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One For The Toolbox • Come Sail Away • Population Boost • Basketball For All Under His Eye • This Time Last Year • Regional Flavour • Boatshed Cheese The Results Are In! • Joseph Harris And The Scout Park


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One For The Toolbox

Jake Alexander has developed a health and wellness program designed to help tradespeople combat back and joint pain injuries.

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Master builder Tim Phillips, commenced a boat building apprenticeship in the late 1970's, to combine his building skills with a passion for wooden boats.

19. Population Boost

Orange-bellied parrots are being released into the wild as part of a groundbreaking trial to help boost the endangered species population

20. Basketball For All

Wendy Munn, Jan Matea, Cheryll Peters and Kaye Davey have created a basketball program for Peninsula people of all abilities. They did it with little fanfare and the program is still running today.

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Arts 24. Under His Eye

Cinematographer Brent Crockett's work shooting news segments, documentaries, television series, commercials, cinema shorts or feature films, working in film and television has always proved interesting. It’s carried him all over the world.

28. This Time Last Year

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A multidisciplinary art exhibition, time capsule, celebration and memorial all rolled into one at Frankston Arts Centre and Cube 37.

Eat & Drink 48. Regional Flavour

Simon West, head chef at Yabby Lake Winery, knows his cool climate regional cuisine. He cooks clean, honest food with an undeniable sense of place.

52. Boatshed Cheese Writers: Andrea Louise Thomas, Joe Novella, Peter McCullough Photography: Yanni, Gary Sissons Creative: Sam Loverso, Dannielle Espagne Publisher: Melissa McCullough Advertising: Brooke Hughes, 0409 219 282 or brooke@mpnews.com.au

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Interesting facts, coffee safari, what to do and photos.

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68. Joseph Harris And The Scout Park Cover Image by Yanni Web in Winter

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The delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards, now in its 16th year, celebrates and honours the best and most innovative producers and produce in Australia.

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A cheese-making facility that is renowned for its handmade goat, cow and buffalo cheese. Since taking over the business Sarah and John Archard have doubled their cheese production.

Spiders will spin silk anytime anywhere and if you keep a careful lookout, you can often spot webs covered in a fine mist of dew through an early morning winter light. This picture was taken with a macro lens whilst strolling through Seawinds, Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula.

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This year marks the Park’s 80th anniversary of the Joseph Harris Scout Park. So who was Joseph Harris?

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Peninsula Styles What's On

51. Recipe 58. Crossword 54. Must Try Dishes


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What's on?Upcoming Peninsula Events JUNE 2 OPERA AUSTRALIA CARMEN

This new production highlights the colour and vibrancy of postcard Spain, with vintageinspired costumes it evokes an era of bikers and shady police in a post-war setting of teen angst and rebellion. Sung in French with English surtitles. Tickets: artscentre.frankston.vic.gov.au

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Discover gins from the Mornington Peninsula with Bass & Flinders, Original Spirit Co, Drops of Juniper, Rocky Jones, the Yarra Valley based Four Pillars & Ink Gin from NSW or enjoy some of the classics, all accompanied with premium tonics from Fever Tree and Capi. flindershotel.com.au

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JUNE 2021 JUNE 5, 19 & 26 GORDON STUDIO GLASSBLOWERS WORKSHOP

Since its launch in March 2010 the market has become recognised for its high-quality seasonal produce. The market is accredited by the Victorian Famers' Market Association. The VFMA’s accreditation program advocates best practice and celebrates the work of genuine farmers, specialty makers and farmers’ markets. mtelizafarmersmarket.com.au

Learn how to manipulate molten glass into beautiful and original paperweights and tumbler during this workshop with two of Australia's most prominent glass-blowers and glass artisans. gordonstudio.com.au

JUNE 11 LIVE MUSIC AT BELEURA HOUSE & GARDEN

JUNE 13 9AM-2PM MORNINGTON RACECOURSE MARKET

Singer-songwriter, trumper and arranger/composer known for his work with The Cat Empire, Ross will presents a new original set of works titled 'Dark Heart' with Blair Harris, Ben Edgar, Danny Farrugia and Ben Hanlon. beleura.org.au

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ONE FOR THE toolbox

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ornington carpenter Jake Alexander is not your typical tradesman – he’s one out of the box. In addition to his day job, he’s an entrepreneur who has developed a health and wellness program designed to help tradespeople live healthier lifestyles that are free of the kind of back and joint pain trade professionals typically suffer.

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From the age of seventeen, Jake spent four years training at Swinburne University and on the job during his carpentry apprenticeship. Very little time was dedicated to learning how to avoid injury aside from a brief unit on Occupational Health and Safety and a little bit about lifting. At work, Jake often had to lift heavy loads. He also spent a lot of time hunching and squatting, twisting and bending, all of which are hard on the body when done repetitively. One day when he was unloading some steel beams from a truck, Jake seriously injured his back. He could barely drive home from the jobsite. His back injury and recovery was painful and hard. He was helped a lot by his partner Stacey, a massage therapist, who suggested that Jake try stretching, Pilates and yoga on his road to recovery. All three helped to strengthen his body, relieve his pain and protect him from further injury. Jake wanted to share what worked for him with other tradesmen who may also have been injured on the job, and help them prevent injury in the future. "I’m a tradie. It’s close to my heart. I want to look out for them,” he says.

Jake takes a good-humoured approach on his One for the Toolbox webpage which covers sections on injured lower backs, dodgy shoulders and shot knees, stress, breathing and meditation and ‘Ditch the Pie and Sauce’, with an emphasis on healthy eating. All joking aside, there is a practical and sustainable message behind what Jake shares. He knows that a typical tradesman might consider yoga or Pilates ‘for the ladies’ and was teased when he first talked about it to fellow

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While most would recognize that the trades are hard on the body, not as many would recognise their impact on mental health. Tradesmen experience high levels of stress on top of the physical demands of the job. Jake took this into consideration when designing his program. “You don’t have to work and live in pain and stress. You can have a better way of life through functional movement, flexibility and sustainable stability,” he says, and this message doesn’t just apply to tradesmen; it applies to everyone. Anyone could benefit from Jake’s program.

You don’t have to work and live in pain and stress. You can have a better way of life through functional movement, flexibility and sustainable stability

Before COVID, Jake was teaching face to face, but during lockdown, he had to shift gears. “After twelve years in the trade, I was longing for something different. I was in a bit of a rut. I wanted to help others with my knowledge,” he says. It was then that he developed his wellness program, One for the Toolbox. He hired a business coach, filmed and edited his program and put it up online.

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tradesmen, but as he’s quick to point out, it is actually a hard workout and a valuable source of ongoing strength and fitness. His program focuses on all aspects of health and fitness for mind and body.

Jake is an optimist and a realist. He knows it won’t be easy getting tradies to change their ingrained thinking, but he feels education is the key to better choices. Jake wants to target younger guys. He believes he can shift their attitudes and lead by example because he’s a tradesman himself.

While he still loves working with timber, admiring its beautiful grain and wonderful smell, he sees himself putting down the tools in the future to focus on being a ‘tradie health coach’. Jake is hoping to kick-start a movement in tradie health and fitness. He’s come back from serious injury, strengthened his own body, reformed his diet and focused his mind. He thinks that if he can do it, anyone can. It all starts with his One for the Toolbox six-week, Body Reno program. It’s a simple, affordable, easy-to-follow program that is guaranteed to change lives. Feedback on social media has been overwhelmingly positive. It seems the movement has begun.

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COME SAIL away By Amy Newman Photos Gary Sissons

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or over 40 years, the Wooden Boat Shop has been a Sorrento icon.

The family business - founded upon a demand to share in the romance and pleasures of wooden boats and the nautical lifestyle - has built and restored countless boats over the years, and been a pivotal part of the Sorrento sailing scene. It all began in the late 1970’s when owner Tim Phillips, already a master builder, commenced a boat building apprenticeship to combine his building skills with a passion for wooden boats.

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With inspiration from mentors like Jack Norling and Ken Lacco who taught him the finer points of boat design, the business has grown from a garden shed operation to one with five factories over two locations offering a vast range of maritime restorations and constructions.

“The concept came from a love of boats,” explains Tim. “My formative years were kicking around in Lacco launches and boats and it must have stuck.” These days, Tim oversees the operations and design of the boats with support from wife Sally, his daughter and two sons, Sam and Will, who also work in the business. Tim’s commitment to wooden-boat restoration has seen many classic boats returned to their former glory through stunning craftsmanship, and sent them sailing again on the seas around the Mornington Peninsula and beyond. “I love to just go sailing, not necessarily compete,” says Tim who along with a group of friends with a similar passion for sailing, started the Portsea Fishing Boat Regatta (now known as the Portsea Cup).

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Over his lifetime, Tim has sailed thousands of miles, mostly with his family, in his boats Storm Bay, Jane Kerr – it is one of the very last commercial timber fishing vessels launched – and the couta boat, Muriel, amongst others.

“We did a whole season of racing when Will was a baby,” says Tim. “We have lived on a couta boat in Sydney harbour and did a few Ocean passages. We also went up along the Queensland coast and to Tasmania after Sam came along.” One memorable sailing adventure Tim had is from Storm Bay on the Mornington Peninsula out through the heads to Deal Island, part of the Kent group of islands in Eastern Bass Strait. With a gale warning and a fresh northerly wind and change forecast, they arrived at Deal Island, about 165 nautical miles away, in around 18 hours. “By the time we got to the shank, it was blowing pretty hard from the west, probably about 40 knots gusting to 45,” says Tim who is a honourary life member of the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club. “It was a lovely sail and still our fastest trip ever, and all in a 54-foot fishing smack.” continued next page...


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In January 2021, Tim was awarded an OAM in the Australia Day honours list for service to sailing and wooden boat restoration. He says the accolade was humbling. It is the sailing achievements of his, son’s Sam, 29 and Will, 33, however, that he and wife Sally are most proud of with the boys set to represent Australia in the 49er category of sailing at the Tokyo Olympics.

“We have always supported the boys in their competitive sailing,” says Tim. “We are in awe of them as getting there has been a journey. One of the things we have been most impressed by is the way they share their knowledge with the younger sailors at the local clubs like Sorrento and Blairgowrie. They have given back what they have received from the sport.” For Tim, the southern Peninsula landscape has changed enormously since he first came to the region. “When I originally came to Sorrento it was a holiday destination,” he says. “People still use it as a holiday destination but there are many more people living and working down here permanently now. It has got a lovely climate and the sea breezes on a summer’s afternoon are magnificent for sailing. Strategically, for a sailor, it is an excellent place to live.” As for the future, Tim looks forward to supporting his boys in their Olympic endeavours - although likely to be virtually - and continuing his involvement with the local yacht clubs. “As we move forward, more and more people are sailing,” says Tim. “We have got two very active yacht clubs locally. They are both great clubs.” For more information on the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club and Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron visit

Tim Phillips (centered) with his sons Sam (left) and Will (right), who are representing Australia in sailing at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

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EXPERIENCE LOCAL WITH NEW EYES

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s winter arrives, what better season to appreciate your own backyard, stay close and immerse yourself in the experiences our local region has to offer?

As our local businesses continue to reinvent local experiences, we can all make a difference. Stay, play and explore local – you might be surprised what you rediscover in your own backyard.

Whether it’s food, wine, craft brewing and distilling or arts and culture – support local business and share the abundance of local experiences with visiting friends and family.

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Support Local campaign urges community to support local. Connect with local businesses on our Peninsula at:

Enjoy a meal at one of our many characterful restaurants or cafes. Sample a new brew on tap or savour a sip of one of our best wines. Take a gin flight to rediscover the craft of our local distilling businesses.

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A hub for creativity, the Peninsula is home to a diverse range of makers and creators, galleries and artist studios waiting for you to discover local art and craft again. Support our local musicians by attending a gig and reconnecting with the live music scene. Through your support, our local arts industry can continue to rebuild their momentum. With winter seasonal produce now on the menu, support local farmers, farm gates, green grocers and butchers by sourcing all you need to feed the family with slow cooks and warming meals made with fresh in-season essentials.

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OUR SHARED VISION FOR PENINSULA 2040

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hat do you want life to look like on the Mornington Peninsula in 2040?

been really interesting to help people imagine what type of future they want.

That’s the question Mornington Peninsula Shire has been asking the community throughout May with the help of a team of dedicated local community ambassadors.

“We’ve all met lots of wonderful people and have been inspired by everyone’s ideas. Although I’m not sure the ‘chocolate fountain in every school’ idea will make it into the vision!”

It’s the biggest community engagement project the Shire has ever done and Council is literally handing the pen to the community to write their own vision. The ambassadors have been out and about across the Peninsula, chatting with people and collecting their thoughts and ideas about what is important to them. Shopping centres, libraries, markets, schools, sporting clubs, business groups, community centres and more - these ambassadors have been leaving no stone unturned in their quest to hear what the community has to say.

So what does happen to all this information? It is given to a randomly selected Citizens’ Panel, which will distil the feedback into a community vision to present to Council. The Shire will then use this clear picture of the future to develop policies, programs and projects that steer the Peninsula towards this shared vision. mornpen.vic.gov.au/2040

Community ambassador Louise Bradley came on board because she wanted to help people be involved in this important project. “Being out in the community and really listening to people about their hopes, dreams and fears for the future has been an amazing experience,” Louise said. “It’s not every day you stop and think about what you want life to look like in 20 years’ time. We’re all so busy day to day, so it’s

Follow us into the future as the community creates our shared vision for Peninsula 2040.

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range-bellied parrots are being released into the wild as part of a ground-breaking trial to help boost the endangered species population, thanks to funding from the Andrews Government, the Commonwealth and Moonlit Sanctuary. Victoria Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said up to 36 captive-bred orange-bellied parrots are being released at three Victorian sites in a bid to attract migrating birds and give them a better chance of survival. She said, “The orange-bellied parrot is one of the world’s rarest birds and innovative projects like this are vitally important to ensure its survival.” Birds will be released at the Spit Nature Conservation Reserve near Werribee’s Western Treatment Plant, on the Bellarine Peninsula and on the northern shore of Western Port Bay. This builds on the first four years of the trial which has seen 80 captive-bred birds released. Each year released birds join up with migrating wild birds. Approximately 180 orange-bellied parrots are expected to head north this autumn from the Tasmanian breeding grounds to the mainland – an increase of more than 50 per cent on the previous year. D’Ambrosio went on to say, “In the last four years this species has gone from being at imminent risk of extinction, to numbers in the wild being at a ten-year high – and it’s wonderful to be part of the recovery program during this exciting time.” Wildlife conservation organisation Moonlit Sanctuary, which will release the birds, not only breeds the birds but also leads an innovative pre-release training program to improve success rates. Tiny radiotracking tags on the birds helps researchers monitor their progress. Zoos Victoria Senior Research Manager Michael Magrath said, “To help keep track of the birds, we’re attaching tiny radio transmitters that allow us to investigate their movement patterns, social behaviour, and habitat use.” The orange-bellied parrot Mainland Release Trial has contributed to the broader recovery efforts since 2017, when the number of orangebellied parrots left in the wild was less than 50. It is supported by $255,000 through the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity On-Ground Action Icon Species Grants program, $200,000 from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, $115,000 from Zoos Victoria and $60,000 from Moonlit Sanctuary. Moonlit Sanctuary Director Michael Johnson said, “At Moonlit, our breeding and training program is something we’re really proud of, so it’s exciting to see releases like this happening to protect the endangered orange-bellied parrot in the wild.”

FAR Left: Birds released at Lake Connewarre on the Bellarine Peninsula. LEFT: Orange-bellied parrot. Right: Members of the project team.

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BASKETBALL FOR all

By Joe Novella Photos Yanni

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s a community, we spend a lot of time following and celebrating sports heroes, the players and athletes that give us joy through their exploits. We admire their courage and determination to make it to the top, looking up to them and aspiring to be like them. But there are other types of sports heroes: ones that rarely get recognised or lauded, ones that recognise sport is not just about becoming a champion. It can also be about the act of championing.

“There were programs available in the city,” said Cheryll Peters, “but nothing for Peninsula kids and young adults, and the city was too far away. So we started the program at the Somerville Recreation and Community Centre because we could see there was a need.”

In 2005, Wendy Munn, Jan Matea, Cheryll Peters and Kaye Davey got together to create a basketball program for Peninsula people of all abilities; a program that was desperately needed so people with special needs had a chance to participate in sport and enjoy the benefits of doing so. They did it with little fanfare and the program is still running today.

Today the program is co-managed by the Western Port Basketball Association (WPBA). “We just got to a point where we needed a helping hand,” said Cheryll. “We went from a few participants to 50 to 60 who turned up every week. None of us are getting any younger either, so the extra hands and back office support from the WPBA is very welcome.” continued next page...

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From 2005, the all-abilities basketball program went from strength to strength mainly due to the selfless determination of Cheryll and Kaye to keep it going. Not even a catastrophic fire in 2016 could stop it. The program continued at the nearby Somerville Secondary College for two years until the recreation centre was rebuilt.


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The WPBA All Abilities Basketball Program runs every Thursday night at the Somerville Recreation and Community Centre from 5pm to 6.30pm. “All ages are welcome,” said Cheryll. “We don’t turn anyone away. We have players that can run, some that can only walk, we have players with Down Syndrome and other mobility-related special needs, we have kids and adults with ADHD, others on the autism spectrum. Basically we don’t say no to anyone and we format our games so that everyone gets involved.” The players also get to play in tournaments occasionally. “We take them up to Bendigo on a bus trip to play in a tournament,” said Kaye. “It’s a bit challenging but really worth it. Some of the kids are too scared to go out on the court when they first start with us, so to see them progress from week to week, to go on to do something like play against other teams, is really something special.”

It’s true; the people involved in running the all-abilities program are volunteering their time to referee or to score or to make sure the games run smoothly. “We definitely need more volunteers,” said Cheryll, “and a few sponsors would be great as well, to help us with equipment and to grow the program so we can give more people on the Peninsula with special needs the opportunity to play and participate.” I asked Cheryll and Kaye, both of whom have put in so much time and effort into the program, what they got out of it. “Watching the participants develop their physical and social skills is pretty special,” said Cheryll. “And being part of their lives, being invited to their 18th’s and 21st’s and other special occasions is really satisfying. But it’s the small things that really bring a tear to they eye.”

I feel happy to see the satisfaction that the participants get every week. This program only makes people smile. It truly is amazing

When I asked Alex Dalton, a program participant since its inception in 2005, what he liked most about going along every Thursday night he answered, “My friends Bobby and Luke, always been with me 16 years. This makes me happy.”

“I really love to be in a team, and with my friends,” said Catherine Annable, another program participant. “And my favourite thing is shooting hoops.” Speaking to Catherine’s parents Jackie and John, they say the program is a godsend. “Catherine has low muscle tone due to her Down Syndrome so the exercise really helps with her strength and mobility,” said Jackie. “And I can’t speak highly enough about everyone involved in running the program; they are stars and they are so generous.”

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Such as, I asked. “I’ll tell you about a time when I wasn’t having such a good week,” she said with a bit of emotion creeping into her voice. “I took a moment to step back and watch what was happening on the court and I saw a boy who was deaf and another with limited speech finding a way to communicate and play ball as part of a team. It really moved me.” Kaye’s sentiments were similar. “The players’ lives can be very challenging outside the program so seeing them come along and participate and be happy in the time they are with us is very rewarding. And what gets me the most is that they have no expectations of us but are so grateful for what we do. Knowing we, as a team, are doing something good for our players is all I need.”


Naomi Notman, part of the WPBA team, also gets great satisfaction in helping to run the all-abilities program. “I’m really proud to be providing a service that is helping so many participants,” she said. “Also, I feel happy to see the satisfaction that the participants get every week. This program only makes people smile. It truly is amazing.” Finally, I asked Cheryll how the Peninsula community can best help ensure this much-needed program continues. “Spread the word,” she said. “And don’t be afraid.” I wasn’t sure what she meant, so I asked her to explain. “Mainstream society can be afraid of the special needs community because they’re not sure they can understand them or communicate with them but the reality is, all you need to do is have the courage to try and, trust me, you’ll find a way. My two able-bodied teenage sons were hesitant at first but once they threw themselves into being part of the program as coaches, they became part of it. They made new friends who may not be like them but are worthy of friendship just the same.” Cheryll Peters has been awarded a Commonwealth Government Sports Award for Community Service as well as numerous other awards in recognition of her service to basketball and the community, recognition that is richly deserved. However, many involved in the program have received little to no recognition and I hope this article goes some way to changing that. So, to Cheryll, Kaye, Wendy and Jan who founded the program, and to all the staff and volunteers that have helped, or are helping to run the WPBA All Abilities Program, you are true sporting heroes.

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UNDER HIS eye

By Andrea Louise Thomas Photos Yanni & Supplied

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ife behind the camera has always been an adventure for award-winning cinematographer Brent Crockett. Whether shooting news segments, documentaries, television series, commercials, cinema shorts or feature films, working in film and television has always proved interesting. It’s carried him all over the world. A typical filming day runs for 12-14 hours. The pressure to get everything just right is intense because time is money. Shoots inevitably meet with the unexpected, but few industries are as exciting as working in film. Brent would know; he’s been behind the camera for over forty years. Growing up in New Zealand provided an inspiring landscape for a budding cinematographer. Brent’s father worked in the film industry as a cameraman and often went away for shoots. When he returned home, he’d bring ‘short ends’ (unexposed film). Brent would borrow his Dad’s camera and he and his high school friendswould take off to make short films with them. Brent’s first job was as a film processor at Television New Zealand. The job came with an opportunity to advance to the camera department. He was promoted to camera assistant and his love affair with filming began.

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A holiday in Adelaide changed everything. The father of the friend he came to visit mentioned that Channel Nine was looking for a cameraman. Brent applied for the job, was successful, and moved to Australia. He worked as a news cameraman and later had a chance to get more creative, working in children’s television. Joining the Australian Cinematographers Society opened doors for Brent. He had the chance to connect with people he greatly admired such as Academy Award winning cinematographers Dean Semler (Dances with Wolves) and John Seale (The English Patient). At 25, Brent became the youngest person to have ACS accreditation. Since then, he’s won over forty awards for cinematography. Brent moved to Melbourne to work at Channel Seven News just before the Ash Wednesday bushfires. He and his crew found themselves in a very precarious situation, but their coverage was award-winning. Then channel Seven sent Brent to their new bureau in Los Angeles to work with Kerry O’ Brien doing news and current affairs features. They travelled all over the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America presenting Brent with amazing opportunities, such as, filming in the Oval Office at the White House where he met President Ronald Reagan. He even had a chance to share a beer with Harrison Ford. Back in Australia, Brent moved from Channel Seven News to SBS for the opportunity to shoot documentaries. His was the first film crew in 30 years to enter Burma and film with Aung San Suu Kyi. In Seoul he got hit with tear gas at a demonstration and in Fiji he got caught up in a military coup. Work was never dull and he got to travel to places a tourist would never normally see. Wanting to work in drama, Brent decided to go freelance. He met cinematographer Ron Hagen (Romper Stomper) who became a teacher and mentor, helping Brent break into television drama and feature films. Through Hagen, Brent got the opportunity to film what he describes as the greatest car chase scene shot in Australia at that time for feature film, Metal Skin. This really got Brent’s work noticed. In television, Brent went on to win cinematography awards for Murder Call, Stingers, Halifax, Bed of Roses, Paper Dolls, Bogan Pride, Winners and Losers and The Good Cop. He was fortunate to work with fantastic actors like Rebecca Gibney, Kerry Armstrong, Jack Thompson and Ben Mendelsohn.

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One of the highlights of Brent’s career was as Director of Photography working on the iconic Australian comedy film, Crackerjack, for which he won an ACS Gold Award. Cast and crew got on really well, the shoot went smoothly, and every day was a laugh. Collaboration between the director and the cinematographer is close on a film set. “The director comes in with an idea, but it’s the cinematographer who is responsible for creating the visual style and mood of the film through lighting and camera movement. I handle the technical stuff so the director can concentrate on working with the actors,” he says.

One of the most challenging, but life altering, experiences for Brent was filming documentary series, Kokoda. Not only did he and the crew have to hike the Kokoda trail in Papua, New Guinea, but they had to do it in mud, humidity and rain with 200 kg. of camera equipment. Kokoda gave Brent a deep respect and gratitude to the Diggers who had fought there. When COVID-19 hit and lockdowns shut down the film industry, Brent widened his scope. He started a business in still photography called Natural Lights Pics. Coming from cinematography, his eye for composition and lighting is exceptional.

“Pre-production, research and planning before the shoot are very important. Setting up shots takes a lot of time. For every 10 hours of shooting, we produce 3-5 minutes of screen time. Running out of time and light is the biggest challenge,” he says.

Brent loves photographing landscapes, catching light and working with people. “I like capturing the vibrancy of a subject, keeping it as natural as possible and creating images that are visually appealing,” he says. It’s a winning combination.

The cinematographer is also responsible for managing the camera, grip and lighting departments and works closely with the art department on set dressing, wardrobe and make up. All department heads collaborate and discuss to create the desired look on film.

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Street art opportunities for artists Mornington Peninsula Shire is looking for skilled visual artists or art collectives to create a public artwork at various locations. Artists from across Australia are invited to submit concepts that will inspire our community and connect to the uniqueness of our Peninsula. Expressions of Interest close on Tuesday 15 June 2021. To complete an Expression of Interest or to find out more please visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/muralproject

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“This anthology features 75 pieces; we’re incredibly proud of all those who participated and shared their stories,” Mayor Bolam said.

Proudly supported by Frankston Council as part of its $7.038 million Relief and Recovery Package to help the community recover from the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic, ‘This Time, Last Year’ enables patrons to take a step back to last year and explore the inspired vision of our community.

Ms Chapman said: “Beach cleaning became an important part of my day. I’d go out with my gardening gloves, salad servers and large hat, and I’d be meeting people.”

ocal creative talents are on full display as part of the stunning ‘This Time, Last Year’ – a multidisciplinary art exhibition, time capsule, celebration and memorial all rolled into one at Frankston Arts Centre and Cube 37.

The opening event for ‘This Time, Last Year’ featured the launch of the community anthology, 'Stories at the End of the Line', on Friday 14 May. Mayor Kris Bolam said, “Brimming with bold, heartfelt, thoughtful and inventive pieces, 'Stories at the End of the Line' captures a remarkable time we’ll never forget thanks to members of the community sharing stories about their time in isolation. “Locals well and truly embraced this storytelling project with 143 submissions from writers aged 10 to 90 years sharing stories of love, loss, the mundane and the simple pleasures of family and friends. “They were all written during the first lockdown and submitted by the end of May 2020 – prior to the further lockdowns and hardship that unfolded in the following months.

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Susan Chapman’s prose piece, ‘Beach Cleaner’, describes how casual walks during lockdown became a daily routine of searching for and removing rubbish from the foreshore.

“Being out in nature has been an important part of what we’re doing, and being able to write about it has been fun and something to share with people,” she said. “Cathartic is a good word for it, because our time on the beach has really saved our sanity,” Amy Newman’s piece for the anthology shares her experience of giving birth during lockdown and returning home to an environment where the normal post-birth supports were unavailable. Ms Newman said: “I’ve always been a keen writer. I wanted a way to develop my writing skills when I had just had my baby and it was also an ideal way of connecting with the community.” “I got a lot of enjoyment out of it. I was so thrilled to be a part of it,” Ms Newman said.


Dr Peter A. Scott is a specialist orthodontist offering orthodontic care for children, teens and adults alike in both the Mornington Peninsula and inner Melbourne areas. He is also a consultant orthodontist at the Royal Childrens Hospital.

Specialist Orthodontist Creating Beautiful Smiles On The Peninsula For Over 30 Years Councillor for North East Ward Suzette Tayler said ‘This Time, Last Year’ has something for everyone including captivating photographic exhibitions and fun ‘iso lounge’ activities for the young and the young at heart. Cr Tayler added: “We’re so proud of our community; the resilience, compassion, unity, candid reflections and artistic brilliance all shine through. I encourage the community to engage with and experience everything ‘This Time, Last Year’ offers.” 'This Time, Last Year' features Frankston Arts Centre – Curved Wall Gallery Until Saturday 26 June 'All Dressed Up, Nowhere to Go', Lisa Atkinson Put on your stilettos and strut in style with Lisa Atkinson, through her works, All Dressed Up, Nowhere to Go. A photographic series capturing the moments of backyard and driveway joy, in dressing up and heading out in spite of the actual destination.

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The Iso Lounge In 2020, we were asked to stay at home. In 2021, we’re asking people to come out and hang out in the Iso Lounge! An immersive installation the Glass Cube – the living lounge room will be screening Lockdown Film Festival entries, so pull up a chair and read the Anthology. Until Saturday 10 July 'A Series of Expeditions to Nowhere' Projected in the Glass Cube Gallery after dark, 'A Series of Expeditions to Nowhere' highlights Beth Lane’s search of places to dance by taking an abstract lens to our local sites. Deep in lockdown, the daily routines suddenly seem extraordinary.

Ms Lane is a recipient of the Artist Grants, as part of the Council’s COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Package. Until Saturday 10 July The Iso Lounge Kids Takeover Dust off the doilies, the kids are taking over! In collaboration between the Iso Lounge and Hot Arts for Cool Kids, the kids are taking over the Lounge Room to make and share their point of view. There’ll be fun things to make and see, particularly for the small ones in your family. For more information about 'This Time, Last Year', including open hours, please visit www.thefac.com.au or phone 9784 1060.

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ne of Nissarana Galleries newest additions to their artist network is Haydar Ekinek.

An established and renowned artist from Turkey, Haydar uses light, colour, subject and space in his work that is not only evocative to anyone who views it but is also unique in its creation. Early in his painting career, Haydar opened his horizons to the tools available to paint with. Straight from the hardware section and into his toolbox alongside his paintbrushes, Haydar began ‘writing’ his works within the paint using nails. Creating cold lines and geometric shapes with the nails against the canvas, balanced with soft figures, often of the female form, Haydar expresses works to represent a greater message of freedom and peace. Now exhibiting internationally, his artwork speaks to the mind and the heart. Haydar endeavours to encourage viewers to feel supported to ‘expand the spaces where emotions are trapped’ and to ‘colour [their] lives.’ Another European, come Australian artist Nissarana Galleries hosts, is Philippe De Kraan. Fast becoming a world renowned and highly praised artist, De Kraan’s artwork is now being exhibited and sold in the Sapphire Ventura Gallery New York, as well as having 27 solo exhibitions in some of the finest galleries of London, Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna and Europe. Spreading himself across various mediums of oil, ink and watercolours, De Kraan’s expressionism pieces come from the awareness he has of the subconscious mind as well as character studies he has embarked upon in his everyday life. A fusion of colour, creativity and curiosity, De Kraan’s artwork takes you on a journey of selfdiscovery and inquiry. With a great number of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists from Australia and only the best of Europe, Nissarana Galleries Mornington offers artwork that can transform any home or space into a place of tranquility, excitement, curiosity or just the ‘finishing touch.’

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For more information or to see and experience this beauty for yourself, visit Nissarana Galleries in Mornington or visit the catalogue online. A: 211 Main Street, Mornington P: 03 5976 8877 A.H: 0474 496 222 E: info@nissaranagalleries.com.au W: nissaranagalleries.com.au Top right: 'Classical Tears' by Philippe De Kraan Bottom right: 'Purple Pond Birds' by Colin Passmore

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ich palettes, glowing colours and the softer hues of winter whites, blues, greens and pinks feature in Everywhen's Winter Salon exhibition of Aboriginal art from around Australia. Featured are a selection of new black and white paintings from Utopia and the APY's Ernabella Arts, new barks from North East Arnhem Land, bush medicine paintings from the Eastern Desert, and a number of striking large works including vibrantly colourful pieces and lyrical soft works by new generation women artists of Utopia. Opening on the Queen's Birthday Weekend, the exhibition also features a selection of ochre paintings on the theme of 'Moon Dreaming Not Granite Mining' relating to the effects of mining explorations on the artists homelands and sacred sites near the Warmun community in the East Kimberley. With new works arriving regularly through the month, Everywhen's curators Susan and Emily McCulloch will present

one of their popular Art Parade showings in July - the first in over a year. More than 40 new works including acrylic and ochre paintings, ceramics and bark paintings and sculptures will be presented accompanied by informative commentary on the artists and their regions. This is a free event, however numbers are limited and bookings are essential. The Winter Salon runs from June 11 to July 31. The Art Parade is on Saturday July 3 at 2.30 pm. Free event. Bookings essential.

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When it’s busy in Portsea, the buzz outside is amazing and the energy is contagious making Limani the perfect venue for live music. Supporting local peninsula artists, the live music is typically acoustic, jazz, blues, or folk providing an intimate mood with a great vibe. Some of the featured live artists are James Franklin, who entertains with a pinch of folk, a handful of soul and a smooth cool vibe, Aaron Pollock, a 2020 International Blues Challenge finalist, singer/songwriter and Come and explore the home of local artists, makers and designers. local peninsula favourite Simon Trist, the super talented Joshua Find unique hand made creations to delight and surprise. Batten who sings great blues and roots, and Chris Cavill who sings beautiful songs of life, love, loss and adventure.

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Limani Portsea opened last December and already the venue Seatgarnered where you can explore areas thecommunity. State Park and has a great response fromofthe Seawinds Gardens. As you rise above the treetops inside The café and wine bar has a variety of offerings to enjoy from one of the Eagle’s andlocal fully wineries accessible wine tasting eventsenclosed showcasing to gondolas, live music every night fromwithin 5:30pm. alsosetting cater for you’ll Saturday become immersed theThey natural of private the functions and events. Australian landscape to let your senses really soar. Patrons can expect a relaxed Mediterranean Come breathe it..taste it..drink It..you get it.influenced mezze menu at Limani, with dishes such as prawn saganaki, grilled Reserve your sensory space online. calamari, Greek lamb, moussaka, and marinated peppers. An extensive range of dishes are also available for takeaway.

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Growing up, Simon was fortunate to have a mother and grandmother who loved to cook. In fact, it was his grandmother’s crispy skin roast duck for Christmas lunch when he was eight years old that inspired him to become a chef. He was obsessed with food after that. It also helped that Grandma had a cake and pastry shop. Sweet or savoury, there were great flavours in his young life. June 2021

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His first job at Vogue House coffee shop in Mount Eliza gave Simon the inspiration to start cooking. The owner was a European lady who cooked beautiful old-school European food with sophisticated flavours. He wanted to be able to emulate that. He started his four-year course in commercial cookery at Brighton Technical School before moving across in his last year to the newly built Chisolm Institute at Frankston. His apprenticeship was with Spotless Catering, a nationwide food service catering to big events like the Formula One Grand Prix. Being a chef provides the opportunity to work anywhere so Simon was a bit of a professional nomad at the start of his career. He followed his love of sport, working in restaurants in Mount Buller during the ski season and North Stradbroke Island in Queensland during the surfing seasons. He also spent some time working in high-end catering overseas in London.

Having worked huge hours under high pressure, Simon was happy to take it down a notch. Accepting the role as head chef at Yabby Lake was a good fit as it’s a lunch venue. It has given him more time to focus on family; he can get home in time for dinner, even if he is cooking it! Simon is very proud of what he and his terrific, tight-knit team is producing at Yabby Lake. “We offer honest, fresh, local flavours in a low key, relaxed, informal and elegant environment,” he says. Experience is what Simon brings to the table. He has an intimate knowledge of local, cool climate wines so he knows what ingredients to use in his cooking to complement them. It comes back to that sense of place. “There are so many good producers on the Peninsula. Everything is at our fingertips,” he says. He sources seafood from the bays, beef and lamb from South Gippsland and predominantly uses organic herbs and produce from the Yabby Lake’s kitchen garden and local producers. Eggs come from the estate’s own free-range hens. Ethical farming is a strong focus for Yabby Lake. Their aim is to be completely organic in the future.

There are so many good producers on the Peninsula. Everything is at our fingertips

When he wanted to establish roots, Simon returned to the Mornington Peninsula. His first role as head chef was at Paringa Estate in Red Hill where he spent three years dishing up fresh, simple flavours from the finest local ingredients perfectly paired with cool climate wines. Next, Tasmania lured him with the opportunity to work as head chef at Meadowbank Estate Winery. During his tenure there the accolades started to flow. Meadowbank was ranked one of the top ten restaurants in Tasmania and one of the top 100 restaurants in the Australia according to Gourmet Traveller Magazine. During this time, he also had the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong, promoting Tasmanian produce. Simon returned to the Peninsula to help establish the restaurant at Port Phillip Estate in Red Hill. He spent four years there as head chef working 70 hours a week building a stellar reputation for fine dining in a spectacular setting. The restaurant was awarded a Good Food Guide chef ’s hat with Simon at the helm.

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Letting the ingredients speak for themselves is foremost in Simon’s cooking. “It’s got to be fresh. You start with good product and minimize what you do with it. I like to follow the seasons. I get daily updates about what is available and run with that. In winter I like to focus on long, slow cooking techniques,” he says. Simon is not interested in masking flavours, being fancy or pretentious; he just wants to make good clean food that people come back for time and again. And it’s working. Come taste it for yourself.

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recipe KING GEORGE WHITING, BAY MUSSELS, HERB & CAPER BUTTER INGREDIENTS 8 x fillets of King George whiting (your

Add the leeks and sprig of thyme and

fishmonger will fillet these for you)

sauté until leeks are tender. Add the

1kg x whole mussels

white wine and turn up the heat to

150ml white wine

high until it starts to boil then add the

1 x small leek, sliced & washed

mussels and place lid on pan. Steam

Sprig of thyme

the mussels for 3 to 4 minutes or until

100ml x olive oil

starting to open then remove pan from

Pinch of sea salt

stove top and allow mussels to cool

Pinch of cracked black pepper

slightly in their own juices.

To Finish Take some of the mussel meat from their shells and reserve some in the shell for garnish. While fish is cooking add the butter to a saucepan and gently warm until it starts to melt, add the mussels and a little of the mussel cooking juices until warmed through.

200g x good quality unsalted butter-

For the butter

softened

Combine capers, anchovies, lemon zest,

onto 4 warmed plates.

100g of coarse chopped capers

lemon juice and chopped herbs with

Drizzle the warm butter and mussels

4 x finely chopped anchovies

the softened butter. Mix thoroughly and

over the top of the fish and enjoy!

Zest of 1 lemon

return to the fridge to firm.

Juice of 1/2 lemon

For the whiting

Best served with a Yabby Lake

100g of fine chopped herbs-

Heat the oven to 250C.

Chardonnay!

chervil, tarragon, dill, parsley

Place fillets skin side down on a lightly

METHOD For the mussels

Remove whiting from the oven and place

oiled oven tray and drizzle with a little

Note: whiting could also be pan fried

more of the olive oil, season with sea salt

or placed under a hot horizontal grill to

& cracked black pepper.

cook.

In a heavy based pan with a tight fitting

Place the whiting into the pre heated

lid drizzle a little olive and turn on to a

oven to cook for 3-4 minutes.

medium heat.

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BOATSHED cheese INDULGE IN A CHEESE BOARD AND LEARN FROM LOCAL CHEESE PRODUCERS IN DROMANA By Natasya Rallios Photos willowcreative

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efore Sarah and John Archard bought the cheese-making facility BoatShed Cheese in Dromana last July, they envisioned a place where their customers could come in and be immersed in the cheese production process. “We’ve always wanted to open our own cheesery on our dairy farm in Northern Victoria, but it was challenging as there were restrictions. BoatShed Cheese has given us the opportunity to sell our own cheese and ultimately retire to the Mornington Peninsula,” said Sarah. The cheese-making facility is renowned for its handmade goat, cow and buffalo cheese. Since taking over the business the tightknit family has doubled their cheese production. “When we bought BoatShed Cheese, we wanted it to be a cellar door experience where we could serve our own cheese on a small menu. We bought it as a wholesaling business but have now expanded the warehouse into a wholesale and retail operation so that our customers can come in and observe how our cheese is being made,” said Sarah. From the moment you walk into the new tasting space you instantly feel a sense of relaxation and connection to the beach. It is a cosy venue with tables well-spaced and a new viewing window to see the production of cheese as it happens.

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“We were excited to receive approval from the council to build a commercial kitchen. We commissioned The Timber Shack to turn an old boat on a trailer into a table that seats twelve people. We often receive calls from groups of locals to reserve the boat table over the weekend,” said Sarah. The staff is currently serving up cheese tasting platters, charcuterie boards and grilled haloumi skewers. They make their own terrine and parfait as well using ingredients that they grow in their own veggie patch. “My husband John runs our dairy farm and I manage BoatShed, but we all work together. We have a close relationship with local farmers and sell our products at the farmers' markets in the city every weekend as well,” said Sarah. Head Cheesemaker Shaun Landman has been inviting his wholesale customers into the new tasting room for a producttasting experience. Prior to the new renovation he took the products for tasting to wholesalers offsite. “Before the new owners came along, we were primarily a wholesaling business and people would contact us to pick up their wholesale order. The new space has allowed us to invite our wholesale customers in to try the full range of our products and learn about how we make them. It’s been great to see friendly faces dine in and enjoy our local products,” said Shaun.


It’s been amazing to connect with more people and serve our products in house

Sarah and John’s daughter Becky is also a foodie and is learning the ropes from Shaun. After working with the previous owners for a week during her university holiday break she discovered that cheese making was her passion. “Becky is really passionate about the food industry and she’s learnt a lot since she first started here. We are a good team and I enjoy working with her. In the warehouse I work on the aging of the products and Becky works on the making of the cheese,” said Shaun. The new tasting space may have only been open for under a year, but it has already won the hearts of locals and Melburnians. “We have been posting on social media to get the word out that we have a new tasting room. A lot of locals will pop in as well as people that are down from Melbourne for the weekend,” said Sarah. In the winter months BoatShed Cheese will remain open six days a week. In time, customers will be able to pair their cheese board with a glass of wine. Shaun has been at BoatShed Cheese for five years and has noticed a huge difference in the past year. He said that Sarah and John have invigorated the business and a fresh set of eyes is exactly what was needed. “It’s been amazing to connect with more people and serve our products in house.”

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Western Australian marron with wet coconut rice & sambals.

Decadent brownies, warmed and served with ice cream.

Many Little Bar & Bistro 2-5/159 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South

Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

Crispy fried calamari salad served with roast cauliflower, fried chickpeas, roasted onion, fresh spinach and spiced yoghurt.

Ph 5989 2831

45 Cook Street, Flinders

Round About Cafe

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19 Shaxton Cir, Frankston

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Mushroom magic. Sautéed mixed mushrooms, taleggio, jerusalem artichoke chips, truffle oil and poached eggs.

Delight in the flavours of the sea with our pan-seared kingfish with blood orange escabeche, almond skordilia & coastal pesto.

Slow cooked beef short rib, pumpkin maple purée, brocollini, chilli & garlic pangrattato. The Royal Hotel Mornington 770 Esplanade, Mornington Ph 5975 8555 theroyal.com.au

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Flinders Hotel

1008 Mornington-Flinders Road, Red Hill

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR HENS HAPPY IN WINTER!

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alking Hens is holding a 3-part Winter Series of presentations on keeping your backyard hens safe and healthy over winter. Each presentation will take place at the Talking Hens farm in Merricks. Many people either own hens or know someone who does. Owning hens not only brings with it fresh eggs that they lay but hens make surprisingly good pets. The most common feedback that the staff at Talking Hens receive is how much the family has grown to love their new pets. As the seasons change each year, they bring with them different challenges for backyard chicken keepers. In the 3-Part Winter Series - Talking Hens will explain the key issues to overcome in winter and how to enable your backyard flock to thrive in spite of them.

Part 3 - Overcoming illness within the flock! Sunday 15 Aug 2021 at 2pm. What to do when hens are showing signs of poor health, common viruses that may affect your hens and the signs to watch-out for, simple steps to keeping your flock in good condition over winter. Visit the Talking Hens facebook page for more details or drop in at the farm in Merricks. If you have any further questions, please call Jason 0406 69 1231.

Part 1 - Keeping Hens Safe and Warm in Winter, Sunday 13 June 2021 at 2pm. How to create a warm, dry and comfortable chicken coop and run for your hens, keeping them safe from predators, reducing cold drafts, improving ventilation, using the correct bedding and nesting and more. Part 2 - Managing Behavioural Issues, Sunday 11 July 2021 at 2pm. Understanding the “pecking order” with hens, how to safely introduce new hens to an existing flock and correct negative behavioural issues.

Looking for backyard hens but unsure where to start?

Talking Hens is a family business that loves backyard chickens! We like them so much that we specialise in supplying only the friendliest, best-laying hens along with the best quality products to keep them happy and healthy. There’s nothing like the friendship, entertainment and nutrition that you receive from our laying hens - a pleasure to be shared!

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THE RESULTS are in! DELICIOUS / HARVEY NORMAN AWARD LOCAL WINNERS

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ast month, the dedicated panel of state judges tasted their way around a bounty of local Aussie produce, and have come to a decision on the best of the best. The delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards, now in its 16th year, celebrates and honours the best and most innovative producers and produce in Australia. The awards aim to encourage, showcase and reward Australian producers, build awareness of culinary regions, and recognise fresh, seasonal food that is produced sustainably with passion and integrity. The Mornington Peninsula is home to a few winners with Harry Mussel winning in the ‘sea’ category for his amazing Flinders Mussels. Harry’s career on the water began in the mid '80s as a deckhand cray fishing in the Furneaux Group of islands north east of mainland Tasmania. He then worked as a skipper managing a large-scale operation in Port Phillip Bay, before starting his own mussel farm in the waters of Flinders in 1999. His first harvest of Flinders Mussels was in early 2000. Harry’s mussels are available from his boat, The Seahorse, docked at Flinders pier from late December until mid-winter, when the mussels are on! In the ‘earth’ category three local winners prevailed: Daniel’s Run Farm for their Heirloom Tomatoes, Hawkes Farm for their Hawkes Kipfler Potatoes and The Fruit Forest for their Rare Heritage Figs.

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Cheryll McGaffin of Daniel’s Run Farm in Tyabb doesn’t recall her grandparents using the word “heirloom”; nonetheless, theirs was the process that had been used for centuries to save, grow and cultivate tomatoes. Today, the definition of an heirloom tomato also includes the ability to reproduce true to type when the seed is saved and resown, and to have been in cultivation for more than fifty years. The flavour of these home-grown beauties, lovingly nurtured, was and is superb. They are still grown in soil carefully prepared each year, a ritual that starts in autumn, and picked at their peak ripeness. Interest in heirloom varieties has increased markedly in the past decade. There is a striking array of shapes and sizes, of colours, flavours and uses. They can be found at farmers’ markets, in restaurants, and even in school garden programmes. Previously, it would have been a struggle to buy an heirloom tomato or source some seeds. Richard Hawkes is a sixth-generation Hawkes farmer. That means Hawkes hands have been pulling fresh fruit and vegetables out of Victorian soil for more than 100 years. Things changed in 2007 when Farmer Richard started growing the trusty potato in a small area on the Boneo farm, and today Hawkes’ Premium Kipflers are served in restaurants across Australia. The team at The Fruit Forest is passionate about growing rare, unusual and heritage (heirloom) fruits, herbs and vegetables.


They grow almost 40 different, named, varieties of heirloom figs because each variety has its own, unique characteristics with each variety having something different to recommend. These days only a small handful of fig varieties are sold commercially. In the plant nurseries, for example, you will generally find White Adriatic, Preston Prolific, Brown Turkey and Excel. In the fruit-shops you will generally find figs with vague names like ‘Black Fig’, which gives no clue as to the fruit’s heirloom name or story. And each heirloom fig does have a story, also called its ‘provenance’. Affected by severe drought, devastating bushfires, Covid-19 challenges and the floods in New South Wales, it has never been more important to support local farmers and producers. delicious. magazine's editorial director Kerrie McCallum said, “Although the pandemic still presents challenges, this year’s State Judging was as exciting as ever. The produce that was tasted across all of the categories was outstanding. Australian producers continue to deliver world-leading produce.” WASHABLE

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Flinders is a beautiful and historic coastal village overlooking Western Port Bay, just over an hour’s drive south from Melbourne. Flinders is an appealing holiday destination due to its scenic coastal location amongst rolling green hills and the fact that commercial development seems to have forgotten this town, instead preserving the area's natural beauty and scenic views. The town was named by George Bass after his friend, the explorer and British naval officer Matthew Flinders. Settlement commenced in 1854 and many pioneers and settlers are buried at the Flinders cemetery. Flinders Post Office opened on 7 March 1863 as the population grew. Fishing and providing timber for the railways were important early industries. Fishermen settled in cottages on the beach near the jetty, where the catch was kept alive in floating coops before being sent to market. A number of historical buildings exist within the town, complemented by several antique shops, restaurants and cafes, a chocolate maker, village store and the 125 year-old Flinders Hotel. At the most recent 2016 census, Flinders had a population of 905.

the Flinders Jetty and across Western Port, as well as being home to a monument dedicated to George Bass and Matthew Flinders who were the first explorers in the area. The weedy sea-dragon, whose habitat is beneath the Flinders Pier, attracts snorkelers from around the world to view this unique marine creature. This area is also popular for sailing, fishing, and other watersports. The Flinders Golf Course is situated above the cliffs and ocean beaches to the south, overlooking the Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary and bordering the Mornington Peninsula National Park. To the west of Flinders, just off Boneo Road, is The Blowhole which includes walking tracks along the rocky coastline and over huge bluestone boulders. Around 12 kilometres west of Flinders is the small community of Cape Schanck, known for its golf courses and the historic lighthouse situated at the rocky southernmost tip of the peninsula. Flinders was the original home of Flinders Bread, available throughout Melbourne and

In recent times, Flinders has become a hub for the arts with seven galleries along the main street.

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Attractions along the coast include Bass Park which provides spectacular views down to

Median house price in Flinders is $2,500,000

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operations are now based in Dandenong, but the bread is still available locally.

Coffee Safari Fresh brewed coffee is a must have for weekends away and Flinders 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.

Georgie Bass Cafe 30 COOK ST, FLINDERS

This Flinders institution serves up Commonfolk’s Progress St blend alongside fresh, local and seasonal produce. They also offer cooking classes led by their own chefs using premium Miele equipment. These classes cater for a maximum of 11 people and are suitable for all levels of experience.

Pier Provedore Flinders 38B COOK ST, FLINDERS

Lovely cafe with delicious coffee. Indoor and outdoor seating great for all weather, with a fabulous alfresco area at the back with lots of tables and toys to occupy the kids. Excellent breakfast menu and gourmet foods.

Jules Gourmet Express SHOP 3, 44 COOK ST, FLINDERS

Sourcing local produce from the Mornington Peninsula to create beautiful fresh food including a wide range of unique rolls, sandwiches, pies, fresh salads, soups and sweets. Even their great coffee is roasted on the Peninsula.


What to do Located close to the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula, Flinders is an appealing holiday destination due to its scenic coastal location and nearby rolling green hills. Enjoy leisurely walks, a hit of golf overooking the ocean, The Blowhole, coastal walks, food and wine galore at restaurants, cafes and nearby vineyards, and browsing antique stores and art galleries. Photos Yanni

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We are a small pharmacy located in the town of Flinders offering a popular range of goods along with friendly staff servicing the population of Flinders, Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne.

Take home a sweet treat during our annual brownie festival June 10 to 27.

We offer professional services such as NDSS, free blood pressure monitoring and medical advice. Stockists of Olieve & Olie, Peppermint Grove candles and diffusers, Moogoo, Eco Sonya, Thurlby Farm products and we carry a nice range of hats in our store.

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racing the pages of Home Beautiful magazine in 1966, this classic mid-century beauty represents the emerging modernism in European home design that was such a source of inspiration for renowned architects, David Chancellor and William Patrick. What was put to paper became something infinitely more tangible and their vision, still standing true some 55 years later, continues to

shine as one of the hallmark properties of Mount Martha. Peacefully set along the bank of Balcombe Estuary with pleasant water views that include a glimpse of Port Phillip Bay, this timeless home has a wonderfully bright interior brought to life by full length windows and vaulted ceilings that create a spectacular light-filled living zone resplendent with handsome polished timber floors and an elegant fire place.

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Sliding glass doors open from one end out to a wide balcony that faces the estuary, and opposite is a set of French doors leading out to a private patio and the incredible stepped gardens and backyard. A functional kitchen has beech cabinetry offering clever concealed storage options and appliances include a dishwasher, gas cook top and a wall oven. In the north corner is the main bedroom with built-in robe and a slim ensuite with shower, vanity and toilet.

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Shared between two more bedrooms is a larger, central family bathroom. From the street is a single garage with extra storage room and external side stairs leading up to the main entrance. The 1023 square metre block has been beautifully landscaped with rock retaining walls and paths, and from the highest point is a spectacular outlook across Mount Martha. A home of distinction and unmistakable style, this home truly offers something different for the discerning buyer.


8 Oxford Court, Mount Martha 5 BED | 2 BATH | 2 CAR $1,580,000 - $1,680,000 Amanda Haimona 0419 387 682

29 Greenfield Way, Mount Martha 4 BED | 2 BATH | 4 CAR $2,350,000 - $2,550,000 Brendan Collopy 0400 339 644

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History

Joseph Harris And The Scout Park By Peter McCullough

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otorists accelerating down Hearn Road on the slopes of Mt. Martha might catch a glimpse on their left of the entrance to the Joseph Harris Scout Park. This year marks the Park’s 80th anniversary. So who was Joseph Harris?

Profiting from land prices, Harris sold out in 1870, only to buy Handasyde and McMillan’s Nursery in South Yarra and a lovely terraced home nearby. He had married Eliza Nicholson in 1861 and in the Avoca Street home they raised three daughters and a son. Land purchases

Early years Joseph Harris was born in 1833 in Henbury, a small English village three miles from Bristol, and educated at Henbury Grammar School. His father had a three acre plant nursery at nearby Taunton, called Nursery Gardens, and a seed shop in Bristol. To Australia The influence of his father’s flowers and plants notwithstanding, the lure of the Victorian goldfields was too great and Joseph Harris sailed on the ‘Morning Light’ in July 1856. He brought with him a wheelbarrow, a farewell gift from his family and perhaps a reminder of his father’s business. It came in handy when Joseph was required to push his luggage ashore on arrival in Melbourne. Goldfields and nurseries Joseph Harris spent a year searching for gold at Mt. Korong near Bendigo, without success. He returned to Melbourne where he obtained employment in the seed shop of Smith and Adamson in Collins Street. After working hard he saved sufficient funds to purchase the firm’s Floral Nursery in South Yarra, a reflection of his passion for plants and trees which started in his father’s nursery in England.

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Owning nurseries in Melbourne proved to be highly profitable as early Melbournians were beginning to make their own gardens, and trees and shrubs sold by Harris were always of good quality. Before long his interest in trees and plants extended to owning land; he purchased a number of lots in Mornington, building a house (‘Marina’) on one, plus a substantial 86 acre holding near the summit of Mt. Martha. On the latter Harris experimented with seeds and plants that he had collected on overseas travels as the soil, sun and air were suitable. On some of these excursions he was accompanied by the highly respected botanist Baron von Mueller, the long time director of Melbourne’s Royal Botanical Gardens. Adjoining his land was a public park and, being a public spirited man, he provided plants, donations and advice for this park. Upon completion of the Royal Exhibition Building in early 1880 Harris, with his flair for design and love of plants, assisted with the garden setting surrounding the building. Subsequently, in 1888, an International Exhibition was held; a feature was a Japanese garden drawn up and laid out by Harris. This was at a time when oriental design and ornaments were becoming popular.


Community involvement Harris was elected as a councillor for Prahran in 1873, serving as mayor for two years (1874-75). In 1880 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly seat of St. Kilda; this was later sub-divided leaving him as the representative of South Yarra from 1889. Harris was a long term member and elder of the South Yarra Presbyterian Church and was Chairman of the Deaf Children’s Institute in St. Kilda Road. He was on the board governing metropolitan parks and gardens, eventually becoming chairman of that body. Harris was also chairman of the board under the Vegetation Diseases Act and a member of the Horticultural Board of Advice. He professed an interest in the horticultural societies of Melbourne and suburbs and judged horticultural exhibits at the Royal Melbourne Show. When it came to teaching horticulture, Harris was a part founder of the Burnley Horticultural Society which included women students. He was also a board member of Dookie College, another school of horticulture. Harris was very popular amongst the wider community; always busy but a devoted family man. To add a little variety to his interests, Harris was one of the founders and a director of the Victorian Coffee Palace in Little Collins Street, close to Flinders Street Station, where country travellers could find reasonably priced accommodation. continued next page... Left: Gateway to Joseph Harris Scout Park Right: Joseph Harris during his parliamentary career Below: Burnley Horticultural School, Joseph Harris circled

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Financial collapse Joseph Harris, like many others involved in land speculation, was severely affected when the boom came to a sudden end in the 1890’s. Michael Cannon in ‘The Land Boomers’ records: “Joseph Harris, MLA for South Yarra, was a nurseryman who got himself involved in land deals to the extent of 40,000 pounds. His secret composition was made in 1895 when he paid seven pence in the pound. Harris’s continued occupation of his parliamentary seat when undoubtedly insolvent was a hidden scandal of no mean order.” (Page 34) Still regarded by many as a model citizen, this blot on Harris’s copybook is hard to ignore. In fact he eventually lost his seat as a result of the scandal. The ‘composition’ notwithstanding, just after 1900 Harris still owned 4 lots in Osborne Village, the 86 acres on Mt. Martha, and a further 48 acres near the coast (the site of the future Dava Hotel and golf course). He also retained ‘Marina’ which was in the name of Mrs. Joseph Harris. ‘Marina’ While ‘Marina’ was originally built as a holiday home or weekender, Harris had been accustomed to appearing at the local

official gatherings such as the opening of the Mornington railway in 1889 and he was part of the fund raising committee following the football team disaster in 1892. Following the loss of his seat in parliament, ‘Marina’ became a permanent home from where he edited the horticultural columns of ‘The Argus’ newspaper and ‘The Australasian’ journal. By 1903 he had established an ornamental garden of 12 acres around the house, highlighted by a Japanese teahouse (now heritage listed) which had been on display at the International Exhibition of 1888. Unfortunately the original ‘Marina’ was destroyed by fire in 1915 and Harris suffered significant loss: letters, studies, horticultural notes, personal papers and other records. He rebuilt a similar styled home on the same site and it still stands today overlooking a small beach known as Marina Cove. Joseph Harris died at ‘Marina’ in 1925 aged 91 and is buried in the Mornington Cemetery. His wife, Eliza, had predeceased him in 1917. What is the connection between Joseph Harris and the Scout Park? Above: Sisters Laura, Mabel and Lin Below: 'Campsie', home of David and Louise Mairs

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The origins of scouting on the Peninsula The role of Colonel Baden-Powell in the siege of Mafeking in the Boer War was universally acclaimed, although perhaps not generally to the extent of the citizens of Tyabb. In May 1900 they “…gathered to celebrate ‘the Relief of Mafeking’ and to honour Colonel Baden-Powell with a torchlight procession and social. An arch illuminated by lamps was constructed over the front gate of the local hall and bore the inscription ‘Relief of Mafeking - Tyabb Congratulates Colonel Baden-Powell’ “( Heward ‘A Tale of Trails’ Page 1). In the years following his return to England, Baden-Powell established a scheme for the training of boys. Before long the Boy Scout Movement had evolved and soon spread to Australia. In view of their affection for Baden-Powell it is probably no surprise that on the Mornington Peninsula the first troop was started in Tyabb. This occurred in July 1914 and the idea was taken up enthusiastically by the lads of the town. Two years later troops were established in Somerville and Mornington, followed by Hastings in 1918. continued next page... Far left top: 'Marina' in recent times Far left bottom: The Japanese Tea House Left: Joseph Harris in his later years Right: Lord Baden–Powell Below: Some members of the Tyabb Baden-Powell Boy Scouts - 1914. L to R. Back row: Russell Hanby, Ray Grant, Wally Jones, Scoutmaster Albert Borrowman, Phil Mair, Wally Steer, Vern Borley. Front row: Frank Denham, Reg Borley, Otto Thornell, Jack Potts, Laurie Thornell. Lying in front: Les Cole.

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The gift of 86 acres The 1920’s saw a rapid expansion of the scouting movement on the Peninsula, supplemented by the appearance of cubs and girl guides. The only thing that was lacking was an area where the members could camp and engage in outdoor activities. On 18 July, 1931 a meeting of the County Council of Peninsula Scouts was held in the Mornington Shire Hall to discuss the matter. In attendance were Mr. and Mrs. Howard Pitt and, at the appropriate time, Mrs. Pitt offered the County Council the 86 acres of magnificent woodland on the upper slopes of Mt. Martha as a permanent park in memory of her father, Mr. Joseph Harris. It was the area where Harris, assisted by Baron von Mueller, had experimented with unusual species of tree and shrubs over forty years before. In her booklet on the subject Margaret Ringerson states: “The bequest was particularly appropriate as Joseph Harris had been a man with a lifelong love and interest in native plants, and one who had respected and practiced throughout his long life the ideals of integrity, loyalty and self-reliance which are the basis of Scout law”(Page 20). Whether his creditors, forced to accept seven pence in the pound some thirty years earlier, would have been quite so effusive is perhaps debatable. The official opening of the Joseph Harris Scout Park took place on 6 January, 1932 with Sir George Fairbairn officiating. In attendance were about 120 boys who participated in the very first camp; they came from Mornington, Frankston, Dromana, Somerville, Hastings, Red Hill and, as you would expect, Tyabb. These boys

were presented with a momento of the event which featured the famous words of Grantland Rice: “For when the One Great Scorer tries to write against your name He writes not that you have won or lost, but how you played the game.” The years that followed: The decade of the 1930’s was a time of considerable scouting activity on the Mornington Peninsula, inspired by a number of enthusiastic leaders and the Mt. Martha camp. A tremendous impetus was given to the movement by the holding of the World Jamboree in Frankston in 1934, and the attendance of Lord BadenPowell at this international event. After the Jamboree a log cabin was shifted from the site to Joseph Harris Park, and gates to the Park were made from Maori totem poles which had been brought from New Zealand for the event. It was a heartbreaking blow for local scouts when these momentos of a great occasion were desecrated by vandals. Worse was to follow for on 1 March, 1936 a bushfire swept over the Mt. Martha area, doing great damage to the Park. The log cabin from the Jamboree, which had only recently been fitted with a chimney and floor, was burnt to the ground, a large shed used chiefly as a water catchment and a quantity of timber were destroyed and most of the fencing was burnt. Altogether the scouting movement suffered a great loss, sentimental as well as material and financial. Left: Mrs Rose Pitt Below: Mrs Pitt at the official opening ceremony, 6 January 1932. Bottom: The invitation to the official opening.

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The Park today Much work of reconstruction and provision of amenities has been accomplished since the setback of 1936. Great use has been made of the Park for camping and competitions, not only by local scouts, but also by visiting groups, and its bushland setting must have inspired many young people with a love of their country and its distinctive beauty. Prior to 2020 the calendar at Joseph Harris featured a number of large camps throughout the year, the largest being the Gilweroo camp held in November which attracted as many as 2,500 scouts from all parts of Victoria. Following the lockdown of 2020, Joseph Harris Scout Park is again available and a slightly scaled down version of the Stradbroke Cup competition, which normally attracts about 1,000 participants, was held this Easter. Furnished accommodation is available for 108 and this includes two converted railway carriages which have 38 beds and a recently completed shower/toilet block. There is a family camping area consisting of 16 powered sites with water, toilets and showers, while additional campsites have facilities for up to 2,500 campers with water, toilets and showers. The Park can provide a wide range of activities: there are 300 patrol sites, a large indoor activity centre, flying fox, archery, a track for bushwalking, a dam for water activities including yabbying, a bush golf course, volley ball courts,

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large oval, stage, chalet and storm hut and the Challenge Valley obstacle course. Significantly, the Park also has a chapel, named after Rose Pitt who donated the land in memory of her father. Scattered throughout the 86 acres and the adjacent parkland one can find exotic trees such as bunya pines, relics from the days when Joseph Harris and his friend Baron von Mueller carried out their horticultural investigations. Joseph Harris Scout Park caters not only for scouts but also for schools, youth groups, churches, families, sports groups and many other organizations. Groups other than scouts are required to have a public liability insurance policy. For further information or inspection, the Park’s resident rangers can be contacted on (03) 59 742555. This slight ‘commercialization’ of the facility has ensured that, in normal years, the Park has been self-supporting. The downside is that ‘Scoutie from Marketing’ has decided that the traditional name lacks gravitas and has determined that, for advertising purposes, ‘Bay-Park’ is more appropriate. The selling point of this alternative name is that the initials (B-P) are of significance to scouts past and present. For most, however, the feature will always be referred to by its traditional name: Joseph Harris Scout Park. References:

Above: One of the exotic trees planted by Joseph Harris Below: The Rose Pitt Chapel

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Cannon, Michael. ‘The Land Boomers’, MUP, 1966. Heward, Bowen. ‘A Tale of Trails-The History of Mornington District.’, Scout Assoc. of Australia,1983. Ringerson, Margaret. ‘Joseph Harris Park-a short story about the man who gave you the land.’ 1978. Wilson, Val. Notes on Joseph Harris, Mornington & District Historical Society Facebook page.


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