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The Talk of the Town • Bringing People Together with Poetry • Swimmer Channels Her Strengths The Family with Ice in Their Veins • Five Per Cent is Treasure • Wholesome, Hearty and Homestyle A Legacy of the Ages • Fire! The Duel at Cape Schanck • Focus on Mornington • Paying it Forward


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contents 7. Events 8. Peninsula Styles 10. The Talk of the Town

It’s the talk of the town and raising eyebrows and interest across the Mornington Peninsula. Of course we are talking about Jackalope Hotel, which opened on April 1 and has been conceived in collaboration with a roll call of Australia’s pre-eminent creatives.

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16. Bringing People Together with Poetry

Verse has been the vehicle for human experience for centuries which is why two local ladies put their heads together to create Poets' Corner

22. Clothes Make All the Difference

It has been said that clothing has a significant effect on self-esteem and confidence, and the volunteers at Clothes4U are in the frontline to witness this every day.

25. Cultural Understanding Continues To Grow

The community gathering space celebrated NAIDOC week on July 6 this year with an inaugural flag raising ceremony, and two day events for the community.

28. Swimmer Channels Her Strengths

The chilly, grey winter waters of Port Phillip Bay must seem a far cry from the turquoise warm bath of the Bahamas, but they’re swell for what marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel has in mind.

32. The Family with Ice in Their Veins

From the snowfields to Alice Springs, Bondi Beach to the Sorrento foreshore, there’s nowhere that’s too hot or cold for this peninsula family of ice experts to set up their ice rinks.

44. Five Per Cent is Treasure

When you meet Andrew Fildes, owner Andrews’ Antipodean Photographic Emporium, you soon realize you have met one of the true treasures of the Tyabb Packing House.

48. In Hot Water

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It was a moment of serendipity that led Charles Davidson to create his multimillion dollar business, The Peninsula Hot Springs. Peninsula Essence talks to Charles about the journey that began with an epiphany in a hot spring in Japan.

51. Photographer By Heart

He might be a toolmaker by trade but Daryl Layne has the heart of a photographer.

54. A Great Place to Be

Working in painting and digital media, Stephen Haley uses 3D modelling software to explore the virtual and actual environments of contemporary experience, and his exhibition 'Out of Place' at McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park promises to be inspiring.

59. A Legacy of the Ages

It is hard to imagine Michael Telera not making wine. After all, his family have been doing it for about 500 years.

63. Wholesome, Hearty and Homestyle

Growing up in the Pacific Islands and New Zealand, head chef at the Pig and Whistle, Jared Ikihega was introduced to good cooking from a young age. Cover Photo "A lone surfer heads down to catch a wave before a storm breaks over Gunnamatta Beach, on the Mornington Peninsula, during winter. " Image: Yanni

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66. Fire! The Duel at Cape Schanck

In 1842, a duel was fought near ‘The Cups’, half way between Cape Schanck and Point Nepean, involving hostile neighbours Maurice Meyrick and Edward Barker.

73. Crossword 74. Focus on Mornington 94. Paying it Forward

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TRUFFLE HUNT AND COOKING CLASS WITH ROMU OUDEYER Sunday 6 Following a morning truffle hunt meet French chef and truffle expert Romuald. Ph 0410 596 637 mpexperience.rezdy.com

DIARY OF A WOMBAT Tuesday 8 Millions of young people have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat. Now finally this iconic work by Australian Children's Laureate Jackie French and Bruce Whatley comes to the stage. Frankston Arts Centre, 27-37 Davey Street, Frankston Ph 9784 1060 thefac.com.au

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Saturday 12 Warm up the cold season with our winter feast. Enjoy mulled wine on arrival, followed by a menu of hearty treats and after dinner, a bonfire made of vine prunings. $105 per person includes a 3 course dinner, Max's Restaurant at Red Hill Estate 53 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South maxsrestaurant.com.au

Sunday 20, 10am till 3pm Take a leisurely stroll through the village, stopping along the way to sample fine foods, meet the makers behind the handcrafted products and take in the market atmosphere. Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento Ph 5976 3266 craftmarkets.com.au

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Tuesday 15 A line-up of guest speakers will explore the art and legacy of Constance Stokes. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic Reserve Dunns Road, Mornington Ph 5950 1580 mornpen.vic.gov.au

Saturday 26 Cube 37 comes alive with interactive workshops and contemporary art demonstrations associated with Aboriginal connections to land. Frankston Arts Centre, Davey Street, Frankston Ph 9784 1060 thefac.com.au

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THE TALK OF THE T O W N


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IT’S THE TALK OF THE TOWN AND RAISING EYEBROWS AND INTEREST ACROSS THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA. OF COURSE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT JACKALOPE HOTEL, WHICH OPENED ON APRIL 1 AND HAS BEEN CONCEIVED IN COLLABORATION WITH A ROLL CALL OF AUSTRALIA’S PRE–EMINENT CREATIVES. PENINSULA ESSENCE GOES BEHIND THE SCENES TO DISCOVER THE CREATIVE PROCESS RESULTING IN ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST UNIQUE VENUES.

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he Jackalope hotel in Merricks North is a personal project of 29-year-old Melbourne-based entrepreneur, Louis Li, who moved to Melbourne in 2006 to study filmmaking. Rather than tell stories through film, hotel design is now his creative platform. In addition to luxury accommodation and idyllic vineyard views, Jackalope invites guests on a sensory journey – a delicate interplay between the ideal and the surreal – by re-imagining the role of art, design, dining and storytelling in the hotel space. “By reimagining the role art, design and storytelling can play in the guest experience, by inviting guests to be part of the story, I think we are presenting a very unique addition to the luxury hotel landscape,” said Mr Li. “Design-wise, the bold, surreal and contemporary form of Jackalope is not something you would expect to see in a rural setting. That ties in with our desire to present a luxury offering, but in a form you might not expect or have experienced before. While art is often an afterthought in hotels, used to fill space, at Jackalope art comes in various forms of both decorative and functional items like lighting and seating. Further, every piece plays an integral role in guiding guests through the hotel’s narrative, alchemy.” Joining Li’s “production”, architectural and design firm Carr Design Group were instrumental in the creation of the hotel’s bold and contemporary form; Fabio Ongarato Design conceived the brand’s identity; and Melbourne furniture makers, Zuster, crafted much of the hotel’s statement furnishings. Jackalope’s 46 rooms introduce guests to a reverie of relaxation. 38 square metre ‘Terrace’ or ‘Vineyard View’ categories range through to 85 square metre ‘Lairs’. Floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces connect guests to the rural surrounds while, inside, bathroom features include deep-soak, black Japanese tubs, rain showers and double vanities. The spa-like setting is complete with bath luxuries developed exclusively by Melbourne’s Hunter Lab, including a pinot grape skin and seed bath soak and body scrub, made using grapes from the hotel’s vineyard. continued next page...

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JACKALOPE CHAMPIONS A CONCEPTUAL APPROACH TO ART, DESIGN, DINING, AND STORYTELLING

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A dining destination in its own right, two restaurants take their place on the site under the culinary direction of Executive Chef, Guy Stanaway. Refined dining, Doot Doot Doot, presents the region’s finest produce in a series of tasting menus intrinsically linked to the land; while winery restaurant, Rare Hare, designed by Projects of Imagination, celebrates the surrounding Willow Creek vineyard through immersive casual dining and wine experiences. The hotel’s bar, Flaggerdoot, delights in the alchemic process of distillation. An experimental spirit stirs a daring cocktail menu of both classic and in-house creations. The space itself is an infusion of forms; herringbone floors and open fires warm the room, while commissions and installations from the likes of Peninsula local, Andrew Hazewinkel, and international icon, Rick Owens, create a sense of curated cool. Outside, a black 30-metre infinity pool laps up to the surrounding vineyard, while a poolside pavilion offers sun lounge service and is also available for massage treatments or private dining. A sevenmetre-tall namesake Jackalope sculpted by Melbourne artist, Emily Floyd, has taken tenancy at the entrance to the hotel. Rates start at $650 per night and include a la carte breakfast, inroom mini bar, wine on arrival and WiFi. Jackalope champions a conceptual approach to art, design, dining, and storytelling— delivering a delicate interplay between the ideal and the surreal. The jackalope, a creature of legend, is the centre of many tall tales. Best described as a rabbit with horns, the name “jackalope” is a portmanteau of “jackrabbit” and “antelope”. www.jackalopehotels.com

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TAKING FOOD TO THE NEXT LEVEL By Melissa Walsh

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hef Martin Webster has never left a job without knowing he was stepping up so, when the opportunity arose to be head chef at Jackalope restaurant Doot Doot Doot, it was a natural move for the 33-year-old who admits to loving the challenge.

“The role at Jackalope came up mid last year. I came on board in September in the full pre-opening six month period,” said Martin. “It was mind blowing to be part of that opening team and, with such creative minds, the plans for Jackalope were extraordinary.” For Martin, and everybody involved in the creative venture, it is about having the opportunity to really push the boundaries in each of their respective fields. “It is a huge undertaking and a lot of hard work which is always the case with anything amazing. Right at the very start, in the preopening, we were coming up with concepts. Our executive chef Guy Stanaway had been on board for a couple of months already and had talked to the owner about his ideas. At the early stages we were designing menus and even having input into the design and layout,” said Martin of this ground-breaking venue. “Doot Doot Doot is an experience that begins with the connection to produce. We take time to seek out amazing producers and growers. These are farmers we know by first name, and get down on hands and knees with them to get the produce from the soil. A lot of people talk about farm to plate these days, but we really strive to take that to the next level. Next is in the way we present it, using different techniques to a lot of other people but being sure not to overcomplicate things. We keep it simple and let that amazing produce shine,” said Martin, who has a particular love for vegetables in his cooking repertoire. “There is a huge vegetable focus so that’s a big difference as well. A lot of chefs create a dish based around protein but I work in the reverse. I will find a beautiful vegetable and complement it with a crab dish for instance. We have these stunning exton potatoes from Torello farm in Dromana that we love to use. The property itself has been there for a few generations and is a wonderful little find, run by a husband and wife team,” said Martin, who spent manya-day knocking on doors and introducing himself when he first moved to the peninsula three years ago. “You would be amazed what treasures you can find and the marvellous things people are growing in the area.” Martin says that to experience the product literally from the soil

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or the tree, to have handpicked it that day and put it on the plate, makes a huge difference to the quality of the dish, and he is well aware that the venue has set the standards high for not only the Mornington Peninsula, but Australia as well. “The immediate response has been overwhelmingly positive. We have already been named best regional hotel, best new hotel and best hotel in Australia within weeks of being open,” said Martin of the venue he is proud to be a part of. The entire experience at Doot Doot Doot is second to none. You are dining from handmade plates, sitting at a marble table with a stunning canopy of gently twinkling 10,000 globe chandeliers overhead, and enjoying food and wine that have been prepared by the country’s finest culinary talents. It is an experience that everyone must have at least once in their lifetime and we are lucky enough to have it right on our doorstep.


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BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER WITH By Melissa Walsh

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erse has been the vehicle for human experience for centuries which is why two local ladies put their heads together to create Poets' Corner, a monthly gathering to promote and celebrate the joy, wisdom and passion that poetry can bring to life.

Heather Forbes McKeon and Heather Mc are the faces behind the poetry nights in McCrae where people wine, dine and enjoy the wonder and bliss of poetry from locals and guest poets. Ms Forbes McKeon is the former head of drama at Frankston High School and has been known to write some wonderful prose herself. Heather Mc is the owner of Blue

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Bay Café, McCrae but is something of a thespian and poet, having spent many years in theatre.

“Poets' Corner aims to encourage anyone who is involved to write, to read, to perform or simply to listen to poetry. We are sure there is a wealth of poetic interest and talent on the peninsula. By providing a platform for poets we want to promote and celebrate the joy, wisdom and passion that poetry can bring to life,” said the two Heathers, from the Blue Bay Café in McCrae, where the gatherings take place. “There is nothing else like 'Poets’ Corner’ happening on the continued next page...


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Mornington Peninsula and, as far as we know, this side of the city of Melbourne. Since we started four months ago, we have had an exceptional response.” As a drama teacher, Ms Forbes McKeon said the poetry gathering was something she always wanted to do. “It has been my dream to start a poetry soirée ever since I went to a coffee house in Malvern called 'The Green Man' in the 1970's. It was a very cool folk club where hipsters gathered to listen to live folk music and the occasional poem. I was awe-struck. This experience inspired my vision for Poets' Corner gatherings. There was nothing like it down here and it has become very popular in Melbourne and major cities. Now in three months we have 140 members involved. Heather Mc was thrilled to be involved as well; she has written poetry herself and she makes a great hostess at her café in McCrae,” said Ms McKeon. “I approached Heather Mc as she is the hostess with the mostest. Also as she has created a similar feel and look to the Green Man (or how I remember it) at her café the BBC in McCrae. The BBC is a regular haunt of mine and so magically positioned being right opposite the beach in gorgeous McCrae - it's like living a poetic life just being here.” Poets’ Corner runs on the last Sunday of the month from March through to November at Blue Bay Café, 665-667 Point Nepean Road, McCrae. Readings are held from 6pm to 8pm with the option to enjoy a meal. Or just come along, have a drink, and soak up the poetic atmosphere.

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CLOTHES MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE By Melissa Walsh Photo Yanni

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t has been said that clothing has a significant effect on self-esteem and confidence, and the volunteers at Clothes4U are in the frontline to witness this every day. The business that started four years ago, when a group of local women got together to talk about how they could serve the community better, provides clothing and accessories to women who have very little. President and CEO Clothes4U, Veronica Whittaker, is dedicated to serving women and girls in need in her own community. “Being born into poverty does not have to define your life. Sometimes all you need is someone to give you a helping hand. At Clothes4U our arms are always open, ready to embrace everyone who walks through our doors,” said Veronica. “Our motivation was to address the actual needs of women. I knew a lot of people in the community and I also volunteered for another group, so I could see what was needed. We dress women for rental interviews, special occasions, and we recently dressed a whole lot of women for the NAIDOC ball.”

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Veronica, who works alongside a team of volunteers, says the emphasis is on everyday wear. “Our service is totally free. We give them good quality clothing, accessories and toiletries, as most of them don’t have any of these things. We also have baby clothes for those in need,” says the former lawyer who has practised in the US and Australia. “We are all retired women here who volunteer. It’s not just the clothes we give women; it’s the confidence and self-esteem that comes from the positive attitude and the encouragement that the volunteers give to the clients.” While there are a number of professional services for women on the peninsula, Clothes4U addresses the issue of raising confidence and self-esteem in those women who need it most. “Our idea was to pamper women who were fragile and damaged. We wanted to provide clothing and accessories to women who have very little,” said Veronica, who started the business in her spare room with no clothes, no premises, and no money. “We were, however, determined to move


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forward. Deciding on the name Clothes4U, we incorporated and obtained ‘not for profit’ status and became a registered charity, eventually receiving ‘deductible gift recipient status’. We accumulated clothes from ourselves and friends, and tried to raise money from local organisations. We then progressed into a garage, negotiated free rent for six months, and slowly clients started to arrive. When we had raised a little money from various grass root events, we looked for better premises. Taking the plunge, we rented premises on Boneo Road, in Rosebud. It was very small; in fact our dressing room doubled as our kitchen. We could only dress one client at a time, and the shop was very crowded. At this stage, our storage facilities were off site in an empty house owned by a volunteer. It was hard work transporting clothes to Boneo Road, and took a lot of physical effort.” As client numbers grew quickly, and the need for the service became more evident as organisations were referring women to Clothes4U, the ladies realised they needed a bigger premises to give their clients a better experience.

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“For six months we inspected a number of rental properties, however they were all too expensive and landlords were not willing to negotiate. We faced rejection after rejection, and began to feel there was no solution to our problem until we discovered the Point Nepean Road premises, consisting of an area within a larger shop that was available. It was an empty canvas, and would take a lot of work to turn into a workable shop. After much negotiation with the landlord, we came to an agreement,” said Veronica, who found a local building company GEM Taylor Constructions to do pro bono work for them and renovate the premises to the delightful boutique style shop it is today. “We now have two dressing rooms and an area that looks like a real shop, so the women feel special and pampered when they walk in,” she said. These days, Clothes4U engages on average 40 clients per month, and in a small period of time has made a positive impact on the peninsula. “Our client numbers are still growing, donations of clothes have increased, and our name has become well known. We have added educational programs that assist clients with interview preparation. We have also added a line of toiletries and essentials which have been welcomed by all our clients,” said Veronica. Clothes4U is in need of donations of money and good quality clothing. Clothes4U is at 1355 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud Phone 0409 058 596 www.clothes4urosebud.org

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CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING CONTINUES TO GROW By Melissa Walsh Photos Yanni

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hen Nairm Marr Djambana (NMD) launched last year, it was the beginning of a project to strengthen cultural understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Indigenous peoples. Since that time the Frankston Aboriginal Association has delivered strength-based programs, events and activities leading NMD towards self-determination. The community gathering space celebrated NAIDOC week on July 6 this year with an inaugural flag raising ceremony, and two day events for the community.

NAIDOC Week is held during July 2-9, this year and the NAIDOC theme is 'Our Languages Matter'. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. Events included indigenous dancing by the children, face painting, market stalls, indigenous artwork, and presentations from Frankston council members and politicians.

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SWIMMER

CHANNELS HER STRENGTHS By Keith Platt

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he chilly, grey winter waters of Port Phillip must seem a far cry from the turquoise warmth of the Bahamas, but they’re swell for what marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel has in mind.

McCardel, who was inducted into the Marathon Swimming Hall of fame in November 2016, is well versed in the lore of the channel, offering that a Captain Webb was the first to make the swim from England to France in 1875.

In either August or September McCardel plans to swim four times non-stop across the English Channel and sees shivering under bleak skies in the bay as part of the training.

To be recognised as having actually swum the channel, swimmers must clear the high water on both coasts.

She is no stranger to the Channel, being in 2015 the first Australian in 25 years and the fourth person ever to complete a triple non-stop crossing. She holds the world record for an unassisted ocean swim (124.4 kilometres in the Bahamas in October 2014) and has swum the English Channel 21 times (eight crossings between June and October last year). Always on the lookout for a new feat, she says the quadruple non-stop English Channel solo swim is one that has never been attempted before.

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McCardel has been awarded more than a dozen times by the Channel Swimming Association for her achievements in the channel. She has surpassed legendary Des Renford by taking the Australian title for most English Channel career crossings – 21. McCardel completed her triple crossing of the channel in 36 hours and 12 minutes. In 2015 McCardel was named International Marathon Swimmer of the Year by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and presented the Poseidon Award. She was also awarded the 2015 MSF ‘Solo Swim of the Year’ (female) for her triple crossing of the channel.


All of those achievements were made in the shadow of her October 2014 swim from South Eleuthera Island to Nassau, in the Bahamas. The continuous solo swim was 124.4 kilometers (77.3 miles), which she swam in 41 hours, 21 minutes. This was a new world record for the longest unassisted ocean swim. A 2013 attempt to swim from Cuba to the US almost ended in tragedy, with McCardel being stung by poisonous, potentially deadly, jelly fish 11 hours into the swim. Suffering severe envenomation from multiple stings to her body and throat, she had no choice but to withdraw. At the moment she’s coaching a squad of 19 people who want to make the crossing later this year. Her coaching is done using skype and email as well as running “cold water camps” in other countries. Beaches from Mt Eliza to Rosebud are among her training grounds and, accompanied by kayaker Ian Stevenson, of Mornington, she regularly swims more than 100 kilometres a week. Her current six-day-a-week training schedule includes clocking up 40 or 60 kilometres in a day, in the sea or a pool.

Peninsula Essence caught up with McCardel one cold, grey morning at the near-empty car park near Safety Beach yacht Club. Dressed only in a thin bathing suit, she was crouching for shelter behind parked cars; she was smearing on a mixture of lanolin (30 per cent) and Vaseline (70 per cent) that she had previously “cooked together”. The half dozen or so dog and early morning beach walkers passing the car park took no notice of the world record holder. McCardel’s apparent anonymity – despite being a world record holder – contrasts markedly with other high profile, instantly recognisable sports stars and, yes, celebrities. Perhaps it is the distant, offshore nature of marathon swimming or the amount of training needed before embarking on long distance swims that see her disappear from the public radar. The day’s cloudy skies and 15-20kph winds made the water unappealing, but McCardel was on a training mission. continued next page...

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“I WON’T BE STOPPING, JUST A WAVE” At that stage McCardel was still ironing out the details of her planned quadruple Channel crossing and laughingly said that “people from all over the world are waiting; I’ll let them know in a few months”. Once off the beach and shepherded by kayaker Ian Stevenson, McCardel is hard to discern in the chop. This is the third day running they have been on the bay and McCardel says she will have swum 122 kilometres by week’s end. During the six and seven hour swims McCardel drinks warm, sweet tea carried in a thermos by Stevenson. He also hands her muffins and banana bread (a favourite), soft foods she’s become skilled at eating while treading water, even with wet hands. A vegetarian, she has toast for breakfast. “Everything I have [during training swims] has to be easy to eat; a sweet drink – usually tea – has to be warm to help prevent hypothermia.” The pair soon all but disappear in the choppy waves, heading towards Rosebud pier where McCardel’s arranged to see her mum, Meg, who lives at McCrae. “I won’t be stopping, just a wave,” McCardel says. Unhappily, the rendezvous fails. Stevenson’s kayak is overturned about one kilometre offshore and he and McCardel have to struggle back to the beach. But Meg is there to save the day and drive them back to collect their vehicles at Safety Beach. Friday dawns clear, and McCardel spends seven hours in smoother seas. And Stevenson remains upright in the kayak, keeping the tea warm and the banana cake dry. A couple of weeks later McCardel and her husband manager, Paul, are at Lorne on Victoria’s west coast where hundreds of swimmers are gathered for the annual Pier To Pub swim. By the time the hordes take the plunge in a staggered start from the pier, McCardel has already swum three times to the beach and back. Not content with the one-way swim, she completes 10 return trips before leaving the water. At Lorne she’s recognised by some swimmers for the champion she is. As fellow ocean swimmers they would know that her feats only come from dedication and self-imposed hardship.

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refrigeration specialist find a way to produce a fine water mist to keep the temperature cooler,” he said. The first ice rink the team did was at Docklands ten years ago and they haven’t looked back. “It was called Winter Wonderland, and we quickly learnt to perfect what we were doing, with some trial and error and lots of research,” said Rod. Since then, Rod and his boys have set up ice skating rinks all over the country, with the business taking off in the last two years. “We have rinks in Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, St Kilda, Sorrento, Eastland, Bathurst and Perth at the moment ranging from Winter Wonderlands to Olympic sized rinks,” he said. “It was great to be able to do our first rink so close to home in Sorrento and we are planning to bring it back again as it has been a great success.” www.icerinksaust.com.au

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e’s been a schoolteacher, photographer, author and journalist, and now runs one of the last stores that specialise in used film photographic equipment and the like. When you meet Andrew Fildes, owner of Andrews’ Antipodean Photographic Emporium, you soon realize you have met one of the true treasures in the Tyabb Packing House. The well-spoken and mild mannered camera and history enthusiast is larger than life as we sit talking about his collections amidst a mix of old cameras and photo antiques, with the distinctive feel of the used camera section that old camera stores used to have. “This is a project that I have wanted to do for some time so when the opportunity came up to take over two and a half years ago, I jumped at it,” said Andrew, a well known feature and review writer for the Australian Photography website and for the associated magazines 'Digital Photography and Design' and ‘Australian Photography’. He has also taught philosophy, photography, environmental science, politics, history and English over the last thirty years. “In essence, the emporium is a major resource for the retro photographer, camera collector, photographic decor enthusiast and so on,” said Andrew, describing this as his fifth career, since giving away continued next page...

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It was a moment of serendipity that led Charles Davidson to create his multimillion dollar business, The Peninsula Hot Springs. Peninsula Essence talks to Charles about the journey that began with an epiphany in a hot spring in Japan, and resulted in a top tourist attraction that is visited by over 450,000 people per year. How did the idea for Peninsula Hot Springs come about?

It was 1992 and I was working overseas in Japan and had a headache from studying Japanese so a friend suggested we go to a hot spring. We went to Kusatsu Onsen with outdoor pools and snow all around. When I jumped in the hot spring I had a real epiphany, looking at the surrounding snowy mountains, relaxing in that water, I had never felt so uplifted. I wanted to bring this experience to Australia, as having grown up here and spent a lot of time on the peninsula, I knew that the winter is very quiet and there are not much outdoor activities. I realised that these pools could be healing centres as well and wanted to share that culture with my own country. How long did it take from that moment in Kusatsu Onsen to starting the Peninsula Hot Springs?

Well initially I was told by a Japanese geologist that there were no springs in Australia because it was such an old continent, worn down by time and with no active volcanoes. So it got put on the backburner but I never really gave up. I decided to bring the bathing culture to Australia and so went around to hundreds of Japanese pools and springs. I continued to work in Japan for the Australian embassy and the Mitsubishi Corporation and then one night, five years after the hot springs epiphany, I was having a drink after work with Victoria’s Tokyo representative and learnt that the state’s minerals and energy department had discovered hot water deep underground on the Mornington Peninsula, near Rye. I have strong ties with the area. My ancestors had built the Briars and we had a family farm on the peninsula where I spent a lot of time growing up.

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How did you then start the hot springs?

I was convinced then that my future was being directed towards creating a hot springs experience in Australia. My brother Richard came on board, and in 2005 we bought 17 hectares of land that we knew was above the subterranean store of hot water. I then made the decision to come back to Australia with my wife and open Mizu Spa near the hot springs property as a trial and to provide an income for my rapidly growing family. Tell us about the staged development plan for Peninsula Hot Springs? Has there been any setbacks?

We have always had a master plan and mostly it has run smoothly. We did have an initial setback when we first started drilling though. We had hired a contractor to drill down to 640 metres to tap into the hot water. The drill got all the way down to where they had hot steamy mud coming out of the ground and jammed. We had to seal it up but the good thing was we knew it was hot and that there was mud. So we eventually had to drill again. It eventually took eight years to realise our dream with the opening on June 28, 2005, the day after my 40th birthday. Currently we are undergoing some refurbishments in our Bath House change rooms. As part of Stage three, we are building seven new pools to the bath house bathing area which sits on a hill facing a new amphitheatre. This area will open the opportunities for Peninsula Hot Springs to run various events including wellness activities, music, talks, cooking demonstrations as well as corporate and community programs. We are also creating a ‘fire and ice’ experience which includes two large saunas, an ice cave and plunge pool. Guests will be able to utilise these three new experiences in combination for hot, cold therapy to enhance their visit to the Bath House and overall wellbeing. As part of stage four, our 32 hectare site will be home to 126 rooms of accommodation and a Wellness (Health and Wellbeing) Centre, with myriads of walking tracks leading to lakeside and hilltop relaxation viewing areas.

What sort of feedback do you get regarding the health outcomes?

Immediately it is about the cathartic relief of being here with your friends or family. Last year we did a survey with RMIT and they found that 25 percent of people who come here have some chronic issue and a lot of them found they had significant improvement with back pain, arthritis, and mobility problems. Those with stress, anxiety and depression had significant relief as did those with sleeping issues. Bathing in hot mineral water is excellent for you and that is being shown in all the research. Our purpose is to create experiences where people relax in nature and connect with the deep well of their being. www.peninsulahotsprings.com

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PHOTOGRAPHER BY HEART By Melissa Walsh

H

e might be a toolmaker by trade but Daryl Layne has the heart of a photographer, which is why the Mornington man has spent so many years perfecting his craft.

“I got my dad’s camera when I was about nine years of age, living in the UK and ten years later started really experimenting with photography,” said Daryl from his Mornington home where he has an office and editing room set up and plenty of storage space for his lighting and backdrops. His favorite photo so far, the Manhattan landscape and Brooklyn Bridge, is blown up and takes pride of place above his desk. “It is the wow factor that I love about photography. I try to fill in all the blanks for people when I do a photo. I want my images to tell a story. You need to have an edge. Everyone can take a photo but not everyone can take a photo which catches your eye,” he said. “I might be walking down a street in New York or Paris and I will see something and go 'That’s a story right there'. It was that way when I took the photo of the Manhattan skyline. I went over to Brooklyn to take the iconic shot and then I saw this marvelous carousel underneath it. I absolutely love that photo as it tells the story to me of the hustle and bustle of Manhattan as against the simple innocence of the carousel.” Daryl says he seems to view everything through a lens no matter where he is. “Sometimes it will distract me from what I am doing, and my partner will sometimes say to me ‘Could you please put the camera down for a minute’,” he said. These days Daryl still works at his full time job as a toolmaker in Cheltenham, which pays the bills, but is part time to full time as a photographer as well. continued next page... August 2017

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“I do family portraits, photograph weddings, body builders and just people I see in the street sometimes. I saw Paul Mercurio walking along one day and ended up taking his photos for a book he was doing,” said Daryl. “When it comes to taking photos for weddings or family portraits, I like them to be candid but posed. I get to know the family and I get to share something really special with people and be part of it; the thing is they trust you to make this day special for them. It’s quite a scary thing for people so you know they trust you to capture their special day. I don’t specialize in purely one thing. One minute I could be doing a wedding and the next day I could be out on location outdoors. As a day job I am a toolmaker. I make tools that make parts for cars in Cheltenham but I have stuck at this photography for so many years it is never going away.” Phone Daryl Layne Portraits on 0434 105 322 or check out his Facebook page for further details.

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Australian Dance Theatre

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Friday 8 September, 8pm Tickets: $27 - $45 Be Your Self Redux fuses Garry Stewart’s audacious choreography with spoken word to create an exciting dance work that leaves audiences questioning the underpinnings of who they are.

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21 July – 17 September Principal Theatre Partner Constance Stokes, Woman in Green Frilly Blouse 1979, oil on hardboard, Reproduced with permission from Constance Stokes Estate

Photo: Chris Herzfeld, Camlight Productions

Constance Stokes

Constance Stokes (1906-1991) was one of the leading artists of her generation. This retrospective exhibition is exclusively at MPRG.

BE YOUR SELF

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A GREAT PLACE TO BE By Melissa Walsh

WORKING IN PAINTING AND DIGITAL MEDIA, STEPHEN HALEY USES 3D MODELLING SOFTWARE TO EXPLORE THE VIRTUAL AND ACTUAL ENVIRONMENTS OF CONTEMPORARY EXPERIENCE, AND HIS EXHIBITION "OUT OF PLACE" AT MCCLELLAND GALLERY AND SCULPTURE PARK PROMISES TO BE INSPIRING.

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r Stephen Haley is a visual artist and a writer who describes his work as a mirror of what is going on in the world.

thing,” said Stephen of the epiphany that would change his life. “Growing up in the suburbs I had seen a bit of art but not a lot so all this incredible art was an eye opener for me.”

Having come to art relatively late after first completing a BA in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne, Stephen discovered a love of art during his travels overseas.

And what a change it turned out to be. Since then, Stephen has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (RMIT), a Postgraduate Diploma (Victorian College of the Arts), a Master of Fine Art (Victorian College of the Arts) and a PhD (University of Melbourne). He has been a lecturer and tutor in Visual Art History and Theory at Monash University, RMIT and the Victorian College of the Arts where he has lectured in various capacities since 2000. Stephen also has an extensive writing record, publishing a large number of critical essays, reviews and catalogue essays.

“I had always drawn and made pictures but when I finished high school I got high marks and was told I should go to University of Melbourne, so I did. When I was 26, I took off and travelled across the world by myself where I saw all these museums and all this fantastic art. It was then I realised I was doing the wrong

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In his exhibition, Out of Place, Stephen transforms seemingly unremarkable urban surroundings into complex spatial and visual phenomena, to highlight the current conditions of rapid urbanisation, digital evolution and environmental degradation. This exhibition features a selection of Haley’s recent constructed photographs and video work, including vast aerial vistas of metropolitan spaces and driving simulations. “It is all sides of the urbanization and I am like a mirror bearing witness to these things,” said Stephen. “It is not necessarily saying good or bad; it’s just a reflection of what’s happening.” Stephen has produced over 20 solo exhibitions and participated in over 120 curated group exhibitions locally and internationally. His recent work is concerned with Western space - both actual and virtual - and how the actual is increasingly supplanted and preceded by the virtual forms of the digital model. The work regularly employs 3D modelling software to construct paintings, photographs and video works that play on repetition and difference. The iconography is often drawn from the localized

landscape of the suburbs and the poetics of the mirror. The mirror as the defining metasign of our age, both as metaphor and defining mechanism, was the subject of his PhD thesis. “This will be my first solo exhibition at McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, and covers a retrospective of my work over the last 13 years. However it mainly concentrates on my recent work,” said Stephen. “In the last 20 or 30 years I think the two big things changing world wide is increasing urbanization and the rise of this new revolutionary mode of doing everything digital. Everything else follows from there, like climate change, refugees; it all stems from these two things. My work is a reflection of that.” Stephen Haley: Out of Place can be seen at McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park until November 12. McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park is at 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin. Phone 9879 1671 www.mcclellandgallery.com

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BRINGS MASTIC TO RED HILL

Grinding TO PERFECTION

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Eat & Drink By Melissa Walsh Photos Gary Sissons

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offee is big business these days and it’s a lot more complicated than just pouring an Aussie favorite white with two, courtesy of your jar of instant Nescafé.

These days the four main blends are the Black Sheep, Smooth Criminal, Espresso Blend, and Simon the Likeable.

Australians have well and truly embraced the coffee culture with their double shot lattes, long blacks, flat whites and espressos, becoming coffee connoisseurs along the way.

While the couple remain committed to making the best possible coffee in the most ethical way, they will always endeavor to make as small a footprint on the environment as they can which is evident in their café.

And we are lucky enough to have two of the best coffee makers right here on the peninsula.

“We encourage people to even bring in their own cups or portable mugs to be more environmentally friendly,” said Trish.

Pete and Trish Roberts own Little Rebel Coffee Roastery, a boutique coffee roasting company that they now operate from their purpose-built facility in Dromana.

At the Dromana Roastery, Pete and Trish roast on two Roastmaz roasters, allowing them to deliver more than 25 kilograms with each batch.

As we chat, Peter pours loads of beans into the sparkling metallic machine, explaining that different beans need to be roasted at different times and temperatures, depending on how they have been processed.

The cafe operates as a cellar door, offering rotating seasonal house blends and single-origin coffee. Espresso is pulled through a customised Black Eagle. There are also two filter brews on tap, made with the same beans but steeped at different lengths and temperatures, so you can taste what effect these variables have. The roastery also creates bespoke blends for anyone who wants to mix and match.

This McCrae couple has been passionate about coffee for years since they originally set up their roaster at Epicurean in Red Hill, and then relocated to their Dromana café and roastery three years ago. They started the coffee roasting company when they purchased their roaster from Turkey seven years ago. “We started roasting coffee originally for our café in Mt Martha, and now it has evolved into this peninsula-wide service, supplying coffee to cafes and restaurants locally,” says the couple who have managed to maintain their strong focus on personal attention and unique blends.

While the cafe is chiefly geared towards coffee, those after food can munch on snacks like toasties or one of the many cakes. Little Rebel Coffee Roastery is at is at 22 Collins Road, Dromana www.littlerebel.com.au

“We are determined to run the business our way and will only supply our coffee to restaurants and cafes that have the same vision as us. We want to supply to places that are interested in making and supplying good quality coffee, who listen to their customers and we are lucky enough to be a bit picky with who we supply to,” says Trish. After being in hospitality for many years, Pete and Trish developed a passion for food and wine which then evolved into the coffee field. “We love our wines and found that wine and coffee have lots in common with the creative process. Wines and coffee can both be blended and can come from a single vineyard or plantation. They are sensitive to the climate and conditions in which they are grown. You even do coffee tasting the same as wine tasting, working out whether to use it as a single origin coffee or whether it is suitable for a blend.” Ironically, their most popular blend is called ‘Black Sheep’, a Brazilian and El Salvador mix, which Pete says is inspired by his childhood as a somewhat rebellious youth. “It stood out as the black sheep of the family when we blended it and is now is one of our main blends,” says Pete.

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A LEGACY of the

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By Cameron McCullough

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t is hard to imagine Michael Telera not making wine. After all, his family has been in the craft for about 500 years.

Yes, you heard right. His family roots trace back to the 1500’s in Puglia, Italy. Tucked away on the Adriatic coast, his family were making wine from grapes grown on the sun-drenched hills and terraces. Michael grew up in a migrant family that made their own wine in their garage. They also spent holiday on the peninsula; a place where Michael sees parallels to Italy. But Michael’s journey to winemaking was a slow one, and his destination not what you might expect. In fact it is believed that Michael operates the smallest commercial winery in the country. “The mass market doesn’t get me up in the morning,” said Michael. Michael is a qualified civil engineer. He spent 19 years working for Melbourne Water, and was fascinated and nagged by the wonders of water and its effect in viticulture. “It sat there for many years as an itch that had to be scratched. Eventually I came to the conclusion that I’d either have to scratch it, or I’d die wondering.” Michael had no idea where to go or what to do. Indeed, he knew little about wine; just that he had a dream that he wanted to be a winemaker. “I wasn’t even sure if I was serious. I thought I might learn the trade and have a nice hobby under my belt and that would be the end of it.” It was a visit to Paradigm Hill in Merricks, and an introduction to owner George Mihaly that got the ball rolling. “It was probably a strange sight for George. In comes this bloke who says ‘I think I want to be a winemaker’. But he was great and took me under his wing”. Michael was now in the deep-end. Not making wine in the garage anymore, but working for the real deal. There was a lot at stake, and the learning curve was huge. “I had no idea of what it took. I had no real idea of the link between vitacultre and wine-making.” But that was eight years ago, and Michael still works at Paradigm Hill as assistant winemaker, and working the cellar door. “I was so lucky to have met great people. Not only George and Ruth from Paradigm Hill, but there is a fantastic community of like-minded people. Always ready to help and advise.” You’d have thought that Michael’s scratch would now be itched, but he longed for more. He wanted to have his own wine brand, and an opportunity arose in 2011 to lease a small vineyard in Red Hill. “It was planted in 2007 by Michael and Susan Wynne-Hughes. After Michael passed away, there was nobody to tend it, so I took up the challenge,” said Michael. continued next page... August 2017

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Michael’s vineyard was not large, by any measure. In fact it was tiny. A mere 0.3 of an acre it had 17 rows measuring just 28 metres long. “It is actually a beautiful site,” said Michael. “It runs eastwest, so has a less intense heat.” “Hugh Robinson from Tuerong came down every couple of weeks and helped get me up to speed with my viticulture. And I toiled on getting the vines ripe knowing that great fruit would eventuate.” Two years later, Michael had his first vintage. All 23 cases of it. Telera was born. But mother nature was not going to let Michael off as easily as that. His second vintage, in 2014, turned out to be an absolute beast. With only 33 bottles of pinot and 33 bottles of sauvignon blanc produced for the entire year, Michael was meted out the harshest of lessons. “You spend an entire year cultivating the vines and fruit. It is all on the line. And then something like 2014 happens. Well, it is only after a loss like that you develop a philosophical approach. You can control plenty of things, but mother nature isn’t one of them.” Michael never gave up. He learned the lessons that arose from each year, and accumulated knowledge from every obstacle he came across. Now, six years after his first vintage, Telera is going stong. Michael still runs his 0.3 acres of vines in Red Hill, but also buys in grapes from other vineyards on the peninsula. “I source fruit from Tuerong, and Merricks. It enables me to create interesting blends of ‘up the hill’ and ‘down the hill’ grapes. His Penella blend is made up of twenty percent ‘up the hill’ and eighty percent ‘down the hill’; a wine that he crafts using rehydrated yeast. His Itana, on the other hand, is made up of fifty percent 'up the hill' and fifty percent 'down the hill' grapes, and is made using a wild fermentation process. Michael also has the ability to pick at different times due to the differing micro-climates in his two areas. The grapes in Tuerong being picked earlier than the grapes in Red Hill where the climate tends to be cooler. The other lesson that 2014 taught Michael is that you can’t be a part time wine-maker. He learned that to get the best out of his grapes, he needed to be nearby. He moved down to the peninsula full time and now lives just a short bike ride from his vineyard. “My philosophy is very different to a lot of other wineries,” said Michael. “It can be an ego driven business, and a lot of the wineries have a lot of money behind them.”

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“I just want to make sure that I do the best possible work with the fruit I have. I want every drop that goes into a bottle to be the very best.”

“I will never put anything in a bottle that shouldn’t be there. I believe in my wines, and want the wine drinkers of the world to believe in them too.”

Telera is always going to be a boutique brand. The fact is, you don’t end up on the shelves of national outlets when you are producing four hundred cases of wine a year.

“I ask just one thing. Pour a glass, close your eyes and enjoy the taste. I think you’ll be impressed.”

“It is just me. I am all in. I am the tender of the vines, the wine maker, and the marketing guy,”

www.telera.com.au. wine@telera.com.au

But far from feeling overwhelmed by the work, Michael has embraced it head-on. “I really love it. It has allowed me a peninsula lifestyle, and I am happy. It is also allowing me to test out my business model and not die wondering what could have been” And mum and dad are proud of his achievements too. “I feel like I have come full circle. From making wine in the garage with my dad to this; they couldn’t be prouder.” The future is bright for Michael and Telera Wines. He continues to push the envelope and is embracing new ideas and concepts like some limited run wines. But everything else aside, he continues to be guided by his fundamental philosophy.

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Bunny Chow spiced chicken, sweet potato and cashew nut curry in a mini toasted sourdough loaf w Thai cucumber relish

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Pig and Whistle calamari

Herb roasted chicken, roasted root vegetables, mash potato

House baked vanilla cheesecake with macerated strawberries

The Grand Hotel

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Pig and Whistle Tavern 356 Purves Road, Main Ridge Phone 5989 6130Â www.thepigandwhistle.com.au

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WHOLESOME, HEARTY AND

HOMESTYLE By Melissa Walsh Photos Yanni

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rowing up in the pacific islands and New Zealand, head chef at the Pig and Whistle, Jared Ikihega was introduced to good cooking from a young age.

“My grandfather was a chef, and I grew up with a mum who loved to cook. The house always smelt of amazing things she was cooking on the stove and I get a lot of my cooking ethics and flavours from her,” said Jared. “She was always the best cook and no matter how much I tried to replicate her flavours, it still never tasted as good has hers. She taught me it is the heart and soul you put into your cooking that brings out the best results.” For Jared, ending up as the head chef at the Pig and Whistle turned out to be the perfect place for him with his passion for good, honest home-style dishes. “I try to put my heart and soul into the food here and produce home cooked meals that are hearty and suit the casual atmosphere of the Pig and Whistle,” said Jared, who has been in Australia since 2004, working in Melbourne CBD venues, as well as extensive stints in the Northern Territory. Since taking over the kitchen at the Pig and Whistle, Jared has given the menu a slight overhaul while sticking to the home cooked meals that customers come back for time and time again.

“The main thing I felt was important was consistency in the menu. If you love the pork belly, for example, then you can be sure that every time you order it, you will get the same amazing dish,” he said. For Jared, with love for the hearty dishes, his favourites at the restaurant are undoubtedly the Guinness pie, the pork pie, the calamari and of course the pork belly. “We use all fresh ingredients from local suppliers with market gardeners just down the road from us, and Peninsula Meats, as well as Waterfall Gully vegetables. We believe what goes around comes around and want to use as much peninsula produce as we can,” said Jared. The moment you walk into the Pig and Whistle, with the hearty aromas from the kitchen, the log fire burning away in the dining room and the relaxed tavern style vibe, you know you are in for a treat. The Pig and Whistle is at 365 Purves Rd, Main Ridge Phone 5989 6130 www.thepigandwhistle.com.au

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Recipe TWICE COOKED PORK BELLY WITH ROAST VEGETABLES, HOUSE GRAVY AND APPLE PUREE INGREDIENTS Pork belly x 1 Selection of seasonal roast vegetables Gravy (home made with a stock base) Apple purees (cook apples and reduce then puree)

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METHOD 1. Heat oven to 150 degrees. 2. Take pork belly and pat dry. Place in a baking tray with water and aromats (star anise, cinnamon stick, two cloves). Cover pork belly with foil and bake in oven for six hours to eight hours on 150 degrees. 3. Drain the liquid off the pork, let it rest and then press with a weight (optional)

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4. Salt the skin and put pork skin down on a medium/hot pan. Then bake in the oven at 180 degrees for seven or eight minutes. 5. Turn the pork belly back over and served on roasted vegetables with apple puree and gravy.


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When the cold winter mist sets over the mountains of Red Hill, that’s when truffle hunters gather around to unearth the elusive truffle, the black gold of the hills. On August 6, truffle lovers will have the opportunity to meet French chef and truffle expert Romuald following a morning truffle hunt. Romu’s experience with truffles comes from his time at the Michelin Star Parisian restaurant La Truffière, and since moving to Australia he has worked for both Jacques Reymond and Frank Camora. Now offering his services as a private chef, Romuald insists on working with the highest quality, seasonal produce. Cook and taste some delicious truffle inspired dishes and take home an apron as a reminder of your day. To book go to mpexperience.rezdy.com or phone 0410 596 637

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Fire! The Duel at Cape Schanck By Peter McCullough

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n 1842 a duel was fought near “The Cups”, half-way between Cape Schanck and Point Nepean, involving hostile neighbours Maurice Meyrick and Edward Barker. Honour was satisfied without any serious damage.

The First Account

The Participants Maurice Meyrick passed up the opportunity to attend Oxford University and headed for Australia instead. In March, 1839 he settled at Boniyong (Boneo) and was so impressed that within a short space of time he had persuaded the respective parents to allow his brother Alfred and a cousin, Henry, to join him. Both families were well enough off to subsidize their children: Maurice landed with money and the two younger men brought 1000 pounds each. Meanwhile, Maurice had erected his hut and had bought sheep from which he shipped his first clip to England in 1841. After spending a short time with Maurice, Alfred and Henry took out a licence for Coolort (Coolart). It was about 16 miles from Boniyong and consisted of 16,800 acres. They temporarily abandoned Coolort for land on the Port Phillip side (near Mt. Eliza) but returned when a supply of fresh water was found. Within a few years they had moved further east into Gippsland. John Barker, who had read law, came to Australia with his brother, Edward, who was qualified in medicine. John and Edward spent their first two years at Cape Schanck where they established a run and homestead under licence. John then returned to England for a year during which he married and his brother's duel with Maurice Meyrick took place. After his return John Barker amassed further grazing rights, including Boniyong with the departure of Maurice Meyrick in 1844. Edward, meanwhile, had left the Peninsula and dabbled in pastoral pursuits elsewhere before resuming his medical career in

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1849. According to the Australian Dictionary of Biography, “ In his prime he was regarded as the best surgeon in Melbourne and at the University of Melbourne, where he lectured part-time, he gave students a sound, practical, working knowledge of surgery.”

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Richard Howitt was one of three brothers who came to Australia; Godfrey and Richard arrived in 1840 and William came during the gold rush in 1852. One of them, Godfrey, although a physician, acquired extensive pastoral interests, including land in the vicinity of Cape Schanck. Richard Howitt returned to England when the economic slump crippled the colony and wrote “Impressions of Australia Felix During Four Years Residence in the Colony”(London, 1845) which was regarded as the “...most readable description of Australian life at this date.” In his book Howitt published an account of the duel and in doing so gave offence to some. He wrote: “I must mention an incident that happened in the bush at Cape Schanck some time before my visit there. The squatters are not always the best of neighbours. I learnt that there had been a quarrel between Barker and Merrick. (sic) Bad feeling had germinated between them about some mimosa bark. Sharp words and insults had risen in consequence, and both agreed to leave it to Captain Reid of Tichingorook (later “The Briars”) as to how they should settle their differences. He of course came to a most soldierly decision. 'Why certainly! There is only one way for gentlemen and that is to fight it out.' They met accordingly. Barker fired his bullet into the air. Not so Merrick.(sic) It whistled past Barker's ear and so the matter was terminated.” Howitt, who considered himself something of a poet, even resorted to some doggerel to mockingly describe the event to his English audience:


History 'Twas at Cape Schank. Said Captain Reid: “You must fight.”And they gladly agreed. Mimosa bark Made barkers bark. But Barker's bite Was very slight Compared with Barker's bark. One of those who took offence was Maurice's cousin, Henry. In a letter dated 3 February, 1846 from the rather vague address “Gipps Land Road” he wrote: “I learn with astonishment that a work has been published in England, on Australia Felix, by a certain party of the name of Howitt, in which the duel between Barker and Maurice was introduced;I have not yet seen the work myself but some, who have read it, tell me that it is a most partial, and unfair statement. Howitt is a personal friend of Barkers, so I pray you not to believe the same, as we (ie Capt. Reid, Maurice and myself ) intend to take measures to have it contradicted, provided it is as I hear.” Henry's suggestion that the account was biased may have been correct for there appears to have been a close friendship between the Barkers and the Howitts. Apart from having pastoral interests in common, Godfrey Howitt and Edward Barker were both leading surgeons in early Melbourne. The Age Report Although stories of the duel circulated among the older residents of the Peninsula for decades, nothing further seems to have appeared in print. Then, after 65 years, the Saturday Age came to the fore with a “scoop.” The story by “Old Colonist”, reproduced on a later page, may have been fundamentally correct, but was crammed with inaccuracies. In the first instance, this was not Victoria's first duel which apparently took place in 1839 (Cotter v. Arden at a racecourse at the foot of Batman's

Hill). Better known is the duel which involved the delightfully named pastoralist and politician, Peter Snodgrass. An article in the Australian Dictionary of Biography states: “As a young man, he was adventurous, high-spirited and a reckless horseman. On 1 January, 1840 in Melbourne he figured in a duel with another young squatter, William Ryrie, on the site of the present Spencer Street Railway station; after Snodgrass fired precipitately and grazed his own toe, honour was satisfied.” Snodgrass must have enjoyed the experience for in the following year he took on Redmond Barry at Liardet's Pier Hotel. Again, Snodgrass fired prematurely in nervous haste while Barry magnanimously and ceremoniously fired his pistol in the air. Then in 1842 it was recorded that Powlett and Hogue fought a duel at Flemington but whether this preceded the Meyrick v. Barker duel is uncertain. From this information it would appear that the Cape Schanck duel was, at best, the fourth duel fought in the Port Phillip District and certainly not the first. The number of duels declined after 1845, as public opinion grew in opposition to the custom. However the names or initials of the principals have survived in seventeen duels fought between 1839 and 1850. In addition there are rumours or sketchy accounts of other duels in the newspapers, as well as reports of challenges. The majority of principals were clubmen and members of society and, according to historian Paul de Serville, among the colonists generally “...there was a touchiness about social standing, a need to demand that society recognize their standing as gentlemen. Men were quick to detect slights (real or imaginary) against their honour and rank, typically the younger or more socially insecure colonists.” (de Serville “Port Phillip Gentlemen..., Page 108.) “The particular reasons for duels and challenges varied: a woman, an injudicious remark, a supposed insult which was not continued next page...

Below: Barkers' Cape Schanck Homestead, sketched by Alfred Howitt, the son of William Howitt.

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Above: Captain Reid's Station, Tichingarook (later The Briars), 1844, as it appeared in Georgiana McCrae's journal, edited by her grandson, Hugh McCrae in 1934. (Reproduced with permission of the National Trust).

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Meyrick fired first, and missed. Barker got such a fright he fired into the air, and, the story has it, hit a passing seagull, and the duel was over. All agreed that honour was satisfied, and the bloodless encounter was celebrated at Meyrick's house nearby.” The internet site “Discover Mornington Peninsula” contains some information on the duel but is largely based on Hunter Rogers account, right down to the dead seagull.

“Early Days of the Mornington Peninsula” which was printed in “The Victorian Historical Magazine”of December, 1932, relies on information from Samuel Tuck of Flinders who had formed a friendship with Dr. Barker's second and who convinced Tuck that the quarrel was about “...the digging of a water hole at Boneo.” Not exactly straight from the horse's mouth, but probably as close as we will get! *** References:

Conclusion. There seems to be no doubt that a duel was fought near Cape Schanck in 1842 between adjoining land owners Maurice Meyrick and Edward Barker. There were no casualties. The cause of the dispute remains unclear: it was more likely to have been over the mimosa bark or the digging of the waterhole rather than the removal of a tree. Historian Valda Cole, in her “Western Port Chronology 1798-1839”, puts it down to “... bad feelings and insults over mimosa bark”; Gerald Byrne, in his

THE DUELLING PISTOL One item of historic interest that was displayed at the old Balnarring Hall/ Mechanics Institute was a duelling pistol, purported to have been used in a duel fought near Cape Schanck in the nineteenth century. This duel was arranged between Maurice Meyrick who held the Boniyong run, and his neighbour, Dr. Edward Barker who was managing Barrabang while his brother John was in England. It took place in 1842 and, although not unique in the early days of Port Phillip, was an unusual way to settle a dispute. Duelling was still an accepted way of settling a quarrel in England until 1845 and lasted a little longer in Australia, the last duel here being fought in 1851. The Cape Schanck duel created much interest and the story was retold many times over the years. Like many stories, it grew with the telling, with embellishment and differing detail. It was one of the stories related at a special dinner held in 1913 to honour Balnarring's pioneers. Samuel Tuck was one of the early settlers invited to this function. Held in conjunction with Arbour Day, the pioneers were invited to speak of "the early days."The duel featured

“Australian Dictionary of Biography” entries for Edward Barker, John Barker, Redmond Barry, and Peter Snodgrass. de Serville, Paul “Port Phillip Gentlemen-and good society in Melbourne before the gold rushes”, Oxford University Press, 1980. Hollingshed, Charles N. “Lime, Land and Leisure”, Stockland Press, 1982. Rogers, Hunter “The Early History of the Mornington Peninsula”, Mornington Leader, 1960. Acknowledgement: Thanks to Ilma Hackett of the Balnarring and District Historical Society for her assistance in finding some of the details, and for giving permission to reprint that part of her account of the duel which shed light on the pistol.

prominently in the reminiscences. Probably as a result of that evening, one of the duelling pistols was given to the Hall Committee to be kept as an historic relic in the Hall. It was donated by Mr. William Barker of Dromana in March, 1917. That same month the Hall Committee Minute Book records the gift of an old relic and it was moved that " it be acknowledged with thanks and facts in relation to the old relic be collected."A newspaper article of the time describes it as "a horse pistol of old-fashioned shape, 14 inches long, octagonal, single barrel, 5-8 inch core, muzzle loading, with a trigger and nipple for capping, weight about two pounds." Its fate is a mystery. It was in a glass case in the Hall until the years of World War II when it disappeared. One theory is that it was handed in to authorities; another is that it was "souvenired";a third is that it was taken from the Hall for safekeeping and subsequently lost. A member of our Society, whose grandfather was the caretaker of the Hall, was told that the police came and took it away at the beginning of the war, which seems to confirm the first theory. Ilma Hackett, Balnarring & District Historical Society.

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Mornington is a seaside town on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia, located 57 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district. It has an area of 13.5 km²and a population of 22,421 (2011)

MORNINGTON FACTS Mornington's original post office, built in 1863 at the corner of Main Street and The Esplanade, now operates as a museum displaying old telecommunications equipment and items relating to local history. It is the site of the Mornington and District Historical Society. On the other side of Main Street is the old court house (built in 1860) and the former police station lock-up (1862). An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale struck the town on 2 September 1932 associated with the nearby Selwyn Fault. No injuries or major damage was reported. The Mornington Pier was built in 1857, and continues to be extended and improved. Considered to be one of the worst boating accidents in Victoria's history, the Mornington Football Club Disaster occurred on the night of May 21st 1892 near Pelican Point just north of Mornington. Fifteen members of the Mornington Football Team set out earlier that day on the "Process", owned and skippered by Charles Hooper, to play a match at Mordialloc. The remainder of the team travelled by train.

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Mornington has a long history dating back to 1802 when explorer Matthew Flinders landed at Schnapper Point. These days, Schnapper Point provides a boat-launching ramp, jetty, yacht club, restaurant and scenic walks providing scenic views along the coast. Mornington has a number of beaches, some of which are located at the base of rocky cliffs which dominate part of the coastline in this area. Along the eastern side of Schnapper Point is the sheltered Mothers Beach and Scout Beach, while Shire Hall Beach and Mills Beach are located further east along the coast. Around a kilometre south of Schnapper Point is Fishermans Beach which ends at the scenic rocky outcrop of Linley Point where there are boat ramps and scenic viewing spots along the coast. The first cruise ship visits Mornington township on February 24, 2015, after P&O added the Mornington Peninsula to its itinerary. The Pacific Pearl with 1800 residents on board docked early on the Tuesday morning, part of a new itinerary for P&O Cruises. Mornington Central Shopping Centre is built on the site of the former Mornington railway station. Every Wednesday, Mornington Main Street comes alive with the Street Market. Colourful stalls selling

COFFEE SAFARI Fresh brewed coffee is a must have for weekends away and Mornington coffee is second to none with great coffee haunts around the town. Here are a few to check out when head down to this beautiful end of the world.

COMMONFOLK 16 Progress Street, Mornington. One of a kind café/roastery where the coffee is made on the premises in front of your very eyes. Blends from all around the world on the Commonfolk menu.

DOC Mornington 22 Main Street, Mornington. Old Italian feel café/restaurant where the coffee is out of this world.

MERCETTA 115 Main Street, Mornington. Indoor or alfresco dining out the front or in the back courtyard, One One Five is friendly, with a great vibe and excellent range of coffee.

FLOWER GIRLS 66 Main Street, Mornington. As the name suggests, Flower Girls is a florist, come coffee shop. Feel like you are sitting in a Parisian café surrounded by fresh flowers.


WHAT TO DO? Whether it’s wandering down the main street with its cosmopolitan vibe, alfresco cafes lining the paved streets and vast bay views, or losing yourself in the many art galleries and boutique book shops, Mornington is a colourful hub of arts and entertainment. White sandy beaches that stretch for miles are dotted along the Mornington coastline, a mecca for all things aquatic, with a myriad iconic bathing boxes. Beaches, wineries, shopping, arts and antiques are all at your fingertips in a township that dates back to 1856, where original historical buildings stand proudly among modern architecture.

everything from hand made soaps, organic skin care, fresh produce and sensational home made fudge. Fossil beach is a significant fossil site with evidence of Australia’s sea life from 10 to 15 million years ago. The fossils were discovered in 1854 in the limestone cliffs. Most of the fossils have now been removed. Access is via the track from the cliff path near Bentons Road (near the picnic area). The Mornington Rose Gardens has over 4000 roses planted in 86 beds and is surrounded by a border of native Australian trees and shrubs. The concept for the Mornington Rose Gardens was the brainchild of a local businessman Don Gordon who was inspired by the rose garden in Benalla that was situated next to the art gallery. The land was allocated for this purpose by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council after much lobbying by Don. The first sod was turned by Councillor Anne Shaw on a freezing day in June 2004. The rose garden was built by volunteers during one of the longest droughts in Australia and has been hooked up to recycled water. The Mornington Rose Gardens was officially opened by the well-known gardener and radio and television personality Jane Edmanson in November 2008. Don Gordon passed away in 2011, but not before seeing his rose garden dream become a reality.

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DENTAL CARE TRIC DENTISTS A I ED A P

"THEY’RE ONLY BABY TEETH". WHY CHILDREN NEED TO SEE THE DENTIST It is fairly common for parents not to realise the importance of the baby teeth for the healthy growth and development of their child. Although the baby teeth start falling out at six years of age the back baby teeth aren’t replaced until twelve years of age. That’s a lot longer than many parents expect. Primary teeth have many functions and the premature loss of primary teeth can have unintentional consequences. The teeth are important to chew food, for the development of speech, for that wonderful smile but also to guide the adult teeth into the correct position. So a regular dental visit to help you look after those teeth are important. How often to go and when to start? Generally a visit to a child-friendly dentist should start early; the Australia Academy of Paediatric Dentists recommends a visit at the age of one. This visit is to identify risk factors for problems with the teeth and preventative advice such as tooth brushing and diet. There are plenty of hidden sugars in natural and organic foods. One in five Australian children develop defects in their teeth, which makes them more prone to dental problems. Identifying these spots early and instigating prevention can simplify the issues later on. A visit every six months is recommended for most children. However if you’re child has particular problems such as developmental defects in their teeth more frequent visits might be recommended. With regular visits and early detection and management of small problems the primary teeth should fulfil their role and fall out naturally, ready for the tooth fairy. LUCAS DENTAL CARE is at 134 Tanti Avenue Mornington VIC 3931 Phone 5975 9334 www.lucasdentalcare.com.au

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Focus on Mornington MY DREAMY TEEPEE IS THE TALK OF THE SCHOOL YARD Sleep overs just got revamped with these gorgeous handmade tents by My Dreamy Teepee. All tepees have been crafted by a professional builder and teamed with designer fabric to create individual tepee’s that are then set up in your home. My Dreamy Teepee currently offers 5 magical tepee packages: Magical Unicorns, Dreamy Tween, Wild Tribe Dreams, Sneaky Bandit and Ultimate Diva. Brigitte and Marc from My Dreamy Teepee realised that the old fashioned sleep over was outdated. With their combined love of children and parties have come up with the perfect party to make your child's dreams come true. Even the fairies on the peninsula are

impressed. Faery Emma from Stardust Fairies often flies by to create that extra magical experience! To add to the excitement they are offering a five metre Bell Tent called ‘Go Glam’. Go Glam can be used outdoors for the kids to go glamping! The tent can be set up in your backyard letting your tribe think they are having a party on their own. But close enough you can still keep a watchful eye out. Perfect for tweens! The kids aren’t the only ones who can have all the fun. Go Glam is also hired out for adult glamping nights…garden parties, hens nights, baby showers, the list goes on.

outdoor rug, 10 chairs, cushions and a popcorn machine. They even have faux cars to create a drive in movie feel. Let’s not forget the grownups. When the children are in bed why not invite a few friends over sit back and relax with a wine, and watch a movie. To make all your child’s dreams come true visit mydreamyteepee. com.au to see what all the fuss us about! Bookings and enquiries can be made on our website, Facebook page, or call Brigitte for more information 0434 054 651.

My Dreamy Teepee would also like to introduce the ‘Starlight Outdoor & Indoor Cinemas. Sleep overs and movies go hand in hand, and the 2.5 metre cinema can used indoors or outside. Complete with lanterns,

teepees Mornington Peninsula’s most exciting children’s sleepover/party hire destination. My Dreamy Teepee creates a unique, stylish and memorable experience for all ages. We hire out our • handmade tepee’s • five meter bell tent • outdoor cinema. Each set up is styled beautifully, delivered and then packed up, leaving you to just sit back and relax.

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Contact Brigitte 0434054651 brigitte@mydreamyteepee.com.au www.mydreamyteepee.com.au

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SOLICITORS & CONYEYANCERS

BUYING? SELLING? SUBDIVIDING? F O R D L O S SALE

The best possible service at the best possible price

(03) 5975 7611 www.morningtonlegal.com.au

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Focus on Mornington MORNINGTON LEGAL Mornington Legal provides your superior legal solution, with the simple aim of ensuring each client has access to their superior legal and conveyancing service. With Mornington Legal, you get the benefit of a team that work closely together to find superior solutions to whatever legal or conveyancing problems arise. Whether conveyancing, commercial law, wills and estates or family law, you can rest assured that the team at Mornington Legal will help you every step of the way. At Mornington Legal, Donna Day is the senior conveyancer, having started her career in conveyancing in 1986 working in multiple suburban law firms before falling in love with the Peninsula and starting at Mornington Legal in 2012. Donna provides an exceptional standard of service to all her clients, from the individual purchaser or vendor to the largest developer. Energetic and communicative, Donna takes pride in assisting each of her clients with their particular needs.

You have to have a conveyancer during the process of buying or selling property as it is a legal requirement.” Donna says that it is a very satisfying feeling seeing people purchasing their first home, and she is happy to be able to help people at such an important time in their lives. “It can be an emotional and stressful time and I like to think that I help clients by taking their stress away from them. I get satisfaction seeing people move into their first home and those downsizing after the kids leave home, and being able to be involved in such a big time in peoples lives. Buying and selling is not something people do every day and you are an important part of their lives in the process which is a great feeling. We do everything form first homes to big subdivisions, residential, rural and commercial.” MORNINGTON LEGAL is at 342 Main Street, Mornington Phone 5975 7611 www.morningtonlegal.com.au

With access to a network of the Peninsula’s finest real estate agents, mortgage brokers, business bankers and other professional service providers, Donna will endeavor to make your conveyance a seamless transaction. “If you are thinking of buying or selling on the peninsula or anywhere in Victoria we can assist with your legal requirements to complete the settlement of their home or property,” said Donna. “You generally engage a conveyancing service once you have listed your property for sale or I am happy to look at contracts before you sign any legal documents with a real estate agent, point out a few things and the legalities of contract prior to signing documentation. Then once the contract is signed we prepare all the documents and liaise with any financial institutions with bank loans to obtain finance or discharge their mortgage and oversee everything right through to settlement.

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THE GRAND HOTEL MORNINGTON

BISTRO DINING

GRAND LIVE

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WITH A GRAND & COLOURFUL PAST Housed in a heritage listed building and regarded as an icon on the Mornington Peninsula, The Grand Hotel is a Mornington focal point for dining, socialising and entertainment. Located right in the heart of Mornington’s popular seaside Main Street precinct. DINING | SPORTS BAR | LIVE ENTERTAINMENT | CRUZE NIGHTCLUB | PRIVATE FUNCTIONS

www.grand.net.au

124 MAIN STREET, MORNINGTON 5975 2001

OPEN DAILY 8AM TILL LATE


Focus on Mornington STILL GRAND IN EVERY WAY The Grand Hotel Mornington was established in 1892 and holds a rich history as a place for locals to gather and enjoy a cold drink after a long days work. It is a Mornington landmark that stands as a proud testament to the colourful past of the bayside town. Today, more than 125 years on, you will still find a warm and welcome atmosphere to relax with friends and wind down your day. Dining in the hotel bistro, that looks out to Mornington’s Main Street, is an experience in itself with the bistro reflecting the Hotel’s grand and colourful history in a modern and inviting setting. As a heritage listed building and a landmark on the Mornington Peninsula, the hotel still retains the charm of yesteryear while having been gracefully restored to feature all the modern comforts. With an extensive menu that changes seasonally, the Grand Hotel is the place for great value and quality dining, good cheer and the traditional hospitality that was born so long ago. An extensive menu includes favourites like the herb roasted chicken, duck a lórange, caramelised pork belly and traditional pub fare with chicken parmigiana, and seasonally inspired vegetarian, gluten free, seniors and children’s dishes. There’s pasta, risotto, seafood and salads, senior’s meals and a wonderful selection of house made desserts to tempt the taste buds. The Grand Hotel bistro bar stocks everything you could hope for and the wine list reflects the Hotel’s enviable Mornington Peninsula location, as well as featuring the Australian favourites, by the bottle and by the glass. For those after a more casual vibe, the Grand Hotel sports bar has become a home away from home, and a welcome place where the locals meet to catch up with friends, enjoy a chat, live sports, a friendly game of pool or come in for a solid bar meal with a cold pint. The large sports screens feature football, cricket, boxing and all other major sporting events and the interactive juke box turns out a punter generated playlist, which can feature anything from Cold Chisel, to the Chilli Peppers and Foo Fighters. The three bar pool tables are much loved and Monday to Friday, you can enjoy a $16 Pot and Parma special. And don’t forget to regularly check live show’s coming up each month, with Grand LIVE playing host to Australia’s top billed Australian bands, artists and tribute shows. From August until the end of the year you can expect to see Vera Blue’s National Tour, the Pierce Brothers World Tour, Painters & Dockers, Alex Lloyd, Taxi Ride an Things of Stone & Wood – to name a few! THE GRAND HOTEL is at 124 Main Street, Mornington Phone 5975 2001 www.grand.net.au

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KIWI HOUSE MORNINGTON

MAIN SAIL CAFÉ

Nestled down the quaint Mornington mall, off Main street, is a hidden delight with Kiwi House, a shop that stocks stunning products from New Zealand and nationwide.

Main Sail Café has a new owner and soon a new look since Charmian Huggett bought the business.

A family business that has been operating for seven years, Kiwi House began with the dream of Debbie Burkitt who wanted to stock different items in her Mornington store. “I wanted to do something different and stock items that aren’t available in other shops,” said Debbie who has lived on the peninsula since 1988 and could see a niche in the marketplace. “At Kiwi House we stock quality winter garments and accessories with a specialty in possum merino for winter. It is very light weight and warm and can be worn for years.” Kiwi House stock everything from possum and merino wool to jewellery, clothing, and a skin care range. “We have a couple of ranges of skin care with Manuka honey as well as the honey itself," said Debbie. KIWI HOUSE is at 7/90 Main St, Mornington Phone 5973 4233 www.kiwihouseonline.com.au/store

Trading Hours Mon to Fri 10-5 Sat 10-4 Sun 11-3

There is nothing warmer! Possum Merino clothing and accessories. In a variety of colours and sizing from XS to XXL. Quality that last for years.

7/90 Main Street Mornington (Walk through Mall)

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Since February, Charmian has bought in a new boutique coffee that she has used before. “It is called Locale and it is one of the best. We have also introduced a few different dishes like the salmon roulade, bruschetta options and a couple of different steak options,” she said. Main Sail Café is known for their large breakfasts and all over big servings, which Charmian says will not change. “We still have our breakfasts and lunches here and are quite famous for our big serves, as well as our hearty soups. We have four different soups for the winter with minestrone, beef and barley, leak and potato, seafood chowder, and many gluten free options,” said Charmian. “We do made to order sandwiches and outside catering as well.” MAIN SAIL CAFÉ is at 92 Main Street, Mornington Phone 5975 7883 www.mainsailcafebar.com.au


BJS INSURANCE BROKERS BJS Insurance Brokers are a pro-active member of the insurance broking and business community, which means they can deliver real insurance results for each client’s needs. Having relocated from Frankston to Mornington, this team of qualified and experienced insurance brokers are proud to provide a holistic solution to all your insurance matters. Whether it’s commercial, life and personal insurance, worker’s compensation support or advice and claims management, BJS has got you covered. “We have an expansive knowledge of the entire insurance market,” explains branch manager Teresa Westgarth. “And have over 100 years’ experience between them in both commercial and personal insurance.” Teresa explains that it is important to use an insurance broker as they have an in depth knowledge and can negotiate and customise policies on your behalf.

Why BJS Mornington?

“Insurance brokers can then help you compare your available options – empowering you to make informed decisions,” said Teresa. “Brokers can explain any fees they charge for the services they provide, so you can always know what you have to pay. And remember, the time a broker can save you in researching the right cover is time you get back to put into your own business.”

Professional Innovative Australian Owned

An insurance broker has the experience and specialist knowledge to help you find cover that’s the right fit for your needs. Importantly, a broker works for you: not the insurance companies, so you can feel confident they have your interests at heart. Your broker will work with you to identify your business needs, and then recommend insurance policies that ensure you are properly protected. They can take you through the benefits of different policies to help you compare – and even help you understand the fine print. That way, you may be able to avoid paying for things you don’t need, or having your cover fall short if you need to claim. BJS INSURANCE BROKERS
 is at 315 Main Street, Mornington Phone 9860 4279 www.bjsib.com.au

BJS Insurance Brokers are a family owned business, recently relocated to 315 Main Street, Mornington. We provide a holistic solution and advice for all business risks, including, but not limited to: • Business Insurance • Corporate Insurance • Tailored Products • Risk Management

• Workers’ Compensation • Life Insurance • Claims Management • Personal Insurance

We are offering local businesses obligation free reviews of their insurance programs. Call us today on 9860 4279 to speak to one of our team, or email us at southern@bjsib.com.au Our difference is our knowledge and expertise of the entire insurance market and our team of specialised insurance brokers have over 100 years experience in commercial and personal insurance. BJS truly are an “open market” placement broker, unlike some of our competitors.

OUR PHILOSOPHY: is to always be ‘moving forward’ as a company. Rather than a traditional mission statement we have one core question: Why are we here? The answer is simple: • To be the best provider of insurance & risk management solutions • To be your trusted insurance adviser • To be a pro-active member of the business community.

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DENOR HOMEWARES IS ALL ABOUT CUSTOMER SERVICE Denor Homewares is a fabulous little Kitchenware shop hidden away behind Main Street facing the car park across to Mornington Central. The shop is spacious and well-lit featuring lots of quality products for the home cook. If entertaining is your forte, they stock quality serving ware, dinnerware and glassware for all your needs. Store owner, Clive and his team at Denor Homewares make sure every customer feels welcome from the moment they walk in the door.

Denor Homewares promotes good old fashioned customer service which they believe has been lost in many retail stores. They aim to make your shopping experience an enjoyable, happy and helpful one, whether it’s purchasing, browsing or having a chat with the staff to fill in part of your day. cutlery, Krosno glass and stemware and Bodum plungers and double walled hot and cold glassware. They also stock the fabulous new KeepCup range of reusable coffee cups.

The shop layout has wide aisles for prams and walkers so your shopping experience is an easy and enjoyable one.

They stock a large variety of products and have lots of great gadgets to make your life easier. They have new products arriving all the time. Denor Homewares believe they have something for all your cooking and dining needs.

Denor Homewares offers a huge range of cookware, bakeware and crockery from basic ceramics to quality fine bone china,

Store Manager Sharon, Julie and Clive are proud of the reputation developed over the last six years.

The staff strive to always help you with advice whether it is in purchasing something for yourself or a gift for that someone special. Did you know Denor Homewares has a range of cake decorating products and a range of novelty and number tins they hire overnight? They also offer free gift wrapping and offer a lay-by service, have a loyalty program that offers genuine ongoing discounts, and they give Senior discounts too! Denor Homewares is all about providing customer service.

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Focus on Mornington SUPPLYING AND INSTALLING FLOOR COVERING If you’re looking for the latest trends in flooring, everything that’s new underfoot, then look no further than Choices flooring by Smiths. Store owner, Geoff Smith, and his team are committed to bringing you professional and up to date information on the latest trends and styles to help you find what you’ve been searching for. The Smiths have privately owned the stores at Mornington for over 50 years now and have witnessed firsthand the massive growth in the area. “Our team is experienced and knowledgeable in all facets of our industry, ensuring our customers will find the floor they’ve been searching for,” says Geoff. As part of a national buying cooperative Choices Flooring has access to the

industry’s top brands. It also means they can offer customers great prices on quality products. If you’re looking for ideas and exciting ways to freshen up your home for the new season, you can come in store to pick up a catalogue and meet the team at Choices Flooring by Smiths.

flooring products for small to large homes to multi-block apartment complexes.

Choices Flooring has every type of flooring you can imagine with a huge range of carpets, timbers, laminates, bamboos, luxury vinyl and rugs. As Australia’s leading flooring retailer and a full service national floor covering service provider, Choices Flooring can service the needs of corporate clients, commercial builders, shop fitters, home builders and facility managers. Choices Flooring is also well equipped to service the commercial flooring needs of retailers and shop fitters requiring local project management and supply and installation of commercial floor coverings. And for home builders, Choices Flooring can provide an extensive range of

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PANDORA 3 SEATER SOFA BORNOVA COFFEE TABLE

PH: 8560 1137, Showroom D4, Peninsula Home 1128-1132 Nepean Hwy VISIT US TODAY!

OZ DESIGN FURNITURE MORNINGTON

www.ozdesignfurniture.com.au


Focus on Mornington HOMEWARE WIZARDS OF OZ Be Inspired and create the seaside space you’ve always dreamed of having, this season with OZ Design Furniture. Filled with on trend collections inspired by varying style groups, OZ Design Furniture Mornington aim to meet your interior goals. Take the first step to a refreshing interior space with OZ Design Furniture’s sofa collections. With endless fabric, colour and style options suited to small and large spaces, you’ll find the perfect sofa for your modern home. Compliment your desired sofa with an on trend case good range. Inspired by trending designs with added uniqueness, OZ Design Furniture offer living, dining and entertainment pieces that will add practicality and unique style. Complete your coastal space with stunning homewares pieces that will add life, texture and personal style to your stunning new space. Create the home you love with OZ Design Furniture Mornington and be inspired this cooler season. OZ DESIGN FURNITURE MORNINGTON SHOWROOM is at 1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington Phone 8560 1137 www.ozdesignfurniture.com.au

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DAVID MORRIS MP PROTECTING OUR PENINSULA

unfortunately, in recent years, the bipartisan commitment to properly manage growth has been lost.

For most of the second half of the 20th century there was bipartisanship for sensible planning on the Mornington Peninsula. Successive generations recognised that growth was both welcome and inevitable, but that if it was to occur it had to be managed properly to ensure that the special character of our peninsula was retained for the benefit and pleasure of all Victorians. As Melbourne’s population continues to grow, particularly to the South East, so too does the need for access to all the pleasures that the peninsula provides. Maintaining our green wedge, and non-urban areas, and the individual character of our towns and villages is a crucial part of that equation, but

The election of the Coalition Government late in 2010 created an opportunity to again consider the types of planning controls that were appropriate for the Peninsula. A committee (which I chaired) was established to consider what planning controls would both best serve our immediate needs, and protect the Peninsula for the future. After extensive consultation, and building on the excellent work that had already been done by the Council, the Mornington Peninsula Localised Planning Statement was produced. Unfortunately, Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, while not removing the statement from the planning scheme, has sought to diminish both its role, and effectiveness, through the introduction

of the new “General Residential Zone”. This zone will permit not only dramatically increased density, but also the construction of 11m high dwellings without a permit! These changes are a fundamental threat to the character, particularly the coastal character, of the Mornington Peninsula. If this new policy is not reversed the lowkey residential nature of our towns and villages will be devastated! Successive generations of our Mornington Peninsula community have stood firm whenever the essential character of the Peninsula has been threatened. It’s time once again for our community to band together, to stand up against the imposition of these controls, which if left unchallenged will without doubt turn the Peninsula into just another extension of Melbourne suburbia.

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Focus on Mornington SHOP MORNINGTON – THINK LOCAL FIRST, IT TAKES YOU TO START THE TREND Main Street Mornington is running a competition for the month of August where there will be 10 lucky winners! Each one winning a $50 Main Street Mornington Eftpos card! All you need to do is spend $30 or more in any Main street business and fill out the entry form! What a great way to take advantage of the Winter Sales now in store! By now everyone would have heard of the War on Waste. In the attempt to help reduce waste and to recycle, Main Street Market bags are available for purchase from the Mornington Chamber Of Commerce, 103A Main Street, for $5. These tasteful bags are a great size and very sturdy, perfect for all your shopping needs! They can even be used as a beach bag! To find out more about the businesses, events and local offers in Mornington, check out our new website – mainstreetmornington.com.au

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BRING YOUR DREAMS TO LIFE WITH A BETTER BUILT CARAVAN Better Built Caravans is a family business based on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s all hands on deck, as Jarrod Hopkins and his wife Mia Rappel and Jarrod’s parents Frank and Gwen are all involved in the day-to-day operations. Their combined love of adventure, as well as Australia’s unique sights with national parks, beaches and towns led to the establishment of Better Built Caravans. From grey nomads and retirees who want to caravan around Australia indefinitely to young Australian families who want to get away for a weekend, their aim is to provide what you want in your caravan: affordable and built to last and much more so you have a home-away-from-home wherever you are. Better Built Caravans deliver quality caravans with aluminium framing which makes them strongest on the market to Australians from all walks of life who want caravans for any number of reasons, priding themselves on value for money with expert service and support at all times backed with quality, Phone 1300540303com. www.betterbuiltcaravans.com.au

FUTURE PERSEPCTIVE Future Perspective has been based in Mornington for 18 months and enjoys meeting new businesses on the peninsula and via Peninsula Business Networking. Jo Brownlee, Founder and Principal Consultant, focuses on connecting strategic needs, relationships and processes for efficient, yet holistic and comprehensive outcomes. “I have had over 20 years’ experience which includes work in aviation, economic development, education, innovation, IT, justice, manufacturing, mining, professional services, social services, trades and training,” said Jo. “Our clients are peninsula, Melbourne and Sydney based that want to improve their tender and application response capability.” “Future Perspective’s resilience, prosperity, capacity building, and analytical approach bring to the table and utilises expertise including procurement, tenders, contracts and grants project management, risk mitigation, performance measurement and evaluation, contract management, stakeholder and relationship management, program logic and business case development, sustainability and environment, and emergency management,” said Jo. www.futureperspective.com.au

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Focus on Mornington MAIN STREET MARKET Started as a trial market in 1979, Main Street Market has stood the test of time and is now Victoria’s longest running weekly street market. Even after 30 years the market continues to delight locals and visitors alike with the “home baked, home made, home grown, home sewn” goodies on offer from over 60 stalls throughout the Main Street of Mornington. Every Wednesday, rain, hail or shine the market runs. From 9am you will find a variety of stalls ranging from fresh produce to handmade jewellery, fashion, crafts, baked goods and home décor. Each market stall is independently owned and operated and offer an eclectic mix of unique goods. You can find fashion and accessories for adults, handmade outfits for the little ones, gorgeous handmade toys, home decor and of course lots of fresh produce to enjoy cooking with! So whether you are looking for an original gift for a friend, child, or something for yourself, the Main Street Market is the place to find it! The Main Street Wednesday Market runs from 9am to 3pm weekly, visit www.mainstreetmornington.com.au for a full list of stall holders.

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BENTONS ROAD VETERINARY CLINIC As Practice owner and principal veterinarian of Bentons Road Veterinary Clinic, Dr Kelly Halls is passionate about health and wellbeing in pets. “The foundation of good health in all beings is a fresh and healthy diet and regular exercise, no matter if you have two legs or four,” said Dr Halls, offering no-nonsense advice on “real food diets” and healthy living for our pets. Kelly and her team offer a unique perspective on animal health. Truly tailoring preventative healthcare programs on an individual basis, Bentons Road Vet Clinic aims to reduce the amount of medications needed by your pet, by proactively supporting their good health. Kelly opened the clinic in April 2015

and has enjoyed shaping the clinic into a practice that is gaining a trusted reputation throughout the Mornington Peninsula community. Bentons Road Vet Clinic is one of the few clinics that incorporate a holistic approach to pet health and wellbeing. “Supporting pet owners in caring for their pets to the best of their ability is what we excel at. Whether you raw feed your pet or prefer commercial diets, we can help you unlock your pet’s true potential,” said Dr Halls. Bentons Road Vet Clinic is a family owned practice where you and your pet are part of their family. BENTONS ROAD VETERINARY CLINIC is at 136 Bentons Road, Mount Martha Phone 5976 4629 www.bentonsroadvet.com.au

We offer all services of veterinary care and incorporate holistic and natural approaches in support of conventional veterinary treatment. Our services include:

• Preventative Medicine • Consultations • Nutritional Advice • Weight Management • De-sexing • Dental Treatments • Diagnostic Imaging • Medical Diagnosis • Anesthesia and Surgery • Pharmacy • Pathology Bentons Road Veterinary Clinic | 136 Bentons Road Mount Martha VIC | Ph: 03 59764629 | www.bentonsroadvet.com.au

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Having been part of the Eview Group for the past 9 years, Janice and Rebecca Dunn have taken the next step and opened their own boutique agency, proudly supported by the Eview Group. An award winning team, Janice and Rebecca are now offering the same professionalism, integrity, communication, energy and honesty, in a location closer to you. Specialising in Woodlands Mount Eliza and leafy Frankston South, the Dunn team have become known for their higher than expected sales results which has lead to many referrals outside this core area. Let one of their vendors explain what makes the Dunn Team the right team for you “Selling a home can be a roller coaster of emotions - I couldn’t have asked for better support - when you work with Janice and the team, you don’t just get an agent, you get an entourage. They worked hard, kept us focused, looked after our home and the potential buyers like family would - in short they cared about us and the home as well as getting amazing results.” - Sonia

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arrod Carman has always marched to the beat of his own drum, never scared to step outside the square when it comes to his passions. As the driving force behind the Eview Group Mornington Peninsula franchise, Jarrod has continued to think of different ways to promote his properties, beginning several years ago with real estate videos and virtual tours for home and business promotion. Now Jarrod has taken his penchant for the camera one step further, starting Mornington Peninsula TV in an endeavour to create a channel dedicated to featuring all the best that the Mornington Peninsula has to offer. A self-confessed frustrated actor, Jarrod says he had been thinking about doing this for some time but it was at 4am in the morning that he had the epiphany of how he could help promote the peninsula. “I had been thinking about doing something like this for a while as there are many businesses that need more promotion here,” said Jarrod, who has been in real estate for ten years. “I love the


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real estate industry but also had a desire to be more communityoriented. It is a way to pay it forward and help a community that has been so supportive to me in my career.”

Mornington Brewery, Underground Winemakers, and Chocolat. One of my favorites to watch was the Little Shop of Horrors. It looked amazing.”

The first video on Mornington Peninsula TV was Fika Weinstuble in March last year.

These days, Jarrod employs full time videographer, Michael Foord, to do real estate videos and Mornington Peninsula TV.

“We had been in there for a few beers and it was just next to our office but very few people knew about it. Initially when I said I would really like to do this for them they thought there was a catch. But this is purely and simply to give back to the community. The reaction we got was fantastic when we posted the video. People saw it and started going there so it definitely helped their business,” said Jarrod who has now made more than 30 videos on businesses and events including Mickey Blue, the Peninsula Wedding Expo, Splashy McSplash Town, PARC, Peninsula Headache Clinic, and Little Olive The Travelling Café.

“The filming was done initially by a company that did the real estate videos but we have moved towards having Michael doing the filming now,” said Jarrod.

“The one that got the most hits was at PARC with the new waterslide. People love anything of interest, and it’s about promoting the peninsula and all the great things we have here,” said Jarrod. “We have featured restaurants and bars, and events, the

Michael, who moved to Melbourne from the Gold Coast, loves pursuing his passion in film and photography. “I did my film degree at university and when I was graduating a friend of mine said Jarrod needed a videographer and the rest is history,” said Michael, who films and edits all videos. “We tend to get between 10,000 and 15,000 likes and hundreds of shares for each video and have many more businesses and events on the peninsula we are looking to promote.” Check out Mornington Peninsula TV on Facebook or phone 0423 144 102

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168 Main Street Mornington VIC 3931 T. 03 5975 6888 Mornington

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11 Portrush Grove, Mornington Beauty By The Beach A sleek designer profile and exceptional spaces highlight this cosmopolitan three-bedroom, two-bathroom plus a study single-level residence with a range of executive appointments. Brilliantly situated beachside of the highway in a quiet street, the close proximity to the beachfront and Mornington’s endless retail attractions. Built by Atkinson Building Group, it is designed to impress. The interiors boast spacious living and dining flowing to a sun-soaked deck and pergola, chef’s stone kitchen with double ovens and walk-in pantry and luxurious main bedroom with stone en suite with underfloor heating. Appointments include a double remote garage with internal access, central heating, refrigerated cooling, high quality flooring including timber floors, security system, ducted vacuum, smart wiring and double glazed windows. For Sale Inspect As advertised or by appointment Contact Jake Egan 0491 129 137 Rachel Crook 0419 300 515 bowmanandcompany.com.au

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1/1 Swansea Grove, Mornington Beachside Brilliance The latest design innovation by Gilpip Homes, this state-of-the-art three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence offers luxurious living across a sensational single-level floorplan. Beyond the eye-catching façade, the design is open, inviting and planned to maximise the natural light. The sophisticated Caesarstone kitchen features Smeg appliances; while the open plan living and dining room flows out to an entertaining deck. Underfloor heating in the en suite adds a touch of luxury to the master bedroom with WIR. Appointments include a double remote garage with internal access, luxurious solid timber flooring, porcelain tiled bathrooms, ducted heating, air conditioning, LED lighting and high ceilings with a feature 3.6 metre entry. Located in beachside Mornington just a short stroll to Fisherman’s beach and within easy reach of Main Street. For Sale Inspect As advertised or by appointment Contact Rachel Crook 0419 300 515 Ayden Nelson 0419 447 038 bowmanandcompany.com.au

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