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Mornington Racing Club Servant Honoured Weather did not dampen the spirits of the former Mornington Racing Club Chairman and tennis great Mr Frank Sedgman, as he was immortalised with the Club announcing on Sportingbet Peninsula Cup Day that the owners’ and trainers’ facility would be named in his honour. Now known as the Frank Sedgman AM Owners and Trainers Corporate Enclosure in recognition of his long term service to the Club and in particular his dedication whilst he was Chairman over the years 2000-2003. Frank was a dominant player in world tennis in the late 1940s

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Racing became a part of Frank’s life long after his celebrated tennis career had ended – although he enjoyed the odd bet in his younger days. His long association with racing extends beyond his services as a Committeeman on the Mornington Racing Club Board having owned and raced several horses with local trainers. By far the best of all his horses was Hareeba. Frank can be often overheard recalling exciting times with fondness and is proud that his ace sprinter is recognised with the Hareeba Stakes run on Mornington Cup Day each year. Over the last six months with our increased circulation and frequency I have set about building a bigger team. Three of our most recent arrivals pictured (left to right) are Stephanie Wiebell, Julie Saville and Melissa Hodge. Each a seasoned professional, the girls come with many years of media experience behind them.

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It is almost as if Tania Zaetta has lived several lifetimes with the adventures she has had, the people she has met and the rich tapestry of places she has lived. For Tania it’s been a crazy ride that has evolved naturally over the years, and has now led to her next chapter here on the Mornington Peninsula with partner Chris Rogers, the love of her life, including an online business venture, teaching Barre Pilates and her own Celebrity Workshops and Retreats all among her various TV and media commitments, which include regular guest spots on Ch 7’s Sunrise Show. To understand the diverse career of Tania Zaetta one needs to look at the milestones achieved in her life, like paving the way for others to follow in a career path previously unavailable to foreigner women, Bollywood. Her television career started in 1996 when she hosted ‘Who Dares Wins’ alongside Mike Whitney, a gig that lasted several years. “’Who Dares Wins’ was one of the first tv shows out of Australia to be shown all around the world. It aired 11 times a day in 80 countries including India and Asia so it was kind of hard to avoid,” Tania says with a laugh. “Eventually Mike and I were invited to India to film a season. With the success of the show and us being highly recognisable the production company decided against taking me in as a safety precaution, instead sending the contestants to me in Vanuatu.” “I’ll never forget when Mike rang me from his hotel room and said ‘you have to hear this’. He held out the phone and all I

could hear was an Indian crowd chanting my name. It was an unbelievable experience,” she says. “Next trip they took me to India and the shows popularity meant I couldn’t leave my hotel room so I’d just watch television after filming which was all Bollywood. It was in the papers, the magazines, on the television, so after six weeks I was an expert at Bollywood.” Tania was living in the UK at the time and set her mind on becoming the ‘first foreigner to conquer Bollywood’, the world’s largest film industry. Before long and after months of research Tania’s next career move presented itself with a phone call from a Bollywood director asking if she would like to appear in a major film. “Of course everything with India happens very quickly and I had to be there within 24 hours. By the next day, I was dressed in a sequinned wedding sari in front of the Taj Mahal alongside Amitabh Bachchan, the greatest Bollywood actor of them all.” This led to Tania leaving the UK and moving to India to pursue her new passion. Living in India was fraught with challenges though for this Aussie outback raised country girl. “Twelve years ago no-one would rent me a house being a female and you couldn’t open a bank account as a single foreigner girl either. I’ve always been the type that once I had my mind set on something there’s no stopping me, so I made it work.” Tania went on to co-star in four Bollywood films back to back, working with the challenges of 44 degree heat and100 per cent humidity, language barriers, cultural differences and loving every moment. “I’ve always been very challenge driven rather than money driven and love doing things that haven’t been done before. It’s really gratifying and humbling to know that foreigners now entering Bollywood are described as the next me,” she says. “Ironically my second Bollywood film, ‘Salaam Namaste was shot entirely in Melbourne with the beach scenes shot in Rye, bizarrely across the road from where I now live!” This natural progression is a common theme for Tania, who explains she is now at the best stage of her life, living in Rye with the man of her dreams, travelling around the country for her Celebrity MC and Speaking roles, media work and TV commitments, all while creating a business from her passions. “Throughout all my TV and film travels I learnt to utilise hotel rooms to exercise and stay in shape. I’d combine my love for Pilates with a stretchy band and use anything I could find in the hotel rooms as props for a workout. So over the years I’ve devised my own workout that gets super fast results and can be done anywhere which now sells on my website as my ‘Home Tone-Up Pack’. “I believe things happen for a reason, a season or a lifetime. You never know what’s going to happen, who you’ll meet or where you’ll end up. Living here with Chris is the happiest and most settled I’ve ever felt and I finally feel I have a home, not just living in the four walls of numerous apartments around the world,” says Tania. “I’ve made some great friends on the peninsula and now even find the time to teach my Barre Pilates Classes regularly sharing all my favourite fast trimming and toning exercises that I use. Previously I’ve always traveled too

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much to commit to being in one place for any length of time.” Tania has started Barre Pilates classes in Rye, Rosebud and Mornington, and swears by this method as the fastest way to lengthen, strengthen, sculpt and tone your body for women. “A strong core and a strong body means a strong life, with these classes you get amazing results, everyone from young girls wanting to get fit, to gym junkies, to mums after having babies come along to my classes. It works for everyone and is very addictive. We’ve built up a great health and fitness community also with these classes with an online newsletter that goes out to everyone sharing my workout tips and recipes” she says. Using her qualifications as a Natural Beauty Therapist Tania also hosts Celebrity Workshops and Retreats for Women and Corporate Groups sharing her healthy eating tips, glowing skin tricks, fast toning exercises and motivational tools. ‘Tania’s Body Health Beauty Day Retreats’ are held at the Peninsula Hot Springs, the same location she met Chris, the man of her dreams and one of the managers there, on in impromptu ‘girls day’ with a friend one and a half years ago. As Tania says, “the surprises continue” but one might think it is a fortunate case of serendipity. Tania will feature in Mornington Peninsula Magazine’s next fashion shoot which will appear in our December edition. To find out more about Tania’s Barre Pilates Classes, ‘Home Tone Up Packs’ or Body Health Beauty Retreats, go to or Facebook Page/taniazaetta Tania’s Classes held at: Boathouse Gym Rye - Samsara Health Beauty Fitness Rosebud - Dance Division Mornington fresh every month


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Explore Red Hill & lush surrounds with Horseback Winery Tours Ever since Alisha Griffiths took over Horseback Winery Tours in 2011, the business has grown in leaps and bounds, and now with an exciting new equestrian centre due to open by Christmas, the improvements continue. The $5 million Equestrian Centre will raise the bar even higher for Australian trail ride destinations and world class facilities - a passion close to Alisha who has ridden since childhood. In February 2012, Alisha moved to her beautiful property in Main Ridge, where she’s building the world class facility. As well as a reception and mounting area for Horseback Winery Tours, the new centre will have an indoor arena and stables for training dressage horses, plus tie-up bays for winery tour horses. With its lush green hinterland, vineyards and olive groves, country restaurants and glorious sea views, the Mornington Peninsula is a magnificent destination for horseriding. With the finest

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Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and many other wines at welcoming cellar doors, it’s simply unbeatable for winery tours on horseback. Horseback Winery Tours is in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula’s food and wine region, taking you to famous neighbouring wineries, restaurants and attractions such as Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove, Tucks Ridge, Red Hill Estate, Mantons Creek, T’Gallant, Ten Minutes by Tractor, Maritime Estate, Green Olive at Red Hill and Noel’s Gallery Restaurant. If you’ve never ridden before, an accomplished Horseback Winery Tours guide and a gentle, welltrained horse will take care of you. If you’re an experienced rider, you’re in for a memorable day on a three or five hour ride. Come on your own, with your partner, family or friends and mount one of our 40 beautiful horses. Then let us relax and revive you in the fresh country air of Main Ridge and Red Hill. Reservations are essential, so book online now or call us on 5989 6119. fresh every month


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A miracle wedding will take place in Mornington on Valentines Day next year when Lonny Milham marries the love of his life, Caroline Naredo, surrounded by family and friends. But theirs is not a typical love story. The former jockey has been to hell and back, 10 years ago, at just 20 years of age he made headlines after a critical fall at Hanging Rock races. It was just after 4pm on Australia Day, 2003 when 20 year old Lonny came off Sky Message near the 500-metre mark in race six. The young jockey, who was in the final year of his apprenticeship, was flown to Alfred Hospital with severe head injuries. Doctors did not expect him to live. “I spent 12 months in hospital, five of which I was in a coma,” says Lonny, from his Mt Martha home. “When I woke up I had no memory at all.” Growing up in Sale surrounded by horses, it was a natural progression for young Lonny to become a jockey, but his first race started by chance. “I was 14 when I was asked to ride in a picnic race, and straight away I was hooked. I came third on my first ride and won the picnic cup on the day.” Lonny went on to ride 398 winners in four years, until that fateful Australia Day. “I have no memory at all of the race, even though I’ve seen the dvd. I didn’t even know who I was when I came out of the coma,” says Lonny, who relied on family, friends, and his own faith to get him through. “I know that mum was at the hospital straight away and so dad had to cook for himself that night,” he says with a laugh. For Lonny his sense of humour hasn’t been affected, neither has his romantic side, sweeping Caroline off her feet after he spotted her at Marshere Dance Studio in Mornington. “I loved her from the first time I saw her,” says Lonny. “I went to dance classes for my mental and physical fitness and

Caroline was teaching there. I was told that remembering the ballroom dancing steps helps with memory and co-ordination.” After that day, Caroline says Lonny just kept showing up at her mums cafe. “My parents owned a cafe in Main Street and Lonny started coming in every day of the week. We kept talking while I was making coffees. At first I didn’t know what a jockey was until he explained everything to me. After that I started feeling closer to him and then I fell in love,” says Caroline. “Our first kiss was on June 28th last year. I was at work that day and was just finishing up. I felt in my heart that he was the one and that God had placed him there for me.” Caroline is no stranger to hard times, at a young age being bullied at school so finding Lonny, she says was a miracle for both of them. Three months after their first kiss he proposed. “I was working at the cafe, standing at the coffee machine and he came in and said ‘Caroline I need to talk to you.’ In front of my parents and all my customers he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes straight away,” says 20 year old Caroline. “Mum and dad love Lonny like a son. They say having Lonny is like an angel in the family.” And as for Lonny, he says that life could not get better. “I have found someone that I would never want to live without, my angel, Caroline Naredo. This is the second chance that God has given me.” A venue for the wedding is yet to be decided but the couple have someone close to marry them, Father Brendan Dillon, the minister of racing, who was at Lonny’s side every day after his fall. “He blesses the Melbourne Cup every year and has so much respect from the jockeys,” says Lonny. “And he said ‘Lonny it would be an honour to marry you’.” For Lonny, the racing industry has been amazing since the accident, from people like Father Dillon to Des O’Keefe,

General Manager of the National Jockeys Trust, and of course fellow jockeys. “In a sport that is the most dangerous in the world, the racing industry would not be as safe if it wasn’t for my fall. Since that day, racing is being policed better. It is more watched by the stewards and there are more safeguards for jockeys safety,” says Lonny, for whom the racing community is still a big part of his life. “Caroline and I often go to racing events and this year Father Dillon invited me to do a reading at the Melbourne Cup mass.” On the day Lonny marries Caroline, he will be surrounded by his past and his future, with his best man, Des O’Keefe at his side, Father Dillon marrying the couple, and Caroline his bride in front of him. And as for the future, Lonny and Caroline hope to have a family one day but probably won’t encourage them to get into racing. “We are putting the past behind us and stepping into our new life together,” the couple said. BY MELISSA HODGE


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The magical world of Mark Gray

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Mark Gray is a patient man. He likes to watch the landscape unfold in all its natural splendour until the time (and light) is right. He thinks nothing of driving ten hours in one direction and then turning around to drive another ten to get the best shot (which he just did in Scotland). ‘Landscape Photography is like that, he says; ‘a game of waiting and watching, being there when the moment happens. It’s like you’re on the hunt’. Gray’s list of credentials is long and impressive. With over eighty international awards under his belt, this self-taught landscape photographer of limited edition photographs shoots with a medium format panoramic film camera. There is incredible detail within the vast expanse of his shots, and the work is big – sometimes over five metres wide. His flagship gallery in Mornington showcases his vast array of Fine Art Landscape Photography which has been exhibited from Torquay to Bright to New Zealand. It also offers retail merchandise (think framing, gift certificates, lens cloths, posters and wall calendars). And then there is the photographic experience. Mark Gray Gallery offers three and five day in the field photographic learning journeys for up to eight people. ‘We head out on the road in a mini bus (fully air conditioned of course!) Fine dining and luxury accommodation are a given’, says Mark. Take three days along the Great Ocean Road, Great Barrier Reef or the high country (around Bright in 2014), or a five day trip to the South Island of New Zealand or Tasmania.

‘We also hold one day courses in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth four times a year and monthly in Melbourne’, says Mark - busy times for a man who craves the silence of half an hour either side of sunrise or sunset. ‘That’s the magic hour’, he continues, when mother-nature reveals her truly dazzling self and Mark captures it for all to see. Mark Gray Gallery – open seven days a week 1/139 Main Street, Mornington, 5975 5558, Pictured: ‘Heaven’s Gate’ - Captured at Bridgewater Bay, Blairgowrie (Mornington peninsula)

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Shop Handmade this Christmas As Christmas is quickly sneaking up on us, it is time to start thinking about purchasing presents for your loved ones. We all want to purchase something special and unique for our family and friends, so why not think about shopping handmade this Christmas? Every Wednesday the Main Street Market stallholders line the street showcasing their lovingly crafted and grown products, and if you can’t find the perfect present why not speak to the stallholder to see if they can create a one off for you? At the market you can find fashion and accessories to wear during the festive season, gorgeous new toys for the kids, Christmas decorations for your home and of course lots of fresh produce to enjoy cooking with! So whether you are looking for an original gift for a friend, child or something for yourself, the Main Street Market is the place to find it. Make sure you come down to Main Street Mornington on Saturday 14th December, the Christmas Market will be operating from 9am – 2pm. The street will be filled with music, laughter and exciting new stallholders! From 6pm Mornington Park will come alive with the annual


Mornington Carols in the Park featuring local schools and performers as well as Jackie Sania from the Voice AU 2013!! Special Market Dates for your diary: Main Street Christmas Market will be held on Saturday 14th December 9am – 2pm Christmas Eve Tuesday 24th December & New Year’s Eve Tuesday 31st December from 9am - 2pm. Please note that the market will not be operating on Wednesday 25th December or Wednesday 1st January. You can keep up to date with new stallholders, competitions and other special news by following the market at For more information about the market or becoming a stallholder: // 5975 4522

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It’s glamorous camping MELISSA HODGE looks at the recent global trend that has caught fire, offering outdoor enthusiasts an upgrade on rest and recreation. It’s called glamping, a new word for a new kind of travel, defined as glamorous camping. When you’re glamping, there’s no tent to pitch, no sleeping bag to unroll, no fire to build. Whether in a tent, yurt, airstream, hut, villa or treehouse, glamping is a way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury. The word comes from a fusion of glamour and camping. It has now hit Australia with providers capitalizing on a jettisoning demand from travellers who want to experience the positive aspects of camping without the “uncomfortable” negatives. Glamping usually offers a high level of service that focuses on the complete comfort of the guests. The amenites found at glamping destinations far exceed anything recreational campers could experience.

Enjoy glamping in vintage Airstreams right next to the beach, or camp in comfort in gorgeous canvas bell tents that provide plenty of standing room and yet are super cosy, through Happy Glamper.

So who loves the idea of camping and enjoying the great outdoors but not the hassle and hard work that goes along with it?

“We’ve got Airstream Dreams that we hire out for promotions but this is the first time we’ve decided to offer them for holiday or weekend accommodation,” says Jessie. “Glamping has been in the UK for years and is just taking off here. We have two Airstreams to choose from as well as bell tents. We take all the hard work out of camping. We do all the work while our guests make the memories.”

If, like me, you want to have your cake and eat it too, then bring on glamping, a new trend that is taking off in Australia. People all over are loving glamping. There’s no need to pitch a tent, no sleeping bag to unroll, no fire to build. Here on the peninsula you can glamp in a tent, a yurt, an airstream, hut, villa or even a treehouse. Outdoor enthusiasts can experience nature and home-onthe-road without the hassle of finding camp space, setting up and suffering in cramped sleeping bags. The brainchild of Jessie Curtis-Griffiths, Happy Glamper is based in Rye and services the Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne. ( 12 The peninsula’s favourite funky SQUARE magazine

For the ultimate in glamping, why not try an Airstream vintage caravan, either the 1966 trade wind named Peggy Sue or the 1964 Bambi ii called Norma Jean. Decorated and decked out with cushions, beds, rugs, lanterns and even a bar fridge, the bell tents offer the most glam camping you can imagine. Contact Happy Glamper by phoning 0419 832 888 or fresh every month


GUARDING OUR PRECIOUS BAY If you live on the peninsula and love our bay and beaches, you will be delighted to know that Sea Shepherd has just opened a chapter in Rye. The guardians of the ocean, Sea Shepherd is about like-minded people getting together to find ways to protect our ocean and beaches. The Rye chapter was started by local guy, James Brown, who has always had a passion for marine life, and two years ago became a crew member on the Steve Irwin, being involved in Operation Kimberley Miinimbi, a successful campaign that stopped the building of a gas hub north of Broome, at James Price Point which has the worlds largest hump back whale nursery. It is also a culturally sensitive area to the Goolarabooloo people who are the traditional land owners. “Being Melbourne born, I have spent a lot of time on the bay. That stretch of water means a lot to me as well as mums ashes are scattered there,” says the Rye tattoo artist, James. “Sea Shepherd is a direct action marine conversation group, that works in conjunction with the United Nations charter for nature which means we can intervene in illegal operations. We are most famous for our Antarctic and southern ocean campaigns.” After only a few months, Sea Shepherd Rye has attracted a good number of crewmembers, with people from the peninsula wanting to raise awareness of the plight of our ocean life. “We have around 12 members now, from different backgrounds and age groups. We raise money and awareness at events and

markets all across the peninsula, and talk to the public at stands and sell merchandise,” says James. Although an international organization, Sea Shepherd Australia is also raising awareness of marine life in our own bay. “It is important that people who live here and holiday makers are aware of the marine life in our bay. We have many local issues particularly with jet skiers and seasonal craft users, and the many blunt strike injuries that occur particularly to juvenile dolphins.” Being a Sea Shepherd crewmember means raising awareness of marine issues as well as the working ships and their crew, who put their lives into danger every time they go on a campaign. Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd Australia uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd Australia works to ensure their survival for future generations. Locals all across the peninsula have embraced the Sea Shepherd Rye chapter, wanting to stand up and have a voice. John Moloney and his two daughters wanted to make a difference and now can by being crew members. “I have always been tied up with the sea, and was a passionate by-stander but now my

daughters and I are actively involved in raising awareness,” John says. Fellow crewmember, John Glennon agrees. The Rosebud man says “I am doing environmental studies and I love nature so it’s so good to do something to make a difference.” Look out for the Sea Shepherd 4WD that is always on the peninsula, and go to the website to become a crewmember and make a difference to our precious marine life. Sea Shepherd Rye are currently raising money for the Relentless campaign and will be holding a fundraiser on Sunday November 24 at Seaworks in Williamstown from 12 till 5pm. Guests include Bob Brown, ex leader of the Greens and Sea

Hammarstedt a Sea Shepherd captain and campaign veteran, Jess Hansen, Sea Shepherd director, and Phil Wollen, ex vice president of City Bank, a philanthropist, and founder of the Kindness Trust. Relentless is the tenth campaign in the southern ocean, of which more than 4500 whales have been saved, with the last campaign the most successful with 932 whales saved. Go to for further information or to sign up and watch out for the Sea Shepherd crew at local markets and events to find out how you can help. Pictured: Guardians of the Ocean right here in Rye: James Brown with fellow Sea Shepherd crew protecting our bay.

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‘FRESHMEAT’ AT ROLLER DERBY NOW INCLUDES MEN Rosebud Rebels Roller Derby, Mornington Peninsula’s only roller derby league, is proud to host Victoria’s first all men’s roller derby bout alongside a Rebels home game against Westside Glory. In what is the world’s fastest growing women’s sport, men are not being left behind in the action. Historically left to the role of Referee and Official, men are now finding a bigger place in roller derby as more leagues like Rosebud Rebels become co-ed and include men in their skater training. This means whilst maintaining a women’s team The Rebels aim to also have a co-ed team of skaters.

check out all the action, see their website for details and tickets. Rosebud Rebels Roller Derby League welcomes all looking for fun and fitness, no skating experience required, they will train you. Find out when their next ‘Freshmeat’ intake is on via Facebook or the website.

Rosebud Rebels League treasurer, Kylie Robertson, aka Violent Femme, says including men is a great move for the sport. “We see the inclusion of men in this often misunderstood sport as really positive and inevitable with the growth of the sport. Men have a lot to contribute to roller derby and we look forward to it,” she says. Come down to 15 Colchester Rd, Rosebud on November 23 to

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Fantastic fun for all the family, and for your pampered pets! There’s so many things to see and do including: Miniature Pony Show • Face Painting Competitions • Giveaways • Education Programs Microchipping • Reptile Display

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ANY PET, EVERY PET The Peninsula Pet Expo is back again at the Village Green, Rosebud on Sunday 24 November from 9am to 3pm. With a large number of exhibitors and many activities, the Expo appeals to all animal lovers. There is plenty to see and do even for the pets. Come along for tips, products and expert advice from the industry’s best. Visitors have the opportunity to speak with local vets, dog trainers, animal welfare groups, groomers and lots more. The expo is free to attend and a great family fun day out

with kids activities including natural horsemanship, cow milking and working dog demonstrations, reptile, birds, marsupials displays, and lure racing to name a few. Visitors can bring their pets along for a chance to win some great prizes. There’s a number of competitions to participate in on the day including Best dressed pet, Most looks like owner, Smallest pet, Largest pet, and of course Pet of the Year. The Peninsula Pet Expo Sunday 24 November, at Village Green Rosebud, 60 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud.

Pirates, Plunder and Bushrangers Bay This lucky country doesn’t know what it’s like to live in constant terror! But in other eras few large towns were built near the vulnerable coast for fear of murderous, ravaging, brutal pirates. Every old coastal town had its nest of armoury and fortifications ready to defend against marauding pirates and raiders. The forts of Port Phillip’s Point Nepean and Sydney’s North Head are fine Victorian era samples. Earlier, the Vikings were but one of a veritable horde who, through the ages have raped, pillaged and destroyed whenever driven by desperate or greedy circumstance! The Vikings pitilessly raided the English, Irish and Mediterranean coastlines in search of women and plunder.

In more recent times Sir Francis Drake, whilst allegedly serving Queen Elizabeth I, infamously sacked and looted Spanish towns in South America of their gold.

A colluding Queen, desperate for money, amply rewarded him. In the 19th and 20th Century Indonesia’s Malacca straits has supported untold Arab Dhows in search of plunder from merchant shipping

protective superpowers? But superpowers are deteriorating. Powerful weapons are available to ruthless crime syndicates. The people smugglers are cleverly learning if a nation lacks the resolve to protect its borders, then it is vulnerable to other Victoria’s ‘Bush Rangers Bay’, on Cape opportunistic attacks! Our navy, has Schanck, was for a time the haven become pathetic in its equipment of just such a nest of minor pirates. Where there is a vacuum of power and capabilities and resolve in recent years. Neglectful politicians have left a large tenacity on the part of governments proportion of our warships awaiting surely piracy will flourish? Beware the repair in slumbering dockyards. As coming new age of piracy! the awesome power of America In times of famine, drought and and it’s protective umbrella subsides, warfare, desperate people from ruined opportunities for well equipped piracy countries turn to piracy. I believe we suddenly become tempting. Are we are entering just such a time! The living in a fools paradise? Are we sea pirates of Somalia are only the travelling back to a terrifying past of beginning of a revival of powerfully world chaos? equipped and brutal men willing to risk Comment: By Peter Mungo Jupp all for large gains. Impossible you say in this era of fresh every month mornington PENINSULA MAGAZINE

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Two ways learning

Paintings, carvings and ceramics by some of Australia’s best Indigenous Artists will be featured in an exhibition at Woodleigh School, Langwarrin South: November 15-17. The exhibit; Little Bit Long Way, aims to raise funds for Aboriginal students and Elders to participate in Woodleigh School’s exchange program. For the past five years, this program has promoted two-way learning for Aboriginal students from Ampilatwatja, in the central eastern deserts of the NT, and Miwatj communities of north-east Arnhem Land. The mutual exchange enables both Aboriginal students and Woodleigh students to experience a different way of life. Unfortunately, recent NT government funding cuts are jeopardising the future of these exchanges. Without significant outside support, these life-changing opportunities cannot continue. 20% of all art sales and the total of all other monies raised from the exhibition will be spent directly on the travel and accommodation expenses of Aboriginal students travelling south to the Mornington Peninsula to participate in the exchange in 2013 and beyond.


A highlight of the exhibition will be the works from Miwatj and Ampilatwatja; the areas and people directly affected by Woodleigh School’s Indigenous program.

Rodney finished after Glenn who did not finish first. Tom had the least time and Craig ran slower than Mark, who had the second fastest time, but faster than Rodney and Glenn. Who finished third in the race?

a. Rodney c. Craig

b. Glenn d. Mark

Presented by the Mornington Peninsulabased art company McCulloch & McCulloch, the exhibition comprises more than 50 works from 20 leading arts centres of the Western, Central, Eastern deserts, Utopia, the APY Lands, the Canning Stock Route, the Kimberley, Queensland and Arnhem Land. Susan and Emily McCulloch will conduct a number of curators’ floor talks over the weekend which will further enhance an appreciation and understanding of the works displayed. The student-to-student relationships that have been established over the last 5 years, in all three communities, have proven profound and enduring. “We hope that with your patronage at the exhibition and ongoing support, this program can continue to flourish and make a tangible difference to the lives of Indigenous children.” Little Bit Long Way opens Friday 15 November at 7pm in the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Gallery @ Woodleigh School. 485 Golf Links Rd Langwarrin South. Entry is $20. Tickets can be purchased via http:// or at door.

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4 GENERATIONS OF SKELTON’S In her 88th year, Babe Skelton has seen her son Michael grow up, had four grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and now one of her brood is getting married at the Commandants House in Point Nepean National Park.

‘Mama’ as the children call her was born on the floor of a house in Mornington when her mother was visiting a friend one day.

When Blairgowrie couple Michael and Clare Skelton’s daughter, Bess ties the knot with Nicholas Smith on November 30th, there will be four generations present on the day sixth generation descendants of the original Sorrento pioneers, Edward and Harriet Skelton who sailed over on the Arab in 1839. Edward was the second mate on the cargo ship and Harriet was a passenger. Rumor says that they met on the dock in Australia. Three months after their arrival, the couple were married and moved to Point Nepean in 1841. More than a century and a half later, many of the Skelton clan still live on the peninsula, and will soon witness another milestone with the impending marriage late November in the same area where grandma Babe worked for 20 years. The youngest of nine children, Babe or


“My mum came from NSW and dad from Sorrento. Edward and Harriet were my grandparents and we lived down here most of the time,” says Babe, who still loves it when all the family get together. “We get together and there’s lots of laughter, good times and good friends. I spent a lot of time with the grandchildren, taking them to school and kindergarten, and to the beach and loved every minute of it.” With 100 guests attending, Bess and Nicholas will be married on Diamond Bay beach and then celebrate their nuptials with a reception at the Old Commandants residence at Point Nepean National Park. A fashion design student, 24-year-old Bess is making her own wedding gown as well as her five bridesmaids dresses, and currently works in Sorrento. The couple met when the Skeltons holidayed in Byron Bay. One of four children, Bess was 15 when they met and four years later they started going out. And Nicholas made quite an effort to organise the proposal, making two trips up

Mt Beerwah to set the scene. “I hiked up there, stashed champagne, fruit, cheese and crackers in a hiding place and then hiked back down. The next day, I took Bess up there. When we got to the top, I kneeled down on one knee and proposed. Bess couldn’t stop crying for a while so it took a while for her to answer but she eventually said yes,” says Nicholas. When the couple marry it will also mark

the first time all four generations have been together with the youngest of the Skeltons, 18 month old Zara Joe, and 2 and a half year old Saskia Rose the flower girl. And for matriarch, Babe, she is determined to be there for the marriage ceremony on the beach even if she has to have a wheel chair. The Skelton clan - L-R Clare, Nicholas, matriarch Babe, Bess and Michael. BY MELISSA HODGE

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To OUR traditional people fire is a friend Blairgowrie author and photographer, Peter McConchie, has so far lived an extraordinary life, from working as a fashion photographer in Europe in the early 90s to his true calling, working with Indigenous communities and celebrating their culture. His books are numerous and he has been photographing the Australian landscape and recording the stories of the Elders for 17 years, developing a deep spiritual connection to the people and the land. Peter has now released his seventh book, Fire and the Story of Burning Country, which was three years in the making and a response from Elders to the devastating Black Saturday fires in Victoria during the summer of 2009. “I have been working with Indigenous people around Australia for about 20 years. After

being a fashion photographer for 10 years in London, Milan and New York, I got tired of surface beauty and wanted to explore inner beauty. I found it in the Australian environment and the traditional people of Australia,” says Peter. “I have had a strong calling to care for the environment and indigenous people of Australia refer to earth as mother earth, father sky, grandmother moon and grandfather sun. Given that strong belief and connection, I had a yearning to learn more about this environment directly through the people of this land.” After going to live in north east Arnhem Land in a remote community, Peter was adopted as a son by the late and great Mandawuy Yunupingu, the lead singer of Yothu Yindi, who taught him a whole new language and culture. “I was given permission to photograph for a book, Yolngu Mali: Aboriginal Spirt, which was on traditional life in the top end,” says Peter who lived six months with the Yolngu people, capturing their ancient way of life through his lens. Now on his seventh book, Fire and the Story of Burning Country is a captivating publication from Cyclops Press that demonstrates the positive power of fire on the Australian landscape told by the Cape York Elders and their community leaders. This natural process of managing the land with fire sits in stark contrast to the widely held view that fire is destructive and to be feared. Dr Don Hankins, a specialist in fire ecology/ pyrogeography, Indigenous land management practices and conservation of Indigenous cultural practices writes in the book’s foreword: “This book offers a unique opportunity to see fire through the lens of accompanying Indigenous cultural practitioners as they restore fire to landscapes across Australia. The chapters offer a perspective and voice largely absent in existing literature about Indigenous fire; that is the Indigenous perspective and voice. These are the stories and experiences of Australia’s fire knowledge keepers.” Peter’s philosophy of celebrating the magnificence of the land and its people has led to many environmental and social campaigns, and the latest book is an indication of how we can learn so much about our environment from Indigenous people.

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BY MELISSA HODGE “Dr Tommy George contacted me for this book. He is a Taipan Clan Senior Elder who wanted to record the story of fire and that it is a friend and not to be feared. I believe strongly that we need to give back more than we take. Through this book we can stop wildfires through a technique called a cool burn, a self extinguishing low fire that the Elders know exactly what time of day or night to light,” says Peter, who understands the innate wisdom of these traditional custodians. “There are community leaders throughout the country who hold this knowledge, but the invitation must be through respect of their culture and their Elders.” Peter explains that the Indigenous Elders call it the sacred text of the land. “The way we read a book, they read the land,” he says. “With this kind of connection to the environment and culture, like caring for country with fire, not only are the people happy but the land is happy too.” A few years in the making, Fire and the Story of Burning Country was the culmination of work living with the community and fundraising events.

process,” says Peter. “Unfortunately we live in a society that is comfortably racist, and want to help from a western perspective rather than through respect and understanding. Communities are not asking for more money. They are asking for the money that is available to be used in a way to support strengthening their community and culture. There is funding available for an Indigenous person to become white, but no funding for Indigenous people to hold their culture.”

“The wonderful Dame Elizabeth Murdoch was one of my supporters through many projects and thoroughly enjoyed the knowledge and wisdom of the Elders herself,” says Peter, who continues campaigning for Indigenous and environmental rights. “At the moment I am managing a campaign called ‘Culture is Life’, which is about working with the Elders to end self harm and Indigenous suicide,” says Peter who has personally experienced the loss of Indigenous friends. “A lot of this self harm and suicide comes through loss of culture, through being caught between two worlds, black and white.” “A report I have just finished with the Elders finds that through educating young indigenous people culturally and giving them a foundation so they know who they are and where they come from is how you stop self harm and suicide, however the government is sending in counsellors who don’t speak the language, don’t understand the culture and then rotated out of the community three months later and another person comes in. This is not helping, and the Elders need to help in the healing

Fire and the Story of Burning Country is available in all good bookstores and you can purchase a signed copy through www.burningcountry. Mornington Peninsula Magazine is giving away 5 copies to readers with the best answer this question - “Why is burning country in a traditional manner good for the environment?” Email your answer to To find out more about Culture is Life go to

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Information night gets tongues wagging at Raw Raw Travel brings back the good old fashioned approach to making travel plans. In an age of digital technology and often impersonal service, owner Dave Reynolds believes that accurate and expert advice is the best way to research your travel, and how do you get that?, by meeting people face to face. Dave talks; ‘We are hosting a series of information nights in November at Raw Sugar’ (opposite Raw Travel’s new office in Main Street Mornington). ‘We thought it was pretty funny there was a cafe opposite us with name Raw in it, but we saw it as the perfect opportunity to bring our information nights to Main Street’, he continues. First cab off the rank in November you’ll be transported to the world’s greatest historical trail the Camino De Santiago in Spain. This trekking tour covers the rich legacy and history, culture and food of the region. Tapas and wine is mandatory. Then it’s off to Mont Blanc. One

of Europe’s best mountain walks covering France, Italy and Switzerland, Dave will highlight the glorious alpine scenery while taking you up the ridges and down the valleys of this pristine area; and then finally to Cinque Terre in Italy, where you’ll follow the trails running above the coast that lead you from village to village in North Western Italy. Ciao Bella. With a focus on treading softly on the earth, the RAW team create travel adventures where you enter the world you are visiting and make real connections with those living in it.

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Comet Ison! Will it hit the sun? Comets are the Solar Systems’ most potentially destructive electro-magnetic force! But until recently cosmologists thought of them as harmless dusty snowballs. NASA’s SOLO satellites are showing how dramatically wrong they were. I predict newcomer Comet ISON will further demonstrate the awesome power of comets. Ancient Roman authors such as Seneca and Pliny feared comets as agents of doom! Drought, plague, floods, earthquakes and war were closely linked to their appearance. The Anglo-Saxon chronicles repeatedly connect comets to catastrophic times. Were they right? The modern scientific era led by Sir Isaac Newton saw Comets merely as playthings of elliptical orbiting bodies

controlled by gravity. In fact his comet of 1680 AD mimics comet ISON and could well be a return of the same suspect. But two dramatic scenarios of modern times have made scientists realize how destructive and chaotic comets can be! The first event was comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 which, in 1994, split into 23 sections and electrically discharged and cratered the giant planet Jupiter. Each crater was the size of Earth. Totally unexpected. NASA has now recorded comets actually hitting the Sun. On impact, giant electromagnetic Coronal mass ejections (CME’s) were released on the opposite side. Each CME was the size of the Sun. How could such a small rocky object cause such a massively destructive explosion? We now know why! Comets are immensely powerful electrically charged rocks closely resembling asteroids. Their negative charge is opposite to the Sun’s electrically positive charge. As Comet ISON approaches the Sun the electrical tension within the comets jets (similar to an arc welder) reach boiling point and it projects a plasma tail millions of miles long. Then one of three things can happen. It can fragment explosively and disappear. It can pass harmlessly by or finally it can discharge into the Sun and produce a CME. If this CME is pointed to the Earth the electronic interference to the Earth’s magnetosphere is immense. Just how immense Comet ISON may just demonstrate? Maybe the ancients knew more than Sir Isaac Newton? Stay posted for the aftermath! Peter Mungo Jupp

Note: Comet ISON was discovered last year as a tiny, distant speck and has raised a lot of hopes among skywatchers. It’s on track to swing very close around the Sun on November 29, 2013. From Earth it will be about one degree from the Sun. It may then be bright enough to be seen in the daytime. It will probably be worth trying to look in the vicinity of the Sun a day or two before closest approach and for a few days after. It is always dangerous to look directly at the Sun. Do not use telescopes or binoculars, just your unaided eyes and block the Sun with a post or other convenient object. In the week or two before closest approach to the Sun or perihelion, the comet will be visible low in the east before sunrise. It should be getting brighter, but also closer to the horizon each morning. If the comet grows a visible tail, it should be pointing upwards, away from the rising Sun. For those of us in the southern hemisphere the best chance to see Comet ISON will be from mid to late November 2013 in the mornings before sunrise and in the daytime about the date of perihelion on 29 November 2013. Take extreme care when looking in the direction of the Sun.

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Giant Wombats and Electrical Fossilization Extinct Giant Marsupials would be found on the Mornington Peninsula was a prediction I made two years ago in “Mornington Life”! (now Mornington Peninsula Magazine)

Recently an elephant sized Wombat (Diprotodon) was discovered by an amateur off Diamond Bay Road beach, Sorrento. It was concretised in a limestone bridge tunnel. But why was I so certain? Along the entire Victorian coastline from Inverloch (Dinosaur beach) through to South Australia (Naracoorte limestone caves) is evidence of a vast extinction! From remnants of shellfish, trees and mega fauna there is evidence of electrical petrification on a vast scale (life forms transmuting to rock). As close by as Lancefield, massive graves of these very animals, from giant Kangaroos to huge Wombats abound. They inevitably occur in tangled heaps of destruction. In other continents, from the U.S. to Russia, similar mass mega fauna destruction occur. The Sorrento Diprotodon will not be an isolated example as the abundance of electrically formed plant fulgurites along the cliff testifies! In addition layers of fossilized shells, thirty metres above the shoreline, point to a parallel Mega Tsunami. This is evidence of a vast electrical Plasma discharge striking the entire area. The cause? Comet,

Coronal mass ejection ( CME) ? We are not sure! I predict thousands more Mega Fauna will be unearthed in Victoria’s limestone. In other continents they are generally found in spherical shaped sinkholes either fossilised or petrified. For instance the mammoth site in Hot Springs, South Dakota U.S. where Palaeontologist Dr. Larry Agenbroad showed me species from Mammoths to giant Short Faced Bear. We should at this stage by checking for radioactive markers as further evidence to a calamitous cosmic event. Berkeley nuclear physicist, Rick Firestone, found such radioactive markers as Iridium surrounding extinct Mammoths. Could our giant Wombats be the same? Importantly aboriginal mythology supports a recent catastrophic event. I will leave you with this thought provoking aboriginal legend from 1870! “Long ago a great tidal wave came to Leywhollot (Portland), but as the beach there was too low to restrain it, it rolled on through the Nine-mile forest, devastating the country, and destroying all animal life. Banbangil (Mount Vandyke) rose from the plain in one night. There were great wild beasts in the country then that the black fellows dared not encounter. When Mount Gambier begins to burn, and the earth to shake, the tidal wave will come again.” Peter Mungo Jupp,

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With a strong family emphasis, the team consists of Simon, Nicolas (pictured) and Vanessa Kennedy and others, all who are there to help.

Owner Simon Kennedy wanted to offer that wonderful Bali relaxing style that the master craftsmen and women of Bali produce with natural flair. “I have always admired the craftsmanship of Balinese furniture as well as the spiritual feel that is part of the Balinese culture,” he said. An extensive range of online items include Water Hyacinth tables and chairs, cabinet’s, casual tea/ coffee settings or you can visit the showroom to see the incredible carvings,stone and wood, glass, marble and even fossilised and petrified wood that has been hand-crafted to give it

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STK Imports also stock superb paintings, metal figurines and their great range is available on the website.

To add to your options, Bullfrogs Bali STK Imports also has a warehouse just around the corner at 2/17 Fuji Crescent, stocked full of items. They also fit out commercial properties. “We are perfect for businesses who want to fit out their reception areas for instance and also people wanting to make their homes more beautiful,” says Simon. ”We have items like nothing anyone has ever seen before.” The showroom at Factory 3/1 Watt Road, Mornington is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am till 4pm. Phone 0413 508 165. The warehouse is at Factory 2/17 Fuji Crescent, Mornington.


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BALNARRING TRAVEL AND CRUISE What better way to discover France than with a Burgundy Wine Cruise, and Balnarring Travel and Cruise are offering this 11 day adventure which will sail in July 2014.

Escorted by peninsula locals, Stephen and Christine Robin, the sojourn begins with three nights in the city of lights itself, with time to explore all Paris has to offer, from museums to market, restaurants to cafes. Your barge moored in Tanlay will be waiting for you with a full crew offering champagne and canapes, a cest manifique start to your cruise. Indulge in French cuisine and wonderful wines aboard the cruise that takes you through Champagne producing regions, chardonnay vineyards, vegetable and cheese markets, and quaint villages. Visit a small family wine producer in Nuits St George, and taste some world renowned pinot noirs form villages including Gevrey-Chambertin and Vosne-Romanee. Saunter through the woodlands and rolling fields, past tiny canal side villages of Nogent, Courcells and Les Granges, and then enjoy your final night on board with a Captain’s farewell dinner. Balnarring Travel and Cruise present this food and wine cruise for six couples who wish to immerse themselves in the French way of life, its cuisine, wine and countryside. To book or for further details contact Jacqui Jurovic on 5983 1998 or email Balnarring Travel and Cruise is at Shop 4, Village Centre, Frankston Flinders Road, Balnarring.

It’s Barefoot Bowling season All over the peninsula when the sun starts shining, there’s a new breed of people at bowls clubs trying barefoot bowling.

Dromana Bowls Club Executive Director, Jeff Flather, says it’s not as easy as it looks but it is a lot of fun.

November is the usual kick off for the barefoot bowling season, a trend that has been around for about a decade.

“We started doing it about eight or nine years ago, the idea originated in north Queensland trying to get people interested in lawn bowls without having to buy special shoes,” says Jeff. “We don’t mind the idea of slopping around in thongs and bare feet as long as its not on a regular basis. And now we have synthetic greens we don’t mind who get on the greens as long as there’s no sharp heels.”

With daylight savings in full swing, people of all ages are ripping off their shoes and trying their hand at this bowling craze, previously exclusive to the more mature crowd. At Dromana Bowls Club, members of the general public are invited to try lawn bowling throughout the daylight saving period, in a friendly, relaxed environment.

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All sorts of people love barefoot bowling, from the young ones to corporate groups. “You don’t necessarily get them to continue and become members, and about 70 per cent of the people who play are under 30. We loan them some bowls and off they go.” Jeff says that children are welcome and the club even has small indoor bowls for them to use. “The little kids can also use tennis balls and families are welcome,” he says. “We always have a barbecue going on a Friday night as well so its a good night for the family.” But don’t be fooled. Its not just a matter of tossing a ball as Jeff explains. “The idea of the game is to get as many bowls closest to the kitty or jack, and some people are more natural at it than others. The problem is that lawn bowls have a bias. They don’t roll in a straight line and will always turn in one direction. That’s the art of it all in bowling, knowing it will always turn on a curve.” At Dromana Bowls Club, barefoot bowls started on Friday November 1st, kicking off at 5pm. Book for special occasions or Christmas functions. Dromana Bowls Club is at 1 Stawell Street, Dromana.

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Love knows no boundaries Amy and Paul Cimino are just an ordinary young family. Mum, Dad and baby Nate – work (Amy owns and runs Mornington’s Huckleberry Market) and home loan commitments. Stock standard, right, ?, except one thing – an extraordinary set of circumstances that took this couple through the highest of highs and the darkest of lows. Let’s start at the beginning. Happy times in 2010 when Amy and Paul were told they were expecting their first child. Their joy was short lived. Due to complications from Amy’s Type 1 diabetes, kidney failure, anaemia and high blood pressure, the couple lost their beautiful baby boy Jett twenty days after he was born at just 26 weeks. ‘He just couldn’t survive’, says Amy. ‘You never get over losing your child’, she goes on. ‘Having Nate was the best thing we could do. I was desperate for that mummy fix’. But baby Nate didn’t make his entrance in the usual sort of way. ‘I was told I couldn’t have any more children after losing Jett and the only options would be adoption or surrogacy’, says Amy, so after receiving their bereavement payment, the

in stone. There are two types. Traditional surrogacy where the surrogate mother is artificially inseminated with the father’s sperm, or gestational surrogacy where both the egg and the sperm from the biological parents are used to create an embryo via IVF which is then transferred into the surrogate mother.

couple went to Kuala Lumpur to recharge and reconnect as a family grieving. When they returned, Amy joined Surrogacy Australia on Facebook and the die was cast. Surrogacy only became legal in Australia in 2010 (Amy and Paul were the first on the peninsula) and still causes a stir in certain pockets of society where tradition is set

‘We wanted to go ahead with gestational surrogacy, but how do you find someone to take that journey for (and with) you?’ says Amy. Enter Tenielle, the sister-in-law of Paul’s best friend, who at Jett’s funeral had turned to her husband and said ‘if they ever want to have another baby, I’ll be their surrogate’. Amy and Paul were blown away when she offered to help (Amy’s sister Marinka will be their next surrogate). And so began the visits to psychologists, councillors, independent lawyers and review panels. Police and background checks were checked and then checked again! ‘There are strict guidelines and it’s expensive’, says Amy, but after all the paper work was completed, Tenielle became pregnant on the first attempt and enjoyed a straightforward pregnancy. The birth wasn’t so simple. ‘Nate

had a rocky start. He was born at 35 weeks and there were some complications. There was a time I thought oh no, not again, but he came through and look at him now’. ‘I know it was hard for Tenielle letting Nate go’, she continues, (even though she has two children with husband Joseph). ‘It was also hard for me not carrying a child while watching Tenielle’s belly grow, but she has given us the gift of life’. And that, primarily, is what surrogacy is - a gift of life, and as anyone who has ever lost a child will tell you, nothing could compare to that. by Liz Rogers

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DEVILBEND GOLF CLUB Set amid a 140 acre flora and fauna reserve, Devilbend Golf Club continues to provide a great days golf on a course that has couch fairways, automatic watering system and excellent greens. Celebrating its 40th birthday this year, the Devilbend Golf Club invites new members to come and enjoy the great outdoors, with regular competitions and the promise of a wonderful days golfing. Already its current 450 members enjoy the 18 hole golf course with magnificent views and undulating countryside,

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providing a variety of challenges for golfers of all levels. A warm and welcoming atmosphere awaits with the club renowned for its friendly people, great course and incredible setting. Open every day from dawn till dusk, you can take part in one of the regular men’s or ladies competitions or just enjoy a friendly game of golf among other enthusiasts. For added convenience, Devilbend has recently introduced an online booking system. Go online to book into a competition or just book a public game of golf. When you become a member enjoy full access to all the

facilities, with the pro shop, bistro upstairs and of course the magnificent course. A great way to meet new people, enjoy the outdoors, Devilbend Golf Club welcome any new members. During daylight savings, come and enjoy a game of twilight golf on Friday nights. Golf Pro Jason is always on hand to offer advice or for a refresher course book into one of the regular Devilbend golf lessons. Devilbend Golf Club is at Loders Road, Moorooduc. Phone 5978 8470. For all other information go to

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UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE (U3A) MORNINGTON Come along to the University of the Third Age Mornington on Thursday November 28th where the choir will be holding its annual recital at 2pm at the Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Road, Mornington. The U3A movement began in France in 1972 and is now a world-wide organisation. The first U3A in Australia was established in Melbourne in 1984.

IDW Design grew from a passion for quality and aesthetics. After many projects and much frustration Martin Placek decided the best way to proceed was to be exclusive Australian agents for the highly regarded Italian brands Scic and Misura Emme.

Martin explains “Our integrated design services combined with manufacturing and installation processes provide you with seamless proficiency where we work with yourself, your builder or your architect.

The company’s mission was to elevate the quality of interior residential environments by providing an aesthetically sophisticated and functionally integrated approach to storage systems, starting with the kitchen, wardrobe and extending through the home.

We have an 800m2 state of the art showroom in West Melbourne. This facilitates a range of European and Australian crafted kitchens, wardrobes and bathroom furniture. Perfect for inspirational ideas where you can view all aspects of sophisticated design ideas.

IDW design has evolved to deliver a highly refined solution specializing in European style kitchen and wardrobe systems – combining the best of Australian craftsmanship with the aesthetic and engineering sophistication of the top European Kitchens, wardrobes and furniture.


Book an appointment with one of our designers for advice on the latest European trends and support with your future project.” Check out the Web page www.idwdesign. com, 420 Dynon Road, West Melbourne Ph Martin Placek 0419 926 232 Ph Anthony Chau 0430 034 255

U3A Mornington, which began in 1990, has grown into a vibrant organisation with over 1000 members and around 160 courses, which include art and craft, computers, literature, languages, leisure activities, exercise, and music and Drama. Each of these categories has several varied courses within that category. U3A Course List for 2014 is now released, and enrolment days will be held at the Currawong Community Centre on Wednesday 4th December (9am-3pm) and Thursday 5th December (9am to 12 midday). Further information and/or a copy of our 2014 Course Booklet can be obtained by going to the website at or phone 5975 9773. If you would like to find out more about the U3A, or book tickets for the recital, visit the office at Currawong Community Centre, Currawong Street, Mornington between10am – 2pm Monday to Friday.

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A Creative Peninsula ARTS & CULTURE STRATEGY

fostering creativity, sense of place and cultural vitality

The Mornington Peninsula has always enjoyed the profile of a rich arts and cultural destination. From the 19th & early 20th Century, impressionist artists Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Condor and Penleigh Boyd captured the peninsula in paint (visit the Sorrento Portsea artists trail) with many others following in their footsteps making this their home as well as the coastal and hinterland landscapes their muse. The Peninsula today continues to charm a diversity of creative people; artisans, art historians, writers, publishers, actors, producers and musicians calling the peninsula home. There are long established craft markets, annual school fairs and art shows, growing open studio trails of painters, photographers, printmakers, studio potters, textile, glass and resin artists and sculptors which in turn attracts ‘cultural tourists’.

The only ‘imports’ are those new resident creative and cultural industries; art spaces of both young, emerging and established artists and designers adding a new dimension of media, colour and spectacle to the cultural landscape. Each bringing a renewed appreciation for locally produced handmade and original contemporary craft and artworks. Apart from the exorbitant costs to break into the commercial rental zones they are slightly hidden away, making us search

peninsula’s creative communities sustain the enduring reputation and vitality. Places on the must visit list are: In Mornington Commonfolk Café, 16 Progress Street, incorporating glass, resin and silver jewellery studios, through the courtyard to the rear is Snake Hole Gallery. The first Commonfolk Makers Market is on November 16 and Artspace 8 at the bottom of Yuilles Road, not necessarily open to the public but google Creative Spaces Melbourne and you will find it listed, further down the coast Paradise Contemporary gallery and artspace has opened on the highway in Rye. Across the hinterland there is Art Haven in Red Hill and of to discover them, for this is the allure, course a must visit is ‘Christmas at the but like words upon a grapevine, new Studio’ in Merricks North, running for generations of emerging and established over 20 years, studio glass artist Leisa artisans are taking their place, no longer Warrington, painter Julie Niekamp and just a haven for the infamous artisan or jeweller Flick Pope invite some of the the retiree Sunday painter. best makers from across the peninsula to their ‘open studio’ weekend and its Interesting partnerships and ‘pop up’ quite the adventure to find them. concepts; between cafes, studios and warehouse art spaces, enticing us to From Nov 2 – 29 Mount Martha share in a renewed vitality of serious Watercolour artists Tammy Warner makers and designers. I recommend is exhibiting at the Mornington the vicarious pleasure in exploring one Library Foyer Exhibition Space and of these sites of the handmade, for the for more what’s on visit http:// keepsakes to be found and purchased or the arts info for Christmas gift giving support our wall in Mornington Library. local creatives to maintain a viable - Andrea Ebsworth, Cultural Planner, place in the fickle world of retail. The Mornington Peninsula Shire. joys are longer lasting and ensure the

Plans for positive ageing Community comment is invited on Mornington Peninsula Shire’s draft Positive Ageing Strategy currently on public exhibition.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, Councillor Lynn Bowden said the draft strategy proposes a ‘whole of council’ and ‘whole of community’ approach to support older people on the Mornington Peninsula. “In 2001, Mornington Peninsula Shire was one of the first councils in Victoria to develop a strategy, The Elder Citizens Strategy, to help plan its service provision for older people in the community and we’re pleased to present this updated strategy to continue to create a community ‘for all ages’, promoting optimal health and wellbeing,” she said. The draft strategy has been prepared by the Shire with extensive consultation from the community, local agencies and the Peninsula Advisory Committee for Elders (PACE). PACE has played an essential role throughout the planning and consultation for the draft strategy by providing direct feedback and assisting to inform and gather information from the local community. Mr Don Reeves, Chair of PACE, said the Mornington

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Peninsula has the second-highest older population in the state, with 29% of our community aged more than 60. “This group is expected to increase significantly by 2030, and this strategy aims to ensure that the health, participation and security of older people within the community is enhanced. “We encourage all older people on the Mornington Peninsula and their families to review and have their say on the draft Positive Ageing Strategy,” Mr Reeves said.  The draft strategy builds on the 2001 Elder Citizen’s Strategy and takes into account community input as well as the latest research into current government policy and international best practice, and proposed actions will be implemented throughout the plan’s five-year period with input from the community through annual community summits. A copy of the draft strategy is available to download from the Shire’s website under ‘Your Say’, and available to view at all Shire offices and libraries. Public comments close on: 22 November 2013 For more information please contact the Shire’s Aged and Disability Services team on: 5950 1617 or by emailing: fresh every month


TALES OF CHRISTMAS TREASURES This year Christmas is even more special for the Mornington Peninsula with over 200 artists and craftspeople from our beloved area chosen to create exquisite pieces for the Johnston Collection. The exhibition opens on November 7 November, and continues until 26 February, 2014. The Johnston Collection will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland with the new exhibition Tales Of Christmas Treasures: Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2013. Christmas is always a special time at Fairhall, a house-museum of fine and decorative arts in East Melbourne. Each year since 2002, The Collection has presented an annual Christmas tour where artists and craftspeople from a different region of Victoria have created pieces inspired by the Collection. The work is then displayed in Fairhall, against the backdrop of William Johnston’s extraordinary collection. Mornington Peninsula artists, craftspeople and artisans have been working away on their pieces for over 18 months, to create a spectacular show celebrating all the wonderful richness and traditions of Christmas. Participants include The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria (Mornington Peninsula and Flinders Country Group), Australasian Porcelain Art Teachers (VIC), The Bead Society of Victoria, The Bond Family, Cake Decorators Association of Victoria (Frankston), Decoupage Guild of Australia Inc (Frankston), Embroidery Essentials, Felicity Northeast Millinery, The Peninsula Artisans, Mornington Peninsula Patchworkers Inc., Point Nepean Patchworkers & Quilters and Upper Deck Quilting along with many other groups and independent artists from the region.


One of the groups participating in Tales of Christmas Treasures is the Bond family – made up of Maureen Bond and her four daughters, Catherine, Glenda, Jen and Marissa. When they were growing up, Maureen nurtured a sense of practical resourcefulness in her daughters – a belief in ‘making something out of nothing.’ This tradition was born of necessity and had been handed down to Maureen from her own mother. The Bond family have continued to improvise and develop a wide variety of skills over the years, in textiles, timber, painted design, porcelain and glass. One of the Bond family items on display in Tales of Christmas Treasures is a pair of silk slippers, handstitched featuring a delicately embroidered rose, this motif copied from the Minton tea cup (circa 1811) that first started William Johnston on his path of collecting. The Bead Society of Victoria will also be participating in this year’s Christmas show for the first time. Founded in 1994 by a small number of enthusiasts, the Bead Society has grown into a large group of people passionate about this ancient craft. The Johnston Collection is a house-museum with an amazing collection of Regency, Georgian and Louis XV antiques arranged within a domestic setting, with three guided tours daily Monday to Friday. William Johnston was a prominent 20th century antique dealer and collector who bequeathed his former residence, Fairhall, and collection to the people of Victoria. To find out more about Tales of Christmas treasures: Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2013, contact Felicity Cook or Fil Natarelli on 9416 2515 or go to www.

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My favourite place, the Mornington Peninsula Hello everyone, and once again thank you for the opportunity to write about my favourite place, the Mornington Peninsula.

discussions re improving Empire Mall and the Main Street laneways in Mornington. This is going to include art work, landscaping and security measures. For input or info email us at

So far it’s been a very busy year for myself and fellow Briars ward councillors Anne and Andrew. As well as meeting as many members of our community and being involved in the many Council works projects in the pipeline, we’ve been designing our ward community meetings. These will be in different places in the ward to reach as many as possible. Our next one will be at the community hall in Mount Eliza on February 25th 2014

The next stage of the transport plan in Mornington reviewing traffic speeds and proposed pedestrian facilities has started. Currently lighting is being improved over our major crossings.

Also coming up is a sporting club night, to hear from all those terrific volunteers managing the clubs and groups, that give our community their sporting programs. We are also holding an end of year get together for our community groups that deliver services due to all our wonderful volunteers. Just call 5950 1428 for any information re our community meetings. Here are just a few things happening: There will soon be community and trader

Mount Martha’s refurbished lookout tower is now ready for viewing. Just take a walk through Mount Martha park to reach it. Also the Estuary boardwalk works are almost complete. The next stage in the Mount Eliza streetscape works is starting soon and we are working with rotary to create a fun space for children at Rotary park. All this is happening because of the community being involved in many ways and expressing their needs. So it’s definitely in partnership that we get the best results. And community involvement in local issues is getting better and better. The new Peninsula planning statement that

states we are near Melbourne but not part of it has come about through hearing from our Peninsula community. This government recognition is a break through for us in being able to highlight and protect what is special to us when it comes to land planning. I know the word “special” gets used a lot, but we are truly special and that’s the basis that drives all we do. With summer just around the corner and a bit of spring in the air I know we are looking forward to those beautiful beach days and the leisurely strolls through our vibrant shopping spots. Don’t forget all the Peninsula walks. These are where I head to with family and friends, when I’ve got time off. After a big walk we usually reward ourselves with a delicious lunch in one of our many eateries. Many events are listed on the Council website and important info re the summer months is there to assist. Contact the Briars ward Councillors on 5950 1428 Catch up on facebook or check out our Council profiles on the Council website:

Don’t forget to also check out the new Library website. Here’s to a lazy, hazy beautiful Peninsula summer: Best wishes Councillor Bev Colomb



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2/177 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Mornington Ph 5975 7500 MONTHLY FISHING REPORT The Snapper reports have come in thick and fast and there isn’t really too many places that aren’t producing fish in the right conditions. The key here is to keep an eye on your sounder and wait until you see the schools stacked up on the bottom. Mornington in 18 & 20 metres is a great place to start. Pilchards and calamari tubes have easily been the best bait. Calamari have still been in ridiculous numbers from Frankston to Mornington so don’t forget your squid jigs! With the wild weather we have experienced the land based fisho’s have done extremely well off the rocks from Mornington to Mount Martha. Snapper to 5kg have not been un-common with pilchards being the better of the land based baits.

Lets assume for a minute that you are buying a diamond sight unseen and that the only way of comparing one from the other is by comparing the accompanying information relating to the cut, colour, clarity and weight on the grading certificate. Why then do prices vary so drastically when on paper (or on screen) they look the same? Anthony Hansen from Diamond Coco explains. Firstly, any diamond over .50ct should come with a grading report by an independent diamond grading laboratory. If it doesn’t then keep looking. The grading report will details all the specifics about the diamonds and if used correctly will help you make an informed choice about the quality of diamond you are buying. Unfortunately, not all diamond grading reports (or certificates) are the same and some are to be trusted whilst other are not. Naturally, a diamond grading report commissioned by the retailer is more likely to ‘talk up’ a diamonds quality more so that one from a more reputable and independent source. Secondly, all diamond grading laboratories have their quirks (even the most respected ones) and it’s not uncommon for a diamond to be graded differently by different companies. What may be a G colour to one company may be graded as low as J by another! Who do you trust? If in doubt stick to diamonds graded by GIA, AGS or EGLUSA. These tend to have stricter gradings. Remember, you are buying a diamond and not a certificate. Any reputable diamond merchant should be able to talk you through a full range of price points and explain the differences so that you can make an informed choice about what is right for you. Anthony is specialist diamond merchant at Diamond Coco. He is located at Suite 6, 38A Main Street Mornington and can be contacted on 1300 230 430.

Balcombe Creek has been fishing quite well for Bream also and is a great option for the kids. Scrub worms are working really well. THE REST OF THE BAY: Snapper have literally been everywhere. 15 and 18 metres of water out from Carrum and Seaford have produced a lot of fish between 2.5 and 4kg with the odd fish around the 6kg mark. Some really nice fish are starting to be taken around St. Kilda as well. The Brighton and Sandringham break walls have also produced some snapper if land based fishing is your thing. WESTERNPORT: Bouchier and Boultin’s Channel, Joes Island, Lysaghts, Observation Point and Corinella have all fished ridiculously well of late and make sure you pop down to Mornington Tackle World and pick up a couple of calamari tubes to cut into rings as they have easily been the best bait in Westernport. A few King George Whiting are starting to make an appearance too, so don’t be afraid to push up onto the banks and soak a little bit of whiting worm, I think you will be rather surprised! 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.



November 3rd saw the marriage of Pete Carroll and Kristy Pollard at Mornington’s Linley Point with the reception at the Royal Hotel. Pete is one half of Two Phase and Tres Hombres, we wish the pair joy and happiness for the future. Photographer Gary Bradshaw, Rock On Photography, Web Dreams Computer Services read online

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november - december SUNDAY November 10 5 Gardeners Gardens: 10am – 4pm. Tickets at gate, $5 single person, $20 all gardens. Tea and scones, local musicans and plant sales.Details: 9775 3301 Shiva Ashram Event: Six acres of gardens, free meditation and yoga, live music. Details: 27 Tower Road, Mt Eliza, 9775 2568. shivayoga@org Arthurs Seat Challenge: Start at the base and run or walk 6.7km to Seawinds Park. $50. Details: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Junior Surf Life Saving Carnival: Western Parade, Point Leo. Details: Remembrance Day Service Mt Eliza: Mt Eliza Community Centre, 90-100 Canadian Bay Road, Mt Eliza. 10.30am to 12.30pm TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Young At Art: MPRG presents Young at Art for children, Mornington Library, Queen Street, Mornington, 10am – 11am. Phone MPRG to book 5975 4395. Raw Travel: Walking with Camino de Santiago, meet the experts and learn about Europe’s most exciting places. 6-8pm, themed tapas and wine from the region will be served. 31 Main St, Mornington, bookings essential 1300 208 245 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Australian Art & MPRG Trivia Night: Edwardian Room, Briars Park, Mt Martha. 7:30-9:30pm Details: mprg.mornpen.vic. Seawinds Ward Meet Your Councillors: 6–8pm Mornington Peninsula Shire, Council Chamber, Besgrove St, Rosebud. Ph 5950 1428. NOVEMBER 15 – 17 Little Bit Long Way exhibition: Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Gallery @ Woodleigh School, 485 Golf Links Rd, Langwarrin South. Tickets $20. Purchase tickets at or at the door.

Emu Plains Market: Balnarring Racecourse, Coolart Road, 9am-2pm. Best makers, creators, growers and collectors 30/50 Challenge: Conquer the 30/50 challenge by either running or walking 30km or 50km from Arthurs Seat to Cape Schanck Lighthouse. To register go to Beers by the Bay: Mornington Race Course, Racecourse Rd, Mornington. For details and cost refer to NOVEMBER 16-17 Quilt & Patchwork Expo: Toorak College, Old Mornington Road, Mt Eliza. More than 100 quilts, stalls and Devonshire tea. Details: SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17 Kids 4 Kids Fun Run: 3km run to support Light Up Autism Foundation. Starts at the beach track, opposite Carmichael St, Tootgarook, finishes at Rye Park, 8–11am.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Peninsula Pet Expo: Village Green, Rosebud 9am-3pm. A large number of exhibitors and many activities. Free entry. Details: Rosebud Radiofest: Eastbourne Primary School Hall, Allambi Avenue, Rosebud. Amateur radio fanatics meet and greet. Details: Sea Shepherd Fund Raiser: Seaworks, Williamstown. 12pm – 5pm. For further information go to Point Nepean Craft Market: Quarantine Station Point Nepean Road, Portsea. Arts, crafts, gourmet food, home grown, handmade. Over 200 quality stalls to browse, kid’s entertainment and live music. Details:

Bumblebee Market: Peninsula Community Theatre, 91 Wilsons Rd, Mornington. 9am– MONDAY NOVEMBER 25 1.30pm. Friends of MPRG Excursion to McCrae Homestead: Arrive by 10am at McCrae Country Carnival: Red Hill Consolidated Homestead, 11 Beverly Road, McCrae. Then School, 341 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill. Lunch at Josephines at the Briars. MPRG Members $42 guests $45. Vesbar: See Mike Rudd of Spectrum at 5:30, book your seat now. Details: 80 TUESDAY NOVEMBER 26 Station Street, Somerville 5978 0493 Raw Travel: Cinque Terra Walks, meet TUESDAY NOVEMBER 19 Mornington Peninsula Shire 2013 Best Bites Awards Luncheon: Ranelagh Club, 3 Rosserdale Crescent, Mt Eliza. Raw Travel: Trekking Mont Blanc, meet the experts and learn about Europe’s most exciting places. 6-8pm, themed tapas and wine from the region will be served. Details: 31 Main Street, Mornington, bookings essential 1300 208 245 Saya Beaute Bar information night: Bianca Williamson presents information on cosmetic injectables and fillers. 6pm-8pm, Saya Beaute Bar, 2/10 Eramosa Road, Somerville. Phone bookings 5977 6790.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Mia Dyson with Liz Stringer & Jen Cloher: Balnarring Hall, 7-11pm. Balnarring Village Common presents this collaborative musical event. Cost: $30. Details:

Quilt & Patchwork Expo: Toorak College, Old Mornington Road, Mt Eliza. More than 100 quilts, stalls and Devonshire tea. Details:

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23 Rosebud Roller Derby presents Summer Crush: Peninsula Gym, 15 Colchester Road, Rosebud. Doors open 3pm.

Saturday, November 16 Common Folk Makers Market: Celebrating the handmade home wears, wearable’s and other delights. 16 Progress St, Mornington.

Mornington Race Day: Mornington Racecourse 11:30am-6pm, with free kids activities. Adults $12, Concession $8, Children under 15 free.

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the experts and learn about Europe’s most exciting places. 6-8pm, themed tapas and wine from the region will be served. Details: 31 Main Street, Mornington, bookings essential 1300 208 245

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 Joy to the World Concert: PCT Wilsons Road, Mornington. 7.30-10pm Featuring Mornington Peninsula Chorale, in a musical feast of old and new, plus the Mornington Bach orchestra. $22. Details: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 Christmas Celebration Race Day: Mornington Race course 11:30am – 6pm SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 Family Fun Day: Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm 244 Shands Road, Main Ridge. Free activities include face painting, fairy floss, kids treasure hunt and strawberry variety tastings. Details: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 Craft Market: M’ton Racecourse 9am-2pm THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 Carols: Village Green, Mt Eliza from 7pm. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 Carols: Hastings Foreshore and Rye Foreshore from 7pm. Celebrate the Christmas spirit, free family sing-a-longs. Lisa Edwards and Michael Cristiano at Rose GPO Hotel: 2 Course dinner and show $65 Bookings essential 5982 3200, 1003 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 Carols: Red Hill Recreation Res. Fruit Growers res, Station St, Somerville. Rosebud Village Green. From 7pm. Main Street Christmas Market: Main Street Mornington, 9am-2pm.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Mornington U3A Choir Concert: PCT, Wilsons Rd, Mornington. 2-4pm. Third age singing. $10.

MPRG Sea of Dreams: Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery re-opens with the exhibition, Sea of Dreams, Port Phillip Bay 1915 – 2013. Phone 5975 4395.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Twilight Craft Markets: Mornington Racecourse 3pm-8pm

SUNDAY DECEMBER 15 Lisa Edwards and Michael Cristiano at Rose GPO Hotel: 2 Course lunch and show $65 Bookings essential 5982 3200, 1003 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud.

Mornington Cricket Club 150th Anniversary Dinner SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 Dogs Walk 4 Wildlife: Hastings Foreshore 9am-2pm. A fund-raiser for Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors. $10 includes sausage sizzle. Details: Mornington Railway Santa Trains: Runs the first 3 Sundays of month from Moorooduc Station, Two Bays Road, Moorooduc.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18 Christmas Race Day: Mornington Racecourse 11:30am-6pm Saturday, February 1 Peninsula Short Film Festival: The Village Green, Rosebud. Entertainment from noon, films screen 7pm. LISTING ARE FREE Please keep brief, include your contact details, email to

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Markets on the Mornington Peninsula Boneo Community: Third Saturday of the month, Cnr Boneo & Limestone Roads, Boneo.

of each month at Oak Hill 100 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington

Bittern Community: Each Sunday at Bittern railway station.

Red Hill: First Saturday of the month, September-May, RH Showgrounds, Arthur’s Seat Rd, Red Hill 8am to 1pm

Dromana Drive In: Second & Fourth Sunday Oct to May. Dromana Drive-In, 113 Nepean Hwy, Dromana - Every Sunday 8am-1pm Emu Plains: Third Saturday of each month. Balnarring racecourse. 9am - 2pm Loved It: Pre-loved women’s fashion. PCT, Wilsons Road, Mornington. Sunday, October 27. Mornington Farmers’: Second Saturday of the month, Mornington Park Schnapper Point Drive, Mornington 8:30am - 1:00pm Mornington’s Main Street: Every Wednesday 9am – 3pm between Cromwell and Albert Streets 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. 9:00am - 1:00pm Oak Hill Community Arts Cooperative’ monthly Artist Inspired Car Boot Sale first Sunday

Twilight Market Sunday November 30th Sunday Market Nov 10th & Dec 8th

3pm - 8pm 9am - 2pm

Red Hill Farmers’- Red Hill Consolidated School, Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill, - 4th Sunday of the month 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 the month 9am -1pm Rye Scout Hall, Tootgarook Primary School Market: fourth Saturday of the month 7.30am - 12.30pm.

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PENINSULA PARENTING PHOTOS FROM DAY ONE There’s no more special time than the birth of a newborn baby, and photographer, Niki Whitfield-Hart understands how important it is to capture those precious moments with her business, Naturalis Oculus Photography. A mother of two, Niki specialises in newborn and child photography, creating the perfect setting to bring your brand new baby and hopefully snap some pictures of mum and dad as well.

“I love photographing newborns, and usually the initial consultation starts while the mum is pregnant. We book the photo session for when the bub is around 10 days old, as I can get to capture all those little details that seem to disappear with each day,” says Niki, who is one of the only specialists in newborn photography on the peninsula. “The photos I produce are very magical with an ethereal quality to them. I use all natural elements, taking inspiration from nature. There’s lots of fresh flowers in my photos, and the fabrics and knits I use are hand-spun by myself. I also use lots of vintage fabrics,” says Niki whose photography has a distinctly earthy quality. Even the name Naturalis Oculus is latin for Natural Eye, an important quality of Niki’s business, particularly dealing with newborns and children. “Often coming to my studio is the first outing the parents will have had with the baby so I make it a special occasion. I have studied newborn photography and understand what those first weeks are like with a new addition to the family, so I create a calming environment with oils, and soothing music or white noise.” Naturalis Oculus Photography specialise in high end, quality photography, with minimal retouching, concentrating on natural elements and natural beauty. Whether it be newborn and child photography, family portraits or even weddings, Naturalis Oculus Photography will produce high quality results, capturing the unique qualities of the individual, either on location or in the studio. “I love all aspects of photography and new-born and child photography quickly became my niche. It has been around since Anne Geddes but is definitely making a resurgence now.” Contact Naturalis Oculus Photography on 0414 793 844, email or go to the Facebook page.

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New website for Mornington Peninsula Library Service

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Our Library’s homepage address may not have changed but the website itself certainly has. With a brand new design and updated functions, it is now even easier to find something to read, to download eBooks or eTalking Books, access information and reserve items. The website now provides a number of new features, including the ability to see book covers for most titles on the catalogue, post your own book reviews or comment on our staff reviews, recommend books on your Facebook page, and get recommendations using books you have read or would like to read. The website also uses responsive design which automatically adapts the website layout to best fit the type of device being used. With an estimated 3.65 million Australian smartphone and tablet users accessing the internet via these devices, Our Library believed this was an important feature to offer their members. The new website forms part of a strategy which also incorporates the importance of cyber safety in an era where a rapid growth of technology has changed the way in which our community communicates. Councillor Lynn Bowden, Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, recognises that libraries offer much more to the community than just books. “The use of free library digital services has become more and more popular. Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Library Service provides more than books. Offering eBooks, magazines, DVD titles, WiFi and computer access, it has fast become a meeting place for all generations and the new website brings even greater access and features to library lovers,” she said. Photo: Library mascot RUD2 (Are you digital too?) checks out the new website with Victoria Mathews – Library technology coordinator, and Geoff Carson – Manager Libraries Arts and Culture at the Shire’s Mornington Library branch.

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RELAX WHILE THE KIDS HAVE FUN Finally there’s a place to take the children where parents can also enjoy a relaxing coffee while the children play.

When Amanda and Matthew wanted to find somewhere on the peninsula to have a coffee where they could take their three year old and she would be entertained, they found it difficult. That’s when they decided to open Huny Joys in Rosebud West, a funky cool café where the kids can play and the parents can chill out. Huny Joys is a play centre for juniors, with play equipment, games and activities, and a cool little café where you can enjoy a bite of lunch, a snack or a great coffee. “The activities are not like a normal play centre, this is an actual café style and the activities are more educational. There are crayons and paper to develop creativity, blocks to help develop hand-eye coordination, and to practice motor skills,

and climbing frames for the little ones. We even have a jumping castle and a cubby house,” Amanda says. Having a small child, and having just moved to the peninsula, Amanda is well aware how isolated parents can feel.

connections. It is a beautiful place to live but can be very isolated. We are creating a great atmosphere for mums and kids, and are going to be hosting talks each month with experts in child care and entertainment,” says Amanda.

“We are also about creating a community hub where mums can come together for support and friendship. When we moved here we knew nobody and had no

Phone 5986 2690 or check them out on

Huny Joys is at 1609 -1611 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud West.

YOUNG AT ART Develop your little ones creative talent with the MPRG’s ‘Young At Art’ program, running on a monthly basis. A very popular program for 0-5 year olds, storyteller Matteo and the Gallery’s Education Co-ordinator enthral the children and bring out their imagination. Sing, dance, clap and stomp your feet with Matteo in this program that is super popular amongst the local kids. Nearly every session is booked out but they try never to turn anyone away. Matteo, the storyteller, is a hoot, and the gallery’s education officer engages the children in activities after Matteo has finished. Find us on Facebook Badge

At $5 per child, its an affordable monthly activity that will keep the littlies enthralled, and mums and dads will get a laugh too.

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Educational and Developmental Toys, Games, Art & Craft Shop 28/1140 Nepean Hwy. Mornington

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The next session is on Tuesday November 12th at the meeting room at the library due to renovation works currently being undertaken at the gallery. Sessions for 2014 are yet to be confirmed but keep your eyes on the website mprg@ or phone 5975 4395.

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SEE PAGE 40 Seachange Holiday Rentals offer obligation free appraisals on your holiday home, we can assist you in setting up your holiday home to its greatest potential, visit our website or by calling Kirsty Mantel. We offer a personalised ‘meet and greet’ service where we explain the terms and conditions applicable to each home to your guests upon arrival. For a professional and specialised management of your holiday home please contact Kirsty on 0408 181 392 or

PROPERTY: 3 Rockleigh Drive, Mt Martha PRIVATE SALE: $1,495,000 - $1,550,000 AGENT: Jamie Hughes Hocking Stuart Mornington Phone 0498 006 119



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

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Spectacular Views & Northerly Aspect! Architecture as remarkable as the spectacular views it offers, this luxury seaside residence sets a new standard of luxury on what is arguably one of Mt Martha’s most prized positions.

of the vista, the dining area has concertina doors to the enormous entertaining balcony as does the luxury master suite where you can lie in bed and take in the beautiful outlook.

Enjoying a sought-after northerly aspect that looks along Mt Martha’s winding coastline and across the sparkling bay to the city skyline and Mt Macedon, this impressive four-bedroom residence is a feat of design brilliance by award-winning architect Graeme Jones complete where you can start the day in the gym or pool and finish it with a wine in front of the fire or watching the sunset on the enormous balcony.

The children enjoy luxury of their own with a dedicated wing with a living area opening to the pool and sun terrace.

Exuding incredible class and ambience, the home has a grand entrance with stairs that climb to a vast open plan living and dining area that gives an instant impression of the true enormity of the home with an indoor water garden under a giant skylight, a great wall of glass showing off the views, a designer kitchen and windows that show off the sparkling solar heated pool.

Perfectly positioned to keep a watchful eye on the pool area, the kitchen features beautiful granite benchtops, a large walk-in pantry, all Miele appliances, a plumbed Bosch refrigerator and a 24 inch TV screen. The lower level includes a fabulous home office and a gymnasium that could be used as guest quarters. Just 10 years old and surrounded by showpiece gardens, the home also includes an en suite to the second bedroom, ducted heating and vacuum, refrigerated cooling, security system, large remote-controlled awnings, a double remote-controlled garage, solar panels and a 5 kw inverter and a vegetable garden.

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Rarely does a property of this quality come onto the market. This luxury home is set on the cliff tops of Mount Martha with scenery that is breathtaking. It offers uninterrupted views of Melbourne’s CBD, stunning views of Mornington Peninsula’s coastline and endless bay views that will leave you mesmerised in the beauty of this property. With 180 degree views, this stunning property in Mount Martha is a private retreat that needs to be seen to be appreciated. • This exclusive property is unique, relaxed and completely private • U  ninterrupted views of Melbourne’s CBD, stunning views of Mornington Peninsula’s coastline • Three bedrooms including parents retreat • Family room leading out to ocean pavilion • Formal dining room • Sumptuous spa area • Office/Library room • Large garage with workshop area . Saturdays 2.00-2.30pm > VIEW




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LA JOLLA Situated in the exclusive Golden Mile this 80 sq. (approx.) luxury resort style home, only meters from the beach, sits on a level 2733 sqm (approx.) allotment with panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay. This magnificent architecturally designed residence features; an indoor gas and solar heated swimming pool, flood lit mod grass tennis court, theatre room and CBUS electronically controlled lighting and curtains. Offering the ideal family lifestyle this home is sure to impress with; open plan living spaces, modern kitchen with butler’s pantry, granite bench tops and Miele appliances. Complete with five bedrooms, a study and five bathrooms. The master bedroom with ENS and WIR opens out to a private balcony overlooking the beautifully landscaped gardens and the bay. Entertaining guests will be a breeze with a full sized-bar and out-door BBQ area. Just a short walk to the prestigious Toorak College and the Mount Eliza Village. Other features include: gymnasium, steam room, full-size in-ground trampoline, Sonos sound system, BBQ area with sink and external hot/cold shower, electric gates with camera/intercom, 3 car garage with cellar and storage, dumb waiter, kitchenette, timber floors, wool carpets, huge balconies, ducted vacuum, alarm system, zoned hydronic heating, reverse cycle air-conditioning upstairs/downstairs, Commander telephone system (internal intercom) and insinkerator. EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Closing Wed 20th November at 4pm MOUNT ELIZA OFFICE 9787 2422 QUENTIN MCEWING 0409 389 268

Mount Eliza: 7/84 Mt Eliza Way Ph: 9787 2422 Mornington: 160 Main St Ph: 5975 4555

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Beach Walk Built for lifestyle in this ultra-convenient Mount Martha location is this three-bedroom townhouse just steps from village shops and the famous foreshore known for its colourful bathing-box dotted coastline. Where modern street appeal, low-maintenance living and the salty seaside atmosphere combine to offer a home best suited to those who love the beach and quiet life. This architecturally designed residence is full of natural light, has oversized doorways and high ceilings to create the feeling of space, while outside is surrounded by well-established, easycare gardens from start-to-finish. Spread over two levels, the upper is most definitely the hub of the home with an open-plan kitchen/dining area spilling out to the alfresco deck capturing the beautiful northern sun and wide sea views. AUCTION Saturday 16th November at 1pm MORNINGTON OFFICE 5975 4555 Campbell Noonan 0400 062 987

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COASTAL REFINEMENT A position of rare privilege, sparkling bay views and an enviable lifestyle of luxury and ease, this magnificent 5 BR Mediterranean-inspired home, pool and luxury pool house epitomises the spoils of refined coastal living. Set on 729sqm (approx.) just a pleasant stroll to Fosters Beach and moments from Main St shops, the home features 4 living areas – one with a gas fireplace and one with a wetbar - a guest room with ensuite, substantial stone-topped kitchen, study, office, poolside jacuzzi, sauna, playground and a triple garage. AUCTION Saturday 16th November at pm MORNINGTON OFFICE 5975 4555 Dean Phillips 0402 833 865 Campbell Noonan 0400 062 987

Mount Eliza: 7/84 Mt Eliza Way Ph: 9787 2422 Mornington: 160 Main St Ph: 5975 4555

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PROPERTY: 36 Jacksons Road, Mt Eliza SALE METHOD: Expressions of Interest Closing Wednesday November 20th at 4pm AGENT: Quentin McEwing phone 0409 389 268 McEwing Partners Mt Eliza Office phone 9787 2422

Prestigious and Luxury Living Situated in Mount Eliza’s exclusive Golden Mile this 80 square luxury resort style home, only metres from the beach, sits on a level 2733 square metre allotment with panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay. Electronic gates with camera and intercom open to reveal a home of incredible proportions, offering the perfect blend of modern style, luxury fit-outs and comfort. This magnificent architect-designed residence features five bedrooms, five bathrooms, an indoor gas and solar heated swimming pool, flood lit mod grass tennis court, theatre

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room and CBUS electronically controlled lighting and curtains. Offering the ideal family lifestyle this home is sure to impress with open plan living spaces, modern kitchen with butler’s pantry, granite bench tops and Miele appliances. Complete with five bedrooms, a study and five bathrooms, the master bedroom boasts en suite and walk-in robe, opening out to a private balcony overlooking the beautifully landscaped gardens and the bay. Entertaining guests will be a breeze with a full sized-bar and out-door BBQ area. Just a short walk to the prestigious Toorak College and the Mount Eliza Village. With additional features including a gymnasium, steam room, full sized inground trampoline, dumb waiter, Sonos Sound

system, external hot and cold shower, huge balconies, ducted vacuum and alarm system, there is everything the discerning buyer would expect in a home of this calibre. A three car garage with cellar door and storage, zoned hydronic heating, reverse cycle air-conditioning upstairs and downstairs, and Commander telephone system with internal intercom are all at your fingertips for the perfect lifestyle. The decor is second to none with extensive timber floors, limestone fixtures and pure wool carpets, while huge balconies from bedrooms and living areas overlook manicured grounds. In an exclusive location, minutes to the beach and a short walk to Toorak College, prestigious and luxury living is on offer, great for family living and those who love to entertain. fresh every month


CELEBRATING OUR 67TH ANNIVERSARY After the second World War, Bill Prentice began work with a well known Melbourne Real Estate Agent named Spencer Jackson. Spencer Jackson had land to sell in many suburbs around Melbourne, and also on the Mornington Peninsula. Bill sold many properties’ on the southern end of the Mornington Peninsula for Spencer . . from Dromana to Sorrento . . and loved the area so much that he purchased some land at the end of Lyons Street, Rye. It was around 1950-51, that he formed his own Company, W.E.Prentice, and opened an office in Collins Street Melbourne. He secured the sole agency rights to sell a large parcel of land in Beaumaris for Dunlop Tyre Company and, at the same time, secured the rights with the McDonald family in Rye to sell the Rye Golf Links Estate. The sale of the land in Rye was done on weekends from a vacant site on the eastern corner of Lyons and Point Nepean Rd, Rye, which Bill leased from Australia Post. He erected a very large sign on the site with the words LAND FOR SALE, description of the land sizes, terms of sale up to 5 years @ 3% interest, and his logo with W.E. PRENTICE, and Melbourne phone number. His car was parked on the site with a flag draped over the boot saying LAND FOR SALE.

As a young boy, I would play on the site and, when a prospect arrived, drive around with my father showing the land. When the day was over, back into the car and back to Melbourne. This went on for a number of years, until he decided to build a home on the acre of land he had purchased in Lyons Street, and open a branch office in Rye. The office was located between the Rye Hotel and Rattray & Walkers timber yard. The business built rapidly through the 1950s and, in 1958, was incorporated as PRENTICES PENINSULA PROPERTIES P/L to reflect his association with Mornington Peninsula real estate. In the late 1960s, the office was relocated to its current site opposite the pier, and the Melbourne office used primarily as an administration centre where Melbourne clients could pay their monthly instalment, and all paperwork from the Rye office administered. Bill & Dot Prentice sold their Melbourne property in 1972, and moved into the Lyons Street, Rye, home that Bill had built in the early 50s. This was a necessity, as the demand for their full time involvement at Rye was getting greater and greater.

In 1971, Bill’s youngest son Peter, left the Real Estate section of G.J.Coles, and joined the family business at Rye. In 1974 Bill’s eldest son Max decided he wanted a career in Real Estate, and also joined. This combination of four members from the one family devoted to local real estate was quite unique in the area, and was a further stepping stone in building on an already sound business. The business prospered and, in 1988, a second office was built at Sorrento. The staffing had now grown to fourteen. In 1997, Max’s eldest son Michael had completed a university degree, and joined the company as the first of a third generation family member. In 2003, Max’s youngest son Mark also joined the family company, completing a generational cycle. With the company now celebrating its 67th anniversary, and Rye township its 150th anniversary, it is a very fitting that we go hand in glove in joint celebration with the growth of both the township and our company over all of these years. M.N PRENTICE, DIRECTOR

Sorrento 78 Ocean Beach Rd Ph: 5984 4177 Rye 2395 Point Nepean Rd Ph: 5985 2351

1075 Nepean Highway, Mt Eliza

Old worlde character and charm

This stately Mornington homestead boasts classic period features and lovely grounds. Set on almost 2 acres of lovingly cultivated gardens and fruit trees, this property offers a multitude of possibilities (STCA) The main house has three bedrooms plus study, large living spaces, huge kitchen with EU S/S appliances and Caeser stone bench tops. Lovely atrium courtyard perfect for entertaining and a one bedroom self-contained unit with own access and drive.

Buyer enquiry range $950,000 to $1,000,000

This home is perfect for entertaining and caters well for extended family living with the self contained unit and almost 2 acres of space to spread out and enjoy. B&B, wholesale nursery or just extended family home, this property has a multitude of potential and possibility! (STCA) All this within a meander to the beach.

82 Raymond Street Tootgarook

13 Cornwall Crescent Mt Martha

Time for a sea change?

Calling all young families!

Buyer enquiry range $490,000 to $530,000

With the coastal facade announcing its beachside heritage, only a short walk to the beach, perfect permanent residence or family holiday home! Fully renovated, high ceilings, ceiling fans, polished floor boards, gas fired coonara, large kitchen meals area great for entertaining, good sized main bedroom with FES and WIR and a further 2 brs with dbl BIRs plus a study/fourth bedroom/TV room opening on to the rear deck to give you plenty of choice around space. Fantastic gourmet kitchen with loads of bench space, DW, built in filtered water, large larder, sure to delight any would be master chef!

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Buyer enquiry range $500,000 to $540,000

Looking to buy something close to Balcombe Grammar? Mount Martha Primary? Here is a home that’s family friendly, comfortable and affordably priced that you can improve upon on over time. Comprising 4 brs, main with ens and WIR, two living areas both opening out onto one of the two decks for some alfresco living during the summer months. Large additional space under the property lends itself to a great kids rumpus/ teen retreat and includes a good sized workshop.

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Call Honor Baxter 0418 148 468 7 Bay Road Mt Martha

fashion health & beauty

Hats off to millinery Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery hosted a creative millinery workshop on October 18 at the Mornington Botanical Rose Garden with peninsula local and award-winning milliner Felicity Northeast. Fifteen women attended the event, each receiving a millinery kit and a bag of beautiful silks and feathers to practice the tricks of the trade and get their creation under way. Felicity Northeast first explained and demonstrated the fine art of shaping rose petals so as they appeared to have just been gathered form the garden. The students diligently cut petals to make up flowers some flowers a myriad of soft pastels, others bold reds and striking oranges. The final creations were added to headbands and head pieces, others made into brooches and some simply wrapped in tissue ready to be revealed on a very special occasion.

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Jane Alexander, Gallery Director, said the event celebrated art, nature and creativity. “We continue to host a range of events at special locations while the gallery is closed as it undergoes air conditioning works. “Our events program provides for people of all ages and artistic abilities to engage with art and artists,” she said. Upcoming events include Young at Art on November 12, a Trivia Night on November 14, and an excursion to McCrae Homestead on November 25. The Gallery will reopen on December 14 with the exhibition Sea of dreams: Port Phillip Bay 1915 – 2013 (part two) featuring artistic representations of Port Phillip Bay and its fascinating stories, histories and events. For more information please contact Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery on: 5975 4395.

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NEW STORE IN TOWN! There’s a brand new store in town with the opening of The Laboratory in Mornington. As a small business owned and operated from Geelong, the owners have been focusing on key regional hot spots, and had been looking to opening a store in Mornington for the past 18 months. Now they are here, in the perfect location, and able to offer the Mornington Peninsula community a beautiful new ladies wear store with a key focus on customer service and offering a unique shopping experience. The Laboratory stores are beautiful, vibrant, welcoming and ever changing, with surprises hiding in every corner. With an aim to offer exceptional customer service in a unique environment, The Laboratory stores are creative, inspiring and dedicated to limitless style of an ageless consumer. At The Laboratory you will find their own labels - Ellis & Dewey, Alessi & A little birdie told me. As manufactures of their own product, The Laboratory can offer limited edition styles and fabrics, so you are sure to find something unique that no-one else is wearing, with the bonus that all of this is kept at an affordable price. The Laboratory is at shop 1, 188 Main Street, Mornington. Find them on Facebook or go to


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Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen collection now at Minzenmay’s Minzenmay, Main Street Mornington, is proud to bring to you an exclusive range of high end, signature jewellery from the Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen collection. Having been in business for over 101 years, Minzenmay identifies with quality jewellery and has a keen eye for genuine class. Minzenmay is highly reputed for their exceptional customer service and for their display of superior pieces by artistic designers, pieces that you won’t find in every corner store. Paul Minzenmay is a 3rd generation jeweller and designer, who has employed a team of designers, senior jewellers and watch makers who can custom make (remake and repair) handmade

jewellery for you. The team work with genuine quality stones and have a large professional workshop on the premises. They are leading edge jeweller’s who specialise in quality pieces offering a point of difference for those who see that jewellery is not only a statement, it’s a piece of art. OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN, Scandinavia’s largest fine jewellery house, officially opened its first Australian flagship boutique in Sydney with special guest of honour HRH Crown Princess Mary in attendance. The exclusive opening event, held inside the store, was attended by the Lynggaard family

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– CEO Søren Lynggaard, Designer and Creative Director Charlotte Lynggaard and CCO Michel Normann as well as editors from top fashion and lifestyle publications. Energy levels were high as the official opening unveiled a unique, luxurious space, showcasing the brand’s many collections of exclusive fine jewellery. Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen’s Sydney flagship store is the company’s fourth boutique worldwide – CEO Søren Lynggaard says of the opening ceremony: “This is an exciting time for OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN. We sense a growing opularity and interest in our brand in Australia. Our new flagship store showcases

the way in which we want to develop the brand in the Australian market in partnership with our 25 selected retailers, we are confident that this is an important milestone for OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN in Australia.” Minzenmay is one of the selected retailers, bringing Ole Lynggaard to the Mornington Peninsula. OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN is known for its unique collections which combine versatility, high quality and fashionforward designs that continue to impassion and inspire woman all over the world. Contact Minzenmay on (03) 5975 2439

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with a wide range of complaints. Osteopathy is a holistic approach to your health which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. It is a common misconception that Osteopaths only treat the ‘bones’. Osteopaths focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves,

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Dr Morris’ philosophy is “when the body is in balance and in good alignment optimal function will naturally follow. Our goal is to help you feel better for now and the future. We don’t just treat the symptoms we look for the cause of your problems.” Over the next month Equinox Osteopathy will be offering free 15 min postural and functional assessments. This is available to those who love osteopathy and those who have never heard of it. This is a great opportunity you to discuss how Osteopathy can help you achieve optimal health and wellness. Dr Jack Morris is looking forward to working within the community and raising awareness about the benefits of Osteopathy.

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Equinox Osteopathy is located within the fantastic facilities of Optima Health and Fitness, a short distance from central Mornington with plenty of parking available. Call the caring and friendly staff at Equinox Osteopathy now to book your appointment. 0417 075 441

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circulatory system, connective tissue and internal organs function as a whole unit. Many structural problems in the body may affect proper mobility or function and can lead to further problems.

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GLOW FROM WITHIN Healthy glowing skin requires attention and most importantly, upkeep. But it can be simple to achieve with a few steps added to your daily routine. Our skin can get dry and dehydrated over the winter months, so it’s important to shed the old and make way for the new. For those of you who are not sure of your skin type and condition, it is worth consulting a qualified beauty therapist. Peninsula Hot Springs has qualified beauty therapists who can advise you on what type of products to use at home and suggest treatments that may be beneficial to you. We use recognised spa products including PHYT’S, LI’TYA and Synergie to promote beauty and wellbeing. Exfoliation and hydration are two key things to focus on in summer. With the warmer temperatures we tend to experience increased sweat, which can build up during the day leaving your pores blocked and skin feeling oily and uneven.


This treatment begins with a full aromatic oil and desert salt exfoliation followed by a warm mineral body mud cocoon to smooth the skin and hydrate for beautiful glow. This is ideal to help with an even spray tan! Cherry Alder body lotion is lightly textured moisturiser that is enriched with essential natural oils to help hydrate your skin, ideal for lengthening the appearance of a tan. At home it is important to exfoliate every day in the shower with either a gentle exfoliating mitt or glove.


Bathing in the thermal pools is a great natural detoxifier for your skin. Many of the minerals in the water such as potassium are known for their promotion in healthy skin. The bicarbonate water gently removes dead skin cells, refreshing and invigorating your complexion.


Here are a couple of ideas to help you get your skin glowing for Summer:


Our Moroccan Hammam treatment is the ultimate exfoliation and detoxifying tool. The Hammam is traditionally known to promote wellness and deep cleansing. This treatment leaves the skin feeling refreshed and nourished and is a perfect way to prepare your skin for summer.

Now that your skin preparation is covered it is time to move to the outer layer-makeup. Synergie’s Loose Mineral Powder is perfect for light coverage over summer; it feels light on your skin and includes sunscreen, foundation and concealer all in one. It is easy to apply at home and perfect for an on-the-go application.


Lastly, LI’TYA’s Wild Rosella Mist is ideal to carry in your handbag throughout the day for a quick spritz. This mist is great to spray on your face throughout the day to refresh your make-up and plump up tired skin. LI’TYA products are all natural

using Australian native ingredients with blended botanical bases to give your face a natural lift.


This facial with its two serums is perfect for plumping, hydrating, moisturising and refreshing your skin. PHYT’S uses only the finest herbs and plant extracts to create their products. They are effective and easy for home use to keep skin supple and hydrated for special events. When visiting Peninsula Hot Springs your therapist can recommend products that will help you create and maintain radiance over the summer months.

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Relay Calls for Team Recruitments Register your team now for the 10th annual Mornington Peninsula Relay for Life. Mornington Peninsula Relay for Life Community Engagement Coordinator Emily Groszek said that people should hurry and register as the 2014 relay is set to be an impressive community event. “This is such a great community event, a really warm family atmosphere and a lot of fun” she said “As a 10th birthday event the 2014 Mornington Peninsula Relay is really going to be something spectacular.” Relay for Life is the world’s biggest overnight fundraising event run in every Australian state and territory raising over $14 million each year for the Cancer Council. The event brings registered teams together to walk their baton, relay-style around a track for 20 hours overnight.

Champagne Opening

Champers was flowing at the opening of Ruby Finch’s new store. You will now find the girls at Shop 12, Balnarring Village. A bright new store filled with fabulous items for Spring and Summer . . . more in our next edition.

Last year was Australia’s biggest year for Relay, with nearly 200 events held nationally, $24 million dollars raised and more than 140,000 Australians Relaying throughout the country. The 2013 Mornington Peninsula Relay for Life event proved to be a pleasing success with more than 1500 registered participants and spectators attending and raising $106,938.31. Relay for Life fundraising, in combination with fundraising from other Cancer Council initiatives, is mostly put directly towards Cancer Research and last year alone twelve new cancer research projects were funded by the Cancer Council Victoria. The money also funds Cancer Prevention Programs and Cancer support services. Next year’s Mornington event will be held at Mornington Secondary on March 1st & 2nd from 4pm Saturday until 12 noon Sunday. Co- Chairperson of the Mornington Peninsula Relay for Life committee Craig Wotherspoon said the Relay for Life event is family friendly with something for everyone. “Participants will be entertained by music, dancing and roving performers” he said “There will be loads for kids to do, including treasure hunts, jumping castles and face painting and a fireworks display will knock your socks off on Saturday night.” Past Mornington Peninsula Relay for Life events have so far raised $660,957. These funds are used to provide support to the 1156 diagnosed with cancer in our local shire every year.


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To register for the 2014 Mornington Peninsula Relay For Life head to, and follow the prompts. Registrations are $20 per person, and will be taken until the week prior to the event. For more information about the 2014 Mornington Peninsula Relay For Life, or to get involved in the organising committee, please don’t hesitate to contact event coordinator Emily at emily.groszek@


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Look fresher and

More Y outhful

without surgery

Do you want to look fresher and more youthful without invasive surgery? If the answer is yes then you have to come along to Saya Beaute Bar in Somerville as they will now be offering cosmetic injectables and fillers by registered nurse, Bianca Williamson. Bianca is a Cosmetic Clinician and Anti-Ageing Consultant, as well as being a Division 1 Nurse. “I am completely dedicated to providing my clients with the most up to date non surgical solutions to enhance natural beauty or to treat the inevitable effects of ageing. I am passionate about sharing my extensive knowledge of the skin and ageing process to promote health and beauty both inside and out. I gain so much fulfilment from watching my clients leave my clinics with their confidence restored,” Bianca says. Saya Beaute Bar will be holding an information night with Bianca on Tuesday November 19th from 6pm - 8pm. Bianca will be able to answer all your questions about cosmetic injectables and fillers and will be demonstrating the process and offering treatment plans to help restore confidence and promote wellness. With a long list of credentials, Bianca has graduated Monash University with a Bachelor of Health Science (nursing) in 2001, receiving the Australian Nurse’s Federation Nursing Care Award for academic and clinical excellence. And in 2007, while working in England, decided to dedicate her career to the cosmetic and aesthetic industry, working among the UK’s top cosmetic and non-surgical providers. “Since returning to Australia in 2012, I have established my own company, Face Aesthetics Melbourne, and welcome the opportunity to share my expertise with people of the Mornington Peninsula, through Saya Beaute Bar,” Bianca says. Call in and meet the friendly team at Saya Beaute Bar, 2/10 Eramosa Road, Somerville. Call 5977 6790 for details, appointments, and to RSVP for the Cosmetic injectables information evening.


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WIN A NEW YOU FOR 2014 WITH JUST IN TIME PERSONAL TRAINING Being a personal trainer for 20 years, Daniel Justin really knows his stuff, and is offering a lucky reader the opportunity to win personal training with Just In Time Personal Training for a year. After two decades in the industry, Daniel has seen a huge shift in the culture of personal training, since he started on his own personal fitness campaign. “I was about 22 kilos overweight and wanted to feel better about myself, but I couldn’t believe the additional benefits living a healthy lifestyle would bring,” says Daniel. “Personal training is not so much about losing weight though. It’s about feeling better and teaching lifestyle changes that you can continue with. Its about keeping that person accountable and introducing them to how good they can feel.” Daniel says that with personal training your energy increases and you become stronger, fitter and better within yourself. “I use different methods for different people and can help with nutrition guidelines as well. I am not here to yell at you. I am here to motivate you and you’d be amazed how it helps with a

persons productivity whether you’re a tradie, a teacher, a mum, or someone who works at a desk all day.” Daniel explains that the key to personal training is to work from the inside out. “I work on the body’s structure, and we are all individual. We all have a posture that is imprinted in our muscles and so I work on retraining that imprint through exercise with a pilates influence. You’d be amazed at how quickly you get results when you start exercising regularly and eating clean,” he says. To find out how Just In Time Personal Training can help you phone Daniel on 0421 801 137.

ENTER TO WIN 12 MONTHS OF PERSONAL TRAINING SESSIONS To enter the competition, answer the question ‘Why do you need a personal trainer?’ and send it to Daniel Justin, PO BOX 7063, Karingal Centre, Frankston. 3191. Include contact details. Winner will be drawn December 10. Everyone who enters will get a FREE group training session for four weeks. As Daniel says “It’s better to do something than nothing!” Pictured: Personal trainer, Daniel with his trusty dog, Sasha.

Connecting Health to meet local needs The old adage “You have nothing if you don’t have your health” is so true, which is why having a service like Frankston-Mornington Peninsula Medicare Local is so important. Frankston-Mornington Peninsula Medicare Local (FMPML) is a primary health care organisation that seeks to improve access to health care in our community with a catchment that covers the two local government areas - Frankston City Council and Mornington Peninsula Shire. Since its establishment in March 2012, staff at FMPML have worked hard to add value to the community by listening and responding to the needs of local consumers. By building links between GPs, allied health, hospitals, and other community-based services FMPML is working to bring about improvements to health care services that will fill the identified service gaps, and make it easier for patients to access the health care they need. FMPML is also about supporting front line health care providers, especially general practitioners and allied health with programs aimed at service system improvements such as after hours, aged care, eHealth, immunisation and quality use of medicines to name a few.

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Programs that provide services to consumers include Aboriginal Outreach, Aboriginal Care and Supplementary Services, Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS), Aged Care Psychological Services and the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP).

Already the achievements of FMPML are significant. In its first year Medicare Local has delivered 1,582 Access to Allied Psychological Services sessions, enabling the provision of responsive and affordable psychological services, held 38 consultation forums with attendance from over 560 local providers and members of the community, supported five general practices to achieve accreditation, and funded an additional four early childhood placements for Biala, an intervention centre for children from birth to school entry with additional needs, delays and disabilities. FMPML also provided significant support at the Frankston Homeless Connect Day, attended by over 200 people experiencing homelessness. FMPML is committed to improving access to health care in our community, and seeks to understand community priorities and support the vulnerable and marginalised people within the catchment.

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YOUR LOCAL MEDICAL SERVICES Right place. Right care. Anytime

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



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

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


• Frankston Hospital 2 Hastings Rd, Frankston VIC 3199


• CALL 000

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




3. Use the Local Health Services Directory on the FrankstonMornington Peninsula Medicare Local website



I’D LIKE TO TALK TO SOMEONE FOR MEDICAL ADVICE GP Helpline 1800 022 222 Nurse On Call 1300 606 024 Call or speak to your local pharmacist

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

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

Use the Local Health Services Directory on the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula Medicare Local website


Do you have: Sensitive Skin • Dark Circles • Rosacea • Fine Lines • Acne • Scarring • Large Pores Wrinkles • Pigmentation • Dry Skin Book now: 9787 7475

IPL SKIN REJUVENATION Rosacea, sun damage, freckles, red veins etc. (17 years IPL & laser experience) FACIALS Acne • Anti-Aging Treatments ADVANCED MICRODERMABRASION Peels • Oxygen Therapy LED (Light Emitting Diode) Dermal roller EYELASH EXTENSIONS

IPL Hair Removal Check our prices! Be surprised Free Underarm with Body Area

Discuss your concerns with our Spring Special Facial $99 Save $30!

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ELECTROLYSIS Waxing • Dermal Roller CIT Manicure • Pedicure • Shellac Skin Tag Removal etc

MEDICAL ANTI AGING CENTRE • Anti-wrinkle injections • Dermal Fillers

5 Old Mornington Road. (next to Mt Eliza Beauty) Achieve a more youthful you. “FRESH NOT FROZEN” Featuring the latest Anti-Ageing technology from around the world. Medical team Dr. Romero, Dr Lee and Lara Boardman, with over 10 years experience, will assist to make you look and feel younger without surgery.

• Lip Line Enhancement • Migraine & Sweating • Rejuvenation & Plumping • Non surgical neck lifting • Volume replacement (Chest, neck, hands)

Appointments Available Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat (late Thursday nights)

Dr Juan Romero, Dr Lee Lara Boardman, Nurse Practitioner Ph: 9787 7475

TRUST ONLY THE EXPERTS FOR YOUR SKIN Mt Eliza Beauty Therapy, Advanced Skin & IPL Clinic welcomes ADDITIONAL DOCTOR – Dr. Lee to our Anti-Aging Clinic at 5 Old Mornington Road, Mt. Eliza. Dr. Lee will be joining Dr. Juan Romero and Lara Boardman (Nurse Practitioner) in our “anti-winkle” clinic performing injections with such products as Botox, Restalyne, Juvaderm etc. Dr. Lee comes to us with many, many years experience. Dr. Lee is also currently operating her own General Practice in inner Melbourne, but is looking forward to assisting us with expanding our hours for our clients in Mt. Eliza in anti-aging procedures. Susan Verheyen says”not only do our volumizing injections enhance wrinkles, lines and add volume to cheeks, they are also used by highly experienced medical injectors to reshape the face.” Dr. Lee makes a special welcome to our current Asian clientele. The Medical Staff at 5 Old Mornington Road, Mt. Eliza stress it is about A SMALL AMOUNT OF PRODUCTS OVER A FEW MONTHS – to achieve a “natural look” – but enhanced – less tired – looking younger and fresher – NOT FROZEN. This is our goal for YOU. Additionally remove the sun damaged surface, treat red vascular areas, improve rosacea – make a change – YOU DO NOT GET A CHANGE WITHOUT MAKING A CHANGE. Start now. At the Advanced Skin and IPL Clinic we have been performing many additional procedures for over 15 years, including skin tag removal, removal of secorrheic keratosis, fibromas, and the use of PDT (Photo Dynamic Therapy is constant for acne and oily skins. Susan Verheyen has been performing laser and IPL treatments for skin rejuvenation, (sun damage, brown spots, red vessels etc. on the face and body for over 15 years.


“Removal of Barnacles” says Sue “ on our face and chest, achieving a smooth skin again gives us a great sense of well being, and assists us in feeling good about ourselves.” You should look at upgrading your peeling treatments, maybe looking at environmental stress, age related concerns, large pores, even a Dermal Roller treatment – known as CIT – Collagen Induction Therapy. Remember this is not new, and has been proformed by our advanced clinical therapists for over 10 years. Trust the experienced staff at Mt. Eliza Beauty.


When collagen is stimulated anywhere on the body, collagen required moisture to plump and improve quality, remember if your skin is not well hydrated you will not achieve the results you are looking for, and paying for. Be careful what your expectations are. Follow through with a highly trained technician. Dermal Roller Together with LED, Light Emmitted Diode – Also available at Mt. Eliza Beauty Therapy for over 8 years. ( Sue trained with this modality in the America over 8 years ago,) and used with other treatments together, the results are outstanding. “over the years, we have had a variety of machines using LED, one of our medical grade LED units is exceptional, as well as our full mask LED, just added to our several units. – but remember – these treatments need to be combined for the very best result – each machine is not one fix for all.” Says Sue. “but remember, first IPL skin rejuvenation for the best skin base to work on and then we advise follow up with different modalities. We tailor your needs with our vast experience in skin and advanced procedures. If you are looking for eyelash extensions with an experienced operator, a simple manicure or pedicure, a skin tag removed, or high quality advice and treatments with the latest equipment, Injectable Wrinkle treatments, tried and tested by our many clients with outstanding results,– let us put your complete plan together - it is time to phone 9787 7475 – Mt. Eliza Beauty Therapy - from Mt Eliza Beauty read online

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Jessica Whitford ‘Face of the Mornington Racing Club’ wears a Willow cream silk/satin dress from Bella Once Loved and Annette Sanfilippo peach straw hat with hand-made pearl detail. This creamy ensemble is gorgeously feminine, soft and pretty. Jessica looks radiant. The pearl bracelet on one wrist is the perfect accessory touch. Pretty, stylish and youthful.

Patti Bray wears a vintage hat in cream chiffon, vintage pearls, a classic black and cream polka-dot shift dress with a black jacket, makes her red peep-toe suede shoes the statement. The look is very soft and feminine with a bit of fun. The frill-edged hat frames her face and the pearls give a creamy complexion. Soft, flattering, classic.

Paula Johnston wears a chic, shift dress in cream with black trim from Cue, a glamorous headpiece from Cupid Millinery and Steve Madden shoes. All found at the fabulous pre-loved clothing store, Bella Once Loved. Simple, chic, modern.

Pam Hawkes wears a classic Carla Zampatti coat in gorgeous orange that really pops. Kate Pritchard-Gordon wears Jackie Newman hat in stylish, silver grey which is the ontrend colour for the season. Erica McPherson wears an elegant black and white ensemble from Fiona’s of Mornington including a beautiful Mela Purdie jersey frill dress and a vintage Harry Who fur coat, a modern classic.

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Melissa Philip wears a Murley & Co black headpiece with decorative touches of dark green ostrich feathers which are elegant and timeless. Worn with a chic black shift dress with a sequin bodice, this headpiece makes a stylish and dramatic statement. Very Audrey-chic!

Emma Howard wears a Penelope D’Alton hot pink headpiece, canary yellow dress from Cue and Alias Mae shoes which makes for a bright and vivacious on-trend colour-blocking combination. The look is modern with the pop of yellow and is perfect fun for spring race-wear. Tara Murray wears a Yoko gorgeous emerald green silk dress, vintage hat re-modelled by Annette Sanfilippo and Marc Jacobs shoes. Fresh, sexy and fun, this look was a perfect balance of fashion and style.

Love The Look ! at Hats n Hooves With Sarah Foster Fashion and Style Editor

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food, wine, produce

Celebrating local food Best Bites 2013 Awards and Food Guide Launch Paul Mercurio, local media identity and food author, will host the upcoming Best Bites Awards and launch of the Best Bites Food Guide; with Rob Gell, former television weather presenter and Chairman of the Western Port Biosphere Reserve, presenting the Best Bites sustainability award. Food lovers and food businesses are invited to attend Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Best Bites 2013 Awards luncheon and 2013 Best Bites Food Guide Launch at the Ranelagh Club on November 19. The Best Bites 2013 Awards recognise businesses in the categories of Nutrition and Healthy Eating, Tobacco and Liquor Compliance, Waste and Recycling, Energy and Water Efficiency and Access for All. Shire Mayor Lynn Bowden said the Shire’s Best Bites program is an important initiative that recognises the importance of food safety and healthy eating options, and the role that the local food industry can play in reducing waste generation and improving energy and water efficiency throughout the Shire. “Best Bites assesses and recognises businesses across a range of best practice criteria, and the program promotes safe and healthy eating options and local food businesses,” she said. As well as the announcement of the 2013 Award Winners, the 2013 Best Bites Food Guide will be officially launched at the luncheon. The Best Bites Food Guide lists food businesses that have received a five-star food safety rating in the Best Bites program areas. The Best Bites Food Luncheon will be held at The Ranelagh Club, 3 Rosserdale Cres, Mt Eliza. For more information please call Peter O’Brien, Mornington Peninsula Shire, on: 5950 1865.


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VESBAR SOMERVILLE Regularly featuring amazing Musicians such as Santiago, Paul Barry, Steve Romig, Lovely Linda and Harry and Bev and Leigh. Book your seat now at Vesbar Wine Lounge in Somerville for Sunday 17th November when Mike Rudd of Spectrum performs from 5:30pm.   Also, don’t miss ‘Left of Centre’ featuring Bev Fraser on Vocals and Frankie Carter on Keys and Wind Instruments, Hermann on Double Bass and Rob on Cocktail Drum on Sunday 10th November.  Not to be missed.


Share the love! Do you love the peninsula? Why not share the love by becoming a volunteer at the Mornington Peninsula Information Centre in Dromana.

The visitor information centre is a hive of activity yearround, servicing 80,000 visitors and around 300 local tourism businesses. Volunteers are responsible for information requests, updating databases, restocking brochure shelves, entering visitor statistics and, of course, meeting and greeting a wide variety of newcomers to the area at the front counter. Dale Pizzey has volunteered at the centre for ten years and says its lovely talking to people and meeting lovely friendly people from all over the world. “It’s always very varied, you never know what enquiries you’re going to get. And we’re right opposite the sea so you can see just what the day is like outside!” she said. Alva Hemming, Executive Tourism Officer, said the volunteers are an integral part of the team. “Our team is made up of confident, competent and happy volunteers and permanent team members.  Our volunteers are truly an important part of the team with their own suitable duties and responsibilities,” she said. “The Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information Centre is a showcase for the whole Mornington Peninsula – and we


look forward to hearing from interested volunteers!” For further information and a copy of our application kit, please contact us on: 5987 3078  info@tourism.mornpen. Pictured: Dale Pizzey (right) - Volunteer Ambassador, with Ann Heer at the Mornington Peninsula Visitor information Centre in Dromana.

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Fabulously friendly, using prime Gippsland beef A place to bring the family or dine with friends, Taco Bills Mornington is constantly creating unique dishes with a modern mexican theme. Everything is prepared fresh at the popular Mexican hangout, with the chefs creating fresh and healthy alternatives like the gourmet taco with soft tortillas served open with slow cooked colorado beef, topped with bean shoots, rocket, pickled onion, fresh jalapeno and your choice of fresh mango and pineapple salsa. The Mexican parma is another new item creating, a great gluten free option, coated in crushed corn chips for a delicious bitey taste. Fast becoming a favourite, Taco Bills Mornington do corn on the cob like you have never tasted before, and the Fish tacos will rival those on the south american coast. Taco Bills Mornington use the best ingredients from local peninsula producers as well as prime Gippsland beef. Come along on a Tuesday night and treat yourself to all you can eat tacos and nachos for $19.50 per head. And make sure you join the birthday club to receive a free meal on your birthday. Taco Bills Mornington is available for functions and catering from 10 to 60 and trades seven nights a week for dinner, with lunch from Wednesday to Sunday. Now that Summer is coming, trading hours are extended to every day and night. And don’t forget Taco Bills fabulous margaritas and fish bowls for those feeling adventurous. Taco Bills Mornington is at 111 Main Street, Mornington. Phone 5975 9466.

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NOMINATED FOR WINE OF THE YEAR Mornington Peninsula Vignerons and Wine-makers continue to impress with our very own Hickinbotham Winery nominated for Winestate 2013 Wine of The Year with their 2010 Hickinbotham Pinot Noir.

Andrew Hickinbotham and partner, Terryn, had met at La Trobe University during their studies for the same Biological Science degree majoring in Botany. Not many Australian winegrowers have made a million litres of French wine! That’s just what Andrew Hickinbotham did after his stint at Dijon University in Burgundy, where he chose to study viticulture (with special emphasis on the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which were his passion).

The Hickinbotham name has been influential in Australian winemaking for more than 80 years, and their 2010 Pinot noir won 4.5 out of 5 stars.

His new knowledge and that gained whilst assisting at the Anakie vineyard near Geelong where his late brother Stephen trialled and made excellent wines from other cool climate regions, like Ballarat, Maffra, Mornington Peninsula and even Tasmania.

A delightful Pinot, the 2010 has beautiful cherry and plum fruit aromas overlaid with hints of truffles, and is typical of the calibre of wines produced from this family owned winery over many decades. The latest release 2010 “Coffee-Rock” Merlot just got top gold medal in the Royal Melbourne Wine Show and was nominated for a trophy in five categories. This is a rare occurrence in that Merlot is not a common contender.

The wines made from Mornington Peninsula grapes consistently produced the best wines particularly Pinot and Chardonnay. This and the fact that the Peninsula was close to Melbourne, with easy access and a dense local population, prompted Andrew to purchase the Dromana property in 1988.

Here they established the first vine nursery on the peninsula. With the few sticks of specific clones of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir supplied by the CSIRO, they propagated quantities of vines and introduced Pinot Noir to 26 other properties on the peninsula. Andrew has run the vineyard using minimal spray regimes since its planting and his wines are made with minimal preservative additions, an integral part of the Hickinbotham philosophy. More unique has been the enlightened joint harnessing of bacteria to break down the waste grape skins and stalks, that are then returned to their vineyard as compost. Hickinbotham continue to impress and now make their own ‘Hix’ beers which are extremely popular, even with entrenched wine drinkers and have claimed gold, silver and bronze medals at the International Beer Awards in Melbourne in the past three years. The beer styles include a German style PILSNER, a Pale Ale, an Irish Stout and a Brown Ale, not to mention some rather tasty seasonal beers which pop up from time to time. Currently a Summer Ale and a Vienna Lager are on tap with a Ruby wine cider being very popular with the girls. The seasonal menu makes great use of the fresh produce grown in the gardens, and enjoyed in the rustic style restaurant and cellar door. The whole facility is children friendly. A great place on a Sunday afternoon to while away a few lazy hours listening to some live music and watching the world go by. Hickinbotham of Dromana is at 194 Point Nepean Highway (near Wallaces Road), Dromana. Phone 5981 0355.

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SUMMER’S COMING LET’S GO TO HARBA Perfectly located just a quick step along the Esplanade from Main Street, Mornington. Harba Oyster Bar and Grill overlooks Mornington Park with views of Port Philip Bay. Harba’s summer menu introduces some delicious dishes. Chef Adam Falls, who is so clever in the kitchen, has added dishes including ginger-mirrin scallops with crispy rice, coriander-cucumber puree, fried shallots and herb salad with a palm sugar glaze. Red meat lovers will adore the new rack of lamb, stuffed with goats cheese and spinach, accompanied by pearl cous cous and harissa battered carrots. Spectacular desserts continue to evolve with a torched fig and mascarpone tart with house-made honeycomb and baby mint the latest sensation. In any season Harba’s steaks are a house-specialty. Tuesday is discount steak night, with Adam grilling a perfect porterhouse for $23 or wagyu for $29. The Harba seafood platter is awesome at $99 for two. During the week, enjoy the two course lunch special or sip on a glass of wine with a share plate on the alfresco deck. Acoustic Tuesday is held upstairs in the Sunset Lounge and gives budding musicians a chance at the microphone while also being a great spot for the young crowd who love to

listen. Bar snacks and light meals are discounted. On Sunday afternoons the sweet sounds of Sarah Gardner or some twang from Bill Dettmer or The Acoustic Cats is the perfect way to wrap up a good weekend. NEW: On Thursday evenings, the Trivia Night will test your wits and your knowledge. On New Year’s Eve Harba will hold another of its legendary beach parties with cocktail specialties and a live band to fill the bill. Bookings are essential. Harba serves lunch and dinner daily at 786 on the Esplanade in Mornington. Phone 5975 1183.



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THE PENINSULA’S NEWEST HOT SPOT AT MARTHA COVE Catering supremo Peter Rowland’s latest enterprise - the revamped Martha Cove Café & Store on the Mornington Peninsula - will be unveiled this month, marking a major milestone for the rejuvenated luxury development.

Cafe manager Ryan Pitcher will be spoilt for choice when selecting the rotating wine list, drawn from the Mornington Peninsula’s world famous wineries.

Boasting stunning water views - and now the best of the region’s renowned food, wine and coffee, along with an experienced and passionate new team - Martha Cove Café & Store is set to become a drawcard for foodies across Victoria.

Mr Pitcher is a barista of 15 years’ experience, having first learnt his trade on the celebrated “Freo” cafe strip in Fremantle, Western Australia. He has since honed his talents in a series of fine coffee establishments across cosmopolitan Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. “I’m looking forward to serving up the best brew on the peninsula,” he said.

Peter Rowland Catering chief executive John Isherwood said the $650 million Martha Cove marina development, set on Safety Beach, was the perfect fit for a company known for “delivering exceptional food”. “For more than 50 years the Peter Rowland brand has been providing the right food for the right occasion, with great service,” he said. “That’s exactly what we’ll be doing at the Martha Cove Café & Store - offering great food, wine and coffee in a relaxed and friendly setting. The cafe has been totally refurbished - it looks fantastic.” Mr Isherwood said the menu would change regularly, making the most of the best seasonal Mornington Peninsula produce. Highlights of the launch menu include a breakfast of confit mushrooms, sage, walnuts and goats’ cheese on toast, and for lunch a salad of faro, beetroot, goats’ cheese, spinach, parsley and sherry vinegar, as well as Peter Rowland’s famous classic chicken sandwiches.

Another renowned local company, Little Rebel Roasters, will supply the coffee. Little Rebel Coffee won a Bronze Medal at this year’s RASV Australian International Coffee Awards held in Melbourne for their Little Rebel Blend, in the Milk Blend (Cappuccino) Category.

The Martha Cove Café & Store, which is fully licensed, has been completely refurbished. It has new indoor/outdoor seating for 50, with a mix of low and high tables, couches and outside balcony tables, as well as glass and wind-proof awnings to protect customers from the elements. Martha Cove is a 94-hectare residential marina development, being overseen by the unique alliance between three key stakeholders - development company Three Pillars, and receivers and managers KordaMentha and PPB Advisory. The three key stakeholders are on track to deliver 1100 residential dwellings, 750 marina berths and a commercial precinct. The Martha Cove Café & Store follows in a fine tradition of Peter Rowland eateries, which include The Tea Room, Persimmon and Gallery Kitchen at the National Gallery in Melbourne, Museum Cafe at Melbourne Museum, Crossbar Cafe at Federation Square, and The Hill Winery Cafe in Geelong. Martha Cove Café & Store is located at the corner of Anchorage Avenue and Harbourside Esplanade, Safety Beach. Ph: 0439 240 170. Opening hours: Autumn/Winter/ Spring: 7.30am-3.30pm, Thursday-Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Summer: 7:30am-3:30pm (7 days), and will open until 9:00 pm for special events.

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Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Whether you are after a coffee and cake, breakfast with a difference, lunch or dinner, 1001 Nights is now open in the heart of Mt Eliza Village.

including the Baladie big breakfast of middle eastern flat bread, free-range eggs, sujuk sausage, Otway free-range bacon, mushrooms, spinach, avocado and almonds (pictured below).

A rare jewel of the Middle East, at 1001 Nights you will experience the world’s oldest cuisine in an authentic, luxurious and modern setting.

With decor sourced from Istanbul, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco, immerse yourself into the rich colours of the middle east with dynamic contrasts of gold and light brown, bright decorative cushions and forged metal lamps.

The long time dream of owners, Mark and Nina Syawish, the couple have have travelled across the Middle East to bring traditional, mouthwatering flavours, combined with some of the Mornington Peninsula’s best produce, presented with modern style. “Enjoy truly unique flavours of tender freerange meats sizzling over charcoal and be seduced by the smell of traditional aromatic bread, cooked in our tandoor oven,” says Mark. At 1001 Nights you will enjoy an exciting and exotic dining experience, whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner. The ideal plaque to enjoy a coffee with friends, why not sample some traditional middle eastern treats with your coffee.

Of course 1001 Nights has the traditional open shawarma, chickpea falafel and middle eastern salads like quinoa just to name a few. Open from 8am, 1001 Nights is at Shop 3, 86 Mt Eliza Way, Mt Eliza, and open seven days for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Phone 9787 5565.

Already becoming a favourite haunt for peninsula people, 1001 Nights has a menu


Come and try the middle eastern salads and dips, skewers and bread freshly made on the premises. For breakfast with a difference, why not try authentic Za’taar eggs on khubz for just $8, a middle eastern flat bread with free range eggs and za’taar spices, or the Babylon benedict, a modern middle eastern twist on eggs benedict with toasted turkish bread, grilled sujuk sausage, poached free range eggs, spinach and hollandaise for $15.

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YOU’LL LOVE RoseGPO A labour of love for proprietors Sam and Breanne Austen, RoseGPO has established itself as the ‘in’ eatery in Rosebud. “We aimed to bring a level of food that you would otherwise have to drive to another town for,” said Sam, reflecting on RoseGPO’s success. “From Monday to Friday, the majority of our patrons are women. So we have created successive menus to please them,” Sam said. “The menu has also broadened, over the last couple of years, to include a bigger choice of lighter meals along with a sensational selection of tapas.”

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Popular starters include prawn cutlets with chermoula marinade and harissa labna. The honey glazed Spanish chorizo with grilled haloumi is also well liked. The warmer weather will see more salads added to the menu. “We always like to offer three or four salads, popular ones include the softshell crab and calamari,” said Sam. Exclusive to the area, Rose GPO is accredited to serve Cape Grim beef. Grass-fed on the rich pastures to Tassie’s North West, the high grade beef is guaranteed hormone and antibiotic free, is naturally well-marbled, and ranks tops for tenderness. “It’s the same beef that they serve at Rockpool, for sixty to seventy bucks,” said Sam, knowing that the roseGPO price is half of that. “We have also had a decade-long association with Clamms Seafood, so

our market-fresh fish always impresses.” RoseGPO offers stage-space to some fine musicians, such as Marty Williams, every weekend. It is also the venue for some of the peninsula’s best cabaret shows, where fine food is partnered with music from tribute artists such Mark ‘Elvis’ Andrew and Ron Vincent’s Cat Stevens. Lisa Edwards, well known as the singer with John Farnham’s band, will perform a dinner show on December 13 and 15. Her musical partner for those shows will be producer, performer, songwriter, composer and guitarist Michael Cristiano. Rose GPO is located at 1003 Pt Nepean Road, Rosebud. Phone: 5982 3200. Web:

Christmas Celebration with Racing as your entertainment Looking for something different to reward your staff and celebrate the end of the working year or would you simply like to get together with friends and family and join in the festive season? Let the Mornington Racing Club organise your Christmas party with great food, great atmosphere and exciting thoroughbred racing. They have a range of packages to suit 2 to 200 guests with dining packages starting from as little as $60pp. This racing season the Mornington Racing Club has three great dates to choose from being Saturday November 23, Friday December 6 – the main Christmas Celebration race day and winding up with Wednesday 18 December. There is sure be the perfect date for any festive gathering!

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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 in balsamic vinegar with mascapone and home-made white chocolate ice-cream. 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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SOY HOSTS DINNER FOR 120 GUESTS The Sam Johnson “Love Your Sister” story is one of love and commitment to his sister, Connie. Connie first encountered a rare bone cancer when she was 11 and miraculously recovered. Only to suffer cancer again at the age of 22 and again recovered. Now in her 30’s, Connie’s body is riddled with the disease and this time terminally ill. In a promise to Connie, Sam has undertaken an incredible journey of riding a Unicycle around Australia in a bid to raise awareness of Breast Cancer, and $1m for the Garvan Institute for research, and an attempt at the World’s Guiness Book of Records. While the Bendigo Bank is supporting Sam, the staff at Mornington branch of the Bendigo Bank found the story so compelling, they wanted to do more. The staff set out to help Sam raise the targeted dollars, initially by selling “hearts with messages to Sam” for a gold coin donation and displayed in branch. With the assistance of all of the Bank’s branches and Community Banks on the Mornington Peninsula a chocolate drive raised further funds. On 3 October, the Branch was lucky enough to secure Sam to visit Mornington, when he was welcomed not only by the staff and public, but also the Drum Corp from Mornington Secondary College. At that point Sam had covered 10,250.50klms, with a further 5,000klms to go. It proved a great opportunity to promote the branch’s final effort to raise funds - A Silent Auction Dinner.

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The dinner held at the local Restaurant Soy, was attended by 120 people, who bid hard for their selected items that had been so generously donated by local business, traders, artists and organisations. The Branch had also chosen to place 6 selected items under the hammer, which were successfully sold by the efforts of auctioneer, Mr Roger Lemke, a notable and top rated operatic singer and performer. One feature of the night was the sale of artwork by Internationally acclaimed artist, Janine Daddo raising $3,200. Following an absolute flurry of activity with bidders scurrying to place their final bids for their selected treasures the Silent Auction was declared closed, and at close of business they had raised over $10,000. Mornington’s Bendigo Branch Manager, Kerry Debernardi says they have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the community. “The local people have been so generous - the traders, business’, and organisations of Mornington, together with the support provided not only by several individuals, but the Mornington Chamber of Commerce, Radio Station 3RPP, Mornington News, Mornington Peninsula Magazine, Mornington Secondary College, Mornington Yacht Club, Restaurant Soy. This concerted effort demonstrates the power of engagement of a community that has a common cause. I am also indebted to a committed staff, who made all this possible,” Mr Debernardi says. Photos from the evening are below

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PENINSULA CUP FASHIONS ON THE FIELD Pictured top right: Judges were Felicity Schrader, Designer and Stylist, Beckie White, Stylist, Owner of Miss Velvet, Jonathan Pritchard, General Manager Guinot. In the centre is the winner of the 18-40 ladies category Sally-Anne Ryan. Beckie White, who kindly emailled these pics, as we went to print the following day, said “Every entrant went to a lot of effort. The fashions were of an extremely high standard, which made judging a challenging job.”

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The search to make the perfect herb garden is what led Michelle to opening her store ‘bayleaves’ in Mornington and she has never looked back. The quirky store has been designed with a homey feel, just like being in Michelle’s kitchen at home. NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013 (24)

A great variety of local products is at your fingertips too, featuring Atomic Chillies from Rosebud, Aromatic Spices from Mornington, Joys of Red Hill and a brand new product, Peninsula Larder Flavour Pearls – a range that showcases some of the Mornington Peninsula’s finest ingredients, with flavours like apple, honey, white balsamic and strawberry. If you are looking for a wicked Christmas gift then come into ‘bayleaves’ and make up your own hamper with fresh and dried herbs and spices and add your own touch with cook books, utensils, butters, preserves, seeded mustards or dukkah. Check out the back courtyard, a serene paved area showcasing herbs, a large range of pots, garden art and even bird houses. ‘bayleaves’ is at 103 Main Street, Mornington. Phone 5977 0054 or go to read online

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PUT BLACK CAVIAR ON YOUR WALL BY MELISSA HODGE “I was selected to paint ‘Australia’s Champion Racehorse of the Year’ on four occasions for the Victoria Racing Club, the last time in 2011 being Black Caviar. Through this, and a mutual friend, I became friends of the owners and was privileged to be invited along to Royal Ascot with the group of owners, their families and friends,” says Lyn. “In regard to this painting, I was keen to put out a limited edition print and was given permission, being the only artist allowed this “As a child I was truly a horse lover, but my parents were freedom.” unable to buy one, and therefore drawing them became a way to make them a tangible form in my life,” says Lyn who Painting from her studio in Main Ridge, Lyn was commissioned to do the Black Caviar painting from a purchased her first horse when she was 18, as soon as she Bronwyn Healy photograph. Lyn’s technique is somewhat became employed. different to other equine artists, preferring a more With her increased stable, Lyn now resides in Main Ridge spontaneous approach. with her seven horses. “I don’t layer the paint so it takes less time than somebody “I have been painting horses seriously for about 25 years who does four or five layers of paint which I personally don’t and in that time my work has improved with accuracy and like. I have a basic under painting of turps and water and the knowledge of equine anatomy. I have pursued skills in then straight paint over that. I find this method fresher and the use of colour to demonstrate the textures, and reflective produce better results,” Lyn says. lights and darks, which bring excitement yet realism to the Whatever Lyn’s method, there is no denying the beauty and subject,” Lyn says. “Oil is my preferred medium as it lends truth you can see in her Black Caviar painting, reflecting the itself to these extremes of softness and strength which is the essence of the horse. I also enjoy human portraiture and love and joy the artist herself gets from the horse. landscape, but painting horses is something that seems to “I just enjoy being around them. I try to convey to the come from within, and I am drawn to the subject naturally.” viewer their absolute beauty in colour and texture, form Lyn’s recent painting of Black Caviar with jockey Luke Nolen, and movement. I hope to make one stop and consider this beautiful living thing, not as a business product or instrument, was on display at a recent Mornington Racing Club charity but hope to make others feel as I do, that to have a horse luncheon, receiving rave reviews. in our life is truly a privilege. Many of my works are large Lyn Beaumont loves horses so much she decided to make a living out of painting them, now becoming one of the most renowned equine artists on the peninsula. Little did Lyn know that this passion would lead her to painting the most famous horse of our time, Black Caviar, and a sojourn to Royal Ascot.

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canvasses, an endeavor to capture the power of the horse, to place the viewer right there in front as it gallops past, with pounding hooves and heaving breath.” Lyn Beaumont is one of Australia’s most experienced and prolific equine artists and her work is sought after Australia wide and internationally. And to budding artists, Lyn’s advice is simple. “Always weather the storm when work gets low and use the time to learn and improve your work. Painting is actually learning to see. Learn to see what an object is made up of, all the colours and shadows. It’s all about reflection of light. I am learning all the time.” You can purchase limited edition prints of Black Caviar by going to or 0415 563 400.

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It’s a time of renewal, rejuvenation and growth. Flowering plants bloom, winds begin to warm, new life is born, seedlings sprout and the sun visits more often. We head outside. Feel the warmth. It’s time to plant, sow what we may reap, refresh, create, get inspired, follow the beauty - it’s outside and all around us, the time is now. Breathe, and live your life outdoors.


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Tidy Towns: three local winners! Three local projects have been named category winners at the 2013 Tidy Town of the Year at the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Tidy Towns - Sustainable Communities Awards. Hastings Community House won the Community Action Leadership Award, while Western Port Secondary College took out the Litter Prevention Award, and St Joseph’s Crib Point won the gift fund prize for their Mangrove Regeneration Project.

ST JOSEPH’S CRIB POINT REWARDED FOR MANGROVE PROJECT The students and teachers at St Joseph’s Crib Point were delighted to receive the Gift Fund Prize for their Mangrove Regeneration project. The Mangrove Regeneration project was initiated in 2011 by St Joseph’s Crib Point as the school was keen to get involved in local action that would benefit students and the community of Western Port Bay. The school became involved in harvesting, propagating and replanting white mangroves into various regions at the north of Western Port Bay. Through the commitment of students and the community the Mangrove Regeneration project has gone from strength to strength. There are now three schools assisting - St Mary’s in Williamstown, St Macartans in Mornington and Dromana Secondary School - and there are plans for future growth. The Gift Fund Prize will support St Joseph’s to continue delivery of the project with the support of Dr Tim Ealey from the Western Port Seagrass Partnership. St Joseph’s will provide the energy and workforce for the project via students and the broader community. Dr Ealey will provide his expert scientific knowledge on mangroves and their effect on reducing erosion throughout Westernport Bay.

Cerberus Ward Councillor David Garnock said he was very proud of the ongoing positive contributions that these organisations and many other groups make to protect and enhance our natural environment as well as build community spirit. “All local finalists put in a great amount of effort to these community projects, and it’s a great result for these passionate people and groups involved to be recognised at these state-wide awards,” he said. The award ceremony was held on Saturday, 12 October in Wycheproof, winner of the 2012 Victorian Tidy Town of the Year. Both Rye and Hastings were two of only six finalists in the Victorian Tidy Town of the year, which was won by Wangaratta. Mornington was awarded Victorian Tidy Town of the Year in 2011 and Hastings in 2003. Other local finalists for category awards were Ryes Up Community and Traders with a number of programs: Junior Sailing Programs, Lions Club Contributions to Rye, looking after Rye Cemetery, foreshore community playground, Rye Gift and Clean Up Australia Day; and Western Port Secondary College with sustainability across the college and community. Nepean Ward Councillor Hugh Fraser congratulated the Rye community and the Ryes Up Community and Traders Association and the organising committee on their outstanding contribution and the highly commended citation for their work in relation to the foreshore playground. Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, Councillor Lynn Bowden congratulated the local winners and finalists. “We’re very proud of all of the local projects nominated for awards this year, and we sincerely congratulate our three local winners – Hastings Community House, Western Port Secondary and St Joseph’s Primary School, as well as all finalists,” she said.

Seawinds Ward Meet your local Councillors Mornington Peninsula community get ready to meet your local councillors with a meeting planned for Thursday November 14th to catch up and talk about what’s happening in the Seawinds ward. Seawinds Ward Councillors Antonella Celi, David Gibb and Graham Pittock will provide updates on ward news and projects at the Mornington Peninsula Shire council chamber in Rosebud. Come along and have a chat with the councillors in an informal setting. Light supper will be provided and the evening runs from 6pm till 8pm. If you would like to attend the Seawinds Ward meeting, please RSVP for catering purposes on 5950 1428 or by Monday November 11th. The Seawinds Ward community meeting is being held at Mornington Peninsula Shire, Council Chamber, Besgrove Street, Rosebud. Anyone who has immediate concerns, however, can contact the Shire on 1300 850 600 or or email your local ward Councillors at





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INNER CITY FEEL AT TILE AND DESIGN GALLERY When you walk into Lifestiles you could be mistaken for thinking you have walked into an art gallery, the long polished cement entrance hallway graced with fabulous tile designs and black and white photographs.

of experience and expertise in building and interior design, interior decoration and styling, window furnishings, thermal performance, energy ratings, as well as pool and landscape design.

In truth it is just a hint of what’s in store when you wander through the Mornington showroom and design concept studio.

The studio’s exciting and inspiring tile gallery operates from a funky converted warehouse, created by its design directors, a space that you may be lucky to find in trendy inter city.

Set up with the creative talents of owners Ali Perry and Marcus Iles, Lifestiles is an inspirational space that does so much more than sell tiles. Far from a fad store though, the beauty of Lifestiles is the designers promise to stay true to the longevity of classical design principles, while pushing the creative boundaries. Lifestiles is steadfast in creating a world of imagination and vision, while remaining a cost effective, one-stop creative space that can maximise your renovation design and fit out. The team at Lifestiles has a wealth

No longer do peninsula residents need to make a trip into town to search for the quality and difference in tiles and window furnishings. A welcoming, relaxed feel is complemented by expert advice, fabulous displays and information on fitting and aftercare. With everything from builders tiles to highend handmade Moroccan mosaics and Italian feature tiles, the innovative product ranges are unique and chosen for their quality, functionality and aesthetic appeal. Many of

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the tiles are uniquely sourced and cannot be found anywhere else.

The highly respected brand of Lifestiles Mornington was recently re-established by Ali and her business partner, Marcus, who has created award-winning bathrooms in his own right and is an expert when it comes to internal and external tiles, pool mosaics and natural stone. And while the name remains the same, the business has been challenged to explore new levels of design and innovation. Together, Marcus and Ali can help you find and fit the right tiles for any room of your home, outdoor areas, patios, gardens and pools. “We can do anything from the front fence to the backyard of your home and everything in between,” says Marcus. “With our outdoor designs we can transform any area, adding glass mosaic tiles to pools, and a complementary feature wall of tiles. We

have a timber look tile as well that is a great alternative to the standard rendering on many fences.”

The team at Lifestiles can transfer any area of your home, with innovative design concepts and exclusive, custom-made tiles to create a unique look for each home. Lifestiles are also the experts in window furnishings, custom made furniture and soft furnishings - anything you need to make your home fabulous. The team can help you interpret your individual needs, whether it is a residential or commercial space. Builders, developers, architects and designers can also benefit from Lifestiles design studio working in conjunction with clients to achieve an efficient cost and time-saving experience. Visit the showroom today at 4/5 Torca Terrace, Mornington or phone 5976 3507. You won’t be disappointed.

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