Easter Egg Scramble!

This year’s Easter Egg Scramble at The Big Goose is an event not to be missed!

Come and meet The Easter Bunny, have your face painted and join in the Easter fun.

The Easter Scramble will run over the entire Easter long weekend and will run regularly throughout the day. To join in all you have to do is wait for the Easter Bunny to say Ready, Set, GO! Then you have 1 minute to collect as many plastic eggs as you can! When the bell rings, bring back your haul and the team will count them for you- every child receives a packet of Easter eggs and the most collected will go on the tally board to win a special Easter prize!

Other activities will include a colouring competition, Easter crafts, Egg and Spoon Races, Spot The Eggs from the tractor ride and much, much more!

The Easter Bunny will be making appearances throughout the day for photo opportunities!

All inclusive Easter Activities $5 with Entry to The Big Goose; Face painting $5 in the Easter Craft Shed

Come and join in the fun of Easter at The Big Goose!

THE BIG GOOSE
A: 233 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Moorooduc
W: thebiggoose.com.au
E: [email protected]

A First for Mornington Yacht Club

For the first time in its history, Mornington Yacht club hosted the Victorian 2017 Couta Boat Championships over the weekend of March 11 and 12.  Approximately 30 yachts competed in two divisions.  Saturday was a great day of sailing, with the yachts racing from Sorrento to Mornington.  Sunday the weather did not start off kindly with 30 knot easterly winds, lightning and storms, which delayed the start.  However, by the end of the race, it was a 2-5 knot southerly and bright sunshine! Competitors from Sorrento, Mornington and Queenscliff yacht clubs competed for the titles, won by: Line Honours Division 1: Wagtail C86, Cam Miles; Division 2: Morning Star C157, Rhys Tucker; Handicap Division 1: Leeuwin C134, Phil Cooke; and Division 2: Lucy C31, Michael Golding.   

Mornington Yacht Club welcomes new members and offers beautiful facilities for sailors and non-sailors alike. There are sailing lessons available for children as young as six and twilight sailing during daylight savings months for those with little or no experience.

By Sonja Dowdle, Mornington Yacht Club

Steezy riders take on the best

Get up off your cakes and make tracks for Braeside for the Australasian Scooter Association Championships.

Peninsula young guns Charlie Stamp, 11, Bill Hunter, 12, Huddy Rigg, 11, and Vince Kinna, 18, will line up against the best riders from Australia and New Zealand at The Bunker Indoor Skate Park on Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30.

The free-to-watch event kicks off with the under-7s, under-10s, under-13s and girls’ rounds on Saturday, with the under-16s, Open and Pro rounds on Sunday.

Pro division rider Vinnie will be vying to become the 2017 Australasian champion and earn the chance to go to Barcelona to compete in the International Scooter Association World Championships on June 17 and 18, while Charlie, Bill and Huddy will be taking on the best under-13 riders in a bid to be crowned national champion.

All four competed in the Australian Scooter Association’s Victorian State Titles on Sunday, March 19.

The Australasian champs will be live streamed (livestream.com) on Sunday with highlights from Saturday’s competition, so scoot on down to watch the fun.  You’ll have a chance to meet the best riders around and there will be loads of giveaways too.

Follow the competitors on Instagram to keep up to date with their journeys!

Charlie Stamp @chache_stamp

Bill Hunter @hunnitdollarbillz

Vinnie Kinna @vincekinna

Huddy Rigg @huddy.rigg

For more information:

AUSTRALIAN SCOOTER ASSOCIATION
W: ausscooter.com.au
F: @AustralianScooterAssociation
INSTA: @ausscooterassoc
E: [email protected]

THE BUNKER INDOOR SKATE PARK
A: 15 Century Drive, Braeside
W: bunkerskatepark.com.au
F: @TheBunkerIndoorSkatepark
INSTA: @bunkerskatepark

Webb Dock Changes Before Our Eyes

Residents of bayside towns on the Peninsula might have seen a ship carrying an unusual cargo as it travelled up the South Channel on Saturday, July 2, 2016. It was the heavy-load carrying vessel Zhen Hua 21 with four STS (ship-to-shore) cranes standing high above her deck.

Zhen Hua 21 on 2/7/16. Only the three light coloured ship-to-shore cranes were for Webb Dock. The dark one was bound for Brisbane. (Photo: Jim Grinter, with thanks)  

Zhen Hua 21 on 2/7/16. Only the three light coloured ship-to-shore cranes were for Webb Dock. The dark one was bound for Brisbane. (Photo: Jim Grinter, with thanks)

 

Three of those were bound for Webb Dock, which is on the east side of the mouth of the Yarra River. Those who have recently travelled over the West Gate Bridge may have noticed these cranes, with two others which were delivered earlier, standing above the dock area. Webb Dock, which is entered directly from Hobson’s Bay, not from the river, has been redeveloped to handle both container and ro-ro (roll-on, roll-off) cargoes.

The container terminal is one of the most modern in the world, being highly automated. Along with the STS cranes there are 12 automated stacking cranes and 11 automated container carriers. The first phase of the development, which is ready for business, has one 330m berth and a 10ha container storage area, with an annual capacity of 200,000 20foot containers. In January the facilities were tested, with 400 empty containers being handled from a container ship at the wharf. When fully developed, the container terminal will be capable of handling 1.4 million teu (20foot equivalent units) per year.

During December, work was completed on the western section of the dock. The new three-berth 920m wharf is part of the expanded automotive hub redevelopment. This new quay-line will facilitate Victoria’s automotive trade. In 2015-16 the Port handled more than 372,000 new motor vehicles. The new-look wharf complements the international roll-on roll-off auto terminal at Webb Dock West. A new pre-delivery inspection hub allows for vehicles to be prepared for dealers when unloaded from ships, which will reduce the number of trucks using the Westgate corridor.

Also completed recently was the shared walking and bicycle pathway which stretches from the Yarra River at Westgate Park under the West Gate Bridge to Sandridge Beach. For those interested this pathway provides an opportunity to view the changes at Webb Dock.

By Maurie Hutchinson (president, Peninsula Ship Society)              

The Peninsula Ship Society meets at Hastings Yacht Club on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 10am. Visitors always welcome.

T: Maurie 9787 5780

A great little soulmate by Liz Rogers

Adorable is the only word that can be used to describe Esther. This much loved and suitably spoilt Schnoodle (Schnauzer/Poodle cross) is the constant companion of Penbank Campus of Woodleigh School Early Childhood teacher and Mount Martha local Jenny Smith. She is also the recipient of birthday cards from her two-legged grandparents!

Jenny was born in Hamilton but has been on the Peninsula for around 40 years and at Penbank for 22 of them. Esther is 13 and spends most of her time sniffing the salt air while sunning herself on the deck, chasing seagulls, chowing down on high quality beef, chicken and dry and watching the world go by. It’s a tough gig but someone’s got to do it!

“She has a bed in every window,” explains Jenny. “But she sleeps on a bean bag in my room” and eats from a silver tray beneath her portraits hanging on the walls. “She’s well known around town and my neighbours baby sit her when I have a late day at school. She’s very social and well behaved.”

You’ll often see these soulmates catching up with friends over a cup of tea and a lolly bag full of dog treats in Mount Martha Village, or walking on one of the leash-free beaches. They’re also at Schnapper Point three times a week watching the sun go down.

“We know each other so well now. She can predict my actions,” Jenny continues. As soon as Jenny says “walk”, she hands Esther the leash, who then carries it to the gate in her mouth. This four-legged friend also knows that as soon as Jenny puts on her lipstick they are off on another adventure.

“I totally love her,” exclaims Jenny.

Right back at you says Esther. With her eyes. From the soul.

Hot Springs steps up for mental health

Peninsula Hot Springs has joined forces with Peninsula-based community mental health support organisation Mentis Assist to promote better mental health on the Mornington Peninsula.

The alliance was celebrated on March 15 at Peninsula Hot Springs and officially launched via a video message from Flinders federal MP and Health Minister Greg Hunt.

The celebration included speeches from the two CEOs and a former Mentis Assist client turned staff member, plus an appearance by actor/filmmaker Steve Bastoni, who showed his award winning short film on mental health 'The Gift'.

Peninsula Hot Springs founder and CEO Charles Davidson described the partnership as "a natural connection, one which we hope encourages all health and wellness tourism operations to further consider their place in, and contribution to, their region".

"At Peninsula Hot Springs we measure and define our success as a major health and wellbeing destination by the opportunities we create for people to connect with the environment, each other, their community and themselves," he said.

It is estimated that 45 per cent of people on the Mornington Peninsula will experience a mental health disorder in their lifetime.

"The partnership with Mentis Assist enables us to support the important work they do in our community; to raise awareness of the significant mental health issues in our region and country; and to learn how we are able to do more for those affected by mental health issues,” Mr Davidson explained.

Initial Mentis Assist and Peninsula Hot Springs partnership projects include specific wellness activities created at Peninsula Hot Springs for community members affected by mental ill-health including yoga/meditation sessions and mindful hot springs bathing experiences. Mentis Assist will also provide mental health training to Peninsula Hot Springs staff. 

Earth inspired beauty by Liz Rogers

Not sure if you remember our story last year on Somerville pageant contestant Mikaela-Rose Fowler, but Mornington Peninsula Magazine thought you’d like an update on what this 21-year-old is up to now.

When we last spoke, this driven woman was involved in the Miss Galaxy Australia National Finals. Twelve months on (after placing in the top 10 of the Miss Galaxy competition) she’s heading to the Golden Nugget in Los Vegas in June to represent Australia in the Ms Earth Pageant!

Mikaela-Rose Fowler is part of a family of go-getters who like to keep moving. Having already held the title of Miss Westernport 2015, the Ms Earth title is all about what the name suggests – promoting a sustainable lifestyle and reducing human-kind’s impact on earth - and that’s something Mikaela-Rose is passionate about. 

“I’ve been in pageantry for a couple of years now and wanted to find a pageant that aligned with my values. Ms Earth, run nationally by Danielle Marsh and internationally by Rachel Fikes, is exactly the kind of title I’m interested in upholding. It allows me to focus on important issues like sustainability, natural resources, reusing and recycling. I grew up outdoors, always working and playing in the garden and I’ve always had a love for animals. I suppose the connection with the earth has always resinated with me,” she explains.

Pageantry work is gruelling. There’s the behind scenes of building a portfolio of charity and community involvement, attending events, pageant coaching and lots of exercise and attention to diet. Mikaela-Rose also has months of hard work building up a social media profile ahead of her.

“Ms Earth is a week-long pageant. You spend your time connecting with other contestants from all over the world, and making sure your message and personality shines through. Then there’s a three to five-minute question/answer segment with seven judges. On stage, you are assessed on overall health and fitness whilst sporting swimwear, and elegance and grace while in formal wear. It’s very demanding.”

So, what are the benefits?

“Working on things that are close to my heart, meeting great people and making a change. Oh, and I get to travel too!”

Follow her on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with her adventure. She could be going to Nicaragua if she lands the Ms Earth crown.

Inspirational.

Mikaela-Rose is sponsored by Saya Beaute’ Bar, Straight to Hairven and is Ambassador for Eco Bling Recycled Jewellery.

From Egypt to Mornington by Andrea Kellett

Dr Hassan El Laithy takes a seat overlooking the boats at Mornington Harbour.

It’s twilight sailing night and Mornington Yacht Club’s first Egyptian member in 71 years and the former Egyptian Ambassador to Australia has obligingly agreed to an interview with Mornington Peninsula Magazine (Dr El Laithy was also the first Ambassador of Egypt to the Slovak Republic and has held many other diplomatic roles in a career spanning 33 years).

Hassan, as he prefers to be called among friends, is one of the yacht club’s newest members. The club has made no secret of its excitement at having such a high ranking international diplomat join its ranks – they posted a photo of him on their website in February, soon after he joined, welcoming him.

Naturally, when a former ambassador chooses to live on the Mornington Peninsula after his tenure finishes, it’s something we can all feel a little chuffed about. After all, Hassan has lived in nine or 10 countries and it turns out he thinks just like we do - that the Mornington Peninsula is a magnificent place to live and raise a family (he and his wife have a 2-year-old son, Kariym, born in Australia).

“I love it,” Hassan says when asked to share his thoughts on the Peninsula. “The package that the Peninsula offers is unique - the ocean and the hills, the greenery and the community. The Peninsula to me is a wonderful region both for its diverse farming (both hobby and large-scale operations) as well as tourism, all of which constitutes a lifestyle region of great and wide potential.”

Hassan also loves the Peninsula’s proximity to Melbourne, the shopping on Main Street Mornington and the people. His first introduction to the area was an official visit, when he attended the 2015 Victorian Agricultural Summit at Lindenderry at Red Hill. Many prominent agriculturalists, leaders in agribusiness as well as council and regional representatives were there.  “It was my first exposure to the extensive opportunities and potentials in the region beyond the obvious appeal of tourism and beautiful scenery.  It came then as no surprise to me to learn of the subsequent launch of the Mornington Peninsula Produce Certified Trade Mark, which rightly recognises the world-class produce from the region.”

His decision to join Mornington Yacht Club was, he says, a spontaneous one and while he doesn’t have a boat moored here, yet, he is passionate about anything to do with the water. “I love the sea. I think it’s an extra lung,” he continues. Hassan now works as a consultant on international affairs while enjoying a Peninsula lifestyle and, of course, time at his new club.  

Globetrotting Young Gun by Andrea Kellett

Nathan Doran is a 25-year-old professional photographer, born and bred on the Mornington Peninsula. And his job is, in a word, cool. He travels the world photographing the biggest DJs in the business (among them Joel Fletcher) and the big music festivals (including Stereosonic). His photography also extends well beyond the music industry. Mornington Peninsula Magazine caught up with Nathan in between stints to talk about his success.

You photograph big-name DJs and music festivals around the world. Tell us a little bit about what you do?
Basically I travel/tour with DJs and document their journey in the form of photos and videos - that the artists use on their social platforms. I also work directly for festivals, photographing their events, and I’ve even been fortunate enough to tour with festivals around Australia.

You travelled to Europe for five weeks last year with Joel Fletcher. What did you do there? What’s it like working for him?
The tour with Joel was rad! We did a big string of shows all over Europe, including Cream Fields Festival (UK). All of the shows on the tour were great and we were fortunate enough to get some down time, including four days off in Mykonos! Working in the same industry, Joel and I naturally became friends a few years ago, so it's just like travelling with one of your really good mates! When you’re touring with an artist it’s very important to have a good friendship.

 How did you turn a hobby into such a big-time career at such a young age?
I wouldn’t define it as ‘big-time’ by any means, but I have got to a level that I can be proud of. I guess I just had a strong desire to improve, but that comes naturally when you are really passionate about something. My career was just a succession of small stepping stones and I really tried to focus on achieving the goals I set.

It looks like an adrenaline rush to photograph the big gigs, where are you when it’s going off?
It just depends what the gig is and what kind of photos I’m trying to take. I could be on stage with the artist, in the photo pit, in the crowd on a patron’s shoulders, or at the production tent shooting towards stage – all trying to capture the best shots. It definitely is an adrenaline rush when there’s an epic moment and you create a photo that captures that perfectly.

Is it true you studied a Bachelor of Science and are self taught in photography?
That’s correct, I completed a Bachelor of Science at Monash University with majors in Zoology and Ecology and Biodiversity in mid 2014. Photography was just a hobby for me, so it was never really the plan. Balancing both became increasingly difficult, but as soon as I finished university I went straight into photography full time, doing a five-week USA tour with Melbourne DJs SCNDL. I have a strong passion for nature/the environment and one day I’d love to shoot for National Geographic, but I love music and the lifestyle of that industry is easier when you’re young. As for being self taught, I learnt everything I know from trial and error, reading articles, Googling everything possible, watching youtube videos and practice, practice, practice. While being self taught probably isn’t conventional, I definitely think it has its benefits.

Tell us about some of the local gigs you photograph?
Local is where I started – one of my very first gigs was at the Bay Hotel in Mornington. Recently, I photographed and directed the media team for Let Go Fest in Mornington, which was amazing! 9000 people watching RUFUS (my favorite band) perform as the sun set over the main stage. I also do quite a bit of photography outside the music industry, so I’ve been shooting the summer series of food truck carnival events on the Peninsula, which has been awesome.

What’s your style?
I suppose it really depends on what it is I’m photographing. I usually like to have a strong use of colour and a sense of depth to my photos; I try to create a feel that’s relevant to the context and story of each image. I like my work to pop and stand out and my edits are normally pretty clean.

Fav places to hang out (café, bar, beach) when you are home on the Peninsula?
I’m no stranger to coffee and all-day breakfast in Main Street Mornington.  When the weather is good I always walk my dogs down to my local beach in Mount Martha and in summer I definitely try and make the most of living on the Peninsula! This summer I’ve done a lot of snorkeling around the Peninsula!

Message to aspiring young photographers who might look up to you?
Photograph what you love and enjoy what you do! It’s the old cliché but practice makes the biggest difference –  you’ve just got to get out and shoot! It takes time to develop your own style, but just stick at it and everything will start to click.

NATHAN DORAN
W: nathandoranphotography.com

Calombaris sets sail to the Peninsula by Liz Rogers

Get ready for this Peninsula people! Self-proclaimed “Safety Beach boy” George Calombaris is bringing his wholesome Hellenic diet inspired restaurant Mastic down south and that’s just for starters.

Mr Calombaris has been a familiar face at Safety Beach for around 10 years. His children James (6) and Michaela (4) and his partner Natalie love the Peninsula lifestyle just as much as he does. “The kids’ eyes light up as soon as they know we are heading to the beach to see family and friends. We were down last Friday (March) and the weather was cracking! I mean, what’s not to love about it? I can get about without any hassles. Locals are friendly and the space… It’s a fabulous break from a hard working industry where it’s all about being busy and survival of the fittest.”

And that’s what George’s life is - insanely busy and fit for a hard worker. There’s 17 restaurants, ambassadorial positions for Swisse, Bulla Dairy, Qatar Airways and Bowel Cancer amongst others, and then of course he’s co-judge on the mega successful MasterChef Australia on Network 10. I ask him if he is brainstorming while sleeping? “I don’t like sitting still and am always obsessed by something. This season’s MasterChef is going to be better than ever. You know you can feel it in your gut. MasterChef is like an extension of your own kitchen and everyone gets treated with respect. This one’s unbelievable and we have a lot of fun too.”

“You don’t want to take things too seriously. That’s another thing I love about the Peninsula. Everyone is laid back, not too serious. Plus, there’s the best IGA on the PLANET in Dromana.” We ooh and ahhh together, “and Provincia is sensational,” he continues.

So, here’s the Mastic deal. George has had two executive chefs scouring the Peninsula for the best local produce and he’s bought 19 acres in Flinders for winter time planting (think 90 per cent fruit and vegetables). There’s no set date for the opening of his mini holistic village (Mastic, produce and health retreat) set on five acres in the heart of the Red Hill hinterland - but we’ll let you know as soon as we do! One thing’s for sure, George wants to plant roots on the Peninsula and the seeds are already sowing.

“The Peninsula is full of fabulous stuff. You know there’s a National Park behind the (Hummingbird) site where Indigenous Australians used to smoke fish in the hollows of the trees. Radek (Sali, his business partner) and I are keen to create a place where friends can experience food, lifestyle, health and happiness. I may even re-locate The Press Club…”

What? Never!

In the meantime, there’s the annual trip to Greece, television commitments, awards, cooking, family/friends and Peninsula produce and wineries to keep this Safety Beach boy very busy.

He’s got the salt of the sea and earth deep down inside, so there’s no stopping him.

 

MasterChef Australia season nine commences next month on Network Ten.

Always true blue by Kate Sears

The stars in his eyes have magnified since Mornington Peninsula Magazine spoke to actor Ajay Banks last year after his study in L.A.

A move to Canada is paying off for the Peninsula Grammar Old Boy, with a new agency (MVM Agency), new classes and an audition for a small role in a Netflix series.  At last month’s New Renaissance Film Festival in Amsterdam Ajay won Best Actor for his role in Always, which he also wrote and produced and which was nominated for Best Film.  Yet Ajay remains humble and credits his team for the film’s success.

Ajay channelled his grief at the death of his grandparents into Always.  It’s fictitious but inspired by his feelings, and it’s so powerful in its raw aesthetic that you feel like you’re a fly on the wall as you get a snapshot of the worst time in a person’s life.

“It was cathartic to write about this boy who was grieving for his mother and how the people around him were grieving in their own way,” he says.

Thirst for the limelight does not motivate this mature young actor, nor does financial reward.  “I’m not in it for the money,” he says.  He has simply never wanted to do anything else.  Acting from the age of 15, his passion just keeps growing.  With a strong desire to tell stories, whether via script or performance, he’s on stage to connect with others.

Ajay also played Brian in The Happiness Curve, which was well received at the LA Webfest; it was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing and picked up the award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast.  This international recognition was just that extra push he needed to make the move abroad.  It’s a delightfully funny web series with heart thrown in too.  Ajay enjoyed portraying Brian, who was a very different comedic yet intense character; a portrayal that was new to the actor.

His advice? “When you want to give up, you shouldn’t.”  

W: Watch The Happiness Curve online at happiness-curve.com
INSTA: @ajay_banks
FB: @AjayBanksActor

Membership offer at Safety Beach Country Club

Safety Beach Country Club Golf Course is nestled in a valley surrounded by hills on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.

The 18-hole resort style golf course has a fabulous offer for 2017/18. By joining the Country Club during the month of March/April you will pay for one membership and receive another membership for free (offer valid until June 2018).

Children can also join for free with an adult (for new members only). This offer enables you to play golf five or seven days a week and by joining now you will receive 15 months of membership! Social clubs and families welcome.

Resident Golf Professional Shane Johnson is on hand to give you lessons or advice should you need help. After a game of golf, enjoy a drink at the club house and a meal at the Atrium restaurant. Join today to enjoy a golfing lifestyle at Safety Beach Country Club.

SAFETY BEACH COUNTRY CLUB
A: 10 Country Club Drive, Safety Beach
T: 5981 0100
W: safetybeachcountryclub.com.au

Retire in style in Baxter

Looking for a superbly crafted retirement village where the residents reside in beautiful bespoke villas set inside a secure gated community?

Then look no further. Peninsula Lifestyle Retirement Village in Baxter delivers on all the above criteria and more. This exciting residential retirement community delivers a quality of life second to none, while offering first rate owner benefits and a friendly environment. 

Inspired by some of Australia’s most celebrated, heritage-listed retirement properties, Peninsula Lifestyle Retirement Village is designed to be both practical and aesthetically pleasing. The pedestrian friendly layout connects residents to the village’s social hub, gorgeous gardens and strikingly appointed clubhouse where you’ll be welcomed with open arms.

You can do as much or as little as you choose to do at the Peninsula Lifestyle Retirement Village – it’s up to you! There’s an alfresco barbeque area for outside entertaining, or a cosy fireplace inside when the weather takes its toll. The gym keeps you active, while the library and business centre keeps you informed. Health practitioner rooms and a hair dressing salon keeps residents in tip top condition. There’s also a Men’s Shed, card group, happy hour and gardening group.

Are you there yet?

All one and two bedroom Villas at Peninsula Lifestyle Village offer real retirement luxury living. The ‘Peninsula’ two-bedroom Villa offers a car garage, while the two bedroom ‘Bay’ has a car port. The ‘Mornington’ two bedroom and ‘Coastal’ one bedroom Villas have car spaces, while the new larger ‘Flinders’ Villa has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a connected garage.

All Villas have Caesar stone kitchen benchtops, air conditioning, built in robes and double glazed windows.

Thomas Anderson Design Pty Ltd designed these exceptional Villas.  With more than 40 years’ experience in architectural drafting on the Peninsula, principals Dennis Anderson and Shane Thomas are particularly proud of the detail and care taken in designing Peninsula Lifestyle Retirement Village, and consider it one of their finest projects to date.

Begin your next best project (retirement!) at the Peninsula Retirement Village in Baxter.

Your new friends are waiting.

PENINSULA LIFESTYLE RETIREMENT VILLAGE
A: 46 Baxter-Tooradin Road, Baxter
T: 0418 174 939
W: peninsulalifestyleretirementvillage.com.au

Turning on to new technology by Liz Rogers

If you’re feeling a tad left behind technology wise, then Off2On can help.

This tech savvy business, operating out of Mount Martha, tutors people who find themselves wanting to use their iPad, desk top computer, tablet or smart phone - but need help getting started.

Veronica Wright is a professional librarian and has a BSc. and Graduate Diploma in Information Systems Management. After spending years working in local libraries she realised that seniors were sometimes struggling with using technology. She also realised that well-meaning family members bought devices for their parents or grandparents who didn’t understand how to use them properly.

Enter Off2On.

“I give one-on-one (or group) sessions in how to get started on a device so users can become confident and competent. There are lots of people who want to embrace technology but just need that initial bit of coaching. That’s where I come in. I specialise in complete beginners and take the time to go through device usage step by step. No pace is too slow and no question is too silly!”

Off2On will show you how to email, search the internet, how to take, share and organise photos plus navigate Facebook, Skype and eBay. Veronica will also show you how to play games or listen to music and provides instruction booklets you can refer to.

“I get real satisfaction in empowering people to feel connected and part of the technology age.”

She is also happy to travel anywhere on the Peninsula. Switch on today.

OFF2ON
M: 0438 025 586

Netfocus IT - partners you can trust

Genuine care and ongoing IT support – in today’s fast-paced, technology driven environment, finding an IT provider to deliver effective, innovative and trusted support time and time again is gold.

Have you tried Netfocus IT? For over a decade, this team of highly qualified IT professionals have provided business networking support on the Mornington Peninsula and beyond. They continued to grow, and have emerged as trusted partners within the medical profession as well as a vital IT lifeline for many small to medium businesses using PC, Apple and integrated networks.   

Of course as Apple Authorised Service Providers and Apple Authorised Resellers, it’s clear with such a significant affiliation, that Netfocus IT are setting a new benchmark for all things IT within our district.

Through Netfocus IT HQ, the Apple Authorised Service Centre and retail division established in 2015, the brand’s unique service offering has been reinforced. The technicians in-store display a true passion for Apple products, a determination to solve, and an absolute commitment to provide service excellence for all clientele. With plenty of overwhelmed individuals trying to navigate our now tech-heavy way of life, it’s reassuring to know there is personalised support at hand.

Co-owner Elizabeth McDonald explains, “Any question is a genuine question. Our focus here is on genuine care and ongoing support. This belief has proved invaluable for assisting our business clientele over the years, and we’re thrilled to offer the same commitment to our customers at HQ.”

That alone should be enough to get you excited about resolving your frustrations with IT!

Contact the team today. As a beginner, Apple enthusiast or in pursuit of exceptional business IT support, you’ll wish you had made the call earlier.

NETFOCUS IT HQ
A: 7/459 Nepean Highway, Frankston
T: 1300 731 170
Open: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 9am-1pm

Lakeside Villas shines again, at Nationals!

Linda Crittenden is literally putting the Mornington Peninsula on Australia’s tourism map.

The owner/manager of Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate has accepted bronze at the prestigious 2016 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards (the tourism industry’s premier awards program). Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate placed third in the Best Self Contained Accommodation category - a pretty sweet bragging right.

Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate qualified for the nationals after winning gold in the Best Self Contained Accommodation category at the 2016 Victorian Tourism Awards in November. For the hard working mother-of-two, it’s all still sinking in. She, husband Rollo and their two boys headed to the February 24 gala event in Darwin figuring they would enjoy the trip as a family and soak up the experience of making the nationals. “I didn’t expect this!” Linda said. “To come home with a place, against the best in Australia, is huge.” She’s also a first-time entrant.

Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate comprises three fully self contained, 4.5 star accredited boutique villas, constructed entirely over the vineyard lake at Crittenden Estate in Dromana. They feature king size bedrooms, large bathrooms, authentic wood fires, deep spa baths, barbecues on each of the private decks and more. Linda renovated and re-styled the villas after taking over as manager three years ago; she shops locally for her breakfast provisions; leaves lovely little notes for her guests; and she handles all the bookings herself. She’s a perfectionist and it shows.

Linda was under no illusion about the quality of the field she was up against in Darwin. “I’m a one-woman band,” she laughs. As for what’s next, Linda won’t be resting on her laurels any time soon. She returned from her state win last year and launched a new luxury accommodation venue in Hepburn Springs! (Alchemy House: www.alchemyhouse.com.au). In true Linda Crittenden style, this one’s picture perfect too.

LAKESIDE VILLAS AT CRITTENDEN ESTATE
A: 25 Harrisons Rd, Dromana
W: lakesidevillas.com.au
T: 5987 3275
FB /lakesidevillasatcrittenden

SALTY KISSES FROM YOUR ‘BEST FRIEND’! by Andrea Kellett

A revolutionary salt therapy trialled in the Black Caviar stables at Caulfield Racecourse is now available for companion animals (dogs and cats) and the world-first, purpose-built salt room for pets is right here in Mornington!

The founders, Richard and Melissa Butterworth, from Equine Salt Therapy Pty Ltd, have opened the doors on the world’s first Canine Salt Therapy and Feline Salt Therapy salt room at Petorium on Mornington-Tyabb Road.  It uses the same ground breaking technology Equine Salt Therapy developed in conjunction with thoroughbred trainers and equine vets over five years and which is now used on horses globally (patented as Livestock, Treatment and Apparatus). This Peninsula couple have even sold their technology (a mobile salt therapy chamber) to Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai!

While the introduction of salt therapy to dogs and cats is new, this initiative is targeting the same ailments that the therapy treats in horses, including respiratory system problems and skin irritation. One thing it can guarantee at this early stage of working with companion animals is that it is a unique way to “pamper your pet”.

“This is about healthier, happier dogs (and cats) and treating day-to-day lung and skin issues ‘naturally’ under the supervision of one of the world’s leading vets,” Richard says. Richard is also passionate about potentially playing a role in the reduction of antibiotic use on animals, worldwide. “This is a natural way to approach common health issues without putting any pressure on animals,” Richard further explains.

The healing properties of salt were thought to have been discovered by humans thousands of years ago (around 325BC according to records) and the Canine Salt Therapy and Feline Salt Therapy salt room at Petorium uses modern-day technology to deliver it. Equine Salt Therapy’s trademark, Ultisalt ™, is a unique dry salt aerosol distributed in the chamber as a fine mist, to be inhaled and exposed on your pet’s skin.

It’s ground breaking, unique and utterly irresistible for those of us who love our four-legged domestic friends. Prevention is our promise as your partner in natural petcare.

For bookings contact Petorium:
A: 5/177 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Mornington
P: 5975 4847
E: [email protected]
W: equinesalttherapy.com