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This month, we proudly present our 100th edition of Mornington Peninsula Magazine. And while a congratulatory telegram from The Queen might be a little too much to expect, we would like to invite you, our valued readers and advertisers, to join us in celebrating what is, after all, a pretty significant milestone in these challenging times for independent media.

As the Peninsula’s go-to glossy publication, Mornington Peninsula Magazine has come a long way from its humble beginnings as Mornington Life in the winter of 2008. In those early days, Mornington Life was only

distributed to Mount Eliza, Mornington and Mount Martha, but even then publisher Lisa Walton, pictured, had decided her fledgling venture would exist to showcase everything that makes our part of the world so very special. Beautiful seaside towns. Endearing stories of community spirit. Inspirational residents. And exceptional businesses, always with a strong lean towards produce, the arts and our environment. Lisa has always harboured a passion for local businesses and her beloved Mornington Peninsula that she calls home, and this was reflected throughout every edition of Mornington Life. It soon became apparent that you shared that same passion, and the incredible support you showed us from day one meant it was soon time to branch out. So we increased our distribution to the wider Peninsula, and later encompassed the Greater City of Frankston with some key outlets in Melbourne as well. For the first five years we celebrated each season with a new edition, until September 2013 when we decided to rebrand as Mornington Peninsula Magazine and come out monthly. We continued to evolve our format over the years until we arrived at our current funky, square

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magazine. In May 2017 we made the move from staple binding to perfect binding for every edition, with the more sophisticated finish complementing our magazine as it entered its 12th year. We’re happy to say that you have been with us every step of our journey. With your support our magazine grew and indeed continues to grow. And while there have been many changes along the way, there has been one constant: our commitment to telling the stories of the Mornington Peninsula and supporting its many businesses and residents. Each month, our pages are bursting with vibrant, eye-catching advertisements that showcase the best art galleries, eateries, retailers, schools, home wares, markets, tourist attractions, wineries, breweries, distilleries, health providers, fashion outlets, beauty options, leisure centres . . . and so much more. You’ll read about inspiring residents, community leaders, groups and clubs as we support and showcase local businesses; and you’ll be totally spoilt for entertainment choices. Lisa and her partner/business co-owner Archie Mitchell lead our small but dedicated team who not only produce Mornington Peninsula Magazine every month but Mt Eliza Village Magazine twice a year and our latest annual publication, Eat.Drink Mornington Peninsula. “We have been exposing new and innovative local businesses, showcasing the unique culture and celebrating community on the Peninsula for more than 13 years,” Lisa says. “Readers expect to find information about what is available in their local community and they are not let down. It’s fabulous to boast we still have so many regular advertisers who were in our first edition! I also love the fact that so many of our stories are picked up by other publications, even TV, which really shows the reach and relevance we have.” Lisa and Archie want to thank all those who have been involved over the past 100 editions: the contributors, journalists, photographers, advertisers, staff and helpers. You helped make this happen. Showcase your brand in our magazines and take up the option of full multi-media publicity when we promote and post your business on our website, Facebook, Google and Instagram. And we invite you to join us as we embark on the next 100 editions of Mornington

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Jeremy Brook from Luduco Living says he was one of the first to begin advertising with Mornington Peninsula Magazine, and he is glad he did. Known for custom-built sofas, dining and cabinet furniture, which is mostly designed in-house, Jeremy’s ever-evolving business understands what it means to stand out from the crowd by offering something unique to the market. And so do we. Jeremy explains: “Our relationship with the magazine has been very productive. It reaches the whole of the Peninsula and farther up towards town and is ideal for our client base. It really fits with us and the shopping experience we like to deliver to our clients who love to view our product in store. Feel it. Sit on it. I also like the shelf-life of the magazine, and as newspapers become less relevant, it is a great marketing tool.” Luduco Living is constantly in the process of reinventing itself and raising the bar as far as service, style and quality is concerned. All products are unique to Luduco with much of it being made by Peninsula craftspeople who work hard at delivering high-quality longevity-based items. Jeremy continues: “We like to use local tradespeople, whether it is for upholstery, cabinetry or carpentry services. We believe in Australian-made but have a few select lines of exceptionally made international furniture, such as Alexander and James from the UK and the German-made Himolla recliner. We also make sure to offer a price point for everyone by showcasing both custom and ready-made product. That’s important to ensure people keep coming back. We’ve had whole generations of families shopping at our store.” Luduco Living’s success is due to a combination of Jeremy’s years of experience in the interior design and furnishing arenas, stellar customer service and a keen marketing nous. Moving through 2020 there will be new products and new looks along the way, but one thing will stay the same: the great partnership with the team at Mornington Peninsula Magazine. We’ll make sure of it. LUDUCO LIVING A: Peninsula Home, 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington T: 5973 4899 W: www.luduco.com

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With more than 30 years in the business of creating the right signs, Progress Signs in Mornington has secured its place as the go-to zone for all things signage. This family-owned and operated business has advertised with Mornington Peninsula Magazine since the early days and has continued to be part of our ever-expanding advertising family. Craig Pollerd explains: “Advertising in Mornington Peninsula Magazine has been excellent. We’ve had lots of positive feedback and the magazine seems to be everywhere. It’s in practically every shop or business I go into. My dad Graeme started Progress Signs and convinced my brother Steve, who was working as an apprentice sign-writer, to come on board. I was looking for a cabinetmaking apprenticeship when one of Dad’s crew said I should do it here. Dad asked me to think about it for a week and that was it.” Opening in Progress St, then moving to Yuille St, then building a factory in Virginia St where they are now, Craig and Steve took over the business in 2009 when

Graeme semi-retired. And what’s the best thing about running your own business? Craig continues: “I reckon it’s knowing you’re running your own show. Of course, there can be stressful times as well, but having the freedom to make your own decisions is great.” This neat operation of 10 dedicated staff offers the full sign service. “We do everything that’s signage-related, from the smallest jobs to large corporate work,” Craig says. “That includes all hand-written and digitally printed signage, vehicles, boats, shop fronts, real estate signage, window frosting, A-frames – and the list keeps going. No job is too small, and if we don’t do it, we will be able to recommend someone who does. “We have always prided ourselves on supporting local sporting and community groups; we offer good old-fashioned service and we hope to make people’s experience with us easy and pain-free. The only thing left to say, really, is thank you for 32 years of community support!” PROGRESS SIGNS A: 7 Virginia St, Mornington T: 5975 9188 W: www.progress-signs.com.au

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Most of you who have been reading our magazine since its inception will recognise Kay Tyrie. She’s been with us from the beginning, and has been working hard for the past 20 years to ensure Mornington Peninsula residents receive the best quality specs. Kay remains just as passionate about business and our magazine as she was when she opened her store in Main St, Mornington. Her business has gone from strength to strength over the past two decades and

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Kay explains: “The support from Lisa and the staff at Mornington Peninsula Magazine has been wonderful. They go above and beyond. I’ll never forget the first time a client from town had read about us in the magazine and came to see us especially. The reach of the magazine is amazing. We are family owned and operated and committed to community. So is Mornington Peninsula Magazine.” Kay believes you’ve got to be different

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and offer clients something they can’t find anywhere else to survive. That’s why Main Street Eyecare stocks Australiandesigned bespoke eye ware, a select few designers from Japan and Europe and handmade spectacles in a range of colourful and creative styles, including sustainably-made product. It’s also really important to surround yourself with great staff. She continues: “It was just me and one other when I first started. We have five staff who are completely dedicated to delivering service now, and you’ll often hear a lot of laughter in store. We make everyone feel at home. Some of our clients have been with us from the start.” This flexible business owner is still excited to source new product and keeps abreast of changes in her industry. “I still learn something new every day and love going to trade fairs whether they are overseas or in Australia,” she continues. “I have no intention of slowing down and will continue to reinvent the business. We are here to stay. I’m sure the magazine is too.” Here’s to another 20 years and counting, Kay. MAIN STREET EYECARE A: 57 Main St, Mornington T: 5975 3235 FB: mainstreeteyecare3931 INSTA: mainstreeteyecare

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Brendon’s Cakes has been with Mornington Peninsula Magazine since day one. Known as the ‘home of the Killer Vanilla’, this Morningtonbased fresh bread and cake institution has had great results advertising in Mornington Peninsula Magazine and we’ve loved having Brendon’s on board. Brendon Williams has been handmaking his cakes and award-winning pastries since 1987. Now with 15 staff members, including four pastry chefs, and serving on average 250 customers a day, this not-so-small cake shop is kicking plenty of business goals. Brendon explains: “Our cornerstone is that while everyone else changes, we stay the same, and we’ve become more different by staying the same. We bake many uniqueto-us products freshly on site every day, now also featuring our very own vegan pastries and cakes. This formula has served us well. “We have served over two million customers over our time here. People say that strip-shopping is dying, but not so for us. We’re in a great position and people know we are here. Some of our customers have been with us since we opened and we’ve had generations of the same families coming in to buy our cakes and pastries for over 30 years. Many pick up a copy of Mornington Peninsula Magazine when they are in the shop. We’ve even got people coming up from Sorrento for our cakes. After all, we are known for the Killer Vanilla.” Brendon and the team use only the best quality ingredients and always choose Peninsula produce when they can. As an integral part of the Peninsula landscape, just as Mornington Peninsula Magazine is, this is a business that will continue to thrive well into the future. Flick through the pages of our 100th edition for Brendon’s coupon-based advertisement. Although we discourage coupons, we have made an exception for Brendon. Visit his store to grab a taste of deliciousness. We often do and so should you. BRENDON’S CAKES A: 100 Wilsons Rd, Mornington T: 5975 8094 W: www.brendonscakes.com.au

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Maree Abbott knows business. She also knows how important it is to read Mornington Peninsula Magazine each month to get the ‘goss’. Having advertised with us since the first edition in 2008, Maree explains: “I was just reading the latest edition of the magazine at 7.30am in the Mornington Village Centre so I could see what’s going on in my town. I pick up a copy each month to look at what’s on at the markets and what new businesses are about. We always have lots of magazines around the centre and there’s always someone sitting on a bench reading it. The coffee lounge has got copies on hand too. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to know anything about the Mornington Peninsula.” Maree has had more than 30 years’ experience in the shopping centre management game. From her marketing manager days at McDonald’s to working in shopping centres from Geelong to Camberwell, Burwood to Lynbrook, she’s just spent the past five years back at Mornington Village Centre after managing Bentons Square Shopping Centre and has no intention of slowing down. Why? Because she loves where she lives and appears to have endless amounts of energy. And she’s dedicated to supporting small-business owners across the region. Maree continues: “I really enjoy what I do and love where I live. I still manage three shopping centres and will keep doing it until I can’t.” Lucky for us. This Mount Martha resident also instigated Fashions on the Field at Mornington Racing Club circa 2000 while on the Mornington Chamber of Commerce and started the Main Street Food and Wine Festival. She believes in the Mornington Peninsula and so do we. She concludes: “Mornington Peninsula Magazine lets local residents know what’s going on in their town and supports small business. That’s important.” Sure is.

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Peninsula’s own Paul is strictly multi-talented He danced into our lives in Strictly Ballroom (1992), and now the Peninsula’s Paul Mercurio has been appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for his service to the performing arts, particularly dance. After being notified in December of his award, the distinguished dancer, choreographer, actor, TV presenter, and cook kept the news close to his chest until the official announcement on Australia Day. “It’s a funny thing,” he says. “Winning an award is lovely. I’m grateful and so honoured to have ‘AM’ at the end of my name. It’s really humbling and fulfilling. When I looked back, I realised that I stepped on stage 47 years ago. So, in a way, I kind of see it as an acknowledgement of my work over the past 47 years.” It was at age nine that Paul’s passion for dance began after being inspired by Saturday afternoon movies on TV, many of which were classic musicals. “I just remember loving those movies. From then I knew that I wanted to do it too – to get up on stage to sing, dance and ultimately entertain. My sister was doing ballet so I joined her.” Paul has choreographed more than 30 dance works, contributed choreography to five feature films, appeared in 15 feature films and danced around the world with the Sydney Dance Company. He says he’ll never forget opening night in New York or working alongside Sir Ben Kingsley. In fact, it was while standing beside Sir Ben that he thought to himself he was “now a real actor”. Another highlight was attending the Cannes Film Festival for Strictly Ballroom. “I’ve been very blessed with the opportunities that I’ve had, but I’ve worked very hard to get them. People often say, ‘Jeez, you’re lucky’, but I’ve worked out that luck means you work your ass off to be at the right place at the right time. As an actor, this accolade really means a lot because often you’d only have success once every 10 auditions.” It was while working part-time at Red Rooster while studying dance that Paul discovered his love of food. He learnt that if he cheekily put extra food on before closing time, he’d be sent home with enough leftovers to feed his friends, who would be eagerly waiting. He’s had his cookbooks released in eight languages, travelled to 60 countries for cooking, and most recently launched a range of spice rubs for meat. “I find food creative. I’m a storyteller. I cook. I dance. I act. I choreograph. I’m always creating and in a creative environment. I enjoy bringing things to life. And I feel that food tells stories, so it was a natural direction for me to follow.” What Paul takes away from this award is the acknowledgment of all the work he has undertaken. If he didn’t need to pay the bills, he says he would happily do it for free. Ultimately, this award is a thank you for putting smiles on people’s faces as well as putting a smile on his own face. Paul’s recent appearance on Neighbours has landed him on our screens again, with more episodes on the way, which is a delight for his fans as well as for him. His cooking show – Mercurio’s Menu – is currently screening on SBS. “I’m very lucky that a lot of the areas that I work in is following a passion. I’m multitalented. I’m the jack of all trades but the master of none.” KATE SEARS

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Left: Meet local celebrity Nikki Osborne, page 38 Top row: Mr Gasman warms our cooler nights see page 148, New on the dining scene Moke Dining see page 140; Bottom row: Endangered hooded plover see page 43; We celebrate our amazing local women for International Women;s Day on pages 78-96 - Olieve and Ollie are on page 83.

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Exstrawdinary honour for our own Local Hero A year after being crowned Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Citizen of the Year, antilitter campaigner Josie Jones has been named the 2020 Victoria Local Hero in the Australian of the Year Awards. The latest honour is further acknowledgement of the Rye resident’s tireless fight for a cleaner planet. Josie helps run the Peninsula’s Last Straw campaign, which had its origins in a workshop run by the Shire. The initial goal was to pilot the campaign in Dromana and it has since branched out to 11 towns. “So far we have started in Sorrento, Dromana, Mount Martha, Blairgowrie and Rye,” Josie said. “Due to funding from National Geographic, we will now be able to focus on the next phase: Portsea, Crib Point, Hastings, McCrae and Balnarring.” The idea behind the volunteer-driven campaign is simple: target a key litter item by persuading shop owners to swap plastic straws for paper ones that are provided free of charge for three months. “The goal is to have half of all shops on the Peninsula switching to paper straws by the end of 2020.” Josie began her first anti-litter campaign shortly after moving to Rye in 2011. The One Tonne Challenge encouraged residents to join her in collecting litter from the foreshore. Since then she has launched several successful campaigns to reduce litter and tackle waste, including Only Butt, which is aimed at reducing the number of cigarette butts that end up in our bays. Being named Citizen of the Year has given Josie a platform from which to engage the broader Peninsula community in her mission. Her anti-litter campaigns have gained national attention, including television coverage and support from National Geographic and the University of Tasmania.

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Josie’s message to all Peninsula residents is simple: “Immerse yourself in your community and volunteer. Litter is something that can only be solved by the community as a whole, which includes the Shire, businesses and local residents. We all need to play a role, so I urge everybody to do what they can and take action. As we raise the standard and fill in the gaps, we are seeing the positive results.”

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From cancer’s devastation to parenthood’s delight Imagine being diagnosed with breast cancer at 27. You’ve just got engaged, are halfway through building a house and figure life is moving along nicely according to plan. The way it should be. Mornington Peninsula resident Shari Skidmore thought she had a cyst when she found a lump in her left breast, but after her initial consultation with her GP and a biopsy, the diagnosis of stage one cancer was made. She explains: “Thinking back to that moment, it was terrifying. There were so many thoughts and emotions going through my mind. Am I going to die? Am I going to survive these treatments? I hadn’t even considered that my fertility might have been affected, but part of the discussion with my oncologist was exactly about that. Walking out of that appointment was difficult. I had this serious diagnosis and it was equally devastating to hear that my fertility may be affected in the future. I was then referred to a fertility specialist. It was really overwhelming to be having these types of conversations, but I have to say that it was a positive experience knowing my medical team was collaborating together and taking a holistic approach.” Breast Cancer Network Australia, which is the peak national organisation for Australians affected by breast cancer, says a new survey shows that one in six young women diagnosed with the disease are not being informed about their fertility options. Conducted by the organisation, this survey also revealed that limited fertility options were “sometimes” discussed and not all the potential risks to fertility were talked about either. BCNA has released a video highlighting young women with a breast cancer diagnosis discussing fertility decisions made throughout their cancer journey. Shari continues: “When my husband Travis and I look back to 10 years ago, our lives were turned upside down. We didn’t know what the future held. We now have two beautiful children and I have my health. When I first met with my fertility specialist back then, we discussed the options for fertility preservation moving forward. Egg freezing wasn’t an option because I had already been booked in for chemotherapy. I used Zoladex to protect my ovaries throughout chemo, and Tamoxifen for the following five years after the treatment.” After having a break from Tamoxifen, Shari tried to fall pregnant naturally to no avail and decided to try IVF. They retrieved three eggs from the first cycle, had one good embryo and daughter Kaia was born. She is four now. Shari continues: “I went back on the drug Tamoxifen, then had another break to try for another child through IVF, but during the time off the drug I fell pregnant naturally. Our son Kobe is two now. Falling pregnant gave me hope and made me reflect on the choices and decisions that we’d made so many years ago.” BCNA chief executive Kirsten Pilatti says women aged 20-39 account for about 5 per cent of all breast cancer diagnoses in Australia. “That means two young women every day hear the news they have breast cancer. In the middle of the whirlwind of decisions they have to make around treatment, these young women also have to consider the risk to their fertility.” Just like Shari. But look where she is now – healthy and loving her life as a mother of two thriving kids. Happy endings do happen, folks. How wonderful. BCNA has free programs and services to inform and support people with breast cancer, including a helpline on 1800 500 258 and the My Journey online tool at myjourney.org.au. Watch Shari’s story here at www.bcna.org.au/news/2019/12/fertility-resource/ Pictured above right: Kaia and Kobe; Shari and Travis Skidmore with baby Kobe.

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Community event a hardworking winner Let’s talk about an event you all know and love and why it wouldn’t be the amazing occasion it is without the tireless efforts of volunteers and committee members chugging along behind the scenes. The Red Hill Show recently came away with an Australia Day Award for the Community

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Event of the Year Mornington Peninsula in recognition of its 91st show, and we’d like to tell you how it happened. Human power, folks, that’s how, and most of it volunteer-generated. Executive officer Bec Davis explains: “We rely on a team of over 80 volunteers from chief stewards, stewards and judges to a host of volunteers that pop up a week before show day to put this massive one-day event together. The success of the show is definitely a 100 per cent team effort. It’s hard to say how many hours go into putting it on, but our assistant secretary Bree Lovell, president Rob Connor, trade space boys Jim Ryan and Vic Kenney and myself dedicate at least eight hours per week throughout the year and are working on it full time heading into the last few weeks before the actual event.” But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, Peninsula people. Bec continues: “There are 12 committee members who each bring their own experiences from marketing/event management, project managing, accounting to veterinary and farming know-how. We have a chief steward for each of the 18 different sections within the show, with an additional two or three stewards assisting. Each section then has between one and three judges. All of these people volunteer their time.” Then there’s the executive committee monthly meetings throughout the year to discuss ‘show business’ and how the society can better support the Mornington Peninsula community and its agricultural producers. Now that’s dedication. The Red Hill Show is all about celebrating the Peninsula’s unique culture, history and values. The Red Hill Horticultural Society, which was formed in 1896 and is still going strong due to an endless line of community-minded people who care about our region and what it produces, grows stronger each year. This important annual show would be a whole different beast without the heartfelt helpers behind it. When you visit on March 7, give thanks to those who sponsor it and to those who believe in the spirit of community enough to work hard at preserving it free of charge. LIZ ROGERS www.morningtonpeninsulamagazine.com.au

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Now here’s something timely that makes complete environmental sense. In the wake of the juggernaut fire systems that have catapulted through our country over the past few months, Trust For Nature and the Bunurong Land Council’s Warreen Beek Rangers program has more purpose than ever. Now in its third year, this in-the-field ‘on Country’ course designed for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples to come together and reignite existing inherent understanding of the land moves everforward towards a climate-caring future.

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Trust For Nature is a not-for-profit organisation that was formed in 1972. Partnering with private landowners in Victoria to protect native plants and wildlife for future generations, the group put forward an expression of interest to Indigenous groups asking them what they wanted to learn about managing the land. In response, the Warreen Beek Rangers program, in which participants graduate with a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management from Holmesglen, was created. Seven graduates were awarded their certificates last year and this time round more female participants are being encouraged to take part in the course. Trust For Nature’s regional manager for Port Phillip and Westernport, Ben Cullen, explains: “This year’s course begins in April and runs through to December, with two days of contact per week, which takes place mainly in the field with some classes at the Holmesglen Campus. We’ve just put out an expression of interest and are hoping to get more women involved. There are up to 15 positions available. We work mainly with Bunurong and Wurundjeri traditional owners on identifying suitable sites. Some include Peninsula Gardens Bushland Reserve in Rosebud and Point Nepean. We’ve been able to identify certain Indigenous artefacts, scar trees and middens so far. I must admit we’ve learnt just as much from the participants as they have from us. They already have a deep understanding of Country and a natural understanding of the environment. Some of the people involved in the Warreen Beek Rangers program have never graduated from a course. All graduates from over the last two years are now working in conservation or land management. They are in charge of the land. They have accreditation.” Trust For Nature has been involved in protecting the likes of Greens Bush in Boneo and Arthurs Seat National Park for years. The Warreen Beek Rangers program has already contributed to the restoration of precious middens while teaching skills such as chainsaw and chemical use, occupational health and safety, weed control and cultural studies. Then there’s the fire elders who come on board to teach the practice of Indigenous burns. And with an unstable climate future ahead of us, these skills and the knowledge that comes from centuries of understanding may just be what we need to turn the tide on climate change. Yes? LIZ ROGERS

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Are you switching off? This year is a pivotal one for the planet. There will be at least five major international conferences on biodiversity, climate, and sustainable development throughout the year at which world leaders will make decisions that will affect our world for the countless years to come. The effects of the climate emergency have been felt across our country more than ever before, with vast areas of Australia burning throughout an extended fire season. More than 30 people have perished in catastrophic bushfires, which have also killed an estimated one billion animals, including koalas and other vulnerable native wildlife, as well as blanketing cities in toxic smoke haze. On top of this, a disastrous drought still plagues farms and regional towns. In response, millions of people have marched for stronger and immediate climate action. This is why we have Earth Hour. And it’s also why 2020’s Earth Hour is the most important ever. This movement provides everyone with the chance to put the environment at the top of their agenda to protect the future of our only home. Since 2007, Earth Hour has been embraced by communities large and small. Please join us by signing up to register your participation, switching off and connecting on social media before and after the sacred hour by hash-tagging ‘Connect2Earth’. It’s time to join millions of others around the world to raise your voice for the future of all people, our flora and fauna and of course our precious planet. Visit www.earthhour.org.au and switch off on Saturday, March 28, at 8.30pm. It’s our promise to the planet and it’s all for the future. Let’s celebrate - Issue 100, MARCH 2020

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Come celebrate the end of the 2020 harvest on the annual Mornington Peninsula Winery Walk on Saturday, May 2. A favourite on the Peninsula calendar, the 7km walk takes you from Red Hill to Merricks along the old rail track, tasting currentrelease wines and food treats along the way. After gathering at the Red Hill Recreation Reserve, you’ll be divided into four groups and leave at 45-minute intervals from 8am. The first stop is Red Hill Epicurean for a taste of Foxey’s sparkling wine with salumi and breakfast fare to get you started. Then you’ll set off for Paringa Estate, which will be showcasing a chardonnay and pinot noir. With a delicious Red Hill apple in hand, you’ll head along the track to Paradigm Hill to meet George and Ruth Mihaly and sample their beautiful wine with a matching canapé. The next stop is Stonier Wines, which will be joined by Willow Creek Vineyard for a tasting of wines with a matched canapé, and finally it’s on to Merricks General Wine Store for a drop of its Baillieu and Elgee wines and a pot pie for lunch. A bus will then return you to collect your car from the reserve. Bookings are essential at www. eventbrite.com.au/e/mornington-peninsula-winerywalk-tickets-95534575487 And don’t forget Peninsula Piers & Pinots at Flinders on Sunday, March 8. Mornington Peninsula pinot producers will gather by the sea to offer you a taste from their wonderful range of Peninsula pinots, which will also be available to buy by the glass. Food will be on sale too, with music adding to a fabulous festive vibe. Weather permitting, the Flinders Yacht Club’s annual Piers & Pinots Yacht Race will also be held on the day. Tickets: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ peninsula-piers-pinots-tickets-84074036707

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Your home of BMW on the Mornington Peninsula Elegance, streamlined design and a dedication to excellence through brilliant BMW detailing, this is Mornington BMW, where the ride of your life is well within reach. This is a place where the door to driving distinction is open wide. Step inside. Mornington BMW is a proudly Australian-owned business that delivers superior quality and driving pleasure for everyone. Here, the stellar service matches the eminence of the vehicle that is about to change the way you drive, accelerate and escape. Once you become a part of the Mornington BMW Family, you are a member for life, with a ticket to unsurpassed vehicle-care capabilities that includes guaranteed warranty on labour and parts. The team of 25 is led by Dealer Principal, Craig Cole, who has more than 20 years’ BMW experience and includes Sales Executive, Adam Rowell, who has been a member of the Mornington BMW team for 14 years. Mornington BMW has an open-door policy that includes complete vehicle support and advice. Whether you are a tried and true BMW convert, a first-time

luxury car fantasiser or a motoring devotee who just loves admiring BMW’s unique chic, Mornington BMW invites you into its modern space, showcasing an extraordinary range of pleasure-seeking, high-performance vehicles. The team at Mornington BMW pride themselves on taking the time to show you just how accessible and enjoyable owning and driving a BMW is. Why not stay awhile to see just what your driving future looks like? You’ll be surprised at how simple it is to switch to the BMW way of life and be transformed forever. MORNINGTON BMW A: 181 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Mornington T: 5970 5970 W: www.morningtonbmw.com.au FB: morningtonbmw/ INSTA: morningtonbmw Pictured: BMW Mornington dealer principal Craig Cole, left, and sales executive Adam Rowell

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Avedis is the choice of brides everywhere After being announced the winner of the jewellery category for the Mornington Peninsula and Bayside region at the 2019 Brides Choice Awards in October and a whirlwind Christmas period, it’s only now that Avedis Jewellery can sit back and reflect on their win. This win was Avedis’s second at these awards after taking out the category in 2018 as well. Excited is an understatement. On the night of the awards, Sarven Delimelkonoglu looked at the extensive attendees and nominees for each category and didn’t expect to win an award, let alone take out the whole category. “He was very proud,” said his sister, Melissa Delimelkonoglu. “He can make something amazing out of anything so it’s great that he got the recognition that he truly deserves. It was very Photo: Steve Saxton

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rewarding for him to win. We’ve got the plaques on display at the store.” The voting of the Brides Choice Awards is conducted over a 12-day period on social media. Brides in each region are asked to vote for their top five wedding suppliers who excelled in their service. Each bride is allowed to vote only once before they’re locked out of the voting system. It’s word-of-mouth recommendations, exceptional service and spectacular jewellery designs that have established this family-owned business as No.1 two years in a row. Sarven and Melissa’s father, Avedis Delimelkonoglu, is not only the namesake of their nine-year-old retail store in which he works, he has also been in the jewellery trade for more than 45 years manufacturing for both the Australian and international markets. Without a doubt he’ll be ecstatic over Avedis’s two wins. “At Avedis we are renowned for housing a vast selection

of jewellery pieces which are handcrafted by our master jewellers. Our collection and bespoke designs echo the family tradition of creating pieces with the finest craftsmanship in mind, using only the most exceptional gemstones from all across the globe.” The expert team and master jewellers can design and custom-create the most detailed or sophisticated designs at your request. Whatever your heart desires, Avedis will welcome the opportunity to discuss and create the perfect bespoke piece to celebrate that very special occasion. The possibilities are endless and they all start at Avedis. KATE SEARS AVEDIS JEWELLERY A: Shop 26, Karingal Hub, 330 Cranbourne Rd, Karingal T: 9789 2388 W: www.avedisjewellery.com FB: avedisjewellery INSTA: avedisjewellery

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Now here’s something to make you feel all warm inside – and we’re not talking about the alcohol: Mornington Peninsula brewers have taken part in a spectacular global relief effort to raise money for communities affected by Australia’s catastrophic bushfires. On Friday, February 28, they gathered at Red Hill Brewery to create their version of Resilience Pale Ale, a beer that is also being produced by more than 200 brewers throughout Australia and around the world. Proceeds from the ale’s sale are expected to total more than $850,000 and will be donated to various bushfire relief efforts.

This latest effort came from the Australian beer industry’s desire to find ways to support those affected by and those fighting the 2019-20 bushfires, and brewers around the country and the world leapt at the chance to help. Brewers play a strong role in their communities, as evidenced by the hundreds of fundraisers and other events launched throughout the beer world since the fires broke out last year. The aim of this global fundraiser is to help affected communities transition from crisis to healing through regeneration and rehabilitation projects. So the next time thirst strikes you, track down a Resilience Pale Ale and raise a glass to the bravery of our fireys, the determination of our shattered communities and the charity of our wonderful brewers. Cheers to you.

Hickinbotham of Dromana, Jetty Road, Red Hill Brewery, Mornington Peninsula Brewery, Smart Brothers Brewing, Mr Banks, Dainton Beer, Tar Barrel and St Andrews Beach Brewery took part in the ‘brew day’ at Red Hill. Their Resilience Pale Ale will be released this month via brewers’ cellar doors and other special taps around the Peninsula. Across Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK and Europe, other brewers are doing the same, all inspired by a similar project in the wake of the 2018 Camp Fire in California, when more than 1400 US brewers created and sold their version of the Resilience IPA, raising millions of dollars. Let’s celebrate - Issue 100, MARCH 2020

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Competent, Capable, Active Learners – Early Childhood at Woodleigh School Woodleigh School’s Early Childhood Centres are communities where children are viewed as competent, capable, active learners. We ‘Value Childhood’ and have high expectations for all children, families and educators, and operate with the belief that learning can happen anywhere, anytime. Value Childhood is an understanding of how special, unique and fleeting childhood is. It is letting children be children; knowing the educational and social importance of play and discovery. It is the development of individual learning programs that challenge and engage. We believe that children learn in collaboration with others. Along with their families and educators, children attending our Minimbah and Penbank Centres belong to a community of learners who work in an optimistic, progressive environment. We believe in the individuality of children and strive to support students to feel empowered to express themselves in whatever way feels right for them. We embrace originality and the joy of creative expression. Our preschool provides inclusive programs that recognise the varied cultural backgrounds, abilities, interests, needs and learning styles of all

children. We believe children learn best through meaningful play. Our program is playbased and child-centred. It offers children the opportunity to make choices, take responsible risks, learn in collaboration with others and develop their curiosity and thinking skills. All are skills that we believe are essential for lifelong learning and nurturing a fulfilled and confident child. Relationships are the cornerstone of our program. There is a genuine sense of mutual respect between staff, children and families and this is reflected in the strong caring community who share a common goal: to give children the fundamental right to an education that prepares them for life as well as school. If you would like to know more about Woodleigh School’s Early Childhood programs at our Minimbah (Frankston South) and Penbank (Moorooduc) Campuses, please contact our enrolments office on 5971 6100 or email enrol@woodleigh.vic.edu.au DAVID BURTON — Acting Principal WOODLEIGH SCHOOL A: 485 Golf Links Rd, Langwarrin South T: 5971 6100 W: www.woodleigh.vic.edu.au FB: woodleighschoo1 INSTA: woodleighschool

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Hay, that’s a great help!

Woodleigh School’s Early Childhood Program is carefully planned to offer children open-ended learning experiences that are both challenging and reflect their interests. Nine hundred and fifty bales of hay produced at The Briars have been sent to drought and bushfire-affected communities as part of the Need for Feed disaster relief program. “While a small gesture, we hope these hay bales give some relief to bushfire-affected communities and farmers,” said Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Sam Hearn. Need for Feed is a Lions Club project that co-ordinates the pick-up and delivery of hay to those in need. The hay from The Briars was baled by Jones Engineering and Agricultural and follows 800 bales that were donated in 2018. Cr Bev Colomb said: “The bushfires have been devasting for Victoria, many communities and wildlife. We want to lend a helping hand where we can.” Cr Rosie Clark said: “Farmers throughout Victoria have been extremely affected by bushfires and drought. The 950 hay bales will help alleviate farmers and provide some support during this trying time.”

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Paige Robins crosses the line first in her race at last year’s event.

Padua awarded Maths Active School status Padua College is delighted to have been awarded the prestigious title of Maths Association of Victoria Maths Active School, joining a small and exclusive group of Victorian secondary schools recognised as leaders in demonstrating effective learning and teaching practices in maths. This is particularly significant at a time when maths education in Australia is receiving much criticism. The accreditation acknowledges Padua’s innovative approaches to promoting active and differentiated learning in maths, for its effective use of technology and for the way in which it has structured its maths programs to maximise learning. The award also recognises the professional learning support that the college offers its maths staff and the way in which it works closely with parents as valued partners. “The Mathematics Learning Area encourages students and teachers alike to engage in critical thinking and problem solving with the hope that they will extend themselves and find enjoyment whilst doing so,” says Wayne Hardy, Padua’s Learning Team Leader of Maths. “We are extremely proud of our innovative approaches in teaching mathematics and the comprehensive program we offer our students.” Padua students can look forward to taking part in several exciting new programs and national competitions this year. These include MAV’s Maths Talent Quest, the Australian Maths Trust Competition, the AMT Maths Challenge and The Da Vinci Decathlon. With these initiatives, the college will be sure to ‘multiply’ its success and enthusiasm for this core discipline and essential life skill set. For further information on Padua’s Twilight Open Days in March, visit www.padua.vic.edu.au 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: www.padua.vic.edu.au

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Billy karts ready to roll

Sorrento’s Wilby St will echo to the clatter of wheels and the cheers of spectators when competitors set off in the Billy Kart Grand Prix 2020 on Saturday, March 14. Organised by the Rye Community House and the Point Nepean Men’s Shed Association, this community event is part of the annual Neighbourhood Day and will raise money for the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund and Wildlife Victoria. Coming hot on the wheels of last year’s event, the grand prix promises to be a safe, fun-filled event that will bring young and old community members together. Organisers have invited those who took part last year to line up again, and groups and individuals are welcome to design and build their own karts for this month’s event. Community groups, schools, emergency services and Men’s Shed members from across the Peninsula have also been invited to take part, and there will be a series of races for various age groups and categories with trophies for the younger karters up for grabs. It promises to be a wonderful day out for all the family. The action begins at noon, so make sure you’re trackside in plenty of time to cheer on your favourite driver.

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Adam has a taste for Rosebud life Chef Adam D’Sylva may live in town but he is a Peninsula boy at heart. Heading to Rosebud every weekend and holidays with family and friends for more than 40 years since he was a kid, Adam now brings his wife Lauren and their three young kids Ava, Javier and Olivia to the pristine shores of the Peninsula to continue the tradition. Adam explains: “I’ve always loved the water and used to spend most of my time boogie boarding at the back beaches on the Peninsula well before we had our own kids. It’s too rough for them, being so young, so we usually go to McCrae beach because it’s really safe. My life is very busy running two restaurants, so I take any opportunity to head down to Rosebud with the family or to play a round of golf at the National Golf Club in Cape Schanck, where I’ve been a member for about 20 years. I drive down every week to play golf and then head back to work. I’ve got lots of friends who have houses on the Peninsula because it’s so beautiful and so close to town. It’s ideal.” This head chef of Asian and European-influenced Coda and Indian restaurant Tonka has just spent four weeks over the holidays in Rosebud. He continues: “There’s nothing better than playing an early round of golf, getting down to the beach with the kids, then coming home for a big cook-up on the barbecue with family and friends. I grew up in Templestowe in a mixed Indian/Italian family so have both influences and remember watching my nonna make gnocchi. I loved eating the raw dough. My kids like to eat Italian at home and love my gnocchi bolognaise. They also love my mashed potato with lots of garlic.” Adam’s cheffing apprenticeship began at Hilton on the Park. He then moved on to Cosi in South Yarra, travelled across Europe and Asia and upon returning worked at Pearl Restaurant in Melbourne. You may have seen him on various cooking shows, including MasterChef too. Throughout all of this he has remained true to Rosebud and his Peninsula holiday roots. “It’s hard work but I’m lucky to have made a career out of cooking. I work a lot and really look forward to the breaks on the Peninsula. My mum spends at least half of her time in Rosebud too.” Adam has also done a couple of guest cheffing gigs on the Peninsula and loves sampling the local produce too. Naturally. LIZ ROGERS

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Rye has a new bushland reserve after Mornington Peninsula Shire bought almost 4ha of moonah woodland at 50 Flinders St. The former Education Department land is of high conservation value and home to more than 50 indigenous plant species and numerous species of bird. Mornington Peninsula Mayor Sam Hearn said the reserve was a welcome addition to the public open space on the Peninsula. “It’s precious natural habitat that will now be preserved for everyone to enjoy.” Cr Hugh Fraser praised the Nepean Conservation Group for its work in advocating for the reserve. “This is a terrific

example of a community group working in close partnership with the Shire to achieve a hugely beneficial outcome for residents.” Cr Fraser said the group had since secured $20,000 from the Shire community budget to develop a community engagement plan for the reserve. Cr Bryan Payne said Rye residents had a crucial role to play in the future of the reserve. “We need volunteers to form a Friends group to help look after the reserve and be actively involved in conserving this important area of biodiversity.” The Shire will soon begin community consultations on a name for the reserve.

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Lab-grown diamonds are purer and more environmentally friendly than a traditional mined diamond. Not only that, both types are virtually indistinguishable, says Anthony Hansen from Diamond Coco. “While lacking the romance of a stone created by nature, the beauty, environmental and cost-saving benefits to the consumer are hard to pass up,” Anthony says. In an astonishing example of modern-day alchemy, simple carbon-rich gases are heated and compressed to mimic nature. The result is a diamond of exceptional quality that is grown in a matter of days and not millions of years. These are not fake diamonds; they’re real diamonds just grown differently. Anthony says that while lab-grown diamonds account

for less than 10 per cent of diamond sales, that is all about to change. “The industry is going through an unprecedented change as more and more lab-grown diamonds are hitting the market. Far from being the poor cousin, lab-grown diamonds are often superior to a mined diamond in almost every way – including price.” Whatever type of diamond you’re looking for, it is important that you make an informed choice about what is right for you. Diamond Coco offers a range of mined and lab-grown diamonds. Appointments can be made by calling 1300 230 430. DIAMOND COCO A: Suite 6, 38A Main St, Mornington T: 1300 230 430 W: www.diamondcoco.com.au FB: diamondcoco.com.au INSTA: diamondcoco_

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Frankie is welcomed back to Frankston with an apple, a flower and a smile from Mayor Sandra Mayer.

Our own roamin’ gnome comes home Frankie’s back! Yes, everyone’s favourite gnome has returned from a global adventure that took him to New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, England, France, Italy and the US. Last month, he announced on Frankston City Council’s Facebook page that he had signed a four-year lease on a new plinth at the corner of Hastings Rd and Moorooduc Highway, next to Monash University.  “When I arrived back following my world travels, to be honest I felt a little lost,” Frankie said. “I knew I wanted to once again call Frankston home, but I wasn’t sure where or how to make it happen. I was speaking to a friend about my conundrum and he suggested that perhaps I rent a place for a few years and suss out where I want to be long-term – so that’s what I’ve done.” The nomadic gnome explored many landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Statue of Liberty, and the Great Wall of China. Frankston City Mayor Sandra Mayer was delighted to have Frankie back. “Frankie has become a local legend and a favourite with residents, particularly children. He just makes you smile.” So where to after your lease is up, Frankie? “I have no idea. This world is full of beautiful places and people. However, there’s no place quite like Frankston City.”  (  34 Everything we love about the peninsula, fresh every month

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Imagine this: being chased by Brob the barking baboon in Kruger National Park in South Africa and having to keep your campfire burning at night to ensure he and his mates don’t come calling. Sounds like fun. Or coming face to face with a Mozambique spitting cobra that gobs venom into your eyeballs for a party trick. Nice. Or getting one too many tick bites before reaching for the kitchen knife in an attempt to cut yourself free from these relentlessly annoying mouth-hooking mini-beasts. Ripper. Then imagine this: winning $100,000 for a charity of your choice should you be the last man or woman standing in Network 10’s sixth season of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Australia. Maybe the above doesn’t seem so bad. Probably? Yes? Peninsula resident and comedian, actor and television presenter Nikki Osborne chuckles: “I’m out after 18 days. The hardest part of being in the jungle was starving.” We both metaphorically lean back with laughter as this funny girl with a serious dash of goof-infused blond bombshell beauty continues: “Porridge for breakfast. Rice and kale for lunch and some piece of random animal for dinner. I think there was an impala leg once. Ha! Miguel (Maestre) cooked dinner with a pan on the campfire. Ugh. Here you are in a jungle with hidden cameras all around you and a bunch of celebrities. Rhonda Burchmore went into some kind of alpha-trance and almost got attacked by a cobra, and Miguel pulled out his kitchen knife before being asked to go to the medics for tick treatment. I got chased by the baboon. It was nuts.” This 38-year-old mother of two, who was almost punched on a cruise ship by a stranger and is the first comedian to be allocated bouncers while touring, came from a sketch comedy background before trying her hand at standup. She continues: “I got heaps of backlash and trolling for my show On the Spectrum but there was a message I had to deliver. I even got hate mail and eventually had to pull back. At first it was tricky doing stand-up because of the way I look.” Check out her Instagram page to get a gawk. “People presume I am going to be average so it’s a bigger bonus when I don’t suck.” Should Nikki have won I’m A Celebrity, her winnings would have gone to Aspect Australia, which is Australia’s largest service provider for people with autism. Her son has high-functioning autism. You’ll often find this native Queenslander and her family on the bay in their runabout doing donuts, and in between times Nikki is doing what she does best: performing – including two years straight at the Sydney Opera House and on Hughsey, We Have A Problem. She’s just become the face of one of Mornington’s top car dealerships and has recently hosted the Red Hill Relief Bush Fire Benefit. She’s also set to tour a stand-up show later this year and there are some exciting plans in the pipeline. This friendly and wonderfully witty woman concludes: “My family were on survival mode when I was in the jungle. I was the only mum there with small kids and they wanted me home. My husband Jeremy had a hard time. I mean, the dog was having seizures. I got home to McCrae on January 23 and the Christmas tree was still up! Ha ha! I really enjoyed being with my campmates though.” Yep, she may have been challenged in the jungle, but she’s still smiling now she’s out. Baboons and all. LIZ ROGERS

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Maddie makes her move as emergency nurse Maddie Mullins thinks on her feet. She has to. At just 20 years old she’s recently entered the highly demanding and often emotionally draining world of the emergency department at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Parkville as a pediatric nurse and the stakes are high. Completing her Bachelor of Nursing at Holmesglen in Moorabbin last year and securing a coveted position at this world-renowned facility is a real feather in the cap of a young lady who spent Year 12 travelling to Wantirna College from Mount Martha. That’s hours of travelling every day and may give you some idea of her determination. Now living in Altona North with her high school sweetheart Jaidyn Best, Maddie still calls Mount Martha, where her sister Chloe Milne lives, home, because home is where the heart is. Maddie explains: “I moved out of my parents’ house and went to live with my sister and her husband Michael when I was 16, which didn’t make VCE easy. Chloe is like a second mum to me and I loved living in Mount Martha. I wasn’t sure which area of medicine I’d go into before getting the position at the Children’s. I thought I might try cosmetics and I have two sisters who are paramedics, but as soon as I had completed my first day of a six-week placement there I knew where I wanted to be. Before that I’d had both aged care and mental health placements, but I enjoy working in a fast-paced and diverse environment.

Maddie Mullins with her high school sweetheart, Jaidyn Best, and Stormy the staffy.

Emergency offers that. Nothing stays the same and you keep learning. The only thing I’m concerned about is that people won’t take me seriously because I’m so young, but I’m confident I can give the answers that the parents of patients need. It’s very stressful being a mum or dad when your child is sick, and it’s important to keep them involved. The whole family needs looking after.” Is she ever frightened by life-and-death situations? She continues: “I remember witnessing my first heart attack in second year and watching the nurse deal with it. She just clicked into gear and did what needed to be done. I really admired her approach. I want to be like that. Yes, it can be frightening, but when you are trained and know what you are doing it gives you so much satisfaction to help patients, especially kids.” This kind of career is not for everyone for obvious reasons, and not everyone can land a job at The Royal Children’s Hospital either. Maddie continues: “It’s a hard job to get so I feel very lucky. The interview process is tough, including a medications test and lots of general questions, but somehow I got through. Nurses are good at debriefing and talking about their jobs so I’m sure I’ll be OK.” And what does the workload look like for this sports fanatic and lover of blue English staffys? Maddie concludes: “It’s fine. Graduates are only allowed to do eight-hour shifts and do four days on and three days off.” Sounds simple, yes? LIZ ROGERS

Community goes to the wall to help save hooded plover A new mural has been unveiled at Sorrento back beach to draw the public’s attention to the plight of one of the Peninsula’s most recognisable and loved birds, the hooded plover. The mural was created by internationally acclaimed Melbourne-based street artist and graphic designer Jimmy Dvate, who is known for his depictions of Australian animals and characters on grain silos in rural Victoria, and was launched on Saturday, February 29, near the Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club by members of Friends of the Hooded Plover and Parks Victoria. The larger-than-life mural, which graces a wall in Mornington Peninsula National Park, was paid for through the sale of hooded plover merchandise to raise awareness of the threats facing the beach-nesting bird. Hooded plover chick mortality contributes to a mere 2.5 per cent success rate from egg to fledgling, which is one of the lowest avian breeding success rates in the world. The park’s back beaches are host to the secondlargest resident breeding population of hooded plovers in Victoria, but the population has the poorest breeding outcome of any coastal area. Let’s celebrate - Issue 100, MARCH 2020

Birds of prey, high tides and extreme weather are among the natural threats facing the hooded plover, which is also forced to contend with predation and attacks by dogs, foxes and feral cats as well as disruption to its nests and eggs by summer beach-goers. To mitigate these threats and increase the fledgling survival rate, Parks Victoria and Friends of the Hooded Plover carry out regular breeding monitoring and site management activities through the Hooded Plover Threatened Species Program, which is run by BirdLife Australia. “Residents and regular visitors to Mornington Peninsula National Park will be familiar with the plight of hooded plovers,” said Parks Victoria’s area chief ranger, Kris Rowe. “It’s vital we protect this unique beach-nesting species as best we can. “We’re really lucky here in Victoria to have coastal national parks that provide a home to magnificent creatures such as the hooded plover,” Kris said. “It’s important that the community understands how best we can protect them. The mural is a great way to communicate that message.” www.morningtonpeninsulamagazine.com.au

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Caring for Creativity is Karla’s middle name hearing is In Conversation sound advice One of our key senses is in focus on Tuesday, March 3. World Hearing Day raises awareness of the ways we can help prevent deafness and hearing loss while also promoting ear care across the world. In Australia, it also marks the beginning of Hearing Awareness Week.

From applying for work experience by pretending to be her own imaginary friend to casting for the Bachelor franchise and Gogglebox, Karla Burt shares with Kate Sears her fond memories of her journey to her current role as co-founder and creative director at 720 Creative.

Each year in Australia, hearing loss costs $15 billion in health care and lost productivity. In fact, hearing loss affects 70 per cent of people aged over 70. It has a vast impact on quality of life and is more common than cancer, heart disease and diabetes – with 500,000 hearing aids bought in Australia each year. The World Health Organisation has declared that this year World Hearing Day will highlight the importance of timely and efficient intervention to ensure that people with hearing loss are still able to reach their potential. WHO will endeavour to draw attention to the options available in order to achieve this, calling for more resources to be made available through our health systems and ensuring that those with hearing loss receive the help they need to improve their access to education and employment. Unfortunately, many people throughout the world lack access to hearing aids and other methods to improve communication. WHO stresses that communication and good hearing are vital to help people of all ages connect with one another and their communities. The theme for World Hearing Day 2020 is ‘Hearing for life – don’t let hearing loss limit you’, so we encourage you to visit the Hearing Awareness Week website and check out a free app called Sound Scouts. This can be used to check the hearing of children aged 4 years and older and is also suitable for adults. Visit www.soundscouts.com/au to download the app.

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We first met you when we interviewed comedian and social media sensation Tanya Hennessy about her new series Get A Real Job, produced by 720 Creative. How was this series to work on and what is 720 Creative all about? I spent four days on the Mornington Peninsula filming Tanya Hennessy in Get A Real Job with tears rolling down my face from laughing, so it’s probably me who should get a real job! Paul Walton and I started 720 Creative so we could work with people who like to colour outside the lines of life. We find stories, tell stories and make stories for television and online and we coach people to help unlock their own personal story so they can step into their spotlight. You’ve done it all — actor, producer, casting, director, creative coach, agent and writer. As a child did you always desire to work in entertainment? I remember being little and standing at the back of the television set trying to get into it. Obviously I wasn’t successful. I loved performing but didn’t necessarily need to be centre of attention.  I loved rallying the troops and getting everyone involved. Outside of school I took drama classes; I was in a choir but I’m pretty sure I spent most of the time miming. At Frankston High, once I built up the courage I went from stage hand to auditioning for our school productions. How did you get to where you are now? It was while I was living in London doing PR that I realised I wanted to work in TV. On return from London I wrote a letter to the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and asked them for work experience. The letter I wrote could have backfired massively because I wrote it in crayons and it was from my imaginary friend and they were telling them all about Karla. I cringe a little but it got me an interview and started me on the road to making screen content. Before iPhones and Facebook I decided to partner with my friend, Kylie Robertson, and we ended up creating a pioneering mobile/web series, Girl Friday. It was the first madefor-mobile comedy series that then moved to TV. I absolutely loved making My Year 12 Life and My Year 7 Life for ABC TV but I’m even more excited about the shows that we have in development at 720 Creative.  What’s next on the agenda? I think having a robust creative industry and culture is more necessary than ever. It’s important to share and engage with ideas and stories and have a laugh along the way. I’m excited to be working on projects that celebrate creativity, imagination and diverse thinking and working with individuals to help them live a creative life in whatever way works for them.

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Sarlee makes a splash What a life. Jumping in the bird bath or a half barrel of water and splashing to your heart’s content. Or having a good go at the hose while your owner is trying to water the garden or roaming through a property that dedicates itself to producing premium wine beneath the Mornington Peninsula sky. Welcome to the world of Sarlee, who lives with Julie and John Trueman at Myrtaceae Winery in Red Hill. Named after the couple’s favourite champagne, Lassalle, from France, this long-haired Jack Russell terrier with short legs loves to get up to a bit of mischief. She’s smart, energetic but likes to take it slow in the mornings. The afternoons are made for moving and meeting as many people as possible. Julie explains: “Sarlee is almost three and very affectionate. She’s always following me around while I’m doing vineyard work. She’s never far behind. We’ve always had Jack Russells. Chanel, Holly and Coco used to chase the foxes away and pull the nets to shake the birds off. We are still training Sarlee, who sits at the door like a concierge to greet our visitors. That’s if she hasn’t already run to the carpark to usher them down to the cellar door. Our son was about four years old when we got our first Jack Russell. John wasn’t really a dog person at first but every one of them had a gravitational pull towards him, but not Sarlee. She’s my shadow.” This gentle and lovable pooch has never been off the property and is not allowed in the top vineyard. She also knows not to venture over the gravel road into the hinterland beyond. She starts the day with two biscuits in the morning and come evening after dinner she’s on the couch with Julie and John. Tough, hey? Julie concludes: “Jack Russells are so clever. Sarlee is a great guard dog when she needs to be and the rest of the time she’s everybody’s friend. Kids just love her because she is so gentle. She does pull out the stuffing from cushions, though.” Well, nobody’s perfect, right? LIZ ROGERS

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Moorooduc rider Shimona Fraid has been named the FEI World Cup Jumping Australian League 2019-20 Rookie of the Year after the final at Boneo Park last month. “It is a bit of a surprise,” the elated 25-yearold said. “I didn’t know that it was even a competition as such, but it is amazing.” Shimona competed throughout the season with her horse Bonaire, a stunning grey mare who was imported from Europe. “We got her through Stal Tops; she was from VHL Stables, and we have been together for two years.” The Rookie of the Year title is aimed at recognising the incredible achievement of riders who have completed their first season at the peak level of jumping in Australia. The award is presented to the highest-ranking rider throughout the series and who has never competed in a World Cup before the beginning of the season. This is only the second year that the award has been presented. Shimona said her plan for the future was “just for now keep doing what I am doing, fine-tuning and to get a bit faster; I want to get faster with her, just keep going”. As well as her Rookie of the Year title, Shimona finished 7th on Bonaire in the World Cup Qualifier class against some of Australia’s best jumpers. With many more seasons ahead of this combination, the future is very bright indeed.

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Majestic square-rigger hoists her sails on Port Phillip During March, many readers will have the pleasure of seeing a square-rigged sailing vessel in our bay. The James Craig will once again be visiting Port Phillip. Owned and operated by Sydney Heritage Fleet, this beautiful barquerigged iron vessel was launched in Sunderland, UK, in 1874 with the name Clan Macleod.

The barque James Craig, weighing 671 gross tons, with a hull length of 54.8m and a 33m mainmast, was built in Sunderland in 1874 and restored in Sydney between 1981-97. Photo courtesy Sydney Heritage Fleet

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She sailed the oceans of the world for the next 26 years, often carrying coal from the UK to Chile and returning with wheat from the Pacific coast of the US. Her first visit to Melbourne was in 1892 when, having taken a cargo of kerosene to Brisbane, she loaded wool for Boston. During the 1890s she regularly loaded kerosene at New York for delivery to Australian and New Zealand. Older readers will remember the old flat-sided, square-topped ‘kero’ tins which, for protection, were carried in pairs in wooden cases. As Clan Macleod she averaged about one return voyage each year, usually from the UK or the US, to New Zealand or Australia. During that time she rounded Cape Horn 23 times. Her ocean voyaging ended when she was bought in 1900 by J J Craig of New Zealand and renamed James Craig. She was used in the Tasman Sea trade carrying timber

to Australia and coal and wheat on the return passages. In 1911, because steam was taking over from sail, she became a copra hulk in New Guinea. Brought back into service after World War I, she worked the Australian east coast, with a few NZ passages, until 1925 when she became a coal hulk and was finally abandoned in 1932. The hulk was towed to Sydney in 1981, where after nearly 16 years of work she returned to sailing again in February 1997. James Craig is one of only four restored 19th century sailing vessels in the world that are able to go to sea. She is very similar to Melbourne’s Polly Woodside, having an iron hull and the same rig, and is of about the same length and tonnage. Unfortunately, Polly is confined to her riverside dock and will never again sail the open sea. BY MAURIE HUTCHINSON President, Peninsula Ship Society T: Maurie Hutchinson 9787 5780 E: mauriehutch@gmail.com The Peninsula Ship Society meets at Hastings Yacht Club on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10am. Visitors always welcome.

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On top of the world Mornington Peninsula Shire CEO John Baker and his family have celebrated Australia Day in the most patriotic way imaginable: by becoming Australian citizens. John, his wife Tess and their children Kasia, 23, Henry, 20, and Molly, 18, pictured with Mayor Sam Hearn, arrived in Australia six years ago from Herefordshire in England and have taken to life Down Under with enthusiasm. “We absolutely love it here,” John says. “Australia is an incredible country and the Mornington Peninsula is the best bit as far as we’re concerned.” John became the Shire’s CEO in November 2018.

Wonderful gift for an original Star When a Peninsula Star Cycles customer brought in a rare old bike he had found in his shed, owner Andy had no hesitation deciding what to do with it. He presented it to 79-year-old June, the daughter of the bike shop’s original owner, Abe Abraham. “My whole family worked in the bike shop,” June recalls. “My kids even built

wheels too. Our life was bikes, bikes and bikes.” Andy and June spent some lovely time together as they shared fond memories of Peninsula Star Cycles and how the business has continued to prosper. Frankston’s oldest bicycle shop will celebrate its 75th anniversary next year, so there are many stories yet to tell. PENINSULA STAR CYCLES A: 48 Playne St, Frankston T: 9783 2266

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At 36, Langwarrin’s Brodie Whitmore says she always dreamed of playing for Australia. During her childhood, it never mattered what sport she played, she just yearned to represent her country and make the Olympics. Despite living in Portland at the time, Brodie was chosen for the South Australian under-15 hockey team because she was part of the South Australian Hockey Association in Mount Gambier. She had endless support from her mother, a single parent who re-borrowed on her house loan to pay for Brodie’s sporting ambitions and drive her to Adelaide each week. In 2001, after playing for Victoria in the country championships, Brodie was picked for the Australian country hockey team that toured Malaysia. A few years later Brodie switched to indoor cricket. It was a natural transition because her mother had run the indoor cricket centre in Alice Springs and played Masters cricket for the NT. “After a number of years playing in the Open Indoor Cricket Championships for Victoria, I had a dream to try to play for Australia in more than one sport. Although my age was against me in trying to make the Aussie side, I was turning 35 and was eligible for Masters. Last year I was selected and captained the Victorian over-35 ladies’ side, which later was changed to over-30s in the Masters championships held in Adelaide in May.” It’s only now that Brodie realises she was following in the footsteps of her mother. She’d been pursuing the same sporting path as her mother all this time without really knowing that her first sporting hero was the woman who had raised her.

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An exceptional performance saw Brodie chosen for the Australian over-30s ladies’ side to tour South Africa for the World Series. She spent two weeks with women from all over Australia as they learnt how to play together as a team. Making the finals left Brodie incredibly proud, as did the fact that she was also the only Victorian member. “My trip was amazing. I played more games than I thought I would and played above my expectations, and I fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing not only for Australia but being able to represent Australia in more than one sport. Although it wasn’t the Olympics, I achieved every realistic goal I had set myself.” There was a sour note when she returned to Australia, however, and her car was broken into while she was staying with her mother on the Peninsula. Her uniform and equipment from the tour, as well mementos from her trip, were stolen. She has since had a few items returned, but she asks anyone who comes across anything with her surname or initials on them to get in touch. “Playing indoor cricket for Australia was a massive privilege but it is a fully self-funded sport, and everything I had that was stolen had to be paid for out of my own pocket. The basic trip and uniform pack was $4500, and there were extra purchases as well. Not only did I work hard to achieve this, I also had to pay for the privilege. And yes, some things are replaceable but the mementos aren’t.” After reaching the goal she’d pursued for so long, Brodie’s aim now is to encourage more women to get involved in indoor cricket, especially in the 35 and above age group. “It’s great to see more girls playing,” she says. KATE SEARS

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Experience the joys of over-50s living Palm Lake Resort Willow Lodge is an increasingly modern community of vibrant over-50s who come together regularly for competitive sports, to engage in social activities and even raise money for charity. For more than 40 years, Palm Lake Resort Willow Lodge in Dandenong has provided like-minded residents with safe and secure mature-aged living. The resort’s impressive recreational facilities include a

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world-class undercover lawn bowls green, pool, fully equipped workshop and community garden as well as a weekly activities schedule that keeps homeowners as busy as they want to be. Willow Lodge’s cafe, hairdressing salon and medical centre, which offers essential service providers such as doctors, pathologists and physiotherapists on site, are added bonuses for residents, and the resort’s neighbours are also welcome to use these convenient services. This year will bring loads more development and excitement for

Palm Lake Resort Willow Lodge homeowners with a raft of new facilities and upgrades on the way. Among the work to begin later this year, Palm Lake Resort will build a brand new heated indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, craft room, a well-being room for multipurpose use, extra carparking and more park area with barbecues. There will also be a complete refurbishment of the popular community hall, which is a magnet for dance nights, live entertainment and shows. A leader in over-50s living, and pet-friendly to boot, Willow Lodge really is the perfect place to call home. Come along to the open day on Saturday, April 4, to take in a guided tour of the resort grounds, the impressive facilities and the inspiring display homes – and enjoy a complimentary barbecue lunch with the staff and residents. RSVP essential by March 30 on 9706 5011. This is your time. Visit www.palmlakeresort. com.au to find out more. PALM LAKE RESORT WILLOW LODGE A: 2 Willow Rd, Bangholme T: 9768 3949 W: www.palmlakeresort. com.au/locations/victoria/ willow-lodge-lifestyle-resort/ FB: palmlakeresort INSTA: palmlakeresort

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Classic traditions with a modern twist CLEAN GREEN

The buzz words at Woodman Estate are future thinking! This sophisticated experience destination is jumping into the future with an innovative concept that heralds a place where we feel we all should be. Yes, this aspirational luxury accommodation venue delivers classic traditions that stem from professional, quality service in a refined Mornington Peninsula style, but it is the Woodman adventurous spirit and endless investigation into sustainability and renewable energy that makes them much more than a traditional provider of excellence. This is a business that moves forward with the times to find modern solutions to both fiscal and conservation concerns. This is a luxury accommodation business that delivers exceptional environmental solutions for clients who are already living in a world where efficiency and ecological concerns go hand in hand. A luxury accommodation provider for patrons who are already driving into the future in electric cars and need somewhere to charge them. Woodman Estate is the new Moorooduc and surrounds’ electric vehicle charging station terminus hot spot, and you’re invited. Following a classic-traditions-with-a-twist mantra, Woodman Estate’s two petrol bowser lookalike electric charging stations offer a glimpse into the past

Cass Tutton was inspired to take up skating in Year 4 after viewing the film Lords of Dog Town. “I initially began skating for fun,” Cass said. “I properly started skating in Year 8 and I began to see myself improving. It became a passion for me and I recognised the sense of freedom I got from going out on my board.” In 2018 Cass was inspired by his friends Ebben and Jesse to create a skate brand. “They taught me how to use Adobe software to design.” Cass found that by creating them himself, he was able to come up with graphics and designs for skateboards that he preferred even more than the ones available in stores. From this, his skate brand, Porcelain Skateboards, was born. Ebben and Jesse continued to support him to get started with his brand. “Ebben was helpful in advising me on how to sell things, how many products to order in etc. The sales manager of the production company I used was also a really helpful mentor. “The name Porcelain came from the first graphic I created. It was a Photoshopped manikin that looked like cracked china. From there the word became meaningful. I recognised the word was sort of symbolic. Porcelain symbolised my designs and graphics, which Let’s celebrate - Issue 100, MARCH 2020

were a sensitive, creative outlet for me.” The skateboard Cass values the most is “definitely the board Blue Light (P4)”. He says: “I took the photo on the board of Harper (his sister) in black and white in Sydney. I didn’t take the photo with the intent of making a board out of it, but when I looked at the photo I really loved the aesthetic of it and decided to print it on to a board.” Cass used Instagram and word of mouth through friends to gain publicity for his skate brand. He sold his skateboards around the Mornington Peninsula and within the city throughout 2017, 2018 and the beginning of 2019. Although Cass doesn’t see himself continuing Porcelain into the future as a business, he may consider selling his work without the brand behind it. The passion he developed for graphics and design through his experience with Porcelain became of more value than the business aspects of the brand. Cass wants to continue to skate, design and create artwork as a hobby for his own enjoyment. ERIN GROCOTT, Woodleigh Year 11 work experience student

while providing a ‘back to the future’ sensibility with an eco-2020 twist. The quirky bowsers ooze familiarity while delivering the most modern vehicle electric top-up, and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy what’s in store on an estate that’s determined to make you feel at home. Take your time to recharge your own batteries in this gorgeous luxury escape venue that offers first-class dining, wellness facilities and premium accommodation while your electric vehicle is doing the same. This is daring future-first convenience with electric bells on and you, your vehicle and the environment are the absolute winners. Bringing the best of past and future together, Woodman Estate merges know-how with a never-ending quest to be the best provider of ground-breaking electric advancement delivered in a perfectly memory-evoking package. Hospitality just got really exciting, people. All future-bound energy conservationists are welcome to experience classic traditions with a modern twist. Where? At Woodman! LIZ ROGERS WOODMAN ESTATE A: 136 Graydens Rd, Moorooduc T: 5978 8455 W: www.woodmanestate.com FB: woodmanestate INSTA: woodmanestate

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You’ll always feel at home at Greenways At Greenways, after more than 40 years of providing residents with a happy, welcoming and caring community to call ‘home’, we’re as excited as ever to continue and improve that fantastic experience for our residents in 2020. As an established village, we benefit from generous open spaces, larger villa units, extensive landscaped gardens and community facilities, all within safe and secure surrounds where everything is taken care of for you. We strongly believe that villages are more than bricks and mortar. They are all about people, service, a sense of community, belonging and feeling truly at home. At Greenways, our fantastic and friendly staff team support and care for residents like family. This will continue to be a focus during

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2020 and beyond. If you are thinking about a move to retirement living, now is the time. With the property market on the rebound, Greenways offers fantastic value for money, affordability and a range of living options, including apartments and one, two and three-bedroom villa units. Each home is newly refurbished and features ducted heating, airconditioning and spacious layouts – living and dining areas, comfortable bedrooms with built-in robes, kitchen with modern appliances, bathroom and laundry. Come and meet Lesley and the team and see the village first-hand! ROBIN FORSTER – managing director GREENWAYS VILLAGE A: 330 Frankston-Dandenong Rd, Seaford T: 9786 8679 W: www.greenwaysvillage.com.au

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Mark ‘CLAP/Meataxe’ Taylor is raising the bar in parallel worlds, applying his art to bodies in ink and unassuming walls in paint while refining his own self-portrait as a champion bodybuilder. Exchanging dumbbells for spray cans, the Frankston Big Picture Festival artist is returning this year to join a perfect storm of street talent. Instantly drawn to the hip-hop culture as a child, the teen’s graffiti tag CLAP soon developed into figurative, vibrant pieces along the Hurstbridge line and houses in the ‘90s. “I painted at night alone in utter silence, creating art for hours on end,” Mark says. With support from his creative parents, Mark enrolled at Swinburne High School in its VCE arts programs, which he says led to “a huge direction shift”. After being rejected from animation courses, Mark refined his art at TAFE as he went to war with his OCD, before gaining admission to RMIT University to study for a Bachelor degree in Fine Art. Winning the London Street Design Magazine competition led to a project in Malta, but it is his work in Australia’s most prominent gyms that has led to praise.  Releasing his anxiety with tattooing and in the gym, Mark soon discovered his Meataxe alter ego before going on to place in the top six at the Mr World bodybuilding competition in addition to gaining three national titles. “Anxiety is real and my commitment to training has taught me a lot,” he says. Frankston Mayor Sandra Mayer says: “Victorian Government funding for the Big Picture Fest concluded last year. Through our signature event program, council has committed to providing the same high-calibre event until 2022 and looks forward to welcoming new artists from all over the world this year.” Fast becoming a cultural hot spot, Frankston will soon be home to many impressive new creations for the Big Picture Festival from March 19-21. CAMERON HOWE camhowe.com

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Observing the night sky from southern latitudes this month you can see plenty with a good pair of binoculars, including the open cluster known as the Southern Pleiades (IC 2602). Its brightest member, the star Theta Carinae, can be seen with the naked eye. If you turn binoculars on the cluster, you can see about 24 other sparkling stars. Just north of the Southern Pleiades is a glowing region (NGC 3372) that’s also known as the Carina Nebula. While it’s also visible to the naked eye, it is beautiful when observed through a small telescope. Looking south is the False Cross, which is formed by four stars in the constellations Carina and Vela. The False Cross asterism resembles the constellation Crux – the Southern Cross – but is somewhat larger. Still looking south is the globular cluster Omega Centauri (NGC 5139), the largest globular cluster in the Milky Way and a must-see object. A large telescope shows many of its stars, while binoculars show the cluster as a bright patch of light. In the west, the Jewel Box open cluster (NGC 4755), in Crux, is a nice target for small telescopes and binoculars. Another western target is the Eta Carinae Nebula (NGC 3372) a little further in Carina. NGC 3372 is visible to the naked eye against the Milky Way, with a dark lane of dust running through it. On March 18, a waning crescent moon forms a line with Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in the morning sky. On March 20, the Earth is at equinox, when the Earth’s two hemispheres are receiving the sun’s rays equally. Then March 29 will see Venus close to the crescent moon in the evening. On March 6, the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society will be holding its monthly

stargazing night at the MPAS Observatory at The Briars in Mount Martha. It starts at 8pm with a multimedia talk and Q&A before moving outside to view the sky through a wide array of telescopes supplied by the society and members. Then on March 18, Dr Robert Dahni, a retired meteorologist from the Bureau of Meteorology, will be speaking at the observatory on Weather and Astronomy: My Personal Journey, with the public welcome to attend. For more information and event bookings, visit the society’s Facebook page or website at mpas. asn.au NERIDA LANGCAKE, Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society

Pictured top: The Eta Carinae Nebula can be seen with the unaided eye against the background of the Milky Way. Photo by MPAS member by David Rolfe Middle: Omega Centauri is the largest globular cluster in the Milky Way. Photo courtesy NASA Left: The Jewel Box is a nice target for binoculars and small telescopes during March. Photo by MPAS member by David Rolfe

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parenting & education Choose a career with healthy job prospects If flexibility, part-time options, people-focused work and closeto-home employment are the items on your career-change checklist, allied health could be the answer. Allied health practitioners often work within a multidisciplinary health team and provide specialised support for different patient needs in aged care, mental health, disability and health sectors. As one of our largest service industries, the aged care sector plays an important role in providing older Australians with a range of care options in the later stages of their lives. A career in aged care can open up many opportunities. For example, you can work directly with the elderly, assisting them on a daily basis, or work your way towards a more administrative, managerial role. Aged care courses are part of the Free TAFE

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Priority Course initiative so now is a great time to start a course in this area. The other avenue you may want to explore is working in disability. Job growth for disability support workers is expected to increase by 39.3 per cent over the next five years, and each week thousands of jobs are advertised. Some 4.3 million Australians have a disability, and the NDIS allows about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 and who have permanent and significant disability to access funding and support services. As such, there’s a great need for disability services workers. If you are interested in an allied health career, feel free to drop into any of Chisholm’s campuses to view the facilities or call for more information. CHISHOLM INSTITUTE A: PO Box 684, Dandenong T: 1300 244 746 W: www.chisholm.edu.au FB: ChisholmInstitute INSTA: chisholm_institute

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Hospital meeting leads to a healthy life partnership Graeme and Lorraine Pollerd have been married for 53 years. Yep, you read it right. That’s a long time in anyone’s language, but possibly more important than that milestone is the fact that they are still very happy. “I first met Graeme in hospital when I was nursing,” laughs Lorraine. “He was a patient when I was on night duty and I got his number from the book, which you’d never do now. I had previously noticed him at a dance but he had ignored me. I called him up and asked him to see To Kill a Mockingbird. That was it. I was brought up in Heidelberg and Graeme was a Thornbury boy. We met in 1964 and were married in 1967 in the Presbyterian church in Heidelberg and began married life around the corner from Mum and Dad in the same suburb. We were lucky.”

This deeply committed family-first couple, who moved to the Peninsula 35 years ago and founded Progress Signs in Mornington, credit much of their partnership success to keeping busy and making sure they both have hobbies. Lorraine continues: “Our lives have never been dull. I was a nurse for years while Graeme first started out valuing cars. We had a bike shop in Watsonia, a gardening business, a partnership in a garage in Rosebud and an equipment hire and farm supply business in Mornington before we opened Progress Signs. We’ve been busy. And, of course, throughout all that we had our two sons, Steve and Craig, so there was plenty to do.” And the hobbies? “I have always had a passion for music and singing while Graeme likes horseracing. I’ve done a lot of musical theatre locally and I still sing at functions around town. I just love it. We both get on with things. There’s always something to do.” Some of you may be wondering what it takes to keep the home fires burning when you’ve been together for so long, but Lorraine sees it very simply. She explains: “We always sit down together at the end of the day for Let’s celebrate - Issue 100, MARCH 2020

Graeme and Lorraine Pollerd on their wedding day. a drink and have dinner. I don’t think there’s one holiday we’ve ever taken separately. We spend time together and apart but always work as a team. We rely on each other and each of us picks up the slack when we need to. We also see our boys and their families a lot, which is easy because we all live in Mount Martha now. Time with the family is important.” Will there be any parties happening now these fantastically fit 70-somethings have passed their golden anniversary and are heading towards their diamond anniversary? Lorraine concludes: “We won’t be renewing our vows. We’ve just seen Queen in Adelaide, though, and will be going to town to stay for a few nights soon.” I mean, why celebrate once when life and love has been so good? Enough said. LIZ ROGERS www.morningtonpeninsulamagazine.com.au

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Max’s Restaurant ticks all the boxes when it comes to what you’re looking for in a wedding ceremony and reception venue, with highly experienced staff, exceptional service and top-class food and beverages. Max’s has been hosting weddings and other special events for 25 years, so the staff really know their business. You’ll receive personalised service during the planning process and you and your guests will be expertly looked after on the night. Max’s offers barbecue, cocktail, feasting and more formal dinner packages, accommodating up to 120 seated guests and 150 people for cocktail-style receptions. The delicious food has a seasonal focus and is complemented by estate wines. With the restaurant’s relaxed atmosphere and its hinterland vineyard setting offering stunning views of Western Port Bay and Phillip Island, your special day will be one to remember at Max’s. MAX’S RESTAURANT A: 53 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South T: 5931 0177 W: www.maxsrestaurant.com.au/ FB: MaxsRestaurantAtRedHillEstate INSTA: maxsrestaurant Photo by Corey Wright Photography

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EASTER 2020 school holidays Why is Easter celebrated on a different date each year? It’s a question posed by many children and one that baffles many parents. But we have the answer. Easter coincides with the autumn equinox, which occurs on March 20 this year, when day and night are of equal length. Many ancient cultures have celebrated this as a time of birth and renewal after the long northern winter. It always falls on the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or after the equinox, making it any time between March 21 and April 25. So there you go. In this increasingly secular age, many of us associate Easter with chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies, even though we’re aware of its religious importance – especially the Christian commemoration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection and the Jewish Passover festival. But while those chocolate Easter eggs we tend to gorge ourselves on are a relatively modern part of Easter, the origin of the Easter egg itself – and even the beloved Easter bunny – actually pre-dates Christianity. The whole shebang is a historical intermingling of pagan, Christian and Jewish beliefs.

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Easter follows Lent, a 40-day period of penitence beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter Sunday. It also falls near the time of the Passover, an eight-day observance commemorating the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. And where does all the other Easter paraphernalia come from? Well, let’s start with the name. ‘Easter’ has been traced to the Scandinavian ‘ostra’ and the Germanic ‘ostern or ‘eastre, all of which derive from the names of mythological goddesses of spring and fertility. Both the Easter egg and its delivery system have their origins in paganism. Rabbits were the most potent symbol of fertility, while the egg – the source of life – was often thought to have magical powers. The Easter Bunny him/herself originated in Germany. Children believed the Easter Bunny would leave them coloured eggs if they were good, and left out their Easter bonnets and caps for the spoils. The hot cross bun, which these days seem to appear in our shops just after Christmas, has rather gruesome origins. At the feast of Eostre to celebrate the Saxon fertility goddess, an ox was sacrificed and its horns – crossed – were carved into bread. ‘Bun’, incidentally,

derives from the Saxon word ‘boun’, meaning ‘sacred ox’. Not much comfort to the ox . . . The Easter lily is associated with fertility because it looks like reproductive organs. Apparently. Easter candles are another throwback to pagans, who would light bonfires to welcome the rebirth of their sun god. Christians now light candles during their Easter Vigil service. Now we get to the good stuff: the chocolate Easter egg. French and German chocolatiers began making them in the early 19th century; the first were solid chocolate before the tricky art of making hollow ones could be mastered. John Cadbury made his first ‘French eating chocolate’ in 1842, but the first Easter eggs to carry his name didn’t arrive for another 33 years. Happy Easter, readers!

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THURSDAY APRIL 9 Family Easter Event – Frankston Power Centre, 111 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston, family friendly event, featuring a special appearance from the Easter bunny and more, 10am-2pm, www. frankstonpowercentre.com.au FRIDAY APRIL 10 Easter Egg Hunt – Green Olive at Red Hill, 1180 MorningtonFlinders Rd, Main Ridge; bring the kids down to the farm on Good Friday for a good old-fashioned Easter egg hunt; gold coin donation to support Riding for the Disabled Mornington Peninsula; 10.30am-12.30pm, FRIDAY APRIL 10-MONDAY APRIL 13 The Big Goose Easter Egg Scramble – 233 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Moorooduc; fun for the whole family. Collect as many plastic eggs as you can until the bunny rings his bell. Lots of fun and games all Easter long weekend; www.thebiggoose.com.au Melbourne Easter Show – Cranbourne Turf Club, 50 Grant St, Cranbourne; Easter egg hunt, reptile show, carnival, live entertainment and so much more; 10am-9pm daily; kids free, www.melbourneeastershow.com.au SATURDAY APRIL 11 Point Nepean Portsea Market – Portsea Quarantine Station, Point Nepean National Park, 9am-2pm, $5, www.craftmarkets. com.au Somerville Central – 49 Eramosa Rd West, Somerville, decorate your own Easter basket, 11am-2pm in the Target Mall, www.somervillecentral.com.au Hawkes Farm Autumn Open Day – 661 Boneo Rd, Boneo, 11am-3pm, tractor rides, vegetable picking and family entertainment, www.hawkesfarm.com.au The Egg-Streme Easter Party – Rosebud Plaza, Boneo Rd and McCombe St, Rosebud, hunt for chocolate eggs, meet the Easter bunny and get your craft on! 10am-1pm, www. rosebudplaza.com.au SATURDAY APRIL 11-MONDAY APRIL 13 Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Easter Art Show – Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, 2900 Point Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie; broad range of artistic works in various media from artists living and working on the Mornington & Bellarine peninsulas and beyond. Saturday-Sunday 10am-5pm; Monday 10am-2pm; entry $5 at the door; www.facebook.com/byseasterartshow SUNDAY APRIL 12 Easter Sunday Mornington Race Day – 320 Racecourse Rd, Mornington, annual Easter egg hunt at Mornington Racecourse; family event not to be missed; rides, kids’ entertainment, thousands of Easter eggs to be found, www.mrc.com Easter Egg Hunt at Pt. Leo Estate – 3649 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Merricks; eggs-citing occasion for family and friends to get together searching for eggs in the stunning surrounds of Pt. Leo Estate Sculpture Park; face painting, craft stations, live music, 9am-noon, $30 per child, www.ptleoestate.com.au/ easter-egg-hunt-2020 Flinders Motoring Heritage – Displaying classic and vintage cars throughout the village of Flinders, cnr Cook & Norman streets, 10am-2pm, www.flindersmotoringheritage.com.au

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Celebrating the women of our community For more than 100 years, the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women have been celebrated on International Women’s Day. All around the world, March 8 is a day to not only reflect on how far we’ve come but how far we have to go in such areas as accelerating gender parity. So join us as Liz Rogers and Kate Sears from Mornington Peninsula Magazine pay tribute to many of the women making their mark on the Peninsula and beyond in our annual International Women’s Day feature.

Women working together to make life better

Now this is something special. Ever wondered what it would be like to not be able to afford your kids’ school uniforms, let alone feed them? Unfortunately, it’s not such an uncommon situation, so Uniforms4U have decided to lend a helping hand.

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Forming two years ago in response to families needing help purchasing school uniforms and recently winning a 2019 Tidy Towns Community Sustainability Award, Uniforms4U is a free school uniform program supporting vulnerable families. This group of ‘committed to making life better’ Mornington Peninsula women work hard at ensuring disadvantaged children can go to school in uniforms just like everyone else does by a heads-down, hands-on approach. So how does this charity work? First, the ‘girls’ raid every op-shop and use social media to request donations. Then they collect uniforms, wash them and make sure they are repaired if need be. Finally, these repurposed uniforms are distributed free of charge to anyone who needs them. Brilliant! But that’s not all. Fundraising from Capel Sound Boomerang Bag ladies with the support of philanthropic donors enables the purchase of new school shoes for the kids too, and who doesn’t love a new pair of shoes? The cost of living can be challenging for many people, as Uniforms4U founder Colleen Mackay, pictured, and her team of busy-bee volunteers can appreciate. More than 280 families were clothed in 2019, while Christmas hampers and presents were also delivered last December to families who just needed a bit of help from the Uniforms4U ladies. Over the past couple of years, Uniforms4U has also helped families by providing them with information on accessing community services, ensuring they have school supplies and linking them with various agencies that can offer more support. None of this excellent behind-the-scenes work could happen without the dedication and huge support from the Mornington Peninsula web of women who work it. Take a bow, ladies, and accept the accolades. Well done. LIZ ROGERS

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Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow

Distinctively you at Collie Anne Colleen McArthur is in the business of making women feel beautiful and wonderfully unique. Her gorgeous Collie Anne boutique in Dromana has just turned five years old and she’s just as happy sourcing the most individual clothing, accessories and giftware from Australia and around the globe as she was when she and her husband Rory first opened their doors. Colleen explains: “I’ve always loved Italian and European fashion and wanted to have a one- of-a-kind store that stocked stunning Italian and European clothing that makes women look and feel absolutely beautiful. I select garments made from all natural fibres like linen and cotton to suit all shapes and sizes. Our Italian lines are free-size, which means they flatter most women. I need to love everything I purchase for my business as I

believe if I don’t love it, I can’t sell it.” Owning your own business can be tough. There’s the long hours and the wearing of many hats, but Colleen wouldn’t have it any other way. She continues: “We travel overseas regularly and source the best stock from across Australia too. Unique design and top quality fashion and accessories at affordable prices is what we offer. You won’t find our designs anywhere else and our beautiful colourful fabrics will make you feel fantastic.” There really is something for everyone at Collie Anne, where distinctive design and individual style combine to make you feel simply sensational. COLLIE ANNE A: Dromana Hub T: 5910 0303 W: www.collieanne.com.au FB: collieannejewellery INSTA: collieanne_

Dennice believes that life continues to offer an abundance of opportunity. Last year when we met up with Dennice, the co-owner and operator of Windrest Cattery Boutique had a promising mix of goals ranging from further study to increased competitive swim time and extending the work/ build of the cattery business with a focus on using social media. We can report that Dennice is now a remedial massage therapist and intends to continue learning as a myotherapist. At the end of 2019, Dennice also won a silver medal in the women’s 4 x 50 freestyle at the Australian Masters swimming competition in Adelaide. Under the guidance of swim coach Rob Wilson in the nascent Masters on Mornington Peninsula Group, Dennice has her sights on the Australian Masters swimming competition in Sydney next month and is thinking about competing in Japan in 2021. She also continues tertiary lecturing in economics and finance-related subjects overseas. “Working for today is really important,” Dennice says. “I believe we have created

something special with the Windrest Cattery Boutique. We now tailor a personalised massage plan for all the cat guests and, believe me, they love these sessions as much as anybody else.” Dennice and her partner, Robert, are ever-striving to devise new and improved ways of making your cat’s stay an experience to remember. Dennice understands the importance of continuing to define what tomorrow is going to bring. She looks forward to continuing living and working on the Mornington Peninsula. WINDREST CATTERY A: 102 Myers Rd, Bittern T: 5983 0041 W: windrestcattery.com.au

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Sing and dance your way to the top

Head distiller is a woman of spirit When Holly Klintworth took over from her dad, Wayne, as head distiller at Bass & Flinders Distillery in 2016, she knew she had big shoes to fill. In a predominantly male industry, Holly needed to set her mark early to prove her worth and keep the first distillery on the Mornington Peninsula thriving in an ever-growing competitive market. It was a challenge she took in her stride. Holly, who is also the managing director of B&F, has solidified her place as an industry professional, being invited to join numerous expert panels and industry speaking events to share her knowledge and expertise. She is also on the committee for the Australian Distillers Association, a peak industry body assisting with the education, promotion and regulation of the Australian distilling industry.

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“When I first took over as head distiller, I thought some might be surprised to see a woman at the helm,” Holly said. “However, the support has been amazing, and I’m fortunate to have a team that are committed to bringing B&F into the next phase of its growth. “Our core goal has and always will be to produce hand-crafted, single-vineyard products that draw on local flavours and ingredients to showcase the best of what Australian spirits have to offer.” B&F offers unique tasting experiences and masterclasses for anyone looking to try their hand at crafting their own gin. For more information, visit www. bassandflindersdistillery.com BASS & FLINDERS DISTILLERY A: 40 Collins Rd, Dromana W: www.bassandflindersdistillery.com FB: BassAndFlindersDistillery INSTA: bassandflinders

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Dance Writer Youth and Junior Company is the only program on the Mornington Peninsula to offer industry-level performance opportunities, pathways into casting agencies and exclusive training by leading experts for company members aged 5-19. Dance Writer is an elite performance extension program for young people who have a thirst for dance and singing and is the only company to coach all styles of dance and musical theatre, working towards two production seasons a year guided by the top guest choreographers and resident coaches. With only 20 places available each semester, Dance Writer Company aims to ensure each dancer is offered personalisation of training. With a

rigorous yet highly nurturing training program, company dancers develop longlasting friendships, resilience, confidence and co-ordination. It is a fun and friendly environment for dancers to learn and grow while also developing artistic and technical expression. Dance Writer Junior Company is also a thriving program for little dancers aged 5-9 years. This foundational extension program caters to building confidence and skill in young dancers who love dance and performance. All company members are accepted via audition only and must be available to train on Sundays. To register for an audition or download a prospectus, visit dancewriter.com.au, and follow the company on Instagram and Facebook @dancewriteryouthcompany and @ dancewriterjuniorcompany

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She’s a mother. A friend. A colleague. She’s funny. She’s smart. She’s tenacious. She sees a challenge and takes it – head-on. She’s brave. She’s supportive. She’s a woman. Meet Shannon Smit, CEO and founding director of SMART Business Solutions, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed businesswoman who breaks the mould. After spending 11 years in working at Ernst & Young, one of the world’s largest accounting firms in Melbourne, New York, Amsterdam and Prague, Shannon chose to build her own accounting firm on her home soil of the Mornington Peninsula – a decision fuelled by a desire to create something that suited her young family and a drive to nurture other small businesses to help build something better. Twelve years and 16 industry awards later, Shannon’s vision for SMART Business Solutions is still in its infancy. With her global thinking and ability to break through the glass ceiling of the impossible, Shannon has built a thriving business that first and foremost supports fellow business owners, something she is genuinely passionate about. She is heavily involved in the Committee for Mornington Peninsula and worked closely with the local government to achieve regional status. Having taken out the Regional Business Leader of the Year Award for 2019, Shannon continues to pave the way for progressive businesses on the Mornington Peninsula and beyond. “I am honoured and thrilled to win this award,” Shannon said. “I honestly love operating as a regional business and supporting other regional businesses. It’s brilliant to

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see regional businesses achieve recognition within the Australian business community.” Shannon is an active and trusted panel member of the Australian Board of Tax Advisory, and the last review she was involved in resulted in the Instant Asset Write Off (from $20,000 to $30,000), simpler BAS and an increase in the threshold of a small business to $10 million, to name a few. If you’re a small-business owner, these are just a few of the tax concessions for which you have Shannon Smit to thank. Shannon is also the brains behind the annual B.I.T.E Conference. Fed up with having to travel to Melbourne for high-quality business conferences and knowing that fellow Peninsula business owners and operators felt the same, Shannon set about bringing a high-quality city-style business conference to our shores. To be held

at the Frankston Arts Centre on Thursday, May 14, the fourth B.I.T.E Conference is set to be the biggest yet, with globally recognised keynote speakers and interactive workshop sessions available at your fingertips. Check out the agenda at www.biteconference.com.au Truly the innovator, Shannon Smit and her brilliant team at SMART Business Solutions are well deserving of every accolade they have received. Shannon is testament to the fact that women in business are strong, focused and can do just about anything. SMART BUSINESS SOLUTIONS A: Level 1, 328 Main St, Mornington T: 5911 7000 W: www.smartbusinesssolutions.com.au FB: SMART.SBS

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Celebrating the women of our community The Yo-Ko team (clockwise from centre) Anne, Kellie-Jo, Valerie, Elizabeth and Skye.

Yo-Ko owner retains her passion for fashion

“Being ‘in’ business and a business owner calls for tenacity, guts, determination, hanging in there, patience and grace,” says Yo-Ko Original Boutique owner Anne Spoelder. “But I can truly say that in the five-and-a-half years Yo-Ko Original Boutique has been operating at its Seaford location – and six years prior to that in Mornington – I have never lost that passion I felt when Yo-Ko first began.

“Very clear in my thinking and dream for Yo-Ko has been the desire to encourage women to recognise that their shopping experience at Yo-Ko is just that – an experience, rather than simply making a purchase; and also to recognise that this experience is helping them to see their worth, create confidence in their appearance and value as amazing women.” The most significant change Anne has observed over her years as a boutique owner has been the demand from women to purchase sustainably made garments using natural fibres and fabrics such as linen and cotton. She has met this demand

by stocking eco-friendly brands such as Orientique and Rasaleela. “Women know what it is they want and are looking for when they come to purchase. We love being able to meet their clothing and styling needs.” Supporting other small-business women is also of great importance to Anne. “Our portfolio of locally made brands is ever-expanding, and we are now stocking Creek and Bay handmade earrings, printed headbands and clutch bags, gorgeous pom pom earrings by Altair Melbourne, beautifully knitted bags by No+El, deliciously scented hand-poured soy candles by Cora and a huge variety of stunning jewellery and accessories by Trio Rouge. Head into Yo-Ko this month for new autumn collections in sizes 8-22 in selected brands, and pick up a voucher for easy giftgiving. Layby is available too. YO-KO ORIGINAL BOUTIQUE A: 10 Station St, Seaford T: 9786 0602 FB: yokooriginal INSTA: yokooriginal

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Create magic, one brushstroke at a time Peninsula artist/teacher Susan Farrell loves inspiring woman to discover their creativity. She believes everyone can paint, and takes students on a journey where creativity, meditation and the magic of painting can truly transform your life. Women have a tendency to look after everyone else and neglect their own health and needs. Painting is a beautiful way to reward yourself and give you some ‘me’ time, allowing you to relax and bring balance back to your mind, body and soul. Susan specialises in teaching easy techniques to women who have never painted before. The main aim is to just have fun and play! Susan has been offering art classes and workshops in Mornington for the past 10 years as well as interstate, and she hosts

art retreats for women in Bali. The next one is in August. Her art is well known on the Peninsula and she regularly sells her pieces at art shows and online. Susan has just opened her Lotus Dreaming Art Studio in Rye and to celebrate she’s having an open weekend this month. Come along and meet her on Saturday, March 21, from 2-5pm and Sunday, March 22, from 11am-4pm. You will have the chance to buy her gorgeous paintings at discounted prices and find out about the upcoming classes and workshops. There will also be light refreshments on the Saturday afternoon. LOTUS DREAMING ART STUDIO A: 14 Hillview Ave, Rye M: 0401 056 865 W: www.susanfarrellart.com.au FB: susanfarrellart INSTA: susanfarrellart

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Collaboration creates earth-inspired beauty Businesswoman Sarah Kirk is a self-confessed ‘stalker’. She’d been following artist Lizzie Alsop on social media for a while before summoning up the courage to message her, and the connection was instantaneous. Some may say uncanny. Both Mornington Peninsula women grew up nearby in rural Victoria – Lizzie in Glenthompson and Sarah in Hamilton. Sarah’s grandmother had the same maiden name as Lizzie and both women were featured on the Nine Network’s The Block last year. Weird! Sarah explains: “I had admired Lizzie’s art for years before asking her to work with Olieve & Olie on the new limited-edition packaging for our wash and cream twin sets. Her work is colourful and earthy and fits our product beautifully. We began chatting last September to find we had so many things in common. It was fate, and the final product is wonderful.” And Mornington Peninsula Magazine agrees. The packaging for these deliciously fragrant products is modern yet traditional, colourful and creative with a sleek streak of streamlined design. Purples, pinks and greens grow from the surface to foreshadow the organic olive oil skin care products that lie waiting beneath. Lavender and rose geranium. Wild lemon myrtle. Lizzie continues: “I work with acrylics and mixed media such

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Lizzie Alsop, left, and Sarah Kirk. as ink and pastel and was thrilled when Sarah asked me to get involved. We moved to Somers 13 years ago and that’s when I began to paint full time, even though I had always expressed myself through art. I’ve also had a nursing career. I’ve been using Sarah’s products for years

and she’s been following my work. It was meant to be.” Get your hands on this premium product via the Olieve & Olie website, from the factory shop or from one of Olieve & Olie’s various stockists to get inspired.

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Connect and heal with Racing Hearts Lisa Coffey loves everything to do with horses. Having a wealth of experience in the equine industry, this horseracing fanatic and owner/operator of Racing Hearts Equine Assisted Therapy, which supports the mental health of people from all walks of life, is always ready to jump in the saddle.

Currently registering as a not-for-profit group with the aim of establishing a therapy program for the community that will be free to access from fundraising, Racing Hearts has also formed a partnership with Andrew Wilson Livestock Auctions. This partnership will identify ‘less desirable’ retired racehorses who will be brought back to health and accessed as part of the healing journey of Racing Hearts clients. It’s a win-win situation. Lisa was named one of the 40 most influential people in racing under the age of 40 by the Melbourne Racing Club and has just been announced as one of four finalists in the Victorian Wakeful Club Lady of Racing Award 2020. She is also a trainer for the Equine Psychotherapy Institute, where she facilitates training days to introduce people to Equine Assisted Therapy. She is an active advocate of connecting the wider community with the racing industry to encourage caring and ethical horse people to work in the industry and ensure its longevity and works tirelessly with Peninsula and regional racing clubs to help engage their communities. Lisa explains: “My therapy practice sees many people from non-horsey, equestrian and racing backgrounds. Our services include individual and group therapy and we aim to provide mental and physical health support to people of all ages

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and from a variety of backgrounds. We work exclusively with a team of retired racehorses as co-facilitators. The horses are rehabilitated, retrained and found good homes and both humans and the animals heal from trauma together. Everything I do revolves around horses. I have dedicated my life towards educating and helping horses and people and have a variety of diplomas and degrees in equine studies, psychology, counselling and education. I’m also in the initial stages of becoming a mentor for the organisation Women and Mentoring, which pairs female role models with women in the community who are at risk or who have entered the judicial system for a variety of reasons.” Alongside her own busy schedule with Racing Hearts, Lisa also manages the surgery and spelling farm for her partner Glenn RobertsonSmith who is an equine veterinarian and specialist in surgery. “Without Glenn’s support Racing Hearts would not exist. It can be difficult to balance the demands of both businesses, but Glenn is very understanding when my clients have to take priority. Confidentiality is so important in a counselling setting and we have a fabulous team of staff that are sensitive to this and make each client feel welcomed and part of the Racing Hearts family.” It’s clear that this hardworking communityminded woman doesn’t horse around when it comes to helping those who need it and getting the job done. If you’re in need of some healing through equine connection, contact Racing Hearts today. RACING HEARTS EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY A: 180 Coolart Rd, Moorooduc W: www.racinghearts.com.au FB: racingheartsaus INSTA: racing_hearts_therapy

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Empowering working women, supporting all families In celebration of International Women’s Day, The Sports Injury Clinic’s CEO and co-founder Pippa Hanson hopes to inspire women in business to focus on their health and well-being to better reach their personal and professional goals. Being a mother herself, Pippa understands that being at your best means you can be there for your family, business and team when it matters most.

Magical evening of music on the Hill A highly-rated Indigenous singersongwriter, a two-time ARIA winner and an eight-piece Peninsula singing group will take the stage for the annual Music On The Hill International Women’s Day Show this month.

Born and raised on Groote Eylandt and now living in Brisbane, Emily Wurramara’s music tells the story of her childhood and her Aboriginal culture. Her debut album, Milyakburra, was nominated for a 2018 ARIA for Best Blues And Roots Album and she received four 2019 Queensland Music Award nominations. Emily took out the Best Blues And Roots Album of the Year at the 2019 AIR Awards. She will play a solo set at MOTH. Monique Brumby is on the cusp of releasing her seventh studio album, Closer to the Truth. The Hobart-based artist, who has two ARIAs to her name, will be playing as a duo at MOTH and will be showcasing her new songs and some Let’s celebrate - Issue 100, MARCH 2020

old favourites. Ling Marra have a passion for promoting cultural diversity. They reinterpret traditional, Indigenous and world music songs to raise awareness of gender and racial inequalities and celebrate different languages and ethnic groups. Every Ling Marra performance combines moving storytelling with beautiful harmonies and magical arrangements to create a memorable experience. The MOTH International Women’s Day Show is on Friday, March 6, at Red Hill Pavilion. Doors open at 6.30pm. Bookings and further details: www.musiconthehill. com.au Meanwhile, Rob Snarski and Shane O’Mara will perform at Red Hill Pavilion on Friday, April 3. Doors open at 7pm. MUSIC ON THE HILL A: Red Hill W: http://www.musiconthehill.com.au/ FB: musiconthehillVIC INSTA: musiconthehill_moth

Pippa co-founded TSIC in 2004 and has placed an emphasis on creating an environment focused on community health and wellness. In addition, TSIC strongly supports women’s health, from prenatal care, postnatal care and recovery to overall strengthening for everyday life. This is something Pippa is extremely passionate about to enable local women and business owners to achieve success through taking care of their overall health. Pippa’s team of 60+ professionals are equally as passionate about helping the local community to remain injuryfree, empowering women to lead their business and team to success and look after their families. The TSIC team

supports everybody and focuses on preventative treatment to strengthen the body to stay fit and healthy. Pippa has been at the forefront of driving this focus, so women can avoid injury and continue caring for their families, their business and their team in full capacity. The Sports Injury Clinic is dedicated to delivering top-quality treatment and support for all families. To find out more or to book an appointment, contact TSIC today. THE SPORTS INJURY CLINIC A: 365-367 Nepean Highway, Frankston T: 9783 9990 W: www.tsic.com.au FB: TSICPeninsula INSTA: tsic.com.au

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Sorrento’s grand dame stands the test of time With four female owner-operators during its 116-year history, Carmel at Sorrento could be said to have a special connection with International Women’s Day. Built in 1904, Carmel at Sorrento now offers luxury boutique holiday accommodation in the heart of Sorrento Village. Since reopening in 2018 after its restoration, Carmel at Sorrento has been managed by Mel Oliver, who has a long background in accommodation management.

“It operated as a bed and breakfast since being built 1904, providing accommodation to holidaymakers for over 100 years,” Mel said. “Carmel and Gannawarra – now Naru Gallery – were built at a similar time and both operated as Antrim guest houses. It has predominantly been owned and operated by women – Johanna Theresa Hughes (1870), Catherine Ellis (1904), May Victoria Stringer (1911) and Mildred Anne Stringer (1964).” In 2016, a joint venture opportunity arose to buy the stunning heritage building. Then began the mammoth task of restoring the façade and rebuilding the extension to offer luxury accommodation and provide retail space. Over the next two years, Carmel at Sorrento was restored to its former glory, and the grand guest rooms are now the guests’ reception area and the home of a Sorrento osteopath. The restoration project was subsequently awarded the National Trust of Australia (Victoria)’s heritage conservation award for the creative reuse of a heritage building. It is also a finalist in the Australian Small Business Championship Awards, which will be announced in Sydney this month.

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Carmel at Sorrento has six individually styled apartments and an exclusive penthouse with private access. Each apartment features comfortable home-away-fromhome living with one, two or three bedrooms, a large modern kitchen, walk-in pantry, living and dining room, laundry, two bathrooms and a powder room. Each apartment opens on to a spacious balcony with modern outdoor living space and barbecues. There are European appliances throughout the apartments, deluxe linens, artisan teas, in-room brewed coffee, luxury guest amenity products, unlimited Wi-Fi and Foxtel. There is secure basement carparking and storage cages for holidaymakers to store their bikes and other items such as surfboards. The opulent exclusive penthouse apartment is located on the top floor of the complex and affords complete privacy for guests while providing premium views over Sorrento.

“The management philosophy centres around influencing guests’ emotions in a positive way, enticing them to return and not want to stay anywhere else,” Mel said. “Guest service assistants are encouraged to be innovative and imaginative to create priceless luxury experiences. “Carmel at Sorrento is perfect for family reunions, corporate retreats and executive hosting, boutique weddings, hens’ or bucks’ weekends, pre and postwedding stays, and elopement weddings. We can even assist with pre-wedding photo shoots during selected times.” CARMEL AT SORRENTO A: 142-146 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento T: 5984 3512 W: www.carmelatsorrento.com.au FB: CarmelAtSorrento INSTA: CarmelAtSorrento

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Talking hens with Giuliana Giuliana comes from a generation of egg farmers. Her father started egg farming back in the 1970s in Keysborough after coming from Italy to start a new life in Australia. Over the years he learnt a great deal about egg farming and how to produce the best quality eggs. Giuliana one day asked him why he got into egg farming and she remembers him saying: “People can live without belongings but they can never live without food!”

Sadly, her father and mother passed away in 2012, and so after working for more than 10 years in the health industry, Giuliana came back to the farm to start a freerange egg business. “It was a good opportunity as I had my first child and living and working on the farm gave me some flexibility,” Giuliana says. “Going back to the farm was a chance to get back to my roots. It was very familiar in many ways yet very different without my parents there anymore. “Starting the business was a steep learning curve. My husband Jason and I had to learn quickly and it involved a lot of hard work. Among the numerous challenges were making sure we had enough eggs for our customers and farmers’ markets. Some weeks we would have plenty of eggs while other weeks, too few. It was a constant battle trying to provide a regular egg supply with small numbers of hens. “While running the free-range egg business we slowly started to sell hens for people’s backyards. This grew constantly over time and Jason and I really enjoyed this side of the business. We found that we could really help these customers have success with keeping backyard hens. “After working on the farm and building the business for five years, the family farm was sold in 2017 and we

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moved down to the Mornington Peninsula. Following the move, we reassessed everything and decided to stop the free-range egg side of the business and focus exclusively on the needs of backyard chicken owners. This also enabled us to have more family time than before when we were working seven days a week. “Today, we have our own farm at Merricks. We are celebrating our first year at the new farm and have a lot of exciting things planned for the future. We never forget that educating and supporting our customers in getting the very best from their backyard flock is our main

priority.” If you’d like to talk hens with Giuliana and start your own little backyard flock, drop by the farm or visit the Talking Hens website – and get cracking! TALKING HENS A: 3590 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Merricks Open: Friday-Monday 10am-4pm W: www.TalkingHens.com.au FB: TalkingHens INSTA: talkinghens

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Mornington’s Louise helps to build connections boutique denture studio If you’ve spent any time in Mount Eliza Village, you’re sure to have met Louise Lupton. Louise is a big part of our community; effervescent and sunny by nature, she’s a Mornington Peninsula local who typifies bayside living at its best. And yes, Louise is also an estate agent – but a most extraordinary one, as anyone who has called on her Mount Eliza-based real estate business, Lupton Ferguson, will attest. “Selling your family home is a very emotional process,” says Louise. “It’s only 5 per cent about the property, really. You may have lived in one home for 30 years and grown a family there. Our role at Lupton Ferguson is to help our clients to move from one place to another, physically and emotionally. Real estate is about building connections with people.” Louise and her business partner, Rob Ferguson, chose to base their beautiful oceanic-feeling business premises in Mount Eliza at the heart of the community they serve. A full-service estate agency, Louise and her team work respectfully with vendors and buyers to help both parties achieve their goals. After a busy week selling and leasing homes across the Mornington Peninsula, it’s not unusual to see Louise and Rob bike-riding – for a cause! Louise is participating in Hands Across the Water’s Digital Live Ride in 2020, raising money to support children and communities in Thailand to enjoy a quality standard of life. You can support Louise by visiting

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DenturePoint owner Maggie Murch knows that a visit to a dental clinic can be an unsettling experience for some people, and that’s why she will spend more time with you to put you at ease. “My appointments are longer, so we can chat for a bit, and this way I can learn more about my clients as well as gaining an insight into what they expect from their new smile. However, I must admit that the moment I see my new patient I know straight away what kind of smile would best suit them.” Maggie has been practising for almost 30 years as a dental technician and then dental prosthetist, and she carries a Masters of Dental Technology in Prosthetics. She has worked in many prestigious dental clinics and hospitals, including the world-renowned Eastman Dental Hospital in London. She also likes to be ahead of the newest technology and techniques, recently attending and taking

an active part in a conference in Japan on suction of lower dentures. All that training has been worth it, Maggie says. “I am very passionate about my job. And my best reward is to see the delight on my patients’ faces and hear: ‘How did you know? That’s exactly what my teeth were like before I lost them!’” DENTUREPOINT A: 2/20 Bruce St, Mornington T: 0400 919 513 W: www.denturepoint.com.au FB: denturepoint INSTA: denturepoint

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Adele and Sue are still leading the way When Sue Verheyen started Mt Eliza Beauty Therapy more than 38 years ago, she did not foresee working in partnership with leading medically trained clinician Adele Simic. When Adele joined her eight years ago after working in a medical specialist clinic in Queensland, Sue immediately noticed Adele’s integrity and their mutual vision for honesty, credibility, and a never-ending drive for the latest outcomes, equipment and results and continued learning. Remaining ahead of worldwide trends, treatments and ingredients has been at the forefront of Sue’s mind, and more than 17 years ago her former clinic Mt Eliza Beauty Therapy became the first salon in Australia to perform laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation. At the same time, Sue was invited by a leading Swedish company to introduce the first injectable clinic within a salon in Australia. Before embracing yet another first, Sue satisfied her concerns regarding safety, longevity, effectiveness and results by examining outcomes. Sue then established an ethical appearance medicine clinic at Advanced Skin & Laser. Dr Romero, from Anti-aging & Associates, joined Advanced Skin & Laser about 14 years ago, followed later by Kay and leading injector James Barrett, who has trained in Australia and overseas. Whether it is a skin condition such as rosacea, sun damage, acne, clogging, pigmentation, rejuvenation, removing barnacles, or simply dehydration, Sue and Adele’s goal has always been to educate their clients on results-driven skin treatments, including IPL rejuvenation, laser and IPL hair removal, skin peels, Lam Probe, collagen induction therapy (CIT), LED, microdermabrasion and much more. At Advanced Skin & Laser, Adele and Sue are proud to use MURAD, a dermatologist’s skin care line, to address

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acne, ageing, congestion and forms of pigmentation, along with additional top skin care products with active ingredients from around the world from various doctors and dermatologists leading their fields in skin health. “Active ingredients and delivery systems are the key to effective skin care,” they say. “Do not pay for hype.” They do not listen to their reps. They do their background investigations and research, and pay for fully backed equipment from reputable companies. Safety is paramount. “We want to see our clients walk out of our clinic feeling good and noticing a difference. To us, our clients are not just a number, they are people.”

In April, Sue and Adele are introducing the latest updated upgraded CIT technology from the US. “If it is new, we will know about it. If it works, we will have it.” Join Adele and Sue at Advanced Skin & Laser and the team from Anti-aging & Associates. Phone 9787 7475 for an appointment. ADVANCED SKIN & LASER A: 5 Old Mornington Rd, Mount Eliza T: 9787 7475 W: www.advancedskinandlaser.com.au INSTA: advancedskinandlasermteliza

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Change, like healing, takes time Tanya found her passion for helping people through various roles in such industries as hospitality, sales and marketing, and disability services. These led her to start her own business – View to You Healing & Therapy. Running Inner Shine For Girls, her own self-worth programs for girls, helped Tanya understand the importance of

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staying true to oneself and listening to that inner voice. She holds a Diploma in Counselling and various certificates relating to metaphysical studies and other modalities, and she is a member of the Australian Counselling Association and the Mental Health Academy. Tanya continues to up-skill her learning through study within these associations along with her own life experience and self-reflection. View to You is gentle metaphysical counselling, which involves accessing the mind, body and emotional connection, as well as general counselling. It may involve therapeutic-appropriate touch. Our emotional body can play a huge effect on our physical body, and Tanya believes we can all heal ourselves by acknowledging and feeling into our emotions to understand what they may be telling us. So many of us ignore our feelings. However, it is within the pain that the answers will come, and Tanya invites her clients to feel into their pain slowly when they’re ready to do so, because that is where the healing begins. No mental health plan is needed, sessions are safe and confidential, and anyone with an NDIS self-managed fund are welcome. If you would like to book a session with Tanya, please call her on 0402 207 850. VIEW TO YOU HEALING & THERAPY A: Rosebud T: 0402 207 850 FB: viewtoyou InnerShineforGirls

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Two inspirational women share their stories A history-making Olympian and a highly accomplished Harvard Alumni Association president are the two inspirational keynote speakers at this year’s Rotary International Women’s Day Breakfast in Mornington. Lauren Burns created sporting history by winning the first Olympic medal for taekwondo when the sport made its debut at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Lauren was one of only three Australian women to win an individual Olympic gold medal, along with Cathy Freeman and Susie O’Neill. Her amazing triumph was achieved against the odds and required enormous discipline, commitment, perseverance and teamwork. Dr Alice Hill joined the Harvard Alumni Association’s board as director for Australasia in 2008 and spent four years on the executive committee before becoming president in July

2019. Through this role, Alice travels and works with alumni, including the 60,000 graduates who live and work internationally, as the first Australian, first Canadian, and first person from the Asia Pacific region to lead the HAA. “Access to the alumni association has meant a lot to the international community, and the outreach, especially over the last five years, has been amazing,” she says. “I’m really thrilled about what it says about the HAA and the university that someone like me would have the opportunity to do this.” As president, Alice plans to build on a theme voiced by university president Lawrence S. Bacow: “Harvard is its people.” The breakfast is on Wednesday, March 4, at Mornington Racecourse at 6.45am for a 7am start. Tickets: $55 or $550 for a table of 10. Bookings: www. iwdbreakfast2020.eventbrite.com.au Pictured above: Australian Olympic gold medallist Lauren Burns, left and Harvard Alumni Association president Dr Alice Hill.

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By women for the world There is no more obvious area for equality of genders than the realm of creativity. Once an individual applies themselves to artistic creation, all mistaken notions of gender superiority fall away and the result is a level playing field where talent, ability and a moment in time determine the final creative outcome. Art as a means of self-expression can be an uplifting experience, bringing into being the uncreated, that which has come from the conscious and sub-conscious mind. This in itself is a healing process and ultimately leads to a growth in self-confidence and esteem, which in turn enhances the process of creativity. It can be a way of revealing the truth about ourselves and society and often gives the ability to break free from restrictive cultural ideologies. We see this in many countries that have oppressive attitudes towards the freedom of the individual, particularly women. Equality for women is also equality for men. It is equality for the betterment of the human race. All are born equal under the great sky; it’s the distortion of thoughts and the conditioned biases that come with wrong views that gives rise to the perception of difference. This month, Nissarana Galleries Mornington has a very special exhibition in honour of ‘all women of all nations’ and to pay tribute to their contribution to the art world and all areas of life. A Woman’s Vision will coincide with International Women’s Day and its quest for gender equality. It’s

a collection some of the finest female artists and shows the very powerful and emotive artworks by these women from many different backgrounds of life. From the contemporary Australian metropolises to the traditional lands of the Indigenous communities, the artworks of two and three dimensions express the wonderous creativity of the female mind. From eclectic works revealing strong connections to the art movements of western culture to the cultural depth and styles of the Australian Indigenous artworks painted in symbols that tell the immutable stories handed down by the ancestors, this exhibition symbolises the coming together of many cultures and art movements under the one umbrella of uniting the human race – equality for all women. During the past 10 years, Nissarana Galleries has sourced many artists of great talent and continuously represented their works. These include many acclaimed female artists. These award-winning artists and many more will be represented in this exhibition, including Anna Price Petyarre, Zoe Ellenberg, Karen Bird Ngale, Bianca Gardiner-Dodd, Phyllis Donegan, Laurel Foenander, Sharne Brennan-Lyn Cox, Clarise Nampijinpa Poulson, Justine Kuran, Yeats Gruin, Zetta Kanta, Olga Finkel, Jud Keresztesi, Dallas Leslie, Clairy Laurence, Shirley Marais and Megan Puls, Liz Gray, Kerrie Bruce, and Karen Hopkins. A Woman’s Vision is open daily from March 5 to April 9 from 10am-5pm. NISSARANA GALLERIES A: 211 Main St., Mornington T: 5976 8877 W: www.nissaranagalleries.com.au

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Is cellulite getting you down? Over the next few issues, Peninsula Endermologie owner Niamh Hislop will share some tips to help you get rid of those annoying dimples.

This girl can skate at Sk8house Back in September 2015, Bernadine Geary and her husband took on a huge project. It was a labour of love that saw a run-down 20-year-old skating rink brought back to life. In 2017, Vanessa and Mark joined the Sk8house partnership.

“We know that skating soothes the soul,” Bernadine says. “It is highly cathartic and great for relieving stress.” With this in mind, the Sk8house team decided to spread the word as part of VicHealth’s This Girl Can – Victoria campaign. VicHealth’s acting CEO, Dr Lyn Roberts, said This Girl Can – Victoria is about empowering everyday women to get active in their local community without feeling judged. “We want all women – no matter how sweaty they get, how red their face is or how good they are – to feel comfortable about getting out there and giving physical activity a go,” Dr Roberts said. “That’s what This Girl Can – Victoria is all about.”

In 2019, Sk8house ran two highly successful This Girl Can Skate come and try events, resulting in hundreds of women giving skating a go. Among them was Lanii Douglas, who dusted off her 40-year-old skates to attend. Lanii, who has since joined the Sk8house Figure Skating Club, says: “Every time I leave the rink I wonder why it took me so long to go back to an activity that was such a big part of my life growing up. I’ve been back for over a year now and I can’t imagine life without skating.” It is heart-warming to see Sk8house supporting all women to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter their age or ability by encouraging them to get involved and show that, at Sk8house, this girl definitely can! SK8HOUSE A: Unit 3/2 Amayla Cres, Carrum Downs T: 9773 6799 W: www.sk8house.com.au FB: sk8houseau

“Firstly, it’s important to know what cellulite is,” explains Niamh. “Once you understand why cellulite develops, you won’t fall into the trap of buying potions that simply won’t work, and you can make real changes to improve your skin and get rid of your cellulite. “Cellulite occurs when the connective tissues in the dermal layer of the skin start to lose their ‘bounce’ as our collagen production declines. Mostly this is a result of natural ageing processes, but sometimes lifestyle choices or hormonal changes can cause this to happen more quickly. This allows the cells in the skin to retain more fat (sometimes swelling to three times larger), causing congestion and reduced circulation, which leads to a deterioration of the skin cell metabolism and repair. Over time, without intervention, the situation becomes worse, leading to circulation problems and tired, heavy legs. “So, what can you do about it? My No.1 tip is to drink more water. Every cell in our body is composed of at least 70 per cent water, so we need lots just for survival. Because we naturally excrete water via sweat, breathing etc., we need

to constantly replenish our fluid balance. Otherwise, our circulation becomes sluggish, meaning our skin cells won’t be oxygenated and toxic waste builds up, making cellulite more obvious. “Endermologie also naturally and effectively stimulates your circulation and lymphatic drainage.” PENINSULA ENDERMOLOGIE WELLNESS CENTRE & CELLULITE SOLUTIONS A: 120 Humphries Rd, Mount Eliza M: 0434 946 209 W: www.peninsulaendermologie.com FB: peninsula.endermologie

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Mandi is your dog’s best friend Amanda White has always loved dogs. As a young child she was drawn to dog grooming, so it’s little surprise she would go on to establish Dashing Designer Dogs and achieve great success, including making the final of the 2019 Telstra Small Business Awards. “My mother would bring home our poodle from the groomers and my imagination was sparked,” Mandi says. “The transformation was like magic. I started to experiment with grooming at home and a passion was ignited. At the time there was no formal industry in Australia, so I went to work with a renowned show groomer, Jane Stewart. I was first a trainee, then her employee and eventually I became her business partner. Jane retired and I started what is now known as Dashing Designer Dogs more than 23 years ago. What I hope to achieve with Dashing Designer Dogs is to set a new benchmark for dog groomers in Australia. I want to inspire others like me, who are passionate about dog grooming, that they can make a professional and sustainable business that works.” Mandi has spent most of her working career as a pet groomer and has seen massive growth in the industry over time. She is passionate about the industry and wants the best for its clients, your pets and especially the young workers coming in to the industry, and wants to make sure they are well trained, get good hands-on experience and learn from a reputable teacher like she did. Her care and passion flows through to her business. “The team at Dashing Designer Dogs all have one thing in common: a love for dogs. We pride ourselves on offering personalised dog grooming for all breeds, small and large. We strive to bring compassion and care to the dog grooming experience because we believe a well-cared-for dog reflects that love back to its owner.

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“All our staff are trained to a high standard and are provided with regular training to improve their skills and grooming techniques. Groomers are also taught to be flexible in their service approach, often working with clients to develop a personal touch to their pet’s aesthetic care. At Dashing Designer Dogs, we pay particular attention to providing a calm, happy and stress-free environment, delivered by our expert staff at our store in Mornington.” Mandi has high hopes for the professional development of her industry and the growth of her own business. She knows that if you follow your passion, look after your clients (both dogs and owners!) and get good advice from people with skills you don’t have, you have a good basis for a strong business that thrives. DASHING DESIGNER DOGS A: 2/15 Bennetts Rd, Mornington T: 5976 2504 W: www.dashingdesignerdogs.com.au FB: dashingdesignerdogs INSTA: dashingdesignerdogs

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Cosmetic medicine from a holistic perspective Dr Fiona Milne has been in the cosmetic medicine industry for nearly 20 years, attending national and international conferences, offering training, perfecting techniques, and most recently opening her own injectables clinic in Frankston. Fiona’s background is in general practice, but her primary interest is in holistic care of the patient and their face. “Self-perception is complex and complicated,” Fiona says. “I believe it is important to understand the reason my patients attend and give honest advice on what would make them look better.” Looking attractive is not just about having big lips and erasing every wrinkle. Treatments should be age-appropriate, and the whole face needs to be considered – it should look harmonious. Face shape and skin quality are probably the most important things when trying to look your best at any age. A question that is always asked is “How long will this last?” The problem is we keep getting older! Like maintaining your home, it is best to do regular ‘tweaks’, preserve as much as augment and keep it

Even while she was satisfied enough running her bookkeeping business for many years, Jane Boswell’s dream of combining her passion for food and making a living doing what she loved was never far from the surface. The catalyst for turning that dream into a reality came the day she noticed a ‘For Lease’ sign on a characterfilled 100-year-old house on Nepean Highway in Frankston. age-appropriate. “Everyone has their reasons for wanting to look their best,” Fiona says. “Many women are doing what I am – juggling career, home, partner and children (I have four). It’s always important to make a little time for yourself. Cosmetic medicine is an exciting, evolving and expanding field, but emphasis should be on safety and good aesthetics.” Dr Fiona Milne’s rooms offer a comprehensive list of procedures for injectables as well as skin treatments performed by qualified dermal clinicians. DR FIONA MILNE A: 60 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston T: 9783 2362 W: www.fionamilne.com.au FB: FionaMilneCosmeticPhysician INSTA: drfionamilne

“I thought it would make a great café, and it was in a location where one was needed,” Jane says. “After inspecting the old place, I fell head over heels in love with my vision, and less than 12 months later the doors to One Pear Tree opened.” Although the task of converting an old house into a vibrant café was a difficult one, Jane’s mission was simple: provide great service, fantastic coffee and honest, flavoursome food from a menu constantly evolving to embrace the personality of, and using the best fresh produce available in, each changing season, all served in an atmosphere balancing lively contemporary ambience with familiar comfort. “Two and a half years later the vision is reality and the mission remains the same. We have developed a faithful customer base, made some great new friends and formed a genuine fondness

for our daily clientele. We also offer selected giftware and beautiful artworks – many local – to our customers. With a fabulous staff now totalling more than 20 and our commitment to supporting many community and charitable initiatives, we are just as proud of the significant employment and community development opportunities we offer locally as we are of our fabulous fare.” ONE PEAR TREE A: 372 Nepean Highway, Frankston T: 9781 0077 W: www.onepeartree.com.au FB: onepeartree INSTA: onepeartree

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Ancient exercise for modern living Tai chi is one of the world’s most popular forms of exercise for gently relieving stress, improving strength and balance, and increasing cognitive function. It is practised by millions around the globe, and here on the Mornington Peninsula there are few instructors more qualified to teach this ancient art than Jenny Harrison. Jenny opened Rising Moon Tai Chi School in 2015 after a 30-year association with the art that began when she was studying goju ryu karate with the Tino Ceberano Martial Arts Academy. After watching a demonstration of tai chi and the martial application of the postures, she became interested in the concept of strength through softness, and soon the physical and cognitive benefits of slow, flowing movements became apparent. Over the years, and under the guidance of Masters Ming Shao, Jesse Tsao, Deming Liu, Su Rule and Wing Cheung, Jenny became an accredited instructor of several bare hand and weapon forms, as well as Qigong and Shibashi sets. She is the first accredited instructor for Wudang Bamboo Form, developed in 2011 by Master Su Rule, and has competed in several WTQA (Wushu, Tai Chi, and Qigong Australia) competitions, winning gold medals in Beijing 24 and 32 Sword forms and bronze in Eight Immortal Flute. Since Jenny opened Rising Moon five years ago, the school has grown to include four instructors offering classes for beginners, intermediates and advanced students in Qigong, Shibashi, Sun and Yang style tai chi, including Beijing 24, Long Form, and Sword Form. It also offers accredited instructor training courses for fitness professionals and tai chi students whose ambition is to

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run their own tai chi classes. Originally developed by monks in China for self-defence, tai chi is often described as ‘moving meditation’ because it promotes a sense of stillness and calm through its gentle, flowing movements. It is a low-impact exercise that puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. Tai chi requires no special equipment, so it can be practised anywhere – indoors or outdoors – and at any time of the day. Although tai chi can be quite social, it can also be practised alone, and when learnt correctly and performed regularly it can play a positive role in improving your health. Tai chi’s many benefits may include decreased stress, anxiety and depression; improved mood; improved

aerobic capacity; increased energy and stamina; improved flexibility, balance and agility; and improved muscle strength and definition. It may also help enhance quality of sleep; boost the immune system; help lower blood pressure; reduce risk of falls in older adults; and improve overall well-being. If you’d like to know more about this gentle art, give Jenny a call today. RISING MOON TAI CHI A: Mount Martha M: 0418 566 216 W: www.risingmoontaichi.net FB: risingmoontaichi INSTA: risingmoontaichi

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Vicki to represent Victoria at Real Estate Institute of Australia finals Since opening its doors in 2018, RT Edgar Mount Eliza has been consistently ranked among the top tier of agencies serving the Mornington Peninsula and surrounds. That’s not surprising when you consider the calibre of staff employed by this agency in the heart of Mount Eliza Village.

So it’s with considerable pride and excitement that RT Edgar has announced the nomination of Vicki Sayers as a finalist for the Australian Residential Salesperson of the Year. Vicki will represent Victoria in the awards, which recognise the

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Patricia Reilly, from Beyond The Masks Counselling And Psychotherapy, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her clients, whether individuals, couples or families. Patricia is a highly qualified and recognised leader in the areas of anger management, early childhood development, emotional resilience, expressive therapy, family counselling, grief counselling, sandplay therapy, mindfulness, meditation and yoga. Patricia is a counsellor with an unconventional approach to healing individuals, couples and families, and the foundation of her work is expressive therapies – a blend of personal growth, counselling and psychotherapy methods – which supports emotional healing, personal well-being and skill development. In doing so, she has assisted children and families to develop various coping strategies to assist in navigating today’s turbulent world. Her approach is empathetic, practical and insightful. She provides her clients with a combination of personal growth, counselling, and psychotherapeutic methods, including her unique use of sandplay therapy, to facilitate emotional healing. She strongly believes that a happy and healthy mind/body connection is essential for life skills. Patricia is deeply committed to helping each individual, whether a child or adult, achieve the very best version of themselves possible.

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the business From left: Harrison Hansen, with a young friend, shared the Mornington Peninsula Community Inspiration Award with Valerie Rowe; Mornington Peninsula Young Citizen of the Year Ellie-May Maguire with Mayor Sam Hearn; Frankston’s Australia Day award-winners Michaela Goggin (Young Citizen of the Year), Gina Poulos (Senior Citizen of the Year) and Peter Patterson (Citizen of the Year).

Amazing citizens and community events inspire us all Mornington Peninsula Shire and Frankston City Council have announced their 2020 Australia Day Award winners, and we couldn’t be more proud of these amazing residents. Veronica Whittaker was named the Shire’s Citizen of the Year, and the Young Citizen of the Year is Ellie-May Maguire. The Community Inspiration Award went to Harrison Hansen and Valerie Rowe, while the Community Event of the Year was the 91st Red Hill Show. William Mackenzie and Jean Stirling received Lifetime Achievement Awards, and the Acknowledgement of Excellence Award was presented to Uncle Bob’s Club Annual Good Friday Wheelbarrow Push. “On behalf of my fellow councillors, I would like to thank all winners and nominees for your commitment to our community,” said Mayor Sam Hearn. “Their stories and efforts inspire all of us to give back for the good of others. Congratulations on this welldeserved recognition.”  Meanwhile, Frankston’s most inspirational residents were celebrated at the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony and Citizen of the Year Awards on January 26. One hundred people received their citizenships and Mayor Sandra Mayer announced the awardwinners at the Frankston Arts Centre. Peter Patterson was named Citizen of the Year, Gina Poulos is the Senior Citizen of the Year and Michaela Goggin the Young Citizen of the Year. National Schools Tree Day at Frankston Heights Primary School and Friends of Wallace Reserve won the Community Event of the Year. Congratulations from Mornington Peninsula Magazine to all the winners. Let’s celebrate - Issue 100, MARCH 2020

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Seven Frankston businesses are closer to achieving their 2020 goals after being awarded grants totalling $120,000 under Frankston City Council’s Invest Frankston Business Grants Program. Frankston City Mayor Sandra Mayer said the grants were expected to support the creation of 72 extra jobs and contribute a further $15.6million to the city’s economy.

Pictured above: Frankston Mayor Sandra Mayer with grants recipients (back row) Lachlan Coates (Burst Graphics), Rob McKenzie (Down The Street), Warwick Smith (Breathe Hair), Rohan Gillmore and Matthew Lawrence (Concept Fibres), Ed Cox (The Hop Shop), (front row) Merrin McKenzie (Down The Street), Andrea Papapostolou (Vero Pasta), and Tina and James Eling (Extreme Labs). Left page, top row: Ed Cox, from The Hop Shop; Lachlan Coates, from Burst Graphics; Merrin and Rob McKenzie, from Down The Street Cafe; Warwick Smith, from Breathe Hair. Bottom row: Rohan Gillmore and Matthew Lawrence, from Concept Fibres; Tina and James Eling, from Extreme Labs and Andrea Papapostolou, from Vero Pasta.

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The successful applicants were sustainable hairdressing salon Breathe Hair ($25,000), boat builder and composite manufacturer Concept Fibres ($20,000), Italian restaurant Vero Pasta ($20,000), craft beer and food business The Hop Shop, which is opening this year ($15,000), new business incubator Extreme Labs ($15,000), branding agency Burst Graphics ($15,000), and Down The Street café ($10,000). “Since applications opened in August, it has been so inspiring to hear from businesses across the city about their aspirations for the future,” Cr Mayer said. “The business grants benefit our local economy through creating jobs and ensure our businesses are right up there with the best in their field. Whether businesses are starting out, expanding, renovating, hiring or buying new equipment, we know these grants will make a huge difference.” Since it began in 2012, the annual Invest Frankston Business Grants Program has awarded grants to 33 businesses, which have gone on to support the creation of more than 600 jobs and contribute more than $212million to the Frankston economy. To find out more about the program, visit frankston.vic.gov.au

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Constructive legal advice As a Frankston resident, Kelvin Oldridge has situated his legal practice in Sandringham to provide accessibility for clients from the city, bayside and the Peninsula. With qualifications in building and law — B.Build (RMIT) and LL.B (Hons University of London) — Kelvin’s advice is complemented by his building experience and his understanding of the needs of clients from the building and construction industry. Kelvin is a key part of Melbourne’s projects and dispute resolution fraternity, a member of the Building Dispute Practitioners Society and editor of its newsletter for more than nine years, and a regular judge for the Master Builders Association’s annual Excellence in Construction Awards. Kelvin regularly provides a legal and advisory service to construction and project management businesses, property developers, contractors and insurance companies, including drafting and amending contracts, standard forms of construction and development contracts in Australia and including the Australia Standards suite of contracts. He also provides commercial advice and support to clients in arbitration, litigation and the defence of insurance claims. KO CONSTRUCTION LAW T: 9598 6444 W: www.kolaw.com.au

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Better manage your cashflow Making great business profit is one thing. But it’s not much comfort if your bank account doesn’t reflect your profits. Cashflow is the pain point for many small businesses. It can singlehandedly make or break your business even if you’re generally running a profitable business.

Join this 90-minute workshop facilitated by SMART Business Solutions and learn about: • The difference between profit and cash surplus in your business • The working capital cycle • Establishing your Cash Conversion Cycle • The causes of poor cashflow and how to prevent it Designed to equip small business owners with essential knowledge to help build better and more profitable businesses, this Lunch & Learn workshop includes a twocourse lunch and premium business coaching delivered by Shannon Smit, director of award-winning accounting and business advisory firm SMART Business Solutions, and her team. The sessions are small, relaxed and interactive, giving you an opportunity to have your burning business questions answered. With different topics covered each month,

you can book for the sessions most relevant to you. Check out www.smartbusinesssolutions.com.au/services/ lunchandlearn for the full 2020 schedule. The workshop is at Benito’s Restaurant, 1196 Nepean Highway, Mount Eliza on Friday, March 13, from 12.302pm and costs $30, including lunch. Bookings are essential on www.bit.ly/lunch_learn_cashflow SMART BUSINESS SOLUTIONS A: Level 1, 328 Main St, Mornington W: www.smartbusinesssolutions.com.au FB: SMART.SBS

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Extra exclusive show expands rock carnival There’s a giant rock carnival on its way to Hastings and we’ve got to fill you in on all of the details. Under the Southern Stars is bringing a spectacular 2020 line-up, including +LIVE+, BUSH (pictured), Stone Temple Pilots, Rose Tattoo and Electric Mary, as they tour the country during April. The Mornington Peninsula will have the chance to join in on the carnival as the group of rock royalty stops by on Saturday, April 11, at the Hastings Foreshore Reserve.

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But wait, just when you think it can’t get any better – it can. UTSS has just announced that this year it’ll be expanding by adding an exclusive indoor show at The Timber Yard in Port Melbourne on Wednesday, April 8. The line-up at The Timber Yard begins with a local support act before Stone Temple Pilots take the stage, followed by +LIVE+, before BUSH close out the evening. Die-hard fans have been begging for more, so this 12th and final show has been booked and will sell out. This year sees the introduction of the Under the Southern Stars Village at the outdoor events, which will include installations, activities, carnival rides, market stalls selling everything from vintage clothes to music and lifestyle products, and fantastic food vendors. The Hastings festival will showcase +LIVE+. They are one of the most beloved rock bands ever to tour the nation. It’s been 25 years since the release of their iconic Throwing Copper album, and during their career so far they’ve achieved seven Top 5 albums in Australia, three of which occupied the No.1 spot for a total of 10 weeks. BUSH’s 1994 debut album Sixteen Stone was an instant smash and spent 43 weeks in the Australian Top 50, where it peaked at No.5. After a hiatus from 2001-2011, BUSH’s return was a triumph with their song The Sound of Winter making rock radio history in the US as the first self-released song to hit No.1 at Alternative Rock Radio. With more than 50 million albums sold, Stone Temple Pilots are superstars. As one of the biggest rock acts of the 1990s, their songs became the soundtrack of a generation. One of the world’s top-selling albums in the ‘90s was Purple, which reached No.1 in Australia. Rose Tattoo are one of Australia’s longest running and most cherished rock acts. They are known as one of the pillars of Australia’s distinctive pub rock sound and have been sharing their message across the world for nearly 50 years, led by the one and only Angry Anderson, who at 72 continues to rock like no other. During Electric Mary’s decade-long career, they’ve shared the world’s stages with some of the most revered names in hard rock. Their explosive brain-bending performances are regarded as some of the best live shows anywhere. Get in fast as these strictly limited tickets to both venues won’t last long. Tickets are on sale now at www. underthesouthernstars.com.au UNDER THE SOUTHERN STARS W: www.underthesouthernstars.com.au FB: utssconcerts INSTA: utssconcerts

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So, what’s your fantasy? FANTASY ISLAND Showing at HOYTS, Wells St, Frankston

Fantasy Island (2020) is the horror adaption of the popular 1970s TV show about a magical island resort. This instalment is written by Jillian Jacobs, Christopher Roach and Jeff Wadlow, who is also the director. The island takes competition winners for an unexpected wild and dangerous ride among the picturesque scenery. It’s the perplexing and mysterious Mr Roarke who explains the rules of the island and how the island is ultimately in charge of what happens – but he does confirm that the fantasy will only end if it has played out. The lucky guests will see their secret fantasies come true at the luxurious but remote tropical resort – it’s the unlikely location that surprises the unsuspecting guests with dark twists and turns as well as danger at every corner. The audience becomes enthralled as the fantasies begin to turn into nightmares and the idyllic destination turns swiftly into hell. As the characters work hard to escape with their lives, the action scenes intensify. It seems that it is the way of the island to continually throw in plot twists to keep the audience guessing. From the producer of Get Out (2017) and Halloween (2018), Fantasy Island doesn’t disappoint as it throws the characters in the deep end, where only the island knows how the fantasy will play out. Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) as Melanie is full of sass and doesn’t hold back. Elena, played by Maggie Q (Nikita), is a woman

yearning to be a mother and is surprised with a child called Lila, who is none other than up-and-coming Peninsula star Jeriya Benn, who we featured in our January edition. Michael Peña (Ant Man) as Mr Roarke is hiding a fantasy of his own and adds to the list of obstacles for the hotel guests, alongside Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy), who portrays the terrifying Devil Face. Jump in for the ride as you witness for yourself the island taking control and twisting the fantasies that were asked for – or do you suspect that they are part of something else much bigger? We recommend you discover this for yourself. Every fantasy comes at a price, and lives will be changed for ever. With the final scene suggesting an opening for a second film, we’d be eager to see it in order to discover more secrets that Fantasy Island holds. KATE SEARS HHH HHH/10

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An extraordinary story filled with love, hardships and spirit Not many have lived as many lives – from stolen child, teenage alcoholic, seeker, lover, father, musical and lyrical genius to social advocate and First Nations leader – but it took almost a lifetime to find who he really was. He is Archie Roach. In recent years he faced the sudden death of his life partner and musical collaborator of 38 years, Ruby Hunter, and went on to survive a debilitating stroke and lung cancer. Forcibly removed at only two from loving parents, six other siblings and his community, Archie’s early years were equally traumatic. He became a teenage alcoholic and drifted into destitution while searching for his identity and place. Tell Me Why, the title of his new memoir and companion album, is an intimate,

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moving and often confronting account of his resilience and strength of spirit, and of a great love story. It is an extraordinary odyssey of love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal – and the healing power of music. Archie voices the joy, pain and hope he found on his path through these songs to become the legendary singer-songwriter and storyteller that he is today – beloved and respected by fans worldwide. Be moved by Archie’s journey, accompanied by a full band, on Saturday, April 18, at 7.30pm. Tickets $27-$60 Bookings: 9784 1060 or thefac.com.au FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE A: 27-37 Davey St, Frankston T: 9784 1060 W: www.thefac.com.au FB: FrankstonArtsCentre INSTA: the_fac

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It’s Mornington’s time to shine as Neds Mornington Cup Day rolls into town on March 21. The feature race is the $350,000 listed Neds Mornington Cup, with the winner gaining a ballot-free entry into the 2400m Caulfield Cup in October. Play, party and socialise in style at the Garden Bar trackside. With hawker-style food halls and trucks, beverages all day, acoustic tunes and a great garden party environment, it’s the prime position to enjoy the day. The Peninsula Marquee, by Polperro Winery, will showcase the very best of the Peninsula’s offering. Polperro will perfectly match an allinclusive selection of delicious produce and wines from the area. There will be plenty of action on and off the track, with style, colour and fun all set to make this a sensational day out. With plenty of kid-friendly action including face painting, animal farms and rides for the little ones, racegoers of all ages are sure to enjoy a fantastic day out. Get your tickets at www.mrc. racing.com

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Racing club prepares for the last leg The Balnarring Picnic Racing Club is about to wrap up another successful season with meetings on Labour Day and Easter Saturday. One of the club’s major focuses this season has been its Caring for the Community initiative. This program saw the club partner with the Disabled Surfrider Association

Mornington Peninsula at its November meeting, Abacus Learning Centre, which supports kids with autism, at its December meeting, and Willum Warrain in January. The Labour Day race meeting will help Dogs for Kids with Disabilities, with Racing Hearts the focus of the club’s final meeting for the season on Easter Saturday.  In addition, the club donated $5000 to the VicBush Fire Appeal and a truck load of donated hay went to Gippsland thanks to Neil McCormicks Transport, a club member. A total of $9000 was also raised for the Bittern Fire Brigade. The Labour Day race meet will be a great addition to the long weekend activities and Easter Saturday will showcase the muchanticipated Dress HireAU Fashions on the Field, featuring Channel 7’s Sarah Duffy as the MC. Register at balnarringraces.com BALNARRING PICNIC RACING CLUB A: Coolart Rd, Balnarring W: www.balnarringraces.com FB: balnarring.races INSTA: balnarringraces

Everyone’s invited to help Geoff to 80 Join families, individuals, friends and neighbours at the fourth MY Mount Eliza Run and Fun Festival this month for a great day out while raising money to find a cure for blood cancers.

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Festival director and founder Geoff Nyssen says he has lost many dear friends to blood cancers over the past few years. “I am sure that I am not alone in experiencing this sense of loss,” Geoff says.  “We want to desperately find a cure for all blood cancers so no more people suffer and their families can celebrate many more birthdays with their loved ones.” It is for this reason that Geoff and his festival committee have this year set the ambitious goal of raising $80,000 for the Snowdome Foundation, which directs all of its funds into blood cancer research.  This is all in the pursuit of helping Geoff and others with blood cancer live to 80, hence the hashtag #HelpGeoffTo80 You can provide a one-off donation and/or set up your own fundraising page at www.mycause.com.au/events/ mymountelizarunfunfestival, and you can find out more at www.mymounteliza.org. au/charitable-cause/ The MY Mount Eliza Run and Fun Festival is on Sunday, March 15, at Mt Eliza Regional Park. We’ll see you there!

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Charity ball ‘can can can’ make a difference With much-loved entertainer Tim Campbell as the MC and a predinner Moulin Rouge show, the 10th annual Children of Ghana Charity Ball promises to be a truly fabulous evening. “With everyone’s support this year, we will be able to provide fresh, safe drinking water through Disaster Aid Australia, assist with education and provide funds for health screening for the Buruli ulcer for children in Ghana and beyond,” says organiser Cheryl. “Tim is one of Australia’s most versatile, talented and much-loved performers and will also be entertaining guests with The Tim Campbell Band. Guests will enjoy spectacular pre-dinner entertainment with a Moulin Rouge show, Yes We Can Can Can, which is also our motto for this year. Yes, we can can can make a real difference to the lives of children who are counting on us to save them from poverty and suffering and give them hope for a standard of living that every child deserves: a safe and loving home, safe drinking water and, most importantly, a brighter future.” Mercedes Benz Mornington is the premium sponsor of this year’s Children of Ghana Ball, which will be held in the Gunnamatta Room at Mornington Racecourse on Saturday, May 9. For tickets, sponsorship details or to make a donation to this vital charity, phone Cheryl on 0400 516 265.

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The internationally renowned Tinalley String Quartet will give a vibrant recital at the accessible Peninsula Community Theatre on Saturday evening, March 14, hosted by the Peninsula Music Society. The program will feature Beethoven Opus 18, No 4; Dvorak Cypresses; and Mendelssohn Opus 80.

Tinalley is currently the quartet in residence at the University of Queensland, and members Adam Chalabi (violin), Lerida Delbridge (violin), Justin Williams (viola) and Patrick Murphy (cello) have extensive experience overseas, including Canada, the US and Europe. This promises to be a dynamic musical experience with the exhilarating blend of strings. Buy tickets online at www. pmsmusic.asn.au; at Farrell’s Bookshop in Mornington and Robinsons Bookshop in Frankston; by phone on 9789 8392; or at the door one hour before the concert. ©Catherine Godony

Chart a course for stylish, beach-inspired living with this show-stopping spiral ship-wheel mirror frame by Mount Martha artist Miffy Pittaway. It’s just one of Miffy’s limited-edition shell artworks on display and available for sale at Mark and Cherie Poulter’s Veraison Restaurant in Tootgarook.

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Miffy’s shell artworks have been created with a combination of 70 per cent 40-year-old rare sea-shells and 30 per cent sea-shells purchased from Simply Shells and Australian Sea Shells. Miffy also has her own personal range of decorative boxes, spiral candelabras and decorative necklaces, as well as driftwood mirror frames, marine animal hanging pieces and more. Miffy can custom-make themed pieces and recreate items that have sold. Bring the beach into your home with coastal-inspired artworks from Miffy’s She Shell Art. SHE SHELL ART BY MIFFY M: 0400 178 635 E: miffypittaway@live.com.au W: sheshellartbymiffy.godaddysites.com FB: Miffyshells INSTA: sheshellartbymiffy

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Paintings, barks, ochres and sculptures by Aboriginal women artists from around Australia celebrate International Women’s Day in The Colour Purple exhibition during March at Everywhen Artspace. “Aboriginal women’s art has really come to the fore over the last 10 years,” says Everywhen’s co-director Susan McCulloch. “We’re especially featuring works by related women artists – mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts – whose work shows the intergenerational nature of Aboriginal art, such as the work by Josina Pumani, who is currently painting works in tribute to her mother who passed away last year, and whose grandmother was one of the founding artists of her community of Mimili in the APY Lands of South Australia.” Other artists with family connections include the late Minnie Pwerle, from Utopia, her daughter Barbara Weir and Barbara’s daughters Charmaine Pwerle and Teresa Purla.

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Aboriginal women’s art and riverland works at Everywhen The Colour Purple opens on Saturday, March 7, at 2pm with an art parade featuring more than 40 works and informative commentary. It continues until March 30. Book online at www.mccullochart. eventbrite.com.au In April, exciting new works from Kaiela Arts in Shepparton bring the spirit of the riverland country to life though works that pay artistic tribute to the beautiful lush flowers, trees, grasslands and woodlands of the Goulburn Murray riverlands, which have become severely compromised over the years. Biyala Bala Kaiela (Red Gum River) opens on Saturday, April 4, with a didgeridoo performance by Kaiela’s Eric Brown and an opening address by the

Mornington Peninsula’s Baluk artist Lisa Waup from 2-4pm. The exhibition continues until April 28. EVERYWHEN ARTSPACE A: 39 Cook St, Flinders Open Thursday-Tuesday T: 5989 0496 W: www.mccullochandmcculloch.com.au Pictured left:New generation artist Josina Pumani is painting in tribute to her late mother. Right: Kaiela artist Cynthia Hardie celebrates her riverland country in this watercolour of gum blossoms.

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An exhibition that has been 93 years in the making is coming to Oak Hill Gallery. Sky, Sea, Sail and Other Things is a collection of watercolours by enthusiastic sailor Ron Farnill, who describes it as “a must-see for anybody with a touch of salt in their veins”. “I am and always will be passionate about the beloved maritime environment,” Ron says. “Most of the works evolve from memories both actual and what I believe must be inherited memory embedded in my genes from my seafarer ancestors. Included are many local Peninsula scenes where I have had the privilege to live for many years.” Sky, Sea, Sail and Other Things opens on Sunday,

March 1, from 2-4pm and continues daily from 11am4pm until March 31. OAK HILL GALLERY A: 100 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Mornington T: 5973 4299 E: art@oakhillgallery.com.au W: www.oakhillgallery.com.au FB: OakHillGallery TWITTER: OakHill_Gallery

Calling all teddy bear collectors! The founders of UK-based Charlie Bears, Charlotte and William Morris, are coming to the Peninsula on a ‘bear-signing tour’ and you’re invited. Anyone who collects handmade bears and is smitten by their quirky loveliness will have heard about Charlie Bears. Each of these personality-packed companion bears is made with love and can be sourced through the Mornington-based online shop The Lovely Bear Store, which offers an exclusive range of delightful collectable teddy bears that can be passed down from generation to generation. The Lovely Bear Store is hosting Charlie and Will at Mount Martha House on April 19 from 1-5pm. It’s a bear-illiant opportunity to purchase an exclusive signing bear who will be unveiled on the day. THE LOVELY BEAR STORE – LOVELY BEARS W: www.lovelybears.com.au FB: The Lovely Bear Store

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the big blue With the bays of Port Phillip and Western Port on either side and Bass Strait to the south, it’s little wonder the ocean plays such a major part in the lives of those of us on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s fitting, then, that the Ocean Film Festival should make its way to our neck of the woods this month during the Australian leg of its 2020 world tour. “Some of our strongest support comes from regional towns like Broome, Warrnambool, Cairns and Albany,” says Townsville-born festival director Jemima Robinson. “But it is not just coastal towns that love the ocean. We have amazing support in places like Alice Springs and Launceston.” The Ocean Film Festival was founded seven years ago on the northern beaches of Sydney. It gives a spotlight to the world’s best independent filmmakers who celebrate the beauty and power of the ocean, and immortalises the divers, surfers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray, chase the crests of waves, and marvel at the mysteries of the deep blue. The festival’s global popularity is soaring, the selection process competitive, but that hasn’t stopped two exceptional Australians from being named finalists this year. “When

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the Ocean Film Festival started, most of the entries received were from the US,” Jemima says. “We really wanted to showcase more of Australia’s natural marine environment and the work of Australian filmmakers. The Ocean Film Festival has given Aussie filmmakers and ocean-lovers the forum to have their work seen on the big screen.” In A Corner of the Earth, Sydney filmmaker Spencer Frost follows aspiring professional surfer and Sydneysider Fraser Dovel as he makes the head-spinning transition from competitive surfing in warm, inviting breaks to the icy, treacherous waters of the Arctic in search of the adventure of a lifetime. Sometimes humorous, always breathtaking, Fraser comes to grips with living and surfing in sub-zero temperatures, finding a new appreciation for what it means to be a surfer. Swimming With Gentle Giants, by Adelaide filmmaker Stefan Andrews, dives underwater with award-winning wildlife photographer and filmmaker Scott Portelli. Scott’s close connection with the humpback whales he has been documenting for two decades provides a breathtaking, up-close-and-personal experience with the biggest animals on Earth that must be seen to be believed. The Ocean Film Festival World Tour screens at Peninsula Cinemas Rosebud, Rosebud Pde, on Saturday, March 28, from 7-10pm. Tickets: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ocean-filmfestival-world-tour-rosebud-28-march-2020tickets-73250069931

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A new community mental health program has opened in Hastings. Located at 29 Marine Pde, Kindred Clubhouse provides a welcoming space where people with a mental illness can connect with peers and build on their strengths, abilities and confidence.

or someone you know might be interested in, please contact Kindred Clubhouse on 5904 6125, visit www. kindredclubhouse.org.au or come along to the free information session on Wednesday, March 11, from 2-3pm. KINDRED CLUBHOUSE A: 29 Marine Pde, Hastings W: www.kindredclubhouse.org.au FB: kindred clubhouse INSTA: kindredclubhouse

Kindred Clubhouse is a membershipbased community, dedicated to supporting people who are experiencing mental health issues. Currently the Clubhouse is open 9am-4.30pm each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and has a social program from 10am-2pm on Saturdays. If this sounds like something that you

Set sail for BYS Easter Art Show Always a highlight on the Peninsula calendar, the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Easter Art Show is on again in the club buildings and grounds. The art show is a major fundraiser for the BYS rescue boat fleet and continues to grow since its inception in 2009, showcasing a broad range of artistic works by artists from the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas and beyond. Feature artists this year are photographer Ronald Tan and artist Claire McCall, who will be joined by returning and new artists, including indoor and outdoor sculptors. Outdoor sculptures take pride of place on the deck and lawn, which adds to the ambience of the club, and a silent auction will run throughout the show with products, lifestyle experiences and vouchers mainly from Peninsula retailers on offer. The art show’s opening night function is on Friday, April 10, from 7-9.30pm. Tickets are $40 and will be available from Friday, March 13, at www.trybooking.com/BIMGA. The art show is then open from 10am-5pm on Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12, and from 10am-2pm on Monday, April 13. Entry is $5 with tickets available at the door each day, and visitors are welcome to stay on at the club and enjoy the bistro and bar offerings while taking in the spectacular bay views from the deck or just relaxing on the lawn or beach. For more information, go to www.bys.asn.au or visit the Facebook page @byseasterartshow Let’s celebrate - Issue 100, MARCH 2020

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Victorian artists have donated more than 50 paintings for Unframedart, a one-night exhibition and silent auction to raise money for Peninsula Home Hospice. Curated by Southern Buoys Gallery at 2/19 Carbine Way, Mornington, the exhibition is on Saturday, March 21, from 5.30-8pm, and bidding will close at 7pm. While the paintings have been donated anonymously, many of the artists will be present and have offered to sign their works for the successful bidders. Max Rowe will provide entertainment, and catering is by Blue Mini CafÊ and Emporium. Bookings are essential at www.unframed-art.com, Trybooking, on 5973 2438, or from the Peninsula Home Hospice offices at 327 Main St, Mornington. If you’re unable to attend, you can donate at www.peninsulahospice.com or 5973 2438 to help Peninsula Home Hospice provide specialist in-home palliative care that optimises quality of life and comfort, dignity and peace. Unframed-art is your chance to purchase art at a very reasonable price from more than 50 renowned and emerging artists while helping Peninsula Home Hospice continue its outstanding work.

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Musicians tune up for exciting season Works by some of classical music’s most popular and enduring composers will be performed by Peninsula Chamber Musicians as part of an exhilarating 2020 season. Continuing its tradition of presenting high-quality classical music incorporating ensembles of all sizes and styles, Peninsula Chamber Musicians will present chamber orchestra concert programs this month as well as in June/ July and November. PCM will also present more intimate ensemble performances, which include the popular Beleura House and Gardens concert in September and an exciting new series at St John’s, Flinders, in both July and August. Performances this year will include works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Elgar and many others. Head to www.peninsulachambermusicians.com.au for all concert and ticketing details. Live local. Listen local.

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* Please note. There are no storytime sessions at Seaford Junior Library on the first Tuesday of the month.

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UNTIL MONDAY MAY 11 Anabela Sobrinho’s Exhibition “Essence Portraits” Acrylic paintings exploring the Essence of Humans, most times quietly hidden within. These works combine your name, birth date and place, favourite colours and activities, and whatever you would like to reveal, TRIMS Café, 40 Playne St, Frankston, 9783 6781, www.anabelasobrinhoartistandwriter.com

UNTIL TUESDAY MARCH 31 Oak Hill Gallery presents Ron Farnhill Exhibition Sky, Sea, Sails and other things, 93 years in the making, 100 MorningtonTyabb Rd, Mornington, 11am-4pm daily, 5973 4299 www.oakhillgallery.com.au

WEDNESDAY MARCH 4 WomenConnect Frankston International Women’s Day Luncheon — Join guest speakers Judge Samantha Marks & Merren McArthur, Frankston RSL, 183 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston, 11.30am2.30pm, tix $65pp, includes glass of wine on arrival, two course meal plus tea/coffee, limited seats, book via

FRIDAY MARCH 6 Music on the Hill International Women’s Day Show A celebration of women in music, presenting Emily Wurramara, Monique Brumby and Ling Marra, Red Hill Pavilion, Red Hill Recreation Reserve, 184 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill, doors 6.30pm, tix available www.musiconthehill.com.au

SUNDAY MARCH 8 2020 Tyabb Air Show See aircrafts that will not be found in Australia! Aerobatics, flying and static displays, food trucks, purchase tickets via www.tyabbairshow.com

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SATURDAY MARCH 7 The 92nd Red Hill Show Great family day, full of entertainment, exhibitions, demonstrations and animals, Red Hill Showgrounds, Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill, 8.30am-5pm, www.redhillshow.com.au

SUNDAY MARCH 8 Mornington Peninsula Piers & Pinots Producers will gather by the sea at the annual showcase to taste a range of Pinots along with local food and live music, Flinders Foreshore & Yacht Club, 12noon3pm, tix $40, 25 wineries to taste, tickets available from www.mpva.com.au

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Kindred Clubhouse Free Information Day Come along to learn more about Kindred Clubhouse, a safe, welcoming space for people living with Mental Health issues, 2-3pm, 29 Marine Pde, Hastings, 5904 6125,

FRIDAY MARCH 13 Lunch & Learn Workshops Benito’s Restaurant, 1196 Nepean Hwy, Mornington, cashflow management workshop, $30pp includes 2 course lunch, book tickets or check program at www.smartbusinesssolutions.com.au

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Bundjil’s Nest presents Womin Djeka Balnarring Ngargee Community Festival Honouring and celebrating Indigenous cultures, entertainment, food stalls, craft stalls, cultural workshops and children’s activities, Balnarring Beach, Robertsons Park and Camping Reserve, 10am8pm, entry by donation

Art Red Hill Mornington Peninsula’s premier art show, calling for artists’ submissions for 40th annual show, categories inc painting, works on paper, photography, largescale sculpture, small-scale sculpture, jewellery and glass & ceramics. Show runs May 1 to 3, www.artredhill.com.au Entries close Sun 22 March

SUNDAY MARCH 15 My Mount Eliza Run & Fun Festival 4km, 8km & 12km trail run/walks, 4km all paws walk, kids actives all day, live music on stage, amazing silent auction and more, Mount Eliza Regional Park, Two Bays Rd, Mount Eliza, 7.30am1pm, register now www.mymounteliza.org.au

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The Peninsula Picnic A food, wine and music gathering, headliner Bernard Fanning with Mama Kin Spender, Hollow Coves, Caravana Sun and The Meltdown, Mornington Racecourse, gates open 11.30am, tix www.peninsulapicnic.com.au

Flinders Motoring Heritage Displaying classic and vintage car throughout the village of Flinders, Cnr Cook & Norman Streets, Flinders, 10am-2pm, www.flindersmotoringheritage.com.au

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Neds Mornington Cup Day Mornington Racecourse, play, party and socialize, plenty of action on and off the track, with style, colour and fun, kid friendly activities and so much more! Tickets www.mrc.racing.com

Soul Night Market — A boutique food/makers market with 60+ stalls. Shop, eat, drink and socialise on a Friday night in Mornington all while listening to live soul music, free entry, Peninsula Community Theatre, Cnr Nepean Hwy & Wilsons Rd, Mornington, 5-9pm, www.soulnightmarket.com

Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Easter Art Show Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron 2900 Pt Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie, the show speaks for itself showcasing a broad range of artistic works in a variety of media from artists living and working on the Mornington & Bellarine Peninsulas and beyond. Sat-Sun 10am-5pm & Mon 10am-2pm, entry $5 at the door, www.facebook.com/byseasterartshow

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health beauty fashion Anny’s win the People’s Choice Award in Australia Harry Ozkoch has cemented his place as one of Australia’s most distinguished master jewellers after taking out the prestigious Jewellers Association of Australia’s Australasian People’s Choice Award – the Australian jewellery industry’s longest running design competition. Harry, the owner of Anny’s Manufacturing Jewellers in Frankston, designed the winning ring with a second diamond hidden underneath the main stone to create a graceful drop effect. The ring also features white and ultra-rare Australian Argyle pink diamonds set in platinum and 18kt yellow gold. The ring was displayed at The Rocks in Sydney throughout the competition, with members of the public in Australia and New Zealand voting it their favourite. Harry flew to Sydney with his wife, Anny, for the awards night and is now eligible to enter the International Jewellery Design Excellence Award in Hong Kong next year. Harry has lived and breathed jewellery since he was 16. Throughout his decorated career, he has won numerous

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other awards. However, he acknowledges the enormity of this recent accomplishment. Harry believes that this prestigious accolade is the highlight of his 41-year career in jewellery. Anny’s will be celebrating 30 years of serving the Mornington Peninsula people for all their jewellery needs, with customer satisfaction always at the forefront of every interaction. It is a local familyowned business, with his wife, Anny, daughter and son also involved full time. This win was a family effort, but it would not have been possible without all the votes from the Australian and New Zealand public. Anny’s would like to extend its sincere thanks to everyone who voted. Anny’s cannot wait to keep creating some of the most beautiful pieces of jewellery for the Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne public. ANNY’S MANUFACTURING JEWELLERS A: 92 Young St, Frankston (walk-ins welcome) A: 3/257 Collins St, Melbourne (by appointment only) T: 1300 092 000 FB: AnnysManufacturingJewellers INSTA: annysjewellers E: annys@annys.com.au

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March into Michelle-ann & save Michelle-ann Bras and Swimwear is celebrating 53 years of business in Mornington this month with a huge half-price swimwear sale, including speciality fits up to G cup. Michelle-ann’s famous Berlei and Triumph bra sale continues this month, and Lois and Michelle-ann encourage you all to indulge in a personal bra fitting to start off the month feeling comfortable and looking positively fabulous. For those ladies who have sore shoulders or bad backs or have recently had breast surgery, let Michelle-ann help you feel comfortable and at peace with a correct fitting by one of their experienced fitting specialists. There is also a large range of front-opening bras to cater for the many ladies experiencing shoulder surgery. A huge range of snuggly dressing gowns from Givoni are just arriving, and Michelle-ann is excited to announce it has revisited its past with a massive selection of Givoni, Schrank, French Country and Jockey nighties and PJs in both summer and winter styles from sizes 10-24. The Pink Room is available to care for ladies who have experienced breast surgery, whether it be a full or partial mastectomy, and Michelle-ann has a special team who have spent many years training to be able to help ladies restore their confidence and provide comfortable options for their recovery. Michelle-ann is open seven days a week, and Lois and Michelle-ann look forward to helping everyone achieve a great fitting bra, swimwear or sleepwear at a bargain price. MICHELLE-ANN BRAS AND SWIMWEAR A: 147 Main St, Mornington T: 5975 3649 W: www.michelleann.com.au FB: michellann.mornington INSTA: michelleann.mornington Let’s celebrate - Issue 100, MARCH 2020

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has been at the forefront of the Peninsula fashion scene since its inception and continues to showcase our best designers who bring you the innovative style that defines where we live. We love boutique shopping and know you do too. Inside our magazine each month you’ll find gorgeous clothing and accessories, beauty tips and loads of great

advice on how to look your best and love the way you do it. Take a look through the following pages to see what’s on offer this month from Collie Anne, MerinoSnug, Main Street Eyecare and Yo-Ko Original. We’ll continue to support our evergrowing fashion industry and hope you will too. It’s worth it. Here’s to looking good!

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Embrace the cooler months with the hot new MerinoSnug knitwear range. These exceedingly comfortable garments are made in Australia from 100 per cent merino wool sourced from caring and dedicated Australian wool-growers.

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The latest from Collie Anne in Dromana sees gorgeous Italian-made prints matched with crisp whites, a casually chic hat and a dash of statement jewellery. Team with an over-thePhoto: Brooke Keambag Photography shoulder for casual cool.

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Paul Taylor makes his mark again with these roaring red statement-making handmade spectacles from his Timeless collection at Main Street Eyecare.

Play the casual blues at Yo-Ko this month in an Hourglass snake print top, Cafe Latte stretch jeans, Holly Sienna & Co. belt, Creek & Bay headband, Trio Rouge necklace, No+El clutch and No!Shoes woven flats.

TH E U LTIM AT E IN S O F T N E SS , LI G H TNES S & WA RM T H . Experience the wonderfully light and luxurious warmth of Australia’s finest Merino wool knitwear range from MerinoSnug. Our entire merino wool range is 100% Australian grown and made in Australia. Factory Outlet: 140 Colemans Road, Carrum Downs VIC 3201 Open Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm, Friday 10am-3pm Phone 9786 1113

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No vein, no pain with Doctor Vein Just the mention of varicose vein treatment can conjure up disturbing thoughts of vein ‘stripping’, major surgery and extended hospital stays. Thankfully, times have changed and long gone are the days of painful surgery to remove unwanted and uncomfortable veins. Just ask Dr Ganesha Param — known to his patients as Dr Gan — who operates out of a state-of-the-art vein treatment facility in Frankston that champions the non-surgical removal of varicose and spider veins. “Varicose and spider veins unfortunately don’t discriminate and can affect both men and women of all ages,” Dr Gan said. “Influencers can be hormones,

work environments, pregnancy and genes, to name a few. The great news is that treatment doesn’t need to result in lengthy recoveries and time off work or ongoing commitments. We find that many patients are unaware of the latest options available and how effective they are in treating varicose veins.” The Doctor Vein clinic is situated at 7 Winifred St, Frankston. To discuss your treatment options and book an initial consultation, please phone 9781 0646 or email info@doctorvein.com.au. No referral is required. DOCTOR VEIN A: 7 Winifred St, Frankston T: 9781 0646 W: www.doctorvein.com.au FB: doctorvein1 INSTA: doctorvein

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A simple smile is unbelievably infectious. In fact, it’s generally the first thing we notice about another person. And then, just like that, their smile makes us feel better instantly. Stanley Gordon West wrote: “Smile and the world smiles with you” – and Dr Peter A. Scott knows just how right he was. As a specialist orthodontist working for more than 30 years, Peter and his team have created countless stunning smiles across the Mornington Peninsula. Peter’s expertise also extends to inner Melbourne on Collins St and he is also a consulting orthodontist at the Royal Children’s Hospital. In Frankston, Peter’s experienced, friendly team provide exceptional care and guidance to individuals and families during their complete orthodontic process. His staff have expertise in child and adult orthodontics, from braces and clear braces to removable and fixed functional appliances, digital orthodontics and clear aligners, including Invisalign and Spark. Furthermore, Dr Peter Scott focuses on the early assessment of dental development and facial growth with the belief that early intervention – where appropriate – will lead to the best outcome. The ideal age for an initial assessment is seven to nine years. You can smile with ease knowing that Dr Peter Scott will send you on your way with a dazzling smile that will last a lifetime. With no referral needed and interest-free payment plans available, there’s no better time to make an appointment. It’s time to love your smile. DR PETER SCOTT ORTHODONTIST A: 13 Beach St, Frankston T: 9783 4511 W: www.drpeterscottorthodontist.com.au FB: drpeterscottorthodontist

Creating beautiful smiles on the Peninsula for over 30 years Specialist orthodontic care for children, teens and adults. Highly experienced staff providing first class care, guidance and support to families and individuals on their orthodontic journey. Expertise in: braces, invisible braces, clear aligners, digital orthodontics, removable & fixed functional appliances No Referral Required - Interest free payment plans available! Enquire about your new smile today. 13 Beach St, Frankston 9783 4511 www.drpeterscottorthodontist.com.au Let’s celebrate - Issue 100, MARCH 2020

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Finding meaning through art

Sometimes, people find it much easier to ‘do’ than ‘say’. At times this can be an act of procrastination or avoidance, but when structured appropriately, ‘doing’ can help people process their feelings and emotions into concepts that are much easier for them to work through. Art therapy can simply be described as ‘saying by doing’. It provides a person the opportunity to distract themselves with the crinkle of paper and a streak of a brush while also allowing them to mindfully digest their feelings, attitudes and trauma through a medium of self-expression. Feelings and emotions can at times be disorganised, making them hard to verbalise. Art therapy allows participants to communicate their feelings and desires in a non-verbal way, enabling them to work through feelings that may

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be difficult to address directly and empowering them to organise and map their thoughts. Art therapy can help participants embrace a wide range of healthrelated issues, including general mental wellness; anxiety and depression; trauma; substance abuse; pain management; grief resolution; identity issues; life transitions; and end-of-life challenges. You don’t even need to have any background or skill in art to reap the benefits. Art therapy is one of the many programs offered to assist you in your journey to wellness and recovery at St John of God Pinelodge Clinic. If you’re interested in learning more about the treatments available, visit sjog. org.au/Pinelodge or phone 8793 9444. ST JOHN OF GOD PINE LODGE CLINIC A: 1480 Heatherton Rd, Dandenong W: www.sjog.org.au/pinelodge FB: sjoghealthcare

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The Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Society reports about 30 per cent of adults over 65 experience at least one fall a year, and falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospital admissions in this age group. These falls often have long-term effects on a person’s independence and are a common reason for them being admitted to aged-care facilities. Age is a key risk factor in fall-induced injuries. A fall that may not have caused any injury to a younger person can often be more severe to an older person. Beyond the pain of the initial injury, a falls-related injury can result in loss of physical function, loss of confidence, decreased quality of life

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Do you feel as though your balance isn’t as good as it used to be? Now is the best time to improve your balance and reduce your risk of falls and injury.

and an increased dependence on others for basic tasks. To help reduce your risk of falls, you can take part in a falls and balance program at St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital. Offered by a multidisciplinary Allied Health team, the program includes targeted exercises to help improve your balance alongside education sessions about common falls risks and what you can do to avoid and overcome them. If you are interested in learning more, speak with your GP about a referral to St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital’s falls and balance program. ST JOHN OF GOD FRANKSTON REHABILITATION HOSPITAL A: 255-265 Cranbourne Road Frankston T: 9788 3333 W: www.sjog.org.au/frankston FB: sjoghealthcare

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Patient care is surgeon’s primary consideration Dr David Edis (MBBS, FRACS [Ortho], Grad Dip MA and AFRACMA) is an orthopaedic and spine surgeon who has been living and practising on the Mornington Peninsula for the past two years. After studying at the University of Melbourne and training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Dr Edis pursued further training in spine surgery in New Zealand. His passion for improving patient care included developing minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques for eight years in conjunction with surgeons in Australia and overseas. He is currently working with a pain management and multi-disciplinary team in Frankston to help solve complex pain issues. Dr Edis also spent five years developing allied health and pain management programs in regional Tasmania during his time living there. Dr Edis has a special interest in adult spine surgery, hip and knee replacement, knee arthroscopy and

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orthopaedic trauma. He has extensive experience in oblique lumbar fusion surgery, percutaneous screw fixation and deformity correction for adult scoliosis, and he offers robotic-assisted placement of spinal implants as well as CT navigation, using these technologies to make surgery safer for patients. Believing in a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care, Dr Edis is passionate about working closely with primary carers, physiotherapists, pain specialists, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, myotherapists, exercise physiologists and nurses to achieve evidence-based contemporary care for his patients with spinal problems. Dr Edis invites new referrals for any orthopaedic conditions, including fractures in children. You can find him at The Bays Hospital, Suite 15, Ground F, Main St, Mornington; and at his Frankston rooms at 93 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Frankston. VICTORIAN ORTHOPAEDIC SPINE SERVICE A: 93 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Frankston T: 8683 9039 W: www.vicorthospine.com.au

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Seek advice before starting a ketogenic diet Ketogenic diets have been developed to induce a state whereby your body produces ketone bodies from stored fat rather than glucose as a source of energy. While ketogenic diets have demonstrated benefits such as weight loss and stabilised blood sugar levels, it is an extreme diet that eliminates entire food groups, such as carbohydrates. In addition, some keto plans recommend a high intake of saturated fats, which is correlated with high cholesterol levels in the blood. Some individuals may also experience uncomfortable side effects from ketosis, such as brain fog, headaches, dizziness, constipation and lethargy – commonly known as the ‘keto flu’. Mild nutritional ketosis is easier to

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achieve, without the elimination of entire food groups. Be Fit Food’s Be Rapid program induces mild nutritional ketosis in a calorie-controlled, high-protein and low-carb diet. No food groups are completely eliminated from this plan and the side effects are less extreme, with a typical weight loss of around 2-5kg in two weeks. Talk with your health care provider or a Be Fit Food accredited practising dietitian at dietitian@befitfood.com.au or 1300 2 MEALS before changing your diet. Kate Save is the CEO and co-founder of Be Fit Food in Mornington. For more info, go to befitfood.com.au or phone 1300 2 MEALS (63257) BE FIT FOOD A: 2/49 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Mornington T: 1300 263 257 W: www.befitfood.com.au FB: befitfoodaustralia INSTA: befitfoodaustralia

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your march stars by Stephanie Johnson

Aries: You may feel somewhat confined during March. As usual, early March is your time for reflection before the Sun enters your Sign later in the month. Action is your usual modus operandi but right now you may welcome the opportunity to retreat from your usual responsibilities. A retreat may be beneficial. Taurus: Social activities feature this month as your calendar quickly fills with commitments to events, celebrations and obligations with friends. Relationship and money matters may hold a few surprises. It’s time to be flexible and put the needs of others before your own wherever practicable. Travel plans may be disrupted. Gemini: It is time to ensure that you are heading in the right direction in your profession. You need to reassess your career goals. This could also apply to your role as a parent or grandparent, and your marital status. If it is possible, avoid contracts, agreements and decisions regarding your public responsibilities.

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March is a ‘big picture’ month. You need to focus on your dreams, visions and spiritual aspirations. Housework can be put aside, or at least be basics-only, while you decide on a course of action that broadens your horizons. This could be study, travel, spiritual education, sporting events or philanthropy. Leo: Health matters trigger changes this month. As you enter a different cycle in your life, it is time to ensure that you have the energy to tackle all that you wish to accomplish. It is possible that you need to rejig your investments or your financial plans as well.  Virgo: The start of March sees Virgos doing some relationship housekeeping. Matters that may have been swept under the carpet need to be reassessed early in the month with a view to taking action later in the month. If your usually sharp mind is somewhat befuddled, take no action until clear. 

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Sometimes it is a good idea to look for signals in life, signs that you are on the right path or symbols that have meaning. Your daily life may be rich with these signals this month. Small animals, birdlife, street signs, car registration plates and suchlike can be significant signposts. Scorpio: March can be a creative month for Scorpios. You can form some very productive connections this month. This could be connected with children, or it could be an artistic pursuit or even a new romance. Short journeys, siblings and neighbours could be sources of inspiration. Say “yes” to new experiences. Sagittarius:  The focus is on your private life. Your personal finances come under scrutiny, as do family matters. Perhaps the two are connected? You may consider changes in your living arrangements, decorating or renovating a home, or perhaps even purchasing a new abode. As such, you need to budget or revise your current budget.

Capricorn: Charles Darwin thought that humans had two competing instincts: self-preservation and the impulse to help or altruism.  Capricorns are likely to be in a state of selfpreservation. So many planets lined up in your Zodiac Sign require that you focus on your own survival first, and then on your own health and happiness. Aquarius: Communication is important this month. How you connect with others, the import of your words and general manner in which you conduct your immediate affairs are highlighted. The serious planet Saturn moves into Aquarius later in the month, heralding a long period of self-reflection and changes to the structures in your life.  Pisces: March is a month of selfgrowth for Pisces. You need to hold a mirror up to your own behaviour, actions and communications. If lessons can be learnt then now is the time. You need to make any necessary changes and move forward focused on your own health and happiness.

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Raising spirits: The good times flowed on February 5 when Foodworks Frankston South hosted a tasting night featuring the world’s best gin and producers from 201719. There were giveaways, plenty of nibbles and an auction and fundraiser for the Victorian bushfire appeal. Photos supplied

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We all know that fresh is best, so aren’t we lucky that the Mornington Peninsula offers some of the most excellent fresh produce around. As autumn approaches, think about staying close to home and supporting our producers who work hard at delivering delicious produce for you to enjoy come rain, hail or shine. Why not tantalise your tastebuds with some juicy strawberries from Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm in Main Ridge, where the goodness just keeps growing, or pick up some spuds from Hawkes

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Farm in Boneo for a taste of paddock-to-plate perfection. Both primary producers having been cultivating for years and continue to offer premium product to Peninsula residents and visitors alike. When you’ve got your ‘sides’ and dessert sorted, head over to Somerville Egg Farm in Moorooduc for wholesome eggs with bright yellow yolks to bring on the baking. With more than 40 years in the egg business, they know what they are doing. Whether you’re making a potato and leek soup, a soufflé or a strawberry daiquiri this autumn, you’ll find the ingredients you need just around your corner. Take a short trip to see just how good your tasting can be with a sample of the Peninsula’s finest.

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Peninsula Made clean green local . . . EVERY WEDNESDAY Main St, Mornington: 9am-3pm between Cromwell and Albert streets. EVERY THURSDAY High St, Hastings: 9-1pm; 40+ stalls; everything homemade, home grown & craft. Plaza Palooza: 9am-4pm, Langwarrin Plaza, Langwarrin EVERY SUNDAY Bittern Community: Bittern station, Frankston-Flinders Rd, Bittern. Over 80 stalls selling new and used goods, crafts, plants, fruit and vegetables. Frankston: 8am-1pm, Sherlock & Hay carpark, Young St, Frankston. SUNDAY MARCH 1 Rosebud Lions Club: First Sunday of month, Rosebud Village Green 7am-2pm SATURDAY MARCH 7 Mt Martha Farmers’ Market: First Sat each month, Mt Martha Community House & parade lawn, 466 Esplanade, Mt Martha, 8.30am–12.30pm, www.mmfm.org.au Point Nepean Portsea Market: Portsea Quarantine Station, Point Nepean National Park, 9am-2pm, $5 parking Redhill Community Market: First Saturday of month, 266 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill 8am-1pm Rosebud West Outdoor Market: First Saturday of month 8.30am-12.30pm; Eastbourne Primary School, Allambie Ave, Rosebud West. Rye Foreshore Rotary Market: First Saturday of month, runs

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all year, opposite Rye Post Office at end of Lyons St, 22572319 Point Nepean Rd, Rye, 7am-1pm. SUNDAY MARCH 8 Bonbeach Farmers’ Market: Second Sunday of month, 8.30am-12.30pm, Bonbeach Primary Mornington Racecourse Craft: Second Sunday of month, Racecourse Rd 9am-2pm. Over 300 stalls with animal farm and face painting for the kids SATURDAY MARCH 14 Crib Point Community Market: Park Rd, Crib Point; second Saturday of month 9am-1pm; market@cpch.org.au Rosebud Community School: Second Saturday of month, Rosebud Primary School, cnr Pt Nepean & Jetty roads. Somerville Saturday Market: Second Saturday of month, 9am1pm; crafts, bric-a-brac, cakes, plants and vegies; 2a Eramosa Rd West, Somerville. SUNDAY MARCH 15 Seaford Farmers’: Third Sunday every month, 8am-1pm, Broughton St Reserve, Station St, Seaford Seaford Handmade Homemade: Third Sunday of month, 10am-3pm, Seaford Scout Hall, Seaford FRIDAY MARCH 20 Mt Martha Farmers and Community Market: Third Friday of the month, Mount Martha Community House, 3-7pm, gold coin donation SATURDAY MARCH 21

Boneo Community: Third Saturday of month, cnr Boneo & Limestone roads. Emu Plains Market: Emu Plains Reserve, Balnarring, twilight market 3-8pm, Pearcedale Farmers Market: Third Saturday of the month, 8am-1pm, Pearcedale Community Centre, Baxter-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale SUNDAY MARCH 22 Mt Eliza Farmers’: Fourth Sunday of month, Mt Eliza Village Green, 9am-1pm The Mount Martha Briars Market: Fourth Sunday of month, The Briars Mt Martha, 9am-2pm SATURDAY MARCH 28 Dromana Community Market: Fourth Saturday of month, 8am-1.30pm, no entry fee, 359 Point Nepean Rd, Dromana, in parklands behind information centre. Little Beauty Market: Beauty Park, Frankston, special makers market, 9am-2pm. Tootgarook Primary School: Fourth Saturday of month, 7.30am-12.30pm. FRIDAY APRIL 3 Soul Night Market – A boutique food/makers market with 60+ stalls. Shop, eat, drink and socialise on a Friday night in Mornington all while listening to live soul music, free entry, Peninsula Community Theatre, Cnr Nepean Hwy & Wilsons Rd, Mornington, 5-9pm, www.soulnightmarket.com

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Winemakers confront the challenges of climate change Terryn and Andrew Hickinbotham have pioneered viticulture and winemaking at Hickinbotham of Dromana since the early 1980s, and their commitment to organic principles and sustainability is as ingrained as their ability to consistently produce award-winning, top-class wines. Now they are being forced to adapt to the challenges of climate change. Andrew explains how they are meeting those challenges and what governments could do to help ensure the future viability of viticulture and agriculture on the Mornington Peninsula. is very keen to encourage the State picking costs and mediocre returns for We are blessed with water Government and Melbourne Water to those growing grapes. on three sides of our ‘Italian consider further improvements in water Will this mean high quality in the winery? boot’, thereby moderating treatment so that this water can be used Well, that’s up to the smoke taint testing. on various crops and grazing lands. Surely the climate so heat peaks are We are told to not lose hope. Continue this must be the single most important the harvest as if everything is normal. mellowed, promising a longer thing on any government agenda to Then send samples of all varieties off to ripening season and leading to improve our region’s productivity. the laboratory to determine if the ‘smoke more balanced flavour profiles One treatment plant at the start of the event days’ have affected the grapes Peninsula could provide as much water as in the grapes. Unlike northern above the threshold level of making the wine, or whether we just leave the grapes we need to improve our lives. climates which propel the grapes ANDREW HICKINBOTHAM on the vine for the birds to feast.

straight to high sugar content and unbalanced acidity, our wines become more moderated between the components of flavour.

Enter vintage 2019. Two hundred tonnes of grapes of 14 different varieties all ripening at the same time and around four weeks earlier than normal; 31 days straight of picking grapes that should have been picked over three months. This inordinate picking was the same in all regions of Australia, which may be why people consider the grape-growing industry the ‘canary in the coal mine’ indicator of climate change. Then comes vintage 2020 and the bushfires. No winter rain to speak of, leading to super-dry subsoil conditions, which bode bad tidings for the growing season, and just as the season changed in December, we hit flowering. A bit like September spring break, but in early December. Cold, wet conditions led to aborted flower fertilisation, resulting in some varieties not being able to conjugate the grape. Consequently, we have small bunches of infertile grapes — as much as 80 per cent less than expected bunch weight, which will deliver crippling Let’s celebrate - Issue 100, MARCH 2020

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As far as ripening goes for this 2020 vintage, by mid-February the grapes hadn’t yet changed colour. A complete reversal of last year’s scenario. The grapes are as much as four weeks behind last year, and picking won’t start until mid-March — which was when we finished last year. Global warming is the overarching issue, but it’s further mitigated by this climate chaos! To alleviate this challenging phenomenon, we have removed some old grapevines and replaced them with southern European varieties such as tempranillo and lagrein. Both varieties are showing amazing promise and resilience to the heat. The wines are intriguing and delicious. The way we prepare for the extreme heat days is to pour as much water on the vines through our irrigation system as possible. This gives the vines essential reserves to allow for excessive transpiration caused by exposure to extreme temperatures. The Eastern Treatment Plant in Bangholme produces 330 million litres of water a day. Much of this is released into the ocean at Gunnamatta from an outfall pipeline that traverses the Peninsula. The Peninsula’s agricultural industry www.morningtonpeninsulamagazine.com.au

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Son continues to rise and shine on international stage The Mornington Peninsula’s whisky newcomer, Chief’s Son Distillery, has made a powerful entry on the world whisky stage with its sixth international award in just 11 months since launching. Barrel number 01 of its ‘900 Standard’ Single Malt Whisky at 49.50% was awarded Best Australian Single Cask – Single Malt Whisky (No Age Statement) in the first round of the 2020 World Whiskies Awards in London on February 6. At the same awards, Chief’s Son also took home a silver for its ‘900 Standard’ Single Malt Whisky at 45.00% per cent in the Australian Single Malt Whisky NAS category. The awards for the World’s Best Single Cask – Single Malt Whisky will be presented on March 26. Late last year, Chief’s Son Distillery won four international awards at two competitions in Hong Kong, including a Masters Award for its ‘900 Standard’ Single Malt Whisky at 60.00% at the Luxury Masters Awards. Owners and distillers Stuart and Naomi McIntosh described their award as “an incredible honour,

especially with the very first barrel we ever filled and within 11 months of launching our whisky to the world”. The distillery’s name comes from the Scottish Gaelic origins of the McIntosh family name – ‘Mhic an Tòisich’, which means ‘Son of the Chief’. The McIntosh signature ‘900’ stamp on the distillery’s core range signifies the nine centuries between the formal establishment of the family name and that of the establishment of the distillery. “During these 900 years, each generation has passed knowledge, experience, love and passion to successive generations,” Stuart said. “Our 900 reference pays homage to our proud ancestors and hails future McIntosh generations. We are all part of the ongoing legend and legacy of whisky and, most importantly, of its connections.” Chief’s Son distils four styles of single malt whisky at its Somerville distillery and bottles them at percentages ranging from 45 per cent to 60 per cent. Its whiskies are available in Mornington Peninsula bottle shops and bars as well as in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra and online at www.chiefsson.com.au

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Autumn is here With autumn fast approaching, red wine and cosy fires will soon be inviting you in at Dromana Estate. After a very hot and dry year, harvest is almost finished and everyone’s busy in the winery working their magic on the 2020 vintage. Open Wednesday to Sunday, the restaurant menu is updated regularly with local seasonal produce and daily specials. The friendly cellar door staff will happily take you through the estate’s wines on tasting, including the newly released Dromana Estate 2019 Rose. The estate will be represented at several upcoming events, including the Wine & Cheese Festival in St Kilda on March 8 and the Peninsula Pinot & Piers Festival on March 8, so make sure you come by and say hello.

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Make it seasonal at Moke Dining There’s a new dining crew in Flinders that’s delivering fresh flavours and innovative ideas. The brainchild of husband and wife team Michael and Alex Cole, Moke Dining is relaxed bespoke deliciousness with a twist of fantastic Flinders coastal country flair. Originally known as Mendi-Moke before being named Flinders by George Bass, this rugged yet refined part of the Mornington Peninsula brings the best of the region’s produce to your tasting table. Chef Michael delivers locally-driven seasonal shared menus, which ebb and flow like the ocean surrounding this beautiful part of the world, while the historic nature of the building – the old Flinders Bakehouse – brings a decidedly secluded charm. Michael explains: “I walked through the door one day and told Alex I had found a place and that she was going to be front of house! We had already been doing a lot of private dinners together and she was so great at talking to everyone that I thought she’d be a natural. She is. It was time to open our own place and so Moke was born.” With room for 40 people inside, a shared menu that changes many times a week or even daily due to what fresh seasonal produce is available, and a drinks list that showcases the best wines and spirits available on the Peninsula, you can see how this sheltered hideaway is going to become a favourite with the locals. With 20 years’ cooking experience and multiple awards, including Australian Chef of the Year in 2017 and 2019, and multiple world tournament competition wins, Michael, Alex and Moke Dining mean business. They’re open Wednesday through Sunday for dinner and Friday, Saturday and Sunday for lunch, with alfresco dining to come later in the year. MOKE DINING A: 60 Cook St, Flinders T: 5900 9848 W: www.mokedining.com.au FB: mokedining INSTA: moke_dining

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IT’S TIME FOR HIGH TEA It’s time to relax, indulge and share the classic tradition of high tea at Woodman Estate. and cream, luscious slices, decadent cakes and desserts, with tea, coffee, espresso and hot chocolates. Of course, there’s no need to save room for dinner! S I G N AT U R E H I G H T E A – W E D N E S D A Y T O S U N D A Y

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Australian chardonnay is simply a delight this time of year, a grape that has made Australia famous and one that excels in the lush hills of the Mornington Peninsula. Even though the variety accounts for half of Australia’s white wine production, it only gained a foothold in the Australian market after quickly taking root from plantings in the 1970s. Today it offers complete diversity and a style for anyone. Here are some local classics that come from our 1970s and ‘80s pioneers. They are perfect when pulled straight from an ice-cold fridge or Esky on the foreshores of this unique Peninsula coast.

Moorooduc Estate Devil Bend Creek Chardonnay 2019 $29 A delicious and centred local chardonnay with good acidity to match, thanks to fruit predominately from Hugh Robinson’s Osborn vineyard not far east of Moorooduc Estate itself. It’s layered with lemon pith, beeswax and salted caramel, and a wild yeast addition adds to a textural mouthfeel. One of the top crowd-pleasers of the varietal category.

Elgee Park Estate Chardonnay 2017 $50 It’s one of the bigger styles in the region, yet coming in at a delightfully drinkable

13% alc from low-altitude old vines in Merricks North and finished with 11 months in French oak and made by the hugely talented Geraldine McFaul. It’s lush, complex and – just like owner Baillieu Myer – a true icon of the region.

Merricks Estate Chardonnay 2017 $32 This is absolutely delicious, thanks to old vines and meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard. There’s lots of further work in the winery, using complexity-building techniques through skin contact, cold settled, barrel fermented, lees work and partial MLF. A fuller style befitting some richer food, but well priced for what it delivers in the glass.

Award-winning restaurant continues its hot streak Red Gum BBQ has been named the Mornington Peninsula regional winner of the Australian Good Food Guide’s Readers’ Choice Awards for the second consecutive year. The award came just two days before the restaurant’s third birthday, and owners Melissa and Martin said they were delighted to join AGFG ‘hatted’ neighbours Ten Minutes by Tractor, Paringa, Lindenderry and Montalto Wineries in creating a diverse, unique and first-class food experience on the Peninsula. “Our restaurant is about the community of people who visit us and sharing,” they said. “We’re about hospitality and connections, and this award speaks to that. We love that this was voted on by the people who have spent time with us and enjoyed their experience. We couldn’t be more proud.” As well as receiving the award last year, Red Gum BBQ has been a Victorian Telstra Business Awards finalist in 2018 and 2019, was a finalist in the Best New Restaurant category of the Restaurant & Catering Awards, and consistently receives Best Food on the Mornington Peninsula by Opentable. Melissa was also named Female Emerging Entrepreneur in 2018. RED GUM BBQ A: 87 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill T: 5989 3156 Open Wednesday-Sunday 11am-9 pm

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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 greaterdandenong.com/tours or phone 8571 1666 and discover Greater Dandenong on a plate.

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Recycle right, says Lizzie When it comes to recycling, Lizzie Dennis knows her cardboard from her crockery, and she’s horrified at what some of us are putting in our blue-lidded bins. As a Mornington Peninsula Shire Recycling Champion, the Somers resident has heard of disposable nappies, smashed cups and plates and even broken electrical items being put out for recycling, and this can have disastrous consequences.

“Life can be busy and sometimes people just don’t pay attention or are confused about what can be recycled and what can’t, but this is really important for our children, the Earth and everyone. We need to show our children that we are willing to do everything in our power to protect their future.”

“People don’t always realise that just one misused recycling bin can contaminate a whole truck, and then the whole load has to go into landfill,” Lizzie says. “That completely cancels out the efforts of their neighbours who have done the right thing.

The Shire is also inspecting recycling bins, with residents who are recycling correctly going into a monthly draw to win a $50 gift voucher.

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Mornington Peninsula Mayor Sam Hearn urged all residents to familiarise themselves with how to use their bins correctly, including rinsing out containers, separating lids from containers and not putting plastic bags or other soft plastics into the recycling bin.

Find out more at mornpen.vic.gov.au/recycling

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The months before Easter are the most popular time of year for kitchen renovations. With the new year over and the day-to-day back in full swing, many people start to consider updating and upgrading their spaces, but many don’t know where to begin. Mornington Peninsula resident Simone Foong, pictured, has worked at IKEA for 14 years and as a kitchen specialist in IKEA Springvale for more than a decade. Her IKEA career began in living rooms, but Simone soon realised her passion was with kitchens and design. She has designed and developed plans for customers all over Melbourne, averaging 500 kitchen plans a year. “I love seeing a customer come in with a photo or idea, and watching that idea come to life through creating their dream solution that is both functional and inspirational,” she said. Simone, who is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese as well as English as her first language, is qualified as an interior designer. She loves creating contemporary

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Fire reimagined for comfort and convenience All Rinnai fireplaces reflect the company’s drive for innovation and performance while delivering on Rinnai’s renowned quality and comfort. The LS series range is no different. By combining leading technology with design inspired by natural landscapes and architecture, Rinnai has reimagined gas fire technology to produce a more beautiful and realistic flame, which is sure to become the talking point of your home.

Rinnai engineers have completely reinvented gas fire technology to achieve even more lifelike flames. Unique to the LS 800 Flametech™, flames emanate from the logs just as they do in real life, producing a more realistic aesthetic. The new technology even extends to the embers, allowing them to glow more brightly and naturally. All in all, these Rinnai gas fires look and feel more like real fires than ever before. Taking inspiration from natural landscapes, Rinnai’s designers created highly realistic wood and stone media for the LS series. These perfectly lifelike ceramics were carefully recreated down to the finest detail to replicate hand-selected driftwood and stones shaped by our rivers and tides.

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Designed to give the feeling of an open fire with the safety of an enclosure, the LS series’ flames are captured in a sleek and virtually frameless space, leaving next to nothing between you and flickering warmth. Experience the stunning new LS series today and it’s sure to become the centrepiece of your home, providing both comfort and convenience during those chilly winter months. Please visit Mr Gasman to view the new Rinnai linear gas fire range. MR GASMAN A: 3 Bruce St, Mornington T: 5977 0006 W: www.mrgasman.com.au INSTA: mrgasman_mornington

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With years of experience in the luxury linen arena, this exceptional ‘service-comes-first’ provider of high-quality linen takes the hassle out of getting away to where the sky meets the sea. The beds are ready as soon as you walk through the door with freshly laundered premiumquality sheets . There’s just nothing for you to do except have fun. Give BayLinen a call to sink into some seriously deluxe dreaming at the end of the day over the duration of your Mornington Peninsula stay. BayLinen makes hiring and laundering premium linen easy. BAYLINEN HIRE & LAUNDRY SERVICES A: 1653 Point Nepean Rd, Capel Sound M: 0438 387 344 W: www.baylinen.com.au Bay Linen Logo_CMYK.pdf

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Grout is the backbone of tiles, but it doesn’t last for ever. While your tiles get dirty and your silicone loses its strength, in many cases floor and wall grout may start to crack or crumble, and the constant presence of moisture causes deterioration and the development of a mouldy shower. In these cases, your existing grout and silicone seals will need to be removed and replaced. Did you know using the wrong cleaning products can actually cause more problems than they fix? Therefore, it’s better for the professional touch, so call owner/operator Jorg from Bayside Grout Solutions to assess and repair your shower. All work is done without removing any tiles and no mess is left behind when the work is completed. BAYSIDE GROUT SOLUTIONS A: Somerville M: 0424 843 358

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TuxLux is a highly regarded and well-known joinery and renovation company that prides itself on highquality finishes and impeccable customer service, with a highly motivated and passionate team who will bring the project of your dreams to life. As a registered building practitioner, TuxLux offers a range of services for your project, including design, bespoke joinery, specification of fixtures and fittings, project management and more. TuxLux predominately specialises in kitchens and bathrooms, and years of experience and quality tradesmen will ensure your project runs on time and on budget. What makes this business unique is the

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hands-on service the TuxLux team provides to their clients, as demonstrated by their five-star reviews. “Renovations shouldn’t be a stressful experience,” says in-house designer Sandra. “We take the project from start to finish and ensure our clients enjoy a seamless experience and a quality product. We love to bring a client’s vision to life through our oneon-one design process.” Specialising in 2pac finishes, TuxLux manufactures in-house and has full control of the process, so the team are able to respond quickly and efficiently to their clients’ needs. Call TuxLux today or visit the showroom and find out how they can service you on your next project! TUXLUX A: 67 Watt Rd, Mornington T: 1800 889 589 W: www.tuxlux.net

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We have fantastic food-growing conditions here on the tip of the Peninsula, and with a little know-how you can grow most of the produce you would normally purchase from the grocer.

Have you ever stopped to think about how much time you actually spend on your sofa? Generally, it is one of the most used items of furniture in our homes. It’s where we kick off our shoes after a long day, where we catch up with friends over a coffee, and where we cuddle up with our loved ones for a movie marathon. A sofa can completely transform the look and feel of a room. It is one of the most meaningful purchases we will make for our homes, so it makes sense that it should be a perfect fit – a bespoke item. Our friends at Plush - The Sofa Specialists are here to help you transform your home this season. All Plush sofas are handcrafted and feature Plush’s 10-year Peace of Mind Warranty®. With a variety of styles, configurations, and covers to choose from, it’s easy to build your perfect sofa in three simple steps. Head into Plush’s Frankston showroom to ask about Plush Shield® to protect your sofa from accidental spills; and Breatheclear® to provide your family longlasting protection against common asthma and allergy triggers. Chat to a sofa specialist today at www.Plush.com.au, or head into the Plush showroom to feel real comfort. PLUSH — THINK SOFAS A: Frankston Power Centre, Shop 6, 111 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston T: 9770 2922 W: www.plush.com.au ( 154 Everything we love about the peninsula, fresh every month

Making use of some of our garden space to grow our own food is becoming more and more popular, and it’s no surprise really. In a current climate of rising fruit and vegetable costs and concerns over conventional agricultural practices, there is an increased awareness of the benefits of growing some of your food at home. And the benefits are many, not least being the ability to harvest fresh, clean fruit, vegetables and herbs straight from the garden. However, it is important for many people to know that incorporating an edible garden into their landscape will not affect the structure and aesthetic of their property. Just as the awareness of increasing local native plantings has risen in recent years, so too has the understanding that, through thoughtful design, you can grow much of your food at home while maintaining and generally enhancing the attractive qualities of your landscape. Fruit trees, perennial vegetables and herbs can all be used as feature plants in your gardens while providing you with large quantities of delicious produce. And with a number of raised or inground beds dedicated to annual vegetables, you can provide your family – and friends – with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegies all year round. As we head into autumn, gazing towards the sky in the hope of some more consistent rain, it is important to know that our gardens very much rely on us to provide them with water. And if we cross our fingers and hope, then our plants let us

know pretty quickly. The regularity of our watering regimen is dependent on how well prepared the garden soil is or how much water-holding capacity it has. Basically, the more open and sandier your soil, the quicker any water you provide will drain away. If you haven’t planted all of your cooler-season vegetables yet and you think your soil may be on the poorer quality side of the ledger, consider rejuvenating now. Additions of homemade or purchased compost is the easiest way to begin the repair of the vital soil structure that will help you grow strong plants. There are many more options open to the home gardener, and it is well worth reading further about your soil, because getting this right is the most important aspect of producing healthy, nutritious crops. For those newly on their food-growing journey, now is a good time to plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale. The Asian greens like bok choy, pak choy and mizuna can also be planted throughout this period, as can snow peas, kohl rabi, broad beans and mustard greens. Of course, you can also continue to plant all-year crops of lettuces, spring onions, leeks and, in frost-free areas, potatoes. And don’t forget the garlic. It’s one of the easiest crops you will grow, and certainly one of the most rewarding because it doesn’t take much effort at all to grow a full year’s worth of garlic.

HAPPY GARDENING!

Drew Cooper, Edible Gardens www.ediblegardens.com.au

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Your home becomes the heart of your adventure this season, as the days become shorter and the nights are cooler. Create that homey feel with new season collections at OZ Design Furniture. The Sussex sofa exudes comfort and style and lends itself to multiple styles of the home. Fill your space with warm winter essentials such as throws, cushions and décor that

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are rich in texture and detail. Keep your colour palette neutral with hints of moody elements to create your winter space. View OZ Design’s collections and create a home like no other this season at OZ Design Furniture Mornington. OZ DESIGN FURNITURE A: Showroom D4, Peninsula Home, 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington T: 8560 1137 W: www.ozdesignfurniture.com.au FB: OZDesignFurniture INSTA: ozdesignfurniture

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Dollar Curtains + Blinds’ new Zipscreen outdoor blind is the ultimate external screening solution for any outdoor area or window. Offering privacy and protection all year round, this outdoor blind will keep you shielded from the elements and insects regardless of the season. Whether it be an alfresco area, pergola, or veranda, the Zipscreen is the perfect addition to any outdoor entertaining space. Your customdesigned system can be made by Dollar Curtains + Blinds in widths up to 5.5m, offering you an external solution to fit almost any area. Breakthrough Z-lock technology provides a unique fabric guide, fastening and securing the welded zip and fabric concealed within the side channels and creating a strong, smooth and streamlined blind. This also ensures no gap between the fabric screen and side channels and a secure guided movement that won’t blow out in the wind. A total seal is provided

with this technology along with bottom sealing strips that help create a relaxing, insect-free environment. Invisibly integrated, Ultra-lock patented technology seamlessly reinforces your outdoor blind for reduced movement and an ultrasmooth fabric finish. This perfectly secures your blind automatically without an external lock or latch, and utilises an in-built, self-correcting system to ensure your blind evenly clicks in place. Contact DC+B’s Mornington or Moorabbin stores today for your free in-home measure and quote. They are open Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm, Saturdays 9am-5pm and Sundays 10am-4pm. And if you’re building a new home, DC+B can also assist you with free quotes off house plans. DOLLAR CURTAINS + BLINDS A: Shop C4, Peninsula Home, 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington T: 5975 3655 A: Store 15, Kingston Central Plaza, 288 Centre Dandenong Rd, Moorabbin Airport T: 9566 8200 FB: dollarcurtainsandblinds INSTA: dollarcurtainsandblinds

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Pool registration is a real lifesaver Do you have a pool or spa? Then it’s time to register it with Mornington Peninsula Shire. Under new safety standards introduced by the State Government, you’re required to register your pool or spa by June 1. A one-off registration fee will be required: $79 if your pool or spa was built before December 1 last year, or $31.80 if it was built after that date. Failing to register is an offence that currently attracts a $330.44 fine. After registering, you’ll receive a letter from the Shire confirming the next step: getting your pool or spa barrier checked by a qualified surveyor. You will then be required to engage a registered building surveyor or building inspector to inspect and certify your pool or spa’s safety barrier every four years. The fee to lodge the Certificate of Compliance is $20.40. Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Sam Hearn said: “These new requirements introduced by the State Government are designed to save the lives of young children through improving compliance with safety barrier requirements.” To register and learn more, visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/poolregister

It might have been safe once, it doesn’t mean it’s safe now

New safety standards have been introduced by the state government to improve pool and spa barrier safety. You must register your pool or spa with the Mornington Peninsula Shire by 1 June 2020.

You can have a safe and compliant pool or spa barrier in four easy steps: Step 1: register your pool or spa Step 2: get your pool or spa barrier checked by a qualified surveyor

Step 3: undertake required works to make pool or spa barrier compliant Step 4: have your pool or spa barrier certified

Forms will also be made available to complete in hard copy at the Shire’s offices in Rosebud, Mornington, Hastings and Somerville.

Failure to comply carries a penalty of $330.44 To register and learn more visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/poolregister

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Let Keith design your garden of Eden Keith Edwards has been involved in the landscape industry for more than 40 years, working on both residential and commercial projects. In recent years, Keith worked for one of Australia’s largest online gardening clubs, heading up its garden design business. Keith now works solely as a landscape consultant, designing gardens and landscapes for private clients right across Australia. His unique approach sees Keith’s designs come to life in beautiful handdrawn plans, fully specified with full botanical nomenclature. Keith provides on-site garden consultations, working one-on-one with clients and providing a personalised experience.

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As a result of his 40 years’ industry experience, Keith has the ability to access and recommend a large and diverse collection of passionate landscapers and plant brokers, including recommendations for driveway and pool construction. Keith has a passion for sustainable and edible gardens and spends his spare time in his own garden with his grandchildren, enjoying the abundance of fruit and vegetables he grows. If you’d like to transform your property with a garden that’s the envy of your neighbours, give Keith a call today. KE LANDSCAPE CONSULTANT A: Mt Eliza M: 0408 355 307 W: www.keithedwards.com.au INSTA: ke_landscape_consultant

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Stop summer heat and glare with Camerons Blinds & Awnings Would you like to use your outdoor entertainment area all year round regardless of Melbourne’s everchanging weather? Is your home heating up from the harsh sun pouring through your windows? With a custom madeto-measure shade solution from Camerons Blinds & Awnings, you’ll be protected every season. As Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula’s Folding Arm Awnings experts, Camerons Blinds & Awnings can create a cool and shady zone for your home. Also ideal for cafés, restaurants and pubs, Folding Arm Awnings are available to suit your budget in a huge range of colours and hi-tech fabrics providing protection from UV rays, sun, glare and rain. Owners Norm and Lisa Lees say their customers love Folding Arm Awnings for their versatility, designer looks and ease of operation. You can choose from manually operated or motorised awnings;

for motorised options, the choice of a wind and sun sensor will ensure your Folding Arm Awning remains safe by retracting when necessary, and they can be operated with the touch of a button or even via your Google Home. Camerons offers a free no-obligation measure and quote, and all awnings and blinds are custom-made by Camerons’ specialist manufacturing team and professionally installed by trained and highly experienced fitters to ensure safety and satisfaction. Whether you’re searching for sun or rain protection for your home or business, Camerons also manufactures and installs an extensive range of other outdoor and indoor solutions that are custom-designed to protect your windows, doors, glass roof conservatories and alfresco areas. If you would like to try Camerons Blinds & Awnings’ Folding Arm Awning range, along with the huge product range of awnings, blinds, canopies, shades and shutters custommade locally in their factory, you can visit the showroom in Carrum Downs from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, or Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

CAMERONS BLINDS & AWNINGS A: 3/700 Frankston-Dandenong Rd, Carrum Downs T: free call 1800 GOOD AWNING (1800 8787 7900) W: www.cameronsblinds.com.au

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Promoting a clean, green peninsula

Mount Martha fast becoming a plastic-free place Plastic Free Places is a national program run by Boomerang Alliance, which works with community members and councils to help reduce single-use plastic packaging. The spokeswoman for the initiative on the Mornington Peninsula, Birte Moliere, from Waste Wise Mornington Peninsula, explains: “The Plastic Free Places trial kicked off in November last year in Mount Martha and has been a great success so far. We are planning to be the first Victorian

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precinct to complete this trial. Seventeen eager businesses who are all committed to phasing out traditional fossil fuel-based single-use plastic items signed up for the program and many of them have already made their first swaps. “Customers have been encouraged to bring their own containers for deli and meat items, discounts have been given for those who bring their own coffee cups, and swapping over to more sustainable takeaway items such as compostable cutlery or takeaway containers have been achieved. While existing stock levels will need to be depleted, the businesses are all on their journeys and committing to switching as they require new stock.” This is awesome news because the importance of making a start is sometimes undervalued. Birte continues: “It’s been invaluable to be part of this program as there is so much green wash – when a company spends more time on marketing themselves as environmentally friendly rather than minimising their environmental impact – out there.” This grass-roots program is supported by a wide range of groups, including Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group, Beach Patrol, Boomerang Alliance, Boomerang Bags, Dolphin Research Institute, Mount Martha Life Saving Club, RAW Travel and Waste Wise Mornington Peninsula. The initiative also incorporates the Peninsula’s Last Straw program started by Josie Jones. Based on the last check, Mount Martha Village is almost plastic straw-free, with one more business to make the switch. Birte concludes: “Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has been very supportive of the Plastic Free Places trial in Mount Martha and is planning to support the continued roll-out of the program across the Peninsula. Next precincts may include Mornington and Mount Eliza.” For more information, check out the Facebook page @ WasteWisePeninsula/

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