Peninsula Essence September 2023

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10. Orange Family

Phil and Kimba Wall perform both of their roles with all heart, as father and daughter, and as full members of Chelsea’s SES Unit.

14. Shooting Star

Ollie Zielezna is already hitting the target on the international stage in the sport of clay target shooting. He dreams of one day representing Australia and winning gold at an Olympic Games.

18. Legendary Lasagne

It’s not just the lasagne that makes her legendary and canteen manager Julie Saunders' desire to give back to the community over the years has not gone unnoticed.

22. Up Close

Self-proclaimed keen observer Sarah Migliaccio loves drawing the intricacies of Australian flora and fauna and finds living on the Mornington Peninsula provides constant inspiration.

30. Conscious Creation

After Nat Stratos made some cactus earrings using a 3D printer and a friend posted them on socials, everyone wanted a pair. Her fully compostable jewellery business was born from her ethos of resell, regenerate, recycle.

34. A Novel Plot

Richard Andrews draws on experience, knowledge, and memory to conjure up “fiction” in his latest novel Key to the Highway. His life experiences abroad and boyhood in Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula are revisited and fictionalised.

Focus On

72. Focus on Mount Eliza

Historical facts, café recommendations and what to do in this popular area of the peninsula.

Leading Arts History

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From Lone Scout to Queen’s Scout to the Coronation

It would be a huge understatement to say Paul Francis enjoyed his scouting activities. Paul and his family lived at Balnarring Beach and he was introduced to scouting in 1944. When George Smith, Scout Master of the 1st Flinders Troop, started a patrol at Balnarring, Paul was one of the first to join. After ill health forced George to abandoned the group, Paul and his younger brother, Bryan, found a way to continue as Scouts. This was through the Lone Scout movement.

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SEPT 1 - 30 BEESWAX CANDLE MAKING

Come along and make a beeswax candle followed by honey and bee fact sheets as well as a sneaky honey ice cream; made at the farm with our Banksia honey. www.purepeninsulahoney.com.au

SEPT 5 LEARN TO KNIT

Have you always wanted to learn to knit but not sure where to start or would you like to improve your knitting and learn some new styles? Let us show you how at the Rosebud library. All materials will be supplied to get you started Free but Bookings Essential Contact Rosebud Library 5950 1230

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SEPT 2 & 22 AFLW AT KINETIC STADIUM

Watch the Hawthorn Hawks vs Essendon Bombers on the 2nd and the Hawthorn Hawks vs the Melbourne Demons on the 22nd at Frankston’s Kinetic Stadium. Kids under 18 attend for free. www.ticketmaster.com.au/aflw

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SEPT 15 ARCHIBALD PRIZE 2023 AT MPRG

As the first stop on the Archibald Prize 2023 regional tour and the only Victorian venue, the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery will host the renowned portrait prize from 15 September to 5 November 2023. Featuring an extraordinary display of 57 portraits, featuring public figures and cultural identities from all walks of life, reflecting the stories of our times.

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ORANGE family

ForPhil and Kimba Wall, the State Emergency Services Chelsea headquarters is their ‘Orange Family.’ Entertainer and celebrant Phil joined twenty years ago, and Kimba has been a full member for a year; the first with Down syndrome.

Between dad and daughter, it’s hard to tell who is prouder of who.

Kimba first became involved during the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 when Phil came home from attending the scene of fires in the Dandenongs. Kimba says, "I was lying in bed thinking 'I need to do something to thank the firies.' Dad put together (‘The ultimate freebie bag’) for them, and I was inspired to join the SES with him."

"Before I became a member, I was the biggest mascot for these amazing volunteers for the SES, and then one of the training ladies, Katherine, said: 'Why don’t we make you a fully-fledged member?' So I did the training course, and I passed with flying colours. I scared dad by going up the ladder," she laughs.

"And she was the first one there to try it." Phil says proudly. "She’s always been the adventurous one. At theme parks, she always wants to go on the biggest rides."

Kimba continues: "Then I went on to the lights and generators, the daytime and nighttime services – lots of amazing feelings just to be there and help out. When I passed, I was proud of myself and proud of my orange uniform. I also got my own helmet, gloves, and safety glasses."

Was Kimba scared? "No," she says. "I loved it!"

Kimba’s main role, like Phil’s nowadays, is community engagement, but she’s been on one callout to rescue baby ducks crossing the road.

What about a more serious callout? "I have to say I’d feel pretty confident," she says emphatically. "It makes me feel really proud. I love working with the most handsome, heroic, loving dad ever."

Kimba goes out with Phil on jobs to get photos and material for the Chelsea SES Facebook page, which Phil runs. It’s an enormous success story. Rather than just focus on cutting up trees, Phil decided to post local events still based around SES activities. If there’s a house fire and roads are closed, Phil will post about it. The page has gone from 75,000 hits to 2.4 million hits last year. "I know if I feature Kimba in a post, it will go off," he laughs.

"We had a big PR event for NAIDOC week, and I got to hold snakes and crocodiles," Kimba adds.

Phil has been out on some harrowing callouts during his twenty years, including train and automobile accidents, murders, suicides, and even plane crashes. Like other services (police and ambulance), they use dark humour as a coping mechanism, but he knows he can always rely on the peer support system to debrief. "If you need to talk to somebody, they’re there. After the job, you all chat. And being an SES volunteer has its lighter moments. We have a lot of fun, too."

Phil and Kimba have both faced challenges; Kimba in living with Down’s and Phil’s recovery from a stroke he had in 2021. Being part of the SES helped with those challenges. Kimba has gained great confidence from going through the SES training program, and 'The Orange Family' helped Phil’s family during his recovery. Phil came home from the hospital on his birthday and was greeted by sirens and a huge cake from fellow volunteers.

Now that Phil and Kimba are role models for others; who have been their role models?

Kimba says, "I’ve got two amazing role models – besides my mum and dad, Lisa Murphy (the founder of the not-for-profit creative arts community in Frankston, of which Kimba is a member) and Keith Lawson from the Op Shop, who has been my mentor, and I’ve been his. We’ve mentored each other. The friendship we have has grown stronger and stronger."

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So I did the training course, and I passed with flying colours. I scared dad by going up the ladder

Phil's role model is the controller at the Chelsea SES, Ron Finch. "What I always loved about Ron is that whatever comes up, he’ll say, 'We’ll get it done, we’ll find a way.' That inspired me to say, 'We shouldn’t ever say no we can’t do something.'"

Asked if he sees Covid and climate change affecting SES callouts, Phil says, "I overheard someone say, 'You do realise that you’re in a growth industry,' and we are. Three years of La Nina have given us so much undergrowth. We’re seeing more extremes of weather; we’re concerned about what this summer will bring. If we get some really hot and windy days, it’s going to become a tinder box. Spring and summer are our busiest times."

"The other thing that changed

dramatically with Covid was people driving into buildings. Before Covid, we would get an average of maybe three a year. Right now, across metropolitan Melbourne, we’re getting an average of about six a day caused by stress and other sad influences," he says, referring to increased alcohol dependence.

How do Phil and Kimba feel when organisations with disabled ambassadors are accused of tokenism and box-ticking? Phil says, "It drives me nuts. Kimba has never been referred to as 'Our member with Down syndrome'. She’s just Kimba, who is a valued member of our SES team." Kimba chimes in, "I’m proud of my disability. My mottos are 'I Love My Life' – and 'Best Day Ever!'"

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SHOOTING star

ThePeninsula has produced many sports stars over the years and is a well-known nursery for talented athletes in sports like Aussie rules, football, netball and cricket, and now it can add shooting to the list. Yes, there is a thriving shooting community here on the Peninsula helping to nurture and develop talent like 17-year-old Mount Martha resident, Ollie Zielezna, who is already hitting the target on the international stage.

Ollie began his love affair with the sport of clay target shooting from a very young age. “I got into shooting through my dad,” said Ollie. “Dad used to shoot a bit back in his twenties, but stopped and settled down when a family came along to look after, which is a very common narrative in the shooting community.

“Even after the family came along, Dad would still go and have the odd shot at the Mornington Clay Target Club, so I tagged along once when I was old enough to have a go, which was at age 12. I instantly got hooked on pulling a trigger and watching targets break.”

Ollie’s progression through the shooting ranks has been nothing short of meteoric, having won or placed in numerous junior state and national titles over the years. His name now engraved on trophies alongside legends of the sport like Michael Diamond and Russell Mark.

2023 has been an especially busy and fruitful year for the young shooter, winning the DTL (Down the Line) Pointscore and Junior Macintosh titles at the Junior Nationals, and then winning selection to represent Australia as a junior at the International Clay Target Shooting Federation (ICTSF) World Championships in Cape Town, South Africa. He came fourth in the world, a result he considers the highlight of his career so far.

“Representing Australia is pretty special,” said Ollie, “and something that I certainly don’t take for granted. It’s definitely pretty cool to be shooting internationally amongst the best in the world and flying the flag for the Aussies back home.”

Ollie gained more international shooting experience in July 2023, with a visit to Changwon, South Korea, to be part of the U18 Men’s Trap Team representing Australia at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Junior Championships.

“Changwon really showcased how good the best under 21s in the world are. It was definitely a good learning experience for me as I didn’t shoot a score that I was overall happy with, but I figured out a few strengths and weaknesses that I wasn’t aware of before the competition and now I can get back to the training grounds and turn those weaknesses into strengths.”

Ollie will have plenty of opportunity to put into practice what he has learned at the upcoming ISSF National and Commonwealth titles in Brisbane in January 2024, followed by the Australian Clay Target Association’s DTL Nationals, which will be in March in Wagga Wagga. He’ll also aim to qualify for either the junior or senior team heading to England for the ICTSF World DTL titles later in 2024. And of course, he dreams of representing and winning gold for Australia at an Olympic Games one day.

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Ollie cites the biggest influence on his career so far as his dad. He also credits Bill Iles as a mentor and positive influence. “Bill Iles is certainly one of my favourite shooters and widely regarded as the best shot Australia has ever seen.”

Ollie also recognises the importance of his home club, the Mornington Clay Target Club, in his development. “MCTC has been supporting me since I was a little 12-year-old, when an overseas competition was never in the picture, and all the guys and girls there have encouraged me through the years. The club

has helped me out with some funding for events and their generosity never goes unnoticed and it’s really helped me to travel interstate and internationally to really mix it with the best and I’m really grateful for it.”

So how did Ollie get so good? Sure, the mentoring and support helped, but what were the ingredients that set him apart and helped him accelerate his development? “Honesty, practice and work ethic,” said Ollie. “Honesty is a big part of taking your shooting to another level because you have to stop making excuses for everything and be honest with yourself to improve.

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I instantly got hooked on pulling a trigger and watching targets break

Practice is also a big part of becoming an elite shooter and putting the work in on the practice ranges and tweaking with gun fit to make sure there is as little room for error as possible.”

On the surface, the sport of shooting seems very much a solitary sport, but Ollie paints a different picture, claiming it’s very much a community sport, especially at Christmas time at the MCTC,

where the club holds competitions and the prizes are hams. “Everyone comes out of the woodwork to win a Christmas ham,” said Ollie, chuckling, and continued. “I’ve made plenty of friends through shooting and whenever there is a competition interstate, it’s great to catch up with them all and have a laugh.”

Mt Eliza Gardens Aged Care is a brand new, 141 suite state-of-the-art aged care facility, located on the Mornington Peninsula and scheduled to open in early September 2023.

The prestigious facility is part of the family-owned Australian Aged Care Group Pty Ltd (AACG), which prides itself on innovation in caring for the aged with a mission to excelin providing quality care services and accommodation.

Mt Eliza Gardens is architecturally designed with premium hotel-style accommodation that embraces older Australians in a place where they feel most comfortable, while still living in their local community.

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n Telephone and Foxtel connection points in every room/suite

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The facility has been purposefully designed with careful attention to detail in the quality of the living environment and services provided. It will be staffed to meet the increasingly discerning standards demanded by our ageing population.

The multi level facility will provide care to residents with ageing in place programs offering all levels of care, as well as consulting suites for medical practitioners and allied health professionals.

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Another set of misconceptions about the sport are that it is risky and for grown men only, but Ollie quickly corrects those perceptions. “Clay target shooting is not dangerous whatsoever; the only thing shooting hurts is egos. If you’re beginning, you’re always accompanied and taught how to handle a firearm properly and taught the rules and the 'dos' and 'do nots'. All shooters respect the rules and always maintain a high level of safety because everyone understands that they aren’t playing with toys. “And anyone can get into shooting and the level of engagement is completely up to the individual. First step to get into shooting is to go to a club and just ask a committee member how to get started and quickly there will be a whole lot of helpful people to assist you. Mornington Clay Target Club offers beginner sessions including a round of 25 and a gun hire which is led by an instructor who will coach you into making sure you leave with at least a couple targets broken.”

Ollie also dispelled any worries about the cost of the sport, which, on face value, seems to have a lot of equipment requirements. “The shotguns we use can be as cheap or expensive as the buyer

pleases, but if you want the gun to go bang, every time you pull the trigger, an entry gun that’s reliable is around the $1800-$2200 mark. People I shoot with and against use guns from $2000$100,000, so there is quite a variety. If you do get hooked, then there are other requirements like firearms licences, but a shooting club can help with all that.”

So, if you’re looking for a new sport to try that anyone from any age group can participate in, maybe give the sport of clay target shooting a go. Shooting clubs like the Mornington Clay Target Club regularly run social events and come-and-try days, and if you’re looking for something different to do for a birthday, corporate event, hens' or bucks' events, the Mornington Clay Target Club offers plenty of choices.

You can find more information at the Mornington Clay Target Club’s website

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LEGENDARY lasagne

Julie Saunders, canteen manager at the Crib Point Football Netball Club, must be the most decorated canteen manager in the country, with a lasagne that’s been called ‘legendary’. Made Mornington Shire’s Citizen of the Year in 2021, she was awarded an OAM for her services to the community last year, but it’s not just for running the canteen. Julie also acts as an Independent Person for young people being arrested by the police and delivers meals to the sick and elderly.

Born and bred in Crib Point, Julie is not one to brag about her achievements. When the Mornington Peninsula Football League named Julie as Volunteer of the Year in 2019, she had to be tricked into attending the awards night, and when her name was announced, she hid under the table. "I don’t know how to explain me," she says. "I’d rather hide than be out in front."

Julie is also a Life Member of the Crib Point Junior Football Club. Her association with the Football Netball Club goes back 46 years. Her husband played football for Crib Point, then her two sons. Julie began in the canteen as a rookie and succeeded thanks to two dear friends, Les and Judy Davidson, who were her mentors. As she says, "The greatest people and the greatest teachers."

Does Julie’s legendary lasagne have a secret recipe? "No," she says, "but everyone seems to like it." Humble, as usual.

However, the legendary lasagne has a challenger: Julie’s sweet chilli chicken roll, which has achieved cult status. "On a home game, we sell maybe sixty or seventy of them. The opposition gets into it too." The sweet chilli chicken roll has two chicken tenders, cheese, mayo and sweet chilli sauce, and, like the lasagne, they’re huge; perfect for a sporting appetite.

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The club is like a family to Julie. "Our club has always been a family club. Young people love it here. They come out and do the dishes after they’ve had their dinner. I asked them ‘Do you like being here,’ and they said, 'We love it – love it!'"

What drives Julie to volunteer is a desire to give back. During Covid, Julie and her friends formed the Crib Point Community Support Group. Six of them began cooking meals at the footy and netball club, then when the shire closed the facility off to them, they moved to the RSL club, producing up to sixty meals a week, delivered to the sick, elderly and disabled by other volunteers, including young people from the club.

"I know one of the naval chiefs who helped me deliver meals during Covid. She came in her uniform. People loved it. It was someone that they saw at their door. We were the lucky ones who could get out and see people."

"The way we funded it was through donations from the Bendigo Bank, the RSL, BHP, Crib Point Community House and people in the community. We had a man give us two thousand dollars out of his own pocket – three times! We had donations of veggies from the community gardens in Crib Point and Hastings. People gave us two hundred – five hundred dollars. It mounted up, and every week we cooked whatever we had. We lost twelve elderly people during Covid," Julie says sadly.

The Crib Point Community Support group is still going, providing free monthly meals in the community house and providing an emergency freezer sitting at the RSL full of frozen meals for whoever needs them.

Julie feels sorry for people in the city who feel a lack of community. "I think it’s sad. I reckon I go to Melbourne once every two years, and I can’t wait to get home."

The current rental housing crisis and high cost of living have affected people in the area. Julie says, "There are people living rough. My sons grew up with a few of them. I’ve thought about it – and the shire will never go along with this – but there are beautiful change rooms at sporting grounds that should be opened up for people to shower and change. They lock the ones at Stony Point up and won’t let anyone use them."

Julie has also worked with young people in the community for sixteen years with the Justice Department as an Independent Person, accompanying them to the police station if they are about to be charged.

"Sometimes their parents don’t turn up," she says ruefully. "The police can’t interview a young person without a guardian, and that’s what an Independent Person is. You’re on a twenty-fourhour volunteer clock."

How does she cope? "Sometimes, you don’t. I’d be coming home at three o’clock in the morning, put my head on the steering wheel and think, 'Did I just hear that?'”

Julie’s urge to volunteer will live as long as she does.

"I always believe that at some stage in your life, you’re going to volunteer,’ she says. ‘Actually, I think you should.’"

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Frankston South painter, Sarah Migliaccio, didn’t ask for toys or lollies on a trip to the shops when she was a little girl. She wanted pens and paper. In primary school, kids used to ask her to draw for them. “Being an artist was my identity,” she says. This has never changed.

Sarah has always been a keen observer. She spent most of her 20s and 30s travelling to over 50 countries in Asia, North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa as well as within Australia, looking at people, places and nature. She was hard pressed to choose a favourite, but an 11,500 kilometre overland journey down the East Coast of Africa from Nairobi to Cape Town seeing herds of elephants cross the Serengeti at sunrise and hippos soaking in water holes made a deep impression.

On the home front, Sarah loves drawing the intricacies of Australian flora and fauna. The fractals in feathers, the architecture of plants and flowers and the extraordinary variety of Australian birds fascinate her. It helped that her mother was a keen amateur ornithologist, always pointing out birds to Sarah. There was bird art and decorative objects in the family home and they had a snappy budgie as a pet.

Sarah didn’t have art lessons as a child; she just drew and drew. Her grandfather was a hobby artist. This piqued her interest in painting. She was intrigued by his tubes of paint and the tools he used to create his paintings.

Drawing was such an obsession in high school, Sarah got in trouble with teachers who felt she wasn’t paying attention because she was always drawing in class. Her art teacher thought she should branch out. She actually taped all of Sarah’s pencils together to force her to try other mediums. So, Sarah gave painting a go.

After high school, she went to Frankston Chisolm to take a twoyear illustration course and loved it. When she went to Monash University to study Education and Fine Arts, she was frustrated with the focus on art theory over practical methods. She stuck with it and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Education (Primary) and Fine Arts, majoring in painting. continued next page...

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As with many artists, Sarah began her career in another field –teaching. She still teaches primary school art and enjoys working with young artists, inspiring the next generation. But that fulfils their dreams. She wants to feed her own. “My dream was to be a fully self-sustaining artist,” she says. Sarah became a full-time artist three years ago and now teaches part-time.

Living on the Mornington Peninsula provides constant inspiration. “It’s a geographically amazing place. It feels like ‘the wild’,” she says. Even when walking in her neighbourhood, Sarah is constantly photographing trees, plants and birds. As she did in childhood, she fills her pockets with the ephemera of nature. Her studio is populated with dried flowers, gum nuts, feathers and other natural treasures.

“The architecture of nature and the structures of wildflowers are so unique. I love the colours and repeated patterns,” she says. The Silver Princess eucalyptus with its explosive pink flowers is her favourite.

At local craft markets, her eye-catching, bold, bright paintings attract customers like bees to honey. Since moving to the Peninsula, she has found like-minded people who love nature and relate to what she paints. continued page 26...

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“Colour is my calling card. This is where my imagination kicks in. My colours are not always realistic. Sometimes I manipulate them to create a fanciful exaggerated version of life,” she says.

Sarah likes working with acrylics to achieve her vibrant colours. “Acrylics allow me to take risks because I can paint over them. I can colour mix easily and layer the paint as it dries quickly. It’s the first thing I reach for,” she says.

“Watercolour is like an old friend I come back to. I love the respect it commands. It forces me to go with the artwork. I love the challenge and versatility of it and the fine detail I can achieve. I work wet in wet and then use dry brushwork to achieve that intricate detail, as in bird feathers,” she says.

Sarah’s love of nature bursts from her canvases. It clearly stimulates all of her senses. She finds painting a calm space. “I’m a better person when I’m doing art,” she says. Her patrons feel better for having it.

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Itall started with tequila. During lockdowns, Frankston South designer, Nat Stratos participated in an online tequila tasting with local friends. To spice things up, they dressed in Mexican attire. Nat made some cactus earrings using corn starch PLA biopolymer filament and a 3D printer. After a friend posted them on socials, everyone wanted a pair. Then Nat made some Día de Los Muertos-themed skull earrings for Halloween and they were a hit too.

This fun anecdotal beginning to her jewellery design business was a wonderful counterpoint to the 20 frustrating years Nat spent working in fashion; an industry she found wasteful and unethical. It was not the romantic industry she’d imagined as a girl.

From childhood, Nat knew she wanted to be a fashion designer. Her grandmother worked as a presser in a fabric factory in Fitzroy. Nat used to help her by hanging garments. As payment, she was given scraps from the cutting room floor. Nat used them to make clothes for her Barbie.

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When she entered the fashion industry, those scraps took on a di erent meaning. She was horri ed by the waste. Cutting room scraps, prototypes, pre-production samples, advertising samples and excess stock all go into land ll.

en there is the impact of ‘fast fashion’, which has an average lifespan of eight weeks. Most of it meets the same fate or ends up in developing countries, which are often even more ill-equipped to deal with it.

When she entered the fashion industry, those scraps took on a different meaning. She was horrified by the waste. Cutting room scraps, prototypes, pre-production samples, advertising samples and excess stock all go into landfill. Then there is the impact of ‘fast fashion’, which has an average lifespan of eight weeks. Most of it meets the same fate or ends up in developing countries, which are often even more ill-equipped to deal with it.

“We, as people, have been designing for disaster for 100 years. We need to move beyond colonial-based design - to unlearn capitalism. Society is addicted to newness. We don’t need more stu . Personally, I only buy second-hand from vintage and op shops. We need to choose better; to think of fashion as products of service that we take care of and mend. We need to resell, regenerate, recycle and keep products in service as long as possible,” she says.

“We, as people, have been designing for disaster for 100 years. We need to move beyond colonial-based design - to unlearn capitalism. Society is addicted to newness. We don’t need more stuff. Personally, I only buy second-hand from vintage and op shops. We need to choose better; to think of fashion as products of service that we take care of and mend. We need to resell, regenerate, recycle and keep products in service as long as possible,” she says.

Everything Nat does is driven by this ethos. When she lost her fashion job in 2020 due to COVID lockdowns, she was ready for change. She went back to university to get a Master’s Degree from RMIT in Design Futures (Human Centred Design) so she could pursue a more satisfying and meaningful career path.

Everything Nat does is driven by this ethos. When she lost her fashion job in 2020 due to COVID lockdowns, she was ready for change. She went back to university to get a Master’s Degree from RMIT in Design Futures (Human Centred Design) so she could pursue a more satisfying and meaningful career path.

She’d been thinking about a business model that matched her values for some time. Scary as it was to lose her job in fashion, it got her thinking about moving in a whole new direction. Curiosity, innovation, and experimentation led to her new business, Neo3DT. She now makes fun and colourful 3D printed corn starch jewellery to order.

She’d been thinking about a business model that matched her values for some time. Scary as it was to lose her job in fashion, it got her thinking about moving in a whole new direction. Curiosity, innovation, and experimentation led to her new business, Neo3DT. She now makes fun and colourful 3D printed corn starch jewellery to order.

Corn starch is the only biopolymer that can be used in 3D printing; this means her products are fully compostable. ey will break down under soil with moisture in six months or less. Additionally, if the customer no longer wants their pieces, they can return them to Nat. She’ll recycle and repurpose them. “Ethical servicing creates customer loyalty,’ she says. People are learning from Nat and really taking the message on board.

Corn starch is the only biopolymer that can be used in 3D printing; this means her products are fully compostable. They will break down under soil with moisture in six months or less. Additionally, if the customer no longer wants their pieces, they can return them to Nat. She’ll recycle and repurpose them. “Ethical servicing creates customer loyalty,’ she says. People are learning from Nat and really taking the message on board.

Fortunately, circularity is a hot topic across many industries now. e Australian Circular Economy Hub website is a wealth of information on the subject. Nat says, “No industry can work alone. We need to be visioning out plural futures looking at the social and cultural environment, self-re exivity, connectivity and being in tune with like-minded values. We are all in this together.”

Fortunately, circularity is a hot topic across many industries now. The Australian Circular Economy Hub website is a wealth of information on the subject. Nat says, “No industry can work alone. We need to be visioning out plural futures looking at the social and cultural environment, self-reflexivity, connectivity and being in tune with like-minded values. We are all in this together.”

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We need to resell, regenerate, recycle and keep products in service as long as possible
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“Stella McCartney was an inspiration to me. When I worked at Adidas early in my career, I had the pleasure of working on Stella McCartney’s performance wear collection. She was a trailblazer in regard to nature-positive innovations using vegan and cruelty-free materials. She also addressed the principle of modern slavery in the fashion industry. This was a real eye opener. Now, I want to know what I buy follows these same principles,” she says.

“Stella McCartney was an inspiration to me. When I worked at Adidas early in my career, I had the pleasure of working on Stella McCartney’s performance wear collection. She was a trailblazer in regard to nature-positive innovations using vegan and cruelty-free materials. She also addressed the principle of modern slavery in the fashion industry. is was a real eye opener. Now, I want to know what I buy follows these same principles,” she says.

Nat is a great resource. She works as a speaker, facilitator and consultant on circular design. She wants to teach people all about it and help businesses transition to this model. She’s excited about being an agent for positive change. Nat uses her Neo3DT collection as a springboard to educate customers about circular design and conscious consumerism. She even creates NFT designs for the metaverse that customers can download and print themselves. Check out Nat’s Instagram to order something different and future focused.

Nat is a great resource. She works as a speaker, facilitator and consultant on circular design. She wants to teach people all about it and help businesses transition to this model. She’s excited about being an agent for positive change. Nat uses her Neo3DT collection as a springboard to educate customers about circular design and conscious consumerism. She even creates NFT designs for the metaverse that customers can download and print themselves. Check out Nat’s Instagram to order something di erent and future focused.

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A NOVEL plot

Anovel, by definition, cannot be non-fiction, but even though its narrative is made up, a product of the author’s imagination, the ideas and thoughts have to have come from somewhere.

When it comes to analysing the characters in a novel and the circumstances they find themselves in, there’s no getting away from the fact that the author had to draw on experience, knowledge and memory to conjure up “fiction”.

Richard Andrews makes no apologies, and in fact stresses that his fiction includes large doses of reality. He’s had a life of experiences, worked overseas and spent years on the road. Most strikingly, he spent his boyhood and adolescence in Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula.

“If nothing else, I hope my book provides some thoughtful entertainment and reminds people that we all share the same story, or the 'collective unconscious' as Jung described it..no matter the length of our hair,” Andrews said.

So, when it comes down to it, many of the stories related in his novel Key to the Highway are memories, reflections and an embellished interpretation of events in his own life. The novel in many ways, is a novel memoir.

He lists Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Vales, by Robert M Pirsig among his early literary influences.

Frankston and peninsula readers who know the now Quebec, Canada-based journalist and writer will eagerly scan Key to the Highway for anecdotes and clues to their inclusion.

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Many of them are in the book, and Andrews has no problem in admitting how he fictionalised parts of his life to fit the narrative of Key to the Highway.

If travel does broaden the mind it can probably also help and explain how it narrowed and sharpened the focus of his memory.

Andrews describes his work as an “adventure-travel” novel which covers much of the world and along the way borrows on his clear memories of growing up.

Some of the early scenes in Key to the Highway are centred on Frankston’s Kananook Creek - which formed the rear boundary of the Nepean Highway house in which Andrews spent much of his early life.

The novel follows mouth organ (harp) playing Chris Hunter on an “erotic motorbike fantasy” and the discovery of a magical blues harp through the Australian outback to Indonesia, India, Bangkok, Borneo and Rio. Andrews said the book was “largely based on real people and actual events – apart from the magic harp” which manages to get the narrator in and out of trouble.

Now living on a former vineyard in Quebec with his “muse and wife”, Marie Cordeau, Andrews has worked for the ABC and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, freelances for newspapers, travel magazines, foundations, industry journals and IT companies while teaching part time at McGill University, Montreal.

Revisited and fictionalised in Key to the Highway are a Trojan War with slingshots that happened when Andrews was 12 and

led to “a smashed sleepout window and a few enemy injuries”.

Keeping with the historical references Andrews says, “the Helen of Troy insult refers to the common amorous adventures at the Skye Road [Frankston] drive in”.

“The Classics Illustrated comics I read at the time influenced my interest in epics and mythology,” he said.

“Names have been changed to protect the guilty, but some were linked to mythological gods,” he said. “Thorry the exuberant drummer was based on a school friend I named after Thor, the god of thunder. Similarly, the dangerous Freya was a former Norwegian model who reminded me of the Norse goddess of love, fertility, battle and death."

Willy - Gary in the book - lived behind a Frankston milk bar and made a cracker gun, powered by a penny bunger that fired a ball bearing through his fence and into the side of a parked car. “Luckily, no one was injured. Mercifully, he gave up pyrotechnics for electric guitar.

“In the early 1960s Frankston was seen as the last station on the line where you could get a drink on Sundays at the Pier Hotel as a bona fide traveller who was 25 miles from home,” Andrews said.

“The city’s profile and status rose when GTV9 star Graham Kennedy bought a house not far from Tower Hill Road.”

The Frankston High School he attended was "a bit rougher” than now and Frankston teenagers were divided into “warring cliques of jazzers and rockers”. continued next page ...

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the book was largely based on real people and actual events –apart from the magic harp

He is quick to set the record straight by adding that students from his matriculation year “ended up as eminent lawyers, a St Kilda Club footballer and manager”.

There was also a dope smuggler — “now a genteel academic” — who offered some writing tips “following his time in a Moroccan prison” and also his experiences appearing as one of the dystopian crazies in the Mad Max movie with Mel Gibson and Tina Turner.

Time spent snorkelling and spearfishing and experimenting with hyperventilation to stay longer underwater among the rocks at the bottom of Olivers Hill, near Canadian Bay, are reflected in the book’s mystical rock pool.

“The real venue of the disastrous biker’s buck’s night was a paddock in Baxter. The groom was not crippled but missed his step walking through a big fire. Luckily, his wife was a nurse who changed his bandages on their honeymoon,” Andrews said.

“The Argonauts’ disreputable van in the book was based on my multi-scarred FB Holden panel van, from where we descended on parties armed with guitars and half-gallon flagons of Wynvale claret.”

Key to the Highway is peppered with this blending and fictionalising of locations and anecdotes from many geographic locations.

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“Other incidents and characters are based on my experiences and people I met as a journalist and traveller across the outback and Asia: working at a Northern Territory copper mine, evading gas explosions at sea, blowguns in Borneo, an amoral Australian business executive who dealt with Chile’s Pinochet regime, a mate's attempted jail break, two friends who escaped murder by Charles Sobhraj, the Charles Manson of the hippie trail,” Andrews said.

“The book itself started as an MA thesis for Newcastle University. I structured it around the works of mythologist Joseph Campbell and his influence on the Star Wars and Mad Max movies. The thesis gathered dust for about 20 years until the [COVID] pandemic, when we moved to the countryside. During the lockdown, my wife suggested I rewrite it as a novel.”

“Other incidents and characters are based on my experiences and people I met as a journalist and traveller across the outback and Asia: working at a Northern Territory copper mine, evading gas explosions at sea, blowguns in Borneo, an amoral Australian business executive who dealt with Chile’s Pinochet regime, a mate's attempted jail break, two friends who escaped murder by Charles Sobhraj, the Charles Manson of the hippie trail,” Andrews said.

“ e book itself started as an MA thesis for Newcastle University. I structured it around the works of mythologist Joseph Campbell and his in uence on the Star Wars and Mad Max movies. e thesis gathered dust for about 20 years until the [COVID] pandemic, when we moved to the countryside. During the lockdown, my wife suggested I rewrite it as a novel.”

In January, Andrews took his fantasies another step during a trip to India by trying to “take the harp into the Taj Mahal, as in the book, but a suspicious security guard took it off me”. That ban was a lesson that while turning real life into fiction may come easy, external forces can enter the scene and control the outcome when it comes to turning fiction into fact.

In January, Andrews took his fantasies another step during a trip to India by trying to “take the harp into the Taj Mahal, as in the book, but a suspicious security guard took it o me”. at ban was a lesson that while turning real life into ction may come easy, external forces can enter the scene and control the outcome when it comes to turning ction into fact.

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SERVES 6

INGREDIENTS:

1.5 kg whole chicken

1 lemon, halved

4 garlic cloves, smashed

5 sprigs of thyme

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 cup Traeger Mango Habanero Glaze or glaze of choice

Brine

1/3 cup salt

1 lemon, quartered

4–5 sprigs of thyme and rosemary

2 tablespoons brown sugar

4 garlic cloves, smashed

1 tablespoon black peppercorns

Mediterranean grilled vegetables

1 zucchini, sliced into 1.5 cm thick rounds

1 red onion, quartered and layers separated

1 orange capsicum (bell pepper), sliced into 1.5 cm pieces

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons lemon juice

METHOD:

1. Place the brine ingredients in a saucepan with 2 cups of water and simmer over medium heat until the salt is dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature, then add another 2 cups of water. Stir to combine.

2. Pour the brine into a container large enough to fit the chicken, then submerge the chicken, breast-side down, in the brine and set aside in the fridge for 12 hours or overnight.

3. Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse it thoroughly to remove the excess salt. Pat dry with paper towel, then stuff the chicken with the lemon, garlic and thyme and rosemary. Combine the butter and glaze in a bowl, then brush this all over the chicken.

4. Preheat your grill to 100°C and set it to Super Smoke mode. Close the lid and increase the temperature to 140°C.

5. When the grill reaches the desired temperature, place the chicken, breast side up, directly on the grill grate. Insert a meat probe into the thickest part of the breast and cook, with the lid closed, for about 3 hours, until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 65°C. Increase the temperature to 180°C and continue to cook the chicken for another 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 75°C.

6. Remove the chicken from the grill and rest, covered, for at least 20 minutes before carving.

7. Meanwhile, to make the Mediterranean grilled vegetables, in a large bowl, toss together the zucchini, onion and capsicum with the olive oil and salt. Alternately thread the vegetables onto skewers, then place on the grill and cook for 3–5 minutes, until lightly charred. Flip the skewers and cook for a further 3–5 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.

8. Remove the vegetables from the skewers and place on a serving platter. Drizzle the lemon juice over the top and serve with the smoked chicken.

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DIRECT TO PUBLIC MEANS YOU SAVE!

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

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

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

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WINELOVER.COM.AU Granite Rose Estate Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2022 Our Price $10 RRP $49 Sidlow Range of Red and Whites Our Price $5 RRP $17 Seppelt Great Entertainer Sparkling Shiraz Our Price $10 RRP $17 Opal Bay Margaret River Chardonnay 2022 Our Price $10 RRP $49 Try Before You Buy At The Hastings Store Receive a FREE bottle of Franca’s Vineyard Shiraz or Cabernet* *with any dozen or more purchased during the month of September on the presentation of this ad. (Valued at $22)

DISCOVER A MARVELLOUS DAY OUT AT THE TYABB PACKING SHED

The Tyabb Packing House Antiques is home to more than 20 dealers, all specialists in their fields and many of whom have over 40 years’ experience.

Their friendliness creates a warm, chatty atmosphere as you get lost in browsing. The main complex is designed so each separate chamber flows into the other, and you end up back at the start after doing a full circuit. Take note of the names of each room which pay homage to the orchardists who leased the rooms before its evolution to present day.

Each chamber is still marked with the name of a type of apple or pear – Jonathan and Democrat among the list of fruits. The ‘shed’ is joined by a separate group of dealerships called ‘The Village,’ home to artisans and creative specialists.

Come along on the grand journey of the Tyabb Packing House, whose walls along with its tenants have many stories to tell.

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ANTIQUES, JEWELLERY, FURNITURE, COLLECTABLES & MORE AT THE TYABB PACKING SHED 14 MORNINGTON-TYABB RD, TYABB - THURS, FRI, SAT & SUN 10AM TO 5PM
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• Unique Home Decor • Manchester You’ll love this store! • Christmas Decorations • Tablewear TYABB PACKING HOUSE 14 Mornington Tyabb Rd, Tyabb P: 0417 596 781 I E: hello@whiteoutofthebox.com.au W: whiteoutofthebox.com.au Located at the • Gifts ...and more! Specialising in original old and modern movie posters, movie memorabilia, lobby cards and comics, along with difficult to find DVDs, Disney and Beatrix Potter, limited edition figurines and statues. If you love movies you’ll love SilverScreen! Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10am until 5pm al the Tyabb Packing House We are not an online storeThank you ver’ much! Unique&Antique. Garry Pakenham offers an eclectic blend of coins, toys, and an extensive range of collectables. 0415 322 464 14 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Tyabb • Unique Home Decor • Manchester You’ll love this store! • Christmas Decorations • Tablewear TYABB PACKING HOUSE 14 Mornington Tyabb Rd, Tyabb P: 0417 596 781 I E: hello@whiteoutofthebox.com.au W: whiteoutofthebox.com.au Located at the • Gifts ...and more! ANTIQUES, JEWELLERY, FURNITURE, COLLECTABLES & MORE AT THE TYABB PACKING SHED 14 MORNINGTON-TYABB RD, TYABB - THURS, FRI, SAT & SUN 10AM TO 5PM
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OH, WHAT A NIGHT FOR SORRENTO - GOLD AT THE 2023 VICTORIAN TOP TOURISM TOWN AWARDS

It is with great pleasure and excitement to have Sorrento Gold at the Victorian Top Tourism Town Awards for 2023.

Hosted on 26 July by the Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) at the InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula, the event saw industry stakeholders from across the state come together to further champion Victoria’s thriving tourism industry.

Sorrento nudged out Heathcote which was awarded silver and bronze recipient Woodend before taking out line honors.

A Small Tourism Town is defined as one with a population between 1,500-5,000 people. Sorrento was entered by a collaboration between the Sorrento Chamber of Commerce, Sorrento Beachside Tourism Association and Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Board.

contested Top Tourism Town. Both entries were completed by the respective councils Mornington Peninsula Shire and Frankton City.

"We are thrilled with the Gold for Sorrento in The Victorian Top Tourism Award for Small Town," said the President of Sorrento Beachside Tourism Association, Sharon Richardson.

"Sorrento offers anyone visiting our town the opportunity to experience all the wonders of the Mornington Peninsula."

"Whether you are dining, browsing our range of galleries, shopping in the many and varied boutiques, admiring our limestone buildings, swimming alongside dolphins, or walking the national park coastal tracks, Sorrento Village and surrounds has it all."

"With a variety of accommodation options, we are the best place to anchor yourself to explore the Mornington Peninsula."

As part of the annual Australian Tourism Awards program, the

As part of the annual Australian Tourism Awards program, the Top Tourism Town Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding regional destinations around the nation that are committed to encouraging tourism and visitation. They also demonstrate collaboration between tourism operators, local community, and businesses to provide memorable visitor experiences.

Over 30 destinations were nominated for the distinguished Victorian Awards before a list of 17 finalists was confirmed. In winning Sorrento will now be automatically entered into the Australian Top Tourism Town Awards to be held at Parliament House, Canberra, in September.

In what was a golden night for Sorrento, first time entrants Red Hill South took home Silver in the Tiny Tourism Town category and Frankston bronze for a second year running in the hotly

The Chief Executive Officer of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Board, Angela Cleland, applauded all the businesses that have contributed to Sorrento's widespread recognition and popularity.

"Congratulations to Sorrento for this outstanding result at the 2023 Victorian Top Tourism Town Awards. As one of the most admired coastal towns on the Mornington Peninsula, we are so pleased with this deserved recognition", said Angela.

"We would like to thank our partners in this submission for their unwavering support for the Sorrento Beachside Tourism Association and Sorrento Chamber of Commerce."

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ARTHURS SEAT EAGLE SPRING FESTIVAL

Get ready for the fantastic family adventure at the Arthurs Seat Eagle Spring Festival, where nature and art come alive!

This school holidays the Eagle has teamed up with the Lanternist to create a stunning lantern and light show! From September 21st to October 1st, eight enchanting evenings will feature giant lanterns illuminating the Base Station, Summit Station, and the gondola line, forming a captivating light installation for all ages!

Climb aboard our modern gondolas and relish panoramic views at every twist and turn. During the illuminated nights, Twilight Flights extend until 7pm, letting you soar amidst the magical play of lights and stars.

Upon reaching the Summit, dive into indigenous culture through free guided walks led by Living Culture or enjoy Aussie Wildlife's native animal shows. The festival café offers scrumptious treats, and the outdoor deck is perfect for sipping seasonal beverages while taking in the view.

Families are in for a treat with the Lanternist sculptures, and a dynamic children's school holiday program featuring face painting, arts and crafts, Kung-Fu, music, and dance classes. Saturdays bring live music to the outdoor deck, creating a festive atmosphere.

Grand Final Weekend adds AFL activities, offering a unique sport viewing experience amidst Arthurs Seat's natural beauty.

Mark your calendar for the Arthurs Seat Eagle Spring Festival – a celebration of nature, light, and culture. Immerse yourself in illuminated lanterns, twilight flights, indigenous wisdom, and wildlife encounters. Indulge in delectable treats, nurture your kids' creativity, and embrace the excitement of sports camaraderie. This festival is a joyful celebration of everything spring has to offer!

For more information and bookings for indigenous walks and animal shows, visit the website. Join us at the Arthurs Seat Eagle Spring Festival – fun for everyone!

HAVE YOUR POOL READY FOR SUMMER

With El Nino on its way to Australia, now is the time to get your swimming pool and spa ready for your family’s enjoyment.

Don’t leave it till the last minute to turn on your solar system only to discover you have a sprinkler system on your roof rather than a solar collector. Take advantage of our warm weather and extend your swimming season by investing in an Aspire pool solar heating system. Solar collector is the most cost effective and sustainable way to heat any pool or spa.

Whether it be a commercial or domestic pool, the Aspire award winning rigid pool solar panel can be custom installed to maximise the roof space available. Located at our modern manufacturing facility on the Mornington Peninsula the Aspire pool solar panel is the only 100% Australian made single piece injection over moulded rigid solar panel on the market. Built from high impact, high UV polypropylene resin, these panels are tough enough to resist cockatoo attack and hail damage.

HOW IT WORKS.

A rigid pool solar panel works in conjunction with a low energy water pump and a solar controller. The controller monitors the panel temperature on the roof and the pool water temperature. When the panels heat up from the free rays of the sun the controller activates the pump and circulates the hot water from the roof and back into the pool. It’s that simple.

TECHNICAL ADVANCEMENTS.

What makes the Aspire solar panel a cut above the rest is its patented one-piece construction. The joining of the collector tubes to the header pipe is achieved by injection over moulding a resin

compound that permanently bonds them, and together with the triple seal panel couplings makes it a watertight system. For homes with tiled roofs our unique adjustable clamp batten hook and manifold to pipe clip eliminates the need to penetrate the tile on 90% of roof types.

The panel has also been evaluated under the OG-100 certification program by the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation and has a high efficiency rating of 84% during the summer months and 70% during spring and autumn.

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT.

With soaring electricity prices and the phasing out of gas supply to new homes there has never been a better time to invest into a more affordable and sustainable way to heating your swimming pool.

The swimming pool and spa association Australia, (SPASA) has awarded Aspire Pool Solar with Sustainable product of the year 2023 in Victoria and Tasmania, Innovative product of the year 2023 Tasmania, and Product of the year 2023 Tasmania. We are also honoured to be Climate Care Certified.

AESTHETICS.

Aesthetically the modular construction blends into any roof line adding value to your home for many years to come.

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NOT INVESTING IN GOOD DESIGN WILL COST YOU MORE!

A residence typically represents an individual's most substantial investment and financial commitment. Which poses the question as to how society appears to continually accept mediocrity in housing standards and be limited by the generic options provided by volume builders.

In current times there has been some uncertainty with the building industry and more so on how larger volume builders can continue to appeal to the broader community and still provide affordable building options. Couple this with inflation, supplier/ manufacturer costs and labour shortages increasing, it seems more than ever, the affordability of a dream home is out of reach for most.

With this lack of faith, more people are approaching custom builders for their new homes or renovations. We then have the illconceived notion of waiting for prices to come down, continuing to spark the debate that if we hesitate too long could our build costs increase even higher.

Pairing yourself with the right designer is a short-term investment for longer lasting gains. A good designer has the ability to provide you with a tailor-made design experience, driven by great communication, quality expertise and a genuine desire to bring you the home of your dreams. Whilst volume builders clearly serve a need, their success as a business relies on turning over clients in bulk quantities, not creating a home that fits your lifestyle. With a boutique custom designer like Graham Jones Design, the number of projects running at any given time is vastly lower so that a client isn’t just another number in the system but a real person with real wants and needs from their future home.

As a custom design company, we understand the limitation of navigating what we want versus what we can afford. As such we incorporate an evaluation period between our concept design stages and documentation stages, to reach out with builders for preliminary high-level estimates. With a tangible concept design in place, it becomes simpler to discuss alternative options with your designer and builder to ensure your forever home is attainable and prevent unneeded stress further down the design process. Creating a ‘one off’ home should feel exactly like a ‘one off’ step for you to make. Your home should be able to grow and adapt through your life while encasing memories of enjoyment and liveability.

This level of care and individual service ensures that you will get the most out of your home design and, in turn, your home – quality

planning means a quality result. Only with a custom designer will even the most fundamental architectural considerations relating to your individual site and style of home be made; orientation, solar access, wind paths, rainfall - making your home far cheaper, easier, cleaner and more efficient to run for years to come. And only with a custom designer can you design a home that caters to your specific needs of living rather than a ‘one size fits all’ model. Every Australian deserves a home that speaks to their personal needs both functionally and visually, and the right designer will help to realise a space that is designed to fit and enhance how you want to live.

As the Peninsula continues to expand its population, so too does it demand for great architecture and modern thinking from its architects and building designers alike. The ultimate outcome of a home is intrinsically linked to the designer's initial input and taking the time to find the right designer and investing in their services will hold immeasurable significance when it comes to balancing a clients budget, functional needs and the architectural beauty they desire.

Come speak to Jarrett Drake and the team at Graham Jones Design which has continually provided quality design on the Peninsula for more than 30 years and has recently established a secondary office in Red Hill, enhancing flexibility for clients and builders on the Peninsula.

We Design for your life!

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CENTRAL DESERT AND TIWI ISLANDS AT EVERYWHEN

Three sisters from the western desert of Central Australia exhibit together for the first time at Everywhen in September.

Mid-career Warlpiri sisters Cecily and Valerie Napanangka Marshall and their sister/cousin Judith Nungurrayi Martin have a close sisterly bond and often paint alongside each other in the studio of their art centre - Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu.

Each has developed her own distinctive and evolving style.

Cecily Marshall uses classic geometric iconography to depict the ancient stories of Pikilyi Springs located on Mount Doreen Station in the far west of the NT; Judith Martin's glowing colours and soft, lyrical brushwork depicts the vast country of the Brush Tail Possum in contemporary style. A particularly exciting stylistic development is evident in Valerie Napanangka Marshall's new paintings of the Pikilyi in which she leaves a negative space around the images. In so doing, she harks back to the first works on board by the artists of Yuendumu and Papunya in the late 1960s and early 1970s - widely heralded as the birth of the contemporary desert Aboriginal art movement.

Opening on September 23, Tiwi Masters of Fine Line features lyrical and highly collectible contemporary works in ochre from the Tiwi Island's Munupi Arts.

Artists such as Alison Purantatameri, Delores Tipuamantimerri and Christine Purantatameri use traditional wooden combs to create monochrome paintings in the finest of lines.

Three Sisters from Warlurkangu runs to September 19

Tiwi Masters of Fine Line runs from September 23 to October 10

Everywhen Artspace, 39 Cook Street, Flinders, Vic 3929

T: + 61 3 5989 0496

Open Friday-Sunday 11am-4pm. Other days by appointment. View online everywhenart.com.au

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Alison Puruntatameri, Winga, ochres on canvas, 181 x 243 cm.

Raising baby chicks is a fun family activity that can be enjoyed by kids, parents and grandparents alike. As the chicks grow, they go through different stages before becoming fully mature laying hens.

At Talking Hens, we have always been interested in growing our hens from day-old chicks and now we have the opportunity to do it! My father, Agostino, was a poultry farmer who would always raise his own baby chicks which I used to love watching as a child. It was amazing to see all those little, fluffy chicks grow into laying hens and the weekly changes in feather growth, body size and confidence as they quickly grew.

There are some important things to understand when growing chicks. These include providing them with a heat lamp to keep them warm at 30 degrees Celsius for the first few weeks of their life as they can’t regulate their own body temperature when young. They also need a sturdy, draft-free box or container to live in with a dry layer of wood shavings for insulation. Food and water are also vitally important so good access to the correct water drinker and feeder is needed. They don’t need much food but it must be tailor-made for them to provide all of the nutrients needed.

Talking Hens will be getting in some day-old chicks monthly and will have them available for families. Jump online at TalkingHens. com.au to add yourself to the waiting list or visit us to find out what breeds we have at Talking Hens 3590 Frankston-Flinders Rd Merricks.

We are open Everyday 10am to 4pm (Closed Wednesday). We also have all the other equipment and feed needed to keep them happy and healthy and can answer any questions that you might have as they grow. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Come along on Sunday 17 September 2023 at 2pm for the FREE presentation - An Introduction to Backyard Hens

PENINSULAE ssence | 59 September 2023 Talking Hens is a family business that enjoys backyard hens. We specialise in friendly, egg laying hens with quality products to keep them happy and healthy. There’s nothing like the friendship and entertainment that you receive from our laying hens - a pleasure to be shared!
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YOUR DENTURE QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Denture technology has come a long way over the years and DenturePoint always makes an extra-special effort to explore all the different options to find the right products for the discerning customer.

Maggie Murch, from DenturePoint has answered some frequently asked questions below to help you on your denture journey.

What is DenturePoint?

At DenturePoint we make all types of dentures. You don’t need a dental referral, just call or book online for an appointment. We also offer nightguards, mouthguards and express denture repairs.

Can all the dentures be repaired? How long does it take?

Most of the time we can repair your denture and have it done on the same day. Sometimes we might need to take an impression.

What are digital dentures?

The digital dentures are made by scanning your mouth with an oral scanner rather than by taking standard impressions. The dentures are designed based on these scans.

Scanning eliminates human error in production; the quality and fit is much better than conventional dentures. Also, with scanning, there are no gagging issues!

What is Denture Bank?

Denture Bank provides you with peace of mind. We can digitally scan your existing denture and store it in our database. If you happen to lose or break your dentures, a new copy can be printed in a few days’ time. There is no need to be without your smile for a prolonged period or having to spend time attending multiple appointments. The dentures can be collected from our clinic or express posted.

How long have you been making dentures?

Maggie at DenturePoint started her career at Eastman Dental Institute and Hospital of London in 1999. She then underwent further study at Cardiff University and finally graduated from Griffith University in Queensland with a Masters in Dental Prosthetics.

What are flexible dentures and why are they so popular?

They are very popular as they are aesthetically pleasing. Flexible dentures feature a nylon chemistry and can be made much thinner than a conventional denture. These properties make them almost become invisible. They work very well in small spaces and are ideal for replacing single teeth.

Is it hard to wear a denture?

Yes, it’s not easy. However, at DenturePoint we offer very thorough aftercare and provide lots of support.

We explain what the process involves and are always happy to answer all your questions and provide follow-up appointments. Maggie is very passionate and dedicated to her job. She is also the founder of Denture Support Group: Australia & Worldwide, on Facebook, which offers help to anyone with denture-related concerns or questions. W.

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denturepoint.com.au ALL TYPES OF DENTURESINCLUDING FLEXIBLE Ph 0400 919 513 E: denturepoint@gmail.com W: denturepoint.com.au 2-20 Bruce Street Mornington All Types of Dentures: Plastic,Metal, Flexible and Implant Retained. Please ‘like’ Denturepoint on Facebook for more information •A FREE Initial Consultation •2 hour - Same Day Denture Repairs •Relines •Nightguards for Clenching and Grinding •Custom Made Sports Mouthguards •AHPRA Registered
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BUILDING HOMES THAT MATCH YOUR LIFESTYLE, YOUR BUDGET AND YOUR VISION

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

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

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

Specialising in:

• New homes

• Knockdown and Rebuild

• Dual occupancy

•Duplex

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

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

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

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

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

Benefits of choosing Masterline Homes for your next development:

• Flexibility in approach and design

• Dealing direct with the builder

• Getting the home you want

• Enormous range of colour choices

• Quality fixtures and fittings

• Designing your own home

A: 6 Milgate Drive, Mornington

P: 5973 5611

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DEVILBEND GOLF CLUB

Discover Devilbend Golf Club, an idyllic 18-hole course nestled within a serene nature reserve. With its enchanting fairways and impeccable greens, this hidden treasure promises an exceptional golfing experience. Situated in Moorooduc at the heart of the Mornington Peninsula, the club is easily accessible within an hour from the CBD.

Our on-site Pro Shop is stocked with the latest equipment and accessories to cater to your golfing needs. A dedicated PGA-qualified Professional offers coaching for all skill levels, complemented by outstanding practice facilities including a new driving range.

Welcoming newcomers and families, our popular Get into Golf programs and thriving junior membership foster a supportive atmosphere. The club's array of offerings includes interclub pennant play, various club competitions, and social golf opportunities.

Beyond golf, Devilbend Golf Club offers a relaxing escape. The clubhouse lounge is the perfect spot for refreshments or leisurely meals seven days a week. Our versatile facilities are suitable for a range of events, from birthdays to corporate gatherings.

Devilbend Golf Club—a harmonious blend of nature and golf, awaits your visit. Experience the tranquility, the camaraderie, and the joy of a truly exceptional destination.

Welcome to Devilbend Golf Club, where nature meets golf to create an unforgettable experience.

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GOING GREEN ON THE GREEN

The team at Mount Martha Public Golf Course (MMPGC) are doing their bit to reduce single-use plastics.

Following a State Government single-use plastic ban in February, the team at MMPGC set out to find alternatives for items commonly used at the golf course such as plastic water bottles.

Through an initiative with South East Water and the State Government, an environmentally friendly permanent water station will be installed in the coming months. This means free water to refill your own drinks bottles across 18 holes!

On top of this upgrade, the team at MMPGC also introduced brand new multi-use coffee cups and water bottles.

Stemming from the upcoming water station installation and their popular coffee machine, these new products encourage conscious sustainability by members, staff and the surrounding community.

Here’s some interesting stats on plastic, shared by Driving the Green:

• In just six decades, 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been created. Only 9% of that has actually been recycled. For perspective, 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic is equal to 1,220,588,235 male African elephants (there are only 415,000 elephants left on the planet)!

• The production of bottled water uses 17 million barrels of oil a year, slightly more than it would take to fill one million cars a year with fuel.

• It takes almost 2,000 times the energy to manufacture a bottle of water than it does to produce tap water.

• Plastic constitutes 90 percent of all the trash floating in the ocean - approximately 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile of ocean surface

• 50% of the 300 million tons of plastic we produce each year is for single-use purposes.

• In our lifetime, each one of us will ingest approximately 40 pounds of plastic, about one lego brick per month.

MMPGC is open 363 days a year!

If you’re looking for an activity that’s social, low cardio and gives you uninterrupted views of the bay, have a hit at MMPGC.

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2023 VICTORIAN PGA CHAMPIONSHIP AT MOONAH LINKS

Moonah Links will once again be hosting the Victorian PGA Championship in November 2023.

Both the Legends and Open Courses will be played in the first two rounds, with the Peter Thomson designed Open Course (host to the 2003 and 2005 Australian Opens) to determine the championship over the final two rounds.

PGA of Australia Tournaments Director Australasia, Nick Dasety commented: “Moonah Links occupies an important place in tournament golf in this country and we’re thrilled that it is hosting the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia again for the 4th year in row. They are outstanding gold courses; the facilities are worldclass, and the format of the tournament will ensure professionals and amateurs alike get to experience all Moonah Links has to offer. The Open Course has also hosted the Final Stage of our Qualifying School since 2017, so this further solidifies what is an already very strong relationship between the PGA of Australia and Moonah Links.”

The Victorian PGA Celebrity Amateur Classic will again take place in conjunction with the VIC PGA; they will give amateur golfers the unique opportunity to participate in a fully sanctioned PGA Tour of Australasia event on two championship courses.

Amateurs will be paired with a PGA Professional and they will compete as a team in the Victorian Celebrity Amateur Challenge. The event is a Best Ball Nett Stroke event with a 36-hole cut (top 24 teams) and a 54-hole cut (top 8 teams).

This trophy carries the names of many of Australia’s leading PGA Professionals including Peter Thomson, Ossie Pickworth, Peter Senior, Stuart Appleby and Marc Leishman, with the following players taking out the championship; Andrew Martin (2022) Blake Windred (2021) and Christopher Wood (2020) taking out the title at Moonah Links across the last three years.

Spectators are invited to watch the event at Moonah Links across the week, with free access to all. Tickets to our corporate hospitality marquee on the 18th hole will be available from the 1st of October (Please stay tuned to @moonahlinksgolf for further details.)

The championship will be broadcast live on Kayo – Saturday 18th November (Round 3) & Sunday 19th November (Round 4.)

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Rosebud Country Club (RCC) is proving to be one of the most improved facilities on the Mornington Peninsula. Starting on August 29, RCC will be the first host of a DP World Tour Qualifying school event outside of Europe, something the RCC is very proud of.

RCC is thriving with record membership, record playing numbers and outstanding reviews of its golf courses. It offers high quality golf across two courses, and recent works to the North course have highlighted the quality of the property. The Club has recently engaged Ogilvy Cocking Mead (OCM) Golf Course Design to develop a full course Master Plan which will ensure its members will enjoy outstanding golf for many years to come.

RCC is situated in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula with easy access via Peninsula Link. Located just 100 metres from the Clubhouse, Fairways Resort is the perfect accommodation option. Offering 39 rooms it is a great choice for your stay and play on the Peninsula. Staying on-site ensures you are the Club’s honorary guest where you enjoy fantastic rates and offers on food and beverage and a large range of golf apparel and merchandise. The Club also has fantastic practice facilities, with a driving range, chipping and putting greens as well as varying practice

bunkers. With over 20 driving range bays, and a large area of quality turf to practice from, it is a facility that keeps delivering on growing your game.

Rosebud Country Club is famous for its atmosphere post golf in the Clubhouse with a very friendly and social membership base. With great golf on offer, their membership is outstanding value which ensures the Club is one of the leading golfing facilities on the Mornington Peninsula.

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Maz is a perfectionist with an outstanding eye for detail. She’s perceptive and sensitive to her clients’ needs and passionate about offering a service that goes far beyond her competitors.

It matters to her that her clients are fully informed and engaged throughout the sales experience.

She is a skilled negotiator who strives to provide a seamless and outstanding transaction every time. Maz builds strong working relationships that often last long after the deal is done.

“A work life balance is really important to me and as a proud mother of two adult children and a grandma to two little people, I have been able to achieve that happy balance courtesy of the supportive and positive environment that Susan Clavin Real Estate has provided.

My husband and I love our time with the family, but we also cherish our alone time and enjoy our walks on the beach, catching up with friends, and visiting some of the amazing wineries and restaurants on the Peninsula”.

Having sold millions of dollars’ worth of Real Estate on the Peninsula, and with over 30 years’ experience in the sales industry, Maz has built a successful portfolio by being ardent in all that she does.

She is kind, caring, funny and respectful and a much loved member of the Susan Clavin Real Estate Team.

REAL REVIEWS

Professional, proactive, really honest and genuine.

- Jennifer

Maz works hard to achieve the best possible outcome.

- Paul

Maz is always extremely prompt in responding to all our queries.

- Leah and Cameron

Maz went above and beyond to help us prepare the house for sale and throughout the campaign we felt as if we were her No. 1 vendors.

- Melissa

Nothing was ever too hard for Maz, she was accommodating and available for all the buyers and achieved a sale price way above our wildest dreams.

- Jenny

Maz's marketing and styling ideas really helped attract buyers and best of all achieved a great price.

-Lee

Maz's dedication to her clients and passion for her work is palpable and infectious. Finding an honest agent in today’s world is difficult and Maz is a rare gem.

- Stephanie and Bert

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- MAZ DUNEZ

Proudly independent and passionate about the local property market, Susan Clavin Real Estate is an all female team working across the Mornington Peninsula. With extensive experience in these ever changing market conditions, they are confident in their ability to be innovative and progressive in their approach to selling, buying and leasing property. Free from the rigid corporate structure governing most large agencies, Susan and the team have the flexibility and the “know how” to meet each clients needs on an individual basis ensuring they achieve the best possible outcome.

As the industry evolves, the perception that strong negotiators are by nature aggressive belongs in the past. Our team prioritises the customer experience and places an important emphasis on managing relationships respectfully, efficiently, and confidently which maximises our opportunities during negotiations.

No one refers a company that provides an average experience and we are proud of our excellent reputation. When you love what you do – it shows! There is no greater compliment to us than your referral and we are delighted that the majority of properties we sell come from recommendations.

From Frankston to Rye, across to Somerville, Hastings, and everything in between, our unrestricted reach, creative marketing strategies and top performing digital platforms ensure we can connect buyers to your property wherever they are located. Our name is synonymous with trustworthiness and our team will guide you through your real estate journey one step at a time so you can have the confidence of knowing you’re in the best hands.

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Nothing was too much trouble.

- Bill and Lone Susan goes above and beyond.

- Marlea

Susan and the team made the entire process streamlined and easy.

- Jay and Lauren

Honesty, knowledge and communication skills are second to none.

- Richard and Raewyn

The sale of my home was treated with genuine interest and integrity

- Kathy

Susan and the staff are incredibly professional, highly experienced, and extremely helpful.

- Declan and Amanda

We didn’t require a stylist because Susan’s unique decorating flair, combined with her hands-on approach to moving furniture, perfectly showcased the distinct charm of our home.

- Gary and Irene For

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Founded in 1946 by William (Bill) Prentice, Prentice Real Estate Pty Ltd. is well recognised as the longest serving independent, family owned and operated agency on the Mornington Peninsula.

Having gained a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of local Real Estate over this 75 plus year period, handed down through three generations, we know that we can offer our clients the best in expertise and advise with their property transactions.

We have two high exposure offices at Rye and Sorrento, both of which are managed by fullylicensed second and third generation members of the Prentice family.

Michael Prentice, Officer in Effective Control, is based at the Rye branch and heads up a team of passionate, caring, locally based individuals whose collective years of experience in the area is without peer.

Our philosophy is simple: We are committed to excellence in the services we offer, and upholding an industry-wide reputation for integrity and professionalism that has, for three generations, been a trademark of this company.

Should you wish to have an obligation free chat about your next property move, we would welcome your call.

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Moving house more than 30 times teaches you a thing or two about buying and selling a home. For Vicki Sayers, Director of RT Edgar Peninsula, it’s taught her so much more. As the daughter of two house-flipping entrepreneurs, Vicki’s innate understanding of real estate developed young, providing her the perfect foundation to expand upon her intrigue.

Now, as one of Australia’s leading agents and industry influencers, Vicki leads an exceptional sales team consisting of experienced agents Dean McPherson and David Cowie and assisted by Katrina O’Carroll. Drawing upon each other’s diverse backgrounds and skill sets a profoundly personalised real estate experience for their clients. United by their vendor-first commitment and outstanding acumen in property and negotiation, the team are committed to transforming lives by bringing people and property together.

‘Real estate is a little about property, and a lot about people’, says Vicki. Echoing the same sentiment, Dean, David and Katrina bring a trusted familiarity as the Peninsula’s finest real estate agents and marketing professionals. With a long history of record-breaking sales results, RT Edgar Peninsula believe their outstanding achievements are a testament to their unwavering commitment to excellence, expertise and dedication to every campaign.

With deep family and community ties to the Mornington Peninsula, the RT Edgar sales team leads with professionalism and integrity while their localonly knowledge allows an intricate insight into the Peninsula property market.

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onMt Eliza

Mount Eliza is a bustling seaside village nestled between Frankston and Mornington. The town centre is known as Mount Eliza Village, and is the main shopping area for the suburb. Mount Eliza has many great cafes specialising in breakfast and lunches and some fantastic restaurants

• The coastline around Mount Eliza consists of jagged cliffs featuring scenic walking tracks above stretches of secluded sandy beaches in small bays and coves below. Access to most of the beaches along the coast is via residential streets which offer small car parks at their end points. Those residential streets feature upmarket dream homes and weekend retreats, many of which have spectacular views along the coast.

• The attractive commercial centre of Mount Eliza is located about one kilometre inland along Mount Eliza Way and Canadian Bay Road, and features supermarkets and a number of specialty shops.

• Median house price in Mount Eliza is $1,708,500.

• Australian entrepreneur and aviator Sir Reginald Ansett called Mt Eliza home for years. He would travel from there to his city office by helicopter each day.

• In 1928, the independent girls school Toorak College was built and is one of the oldest independent girls schools in Victoria.

• Prior to large scale subdivision, Mount Eliza was mainly a location for holiday homes. This began to change in the early half of the 20th century when many old estates were subdivided. One such subdivision was Ranelagh Estate, designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in 1924 in tandem with the surveyors Tuxen and Miller.

• Mount Eliza Post Office opened on 15 November 1920.

Coffee Safari

• The Mount Eliza Regional Park, accessed via Two Bays Road, incorporates the former Moorooduc Quarry and offers views across the surrounding plains. At the southern end of the park is a lake with picnic areas and a playground. The Mornington Tourist Railway, which offers steam train rides, has its Moorooduc station located adjacent to the Mount Eliza Regional Park.

• There are several beaches and bays located in Mount Eliza, which include Canadian Bay, Daveys Bay, Half Moon Bay, Moondah Beach, Ranelagh Beach and Sunnyside North Beach.

• Daveys Bay was named after James Davey who constructed a jetty in the 1840s to ship his produce to Melbourne. In 1909 the Daveys Bay Yacht Club was established, and winds its way to a walking track overlooking Mt Eliza Beach on the shores of Canadian Bay, which was named after three Canadians who owned a sawmill in the area.

• Adjacent to Sunnyside beach sits a historical property Morning Star Estate which has also been in a number of films, including a three-month location shoot around the mansion for the movie Partisan, starring French actor Vincent Cassell occurred in 20132014. The mansion was the location for the Kath & Kim movie spin-off Kath & Kimderella.

• The population of Mount Eliza is 18,734. (2021)

Freshly brewed coffee is a must-have for weekends. Here are a few places to check out when you're in this beautiful part of the world.

Ad Hoc Mt Eliza

1/84 MOUNT ELIZA WAY

Great place for the best cappuccino and cookies, or if you prefer a nice chai tea with soy milk. Outdoor seating is ideal for relaxing with friends over a coffee or brunch.

Velos MusetteMazeh

76 MOUNT ELIZA WAY

Quaint, cool, quirky coffee shop with an owner brimming with character. Coffee is some of the best in town and made with passion and flair.

The Corner Pantry

1/70 MOUNTAIN VIEW ROAD

With a sense of wellness and community, serving up fantastic coffee alongside an amazing breakfast/lunch menu, in a vibrant atmosphere.

Shop Ate Café

8/87 MOUNT ELIZA WAY

Serving up creamy coffee, a sensational menu including great vegetarian options and tasty morsels from the glass cabinet in a modern, eclectic, cosy space.

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What to do

A bustling seaside village nestled between Frankston and Mornington, Mount Eliza has many great cafes specialising in breakfast and lunches, some fantastic restaurants, and great boutique shopping. The coastline around Mount Eliza consists of jagged cliffs featuring scenic walking tracks above stretches of secluded sandy beaches in small bays and coves below. Access to most of the beaches along the coast is via residential streets which offer small car parks at their end points. Known for its upmarket dream homes and weekend retreats, many Mount Eliza properties have spectacular coastal views. With a village atmosphere and tucked away from the main highway, Mount Eliza has managed to maintain its hidden gem status, attracting celebrities to visit or purchase property there. It has even been the centre of Hollywood glamour when Fred Astaire, Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner arrived to shoot the film On the Beach in 1959.

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From Lone Scout to Queen’s Scout to the Coronation

It would be a huge understatement to say Paul Francis enjoyed his scouting activities. The young lad’s enthusiasm was boundless.

Scouting days begin

Paul and his family lived at Balnarring Beach and he was introduced to scouting in 1944. When George Smith, Scout Master of the 1st Flinders Troop, started a patrol at Balnarring Paul was one of the first to join. Balnarring’s population was too small to have a scout troop and Smith was putting into practice an idea he had seen in the U.K. This was to set up a patrol in smaller towns that were attached to a larger troop already in existence in a larger centre. At first there were four boys of scouting age in the Balnarring Patrol and seven younger lads, including Paul’s brother Bryan, who formed a Cubs’ group.

Every month Smith came to Balnarring Beach from his home in Sorrento to lead the new patrol which met in the shelter shed on the foreshore at Balnarring Beach. This patrol lasted for four years until poor health forced Smith to close, not just the Balnarring Patrol, but the 1st Flinders Troop as well.

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Right: Patrol Leader Paul Francis Below: Shelter Shed at Balnarring Beach, home to the 1st Balnarring Patrol

Lone Scout set up

However, Paul and his younger brother, Bryan, found a way to continue as Scouts. This was through the Lone Scout movement. This organization allowed boys who lived too far from a scout troop to participate in scouting activities. Headquarters were in Melbourne and the state was divided into tribes with a scout master for each tribe. The main scout leader was the Commissioner for Lone Scouts. Balnarring Beach was part of the Kullah tribe and their scout master was Elwood lead er, Peter Stanley. Three or more boys were needed to form a patrol and in early 1949 when Peter Edwards, another local lad, turned 11, the three formed a Lone Scout group. The boys adopted the name the Balnarring Beach Seal Patrol. An adult was needed to advise and oversee. Howard

Francis, Paul and Bryan’s father, volunteered for the role. He was an excellent advisor; not only was he a school teacher but he had a deep interest in nature and he encouraged his young charges to explore

The Patrol met every week and the boys, with Paul as their Patrol Leader, ran things themselves along the lines established by the founder of the scouting movement, Lord Baden Powell. Scouts were expected to work toward obtaining a series of badges: 2nd Class Badge, 1st Class Badge, Bushman’s Thong and ultimately, King or Queen’s Scout. The boys had to pass Proficiency badges in various fields in order to attain each level.

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Above: Balnarring Beach's Seal Patrol. (l to r) Paul Francis, Bryan Francis, Peter Edwards, David De Winne Below: Paul (centre) with Peter Edwards (left) and Bryan Francis (right)

A nature playground

Balnarring Beach, at that time, had a small permanent population and houses were clustered around the store and the Hansens Lane area. The beach with its reef and rockpools was at their doorstep. The foreshore was mainly bushland, a nature reserve covered with thick stands of ti-tree and huge banksias and gums. At dusk an abundance of nocturnal wild life could be observed. A creek ran through the reserve, turning to flow parallel to the coast towards Somers. The area made a perfect adventure playground and the boys spent their time outdoors, notebooks in hand, compiling long lists and records of birds, animals, plants and sea creatures. The Seals competed in the monthly competitions run by the Lone Scout section. These were against the five other Lone Scout patrols in their section and tested initiative, scouting knowledge and practical application. They entered the competitions with enthusiasm and did well. One of their winning entries was a list of thirty-eight native plants, correctly identified with their botanical as well as their common names. The boys made rope bridges and scaled the slopes of Palmers Hill. A flying fox was set up. They examined the midden at the base of the cliff and explored the cave in the rock face near Merricks Beach. One of their projects, to build a raft and sail along the creek to Somers, came to an untimely end when the raft broke apart and sank after floating for about 100 metres. The Seals meeting place was in an underground cubby they had dug in the back yard of the Francis home. It was roofed and even had a fireplace.

Every Easter the Balnarring Beach patrol went to a camp for all the Victorian Lone Scouts. This was held at Gilwell Park in the Dandenong Ranges and was eagerly anticipated each year.

Periodically their Scout Master came from Elwood to monitor their progress and test individuals for various badges. Paul worked diligently to pass the tests for his badges and by November, 1949 he had qualified for the 1st Class Badge. He was presented with this on 26 November, his 14th birthday. As Patrol Leader he set an example to the younger members of the Seals and he encouraged them to pass their proficiency badges. The Patrol thrived on scouting. Scouting gave purpose to their outdoor adventures and they could take pride with each badge they added to those they already had. The Seals often lead the monthly competitions against other Lone Scout Groups and they were the proud overall winners of the monthly competitions for three years in a row.

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Top: Merricks/Tulum Creek Above: Paul tries their rope bridge Below: 'The Nook', the Francis home at Balnarring Beach

Sun Youth Travel representative

In March 1951 Paul became the first Victorian Lone Scout to travel to Europe as a representative of the Flinders Shire in the Sun Youth Travel Scheme. It was the first time a Lone Scout from Victoria would travel to Europe. Before Paul left he was inducted as a Senior Scout (15 to 18 year age group). This showed his level in the Scout movement. An excited lad left for Europe. While he was overseas he was frequently asked about the Lone Scout movement. People knew he was a Lone Scout but few understood what that meant and Paul was happy to explain.

At the end of that year Paul penned a prize-winning essay about the places he visited on his travels. He was awarded five guineas (£5/5/-) and the essay appeared in print. He wrote, “as a scout, one of the highlights was a visit to Imperial Scout headquarters and to Gilwell Park”.

While he was away his brother, Bryan, led the Seal Patrol which now had a fourth member, David De Winne. David had come to live at the store and he quickly became one of the group even though he was not yet eleven. Paul brought back a present for each of them. While passing through the Suez Canal he bought several fezzes in Cairo when the ship stopped at Port Said. Back home, his mother attached to each red headpiece a black Seals logo with a red eye. The patrol proudly wore their fezzes with their uniform.

In July 1952 the Scout leaders from Melbourne came down to Balnarring to supervise Paul in his final tests for the Queen’s Scout Badge, then to tell him that he had been successful. Paul was presented with his certificate by Victoria’s Governor, Sir Dallas Brooks on 11 October, 1952. He was the first Lone Scout to become a Queen’s Scout. It was a tremendous achievement and distinction. Selected to attend the Coronation

The following year, 1953, brought the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Paul was selected, one of fourteen Queen’s Scouts from Australia to attend. The group, supervised by Commissioner A.G. Oldham, sailed aboard the liner Orion, nicknamed “the Coronation Ship” as most of the passengers were bound for the Coronation. The passage to England presented many new experiences at each of the ports where the ship called and the Scouts were well entertained along the route.

Then, as Paul recalled, “on 2 June, 1953, we stood outside Westminster Abbey to see the Queen and everyone in the procession, go into the Abbey.” One of the Scouts had an invitation to enter the Abbey. The others had been positioned in Parliament Square which gave an unobstructed view of the front of the Abbey. As impressive as the Coronation was, Paul’s lasting memories were of the magnificent buildings he saw in London.

The six weeks the Scouts spent in Europe were crammed with

Below: The four members of Balnarring Beach Seal Patrol wearing their fezzes with visiting Scoutmaster Peter Stanley

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different experiences and new opportunities. The Australian Scouts travelled to Scotland where they were guests at Rowallan Castle near Glasgow, the home of Lord Rowallan, the Chief Scout of the British Commonwealth. In France they were billeted with English-speaking French Scouts who were happy to show them the sights of Paris. The European trip included a visit to Holland.

Highlights of the trip

Two events stood out for Paul. One was the Spithead Review. This Review of naval vessels was held on 15 June and the Australian Queen’s Scouts were in attendance. The program for the day started at 8 o’clock in the morning and ended at midnight. Two hundred and seventy ships took part, one third of these being from Commonwealth countries. The Australian Scouts were aboard H.M.A.S. Sydney. The Australian Prime Minister, R.G. Menzies and the Duke of Gloucester, were among those aboard the Sydney. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh took several hours to complete the Review, cruising in H.M.S. Surprise between the lines of assembled ships. Activities of the day included a fly past by aircraft and, at night, an illumination of the ships, together with fireworks.

The second event was the Jamboree at Sandringham, the Queen’s estate in Norfolk. The Jamboree was organized for approximately 3,000 Scouts from Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, and overseas Scouts. The Australians were the guests of the 23rd Cambridge Troop. Held over five days it was a memorable camp, as reported in one local newspaper, “one of the finest that has ever been held with bright, sunny weather which seemed to arrive just when it was needed”.

It was a very full six weeks for the Australians who returned home on the passenger ship, Strathnaver, at the end of their stay in Europe.

The Lone Scouts Seal Patrol disbands

Not long after Paul’s return from London the Francis family moved house from Balnarring Beach to Rosebud. There both Paul and his brother continued their scouting days by joining the 1st Rosebud Sea Scouts. (Bryan also went on to become a Queen’s Scout.) Unfortunately, the Seal Patrol at Balnarring Beach had to disband as there were not enough boys to maintain the patrol after the Francis brothers’ departure.

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Above: The Governor farewells the Queen's Scouts (The Age, 17 April, 1953)

Below: Victoria's Queen's Scouts chosen to attend the Coronation. Paul Francis second from left (from the Herald Newspaper)

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Paul completed his secondary schooling at Frankston High School where, in his final year, he was Senior Prefect and Dux of the School. He then went on to study medicine at the University of Melbourne. During his student days Paul continued his involvement with the Scouts and acted as Assistant Scout Master to the 1st Rosebud Sea Scouts and to a Lone Scout tribe.

Paul married soon after graduation and his daughter was born in 1963. His first appointment was as registrar at Hobart Hospital, a position he held for three years. On returning from Tasmania, Paul entered private practice as a G. P. However, his interest in anaesthetics led him to specialize. A member of the NZ and Australian College of Anaesthetists he was subsequently appointed to a small government panel, charged with the responsibility of assessing the qualification of overseas doctors wishing to practise as anaesthetists in Victorian hospitals.

In the early 1990s Paul’s medical career took a new direction when he was appointed Medical Director of the Echuca Hospital. The hospital was a district hospital but during this time developed into a regional hospital offering specialist services. Paul also held the role of the hospital’s specialist anaesthetist. On leaving the hospital post he travelled for three years to surrounding towns as visiting medical director, finally retiring in 2017.

Dr Paul Francis died in June 2019, two years after retirement.

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Top Left: Graduation day, 1961. Paul with his parents

Above: Document provided by Scouts Victoria

Acknowledgements:

"Balnarring Byways and Memories Vol 5"

"Scouting at Balnarring Beach” by Paul Francis.

Information from Bryan Francis.

Contemporary newspaper articles.

Article "Lone Rangers of Victorian Scouting", courtesy Peter Datson, State Commissioner - Heritage, Scouts Victoria

Photos: Francis family collection, B.D.H.S. collection, Internet.

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