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Brent’s running to the ‘G to help prevent youth suicide The loss of life due to youth suicide is tragic, and there are few people who have not been touched by the grief or knowledge of someone who has taken their life. An overwhelming number of young people are struggling with depression, and when it leads to suicide the consequence is devastating for the families and friends left behind. On December 23, Mornington’s Brent Loughrey will run from Mornington to the MCG for his 53 To The G fundraiser in support of It’s Okay, Not To Be Okay, a charity established in 2016 by three Peninsula sisters who lost their brother to suicide. While growing up in Mornington, Brent played sports, attended school, and worked with beautiful young people who have since ended their lives, leaving him anguished and wishing there had been a conversation, an answer, or a way to prevent the tragedy. The cycle continues, and now Brent regularly faces the news that a mate or a colleague has lost a son or a daughter to suicide. Among friends, Brent – better known as ‘Lockers’ – is recognised for his crazy sense of humour; a practical joker and a fun-loving single dad. But there is a serious side to this young man who is deeply affected by this national crisis, and he is known for acting on his conscience. Brent has previously orchestrated several fundraisers, raising thousands of dollars for Cure Cancer Australia Foundation, Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia, Variety Victoria, Black Dog Institute, and the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. He draws attention to his fundraisers with quirky self-mocking challenges displayed through social media, and by creating thought-provoking poetry. Brent began training for 53 To The G in June, and while he thrives on a challenge and the accomplishment, the true motivation is knowing that his effort may save a life. In 2019 Brent completed the gruelling Kokoda Track, using the feat as a major charity fundraiser. Brent’s training is fraught with injuries but he has never failed to complete one of his arduous charity challenges, and on December 23 his many supporters will be eagerly awaiting his arrival at the MCG. To support Brent, go to his Facebook page www.facebook. com/brent.loughrey and follow the links. If you or anyone you know needs help, contact: • Lifeline on 13 11 14 • Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 • MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978 •Humpback Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 whales off Mount Martha. Photo courtesy of Dolphin Research Institute (taken under permit)


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Jess’s view is powerfully positive When Jess Van Zeil was a student at Mount Eliza Primary School, she set her sights on representing Australia at the Olympics. The young judo star had no idea the goal-setting and visualisation skills she learnt as a junior athlete would hold her in good stead for the battle of her life that was to come.


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In 2015 at 21, Jess was diagnosed with conjunctival ocular melanoma, a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. “I was overseas at the time on my gap year visiting my dad, who lives in South Africa. I saw an eye specialist two days after landing in South Africa and had surgery the day after that.” Jess feels lucky to have fitted in a road trip of the South African coastline with her best friend for five weeks before receiving a formal diagnosis. “The oncologist was extremely blunt. He said to me: ‘You need to know melanoma kills. You’ve been very lucky to catch this early, but it is a cancer that kills if it spreads’.” With her trip cut short, Jess came home to Australia, a world leader in melanoma research, where treatments available were superior to what was available in South Africa. After a brief reprieve from the cancer after some localised surgeries back in Australia, nothing could have prepared Jess for what came next. The cancer returned a few months later and Jess was faced with deciding whether to have her eye removed and the eye socket closed over, or to have less than five years to live. Jess’s initial thought was that losing an eye was the worst thing that could ever happen, but then a realisation struck her. “It was as if a switch flipped in my mind – I realised I’d been given a second chance. I decided I wasn’t going to let it beat me . . . and I’d have the most incredible collection of eyepatches ever.” Unfortunately, a year later with no warning or past history, Jess had a seizure. Scans revealed cancer had spread to her brain. “I was diagnosed with stage four cancer in September 2016. I was lucky because of the treatment available at that time. If I’d been diagnosed even the year prior, my prognosis would have been six to 16 weeks.” To say Jess has overcome more than her share of adversity is an understatement. In her book Eye Won, Jess shares her story so that other people facing hard things feel less alone and have hope. In her work as a speaker, Jess shares her PATCH method for building what she calls “holistic resilience”. Jess isn’t a fan of the ‘just push through’ brand of resilience; instead, PATCH stands for Positive, Adventure, Thankful, Creative and Honour. These are the pillars of holistic resilience. When it comes to being thankful and having a gratitude practice, she says: “I always underline the word ‘practice’. It’s not something you can do willy-nilly and hope it will make a difference. I do it every single day. “Two years after I took my first step in the hospital when I was relearning to walk after brain surgery, my partner and I completed the Kokoda Track. It feels difficult to see what life will be on the other side of COVID but there’s going to be amazing opportunities and amazing things come of this time. Life feels different right now but it doesn’t mean it’s going to be this way forever.” For more information about Jess’s work as a speaker or to buy her book, visit her website at NIKKI FISHER

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Going for gold at Yawa “It’s quite an artform teaching kids swimming technique,” says dual Olympian Samantha Purvis. “I would like to pass on as much information as I can to make their journey in the sport the best it can be.” Samantha was appointed to the Flyers Swimming Club Mornington Peninsula coaching team in July as lead coach and will be based at Yawa Aquatic Centre in Rosebud. “All my life I’ve swum,” she says. “Coaching is the next best thing if you’re not in the water, and being with the kids keeps you young. I enjoy that.” Samantha brings a wealth of experience to the job, having worked for more than 25 years as a coach at national and state levels across all age groups from juniors to older athletes. Before coaching, Samantha had an international swimming career many young and dedicated swimmers dream of, including competing at two Olympic Games. Reaching Olympic level almost

didn’t happen, though. Born in England, Samantha’s family travelled to Australia and New Zealand when she was a child for her father’s work. She learnt to swim in New Zealand, and at age nine the family moved to Perth for two years where she continued swimming. They would have happily stayed except extended family called them home to England. Back home, Samantha joined a swimming squad. “I was good technically but the other swimmers were all so fit I couldn’t keep up. I was ready to quit. My coach said, ‘You’re too good; don’t give up’. My coach, Fred Hall, had a huge influence on me. He was very disciplined about technique – firm but fair. Fred took me to a senior level, then when I was 15 he said, ‘I’ve taken you as far as I can’, which really upset me. He said, ‘You have to go to a bigger club’. Not all coaches would have done that, but Fred knew his limitations and the pool we trained in was only 25m. I didn’t understand at the time but it was a fantastic thing he did for me.” Samantha was only 16 the first time she competed at the Olympics, representing Great Britain in 1984 and finishing fifth in the final of the 200m butterfly. Then

in 1992 Samantha competed at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, captaining the team and making the finals of her event; she was also a medallist at the 1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games. A highlight of Samantha’s swimming career was meeting and competing against her idol, US butterfly superstar Mary T. Meagher – aka Madame Butterfly – at the 1984 Olympics. “Then in 1985 we went to the nationals in Arkansas and I was in the final in the lane next to Mary. Mary won and at the end of the race she turned to me and said, ‘That was a great race, Sam’. I couldn’t believe it.” To aspiring Olympic swimming champs, Samantha’s advice is: “If you really want it, you have to commit. Create such a strong training routine for yourself (that) it’s not an option to not go. On the days you don’t feel like training, just think, ‘My competition will be getting out of bed’. And focus on your technique; you need it to be the best it can be. Thrashing up and down the pool can come later.” For more information about joining the Flyers swim team at Yawa, email

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Living well at life’s end A memory that’s stayed with Janet Phillips from her time working as a palliative homecare nurse more than a decade ago is when one of her patients wanted to be well enough to go fishing again with his mate. A simple thing like going fishing takes on a whole new meaning when it might be the last time. “I said, ‘OK, let’s get you to the point where you can do that’. And we did. It’s those moments that are so rewarding,” says Janet. Late last year Janet was appointed CEO of Peninsula Home Hospice, a role she’s delighted to be in. “I’ve worked in the health sector for over 35 years, starting out nursing in hospitals, then as a breast cancer support nurse and for over a decade as a community palliative care clinical nurse consultant, then on to management roles. I’ve always been drawn to community health care, and the thing that really struck me about this particular service is its really close connection to the community; we have lots of wonderful volunteers and great fundraising auxiliaries and committees.” With her wealth of experience, Janet understands first hand the needs of patients, and the challenges and rewards practitioners in this space face. From a personal point of view, Janet’s experience nursing her mum through pancreatic cancer gave her insight into family needs too. Peninsula Home Hospice is a not-for-profit specialist

community palliative care organisation that provides support services so that people with lifelimiting illnesses, their carers and families are able to receive the support they need in their own home. There’s a wide range of services available, including counselling, education, palliative care physician, music therapy, art therapy, nursing, occupational therapy, spiritual care, and client care volunteers. “A new program we’ve started is a general practitioner special interest group, where GPs can come together, share ideas and debrief as well as meet our staff, and to build clinical skills and knowledge of palliative care. “People think palliative care is just about cancer. It’s not. Or that once you’re in palliative care, you have a short time to live. That’s not always the case either. We support people with a range of illnesses: motor neurone disease, heart issues, respiratory illnesses, kidney and renal illnesses. We can support people sometimes for one or two years. They come to us with a chronic illness that’s unstable, then they stabilise and are discharged from the service as they don’t require specialist palliative care anymore. If they become symptomatic or develop palliative care issues, they can easily get in touch with our service to be readmitted. There’s lots of assumptions about what we do. We’re not about death; we’re about living and having the best quality of life. And people always say, ‘We wish we came to you earlier’. Research shows that people live longer and have better quality of life when palliative care is engaged early.” To find out more about Peninsula Home Hospice, call 5973 2400.

Sweet treat for Mornington millionaire “And with the golden ticket it’s a golden day.” So sings Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – and Mornington’s newest millionaire knows exactly what he means. The woman collected a cool $2 million in TattsLotto’s July 30 draw – one of 10 division one winners – and compared it to finding the golden ticket to Mr Wonka’s famous factory. “This feels like a Willy Wonka moment, like I am Charlie from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” she said. “You know how he wanted to win so bad and then he got the golden ticket and it was a dream come true? Now I’ve won; this is my golden ticket, my chocolate factory and my dream come true. With a multimillion-dollar prize, I could probably get my own

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chocolate factory, too.” When a Tattslotto official called to notify her of her win, the woman was still in bed. “I am just waking up, but I needed to get up for work anyway,” she said. “I am so not going to work now, no way! I am going to celebrate with my family instead. I am just so blown away.” Asked how she planned to enjoy her winnings from an 18-game QuickPick she’d bought online, the woman said she would buy a house. “I have been dreaming of owning our family home for years and now I can actually do it. The rest I will share with my family and use to set the kids up for their future. I’ve always wanted to win division one, so this just feels absolutely amazing.” The winning numbers were 32, 41, 13, 16, 33 and 18; the supps were 9 and 19.

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Powerfully positive Jess shares her story so that other people facing hard things feel less alone

Compelling portrait Vicki Sullivan’s portrait of Brett Sutton is inspiring

Frankston thrown under the bus Victoria’s blueprint backs away from public transport fixes

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Molly 0407 225 261 Anna 0401 598 613 JOURNALISTS & FEATURE WRITERS Nikki Fisher, Lisa Walton, Drew Cooper, Richard Cornish, Maurie Hutchinson, Nerida Langcake, Josie Jones, Stephanie Johnson SOCIAL MEDIA & WEBSITE Jasmine Forecast, Hannah Scott DISTRIBUTION Archie and his band of helpers DESIGN Lisa Walton, Jasmine Forecast. Sinead Fay PUBLISHER, EDITOR Lisa Walton EDITORIAL CO-ORDINATOR Geoff Scott

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Awards for our lifesavers Including lifesaver of the year for Chris Perrott

Farm animal fostering Learn Sarah Rollinson’s heartwarming story

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Sisters are doing it They launched ‘It’s ok not to be ok’, great story

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Short courses generate long-term benefits Ensuring employees are properly trained and qualified is vital to the success of modern businesses. However, traditional training can often take valuable staff away from vital work and can be increasingly difficult for employees to enjoy their worklife balance. Online learning has continued to grow in popularity, giving businesses the opportunity to upskill and train staff in flexible and cost-effective environments through interactive and informative platforms developed to give students the maximum return on their time investment. There are many advantages of online training that showcase how it can help improve a business, whether it’s trade, accounting, hospitality, or health. The benefits to additional staff training will help develop your future leaders. Flexibility: Online learning is immediate, giving students and businesses instant access to training in the most convenient way possible. Training can begin with just a few clicks so you don’t need to worry about losing precious time.

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Accountability: You can track learning and identify areas where your team needs extra help, meet your compliance requirements and link to development plans, all while reducing the cost and difficulty of training your staff. Cost-Effective: Training provided online avoids the high costs like transport, printing, books, and the cost of travel. Online training is extremely cost-effective and can be utilised efficiently With Chisholm’s online-only industry courses, you can train your team with flexible, tailored and practical industry learning that delivers the skills your staff and business need on your terms – all online, at any time. Discover how effective our online training is with a complimentary four-week trial for businesses, Foundation Skills For New Leaders. With six modules, you’ll be able to track and measure employee uptake and feedback. For more information you can contact the Chisholm Workforce Solutions team at Workforce. CHISHOLM INSTITUTE A: Frankston, Dandenong, Berwick, Cranbourne, Rosebud and Wonthaggi campuses T: 1300 244 746 W: FB: ChisholmInstitute INSTA: chisholm_institute

It’ll be all meteorites on the night Have you ever wondered where meteorites come from? Are there different types of meteorites? If you want to know where meteorites have landed on Earth, this event is your chance to find out. In celebration of Science Week, Frankston City Libraries is presenting guest speaker Trevor Hand, of the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society, as part of its Libraries After Dark series. Trevor will be sharing his knowledge of meteorites, including showing his impressive collection of meteorites, at Carrum Downs Library on Thursday, September 30, at 6pm. You’ll be able to get answers to all your burning questions about space rocks from Trevor, who has been a regular presenter at public stargazing events for the MPAS for more than a decade. Trevor is an engaging speaker who loves to talk about all things related to meteorites; he has been a guest speaker at several other astronomical societies and radio stations, and has captivated audiences on cruise ships in the Australian and New Zealand regions. This event is free but bookings are essential; go to www. and search ‘beyond our atmosphere’. Carrum Downs Library is at 203 Lyrebird Drive, Carrum Downs; phone 9784 1020.

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Exploring the education horizon At Cornish College, our commitment is to ensure that young people are engaged in the best schooling experiences now for a thriving and sustainable tomorrow. “We must recognise the privilege of educating young people, especially when we have the opportunity to do so on 100 acres of natural parkland,” says principal Nicola Forrest. “The opportunity here, to educate for a sustainable future and extend our vision of education beyond the curriculum, drives us toward education of a different kind.”

At Cornish, students learn to understand their roles and responsibilities as creators and contributors to education, not just consumers. Journeying through the Early Years to Year 12, they develop deep understandings of themselves as learners and about the interconnectedness of the world around them. A disposition for systems thinking developed through inquiry and concept-based learning leads students to becoming adept at identifying and solving problems with an entrepreneurial mindset that transfers far beyond the school and curriculum. When young people come to Cornish College, their families come with them and join us as a community of explorers committed to making a difference. “There is a great deal of courage in a community that comes together to challenge the narrative of schooling,” Nicola says. “When we open our minds to unlearning and reimagining schooling, we open the possibilities to a better future for all.” Creating time and space in the school day for play, deep inquiry, exploration and personalised learning opportunities, Cornish College is ensuring students have the tools to thrive in learning and in life.

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steel-sprung frames and cold-cured moulded foam to deliver unsurpassed comfort and support. This is coupled with an extensive choice of quality top grain leathers and fabrics. These truly unique chairs also come in a range of sizes and base types to enable you to personalise your comfort zone, as well as motorisation for the ultimate relaxation experience. With an international market, IMG has been producing these stunning pieces globally for many years, thus cementing its solid reputation for flawless recliners worldwide. Find out for yourself by visiting Big Chair Living in Mornington or Sorrento and discover body-correct support and true Norwegian comfort created by IMG. BIG CHAIR LIVING A: 140 Main St, Mornington T: 5976 1960 A: 119 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento T: 5984 3388 W: FB: IMGcomfort INSTA: imgcomfort

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Compelling portrait captures a moment in time Australia’s much-loved and prestigious portrait painting prize, The Archibald Prize, is 100 years old this year; it is somewhat fitting that this year’s prize and $100,000 was awarded to Melbourne artist Peter Wegner for his portrait of Australian artist Guy Warren at age 100. Out of 938 entries, 52 finalists were selected: 26 men and 26 women. This gender parity has been a long time coming. In its history, only 10 women have won the Archibald. One of the 938 entries was by award-winning Mornington Peninsula artist Vicki Sullivan. A committed portrait and figurative artist, Vicki has entered The Archibald Prize 11 times. The Archibald Prize calls for portraits of Australians distinguished in the fields of art, letters, science, or politics. Vicki’s cast of portrait sitters for most of those 11 years have come from the arts, starting with actor Steve Bastoni in 2010. Then actors Sigrid Thornton, Kerry Armstrong, and John Waters graced Vicki’s canvases. Opera singer Liane Keegan, with whom Vicki attended Sorrento Primary School, was her entry in 2015. Vicki says that getting to meet and paint the portrait of opera singer and proud Yorta Yorta woman Deborah Cheetham, who she had long admired, was a particular highlight. For Vicki’s entry this year, she looked beyond the arts to science and couldn’t have found a more prominent person in the field at this time in history than Victoria’s chief health officer, Professor Brett Sutton. With Brett’s workload and unpredictable timing of lockdowns in Victoria, it felt like a big ask but Vicki pulled it off. “I emailed Brett and shamelessly namedropped the fact I’d painted a portrait of his colleague, Associate Professor Daniel O’Brien, who at the time was head of contact tracing at Barwon Health. I hoped that would give Brett confidence I was for real. He replied and said he would be happy to. We managed to get one sitting done in my studio. I did a pencil sketch and a photo session.” To enter the Archibald, you have to have had one sitting from life. “We just got in between lockdowns.” Vicki is yet to be a finalist in the Archibald but her commitment to her work is unwavering, so it is just a matter of time. Her portrait of Prof Sutton is now entered in the 2021 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. “If it doesn’t get in, I’ll enter it in the 2022 Darling Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery,” Vicki said. “To have something on the wall at the National Portrait Gallery is the height of heights. I’d love them to have the portrait of Brett as a reference of this time.” Vicki’s passion for painting realism has seen her travel to Italy several times to learn from the masters of her style. In 2019 she graduated from the Angel Academy of Art in Florence. “When I was starting out at art school in Australia in the early ‘80s, I was disillusioned because realism was looked down on here and that was what I really wanted to do. To me, when I looked at those old master paintings, I just thought they were magic. In Florence we would paint and draw every day from a life model for six hours a day. It was the best training.” To artists feeling a bit disheartened by the state of the world and the arts at this time, Vicki says: “Make the most of this time. Use it to prepare and train. This will pass. Don’t give up on your dreams.” Follow Vicki on Instagram @vickisullivan and check out her website NIKKI FISHER Issue 118, SEPTEMBER 2021

Safe Hands, Vicki Sullivan’s portrait of Victorian chief health officer Brett Sutton.

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Frankston’s public transport strategy ‘thrown under a bus’ Infrastructure Victoria’s blueprint for the state’s development in the next 30 years has backed away from supporting an immediate extension of the Frankston train line to fix public transport connectivity to and through Frankston, says Committee for Greater Frankston CEO Ginevra Hosking. “Frankston’s residents have been thrown under a bus,” Ms Hosking said. “Commonwealth money is on the table to build the Frankston extension today, yet the state recommends even more studies.”

inadequate affordable parking – ours is some of the most expensive in the state – and street congestion hampers our city’s economy, yet this report recommends the State Government introduce new paid parking charges rather than extending the Frankston line to a purpose-built commuter park and ride away from our city centre. We need the rail extension to Langwarrin at a minimum where there is land suitable for up to 5000 commuter cars. Moving cars outside the city centre is the permanent solution to Frankston’s traffic and parking congestion.” Ms Hosking reserved some praise for the report. “One

positive is the blueprint sensibly says land needed for future rail corridors and station infrastructure should be acquired by the state now before it is built on. We have advocated that this occur in Langwarrin for four years. And it broadly acknowledges that outer suburban areas such as Frankston have underdeveloped transport networks and that limited transport choices force commuters to rely on cars, causing more congestion and compromising access to jobs, education, services and social connections. It anticipates that outer suburban public transport demand will soar by 65 per cent in coming decades.”

Ms Hosking said the draft blueprint released last December called for construction of the rail extension to start in the next five years. “The final report is saying another five years is needed for feasibility studies but in the meantime ‘next generation’ buses will do. It’s again kicking the can down the road. The public benefits of the rail extension have been well documented, widely circulated in the community, and strongly supported by our region’s major organisations. Ongoing delays like this place the $225 million funding for the extension in jeopardy.” Ms Hosking said the blueprint called for better bus connections to Frankston’s CBD, railway station, Chisholm TAFE and Frankston Hospital but was silent about how students get to Monash University’s Peninsula campus. “Providing a metro-standard train service to the campus is one of the compelling reasons for the long-awaited rail extension. A station near Monash would enable six times as many students to access the campus by rail. “The report recognised that Frankston’s multi-modal transit interchange – situated right in the middle of the CBD – is unable to handle high traffic volumes and needs upgrading, so how will sending more buses there solve our problems? Frankston CBD already has

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Imagine your dream home brought to life Starting with a blank canvas is something that motivates Arki Design Studio to create individual, unique spaces – architectural statements that will live beyond time. An award-winning design studio with a collaboration of a multi-disciplinary team, and more than 15 years of experience, opens endless opportunities to create timeless and bespoke homes. The Arki Design Studio team are also specialists in sustainable design and efficiency, with qualifications in passive home design. Starting from site orientation, solar access, and locating key aspects around the site, we seamlessly and meticulously combine the architecture and its interiors effortlessly by achieving a high level of detailing to complement our designs. Arki Design Studio work with clients to develop their brief, finding what their needs and functionality of the spaces are and how to best design spaces to meet these criteria and beyond. We challenge ideas and push the design boundaries to bring to life an unimaginable design for clients. Speak to one of our friendly team members today to start planning for your next dream home. PETER HARRIS – Design Manager ARKI DESIGN STUDIO A: 659 High St, Kew T: 0403 674 276 W: INSTA: arkidesignstudio Issue 118, SEPTEMBER 2021

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The inside story: a teacher’s tale of education Education is a two-way street. Teachers have as much to learn from students as the other way round – that’s if they’re prepared to really get to know who sits in their classroom. Mornington Peninsula author and secondary school teacher Brendan James Murray is one of those teachers who makes the time to understand who his students are as people, where they’ve come from, and where they want to go in life. And he does all he can to help them get there, even when the system is stacked against them. Brendan knows there’s a whole lot more to life and education than an ATAR score. Brendan teaches English at the school he attended. The new father didn’t grow up thinking he’d be a teacher. His first true love was writing. After studying professional writing, he cleverly realised that if he became an English

teacher he could bring his love of reading and writing to his professional life. In his memoir The School, released in May this year, Brendan shares his learnings from one year in the classroom. “It’s primarily about the students; it’s about school and teaching, but it’s also trying to show a reader who might not be a teacher life in a modern school. And that young people who often get a bad rap, that there’s so much that’s amazing and wonderful about them. And there’s so much about modern education we need to change for the sake of the kids.” This insightful and honest book almost didn’t get written. “I can find it emotionally challenging to write about experiences people have had that are quite horrible. Early on in the writing I contacted the publisher to say I was struggling and wasn’t sure I’d be able to write it.” Fortunately, Brendan’s publisher was able to support him in telling this important story, and we can learn from the diverse and compelling characters included in The School. To write his book, Brendan contacted some of his former students who are now adults. “I reached out to students whose stories I thought could illuminate something important about education. Every person I approached said yes. Writing the book was a case of doing those interviews, getting more aspects of the story, and then bringing it all together.” One of those students was Wambui, who grew up in Kenya and came to Australia in the early years of high school. “In the village where Wambui grew up, she witnessed a man being murdered. It was a case of mob justice; the men of the village had caught him while he was robbing a house. He was killed outside Wambui’s house. She was only a little girl at the time; she was appealing for mercy and compassion. It is such a telling story. It reminds us of what some of these young people in our classes have experienced, and sometimes in a large group it is the children who need to be listened to, not silenced.” Brendan wants to share one final thing: “My belief is

teaching is a wonderful profession. I would implore anyone – be that a young person choosing a career or an older person looking to change career – I would encourage them to look at teaching.” Brendan is guest author at Words after Dark, hosted by Antipodes Bookshop in Sorrento, on Thursday, September 9, from 6-8pm. It is a free event but bookings are essential. The School is published by Picador. NIKKI FISHER


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The Helix Nebula, also known as NGC 7293, is a planetary nebula located in the constellation Aquarius. At 650 light-years away, this is one of our closest bright planetary nebulae. Photo by MPAS member Steven Mohr

September provides a feast for the eyes Be sure to enjoy the rich regions of Scorpius and Ophiuchus this month before they sink below the western horizon. Just above them lies an area around the heart of the Milky Way that’s brimming with star clusters and bright nebulae. In contrast, the eastern half of the sky is relatively empty, although you can still find several constellations, including Pisces, the Fishes; Cetus, the Whale; and Eridanus, the River. Lying in the constellation Tucana, the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) can be found close to the beautiful globular

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cluster 47 Tucanae, also known as NGC 104, which is a must-see target in the September southern skies. It is visible to the naked eye as a hazy star, while a small telescope shows its bright centre and many of its glittering stars. This cluster is 15,000 light-years away. Other visible targets include the globular clusters M22 in Sagittarius, NGC 6397 in Ara, and M4 in Scorpius. The open clusters M6 and M7 in Scorpius are also visible. There are a few interesting targets at the moment in Aquarius. The globular cluster M2 appears as a fuzzy star through binoculars and is near the star Beta Aquarii. And the planetary nebula NGC 7293, the Helix Nebula, appears as a faint fuzzy disc through a small telescope. Another globular cluster, M15 in Pegasus, is thought to be 13.2 billion years old and can be picked out with binoculars, while a small telescope shows it clearly.

On September 9, Mercury and the crescent moon will be close together in the evening sky. On September 10, the crescent moon and Venus nearby form a triangle with the bright star Spica. Then on September 17 the waxing moon is near Saturn, and the next night is near Jupiter. On September 23 the Earth is at Equinox, which is when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal. For further information about the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society, such as public stargazing nights, event bookings and membership, please visit the society’s Facebook page, or website at NERIDA LANGCAKE, Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society

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Kicking goals for women’s football Born and bred on the Mornington Peninsula, AFLW rising star Isabella Shannon, who plays for St Kilda, was 14 when she played her first game of footy at Balnarring. Growing up in a “footymad” family and having a kick with her brother was her initial training ground for the sport that’s unexpectedly become the centre of her life. Isabella’s the third graduate of Padua College to make the AFLW, after North Melbourne’s Bethany Lynch and Carlton’s Bridie Kennedy. Nikki Fisher caught up with her. Can you tell me about your path to AFLW? My path to AFLW started in 2016 when I was in Year 9. I was playing a lot of netball and then Balnarring Thunder started a youth girls’ football team. I decided to give it a go. From Balnarring I was scouted to play with the Dandenong Stingrays for the next three years.

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The growth in female footy during these years was phenomenal and the AFLW competition began. I decided to focus on football and began making my way through representative levels. I played in the nationals for Vic Country for three years. Through this I was lucky enough to be chosen for the NAB AFL National Academy that was created to develop future AFL players. This was a great opportunity; it helped me realise the work that was required to make it to the next level. At the start of 2019 I was invited to train with the Southern Saints (St Kilda’s VFLW team). At the time, Saints were building their list for their upcoming inaugural season and could sign on two under-18 players. I was lucky enough to be signed at the beginning of 2019. What’s been a highlight of your AFLW career so far? A highlight was my debut game against Melbourne FC. It was our first season in the competition. I’d missed the first two games and worked hard for a spot in the team. It was a perfect, warm night at our home ground in Moorabbin. All my family and friends were there to watch and the St Kilda AFLW had our first ever win. It was a monumental moment for the club and our team who had put in the hard yards over pre-season. Watching all my teammates celebrate was a moment I’ll never forget, and getting to share it with my family and friends was

extra special. What have been some of the challenges and how have you handled them? Being a female professional athlete certainly comes with its challenges. The first challenge was juggling my training schedule with Year 12 studies and a social life. Year 12 was a very big year in all aspects. I handled it by being disciplined with training – waking up before school to do gym etc – and keeping a tight circle of friends and family that have always been great supporters. Since being in the AFLW, I have found the juggling of training, work and university difficult. Sometimes things get sacrificed, such as time with friends, but having a close circle of friends means they’re always supportive. Who are your AFL and AFLW heroes? Growing up I was never an avid football fan, but my family are footy-mad. So my AFL heroes would have to be my dad and my brother. They were instrumental in teaching me how to kick, spending hours with me out on the street. They’re both really good players themselves and I like nothing better than going to watch my brother play. My AFLW heroes are my four captains at the Saints: Hannah Priest, Cat Phillips, Rhi Watt, and Kate Shierlaw. Our leadership structure allows there to be four captains and each one brings something unique to the table. They’ve created a great team culture. They are all very inspirational women and some of my best friends. You’re studying for your Bachelor of Natural Environments (Wilderness & Philosophy) at the University of Tasmania. What drew you to this course and what do you hope to do when you finish? Growing up on the Mornington Peninsula meant I’ve always felt best in nature. This course was really unique in that it offers me the opportunity to combine my passion for natural environments with society and culture. I’m learning about the interplay between humans and the environment and how we can shape human behaviour to have better impacts on the land. I chose to come down here because I’m always looking for adventure and heard the Tassie wilderness was pretty spectacular. We do a lot of practicals off-campus, so I’ve been able to explore while studying. I’m still not completely sure what I would like to with the course, but I would like to work outdoors, that’s for sure. What would you say to young people dreaming of an AFL career? My message to all young females is that there’s never been a better time in history to be a young female footballer. The opportunities are constantly expanding, with four new teams coming in 2022. To get there requires hard work and discipline, but it’s nothing you can’t do. If you’re determined, persistent and a keen learner, you’ll go a long way. The most important thing is to do the work, get your skills right, your fitness levels up, and keep enjoying your footy. Also, always listen to your coaches – they know their stuff!

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Ebony’s hoping to light up business awards Opening a new retail store in a pandemic and having her first baby all within the space of a month isn’t exactly what Red Hill Candle Co owner Ebony Flett had planned, but that’s the way it worked out. “It would have been great to have a bit more time between opening the store and having Percie, but things kept getting delayed by lockdowns,” says Ebony. “It’s all happened at once and I’m really excited for what we’re doing. It’s so rewarding when you’re working for yourself.” That’s not to say it wasn’t hard. “I look back now and wonder how we got through those first few months.” Ebony started her business as a side hustle in 2016, selling hand-poured candles at Peninsula markets and retailers. Last December, Red Hill Candle Co opened the doors of its retail and workshop space in the thriving Dromana Industrial Estate. “Finding a location was really challenging, and then we found our home in the industrial estate. We wanted to be part of the tourism community. There are so many businesses in the industrial estate where you can eat or drink, and we wanted to

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offer the sense of smell with our scented candles.” With her background working in tourism and as a Peninsula resident, Ebony always knew that she wanted more than simply a retail store. “I wanted to create an experience-based business centred around fragrance.” In addition to selling highquality, hand-poured soy wax candles in her beautifully styled store, Ebony is proud to offer in-store bespoke activities for her customers. Interactive workshops take place in the Scent Lab. These hands-on, fun candle-making workshops have been so popular a new mezzanine space has been built to accommodate more participants. Look out for school holiday workshops for kids. Ebony is thrilled to be named as a finalist for the 2021 AusMumprenuer Awards in four categories: Rising Star, Retail Business, Creative Entrepreneur, and Handmade Business. The awards are presented by The Women’s Business School to recognise and celebrate Australian mothers in business who are excelling at what they do. Winners will be announced online this month. Good luck, Ebony! NIKKI FISHER

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Beleura Private Hospital opens new rehabilitation wing Mornington Peninsula residents now have greater access to comprehensive rehabilitation services thanks to a major expansion at Beleura Private Hospital. The $3.5 million upgrade doubles the number of private rooms available for inpatients and features a new gymnasium and consultation rooms. CEO Michelle Henderson said Beleura’s rehabilitation services were always in high demand, and the additional beds would help more patients access care in a timely manner. “This expansion is great news for our community because more people will be able to access our excellent rehabilitation and allied health specialists right here on the Mornington Peninsula,” Ms Henderson said. “We can now provide 60 private, modern inpatient rooms all with their own ensuite, which is double what we used to have. Locals will also be able to access our comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation services, like physiotherapy and occupational therapy, all in the one convenient location.” The expanded rehabilitation unit provides

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therapy seven days a week and includes: • 60 inpatient beds, all modern private rooms with ensuites • Fully-equipped gymnasium • Physiotherapy • Occupational therapy • Speech pathology •H eated indoor pool for individual and group hydrotherapy treatment •C hange rooms and showers for outpatients attending hydrotherapy •C onsultation rooms for private medical assessments and reviews •A DL (Activities of Daily Living) kitchen for assessment and therapy sessions • Group rooms for education sessions • Wireless internet access • On-site kitchen for patient meals • Free on-site parking • Patient lounge. Patients wanting to attend the inpatient rehabilitation program first need a referral from their GP or specialist. For more information, head to Our-Services/Rehabilitation-Services

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Spring projects to support local Spring presents the perfect time to refresh our spaces, indoors and out. With our gardens ready to emerge from the cold, why not drop into your local nursery and get some advice on new plants to reimagine your green spaces? If you’re not a natural green thumb, find a local gardener or landscaper to support your vision and design your ideal outdoor retreat. Perhaps you’d like to create a new entertaining area to welcome friends and family. Consider a new deck or a revamp of the old, look at outdoor lighting or maybe add a fire pit. Local tradies can help you make it come to life. A new paint job might be just the thing to re-energise your home. With a great choice of painters available, think local and employ local contractors and design consultants when you’re ready to go. As we work together to keep our local economy growing, Mornington Peninsula Shire urges everyone – community members, organisations and businesses – to consider how we spend, recommend and utilise local services. Whether it is shopping in new ways locally, engaging local tradespeople or exploring our own backyard with fresh eyes – our support can make a difference. Discover your local businesses at

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FAC art exhibition winner praised for ‘powerful, sensitive’ work A “powerful and sensitive meditation on two seemingly irreconcilable approaches to land and Country” has taken top honours in the Frankston Arts Centre Open Exhibition Competition 2021. Wonnarua, a video installation by NSW conceptual artist Ryan Lee, was chosen by guest judge Simon Lawrie from 55 artworks submitted for the Australiawide competition by local, regional Victoria and interstate artists.

A scene from Ryan Lee’s Wonnarua.

Mr Lawrie, the curator at McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery, said: “Wonnarua captures well how things change at different speeds and often out of step with each other. While threatened by the industrial exploitation of traditional lands by non-Indigenous inhabitants, the cultural identity of the Wonnarua Nation remains strong. This is a powerful and sensitive meditation on two seemingly irreconcilable approaches to land and Country.” Ryan said he was “absolutely chuffed” to take out the competition, which included a cash prize of $1000 and an exhibition and opening event at FAC next year. He described Wonnarua as a contemplative moving image installation work that aimed to provoke discussion around themes of Indigenous ways of living in juxtaposition with the Western settler-state system's unsustainable, damaging ways of using stolen lands. “The video diptych contrasts living portraits of five Aboriginal people from the Wonnarua Nation with drone shots of the vast Muswellbrook coal mines, which are situated in the heart of the Wonnarua Nation.” Frankston City Council’s arts and culture manager, Andrew Moon, said he hoped patrons would be able to visit the exhibition, which is on show at Cube 37 Gallery, when FAC reopens. In the meantime it can be viewed online at FrankstonArtsCentre Frankston City Council Deputy Mayor Nathan Conroy said the competition was a major annual arts program that gave artists the opportunity to address a chosen theme through their choice of medium. “Whether it is a painting, sculpture, photography, video or textile, this year’s artists have explored the theme Change,” Cr Conroy said. “Inspired by pivotal global events, the theme was open to broad artistic interpretation and could be approached from a personal, social, historical, aesthetic or climatic perspective.”

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Growing together – the importance of community partnerships at Woodleigh The Mercedes-Benz SUV range awaits you at Mercedes-Benz Mornington Because you were born to explore. Because boundaries were never meant to be forever. There’s the SUV range from Mercedes-Benz. Introducing the strongest range of SUVs from Mercedes-Benz. Made for every family, every style and every adventure. Discover the SUV range at Mercedes-Benz Mornington. • The compact GLA SUV – the strength of agility. • The versatile GLB SUV – the strength of flexibility. • The striking GLC SUV & GLC Coupe – the strength of character. • The intuitive GLE SUV & GLE Coupe – the strength of intelligence. • The luxurious GLS SUV – the strength of confidence. Mercedes-Benz vehicles are the pinnacle of automotive quality and design. It is this well-deserved reputation that has given

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At Woodleigh, we expect that students will take increasing responsibility for themselves as they grow. We know that effective character education is enhanced and brought to life through planned, integrated projects, experiences, and adventures within the schooling experience, and believe that every child can be a compassionate and active contributor to society. Our aim at Woodleigh is to develop young people who embody their values and understandings and act upon them both at school and beyond. The principal objective of Woodleigh's Community Partnerships Program is to add breadth, depth, and enrichment to our young people's experience. Of critical importance is that these programs empower students to feel that they can make a difference and leave a positive legacy that enriches the lives of others. Woodleigh's Community Partnership Program aims to challenge young people to engage in authentic experiences that strengthen our communities while embedding the 3Rs – Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for The Environment. It is about two-way learning, solid connections, and longlasting relationships. By defining and promoting a spirit of service at Woodleigh, we encourage responsible social action based on a deep understanding of

challenges and issues faced by individuals and communities in need of support throughout the world. We offer programs and projects that engage students and role-model positive, sustainable, community partnerships locally and further afield, through our involvement in Round Square, an international network of schools and colleges dedicated to holistic education. When it comes to partnerships and service learning, we must look beyond the 'doing' of volunteering: mentoring, charity, community engagement and fundraising and see the 'being' within our students. By engaging with service, we instil in our students a culture of teamwork, transcultural understanding, and knowledge of world issues – fostering compassion, empathy, and creativity in our community. GARETH BOLCH – Deputy Principal, Community, Culture and Student Experiences WOODLEIGH SCHOOL A: 485 Golf Links Rd, Langwarrin South T: 5971 6100 W: FB: woodleighschoo1 INSTA: woodleighschool PICTURED: Woodleigh’s partnership programs vary from local groups like Eat Up, to the remote, such as our relationship with Wugularr School in the NT, and the international, as a member of the Round Square organisation.

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Bubba Organics an all-round winner After doing some research and discovering that the natural skincare product her family was using wasn’t as ‘natural’ as it claimed, Bubba Organics co-founder Kerri Chadwick and her team set out to make the best quality, truly natural baby skincare products possible at an affordable price. They didn’t know it would change lives in the way it has. Kerri, a mother of two and Mornington Peninsula resident, says: “We didn’t set out to change the world, but we receive so many messages and testimonials from happy mums. Knowing our products are helping families is why we love doing what we do.” Bubba Organics products are proving effective in relieving and clearing up cradle cap, acne, and eczema. Melbourne mum Bec Ley searched for answers to cure her son’s severe eczema. “I tried so many recommended brands on the market and nothing worked,” says Bec. “They would even make him itchier. Bubba Organics Australian Goats Milk Bottom Cream was recommended to me and it worked like magic overnight. It gave him instant relief and wasn't itchy on his skin at all. I cannot believe how well this product worked on his eczema.” Made in Melbourne and packaged in recyclable packaging, Bubba Organics is committed to working with local manufacturers and being 100 per

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cent Australian-made. Its products are chemical-free, with no nasties such as parabens, petroleum, sulphates, mineral oils, synthetic colours or artificial fragrances. And they’re also water-free. This is significant because many skincare companies use water as their base ingredient. In fact, water accounts for up to 90 per cent of some skincare products. Bubba Organics uses aloe vera as the base ingredient because of its soothing, calming and healing properties. “It’s so important we read the labels on skincare like we do with food,” explains Kerri. “The first ingredient listed is the main ingredient.” Kerri has been nominated in the Sustainability category of the 2021 AusMumpreneur Awards. These awards are about supporting Australian mums in business, challenging stereotypes, and raising awareness about the contributions made by women with young children to the Australian economy. Kerri continues: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be nominated in this category. It’s so important that we all do what’s right for the environment and the next generation. It’s about committing to being environmentally sustainable and doing your best. It’s not about making the most money; it’s about making a difference.” Good luck, Kerri! NIKKI FISHER BUBBA ORGANICS T: 9666 3388 W: FB: bubbaorganics INSTA: bubbaorganics

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Emerging artists create this generation’s mixtape in a time of COVID Fresh from the Ebdale Recording Studio, five emerging artists are now ready to reveal their unique stories and music on a special recording – the Fresh Compilation Album 2021. The artists, ranging in age from 15 to their early 20s, recorded the album thanks to the State Government’s FReeZA program that is facilitated by Frankston City Council’s Youth Services Team. The album is both a personal reflection of its contributors and a potentially iconic record of the challenges their generation is facing in the uncertain times of this pandemic. The youngest, Kaiyah, spent the lockdown of 2020 learning to play guitar and piano and live-streamed to friends, writing and performing in a therapeutic way. At the other end of the experience level, Bridget Allan was a regular on the Melbourne gig scene whose performance opportunities have been stifled by lockdowns and was given a new focus with this album. In the final stages of production, Victoria entered its sixth lockdown, and BayZa Leslie – a volunteer sound engineer who also features on the album – transferred the project to his home studio, liaising with the other musicians remotely. “It was an opportunity to collaborate with people they wouldn’t normally collaborate with and to do things (musically) they wouldn’t normally do,” Bayza said. “I wasn’t expecting the talent that was already there, and all I can say now is I wouldn’t miss this album.” The featured artists are:

2. Beast of Virtue – Jack Christie – is a bedroompop artist who blends nostalgic synths with folk and alternative music.

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who has produced several individual albums, is a regular on the Melbourne gig scene and also at events for causes such as Sea Shepherd’s Ocean Defence Tour, Paddle Out for Westernport and Oxfam.

4. Chaliah Hilton-Cronin is a soloist from the Mornington Peninsula who writes acoustic indie/folk music about youth, identity and heartbreak.

5. Kaiyah Mercedes is an emerging singer/songwriter whose lyrics reveal intricate stories in a poetic style. The album can be streamed and downloaded from Bandcamp at music Photos by Mark Calleja

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1: Lifesaver of the Year Chris Perrott. 2: Youth Lifesaver of the Year Andrew May. 3: Beach Lifeguard of the Year Sarah McNamara. 4: T he Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club’s Lion’s Den youth program was named Outstanding Achievement of the Year. 5: Mike Martin AM Champion Junior Lifesaver Remme Mason. 6: Emerging Official of the Year Georgia Cassell Ashton. 7: (opposite page) Kaya Cook, left, was named Official of the Year.



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Awards roll in for lifesavers The calibre of Mornington Peninsula’s lifesavers has been highlighted with an incredible haul of honours at last month’s Life Saving Victoria 2021 Awards of Excellence. Portsea Surf Life Saving Club’s Chris Perrott and Andrew May won Lifesaver and Youth Lifesaver of the Year respectively, while Point Leo SLSC’s Lion’s Den youth program won Outstanding Achievement of the Year. Sarah McNamara was named the Beach Lifeguard of the Year, and Mornington Life Saving Club’s Remme Mason took out the Mike Martin AM Champion Junior Lifesaver Award. Mount Martha LSC’s Kaya Cook was named Official of the Year, and Point Leo’s Georgia Cassell Ashton the Emerging Official of the Year. To top it off, the Mount Martha and Portsea clubs shared the Administration Club of the Year Award. Lifesaver of the Year – Chris Perrott (Portsea SLSC): Chris has served as the club’s director of lifesaving for the past two seasons and was behind a series of changes that saw Portsea record its highest number of patrolling members in a season. He has also accepted a three-year contract with the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service. “I am incredibly humbled,” Chris said. “Being Lifesaver of the Year is an incredible achievement and something I never thought I would achieve, but for me lifesaving has been such an amazing experience that has given me opportunities to meet others, make great friends and contribute back to your community.” The award is in memory of Sorrento-Portsea SLSC member John Wishart, who was taken by a shark off Portsea beach in 1956. Youth Lifesaver of the Year – Andrew May (Portsea SLSC): As well as serving as director for the general and operation committees and chief instructor for bronze medallion camps, Andrew co-ordinated thousands of volunteers as chief of water safety for the Portsea Swim Classic and Pier 2 Perignon swim events and served as Portsea’s lifesaving operations council representative. He also took on the lead role in patrolling one of the Peninsula’s busiest beaches, and was integral in reviving Portsea’s inflatable racing boat team that picked up seven medals at the recent Victorian IRB Championships, as Mornington Peninsula Magazine reported in our August edition. “Being a lifesaver is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have in life,” Andrew said. “There are not many communities out there like lifesaving that have such a positive impact on so many people and ultimately save lives.” Outstanding Achievement of the Year – Lion’s Den youth program (Point Leo SLSC): This two-year program bridges the gap between when youth lifesavers complete their surf rescue certificate and their bronze medallion. The club’s junior lifesaving co-ordinator, Sarah-Jo Mason, said the program helped to create a clearer pathway for youth members, keeping them engaged with the club once they had finished Nippers. “The Lion’s Den program increased the participation of our 14 and 15-year-old members during COVID,” Sarah-Jo said. “It was also about supporting youth mental health and providing social opportunities during a time many people were feeling isolated from their regular hobbies and interactions due to COVID. We saw our under15s and under-16s coming down to the club to participate in activities they wouldn’t normally do, so they were not only connected with one another but with the rest of the club.” Beach Lifeguard of the Year – Sarah McNamara: In her fifth season as a lifeguard on the Peninsula, Sarah says leading and upskilling four fellow lifeguards this season was a privilege and delight. Initially one of the youngest in the Australian Lifeguard Service, Sarah is now seen as one of its most experienced and reliable lifeguards. Issue 118, SEPTEMBER 2021

7 Mike Martin AM Champion Junior Lifesaver – Remme Mason: Remme is a highly valued member of Mornington LSC, volunteering in many capacities while showing all the elements of an emerging lifesaving leader as well as always being willing to help her peers. Official of the Year – Kaya Cook (Mount Martha LSC): Kaya has held her Surf Official accreditation since 2015 and is now qualified as a senior official and able to act in the roles of chief judge and carnival referee. She has assisted with training and mentoring of new officials for the past decade and this season officiated at many carnivals, including the Victorian championships in particularly challenging weather conditions where she ensured there were adequate safety protocols in place for a safe competition. Emerging Official of the Year – Georgia Cassell Ashton (Point Leo SLSC): This was Georgia’s first year as a technical official, and at the Victorian championships she was the nominated area risk and response officer for the open women’s area and the ARRO at the Masters state titles. Georgia has already left an impressive mark on competitions using her tenacity to make decisions about competitions and races that have helped to keep events running. Administration Club of the Year – Mount Martha LSC and Portsea SLSC: This award encourages and recognises outstanding achievements in club administration. State Services Long Service Awards: Ray Webb (Gunnamatta SLSC) 10 years; Hamish McKendrick (Portsea SLSC) and Donna Watt (Gunnamatta SLSC) five years.

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Hastings dredging planned for next March Mornington Peninsula Shire plans to begin dredging at Hastings boat ramp in mid-March next year. In a statement, the Shire said the work, which was originally scheduled to be completed in July or August this year, was delayed due to the unavailability of the dredging contractor, the work’s impact on the peak fishing season, and COVID-19 restrictions.

“Dredging will deepen the channel and accommodate the recently upgraded boat ramp, ensuring boats and watercraft can safely access the area in all tides,” the statement said. “The upgrade, completed last November, extended the length of the previous boat ramp by 6m and provided a connecting walkway to the existing floating pontoon. The next steps include dredging to provide improved access and the installation of a second pontoon. “Consultation has been undertaken with the community, boat ramp users and marine ecology experts to ensure the Shire is minimising impacts to the environment while

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continuing to provide safe access for boats. Channel dredging is expected to take approximately 10 weeks and is dependent on weather conditions. The impact to those using the boat ramp will be minimised as much as possible, with full closure of the ramp estimated at five days. The closure will take place mid-week at a time of low usage while dredging at the end of the ramp is carried out. During the remainder of the dredging period, the ramp will be open with occasional lane closures. A waterway management plan will be in place to guide boats while dredging is occurring.” Construction of the second pontoon will begin once the dredging work is complete. The new pontoon will mirror the existing one on the southern side of the boat ramp. There will be partial closures of the boat ramp during construction. Mayor Despi O’Connor said: “The rescheduling of dredging at Hastings ensures the works will not coincide with the upcoming fishing season, including the Westernport Angling Club’s Whiting Challenge. The views of the local community, boating groups and marine ecology experts have been considered to minimise impacts on the environment while also providing safe access for boats.”

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Racing Hearts for the win Thanks to the vision and heart of Lisa Coffey, retired racehorses and humans dealing with life’s challenges are helping each other heal. Lisa is the founder and director of Racing Hearts equine assisted therapy practice in Moorooduc. The charity’s tagline is ‘humans helping horses helping humans’. Lisa hails from Ireland, where she owned and operated an equestrian centre; part of her work included retraining retired racehorses, which she continues today at Racing Hearts. It’s a first in Australia for an organisation to retrain retired racehorses and integrate them into equineassisted therapy. Lisa fell in love with horses at age 10 on a trail ride in Spain. “I was hooked straightaway,” she says. In her 20s, Lisa delved into her family tree and discovered her connection with horses was in her bloodline. “I found a long history of horse people in my family starting two

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generations back from me, from champion jockeys to stud farm owners, but the horse connection was lost along the way until me.” Lisa’s entry into the racing industry followed a riding injury. “I wanted to get my fitness back faster. My friend Gary Cribbin is a jockey’s agent. He asked me if I wanted to exercise racehorses for a local trainer. I did. They were very patient with me, teaching me to ride with shorter stirrups, my reins in a different hold, how to let the horses travel and how they should feel underneath me. I was obsessed with racing from then, and really lucky to be offered a job with the transport company transporting Coolmore and Aidan O’Brien’s horses. Aidan’s one of the top trainers in the world. I travelled all around the world with their horses. It was amazing and really opened my eyes to the incredible industry racing is.” In 2009, Lisa came to Australia to satisfy her curiosity about the Melbourne Cup. “The only thing I knew about Australian racing was the Melbourne Cup. It was one of the main things that drew me out here.” Lisa quickly found her place in Victoria’s racing community, being employed by Racing Victoria to advise on education, equine welfare and jumps racing safety.

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a host venue for the 2021 Melbourne Cup Tour. The tour sees the 18-carat gold Cup taken to various destinations around Victoria as a fundraising means for communities. “It’s a really big deal to have the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour here. The event we will run in October will be an invitational event for our clients and their families and people around the community who have supported us. I’m excited to share why racing is such an important industry, how well the horses really are looked after, and what we do to help them post their racing careers.” Lisa’s passion for helping people, particularly young people, comes from a personal place. “I grew up knowing family violence. My dad was very physically and psychologically abusive. It affected my brother and I differently and that sparked my interest in mental health and why people respond to trauma in different ways.” Lisa has studied psychology and counselling, specialising in traumainformed practice and adolescence. Issue 118, SEPTEMBER 2021

“Much of the work we do at Racing Hearts is about prevention. I want to prevent what happened in my family happening in other families. By working with young people, teaching them positive behaviour and coping strategies means they don’t have to backpedal as adults and unlearn negative thinking and behaviour. Our school program is remarkably effective, helping young children identify positive behaviour choices and how to keep themselves safe from the impact of trauma. The program is now expanding into student re-engagement, VET and VCAL programs.” Racing Hearts is a registered charity. To learn more about its work or to donate, visit NIKKI FISHER RACING HEARTS A: 106 Graydens Rd, Moorooduc T: 0452 045 046 W: FB: racingheartsaus INSTA: racing_hearts_therapy

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Death at The Heads in 1852 Nine passengers lost their lives on the night of Wednesday, September 15, 1852, when the steamer Conside struck the outer reef at Point Lonsdale. The ship had left Sydney 10 days earlier but, because of bad weather, was behind schedule. It is believed this caused the captain to attempt to enter Port Phillip on a night with poor visibility and strong wind. About an hour before the s.s. Conside arrived off Point Nepean, the schooner Portland had struck the same reef. Captain William Appleby assumed that the lights of the stranded schooner were those of a ship passing safely through The Heads and attempted to follow.

When the steamer struck the reef, panic broke out among the passengers. Some of them attempted to launch a boat but were thrown into the sea. The ship’s agents reported that there were 170 persons aboard but the only lives lost were from among these. A group of men began looting property, but with the help of his officers, Captain Appleby was able to destroy all of the liquor before it could be taken. Moving at more than nine knots, the ship had passed over the reef but was held firmly by its stern, with the bow in deeper water. A large amount of luggage was saved, as was the cash from

s.s. Conside would have looked very much like this early steamer, built four years later on the Tyne.

the safe. The ship broke up over the next two days with the loss of most of the cargo. The s.s Conside was an iron single-screw steamer built in 1848 at South Shields, on the Tyne River, UK. She was 32m in length and was powered by an engine of 80 horsepower. Initially used in the coal trade to Europe, she was moved to the west coast of the US in 1851, but unable to find profitable employment there, she sailed for Australia. Her crossing of the Pacific from San Francisco to Sydney, which was perhaps the first made by a steamer, took 70 days, but 54 of these were under

sail. Arriving on February 14, 1852, Conside was sold at auction on March 19 and completed four round voyages between Sydney and Melbourne before the disaster. MAURIE HUTCHINSON President, Peninsula Ship Society T: 9787 5780 E: The Peninsula Ship Society meets at Hastings Yacht Club on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10am. Visitors are always welcome.

Youngsters’ road to recovery through art Last month, Mornington Peninsula Shire hosted an online youth art exhibition titled Road to Recovery. Artists aged 11 to 25 submitted artwork focusing on the theme Road to Recovery. The exhibition included painting, sculpture, stories, drawing, poetry and photography showing how the artists’ lives have been affected by COVID-19. The community was invited to vote for their favourite artwork. First prize: Doors of Opportunity (poetry) by Isabelle Mace, 14. “However hard lockdown may be, if we take the time to stop and think, we can start to see the many opportunities that come from this experience.” Second prize: Unmasking (painting) by Alyssa Downie, 13. (pictured) “The artwork represents looking forward to the future with positivity and leaving behind the past by unmasking.” Third prize: Baxter (sculpture) by Harper Elder, 11. “Baxter is a mask made from foam mattress and offcuts of fur jackets. During COVID, no shops were open so I used what we had around the house. When I'm making Baxter, nothing else matters, nobody is judging me and because I made it from scratch there was no wrong or right way he was going to turn out.” NIKKI FISHER

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Sarah Rollinson didn’t set out to have five lambs as pets. No, her plan was to rehabilitate them and send them happily out into the world to their ‘forever’ homes. Problem is, she falls in love with them. Sarah doesn’t think she’s doing anything special or out of the ordinary, but how many people do you know who pack up their family, move to a farm and become a foster carer for orphaned and unwanted farm animals? “We’ve been on the farm for a year,” says Sarah. “We were living on a normal house block in a family home in Rosebud. We looked around and secured 10 acres in Moorooduc. We thought 10 acres would be too much; now we feel like it’s not enough.” At the start of the pandemic, Sarah decided to find out about fostering lambs as a way of “giving back”. Her starting point was to apply to animal welfare organisations that work with foster carers. Sarah is now a registered foster carer with Lamb Care Australia and ‘Til The Cows Come Home. “I’ve ended up adopting every lamb I’ve looked after. They have their own personalities and they live inside for so long I just want to keep them.” Lamb Care Australia is a not-for-profit registered charity that rescues and rehomes orphaned lambs born during the lambing season in Victoria. ‘Til The Cows Come Home is an adoption charity for farmed animals. Its mission is to rescue suffering farmed animals, rehabilitate them with the help of foster carers and then rehome them. The organisation has cows, birds, pigs, sheep, chickens and horses all in need of care and adoption. Orpheus, Ludo, Krumpet, Jepp and Iggy are just five of the calves lucky enough to have found their way into Sarah’s care – care that can involve night feeds, nappy changes, dressing in warm coats, vet visits and of course lots of cuddles and pats. In addition to lambs and calves, Sarah has Peanut and Buckley. Both are rescued french bulldogs. “The dogs have spina bifida; they’re both incontinent so wear nappies. I’m teaching my kids that everything deserves a life even if they’re born not quite how they’re supposed to be.” And if that’s not enough to take care of, Sarah’s next project – or her builder husband’s next project – is building a sanctuary for battery hens “so I can take in 200-300 hens at a time”. Sarah’s friends urged her to set up a Facebook group so they can keep up with happenings on the farm and follow

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the progress of the animals. “I celebrate the animals’ birthdays, their milestones, so people can see that livestock animals are living creatures, that they can be rewarding and therapeutic as having a cat or dog. People thank me for bringing awareness to how animals are treated and say it brightens their day to see the animals. It puts a smile on their face. I’ve found a real passion for what I’m doing.” The nature of Sarah’s work with vulnerable animals means there are some sad times too. “When I have animals arrive malnourished or sick and I’ve done everything I can for them and still they die, I know they’ve known love and kindness and had care during that time. It’s just part of what we do.” If you’d like to become a farm animal foster carer or make a donation, visit or; you can also join Sarah’s Facebook group @Stonehaven Farm. NIKKI FISHER

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Catching up: Peninsula Business Networking members and their guests got together at Red

Gum BBQ on Wednesday, August 4, for their mid-year catch-up. The event was a great success, with Mornington Peninsula business owners networking, collaborating and building business relationships in a relaxed setting over food platters and drinks. PBN is a not-for-profit association that supports and connects owners from small to medium-size businesses through monthly events that help them grow their businesses. Photos: Steppin’ Out Events

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Gluten-free for good health A gluten-free diet is essential for managing signs and symptoms of coeliac disease and other medical conditions associated with gluten. A gluten-free diet is also popular among people who haven't been diagnosed with a gluten-related medical condition but want to cut down on their gluten consumption. So what is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat (including spelt), rye, barley and oats. Currently, the only medical treatment for coeliac disease is a strict, lifelong glutenfree diet. Removing gluten from the diet removes the trigger for your immune system and enables your gut to heal and symptoms to improve. To find foods that are suitable for a gluten-free diet, look for:

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Products that are suitable by ingredient If any ingredient in a product is derived from wheat, rye, barley or oats, then this must be declared on the food packaging. It is also important to avoid cross-contamination by avoiding products with statements such as ‘may contain gluten’. There are many people around the world who consume a diet that is naturally glutenfree or low in gluten. A good example is most of Asia, where the staple food is rice, not wheat. It’s perfectly possible to have a healthy diet that’s also gluten-free using most standard dietary advice. Don't be bothered by lockdowns or restrictions – gluten-free products are deemed essential goods for Victorians who require them for medical conditions. The Department of Health and Human Services has addressed the need for travelling more than 5km from home to purchase foods for special dietary requirements. Over the next two pages you will find eight local businesses that have embraced glutenfree living to provide a huge range of delicious options for coeliacs and those wanting to keep their gluten intake to a minimum.

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OMG Decadent Donuts owners Mark and Bek understand the limitations that come with being coeliac after Bek was diagnosed 25 years ago. They know the disappointment of not having the option of sweet treats that aren’t dry, heavy, cardboard-like and bland.

OMG Decadent Donuts Mornington Peninsula are the best-tasting donuts for people with allergies and even those without. Dusted with a range of sugars made from Australian fruits, spices and even vegetables, they’re accredited by Vegan Australia and Coeliac Australia, free from gluten, wheat, egg, nuts and yeast, and certified Halal and Kosher Pareve. You will find OMG Decadent Donuts at many of the local markets. They

Nature Bar Cafe has a great range of gluten-free options – in fact, there are more gluten-free menu items than not. We also have about 20 gluten-free cakes and desserts, many of which are also sugar, dairy and egg-free. welcome inquiries for events, school fetes, celebrations and festivals across the Peninsula and Frankston. OMG DECADENT DONUTS MORNINGTON PENINSULA M: 0439 814 216 W: mornington-peninsula FB: omgdonuts.morningtonpeninsula INSTA: omgdonuts.morningtonpeninsula

On the menu you’ll find a meze platter, nachos, our award-winning lentil burger, smoothie bowls, tofu florentine, smashed avocado, mushroom medley, and our Mexican big breakfast, all of which are either gluten-free or can be made so with just one small change. Our chips and sweet potato chips are also gluten-free – because no one should miss out on chips. As always, please advise if you are coeliac.

NATURE CAFE BAR A: 1-3 Thompson St, Frankston T: 9781 5183 W: FB: naturevegetariancafebar INSTA: naturecafebar

GLUTEN-FREE LIVING THE COCKTAIL STUDIO You don’t need to be coeliac to enjoy the delicious offerings at The Cocktail Studio. In fact, many customers aren’t even aware the all-day menu is gluten free – everything’s just so good. Established in Mornington’s Main Street just last December, The Cocktail Studio combines a gluten free café, cocktail bar and art gallery/studio. The ingredients are sourced from local and specialty suppliers – including Hillbilly Coffee from Tyabb – and we are currently researching new menu ideas not only for coeliacs but also for vegetarians, vegans and diabetics. The Cocktail Studio is also awaiting liquor licencing approval before announcing the grand opening of the cocktail bar. In the meantime, drop by for a coffee and some wonderful food – and check out the awesome Peninsula art and crafts

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THE GOOD FOOD BAKERY Not only is everything they sell 100 per cent gluten-free, The Good Food Bakery is now coeliac-accredited. Some of the staff are glutenintolerant too, and the owner’s niece has coeliac disease so they really understand their customers’ needs.

including the amazing designs of Jenny Wood, popular local Safety Beach artist. THE COCKTAIL STUDIO A: 150 Main St, Mornington T: 0415 288 585 E: W: FB: thecocktailstudiomornington INSTA: cocktail_studio_mornington

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Owners Tammy and Shane have created a provedore like no other, with Shane’s 30 years of experience as a pastry chef resulting in consistently superior goods and a guarantee of no cross-contamination in the kitchen. This family-run bakery has developed a real community vibe and a reputation as a destination meeting place to go with its exceptional food and coffee – and since the new expansion into the adjoining shop, tables and chairs are back so it’s set to become even more popular.

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TWØBAYS Brewing Co in Dromana is Australia’s first dedicated gluten-free brewery with a taproom, where everyone (even those who avoid gluten) can safely enjoy a range of nine craft beers with gluten-free wood-fired pizza!

We’re two chefs who are passionate about family, good food and flavour. We specialise in creating gourmet coeliac, meat, veg, vegan and FODMAP arancini options. Supporting Victoria is important to us, so all of our vegetables, chicken, pork and grass-fed beef is sourced from Victorian farmers. What we’re not big on is artificial anything – all our arancini has been tested and certified 100% glutenfree by a microbiologist. There are no preservatives, colours, or fillers in our arancini, only fresh and delicious ingredients. We deliver Vic wide, so check out our website at or come

say hi at a Victorian Farmers’ Market Association market at Mount Eliza as well as Bendigo, Nagambie or Whitehorse, Coburg, Woodend and elsewhere. ARANCINI 4 ALL A: 12A Fairway St, Frankston T: 0450 199 837 W: FB: arancini4all INSTA: arancini_4_all

Mount Martha resident Richard Jeffares missed the full craft beer experience after being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in 2015, so he started a brewery – and TWØBAYS has now collected 16 beer awards, including a gold medal for its Pale Ale. With outdoor seating and live music during summer – and a wood fire for winter – this is a great venue all year round for everyone, regardless of any gluten intolerance. TWØBAYS is open Saturdays from noon6pm and Sundays from noon-5pm. Check

the website for extended summer hours. TWØBAYS BREWING CO A: Unit 1, 2 Trewhitt Court, Dromana T: 5910 0880 W: FB: twobaysbeer INSTA: twobaysbeer

GLUTEN-FREE LIVING GLUTEN FREE FOODS If you miss the joy of eating freshly baked bread, a humble dim sim and potato cake on a Friday night, or a warm crumpet for breakfast, we have you covered. Gluten Free Foods stocks more than 1500 lines of quality glutenfree products under the one roof. We are a boutique specialised food store, proudly established in 2004 after five family members were diagnosed with coeliac disease. We have more than 17 years of experience in sourcing the most exciting range of gluten-free food available. We have made it our mission to provide the biggest and best range of allergyfriendly food available so you and your family never have to live without – because we lived that life too! Issue 118, SEPTEMBER 2021

Ed’s Hastings Everyone’s made to feel welcome at Ed’s, whatever your dietary requirements. “We’re basically a local bar with a menu that just happens to be completely glutenfree,” says Ed. Completely glutenfree and delicious.

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There’s a long wooden bar to sit at and enjoy a local craft beer and Ed’s famous fried chicken. “I have customers who travel just to eat our fried chicken.” Grab a table with friends or family and try Ed’s signature cheeseburger croquettes. There are daily specials, ready-to-go meals, and showstopping desserts. Baked banana cheesecake perhaps? Takeaway is available every day and there’s delivery within 10km. If you’re after comfort food that happens to be gluten-free, this is your place.

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After losing their brother to suicide in 2016, Georgia Hocking and her sisters Hayleigh and Maddi, pictured, launched It’s Okay, Not To Be Okay. The organisation aims to bring the important conversations of mental health, suicide prevention and grief to the community through events, social media campaigns, and selling merchandise to fund grief counselling. Georgia graduated from Padua in 2008 and, at 23, enrolled to study a Bachelor of Social Work as a mature-age student. Hoping to work with refugees and asylum seekers after graduating, Georgia faced the unexpected loss of her brother Ben in 2016 while at university. “I wanted to drop out, but completing this degree meant I could follow my dreams of working in community services,” she says. “After losing my brother I knew that I needed to work in mental health and to try and impact people’s lives and our mental health system in some small way.” Georgia is no stranger to adversity. In Year 12, she went to live with her father while her mum struggled with alcoholism. Despite wanting to leave school, Georgia didn’t give up. She completed Year 12 with a VCAL program and a Certificate III in Children’s Services. Today Georgia runs the grassroots mental health organisation with her sisters and works as a senior intake worker for Headspace. “I love that I can use my lived experience and professional background to reduce stigma around suicide, grief and mental health every day,” she says. Her advice to others is: “Give everything your best shot and know that there is more than one way to achieve your goal.” Visit the website, email itsokaynottobeokay@outlook. com, and follow the organisation on Facebook @itsokaynottobeokay and Instagram @__itsokaynottobeokay__ PADUA COLLEGE A: 62 Oakbank Rd, Mornington T: 5976 0100 A: 2 Inglewood Cres, Rosebud T: 5982 9500 A: 1585 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Tyabb T: 5978 2700 W:

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An enviable lifestyle and connected community Whether you’re searching for the perfect foreshore spot to while away the time on the sand or sea or whether you’re hankering for a place to chow down on some scrumptious cuisine with mates, Dromana’s got the lot.

Full of friendly people, Dromana brings the best of outdoor adventure and delicious dining alternatives together to offer a lifestyle envied by many. With the wide open sky stretching out over Port Phillip, this is a part of the Peninsula where the good times roll, particularly now that spring is here. Quaint coloured beach boxes dot the

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shoreline and boutique shopping is diverse, while the café and restaurant scene is alive and kicking, delivering delicious coffee, sweet treats, alfresco menus and a dedicated space to meet and greet like-minded people. Venture out to the industrial area and you will find a plethora of options, breweries, distilleries, butcher’s shops, and home and garden wares, including innovative new and established businesses nestled in their factories and doing a roaring trade. Drive a little further to find Crittenden Estate, renowned for its exemplary quality cool-climate wines. Yes, spring is here, and even if you cannot venture far, go online and support our wonderful Dromana businesses.

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When Bendigo Bank senior manager Fiona Somjee dreamt up the idea of having a mural painted on the external wall of the bank’s Dromana branch, she couldn’t have known the depth of happiness and connection the mural would bring to the town. Artist Wina Jie was commissioned after Fiona saw her painting a mural outside Dromana pizza restaurant Teresita. Wina is a multitalented artist with skills in graphic design, fine art, film and television. Earlier this year she set up her ladders and went to work marking out and painting the sizeable mural. Passersby stopped for a chat, getting to know her and curious about what part of the mural she would paint next. “They want to be part of it and connect,” Wina says. “It’s been a really positive experience. So many connections and stories have spun off from the mural. One man asked me if I could paint his dog in, so I changed one of the dogs I’d already painted to look like his dog. I wanted cultural diversity included so I picked locals I’ve met and included them. I did a lot of research when I was developing the concept. I really wanted to do justice to the details.” The mural depicts many of the community organisations the bank has supported over the years, including the CFA, sports clubs, the coast guard, and surf lifesaving clubs. “I added in the Dromana drive-in because it’s such an icon. And when I met the fire chief I changed the fire truck to document the last of its kind and added in the fire chief. I’m so grateful for the lifestyle we have here, the flora and fauna and the expanse of the horizon. I wanted to capture all of that.” The community spirit was tested in mid-August when Wina’s ladders were stolen from the mural site. Walkers Judy and Rhonda, who are fans of Wina’s work, heard what happened and posted it on Facebook. Tradies Sean and Jamie, from SJL Tree and Stump Removal, saw the post and offered to meet Wina at Bunnings in Rosebud and buy her new ladders. The good community vibes continued when CFA volunteer firefighter Neil heard the story and offered his storage shed at the back of his wife’s clothes shop to store the painting

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equipment safely. The creation of art in a public space is very different to art created in a private studio. Wina sees her mural as a living artwork going beyond the wall. The mural has evolved beyond the original concept through her meeting the characters of Dromana’s community. It is infused with the heart and soul of those who have Issue 118, SEPTEMBER 2021

watched it emerge. “Public art is also about accessibility,” she says. “People who might not go to a gallery see the art in their daily lives. It’s also about documenting a moment in time.” Bendigo Bank marketing and communications consultant Amy Campion says: “The original idea behind the mural was to reflect the role the bank plays

in the local area, showing the range of community groups the bank supports. We also saw it as a way to create confidence in the community that Bendigo Bank isn’t going anywhere. Rather, we’re wanting to grow and meet new needs, particularly at the southern end of the Peninsula.” “It (the mural) feels like the start of something,” Wina says. “I’m envisioning

street art walking tours like the way Frankston has taken off with their street art tours. It’s a real community story, so I’ve decided to name the mural ‘Celebrating Community Service’.” To see more photos of the mural and to follow Wina, go to her Instagram page @ vanguard_makers NIKKI FISHER

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S P E C I A L F E AT U R E Everything’s a little bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean we should skip the festivals – just alter them. After the success of the 2020 festival, Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined is back. In fact, the festival is coming straight to you via online storytelling, Zoom recorded interviews and performances. The State Government focuses on celebrating older Victorians and the valuable contribution they make to our community. The important initiative provides a chance for our older Victorians to experience specifically created content just for them that they can listen to and watch. There are weekly video performances and shared interviews, with radio entertainment planned this month and next. The clever team behind it have had a blast creating and reimagining the festival for our seniors. For more information, please visit www. Inspired by the online event, Mornington Peninsula Magazine has created this Celebrate Our Seniors feature to coincide with the festival and to share with our readers and community the services available to our senior population. We’re absolutely spoilt for choice on the Mornington Peninsula with retirement living, health care, home and lifestyle assistance, exceptional carers, residential care, in-home support and assisted living options. It doesn’t stop there, with experienced civil celebrants, suppliers of linen and manchester especially for aged care, mobility, home living aids, talented dentists, and providers of custom home solutions. Our community truly cares and is ready to support our seniors. Please join us in celebrating our seniors and support them as much as we can while maintaining our social distance by making a phone call to touch base, connecting over a video chat or waving when we pass by our elderly neighbour on our daily walk. Or pass the above event link on to them and share the festival. If you’re a senior yourself, what are you waiting for? These upcoming pages are just for you.

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arts events leisure Bringing the Peninsula music community together The MP Music Network is working harder than ever continuing its commitment to ‘putting music first on the Peninsula’. MPMN is a not-for-profit organisation that represents musicians, venues, music businesses and music lovers from the Peninsula’s contemporary music community. It is free to join. On Wednesday, October 13, at 1pm, MPMN will host a professional development and networking event at the Rye Hotel. The event, whose theme is Connecting the MP Music Community, will feature input from the best local artists, music industry professionals and expert

guests, including manager and PR Carolyn Logan from Penney and Logan, and booker for The Espy and Korova Lounge, Shaun Adams. Former Music Victoria CEO Paddy Donovan will facilitate the event and give an update on the Shire music plan, which Paddy helped to write. There will be networking drinks at 5.30pm. To join a wait list to attend this event, visit the MPMN website. For further information about musicians, events or to get involved in the MP Music Network, visit the MPMN Instagram page @mpmusicnetwork, or its website at NIKKI FISHER

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Heidi Louise sings us out of the dark

Heidi Louise is an earthy, genuine songwriter with strong melodies and engaging lyrical observations. Listeners will experience her performance through a narrative of sound that is full of energy and a homely sense of truth. Heidi combines haunting vocals, country folk storytelling and catchy foot-tapping riffs to give listeners a moment to connect. Think an eclectic blend of Pink, the Cranberries and Eva Cassidy. ( 78

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Mornington Peninsula singer-songwriter MAXON is currently shaking audiences with her trademark vocal and boundless songwriting talents. Her writing is stylistic of a diary entry – clandestine and forthright. Such confessional writing is bound to a vulnerable stage presence and a voice soaked in command as MAXON’s audiences witness the tale of the gifted singer and her battle through the trials and tribulations of love and its conditions.

With 20 years of composing her own music under her belt, Heidi released a beautiful single this year titled A Million People. It’s here to remind us that even in the darkest of times there is always someone else going through a similar experience. With the main message being that it’s OK to not be OK, Heidi encourages us to reach out of the darkness and find comfort in those uncomfortable spaces that our daily lives bring on. Reach out for help; there is always someone ready to listen. If all goes to plan, you can catch Heidi at The Pig & Whistle in Main Ridge on September 18. Tickets are available from Follow Heidi on Facebook and Instagram @heidilouisemusic

A gifted and versatile artist, MAXON burst on to the music scene in 2016 with her own brand of raw, emotionally-driven pop songs and a dynamic vocal range that earned her comparisons with the likes of Meg Mac and Hannah Reid (London Grammar). Her career has seen her perform alongside some of Australia's favourite artists, including Angie McMahon, Wendy Matthews, Alex Lahey, Mick Thomas and many more. Best Shot, her new single written in the confines of a small Brisbane apartment, is for the 30-somethings who constantly battle the feeling of time fleeting. A conversation with the bully inside her head, MAXON battles these thoughts head-on in this track. Produced by Jono Steer (Gretta Ray, Angie McMahon, Ainslie Wills), this sophisticated pop track is drenched with powerful vocals and thought-provoking lyrics. Check out Best Shot on Spotify via https://www. and keep in touch with MAXON on Facebook and Instagram @itsmemaxon.

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Peninsula VineHop Festival makes a welcome return More than 30 Mornington Peninsula-based wine, spirit, craft beer and cider brands will feature across nine venues at this year’s Peninsula VineHop Festival. The festival will include the new Block Party @ Brasser Avenue on November 13, and a family-friendly VineHop Sunday Session at The Briars in Mount Martha on November 14. “We are thrilled to welcome 13 new brands to the VineHop family,” said VineHop founder Lisa MacGregor. “The Block Party @ Brasser Avenue is an exciting new addition to Saturday, bringing together the breweries, cideries, wineries and distilleries that call Brasser Avenue home. And if people are after a more relaxed way to take in the festival, the VineHop Sunday Session is family-friendly, with a chilled vibe and everything in the one location.” For Saturday, the festival returns to its original format with multiple venues plus shuttle buses to allow attendees to travel between locations easily and safely. Food trucks, DJs and live music will be at each venue, keeping the festival vibes high throughout the day. On Sunday, the Festival Hub at The Briars will be open, with more than 15 beverage brands participating, plus food trucks, live music and entertainment. Children can attend the Sunday Session free of charge. Tickets are available at Issue 118, SEPTEMBER 2021

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To further their mission, Rebecca and Joe teamed up to create a quarterly writing competition for secondary school students across Australia, titled Little Stories, Big Ideas. “Young people have a lot to say about contemporary issues and themes,” says Rebecca. “We want the competition to be a place to raise their voices, express ideas and write through their thoughts and feelings on these topics.” Entrants write to a specific themed prompt in 100 words or fewer, in any literary style of their choosing. Short stories, poems, haikus, songs are all welcome. Some examples of themes

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Mornington Peninsula authors Rebecca Fraser and Joe Novella are on a mission to ignite the imaginations of the next generation of writers. Rebecca has been inspiring local young authors in her StoryCraft creative writing workshops since 2015 and through creating her popular middle-grade fantasy adventure book Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean. Joe is a man of boundless energy; in addition to penning three successful books, Joe’s a podcast host, documentary maker and short-film maker, and is obsessed with all things creative and digital.

include climate change, diversity, respect, politics, asylum seekers, inclusion and acceptance. This term’s theme is Aliens. “We thought that the word ‘alien’ is multi-layered and ripe for interpretation. Entrants are finding really creative, powerful and imaginative ways to interpret the themes.” Entry to Little Stories, Big Ideas is free and open to secondary students around Australia. Thanks to generous support from competition sponsors, prizes are awarded to the top three entries in the Senior and Junior categories. There is also a special prize for the Peninsula's best young writer in the form of a Peninsula Young Writer Award sponsored by the Peninsula's own Choc Top Ice Cream Company. Rebecca and Joe promote the competition to secondary schools around Australia and as a result have received entries from well beyond the Peninsula. Students from Broome to Tasmania to Far North Queensland have all been rising to the creative challenge. In the future, Rebecca and Joe are planning creative writing workshops to be offered in secondary schools on the Peninsula. Entries for this term close at midnight on Friday, October 1. For more information and to enter, go to www.littlestoriesbigideas. Teachers or parents can get in touch with Rebecca at or Joe atjoe. NIKKI FISHER


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Classic Rock & Soul Tom Katz Live at Sorrento Portsea RSL, 1-3 Hurley St, Sorrento, 4-7pm; seasoned musicians playing a wide range of classic hits from the 1960’s to the 90s; tickets $10;

Mt Martha South Beach Market Mount Martha House Lawn, 466 Esplanade, Mount Martha; spectacular boutique street food truck and handmade makers market overlooking the ocean; www. south-beach-market

Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Group Charity Gala Evening Arilla Restaurant, Boneo; 6-10pm; $70 per person includes 2 course dinner; silent auction, live music and raffles; www. BSZFU




Moorooduc Station Market 460 Moorooduc Highway, Moorooduc; 60 stall boutique handmade maker and street food market at historic Moorooduc station; great family day; www. unrivalledevents. moorooduc-stationmarket

St John’s Retirement Village Open Day 45 Park Lane, Somerville; 10am-2.30pm; check out the new activities centre opening 2021 and units and serviced apartments available; 5977 6955; au


Soul Night Market 91 Wilsons Rd, Mornington; 60 boutique street food & drink trucks, handmade makers and live soul music; 5-9pm; SHOP. EAT.DRINK.SOCIALISE soul-night-market



Music on The Hill Liz Stringer, Red Hill Pavilion, 184 Arthurs Seat, Rd Red Hill; doors open 7pm, performance from 8.15pm; local wines and beers available; check website for ticket prices www. musiconthehill.

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Bangarra Dance Theatre will light up the Mornington Peninsula with a performance of its watershed production Ochres at Frankston Arts Centre in October. Dancer Kassidy Waters is in her third year of working with this leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts company and is a proud Wonnarua woman from the Hunter Valley. Kassidy said ‘Bangarra’ means ‘to make fire’, which describes the work of Bangarra whether through dance, connecting with others or working creatively. “Ochres demonstrates love, loss, and spirit,” she said. “These make us human, and these emotions help connect us to each other.” Kassidy was born in 1995 – the year Ochres was created – so it is quite special for her to be performing in this show. “It was such a landmark production for Bangarra. It had a distinctive style and made an impact on audiences and industry. It is immensely important to have a First Nations company connecting with audiences and captivating them.” What makes Bangarra so unique is its connection with communities around Australia “who gift their stories to Bangarra to be shared on stage”. So after 26 years, Ochres is a gift that must not be missed, and after the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, Kassidy believes “it will be a relief to know we got there in the end”. Bangarra Dance Theatre will perform Ochres at Frankston Arts Centre on Wednesday, October 27, at 7.30pm. Tickets available at TESSA KENT – currently completing the FAC Citizen program FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE A: 27-37 Davey St, Frankston T: 9784 1060 W: FB: FrankstonArtsCentre INSTA: the_fac

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Time to renovate your corporate ID Move aside, The Block; we have ‘renos’ handled . . . well, corporate renos anyway. Priscilla, who heads up LogoLogix, says: “You can think of your logo as being the front fence – it’s important to make a good first impression – and your corporate collateral as the house. Advertising, stationery, corporate apparel and signage all make up the rooms of your corporate house.”

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With her invaluable years of experience in design and advertising, Priscilla can renovate your identity to make it more contemporary, adding functionality through collateral application to add ‘standout’ to your corporate estate. Who knows, it might even become the best one in your corporate street. If you feel your business identity is in need of a refresh, look to LogoLogix. LOGOLOGIX E: T: 9598 6995 W: FB: Logo Logix

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Business-owners, this one's for you! The Frankston & Mornington Peninsula Business Summit is a two-hour event that could turbocharge your business growth in a post-COVID world. Business finance is complicated. How much can you borrow? How fast? And on what terms? Now’s your chance to find out the answers to every business finance question you’ve ever had. Come along to the Frankston & Mornington Peninsula Business Summit so you can: ● Discover the different funding options you can use to grow your business. ● Hear real case studies from a

panel of business lenders. ● Learn the findings from a survey of 1200+ businesses and their growth plans. The summit is being hosted by business finance expert Bernadine Geary, CEO of Style Finance Group. Special guest is Kate Save, Shark Tank winner and founder of Be Fit Foods, who will share her remarkable business story. The cost is just $15 a person with lunch and networking included. It’s on Wednesday, November 3, from noon-2pm, and tickets are available now at BTINH STYLE FINANCE GROUP A: 52 Hull Rd, Mount Martha M: 0410 129 581 W: FB: StyleFinanceGroup


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Mornington Peninsula Business Social Update Well COVID-19 Lockdowns change everything and we have had to reschedule our Mornington Peninsula Business Social events. Mornington Peninsula Magazine together with Melissa Laurie have been putting on these fabulously successful networking events over the past few months. Unfortunately there will be no event in September. Depending on further lockdowns, our planned August event at Jetty Road Brewery with guest speakers Grant Rogers and David Corduff is rescheduled to October 13. Ticket holders have been notified and made aware that they can use their August tickets for October. Refunds can also be organised just email Melissa at If you would like tickets for the October event go to On November 17 we are planning to present two more amazing speakers, Paul Trigger from Trigger Bros and local entrepreneurs from the Great Wrap. This is expected to be at Safety Beach Sailing Club but stay tuned. We look forward to bringing you more amazing (and safe) networking nights with inspiring speakers at some of the peninsula’s best venues after Victoria re-opens. Find us on facebook MP Business Social. LISA WALTON

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health, beauty, fashion Rose rises through adversity to achieve business success Mornington Peninsula businesswoman Rose Farfalla is a finalist in the 2021 AusMumpreneur awards. The founder of HappinessFirst Support Employment is in the running for the title of AusMumpreneur of 2021 and is also a finalist for the Service Business Award. The awards, presented by The Women’s Business School, celebrate Australian mothers in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The awards are designed to recognise the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family. Rose’s goal has been to make quality and personalised support accessible and affordable for everyone. No stranger to adversity, she has had to deal with domestic violence, an abusive marriage, separation, divorce, financial issues, multiple miscarriages, living in a blended family, and cancer. Rose said she was delighted to be named as a finalist and is proud of her achievements, particularly her creation of HappinessFirst. “We aim to provide paid employment for 50 people living with disabilities by May 2022,” she said. “So far, we have 23 employed in mainstream organisations, including creating an environment/role in our business in case an opportunity for them doesn’t arise. We are also about to launch our online dating and social connection app for people living with a disability. “Being a mumpreneur offers my family the best opportunity to combine my life purpose – that of being a supportive, loving and engaged mum while also having the opportunity to live my passion and enable others to live their best lives. If your heart is set on creating a business, just start – even baby steps. Do not compare your business, services or products to other organisations. Just put your head down, seek advice where necessary, step up and create your vision with determination, positivity, and faith.” The winners of the 2021 AusMumpreneur Awards will be announced online this month. For more information, visit or contact

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At Yo-Ko Original we welcome a selection of fresh styles in relaxed silhouettes as a sign of these more casual times. Flowing wide leg pants, organic cotton print tees and crinkle fabrics in easy-wear dress shapes begin to fill our shelves this September. Gorgeous colour pop prints from Orientique bring optimism to the new season and offer us a welcome escape from our daily life. Their bold and vivid colours inspire that holiday energy we really have missed this year.

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Ready to change out of your sweats and lift lockdown spirits with a splash of spring colour? Look no further than YoKo Original Boutique.

Transition into spring with our womenswear brands, including the bohemianinspired Boho Australia, Indian printed pieces by Rasaleela, classic casual style by Café Latte, the Australiandesigned label Orientique, beautiful sleepwear by Victoria’s Dream plus many more. We are very proud to support local makers and artisans with accessories, clothing and giftware sourced from within our community. Shop online, take advantage of our click/call and collect service, or resolve your giftgiving dilemma with a digital voucher. YO-KO ORIGINAL BOUTIQUE A: 33 Armstrongs Rd, Seaford M: 0418 525 872 W: FB: yokooriginal INSTA: yokooriginal

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Coping with lockdown through online activities “There’s little argument,” says Jenny Harrison from Rising Moon Tai Chi: “2020-21 has been a very challenging period. Lockdowns, travel uncertainty, separated from family; we can’t even enjoy a relaxed restaurant meal with friends. As a result, stress and anxiety levels rise.

“We each respond to these challenges differently. Some enjoy working on new projects; others bake; some garden, or walk their dog. Having some structure and activity to look forward to helps avoid boredom and stress. A plan for the day helps us feel in control. “During lockdown, many people have continued their hobbies thanks to Zoom. Others have learned new skills or developed new interests by enrolling in online classes. Through technology, we are no longer ‘alone’. We have the opportunity to pursue interests that have been on our ‘list of things to learn’ for years. “Online learning opens the channels for self-development and brings a sense of achievement and satisfaction. If you’ve been thinking about learning tai chi or returning to it, I invite you to join our classes online or in person. “During these uncertain times, plan each day, have something to look forward to and always try to broaden your horizons by learning something new.” RISING MOON TAI CHI T: 0418 566 216 W: FB: risingmoontaichi INSTA: risingmoontaichi LEARNING CHANNEL:

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Pain – whether acute or chronic – is often frustrating and even debilitating. It can hinder your performance or stop you from doing things you enjoy. Beleura Private Hospital offers diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for ongoing joint pain or injury. We specialise in advanced orthopaedic services including arthritis management, complex hip and knee surgery, joint reconstruction, replacement, and revision. We are fortunate to have a team of highly respected orthopaedic surgeons who are recognised for their commitment to delivering quality care for the communities of the Mornington Peninsula. Our surgeons live locally, ensuring you’ll receive timely and personalised support when you need it. With state-of-the-art technology and options for minimally invasive robotic surgery, as well as on-site physiotherapy and rehabilitation in our brand new rehabilitation unit, we provide a comprehensive service that supports you to get you back to a full life. For quality orthopaedic care close to home, ask your GP or physiotherapist about a referral. To find out more, call 5976 0888 or visit BELEURA PRIVATE HOSPITAL A: 925 Nepean Highway, Mornington T: 5976 0888 W:

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Stephanie is an experienced Astrologer and regular contributor to

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For more info go to or ph: 0411 2555 77

by Stephanie Johnson

Aries: It’s a taking out the trash or rubbish kind of

month. September sees Aries sweeping the kitchen floor, wiping down countertops and squeegeeing shower doors and walls. You get the picture. Focus on the satisfaction of completing tasks. Once started, you may not be able to stop! Taurus: Put on your favourite tunes at home or work and get moving. You need to do anything that gets your creative juices flowing. This can be anything from redecorating a room in your preferred colours, or trying out new cookery recipes, landscaping your garden, to writing your life story. Gemini: Changes are afoot on your home front. If you feel the urge to rearrange your furniture or to change rooms around then go ahead. These physical urges are symbolic of a deeper emotional need for alterations in your private life. Perhaps it’s time to make room for a home-based hobby or office. Cancer: A decision that has been pending is about to become clear. It’s time to stop worrying and move forward. You may choose to take a short break to clear your mind. If still in doubt, or travel restrictions stop your plans, then why not pick up a pen and journal your thoughts?

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Leo: It’s all about money. Any monetary currency is really just a means of exchange. When it flows then you feel good. When it doesn’t then problems occur. Do you have enough? If so, then you can celebrate. If not, then it’s time to examine and adjust your budget or your income. Virgo: The month starts in your birthday season, giving you an energy boost. So take a moment to determine your strategy and then take action. Your energy may be focused on a money-making or budget-setting activity. Or perhaps you are investing in a personal makeover, a boost to your self-esteem. Libra: The start of September sees you pause before your birthday season. You can reflect on the previous birthday year and perhaps set some private goals for your next trip around the Sun. Your focus needs to be as much about others as it is about you. Scorpio: Friendship is highlighted in your Solar Chart this month. Thousands of years ago, philosopher Aristotle distinguished three kinds of friendship: friendships of pleasure, of utility, and of virtue. These three categories are still applicable today. Whatever your personal scenario, you now discover the value of each type of friendship.

Sagittarius: September sees you shine in

your public life. This could be your profession, as a spokesperson for an interest group, on social media or in your role as a parent or grandparent. This month you are recognised for your input. And luckily, family members support your efforts. Capricorn: A philosophical approach to your life is needed this month. The Sun is shining on the 9th House of your Solar Chart, highlighting a need to see the big picture. You have an excuse to put household drudgery on hold and focus instead on activities that lift your spirits. Aquarius: Regrets may be on your mind this month. Why? Perhaps because you are ready to make some changes and wonder why you didn’t implement them earlier. The idea is to stop looking back and to look forward. Shift the focus to the here and now, and the future. Pisces: After some recent setbacks, and perhaps even some relationship issues, you are ready to move forward again. For some this may mean a relationship contract. It may be time to sit down and communicate with your loved ones, and perhaps agree verbally or in a written contract.

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Common questions that we get asked as orthodontists When is the best time to start orthodontic treatment? We recommend a first orthodontic assessment for children aged between seven and nine because some benefit greatly from early intervention. Wearing certain appliances may reduce a child’s time in braces later and may also make treatment more effective. Do many adults get orthodontic treatment? We are seeing a growing trend in adults seeking orthodontic treatment, with many choosing to improve their smiles later in life. We offer many aesthetic options to suit your lifestyle, including clear braces and aligners (Invisalign and Spark). Will my child still be able to enjoy the activities they love? Some appliances are removable and some stay fixed in place. Dr Peter Scott and the team love to take the time to get to know you and your family to determine the most appropriate option. This includes your weekend sport and the name of your dog! Dr Scott and his team have grown to better service the Frankston and Peninsula region and welcome Dr Peter Tran to the practice. Dr Tran is a University of Melbourne graduate and has a special interest in early treatment and clear aligner therapy. He is exceptionally great with children and can sometimes be found making balloon animals rather than bending wire! DR PETER SCOTT & ASSOCIATES A: 13 Beach St, Frankston T: 9783 4511 W: FB: drpeterscottorthodontist Issue 118, SEPTEMBER 2021

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All markets are confirmed with organisers before publication, however, late changes can occur. For inclusion online and in print, please email market details to by the 15th of each month.

EVERY WEDNESDAY Main St, Mornington: 9am-3pm between Cromwell and Albert streets EVERY THURSDAY High St, Hastings: 9am-1pm, 40+ stalls, everything homemade, home-grown & crafted Plaza Palooza: 9am-4pm, Langwarrin Plaza, Langwarrin EVERY SUNDAY Bittern: 8am-1pm, 70+ stalls, Frankston-Flinders Rd, Bittern station Frankston: 8am-1pm, Sherlock & Hay carpark, Young St, Frankston SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 11 Crib Point Community Market: second Saturday of month, 9am-1pm, Crib Point Community House, 7 Park Rd, Crib Point Rosebud Community School: second Saturday of month, Nepean Highway, the old carnival site on Rosebud Foreshore (opposite 7-Eleven), 120+ stalls, handmade

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and new items, produce and plants Somerville Saturday Market: second Saturday of month, 9am1pm; crafts, bric-a-brac, cakes, plants and vegies; 2a Eramosa Rd West, Somerville. Sorrento Street Market: Sorrento Village, Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento, 9am-2pm SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 12 Mornington Racecourse Craft Market: Racecourse Rd, 9am2pm; 300+ stalls with animal farm and face-painting for the kids FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17 Soul Night Market: 91 Wilsons Rd, Mornington; 60 boutique street food & drink trucks, handmade makers and live soul music; 5-9pm; SHOP.EAT.DRINK.SOCIALISE www. SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18 Boneo Community Market: third Saturday of the month, 8amnoon; cnr Boneo and Limestone roads Pearcedale Market: third Saturday of month, 8am-noon, 710 Baxter-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 24 Mt Martha South Beach Market: Mount Martha House Lawn, 466 Esplanade, Mount Martha; spectacular boutique street food truck and handmade makers market overlooking the ocean; SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 25 Dromana Community Market: fourth Saturday of month, Dromana Community Park, Point Nepean Rd, Dromana. 8.30am-1.30pm; family-friendly experience with fresh and seasonal produce and locally crafted products Tootgarook Market: fourth Saturday of month, Tootgarook Primary School, 7 Carmichael St, 7.30am-noon; handmade crafts, local and fresh produce, gourmet foods, plants, bric-a-brac SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 26 Mt Eliza Farmers’: fourth Sunday of month, Mount Eliza Village Green, 9am-1pm Mount Martha Briars Market: 450 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha, 9am-2pm SUNDAY OCTOBER 3 Moorooduc Station Market: 460 Moorooduc Highway, Moorooduc; 60 stall boutique handmade maker and street food market at historic Moorooduc station; great family day; FRIDAY OCTOBER 8 Soul Night Market: 91 Wilsons Rd, Mornington; 60 boutique street food & drink trucks, handmade makers and live soul music; 5-9pm; SHOP.EAT.DRINK.SOCIALISE www.

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It may not be the perfect scenario to be locked down on beautiful spring days, but it does give us extra time to get our edible gardens really going. Spring generally comes around pretty quickly most years, and we can find ourselves scrambling to prepare our vegetable beds to be planted. Things are a little more chilled though this year – for obvious reasons. And for those of us who enjoy getting out in the garden, this is blissful. Hopefully this more homely time has given you the opportunity to tick more gardening boxes than usual, and that you are superprepared for planting your warm-season crops over the next month or so. You may have also had time this year to give your fruit trees the timely prune and feed they deserve. Too often these generous producers are left to fend for themselves and become overgrown, diseased and generally neglected. If it’s only once a year or every second year, your trees will overwhelmingly return the favour. We can grow a wide range of fruit trees successfully here on the Peninsula; stone fruit, apples and pears, avocados, berries and figs can all thrive given the right care. Some thrive with minimal attention. However, the more time you put into your garden, the more you will get out both in quantity and quality. Now that the soil is warming after a pretty chilled winter, all that preparation you have been doing during COVID will have you ready to begin planting your vegetable seedlings. If you’ve been otherwise occupied during this fantastic gardening holiday and haven’t yet got to your garden prep, it’s not too late. Get your beds ready, though, as you’ll want to begin planting out in the next four to six weeks. If you haven’t already raised seedlings during the past month, there’s still time to do this also. Again, it’s probably worth getting on to it soon, otherwise it’ll require a trip to the local nursery to purchase seedlings. Tomato, eggplant, zucchini, cucumber, pumpkin and melons can all be sown in seed-raising trays now, along with corn, beans, leafy greens and salad veg. If you’d prefer, you can sow your bigger seeded veg directly into your beds. Be sure to mark them clearly and make a note of what date you sowed your seed. Issue 118, SEPTEMBER 2021

Now, you may be forgiven for thinking with all this lovely rain that your vegetable gardens and fruit trees are going to be fine without supplementary water. Well, probably not. In particular in our ‘open’ coastal soils, the amount of growth, vibrancy and nutrition that irrigated crops exhibit well exceeds those that are not irrigated during the warm season. Even during winter, if it hasn’t rained and your vegetables don’t get a drink for a week, there is a marked diminishing of growth compared with their well-watered neighbours. So if you do not have an irrigation system for your edible crops, it is highly recommended that you consider providing your gardens with the security of automated watering when required.


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Butter chicken is considered the king of Indian curries, and we really feel that ours lives up to this title. It is a harmonious balance of spices, tomatoes, a bit of cream, and of course butter. Even though it is called butter chicken, it is also delicious with other meats, seafood and vegetables. Heat: Mild Serves: 2-3 Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes INGREDIENTS: 1 packet The Spice Tailor Classic Butter Chicken 250g skinless chicken breast/thigh (or boneless pork, seafood, duck, paneer, mushrooms) 1 tsp vegetable or olive oil METHOD: Cut meats, fish or vegetables into generous pieces. Heat oil in a pan, add spice from the whole spice sachet and cook for 20 seconds. Add the meat, prawns or vegetables and brown lightly before adding the base sauce. Simmer for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the main sauce – and fish if using – and simmer for

Bombay potatoes (vegan)

Heat: Mild Serves: 4-5 Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes INGREDIENTS: 3 1/2 tbsp The Spice Tailor Butter Chicken Paste 800g potatoes, peeled and cut into large cubes Sea salt and black pepper ¼ tsp ground turmeric 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tsp black mustard seeds 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 onion, finely chopped or sliced 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 3 vine tomatoes, chopped 1 tsp ground coriander Handful of chopped coriander leaves, to garnish METHOD: Place the potatoes in a saucepan and add enough water

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another 3-5 minutes or until the meat or other is cooked through. If you don’t like whole spices, powder these in a pestle and mortar and add them in at the end of step 3 or remove them with a spoon before serving. Use any leftovers in an amazing hot chicken baguette. Spread one side with butter and the other with some coriander chutney and fill with the butter chicken. Look out for our latest competition with The Spice Tailor to win the ultimate prize pack for the Indian cuisine lover. Check our social media @MornPenMag and website for details. to cover; add a teaspoon of salt and the ground turmeric. Bring to a simmer over a medium heat. Cook for 7-8 mins or until the potatoes are just tender when pierced with a sharp knife. (Do not overcook the potatoes because you want them to hold their shape when recooking with the sauce.) Drain and leave them in the saucepan to dry out a little. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wide sauté pan over medium heat. Add the mustard and cumin seeds and fry until the mustard seeds are popping. Turn the heat down and cook until the popping starts dying down. Add the onion and cook until soft and turning golden on the edges. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds before adding the tomato and ground coriander. Cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until the tomato has cooked and the masala has released oil back into the pan. Add the Butter Chicken paste and boiled potatoes. Stir in a good splash of water and bring to a simmer for a few minutes until the liquid has reduced and the potatoes are nicely coated with the sauce. Taste and season and sprinkle over the chopped coriander and serve. Look out for our latest competition with The Spice Tailor to win the ultimate prize pack for the Indian cuisine lover. Check our social media @MornPenMag and website for details.

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A CHAT WITH OUR FOOD,WINE & DINING EXPERTS Head chef Mattia Di Febbo Assaggini, 1c Albert St, Mornington. Phone 5973 5971 Where do you get the inspiration for the dishes you create? I get inspiration from the traditional recipes of Italian cooking and blending these with Australian flavours and ingredients. It’s exciting to create contemporary dishes and flavours that people love. Are there any chefs or restaurateurs you look up to and why? Any and every restaurateur and chef doing the hard yards through the pandemic. To keep our industry alive and provide places for people to catch up and celebrate milestones during this time is important, and they all deserve accolades for their efforts. Can you tell us a little bit about your industry experience? I went to a high school that specialised in all aspects of hospitality and cheffing and allowed me to start in restaurants from an early age. From there I worked in weddings back in Italy before coming to Australia, and after working for the Epicurean in Red Hill for several years have settled here at Assaggini. Tell us about where you grew up in Italy and how that influenced your love of food and cooking. Issue 118, SEPTEMBER 2021

always be at the heart of what we do, and now it’s more important than ever to be able to provide it for them. It brings a sense of joy to the entire team. When you’re not working in the restaurant, what do you like to do?

Like any good Italian I love good food, so out exploring the Peninsula and Melbourne for the best coffee, wine or pasta I can find. NIKKI FISHER

Abruzzo is a more regional part of Italy where the mountains meet the sea on the Adriatic. As a province we’re famed for our lamb and seafood. Growing up, large family meals cooked by my Nonna always featured traditional abruzzese dishes. It’s these memories of connection with family and food that influenced my love of what I do now. What do you love about what you do? It’s all about bringing people together and creating an experience. As a society we celebrate and connect over food, and it’s always great seeing people come together and being a part of it. What’s special about having a restaurant on the Mornington Peninsula? We have so much to celebrate on the Mornington Peninsula, with access to the best ingredients from local farms, fresh seafood from the bay and arguably the world’s best wines from local wineries. What makes all this come together and extra special, though, are our locals who come join us and our great community. In these tough times, what has kept you going? Our community and their ongoing support. Being able to still connect and provide an experience for guests will

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There are bread rolls shaped to look like bagels and then there’s authentic New Yorkstyle boiled bagels. It’s the latter that you’ll find at The Bagelry Co in Rosebud. Boiling the bagels before they’re baked gives real bagels their authentic chewy crust. This unassuming brunch and lunch spot opposite the bay attracts those who know the real deal when it comes to seriously good bagels, artisan doughnuts, Noisette pastries, Allpress coffee, and Prana Chai. Owner Gavin Diener, a Peninsula resident for 30 years, is a

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self-confessed ‘coffee nut’ who tried his first bagel in Israel more than two decades ago; opening his bagel café is a long-held dream. Locals and tourists alike stop in for unfilled bagels in take-home packs; or filled bagels such as The Traditional with salmon, cream cheese, dill, capers and red onion on a bagel of their choice. There’s 13 different flavours to choose from, including onion bagels, seeded, herb or plain (plain GF available). If you prefer your bagels sweet, blueberry is a favourite. Good luck deciding! The Bagelry Co is open TuesdayFriday 7.30am-1.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-2pm, and is closed Monday. THE BAGELRY CO A: 1245 Point Nepean Rd, Rosebud T: 0408 500 048 FB: INSTA:

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Whether you need an easy and delicious midweek meal, a beautiful housemade cake, an impressive cheese platter, or want to throw a ‘cheat’s dinner party, Houghtons Food Store is your one-stop shop. Husband and wife team Doug and Rhonda Gray have created a destination food store known for its nutritious, affordable take-home meals and extensive range of charcuterie, cold roast meats, condiments, olive oils, biscuits, chocolates and so much more. There’s a particular focus on beautiful food items from all over the Peninsula, a dedicated section with products from Tasmania,

along with many internationally sourced specialty items too. Doug shops daily for fresh produce before cooking up healthy, seasonally inspired meals that are ready to heat and eat, be that a hearty casserole, Houghtons’ famous lasagne, or perhaps a decadent smoked trout quiche or gourmet beef pie. Salads are made fresh each day. Bursting with colour and flavour, they’re perfect for a quick lunch or to go with dinner. Fruit flans, puddings, cakes, slices, and crumbles are all made by Doug. Excellent wine from Crittenden Estate or Foxeys Hangout completes the story. HOUGHTONS FOOD STORE A: 7/59 Barkly St, Mornington T: 5975 2144 W: FB: houghtonsfinefood INSTA: houghtonsfoodstore

Houghtons Fine Food store is Mornington’s hidden gem. Owned by on-site chef Douglas Gray and wife Rhonda, their ongoing vision is to provide the Peninsula with a wide selection of high quality, healthy and fresh foods. With Doug’s remarkable cooking and Rhonda’s wealth of knowledge on local and imported products, they are renowned for their comforting take-home meals.



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Our gourmet meals make cooking effortless, nutritious, convenient and even freezable! Using fresh seasonal ingredients we create dishes including: Casseroles • Salads • Quiches & Tarts • Pies • Burgers • Desserts Amazing array of local, Australian and imported providore Cured Meats • Antipasto • Cheeses • Mornington Peninsula Wines • Chocolates & Sweets • Savoury Biscuits • Tea • Oils • Jams & Chutneys and much more! Catering is also available.

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Mornington’s favourite foodie find

Taste the delights of Greater Dandenong

Discover the vibrancy and diversity of Greater Dandenong and enjoy the region’s rich array of culinary delights on one of the city’s acclaimed food tours. Join other food lovers for an authentic celebration of food and culture in one of Melbourne’s most celebrated and thriving food heartlands. A visit to the City of Greater Dandenong allows you to travel the world without the need for a passport. Now officially recognised as Australia’s most culturally diverse community, Greater Dandenong provides a rich tapestry of cultural experiences that will awaken the senses and leave you

wanting more. The perfect way to get your first taste of the city is on a Food Lovers or Cultural Tour. Explore Afghani culture in Dandenong’s Afghan Bazaar precinct or travel to South-East Asia in Springvale. Greater Dandenong’s celebrated twohour tours provide generous samplings of a rich array of cuisines and conclude with a delicious meal. Book one of the scheduled tours today or contact the City of Greater Dandenong to tailor one for a group of your closest family and friends. Go to or phone 8571 1666 and discover Greater Dandenong on a plate.

Greater Dandenong Tours

Have an authentic cultural experience without your passport!

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Afghaaanr Baz

Be introduced to the wonderful Afghan business community learning how traditional Afghan bread is made, visiting a traditional homewares shop, supermarkets and finishing with an Afghan banquet. Guarantee you won’t walk away hungry!

Who doesn’t like dumplings and desserts and on this tour you can indulge in both. You will be treated to a variety of dumplings along the way and finish with fabulous desserts.

Do you have a group of friends or colleagues and can’t make one of the scheduled dates? Did you know that we can organise group bookings for 8–16 people available upon request. For more information and bookings visit 8571 1666 or phone 8571 1377


Exploring Indigenous heritage through food Sharon Brindley remembers being on Country with her grandmother, hunting for goanna and bardi (witchetty) grubs in the bush near Geraldton in Western Australia. Her maternal grandmother was a Yamatji Noongar woman and one of the Stolen Generations. “Despite being removed from her culture, she still remembered practices and had such a close connection to Country,” says Sharon. “Food is a way I am exploring and learning about my Indigenous heritage.” Sharon grew up in Rosebud from the age of four and would travel to WA on holidays to see her family. When Sharon was 11, her mother died and she found herself being the family cook. “If I never see another tuna mornay again,” she says with a laugh. A warm, generous person, she always wanted to be a chef. Still, she found a way to feed people and to feed her curiosity about her Indigenous heritage. Sharon founded Cooee Café four years ago in the industrial estate behind Bunnings in Rosebud. The proud modern building has a bush feel with its corrugated Issue 118, SEPTEMBER 2021

metal exterior and garden dominated by coastal grasses and flowering banksias. At first glance, Cooee Café seems like any other takeaway with bacon and egg sandwiches and a coffee machine working full bore to keep up with the steady stream of tradies. “I love my tradies,” says Sharon. “They look after me and I look after them.” She’s a woman who puts her words into deeds, cooking delicious and healthy dishes for the local workforce, such as bush tomato lasagne or stir-fried chicken and rice served with Native Oz Bushfoods quandong and bush lime-flavoured chili sauce. Something you notice straight away about Sharon – apart from her warmth and generosity – is how she collaborates with different businesses. She cuts some cheese flecked with herbs. It has been made for her new range of catering boxes, smart craft cardboard packed with treats such as emu kabana and wallaby salami. The cheese is sensational and made by one of Victoria’s best cheesemakers, Jack Holman from Stone and Crow Cheese in the Yarra Valley. One is flavoured with mountain pepper berry, the other wild thyme. Both are sensational. She passes over a piece of white chocolate flavoured with Davidson’s plum. It is made for her own brand Jala Jala, which means ‘very good’. The pack is adorned with a painting of a green

turtle, her totem, and embellished with a beautiful dot painting by Aunty Patricia Carter. She made it with the advice of Hugh Allen, executive chef of Melbourne Good Food Guide three Chef Hat restaurant Vue de Monde. She sells her range of food made with indigenous Australian ingredients and other brands such as Three Little Birds Saltbush and Seaweed Spice, My Dilly Bag Saffron and Lemon Myrtle Tagliatelle Indigiearth teas. The shelves of her upstairs food store are lined with bush foods from fellow Indigenous cooks and chefs. “I am growing into my culture year by year,” says Sharon, looking out at the clearing sky. She turns and smiles warmly. “I am learning more and more about my culture. I learn it and pass it on. It is one continuous message stick.” RICHARD CORNISH COOEE CAFÉ AND CATERING A: 1/7 Thamer St, Capel Sound T: 5986 4414 W: Richard Cornish is a freelance food writer filing regular food news stories for newspapers and magazines across Australia and now each month in

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What a busy year we’ve had First, thank you to all our supporters because in such a short time our initiative has exploded, supporting many businesses since the pandemic started and looking after our Mornington Peninsula community connecting us together. Despite hard work and doing it on a free voluntary basis, we have kept invested in the outcome, constantly hunting to introduce new things to keep attracting our growing audience. We love our Peninsula hospitality industry so much. This is what we’ve done in just over a year: We started a Facebook food and drink group that now has 18,000 followers. This group keeps us extremely busy with all the traffic it generates, with exposure and sales the businesses in it get as well as the happy consumers constantly discovering new food and drink. Our community loves this group because is friendly, helpful and drama-free. We have an amazing website with more than 120,000 visitors. Our website is high ranking and easy to navigate with constant daily traffic. We have an app with close to 500 food stores with the best local food, and you can order directly. We have created a webpage for each store with all their details, photos, directions, social media, and lots more! Amazingly, we have introduced a food delivery service to save our businesses and consumers hundreds of dollars and give them an option from using the big operators and having to pay exorbitant charges, leaving little profit.

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Do it outdoors Frankston City Council is inviting commercial operators to make use of public open spaces as part of its Do It Outdoors – Destinations campaign.

It’s also so exciting that we have introduced our own YouTube channel – Mornington Peninsula Food and Wine with Love – to showcase, tell stories and go behind the scenes of our Peninsula best! This is available to any business now. Thank you for constant support. Stay tuned for what is next! au - Isidora Love, Food and Wine with love

In a statement, the council said businesses would be able to set up temporary, long-term commercial operations in specific parks, public spaces and sites throughout Frankston City, “creating energetic, magnetic locations for our community to enjoy”. Foreshore Reserve, Ballam Park, Beauty Park, Station Street Mall, Clyde Street Mall, Sandfield Reserve, Southgateway Reserve and the Lyrebird Community Centre carpark are available for 12-month licences in 2021-22. “Council aims to become the epicentre of innovation, growth, industry, modernity and thinking, and you can be a part of that ethos,” the statement said. “Whether your business is to provide a nibble, sip, stomp, chill, play or shop, you can Do It Outdoors and bring your commercial activity to our public open spaces and help create Destinations for Frankston City. From yoga in the park and food trucks at dusk to volleyball on the beach or markets by the bay, our public open spaces are eager to thrive with a packed calendar of outdoor adventures and vibrant urban experiences.” Online applications close at 5pm on Friday, September 24, at au/Business/Business-Opportunities/ Commercial-Activities-in-Public-Open-Spaces

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Networking’s good for business:

Members of Business Network International’s southeast chapters got together for canapes and cocktails at Frankston Arts Centre on Thursday, August 5. BNI’s mission is to help professionals increase their influence and impact through a structured, positive, and professional environment that enables the development of long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals. Photos: Steppin’ Out Events

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Chill out in the shade this spring It’s time to enjoy precious outdoor time with family and friends – and that’s where Camerons Blinds & Awnings can help. With a custom-made folding arm awning they can create a cool and shaded oasis that’s perfect for relaxing and entertaining outdoors. Whether for your alfresco area, garden or pool, a folding arm awning will provide a versatile extension to your outdoor living area while also providing shade for nearby windows and doors. A folding arm awning can also be used in normal rain conditions, making it an ideal all-weather cover. Camerons Blinds & Awnings owner Norm Lees says the functional cantilever design of folding arm awnings, supported by strong, highly spring-tensioned arms, means that when extended, no posts or supports are required, leaving the area below free for you to entertain or relax. Operation is so easy and automation is also an option for all awnings, with wind and sun sensors if needed. Their motors can be operated via remote control and also via your device/home automation. With Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula’s largest choice of folding arm awnings, Camerons Blinds & Awnings have been manufacturing and professionally installing quality products for 36 years, with awnings to suit all budgets and applications. Offering a shop-at-home service, they come to you to provide you with a free measure and quote, plus all the advice, solutions and samples required to transform, shade and protect your outdoor area. You can also visit their huge showroom so you can try out full-size working products before you buy. CAMERONS BLINDS & AWNINGS A: 3/700 Frankston-Dandenong Rd, Carrum Downs T: free call 1800 GOOD AWNING (1800 466 329) W: FB: cameronsblinds INSTA: cameronsblindsawnings

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Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula are taking part in what’s been described as Australia’s largest rollout of community batteries. Energy provider United Energy says it plans to begin installing 40 batteries across Melbourne’s east and southeast later this year. When complete, the fleet of batteries will be able to store the electricity needed to support 3000 homes as part of an $11 million investment in new energy technology. United Energy says it will install the 30kW batteries – each with the capacity to service up to 75 homes – on power poles over the next 18 months as part of its Electric Avenue program. Unlike big battery projects that provide grid-level stability and electricity market outcomes, these smaller batteries are designed to help improve electricity reliability and enable greater solar PV exports in areas where the lowvoltage distribution network is constrained. “A community battery is a way of storing energy that can then be used locally when it is needed,” said the company’s general manager of electricity networks, Mark Clarke. “It is a great way of ensuring solar PV exports from homes in the community are consumed locally. From a network perspective, it also helps defer traditional investment, so it can save money for customers on future network tariffs.” Mr Clarke said the batteries would give everyone in the area access to renewable energy regardless of whether they have rooftop solar. “This helps us deliver more reliable

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and renewable electricity to our customers and support Victoria’s emissions reduction targets.” The community batteries will charge at times of the day when there is low electricity demand or when local rooftop solar systems are exporting to the network. Power from the batteries can then be used later in the day when demand is high and solar systems are no longer generating. Shannon Hyde, the CEO of project partner Simply Energy, said the batteries presented enormous opportunities for Frankston and the Peninsula. “The inclusion of community batteries to Simply Energy’s Virtual Power Plant program unlocks an array of new benefits, and by supporting the grid it helps keep energy prices down,” Mr Hyde said. “The program shows the versatility of battery technology in supporting networks, creating opportunities to trade energy, and delivering for solar and non-solar energy customers alike.” Each 1m x 2m battery will be installed at least 3.6m above ground on standard power poles and will support between 50 and 75 homes in the immediate area with reliable stored energy for more than two hours at a time. The batteries are being made in Coburg North and look like the large transformers that you see on poles across the network. The rollout follows a successful two-battery trial in Bayside last year, the first of its kind in Australia.









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Get your home insulated for summer Australian-made cellular blinds by dollar curtains + blinds are more than your average blind. Their unique cellular construction creates its own layer of insulation by allowing air to be trapped within each cell, resulting in savings of up to 32 per cent on heating costs compared with a standard roller blind. Not only can you enjoy these insulation benefits and energy savings through the colder seasons but also through summer, saving you up to 32 per cent more on your cooling costs. Their cellular blinds also have no visible seams and have slimline hardware that minimises light gaps and maximises views when drawn open. Their range also has several design options which include top down/ bottom up (pictured), whereby the blind can be raised as well as lowered when you wish to maintain privacy while letting in natural light. They are also available in a variety of easy-to-use and child-safe operating systems and specialised shapes,

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including a skylight system, providing the ideal solution for your windows. dc+b has specialised in manufacturing indoor and outdoor window coverings for more than 50 years, all handcrafted in their own workrooms. Contact their Mornington or Moorabbin Airport teams today for your free design, measure + quote. If you’re building a new home, dc+b can also provide expert advice and a free quote off your house plans. Christmas is fast approaching so order now to beat the pre-Christmas rush. Both stores are open Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm, and Saturdays 9am-5pm. DOLLAR CURTAINS + BLINDS A: Shop C4, Peninsula Home, 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington T: 5975 3655 E: A: Store 15, Kingston Central Plaza, 288 Centre Dandenong Rd, Moorabbin Airport T: 9566 8200 E: FB: dollarcurtainsandblinds INSTA: dollarcurtainsandblinds

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Leaking the harsh truth You’ve excelled in your spring cleaning, including completing the dreaded deep shower clean, so we almost don’t want to tell you the next bit. The tough truth is that the chemicals you’ve used can actually cause damage. Often, the use of harsh chemicals on our showers can trigger more problems than they fix, so it’s much better to secure a professional, like owner/operator Jorg from Bayside Grout Solutions. Jorg offers an all-inclusive repair and re-grouting service to stop your shower leaking. Jorg can also give it a complete makeover while he’s there. Honestly, you won’t recognise your shower afterwards – and it’s ready to use within 48 hours. Jorg has always taken the utmost care when working in a customer’s home and adheres to strict COVID-19 hygiene practices. BAYSIDE GROUT SOLUTIONS A: Somerville M: 0424 843 358



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Indoor & outdoor tile cleaning & sealing Pre-sale makeovers Mouldy showers re-grouted Silicone seals replaced Damaged tiles replaced Cracked acrylic shower bases & Bathtubs repaired Find us on Facebook: Bayside-GROUT-Solutions

Jorg Melzer | Owner Operator 0424 843 358 |

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A passion for turning old into new Old Made New specialises in handcrafting custom dining tables made from recycled hardwoods. It began as a passion project for Joel Burton when he designed and built a table with his dad. One table led to another and Old Made New was born. Joel loves the whole process, from design to sourcing the wood, building the table by hand, and lacquering the finished product to preserve the wood’s natural character. “The unique character and history behind the recycled wood I use are what make the tables so individual,” says Joel. “And it’s important to me that my work is environmentally conscious.” To talk to Joel about creating a custom dining table, contact him on 0401 868 251 or go to and search Old Made New in the furniture section.

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trades to you

your guide to local tradespeople


Give your garden the makeover it deserves Crown Lawn & Garden Services offers clients the best starting point to transform gardens with a tailored ‘backyard blitz’. Over the past 25 years, most streets in Mount Eliza and surrounds have been visited by Greg and his team for landscaping, mowing, tree pruning and chipping, garden bed mulching, stone pathways, lawn installations and long-term garden maintenance. Greg works closely with each client to discuss and provide the most economical means to attain the desired garden while sourcing all landscaping requirements via an established network of trade suppliers of plants, advanced trees, feature pots and ground coverings. Crown can clear a block in a day ready for your desired landscaping makeover, or to fire-proof areas by reducing undergrowth, shrubbery and trees. The team can safely remove trees, stumps, overhead branches to take advantage of the best view, plus install new turf for family cricket and kids’ play areas. They can thicken existing lawn with a feed and seed, renew hedge structure, and create a landscaped family entertaining space with herb gardens, garden sleepers, feature trees, mulch, fire pits and stone pathways. Based on the Mornington Peninsula, Crown has enabled families, businesses and corporate clients to regain their entertaining spaces each season. Call Greg today to change the way you live and love your garden. CROWN LAWN & GARDEN SERVICES M: 0417 415 417 E: W: FB: Crown Lawn & Garden Services

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TRADES TO YOU On site design consultation by Alessi Design Group Interior Department To book, phone 9318 8732 Office hours:Monday-Friday 8.30am-4.30pm

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Promoting a clean, green peninsula with Josie Jones

Jellyfish are the Uber of the sea Turtles are not the No.1 creature we think of when we think of Port Phillip. However, turtles do inhabit our bay during migration times, and they include the pacific ridley turtle, the leatherback turtle, the loggerhead turtle and also the green turtle. It is suggested that the turtles come into the bay lured by the mass of jellyfish floating in currents. Port Phillip in winter is home to many jellyfish, which are a food source for turtles. They also act as free rides for species such as the argonaut, or paper nautilus, which is known to be a lazy swimmer and catches a ride on top of a jellyfish, saving its energy to catch unsuspecting prey and using its energy in creating its shell, avoiding the hard work. The following jellyfish inhabit Port Phillip: Haeckel’s jellyfish, which we commonly see washed up after a north wind; the jelly blubber, also known as the blue blubber jellyfish, which is commonly seen from Searoad Ferries; comb jellies, which are an incredible dome of electronic pulsing colours; and lion’s mane jellies, which are a delight to see in numbers because they are relatively small in comparison to their Arctic cousins. They are usually 25cm across but can be up to a metre across. They are an incredible subject for underwater photographer enthusiasts. Sea jellies often have symbiotic relationships with many other animals as they swim through the ocean, including juvenile fish, brittle stars, sea anemones, crabs and other species mentioned. Jellies help to support biodiversity in the ocean. Juvenile fish such as mosaic leatherjackets seek protection from predators by swimming among the tentacles of sea jellies. The brittle stars and sea anemones also hitch a ride to a new location, as seen in other species such as seahorses catching a ride on the tail of a smooth ray. The ocean is an incredible world to explore and all of this is on our doorstep of Port Phillip. JOSIE JONES Follow me on Instagram @sharejosie

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