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Rachael Koch, and her husband Matt, both 28, are Peninsula farmers. Juggling the demands of being new parents, this is a young couple working hard to build a life on the land. Inspired by this month’s Women on Farms Gathering, which is being held on the Peninsula for the first time since the event started 29 years ago, Mornington Peninsula Magazine spoke to Rachael about all things farming. She and Matt are both Peninsula born and bred and are the founders of Heritage Farm, a new farm in Moorooduc that’s pushing the boundaries of traditional agriculture. For a start, being a female farmer is not, Rachael says, unusual. “There aren’t many couples on the land where the woman isn’t a farmer too.” What is, she explains, is what she and Matt are doing with their 8ha – sustainable, ethical food production.


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“Ours is a different style of agriculture; it’s a bit unusual. The idea is to have an integrated farm where everything is multi-purpose, everything works together. We’re in the process of filling in the paperwork to be certified organic.” Rachael and Matt bought their land 18 months ago and have been farming it for 12 months. Right now they are selling free-range chicken and duck eggs; they have a sheep breeding program, a couple of dairy calves, geese and alpacas that “look cute but aren’t very productive”. They also travelled widely to collect the trees for their heritage fruit orchard. Four-month-old Kingsley is very much a part of the journey too, often sleeping in a wrap with Mum as she works on the farm. Rachael admits farming is much harder than she imagined as a 10-year-old girl daydreaming of living off the land. “Ten-year-old me had no idea how much work it would be. But I think she’d be pretty happy with what we’re doing.”

The Women on Farms Gathering recognises the isolation women sometimes face in farming regions. It aims to connect women on the land and enable the sharing of ideas, information and support. Rachael readily admits her connections with like-minded female farmers, both online and offline, are invaluable. “Everyone down here is so willing to help. The Peninsula is full of people on the same page, and the online community is so important as well.” The 29th Women on Farms Gathering will be held at the Rosebud Memorial Hall and surrounds from Friday, March 16, to Sunday, March 18. It includes workshops, tours, a gala dinner, a breakfast and speakers. There’s also a Q&A panel session on our region’s provenance brand Mornington Peninsula Produce. Register at wofg2018. com For more on Heritage Farm, including tour information, and farm gate hours, visit

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Dolphins’ goal to help autistic kids The new-look Dolphins will come up against VFL Premiers Port Melbourne this month in the inaugural Autism Helper Pre-Season Cup. The match will be an excellent opportunity for Frankston, who have been readmitted to the VFL, to test their list against one of the competition’s heavyweights while supporting the autism community in general and Light Up Autism in particular. Light Up Autism’s creative convenor is Bianca Appleford (pictured), whose family has a long-time involvement with the Rye Football Club, and the organisation will join The Autism Helper and the Applied Creative’s LABpro in demonstrating their practical resources in support of children on the autism spectrum. The Autism Helper Pre-Season Cup is on Saturday, March 24, at 2pm at Frankston City Oval and includes barbecues and a free community lunch, free footy clinics for the kids, pre-match and half-time entertainment, and an analysis by former Hawthorn champions Gary Buckenara and Gary Ayres on how the Dolphins are shaping up for 2018. Entry is free but patrons will be asked to make a gold coin donation to Light Up Autism. For further details, visit autismhelper.


Student wellbeing is paramount at Toorak College. Through programs, facilities and everyday life, students are encouraged to keep socially, mentally and physically active, develop connectedness to school, family and community and engage in activities with a greater meaning. “We believe that an exceptional education not only focuses on academic skills, but on emotional and physical wellbeing as well,” says Toorak College Principal Mrs Kristy Kendall. The school’s extensive facilities and specially designed spaces provide the framework and tools for students to bring out their best. Last month a new wellbeing garden was revealed, providing

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students with a haven in which to relax, reflect and recharge. The garden complements the school’s Wellness Centre, which includes fitness studios, gymnasium, swimming pool, quiet zones, chapel, health services and school psychologist. Toorak College’s Wellbeing Information Series provides parents with practical advice to support their children as they navigate their way through childhood, adolescence and adulthood. In this series, leading experts in wellbeing, parenting and positive psychology present seminars to parents and work with students in their classroom as part of the curriculum. Last month renowned speaker Dannielle Miller presented “Gratitude – A positive new approach to raising thankful kids”. Dannielle’s presentation showed parents how fostering gratitude in our children helps them develop the skills they need

for successful futures in their studies, personal lives and careers. “Wellbeing is part of everyday life at Toorak College. We equip students and their families with practical strategies and skills to maintain positive mental and physical health,” Mrs Kendall said. “By continuing to invest in our wellbeing program and facilities, we remain at the forefront of education and ensure our students are ready for the life that awaits them outside of the school’s walls.” Toorak College’s Wellbeing Information Series offers parents practical advice to assist with bringing out the best in their child. In 2018, the Wellbeing Information Series will focus on gratitude, cyber safety and resilience.  All parents and members of the wider community are welcome to attend. To register, visit toorakcollege.vic.

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CEO charts new course for yacht club Wayne Holdsworth sits down at a table at the Mornington Yacht Club overlooking the harbour. It’s a spectacular summer’s day and the club’s new chief executive is preparing to answer questions about himself and his plans during his tenure. It just so happens the club’s Sailability program is in full swing below and it becomes clear very quickly that community programs like this one play a key role in his vision. Is it correct you were appointed the week before Christmas? Yes, that’s right, and I started in mid-January. What is your professional background? I have spent the last 10 years working in sports administration (management and governance) at a number of state sporting associations including AFL Victoria, the Southern Football Netball League, Motorcycling Victoria and the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Victoria). Do you live on the Mornington Peninsula? Yes, I live in Mornington with my wife and four children. We have lived here for about 10 years. What are your plans as Mornington Yacht Club CEO? I want to grow the club’s membership, becoming more inclusive for women and children because the demographics are typically male and I want to change that to a club that’s even more inclusive for families and kids. I want the club to be a lifestyle for people, where this is their second home. I want families to come up here and live their lives here socially. Also, I want to utilise the club to provide community support in areas such as youth suicide, depression and drugs and alcohol, for example.

You want to promote and grow the Children’s Learn to Sail and Sailability programs. Tell us a little about that. The Tackers program is designed to give children an opportunity to sail. There’s no barrier to entry; you don’t have to have a boat. A qualified instructor will take them out and give them experiences they may never have had. These kids are really discovering sailing for the first time. Sailability (at the club since 2004) has about 50-60 participants per session. The purpose is to give people living with a disability an opportunity to experience sailing. It’s an important program for the community. You mention the importance of volunteers to the club, especially the likes of the Sailability program. One of the biggest challenges to sporting organisations is finding volunteers. We need to be creative in order to attract volunteers. Do we need more? Yes, absolutely. How many members do you have? We have more than 800 members, including people who sail and people who don’t sail but like to enjoy our facilities. We encourage families to come up here. Partnership and perception are important to you. Tells us a little about that. I have invited the mayor and ward councillors to come and see me in April. That was one of the first things I did. I want them to witness our Sailability program. We are an organisation that can add value to the community. We are not exclusive. Partnerships are very important. What do you do when you’re not at work? I enjoy a bit of running and our kids are into basketball and health and fitness. On weekends I take them to games and tournaments. I’m also the new president of the Moorooduc Junior Football Club. I love cricket and footy. If I was to have an afternoon off, I’d take my boys to a Twenty20 match. For more on the club, its programs and events, head to or log on to Facebook / morningtonyachtclub

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After much anticipation, Peninsula Grammar is pleased to announce the line-up for its Peninsula Grammar Presents concert series. Featuring both local and international quality musical acts, the concert series offers a range of professional performances of all music styles. Now in its third full year, this diverse and astounding series has already impressed over 2000 music lovers across the Peninsula. Head of Instrumental Music at Peninsula Grammar and curator of the series, Dr Richard Vaudrey is extremely proud of the line-up for 2018. “Our team has worked hard to get some of Australia’s most talented musicians to play; it is going to be a

fantastic series,” he said. The series offers an opportunity for the community, students and families to experience performances typically only found in large city environments in a more intimate and welcoming space within the school. “Each year we open our doors and invite the community into our school to enjoy the talent that these amazing musicians have to offer. It’s all about inspiring and delighting people.” This year’s line-up includes: Thursday, March 1 - Kyran and New Flower Garden Thursday, March 22 - Kristian Winther Thursday, May 3 - Monash University Australian Jazz Ensemble

Wednesday, June 20 - Amy Lehpalmer (pictured) Thursday, July 26 - Lior (pictured) Wednesday, September 19 - Vaudrey with Howard Penny Thursday, October 25 - Dania Cornelius Thursday, November 29 - Alum (former Peninsula Grammar students) “This program complements our music program so well. As part of the series, before each performance our students work with the musicians in a masterclass gaining valuable tips on technique and insights into the industry.” To find out more about the Peninsula Grammar Presents program or learn about Peninsula Grammar’s exemplary music program, visit or call 9788 7777.

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The IAPF has recently deployed its first all-female anti-poaching unit in Zimbabwe BY KATE SEARS Damien Mander has just arrived in his hometown of Mornington after being overseas. No, it wasn’t for a relaxing holiday. He’s been advocating for those who cannot speak. Damien’s the founder of the not-for-profit International Anti-Poaching Foundation, an organisation dedicated to protecting some of the planet’s most endangered species. It’s a mission the former Padua College student has devoted his life to since returning from a dozen tours of duty in Iraq and struggling to rediscover his place in society. “For a lot of guys the war doesn’t really start until the bullets stop and you must figure out how you reintegrate back into society,” Damien says. “There’s no job for a sniper (advertised) in the local newspaper when you get back home. I’d heard about anti-poaching years before in a barroom chat and decided to come over for some adventure in Africa. The adventure was destroyed when I saw what was happening to animals, and the brave warriors who had given up everything in their lives to protect them.” At that moment, he had an epiphany. Damien realised there was more to life than looking for the next adventure and that the important things in life are not things, they are actions. Subsequently, he liquidated a property portfolio and started the IAPF.

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Damien saw a gap in the anti-poaching tactics employed across most of Africa - tactics that had remained largely unaltered for decades. Small groups of under-trained and poorly equipped rangers were sent out for days at a time to conduct patrols in dangerous and remote areas. With modern-day poachers refining their methods, upgrading their equipment and regularly adapting military tactics to kill high-target species, the threat grew. Elephants, rhinos and gorillas were suffering and in the crossfire the brave rangers were also killed. With a structured approach to conservation and employing significant tactics and technology to defend wildlife from poachers within protected areas, the IAPF has formed the first and last line of defence for Africa’s wildlife. The foundation also works alongside partners that focus on community development and engagement,

research, biodiversity management and wildlife rescue. Their initiative not only fights wildlife crime, but in addition it protects community assets, creates jobs, promotes training and education and reduces habitat destruction. This begs the questions, what’s Damien’s work day like? “My day to day varies. I spend a lot of time in the bush on programs, scoping new innovative projects and I travel a lot lecturing about the work we do and the war we fight.” Damien reflects that one of the IAPF’s actions that has had the greatest impact was when it was playing a major role in securing the Kruger National Park’s border with Mozambique. Those actions helped drive a local downturn in rhino poaching numbers, which for the first time in a decade led to an international decrease in rhino poaching. In Zimbabwe, the IAPF-supported rangers have maintained 100 per cent protection of the rhino population that they have safeguarded for more than seven years. The IAPF has recently deployed its first all-female antipoaching unit in Zimbabwe, and our support is urgently needed to make sure all the rangers have uniforms, boots, training and communication equipment. Let’s support those who risk their lives every day to protect endangered species. To help fight wildlife crime, visit iapf. org w g of wildlife is no illegal traffickin stries, with du in al FACT BOX: The in im cr ’s largest one of the world terrorism networks. to ks lin ed at pe re

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Here’s a hint: if you like the allure of a Labour Day weekend spent sipping beautiful Mornington Peninsula pinot by the bay at Flinders Pier, book your tickets now. This elegant event, brought to us by the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association, continues to grow in popularity and a limited number of tickets will be available on the day. Peninsula Piers & Pinots returns to the Flinders foreshore on March 11 for its 15th year with a wonderful

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selection of wineries participating once again. It has been held on the Sunday of the Labour Day long weekend since 2002 and takes place next to the pier between noon and 3pm. Peninsula pinot producers will gather by the sea to showcase and offer tastings of a range of pinots. Food will be available to buy from George Bass Cafe, the Calamari Brothers and Red Hill Roast (soft drinks and coffee). Mingle with a glass in hand and enjoy music by the ever-popular Rob Papp to add to the fabulous festive vibe. A wonderful range of wines will be available to taste and buy. The annual Piers & Pinots Yacht Race, conducted by the Flinders Yacht Club, will also be held on the day.

Tickets cost $40 a person and each ticket includes a complimentary Riedel tasting glass, tasting notes and all wine tastings. Sea breezes, sunshine and good times are, of course, par for the course. Participating wineries this year are:  Baillieu Vineyard, Dexter Wines, Dromana Estate, Elgee Park Wines, Handpicked Wines, Kerri Greens, Mantons Creek, Montalto, Moorooduc Estate, Morning Sun Vineyard, Nazaaray Estate, Ocean Eight, Paringa Estate, Pt Leo Estate, Portsea Estate, Quealy Wines, Rahona Valley, Red Hill Estate, Tuck’s Ridge, Stonier, Willow Creek Vineyard, Yabby Lake Vineyard and Yal Yal Estate. Book your tickets via or search for Peninsula Piers & Pinots at

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There’s cheering in the background and the sound of the steel and sweat whirling through the air before the axe hits the spot. The blade glimmers against the sky and bites the wood below, its fresh crevices shining. Shattering. Smattering, as onlookers gasp and clasp their hands over their mouths. I remember the woodchop from the World of Sport days, Ron Casey, “Uncle Doug” Elliot and the brilliant Lou Richards all coming at you, their voices relishing the excitement of another woodchopping event. Red Hill Show woodchop head steward John Holmes is a natural born wood-slashing man. This Peninsula-raised larrikin has been delivering the woodchop program, organising sponsorship and getting the job done right for around 10 years after taking over from his Uncle ‘Pud’ (Kevin), who was the longest living member of the Red Hill Show Society. About 50 years. But John is really a chainsaw man. He likes to build and race

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them. He explains. “We have 14 events at the Red Hill Show this year including tree felling, woodchop and chainsaw racing. The first Red Hill woodchop was held at the railway station in 1922, so there’s been a long history of it in the area. My grandfather was a woodchopper too. I guess it runs in the family,” he chuckles.

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“I started building chainsaws just because I was interested. I’ve built 22 so far. I love the power and the technique behind it. They’re noisy, have huge exhaust pipes and need to be controlled. I’ve won a couple of Victorian titles too - in 2015 and ‘16. I suppose it’s quite dangerous, although that’s part of the attraction. You’ve got to have a qualified chainsaw operator’s ticket and wear your safety

gear. I haven’t seen a bad accident in my 10 years of organising the woodchopping event at the show. Might have cut a few of my own fingers though,” he laughs again. He does that a lot. This is what a chainsaw race looks like: four people, four separate logs, each held up by two cradles at either end. They’re off and racing. Whoever gets through first wins. It’s pretty simple - but put simply, it gets your adrenalin going big time! “All woodchoppers and chainsaw racers do it for the fun. I certainly haven’t seen anyone buy a sheep station on the proceeds from it, but it’s thrilling and fast and really gets the blood pumping. The event at the Red Hill Show brings in a crowd. The ‘Pud’ Holmes Woodchop Arena is packed. Uncle Pud would have been proud, I reckon.” Get along to Red Hill on March 10 to experience pure Peninsula history with a capital H and watch in awe how small beginnings with an axe and a log set up behind a train station can transform into something bigger than anyone ever imagined. John will be there with bells on, and you don’t want to miss this man in action. Chop, chop!

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February was a big month for Channel 7’s Peter Mitchell. The Frankston-born Melbourne news presenter, Peninsula resident, dad, proud grandfather and darts champion (yes, that’s right) celebrated 30 years behind the news desk. This much-loved local (he and his wife, Philippa, raised their five children here) also welcomed their fourth grandchild the same week. And, true to form, Mitch shared the news on both, announcing to his social media followers: “This is little Audrey. Grandchild No.4 and weighing in at a healthy 8lbs in the old. It has been a big week!”

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know what I’m going to be reading at 6pm,” he says. “No two days are the same. The adrenalin that you get from this job keeps you going. I love breaking news, the thrill of it, and I think that’s what attracts viewers to what we do.” Mitch, 57, has pretty much always lived on the Peninsula. For 16 years he commuted to the city from Balnarring and he continues to do so, albeit from a different part of the Peninsula now. “I’ve happily kept turning up to do a job I love @7NewsMelbourne and suddenly it’s 30 years later!” he announced on social media. “Many colleagues have come and gone, but I have wonderful memories of working with some wonderful people. And there are more to come.” Mitch joined Seven in February 1988 as Melbourne’s weekend newsreader and was appointed weeknight news anchor in 2000. He’s delivered virtually every major news event, good and bad, since then. “The big ones over the journey include the Black Saturday bushfires (2009) and the Bourke St tragedy (2017),” he says when asked about some of his strongest memories. “We went to Beaconsfield (in 2006) for a whole week and did the news in front of the mine for a week. That was very memorable, as was 9/11 (in 2001) and the death of Princess Diana (in 1997).

“Back then (Diana’s death), we were just starting to do rolling coverage of breaking news. I was the weekend presenter who broke it on air during a football match. I remember David Johnston was the main presenter and he went to London for the funeral so I filled in for a few days. It was 1997 – I remember because my middle daughter was born a week later – and I was at home. It was early on the Sunday and I was told Dodi Fayed had died and Diana was in hospital. I was told I better head in because they were going with the updates on it. By the time I got in the news came through that she had died.” On a lighter note, he enjoys the occasional laugh on set with colleague Tim Watson, he loves a game of golf, and of course he and his family enjoy the Peninsula’s food and wine scene. We ask where he likes to dine out: “We enjoy the Royal Hotel in Mornington, D.O.C in Main St and we visit wineries, that sort of thing. We want to try Point Leo Estate and Jackalope. We also love The Rocks - you can’t beat that.” Congratulations on the Big 30, Mitch. Long may it continue. (Mitch is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check out the Instagram photo of a much younger Mitch in the newsroom, posted to mark his 30-year anniversary, with “not a grey hair to be seen”.)

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Century-old rail dream on horizon BY MIKE HAST

EXTENDING the electrified metropolitan train line from Frankston to Baxter has been a dream for more than 100 years. It could have occurred in 1929 when a parliamentary committee stated it should go ahead at a cost of £92,500 ($185,000) but the Cabinet said no. Subsequent calls for extension fell on deaf ears. The 1929 proposal included electrifying the line from Baxter to Mornington, but this dream has long gone after the State Government closed the Mornington line in 1981 due to a lack of passengers. The Mornington Railway Preservation Society now uses part of the line – from Watt Rd, Mornington, to Moorooduc – for its popular tourist train, which has been operating since 1999. The Frankston to Baxter project is back on the agenda after the Federal and Victorian governments in January agreed to commission a business case using $4 million of federal money. As in the 1920s, many support the extension, including state and federal Liberal and Labor politicians, businesses and community members. Businesses backing it include members of the 12-month-old advocacy group Committee For Greater Frankston (C4GF), led by Ritchies chief executive Fred Harrison and former Frankston mayor Christine Richards. Other supporters include Frankston Hospital and Monash University, Frankston traders, and Frankston City Council. New tracks would be laid between Frankston and Baxter on

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the Stony Point line. There would be three new stations – one to service Frankston Hospital and Monash’s Peninsula campus, and stations at Karingal and Langwarrin to connect two of Melbourne’s most car-dependent suburbs to the Metro network. Karingal has a population of 13,527, including 6144 workers. Langwarrin and Langwarrin South have 23,836, including 13,290 workers. C4GF chief executive Ginevra Hosking is preparing a strong case for extension. The granddaughter of Frankston’s first mayor, Percy Hosking, who founded Hosking’s Jewellers in 1945, Ms Hosking is a former strategist with one of the “big four” banks and has collated and generated data to support the business case. Frankston needed its own public transport network, she said. “Extending the line will create a backbone for improved services in the municipality and further afield. Greater Frankston region has fewer than 28 local jobs per 100 residents, so as well as creating new jobs, we need to better connect workers with job markets outside our area.” Langwarrin station would have a “park and ride” facility. This would attract many commuters from the Mornington Peninsula. “Instead of vying for limited parking in Frankston’s CBD, commuters could drive to Langwarrin and avoid high parking fees,” Ms Hosking said. This would free up CBD land for other uses. Frankston station carpark holds just 416 vehicles and is full by 6.30am weekdays. More than 3000 people access Frankston station by car each day. A flow-on effect would be removal of cars from crowded freeways. Affordable, all-day carparking in Frankston CBD is occupied by train commuters, which

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means insufficient parking for CBD workers and shoppers, who can pay $12 a day for parking. Businesses have their growth limited by scarce parking. Stronger businesses would create more jobs. Monash University would benefit from a greatly enlarged catchment area of students who don’t have a car. Campus carparking would be freed up. Mr Harrison said the business case could go to tender “so we have options and costings before the November state election”. “There’s movement at the station – it’s time for our community to get behind the proposed extension. It will radically transform public transport in our region, driving job creation, getting cars off crowded roads, freeing up crowded carparks, improving prosperity and making better use of public and private assets like Frankston Hospital and Monash University.” Mike Hast is a freelance journalist and book editor and a former editor of the Mornington Mail and Mornington News

A map accompanying the 1929 Victorian parliamentary committee report that recommended electrifying the rail line from Frankston to Baxter and on to Mornington. Now, nearly 90 years later, there is a renewed push to extend the metropolitan line to Karingal, Langwarrin and Baxter.

Timeline: the Frankston train line 1854: First Melbourne train – CBD to Port Melbourne 1881: First “Frankston line” service – Caulfield to Mordialloc 1882: Line extended to Frankston 1888: Frankston to Baxter section (12km) opened, including a station at Langwarrin (closed 1981) 1889: Baxter to Mornington opened (September). Baxter to Stony Point opened (December) 1920s: First calls for Frankston–Baxter–Mornington line to be electrified 1921: Stony Point line extended – Bittern to Red Hill (closed 1953) 1922: Electrification extended to Frankston 1929: V  ictorian parliamentary committee recommends electrification of line from Frankston to Baxter and on to Mornington at a cost of £92,500 pounds ($185,000). Rejected by Cabinet 1981: B  axter to Mornington line closed (reopened as a heritage railway in 1991). Baxter to Stony Point remains open 2016: In lead-up to federal election, both Labor and Liberal parties promise to fund a business case study into electrification and duplication of Frankston–Baxter line 2017: September – Federal Government announces study will go ahead. Interim report due mid-2018

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You can’t miss this duo. Steve Owens wears gregarious, brightly coloured abstract chef coats as he cruises around the Mornington Peninsula in his yellow Jeep while his wife, Michele, operates the cameras. They are the team behind the successful online cooking show Steve’s Kitchen, boasting more than 190,000 subscribers on YouTube and 2.8 million views on just one of their most popular videos. Steve’s Kitchen is hosted by YouTube chef and food enthusiast Steve, with more than 20 years of food study and hands-on experience. Steve is passionate about food and how it gets to our tables, and he loves to recreate easy-to-follow but genuine recipes while bringing a little colour into your kitchen. The couple owned and worked on a hobby farm in France for some years, where Steve studied French cooking and charcuterie using their own rare breed pigs and farm animals to reproduce classic French, Italian and European cured meats and sausages.

Last year Steve’s Kitchen scored an invite from YouTube directly to attend Australia’s first VIDCon in Melbourne. More recently with partners in the US, they’ve cooked up a new deal with Amazon Prime, in which they are producing a longer format food and travel series, Steve’s Kitchen - Australian Food Odyssey, featuring artisan producers, restaurateurs and growers from all over Australia. The series will kick off on their home turf - the Mornington Peninsula. It was during a relaxing lunch on our foodie-loving Mornington coast and enjoying a locally brewed beer that Steve was inspired to show the world how we Victorians brew our beer. He’s focusing his next episode on the Peninsula, visiting craft brewers such as Mornington Peninsula Brewery, Jetty Road Brewery, Red Hill Brewery, MARCH 2018 (76)

and St Andrews Beach Brewery and calling the feature episode, airing on Amazon Prime TV, A Brewer’s Tale. The mini-documentary sets out to show the passion behind the story of how each brewery began, why they decided to grow into a larger production, often from very humble beginnings, and what fuels their passion to brew what Steve states are some of the finest beers in Australia.

Two and a half years ago the couple left their home in Melbourne to take a culinary world tour, studying food in such countries as Mexico and the US, then on to Sicily, Italy, France and South-East Asia from Malaysia to Vietnam. As they explored the globe they collected little crumbs of information, traditions, cultural techniques and foreign delicacies. “We just enjoy sharing food, travel and learning new culinary skills,” Steve says. “We share with our followers what we learn on our journey. There’s passion anywhere you go. You only have to mention food to anyone and their eyes light up.” The idea to spend the next year exploring Australia occurred when many friends overseas asked them, “Have you seen your own backyard yet?” Now they’re

determined to see as many small producers in Australia as they can and show the world how expansive our food culture and diversity is. When they call “Cut!” and the beers stop flowing on the Mornington Peninsula, the pair will be off to Perth, which they aim to reach by the end of the month and where they plan to explore artisan cheese makers, wine producers and food enthusiasts. In the meantime, you can catch our beloved Peninsula’s beers on Steve and Michele’s YouTube channel at StevesKitchen or on Facebook at @StevesKitchen.

Pictured: Steve and his wife, Michele, were invited by YouTube to attend Australia’s first VIDCon in Melbourne last year. Steve, with his distinctive yellow Jeep, visits Jetty Road Brewery at Dromana for his YouTube series. Matt Bebe, from Mornington Peninsula Brewery, pours one of his beers for Steve to sample. and last 2 pics: Steve’s YouTube cooking show has taken him around the world, including Malaysia.

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This might come as a surprise, but having taken Peninsula Travel further than she ever dreamed possible, Michele has decided it’s time for a new challenge. From March 1, Peninsula Travel will move into very capable new hands, and Michele will bid a fond farewell to the agency she has nurtured over the years. “The past 13 years have been amazing, and that’s thanks largely to my talented team and welltravelled clients who have treated me as a friend.” So let’s meet the new leader of Peninsula Travel, Allison Yeates. What is your background in travel?  I’ve worked in travel for 22 years now, in every aspect from running the office through to consulting. While I love the business side of things, which is my background, the fact that we’re

helping people with their travel plans makes it fun too. Travel is an exciting part of people’s lives, and I find it fulfilling to be part of that. Why did you decide on Peninsula Travel? I already knew Michele and had a lot of respect for her business, so when the opportunity arose, I jumped at it. The most exciting thing for me is the team at Peninsula Travel. They strive for excellence and have the awards to show for it. What does the next six months look like for Peninsula Travel? I plan to continue Michele’s legacy. You’ll see the same smiling faces behind the desks and you can rest assured you’ll receive the same exceptional level of service you’ve come to expect at Peninsula Travel. PENINSULA TRAVEL A: 9 Bay Rd, Mount Martha T: 5974 3911 W:

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The Greatest Showman on the Ranelagh lawns on Friday, March 23, from 6pm will not just be a great movie night but a great event with plenty of entertainment and delicious food on offer. Malvern’s famous Shiva Indian Food Truck will be serving up delicious authentic Indian meals and there will be live music before the movie. Bring a blanket and make yourself comfortable – but space is limited so early bookings are advised. Autumn is a great time to spend at Ranelagh with family and friends. You can relax on the clubhouse deck, indulge in delicious food, sip your favourite seasonal drinks and participate in fun recreational activities. The six mod grass tennis

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courts have lights for night tennis and all courts serve up the best views of the bay and city skyline. With private carpark access to the beach, the club has a range of other activities, including kayaking and open water swimming. Members also enjoy golf, cycling and a book club, and there’s never been a better time to join. Adult membership fees are $390 a year, but if you join in March, the fee will be just $130 pro rata until June 30 plus the once-off joining fee of $400. Phone the club on 9787 0265, visit or email admin@ to find out more.   RANELAGH CLUB A: 3 Rosserdale Cres, Mt Eliza T: 9787 0265 W:

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Garden designs take the cake Colin Hyett made a sweet change to his life after spending 12 years creating stunning wedding cakes and luscious pastries - he transitioned to designing eye-catching gardens and painting. “I was always passionate about gardens,” he says. “My grandmother had a 2ha garden in Shoreham and I’d spend much of my time as a teenager in the garden with her. She was very passionate and it inspired me.” Colin describes his garden designs as a cross between

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the Mornington Peninsula and Palm Springs, California. Indigenous plants fill them, as well as drought-tolerant species such as cacti and succulents. He’s about to start restyling the gardens at the Enchanted Adventure Garden in Arthurs Seat. “It’s so rewarding to work with very different people and a diverse variety of houses. I don’t have a favourite project; however, my favourite aspect is dealing with such amazing clients. I enjoy it when they give me a brief of textures and colours and then let me take the reins and off we run. Just to create something that’s their own habitat to coexist in is amazing.” In winter he escapes to Mount Buller and spends his time


painting while his team manages his nursery back home. This also gives him creative space to finalise his garden designs in preparation to installing them come spring. After this year’s getaway he’ll hold an exhibition for the fourth year in a row. For a chance to see Colin’s work first-hand, you’re invited to the Regional World’s Longest Lunch – Langwarrin South at La Serre on Friday, March 16, for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. It’s where artists, winemakers and foodies jump out of the box at Colin’s property of unparalleled magnificence, a purpose-built space for a garden party. For tickets, visit regional-worlds-longest-lunch-langwarrin-south-6933

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Sweet treats for Easter eating Chocolate Grove owner/operator Will Muddyman and his dedicated team are busily working away creating an amazing range of treats in time for Easter. “Here at Chocolate Grove, Easter is the highlight of our year and our range of Easter treats is probably the largest in Melbourne’s southeast,” Will says. “Our aim is to create unique, exotic and exciting combinations to tantalise the taste buds. “This year’s Eggcentrics range is a twist on the traditional - each full-size chocolate egg is infused with a sweet surprise. Choose from 10 different varieties: Mint Crisp, Coconut Shreds, Golden Honeycomb, MARCH 2018 (76)

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Changing of the guard at Kate Sears speaks to Frankston Business Network’s Karin Hann to congratulate her on retiring after 10 years. We also introduce you to Mary Tresize-Brown, who will be taking over the role of FBN’s executive officer.

How did you come to be at FBN? When I retired from my job at the CBA I was asked if I wanted to take on the job of executive officer of the Frankston Business Chamber, which has now become the FBN. This was only to be a 12-hour-a-week position, which has certainly grown since October 2007.

What in your opinion makes FBN so great? It is our members that make the FBN what it is today. They are all very supportive of each other and what the FBN is trying to achieve for them whether that is through advocacy or just listening to them and helping them work through problems.


Could you give us a brief history of your career? I worked for the CBA for 40 years. This was mainly in branches, but I also worked on major projects in Sydney over a number of years, and retired as a senior manager.


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Where and what did you study? I completed high school at Mornington High, and then went to Melbourne University, but only for six months as I wanted a break from studying, and decided to work in the bank for a short time before I decided what I really wanted to do. That short time ended up being 40 years. I also studied accountancy at Chisholm in Moorabbin.

What was your most rewarding experience? In my role as the executive officer it has been very rewarding to see local businesses grow over the years.

What will you miss about your role? The people. I will also miss Allison, who has been a constant with me for the past 10 years at the FBN. I have made amazing friends.

What’s next? What are you looking forward to the most in your retirement? A lot more travel without time constraints. I have three grandchildren and I am looking forward to spending more time with them. I am also very involved with Dress for Success Mornington Peninsula and will be assisting them grow to help more women to get into the workforce.

Anything to add? I just want to thank everyone who has been part of the FBN over the 10 years for making my job so enjoyable. It has been fun coming to work every morning.

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Frankston Business Network How did you come to be at FBN? The position was advertised and caught my interest. My background and skills seemed a really good fit so I applied, met with the board and was offered the role. I’m very happy to be here.

in the retail sector of Bayside Shopping Centre.

What in your opinion makes FBN so great?

Building good relationships with the numerous sectors in the Greater Frankston region and creating innovative, effective partnerships for the good of business that enhances the lives of residents in Frankston and visitors to the region.

What’s on the cards for FBN this year? The monthly Networking Nights, two fabulous Women Connect luncheons, a business expo and four social nights that will give members time to catch up with each other in an informal way. We keep members updated with a fortnightly newsletter and we’ll be adding some new sections to this - for example, the different venues on offer by FBN members. Our social media has been ramped up to include Instagram (find us at fbnfrankston) LinkedIn and Twitter. It’s an exciting time!

Business networking is a highly valuable way to expand knowledge about other local business and business sectors, tell others about your business, attract new clients/customers and learn from the success of others. The FBN offers members great ways of doing this and there’s no limit, really, to ideas and initiatives that keep growing business in Frankston.

Could you give us a brief history of your career? My background is in learning and development, project management, people management, career development and organisational development. A large chunk of my working life has been in Frankston with Monash University, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Chisholm Institute and Mornington Peninsula & District Water Board (now South-East Water). In my secondary school days I was a student at Chisholm when it was a technical college and I had part-time jobs

What do you most look forward to in this role?

Anything else to add?


I’ve been meeting with FBN community partners, partners and members to learn about their business and how FBN can support their business goals. The FBN is one of the best ways to keep connected to the business community of the Greater Frankston region and build your business, so contact me if you’d like to meet and work together.


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Two pirates who landed in Victoria in 1853 had nothing in common with Jack Sparrow, Captain Hook or Long John Silver. While stories give an impression that pirates were romantic characters, in fact they were extremely violent people, as they are today. While Henry Bradley and Patrick O’Conner were pirates by definition, they could also be called bushrangers – in fact the Melbourne newspaper The Banner referred to them as ‘The Pirate Bushrangers’. O’Conner, born in Galway, was transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in 1850 but escaped to Adelaide. Arrested there for robbery with violence he was returned to Tasmania for

life. Born in Liverpool, Bradley had arrived in Australia in 1840 as an ‘exile’ (one who had been in one of the English model prisons and was considered to be reformed) but within two weeks of landing he was convicted of robbery and sent to Tasmania for 12 months. After escaping from custody he was soon apprehended and received a life sentence. The pair became notorious in September 1853 when they absconded from service as ‘passholders’, bailed up two homesteads in north-western Tasmania and stole property including firearms. In the process of one attack they murdered a man. They then made their way to the Inglis River, near Wynyard, and there committed their act of piracy. According to the Geelong Advertiser, they signalled “the Sophia, a small trading schooner, at anchor not very far from the

beach”. When the captain came ashore he was attacked and forced to take the convicts to Victoria. They were landed in Western Port to avoid the risks involved in coming through Port Phillip Heads. From Western Port they made their way to a station at Brighton where they shot a man ploughing a field and stole a horse. Other people were held up and robbed as they travelled north. In the process of their capture near Kilmore they shot one trooper and grazed the face of another with a bullet. After their apprehension they boasted to their captors of their evil doings. The Geelong Advertiser reported: “They declared they had murdered six persons in Van Diemen’s Land, and beat off a whole detachment of police who attempted to capture them, when the Sophia went on shore, on the Tasmania coast. Since

their arrival in Victoria, they admit having robbed no less than 28 men, one of whom they shot.” O’Conner and Bradley were sentenced to death and were hanged on October 24, 1853. PICTURED: The schooner Enterprize, which takes passengers for short sails from Mornington, was built to closely resemble the small traders of the 19th century, such as the Sophia commandeered by Bradley and O’Conner.

BY MAURIE HUTCHINSON President, Peninsula Ship Society T: Maurie Hutchinson (pres) 9787 5780 The Peninsula Ship Society meets at Hastings Yacht Club on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10am. Visitors always welcome.

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Mornington Cup Day Make sure Saturday, March 24, is blocked out in your diary as Ladbrokes Mornington Cup Day rolls into town. Join racing aficionados, fashionistas, event lovers and residents on the grass at Mornington for one of the premier race dates on the Peninsula’s calendar. All eyes will be on the track for the $300,000 Listed Ladbrokes Mornington Cup (2400m), which sees the winner gain a ballot-free entry into the Caulfield Cup. Off the track, heads will be turning as the Main Street Mornington Style Stakes makes its 2018 return. With a $1000 Main Street Mornington gift voucher up for grabs for fashion-forward ladies, lads, squads and those 35 years and over, it will be a must-visit for all with an eye on the sartorial side. Those looking to step up their race day experience can look no further than the two trackside marquees - the Steller Garden Bar, with an all-inclusive food and drinks package and live entertainment between races, and the exclusive Montalto Marquee, where you’ll be able to enjoy a three-course lunch. With so much fantastic race day entertainment on offer, tickets are sure to sell out, so gather your group together and book now at


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Relax from your labours at Balnarring races With its gorgeous setting, laidback atmosphere and attractions for all ages, there’s more to the Balnarring Picnic Racing Club than just great races. For a wonderful day out the whole family can enjoy, head to Emu Plains Reserve for the club’s next meeting on Sunday, March 11, during the Labour Day long weekend. You can bring a picnic and BYO alcohol or buy from a range of food vendors and the bar at reasonable prices. The playground and amusements ensure the kids are well catered for so the adults can relax and enjoy all the on-course excitement. The track is in superb condition and kept to a high standard by the dedicated committee members, earning praise from trainers and jockeys for its safe surface that benefits the horses. The club’s partnership with Peninsula Party Hire has ensured a smooth booking procedure for sites and marquees, while sponsorships on all races for the past two meetings have sold out. Crownbet is once again sponsoring one race at each meeting, and every year people sponsor races for birthdays or memorials for family members as a personal tribute. For information about sponsorships, membership, meeting dates and more, go to, and follow the club on Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget that on Saturday, March 31, the club will hold its Easter meeting with Fashions on the Field, live music and an Easter egg hunt.

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Frankston’s Mariah Stellato is a certified environmental warrior. The environmental science student has transformed her life into one that centres around mindful consumption and sustainability, and she has volunteered her skills both here and across the ditch.

How have your studies affected your views and lifestyle? Before I started studying environmental science I was your typical consumer. I consistently bought copious amounts of junk I didn’t need and my life was so full of stuff that I couldn’t distinguish between what I needed and what I wanted. It was constant consumerism. My studies encouraged me to be grateful, showed me the effects of consumerism and

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BY YAZMINE LOMAX marketing, and taught me it’s possible to more about the environment, culture and live sustainably. I changed from being a historical context from listening to people key target for advertisers to learning how I’ve worked with than from a university to compost, volunteering, shopping at an book. I also loved my volunteering organic farm in Baxter, and buying bulk experience on the black sand surf beaches ingredients from the Bulk Whole Foods in Piha, New Zealand, repairing tracks and shop in Mornington. I live by the ‘reduce, planting trees. reuse, recycle’ motto now and constantly Why do you think volunteering is so ask myself if it’s a want or a need before important to society? purchasing something new. I spent a month in New Zealand What’s been the most rewarding volunteering with Conservation Volunteers experience so far? NZ and have previously completed work with local Aboriginal archeologist Adam It would have to be meeting people. Magennis. From these experiences I have I know it sounds extremely cliché but learnt that when you give, the benefits when you’re removing invasive plants, you receive back are endless. Volunteering replanting natives, fossil hunting or beach allows you to give your time to someone cleaning, you get to work with people or something in need. Skills are not who have amazing stories. I’ve learnt

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necessary as the people and organisations you work with are always willing to teach you. Volunteering is always needed and it’s important because if no one gave then we would all just expect to receive.

Why do you love where you live and how does it inspire your work? My passion for the environment was sparked from living here; with places like Olivers Hill and Bushrangers Bay, how could you not love it? My love for my home has made me passionate to conserve the things that make it special. Pollution, especially in the summer when the population increases, is disheartening but if I can make a difference and help protect what we have as our backyard, maybe others will too.

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BY KATE SEARS followed by a meeting with a property stakeholder discussing Homes for Homes and then an afternoon with staff working through strategic plans to maximise the income generated for homeless and marginalised Australians working in our social enterprises.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of what you do? Seeing the people we work with (homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged) making positive changes in their lives. Our mission is to “help people help themselves”.

Being part of the staffing group that provides these work opportunities to those in our community unable to access mainstream employment is incredibly rewarding. What do you love about Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula?

Sally Hines, the chief operating officer of The Big Issue and Homes for Homes, grew up in Frankston South and now lives in Mount Martha. She talks to Kate Sears about helping disadvantaged Aussies help themselves.

How did you get to be the COO of two organisations? Following a brief dabble in the corporate sector I have spent my entire career in the not-for-profit sector with a strong interest in working with those most disadvantaged in society. Prior to commencing at The Big Issue and Homes for Homes, I worked in employment services, community development, youth mental health and health for over 10 years. I have held various strategic, service delivery and operational management positions, including experience in establishing new not-for-profit businesses across Australia in diverse communities.  

What’s your day like? No day is the same, that’s for sure. The diverse nature of my roles means I can spend the morning watching the new edition of the magazine being launched by our editor with our vendors celebrating with a breakfast,

I grew up in Frankston South, and after moving around metropolitan Melbourne in my 20s I was very happy to move back to Mornington and now Mount Martha with my husband and daughter. I love living in a holiday destination - everything is at your doorstep and there is always something to do. It is a relaxing place to live.

What’s your favourite quote? “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead Sally Hines will be speaking at the 2018 International Women’s Day Breakfast, presented by Frankston North Rotary with the Rotary clubs of Frankston, Peninsula 2.0 and Mount Eliza, on Wednesday, March 7 (tickets from You can buy The Big Issue from a vendor in the city or subscribe at

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Five years ago, Gary Luscombe was told that he was dreaming. He recalls countless people letting him know that the Johnny Famechon Statue Project he was supporting wouldn’t be able to raise the $128,000 needed to help the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame complete the bronze statue of ‘Fammo’. But after the 2.1m sculpture of the former world champion boxer was unveiled at Ballam Park on January 21, Gary had the last word: “We did it. The dream came true.” It was an impressive turnout for the unveiling, with an estimated 1000 people coming to pay tribute to Fammo on the 49th anniversary of his World Featherweight Championship triumph. Commissioned by Rob McCarthy and the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame and supported by Frankston City Council, the statue is the work of Sydney-based sculptor Stephen Glassborow. “Everyone was very excited to see the result of five years

of fundraising,” said Gary. “It all came together for the final unveiling. Fans from overseas and Australia came together for the occasion. The list is too long, but I’d like to thank everyone again.” Frankston Mayor Colin Hampton paid tribute to the sporting legend. “John’s triumphant story has captivated sporting enthusiasts not only here in Frankston City, where he has lived for over 40 years, but across the country and beyond.” With an impressive 56 wins from 67 bouts, Fammo is also an inductee of the Australian Hall of Fame, Frankston City Hall of Fame, and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, in 1991 he was hit by a car while jogging in Sydney. This resulted in a seven-year recovery period with the help of his wife, Glenys, and clinical counsellor Ragnar Purjie. It was fitting that Ragnar, the man who brought Fammo back to life, unveiled the statue. “It gave us a great sense of accomplishment,” Gary said of Fammo’s career in the ring. “He inspired so many for over 50 years and now he will go on inspiring everyone for an eternity through this everlasting sculpture.”

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“We pride ourselves on a friendly and social game,” Moira says. “It’s more of a ‘hit and giggle’. We can play socially without competition - that’s the beauty of it. You just feel the love of the club without any pressure. But if you’re competitive, don’t worry - we do competitions too.” The club was formed in 1982 and moved to the Mornington Civic Reserve in Dunns Rd in 2000. It is affiliated with the Australian and Victorian Croquet Association, with credited referees and coaches. With 78 members, the club is encouraging everyone to visit for a free trial – it welcomes new members of all ages – and all you need to bring is flat-soled shoes and an inquisitive nature. “We all pitch in. The club members volunteer their services to maintain the clubrooms, set up the courts, uphold the garden, serve tea, coffee and biscuits after the game - and of course, the clean-up after the tea and gossip.” With its new courts expected to be finished at the end of March, the club is eager to get a junior membership started. “The school kids who come love it. A teacher came up to us once and said she’d never heard one of her students talk so much.” Moira joined the club in 2013 after moving to Mornington, not knowing anyone and having never played croquet before. It’s a completely different story now. “I was a bit hesitant at the start, but everyone’s so friendly and willing to help. Even players on the opposite team were providing tips during my first game.” The members’ spirits are at an all-time high after winning the Metropolitan Shield Autumn 2017 when they competed against clubs from all over Metropolitan Melbourne. It’s such an outstanding achievement because most of the players had never played before and knew nothing about the game. “Thanks to our sponsors we’re still going strong,” Moira says. To ask about a trial or membership, call Moira on 5977 0071.

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Finding something for bored teens to do in the school holidays can be quite a challenge. Escape rooms are a great way to get the kids away from their screens and interacting with each other or their families in a fun and exciting adventure.

Peninsula escape room owner and game designer Carolyn Parker has been a teacher in Mornington for more than 20 years and has designed four engaging, interactive puzzle rooms that challenge teams in new and innovative ways. Locked in Escape Rooms Mornington has a special school holiday promotion that includes an Easter egg hunt as part of each escape experience. Escapees who find the

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BY KATE SEARS tempts them to approach in the hope of a few treats.” However, Beverley says you do need to treat them with some respect. “They can and do kick and it hurts, but this is usually because they are stressed or feel threatened. Beverley’s Summerhill Farm B&B The same goes for spitting - not a is situated on 4ha at Main Ridge. pleasant experience, but at least it In 2007 the search began to find doesn’t hurt and is mainly amongst animals that would keep the grass themselves. Just keep out of the way down and were suitable for a small and you’ll be fine.” property. Enter the alpacas, and Beverley’s alpacas are the Huacaya Summalon Alpaca Stud came into being. breed - “the ones that Beverley, who operates the stud look like sheep with with her daughter, Fleur, says she long necks”. was attracted to these animals for their endearing nature and Alpaca fleece is soft and lustrous and protective instincts. Alpacas are kind makes beautiful and stylish garments to the environment as their padded that are light to wear and very warm. hooves don’t compact the soil as Beverley supplies the fleece and hard-hoofed animals do, Beverley yarn you’ll find at the Little Alpaca explains. “They are lovely to work shop in Flinders that is owned by her with and relatively low-maintenance. daughter, Trudy. They are pretty much disease-free, One very useful trait that alpacas need to be shorn once a year, have have is their instinct to protect their toenails trimmed and a few the herd from predators. Farmers vaccinations. They are a delight use them to prevent fox attacks on to have around. The B&B guests their chickens and new-born lambs. find them entertaining and quite a They will chase intruders from the novelty, as their curious nature often

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paddock and give a warning cry that Beverley describes as a high-pitched shriek. So who is Beverley’s favourite? At the moment it’s Alfie, one of last year’s cria (baby alpaca). “I think he is a good one, but we will soon know as he will be shown in the junior class at Berwick Show. We usually take a few of the best to Berwick and Red Hill shows. It’s good to see how our animals compare to those of other breeders.” Summalon Alpacas is a registered commercial stud, and much as Beverley loves her alpacas she can’t keep them all, so there are usually a few for sale. Beverley can be contacted on 5989 6077.

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Dromana College Open Night Thursday 19 April 2018 at 6:00pm As the highest performing secondary school of academic excellence on the Mornington Peninsula, Dromana College will continue to work tirelessly to develop and consolidate the many exemplary educational programs on offer. With outstanding facilities, a committed professional staff and a caring school community, students are challenged to explore their interests and use their talents to achieve their personal best.

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Dromana College challenges, motivates and engages students It is a privilege to be the Principal of Dromana College and I delight in the opportunity to share with the wider community our success as a high-performing school of academic excellence.

determined Dromana College to be a highperforming school of academic excellence. The report also commended the expansion of our school’s extra-curricular enhancement programs to include athletics, dance, science and technology.

I would like to begin by congratulating the whole college community on a fantastic 2017, with our students having achieved excellence in a diverse range of learning programs and co-curricular activities. Our students are challenged, motivated and engaged by interesting, exciting and relevant curriculum that caters for their needs.

The outlook for 2018 is outstanding. Our focus continues to be delivering the best academic outcomes for all our students. At the same time, we have committed some $2 million to the redevelopment of our Performing Arts Theatre and a ‘state of the art’ Year 9 learning area. The college values are at the core of this commitment

As I reflect on the year ahead, I again return to the greatest strengths of our school, the relationships between staff and students and the sense of belonging that our community fosters. The learning relationship of our students with their teachers and vice-versa is elementary, built on the college values of respect, integrity, personal best and responsibility and underpinned by clear learning intentions. The college’s well-established vision continues to deliver excellent outcomes for all our students. In 2017 Dromana College students out-performed all other local secondary providers. For the 10th year in a row, we have improved our VCE median score, our average is now 32, and more that 90 per cent of our Year 12 students achieved above the state mean. An independent review of the college programs, relationships and achievements,

and underpin the strong sense of wellbeing and community that our school enjoys. For further information on any of our programs, please do not hesitate to contact the college on 5987 2805 or visit our website: ALAN MARR – Principal DROMANA COLLEGE A: 25 Harrisons Rd, Dromana T: 5987 2805 W:


What’s not to love about Rosebud? We love the beach, the shops, the cafes, the restaurants and, perhaps most of all, the relaxed pace. This quintessential seaside village with a retail strip about 2km long, a shopping centre at each end and a continued stretch of sandy coastline right in front is a jewel in the Peninsula’s crown. In this issue of Mornington Peninsula Magazine, we take a look at some of the businesses that call Rosebud home. We speak with the owners of the new Bang Bang Pizza about their goal to be the best pizza venue on the Peninsula. We profile the one and only Roslay Window Furnishings, Rosebud’s destination for impeccable plantation shutters. We chat with Sally from Sally’s Cleaning Services about her boutique business and we discover The Pier Café, a new familyowned and operated venue serving delicious home-style Greek cuisine that will have your mouth watering. The Rosebud Kite Festival returns in March, and of course a feature on Rosebud wouldn’t be complete without the GPO Hotel, one of Rosebud’s favourite meeting places. Day trips, holidays and everything in between - there’s something for everyone in Rosebud.

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Our skin checks are bulk billed for Pensioners, Health Care Card holders, DVA and patients over 75. We perform full body head-to-toe skin checks using hand held dermoscopy to assess for skin cancers and melanomas. Every patient is seen by the doctor. A treatment plan is made to ensure nothing is missed.

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Both our doctors at RSCC are members of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia, have achieved higher qualifications in skin cancer medicine and surgery and are full time skin cancer doctors. No referral is needed.

Roslay Window Furnishings is your destination for impeccable plantation shutters. The experienced team at this window furnishings premium provider can advise you on blade width, tilt rod styles, stains and colours – or you can select a Dulux colour custom paint of your choice just for fun! Basswood, poplar, PVC, polyresin and aluminium are the materials on offer. Plantation shutters look beautiful while performing beautifully. They also help control light, heat and air flow. So find your plantation shutter style today – with Roslay. ROSLAY WINDOW FURNISHINGS A: Shop 2/13 Rosebud Parade, Rosebud T: 5981 1088 W:



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Listen up, pizza lovers! There’s a new pizza joint in town and it’s going to rock your tastebuds. Bang Bang Pizza on Point Nepean Rd, Rosebud, is brought to you by the team at The Milbri in Rosebud, plus one. It opened in December and word is spreading like hot sauce. Chris and Chris from the Milbri have teamed up with Ryan (no need for surnames with these local lads) to deliver a value-for-money pizza venue using only the freshest ingredients. No pre-packaged food makes its way on to these pizzas, thank you.

Bang Bang Pizza is run by Peninsula hospitality professionals and it’s all about great pizza and friendly service. Their goal is to be the best pizza venue on the Peninsula. The herbs are picked daily, the crusts (yes, the thin ones) are made fresh each morning and there’s a finishing station. Ryan explains: “The finishing station is where we add our finishing herbs and sauces. It’s definitely a point of difference. It’s a trend happening across Melbourne.” It’s also about a bit of fun. “From our traditional range the margherita is very popular. It’s made with 100 per cent buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil. The Bang Bang range is a pile of pizzas we have a bit of fun with. The Royal With Cheese is our spin on a cheese burger pizza.”

Bang Bang Pizza also does vegan pizzas, vegan ice cream and cookies baked in the pizza oven. Order from the Traditional range, the Less is More range, the Bang Bang Time or the N.A.P Vegan range. There’s a kids’ range too – including a chicken nugget and chip pizza - as well as sides and salads, cold drinks and desserts. Bang Bang Pizza is open seven days for pick-up and delivery to Dromana, McCrae, Rosebud, Capel Sound, Rye and Tootgarook. You can order online at, and check out the great value deals online or instore. BANG BANG PIZZA A: 887 Point Nepean Rd, Rosebud T: 1300 226 422 W:

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BANKSIA WOOD MEDICAL CENTRE PUBLIC NOTICE Banksia Wood Medical Centre will be open for extended hours over the summer holiday period to provide access to General Practice services for visitors away from home and their regular doctor Note: Consultation is by appointment only Please call after 10am to book an appointment Phone 5986 8297 Monday to Friday from 10am Saturday and Public Holidays from 10am 17 Mitchell Street Rosebud (Opposite the Sheriff’s Office) BULK BILLING CLINIC Dr Steve Smith & Staff

Remember the joy of flying your first kite? The anticipation as it lifted into the air? The spark of magic as you discovered you could actually play with the wind? Well, you can experience it all again at one of Australia’s premier kite events - The Rosebud Kite Festival. On Sunday, March 11, both the young and young at heart will come together to celebrate the art of kite flying. Visitors can make and fly their own kites courtesy of Kites 4 Kids. And alongside the novice kite flying arena will be the latest designs and displays from a team of internationally acclaimed kite flying professionals with their super-size maxi kite creations. You’ll be mesmerised by a flotilla of whales, spacemen, red and green dragons, and all manner of creatures from the deep. There’ll also be a display of Australian-themed delta kites, animated designer kites and the extremely agile sport kites. A jam-packed festival program from 11am-5pm includes live entertainment on the main stage, hosted by the fabulous Frederico Boogie, as well as kids’ rides and a carnival, live bands, circus workshops, wildlife encounters and much more. There are plenty of food stalls onsite, but you’re advised to bring a rug or folding chair and be prepared to stay a few hours because you won’t be able to tear yourself away from all the activity. 2018 ROSEBUD KITE FESTIVAL WHEN: Sunday, March 11, 11am-5pm WHERE: Foreshore at Jetty Rd, Rosebud W:

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ROS E BU D G OE S G RE E K If you’re looking for a hangout down south that screams scrumptious modern and coastal Greek cuisine, then look no further than the new Pier Café, where a little slice of Greece goes a very long way. This family owned and operated new kid on the block is serving up delicious home-style Greek cuisine that will have your mouth watering. It’s time to welcome an authentic taste of the Mediterranean to Rosebud, and you’re all invited. Owner/operator Ari Rigogiannis has nearly two decades of hospitality experience in Greece and in

some of Melbourne’s best establishments. The Pier Café brings all this know-how together in the shape of an indoor and alfresco space where people, the love of authentic Greek cuisine and fresh flavours come first. Barista son Chris serves up Melbourne coffee brand Little Things, while Ari’s husband Jim and his daughter Alex all lend a helping hand. Ari explains. “I make everything from scratch. We offer a wide range of mixed Greek food from fresh calamari to moussaka to traditional Greek desserts and decadent cakes, which are our speciality. There’s something for everyone, from a traditional Greek lunch to a late afternoon coffee and sweet indulgence. We are right opposite Rosebud beach, which makes us the perfect

laid-back weekend retreat - just like in Greece!” Take a quick squiz at what’s on the menu. Ari’s baked eggs with house-made tomato sauce, Greek sausage, feta and baked eggs served with olive oil-drizzled sourdough are great for breakfast starters, while a luscious open lamb souvlaki with house-made tzatziki on warm pitta bread breaks lunch-time hunger. Prawn saganaki with prawns, feta, chilli and white wine work their dinner wonder, while delicious Greek desserts such as galaktoboureko, baklava, ekmek and ravani are wonderful sweet treats. Rosebud’s gone Greek, people – get to The Pier Café today. You’ll stay.


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Food a staple of new theatre work Collecting apples at a secret orchard guarded by geese. Growing up in Red Hill with the weirdest dunny in the universe. A strange stew served up to the local footy fellas. These are just some of the stories featuring in a new theatre work, Tales from the ‘Ninch, at the Southern Peninsula Arts Centre on Sunday, March 4 as part of A Woman’s Place. “This year’s delicious and often humorous collection of tales gathered from Peninsula women all have food at their centre,” says actor, director and co-producer Carole Patullo. Dreamhouse Youth Theatre members as well as other women from Rosebud will join Carole and Jane Bayly on stage, while Rosebud Secondary students provide a glimpse into what it’s like being a teen on the ‘Ninch through a series of texts. Women are invited to bring a plate, a friend and a story to share about a legendary person or place on the Peninsula for Story and a Plate. Other events will include writing, singing, songwriting and dance workshops with Peninsula Writers Club, Ling Marra, Dominque Garrard, Spark Youth Dance Company and Dianne Reid (Hipsync). Music on the Hill (MOTH) will launch the weekend with a special International Women’s Day music concert on Friday, March 2. For more information and bookings, head to awomansplace2018. com 

If you need something cleaned, you need the team from Sally’s Cleaning Service. Sally’s has been in business since 2006 and takes pride in its fast and efficient service. Sally’s staff arrive in fully stocked vehicles and use fresh clean rags and mops on every job to leave your property gleaming. Sally’s also specialises in builders’ cleans and provides a thoroughly professional, reliable and personalised laundry and ironing service. Sally’s Cleaning Service also now has a sister company - Sally’s Home Maintenance – that can help maintain your property all year round with window and gutter cleaning, high-pressure cleaning of decks, driveways and weatherboards, rubbish removal and general maintenance. You can even get your barbecue cleaned so it’s ready to go for summer. And if you’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, Sally’s is a leading wholesaler of commercial and domestic vacuum cleaners, vacuum bags, filters, spare parts and accessories and a proud distributor of the Cleanstar range. So make a clean start for summer, and call Sally’s.

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One in 10 women around the world live with the debilitating effects of endometriosis. Groups such as Endo Help are dedicated to relieving their suffering. Endo Help is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation on the Mornington Peninsula set up to support women and girls with endometriosis. This month it is holding a women’s lunch as part of Endometriosis Awareness Month to raise money for specialist endometriosis nurses, who will educate and support Peninsula women. “We only have one specialist endometriosis nurse currently in Australia and it has taken 20 years to get there,” says Endo Help founder Gillian Walker. “We want to inform our community about the disease, especially our school children, through school education packs and programs,

because girls as young as nine have presented with symptoms of the disease. In addition, our long-term goal is a wellness centre that will offer a range of support services free to women and girls and their families, carers and friends. “Endometriosis sufferers live with debilitating pain, heavy menstrual bleeding and a broad range of other symptoms which really impacts their quality of life throughout the prime of their lives from nine years to postmenopause,” Gillian says. “There is no cure, and it requires endometriosis specialists to treat and care for them, which is costly.” If you need support or would like to join Endo Help, contact Gillian at The Endo Help Ladies’ Luncheon is on Sunday, March 18, at Moonah Links Golf Club, 55 Peter Thomson Drive, Fingal, from noon-4pm. Tickets:

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BIG PICTURE FEST CHANGES THE FACE OF FRANKSTON Frankston’s city centre is about to be transformed thanks to the inaugural Big Picture Fest on March 23-25. The three-day festival will bring the community together with renowned street artists who have been commissioned to revamp drab walls in high-profile locations across the precinct. Headlined by a significant piece by international street artist Smug, from Glasgow, the program includes an art walk, street party, photographic tour, Ironlak jam (group street artwork), and largescale artworks in key locations across Frankston City starting on March 19. Meet the artists working in Frankston during the Big Picture Fest: Smug is a street artist who has spent years converting the facades of multistorey buildings in Glasgow into significant works of art. Originally from NSW, the expat has gained a reputation in Scotland for creating imagery with photo realism. @smugone Loretta Lizzio has transformed some of Melbourne’s industrial ( 64 Everything we love about the peninsula, fresh every month

precincts with images of forgotten fairytales, spectacles of cinema, fleeting glances and dog-eared National Geographics to create art that tells a story. @loretta_lizzio DVATE uses street art to celebrate our natural environment, with significant pieces paying homage to native animals. @dvate Lucy Bonnin has altered significant spaces in Adelaide, celebrating geometric shapes and bold colours. @bonninart Tristan Kerr creates a patchwork of text, imagery and colour to overhaul spaces and start a conversation. @tristan_kerr ZEDR’s works celebrate significant cultural figures, such as Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain. He also creates faces with haunting accuracy. @zedr_one The Big Picture Fest will be overseen by Brecknock Consulting and Joel Van Moore, the creator of the popular Port Adelaide Wonderwalls festival. It is being funded through the city’s Street Art Masterplan, part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to revitalise Frankston City.

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One of the Mornington Peninsula’s favourite family days out will make a welcome return on Sunday, March 18, when the Between the Bays Festival rocks Woodleigh School’s Penbank campus. Dan Sultan and his band will be joined by Baker Boy, Saatsuma, Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, and Moosejaw Rifle Club, with more acts to be announced on the Between the Bays Facebook page. Between the Bays started in 2006 and quickly became known as the festival that has something for everyone. Kids are kept entertained all afternoon with creative workshops, rides and activities, and this year there’s even a colour fun run. For adults, there are plenty of food options and Peninsula beer and wines to sit back with and enjoy as well. Perhaps most importantly, the Between the Bays Festival continues to promote respect, understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture within our community. All proceeds

raised will go to Woodleigh School’s Community Programs and Partnerships Fund. The Community Programs help support scholarships and partnerships for a wide range of students, including those from local and remote communities across Australia, while the Community Fund gives children who would otherwise not be able to attend Woodleigh the opportunity to join the school as students. One of the festival’s aims is to educate all generations about the richness and diversity of the oldest living continuous culture on the planet and try to bring our community together as one - Australians all! Woodleigh views Between the Bays as being successfully aligned with National Close the Gap Day Australia.  So pack up the family, gather your friends and get along to the Between the Bays Festival at 460 Tyabb Rd, Moorooduc. Gates open at 12.30pm. Tickets are available from ticketebo. and cost $40 for adults, $15 for children/students (under 5s free) and $100 for families.

The Bel Canto Choir and conductor Margaret Brown are widely known for the variety of music they present. If you haven’t already done so, the first concert in their 2018 series will give you the perfect opportunity to experience their magic. During the post-Easter period the choir will present the beautiful Requiem Opus 48 by Gabriel Fauré, together with the music of other composers including Bach, Schubert and Jenkins, at the Village Uniting Church, 93 Canadian Bay Rd, Mount Eliza, on Sunday, April 29, at 2.30pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 concession (seniors and students; primary school students

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free) and are available through or phone 9787 5383, with some also for sale at the door.

“Requiem” Opus 48

(Gabriel Fauré)


Conductor Margaret Brown

photo by Alan Mathews

Sunday 29th April 2018, 2.30pm The Village Uniting Church, 93 Canadian Bay Rd, Mt Eliza Tix: $25 Adult / $20 Conc (Seniors, Students) Primary School students no charge Tix: or phone 9787 5383

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Winery walk returns bigger and better BY ANDREA KELLETT

The Mornington Peninsula Winery Walk returns on Saturday, May 5, and this year’s event promises a new venue and exciting new-vintage wines to sample along the way.

MORNINGTON PENINSULA WINERY WALK When: Saturday, May 5, first walk sets off at 8.30am Tickets:

The unique format sees wine lovers sampling food and sipping wine among the vines and in the cellar doors of some of the Peninsula’s best wineries. It is run by the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association and it is growing in popularity each year. The meandering 7km walk follows a historical rail track from Red Hill to Merricks. It’s a unique way to combine exercise, great wine, scenery and more with family and friends outdoors. You’ll meet Peninsula vignerons, learn about current vintage wines and taste a variety of wines complemented by a fine selection of food. The MPVA donates profits from tickets sold to the Fred Hollows Foundation, a charity that works to end avoidable blindness. The 2017 walk raised about $5500 for the foundation and organisers hope to raise even more this year. This year’s event welcomes the new Pt Leo Estate at Merricks to the itinerary. It also offers a more intimate format, with six guided walking groups and numbers limited to 50 walkers in each. The first group sets off at 8.30am, with the remaining groups following half-hourly after that. It’s a solid day of supreme enjoyment Peninsula-style. For full details and to book, head to MARCH 2018 (76)

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Street and barbecue food will once again take centre stage at the Frankston Waterfront from March 16-18 when Feast at Frankston Waterfront returns after its successful debut last year. The event promises to be a treat for foodies and those looking to enjoy live music and a cold beer as Frankton’s Pier Promenade is transformed into an Australian favourite - a beachside barbecue. Featuring some of Melbourne’s best barbecue-style food vendors, the event will provide a great opportunity to test and try a variety of barbecue styles and flavours. Matched with a selection of popular beers, ciders and wine, there will be a little of something for everyone. With an array of exhibitors to excite, pop-up bars, artisan market stalls, stage entertainment and flavours of barbecue and street food to tempt the palate, this is another not-to-bemissed addition to Frankston City’s growing calendar of popular events. Feast at Frankston Waterfront will take place over three consecutive days, including Friday, March 16, from 4-10pm; Saturday, March 17, from noon-10pm; and Sunday, March 18, from noon-6pm. Entry $2 entry and kids under 6 are free – but please, leave your pets at home! Feast at Frankston Waterfront is proudly sponsored by Frankston City Council, Mornington Peninsula Dental Clinic, Costco and Nova. For more information, visit the Facebook page at or the website at

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The Red Hill Show is one the state’s most popular agricultural shows, and on Saturday, March 10, the Red Hill Showgrounds will come alive with activities and attractions befitting its 90th year. The show is well known for its remarkable array of animals, including Clydesdales, gypsy cobs, alpacas, cattle, poultry, sheep, miniature goats, working dogs and more, and this year the Fly Dogs return to dazzle the crowd with their speed and agility. The cider show will take centre stage with Peninsula cider-makers demonstrating their trade, and there will be a public tasting of the award-winning ciders from the show. Red Hill’s own published foodie,

Richard Cornish, will be the show’s MC and will be joined by members of the CWA. The public will be invited to visit the show’s historical display, which opens at 11am. The pavilions will be filled with flowers, fruit, vegetables, cooking, craft, photography and art, and the country’s best woodchoppers will fight it out for a Victorian title. There will be plenty of free music, activities and attractions for the whole family, and of course a real highlight will be the state’s only remaining grand parade at 3pm. For show inquiries, phone 5989 2357, email or visit

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Pier Promenade Frankston Friday 16th March: 4pm - 10pm Saturday 17th March: 12noon - 10pm Sunday 18th March: 12noon - 6pm Entry $2. Children under 6 free


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The industrial precinct of Mornington has undergone a dramatic facelift. Now a thriving hub of creatives, the area has evolved into a destination for artists, creative businesses and studios. To celebrate this unique community, On the Map was formed to invite the community into the spaces where innovation and creativity come to life. On April 28, Priority One presents On The Map 2018 – a festival to gather the Peninsula’s makers, thinkers and doers.

On the Map Events Committee members Luke Carson, from Design by Bird, Sharyn Wemyss-Smith, from Manyung Gallery Group, and Event Manager Peter Attard.

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Offering visitors a unique program of experiences, participation, education and exhibitions, a collaboration of creative entities on display will share work within their own spaces and perform at venues across the industrial estate. One of the founders of the event, Luke Carson of Design by Bird, said: “The idea behind the event was not only to give local creatives an effective showcase for their work, but to foster a collective identity in the precinct. As a local designer, I believe it is positive to feel part of a growing art community. Recognising the progressive and inspiring work emerging helps build awareness of what makes this such a great place to develop creative businesses.” Open studios will feature a plethora of painting, drawing, sculpting, Indigenous art, jewellery making, furniture design and photography. Performing arts will bring music, dance and street theatre into participating spaces within the precinct. Local schools and colleges will also contribute. Festivalgoers will be able to walk between venues or utilise the branded shuttle buses roaming the precinct program circuit. Presented by Priority One, the event is supported by Mornington Peninsula Shire, Mornington Peninsula Brewery, Mornington Peninsula Magazine, Design by Bird, Commonfolk, Oak Hill Gallery and Manyung Gallery Warehouse with more to come. Interested participants are welcome. Email, visit or follow the festival on Instagram @onthemapevents or Facebook @onthemapevents2018

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BODIN BY LIZ ROGERS Step inside Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza this month to view an exemplary exhibition of photographic works by master photographers Beth Mitchell and John Bodin. Both moment-catchers present incredible works that reflect dialogues with the natural world to create art that hangs brilliantly on the walls of both domestic and commercial interiors. This is photography that speaks to the mind and heart and gives the viewer time and space to reflect on the wonder of nature and what lies beneath. Beth’s The Dome series is “inspired by the brilliance of old-world cultural and artistic explosion and captures the circling of the four seasons by exploring the symbol of Renaissance beauty in rebirth”. This magical collection of strong and seductively romantic female forms taken below the waterline and printed on metallic pearl are full of colour, light and reflective richness. John’s magnificent photographic works come from a place where natural MARCH 2018 (76)

intelligence reigns. Aesthetics is key in this series of nature-scapes where moments in time reflect the power of environment and the gift of internal monologue pondering it gives. Silent, vast and dramatic, these mood-lifting works act as an escape from the artificial intelligence of the modern-day world and take you into a haven of ambient beauty. John believes that “one ocean transcends all continents”, and his non-site-specific work reflects this notion. One nature. One life. Manyung Gallery has made yet another artistically adventurous statement with this wonderful photographic exhibition that’s perfect for Peninsula art-lovers who think big. It’s on from March 3-18 at Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza, 60 Mount Eliza Way. Don’t miss it. MANYUNG GALLERY GROUP A: Sorrento, Mornington, Malvern, Flinders & Mount Eliza T: 9787 2953 all sites W:


JOHN BODIN + BETH MITCHELL Exhibition dates Saturday 3rd March – 18th March Step inside the intimate space of Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza and discover an exemplary exhibition of photographic works by master photographers Beth Mitchell and John Bodin. Not to be missed. To request a catalogue or to book a time to preview the exhibition please contact the gallery. Manyung Gallery 60 Mt Eliza Way, Mt Eliza

T. 03 9787 2953 E.

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Inspirational women to speak at breakfast Kristen Hilton, Victoria’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, and Sally Hines, the chief operating officer of The Big Issue and Homes for Homes, will be guest speakers at the International Women’s Day breakfast on Wednesday, March 7, at the Mornington Racing Club. The breakfast, now in its fourth year, is jointly arranged by the Rotary Clubs of Frankston North, Frankston, Mt Eliza and Peninsula 2.0, and all profits from the event will this year be donated to charity. International Women’s Day is about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action. It has been established for more than a century and momentum continues to grow through the inspiration of incredible women who are raising kids, building businesses and transforming communities.  More than 400 guests attended the 2017 International Women’s Day breakfast and organisers expect an even bigger crowd this year. It’s on from 6.45-9am and tickets are $50 a single or $500 for a table of 10. Go to

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PLAY ON: THE ART OF SPORT 10 YEARS OF THE BASIL SELLERS ART PRIZE A NETS Victoria and Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne touring exhibition

2 March – 29 April 2018 An exhibition that reflects upon Australia’s sporting culture featuring work by Jon Campbell, Richard Lewer, Shaun Gladwell and Fiona McMonagle amongst others.


MPRG KIDS FAMILY DAY: Saturday 7 April Art activities, demonstrations, rock climbing, face painting, gymnastics, table tennis, kung fu, exhibition tour and more.

CAMPBELL VS LEWER Tuesday 27 March

LOLA GREENO: CULTURAL JEWELS ADC On Tour: Australian Design Centre national touring exhibition

2 March – 15 April 2018

In this unique event, well known artists talk art and sport over a friendly match of table tennis. adults $4 concession $2

Richard Lewer, The theatre of sports 2016 (detail), oil on canvas, Courtesy of the artist Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, Collection of Basil Sellers AM, Photo credit: Andrew Curtis

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“We present some 70 works in a ‘parade’ format with assistants holding them up as I talk about the art, artists and their regions,” says Susan McCulloch. “Works are grouped into themes or by region and people have the opportunity to purchase works after the parade.” Whistlewood’s autumn range includes brilliant colour works from the APY Lands, the central, western and eastern deserts, Utopia, Far North Queensland as well as textured ochres from the Kimberley. Featured also is a selection of works from the tiny Peppimenarti community of the Northern Territory as well as those from the salt lake country of Western Australia’s Pilbara. “Many of the artists from the Peppimenarti community near Daly River, some 320km west of Darwin, are also weavers,” says Susan. “Their paintings often depict the type of stitching used for weaving as well as the dots and lines seen in body paint used for ceremonies.” In contrast, she says, paintings by the artists of the Pilbara often feature sweeps of colour interspersed with white and represent both the scale and intense colouration of the Pilbara and the glistening white of the often dry salt lakes. “We love bringing work from so many different regions and highly individual styles to a Peninsula audience,” she says.” People often comment that they had no idea that Aboriginal art could be so varied and different.” Autumn Salon opens with an art parade on Easter Saturday, March 31, at 2.30pm and is open all Easter, 11am-4pm. Bookings for the art parade are essential at or as below. WHISTLEWOOD | Contemporary Australian Art A: 642 Tucks Rd, Shoreham Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 11am-4pm T: 5989 8282 E: W:

Leading artist Bugai Whyoulter’s work reflects both the brilliant colour and salt lakes of her Pilbara region.

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New Aboriginal paintings from around Australia and richly textured Kimberley ochres feature in Whistlewood’s Autumn Salon Easter exhibition, which opens with one of Whistlewood’s unique art parades.

AUTUMN SALON Aboriginal and select abstract art in brilliant colour, black & white + Kimberley ochres Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays 11am-4pm

ART PARADE Easter Saturday March 31 at 2.30pm 60 + works of Aboriginal art with informative commentary on the art, artists & regions by Susan McCulloch OAM Places limited and bookings essential Book online or as below

W H I S T L E W O O D 642 Tucks Road, Shoreham. T 03 59 898282 E: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays 11am-4pm

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Enjoy an evening of Glorious! theatre Glorious! tells the hilarious true story of the world’s worst opera singer, Florence Foster Jenkins. This West End and world-wide hit was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in 2005 for Best

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General Exhibition Sat 5 May - Sun 6 May 10am - 4pm I Tickets $5 I Children under 16 free Opening night 4th May - tix available online Artists: submit your work now for consideration Submission details on the website

New Comedy and has been seen by more than two million people around the world. The movie Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, was inspired by the play and released to acclaim in 2016. In the 1940s, the singer everyone wanted to see perform live in New York was the enthusiastic soprano Florence Foster Jenkins – “the first lady of the sliding scale”. Surrounding herself with devoted friends almost as eccentric as she, this deliciously happy and delusional woman paid scant attention to her critics and would screech and warble to her audiences, most falling about with laughter. This heart-warming comedy moves from Florence’s charity recitals and lavish balls through to her very odd recording sessions and her ultimate performance triumph at New York’s Carnegie Hall, incorporating her wonderfully colourful relationships along the way. Diana McLean - best known for her roles on The Young Doctors, Number 96 and All Saints - plays Florence and heads the cast of three performing Glorious! at Frankston

Arts Centre on Thursday, April 5, at 7.30pm. Tickets are $27-$57 and can be booked on, in person at the centre or by calling 9784 1060. FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE A: 27-37 Davey St, Frankston T: 9784 1060 W:

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Easter signifies more than hot cross buns and chocolate eggs at the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, and 2018 heralds the 9th Easter Art Show. Artists from Melbourne and the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas will have their finest works exhibited and for sale at the yacht club. Proudly sponsored by hockingstuart Blairgowrie, the art show started in 2010 and raises money for the BYS rescue boat fleet. This year showcases several returning and new artists as well as feature artists Rudi Jass, Claire Watson and Tina Leonard in mediums from painting to photography and sculpture. A silent auction runs for the duration of the show with lifestyle experiences, products and vouchers from local retailers. The show begins with a cocktail party on Good Friday, March 30, from

7-9.30pm and continues through the Easter weekend from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday and 10am-2pm Easter Monday. Tickets for the cocktail party are $40 pre-purchased through BYS. Entry to the show from Saturday-Monday

is $5, paid at the door. Visitors are welcome to stay on and enjoy the BYS bistro and deck. The show is at 2900 Point Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie. Phone 5988 8453 or visit the Facebook page / byseasterartshow for more details.

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FESTIVAL PROGRAM The MY Mt Eliza Run & Fun Festival Sunday 25 March 2018 7.30am - 2.00pm Mt Eliza Regional Park, Two Bays Road, Mt Eliza



Festival Director Message In 2014, at the age of 40, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a terminal blood cancer. With this devastating circumstance I found a way forward - trumping adversity to empower and inspire others to live well and be the best form of themselves. Along with my voluntary committee, I created the MY Mount Eliza Run & Fun Festival - now in its second year – so that I could engage and give back to the same community who have supported me so much during my health journey. Last year we raised $30,050 for Myeloma Australia, to help them continue their great work supporting myeloma patients, carers and families in the fight against this terminal blood cancer. This year we would like to improve on that total, and can only do it with your help! There are some great prizes up for grabs for those who set up a fundraising page as part of the registration process, or for a one off donation please visit: We are motivated by our values and our ability to build rapport between locals, community clubs and businesses for a great family fun day out. We want to champion our local community and put the spotlight on personal wellness and empowerment amidst adversity. Thank you, we hope you have a great time on event day! - Geoff Nyssen

The Cause - Myeloma Australia Myeloma is a terminal blood cancer. Myeloma Foundation of Australia (MA) is the leading dedicated advocacy organisation for Myeloma patients and carers in Australia. Established in 1998, MA represents those affected by Myeloma by: • providing up to date information and support to patients & carers through all stages of the patient journey • lobbying government in order to assist patients to receive the latest available pharmaceutical treatments • raising awareness and understanding of the condition among health professionals and the wider community. It is MA’s mission to help facilitate myeloma research in Australia, inform and support those living with the disease and educate those involved in its care and treatment. MA has provided much support to Geoff Nyssen and his family since 2014. Geoff and the MY MOUNT ELIZA committee are driven to support MA to continue their great work in the community. All proceeds raised will go directly to Myeloma Australia in support of Myeloma patients, carers and families. To donate to Myeloma Australia, please go to



MY Mount Eliza Run & Fun Festival 2018 Program Run Registration Opens Run Participant Welcome (Warm up session 1) 10km Run Starts + Stage Entertainment begins

7.30am 8.40am 9.30am

5km Run Starts - Adults 5km Run Starts - Kids & Families

9.40am 9.45am

Kids Dash 215MM Commonfolk Coffee Company - Barista Challenge

11.00am 11.00am

Festival Presentations Speaker - Geoff Nyssen, MY Empowerment Story Guest Presenter - 5km | 10km Run Presentation Stage Entertainment - great local talent on show! Interactive games & fun competitions Face painting & tattoos Reptile petting zoo Jumping castle ... and much, much more!

Festival Closing Presentation * Disclaimer - program may vary slightly to ensure we deliver the most engaging festival experience to patrons.


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The Trail Run / Walk Come and be part of the region’s family fun trail run/walk event. The MY Mount Eliza trail is set in and around the picturesque Mount Eliza Regional Park and Moorooduc Quarry setting. You can challenge your fitness by running against the clock on the flat 5km or undulating 10km trail runs, or you can take it a bit easier, walking the trails with family and friends all while fundraising for a worthwhile cause. If you haven’t done so already, please register now to compete in the 5km run/walk on a flat course for $35 (adult) and $25 (child/student/concession), or register for the 10km challenging trail run through the historic Moorooduc Quarry for $45 (adult) and $35 (child/student/concession). Teams or families of four can also register for a 10% discount. The event will utilise professional “live” timing and the course will be marked out with support/aid stations along the way. An official presentation will be held around midday, awarding prizes to a variety of winners including fastest times for each age category, best fundraiser and more.

A Message to our Volunteers Thanks to our committed volunteers who have been so supportive of our inaugural event and who have given tireless hours of their own time to ensure it is a great success. We rely heavily on our volunteers to help deliver this exceptional event. If you are interested in joining the volunteer team we would love to hear from you! Please contact our Festival Director Geoff Nyssen

Ryman Healthcare are back at the start line for MY Mount Eliza Festival Hello everyone, my name is Debbie McClure and I work for Ryman Healthcare, the community partner of the 2018 MY Mount Eliza Run & Fun Festival. We were thrilled to support last year’s inaugural event, and didn’t hesitate to jump back on board in 2018. Ryman Healthcare bought the beautiful Moondah Estate from Melbourne Business School, and is working on plans to develop it into a new retirement village. Since last year’s festival, we’ve also purchased a property on Bentons Rd, Mt Martha, and are developing a proposal to build a retirement village there as well. We’ve been in the retirement village industry for almost 35 years and we have 32 resort-style villages in New Zealand and Australia, which are home to more than 10,000 residents. Each day more than 2500 of our residents take part in our exercise classes, so supporting a Run & Fun event is right up our alley. There’s an enormous amount of research which shows that the fitter you are the healthier you will be for longer, so it is never too early or too late to get started. On Sunday, March 25 we will have staff and residents at the event helping with the warm up, the food and beverage area and the drink stations along the way. They’ll be there to get you warmed up and keep you happy along the way – but the rest is up to you. Have a great day and I look forward to joining you again this year at this wonderful community event. Have fun!

– Debbie

Thank you to our generous sponsors GOLD SPONSORS





Antiques fair a family affair BY KATE SEARS Antiques and collectables will be creating excitement at St Thomas More School on Saturday, March 17, from 9am-3pm. Items will be flying out the door and sausage sizzles will keep your energy up as you browse more than 30 stalls until your heart’s content. “It will be a gala and antique fair,” said organiser Michael Robertson. “It’s a special one as we have stalls coming from all over Victoria, as well as sellers from Queensland. It will be a family day with something for everyone.” You’re invited to join David Freeman from Amanda Addams Auctions as he evaluates your old wares and valuables for $10 (noon-3pm). David is an expert in his field so it’s an opportunity not to be missed. There will also be a live auction at the end of the day, and a chance to grab something old that you will cherish. “It’s a great event that brings people together and really supports the community,” said Michael. Entry is just $5 for adults and free for children, and there’s plenty of parking. All proceeds from the fair go to St Thomas More Parish. ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES FAIR A: St Thomas More School Hall/Gym, 313 Canadian Bay Rd, Mount Eliza T: Michael, 0409 165 536 or Maree Taverna, 0425 721 207

Kids will be able to search for eggs under the trees, play traditional picnic games, listen to live music and enjoy the carnival rides and long list of children’s activities at the Frankston Family Picnic + Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 25, at St Augustine’s School, Golf Links Rd, Frankston South. Egg hunts will be divided into age groups, with numbers for each session strictly limited. Tickets are expected to sell quickly, so get in early to avoid disappointment. The venue also allows for wet weather plans, so the fun can

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continue rain, hail or shine! All of the money raised will be donated to the school. The event is also generously supported by numerous local organisations, including Mornington Peninsula Magazine, Discover Residential, Kingswim Frankston, MLC Advice, Eview Frankston and the Frankston City Council. To find out more or to grab your tickets, visit and don’t forget to also follow the event on Facebook and Instagram for chances to win.


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To have your event included go to /diarydates/ John Carlo Belloti at Josephine’s Restaurant 450 Nepean Hwy, Mt Martha; au; 5974 1104

MARCH 2018 EVERY SUNDAY Heritage steam train trips Mornington Railway; 460 Moorooduc Hwy, Moorooduc; au; 1300 767 274 Live music at Pop & Selmas Café 34 Ranelagh Drive, Mt Eliza Kingdom Kids Church – The Anglican Church, Cnr Albert St & Octavia St, Mornington; 10.30am; 5975 0198; EVERY MONDAY, SCHOOL TERMS Peninsula Kung Fu cnr Racecourse Rd & Carbine Way, Mornington; 1.302.30pm; kung-fu-classes/womens-self-defence THURSDAY EVENINGS TIL APRIL Live Music Thursdays @ Peninsula Hot Springs The Bath House cafe comes alive with music performed by a local artist; 6.30–8.30pm; Springs Lane, Fingal; UNTIL SUNDAY APRIL 15 Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Dunns Rd, Mornington, adults $4, cons $2, UNTIL APRIL 25 Sand Sculpting Australia Exhibition – Frankston Waterfront; UNTIL SUNDAY APRIL 29 Play On: The Art of Sport Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Dunns Rd, Mornington, Adults $4, Cons $2, www. MARCH 2 – APRIL 29 Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery presents Jon Campbell, Melbourne based artist; 10-5pm; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic Reserve, Dunns Rd, Mornington; $4, $2, free for members & U5; 5950 1580 FRIDAY MARCH 2 International Women’s Day Show Rebecca Barnard, Xani, Ling Marra & more, Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, 245 Eastbourne Rd, Rosebud, tix from MARCH 3 – MARCH 18 Manyung Gallery presents John Bodin + Beth Mitchell Exhibition – to book a time to preview the exhibition, call 9787

2953, SATURDAY MARCH 3 Mornington Peninsula Blues Sessions Summer 18 7-11pm; Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Rd, Mornington; Tix www.; www. Stellar Short Film Festival 6-11.30pm; McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery, 390 McClelland Drv, Langwarrin; www. Discover Toorak College Register online at Benton Junior College Community Fair 2018 10.30am-3.30pm; Benton Junior College, 261 Racecourse Rd, Mornington; Free; 5973 9100; facebook. com/bjcfair SUNDAY MARCH 4 Flinders Polo Tix www.flinderspolo. TUESDAY MARCH 6 Cornish College Open Morning 10am1pm; 9781 9000; www.cornishcollege. FRIDAY MARCH 9 The Pirates of Penzance 10.30am & 1.30pm; $20; Frankston Arts Centre, 27-37 Davey St, Frankston; www.thefac.; 9784 1060 SATURDAY-SUNDAY MARCH 10-11 Heronswood Harvest Festival 105 LaTrobe Pde, Dromana, 9am-5pm, Diggers clubs members & U16 free, visitors $10, 5984 7321 SATURDAY MARCH 10 Thomas Murray and the Upside Down River 7.30pm; $27-$57; Frankston Arts Centre, 27-37 Davey St, Frankston; www.; 9784 1060 The 90th Red Hill Show www. Ventana Street Fiesta 12-8pm; Wells St, Frankston Mornington Peninsula Writers Festival Peninsula Community Theatre, 91 Wilsons Rd, Mornington, tix $10, U16 free, at door or SUNDAY MARCH 11 Rosebud Kite Festival 11am-5pm; Rosebud Foreshore, Jetty Rd, Rosebud

Tyabb Air Show 12-5pm; Peninsula Aero Club, Stuart Rd, Tyabb; Tix $25-50 book at; 5977 4406; Balnarring Races Gates open 10am, Emu Plains Reserve, Balnarring, www. MONDAY MARCH 12 Somerville Family Fun Day 10-6pm; Fruit Growers Reserve, Somerville; www. TUESDAY MARCH 13 Impact Volunteering introduction to volunteering sessions Long Room, Frankston City Library, 60 Playne St, 1011am, bookings essential 9770 6492 WEDNESDAY MARCH 14 Style on Empire presents VIP Makeup Launch Shop 14/84 Main St, Mornington, 4-6pm, makeup demonstrations, discounted products, prizes & games, bookings on 5975 8588 THURSDAYS MARCH 15- NOV 15 Peninsula Adult Education and Literacy Inc presents Artways Delevop your painting and drawing techniques, The Studio, 200 Marine Pde, Hastings, every Thursday for 30 weeks 9.30-3pm, $295 incl class materials, 5986 8177 THURSDAY MARCH 15 Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery presents The Land We Play On: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo 5-6.30pm; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Dunns Rd, Mornington; Members $15, Guests $18; 5950 1580 FRIDAY-SUNDAY MARCH 16-18 Feast at Frankston Waterfront Fri & Sat 4-10pm, Sun 12-6pm; Frankston Waterfront MARCH 16 – 24 Out of the Furnace by Leisa Wharington 7-11pm; Watch as Brad Holtz of Finesse Catering Group cooks your first course tuna on freshly blown glass! Cost $158; Brad Holtz 0410 882 766 or events@finessecateringgroup. FRIDAY MARCH 16 Good Neighbours & Tanglewood


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Thu 5 Apr, 7.30pm This heart-warming comedy is the hilarious true story of the world’s worst opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins. Tickets: $27 - $57

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SATURDAY MARCH 17 The Peninsula Picnic John Butler Trio, Harry James, Angus from The Cat Empire, Vikki Thorn from The Waifs, Angie McMahon; Tix Antiques & Collectables Fair St Thomas More School Hall Gym, 313 Canadian Bay Rd, Mt Eliza, 9-3pm, adults $5, children free. Further info or a stall application Michael 0409 165 536 The Village Glen Retirement Village Open Day 335-351 Eastbourne Rd, Rosebud, 10am-3pm, 5986 4455, www. SATURDAY-SUNDAY MARCH 17-18 The 78-Storey Treehouse 11am, 3pm & 6pm; $23-$25; Frankston Arts Centre, 27-37 Davey St, Frankston; www.thefac.; 9784 1060 Western Port Quilters Inc 2018 Quilt Show Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm; Tyabb Community Hall, 1535 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Tyabb; $5; www.; SUNDAY MARCH 18 Endo Help, Empowering Women with Endometriosis, A Ladies Luncheon Moonah Links Golf Course, 55 Peter Thompson Drive, Fingal, noon-4pm, $100pp, RSVP Gillian 0409 351 604, tix available through Eventbrite MONDAY MARCH 19 All My Love 12pm; $24-$30; Frankston Arts Centre, 27-37 Davey St, Frankston;; 9784 1060 TUESDAY MARCH 20 Woodleigh School Infomation Session 7.30pm, 5971 6100, www.woodleigh. school WED, THURS, FRI MARCH 21,22 & 23 Woodleigh School Campus Tours Book via website FRIDAY-SUNDAY MARCH 23-25 The Big Pictures Fest Frankston Renowned artists commissioned to transform drab walls; www. FRIDAY MARCH 23 Cornish College Prep Discovery Morning – 9.30am; 9781 9000; www. SATURDAY MARCH 24 The Greatest Outdoor Cinema Night @ Ranelagh Club 6pm; Ranelagh Club, 3 Rosserdale Cres, Mt Eliza; Tix $12-$20,


Tue 24 Apr, 10.30am & 1.30pm Commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI and remember WWi and The Vietnam War with songs and stories. Tickets: $20

Glorious! 27-37 Davey St, Frankston, 7.30pm, Tix $27-$57, au, 9784 1060

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Cornish College School Tour 9.30am; 9781 9000;

Peninsula Grammar Open Day 9am-noon, www.peninsulagrammar.

FRIDAY APRIL 6 Peninsula Home presents free outdoor movie Trolls pre-movie entertainment from 4pm, movie starts at 6.15pm, 1128 Nepean Highway, Mornington, 5981 4922, www.

SUNDAY MARCH 25 Frankston Family Picnic & Egg Hunt discounted tix on sale Feb 5; St Augustine’s School; Frankston Sth; www.

Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society Informative Talks and Viewing of Stars The Briars, 450 Nepean Highway, Mt Martha, 8pm, 0419 253 252,

Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society Solar Day The Briars, 450 Nepean Hwy, Mt Martha, tix

My Mount Eliza Run+Fun Festival 5km & 10km Trail run/walk; Mount Eliza Regional Park, Two Bays Rd, Mount Eliza;

Dan Sultan at Red Hill Community Pavilion 184 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill, tix from FRIDAY-SATURDAY APRIL 6-7 Botanika Cinema 6.30-11pm, George Pentland Botanic Gardens, 41N Williams St, Frankston,

Ultimate 24 Gym & Fitness Centre presents Mornington Peninsula Titles 2018 Frankston Arts Centre, 27-37 Davey St, Frankston; 5973 6389 Sunday Sessions at Josephine’s 450 Nepean Hwy, Mt Martha; 5974 1104; Harcourts Hastings Annual Easter Egg Hunt Hastings Foreshore Pelican Park, Marine Pde, Hastings, noon-2pm FRIDAY MARCH 30 Good Friday in Frankston 11am-3pm; Waterfront Festival

TUESDAY APRIL 10 Impact Volunteering introduction to volunteering sessions Long Room, Frankston City Library, 60 Playne St, Frankston, 10am-11am, bookings essential 9770 6492 Party in the Park 9.30am-2pm, Cruden Farm, 60 Cranbourne Rd, Langwarrin,

Blairgowrie Easter Art Show Opening Night 7pm, Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, 2900 Pt Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie

FRIDAY-SATURDAY APRIL 13-14 Botanika Cinema 6.30-11pm, George Pentland Botanic Gardens, 41N Williams St, Frankston,

FRIDAY-MONDAY MARCH 30-APRIL 2 Blairgowrie Easter Art Show Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, 2900 Pt Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie, Bookings & info 5988 8453, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm, Monday 10am-2pm

SATURDAY APRIL 14 Western Port Craft Expo 2018 Hastings Community Hub, cnr Marine Pde & Hodgins Rd, Hastings, 10am-4pm, $5 entry,

SAT-SUNDAY MARCH 31-APRIL 1 Food Truck Carnivale at The Briars 12pm-10pm both days; The Briars, 450 Nepean Hwy, Mt Martha; Free SAT-MONDAY MARCH 31 -APRIL 2 Dromana Potters Group Exhibition – 10am-1pm; Dromana Community Hall, 359A Pt Nepean Rd, Dromana; 9787 3002; SATURDAY MARCH 31 Balnarring Races Gates open 10am, Emu Plains Reserve, Balnarring, www. Whistlewood Gallery Art Parade 642 Tucks Rd, Shoreham, 2.30pm, book online, 5989 8282 THURSDAY APRIL 5 Frankston Arts Centre presents

THURSDAY APRIL 19 Dromana College Open Night – 6pm, 110 Harrisons Rd, Dromana, 5987 2805, SATURDAY APRIL 28 On the Map a festival celebrating local creativity in our industrial precinct, FRIDAY MAY 4 Art Red Hill 2018 Opening Night – Red Hill Consolidated School, tickets available online TUESDAY MAY 29 Bite Conference 2018, The Small Business Event of the Year – Mornington Racecourse; BOOK NOW MORE LISTINGS ON OUR WEBSITE


Stalker Theatre and Out of the Box Productions

CREATURE: An Adaptation of Dot and the Kangaroo Sat 28 Apr, 6pm & Sun 29 Apr, 11am Featuring breathtaking aerial acrobatics, live music and spectacular 3D projections. Tickets: $24 - $30

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Safety Beach Country Club Open Ambrose Safety Beach Country Club, 10 Country Club Drv, Safety Beach; 12noon registrations; $40 pp ($160 per team); Shane Johnson 5981 0100 or Debbie Hedges 5981 0120; www.

Estate with Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Present the Mornington Peninsula’s Regional World’s Longest Lunch 12-4.30pm; $153; Tanglewood Estate, 60 Bulldog Creek Rd, Dromana; Tix

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Jason Neptune (guitars and vocals) grew up in Sorrento before pursuing his musical endeavours around the world and finally settling down in the southwest of Western Australia with his band Lost Thylacines, a grunge roots duo with Rob Meier on drums and didgeridoo. Off the back of touring internationally and nationally and appearances at a few well-known festivals, the success of the single Space Cadet was achieved by endless road trips and tireless touring. It has already received airplay internationally as well as on Triple J, ABC Radio and community stations around Australia. Now Lost Thylacines are releasing a new 10-track studio album titled Latitude 34, which expands from their previous release, Live from Yallingup Forest. Latitude 34 is an expression of what you can create as a uniqueminded duo, with some special musical friends and some good live energy in the studio. The combination of open tuned slide guitars, didgeridoo, drums and bass really brings forward the band’s influences while maintaining a unique raw style and flare. They have also collected more than 500kg of marine debris from 45 beaches throughout Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Australia while engaging the various communities along the way to lend a hand. They have planted more than 4000 native trees throughout Victoria, WA and Queensland, offsetting their touring emissions and making the band a carbon positive entity. “This is an effort to give back to the world more than just music, and you booking us to play at your venue directly assists with our conservation mission,” Jason says. The album and a new documentary on the band will be released this year but the new single is available now on Bandcamp at together MARCH 2018 (76)

with the band’s other releases. “Love it!” enthused Isaac Banks Radio, describing the sound as “Ash Grunwald meets old Black Keys”. “You guys are like Xavier Rudd meets acoustic Nirvana,” raved It Matters Radio. “It’s an awesome combination.” Follow Lost Thylacines on

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FRIDAY 2 MARCH Intl Women’s Day Show - Southern Pen Arts Centre 6.30pm Byson Mulholland – The Dubliner 7.30pm Whisky Gypsies – Brass Razu 8.30pm Andrew Wallace Band - Beaches of Mornington 9pm SATURDAY 3 MARCH Mornington Peninsula Blues Sessions - PCT Mornington, 7pm Rob Papp - Hickinbotham of Dromana 1pm Marty Williams – Zigis Bar Flinders 6pm Bo Jenkins – Gods Kitchen 8pm $ingle Income – Beaches of Mornington 9pm SUNDAY 4 MARCH BennSong – The Winery Cow noon Two Phase the Duo - The New Atrium 2pm Brian Robinson Band – The Wishing Well Tavern 2pm Tim McMillan & Rachel Snow – Gods Kitchen 5pm Saoirse – Peninsula Folk Club 5.30pm FRIDAY 9 MARCH Regular Boys – Beaches of Mornington 9pm SATURDAY 10 MARCH Red Hot Summer Tour Mornington Racing Club All Day Hunter Reyne – Zigis Bar Flinders 6pm Ben Smith Band - Gods Kitchen 8pm Soul Mates – Beaches of Mornington 9pm SUNDAY 11 MARCH Mama’s Mountain Jug Band – Hickinbotham of Dromana 1pm Tropical Trio – The New Atrium 2pm Sarah Gardner – Wishing Well Tavern 2pm Kevin Falkenberg – Gods Kitchen 5pm Mental As Anything – The Grand Mornington 8pm FRIDAY 16 MARCH Maryborough Trad Jazz Band- The Peninsula Jazz Club 7.30pm Bern Carroll – Brass Razu 8.30pm Q Band – Beaches of Mornington 9pm SATURDAY 17 MARCH Peninsula Picnic - Mornington Racing Club Dan Palmara – Hickinbotham of Dromana 1pm The Bittermen – Gods Kitchen 8pm Sidevalve Rock – The Wishing Well Tavern 8pm Two Phase The Duo – Beaches of Mornington 9pm SUNDAY 18 MARCH Between The Bays Music Festival – Penbank School, 12.30pm The Jump Devils - Hickinbotham of Dromana 1pm Two Phase the Duo – The New Atrium 2pm Rhys Crimmin – Gods Kitchen 5pm FRIDAY 23 MARCH The Detonators – Seaford Hotel 8.30pm SATURDAY 24 MARCH James Franklin - Hickinbotham of Dromana 1pm Little Bee Band – Zigis Bar Flinders 6pm The Beatlez – Beaches of Mornington 9pm SUNDAY 25 MARCH Jouls Boult & The Redeemers – Hickinbotham of Dromana 1pm The Tropical Trio – The New Atrium 2pm Tom Millington – Gods Kitchen 5pm SATURDAY 31 MARCH Busking Festival – The Briars

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When it comes to saying “I do”, everything a bridal couple needs to make their special day perfect is right here on the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula has long been a renowned destination for weddings, and why wouldn’t it be? With spectacular beaches and hinterland venues, picturesque wineries, golf courses, country houses and more, this is a wedding wonderland. We also have the some of the best wedding professionals in the business to help you plan and stage your big day. In this issue of Mornington Peninsula Magazine, we bring you some of our iconic venues, along with a jeweller, a boutique make-up and beauty service and one of our favourite celebrant couples, Barbie and Ken. We profile the award-winning Portsea Hotel - the

proud recipient of two awards at the ABIA’s 2017 National Designer of Dreams Awards and arguably one of the most picturesque wedding venues in Australia. We take a look at The Boathouse Restaurant, nestled on the banks of Kananook Creek in Frankston. We present the award-winning restaurant and wedding venue Alatonero on Point Nepean Rd, McCrae. Wilo Beauty in Mount Eliza opens the doors on its full-spectrum beauty destination, and Sorrento’s Marlene Miller explains how she works with clients to find the perfect ring. We also bring you a selection of Flower Girls & Co.’s stunning bridal bouquets and custom floral arrangements. Owners Michael and Danielle explain how they are transforming weddings with colour from their store in Main St, Mornington. Happy wedding planning from the team at Mornington Peninsula Magazine.

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Advice that rings true BY LIZ ROGERS

Marlene Miller knows a lot about romance – she’s been in the business of sourcing engagement and wedding rings for her ‘romance is back’ clients for more than 30 years.

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Individuality and aesthetics are key concerns for this expert engagement and wedding ring consultant. Whether it’s a contemporary design or antique show-stopper, a diamond or a dazzling precious gem, Marlene can point you in the right direction and find that modern-day masterpiece or special antique ring to last a lifetime. Marlene works closely with all her clients to ensure they leave the store with a ring that inspires and delights at the right price. Visit her today to select a piece of history, or a marvelously made modern design to begin your memory-making journey together. Marlene Miller Antiques is open seven days a week from 10am until 5pm (closed Christmas and Good Friday). MARLENE MILLER ANTIQUES A: 128 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento T: 5984 1762 M: 0438 537 757

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The Mornington Peninsula is Victoria’s ultimate wedding destination. Whether you wish to say your vows on a stunning cliff top overlooking crystal clear waters, or if you prefer an intimate country estate, Mornington Peninsula Weddings can handle it all, from attire to accommodation, celebrants to catering.  Mornington Peninsula Weddings is a not-for-profit organisation of industry professionals all working together to achieve the same outcome - a dream wedding for each unique couple.  One couple said: “Organising our wedding on the Mornington Peninsula from interstate really means you invest a lot of faith in someone to do their job, and everyone we dealt with from Mornington Peninsula Weddings exceeded our expectations! They were all professional, reliable and easy-going.  Nothing was too much to ask.”

MPW’s members have a wealth of knowledge about the wedding industry and are reliable, professional and passionate about the Peninsula as a premium wedding destination. So for your and your bridal party’s wedding attire, accommodation, hair and make-up, photographers, celebrants to suit every couple’s personality, catering, flowers, live music or DJs, nothing is left to chance.  MPW even has wedding planners, so you can just kick back and let it all be organised for you from the very beginning!  Follow MPW on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for all your wedding inspiration, and go to peninsulaweddings. to find out more.    MORNINGTON PENINSULA WEDDINGS W: Pics by Bright Eyes Photography

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Greek salad, tzatziki, Greek potatoes and pita! Tickets available at www.

Easter at Alatonero We will be open right throughout the Easter weekend! Join us for a seafood-inspired feast on GOOD FRIDAY from 5.30pm until late five delicious courses for $75pp Easter Saturday, we will be open for lunch and dinner with our full a la carte menu in the dining room & our terrace and garden mezze menu available all day until 9pm. For an Easter Sunday lunch without the hassle, book a table for our Easter feast, featuring the best of season’s produce for $85pp and an Easter egg hunt for the kids in the garden at 3pm. For all inquiries or bookings, phone 5981 1202 during business hours or book online via our website.

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Labour Day long weekend - Music + Friends + Food

Alatonero offers weddings and events of absolute perfection, with stunning beach ceremony locations directly opposite the restaurant. Begin with drinks and canapes in our gorgeous garden before moving inside to a lavish sit-down feast or stylish cocktail event. Alatonero has some very attractive dates available for the coming season as well as flexible package options. Don’t leave your event to just anyone! An event at Alatonero comes with the peace of mind of over 20 years’ experience in hosting events that are memorable and a complete success every time. Contact our functions team during business hours on 5981 1202 or send us an inquiry to info@

Come and kick back in our garden and terrace with live DJs, cocktails and mezze available all weekend! No bookings required. For the dining room, bookings are highly recommended. (Alatonero will be closed on Labour Day)

Alatonero at The Peninsula Picnic We will be back again this year at this fabulous day at the Mornington Racecourse on Saturday, March 17. On the menu this year are our delicious zucchini and chickpea keftedes with beetroot hummus, as well as our famous Greek Snack Box – slow-roasted lamb,

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Beauty packages for brides & bridesmaids Your big day’s looming and you want to look stunning, right? Then you need to see Wilo Beauty. Located in the heart of Mount Eliza, Wilo Beauty has put together two special packages that are perfect for your special day. For the Bride PREMIUM classic full set of eyelash extensions $200 value | 90min First refill 45min refill $90 value | 45min Eyebrow shape $90 value | 45min Full face makeup $120 value | 60min PACKAGE OFFER $360 Total value $500 Girls’ Day Out Pamper package for the bride and two bridesmaids. PREMIUM classic full set of eyelash extensions $600 value | 90min First refill 45min refill (bride only) $90 value | 45min

Eyebrow shape $270 value | 45min Full face makeup $360 value | 60 min Complimentary Curtis Collection lipstick or gloss $99 value Champagne and Finger food PACKAGE OFFER $999 Total value $1419 Wilo Beauty is your one-stop shop for make-up and beauty services on your special day. WILO BEAUTY Open Tuesday to Saturday (Sunday by appointment only) A: 25 Ranelagh Drive, Mount Eliza T: 0438 163 419



Between rolling hills and beautiful coastline, you’ll find Merricks General Wine Store - a cosy, country escape inspired by the rustic charm of farm life. Merricks began life in the 1920’s as a post office & general store. Today, Merricks is a converted restaurant, art gallery, produce store and cellar door featuring Elgee Park (the peninsula’s oldest vineyard) and Baillieu Wines.

Weddings are a welcome addition to a busy calendar of activity held at the store. The Dining Room is at the heart of Merricks and the preferred space for larger events used in conjunction with The Deck to seat up to 120 guests. For more information on our range of catering and beverage packages, please visit or get in touch 03 5989 8088.

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Beautiful Bouquets at Flower Girls & Co.

By Andrea Kellett

It’s easy to see why Flower Girls & Co. in Mornington is earning a reputation as a wedding florist of choice on the Peninsula.

Michael and Danielle have both worked in the floral industry for close to 30 years. Their knowledge of Peninsula wedding venues and personal service ensure a stressfree experience and exceptional results.

From bridal bouquets to custom floral arrangements, owners and creatives Michael and Danielle can transform your special day with colour. Gather your Pinterest inspiration and let Danielle design breathtaking bouquets to complement your gown, your bridal party and, of course, your wedding venue.

Select from Flower Girls & Co.’s full set-up service or collect and set up yourself. Flower Girls & Co.’s boutique wedding service begins with a one-hour consultation and a detailed proposal with images. All budgets are catered to and bookings are advised.

Flower Girls & Co. can craft floral arrangements to suit all venues, styles and themes, whether you’re exchanging vows by the water, in a vineyard, in a garden and everything in between. Did you know Michael and Danielle did the flowers for the Alfa Romeo marquee at the 2017 Portsea Polo? Their eye for detail, collaborative style and passion unite to achieve results that will have your guests asking, “Who did your flowers?”

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Local go-getter Lisa Hemingway brings more than 18 years of wedding and function management to life as Event + Flavour. Her tribe are known as the “event go to girls” in exclusive weddings and private functions. If you need a team known for their execution of events with style, fun and a contagious energy – these girls have you covered. Add to that, exclusive properties and venues available for hire, a healthy obsession over all the important details, there is literally nothing left for you to do but enjoy your perfect celebration.

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But in today’s information and communication age it’s becoming increasingly difficult to out-trend others. And there are only so many images you can Pin before your wedding is feeling much like a colouring between the lines of someone else’s drawing. Lisa Hemingway, the founder of exclusive wedding and events planner Event + Flavour, tells us what’s trending in the wedding industry and how to plan for your perfect day. “Gone are the days of 50/50 meals at the local club, longwinded speeches and the unexpected telegraph from your Contiki Tour mates in Europe being the comical highlight of the entire event,” Lisa says. “In 2017 we welcomed a focus on the wedding weekend experiences, recovery breakfasts and destination weddings. In 2018/2019 couples are on the hunt for blank canvas spaces to convert into truly unique and

unrepeatable wedding spaces that will ‘wow’ their guests. “We are working with couples shaping events beyond the traditions expected of a wedding of the past, and demand is high for moments of impact, textured and lighting installations and a high focus on the guests’ experience, equally as much as the couples’ own. “The rise of the everyday foodie retains the focus of the celebration being around a feast and has brought a demand for truly personalised menus, but interactions with the culinary team now stretch further than food truck carnivals – and more so moving from lawn games between ceremony and reception to a ‘build your own’ food and cocktail station, or a lively and delicious demonstration of culinary flair, style and flavour. “The rise of mindful couples presenting sustainable/vegan events is a welcome change to the disposable singleportion vibe of years gone by - and couples are adding just a splash or magnifying this to reflect their vibe.” Get Lisa’s free downloads at wedding-planning-tips EVENT AND FLAVOUR A: Mornington T: 0400 688 916 W:

“If the bride and groom feel at ease throughout the ceremony, and the guests are enjoying themselves, then I have done the job I promised.” So says Ken, who runs It’s Your Day Ceremonies with his wife, Barbie – yes, really. “Please, no Ken and Barbie jokes,” he laughs. It’s perhaps not surprising that “a touch of humour” throughout the ceremony is a given. “I have always loved meeting people and conveying their story, which is why I love being a celebrant,” Ken says. “I have a relaxed manner and can easily relate to people.” It’s all about you at It’s Your Day Ceremonies, so let Ken and Barbie make your day special. IT’S YOUR DAY CEREMONIES A: Mornington T: 0416 808 448 E: W:

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It’s Your Day Ceremonies • Free home visit • Free rehearsal • Wedding locations: winery, park, garden, beachside, reception centre, restaurant, hall, ballroom or backyard • Free information kit • Choice of readings, rituals • Personalised ceremony, relaxed and happy atmosphere

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Your wedding is going to be the best one ever! You want it to be true to your style, a true reflection of your love story and a milestone event as you venture into the journey of married life together.

Weddings on the Peninsula The perfect wedding begins with finding the perfect venue. The iconic Portsea Hotel, located on Portsea front beach with sweeping views across Port Phillip Bay, offers an unbeatable setting for your wedding vows, photos and reception. And, importantly, you can relax knowing your special day is in the hands of an award-winning team. The Portsea Hotel is the proud recipient of two awards at the ABIA’s 2017 National Designer of Dreams Awards – the pinnacle in wedding industry awards – being named No.1 for Best First Night Honeymoon and No.1 for Best Hotel

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BY ANDREA KELLETT Reception. At the Portsea Hotel you can exchange vows in the hotel gardens, which offer uninterrupted bay views and provide an exquisite backdrop for ceremony photos. The Portsea Pier, front and back beaches and various parks are nearby for the ultimate bridal party photo shoot. The Portsea Hotel offers two tastefully appointed reception areas that can accommodate both seated and cocktail receptions. The Portsea Deck on the second level is an exclusive alfresco function area overlooking the bay and is ideal for intimate weddings, seating 80 people comfortably and up to 110 for a cocktail event. The Nepean Room is perfect for larger weddings and can

accommodate up to 300 guests. It also has an extensive terrace that encircles the room, a private bar, a dance floor and a stage for live entertainment. Highly experienced wedding co-ordinator Sharon Wyatt and her dedicated wedding team are ready to help you every step of the way to create your perfect day. The wedding team works year-round, so make contact and book a site tour at your convenience. THE PORTSEA HOTEL A: 3746 Point Nepean Rd, Portsea T: 5984 2213 W: FB /Portseahotel

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Engage the diamond experts We tend to get engaged at a time when we can least afford it, and buying an engagement ring can certainly put a big strain on the finances. Yet help is at hand in the form of Diamond Coco, where the price of high-quality diamond jewellery is about half the price of your typical retail store. With a key focus of cutting overheads that would otherwise be priced into your typical engagement ring, Anthony Hansen of Diamond Coco offers a more

collaborative approach where the design, size and quality of diamonds are all carefully tailored to an individual’s needs. At Diamond Coco there are no off-the-shelf cookie-cutter engagement rings on offer. To buy an engagement ring of exceptional quality at a fraction of what a retail store charges, book an appointment on 1300 230 630. Diamond Coco is located at Suite 6, 38A Main St, Mornington. DIAMOND COCO A: Suit 6, 38A Main St, Mornington T: 1300 230 630 W:

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Making romantic memories at The Boathouse Looking for an intimate, boutique location to celebrate your special day?

Looking for an intimate, boutique location to celebrate your special day? Then look no further than The Boathouse Restaurant in Frankston. Nestled on the banks of the meandering Kananook Creek and surrounded by lush gardens, The Boathouse Restaurant can accommodate all aspects of your wedding day from ceremony to reception, cocktail canapes to a fine dining feast. An icon in the area for over 20 years, the restaurant offers a charming eclectic interior with floor-to-ceiling French doors to take in the view and is perfect for small to medium-size functions with seating for up to 80 guests or a cocktail-style event for up to 140 guests. The gorgeous garden setting boasts a quaint gazebo which is perfect for an intimate ceremony, registry signing and wonderful photos. Guests

can then move to the deck and jetty for pre-dinner drinks and canapes while watching the sunset, before heading into the restaurant for a scrumptious meal. Alternatively, you can make use of both inside and outside for a more informal cocktail receptions. “We have a number of function packages available with some delicious menu options to choose from,” says The Boathouse owner Cameron Taylor. “Our functions staff will ensure your guests are well looked after from the moment they enter the venue to the moment they leave.” Whatever the occasion, The Boathouse is the ideal wedding venue and function space ready for many memorable moments. For more details call Cameron on 9770 5330 or via email at functions@

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Norwood House

Norwood House Receptions & Accommodation Why choose NORWOOD HOUSE in Mt Eliza for your Wedding Reception? ONE economical price (no hidden extras or additional costs) includes: Wedding Ceremony onsite; all food (from your own selected first-class menus); five hours of unlimited beverage service; late 1.00am liquor licence; unlimited Wedding co-ordination; all decorating of the Reception room, including chair covers, table centrepieces, candelabras etc; free spa Bridal Suite; breakfast next morning - with your guests if you wish. Take your first step towards a much talked about Wedding Reception at Norwood House. Phone 59757977 for a viewing or email:

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Determine your budget Make a guest list Hire a wedding planner Decide formality and overall theme Select the venue Select the caterer

11 Months Out Choose colour theme and start thinking of overall design Hire vendors who book up quickly, including your photographer, band, DJ, and videographer

10 Months Out Start shopping for your wedding dress Book hotel-room blocks for guests Create your wedding website Take engagement photos

9 Months Out Buy your wedding dress Send save-the-dates

8 Months Out Register for gifts Select the bridesmaids’ dresses and schedule fittings within the month Meet with potential florists

7 Months Out Book the rehearsal-dinner venue Hire the ceremony musicians Order rental items such as specialty chairs, linens, draping, lounge furniture, white dance floor, etc Hire a celebrant

6 Months Out Start looking at invitations Hire a lighting technician

5 Months Out Book transportation for guests, if needed Book the bride and groom’s transportation (limo, specialty car, etc) Book the honeymoon Buy or rent the groom’s tuxedo

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Select groomsmen’s attire and schedule fittings within the month Hair and makeup trial

3 Months Out Order the invitations Create or plan your menu Brainstorm guest favours and gift bags Book a photo booth rental Write your vows Select readings Meet with the officiant and invite him or her to the rehearsal dinner


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2 Months Out Send the wedding invitations (with RSVPs due one month before the wedding) Send out rehearsal-dinner invitations (these can be included with the wedding invitations if you like) First dress fitting Buy wedding party gifts Do a floral mock-up with your florist Give the song selections to your band or DJ, including ceremony musicians Buy all small items, including table numbers, toasting flutes, cake topper, cake stand, cake knife, guest book, card box, ring-bearer accessories, flower-girl accessories, a cute hanger for your dress, and a garter. Also consider purchasing pashminas, thongs, and sunglasses for guests to change into at the reception, as well as baskets for them. You’ll also need to buy any signs (“Welcome”, “Guest Book”, “Dancing Shoes” etc)

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1 Month Out Assemble gift bags Pay your vendors in full Create a seating list Order or make your place cards Have a final venue walk-through Put cash in tip envelopes for your planner to distribute. You don’t need to tip people that own their own business, such as photographers, videographers and florists. It’s customary to tip the following vendors: musicians, DJs, hair stylist, makeup artist, drivers, bartenders, and servers. Many couples tip the wedding planner as well.

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Final Week At this point, your wedding planning checklist is basically complete. Brides should be doing as little planning as possible during the final week. That last week should be focused on personal care. Take care of things like: Refreshing your hair colour; Getting your eyebrows done

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spectacular Mornington Peninsula: pure-sand beaches, soul-enriching nature, artisan produce and mere minutes from the region’s most revered cool climate wineries. Whether it’s an intimate celebration or grand affair, few who visit forget the sense of wonder as they turn down Lindenderry’s driveway - an hour’s drive from Melbourne yet an entire world away. Discover endless idyllic spaces, warm authentic hospitality, award-winning wines you’ll want to savour and bespoke seasonal menus that will linger in your mind. Reimagined by awarded design studio Hecker Guthrie, Lindenderry’s breathtaking new interiors include 40

elegant guest rooms, open spaces that invite the outside and a heated indoor pool, accompanied by unforgettable farm-to-table dining and a five-star Halliday-rated cellar door. Visit or contact Lindenderry’s experienced planners on 5989 2933 for more information. LINDENDERRY AT RED HILL BY LANCEMORE A: 142 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill T: 5989 2933 E:

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Have you thought about an exit strategy for your business? Some of the options might be that a family member takes it over, you close it down or you sell it. I’ve built and sold two businesses in the past three years, with my reasons for selling differing between the two. The key is recognising the right time to move on and to not be held back by the indecision for so long that you miss the right opportunity to sell. If you’ve been thinking about selling but have no idea where to start, here are a few tips to help. First, is your business sellable? Ask yourself: Is it profitable? Is their potential for growth? Do you have a business plan, a strategy or at


How to sell your business the least a clear vision for the future and how to get there? Do you have an operations manual or systems and procedures in place so that anyone could step in and run the business? If you answered yes to most of these, your business is in a good place and will be of value. Other things to consider: Stock (if you have products) Existing clients/projects (if you’re a servicebased business) Goodwill i.e. website, domain name, logo and branding, social media following, trademark (if you have one), etc. The next step is to create a seller’s memo and list your assets, social media stats as well as a couple of paragraphs about the business’s journey. You could also add a timeline from past to present and a graph showing your growth. I created my seller’s memo using Canva ( Good luck! JESS JONES - speaker & MC; advocate for women; entrepreneur



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BITECON – The Small Bu BITE Conference, the business conference cited as the Mornington Peninsula’s essential business event, is offering early bird tickets for all attendees who register before March 31. Your ticket to BITECON, to be held at the magnificent Mornington Racecourse on Tuesday, May 29, includes a seat in front of some of the most influential and successful business owners from Australia and beyond, all-day catering with

premium meals, barista-made coffee and post-event networking drinks and finger food. You’ll hear from and network with the likes of Lance Burdett, New Zealand’s top police crisis negotiator. With 22 years of policing experience, 13 of those as a crisis negotiator on some of New Zealand’s most infamous criminal cases, Lance has developed unique techniques in advance communication. He’ll share his skills that will elevate your communication and negotiation with business partners, regulatory bodies and other stakeholders within your

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usiness Event of the Year business. You’ll learn how to deescalate and engage with emotional people and you’ll receive useful tips on reducing stress in your work and personal lives. Take a look at biteconferencevictoria. to view the full list of guest speakers and conference agenda and find out why BITECON is the single most beneficial thing you can do for your business this year.

DATE: Tuesday, May 29 LOCATION: Mornington Racecourse INVESTMENT: $125pp early bird if registered by March 31 (standard price $150pp). Contact SMART Business Solutions for group ticket inquiries. SMART BUSINESS SOLUTIONS A: Level 1, 328 Main St, Mornington T: 5911 7000 W:

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This not-for-profit organisation helps people find meaning and joy by connecting them to causes they are passionate about and preparing them for their role as a volunteer. Its service is free – as are its monthly Introduction to Volunteering sessions held in the Frankston Library Long Room. Impact Volunteering also helps other not-forprofit organisations and community groups find the right volunteer for their specific roles. For further information, contact Impact Volunteering’s Information and Referral Desk at the Frankston Library on weekdays. Meanwhile, Impact Volunteering is accepting nominations for its 2018 Volunteer of the Year Awards. Volunteers


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THE BUSINESS Someone said something to me the other day that keeps running around in my head. “Practice does not make perfect, practice makes permanent.” I believe it was a quote from Bobby Robson, an English football coach. In your business, are you taking the time to ensure you are doing things the best way possible? Or are you just doing it the same way over and over again, expecting a different result? (Another great quote sits there too.) One of the best things you can do is to take time outside of the “doing” of business, to focus on the “being” of business. Only then, with a clear mind, can the right decisions be made, and all that practice becomes worthwhile. But how do you make sure that the “practice” you are doing is right, so that you’re not permanently operating in a negative space?

For more than six years, a group of Peninsula women has been revamping and reselling broken or unwanted jewellery to raise money for women and families in need. Appropriately called Revamped Jewellery, the registered not-for-profit charity has donated thousands of dollars over that time, including $12,600 last year to such organisations as The Mirabel Foundation, Safe Steps, Dress For Success, The Good Shepherd Foundation, Mornington, Hastings and Rosebud community centres, Clothes 4U Rosebud, and Mothers Supporting Families In Need. Most of its jewellery is priced from $5-$10, with some pieces of sterling silver or gold selling for about half their retail valuation. You can find Revamped Jewellery at the Bentons Square Community Centre activity room in Mornington, where it’s open for business each Tuesday from 10am-3pm. With no overhead costs except for a fee for the room, which it covers by asking its small group of volunteers to make a donation each week, all the money it raises goes directly to charity. For more, go to MARCH 2018 (76)

Give someone authority to speak life into your business. Someone to rub shoulders with, to be encouraged and challenged by. That way, your practice becomes permanently perfect. Who is that person for you? Your business partner, a mentor, a family member, or your accountant? If you wish your accountant spoke more life into your business, get in touch with Illumin8. We exist so that our clients can build the best business to achieve their dreams.

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Kate Save is an accredited practising dietitian, exercise physiologist and co-director of Be Fit Food in Mornington. For more info go to or phone 1300 2 MEALS (63257)

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The body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients plays a huge role in our overall health and wellbeing. This is where the gut and the microbiome come in; the gut harbours trillions of microbial bacteria, which are involved in producing and storing energy, fermentation and absorption of carbohydrates and promoting the maturation of immune cells. The collection of microbes that live in the human body are termed the microbiota, and the microbiome refers to the complete set of genes within these. These genes significantly impact digestion, mood, brain function and immune function. Health status, age and exposure to environment all affect the composition of your microbiome. The gut is the frontline of the immune system and a strong microbiome is a diverse one; if there is a disturbance in the balance of bacteria, the body can become more susceptible to disease. Stress, injury, illness and medication also have a role to play, and all affect the individual blend of bacteria in a person’s microbiome. The key theme of a healthy gut is a diet low in processed sugar and high in fibre. Therefore eating a diverse diet, including complex carbohydrates and fibre, can help to promote a healthy gut microbiome. Including a range of legumes, vegetables, wholegrains, yoghurt, dairy, fish, seeds and nuts may be beneficial in increasing microbial diversity. At Be Fit Food, we use a minimum of four to 12 vegetables in all of our meals to encourage the growth of good gut bacteria. We believe it is important to provide a wide variety of plant-based foods at every meal to ensure adequate dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals for optimal gut health. We are even undertaking a three-year research project with Deakin University and its Food and Mood centre to assess the benefits of Be Fit Food on the microbiome.

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health beauty fashion While being active plays a huge role in being fit and healthy, we often forget how important good nutrition is in fuelling our bodies and contributing to our overall wellbeing. Making sure you’re eating the right food at the right time is critical not only if you have a weight loss goal, but also for helping you get the full benefit of each and every workout. It’s not about never eating the things you love. Like all things it’s about maintaining balance and making good choices. I’ve always followed the 80/20 rule. So 80 per cent of the time you really take care of your nutrition and limit yourself to treats 20 per cent of the time. This gives you an easy guide for staying on track without constantly depriving yourself of an occasional treat, as doing that will MARCH 2018 (76)

ultimately set you up for failure. It’s also important to not beat yourself up if you have a bad day nutrition-wise. Be aware of the choices you are making and the reasons for them as this will help avoid repeat behaviour. If you’d like to have a chat with a nutrition coach for some help to begin the journey to good nutrition in a positive atmosphere (minus the judgment), simply get in touch with us. It’s just one more of the ways we encourage overall wellbeing so you can live your best life. Be kind to yourself. KEIRSTEN WALLACE, owner and qualified Reiki practitioner FERNWOOD FITNESS MORNINGTON A: Shop A3, 1128 Nepean Highway, Mornington T: 5973 5188 W:

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To help equip you with the tools to look and feel your very best and put the fun back into shopping, Bayside has introduced a personal shopping service and resident stylist, Anne Guergues. As an avid lover of fashion from an early age, Anne’s true passion lives in seeing her clients find the right outfit and discover

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their full style potential. “As life gets busier and continues to change with careers, kids and events, your wardrobe can fall down the priorities list,” Anne says. “As a busy mother of two, I understand balancing life can be hard. Many people struggle to evolve their look over time, meaning they wear things they’re unhappy with or feel is outdated or might just not fit them properly anymore. This can affect confidence and present an incredibly overwhelming question of where to start.” No matter your budget or mission, Anne can help by creating a fun, relaxed and collaborative experience. Each session

begins with a coffee and consultation to understand your needs. From there, Anne will guide you to the right shops, be honest with you and ultimately help you achieve your style goals. There’s no better time to book a shopping experience with Anne and let her show you how to get the best value and items for the new autumn winter season ahead. Plus, when you spend $250 on fashion and beauty between March 14-29, you’ll receive a $20 voucher. BAYSIDE A: 28 Beach St, Frankston T: 9771 1700 W:


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Natural perfumes are a whole different ballgame to synthetic fragrances - they are much more subtle. As one perfumist wrote: “You are interacting with the soul of the plant.” Natural perfumes take a bit of getting used to if you are used to mainstream perfumes, which are much stronger smelling and last all day. Kis My Body suggests applying Kis perfume every four hours, which is why they come in good quality and very portable glass bottles. Some perfumes contain synthetic fixatives that are very bad for your health, and that’s another reason why the lasting power of natural perfumes will always be less than


the mainstream perfumes. One Kis customer bought both the 50ml spray perfume as well as the rollerball perfume oil and uses the rollerball to top up during the day. The lasting power of the natural perfumes also varies greatly among individuals, depending on your skin type and other factors, but it will nearly always be less than mainstream perfumes. So as a consumer you may need to adjust your expectations if you are going down the healthy route of natural perfumes. You may have to apply your perfume more frequently, which is a pleasure and a natural pick-me-up because Kis perfumes use organic essential oils. KIS MY BODY T: 9787 8825

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Newest styles and trends for everyone are found at Mt Eliza Optical. Owner Marcus Bland let us in on his current favourite brand, William Morris, which has released its new London range and it’s in store now.

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William Morris designs are original, superb and constantly evolving as fashion progresses. This brand was created from humble beginnings and now it’s recognised as a successful global entity. William Morris is the ultimate independent company and it oozes a sense of English. You can now get that London feel right here on the Mornington Peninsula – sans the long-haul flight. To browse Mt Eliza Optical’s extensive range, visit in store or peruse its new online store via MT ELIZA OPTICAL A: 5/89 Mount Eliza Way, Mount Eliza T: 9775 2922 W:


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Fermentation is kinda weird. All that yeast and bacteria doing its thing to bring on the bubbles and heat. Doesn’t sound that great when you think about it, but it is this exact process that humans have been relying on for centuries first to preserve food and then as a probiotic. Fermentation use has been recorded as far back as 6000BC and is making a mega resurgence as a gut enhancer and romancer. I take apple cider vinegar and kefir drinking yogurt daily in the hope of a more balanced gastrointestinal tract. One can only hope! The thing is that even though the general consensus is that certain strains of probiotics are supposed to help support the immune system and reduce inflammation in the gut, much investigation is still needed to reveal which strains are best and how much of them you need. I suppose that has to be left up to the individual, but Mornington Peninsula Magazine thought you’d like to hear about some of the more popular fermented foods currently getting tongues wagging and what they are supposed to be doing for your insides.

OK. I’ve been drinking kefir (fermented milk) for about four weeks now in the lead-up to writing this. What I can tell you is that as the ‘bad bacteria’ in my gut gets bombarded with the good stuff, I feel bloated and gassy, but I also feel a real spring in my step. My skin looks clearer, probably because I’ve cut back on sugar as a natural response, and I haven’t had as many cravings for certain ‘not so good for me’ foods. Peninsula holistic nutritionist Sherrie Miller says that’s because the gut is being rebalanced. She changed her diet to include home-fermented foods about five years ago and says she feels the best she has in years. She explains. “Our modern-day diets and exposure to chemicals in our environment, and what we put on our skin, has led to the destruction of our good bacteria and an increase in bad bacteria within our gut. Fermented foods can help increase the good bacteria, force out the bad bacteria, detox, improve circulation, absorb nutrients, and fight inflammation.” Ah ha! Kefir, which originated in the former Soviet Union, is supposed to include high levels of magnesium and vitamin B12 and boost immunity while improving digestion. Japanese kombucha, which is a fermented

drink made from black tea and sugar, is supposed to detox and help you to lose weight, while German sauerkraut made from fermented cabbage is great for circulation and fights inflammation. Miso and tempeh (fermented soya beans) are said to strengthen the immune system, while the Korean fermented vegetables plus spices and seasoning kimchi is currently being served up as a side dish across the state. You decide. I’ll certainly continue my shy love affair with fermented foods because I think it is doing me more good than harm. Weird, hey?

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Eileen continues to help create the lasting results people are needing, from finally quitting smoking to never having to go on another diet to actually releasing stress and unwanted anxiety from your life. Eileen is an experienced, dedicated and compassionate therapist who is multi-skilled and trained in many areas, and this is reflected in her ability to help clients feel safe and supported. Hypnotherapy has been proved scientifically to work. It is very safe and natural and it allows you to be in a relaxed yet aware state which enables the mind to accept suggestions that are for your benefit.  It all starts with a decision to change. Habits, fears, phobias, relationship problems, children’s anxiety - Eileen can help.  EFFECTIVE HYPNOTHERAPY A: Mornington T: 0401 558 297 W:

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Have you considered the role your teeth play in your self-confidence and wellbeing? The reality is, when we love our smile, confidence flows from that. The team at Clarity Dental Care understand they are not just improving the health of their clients’ teeth and gums, they are improving smiles and wellbeing. Do you have chipped, stained, crooked or worn-down teeth? Perhaps you have unwanted gaps? At Clarity Dental Care, Dr Dilly Abdeen (BDS) and his team can help you achieve a smile you’ll love with veneers. A veneer is a layer of material bonded to the surface of the tooth, improving the aesthetics of a smile. It is a less intrusive option than crowns or braces and yet one that still requires an

experienced dentist who explains the process, the cost and how best to care for them. Dr Dilly has 18 years’ experience in dentistry and will help you decide which type of veneer is best for you. His composite veneers are sculpted by hand and Dr Dilly can complete up to six composite veneers in one morning – walk in and walk out with a new look. Priceless. Ceramic veneers have a more polished finish and are made in a laboratory using impressions taken from your teeth. Call for a consultation today. Remember, a beautiful smile can boost your confidence and your wellbeing. CLARITY DENTAL CARE A: 209 Dunns Rd, Mornington T: 5973 5060 FB: Clarity Dental Care – Mornington W:

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This industry leader in optical instrument creation supplies two international companies, but also offers a competitive range of visionary eyewear - including labels such as Mako, Koali, Hugo Boss, Pierre Cardin and Gucci - direct to public. Special Purpose Optical makes single vision, bifocal and multifocal lenses using detailed traditional techniques. Expert lens construction by highly trained staff ensures your lenses will be exact every time, while an experienced optometrist is onsite to help maintain optimum eye health. Now that’s special. SPECIAL PURPOSE OPTICAL A: Factory 14, 1140 Nepean Highway, Mornington T: 5975 9037

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Stephanie is an experienced Astrologer and regular contributor to Mornington Peninsula Magazine.

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Events in February may have triggered a need to retreat in March. Aries’ usual modus operandi is full steam ahead, but this month beckons you to slow down and contemplate. It may be time to revisit your spiritual purpose. Withdrawing now gives you more energy later.



Joint resources are on your mind. If you are married then your shared bank accounts and finances need some attention. If you don’t have common accounts then you are likely to reassess your personal investments. It is also possible that you plan to dip into your savings for a big purchase.

Friends, associates and groups are likely to feature more prominently than usual during March. You can share happy moments with your social circle, join a new group or club or simply seek the support of likeminded individuals. Your hopes, dreams and wishes can come true as the planets align.

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If you have been planning changes or working on a professional project then you are likely to reap the rewards this month. People in high places recognise your worth and support your goals. You are centre stage this month.

“accessorising” has become a verb. This month you have permission to go full steam ahead with your grooming rituals. You can spruce up your wardrobe, sort your accessories and update your shoe collection. You may even go for a complete change of style.

Gemini: March is your month to shine in your career.

high standards. You know what you want in a partner and how you want to be treated. You have a lot of love and loyalty. This month you have the chance to focus on the status of your closest relationships.

Libra: Vogue-loving Librans are the likely reason why

Cancer: It is time for a cultural experience. You move Scorpio: out of your comfort zone and broaden your horizons. This could be through travel plans, a new course of study, or a visit to a religious event or a cultural festival. World events are the focus rather than your usual home and family.

Pleasure and creativity are the name of the game this month. As long as you can afford it financially and all is safe then you can let loose and fly. It is time to live in the moment and play. Let young children be your example of spontaneity and free-flowing fun.

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The time has come to focus on your private life. The start of the year has been busy. Now you can draw a breath and focus on your home. Clean up your house, work in the garden or relax in a deck chair and pay others to do the chores.

Capricorn: The communication sector of your

Solar chart is lit up like a beacon. This means that you receive some important news that needs to be dealt with. Alternatively you are focusing on learning new ways to connect with others.  March is also a good month to re-examine your investments.

Aquarius:  The planets are aligned in the money

sector of your Solar chart this month, suggesting that money matters are at the forefront. The time has come to ensure that you are turning your innate talents into income. Building a successful career and having disposable income is tied to your feelings of confidence.


This is your month to listen to your intuition, share your wisdom and honour your personal successes. You start the month with some personal development or simply by enjoying your own interests, anything that is soothing and gentle. Your focus can be more self-centred. A new philosophy may also appeal right now.

Opening hours 9am-5pm Monday - Friday Extended hours over Easter weekend and school holidays

FAMILY GENERAL PRACTICE A clinic that combines general practice with evidence-based holistic principals to help men, women and children be well. Modern medicine on the Mornington Peninsula. Medicare rebates apply to all services. OUR DOCTORS Dr Michelle Woolhouse I Dr Bianca Carroll I Dr Elsa Gladigau I Dr Preveena Nair

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health beauty fashion Peninsula Hot Springs launched its Australian Earth Clay Collection on January 25. This collection of mineral-rich clays has been created by Peninsula Hot Springs for their restorative and nourishing qualities when applied to the skin. The clays are used in the Clay Ridge experience and are now available in a 100g retail pack for guests to take home the experience. The Australian Earth Clay Collection comprises five 100 per cent natural earth clays. Photos: supplied MARCH 2018 (76)

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Many Melbourne families are discovering just how much joy a small flock of backyard hens can bring to their homes. With no permit needed to keep them on the Peninsula, it’s now easier than ever!

After five years running Talking Hens in Keysborough, Jason, Giuliana and daughter Bella (pictured) have moved the business to Main Ridge. Passionate about their hens and their customers, Jason and Giuliana continually look for ways to overcome any problems and provide better products and services.

Wanting backyard hens? We supply families with lovable, friendly & the best-laying hens on the Peninsula. 100% moneyback guarantee! Call or learn more by downloading our FREE Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Chickens... Or visit our Main Ridge farm by appointment:

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Open Labour Day Weekend! Strawberry Picking Season 7 days a week 9-5pm (last upick entry 4.30pm)

244 Shands Rd, Main Ridge T 5989 4500

From their farm they sell quality Hy-Line Brown hens, highest grade chicken feed and a range of related products. Hy-Line hens are not only one of the very best laying breeds in the world, they’re also one of the friendliest. Customers rave about how quickly they have become much-loved pets and how their children adore them. Of course, having eggs as a daily source of highquality protein, minerals and vitamins is also something their hens are expert at producing. While the Hy-Line hen is able to lay an egg a day, this can only be achieved with a tailored, high-quality feed. Fortunately, Giuliana’s father, Agostino, created an amazing laying hen diet with the help of Dr Hector Karunajeewa, who was a leading poultry diet researcher with the Animal Research Institute in Werribee at the time. Using the family’s “secret” recipe, Talking Hens now sends its chook feed Australia-wide. It also works closely with Peninsula vet Dr Grant Richards in the development of a range of natural hen care products that it sells. Selling only the highest quality products, Talking Hens happily provides a 100 per cent money-back guarantee which is even extended to its hens! TALKING HENS A: Main Ridge T: 0406 691 231

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Locally made gifts for all occasions The family team at Olieve & Olie have been making luxurious olive oil-based products for almost 20 years – and they’re made right here on the Peninsula! Olieve & Olie started making its products on a 6ha property on the banks of the Gunbower Creek in the far north of Victoria. The owners, Andy and Jude Steele, planted a large grove of some 2000 olive trees and within five years the trees were producing superior quality olives in large volume. That’s when Jude began making olive oil soap right there on the farm. More than 10 years later Jude and Andy, and now their children Sarah and Hal, are running an award-winning

business based on their own recipes of olive oil skin care products. Their factory shop is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, and Saturday from 9am-1pm. They are closed Sundays and public holidays. OLIEVE & OLIE A: 7/16 Henry Wilson Drive, Capel Sound T: 5982 0992 W:

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EVERY WEDNESDAY Mornington’s Main Street: Every Wednesday 9am - 3pm between Cromwell and Albert Sts. EVERY THURSDAY Hastings in Street: Every Thursday. Over 40 stalls everything home made, home grown & craft, High St, Hastings 9-1pm. EVERY SUNDAY Bittern Community: Every Sunday at Bittern railway station. FrankstonFlinders Rd, Bittern. Over 80 stalls selling new and used goods, crafts, plants, fruit and vegetables. Frankston Sunday: Every Sunday 8am1pm in Sherlock & Hay carpark, Young St, Frankston. SATURDAY MARCH 3 Red Hill Community Market: First Saturday of month, Sept-May, RH Showgrounds, Arthur’s Seat Rd, Red

Hill 8am-1pm. Over 300 stalls fresh gourmet produce, art & craft. Rye Foreshore Rotary Market: First Saturday of month, runs all year, opposite Rye Post Office at the end of Lyons St, 2257-2319 Pt Nepean Rd, Rye, 7am-1pm. Lovely local market that benefits a great cause Rosebud West Outdoor Market: first Saturday of month 8:30am -12:30pm. Eastbourne Primary School, Allambie Ave, Rosebud West Creators Market: Dromana Estate Winery, 555 Old Moorooduc Rd, Tuerong; 10am-3pm; www. Emu Plains Market: 9am-2pm, Emu Plains Reserve, Balnarring Racecourse, Coolart Rd, www.emuplainsmarket.

SUNDAY MARCH 4 Rosebud Lions Club: 1st Sunday of month, Rosebud Village Green7am-2pm SATURDAY MARCH 10 Crib Point Community Market: Park Rd, Crib Point; Every Second Saturday 9am1pm; Rosebud Community School: 2nd Saturday of month, Rosebud Primary School Cnr Pt Nepean & Jetty Rd Somerville Saturday Market: Second Saturday of month 9am-1pm, Stalls can range from crafts, bric & brac, cakes, plants and veggies, 2a Eramosa Rd West, Somerville Karingal Uniting Church: 2nd Saturday of month, 8am-1pm, cnr Karingal Dve & Lindrum Rd, Frankston SUNDAY MARCH 11 Mornington Racecourse Craft:



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showcasing locally made • grown • produced Second Sunday of month, Racecourse Rd 9am-2pm. Over 300 stalls with animal farm and face painting for the kids. Sorrento Wellbeing Market: Sorrento Community Centre, 860-868 Melbourne Rd, Sorrento; 10am-3pm; www.sublime-wellbeing. com SATURDAY MARCH 17 Pearcedale Farmers Market: 3rd Saturday of the month from 8am-1pm at the Pearcedale Community Centre, Baxter-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale Boneo Community: Third Saturday of month, Cnr Boneo & Limestone Rds. Emu Plains Market: 9am2pm, Emu Plains Reserve, Balnarring Racecourse, Coolart Rd, www.

SUNDAY MARCH 18 Seaford Farmers’: Third Sunday every month, 8am1pm Broughton St Reserve Station St Seaford Seaford Handmade Homemade: Third Sunday of month, 10am-3pm, Seaford Scout Hall, Seaford THURSDAY MARCH 22 The Urban Market Twilight: FAC, 27-37 Davey St, Frankston, 4-8pm; www. SATURDAY MARCH 24 Tootgarook Primary School: Fourth Saturday of month 7.30am-12.30pm. Little Beauty Market: 10am-3pm, Beauty Park, Frankston. www. SUNDAY MARCH 25 Mt Eliza Farmers’: Fourth Sunday of month, Mt Eliza Village Green, 9am-1pm

These Easter school holidays, the beautiful George Pentland Botanic Gardens in Frankston will be transformed into an open air cinema unlike anything seen in the bayside town before. A giant 6m screen illuminated against the iconic botanic gardens will feature all-time family favorites and cult classic films on April 6, 7, 13 and 14 as part of the event attraction scheme in conjunction with the Frankston City Council. Gates open at 6.30pm for amazing live music and street food, with the movies starting at sundown. Tickets start from $10 with kids under 5 free. This is an event the whole family will adore. Come early to experience some amazing live entertainment, fun activities for the kids, mouthwatering food and a bar stocked with Peninsula favorites featuring Chirping Bird Wines and Red Hill Brewery beers. For all the details, log on to


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Year-round baking with Somerville Egg Farm BY LIZ ROGERS Somerville Egg Farm’s eggs are perfect for creating farm to kitchen fresh treats. Luigi and Maria Napolitano have been supplying eggs to the Peninsula since 1978 and share the running of their farm with son Anthony and daughters Linda and Anita, all of whom know that fresh is always best when it comes to providing scrumptious homebaked fare. Any time’s a good time to get cooking with Somerville Egg Farm’s eggs, which deliver on freshness, form and luscious golden yolk goodness. Stop by to pick up some of the most delicious eggs you’ll find next time you’re in the mood for cooking up a storm in the kitchen and say hello to the free-range chooks while you’re there. The Napolitanos’ grandchildren Angus, William, Ruby, Stella and Harry help look after the free-range hens, maremma dogs, alpacas and goats on this family-friendly farm. Get cracking to purchase some of their very fresh eggs. Winter warming recipes await! SOMERVILLE EGG FARM A: 220 Eramosa Rd West, Moorooduc (cnr Eramosa Rd West and Binnak Way) T: 5977 5405 Open: Monday-Friday 8am-4.30pm, Saturday 8am12.30pm; closed Sunday and all public holidays





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If you haven’t tried The Hart of Tyabb’s popular pork belly sandwich or the cauliflower burger, here’s a tip – get in while the summer menu is still on! The Hart of Tyabb Café, located inside the historic Tyabb Packing House Antiques complex, is the place to relax over delicious house-made food and barista-made coffee after wandering through the extensive antiques showroom. Owner Tony, chef Dean Caldwell and the team are serving delicious dips, hearty burgers and a pork belly sandwich on Turkish bread that is the talk of the town. Tony makes the divine bread himself. Pair a house-made dessert with your coffee. There are several gluten-free dessert options available and the cakes are now being baked individually, making them a great treat to share with a friend. Or order a half serve for one. The Hart of Tyabb Café also offers friendly table service and “the very best in coffee”. THE HART OF TYABB CAFÉ Open Thursday-Sunday, 10am-5pm A: 14 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Tyabb (inside Tyabb Packing House Antiques) W: T: 5977 3166

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Tyabb’s favourite destination and great atmosphere. Vegetarian & Gluten Free Options Available. 14 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Tyabb (Tyabb Packing House) • 5977 3166 • Open 10am-5pm Thurs-Sun • Find us on Facebook

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Our melt in the mouth butter biscuits rangeSavoury cheese biscuits (a huge favourite) Classic viennese biscuits with assorted fillings and toppings Choc chip, Walnut and Raisin, Coconut

Present this ad for your choice of any 2 packets of our delicious biscuits for only $5 *Limit to one per customer

Owners Mark and Poulter ValidCherie until 26-3-2018

Peninsula Springs is a local, family owned and operated Natural Spring Water business, serving the Mornington Peninsula and Bayside Regions. We pride ourselves on providing great service and great tasting Natural Spring Water to our clients. Delivered Free to your door. Indulge in the taste of Peninsula Springs Natural Spring Water in 15 litre or 600ml size bottles.

For more information ring Peninsula Springs on 0413 996 317 or check the website at

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Sun, sand, sausages … and a floating barbecue table? Dromana Foreshore was the place to be on Australia Day. Photos: Tanya Fry

HOMESTOCK - the hottest new eatery in town Word is out. The hottest burgers, bagels and coffee in town are now in Hastings.

Owner and chef Lochie Greig-Moore is shaking up the Peninsula’s food scene with his ethical eatery Homestock. This is a must for lovers of really good food, done simply. Homestock’s quest is to provide a great tasting, ethically-sourced menu that educates and influences customers to appreciate the quality of ethically-farmed food. Since its opening in July when Lochie and his partner moved to Hastings, this family-run venture already has customers driving more than an hour for his burgers. You’ll find a menu infused with free-range, organic and artisan produce, from Nirvana free-range eggs and Hagen’s Organics free-range chicken to freshly ground Latrobe River angus beef, organic French-style l’artisan cheese and more. Homestock Hastings is committed to serving on-trend, sustainably-sourced food at economical prices. There are hearty beef burgers, vegetarian burgers, fish burgers, ripper breakfasts and even the Westernport Classic, designed for pineapple and beetroot-lovers. The venue is also licensed and has a great range of local, boutique and gluten-free beers and ciders as well as a good selection of wine from the region. There’s a cool Melbourne laneway vibe and a welcoming atmosphere. Pull up a chair at the communal table and stay a while. It’s open every day from 8am-8pm (8.30pm close Friday and Saturday). HOMESTOCK HASTINGS A: 3/97 High St, Hastings T: 5979 2962 W: (online orders welcome) FB/ homestockhastings MARCH 2018 (76)

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A CHAT WITH OUR FOOD, WINE & DINING EXPERTS Paul Smith – The New Atrium Function Centre, 10 Country Club Drive, Safety Beach For more than 30 years Paul Smith has been cooking up a storm in the kitchen. His Chef’s Diploma and passion for food mean you’re sure to be delighted with your meal at The New Atrium Function Centre. He speaks to Kate Sears about what makes him tick.


How long have you been at The New Atrium Function Centre. I have been here for 12 months. Please describe your menu selections. Our menu would be described as casual dining. What trend are you loving at the moment? I’m really enjoying exploring the new trend to make stylish yet simple meals. For those who aren’t familiar with your restaurant, give us some insight into what makes you different. We focus on customers’ value for money with decent portions and great taste. Please tell us a little about your

professional background? I’ve worked in hotels, wineries and even wedding venues. What is your style in the kitchen? My style is modern French cuisine. What ingredients will you be adding to your autumn dishes? For autumn we will be utilising the fresh herbs and vegetables from our garden. What do your customers like about your menu? They like that we are consistent with our performance. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I like to take some time off cooking and dine out. What do you love most about what you do? Getting to sit down and enjoy a nice glass of red with a meal that I’ve prepared. Any advice for aspiring chefs? I suggest that you show appreciation to the food you produce and be patient. You should also always be willing to learn new techniques and trial new trends.

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Ting Tong Kanteen prides itself on this point of difference, and its location in Balnarring offers the perfect combination of costal and rural atmosphere. Ting Tong Kanteen adds flavour, friendship and an authentic slice of Asian life to your special event. “We have had many successful functions here to date, and with our wine bar

doubling as a private dining room we have that little extra on offer,” said owner Mark. “In addition to the wine bar, the restaurant can seat up to 120 people plus outdoor tables and chairs.” A terrific little bar out the back offers a retreat for the adults to delve into delicious and creatively presented dishes. Imagine enjoying mouthwatering sushi (freshly prepared on site) or Ting Tong’s renowned yum cha while your children play freely in the wide-open spaces at the venue - they can even bring their scooters! TING TONG KANTEEN A: 27/3050 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Balnarring T: 5931 3588 W: FB: @Tingtongkanteen INSTA: @tingtongkanteen

Two Phase the Duo rock Sunday Sessions

BY ANDREA KELLETT functions and everything in between. The Mornington Peninsula’s much-loved “When we first started I was playing two-piece band Two Phase the Duo are congas and singing and now I play guitar shaking things up at The New Atrium in and sing,” Pete explains. Safety Beach. Pete Carroll, from Safety Beach, and Trevor As for the Sunday Sessions, Pete says it’s all about having a good time. “It’s super Bowers, from Arthurs Seat, are bringing a relaxed. You’ve got serious dose of cool live to be prepared for music to the beer garden anything. Sometimes on Sundays. It’s called we go hammer and Sunday Sessions (Pete and tongs and other times Trev have fondly named we take requests and it ‘Sunday Sippers’) and have a laugh.” you can enjoy a beverage outdoors while listening Check out Two to their hip-swinging Phase the Duo at cover music spanning all The New Atrium’s genres and decades, from Sunday Sessions this the 1920s right through month on March 4, to current-day hits. 11, 18 and 25. The New Atrium is at 10 Two Phase the Duo are Country Club Drive, a cover band that have Safety Beach. More at been going strong for more than a quarter of a au/sunday-sessions century. They’ve played and check out Two thousands of gigs ranging Phase the Duo on from pubs and clubs social media. to weddings, private MARCH 2018 (76)

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Known as a serious player in the restaurant game and offering delicious fresh homemade Asian fusion fare, Ting Tong Kanteen has uniquely flexible spaces that can easily accommodate any event. From functions, private dinners and wine tastings to birthdays, engagements and well-priced weddings, this is your dream venue.


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Winery and Cellar Door - 1282 Nepean Hwy Mt Eliza Cellar Door Opening Hours -10am to 5pm, 7 Days P. 03 9775 4185 E.

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Zarah & LJ Love is definitely in the air on the Mornington Peninsula. Mornington Peninsula Magazine visited some of our favourite restaurants on Valentine’s Day night to find plenty of happy couples enjoying great food and wine. Photos: Tanya Fry

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FULLY LICENSED Dine in & Take-away

Mornington’s authentic Japanese restaurant Beach We are here

Dr Fox

Winey Cow

Lunch open trading day Wed, Fri & Sat12pm to 2pm Dinner: Mon to Sat 6pm to 10:30pm Closed Sundays

37D Main St, Mornington 5976 1323 or 5975 7511

BY ANDREA KELLETT gluten-free bases available, so whatever your diet you’re bound to find something to suit your taste. That Pizza Shop is owned and operated by the Lawrences – Michelle, who maintains a fun, friendly atmosphere front of house, and Daryl, a Jacques Reymond-trained chef. As well as all your traditional favourites, Daryl creates such unique delights as the Urban Turban, with Indian-style butter chicken and mint yoghurt, and The Garlic Prawn, with creamed leek, roast potato, garlic tiger Owners Michelle and Daryl have launched three brand prawns and semi-dried tomatoes. new house-made desserts and these beauties are set to be the talk of the town. We’re talking lemon cheesecake That Pizza Shop is open Tuesday-Thursday from 5-9pm with a gingersnap biscuit base, a decadent Callebaut and Friday-Sunday from noon-9pm. Delivery is available coverture chocolate mousse, and vanilla bean crème to Arthurs Seat, Dromana, Main Ridge, Merricks, McCrae, brûlée - oh là là! There’s also a rocky road dessert pizza Mount Martha, Red Hill, Rosebud and Safety Beach. and an apple and apricot crumble pizza to tempt your THAT PIZZA SHOP taste buds. A: 234 Boundary Rd, Dromana That Pizza Shop continues to offer options for vegans T: 5981 4555 and gluten-intolerant customers, with vegan cheese and W:

A great pizza should be followed by a wicked dessert. That’s the idea at Dromana’s go-to shop for delicious traditional, gourmet and gluten-free pizza, That Pizza Shop.

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FOOD WINE PRODUCE Using grapes grown in the main vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula, Dromana Estate produces premium wines including pinot noir, shiraz, chardonnay, pinot gris, sauvignon blanc, rosé, and blanc de blanc under the brand labels Dromana Estate, Mornington Estate, Tuerong Park and David Traeger. Since 2013 Dromana Estate has been managed by Weeping Elm Wines Pty Ltd and chief winemaker Peter Bauer, who has more than 30 years of vineyard management and winemaking experience.  Having been with Dromana Estate for more than 10 years, Peter has contributed in lifting the quality of wines

produced by Dromana Estate to a higher level. Dromana Estate’s café and cellar door are open for social gatherings from Wednesday to Sunday, 11am5pm. Dromana Estate’s staff are experts at catering for large groups seeking a leisurely grazing lunch or an intimate wine-tasting experience for two to 50 swillers. On Saturday, March 3, the estate is hosting its second Creators Market. Bringing together 100 of the region’s and Victoria’s most talented artists, designers, crafters and culinary creators from 10am until 3pm, it is sure to be great day. Stalls are open from 10am and free parking is available. DROMANA ESTATE A: 555 Old Moorooduc Rd, Tuerong T: 5974 4400 for lunch booking W: Who doesn’t love free live music outdoors? Mount Eliza Village exploded with music and fun during the popular Gig on the Green music festival on Saturday, February 3. Photos: supplied

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The cool climate style of shiraz is gaining steam in Australia. You may have noticed the word “Syrah” showing up on bottles of red at your local store - fear not, this isn’t some fancy new hipster wine fad. It is actually the name the rest of the world knows the grape shiraz by. Australia is known for the big, bold style that comes out of South Australia, with Barossa shiraz being the most well-known, but the cool climate style synonymous with the Rhone Valley in France is making huge leaps. As the Mornington Peninsula is a lot cooler than the Barossa Valley, the skins of the grape don’t need to be as thick to survive. This is where a lot of the deep colour and tannin comes from. This means that shiraz/syrah from the Peninsula is much lighter, more peppery and more friendly to a lot of different foods (not just a big fat steak). They are great wines to bridge the gap between your pinot lover and your “big red only” drinker. Below are a few of our favourites.

Avani Syrah 2015 $80 This is made the way we like it using wild yeast, no fining or filtering. This is a premium wine that displays the lovely peppery characteristic mentioned earlier. This would be perfect to be served a little under room temperature with some top quality barbecued meats. A real favourite. This cellar door is by appointment only, but worth it if you are really interested in learning more about the style.

Moorooduc Estate Shiraz 2015 $55 A couple of years ago I was mildly obsessed with this wine. I went on a little “pinot break” as I realised it was about three-quarters of what I was consuming at the time. I really dug this (and still do) and was consuming up to a bottle a week. Made in a similar way to the Avani, with

minimal intervention, it also uses whole bunches which give it a lovely savoury characteristic. They have an informative cellar door with a great range.

Tucks Ridge Shiraz 2014 $38 Another old favourite. This was made in the difficult vintage of 2014, when yields were down significantly but fruit quality was excellent. I wouldn’t imagine there would be much more of this around. Made in a more traditional style with a bit more oak than the two previous wines, it would probably be the most likely to please a big red drinker, but is still a lot lighter. Tucks Ridge recently re-opened with a new cellar door and innovative tasting experience.

Open for breakfast from 9am daily

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The Peninsula Film Festival returned to the Village Green, Rosebud, on Saturday, February 10, under the stars. Photos: Andrea Kellett and Tanya Fry




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Peninsula Home has come a long way in the past 12 months. It’s evolved into something so much more than a traditional homemaker centre, having welcomed Aldi, Chemist Discount Pharmacy, Plover and Sober Mule. These retailers have joined the likes of Officeworks, Harris Scarfe, Rebel Sport, Provincial Living and Harvey Norman.

that fit Plover’s wellbeing criteria, so you’re in good hands. We’ll see you there! PENINSULA HOME A: 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington T: 5991 4922 W:

Visitors are taking full advantage of the variety now on offer, and Peninsula Home has become a daily destination instead of a monthly or yearly one. The two buzzing cafes offer customers a chance to refuel as they browse dozens of strong retailers in the newly transformed environment. If you haven’t visited Plover yet you’re in for a treat. It’s a unique space and a very welcome addition to the centre since opening last November. It is primarily aimed at women, and it brings together a healthy-eating café, day spa, yoga studio and a retail component, all in one space. You can move from a yoga class to a post-workout smoothie as you browse the store’s homewares, beauty products, athleisure wear and fashion. What’s more, one of the owners, Belinda Fraser, founded and grew the Endota Spa network to 90 locations before selling her shares two years ago. She’s carefully selected products

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Hands up if you know what a Mikiphone is. If you love a special vintage find, head into Obtainium Antiques & Vintage Wares in Mornington quickly, while Karine still has this circa 1924 portable phonograph for sale. The Mikiphone was invented in Switzerland and designed at the time to be the smallest, most portable record player ever made. Obtainium Antiques & Vintage Wares is full of hardto-find items like this, and much more. This amazing warehouse for all things vintage, quirky and eclectic is located in Progress St, away from the hustle and bustle. It’s also opposite Commonfolk Coffee Company, the perfect spot to relax when your browsing is done. New arrivals in-store this month include an Edwardian chaise lounge, an antique Davenport desk, an old miner’s couch, mid-century furniture and a huge collection of vintage cameras. Park right out the front, step inside and discover items that are out of this world. The stock is ever-evolving, there’s plenty of it and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly too. OBTAINIUM ANTIQUES & VINTAGE WARES A: 2/15 Progress St, Mornington T: 5975 3169 FB: /Obtainiumantiques

If your cooking appliances are in need of a hearty post-Christmas clean to restore their sparkle and performance for the year ahead, we have the solution for you - and it’s free of nasty chemicals.

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1. Stunning Porcelain Minikin™ Lantern with a round wooden base. Koh Living, Mornington 2. We are excited to launch our new colourful concrete basin & bath range. Lifestiles Design Studio, Mornington 3. Leaf Chair with unique recliner action. Prices from $3999, exclusive to Luduco Living in Mornington, Australi. 4. Beautiful rings and jewellery always available at Marlene Miller Antiques, Sorrento 5. Bellissimo Duo 4000, The mattress that launched a million dreams Queen $2,795 6. Upholstered bedheads, prices starting from $600. The Cullin Design, Mt Eliza 7. Rare Royal Doulton Scottish Terrier ‘Albourne Arthur’. Antique Bed Specialists at the Tyabb Packing House 14 Mornington Tyabb Rd, Tyabb. 8. Canvas $449, Cushion $69.95, Lamp $159.95, Vase $184.95 & Branch $49.95. Oz Design Furniture, Peninsula Home 9560 1137

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TJ’s Wholesale Plants has moved to a larger premises in Somerville and that means you get more choice for your garden or commercial undertaking. With more than 17 years’ experience in offering premium quality plants to Peninsula people and beyond, TJ’s Wholesale Plants is the specialist in providing high-quality large plant orders, but did you know it is also the residential garden makeover maven and can help transform your front and back yard into a magical haven? Owner/operator Troy Jenkin and his wife and operations manager Kylie love chatting with their clients about how they can develop and beautify their gardens, and they welcome general inquiries on how to create and care for the perfect oasis the whole family can enjoy. They also pride themselves on delivering prompt, first-class service and offer plant selection and planting advice while taking the time to understand each client’s individual needs. The huge range varies from tube stock through to advanced mature stock, so you know there’ll be something just right for your garden. Ground covers, grasses, landscape lines, screenings and hedging plants such as pittosporums, conifers and ornamental trees are perfect for garden make-overs. Come into TJ’s Wholesale Plants to have a chat about rejuvenating your residential garden and experience service with a smile. People person Kylie believes that no job is too big or too small, and ensures all work is followed from start to finish with a customer satisfaction guarantee. Get your garden thriving with TJ’s Wholesale Plants - the domestic planting expert - and enjoy! TJ’S WHOLESALE PLANTS A: 59 Dandenong-Hastings Rd, Somerville T: 0419 309 098; 0401 033 954 W:

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outside noise levels, allowing you to effortlessly and effectively control your environment depending on the occasion and your mood. Being one of the best window treatments at improving your home’s insulation, drapes can preserve up to 20 per cent of the total heat in your home. If you select from DCB’s exclusive Free Make curtain fabric range, you won’t have to pay for the making of your curtains. So you can enjoy all of the practical benefits that make custom-made curtains a wise choice but for an affordable price. DCB also makes it easy for you when selecting your fabric and colour with full-length curtain samples that you

can take home and hang up. Dollar Curtains & Blinds curtains are all proudly made in Australia, ensuring support of local textiles and the highest standard of quality. Call 5975 3655 to book your free in-home measure and quote, or drop by the DCB showroom in the Peninsula Home Centre, Shop C4 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington. The showroom is open Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm, Saturdays 9am-5pm and Sundays 10am-4pm. DOLLAR CURTAINS & BLINDS A: Shop C4, 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington T: 5975 3655

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Searching for a superlative night’s sleep? Stop! Makin Mattresses’ new store has opened in Sandringham and you’re set to get very comfy. Australia’s largest independent mattress manufacturer, Makin Mattresses has been creating comfort-plus mattresses for more than 40 years. And because it manufactures, sells direct to the public and allows its clients the time to try the product before they buy, customer satisfaction is guaranteed every time. The dream experience is the difference with a Makin Mattresses mattress. Attention to detail, quality control and ultra-comfort has made this Aussie company one of country’s most well-loved providers of the perfect night’s sleep. Offering a wide range of mattresses to suit each individual’s needs, Makin Mattresses has something to suit everyone. Its premium two-piece Bellissimo range delivers the perfect balance of comfort and support by providing a seven-zone support system that cradles the parts of your body that need it most; 4000 magic micro-coils provide balanced support and air flow management, and they don’t degrade over time. They’re double-sided too, and the pillow top is separate to the support module, allowing flipping, turning and rotating. Makin Mattresses has nine stores Australia-wide and six manufacturing sites. Make your dream sleep a reality with Makin Mattresses today. MAKIN MATTRESSES A: 189 Bay Rd, Sandringham T: 9533 1113 W:

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When reaching into your kitchen cupboards becomes a burden! So you’re tired of bending over and crouching down to access your kitchen and pantry cupboards. Let Drawers4ease solve your storage problems You might even be sick of crawling halfway inside searching for that certain ingredient only to find that it’s passed its use-by date. And I bet you’re really sick of the aching back and knees that ensue. Enter Drawers4ease, the kitchen cupboard sliding soft close drawer systems that will revolutionise the way you work in the kitchen. Warren removes awkward stationary shelving and replaces it with high-quality, soft close slide out drawers that come with 100 per cent satisfaction replacement guarantee. He also makes Lazy Susans for corner cabinets too! And why is this such a great idea apart from the fact it makes your life easier? It also means you don’t need to spend a fortune on renovating your kitchen. Why spend extra cash when you can have an easy function kitchen in half the time and at a fraction of the price? Warren has been working in the kitchen industry for more than 25 years as a designer and manufacturer so he knows about function and design. His clever cupboard and pantry solutions increase your storage space by up to 25 per cent and are ideal for arthritis sufferers too. Call 0414269765 today to make life easy. DRAWERS4EASE A: Mount Martha T: 0414 269 765 MARCH 2018 (76)

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With the change in seasons and our summer crops coming to an end, what’s next you may ask? As the heat continues to drain from the dry summer just passed, many of our warm season crops are still providing us with their bounty while other crops are continuing to ripen. Cucumbers, tomatoes, corn and eggplant have all performed well this season while late plantings of capsicums, watermelon and rockmelon and eggplant are still getting there. The change in growing seasons and crops can be a little tricky for some. Do we remove crops now? When do we plant cool season crops? What about the soil? The rotation of crops, replanting and soil conditioning all depend on your available space. If you have only a small plot that is still full of ripening tomatoes, it is difficult to replant or condition the soil for your next crops. If you are keen though to get some more plants in the ground, you might consider creating and preparing some more growing spaces now so that you can make the most of the warmth left in the season to give your new crops a head start. Then when your summer crops fade in a month or so, they can be

removed, composted, and you can condition the soil and plant out the next crop. If you do need to consider increasing your growing area, it doesn’t mean you have to construct new raised beds at a considerable cost to your time and budget. Grow directly in the ground. Forming mounded planting rows is relatively quick, cheap and productive, and allows a flexibility that contained methods of growing may not allow. It is well worth considering. Should you be fortunate enough to have plenty of growing space and a number of garden beds, the change in seasons can be much smoother. As late crops continue to ripen and produce, spent crops can be composted and beds prepared for the next plantings. Whether you plant some early cool season crops, more salad and Asian greens or a green manure crop is always an option to let a bed rest for a few months. Either way it is important to look after your soil during each transition, and pay attention to rotating your crops to make use of soil nutrient levels. Where heavy feeders have potentially drained the soil, consider returning nutrients back to the beds with compost, composted manures or planting a cover crop. Also ensure that you replace degraded mulches to protect the soil and its

beneficial critters. A seamless transition through the seasons will provide you and your family with a constant supply of clean and fresh vegetables. It’s definitely worth planning towards. Early autumn is a good time to begin sowing seeds in punnets for your cool season crop. Broccoli, beetroot, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, kale, mustards, silverbeet and all the salad greens can be readied. Then in the next few weeks we can direct sow our broad beans, peas, radishes and turnips. Early onions and garlic bulbs will also go in during April and May.

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Holy sunspots! Now this is something to sink your stargazing teeth into - on March 24 the not-for-profit Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society is hosting a solar day at the Briars Astronomy Centre in Mount Martha, and it’s free to attend. This is your chance to observe the sun with special solar telescopes and to learn all about the sun, including how sundials work and how to tell the time from the sun. As society member Tony Nightingale explains, solar day is an instructional and demonstrative day for the public and society members. You can even take part in practical exercises, including constructing a sundial. “This event is part of our commitment to community outreach,” Tony says. “Our telescopes can view distant objects such as stars, nebulae, planets and galaxies and close-up vision of the sun and moon. On the day, viewers may see solar flares and sunspots.” Solar flares are large explosions on the surface of the sun. Sunspots are darker, cooler areas on the surface about the size of the Earth. The Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society solar day starts at 1pm and will be a fun, familyoriented day, with society members on hand to answer questions. The society also holds monthly public viewing nights and talks (on the first Friday of each month); viewing nights for schools and community groups; and regular astronomy education courses. More at • Did you know the visible part of the sun is about 5500C, while temperatures in the core reach more than 15million degrees, driven by nuclear reactions? You would need to explode 100 billion tons of dynamite a second to match the energy produced by the sun, according to NASA.   The International Space Station transits the sun. Photo: Jamie Pole


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Every visit to the Tyabb Packing House is an adventure with something new to find, but next time take a look at the historic building itself. Built in 1926, the structure served as the storage and packing facility for the Mornington Peninsula orchards. In some areas the cooling pipes are still exposed, and markings on the floors show where the boxes of apples and pears were stacked after they were packed, waiting to be loaded on to the trains at the Tyabb railway station (pictured opposite). As with all things, times changed and the packing house was no longer used for the

purpose for which it was built. It then fell into disrepair until it was purchased by an enterprising couple who decided it was the perfect venue for an antiques and collectables centre. As time has proved, it was a bold and successful endeavour.

Initially dealing in only antiques and old wares, the Tyabb Packing House has continued to evolve and reflect the changes in taste of our modern world. In among the fine antiques can be found a fascinating selection of furniture and accessories from the 20th century. Edwardian and Art Deco, mid-century modern and retro items sit comfortably side by side. Industrial pieces, books, gifts, movie and sporting memorabilia are well represented, as are jewellery, linen and lace, all preserved and displayed inside a building preserved to hold them. There is also a valuation service offered on the first Sunday of every month from noon-3pm. So next time you visit, take a few moments to appreciate the grand old building that is the Tyabb Packing House. TYABB PACKING HOUSE A: 14 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Tyabb T: 5977 4414 W:

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It’s bin great for recycling

Our monthly column promoting a cleaner, greener peninsula Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s weekly Summer Recycling Service has ended, and it’s back to fortnightly pick-ups. The council reminds residents that they’re able to recycle aluminium and steel cans and foil; rigid and solid plastic items such as kids’ toys, kitchen containers, cups and drink bottles; pots and pans; wrapping paper and envelopes; cardboard, newspapers and magazines; milk, juice and soft drink bottles; and glass bottles and jars. Remember to not put your recyclables in a plastic bag before putting them in the bin, and empty all containers of contents or liquids first. Recyclables that can’t fit into your bin can be taken to a transfer station (Rye, Mornington and Tyabb) or hopper (Sorrento, Dromana and Flinders) for free. You can also use waste vouchers provided with your rates notice to book a hard and/or green waste collection. Bookings are essential on 5950 1406 To view your normal bin dates, visit My-Neighbourhood The council is also encouraging the community to get involved in Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, March 4. Last year more than 42 clean-up sites were registered across the Mornington Peninsula, with about 40 cubic metres of waste collected. More at


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