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OCTOBER 2017

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PENINSULA Living & visiting on the Mornington Peninsula

Barbecue Dreams • The Peninsula’s Ninja Warrior • Cuts and Conversations • The Zombies are Here Time will Tell • A Fine Balance of Japan • Must Try Dishes • Mornington Peninsula’s First Beer, Wine and Cider Festival • Pt Leo Estate Announces A-list Restaurant Team • Designer Living in Flinders


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contents 7. Events 8. Peninsula Styles 10. Barbecue Dreams

It was a simple meal of US Southern Style BBQ that would change the lives of local couple, Martin and Melissa Goffin. Years later they would open Red Gum BBQ, the first southern barbecue on the peninsula.

Writers: Melissa Walsh, Keith Platt, Peter McCullough, Cameron McCullough Creative Director: Maria Mirabella Photography: Yanni, Gary Sissons Publisher: Cameron McCullough Advertising: Brooke Hughes, 0409 219 282 or brooke@mpnews.com.au Marg Harrison, 0414 773 153 or marg@mpnews.com.au General enquiries: essence@mpnews.com.au Registered address: 2/1 Tyabb Road, Mornington 3931 Phone: 5973 6424 www.peninsulaessence.com.au

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16. A Writer’s Life

Nestled among the gum trees on a bush block in Red Hill resides an awardwinning writer of international repute. Wendy Orr is best known for her book Nim’s Island, which was made into a film in 2008.

22. The Peninsula’s Ninja Warrior

Cobi Head is best known as Captain America in the popular Nine Network show Australian Ninja Warrior. Cobi tells Peninsula Essence about his experience on the show that sees everyday Aussies take on the holy grail of obstacle courses.

24. Peninsula Photos 26. Cuts and Conversations

Men are being encouraged to talk about their lives while sitting in the barber's chair. The initiative began with the Movember Foundation when they began their new project ‘Movember Rated Barbers’ and Barber Shop and Co in Mt Eliza is championing the cause.

32. The Zombies are Here

Zombies have infected the Mornington Peninsula and last month took over the Peninsula Obstacle Racing Course.

34. Time will Tell

Theodore Roosevelt said “the more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future”, and this philosophy is the catalyst for the members of the Somerville, Tyabb and District Heritage Society to keep pushing on.

36. The Pride of Lions

It has been 100 years since the Lions Club began in the United States, and this year Australia celebrates 70 years of service to the organisation that now has 1.4 million members worldwide.

66. Dynamic Duo hit the Peninsula

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If you've been watching the news lately, been on social media or have visited Melbourne CBD in recent weeks you may have seen the work of renowned Melbourne 'street art duo' Cit Cat. Peninsula Essence reveals the hidden identity of the dynamic duo.

72. Mornington Peninsula’s first Beer, Wine and Cider Festival On Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November, the first Peninsula VineHop Festival will come to life at ten locations across the Mornington Peninsula.

75. Must Try Dishes 76. A Fine Balance of Japan

Hikaru Orita has one philosophy – success is ensured when you follow your passion. For Hikaru, chef and owner of Orita’s2 Balnarring, that passion has always been cooking since the time he was a small child in Japan and food was a scarcity.

80. Pt Leo Estate Announces A-list Restaurant Team

Pt Leo Estate, the multimillion-dollar sculpture park and restaurant due to open in late October, is already set to blow the peninsula culinary culture out of the water, having announced their A-list hospitality team.

82. Brutal Murder at Mt Martha Never Solved Cover Photo This stunning pink rose is just one of the many varieties that can be found at the Mornington Rose Garden during Spring and Summer. Photo: Yanni

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Homicide detectives who investigated the murder of 14-year-old Shirley May Collins, whose battered body was found in September 1953 at Mt Martha, described the murder as “one of the most vicious and sadistic in the history of Victoria”.

88. Crossword 90. Focus on Balnarring 94. Designer Living

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Thursday 5 and Saturday 28 A selection of Peninsula Film Festival films will be projected on the glass cube facade of Cube Gallery at Frankston Arts Centre. It will include the 2017 People's Choice winner, Covered in Exposure. Cube Gallery at Frankston Arts Centre Davey Street, Frankston. Ph 9784 1896 thefac.com.au

Sunday 22 Take a leisurely stroll through the village, stopping along the way to sample fine foods, meet the makers behind the handcrafted products and take in the market atmosphere. Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento Ph 5976 3266 craftmarkets.com.au

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Thursday 19 – December 9 Contemporary artist Steve Salo collaborated with Back to Back Theatre to paint portraits of the ensemble actors and the artistic director in one of Australia's most globally recognised and respected theatre companies. Frankston Arts Centre Davey St, Frankston. Ph 9784 1896 thefac.com.au

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IT WAS A SIMPLE MEAL OF US SOUTHERN STYLE BBQ THAT WOULD CHANGE THE LIVES OF LOCAL COUPLE, MARTIN AND MELISSA GOFFIN. YEARS LATER THEY WOULD OPEN RED GUM BBQ, THE FIRST SOUTHERN BARBECUE ON THE PENINSULA.

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hen Martin Goffin first tasted US southern style barbecue with his wife Melissa, little did he know that meal would change his life. A far cry from hospitality, UK born Martin was making his living in local council and now ten years later he and Melissa own the first southern style barbecue restaurant on the peninsula, Red Gum BBQ. “I became obsessed with it,” said Martin, from their fabulous set up in Red Hill. “Melissa is originally from Florida and was used to eating this food but I couldn’t believe how good the flavours were and came back to Australia to keep honing my barbecue skills. We would have people over for a barbecue and they were expecting snags and chops but fell in love with our version of barbecue - things like pulled pork, barbecued ribs and homemade sauces. As I didn’t have a barbecue I would make do with the gas cooker and spend whole days cooking pulled pork and ribs in our tiny kitchen.” Martin says it wasn’t just the flavours he fell in love with but the history behind it. “I love that the southern style barbecue has such a rich history in all different areas. It is all about family sharing food together and spending time with one another over a meal,” he said. “I remember one time in Tennessee when visiting Melissa’s grandfather we went to a local barbecue place which was incredible. It was all about the flavours of the food and the celebration of families spending time together.” The largest barbecue venue in Australia, Red Gum BBQ is set up in a huge space which was formerly a garage. “After getting such great feedback from friends and family, we decided to start a pop-up barbecue at markets,” said Melissa. “We officially launched Red Gum BBQ in October 2013 and things just went crazy from there. With a 3x3 marquee and a trailer, winch and Texas offset smoker, Red Gum BBQ set out on the road and quickly became a regular at markets and events across the Mornington Peninsula. Over the summer of 2014, we teamed up with local cafe, Commonfolk Coffee and began Saturday Smoke; a night of Meat, Music and Merriment. continued next page...

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“That was where we finally got to see our future in action. We loved seeing the food; the space and experience bring people together and create that sense of connection and celebration. Getting the food perfect was critical; we knew that, but it was always about more than just amazing food,” they said. It took another two years for the couple to finally find a home for their Red Gum BBQ but eventually they came across the 900 square metre building at the top of Red Hill. “After months of negotiations and many hours of painting and digging trenches, we finally had our perfect space and officially opened our doors in late January this year,” said the couple. Red Gum BBQ is set up for families and socialising with craft beers on tap, an open pit room, indoor and outdoor dining, and an aroma that is mouth-watering the moment you walk through the door. Everything in the joint is handmade or locally sourced and it is like stepping into an authentic southern family barbecue joint with the same style wooden tables and benches that Melissa remembers eating at when she was a child growing up in the US. “We have intentionally worked to create a warm and welcoming place where people can get the full southern style experience but with a local peninsula edge,” said Melissa, who with some help continued next page...

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from a local designer, has personally designed and sourced the space. “Everything here is made from recycled material so all the tables have been built with wood from Chadwick Demolitions in Rosebud. The wood on the bar is from old bridges in country Victoria and the ones in the function room are from an old jail in the same region. We picked out all these pieces from the Vintage Shed, and collected the driftwood for our light installations from a friend’s property in Blairgowrie. Even the stumps we use for some of the chairs and bar tables are from a tree lopper we met in the area.” Red Gum BBQ is all about traditional American style food but with an Australian connection, hence the name. “The southern style barbecue is based on regional American food but Australia is our home so we felt it was important to maintain the connection to both. Red gum is a wood that is native to our state so we use red gum in our pits and we get all our wood from a local supplier at Red Hill Gardening Centre just a couple of doors down,” said Melissa, who says that Red Gum BBQ is all about local. “We have always understood ourselves to be inextricably and proudly linked to the Mornington Peninsula. At every opportunity we connected to local suppliers and to our local community to sustain and promote the values of our beautiful area. We do this for many reasons - we believe in ethical sourcing and ensuring that our business footprint is minimised, we acknowledge the rare and wonderful talents of people in our local communities and want to employ, sustain and promote their work and we just happen to think that we have the best of everything at our doorstep.” As for the food, the flavours from dishes at Red Hill BBQ are out of this world. The meat is cooked on a four metre long trailer pit, imported from the US, and the main fare is served with typical southern sides including "mac 'n cheese", potato salad and coleslaw. There’s 6-10 hour slow cooked free range Aussie-smoked, American-style BBQ meats, sides and veggies, slow cooked pulled pork, beef brisket, and chicken, and Mary Lou’s spinach salad straight from Melissa’s own family recipe. They’ve recently added a new lunch

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menu with things like fried buffalo chicken sandwich with blue cheese dressing or a brisket chili cheese steak that’s bringing in locals eager to get a southern style lunch to eat in or take away. All of their menus and information about how they source and cook their food is on the website. There’s even a little kids play area, colouring sheets, high chairs and plenty of space for every member of the family. Red Gum BBQ is at 87 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill www.redgumbbq.com.au


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A WRITER’S LIFE By Andrea Louise Thomas Photos Yanni

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estled among the gum trees on a bush block in Red Hill resides an award-winning writer of international repute. Wendy Orr is best known for her book Nim’s Island, which was made into a film in 2008. It’s sequel, Return to Nim’s Island based on her book Nim at Sea was also made into a film (2013), but she has written more than fifty books for children and young adults since she began her writing career in 1986. Writers tend to have common threads that weave through their work. Those threads often mirror the writer’s own life. In Orr’s work, bravery, resilience, determination and self-acceptance are recurring themes. Her novels feature strong female characters that overcome obstacles and persevere through often harrowing circumstances,

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not only to prevail, but also to thrive. Whilst now living a quiet existence as a full-time writer, life was not always quiet for Orr. Her father was in the Canadian Air Force, which meant the family moved every few years. By the time she finished high school she had been to ten schools on two continents. She was born in Edmonton, Alberta, but between the ages of three and seven she was living in a small village in France learning to read and write in French though English was always spoken at home. It was not until she learned to read and write in English that she started writing stories. “It was the power of the language that we spoke at home,” that inspired her she says.

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“WRITING BY HAND COMES OUT TRUER. IT’S ABOUT ACCESSING THE SUB-CONSCIOUS AND THAT IS WHERE THE STORY LIES.” Books and stories were always present in her young life. Both parents were avid readers. Her mother read nightly bedtime stories and her father used to make up his own. Orr recalls being happy wherever they lived. She was a very independent child so it’s not surprising that many of the characters in her own books are strong and independent. Orr began writing professionally when her daughter started school and her son was in Year 2. She was working as a paediatric occupational therapist at the time. With only a day and a half each week to write given the demands of work and family life, she had to be very focused and organised. Orr did this for five years when something happened that would test her own strength, bravery, resilience and determination. In 1991 she was in a serious car accident. Her car was hit by another car travelling at 140 km per hour. Orr suffered catastrophic injuries including a broken neck and two broken ankles. Her medical prognosis was grim, but over the next fifteen years she concentrated on fighting to regain control of her body while coping with the pain and aftermath of the accident. Orr spent the following five years walking with a cane, but now she walks the trails of the Mornington Peninsula with little more than the occasional ache and pain. In her young adult novel, Peeling the Onion, Orr wrote about 17-year-old Anna whose whole life trajectory was changed by a car accident, yet she learned to live a new and different life. This parallels Orr’s own personal story and proved to be a cathartic experience for her. This book is so important that it continues to be used as a teaching text in schools today. Though she has to get up and have a break from writing every half an hour to avoid getting stiff, the accident is now behind her. She is spurred on to keep writing because she says, “There is always another story. It’s also about needing to make a living, but it’s mostly about

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the story and curiosity. You never know where the research will take you.” Her greatest fear she says is “not being able to write or that it’s just no good.” Even the best writers have self-doubt. There have been many high points along her writing journey. Three in particular stand out. The first was getting a letter finding out that her first book, Amanda’s Dinosaur, was being published. The second came when her novel, Leaving it to You, was shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Awards. “It was the shortlist that told me I was a real writer,” she says. Finally she thought the whole movie experience with Nim’s Island was amazing. She described walking the red carpet in Hollywood with Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler as ‘surreal’. Seeing the film for the first time was emotional and thrilling. Orr’s latest book, Dragonfly Song is a departure from her other writing in that it is written in free verse and prose. “I always heard the book in verse,” she says. Set in the Bronze Age, Aissa is a young girl abandoned at birth by the priestess of her island, shunned and outcast until she is sent away to be an acrobatic bull dancer on a remote island and comes back as the heroine of the story. The combination of verse and prose sweeps the reader along effortlessly. With most of her work, she writes by hand because she says, “Writing by hand comes out truer. It’s about accessing the sub-conscious and that is where the story lies.” In Dragonfly Song she wrote the verse by hand and the prose directly onto the computer. She is working in a similar process with her upcoming novel set after the eruption of Santorini in 1625 BC. It is due to be released in July next year. Leaving a legacy is one of the benefits of being a writer. “I would like to think I have broadened children’s lives in terms of curiosity and empathy. Kids’ letters have told me that I have empowered them to be brave. Readers borrow courage and resilience from books,” she says. Courage and resilience are qualities that Orr knows something about.


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e grew up on the Mornington Peninsula, attended local schools and joined the Defence Force in 2005, being deployed to Iraq as a rifleman in 2007. Two years later, he was pulled out due to severe malnutrition. He went on to achieve great accolades in the army and became heavily involved with CrossFit. This year, however, Cobi Head is probably better known as Captain America in the popular Nine Network show Australian Ninja Warrior. Cobi tells Peninsula Essence about his experience on the show that sees everyday Aussies take on the holy grail of obstacle courses to claim the title of Australian Ninja Warrior.

Cobi must have done something right as his skills and training helped him breeze through his first heat with the equal fastest time on the night.

“I decided to give the competition a crack about a year ago and used my training in CrossFit to get me through,” said Cobi, who now lives in Darwin. “Training in CrossFit gives me all the physical strength I need so I just continued that way.”

“We arrived at this amazing location and there were about 50 of us in the same heat. As we were getting off the boat on the island, people who had already done the competition were leaving; it was very surreal coming up to the island and seeing

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“The first obstacles I had to face included the quintuple steps, the bomb slider, ball and chains and the wall run,” said Cobi, who dressed in his hero’s Captain America outfit. “I have always loved Marvel comics from the time I was a kid so figured this costume was perfect and easy to move in.” Going to Cockatoo Island in Sydney, where the show is filmed, was an exciting experience for the 33-year-old who says he made a few great friends along the way.


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By Melissa Walsh Photos Yanni

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here’s something about sitting in a salon having your hair done which opens up a dialogue for women to share their most personal thoughts and feelings. For many, the hairdresser becomes a trusted therapist. The old saying, ‘a problem shared is a problem solved’ seems true once you have unburdened your mind. For many years men have not had the same privilege, having to remain stoic and keeping their problems to themselves. It’s just not perceived to be manly to cry or unburden your problems, or so they thought. These days, men by the hundreds are being encouraged to talk about their lives while sitting in the barbers chair. The initiative began with the Movember Foundation when they began their new project ‘Movember Rated Barbers’ and the Barber Shop and Co is championing the cause.

Owner Samuel Grove says he was first introduced to the Movember rated barber concept when employee Nathan Williams bought it to his attention. “Nathan has been a big part of starting the conversation about men’s mental health after he learnt about this new initiative by the Movember Foundation,” said Sam, who has also found that a lot of guys do open up and talk to their barber. “In fact, barbers are in the top four positions that men actually speak to about their problems.” For 21 year old Nathan, becoming a Movember rated barber is a great way to learn how to engage in conversation with clients and helps to understand how to deal with issues. “There is a course which helps you learn how to identify problems and how to help a client feel comfortable enough to discuss any issues they might have,” said Nathan. “I have found that it happens quite a lot and people say some really deep things so you have to learn how to deal with it. You become close to the client and this is a great initiative, connecting mental health and physical health.” Sam and Nathan both agree that mental health is starting to be talked about a lot more. “It is about having a conversation without being worried about other people’s opinions. We create a safe environment for men to feel free to express how they are feeling,” they said. The Movember Rated Barbers program is about supporting the barbers who are already having these all important conversations, giving them access to information, tools and resources about men, conversations and things that matter to a man. Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Around the world, on average we lose a man to suicide continued next page...

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“Suicide is the number 1 cause of death for guys in Australia under the age of 45. That's a devastating statistic and it shouldn't be the case. Everyone goes through rough times and guys have to know that it's ok to talk about it if you're not coping. Talk to your mates. Talk to your family. There's light on the other side of that darkness.” BARBER - Nathan Williams CLIENT - Andrew Fenn

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“We live in a society where we are more scrutinised and judged through social media yet we don’t take the time to sit down and talk face to face. Put down the phone and talk to a friend.”

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every minute of every day. Three out of four suicides are men. Too many are toughing it out and struggling alone. The Movember Rated Barbers program helps barbers take action to improve mental health and reduce the rate of male suicide. “The Movember rated barber program was introduced to me this year after I did Movember last year and had an insight into men’s mental and physical health,” said Nathan. “I grew my moustache and did the move challenge and this year found out about the program to help barbers learn how to talk about difficult topics with their clients. The great thing is you really do develop a friendship with these guys who come back to you on a regular basis. I have people who have been my clients for a few years now and we talk about deep things as well as everyday things that are happening in their life. Barbers are becoming an important place where we can break down the stigma of mental health and suicide by having a caring and compassionate conversation.” www.movember.com www.thebarbershopandco.com.au

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“Beyond Blue have highlighted that 6 out of 8 suicides that happen every day in Australia are men. This needs to change; you need to know that help is out there and where to go.” BARBER - Nathan "Ned" Williams CLIENT - Matt Rotherham

“What keeps me in a good mental head space is knowing that no matter how hard things get, I’ve always got my beautiful family by my side.”


SUNDAY 29TH OCTOBER

THE SOMERS ARTS FAIR—NOW IN ITS 15TH YEAR—IS HELD IN THE BEAUTIFUL COASTAL VILLAGE OF SOMERS ON VICTORIA’S MORNINGTON PENINSULA. IT IS SOMERS PRIMARY SCHOOL’S MOST IMPORTANT ANNUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT

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This year the headline acts include Indigenous Hip Hop Projects and blues band Catfish Voodoo. At 2:00 pm the main event of the day – the art auction – takes place featuring beautiful artwork by renowned artists. Throughout the day there will be a variety of gourmet foods and homemade cakes on offer, local wine, beer, cider, great coffee and many country fair activities including children’s games, a wide range of craft market stalls and more.

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ZOMBIES ARE HERE By Melissa Walsh

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ombies have invaded Mornington Peninsula and last month they took over the Peninsula Obstacle Racing Course.

Zombies of all ages took to the day and night course, leaving a path of destruction and few survivors. The day zombies looked more like World War Z zombies in their sprint after survivors. The night zombies channelled The Walking Dead in their shuffle as they dragged themselves through the course. Even the kids had their own fun in zombie land. Smoke grenades, zombie outbreaks and military vehicles appeared during the day when least expected and stuntmen fight sequences added to the fun.

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HOW TO GET THAT ZOMBIE LOOK THE KEY TO A GREAT ZOMBIE COSTUME HAS TO BE THE MAKEUP For a basic zombie makeup, go for pale skin, sunken eyes and dark or bloody lips. A lot of this kind of look can be utilized with your own makeup at home. For the basic look, you can use white face paint, pale foundation or white powder, then lots of eyeliner, dark eye shadow and fake blood or red lipstick. For the more adventurous, invest in some liquid latex or fake scabs to add character. Whether you are going all out with prosthetics or just dabbling in creating a milder zombie look for first timers, here are a few tips to follow.

1. First apply liquid latex or prosthetics you are using. Liquid latex makes skin look weathered and rotten. It is stretched out on the skin and can be layered with tissue paper for imperfections. Prosthetics are good for open wounds, scars and facial deformities.

3. Use dark paint or black eye shadow along cheek bones to give the gaunt look.

2. Then add face paint or foundation over the top in white to give the zombie corpse-like appearance.

4. Apply red lipstick or fake blood to the mouth and under the eyes.

6. You can use contact lenses for an extra creepy effect in red, green or black.

5. Use fake blood on any wounds on the face or body.

7. Stain your teeth with tooth makeup to get that gross zombie look.

8. Props can also be used for added impact, like a knife through the eye or a fork in the head.

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TIME WILL TELL By Melissa Walsh Photos Yanni

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heodore Roosevelt said “the more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future”, and this philosophy is the catalyst for the members of Somerville's historical society to keep pushing on. Every Wednesday a group of community-minded men and women gather together to make sure the history of their home town is never forgotten. They are the members of the Somerville, Tyabb and District Heritage Society, and dedicated to sharing and educating locals and visitors about the township’s rich history. “We are a hist orical society dedicated to preserving, collecting, researching and cataloging our history so that future generations can understand more of their past,” said Brenda Thornell, the secretary of the group of bubbly members who meet at the Mechanics Hall each week.

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“It has been such a great community here and we want the history to be there for our young people to look up if they need it,” said Brenda. “We have had to step into the technology era and now have our youngest member, Lisa, doing our website and social media with our Facebook page.” Walking into the Somerville Mechanics Hall, the members of the society include members of some of the oldest families on the peninsula, many of them born in the Somerville Hospital. Somerville, Tyabb and District Heritage Society was formed in 1996 and has around 60 members. “The basis of our collection is from the late local historian Mrs Leila Shaw and is known as the Leila Shaw Collection, along with other locally collected memorabilia. Leila had called a meeting of the residents that had been here for many years and wanted to see if they wanted to start a historical society. We had


our own history because of the fruit growing industry which is what her books are based on,” said Brenda, of the group that has a shared interest in historical things having lived in Somerville for generations. “It is different now. All the orchards have become housing, and there’s not one left in Somerville. Now you don’t have the same connection to neighbours; it is different from what it used to be. But it is important to keep the history alive for future generations,” said Brenda. Somerville, Tyabb & District Heritage Society is at the Mechanics Hall Institute, 66 Station Street, Somerville with a collection of photographs and memorabilia associated with the history of the fruit growing industry and local families in the Somerville and Tyabb District. Check them out on Facebook or phone 5977 6489. October 2017

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THE PRIDE OF LIONS By Melissa Walsh Photos Gary Sissons

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t has been 100 years since the Lions Club began in the United States, and this year Australia celebrates 70 years of service to the organisation that now has 1.4 million members worldwide.

Founded by Melvin Jones in Chicago on June 7 1917, Lions have given humanitarian support to many local and international projects to help find cures for cancer, blindness, prostate cancer, measles, diabetes and childhood cancer. Lions are also involved in environmental projects to keep the planet safe for future generations. With Lions clubs in nearly every township on the Mornington Peninsula, there are hundreds of men and women who have put in the hard yards for the last seven decades.

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One such member is Jack Milledge of Rosebud, who has served 46 continuous years with the Lions Club. At the ripe old age of 88, Jack remains involved with the organisation that has become a big part of his life. “I was invited to join the Lions Club of Dromana by Keith Evans, the then owner of the Miami Caravan Park in Safety Beach in 1971,” said Jack. “At that stage they didn’t have a club in Rosebud but we started to form one and by the end of the following year, were successful. It was a very proud moment for me and I was elected to the office of charter president of the Lions Club of Rosebud.” For the next four decades, Jack and his family enjoyed the fellowship with local community people and the satisfaction of helping others in need. “My late wife, Joyce, and I have loved being part of the Lions Club which offers such camaraderie and companionship along with the ability to help people in all aspects of the community,” said Jack, of the organisation that became a great part of his family’s life. “I was granted life membership in 1991 and I am a recipient of a Melvin Jones Fellow which has been another proud continued next page...

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moment. I have enjoyed every moment of membership and have had the pleasure to be with other members on working bees, community and district projects, club meetings and enjoyed the overall feeling when you know you have made a difference to someone’s life.” Colin Blythe, current president of the Lions Club, could not agree more. Along with his wife, Nina, the couple dedicate their spare time and energy to peninsula projects through the organisation.

“As well as that, McCrae Lions have brought to life the McCrae lighthouse with a brilliant display of colours to support charities such as Breast Cancer day, autism and family violence. This display highlights the color which the charity represents and brings awareness to the local community. A Christmas display of lights enhances the foreshore for our holiday makers over the Christmas period,” he said. It doesn’t matter what age you are. The Lions Club has members

“I have been involved with the Lions Club for 20 years,” said Colin. “I love the camaraderie of it and it’s great to get in and truly make a difference in the community and surrounding area. We are involved in projects like junior public speaking, youth of the year, school quiz, supporting local sporting clubs, the Men's Shed, Food For All, Australia Day Celebrations, the Rosebud Kite Festival, op shops, farmers markets, boat raffles and the good old sausage sizzles.”

as young as 18 and up to 88, all wanting to be involved and

Some of the Lions' major achievements include the long running Rye boat raffle, which has been going for 45 years and raises about $50,000 per year. The Dromana Lions Op Shop has also given out in exces of $455,000 over the last five years to local community groups.

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make the community a better place to live. Jack and Colin are just a couple of the members who continue to make a difference. “If you are reading this why not think of becoming one of us to enjoy all that our organisation has to give in the good company and fun that does exist. Please join us to make a difference,”

For further details phone Colin Blythe on 0448 871 295 or www.mccraedistrict.vic.lions.org.au


COFFEE, DONUTS AND CHIT CHAT By Melissa Walsh Photo Yanni

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hat better way to get to know your local police officers than over a coffee and a donut and the Mornington Peninsula is enjoying having a chin wag with the best of them? The ‘Coffee with a Cop’ started a few months ago at the Mornington Village shopping centre, and locals love it. Senior Sergeant Steve Duffey from Mornington Police Station is very keen to make this a regular feature of their police work. “As a Station Commander it is important to have strong community engagement. Coffee with a cop has provided our locals the chance to meet and talk with Police of all ages and experience. Mornington Police enjoy the chance to answer any continued next page...

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questions, offer advice or assistance where required and are just as happy to have a good chat,” said Sergeant Duffey, who is a local and takes personal pride in what is going on in the community. “It’s a great way to have a casual chat and who doesn’t love a donut?” Coffee with a Cop has been something that Victoria Police has run in different regions and the Mornington Village was the first of the initiatives on the peninsula. “Since it began, Mt Eliza has now shown interest and it is becoming a regular meeting in Mornington,” said Sergeant Duffey. “We have a wide variety of people coming to chat to us, from elderly citizens, to young mums with their children and even holiday makers visiting the area.” What a fantastic way to create a community feeling by sitting down with a local cop to chat about any issues of concern. “We had people ask about everything from traffic rules to issues with neighbours and current events. And what they were delighted about was that the coffee and donuts were free.” The next session of Coffee with a Cop is on Wednesday October 18 at Mornington Village.

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Each October we celebrate the outstanding contributions older residents make to the peninsula community. The 2017 Seniors Festival is a great opportunity for older people and their friends and families to get out and about, meet people, try new activities and have fun at a wide variety of free or low-cost, high-quality events right in their own, beautiful backyard. Across the peninsula, many organisations and wonderful volunteers work hard to contribute to this program of events. This year the program has been grouped into event categories including Seniors club events, events at the library, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, The Briars and leisure centres, health events, physical activity events, and arts and cultural events.

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SENIORS

Free programs are available from Shire offices, libraries, leisure centres and lots of other locations across the peninsula.

This 2017 Mornington Peninsula Seniors Festival is part of the Victorian Seniors Festival, which runs from October 8 to 15 and is a state wide Victorian Government initiative. There is free public transport for Seniors Card holders.

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ANGEL YOGA

Age is irrelevant when it comes to yoga with its base that people of all ages and walks of life benefit from the various techniques that yoga offers. Dani at Angel Yoga could not agree more with this philosophy and implores people of all ages to come along and try a yoga class.

“Yoga can be adapted to suit anyone’s needs, so don’t think you have to do all those fancy poses to gain benefit from yoga,” said Dani who has been teaching yoga for 19 years. “The aim is to work with your body rather than against it, therefore ruling out any competitiveness, which can lead you to push yourself too far and do yourself harm. That is why Angel Yoga offers Gentle Yin Yoga with chairs available if needed.” Dani says seniors yoga is an effective and gentle way to improve your strength and flexibility in a way that can complement

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“With a regular practice, you will soon be reaping the benefits and feeling a greater sense of well-being, physically and mentally,” said Dani, who found studying yoga improved her overall wellbeing and ability to balance her emotions more effectively. “Yoga has given me a foundation of strength of mind, body and spirit. Through regular practice, I have learned to see there is purpose and learning in everything” Yoga refreshes the mind and spirit, tones the body and keeps internal organs and hormonal system in balance. “That is all the more reason for people of all ages to do yoga. In fact, it is one of the few physical exercises that are ideal to do as you age,” said Dani. Phone 0412 564 757 www.angelyoga.com.au

Yoga is not just for the young SENIORS & ELDERLY also do yoga Yoga is one of the few physical practices you can do as you age. Dani from Angel Yoga takes care to understand what your body needs. There is a modification for every health issue or physical need. Angel Yoga Senior classes offer a range of standing, sitting, laying down and chair yoga asanas so everyone will benefit. Our classes are not only beneficial for body and mind but improve your emotional state and social contact. Our classes are set in a beautiful Japanese-inspired studio nestled on the hill at Mt Martha in tranquil gardens overlooking the Bay.

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PARC SENIORS FESTIVAL 2 - 27 October

During the month of October we have a range of FREE activities for seniors to enjoy at PARC.

• Access to seniors group exercise classes • Scones and tea provided every Friday • ‘Eat Well, Age Well’ seminar every Wednesday To see the full schedule visit our website: www.parcfrankston.com.au Call us on 9781 8444 for more information.

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PARC CELEBRATES SENIORS WITH THE LAUNCH OF AN EXCLUSIVE PROGRAM

In support of Victorian Seniors Festival, PARC is encouraging seniors to get active and involved in an exclusive program with multiple activities available for all ages and abilities throughout October.

Currently in Frankston 19.2% of the population is aged 60 years and over, with Frankston South recording the highest proportion of elderly people in Frankston City (Source: 2011 Census). PARC Centre Manager Simon Beqir said the centre celebrates local seniors and supports active living with a range of health and wellbeing programs.

staff, embrace a dynamic culture with a goal to provide exceptional customer experiences, and implement ongoing innovative ways to do business,” Simon said. A PARC day pass for adults is $8.80 with concession also available for $7.00. PARC is located at 16 Cranbourne Road, Frankston.

For more information and to view the PARC Seniors Festival exclusive new schedule of activities please visit parcfrankston. com.au or call 9781 8444.

“At PARC we support our local ageing community by offering activities for seniors to stay active and socially engage with one another.”

“To align with the Victorian Seniors Festival and to promote active living, we have prepared an exclusive schedule of activities dedicated to suit seniors of all abilities which will run each weekday throughout October. This program is offered in addition to the extensive class programs we have at PARC. We now have over 200 classes for members and visitors to choose from. ” “We respect the seniors in our community and acknowledge the amazing impact they make to this region. So in celebration of their great contribution we have included a range of free activities for seniors to enjoy at PARC throughout the month of October,” Simon said. The exclusive PARC schedule of activities for seniors throughout October includes:

• Body Vive for Beginners - a mixture of strength, cardio and core training • PARC Movers – low intensity class designed to improve strength and cardio

• Hot Water Yoga Pilates – to focus on breathing, core strength and posture

• Senior Fit – a 45-minute program designed to introduce cardio and resistance exercises • Seniors Hot Water Workout – a combination of hot water and aqua exercises • Mobility and balance classes • A seniors walking group • Tai Chi classes.

PARC’s other unique facilities also cater to seniors including the indulgent wellness centre and warming spa, sauna and steam rooms, state-of-the-art gym and group exercise classes.

“At PARC we are dedicated to creating new and exceptional customer experiences for our senior community.”

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especially if they don’t want a chair-lift that takes up a full staircase.”

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The lifts come with a number of other conveniences, including a phone, protective gate, battery back-up, remote controls and safety switches.

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MOBILITY HELP

Mobility Help is a family run, locally owned business in Mount Martha on the Mornington Peninsula. They offer sales, service and repairs on all mobility scooters and products. They stock a comprehensive range of mobility scooters, rollators, wheel chairs, lift chairs, electric beds, stair lifts, batteries, car hoists and other mobility aids.

At Mobility Help the friendly sales staff will provide you with professional advice to help you make the best decision for your mobility needs. They believe that buying a mobility scooter is like buying a car, and the only successful way to find out if it suits an individual is for them to test drive it. They understand their customers are looking for comfort, ease of operation, stability, safety and range when considering the purchase of a mobility

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scooter, and they strive to ensure they recommend the right model to suit each persons needs.

The purchase of a mobility scooter offers users independence to get out and about in their local area and that is why at Mobility Help they offer obligation free inhome demonstrations on the wide range of portable, small, medium and large mobility scooters. Mobility Help know just about all their is to know about this industry and don't try to sell you a whole range of products but concentrate mainly on mobility products. They have developed a strong reputation for expertise offering good prices, unprecedented service and backup. Mobility Help PTY LTD is a registered NDIS provider. Mobility Help Pty Ltd. Phone 5915 2257 or 1300 851 661 www.mobilityhelp.com.au

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PAGE BROS RV

Page Bros RV is Victoria’s largest caravan dealer, with hundreds of caravans, campers, pop tops, expandas and motorhomes on display. They are also the longest serving Jayco dealer in Australia.

A family-owned dealership, Page Bros RV is founded on the importance of conducting business with honesty and integrity. Their good reputation is their most valuable asset, and they realise that helping Australian families share holidays and travel adventures is one of the keys to their success.

When you visit Page Bros RV, the most beautiful places in Australia will suddenly be on your doorstep. “We have been helping people discover their next big adventure for over 50 years. We sold our first second hand van in 1956 and we’ve been providing quality sales and service at our current 7.5-acre home in Seaford since the 1960’s,” said Mr Page.

“In 1976 we became one of the first Jayco dealerships in Australia, a long association of which we are very proud. Today Jayco products command almost half the Australian RV market and we have won numerous awards as Victoria’s top selling dealer.” Page Bros RV is a motorhome and new van specialist but they are also Victoria’s largest dealer in second hand vans.

“Our high turnover used caravan clearance centre carries approximately 100 used vans with a wide range of makes and models to cater to every budget. Quality is assured as we workshop test second hand vans twice – once when it arrives and again when it leaves,” he said.

“We have hundreds of loyal customers who return to see us when their current rig no longer suits their lifestyle, or when they want to trade and upgrade to the latest model.” Page Bros RV has more than 50 friendly, passionate staff that are always happy to help you with great advice and end-to-end service, including new motorhome and caravan sales, beautifully presented second hand vans, competitive finance options, insurance, a dedicated spare parts shop with a massive range of hard to find parts and accessories. They also offer full servicing, and warranties on used vans over $5000.

Page Bros RV is on Wells Road, Seaford on the Mornington Peninsula only 30 minutes from Melbourne on Eastlink. Drop in any time to explore our huge range and plan your next big adventure. PAGE BROS RV is at 46-49 Wells Rd, Seaford Phone 9786 1000 pagebrosrv.jayco.com.au

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RENEWEDENERGYANDINDEPENDENCE FOR DOUBLE STOREY HOME OWNERS Jack and Robin Helisma have been married 57 years and their story is full of love, laughter and changing fate. Sitting in their living room Jack and Robin tell it like it is. They know each other like they know the sun will rise over their lovely double-storied home where family life has been a constant. If only these walls could talk. Three children, extended family get togethers. Backyard parties in the pool and barbecues on the balcony. A home is much more than mere bricks and mortar. Why would they want to leave theirs?

"My mother had a dream many years ago. An angel appeared and told her to leave Estonia just before Hitler shut down the borders. We travelled from the top of Europe to Italy where we got on a ship and sailed to Australia," explains Jack. "Two small boys. All the way from Estonia to Australia as war broke out. You can’t imagine how hard that would have been." Jack, now 81-year-old, walks with the aid of a cane.

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"The ResiLift has been a Godsend. I even put Jack’s meals in it sometimes and send them down when he’s in his den watching the news! We can still maintain our separate lives. I don’t want to sit with him all the time! He loves his space downstairs and his time alone. So do I. But more than that, we love having the choice. That wouldn’t have been possible without ResiLift." After having the ResiLift installed, Jack found that he had more energy again and was even able to make another trip to Estonia, which we had previously considered to be out of the question.

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PRESTIGE INHOME CARE

Prestige Inhome Care is a local provider of high quality inhome care, servicing all the Mornington Peninsula. Prestige has been caring for people for over 15 years and is committed to helping people stay in the comfort of their own homes. Focusing primarily on maintaining client independence, Prestige offers a range of services including personal and nursing care, domestic help, meal preparation, socialisation and companionship, transport, in-home respite, home and garden maintenance and palliative care. The team of qualified Personal Care Attendants, Registered Nurses, Case Managers and maintenance staff work hard at delivering the best possible outcomes by providing individually tailored care, starting from as little as one hour through to complete 24 hour care. Prestige is an approved provider of Government-Funded Homecare Packages and can guide you through the process of registering with My Aged Care, providing the care or switching from another provider.

Call them today on 5973 6455 to talk to one of the experienced and caring team members about how they can support you or your loved ones and book your free, no obligation home care consultation.

INNOVATION IN DESIGN

Warren Morse started Drawers 4 Ease 15 years ago, with the vision of supplying the public a better solution for their kitchen needs. From fitting soft close drawer systems to cupboards, Lazy Susans and pull out pantries for corner cabinets, there is now a quick, easy and affordable solution. With over 30 years of industry experience, Drawers 4 Ease will help you avoid the inconvenience of the construction process of a new kitchen. By renovating your existing kitchen not only will you be spared the mess and time involved with kitchen construction, you be saving thousands of dollars. If you are tired of bending on your hands and knees reaching to get something from your kitchen cupboard, our new corner pantry system will help you maximise your storage space and make access simple. Drawers 4 Ease high quality pantry and cupboard solutions will eliminate painful bending and reaching and increase your storage space by up to 25%. For an instant quote and to discuss your kitchen needs call Warren at Drawers 4 Ease on 0414 269 765 today. www.drawers4ease.com.au

DRAWERS4EASE

Are you tired of bending on your hands and knees reaching to get something from your kitchen cupboards? There is now a quick, easy and affordable solution. We install space saving drawers into your existing kitchen cupboards increasing your storage space by up to 25% helping you to access your kitchen pots, pans, crockery and utensils easily.

Get the care you need in the comfort of your own home • Nursing & personal care • Domestic help • Socialisation & companionship • Transport • Home & garden maintenence • Short or long term care • DVA accredited Home Care Pakage Provider

Call us for an instant quote, and to discuss your kitchen needs.

Visit us at 3/230 Main St MORNINGTON

Call one of our friendly team on 5973 6455 www.prestigeinhomecare.com.au

0414 269 765

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HOMESAFE SOLUTIONS

How can Homesafe Wealth Release® help you stay in your home longer? Have you entered retirement or are you making plans to stop working but still have mortgage debt or other loans you still need to pay? Or maybe you have dreamt about doing renovations to your home, or find you just don’t have the savings to spend on home repairs and maintenance around the house?

If you are over 60, and own your home there is a way to access the cash you need to pay off debt or just have some extra cash to enjoy the comfortable retirement you have rightfully earned. How can you do this? With Homesafe Wealth Release®.

Homesafe Wealth Release® is not a loan or a reverse mortgage, but a way to sell a share of the future value of your home. You receive the cash you need today, you can pay off your debts, complete those small renovations and continue to live in your home for the remainder of your life with the peace of mind that there is still a share of your home that you, or your family, will always keep. Robert and Wendy, did just that. They have lived in their home for over 35 years and have recently become ‘empty nesters’. Their sons live close by and bring the grandchildren for Sunday lunch once a month. Wendy still works part-time as a florist and Robert runs his own landscaping business. They still have mortgage repayments on their home of $1200 per month and keep working, just to pay this off. They would love to renovate their kitchen and bathroom and perhaps organise brand new carpets, so they can stay as long as possible in their home and continue to enjoy Sunday lunches.

With Homesafe Wealth Release® Robert & Wendy sold Homesafe a share of the future sale proceeds of their home and in return received a lump sum amount of $130,000 today for that future share. Robert & Wendy paid out their home loan and organised quotes for their renovations to enable them to have a brand new kitchen by the end of the year. They are happy with their decision as they know they will always retain the share of the proceeds they did not sell to Homesafe, either for aged care needs, or to leave to their family. You can join thousands of over 60s who have turned to Homesafe to access cash in their retirement. Whether you want to pay off your mortgage, pay off some debts, provide some cash to live on or perhaps even take that holiday you have always dreamed about, talk to Homesafe today to see if we can help you.

Homesafe Wealth Release® is the debt free way for over 60s to access the cash they need. For more information please call Homesafe on 1300 307 059 or visit our website homesafe.com.au.

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

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PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS

Hunt McCullough Kollias & Co Barristers and Solicitors (HMKC) has a new principal. Erica Horsfield has taken over the ownership of the firm which has relocated to modern offices at 207 Main Street Mornington.

Erica is committed to serving her clients with compassion and sensitivity believing a lawyer should be accessible and speak in plain English. A client needs to understand what their lawyer is saying.

Erica and her team of male and female lawyers advise on all aspects of: Family Law; Employment Law; Workplace Relations; Property Law; Leasing; Wills & Estates; Criminal Law; Personal Injury Law - in short on most areas of law. Erica’s particular interest is in Family Law encompassing: separation; defacto relationships; divorce; same sex relationships; binding financial

agreements; parenting issues; property disputes; and child support matters. She has raised three boys into adulthood and therefore has an understanding, strong affinity in, and concern for family matters.

Erica brings a certain vibe to HMKC combining unflappability, optimism and cheerfulness. No issue is too hard for her and she works best when challenged to find solutions to complicated and left field problems. Erica’s concern is the client and how to help them as quickly and economically as possible. The clients, not costly billings, are her focus and priority.

Over the years, HMKC has gained a welldeserved reputation for looking after the interests of its clients with integrity and professionalism. As the firm edges towards 70 years of existence, Erica and her staff (including staff members that have been with the firm for 20 years) are committed to upholding that reputation and continuing to maintain and improve services to their clients.

207 Main St Mornington Ph 5975 4622

As a long established law firm, HMKC enjoys a strong connection with the community dating back to 1948 (when the firm was known as Frost & Hunt) and through a series of amalgamations and mergers including: McCullough Preston, Miller & Hartnett; Daniels and O'Sullivan; and eventually Hunt McCullough Kollias & Co in 1989.

We believe in providing high quality, pragmatic legal advice and services and in giving clients solutions that work.

> Wills and Estate

> Conveyancing and Property Law

> ADR and Mediation

> POA Guardianship

> Probate

> Commercial and Business Law

> Family Law

> Immigration and Litigation

207 Main Street Mornington Phone 5975 4622 For more information visit our website www.hmkc.com.au

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TAKE CONTROL OR YOUR RETIREMENT, BE IT NOW OR YEARS AWAY Managing Director and Certified Financial Planner, Lyle Weir and his team can provide a tailored solution to help you better manage your financial affairs, including superannuation, investments, shares, personal insurance and centrelink advice to peninsula clients.

Superannuation generally remains one of the most efficient means of managing your retirement funds, but should you use an industry fund, SMSF, retail fund or a wholesale platform? What about annuities? Peninsula Financial Group can help determine what is right for you and what planning strategies might be appropriate.

"Our objective is to find the best solution for your financial needs, as cost effectively as possible and bypass the necessity to travel to the city to access premium professional financial advice". Weir said.

Peninsula Financial Group will also work with your solicitor to ensure that your wills, power of attorney and superannuation beneficiaries are in order, whether your affairs may be simple or complex. For your financial planning needs contact the team at Peninsula Financial Group on 9783 4999 to arrange an appointment.

EXTENSIVE RANGE AT BAYSIDE SHOES

Bayside Shoes has been servicing the community for 30 years and has always maintained a large range of shoe choice that offers quality and value together with a shoe fitting service if you wish it. Otherwise you can browse at your leisure at the extensive range of quality shoes, leather handbags and fashionable Italian made clothing that the store offers. They have just received the new Pure Comfort, Via Nova Lite, Taos and Steplite range of orthotic friendly shoes and sandals. For men, Bayside has a large range of pure leather shoes that offer excellent width with comfort for casual, work or that special occasion. Many of these shoes already have orthotic inserts or the option to fit your own orthotic within it. They also offer a great range of safety boots with orthotic inserts in lace up/zip sided and pull on elastic sided boots for gardening or work. Bayside Shoes considers foot comfort with arch support to prevent flat feet a priority. Bayside Shoes offers a seniors discount on shoes and other items purchased. BAYSIDE SHOES is at 103 Railway Parade, Seaford Phone 9785 1887

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WILLS AND ESTATE PLANNING

Planning for your family’s future after you’re gone is an important legal task and the team at Mornington Legal are available to make it easier. If you take the time now to make an effective legally binding will and testament you can save your family not only stress but money in what will undoubtedly be a difficult time for them.

Anthony Snooks, an experienced commercial lawyer with substantial experience in all aspects of property law, commercial litigation, planning controls, wills and estates, council bylaws and court-work, says the team’s will and estate planning solicitors are ready to help. “We can advise you in regard to estate and probate laws, write a will that

maximises the inheritance for your family, set up family and testamentary trusts, advise you in regard to choosing executors and guardians, minimize the chance that your will is contested and subject to litigation,” said Anthony. “We can also advise in regard to estate tax and financial concerns, and safely store your will and other important legal documents.”

MORNINGTON LEGAL is at 2/342 Main Street, Mornington Phone 5975 7611 www.morningtonlegal.com.au

Mornington Legal suggest that at the same time as considering your will, you put into place for any future incapacity through power of attorney and guardianship documents.

“This will ensure that if you somehow become unable to make decisions about your finances, your medical treatment or living arrangements then the person or persons who you trust to make these decisions can do so unhindered,” said Anthony.

PROBLEM WITH A WILL? Call Mornington Legal The Peninsula’s Preferred Estate Planning Lawyers. Services include: •

Wills and Powers of Attorney •

Estate Planning

Will Challenges

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

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FRESH START FOR EXPERIENCED MT MARTHA LAWYER

Well-known and respected law local firm, Carroll Goldsmith Lawyers, has appointed Mt Martha resident and trusted family lawyer, Terry Weerappah. Terry is excited about the next step in his professional career. “Carroll Goldsmith Lawyers has a great reputation locally as a skilled and client-centric law firm, always striving to deliver the best results for their clients.”

“I’ll garner great personal satisfaction from sharing my years of family law experience with the team and welcome the opportunity to mentor the next generation of local lawyers,” Terry said.

The firm’s Director Richard Goldsmith said it is a coup for Carroll Goldsmith Lawyers to employ Terry who brings a wealth of experience having practiced for over 19 years on the Mornington Peninsula. “Terry’s reputation is formidable. He has a genuine enthusiasm for the law and a keen eye for detail. With his appointment to our team superior family legal advice is offered to our clients as well as an understanding of complex criminal matters which can at times impact on local families.”

Carroll Goldsmith Lawyers also practice in the areas of employment law and franchising law, extending into local government, litigation, property conveyancing and wills and estate planning services. For more information contact Carroll Goldsmith Lawyers on 5975 7588 or visit their website at www.carrollgoldsmith.com.au

CARROLL GOLDSMITH LAWYERS is at Level 1, 176 Main St, Mornington

Terry has experience in drafting complicated financial settlements, including binding financial and child support agreements. He has also represented clients in multifaceted financial, property and parenting cases, including international relocation matters and child abduction.

Carroll Goldsmith Lawyers has built a strong reputation on the Mornington Peninsula by assisting senior clients with retirement village contract advice, property conveyancing, wills and estate planning services.

For more information contact Carroll Goldsmith Lawyers on 5975 7588 or visit our website at www.carrollgoldsmith.com.au

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Casey Grange Village Selling Now!

DISPLAY VILLAS

Learn more at our next complimentary two course luncheon and information session. Call 1800 998 900 to register.

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CASEY GRANGE

RCA Villages develop, design, build and operate welcoming retirement living properties in Australia. RCA Villages is owned and operated by a long established retirement living management team, with over 150 years of combined experience in the sector, and are now offering Casey Grange Village. Moving into a retirement village is a big decision to make. You may be moving from a home you have lived in for many years and the thought of moving may be very daunting.

Today there are many living options that allow seniors to enjoy their retirement in a socially active, secure and convenient environment. It’s the start of a new and positive time, but with so many options and unfamiliar terms and legislation, it is difficult to ascertain what the best option for you is. Casey Grange Village is selling now, offering a superb option for retirement living, with a great location just a short drive to the Mornington Peninsula, Gippsland or Melbourne. Enjoy a modern retirement lifestyle, close to shops, services and amenity in one of Victoria’s fastest growing areas, and your social life will never be better. Racing types will enjoy frequenting the Cranbourne Turf and Harness Racing Club. Gardeners can inspire their green thumbs at the Royal Botanic Gardens, or Cruden Farm in Langwarrin; both are just 10 minutes away.

You can tee off at one of the many golf courses in Cranbourne, including Settlers Run and Ranfurlie Golf Clubs, or enjoy a wine over dinner at the Amstel Club.

Further afield, indulge in glorious food and wine on the Mornington Peninsula, just 20 minutes away. You may prefer a day trip to visit the fairy penguins at Phillip Island, or stock up on local produce from the Gippsland markets further down the road. With retirement living from $415,000, new home designs include two bedrooms plus study, two bathrooms, brick and render construction, a double garage, and paved north facing alfresco area. There is no deposit required to reserve your villa and nothing to sign until you sell your house.

Contemporary communal facilities at Casey Grange include a pamper centre, dining room, bar and lounge, medical consulting rooms, gymnasium, competition bowling green, and indoor swimming pool and spa. CASEY GRANGE is at 75 Evans Road, Cranbourne West. Phone 1800 998 900. www.caseygrange.com.au

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Cakes, Art/Craft, Plants, Pottery, Second-hand books, Delicious Food, Trash & Treasure, Devonshire Teas, Lawn Bowls Exhibition

Proudly presenting the Ian Smith Jazz Quartet, Peter Stanley & Dave Ashby (Grumpy Brothers) and Mt Erin College Music Dept The whole family will enjoy the Animal Farm, Face Painting, Jumping Castle, S.E.S & C.F.A Displays with Activities for the children

And to bring back those memories of days long gone a must see is the Classic Car & Classic Motor Cycle Display. ..... Featuring a Grand Parade commencing at 12.00pm

Village Baxter - Retirement Village Living in a Caring Community

8 Robinsons Road, Frankston South, Vic 3199 Telephone: 5971 1349 Parking available at Mt Erin School - Programme and Map available on the day


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THE VILLAGE BAXTER

The Village Baxter is a multi-tiered retirement community dedicated to the care of older persons. Established in 1974, it is situated on 75 acres of landscaped parkland, and provides accommodation to residents in 435 independent units. Located in Robinson's Road in Baxter, The Village Baxter is close to Frankston shops, while still retaining a rural charm.

Transport to and from the village is facilitated through the Village Bus, which is available for all residents to use, and follows a regular, reliable route, to the major regional shopping centres or connections with public transport to Melbourne city and beyond. There is no shortage of activities for the residents to enjoy. For those who enjoy gardening there is a vegetable patch, and their individual gardens outside the units.

For those clever with their hands, there are workshops, art classes, pottery classes and craft groups to meet with friends and others similarly skilled.

For the more active, there are two croquet lawns, a synthetic tennis court and a full 8 rink bowling green, as well as a variety of indoor recreations with table tennis tables and snooker tables located around the village all for the residents to enjoy. The staff at the Village Baxter are fully trained in their fields from registered nurses, housekeepers, professional carers, catering, maintenance, and the administration staff. All our staff strive to ensure that their job is done to the highest quality standard and consistency in achieving superior care for our residents.

"We value our people as individuals and all of our people have a lifetime of experience and knowledge, which we respect and recognise as we respond to their individual needs. We will trust, encourage, develop and support each other, as we contribute together to the wellbeing of our community."

THE VILLAGE BAXTER is at 8 Robinsons Rd, Frankston Sth. Phone 5971 1349 www.villagebaxter.com

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COMPLIMENTARY CARE FOR THOSE WHO CARED FOR US SPECIAL OFFER

2 YEARS OF CARE COMPLIMENTARY 60 DAYS MONEY BACK GUARANTEE Offer ends 31st October

Keith with Personal Carer, Laura Freedom family

At the very heart of a Freedom Aged Care community is a unique Care Governance model with a Freedom Care Program to meet the everyday and ongoing nursing and personal care needs of each and every one of our residents. Your complimentary two years of care includes; • • • • • • •

a Village Manager who is a Senior Registered Nurse a Clinical Case Manager (RN or EN) to manage individual personal care plan for identified care needs, access to 24 hour onsite care personal care delivered by onsite carers throughout the day and night diversional therapy programs for people with cognitive decline resident choices and freedom embraced and encouraged guaranteed consistent, qualified staff who live our values of love, decency, respect and kindness Freedom Aged Care is an approved provider to arrange commonwealth funding or home care packages.

We are so proud of this service we want you or your loved one to experience our care complimentary until August 2019 with 60 days money back guarantee*. Call 1800 316 495 today for arrange a personal tour today, this offer will end 31st October 2017. *All you’ll have to pay for is the service fees while you’ve been living with us, any legal costs, applicable stamp duty and utilities. The Money Back Guarantee is subject to particular time frames regarding sale and repayment, as well as other terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are outlined in full in our contract, which are available upon request.


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FREEDOM AGED CARE

Freedom Aged Care is a network of ground-breaking Home Care Communities that are transforming the very way we think about – and deliver - aged care in this country. With their focus firmly on freedom of choice, togetherness, independence and care, Freedom Aged Care communities are vibrant social hubs where residents own their own selfcontained units, live together as couples, regardless of their changing care needs and are free to bring their pets.

Unlike nursing homes, family and friends are actively encouraged to stay over and share the Freedom amenities and activities which include happy hour, movies, hair and beauty services and even vegie gardens and chook pens! At the heart of the Freedom experience is a powerful promise that sets this inspirational aged care network apart - “What’s life without freedom?” What indeed?

"Those who live here speak passionately about celebrating, sharing and living every moment to the full. Built on three key pillars – Care, Lifestyle and Community – and four sacred values – Love, Decency, Kindness and Respect – Freedom Aged Care is as different from traditional nursing homes as you can possibly imagine." Everything about Freedom Aged Care is designed exclusively around meeting your physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Every level of personal and nursing care, from low to high, dementia and palliative is available to you through every stage of your ageing journey.

Behind the everyday functioning of each Freedom community is a seamless support team comprising registered nurse village manager, carers, diversional therapists or lifestyle coordinators, cooks, gardeners, maintenance and admin staff. For those who call Freedom “home” of course, these dedicated individuals are simply “family” just like you!

"Our commitment to every ageing Australian who deserves not just good aged care or even better aged care, but the very best aged care this country can provide". Freedom Aged Care has a community right here in Dromana and more communities across Australia, feel free to call Freedom on 1800 316 495 or visit www. FreedomAgedCare.com.au. What’s life without freedom?

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TOBIN BROTHERS FUNERALS

Tobin Brothers Funerals has been proudly caring for the people of Victoria for over 80 years.

They employ over 215 caring, highly trained and committed people, including 12 direct descendants of the founders and serve the community from 24 branch locations throughout the Melbourne metropolitan area and Echuca, including the Mornington Peninsula. Widely recognised as an industry leader, Tobin Brothers Funerals was founded in the midst of The Great Depression by four brothers, Leo, Alphonsus, Thomas and Kevin Tobin and from these humble beginnings in 1934, has become Australia’s largest family owned funeral company.

Fixed Price Funeral Plan A Tobin Brothers Fixed Price Funeral Plan provides peace of mind for you and your family by:

• Ensuring that you’re not leaving your family with all of the decisions, details and costs. • Enabling you to decide exactly how you would like to be remembered. • Fixing the price of the funeral and securely investing your funds for the future.

For 24 Hour Service and Enquiries

(03) 9373 7000

www.tobinbrothers.com.au

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The ongoing success of the company is attributed to its constant development. Tobin Brothers Funerals consistently endeavours to be innovative and to create significant points of difference between itself and its competitors. The development of the life centred funeral and personalised coffins; the introduction of the in-house Memories and Tributes department that creates video and printed tributes products for funeral services and the establishment of Frances Tobin Funerals by Women which became the first ‘all female’ funeral company in Victoria, were all significant moves forward. Tobin Brothers Funerals has always been recognised as one of the industry’s most prolific innovators; its Fixed Price Funeral Plan, launched in 1984, was a proud demonstration of that reputation. The creation of the Funeral Plan came about because of the increasing number of people who were keen to put in place plans for their eventual funerals.

The most attractive aspect of the Fixed Price Funeral Plan is that the price is fixed forever so that even in the event of the purchaser living for another ten or twenty years, the cost of the funeral, regardless of inflation, would remain unchanged from the day the contract was signed. The appeal of the Fixed Price Funeral Plan quickly became evident and in 1993 all such funeral plans were protected under law by the passing of Pre-Paid Monies Act, which means that even in the unlikely event of the funeral company’s closure, the contract will be honoured. 2012 saw the launch of the Tobin Brothers Funerals Memory Maker App which has won worldwide corporate acclaim, the first of its kind in the funeral industry. When downloaded to a smartphone or tablet, the App enables a client family to make decisions about such things as coffins, caskets, flowers, transportation and catering, even before meeting with a funeral planner. In September 2017, Tobin Brothers Funerals celebrate the milestone of conducting their 250,000th funeral service. For more information visit www.tobinbrothers.com.au or call their Funeral Advice Line on 9373 7000.


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CHEMIST DISCOUNT CENTRE

The Chemist Discount Centre at Peninsula Home is your one stop shop when it comes to all senior’s needs. Working in collaboration with doctors, the team at Chemist Discount Centre make it their business to ensure the health and safety of our elderly generation. Owner Chemist Discount Centre, Khai Tran, says they have many products and services for seniors.

“For seniors, we offer medication packs called med packs or dose administration packs. We can liaise with their doctors, and get a full medication profile so we can pack and keep track of medication according to the profile,” said Khai. “This reduces medication mistakes and as part of the program we can also make sure their prescription is up to date so they will never run out of medication.” Chemist Discount Centre also has a Tena program for incontinence pads with a rebate for every fifth pack. Chemist Discount Warehouse offer free delivery and have prescription drop off to residential homes and retirement villages. CHEMIST DISCOUNT CENTRE is at Shop 2-3, 1128 -1132 Nepean Highway Mornington. Phone 5977 1977.

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SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB EVENTS National Seniors Rosebud Branch 11 October 2017 12.30pm - 4.00pm Join us for a club get-together luncheon for members and friends followed by coffee and cake to finish the day. Contact Les for information 0405 033 211

Blairgowrie Senior Citizens Club 20 October 2017 12.00noon - 2.30pm Join in a very social and friendly lunch. We would love to see some new faces.

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Chemist Discount Centre Peninsula Home 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington

Talk to your local Pharmacist: Khai Tran

Supporting Seniors in our local community Ask about our Dose Administration Aid Service

Contact Lyn for information 0411 740 592 lyndham52@gmail.com

The Briars Historical Homestead 11 October 2017 11.00am, 1.00pm or 2.30pm Present your Seniors Card for free entry and a guided tour of the homestead. Obtain your free entry ticket from the Visitor Centre on arrival and enjoy a short 17 minute introductory film. No bookings required unless in a group of 10 or more.

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery FREE Entry to Exhibitions 8-15 October 2017 FREE entry into MPRG for Seniors Card holders. Dunns Road, Mornington Contact the Gallery for a program or visit: mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Exhibitions

Proprietor: Khai Tran

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DYNAMIC

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HIT THE PENINSULA By Melissa Walsh

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f you've been watching the news lately, been on social media or have visited Melbourne CBD in recent weeks you may have seen the work of renowned Melbourne 'street art duo' Cit Cat. Behind their hidden identity, the dynamic duo are Daryl and Anna Boyle.

Now the street artists are setting their sights on the peninsula, where Anna grew up with her family and has a particular affiliation. “I grew up at Merricks Beach and we’ve had artists in the family for generations. Mum is an art teacher and my grandma did pottery in the backyard. We’re a very artistic family,“ said Anna. “I have studied fine art, and Daryl has a graphic design background.” The couple started their sign business together at the age of 21 and have worked together ever since. “We’ve never stopped doing art. We love being creative,” said Daryl, who was self-employed as a graphic designer for many years. “We made a good living running a boutique sign company and were always thrilled to do the more creative jobs.” With creativity in their blood, it was a natural progression for the couple to want to transform their passion for art in a more public forum, which is how their street art was born. “The sign business and street art are very similar in that they use the same set of skills. We created Cit Cat as our street name because it is perfect for the kind of undercover work street art inspires. Our first street artwork was in Hosier Lane. We worked late at night with our masks on to keep some anonymity,” said Daryl, who says Cit Cat Art is a natural evolution from commercial art to street art. “As artists we want to share our art and ideas. Our motto is, street art meets fine art. We’ve been ‘Cit Cat’ since May last year.” The duo were surprised to suddenly get notoriety this year when they painted the security bollards in the city and it has increased their passion for art and spreading their message of love and peace. continued next page...

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“We suddenly came under the spotlight with the newspapers and other media when we painted the bollards. We wanted to make the blocks look beautiful,” said the couple who are all about spreading love in the world without any hint of a political agenda. “We saw that an artist had displayed his work with fabric on a bollard and thought it would be a great way to show our work as well.” “Cit Cat Art is about being strong and positive. We are not politically based and want to spread love, warmth and empowerment,” said the couple, who have always expressed a punchy pop art feel in their work. “We’re inspired by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Rauschenberg and various street artists such as Seen, Quik, Cope2, Blek le Rat and Banksy. We love using bright colours and graphic imagery.” These days, the couple are keen to bring their kind of art and positiveness to the Mornington Peninsula. “We want to use the peninsula this summer as a muse for our photo-stencilled Cit Cat style. We have used iconic places like Flinders Street Station in our urban art and plan to use the beach, vineyards and nautical themes,” said the team. “That way we can bring more interest to the peninsula by having coastal inspired designs in some of our street art.”

Recently, Cit Cat Art was invited to exhibit their street art designs at the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival and have received orders for their artworks via Instagram. “We love that street art is becoming more accepted in the art world and in mainstream culture. Street art has enjoyed a lot of media attention in recent years and this helps to encourage appreciation for the art form,” said the couple. “We know that graffiti has a mixed audience. We never tag. We respect private and public property and only work on walls in approved laneways and private commissions. We'd love to work on an edgy, coast inspired mural that pays tribute to peninsula life. We want to share Cit Cat’s art and philosophy and help connect Melbourne audiences with this beautiful region.” For further details on Cit Cat Art email themilkyway@outlook.com Phone 0418 183 183 www.citcatart.com

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Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 by Gary Grealy (detail)

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SALO’S WORK COMES TO FRANKSTON By Melissa Walsh

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ontemporary artist Steve Salo collaborated with one of Australia’s most globally recognised and respected theatre companies, Back to Back Theatre, to create portraits of the ensemble actors and artistic director. This wonderful and thought provoking exhibition is coming to Frankston Arts Centre from October 19 to December 9.

“The portraits will be on display in the Curved Wall Gallery and I am thrilled that many theatre and art lovers will get to see these works,” said Steve, who is known for his big brush strokes and huge chunks of paint that convey intense emotions. Best known for his emotive portraiture and landscape paintings, Steve showed a natural talent for painting at a young age, getting his first oil paints at the age of eight. Of Ukrainian descent, he received early encouragement from his craftsman grandfather, Dido, who lived next door in Herne Hill, Geelong. Largely self-taught, Steve’s first solo exhibition ‘Portraits of Artists’ was held at Metropolis Gallery in 2014. Since then, he’s created more shows: ‘Passerby’, ‘The Back to Back Theatre Portraits’, ‘Expressions of Landscape’ and ‘Halcyon Days’. Steve's profile as a contemporary artist continues to grow with his paintings shortlisted in prestigious prices across Australia and Europe. His works are in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, USA, Canada and the UK. After a long road, Steve is now on his way to living his dream; making a life and a living from his painting. “Through the visual voice of painting, I communicate emotion. We are complex of mind and spirit, my intent as a contemporary portrait artist is to explore the human psyche through painting these complexities,” said Steve. “I am interested in portraying this aspect rather than focusing on the surface level alone. My landscape paintings also go beyond the visual perception; I am more concerned with portraying the feelings evoked by being in a place.” The Back to Back Theatre Portraits is on display at the FAC Curved Wall Gallery from October 19 to December 9. www.thefac.com.au

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FROM NATURE

OCHRES AND COLOUR AT WHISTLEWOOD THIS SPRING

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histlewood Gallery’s curators Susan McCulloch & Emily McCulloch Childs have just returned from their annual northern trips with many new and different examples of Aboriginal art to feature in their spring exhibition, From Nature. “This year we’ve been to Cairns and Far North Queensland and an extensive trip to Kimberley art centres as well as to Darwin,” says Susan McCulloch. “We’re excited to be showing a really new range of works including those of the well known Lockhart River artists Rosella Namok, Samantha Hobson and Fiona Omeenyo along with some great new Kimberley works in ochre and the exuberant works by rising star Halls Creek artist Janet Dreamer, the award winning Sonia Kurarra and other artists from Fitzroy Crossing, WA. The subtle hues of new paintings by contemporary artists David Beaumont and Claudine Marzik and artists such as the APY

Land’s Julie Yatjitja as well as textured barks in ochre from East Arnhem Land provide great contrasts to the brilliantly coloured works – with all chosen to demonstrate the artists’ connection to their lands and the spring season of rebirth and renewal. Image below left: Julie Yatjitja, Rockhole Country, 101 x 152cm. Courtesy the artist and Iwantja Arts. Exhibition Open to November 12 11am - 4pm Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays WHISTLEWOOD Gallery A: 642 Tucks Road, Shoreham T: 5989 8282 E: info@mccullochandmcculloch.com.au mccullochandmcculloch.com.au

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PENINSULA’S 1st Beer, Wine & Cider Festival T

he Mornington Peninsula can now lay claim to its own beer, wine and cider festival.

On Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November, the first Peninsula VineHop Festival will come to life at ten locations across the Mornington Peninsula. The festival will showcase some of the peninsula’s most popular venues while also shining the spotlight on lesser-known, hidden gems. “The Mornington Peninsula is well-known for its wineries and is also celebrated for its microbreweries and cideries. We are bringing a selection of these together for a fun-filled festival weekend, so people can experience the diversity of the Peninsula,” said Lisa MacGregor, Event Producer of the Peninsula VineHop Festival. “It is not just another wine festival. There is something to excite craft beer lovers, pinot drinkers, cider sippers – there is even a distillery involved that produces gin and other spirits.” continued next page...


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The ten festival locations are Blue Range Estate Wines, Dromana Estate, Hickinbotham Estate and Hix Beer, Merricks General Wine Store at Baillieu, Mock Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula Brewery, Nazaaray Estate Winery, Phaedrus Estate, Red Hill Brewery and Red Hill Estate. “There are also three pop-up bars – Jetty Road Brewery at Dromana Estate and Bass and Flinders Distillery and Mr Banks Brewery at Red Hill Estate – which really adds to the variety people can enjoy during the festival,” Lisa said. Festival-goers gain exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ access at some venues. Baillieu vineyard, rarely open to the public, will be opening for the weekend and the Mornington Peninsula Brewery will host the festival at its production site. Mornington Peninsula Brewery and Red Hill Brewery will also be developing special brews exclusively for the VineHop Festival. Each location will feature live bands or DJs and will have food available, either through their own restaurant or from some of Melbourne’s best food trucks. Details are being finalised and will be announced shortly. Tickets for the Peninsula VineHop Festival are now on sale and start from $38. A limited number of Festival pre-sale tickets are available. Transport can also be booked, including shuttle buses, set tours and private buses. For more information about tickets, transport, participating venues, food trucks and entertainment visit the official website vinehopfestival.com.au

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St Louis Style Pork Ribs (Free Range) Red Gum Barbecue 87 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill Phone 5989 3156 Â www.redgumbbq.com.au

Salmon caparcio Blue Mini Eatery, Emporium, Events 2 Colchester Raod, Rosebud Phone 5981 2520 www.bluemini.com.au

Broccoli Salad Red Gum Barbecue 87 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill Phone 5989 3156 Â www.redgumbbq.com.au

Zucchini and corn fritters served with avo smash, poached egg, crispy bacon, confit tomatoes & basil pesto oil Main Sail Cafe Bar 90 Main St, Mornington Phone 5975 7883 www.mainsailcafebar.com.au

Gluten free rosewater and pistachio friandes Blue Mini Eatery, Emporium, Events 2 Colchester Raod, Rosebud Phone 5981 2520 www.bluemini.com.au

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A FINE BALANCE OF JAPAN By Melissa Walsh Photo Gary Sissons

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ikaru Orita has one philosophy – success is ensured when you follow your passion. For Hikaru, chef and owner of Orita’s2 Balnarring, that passion has always been cooking since the time he was a small child in Japan and food was a scarcity.

“I grew up in the southern part of Japan in a village on the mountain called Miyazake, said the 66-year-old. “It was just after the war and food was in short supply; we were always hungry. After the war, we had lost everything and the whole country was upside down. Every day I was hungry so we went and got food naturally out of the trees and from the ground. It has made me very sensitive to my surroundings which is why I have always used only natural foods in my restaurants. I don’t use any artificial flavouring or colouring as these things are very negative to me,” said Hikaru who felt that a chef ’s job was a way to make beautiful food and earn a living. “At the age of 14 I already decided I wanted to be a chef and didn’t want to be hungry any more. In fact my two brothers and I all became chefs,” said Hikaru, who did his apprenticeship in Tokyo and Osaka and studied with the founder of Teppanyaki. “I have been fortunate enough to learn from the best and travelled extensively with my career. I set up restaurants in the Hyatt

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Hotels all over the world, including the Middle East.” In a serendipitous turn of events, this world-renowned Japanese chef found his home on the Mornington Peninsula and is now finding the perfect balance of work and home. “After travelling the world for many years, I decided to make my home in Australia. My family and I moved over here after I was sent to Sydney in the late '80s to do market research for the hotels. I soon discovered this country was the place I wanted to live and raise my family,” said Hikaru. After opening restaurants in Adelaide and then Toorak, Hikaru was able to finally do what he had dreamed of: own and run his own restaurant exactly the way he wanted. Now, with the opening of Orita’s2 in Balnarring, his full dream is realised with a smaller, more intimate restaurant that offers top quality Japanese cuisine with the Hikaru twist. “My dream since day one of starting my apprenticeship was to have my own restaurant. My restaurant is not a typical authentic Japanese restaurant. It is based on traditional Japanese with my own food creations that you will not get in any other restaurant,” said Hikaru, who uses a fusion of meats like lamb and pigeon with Japanese elements. “I use all the Japanese ingredients with


more Australian or European meats like my lamb shank dish or pigeon dish.” Hikaru spends many months creating dishes for his restaurant, utilising his experience with international dining and his Japanese heritage. “Moving to Balnarring with Orita’s2 is the best decision that started with a visit to a friend who lives here. I decided to sell my Toorak restaurant and relocate here and it is been well received. The funny thing is I still see a lot of my Toorak customers as they come down here,” said Hikaru, who opened Orita’s2 in Balnarring in 2015. “Now I have balance in my life and I love being on this beautiful side of the peninsula.” After so many years of working successfully as a chef, Hikaru says there is one thing that has not changed. “I am happy just to create food and this is my passion. It doesn’t matter what job you do; if you have passion for your work that is all that matters.” Orita’s2 is at Shop 17, Balnarring Village, 3050 FrankstonFlinders Road Balnarring Phone 5931 3232 www.oritas2.com.au

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Recipe

LAMB SHANK WITH DARK JAPANESE SOY SAUCE INGREDIENTS Shank Dark Japanese soy sauce Tamari Normal Soy Sauce Sake Mirin

METHOD 1. Put shank in a saucepan and cook slowly for one and a half hour until meat is soft 2. Remove the shanks and strain the stock 3. Add all remaining ingredients Into the stock 4. Add the shank and reboil

5. Keep the shank soaking in the stock overnight In the fridge 6. Reheat the shank when ready to eat 7. Top up with sauce and spring onion 8. Serve with your favourite vegetables

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PT. LEO ESTATE ANNOUNCES A-LIST RESTAURANT TEAM By Melissa Walsh

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t Leo Estate, the multimillion-dollar sculpture park and restaurant due to open on in late October, is already set to blow the peninsula culinary culture out of the water, having announced their A-list hospitality team. Having already recruited Rockpool/Eleven Bridge chef Phil Wood as culinary director, the team is now joined by Ainslie Lubbock to manage both the main 110-seat Point Leo Restaurant, which opens next month, as well as the more intimate dining room, which will follow by the end of the year.

of the community on the Mornington Peninsula,” said Lubbock, who brings a wealth of knowledge and over 15 years’ experience to Pt. Leo Restaurant having worked at some of Australia’s leading dining destinations including The Royal Mail Hotel, Attica, Cutler and Co. and Pei Modern, Melbourne. “I have been a regular visitor to the peninsula having been an old friend of Gary Crittenden who I knew since being a young waiter. We have also attended quite a few weddings down on the peninsula as well.”

The hospitality veteran will lead the senior team which includes Joel Alderson as senior sous chef and Andrew Murch as head sommelier.

Lubbock says the move to the peninsula is a welcome sea change and she is looking forward to being part of the complex and interesting project that is at the top of its class.

“I am so excited about this new venture and getting to be part

“The project is exciting and has aspirations to be the highest

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quality. The sculptures the Gandels have acquired over a period of time beautify the sense of remoteness on the headland and set the scene for a unique dining experience,” said Lubbock. “It is great to be part of it and my background and style is to set up a warm and unique environment for hospitality. For Phil, it is important to set up an experience of Mornington, to engage with local producers and suppliers.” After living in various parts of regional Australia, Lubbock says she looks forward to getting to know the area more intimately and setting up a family environment at the new restaurant. “I am looking forward to being near the water and part of the community. When you set up a restaurant it essentially becomes like family. It will be great to have peninsula people working with us and we will make sure that the staff is engaged with the philosophy of what we are doing here. I believe particularly when you work with young people it is important they understand what they are doing to create a richer experience for them,” said Lubbock, who as a wine lover is also looking forward to the viticulture aspects. “I have never lived near a regional area which is close to wineries, and I am looking forward to getting to know the local wines.” Sous chef, Joel Alderson honed his skills in the kitchens of

celebrated restaurants Attica, The Royal Mail, and most recently leading the brigade at The Hotel Windsor as Executive Chef. Rounding out the senior restaurant team is Sommelier Andrew Murch formerly of Rockpool Bar & Grill and Stokehouse. Culinary Director, Phil Wood is thrilled to be working alongside a team of professionals that bring a breadth of experience and knowledge to Pt. Leo Restaurant. “It will be great to be working with such a talented team and I’m excited for each of them to put their unique stamp on Pt. Leo Restaurant,” Wood said. “I can’t wait to introduce them to the wonders of the Mornington Peninsula.” Wood has been working closely with local producers to develop a food offering that represents the diversity of the region. Central to the Pt. Leo Restaurant offering will be a large wood-fire grill. Pt. Leo Restaurant with 110 seats, sculpture park and cellar door will open in late October and a second, more intimate dining space, will open at the end of 2017. www.ptleoestate.com.au

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History

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omicide detectives who investigated the murder of 14-year-old Shirley May Collins, whose battered body was found in September 1953 at Mt Martha, described the murder as “one of the most vicious and sadistic in the history of Victoria”.

The investigation was said to be one of the biggest and most intensive manhunts in the history of Australian crime. Shirley Collins was described as a young, shy, smiling and innocent girl. Her father had died and her mother remarried and moved to Queensland. She was one of four foster children living with her foster parents, Mr and Mrs A E Collins. Shirley left her Reservoir home at 7.15pm on Saturday 12 September to go to a teenagers’ party in Richmond and had promised her foster mother she would return home early. The party was at the home of a young workmate; guests were mostly teenage members of Coles staff where Shirley worked. Ron Holmes, 21, of Chelsea, had arranged to meet her at Richmond station at 8pm. Holmes waited for nearly an hour and then went to the party alone. Mrs Collins sensed something was wrong when her daughter did not return home by midnight. Early Sunday morning, Mrs Collins took her worries to a policeman who lived nearby. The constable dismissed the mother’s fears, saying Shirley must have missed the last train and was probably sleeping at a girlfriend’s place and would be home in the

morning. But eight hours later he referred Mrs Collins to the CIB. Police received information that a girl answering Shirley’s description, and who they were almost certain was Shirley, was seen getting into a car near Regent CHK station only a few minutes before she was to have boarded a bus to take her to the city. Police believed the girl accepted a lift, expecting to be taken to her destination at Richmond, but instead was driven to Mt Martha. A large squad of CIB detectives and police worked 24 hour days in an endeavour to locate the murder scene. They searched the Mt Martha and Dromana areas, questioning people who may have been able to provide clues. At least five people saw Shirley's body without realising she was dead; they presumed it was a girl sunbaking. People told police they had seen Shirley and a well-spoken young man in Mornington on Saturday and Sunday nights. She was seen with the man at a hotel on Saturday night. Mr Allan Downs, the licensee of Mornington’s Grand Hotel, recognised Shirley’s photo as soon as it was shown to him by the police. Downs told police, “Shirley walked into the hotel lounge with a man about 26 to 30 soon after 8.30pm. I noticed them particularly because the lounge was empty, which is unusual on a Saturday night. I asked them if they were bona fide travellers and they said ‘Yes’ and sat down at a table a few feet from us. continued next page...

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“They had one glass of beer each; then they got up and left at about 8.50pm. This drew my attention because it is unusual for anyone to have just one glass of beer on a Saturday night. Although I did not notice the pair laughing or joking, they seemed quite friendly. “As the girl left the lounge, she turned her head and smiled and said ‘Goodnight. Thank you very much’. The girl could have passed for an adult for her hair was done differently to the photo, but I feel sure it was her.” Shirley Collins was then seen at a cafe in Mornington on the Sunday night. An employee of the cafe, Mrs Larkins, recognised a photograph of Shirley. She said, “The girl was with a youth aged about 18, with a long, pointed nose, brushed back hair, and of medium build”. In the early morning of Monday 14 September, the body of Shirley Collins was discovered at Mt Martha by Lionel Liardit. The 73-year-old man told police that his fox terrier, Bombo, had drawn his attention to the body. “I was walking along Marine Drive to pick up my mail,” he said. “Bombo was chasing rabbits and wallabies then ran into the grounds of the house and came back barking and tugging the cuff of my trousers. I wasn’t in any hurry and Bombo’s a pretty intelligent dog so I went to see what was worrying him. I saw the body.” Liardit was shaken by the horror of his discovery. Later medical examination showed Shirley had been dead for 10 to 12 hours. Police believed the three broken beer bottles found near her battered body were the cause of her death. She had been the victim of a brutal attack. A bottle, heavy with beer, had been smashed on her head and knocked her unconscious. Two other bottles, tops still firmly clamped, had been shattered against the back of her head.

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The pretty face of Shirley Collins had been completely destroyed by blocks of cement. Her nose, jaw, cheekbones and forehead were broken. Her clothes had been ripped from her body and thrown in trees and scrub. A stocking, still fastened to a suspender belt, was found on a tree stump. Evidence at the murder scene indicated the man who killed her was shrewd and dangerous, and had given police few clues to his identity. Detectives ruled out the theory that Shirley had been abducted and taken to Mornington Peninsula by force. They believed the car used was stolen and later abandoned. Days later, a shoe was found suspended about 1.5 metres off the ground on the branch of a tree about 10 metres from the scene of the murder. Inspector F Hobley, Chief of the Scientific Bureau, found the missing shoe by chance. He brushed aside a bush to get past, and the shoe fell to the ground. Officers involved in the investigation were puzzled to explain why dozens of police and civilians who searched the murder scene on previous days did not find the shoe. They thought the shoe may have been brought back to the murder scene. Police were anxious to interview a young man over the brutal slaying of Shirley Collins. Inspector Donnelly, who was in charge of the investigations, said, “The man may be able to assist us greatly”. Police believed the man and a young girl called at Mr Hubbard’s store in Tyabb about 9.30pm on the night of Shirley’s death. They were seen travelling in a dark coloured sedan perhaps a 1940 model Vauxhall. Inspector Donnelly said, “At about 11.45 on the same night, a


Left: A photograph of the murder scene. Source HWT archives. Right: A reconstruction of what Shirley Collins was wearing on the day or her murder. The picture ran in colour in The Argus, a groundbreaking technological advance for newspapers at the time.

light coloured sedan of Vauxhall, Vanguard or Holden size with a chrome radiator and fittings was seen parked at the side of the roadway in Marine Drive, near Safety Beach, about a quarter of a mile from where Shirley’s body was found”. Police believed a man and a woman had been in the car for some time. “There is little doubt that this couple saw something that would be of great assistance to the investigators,” Inspector Donnelly said. He urged any person knowing the identity of the couple to come forward. A radio broadcast of the possible events leading to Shirley Collins death was the first made in Victorian crime history and was similar to one broadcast in Sydney in 1952. “We are hoping that the radio dramatisation will yield just one small point that will enable us to unravel the mystery,” Inspector Donnelly said. “I am still certain that someone in Melbourne can supply the missing link. We have questioned so many criminals, perverts and suspects that our field will narrow quickly as soon as we get the link.” Australia-wide interest was focused on the inquest into the murder of Shirley Collins, conducted by Coroner J R Burke after a 14-month search for her killer. On Wednesday 20 October 1954, 14 witnesses gave evidence at the Melbourne Coroner’s Court. A young married woman, who arrived under police escort with her head covered by a hood, gave evidence at the inquest. Mr Burke ordered that the woman’s name should not be published and that she be referred to as “Mrs X”. The woman, a “New Australian”, said she saw Shirley Collins talking to a man aged between 40 and 45 in a car at Richmond on the night she was killed. She had identified the girl from pictures in newspapers and other photographs. After the 14 witnesses had given evidence, Mr Burke found that the girl was murdered by an unknown person and had a terrifying experience. “She was an innocent victim of a murderer;, her body was shockingly mutilated. How she was lured to the scene remains a mystery. It is regrettable that efforts by the police to trace the fiend responsible for his revolting crime have so far not met with success,” Mr Burke said. Inspector Donnelly, who assisted the coroner, said later that the case was not closed and investigations had been carried out even in the past 24 hours. Another police interview was conducted in Bairnsdale on Saturday 6 November when Detective Sergeant F Adam and Detective Kevin McMahon of Russell Street Homicide Squad interviewed a middleaged man who had lived at East Melbourne near where Shirley continued next page...

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Collins was last seen alive, but had left the area about the time of her death. The detectives returned to Melbourne and stated it had not taken them any closer to solving the case. A year later, a 37-year-old man “confessed” to police that he had murdered Shirley at Mt Martha. The man told police he knew Shirley for at least two years before she died. He was a close friend of Shirley’s mother. He insisted several times that on the night of 12 September, he drove Shirley to Mt Martha and killed her because they had argued throughout that night. Detectives questioned him for three and a half hours but after he failed to reconstruct his movements and draw diagrams of the area where Shirley’s body was found, they released him. Inspector Donnelly, who led the interrogation, said, “The man was the first who had confessed to having killed Shirley, but this is the first time anyone has tried hard to convince us that he was the killer”. Inspector Donnelly said he and Senior Detective Noel Wilby, of the homicide squad, were convinced the man was innocent. “Although it was nearly a year since Shirley was killed, there is no reason to suppose that the murderer will not be found. We are still quite hopeful.” The murder of Shirley May Collins was Victoria’s most publicised and most baffling crime of the era.

Hundreds of people watched in sorrow as Shirley was buried at Preston Cemetery on 18 September 1953. The funeral service was conducted by Reverend J Sharman who said, “The man who killed her will be ultimately brought to judgement for his crime against society”. Police teams interviewed more than 4000 people without finding a vital clue to identify the murderer. At times they had strong suspects, but none of them proved to be the killer. Newspapers headlined the story for months and the murder is still unsolved to this day. Did a killer confess? In the mid 2000's, a man reportedly admitted to murdering Shirley Collins in a death-bed confession. He also claimed to have murdered another woman, Elizabeth Maureen Williams, a 20-year-old typist, at Albert Park beach in 1949.. Although the murders were four year apart, it is believed details provided meant that police believed the confession credible. Although nobody was ever charged with the murder of Shirley Collins, another man was charged with the murder of Elizabeth Williams. John Bryan Kerr was found guilty of the murder, and sentenced to hang. His death sentence was later commuted to 20 years imprisonment. Once released, he lived under a new identity. he married, had two children and lived out his life as a free man. Until his dying day, he maintained his innocence in the killing of Elizabeth Williams.

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Balnarring is situated on the Mornington Peninsula, around 10 kilometres south-west of the major centre of Hastings and fronting Western Port. It is 69 km from Melbourne.

BALNARRING FACTS Median house price for Balnarring is $730,000 and median rent is $450 per week. The population of Balnarring area in 2016 is 4789 (including Balnarring, Merricks, and Somers). Balnarring's shopping village is located two kilometres inland and includes a supermarket and a good selection of speciality shops. The shopping village is built around a large central car park which is surrounded by trees and gardens. The Balbirooroo Community Wetlands border the commercial centre, and include a lagoon and walking trails. Balnarring Beach, also known as Tulum Beach, features sweeping crescents of coastline and a foreshore reserve which offers safe swimming along sandy stretches of the coast. Racehorses are trained on the beach early in the morning six days a week. Balnarring Beach holds the award for the "Cleanest Beach in Victoria" from the Keep Australia Beautiful committee. Merricks Creek joins Western Port at Balnarring, forming a narrow peninsula of land which is traversed by walking

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paths and footbridges around the shallow creek. One of the most scenic parts of Balnarring Beach is around Cliff Road which is situated on a bushy headland. A walking track winds its way down the cliff face to the sandy beach below, offering spectacular views along the coast. Just to the east of Balnarring on the coast in neighboring Somers are the Coolart Wetlands. This nature reserve surrounds the historical Coolart Homestead which was built in 1895, and includes a lagoon where thousands of Australian white ibis nest every year, plus attractive picnic and BBQ areas. Balnarring is Aboriginal meaning "camp in open places". In the summer months, Balnarring Beach comes alive with holiday makers. It first became a holiday destination back in 1910 for day trippers from Melbourne. Back then, there were many beach stores and kiosks. Today there is one general store at the beach.

COFFEE SAFARI Fresh brewed coffee is a must have for weekends away and Balnarring is a must visit destination with great coffee haunts around the town. Here are a few to check out when head down to this beautiful seaside township.

FONTALINA Shop 8, Tulum Village 2 Russell Street Amazing coffee with best pastries and pizza if you feel like something heavier. Relaxed atmosphere where the whole family can feel comfortable.

VILLAGE PEOPLE BALNARRING Balnarring Village Shopping Centre 3050 Frankston-Flinders Road Great spot to chill out for breakfast with excellent coffee and eggs and free Wi-Fi as well.

THE HERITAGE 3059 Frankston-Flinders Road The Heritage provides tasty meals made from local produce in front of open fires or on sunny decks, or just relax with a hot coffee and delicious cake from the extensive menu.


WHAT TO DO? Whether it’s strolling along the award winning Balnarring beach, checking out the wetlands, or heading to one of a wide variety of restaurants, Balnarring has something for everybody. In the summer months, the beachside town is alive with holiday makers. In the cooler months, it’s a charming township with markets, homemade goods and some of the best international cuisine in the area. Check out the original Harley Club building or wine taste at the variety of boutique wineries. Photography: Yanni

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THE EMU PLAINS MARKET : A MUST SEE FOR MARKET LOVERS IN THE HEART OF BALNARRING!

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ne of the region’s coolest and most popular outdoor attractions, the Emu Plains Market is a monthly celebration of the Peninsula’s unique culture, creative artisans and diverse producers. Beneath the sun dappled gumtree canopy, local traders transform the bush setting of the Emu Plains Reserve into a snaking trail of colourful market stalls welcoming people with an offer of unique crafts, amazing food and fresh produce. “People love to find special hand crafted items or just simply graze their way through this vibrant seaside setting” says market organiser, Vanessa Johnson. “The stallholders offer an abundance of variety from hand made goods and designer pieces to farm-fresh produce; you'll find everything you could ever dream of at the EPM!’ she says.

O H TH F F EA U P FA E W N S M HO FO IL L R Y E !

A family friendly event the market also has plenty for kids to explore! Face painting and fun with Faery Emma, jumping castles and native animal education are just a few exciting things you will find on market day.

There is also monthly craft workshops with talented stallholders and free entertainment from resident musicians The Whisky Gypsies & Matt Katsis. The Emu Plains Market also proudly supports the community by offering free space & support to local not-for-profit groups and donates car parking money to help support Western Port Rotary and the Emu Plains Reserve. In the future, they hope to start up an emerging artist fund to support local emerging artists. Whatever you love you’ll enjoy the sights, sounds, flavours, action and colour of the Peninsula’s most loved outdoor market. The Emu Plains Market is on the third Saturday of every month from October to April (check website for up to date times and special January twilight markets) For more details log onto www.emuplainsmarket.com.au You can also check out the other great events we run at www.untoldevents.com.au

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elburnians have started heading to the Mornington Peninsula in the same way as New Yorkers head to the Hamptons. With its beaches, vineyards, fine restaurants and freeway access, it is fast becoming one of the ‘go to’ places for rest and relaxation. Dotted across the peninsula are several classically inspired properties by designer, Stephen Akehurst, who is also a Flinders local, and designer of some of Victoria’s most prestigious homes, including Andrew Kroger’s “Boyd’s Point” Flinders estate. Now, the highly-acclaimed designer has placed his own property on the market, offered for sale by prestige agent Chantal Hooper with a price guide of $12,000,000. Lower Lower Steading, with a name that derives from family history, is an imposing manor of grand proportions and perfect symmetry located between Main Ridge and Flinders. Offering almost 7,500 square metres of manicured grounds, the fivebedroom, five-bathroom, five-car estate has the spirit of a French chateau without being a replica in which traditional formality and contemporary informality go hand in hand. Built for his own occupation as a country escape, the house has been designed in accordance with classical principles. “I bought the land here in the 1990s,” said Mr Akehurst. “We had

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lived next door and it had this magnificent sea view and I didn’t want it to be blocked out by someone else buying the property.”

with fireplace; a dining zone and an impressive chef ’s kitchen with separate pantry/scullery.

Mr Akehurst’s love affair with the peninsula began back in his 20’s when he discovered the farming area close to the ocean.

On the first floor, a master bedroom suite with a spacious mirrored dressing room and bathroom is accessed via the upper gallery of the central hall. Across the landing is a generous study with fireplace; and beyond that, entered through another pair of doors, is a long room lit by dormer windows in its attic ceiling and designed to be fitted as a cinema or gymnasium.

“It was really quiet down here and I love that we have the ability to look out over farmland to the sea.” With a reputation for creating classically stylish designs that are also comfortable and practical, this is the precise idea he had for his own property. “While the designs and layouts are elegant, I feel it is very important for homes to be warm and inviting. You want to be able to relax in your home,” he said. Lower Lower Steading is accessed via a private curved driveway and is secluded behind trees on three sides. The fourth side commands an amphitheatre-like panorama over fields and ocean vistas to Phillip Island whilst the manicured grounds that frame the house include a terraced garden and swimming pool. The stately home’s rich and textured interiors are the creation of Adrian Cannata of Akehurst Cannata Interiors. Though its steep roofs are wood-shingled, its lateral wings dormered and its tall windows shuttered, the house reveals other architectural influences in its design, notably associated with The Hamptons on Long Island. This is evident in the fine timber construction. The front door under its pillared porch is reached across a gravelled forecourt. The door opens into a galleried staircase hall, lofty and stately and considered the heart of the house. At its opposite end, French doors are positioned on an axis with the front door and provide a first glimpse of the stunning country and ocean views. Every room on the ground floor has French doors opening onto a broad terrace that run the full length of the house and overlook the swimming pool and main garden. The terrace has a covered loggia at either end. One houses a stone-built barbecue and pizza oven with outdoor dining area; the other is designed for outdoor sitting, with a stone-built fireplace for cooler weather. Back inside, panelled double doors (a signature feature of the house) open from the entrance hall into an elegant library with shelving space for an extensive collection of books. An opening flanked by Doric columns connects the library to a large and formal sitting room with open fireplace. To the left of the hall is the most lived-in room of the house: a grand space made up of three defined areas; an informal sitting area

There are three further family or guest bedroom suites in a separate wing with its own foyer with two separate entrances, either from the sitting room or through French doors from the forecourt. In addition, an eye-catching detached pavilion and cottage across the garden from the house has been designed as self-contained guest accommodation or as a studio/apartment. At basement level, reached by a separate staircase from the entrance hall or independently from a side drive, are extensive laundry and storage areas. The estate also features a contemporary cellar that houses more than 800 bottles and a five-car garage with workshop facilities. Agent Chantal Hooper says there has been considerable interest in the property from Melbourne and overseas. “Interest in the estate for Melburnians has been both as a weekend retreat and also as a permanent base, with many buyers looking at basing themselves on the peninsula and commuting. An added bonus is the estate’s close proximity to the Peninsula Link, making it an easy commute,” said Ms Hooper. “We also have interest from abroad with expatriates wanting to move back to Australia.” Ms Hooper agrees the property has an elegant, yet very warm and comfortable feel. “Because it is the home of Stephen Akehurst, no expense has been spared and so it is luxuriously appointed throughout. Yet it is still an inviting home that is also extremely liveable and not just a showpiece. It is as stunning in winter as it is in summer with a magical garden that reflects the best of every season. There are fireplaces inside and out including the loggia which has a fire place at both ends as well as a pizza oven. It is both an entertainer’s home and also a place to relax with a variety of living spaces to flit between. There are different wings and each has their own appeal, making it an extremely intimate home that is very much loved and lived in.” For further information, please contact Chantal Hooper on ch@chantalhooper.com or 0404 340 585. Inspections are via private appointment only. October 2017

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7 Strachans Road, Mornington Stunning Seaside Style, Seconds To The Sand A sanctuary by the sea, this four-bedroom, three-bathroom two-storey residence is wrapped in private and low-maintenance gardens while showcasing fabulous upper-level bay views from its prized address by the edge of Fisherman’s Beach. On the ground-floor, every room draws your eye out to the tranquil garden views and fills the interior with a sense of seclusion. The home links to decks at the front and rear so you can relax in the sun or dine in shaded privacy. The upper-level living and dining rooms reveal magnificent views across the bay and Mornington and the sea-viewing main bedroom features a double shower en suite. With a double remote garage, ducted heating, R/C air conditioning and polished floorboards, this residence is positioned within minutes of the beach, transport and cosmopolitan Main Street. Auction Saturday 7th October at 12:00pm Inspect As advertised or by appointment Contact Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 Kylie Miller 0404 041 554 bowmanandcompany.com.au

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

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5 Park Avenue, Mornington A Family Oasis In Prized Park Avenue Impressive in size and amenity this magnificent four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom plus a study two-storey residence with a stunning heated and self-cleaning swimming pool. With a commanding presence behind a return driveway, this home delivers free-flowing family luxury of impressive proportions. Three living zones complement a stone kitchen with double ovens. Outdoors is an entertainer’s oasis with a covered and heated dining area, expanses of Modwood decking and pizza oven. A palatial main bedroom with private lounge and en suite is the ultimate retreat alongside flawless appointments from two double garages to a secure carport, alarm, CCTV, gas heating, air conditioning and so much more. Exclusively located in the Summerfields Estate close to Bentons Square, schools, buses, parks, Main Street and the beach. Auction Saturday 14th October at 11:00am Inspect As advertised or by appointment Contact Kylie Miller 0404 041 554 Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 bowmanandcompany.com.au

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LIZ WALL PROPERTIES

Liz Wall Lifestyle Properties covers everywhere from Balnarring to Moorooduc, Somers, Red Hill and Arthurs Seat.

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iz Wall has been working as a real estate agent on the peninsula for the past 14 years.

As a licensed agent who deals with everything from appraisals to listings, advertising and signage, you can be guaranteed that you will get personal service from start to finish. “I can guarantee that your property will not be passed on to anybody else and I will always be there to look after you every step of the way,” said Liz, director of Liz Wall Lifestyle Properties. “I handle properties all over the peninsula but have a particular interest in acreage and lifestyle properties and those people looking for a sea or green change,” said Liz, who gets plenty of enquiry from city people looking for a complete change of life style. “As an owner of horses, I have a passion and understanding of equestrian requirements.”

“We can basically take care of the whole of the peninsula from Somerville down,” she said. “There are many beautiful properties on the peninsula and a diverse lifestyle with everything from the beach to the hills and wineries. I love being able to show off this beautiful location where we are lucky enough to live. People are discovering all that is on offer on the peninsula and it is a privilege to be able to help fulfill their dreams.” Liz Wall Lifestyle Properties is at Suite 24a, 3050 Frankston Flinders Road, Balnarring. Phone 0417 528 042 lizwallproperties.com.au

6 Charlotte Stacey Place, BITTERN

APPEALING GEORGIAN STYLE PROPERTY IN KINFAUNS. First impressions will have you sold on this property. Looking down the avenue of ornamental pears to the fountain gives the entrance that certain appeal. Positioned beautifully in a quiet location on just over one acre, this home offers well thought out indoor and outdoor entertaining options. Essential features of the house are as follows: * Three bedrooms, main has ensuite and walk in robe * Purpose built study/office * Family bathroom * Central living room with dining area adjacent to the new kitchen with marble benchtops and an abundance of drawers and cupboards * There is also a generous sized separate living room * Open fire place, three split systems and ducted heating * Double garage with remote door and garden sheds * French doors open out from both sides of the lounge room to separate under cover alfresco entertaining areas, overlooking ornamental water features * Further out in the garden is a shady pergola with climbing bougainvillea A beautifully presented home that is sure to impress.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Wall 0417 528 042

24a / 3050 Frankston-Flinders Road, Balnarring, 3926 Mob: 0417 528 042

www.lizwallproperties.com.au

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