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A plate full of healthy, abundant food “WE are all connected to food that is local, healthy and abundant” is the ethos, or “Community Aspiration” of The Community Plate (TCP). This collective of Frankston and Mornington Peninsula people is working together to bring the best of the peninsula’s produce to the tables of everyone. Over an 18 month period TCP held discussions with a wide range of interested parties to develop an authentic, local vision that will guide all of its future work. Community Plate’s Rodney Mackintosh said: “We spent a lot of time ensuring that we got our Community Aspiration right. “We spoke with many, many people and developed an aspiration for The Community Plate that will progress work that genuinely represents what our region wants and needs.” Key members are Peninsula Health, Frankston City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire, the Frankston Mornington Peninsula Primary Care Partnership, the Department of Health and Human Services and Monash University. The group has some stumbling blocks to overcome. In recent community conversations residents said things like: “I would love to buy more locally produced food but work and family commitments mean it’s hard to drive further to purchase food,” and “The cost of buying healthy food can be prohibitive, especially when you know you can get a whole meal for $5, even when you know it is rubbish.” “This is evidence that the interest is there but we need to work on key is-



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Food for thought: Frankston South Saints and Carrum Netball Club players at the launch of the Community Plate at the Frankston District Netball Association, Jubilee Park. Picture: Supplied

sues, such as access, affordability and availability,” Mr Mackintosh said. Peninsula Health’s Rebecca Long said there were concerning trends around the rates of overweight and obesity on the peninsula. “It is estimated that nearly 60 per cent of residents in the south eastern region of Melbourne are overweight or obese,” she said. “The consumption of unhealthy food and drinks is a significant contributor to these rising numbers.

While nutrition plays a large role, TCP recognises that diet is not just an individual problem. The contribution of social and environmental factors – for example, the impact of our food system, how we make, grow, access, buy and consume food has also become increasingly apparent. Healthy environments are key to preventing this burden of disease.” In the future TCP is planning to undertake a wide range of initiatives and will coordinate activities to help

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it realise its community aspiration. This includes establishing a local food network and running a localised social marketing campaign aimed at increasing vegetable intake in young children. Anyone with an interest in healthy fresh food, strengthening the local food system and helping TCP realise its community aspiration is welcome to get involved. Sign up at communityplate.org.au


DOGS have a good run on most Mornington Peninsula beaches, but not all. At some beaches they are prohibited and at others they must be leashed. Mornington Peninsula Shire is working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and local committees-of-management to encourage residents to better manage their dogs’ behaviour at certain beaches and foreshore and parks reserves. These include those at Balnarring, Capel Sound, Dromana, Point King, Point Leo, Shoreham, Somers, and Whitecliffs-to-Camerons Bight. Signs there aim to educate dog owners on their responsibilities. The shire says its officers will be patrolling regularly to ensure dogs are leashed in all public areas (unless in a designated area), that owners carry bags to collect their dog’s litter, that owners have their dogs under control in leash-free areas, and that their dogs are not on beaches when not permitted. The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said: “Together with DELWP and local committees-of-management, we share a commitment to improving community safety and the enjoyment of our beaches by our residents and visitors. “We hope locals and visitors have an enjoyable time this summer when visiting our beaches. “Please treat our precious environment with care and show respect for those enjoying it around you.” To see leash free areas on the peninsula, visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/ leashfree

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Local authors spin the best stories Mornington Peninsula is home to marvellous writers in all genres. This Christmas and for summer reading, bring the Click for Vic campaign home and buy the work of local writers. On this page is a selection of recent releases from Peninsula authors guaranteed to be perfect gifts for friends and family. (Ask at your library too.) Buy local authors this Christmas!

Frances Henke

Carol Holden

Elizabeth Hicklin

Based on true stories of settlement, surviving the gold rush in Victoria’s raw conditions. The novels are elegantly written from endless research, following the Anderson family of artists. You’ll also want to know ‘what happens next’. Fran Henke of Hastings, is a retired journalist, artist, photographer, author of non-fiction titles too. A Fair Wind trilogy – The Other Side of the Wind, Winds of Rebellion and An Imperfect Calendar now in a gift set at Petersen’s Bookshop, Hastings, $65. Publisher: Flying Pony Press. Email: flyingponypress@gmail.com

Spirits With Friends is a lighthearted look at the world of alcoholic spirits including the discovery that retirement is neither restful nor leisurely. Over many “happy hours” Carol and friend Anne, spent a year concocting cocktails and researching the origins of various spirits while linking the histories to their own travels. Includes 30 cocktail recipes! Carol has a wide view of the world having travelled widely with her late husband, Rick – their many happy memories are reflected in this book, the first in Carol's Trips, Travels, Life series. Order from Elevate Words Press, $35.00 (RRP $39.95) Email: kj@elevatewords.com.

Limerence means an obsessive infatuation with someone, desire for an intense romantic relationship. This usually lasts three months, with Hubert, it lasted a lifetime. The young Frenchman met Audrey at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, a romance developed. Then Audrey met a Swiss boy, fell in love and sent Hubert a letter of her intending marriage. Audrey knew nothing of his obsession with her until the letters were returned on his death. Since retiring to the Peninsula Elizabeth has published short stories and poems. Limerence is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Rosebud Book Barn, $24.95. Email: hicklinelizabeth237@gmail.com

Mickey Martin

Muriel Cooper

Vanessa Parsons

The Given Trilogy never sugarcoats the brutality of its world. Instead, the series shows the strength and determination of the characters within. The books shine a light of hope in deepest darkness to prove that love, compassion, and bonds of friendship can heal any wound, overcome any obstacle. Mickey Martin is a romantic writer with messages of hope and healing. Here she aims to make a difference, touching on mental health issues, domestic violence, child abuse, and Mother Earth’s stability. Mickey lives in Frankston with husband Jade, sons Jesse and Zane. Available online retailers or mmhpressgroup.com. Email: mickeyslba@hotmail.com

Lucid is a psychological murder mystery exploring lucid dreaming, the nature of reality, and relationships. Melbourne criminal lawyer Rick Peterson puts his newfound ability of lucid dreaming to work to create a nostalgic dream destination – until murder shakes his world. In real life, he is pursued by a Sydney gangster and his beloved Mornington Peninsula cattle property is under threat from developers. Muriel Cooper is a prominent talk radio personality, writer, psychologist, and blogger at The Talking Room. She lives on the Mornington Peninsula. Order Lucid from Amazon, Booktopia, or Fishpond. Publisher: Pegasus. Email: murielcooper@talkingroom.com.au

The Rainbow Connection is a beautifully illustrated, heartwarming and entertaining picture story book about the creative ways we found to connect and spread joy when we all had to stay apart. A book every child can relate to and enjoy, while giving them an opportunity to discuss and process their own lockdown experience. Available for pre-order with books due for release in mid-January. Vanessa Parsons is a qualified primary school teacher, certified life coach and business owner who lives on the Mornington Peninsula with her husband, three children and one exuberant dog. Website: vanessaparsonsauthor.square.site Mornington News

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