Mornington Peninsula Magazine March 2022

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Accidental leader Rosie Batty is asking questions

In Conversation Casual chats with Peninsula people

During lockdown last year, former Australian of the Year and domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty reassessed her work and considered how she could challenge herself. Rosie’s public speaking came to a standstill thanks to COVID, but a golden opportunity to host the ABC interview program One Plus One arose. From February 24, Rosie began presenting a special eight-part series speaking with accidental leaders – people who unexpectedly found themselves forging new paths and inspiring others to make change. Nikki Fisher caught up with her. The guests in this series have all, like yourself, inadvertently found themselves in leadership roles advocating for major social change. What has been a highlight and a hardship of becoming an accidental leader? The highlight has been meeting inspiring people and travelling to remote places. Going from my home on the Mornington Peninsula to being in the Tiwi Islands or to Alice Springs, meeting town camp women and all the frontline workers who have been working in this space for years, I learnt so much. Feeling heard and being able to influence politicians, prime ministers and the most influential CEOs in the country about family violence has been rewarding. The hardship is the lack of anonymity. Once you become a public figure, people have an opinion and sometimes it’s hurtful. People have thought I’m seeking to benefit out of my son’s death, or that I’m not really grieving, or that I didn’t do enough to protect him. In 2018 you stepped down from being CEO of the Luke Batty Foundation to focus on self-care, and the foundation has closed. What have you learnt about the importance of self-care? Stepping away was very hard. Initially I felt a sense of failure, but I had some trusted people who reassured me. I felt like I was grieving the loss of Luke all over again. So I drove to Somers Beach every day and took really long walks just to be with my feelings. I did just enough advocacy work to keep me engaged but not overloaded. I realised I needed to plan things to look forward to and that I wanted to be fitter and healthier. I had been self-soothing with alcohol and took this time to put healthier balances in place.


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Photo: ABC Grief and how to live with it isn’t given much airtime. What has sustained you through the immense loss and grief you have experienced? The big thing about grief is people don’t understand that anger is part of grief. There are a lot of things people don’t expect to see from you. I was struggling with PTSD and I was so swept up in saving the world I didn’t realise I was avoiding the deeper levels of grief that I had to go to. I felt the pain I was feeling was as much as I could bear. During COVID I was forced, like a lot of people, to sit alone for extended periods of time. I couldn’t avoid those stages of grief that I still had to go through. You really need the support of your family, and unfortunately all of my family are based in the UK, but they’ve supported me from afar as best they can, and my family have come over when they’ve been able to. What does International Women’s Day mean to you? It’s usually quite a busy time for me. My story is inspiring to people. It’s a celebration of just how amazing women are. Coming together to hear inspiring women speak strengthens you, learning from each other and drawing from each other’s strengths. It’s a time to celebrate the opportunities we can embrace that previous generations of women didn’t have or struggled to have or fought for. One Plus One screens on Thursdays at 9.30pm on ABC TV and ABC iView. mornington PENINSULA


A history-lover’s guide to the Mornington Peninsula For more than 30 years, Mount Martha resident Malcolm Gordon taught history and geography at secondary schools in Victoria, New Zealand, and London. It’s no surprise then that his love of these subjects shines through in his new book A Never Ending Journey – The Story of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Malcolm spent three years researching his 300-page book. “I’ve always been interested in the history of the Peninsula,” he says, “and I decided now that I’ve retired I’d put together a really good coverage of its history, including geological evolution, and then its broad history, including Aboriginal history, European history, natural history, wildlife, marine life, flora and fauna, climate and more.” The content of the book is divided into two parts. Part one is dedicated to history and covers a wide range of topics, from the history of racing and thoroughbreds to the history of vineyards and wineries, and other land uses through the ages such as dairy farming and beekeeping. In part two Malcolm writes about the four distinct regions: Peninsula Gateway and Mornington, Western Port, Hill Country, and Southern Peninsula.



Malcolm sourced material through historical societies, State Library Victoria, National Library of Australia, and interviews with Boon Wurrung Elder Dr Carolyn Briggs and other academics and historians. Black and white historical photos show what the Peninsula was like before


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the residential population grew and tourism boomed. Full colour contemporary photographs by celebrated Peninsula photographers including Yanni Dellaportas and others feature. “I had maps drawn for the book and I’ve also included reproductions of paintings and sketches by artist Joan Bognuda.” As comprehensive as Malcolm’s book is, he says: “I’m hoping my book will be a catalyst for people to look a bit further because I still feel I’ve only just scratched the surface. There’s a lot more history out there.” A Never Ending Journey – The Story of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is available at bookshops, newsagencies and specialty stores on the Peninsula, including Farrells Bookshop, Flinders General Store and Dromana Information Centre. NIKKI FISHER


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New York fashion designer Lindsay Nicholas has lived and worked all over the world, but the Mornington Peninsula captured her heart when she met her Australian husband 12 years ago and they had a holiday house in Blairgowrie. “The Peninsula is the first place I escape to when I’m not working,” Lindsay says. “When I was designing my Melbourne store last year, I worked with interior designer Nicole Rutherford, who lives on the Peninsula and brought so much to the project. Nicole took the building from a shell to a luxurious space.” Lindsay was born in Boston but has lived most of her adult life in New York, where she opened her first store. “We ended up moving to Melbourne and I was accepted into the Australian Fashion Council’s incubator program called Curated. My mentor through the AFC said, ‘You really need to bring the business back here’. I moved it back in November 2019, which was perfect timing because I don’t know that I would have a business now if it were running out of New York for the last two years.” Last month Lindsay opened her Melbourne store, Lindsay Nicholas New York, on Little Collins St. Opening a bricks and mortar store in the midst of a pandemic is a bold move but one that Lindsay believes in. “I’m a firm believer in physical retail and I think my customer really wants to touch and feel the product. The fabrics are really considered; the details are there. It’s one thing to have a global presence online but what really sings to me is customers being in store.” While Lindsay’s designs appeal to women aged 17 to 80, she says: “Our client sweet spot is what we call ‘the cool 50’ – women in their 50s that are under-served by other labels. The way you want to dress as you get older changes, and you don’t want to be wearing what our parents and grandparents wore when they were 50. It was much more conservative. I’m definitely on the minimalist scale but I like to make pieces that push women to the edge of their comfort zone but don’t take them over. My pieces are intelligent and elegant but also daring.” Lindsay Nicholas fell in love with the Peninsula when she met her husband here.


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Meet local lawyer Hayley Najim Local wills and estates lawyer Hayley Najim understands the importance of having solid foundations to support women in business. As a member of marshalls+dent+wilmoth, Hayley has access to exceptional resources while overseeing the firm’s thriving Mornington office. Hayley understands the importance of striking the right balance for her clients. “It’s critical to understand how estate planning issues and laws can impact businesses in various local industries, including food, wine, tourism and agriculture,” she said. “My clients depend on my knowledge of their operations, and I’m supported by an innovative and respected law firm with a talented legal team. “It’s impossible to fully understand how a community functions unless you’re part of it. Supporting the growth and success of local businesses is critical, and MDW gives me the tools and resources I need to provide meaningful legal services. Voluntary work also underpins many community activities, and I’m proud to volunteer for the Salvation Army Community Wills Day and as vice-president of Business Network International’s Mornington chapter.” Hayley’s many satisfied clients prove her excellent skills as a lawyer. However, a legal career wasn’t always on her radar. After studying classical flute at university and becoming a music teacher, she was an adviser to a federal politician. Hayley studied law in her limited spare time, such was her dedication to establishing a legal career. There was also a lengthy stint in Melbourne indie-pop band Best Wishes. Through these experiences, Hayley developed valuable skills in careful hard work, attention to detail, exceptional communication, persistence, learning quickly, optimism and resilience. Hayley’s talent and skills haven’t gone unnoticed by her colleagues. MDW principal Jeffrey Pinch said: “Hayley’s skills are diverse, and her value to our Mornington clients is obvious. She excels at understanding her clients’ needs and anticipating issues.” MDW works with you to understand your wishes and provide tailored estate planning advice to help you plan for the future. They advise on a range of estate planning strategies appropriate for you and your business.

To find out more, phone the Mornington office on (03) 5973 6919 or visit Level 1, 2/26 McLaren Place, Mornington VIC 3931

Experience Scandinavia’s passion for comfort Hello beautiful autumn! The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale. There is no better time than autumn to begin forgetting the things that trouble us, allowing them to fall away while relaxing in a luxurious IMG recliner. IMG seamlessly integrates elegance, comfort and function to create the perfect recliner and sofa, and all are produced with carefully selected materials that ensure optimum performance, support and durability. Every element of the IMG design has been researched and engineered with a focus on both functionality and comfort, backed by a 10-year warranty so you can rest assured that you have invested in state-of-the-art Scandinavian-inspired furniture that lasts. Recliner construction incorporates fully steel-sprung frames and cold-cured moulded foam to deliver

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



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Rosie Batty the accidental leader Now Rosie is asking the questions

Family reunion plan Learn how this family got inventive during border closures

The tale of Dood and Sookie Read about these bananafaced beauties

Page 48 The nippers of Point Leo The nippers celebrate 40 years

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Page 118 Snag a sausage This year’s Red Hill Show will sizzle with the launch of the Golden Sausage Award


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International Women’s Day 20 pages celebrating our business and community leaders plus all the events

Rosebud, Capel Sound, Boneo We showcase some fabulous businesses in these areas

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Shop, taste, indulge See our special feature on Mount Eliza

The Great Aussie Hike It’s on April 1-2, volunteers wanted, read all about it

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Homes with an adventurous sense of being Discover endless options at Lifestiles Design Studio in Mornington

Repreive for spider crabs Josie Jones talks about the work at Rye Pier and its effect on spider crabs


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Main pic: Lindsay Nicholas is a New York fashion designer now calling the peninsula home see page 8 Top row: The Peninsula Picnic is back, see page 82. Tanya George will feature at the Pig & Whistle on Sunday March 6 see page 59. Bottom row: Peninsula Home Hospice Unframed Art Auction, finally it’s on, see page 83. Richard Cornish interviews Kevin Nguyen from Le Feu in Mornington, see pages 120-121. @MornPenMag @MtElizaVillageMag @eatdrinkMornPen

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Chisholm’s psychology degree an Australian first Chisholm’s Higher Education College has launched a new Bachelor of Psychology and an Associate Degree in Psychology. The course is the first in Australia designed to be accessible to any students who have completed a diploma in any course from any registered training organisation in Australia. Under Chisholm’s Pathways Degree framework, students who have any Australian diploma can apply for automatic entry into their second year of the degree, meaning there is no requirement to apply for credit. Entry-level diploma students will be qualified with an Associate Degree in Psychology in one year and a Bachelor of Psychology in two years. This means if students have a diploma in any field – for example, community services, mental health, sport, engineering, health, business and so on – it will count as the first year of their psychology degree. The course will allow students to gain a wide range of transferrable skills, including numeracy, digital literacy, teamwork, communication and analysis, launching them on to their chosen career path. Dean of Chisholm Higher Education College Dr Andrew Bridges said: “Psychology is a great foundation to open opportunities into a wide variety of areas such as early childhood, education, sport, nursing, business or human resources.

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Dr Fahad Hanna lectures students at Chisholm’s Berwick campus. Not all people who study psychology go on to become registered psychologists or work in mental health. “The Bachelor of Psychology complements Chisholm’s range of higher education courses, such as our Bachelor of Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs and our Graduate Certificate in Family Violence.”

The unique pathway structure will benefit students across Melbourne’s southeast and Mornington Peninsula regions. The course is being offered at Chisholm’s state-of-the-art Frankston campus in a blended online approach. To find out more, go to au/studyHE or scan this QR code to start chasing your degree today.

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When Holly Hebe’s fingers move across the piano keys, listeners are treated to the enchanting music of this Mornington Peninsula-based songwriter and producer. Holly’s sound is that of experimentation, with lots of indie pop influences and self-produced samples. Inspired by such artists as Clairo, James Blake and Maggie Rogers, Holly chats to MAXON from MP Music Network. Tell us about yourself and what you do. I’m 20 years old and a songwriter/producer from the Peninsula. For the past year I’ve been really pushing my solo project and playing with my amazing band Blue Tuesdays, who have been backing me for all my gigs around Melbourne. I love playing the piano. That’s my absolute No.1. I recently bought a piano off Facebook marketplace to have outside under the veranda to paint and play. Since my final few years of high school I’ve been really focusing on music production and recording, hoping to take this further this year and start producing artists other than myself. When did you know you wanted to be a musician? I’ve never had any other career path in mind, to be honest. When I was just starting out with the piano, I couldn’t get enough of it, and it’s become one of the most constant things in my life. Wherever I end up it will definitely be music-related. I think it’s in the moments where I’m just playing or singing to myself alone at the piano that I really know that this is something I’ll always be doing. Tell us more about your writing process and where you find your inspiration. Writing and finding ideas happens very spontaneously for me. I often read a word in a book or on a sign when I’m driving and it somehow triggers an idea or a metaphor for a song and it usually goes from there. I seem to mostly write hooks first and produce and write as I go. I take ideas straight to the piano and play around with them, voice-memoing everything so I don’t forget my train of thought. Writing lyrics is one of my favourite things to do. There’s so much power in saying big things in small amounts of words. The past couple of years have been rough on people working in the music industry. What have you done to sustain your mental health and well-being? I’ve really leant on songwriting in the past few years. I think COVID definitely affected my physical world dramatically, as it did for everyone, but in terms of creativity and keeping myself motivated mentally I really stripped things back and enjoyed time at the piano. I also tried my best to make the most of the spare time and improving my production skills. I did lots of painting too, and random creative projects to change things up forward to collaborating with more people, travelling when I can and playing gigs as much as possible. and keep myself occupied. Can’t wait! What does Holly Hebe have on the horizon for the rest of 2022? Find Holly on Instagram @hollyhebe and Facebook @hollyhebemusic 2022 is looking so fun. I kicked it off with a festival slot at Loch Hart Music Holly Hebe is a member of the MP Music Network. For further Festival, which was so good, and now I’m focusing on getting ready my information about musicians, events or to get involved, visit the MPMN next couple of singles to be released throughout the year. Really looking Instagram page @mpmusicnetwork or website

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Carmel and Brian Russell inspect the memorial sculpture in honour of their daughter, Natalie.

Flowers For Nat wins dad’s admiration The father of a murdered Frankston student has described a memorial sculpture unveiled in her honour as “absolutely beautiful”. Brian and Carmel Russell and other family members recently joined representatives from Frankston City Council and Peninsula Kingswood Golf Club for the unveiling of the sculpture to remember Natalie Russell, who was murdered in 1993 on her way home from school. The path she and many other students took to and from school was named Nat’s Track in her honour in 1999. The bronze sculpture, called Flowers For Nat, was created by Joanna Rhodes, and was paid for by the council and installed at the Skye Rd entrance to Nat’s Track in consultation with Natalie’s family. It features a schoolbag adorned with 17 everlasting daisies to celebrate Natalie’s 17 years of life. “We think it’s absolutely beautiful,” Mr Russell said. “It could not be more expressive. It tells the tale of an innocent schoolgirl going to and from school. I am impressed with the whole upgrade to Nat’s Track. It’s fantastic and been worth the wait.”

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Pictured clockwise from left: Turquoise Bay near Exmouth; Ned, Blair and Jorja, with rescue dog Dave, stretch their legs at Bullara Station; Ned’s catch of the day at Dampier Peninsula; WA’s hard border is expected to be lifted on March 3.

Jorja Crowe and her family are used to FIFO (flyin fly-out) life. Her husband Blair has worked in mining for the past 15 years, spending two weeks working interstate and two weeks at home on the Mornington Peninsula every month. That was until Western Australia closed its border in 2020 due to COVID restrictions.

compromise. The new plan was to live in a caravan and explore WA for a year, and Blair would meet them wherever they were on his weeks off. “We were granted an exemption through Blair’s work. It meant we could see Blair on his weeks off and make it really fun for the kids. It had always been a dream of ours to do a family trip around Australia, but it had never eventuated. Now was our chance.”

Blair was in WA when the border closed, and if he’d left to see his family, he would not have been able to get back in. The family struggled their way through being apart for that year. Their eldest, Flynn, was in her final year of VCE and their twins, Ned and Piper, were in Year 10. It was tough for everyone. They needed a plan if the border remained closed, which it did.

In February last year, Jorja, Ned, Piper and their rescue dog Dave set off in a 4WD and caravan bound for WA. Flynn decided not to join them on the trip, instead going to stay with her grandparents in Queensland to focus on remote learning for her first year of uni.

“FIFO workers were offered relocation packages, which meant we could get an exemption to move over there and be together,” Jorja says. “If we relocated, we had to commit to being there for two years. We couldn’t get our kids to commit; they weren’t interested in relocating at their ages.” So the family got creative and came up with a

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Jorja describes the year on the road as “the bittersweet trip of a lifetime” – bittersweet because they could now see Blair but without Flynn, and bittersweet knowing Victoria was in lockdown while they were having an adventure. “Sometimes I was reluctant to post photos on social media because everyone was in lockdown back home. A friend said to me, ‘This is your reality and you’re doing this for your husband and family, so don’t be ridiculous’.”

One of the many standout memories from their trip happened while staying at the Vic River Roadhouse in the Northern Territory. “Ned went fishing and snagged a young crocodile. The crocodile popped up out of the water and started squawking like a baby bird. We’d only just been saying, ‘I wonder how many crocodiles are in this river’. Ned said, ‘From what I can see there’s maybe five’. As the young crocodile squawked, about 20 crocs came up out of the river. It was crazy!” Last December, Jorja and the twins headed back to the Peninsula via Queensland, picking up Flynn and her boyfriend Seth on the way. They arrived home in time for Christmas – and promptly caught COVID. “We had rented our house out for the year, so when we got back we stayed in the caravan in a friend’s garden. Ned and Flynn caught COVID so we had to set up a quarantine camp under the carport.” At the time of writing, Blair is still in WA separated from his family like many others. However, WA Premier Mark McGowan has announced the hard border will end on March 3. Here’s to families being reunited. NIKKI FISHER mornington PENINSULA


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A popular ocean liner of the early 1900s

At the start of the 20th century, one of the most popular ships for a passage to or from the UK was the Orient Liner s.s. Omrah. Her first visit to Melbourne was on March 15, 1899, while on her maiden voyage from the UK. The daily papers reported the names of the rich and famous arriving on the latest liner and very often she was the ship chosen for the passage. The Omrah usually made three return voyages between the UK and Australia each year, taking about five weeks for the passage and spending about a month on the coast, calling at most capital cities. Until World War I she was often chosen by vice-regal representatives, including State Governors, for passages to and from Australia and was often chosen over local ships for passages between Australian ports. She was also popular

with sportsmen, carrying many sporting teams and sporting champions to and from the UK. Theatrical personalities also chose the Omrah to carry them to Australia and home after their tours. Along with celebrities, she brought large numbers of immigrants in her cheaper accommodation.

As well as passengers, the Omrah also carried the mail and much valuable cargo in both directions, including tea loaded in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and thousands of cases of fresh, dried and canned

Australian fruit. Her refrigerated chambers, which were capable of stowing 40,000 carcasses of lamb or mutton, were usually full, and in 1900 she carried almost 800 tons of butter in her holds. She frequently carried valuable cargoes of gold. In May 1906 she left Fremantle carrying gold valued at £100,000 (about $100 million today). In August 1914 the Omrah was leased by the Commonwealth Government and sailed with the first troop convoy from Australia in WWI. She returned to her

s.s. Omrah was one of the most popular liners on the UK to Australia service before World War I. Photo: Allan C Green, 1878-1954; State Library of Victoria

former route until January 1917, when she sailed with Convoy 29 carrying troops to the UK. While on passage to Alexandria in May 1918, with 600 troops aboard, she was torpedoed by a U-boat and sank in about an hour. Fortunately only two lives were lost. An excellent, large builders’ model of the Omrah is displayed at the Seaworks museum at Williamstown. MAURIE HUTCHINSON President, Peninsula Ship Society T: 9787 5780 E: The Peninsula Ship Society usually meets at Hastings Yacht Club on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10am. Visitors are welcome depending on COVID-19 regulations. Evidence of double vaccination is required by the Hastings Yacht Club.

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Keep it simple, says film festival judge Fans of the TV prison drama series Wentworth will remember actor Kate Atkinson as prison officer Vera Bennett, a role she landed in Season 1 and made her own over the eight successful seasons of the award-winning program. “Wentworth was such a gift of a job with a gorgeous bunch of people,” Kate says. “It was definitely time to hang up my uniform, though. Finishing was the quintessential blessing and curse, but there’s something liberating about walking away too.” The crime and justice theme continued in Kate’s next role after Wentworth when she played Sydney con artist Melissa Caddick in Underbelly: Vanishing Act, set to screen later this year. This month Kate will switch sides of the camera when she sits alongside industry

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colleagues Madeleine West, Michaela Banas, Anthony Hayes, Toby Truslove and Lachy Hulme to judge the Peninsula Short Film Festival and unearth the next generation of filmmaking talent. “I’m full of admiration for people who get short films made,” she says. “It’s a tricky format done on the smell of an oily rag. To even get your ducks in a row to get a short film made, I think, is cause for celebration. Given how little support there is for short films, I really think it’s an amazing festival for that reason.”


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Leo on show and Lions fundraiser The constellation Orion is gradually sinking out of view, so make the most of it before it disappears. Leo is very much still on show and can be found sitting high in the northern part of the sky. Not far away from Leo, a little lower in the northwest, are the brightest stars of the constellation Gemini, Castor and Pollux. See if you can find 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. The constellation Vela, the Sails, was once part of a larger constellation called Argo Navis, the Ship. Vela can be found near the other parts of the ship, notably the constellations Carina, the Keel, and Puppis, the Stern. With a good pair of binoculars, you can view the open cluster known as the Southern Pleiades (IC 2602). Just north of the Southern Pleiades is the glowing region NGC 3372 that’s visible to the unaided eye. Also known as the Carina Nebula, it is beautiful when observed through a small telescope. ADVERTISEMENT

This month we will see a few conjunctions, starting with Venus and Mars on March 13. Then on March 28 is a conjunction of the moon, Venus, Mars and Saturn, followed by a conjunction of Venus and Saturn on March 30. The Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society is holding a Musical Stargazing Night on Saturday, March 26. The event is a fundraiser for the Cranbourne Lions Concert Band and MPAS, so all attendees over the age of 16 will need tickets. Buy yours via our website at There is a telescope door prize to win, a raffle, an astronomy talk about humans in space, and answers to questions you probably never considered, as well as a trivia contest including music, astronomy and general knowledge questions. It’s at the Mount Martha Observatory at The Briars. Tickets are limited and bookings are necessary, so don’t miss out. For more information about MPAS, event bookings, memberships and more, visit the society’s Facebook page or its website at NERIDA LANGCAKE, Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society

PICTURED: One of most recognisable sights in the night sky, the aptly named Horsehead Nebula – also known as Barnard 33 – is a small dark nebula in the constellation Orion about 1375 light-years from Earth. It’s located just to the south of Alnitak, the easternmost star of Orion’s Belt, and is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. To its left is the Flame Nebula, designated NGC 2024 and Sh2-277. An emission nebula in Orion, it is 900-1500 light-years away. Photo: MPAS member Guido Tack

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The adventures of Dood and Sookie Artist Georgie Wilson and graphic designer Chris Liem encounter mixed reactions when the creative couple walk their bull terriers Sookie and Dood at their local beach in Rye. “People are either 100 per cent petrified when they see our dogs – though that is a small minority – or they have an anecdote about how they had a bull terrier when they were kids, or their neighbour had one, and they were always the friendliest dogs,” Georgie says. “They’re really a misunderstood breed. We love them because they’re super family-oriented.” Georgie and Chris’s children – Sunny, 12, and Dusty, 6 – have grown up with the dogs. “It’s been such a beautiful friendship with the kids because we’ve had the dogs since the kids were little. They’re such family dogs. The more attention you give them, the more they love back. And the dogs are so indestructible. We have photos of Dusty sitting on the dogs’ back watching TV, straddling them like she’s sitting on a horse. She dresses them up; she even puts make-up on them and they don’t care.” Bull terriers’ reputation for being aggressive dates back to the 1800s when they were originally bred from bulldogs and various terriers to be combat dogs. Thankfully, combat dogs have been outlawed and bull terriers are now bred as companion dogs. “We


got Sookie and Dood from a breeder in Cranbourne who breeds them for their family-oriented temperament. There’s a massive waiting list at this breeder and they carefully choose who the puppies will go to. Because we already had Sookie, we were able to get Dood. Sookie is Dood’s great-aunt.” Personality-wise, Dood and Sookie are miles apart. Sookie, 11, is cool, calm and collected. Her sidekick, at the playful puppy age of 13 months, gets up to a whole lot of mischief. “We got Sookie when we had another older dog and that other dog taught Sookie how to behave, but Dood isn’t so well-behaved. He’s very entertaining, but he does like to add shoes to the menu. That’s tricky. Pretty much anything else he can carry out into the garden sneakily and devour, including cushions and beanbags, he chews. We’ve come home to at least six pillow massacres where the entire house is covered in feathers. He doesn’t do it when we’re home, only when we leave.” When Dood isn’t busy ‘redecorating’, he loves hanging out with Georgie in her home studio while she paints. “Dood is very needy. I like needy dogs; I don’t want a stand-offish dog. Bull terriers have always been my favourite. I love all dogs, but I love the cuddliness of bull terriers. They just want to be lapdogs and cuddled all the time. And I’ve always loved their inherent ‘ugliness’ – to me they’re quite beautiful with their banana faces.” NIKKI FISHER




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Big Picture Fest just keeps getting bigger Frankston’s legendary street art festival returns! The Big Picture Fest is heading back to Frankston’s city centre this month with a jampacked line-up of world-renowned artists ready and excited to continue transforming the city’s buildings and laneways into an epic explosion of colour and movement. And it’s all free. Frankston already boasts 40 amazing

artworks, and after this month’s festival there will be more than 50. From murals that tower over the skyline to storytelling pieces that take you back to a moment in history or forward to a future possibility, there is movement on the walls that beckons all ages to explore and discover. From Monday, March 14, until Sunday, March 20, you can watch the artists create their pieces. You may have heard of Frankston’s weekly Street Art Walking Tours – recently named a finalist in the Australian Street Art Awards for

Best Street Art Tour – but during the festival they get a little deeper. The free 90-minute tours across the festival week are led by local guides who will take you on a journey to discover all of the city’s best street art – both existing artwork and the ones in progress. You will get to see first hand how the artworks are created, learn about the mode of application, gain an insight into the stories behind the artistic inspirations, and you may even get to have a chat to an artist or capture a memorable photo. On Friday, March 18, The Block Party will take over Thompson Lane. As evening approaches, the laneway will come to life with street artists, music and food trucks. Entry is free, the vibe is chilled and the opportunities for seeing magic happen are endless. Despite running for five years, the festival is not losing its momentum. In fact, artists recognised across the globe are seeking out Frankston to showcase their talents. This year’s festival will headline Adnate, George Rose, Morano, DVATE, Ling ID, Scott Nagy and Refuz, just to name a few. Big Picture Fest curator Joel Van Moore is

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particularly excited for the festival. “This year feels like such an achievement with a critical mass of walls achieved, which has ongoing effects in the community,” Joel said. “It’s time to celebrate and move into the next chapter of the festival with augmented reality and other technologies that enhance the experience even further.” It is easy to see why Frankston is starting to be recognised as one of Greater Melbourne’s must-see street art destinations. The city centre has been truly transformed into an eclectic mix of art, culture, retail and hospitality. The creative energy in the city beckons everyone to come and join the celebration. If you haven’t yet explored the street art of Frankston, this month is the perfect time to start. Head to to be a part of the vibrant energy of Big Picture Fest. DISCOVER FRANKSTON T: 1300 322 322 W: FB: DiscoverFrankston INSTA: discoverfrankston

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The all-new C-Class has arrived at Mercedes-Benz Mornington. More than a luxury vehicle, the all-new C-Class is a personal oasis of comfort, connection and control. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life inside the C-Class. As a new kind of comfort zone, it has everything to help you recharge, unwind and feel at ease, no matter where you are inside the vehicle. Learn more about its progressive features and sophisticated design, including the exciting innovations that echo the Mercedes-Benz flagship S-Class, and book a test drive today. Relax inside a luxurious new haven, complete with a spacious cabin, contemporary interior design, ambient lighting, electric front seats and privacy glass* to set the mood. Discover a personalised paradise. As seen in the new S-Class, the all-new C-Class features a digital cockpit complete with the latest MBUX multimedia system, a central LED touchscreen and a fingerprint scanner that allows you to log into your personalised MBUX profile quickly, conveniently and securely. Experience the all-new C-Class at Mercedes-Benz Mornington. MERCEDES-BENZ MORNINGTON A: 29-31 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Mornington T: 5923 0011 W: FB: mbmornington INSTA: mbmornington

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Discounted diamonds on Main Occupying a rather unremarkable showroom office above the retail outlets on Main St, Mornington, is a hidden gem (pun intended) of a jeweller called Diamond Coco.

Owner Anthony Hansen has been selling diamond jewellery for more than 15 years and has helped countless couples tie the knot with one of his premium engagement rings. And while he is most known for his engagement rings, Anthony also offers an extensive range of diamond bracelets, studs, necklaces, pendants and pretty much anything with a diamond in it! Operating a little differently from your typical retail store, Anthony works closely with his clients to deliver a piece of jewellery made specifically for that person rather than keeping an extensive range of jewellery in stock. This process not only allows him to pass on the savings resulting from reduced overheads, it allows the client a more personalised service where they get to control all aspects of the purchase, from the choice of gold to the size and quality of the diamonds used. And while diamonds are his speciality, Anthony also offers gemstones and pearl jewellery too, all at wholesale prices. Anthony operates by appointments only and can be contacted on 1300 230 430. DIAMOND COCO A: Suite 6, 38A Main St, Mornington T: 1300 230 430 W: FB: INSTA: diamondcoco_

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Mornington Mazda going the distance Mornington Mazda will celebrate 30 years as a family-owned and operated dealership next year, and things have come full circle for Tony Groves, the dealer principal.

40 staff, and 90 per cent live on the Peninsula.” They’re also proud that in a male-dominated industry, a third of their staff are women, including two female sales staff and two female service advisers.

Tony joined the business in 2001 when his late father Brain Groves was the dealer principal. “Dad started the business with a business partner in 1993 on the corner of Diane St and Progress St,” Tony says. “In 1996 they moved the dealership to where we are now. They bought the land and built here.”

At Mornington Mazda you’ll find a great range of new and used vehicles, from SUVs and hatchbacks to utes and sedans ready to go. Impressively, the dealership has the highest sales of BT-50 pickups in Victoria.

During the global financial crisis, Tony bought out his dad’s business partner and in the tough economic times the Groves had to sell the dealership land. “Dad passed away five years ago in March. I feel like I’ve come full circle because a few weeks ago I bought the land back.” Tony and his general manager, Michael Tidball, are committed to contributing to the Mornington community on many levels. “Considering nearly all franchises on the Peninsula are now owned by public companies, we’re proud to be locally owned and employ locally,” Tony says. “We have

If that’s not enough range for you, a few minutes up the road is the other dealership Tony co-owns with dealer principal Tom Davis. Go see Tom at Mitsubishi and Isuzu Ute Mornington. MORNINGTON MAZDA A: cnr Main St and Nepean Highway, Mornington T: 5975 1111 W: FB: MorningtonMazda INSTA: mornington_mazda/ Pictured: Dealer principals Tom Davis and Tony Groves with general manager Michael Tidball.

Ever wondered what retirement living with a little extra care looks like? Take the First Step at our free Open Home event An Open Home is a great way to see the lifestyle you could enjoy living independently in a community with extra care and support options available. Or, if you prefer, you can call to book a personal appointment at a time that suits you. Freedom Dromana Care Community 104 Country Club Drive, Safety Beach Wednesday, 30 March (11am-12pm)



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To ensure the health and wellbeing of residents and staff, we are conducting the Open Home in accordance with the required COVIDSafe plan. Aveo are requesting that all attendees to Aveo events are vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect the residents and staff in our communities.

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J Edwards Jewellery Aquamarine: Birthstone for March. Believed to be the treasure of mermaids. A dazzling addition to any jewel box. Ph. 0458 991 212 | Insta: @jedwardsjewellerytyabb

Dogs Republic Dogs Republic is about classic, vintage and authentic Mid-Century Modern, European and Australian Design furniture, giftware and all things interesting. Ph. 0409 641 040 |

Jan Hearn Antiques Victorian and Georgian furniture, including English and Australian Mahogany, Walnut, Cedar and Rosewood. Also featuring antiquities in sterling silver, glassware and china. Ph. 0435 031 666

Silver Screen Specialists in original old and modern movie posters and movie memorabilia, lobby cards, DVDs, Disney, Marvel, Beatrix Potter, pop culture collectibles and comics & figurines. Ph. 0427 133 497 | FB: Silver Screen at the Tyabb Packing House

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A Beautiful Thing Dealing in an eclectic range of antique and vintage wares including china, glass, copper, brass, scientific and apothecary curios, jewellery and small furniture pieces. Always seeking the unusual, unique and quirky. Ph. 0414 451 317

Antique Bed Specialists Specialising in beautifully restored original antique beds including cast iron, brass, wooden and timber beds; as well as antique furniture and homewares. Ph. 0419 356 855 |

J Edwards Jewellery Creators of fine bespoke jewellery and purveyors of vintage and antique jewels. We provide modern and vintage jewellery, custom design, valuations, repairs and remodeling. Ph. 0458 991 212 | Insta: @jedwardsjewellerytyabb

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Antique By Design A fascinating collection of antique items, fabulous decorator furnishings, ornate mirrors, lamps, chandeliers and vintage designer pieces, specialising in European style. Ph. 0459 254 975

Deco Heaven Dedicated to Art Deco in all shapes and forms. Offering furniture, jewellery, bakelite, men’s accessories; glass and ceramics; clocks, radios and telephones; kitchen and homewares. Ph. 0418 513 97 |

White Out Of The Box White Out Of The Box features home accessories, decorative pieces and beautiful bedding and linens in French Provincial, Contemporary, Vintage and Hamptons Style. Ph. 0417 596 781 |

Antique By Design specialises in antiques and decorative furnishings. Antique By Design is proud to be located at the Tyabb Packing House Antique Centre, where you will discover one of the largest collections of antiques, mid-century modern decorator pieces, and jewellery in Victoria, and it’s right here on the Mornington Peninsula. With more than 30 years’ experience in the antique and decorator business, Antique By Design owner Neil has a wealth of knowledge to help you find and incorporate that individual item for your home. His showroom is set out with items displayed as you would place special pieces in your interior. Neil believes that creating that perfect look for the 21st century takes patience, creativity and daring. Look outside the generic box; a contemporary interior comes to life

with the addition of a stylish piece of antique or designer furniture, be it Georgian, Victorian, Art Deco or mid-century modern. Antique and designer pieces add style, originality and individuality to the modern home. A beautifully designed item adds a sense of luxury to any interior. You’ll find a wide range of styles at Antique By Design. Each piece is individually sourced for its quality and design. In stock are traditional to contemporary table lamps and chandeliers, French objects of beauty, paintings, and a large selection of quality porcelain and crystal including Royal Worcester, Royal Doulton, Crown Derby, Royal Albert, Waterford, Lalique and Baccarat. Make sure to put The Tyabb Packing House Antique Centre and Antique By Design on your must-visit list. ANTIQUE BY DESIGN A: 14 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Tyabb T: 0459 254 975 Authorised by Chris Ford, Australian Labor Party, (Victorian Branch). 438 Docklands Drive, Docklands VIC 3008.

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It takes a special type of person to flourish in the community support work that Just Better Care provides for its aged care and disability customers. While we may enter our customers’ homes as strangers, our intention is to make sure the customer and their family are comfortable with our presence. This is only possible if we take seriously our commitment to offer only the best level of support to help keep customers and their loved ones safe, achieving their goals and connecting them to the local community.

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While experience in a similar role is always an advantage to all involved, even more important to us is that our chosen team member has the right emotional qualities and education that will allow them to shine in their role. “My team are passionate professionals,” says Callum McMillan, the general manager of relationships at Just Better Care Melbourne Mornington. “I recognise they are such an important part of the quality we provide.” If you would like to find out more about opportunities at Just Better Care for yourself, a loved one or family Issue 124, MARCH 2022 fashions-on-the-field/ Pending Government advice on crowd size and COVID-19 protocols.

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Peninsula Hot Springs will host the Awaken Festival on April 2-3 for two days of music, arts, yoga and wellness. Designed as an immersive experience, the festival will present an inspiring line-up of conscious musicians, visual artists, yoga teachers, Indigenous wisdom keepers, wellness experts and more over two amazing days. Attendees will be treated to a festival experience like no other, from immaculately designed gardens, walkways and entertainment areas to the deep relaxation of geothermal mineral pools, saunas, steam rooms and wellness zones. It will be the first gathering of its kind in Australia, uniting conscious music and art with the deeply rejuvenating experience of the award-winning hot springs. The line-up of Australian musicians includes Mama Kin and Spender, Garrett Kato, Kyle Lionhart, Budjerah, Didirri, and Carmella Baynie, with such well-known yoga teachers as Katie Kendall, Tahl Rinsky, Simon Borg-Olivier, William Wong and Gwyn Williams. There will also be live-streamed appearances by internationally recognised presenters who can’t appear in person, including best-selling author Dr Bruce Lipton, devotional musicians Deva Premal and Miten, and yoga teachers Shiva Rea and Kia Miller. Guests will also be able to enjoy Aboriginal wisdom teachings, workshops, wellness and massage zones, sound healing, earth skills, farm-to-table dinners, and much more. The festival has been designed with maximum COVID-safe precautions and a strictly limited capacity. Pre-sale tickets are $250 for one day and $400 for the weekend, both including full access to mineral pools. For details, go to or email

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Olivers Hill, Frankston’s beaches and Port Phillip have long inspired Billy Nye.

Peninsula strikes gold Sister Cities art comes from the heart at tourism awards Artist Belinda ‘Billy’ Nye is sharing her love of Frankston with the world. Billy’s stunning hand-painted linocut prints capturing Olivers Hill and the bay – commissioned by Frankston City Council – will be sent to Sister Cities including Suva in Fiji, Wuxi in China and Susono in Japan as part of an arts exchange. “Frankston is the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula and Olivers Hill is the welcome party,” Billy says. “It’s always spectacular.” Billy grew up in Frankston and went to Overport Primary School, Frankston High School and Frankston Chisholm Institute. Her parents owned a house on Olivers Hill and the view of Frankston was spectacular. “My childhood memories are of riding my bike down Foot St hill to the Frankston Pier, surfing culture, and Frankston Bayside shopping centre. My parents owned two petrol stations in Frankston and they knew everyone in the community. “I was a Frankston Rotary exchange student and travelled to the United States at 16 years of age. I eventually moved away from Frankston and lived a good portion of my life in London and New York. When I returned to Melbourne with my family, I moved back into the area and now live in Mornington. I went back to Chisholm to

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complete my Diploma of Visual Arts and then graduated from university with a BA in Fine Art and Visual Culture. “My artistic journey has been a full circle for me. I had to come home to Australia for artistic inspiration. Since coming home I have never been short of creative inspiration.” Well-travelled, Billy has been to Monte Carlo and Paris, and she lived in the Hamptons for a decade. But nothing has ever inspired her as much as Olivers Hill, Frankston’s beaches and Port Phillip. “That's why I make my art of the area. I just love it and I hope that this shows through in my artwork. I work in many mediums – painting, drawing, digital artwork and printmaking – but the subject matter remains the same.” Frankston Mayor Nathan Conroy said the council was proud to support the arts, adding: “Billy’s passion for Frankston overflows in her artworks – it’s wonderful that other members of the Frankston City ‘family’ living in our Sister Cities can experience Frankston’s beauty and charm thanks to Billy’s remarkable talent.” For more about Frankston’s Sister Cities, visit, and to see more of Billy’s art, check out

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The Mornington Peninsula has cemented its standing as one of the state’s premium tourist destinations after a stunning night of accolades at the 2021 Victorian Tourism Awards. Four businesses won gold awards for taking out their respective categories: Green Olive at Red Hill (Excellence in Food Tourism), Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (Ecotourism), Carmel at Sorrento (5 Star Luxury Accommodation), and Searoad Ferries (Major Tour and Transport Operators). They will join the other category winners at the Australian Tourism Awards on Friday, March 18, on the Sunshine Coast. Meanwhile, Red Hill Candle Co founder Ebony Flett won the Young Achievers Award, and Moonlit Sanctuary was inducted into the Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame. Peninsula businesses were also showered with silver and bronze awards: Red Hill Candle Co (bronze, New Tourism Business); Pt. Leo Estate (silver, Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services); Hawkes Farm (silver, Excellence in Food Tourism); Grape Explorations Australia (silver, Tour and Transport Operators); and Mornington Boat Hire (bronze, Adventure Tourism). Other Peninsula finalists included Hop It, JimmyRum and Peninsula Hot Springs. The Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Board won silver in the Tourism Marketing and Campaigns category for its 2021 Hello Again campaign. Board CEO Angela Cleland said: “To have the Mornington Peninsula recognised so significantly on this statewide scale is truly remarkable. We are so proud of all the entrants, finalists and winners and cannot wait to continue promoting our region as a leading tourism destination. While these past two years have presented undeniable challenges, we look forward to a year of new opportunity, adventure and ongoing success.” The awards were held last month at the Melbourne Town Hall, having been postponed from November as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. They acknowledge excellence, innovation, industry professionalism and collaboration in the tourism industry; highlight Victorian tourism products and services; and place significant focus on the strengthening and deepening of industry relationships, creating a space to unite as well as share stories, knowledge and successes with one another. mornington PENINSULA


Forty years of Nippers at Point Leo When Dianna McKellar and Tarena Murray were little girls spending summer together at Point Leo Beach with their families, little did they know that 40 years later they’d still be doing so. Now, however, it’s as part of a team that co-ordinates the junior surf lifesaving program at Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club that this year celebrates its 40th anniversary. Dianna was four and a half years old and Tarena was five and a half when the club started the Nippers program in December 1981. “Geoff James, one of the original members who started Nippers, told me that he used to go through Point Leo campground with a loudhailer blasting campers with information about coming down and joining Nippers,” says Tarena. In the beginning an average of 60 to 80 children showed up. Then came the formation of the ladies auxiliary – as it was known back then – and fundraising for equipment started. The program began with Nippers bringing their own boogie boards, then money was raised to buy proper foam boards. Dianna says: “I remember when we finally got Patra orange juice T-shirts. Patra became a sponsor and we were all able to have the same T-shirts, so you really

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felt like you were part of the club. I also remember as a young child the teenagers who would just spend time on the beach with us playing beach flags and swimming. Tarena and I reminisce about how different the games were when we were kids. They were fairly rough games! We were a very small club and Point Leo was really part of a rural area. It was very different.” Today there are 470 children who take part in the junior surf lifesaving program and an army of volunteers who make that possible. Together with the juniors’ vicepresident Sarah-Jo Mason, Tarena and Dianna spend countless hours planning and then implementing the beach education program that introduces children aged five to 14 to lifesaving and water safety. When asked what’s kept them involved all these years, Tarena says: “The sense of community and fulfillment you get from contributing to Nippers is really invaluable. You make friendships and bonds that you don’t expect to and challenge yourself in different ways as parents of Nippers. Some parents see their kids involved in Nippers and think ‘I need to get involved too’, and they go and do their bronze medallion at age 40 and that’s a whole new life challenge for them. Then they’re in the water with their kids getting to experience the joy that their kids are. There’s so much reward; everyone wins from it.” Dianna adds: “The people that we grew up with at

Nippers and the surf club are some of our longest friends that we call on every day. It’s beyond an educational program.” Unfortunately, COVID restrictions have delayed any major celebration of the 40-year anniversary. “Considering a lot of clubs had to close over summer because of COVID cases, we were just really lucky to get through the season without having to close our program,” Dianna says. “We’re hoping we can get everyone together at another time.” NIKKI FISHER Pictured: Tarena’s son Thomas is a keen member of the program; children fly the flag for the Point Leo Nippers in 1983; junior surf lifesaving program co-ordinators Sarah-Jo Mason, Dianna McKellar and Tarena Murray. mornington PENINSULA


Make life easier with serviced apartments Serviced apartments within a retirement village are ideally suited to older people who would like to live independently with some help to make life easier. They are typically located within the village community centre where there is always someone to talk to and a relaxed community atmosphere to enjoy. There are many benefits of serviced apartment living at Long Island Retirement Village in Seaford and they include: Extra support – benefit from visiting health professionals and allied health services. There are activities to suit every lifestyle and ability. Chef-prepared daily meals – every meal is freshly prepared and full of flavour. Enjoy the social side of eating in the dining room or, if you prefer, you can have your meal delivered to your room. Social activities – join in as much or as little as you like. There are morning teas, music and other entertainment, art, craft and hobby groups, board games, movies, seasonal events, swimming, shopping, and day trips in the village bus. Safety and security – emergency call buttons are in every unit. Nursing staff at the village provide additional peace of mind. Issue 124, MARCH 2022

Be freed up from cleaning and laundry – your assisted living apartment will be cleaned for you every week. Laundering of bed linen and towels will be done for you too. Affordable living – Centennial Living’s Long Island Village has serviced apartments with an entry price less than you might expect, ranging from $145,000 to $210,000. When you move in, you pay a monthly service fee. Contact us to find out more about the costs. For more information, go to www. and fill out the Contact Us form. CENTENNIAL LIVING T: 1300 098 000 W: FB: centenniallivingaustralia INSTA: centennialliving

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Welcoming a new adventure Since George and Noraidah Atkin married in 1977, they have lived in five countries and engaged with many more during their lives, and they couldn’t be happier to make the move to The Mornington Retirement Village. George is a former Australian diplomat and Noraidah was a medical graduate. She had an eclectic working life in the medical and health sector both at home and overseas. In Kenya, Noraidah was involved with the Kenyan Paraplegic Organisation and established a counselling unit at the National Spinal Injury Hospital. “Another new experience was involvement with childhood cancer in a Saudi Arabia posting,” she said. The couple, who have four children, have been posted to Nauru, Malaysia, Algeria, Indonesia, PNG (twice), Saudi Arabia and Kenya, and George said it was hard to say

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which was their favourite. “They were all at very different stages in our lives and they all gave us different experiences.” George and Noraidah moved into The Mornington Retirement Village late last year. “Moving to Victoria has been great for us,” George said. “We know a lot about moving and we’re glad we made this move.” Noraidah added: “It’s just so peaceful and there’s so much space and greenery, and that was a big reason why we chose The Mornington. And the community bus and local health system on site is very helpful, as we know our needs will change as we get older. I’ve worked in many fields of health so that was very important for me and I’m happy with what’s on offer.” SOUTHERN CROSS CARE A: 150 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Mornington T: 1800 852 772 W:

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How can painting portraits build empathy and understanding in a community? Inspired by the TV show Anh’s Brush With Fame, Year 5 and 6 students from our Minimbah Campus recently painted portraits of a classmate as part of their 'Who We Are' Unit of Inquiry. By asking thoughtful and meaningful questions, recording information, and persisting with refined sketching and painting skills, students not only produced impressive artworks, they also developed an understanding of others' stories and supported one another through the artistic process. The portrait project developed far deeper connections than your average getting to know you exercise. Students were paired with people they weren't necessarily friends with – yet by telling stories and creating images, they found they cared about each other. And by listening respectfully and paying attention to the values of others, they developed an open mind to the different perspectives of other people in Years 5 and 6. That's important because it's a risk to be vulnerable and share your own stories and artwork. And it shows that where thoughtful questioning and active listening lead, shared understanding and empathy will follow. "It's proven that once you get to know someone more, you feel more empathy for them," said Year 6 student Gigi. There were beautiful reactions to the portrait reveals as students appreciated the care, respect and attention their classmates had taken when interviewing, painting, sharing and reflecting on their work. As Year 5 student Jacob said: "All I felt was just happiness and joy and laughter. That's basically it, just happiness and laughter." To view the project in greater detail or discover more about Woodleigh School, watch the video on our Facebook Page. ADAM LIDDIARD – Director of Community Relations WOODLEIGH SCHOOL A: 485 Golf Links Rd, Langwarrin South T: 5971 6100 W: FB: woodleighschoo1 INSTA: woodleighschool We loved seeing the reactions that came from our ‘Inspired by Anh’s Brush with Fame’ portrait project at Woodleigh’s Minimbah Campus.

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‘Lessons come from the journey... not the destination’

Lessons come from the journey . . .

Dromana College Open Night Wednesday May 4 2022 at 6:00pm As the highest performing secondary school on the Mornington Peninsula, Dromana College will continue to work tirelessly to develop and consolidate the many exemplary educational programs on offer. With outstanding facilities, a committed professional staff and a caring school community, students are challenged to explore their interests and talents to achieve their personal best.

Tours available Tuesday mornings at 9:30am. Bookings online at Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Personal Best 110 Harrisons Road Dromana (entry via Old White Hill Road) T. 5987 2805 •

Regeneration and repair Education faces a critical time for regeneration and repair. It is time to acknowledge the cracks, and rather than ignore them, seek to repair and make a difference.

Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repair, or “gold mending”, is an art form that seeks to recover rather than to discard – a sustainable approach that teaches us to relish our blemishes as opportunities for beautiful repair. Through the lens of beautiful repair our Cornish College values inspire us towards change and continuous improvement. We see the importance of developing compassion to identify what needs repair, courage to acknowledge the cracks rather than ignore them, and integrity and creativity to make what we have more beautiful. Cornish College looks, sounds and feels a little different now and in the future, as it should. We are not doing things differently just to be different but to make a difference – because education of a

different kind is what children deserve. So we move forward to make things beautiful. I see beauty in our community and in the 700 young people who come here, greet us daily, thank us, engage with and challenge us and are proud to be one of us. I see beauty in every teacher and the support staff who overcome challenges and put aside many of their own personal endeavours just to make a difference. And I see beauty in our 100 acres, land of the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation – the first people to, no doubt, see beauty in it long before we did. NICOLA FORREST principal, Cornish College CORNISH COLLEGE A: 65 Riverend Rd, Bangholme T: 9781 9000 W: FB: CornishCollege INSTA: cornishcollege

OPEN NIGHT - March 17th, 2022 We invite you to our college, the college of the Somerville Community

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Principal address at 5pm or 7.30pm Join an interactive student-led tour at 5.30pm Somerville Secondary College sets ambitious targets for all students that focus on excellence in learning, in the curriculum and in the health and wellbeing of our students, as well as relevant pathways for the future. Join us to visit our start-of-the-art Design Centre which provides a practical, technology rich curriculum that integrates all aspects of Design and Digital Technology education in wood, metal, plastics, electronics, robotics, 3D printing and laser cutting. A STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) approach is designed to integrate student interests, skills, curriculum and educational outcomes.

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It’s true that women’s lives have improved significantly since the early 1900s, when their voices began to rise, calling for an end to oppression and inequality, and when International Women’s Day was first celebrated. However, as we know from courageous women such as Grace Tame and Brittany Higgins breaking the silence on sexual abuse, and from the staggering domestic violence statistics – one woman a week dies in Australia at the hands of a current or former partner – there’s still much to be done to create a safer and more equitable society for women. IWD is celebrated around the world on March 8, acknowledging the social, political, economic, and cultural achievements of women. It’s also a day to take action towards equality. The theme for 2022 is #BreakTheBias. It’s time for women and men to work together to bring awareness to gender bias in homes, workplaces, and general society and put an end to it. Gender bias affects the lives of women in many ways, including unequal pay, retiring with less superannuation, under-representation in positions of power, over-representation in part-time work, and bearing the load of caregiving and domestic duties. In this IWD issue of Mornington Peninsula Magazine, we’re focusing on the achievements of enterprising women and community leaders in Greater Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. We’re proud to shine a light on the contribution they make to where we live. Over the next 20 pages you’ll read stories of remarkable women and their businesses; you’ll also find details of some wonderful IWD events where we can come together and hear from inspiring women sharing their talents.

Women are leading us to a better future Women-led businesses are surging on the Mornington Peninsula. Women are shifting from working for others to growing their own ventures, and by doing so are changing the face of business. We are stepping into leadership roles at record rates – check out our new Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and current local, state and federal political candidates for evidence – and this is just the start. The women included in this edition of Mornington Peninsula Magazine are just some of those who are stepping forward, leaning in and changing our communities for the better. And while their leadership is dynamic and effective, many of these business and community leaders continue to face gender-specific challenges that can be limiting to growth, security and stability. COVID has exacerbated

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some of these difficulties and has been a driving force behind the development of Women in Business Mornington Peninsula. Founding members identified the need for a space that allows local business and community leaders to collaborate, support and inspire each other, problemsolve, elevate and grow their collective impact. We are doing this with a focus on not just our future sustainability but with a view to bettering the lives of women in our community as a whole and creating a stronger, more inclusive and more resilient future for female business owners and community leaders. Over 2021, the association has led community forums on COVID and understanding the needs of our community and advocating with decision-makers for improvements. We have commenced a masterclass series focused on gathering expertise and responding to community challenges, conducted research, run social events and

nurtured relationships with local, state and federal leaders. In 2022, we will expand this work, including mentoring programs focused on supporting our future leaders, and we are thrilled to announce our official launch on International Women’s Day – a lunch event of speakers, food, drink, music and inspiration. All are welcome! Details on page 60. Membership is by referral or inquiry, and leaders should reflect connections to community-focused and ethical practices and a passion for our region. If this is you, please reach out via our website at (see ad on page 60). And on behalf of the board of Women in Business – to all of our women in leadership, whether in business, community or all of the spaces you inhabit – we love watching your dedication, integrity and passion. You are our better future. MELISSA GOFFIN – founder, WiB mornington PENINSULA


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Celebrate International Women’s Day at the Pig & Whistle It’s time to shake off the challenges of the past two years and come together to celebrate the achievements of women with incredible artists, musicians, and healers at the Pig & Whistle’s second International Women’s Day event on Sunday, March 6. The event kicks off at 10am with arts and crafts stalls, workshops, children’s entertainment, delicious food and cocktails, and performers. It ends at 5.15pm with a special sing-along with MCs MAXON and Heidi Louise in The Shed Theatre.

There’s a fantastic line-up of musical talent, including singer/songwriter Coco Michelle playing acoustic tunes outside. Inside The Shed you’ll hear poetry by Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor Sarah Race, captivating performances by singer-songwriters Mathilde Ann and Maddy May, and a speech by Josie Jones, named Victoria Local Hero in the 2020 Australian of the Year Awards. The unstoppable Tanya George, pictured, headlines in The Shed. Tanya hails from St Kilda, Melbourne’s ever-evolving arts and entertainment hub, and it shows; her evolutionary electro-pop takes the genre to innovative new heights. Whether performing a cappella with a vocal

looper or surrounded by her dedicated band, she astounds audiences with her 4.5-octave vocal range. Not even the world’s longest lockdown stopped Tanya taking her music to a bigger audience. Fans of TV show The Voice will remember her showstopping audition had all four judges’ chairs spinning. “Part of the reason I did The Voice was to stay relevant and get my music out there beyond socials,” Tanya says. “It was a strange time because during lockdown I was on my own in my bedroom making music. To then be in front of four celebrity judges with a full audience and stage crew was pretty wild.” On the importance of IWD, Tanya says: Issue 124, MARCH 2022

“IWD is a great day to recognise the independence and strength of women and celebrate that we’ve come so far, and that change is constantly happening. I have conversations with some people and they’re actually still not sure what IWD is. It’s not just women supporting and uplifting women; it’s actually to do with all of society and all of us coming together. Everyone’s still learning and growing, and I think sometimes people miss the mark of why IWD exists. It’s also about educating males to post about IWD and celebrate the women that they’re proud of.” For tickets and more information, go to NIKKI FISHER

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Will you spend International Women’s Day with likeminded, passionate and extraordinary Mornington Peninsula women and men, speaking, sharing and creating momentum for changing our world? If you're not, you're missing out! On March 8 we are gathering at Butterfly Red Hill for a celebration of this day and the official launch of Women in Business. Join us for amazing food, drink and inspiration. Tickets include unlimited drinks – wine, beer and cocktails – food from wonderful Peninsula suppliers, live music, and nationally recognised, groundbreaking speakers. We'll be moved and motivated by: • T racee Hutchison, our own

incomparable award-winning broadcaster, journalist, producer, filmmaker and author who will MC the event; •G eraldine Bilston, who was recently awarded Local Champion for her work in family violence advocacy; •R ohini Kappadath, Immigration Museum general manager and a Telstra Victorian Business Woman Award recipient; and, •Y olande Hughes, mindset coach and the owner of Inspire Tribe Mindset Coaching. Peninsula businesses have supplied many wonderful prizes for our silent auction, the proceeds from which will go to Kara House, which provides crisis accommodation for women fleeing family violence; and The Women’s Spirit Project, our Peninsula organisation rebuilding women from trauma. To get your tickets, head to www. MELISSA GOFFIN – founder, WiB

Fundraiser celebrates leading women in health care Did you know that breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in Australia? With increased funding pressures on healthcare systems due to the impact of COVID-19, Shannon Smit, the founding director of SMART Business Solutions Group and president of the Committee for Mornington Peninsula, decided International Women’s Day presented the perfect opportunity to unite our community for a cause that touches everyone. You are invited to join our fundraising event for The Bays Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Mornington, celebrating and supporting our leading female oncologists and specialist surgeons. Enjoy a wine and deliciously generous

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finger food, place your bids on the incredible silent auction packages, including vouchers and products from some of the Mornington Peninsula’s most coveted, and catch up with fellow influential Peninsula women. For every dollar raised, SMART will donate $2. The aim is to raise more than $30,000 to help buy a day infusion treatment chair for people undergoing cancer treatment. The fundraiser is on Thursday, March 10, from 7-10pm at Mercetta, 115 Main St, Mornington. Tickets are $49 and bookings are essential. Call SMART Business Solutions on 5911 7000 or book online at www.

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Support needed to bring cancer care closer to home Locals know and love The Bays; we have so many patient advocates and their love of The Bays excites me. Being involved in building a comprehensive cancer centre was a major attraction. To be involved in delivering much-needed cancer services to the residents of the Peninsula is a gift.”

In 2020, an estimated 150,000 Australians were diagnosed with cancer, with about 50,000 losing their lives. This number is expected to increase. According to Cancer Council Australia and Hardes & Associates data, it’s predicted that by 2032, 29,029 people from the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula community will need treatment for cancer or a haematological diagnosis. Currently, there are no radiation oncology services in Mornington and the wider Peninsula, and limited chemotherapy and cancer support services. Patients are required to travel to Frankston and beyond for their treatment and support services. The Bays Hospital CEO Jade Phelan is leading a team to close this gap in cancer

TBCCC will provide a holistic approach to cancer treatment and care, offering a full suite of cancer services in one location. Treatments available will include radiation chemotherapy, hormone therapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, and haematology infusions. treatment and care on the Peninsula. Their goal is creating The Bays Comprehensive Cancer Centre, which is expected to be completed in 2023. Jade joined The Bays in December 2020. “I was attracted to the role because of the community focus and future opportunities to expand the services.

TBCCC patients will have access to specialist doctors, cancer surgery and post-operative care, an infusion centre for day treatments, and allied health support offering holistic complementary therapy. A Reflection Garden will offer patients, families, doctors, and staff space to harness the healing power of nature.

Community and philanthropic support, such as the International Women’s Day TBCCC fundraiser hosted by SMART Business Solutions, is urgently required to help complete this priority project. On celebrating International Women’s Day, Jade says: “As a CEO, I’m proud to be part of an organisation where many women play an important role in delivering healthcare services. From the frontline to the board of directors, the care, empathy, kindness, and compassion shown is inspirational, and I consider myself fortunate to be surrounded by such wonderful women.” The TBCCC fundraiser is on Thursday, March 10, from 7-10pm at Mercetta in Mornington.

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Look your best at every age

Capsule keeps your life’s data safe Mornington Peninsula resident Pam Moorhouse is the founder of My Life Capsule, an Australian software that makes life admin easy for individuals and families.

The experienced team at Cosmetic Injectables Victoria want to help you achieve the youthful, flawless beauty you desire. Founded five years ago by leading cosmetic practitioner Viktoria Andreeva, the clients who come here know they can count on superior treatment tailored to the individual.

Now active in 34 countries, My Life Capsule helps take the sting out of life’s day-to-day bumps and significant life events such as moving home, starting a new job, having a child, an accident, illness, divorce, or even the death of a loved one. Between work, personal, home and family commitments, most of us are overwhelmed and sometimes things go wrong: forgotten passwords, misplaced ID cards, hacked social media accounts, and lost identity, financial, legal, career, education and medical documents. “To organise, protect and share life’s most important and precious information makes our lives easier, more enjoyable and less stressful,” Pam says. “Our vaults make this task easy and safe for everyone. Our users have complete control over their data and who they share it with.” Unlike other apps, My Life Capsule puts the customer at the forefront of every decision. Their software secures personal information with the latest international award-winning data privacy and security technology. From her first solo aircraft flight at 15 to a

Master of Technology, a career in crisis risk management and several successful startup ventures, Pam is driven by innovation that provides genuine social impact to make all of our lives better. Pam is proud to live in Mount Martha with her husband and two children and is passionate about growing her global technology business right here on the Peninsula. MY LIFE CAPSULE A: Mount Martha T: 1300 431 660 W: FB: mylifecapsule INSTA: mylifecapsule_

Cosmetic Injectables offer an extensive range of treatments to bring out the best in all clients. From a simple eyelash lift to a luxurious facial, to LED light therapy, skin needling, lip fillers, dermal fillers, and muscle relaxants. Viktoria and her team are committed to staying up to date with best practice in their profession. Viktoria regularly attends industry conferences and benchmarks her practices with fellow colleagues. Any questions or concerns clients have are addressed prior to treatment to ensure client satisfaction. Each treatment is carried out to the highest standards, following strict health and safety guidelines. The expertise of the team and commitment to excellence saw Cosmetic Injectables Victoria win the Australian Consumer Choice Award and Client Experience Award last year.

"We have the equipment and expertise to help every client look ‘younger’, 'fresher' and/or 'better' by reducing the signs of ageing skin (such as wrinkles, brown spots, broken capillaries and enlarged pores) on their skin and enhance their natural beauty,” Viktoria says. The team here believe the skin-first approach ensures their clients always get the best possible results from injectables. For more information, visit www. COSMETIC INJECTABLES VICTORIA A: 11 Foot St, Frankston T: 9782 4481 FB: cosmeticinjectablesvictoria INSTA: cosmeticinjectablesvictoria

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A lifelong learner Dennice Allen has a passion for lifelong learning and wasn’t afraid to make a career switch.

Henrietta’s achieve greener grass on both sides of the fence From the beginning in 2017, in-home services business Henrietta’s Help @ Home’s director Stephanie Tate has recognised that her time, energy and skills needed to be equally focused on getting traction with both clients and staff to build not just the financial side of the business, but stability, reputation and satisfaction for all parties involved. With client bookings reoccurring over multiple years, and many of the earliest intake of staff still on board, Stephanie feels that “collectively we’ve got this sorted”. Stephanie’s previous corporate and project management experience easily transferred to identifying clients, as well as providing individual written agreements so that parties were informed and expectations could be met. However, this equally required recruiting multi-skilled, reliable staff who were willing to meet the flexibility of each client’s needs.

“Although we have multiple service segments covering senior support, child care, cleaning/home management and private event hospitality, we pride ourselves in not having a standardised ‘cookie cutter’ offer in any of these categories. Many staff utilise multiple skills and experience with one client, such that we can provide nanny/cooks, senior support/house managers as well as our renowned additional services – wedding nannies and wedding senior carers.” Henrietta’s Help @ Home is equally proud of the fact that they provide regular part-time employment to many women who are returning to the workforce or may require work in school hours. “Skills, personality and reliability are the key criteria; the rest just flows when they meet our appreciative, friendly clients,” says Stephanie. HENRIETTA’S HELP @ HOME T: 9766 1099 or 0425 733 290 W: FB: Henriettas Help at Home Providing quality, reliable and safe child and elderly care as well as smart, efficient domestic help to your home.

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“I haven't quite walked a straight line throughout my life,” Dennice says. “I gained graduate and postgraduate qualifications in economics and finance, and then most of my working career was spent in financial services in senior management roles, including board member positions both overseas and in Australia. I began lecturing part-time while gaining postgraduate studies in tertiary education.” In recent times, Dennice transitioned from finance to spending more time pursuing her passions: exercise and wellness. After completing an advanced diploma in myotherapy, Dennice started her company Motion for Momentum. “I’ve swum intermittently throughout my life; as a youngster then switching over to triathlons and Masters swimming in my adult years. My role as a myotherapist and as a sport and exercise scientist allows me to focus my research on wellness in adults and the super-aged. In early 2022 I achieved a Masters development coach, a role that is very rewarding. I’m the founding president of Mornington Peninsula Masters Swimming Club, a young, vibrant squad who began early in 2020.” All types of conditions are confidently managed by our qualified myotherapist Dennice Allen, including low and upper back pain, hip pain, neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, elbow/ wrist pain, knee pain, food and ankle pain.

Dennice brings many years of experience to her work with an empathy for the older exercise/sporting enthusiast. Her focus is providing an experience for post-40-yearolds to come and enjoy a therapeutic or sports massage and obtain a specialised exercise program. Reap the rewards of taking time out to allow the mind and body time to relax in a comfortable environment, and bit of motion can result in great momentum. MOTION FOR MOMENTUM A: 102 Myers Rd, Bittern T: 0450 244 863 W:

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Improving fitness and well-being We Grendesign women love what we do in a supportive environment The desire to create a safe space for Peninsula women led to the opening of Pole & Aerial Divas in Mornington in 2006. Since then we have had many women come through our doors and achieve things they never thought possible. It may have been a physical or mental achievement, but for the most part it was finding an outlet or activity that is just for them – their time out or their hobby. When I opened up my studio as a young 23-year-old women, I never ever thought that I would change so many lives or know what an impact the studio would have on so many people. I knew I wanted people to feel free from judgment when they came in, but I didn’t expect them to feel so much more than just that and I most certainly did not think that I would still be here nearly 16 years on. I am proud to be a successful

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Established in 2010, our female team is comprised of proudly passionate creatives offering web design, digital solutions and marketing support to Over the years we have developed our mission statement that fits us perfectly: “At help businesses stand out from the Pole & Aerial Divas our mission is to create crowd.

This holistic approach to integrating agency, business and family life is reflected in the office, because we don't do drama either. Through open and clear communication we support each other, learn from our mistakes and, most importantly, celebrate the wins!

Within our team of expert creators, we foster a flexible work-life balance that supports family needs. At our core, we are all about breaking the bias of a normal workday. We strive to create a positive workplace culture, whereby our people love coming to work because we support each other. Our team of women consists of creative entrepreneurs, mums and small business owners. We value our people, their backgrounds and contribution to our business. Whether it's an afternoon doctor’s appointment or a children's award at assembly, we afford everyone flexibility to meet the demands of everyday life.

Given our team's diverse mix of creative and small business backgrounds, we understand that building a business from the ground up takes hard work and passion.

woman in business who supports the success of every woman who comes into our magical space.

the ultimate happy place for women – a safe, supportive environment that not only improves your fitness but your overall well-being too. We pride ourselves on our strong female culture and sisterhood community. Divas is a place to embrace your body, develop self-love, make friends and feel empowered through pole, dance and aerial movement.” POLE & AERIAL DIVAS A: 7/4 Torca Tce, Mornington T: 5976 2978 E: W: mornington FB: poledivas.mornington INSTA: pole.divas

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We bring a collaborative approach to each of our clients so their ideas are nurtured into fruition. Talk to our team about how we can help with your graphic design, website or marketing solution. GRENDESIGN A: 1/33A Dava Drive, Mornington T: 5975 6548 W: FB: INSTA:

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Community connection drives Flinders candidate Throughout my life, connecting to community has always been important to me. It’s something I learnt from my hardworking parents who connected their children with local community groups. As I moved into parenthood, I quickly connected with new communities through volunteering opportunities – dog clubs, mother’s groups, kindergartens, schools, lifesaving, basketball, running clubs, environmental groups. I have been able to support many people through the roles I have undertaken. Mount Martha Basketball Club was founded in 2008 after I tried to involve my daughter in the sport. “Bring a team,” they said. I entered two, then three more. I organised training, uniforms and a committee. The junior club has had thousands of players and volunteers pass through it. Many have made long-term friendships; a few players have even made it to elite levels and thousands have

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engaged in a sport that gave me so much as a young person.

students learnt about road safety and became more active.

At the same time, I was heavily involved with the Mount Martha Lifesaving Club. I signed up as soon as I arrived on the Peninsula to qualify as a patrolling member, and soon after filled the role of chief instructor, training and assessing hundreds of patrolling members over a few years. I would also become a patrol team captain, leading a team of lifesavers through a couple of summers.

Running as a candidate in a local government election won me a place at the table of the Mornington Peninsula Shire. I was quickly elected to mayor in my first year. These steps are not won easily and require a considered and inclusive approach from someone who can see across diverse views.

After completing a Master of Education, I decided that all of my experiences were leading me to teaching. Over the past 12 years I have taught students to be curious and to look out for each other. I worked hard to ensure my classroom was a safe and inclusive space. With the local community, I introduced an active travel program at the school to encourage students to walk, ride, skate or scoot. This saw traffic decrease and students safely walking through their communities to school. They were reconnecting with the environment, their place, their community. I began the bike education program, and

My story is not over as I take the step to the federal seat of Flinders as an Independent candidate. It will be this opportunity that elevates the needs of this area to the federal stage. It’s time for the people of Flinders to be heard and represented. DESPI O’CONNOR A: 4/92 Watt Rd, Mornington T: 0418 178 917 W: FB: teamdespi INSTA: teamdespi

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Wonderful Ideas for that special gift Fiona Smale’s business career has been varied to say the least, but it put her in good stead to pursue her dream of owning and running a giftware store. Ideas By The Bay has been part of Mornington for more than 30 years, and last January marked 10 years since Fiona took the helm.

“Discovering unique, beautiful, individual, sometimes quirky, quality treasures and useful items has always been part of the passion of what I do,” Fiona says. “And if it's Australian-made, all the better. “We've produced our own work and sought others to contribute to our repertoire. If I'm honest, it satisfies within me the need to be creative and be surrounded by other people's wonderful work that they've often made successful ventures out of. “COVID has made me face many challenges. I'm trying to adapt to a more modern world so we have the website and social media that is required now, even if it's in its infancy. “In March 2021 we moved to our new location and have been adapting to our beautiful new surrounds in a heritagelisted Mornington landmark building. It suits my style and the aesthetic I desire. “Ideas feels like an extension of me, and I hope to continue to make a lot of people happy by offering a store that is really special.” IDEAS BY THE BAY A: 34 Main St, Mornington T: 5977 0708 W: FB: IdeasByTheBay INSTA: ideasbythebay

Simply fabulous There’s a whole lot more to Simply Brazilian than waxing. Across two salons in Frankston and Mornington, the friendly professional team offer waxing, tanning, lash lifting, tinting, henna brows, facials, skin needling and IPL hair and skin treatments. When you book a treatment at Simply Brazilian, you can be confident you’ll leave looking fabulous thanks to the experience and dedication of owner Hailey and her team. “We have an all-women team of 10, with the majority of the therapists being mums or expecting mums,” Hailey says. “The team range from women with 15 years’ experience to beauty students, and we encourage anyone to start a new career adventure in the beauty industry.” This will be Hailey’s 16th year in the industry, and surrounding herself with supportive women makes her job a delight. “I’m so lucky to have a team of women supporting me daily,” she says,

“and with myself and another senior therapist off on maternity leave in the next few weeks, we’ve hired more women to join our team. “We’re not just a day spa; we end up becoming friends with our customers. We’re here for them when they need a chat. It’s like a therapy session. I love my job. Being closed during lockdown last year made me realise the beauty industry is definitely where I’m meant to be.” Jump online and book in for a luxurious facial and relaxing mask, or whatever treatment you’ve been dreaming about, and make 2022 the year to look after you. SIMPLY BRAZILIAN A: 33 Main St, Mornington T: 5975 5888 A: Level 1, cnr Shannon Mall and Wells St, Frankston T: 9781 2555 W: FB: SimplyBrazilian INSTA: simplybraziliansalon

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Pru’s passion for fitness becomes her career Pru Drago loves sharing her passion for health, well-being and community. The inspiring Peninsula Leisure employee has gone from strength to strength – recently being honoured as Personal Trainer of the Year at the prestigious Aquatics and Recreation Victoria Awards, where Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre was also awarded Health Club of the Year. Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m a busy mum of two young men hoping to set a good example to my boys at home and to the community I am lucky enough to be a part of. Growing up playing every sport possible led me to fall in love with the fitness industry, where my passion became my career and I’ve never looked back. How did you get into personal training? I always wanted to work with people. After falling in love with how good exercise makes you feel and the positive impact it can have in all areas of your life, I wanted to share that love and passion with others. What do you love about your work as a personal trainer? I love helping clients change their mindset from finding exercise a real challenge or something that they find really hard to helping them make exercise something that is a non-negotiable in their week and they really look forward to, enjoy and start to focus on setting goals that reflect the progress they are making. What advice do you give to your clients when they first start out?

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Set realistic and achievable goals to create healthy consistency with training and nutrition, so they become long-term habits. Happy clients are those who start to see results and fall in love with training. The theme for international Women’s Day this year is #BreakTheBias. What does that mean to you? For me, when I think about women and #BreakTheBias I think about a space that is welcoming, inviting and positive for women to come and learn how to incorporate activity into their everyday lives, helping them feel comfortable and finding their passion in the gym. Giving women that feeling of being strong, being a healthy role model to those around them because they are prioritising their own health and well-being. Name a woman who inspires you and why? My girlfriend, Monica, is one of those people who seems to juggle family, friends, career, university, life chores and everything with ease and a sense of calm. She is inspiring, caring and passionate in all areas of her life. Pru Drago is based at Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre, cnr Cranbourne Rd and Olive Grove, Frankston. For more information, please phone 9781 8444, email or visit PENINSULA AQUATIC RECREATION CENTRE A: 16N Cranbourne Rd, Frankston T: 9781 8444 W: FB: parcfrankston INSTA: parcfrankston

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First impressions count After working as a signwriter for 26 years and operating her business Impressions Signs and Designs for 14 years, Ailsa Brealey knows the importance of well-designed and well-placed signage for business and events. Impressions Signs and Designs is a fullservice sign centre providing professional signage solutions for all businesses and organisations. Whether you need window signage, corporate signage, vehicle wraps, display boards, apparel printing or design and print for flyers or invitations, Ailsa can assist. “I love everything about my industry – from meeting clients and talking about their project, to coming up with designs and solutions for each individual, to the production and installation,” says Ailsa. “It’s a fun and creative job where no two days are ever the same.”

Impressions Signs and Designs is a twowoman team – Ailsa and her apprentice Lauren Green, who is about to begin the second year of her apprenticeship. Oh, and Sky the work dog, who likes to think she’s boss. Ailsa is a proud mum of two kids, aged four and nine, and somehow she makes it all work juggling a full-time business and doing “all the normal mum stuff”. Ailsa has always called the Peninsula home and loves being connected to the local business community. “We love to support the local businesses and clubs. Getting to know our clients and welcoming them into our factory to chat about their project or just look at what we do is all part of our service.” IMPRESSIONS SIGNS AND DESIGNS A: Factory 5, 7 Thamer St, Rosebud T: 0407 818 637 W: FB: impressionsigns INSTA: impressionsigns

February 10 was a big day for Peninsula business owner and superwoman Bernadine Geary. After months of planning and shifting of dates, two of Bernadine’s businesses were brought together for the inaugural Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Business Summit. The summit was hosted by Style Finance Group, a finance and mortgage brokerage business, and entertainment institution Sk8house, a skating rink in Carrum Downs that was transformed into the most incredible corporate event venue. As the owner of Style Finance Group and co-owner of Sk8house, Bernadine knows all too well the rollercoaster ride of owning your own business, particularly with the challenges of lockdowns and the economic instability caused by COVID in recent years. The summit was Bernadine’s way of giving back to the business community, providing them with the opportunity to access information and support from industry experts that would otherwise be out of their reach. Planning a large event during a worldwide pandemic is no easy task. There were

many times in the past few months where others would have thrown in the towel, but Bernadine knew this summit was too important for the local business community. She pushed through against adversity and the result was a hugely successful event that was nothing short of extraordinary. Having a strong, successful businesswoman like Bernadine in our community, to set an example and pave the way for others, is so important and we take our hats off to her this International Women's Day. SK8HOUSE A: 3/2 Amayla Cres, Carrum Downs T: 9773 6799 W: E:

Seeing the rink transformed into a corporate venue brought a tear to my eye, it was amazing! Bernadine Geary

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Talking Hens with Giuliana Giuliana Postregna comes from a family of chicken farmers. Her father, Agostino, started egg farming back in the 1970s in Keysborough. He arrived in Melbourne by boat from Italy to start a new life in Australia with little in the way of possessions. Working hard over many years, he learnt a great deal about egg farming and how to produce the best quality eggs.

As a young girl, Giuliana asked her father why he had gone into egg farming and she remembers him saying, “People can get by without too many belongings but they can never live without food”. After the passing of her father and mother in 2012, Giuliana found herself drawn back to the family farm after working for more than a decade in the health industry. She began a free-range egg business with her husband Jason on the farm. This was hard work for the couple but provided Giuliana with the flexibility to care for her new child while earning a living. “It was familiar in many ways, having grown up on an egg farm, yet very different without my parents around,” Giuliana said. Starting the business was a steep learning curve, and Giuliana and Jason had to work very hard over long hours to make it a success. “While running the free-range egg business we started selling greater numbers of hens to people wanting to keep backyard chickens. This grew constantly over time, and Jason and I really enjoyed talking with customers and helping them overcome challenges with their backyard hens.” After building the business over five years, the family farm was sold and Giuliana and Jason moved to the Mornington Peninsula. They then

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reassessed everything and decided to stop the free-range egg side of the business and focus entirely on the needs of backyard chicken owners. “We’ve now established a thriving business on our Merricks 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 chickens is our main priority.” If you’d like to talk hens with Giuliana and Jason, drop by the farm or visit the Talking Hens website – and get cracking! They will also be holding an open weekend on March 19-20 from 10am-4pm. Activities include: • Free petting zoo • Pony rides • Free face-painting • Free craft activities • Food van/coffee/ice-cream •D aily presentation on getting started with backyard chickens • $200 voucher drawn daily TALKING HENS A: 3 590 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Merricks Open: Thursday-Monday 10am4pm; closed Tuesday and Wednesday W: FB: TalkingHens

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Happy Hearts at Home Susan Burnett could never have imagined in her wildest dreams the heartbreak that would come after her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in his late 60s. “My mother was in complete denial of Dad’s deteriorating condition and terrible driving skills that came with it, plus his inability to communicate properly,” says Susan. One fateful day, Susan’s mother died tragically in the driveway of her Mornington home when the car Susan’s father was driving hit her. “From that instant I was thrown into guardianship and sole carer of my father while juggling my six-year-old daughter and nineyear-old son. I couldn’t work, I was on carer’s pension for years and this was my first time experiencing the amount of consideration and care elderly and disabled people need. It was an extremely overwhelming, stressful, and draining time of my life.”

Susan used this tragedy to transform her life and that of many others by educating herself at TAFE about personal care for elderly and disabled people. In 2019 Susan started her business Peninsula Private Care to help people and families going through similar situations. “My aim is to stay in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula area to keep our services close and personal. We provide care for dementia patients, disability support, at your home and in the community. The key to our work is reliability, individualised care, consistency, and experienced support workers. In my personal experience, these are the most important attributes when caring for families’ loved ones and are the hardest to find.” PENINSULA PRIVATE CARE T: 0459 421 962 W: FB: peninsulaprivatecare INSTA: peninsula_private_care

Encouraging women to recognise their worth Although we will continue to live with the uncertainty of COVID for some time, it does feel as though we are beginning to live life with a little more ease and freedom. Yo-Ko Original Boutique owner Anne Spoelder says: “The last two years have caused us all to reflect on what is important and good in our lives, in our communities, and in our world. I feel so grateful for the love and strength of community, and in particular those who continue to support Yo-Ko Original Boutique. “Yo-Ko has had an exciting year operating from its premises in Armstrongs Rd, which certainly carried us through those difficult months of 2021. And yet despite the disruptions, I have never lost that first love I feel to encourage women to continue to recognise their worth and value as women first and foremost. I and my staff love to assist them in developing confidence in themselves with their styling and appearance, and the choices each woman makes in the garments and accessories she purchases. It is so important that each woman feels comfortable in the outfit she puts on and wears well.

“As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it is so good to affirm women and the astounding contributions they make within their communities. It is good to be reminded of this again as we enter a new year with new opportunities, as we allow our creativity to influence our lives and our businesses, and as we live our lives to the fullest.” YO-KO ORIGINAL BOUTIQUE A: 33 Armstrongs Rd, Seaford M: 0418 525 872 W: FB: yokooriginal INSTA: yokooriginal

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Are you ready to escape? Carolyn Parker is the owner and designer of Locked in Escape Rooms, one of Victoria’s premier escape room companies located right on our doorstep. She is the creative mind behind the immersive, different environments players delve into on their quest to escape. Her bespoke rooms are known among escape room enthusiasts as among the best in Australia. Whether it is the whimsical world of The Wizard’s Lair, where mystical potions and bubbling cauldrons await curious apprentices, or the stark, echoing chambers of an incapacitated spaceship on Nova: Mission to Mars, Carolyn has carefully designed each experience. So how does a spark of an idea come to fruition? It all starts with a theme. What sort of world would players like to explore? Being an avid reader of fiction, Carolyn is never short of world-building ideas. “I am a voracious reader,” she says. “My two most favourite recent reads are Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, and The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan.” Once a broad theme is established, it is time to create the story, starting with why a group of people would be trapped or trying to complete a mission in that particular environment. Her recently retired room, Blackout, was set in an abandoned coal-fired power station that had been closed since 1972. Players took on the role of technicians required to restart the power station because the energy crisis meant that much of the Peninsula was without power. With a basic story outline, it is time to do the physical build for the room. Many of Carolyn’s rooms have secret spaces that are revealed to the players as they solve the mystery. “I think my love of secret passages and hidden openings stems from my early reading of Enid Blyton books.” The gasps of astonishment as

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players reveal hidden treasures are the highlight for the team of game masters who provide guidance from a remote location. Once the bones of the rooms are established, Carolyn works to dress the sets and create bespoke puzzles that fit the theme. “Our escape rooms aren’t just a series of locks and keys; there are a lot of behind-the-scenes electronics that can make marvellous things happen when players solve a particular puzzle.” When not at the escape rooms, Carolyn can be found searching online marketplaces and the multitude of

antique and vintage bazaars across the Peninsula to find just the right prop pieces to make her rooms fully immersive. The end result? The most engaging fun you can have with a group of friends or family. If you haven’t been already, a visit is highly recommended. LOCKED IN ESCAPE ROOMS A: 2/2 Carbine Way, Mornington M: 0413 010 431 W: FB: Lockedinescaperooms INSTA: lockedinescaperooms

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Invisible dentures Combining elements of both art and science, designing smiles is creative and very satisfying. That’s why Maggie from DenturePoint loves her job. Denture technology has come a long way over the years and dentures can now be a positive part of your appearance. At DenturePoint, Maggie explores all the different options to find products that will make even the most fussy customer happy.

“Two years ago I started offering flexible dentures – it’s an American product by the brand name of Valplast, which is made of nylon and due to its nature can be designed so thin that it becomes invisible. I often have patients who are waiting on implants. After getting one of the Valplast dentures, they like the idea so much that it almost comes as a surprise.” Flexible dentures work really well in small spaces where only one tooth is missing. “There is a misconception that people think that if they only have one back tooth missing, no one will ever know and not much harm will come of it. As a matter of fact, missing one tooth could be the beginning of a complete disaster and may lead to other teeth migrating and moving around trying to close the gap, which eventually always ends up in losing more teeth. One-tooth flexible dentures work really well as space maintainers in such situations.” Maggie offers free consultations, so why don’t you call today for your appointment and have a chat with her face to face. DENTUREPOINT A: 2/20 Bruce St, Mornington T: 0400 919 513 W: FB: denturepoint INSTA: denturepoint

Pilates Studio makes fitness fun Pilates is a system of exercises developed in the early 20th century by Joseph H. Pilates. Originally called Contrology, it is practised worldwide in many forms: clinical, fitness-based, contemporary, and the classical method. If practised consistently, it will improve flexibility and strength and develop control and endurance, with an emphasis on alignment, breath, balance, co-ordination and deep core strength. Aisling Harris is a Level 4 APMA member and has been teaching Pilates for 19 years. While quite precise with her teaching, Aisling brings laughter and fun to a session, which is evident in her passion for Pilates. Cindy Tagliabue is a Level 1 PAA member and has been teaching for two years, most recently graduating with a Diploma of The Pilates Method. With studios in Flinders and St Andrews Beach, Aisling and Cindy bring new

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PENINSULA PILATES STUDIO A: 65 Cook St, Flinders A: 124 Bass Meadows Blvd, St Andrews Beach T: 0410 919 833 E: W: FB:

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As an introductory offer, you can enjoy two private sessions and three semiprivate classes for $295. Please note that a private session is a prerequisite to joining a semi-private class. Give Aisling a call today and make 2022 the year you get your health back in balance.

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- express denture repairs

approaches to Pilates and incorporate the holistic organic work of Joseph Pilates. Both studios offer scheduled semi-private classes with a maximum of three or four clients and make use of the full range of Pilates equipment, including Cadillac, Reformer, Wunda Chair, Ped-O-Pull, Ladder Barrel, Spring Wall, and Spine Corrector.

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Smart thinking Meet Shannon Smit, founding director of SMART Business Solutions Group, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed businesswoman who is testament to the fact that one can never stop learning, skill-building and evolving. After spending 11 years working at 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 growing family and a drive to nurture other small businesses to help build something better. This year, SMART Business Solutions celebrates 15 years as one of the most progressive and professional multi-service advisory firms on the Mornington Peninsula and beyond. Not one to stop evolving, Shannon added a further string to her professional bow several years ago by completing her master’s degree in financial planning. This end-to-end advisory offers SMART clients a 360-degree insight into their financial life, always ensuring that their clients’ financial and personal goals remain front and centre of everything they do. Shannon’s global thinking and ability to break through the glass ceiling recently bagged her two highly-coveted national financial advisory awards: IFA Goals-Based Adviser of the Year, and Women In Finance Financial Adviser of the Year. “I am honoured and thrilled to win these awards,” Shannon said. “I honestly love helping people map out their lives and achieve their

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goals. We take our tax and business advisory hats to create strategic financial modelling and forecasting so our clients can make the most of their finances, placing them in the position to make choices.” Shannon is also the brains behind the upcoming International Women’s Day fundraiser. To be held on March 10 at Mercetta in Main St, Mornington, the event, now in its second year, is raising funds for The Bays Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Mornington. With the increased funding pressures on our local healthcare systems due to the impact of COVID-19, this event aims to raise enough funds to purchase a day treatment infusion chair, essential for anyone undergoing cancer treatment. Enjoy a local wine and deliciously generous finger food, place your bids on the incredible silent auction packages, including vouchers and products from some of Mornington Peninsula’s most coveted, while catching up with fellow influential women of the Mornington Peninsula. All funds raised will be double-dollar-matched by SMART Business Solutions. With Mornington Peninsula Magazine and 3MP as major sponsors, the event is the perfect time to unite our community for a cause that touches everyone. Tickets are $49pp and are essential for entry. Book online at www.smartbusinesssolutions. SMART BUSINESS SOLUTIONS A: Level 1, 328 Main St, Mornington T: 5911 7000 W: FB: SMART.SBS

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So much fun for all ages Kidz Shed is an independent and locally owned and operated indoor play centre with the added bonus of an outdoor play area, where comfortable seating, umbrellas and a jumping castle make it the perfect place in which to play when the weather’s fine. We even supply complimentary sunscreen.

The only playcentre on the Mornington Peninsula, we have been open for four years and in this time we have become known for our spotless facilities, wonderful friendly staff and a great range of homemade food, including an extensive range of gluten and dairy-free options. The best thing is we also serve great Lavazza coffee for the parents while they sit and relax or work on their computer, happy in the knowledge their kids are having fun in a safe environment.

Set in the heart of Hastings with plenty of off-street parking, we specialise in affordable birthday parties, and our private hire of Kidz Shed has become increasingly popular with parents wanting to hold their children’s parties with their family and close friends. The adults will love the gourmet pizza and platter options while the kids enjoy our great party food.

Come lift up your voice The emblem of the Mornington Peninsula Welsh Ladies Choir is a brilliant daffodil. Like their emblem, the choir is blooming, and they are always looking for new members to join them at their great new venue – the Yamala Park Bowling Club in Frankston South.

Whether your party is large or small, let us take care of everything so you can sit back and enjoy a special day with your family and friends. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and our website for any updates and specials.

During COVID restrictions, the choristers of the Mornington Peninsula Welsh Ladies Choir kept singing from their repertoire of Welsh and English music via Zoom. During that challenging time there was one song that captured the support choristers gave each other. That song was Stephen Sondheim's No One is Alone.

KIDZ SHED A: 222 Marine Pde, Hastings T: 5906 5900 W: FB: KidzShed INSTA: kidzshed E:

Formed in 2018 under the direction of highly regarded Melbourne-based choral conductor Tom Buchanan, the choir has developed a reputation as a firstclass singing group, performing across the Peninsula, at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and most recently at the City of

Frankston’s Magical Christmas event. Choir president Trudi Mackenzie says: “We are a happy and supportive group of women who love singing together. No auditions are required and no Welsh speaking skills are needed. We are excited to be planning our Welsh tour in September 2023. Now is a wonderful opportunity to be part of an amazing choir. “Never sung before? Nervous about joining a choir? We can all remember that! We promise a warm welcome and lots of help to get you started on your singing journey. Come and listen to us rehearse, and chat to our choristers over a coffee or a drink at the bar.” For more information, call Trudi on 0406 678 261. MORNINGTON PENINSULA WELSH LADIES CHOIR A: Mornington M: 0406 678 261 W:

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Find your bliss with tai chi Jenny Harrison began her working life as a teacher. Then, after 20 years in the classroom, she became a fitness instructor, and now she is the owner of Rising Moon Tai Chi School. The transition was almost a fait accompli because each aspect of Jenny’s career seemed destined to culminate in teaching tai chi. 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. Jenny opened Rising Moon Tai Chi School in 2015 after a 30-year association with the art that began when she was studying goju

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ryu karate with the Tino Ceberano Martial Arts Academy. 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. Rising Moon offers 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 run their own tai chi classes. Face-to-face classes are held in Mount Martha, Mornington, Tyabb and Somerville. However, as a result of the way the COVID pandemic has affected our lives, Jenny has developed a step-by-step online series of videos so you can practise at home. Whether you are more comfortable with learning online or in classes, it’s easy to start or resume your tai chi journey today. RISING MOON TAI CHI T: 0418 566 216 W: FB: risingmoontaichi INSTA: risingmoontaichi LEARNING CHANNEL:

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Classes held in Mt Martha, Tyabb, Somerville and Mornington.

Enjoy the calmness and stillness of tai chi while gently exercising the body and the brain.

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Specialised help for menopause and sexual problems

Kay knows what you’re looking for Kay Tyrie is a people person and making people happy in her business, Main Street Eyecare, is the highlight of her job. “I love seeing the confidence and spring in their step when customers know they look good in their new purchase,” says Kay. “Having people return to tell us that they were stopped in the street and asked where they got their spectacles from makes my heart soar.” Kay started in the optical industry in the UK during the 1970s after an optometrist friend offered her a job and trained her. Kay has owned Main Street Eyecare for 21 years and worked there personally for more than 10 years. She believes eyewear is the most important accessory one can wear. “Even more important than a new handbag or pair of shoes, since the eyes are the first point of contact we make. We don't all wear the same clothes, so why wear the same spectacles?” Main Street Eyecare’s motto has always been ‘Eyewear as individual as you are’.

Dr Jane Offor is a very experienced GP who identified a need for a specialised service on the Peninsula to help women experiencing the impact of menopause and for women and men of all ages facing difficulties in their sex lives. Sexual difficulties arise in the context of the complex relationship between the life experiences of the individual, their physical and emotional health and the larger culture that they live in. To be able to help someone overcome the distress associated with sexual problems and experience an enjoyable sex life, time must be taken to fully understand the underlying issues. Offering personalised customer service is what drives Kay. “I love the interaction with each customer and finding the right frame just for them, matching colour, style and shape to their own look and personality. We strive for customers to have an experience, feeling special and part of the family, rather than simply making a purchase, and I love it when someone drops in just for a chat and to share their day.” MAIN STREET EYECARE A: 57 Main St, Mornington T: 5975 3235 FB: mainstreeteyecare3931 INSTA: mainstreeteyecare

Dr Offor has done specialised training with the European Society of Sexual Medicine and achieved her Fellowship with it in 2020. She sees a wide range of patients of all ages with issues such as pain during sex, desire or arousal problems, orgasmic disorders, erectile dysfunction, and relationship problems related to sex. She welcomes people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Many women experience a major impact on their well-being during the years surrounding menopause. This occurs at a very busy stage in life with women often juggling the challenges of paid work, parenthood and their extended family responsibilities. Dr Offor’s experience enables her to help women approach

this stage of life in a holistic way, focusing on all aspects of lifestyle and medical interventions such as hormone therapy that can be very effective at relieving symptoms. Video consultations are offered for your convenience and Medicare rebates are available. DR JANE OFFOR A: Level 1, Suite 5, 262 Main St, Mornington T: 5970 5353 W:

Welcoming people with open-mindedness and compassion, providing everyone with a safe, non-judgmental and professional medical environment. Now offering video consults with Medicare rebates available Level 1, Suite 5, 262 Main St, Mornington P: 5970 5353 |

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Hands-on approach Pippa Hanson is the kind of woman who makes you wonder if all of us really have the same number of hours in each day. Pippa is many things – business owner and CEO, podcast host, mentor, keynote speaker, former police detective – but it’s her work in the community that really makes her stand out. She is the vicechairwoman of the Committee for Greater Frankston, vice-president of the Frankston Football Club, a board member of the Ranelagh Club, and involved in Women Connect Frankston. Behind this impressive resume is the sheer desire to create a better experience of Frankston for all residents and visitors. At Women Connect Frankston, for example, she helps organise twice-yearly lunches to gather together local women and raise money for Dressed for Success and other community-centred initiatives. At Christmas, the committee filled 40 washing baskets with food to support

families in need. One of Pippa’s greatest achievements is The Sports Injury Clinic, which she cofounded 18 years ago. It’s not just TSIC’s commercial success that makes it such a prominent business, but the workplace culture Pippa has managed to create. Described as “inspirational, motivational and supportive”, it’s no surprise that the business has been showered with nominations and awards recognising everything from excellence in business to inspired customer service and employee well-being programs. It’s a busy life, but Pippa says she thrives on the challenges that come with her varied roles and is grateful for the chance to help improve the lives of her clients, staff and community. THE SPORTS INJURY CLINIC A: 365-367 Nepean Highway, Frankston T: 9783 9990 W: FB: TSICPeninsula INSTA:

Occasionally we stumble across someone who shows us what can be achieved with a clear vision, planning and organisation, enthusiasm and resilience. Her name is Judi McKee, and for many years she has volunteered her time and energy to social and humanitarian causes. Most importantly, Judi is a Rotarian. Celebrating International Women’s Day means different things to different people, but the global focus on equality and celebration is clear. Over the past century, women have collaborated and led purposeful action to redress inequality in the hope of a better future for their communities, children and themselves. Today we recognise, honour and celebrate the achievements of women globally. Judi believes that to enrich our world, all people should have an opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents, and that it is through telling stories that we begin to understand and share the feelings of others. Along the way, with Judi’s leadership, several local Rotary clubs worked together on an event that would celebrate women’s successful achievements and applaud those who have made a difference. This became the Rotary International Women's

Day Breakfast held each March at the Mornington Racecourse. “The global celebrations of women’s achievements was founded on collaboration,” Judi says, “and my hope is that we too continue to collaborate and celebrate those achievements and indeed support greater gender parity.” International Woman’s Day is supported by Flourish Café and Maree’s Tours. To find out more about joining Rotary, contact Maree Hutchins on 0425 753 152. MAREE'S TOURS A: 44 Norman Ave, South Frankston T: 9787 8489 W: FB: mareestours

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You’ll really love it here.

As you detour off the Mornington Peninsula Freeway, you might just end up in the cutest little seaside village called Rosebud.

Many of us have been along the Mornington Peninsula, but this quirky little town – named after an early-century shipwreck – really strikes you with its almost urban charm, village lifestyle, and eclectic mix of new and old. Here in this little seaside hamlet adorned with cute cottages and parallel backstreets known as The Avenues, you will also discover all the amenities of a much bigger inner-city landscape. Rosebud is packed with incredible boutique restaurants and cafes, fresh produce, the main street shops, vintage antiques and collectables, and its very own cinema. You’ll also find every imaginable modern-day franchise store, from Kmart, Target and others at the Plaza to all the major brand stores for just about every need. On your first few visits it seems almost strange. Weird, different – but it just

really grows on you.

Aside from commercial necessities, the pristine sands, the parks and children’s play areas, you can capture some views of the city and major shipping vessels traversing the waters of the south channel of Port Phillip out to Bass Strait. The sights are just amazing. Have a swim in the crystal-clear waters off the Rosebud Pier and foreshore. Rosebud feels just like a little piece of ‘God’s country’ in so many ways, and so many people find their peace and happiness here. We invite everybody to come and visit, shop, eat, dine and take in the glorious sun on those clear-sky days. During the year, we look forward to the annual Kite Festival and Rock Fest, which we are all longing for after the COVID closures. What a great place to visit and an even better place to live. You’ll really love it here. PHIL CVETOVAC – president, Rosebud Chamber of Commerce mornington PENINSULA


McKenzie Aged Care Group was founded by a family who saw a need to create an environment that truly felt like a family home. For more than 20 years, the creation and growth of 17 homes that have become warm and welcoming communities has been based on the foundations of family values.

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“At a time when family really matters, we want to provide the community with the confidence they need when it’s time to make a decision to enter aged care,” says director Sally McKenzie. “McKenzie is a place where they’ll know that their family does matter.” Our dedicated team members are ready to assist at every stage of the family’s journey into care. To learn more about McKenzie Aged Care and our Rosebrook home, visit www. or call 1300 899 222.

Our Rosebud home, Rosebrook, is surrounded by beautiful gardens and features a library, activities rooms and welcoming living spaces where you can enjoy the company of others. The light and spacious bedrooms include their own ensuite. Residents are encouraged to bring personal items such as pictures or their favourite quilt – important elements that help make the transition into their new home

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We believe that everyone deserves to live the happiest life can be. So by providing the right care, the very best professionals, beautiful surroundings and caring staff McKenzie helps our residents find that happiness. We understand that the decision to join our community is a big one. But we’re confident that once you see for yourself the level of care and compassion our residents enjoy, you’ll want to call McKenzie home.

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arts events leisure Miffy branches out into Mount Martha This evocative driftwood tree of life wall art piece is on display and available for viewing and purchase at Miffy Pittaway’s new selling outlet, Bodhi & Me, at 5A Bay Rd, Mount Martha.

Restaurant at 1889 Point Nepean Rd, Tootgarook. The first is a rattan seashell-encrusted decorative wall art piece, while the second is a smaller piece beautifully handmade and handcrafted out of driftwood and encrusted with seashells.

Bodhi & Me is the first Mount Martha outlet to feature Miffy’s work, so pop in to view this uniquely Australian limited edition and genuine one-off piece today.

Now with two outlets featuring Miffy’s exquisite creations, it’s never been easier to transform your home with a gorgeous artwork from She Shell Art.

Meanwhile, Miffy has two ‘showstopping’ lobster wall hanging pieces available to view and buy exclusively at Mark and Cherie Poulter’s delightful Veraison

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Make a bid and show you care If you’d like the chance to take home a wonderful piece of art while supporting Peninsula Home Hospice, next month’s third Unframed Art silent auction is for you. Many significant artists live and work on the Mornington Peninsula and they, with talented emerging artists, have donated 40 paintings to the Unframed Art silent auction and art show. What makes this show unique is that the artist has signed only the back of the painting, and you won’t discover their identity until after you have bought their work. All money raised from Unframed Art will help Peninsula Home Hospice continue to provide overnight respite care for its clients and their carers. This free service is offered to those living within the Mornington Peninsula Shire, City of Frankston and City of Kingston south of Mordialloc Creek. Peninsula Home Hospice receives State Government support but also relies on community fundraising to supplement its funding and ensure it can continue providing its service to all who need it. Unframed Art is at Southern Buoys Studios, 1/19 Carbine Way, Mornington, on April 2. For tickets, go to PENINSULA HOME HOSPICE A: 327 Main Street Mornington Victoria T: 5973 2400 W:



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Bringing emotion into creative mastery An event this month that’s not to be missed is the 2022 Graham Jones Solo Exhibition at Nissarana Galleries, 211 Main St, Mornington. As a master of expressive creation, Graham has created a new collection of breathtaking paintings that are universally appealing, having both a deep artistic sensibility as well as complementing and uplifting any interior space.

the Royal Family. His works are held in private collections in the US, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates as well as throughout Australia. Graham has been represented by Nissarana Galleries since 2017 in Noosa and in Mornington.

Much of Graham’s life has been consumed with some sort of artistic venture covering the genres of music, writing and design, where he forged successful careers in all three areas. He is well-known throughout Australia for his awardwinning home design company Graham Jones Design, which has won 85 national awards. In 2006 he became design consultant to the Royal Family in Abu Dhabi, where he worked for seven years.

This exhibition is ideal for those looking for a collectable artwork that will also complement their interior design. The opening event will be a fun night where there will be drinks and live music, so mark the date in your diary.

Since this time Graham has dedicated his creativity to being a painter, producing many breathtaking large artworks that now grace the walls of homes in Australian and overseas. In 2019 Graham returned to Abu Dhabi for his solo exhibition of 40 new works sponsored by

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Graham’s solo exhibition will display a new style of work as well as Graham’s signature contemporary expressionist landscape paintings that touch the fine line between reality and the abstract.

Opening night for the 2022 Graham Jones Solo Exhibition is Friday, March 18, from 6-8pm, and the exhibition will then be open every day from 10.30am-4pm until April 10. NISSARANA GALLERIES A: 211 Main St, Mornington T: 5976 8877 M: 0474 496 222 E: W: INSTA: nissaranagalleries mornington PENINSULA


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“From Reflection to Joy”Conductor Margaret Brown

Choir returns for 2022 season The Bel Canto Choir, with conductor Margaret Brown, invite you to join them for a magical afternoon of music at the first concert of their 2022 series, From Reflection to Joy.

Sunday 3rd April 2022, 2:30pm photo by Alan Mathews The Village Uniting Church, 93 Canadian Bay Rd, Mount Eliza Admission: $25 Adult/$20 Concession (Seniors, Students) Primary School Students no charge Tickets: or phone: 9787 5383, Please note, due to current COVID-19 requirements, members of the audience will need to wear masks for the duration of the concert and those 18 years and over must provide proof of full Covid Vaccination or valid medical exemption as a condition of entry. Photograph: Alan Mathews

The all-female choir will perform at The Village Uniting Church, 93 Canadian Bay Rd, Mount Eliza, on Sunday, April 3, at 2.30pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for

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seniors and students (primary school students admitted free) and are available through or phone 9787 5383. Limited tickets will be available at the door on the day. Audience members must wear masks during the concert, and those 18 years and over must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a valid medical exemption as a condition of entry.

Timely talk on nurses’ wartime experiences As we approach Anzac Day, FrankTALK with Victoria Purman compels us to reflect on the experience and sacrifice – not always obvious when thinking about war. Victoria’s newest release, The Nurses’ War, gives the reader a true and honest insight into the experience of Australian nurses in World War I. Please join us for this FrankTALK with Victoria Purman on Tuesday, April 5, at 11am in the Frankston Library. This event is free but bookings are essential because numbers are limited. The Easter school holidays are not far away, so head to our website and sign up to our e-news to be the first to hear about our schedule of free school holiday

programs happening across all library branches. Have you downloaded our app yet? Head to the app store or Google Play and search ‘Frankston Library’ to find and download it for free. You can access e-resources, reserve books and even borrow books through the app while in the library. Head to au for details of all these events and more. Follow us @FrankstonCityLibraries on Facebook and Instagram. FRANKSTON CITY COUNCIL A: Level 1, 30 Davey St, Frankston T: 1300 322 322 W: FB: Frankston City Council INSTA: frankstoncity mornington PENINSULA


The Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Easter Art Show is back and celebrating its 12th year of raising money for the BYS rescue boat fleet, which is used to support junior, community and disabled sailing programs. Invited artists from Melbourne and the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas will exhibit works in a variety of media. Feature artists this year are sculptor James Alexander and artists Linda Weil and Dianne Fix, who will be joined by returning and new artists, including indoor and outdoor sculptors. Artworks can be viewed on Friday, April 15, from noon-6pm by appointment only via BXGJN; and on Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17, from 10am-2pm, and Monday, April 18, from 10am-2pm. Tickets are $5 at the door. Visitors are welcome to stay on at the yacht club and enjoy the BYS bistro and deck with stunning views of the bay, or just relax on the lawn or beach. BLAIRGOWRIE YACHT SQUADRON A: 2900 Point Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie T: 5925 960003 FB: byseasterartshow INSTA: bys.easterartshow

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Popular art show returns for Easter Get into the spirit of live theatre Frankston Theatre Group has come a long way from the days when it performed at the old Plaza Theatre, where the stage was so narrow it was like performing on a plank. The 1500-seat cinema was a regular venue with its screen removed before each performance.

Despite the challenges of lockdowns in 2021, the group still managed to bring two successful productions to the Mornington Peninsula stage: Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, and Ed Sala’s Bloody Murder. With the 2022 season in full swing, the group has three more stage plays lined up: Noel Coward’s classic comedy Blithe Spirit; the science fiction-based drama Flowers for Algernon; and the hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors to close out the year. With plans already developing for a series of one-act plays, monologues and readings, the opportunity for the local community to engage in live theatre hasn’t been this promising for some time. Blithe Spirit runs over consecutive weekends from March 25-April 3 at Mount Eliza Community Hall. Tickets are available from Chris Hollins rehearses for this month’s production of Blithe Spirit.

March 25th until April 3rd 2022 Mount Eliza Community Hall

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Food Yard Mornington disused end of old Mornington railway line has been transformed into a vibrant and edgy pop-up street food, live entertainment & market shopping destination; first & third Saturday of the month, 5-9pm

Soul Night Market 555 Old Moorooduc Rd, Tuerong; 60 boutique street food & drink trucks, handmade makers and live soul music; 5-9pm; SHOP.EAT.DRINK.SOCIALISE

The 94th Red Hill Show Red Hill Recreation Reserve, Red Hill; all rides free with entry; tickets on sale via welcome




The Peninsula Picnic Mornington Racecourse, 11.30am till late. Treat yourself to great Peninsula food, wine and spirits including; Merricks General Wine Store, Montalto and Paringa, music from such acts as Bernard Fanning, Boy & Bear, Mama Kin and more plus a range of kids activities. Tickets $109, book online

My Mount Eliza Run & Fun Festival Mount Eliza Regional Park, from 8.30am; tickets $45, every registered participant receives free MY2022 T-shirt and gift bag

5ifth Market Chelsea Bicentennial Park, Scotch Pde, Chelsea, 10am-2pm; 120+ makers and food stalls set around a beautiful walking track



Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Team Challenge 2022 supporting vocation and employment opportunities for youth on the Southern Peninsula, teams of four completing five legs, one individual leg each and the team swim, from 10.30am at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron; $120 per team, book online

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

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After a staggering 250-show run in Australia and New Zealand across 2019 and 2021, A Taste of Ireland finally returns to Victoria in 2022. An all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza, this energetic, feel-good Irish music and dance feast will feature some of the world’s leading Irish dancers and musicians, including many world champions and stars from Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. “We are extremely proud of the company we have assembled for our tour,” said star

and producer Brent Pace. “We have the best local Australian talent and a few major stars from the international dance and music world.” The show’s live, energetic blend of jaw-dropping a cappella tap battles, world-class dancing, melodic folk music mash-ups and craic galore transports you through the story of Ireland’s tumultuous history.

“Not only does the show feature some of the best Irish music and dance talent, but it also brings the entertainment, humour and storytelling that the Irish are so well known

Joshua explores his heritage through art There’s no keeping Joshua Searle away from his paintbrushes. A self-taught artist, Joshua has been “compelled to paint” since he was a child.

Joshua’s mother’s family are Colombian, and they migrated to Australia due to the intense political situation in Colombia after a chance meeting his grandfather, a commercial pilot working with US airlines, had with an Australian.

for,” Brent said. “You’re guaranteed to walk away with your toes tapping and your face beaming.” A Taste of Ireland will perform live in Frankston and Dandenong on March 19 and 20 respectively. For tickets and all Victorian tour dates, visit www. A TASTE OF IRELAND A: Frankston Arts Centre, 27-37 Davey St, Frankston W: FB: atasteofirelandshow INSTA: atasteofirelandshow

strength that his culture can provide. “My South American ancestry enables me to tap into knowledge that is strong and old – it is a beacon of strength,” he said. Political issues also engage and compel him. He believes artists “cannot ignore what is happening around them; they have a duty as an artist to speak to what is happening”. Born and raised on the Mornington Peninsula, Joshua works primarily as a painter, using a variety of mediums including acrylic, oil stick, oil pastel and pencil.

Art has enabled him to explore his Colombian heritage and identity, examining issues of racism and colonisation, Joshua’s artworks are now on exhibition at Frankston Arts Centre until April 23. For more information, please visit which has brought him to an understanding of the The artworks are on display as part of the Ventana Fiesta – Frankston City’s much-loved Latin arts festival.

Ventana offers a diverse range of intimate and authentic experiences through dance, music, food, art, crafts, film, and educational workshops. For more information about Ventana, please visit FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE A: 27-37 Davey St, Frankston T: 9784 1060 W: FB: FrankstonArtsCentre INSTA: the_fac

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the business Businesses get their skates on: Sk8house in Carrum Downs was transformed into a powerhouse of inspiration and expert advice at the inaugural Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Business Summit last month. Representatives of businesses across the region converged for a two-hour event designed to supercharge their growth and navigate the COVID world. Hosted by business finance specialist and Style Finance Group CEO Bernadine Geary, the summit featured keynote speaker Kate Save, the co-founder of Be Fit Food and the 2017 Shark Tank winner. Also present were Dunkley federal Labor MP Peta Murphy and a panel of experts from more than 10 lenders. Photos: supplied

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The Flinders Motoring Heritage, which is run by the Flinders District Lions Club, celebrates classic, vintage, and veteran cars and motorbikes and is held in Flinders on Easter Sunday. Last year’s Heritage attracted 2000 visitors and featured more than 150 vehicles in such categories as Best Vintage Car, Best Classic Car, Best Modified Car, Most Rare or Unusual Car, and Best Oily Rag, and saw $28,000 given to Peninsula Health to help buy a cardiorespiratory fetal monitor. This year’s event will include a category for vintage motorbikes.

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“This (award) is great recognition of the club’s work over recent years and its commitment to serve the community and support Peninsula Health,” the club said in a statement. “(We) wish to thank the event sponsors Kallus Kenny Intelex, Bendigo Bank in Balnarring, RT Edgar Mornington Peninsula, the Flinders Hotel, Blueprint Printers and Porsche Centre Brighton, among others. The club would like to thank all its members and community volunteers for the wonderful help they give us planning and executing this event, taking care of car exhibitors, sponsorships, parking and administration.” mornington PENINSULA


As autumn arrives, what better season to appreciate your own backyard. The days are long and the weather is perfect for getting out and about, so why not stay close to home and immerse yourself in the huge range of experiences our region has to offer. Rediscover outdoor adventures, worldclass food and wine, craft brewing and distilling, or arts and culture – support local businesses and share the abundance of local experiences with visiting friends and family. The Peninsula is home to a diverse range of makers and creators, galleries and artist studios. Support our musicians by attending a gig and reconnecting with the live music scene. Through your support, our arts industry can continue to rebuild its momentum.

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Enjoy a meal at one of our many restaurants or cafes. Sample a brew on tap or savour one of our best wines. Take a gin flight to rediscover the craft of our distilling businesses. With autumn seasonal produce on the menu, you can feed the family – and support local farmers, farmgates, greengrocers and butchers – by sourcing fresh, in-season essentials locally. Local business is our lifeblood. Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Support Local campaign urges you to make a difference. Find out how at www. MORNINGTON PENINSULA SHIRE A: 2 Queen St, Mornington A: 90 Besgrove St, Rosebud A: 21 Marine Pde, Hastings A: 1085 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Somerville T: 5950 1000 W:

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Looking for a new retail experience? Stray from the well-worn track down the Mornington Peninsula’s coast and you’ll find yourself in the village of Mount Eliza. Here you’ll discover a genuine boutique environment away from the hustle and bustle of tourists. Be greeted warmly by the slow-paced, friendly atmosphere of a vibrant local community, and take time to shop, eat, drink and chill. North of Mornington just off Nepean Highway, this shady, tree-lined village is home to an interesting mix of independent shops with not a chain store in sight. Female and male fashions, homewares, specialist food and wine merchants, and the best quality fresh produce abound, and there’s also no shortage of beauty and personal pampering services. Remember the days of quality customer service rather than just ‘hard sell’? Well, it still exists here in abundance. The friendly and knowledgeable retail staff tend to be the business owners themselves and therefore they’re the ones with stories to share and a passion for the services they provide. With cafes full of deliciousness, juice bars, an irresistible ice-creamery, extended outdoor dining areas and the outdoor beer garden of the local hotel, there’s plenty of refreshment choices to sustain you before, during and after your shopping spree. New businesses continue to open, showing their confidence in the business community, and the vibe is good. Come join the special ambience of a shopping trip, including dinner, in Mount Eliza Village, where you’ll find boutique shopping at its best.

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Cancer diagnosis inspires fun run For Geoff Nyssen, February 18, 2014, was an ordinary day. He woke up with his family, went to work, and that night played basketball with his mates. During the game, however, Geoff felt a huge jolt of pain shoot up his arm and into his shoulder. A week later, Geoff was diagnosed with the terminal blood cancer multiple myeloma and maybe had only 10 years to live. “It took me nearly six months for my feet to touch the ground, to find my direction and my new normal,” he says. Geoff decided to show his kids what to do when faced with adversity, and the MY Mount Eliza Run & Fun Festival was the result. On Sunday, March 20, Geoff and his volunteer committee will host the sixth festival at Mount Eliza Regional Park. Their ambitious goal is to raise $80,000 for Snowdome Foundation’s blood cancer research to help Geoff and others with myeloma live to 80 – #HelpGeoffTo80. The festival will include 4km, 8km and 12km runs/walks; a short kids’ dash with games and activities; music and entertainment; interactive exhibits with giveaways; and much more. Sign up at to be part of the run and to start fundraising for this great cause.

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Formally known as Headlines Of Dromana, HL is a hair salon which has relocated to Mt Eliza

Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm | Saturday 9am-1pm Shop 3, 73-75 Canadian Bay Rd, Mt Eliza (Across from the Woolworths carpark) | For bookings call 0431 810 109

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After 20 years in Dromana cutting and creating for their wonderful clients, Scott and Kayla are back in Mount Eliza and would like to introduce themselves and welcome you to their salon, Headlines of Mount Eliza.

Whether you just need a freshen up or a whole new look, Scott and Kayla will take the time to talk through the style that will best suit your look and lifestyle. And when it comes to colour, you can embrace your natural colour or book in for a complete makeover. There are so many beautiful colours to choose from.

“We have a spacious, spotlessly clean salon and have created a relaxing and peaceful environment,” says Scott. “With over 50 years of experience in cutting and colouring, we can personalise an experience for every individual’s different needs.”

Headlines salon is proud to stock exclusively NAK Hair products. NAK products are Australian-made and offer natural luxury, made with natural vegan ingredients, luxe botanicals, and pure essential oils. Sulfate-free, parabenfree, and using certified organic ingredients, this is clean beauty at its best. Headlines is conveniently located in the Eliza Square Shopping Centre carpark and is open six days a week. If your hair needs some pampering, make time for yourself and book in with Scott or Kayla. They look forward to meeting you. HEADLINES OF MOUNT ELIZA A: Shop 3, 73-75 Canadian Bay Rd, Mount Eliza T: 0431 810 109 FB: headlinesofmounteliza INSTA: headlinesofmounteliza

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Finding the right insurance for you Since 1986, Midland Insurance Brokers has been a trusted insurance advisory firm specialising in providing small to medium-size businesses with tailored and comprehensive cover. We are family-owned and operated and take great pride in what we do. In addition to general business insurance, Midland’s brokers have expert knowledge in industries including breweries, distilleries and wineries, cafes, landscaping, transport, photography, and film and TV. As brokers, we don’t work for insurance companies; we work for our clients, which is why it pays to have us in your corner. We help decipher the complexities of

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your policy and note things you may not have considered. We can also meet you in person with COVID-safe measures in place, and we have a team of claims officers who can assist you if you need to make a claim. We put forward the best product at the best price to ensure you have the cover you need, when you need it. Whether you’re a sole business operator or you have several staff and multiple locations, our job is to source, negotiate and uncomplicate the most appropriate insurance cover for you. MIDLAND INSURANCE BROKERS A: Suite 1, 14 Ranelagh Drive, Mount Eliza T: 9775 2355 E: W: mornington PENINSULA


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Your children will feel right at home Nestled in the leafy suburb of Mount Eliza, Mt Eliza House Sanctuary of Early Learning was established in 1996 and has been providing a consistent quality of care ever since. Only a stone’s throw from the bay, we travel via our centre bus and incorporate Beach and Bush Kinder weekly into our program. With large natural outdoor environments and six inviting rooms, the children spend their days exploring their world, creating positive friendships and developing empathy and respect. Our curriculum reinforces connections with nature and encourages autonomy, problem-solving and creativity.

Committed to continuous quality care and improvement to ensure a full balanced development for each child in our expansive, natural learning environment.

We invite you to tour our service to see for yourself the home-like play spaces and feel the family and community vibe that is Mt Eliza House.

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Cellulite and skin-firming treatment that actually works Niamh at Peninsula Endermologie knows everything there is to know about cellulite. And she’s spent the past six years helping hundreds of Melburnians get rid of theirs. Although most of her clients are Peninsula residents, people also travel from the city for Niamh’s specialised endermologie treatments. And you can see why – Niamh is passionate about helping women safely get rid of stubborn fat, smooth away cellulite and improve skin tone. “People often come to me after spending years wasting their money on ineffective treatments and creams that just don’t work,” she says. “They’re so relieved when I point out that endermologie has been around for nearly 40 years and has undergone thorough scientific

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research, with more than 150 clinical trials proving it really does work.” At Peninsula Endermologie, there’s no false promises, just real results. And the great thing is endermologie is completely non-invasive, so there’s no side effects or downtime. Niamh offers a thorough 90-minute consultation with a complimentary discovery treatment to make sure endermologie is right for you. Just visit to book in and make your cellulite a thing of the past. PENINSULA ENDERMOLOGIE WELLNESS CENTRE & CELLULITE SOLUTIONS A: 120 Humphries Rd, Mount Eliza M: 0434 946 209 W: FB: peninsula.endermologie INSTA: peninsula.endermologie mornington PENINSULA


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For 54 years Euro Collections has been the go-to boutique in Mount Eliza for fabulous fashions you won’t find anywhere else. The boutique’s recent move to Mount Eliza’s Ritchies Village Centre is the only thing that’s changed. Whether you’re shopping for casual, professional, or special occasion outfits, you’re sure to find something exceptional here. Euro Collections boasts one of the most extensive range of designers from Europe, New Zealand and Australia on the Mornington Peninsula. Catering to all female shapes, owner/operator Yvonne curates a diverse collection each season featuring stunning garments of impeccable design and quality. Beautiful European shoes from casual to cocktail style complement the clothing range. If you’re looking to update your autumn wardrobe, the latest designs from French Canadian designer Frank Lyman arrive weekly. You’ll find an extensive collection including cocktail and evening gowns, special occasion and day wear, sportswear jackets, shirts, T-shirts, and jeans with an excellent cut, all in sizes XS to XXXL. A unique service Yvonne provides is designer tailor made-to-measure outfits to suit your individual requirements and taste. You’ll find especially designed unique collections to target your occasion and figure. Dress sizes range from 6 to 26 and shoe sizes range from 35 to 42. EURO COLLECTIONS A: Shop 17, Ritchies Village Centre, 89 Mount Eliza Way, Mount Eliza T: 5338 3964 W: Issue 124, MARCH 2022

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health, beauty, fashion Red-letter day for Peninsula business Red Hill Candle Co founder Ebony Flett has won the Young Achievers Award at the 2021 Victorian Tourism Awards, with her business also taking home bronze in the New Tourism Business category. “I’m so thrilled by not only this personal accolade but to be acknowledged amongst so many other incredible tourism businesses; it’s so humbling,” Ebony said. “We’ve been working on this for over five years now, but the last 12 months have just been amazing. Opening the factory experience and store with such a wonderful visitor response to our workshops, plus being part of this resilient Victorian tourism industry, it’s been such an incredible and at times interesting year.”

Ebony’s award, which was presented on February 3, recognised her “contribution to the development of a vibrant and professional tourism industry”. Red Hill Candle Co was among nine finalists in the New Tourism Business category, acknowledging excellence in the planning and development of new tourism infrastructure and/or services. From its home-based beginnings, Red Hill Candle Co has become a thriving store and workshop experience in the Dromana Industrial Estate. Victoria Tourism Industry Council chief executive Felicia Mariani said the awards showcased some of the most compelling tourism businesses in Victoria. “VTIC is proud to deliver such an important event for our industry that highlights the innovation and passion our operators exhibit every day in creating magical moments for their visitors,” Ms Mariani said.

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Mornington Peninsula Dental Clinic has cared for generations and families for over 40 years. Mornington Peninsula Dental Clinic would like to welcome back Dr Elaine Cant and welcome Dr Matt Bozanic to the team

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How early orthodontic treatment can save you time and money Early orthodontic treatment can significantly reduce or even eliminate the need for more expensive orthodontic treatment in older teens. Because kids have softer bones and shorter teeth roots, correcting crowding, bite and protruding teeth issues takes less than 12 months in most cases. Early orthodontic intervention aims to make room for the permanent teeth to grow properly and to reduce the need to extract any adult teeth. Additionally, if your child needs teenage orthodontics, they will likely have a shorter treatment schedule. Most teenage patients who have early orthodontic treatment need six months less than teenagers who didn’t. The most significant part of this for parents is that having less time wearing orthodontic appliances reduces the overall treatment cost. The overall result for any orthodontic work is to enable functional jaws and straight, aligned teeth. So getting orthodontic treatment earlier means stronger and long-lasting adult teeth.

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Barkly Street Dental Group provides complete orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages. After a detailed consultation and examination, their skilled and caring dentists will recommend the treatment that best suits you. And knowing that they are Platinum Invisalign Providers gives you that extra assurance that you are receiving some of the Peninsula’s most experienced orthodontic care. Having dentists who are fully qualified in orthodontics will ensure that all areas of oral health are looked after in one visit. BARKLY STREET DENTAL GROUP A: 48 Barkly St, Mornington T: 5975 5355 W: FB: BarklyStreetDental INSTA: barklystreetdental mornington PENINSULA


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Join the fun and volunteer at the Great Aussie Hike The Great Aussie Hike embraces the great Aussie spirit of mates looking after each other. Teams have been giving their all to their mates as they prepare for the ultimate challenge of walking 30km, 43km, 57km or 100km around the Mornington Peninsula on April 1-2.

The challenge focuses on people having fun, getting fit and strengthening friendships to improve overall mental health after the past couple of tough years. Let’s get behind them as a community and support their journey. There are lots of wonderful opportunities for you to be involved along the course. Organisers of the Great Aussie Hike are looking for motivational course marshals and cheer squads along the route. Come and wave flags, ring bells and lift the spirits of the walkers as they pass by. Alternatively, you may like to be at one of the rest stops, helping to get drinks of water and provide words of encouragement. Whether you go by yourself, with a friend or gather the kids and join the fun, it’s guaranteed to be a wonderful experience volunteering – there’s nothing better than making other people smile. As a thank you, all volunteers get a care package that includes a challenge buff, discount on the next Great Aussie Hike and access to the Shift Your Gaze motivational mindset coaching program with the Happiness Hunter valued at $49 (conditions apply). It’s also not too late if you’d like to take part in the challenge. Grab some mates and put together a last-minute team. You can elect to share the distance or take on the entire course length, allowing all your friends to participate. Further details can be found at The Great Aussie Hike is proudly sponsored by Mornington Peninsula


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The Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron is inviting Peninsula residents to get a team of four together and take part in its 2022 Team Challenge to help raise money for our young people.

The challenge will be held on Sunday, March 27, over five legs: a 1.2km swim, 3km ski paddle, 2km stand-up paddleboard, 2.4km beach run, and 400m team swim. There will be a briefing at 10am before the event starts at 10.30am. The entry cost is $120 a team, with proceeds

going directly to Headspace Rosebud to support youth on the southern Peninsula. Spectators are welcome, and morning tea and lunch will be available at the squadron. Teams can enter and find out more at www.trybooking. com/BWLFA, and you can keep up to date on Facebook @ BYSChallenge and Instagram @ byschallenge Headspace provides the life skills, social and emotional well-being support that assist youth to be ‘employment-ready’, which is critical in making sustainable pathways into any industry. If you’re unable to enter a team but would still like to get involved, you could sponsor the event, donate cash, provide goods or services for a silent auction and prizes on the day, or promote it on your website or social media.

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Aries: It’s full throttle in your professional life this month.

Outwardly you may appear calm but lots of behind-thescenes action helps you move forward. You are like a duck gliding smoothly along the surface while its legs are paddling fast under the water. Your manifesting powers are strong. Taurus: March is busy as you broaden your horizons. Your daily chores are not the focus, but rather interests that help you escape everyday mundanity. Travel plans, sporting events, publishing, teaching, studying, conferences and even legal matters are all highlighted with planets moving through the 9th House of your Solar Chart. Gemini: The question that arises for Geminis during March is: Are you happy in your professional life? If so, you are likely to enjoy a boost in the form of a promotion, opportunity to study or to teach. You receive recognition, and perhaps rewards for a job well done. Cancer: You may be dreaming of an overseas trip, or perhaps an escape to a tropical island. Romance may also be in the air whether you are single or married. You can let your imagination flow. You need to expand your horizons and the best way to get started is to visualise possibilities.


Abundance is your favourable theme now. You can count your blessings, adopt an attitude of gratitude and watch your bounty flow. You are reaping what you have sown in recent times. The more that you have used your time and money wisely, the more that you can enjoy this period. Virgo: Romance is in the air. This could be a new love, or a renewed spark with your spouse. The planets are lighting up your romance and marriage sectors. If you are single, a special someone may catch your eye. Try to suspend any critical Virgo thoughts, and go with the flow. Libra: The private sector of your Solar Chart is lit up like a Christmas tree, indicating that home and family are your top priority. Childhood memories may be on your mind. If so, it’s time to focus on childhood beliefs and whether or not they still serve you. Scorpio: Strategy is your friend this March, particularly when it comes to neighbourhood matters, speaking engagements, and sibling encounters. You may be tempted to speak your mind because it’s sharper than usual right now. However, you need to ensure that you actively listen as well as speak.


Fun times in your private life abound. If you have been dreaming about a seachange, autumn sees you make a move or at least take a short break, or travel further afield in search of a change of scenery. It’s time to dream a little about your ideal living quarters. Capricorn: Capricorns at the top of the corporate ladder need to brush up on an artistic or spiritual pursuit. If you are a hardworking mountain goat, it’s time to soften, to reassess your attitude to success. If you are more of a domestic goat, you are likely to be focused on more mundane matters. Aquarius: Your motivation level is high, particularly when it comes to your physical appearance, personal happiness and love life. The planets Mars and Venus unite in your Zodiac Sign on March 6, sparking up your love life and your love of life. Your income may also receive a boost. Pisces: This is your period of many blessings. It’s time to face your fears and embrace the positive aspects of your life. You don’t need to be Pollyanna-ish, just optimistic. Your imagination is your super power and you can use it to visualise what makes you happy and fulfilled.

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Imbalance in earwax can cause problems. Not enough can lead to itchy ears. Too much can cause blockage, leading to problems with hearing, tinnitus, dizziness and earache. This is more common in people who wear hearing aids, use earbuds or ear plugs. About 20 per cent of the population simply produce too much earwax. Using cotton buds to remove earwax



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All markets are confirmed with organisers before publication, however, late changes can occur. For FREE inclusion online and in print, please email market details to by the 15th of each month. EVERY WEDNESDAY Point Nepean Portsea Market: Portsea Main St, Mornington: 9am-3pm between Cromwell and Albert streets Quarantine Station, Point Nepean National EVERY THURSDAY Park, 9am-2pm High St, Hastings: 9am-1pm, 40+ stalls, everything homemade, homeSATURDAY MARCH 19 grown & crafted Boneo Community Market: third Saturday Plaza Palooza: 9am-4pm, Langwarrin Plaza, Langwarrin of the month, 8am-noon; cnr Boneo and Limestone roads EVERY SUNDAY Bittern: 8am-1pm, 70+ stalls, Frankston-Flinders Rd, Bittern station Emu Plains Market: Emu Plains Reserve, Balnarring Racecourse, Balnarring, 9am-2pm Frankston: 8am-1pm, Sherlock & Hay carpark, Young St, Frankston SATURDAY MARCH 5 Food Yard Mornington: disused end of old Food Yard Mornington: disused end of old Mornington railway line Mornington railway line has been transformed has been transformed into a vibrant and edgy pop-up street food, live into a vibrant and edgy pop-up street food, live entertainment & market shopping destination; first & third Saturday of entertainment & market shopping destination; the month, 5-9pm first & third Saturday of the month, 5-9pm Red Hill Community Market: 8am-1pm, Red Pearcedale Market: third Saturday of month, Hill Recreation Reserve 8am-noon, 710 Baxter-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale SUNDAY MARCH 6 SATURDAY MARCH 26 Mornington Racecourse Craft Market: Dromana Community Market: fourth Saturday Racecourse Rd, 9am-2pm; 300+ stalls with of month, Dromana Community Park, Point animal farm and face-painting for the kids Nepean Rd, Dromana; 8.30am-1.30pm; familyMoorooduc Station Market: 460 Moorooduc friendly experience with fresh and seasonal Highway, Moorooduc; 60 stall boutique produce and locally crafted products handmade maker and street food market 5ifth Market: Chelsea Bicentennial Park, Scotch at historic Moorooduc station; great Pde, Chelsea, 10am-2pm; 120+ makers and family day; food stalls set around a beautiful walking track moorooduc-station-market FRIDAY MARCH 11 Little Beauty Market: Beauty Park, High St, Soul Night Market: 555 Old Moorooduc Rd, Frankston, 9am-2pm www.littlebeautymarket. Tuerong; 60 boutique street food & drink trucks, handmade makers and live soul music; 5-9pm; SHOP.EAT.DRINK.SOCIALISE www. Tootgarook Market: fourth Saturday of month, Tootgarook Primary School, 7 Carmichael St, 7.30am-noon; handmade crafts, local and fresh SATURDAY MARCH 12 produce, gourmet foods, plants, bric-a-brac Crib Point Community Market: second SUNDAY MARCH 27 Saturday of month, 9am-1pm, Crib Point Community House, 7 Park Rd, Crib Point Mount Martha Briars Market: 450 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha, 9am-2pm Rosebud Community School: second Saturday of month, Nepean Hwy, the old carnival site SUNDAY APRIL 3 on Rosebud Foreshore (opp 7-Eleven), 120+ Moorooduc Station Market: 460 Moorooduc stalls, handmade and new items, produce and Highway, Moorooduc; 60 stall boutique plants handmade maker and street food market Rosebud Foreshore (opposite 7-Eleven), 120+ at historic Moorooduc station; great stalls, handmade and new items, produce and family day; plants moorooduc-station-mark

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Easter baking with Somerville Egg Farm

As a symbol of fertility and rebirth, the egg has been associated with festivals and celebrations for centuries. With Easter upon us and winter well on the way, come say g’day to the team at an egg farm where freshness and quality are No.1. We all know how delicious Somerville Egg Farm’s eggs are and how they make baking taste just that little bit better.

free or to say hello to emus that also live on this gorgeous family-run farm. When you can’t have your own chickens laying eggs every day, then Somerville Egg Farm is the next best thing, right? Somerville Egg Farm is just around your corner so there’s no excuse not to get the freshest eggs to help you through the baking season ahead. Grab some duck eggs and pre-bagged chicken manure to fertilise your garden while you’re there too.

The Napolitano family has been producing and supplying eggs to the retail and wholesale market for more than 40 years, servicing not only the Peninsula community but also the Greater Melbourne region. These freshly laid eggs, which are hormone and antibiotic-free, are handcollected daily and available at the farmgate, so you know you’re getting premium eggs that deliver good-foryou greatness.

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It’s perfect weather to check out a market Make the most of the wonderful weather this month and join us for some of our favourite CMA markets on the gorgeous Mornington Peninsula. Our original Red Hill Community Market will welcome you on Saturday, March 5, where a diverse array of stallholders awaits. There are flowers and vegies to grace your table, and soft textiles to warm you up as the weather cools down. We’re bringing you our Mornington Racecourse Market a week early on Sunday, March 6. Mornington is one of our biggest and most popular markets, and you’ll understand why once you set foot inside the racecourse grounds. Enjoy the vibrant sea background as you Issue 124, MARCH 2022

follow the sandy road through the stalls at the Point Nepean Portsea Market on Saturday, March 12. Chat to the bakers, makers and growers you meet along the way. The Mount Martha Briars Market will provide a lovely day out on Sunday, March 27. Visitors will discover a range of products while exploring the beautiful grounds, wildlife, galleries and heritage homestead of the historic Briars. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates. CRAFT MARKETS AUSTRALIA A: 10 Satu Way, Mornington T: 5976 3266 W: FB: craftmarketsaus INSTA: craftmarketsaus

A great activity to get the whole family experiencing the outdoors – strawberry picking at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm! Nestled amongst the hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula families have been coming to Sunny Ridge to pick plump, red strawberries straight from the field for over 40 years. Kids and adults alike can enjoy spending time handpicking their own strawberries to take home whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Monday-Sunday 9am–5pm (Retail and u-pick fields) Wednesday-Sunday 11am–3pm (Café)

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food wine produce Raise a glass to sustainability Dromana Estate is the essence of picturesque tranquillity, with premium wines and delectable food. Located among the rolling hills of the Mornington Peninsula, Dromana Estate invites you to enjoy an afternoon in the beautiful landscaped gardens or step inside the heritage-listed Tuerong Homestead for a unique winetasting and dining experience. With three labels showcasing a range of critically acclaimed reds, whites and rosés, there is something special for everyone.

As a pioneer in sustainable viticulture, Dromana Estate treats all water on site to an A-grade standard, with 100 per cent of electricity produced through a 99kWh solar panel system. So why not enjoy a glass of Dromana Estate wine to support a premium-quality producer while protecting the harmony of the natural surrounds. DROMANA ESTATE A: 555 Old Moorooduc Rd, Tuerong T: 5974 4400 W: FB: DromanaEstate INSTA: dromanaestate

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The New Atrium, a proud winner of the Australian Good Food Guide 2022 Reader’s Choice award, is a well-loved eatery overlooking the Safety Beach Golf Course. The venue is surrounded by palm trees so it’s easy to spot on the road in, and there’s plenty of parking. One of the highlights here is a kids’ zone that’s sure to keep kids endlessly entertained while the grown-ups enjoy delicious homemade food and catch up with family and friends. With two Daytona cars, an air hockey table, and a playground that’s big enough to wear out the most active little people, The New Atrium delivers on fun for all the family. It

also provides a range of dining options that won’t break the bank while delivering on taste. Popular nights are Wednesday for Steak Night, and the kids’ menu is half-price for diners under 12. Every Thursday and Sunday is Parma Night. On Sundays the beer garden is the place to be listening to free live music from 3-6pm. The New Atrium is open Wednesday to Sunday 11am-9pm. THE NEW ATRIUM A: 10 Country Club Drive, Safety Beach T: 5981 8123 W: FB: thenewatrium


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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 or phone 8571 1666 and discover Greater Dandenong on a plate.

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

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

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

Greater Dandenong City brings the world to you on a plate with their guided food tours. You can book a tour from their tour calendar, such as Afghan Bazaar Cultural Tour or Springvale Fresh Tour, or you can get a group together and create your own tour. Whichever you choose, you’ll have access to a tour guide who can inform you about not only the cuisine, but also the cultures behind the restaurants. On your tour, your guide will lead you through the incredible variety to be found in Greater Dandenong City’s dining precincts so you can better choose where to begin your culinary journey. You will get to experience the smells and sounds from the market laneways and arcades, and get to know the cultures that cook up old recipes that are still in vogue today. Your senses will be awakened by the vivid colours, evocative produce and tantalising aromas, and you will be left buzzing by the variety of shops you discover across this

culturally diverse community. Springvale is a mecca for flavours of Asia and has become the place to go to purchase fresh ingredients to take home and cook, as well as the place to dine out. And in Dandenong’s Afghan Bazaar Precinct you’ll be treated to gracious hospitality from the wide variety of traders who will welcome you to their stores and share their culture. Book a tour in Dandenong and go into the draw to win a tour in Springvale, and vice versa. Greater Dandenong is open for business and welcomes you to this delicious destination where you get to experience the full degustation on offer. Cost is $50 per person and tours take approximately two hours. The tours are COVID-safe and compliant. For full tour details, go to www. or phone 8571 1377. GREATER DANDENONG CITY T: 8571 1377 W: FB: greaterdandenong INSTA: cityofgreaterdandenong





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The Red Hill Show always serves up a feast of entertainment, but this year’s show on Saturday, March 12, will positively sizzle with the launch of the Golden Sausage Award. Thanks to a $500 prize offered by sausage guru Peter Bouchier, show organisers are hoping to attract some banging entries. There are three classes – Beef, Pork, and Flavoured – and one will be judged best in show and named the Golden Sausage. Entries close on March 9 and will be judged on the Mornington Peninsula Paddock stage on show day by MC/judge Richard Cornish and guest judge Paul Mercurio, pictured. “Apple orchards and livestock are what the Peninsula pioneers planted in the early days,” said the show’s executive director, Bec Davis, “and it is this heritage we want to celebrate. What better way to do this than with the Golden Sausage Award, encouraging producers and butchers to enter from across the state.” And while you’re at the show, make your way to the Eat.Drink marquee and pick up a copy of the latest edition – you might even get the publisher to sign it for you!


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Dinner with Lloyd Spiegl Friday April 8 | 6-10.30pm One of the best Blues guitarists in Australia, only playing at certain venues a few times a year. Book your ticket now to avoid disappointment. Dinner from 6pm | Show starting 7.30pm

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With Peanut Butter Day on March 1, we thought you might be interested in some kid-friendly foods that are high in protein. Mayver’s ambassador Sam Wood says protein is essential for children's growth and development. “Not only is protein important for growth, but it also builds, maintains and repairs body tissue and is an incredible source of fuel,” Sam says. “Children who don’t have enough protein in their diet may experience health issues such as fatigue, poor concentration and slowed growth. “Good sources of protein include meat, fish, poultry, nuts and dairy. My girls can’t get enough of protein-rich snacks, and their favourites include banana peanut butter smoothies, hard-boiled eggs with soldiers, and

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strawberry-flavoured yoghurt.” Get the kids involved with this protein smoothie. Mayver’s Protein Smoothie Prep time: 5 minutes Serves: 1 Dairy-free (optional) /gluten-free/egg-free Ingredients 2 tbsp Mayver’s Protein Smunchy Peanut Butter 1 cup frozen mixed berries ¾ cup spinach leaves 1 frozen banana 1 cup milk of choice 1 tsp chia seeds Method Place all ingredients in high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glass and enjoy.

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Kevin is a superb operator, bringing food with a truly authentic Vietnamese heart and soul but embracing Western sensibilities. “The origin story of our national dish, the pho, or soup with noodles, harks back to when Vietnam was a French colony,” he says. “Naturally the Vietnamese have mixed feelings about this period, but we cannot ignore the French influences in architecture and cuisine. Vietnamese have evolved and developed these over the years.” The most important confluence of this style is pho, now Vietnam’s national dish. Kevin says the origin of the dish comes from a French military leader based in the French colony in Vietnam in the 1800s. He was ill and asked for someone to make a pot au feu, the traditional French beef soup cooked over the fire. Feu is French for ‘fire’. “We had no history of beef, but when a priest translated the request to a Vietnamese cook, a woman, she took it upon herself to mix beef from French cattle in Vietnam with Asian spices and herbs to make the dish.” Legend has it that she later added noodles and took her ‘pot au feu’ or pho to the streets. That is why Kevin calls his restaurants Le Feu. It’s a nod to the French influence in his Vietnamese cuisine. He comes from Nha Trang, on the central coast of Vietnam, from a hospitality family. After working almost a decade here in Australia he has been able to blend his passionate love of Vietnamese food with the modern Australian dining aesthetic. Le Feu is fun, modern, borders on Vietnamese coastal bar but delivers some delicious but easy eating. Start with crisp Ha Noi classic pork and prawn spring roll and then a plate of 10-hour slow-cooked lamb ribs, grilled to serve and finished with a deep, rich smoky Vietnamese chilli sauce. Go to the summery salad of julienned strips of green papaya enriched with a little aged fish sauce, the sourness of tamarind, bitey little shiso leaves and golden spears of deep-fried soft-shelled crab. Then there could be the allure of a coconut milk curry, based on turmeric, ginger, shallot, galangal, and coriander root surrounding morsels of 10-hour braised Sher wagyu. This is a family-friendly casual diner where you can experience the true flavours of Vietnam, entirely gluten-free, without being overpowered by the national predilection for spiciness. Kevin and his chefs cook from the heart, producing authentic dishes and experiences respecting those who love mild flavours. This is the place for all to savour the Le Feu Vietnamese dining experience. LE FEU A: 10 Blake St, Mornington T: 0481 994 997 W: Open: Tuesday 5-9pm, Wednesday-Saturday noon-9pm, Sunday noon-8pm Words and images by Richard Cornish. Richard Cornish is a freelance food writer filing regular food news stories for newspapers and magazines across Australia and now each month in Mornington Peninsula Magazine. Issue 124, MARCH 2022

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As another summer fades and merges with the incoming autumn days, some of our warm-season crops are beginning to check out. However, it has been a late season for many of our favourites and they will still likely provide for us for a few more weeks. In particular, tomatoes, capsicum, eggplant and chilli. Fruit on these plants is still actively growing and it seems we will be harvesting well into the latter part of March or early April this year. So organising for the following season’s plantings becomes a little trickier for those with limited space. Do you plant between and around your existing plants, or wait until your harvests are finished? Sowing or transplanting your early cool-season vegies this year into pots may be your best option. That way you are not going to disturb the roots of the new plantings as you remove the spent crops. You can still add more homemade or bought compost to your beds

before transplanting, and you can nurture your fresh vegies in a controlled environment. In gardens where we have limited space, we will be planting broccoli, broccolini, cauliflower, cabbage and kale in pots this year to give them a good start before transplanting them when the late-summer crops come out. We will also plant peas, snow peas, broad beans and early garlic in the same way. These pots will sit in an open spot with plenty of morning sun while being protected from the occasionally baking afternoon sun. And they’ll get a nice drink every morning and afternoon to help them on their way. If you prefer growing your vegies in containers rather than garden beds, it is important that the soil stays at a fairly consistent moisture level. Pots can dry out superquick, and if left for more than a day your plants may go into survival mode and begin trying to generate seed, or simply flop over and die. And protection from the warmest part of the day in early to mid-autumn is just as

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Pier work a possible reprieve for spider crabs You may recall in our November edition that work was to begin on the Rye Pier. Thankfully, Parks Victoria decided to postpone starting work until last month, after the summer school holiday period. While Parks Victoria had anticipated being able start work last year, unavoidable delays due to supply chain shortages saw residents and visitors enjoying the pier as we have for the past 30 years. To ensure public safety, a complete pier closure has been put in place for about six months from when construction started on February 14 until winter or spring, subject to weather and timber availability. Parks Victoria is said to be working hard to complete high-impact work such as piling ahead of the anticipated annual giant spider crab aggregation that generally occurs from May. This is to minimise impacts on this natural phenomenon and the viewing opportunity the pier traditionally provides at this time. Based on findings from its report and data collected through citizen science initiatives and previous surveys, Parks Victoria plans to retain a selection of the redundant piles between the 200-270m section

of pier where there are the highest ecological values. There will be no fishing, diving, snorkelling or swimming within the 270m construction zone. Research indicates that spider crabs are in large numbers in the bay. However, fishing for spider crabs off artificial structures using nets presents a high risk of other species being caught or killed in the process. Across the other side of the world, Ireland has a very similar spider crab to that found in Port Phillip. We have the great spider crab Leptomithrax gaimardii, and they have the Maja brachydactyla. Irishman Kevin Flannery told me: “We have a ban on netting from piers. It’s to stop fishing for crawfish or spiny lobster, so netting is not an issue, but if you keep taking them in nets, this can have a dramatic effect on stocks very quickly.” According to Parks Victoria’s timeline, the Rye Pier will reopen around mid-August. With the spider crab aggregation starting in mid to late May, the crabs may well have a chance to moult in peace this coming season, should they return. JOSIE JONES Follow me on Instagram @sharejosie

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