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Wrestling With Tokyo • Timeline To Happiness • Captain Courageous Celebrating Suburbia • Brushing Up On Birds • A Cut Above • The Point Nepean Quarantine Station


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Wrestling With Tokyo

Mount Eliza local, John Boyle not only ran a liquor shop on Main Street in Mornington in his working days, but he was also a wrestler in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic games.

12. Timeline To Happiness

Stacey Hollowood at Wyld Chyld Healing uses a technique called timeline therapy to help eliminate all of the negative emotions attached to traumatic life events and thereby heal yourself from hurt.

16. Captain Courageous

Unable to play his beloved sport, Ollie Walker-Peel was given the opportunity to indulge his passion for sport by commentating on Mornington soccer games.

Arts 20. Celebrating Suburbia

Mornington artist Belinda “Billy” Nye sees beauty in the everyday Australian suburban landscape that most people take for granted. She translates the ordinary into bold lines and bright colours.

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44. A Cut Above

Squires loft head chef Darel Boodhna grew up in a family where everyone cooked. His father was a chef. His mother was also a wonderful cook. Much of the family time revolved around the enjoyment of mealtime.

Focus On 65. Moorooduc

This month we take a look at the township of Moorooduuc with some interesting facts, coffee safari, what to do and photos.

67. The Point Nepean Quarantine Station

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The Point Nepean Quarantine Station offers a glimpse into the early European history of Victoria. Established in 1852, the Station site contains nearly fifty heritage-listed buildings including one which predates that event: the limestone Shepherds Hut, circa 1844.

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David Freedman retired from being a rural general surgeon at age 72 to battle cancer. He stopped using surgical instruments and swapped them for paintbrushes.

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24. Brushing Up On Birds

Built in 1863, Mornington’s Beleura was home to composer John Tallis from 1948 until his death in 1996. Tallis bequeathed the home, its collections and The Tallis Foundation to the people of Victoria. It is open to the public for tours and music concerts.

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What's on?Upcoming Peninsula Events AUGUST 1-22 COLLECTION FOCUS: WOMEN ARTISTS

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WRESTLING WITH Tokyo

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ount Eliza local, John Boyle, 86, not only ran a liquor shop on Main Street in Mornington in his working days, but he was also an Olympian wrestler. The ex-Olympian who competed in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, was supposed to attend the swearing in of the Australian Olympic wrestling team on 9 July for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, but was not able to due to it being held in Melbourne’s CBD. “I wasn’t sure whether they were going to send [an Australian Olympic wrestling] team,” he said. Usually, the wrestling team would travel interstate and overseas to train and prepare for the Olympic games.

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“I am very surprised, with the limitations they have been working with here [due to COVID], that they have been able to put another team together,” he said. “The association has been urging all the old Olympians to make our presence felt one way or another.” It’s to help introduce rural and regional Australians to wrestling because many Aussie Olympians are from country towns. While he was a student at St Kevin’s College in Toorak, John dabbled in football and boxing. He would train in the gym, and it was there that he saw wrestlers training. The sport immediately appealed to him, so he took it up as a hobby. continued page 10...


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One of the coaches recognised John’s talent and told him he should train for the Olympics. This surprised John who did not expect to be selected for the team. He also had to deal with the already-established wrestlers who were annoyed that they were being replaced by a newcomer. Eventually, he competed in the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. He, along with his teammates, were initially detained for three hours because the Japanese at the time associated all white people, including Australians, with the atomic bomb. They were later escorted by security throughout their trip and this “added flavour” to the experience. While he was in Japan, he trained with the Osaka University wrestling team and competed against other university college teams. “I went on and competed there of course and did moderately well,” John said. He got through to the semi-finals and won a bronze medal, only losing on points to two top-rating competitors. “Australia was ‘amateur’, but the rest of the world wasn’t, so we don’t really have a lot of opportunities to win medals at that level,” he said. He was training outside his work hours while many of his international competitors travelled the world as professional wrestlers.

Over his lifetime, John has won what he estimates to be between 30-40 medals for wrestling including the Australian Welterweight title. His son has put them all on a board for him. He carried the Olympic torch through his home suburb of Mount Eliza after the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics. He said Olympic wrestling is a popular sport in other parts of the world just as AFL and the Australian Open are popular here. He and his fellow ex-wrestling mates are disappointed though to see skateboarding and rap dancing being classified as Olympic sports. He believes it is “inappropriate” and “damages the image” of the Olympics. The reason why he thinks these activities are being categorised as Olympic sports is because of the problems COVID has caused for the international competition. “I think they’re desperate to just get people any way, anyhow,” he said. “Wrestling’s not being presented in a way that we are comfortable with,” he said. John commented on the professionalism of the sport and is sad to see heavyweight boxers and basketball players being selected for the Olympic Australian wrestling team because there are not enough Aussie wrestlers to compete in the games. “Wrestling is one of the very few sports that exists from early history,” he said. “In its origin, it was more or less training for war activities, so the early participants all had spear throwing and weightlifting and wrestling.” John acknowledges it is tough because numerous countries around the globe do not have the necessary facilities for wrestlers to train and hone their skills so that they can compete in the Olympics.

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TIMELINE TO happiness

By Andrea Louise Thomas Photos Yanni

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I want to access the root cause of the person’s negative emotions

magine if you could travel back in time and eliminate all of the negative emotions attached to traumatic life events and thereby heal yourself from hurt. Well you can according to Stacey Hollowood at Wyld Chyld Healing in Mornington. She uses a technique called timeline therapy.

Timeline therapy was developed in United States in the 1980s by the late, Dr. Everett ‘Tad’ James (PhD in hypnotherapy), a pioneer and practitioner of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). The objective of timeline therapy is to clear feelings that can undermine happiness and success. The technique works with the unconscious mind to release negative emotions attached to life

events. It focuses on clearing anger, sadness, fear, anxiety, hurt, guilt and low self-esteem.

Stacey said she discovered this therapy when she heard about the Warrior Program in the UK, which helps returned soldiers coming back from conflicts in the Middle East to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. One of the methods this program uses is timeline therapy to alleviate war trauma. “The unconscious mind determines 90-95% of your behaviour. The thought creates the feeling and the feeling creates the behaviour. Timeline therapy goes to the root cause of an emotion before, during, and after birth. Generally, between birth and seven years old we take on the root causes of emotions,” she explains. continued next page...

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“In timeline therapy we are rewiring the unconscious mind. It remembers everything and can be accessed at any time. I open up the unconscious mind by asking questions quickly before the conscious mind has time to kick in. I want to access the root cause of the person’s negative emotions,” she says. Once the causes are found, Stacey asks the client’s unconscious mind what it needs to let go of the negative emotion so they can get on with their lives and not be dictated to by the past. Stacey claims she can release an emotion from a person’s past in ten minutes using this technique. “I help a lot of people dealing with childhood trauma. I help a lot of women to move out of a victim mentality so they no longer manifest negative events in their lives. Part of the process is helping people to understand why they are triggered in the first place. I teach people how to heal themselves. I am just guiding them,” she says.

Stacey feels that people will always have negative emotions because it’s part of human nature, but with this technique those emotions won’t be attached to the past anymore. They will experience emotions in real time and process them immediately so they don’t suppress their emotion. Stacey believes supressed emotions can be the source of many long-term health problems. Like many people Stacey was struggling with her mental health during lockdowns.

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Stacey began her professional life as a massage therapist. She found this work fulfilling, but wanted to add another level of healing. She trained to become a reiki practitioner. Reiki is a Japanese form of alternative medicine called energy healing. It can also be seen as a spiritual practice as it works with energy outside of the body as well.

I teach people how to heal themselves. I am just guiding them

When the root causes of negative emotions are found and resolved, the client can stop repeating old behavioural patterns that are not serving them. Stacey believes the effects of this therapy are permanent.

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She did timeline therapy and it changed her life. She repaired a close family relationship and tackled body image and self-worth issues. It was transformative.

Addressing the needs of the body and spirit without dealing with the mind was limiting so Stacey completed a timeline therapy training course to add to her repertoire of healing modalities. Now she can address body, mind and spirit for total wellbeing.

In order to truly heal, the client has to participate in the process and want to change. Before starting timeline therapy, Stacey offers a free consultation to make sure the client is ready, willing and able to move forward. Her program is a six-week program with a one-and-a-half-hour consultation each week and homework for the client. All of her clients have benefitted from this therapy. She knows this because they give her great feedback about how the therapy has transformed their lives. If you want to live a life liberated from negative emotions and limiting beliefs, Stacey thinks timeline therapy is the way to go.

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CAPTAIN courageous By Joe Novella Photos Gary Sissons

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llie Walker-Peel began his life in England in 2004 and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP) in 2006. I’m guessing many of you reading this, like me, have little or no actual knowledge of what CP is but maybe have some preconceptions. So I think it’s important to understand more about CP before telling you Ollie’s story. Cerebral Palsy is one of the most common disabilities in Australia according to Cerebral Palsy Australia, the peak support body. And according to the Brain Foundation, CP

is a blanket term that describes a large group of body movement disorders beginning early in life as a result of brain injuries that are non-progressive (i.e. do not worsen over time). There are different types of CP – Spastic (stiff difficult movement), Dyskinetic (involuntary movement), Ataxic (poor balance) and Mixed which is a combination of those previously mentioned. There are also different levels of CP ranging from the ability to live independently to requiring support for most of life’s functions. continued next page...

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In Ollie’s case, he couldn’t walk until aged three and even then with the help of a walking frame up until his school years. “I found it quite annoying having the frame and trying to get used to the outside world but my school back in England was brilliant.”

“99% of Aussies are fantastic but there were a few who resorted to name calling due to the way I walked and moved,” he said. “Even at school it was tough, but since moving to Balcombe Grammar I haven’t looked back.”

In 2009 at age 5, Ollie joined his first football (soccer) club – Lammack Juniors situated not far from Blackburn in England. This made perfect sense given his dad, Nathan Peel, who is now an integral part of the Mornington Peninsula soccer community having spent time at both Mount Martha and Mornington soccer clubs, was a professional footballer plying his trade at top-flight clubs like Preston North End, Sheffield United and Burnley.

Ollie is currently in Year 12 at Balcombe Grammar but more than that, he is the School Captain. When I asked him why he thinks he was chosen by his peers, he was typically humble. “Well, first of all, it means the world to me to be able to lead a school like Balcombe Grammar and I guess it’s my leadership and motivational qualities that got me there, and maybe I’ve inspired a few other students as well.”

“Playing football back in England was great. Even though I couldn’t move like the other kids I was treated just the same and being part of a team was a really great thing for me. I made friends during that time that I still keep in contact with today.”

"So what happened to your sport?" I asked. “I started playing soccer for Mount Martha U11s in 2015 and because everyone was so small, my disability wasn’t such a hurdle. But since then I’ve had five procedures on my legs from my hamstrings to my feet and the rehab is always tough. The Royal Children’s Hospital has been amazing in supporting me through these operations but it all meant that I stopped participating in sport. But it hasn’t meant I’ve stopped loving it or following it.”

In 2013 at the age of 9, Ollie and his family arrived in Australia to start a new life here on our beautiful Peninsula and one of the first things he noticed was how different the climate was; much nicer here of course. Not everything went smoothly though.

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In 2018 an opportunity was created for Ollie to indulge his passion for sport by the then Mornington Soccer Club President Matt Cameron. “Matt asked me if I’d like to commentate on some of the Mornington games and I jumped at the chance. And I fell in love with the microphone there and then. Football Victoria was really great too; on the back of what I was doing at Mornington SC, they asked if I would like to commentate on other National Premier League live-streamed games.”

definitely one. It was an incredible hanger and my commentating of it got coverage in newspapers like The Age and on SEN radio. It was a great feeling. And having Luke Beveridge, AFL Western Bulldogs Coach, behind me while I was commentating one night and then have him come up and tell me how impressed he was with my knowledge of the game and the players was great too. I do like to put a bit of effort into preparing for each game I commentate on so I appreciated the feedback.”

One thing’s for sure, I never would have got this far without the support of my school

From there, with the support of Peter Susovich and Brendon Telfer from RPPFM radio, Ollie got his big break becoming part of the RPPFM radio sport’s commentary team. “Both Peter and Brendon are amazing people who gave me so much support. I now commentate on local soccer, football and cricket with many more opportunities opening up all the time, because I love sport and I love what I do and even though I don’t get the chance to play it much any more, I’m good at talking about it.”

I asked Ollie to name a couple of highlights from his commentating career so far. “Jack Boyd’s mark of the year for Northern Bullants vs Frankston Dolphins in the 2019 season was

So where does Ollie want to head with his commentating? “One thing’s for sure, I never would have got this far without the support of my school, Balcombe Grammar, my Year 12 Cohort, RPPFM, Football Vic and the Mornington Soccer Club, and most of all, my family; they have been with me all the way. But if I had my wish, I’d love to commentate professionally in the AFL or maybe the A-League or EPL one day. And my ultimate wish is to commentate at a World Cup Final.” And in my humble opinion, given his determination and courage, Ollie just may get his wish.

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CELEBRATING surburbia By Andrea Louise Thomas Photos Yanni

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ornington artist Belinda “Billy” Nye sees beauty in the everyday Australian suburban landscape that most people take for granted. Street signs and telephone poles, letterboxes and fences, houses and caravans are inspiration for her digital art, paintings and linocut prints. She translates the ordinary into bold lines and bright colours.

Kids are on technology and new developments don’t really have backyards. I am documenting suburbia as it fades away,” she says.

“Suburbia makes me feel nostalgic for childhood. I grew up in Frankston in a brick veneer house with a backyard. The backyard had everything – the BBQ, the swing set, a garden, somewhere to eat, somewhere to play. The backyard is disappearing from our lives.

There is a comfortable familiarity in her art to anyone who lives in Frankston or on the Mornington Peninsula. Local neighbourhoods, outlooks across Port Phillip Bay, the iconic red

Billy loves the view from her Mornington backyard, particularly the birds. Many works in her suburban landscapes series include magpies, galahs, cockatoos or other familiar birds. “We are so lucky to have such incredible birds all around us. The birds are the kings and queens of suburbia,” she says.

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bluff at Half Moon Bay in Mornington, or views of and from Oliver’s Hill, are subjects in her work.

Billy works equally across three mediums: digital art, painting and printmaking.

Her first painting, at seventeen, was a view of Oliver’s Hill. It still hangs in her parents’ house today. In fact, she grew up in a house on Oliver’s Hill with a panoramic view of the bay. “It’s aweinspiring to me. I love the winding roads, the view and all the little houses on the hill,” she says. She has fond memories of careening down Oliver’s Hill on her bike to sketch views of Port Phillip Bay.

She likes digital art because she can make it anywhere on her iPad. She uses it to plan for her next painting or print. She likes to break down the image, heighten or saturate the colour, exaggerate what she loves and take away what’s not necessary.

As a child, Billy was always drawing. She started out copying Archie and Veronica comics before creating original works that she drew on swap cards and sold to family members. She went from high school to Frankston’s Chisholm Institute to do a Diploma in Visual Arts where she got a solid practical foundation, but she got itchy feet and decided to travel.

Everything I look at is art. I didn’t decide to be an artist. I just love being an artist. I have always been an artist

She started her creative career working as a photographer in London. She was accepted into London University to study photography, but met her now husband, David, and decided to travel with him back to his native New York where she set up a photography business. They married and had two children. They spent eight years in the Hamptons before moving to Mornington. Billy then finished that Diploma of Visual Arts at Chisholm. Once they had settled in Mornington, Billy set up her painting and printmaking studio where she spends the majority of her time. Art wasn’t really a choice for her; it was a necessity. “Everything I look at is art. I didn’t decide to be an artist. I just love being an artist. I have always been an artist,” she says.

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Alternately, she says, “Painting is meditation in action for me. It’s a peaceful place where I can just concentrate on the mark making. I’m a slow painter. Getting it to just the right place takes time. It’s a puzzle. I have to work really hard to get the right colours.” With printmaking Billy says, “ I love the careful, well-planned out process of it. You have to do the work in reverse. When carving the plate, it’s almost like therapy. You get totally absorbed. I love the whole process, the striking boldness and simplicity of it.”

While her practical training at Chisholm was invaluable to her art practice, Billy wanted to delve deeper into art theory so she completed a double degree in Fine Art and Visual Culture (Curtin University). The works of many artists, but particularly David Hockney, Reg Mombassa and Howard Arkley inspired her. She feels aligned with their celebration of the built environment. Sharing her passion and knowledge is important to Billy. She teaches a free linocut workshop in her Linocut Club at Oak Hill Gallery in Mornington on the first Saturday of the month from 1:30 to 3:30. Visit the gallery to be inspired and have a go at creating something original. belindanye.com


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BRUSHING UP ON birds

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hen Mount Martha local, David Freedman, 76, retired from being a rural general surgeon at age 72 to battle cancer, he stopped using surgical instruments and took up paintbrushes. But, it wasn’t the first time he’d picked up a paintbrush. It had always been his lifetime hobby, and had now become his primary passion as a retiree. While working in Swan Hill, he would paint in his spare time to cope with the stresses of his job, and found it to be “a great release” and to have given him a “sense of freedom”. “I had this outlet of painting and, whenever possible, I would head out into the Mallee, and paint the Mallee roads and the river, the Murray River, which I loved,” he said. He has done most of his painting plein-air, a French term meaning ‘painting out in the open’. His first book about painting was based on this practice, and involved tips on using oil, pastel and watercolours. Victoria’s lockdowns dashed his plans to write a book specifically about painting with watercolours. So, instead, David painted within seven months between 260 to 270 birds. He began this endeavour in June 2020.

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David lives on a two acre property in Mt Martha and he was inspired to do this when he noticed a variety of birds had flocked to his two-acre property from mainland Victoria due to the 2019-2020 bushfire season. “I saw all these birds that I hadn’t seen before in the trees,” he said. The Eastern Rosellas had eggs and baby chicks, and this fascinated him. “I hadn’t painted a bird before, but I fell in love with the birds, and I knew how to paint, and it was a process where I got better as I went along.” After completing all these paintings, he had a lightbulb moment and thought about putting them in a book. The problem was that he didn’t know much about birds, and he “didn’t want it to be like an encyclopaedia or a field bird book”. During a phone conversation with his stepsister, David discovered his stepbrother, Richard Steele, who hadn’t seen in 60 years, knew a lot about birds and enjoyed writing. This was an opportunity for them to reconnect. David selected 240 of his paintings to include in this new book, and Richard drew upon his knowledge of birds to write in what continued next page...

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Robin Hill, the writer of the foreword, described as “informative and engaging” prose. David contacted Hill, an Australian expat who lives in the USA and is considered America’s finest ornithological painter and naturalist. Hill was impressed by David’s work. “I wanted this to be as much an art book as a book celebrating the beauty of our birds, and the diversity of our birds,” David said. “It’s a book illustrated by an Aussie, text by an Aussie, designed by an Aussie, and printed in Australia by an Aussie, and I’m very proud of it.” Another of the books David has written was about his father, Harold Freedman who was a craftsman, and at one point, Victoria’s state artist. Besides the artistic talent flowing through David’s bloodline, he professes to not be a “professional illustrator”, but claims he’s “an amateur”. He likens painting to surgery. “Surgery and art are basically similar in the stepwise nature of it; the discipline and concentration required, and knowing the principles,” he said. As a surgeon, he performed 30,000 operations. “I’ve pursued the painting with the same energy that I put into being a surgeon,” he said. “I think that because you’re old, you

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shouldn’t give up challenging yourself: that’s my philosophy. Keep going until you can’t do it anymore.” He wanted to produce work “in a painterly way” which according to him means “you don’t paint everything. You leave some things out, and you exaggerate or emphasise others”. He said the reason why he published this book was to remind everyone to be proud of our birds because they’re a “wonderful resource”. He’s also concerned about the birds’ habitats being impacted by climate change and destroyed by the “urban spread”. “We need to look after them and celebrate [them],” he said. “We celebrate our cricketers and our tennis players, but our birds are here forever, hopefully.” 'Australia’s Birds' is available to purchase from the website. davidfreedmanart.com.au


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FOR DADS WHO LOVE MUSIC & LAUGHTER This Father’s Day, treat Dad to an unforgettable trip to the theatre. With a fabulous line-up of shows on the Peninsula to enjoy this year you can forget socks and instead opt for the gift of an experience and spoil Dad with star-studded comedy, amazing music or mesmerising theatre. WHY THEATRE TICKETS MAKE THE BEST GIFTS FOR DAD Father’s Day is typically the one day of the year to shower a Dad with gifts. Albeit with good intentions, the joy of giving and receiving celebratory token gifts soon fades whereas the gift an experience can last a lifetime, particularly for a Father who enjoys activities over material things. Whether your Dad is well-versed in performing arts or has experienced live shows only a handful of times, a trip to the theatre evokes a special feeling, regardless of age or background. Get ready for a night of hilarity with ROSS NOBLE’S 2021 COMEBACK SPECIAL on Saturday 4 September. Straight from his sell-out season at the 2021 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL and his appearance on Channel 9's

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The Strapper Australian Lager is a unique South East Australian lager style, brewed with heirloom Australian barley and hop varieties for soft bitterness and fresh fruity flavour. standrewsbeachbrewery.com.au

Who doesn't love wine? Red Hill Estate has gifts for the wine lovers in your life covered. A range of premium Mornington Peninsula wines can be purchased from the Cellar Door and online. Red Hill Estate 53 Shoreham Road Red Hill South or shop online redhillestate.com.au

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Why not treat Dad to an immersive session of relaxation at The Private Sea Wellness Centre. Gift vouchers available in a range of values, valid on all services including Float Tanks, Infrared Saunas, Massage, Salt Therapy, Sport Recovery and much more. Available at: The Private Sea Wellness Centre 3 Satu Way, Mornington P: 5975 4030 theprivatesea.com.au

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FAC Unsure which theatre show would be best suited to Dad? Let him choose his own show. Gift vouchers for Frankston Arts Centre are available for any value and are valid for three years from purchase. Contact the the box office on 9784 1060, or go to theFAC.com.au

ARTHURS SEAT EAGLE Take your gift giving to new heights this Father’s Day! An Arthurs Seat Eagle gift card will send Dad soaring over the sights of Port Phillip Bay. aseagle.com.au/gift-cards

Deck Dad out in some killer Mr Banks merch and keep an eye out on socials for special Father's Day boxes. Available at mrbanksbrewing.com.au

A beautiful specialty IPA Glass that showcases beers full of hops. Commercial quality glassware, holding 540ml of beer, with the beautiful Red Hill Brewery logo etched on it in white. Available at: redhillbrewery.com.au

The Bulova Curvwatches are the only of their kind in the world. Built from the inside out, CURV is engineered to perfection. Minzenmay Jewellers 152 Main St, Morningto P 5975 2439 minzenmay.com.au

Timeless, this classic boot exudes cool, casual style. A winter wardrobe staple for Dad, the Racer by Ferracini is a stylish touch on every day looks. Available at Bayside Shoes, 103 Railway Pde, Seaford baysideshoewarehouse.com.au

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By Andrea Louise Thomas Photos Gary Sissons

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ecoming a chef was a natural choice for Darel Boodhna. He comes from the tiny East African island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Fresh fish and tropical fruits were plentiful in his diet as a youngster and he learned to savour fresh flavour. Mauritian cuisine has many influences from Indian and Creole cultures to Chinese and French cuisine. It refined his palate.

Making sure the customer is happy mirrors Siller and Deb’s whole approach to the restaurant.

Darel grew up in a family where everyone cooked. His father was a chef. “I learned how to cook with my Dad,” he says. His mother was also a wonderful cook. Much of the family time revolved around the enjoyment of mealtime. He started working in restaurant kitchens at fifteen.

Siller and Deb took great pains to consider every aspect of the dining experience. They wanted the décor to feature earth tones so they had all of the benches and chairs upholstered in soft premium brown leather. The tables are custom made from Australian hardwood with beautiful grain. The walls are adorned with warm vertical timbers and sleek black subway tiles.

“My model is created from the customer’s perspective. Everything we do is to please the customer,” Siller says. Every week the entire staff sits down to debrief. They read the customer reviews from the week and see how they can improve on the dining experience. Every reviewer is responded to.

I love cooking. I feel proud when I give the customer something they enjoy

When he was twenty-four, he decided to leave Mauritius for a work opportunity in Australia. His brother-in-law managed Mornington restaurant, Squire’s Loft, and he went to work there. While he is still completing his commercial cookery course at Sunshine College, he has gained a lot of food knowledge from his training at Squire’s Loft headquarters in South Yarra.

Darel spent two years perfecting the process of making the perfect steak on Squire’s Loft’s custom-made restaurant grills. A lot goes into making the perfect steak – the cut of the meat, the marbling and feel of it, and the precise grilling temperature. Their special grill fires up at 400-450 degrees, so timing is critical. When new owners Siller and Deb Bello took over the restaurant, they really shook things up. They got rid of five of the seven chefs, but chose to keep Darel because they were impressed by his incredible passion for cooking, eagerness to learn, work ethic and dedication. “I love cooking. I feel proud when I give the customer something they enjoy,” Darel says.

What makes Squire’s Loft’s food distinctive is the mouth- watering flavours of their proprietary baste and sauces. The baste is South African because the restaurant chain was founded by three South African brothers. Whether it’s premium steaks, smoky ribs, lamb loin chops, chicken breast, boerewors sausage, calamari or tiger prawns, the flavours of the baste and sauces permeate the meat. Customers can also buy the baste to use at home. Siller and Deb had a unique challenge when they bought Squire’s Loft. They took ownership in February 2020. Within weeks, lockdown began. At first, they weren’t sure they could make a go of it as a take-away restaurant because they weren’t sure the food, especially steaks, would travel well. They did many trail runs to determine how far they could go and still provide a perfectly cooked hot meal. They set up a parameter of twenty minutes and orders were flying out the door. continued next page...

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Now customers are delighted to be dining in. The restaurant is so popular that in order to get a weekend booking; you have to book two or three weeks in advance. Every night is heavily booked as they have a lot of regular customers and new ones are arriving all the time. Originally Siller wanted to focus on Mornington Peninsula wines. An extensive range is available, but he also found that a lot of people from overseas were visiting and wanted a taste of home, especially during lockdowns. Now a range of premium wines from all around the world is on offer. They partner particularly well with the super premium Chairman’s selection of steaks. Cocktails are also a strong offering on the comprehensive drinks menu. Whether you’re choosing a burger with a signature Peruvian chimichurri sauce or a steak with that tasty South African baste, you are sure to get a burst of unique flavour with anything you order at Squire’s Loft.

Squires Loft, 104 Main Street, Mornington P: 5976 8482 W: squiresloftmornington.com.au

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recipe SAN CHOY BAU PREP

COOK

30 PREP TOTAL

8 COOK SERVES TOTAL

SERVES

INGREDIENTS

METHOD

1 medium brown onion, chopped (approx. 80g)

1. Heat large saucepan and use preferred shortening to fry

3 cloves garlic, crushed

onion until soft. Add garlic, ginger and turmeric to pan and

2cm knob fresh ginger, grated (approx. 20g)

stir-fry for 1 minute. 2. Add pork to pan and keep turning to cook completely.

3-4 cups Asian greens, finely chopped

Use a potato masher to break up any large lumps if needed.

(eg. bok choy/pak choy, approx. 300g)

3. Once pork is cooked, add cabbage, greens, tamari, soy and

1kg cabbage/wombok, finely sliced 1/3 cup tamari

sesame oil. Mix all ingredients well and keep cooking until

2 tsp turmeric powder

cabbage and celery have softened.

1kg pork mince

4. Taste for seasoning and add salt if required.

1/3 cup soy sauce

5. Prepare serving plates with either iceberg lettuce cups or

6 drops sesame oil

a bed of chopped mixed leaves. Spoon mixture on

Salt

top of lettuce and top with some mashed avocado

Iceberg lettuce cups/chopped mixed lettuce and avocado (for serving) Shortening of preference for frying – butter, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, ghee, lard

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TWØBAYS PALE ALE

HIX BROWN ALE

TWØBAYS Pale Ale with subtle citrus aromas and light hop flavours, this gold medalwinning Pale Ale is a clean and refreshing beer for enjoyment all year. TWØBAYS BREWING CO 1/2 Trewhitt Ct, Dromana 5910 0880 twobays.beer

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Made with chocolate & dark crystal malted barley which gives the aroma & flavour of nuts & chocolate. The hops lend a citrus character to the mix which complement the malt character & caramel overtones beautifully. HICKINBOTHAM 194 Nepean Hwy, Dromana 5981 0355 hickinbotham.biz

RED HILL BREWERY

The Mornington Peninsula’s Original Craft Brewery, Red Hill Brewery, has just been awarded the Gold Medal in the Australian Beer Awards 2021. Do not miss trying the best Imperial Stout in Australia this winter. RED HILL BREWERY 88 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill Sth 5989 2959 redhillbrewery.com.au

JETTY ROAD IPA

This is your sunset in a can. Presenting golden honey in colour, punchy U.S. hops of El Dorado and ekuanot gives notes of tropical fruits, melon and guava. JETTY ROAD BREWERY 12-14 Brasser Ave, Dromana 5987 2754 jettyroad.com.au


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Stumpy Gully Vineyard

Red Hill Cheese baked brie with Montalto estate honey, Red Hill truffle and estate-grown wild cress.

Edamame and chickpea falafel, sautéed broccolini, seasonal vegetables, white bean puree with zhoug dressing.

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Roasted cauliflower mousse with quince, aged cheddar, hazelnut granola and pine oil. 1247 Stumpy Gully Rd, Moorooduc Ph 1800 788 679

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Zucchini and corn fritters, avocado, halloumi fries and beetroot relish.

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Love Gretel

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2 The Blvd, Somers

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Chic n waffle, cornflake crumbed crispy chicken, served on a Belgian waffle, topped with crispy maple bacon, slaw, melted cheese and chipotle sauce. Twisted Sista Cafe 21 Station St, Frankston Ph 8766 0618 twistedsista.com.au


HOW TO KEEP YOUR HENS HAPPY IN WINTER!

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alking Hens has been holding their 3-part winter series of presentations on keeping your backyard hens safe and healthy over winter. Each presentation takes place at the Talking Hens farm in Merricks. Many people either own hens or know someone who does. Owning hens not only brings fresh eggs but hens make surprisingly good pets. The most common feedback that staff at Talking Hens receive is how families are surprised at how much they love their new pets. As the seasons change each year, they bring with them different challenges for backyard chicken keepers. In their 3-part winter series Talking Hens explains the key issues to overcome in Winter and how to enable your backyard flock to thrive in spite of them. On Sunday the 13th June, Talking Hens held their first ever Facebook LIVE Event due to COVID restrictions. Jason covered all of the information in the first part of the 3-part series “Keeping Hens Safe and Warm in Winter”. He talked about how to keep hens safe from predators, how to create a warm, dry and comfortable chicken coop and run for them, reducing cold drafts, improving ventilation and an assessment of the pros and cons of different bedding and nesting options.

The audience learned the many causes of feather-pecking behaviour and ways it can be reduced. How to safely introduce new hens to an existing flock was also looked a. The video of both presentations can now be viewed on the Talking Hens Facebook page or the Talking Hens You Tube Channel. You can also receive a pdf copy of the detailed presentation notes by sending us an email to talk@talkinghens.com.au Part 3 - Overcoming Illness Within the Flock! Sunday, 15 Aug 2021 at 2pm. What to do when hens are showing signs of poor health, common viruses that may affect your hens and the signs to watch-out for, simple steps to keeping your flock in good condition over winter. Visit the Talking Hens Facebook page to book into Part 3 being the final, on-farm presentation in the series. If you have any further questions please call Jason on 0406 691 231.

On Sunday the 11th of July, Jason held part 2 “Managing Behavioural Issues” where he looked at the chicken “pecking order” and why hens can sometimes chase each other around and pluck feathers.

Looking for backyard hens but unsure where to start?

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

Visit our Website to learn more and download our FREE, Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Chickens at:

www.TalkingHens.com.au

Open Thursday to Monday 10am till 4pm (Closed Tue & Wed). 3590 Frankston-Flinders Rd Merricks. For enquiries 0406 691 231 www.facebook.com/TalkingHens August 2021

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Your Partner in Business

BOSS BRAIN: YOUR PARTNER IN BUSINESS Are you trying to grow your business? Are you doing it alone? If you’re in business, or are starting a business there is an easier way. Boss Brain is a local business support agency with a dedicated and expert team that will work alongside you, tapping into the true potential of your business, and enjoy watching it thrive as much as you will. Whether you need help with your digital presence, your budget and books or need some specific business coaching and training, Boss Brain will help you find the right solutions for your business. Owning a business can feel like a constant struggle, and without the right support it’s easy to become overwhelmed and lose the passion that drove you to start your business in the first place. Reconnect with your entrepreneurial spirit and take your business to the next level with Boss Brain by your side. A: 3G/19 Bruce St. Mornington

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WHAT A PLACE TO WORK AND LIVE! Octagon started servicing the stunningly beautiful Mornington Peninsula in 2010 when it was established by Stephen, dad to the current owner Jack, with younger brother Ben currently learning his trade after finishing his education in 2019. The company looks quite different 10 years on from when Stephen started the business with just himself and a single big van. Jack, the company director, took over the business in 2019 allowing his dad to concentrate on quotations and fishing! Whilst only 24 years old has been on the “octagon tools” himself since he was 15 and has worked fulltime for Octagon since he was 18.

Octagon currently has several streams to their business with: document shredding service, packing service, courier service, storage facilities, relocation service, full packing supplies shop and mobile self-storage service with Octibox which Octagon delivers to you, you fill and then gets stored it in their new facility at 6 Elite Way Mornington. They currently have two storage facilities in Mornington with multiple removalist and courier vehicles servicing the Mornington Peninsula and Victoria daily. Contact Jack on (03) 5975 8279 for your next moving experience.

Put simply, if you need it moved “Octagon will arrange to move it” - be it a single home item purchased from a local furniture provider or a full home contents pack, relocate, store and redelivery. Octagon prides itself on employing young local people and providing them with the opportunity to grow with the business. They support their training needs both in vehicle licences and daily on the job training. Their community spirit also shines through by way of support to local organisations including Mt Martha Soccer Club and Safety Beach Coast Guard.

YOUR CONVENIENT, MULTI-PURPOSE COURIER COMPANY ON THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA Do you have large items that require Pick-Up or Delivery on the Mornington Peninsula? If so, Octagon could have the Solution for You Business or at Domestic, contact us to find out how we can assist you: • Courier Services across the Mornington Peninsula • Light Freight Services across the Mornington Peninsula • eCommerce / Online Purchase Pick-Up & Delivery • eCommerce / Online Sales Local ‘Shipping’ • Peninsula Business Delivery Requirements • Click & Collect Large Item Pick-Up and Delivery

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PENINSULA TINT AND PAINT PROTECTION Looking to protect and enhance your car, home or office? Or not sure of what options are available to you? Then look no further, with over 17 years of experience, Peninsula Tint and Paint Protection are your go to crew. Give us a call or stop by the studio, we are located in the industrial area of Mornington. The friendly and professional team are always up for a chat to listen to your individual needs and are happy to discuss the services available to you. Peninsula Tint and Paint Protection specialises in all aspects of automotive, residential and commercial tinting. From darkest legal tint, privacy glass or even outstanding heat resistant clear films, we have you covered. A tint installation will provide you with an endless array of benefits.

Our team is dedicated to sourcing the best quality products and have a high standard of workmanship. We treat every client's car, home or office as if it’s our own. Once the installation is completed, the buck doesn’t stop there. We pride ourselves on educating our clients on how to maintain their newly tinted windows and vehicles installed with paint protection film. It’s such a valuable investment, for many years to come. Contact us today to enquire about our services and package deals! A: Unit 13, 16 Carbine Way Mornington. P: 5909 8558 E: info@peninsulatint.com.au W. peninsulatint.com.au

Peninsula Tint and Paint Protection also specialises in paint protection film. What is paint protection film you ask? Paint protection film is made up of a virtually invisible urethane film that acts as a barrier between your vehicle's paint and hazards on the road and in the environment. It assists to ensure no permanent damage is sustained. Say goodbye to unsightly scratches and stone chips! Choose from a striking gloss or matte finish. There are various protection packages available, including full or partial coverage. Say goodbye to unsightly scratches and stone chips! Available in a clear or matte finish, we’ve got you covered!

Automotive, residential & commercial window tinting and paint protection, servicing the Mornington Peninsula. Dedicated to sourcing the best quality products and offering a lifetime warranty on all window films.

 17 YEARS EXPERIENCE  FRIENDLY ADVICE  QUALITY PRODUCTS  100% CUSTOMER SATISFACTION  TINT DESIGN STUDIO

CONTACT US ON 5909 8558 OR VISIT PENINSULATINT.COM.AU

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PORSCHE AUGUST SERVICE SPECIAL Call for further details on your model.

Calvin Pusterla

Welcoming EuroCars Road & Track to the Mornington Peninsula! ECR&T is the recently opened, state of art service and repair facility of Calvin Pusterla and Lee Bertuch. ECR&T offer a full-service automotive business, with the latest in European diagnostic technology, and expertise. The immaculately clean work environment makes this the right choice and is second to none on the Peninsula, appealing particularly the Porsche enthusiasts and discerning car owners who care about their vehicles and want to trust them to trained specialists. Calvin has had over 40 years experience in the industry with an extensive background in Porsche motorcars, Audi, BMW and Mercedes. His personal love for the Porsche Marque has seen him become the recognised expert with a wealth of knowledge he is known for today. Having been a founding partner and owner of the very successful Jocaro Motors in Braeside, Calvin now brings his many years of expertise to the Mornington Peninsula. “Having lived down here for the last 25 years I thought it was about time we introduce a real option for the Porsche and Euro car owner on the Peninsula, somewhere to have their pride and joy looked after and in their own backyard” Calvin said. With an extensive career in the automotive industry, servicing and repairing road cars coupled with running

State of the Art Automotive Service and Repair Centre 40 + years experience

race cars in Australia and overseas, Calvin has now teamed up with Lee Bertuch. Lee, having started his apprenticeship as an automotive mechanic in a rural Toyota dealership at the age of 17 and loving all things with an engine soon found his love for V8 supercar racing. Fast forward six years he began working as a race car mechanic for Larry Perkins, and this was the beginning of a real career for Lee. Moving around different teams in Melbourne Lee’s experience working as Crew Chief for a team called Tasman Motorsport saw his passion ignited, with car 51 as his main charge, running no other than Mark Skaife and Greg Murphy. His experience also introduced the opportunity to work in Carrera Cup, affording him his knowledge of Porsche cars today. With the combined wealth of knowledge that Calvin and Lee offer, having worked at the cutting edge of technology in the car racing industry, EuroCars offers their clients the very best in automotive service. 4 Elite Way, Mornington Mobile: 0414 582 104- Calvin Mobile: 0430 435 520- Lee Email: calvin@calvinsprestige.com.au Instagram: eurocars911

4 Elite Way, Mornington | 0414 582 104 eurocars-road-track.business.site Open Monday - Friday 8am -5.30pm August 2021

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THE ULTIMATE PRIVATE SEA EXPERIENCE AWAITS The Private Sea have always had a vision; a vision to bring an all-encompassing approach to health and wellness. What started out as a small family-owned floatation centre has now become something where they can help, heal, and motivate people to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Introducing the new Retreat packages, available from two to four person packages, the ultimate Private Sea experience, The Wellness Retreat, gives you time away in a place of comfort, healing, nourishment, and growth. Enjoy 4.5 hours of incredible services that will have your mind and body sinking deeper into relaxation. Upon arrival, a welcome package awaits you and your group. From there, the team at The Private Sea will guide you through a day of the best relaxation and healing services on offer. This package includes embarking on a relaxing floatation tank session, journey through the light of the Pandora Star, cleanse your mind and body in the salt therapy room and detox and revitalise your skin in the infrared sauna. Further, you will have access to a private lounge to relax and enjoy a mid-service break with refreshments and a grazing platter, and a take-home bag to keep the benefits ongoing after your visit. Floatation therapy is a luxurious escape from the constant stress of life’s daily pressures and a natural way to heal the body and mind. The concept is similar to the mineral salt baths at the Dead Sea in Israel. Three Hundred and Fifty kilograms of Epsom salt is dissolved into a spa bath of skin temperature water to create this effect. Both light proof and soundproof, this peaceful space frees you of gravity, noise, and other distractions. Salt therapy is a method of dispersing a fine saline aerosol in high concentrations into the Salt Room, there, the fine dry (pharmaceutical grade) salt will lather the skin in a fine layer and with ease passively enter deep into your airways.

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This allows the respiratory system to fully open and clear the build-up of congestion and blockages. Salt has incredible amounts of benefits, being anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and also mucolytic (loosens mucus and phlegm). Experience the state-of-the-art Sunlighten full-spectrum infrared sauna. Benefits include detoxification, weight loss, pain relief, skin purification, improved circulation and relaxation. The Pandora Star is one of the best tools for you to use to completely unplug from the busy world. Emitting light from the pandora star at specific sequences can alter the mind's current state and help guide you through new states of immense calm and relaxation. Journey through a limitless array of light and colour as your mind begins to lower into the deeper states of consciousness. As the peninsula prides itself on being a community-minded region with a focus on health, fitness and wellbeing, The Private Sea incorporates that culture with their open spaces; where you can come any time to quiet the mind, body, and soul. The Private Sea Wellness Centre A: 3 Satu Way, Mornington P: 5975 4030 W: theprivatesea.com.au


Escape from the constant stress of life’s daily pressures and find a natural way to heal the body and mind. Here at The Private Sea we have always had a vision; A vision to bring an all-encompassing approach to health and wellness. Our core services include:

Light Meditation

Infrared Sauna

Flotation Tanks

Salt Therapy

Massage

Sports Recovery

Enjoy The Ultimate Private Sea Experience Allow us to guide you through a day of the best relaxation and healing services on offer. Designed to make you feel, be, and know wellness. This retreat day will provide everything you need to relax and unwind your mind whilst relieving tension and discomfort throughout your body. Moving slowly between each service as the day proceeds allows you to fully immerse yourself into the experience, as each hour passes over the course of the retreat you will notice that as stress dissipates, feelings of immense calm and ease wash over you, opening new depths of relaxation. *Available in both two and four-person packages.

Contact us to book this special offer The Private Sea Wellness Centre 3 Satu Way, Mornington P: 5975 4030 www.theprivatesea.com.au *Ask about utilising our open spaces by holding your own workshops & events.


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Our Occasional Care & Creche sessions give parents the choice and flexibility of short or long sessions during the week! At Optima Kids our qualified staff provide high- quality child care to assist the needs of busy Peninsula parents. Government accredited, quality childcare available to everyone. Children from 6 weeks to 12 years. CONTACT E: ambsoptima@gmail.com P: 5911 7147 PAY or BOOK ONLINE www.optimakids.com ADDRESS 36 Milgate Dr, Mornington Optima Kids

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BE PART OF A GYM FAMILY Operating for over fifteen years, Optima Health and Fitness continue to evolve with the ever-changing fitness industry, current fitness programs and trends.

of lockdowns and waived the weekly membership fee as we understand this situation has been highly stressful for many both financially and mentally.”

They cater to a large age demographic from, 13 to 80+, with a wide variety of classes to accommodate all ages and fitness levels all held within their three fitness studios. There is also a large multipurpose gym which includes cardio equipment, free weights, and pin loaded machines as well as a ‘Boutique’ ladies only area.

Optima pride themselves on their Covid-19 protocols by cleaning equipment regularly, ensuring members clean their equipment after use, bring their own mats and towels and adhere to social distancing regulations. During stricter space restrictions they ensure all classes only hold the number of participants allowed and have set up an online booking system through the website to ensure numbers do not go over. This relieves the uncertainty of showing up to a full class and extra classes are added to accommodate during those times.

Unlike many other gyms they do not have separate memberships for specific areas/classes. Your membership includes all classes and full use of the gym 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The instructors and personal trainers are highly skilled and care about each and every individual. Reception staff greet you with a smile and make you feel welcome, getting to know all members. You are part of a ‘gym family’, not just a number. Their fully accredited Creche with caring staff interact, create, read, and play with your children. Occasional Care is also available to give yourself a little more time where required. The Creche has been allowed to operate during all lockdowns which has been a huge blessing for many parents with little ones. Manager of Optima, Sarah, says, “During each of the five lockdowns in Victoria we have suspended all memberships with no suspension fee, even when given the option during the shorter ones to not do this. We have also permitted members to suspend their membership when we have been allowed to operate outside

To keep instructors and members connected during these strange times, they have also been offering extremely popular live classes through their Instagram approximately four times per week which include Strength, Tabata, HIIT, Barre, Stretch and Yoga. These classes are all free and if members cannot attend during the live time, they can be accessed anytime. With a focus on making members happy, Optima helps keep them fit inside and out!

A: 36 Milgate Drive, Mornington Insta: @optimahealthfitness W: optimafitness.com.au

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WHERE THE HOUSE BECOMES YOUR HOME Debra is your local interior designer who started imagemakers

During these unprecedented times and lockdowns, imagemakers

interior design 15 years ago on the Mornington Peninsula and

have successfully been able to adapt their consultation process

works from her “Design & Selection Studio” in the central hub of

using different forms of technology and still can work on your

Mornington. The studio is a fabulous creative place for her clients

designs for bathrooms/kitchen/space planning/concepts etc.

to discuss their projects, select from the wide range of products

Debra is down to earth, easy going responsive to the variety of her

on hand and have access to an extensive product library.

clients different “wish lists” while working within their budget.

But first, let’s talk about “the women behind the business”

Now is a great time to kick start your plans with Debra’s help, so

Debra has been living on the Mornington Peninsula for over 18 years and attributes her personal life’s journey that has led her to have a fabulous career as an interior designer. From a young age

book your consultation today. A: 1/1002-1004 Nepean Hwy

she has travelled around Australia and the World visiting unique

P: 0408 386 160

and wonderful places full of colour, languages, architecture,

W: imagemakersinteriordesign.com.au

ancient ruins, and diverse cultures. These amazing experiences increased her passion for life’s diversity, and she ensured that this enthusiasm for knowledge was shared with their children. With her husband Stephen, who also works in the building industry, they have completed many renovations and new builds while bringing up their family giving her “life experiences” of preparing your home through the different stage of family life.

• Concept design & space planning • New builds and home renovations • Hard finishes and fixtures selections • Kitchen and bathroom design • Furniture & decoration • Exterior design Call Debra now on 0408 386 160

or drop into our design & selection studio in Mornington to have a chat about kick starting your project. 1002-1004 Nepean Hwy Mornington.

www.imagemakersinteriordesign.com.au

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PHOTOGRAPHY THAT BRINGS NATURE INDOORS Tash’s work can be found in a selection of beautiful homewares stores both in Australia and overseas. Working with design studios, stylists, interior designers, and property stylists, she has enjoyed collaborating on a range of projects with local creatives and likeminded businesses.

Tash Carah is a photographer based at The Nook Gallery on the Mornington Peninsula with a passion for landscapes and the ocean. Inspired by the interplay of light and natures elements, her aim is to capture the raw beauty of her environment. The images in her collection of limited and open edition fine art prints have been taken over many years spent exploring beaches and the countryside close to home and travelling throughout Australia and overseas. All prints are produced on heavy weight, archival quality cotton rag paper and are hand signed by Tash. When ordered, prints are carefully rolled in tissue paper and prepared for shipping in sturdy postal tubes.

Using film and digital formats, Tash prefers to keep her photography as organic as possible. Most of her images are handheld and are generally untouched, with little or no manipulation. They are nature as you see it. Feel free to contact Tash directly should you have a question or drop by the studio for a print viewing via appointment. Tash’s complete range of images can be viewed on her website. Join the mailing list to receive 10% off your first print. Gift vouchers are available for purchase online. A: The Nook Gallery, Studio 5, 18 Progress St Mornington P: 0424 181 549 Tash Carah Photography tashcarahphotographer

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Moorooduc

Moorooduc is a small Victorian locality within the local government area of Mornington Peninsula, it is located approximately 47kms from the capital Melbourne covering an area of 42.88 square kilometres. Moorooduc is a small Victorian locality within the local government area of Mornington Peninsula, it is located approximately 47kms from the capital Melbourne covering an area of 42.88 square kilometres. The Mornington Railway Preservation Society operates steam and diesel train services from Moorooduc Railway Station on weekends and public holidays. A short walk from Moorooduc railway station is the Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna Reserve. Moorooduc Primary School (No. 2327) opened on 1 November 1880, on the current site located on Mornington-Tyabb Road. Golfers play at the Devilbend Golf Club on Loders Road and Moorooduc Saddle Club is located on Derril Road. Moorooduc is named from an Aboriginal word meaning "flat and swampy" or "dark". The first settlers on the Moorooduc plains were timber cutters who brought their bullock teams and camped in tents while they harvested wood. This was brought into Mornington to be shipped from the Mornington jetty to the fledgling township of Melbourne by sea, to be used for building bridges, jetties, railway lines and to fire the bakers’ ovens. Benjamin Baxter won the contract to supply the pylons for the Schnapper Point jetty. He sourced his timber from the Moorooduc forest, which was well wooded with eucalypts, she-oak, wattle and box.

Moorooduc became an agricultural community with many of the farmers also holding slaughtering licenses. The fruit growing industry was important to the Moorooduc district and contributed to the stable prosperity of the area. The blossoming orchards in spring and the fruit-laden trees in autumn attracted many day trippers to the district. First plantings occurred about 1860. The Two Bays Nurseries and Orchard Company of Moorooduc became one of the biggest retail nurseries in the Southern hemisphere, exporting trees to Argentina and Japan as well as all over Australia.

Coffee Safari Apple Espresso

630 MOOROODUC HWY Great food and coffee in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere.

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Italian cuisine with some of the best Built in 1863, a small wooden church standing on the Moorooduc Highway south of Tyabb Road had been beautifully restored and is now a gorgeous B&B.This church and was also to be used as the first Moorooduc school. In 1916 Moorooduc celebrated the opening of their new hall, known locally as “The Brick Hall” to distinguish it from the early “Tin Hall”. There was an old woman who lived in a shoe, the big, yellow show located on Moorooduc Highway was originally built by the Bata Shoe Company in 1967 and it was used in the Australia Day Parade in Frankston and as a float in the Moomba Parade in Melbourne, in that year. After reaching its useful life, it was apparently bought and donated to the Two Bays Garden Centre where it remains to this day. Today the median property price for Moorooduc is $1.9 million. Moorooduc has a recorded population of 1103 residents.

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What to do At the centre of the peninsula, Moorooduc offers a plethora of interesting things to do from checking out the boutique wineries, to the history of the famous Coolstores, to taking a ride on the Mornington Heritage Railway which has its home at Moorooduc station. Also at the station is the family-friendly makers market, held on the first Sunday of each month. Why not head to a winery such as Stumpy Gully Vineyard, Phaedrus Estate or Barmah Park for a smooth sip of local vino and a snack amongst the vines? Moorooduc is truly the peninsula’s hidden treasure.

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History

The Point Nepean Quarantine Station By Stephen Taylor and Peter McCullough

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he Point Nepean Quarantine Station offers a glimpse into the early European history of Victoria. Established in 1852, the Station site contains nearly fifty heritage-listed buildings including one which predates that event: the limestone Shepherds Hut, circa 1844, pictured above on the edge of the parade ground. Today the Quarantine Station is an integral part of Point Nepean National Park which, in 2019, attracted approximately 35,000 visitors. While this historical feature is officially referred to as the Quarantine Station, it has in fact filled a number of roles over the past 170 years and for 33 years it was referred to as the Officer Cadet School, Portsea.

occurred on shore and another 10 are estimated to have occurred after the vessel was released from quarantine on 22 December, 1852.1 As soon as the urgent task of attending to the health of the Ticonderoga passengers was in hand, attention was given to officially proclaiming the quarantine ground; this appeared in the Victorian Government Gazette of 24 November, 1852. Initially called ‘The Sanitary Station’ it was referred to as such until the 1880’s when ‘Quarantine Station’ became the accepted name.

The Quarantine Station In the early 1850’s colonial authorities were searching for a replacement site for Melbourne’s Point Ormond Quarantine Station. Point Nepean, remote and largely uninhabited, was deemed ideal but, before work could start, the clipper ship Ticonderoga made its appearance in November, 1852. The Ticonderoga (pictured right) had left Liverpool with 714 passengers and 48 crew and during the voyage an outbreak of typhus resulted in 100 deaths. Temporary accommodation was provided on shore at Point Nepean with tents and some buildings which had previously belonged to limeburners. A further 70 deaths August 2021

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The crowded conditions on ships as gold seekers rushed from overseas in the early 1850’s meant that diseases spread rapidly and the need for this new facility was quickly confirmed. The first buildings at Point Nepean were simple wooden structures which included hospitals, a disinfecting complex and a morgue. In the late 1850’s a jetty and five two-story hospital blocks were erected. A communal bathhouse was added in the 1860’s, along with a washhouse to clean infected clothing.

Above left: Disinfecting and bathing complex Above: One of the five hospital blocks Below: The luggage disinfecting room

A second building phase occurred in the late 19th century when the Quarantine Station began receiving animals as well as people. A jetty was built at Observatory Point to bring them ashore from ships. A school for residents’ children was built, as well as a crematorium to burn the bodies of leprosy patients who were housed well away from the main Quarantine Station. In 1901, with the proclamation of the Federation of Australia, quarantine came under Commonwealth control. New processing measures were devised, including the ‘foul luggage’ receiving store, disinfection and boiler buildings, all of which became standard features of quarantine stations Australia-wide. The large administration building, erected in 1916, has a handsome façade and made an impressive addition to the station. A period of intense activity took place between November 1918 and August 1919 when almost 12,000 passengers were quarantines at Point Nepean during the world-wide Spanish flu pandemic. Twelve timber ‘influenza huts’ were built to accommodate this influx. continued next page...

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Below left: The administration building, now the information centre. Below: The residence of the Medical Superintendent


Above: The summer school, 1910

During the first half of the 20th century the Quarantine Station was used for a variety of other purposes in order to utilize the site when no sick people were present. For example, in the first decade of the century it was used as a summer school by the Victorian Department of Education. Be that as it may, use of the facility gradually declined with the advances in modern medicine and, particularly after the opening of Tullamarine, the growth of international travel by air. The Quarantine Station ceased its original role in 1980. The Officer Cadet School, Portsea Fortifications were built on the land at Point Nepean from 1878 onwards and these included gun batteries which were installed

at Fort Nepean in 1886 and Eagles Nest in 1888. Barracks were constructed at Fort Pearce. These gun emplacements, tunnels and barracks, created for quite a different purpose to the buildings at the Quarantine Station, are also of great interest and make a visit to Point Nepean National Park a day to remember. Gun Emplacement 6 is a feature of historic importance in that it was the scene of the first act of aggression committed within the British Empire during World War One : on 5 August, 1914 a shot was fired across the bow of the German steamer ‘Pfalz’ when, two hours after war was declared, it tried to slip through the Heads. Co-incidentally, this gun emplacement was the scene of the first shot to be fired in Australia in World War Two when an Australian vessel tried to enter the bay without stopping.

Below: Relics from a bygone era at Point Nepean

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During World War Two the buildings in the Quarantine Station were put to good use and troops were billeted there. In the immediate post-war period Australia had commitments to Korea and Japan and the newly-introduced national service scheme; an increase in the number of junior officers in the army was necessary. Accordingly, in January, 1952, the Officer Cadet School, Portsea began training officers for the Australian army. To cater for this different role a barracks, library and gymnasium were built in the 1960’s. Facilities outside the Quarantine Station were developed by the Army to assist with the combat and skills training of the officer cadets. These areas were also used by national service trainees who were required to participate in a number of weekend camps as part of their training. During the 33 years of operation until it closed in 1985 a total of 3,544 cadets graduated including 2,826 Australian Regular Army, 30 RAAF, and 688 foreign students from 14 friendly and allied countries. For many years the OCS, Portsea provided the Australian Regular Army with the bulk of its junior officers; between 1952 and 1985 OCS, Portsea trained 40% of the newly commissioned officers compared with 28% from the Royal Military College, Duntroon. continued next page...

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Above: The gun and crew that fired the first British shot of World War One Below: Army barracks built circa 1962


Portsea had a number of graduates who achieved senior rank in the army or were successful in civilian life. Three rose to the level of Chief of Army. While Portsea’s most famous graduate was Major Peter Badcoe who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his service in Vietnam, many others received bravery and distinguished service awards. Following a review of military training establishments in Australia in the mid-1980’s the OCS, Portsea was eventually closed in 1985 and RMC, Duntroon assumed sole responsibility for training army officers. Following the termination of officer training the site was used by the Army School of Health until it was transferred to Bonegilla in 1997. In 1967 a Memorial Wall dedicated to OCS graduates who lost their lives on active service had been built. Overlooking the parade ground, it contained 22 names. After Portsea’s closure in 1997 the Memorial Wall was dismantled and re-erected within the grounds of RMC, Duntroon. The Kosovars Above: Training for the officer cadets at Portsea was sometimes formal and at times not so formal (below)

The Quarantine Station was used to house 400 Kosovar refugees from the Bosnian War (1992-1995). By the time it was considered safe for them to return home in June, 1999, the Kosovars had enjoyed Australian hospitality such as bilingual support, school, and a weekly allowance. Families were taken to museums, zoos, festivals and special events. Below left: The memorial wall; the site now occupied by the statue unveiled on 18 March 2021 Below: A Kosovar child on the parade ground.

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Above: Anti-development protesters at the site

The Quarantine Station Today Parts of Point Nepean were declared as a National Park in 1988 during the euphoria of the Bicentennial celebrations. The Australian Government offered to sell the land to the Victorian Government in 1998 and again in 2001 but the state rejected the offer. In 2002 the Department of Defence proposed selling 311 hectares (770 acres) of land for development, retaining 1.6 hectares (4acres) which contained contaminated soil and unexploded ordnance. The proposed sale was abandoned in 2003 following strong community protest. At that time buildings in the Quarantine Station were deteriorating as there were no in-house users and the future of the complex was uncertain. Then in 2004 90 hectares (220 acres) of Defence land was transferred to the Commonwealth Government Point Nepean Community Trust which, with $30 million at its disposal, was able to undertake remedial work at the Quarantine Station: buildings were made watertight, verandahs and balconies were replaced, and the sewerage system was repaired. The former Quarantine Station was formally transferred to the Victorian Government on 8 June, 2009. The Commonwealth also transferred 205 hectares (510 acres) of bushland (the former Firing Range area) to Parks Victoria and the remaining 17.6 hectares (43 acres) at the Park entrance to the Mornington Peninsula Shire for community use. The Quarantine Station was opened to the community as part of the Point Nepean National Park in December, 2009, and is still managed by Parks Victoria. However proposals for the future development of the site still arouse considerable interest. In 2014 there was a groundswell of protest when the then Napthine Government proposed to lease 64 hectares to the Point Leisure Group. The newly-elected Andrews Government scrapped the proposed $100 million development and returned to the drawing board.

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Then in January, 2018 a master plan for the development and use of Point Nepean National Park was released; it incorporated an ‘optimum use scenario’ which included accommodation ranging from camping (short term and ‘glamping’, but no long term caravans) to a boutique hotel. Two wings of the 1960’s officer cadet accommodation and a former office building were targeted for demolition while space was set aside for two new unidentified buildings. The objective was to boost visitor numbers to 60,000. Environmentalists hailed the new plan as a victory against large-scale development of public land. Making use of the initial allocation of $3.7 million, some of the tasks outlined in the Master Plan have already been completed: an upgrade of Defence Road enabling bicycle access to the Point and the installation of new visitor facilities such as picnic tables, BBQs and drinking water fountains. The upgrade of the disinfecting complex and the installation of park-wide interpretation and storytelling signs are underway and are expected to be completed by this December. A similar time frame has been set for the provision of new, low impact, short stay camping experience, including access to pre-pitched tents and basic facilities. Coinciding with these developments has been the resumption of service by the shuttle bus thereby enabling visitors to visit all parts of the Park in some degree of comfort. Behind the scenes, preliminary work has been carried out so that the University of Melbourne can obtain funding for marine science related research relevant to the Park, and ultimately a National Centre for Coasts and Climate to be located in Badcoe Hall. Finally, a Point Nepean Advisory Group has been appointed to ensure the various proposals have community support. In mid July 2021 it was announced that stage one of the 2018 master plan - pre-pitched tents set on platforms between the water and heritage buildings - would be in place next year. It will be the first time camping has been allowed in the Point Nepean National Park. continued next page...


The Memorial Statue In 2002 two retired Lieutenant Colonels (Bob de Haas and Paul Asbury), both of whom graduated from Portsea in 1967, established the OCS Alumni. Another retired Lieutenant Colonel, Ossie Kleinig, was prevailed upon to record the School’s history. In 2008 Bob de Haas articulated his vision for a statue, with the likeness of a typical cadet, to be erected overlooking the Parade Ground. It would occupy the very spot where the Memorial Wall had once stood. Although Bob de Haas passed away in 2018, Paul Asbury and Ossie Kleinig were determined to ensure that his vision was realized. Over the next two years a well-known sculptor (Peter Corlett2) was engaged and approvals were obtained from the Victorian State Government, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Bunurong Land Council, and Parks Victoria. An appeal to members of the Alumni raised $124,000 which was sufficient not only for the statue but

also for the base, plaque and surrounds. The plaque, attached to the plinth, contains the 22 names of those graduates who died on active service. Major support and detailed work was provided by RSL Victoria, the Rye RSL Sub-branch and two former army officers who happened to live in the area: John Wilson and Robin McBride. By early 2021 all was in readiness for the unveiling but with the general uncertainty surrounding such events it was decided to have a Virtual Unveiling Ceremony. This was held on 18 March with the on-site unveiling being carried out by two former graduates: Major General David McLaughlan AO and Lieutenant Colonel Robin McBride. The statue will provide visitors with a permanent reminder of the contribution made on the site by the Officer Cadet School, Portsea and how the School influenced the lives and careers of the cadets who attended.

Photo: Barry Irving

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Footnotes 1. HELL SHIP. The Assistant Surgeon on the ill-fated Ticonderoga was Dr. James Veitch. The young surgeon worked tirelessly both on the vessel and in the primitive conditions of the tented camp on the shoreline, trying to save those he could. He was assisted in his task by a young Highland woman passenger, Annie Morrison, who acted as his nurse. He later married Annie and settled in central Victoria where James Veitch assumed the role of quiet country doctor and local councillor.

2. PETER CORLETT is a Melbourne-based sculptor, known for his full-figure sculptures cast in bronze, especially his memorial works. Amongst the best known of his sculptures are ‘Simpson and his Donkey’ at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, and the ‘Don’t forget me Cobber’ statue in Fromelles, France, which was later replicated at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne. Left: 'Don't forget me Cobber' Below: 'Simpson and his Donkey'

The story of the Ticonderoga was passed down through generations of the Veitch family but it was left to James’ greatgreat-grandson, Michael Veitch, to record the event: ‘Hell Ship’, a gripping narrative account of the voyage based on eye-witness testimony, letters, subsequent accounts, and the evidence of the Royal Commission, was published in 2018. Subsequently Michael Veitch created ‘Hell Ship : The Journey of the Ticonderoga’, a one man theatre piece in which he takes the audience on his great-greatgrandfather’s journey. Michael Veitch is an Australian author, actor and broadcaster, best known for his roles on the comedy sketch shows The D Generation, Fast Forward and Full Frontal. He has written nine books, mostly about crew members of aircraft in World War Two. His most recent publications are ‘Turning Point: The Battle for Milne Bay 1942’ and prior to that ‘Hell Ship.’ Left: Michael Veitch as his great-great grandfather, Dr James Veitch, in the theatre piece 'Hell Ship. The journey of the Ticonderoga.' Inset: The written account of the journey References:

Notes supplied by Lt. Col. (Ret.) Ossie Kleinig and local photographer Barry Irving. Video ‘Officer Cadet School, Portsea. Statue Unveiling. 18 March, 2021.’ Photographs: Yanni, Barry Irving, Nepean Historical Society, State Library of Victoria and supplied.

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