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New Name. New Showroom. Open January 2014. Mercedes-Benz Mornington

29-31 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington (03) 5973 9688


New Name. New Showroom. Open January 2014. Mercedes-Benz Mornington

29-31 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington (03) 5973 9688


New Name. New Showroom. Open January 2014. Mercedes-Benz Welcome to the New Mornington Year,

29-31 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington (03) 5973 9688

This year we welcome a new name, Mercedes-Benz Mornington, and an exceptional new dealership which opens this month. Our new dealership is sure to impress with state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz design and the very latest specialised equipment, ensuring you and your vehicle are now in the best hands. I would like to invite you to stop into your new Mercedes-Benz Dealership and enjoy a café style coffee and complimentary refreshments in our new customer lounge. On display will be the complete range of new vehicles from Mercedes-Benz, including the all new S-Class. We also have an extensive range of Demonstrator and Approved Pre-Owned vehicles. We look forward to welcoming you to celebrate the start of a new chapter of Mercedes-Benz on the Peninsula. Yours sincerely,

Chris Thoday General Manager Melbourne

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• An expansive new car showroom. • Mornington Peninsula’s largest Pre-Owned Prestige vehicle display. • Full service Café and Customer Lounge with Wi-Fi. • 8 bay workshop with the latest diagnostic equipment. • Extensive customer car-parking.


New Name. New Showroom. Open January 2014.

Opening Opportunities.

Mercedes-Benz Mornington

29-31 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington (03) 5973 9688


A selection of our Approved Pre-Owned vehicles available for immediate delivery.

87,138 km 2007 C 200 Kompressor Navigation, Elegance model UZE258 $28,800 Drive Away

24,401 km 2012 C 200 Navigation, Sunroof, Bluetooth 1AB4FA $48,800 Drive Away

26,899 km 2012 C 300 COMAND, KEYLESS-GO, Sunroof ZSB322 $77,800 Drive Away

82,126 km 2005 CLK 350 Cabriolet Navigation, Dual Zone Climate Control YPD401 $39,800 Drive Away

66,332 km 2010 E 350 Memory Seats, Navigation, Rear Camera 1AB4EZ $73,800 Drive Away

63,935 km 2009 ML 300 CDI 21� AMG alloy wheels, Tinted windows 1AB4EY $58,990 Drive Away

Mercedes-Benz Mornington

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New Name. New Showroom. Open January 2014.

Opening Opportunities.

Mercedes-Benz Mornington

29-31 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington (03) 5973 9688

A selection of our Demonstrator vehicles available for immediate delivery.

6,900 km 2012 B 180 Panoramic Sunroof, Bluetooth ZFB386 $37,900 Drive Away

9,057 km 2012 C 180 Coupé Cruise Control, Bluetooth ZMN956 $55,900 Drive Away

9,150 km 2012 C 200 Bluetooth, Cruise Control ZKD856 $50,800 Drive Away

8,646 km 2012 C 200 CDI Bluetooth, 17” Alloy wheels ZNA772 $53,900 Drive Away

2,108 km 2013 SLK 250 Sports Package, AIRSCARF 1AB4FL $94,900 Drive Away

2,080 km 2013 ML 250 Memory Seats, Auto Tailgate, Navigation ZXB636 $89,990 Drive Away


Please call in to see Chris Thoday and the team at Mercedes-Benz Mornington to view the new showroom.

Mercedes-Benz Mornington

29-31 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington (03) 5973 9688


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dining and produce, homewares and sales, plus festivals, Portsea polo healthy Feature writers living & how to keep the kids amused. Scott Grimster, Peter Wrench, Peter Jupp I hope you all had a wonderful Sarah Foster is back with her 5 ‘must celebration to start this fabulous new have’ items for January on Sarah’s Style Design Team Yandell & Tamara year. It’s 2014, I really cannot believe it. page. FaceBook & Twitter Fiona Hitchcock There are so many new and interesting Kick back in Balnarring, it is the featured businesses on the Mornington suburb this month, offering an eclectic Main photo: april & rose: Kat & Magee sequin Peninsula, recently opened and well mix of interesting retailers in the village. kaftan worn by Freya, photograph by known ones are featured in this edition. Not forgetting Balnarring Races on Amber Gardener Naturalight Photography. Have you heard of the new Prehistoric Sunday January 12 and 26 and Emu Plains Markets on Saturday January 18. Lounge Three87: Funky new bar Diet? or that you can order freshly made local sushi online? Did you know We have an exclusive interview with in Mt Eliza see pages 70-71. the new Mercedes centre opens in Diesel who will feature in February’s Stunning Sunset: Supplied by reader Mornington in January? Or that there is Between the Bays Festival at Penbank an amazing new deli and produce store School. Our exclusive interview with Kelly Walker via my great mate in Safety Beach (pictured below)? This Stan The Man Longinidis is on page 6 Gail Loveridge of the Heritage Balnarring is just a tiny bit of what you will find in and we also secured an interview with Bay Hotel & Social: New menu of delicious our January issue, filled to the brim with the elusive Fred Harrison to discuss the great holiday reading to keep you up to new Ritchies Centre in Mt Eliza which options, see page 79. Photograph by Nicole Jackson date with all the latest happenings. should be completed in February. Next issue FEBRUARY 1 January brings, fun activities, amazing Check out Peninsula Properties. Deadline strictly JANUARY 17 As usual, at Mornington Peninsula Magazine, we showcase all the Mornington Peninsula Magazine wonderful restaurants and cafes in our (formerly Mornington LIFE) beautiful seaside towns. the peninsula’s favourite funky SQUARE magazine. To all our visitors, welcome, and enjoy Ph: 5906 5771 or 9708 8222 all this fabulous Mornington Peninsula has to offer. OFFICE: 327-331 Main Street Mornington Stay cool this Summer everyone and For: Mornington Life Magazine, Village Mt Eliza Magazine & Sorrento Village Life Magazine enjoy some ‘you’ time. Thevteam at Mornington Peninsula publishing printing graphic design creati e concepts CIRCULATION Home Delivery Frankston South to Dromana Magazine hopes you love this issue. Over 1500 Bulk Delivery outlets Thankyou to all our readers, advertisers from Frankston to Portsea including hinterland and dedicated staff, going monthly in Residential PO Boxes McCrae to Portsea, 2013 and increasing our circulation Red Hill, Flinders, Somers, Tyabb, has been a huge task. I wish to thank Bittern & Balnarring everyone for believing in the mag, we Plus 75 city cafes. have proved that monthly is the way LOOK FOR OUR DISTRIBUTION BASKETS with advertisers now getting 3 times the results in a fresh mag every month! 50,000 copies EVERY MONTH - Lisa Walton, publisher


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STILL A KNOCKOUT! Humble but emotive, ebullient but succinct, passionate but wise, Stan ‘The Man’ Longinidis delivered a knockout speech, to local business bods, at Heritage Tavern in Balnarring. Quite a coo for Heritage owners, Gail and Mick Loveridge, but the friendship with Stan and this pair is long-standing. Stan stressed that a quality of the greatest champions is that they don’t forget where they have come from. “They called me The Thunder from Downunder, but before that, the wog from the western suburbs.” he said. In October he experienced an emotional induction into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. At the age of 18, working as a computer programmer, he was faced with a ‘fork in the road’ career-choice that led him to Los Angeles, at the age of 20, where he had 17 straight victories, all but two by knockout. He was eight times world champion heavyweight kick-boxer. “I listened to the quiet voice in my heart that said ‘if you trust me you can conquer anything’. I get emotional when I talk about it because that is how I live my life. When I share it with people, I re-live everything that I say,” he confessed. “Just making the decision about who or what you want to be in life takes you half way there. Then you need a plan and a strategy. Every night when I closed my eyes I asked myself ‘How much closer am I to where I want to be?’” “I trained so hard that if I did not throw up, I thought I was cheating. That was how badly I wanted to be world champion. I would get up and run at three in the morning, to help my mindset, because I knew that I was working while my opponent was sleeping.” “In this sport you cannot afford the luxury of one moment of negative thoughts or your lights are out. There are obstacles and you have to pay a price. If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail - a universal principle for anything.” “In the gladiator’s arena we also had a saying. ‘The more we sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war’. Don’t sacrifice long term dreams for short term pleasures. These are values and principles that are there to inspire you,” Stan stressed.

questions, such as “How do you measure your prosperity? By how big your bank account is, or your empire of dirt? We all ‘go’, so the question is, how do you want to be remembered by your loved ones?” “Champions do not take for granted how fortunate and lucky they are to be able to taste the dream.” “I say that, when I talk to sporting people. If you want to be a great AFL player, there are a lot of things that come with that. If you don’t care how you handle yourself [off the field] there is a price to pay. If you are caught urinating against a shop window, there is a price to pay.” More insight is at

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Jessica Martini is on another quest The peninsula’s own Jessica Martini is on another quest to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation and the Australia Zoo through The Miss Galaxy Australia Pageant. Designed for women to emphasise beauty, style and cultural appreciation, the pageant is a personal development opportunity for women of all nations. “The delegates who become part of the Galaxy National and International Pageant gain confidence and poise in an increasingly competitive world,” says 25 year old Hastings girl, Jessica. “The Pageant offers each delegate a chance to grow and advance her personal and career goals whilst acting as a role model in her community.” Delegates are picked Australia wide, with each lady representing their region. “The duty of each delegate is to become an ambassador in their community, get local business’s to support and sponsor them, attend events in her community promoting the pageant and herself, and most importantly raise funds and awareness for charity,” says Jessica, who says that it is important to use beauty for a good cause. “Last year contestants raised $80,000 for Make-A-Wish which is an outstanding effort.”

This year each contestant will be awarded extra points if they choose to raise money for one of our designated charities, and the delegate who raises the most money in their state will be awarded additional points which are added to their final score. In March 2014 preliminary heats will be held in each state, The top four girls from each state will then go on to compete Nationally in April 2014, with only one girl being crowned Miss Teen Galaxy and Miss Galaxy Australia. The Winner of Miss Teen Galaxy and the winner of Miss Galaxy will jet off to the USA to compete against the world in July 2014. Jessica has enjoyed being part of the fundraising community after earlier this year when she was accepted into the Miss World Australia pageant, getting all the way to the National finals crowning ceremony, and being placed top 30 Australia wide. “I enjoy being involved in my community and also fundraising for charity,” says Jessica. “My heart is close to fundraising for the Cancer Council and Breast Cancer Awareness as my mum, aunty and nana have all had breast cancer, and i feel like I’m called to help make

a change.” Jessica’s younger sister has a disability so she has always been around hospitals and home care. “Because of this I am really excited to start fundraising for the Make-A-Wish foundation as i know what these sick children and their families have to go through. It’s going to be so rewarding to give hope to someone,” says Jessica, who has the sponsorship of two businesses, ‘Shells Beauty Salon’ in Dromana, and her own ‘Martini Runway’ online fashion boutique. “I’m representing the Mornington Peninsula region in the competition ad am hosting my first fundraising event in February 2014, It’s a high tea at Benitos in Mt Eliza.You can also expect to see me at the Mornington Cup as an ambassador for the Bee Hive marquee and il also be attending other events around the Peninsula between now and March 2014 with my Galaxy sash,” says Jessica. For further information about sponsoring Jessica in her Miss Galaxy Australia quest go to her Facebook page or the Miss Galaxy website http://

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NEW Mercedes Benz Mornington

A state of the art showroom is about to open in Mornington with the long awaited arrival of Mercedes Benz Mornington. This world class facility is the culmination of four years planning. Formerly Barloworld, the Mercedes experts have a name and location change, offering their loyal and new customers the best facilities on the peninsula. Mercedes Benz Mornington will boast a cafe, breakfast bar, fully fitted showroom and service centre that is double their current size. Mercedes Benz are upgrading their facilities nation-wide, Mercedes Benz Mornington is the most recent facility to enjoy the total transformation.

Pictured: Chris Thoday, Branch Manager, at the all new Mercedes Benz Mornington.

No expense has been spared. Italian floor tiles feature in the 10 car showroom which is fully airconditioned, has two cafe areas and even a board room for clients to hold meetings while their car is being serviced.

There is a purpose built quiet area with WIFI and lap top facilities, as well as a plasma television in the complimentary breakfast area. Now twice the size, the showroom and service area can accommodate the growing range of Mercedes Benz vehicles from the ever expanding customer base. Mercedes Benz Mornington looks forward to the arrival of the new CLA and GLA next year. The servicing area is second to none with an eight-bay workshop housing all the latest diagnostic equipment. The used vehicle display will be the biggest on the peninsula. For the ultimate in comfort for Mercedes customers, a purpose built portico entrance has been designed so that clients have undercover access to the facility. All of this is surrounded by stunning native landscaped gardens with plenty of car parking space on site. Mercedes Benz Mornington is at 29-31 Mornington-Tyabb Road. Open: 7.30am-6pm, six days a week and now open for servicing on Saturday mornings. Phone 5973 9688.

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Well done to Toorak College’s class of 2013 – 3pm, Saturday 22 February, 2014 Open Day 11am Old Mornington Road, Mt Eliza Ph 9788 7234 close 16 February Scholarships Applications Testing on 22 February, 2014

Congratulations to Toorak College VCE students and staff on their achievements, with 30% of students obtaining an ATAR of 90 or higher (top 10% of Australia). Dux Lorinda Hartley obtained an ATAR of 99.4 which places her in the top .5% of all VCE students. “They deserve to be proud of their results and all they have achieved”, said Principal Helen Carmody, “they have been calm and focused in their approach to their studies and worked hard to achieve their personal best”. Lorinda, pictured with the Principal, epitomizes the well rounded student who has participated enthusiastically in all areas of the school. She has been a valued member of many sports teams and music ensembles, but it is in academics that Lorinda has particularly excelled.

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The partnership between students, school and parents is fundamental to achieving the best possible outcome for each student. “Our teachers are our greatest asset. Our top priority is a persistent focus on quality teaching, and we will continue to attract the best teachers,” explains Mrs Carmody. “We have much to celebrate about our achievements in 2013 - our students have excelled in the areas of academic excellence, sports, arts, music, debating and public speaking and leadership.” ( 10 The peninsula’s favourite funky SQUARE magazine

An education at Toorak College provides the scope for the artist, the athlete, the academic, the musician, the lover of learning to explore the depth and breadth of their ability and passion. Mrs Carmody surmises, “Our focus on personlised learning means that our students benefit from small class sizes for literacy and numeracy. We value personal best and support individuals to achieve their goals by knowing each of our students as a learner and a person.” fresh every month


Making a Difference If you asked ‘how does your garden grow?’ to the students of St Joseph’s Primary Catholic School at Crib Point, the answer would be ‘Brilliantly’. Matt Demarte was a ‘stay at home’ dad with children at the school when he decided to volunteer as a parent-helper. That led to him being employed as a teacher’s-aid. “One of the things I worked on was getting the ‘kitchen process’ into the mix,” said Matt.

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“When my youngest started here, three years ago, I could see that I could either drop the kids off and leave, or get involved around the place,” he said. Matt’s daughter Rafaela spent this year in prep while son Joseph completed grade 2.

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“I got involved with the fund-raising committee and with the food side of things, including the sausage sizzle, at our annual fun fair. Then I saw a job advertised at Osborne Primary and I asked the principal if she would be my referee, for that position, given that I had a working-with-children check and I was familiar with the tasks. “She said ‘yes’ but she would prefer it if we could figure out a way to keep me at the school.” Having a positive male role model in the largely female environment was a definite plus. “We already had a kitchen garden in place and the idea developed into me helping out with some of the special-needs students as well as setting up a cafe, run by the students, under my guidance. It was really about teaching them how to run a cafe, through experience. “Although it’s largely about them learning, without realising that they’re learning. For example I would give them a small recipe and ask them to multiply all of the ingredients by four or by three - so they have to work on fractions and decimals. Time management was also important and the 11-12 year olds would work on taking food orders from staff and then doing the delivery. “So now I’m working as a teacher’s-aid in the grade 6 room and also running the ‘chefing’ program. That includes studying basic food science, doing things like comparing home-made with manufactured chicken nuggets and seeing how yeast works. “When I started, our veggie garden was just a couple of little plots, now we have a qualified horticulturalist here three days a week and the garden is about half the size of a house-block. A lot of what we grow goes to the school canteen. “It’s been gratifying to watch the children develop to become confident and competent in a kitchen environment, and it’s been great to watch the kids enjoying a project that they would never do at home.

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Parents have commented that it’s easier to get their kids to wash the dishes or have seen them use the internet to get a recipe that they try to replicate at home. Councillor David Gibb came to the school, with the Best Bites program, and the children were able to answer all his questions about food preparation. “It’s been great to be recognised, by Best Bites, with our program really still in its infancy including growing the food, hygiene, composting and re-cycling.” Students Olivia Saker and Lilia Midlovets in the school garden with Matt Demarte

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REMOVE TOXINS & BOUNCE WITH NEW ENERGY Diana Taranto began Inspire Create Repeat five months ago on the Peninsula. It is a natural, organic and raw nutritional cellular cleansing system, originating in the US 11 years ago. Like many people, Diana was trying to lose weight and feel great by eating good, whole foods and exercising. However, even though she was always sacrificing the things she loved, she still felt lethargic and bloated and was unable to bust those last few kilos.

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“I started on a 30-day program and noticed incredible weight loss results within days,” Diana said. “I then noticed I was experiencing so many other benefits. My body was becoming more balanced and I also noticed a huge increase in energy, mental clarity and strength. My skin cleared up, and people were commenting on

how well I looked. Cravings were a thing of the past, and I was bouncing out of bed with bounds of energy.” Many foods today are laden with artificial ingredients, preservatives, pesticides and herbicides. Diana’s system helps remove these toxins from the body. “What is so interesting about the synergistic system is that it is designed to make your body function the way it was designed to,” she said. “I loved the journey and how I was feeling, and I began to inspire and help my friends who could see all the positive changes in me, to help create total wellness for them too.” Free information sessions are being run on the Peninsula over summer in Mornington, Dromana and Sorrento. Space is limited so bookings are essential. Phone 0403 027 645 or visit www. to book.

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Ritchies takes the Mt Eliza store to a premier level Mornington Peninsula Magazine was lucky enough to get some time for a coffee with Ritchies Supermarkets and Liquor Stores CEO Fred Harrison, taking a brief break, as he oversees spending more than $5 million in renovation, remodelling, rebranding and rejuvenation on the Mt Eliza store. The Ritchies Supermarket chain began with one dedicated general store, in Frankston, in 1870. It has since grown to include scores of independent grocery retailers across Victoria and spanning north to Brisbane. Fred started at Ritchies as a 16 year old, pedalling to the store from Frankston High School between studying. He literally worked his way through the company, to the position of General Manager in 1984, following time as the store manager at both the Hastings and Bayside stores. “Frankston was our flagship store at that stage. Our CEO died, so the General Manager became the CEO and I rose to GM,” said Fred as he sipped a light coffee, alfresco in Mt Eliza, just a few minutes from home and a few seconds walk to the store that will be the most technologically advanced. “In 1994 I was given the opportunity to take the reigns as CEO.” Since then, the

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Fred Harrison with Mt Eliza store manager Christine Shepherd chain has substantially improved. “It’s been a massive team effort. If you asked me what was the one thing that changed, to make a difference since ‘94, it would be our collaborative approach. We have worked as a team so it’s not about one person trying to make all the decisions. The bottom line is that ten heads are better than one,” said Fred. “That has been the plank that has built the business, from nine stores to 70 today.” “We are very good at opening new stores and we are outstanding with our range choice - and so are Woolies and Coles. For us to succeed we need to have clear points of difference. We know that we can’t out-muscle the others, they are too big. So we need to find niches and then serve them very well.” “Here in Mt Eliza, we are taking the store up to a premium level with more premium product. For example, I was talking to the meat manager this morning about our Cape Grim eye fillet. Premier beef at $55 a kilo, whereas just a good eye fillet is $32 a kilo, but the Cape Grim is selling exceptionally well. It’s not for everyone, but it’s popular here.” A desirable treat, appreciatively gobbled up and exclusive to Ritchies. While the chains are trending toward gas-flushed meat, packed in a modified atmosphere, Ritchies stores boast qualified butchers cutting and preparing the meat in-store, just hours prior to sale. To fit the more upmarket image, the Mt Eliza store and a number of others have been re-branded with a way-trendier looking black and bright green logo: Ritchies Fine Food & Wine fresh every month

Merchants. “What do Paris, London and Ritchies Mt Eliza have in common? In February, we will be retailing fresh Maille Chablis French mustard poured from a container like a beer keg. It will be flown in from France, arriving just three days old. Normally mustard might sit in a jar for two years. It will be exclusive to our Mt Eliza store - nowhere else in Australia. That gives you an idea of the direction that the Mt Eliza store is heading in.” The new store will be packed with technology including the choice to selfscan and pricing tickets with a potential to include photographic backdrops of local scenes. “We will be working hard to profile the Ritchies differences. We pride ourselves on fast service, we’re passionate about people being able to come in and get out quickly and conveniently.” Looking toward what direction Supermarkets will evolve toward, in future years, Fred says “The internet has not played as big a role in our business as we thought it might. Of all the segments in retail-land, supermarket shopping has had a fairly low uptake and I think that trend will continue. There will be an ‘internet market’ but it will only be maybe 7-8% of the total shop. Supermarket shopping is an outing, it’s a social experience where you meet people and touch, feel and smell the fruit and veg, that will continue.” “The Chains are cutting back to generics, generics, generics. We will be finding more exclusive, high quality, unique products, which might be sourced locally,” said Fred. Haydn Godony


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Left to Right: Daniel Mosele, Ryan O’Donohue,
 Oscar and Tully Hiscock, Angus Taylor
and Sam Saunders who each achieved
an ATAR of 99 or above, pictured with Woodleigh
School Principal Jonathan Walter.

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Hard Work Pays Off. I’ve always considered our greatest strength as a school to be the series of life experiences we deliver throughout the curriculum. These are experiences which provide each and every student with the scope to grow as individuals, to the point where they leave us as well-rounded young adults – people with an understanding of who they are, if not exactly where they are headed. This year’s VCE results are testament to this strength. Each student of the Class of 2013 has undertaken a broad range of learning experiences beyond core academia and as a result, leaves the sanctuary and support of Woodleigh School ready for life. They leave with the necessary skills to communicate, empathise, and find creative solutions to problems. They leave with much more than a gilded list of academic successes. They leave with real life nous.

By the end of Year 12, students should be equipped with all the skills they need for the years ahead. That’s why at Woodleigh, we strive to develop their confidence and independence, as well as their intellect. Our girls and boys are presented with a range of activities designed to expand their academic, creative and social horizons. Diverse experiences prepare them for whatever the future may hold.

At Woodleigh, Year 12 is just the beginning.

Congratulations again to the Class of 2013. You have raised the bar, you ought be proud. This year, we have twin Duxes of Woodleigh School, literally! Oscar and Tully Hiscock both achieved the most impressive ATAR of 99.65. Congratulations boys, it just got harder to tell you apart. We must also celebrate the efforts of Sam Saunders, Daniel Mosele, Ryan O’Donohue and Angus Taylor who all achieved ATARs in excess of 99 – a very difficult thing to do. VCE 2013: the numbers Together the Class of 2013 performed very well with a mean ATAR score of 80.

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8% of our students placed in the top 1% of students in Australia, achieving an ATAR of 99 or above.

19% of our students placed in the top 5% in Australia, achieving an ATAR of 95 or above. 29% of our students placed in the top 10% in Australia with an ATAR of 90 or above. 51% of our students placed in the top 20% in Australia with an ATAR of 80 or above. 96% of Woodleigh School students placed in the top 50% in Australia. 18.2% of individual study scores were of 40 or above. Our median study score was 34. 100% of Woodleigh School students passed the VCE. I’d also like to congratulate Mike Collins Levy who received a perfect score of 50 in Outdoor and Environmental Studies and Ella McGrath (Year 11) who received a perfect score of 50 in Dance (VCE VET). Congratulations also go to Alex Cornfield who has been awarded a scholarship to attend Bond University in Queensland and Cam Teiermanis who has received an elite sporting scholarship to pursue his soccer career in the USA. Stories of success at Woodleigh range from those who have completed their education against all odds and are now are venturing into a career path of their choosing, to those who have achieved perfect academic scores. We are proud of them all. As a community, we wish all students from the Class of 2013 the very best as they head off to University, TAFE, work and for some, travel and community service programs abroad. I wish you all the very best for a great holiday, and a happy New Year. JONATHAN WALTER – Principal

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SHOP, PLAY, STAY IN MORNINGTON THIS SUMMER There’s no denying that Summer in Mornington is the most miraculous time of year. The ocean is sparkling as it laps the shores surrounding the beautifully landscaped parks, galleries, award winning hotels and restaurants and of course the cosmopolitan Main Street Shopping Precinct, which showcases some of the finest fashion, food and homewares available across the Mornington Peninsula. With a huge range of events running throughout the summer period, Mornington really is the place to be. Whether you are a young family looking for holiday entertainment, an arts enthusiast or a foodie with a penchant for boutique crafted beers and locally produced wine Main Street Mornington has all of this to offer and more…. Main Street Mornington – Open 7 Days a week

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Mornington Farmers Market – Second Saturday each month 8.30am-1pm Mornington Historic Walk – Daily, Guides available from Mornington Information Centres and Mornington Chamber of Commerce (9am-5pm weekdays) So whether you prefer shopping with friends, indulging in fine food and wine, or enjoying one of the many family friendly events on offer, there’s something for everyone in Mornington this summer. Wishing you a safe and happy Festive Season! Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing you around Mornington soon. - Kim Rowe Marketing and Promotions Manager

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Second Saturday each month HOME MADE, HOME GROWN, HOME BAKED

Remember those hazy, lazy summer days at the beach when you were a kid? At Lovin’ Summer, they are all about making those days as enjoyable as possible - that’s why they developed their unique beach tents. “Unlike any other beach shade product on the market, we designed our Lovin’ Summer beach tents to put an end to uncomfortable shade protection, tricky knots and complicated instructions.” explained Kel Farrington. Lovin’ Summer beach tents combine coastal style with

practical design to create a simple, innovative product that looks great while offering maximum light, airflow and UV protection.

It’s the first beach tent in the world that can be put up by one person, all preassembled with no tricky knots and takes less than a couple of minutes. Priced at just $149.

“Our four stunning designs – Santorini, Biarittz, Bondi and South Beach - are lightweight, easy to carry and can easily be put up by one person.” Kel continued. They can be angled to gain optimal protection from the sun all day while capturing the cool breeze.

Now you’re ready to give your family the shade they need so you can enjoy the beach in style …so what are you waiting for?

Lovin’ Summer beach tents are compact yet big enough to cover the whole family in comfort, and they come in a great range of contemporary designs.

This is a local peninsula based web-business, started by Kellie Farrington and Jackie Wales. www.lovinsummer. M: 0408 442 203 T:8609 6562

CUP WATCH: Chris Symons WITH his ‘winning’ smile The first thing you notice about Chris Symons is the million-dollar smile and his passion for life. Whether it’s family, racing, media or his animals, you know he’s going to put his heart and soul into it every time. Chris is a man with many hats. He’s a top-class jockey, class clown, innovator, public speaker and a father and husband. You only have to look him up on YouTube to see some of his antics, including booking a taxi and trying to convince the driver to take his Shetland pony to the Caulfield races. On his wedding day he rode two winners at Caulfield and then headed home to dress as Wyatt Earp and greet his bride, who rode down the aisle on horseback. In September last year in the Sale racecourse carpark, apprentice jockey Tom Sadler accidently ran over Chris’s foot, crushing it flat as a pancake. Instead of sitting around feeling sorry for himself, Chris turned a negative into

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a positive and focused on his media and public speaking career. Having developed Jockey Cam in conjunction with Channel 7, he followed his passion of public speaking by visiting schools and working his way up to larger corporate events.

Chris says he was ‘’a pain in the backside’’ at school, and was later diagnosed with dyslexia. His father ran a Baker’s Delight in Mentone, his mother was a dental nurse, and his weekend work at Pat Hyland’s Cranbourne stables led to him leaving school at the end of Year 8. He showed no natural ability so he moved to David Hall at Flemington and bought a Shetland pony called Bobby to teach himself to ride. He has now ridden more than 700 winners and has won both the Mornington and Peninsula Cups. He calls his home on the Peninsula the “funky

farm”, with birds, turtles, horses, dogs and anything else you can image. Next on Chris’s list is a crocodile, but he might have to wait a little while for that one.

Chris hopes the Jockey Cam technology can be further refined to give home viewers a jockey’s perspective of what happens in a race. He is also looking at innovations to reduce the intervals between races, providing a total entertainment package similar to that of Twenty20 cricket. Chris also works extensively with Racing Victoria to develop initiatives for jockeys, particularly apprentices, including safe driving and mentoring programs. With the Mornington Cup carnival coming up, Chris Symons will be one to watch. Just look for the smile. Chris is available to speak at your next event. Contact him at

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MORNINGTON PENINSULA: The snapper have moved onto the Mornington Peninsula in a big way with the hot spots being in 20m off Mornington and in 16m of water off Mt. Martha. Pilchards and silver whiting have been a winner in the bait department. A few of the local lure fisho’s have also been getting amongst the snapper on soft plastics with fish to 4kg not uncommon. The new IFISH colour range of squidgy 145mm flick baits have easily been the best plastics. Some really nice whiting have also been taken from around the peninsula. Tootgarook, Sorrento and Portsea have all seen dramatic improvement so now is the time to get a piece of mussel or pipi on the bottom and turn them into one of the best eating fish in the sea. Don’t forget to also pack a couple of squid as you can guarantee the squid aren’t too far away from all of your favourite whiting holes. WESTERNPORT: King George Whiting have taken over Westernport and there aren’t too many places at the moment that you won’t catch them. Tortoise Head, all the way along the Middle Spit and through to Joe’s Island has been insane with the bigger fish coming from the deeper water. Paul Worsteling spent a day on the water with Tackle World Mornington staff member Jesse Caulfield and they hooked plenty of

big whiting, including one that took a whole squid head intended for a snapper in the deeper water off the Tyabb Bank. They were fishing in roughly 10m of water with most whiting taken on fresh mussels.

PLOVER, AN ICONIC TREASURE As you look out over the harbour at Mornington, one boat in particular stands out - the Plover.

Gummy Sharks have also been a regular capture with most fish around the 6 to 12kg mark. The closer you can get to the Western Entrance the better but some really nice fish have been taken right the way up the North Arm in 12 to 14m of water. Fresh calamari has been the best bait by far. For the full MASSIVE fishing report log onto You can also text your fishing reports to our reports hotline on 0427 693 759. Keep the reports coming and head on down to Tackle World Mornington to say Hi! Team Tackle World Mornington.

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This classic boat was built in 1942 by GM Holden, six years before the first Holden car, as a support vessel for the Australian Army during World War 2. After her tour of duty with the armed forces, the Plover spent several years as a workboat for Victoria’s Ports & Harbours, mostly in Williamstown and Apollo Bay. After this, the Plover was purchased for charter work in Patterson River then became a school bus on the water at Paynesville. Current owners Sandra Watt and Stuart Maconachie, of Bay Fish N Trips, bought the Plover in 2010 to be used as a safe and comfortable platform for fishing and other entertainment. Made from Douglas fir, the Plover has proven strength and longevity. The hull and stamped steering wheel are original. The wheelhouse and extra shelter on the stern were added in 1965, while the modern comforts (large toilet, barbecue, galley and a state-of-the-art fishfinder) are more recent additions.

Boats, like people, take on a personality. The Plover, although typical of an era long gone, stands proud in the harbour but displays a youthful exuberance and merriment when under way. As the biggest charter boat in the harbour, she offers an unrivalled level of shelter, comfort and versatility. The Plover is the heart of Bay Fish N Trips, and Sandra and Stuart keep her maintained as the original treasure that she is. The Plover is the perfect platform for a day trip on Port Phillip Bay. Bay Fish N Trips can take you out for chartered fishing trips or just for entertainment on the water. Superior fishing tackle and top quality bait are on hand for patrons. Healthy, delicious food “that we are proud to serve.” is also offered onboard. Bay Fish N Trips skipper and crew have many years of experience with charter work either fishing or cruising from the Mornington Peninsula and they would love to introduce you to their concept for that perfect day on the bay. For further information, contact Sandra Watt on 0418 349 364 or enquiries@bayfishntrips., or visit

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Mornington Cup - put yourself in the Saddle Club!

Looking to create a product that allowed small to medium businesses access to a trackside frontage marquee to entertain clients, staff where people can buy a seat or a table, Mornington Racing Club came up with the idea of the Saddle Club marquee for the Mornington Cup. Angela Cleland of the Mornington Racing Club says the marquee is ideal for people who want to buy one seat or a table.

“The marquee will have all the bells and whistles being that it will include an upgraded menu and beverage package. Flooring, evaporative cooling which is always important on a cup day, silk lining, upgraded furniture in the garden, and a private garden enclosure which has a private fenceline to the track are some of the features you will find in the trackside marquee,” says Angela. “It has been set up to be the product where everyone will look and say I wish I was there.” The marquee is expected to hold about 200. We hear French champagne will flow all day. “It is also the only syndicated marquee within the exclusive trackside enclosure as all the other marquees are private,” explains Angela. This will be the last racing season in which the club will race the Mornington Cup on a Wednesday making it extra

special, from 2015 the Mornington Cup race day will be on a Saturday. “Mornington Cup is the pinnacle of Mornington Racing Club’s calendar and has received strong support from the local community and beyond – it is a great day to entertain clients, come along with friends or celebrate with your staff,” says Angela. “Mornington Cup Day combines great racing entertainment with great off course fun.”

Entry price into your own Trackside Marquee is $12000 but you can get in to The Saddle Club, Trackside for $300 a ticket or $2700 for 10 and all upgrades are included. You will enjoy • Private position within the Trackside Enclosure • Live entertainment & guest host tipster • Private tote facilities within marquee • Tuscan buffet luncheon with all-inclusive beverage package • Themed marquee • Evaporative cooling within marquee • Television screens within the marquee • Racecourse and Trackside This Mornington Cup Day put yourself in the Saddle Club! For further details check out the website on www. or phone 5975 3310.

Team Barefoot off to a flying start “There are no shortcuts to success.”

All the hard pre-season training through the depths of winter has begun paying off for Team Barefoot Triathlon Team with their first victory at the recent State Championships in Yarrawonga. The recently formed Junior Development Team has been a good move for Team Manager/ Coach Stephen Foster after fifteen year old Hamish Martin won the 14-19 years category of the Victorian Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships. “At only fifteen years of age, Hamish defeated juniors three to four years his senior and he did it with a smile on his face. He’s always smiling.” said Foster. Other Team members such as Nathan Barry, who narrowly missed winning the 20-24 years division at the World Triathlon Championships last year, Nathan Buschkuehl who recently finished 3rd place Professional at the Victorian Duathlon Championships (run/ride/run) and Grace Deveson who was undefeated in the Gatorade Triathlon Series Junior Elite division two seasons ago are all raring to go for their sixth season with the rest of the Team.

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“All are high achievers, not because they come from privileged backgrounds, but because they understand the importance of commitment and discipline no matter what area of their life it applies to.” said Foster, who’s work ethic is legendary in the sport and is known for being one of the toughest trainers around.

Left to right: Nathan Barry, Stephen Foster, Grace Deveson and Hamish Martin “Training and preparation should be of a level where racing and competition is like a holiday reward for them rather than a stressful environment. It also has to be nurturing and nonthreatening or else you risk lose them from the sport. This is the balance and harmony that must be found and applied carefully. Once the smile has disappeared it’s time to give them an extended break to bring back some normality into their lives. This is a tough sport at the elite level but very rewarding as well.” The age group squad are also off to a flying start with Stephen Foster-Swan (no relation to the Coach/Manager) narrowly missing winning the 40-44 years division at the Victorian Triathlon Championships after taking a wrong turn near the end to finish 2nd in only his 2nd triathlon. Next race on the Team Barefoot calendar is in Noosa, Queensland before heading to Shepparton for the annual Half Ironman distance Triathlon where Team member Grace Deveson will make her debut into the longer distance events. fresh every month mornington PENINSULA MAGAZINE

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First customer signs up for early connection to new peninsula sewer The first customer has signed up for an early connection to South East Water’s new reticulated sewerage system along the southern peninsula. Construction of a new sewerage system is currently underway to service homes in Rye, Blairgowrie, Portsea, St Andrews Beach and Sorrento. With an Early Connection Option (ECO) customers could choose to pay to connect to the network sooner than scheduled – in some cases up to 16 years earlier. Early connections are offered in addition to the scheduled rollout, which will connect some 16,000 properties to the sewer. “Just last week, a Portsea resident became the first to sign up for an early connection to the new sewerage system. This will see them connect in July 2014 – around 16 years ahead of the schedule rollout for their area,” said Dr Hamish Reid, South East Water General Manager – Customer and Business Futures. “Signing up for an ECO brings with it a whole host of benefits, including realising additional value in your property. And the sooner you book in for an ECO, the better chance you will have of locking in your preferred month for connecting to the system when construction of the main pipeline is complete.” To help residents find out more about their options for connecting to the new system, South East Water has opened the Peninsula ECO sewerage connection shop on Point Nepean Road in Rye. Residents across the southern peninsula can drop in and find out how they can make the switch from their household septic tank to the new reticulated sewerage system. “At our Peninsula ECO sewerage connection shop in Rye, residents can talk to the South East Water team about this important project that will connect one of the last major unsewered areas in Melbourne’s south east to a reticulated system,” concluded Dr Reid. The Peninsula ECO sewerage connection shop is located at 2449 Point Nepean Road in Rye. Further information on Peninsula ECO can be found at or by calling 1800 720 613. Pictured: Mornington Peninsula Shire Cr Tim Rodgers; South East Water’s Megan McLachlan, Loretta Wareing and Paul Pastulovic; and Mornington Peninsula Shire Cr Hugh Fraser at the front of South East Water’s Peninsula ECO sewerage connection information shop in Rye.

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•••••• Mornington Industrial Estate Artist Run Spaces Trail – Mornington Creative Spaces •••••• Nestled away in an otherwise ordinary industrial estate about 5 minutes outside of the town of Mornington, don’t be fooled by unassuming locations or exteriors — what you’ll find inside these four creative spaces is special indeed. Alongside panel beaters, car yards and welding shops sits Artspace 8, The Snake Hole Gallery, Baluk Arts and the Commonfolk Studios. All spaces are artist run and share a passion for art, for community and for creativity. Each of these creative spaces exhibit things made by hand, most on site in the warehouse and then are made available to the public in that very same space. Each space has an air of urban industrialism about it, like a little bit of inner Melbourne has come to Mornington. Between the four of us, we are representing over 50 artists.

Artspace 8

8/71 Yuilles Rd (corner Penticost Rd), Mornington Art Space 8 is the first studio space for Art Space Victoria, a company established by Liz, Alice and Amelia Keep in May 2013. The studio is home to thirteen artists from the Mornington Peninsula. It developed from a desire to support local artists and crafts people. It was understood that artists found working from home isolating and they craved the company of others, especially fellow artists and creative people.

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Artists have been hand selected based on the quality of their work and their ability to work within a communal environment. The artists’ work in a broad range of mediums and styles, from painting, photography, jewellery, collage, textiles and lighting. They each have their own stockists and clients to whom they supply. Art Space 8 is a working environment. Visitors are welcome by appointment only with the exception of exhibitions and Open Days.

Commonfolk Studio - Commonfolk

16 Progress St, Mornington Commonfolk is home to Commonfolk Studio and Commonfolk Coffee Company. Commonfolk was named after the idea that the things we are offering are for the common person – an attempt to break down the hype set up around the idea or the ‘barista’ or ‘coffee expert’ or the ‘artist’ – we are all common people. Commonfolk also refers to the people working within the walls of the warehouse. We are like-minded folk whose pursuits are different. The Commonfolk Studio is made up of three conjoined spaces that share one door, one little sink and one kettle. We’ve each got a sliding window that opens into the café space of Commonfolk, and a blind we can pull if we’re feeling anti-social or extra-focused. Recently we fixed some display cabinets to the outside wall of the studio, which we’ve filled

with our wares, so Commonfolk customers can see products we’re making in the same space as they’re enjoying their coffee. Commonfolk invites the public to view both the coffee roasting process and the creative processes of the three resident artists, with our goal to be an informative and interactive space. Commonfolk Studio artists are: Sarah Dingwall - glass Caroline Jones - silver & jewels Alice Keep - resin

The Snake Hole Gallery

18 Progress St, Mornington Josh Brown is a graphic artist living on the Mornington Peninsula who recently spent two years working in Sydney for iconic Australian surf/streetwear label, Insight, and previously for Balin Surf Hardware. Returning to the Peninsula mid-2012, Josh opened ‘The Snake Hole’, a small design studio and art gallery aimed to support local emerging artists and provide them with an opportunity to exhibit work alongside well established artists. Josh is currently a full-time freelance graphic designer and illustrator working predominantly in the fashion industry with clients to the likes of Insight, Ksubi, Ben Sherman, Element Skateboards, Wavertree & London and Volcom.

Baluk Arts

6 Bruce St, Mornington Baluk Arts is a collective of Aboriginal artists local to the Mornington Peninsula, Frankston and South east Melbourne. Baluk Arts was created by a group of Aboriginal people as a way to share culture, re learn culture and pass on culture to each other in a supportive positive environment. The artists are from diverse Aboriginal backgrounds from all over Australia and most have been impacted by the stolen generation. As Baluk Arts grew more successful and a strong group of artists formed they opened a large communal studio space with a small gallery in the front to gather, create works and share with the public. Artworks are all locally made, handmade and come with authenticity certificates. Artworks range from works on paper, sculpture, paintings, jewellery and products such as books, cards and scarves. All profits go back to the art centre to provide services and professional development for member artists and the local Indigenous community. The art centre has been featured in Art Collector magazine and work has been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria. The art centre presents open days, concerts and workshops and is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.

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Digital Photography – Level 1 for Adults – Term 1, 2014 6 week course. Fridays, 9.15am – 11.15am Course dates: Commencing Friday 7th Feb 2014 Learn to get the most from your digital SLR or compact camera. Understand camera controls and improve image design and composition. Introduction to computer software to further enhance and present your photos. For photography enthusiasts wanting to master their digital camera and pursue their passion, this popular program is inspiring and exciting with weekly photo shoot opportunities. Participants meet at a different venue in Mornington and surrounds each week to develop a range of photographic skills & styles. Small group, suitable all ages. Level 2 Digital Photography– “Adobe Lightroom” - Term 1, 2014 4 week course. Fridays, 12.00 – 2.00pm at OakHill Gallery, Mornington Course dates: Friday 7/2/14, 14/2/14, 21/2/14, 28/2/14 Suitable for those with basic computer experience or participants who have previously completed a Level 1 class. Responsive to the world of digital photography, learn skills beyond the camera. The right computer software is essential for today's digital photography workflow. Organize, perfect, and share: Lightroom combines all your digital photography tools in one fast, efficient application. Give your photos the “wow” factor. Learn to quickly import, process, adjust, manage, showcase and share your photos using “Lightroom” computer software. Content individualised to your level.

FOR STUDENTS School Holiday Program – Primary / Secondary School Students Friday 17th January 2014 at The Briars Park, 450 Nepean Hwy, Mt Martha • Session 1, 9.30am -12.00pm for 8-12 year olds (Year Level 4-6 primary) • Session 2, 12.30pm – 3.00pm for 12-14 year olds (Year Level 7-8 secondary) The school holiday workshops offer a fun, hands-on workshop for primary or secondary school students aged 8-14 years. Suitable for students with a passion for photography, the workshop is individualised to your level of knowledge. Learn to get the most from your compact camera or digital SLR camera. Understand camera controls, settings and modes. Experiment with different photography genres including nature, wildlife, portrait, action and macro photography. Improve image design and composition. Print your “shots of the day” to take home. Session fee $65, Photo prints & fruit snack included. BYO camera or loan cameras available.


Specialising in high quality food, lifestyle and travel images for the hospitality and tourism industry. Contact Nicki for details.

GRAEME ALTMANN AND BECKY BLAIR on exhibition until January 9 Graeme Altmann’s paintings and sculptures explore the themes of stability and change; of our human need to strive for new ground, often suffering a sense of loss and displacement as we transition through life. Most recently Graeme was a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize. Becky Blair has exhibited extensively in Australia and abroad, including France, UK and India. “I want to capture life, the beauty and magic of everyday experiences, threaded with dreams for the future and memories of the past, shifting like layers to create images that evoke joy.”

Exhibition will continue until 9th January


SUNNY SEASON IN SORRENTO A group exhibition January 11-24


Please join us for a relaxing day in sunny Sorrento for the official opening of our January show.

Opening on Saturday 11 January, 11am. Featuring new work by David Ardley, Jo-Ann Hunt, Potts and Ross Wilsmore.

You may also like to visit the Manyung ‘pop-up’ Gallery, featuring collectible paintings and sculptures at the old Telegraph and Post Office, 10 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento. Open daily through January Lose yourself in the serenity of Rick Matear’s new paintings; on exhibition at Manyung at Sorrento from Saturday January 25

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MPRG Sea of Dreams

National Works on Paper

Sea of Dreams is a broad chronological survey of major Australian artists, whose works are closely associated with the bay, including Fred McCubbin, Arthur Streeton, Penleigh Boyd, Clarice Beckett, Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan. A number of Mornington Peninsula works feature in the exhibition.

The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s National Works on Paper was established in 1998 and incorporated the former Spring Festival of Drawing and the Prints Acquisitive which began in 1973. National Works on Paper is one of Australia’s most prestigious awards and acquisitive exhibitions. A biennial exhibition, its role is to support and promote contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper. Recent winners of the National Works on Paper include Laith McGregor, Richard Lewer, Danie Mellor, Gareth Sansom, Paul Boston, Lisa Roet and ex de Medici.

Reprising last summer’s exhibition, Sea of Dreams, at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, part two of the exhibition, displaying works painted from 1915-2013 will be on show through February.

Heidi Victoria MP, Minister for the Arts, Women’s Affairs and Consumer Affairs (pictured) opened the exhibition in December. In all, close to 80 paintings, drawings and prints sourced from major public, private and corporate collections are featured, including many rarely seen gems. The works, chosen for their artistic and historic value, document our changing relationship with the Bay, the shifting physical topography and presence of distinct artistic communities who frequented the Bay. MPRG is in Dunns Road, Mornington, phone 5975 4395.

Entries are now open for the 2014 National Works on Paper, which will be on display at MPRG 23 May–20 July 2014.

The winner of the Beleura House and Garden Major Acquisitive Award receives $15,000. Up to $35,000 is available for acquisitions through the Mornington Peninsula Shire Acquisition Fund; Friends of the MPRG Acquisition Fund and the Ursula Hoff Institute Acquisitive Prize. Entries close: 5pm, Friday 14 March 2014 Pictured: Arlene TextaQueen, Where will we go when the world implodes (Taylor Mac), puchased by MPRG in 2008

14 december – 2 march 2014 Frederick McCubbin • Arthur Streeton Emma Minnie Boyd • Clarice Beckett Arthur Boyd • Sidney Nolan Albert Tucker • Joy Hester Charles Blackman • John Perceval Mirka Mora • Jill Orr • Fred Williams Jon Cattapan • Jan Senbergs


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A Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery exhibition Clarice Beckett, The red sunshade 1932, oil on board, Private collection

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ARCHIBALD PRIZE Returns Spring 2014 The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is proud to be the only venue in Victoria presenting the Archibald Prize in  2014 (dates TBC). Commencing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1921, the current prize of $75,000 is awarded annually to the best portrait, of a man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any resident in Australasia. Often controversial, and never dull, this iconic award has been awarded to many of Australia’s most prominent artists including George Lambert (1927), William Dobell (1943, 1948 and 1959), Brett Whiteley (1976 and 1978), Ben Quilty (2011) and Tim Storrier (2012). The Archibald Prize was established to foster portraiture and perpetuate the memory of great Australians. It is an Art Gallery of New South Wales exhibition toured by Museums and Galleries, NSW. (Abbey McCulloch Naomi Watts image courtesy Art Gallery of NSW)

McCullochs @Whistlewood Art Consultancy + Private Gallery For three generations, a small hilltop weatherboard cottage, Whistlewood at Shoreham, has hosted some of the most famous names in the Australian and international arts worlds. With sweeping rural views to Westernport Bay, the cottage was first built by the early-settler Tuck family in the 1870s. The house has only had two other owners in its 140 year history. It has been the permanent home of the McCulloch family since 1951 when founding director of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; critic, artist and author, the late Alan McCulloch AO and his wife, actress and writer Ellen McCulloch bought the house on their return to Australia after some years in the US, UK and Europe. Whistlewood is now owned by their daughter; writer, publisher and art consultant Susan McCulloch OAM and her daughter writer, researcher and curator Emily McCulloch Childs. “I grew up hearing from my parents that one day, this area would be like Long Island and the Hamptons are to New York and Provence is to Paris,’ says Susan McCulloch. In the ‘50s, the area was all sheep country, interspersed with orchards. Today, their predictions have proved true. For several decades Whistlewood has been McCulloch’s art consultancy, writing and publishing headquarters. It is also the home of the major reference work, McCulloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art, first written by Alan in 1968 and continued into its 4th edition by Susan and Emily. Frequent early guests to the house included Arthur Boyd

MASTERCLASS: POINT NEPEAN Join the very popular art tutor Colin Johnson for a practical day workshop in an idyllic location at Point Nepean National Park. Colin will work closely with participants in developing drawing and painting skills and techniques in this breathtaking coastal location on the southern tip of the peninsula.

Susan with Ningura (who built McCulloch’s still standing studio with him in 1951), John Brack, John Perceval, Albert Tucker, Fred Williams, Leonard French and their families. International guests included lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II and his Australian-born wife Dorothy. A major field of knowledge for both the McCullochs is Aboriginal art. Their book, McCulloch’s Contemporary Aboriginal Art: the complete guide, is a classic reference. The book documents every art producing region in Australia. The McCulloch’s Summer Collector’s Show 2014 features more than 70 outstanding works by leading artists and talented newcomers from Arnhem Land, the Kimberley, Pitjantjatjara and beyond. Regional artists from Baluk Arts, Mornington are additionally

on show. Proceeds will also aid the group. “Today, art has become a lifestyle experience, like going to a café or winery, and people want to experience it in different ways. They love the opportunity to see art in a domestic setting, or to meet artists, curators and directors and be engaged in a more direct and meaningful way,” Susan said. The Summer Collectors Show 2014 McCullochs@Whistlewood, 642 Tucks Road, Shoreham. Open: January 18-19 and 25-27. 11am-5pm. Curators floor talk: Saturday, January 25, 3pm. (Free event. Places limited and bookings essential.) Details: 5989 8282 or whistlewood@


Cost: Members $65 Guests $85

Dr Janine Burke will discuss works by some of Australia’s most significant modernists – Sidney Nolan, Joy Hester, Albert Tucker and Charles Blackman. They explore, with a mixture of pleasure and anxiety, the body’s relation to water, to light and to darkness. For Nolan St Kilda is a site for hedonism and foolery while for Hester there is a potential for violence. Blackman captures the threat of drowning while Tucker finds carnality in its streets. Other artists will include Esther Paterson who celebrates a benign, sunny perspective while Jill Orr, a major performance artist, returns to the themes Tucker, Hester and Blackman mine, and presents a challenging image of the body.

Location: Point Nepean National Park, Point Nepean Road, Portsea

Cost: Members $12, Guests $15 (inc a glass of wine & nibbles)

Bookings essential, limited numbers – a materials list, location map and parking and transport information will be given on enrolment. Wednesday 22 January, arrive 9.30am for 10am3pm (self catered)

Thursday 6 February, 5.30pm for 6pm-7pm

WORKSHOP: Making a start on your memoirs Ed Marshall will return to Our Library to conduct another session of the very popular Making a Start on Your Memoirs workshop at Mornington Library as part of the Summer Read festivities. This two-part program is open to new participants. The workshop is free but bookings are essential, 5950 1820. Session 1: Thursday 23 January, 10am-12pm Session 2: Thursday 29 January, 10am-12pm For Our Library details visit: www.ourlibrary. Enquiries, contact: Chris on 5950 1705

Location: Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

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TERRACES A TOP CHOICE AT MARTHA COVE Harbourside Terraces, Martha Cove - A Three Pillars Development

Harbourside Terraces proved to be a popular choice with buyers over the weekend with 15 terraces snapped up within the first 24 hours of being on the market. Harbourside Terraces is the new release within Martha Cove, and has a unique offering with an emphasis on community, great design and resort like living. Each stage has access to a communal picnic BBQ area and communal pool to compliment the surrounding environment, the Martha Cove Marina and Port Phillip Bay. The terraces offer lots of choice with a range of different floorplans including 2, 3 & 4 bedrooms, single or double garage and a choice of bay, pool or picnic views, all with maximum stamp duty savings and no progress payments, making an easy decision for many investment and house hunters. What is most attractive about the Harbourside Terraces is the affordable pricing. Starting from as low as $369,000, this new release is an inviting way to secure water side property. Brad Olsen, of S&L Projects is managing the sales at Harbourside Terraces and spoke about the uptake of the new property listings. “It is great to see that the property market is starting to appreciate Martha Cove for the prestigious location that it is. The terraces have been so popular - where else can you buy a 3 bedroom terrace with bay views for around 450K? It’s not surprising they have sold so quickly,” says Brad. The construction of the terraces is scheduled to commence in November 2014 with planned settlement in April 2015. The Harbourside Terraces, Martha Cove sales office is located within the Martha Cove Café & Store at the corner of Anchorage Avenue and Harbourside Esplanade, Safety Beach. Website: Contact: sales@harboursideterraces. Call: 1300 461 732

Southern Dumpling Squid Southern dumpling squid is a bobtail squid that lives in the shallow (0.5 m to at least 80 m) temperate coastal waters of the Mornington Peninsula. It lives for between 5 and 8 months and the adults can grow up to 6 or 7 cm long. They are found in seagrass beds or areas with soft silty or muddy bottoms. Southern Dumpling Squid are nocturnal and during the day hide in sand or mud covered in a mucus-lined coat of sediment. If disturbed acid glans can quickly remove this coat as an additional decoy to ink squirting.

Females die between a week and a fortnight after laying eggs and males die a short time after mating multiple times. Females mate with many partners and may use the sperm of more than one partner for one batch of eggs. Depending on temperature incubation can take up to four and a half months, because of this the eggs must be comparatively large to provide enough yolk for successful embryonic development. If the females are underfed while producing eggs they tend to produce fewer and smaller eggs which leads to high embryo mortality rates.

Like other bobtail squid, Southern Dumpling Squid have a light organ fuelled by symbiotic bioluminescent bacteria. The light organ, which is butterfly-shaped, is situated in the mantle cavity and is used to cancel out the bobtail squid’s silhouette. Although they can change colour, they are usually an iridescent green or yellow with brown spots.

Parent Southern Dumpling Squid do not look after their young however the hatchlings are highly developed when born and are capable of catching prey up to twice their size.

Like many cephalopods the male can be distinguished from the female by an enlarged hectocotylus which occurs as the first left arm. Females lay 2 or 3 batches of round creamy orange eggs (25 - 170 eggs per batch) over a few weeks towards the end of their life.

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The best place to locate these squid on the Peninsula is at Blairgowrie Marina and Rye Pier mostly on night dives but occasionally during the day when they have been disturbed from their resting place. If you would like anymore information about diving on the Mornington Peninsula logon to

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BRAND NEW TEAM AT NISSAN Purchasing or servicing a car can be a stressful and time consuming process. As well as selecting the car itself, finance, insurance, warranty, parts and service are also essential factors to consider. Luckily, Mornington Nissan can take care of the whole process, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the thrill of your new or used car. Recently acquired by AHG, Australia’s largest motoring group and major sponsor of the Melbourne Demons, Mornington Nissan have a brand new team, ready to assist with all your motoring needs. As the Peninsula’s flagship Nissan Dealership, Mornington Nissan stocks a comprehensive range of Nissan’s industry leading models, as well as a large selection of quality used

cars of a variety of makes and models. Nissan’s robust range has a car for everyone; the 370 Z offers incomparable style, the Navara with its unbeatable strength, the economical Micra is the perfect city runabout, and the benchmark Pathfinder full of adventure and wonder. Mornington Nissan’s new car showroom features all the latest models, and with an in-house finance team and service centre under the same roof, it is a one stop solution to purchasing or servicing your next car. Mornington Nissan’s General Manager, Craig Cole, is

HEALTH & WELLBEING SURVEY Frankston-Mornington Peninsula Medicare Local is conducting a Health & Wellbeing Survey to help in the planning and delivery of health services within the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula areas. If you are 18 years and older and a resident of the Frankston/Mornington Peninsula region you are invited to answer some questions about your health and access to health services in your area. You could win a $200 supermarket voucher A draw for a $200 supermarket voucher will take place on the last day of each month from October 2013 to February 2014. Entry into the draw is voluntary, but your contact details will be needed if you wish to enter. How to complete the survey Visit to complete the 5 minute survey. If you would prefer a hard copy with a reply paid envelope, please call Medicare Local on 03 5973 5655. Frankston-Mornington Peninsula Medicare Local gratefully acknowledges financial and other support from the Australian Government Department of Health.

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passionate about the industry and feels the Peninsula region provides a great platform for the dealership. “The Peninsula is always buzzing with excitement, it’s a great place to run a business and engage with the community on a social level. We are so proud of how well Nissan has flourished in the area, our whole team is passionate about cars, and I feel that resonates well with our great customer base,” he said. Mornington Nissan is located at 109 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington. You can contact the team by calling 5971 0700 or visit

Mornington Pier Reconstruction Mornington MP David Morris and Minister for Ports David Hodgett have announced the final stage of major works at Mornington Pier will soon be underway, with a contract awarded to K V Johnson Constructions for the reconstruction of the outer section. Mr Morris said he was delighted that the project was now entering its final phase. “The outer section of the pier has been offlimits to the Mornington community since construction stalled as a result of the Brumby Government’s mismanagement of the project. It’s been exciting for the community to see the pier take shape again in the past year.” “These works will add to the $3.6 million upgrade of the middle section of Mornington Pier, which was completed in September 2011. Earlier this year the first stage of wave screens were installed to provide a safer place for boats to shelter during storms at Snapper Point.” “The next phase will see the complete replacement of the outer section of the pier, including new wave screens to protect the harbour, timber decking, low landings and other

important improvements,” Mr Morris said. Mr Hodgett said the contract award was another significant milestone for the Mornington Pier reconstruction which will be completed in late 2014. “This latest contract award is one of the final major milestones in the reconstruction of Mornington Pier, which means that local residents and visitors will soon be able to enjoy the finished product,” Mr Hodgett said. “The reconstruction is part of the government’s $23 million commitment for critical local port infrastructure upgrades, and I am thrilled to see the works nearing completion. “Mornington Pier is a very important asset for the local community. It’s one of the most visited piers in Port Phillip Bay and popular with recreational boat operators, anglers and the many visitors who enjoy a walk along the deck. Works on the reconstruction of the outer deck will commence in early 2014 and access to the pier may be restricted during the construction period. For details about Mornington Pier or boating on Port Phillip call 13 19 63. web:

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Who’s looking after your mum? Placement of a loved one into residential care can be one of the most difficult and stressful tasks of your life. It doesn’t have to be that way. Our staff are here to help you make the right decisions. Ti Tree Lodge over the years has earned the trust of many families offering their loved ones security and care by compassionate, professional team members. The Ti Tree Lodge lifestyle and brand new state-ofthe-art facilities, combined with the care of our highly trained staff, will give you peace of mind that you have done the very best for your loved one. For information on placements at Ti Tree Lodge please call Wynette Nicholls on 0488 300 650. Phone 5986 4422


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Markets on the Mornington Peninsula MAIN ST MORNINGTON MARKET We had a great day on Saturday 14th December at the Main Street Christmas Market! The stallholders enjoyed meeting Mornington locals who can’t usually attend our unique mid-week market due to their work hours. Santa was driving up and down Main Street on his White Impala Sleigh; there were carollers and brass bands wandering around the street creating a festive feel with lots of new stallholders showcasing their handmade products. It was a great start to a big day in Mornington. After the market we then headed down to the Mornington Carols in the Park to sing along with local performers and Jackie Sannia … where the Christmas spirit really set in! With the warmth of summer now upon us and the craziness of Christmas behind us it’s time to look forward to 2014! The Main Street Market Mornington has many new exciting stallholders showcasing their home made, home grown or home baked

goods. Perfect for a mid-week activity for families these school holidays, bring the kids down to meander up and down Main Street and enjoy the face painting, street activities and busking performers on offer. So make sure you plan a visit to the Main Street Market this summer, take a wander, enjoy the atmosphere, and find out why the locals and stallholders alike are so passionate about the Main Street Market! You can keep up to date with new stallholders, competitions and other special news by following the market at Mainstreetmarketmornington For more information about the market or becoming a stallholder: www. // // 03 5975 4522 … See you next Wednesday! Jeni Doherty Market Manager Mornington Chamber of Commerce


One of the region’s coolest and most popular outdoor attractions, the Emu Plains Market is a celebration of the peninsula’s unique culture. Join creative artisans and diverse producers with the new, family-friendly trading hours from 9am-2pm. Beneath the sun-dappled gumtree canopy, local traders once again transform this bush setting into a snaking trail of colourful market stalls welcoming people to the spring carnival atmosphere of Emu Plains with local wares, food and fresh produce. Stylish young hipsters, teenagers and families mingle and delight in natural organic foods, interesting brica-brac and eclectic hand-made gifts. It’s all about discovery: whether it’s yummy hot snacks, stunning local wines, innovative woodwork, glassware, ceramics or a gorgeous piece of fanciful jewellery that never requires an excuse to accessorise. Throughout the market are stalls laden with crafts from all over the Peninsula; art, hand-made jewellery, bespoke furniture, quilts, designer fashion and hats alongside an eclectic mix of local wineries, distillers, bottled drink stalls and other brightly coloured carts. “People love to find special gifts or just simply graze their way through this vibrant seaside setting” says market organiser, Vanessa Johnson. “The

stallholders offer an abundance of farm-fresh produce; you’ll find so many popular foods, organic coffee, fine oils, artesian bread, organic fruit & vegies, olives, honey, jam, ice-cream and fabulous flowers. There’s also free entertainment from resident musicians The Whisky Gypsys and great hot food carts offering tasty treats from all over the world including German, Turkish, Mexican, Dutch and Spanish.

There is also plenty for kids to discover including pony rides, face painting, jumping castles and a great park all situated beneath the sprawling glade of ancient stringy-barks. The Emu Plains Market also proudly supports the community by offering free space and support to local not-for-profit groups including Mummies and Babies in Need, The CFA, Balnarring CWA, Sea Shepard and Art Red Hill. They also donate car parking money to help support Westernport Rotary and the Emu Plains Reserve. In the future, they hope to start up an emerging-artist support fund. Whatever you love you’ll enjoy the sights, sounds, flavours, action and colour of the Peninsula’s best outdoor market. The Emu Plains Market is on the third Saturday of every month until April. Details: Vanessa Johnson, hello@emuplainsmarket.


The Peninsulas Freshest Market A new market showcasing Melbourne and the Peninsula’s very best makers, creators, growers and collectors. 140+ stalls, kids entertainment, live music, loads of gourmet food and fresh produce!

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Fun in the Sun - special supplement It’s Summer, and many of us have some free time to enjoy our beautiful Mornington Peninsula. On the following pages we bring you some great events and treats to indulge in while the weather is so wonderful. This perfect summer photograph was taken by Amber Gardener, Naturalight Photography.


month or so. I’ve played all over the place this year, but around December I usually play a lot of gigs at my brother’s, Lizotte’s.” “We do have a song list but there is always room for modification. I like to start a little gently and ease the audience into our sound. There is usually no sound check, at these sorts of gigs, so when you get onstage you hit the ground running. I would not say that we are like, a progressive jam band, but we are pretty loose about what we play. The songs are like a rough framework that we can work around. “A song that I wrote specifically for Jimmy Barnes’ Flesh and Wood, Still Got a Long way to Go, is a song I still play a lot so that is a song that has served both of us.

DIESEL - BETWEEN THE BAYS Johnny Diesel and the Injectors burst onto the Australian scene in the late 80s formed by emotive front man Mark Lizotte, more affectionately known as Diesel. He has since released more than a dozen albums and is considered one of Australia’s finest live performers. When asked if there is a chance of him hooking up with Tex Perkins, who he shares this year’s Between The Bays festival bill with, Diesel said “Who knows?” with a chuckle. “It has happened before, we have done a few things together, nothing official, mostly when we have been on holidays.” “Festivals are something that our band is quite familiar with. At this show, playing into the evening, outside, is such a nice environment to play in. The kids from the school will be into it too, I know. “I have played at Between the Bays before, so I remember that there is a really great vibe there and everyone is really appreciative. I guess because it’s for a really good cause. It will be a really good night and I’m looking forward to it. Diesel’s current three piece band formed about a decade back and includes Lee Moloney on drums and Richie Vez on bass. “We have made three or four albums now, so there is quite a bit of language there, without saying anything,” Diesel said. “My set always includes some staples, that I feel the need to always put in, but whatever other material I am working on also usually dictates a lot, whatever I’m grooving on, that particular

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“A lot of my songs are fundamentally blues songs, when you take away ‘the production’ and whatever stylings there are. My songs, thankfully, are living and breathing. They’re open to interpretation and I interpret them a lot of different ways. Even songs like Tip of My Tongue, I still find fresh ways of playing it. “I feel like I’m just ‘looking after’ my songs, even though I wrote them. Ultimately I feel like the curator or the caretaker of songs like Cry in Shame and Come to Me.” The Between the Bays festival is at Penbank school, Moorooduc on Saturday, February 22. Details:

MORE ON BETWEEN THE BAYS Tex Perkins, Diesel, Daryl Braithwaite and Boom Crash Opera are among a massive line-up of top talent for the ninth annual Between the Bays Music Festival on Saturday, February 22. They will be joined by three-piece Melbourne/Peninsula band The Basics. There will be unlimited children’s rides and a huge variety of culinary delights, from a simple sausage sizzle to wood-fired pizzas and delicious vegetarian fare. Between the Bays has employed festival specialists to run the bar, and drinks will be available when the gates open. There is parking available or if you’d rather not drive, a shuttle bus will operate throughout the day to and from the site, with two pick-up/drop-off points connecting with public transport. All proceeds from the festival go to support Penbank School’s partnership with the Wugularr School in the Northern Territory. Between the Bays is at Penbank, at the end of Rickards Rd, Moorooduc. Gates open at 2pm, music starts at 2.45pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www. or check out the Facebook page at

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MORE THAN JUST A SURF BOARD WORKSHOP Building a wooden surf board from scratch is so much more than just creating something for the ocean, as film-maker Dave Macintosh shows in his short film, ‘Tree to Sea’.

The winner of last year’s Peninsula Short Film Festival with his film ‘Toast’, Dave was inspired to do a film for the Tree To Sea guys after spending time with them creating his own surf board. “Dave had done a class with us and then he mentioned that he had done a short film last year and won it last year with his film, so we got together and decided to do it this year for the website with him doing a shorter version to enter into the short film festival,” says Darren Minchin, of Tree to Sea. “I am the carpenter of the group which started when Rob decided he wanted to make surf boards in his garage. Once a month we started doing workshops and it’s grown from there.” As Dave’s film shows, making surf boards together becomes a

total bonding experience, forging lifelong friendships.

“There are no high tech machines or advanced skills required to build your own surf wooden surfboard at one our workshops. These courses are designed at a grass roots level to enable anybody who has the desire to build their own board achieve just that,” says Darren. “At the completion of the three day workshop you will have learned the skills required to build future boards at home with minimal tools.” The ‘Tree To Sea’ short film kicked off last month with a launch night of great music and films, and live music by local group JamRoots. Dave also screened his Peninsula Short Film festival winning film ‘Toast’. Tree To Sea has been going for about 18 months now, with visitors coming from all over the world, as well as locals, to hand craft their own boards. “We’ve got people come from all over the place, a guy from New

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Zealand, Qld and WA. We’ve developed a system you can get it done in three days, so we get a lot of interest from different states. This year in March we’ve got a husband and wife coming from Hawaii,” says Darren. To understand the experience of building your own wooden surf board from scratch, it is about working with your hands, your head and your heart, just like any artist. Not only that, if you’re lucky you’ll make some great friends along the way.

And the Tree To Sea philosophy is simple and it works - share the knowledge. Visit the Tree to Sea website at for more information about the workshop and the people behind them, and keep your eyes open at the Peninsula Short Film Festival to see Dave’s fabulous short film on Tree To Sea. As the boys say, “Come to build a wooden surf board but leave with so much more”.

We can build your board. Tree to Sea is currently fulfilling orders for wooden boards to be surfed, displayed as art pieces or complement decor in beach houses, businesses and private homes. Give us a call or email to discuss your requirements. Robert 0409 211 751 Gary 0423 804 975 There’s nothing like the ride, feel and experience of an authentic wooden surfboard . . . and when you’ve built that board yourself, with skills that will stay with you for life, nothing beats the feeling. Tree to Sea offers workshops enabling you to build your own wooden board and give you the skills to build many more. Workshops held in Mt. Eliza, Mornington Peninsula. Reserve your place now. See our web site for 2014 workshop dates.

Wooden Surfboard Workshops Gift Vouchers for Workshops & Surfboards are available

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The goodness of wood. Plantation grown timber. No fibreglass. No foam. No resins. Just wood (and glue). Keeping our environmental splash to a minimum.

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AUSTRALIA DAY 2014 Mornington Peninsula residents will be brought together on Australia Day by a wealth of activities. Heading the list of events on Sunday, January 26 will be the traditional parade along Main Street, Mornington at 5pm. Groups or organisations wishing to take part in the parade can contact parade organiser Cindy Last on 0416 044 974. Other popular events will include the Safety Beach to Rosebud Fun Run, bands on the Rye Foreshore and fireworks in Mornington and Rye. Across the Peninsula there will be visits from the Australia Day Ambassadors: musicians Lisa Edwards and Michael Christiano, animal lover Dr Hugh Wirth, ‘social inclusion’ businessman Ian Cheeseman, yachtsman and philanthropist Simon McKeon, food entrepreneur Joe Cannatelli, TV presenter Pete Smith and footy stars Robert Walls and Tommy Hafey. There will be flag raisings and entertainment around the municipality and children’s activities in every corner of the shire, especially at Mornington Park. All events will be held in an alcohol-free environment. Highlights include: • The 10km fun run from Safety Beach, or 5.3km run/walk from Dromana to Rosebud – starting at 8.30am • Free community breakfasts in Rosebud, Dromana and Mt Eliza (this is a sausage sizzle cooked by Mt Eliza Rotary) • Free music in Rye and Rosebud

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Street parade in Main Street, Mornington at 5 pm Free children’s activities in Mornington Park from 3 pm Free lunch in Rye Fireworks in Mornington and Rye between 9– 9.30pm subject to weather • Free community breakfast, flag raising, teddy bears’ picnic, and skate event in Hastings • Flag raising and entertainment in Mt Eliza and at the Sorrento-Portsea RSL • Flag raising at Mt Martha The Australia Day celebrations are part of a comprehensive program put on by Mornington Peninsula Shire. For information on all the Shire activities, contact the Community and Special Events Team on 1300 850 600 or visit the Shire’s website

What better way to relax than on a fishing charter on our beautiful Mornington Peninsula and as the name suggests at Relax, Go Fishing! you will do just that. Operating two vessels, both departing from beautiful Mornington Pier, The Ultimate and Charisma, will take you on one of the best value for money charters you will ever experience. Being Victoria’s only multi award winning charter operation, Relax, Go Fishing! guarantees to provide one of the best days out you’ll have on Port Phillip Bay. With trips starting from as low as $50 per adult for 4 hours 1-5p.m.- all equipment, refreshments and complimentary BBQ supplied - what more could you need? There are 5 hour morning trips from 7a.m to 12noon at $60 per adult and Twilight trips 6-10 p.m at $70 per adult including a steak and salad dinner chasing the elusive Snapper (in season) also available. Families and friends always enjoy the school holidays and weekends when they can spend some quality time together and businesses are finding this is a cost effective option for team building and staff-client functions. Gift vouchers are individually personalised for any occasion, and discounts are available on all standard trips for children (5-13 yrs, seniors, students and pensioners). You can even book a private charter, for either boat, for Buck’s and Hen’s parties, work, church, social clubs or any reason. Phone Relax, Go Fishing! on 5976 3070 or on the web

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BLUES AT THE BRIARS FEB 1ST Some of Australia’s top blues musicians will make their way to Mt Martha on Saturday, February 1, for the second Blues At The Briars Festival.

Blues at the Briars line-up is:

11am Jules Boult and the Redeemers The family friendly event at the historic Briars homestead noon Mike Elrington Band and park will include arts and crafts, clothing stalls and a 1pm Mama Blue and Son mouthwatering variety of food and drink. 2pm The Sammy Owen There is an early bird ticket system in place to reward Blues Band those who get in early, and there will be regular event info 3pm Phil Manning, and updates online, including breaking news on the event’s Winston Galea and exciting lineup. Log on to for Peter Cornelius Trio more. 4pm Chris Finnen Band Gates open at 10am and the first musicians hit the stage at 11am at The Briars, 450 Nepean Highway, Mt Martha. Bring a 5pm Blue Eyes Cry chair or picnic rug, relax on the grassy hill and soak it all up. 6pm The John Power Blues Band 7pm Shannon Bourne and Chris Wilson 8pm Lloyd Spiegel 9pm JJ Rome 10pm Bondi Cigars

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Anyone for Mini Golf?

The Wittingslow family recently purchased Boneo Maze and Mini Golf, and have already started their exciting refurbishment, focused on combining lots of family fun, with the expertise of bringing their famous carnivals to the Rye and Rosebud foreshores for over 50 years. They have amazing plans in store for Boneo Maze to be transformed into a world class complex on the Peninsula. Watch this space! In the quiet relaxing area at the rear of the property you will find a gorgeous old fashioned German carousel in a safe, fenced space for the kids to run and play. This area is also perfect for setting up a picnic blanket under the shady trees. Children will be entertained for hours with lawn games and mazes while parents can take it easy and chill out for a while. Paddle boats feature in the lake of the All New Adventure Zone plus other attractions including climbing walls, bungee tramps, zipline and a waterslide. “This is the first time mini golf has been open at the maze for summer and it’s an excellent course, absolutely fantastic!” says new owner Michael Wittinglsow. “We’ll be offering discounted entry from the carnival to the maze so it should be a great summer this year” says Michael.

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Fun in the Sun BAYPLAY FOR SUMMER Bayplay Adventure Tours are the peninsula’s coastline leisure specialists, ready to help you enjoy some gentle adrenalin. The Bayplay team have just delivered a boost to their long string of leisure activities with the arrival of a superb leisure-craft catamaran. Ready for snorkelling with seals at Chinaman’s Hat, swimming in tranquil coves and simple smooth sailing. Bayplay’s Tours and Aquatic Adventures are the ideal activity for anyone seeking hassle-free fun on the Mornington Peninsula. This onestop shop provides an exceptional range of experiences, from a few hours snorkelling among Port Phillip Bay’s fascinating marine life, to fully accommodated multi-day packages, taking in everything this popular playground south of Melbourne has to offer. Buddy up on a sea-kayak tour to the Dolphin Sanctuary and Point Nepean,

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often accompanied by curious local dolphins – they may even dive over the front of your kayak! Get wet with confidence on snorkel tours visiting an amazing sea-dragon colony.

The Equestrian Fashion Boneo Park CDIHHH on Australia Day weekend (January 24-26) will feature an abundance of dressage competitors and will be packed full of entertainment and surprises. Competitors in all dressage levels, including FEI, EA, Para Equestrian, HRCAV and PCAV, are looking forward to the competition ahead of the 2014 World Equestrian Games, and sponsors, trade village participants and produce suppliers are jumping on board to make it the best event ever at Boneo Park.

Get even more up-close-andpersonal with the marine life by learning to dive in just one day, while experienced divers can try guided dives such as those around the region’s ‘Famous Five’ piers. Bayplay also offers Professional Association of Diving Instructors, PADI, accredited dive courses. As well as its extensive kayak, snorkel and dive offerings, Bayplay also provides a hire service for a range of kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and bicycles. You can explore at your own pace thanks to Bayplay having your fun covered. Exclusive group accommodation is available in Portsea, Blarigowrie or Rye. A range of self-contained private cottages also make for a perfect

Boneo Park managing director Fiona McNaught is working with some of Australia’s top dressage riders to ensure all spectators, sponsors and riders have a weekend to remember. “We’re very fortunate that many of Australia’s elite dressage riders love to help us to make this event special, and this year we’re working towards a big surprise,” Fiona said. “We want everyone who comes to the CDI, whether they’re a tourist, a rider or a stall holder, to walk out of Boneo Park with a smile on their face.” escape. Bayplay accommodation is mid-priced, leaving you plenty of spending money for adventure activities, wining and dining. Bayplay’s one-stop-shop is at 3755 Point Nepean Rd, Portsea, ph 5984 0888. Web:

Fiona is remaining tight-lipped on the entertainment, but she’s positive there will be smiles all round. Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults and are available at the gate. Entries are still open for FEI, EA, Para Equestrian, HRCAV and PCAV classes. Entry forms can be found online at For competition and ticket inquiries, contact Boneo Park on 5986 3006 or


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FREE Community Breakfast Dromana sponsored by Rye & Dromana Community Bank Bendigo Bank 8am – 10am

FREE family activities and entertainment Yard games, face painting, mini golf, roving entertainment and workshops 3pm – 7pm

Live Music, Missing Links, Little Munchkins Dance Crew and Lachlan Wilde Magician by the pier 8.30am – 1.30pm Flag Raising with Police Cadet Drum Corps or 1st Dromana Sea Scouts, Address by Australia Day Ambassadors Lisa Edwards and Michael Christiano 10.30am – 11am FREE Children’s Activities, Poppy the Clown, Jumping Castle, Face Painting, Giveaways, Cup Cake Decorating, Handball and Netball comps 9am – 1pm

Live & Local, on the ‘Pearl Magazine Stage’ 4pm – 6.30pm Flag Raising, Address from Australia Day Ambassador Mr Simon McKeon AO 6.15pm – 6.45pm Absolutely Aussie! Headline Acts on the ‘Pearl Magazine Stage’ 7pm – 9.15pm Fireworks Display (subject to weather) 9.15pm – 9.30pm

Community Awards, connect with local community groups by the pier 9am – 1pm

VILLAGE GREEN FREE Mount Eliza Community Bank Bendigo Bank Sausage Sizzle, served by Rotary Club of Mount Eliza 9am – 10am Opening Ceremony 10:05am Flag Raising, Address by Australia Day Ambassador Robert Walls, National Anthem 10.10am – 10.20am Live Music by Bec and Dave Campbell (Dave from Capt Spalding) 10:50am – 11.15am Morning Activities, Animal Farm, CFA Crew


RYE ON THE FORESHORE Live Music sponsored by Rye & Dromana Community Bank Bendigo Bank, Legend 2pm – 3pm and 6pm – 7pm BABBA (a tribute to ABBA) 7:45pm – 9:15pm FREE Rye & Dromana Community Bank Bendigo Bank Lunch From 2pm Rye Yacht Club off the beach sailing experience 2pm – 4pm Vintage Car Display, pier car park 2pm – 4pm Rye Historical Society Heritage Bus Tour 3pm

Hillview Quarries Australia Day Street Parade 5pm – 6.15pm

Kikki the Clown 4pm – 5pm


Flag Raising, including Australian National Anthem, Rye Primary School Choir, Australia Day Address by Ambassador Pete Smith, Woolworths representative, Rye RSL President 5pm

FREE Activities and Entertainment, Mini Golf, Face Painting, Carnival Rides, Interactive Games, Animal Farm, Magicians, Dog & Reptile demonstrations 9am – 1pm Fun Run, 10km run from Safety Beach / 5.3km walk/run from Dromana Information Centre finishing at the Village Green in Rosebud Register at FREE Rye and Dromana Community Bank Bendigo Bank Breakfast, serving 1200 breakfasts 9am – 10.30am


Flag Raising, including Address by Australia Day Ambassador Ian Cheeseman and Fun Run Prizes, 10.15am – 11am

Farmers Market, run by the Chamber of Commerce. Contact Alison for more information email

Live Music sponsored by Rye & Dromana Community Bank Bendigo Bank, Contemporary, Country & Jazz 8.30am – 1pm

Closing Ceremony 11.50am – 12.15pm

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Fireworks Display (subject to weather) 9:15pm – 9:30pm

HASTINGS ON THE FORESHORE Flag Raising, Address from Australia Day Ambassador, Hugh Wirth, 10am

Flag Raising, Address by Australia Day Ambassador Joe Cannatelli, National Anthem 10.30am Live Music, singer, Billy Miller and local band Munster Terrace FREE all day Community BBQ For more information call 03 5984 2886

OTHER EVENTS Balnarring Races, Coolart Road Balnarring Mornington Rotary Art Exhibition, Peninsula Community Theatre Precinct, 91 Wilsons Road, Mornington, 17–28 Jan 2014 Contact Elizabeth on 0410 597 424 Mornington Historical Society Exhibition Museum – including book stall, 789 Esplanade, Mornington. For more info call 03 5976 3203 10am – 4pm Mt Martha Flag Raising, Mt Martha Village Phone 03 5986 2261 for more information 8:45am Australia Day Luncheon, Rye Hotel For bookings phone 03 5985 2277 12.30pm – 2.30pm Australia Day Festival Regatta, Contact McCrae YC on 03 5986 1361 or 03 5982 0984 or Steve on 0418 350 162 10am MMAD Australia Day Swim Contact Mt Martha Life Saving Club on 03 5974 4140, Andrew on 0418 991 989 or visit

FREE Community Breakfast 9am – 9.45am FREE Teddy Bear’s Picnic 11am – 1pm Western Port Historical Society Open Day, Marine Parade 11.30 – 3pm Globe International Skate Board Team 2pm – 4pm

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AUSTRALIAN STARS JOIN PENINSULA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Celebrities including Actors Lachy Hulme, Kerry Armstrong and David Reyne will head to Rosebud in February to take part in the Peninsula Short Film Fest. The Peninsula Short Film Fest, proudly presented by Peninsula Hot Springs, will be held on Saturday 1 February at the Village Green Rosebud- 932 Point Nepean Rd, Rosebud. The Festival is a FREE outdoor film festival which will showcase a selection of short films for the general public. The Festival gives budding filmmakers the opportunity to submit a short film and receive industry acknowledgment whilst providing a credible platform to launch a filmmaking career. 12 lucky finalists will be shortlisted and will compete for a first prize of $5K with second prize of $2.5K and third prize of $1.5K.

Lachy and Kerry will be joined by four other prominent identities to judge the 12 short listed films on the night. Festival Director, Steve Bastoni said the event now has the support of Film Victoria, boosting the opportunities for those interested in starting a career in film, “the winner of our first Festival for iPhone Warfare, Luke Arnold, is now playing the lead in the soon to be released INXS Michael Hutchence biography. We are pleased the Festival played a stepping stone in Luke’s career”.

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The 12 lucky finalists will be announced in January. The Festival is FREE, entertainment commences at 4pm, and films will be screened from 7pm. Come along, bring a rug and enjoy. For more information and the latest news visit:

SORRENTO’S SPOOKIEST SPOTS Sorrento Ghost Tours invite you to ‘meet’ the spirits of the Honorable George Coppin, the lady in white, and other mysterious souls during regular tours of Sorrento’s spookiest spots.

Entrepreneur, philanthropist and parliamentarian, George Coppin was a legend in his own lifetime. He built the Continental Hotel in 1875 and established the town as a popular seaside resort. Some say that he has never really left. According to long-time peninsula resident Jenny Tomkins of Sorrento Ghost Tours, some locals believe that Coppin’s ghost still resides in the imposing hotel. When Jenny decided to combine her love of history, teaching and walking by starting Sorrento Ghost Tours, she spent six months researching the topic by speaking with local residents, shop owners, psychics and the Historical Society. She also bought an EMF (electro-magnetic field) meter, a device used by paranormal enthusiasts to detect the presence of ghosts. At the old Koonya Hotel in Sorrento, legend said that a man died when he fell from a staircase, which has been long-removed. Jenny was also told of ‘cold spots’ in the corridors where the temperature might be 10 degrees lower than the surrounding air – an indicator of the presence of ghosts. On a Sorrento Ghost Tour, participants visit a dozen historic sites, at least eight of which are believed to have ghostly occupants.

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One is the Three Palms Restaurant, once a family home from where a young girl was abducted and never found.

Another tour highlight is the Athenaeum theatre, built by Coppin c1870. The cinema is said to be watched over by a lady in white. A number of people have said that they have seen her. Sorrento Ghost Tours run on the first Saturday of each month and more often during the holiday season, regardless of weather. The 90 minute excursion departs from the foreshore rotunda at 8pm.



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january - february 2014 ALL THROUGH JANUARY Sea of Dreams: Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Dunns Road, Mornington. Various depictions on and around Port Phillip Bay, displaying works painted from 1915-2013, 10am-4pm daily. Ph:5975 4395. JANUARY 2-19 Silvers Circus: Village Green, Point Nepean Road, Rosebud. Silvers circus presents a line up of stunning international artists, Las Vegas style illusions and captivating production techniques. Details: silverscircus. JANUARY 4-11 Optimist Dinghy Titles: Mornington Yacht Club will host the races. More than 300 boats expected. Details: morningtonyc. Monday, January 6 Inspire Create Repeat, Nutritional cellular cleansing info session 7pm, Tonic Gym, 50 Collins Rd, Dromana. Free. Bookings essential - JANUARY 7, 14 and 21 Junior Ranger Program: Pt Nepean National Park. Activities run by Parks Victoria. Suitable for ages 6-12. All children must be with an adult. Be a super sleuth and identify the bones, fur and even poo of animals in the wild. Also create artworks using nature. Details: 5984 6014 or Wednesday, January 8 Inspire Create Repeat, Nutritional cellular cleansing info session, 10am, Mornington Information Centre, 320 Main St Mornington. Free. Bookings essential JANUARY 8, 11, 12 and 17 Spotlight Wildlife Walks: The Briars, Nepean Highway, Mt Martha. Enjoy a bush experience at night with Ranger Fi in The Briars Wildlife Sanctuary, spotlighting for nocturnal animals such as wallabies, possums, koalas and insect-eating bats. Cost: $10.70 Details: 5974 3686 or the. JANUARY 9-12 Show-Jumping Carnival: Boneo Park Equestrian Centre, 312 Boneo Road, Boneo. 8am-6pm. Watch Australia’s finest showjumping horses and riders Details: 5986 3006 or

free kids activities. Adults $10, Concession $5, Children U15 free. Mornington Races is also on Monday, January 27. Details: JANUARY 10-14 Teen Art class: Free workshops at Hastings, Somerville, Rosebud, Mornington and Mornington. Draw, then paint the Mockingjay from The Hunger Games. Add your personal flair and learn professional techniques from Ginnie Galbraith. Materials provided. Ages: 13+. Bookings essential. Details: 5950 1230 or ourlibrary.mornpen. JANUARY 11-27 Studio 12 Art Show: St Peter’s Hall Corner Albert and Octavia Street, Mornington, 10am-5pm daily. This a quality show by 12 award-winning peninsula artists, presenting affordable traditional and contemporary works. Entry is free and artists demonstrate most days. SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 Rye Gift: A family day at Rowley Reserve, Melbourne Road, Rye, 10am-6pm. A professional foot race, children’s and local club races. Details: 0414 564 531 or ryegift. Portsea Polo: Point Nepean Quarantine Station, 10:30am-6pm. Australia’s highest profile polo event combines the excitement of polo with food, wine and the outdoors. Cost: $75. Details: 9585 8330 or Catch A Sound Wave: with Marty Williams Rosebud Library 11am-1pm presented by Peninsula Song-riders SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 Two Bays Trail run: Starts at Permien Street, Dromana, 7am-3pm. Run the gorgeous but tough 28km course to Cape Schanck, via Arthur’s Seat, through Green’s Bush to Bushranger’s Bay, and back again. Details: Peninsula Music Festival: Morning Star Estate, Sunnyside Road, Mt Eliza. Rock, rockabilly, blues and country performed by Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks, Raw Brit featuring Mick Pealing and Bob Spencer, Aleyce Simmonds, Coral Lee & Silver Scream, Little Willy & The Hopeless Romantics and the Weeping Willows. Details:

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 and 26 Clip Clop Club: Mornington Racecourse. Balnarring Races: Enjoy the picnic Mornington Race Day, 11:30am-6pm, with atmosphere beneath the ancient Gum ( 48 The peninsula’s favourite funky SQUARE magazine

trees. Gates open 10am, first race 1pm. Coolart Road, Balnarring. Details: 5986 3755 or JANUARY 17-26 Mornington Art Show: PCT, Wilson’s Road, Mornington. The 42nd annual event with hundreds of exhibits including paintings, general art and photography. Details: SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 Frankston Waterfront Festival: Pier Promenade, Frankston. A weekend of entertainment, activities, market stalls, food and wine. Details: frankstonevents@ Concert in the Vines: Pig & Whistle, 365 Purves Road, Main Ridge. Family fun day with entertainment including the Queen an Abba tribute shows with Analou supporting. Kids activities include a jumping castle, petting zoo and balloonist. Food and drinks from Bayview Estate. Details: Catch A Sound Wave: with Brad Kennedy Hastings Library 11am-1pm presented by Peninsula Song-riders SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 RACV Great Australian Rally: Sunday, Mornington Racecourse, 8.30am-3.30pm. The largest classic-motoring event in Victoria attracts hundreds of vehicles. Starting from Melbourne, Stud Park and Hastings, and finishing with a public display at Mornington Racecourse. $10 entry. Details: Fancy Footwork for Hope: A five and 2.5km fun run and walk starts at Woodleigh school. 7-10am. Details: or Facebook WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 Grubby Hands Workshop: Eco Living Display Centre at The Briars, 450 Nepean Highway, Mt Martha, 9.30-11am. Introduces children to the joys of gardening. Learn about soil, composting and the basics of growing food. Bookings essential. Details: or 5987 3078.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 Portsea Swim Classic: A 1.5km long race from Portsea front beach to Point Nepean National Park. $50 entry, proceeds to Portsea Surf Life Saving Club. Details: or Red Hot Summer Tour: Suzi Quatro, The Angels, The Black Sorrows, Shannon Noll and Russell Morris live from noon at Mornington Racecourse. Tix: 136 100 or Catch A Sound Wave: with Tash Parker Mornington Library 11am-1pm presented by Peninsula Song-riders JANUARY 18, 19, 25, 26 & 27 The Summer Collectors Art Show: McCullochs@Whistlewood 642 Tucks Road, Shoreham, 3pm. Writer, publisher and art consultant Susan McCulloch OAM will host a free curator’s floor talk of some outstanding artworks. Bookings essential on 5989 8282 or whistlewood@mccullochandmcculloch. SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 Australia Day Festivals: Flag-raising, community breakfasts, family-friendly concerts, art shows and many other activities at townships throughout the peninsula. Details: Frank Yamma and David Bridie: Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, 245 Eastbourne Road, Rosebud. Frank is a traditional Pitjantjatjara man from Australia’s central desert. He will sing and perform with acclaimed musician David Bridie. Details: MONDAY, JANUARY 27 Life is a Ride: A Family Fun Day at Rosebud Carnival, Pt Nepean Road, 11am-4pm. Proceeds aid Hospice. Saturday, February 1 Peninsula Short Film Festival: The Village Green, Rosebud. Entertainment from noon, films screen 7pm. Blues at the Briars: Heaps of Blues bands and music, headlined by the Bondi Cigars, Chris Wilson and Shannon Bourne at The Briars, Nepean Highway, Mt Martha. Details

JANUARY 24-26 Dressage: Boneo Park Equestrian Centre, LISTING ARE FREE 312 Boneo Road, Boneo. 8am-6pm. Watch Please keep brief, include Australia’s finest dressage horses and riders your contact details, email to as they compete for a place at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Details: 5986 3006 fresh every month mornington PENINSULA MAGAZINE


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Stunning views take centre stage Original seaside sanctuary privately set on amazing 1203.1m2 corner site in fiercely-held “old” Dromana affords exceptional close bay views which cannot be built out, encompassing Martha Pt & coastline beyond, City skyline, shipping channel, distant mountain ranges & boating activity in the foreground. Surprisingly spacious complete with generous entertaining deck, open plan living, 3 generous bedrooms (suite sized main), 2 bathrooms plus skylit kitchen meals area. Extensive glass, hardwood floors, hydronic heating, split system air conditioning (2), water tank, brick paved driveway, shady patio & lock up storage room. Loads of space for multiple cars, the boat & van. Exciting options range from relaxed getaways to lucrative holiday rental returns or simply the perfect position to realize you dream of a luxury lifestyle by the sea. Position perfect with 2 road frontages -totally private getaway. Enjoy peaceful beachside charm in an exclusive location with exceptional views day and night capturing the essence of pure Peninsula Living.

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Exceptional views day and night 62 Clarendon Street, Dromana Privately set on amazing elevated 1203.1m2 corner allotment. Close bayviews cannot be built out, encompassing Martha Point and coastline beyond, City skyline, shipping channel, distant mountain ranges & boating activity in the foreground. 3 generous bedrooms (suite sized main), 2 bathrooms, large o/plan living plus kitchen meals and peaceful deck perfect for entertaining. Extensive glass, hardwood floors, hydronic heating, split system air conditioning, water tank, brick paved driveway, shady patio & lock up storage. Position perfect with 2 road frontages. Enjoy beachside charm in exclusive location $720-$745K Completely Unique, totally private getaway with amazing bayviews. Inspect by appointment call Linda Wooley 0408 148 041

Exclusive clifftop location above Anthony’s Nose Outstanding 180º uninterrupted bay views Unique opportunity to secure an amazing site which cannot be built out with Planning Permit pending (working drawings includes engineering, geo technical reports & landscape design). Architect designed to fit the environment. Contemporary residence with entry bridge, extensive glass, multiple viewing/sun decks, free flowing open plan living plus rumpus & study. 3 bedrms, 2 bathrooms plus powder room, dble garage and lovely sunny aspect. It’s got the wow factor. POA Inspect by appointment call Linda Wooley 0408 148 041

585 Dunns Creek Road Red Hill Outstanding Peninsula Property - Rare 2.37 acres - space & tranquillity Superb north oriented 9572m2 fenced allotment with emphasis on open space and easy management. Ornamental dam, cool leafy glade of trees alive with native birdlife and views across picturesque valley to Martha Pt & theYou Yangs. This unique property features gated drive leading to substantial 107m2 (11.5sq) American Barn/ machinery shed with concrete floor, underground power, high clearance 3 roller door access & 2 water tanks. Town water available. Located just 5.9kms (6mins) to Dromana Pier and 5mins to beach, in lush green surrounds with wineries, galleries & school around the corner. A truly unique opportunity. Inspect by appointment call Linda Wooley 0408 148 041

Stunning Bay Views – Rustic Setting 8 Raymond Drive Dromana $675-$720 Timber, glass and rammed earth walls create a peaceful haven in this individual, locally crafted home with treetop elevation and stunning bay views. An inviting home all about environment and privacy. Three beds, two baths, two generous living areas, one with soaring ceilings flowing to large entertaining deck capturing sea breezes. Hand crafted iron balustrades, forged entrance gates & solid timber cabinetry. The massive timber frame enables alteration &/or reconfiguration of internal spaces with relative ease, providing additional bedrooms/living spaces in this honest, solid & well built property with flexible layout, scope and loads of character. This green minded retreat highlights solar passive principles & boasts separate studio hiding in 933m2 of native surrounds. Double garage + storage, rain tank & solar HWS. Only 50m to State Park entry and walking tracks, this impressive organic home deserves consideration. A new Peninsula Lifestyle awaits. Inspect by appointment call Linda Wooley 0408 148 041

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Designed with executives in mind, this one bedroom fully furnished apartment is ideal for those with busy lifestyles. With breathtaking views of Port Phillip Bay, You Yangs, Melbourne and the Bellarine Peninsula, life could not be better. Extremely modern apartment features stone top benches in the kitchen, Fisher & Paykel appliances, open plan living and dining area opens up to a balcony with sweeping 180 degree views. Other features include split system heating and cooling, carpeted floors throughout, fully tiled bathroom, desks with modem electronic port as well as use of fitness centre, retail precinct, restaurants, laundry / dry cleaning service, secure entrance and parking available for small fee. With over 25 years property management experience, your property is in great hands with McGuire’s Property Management. Call Nancy McGuire today Rear 12/1140 Nepean Hwy, Mornington

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Fabulous beachside townhouse of approx 14 squares (130m2) on larger than usual land, 381m2. Light filled and with many hidden extras. Offering 2 beds, large bathroom, sep powder room downstairs. Spacious kitchen, dining and lounge areas. Master bedroom with huge walk in robe. Both beds open onto upstairs balcony. 2 Toilets, Ducted Vacuum System, Garage, Balcony, Dishwasher, Gas Heating,

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Specialists in Mount Eliza, Mornington & Mount Martha. Poppy Jean – the vintage caravan resides on the Mornington Peninsula. She is available to hire for weddings, parties and events. Visit

Meet the experienced new team at hockingstuart Mornington. Whether you’re a vendor, landlord, buyer or tenant, call us today and discover the new places we can take you. Phone 5973 5444 or email or visit us at 204 Main Street, Mornington.

fashion health & beauty Revamped Jewellery charity boutique opens in Mornington.

Colomb also said “this really fits in with the council’s stance on sustainability, anything that promotes recycling in the community is very welcome”

Mornington Peninsula Councillor Bev Colomb along with a crowd of excited customers and volunteers enjoyed the Revamped Jewellery grand opening festivities on Sunday December 8th.

The not for profit boutique is currently raising funds for the Hamlin Fistula Clinic in Ethiopia who provide life changing surgery for women who have sustained childbirth injuries causing incontinence. These mothers some still only teenagers are outcasts in their communities. The clinic not only performs the surgery free of charge but provides for the patients until they are well enough to go home. The goal of the clinic is to place a well trained midwife in every rural community across Ethiopia to prevent fistula injuries in the future.

The boutique and workroom space is the result of two local women’s passion for supporting women’s charities locally and internationally. Tina Strafford of Frankston and Jo Fowler of Hastings have spent the last four months collecting, cleaning and revamping donated jewellery along with a growing network of volunteers to display and sell in the Carbine Way boutique. “Judging by the fantastic response to our first day I’m really confident we are in for a busy time.” Ms Fowler said. “Peoples generosity has been overwhelming, the donations keep coming and everybody loves the concept.” Ms Strafford an art therapist said “I’m really looking forward to the workshops starting next year. We already have a number of very talented jewellery artists who have offered to donate their time and teaching skills to run beading, wire work and industrial style steampunk jewellery classes.” Tara Henry one of the founding members of Revamped Jewellery opened the proceedings with some background

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on the charity saying “basically four years ago a group of local peninsula women got together to raise funds to help African women disfigured and disabled during conflict. We decided to recycle and rework our unwanted jewellery to sell and the concept of Revamped Jewellery grew from there.” Ms Henry who now lives in Benalla said “We are so excited about the opening of the shop it’s something we always dreamed of being able to do and it looks amazing, very classy.” Councillor Bev Colomb on behalf of the Mayor and council welcomed the addition of this charity shop and workroom to the Mornington Peninsula and expressed how exciting it was to have a space where women and girls could come together to support important women’s charities. Councillor

“Some of the funds raised will also go to supporting the fantastic work of the Mirabel Foundation here in Australia” Ms Strafford said “We feel strongly about charity beginning at home too” “Our opening hours will increase next year as more volunteers get on board and workshops will be held on weekends throughout the year” “We would be delighted to receive donations of any unwanted or broken jewellery every bit helps” You can find the Revamped boutique at 1/4 Carbine Way Mornington. Opening hours are 9.30 to 4.30 Tuesday to Thursday. For more information call Jo on 0438 437 519 or Tina on 0407 561 333.

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april & rose Make a splash on a hot day in this gorgeous floral kaftan. It’s pretty, it’s comfortable, it’s light to wear and can be worn as a tunic top belted in over white jeans or as a cute muu-muu dress with gold sandals. Love it! Haven tunic top $69.95.

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January is all about enjoying our summer holidays here on our glorious Mornington Peninsula. It’s about spending time at the beach, going to barbeques and drinks parties, heading out to the tennis or off to the polo, and generally taking a casual and easy approach to life.

Every girl needs a pretty dress on a hot summer’s day, something that can be dressed up or down for any occasion. This maxi dress looks great worn with thongs for the beach or dress it up with chic wedges for the polo. Perfectly pretty. Ellis & Dewey dress $89.95

Here are some perfect pieces to add to your summer wardrobe to stay stylish along the way. Think about clothes and accessories that are cool, comfortable and colourful! Enjoy.

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LillyBelle Shoes & Accessories When you need just a cute and compact bag to throw over your shoulder and get out and about, this is your girl. The fabulous orange goes with everything in our summer wardrobe and the gold chain adds a dressy touch. Fabulous! Ada.G bag $99.95

A pop of colour with gorgeous green jeans adds szhoosh to a summer wardrobe. These Italian jeans can dress up or go casual, just add your perfect top, lots of glamour and these will rock la dolce vita! Raffaello Rossi jeans $259.95

Temptation Shoes A chic wedge for when you must combine glamour and comfort. I’m loving these super stylish wedges as they are easy to wear, and look fresh and gorgeous with jeans or a dress. It’s all about that buckle and trim detail! Donna Valenta wedges $49

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BEAUTIFUL YET STRIKING FASHION FOR SAVVY WOMEN Who doesn’t love the convenience of on-line shopping and now fashion designer, Mahalia Brown offers a wonderful range of women’s clothing and accessories right at your fingertips with www. Mahalia Brown is a contemporary womens fashion label for women who want to be beautiful yet striking. “We create clothing with feminine under tones, but with a courageous edge,” says Mahalia. “We endeavour to produce quality garments.” An Australian family who own and run the business, Mahalia Brown has a fabulous range of casual and elegant dresses, jackets, shorts, jumpsuits, tops, shirts and swimwear with a quirky edge not found on other online stores. A self-confessed lover of fashion, Mahalia was determined to provide women with something a little different at a price they can afford, designing a label for women who love structure with feminine shape.


“This summer we are going to see lots of black and white prints, sixties style slip dresses, striped barcode tee shirts. Have fun and clash prints for drama,” says Mahalia, who believes women should have fun with their fashion.

It just makes you feel guilty when you read the plan and realise it doesn’t factor in your REAL life. Your body, your goals, your muscle mass, BMR, exercise level and food preferences are different to your best friend, sister and neighbour. Make choices to suit your body and lifestyle.

“At Mahalia Brown you will find beautiful clothing and accessories which, as well as fitting in with the latest trends, will flatter the wearer and make them feel great,” says Mahalia.

DI’S FAST FACT… Buying a diet plan that is a cookie cutter for everyone doesn’t work! Phone 5975 2435

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JULIET BRIDAL IN MAIN ST MORNINGTON JULIET Bridal may be the place you’ll discover the perfect dress for your most special day. Julie’s beautiful flowing gowns are perfect for destination or local beach or winery weddings. Bridesmaids will also be looked after with gowns including the versatile convertible dress, designed to suit all shapes and sizes. Juliet Bridal also stocks locally crafted Connie Montarna Jewellery and Angel Veils, along with a range of ‘Rainbow’ dyeable shoes and VynkaB designer footwear. Julie’s skilled hands can also help with bridal alterations. Bookings are now available for March/ April/May weddings. Give Julie a call on (03) 5976 3883 for all enquiries and bookings.

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When quality counts choose Minzenmay You Can Always Find Diamonds That Are Cheap, But It’s Rare That You Will Find Cheap Diamonds That Are Good. There are many advertisements out there, capturing our attention with offers on diamonds that seem too good to be true. Persuasive advertisements geared towards

ridiculously low prices. As jewellers who specialise in restorations and repairs, we see disheartened faces of people who have taken up on these ‘special deals’, only to find out that their diamond investment does not retain any significance in value in comparison to that of an authentically graded natural diamond. With advances in technology there are diamonds nowadays which are grown in laboratories at much lower cost to a natural

diamond. Many diamonds being sold with certification are being graded as higher than what they are realistically worth. Often inexpensive diamonds have come with some sort of certification, but little does the customer realise that their precious stone may have been enhanced in some way, reducing the overall value. Some examples of this are laser drilling of diamonds to clean up unsightly natural flaws (called inclusions), &/ or filling these flaws in the diamonds with reflective glass (this is called fracture filling). One major problem with fracture filled diamonds is that upon heating with a jewellers torch the stone may crack or internally implode. This will results in the optical glass melting away from the stone resembling something like crinkled glad wrap. Minzenmay suggests that when looking to purchase a diamond consider this: 1. Does the certificate that accompanies the diamond say ‘clarity enhanced’? If it does this means you are purchasing a diamond enhanced stone, having gone through a process of treatment like mentioned above. Or is the diamond advertised as being ‘clean to the eye?’, this could mean that when you look into the stone with magnification you may find that the diamond is full of inclusions. If so it decreases the value and quality of the stone. 2. Always buy from a trusted Jeweller who has been in business long enough to honour a warranty and stand by their guarantee. We often see customers bring in certificates for diamonds that do not match the diamond they have bought. Often the customer can not seek reimbursement. Minzenmay has been in business for 103 years. We value our integrity & professionalism & ensure we are 100%

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accountable for setting a high standard in the industry . We offer a 7 year diamond guarantee (& coloured stones), offering free clean, check & polishing service for the duration of the guarantee & free rhodium plating each year on all white gold. We also have the largest on premise workshop on the Mornington Peninsula with state of the art equipment, specialising in handmade jewellery, which may be custom designed to suit your individual needs & costs. We rarely send any jewellery off site, as we are best equipped here in our workshop. 3. It is important to remember that genuine quality diamonds take up to 3,000 million years to move towards the earths surface from the deeper mantle of volcanic activity. If you want to own a genuine diamond, they are unlikely to be found at incredibly low prices. Anything that is, is usually a low grade, or enhanced diamond & hard to compare in value . If you want the genuine stone, it’s a case of you get what you pay for, which is why diamonds have a reputation for being exclusive and rare. You don’t need to be an expert to buy a quality diamond, you just need to purchase from one. If you have any questions and would like to speak further on the matter, please do not hesitate to come in to Minzenmay in Mornington. Paul Minzenmay and James Christie both have full qualifications as Diamond Technologists, jewellery valuers and Gemmologists which is the highest obtainable qualification in Australia. We are leading edge professional jewellers & designers who can translate the creative process into unique pieces of jewellery that speak to the heart of you. Call Minzenmay now to discuss a price that meets your individual needs. Ph: 5975 2439.

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Mind over matter It’s all in the head. Change the way you think and the rest will follow – or so they say. But is it true? Sal Shepherd from Performance Plus Hypnotherapy in Hastings talks. ‘Hypnotherapy is an exciting fusion of hypnosis and counseling which taps into the unconscious mind. Performance Plus Hypnotherapy combines counseling services with real-life achievable goals to change or edit limiting beliefs. Self-empowerment is the key. The first step is to unlock deeply-rooted negative concepts which can prevent clients from leading a happy life. Fears and anxiety or low self-esteem can manifest in many different ways. But you can change – and we can help you do it!’

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grief or dealing with chronic pain, plus new year’s resolutions!” All practicing hypnotherapists at Performance Plus Hypnotherapy are fully qualified clinical hypnotherapists and are members of the Australian Hypnotherapy Association. All relate to each client on an individual basis and take their time. No two treatments are ever the same. Sal sees clients from Whittlesea, Gippsland and across the peninsula. Ages range from 12 to 75. Some have been long term while others only require a few sessions. The initial consult, where an extensive medical history is taken, is an hour and a half. “We work hard at Performance Plus Hypnotherapy to find individually based solutions,”, says Sal who is also mindful of her own mental health. “You can’t give your clients the necessary energy if you’re not in a good place yourself, and that’s where we all want to be – isn’t it?” Discounts are available for Centre Link, Pension and Health Care cards and a health fund rebate is available with some health funds.

Sal Shepherd has a sign in her office which reads No Judgment. It is a safe place where clients can re-connect with themselves without the fear of being judged about how they feel. ‘Weight loss is our specialty. “We follow Maggie Wilde’s ‘Unzip Your Fat Suit’ philosophy which peels back the layers of negative belief which has led to a Appointments: Tuesday- Friday and client’s habit of overeating. We also focus alternate Saturdays at 1/218 Marine Parade, on milestone therapy – VCE students, Hastings Phone: 0430 305 530. Web: new-born mother relaxation (or infertility problems), sexual performance issues, by Liz Rogers gambling and other addictions, coping with fresh every month mornington PENINSULA MAGAZINE

Who wants to look fresher and more youthful without invasive surgery? If the answer is ‘me’ then you have to come along to Saya Beaute Bar in Somerville as they now offer cosmetic injectables and fillers by registered nurse, Bianca Williamson. Bianca is a Cosmetic Clinician and Anti-Ageing Consultant, also a Division 1 Nurse. “I am completely dedicated to providing my clients with the most up to date non surgical solutions to enhance natural beauty or to treat the inevitable effects of ageing. I am passionate about sharing my extensive knowledge of the skin and ageing process to promote health and beauty both inside and out. I gain so much fulfilment from watching my clients leave my clinics with their confidence restored,” Bianca says. With a long list of credentials, Bianca has graduated Monash University with a Bachelor of Health Science (nursing) in 2001, receiving the Australian Nurse’s Federation Nursing Care Award for academic and clinical excellence. And in 2007, while working in England, decided to dedicate her career to the cosmetic and aesthetic industry, working among the UK’s top cosmetic and non-surgical providers. “Since returning to Australia in 2012, I have established my own company, Face Aesthetics Melbourne, and welcome the opportunity to share my expertise with people of the Mornington Peninsula, through Saya Beaute Bar,” Bianca says. Call in and meet the friendly team at Saya Beaute Bar, 2/10 Eramosa Road, Somerville. Call 5977 6790 for details and appointments.

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YOUR LOCAL MEDICAL SERVICES Right place. Right care. Anytime

There are many medical services available to residents and visitors of the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region, some of which you may be aware of, others not. Understanding your options can help you to make better choices when accessing medical services.



• Rosebud Hospital 1527 Nepean Highway, Rosebud VIC 3939 • Peninsula Health Mental Health Triage Service 1300 792 977 • Visit Peninsula Health website for services and directions

WHERE DO I FIND RELIABLE INFORMATION TO LOOK AFTER MYSELF? There are many reliable organisations that can point you in the right direction to assist with your illness or injury. Better Health website


• Frankston Hospital 2 Hastings Road, Frankston VIC 3199


• CALL 000


1. Call your regular doctor’s phone number for after hours directions even if they are closed. They may have a message detailing their after hours arrangements. 2. Visit the National Health Services Directory to find an after hours doctor or locum service in your area at





GP Helpline 1800 022 222 You should always call the clinic to make sure they are open before you visit and to check if there will be a cost for the visit.

Level 1, 311 Main Street, Mornington, VIC 3931 03 5973 5655 |

Nurse On Call 1300 606 024 Call or speak to your local pharmacist

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A better way to buy diamonds! There is a new way to buy diamond jewellery on the peninsula and the name is Diamond Coco! Owner Anthony Hansen is one of Australia’s leading diamond merchants and he says to expect prices around half that of a retail store! Operating a little differently than most jewellers, Diamond Coco displays the bulk of its jewellery in the form of lowcost prototypes that look and feel like the real thing only they are there to represent your finished piece. Once a suitable design is chosen you are then offered the choice of white gold, yellow gold, platinum or palladium depending on your budget or preference. From there, details about the various diamond and gemstone qualities are explained, so that you are making an informed choice. Many remarking that they learn more about diamonds in 10 minutes than they ever did trolling the retail stores. Ultimately you will walk away having not only saved a great deal of money but just as importantly, you get to be involved in the design process. To put the savings into perspective, Anthony points out

several recent customer experiences. One was very close to paying $13,999 from one retail jeweller for a diamond engagement ring. At Diamond Coco they paid just $7,560 for identical quality. Another was tempted by a sale price of $5,999 at another store for a pair of diamond stud earrings only to find much better quality at Diamond Coco for $2,750. Anthony goes on to explain that these are not isolated examples, but rather regular client experiences. Despite the low prices, Anthony is passionate about diamonds and refuses to sell the inferior gems found in many retail stores. As Anthony puts it, his diamonds are his business card to the world, which is why more than 80% of his business comes from repeat customers and referrals. If you are in the market for quality diamond jewelry then there really is no better place to shop than Diamond Coco. The best deals are at their front door. Give Anthony a call or make an appointment on 1300 230 430 and tell them Mornington Peninsula Magazine sent you! Diamond Coco is located at Suite 6 (Upper Level) 38A Main Street Mornington.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN - A SHORT GUIDE TO WHATS ON With six weeks of holidays for the kids there’s so many things to do on our beautiful peninsula so drag them off the iPad and get them outdoors. They will thank you for it. • MORNINGTON SHIRE YOUTH SERVICES ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS (FOR 1016, & 10-25 YO) The Shire’s Youth Services team will run its summer school holiday activities between Monday 13 January and Friday 24 January. January school holiday excursions will include indoor rock climbing, swimming with the dolphins and seals, and a beach day with youth program participants from other councils. Activities on offer at Shed 11 youth centre in Hastings include: • Pool competition • Make your own pizza • Outdoor sports activities (cricket, football, soccer) • Movies and popcorn • Make your own ice creams • Australia Day BBQ and activities Activities on offer at YLounge youth centre in Rosebud include: • Xbox/Wii competition • Make your own ice creams • Wood fire pizzas Bookings are essential. Call: 5950 1666 or head to • SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM – FUNFILLED CHILD CARE (FOR 5-12 YO) If you’re looking for fun-filled child care

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during the school holidays for primary school aged children please contact the Shire on 5950 1640 or check our programs on our website at School Holiday Programs Some of the exciting activities planned for January 2014 include: • A trip to the Zoo • R esuscitate a Mate with Life Saving Victoria • AMF Bowling • Cinema • Tennis coaching and many other sporting activities • Baking • Lots and lots of art and craft activities Programs operate each school holidays at the following venues: •M  ornington: Mt Eliza Secondary College, Canadian Bay Rd, Mt Eliza •H  astings: Bittern Memorial Centre Hendersons Rd, Bittern • B entons Square: Bentons Sq Community Centre, Bentons Rd, Mornington

protected areas through the junior rangers program. The free program will be held at the park on Tuesdays and Thursdays between January 7th to 24th, 2014. The outside inside eewww! program has Junior Rangers super-­sleuthing the identities of bones, fur and pondering “Whose poo is that?” Junior art lovers can express themselves by using natural materials collected in the park, then taking photos at the end of their project and leaving only memories through the Art in the Park program. Other activities at the park include Games R Rubbish, A Little Bit of History and ranger activities. Meet at the park information centre, Quarantine Station, Point Nepean National Park. All Junior Ranger activities are free, but bookings are essential at www. and places are limited. Bookings open 16 December. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Parks Victoria • PLAYGROUNDS

Opening hours 7.30am to 6.30pm. Each is an accredited child care service. Enrolment forms, program details and instructions are available on Shire’s website.

The Shire has over 160 playgrounds around the peninsula with a variety of play experiences and equipment to suit all ages and abilities.



Young visitors to Point Nepean National Park are invited to turn off the tv and iPad screens to discover and interact with the natural instead of the virtual world this summer. Point Nepean free school holiday activities for children aged between 6 to 12 years old helps kids discover the peninsulas

There are a number of trails across the peninsula, shared by horse riders, walkers and mountain bikers. The peninsula has nearly 80 kilometres of shared trails (cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders). For more go to read online

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peninsula parenting involved in the program which runs on the Mornington Peninsula and around the city. “The program has made a huge impact on local pre-school kids, giving them the boost and encouragement they need to love sport and feel like their self esteem cup is full to the brim,” says Nick, who is somewhat of a local celebrity in the community. “My aim is to inspire even the meekest of children to try their best and feel good about their achievements. We spend a great deal of time creating a new plan each week for our classes to continue to thrill and excite the children whilst giving them structure and skills that develop throughout the program.” A program that started in Britain in 2002, Little Kickers continues to grow throughout the world and is designed for children aged 18 months to seven years.

SOCCER CLASSES FOR THE LITTLE ONES The Mornington Peninsula could be the home of a future Socceroo since local business man Nick Cook started his soccer classes with his Little Kickers program two years ago.

when they packed up their home in the UK and shipped over to the peninsula to pursue his self-employment dream.

Within two months, Nick was running several successful For Nick it was a much needed change for him and his family soccer classes and now there are some 250 children

“Our program has grown so much now that we are offering Sunday classes on the peninsula and for the second year in a row we have won the “Whats on for Little Ones” award sponsored by Leapfrog,” says Nick. “An unusual element of the program is that we are essentially holding the children’s hand from some of their first steps to the stage where they are equipped to go out and join competing teams in their local community with confidence.” As the Director of Little Kickers Victoria, Nick is thrilled with the speed thrilled with the speed in which Little Kickers is growing. “It means we can reach out to more and more children offering them a really positive and exciting introduction to sports. I literally think I have the best job in the world,” says Nick. You will often see Nick and his team at a local event. He’s usually the one throwing himself around on the floor in the goal. So next time you see Nick, give him a pat on the back for his positive presence in our pre-schoolers community. To find out more about Little Kickers go to www. or contact Nick Cook on 5975 8637 or

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Studios on Coolart Cool - Art and the coolest of architecturally designed spaces make Coolart Studios an exciting addition to the Mornington Peninsula’s bed and breakfast options. Owner Marianne, herself an artist, wanted to create contemporary light-filled spaces that could not only house welcome visitors, but would also be a showcase featuring the works of local artists. The result is a sophisticated hide-away only an hour from Melbourne. Think New York Loft meets Aussie Bush, within moments of some of the best wine and food experiences Victoria has to offer.  The two studios feature cutting edge design, (Graeme Brown of Construct and Design). High ceilings and expansive space give the apartments an airy, minimalist and incredibly

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luxurious feel. The interior fit out is neutral with an abundance of timber and marble, 1000 thread count linen adds to the luxury as does the Jetmaster fire, flat screen TV, air conditioning and stunning free standing bath. The studios are completely self-contained yet can be combined to sleep 6 adults. Set among towering gums, the native garden is also home to a number of sculptural works of art. All of which can be enjoyed from the extensive wrap around deck, as can al fresco dining, thanks to your own charcoal barbecue ready to cook some memorable peninsula produce and of course enjoy a glass of award-winning local wine. Quite simply, the whole place oozes coolness. Coolart Studios is at 47 Coolart Road, Balnarring. Contact Marianne on 0409 407 926 or 03 5931 3915. Email: info@ Web: coolartstudios.

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like a local town hall, accommodating the likes of architect’s presentations, environment-group meetings and the local village Food Co-op once a month. Two Sams is about COMMUNITY - local patrons share tables, conversation, hearty laughs and a bit of bliss... Sams’ coffee. Two Sams uses Five Senses Crompton Road partnership coffee, which supports direct trade with the coffee growers. That means the farmers are paid a better price for their beans and there is a closer relationship with the quality of the product. The company also supports coffee farmers and their families, in various parts of A delightful mix of food and friendliness, Two Sams Balnarring eatery has a cafe counter culture. the world, by participating in local infrastructure projects. Eclectic-a-go-go, layered atop the fundamentals Breakfast at Two Sams offers lots of luscious of good eating and good coffee, Two Sams is a hangout, accommodating a discerning and diverse options, from bircher muesli to the famous Two Sams omelettes. There is also a milkshake, mix of patrons, from surfie tradies, to groovy smoothie, slushie and frappe bar - for yummy girl’s, yoga ladies and uptown sophisticates. summer treats. Eighteen months in, Two Sams cafe owners Sam The specials board changes regularly using and Sam are greeting customers by name and in-season, locally grown produce wherever their usual coffee of choice. The space is fitted out with furniture designed and manufactured by possible. Internationally influenced, including Afghan, Asian-fusion, Brazilian, Cuban, GreekSam and Sam under the family label IndustriaX Mediterranean, Indian-Pakistani, Japanese, Latin and paintings from an interesting range of artists American, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Moroccan pepper the walls. and Russian. A down to earth, environmentally savvy couple, the ‘Sams’ often open their space up after hours, Two Sams is at 15/3050 Frankston-Flinders Road, Balnarring, phone 5983 2233.


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Lillian Mac For the ultimate in pampering and body treatments, there’s only one place to head - Lillian Mac Skin Clinic and Day Spa, where their mission is to provide remarkable treatments and ensure a memorable service to each and every customer. At Lillian Mac, all your beauty needs are catered for under the one roof with everything from relaxing facials and massage to Botox treatments. The professional team at Lillian Mac Skin Clinic and Day Spa offer other beauty treatments like waxing for

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women and men, microdermabrasion to exfoliate, polish and increase lymphatic drainage of the skin, and a fabulous peel based on pineapple and papaya that removes dead skin cells leaving the skin soft and bright. For all your beauty needs, Lillian Mac Skin Clinic and Day Spa do fabulous summer spray tans, eyelash extensions, pedicures, manicures and much more. Lilian Mac is at Shop 1, 10 Russell Street, Balnarring. Phone 5931 3114, or Web:


“We offer a full service and can put together an entire outfit for a woman, from the undergarment to the outerwear, bags, accessories and even shoes,” says Melissa. “And we cater for all sizes, whether you are a six or a 20.”

TOP TO TOE AT RUBY FINCH When you wander into a Ruby Finch store you will be hit by a bright burst of colour with fabulous fashion and accessories sourced by twin sisters and owners, Melissa Walker and Mandy Daff. Two stylish peninsula girls, Melissa and Mandy started Ruby Finch four years ago in Balnarring and have recently moved to a larger premises. Still in the shopping complex, Ruby Finch remains one of the peninsula’s premier fashion boutiques and has fast gained a reputation for superior styling. As Melissa says, “Once we have a customer, they are with us for life.” This is because, at Ruby Finch, the girls take the extra time and care to style a woman from top to toe.

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Ruby Finch has a refreshing approach to fashion, one that is making a comeback in this day and age - the belief that all women, no matter what the age or size, are beautiful, and this belief is reflected in the stunning array of clothing you will find in their store. “We stock a large range of clothing labels, both international and Australian, with an emphasis on beautiful accessories and shoes. We are renowned for our clever mix of labels and accessories, designed and chosen to suit the diverse needs of our loyal clientele,” says Melissa. “We are a boutique store that caters for women from size 6 to 20 and love keeping women looking beautiful at any age.” Featured labels at Ruby Finch include Mesop, James Jeans, Pako Litto, Ridley, Noa Noa, Lounge, Linen Laundry, LTB Jeans, Neo Shoes, Vigorella and more. All suited to a multitude of age groups and figures. Ruby Finch is at Shop 12 Balnarring Village, 3050 Frankston-Flinders Road, Balnarring. Phone 5931 3843 or go to www.rubyfinch. or check out their Facebook page.

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It’s all happening at Balnarring Beach The Mornington Peninsula has become a premier kiteboarding and kitesurfing location in Victoria, in particular Rosebud and Balnarring beaches for flat water and learning. On the Mornington Peninsula we have everything from glass flat shallow water, small bay waves, open ocean surf beaches, reef and point breaks. With a goal to bring new people into this great sport with a focus on safety, environment, oceans, beaches, the team at Peninsula Kiteboarding share their passion and enthusiasm for this awesome activity.

be open courteous and polite to onlookers,” says Trent Moon, owner of Peninsula Kiteboarding.

He and his family have spent their whole lives travelling to the most remote areas of Australia and With a strong focus on the environment, the around the world. Trent has also team teach new kiteboarders more than just lived and worked as a Safari Guide in Africa, and will have you immersed basic safety. in the local culture, KiteBoarding the “We understand how our actions can impact magical tropical water of Zanzibar our sport, the environment and general view and experiencing the island in all of the public, that’s why in our tuition for new it’s current and former glory as the kiteboarders we include more than just the kiteboarder’s safety and basic, but also how we major spice and slave trade capital of the world. can minimise our impact on the environment Kiteboarding represents a blend of around us, protect the safety of the public, many sports such as wakeboarding, surfing, kite flying, windsurfing and even skateboarding and snowboarding. As a relatively easy sport to master, kitesurfing enjoys mass appeal and more and more people are taking to the sea and sky for an adrenaline rush like no other. The French Legaignoux Brothers developed kites for kitesurfing in the late 1970s and early 1980s and patented an inflatable kite design in November 1984. These days, advances in safety, kite design and marketing have bought about the

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biggest growth of the sport in 2006 with a total of 210,000 Kites sold world wide. Since then, kite boarding has grown at a staggering 35%50% annually making it the biggest growing board sport in the world, and we are lucky enough to have it on our very own peninsula. Peninsula Kiteboarding’s shop is in Rosebud directly opposite one of the premiere flat water and learning locations around Melbourne and Victoria. Along with the kite school at Rosebud, you can also find them at Balnarring Beach during the summer months. Peninsula Kiteboarding also runs kiteboarding tours over winter to exotic locations such as Fiji, Zanzibar and Mauritius as part of their “Moon Kite and Adventure Tours” brand. For further details go to www.



The Mediterranean comes to Safety Beach! Provincia is now open. The name literally means an area or region – this area now has its own continental foodstore. Open daily from 7.30am until 9pm there is a full range of amazing products on offer. ‘Where else could you find 25 month old Prosciutto?’ said owner Vince Brancatisano who is so excited by his new venture. On the wall you will see a picture of his Dad, Vince is the 3rd generation following in the family footsteps of fruiters who then ventured into the grocery and delicatessen game. ‘I am in love with grocery, fresh foods and the old style deli. It’s about sourcing the right products, we have Boathouse cheese sourced from Mt Martha through to artisan cheeses from Italy. We have over 100 cheeses to choose from.’ I could hear the passion in Vince’s voice. And he should be proud, the place has only been open a few days and it is buzzing with activity. Here you will find local salami products made using traditional recipes. Home made sausages, made by Vince’s family, fresh olives, the list goes on. The deli is a true delight to behold – and they slice your choices from the deli on demand! Provincia was needed in the area, a beachside continental fix boasting fresh local produce, beautifully presented. Once you enter you too will be smitten. There is ample room to browse with aisles of fresh fruit and

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vegies, low carb, gluten free, organic and continental groceries, pastas and produce sit side by side. Freshly made lasagna and pies are in the freezer or purchase fresh. You really need to venture in to take it all in.

Vince is even stocking Sandy’s (frozen) bait for the fisherpeople. A Panini bar and continental cake display sit alongside the gelati bar and coffee counter. Think Tiramisu, Arancini Balls and honey dripping Baklava. I will be back to try the salted caramel ice-cream or pick up one of those delicious looking Panini’s with names like Jimi Hendrix Experience and Leonardo Da Vinci, they look scrumptious. It is truly amazing, I cannot work out how he got the whole of South Melbourne Market under one roof, (well nearly) yet it is easy to navigate. Well done Vince, this is a win for the local community and visitors will love it too. Did I mention there is seating for 40 outside where you can enjoy your coffees, cakes or Panini’s and watch the glistening waters of Safety Beach. Find Provincia next to Chemist Warehouse on Marine Drive Safety Beach. Open 7 days. - LISA WALTON

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People of all ages can be seen frequenting Cafe on the Mount, from business types, to twentysomethings to families with young children. Customers of all walks enjoy the energy of a buzzing cafe and attentive staff, who believe that respect, experience and creativity is conveyed from the kitchen to the plate – or coffee cup.

Lavazza ‘s Brazilian and Indosian blend of Arabica / Robusta beans was a natural choice for ‘The Mount’, with the loyal clientele favouring the consistent taste of a strong but smooth espresso. Another specialty of the cafe is the extensive allday breakfast menu, which is complemented by the lunch menu and daily changing specials. Fridays and Saturdays see breakfast roll into lunch, which rolls into drinks, which then rolls into dinner. Whether you are after a local sourced Peninsula Pinot Grigio, an ice-cold Corona to accompany a tasty Bruschetta, or the Grain Fed Kilcoy Eye Fillet steak with a glass of Shiraz, winding down the evening at Cafe on the Mount is a satisfying experience. And if you are looking to kick on you can now just pop in next door. Cafe on the Mount is located in the centre of Mt Eliza Village, Shop 2/87 Mt Eliza Way. Phone 9787 3738

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Instantly popular and nicely nouveau, Lounge Three87 in Mt Eliza is also a gourmet treat. A ‘visioned’ sister venue, located next door to the trendy, tasty lunchtime eatery Cafe on The Mount. Proprietor at both venues Anita Hay has dived into delight. Recollections of her childhood, spent in Cyprus, Spain, Italy and the Mediterranean, wash over her emotions. “It’s a funky new place to have a drink and enjoy beautiful food, great wine and fantastic cocktails,” Anita said. “Customers are familiar with our service and reputation, they feel relaxed. We want to take this place up to another level. This place is in my heart. There is nowhere else like us.” Arriving diners score a ramekin of popcorn. Most dine-outs will begin with sampling some morsels such as wasabi peas which also nibble nicely with a crisp beer. “Our menu is clean, fresh and full of nutrition, which we also care about. Everything is made in-house, so much passion comes from our kitchen.” Anita said. The daily specials board is likely to be exciting. A fabulous chef, somewhat unheralded, Bradley Pinney injects a high level of skill and creativity to the Three87 menu. Executive chef for both venues, Brad knows the region and has glowing experience. At Three87 he applies some classic French techniques to the often Asian influenced menu. A specials board offering is the Japanesestyle gyoza dumplings. The flash fried baby calamari flies out the door.

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Eliza with Awesome Menu Lounge Three87 “The presentation is extremely simple,” said Brad. “The calamari is ‘cut’, dusted in flour and flash fried for 70-80 seconds. I make a lime aioli to match, sprinkle on some sea salt, garnish with watercress and a chunk of fresh lime and it’s done.” The gyoza starts with a 7cm disc of translucent pastry. “I make a seasoned mix with chives, pork mince, fresh ginger and some water chestnuts and bamboo shoots - which is not very traditional,” Brad said. The wrapper is folded over a dob of filling and pinch sealed to exclude the air. “They go under the grill until they brown on one side. I pour about 70ml of stock over the dumplings and cover them with a bowl so that they steam on one side and stay crispy on the other,” he said. “To the side goes some Gari (thinly sliced pink pickled ginger) we pickle that ourselves, and white radish too.” A harmonious red bean paste vinegar shares the plate, to help cut through the pork fat. The fresh, tasty chicken liver pate is blended with a garlic confit and white truffle oil - then partnered with toasted ciabatta. “I like to see the truffle oil shine through and I add a dash of brandy at the end, as well,” said Brad with a grin. “Finishing with some double cream and cold knobs of butter gives it a lot of richness.” The Lounge is at 3/87 Mt Eliza Way. Phone 9787 1057. Grattan Anderson

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HARBA - PERFECT SPOT ON A SUNNY DAY Harba oyster bar and grill in Mornington boasts glorious views of the sunset, across Mornington Park and is a favourite spot for a classy lunch or a romantic dinner.

Harba is the perfect venue for special occasions or enjoy a cocktail accompanied by oysters or something from their light daytime menu. Upstairs, the Sunset Lounge is an awesome spot to party with windows and deck overlooking the park. Harba has become a special spot for engagements and weddings, with the picture perfect Mornington Park across the road. Diners can choose to sit on the screened and sunny front deck or inside on cushioned chairs that fit well with the deep toned walls and contemporary feel. Menu updates mirror the choice produce of the season, with dishes such as seafood specialties hinting of Asia and the Orient. The amazing Seafood Platter for 2 is proving a popular Summer choice. Order this on a Wednesday and

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Steak specials are on offer each Tuesday with a choice of porterhouse or wagyu. Hearty steaks are delicately done.

Sweet songstress Sarah Gardner alternates with The Acoustic Cats to provide some soulful live music on Sunday afternoons.

Express lunches of one or two courses are available throughout the Summer months.

Thursdays Harba has started a Trivia night where bar snacks and light meals are discounted. We hear it is a great night, perfect midweek entertainment.

“This is a place where people can come along and have a little bit of fun, with brilliant food, plenty on the plate, and be greeted with an honest welcome,” owner

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GET A SHOCK AT HOW GOOD IS FLOCK Coffee shops are peppered throughout every shopping strip, so it takes something special to stand out from the crowd. Flock is that sort of coffee shop. With its relaxed atmosphere and funky young staff, Flock rivals the best cafes in Melbourne – but without the attitude you sometimes find in the city. Flock takes its coffee seriously, its 50 per cent blend of Mexican beans setting it apart from most others. Flock’s menu covers all bases, with a bit of everything, and it’s always changing. They make everything except the bread. You must try the quinoa and zucchini cake with smoked salmon or chicken and mango quinoa with walnut and pomegranate, perhaps the steak manwich is more your style complete with caramelised onion, double bacon, cos lettuce and tomato jam. Yum! There is also an awesome outdoor seating area that captures the beautiful sun from about noon. Get in early, we found this brand new café already extremely popular, but with the whole corner there is plenty of outside space and staff are congenial and friendly. Flock is open Monday to Friday from 6am-4pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am-4pm.

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Mornington will be a hive of activity over the next couple of months. From January 4-11 the Mornington Yacht Club will host the Optimist Australian and Open Sailing Championships, attracting children aged 10 to 14 from around the world, and The Rocks will be the perfect vantage point from which to see the action unfold. And where better than The Rocks to watch the Australia Day fireworks celebrations explode around the bay.

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A special share menu will be available, so be sure to book a table for this great event. For those that have not been down since last summer, The Rocks’ menu has changed considerably to now focus on smaller plates, share style with a larger emphasis on chargrilled fish and meats. Come and indulge in Peter’s mussels grown just metres from the door.

The Rocks is the perfect summertime venue, with its dazzling waterfront location. Enjoy a full a la carte or share style experience with flavours from around the world, or pop in for a light snack, cake and beverage. The Rocks is open all day but dinner is where things move up to a whole new level. The finest seafood, steaks and game create a sensation when arriving at your table - no wonder The Rocks is again featured in the Age Good Food Guide 2014.

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Natural wonder Looking for somewhere to while away the time this summer? Pier 10 Restaurant, Winery and Cellar Door in Shoreham is the place to be. This family owned and run vineyard ticks all the boxes alfresco entertainment, a la carte dining and wine tasting. The cellar door and winery are still operated by owners Eric and Sue, serving up tasty morsels to accompany wine tastings on weekends. The fully licenced restaurant, which offers a full a la carte menu as well as tapas options, is operated by Eric’s son Stuart Baker. The kitchen is headed by chef Steve Davidson. After receiving Michelin Stars and chefs hats, Steve has settled at Pier 10 (now in his 4th year) which is open every day for lunch until the end of January, plus Friday and Saturday nights for dinner.

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Look out for live music in the New Year – Renee Prue sets the mood on January 12 and at the Australia Day dinner (26th), while Rob Papp performs at lunch. Mojo Pearls are on February 2nd. Australia Day dinner ‘Aussie night’ 5 course dinner is only $65. Big congratulations go out to Stuart who tied the knot on November 30th at this beautiful vineyard. Drop in to Pier 10 Winery, Restaurant and Cellar Door to experience estate and locally produced food, premium wines and a wonderfully natural ambience – pure hospitality, Shoreham style.

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Vesbar January gig guide Fri 3 Bev & Leigh - Classics, blues & rock 8pm. Sat 4 Cazmagic - Slick classics 8pm. Sun 5 Andrew ‘Wizard’ Farrell 5.30pm Fri 10 Leigh’s buddies band A lovely little bar, snuck into Station Sat 11 Spectrum Street in Somerville; to its dedicated Sun 12 Santiago -Spanish fusion regulars Vesbar is a second home. Fri 17 Cazmagic A great place to nibble and natter, homely Sat 18 Harry - classics and pop Sun 19 Linda & Harry vocals and guitar, pop owners Bev and Leigh Fraser were and are still part-time musos who almost and classics ‘accidentally’ bought the bar just over a Fri 24 Leigh’s buddies band year ago, when they heard it was closing Sat 25 Paul Barry - originals, classics down. “We play jazz and blues and a bit of Sun 26 Classic Remedy - rock-blues everything,” Bev said. Closed Jan 31-Feb 6.

specialty. A lot of people also dine at Tulsi Indian or the Thai and call in afterwards. A bevy of worthwhile performers find their form each weekend on the Vesbar

The ‘regulars’ cover a broad age range and have made it a comfortable place to hang out. “It’s their lounge room away from home,” said Bev. Inside or out front beneath the alfresco umbrellas.

Treats freshly baked 100% Fresh cream Birthday cakes Fresh Coffee Home of the famous

Killer Vanilla

The broad range of house reds and whites are by far the most popular wines ordered, although a good wine-list is offered if the mood takes you. A $6 beer special varies monthly. The Vesbar share platter features tasty cheeses, selected cured meats such as a nice ham, a range of dips, olives, fruit morsels and gourmet bread. “It’s not overly fancy but it’s designed around what we know people enjoy eating,” said Bev. Tapas is also a house-

stage, including Mike Rudd and Spectrum on January 11. Other featured performers include Bo Jenkins, Tommy’s son Frankie Carter and Wizard Farrell. Trivia runs from 8:30pm each Thursday. Vesbar is open from Thursday to Sunday, 3pm till late at 80 Station Street, Somerville. Phone 5978 0493


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Food photography by Nicole Jackson

New menu shows flair and contemporary influences Mornington’s iconic bay hotel is well known as an entertainment venue, but did you know that it is also a true gem, for locals and day trippers, as a quality dining choice?

“Our dining style tends toward crisp, clean flavours - our seafood and vegies arrive fresh every single day,” said Kacey. “My aim is to deliver dishes that have people wanting to come back for the food.”

Along with the new summer menu, a choice of daily specials are available each week. A dozen local and imported beers on tap compliment the extensive wine list which features some of the peninsula’s finest reds and whites.

Dromana mussels with shallots, Pernod and anchovy butter are popular as an entree or main. Kacey makes a compoundbutter with anchovies, garlic, capers, dill and lemon - blended and then chilled to set.

A big bargain are the Monday and Tuesday specials which include a complimentary drink for only $15. Sunday afternoons are also popular amongst locals, with the Seafood platter for two and a bottle of wine for only $75. Live entertainment follows from 4pm making for a fun and relaxing afternoon.

“I throw the shallots and garlic in a pan, then add the mussels and a splash of white wine and a dash of Pernod. When the mussels are steamed through, in goes a big spoonful of the butter. The mussels are then transferred into a bowl and the remaining sauce poured on top,” Kacey said.

Recently appointed head chef Kacey Byrne, formerly of McCrae Pavilion, has created a new summer menu that is a refreshing take on classic pub fare. A great variety of fresh seafood and some delicious new dishes showcase Kasey’s flair and contemporary influences.

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Chicken breast-supreme is flavoured with Jamaican-style jerk spice and partnered with charred corn and cabbage slaw laced with chilli dressing. “I was in London for a while and there are Jamaican flavours and street stalls everywhere, they love the jerk-spice rub. It’s delicious, so I wanted to add it to the menu here,” said Kacey. His classic recipe includes jalapenos, garlic,

onion, thyme and a squeeze of orange juice. Preparation includes making a brine with veggie stock that combines onions, garlic, celery, peppercorns, bay leaves and salt. After the fat is trimmed from the finest chicken, it’s placed in the brine to soak, which keeps it moist and soft. It is then marinated in the spice mix. When ordered, it’s grilled to crispy and served on the slaw bed. “It’s the perfect way to cook it, it just melts with flavour,” he added. “The quality of the meat has improved dramatically since I’ve been here,” said Kacey. The well-marbled Hopkins River steaks are seared on each side then finished in the oven. The dessert menu features some superb house-made sorbets, with flavours varying daily. The Bay Hotel is at 62 Main Street, Mornington, phone 5976 2222. Web:

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CAVE MEN HAVE SOMETHING TO ANSWER FOR A new healthy alternative has hit our peninsula with the Paleo Cafe opening in Main Street, Mornington, and if the passion of owners, Meghann and Andrew means anything, it is sure to be a success. Palaeolithic eating is taking off all over the world, bad on a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed during the palaeolithic era about 2.5 million years which ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture and grain-based diets. And now Mornington is lucky enough to have the first Paleo Cafe in Victoria, with the husband and wife owners choosing main street for its cosmopolitan lifestyle that often has a health focus. “My husband has lived in Tyabb since he was a child and now we are raising our own family on the peninsula,” says Canadian born, Meghann. “We have always tried to eat healthy but when we found out about the paleo diet were hooked straight away. I couldn’t believe the change it made to our health, with even chronic illnesses basically disappearing in a short time.” Centred on commonly available modern foods, the contemporary palaeolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grassfed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes and dairy products,

potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils. “The basic idea is we have analogue genes in a digital world. You can also take it one step further by going onto the paleo lifestyle, things like the importance of getting light without sunscreen, wearing five fingered socks with soles turing your electrics off at 8 o’clock at night, to name a few,” says Meghann, whose husband had been diagnosed with chrones disease 17 years ago, changed his diet to palaeolithic, and at his last colonoscopy had no active inflammation and no scar tissue. With over 20 years experience as a chef, Andrew says it made sense to take the leap and start in a career that he and Meghann both felt passionate about. “It also gives us a chance to create the lifestyle we love and spend time with our two boys,” says Meghann. And the paleo diet is not as far out as it sounds, with some awesome things on the menu like the caveman big breakfast with free range eggs, sirloin steak, bacon, mushrooms, or zucchini and kale fritters, or eggs and avocado on toast, and the lunch time favourite, the paleo burger. “We also do steaks, and one of my favourites, slow cooked pork belly with roasted root vegetable and green beans,” says Andrew. Paleo Cafe is open every day from 7am till 2pm at 89 Main Street, Mornington. Phone 5976 8371.

RED HILL EPICUREAN TURNS ONE - YOU’RE INVITED! Following almost five years of planning and design, Red Hill Epicurean opened its doors on Australia Day 2013.

This place has it all and then some more. The Red Hill Epicurean is one of the most complete and innovative new venues to come to the local area.

‘shed’ bistro-restaurant presents a European influenced world of delightful dining with wines made to match. A private dining room can seat a few or a few dozen. Specialised homewares as well as locally sourced and house-made food

A pinnacle for casual fine dining, Red Hill Epicurean’s now abundant flock of fans are regularly found flying in to the venue for a tasty weekend treat. Modelling the Italian concept of ‘agritourismo’, The Epicurean is where you can celebrate with the best of local wine and produce. A dedicated wine tasting facility with over 100 Peninsula wines to taste or buy, a bakery cafe, cheese larder and even onsite coffee roasting. Their fresh Summer menu is now running, celebrating everything local and in-season. On entry the aroma of fresh-baked country style breads wafts your way, priming the palette. A meander through to the enormous yet relaxed

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products are available for purchase. Choose from delicious jams, relishes and spreads to take home and enjoy. And if all that isn’t enough, you can wander upstairs to the mezzanine level and check out some amazing work from local artists. This is truly a top class destination point that must be on every visitor’s itinerary. It can also be the staging point as you plan and prepare your own food and wine trail through the beautiful local countryside. Nowhere else can you experience a taste of the Peninsula in such a beautiful environment and come away with a true appreciation of the area. Whether you have ten minutes, half an hour or three hours to spare, this is one place that you simply must visit. FIRST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS January brings their first birthday and they will be celebrating all month long! Celebrate the best local wines and produce at Red Hill Epicurean The Red Hill Epicurean is located at 165 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South. Phone 5989 4000.



Talk about taste

Created in 1999 by Joe and Carmen Fisicaro, The Cups Estate is the vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula where friends get together over fabulous food and award winning wines in serenely unique surrounds. It’s the Sicilian (and peninsula) way! This vineyard, cellar door, restaurant and olive grove in Fingal overflows with charm and personality. Meals are served in the centre of the table to share. Try a combination of Yellow Fin tuna, pork belly sliders, Chorizo or zucchini fritters and ciabbatta bread with old or new friends. Lunch is available every day from the 27th of December until the 31st of January 2014 and reservations are recommended to give you the best possible table service. Select from a wide range of estate produced wines; The Cups Estate has just launched three new selections – the 2010 Cuvee and Shiraz and the 2013 Pinot Gris. Receive a free bottle of your choice when you purchase six bottles until summer’s end. Live music is performed every Sunday by

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local musicians at this European inspired winery where life is to be lived; see (and hear) Rob Papp on Sunday 12th of January, Sharni on Sunday the 19th and Dave Twissel on Australia Day – the 26th. Or try one of The Cups five tour packages. The Cups and Springs package includes wine tasting of the entire range, a multi course taps lunch, one bottle of wine (at your selection) and bathing in the thermal pools of the Peninsula Hot Springs. For an indulgent get away try The Cups Pamper and Stay Package. This includes wine tasting, tapas, a bottle of wine and a visit to Peninsula Hot Springs plus one night’s accommodation at the luxurious Peppers Moonah Links Resort. A full buffet breakfast and internal transfers to and from the Cups Estate, Hot Springs and Moonah links are included. Magnifico!

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Sushi & Co. was founded in August, 2010, with the aim to supply fresh Japanese produce to Australian customers. From humble beginnings, the company has grown tremendously and now has stores in five locations – Blackburn, Frankston, Mount Martha, Bayswater and Mornington. Serving Melbourne’s south-eastern and eastern suburbs. Japanese food is extremely popular in Australia with cafés, school canteens, catering companies and supermarkets supplying fresh Japanese sushi. Sushi & Co. is the company that makes it possible for these institutions and retail customers to obtain the fresh produce required to prepare Japanese cuisine. As one of the largest wholesalers and retailers of freshest and most delicious Japanese culinary products like sushi handrolls, Maki, Nigiri, Sashimi, they have amassed a loyal customer base who swear by our products. They also supply a wide range of hot Japanese culinary items like bento boxes, Donburi and fried rice bowls.



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And now Sushi and Co have launched their new website enabling customers to order online and then pop down and pick up their freshly made products. How easy is that and perfect for Summer and entertaining. The website is fabulous with excellent photographs of their freshly made range of products, easy ordering and you can enquire regarding delivery options or simply pick up 20-30 minutes after ordering.

Every imaginable sushi roll or sushi is available or make your own using their ‘create’ button. Other online options are Inari, Nigiri, Sashimi, Bento Boxes, Nori, Salads and catering platters. You must log on and have a look. This is a fabulous site and a great idea from a local innovative company.

CASHBACK OFFER Mornington Peninsula Magazine readers who order

the Sushi Platter online will receive 20% cashback until end of January 2014 - conditions apply so hurry, this offer won’t last! Sushi and Co have local stores at Centro in Mornington, another at Bentons Square, also at Centro Karingal plus their new wholesale factory at 8 Satu Way Mornington. With over a decade supplying the freshest and topquality Japanese food to Australians, it comes as no surprise that their management team is passionate about Japanese food, highly motivated and driven to provide their customers with the best possible Japanese products. They are extremely proud their team has over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry and has won numerous industry and quality awards including recent finalists in the 2013 Best Bites awards. Their Head Chef learned his culinary skills and was trained in Japan. We have no doubt more awards are on the horizon. Go to

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Global influences with a stylish fusion of flavours Ebullient entrees, magnificent mains, delicious desserts and a lovely location make Veraison one of the peninsula’s highest-rated restaurants.

Veraison is at the top of the listings for Mornington Peninsula restaurants on Trip Advisor. Consistent, affordable and always ready to break new ground, gastronomically, Veraison restaurant stands out as something special.

A trendy dessert, Mark Poulter’s dual-flavoured macaroons have gone a good way to increasing the soft-centred morsel’s popularity. Flavours include pistachio-apricot, rosestrawberry and apricot-passionfruit. “The pistachio has an apricot gel centre. No one else on the peninsula has them,” Mark said. “We are increasingly offering more petits fours, it’s part of our slight change in direction.” Mark and Cherie recently took a ‘leisure and learning’ trip to

Europe. “The trip brought home the importance of simplicity, true flavours and fresh ingredients,” said Mark. “We also noticed things like how they served poultry, cooking the bird whole and then boning the meat off the bird. I’m doing quail that way now,” he added. The Spanish-style garlic prawns, bathed in olive oil, are a treat. Veraison is located at 269 Myers Road, Merricks. Details: 5989 7081 or

Adding further to its credits, Veraison is one of the few peninsula restaurants to win a chef’s hat in the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide’s highly considered awards, which are based on the well known Michelin Awards. Worth seeking out, at the back of Balnarring, Veraison is headed by husband and wife team Mark and Cherie Poulter. Largely French themed The Veraison menu nevertheless boasts global influences, particularly hints of delicate Asian offerings. A stylish and stylistic fusion of flavours. Bespoke ingredients match the restaurant’s inventive, colourful and complimentary offerings. Recently, Veraison’s style has become to be a little more casual, removing the white tablecloths and dropping prices a little. “We are conscious of affordability while always maintaining great respect for the ingredients,” said Mark. Over summer, Veraison will also open for Sunday breakfast. The menu is featured on the website and includes choices such as organic muesli granola trifle made with summer berries, candied apricots and bananas and passionfruit yoghurt.  Smoked salmon and poached eggs is partnered with avocado, sweet corn savoury pancakes and hollandaise. Ingredients often come from the restaurant’s vegetable garden which is the size of a couple of house blocks. Sunday lunches have proved popular with Melbourne’s day-trippers. The two-course weekday lunch has been well received at $39.

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A heritage as one of the Boyz Warmly welcomed as one of the world’s famous Boyz; Jon Nicholls will perform chef’s duties, for breakie, over the summer weekends at Heritage in Balnarring. Jon’s exciting style will be apparent. “I’ll be doing my ‘Eggs Ben’. Also livers with mushrooms, tomato and probably a lime dressing, for a bit of bite,” Jon said as he looked forward to returning to the peninsula, from his central Victorian home in Avoca. With the Eggs Benedict “ My key to success is that the eggs are runny. Firm on the outside and runny in the middle. The hollandaise needs to be warm and I usually make it with a white

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wine vinegar. “I’ll also be doing what I call smashed roast vegetables, as a vibrantly-spiced base, with asparagus, poached eggs and a hollandaise sauce on top. Another specialty is Jon’s cranberry muesli. His poached fruits are like fruit salad but richer and laced with star anise and cinnamon sticks. “I like toast for breakfast, and banana bread, so I’m going to make a banana bread too, with some plums through it as well. Probably with yoghurt and maple syrup or maybe some plum jam that’s come from my tree.” Heritage Tavern and Restaurant is at 3059 Frankston-Flinders Road, Balnarring. Book for Heritage breakie on 5983 2597.

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The team who bring you the fabulous fare The heritage is famous for. Great dining year ‘round, during Summer regulars are advised to book to avoid disappointment

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

detonators do the ‘hero’ Rob Licciardo with Raymond Blanc and David Moore from The Restaurant

tapas & gourmet pizzas cocktail bar & chill out deck fresh creative menu try Rob’s classics in the brassierie

summer tunes to groove to movies & music under the oak tree on the deck

HERITAGE DECK A WINNER Fridays from 7pm and Sundays from 3pm The Heritage Balnarring offers great music, and locals and visitors love it! The deck at the Heritage is the place to be this Summer for sun or shade, your choice!

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Mornington on Tanti With the fresh focus on a family format at the Mornington on Tanti Hotel, children are catered for with two playrooms. Located at the front of the hotel, the area for younger ‘billy lids’ includes a slide around a tree and a huge tangle of green ‘spaghetti’ tubes. The other nearby room, for children a little older, includes classic Pacman games and space for kid’s parties. The children’s menu includes popular and healthy items such as chicken-rice with vegetables, a roast, fish and pasta.

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The Mornington on Tanti Hotel is at 917 Nepean Highway, Mornington. Phone 5975 2015.

Jeep Portsea Polo - Set to Sizzle in 2014 With temperatures set to soar this summer, the hottest place to be will be the Jeep Portsea Polo taking place on Saturday 11th January on the spectacular Mornington Peninsula. The who’s who of Australia’s social scene will travel in style by chopper, sea and luxury car to experience the world-class Jeep Portsea Polo and relish in the fastest growing spectator sport in the world. Corporate guests can this year expect to enjoy custom menus crafted by some of Australia’s best chefs with 2014 showcasing Ian Curley from The European for the Point Nepean Polo Club, Coda’s Adam D’Sylva for Peroni and Masterchef’s Matt Preston’s for Jeep. Guest can also purchase tickets to the all-new Chin Chin marquee including all-day gourmet catering. Hosted at the Point Nepean Quarantine Station, the Jeep Portsea Polo will feature three thrilling matches showcasing some of the world’s best players from Australia, New Zealand and England. The 2014 Jeep Portsea Polo will also see the release of fantastic new exclusive marquee spaces under the trees on the west side of the field due to the popularity of the event. With over 5,000 guests once again expected to descend on Portsea, and with the event always selling out, those wanting to attend are advised to purchase their tickets early to avoid disappointment.

entertaining the crowds after the main game. Due to its increasing popularity, it’s no surprise that the fourteenth Jeep Portsea Polo attracts quality Australian and International talent with past guests including the likes of Caggie Dunlop, Lara Bingle, Andy Lee, Jessica and Ashley Hart, Chris and Rebecca Judd, Kris Smith and Ruby Rose. General Admission tickets are available from $75 with a range of corporate hospitality options available. For more information please go to www.

DJ Dean Cherny, a regular fixture at some of Australia’s most glamorous fashion events, will hit the decks throughout the day, with Australian favourite, Phil Ceberano,

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It’s Amazing What a Little Snooze Mornington Can Do . . . . . Led by husband and wife team, Sarah and Kade Miller, Snooze bedding retailer offers this level of detailed analysis and given Mornington is going ahead great guns since the couple took your mattress is designed to last 10-15 years we want to make over two years ago. sure it’s going to be the right one for you. Fitting you to the right mattress is similar to finding the right pair of glasses, or the right Sarah and Kade decided to purchase Snooze Mornington in 2011 after Sarah had worked for Freedom and Snooze for six running shoes…it’s different for everybody. Mattresses are not years and Kade had been working in Sleep Labs after finishing made with one size to fit all, that’s why BedMATCH recommends only those mattresses, with the right combination of materials his Biomedical Science degree. for you and it’s not limited to one brand or one price level, At just 28 years of age they took on the Snooze franchise BedMATCH gives you a list of all the mattresses at Snooze which and are working tirelessly to build a business, and a life, on match your personal profile, then it’s just a matter of trying each the Mornington Peninsula. From humble beginnings Snooze one in the price point you feel most comfortable with to make a has grown into a premier bedroom retailer on the Peninsula. decision.” With a team of locals from Rye, Red Hill, Blind Bight, Mount In addition to BedMATCH, Kade also has a biomedical science Martha and Mornington the Snooze Mornington family bases degree and has worked in Sleep laboratories. its reputation on happy customers who ‘spread the word’. The experts in all things ‘sleeping’, the professional team at Snooze can take you through the best mattress for you. “Pocket springs, coil springs, memory foam, gel foam…it can be so confusing finding the right mattress for you,” says Sarah and Kade. “Thank goodness there is BedMATCH. Available exclusively at Snooze, the free, in-store BedMATCH system takes the guesswork out of buying a bed.” Sarah explains “The relaxing BedMATCH process feels like a gentle massage as it measures you to recommend mattresses providing the best postural support for your body type. No other

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“This offers our customers an unrivalled level of knowledge of sleep so that we can tailor the mattress to suit you,” says Kade.

Find your own style from Snooze Mornington’s large collection of bedroom furniture arranged into Classic, Country and Coastal, Shabby Chic, Contemporary or Bold & Beautiful. Or if your after Kids, Teens or something simple for the spare bedroom Snooze has styles to fit your needs all beautifully displayed in their 1100 square metre showroom. The Snooze bedBUILDER makes it easy and affordable to custom-build your dream bed. Simply log onto and click on the bedBUILDER logo. Choose your headboard

and base design in the timber finish or fabric of your choice online, and you’ll see your design come to life with the completed photo, price and dimensions provided. Check out the Snooze range of sheet sets, pillows, quilts and protectors are easy to care for, practical, affordable, comfortable and boast excellent quality. The entire Snooze range has been independently quality tested and in-store buying guides help you choose the right bedding to suit your needs. Due to Snooze’s relationship with the RACV, members can show their card to save 15% off regular prices or a further 5% off already discounted prices. Snooze Mornington customers are given the best care with free delivery anywhere on the Peninsula for purchases over $1000 and services for both removal of your old mattress and assembly available for a small fee. If you’re in the market for a new bed or some design ideas, great accessories and bedding then call in and see Sarah and the team – it really is amazing – what a little snooze can do! Snooze is located in the Peninsula Homemaker Centre on the corner of Bungower Road and Nepean Highway, Mornington next to Howards and Best Friends. Ph. 5976 2411

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Ever seen a bed you like but it’s not quite right? Build your dream bed in front of your eyes with the online Snooze bedBUILDER. The online Snooze bedBUILDER lets you choose from a range of headboards, fabrics, timber stains, storage and base options to customise and create the bed of your dreams. Go to or visit Snooze Mornington to Create Your Dream Bed.

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Show your RACV Auto Club Card and save 15% off regular prices or 5% off discounted prices.

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Spoil yourself and your home at april & rose april and rose, Mornington’s new boutique store is owned and operated by Toni Nason & Sue Powell. These two girlfriends have always had a passion for home wares and fashion. Previously located in Main Street, Mornington, their new store is now situated at 9 Blake Street, Mornington.

pop in for another look, just in case there is something new or something you didn’t discover on your last visit. The catch phrase for april & rose is “pieces from the heart for you and your home”. Just walking through the door you will not know whether it’s you or your home you need to spoil! Beautiful homewares to suit all styles of homes, candles, handbags, purses, jewellery, fashion and not to forget a stunning collection of books – there truly is something for everyone! Did we mention the unique men’s range of gifts, shaving creams and the ultimate unisex fragrance Eight & Bob, april & rose are the only stockist on the Peninsula of this decadent scent!

With five daughters and a son between the girls, the name april & rose was in the end easy to come by. Three birthdays in the month of April and the name Rose Toni and Sue are always welcoming with smile and happy featuring in both families, the name was the easy part. to offer friendly service and advice. april & rose offer a Toni and Sue are constantly trying to find pieces for their home styling service, whether it’s preparing a home for shop that can’t be found elsewhere in Mornington. The sale or just a new look needed, the girls are happy to ever changing window display keeps you wanting to just work their magic.

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Pool and landscape experts A family business based on the Mornington Peninsula, Casamira Projects are your pool and landscape experts.

Coming up to the warmer months, there’s no better time to think about creating your ideal outdoor space. Casamira treat each project as unique and individual, using extensive research and innovation in the design process, while using

quality products and workmanship in the implementation. Casamira Projects employs a team of highly skilled pool builders, carpenters and landscapers, to be able to undertake all facets of exterior property makeovers, which in turn save costs, hassles and time for the homeowner. The director, Elton Cummins, has eight years experience in the pool, landscape and construction industry worldwide, most recently designing and building high-end pools in Dubai. After years of absorbing varied architectures, styles and diverse cultures during his travels, he brings back a package of knowledge, innovations alternative, methods and techniques to the Mornington Peninsula. Casamira Project’s objective is to form lasting impressions with clients, by improving their lifestyle at home, by producing functional areas of enjoyment, relaxation and family retreat. Simultaneously to construct using quality products and materials, while assuming sustainable outcomes. Call them today, and take advantage of their current offer… a free 3D concept design with every quote for a total landscape package. This unique offer won’t last long. Casamira projects, phone 5975 5139.

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NEW YEAR LUVING THE OUTDOORS Have a New Year’s resolution to spruce up your backyard? Is your current outdoor setting looking more loved and less luxe these days? It can be hard to find outdoor furniture to get excited about. Luxe outdoor is able to recognise the simplicity and diversity that comes with an Australian summer lifestyle. Luxe Outdoors’s popularity comes from its ability to offer different and unique designs. And coming into the outdoor season, a fantastic, fresh new shipment has just arrived. The Luxe team will be happy to offer their assistance in designing the perfect outdoor setting to suit your home. Your summer barbeques and dinner parties will look effortless with a beautiful new outdoor table or lounge from Luxe Outdoor. Pip Rust

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DECOR HOME GARDEN PERSONALITY Let your home shout it from the rooftops ! Since no two people share the same personality, then obviously no two people can share the same style either, so before starting to decorate your home, you first need to decide on your ‘own personal style’. Your style will evolve throughout your lifetime, reflecting fashions, experiences and the architecture & design of your home, and magazines can play a wonderful part in inspiring you with ideas. Our interior design personalities fit into five clearly defined styles: There’s the friendly, ECLECTIC STYLE which includes soft, cosy fabrics, natural textures, raw timber and deep earthy colours. These spaces are often filled with creative objects which trigger memories and encourage the occupants to relax and enjoy. The ORDERLY STYLE is well co-ordinated and uncluttered. These balanced, spacious and organised areas exude calm. They are often minimalist and bright, and the


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occupants of these homes love their simple clean lines. The OPULENT STYLE is classical and tasteful, and can include rich wall colours and heavy curtains. This style reflects an indulgent personality with abundant lighting and oversized furniture, which is warm and inviting. The URBAN STYLE can be cutting edge, and the owners of these homes employ metal, glass and leather fabrics to confidently create an industrial feel, which include bold colour schemes and dramatic artwork. Lastly, let’s not forget the ROMANTIC STYLE, which is soft, feminine and floral. Lighting effects and mirrors add charm to this style and allow the ‘romantics’ amongst us to blossom. So, whatever your style, let your creative juices flow ... WHO knows where they’ll lead you?

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Always moving forward in the building industry, with the latest designs and upgrades, Hallbury Homes now have two new display homes Vogue and Verve. Located at Park’s Edge Estate in Cranbourne East, the two modern homes showcase Hallbury Homes’ unique designs, features and modern inclusions. The two homes are part of Hallbury Homes brand new design library of modern single and double storey homes.

With stand-out street appeal and smart living and entertaining zones, four comfortable bedrooms upstairs as well as a guest bedroom downstairs, what more could you wish for? You will fall in love the moment you step through the front door.

Hallbury Homes have been building on the Peninsula for over 25 years, and have grown to become one of Melbourne’s leading newThe single storey Verve offers four home builders. Awards include the Housing bedrooms and is very much a family home Industry Association’s Victorian Professional with open plan living and all the modern Builder of the Year Award, for the past two appliances at your fingertips, while the Vogue years. is a five bedroom luxury home, fitted out for “One of the main differences that comes from families and entertainers. dealing with a volume builder is our design For the fun-loving family, Verve offers amazing value for money, with all of the important living zones that you need. Ideal for younger or expanding families, the Verve impresses with its cleverly appointed children’s games room or teenager’s retreat area, away from the main living zones, creating an ideal hub for fun and laughter. Parents will adore the master bedroom with its abundance of space, coupled with an enticing en suite. The ample storage throughout this welldesigned home, means you won’t feel the need to move any time soon. For those looking for a larger home with a penchant for double storey living, look no

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flexibility,” explains Hallbury Homes Director Glenn Smith. “Many of our clients work with our team to customise one of our existing home designs, or we can design a completely new home from scratch.” You can visit Hallbury Homes new display at Park’s Edge Estate, 54 and 56 Prendergast Avenue, Cranbourne East (Melway 134 E7).

The display homes are open Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Monday to Wednesday, noon-5pm, or by appointment. Web: Details: Glenn Smith on 1300 HALLBURY (9770 8882) or mobile 0412 009 004.






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DECOR HOME GARDEN It only happens once a year and we know you’ve been waiting patiently. Luduco Living’s Grand Sale is running from December 27 until February 1st heralds the New Year with sophisticated style plus seductive and substantial savings across their entire range. Lucky you! Designer-owner Jeremy Brook explains; ‘Everything in the store has a significant reduction including all our custombuilt furniture’ – for which Luduco Living is renowned. “Local workshops – which produce nearly 60% of our product-range support our once a year sale period. This year you’ll find up to 20% discount across every customised range.” “Our ready-made ranges are reduced by up to 30% with great savings on all our accessories, mirrors, artwork and cushions which are sourced both locally and internationally”, Jeremy said. So now is the perfect time for that interior makeover you’ve been promising yourself. Let the experienced team at Luduco Living guide you. Your dream interior can become reality with Luduco Living.

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“Full interior schemes are often prepared to a brief and the furniture designed according to the style, size, finish and functionality requested by the client. Alternatively it can

be as simple as a house visit to check the measurement of a given area. Either way, all our design services are free.” Attention to detail is vital. All schemes are managed meticulously right through to installation and completion. Customer satisfaction is paramount. “Building trust between our clients and dedicated team is key to our reputation,” continues Jeremy, “and that very high level of attention to detail and service is never compromised, regardless of the Sale or other promotional events.” “Whilst reduction in price does not mean reduction in service ,craftsmanship or quality, it does mean you can achieve the desired look for considerably less than our normal prices” stipulates Jeremy, who has worked globally within the furniture and design industry, for more than 40 years . The ‘Chair Gallery’ which includes their two Norwegian brands of Stress-less and IMG (exclusive to Luduco Living) are also included in the Sale with a reduction of up to 30% . So don’t miss out, it’s that once a year event at Luduco Living – love your home, love the price! Luduco Living is open every day at Peninsula Lifestyle Centre, is behind Bunnings at 1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington. Phone 5973 4899. Web: by Liz Rogers

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Mornington Peninsula Mag january 2014  

Mornington Peninsula Mag january 2014