Peninsula Essence March 2023

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Jeweller Filippa Neij channels the natural environment to create gemstone pieces that 'speak' to people.

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Giving Opportunity • Hockey One... • Drawn to Change • Culinary Gold Mount Martha House – From Coffee Palace To Community Centre
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10. Giving Opportunity

Stephanie Exton, CEO of charitable organisation the Mornington Peninsula Foundation (MPF), quietly goes about working with donors and community partners using a model of place-based philanthropy to bring positive change to people’s lives.

14. Hockey One...

Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos are recognised as one of the most consistently successful Australian sports teams over the last 30 years. Despite all that success, the game has struggled at the local levels, often in the shadow of the more traditional sports like AFL, cricket, netball and soccer.

Leading Arts

20. From Sweden With Love

Jeweller Filippa Neij came to Australia on a working holiday from Sweden and has not looked back after falling in love and finding a love for jewellery and gemstones inspired my nature.

24. Drawn to Change

Megan Herbert shifts between work as an illustrator, cartoonist and writer with seemingly effortless ease. The funny thing is, she never planned to do any of these.

34. Culinary Gold

Garry Cowled has won many cooking accolades, has owned his own restaurants and food businesses and been chef for many prestigious hotels and restaurants. After teaching at TAFE, he now runs Olive Tree Cooking School and takes pride in handing out his secrets to create the elusive perfect macaroon.

Focus On

44. Focus on Seaford

Historical facts, café recommendations and what to do in one of Victoria's most popular peninsula holiday destinations.

83. Mount Martha House –From Coffee Palace to Community Centre

Mount Martha House Community Centre is a local landmark, well known in the area and beyond as ‘the big white building on the corner.’ Now owned and maintained by the Mornington Peninsula Shire, it is revered for its aesthetic charm and carries one of Heritage Victoria’s highest ratings for a Peninsula property. It is highly valued and is greatly used by the community for social and educational purposes.

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What's on?


Clean Up Australia Day is a chance for everyone to get together and pitch in for the environment. To get involved this year, you can either register a new site and run your own clean up event or volunteer at an existing site in your local area.


HMAS Cerberus is the Royal Australian Navy's premier training establishment and has been for over 100 years. The Open Day will highlight Naval training, activities for the family and lots, lots more. Free ticketed entry. Entry is via Wilsons Avenue off South Beach Road, Somers - free car parking will be available.


Join us at Empire Street Mall for live music and roving performances to celebrate International Women's Day. Brought to you by Mornington Peninsula Shire, in partnership with the Mornington Chamber of Commerce.


A community festival that honours and celebrates First Peoples cultures and contributions. The day includes music, cultural workshops, caring for Country area, children's areas, markets and food stalls.


Held at Mornington Racecourse, this event will showcase leading outdoor brands and products. On display, there’ll be the latest Caravans, Camper-vans, Camper-trailers, Hybrid campers, 4WD's, 4 x 4 accessories and everything in between. Don’t miss out.


The Frankston’s city centre takeover by a jam-packed line-up of world-renowned artists will see the continued transformation of the city’s buildings and laneways into an epic explosion of colour and movement. Book into a FREE Street Art Walking Tour and make a date to hit The Block Party on the Friday night (24 March). the-big-picture-fest-2023

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GIVING opportunity


Exton, CEO of charitable organisation

Mornington Peninsula Foundation (MPF), quietly goes about working with donors and community partners using a model of place-based philanthropy to bring positive change to people’s lives. MPF funds local initiatives through direct relationships in support of its mission to break the cycle of economic disadvantage on the Peninsula.

“When barriers to support systems still exist as evidenced by the persistent levels of disadvantage in particular areas of the Peninsula, we need to explore different approaches and progressive philanthropy gives us the opportunity to do that,” she says. This is why MPF takes a different approach.

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“Funding is a significant part of the work, but really getting to know people through deep listening and having fluid timelines enables the flow of information that results in high impact funding. When people are part of the design of the solution, they own it and drive it. It's about working with people, not doing to them,” she says. Stephanie takes MPF donors to meet the people they are supporting so they understand each other. She wants to see echelons crossed and new conversations started. As she explains, “We all have needs and something to give. It's about opening

doors and having conversations that can benefit all parties. Giving is actually our secret weapon for healing. When people give, they’re kinder to one another. It builds respect which benefits whole communities.”

Since MPF started in 2017, improving literacy levels has been identified as a key focus for the educators with which MPF partners. “Without literacy there are insurmountable barriers to engagement in social and economic life. Isolation compounds. While the cycle of advantage spirals up for some, it spirals down for others,” she says.

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It's about opening doors and having conversations that can benefit all parties

MPF’s initial school program was in response to low oral literacy levels flagged to Stephanie by pre-school and primary school teachers. MPF funded a program providing speech therapists in kinder and primary school classrooms because oral language is the prerequisite to literacy. This grew into No Limits, a four-year initiative with seven preschools and primary schools, partnering with local speech therapy provider, Peninsula Speech Plus.

Phase two of No Limits is underway with Peninsula pre and primary schools transitioning to the science of reading, an evidence-based model of teaching literacy using phonics and sequential instruction. It became clear that having speech therapists in schools wasn’t a sustainable long-term solution, but changing the teaching methods was, and it provides the same improved results.

Some Peninsula secondary school principals reported that 70% of their students were arriving to Year 7 far below expected literacy levels. Clearly something wasn’t working in primary school. Stephanie says, “In primary school, children need direct, explicit, sequential instruction in how to learn, especially in reading.”

While the speech and oral language work is happening in the early years, MPF is also responding to needs of schools and young people in the upper years. They’re working closely with local secondary colleges and music is proving to be a gateway to change.

Cheryl found a high level of disengagement amongst local youth. Often, they didn’t want to go to school. They lacked confidence and a sense of purpose. She had an idea and went to Stephanie to discuss it.

Cheryl’s thinking was that, if those young people could learn music and find success, they might use that successful experience to re-engage in mainstream learning. With generous donor support, MPF now funds In Tune WithU which provides expert music tuition, healthy food, and mental health support for participants who otherwise couldn’t afford music lessons.

The program was such a success that it expanded to a second night and has an extensive waiting list. What Cheryl and Stephanie found was that these young people were dealing with significant challenges in their lives at home and in school. Their lessons were about more than music; they were therapy.

An accomplished cellist, Stephanie is passionate about the power of music. At 10, her mother took her to an orchestral concert. She fell in love with the cello. A philanthropic scholarship helped her learn the instrument which she still plays today.

“By being aware of other people’s circumstances, listening without pity, being inclusive and understanding that everyone can learn from each other, we can all be part of the change. We are all human. Most people didn’t get to where they are without help,” she says.

Cheryl Beattie, musician and owner of The Music Industry, a music school in Rosebud, has great success with her students. She builds connections with them and is also very connected with the local community.

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While the cycle of advantage spirals up for some, it spirals down for others

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HOCKEY one...


is a superpower in the world of hockey. Our national men's team – the Kookaburras – and the women's Hockeyroos are consistently in the top four nations in the world, winning multiple Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medals and numerous World Championships. In fact, the Kookaburras are recognised as one of the most consistently successful Australian sports teams over the last 30 years. Despite all that success, the game has struggled at the local levels, often in the shadow of the more traditional sports like AFL, cricket, netball and soccer.

Maybe it's the impression hockey is a dangerous sport that makes parents wary of signing up their children or keeps adults from taking up the sport. There are sticks flying in all directions, a ball travelling at incredible speed and the thwack of wood on wood when tackles are made making the game sound more like a battle than a sport. However, according to Chris Wall, President of the Frankston Hockey Club, the impression that hockey is a dangerous sport could not be further from the truth.

"From personal experience and the data collected nationally, hockey itself is a relatively safe sport. If we look at the 2016/17 data pre-Covid, hockey sits on par with basketball injury rates at around 2.5% of participants experiencing a serious injury. We use protective equipment and teach safe play from the first stages of hockey to minimise risk of injury to members and other participants.

"And another myth I'm happy to bust," continued Mr Wall, "is that hockey is not for everyone. We have members who start at six years old and play all the way up to 65 years. There are even leagues for 80 year olds and we'll enter a team in that league as our members move closer to that age bracket."

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The Peninsula is a hotspot for hockey with multiple clubs setting up their bases in the area, and with Frankston Hockey Club being one of the oldest. "Our club, Frankston Hockey Club (FHC), was established in 1973 and originally known as the Seahorses before becoming The Stingrays," said Mr Wall. "FHC has called several locations home including Mentone, Seaford and finally Frankston itself, with potential moves to expand our current base or add another facility elsewhere should we continue to grow."

And speaking of growth, FHC has recovered from a recent lull to experiencing a resurgence in interest. "In 2018 we experienced our lowest registration of members in 10 years which was 157," said Mr Wall. "Over the last five seasons, we've worked tirelessly with our member base to improve the club culture and create a space where people feel welcomed, supported and enjoy their hockey. This internal reflection and improvement plan has seen us make significant changes, and that has brought growth, reaching 237 registered members in 2022. We're working to bring that to 250+ by mid 2023.

"Driving those numbers has been a substantial growth within the junior and women's sections. These programs have been most successful; we've even had one of our own juniors, Emily Hamilton-Smith, progress through the ranks to represent Australia at U21 level. In 2022 the club had close to 40% of its members playing women's hockey which aligns with our goal of offering social, competitive and semi-competitive teams to all age groups and genders and all levels from beginners to elite level."

Inclusion and diversity is a big theme at FHC with the club looking at ways to include an all-abilities format in their programs. The club will also be represented at the Stand Out Cup in Footscray in February 2023, hosted by Hockey Victoria to support the stamping out of homophobic and non-inclusive behaviour. "I'm proud to participate in a sport that has educated, acknowledged and provided a space for everyone and anyone to participate in hockey," said Mr Wall. "Diversity runs rich within the veins of hockey and FHC is no exception to this."

The hard work FHC has put in to grow the club and sport in the area was recently acknowledged by the peak body Hockey Victoria, whose CEO, Mr Andrew Skillern commented, "On behalf of Hockey Victoria we have been very impressed with the strategic development and growth of Frankston HC over the past five years. FHC is one of only four clubs in Melbourne which have grown since pre-pandemic. This is a credit to the leadership and FHC, and their capacity to embrace change, new initiatives and their strong engagement with their members.

Providing welcoming and inclusive environments in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula areas are of critical importance in growing the game into the future through the region."

So if you're looking for a way to keep active in a safe and supportive environment, Frankston Hockey Club might just be your ticket. Depending on age group and competition type, fees range from $200-$600 per winter season with senior fees being the higher end. In terms of equipment, the club can help out.

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I'm proud to participate in a sport that has educated, acknowledged and provided a space for everyone and anyone to participate in hockey
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"We collect and hold equipment for members to use," said Mr Wall. "We encourage anyone willing to have a go to use our on-hand equipment as they learn. This minimises the upfront cost and gives them a chance to experience hockey without buying a new stick."

And playing isn't the only benefit of FHC membership; the club has a very healthy social scene with regular events like trivia nights and club dinners. The club also invests in its volunteers offering a range of workshops to personally develop leadership skills, first aid, responsible serving of alcohol, and more to equip them with skills to improve their experience beyond the hockey world.

From the outside, Frankston Hockey Club seems very much a place where everyone is welcome, like a big family, a sentiment borne out by the club President, Mr Wall. "We call ourselves a family club because each year we become bigger, stronger and better equipped to provide physical and mental health support and continue to develop skills and awareness through club organised programs to build confidence. To add to that, we have parents and children who play at the club and often play in the same team!"

About the only limitation to the continued growth of the club is space to practice and play with ongoing discussions with Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Councils as well as Hockey

Victoria and Monash University hopefully leading to a plan to cater for the club's future growth.

And if you want to be part of that growth, you can find all the details on how to join at their website

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FROM SWEDEN with love


Filippa Neij travelled from Solvesborg, Sweden, to Sydney then to Seaford. She came to Australia on a working holiday visa and ended up on a remote horse ranch working as a groomer for long hours for little pay. Despite the shaky start, Filippa loves Australia. She’s travelled home and back a few times, but when she wandered into a Melbourne café looking for work and met a tall, dark, handsome stranger, she fell in love, so she’s staying for good.

During lockdown, Filippa was making jewellery for herself when she had an epiphany about starting her own business. There was no work in the café, so she started to study jewellery making online. She finds Australians, particularly in Melbourne, are very supportive of artists and makers. “People loving what I do makes me feel really good. It pushes me to do more. As my business is growing, I feel I am growing,” she says.

“People are a lot more open here. It’s a lot easier to go for what you want because people aren’t as judgmental. This is coming from the perspective of a person who grew up in a small town where people love to gossip. In Australia, you can just be anonymous and go for what you want. Everyone has the opportunity to achieve their dream,” she adds.

Nature is her biggest inspiration. While the natural environments of Australia and Sweden are different, her favourite places, forests and beaches, are common to both. The colours and textures of nature guide many of her choices in the jewellery she makes.

She loves the green of peridot, the blues of topaz and sapphire, the gold of citrine, the red of garnet and ruby and the rainbow of colours that tourmaline brings.

As important as the colour of the gemstones, is the energy that each stone brings. It takes tremendous natural energy to make the crystals that gemstones are cut from. Filippa believes they retain some of that creation energy and it radiates out. She explains that each type of gemstone has its own distinct energy offering benefits, such as, calm, self-love, confidence or creativity to name a few. Crystals have been used as healing tools for centuries.

In fact, the reason Filippa chose to make jewellery in the first place was because she wanted crystals around her to help with her anxiety in lockdowns. “When I put my jewellery on and have a lot of crystals around me, it’s like getting a hug,” she says. She started out wrapping crystals in silver wire, then she wanted to do something more. When she tried making jewellery all her friends all wanted a piece so she knew she had something special.

Starting out during lockdown, Filippa had to rely mostly on online tutorials, but in a small window of freedom she took a four-week silversmithing course with Jane Ruljancich in the Dandenongs. There she learned all of her basic skills while having a lot of fun with fellow students. After that, she ordered tools and materials.

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When I put my jewellery on and have a lot of crystals around me, it’s like getting a hug

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She then learned to set stones watching YouTube videos. Lots of trial and error perfected her process.

Filippa has always been a creative person. As a child she loved drawing and painting. Then she tried photography and loved that too. She was nourished in her artistic endeavours by her mother who drew and made pottery. Now her Mum also makes jewellery. Filippa hopes they can collaborate in the future. Her aunt is also an artist. There was plenty of creative support and inspiration to draw from in her young life.

Having an ethical practice is a priority. She’s mindful of the materials she chooses. Filippa only uses recycled silver and gold. Gemstones are ethically sourced. All of her packaging is plantbased and compostable.

Carry bags are made of eco-friendly organic cotton. Recycled paper and soy-based ink are used for her cards.

“My motivation is to work from the heart, not just to make money. When you do something you love it doesn’t really feel like work anyway,” she says. Her jewellery is not only attractive, but attracting. There is something about it that just draws people in and speaks to them. It’s a wonderful little mystery. Meet Filippa and see her work at her By Neij stall at Emu Plains or Little Beauty Markets.

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DRAWN TO change

Herbert shifts between work as an illustrator, cartoonist and writer with seemingly effortless ease. The funny thing is, she never planned to do any of these. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Arts/Journalism at RMIT with an exchange year at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. She quickly realised she didn’t want to be a journalist. However, she did learn to edit effectively and communicate succinctly which proved very valuable later on.


After graduating from RMIT, Megan started writing for television soap opera Neighbours - her longest running professional collaboration. She began at the bottom as script coordinator and worked her way through every position in the story department, including stints as script producer and story producer.

A writers’ room is a brainstorming hotbed with a set of schedule restrictions (set availability, actors’ availability, budget, etc.). It’s a jigsaw puzzle before the writing even begin. Stories have to be crafted around limitations. A full week of television is plotted every week. Many shows have months to perfect a single episode, but not so with Neighbours.

Megan travelled to London where she worked as a script editor on EastEnders and Holby City for BBC television. She then moved to Iceland where she lived for six years working as head of development for a small film and television company.

Seeing the effects of climate change in Iceland, coupled with the birth of her son, lit a spark in her. At a climate change and filmmaking conference in Reykjavik, Megan met American climate scientist, Michael Mann. continued page 26...

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This led to collaborating on The Tantrum That Saved the World, their award-winning climate action children’s book.

“Every person can do something about climate change. Microchange can make a groundswell if everyone is doing it. The book is about small things a child can do that will make a big impact,” she says.

Megan lived and worked in Amsterdam as a freelance writer and illustrator completing and publishing The Tantrum That Changed the World as founder and director at World Saving Books. She worked on other freelance projects too, including as story consultant/development writer for Netflix show, Heartbreak High, which started with Dutch production company, Newbe.

Live sketching is the rarest skill in Megan’s toolbox. She attends an event, like a literary, political or environmental conference, then draws the speaker, listens, write notes about the key messages and puts them together in a single image. It takes an exhausting level of concentration because writing and drawing use opposite sides of the brain.

From childhood, Megan was always writing and drawing. Her inspiration came from her grandmother, a painter and poet and her grandfather, a civic sculptor. “I’ve never studied to be an artist, but it’s a bit like breathing because I’ve always been around it. Being a self-taught artist is the way it pans out when you come from a family like that,” she says.

School holidays were often spent with her grandmother in Mittagong, NSW where the grandchildren were taught and treated like real artists. Megan remembers making a cardboard television. She drew cartoons on a scroll of paper which she fed through slits in the sides of the box. Premonition of her future? She thinks so.

Cartooning is her central focus and selfprofessed ‘happy place’. She sees a cartoon as the haiku of visual communication; to distil all the information and tell a whole story in a single black and white image is incredible. Recently, Megan has been learning a lot

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Every person can do something about climate change. Micro-change can make a groundswell if everyone is doing it

through communicating with cartoonists from The New Yorker. In her opinion, cartoonists are some of the smartest, funniest and cleverest people in the world.

Asked to pick a strength, she says, “I excel in relationship drawings. There’s a connection, an action and a narrative in my pictures, but you can feel the emotion of the drawing. I’ve always found it easy to draw facial expressions that convey exactly what’s going on. Communication and a moment of storytelling is what’s going on in my artwork.”

Megan has notebooks for each project she’s working on – her graphic novel, cartoons, middle grade book and screen adaptation of her children’s book. She might notate pages and pages or just a single phrase. When she has free time, she turns to the notebooks for inspiration. The best thoughts are ‘fleeting sparks’ she writes down before they’re gone.

Returning to Melbourne from Amsterdam during lockdown, to break the monotony, Megan set herself a 100-day challenge to make a cartoon every single day. She posted them mostly on Instagram, then a couple on Twitter. Cathy Wilcox, a Sydney Morning Herald cartoonist, saw them and asked Megan for more like them. After submitting a couple, Megan was chosen to be a regular cartoonist for SMH and The Age.

Political cartooning can be a dangerous game so Megan tends to tackle issues rather than people to avoid backlash. She’ll attack the irony or the injustice of an issue, though she concedes it’s inevitable to cop some flack. Before drawing, Megan listens deeply to the news a few days before a cartoon is due. Words come before the drawing as they are the means to illustrate the concept.

Currently Megan is working on several projects, but says, “I’m looking forward to having a deadline to dive deep and focus on one. That’s where that beautiful feeling of flow comes from. It’s exhilarating.” She feels blessed that following her ‘childlike spark’ led her to where she is. Ultimately, Megan would like to be remembered for communicating on issues that inspire people to be compassionate and build empathy. She’s certainly on the right track.

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Breaking up is hard to do? Try coming out as a queer teenager! Or not. That’s the dilemma for two best-friends who decide to be each other’s beards instead.

What’s a beard, you ask? It’s a way to conceal one’s identity. In this case those best friends, Bet and Ace, pretend to date one another as a cover for their queerness. Of course, this doesn’t work for long as revelations about self and other arise. Truth always finds a way, and in this play, in the most delightful and hilarious way.

Supported by an Artist Project Grant from Frankston City Council, Bearded is a new Aussie queer musical coming to the Frankston Arts Centre for a limited season in March. In it, peninsula-based writer/director Nick Waxman and musician/lead actor Sean Donehue have created a theatre piece that is truly original; a funny, sharp, insightful, reflective play that is pure joy to watch and offers something for everyone.

“Bearded is about family given and chosen. It’s a celebration of community. The show might help some people come out which, despite ‘progress’, isn’t really any easier than in decades past. The play’s insight will change perceptions. For some it will be affirming, for others it might be confronting, and some may come to a ‘Jesus moment’, but in the end, the show is just fun,” says Nick.

Camp and catchy, funny and ironical, this play will challenge preconceived notions about sexuality, gender, language labels, religion and privilege. Bearded follows the lives of two young people trying to figure themselves out – to discover, express and accept themselves – as all people have to do when coming of age.

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Sean’s musical versatility means everyone will walk away from the play with a song in their heart and a skip in their step. From snazzy show tunes to dance club beats and everything in between, there’s sure to be something each audience member can personally connect to - musically, lyrically, spiritually.

While Bearded puts a mirror up to where we stand as a society on identity, queer or otherwise, the play’s message is universal. It’s about love, family and hope. It takes the audience on a journey, touching on all the emotions. While it will infuse the audience with laughter, it doesn’t shy away from hard issues such as queer-phobia, hate, tokenism, gaslighting, toxic positivity and queer misrepresentation.

“This show is transformational for audiences of all kinds. They’ll walk away feeling buoyed and uplifted. I think they will change how they live their lives. It’s really a story about accepting and articulating who you are. We created Bearded as a musical because the world we wanted to create was musical. We wanted colour, light, sharing and community,” says Nick. They have certainly delivered.

Bearded: The Musical will be performed at Frankston Arts Centre’s Cube 37 from March 1-3. For tickets, call or visit the website.

P: 03 9784 1060


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New paintings by 10 Yankunytjatjara women artists from Indulkana in the APY Lands of South Australia celebrate both their Country and the work of women to mark International Women's Day 2023.

Presented in partnership with the artists' art centre Iwantja Arts at Indulkana, the exhibition features glowing works by Emily Cullinan, Julie Yatjitja, Maringka Burton, Priscilla Singer, Raylene Walatinna, Rosalind Tjanyari, Trisha Singer and Yajtiki Cullinan as well as a collaborative work by four artists and those by mother and daughter painting duo Jeannie and Katie Walatinna.

All the artists describe their Country (Ngura) in the remote lands of South Australia as both beautiful (wiru) and rich in important creation sites and meaning.

The most senior of the group - Maringka Burton - is also a traditional healer whose paintings incorporate reference to her healing practice; mid-career artist Julie Yajtjitja's paintings of Iwantja Soakage depict the creek alongside which she was born, adjacent to which the Indulkana community developed. Her friend and painting colleague Rosalind Tjanyari's new works reflecting the Spirit and Energy of her country, show an exciting stylistic development with a more painterly style and use of brilliantly coloured magentas, greens, yellows and oranges while Jeannie and Katie Walatinna's elegant new paintings feature dotted rippling lines and spare imagery.

With a diversity of styles linked by the artists' depiction of the beauty of their country Ngura Wiru showcases a comprehensive selection of works by 10 fine women artists from this leading painting community and the art centre that represents it.

Ngura Wiru (Beautiful Country) runs from March 10 to April 4, in partnership with Iwantja Arts

Everywhen Artspace

39 Cook Street, Flinders, Vic 3929

T: + 61 3 5989 0496

Open daily 11am-4pm

View online

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Julie Yatjita with her painting Iwantja Soakage at Indulkana. Image courtesy Iwantja Arts and the artist.
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Join us for the 2023 Peninsula Home Hospice (PHH) UnframedArt online charity auction.

We have 47 diverse paintings for sale. Many of Mornington Peninsula’s renowned and emerging artists have generously donated their work. Traditional, contemporary, quirky, dynamic work influenced by the artists living and working on the Mornington Peninsula.

What makes this auction unique? The artwork is not signed! For provenance it is signed on the back of the painting.

You may recognise the style of your favourite artist or you could pick up a piece of work of an emerging artist and be the first to own their work – however, there are no guarantees, the highest bidder wins! You will only know the identity of the artist after you have purchased the painting.

Proceeds from the Unframed-Art support Peninsula Home Hospice. Our service is provided in the client’s home and free of charge to residents who need palliative care within the Mornington Peninsula Shire, City of Frankston and parts of the City of Kingston (south of Mordialloc Creek). Palliative care is for anyone of any age (from babies to older adults) who have been diagnosed with a lifelimiting illness. Palliative care identifies and treats symptoms and issues associated with the illness, which may be physical, emotional, spiritual, or social.

For more information about Unframed-Art or to register your interest:


P: Stuart Nussey 0498 069 909

For more information about Peninsula Home Hospice or to donate directly visit:


This event proudly supports

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March 20-27 2023
Janet Phillips - CEO and Bronwyn Braden - Community Engagement Officer Peninsula Home Hospice is proudly supported by the Victorian Government
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Photos Yanni



Cowled won his first culinary accolade at eight when he made and decorated cake for a prize at a school Red Cross fundraiser in his hometown near Cootamundra. Since then, Garry has owned his own restaurants and food businesses and been Chef for many prestigious hotels and restaurants, including the Sofitel on Collins in Melbourne (previously The Wentworth), Leonda, and the spectacular Chateau Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. Garry represented Australia in the world-renowned Culinary Olympics in Germany and now has his own cooking school, The Olive Tree, in Frankston.

Garry learned to cook in his mother’s country kitchen, with a wood stove and produce from five acres of land, including vegetables, chickens, ducks, cows, and sheep. ‘We rarely had anything out of a packet or a can,’ Garry says. ‘Everything was fresh.’ Garry’s mother is ninety-six and still bakes every day. She boasts that if she saw visitors arriving, she would have scones in the oven by the time they got to the back door.

Garry’s interest in cooking as a profession started in secondary school. ‘I read as much information as I could,’ Garry says, ‘but the process in those days meant earning very little money as an apprentice, not enough to live away from home, so I worked in a bank and studied accounting, something that came in handy as executive chef at the Sofitel with two hundred staff in the kitchens. The best cook doesn’t always necessarily make the best chef because you have to manage budgets,’ Garry explains. Finally, he was able to move to Canberra to do his apprenticeship at the Canberra Rex Hotel, but only because friends allowed him to sleep on their son’s bedroom floor until he ‘got on his feet’.

Garry’s first Head Chef position was at The Canberra Club in 1976 after returning from Canada and Europe – male members only at the time – but Garry says that things were changing to include women in the late seventies.

Garry was running his own restaurant, The Ark, in Canberra, when, in 1980, he was accepted into the Australian team for the Culinary Olympics. The team had to fund themselves, and Garry

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Lemon is the most versatile flavour. I use it in almost everything, especially the zest

travelled to Melbourne every week, sometimes twice for training. While the US had $500,000 in funding and a major sponsor, the Aussie team raised money by holding fundraising dinners, selling bumper stickers, T-shirts, and pens. It all paid off, and they won gold in ‘The Restaurant of Nations’.

Their gold medal-winning menu for 400 diners?

Lemon-scented gum smoked rack of Australian lamb.

Barramundi Karumba, a disc of grilled barramundi with a skewer of Australian king prawns, an avocado fan and hollandaise sauce.

The chef that trained Garry, the late Geza Slezak, originally came from Frankfurt and travelled there with the team, using his local knowledge to help them source ingredients and transporting the team around the city.

Garry has won fifty awards, 40 of them gold, but gave up competing to spend more time with his wife Ann and their five children, and now their twelve grandchildren.

Nothing delights Garry more than passing on his knowledge to others, and he was a teacher at TAFE for six years on the Peninsula. Garry disapproves of the devaluing of the TAFE system and says the current training method often fails to teach apprentices basic skills; not something that’s missing from Garry’s cooking classes today.

continued next page...

One of Garry’s most popular classes is Macaroons, the legendary sweet treat. Garry is always happy to hand out his secrets for the elusive perfect macaroon.

‘You only need to get one thing wrong, and they may not turn out as nicely as you’d like,’ Garry says. And the one thing? ‘You have two mixtures: almond meal, sugar and egg whites, the other meringue. You have to combine the two, and that’s the most difficult part. It needs to flow just right. One or two stirs too many, and it’s gone too far.

‘We make our macaroons with Italian meringue so a good thermometer is also essential, one or two degrees out can also spoil the macaroons.’

And the last secret? ‘Separate the eggs the day before and leave the whites at room temperature to dehydrate some of the moisture,’ Garry says.

‘I’m happy to give people knowledge to help them get a good product. That’s part of the joy of cooking. I’m proud that some of my students have gone on to win the Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat’, the highest National Award for Apprentice Cooks.

Garry’s favourite macaroon flavour is lemon. ‘Lemon is the most versatile flavour,’ he says. ‘I use it in almost everything, especially the zest.’ Garry has several lemon trees and makes his own curd.

He says the perfect wine to go with the perfect macaroon is an Australian bubbly, either methode champenoise or prosecco.

The most unusual macaroon Garry has been asked to make is for a cocktail party of 50 people. Garry made a duck liver parfait macaroon with cranberry jelly. Exquisite.

Garry has taught over 7,500 people to make the perfect macaroon in his school, and a participant is never far away. Recently a passerby stopped to talk to Garry about his caravan when he looked at Garry and said, ‘You’re that guy who makes those fancy things.’

‘You mean macaroons,’ Garry said. ‘Yes, my wife and daughter did your course.’

This year marks Garry’s 53rd year in hospitality, and he doesn’t plan on retiring. His classes cover basic cooking skills, macaroons, cupcakes, pasta and gnocchi and tapas, and you can tailor your own course with friends.

You’ll find The Olive Tree Cooking School on the Nepean Highway in Frankston.

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Enjoy the benefit of two distinct hospitality experiences; casual dining at the Eatery, or pool-side service via the Kiosk. Both offering quality meal options at affordable prices and healthy eating for all.

Our focus is on ‘Healthy Choice’ offerings using Mornington Peninsula grown produce, making all delicious baked goods in house, and pouring premium quality Boneo Road Roasters coffee.

Think corn fritters, banana French toast and seasonal seafood dishes. Or take a peek into the cabinet for our daily selection of fresh salads, toasties, focaccia’s and bagels. The kids get their own menu too, with pikelets, sausage rolls and locally sourced stone ground margarita pizzas to get them started.

Our philosophy is to reduce, re-use and recycle and choosing eco-sensitive packaging.

Come and see why Elements Eatery is the perfect year-round cafe for everyone! Open 7 days.

100 Besgrove Street Rosebud VIC 3939 /

03 5982 6020

Mornington Peninsula

Located within the Yawa Aquatic Centre, Rosebud, Elements Eatery is a destination café with a difference.


Serves 4 Sarah Glover, chef and Traeger Grills ambassador.


1 head of cauliflower (about 1 kg)

1 large egg

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or dried oregano/basil

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup grated mozzarella

toppings of your choice, to serve


1. Preheat the Traeger grill, with the lid closed, to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicone mat.

2. Wash and thoroughly dry the cauliflower and remove the leaves, then separate into florets and chop into smaller pieces. Process in a food processor in two batches, until ‘rice’ forms, then spread out on the prepared baking tray and cook in the Traeger for 15 minutes.

3. Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl lined with a double layer of muslin and set aside for 10–15 minutes, until cool enough to handle.

4. Increase the Traeger temperature to 250°C and place a pizza stone inside to preheat for 20 minutes.

5. Pull the corners of the muslin together and squeeze the ball of cauliflower rice until no liquid remains.

6. In a large bowl, whisk the egg, dried herbs, salt and pepper for 10 seconds. Add the mozzarella and cauliflower and mix very well with a spatula until combined.

7. Transfer the cauliflower pizza dough to the middle of the pizza stone and very carefully flatten the dough with your hands to form a thin pizza crust. Cook for 20 minutes, then carefully flip the base with a spatula and cook for a few more minutes, until you have a golden pizza crust.

8. Top the cauliflower pizza base with your favourite toppings and continue to cook until the cheese on top turns golden brown.

9. Cut into slices and serve.

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Masterline Homes services the Mornington Peninsula and around Westernport Bay up to Phillip Island. Whether building your first, or fourth home, Masterline Homes has the blueprint to suit you.

Because our focus is to provide you with the home you want, we can change colour schemes to suit your personal taste. You can even design your own home for us to build. In contrast to many large builders, we will alter house plans and change the design to suit your block of land and your budget. Alternatively, you can provide us with your own plan if you prefer.

Our home design philosophies are born from our combined experience of 55 years in the housing industry, inspiration from our client’s input, paying attention to our client’s desires, and our adaptable approach to all important issues. We do our best to make the whole process a happy and exciting one.

Specialising in:

• New homes

• Knockdown and Rebuild

• Dual occupancy

• Duplex

From a dual-occupancy to a multi-unit development , Masterline Homes can handle all size projects as both the builder or developer.

All our projects can include our full homemaker pack (Turnkey), ready to move in, thus taking all the stress out for you.

Masterline Homes has built many developments ranging from a single unit in a backyard, to duplex dwellings and multiunit projects, specialising in residential property design and development, offering an exclusive, yet affordable collection of homes and town-houses to suit all buyers.

Using Locally based suppliers where possible, we can maintain a quality product while ensuring employment opportunities for the future. Building with Masterline Homes is a co-operative effort between our company, our suppliers and you, our valued client.

Masterline Homes is a long-time member of the Housing Industry Association, the Master Builders Association and is registered with the Victorian Building Authority Reg # CDB-U 48889.

Benefits of choosing Masterline Homes for your next development:

• Flexibility in approach and design

• Dealing direct with the builder

• Getting the home you want

• Enormous range of colour choices

• Quality fixtures and fittings

• Designing your own home

A: 6 Milgate Drive, Mornington P: 5973 5611 E: W:


Giuliana grew up on a farm with egg laying hens back in Keysborough in the South Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne, where herself and her siblings were busy collecting eggs every weekend and school holidays. Her father and mother began the business back in the 1970’s and they had to work long hours both collecting, selling and delivering eggs, managing the farm and providing for their family.

Later on in her life, Giuliana was drawn back to the farm in 2012 due to personal circumstances. Giuliana and her husband found themselves working on the farm in Keysborough for 5 years doing Free- Range Eggs. In that time they slowly grew the business and then they transitioned into selling backyard hens to families. In 2018 they moved to the Mornington Peninsula, and continued selling backyard hens to families on the Mornington Peninsula and surrounds, which is where their passion lied.

Giuliana talks about the growth of the business being both challenging and rewarding at the same time. She says that “with hard work and being adaptable to changing situations, we’ve now been able to establish our business on our Merricks farm and were fortunate enough to be awarded a 2022 Business Excellence Award by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council in October last year. We have a lot of exciting things planned for the future but our focus is always on customer support and education and implementing increasing sustainability where possible in our business”.

We are always looking for better ways to run our business and that starts with our products becoming more sustainable. We recently introduced our new biodegradable and recyclable Sustainable Layer™ chicken feed bags. Customers receive a store credit for every bag they return to us in good condition to be sanitised and reused. This means that, unlike the vast majority of chicken feed bags, our bags won’t be added to landfill. We find that the environment, customer and our business all benefit.

We have recently completed our first sustainable farm building and chicken coop made from hempcrete. Not only is hempcrete fireproof, but it is also insect and rodent proof and provides a very healthy and comfortable environment for the inhabitants. And the end of its useful life, a hempcrete structure can be re-used to build again or spread on farmland to break-down into compost.

If you’d like to talk hens with Giuliana and her husband Jason, drop by their farm or visit the Talking Hens website – and get cracking!

Talking Hens will be holding their 4th Annual Open Weekend on the 18th and 19th of March 2023 from 10am - 4pm.

Free activities include:

• Petting Zoo

• Pony Rides

• Face Painting

• Craft Activities

• Food van/Coffee/Icecream

• Daily presenters speaking about: Getting started with backyard chickens, Building with Hempcrete and the amazing ChookTred pest-free feeder

• $200 Voucher drawn daily


A: 3590 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks

Open: Daily 10am-4pm. Closed: Wednesday

FB: @TalkingHens


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Giuliana in front of hempcrete building with some of her sustainable products. Inside of the Talking Hens shop.





2080 Frankston - Flinders Rd, Hastings
HOURS: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 6pm
PHONE: 9596 4278
Unit 5, 3 Trewhitt Court, Dromana Industrial Estate
Friday & Saturday 10am
Seppelt The Great Entertainer Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV Our Price $10 RRP $16 Viscossi 2019 Red Hill Pinot Noir Our Price $12 RRP $49 Momentum 2018 Clare Valley Shiraz Our Price $5 RRP $19 Wolf Blass Altitude 2019 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay Our Price $12 RRP $25
PHONE: 9596 4878


Wine Lovers Warehouse is the direct to public arm of our wholesale business specialising in restaurant, hotel, and function wines for over 17 years.

COVID-19 put a big handbrake on our wholesale business and so we made a decision to transform and stay alive, supported by our friends and the local community, which we will be forever grateful.

We opened the warehouse every week to the public, selling our wines and suppliers at trade prices and no retail mark ups. It is our commitment to remain open servicing the needs of our Wine Lover community into 2023 and beyond. Come along and say hello, grab a bottle or a case. Try before you buy at the Hastings store guarantees you will be satisfied with your choices.

WINELOVER.COM.AU Eden Valley 2018 Viognier Our Price $10 RRP $27 Momentum 2017 McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Our Price $8 RRP $19 John Luke 2019 Heathcote Shiraz Our Price $10 RRP $25 Yalumba 2022 Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay Our Price $10 RRP $49 Try Before You Buy At The Hastings Store

on Seaford

Seaford is a beach side suburb in Melbourne. It is located 36 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Frankston.

Seaford was the site of the Karrum Karrum swamp, which was utilised for food by the Bunurong Aboriginal people. In the early twentieth century, after European settlement, the swamp was drained for farming purposes (with wet areas remaining only at low lands; including Seaford and the Edithvale wetlands.

At the 2016 census, Seaford had recorded a population of 16,463

The name Seaford arose during a meeting of local residents in 1913, called to decide upon a name for the settlement and the new railway station about to open. It was agreed that the name should contain some reference to the sea. Councillor Sydney Plowman suggested "Seaford", dropping the "l" from his home town of Sleaford, in Lincolnshire, England. The suggestion was adopted.

The Seaford Foreshore Reserve is one of the few remaining substantial, continuous strands of natural coastal vegetation near Melbourne. Seaford is notable for this reserve, which divides the beach from Nepean Highway along the whole length of the suburb. This reserve was the site for an extensive dune restoration program undertaken by the Port Phillip Authority in 1972, under the title of the "Seaford Experimental Project". The program involved extensive areas of fencing, revegetation and the installation of walking tracks, seats, tables and shelters.


Freshly brewed coffee is a must-have for weekends away and the Mornington Peninsula's coffee haunts are second to none. Check out these!

Kananook walking trail is split by roads, passes by the Seaford RSL, continuing in both directions.

Seaford Wetlands is a 305 hectare nature reserve listed on the Register of the National Estate. The wetlands are home to a wide variety of bird life, including a number of rare and endangered migratory species protected by international agreements. The large numbers and variety of bird life make the Wetlands popular with bird watchers. Many migratory birds from as far afield as Siberia visit the reserve from October to March. There are stands of river red gums around the margins of the wetlands, some of which are estimated to be around 300 years old. Some have scars where the bark was stripped for use by the Bunurong Aboriginal people prior to European settlement.

Seaford is serviced by both bus and commuter rail. Two railway stations are within the suburb – Seaford and Kananook –on the Frankston railway line.

In February 2011 the Australian Football League's St Kilda Football Club officially opened its $10.25 million training venue at Belvedere Park in Seaford.

The Seaford post office opened on 6 March 1914.

Median house prices for Seaford is $825,000 whilst median rental is at $443 per week.

fresh air with your furry friend and tasty food from their choicest menu.

Coffee Home Café


A place for the whole family to enjoy tasty brekky or brunch before or after you visit Seaford Beach with friendly service and great food and prices.

Beach Café


Relaxing place to sit and chill on the terrace with a superb view of the pier

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What to do

Pack a picnic and head to the Seaford Foreshore Reserve then stroll along the walking tracks toward the beach and pier. Explore the wetlands and ‘I Spy’ one of around 130 different species of bird life. Venture to the happening industrial area on Hartnett Drive and visit a local brewery or distillery and grab a bite from one of the hidden gems nestled in the area.

Photography: Yanni

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1. Madrid native

5. Severely 11. Liquidisers

15. I have (1'2)

16. Actress, ... Thurman

17. Puritan, ... Cromwell

19. Empty spaces

21. Campaign trail

23. Gently stroked 25. Family adage 27. Spins

28. Piebald horse

30. Lowly citizen of ancient Rome 31. Vastly 32. Intervene (4,2)

Roast, rack

Former Prince



133. Advances (cash)

134. Veneer 135. Hauntingly frightening

136. The Three Tenors' forte

137. Untrue

140. Cantonese lunch, yum ...

141. Classifieds 142. Suggestions 145. Accustomed to (4,2) 147. Envisioning


In between

Arabian sultanate 152. Western pact 153. Previous lovers

Warp 156. Mischievous kids 158. Unaccompanied 160. Admits guilt (4,2)

162. Subject of a verb

163. Rambler

164. Male offspring

165. Smile

166. Valley

167. Awful

168. In contact with 170. Modernised (3-4)

172. Overall commander

173. Feel discomfort

174. Synagogue scholars

177. Play piano, ... the ivories

179. Conformed, ... the line 180. Allude

182. Improve (photo)

183. 2nd man on moon, ... Aldrin

185. Discontinued

187. Informed

188. Rib

189. Make beloved

191. Repair set, tool ...

192. Wood glue (1,1,1)

193. Shake loose

194. Stimulates

195. Hassled

1. Spilled

2. French pal

3. Posted (parcel) by plane

4. Food regimen

5. Eat greedily

6. In flames

7. Delicious

8. Lodges (vote)

9. Hair parasite

10. Affluent young professional

11. Farm building

12. Confirming

13. Flow away

14. Additional wager (4,3)

18. Judderings

20. Assign (4,3)

22. Ropes

24. Poppycock

26. Audience members

29. Penetrating (enemy)

37. Hands-on-hips position

38. Sootiest

39. Blots

40. Tiredest

41. Two-by-two craft (4'1,3)

43. Creeps (towards)

44. Sight for ... eyes

47. Finely ground rocks

57. Womb

60. Bloodsucking fly

62. Abundant

69. Doleful cry

70. Truck's unladen weight

72. Unusable

84. Natural seasoning (3,4)

85. Actor, Yul ...

86. Threw a tantrum (5,2)

87. Long-snouted monkeys

88. Harvesters

90. Library patrons

92. Sublet

95. Matter

97. Corporal, sergeant etc. (1,1,1)

101. Copy

109. Cigarette's filter tip

111. Scottish outlaw, ... Roy

113. Canal

115. Altogether (2,3)

116. Obtuse or acute formations

118. Model & TV host, ...


119. Type of sword

121. Choux pastry

122. 16th of pound

124. Senior RAF officer (3,9)

126. Careless with words (5-7)

129. Tarnishing

130. Duchess of York, Sarah ...

131. Idolised

132. Identify disease

138. Tank protection

139. Abruptness

143. Firmly implanted (4-6)

144. Went to a restaurant (3,3)

146. Pulled (of muscle)

149. Scythes

155. Sent on

157. Most important

159. Opening

161. Precipitousness

165. Peeked

169. Requested from menu

171. Japanese unarmed combat

172. Dozes

175. Cocky

176. Misappropriate

177. Educator

178. Football fans' song

181. Fraud

184. Swaddle

186. Anti-lock braking system (1,1,1)

190. Blunder

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66. Inappropriate
68. Dispassionately (4-9)
73. Birth contractions (6,5)
75. At summit of
77. Responsibility
79. Incessantness
81. US crime agency (1,1,1)
Parents 61. Grill 63. Am obliged to pay 64. Masterpiece, work of ... 65. Skewered meat, ... kebab 67. Cabaret frontman 69. Theft 71. Case-harden 73. Outcast 74. Proportions 76. Affix (4,2) 78. Vestige 80. Misplaced 82. Non-governmental organisations (1,1,2) 83. Consecrated 85. Talk without thinking 89. Wielded 91. Aide
Simpler 96. Kiev is there
So close,
117. Lies
Stupendous 123. Darn! 125.
127. Colloquial
35. Spoke gushingly 36. Info 38. Blob 40. Take (baby) off breast milk 42. Let out (shriek) 44. Silver-screen goddess 45. Gastric disorder 46. Smooths the way, ... the wheels 48. Situated inside 49. Interested in 50. Mt Everest's continent 51. Earmarked 52. Slugs 53. Quantity of paper 54. Brass instrument 55. Oohs & ... 56. Indian spice tree 58. Writes 59.
93. US spy group
... so far 99. Bleating sound 100. Decorative mattress cover 102. Tourist accommodation, ...
103. Casserole vegetable 104. Horseback bullfighter 105. Bushranger, ... Kelly 106. Raw metal 107. Corn & rye 108. Music sign, ... clef 110. Cremation vase 112.
(flight) (3-3)
Golf stick
128. Independently, by
131. Culminate in (4,2)
Corner Puzzle

See page 88 for solution

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Why choose a retirement village? For some it’s location. Or facilities. Services. For others its low maintenance. Or new home features. But for most, it’s the promise of a thriving, social, welcoming and supportive lifestyle that is so important.

Greenways Retirement Village offers a lifestyle few can match. It boasts an active, fun and happy community in bayside Seaford, the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula. Being one of the few privately owned villages in Victoria, it puts people first, and has done for over 45 years. This means that the opportunities to socialise, meet new friends and get involved at the village are encouraged and supported at all levels.

At the heart of the village, the Greenways Community Centre is always busy. Residents come together regularly for a cuppa, an activity or to share a meal in the village restaurant. Residents embrace the many activities on offer as well as events, fundraisers, market days and cocktail parties (to name a few!).

So, whether it be dining events or themed functions such as Scones & Songs, Australia Day BBQs, Anzac Day Ceremonies, Spring Carnival celebrations, or Village Fashion Shows. Or regular activities

afternoons or games groups. Or, for the sports lovers, there’s a private village bowling green and club house, regular indoor bowls sessions, pool/billiards and the village fitness centre. Whatever your interest. Greenways could be just the right fit for you.

Choose from newly refurbished one, two and three bedroom villa units or the convenience and ease of one bedroom apartments within close to the village club centre. Apartments start from $304,000 and villa units from $378,000.

Greenways Village

A: Frankston-Dandenong Road, Seaford

P: (03) 9786 8679

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For John and Sue, early retirement planning has been a gamechanger.

John has owned and operated a successful electrical company since the early 1980s, with the business being handed down to him by his family.

Since the late 90s, the business experienced steady growth, now employing over 40 people, triggering John and Sue to think more strategically about the business succession planning, and what their retirement may look like.

Like anyone thinking of retiring, John and Sue wanted to be as financially independent as possible when the time comes, which involved early planning far before the actual time retirement presents itself.

“As the owner of a business with multiple entities and a SMSF, Shannon’s strategic advice, along with insurance protection, gives my family and I complete peace of mind. In particular, when it comes to planning for the future and business succession, Shannon alongside Bianca, have developed a clear plan on how to approach this stage of our lives and how much we will be able to retire on. We’re not ready to retire anytime soon, but we’ve set clear savings and investment goals to get us where we need to be when the time comes.”

There is no point in having a theoretically beautiful financial plan if it is not intelligently designed, considering all aspects of wealth, especially tax and wealth protection.

88.5% of Australians receiving advice believe it has given them greater peace of mind financially*, and 74.3% of Australians currently receiving advice say their financial wellbeing has improved* as a result. John and Sue are no exception.

With more than 15 years in operation looking after the finances of Mornington Peninsula’s business owners and individuals, Smart Private Wealth have worked with John and Sue to identify areas in their finances and personal structures that weren’t realising their full potential, taking into consideration their big picture goals, and have designed a living financial plan to help achieve them.

“It’s only since working with Shannon, Bianca and the Smart team that we’ve experienced real growth and structure. Their mindset and approach is different.

“Shannon walks the line of being an accountant and financial planner . I find holding both these positions complement each other immensely. Shannon leads the Smart team ensuring they all have a well-rounded understanding of all things financial. I know that I can confidently grow the business and know how to manage the growth, and we also have a clear plan on what next, when Sue and I decide it’s time to retire.”

* Data from Fidelity International: The Value of Advice Report 2020

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After 15 years as an adviser, I can tell you that planning for retirement is different for everyone. We all have a different set of objectives and resources available for both financial and life investments, and varied tolerance for risk when investing.

As retirement gets closer it becomes overwhelming. You need to look at all the options on hand and develop a plan of attack that works for you. Being realistic and thinking about outliving a nest egg and going into aged care must be part of the plan. We move from pre-retirement where we want to maximize our balance, to retirement where we want to maintain our capital for income and legacy.

Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Being flexible is mandatory in this day and age.

If I had a dollar for every time a client had asked me how much money I need in retirement, I would be retired!!! It all depends on the level of comfort (aka expenses) you are used to. I am fortunate to work from all four of our offices and I can tell you there is a definite difference in level of comfort. It costs me more to buy my lunch in the Mornington office than it does in the East Brunswick office.

First, we need to look at what our expenses are likely to be. By this time all debt and capital (renos, cars etc) have been taken care of so, it is now about living and enjoying life.

What do the researchers say?


According to the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia’s Retirement Standard, to have a ‘comfortable’ retirement, single people will need $45,962 pa and couples 64,771 a year based on you being a home owner.

If we look at the age pension a single person receives 25,678 and a couple 38,708.80pa plus supplements.

Lump Sum

The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia’s Retirement Standard says to have a ‘comfortable’ retirement, single people will need $545,000 in retirement savings, and couples will need $640,000 based on you being a homeowner.

The Retirement Budget & Cashflow

This is your current budget, which considers all your present-day income and expenses. While you should have some idea as to what you will need to save per month based on your retirement goals, you also need to make sure that you have that money to save. It is a good idea to put retirement savings as a line item in your budget, just like food and shelter costs, so that you can set aside those funds every month

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In recent years, the rising cost of living has become a major concern for many individuals and families, particularly those who are approaching retirement age. As people look for ways to supplement their income and meet their financial needs, one option that has gained popularity is the option to release the equity in a home via a solution like Homesafe Wealth Release®.

Homesafe Wealth Release offers a unique solution to the financial challenges faced by many older Australians. By providing the ability for homeowners to access the equity in their homes without having to go into debt or downsize, Homesafe Wealth Release offers a way for individuals to pay off debt or supplement their retirement income and maintain their quality of life in the face of rising living costs.

The cost of living in Australia has been steadily increasing over the past several years, with expenses such as food, housing, and healthcare becoming increasingly expensive. For older Australians, who are often living on a fixed income, these rising costs can be particularly challenging. Many retirees find themselves struggling to make ends meet, even after many years of saving and investing for their retirement.

For over 17 years, Homesafe (in partnership with Bendigo & Adelaide Bank) has provided a tried and tested solution which has assisted thousands of homeowners by focusing on providing a secure equity release option – debt free.

A debt-free option is not a loan, and as you don’t borrow money, there is no capitalising interest costs. Repayments don’t apply, and instead the entitlement of the provider is capped so you can protect a portion of the equity in your home into the future. You can also sell your home at any time, or the provider will receive their entitlement when you pass away, and your home is sold.

In November last year, Joan and Michael from Rye, approached Homesafe to pay off their $90,000 loan and $25,000 credit card debt.

“For us, a debt free solution was the answer. We were struggling to make the interest payments on our loan, and now we can spend money on our garden and can retire without financial stress. Michael is waiting for surgery and the costs for his medical care have been a real worry to us. The relief that we could use the value of our home and access the cash we need without having to sell, was life changing!”

Initially Joan had investigated a reverse mortgage but they were not comfortable with that option in their circumstances.

“For us, the Homesafe solution was the answer. We didn’t want to replace one loan, with another. Homesafe really changed our lives for the better!”

They even ended up recommending the Homesafe product to their friends and neighbours!

How can I make an enquiry with Homesafe?

The team at Homesafe offer personalised service by phone initially, and a no-obligation meeting with a Homesafe Mobile Specialist in your home is organised to ensure you can receive all the information you – and your family – need to make an informed decision.

For more information on how Homesafe has helped baby boomers for over 17 years, contact Homesafe.

*Terms, conditions, and eligibility criteria apply. Homesafe Wealth Release is available in 90% of eligible postcodes in Melbourne

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Leaving the family home and his beloved workshop was a big deal for Jonno. But a strong family connection and the stunning amenities on offer at The Mornington Retirement Village soon put Jonno's mind at ease.

“We knew we had to downsize and I knew of The Mornington because my Mum lived here. I just loved the look of this place… it’s a gem, with its park, trees and the lake. You can tell that somebody has put a heck of a lot of thought into building this joint. The way it’s laid out is just brilliant.”

As much as he loved the landscape of the village, it was the shed that really sparked Jonno’s interest. But it needed someone with energy and vision to bring it back to life.

“The shed was originally set-up about 17 years ago. There was one resident called Lorrie who was the man behind getting it built. It sat unused for some time and became a bit of a store room. I had a vision for what the shed could be, so I reorganised it …. lined the walls with old wardrobe doors and fence palings… got a couch and a coffee table … put shelves up. Gave it a nice rustic look. I enjoyed doing it.”

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The Mornington Retirement Village is a vibrant and welcoming community, surrounded by beautiful gardens and lakes. There’s a range of spacious villas to fully serviced apartments.

Better Retirement Living on the Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Retirement Village is a vibrant and welcoming community. Conveniently located close to Mornington Peninsula’s best cafés, wineries, retail shops and leisure facilities.

With a range of independent living units and serviced apartments, to suit your budget and needs, plus with the maintenance of all common gardens and facilities taken care of, you can enjoy a better retirement lifestyle. Call 1800 852 772 for more information.

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Inspired by some of Australia’s most celebrated, heritagelisted retirement properties, Peninsula Lifestyle Retirement Village is designed to be both beautiful and practical.

With gardens and walking paths arranged around the beautifully appointed clubhouse, its pedestrian-friendly village layout connects residents to friends and neighbours, and to the village’s social hub.

You’ll revel in the benefits of smartly designed one- and twobedroom villas in a keyless swipe-to-enter gated community set among stunningly landscaped gardens.

The Peninsula Lifestyle Retirement Village delivers retirement living at its best.

Discover a boutique, familyfriendly, comfort-plus lifestyle village – with just 46 Villas that’s what Peninsula Lifestyle Retirement Village in Baxter offers. Each Villa offers retirement luxury living with Caesarstone benchtops, air conditioning, built -in-robes, double glazed windows, high ceilings and European appliances. Share stories with other residents over a cuppa in the community centre or get creative with those who share similar interests.

Whether it be a craft morning, a game of indoor bowls, darts, billiards or simply enjoying a movie or sports event on our big screen. Tone up in the gym, while away hours in the potting shed and raised vegetable gardens or simply relax with a book from the library.

Discover Independent Living with a sense of community complete with security for peace of mind. There’s something for everyone.

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If you’re thinking retirement living, then Village Glen, in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula, is a great place to start. Village Glen, one of Australia's largest and most wellappointed retirement communities, has just completed a major renovation, offering residents the lifestyle and facilities they'd expect to find in a 5-star resort.

At the Village’s Hub, you’ll find a new 125-seat Palms restaurant, a 48-seat gold class-style cinema, Jake’s Bar for that catch-up with friends, CJs lounge with café and bar offering light snacks and coffee and, a new repurposed library and a repurposed billiards room. The Hub has always been where residents meet to chat, shop at the general store or visit the hairdresser; now, with added amenities, it really will become a destination to socialise and relax in a beautiful environment.

The Village comprises 50ha (120 acres) of botanically landscaped gardens and facilities, with 11 one-bedroom villas, 217 two-bedroom villas, 346 two-bedroom-plus-study villas, 42 one-bedroom Terrace apartments and 16 two-bedroom Lakeside apartments – and there’s not one step in the entire village!

Our wide range of apartment and villa options cover various price points to cater for different budgets and lifestyles. Each home is specially designed for those who no longer want the responsibility of maintaining the family home, but are looking for a first-class property within a vibrant community.

The villas are Village Glen’s broadest offering, and feature one, two and three bedrooms of various sizes, all most with garages and some with additional studies or workshops. To make it easy to choose which villa is right for you, we have separated them into clusters within the grounds, grouped by similar size, offering and price point.

Then we have the new Lakeside apartments, located in a prized position at Village Glen, adjacent to the lake, bowling green and the Village hub. The two-bedroom apartments feature spacious living and dining areas with full width balconies that overlook the verdant Village.

Finally, our one-bedroom Terrace apartments are the perfect option for singles or couples who prefer low-maintenance living, featuring either beautifully landscaped gardens or balconies with views.

For when you want to get out of the house, there is plenty on offer at Village Glen for health, wellness and creativity – you couldn’t possibly fit it all into your schedule! Facilities include a stunning nine-hole par-3 golf course centred around a 5-star Clubhouse, complete with temperature controlled indoor swimming pool, spa and fully equipped gymnasium. There’s a competition-standard 8-rink bowling green and a croquet lawn for the sport enthusiasts, and we also offer complimentary caravan and boat storage.

For those who like to get creative, choose from working in the vegetable garden, creating quilts in the craft centre or woodcarving in the residents’ workshop. Regular classes include arts and crafts, china painting, mosaics, patchworking, quilting, singing and computer classes.

There has never been a better time to explore what’s on offer; discover how you can join this wonderful community and secure a safe, fun retirement future by visiting our Open Day on April 22.

P: 5986 4455 for a brochure or appointment


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The Hub is the heart of Village Glen, already home to the village shop and hair salon, and the now newly completed facilities offer residents so much more. It’s designed to be a place where residents and their guests can gather to relax, converse and rest in a beautifully appointed and furnished communal precinct.

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“EVERY time I put my foot in the lift, I am so thankful”, says Romina who installed a RESiLIFT three years ago.

Romina and Les have lived in the Mornington Peninsula for over 30 years. Les, a builder by trade, built a beautiful doublestorey Georgian Style house at the front of their property. Little did they realise what a problem stairs would be.

Romina developed Neuropathy, a condition where she has numbness in her feet. The stairs in their home were now an ‘accident waiting to happen’. They were concerned for their safety; the thought of moving was heartbreaking for them.

In their conundrum, Romina received a text from a friend. It was a photo of a lady in a RESiLIFT. From that moment, Romina realised they did have an alternative to moving home! This newfound insight gave them sheer joy. Within weeks they installed a RESiLIFT. “It works like magic!” says Romina, “The whole house is under my feet!” They can travel freely between the two floors of their home.

For Romina, installing a home lift was a game changer. Not only could they stay in the home they love, but they also knew their

home was now safe. Despite still being in a two-storey home, their new day-to-day experience is like living in a single-level home.

“What the lift has meant for us is more than just a lift! It’s removed the stress and worry about the danger of the stairs and the urgency of downsizing to a single-level home with the one simple decision, to install a RESiLIFT. We are thrilled that we can now stay in our home forever, it's magic!" says Romina.


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The Chatty Café Scheme is a perfect way for communities to connect and reconnect and enjoy a friendly chat in a safe space over a cup of coffee (or drink of choice). In these post-Covid times many Australians have expressed feelings of loneliness and social isolation and the Scheme aims to combat that ‘one coffee and one chat at a time’.

We believe that ‘Kindness changes community’ and this is a very simple way for each of us to spread a little kindness whilst also making new connections and helping our neighbours. We have a growing number of venues on the Mornington Peninsula and our goal is to have a ‘Have a Chat Table’ in as many venues as possible over the coming months and years.

Participating venues include commercial cafes, but also libraries and community centres and we are always looking for new venues where people gather to meet and share the company of others. We currently have one school, the first in the world, signed up and we are launching a pilot project for Aged Care facilities in the Mornington Area. Plans are underway to encourage local Retirement Villages to sign up and there has been interest from Mornington RSL. Men’s Shed and local churches are also being approached to see if they would like to partner with us in some way to help spread the word and attract new participants and chatty volunteers. We are exploring ways to provide transport to interested participants who may not be able to access local venues easily.

Interested venues register on the Chatty Café website and once signed up they are featured on our Facebook page and website. They also receive a monthly newsletter and are occasionally featured in local media, such as local radio and newspapers.

Participants come in all shapes and sizes and our mantra is ‘Everyone is Welcome’. Many of our existing Chatty Volunteers came along out of interest to a session and then expressed a wish to become more involved. We provide some basic training, buddy them up with an experienced volunteer and allocate them to a venue. We ask for a weekly commitment, if possible, but as we grow our own volunteer community there is always someone willing to step in an ‘cover a shift’ if a volunteer is not able to host their table for whatever reason. Volunteers have reported feeling the wonderful benefits of being a Chatty Volunteer upon their own mental and sometimes physical health and it really is a ‘win-win’ for all concerned.

Local residents as well as visitors to the Peninsula just type in Mornington Peninsula and they will see a map as well as drop down menu which lists days and times of participating venues. Over the coming months we are hoping to get more and more venues across the peninsula signed up to the scheme so that we can all enjoy a coffee and a chat inside and outdoors in our wonderful Australian summer.

Please feel free to phone or email Regional Manager, Jacky Howgate, or look out for her white Kia Sportage complete with Chatty Café stickers as she makes her way around the Peninsula promoting this surprisingly simple yet effective scheme to ward off loneliness and social isolation and to spread a little kindness and joy to help build stronger communities.

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Four million Australians have a hearing loss. Nepean Hearing is offering free hearing tests and rating your Hearing for Your Age (for the over 40’s).

The number of Australians who are hearing impaired is increasing because of the ageing population - we are living longer excessive noise - in the workplace and high level music

Hearing loss is often described as the ‘invisible disability. People often wait for 5-10 years before they seek help. Hearing loss may also be a contributing factor in the speed of onset of dementia. The degree of loss is also correlated to the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It is important to know about your hearing.

Many people ignore the signs of hearing loss, which include; turning the TV or stereo up so loud that others complain, frequently needing to ask others to repeat themselves, and not being able to hear properly on the telephone. Constant ringing is also another warning sign of hearing loss.

As technology advances, many people with hearing loss benefit from hearing aids. These innovations have made a positive difference in the way they can communicate and enjoy their lives.

Nepean Hearing is an independently owned clinic and the audiologists are University of Melbourne trained.

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Wallflowering, by award-winning Australian playwright Peta Murray, is a delightfully amusing and poignant play about the nature of marriage, the pursuit of happiness and the perfect foxtrot.

Set to tour to Frankston Arts Centre as part of a national tour in late March, this beautiful Australian story is directed by awardwinning Denny Lawrence, and stars acclaimed actors of both stage and television, Dennis Coard and Jenny Seedsman.

The play revolves around the lives of Peg and Cliff Small, an ordinary, suburban, middle-aged couple who were once prizewinning ballroom dancers. The action is interspersed with ballroom dancing by a younger couple, who represent not only Peg and Cliff in their glory days, but also the older couple’s romantic, idealised view of themselves.

Director Denny Lawrence gives an insight into the show, explaining ‘A key part of their past – and their imaginations – is the visual device of projections featuring champion ballroom dancers, Rhett and Emma Salmon. Their stunning costumes and bravura performances reflect the role they play as alter egos and a romanticized contrast to the reality of the protagonists’ lives in a more mundane world.’

Written in 1988, award-winning playwright Peta Murray muses, ‘This play was my genuine attempt to understand the paradoxes of that time.’

‘Much about it now seems naïve, yet there are things I still feel passionately. One is that partnerships of all persuasions work best when they support another’s metamorphoses over the long haul and make space for both to live the fullest expression of themselves across the life course. When we truly see each other, and truly hear each other, change is possible.’

While Cliff now has dreams of becoming a writer but can get no further than writing lists of clever book titles, Peg on the other hand is no longer content to quietly, and unquestioningly, follow her husband. She wants to lead and sees the possibilities and excitement in change. These changes cause them to be out of step with each other and threaten their marriage.

There is great comedy and pathos in the exploration of Cliff and Peggy’s “ordinary” lives. In the swish of a taffeta skirt and slide of patent shoes across the floor, the audience are transported to a glorious and romantic vision of our champions as perfectly synchronised, beautiful and extraordinary people.

Murray explains, ‘A play is never going to change the world and there is still so much to be done in the name of gender equality. Nevertheless, it pleases me that these ageing wallflowers of mine still get to trip the light fantastic and air their hopes, fears and frailties in front of you. When Cliff and Peg stop posturing and to give each other the gift of deep attention, myths begin to fall away, assumptions are cut through, and new ways of being, together and apart emerge.’

‘There is both courage and beauty in the individual who dares to live his or her truth, no matter how ‘ordinary’ it might be. Wallflowering, it is my hope, honours the Cliff and Peg in all of us.’

Wallflowering tours to Frankston Arts Centre on Sunday 26 March as part of the 2023 Season. Tickets are now available.

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Blocked ears can be frustrating and painful. Our team of qualified nurses at Clear Ears Frankston use effective microsuction technology to clear wax and debris from your ear canals.

This microsuction technique is the same ear cleaning method used by ENT specialists, GPs and Audiologists. The technique is safe, gentle and dry.

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

It's tempting to use a cotton bud, paper clip or hair pin to try and remove wax from your ears, but please STOP!

Why? The problem is when you use cotton buds or other things to try and remove wax it disrupts the natural cleaning mechanism of the ear. Often you will end up pushing your earwax deeper in towards the more sensitive structures and create a bigger problem. You also run the risk of damaging the ear canal or eardrum which can lead to pain, infection and sometimes loss of hearing.

This is when Clear Ears can help.

Our team at Clear Ears are all qualified nurses who have been trained in the use of microsuction and curettage techniques to clean your ears gently and safely.

Your treating nurse will discuss and assess your ear health, clean your ears and provide education on looking after your ears and managing your ear wax.

The procedure is conducted in line with all relevant Australian Standards, using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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Memoirs For You turns priceless life stories into beautiful biographical books that can be passed on for generations to come.

If you’re looking for that special birthday or anniversary present for a parent, spouse or even for yourself, why not invest in a gift that captures the essence of your loved one for all time, one that will endure as a legacy for future generations. That gift is a memoir book produced by Memoirs For You.

Whether you’d like a small paperback or a large hardback book, we can create a personal biography based on your stories and photos. Typically a paperback will have from 20-100 photos, while our elegant, professionally-bound hardback book with hundreds of colour photos and a beautiful linen cover, will grace your bookshelf or coffee table and be the envy of your friends.

From first interview to final print, Memoirs For You will be there for you, writing the story of your life from breakthrough moments to milestone achievements, from the flush of youth to the reflections of later years. With a memoir book from Memoirs For You, you can share your unique story with children, grandchildren and friends –and look back with pride on your full and rich life.

We have produced many books for people of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities, as one past client put it, “Sydney Pilcer is professional, knowledgeable and easy to work with. He’s an expert at working with older people and ensuring their stories are articulated well so that they can be preserved for future generations.”

Call Sydney Pilcer at Memoirs For You now on 0418 272 342 for a personal showing of sample memoirs and to discuss your special requirements.

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Instead of knitting blankets, Julie wanted to be under one.

As Julie looped her 200 th stitch of the day, she couldn’t help but wonder, is this all retirement is?

Knitting a blanket for her second cousin’s goddaughter, weaving pins and needles until her derriere gets them too? As she attempted to shake the feeling back into her glutes, she realised there was a better way to spend her time. An activity that could grant her a moment of precious reprieve from expectant relatives and helicopter parents.

Something that will help her mind finally unwind and her fingers get to work. Besides, babies love store bought blankets. The best adult toy isn’t a ball of wool. For a satisfying retirement, search Wild Secrets.

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If you're looking for a fun-filled day out with breathtaking views, look no further than the Arthurs Seat Eagle, Mornington Peninsula’s premier tourism attraction!

At the Arthurs Seat Eagle, there's always something on!

The bustling event schedule is the perfect way to add excitement to your journey on this gondola cableway, which takes you on a spectacular ride from Dromana to Arthurs Seat, the highest point on the Mornington Peninsula, where the natural beauty of the region comes to life.

From seasonal outdoor concerts to entertaining school holiday programs, there's always an exciting event to look forward to.

The Arthurs Seat Eagle has recently renovated its cafe and added a second retail space at the summit station, giving you even more reasons to stay and enjoy the stunning views. The cafe serves up delectable food and drinks, and the retail space is perfect for finding that special gift or souvenir.

With so much to experience, the Arthurs Seat Eagle is the ultimate destination for a day out with family and friends. And with hiking trails and other activities in the area, you can make the most of your day and create unforgettable memories.

So come, take a ride on the Arthurs Seat Eagle and experience the stunning beauty of the Mornington Peninsula for yourself. You'll soon see why there's always something on at this amazing attraction, and why visitors come back again and again to experience the magic on offer.

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Dave lost the golf ball but found his marbles.

As Dave stood miserably in the bunker of the golf course, he couldn’t help but wonder, is this all retirement is? Hurling profanities at a ball buried somewhere beneath the sand as Phil drones on about his grandchild, the lawyer?

Feeling the sweat seep through his shirt, he desperately wished for another way to spend his time. Then suddenly, it hit him harder than a runaway golf buggy… A way to occupy himself for hours without unflattering vests or pretentious jargon. An activity where he didn’t have to rush, keep score or politely clap at the end.

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What are your health goals this year? What are you committing to yourself in being active?

In 2023, the Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC) in Frankston is asking the community, “what does your Future You feel like?” Think about yourself in 6 months’ time… what do you see? How do you feel?

Do you see a stronger, healthier you? Do you feel more peaceful and content? Have you changed your routine to include time to focus on you and your wellbeing?

Whatever your Future You, whatever you want to achieve in your health goals in 2023, PARC membership can help you get there. Their experienced and friendly team are all about improving lives through activity and connection, and are ready to help you on your journey towards your best self.

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The team at PARC Team know how important it is to prioritise your health, and have tailored solutions to help older adults keep active. Whether you are after aquatic exercise classes, a peaceful place to relax and unwind, or a community of peers to help you on your wellbeing journey – PARC Active Life Membership has something for you.

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Retired educators Rose and Barry Smith are feeling as excited as kids again!

They’re loving spending time with the little ones at The Herd Intergenerational Learning Centre which is under the same roof as Uniting AgeWell Andrew Kerr Care residential care community where they live.

The official opening of this unique centre in Mornington is on March 3, but it has been operational since the start of the school year and caters for up to 66 children from the ages of six weeks to school age.

The centre is set to bring great benefits to young and old alike. Residents can visit a lounge space and watch the children play and can come together regularly with the little ones to share in scheduled activities, including art, music and storytelling.

Enabling older people living in residential care to continue to contribute and engage with their community is extremely important. Research shows that intergenerational care can reduce the risk of developing dementia and combat loneliness in older people, while the children develop higher levels of empathy and enjoy the extra attention.

“It is bringing a greater sense of community into our home and enjoyment that not only enriches the residents’ lives but that of the children,” says Barry, while Rose says simply, “Everyone brightens up when young ones are around.”

Staff at the not-for-profit residential care facility are also pleased that childcare is available under the same roof – so convenient for those working locally with young children.

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Situated in Frankston and in close proximity to beaches, golf clubs and essential services. Skye Lodge is a brand-new purpose built 140 bed facility providing 24-hour aged care services in a warm and welcoming environment.

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Our in-house catering is the best on the Bay with fresh, tasty meals, prepared daily by our qualified chef and staff. Our friendly and caring domestic staff provide daily cleaning and laundry services.

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A family-owned Mornington Peninsula company operating for over 21 years, Daytripper Tours specialises in group travel for the mature aged traveller.

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Westernport Mobility have long specialised in the sale and repair of mobility scooters and home mobility products, and have now introduced a whole new range of living aids.

Proof that a good business is constantly growing and keeping with the times, Westernport Mobility have expanded into health care products for the home.

Owner Ray Percival says it’s part of providing a wider service to the community. “We now have lift chairs, which are ideal for when people have had operations like hip replacements. They might need a lift chair temporarily after surgery, or they might need one full time in their home,” says Ray.

“At Westernport Mobility, you can either hire or buy depending on your needs.”

Also included in the new range are products to help those with rheumatism. “We have jar and bottle openers, and other home aids like special cutlery for those with arthritis, that help people maintain an independent life,” says Ray.

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Mount Martha House Community Centre is a local landmark, well known in the area and beyond as ‘the big white building on the corner.’ Now owned and maintained by the Mornington Peninsula Shire, it is revered for its aesthetic charm and carries one of Heritage Victoria’s highest ratings for a Peninsula property. It is highly valued and is greatly used by the community for social and educational purposes.


The original five acres of land were part of the Mount Martha Sheep Run which was purchased in 1888 by the Mount Eliza

Estate Company, a group of wealthy Melbourne businessmen under the chairmanship of Captain Robert Watson. This was one of eight parcels of land bought up around Victoria by this group with a view to opening the land for subdivision.

Originally known as the Mount Martha Coffee Palace, the building, designed by well-known Melbourne architects Tappin, Gilbert and Dennehy, was constructed over six months in 1889 and opened its doors to wealthy Melbourne residents in February, 1890. Of timber construction in a Federation or Queen Anne Revival architectural style, the

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Top: Mt Martha House, circa 1915. Left: Map showing pastoral holdings, Port Phillip district, 1840. Below: Mt Martha Coffee Palace shortly after completion.

building was arranged in a square shape with an Oxford frame courtyard allowing natural light into the inner bedrooms along the corridors while the communal and working parts of the building were arranged in the corners. The bedrooms looked out onto the fountain centrepiece of the courtyard. The impressive front entrance and low shadowed verandah was set back between projecting north and south wings. The main building survives today.

The Facilities

Early advertising of the Coffee Palace described it as ‘a commodious structure in the cottage style…giving accommodation for nearly 100 guests’ and ‘with fresh milk and saltwater baths in the house with every convenience that

modern luxury demands.’ As well as guest rooms, the house boasted a drawing room with Moroccan arches and fine lace window dressings, billiards and smoking rooms, private sitting rooms, a library and a ballroom. There was a free laundering service plus an ‘electronic ironing room.’ The furnishings and fittings consisted of high quality European antiques and the food was equal to any of the best restaurants in the city. A doctor, however, was available.

Fresh water was obtained from a natural spring near South Beach where a dual purpose windmill drew and pumped water into sunken wells behind the house. A separate pipe extracted water for the saltwater baths. Two large underground tanks were later installed to provide water for the local area until mains water eventually arrived.

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Below: The drawing room in the grand hotel days.

An advertising brochure from 1893 sets down the rates for a stay at the Mount Martha Coffee Palace: £2-10s a week or £9 for 4 weeks, with an additional charge of 5 shillings a day should the pet dog accompany the party. No details are provided as to whether the dog’s accommodation is ‘high quality European antique’ or otherwise.

A Slight Set Back

The Palace was so popular in its first season that a further 24 rooms were immediately added. The local newspaper, the South Bourke and Mornington Journal, had been

particularly optimistic: “The Mount Martha Estate Company intend erecting a coffee palace facing the Bay capable of accommodating about six hundred persons, and also contemplate constructing a jetty and a tramway from the Point to the Mount.” (10 July, 1889). This did not eventuate as the Mount Martha Estate Company collapsed in the early 1890’s but the Palace was rescued when one of the directors, Robert Watson, and shipping magnate and Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sir Malcolm Donald McEachern, stepped in.

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Left: The windmill at South Beach, artist B. J. Bainbridge, 1904. Above: Sir Malcolm McEachern. Below: Mt Martha House in the 1930's with the luxury cars of the day.

Above: Concession for those in the Forces at the Golf Links.

Below Right: Advertisement promoting Mt Martha House in 1946 (from Broadbent's Road Guide).

The Palace, however, continued to flourish as a fashionable establishment under a string of managers who, as was the fashion, were employed for the season and brought with them their clientele. Consequently, this became one of the top six highly successful establishments around Melbourne between 1890 and World War Two. The records show that it was patronized by many well-known wealthy Melbourne and Peninsula leaders of society including State Premier Irvine and the Governor of Victoria, Sir Thomas Brassy. Much later, in the 1940’s, Prime Minister Menzies and his cabinet were in residence. During the 1920’s the Coffee Palace, by then rebadged as the Hotel, also added a 9 hole golf course.

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The Journey

The journey to the house in the 1890’s would have been an adventure in itself. Guests travelled to Mornington by train, horse and coach, or paddle steamer and then caught Rourke’s Wagonette at the Royal Hotel for the four mile drive; fare one shilling and sixpence. Because there was little access over the estuary until around 1902 the wagonette generally came down Hopetoun Drive from the top of the Mount, using the ford at The Briars.

One Of The Hazards

Originally the Hotel had no formal gardens with visitors attracted to the Mount Martha vegetation and native flowers in bloom. However early newspaper reports detail a number of local bushfires, including one which was started by a Hotel maid doing the washing in a copper behind the kitchen. She accidentally set fire to the bush which burned across the Peninsula for several days. Guests fled in fear to the beach after dumping their belongings in the road as a precaution.

Community Roles

Although the building was a guesthouse from its inception until World War Two, it served the community in a number of ways. Apart from providing homes in the area with fresh water from its underground tanks, it was also a post office from 1893 to late 1927. In that year it became the Mount Martha Telephone Exchange. Then, perhaps alerted by the carelessness of the maid, the Pingiano family purchased Mount Martha’s first fire truck, a Chevrolet Blitz, which was stationed in one of the outbuildings from 1942. It was shared by the Balcombe Army Camp and Mount Martha township; it was October 1951 before the Mount Martha Brigade was officially formed.

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Top Right: 'Rourke's Wagonette' departs from The Royal Middle Right: The Esplanade Drive from the south, two miles long, with Mt Martha Hotel in the distance. Right: The bridge across Balcombe Creek, 1904, with the hotel in the distance (artist B. J. Bainbridge).

Early Proprietors

Madame Elise Etzensberger, a well-known hotelier from London and then Healesville, purchased Mount Martha Hotel in 1900 and retained ownership until 1916. The story that Madame Etzensberger murdered her husband Robert in the Mount Martha Hotel was shown to be incorrect; he actually died in Germany where he was found floating in a river. This version notwithstanding, it is still believed by many locals that the ghost of Robert Etzensberger is a permanent resident of Mount Martha House.

Subsequent owners were Annie Ferraro and William Birdling (1916-1922), a syndicate headed by Sir Robert Knox (19221936), the Pride family (1936-1946), Miss Hunter and Mr. Smithers (1947), and Sarah and Eric Fordyce (1947-1950). The Mount Martha House Golf Links, located on the original Domain property, was not in the Fordyce sale; the area was subdivided for housing.

Although it is understood that the Hotel closed for a short time in the Depression years, the opening of the current Esplanade, built under a government employment scheme, was celebrated on the Hotel forecourt in 1936. The growth of motor traffic was to the advantage of the Hotel, as was the supply of electricity and the telephone. The change in the law

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which permitted women to swim at Australian beaches was another plus as the Mount Martha South beach became very popular.

The War Years

During World War Two the Hotel, along with a number of nearby holiday homes, was requisitioned by the military. Mount Martha became known as ‘Canvas City’ as a large number of Australian troops were stationed around the building and entry to the village was by permit only. Then in 1942 the Hotel became Australia’s first RAAF Officers Training School; it was referred to as ‘The Command Centre.’

In 1946 it is thought that the Hotel, along with some private residences, housed a number of Dutch Javanese prisoners of war for about six months

Post War

Walter Pride, who had remained in residence during the war years, resumed operations as a hotel in 1946 before selling to Miss Hunter and Mr. Smithers. Their ownership was brief as the Fordyces bought the property in 1947 although the golf course was excluded. The loss of this amenity was a factor in the Hotel going into decline and the local paper reported seepage onto the beach from the Hotel’s septic tank.

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Above: Annie Elizabeth Atkins Ferraro Below: Mt Martha House in the WRAAC era (note departure from the original colour scheme).

Following the closure of the Hotel, the building was purchased by the army and from 1952 to 1974 it provided accommodation for the Women’s Royal Australian Army Corps (WRAAC), known as 30 WRAAC Barrack. A small group of Royal Australian army nurses were also in residence. The WRAAC members, about 80 in number, attended the nearby Balcombe Army Camp each day where they attended courses in signals and carried out other duties.

By 1976 the building had become derelict and a group of locals persuaded the Shire of Mornington to purchase the property for the use and benefit of the community. Two years later it was opened as a Community Centre.


This beautifully refurbished historic property is now home to the Neighbourhood House program, providing a living and learning environment for children through to adults. A diverse program of daytime and weekend classes , courses and club activities are also offered at the House. These range from craft to dancing, mah-jong to scrabble, as well as being the base for groups such as Probus clubs, the Model Railway Club and a Walking Group. It has been the home for several churches, a scout troop and a tennis club. The building even hosts a kindergarten. Rooms can be hired for commercial, private or community purposes.

Aside from being the centre for a wide variety of activities, the Mount Martha House Historical Collection aims to collect, preserve and protect the people, history and heritage of Mount Martha House and community. The Collection, staffed by

volunteers, has several dedicated rooms: one for an historical display, one set up as a replica of a WRAAC bedroom, and two work rooms. The history is freely available on podcasts to download.

Monthly in-house tours are available and bookings can be made at the Community Centre front office. The Collection volunteers are also available to visit organizations and give talks on the history of the House. Volunteers also undertake the recording of local stories and the preservation and digitization of the material to make it accessible to the community. A welcome is extended to visitors, people returning to their old ‘home’, and those who wish to relate stories of individuals, groups or organizations associated with Mount Martha House.

“It’s the people who make Mount Martha House, and we aim to bring these people to life and honour our local community.”


“A Never Ending Journey – The Story of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula”-Malcolm H.B.Gordon, Ranelagh Publishing House, 2021.

Photographs by kind permission of Mornington Peninsula Shire.

Copies of the paintings by B.J.Bainbridge were donated to the Collection by the late Roy Flood.


During the Shire’s Link Festival in April 2023 the Mount Martha House Historical Collection will be open. Please telephone 59742297 for details of tours and talks.

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Above: Just one of the many occupants. Right: A recent photograph of Mt Martha House (original colour scheme restored).
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