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It is an important annual event that commemorates the granting of the eight-hour working day for Australians and remembers those who struggled and succeeded to ensure decent and fair working conditions in Australia. During the mid to late 1800s, the working day was long and arduous, where some employees would work up to 12 hours a day, six days a week. Many Australians saw the need for better working conditions and in the 1850s, there was a strong push for this. On 21 April, 1856, stonemasons at the University of Melbourne marched to Parliament House to push for an eight-hour working day. An agreement with employers for a 48-hour week was eventually reached and Australian workers welcomed the new eight-hour day. A victory march was held on 12 May, 1856 and each year after that. In 1856, the new work regulations were recognised in New South Wales, followed by Queensland in 1858 and South Australia in 1873. In 1874, Tasmania joined the other states in adopting the shorter eight-hour working day and in 1879, the Victorian Government made one further step towards better conditions for employees by proclaiming a paid public holiday that year. However, while a change was made to the hours worked each day, the five day work week we enjoy today took almost a century longer to be adopted finally in 1948. So when you enjoy another long weekend on March 10th,


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Seven decades later, not only do we have an eight-hour workday, we also get a public holiday to celebrate what our forefathers did for us. This is the day we call Labour Day and its history in Australia spans over 150 years.


spare a thought for all those people who helped change family life forever and remember the annual parade is another legacy they left behind to commemorate the victory march of 1856.


As successful as the Eight Hours Movement was, it was mostly men who worked in skilled trades who benefited from the changes. Women had to endure much longer working hours and substantially lower working as domestic servants, in clothing factories and as piece-workers at home -having to work as many as 14 hours a day - even by the 1890s, long after the Victorian Government had granted female factory workers and children the Eight Hour Day in 1873.

Working Today

Despite the legacy of the Eight Hour Day, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures in 2002 showed that the average full-time hours were increasing steadily with one in four working 45 hours or more a week. The line between how many hours we do or don’t work is further blurred these days with the ability to work online seeing many people continuing their work away from the office. by Melissa Hodge

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Kite Flying Fun and Live Entertainment The Rosebud Kite Festival will be offering up a free program of quality kite-inspired entertainment this Labour Day weekend at a breezy location on Rosebud beach and foreshore. Now in it’s eleventh year, this all-ages event has grown to include a host of kids workshops, kite craft, carnival rides, food stalls, kite surfing displays, ‘come and try’ stand up paddle boarding as well as a full program of live entertainment. Gracing the stage from 11am - 5pm on Sunday will be a variety of live acts including: Rising Stars: young local soloists, Heidi Luckhurst, Mama Blue and Son and the rockin tunes of popular local band;The Warrains. Adding to the list of kids performers is the ever popular Tubby the Robot, Eisha the Elephant and the fabulous Miss Ellaneous with her Hula Hoop magic tricks as well as a host of

workshops under a new kids big-top marquee. But perhaps the hardest working act on the day will be the synchronized breakdancing moves of teen act Jaryd and Ryan Bennett: aka The Little Munchkins Dance Crew. These seasoned performers will be leading two sets of hip-hop dance that will undoubtably have kids in the crowd bustin out a few new moves. You’re in for a treat if the wind is up, as festival organisers are hosting a team of internationally acclaimed kite flying designers from both Australia and New Zealand. The invited guests are famous for flying huge inflatable Maxi kites. These giant kites are so large they take a string of runner kites and a team of people to get them in the air and some pretty strong cabling attached to a car or two to keep them anchored to


the ground. The art of the Maxi kite is also in the design, where they take the shape of everything from a underwater sea creatures, to spacemen or even a giant red heart. Flying high in the sky, against a backdrop of blue and with the Rosebud foreshore below, they never fail to impress. Check out the Rosebud Kite Festival on Saturday 8th March for a preview of Maxi Kite displays only from 10am1pm and the main event on Sunday 9th March from 11am-5pm : full program of entertainment. Location: Rosebud Foreshore, Jetty Rd., Rosebud. For more info: www. Find on facebook at: www.facebook. com/RosebudKiteFestival. - Nelly Shaw

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High spirits

Wayne Klintworth and Bob Laing at the distillery

Haydn Godony talks to Wayne Klintworth and Bob Laing about their Red Hill distillery.

Wayne Klintworth is a big believer in the world of spirits. While vacationing at his holiday home in Shoreham Wayne got talking to neighbour, Bob Laing, about the idea of establishing a local distillery - capturing the purified alcoholic essence of fermented grains and fruits. The neighbourly chinwag led to a serious business venture and what has become the Peninsula’s only dedicated distillery. “We knew we would be unique in that regard and in fact there are very few distillers of grape-based spirits in the country,” Wayne said. So in 2009, established in a small shed at Darling Park winery in Red Hill, Bass & Flinders Distillery was born. Wayne added: “Whisky is made at a couple of spots in Tassie, but Australia is known for little more than that, nobody else has yet taken on the challenge of making brandy.” With something akin to the adventurous spirit of the two early maritime explorers in the distiller’s name, Bass & Flinders Distillery set sail with the first small batches of distillation in April 2011, using local Chardonnay grapes. The following year, they opened the boutique cellar door, plying the product of their small-batch-still. The product is entirely produced by Klintworth and Laing, from start to finish, including the marketing and sales at farmers’ markets and the cellar door tastings on weekends. “We are very pleased with the way it’s coming along, the business fits in really well with the other local agricultural industries like the vineyards.” Initially, the pair also employed the services of a master distiller from the town of Cognac, long trained in the art, who now returns occasionally to sample the product’s progress.

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“In Australia, to be called brandy it has to be aged for at least two years. Overseas it’s a bit longer, in France they probably would not even look at it until four years.” The Red Hill brandy is matured in French oak barrels, using long established techniques for creating the finest tipples. The brandy is now still in the process of maturing before being ready for market. It taste-tests well and should be ready later this year. “A good cognac can take 10 to 20 years to mature, so it may not be us that tastes the final product, but we are having fun making it!” Wayne said. The basis of brandy is grape spirit, which is distilled from wine. Some people would argue that grappa is also a type of brandy. B&F only produce relatively small batches, brewed in their potstill, with Chardonnay grapes that are a good match to those grown in the French brandy belt. B&F now also produces Limoncello and three varieties of gin, infused with botanicals and juniper berries. The spirited pair is also dabbling with new products such as lychee-infused vodka. They additionally offer in-house gin master classes. A special tasting is planned to take place at Flinders Hotel on Friday, March 14 with a matching dinner prepared by celebrated chef, Pierre Khodja. “We are now becoming an attraction in our own right,” Wayne proudly noted. Bass & Flinders Distillery is open for tastings each weekend at 232 Red Hill Road, Red Hill. Details can be obtained by emailing: You will also find them selling and offering tastings at some of the local produce and designer markets. read online


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SHOP LOCAL IN MORNINGTON Love was in the air at Mornington’s Main Street last month and it seemed like everyone got into the spirit of spoiling themselves because we had Valentines entries flying in the door! Drawing the winner was a tough decision, so in the end we had to go to a vote to determine the lucky entry. We were delighted to make the phone call to a delighted Paula Johnston from Balnarring who had put her pennies towards a fab dress from Bella Once Loved because she was ever hopeful that she and her husband of 16 years might be able to sneak in a dinner between the children’s basketball and swimming lessons! Congratulations Paula! We hope you enjoyed your “Ultimate Valentine’s Day Experience” and thank you to everyone who entered. We love seeing so many people out supporting our local businesses and it’s been great receiving your feedback and learning even more about where you go to spoil yourself and why. Here’s what you had to say…

‘Because mum and I deserve to eat normally’ @ Gluten Free Foods ‘Great lunch, great service’ @ Gem Cottage ‘Best bra fitting service with over 50 years experience’ @ Michelle Anne ‘Because every woman loves a bargain more than a man!’ @ Fiona’s Mornington ‘It’s about the little things’ @ Mornington Prime Cuts There’s really something to be said for shopping locally. It’s convenient, it’s affordable, and you get to experience old fashioned customer service from the shopkeepers that care about delivering more than just a product, they give you an experience. We’re lucky to be ‘Mornington-ites’ and have so much variety and quality sitting right on our doorstep.

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‘Great service, great clothes, even better husband!’ @ Mickey Blue ‘The best tea on the Peninsula’ @ Bianca’s ‘Always stylish, lasts forever’ @ Sabrina Moda ‘Class, service, choice’ @ Sista Sista ‘The perfect place for some pampering!’ @ Endota Mornington ‘Because everyone deserves pretty things’ @ ZEN Living

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5 teachers shave for a cure Yes it’s that time of year again for the World’s Greatest Shave where people shave or colour their hair to raise money for blood cancer research. At Mt Eliza North Primary School five male teachers have taken the challenge with the assistance of their students. Teachers have taken the opportunity to educate their students on leukaemia and used the persuasive text format to assist students to design and construct posters and flyers seeking donations. All 5 teachers will line up at a whole school assembly on Monday March 17 where very willing parents will shave off the teacher’s hair. Known as the MENPS Baldies you can assist the teachers by sponsoring this worthy cause by going directly to their sponsorship page at http:// Already raised $744.00 as at 24th February, the goal is $2000.00

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HELPFUL HINTS living well, naturally

HERB PRESERVE Did you know you could freeze olive oil? Want to save your fresh herbs? Freeze them in olive oil! Then toss them on the stove whenever you’re ready to cook!

By Liz Rogers

The French love their wine, so do the Portuguese and Italians. Archaeological evidence shows that cultures were fermenting grapes during the late Neolithic period in the Middle East and an entire winery was revealed in Armenia in 2011 dating to circa 4100BC. There must be something in it… And there is - resveratrol. A compound derived from grapes that has been suggested to prolong life span, protect the heart and even prevent some types of cancer. So what’s that got to do with aspirin? Cancer is a disease of the genes. Healthy cells have two copies of each chromosome, whereas malignant cells often have four sets. Sometimes, these tetraploid (four set) cells accumulate chromosomes and acquire new genetic mutations which transform them into cancer cells. Recent research conducted by The French Institute of Health and Medical Research led by Delphine Lissa and

Guido Kroemer, have started to explore ways on how to stop or slow down the formation of cells that have these multiple copies of chromosomes. Enter aspirin (an ingredient in Bex powders manufactured since 1965) which has already been shown to protect against some cancers, especially stomach and intestinal. Most of us have it in the cupboard in case of mild aches and pains and many elderly people are recommended mild doses to protect their hearts. Cancer Cure? Research from the Institute has shown that when both resveratrol and aspirin were added to unhealthy cells in petri dishes, they were partially controlled by being coaxed into committing suicide. The team also looked into how these dangerous four set cells could be prevented from forming in the first place and found that resveratrol and aspirin and their biochemical derivatives could make that happen. Let’s raise our glasses and say cheers to that!

HERBS CAN BE HELPFUL For mouth ulcers or sore gums, use Sage Powder or leaves. Blend sage with boiling water let it stand until cool, strain and dab on offending area, good mouthwash too, and can be swallowed. Cinnamon is also a brilliant healing herb for heart and circulation and Slippery Elm for bloating and wind or digestive problems. Honey although not a herb is a great healing agent especially on stings. MOZZIE BITES Heat a spoon under hot tap water and press onto the spot. The heat will destroy the protein that caused the reaction and the itching will stop. SWEET TREAT Place a few marshmallows in with your brown sugar, this will prevent sugar from going lumpy. SNAIL PROBLEM Sprinkle sawdust around plants to keep snails away.

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She said: “My sister, Karen, and I used to go to pony club when we were young and I was always obsessed with horses and would be around them 24/7 if I could. “It definitely keeps you out of trouble when you’re a teenager. When the other kids were going into Frankston partying, I was never out late because I often had a competition the next day.” Newlywed Fiona, who married her fiancé Edward on February 22 at the beautiful wetlands of Boneo Park, went on to talk about her first serious competition horse, Monty, who is now retired and spends his life resting in a paddock at the facility. “I had my first success at national competition level with Monty who we bought as an event horse. I dabbled in dressage and had success with him. I realised you have to have the right horse to develop a real connection and compatibility. It’s a real partnership with your horse and you get to the point where you know they understand you and you them.” Fiona found her love for dressage with Monty during her gap year after year 12 and realised she wanted to combine her love of horses with her work. She went on to say: “After doing my commerce degree at university, I really wanted to run my own business and thought why not combine what I love with my career? “I was offered a few opportunities in the city but knew my passion was for building an equestrian centre and so it began.” Fiona’s dream started with small steps and has now evolved into what is a world-class facility that has earned her the right to host the Pacific League World Cup Final next year.

IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME There’s something about horse people – a natural, down to earth vibe that makes you wish you were more into horses. Well that’s how I felt when I went to visit Fiona McNaught and Lizzy Schirmer at Boneo Park this month. The state of the art equestrian centre is found at the end of a long, meandering driveway, through agisted horse paddocks and onto a huge indoor arena with flags from all over the world. There are blocks and blocks of stables and wide open land where horses are exercised and trained. I met Director, Fiona, and Operations Manager, Lizzy, in the main office next to the arena and was immediately impressed with how friendly they were. Fiona, 31, has completed her business and commerce degree, has competed in Grand Prix level dressage competitions, won Victorian Young Dressage Rider of the Year in 2003, and has been a member of the National Young Rider Dressage Squad 2002 – 2004. And in just seven years, with the rest of the McNaught family, built a top equestrian centre and business that is now classed as among the finest in the country. Fiona’s upbringing on the family property in Browns Road has definitely had something to do with her love of horses.

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“It started off with one stable block, the indoor arena and paddocks and now we are hosting world class events,” said Fiona, whose family are as passionate about the environment as she is about her horses. “We also own the adjacent wetlands and now have a team of 10 workers cleaning them up and re-establishing them after a covenant was placed on much of that land last year.” Fiona is very clear about the reason for her success which she puts down to her family and staff. “My mum has always been an incredible support of my riding and instigator of my love of horses. Dad has been brilliant in the development stages of the facility and business and also as a mentor, more recently it is great to have my brother, Scott, and his family very actively involved in the whole business and in particular, our show jumping events. “My sister Karen and her family have just recently returned to Melbourne from Auckland and we are looking forward to increasing their involvement too. “The people who work here are all fantastic. They love the horses and are so down to earth and competent at what they do. It’s a great place to come to work every day.” And there’s still so much more for Fiona and Boneo Park on the horizon, with the next stage of the redevelopment in process. She said: “We have just finished another two outdoor arenas, held two world class events early in the year and the second indoor arena is in the planning stages.” Busy times lie ahead at Boneo Park, 312 Boneo Road, Boneo. Call 5986 3006 or for more information, visit the website at - MELISSA HODGE read online

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PRIMROSE FAIR COMES TO MORNINGTON FOR 2 EVENTS There have been some big plans in the works for Primrose Fair, so Mornington Peninsula Magazine caught up with Lara Tweedie and Marlee Horobin to hear all of the exciting developments for their next event. “The next Primrose Fair will be our Mothers Day event and will incorporate a VIP night of champagne, music, delicious food and of course fabulous shopping! The VIP night will be followed by another full day of shopping Primrose Fair! All in all, we think we have Mothers Day covered,” laughed Marlee Horobin. “We needed to source a secure, all weather venue to run the Mothers Day event and after an extensive search, we selected the newly renovated Peninsula Community Theatre on Wilsons Road in Mornington. This new venue will allow us to run our annual Primrose Fair VIP night, which is promising to be sparkling addition to the Peninsula social calendar,” says Lara Tweedie. “We are also delighted to welcome Hall & Hall, Mt Eliza as a major corporate sponsor of this event. Bill Joyce and Zoe King from Hall & Hall have been incredibly supportive of Primrose Fair since it’s inception and it is wonderful to receive support from such a respected and


This Autumn, The Cloisters at Toorak College will provide a gorgeous established local business. backdrop for a curated collection of We also welcome Endota Spa, Mornington to the fashion, children’s wear, food, Primrose Fair family. Endota Spa will be attending designer our Mothers Day VIP night and market day so all the ladies jewellery & homewares. will be able to indulge in a little pampering in between shopping and sipping on champers! To register your interest in our VIP night, please visit the Primrose Fair website” says Lara Tweedie.

Primrose Fair will take place at the Peninsula Community Theatre on Friday 2 May, 6pm-9:30pm and Saturday 3 May, 10am-4pm. Entry is free. Visit for more details. Stallholder applications are now open.




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Roll Up, Roll Up! 2014 is a year of celebration for Toorak College, as the school commemorates its 140th anniversary with many exciting events. Established in 1874 in Toorak then moving to its current location in Mount Eliza in 1928, Toorak College has a strong history of excellence in education. The school welcomes families, friends and the community to the fun-filled Toorak College Carnival on Friday 28th March from 4pm. This will be one of the first events celebrating this great milestone. Join in the fun with rides for everyone. For the older children there is the big octopus, the cha cha, dodgem cars and the giant party time thrill ride, and for the younger children a giant blow up slide, the red baron plane, big motorbike jump ride, the cup and saucer ride and a Spiderman bouncy castle with slide. Farmyard animals will also be visiting.

ELC Open Morning Saturday 22 March, 10am - 12pm

Williams Road, Mt Eliza Ph 9788 7234 Learn about our 3 and 4 year old programs and specialist classes. Join us for fun activities including face painting, playdough, story telling, balloons and games.

A Pop Up Market will be a special feature at the Toorak College Carnival, with handmade goods, jewellery, women’s and children’s fashion, art, homewares, candles, paper products and plants.

Bring your family and friends for an exciting evening of entertainment. You can purchase your Unlimited Ride wristband prior to the event. To purchase online visit or pop into Bendigo Bank in Mount Eliza and Mount Martha. For further details phone 9788 7200.

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Beach to bush! The desire to own a B&B business and run it successfully was a draw card for entrepreneur Jodie Kellett who, in January, packed her family up and moved to Ballarat to run her newly acquired business – The Loft Cottages.

Jodie is presently repainting and re-designing the Rustic Lodges to attract couples, groups and families from the Peninsula. Knowing what the beach community enjoys in flavours and tastes gives Jodie a great advantage to bringing the Peninsula locals to the rural area of Victoria for a wonderful stay.

Jodie, who has spent most of her adult life living on the Mornington Peninsula, grew up in the Ballarat regions and upon leaving as a teenager to pursue her career as a chef, never imagined or planned on coming back to this region as she had instantly fallen in love with Peninsula.

“I did grow up around Ballarat but I have lived more on the Peninsula so I know the people and the things they value as much so my B&B will be an ideal place for them to bring the kids, the dog and spend time here in Ballarat shopping, dining and going on adventure drives.

“The opportunity for this business venture was too desirable and something that I would have never imagined getting off the ground in the Peninsula as effectively,” Jodie explained. “It was a chance meeting with fate and something we decided to do but more so, we knew that Ballarat was a place the Peninsula locals would escape to as they looked for something affordable and different for weekends away.”

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“There is so much for groups and families here to enjoy and I offer something fun and relaxed and affordable!” Jodie added with a big smile. “I just want to have something of my own and be modestly successful and independent.” Visit The Loft Cottages at and check for bookings and call Jodie to make your arrangements anytime. Email theloftcottages@gmal. com and check out the web series on Facebook to watch Jodie’s adventures during renovations, moving and setting up the beautiful B&B for your enjoyment.

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Bring back those long carefree days of summer We all remember when a day at the beach used to be as simple as rolling out the towel and letting the kids run free. Now it feels like you need to pack the car with everything but the kitchen sink – with hats, sunscreen,rashies and that blasted beach umbrella, which, no matter how you position it, always seems to fly off at the merest breath of wind, sprawling dangerously across the sand and taking out an eye with it. Either that or you spend the day cooped up in a dark, sweltering beach igloo, gasping for air and thinking that you might have been better off staying at home. But now a dynamic local duo have launched an innovative new shadeprotection product to ensure those days outdoors are full of far more fun than frustration. Lovin’ Summer is a new small business that’s been established by two Mount Martha mums to make the most of our spectacular summer days. Their groundbreaking new beach tents combine coastal style with practical design to create a simple, flexible solution to finding comfort under the sun.

Ensuring that you provide adequate sun protection for your family is more important than ever before. Offering maximum UV protection and airflow, Lovin’ Summerbeach tents are large enough for all the family to shelter beneath comfortably. They are lightweight, easy to carry and very easy to assemble on your own. Unlike any other beach shade product on the market, they can be adjusted throughout the day to move with the sun, allowing you to gain optimal protection all day long, and to capture the cool breeze. All you have to do is lie back and enjoy the view. Available in a great range of contemporary designs, these portable beach tents are made from 100% cotton canvas fabric and are 99% UV protective. They come preassembled and have no complicated knots and instructions like most ‘pop-up’ tents on the market. Ideal for the beach, park, garden or anywhere outdoors, Lovin’Summer beach tents are an affordable, essential summer item that you can’t live without. Love summer again with Lovin’ Summer.

Easy living with STK Have you been down Watt Road in Mornington lately? If not, get to it and drop in on STK Imports. This innovative and eclectic Balinese resort style furniture and décor store has all your home and business interior/exterior design solutions. Handcrafted, custom designed Balinese furniture is the corner stone of this fresh family owned and run business. Original art work sourced from local and overseas artists complete the exotic ambience you too could be experiencing after chatting with Simon and his team. ‘We’ve only been up and running for a short time but have had such a great response’, says Simon. ‘Thanks to every-one who has visited the store so far and for those who haven’t been in yet, come in and check out the new container of beautiful stock that’s just arrived, ’ he continues. And beautiful it is. One of a kind petrified wood sculptures, screen gilt mirrors, teak and rattan or bamboo lounge settings, water features and chunky tin and rattan bar stools all set the scene for a tropical relaxed lifestyle near the sea. This décor is perfect for the peninsula and all it has to offer. Balinese thatch huts/gazebos give any outdoor space a rustic make-over while STK’s fountains and outdoor statues seal the resort style deal. Gorgeous wooden bookcases, desks, coffee and side tables and other occasional furniture complete the Balinese style for your business or home. Rattan tub chairs and low line coffee tables ooze beach side sophisticated living, while distressed chest of draws and cabinets complete any bedroom, dining or office interior. ‘New stock arrives every four months so you’ll always find something new and interesting’, says Simon. Plus delivery is free peninsula wide. So now’s the time to change your perspective why not bring a little bit of the Bali lifestyle into your home with STK Imports - you’ll be very glad you did. STK Imports Unit 3, 1 Watt Road, Mornington 0400 025 828 Showroom: 5973 6408 find them on Facebook by Liz Rogers

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MELISSA HODGE interviews Thom Neal, winner of 2014 Peninsula Short Film Festival

Spending part of his childhood on the Peninsula and part growing up skateboarding around inner city Melbourne, Thom Neal found inspiration for his films from the colorful, and often dark, characters he met. The young cinematographer who just took out best film and best director at the Peninsula Short Film Festival with his film ‘Kings’ says having a mate who came from a family of crime sparked his interest in this other side of life. “After hearing the stories he told me about what went on, I started reading up on a lot of archives of the mid to late 1980s. I spent a lot of my time growing up in Footscray and Fitzroy and was held at knifepoint a couple of times so I was on the fringe of it, hearing first hand accounts of death and being in the position they were in society,” said Thom. Thom’s film ‘Kings’ is a no-dialogue short film involving two Australian men in a Holden Kingswood on their way to commit an armed robbery. The film starts with the two men at home, one doing the dishes, and then evolves to the long, quiet car ride that is fraught with tension. The film stars John Brumpton (Romper Stomper, Gettin’ Square, The Hunter, Last Ride) as the driver and Dame Hill (Frank Theatre Company) as the passenger. Thom added: “I wanted to experiment with different atmospheres of living in moments so the scenario I put together was the two men committing an armed robbery and the atmosphere lingering between the two.

“It’s about recreating moments and it’s up to the interpretation of the individual to decide what the situation really was.” The film has a constant sense of foreboding throughout with tinges of tension between the alpha male and his more subservient counterpart, the younger of the two. “I called it ‘Kings’ as it is a feeling in the film. There are two very brooding men trying to hold onto being the king. One is still trying to be the alpha dog and at the end, the other takes it from him. It’s still open to interpretation.” said Thom. As with all artists, Thom wanted to evoke a reaction from the audience. “It’s about getting the audience to think about the scenario and come to their own conclusion,” said the cinematographer who graduated from film school mid-2013. “I decided to have no dialogue when I realised the opening scene had more effect without it.” And what’s next for Thom? “I’ve just finished making two more short films due out this year so will definitely enter into other short film festivals and I also have a couple of music videos coming out.” Exciting times ahead….

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The groundbreaking inaugural Baany to Warrna Ngargee Indigenous music and cultural festival is on March 29th. The festival is a non-profit endeavor designed to promote cross-cultural awareness, bringing Indigenous and nonIndigenous people together in a vibrant, family-friendly outdoor event where Indigenous music, art, dance and culture will be showcased.

T.S.Elliot said “I have measured my life out with coffee spoons” something coffee lovers across the nation would relate to. Lets face it, the smell of freshly roasted coffee is one of the best inventions, and now peninsula couple, Trish and Pete Roberts are making a living out of their passion for coffee. Sitting at Epicurean in Red Hill, where the Little Rebel Coffee roaster is, it’s obvious that this couple is perfect for the coffee business. They just love their coffee and in the past three years have decided to take it to the next level with their business, ‘Little Rebel Coffee’. “We purchased our coffee roaster from Turkey in 2011 and started roasting coffee for our own café in Mt Martha as well as Epicurean,” says Trish and Pete. “It has just evolved naturally from there. Now we supply to cafes and restaurants across the peninsula.”

The couple is insistent that Little Rebel Coffee remains a boutique brand, with a strong focus on personal service and unique blends. “Having our own café we wanted to expand our coffee knowledge. We have both always loved coffee,” says Trish. Although the pair agrees they were originally more into wines, they have discovered coffee and wine have a lot in common. “Coffee and wine have a lot of similarities. Coffee will have a different flavor depending on where in the world it is grown. It is climate sensitive as well,” says Pete. “The process of tasting the coffee is similar to wine tasting. It is called cupping and you roast the coffee to an industry standard and this will decide what goes into our blend and what doesn’t. Some will shine as a single origin and others will be used for different blends.” Unlike wine making, Trish and Pete have discovered there is no real coffee course as such so have had to rely on mentor coffee

roasters as well as good old trial and error. “We have had a lot of help from Andrew Lew from The Maling Room. He has been a great inspiration and guide,” they said. And they must be doing something right – already Little Rebel Coffee has won a bronze medal at last years ‘International Coffee Roasting Awards’. This year they have entered five coffees into the awards held by the Royal Agricultural Society Victoria. Just like the couple themselves, their coffees have unique and quirky names. In fact, the name ‘Little Rebel Coffee’ came about because, as Pete says, “there’s a little rebel in all of us!” So next time you drink a ‘Black Sheep’ coffee or “Two Bandits Blend’, think of ‘Little Rebel’ and the story behind the name. To find out more about Little Rebel Coffee, go to Phone 0409 805 480. BY MELISSA HODGE

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Baany to Warrna, gets its name from the local Boon Wurrung word meaning water and an Indigenous language group from West Coast South Australia. With the Mornington Peninsula having a significant Indigenous population, the festival will provide a welcoming environment for all people to share and celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and engage with the local Indigenous population and others from all walks of life. The festival program will run from 2pm to 10pm and will include both traditional and contemporary musicians and dancers, bush tucker, boomerang painting, arts and crafts and Indigenous storytelling. Headlining the concert program is renowned Victorian singer and songwriter, Archie Roach. Mornington Peninsula musician and artist, Nola Lauch, will also perform, along with lyrical storyteller, Mau Power, from the Torres Strait, Yirrmal and the Yolngu Boys and many more. Children’s activities include didgeridoo classes, Indigenous arts and crafts, facepainting and ‘Kids Own Publishing’, where children can make their own books to take home. Book tickets via the website below by midnight on 22 March and go in a draw to win a selection of fantastic Mornington Peninsula experiences, including Peninsula Hot Springs passes. instagram: watertowaterfestival

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Your new shining star in Mornington. New dealership. New name. A new chapter for Mercedes-Benz on the Peninsula. 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 in the best hands. Experience the all new Mercedes-Benz Mornington during our opening celebrations and take advantage of some exciting opportunities on a selection of Demonstrator, Executive Driven and Approved Pre-Owned vehicles.

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keeping the family running. “I’m so aware of my time away. I couldn’t do enough at home to remotely balance the ledger. Paula takes care of the kids and runs the house. The kids both know that I have to go to Canberra and know that I take care of the environment but don’t really understand the idea of government yet.” Greg admitted that of all the places he’s lived in the world, Mt Martha remains his favourite.

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“We are so lucky to live here and we need to take care of our home. Locally, we have had a big battle firstly for the Arthurs Seat quarry and that’s been preserved. Now, we would like it to be a national park.

A catch up with Greg Hunt “My father always encouraged me to pursue whatever I believed in,” said the Minister for the Environment and Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt. And that advice has certainly held him in good stead.

“In the same way, I talk to my children about the natural world but the last thing I want to do is politicize them. The youngest one is obsessed with dinosaurs so we talk about the history of the world and they both love animals.

The Peninsula lad, who turns 50 next year, has always managed to follow his dreams - from living in a kibbutz in Israel to cycling through Europe, working in human rights and pursuing a law degree to his most recent role as an environment minister.

“In our family, we do focus on litter, making sure the kids know you never litter. We go to the beach and explore the sea animals and just open the kids up to the importance of looking after our environment.”

The son of Alan Hunt, who served West Gippsland and the Mornington Peninsula for more than 30 years, Greg says his interest in the environment and human rights was sparked from a young age. “My passion for the environment and human rights was a reflection of my family life and broader experience. My father helped established the green wedges for Melbourne and tackled long term environmental challenges,” said Greg, himself a father of two.

Greg says one of the hardest things about becoming Minister for the Environment is being away from his family. “I speak with them every day if I’m away and we spend lots of time together on the weekends. If I am going to an event, I always take at least one of them with me,” added Greg, who in the last few weeks has undertaken the Dromana Bay Swim and Mt Martha Swim. Greg’s wife, Paula, is the rock behind the man, offering tremendous support and

In the old days it used to be called car-pooling when parents would get together to drive their kids to school or mates would catch a lift to work with each other. But down the track something happened. People became more insular and soon we became single-person car drivers. For the sake of our environment, something has to change and so the Mornington Peninsula Shire has introduced the next project for sustainable transport options – Liftshare. Liftshare encourages people to car-pool but with a modern twist. You register on the website to find people who are going in the same direction as you. It’s that easy. Rita Kontos, Sustainable Project Coordinator, Mornington Shire, says it’s the next step in encouraging people to look at more sustainable transport options and it’s worked a treat overseas.

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“Secondly, we had a long running battle to protect Point Nepean and thirdly, we are working on the coast and foreshore preservation with a new Green Army Program and local projects as part of that. “With the Green Army Program, we have teams of 10 young people from 17 to 24 years of age who get to work in the local environment and learn trade skills. They could carry out mangrove replanting, bush rehabilitation or creating bush-walking paths for example. “The first of the projects will start in the second half of the year and we are currently running the program to which kids can apply for straight out of school, if they have done a gap year or just looking for a different direction.” And for Greg, who has no sense of slowing down, the battles are still ongoing but he takes every situation in his stride. The environment minister, who is definitely a product of his own environment, said: “There’s no point getting upset at every piece of criticism. What I do is listen carefully and take out anything constructive that I can learn from.” MELISSA HODGE

“It’s part of the ‘Get me to class’ project, and we have based it on a European and English program. We are very lucky to be able to collaborate with ‘Liftshare UK’ that is the largest ride share organization in the UK and Europe. Liftshare has developed an Australia-wide mapping system and website for free for us which has been an amazing help,” says Rita. “It’s another means of supporting students, young people and workers to be able to get to educational and employment opportunities.” According to the census, the Mornington Peninsula has one of the largest percentages of road use. “Imagine the difference it would make to roads and green house emissions if people used Liftshare,” says Rita. To register for Liftshare go to

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My life changed in early 2014, or more importantly, my son’s did. For the first time in a very long time, we experienced the kindness, generosity and comradeship of people we had never met before, and my son was seen as a person, not a disability. Let me tell you. My son has always wanted to surf. Sure we ride boogie boards and body slam against the waves, but getting up on a board and coasting into shore is something we believed to be a pipe dream because people with autism, or any other disability for that matter, don’t surf – or didn’t - until we rocked up to Point Leo one overcast Saturday morning.

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January the 18th was the Mornington Peninsula’s branch of the Australian Disabled Surfers Association first event for 2014. They have been running for three years although DSA has been in operation for twenty-seven. It was packed! Music pumped around the Point Leo Surf Club. Carers and their charges checked in, slid into wetsuits and donned colour coded rash vests. Sand cruisers and sand piper wheel chairs which transport surfers to and from the water’s edge and are made from marine grade stainless steel tubing with huge pneumatic tyres were being surveyed. Bead filled seats were at the ready. Stalls selling DSA tees and barbeques were being set up. Beach carnival atmosphere was Da Bomb!

The volunteers (over 230 of them) were being briefed on how the morning (from 8.30 until 12.30) would proceed further down the beach near the huge tent covering the chairs waiting for their surfers. ‘One thing to remember everybody’, said a beach Marshall ‘person first, disability second ‘and ‘oh, it’s all about putting smiles on dials’. A huge unified cheer exploded as the volunteers were divided into six groups dotted along the Point Leo shoreline reaching into the sea, and man that water was fresh! This is where the real level playing field began and I, as well as every other carer/ parent there, welled up inside. Each time a volunteer was introduced to a (dis) abled surfer, hands were shaken, introductions were made and smiles were exchanged. Now, you may think there’s nothing unusual about that, but if you are the person with the (dis), or as DSA committee member Matt Drysdale puts it ‘surf’ ability or a care giver of one, it soon becomes apparent how invisible you can be.

best committee I’ve ever been involved with. It’s opened up a whole new social group for me and is as much about having fun as improving self-esteem’. And that’s the truth. My son rode on a board for the first time and smiled and laughed so much I thought I’d die of pride. Physically challenged surfers were lifted onto boards and glided towards the shore. Wipe-outs occurred, high fives flourished and throughout it all not one person felt like they were being judged for how they looked or behaved. They were smokin’. This totally voluntary registered Public Benevolent Institution and surfing’s only registered charity dedicated to the disabled was originally set up for injured surfers all those years ago. There are now fifteen branches across Australia and New Zealand and hundreds if not thousands of marginalised people finding their often silent or ignored voices through the pure decency of a bunch of surfers and their dudes and that, dear readers, is totally sacred. Next event Saturday 15th March Register to have a ball at infodsamp@gmail. com or Volunteers just rock up! morningtonpeninsula

Prime motivator and Committee member Jenny Angliss-Goodall, who just happens to be in a wheel chair and surfs, paddle boards, travels overseas and walks her dog, talks; ‘I’m all about empowering people with a disability. *surfer speak: da bomb = greatest, wipe out = off the board, smokin’ = on fire or doing well, We can make surfing happen for every-one. dude = friend, sacred = beyond awesome You are valued and respected. This is the LIZ ROGERS

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New role for Edna McMinimee

Well liked and respected, Edna McMinimee has long been one of the most familiar faces at regional businesses events. “I notched up 25 years (as sales manager) at Leader newspapers, and got the gold watch,” said Edna from her new Frankston office. Most of those years were spent managing her Mornington and Frankston teams. “It was fabulous working in what was then a small town (Mornington) and watching the town grow. It changed a lot in 25 years, and I watched the Leader grow.” Edna well remembers the events and people who occupied her time. “I can recall when Mornington Cinema opened, Ian McCann is such a lovely man. Bernie Taylor is retired now, but he was always bigger than life. We were on the committee for the Tea Tree Festival. I loved talking to people and meeting people.” “The best thing was that I got to stay in the Mornington office amid the ever-changing world of newspapers.” Edna is now working as the marketing coordinator for Marillac assisting with the placement of disabled people in meaningful, regular employment. “Now, in my new role, that helps me because I still call on people but now I’m asking if they

can help with a little job for somebody,” Edna said. Working for Marillac, which is a member of Job Futures, is a rewarding service, focused on giving people with disabilities support and respect. Edna has filled positions at a number of regional employers such as Simon the Plant Man. Many of the positions sought are for 8-15 hours weekly. The government provides a subsidy for anyone retained in a position for six months. A key ingredient is matching jobs to people rather than people to jobs. Contact Edna on 0437 153 746.


An ambitious project, curated by Nella Themelios and Kim Brockett, Signature Style showcases contemporary jewellery pieces produced by 24 artists, designers and craft practitioners working collaboratively. By challenging conventional understandings of jewellery, the work in this exhibition explores relationships between the body and wearable art using a range of co-creation models. New possibilities emerge from the expansive energy generated by the fusion of creative minds giving form to innovative pieces that question notions of authorship and style. 

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NATIONAL WORKS ON PAPER PRIZE AT MPRG Entries are closing for National Works on Paper, which 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. 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 Notification of selection for exhibition: Friday 4 April 2014 Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington Phone:
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FROM OLIVES TO AVOCADOS Along with being one of Victoria’s premier grapegrowing regions, the Mornington Peninsula is the source of a great array of primary produce.

Locally grown foods include beef, lamb, apples, olives, strawberries, potatoes, heirloom organic vegetables including leafy greens and tucked away in a warm niche in Main Ridge, Peninsula Avocados is enthusiastically marketing a quality crop. Peninsula producers are praised by Melbourne restaurants and foodies as quality suppliers of popular staple produce. “There ain’t no duds in the Boneo spuds,” quips shire Rural Economic Development Officer Gillian Stewart. “Food production on the Mornington Peninsula is rich in diversity and quality and the food sector is a significant contributor to the local economy. It’s estimated value is more than $1.3b each year in output. This represents around 11% of the total shire economy and provides 5300 jobs or 12.5% of total employment,” Gillian said. A Local Food Strategy has been developed to identify pathways to raise awareness and ensure that food products and services across the Mornington Peninsula are recognised for quality, freshness and accessibility while being well-valued, by locals and visitors, for origin and seasonality. Mark Green and his family tend to around 4,000 olive trees on their 20 hectare Boneo property L’Uliveto Verde: The Green Olive Grove and scored a bronze medal at last year’s Olive Association awards. “There is a reasonable balance between supply and demand, but I have not seen any new growth going in,” Mark said. “People have worked out that the value of the land on the peninsula, compared to property, say, around Kyneton means it’s not economically sensible.” A number of regional olive groves are yet to reach full production, nevertheless the total peninsula yield is less than

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one percent of the behemoth Cobram Estate. As with most farmers, Mark is at the mercy of the weather. “I think that the season is down a little on last year, we got some good flowering, which determines the fruit levels, but there was a lot of high wind and rain which means that you tend to lose a lot of flowers, so you get less fruit,” “There are some good boutique growers on the peninsula. You’re likely to find their product in providores - they’re more at the salad end of the market.” One of the outfits Mark presses oil for was awarded a silver medal the same night he brought home the bronze. “The judges thought our oil had a slight chocolaty taste, so I’ve worked out that a part of the process called malaxing might have been left a bit long. We now know what the judges want, which they say is the art of winning shows,” said Mark. Avocado farmer Steve Marshall cares for around 5,000 healthy trees, across seven properties, mainly in Main Ridge and finished picking and packing this season’s fruit at the end of February. “It’s been a trying season, the hot weather did a fair bit of damage to the trees and gave us some fruit losses but we have come through that okay,” Steve said. “But the main thing about this season is the exceptionally high prices that avocados have been selling for at the market. We usually get the best market price for our fruit anyway, because it’s known for its quality, but this year, due to the scarcity of fruit from WA and NZ, the prices have been fantastic.” “We have really proved ourselves as a growing region this year, being able to supply into markets. Off the top of my head, I think we’ve done close to 10,000 trays of fruit this season.” “The biggest issue we face at the moment, with the growth of avocados on the peninsula, is that the current water-licensing rules are holding us back from expanding, and the two year wait for trees to arrive from nurseries.”

Andrew Souter takes over the reigns as President with Peter Susovich as Vice President. Both members bring a wealth of experience at all levels of football from Auskick through to representative level as players, coaches and administrators. Andrew played in the Northern Football League (NFL) with Reservoir before taking on executive roles with Rosebud Football Club and is currently on the coaching staff at Dandenong Stingrays, having coached interleague last season. Peter played in the Amateurs with Old Xavarians/CBCOB St Kilda and has performed a number of executive roles with Mount Martha JFC before taking on the Auskick co-ordinator’s role at Mt Martha/South Mornington.

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With a new Executive on board, the MPJFL is working with AFL South East to bring an exciting new era of junior football to the Peninsula. Utilizing the assistance and the expertise of Regional General Manager, Jeremy Bourke, and Football Development Managers, Ben O’Brien and Michael Roberts, the MPJFL Executive will drive a number of new initiatives for the coming season. Players, parents and administrators will see initiatives designed to strengthen Auskick/Junior Club relationships along with Junior/ Senior Club relationships, more dynamic finals structures, a revamped website, the development of a new independent tribunal focused purely on junior football and the

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implementation of a youth girls program. Part of the League’s long term strategy will be the development of a five year business plan, introduction of league umpires at Under 10’s level and the automation of administrative functions. A stronger working relationship with the Southern Umpires Association (SUA) will see continued growth and higher standards within the junior umpiring ranks. League President, Andrew Souter, is very excited about the forthcoming season and the future of the league. He said: “The MPJFL will continue to provide opportunities for all ages, abilities, cultures and genders to participate in all aspects of Australian football,

whether it be playing, umpiring, coaching, volunteering or in an administrative role. “The MPJFL has strong community values and will continue to maintain the highest possible standards for all participants involved in our league.” AFL South East General Manager, Jeremy Bourke, added: “It’s great to work with such a passionate collective, focused on the best interests of junior football and its participants. We look forward to working closely with the MPJFL to bring the initiatives developed by the league to reality.” Those interested in becoming involved in junior football on the Mornington Peninsula should log on to to find out the closest club.

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Active at Beluera Village On Wednesday February 19, Retirement Communities Australia (RCA) launched a pioneering health and lifestyle initiative at the Beleura Village Mornington. The Active Health Centre was launched in the Beleura Village Clubhouse with an Active Health Expo. There were over 20 external health professionals and village activity groups that hosted stalls promoting the fantastic range of health and lifestyle opportunities offered at the Village. The enormous success of the Beleura Village, as well as strong interest in RCA’s new Martha Cove Village, at Safety Beach, contributed to a big crowd with over 150 people attending. The Active Health Centre is the hub of this pioneering initiative. Qualified professional staff coordinate the Centre, assisting residents to organise their busy health and lifestyle commitments. At Beluera, Active Health Coordinators Debra Bent and Lisa Bristow, have both embraced the role and they feel that the initiative is a great way to help residents get the most out of the the village. “Our role as the Active Health Coordinator is quite diverse, so it is great to communicate this to the residents and to promote the benefits we can help them enjoy”, says Debra. The Active Health coordinator assists residents to manage their commitments with health professionals, education seminars, as well as a large range of health, lifestyle and social engagement activities organised by residents.

A useful tool that is provided complimentary to all residents of RCA Villages, which was distributed at the Expo, is the Active Health Diary. This is an annual diary that lists all of the health and lifestyle actitvities in the village week-by-week.

In establishing the Active Health Centre, RCA villages have created an environment where all residents needs can be met and where the facilities are complimented by the extensive range of services that are offered through this new initiative.

The development of RCA’s new Martha Cove Village will be very similar in design and atmosphere to Beleura Village and the Village will also include an Active Health Centre offering all of the same benefits and activities the residents at Beleura Village are currently enjoying.

If you wish to know more about the Safety Beach development please contact the Beleura Sales Office on free call 1800 633 126 or visit the sales office at Beleura Village Mornington, 107 Bungower Road, Mornington between 10am and 4pm seven days a week.

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‘Red Hill’ Bakery in Balnarring Entrepreneurs, restaurateurs and beaut bakers, Ray and Jill Johns are such an illustration of what it is to love what you do, and do what you love. Mixing a delicious dosage of music and food with leisure. Early last year, the idea was flown to convert the sizable storeroom behind their ‘Red Hill’ Bakery in Balnarring into an art space. A big clean-out, nice carpet and a lovely lick of paint followed. “It seemed like a great idea so we just decided to run with it,” said Jill. Friend, builder and art lover Michael Leeworthy dedicated a lot of effort into helping to convert the space into something swish. “I also envisioned that the room could be a ‘quiet space’ to do some reading or have a cup of coffee,” Jill said. “So that became embraced within the gallery too. The room’s acoustics are fantastic so we expect to hold a few concerts, which is why we have purchased a grand piano.” A combined effort led to dozens of fine artworks making their way to the walls, ready for January’s opening celebration in what was previously considered a ‘secret’ space to the rear of the Provedore fruit shop. Plans are afoot to include orchestral and jazz concerts within, complemented by dinner beforehand in The Bakery. Upcoming activities include classes in drawing and painting in acrylics with Jennifer Croom and Watercolours with Michael Leeworthy. The Redhill Baker Art Gallery is in the shopping centre at 1/3000 Frankston-Flinders Road, Balnarring. Details: or 5931 3125.

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Think outside the square with David Astle

Join David Astle will be at Our Library for a peek inside the black-and-white box of a cryptic crossword and you will find wonders puns and double meanings, reversals and codes, charades and homophones. This interactive session will unlock the secrets of each clue recipe, as well as pass on the pleasures of solving and making your own clues. Far more than your chance to unravel a single puzzle, David’s chat is a challenge to open your mind to deeper wordplay. Allow your brain to flex and your imagination to germinate, ready for any future conundrum. David Astle is an author and inspirational speaker who was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 1986 and won the James Joyce Suspended Sentence Award in 2001. You may recognise David as the Dictionary Guy from the SBS show Letters and Numbers. When: Thursday 20 March, 2:30pm-3:30pm Where: Rosebud Library, McDowell Street This is a free event, but bookings are essential: 5950 1230

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Unique art parade to launch Easter exhibition of Aboriginal art at Whistlewood, Shoreham An ‘Art Parade’ of more than 60 works of Aboriginal art will feature in the Autumn Salon exhibition at the art consultancy and private gallery Whistlewood, Shoreham over Easter. Created and presented by Whistlewood’s co-director Susan McCulloch OAM, the parade will display a wide range of artworks by leading and emerging Aboriginal artists from around Australia. “We work with more than 20 Aboriginal arts centres and have access to a huge range of art – far too much to be displayed at any one time,” she says. “ I thought that there had to be a way of showing this to a greater extent than in a standard display, so came up with the ‘art parade’ idea.” Whistlewood, in the rural hinterland of the Peninsula, has been the home and art headquarters of the McCulloch family since 1951 when Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery founding director, critic, artist and author Alan McCulloch, AO and his family bought the small 1870s cottage. Susan McCulloch and her daughter Emily McCulloch Childs have operated a publishing and writing company, art consultancy and private gallery from the house for several decades. They currently feature the showing of Aboriginal art such as that on display in the upcoming exhibition of works from the APY Lands, Papunya, Utopia, the Canning Stock Route, the Kimberley, Queensland, the NT and Arnhem Land. For the parade, paintings, barks and sculptures are arranged into regions and the audience is provided with an illustrated catalogue. Some works are displayed on the walls while others are ‘paraded’ by a team of assistants as McCulloch offers commentary on the art of the regions and individual artists. “We trialled an art parade at a fundraising exhibition in Sydney last year and the audience loved it,” says McCulloch. “People said they were both informed and stimulated and it was great fun as well. It’s part informative art lecture and part theatre – and as far as we’re aware, a totally unique concept.” Autumn Salon + Art Parade Whistlewood, 642 Tucks Road, Shoreham Open April 19-22 11am-5 pm. Art Parade: Easter Saturday April 19. 2.30 pm. (Free event. Places limited and bookings essential) Details: 5989 8282 or

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ALL MARCH Acting workshops: Blairgowrie Senior Citizens Hall at 13 William Road. Participate in free storytelling workshops, with professional actors, writers and directors. Details: FRIDAY, MARCH 7 International Women’s Day Film Screening: Council Chambers, 2 Queen Street, Mornington, 7pm. The Mornington Peninsula Shire and Friends of Los Palos invites you to a screening of Alias Ruby Blade. Details: 5950 1685. MARCH 8-9 Rosebud Kite Festival: A free kiteflying event, for all the family, on Rosebud foreshore. Entertainment includes live music, carnival rides, roving performers, kite making workshops and spectacular airfilled maxi sport kites. Details: SATURDAY, MARCH 8 Sorrento & St Joseph’s Community Fete: Kerferd Rd, Sorrento, 10am. Carnival rides, food stalls, dunking of teachers, spinning wheel, face painting, dance, gym, karate, school choir, petting zoo and more. Art, Craft & Photography Exhibition: Old Dromana Shire Offices, 359 Point Nepean Road, 10am-4pm. An exhibition of the photography, art, craft and creative items by University of the Third Age students. Mind Body & Soul Expo: Dromana Community House at 15 Gibson Street will host its first Mind Body Soul Expo showcasing a health and wellbeing programme. Details: 0466 332 316 Email: info@ SUNDAY, MARCH 9 Tyabb Air Show: Mornington Peninsula Airport, Stuart Road, Tyabb 10am-4pm. The air show will trace the progress of flying machines from the early First World War models through to the modern era.

The aerial display begins at noon. Details:

guided tours or look at your own pace. Details: 9513 2873

Peninsula Piers and Pinots: Flinders foreshore, noon-3pm. Each $30 ticket includes a complimentary Riedel tasting glass, tasting notes and all wine tastings. Food is provided by Calamari Brothers, Red Hill Kitchen, Flinders Sour Dough, Red Hill Cheese and others. Details:

SATURDAY, MARCH 22 Red Hill Show. Red Hill Recreation Reserve, Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill. 9am-4pm. MARCH 24-28 Peninsula Schools Environment Week: Briars Historic Park, Nepean Highway, Mount Martha. Primary and kindergarten students are invited to participate in full or half day activities to learn more about their environment and sustainability. Details: or

MARCH 14-30 Jimmy Pike’s Artlines: Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Dunns Road, Mornington. A vibrant exhibition of previously unseen felt-tipped pen drawings by notable Western Australian Walmajarri artist, the late Jimmy Pike. 10am-4pm daily. Details: 5975 4395.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 Metro Race Day: Mornington Racecourse from 1pm. MARCH 28-30 Seven Sisters Festival: 60 Hearn Rd, Mt Martha. A threeday women’s festival promoting health, creative expression and community spirit. Meet the ‘psychics’ and enjoy live music, art and lush natural surrounds. Details:

FRIDAY, MARCH 14 World’s Longest Lunch: Sorrento foreshore. Watch the waves roll in, with a lavish three-course lunch featuring stunning local produce and regional wines. Cost: $110. Ph: 5984 1500 SATURDAY, MARCH 15 Heronswood Harvest Festival: Heronswood Gardens, 105 Latrobe Parade, Dromana. Join The Diggers team for a free workshop, tour the Gardens and enjoy lunch, a coffee or glass of wine on the pool lawn before shopping for your favourite perennials and heirloom seeds. Details: Australian String Quartet: Peninsula Music Society presents the Australian String Quartet performing a program including Boccherini, Mozart and Brahms. Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Road, Mornington. Details: MARCH 22-23 Bible Exhibition: Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Road, Mornington. Free entry. An extraordinary collection of rare and unique bibles - some 500 years old, archaeological replicas and models and informative displays. Join a

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SATURDAY, MARCH 29 Baany to Warrna Ngargee - Water to Water Festival: Briars Historic Park, Nepean Highway, Mount Martha. Archie Roach to perform at The Mornington Peninsula’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and cultural festival. Cost: $45. Details: Chamber Orchestra Concert: Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Road, Mornington. Music by Mozart and Beethoven. Cost: $25. Details: 5975 9261 or SUNDAY, MARCH 30 Youth Concerto Competition: Inaugural Vera Bradford Youth Concerto Competition presented by Frankston Music Society. Young musicians will play part of a concerto with Frankston Symphony Orchestra. Prizes will be awarded. PCT,

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SATURDAY, APRIL 5 SES Family Fun Day: Rosebud Village Green, 10am-4pm. Carnival rides, Lego world, Hot Rods plus live music from The Wizard & Oz and Looney Tunes. Paddy Platypus will hand out treats, accompanied by the Victoria Police Pipe Band. Mornington Race Day: Mornington Racecourse from 1pm. Free kid’s activities.

Open Garden - Dunns Creek Estate: 137 McIlroys Rd, Red Hill. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm. An historic rambling garden with extensive wetlands fed by a natural spring. Boardwalks and gravel paths wind past self-sown native plants, a habitat for swamp wallabies, frogs and 60 species of birds. Orchard, vegetables, vineyard. Alpacas, goats, chooks, wine tastings, produce. Details: 0458 700 079 or events@ Sunday, APRIL 6 Rock n Rods Festival: Eastbourne Primary School, 13 Allambi Avenue, Rosebud. A family fun day with top rock and roll bands, food, trade stalls, car displays. Proceeds aid Rosebud Hospital and Dromana Lifesaving Club.

SUNDAY, APRIL 13 Peninsula Family Easter Picnic: Mornington Racecourse, 10am3pm. The annual hunt for 1000s

EASTER. APRIL 18-21 Dromana Potters Exhibition: Dromana Old Shire Offices, 359 Point Nepean Road. A showcase of the group’s ceramic talents. All pots and sculptures are for sale. Details: Bonsai show: Balcombe Grammer, 389 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha, 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday. Promoting bonsai as a creative and challenging activity, starter trees, pots and other related material available. Details: 0413 884 691 or

Creative Arts Exhibition: PCT, Wilsons Road, Mornington. The CWA Mornington Peninsula Group will display handicrafts including: knitting, crochet, embroidery, patchwork and quilting, floral art, painting & cookery. Continuing Sun. Details:

APRIL 9-13 Peninsula Woodturner’s Show: The Briars, Nepean Highway, Mt Martha. Demonstrations and sales. Details:

of chocolate eggs, with the Easter bunny performing live on stage, alongside other fun characters. Enjoy craft activities at the magical craft village, rides and amusements. Details:

Tibetan Lungta Festival: Rosebud Memorial Hall, 994 Point Nepean Road. Morning meditation and chanting, sand mandala, healing and wellbeing stalls, psychic readers. Friday and Saturday. Cost: $10. Details: 8774 1628 or lemai@tendar. net Blairgowrie Easter Art Show: Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, 2900 Point Nepean Road. 10am-4pm. A broad range of work from more than 70 contemporary and traditional artists living and working on the peninsula. Details: 5988 8453. SATURDAY, APRIL 26 Western Port Craft Festival: Hastings Uniting Church, corner Marine Parade and Hodgins Road. 9am-4pm. A showcase for the excellence and diversity of local crafts. Details:

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Paint By Numbers 1975-2013 Paint By Numbers 1975-2013, is an art exhibition with a difference. Conceived as a way to celebrate the breadth of creative talent which exists in the Woodleigh community, Paint by Numbers will feature paintings, prints, sculpture and ceramics, by past students, current and past parents and current and past staff. The exhibition will open to the public on Friday 14 March at 6pm and show in The Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Gallery on Sunday 16 and Sunday 23 March from 11am-4pm – as well as during school hours. Selected works will be available for purchase. Paint by Numbers’ eclectic mix of works will appeal to a wide range of art lovers. Paint by Numbers 1975-2013 at Woodleigh School Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Gallery 485 Golf Links Road Langwarrin South Exhibition Opening & Drinks Friday 14 March 6-8pm

Peninsula Short Film Fest – KINGS Wins The stars turned out for Peninsula Short Film Fest at Rosebud, find the pics in our Food, Wine Produce section. Actors Lachy Hulme, Kerry Armstrong, Shane Jacobson, Anthony Hayes, Debra Byrne, Richard Cawthorne, radio personality Jane Hall and renowned Australian film director Fred Schepisi joined more than 2000 people for the free fest which is held on the foreshore. The fest showcased 12 finalists plus Best of Rest short films from the 100 entries received. The elite judging panel awarded Thom Neal of the Mornington Peninsula with the $5K winner’s cheque for his short film - KINGS. Festival Director Steve Bastoni said, “The quality of entries was so high, the judges had a really tough decision in determining the overall winner.” “Thom has a huge future in Australian film industry. His short film KINGS also won the Best Director and Best Cinematography categories. I’m just so proud we were able to unearth some amazing Australian talent at our festival.” Second prize of $2,500 went to Don Percy for MAKEOVER and third was awarded to Nic Barker for PINT. Visit: to watch the winning short films.

Team Barefoot Triathlon Team finish on a high By the time this article is published the Melbourne Ironman will have been run and won. Seventeen Team Barefoot squad members will have toed the start line, many for their first ever Ironman Triathlon and a few doing their very first triathlon consisting of a 3.8km swim of Frankston Pier, a 180km ride out and back along Eastlink Freeway and finishing off with a 42.2km marathon run from Frankston pier to Kutani Gardens St Kilda. The Platinum Swimming Pools sponsored Elite Team have also been putting in fantastic performances with numerous victories and top three podium finishes. Some of the highlights have been Grace Deveson leading the Gatorade Series Open Elite Female with one victory and two second place finishes and also winning her first National Triathlon Championship. Nathan Barry continues to impress with two wins and two seconds place finishes leading the Team Up Triathlon Series Open Male Elite. Mitch Kibby has made a great comeback from injury to win the Channel Challenge Aquathon (swim/ run) on Philip Island with Nathan Buschkuehl finishing in third. Grace Deveson also took overall victory in the Women’s event.

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Pull out your Flares for ‘That 70’s and 80’s Show’ at the Ranelagh Club in Mt Eliza on Saturday, March 15. The rocking band will perform a floor show of heaps of hits from two way-out decades. The Ranelagh Business Network meets regularly on Fridays at 7pm. A $25 World’s Longest Lunch is on March 14. The Ranelagh Club was established in 1926 and is located at 3 Rosserdale Crescent, Mt Eliza, phone 9787 0265.

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The newly formed Junior Development Team is now in final preparations for the National Schools Triathlon Championships in Bendigo, with Shane Strahan, Hamish Martin and Yoan Colins (pictured), all making the Victorian Team.

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MORNINGTON PENINSULA: The peninsula continues to fire on the fishing front. There are still a few big snapper left in the deep water off Mt. Martha and Mornington. 18 to 20m have been the magic depths with both locations seeing fish to 8kg plus. Squid heads and pilchards the go to baits. The whiting have really started to fire up with fish to 42cm being a regular capture. Sorrento has been the hot spot with pipi and mussel being the better baits. The Kingfish have arrived in really good number around the Rip. Live slimy mackerel is the preferred bait but live yakkas and squid will also do the trick. Surrounding the kingfish are acres of big salmon to 2kg. Small occy skirts and metal lures are smashing them. WESTERNPORT: The whiting and gummy sharks are still in great numbers. Most whiting are now coming from the banks of the middle spit and pipi with a strip of squid is still the better bait. There are a lot of nice gummies from 8 to 15kg in the western entrance and in the waters out the front of Somers and Balnarring. Fresh calamari and salmon are deadly baits. Some thumping big calamari has been taken from the mouth of the Yarringa Channel as well, so don’t forget your squid jigs! OFFSHORE: Offshore is the place to be at the moment. Kingfish to 15kg off Phillip Island and Kingfish 10kg in the areas between The Rip and Barwon Heads. Some Bluefin Tuna have also been caught trolling small skirts out from Port Phillip Heads as well. There are also some nice Makos in 50 to 70m of water out from the Western Entrance of Western Port. 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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Advanced Space Academy ‘Space Camp’ Program Once again in the April school holidays, twelve students ranging from Years 9 -12 and three teachers from Dromana College will venture to the United States to participate in the Advanced Space Academy’s ‘Space Camp’ Program. The students will first travel to Orlando, Florida where they will visit the Kennedy Space Centre, home of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, see the Apollo and shuttle launch pads and tour the massive Vehicle Assembly Building. Students will meet and have lunch with an astronaut then it is off to Disneyworld for three days, exploring

Magic Kingdom, Epcot Centre and Hollywood Studios. From there the group will travel to the US Space & Rocket Centre in Huntsville, Alabama where the Advanced Space Academy is located. They will spend six days training to be either a Pilot or a Mission Specialist. This involves completing numerous activities such as rocketry, high ropes courses, scuba diving, g-force, gyroscope rides and space experiments. Students will learn to fly a space shuttle and perform simulated missions such as

deploying satellites in space. To graduate, students have to successfully complete a three hour space mission. This is such an incredible opportunity for the students and judging by the success of the previous camp in 2012, all will have an amazing time. It will give the students a new appreciation of what opportunities there are in science. Who knows, we may have a few potential astronauts in the group. Jason Walsh Head of Science, Dromana Secondary College

GETTING THE KIDS TO DO THEIR HOMEWORK “Mum what’s the answer to this question?” can be commonly heard throughout many households at the end of a school day when kids of all ages are mulling over their homework. That’s if you’re lucky enough to get them to do their homework in the first place - especially when going for a swim or playing with friends is so much more appealing. Regardless of the protests, the saga has begun as children around the Peninsula head back to school and routines inevitably are put in place. But what do you do to keep your children motivated to get the dreaded Math and English sheets done? And how do you help them with subjects you have no idea about? Many a day have I stared blankly at my child’s homework sheet, with that unavoidable dread creeping in when I remember that Math was not, and still isn’t, my forte. “Was arithmetic this hard when I was at school?” I ask myself while trying to find my way through the minefield of problems, feeling the stares of the impatient 12-year-old sitting next to me. Research says that children are more successful when parents take an active role in their homework. It’s got something to do with showing them that their work is important and taking an

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interest in your child’s schooling. This doesn’t mean spending hours hunched over a desk working out mathematical problems only to realise that your child left ages ago and has been watching back to back episodes of ‘The Kardashians’. So here’s a few tips to get kids motivated to do their own homework and, in turn, avoid the possible painstaking embarrassment at your academic cluelessness.... Firstly, make sure they have a designated area for homework, preferably somewhere quiet and out of the way. Give them a regular study time so they know for one hour after school they do homework. Then can play or vice versa. Motivate and monitor the work they are doing by asking questions and taking an active interest. And last but not least, make sure they do their own work. Don’t fall for the trap of doing their assignments for them - no matter how tempting it is. Let’s face it, the chances are your homework assessment won’t even get close to your child’s! MELISSA HODGE fresh every month


Getting real

Honey, Bulk Whole Foods and The Farmer’s market to name a few, plus read comments from others who have the same goals. It gives you access to the complete peninsula food bowl. ‘We’ve been told that the food pyramid is the correct way to eat. Youarewhatyoueateats disputes this. We are tired of being told what to eat by big multi nationals who are making millions out of feeding people food that is only making them sick’, says Shae who has also coordinated the screening of worldwide released documentary Cereal Killers which follows Donal O’Neill for four weeks on a low carb, high fat diet (and comes up with some surprising results) at Mornington Cinema on Wednesday February 26th at 7.00pm – stay tuned for that story in April.

Shae Wheeler sees things differently. That is differently from last year. This young mum of two girls has transformed her life within such a short space of time that she is determined to give any-one else who will listen the same opportunity to feel great. So what’s changed? ‘I quit sugar! That was the first step’, says this fully qualified massage therapist who has worked in the remedial and sports therapy industries. ‘I’ve always been interested in health, but felt so exhausted and depressed after having my children. My mum had given up the sweet stuff so I thought what have I got to lose!’ - Only about eleven kilos – ‘but more importantly my tiredness, stress and irritability. I was finally able to stabilise my moods’. Shae’s mum gave her a copy of Christine Cronau’s book The Fat Revolution last year (which Shae is now a distributor of) whilst her aunty passed on Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar. This is when things really started to shift. ‘I quit processed foods, all grains (except pre-soaked organic brown rice occasionally) and soy. Within weeks I felt like a different person. All the health related issues I’d been experiencing – like digestive issues, joint pain and muscle aches disappeared’.

Enter Shae’s Facebook page you are what you eat eats launched in December 2013 promoting REAL food and supporting those businesses on the peninsula who advocate organic, home-grown and made, primal, raw and clean food. ‘The response has been amazing’, says Shae whose page already has 925 likes and is growing by the day. Here you’ll be able to connect with like-minded people who promote eating clean and local and also tap into tools (books, water filters, ice-cream makers, BPA free products) to live a healthier lifestyle. Plus there are competitions too. ‘ puts you in touch with local producers who care about pesticide free and fresh food’, says Shae. Connect with Flinders Island Meats, Peninsula Fresh Organics, Paleo Café, Pure Peninsula

‘I want to promote the growing and swapping of local produce. We need to trust what our bodies are telling us and know where our food is coming from’ she ends – but I think this is just the beginning…

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Weddings on the Peninsula Candid, casual style for a dream wedding day Kahlie Bristow is one of the lucky people in the world who can say that their work is their passion, for the romantic at heart gets to photograph weddings for a living.

With her business, Austin Photography, this Peninsula girl gets a kick out of being a small part of this milestone in a couple’s life. Bright and bubbly Kahlie says, for her, weddings are an exciting time and that part of her role as photographer is to make sure the bride and groom can relax and enjoy their special day, while she works to get great results.

Welcome to our very special ‘Weddings on the Peninsula’ supplement. The Mornington Peninsula offers an amazing range of options to make your wedding sensational. We have gathered together some of the best operators to give our readers an array of choices for their special day. There are photographers, celebrants, gowns, jewellery, catering, linen and accommodation. We hope you enjoy this section. Next ‘Weddings on the Peninsula’ supplement will be in our June issue call Julie or Stephanie on 9708 8222 for details.

“The Mornington Peninsula is the best environment for wedding photography, whether it be at the beach, through the hills or at any one of our many incredible landmarks, we are spoilt for choice.” said Kahlie. “When I photograph a wedding I want my couples to feel comfortable. The photography should be part of the fun, not a chore.” Kahlie says it’s important that the couple feel comfortable with their photographer, so she makes sure they have a few meetings beforehand and added: “My experience is that there are no two couples or wedding days the same, therefore it’s important to get to know each bride and groom and what they have planned for their wedding day. I can guide them, of course, but I also like to try and work in with the couple’s ideas.” Kahlie encapsulates the mood of the day, starting early with the bride and bridesmaids, photographing the flowers, the dress and all of the finer details. She said: “I photograph the boys in a more candid setting as they wait for the bride to arrive. Then the ceremony, the family and guests followed by the reception.” With a passion for people and the desire to capture the essence of life, Kahlie understands the importance of being able to reflect on our most treasured memories and wedding photographs that can be kept for a lifetime. With her candid and casual style, it is Kahlie’s ambition that her couples have a wedding day to remember and the beautiful images to reflect just that. Phone Kahlie at Austin Photography on 0414 524 364, email or visit the website at

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Weddings on the Peninsula Poppy Culture’s Lauren Blundell knows how

ENJOY RELAXED important your wedding day is, and loves to work closely with clients to create an experience that will WEDDING PLANNING be etched in your memory forever. Starting with an obligation free consultation, Lauren will go through WITH POPPY CULTURE all your ideas, offer some suggestions where there are questions and visually put it all together to make it an inspired, enjoyable and effortless look for your wedding day.

Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula based, Poppy Culture provides specialised creative floristry and styling services catering to weddings, events and corporate subscriptions. Poppy Culture takes all the hard work out of planning a wedding so you can enjoy a stress-free day. “The process for bringing together a wedding often starts with a relaxed chat over coffee, going through some visuals to get a feel for the theme,” says Lauren who understands the importance of listening to what the couple wants from their day. “It is important to listen to the bride and groom’s wishes as well as offering ideas to enhance the look and the feel that they want to convey on their most special day.” Lauren first will create a mood board as a visual reference guide, allowing discussion and adaption to freely explore all the options available. Floral design is a large part to the Poppy Culture service, but working closely with other wedding planners, stylists, and prop providers is also important to bring together the whole picture. “I love working with other industry professionals to bring together the best of what we can do and offer. Styling solutions can also be found within the Poppy Prop Shop with new additions such as custom made arbors, treasured finds to create ambient themes and personalized decorative effects,” says Lauren. “Collaborating with Jodi Neary of 2Blossom has made so much more possible with organizing and setting everything up on the day.” Lauren says that flowers create an ambience of their own and uses them in stylish and unique ways from simple

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bouquets to the most extravagant installations. “I love it all, jobs big and small and each one is treated as importantly and with special attention as each other,” says Lauren. “I feel privileged to be trusted with and a part of peoples special day, not only to celebrate the day itself but to also be able to assist them communicate their personal style and flair and create the magical event that is for both themselves and their guests to treasure and remember forever.” To find out more about Poppy Culture phone Lauren Blundell on 0414 368 741, email au or check out and facebook. com/poppyculture or Instagram @poppyculture_hq fresh every month


Your wedding - make it the event of a lifetime Sorrento Catering Company stand out as the premier specialists when an event such as a wedding or a business conference just has to have the ‘wow’ factor. Often known for creating lavish events and presentations, Sorrento Catering Company is led by ebullient catering supremo Barry Iddles.

wedding as ‘individual as you!’ “Our food is based on world-wide dining trends. Travelling the globe taking inspiration for food from all cultures, we pride ourselves on keeping abreast with food trends and funky presentation, we are on fire...” said Barry.

Barry and his team are qualified in all aspects of Event Management, creating layers of wow factor every time.

He recently returned from a trip to Bali with his team of chefs - eating their way through the finest restaurants, on a totally inspirational journey, created to heighten their senses.

Creating weddings with impact and individuality, Sorrento Catering Company design menus, beverage packages and source venues to suit your style, taste and budget, creating a

The fresh knowledge will influence the presentation of roving canapés, mini entrées, petit desserts and theatrical presentations at more formal, sit-down events.

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Barry’s beautiful selection of grazing desserts have been described as ‘breathtaking’.

Surf to snow, Sorrento, Portsea, Melbourne and beyond, Barry has two amazing restaurants at Falls Creek, offers the ultimate in ‘white weddings’ and has many-a-vision for an extravaganza. Barry Iddles and his team will ensure your wedding is ‘the event of a lifetime!’ Details: or phone Rebekah on 0400 414 173

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YOU ARE TRULY WATERSIDE AT MARINA RESTAURANT For more than 24 years, The Marina Restaurant and Bistro has been a culinary destination on the peninsula. Now after undergoing a total transformation, it really is the place to be.

day. A flurry of yachts in the marina provide a nautical backdrop while stunning tropical gardens and a brick paved courtyard capture the afternoon sun. For that special day, the function room offers With the restaurant, bar, Marina Terrace and spacious dining with the option of canapés and the Lady Nelson function room, the stunning limestone building is finally living up to its potential cocktails outdoors enjoying a serene view of the boats on the marina. under the watchful eye of new owner, Christine Pontin. A relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere is assured at Christine brings with her over 40 years of hospitality experience and, with her sidekick, Executive Chef Ian Pontin, the duo are causing quite a stir on this side of the bay. Christine and Ian work hard to bring a professional and dedicated team together to serve the Marina Restaurant’s diverse clientele range. Direct from Churchers on Richmond Hill, Ian brings an exotic blend of flavours to The Marina Restaurant and Bistro that is fast becoming best known for the quality of their meals. Now with the Lady Nelson room open for functions, this is the ideal venue for your wedding

The Marina Restaurant and Bar, offering a private haven like no other.

Enjoy a genuine experience with friendly staff, quality customer service and food prepared by our Master Chef in this serene location with just the clinking of yacht masts in the background and a menu that includes the finest of local produce and a wonderful variety of wines. Whether it is a large wedding or a small, intimate affair, The Marina Restaurant and Bistro is the perfect place to celebrate. The Marina Restaurant and Bistro is located in the Westernport Marina. Phone 5979 3699 or visit the website at

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Fairytale Wedding at Brooklands of Mornington Brooklands is the perfect luxury wedding venue located in the heart of Mornington. Only a short stroll from the Peninsula’s stunning waterfront, you can exchange vows on the picturesque sandy shores of the our local beaches, or hold an elegant and intimate ceremony in their beautiful Magnolia room where afterwards your guests can sip champagne and enjoy delicious canapes while photos are taken.

Fairytale wedding packages are available from $95.00 per person inclusive of everything right down to crisp white chair covers and stunning crystal vases. Your guests will be delighted with Brooklands impressive cuisine and luxury 4.5 star accommodation suites. Visit their website for more information. Their team of experienced wedding coordinators will ensure your special day is fit for a princess. Contact us on 5973 9200 to arrange to view facilities.

CAN YOU BEAR THE FUN? Looking to inject some serious fun into your next event? Then you can’t go past ‘Bear Booth’, an open air photo booth to help capture all the candid and spontaneous moments of your wedding, party or corporate function. Bear Booth was designed to capture your priceless memories, entertain your guests and maximize your fun. They’ve transformed the traditional photo booth into an innovative ‘bare’ design with no enclosure and no limits, which mean several people can join in. Unlike many photo booths, Bear Booth is open air making the photo booth more interactive. Not only is it a blast to jump in the photos, it’s hilarious entertainment to watch and inspires other people to have a go. Bear Booth is the perfect party icebreaker. Because of the bare design, you can capture the party’s atmosphere in the background and there are photobombing opportunities aplenty! Bear Booth uses premium technology so it delivers fast, high quality prints. The instant, waterproof photo strips are a fantastic way to thank your guests as unique wedding or party favours. Bear Booth also offers party props, photo album guest books and photo frames to enhance your photo booth experience. The compact photo booth design means it can be set up in a large variety of spaces. It can even go upstairs! Bear Booth can be hired from the Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne and it’s as easy a making a phone call. Contact Bear Booth by emailing or telephone 0403 012 461 or 0434 284 471.

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Weddings on the Peninsula He said: “After working as a diamond setter for a long time, I decided to buy this business and it was purely coincidence that it also had the same name as my wife. “I learnt about jewellery from my childhood. We had a relative who made jewellery and I would sit for hours just watching how it was done.” Harry says it is important to have a jeweller who knows what they are doing, especially with diamonds and precious gems. “The setting is the root of the jewellery and being a diamond setter is an art. You have to be very careful with the diamond so it is important to make sure you have someone who knows what they are doing.” Their skills have been recognised on various occasions by way of numerous awards. Their most recent recognition was at the 2006 Australian Bridal Industry Awards.

According to Marilyn Monroe, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. And jewellers like Harry OzKoch have been looking after women and their diamonds for three decades. Every woman loves jewellery and Anny’s

Manufacturing Jewellers combines good oldfashioned service and creative designs with the finest diamonds and precious gems. Serving the Peninsula for 23 years, Anny’s Manufacturing has three top quality jewellers including owner Harry OzKoch, who took over the business 15 years ago.

The business combines imaginative, unique design and first-rate craftsmanship with competitive pricing. Harry leads and oversees all work on site and, as a master gem setter, you can always be assured of receiving a quality piece to last a lifetime. Annys Manufacturing Jewellers is open Monday to Saturday and can be found at 92 Young Street, Frankston. Call 9783 6226.

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Seamless by design

Organising an event to run seamlessly requires knowledge, care, and creative flair. The first class catering team at The Ranelagh Club in Mt Eliza have these qualities in spades – and more!

Making sure your quintessential day delivers everything you desire is top priority at Ranelagh. Sure the magnificent view over Port Philip Bay is a huge draw card for those couples wanting to tie the knot surrounded by unbelievable natural beauty, (Ranelagh ceremonies share wonderful views from either the deck, lawn or beach), but it’s the attention to detail and care of each individual client’s needs that makes a Ranelagh wedding the perfect match. Outstanding service is the key. ‘I let all my clients know we will be as involved or as uninvolved as they would like us to be’, says Lisa Hemingway. ‘I have a priceless association with quality local services i.e. celebrants, photographers, entertainers, so we can provide a complete wedding package from concept through to (always) successful completion, or alternatively can act as a support base for those who wish to

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bring in their own team’. Head chef Roong Saisombaat-Holtz has over fifteen years’ experience in creating catering sensations and together with Lisa values the importance of delivering quality service and offering flexible solutions to every client. Wedding packages can be adaptable – all include menus and quality beverages. The Ranelagh Catering Company will work with you to ensure a seamless and effortless day full of unforgettable memories. It’s a given. ‘We know how important your special day is’, says Lisa. ‘That’s why we provide a range of solutions to suit all budgets’. Mid-week, lunch and off season weddings come with the same first rate service at a discounted price - but never with a discounted drive to always deliver the best event for you. The Ranelagh Catering Company at The Ranelagh Club 3 Rosserdale Crescent, Mt Eliza 9787 0265 Facebook: The Ranelagh Restaurant

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Bride Advice

Make sure your wedding is a hit for you and your guests. Here are a few helpful hints for the bride leading up to the big day. Self-care. Do whatever it takes to help you unwind. A night out with friends, a day off at the beach or fabulous pamper massage.

Be organized. Keep a diary of what needs to be done by who. Stay organized, and sleep better at night. Stick to your budget. Early on, sit down with your fiancé and work out how much you can afford to spend and where to allocate your money. Build in some room for surprises and extras that inevitably pop up. Negotiate prices. You don’t have to accept a

quoted price. Ask if there can be substitutions to bring prices down. Get him involved. What are his interests? Perhaps music — give him the band or DJ assignment. If it’s food, he can research caterers. After all, the wedding belongs to the two of you! Be grateful. You’ll get lots of good wishes, gifts and offers of help. Say thank you to each and every one. You’re feeling good right now, so share all that beautiful love. Dream big. Not just about your wedding, but about your life. This is the next, greatest chapter in the story of you. Imagine how wonderful married life can be — and you’re almost there.

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TAKE A COLOURFUL AND CREATIVE JOURNEY Linen sets the scene for your event and should be at the top your ‘event to-do’ list. Build your event story from the tablecloth onwards. Linen Hire from Di Simmons offers an extensive collection of event linen and table decor for all your occasions for home fine dining, weddings, corporate events, themed parties, children’s parties and more. “With nearly 20 years of experience in supplying our clients, our expertise and creativity will ensure your space is visually complimented and stylishly unique!” explains Di. Having an established showroom in East Malvern, the

company owners live on the Peninsula, and pride themselves by using local Peninsula suppliers to ensure the smooth running of your event. Di continues, “Our in-house stylists Lara and Annette will make your hire experience one to remember! Our website is our catalogue and the beginning of your colourful and creative journey with us.” Visit Feel free to call Linen Hire from Di Simmons today on 9500 2499 and start organising your perfect event. Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook.

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Getting married? The Royal Hotel is the perfect location for your grande event. A location fit for Royalty. Beautiful, elegant, romantic... words to describe your wedding day and The Royal Hotel, the pearl of the Mornington Peninsula. Classified by the National Trust and faithfully restored to its resplendent original condition, the Royal Hotel offers a blend of relaxed elegance and quality service - just a short drive from Melbourne. The ceremony can be held at a local church or nearby location including Mornington Park, Royal Beach or one of many cliff-top aspects along the coastline. The hotel’s accommodation is not only a place to sleep, but a convenient and lavish place to prepare for your special day.

Oversized suites and bathrooms readily accommodate wedding party preparations and photos. The Victoriana Room is simply breathtaking; featuring chandeliers, lead light doors and sky-high ceilings, it will take you back to a time daubed with opulence and grandeur. A convenient separate entry accesses the private bar, outdoor courtyard and dining for 100 seated guests. Menus combine superb food with handsome service and delivery. The Royal’s sunny courtyard is an ideal location for a seaside ceremony, while the coastline of private shores and sandy beaches offer endless opportunities for a creative wedding photographer. The Royal can complete your wedding day dream, overlooking the beach at 770 Esplanade, Mornington. Phone Philippa for more details on 5975 8555.

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Valentines Night on the Peninsula


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Haydn Godony got snapping on Valentines Day to capture the ‘love’ in many of our eateries

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Beautiful Natural Capture each moment Wedding Photographer Amber Gardener of Naturalight Photography has had over 15 years experience capturing fine portraiture of weddings and families on the gorgeous Mornington Peninsula and Bayside Melbourne - she captures images to tell a story and capture a ‘diary’ of the wedding day. “ My main goal is to photograph personal and precious moments that you will treasure long after the confetti has blown away… It is always the candid moments in between smiles and poses that my couples love most “.

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Glamour girl, Petra Fotomaras was a stunner in a Scanlon & Theodore brown and gold dress, Prada sunglasses and Mimco headpiece. Modern, sexy and fabulous.

These Committee ladies were a gorgeous trio of both classic and modern style. A touch of vintage on one, a bright silk dress on another, and a fabulous graphic check dress on the third, made for a winning style guide to race day. Deborah Kroger wears a lovely vintage cream lace dress, Annette Sanfilippo headpiece and Chanel bag. Teresa Poon wears a stunning emerald green silk dress, Essential Hat green feather headpiece and Louis Vuitton bag. Alison Saville wears a very chic orange and brown check dress, Felicity Northeast headpiece and Olga Berg bag with Peep-Toe shoes.

This twosome were a stylish couple in chic classic ensembles. Natasha Tempest wears a super cute Dotti black and cream ballerina dress, and classic black Peep-Toe pumps. She pops a touch of hot pink into her outfit with a flower from Myer and a classic Olga Berg clutch. Paul Tempest wears a Peter Jackson suit, and Black shirt and tie in lavender.

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Nicole Stanton also wore the lady-like trend well with a bright, floral Nicola Finetti dress in pink and green. The sweet-heart neckline and fitted waist was perfect for her. Black accessories, including Jackie O-inspired gloves finished the look.

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Hannah Tooke took the cake on race day in this gorgeous head-piece. She was a very pretty floral beauty in this couture piece made by fashion student, Georgie Saggers. A riot of pure silk blossoms and roses in white and pinks, Hannah was my favourite ‘Love the Look’ girl of the day! PHOTOS BY MELISSA HODGE

The stylish partners of Mornington homewares and fashion store, april and rose, the gorgeous, Toni Nason and Sue Powell were both pictureperfect on race day. Toni is lovely in a vintage botanical print sundress from London, Murley & Co headpiece and Prada sunglasses. Sue is in lady-like yellow and black, wearing a DKNY dress, Toni Louise headpiece, april and rose yellow beads with diamante clasp, and Oroton sunglasses.

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One of the most adorable girls on race day, Millie Wyatt wears a highly creative and original headpiece from Locopa Designs . Beautifully hand-made in vibrant colours, it was a great match with the Nicholas dress.

Our glamorous sales team were there to have fun on race day! Gorgeous Steph Wiebell wears an adorable, 50s-style, sweetheartneckline dress and Annette Sanfilippo fascinator, both from Bettie’s Boutique, Witchery cream clutch bag and nude Tony Bianco heels. Julie Saville wears a lovely creamy white dress from Bella Once Loved, Fig 8 hat & Lilly Belle shoes.

Alison Baker rocked a chic, modern look in head-to-toe black. She wears a Cue satin dress with fabulous heels from Country Road.

At Fiona’s of Mornington we are ‘warming up’ for Autumn/Winter. Currently in store – Pianura Studio, Twinset and our new Italian label – as worn by Kate Moss – Liu.Jo jeans and tops. New Zealand labels Loobie’s Story and Sabatini are also now in store. Mix all of our imports with fabulous Australian labels including Ginger & Smart, Moss & Spy, Very Very, Mackenzie Mode, Anna Hoffman and M.E.L. and we are looking forward to a very exciting season. Also just in for all of the ‘travellers’ is new Mela Purdie – “Clothes that travel with you.” Team all of the above with our scarves, bags & boots and you will be looking and feeling amazing! Susie,Victoria & Erica look forward to helping you ‘style up’ for the season.

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Mornington Cup Fillies, Colts and Fashions Galore I have to say this day filled my belly with joy as I frocked up for a fabulous afternoon of socialising, bubbles and fashion watching. There was a sea of bright colours. Fashion goers and race followers came from everywhere. Smiling faces and that special ‘Mornington Buzz’ filled the air. This year the Fashion on the Fields was in a new location. It was fabulous, like our own little arena. The sponsorship Marquee and the Bee Hive were opposite each other, whilst the fashions took centre stage in the middle, creating an electric atmosphere. The fashion standards this year were at an all time high. Outstanding to see such effort and style put into creating the right outfit. The fabulous fashion contestants were pumped and confidently strutted their creations on the catwalk. Floral prints were a huge look. Mismatched textures and abstract fabrics worked a dream. Millinery was well crafted and very unique. The judges did an excellent job and chose the best fillies and colt on the day. It is always a difficult decision to make as so many are deserving. My favourite outfit was a “Sass and Bide” creation and was worn by the gorgeous Lucy from Herman. I loved the mix match of patterns and the style. I look forward to seeing you all next year when this event takes place on a brand new day - Saturday! Stylishly Yours Beckie

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“ She looked like autumn, when leaves turned and fruit ripened ” Sarah Addison.

Autumn 014 is all about “weekends away”. Apparel is relaxed, comfy, layered and edgy. Colours and patterns this Autumn are to be mixed up- “Clash ing” is the new cool! Bright pinks, aquas, and citrus’s with subtle undertones are all the go on the catwalks. Accessories are Fun, bold and uni que. Footwear this Autumn is also ‘Textu red’. Think Nomadic- Linen fabrics, bea ten leathers and reptile skins. This Aut umn remember to run through the leaves in the park- It will feel liberating.

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Your March stars

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Time out may be what you desire this month but you have to create little pockets of “me” time because so much is going on. Other people, probably friends rather than relatives, are demanding your attention. An uplifting project at home is the key to keeping your spirits high.

Sometimes you can skim the surface of life having fun and being creative. Other times require a little soul-searching. This is your month to look beneath the surface, at the undercurrents of your own thoughts and feelings, or those of others. An event may spark this naval-gazing.

Home and family are the flavour of the month. Happy times abound, although you may also have some decisions regarding where you live and how happily you are settled. A family event may be on the cards. Investments pay off although your personal budget needs some adjusting.

Your focus turns to your friends this month. It is time to reassess where your hopes, dreams and wishes and who better t o help you do this than your friends. You may spend time in a group or join a personal interest group. Make sure that meaning not ambition colours your choices.

Your friends are a source of joy right now. However the focus is also on marriage and contracts. If you are single then you may question your status or meet someone significant. If you are in a committed relationship then your partner requires attention. A creative project may spark the need for a contract.

Communication is the key to success this month. Your mind is likely to be active. Perhaps you have a work project that is demanding your concentration. Your social life is likely to be on the back burner as you focus on what is important during March. Fortunately your partner, if you have one, is supportive.



The light is shining well and truly on your chosen profession this month. If you are looking to be in the limelight then this is the ideal month. Likewise if you are happy in your career then you are happy. If you are not then you may look at alternatives.


March sees you expand your horizons. If your day job requires commitment with no chance of escape then you can always make plans for the future. Try planning a trip to a foreign country, joining a cultural group or studying an inspirational subject. It is time for the crabs of the Zodiac to move.




Money matters are the theme for you during March. It is time for you to reassess your personal budget, or perhaps reassess your health and well-being. Diet and exercise are high on the agenda. Next come all reassess whether your income reflects your of those little chores and errands that you have true worth. As a result you may make some decisions regarding your job either asking for a put off previously. Finally servicing household promotion or applying for another. services and other possessions are required. March is a joyful month for Pisceans. March is a creative month The time is ripe for you to focus on what is during which you can have some fun. Family meaningful to you. Your personal happiness and young children may also require some is important. When you are happy everyone attention. You have decisions to make around you is also. As a result take time to regarding your home and/or family. Perhaps enjoy yourself. Your intuition is heightened a short journey (time out from the usual from the middle of March. Make the most of it. humdrum) can help give you some perspective.

Libra March is the ideal month in which to



HOW TO BUY A DIAMOND ONLINE SAFELY There’s a clear value proposition to anyone looking to buy a diamond ring online, but Anthony Hansen of Diamond Coco offers some expert advice on doing so safely. Check they have a physical address. Just because you are buying a diamond online doesn’t mean you want to deal with a backyard operation. An online store with a physical address is more likely to be reputable than one that doesn’t. A handy hint it to google map the address from street level and see if they look genuine. Research the retailer. Google the name of the company you are dealing with to learn of any good or bad client experiences. A search of ASIC will also show you how long the business has been in operation as well as any name changes. Negative reviews or a company trading only a few months would be well worth avoiding.

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and refund your money if need be. Some retailers will add the merchant fees so you need to take this into account. Either way its cheap insurance. Obtain shipping and return costs, either from the website or in writing. All good websites should include the cost of shipping and the cost of returning the diamond. If not, then obtain this information through email so that you have it in writing. Ask questions! All good online retailers should be able to provide additional information about the diamond you are buying. By asking questions it not only helps build confidence with the company you are buying from, but they may offer alternative diamonds for you to consider. Stick with GIA or AGS certified diamonds where possible. Unless you are on a super limited budget, diamonds with certificates from lesser quality labs such as EGL or IGI may seem cheaper, but they also have a less strict grading policy.

Communicate with the retailer. The majority of problems with buying a diamond online are due to a lack of communication between the retailer and customer. Make sure you communicate things like deadlines and requirements such as budgets and expectations regarding the diamond, ie: no black marks. Any reputable seller will want to ensure that you are happy.

Finally... Don’t buy from an online retailer that you are not 100% comfortable with. Whilst the same is true of a traditional bricks and mortar store, when buying online you are removed from the face to face contact. If the diamond you are buying seems too cheap (even allowing for online pricing) or if the communication with the retailer appears flakey then look elsewhere.

Always pay by credit card. Credit cards give consumers a lot of protection. For a myriad of reasons, if you are not happy with your purchase, or did not receive it, you can lodge a dispute with your credit card provider, who will investigate

Diamond Coco is an online retailer with a physical showroom at Suite 6, 38A Main Street Mornington. They may be contacted on 1300 230 430.

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ONE YEAR DOWN FOR SAYA, MANY MORE TO COME It’s hard to believe but Saya Beaute Bar are just about to celebrate their first birthday on April 10th. Already Saya has become the favourite day spa for women men of all ages to enjoy some much-needed pampering or beauty services all under the one roof. A proud accomplishment, the team at Saya is definitely doing something right with more and more clients relying on them for their beauty needs.

Bianca the cosmetic injectables nurse, Kylie, from Advanced Cosmecuticals, make up demonstrations from Lianna, and demonstrations by the Saya team. And from anyone who has been lucky enough to enjoy the Saya experience, we look forward to many more years of pampering with a giggle along the way. Saya Beaute Bar is at 2/10 Eramosa Road, Somerville. Call 5977 6790 for details and appointments.

And keeping their clients happy is what Saya does best, providing all the services a girl could want, while constantly being aware of their ever growing needs. If you want it Saya will organize it, starting out with a good range of beauty and massage services 12 months ago and now offering everything from eyelash extensions, waxing, spray tans, massage including pregnancy massage and facials, to cosmetic injectables and full makeup service. Mother and daughter team, Joy and Aleshia have sustained their commitment to providing the best quality beauty services on the peninsula and their success is obvious with more women enjoying the Saya experience every day. “We have tried to perfect everything from day one, making sure our clients are 100 per cent happy with their experience,” says Aleshia. “Our staff are top of the field at what they do and it shows with people coming back time and time again.” The girls at Saya will enjoy a well-deserved celebration on Thursday April 10th from 9am till 8pm when product reps, friends and family join them for champagne and nibbles to toast the success of the oneyear-old business. There will be a door prize and the opportunity to meet Danielle from Young Blood Mineral Cosmetics,

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Markets on the Mornington Peninsula Bittern Community: Each Sunday at Bittern railway station.

Boneo Community: Third Saturday of month, Cnr Boneo & Limestone Rds, Boneo. Dromana Drive In: March 9. Dromana Drive-In, 113 Nepean Hwy, Dromana Sunday 7am-1pm Emu Plains: Third Saturday of each month. Balnarring racecourse. 15th March & 19th April - 9am - 2pm Flinders Market: 20 April 2014, 9am-2pm. B.A Cairns Reserve, 26 Barker St, Flinders Hastings Street Market: Every Thursday. Over 40 stalls everything home made, home grown and craft, High St, Hastings 9-1pm.

Loved It Market Mornington: Sunday March 16, 9.30am - 1pm between Peninsula Community Theatre, enter from Wilsons Rd. Mornington Farmers’: Second Saturday of the month, Mornington Park Schnapper Point Drive, Mornington 8:30am-1pm Mornington’s Main Street: Every Wednesday 9am - 3pm between Cromwell and Albert Sts. Mornington Racecourse Craft Market: Second Sunday of each month. Racecourse Rd, Mornington 9am to 2pm Mt Eliza Farmers’: Fourth Sunday of the month, Mt Eliza Village Green. 9am - 1pm

Oak Hill Community Arts Cooperative’ monthly Artist Inspired Car Boot Sale first Sunday of each month at Oak Hill 100 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington

Primrose Fair Mornington: Friday 2nd May 2014, VIP event 6-9.30pm. Saturday Market 10am-4pm Peninsula Community Theatre cnr Wilsons Road and Nepean Hwy Mornington. Red Hill: First Saturday of the month, September-May, RH Showgrounds, Arthur’s Seat Rd, Red Hill 8am to 1pm Red Hill Vintage Fair: Fouth Sunday of the month 8am - 2pm Red Hill Consolidated School, Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill

Rosebud Community School: Second Saturday of the month, Rosebud Primary School Cnr Pt Nepean and Jetty Road.

Rosebud Trash n Treasure: Fifth Saturday months, Rosebud Primary School Cnr Pt Nepean and Jetty Road. 7.30am till noon Rosebud Lions Club: First Sunday of the month, Rosebud Village Green. 7am till 2pm Rye Vintage and Handmade Fair First Saturday of month 9am-1pm Rye Scout Hall, Tootgarook Primary School Market: fourth Saturday of the month 7.30am - 12.30pm. Please email your market details for a free listing to

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Sunday March 16 Sunday auguSt 24 Sunday noveMber 23 9.30aM - 1.30pM

A new market showcasing Melbourne and the Peninsula’s very best makers, creators, growers, designers and collectors. 150+ craft stalls, kids entertainment, live music, loads of gourmet food and fresh produce!

9am to 2pm 15th March & 19th April - Easter Saturday! Emu Plains Reser ve Balnarring Racecourse, Coolart Rd w w w. e m u p l a i n s m a r ke t . c o m . a u

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PRODUCE DINING WINERIES THE NEW TANTI IS KICKING GOALS The recent upgrades to the Mornington on Tanti include two snazzy new kid’s playgrounds and a refreshed and refitted Sports Bar.

Worcestershire and Tabasco sauce, fresh herbs and a pinch of breadcrumbs. Fresh herbs are also to the fore in the calamari salad. The Asian style preparation combines Vietnamese and regular mint with coriander, a dash of chilli, bean shoots and a ginger-laced tamarind dressing that includes a lashing of Japanese yuzu. The calamari is coated in a spice mix that includes ground fennel and coriander seeds with Szechwan

pepper. “It’s got a bit of kick but it’s a beautiful flavour,” said Ahmed, who did his apprenticeship in Ghana and has plied his chef-craft worldwide since. “My training and background has emphasised the importance of using the freshest ingredients that you can and partnering foods to balance flavours.” The understated desserts are an exercise in creating something simple but supreme.

The dreamy vanilla panna cotta dessert is infused with peach juice and rosewater. The rich, moulded tower stands central in a symmetrically patterned circle of peach foam, surrounded by large dots of red berry syrup. The white chocolate parfait (pictured) is moulded around a frozen strawberry and sits on four strawberry slices bordered by five candied rose petals. The Mornington on Tanti Hotel is at 917 Nepean Hwy, Mornington. Ph 5975 2015.

The family bistro is also currently being refurbished and refitted. The menu has also enjoyed an upgrade, to rate the pub as a ‘foodie venue’. The Mornington on Tanti is all about creating a broad feel-good experience. Chef Ahmed Inusah has updated the menu to match, with an array of dishes that range from the ‘pub classic’ steaks, housemade parmas and seafood to some more adventurous offerings.

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

The American style barbecue ribs feature as favourites. The lamb Wellington is a new dish that adds a tasty twist to a classic combination. The wagyu burger features 6+ marbled beef, house-minced with added gherkins, onion,

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First Class Functions at Sensational Shoreham, We all know that Pier10 is the home of sparkling wines, icy cold beers and bocce, but did you realise this premium winery, restaurant and cellar door does functions like no one else on the peninsula? Event artistry is what you get when booking a special function at Pier10. Picture perfect skies, ever changing views over vineyards, and friendly service with fantastic food means your birthday or engagement party, wedding celebration or corporate event will be one in a million. Pier10’s superior estate wines set the tone. Owners Eric and Sue know their craft. Eric’s son Stuart Baker who operates the fully licenced restaurant always puts client’s needs first - while Chef Steve Davidson’s menus are specially designed to suit each individual’s taste. Tailor-made packages mean every guest leaves satisfied. Dine inside or out – the sprawling deck is perfect for celebrations of all ages and the

full bocce court is just waiting for the game to begin. Live music, personalised service (including event management) plus unparalleled ambience makes any event a success at Pier 10. The staff here works hard at making your special day easy so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the scenery - remember Stuart and his lovely wife were married at Pier10 so it must be good! Call 5989 8848 to get the ball rolling; Stuart and his team are at the ready to ensure your function is a sensational sure fire thing in magical Shoreham - where style is a state of mind. Pier 10 Restaurant, Winery and Cellar Door 10 Shoreham Road Shoreham, ph 5989 8848 by Liz Rogers


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Heritage 3058 in Balnarring A sweet spot to tie the knot Owner Gail Loverage has geared up the classic homestead for great garden weddings. To the rear of the leafy property, through a quaint iron gate, a lush ‘secret’ garden is set aside especially for wedding ceremonies. Fully fenced and very private. The garden features very large trees including a century-old banksia and an oak tree with a huge canopy. After the ceremony, guests can continue to sip, nibble and mingle in the garden while the newly married couple spend some time with the photographer. “When the bride and groom return, guests can assemble in the reception area and the bride and groom can be presented as husband and wife; it works really well,” said Gail. “At Heritage, we customise the presentation to suit any budget. We have menus which are a good guide but we have done weddings with catering ranging from sausage rolls to smoked salmon. Whether it’s a tight budget or very sophisticated, we can do it,” Gail said. “We really encourage couples to design their own day. Once the continuous-curtain is run around the deck, it transforms to a fairy-land. We love to see

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brides create their own centre-piece and add to decorations.” For a wedding that is more fun than fuss, call Gail on 5983 2597.

WEEKEND BREAKFASTS AT THE HERITAGE • Famous chef Jon Nicholls, formerly at Boyz for Breakie in Mornington, is cooking breakfast over the autumn weekends at Heritage. Jon’s exciting style includes preparing his superb Eggs Benedict. Other specialties include ‘smashed’ roast vegetables, cranberry muesli and poached fruits. Heritage Tavern and Restaurant is at 3059 Frankston-Flinders Road, Balnarring. Book for Heritage brekkie on 5983 2597.

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GRANDMAS PUDDINGS INTRODUCE VINTAGE EGGS! There’s nothing like when recipes get handed down from generation to generation and the women at Grandmas Puddings know that only too well, having great success with their home made Christmas puddings using a recipe which was handed on to them when they became the new owners of Grandma’s. With a reputation under their belt for one of the finest plum puddings around, the duo have now put their talents to a new venture for Easter – Vintage eggs “The candied egg of yesteryear” Many may remember when the hard candied egg was in the supermarkets as a popular alternative to the chocolate Easter egg. “This is a new line we are introducing this

year. My sisters mother in-law used to make the eggs for family and friends and they were sold from her home by word of mouth. They were very popular and she used the money she made from the sale of her eggs to pay for her daughter’s wedding which was over 50 years ago” says Glenyce. “I remember looking forward every year to receiving my candied egg and we were honored when this closely guarded recipe was handed down to us” Nadene says. “We are producing the eggs with the same quality, style and taste that made them so popular back then. Each egg is handmade, hand decorated and flavoured with natural flavours of mint, strawberry and lemon to name a few,” say the girls. “As the new owners of Grandmas puddings, we were aware of

how seasonal our puddings were and we look forward to sharing this new product.” Grandma’s Puddings can be contacted on 0487 352 060 or email

BON APPETITE FROM PROVINCIA Born in 1965 in the Brancatisano Brothers fruit shop, next to the Grand Hotel in Frankston, Vince Brancatisano could not have begun life with a more intimate link to fruit and veg. “By 1975, I was packing brushed potatoes in 5 kilo bags and carrying boxes of vegetables and fruit to costumers cars, those were the days!” said Vince. Vince was a student at St Francis Xavier College in Frankston, at the time. “My father and his family were there (in the region) for 30 years. Frankston was home. Since then I’ve been around food outlets all my life.” These days the first thing Vince thinks about, in the morning, is ‘get the shop set up’. “I’ve always been that way. Presentation is so important, it over-rides everything. If the produce is not presented well you will be off to a bad start.” said Vince. “The humble fruit shop is now gone, family traditions have moved on, it’s hard work and the industry has had a tough time moving forward.” “Today, you have to have a point of difference. For me it’s the finer quality products. Having the delicatessen and the grocery, the specialty coffee and the gelati too. All of that adds fun and spice and zest to the humble fruit shop,” Vince said. “We are far more specialised than the supermarkets.” “I work with artisan producers; people like me, who work with products and produce cheese and smallgoods. I buy from the small manufacturers. They are usually family businesses who put their own wealth of knowledge into a quality product.” “The prosciutto is such an amazing product it should be on everyone’s household table. And yet it can be hard to get at a supermarket. You might see a bit tucked away in a corner of a

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deli, just not good enough.” Vince stressed. At Provincia you will see 24 Parma/San Danielle prosciutto hanging and maturing for 12-24 months, preserving that sweet taste and aroma, as if you were buying from a little village delicatessen in Italy. “Look out for our signature prosciutto called Devodier. This prosciutto is produced by native Italian techniques, such as cave ripening six meters underground. Provincia Food Store is proud to be one of only a few selected delicatessens in Australia to stock this prosciutto.” “We stock A-grade, variety and quality cheeses and small goods. Both locally produced and from artisan Italian producers, for example please try our Australian made Felino and pure pork salami which compares to Italy’s best.” After your shopping experience, relax outside on the bench facing Safety Beach foreshore. Enjoy a café latte, gelati or indulge in the demanding homemade Italian style vanilla slice or ricotta filled cannelloni. There are lots of take away meal options. “Bon Appetite, but be quick for the slices!” says Vince. Provincia is at Shop 3/154 Marine Drive, Safety Beach. Phone 5981 4408. read online

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Licciardo in Libya With a hunger for adventure and a taste for the unknown, well known owner-chef at Mt Eliza’s Gallery Bar and Grill, Rob Licciardo found some thrills late last year on a tourist trip to Libya.

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

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An unsettled country since the demise of Colonel Gaddafi, with a population wary of conflict and weary of war. The remains of recently fought battles were often to be seen, punctuated among the ancient ruins that formed the backdrop for the Monty Python film Life of Brian. “You can’t get into Libya as a tourist, the few people that do get in pretend to be working for a group like a mining company,” said Rob recalling entry to the hot spot. “The only flight to Tripoli is from Rome, I saw people thieving from others who were asleep in seats at the airport, so it was a bit scary. But anyway a Muslim guy came up to me and said ‘Don’t worry, I’ll look after you, the people in Tripoli are great.’” “I got in, it was like being in a country that’s ‘barred up’. But you can buy ivory and tigers heads. I was the only tourist there. I wanted to experience the food and hopefully something that’s nowhere else. I had a look at the Muslim faith, which is not my faith, but you have to be very respectful or you’ll go down. You can get into trouble if you show no respect, especially with the tension in the region,” Rob said. “You have to have a guide, who chauffers you

around. Fuel is only $10 a fill-up because the country is oil-rich. When we got to the coast I had a swim there.” “It was civil war. You could hear the gunshots at night. They were driving around in pickups with machine guns mounted on the back. Since Gaddafi’s gone, there’s now tribal fighting on the outskirts but the law is holding in the town. In many ways it’s running like a normal country, but you can sense a lot of stress.” “I travelled with my guide for four days to Leptis Magna, There was bombed-out tanks on the side of the road. I got some photos but my guide cleared them when I was at his house. His wife cooked me a three course meal but I never saw her - I felt very privileged to have a meal with a Libyan family.” In North Africa, couscous is a big part of most diets and cooking in a tagine is normal and widespread. “There are no restaurants. But the home-cooking uses a lot of hot spices and fish and dried fruits including figs. The tastes are yin balanced with yang.”

phone 9787 2001 1408 nepean highway, mt. eliza catering room for functions, weddings, business, schools, can cater up to 150

This has influenced Rob’s taginesimmered dishes now available at Rob’s Gallery Bar & Grill at Manyung in Mt Eliza.

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YOUR OWN PERSONAL CHEF When Christine decided to organise a special dinner for her partners birthday, she wanted to do something different and decided to contact Roberto at Your Personal Maitre d. “I saw the advertisement in the magazine and wanted to have a dinner party. I thought this would be really novel but it actually turned out to be one of the best nights we have had and it wasn’t even expensive,” a delighted Christine said. “Roberto took care of everything from helping us choose the menu, to bringing music, his own beautiful plates and glassware and creating the perfect ambient setting which Italians are well known for.” Christine and her guests dined on salmon with pistachio and mango salad, rocket salads, antipasto and desserts to die for. “He served this amazing strawberries

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in balsamic vinegar with mascapone and home-made white chocolate icecream. It was unbelievable. The best thing was we didn’t have to move. He even bought his own dishwashing liquid to clean up. I think the kitchen might have been cleaner than when I do it,” she says with a laugh. It’s easy to have Your Personal Maitre d, when Roberto Biguzzi prepares an Italian feast in your own home. Born in Italy, Roberto grew up along the Adriatic coast and from an early age, fell in love with the magical vibe of restaurants. “I love the fresh shower perfume, the smoky dresses and the noise of the ice inside the shaker where bar tenders create fantastic cocktails,” says Roberto who then decided to make a living from his culinary pursuits. “After working in Italy, the UK and Australia, I decided there was a need for a personal chef and maitre d to come to your home and serve your

guests. I want to make a particular experience for people but you cannot do that in a restaurant. So this is the possibility for people to fully experience with their guests in their own house with yummy food and wine, and be treated like royalty.” Your Maitre D creates a beautiful dining experience at home where the host can enjoy the time with their guests. “I bring the restaurant experience to the house, take care of the music, set up the table, the atmosphere, food and wine, and create a menu for everything from dinner parties to an intimate dinner for two.” Your Maitre d is a unique Italian style food experience with inspirational regional cuisine, based on simple, beautiful ingredients. To find out about Your Personal Maitre d go to, check out the Facebook page, or phone Roberto on 0426 814 138.

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Back to Basics

When Pig & Whistle owners Robert and Analou Lawson took over the business in May 2013, they had grand visions to restore the iconic Mornington Peninsula property to its former glory. For the couple, this meant making some major changes such as renovating the onsite Bayview Estate Winery cellar door (now open and offering tastings and sales of Mornington Peninsula wines, beer, ciders and produce); landscaping the picturesque gardens and rejuvenating the menu. They were adamant to retain the fundamental ingredients that made the business unique. The eclectic collection of pub memorabilia remains; as does the famous range of international beers (they have over 25 beers on offer from 10 countries along with locally brewed beers and ciders); and the family friendly outdoor seating area. Along with free live music on Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons, the Pig & Whistle has just introduced Hospitality Industry

Nights on Mondays (with a complimentary drink on arrival); Kids Eat Free on Tuesdays & Wednesdays (one per each adult main meal sold) and Parma & Pot deals on Tradie Thursdays. After the success of their recent ‘Concert in the Vines’ in January there are also plans for more event based activities such as trivia nights, community fundraisers, Easter festivities and Christmas in July; along with a renewed focus on the Weddings/ Functions market. Another family friendly major concert is also scheduled for later in the year.

For information on upcoming gigs and events, visit The Pig & Whistle website or Facebook Page pigandwhistlemainridge The Pig & Whistle Tavern Open daily 12pm – 11pm 365 Purves Road, Main Ridge 03 5989 6130 Bayview Estate Winery Cellar Door 365 Purves Road, Main Ridge 03 5989 6130 Bayviewestatewinery@thepigandwhistle.


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New season menu at Boyz Find a fabulous new season menu at Boyz4Breakie, 1A Main Street, Mornington. This high energy cafe / restaurant is brimming with interesting choices. Always popular is their all day breakfast, but lunch and dinner are also fabulous. An ever changing wine list and eclectic juice options provide all customers with something they will adore. Go Boyz - more than just a favourite Breakie destination!

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Something exciting happened in Frankston last Spring when recently married couple, Mario and Stephanie Tavian opened Bel Sorriso and blew the local community away with their fine dining experience. The restaurant has taken its name from the translation of ‘beautiful smile’ as Stephanie believes customer service is equally as important as the product. With Mario’s experience as a chef for 25 years and Stephanie’s front of house experience, the duo make the perfect combination for this high quality restaurant. Mario’s menu is designed to taste the beautiful flavours of Italy, with Bel Sorriso offering three unique dining experiences - from the lounge, fine dining and exclusive upstairs private dining at Stefania’s. Stephanie and the professional, attentive and friendly Bel Sorriso team look forward to welcoming you and ensuring your dining experience is one with a smile. Mario revisits traditional Italian dishes with his creativity and innovation and offers a degustation menu that takes you on a culinary journey with matching wines. As in traditional Italian style, family is big with Mario and Stephanie often lucky enough to have other family members help during busy periods. They also enjoy using their own herbs and vegetables grown in family gardens. At Bel Sorriso, you really will receive the whole dining experience. Open six days for lunch and dinner (closed on Tuesdays), Bel Sorriso can be found at 343 Nepean Hwy, Frankston. Call 9770 0111 or visit

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Morning Glory FLOURISH CAFE South Frankston’s little hidden gem. We offer the widest selection of breaky foods on the Peninsula. Try our “Cereal Killer” or “Holy Guacamole” or maybe “Berry Good Pancakes” might suit. But if you have special dietary requirements, then you should try our “Being Vegetarian was a Missed Steak” All kidding aside, our quirky names, all thought up by our very creative chef, Brigid, promise to be more than your normal breaky menu. Flourish Café uses Genovese coffee, which will accompany your breakfast and tease your taste buds. Or maybe choose from our selection of Teas. If you are a late riser and lunch is more your thing, then choose from our large range of home made Quiches, Frittatas, Tarts, Pies and Soups in season. Our signature dishes are Pumpkin Goats Cheese Lasagna, Savory muffins and Salmon Roulade. For those with a sweet tooth, then Brigids Chocolate Beetroot Cake, homemade YoYo’s, Flourless Orange Cake, Baked Cheesecake and many more to tempt your taste buds.




It’s all happening in Mt Eliza with Three Wild Ducks now offering a delicious new Breakfast menu on weekends from 8am till 11.30am.

Start the day well with a delicious breakfast at Degani Bakery Café.

For the best breakfast this side of the bay you can’t go past the Blue Mini, a Rosebud favourite and the perfect starting point for your trip to the Mornington Peninsula.

Serving up a delectable array of new mouthwatering dishes, Three Wild Ducks is sure to impress and provide a relaxing start to your day.

The ideal place to catch up with friends over a coffee and croissant, or a scrumptious cooked breakfast, Degani Bakery Café offers delicious treats from their extensive menu.

With seating for 85 inside and 30 out, Three Wild Ducks has plenty of room for all to enjoy a superb breakfast from their extensive menu.

With a modern funky vibe, the cafe has plenty of seating inside or alfresco dining for those lovely summer days, and even more so since the extension and renovation was completed.

Whether you are after a small breakfast like muffin and coffee or a hot meal, you can choose from treats like smashed avocado, cherry tomato and goats cheese on gluten free bread to free range poached eggs on ciabatta.

Degani coffee is exceptional, roasted in Melbourne and talked about all over the peninsula. Tea lovers are not left behind though with Degani offering an extensive list of teas.

That’s not the only change with Three Wild Ducks offering a delicious new lunch and dinner menu, and all week lunch specials. For $30 enjoy two courses and a glass of wine, or the $20 special including flatbread pizza, chips and salad with a glass of wine.

Whether you are after something light or more substantial, the superb cuisine at Degani Bakery Cafe will impress. At Degani they have breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas covered from tempting pastries to meticulously prepared meals by one of Degani’s experienced chefs. As if that’s not enough, Degani Bakery Cafe is also fully licensed. Happy Hour 5-7pm Friday and Saturday $5 drinks – beer or wine.

Every Monday night we have PASTA Night eat in or takeaway, $16 or $20 with a glass of wine. First Friday of the Month Live Music and sit down dinner. Bookings required $35 includes 2-course dinner and glass of wine and entertainment. Hours: Mon to Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday reopen 5:30 – 9:30pm Pasta night Saturday 8am – 3pm Sunday 9am – 1pm 9787 8489 44 Norman Avenue, Frankston South

Celebrating the all important first meal of the day! Many delicious options are available, Mornington Peninsula Magazine brings you this selection from some favourite Peninsula restaurants and cafes!

Call 9787 0200 for further queries or to view their new menus visit:

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Three Wild Ducks is at 34 Mt Eliza Way, Mount Eliza

Degani Bakery Cafe is at Bentons Square Shopping Centre, Dunns Road, Mornington, open seven days a week - open until 5-30 pm Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and until 7-pm Friday and Saturday. Phone 5973 4102.

A retro style café, the Blue Mini serves scrumptious breakfasts all day, as well as coffee and a delicious lunch menu made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. For a hearty breakfast, choose from the popular range of dishes including Eggs How You Want Them, The Best Big Breakfast on the Peninsula, Cinnamon French Bread, and a Breakfast Bruschetta to name a few. For those who love the old-fashioned faves, step back in time with the Potato Fry Up – or as most would remember bubble and squeak, twice cooked seasoned potato chunks pan tossed with greens topped with a soft fried egg. And if that’s not enough, the Blue Mini also has a cool Emporium to shop to your hearts delight. Retro, upcycled, imaginative and clever you will find a distinctive range of unique giftware and market products at Blue Mini, as well as a carefully selected range of kitchen and culinary themed giftware to complement the menu and ambience of the Blue Mini Café.

The Revamped Blue Mini opens from late March at 2 Colchester Road, Rosebud. Phone 5982 1455.

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PARTY TIME AT KINGS CREEK anonymous It’s all happening on the Westernport side of the Peninsula with Kings Creek Hotel continuing to impress parents and kids alike with their awesome playground, games arcade and scrumptious menu. Awarded ‘Best Family Dining in the 2013 Australian Hotels Association State Awards for Excellence’, owners Michelle Giuffreda and Greg Aldersons, are still totally committed to provide the best family dining experience on the Peninsula. And this includes the kids who love the newly refurbished Tram Stop Playground and Wild West Arcade. Parents love it too, knowing there’s a safe place where the kids can play happily while they enjoy a quiet drink or meal with friends. But just try to keep the parents out of the games arcade, where the racing car, motorbike games and air hockey are often too much of a


temptation to just sit and watch! Proudly holding the record as the oldest indoor playground in the area, The Tram Stop Playground has turned out to be the best venue for kids’ birthday parties and the best value. At just $14.95 per head, your party guests will be entertained with games and prizes with a special party host, have a yummy kid’s meal and drink and end up with some free tokens to continue the fun in the Wild West Arcade.

out of old wooden doors and give a real rustic feel to the place. Kings Creek Hotel was also a finalist in the ‘Overall Hotel of the Year (country)’ and ‘Best Environmental Practice’, being the only hotel in Australia powered by a wind turbine.

Michelle and Greg have certainly breathed some life back into the old girl, with families from all across the Peninsula venturing to Kings Creek for what they know will be the best meal coupled with a delightful atmosphere.

The Kings Creek flavoursome chargrill is creating an exciting visual in the newly renovated kitchen, with tantalising aromas to tempt every tastebud.

The fully renovated main dining area has an intimate ambience with its soft leather backed booth seating, dim lighting and stunning cray baskets above the bar that have been made into light shades. Some of the tabletops have even been made

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The menu at Kings Creek Hotel is a sumptuous blend of old favourites like Chicken Kiev and Caesar Salad, to modern takes on the Thai Beef Salad, and Beef and Guinness Pie.

So, if you’re looking for a venue for a children’s party - or any other party for that matter – you need look no further than Kings Creek Hotel, located at 1989 Frankston Flinders Road, Hastings. Call 5979 2989 for bookings and to check availability

(03) 5974 2757 Well it was bound to happen, another trendy place popping open in Mt Martha. Ryan and his team have done a great job, the ideal place for brekky, brunch or just a coffee. Ryan has put in a retro fit with a fifties feel that also respects a beach feel. It is the perfect setting for the hustle and bustle of Mt Martha shoppers. The food is fantastic, coffee is hot and creamy and always comes with a smile. Ryan has some great ideas for the future and is trying very hard to create a wholefood following where he respects local produce bringing it to market and also showcasing it in his ‘milk bar’. Where’s the $2 worth of mixed lollies? SNIPPETS FROM OUR READERS


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HARBA ROCKS Autumn is upon us and as the colourful tones emerge and those temperatures ease, come and join Mornington’s mecca for all things cool and groovy. Harba Oyster Bar and Grill has got all tastes covered this March where entertainment, first class service and food blend to create a fun and always friendly vibe.


Lots more laughter is on its way to Harba in Mornington following a couple of sold-out Comedy Nights so far this year. On March 19, the epitome of excitement, Mr Elliot Goblet will headline a four cackle-prodder bill, upstairs in the Sunset Lounge. Also sharing the stage will be Mark Pengilly, Emily O’loughlin and Michael O’Connel. Dinner bookings are available and the humour starts at 7pm. Goblet has become a cult favourite since he launched his ultra-dry style as a Red Faces contestant on Hey Hey It’s Saturday. As autumn slips its colourful tones into our daily life, a seasonal menu update is now on offer at Harba. Dining highlights include black sesame seed and rice encrusted tuna partnered with wasabi-avocado mousse, kaffir lime leaf tom yum sauce, wilted greens and sticky rice. A subtly spicy delight. Harba Oyster bar and Grill is renowned for producing restaurant quality food that

Comedy Night 7.00pm, tickets $15 Headlining Act: Elliot Goblet truly satisfies. As March fades into autumn try their famous steak night on Tuesdays. Juicy and cooked to perfection – you will not be disappointed. For those who love fresh seafood…try Harba’s MAGIC seafood platter think fish, prawns, scallops and calamari. Rated best on the peninsula, it will definitely hit the spot. (This perfectly balanced platter for two also comes with a complimentary bottle of house wine - available all day Wednesday). The Sunset Lounge gets its groove when sweet songstress Sarah Gardner alternates with The Rock Dogs to provide some soulful live music on Sunday afternoons. The Sunset Lounge

has live music on Tuesday nights hosted by Matt Harrison and 100% Entertainment continues to sizzle. Budding musicians can enjoy some time at the microphone, entertaining a hip crowd who love to listen. Discounted bar snacks and light meals are available. The Sunset Lounge function room is available for private parties, special occasions and corporate events. Mix and match flexible packages and tailormade menu options make your event unique. Packages are available via the online form at or call Michelle on 0400 590 220. Harba….. Creating special times, for special people - they know how to make you feel good.

TUESDAYS Steak Night $23 Porterhouse $29 Wagyu

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PRODUCE DINING WINERIES CUTTING THE MUSTARD The first mustard emporium outside of Europe can now be found in our very own Mt Eliza…. The first La Maison Maille Shop opened its Southern Hemisphere doors to customers in January at Ritchies Mt Eliza and offers the world’s most exclusive mustard to its customers on the Mornington Peninsula.

Adrian said: “You wouldn’t cook a premium cut of beef and scrimp on the condiments. No matter the meal, from your first bite to your last, the mix of flavours combined with premium ingredients is the recipe for the perfect dining experience.” La Maison Maille will also be the exclusive location for Australians to experience the authentic French porcelain Maille mustard pump. Over 267 years in the making, the fresh ‘Maille Mustard with Chablis White Wine’ will be served in the traditional method directly from the pump into sandstone jars hand-made in France which will highlight the special characteristics of this mustard, including a richer, creamier consistency and nuances of spice.

The Australian La Maison Maille Shop, in Shop Boutique at Ritchies Mt Eliza joins a line-up of the world’s most famous food destinations including Paris, London and Dijon, and the media together with local celebrities were there to enjoy a cooking demonstration by quirky chef, Adrian Richardson. Adrian dazzled with his relaxed cooking display and fun antics as he created a beautiful ‘druncheon’ - what Adrian calls the time between lunch and dinner!

Adrian added: “Quite often, it’s actually the condiments that become the hero of the meal as they enhance and highlight each and every dish. Whether it’s a drizzle of three-year aged Balsamic over your bruschetta, or a blue cheese mustard to complement your beef fillet, the versatility of the product range available at La Maison Maille is astounding.

Combining a range of different mustards from the emporium, Adrian amazed with a veritable party of flavours and even used mustard in the dessert! The world’s most exclusive mustard - Maille Chablis White Wine and Black Truffle - only produced for a five month period each year - will be on offer within La Maison Maille.

“The heritage and quality of Maille products make this the ideal way to highlight any meal. The right sauce, mustard, vinegar or vinaigrette can propel your entrée, main course or dessert to a meal fit for royalty.”

Coming directly from the pump in Paris La Madelaine to Australia and retailing for $100 per 100ml, this special blend of elegant flavours includes wine sourced from Chablis, the renowned Burgundy wine region, and black truffles from the Drome region in France.

A complete mustard emporium and unlike anything else in Australia, La Maison Maille in Mt Eliza will be a destination for connoisseurs who will revel in the range of 22 mustards, vinegar and vinaigrette varieties. MELISSA HODGE



THE COOLSTORES 475 Moorooduc Highway Moorooduc Ph 03 5978 8970 Doppiozero is the new kid on the block or should I say out of town of Marisa and Claudio of Ciao Bella fame. These guys know how to do it, 5 years of wins at Balnarring they have decided to share the love further. Let me say this tops it, the venue is amazing, easy parking spacious, friendly and warm. Let’s not even talk about the menu as it’s to be expected, traditional and amazing. Pizzas to die for, pasta of the day with seasonal treats, wine from the peninsula to compliment and entrees and tasters that will get your mouth salivating beyond belief. Yes I am a sucker for Italian but these guys don’t just do Italian, they do GREAT Italian.


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DECOR HOME GARDEN When husband and wife team, Sarah and Kade Miller, took over Snooze Mornington three years ago, they had no idea the transformation that would take place, growing to a premium bedroom retailer on the peninsula. The young couple combined their experience in the industry to create the best bedroom specialist store, after Sarah worked for Freedom and Snooze for six years and Kade had worked in sleep labs after finishing his Biomedical Science degree. With a team of locals from Rye, Red Hill, Blind Bight, Mount Martha and Mornington the Snooze Mornington family bases its reputation on happy customers who ‘spread the word’.


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The experts in all things ‘sleeping’, the switched on team at Snooze are in no way snoozy, and 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, instore BedMATCH system takes the guesswork out of buying a bed.” In addition to BedMATCH, Kade also has a biomedical science degree and has worked in Sleep laboratories. “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 you’re 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. Snooze is located in the Peninsula Homemaker Centre on the corner of Bungower Road and Nepean Highway, Mornington. Ph. 5976 2411, www.snooze.

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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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*Free delivery for purchases over $1000 to anywhere on the Mornington Peninsula only available from Snooze Mornington. Deliveries are Thursday – Saturday. 15% saving applicable to the regular retail prices of all products for Auto Club members and 5% off discounted prices.

It’s amazing what a little snooze can do.

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Are you ready to move house . . . are you really ? There comes a stage in almost everyone’s life when it’s time to move house! This can be a daunting task, but there are some key issues worth remembering to make the job a whole lot easier. Firstly, don’t let the excitement of planning the new house take your focus away from presenting your existing house for sale .. until all the papers are signed! Your home needs to appeal to as many buyers as possible, and areas worth particular attention are kitchens, bathrooms and the master bedroom. This process need not cost a lot of money, but it will take some elbow grease and heavy duty cleaning products so rope in as much help as you can, and get serious. Before you start work, I suggest you ask the help of a straight-talking friend or an Interior Designer to give you an outsider’s view of your home, and ask them to state with absolute honesty where improvements are needed. Declutter: Try to secure storage space in a family garage (or allow some budget for selfstorage) and pack up everything that clutters up corners and walk-through areas. You’re going to have to pack it anyway, so get stuck in. By making spaces look bigger, buyers can see the house to its full potential. Clean: Clean like you’ve never cleaned before, including grout between tiles in the kitchen and bathroom, and make taps and

accessories sparkle. If required, new floor coverings and shower curtains will make a huge difference. Refresh & Revitalise: Where light, neutral tones already exist, your walls may only need a single coat of paint to freshen up. However, if bold personalised colours exist, then it’s important that these be toned down. Steam clean all carpets in good condition, otherwise replace with new ones in neutral tones, and rejuvenate furniture where you can, with varnish or paint. Maximise Bedrooms: Make sure that all rooms are used to their maximum potential. If a bedroom is currently being used as a study, return it to a bedroom. Studies are good selling points, but not if they replace a bedroom. Study nooks can often be found under stairs, or in unused walk-through areas. Update: Despite the age of your home, you may well be competing with new builds in your area which are contemporary and stylish, so bring your home up to a similar standard .. or it may stay on the market for a very long time. Depersonalise: Though not wanting to totally eradicating all signs of family life, by removing toys, excess photos, and all hobby paraphernalia, it allows buyers to imagine their own family in that home. Emphasize the difference: Stop and think what makes your home different from the

rest, and emphasize those unique qualities. It may help to remember what attracted you to the house in the first place. Lighting: Well lit houses can sell twice as fast and for a much better price because buyers love bright, airy rooms, so pull all blinds and curtains away from windows, and strategically place mirrors and glass coffee tables so that light bounces back into rooms. Staging: Stage your home where necessary, by replacing oversized furniture with smaller pieces (borrow or hire) and crisp new bed linen works wonders. Pets: Some buyers may not be pet lovers, so where possible, send your pets away on holiday during the selling campaign (or at least during viewings) and make sure their beds and other items cannot be seen .. or smelt !

panic, with any luck you won’t have to water them for long! Finally and most importantly ... do not take your eye off the ball. Hopefully after all this hard work, your home will sell quickly, but whilst the campaign is in full swing, it is vital that your home is presented at its absolute best for all viewings. Once it’s all over, the papers are signed, and you’ve sunk into the sofa with a congratulatory glass of bubbly, it will all have been worth it. Then you can start planning the next phase !! Sandra Whelehan Colour Magic Interior Design Mob: 0431517933

Titivate: Obviously, you won’t want to spend a lot of cash dressing your property for sale, but a small budget needs to be allowed at the end of the process for cushions, plants, flowers and candles. Fresh fruit in the kitchen and scented spray will leave buyers with good memories of a fresh, clean home. Curb Appeal: Do not forget the all important curb appeal, and make sure that all garden rubbish is removed, lawns are mowed, and pots with fresh plants are placed in view, preferably close to the front door. If you’re not a keen gardener, don’t

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The Edible Gardener

Well, what an interesting growing season we’ve had this year. As the heat continues to drain from the dry summer just passed, many of our warm season crops are still providing us with their bounty while other crops are continuing to ripen. Cucumbers, tomatoes, corn and eggplant have all performed well this season while late plantings of capsicums, watermelon and rockmelon and tomatoes are still getting there. The change in growing seasons and crops can be a little tricky for some. Do we remove crops now? When do we plant cool season crops? What about the soil? The rotation of crops, replanting and soil conditioning all depend on your available space. If you have only a small plot that is still full of ripening tomatoes it is difficult to replant or condition the soil for your next crops. If you are keen though to get some more plants in the ground, you might consider creating and preparing some more growing space now so that you can make the most of the warmth left in the season to give your new crops a head start. Then when your summer crops fade in a month or so they can be removed, composted, and you can condition the soil and plant out the next crop. Should you have more space and a number of garden beds, the change in seasons can be much smoother. As late crops continue to ripen and produce, spent crops can be composted and beds prepared for the next plantings. Whether you plant some early cool season crops, more salad and Asian greens or a green manure crop is always an option to let a bed rest for a few months. Either way it is important to look after your soil during each transition, and pay attention to rotating your crops to make use of soil nutrient levels. Where heavy feeders have potentially drained the soil, consider returning nutrients back to the beds with compost, composted manures or planting a cover crop. Also ensure that you replace degraded mulches to protect the soil and it’s beneficial critters.

A seamless transition through the seasons will provide you and your family with a constant supply of clean and fresh vegetables. It’s definitely worth planning towards.

Happy gardening. Drew Cooper Edible Gardens

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Darn it!

Sat 15th March, 1 – 2pm Do you have a favourite item of clothing that you can’t bear to part with but don’t have the skills to mend? Come along and learn how to mend your clothes and let them live another day! For beginners.

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Sat 15th March, 2.30 – 4pm Discover creative ways to up-cycle your clothes with two expert seamstresses. For those with some sewing experience.

Think Less Waste and More Food!

Food is a fact of life. From the fun of catching up with friends over a bite to eat to the everyday fundamentals of feeding the family, each mouthful is an opportunity to recharge our bodies with the nutrients and energy we need for good health. Yet food consumption presents a costly environmental challenge. A recent study found that 40 per cent (by weight) of the garbage sent to landfill by Mornington Peninsula households is food. Much of this wasted food was fruit and vegetable scraps, which could be composted and turned into food for the garden and some was uneaten leftovers or food that went off before it was used. There’s a financial cost to Council to dispose of this waste. At a household level, Victorian households estimate they spend more than $2,000 a year on food that ends up in garbage. The good news is Mornington Peninsula Shire has launched the Think Less Waste initiative to provide the community with tips and information to help cut landfill and get a better bite for our buck. If you’ve always wanted to find out how to compost, shop smarter, start a kitchen garden or even recycle a bit better, you can join the Think Less Waste Challenge. Tips to save food and money • Plan your meals wisely and write a shopping list to match.

If one recipe calls for egg whites, have a plan for the yolks, too. • S ome fresh produce, such as potatoes, pumpkins and citrus fruits, last longer than things like leafy salad greens. Shop more regularly or grow your own supply in the garden if you eat a lot of salads. • Store potatoes in a cool, dark and dry place to keep them from turning green. • Bananas emit large amounts of a gas that makes some fruits ripen faster. Storing them somewhere other than your fruit bowl will keep other fruit fresher longer • Refrigerate leftovers immediately. Tonight’s leftovers could be tomorrow’s lunch or dinner. • Make free food for the garden by composting fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags and eggshells. Keep a small bin in the kitchen like the one pictured to collect compostable items. For more hints and tips, or to join the Think Less Waste Challenge:



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WHAT MAKES BEDSHED THE BEST The team at Bedshed in Mornington are fussy about the quality, range and value of the beds, mattresses and bedding they offer.

What makes Bedshed the best? Better service, better displays, a bigger choice, more professional advice and the biggest range on the peninsula. More than $2m of stock including hundreds of beds, mattresses, furniture and accessories is on hand, with speedy

delivery readily available to Melbourne and the inner suburbs. Coupled with a same-day assembly and packaging removal service, for a minimal charge. Bedshed has the best technology from the biggest brands at true-value prices. From the supreme comfort of Tempur, the latest in body-conforming visco, to the broad range of Simmons Beautyrest do-not-disturb non-flip beds - a mattress that never needs turning. Bedshed’s range of Sleepmaker physio beds are endorsed by the Australian

Physiotherapy Association and are especially designed to aid correct spinal alignment. So much more than beds, Bedshed Mornington also features a fabulous range of colourful bedroom furniture and accessories, ready to make your sleep environment oh-so-stylish. Bedshed Mornington is located in the Homemaker Centre on the corner of Nepean Highway and Bungower Road, Mornington, phone 5973 6333.

TREE & GARDEN MAINTENANCE Icon Tree and Garden Service offers one off or regular maintenance of your lawn, garden, trees and hedges. They will mulch and recycle most of the garden and tree cuttings through a mulcher. This is a perfect service if you are looking to put your home on the market. Icon Tree and Garden Service will get your property ready for sale. They service the peninsula, the south east and bayside suburbs and offer very competitive prices. So for Tree removal, Hedge trimming, Garden maintenance, Lawn mowing and with a Mulching service Call 0407100315 or 1800 995 181

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I’ve always loved the art of tiling. From the Mediterranean to the Middle East, tiles and all their functionality and beauty have fascinated me to the point of distraction - they just ooze creativity, colour, pattern, texture and yes, style.

But tiles are not all this one stop innovation space is about.

Lifestiles Design Studio – (Tiles, Stone and Mosaics) in Torca Terrace Mornington do the same thing – distract you with a creative space where interior and exterior solutions for lovers of elegant design flourish. This tile and design studio has it all.

Tradition meets innovation at Lifestiles Design Studio Mornington by Liz Rogers

Ali and her partner Marcus bring a wealth of experience to the tile design table. They are not afraid to push creative boundaries while keeping a strong foothold in classical design principles. Both have created multiple award winning designs and are experts on external tiling, pool mosaics and stone. Even their most modestly priced tiles are highly durable and very well made – their just released Australian made Bath Ware range is streamlined aesthetics.

Lifestiles Design Studio is happy to guide you through the renovation or fit out process, They take the stress out of going the renovation/new build route alone and are experts in connecting builders, developers, architects and designers with clients to achieve cost and time saving solutions. Both domestic and commercial areas (think hospitals, schools and shopping centres) are meticulously managed at Lifestiles. Interior design and styling advice will ensure your own ‘creative space’ will be the best it can be. So, whether it be wall or floor tiles, pool or landscape design or perfect project management, the Lifestiles Design Studio has all the answers to your design questions Creatively speaking. Lifestiles Design Studio, Wall and Floor Tiles 4/5 Torca Terrace, Mornington 5976 3507

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