Dalkeith stands strong in the thick of pastoral life

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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.

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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 ingaus.me/theotherstraw.”

Find out more at www.theotherstraw.com or on Instagram @theotherstraw

JAMIE-LEE KAY

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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.

ATLAS WEBSTER

A: 56 Hillcrest Drive, Langwarrin

T: 9560 5877

W: www.atlaswebster.com.au

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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.

LIZ ROGERS

SOUTHERN BUOY STUDIOS 

A: 1/19 Carbine Way, Mornington

T: 5932 4054

W: www.southernbuoystudios.com.au

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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.

LIZ ROGERS

SOUTHERN BUOY 

A: 2/19 Carbine Way, Mornington

T: 5932 4054

W: www.southernbuoystudios.com.au

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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 www.inaturalist.org/projects/rye-pier-biodiversity-audit, and join The Only Butt campaign at www.instagram.com/theonlybutt/

Float away to your ultimate escape

Offering an oasis of luxury and tranquility, the Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate present the ultimate vineyard escape. The three boutique villas are constructed entirely over the vineyard lake, providing a sensation of floating among the vines.

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.

LAKESIDE VILLAS AT CRITTENDEN ESTATE

A: 25 Harrisons Rd, Dromana

T: 0400 339 995

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Winter collections to warm the heart

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Look no further than OZ Design Furniture Mornington’s new-season winter collections for your interior renovation. Boasting styles that ensure comfort and trend are at the heart of your home, OZ Design Furniture has something for every living space this cooler season. 
For those seeking a relaxed style, Salotto is the perfect living room addition. Its slip cover, cloud-like cushion and casual design offer homes a place for their guests to feel like there is no place like it. It’s easy to dress and can be styled up to suit seasonal trends and temperatures. 
With a range of homewares that follow world trends, your interior can be updated with ease. Rattan is hot this season and can be found in a range of buffets, entertainment units, coffee tables and homewares items in-store. Add greenery mixed with rattan to create a casual, boho, layered or relaxed glam feel to your space. 

Create a haven in your home that truly inspires — view OZ Design Furniture Mornington’s collections today.

OZ DESIGN FURNITURE MORNINGTON 

A: Showroom D4, Peninsula Home, 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington

T: 8560 1137


Booking your holiday was meant to be cruisy

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KB 4 Travel & Cruise is celebrating the end of the financial year — and you can reap the rewards. Passionate owner Kylie has opened a new office in Chelsea Heights and is running a giveaway for one lucky customer to win a cruise just by entering via her website.

Booking with a specialist can save you both time and money. Kylie has travelled extensively and knows the best places to stay and what types of places would best suit you. She has excellent knowledge of the travel industry and a friendly, welcoming nature — no wonder the ratings on her service are always five stars.

Being independent, Kylie has access to a range of travel suppliers. There are always sales in the travel industry and she can arrange the best deal for you — even those that are not advertised. Not only will Kylie find you the cheapest fare, she’ll also find the quickest way to get you where you’re going. No one wants their 24-hour flight to become 34 hours due to a 10-hour stopover. Kylie will take the time to build a flight route from scratch and find the best flight for you on all accounts. After all, not every available flight comes up on an online search.

Kylie is on call 24/7, so whether a cyclone means your ferry is cancelled or a volcanic eruption forces your trip to be rescheduled, Kylie will sort everything out for you so your travel is completely stress-free.

But wait, there is more: booking your holiday or trip with KB 4 Travel & Cruise will cost you no more than booking direct or online — it could even cost you less.

So why not get expert advice at the cheapest price and have the support you need available on call. You might even win a cruise! 

KB 4 TRAVEL & CRUISE 

A: Hillcrest Drive, Langwarrin

T: 0408 030 964

W: www.kb4travel.com.au

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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.

And don’t forget to get your investment or commercial property maintained before the end of the financial year so you can claim a tax deduction immediately for your service. 

ATLAS WEBSTER

A: Hillcrest Drive, Langwarrin

T: 9560 5877

W: www.atlaswebster.com.au

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Professional plumbing on call By Liz Rogers

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JR Plumbing provides 24/7 plumbing expertise to residents on the Mornington Peninsula and southern suburbs. With more than 30 years’ experience in all forms of plumbing, this locally owned business provides person-to-person service with a smile.

Focusing on customer satisfaction, JR Plumbing is fully insured and licensed and is known for meticulous workmanship and old-fashioned service. Using top-notch products including Swan Plumbing and Reece ensures client satisfaction. They’re also equipped with an onsite excavator and the latest plumbing tools, resulting in the customer saving money and time by avoiding the hire of expensive equipment.

So if you’re searching for an expert plumber who is fast, friendly and meticulous, look no further than JR Plumbing. Call them today.

JR PLUMBING

A: Rosebud

M: 0438 862 892

W: jrplumbingmornpen.com.au

Bathroom perfection for your home

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Specialising in mid to high-end bathroom renovations, the family-run Victorian Bathroom Company has the expertise to create a bathroom that’s perfect for Peninsula living. The highly skilled team know that your bathroom must be practical yet reflect your style, your personality, wake you up and relax you. With all these conflicting requirements it can be an overwhelming experience knowing where to start.

The Victorian Bathroom Company offers a fully comprehensive bathroom renovation service from design right through to completion, and also works with Australian and New Zealand suppliers, including Timberline, Decina and Methven, to ensure exceptional quality and longevity in your bathroom. 

Supply and install packages are available from $19,000 in these stunning styles: 

  • Monochrome (matte black tapware and white suite); 

  • Nature (simplicity, timber vanities and clean lines);

  • Timeless (transitional style combining modern tapware against a heritage profile vanity and feature floor tile); and,  

  • Industrial (sleek and contemporary greys and concrete textures).

Need inspiration? View the portfolio of completed projects at victorianbathroomcompany.com.au or on Instagram @victorian_bathroom_co, and know you can renovate with confidence by choosing the Victorian Bathroom Company, a registered building practitioner and licensed plumber. With a permanently employed team of skilled tradesmen, the full project is completed from start to finish by the same team. Respectful and clean, they will cause minimal disruption to your daily life and leave your house so spotless you’d think they had never been.

The Victorian Bathroom Company has an excellent reputation for its trades and services and is one of highest rated bathroom renovation companies in Melbourne, as its client testimonials show. So if you’re looking for a legitimate, reliable and professional bathroom renovation company, contact the experts at the Victorian Bathroom Company and let them create your dream. Book your free quote online at victorianbathroomcompany.com.au 

VICTORIAN BATHROOM COMPANY

A: 2 Bond St, Mordialloc

T: 9587 1875

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Tricky trees no more By Kate Sears

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Look up and you’ll find Nathan Walker tending to emergency call-outs for fallen trees, difficult situations and removing large trees. Nathan and his five-man crew at Tree Walkers offer a full range of services from consultations to pruning, stump removals and timber milling. They have the experience and equipment to handle any tree and any situation.

With 22 years of experience in the tree industry, Nathan decided 11 years ago to branch out and start his own business. As the director of Tree Walkers and the head climber, he has his hands full yet is proud to say he is the best in the industry. He is extremely efficient and skilled, making sure the job is done safely. This small family-owned and operated business has your best interests at heart. 

Nathan offers free quotes and advice as well. Tree Walkers even has a qualified arborist available to supply reports when needed. Tree Walkers’ services include long-term maintenance, service wire pruning, hedging, possum guard installations, transporting logs, mulch and firewood sales, onsite chipping, advice on diseases and disease treatments and so much more. 

Since stepping out on his own, Nathan has successfully serviced the whole southeastern region of Victoria. His company provides the community with a skilled service while respecting environmental concerns. His experienced team act with the utmost care towards the location in which they are working so your garden beds will be safe. As a lover of trees and nature, Nathan makes sure your trees are in good hands with Tree Walkers. 

For emergency call-outs, phone 0404 709 595 or 1300 MR TREE (1300 67 8733)

TREE WALKERS
W: treewalkers.com.au
FB: treewalkers
T: 0404 709 595

Ovenu cleans your oven so you don’t have to

Ovenu owners Nathan and Kim know you can’t live without a functioning piece of equipment. With the holidays just around the corner, now’s the time to give your oven, range hood, cooktop and barbecue a thorough pre-Easter clean. 

Ovenu technicians use an exclusive range of fully biodegradable, non-caustic and sustainable products that are completely safe for your family and pets. Fast and friendly, the technicians use a ‘no nasty fumes’ clean with a carbon remover approved by the Vitreous Enamel Association, and they separate the glass panels in your oven door for a transparent, seamless shine.

Clever Ovenu!

OVENU MORNINGTON PENINSULA

T: 1300 683 681

W: ovenu.com.au/mornington-peninsula

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From the Big Bang to a big ban

Here’s something to consider: if plastic microbeads had been created at the time of the Big Bang, they’d still be around now — 13.8 billion years later. That’s just one of the startling findings in a study by UK-based packaging supplier Rajapack on the impact single-use plastics are having on our environment.

The use of plastic microbeads in ‘rinse-off’ cosmetics has been banned in many countries, including the US, the UK, New Zealand, Canada and France; Australia’s environment ministers agreed in 2016 only to support a voluntary industry phase-out. But those that already exist aren’t going anywhere ever.

Microbeads are a microplastic, which describes any plastic fragment less than 5mm in length. Primary microplastics, which include microbeads, are those that have been purposely manufactured for a variety of uses from cosmetics to clothing to industrial. Secondary microplastics are created by the breakdown of larger products, such as plastic bags and bottles, by natural processes such as sunlight exposure. Microplastics have been found everywhere from the Mariana Trench to the human gut. Given they can not only absorb pollutants from their environment but are also often made from toxic and carcinogenic chemicals, that’s food for thought.

Rajapack’s study — at rajapack.co.uk/swimming_in_plastic.html — estimates that 4.8-12.7 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans each year, adding to the more than five trillion pieces of plastic polluting the marine environment. While this global problem might seem far beyond our control as individuals, there are many simple things each of us can do to help eliminate single-use plastics that don’t require a massive lifestyle change. Rajapack has isolated three: straws, cups and scrubs.

A single plastic straw can take 200 years to biodegrade; a paper straw takes three days.  If you really need a straw for your drink, buy a reusable one or find a retailer that uses paper straws.

Polystyrene foam cups don’t biodegrade; if they’d been around during the Jurassic era, Rajapack points out, archaeologists would still be digging them up today alongside dinosaur fossils. A cup made from 100 per cent biodegradable material will be gone in three to six months. Better still, find a café that accepts reusable cups and take your own.

Finally, manufacturers of exfoliating scrubs might be voluntarily phasing out microbeads, but you can also make your own scrubs and face masks easily and cheaply from such common household ingredients as coconut oil and sugar; olive oil, honey, lemon and sugar; raw oats, honey and olive oil; and baking soda and water.

Regular readers of this column will be aware that many Peninsula businesses are trying to eliminate or at least reduce single-use plastics. From paper straws to reusable shopping bags to bring-your-own coffee cups, businesses are stepping up. It’s up to us to do the same. Invest in a reusable water bottle and fill it up at home before you hit the gym or set off on your daily walk. Keep a few reusable shopping bags in the car so you’re not caught short if you decide to duck into the shops on the way home. Keep a cutlery set at work so you can refuse the plastic knife and fork that usually accompanies your takeaway lunch. And those plastic containers your lunch comes in can be cleaned and reused more than once — to store stuff in your fridge, as a pet’s food or water bowl, for the kids to keep their Lego bricks, colouring pencils and crayons and other bits and pieces in or to make things with.

There are so many ways we can eliminate single-use plastics from our lives; all it takes is a little forethought and a touch of determination to leave our children and grandchildren a healthier planet Earth.

 

Photos courtesy of Rajapack

Photos courtesy of Rajapack

A non-toxic post-Christmas clean

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Christmas has come and gone, so now’s the time to give your oven, range hood, cooktop and barbecue a thorough post-festive season clean. Ovenu technicians use an exclusive range of fully biodegradable, non-caustic and sustainable products that are completely safe for your family and pets.

Ovenu owners Nathan and Kim know you can’t live without a functioning piece of equipment. That’s why their technicians are fast and reliable and use a ‘no nasty fumes’ clean with a carbon remover approved by the Vitreous Enamel Association. They separate the glass panels in your oven door for a transparent seamless shine too.

Clever Ovenu.

OVENU MORNINGTON PENINSULA

T: 1300 683 681

W: ovenu.com.au/mornington-peninsula

FB: Ovenu Mornington Peninsula


Empire strikes back with Christmas savings By Kate Sears

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The Roman Empire is more than just a supplier of beautiful custom-made products for the soft furnishing industry. Its staff members also offer valuable product knowledge that they’ve gained from years of experience and an underlying passion for design.  

The festive season is the ideal time to get a taste of their style and offerings by getting in before the Christmas rush to guarantee New Year delivery of your window coverings. Embracing the seasonal spirit of giving, they are offering you 20 per cent off until Saturday, December 15, when you mention this editorial. 

Priding themselves on providing a high standard in everything they do means you’re in the safest of hands. Everything they offer is tried and tested before it goes out to the client. This includes testing their roller blinds and hanging their drapery before installation so that they can ensure the product sits exactly the way it’s supposed to.

Selecting the right soft furnishings for your home can be daunting but we spoke to Lloyd Bradshaw, senior sales consultant at The Roman Empire, about his knack of picking the right options for his clients. 

“I’ve learnt over my 40 years that if I take three samples to a client after speaking with them on the phone, most of the time I get it right,” said Lloyd. “With blinds, I have the full range in my car. The client can also come into the showroom and look at our full range. And we give honest advice.”

Go on, the Empire awaits. 

THE ROMAN EMPIRE

A: 91 Brunel Rd, Seaford

T: 1800 671 456

W: romanempire.com.au


A non-toxic pre-Christmas clean By Liz Rogers

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Christmas is on the way so now’s the time to give your oven, range hood, cooktop and barbecue a thorough pre-festive season clean-up by a company that only uses sustainable and non-toxic cleaning products.

Ovenu technicians use an exclusive range of fully biodegradable, non-caustic and sustainable products that are completely safe for your oven, family and pets too, so you can enjoy cooking with near-new appliances completely free of nasty chemicals.

Ovenu owners Nathan and Kim realise you can’t live without a functioning piece of equipment, especially heading into the ‘let’s celebrate’ season. That’s why their technicians are fast, reliable and professional. They also understand the importance of a ‘no nasty fumes’ clean using a carbon remover approved by the Vitreous Enamel Association, and the importance of separating the glass panels in your oven door for a seamless transparent shine to ensure 100 per cent safety peace of mind. Clever Ovenu.

You can be clever too by giving Ovenu a call today, so your oven will be sparkling clean and super healthy by the time Christmas comes calling.

OVENU MORNINGTON PENINSULA

T: 1300 683 681

W: ovenu.com.au/mornington-peninsula

FB: Ovenu Mornington Peninsula

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