Christmas has landed at Bayside

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Santa Claus is coming to town … and this year he’s got a brand new and magical Gingerbread House to call home!  Complete with giant candy canes, lollies, a lit-up tree and of course some cheeky gingerbread men, Santa’s new home is the perfect backdrop for that special Santa photo.

Bayside is also proud to announce the return of Sensitive Santa this Christmas, providing a safe and quiet environment for children with special needs.  Sensitive Santa will here from 7-9am for the first three Saturdays in December.  Bookings are essential.

Got a four-legged friend who loves a photo? Santa + Pet Photography is back! After a sell-out success last year, you can capture spirit of Christmas with your best fur-friend – but places are limited so book quickly. 

Bayside is your one-stop shop for all things Christmas. Find the perfect gift, turn your home into a Christmas wonderland with festive decorations and grab all you need for the perfect feast. Whatever your Christmas looks like, Bayside is the place to find all you need under the one roof.

Want to know more? Head to baysidesc.com.au for details.

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T: 9771 1700

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Book in some ‘you’ time

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Attention mums - we’ve found a way for you to finally finish that book you’ve had sitting around for too long. Simply tell the family that you’ve got “hours of errands to run”, and hide away at The Book Hub before completing the grocery shop in record time. 

For 18 months, Karingal Hub’s The Book Hub has been delighting bookworms of all ages. It’s a pop-up community book swap where customers are invited to exchange their preloved books for a new story, or alternatively treat it as a library and take a seat in the book nook to be transported to another world. 

With an overwhelming response from many shoppers, The Book Hub has turned the page by creating a quiet retreat within the shopping centre. It’s also encouraging new readers to discover the world of books. 

Customers are donating countless books and are genuinely excited about the space. Langwarrin resident Claude Littlechild, pictured with his wife, Gail, said: “It’s one of the best around. I come every other day and help stack the shelves while my wife waits. I would highly recommend it.” And Helen Howlings, of Frankston, said: “It’s a fantastic idea, and people bring books they’ve read back, which is great.”

Karingal Hub is proud to provide the community with this space to share and enjoy the pleasure of reading.  If you’d like to donate any pre-loved books, simply add them to the shelves or leave them with centre management. 

You’ll find this little oasis opposite Soul Pattinson at Karingal Hub, 330 Cranbourne Rd, Karingal. It’s open daily from 10am-4pm.

 

Dogs die in boiling cars By Liz Rogers

Now this is something serious. We all know that children should never be left alone in hot cars. Well, the same goes for dogs too.

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The heat inside a car can reach hazardous levels on a Mornington Peninsula summer’s day. The RSPCA says it takes just six minutes or less for a dog to suffer severe heat exhaustion and die in a vehicle because they can’t regulate their body temperature. 

Leaving the windows down or parking your car in the shade makes little difference when the air surrounding a dog is hot and there is no access to water. Dogs don’t sweat other than minimally from their paw pads, and while they pant in an effort to exchange warm air for cool, if the air temperature is close to their own body temperature this technique isn’t very effective. This is when heatstroke can occur, and symptoms include increased heart rate and salivation, excessive panting, red tongue, red or pale gums, thick sticky saliva, weakness, dizziness, vomiting or diarrhoea. If your dog is exhibiting any of these symptoms, get them to a vet quickly.

Experts advise it’s always better to leave your dog at home where there’s plenty of water and shade during extreme heat episodes. 

This summer, think smart - think heat, cars and dogs don’t mix. 

 

Come and pay tribute to a legend

When Johnny Famechon’s statue is unveiled in Frankston this month, Gary Luscombe hopes the crowd will be every bit as enthusiastic as the 200,000 people who lined Swanston St in 1969 to welcome home the newly crowned WBC world featherweight champion.

“Johnny is a Frankston and Australian sporting legend,” says Gary, a supporter of the Johnny Famechon Statue Project, which helped the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame raise $128,000 for the 2.1m bronze statue of ‘Fammo’.

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The statue will be unveiled in Ballam Park at 11am on Sunday, January 21 – the anniversary of Johnny’s 1969 title fight in London when he beat Cuba’s Jose Legra to earn his place in sporting history – and Gary hopes everyone will get along to honour the former King of Moomba and inductee into the Australia Sport Hall of Fame, World Boxing Hall of Fame, Frankston Hall of Fame and Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame.

Jean-Pierre Famechon was born in Paris in 1945 and grew up in Melbourne.  He won 56 of his 67 featherweight bouts and drew six.  “I don’t like draws. You want to win,” he told our sister publication, Frankly Frankston, in August 2016.

“I knew boxing was for me when I punched the bag for the first time at 16. The first fight is the biggest.  There are no more nerves after that. You’ve got to knock them out before they get you.”

In 1991 Fammo was hit by a car while jogging in Sydney. It took him seven years to recover with the help of his wife, Glenys, and clinical counsellor Ragnar Purjie. He’s also written two autobiographies - Fammo and The Method.

Somerville Egg Farm gets in the fight By Liz Rogers

This is where it starts. First there’s a phone call early in 2017 from someone representing Channel 9’s Family Food Fight. Linda, her mum Maria and her auntie Tina from Somerville Egg Farm are asked to be part of an episode that will showcase farmers. Of course, as producers of farm-fresh eggs on the Mornington Peninsula they say yes, and are thrilled to be involved in a show that supports local growers and promotes a wide range of Australian agriculture.  

So here’s how it went. Linda explains.

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“The episode we were in aired in November (last year), but we filmed in winter at the Melbourne Showgrounds in Flemington, next to the Flemington Racecourse. The day started at 8.30am in our own green room and being introduced to other farmers. It was great meeting producers from as far away as Mildura, but we also had the chance to meet other Mornington Peninsula locals like Gazzola Farms in Somerville and Hawkes Vegetable and Farm Gate in Boneo who we’d never met before. The theme for the episode was vegetarian and all the families were cooking (Greek, Italian, Turkish and Aussie). Filming started at around 10am and we were introduced to Matt Moran, who was very friendly. We went back to the green room where we chatted with other farmers, played cards, and sampled some home-grown wine until the families had finished their cooks. Then we got to eat and it was delicious! We had ricotta gnocchi, eggplant moussaka, brussels sprout salad and crispy kale chips, which were fantastic. The Italian ricotta cannelloni for dessert was sensational. The whole day was an adventure and it was nice to be recognised for all our hard work and to highlight where we get our food from. The Shahrouk family from NSW were the winners of the first season.”

So there you have it - three local ladies from Somerville Egg Farm having the time of their lives on a competitive cooking series where multi-generational families cook off until they can cook no more. And the ingredients? Supplied by our very own Somerville Egg Farm (among others) and served up on a dish of determination and home-grown fighting spirit. 

 

Sun, sand, surf … and sharks

With summer here at long last, many of us will be looking forward to spending time at our fabulous beaches.  But fun in the surf carries with it certain risks, one of which is sharks.  And while many more Australians drown every year than are killed or injured by sharks, it’s still well worth taking all the measures we can to minimise an attack - however unlikely one might be.

Lindsay Lyon is the chief executive of Shark Shield, the Australian manufacturer of what it describes as the world’s only scientifically proven electrical shark deterrent, and has put together the following tips to reduce our chances of an unwanted encounter with the ocean’s magnificent apex predator.

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Stay out of the water at night, dawn or dusk: sharks are most active at these times and are well equipped to locate prey even when visibility is poor. 

Don't wear high-contrast clothing or light-reflecting jewellery: sharks see contrast very well and light-reflecting objects may appear to be fish scales. 

Swim, surf or dive with other people: sharks most often attack lone individuals. 

Swim in patrolled beaches if possible: surf lifesavers look for sharks and will alert beach-goers if there is a sighting. 

Don't wander too far from shore: this will isolate you and decrease the likelihood of you receiving any assistance. 

Don't enter the water if you’re bleeding: sharks have an excellent sense of smell and taste and can trace blood to its source. 

Avoid areas where animal, human or fish waste enters the water: sewage attracts baitfish, which in turn attract sharks. 

Avoid murky water, harbour entrances, channels and steep drop-offs: sharks frequently swim around these areas. 

If fish or turtles start to act frantically, leave the water: they may be behaving this way because there is a shark nearby. 

Refrain from excessive splashing, and if you are diving and are approached by a shark, stay as still as possible: unpredictable movements can attract sharks, and if you are diving and carrying fish, release the catch and carefully leave the area.

Wear a Shark Shield safety product for water activities: these are the world’s only scientifically proven electrical shark deterrent; nothing is more effective.  

All eyes on Sorrento By Andrea Kellett

The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Sorrento on Monday, February 12, as the Queen’s Baton passes through our seaside town en route to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on April 4.

The baton arrives in Sorrento the day after it passes through Frankston. 

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Sorrento Park will be full of activities and entertainment on the day, including a free community morning tea followed by an official ceremony with the baton.

Frankston Council has moved its Waterfront Festival to February 10-11 to coincide with the Queen’s Baton’s arrival. “Frankston is excited to be a host of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay and thinks the movement of The Waterfront Festival will showcase our magnificent city to a national audience,” the council says on its website. “The festival will remain in the same format, taking on February’s weather, with some additional programming elements added in on Sunday, February 11, to accommodate the relay, possibly even a visit from Borobi the unstoppable Koala, which is the 2018 Commonwealth Games mascot.”

Across the country, 3800 baton-bearers are expected to carry the baton during the 100-day countdown to the Games opening ceremony. They were nominated by their peers for achievements and contributions to their community.

The Peninsula’s baton bearers are:  Light Up Autism Foundation founder Bianca Appleford, from Rye; domestic violence campaigner and 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, from Tyabb; Jodie Carroll, from Blairgowrie; Terence Ernest Cox, from Rosebud; John Ellis, from Rye; Wendy Grant, from Capel Sound; Colleen Mackay, from Capel Sound; Catherine Montalto, from Rye; Donna Nettlefold, from Rye; Pam Rowler, from Dromana; and Kaye Thomas, from McCrae.

N'arweet Carolyn Briggs, a respected elder of the Boon Wurrung people, and Christopher May, creator of Young Veterans, will run as feature bearers in the Frankston leg of the relay.

For Mr May, a veteran of two missions to Afghanistan, it’s a “great honour” and an opportunity to send a message to young veterans that “you can go on to do great things if you choose”. He and his brother, Scott, co-founded Young Veterans, and through their ongoing dedication to the cause they help save lives.

Frankston’s baton-bearers are N'arweet Carolyn Briggs, singer-songwriter Anthony Callea, Olympian Debbie Flintoff-King, Jane Jelekainen, Robert Kabbas, Dan Langelaan, Christopher May, Lisa McLeish, Sarah Miller, Tina Miller, Bailey Miller, Darren Murphy, Paul Olsson, Ray Peak, John Pingiaro, Matthew Rizzo, Trevor Vincent and Jake Ward. 

Start planning your Queen’s Baton Relay experience now, with a map of the baton route and details of community celebrations at gc2018.com/qbr

 

On course for family fun

If you’re looking for a great day out with the family over summer, head to Portsea Golf Club.  The club is hosting a celebrity open day on Sunday, January 21, with plenty of family-friendly activities, entertainment and live music as well as a chance to play the course.

Next to the Point Nepean National Park, this superb course is consistently rated among Australia’s finest and the golfing experience at Portsea is simply beautiful. The club welcomes new members and visitors and recently expanded its membership discounts to include ages from 30-45 years; it also offers include a nine-hole membership and a Lifestyle membership.

Portsea Golf Club is at 46 London Bridge Rd, Portsea.  For more, phone 5981 6155.

 

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Purple haze reigns in 2018

Pantone, the US corporation given to declaring a colour of the year since 2000, has decreed that this year’s hue will be purple – or more specifically, “ultra-violet”.

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Describing its chosen shade as “a blue-based purple tone that is reflective of the inventiveness, imagination and enlightenment of our modern age”, the corporation asserts that its PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet is “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade (that) communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future”.

“Complex and contemplative, ultra-violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.”

In a nod to the likes of Prince (Purple Rain) and Hendrix (Purple Haze), Pantone says musicians have “brought shades of ultra-violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality; enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance”. 

“Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolises experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets. Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to ultra-violet. The colour is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energises the communities that gather there and inspire connection.”

Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman says we can expect “a galactic collection of stunning items to hit the market” inspired by the announcement of this year’s official colour, as well as by NASA’s ultraviolet photography.  "From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come."

Pantone predicts that the influence of technological development and space travel advancements over the past year - likely referencing the recent revolutionary work of Robotics company Boston Dynamics and SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk - will continue to progress and impress us in 2018. In this powerful purple hue, designs will echo Pantone's recognition of the scientific progressions to date and to come with their resemblance to real ultraviolet space photography - such as the pioneering UV photograph of the Andromeda Galaxy (pictured) taken by NASA's Swift satellite earlier this decade.

Young skier turns up the heat By Kate Sears

Gus Broersen is happiest when he’s skiing.  In fact, keeping this Mount Martha young gun off the slopes is no easy feat. 

“Once his coach, Coen, insisted he have a day off and he knew the only way that Gus would follow through would be if he took his lift pass from him,” says Gus’s mum, Tammy.

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Gus, 14, had a scholarship for the Mount Hotham Freeski team for two years when he trained with Coen, Danny, Martin and Al and is a member of the Volkl team. Gus went to the Perisher Winter Sports Club in the Snowy Mountains this season, where he skied every day for five weeks. For five years in a row he has won his favourite event, the Slopestyle, at Hotham, and his greatest achievement to date was this season with a win in the Thredbo Big Air. 

“I am also really lucky to train with awesome coaches - Leon, Luke, Hayden and Alastair,” Gus says.  “I'm going to keep working hard and hopefully I'll get to represent my country in the future.” 

While his long-term goal might be to ski for Australia, Gus has his immediate sights set on winning an international event.  That’s what he was aiming for last year before an accident derailed his plans; he was competing in the US where he achieved a second place but due to an injury had to cut his trip short. Unperturbed, he’s heading to Switzerland with Alastair in 2018.

Gus’s family manages a ski lodge at Hotham and he pretty much took to the snow from day one. “He was always playing outside, and even built a jump out the back,” Tammy says.  When they saw his commitment to the sport, Tammy and her husband, Rob, decided to enrol him in online distance education, which is ideal for when he travels overseas. 

“We just want to support him,” Tammy says. “He tries and tries and tries.” 

GROWING UP ON THE PENINSULA Meat the Goss! By Liz Rogers

Greg Goss likes to keep to himself. Quiet achievers often do. This looking-forward, never-looking-back Peninsula business owner has been a long time at it. He wanted to be a vet when he was a kid, wanted to fix animals up. Instead he’s led a life of “chopping them up” and he doesn’t regret one minute of it. Let me explain.

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Lots of you will already be familiar with Greg’s Family Gourmet Butchers. He and his wife Jeanette’s neat little business sees two ethical butcher’s shops in Dromana and Rosebud providing gourmet grass-fed beef, prize-winning continental sausages, Australian fish and beetroot, zucchini and beef burgers to die for to a devoted clientele. Greg used to cook his own smallgoods too, but it’s his connection with the sand and sea in relation to history and the sense of community where the real story lies. Yes, he’s the boss when it comes to meat – after all, he’s been in the game for about 53 years - but his family’s connection with the southern tip of the Peninsula is fascinating. Get a whiff of this.

Greg’s mum and dad had nine children but they lost one of them at four days old. With six boys and two girls remaining, life was busy for builder Edmund Horace and his wife Madeline (Sullivan). Greg’s grandfather had been in the Royal Navy and originally settled in Hastings after arriving from the mother country before moving to Sorrento. The Sullivans had always been there. Edmund became one of the biggest builders on the Mornington Peninsula, was a footballer – he played with Aussie rules legend John Coleman - but died at just 56. Madeline was left doing – well, we all know what she was doing, and Greg who was 15 left school to get a job.

“I just did it. I was a bit of a mischievous kid. I remember once my dad had just completed a new build and took me to take a look. There was a new meter box and I took to it with a hammer! I don’t know why. We were all surprised I wasn’t electrocuted. I even hit one of my brothers over the head with a hammer. Mum had to lock me in my room overnight so I wouldn’t get out,” he chuckles. “I went to boarding school at St Patrick’s College in Ballarat from about seven years old until I was 12. They were strict, but I enjoyed it. They kept me busy. When I came back to Sorrento I went to St Josephs, and then on to Padua and Rosebud High, which I loved.”

He continues. “I started my butchering with HW Wilsons Butcher in Main St, Sorrento. They were the first butchers on the Peninsula. The Wilsons had six shops and I became manager of the Sorrento store. I did a five-year apprenticeship and managed the Rosebud shop too. Time moved on. I eventually bought it and have been developing it and the Dromana store ever since.” Kyle, one of his four sons, is a butcher too and works in Rosebud. “The others weren’t interested. They’re doing different things,” continues Greg.

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The Sullivans’ ancestry goes way back to the early settlers. There’s lots of them in the Sorrento Cemetery and that’s where Greg’s mum and dad are buried too. Greg has been overseeing the running of the site for about 10 years as the volunteer Chairman of the Trust. You can see how importantly he takes his role. What things matter. He describes it as “a beautiful place that has incredible historic value. We’ve just completed an office on-site. Springvale Botanical Cemetery, which is a Class A cemetery, is just about to take over in an advisory role, which will secure the longevity of this history-laden place (Sorrento Cemetery is a Class B). We are in the process of transferring the details of each gravesite on to computer. We have remains of people from the 1800s and now we know they won’t be forgotten and will be looked after.”

Greg Goss used to be a bit scared of sharks. He remembers snorkelling with his younger brother, Justin, in Sorrento at Diamond Bay. Greg loves to fish and still goes up north once a year to catch barramundi. His brother had been diving for years without seeing a shark and there he was, a handful of dives under his belt, and there it was beneath him. They were spearfishing and had to scramble up some rocks to escape. “And I was the one who had to carry all of the fish!” laughs Greg. This ocean-loving man has loved his life as a butcher and as a Rye local. He and Jeanette - who he describes as “the backbone of the business” - were the third or fourth couple to move into the Rye Back Beach area and have never left. They built their home. Initially there was no sewerage or water. Lots has changed for a man who intends to do as much volunteering as he can when he steps back from work. “The best thing about having the shops has been seeing the generations of people coming back. Three young women came in the other day. One of them had a baby resting on her hip and she said ‘You don’t recognise me, do you?’ I didn’t. She said ‘You used to give me a slice of strass as a kid when I came in with my mum’. I like that. I like that a lot.” 

You are the boss, Mr Goss.

It’s time to play

Frankston Theatre Group is celebrating its 75th anniversary and you’re invited to join the festivities as it looks back on its 2017 season and lifts the curtain on what’s in store for 2018 at the 9th Annual Peake Awards. It’s time to dress to impress on the red carpet at 6.30pm on Saturday, February 3. 

The group has come a long way since it started as a fundraising activity for the Red Cross in 1942, but it quickly developed with the enthusiastic support of the Frankston community and lovers of the performing arts. 

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As a founding member of the Victorian Drama League, FTG hosted its early one-act play festivals that ran for a few weeks. These plays would draw entrants from all over the metropolitan area. Consistently producing three to four productions annually, the group showcased new actors and directors.

FTG would regularly perform in the Frankston Mechanics Hall from the 1940s until 2001, even after it was rebuilt after a fire in 1954.  The group also performed in high school auditoriums, St James the Less Church Hall, Mt Eliza Community Centre and George Jenkins Theatre. More recently, FTG has staged productions at the Frankston Arts Centre after it opened in 1995, and at Cube 37.

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Many members have been inspired by their experiences in community theatre and have moved on to undertake studies in the field, chasing professional careers within the performing arts.

Why not invite your family and friends to book a full table to enjoy canapes on arrival, a main course and dessert for $50 a person at The Panorama Room, Best Western Frankston International, Nepean Highway, Frankston. These seats won’t last, so reserve yours now on 1300 665 377 before bookings close on Friday, January 26.

To become a member or find out about upcoming auditions and plays, visit the FTG website at frankstontheatregroup.org.au

 

Carpark upgrade hits top gear

Mount Eliza families can look forward to “less stress when picking up and dropping off their children” thanks to a long-awaited carpark upgrade at the corner of Canadian Bay Rd and the Nepean Highway.

The work is expected to be complete before school resumes.

Mornington Peninsula Shire has tipped in $100,000 and the Federal Government has contributed $280,000 from its Community Development Grants program for the work, which includes upgrading the gravel carpark and installing additional parking spaces and a safe area for student pick-up and drop-off.

The upgrade is intended to make the area safer for pedestrians and motorists and improve traffic flow in peak times, particularly around Mount Eliza Primary School, Mount Eliza Secondary College, St Thomas More Primary School and Peninsula Grammar.

 

Books speak to our teens By Yazmine Lomax

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Danielle Binks, from Langwarrin, is a writer, editor, literary agent and advocate for Australian Young Adult literature. Here’s a look inside her bookish brain!

Why is supporting Australian literature, particularly young adult, so important to you?

Books create communities, bringing together characters, ideas, writers, words and readers. #LoveOzYA (Love Australian Young Adult Literature) is a way to bring Aussie teens into that community. We’re trying to show them that they are connected to something big, and that the books of their own backyard are putting their stories and their voices on the page. 

What’s your proudest achievement?

Gotta admit, seeing Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology on bookshelves felt pretty darn great! It took two years of editing, plus writing my own story for the collection, and every time I get to visit schools and talk to students about the anthology and the message behind #LoveOzYA, I get goosebumps all over again. 

What are you currently working on, and what’s next?

I’m a literary agent who represents young adult authors specifically so I’m gearing up for a few of mine to have books out in 2018. Among them are Borderland by Graham Akhurst, a YA eco-thriller from a debut Indigenous author, and Neverland by Margot McGovern, a dark take on the traditional boarding school novel with sailing, secrets and forbidden romance thrown in.  A new format of the #LoveOzYA Anthology will be out in May and I’m also working on a middle-grade book about Operation Safe Haven, when Kosovar refugees were evacuated to Australia in 1999.

Do you have any advice for local emerging writers?

Think about joining the Australian Society of Authors and/or Writers Victoria – these associations are dedicated to helping writers improve their work and find writing opportunities. Take advantage of all the opportunities we have in Australia to build a writing CV; enter short story competitions, submit your work to unpublished manuscript awards, and apply to be part of the Emerging Writers Festival. These are all chances for you to be edited, get feedback, deal with rejection and affirmation, and build a profile for your name and your work. 

Why do you love where you live and how does it inspire your work?

Frankston Library has been my home away from home since I was a kid, and we’re also very lucky to have Victoria’s oldest general independent bookshop in Robinsons, another bookish institution that has nurtured me since I was a child and continues to meet all my bibliophile needs. Just generally, I think Frankton has provided a great kaleidoscope of people, places and cultures to feed my imagination.