home. Manhattan is at 2/55 Barkly Street, Mornington. Phone 5976 4867. read online or

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SPRING TIME IS PARTY TIME AT HARBA It’s party season and where better to begin than Raoul Holtz. The extensive menu is Australat Harba Oyster Bar and Grill in Mornington. Asian influenced. Both Harba and sister-venue The Ranelagh Club in Mt Eliza are enjoying rave With the Spring Carnival underway, enjoy reviews. cocktails and oysters in this hip local haunt. Owner John Crossin has just returned from Popular items on the spring menu include baby rolling to Broome and back on the Variety Bash. barramundi in Mornington Brewery pale ale Always well-informed he will often offer a tip on beer batter with tossed garden salad, chips and any upcoming race. house-made tartare. Four oyster offerings include Vietnamese style with mignonette dressing or Proving to be a favorite haunt for locals, Harba tempura fried with avocado wasabi mousse. Oyster Bar and Grill is the perfect spot for an Desserts include tiramisu crème brulee with intimate dinner or a group of friends wanting a chocolate-dipped sponge fingers. great night out. For budding musicians and those who love to Harba has also become the place for functions listen, Tuesday night is muso’s night, upstairs in and special occasions. Upstairs, the Sunset the Sunset Lounge. Bar snacks and light meals Lounge is an awesome spot for a Christmas are extra discounted. On Sunday afternoons party with windows and deck overlooking the park. Get in now to book for Christmas. It is also there is more music, with the cool tunes from Sarah Gardner or the Acoustic Cats, the perfect the perfect venue for parties, engagements and way to wrap up a great weekend. weddings. Harba Oyster Bar and Grill overlooks idyllic Something is always happening at Harba. During Mornington Park with lovely views across the the week, enjoy the two course lunch special or bay. The stunning 12 metre deck offers indulgent sip on a glass of wine with a share plate on the street dining. alfresco deck. Tuesday is discount steak night, with head chef Brad Holtz creating the perfect Harba currently serves lunch and dinner six days porterhouse or wagyu. a week, extended to seven from September 30. Harba’s inspirational dishes come from combining Harba is at 786 on the Esplanade in the talents of husband and wife chefs Brad and Mornington. Phone 5975 1183.

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1001 NIGHTS opens september Step into the spicy culinary world of the middle east when you visit 1001 Nights, a fresh new dining experience to hit Mt Eliza. 1001 Nights is the long time dream of owners Mark and Nina Syawish, themselves well known members of the Mt Eliza community after living and working in the area for many years. With decor sourced from Istanbul, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco, immerse yourself into the rich colours of the middle east with dynamic contrasts of gold and light brown, bright decorative cushions and forged metal lamps. A complete dining experience, the restaurant provides a unique window into the exotic world of middle eastern dining

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with a modern twist.

Mark and Nina wanted to create a venue that was different for the locals and visitors alike and there is nothing like 1001 Nights on the peninsula. “I have worked as a chef for over 30 years and wanted to bring my knowledge of international cuisine to the community,” says Mark. “Come and try the middle eastern salads and dips, skewers and bread freshly made on the premises, or the cafe style breakfast menu with a middle eastern approach.” 1001 Nights is at Shop 3, 86 Mt Eliza Way, Mt Eliza, and open seven days for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Phone 9787 5565.

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home, garden, decor


Grand opening for Quasimodo

A second-generation business, Moorooduc’s Garden of Quasimodo has recently received a breath of new life with Joel Norford taking over the reigns of this well established home and garden centre. Joel’s mum and dad started from scratch 19 years ago when they were selling concrete

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statues from their farm down the road. Two decades later, the Garden of Quasimodo is a one-stop shop for all your garden, landscape, décor, pool and spa needs. After working in the family business from a little tacker and full-time landscaping since he was 16, it was a natural progression for Joel to come into the business more permanently. The Garden of Quasimodo is an outdoor shopping delight with garden pots, statues, ponds and water features. “With my landscape business, Qscape, I have introduced the landscape design and product element. Qscape has been creating beautiful gardens on the Peninsula for 12 years, and our attention to details has always been paramount with the most qualified professionals used on every project to produce excellent results and work of the highest standard,” says Joel. Qscape has a full display centre at the Garden of Quasimodo with a large range of products on display. “We also sell direct to the public, natural stone paving, plants, turf, water features and other materials and garden décor, Melbourne’s premium and most affordable artificial turf as well as

Australia’s premier instant turf.” Come in and check out the pool display at Quasimodo, distributors of Compass Pools, the largest fibreglass swimming pool manufacturing company in the southern hemisphere. Whether it’s a spa or pool you’re after, garden statues, pots or water features, or landscape design and décor, the Garden of Quasimodo only sells top quality products. Joel travels overseas to source the best products and latest trends and prides himself on Quasimodo being the best value for money around. “We also locally manufacture a lot of our products, concentrating on keeping the work in the community,” says Joel.

GRAND OPENING Come along to the Grand Opening Weekend on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October for great discounts, free giveaways, and explore the Garden of Quasimodo for the first time. Garden of Quasimodo is open every day from 10am till 4pm corner Males and Moorooduc Roads, Moorooduc. Check out the website at www. or phone 5978 8700 for further information.

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MASTERS MAKES IT EASY After operating for just over 12 months now, the Masters Home Improvement Mornington store has everything you need to fix, renovate, decorate and improve your home.

and Hayley Eaton, are on hand to help you choose the right kitchen for your home and your lifestyle. They know every detail of the kitchens inside and out, to give you the right advice first time round. They’ll guide you through the various fittings, design options, appliances and storage Masters stocks over 35,000 home ideas. They will discuss colours, finishes, improvement and hardware products how you and your family use the kitchen across 19 departments, with everything from kitchens, bathrooms, appliances, tools, and any special features you would like to include. Using the very latest 3D design hardware, flooring, paint, outdoor living software, your designer will create a and barbecues, to gardening, landscaping, computer-generated image of your kitchen. trade supplies and lighting. This image lets you explore your new Now is the perfect time for a new kitchen from every angle. kitchen. Get it all done before Christmas. Masters Home Improvement also offers Masters has two ranges of quality kitchens measuring and installation services so to choose from – the DIY Profile, an customers don’t need to organise this entry-level kitchen, through to the more premium, custom designed Principal range. themselves. Come and check out the kitchen displays in Masters is located at 75 Morningtonstore, with prices starting as low as $2000. Tyabb Road, Mornington. Mornington’s Masters Home Improvement To book a free kitchen design consultation, customers can phone the kitchen design specialists, Andrew Pollock Mornington store direct on 5970 0800.

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FROM INSPIRATION TO INSTALLATION Masters Mornington makes kitchens easy

Whether you’re after budget friendly basics or five-star finishes, we have everything you need to cook up the perfect kitchen. You can even sit back and relax while we manage everything from installation^ to appliances. And right now, take advantage of 24-months interest-free* finance. Book your free consultation with our Mornington Kitchen Specialists and start designing your dream kitchen today.




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Call 03 5970 0800 to arrange your free kitchen design consultation. Masters Mornington, 75 Mornington-Tyabb Road ^Building licence number for Masters Installation Pty Ltd: VIC-DB-U 39549. † Prices shown quoted on a 6 cabinet design includes 3050x600mm laminate bench top, hinges and drawer runners and the following cabinets and doors 450mm pantry, 450mm & 900mm drawers, 600mm oven cabinet, 450mm & 600mm base cabinets. Price excludes splashback, handles/knobs, accessories and installation. Props shown in photography not included unless otherwise stated. ∆Conditions of 24-month interest free. Reverts to a variable cash advance rate. Annual Fee $49. Minimum purchase $3,000. Interest free finance is applied only to promotional transactions for the specified period. Balances outstanding at the end of the promotional period will form part of the normal account balances and will accrue interest at a variable cash advance rate (21.34% p.a. as at 01/03/13). See in-store for details. Monthly repayments are required and calculated at 2.5% of the outstanding balance or $30, whichever is higher. Lending criteria, terms and conditions, fees, and charges apply and are available on application. The Everyday Money credit card is issued by HSBC Bank Australia Limited ABN 48 006 434 162 and HSBC is the credit provider. Australian Credit Licence 232595. Offer valid until 31st December 2013. *Masters Home Improvement price promise, find a better price and we’ll beat it by 10% even up to 30 days after purchase. For appliances, we’ll match the price. Products for price promise must be identical items and in stock, excludes trade quotes, commercial quantities and stock liquidations. Excludes non-Australian-based competitors and their websites. Price promise applies to online purchases from Australian-based competitor websites on an identical stocked item and on a delivery fee inclusive basis. Masters Home Improvement Support Office, 3 City View Rd, Pennant Hills, NSW 2120. ABN 21 066 891 307.



FALL IN LOVE WITH HALLBURY HOMES Hallbury Homes are pleased to announce the opening of their two new display homes Vogue and Verve. Located at Parks Edge Estate in Cranbourne East, the two modern homes showcase Hallbury Homes unique home designs features and modern inclusions.

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We do the jobs you don't have time to do. We do the jobs you don't want to do! With over 25 years experience in the industry - Crown Lawn & Garden Services can help you manage your property to include Full Yard Clean Ups, Rubbish & Leaf Removal, Our regular Gutter Cleaning & Tree Removal. Pruning, Fixed Price Weed Control, Vegie Patch Installations, Garden Maintenance Lawn Mowing & Large Block Maintenance, are all on-going services. Service is ideal

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children’s games room or teenager’s retreat area, away from the main living zones, creating the ideal hub for fun and laughter. Parents will adore the master bedroom with its abundance of space, coupled with an ensuite that will entice. With ample storage throughout this well-designed home, you won’t feel like you need to move any time soon. For those looking for a larger home with a penchant for double storey living, look no further than the “Vogue”, an impressive home designed to delight and excite. With stand-out street appeal and smart living and entertaining zones, four comfortable bedrooms upstairs as well as a guest bedroom downstairs, what more could you wish for? You will fall in love the moment you step through the front door. Hallbury Homes have been building on the Peninsula for over 25 years, and have grown to become one of Melbourne’s leading new home builders. The company have been awarded the Housing Industry Associations Victorian Professional Builder of the Year Award for the past two years. “One of the main differences from dealing with a volume builder is our design flexibility” explains Hallbury Homes Director Glenn Smith. “Many of our clients work with our team to customise one of our existing home designs, or we can design a completely new home for them from scratch.” You can visit Hallbury Homes new display homes at Parks Edge Estate, 54 and 56 Prendergast Avenue, Cranbourne East (Melways Ref 134 E7). The display homes are open by appointment or Saturday and Sunday, 11am till 5pm, and Monday to Wednesday, midday till 5pm. See Hallbury Homes new home designs at For more information phone Hallbury Homes Director, Glenn Smith on 1300 HALLBURY (9770 8882) or mobile 0412 009 004. now fresh every month


entertaining, relaxation and function AT LUXE OUTDOOR LIVING With the warmer weather approaching, our attention turns to the outdoors and the enticement of spending more time outside. Creating a beautiful outdoor space is easy with the help of Luxe Outdoor Living.

“This season we are seeing a great range of colour, style and a relaxed outdoor living feel. “We are also seeing our customers looking for pieces loaded with character and a huge swing towards our recycled timber pieces, which can be purchased off the floor or custom made.”

“Along with the recycled timber furniture, our brand new outdoor screen range is a sustainable product, made from Contemporary outdoor living stylists, Donna and Rebecca, 100 per cent Australian plantation hardwood and is 100 per can help create that perfect place to entertain or relax and cent Australian made and owned,” Rebecca says wind down and Luxe Outdoor Living can help you keep in “We are very excited to be the first Victorian store stocking touch with the latest product trends and designs to create the fabulous Sanctum screens, so come in to check out the any outdoor living space. gorgeous range as well as our other inspirational pieces on “Here at Luxe Outdoor Living, we concentrate on beautiful display.” outdoor spaces, along with a select range of indoor and Luxe Outdoor Living will also have a stand at custom made furniture using recycled timbers. We can help Primrose Fair at Toorak College, Mt Eliza on with the perfect pieces to complement your outside space,” Saturday 5th October. Rebecca says. “Whether you’ve finished a renovation or build, or would just like a fresh look, outdoor furniture, garden Located at the back of Coles in Mornington this gorgeous space provides an array of inspiration for anyone’s screens, pots, firepits, steel letterboxes, outdoor rugs and backyard or outdoor living area so call in and see the girls cushions can really help transform your outdoor living areas.” at Luxe Outdoor Living, 11 Gordon Street, Mornington. For an outdoor living space that’s all about entertaining, Phone 0449 576 915. relaxation and function, a combination of bean bags, Check out the website for further information on www. scatter cushions and easy chairs could be the right mix, like the facebook page or for you. email

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Peninsula Pet Expo is coming! Mornington Peninsula Shire’s biennial pet expo will be back this year – with a brand new name! The Shire’s former Pet and Pony Expo will now be known as the ‘Peninsula Pet Expo’. Councillor Anne Shaw, Briars Ward Councillor and Peninsula Pet Expo Councillor Committee representative, said that the new name reflects what is set to be a great event about all pets. “This year’s Peninsula Pet Expo will be an all-inclusive celebration of all pets, and will be bigger and better than ever! Bring your family – and your pets!”

great designs begin at andrew whyte Andrew Whyte has long established his reputation as a premier landscape design company in the Eastern suburbs. Having moved recently to the Peninsula, he has now extended his services to design and build closer to home. Asked what his design philosophy is, Andrew said “It is all about finding out what will emotionally connect with a client. No amount of design work can begin until my client has thoroughly detailed what is important to them. Only then can I offer concepts that will fulfill those desires. Pragmatism is a key element of design, you want the space to be artistic of course, but not at the expense of providing practical design.”

When asked what makes a great design Andrew said: “There are, of course, many elements but for me, none matter more than when I see my client smile. The currency I value most is a clients’ emotional response to what we have created. When I hear how much they love their new space and that they have been out night after night to be in it, wow, that is what is valuable.” Andrew Whyte Landscape Design provides an introductory design service that leaves no guessing as to what can be accomplished with the space and resources you have available. Find them at 48 Taylor Street, Ashburton. Call 1300 554 390, email or check out the website at www.

Peninsula Pet Expo is a family-focussed free event with a key emphasis on educating pet owners and providing services to the public in relation to responsible pet ownership. Councillor Antonella Celi, Seawinds Ward Councillor and Peninsula Pet Expo Committee Councillor Representative, said she’s looking forward to welcoming the Peninsula Pet Expo to the Village Green, Rosebud in November. “We know our peninsula locals love their pets! And we’ve worked hard to bring a fantastic range of free activities and entertainment for the whole family – and their pets – to enjoy!” Crs Shaw and Celi are both avid pet lovers, and look forward to seeing the community enjoy the Peninsula Pet Expo in November. The Peninsula Pet Expo will be held at the Village Green, Sunday 24th November from 9am. Pet lovers - come and enjoy the Peninsula Pet Expo!



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SUPERIOR QUALITY AT IDW DESIGN IDW Design are the experts when it comes to cutting edge design, manufacture and installation of kitchens, bathrooms, wardrobes and entertainment units. Whether you need an entire home fit-out or just a specially designed and built wardrobe or storage solution, IDW Design will custom build the perfect piece for you. The team at IDW will come to your home for a consultation, design your new bathroom, kitchen, entertainment unit, book shelf or wardrobe, and then do the installation. Visit the state of the art 800sqm showroom with the latest in kitchens, bathrooms, furniture and storage solutions on display, a must see for interior architects with an appreciation for superior quality interior fit outs and finishes. The 12 year old designer furniture and cabinetry

business started by Martin Placek with his father Peter quickly grew as they were appointed exclusive Australian agents of respected Italian kitchen and designer furnishing brands, Scic and Misura Emme. It has now further evolved to provide Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula with the highest quality kitchen, bathroom, European laundry and living room designs and workmanship, with an extensive range Australian made and designer options. The West Melbourne showroom is the perfect place for clients to come and check out the wide variety of fixtures and finishes on display. You can check out some of the incredible finished projects and options on the website, or call into the showroom at 420 Dynon Road, West Melbourne. Phone Anthony on 0430 034 255, or Martin 0419 926 232 for further information. Cabinetry Design, Manufacture and Installation Service now available to customers on the Mornington Peninsula • • • • •

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NOW IS THE TIME FOR A SPRING CLEAN As the weather slowly gets warmer and the sun shines, a buzz starts to fill the air, with the smell of spring and the promise of summer on the horizon. Spring is a great time to get organised with those domestic duties you have put off for months but act quickly, as time passes in the blink of an eye. Before we know it, the stress of the Christmas rush and the celebrations of the New Year will surround us. But before you pop on your apron, break out the rubber gloves and reach for the dustpan, stop - there is help on the way. Don’t tackle these big issues alone because at MyHome we are here to help take that burden off your shoulders. MyHome are your number one choice when it comes to professional home cleaning as they specialise in residential properties and our teams are experts

at carrying out major spring clean over hauls that will transform your house. As well we provide vacates, one-off, customised and ongoing regular cleans weekly or fortnightly depending on your circumstances. “We really enjoy cleaning and making a difference in people’s busy lives,” says Marlon Scheucher from the Mt Eliza branch. “We work hard at getting the job done properly and enjoy the appreciation we get from our clients by making their lives easier.”

We use red cloths in wet areas, blue cloths in the bedrooms and living areas, and green cloths in the kitchen and laundry. We promise a critical point system from ceiling to floor and work in a circulation motion. This covers all of the important items in the room, while the colour coding reduces the risk of cross contamination.

“We also provide additional cleans such as ovens, windows, and even cupboard cleanouts,” Marlon says. “It is important to have a spring clean every six months and we understand that after you’ve worked a full week the last thing you want to do is start all over again at home. We bring our dedicated team to you and their tri colour system has all the bases sorted. We break the house up into three different areas – red, blue and green.

Our team members are fully trained and have an appointed supervisor because we understand how important your home is to you.” MyHome will come to your property or home to assess your requirements and give you an obligation free quote. A leader in their field, within a week MyHome Cleaning will transform your home so you can breathe easy. Call MyHome for a free estimate on 1300 334 663 or go to for further information.

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Lifestiles does much more than sell tiles; it is a concept studio that has been created to cater for the individual and their every design requirement.

“We endeavour to create a world of imagination and vision that pushes creative boundaries while respecting the longevity of classical design principles,” says company director and designer Ali Perry. “We are a cost effective, one-stop creative space that can maximise your renovation design and fit out. “ The team at Lifestiles has a wealth of experience and expertise in building and interior design, interior decoration and styling, window furnishings, thermal performance - energy ratings, as well as pool and landscape design. The studio’s exciting and inspiring tile gallery operates from a funky converted warehouse, created by its design directors, a space that you may be lucky to find in trendy inner city.  “No longer do peninsula residents have to make a trip into town to search for the quality and difference in tiles and window furnishing”. A welcoming, relaxed feel is complemented by expert advice, fabulous displays and information on fitting and aftercare. With everything from builder’s tiles to high end handmade Moroccan mosaics and Italian feature tiles, the

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innovative product ranges are unique and chosen for their quality, functionality and aesthetic appeal. Many of the tiles are uniquely sourced and cannot be found anywhere else. The highly-respected brand  of Lifestiles Mornington was recently re-established by Ali and her business partner Marcus Iles, who has created award-winning bathrooms in his own right and is an expert when it comes to internal and external tiles, pool mosaics and natural stone.  And while the name remains the same, the business has been challenged to explore new levels of design and innovation. Together, Marcus and Ali can help you find and fit the right tiles for any room of your home, outdoor areas, patios, gardens and pools.   “Tiles don’t have to cost the earth, they can be used as a simple and elegant feature using colour, texture and depth,” Ali said. “This is where our expertise comes in. We can help people find the right tiles and use them cleverly to create a refined wow factor.” Lifestiles are also experts in window furnishings, custom made furniture and soft furnishings “anything you need to make your home fabulous. We can help interpret the individual needs and inspirations of the client, whether they are an individual or commercial buyer.” explains Ali. “Builders, developers, architects and designers can also benefit from Lifestiles design studio working in conjunction with clients to achieve an efficient cost and time-saving experience,”

Visit the showroom today at 4/5 Torca Terrace Mornington or phone 5976 3507. You won’t be disappointed!

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