Frankston City strives for sustainability

Frankston City Mayor Michael O’Reilly visited St Jude’s Primary School in Langwarrin to congratulate the proud Mini Vinnies. From left to right, the children are Keira (grade 3), Lily (grade 3), Ryleigh (grade 3), Erica (grade five) and River (grade 6).

Frankston City Mayor Michael O’Reilly visited St Jude’s Primary School in Langwarrin to congratulate the proud Mini Vinnies. From left to right, the children are Keira (grade 3), Lily (grade 3), Ryleigh (grade 3), Erica (grade five) and River (grade 6).

It was a proud moment when a record number of environmentally friendly Frankston City programs were listed as finalists in this year’s Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainable Cities 2019 Awards. This year, six projects were listed in the council category, and in the community award section five were listed.

Minie Vinnie’s recycling paper project at St Jude’s Primary School was recognised as a finalist in the community awards. The project involves a group of students collecting shredded paper, cardboard and paper scraps to be recycled weekly. St Jude’s science and sustainability co-ordinator, Helen Pepi, said the five star-rated sustainable school was “extremely thrilled” to be named as a finalist.
“Our students work hard to maintain our lovely native school grounds and take pride in trying to be sustainable in their everyday actions,” Helen said. “For every ton of paper, $110 goes to St Vincent de Paul. We have been able to reduce the costs of disposing of paper by about $1200 per year. This paper collection initiative is an action that helps our students to contribute and reach out to the needy people of Langwarrin and Frankston.”

Narelle Debenham’s Natured Kids program, which often features in Mornington Peninsula Magazine, was also listed in the community category for its ongoing environmental work. In addition, Kananook Creek Association was nominated for its Green Army Kananook Creek Restoration project, while Frankston Beach Association was listed for its foreshore rejuvenation initiatives.

Frankston City Council’s nominations include its Powering Up Local Communities project. This project includes 20 solar power systems and joined the online wildlife mapping tool and the Bay Friendly Business Project in the awards list. 

“This shows Frankston City is paving the way when it comes to sustainability and reducing our environmental impacts,” said Mayor Michael O’Reilly. “We need to continue on this path so that as a community we can make a difference.” 

Also in the council’s impressive list is the Frankston Dog Agility Park, the council’s popular Greening Our Future projects and the Frankston Regional Recycling and Recovery Centre. The Greening Our Future projects are particularly impressive because they actively educate residents on how to make a positive environmental difference. 

These awards focus on recognising positive actions taken by communities to boost their recycling and litter-prevention habits. An emphasis on protection of the environment, preserving heritage, initiating community action and leadership within environmental sustainability programs is what the awards acknowledge. 

The Sustainable Cities Awards ceremony will be held on September 6 at the Kensington Town Hall. For more information, visit

Experience the very best at Lulu

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Welcome to Lulu @ Miramar, one of Mornington’s most prestigious and luxurious accommodations catering specifically for couples or individuals expecting the very best in life.

The key objective has been to ensure that Lulu is as luxurious as possible. Every element within the apartment is of the highest standard. From bedding to kitchen amenities, from bespoke furniture to art, the primary aim has been luxury. Lulu is the first of its kind in Mornington and will deliver on the promise to make sure your stay is the most memorable ever.

Lulu is located in the iconic Miramar building, which was completed in 2019. It features contemporary architecture that is both stylish and complementary to its coastal surrounds. A private rooftop garden with barbecue facilities, vegie patches, sitting area, fire-pit and breathtaking views over Port Phillip Bay are truly unique attributes of this amazing offering.

The Mornington Peninsula has a magnificent coastline, exquisite wineries, fine dining and a wealth of nearby leisure activities, making it one of Australia’s most desirable coastal locations.

Whether it’s your wedding night or you want a romantic getaway in which to propose, Lulu @ Miramar will not disappoint. 

Enjoy truly privileged living at the exclusive Lulu @ Miramar, a seaside apartment that offers so much all in the one place.



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Complete caravan peace of mind


With spring here at last, many people’s thoughts will be turning to summer holidays and getting away from it all. But before you head off to explore our wide brown land, you’ll need to get your caravan checked and serviced.

Carac has been serving the caravanning community for more than 50 years. Owned by a Mount Eliza family and run by the same family for three generations, Carac is your one-stop shop for professional servicing, installations and repairs. Many people know Carac as a retail store, but a lot may be unaware this Dandenong South-based business has a fully equipped and professionally accredited workshop.  

Experts recommend a caravan service before any long trip, and every 10,000km or 12 months. Carac’s qualified technician will provide a full report after servicing, and if you’re about to buy a second-hand caravan or are selling your old one, Carac can also provide a pre-purchase or pre-sale inspection — giving you or your buyer peace of mind that the caravan is in optimal condition.

Carac also has an extensive range of heaters, airconditioners, awnings, matting, plumbing, electrical, gas fittings, solar, battery systems, braking systems, weight distribution solutions, caravan security, fridges and ovens, trailers and spare parts to name but a few.


A: 2 Zenith Rd, Dandenong South

T: 9794 7977



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Sagittarius presents a visual feast

M17, the Omega Nebula, is a glowing cloud of hydrogen gas easily visible through a small telescope. Photo by Steve Mohr

M17, the Omega Nebula, is a glowing cloud of hydrogen gas easily visible through a small telescope. Photo by Steve Mohr

With the rich regions of the constellation Sagittarius visible high in the sky, you can take your pick from a superb selection of binocular and telescope targets this month. If you have a small telescope, the Lagoon Nebula M8 makes a wonderful spectacle. The Omega Nebula M17 — a glowing cloud of hydrogen gas — is also a good sight through a small telescope, while the open star cluster M23 and the Sagittarius Star Cloud M24 are ideal binocular objects. 

Two interesting open clusters — the Butterfly Cluster M6 and the Ptolemy Cluster M7 — are nestled in the constellation of Scorpius, and both are visible to the naked eye. The “M-number” classifications refer to a set of 110 fuzzy-looking astronomical objects known as Messier objects, which were catalogued by the French astronomer Charles Messier.

On August 10 the moon will be close to Jupiter, which looks like the brightest star in the sky, and then on August 12 the moon appears close to Saturn to the naked eye. On August 15 we will see a full moon.

The Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society is excited to be again hosting VASTROC, the Victorian Astro Convention, on the weekend of August 10-11 during National Science Week. It will be held at the MPAS observatory at The Briars in Mount Martha and is open to all members of the public with a fascination about the universe, and this year the society's successful astrophotography workshop will be run in conjunction with this event. The convention will include workshops, talks, displays and interactive forums in a social atmosphere. Its broad theme will be the moon, in recognition of the recent 50-year anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. For more information, bookings and a map, visit the society’s website at

NERIDA LANGCAKE, Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society

Sustainable spring cleaning with Ovenu

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Spring is just around the corner, so why not get in early and give your oven, range hood, cooktop and barbecue a thorough post-winter clean for an early warm-weather gleam. 

Ovenu technicians use an exclusive range of biodegradable, non-toxic, non-caustic products, which are good for you and the planet! They are completely safe for your appliances and your family, so you can enjoy creative cooking with chemical-free near-new ease all year round.

Ovenu owners Nathan and Kim know you can’t live without a functioning piece of equipment. That’s why their technicians are fast, reliable and professional, and separate the glass panels in your oven door for a seamless transparent shine. Now that’s complete peace of mind.

Clever Ovenu.


T: 1300 683 681


Design a space that invites and inspires

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Entertain in a relaxed flair with OZ Design Furniture Mornington. Boasting new season trends and collections, you’ll find what your home needs this autumn/winter. 

Bring natural shades and clean whites into your living environment with the Mango Creek dining table, Rita buffet and Belmont dining chairs. The intricate rattan style brings a homely warmth to this dining setting. Paired with the subtle whites and natural hues, these pieces are certainly inviting. 

Design a space that inspires and makes you feel like there is no place like home with OZ Design Furniture Mornington. Visit the team who will help you create a home you love. 


A: Showroom D4, Peninsula Home, 1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington

T: 8560 1137


Comfort, quality and design with an environmental commitment

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IMG is a Norwegian-based company that prides itself on creating beautiful furniture with an emphasis on comfort, functionality, quality and design innovation. The company’s design team ensures all IMG furniture is state-of-the-art, drawing inspiration from years of Scandinavian leadership. 

With a strong focus on quality control and quality assurance, IMG’s vertically integrated production facilities in Vietnam and Thailand produce all IMG products sold in Australia and worldwide, while the newly commissioned factory in Lithuania focuses on servicing the European IMG market.

You can find a refined yet practical design from IMG for every room in your home. The Nordic range is an example of IMG quality and value for money. It showcases all IMG has to offer in a chair: a reclining mechanism with frictionless adjustment; 360-degree swivel for effortless movement; adjustable headrest for ultimate head and neck support; and a free-standing footstool with an angled top for optimal leg support and better blood circulation. Designed from the inside out, the cold-cured foam cushioning encases the interior steel frame and zig-zag springs, allowing for body-friendly curvatures to be covered with glove-fitted upholstery. Every element of the chair’s design has been researched and engineered with a focus on both quality and comfort backed by a 10-year warranty on frame and moulded foam cushions.

IMG is not only committed to its customers but also to the environment on both a local and global scale. High-quality sustainable materials are carefully selected to ensure they stand the test of time and continuously deliver the utmost comfort and support synonymous with the IMG name. All manufacturing practices are closely monitored to ensure they create a healthier world for future generations — this is the IMG difference and the very core of IMG Comfort.

To truly discover what makes IMG furniture so special, please visit one of the IMG retailers. For further information about IMG furniture, please call 1300 IMG NORWAY or visit



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Design excellence on the Peninsula and beyond

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Since its inception on the Mornington Peninsula more than 30 years ago, Graham Jones Design has become one of the most prolific design offices of high-quality award-winning residences in Australia. GJD is passionate about connecting with the community, practising strong working relationships with builders, consultants and of course its clients throughout the Peninsula region and beyond.

It’s about providing a touch of excellence for every home GJD designs. A commitment to creating unique, functional, sustainable, contemporary design has seen GJD earn more than 100 industry awards, including the prestigious BDAV Design of the Year Award for a project right in the heart of the Peninsula.  

“Our homes celebrate design, but also improve and enhance our clients’ lives,” director Jarrett Drake said. “Clean lines with flowing, light-filled spaces are core to our beliefs, but the unmovable smile of a client who has seen their dreams brought to life is what keeps us believing in what we do.”

GJD’s approachable and friendly team will provide the utmost professional direction and guidance throughout your project. To have a chat about all things building design, phone 0477 394 864 or email [email protected] 


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Heritage-listed lady a beaut!

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History. Mount Martha House has it in spades. Behind its weatherboard Federation Queen Anne façade and door-lined corridors leading to a wealth of wondrous story, this grand old dame has real class. Built in 1889-90 on the Mount Martha Estate subdivision and now the stomping ground for families, friends and community groups strengthening the ties that bind, the building was designed by well-known Melbourne architects Tappin, Gilbert and Dennehy. It is now owned and managed by the Mornington Peninsula Shire. 

History buff, founder and manager of the Mount Martha House Historical Collection Gill Gordon, pictured, took Mornington Peninsula Magazine on a riveting tour of this gorgeous piece of historical real estate and we lived to tell the tale. “Yes, there are stories of ghosts ‘living’ here and things moving around, but Mount Martha House is so much more than that,” says Gill. “Over the years the building has had multiple uses. From its hotel beginnings to being used as a semi-private country club, training school for the RAAF and a WRAAC barrack, it’s seen a lot. There were around 100 rooms when it opened in 1890-91 (although some reports say it opened in 1889) and the first season was so popular there were another 25 rooms built soon after. 

“Owned by businessman Robert Watson from the Mount Martha Estate Property Company, Mount Martha House — then known as Mount Martha Hotel and Coffee Palace — was probably built in response to the temperance movement. It was a place of alcohol-free entertainment but it went bust after just 12 months. American circus performer William Trainor/Traynor was the first manager when it opened and he loved to play billiards. Colonial wine and billiard table licences were granted to the second proprietor, a Miss or Mr Mayes.”

There were many owners of Mount Martha House before it became a community centre in 1979 after the Mornington Peninsula Shire purchased it for educational purposes. At the turn of the last century, people would board ferries in Melbourne and pile into Rourke’s wagonettes at the Royal Hotel in Mornington once they had landed on solid ground to make their way to this treasured holiday spot. There were very few roads and lots of bushland back then, so fires were a common occurrence. One fire was started from the sparks of a copper out the back of the building. Another caused visitors to pile their luggage and bikes on to the road and run to the beach for shelter. 

Gill continues: “Women bathed at South Beach back then, while men swam on the other side of Watsons Rd. There was a windmill on South Beach too that provided fresh water to the visitors. In 1942, the house became the first RAAF officers’ training school and was known as the command centre from then onwards. There was force training on the beach, while the whole region from Craigie Rd to Hearn Rd and Nepean Highway to the beach was closed off. Eleanor Roosevelt came to visit her troops at Mount Martha House twice during World War II while staying at a private house on the Esplanade. The Women’s Royal Australian Army Corp purchased it in 1950 and that’s when more stories started to circulate.”

There used to be five huts out the back of Mount Martha House where the WRAAC girls stayed. Apparently there were many windows sliding up and down with girls and boys coming in and out. Room five was set alight ‘on purpose’ so the new CFA fire truck and the men who were operating it would have to come for a visit too. “There were many high jinks. The girls used to hang their underwear on the line and the boys would fly it up the flagpole,” laughs Gill. 

“There are so many wonderful stories about the house and region and that’s what motivates us — the volunteers at the Mount Martha House Historical Collection — to keep finding out more. We catalogue historical memorabilia and archives and are constantly researching. We also have a replica WRAAC bedroom display, offer history tours upon request and provide a historic audio trail.” 

Whether or not Henry the ghost keeps an eye on the place like some believe, Mount Martha House is brimming with life, laughter and special memories made for future generations to enjoy. Visit this special place filled with historical significance soon. Tours, including a visit to the onsite model railway, are on the last Wednesday of the month at 11am.

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Farm gate fresh eggs to you

When you can’t have your own chickens laying eggs every day, then Somerville Egg Farm is the next best thing. Bringing you freshly laid eggs from the farm gate to you, the farm’s delicious eggs are packed daily and are hormone and antibiotic-free. 

Somerville Egg Farm chooks are fed an all-natural grain diet that’s free from animal protein. Their eggs are delivered to you in their freshest, most natural form with large and delicious golden yolks.

Customers are welcome to bring the kids to this family-friendly farm to see the chickens roaming free as well as goats, alpacas and emus. Also available for purchase are duck eggs and pre-bagged chicken manure, which is the perfect fertiliser for the keen gardener.


A: 220 Eramosa Rd West, Moorooduc 

T: 5977 5405 

Open: Monday-Friday 8am-4.30pm, Saturday 8am-12.30pm


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It certainly feels like we have a traditional winter this year with crisp mornings, some lovely sunny days, and plenty of rain. The soils are banking much-needed moisture from timely cold fronts, and our established trees, shrubs and ground covers are looking more vibrant than they have for a while.

Also making use of these wonderful rain events are our cool-season vegetable crops. If you planted your brassicas, onions, garlic, peas and broad-beans in mid-late autumn, you will have noticed their rapid growth and your garden beds will be filling out nicely. And if you haven’t quite got around to cool-season plantings yet, don’t fret. You can still plant seedlings of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, beetroot, salad and Asian greens and peas, among others. It’s always good to experiment with late-season planting not only to achieve successive crops of your favourite vegetables, but also to see the difference in the formation of certain crops. For example, you may find that late-planted broccoli still produces nice tight heads while late brussels sprouts and cauliflower become a little looser as the days become longer and warmer.

Oh, and while we are talking about this lovely rain, make sure you adjust your irrigation system to suit. Many of us will have a rain-sensor attached to the irrigation system that restricts the amount of water being supplied to our plants while it’s wet. If you don’t, knock back the number of watering days or switch to manual irrigation. In particular, you don’t want to be overwatering your deciduous fruit trees as they are going into dormancy.

Hopefully these wet-weather patterns continue to roll through to spring to help our gardens and the beautiful Peninsula environment around us.

Drew Cooper, Edible Gardens 

Dalkeith stands strong in the thick of pastoral life


Any of you who might have taken a right from Nepean Highway into Bruce Rd on your way to Safety Beach from Mornington will have passed it. The high fence that seems to stretch on for ever. The Tudor-style home of note majestically rising from behind. 

Dalkeith didn’t always look like it does today, the resplendent property going through several reincarnations before landing in its current glorious form. With Edna Walling, who was one of Australia’s greatest garden designers and constructed Dame Nellie Melba’s grounds among other surrounds, Dalkeith has been a private residence and was also bequeathed to three hospitals — the Royal Melbourne, The Alfred and St Vincent’s in 1974.  But let’s go back way before then . . .

Robert Watson came to Mount Martha in 1876 and purchased 1214ha between Beach and Point Nepean roads. Building Melrose off Lempriere Ave in Mount Martha in 1879 — it was demolished in 1982 — he had been searching the world for “health and a place of residence” with “peace of scenery”. He found it on the Peninsula and ended up selling 526ha of the Dalkeith property in 1888 for development while keeping pastoral holdings. In 1880, Dalkeith is recorded as having a house with four rooms on it but the building was even smaller in 1873 with possibly only two rooms. It was then owned by James B. Stout. 

Some think Dalkeith House must have been built in two stages, but it is only in the late 1930s that William Vale, who was reportedly a giant of a man, commissioned the final stage of the house and probably built it into what we see today. He acquired the property in 1901 and owned land on both sides of the highway. The house then stood on 303ha; he also owned St James Park, which covered 216ha. He left the property to his daughter, Phyllis, and her husband, Herbert Jackson, who renamed it Jackson Hill, where they trained horses, including Helion, who won the 1955 Australian Cup — later known as the Melbourne Cup.

The Vale family name extends right back to the 1850s to book-seller and land speculator W.M.K. Vale. This, plus the architectural importance of Dalkeith House, makes the property something very special. The grounds of Dalkeith today include a tennis court, swimming pool, an orchard and a horse paddock, and over the years Dalkeith House has been used as a bed and breakfast and a wedding reception venue. This former pastoral part of the Peninsula where cattle and sheep still roam carries a wealth of trial and tribulation from a past world where our farming forefathers and mothers made their mark. 

Its listing for sale last February means we will wait to witness how this chameleon may yet change again. Hopefully she’ll stand strong with her multiple bedrooms, exposed beams and stone fireplaces intact well into the future.

Take control of your legal situation

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We aim to handle your Family Law matters with expediency through negotiations and out-of-court settlements. If your matter requires a court appearance, our firm holds an extremely high level of experience in litigation and will proceed in a very cost-effective and strategic manner.

Our team is well placed to expertly serve the needs of our clients in most areas of law, including Family Law, International Family Law, Relationship Law, Wills, and Powers of Attorney.

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Turning the tide on plastic pollution

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Meet the Mornington Peninsula-based social enterprise saving our oceans one sip at a time. When drinking from a straw, one’s mind doesn’t typically jump to plastic pollution in the ocean, but social entrepreneurs Jamie-Lee Kay and Lennart Meijer want to change that.

Jamie-Lee and Lennart are the founders of theotherstraw, a social enterprise helping the Peninsula and the rest of the world fight plastic pollution. According to Clean Up Australia, it is estimated that in Australia alone we use about 10 million single-use plastic straws every day. Most of these straws end up in our landfills, waterways and oceans, polluting our environment, affecting both current and future generations. More so, by 2050 it is estimated that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. The good news? We can prevent this from happening. 

“We launched theotherstraw in October 2018 because we were shocked by the amount of plastic pollution on our local beaches and natural environments and we couldn’t sit back any longer and watch what was happening,” said Jamie-Lee. “We had to do something. We’ve now sold over 28,000 reusable bamboo straws, which has diverted over two million single-use plastic straws from our landfills, natural environments and oceans.” 

theotherstraw sells reusable, ethically-sourced bamboo straws to replace single-use plastic straws. Its products are sold online and there are more than 80 retailers and venues around Australia selling and using the reusable bamboo straws. 

“The past few months have been huge for us,” Lennart said. “We’ve partnered with the Urban List, Christmas Island Tourism Association, CAPI, and Pip magazine. We’ve also just been accepted into SPARK Deakin, an accelerator program backed by Deakin University to foster and help grow start-ups.” 

ING Bank has also selected theotherstraw to be part of its Dreamstarter crowdfunding campaign, backing businesses that are providing solutions to address Australia’s biggest social and environmental problems. Since 2013, ING Dreamstarter has helped 80 Australian social enterprises, supported more than 7500 financial pledges and contributed more than $1.8 million to helping businesses create positive change.

And this is where the Peninsula community comes in. Being selected for the ING Dreamstarter program requires theotherstraw to run a crowdfunding campaign. This is currently running until July 18. Jamie-Lee and Lennart hope to raise a minimum of $10,000, with a final goal of $20,000, and ING will pledge up to half of this.

“Crowdfunding is a great way to tell people what we are doing and asking people to give us a hand by chipping in $10, $20 or whatever amount they can so we can continue to grow our work and impact,”  Jamie-Lee said.

Jamie-Lee and Lennart have bigger plans and want their impact to go beyond straws — they want to launch their new range, theotheressentials, which will replace other single-use plastic items such as cutlery and bowls with reusable, sustainable alternatives. All contributions to the crowdfunding campaign will go towards producing this new range. 

“We want our beaches to be beautiful for our children and grandchildren in the future, but we can’t do it alone,” Lennart said. “Big businesses like ING are helping social enterprises such as theotherstraw do good, but in order to thrive they also need support from community members like you. Together, we can turn the tide on plastic pollution and protect our local beaches and natural environments. Your contribution can make a real difference — show your support for a plastic-free future by pledging to theotherstraw’s crowdfunding campaign today at”

Find out more at or on Instagram @theotherstraw


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Heating and cooling solutions for life

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For the past 60 years, residential and commercial property owners have turned to Atlas Webster for their heating and cooling requirements. Based in Langwarrin, this family-owned company services the Bayside and Mornington Peninsula with a team of professionals who live in the area and have the experience and expertise you look for in a heating and airconditioning specialist.

Atlas Webster works closely with architects, interior designers and builders to deliver complete heating and cooling systems that integrate with their customers’ house designs, with ongoing service, repairs and maintenance of their systems. Michael Ellis, from Michael Ellis Architects, has worked with Atlas Webster for more than 10 years on numerous projects and is full of praise for the team. “Working together to design solutions that are purpose-built, align with design concepts, aesthetics of the space and allow for the best air quality and temperature control (leave) clients satisfied every time,” Michael said. “The partnership between Atlas Webster and Michael Ellis Architects has delivered clients with beautiful and functional homes, as Reyner Banham would describe in Architecture of the well-tempered environment.”

Installing, servicing and maintaining all major heating and cooling brands, Atlas Webster is keen to build ongoing relationships with Peninsula builders and designers and maintain the fantastic relationship it has with its residential customers.


A: 56 Hillcrest Drive, Langwarrin

T: 9560 5877


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Buoyant gallery delivers innovative exhibitions

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Southern Buoy Studios’ dedication to creation and curation flows from years of collective experience. Co-founders Micah and Bern have gathered a wealth of talent around them to offer art devotees a space where ideas happen.

At just two years old, Southern Buoy Studios has already pressed its artistic footprint deeply within the Peninsula’s art scene. At the heart of the space are eight artists producing diverse work, while a series of stellar exhibitions provide art lovers with expressively fresh alternatives.  

The thought-provoking exhibition Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes, where selected artists and writers have created work on thongs for mesmerising metaphorical and literal liaison, runs from July 14-August 3. As passionate supporters of the plight of refugees, all proceeds of an art auction will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

At the end of August, ink in Southern Buoy’s inaugural Peninsula Landscape Exhibition. Opening with a gala night on August 31 with beverage and food aplenty, this exhibition celebrates the Mornington Peninsula terrain, whether it be land, sea or township. Online submissions are open until July 31. The exhibition runs until September 30 and five works will be selected for postcard presentation to be circulated in relevant areas. The judge is Australian landscape artist Jenny Riddle. 

If that’s not enough, check out Southern Buoy’s school holiday workshops in July and the Stencil Art Prize exhibition in December. This is the sole Victorian gallery to hang this pivotal body of work. Simply buoyant.



A: 1/19 Carbine Way, Mornington

T: 5932 4054


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First-class custom framing

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The Southern Buoy team knows what they’re doing. Starting his framing business at home 17 years ago Micah and his team are now operating out of Southern Buoy in Carbine Way. These guys make art look that little bit more special by offering first-class framing services to anyone who needs them. 

Micah explains: “We do all kinds of framing here, whether small or big, archival quality or a special keepsake. We also offer a two to three-week turnaround. The best thing about operating out of our factory is people can just walk in and there’s always someone to help you from Tuesday through to Friday. Monday is our production day. There’s plenty of space to park as well. We make getting your work framed properly and beautifully easy.”

Southern Buoy’s experience in the industry solidifies their reputation as one of the go-to framers in Australia. They understand the intricacies of correct mount, glass versus no glass according to moisture and harmful UV ray protection and always takes preservation into consideration. The Southern Buoy team also pride themselves on using sustainable Australian hardwood timbers, such as Blackwood, and Tasmanian Oak, as they continually strive for best practice.     

Southern Buoy is a business that welcomes all kinds of framing jobs. Whether you have a collection of original oil, acrylic or watercolour paintings, works on paper, prints, posters, photographs or certificates that require outstanding surrounds, then give them a call or drop by. 

You’ll be made to feel welcome too.



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The art of gardening with Robert Stark By Liz Rogers

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Robert Stark’s frontyard in Mount Martha is gorgeous. Paved meanderings. Central water feature. Lilly pilly hedges, perennials. Gigantic, colourful ceramic pots filled with sculpted greenery all designed and created by his renowned garden designer son, Andrew. Move through to the back of the property around the quaint weatherboard house where he’s lived since 1972 and this is where propagation is in plain sight. This is where Robert is in his element. With a wealth of retail and wholesale horticultural experience behind him, it’s obvious that this 75-year-old Dookie Agricultural College graduate and companionable green thumb feels at home in the great outdoors. After all, he’s had 43-odd years “standing at the end of a hose”, he laughs. 

He continues: “My mother’s side of the family were vegie growers from 1855 until the late 1950s. I was born in Brisbane, moved to Redcliffe and then to Burwood, where I was raised on a market garden. I was out digging spuds at the age of 10 and milking cows every morning and night. We grew cauliflowers, cabbages, beetroot. It was great. I met Garry Crittenden (Crittenden Wines) at the Keith Turnbull Research Institute where we were researching vermin and noxious weeds. That was my first job out of school. Crittendens Nursery in Mount Eliza opened in 1968 just after the 1967 drought and I bought into it in 1973. It was one-and-a-half acres (.6ha). We kept the retail nursery in Mount Eliza Way and opened Crittendens Wholesale Nursery in Mount Martha after that. We grew up to 40 per cent of our own product. That’s what set us apart from other nurseries — having the horticultural knowledge behind us.”

We are standing out back of his property where the growing is good. There’s the vegie patch where broad beans, tomatoes and spring onions flourish plus trays of succulents, ivy and other examples of Robert’s passion for plants. “People came into Crittendens for advice. I knew about soil conditions and correct fertilisers. It’s where Andrew began his association with plants. He came to the nursery every day after school. His mum and my wife, Marcia, who we lost to liver cancer, worked there too. We worked hard but enjoyed the relationships we had with the customers. I loved experimenting with growing. I cross-pollinated a dwarf white agapanthus with a tall purple agapanthus and the result was stunning. I still enjoy propagating but always find the time to enjoy a glass of wine and tinker with the stock market too.”

Robert is modest about his achievements and is deeply committed to the region where he’s made a life for his family. He remembers Mount Martha having just one service station and needing to do the weekly shop in Mount Eliza or in Mornington, which was half the size it is now. There was a railway station there too. He concludes: “Hawker Beach used to have 20m of sand back then. I used to take Andrew down to explore the middens. It was a great way to bring up kids.”

Still is.

Rye project takes aim at plastic pollution By Kate Sears

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Environmentalist and anti-litter campaigner Josie Jones is ever so passionate about the state of our planet, regularly touching base with Mornington Peninsula Magazine to update her litter observations and her journey to clean up our environment through awareness. After receiving the Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award this year for the Mornington Peninsula area, she’s continued her work auditing the Rye Pier through The Rye Pier Biodiversity Project, a project initiated by Mechelle Cheers of the Rye Community Group Alliance and supported by marine biologist Fam Charko of the Eco Centre in St Kilda

In her advocacy for cleaning up our beaches and marine environment, she’s been actively using the iNaturalist website for the past year to monitor the area and ultimately create data. There was no audit to be found when the Mornington Peninsula Shire announced its plans to extend the boating facilities next to the pier, completing construction work and increasing boat and jetski traffic. It was suggested that this may have a negative effect on the marine life beneath the pier, and with its beauty valued by residents and divers, they took action.

Via the iNaturalist website, she’s joined people all over the world as they register marine species to their relative areas. The Rye Pier Biodiversity Audit has 13 passionate volunteer divers who have compiled an impressive list of more than 400 observations, which includes identifying 121 species that live under the pier. It’s no surprise that Josie is at the top of the leader board with 160 observations and 45 species identified. This project now serves as a source of evidence of the amazing sea life under the pier, which includes species that are listed as ‘vulnerable’, such as the big-belly seahorse, and ‘near-threatened’, such as the weedy seadragon, both protected species.

In relation to this impressive task, she’s also undertaken a litter audit of Rye for the past five years. As the tide runs high, more than 8000 cigarette butts have been pulled out of the sand in two weeks after peak season. “Despite the tractor run, we are actually finding that the catcher on the back cuts up and buries a lot of waste, creating microplastics. I have compared my data with those around the world with swept beaches and rake devices and it is the same feedback. I have asked the shire to assist in addressing littering on beaches and offer reusable beach bins that educate visitors on the marine life and rules around smoking and littering.”

Josie believes in education and creating a conversation around the issue. “Despite the clean team, large amounts of high-ticket litter items are being found. You cannot beat hands but we need to do more to educate on what risks we are placing on our environment through awareness, education and enforcement. We are working hard to try and engage the shire also to put up signage on the freeway entry to communicate our environmental ethos through slogans such as ‘Butt It, Bin It’, ‘Enforcing Littering’, ‘Say No to Single Use’, ‘Take Your Rubbish Home’ and ‘Recycle Right’.

Josie is currently working with Surf Life Saving Victoria to join The Only Butt campaign with Mayor David Gill and chief executive John Baker to raise litter awareness. “David and John are a wonderful support and understand that, working together, we can solve our issue of plastic to the oceans.”

To view or contribute to the Rye Pier audit, visit, and join The Only Butt campaign at

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Each fully self-contained villa comes with a well-equipped kitchen, dining area and spacious living room, a king-size bed that can be split into twin beds, a wood fire, a deep double spa bath, and a barbecue on the private deck. You can meander along the lake to the award-winning Stillwater restaurant, sample more than 20 wines at the Crittenden Wine Centre, indulge in a private in-room treatment, or simply enjoy the ambience.

As well as having all of Crittenden Estate’s attractions right at their doorstep, the Lakeside Villas are just a stone’s throw from all the Mornington Peninsula has to offer, including many restaurants and cellar doors, magnificent beaches, golf courses, farm gates, Peninsula Hot Springs and adventure parks. The Lakeside Villas are just 5km from Dromana township and an hour from the city.

So next time you want to find your way to the produce, wine and rural experience that is the Peninsula, the Lakeside Villas are your ultimate escape.


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