Boys keep swinging By Liz Rogers

Ever wondered what it takes to be a pro golfer? Well, Mornington Peninsula Magazine caught up with a couple of 20-something ‘pros to be’ to chat about commitment, early morning starts and multiple visits to the physio over a breakfast fit for champions.

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Alex Dudley-Bateman and Ben Murphy love it. Being outside. Hitting the ball with a club meant for position-perfect precision. Hanging on the greens, fairways and sometimes deep in the drink or a bunker. Both are currently doing a three-year PGA traineeship that involves desire, talent and time. You’ve got to put in a lot of time.

The PGA Trainee Program has evolved to become one of the world’s most recognised golf-related training programs. Many of the big names in the sport – think Greg Norman, John Senden and Nick O’Hern - have been through it. Alex and Ben are almost finished and have set their sights on very different futures. 

“It’s a pretty demanding timetable,” says Alex, who wants a career as head professional coach. “We’re up early and at the Pro Shop (Portsea Golf Club) by 6.30am most mornings. Then there’s assignments – 30 to 35 per year - to complete. Subjects like business, coaching and management.”

And of course there’s getting out on the hallowed ground and swinging. 

“I don’t go out there to come second,” says Ben, who has his sights set on the world tour. He won five tournaments in Victoria last year. “It’s all about finding form for me. Being out there and getting better.”

Both young men have been playing since they hit double digits and haven’t stopped since. I ask them what kind of mindset you need to pursue a sport that can lead to shoulder reconstructions and backs that don’t know when to quit burning. “I’m constantly at the physio,” says Alex – and that’s where he’s going after we finish breakfast. “Me too,” says Ben. “You’ve got to get to the gym to keep as fit as possible to try to prevent injury, although there’s never any guarantee.”

“It’s important to keep a positive attitude,” agrees Alex.

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At an age when many young blokes are staying up late and sleeping in even later, these two young Peninsula men are deeply committed to the game and the lifestyle it can offer them. They’ve had to work hard and it will probably only get harder, but that isn’t a deterrent for either of these talented players. Their sponsors believe in them too, and supply them with clubs and fresh gear to prove it. 

It’s a long way to the top of a sport that revolves around a small hole, a long club and a streamlined strategy -  but these boys are on their way.  They’re swinging it!


A plastic-free Peninsula By Liz Rogers

Let’s do it! You know we can. I’ll tell you why.

The other day I was walking on the beach. Wind surging. Waves chopping. Salt air swirling. 

Just a glint of sunshine. My kind of perfect. There was only one problem - the amount of plastic pumped out on to the sand beneath my feet from the severely cheesed-off ocean.

Plastic in all its forms has made its way on to our beaches and is having its man-made way. 


Mornington Peninsula Magazine thought it was time to think about what we’re dropping into our bins (or not) and how little changes can mean a lot.

Let’s talk about the dreaded plastic bag! We know most of them are made from non-renewable materials like polypropylene, which is manufactured from petroleum and natural gas. We also know that they don’t degrade, some of the chemicals in them can harm human hormone function, and marine life such as turtles and fish often mistake them for food - resulting in digestive system congestion and, in some cases, death by suffocation. 

What’s not to love? Even if we did end up recycling plastic bags they would still end up in landfill eventually because they don’t degrade. 

“The journey to plastic-free living is really a gradual set of simple changes,” says Pippa Buxton, sustainable expert and owner of Little Earth Nest. “Adopting a low-waste lifestyle starts with embracing the attitude that it’s worth trying to cut back on waste, and especially on plastics.” 

Some easy ways to do this include stocking up on reusable produce bags and cling wrap, food storage pockets and ensuring shopping bags are either biodegradable or made from recycled materials. Reusing water bottles and cups for take-away tea or coffee works too!   

We’ve got to start somewhere.

Plastic-free? It’s time. It’s worth it. 


All in the family By Liz Rogers

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Our Peninsula Pets segment has covered lots of canine/human connections. After all, Peninsula people do love their dogs.  But with spring finally breaking ground, we thought it would be a great idea to cover a multi-pet place that is also open to the public. 

The Big Goose’s owner Justin Orr lives onsite with his wife and three young children. Yes, they do have dogs - two gorgeous pets named Hercules (South African mastiff) and Archer (Dogue De Bordeux French mastiff). They also have two working dogs - border collie Buddy and Australian kelpie Lucy - who are part of The Big Goose sheepdog show and are smart and a little bit sassy. Buddy reckons jumping into the water trough after the show is something special. 

But these impressively loyal and lovable hounds are not the only animals the Orrs and The Big Goose staff consider to be part of the extended family, as staff member Jo explains.

“It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it. The staff office has a constant stream of four-legged visitors that need a cuddle or a feed. You develop such a connection with them - guinea pigs, rabbits and goats. The baby goats and lambs are the cutest and they need bottle feeding constantly. They are always hungry. That’s why they often end up in the house in front of the television with the kids, who just love them. They are just so funny and do the craziest things.

“We breed many different animals on the farm and they all become part of The Big Goose family.”

And so it just goes to show there definitely is more than one kind of family unit these days. And many kinds of pets too. Adorable!   


Leaf leads traffic to vibrant Village

First came the charming wrought iron welcome signs and the mermaid benches, then the colourful bikes in the Village Green.  Now Mount Eliza Village has an official gateway sign. 

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You may have already seen it on the Nepean Highway near the intersection of Canadian Bay Rd on the approach from Frankston. 

Mornington Peninsula Magazine spoke with Mt Eliza Chamber of Commerce Marketing and Development Co-ordinator, Alison Doherty, about the tall structure containing a leaf and the words ‘shop taste indulge’.

“It’s a gateway sign to draw more attention to Mount Eliza Village, and for passing traffic to realise it is a vibrant shopping precinct,” she explained. “We have one sign up now and eventually there will be two. The other one will be somewhere on the approach from Mornington.”
The Chamber of Commerce, which is the local business association, initiated the project and Mornington Peninsula Shire Council funded it. The leaf design is a reflection of the treed surrounds. “It symbolises Mount Eliza,” Ms Doherty said. 

The chamber is also working with the council on other village streetscape improvements, including new median strip plantings. 


Out and about with Maverick
By Yazmine Lomax

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Mount Martha boy Maverick Newman has had a busy year.  While studying at the prestigious Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, he’s also found the time to perform his original one-man show around the country and become a key figure in the AFL’s Pride Game.

So how did he get here? The life-long fan of musical theatre credits the start of his journey with writing his first play in Year 12, an experience that ignited a passion to create works of his own.
“When I got into WAAPA studying as an actor, I started writing a full-length play about the struggles of a young man coming out in modern Australia,” Mav says. 

But when he realised the first draft was his own “white privilege memoir”, Mav knew he had to take the play in another direction.  “I laughed and thought maybe it could work as a comedy about a young kid who doesn’t receive the oppression he thinks he deserves.”

And so was born Finding Felix: A Memoir! Mav opened his musical to sold-out shows in Perth earlier this year before bringing it home to Melbourne in July.  “I had laryngitis and was close to cancelling opening night. I was alone - my folks were in Europe - and I was dealing with a whole heap of personal stuff so getting up and getting through the first show was probably my proudest achievement.”

Mav sees the play as a critique on current queer media, where he says the storylines of queer characters are almost always centred on the struggles they face with their sexuality rather than the struggles of being human.  “As a society, we need to start portraying queer characters as everyday humans going through the same struggles and issues as everyone else.”

Finding Felix tackles this issue head-on, with our piano-playing lead comedically detailing not only his struggles with growing up gay, but with surviving in a footy-mad world. This is something Mav knows all too well; his brother is Sydney Swans player Nic Newman. So it was hardly a surprise when Mav became heavily involved in the media coverage surrounding this year’s AFL Pride Game, an experience he admits was difficult. 

“I came out and then was immediately placed in an environment where it was literally so accepted to be gay - musical theatre! It was hard to get put back into a world where people still don’t understand that being gay means literally nothing, but I was given a platform to help some young person out there who is getting bullied, or help a parent who struggles to accept their child. I choose to be as involved as possible and sit in the discomfort of being tokenised to hopefully make someone else's life easier.”


Rob’s heartfelt thank you 
by Andrea Kellett

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It’s a wintry mid-week morning and Rob Licciardo takes a seat inside a café in Mount Eliza.
The energetic, much-loved and unmistakable chef/restaurateur can barely move before locals approach him, shaking his hand and wishing him well.

It’s just on two weeks since the doors to Rob’s iconic Licciardos Gallery Bar & Grill Mt Eliza, on the Nepean Highway, suddenly closed and it’s fair to say the news has spread swiftly.
For Rob, his family and the restaurant team, the closure was unexpected, unwanted and “heartfelt”.

Rob announced the closure “with a heavy heart” on Facebook and he now wants nothing more than to express his thanks. “I really want to say thank you to all my friends who came to the restaurant,” he says during an interview with Mornington Peninsula Magazine. “I prefer ‘friends’ to the word ‘customers’. These people have really let me be as creative as I can be and want to be. They’ve backed me all the way.” He also says his website will remain active for the rest of the year.

His youngest of three daughters, Maddie, who worked on the restaurant floor alongside Rob and his wife Christine, also took to social media after the closure: “On behalf of Licciardos Restaurant, our family and staff; we are sad to announce the sudden closure of our much-loved business…We would like to send thanks to EVERYONE who has supported us over the past years and we will be forever grateful – we will miss seeing all of your faces in our beloved restaurant.”

Licciardos Gallery Bar & Grill Mt Eliza opened five years ago and was Rob’s second successful restaurant in Mount Eliza (his first, Licciardos Restaurant in Mount Eliza Way, was a village icon, open for 23 years).

Will there be a third? “There will be, in some form or other,” the free-spirited surfer, triathlete and father of three says. “I’m happy to entertain anything at this stage and I want to keep creating.” As for a return of his famed vacherin dessert, time will tell.

It’s little surprise Rob is already fielding inquiries and dreaming big, as he does. But, for now, this 60-year-old is taking a bit of time off to focus on two of his non-culinary passions - travelling and triathlons - competing in the ITU World Triathlon in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, this month. Happy days, as Rob would say.

All at Mornington Peninsula Magazine wish Rob, Maddison and Christine well.



Each new life delivers joy to doctor

Kate Sears from Mornington Peninsula Magazine chats to Jolyon Ford, the newly appointed Clinical Director of Women’s Health at Peninsula Health, about motivation, his most rewarding career moments and why you shouldn’t stress over organic food.

How has the change of positions treated you?

I am really enjoying my new position. I am no stranger to full-time public work as this is a common career path in the UK, but at the same time I had really enjoyed my experience setting up a private practice at The Bays Hospital in Mornington over the last five years. When I was offered the job of Clinical Director of Women’s Health at Peninsula Health it was a difficult decision to give up the practice I worked hard to set up but also to leave the patients that I developed a great rapport with. The rewarding aspect of private practice is being able to develop that therapeutic relationship, especially during pregnancy care, and guide someone through what can be a challenging experience. Likewise, in gynaecology it is very rewarding to follow patients up and make sure they are improving. In my new role I can make changes to improve the service of the whole department and therefore benefit a larger number of patients in the whole community. Like all jobs it can be rewarding and challenging, but I enjoy every day I am at work and it is exciting to see some of the changes we introduced having positive results already. 


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What’s been the most rewarding experience of your career?

I am lucky in my field of medicine that the rewards still come on a regular basis. Even today I helped someone deliver their baby and feel honoured that I was there at one of the most special times in their lives. The most rewarding times are when you have helped someone through a time of immense tragedy, such as losing a baby, which is such a rare but awful experience, only to see them brave their way through another pregnancy and be there to help bring another life into the world. Of course, it’s a time of very mixed emotions - grief and joy at the same time - but again it’s an honour to help guide women and their families through momentous life experiences. 


What’s the best health advice you can give our female readers?

This is going to be boring but the core advice for ideal health is a good diet and regular exercise. Don’t sweat about the small stuff like which superfood or antioxidants you need – most of that stuff makes minimal difference. People are not getting sick because they are not eating organic or having enough kale or quinoa; they are getting sick because they succumb to the intense marketing of unhealthy processed or sugary food and drink. Stick to the fresh food aisles where possible. Drink coffee and alcohol in moderation and keep your body fit. Exercise is a great way to clear the mind. 


What does the future hold for health services on the Mornington Peninsula?

The Peninsula population is growing at a steady pace and in women’s health we are becoming large enough to provide care for many conditions without women having to travel to the city. My goal in the next few years is to allow these services to grow, and I hope to develop improved services for high-risk pregnancies, gynaecology outpatients, more streamlined management of prolapse and incontinence, and for the early diagnosis of causes of pain such as cysts and endometriosis. On top of that, Peninsula Health is expanding its research interests, which we aim to become part of. The next five to 10 years could also be an exciting time for the whole hospital, but it’s too early to say anything else at this stage. Watch this space!


What motivates you?

Seeing the results of my work is, of course, very rewarding. This can be on a personal level as a doctor but now on a larger scale.  Seeing that our service is improving over time is immensely satisfying. What gets me out of bed in the morning is the chance to work with some amazing doctors, midwives and nurses, as well as the other awesome staff in the hospital. 


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love spending time with my wife, Jo, and two girls. Lily loves playing music and Rose and I play guitar, go swimming and go rock climbing when we can. Music is our day-to-day passion with a great music room in the heart of the house. I also love making furniture, baking bread and in the summer swimming in the bay.



Sleeping rough in our liveable city By Liz Rogers


Melbourne has just been voted the world’s most liveable city for the seventh consecutive year, but behind the shiny accolades is a group of people who are doing it hard. Hard as the bricks and mortar our most liveable city is constructed from. More than 100,000 Australians will be homeless tonight, and the one after that, despite our Great Southern Land experiencing its highest level of economic prosperity since the 1970s. Many of them will be under 18. 

The Mornington Peninsula has its fair share of homeless youth. Some sleep under the boatsheds. Some move from couch to couch. Why? Physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, family and relationship breakdown, drug or alcohol abuse or lack of employment opportunities. These can all come into play. There’s mental illness too. Loretta Buckley and Tatiana Croft from SalvoCare Eastern in Frankston explain.

“We are constantly searching for ways to engage with our clients who are between 16 to 25 years old,” manager Loretta says.  “As the main entrance point for homeless youth in the region, we offer a safe place. The Crisis Centres (Frankston and Rosebud) are non-appointment based services and provide information, referral and advocacy for our clients. We are here to listen.” 

“I got into this line of work to make a difference,” says transitional support program co-ordinator Tatiana.  “It’s hard for these young people. They need information and a place where they can talk to someone in private. We offer referrals to refuges and crisis accommodation facilities, general housing advice and information, referrals to employment and training providers, counselling, drug and alcohol, and family violence services. We need more youth refuges, and supported and affordable housing as well. We need to find beds for young people in crisis.”

Fusion in Mount Martha is the only youth refuge on the Peninsula offering eight beds for a three-month stay. “The government-funded Headspace in Playne St, Frankston, also offers support for young people experiencing difficulties,” Loretta says.

Long-lasting solutions need to be found to address this issue. Investing in families and young Australians ensures they have a future and can put homelessness where it should be – in the box labelled ‘thing of the past’. That’s what a truly liveable city is - a place where we all have a home.   

SalvoCare Eastern Crisis Centres are located at 37 Ross Smith Ave, Frankston, and 17-19 Ninth Ave, Rosebud. Call 9784 5000 or 1800 825 955 if you or someone you know requires housing assistance. 



Fabulous Fathers

Once a dad, always a dad - and we love them.


To celebrate Father’s Day, Mornington Peninsula Magazine spoke with a few special dads who work with their son or daughter on the Mornington Peninsula, including our own Archie and Molly. We chatted about their bonds, banter and more. 

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If you love Mornington Peninsula Magazine and you love all things local, you’ll love this. At the heart of our leading independent publication is a father-daughter team who work at completely different ends of the business to make the magazine the success it is today.

Molly is our sales executive and operations manager who drives the look, feel and success of the magazine from the office while her dad, Archie, drives the business from behind the wheel - literally. Archie is our distribution manager and a familiar face hand-delivering the magazine’s bulk drops across the Peninsula and up to Melbourne every month. You’ll find him in cafes, restaurants, shopping centres, wineries, boutiques and every business in between, making sure the magazine gets to where it needs to be on time.

The pair see each other often (more often than not in passing) thanks to their work and both agree that’s special. “I get to see her every day,” Archie says. “Not everyone works with their daughter.  I get to see her smiling face every day. I’m in her life.”

Molly says the pair are likeminded in business, sharing a “great work ethic”. Did either envisage they would end up working together? Definitely not, but both are happy it turned out that way.

Marcus and Sarah – Mt Eliza Optical
Marcus Bland and his daughter Sarah work seamlessly together. This father and daughter team at Mt Eliza Optical have been working together for around three and half years and love every minute of it - including the fact that the new premises is just five metres from Ritchies Supermarket, which means the petty cash can get a great daily workout. 


One thing was obvious when Mornington Peninsula Magazine popped by to chat to this dynamic duo: the respect for each other is palpable. 

Not everyone can say they enjoy their job. Visiting Mt Eliza Optical, it’s easy to see that Marcus and Sarah do. They love the work and the fact they get to joke around together. Humour plays a big part in these Mount Eliza residents’ lives. 

“Getting to banter and have a joke with our clients makes our job enjoyable and hopefully our clients leave with smiles on their faces,” the pair says. Perhaps that’s one reason why Mt Eliza Optical clients keep coming back. 

“We don’t always agree with each other,” says Sarah. “But that’s what makes it interesting,” continues Marcus. 

“Getting to work with family is so rewarding and we jell well,” says Sarah. “I’ve learnt an array of skills just by watching and imitating how my dad interacts with clients. I’m now serving clients who remember me as a toddler.”  

Of course, Marcus loves that he can leave the running of the shop in Sarah’s capable hands. He’s good at practising for semi-retirement.  Find them enjoying themselves at Shop 5/89 Mount Eliza Way in Mount Eliza. 

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Andrew and Jake – The Tyre Place
Mornington Peninsula Magazine met father and son team Andrew and Jake last month during a visit to their family-owned and operated business The Tyre Place in Mornington and we could not resist including them in our Father’s Day special feature.

They live together, work together full-time and get along like a house on fire! Jake, 22, never expected he would work with his dad. The qualified mechanic joined the family business after finishing his trade and has worked alongside Andrew for the past four years.

It turns out Dad didn’t expect he would ever work with his son either. “I used to have a cushy office job and Jake wasn’t a cushy office job kind of guy,” he jokes.  What is the best thing about working together? “We just get along,” Andrew says. How did it come about? “It just kind of worked out that way,” Jake adds. “It’s good, we get along.”

Do they enjoy a laugh at work? Absolutely - and, yes, they get on each other’s nerves at times, but it usually doesn’t last long.

Finally, who is the boss? “Sandy!” they laugh, referring to Mum. The Tyre Place is at 2/131 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Mornington.


Alex storms into Sorrento By Andrea Kellett

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Alex Fevola is without doubt a well-known name and face across Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. Now this make-up artist and photographer (and wife to Brendan Fevola, of course) has opened one of her successful Runway Rooms in Sorrento. The Runway Room is a luxe one-stop shop for hair, make-up and beauty services. Mornington Peninsula Magazine spoke with Alex about her Sorrento move.

We love that you have brought your Runway Room concept to the Mornington Peninsula. How did you come to select Sorrento? 
I have been holidaying here for over a decade and have always admired the retail strip. Seeing a hole in the market for a luxe salon that offers both hair and make-up, I decided to open a Runway Room. We were already servicing many weddings on the Peninsula so I hoped that with the offering of a luxurious venue and a local team, we would attract even more of the wedding market.

Tell us a little about what you love about this part of the world
I have holidayed here for a long time and my family loves coming down over summer and spending time at the stunning beaches, the local restaurants, and I love shopping in Sorrento.

When you are in Sorrento, do you have a favourite café, a favourite thing to do? 
Yes, we love Sisters Cafe and we love dining at We will often meet friends at the Sorrento Hotel for a drink on a warm afternoon.

What’s your vision for Runway Room Sorrento? 
I really hope the locals support us throughout the quiet months. We have developed a VIP Locals Discount system to attract more local and regular clientele. We have invested a lot into making the experience luxurious and use only the best products, so I hope to see Runway Room grow to be the most popular salon on the Peninsula. I also hope to be recognised as the go-to for weddings and events as our team specialise in this area.

What have your first six months been like? 
Fabulous! We couldn't have asked for a better start. Our phone was ringing for appointments before we even opened so we are thrilled with our first six months. We are very grateful to the locals for their support and hope to forge a loyal following from the community.

Is this the go-to place for the Portsea Polo? 
Yes, absolutely! We were fully booked last polo event and we had only been open two weeks so you can't ask for more than that. I think it helps that a lot of patrons are from Melbourne and are already familiar with our 'signature service' that is designed for events - The Luxe Makeover.

Can we expect to see you and Brendan at the next Portsea Polo now that you have opened a Runway Room in Sorrento? 
Yes, most likely. We love the polo and have been many times, so hopefully if I can get out of the salon on time we will attend.

Can locals expect to see you on Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento, regularly? 
Yes, more so throughout summer as we have a place down here and stay for a few weeks and during that time I like to work in the salon when needed. But I also visit regularly throughout the year.

Tell us a little about the 'affordable luxury’ experience at Runway Room Sorrento.
Well, our motto has always been about providing a luxurious experience using quality products, but for an affordable price. We want our clients to come regularly so we have tried to keep the prices as affordable as possible. The Hair + Make-up Package is $139 and will leave you looking and feeling like a million dollars. We also offer regular promotions of $60 redeemable make-ups, which clients will find hard to beat. Our own products are of a superior quality as they’re professional grade and made in Australia.

Do you have plans to open another store in the area? 
Not at this stage. However, you never know what’s around the corner.

Feel free to add anything else our readers may find interesting about your new Sorrento salon. 
Just that we are the 'one-stop shop' offering all hair and beauty services including spray tans, nails, complete hairdressing services and a beautiful range of hair, face and body products from a range of different brands including Becca, Moroccanoil, Bondi Sands, Aspar, Evo and many others.


Runway Room Sorrento is at 101-103 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento. More at or phone 5984 5594.



The personal touch in tyres

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Hands up if you value personal service when your car needs a service or your tyres need replacing.

Does your mechanic know you by name, smile and take time to discuss your needs? We have found a place where they do.

The Tyre Place in Mornington–Tyabb Rd, Mornington, provides that good old ‘service with a smile’. It’s so genuine it’s refreshing.

The Tyre Place is a genuine family-owned and operated independent business, which you’ll discover the moment Sandy greets you with her beaming smile when you walk through the door. Sandy, husband Andrew and their son Jake work together in the business.  “We look after people - that’s one of our biggest points of difference,’’ Andrew says.

Sandy prides herself on making female customers feel relaxed. “It can be quite intimidating for women to come into a tyre place,” she says. “We get a lot of dads booking their daughters in and a lot of them ask if I’m going to be here when they come in.”

Contact The Tyre Place for all your tyre and automotive needs, including routine services, mechanical repairs, suspension, batteries, wheels, brakes and more.


A: 2/131 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Mornington


T: 5976 8368


Freedom transforms aged care

June receives the care she needs in her own unit from Freedom Aged Care personal carer Ellie. 

June receives the care she needs in her own unit from Freedom Aged Care personal carer Ellie. 

Freedom Aged Care is a network of ground-breaking home care communities that are transforming the very way we think about – and deliver - aged care.

With their focus firmly on freedom of choice, togetherness, independence and care, Freedom Aged Care communities are vibrant social hubs where residents own their self-contained units, live together as couples regardless of their changing care needs, and are free to bring their pets.  Family and friends are encouraged to stay over and share the Freedom amenities and activities, which include happy hour, movies, hair and beauty services and even vegie gardens and chook pens.

Built on three key pillars – care, lifestyle and community – and four sacred values – love, decency, kindness and respect – everything about Freedom Aged Care is designed exclusively around meeting your physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Every level of personal and nursing care, from low to high, dementia and palliative, is available to you.

Behind the everyday functioning of each Freedom community is a seamless support team comprising a registered nurse village manager, carers, diversional therapists or lifestyle co-ordinators, cooks, gardeners, maintenance and admin staff. For those who call Freedom home, of course, these dedicated individuals are simply family, just like you.

Freedom’s commitment is that every ageing Australian deserves not just good aged care, or even better aged care, but the very best aged care this country can provide.

Freedom Aged Care has a community right here in Dromana and many more across Victoria, so call Freedom on 1800 316 495 or visit – because what’s life without freedom?


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Help escape from mental illness


Escape rooms are a fun, interactive team game where you are placed in a specially designed room and have to use the items and information you find in there to solve a series of puzzles. Each time you solve a puzzle you’ll be given additional information for the next puzzle.  Rooms often have a specific theme or storyline unique to that room. Complete the room with your team before the time runs out to be successful.

Escape Room businesses across Australia – including Mornington - have teamed up to create Australia's first Escape Week. From September 11-17, 20 per cent of all profits from participating Escape Rooms will go to support the Black Dog Institute, a charity that’s dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness.

So get your friends, family and colleagues together and test your wits for a good cause. 


A: 2/2 Carbine Way, Mornington
T: 0413 010 431


Support in times of need

Just Better Care is committed to improving the lives of the elderly and those with disabilities through its Possible Starts program.

Terminally ill Mia is only four years old and requires full-time care.  Nurse Sharee provides support three days a week, which gives Mia’s parents Donna and Matt the chance to recharge, as well as offering them invaluable aid and advice.

“Our journey with Mia has been tough,” Donna says. “To have the love and support and know that Mia is being cared for the way I would care for her myself has been amazing. We know that Mia feels safe because she’s happy and content, and she loves having her hair braided and her nails done too!”


If you or a loved one requires sensitive and caring support, Just Better Care is ready to help you in your time of need.




A: 2/346 Main St, Mornington 

T: 5972 1860


There’s always a ‘Henrietta’ to help

“From wedding nannies to injury-recovering elders or sleep-deprived new mums - there is no typical client.”


So says Stephanie Tate, director of the in-home service agency Henrietta’s Help @ Home, as she explains the wide variety of situations her dedicated staff respond to every day.

“Detailed knowledge of our client families means we can react quickly to any aspect of their busy and evolving family life,” Stephanie says.

Specialist staff attend children of any age, parents or in-laws and any aspect of home management, from expert cleaning to discretely serving guests at a dinner or private party - and the list of satisfied clients is growing every week.

“Our experienced, valued staff work to a strict code of conduct so that ‘Henrietta’ will be in your home again and again.”

T: 9766 1099 or 0425733290

Launch your hospitality career with Chisholm

Thinking about studying hospitality? You don’t have to go to town.


You may be mature aged or simply wanting a career change. Maybe you didn’t get the university offer you wanted?  Or perhaps you’ve been out of work raising a young family? 

Chisholm TAFE at Rosebud has a variety of courses in the Hospitality space that will prepare you for work, provide apprenticeship opportunities, or further study through pathways to higher education. With a 16 per cent increase predicted in hospitality trades by 2020 and 55,000 hospitality jobs available over the next five years, there’s never been a better time to work in hospitality, particularly on the Peninsula. 

TAFE programs range from commercial cookery, patisserie, and front-of-house training along with travel and tourism courses. There’s a range of job-ready short courses such as barista training and coffee making, cocktails and ‘mocktails’, Responsible Service of Alcohol and Responsible Service of Gaming to get you started. 

Chisholm’s teachers work with industry to design courses that meet their needs, which means that your hospitality qualification will help you get ahead. You can start with an apprenticeship or fast-track your qualification by studying full-time. 

Did you know that 61 per cent of businesses have vacancies but can’t find qualified staff? Find out what’s possible and start the conversation with your local TAFE today. 

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End of an era for Chisholm CEO

Maria Peters is retiring after a 30-year career that began with a casual teaching role at Chisholm and ends as the CEO of one of Australia’s most successful TAFE institutes.  She talks to Mornington Peninsula Magazine about her early teaching life, her seven years as Chisholm’s chief executive and the changes she’s seen along the way.

Maria Peters congratulates 2017 AusTAFE Culinary Competition finalist and Chisholm apprentice Laura Skvor.

Maria Peters congratulates 2017 AusTAFE Culinary Competition finalist and Chisholm apprentice Laura Skvor.

What led you to Chisholm?
I always had a passion to be in a career where I was interacting with people. I went to Monash University, started law and thought that wasn’t for me and ended up in education. I taught at Karingal Secondary for nearly nine years and worked in the Frankston/Mornington Peninsula region for years. I was on family leave and met someone who said “You should consider doing a day a week at Dandenong TAFE”, and I thought that would be interesting.  I was very fortunate to meet a committed group of teachers and we were working with migrants. I was teaching English as a second language and also disengaged adults and young people who had literacy and numeracy problems, and I found that really rewarding. It really made a difference to those people who were here to improve their English so they could study or get a job. 

How has Chisholm changed in the past 30 years?
I believe our reputation as an organisation has grown. It’s a strong, well-regarded organisation and a sustainable one. I think our relationship with industry has really strengthened and as a result we’ve got industry coming and partnering with us.  Teaching and learning is still at the heart of the organisation, but what the organisation’s done is look at the capacity to grow our business so we can reinvest back into our business for our students, staff and community. That’s really important because you can’t just rely on government funding – we saw that happen in 2012 (when the State Government cut TAFE funding by $300 million) - as it leaves your organisation vulnerable.  We’ve got our own degrees now and we’re also offering degrees with La Trobe, so young people and others returning to study will have a pathway, a quality degree option in their local area without having to travel. It is important to build that aspiration. 

What achievements are you most proud of?
I’m very proud of the fact that after 2012, when many TAFE institutes struggled, the staff rallied and we’re the organisation that we are today. It’s really not about me at all; I just feel it’s been a real privilege to lead an organisation like Chisholm and I think the reasons it’s been successful is because of the people, their commitment to what it stands for, and the fact that we do exist to transform lives. I’m just a custodian of a great organisation and now it will be someone else who will lead it under a great Institute Board.

What will you do after you retire?
My family tells me it’s perhaps time to put me first, but I’ll just have a break. Hopefully I might do something with culturally and linguistically-diverse communities or with youth on a voluntary basis, go back to my grass roots. I only made my decision three weeks ago and I really haven’t thought very far ahead. The decision is still a little raw. I leave with many wonderful memories and only wish Chisholm continued success in the many years ahead.